Thursday, June 25, 2009
When my 2 yr anniversary came up, i was working splits...and too exhausted to actually write a blog...by the time i was over that hump and rested, i had other things to write...but i feel what i have to write is important...for me later down the road and for those that just might be inspired by what i have to say. Hopefully, you are one of them.
When i first started on SP, i really didn't think i could lose the weight....i mean...i had before...and gained it all back... or...i would last 2 days on my DIEt and then binge... so when i started SP, i didn't put a lot of hopes into losing weight...but what i did do, was concentrate on one thing at a time...first it was drinking my water...then eating a healthy breakfast... one step led to another...and then a year and a half later...i knew i just had to start exercising... it's not that i hate it...i just did not have the time nor energy for it... so i started with 24 wall push ups every morning... i have since graduated to doing those 3 times a week only....but every day except sunday, i now ride my bike...it started as 5 minutes, and is now holding steady at 25 minutes.... we are starting to throw some walks in on top of that also... and 3 times a week, not only do i do my wall push ups, but i actually add at least 9 more different types of strength training exercise in...wohoo!!! i am feeling great...yea...i'm still tired... but really...not as tired as i was before exercising... i feel better about myself...my self esteem is going through the roof... and underneath this extra fat...i can actually feel some muscle under there....wohoo!!!! and you know what... i am actually thinking about dating again...ok...not right NOW...lol...but i can actually see it for me in the future... i have now officially lost 35 lbs...wow!!! i can actually see things getting too big on me...my underwear practically fall off now...lol.... and i can actually say...i'm lovin' it...i am excited to ride by exer-bike in the morning...i can't wait for strength training days...and i look forward to finding new things and ways to eat healthier.... and i am really loving the calorie counting...making it a game to see how much i can eat instead of what i can't...
so friends...here is to another year!!! let's get it done!!!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A couple weekends ago, i had made a couple dozen muffins-1 blueberry and 1 banana. Then i saved enough for the next days breakfast, and then threw the rest into freezer bags by serving sizes. Since we want a variety of things for our breakfast, this helps to spread it out without anything going bad. We also have bagels of different varieties (no, these are not homemade but was bought on sale for real cheap) and also english muffins. this week, we started doing the same with out dinners. We usually make enough for a small army.... and eat like we are the small army...lol...well, with everyone getting into the new lifestyle that i have set forth, we decided that we like the variety we get through breakfast, and we want to do the same with our dinners (or for future lunches) so we have started making things that can be frozen and later warmed up. I would like to share a few of our recipes to hopefully inspire...i would also love to hear some of your favorites to freeze for later use :)
Kitty's Cabbage Roll Casserole
Kitty's Sausage and Noodles
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Freeze the bread separately, and before serving tuna salad, mix up-good as new :)
Kitty's Hamburger Helper
Sunday, June 21, 2009
a couple years ago, i lost my father suddenly...but not suddenly...unexpectedly yet...not.... see...my father had a heart attack the day i turned 13. He was told then that he had very little time to live and to say his good bye's. Because of my mom's tenacity and God's wonderful love, they did a triple bypass that they swore would only kill him quicker... about 10-12 yrs later, he was again told that he only had days to live and to say his good bye's... and again with my mom's tenacity and God's wonderful love, he got to meet 4 more grandbabies (i had already had the first 2 and was pregnant with my 3rd and my brother was expecting his first of 3). at that point, he had a quadruple bypass. So when he had his massive heart attack on March 10th, 2005-it was something we knew was coming....yet.... one never really expects their last good bye's to actually be their last.
As daddy's little girl, i really could do no wrong...and if i did...refer back to the other half of this...lol... yea...we had our rough times...on my 13th birthday, we had gotten into a huge argument.... i was a teenager after all...and yea, i thought i knew it all...he had been sober for 6 months, yet i still judged him as if he was still drinking.... needless to say, i just knew it was my fault he had a heart attack....it wasn't...he was actually having one before we got into our argument which was why his temper was extra short with his baby girl that day... but it years of convincing... uhg... and i wish i could say i was a perfect daughter after that....i mean, knowing your father could pass away at any time...right?? but we never really think it will happen, even when we know...the day he passed away, him and mom had a special morning and talk of the future and all lovey dovey.... which really wasn't all that unusual, but just seemed more special that morning....dad and i got some time to talk and enjoyed a cup of coffee together....he even got to eat lunch with my brother that day... in all respects, it was a very special day...and none of expected when each of us, at different times, said good bye. Never thinking it would be our last.... we were very fortunate.... we had 25 more years with him than any doctor said we would have.... that day was very special because we did get extra time with him....as if he knew.... to settle anything from the past, to say our i'm sorry's and to say i love you.
This morning, i got up earlier than the normal sunday wake up call, so i could spend some time alone with my thoughts...and if you will, have coffee with my father... yea... the tears flowed...as they are now... and yea, i know he would chastise me for it (he never liked to see his baby girl upset, he thought he should be able to fix it all...lol) i thanked God and dad not only having a wonderful dad, but the extra time we got with him.... the special time we had even on the day of his passing....to say i loved him and missed him but yes, i knew he was still near.... and in each child, there is a special part of him. and though i do miss him, i am also at peace today....i know he is in a better place....no pain, and lots of rest...and that...for all he had done for his family....he deserves.
Dad...i do miss you.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I get up this morning with all these things i wanted to get done...yet...so little time... so i said good morning to my teams....my day truly does not start until i have had my coffee with my spark friends....then weighed in...wohoo!!!! 2 lbs gone...i then read my bible and did my exercises...which i usually don't do on saturday...but i was just feeling too darn good about the 2 lb loss that i wanted to throw in a couple extra minutes :) it's funny...i really had my doubts when spark upped my calorie intake....yet...it worked... i just measured myself, and i have lost 1/2 in off my neck, 2 off my waist and 5 off my hips...wohoo!!! anyways... sorry, got off track...lol.... so after i exercised, i realized i still had to make a bomb...not only a bomb.. but The Bomb.... and before anyone calls the police or the FBI..i'm talking about this recipe: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=670030 gee...what were you thinking?? i haven't worked THAT much....tehe. anyways...i go to make it and realize i had not gotten out the whipped cream from the freezer... so take it out and pray that it defrosts at record speed....i was making this for our sunday school picnic...which i had to meet my mother for in 2 hours.... so i go get my make up done and hair brushed... during this time, girls wake up, ex shows up to get ds and getting the bomb ready...made 2 recipes...one for here and one for there... girls and i met mom at her house and then we stopped by store to get buns...then off to the picnic...it was nearly a wash out...but we survived....and had a good time just talking with the others.... i'm the youngest of the group...and really...i shouldn't even be in this class...this class is for the 60 plus women who's husbands are gone or just don't come to church...but i've always felt more comfortable in this class..and these woman have accepted me into their fold without question or judgement.... i love each and everyone of them and love just listening to their stories...over half of them are double my age...and i get a kick out of listening to how it use to be... girls and i then return home to clean... well...ok...not alot of that got done...i was pretty much in lazy mode by then.... ate too much at picnic...the down side of all these wonderful women is they know how to cook...lol... the good old fashion made from scratch food....oh yum....after drinking lots of water and watching tv with girls, i did manage to get some dishes done, fold 4 baskets worth of clothes and then swept kitchen up. now...i'm just ready for bed...good night
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