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Crazy Day

Friday, June 26, 2009

I took today off work...a couple reasons...we are very slow, so may as well take the time off now...wanted to spend time with kids...and i wanted to get my house clean...i mean really clean... and...i just wanted some me time...and get back into center with me... i got up about 6:30ish...which sad to say, is sleeping in for me. I had started cleaning the living room yesterday, along with piles of dishes...oiy, what teenagers can do...lol. dd2 left for a trip to WV with her fiancee and future brother in law...along with his kids. but before leaving, we were able to have breakfast together. dd1 called to tell me not to forget her, and oh by the way, she is getting out of school early, so can i pick her up then...sure....no problem...except for the fact i got so wrapped up in my cleaning that i totally forgot emoticon i have never forgotten my babies before....never...and in fact...i had gotten all over then boyfriends case for doing that exact thing....how could i forget my baby emoticon i stopped at mcdonald's and got her a sweet tea (she just loves these things) to hopefully make up for it...with lots of "I'm sorry's" by then it is nearing dinner time, and i had forgotten that also... i could of grabbed something out of the freezer, but really just wanted to go in somewhere where it is air conditioned (we don't have ours put in yet), so i pick up ds and go to mcdonald's....i will admit...i did not chose wisely...but i was so wanting a fish sandwich and fries... we sat and ate and talked some....then headed home... after recording my food, i realize that, hey, it fit.... it's not like i do it every day...and i stayed within all my limits...wohoo!!!! so....my house is clean...my eating has been right on... now it's time for me time...i take my bubble bath...read a couple pages of book, but all i really wanted to do was play with the bubbles...so...i did...lol.... washed up, shaved legs and put on my favorite night gown...then decided to do my nails...and happy i did :) now i just sitting and chillin. some where in all that, i did fit in a few games of solitaire :) so all in all.... i would say i did exactly what i planned to do today...get back into center with myself...

though...i still feel awful about forgetting my dd1 :(

  
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NITAINMN 7/3/2009 5:42AM

    I have just one question for you - no walmart trip? hahahaha! glad your daughter forgave you, kitty! So happy you were able to re-charge your batteries. emoticon

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MISSBEAR11 7/1/2009 2:17AM

    I'm glad you got centered and all but did you get to Walmart to get new undies? lol I'm sure you daughter understood and the Macdonalds would of surely made it up if it was me you forgot. lol Years and years ago, my cousin went grocery shopping. We live in a small town. She had 3 kids, one was 4, one was 2 and one was a newborn. She had the baby in the cart and the other 2 were being particularly bad that day. She put the groceries on the counter, pushed the cart with the baby in it under the stand thing to where it comes right behind the counter so the cashier can put the groceries in it to take them outside. She had only picked up a few things so they put them in a bag, she paid and all she could think of was to "get those 2 brats out of the store". So she took her groceries and her 2 older fighting kids and went to her truck, buckled them in, all the while giving them heck for being so bad in the store. She drove home, unbuckled them and turned to the baby and it wasnt there!!! She left him in the cart at the store. lol When she went back one of the cashiers was rocking the cart and waiting for her. That baby is now 22 and hes just fine. See... its not the end of the world. It would of been if it was a huge city but in our little town everyone knows everyone. She never ever forgot him again ... she felt so darned bad for too darned long. Stuff happens .... and sometimes the stuff that happens isn't great but we all make mistakes. I hope you have a great week. Hugs.

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WILDCARD1 6/27/2009 3:32PM

    Kitty, I am sure that your daughter forgives you. (The tea surely helped, LOL). I know when I get involved in cleaning, I don't want to stop, I mean, I am on a roll, and want to get it done. I know that I have forgotten to make the kids lunch while I was cleaning, and until they come to me and let me know that they are hungry, I am happy to just keep getting it done.

I am glad that you took some me time. You are so busy and do so much for others that you deserve it.

Have a great weekend!

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CHRISTINAJEAN1 6/26/2009 9:37PM

    I wouldn't be too hard on yourself for forgetting your daughter. It is a good thing you took some me time for yourself. That is very important.

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KALISWALKER 6/26/2009 9:21PM

    I am sure dd1 will forgive you. It's sounds like you had a good day to refresh yourself. Enjoy yourself!

Lynn

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One Step At A Time-My 2 Yr Review

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!!! emoticon

  
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MISSBEAR11 7/1/2009 2:06AM

    Woohoo Kitty, I'm so proud of you. You're doing great. I have something to say though .... get your tired arse to Walmart and get yourself some new undies, dang girl! LOL Hugs.

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WILDCARD1 6/27/2009 3:34PM

    WTG Kitty! It took you a while, but you stuck with it and it is paying off now. I am so proud of you and so glad that you came into my life. I enjoy the LAP team!

Keep up the great work! You can do this!

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RHALES199 6/26/2009 9:34AM

    You go, girl, Keep up the excellent wrok, Kitty! Congrats on being 35 lbs down! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 6/25/2009 9:12PM

    Yay, JoDee! You are feeling better and your outlook on life has changed...how cool is that!! I think it is amazing how much we can improve our lives with Spark People. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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STREGGANANA 6/25/2009 9:06PM

  Great work!!!!! you should be so proud of yourself. I hope were still here 2 years from today cheering each other on. hopefully, we will be amintaing our weight by then LOL

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Our Freezer Meals

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
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Kitty's Sausage and Noodles
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Tuna Salad Sandwich
Freeze the bread separately, and before serving tuna salad, mix up-good as new :)
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Kitty's Hamburger Helper
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hamburger pie
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LNPHAP 7/11/2011 12:06AM

    Wow.. Thanks for sharing! I did a search for Freezer Meals, and this blog showed up. Looking forward to trying some of these recipes! emoticon

Question on the Cabbage Casserole Recipe. I'm new to freezing food and wondering when is the best time to freeze this. Before the Baking Step, or do you bake it and then freeze it and reheat it?? It looks great, and I can't wait to try it!!
Same question for the Hamburger pie.. :-)

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JAYCEE77 6/25/2009 9:55AM

    Kitty, I make my own Hamburger Helper that is sorta like yours and I can't wait to try the hamburger pie. My guys are gonna love it. I like to freeze chicken chili and all kinds of soups. I'm usually at Jazzercise around dinnertime so I need things that I can make ahead and heat up quickly when we get hungry.
I'm gonna go raid Missbears freezer now. Sounds like lots of goodies in there! emoticon

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MISSBEAR11 6/24/2009 8:25PM

    Oh girl ... now you did it!!! I always freeze batches of stuff. Get a cup of coffee this is gonna take me a little while. LOL First of all I can't wait to try that cabbage roll casserole. And the hamburger helper I'm going to try with ground chicken next time I find it on sale. Now I'll tell you whats in my freezer! lol

I have homemade ground chicken barley vegetable soup
chicken breast cooked and wrapped separately then bagged ... theres original shake and bake breasts, cajun shake and bake breasts, baked breasts with just garlic, salt and pepper (to use for chicken tacos, chicken soups, to add to rice or pasta dishes, to add to fajitas or quesadillas. I buy the 10 pound box when its on sale and cook the whole thing up. Right now I have fajitas mix made up with chicken breast, red and green peppers, onions and mushrooms. I either eat that on a flatout rollup or put it on a tortillas with a bit of lite cheese and then put another tortillas on top and melt it. I heat the tortillas up first and crisp them a wee bit so they dont get soggy. I also take the plain chicken breast, slice it up, crisp up a tortillas, put some lite ranch mixed with franks hot sauce on the tortillas, then the chicken, then some cooked mushrooms and onions, add some cheese and I call it a buffalo pizza. I also make some with pizza sauce, veggies and chicken. I love zaitarans rice especially the smothered chicken one. I cook the zaitarans according to directions and when its almost done I add chicken pieces, onion, mushroom, black beans, kernel corn, and peas mixture to it. Stir it in and let it finish. I freeze this in 1.5 cup packages. I make a thing we call chicken penne. I put penne pasta on the bottom, then a mixture of cut up chicken, onions, mushrooms, lite cream cheese, mushroom soup and garlic on top of the penne and then some lite mozza cheese. I heat it up and package it up. I freeze lasagna. Chicken chili freezes really well. I add some salsa to it. I freeze brown rice mixed with onions, cabbage, mushrooms and peas and eat the chicken chili over top of the brown rice mix. I take bread dough ( you can buy the frozen loafs) roll it out and fill it with whatever I like and seal it up. I bake it and freeze it. I sometimes roll it out and cut it with a glass to make circles and then put in some filling and seal up in a half circles. I have used pizza mixture, hamburger mixture with mushroom soup and veggies, chicken, broccoli and mushroom soup with veggies, chicken with veggies and casear dressing, cut up steak with onion, mushroom and mushroom soup. I always cook my fillings first so that I just have to cook the dough, cool the filling before putting inside the dough. I freeze perogies. I freeze angel food cakes and all kinds of muffins. I peel bananas and wrap and freeze. They are sort of like ice cream. I mix unsweetened jello with lite whipped cream and berries and freeze it in cupcake liners. Very good. Everything I make and freeze I figure out the calories for and put it into my favorites then I just have to add it to my food tracker when I eat it. I have also made chicken muffins and froze them. Just mix ground chicken with some salsa and some broken up stuffing mix and an egg. Cook in muffin tins and freeze. I know I'll think of a million things as soon as I press post. lol The shake and bake chicken breast is great heated up and added on top of a salad. Pork chops with mushroom gravy freezes well. I make my hubby frozen meals. One of his favorites is mashed potatoes with the porkchops and gravy. Stovetop stuffing freezes well too. I add that to some of his fried chicken dinners. Roast beef and gravy freezes great. Fried chicken, sausage, smokies... oh its a never ending list!!! I'm gonna finish up now cause your coffee is probably gone now. lol Hugs.

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A Better Day

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

To say yesterday was he!! is an understatement....uhg...i went to bed later than i should of on Sunday night, so got up late on Monday...never a good start...go into work and the floor shiners had been in and had everything moved around...blocking both microwaves...and of course...i had something to microwave for breakfast...then they had unplugged my monitor, and i can't reach the plugs, so i was running around trying to get another computer to boot up so i could start working...then boss and i got into a huge argument.... and this was all within the first hour....oh...and i started my TOM.... today was a much better start...i got alot done before leaving for work...and the boss...uh...was actually nice this morning...and asked me if i needed help emoticon i was actually scared he was going to fire me for yesterday...lol.... but i made it through the day without the pink slip... then i went and paid bills and off to grocery store to pick up a few things...now home to cook dinner and relax...and the best part is...i recorded everything i did eat and going to eat... i have been having much trouble getting between the allotted amount of calories...much less anything else...today...i hit spot on...on everything...carbs, fiber, all of it...wohoo!!!

  
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KALISWALKER 6/24/2009 1:21AM

    Way to go with your food today!

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RHALES199 6/24/2009 12:33AM

    glad today went better than yesterday, and good for you for hitting those ranges right on!

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MISSBEAR11 6/23/2009 8:10PM

    Way to go at hitting those ranges!!! And congrats on not getting fired. lol Some days are just yuck and some are even YUCKIER and you sound like you might of hit the YUCKIEST! Hugs.

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Remembering Dad

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.

  
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STREGGANANA 8/13/2009 10:52PM

  Beautiful tribute to your dad. How luck he got to see his grand babies.
that is why I'm on my journey to thin and better health, I have 3 grandsons and a granddaughter is on the way. Hopefully, fine and healthy.
I miss my dad too, he passed 3 years ago at the age of 89. I started walking a few weeks ago at the cemetery where he is. I put in a little flower garden at his stone, so I go and water the flowers and take a walk there.

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LESLIECOY 6/23/2009 10:42AM

    emoticonThankyou

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DBD398 6/22/2009 11:43AM

    This is a beuatiful tribute.
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MJA716 6/22/2009 1:45AM

    What a beautiful blog! Hugs to you on this Father's Day! I know your dad is smiling down on you and loving you from heaven!

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RHALES199 6/22/2009 12:25AM

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KALISWALKER 6/21/2009 7:02PM

    He was lucky too, to have you as his daughter.

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Lynn

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MISSBEAR11 6/21/2009 4:39PM

    Hugs and more hugs. My father had a massive heart attack too. We had a great Christmas and my birthday was four days later and it was great. I was 26 and he called to tell me he loved me and to wish me happy birthday. My mom called us at 7 am New Years Eve morning to say something was wrong, really wrong. We got there and there was nothing we could do. I thank God he didn't suffer. And I thank God that we were a family who always said "I love you" as we left the house or talked on the phone. My dad never ever let anyone say "goodbye". He would always say "so long" as a goodbye to anyone. Its been 20 years and I still miss him and think of him daily. Today I thank God once again for giving me such a loving father. I was his "little sweetheart". I still am. Just keep remembering the good times with your father and keep holding him dear. Someday you'll meet again and you can give him the biggest hug ever.

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