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What I am reading now

Friday, June 22, 2012

I have found that if I keep my hands and mind busy with a book I won't spend the evening stuffing my face!
Here is what I am reading now:

If you have a recommendation of a great summer read please let me know!!

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    The most important thing we can do for our children is not only to teach them to read bit also to love to read.

make it a great day

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ANNE1123 6/22/2012 1:39PM

    Summer seems like a good time to read short stories, but if you prefer non fiction read anything by Laura Hildebrand, best known for SeaBiscuit. Happy Reading!

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The family plan

Monday, June 18, 2012

My mom had another stroke late last week. This time they found three more blockages and surgery is not an option. Her risks are extremely high for having another stroke. This just seems absolutely dismal to me and of course food became my friend again over the weekend. I did not go the fast food route like last time (I defiantly learned my lesson there), but the amount of food I ate went over my goals.
The Doctor said that her risk may lower a little bit if she changed her diet and started exercising, but at this point it is not reversible. So as a family we discussed our goals for ourselves. We are going to all push to lose weight as a family.
My sister and I decided to get my parents another exercise bike for their anniversary so they can exercise together. As I try new recipes that turn out great I will pass them on to my mom to try out too! My Dad has been doing a lot of research about stroke and he has already raided the cupboards and fridge for non-healthy options. All of which went to the trash!
If we all start making really progress I know it will give my mom hope to push on and make a real change!


Testing out the SP Cookbook

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Last night I got my SP Cookbook in the mail:) I decided to try a couple of easy things since I was not expecting it in the mail so soon.
Last night we were having tacos so instead of use our regular packet of Taco Season I tried out Chef Meg's version.

The original recipe is:
3 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp of red pepper flakes

My 4 year old hates every thing that is spicy so I decided to change it up a little to make it 4 year old friendly.

Tonissa's Version:
3 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
Mix it all together and store in air tight container.

We also decided to change up our boring taco meat:)

1 1/2 lbs of lean ground hamburger
1 can of black beans rinsed
2 tbsp of taco seasoning
1 small can of tomato sauce
Lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheese, taco sauce, and sour cream (what ever you like to add)
Taco shells or chips.

1. Brown hamburger in large non-stick skillet until no longer pink.
2. Rinse black beans and add to browned hamburger.
3. Add 2 tbsp of taco seasoning to tomato sauce. Then add tomato sauce to hamburger and beans. Heat until warmed through.

I made a taco salad with a side of Blue corn chips. My husband and son prefer the flour tortillas.

I also made the Caramel Popcorn. I was a little concerned when it came to stirring the caramel into the popcorn because it was so thick. I had never made homemade caramel corn so I was also concerned how sticky the caramel was drying on the spoon. But let me tell you it turned out to be the greatest caramel corn I have ever tasted! I am looking forward to making it again! And next time I promise to take pictures!!


Rock Bottom Wake Up Call

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Weigh in day was Friday June 8th. I was so excited to step on that scale!! I ate great all week. I stayed with in 1500 and 1800 calories. I even did a little bit of exercise.

As I stepped on the scale with visions of sitting on a sunny Florida beach next spring in my head I look down and saw 264.6. What the Crap!!!!!!

I had not lost one pound! I was so pissed off, sad, and confused. What am I doing wrong?

So with that being said I ate everything I had been avoiding all week. I ate a big breakfast of eggs, American fries, toast and steak. Lunch was toasted ham and cheese sandwich, wedges and a large caramel sundae. Dinner was chips and salsa, 2 pieces of toast, Godiva truffles and then at that point I lost track of what else I may have stuffed in.

Saturday morning I woke up so sick to my stomach I thought I had the flu, but no one else in my family had gotten sick. I had the chills, diarrhea, nausea, head ache, and then I was hot and tired. I stayed on the couch for the most of the day. That afternoon I received a call from my Dad that my step-mom had had a stroke.

I was immediately up and running! My Dad and step Mom have been together since I was about 7. (if my memory serves me right) So I have regarded her more as my actual mother since my Mom had moved away not long after the divorce and I did not see her much. It even feels funny to type step-mom as I have never thought of her as such. My Dad had said she was doing ok and that she was being transported to Green Bay. This I believe was my SIGN.

On my way to the hospital still sick and tired I was kicking my self all the way. "What were you thinking?", "Don't you remember you family history of heart disease(both sides), diabetes(both sides), and breast cancer(mom)?" "Stop feeling sorry for your self and actually do something about your weight problem!!" "Maybe a trip to the Dr. is the next step?" I was so inside my head I have no idea how I drove to the hospital.

My mom was not released until Monday evening. She was released with a long list of don'ts and prescriptions. I keep reminding my self that I do have an easier weight loss road ahead of me than she does as I don't have to quit smoking. I am looking forward to helping her through this rocky road ahead. It will keep me focused on my goal. And it will keep me moving forward!

Stay Tuned

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MAVERICK59 6/14/2012 1:01AM

    I am so sorry to read about your mom.
How is she doing now?

I used to live in Janesville Wi,
I am a California gal now.


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    Isn't it sad that it takes something as scary as something horrible happening to a loved one to shake us and make us think about what we're doing? Hope your mom is doing better. :)

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What is tht smell? It's Yogurt Cheese!!

Friday, June 01, 2012

To see how to make yogurt cheese please check out my blog post!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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