MCONFESSOR's SparkPeople Blog MCONFESSOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Easter! I hope everyone who still takes a look at this had a great weekend and an enjoyable Easter. I've been so busy that writing anything that isn't a quick FB status or business related is just falling behind. I haven't even read anything other than news and daily devotionals in at least two weeks! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have also put on a little weight. I know it is from erratic hours, lack of sleep, and sporadic eating habits, not a lack of exercise or over-eating, but that still doesn't make it an... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:53:15 EST Recumbant Bike? I am thinking of puchasing a real piece of gym equipment for the house, but I KEEP going back and forth between a recumbant bike and an elliptical. I THINK I want a recumbant bike and I think I've found the one. I keep having that "what if we never use it," thought, though, you know? I don't want this mocking me from the corner as I sit and glare back it it. Haha. I am pretty positive that I would actually use it a lot, however. It would be a good way to justify watching a television show. Ri... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:13:43 EST As It Seems... ...I am not eating enough. Isn't that a stupid thing? I need to up my calories, fat, and carbs to get things rolling again. I really do believe that is the core problem I am dealing with right now. I am honestly going to have to start setting alarms, or something, to keep myself on track. I get so busy that I just let it slide until it is later in the evening and then I just have some cottage cheese and a piece of seed bread and call it a day. I know it's a problem, but I keep thinking I'll s... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:27:50 EST A Long Overdue Entry. (Photos, of course) I know, I know. It has been forever since I have been on. I feel terrible about it. By the time I get finished each evening, I have no great desire to be online. That's a horrible attitude when it comes to SP, though, and I need to lose it. I'm trying - admittedly not very hard, though. <BR> <BR> I AM still getting plenty of exercise and eating properly, though. The four pounds I had put back on are off again, and business is actually too good. I am plotting out my break times now. Other tha... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:18:48 EST I Love Monday. Unlike the majority of the world, I love Mondays! It is usually the one day a week that I do not have anything that is a 'have to.' This week that is especially welcome. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had visitors from out of town over for a nice luncheon and then we had local friends over for dinner. I put together a finger food spread and tiny strawberry shortcakes and lemon and Key Lime pie shots for dessert. For dinner, I switched to full meal mode and made a homemade lasagna, homemade garlic b... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 17:54:40 EST Getting My Groove Back. It doesn't matter how difficult it is getting for me to squeeze in REAL workouts, I am going to have to double my efforts. I'm moving plenty, but it's just not enough. I need the steady routine of structured workouts at set times. So, I'm going to get back to that. <BR> <BR> The pastor that my husband had when he was a child is in our area on vacation with his wife this week, so we are having them over for lunch on Sunday. I am looking forward to a solid reason to make a watermelon teapot a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:29:52 EST Early Morning Blog. (Photos) I am SO glad to see Monday arrive this week! I have spent 12+ hours on my feet in the kitchen every day since Thursday, and then did the deliveries after that. Add to it, another 2-3 hours a day doing consultations, and it makes for a long four days - especially adding in keeping up with everything else. I had honestly planned on having a homemade lasagna for the family in yesterday, but by the time I had finished the orders and flew out the door (apron still on, no less), it just wasn't happ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:52:06 EST Flowers (Fondant ones, that is.) I have spent today working on the flowers for a romantic vintage-inspired wedding I am doing this weekend, and am getting ready to start on the Minecraft blocks and pick axe for a vegan, GF, dairy free, nut free birthday cake I am doing this weekend. <BR> <BR> In news that has nothing to do with work, I have put on four pounds. I mean, HOW? I honestly think it is from LACK of eating, as crazy as that sounds. It's very frustrating because I am definitely getting enough movement in and I'm N... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:41:31 EST Making Time for Working Out. Despite the fact that I spend so much time on my feet, I am really making an effort to keep on a regular workout schedule, as well. I wish rushing around 5+ miles a day in the kitchen was enough to whip me into shape, but sadly we all know it isn't. So, I am forcing (today it really WAS a struggle!) myself to get up and work out first thing every morning. I am doing my best to make sure I am doing cardio and light weights to keep myself in check. I don't always WANT to, but I know that 6 mont... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:47:22 EST Dinner Party Success - and Lots of Exercise. I have been sailing over my 10k steps a day without even putting in effort or wearing my tracker while actually working out. It has been crazy. Good, though! I am always much happier when I am active. <BR> <BR> The dinner last night went very well. It was nice to spend the evening with friends. <BR> <BR> I didn't mention it the other night, but on Wed. evening, my husband was sort of robbed. It wasn't a mugging or violent crime by any means, which is why I say 'sort of.' While we were ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:18:55 EST A Weekend Full of Work. My husband's four days off were very nice, but mainly because I had so much to do that the extra set of hands full time was a godsend! Haha. Between Thursday evening and yesterday, about 350 cupcakes passed through my kitchen, as well as Buckeyes, cookies, and other confectionery treats. I've booked another wedding as a result of a tasting on Saturday, and I was able to get in a bit of shopping in Chinatown yesterday. Yes, I've added even more decorations for the dinner party on Thursday. I'm... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:04:16 EST The Michael Jackson Experience - Wii We've found a new dance game to keep us busy - The Michael Jackson Experience. It is fantastic and I love it. It really gets a sweat going after a couple of songs. It's also the first dance game that I have dominated across the board against everyone in the family. Haha. I think a lot has to do with me remembering all the MJ videos (and dances) from my youth. Score one for being old! Ha! <BR> <BR> We did a LOT of running around today. I delivered well over 200 cupcakes and made a stop at t... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 02:38:22 EST 25 Years Between Photos. A friend of mine posted a picture of me from our yearbook back in 1990. Ha! Ugh. <BR> <BR> So, this is me 25 years ago and now. Sadly, there is a lot more than 25 lbs between the two photos! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:35:06 EST This Week is Great! (Other than the lack of sleep) One of my brides-to-be made a gorgeous Instagram collage of her tasting sample. I just love it. She booked her order today and it should be absolutely beautiful when it is done on the 28th. I look very forward to seeing it all come together. <BR> <BR> I have made the first set of sample "Tiny Bottle" guest favours. They seem to be well received. I would love to ease my way into that part of things. They can work for any kind of party and the themes are only limited to one's imagination. (H... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:41:24 EST I am So Glad to See Monday. (Photos of baking) I know it is not a popular opinion, but when you work for about 48 hours since Friday night, you really look forward to Monday. :) <BR> <BR> The wedding on Saturday went well, as did the other tasting. My daughter's birthday party was also fantastic. I have spent more time baking and cooking and decorating than I care to count up though, and have only had about 4.5 hours of sleep total since back on Thursday night. It was all well worth it, however, and I can sleep tonight (I hope). My husb... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:39:39 EST Weddings, Weddings, & More Weddings! I got in last night to find another inquiry about a wedding. My ultimate dream had always been to be a wedding and event planner, complete with baking - heavy emphasis on weddings. I do not know that I'll ever branch out into full planning, but the baking side of things is really shaping up to be wedding heavy this year! I am giving some serious consideration to offering a very cut-rate special for each a bride-to-be, parents of a child around 7 years old, and someone hosting a baby shower i... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:50:12 EST Tracking Steps I track my steps every day. My goal, of course, is to never be under 10k steps, but I definitely shoot for more. By keeping count through everything, I have learned exaclty how many steps certain acdtivitie are. <BR> <BR> Wedding Sampler Packs: 5k steps <BR> Wedding w/100 cupcakes and a small cutting cake: 10k steps <BR> Wedding w/100 cupcakes and tiered fondant cake: 11.5k steps <BR> Weekly standard grocery shopping: 8.5k steps <BR> Walk to the horse farm and back: 5k steps <BR> <BR> Funn... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 00:18:30 EST Swashbuckling Saturday! You know how I love a good theme dinner. Today we had friends over and it was very nice. They even brought the hostess (me!) a bouquet of flowers. I thought that was very thoughtful! <BR> <BR> I got in well over 10K steps today, as well. Hope you all had a good day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I cannot remember if I posted a photo of this, or not. It was one of my Christmas gifts. I have it hanging by my kitchen office desk. :)... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 01:48:08 EST Sore (but in a good way). When I got to my workout today (running a bit late due to Ian being up all night and requiring a little more attention this morning), I realized that some of my muscles were sore. Not enough to have even been really noticeable all day, but definitely something I took note of when I started my warm up. It feel nice, though. It was a sign that I'm really back at it and making a difference. I like that. <BR> <BR> I am adding an extra serving of fuit to my diet each day now, as well. I eat lots... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:08:30 EST Happy Monday! Well, I did it. I stuck to the plan and was back at working out today. :) I DID notice a bit of lingering wheezing in my lungs, but it wasn't enough to cause me to stop. I am really glad for that. I also dit a bit of light weight training later in the day - just enough to ease myself back into it. It felt good. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone in the Northeast is well prepared for the storm. In all honesty, I hope the newscasters and weather reports have just over-hyped this and it isn't as bad as... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:48:15 EST Good Morning! I hope everyone is doing well and getting a well deserved day of rest before starting this next week. My husband and I are getting ready to have a leisurely breakfast together while the children all sleep in. It is incredibly rare for them to all be snoozing soundly at 7am, but we'll take it! Later, we are going over to visit friends and drop off some treats, but for now it is all relaxing. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am getting back to my good ol' Jillian Michaels workouts. I have missed them - ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:18:18 EST Thank You, God! I am FINALLY really feeling better. My lungs have protested a little bit today and I am definitely sore, but for the first day since New Year's Day, I feel more like myself. I am so glad. I honestly feel like I have put on weight and lost muscle tone these past nearly 3 weeks. I am not even touching the scale, though. I don't need to feel bad about myself over having gotten sick. Some things truly are out of my control and one of my goals this year is to learn to accept that gracefully. :) T... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:50:46 EST Good News! On July 1, 2011, my brother and his wife suffered a horrible loss - their son passed away at birth. It was terribly sad for everyone in both families, of course, but was completely devestating for them. There was a lovely memorial service and years have gone by. <BR> <BR> Fast-forward to last night. <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy at 10:43pm. Mom, Dad, and baby are doing great. I cried almost as many tears of joy for them last night as I did tears of s... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:10:00 EST Finally Seeing a Bit of Improvement! I am definitely still not at 100%, but I am up over 50% - and that's definitely a success to celebrate at this point! I have been able to accomplish several things and am back up and going. Slower than usual, but it'll get there. :) <BR> <BR> I had another wedding inquiry last night. My February wedding couple is already referring people. That feels nice! <BR> <BR> My husband and all the kids are doing well. Our 18 year old son (special needs) has a touch of what I have, but it doesn't se... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:21:54 EST Not Much to Update. I was all gung-ho on NYE and then started feeling sick on the 1st. Within about two hours, it hit me hard and fast. I've pretty much been sleeping and moaning since. Muscle aches, sore throat, high fever, extreme fatigue, chest congestion- all that good stuff. In the past 40ish hours, we have had two of the families that we delivered things to notify me that they have had someone in the home (that I had direct contact with) test positive for H3N2. The symptoms fit, the timeframe lines up, an... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:34:56 EST On the Eve of New Year's Eve. I am making myself sit here and type this up because I want to be back in the habit in a couple of days when the new year rolls around. I realize I have been very busy, but I am very upset with myself for falling so behind on SP. I plan to turn that all around again and get back to it. I have still been doing really well on all of my eating and exercising, but I truly miss the daily accountability and tracking. I also miss the people! :) <BR> <BR> We are having a little get together at our ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:38:57 EST Merry (belated by a day) Christmas! (Photos) I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful day yesterday! :) I know our family was very Blessed in many, many ways. <BR> <BR> When it was all said and done, I was able to suppy baked goods to roughly 500 individuals between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I was very thankful for the opportunity to do so, but very tired. December 23 found me in the kitchen for 16 hours almost non-stop. There wasn't a surface in our kitchen and dining room that wasn't covered with cookies, cupcakes, fudge... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 22:48:04 EST Only 8 More Days Until Christmas! (Photos) Hard to believe, isn't it? <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon, I had round 2 of the oral surgery adventures for this month. I am sore this morning, for sure, but I am confident that this one will heal up just as nicely as the one on the 4th did. I may even be able to manage turkey by Christmas Day! :) <BR> <BR> I got a bit of Christmas shopping taken care of after I left the appointment and got almost all of the running around I had to do finished before the numbness wore off. Once it did wear... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:43:56 EST 10pm on the 10th. I really haven't forgotten about SP. I am frustrated with myself for not making more time for it each day, though. <BR> <BR> My oral surgey went well. It was a little more involved than we first thought it would be, and I have to go in for round two (the other side) this coming Tuesday, but I have a very skilled oral surgeon/dentist and I have no complaints. I thought I was up for regular food tonight (I attempted mild chili), but I was mistaken. Having your jaw bone dug into and having si... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:28 EST My Bakery Tree. I have put up a tree in the dining room that represents my bakery business. It's silly and intentionally a little tacky, and I love it. :) I hope others can see the fun in it! <BR> <BR> Also, I made GF tiramisu today, some in tiny shot glass form. Even the ladyfingers are homemade. <BR> <BR> Tree <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tiramisu <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:15:00 EST Pinecone Cakes. Martha Stewart has had a pinecone cake recipe out for a while that I have really wanted to try but it has just never happened. Well, today I finally made myself set aside some time to give it a go. This is the result. I'm pretty happy with the first run! :) They ARE time consuming, though. <BR> <BR> Rumour has it that a certain ship may dock a day earlier. I hope so! <BR> <BR> <BR> Pinecone cakes. (Each one is about the size of a standard cupcake, maybe a little smaller.) <BR> <BR> <im... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 20:57:59 EST Hello Everybody! Nearly a week since my last blog entry. I'm really slacking. I haven't been tracking my food and exercise, either. I am staying on track, however, and am glad about that. <BR> <BR> I have finished putting together 150 soap and lotion packs for the shelter, and have them boxed up and ready to go. Ideally, I will have gloves to go with them before they are delivered. I hope they are helpful for the people who receive them in December. <BR> <BR> I got a bit more decorating in our house com... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:35:59 EST I Am Exhausted. I feel just terrible admitting this, but I was kind of ready for my husband to head back to the ship this morning. We were glad for the surprise weekend at home, but it threw me off. I had planned for x amount of time and plotted out my own goals and work around that. Like I said, I was thrilled to have him around, but by last night it was just wearing thin. I had asked non-stop for 48 hours if there was ANYTHING I needed to get ready for him or do to prepare for departure. His answer was co... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:23:33 EST Impending Dental Surgery. I have a moderately invasive oral surgery scheduled for December 4. Today I went on high dose anitbiotics and will be all set to go by the 4th. I was able to kind of squeeze it in between large orders, the open house we are hosting, holiday parties, charity work, and, of course, Christmas itself. I was glad for that. The last thing I wanted to do was construct wedding cakes while on Percocet haha. <BR> <BR> My eating is going well, exercise is plentiful, and even my rest is doing a bit bet... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:34:09 EST What a Great Experience! I am so thankful to have been invited to participate in the Craft Fair this past Sunday. Everyone there was wonderful, I made some great new contacts, and oh - I SOLD OUT of EVERYTHING with 2 hours still left to go of the show! It was incredible and I could not believe it. Roughly 500 individual items gone - just like that! <BR> <BR> It definitely has me rethinking whether or not I should do more shows and markets. I never thought it would be my thing, but maybe it is! <BR> <BR> I have a... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:00:44 EST I'm Losing Track of the Date. I have been so busy this week that I keep forgetting what day it is. I don't dwell on it, but weeks like this make me even more irritated when someone says "Yeah, but it's not like you have a real job." (Yes, it has been said to me at least three times this past week that I remember.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am about as ready for tomorrow as I can be. Seven dozen cupcakes, 10 dozen chocolate chip cookies, 3 dozen molasses cookies, two batches of fudge, 100 Buckeyes, 3 dozen cut out sugar cookie... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:54:34 EST Wednesday Woes. Ok, 'woes' might be overstating it a bit, but 'frustrations' wouldn't be! My husband left this morning. We were told he'd be back on the weekends. He called about two hours after he left to let me know that, oh - surprise - that is not the case. What 'should' have been 2 days away, then two days home, then five away, two home, and five more away has now just become three weeks of away. This means I'm flying solo with the kids, the photographer, the craft fair, the business, the holiday decora... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:36:25 EST The Kitchen is Complete. Five hours and over 8000 steps just while cleaning the kitchen, but it is finished. I took everything out, disinfected everything, re-organized, and made the cabinets and counters more user (me) friendly. I am very happy with how it all turned out. Tired, but happy! <BR> <BR> Things have changed with my husband AGAIN, so he'll be leaving sooner than we thought. This leaves some questions about my big debut at the Winter Craft Fair this weekend, but I'll figure it out if I have to. (I hope ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:28:58 EST Ready for the New Week! We were able to take our friends' dog back to their house on Friday evening. I am not ashamed to admit that we were glad to be relieved of the duties, but we were much happier to have been able to help out. :) I am glad they are all reunited. <BR> <BR> I have the entire baking list for next Saturday made up AND I have a photographer set up to come out that evening and photograph all of the products so I will have 'real' shots to use on my FB page and on the website I am considering putting u... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:58:24 EST What a Week. And we're only halfway through. <BR> <BR> I wasn't feeling great on Monday, just run down, and that has continued. Nothing concrete and I'm not 'sick,' I just feel sore and tired. I've been taking it a bit easy and making sure to stay hydrated, get rest, and eat healthy. I've been able to work on bakery consultations and administrative work while I'm not running around. It has been a nice change of pace, but it kind of makes me restless. <BR> <BR> Last night, a friend's larger dog passed aw... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:35:49 EST The Last Day of a Long Baking Weekend. I racked up about 40,000 steps in my kitchen alone these past 4 days. Everything was completed on time and turned out well, so I am glad for that - but happy that the rush is over for now. Today I hosted a wedding tasting here at the house with a very nice young couple. One of the best parts of wedding tastings is how excited they are. It would be nice if everything in life could be done with the same enthusiasm as wedding cake tasting! <BR> <BR> They went ahead and had me book their date, ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 02:12:12 EST This Is Halloween! I cannot believe it is after midnight. I had planned to sit down and type this up and log my day's activities and exercise (so much) and food (not nearly enough) hours ago, but never made it. I had an order to finish. I was up until about 2am baking last night, then I was in the shower by 5:30am to start deliveries by 7am. Once I was back in around noon, it was time to start baking for the big cake that goes out tomorrow morning. Then it was costumes, the Mall, a bonfire with fireworks and a ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 03:36:38 EST Pumpkins! We had family pumpkin carving night last night and it was a blast. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:56:18 EST My Mom's Heart Surgery. My Mother is going in for her surgery and ICD tomorrow morning, bright and early her time. I spoke with her before she went to bed tonight and she sounded good - just looking forward to it being done and putting it all behind her. I am confident that God and the physicians will bring her through this, but I will definitely breathe a sigh of relief when I get the call from my brother that all is well. If you'd like to spare a prayer for her, I certainly wouldn't complain. :) <BR> <BR> I pers... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:38:18 EST Today's Halloween Orders. (Photos) The Halloween party orders are rolling in. I have been baking and decorating all morning. I am so sick of looking at cupcakes I cannot even tell you. Haha. I still have to put the finishing touches on a cheesecake that goes out this evening, and then I have to make out my grocery list and get myself together to start delivering everything. Believe it or not, this is my calm weekend. Next week, Thursday - Sunday is insane. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:04:01 EST I Made This. I try to have things available for people who are having theme parties, in case they want to rent a specific stand or something. I decided to make a kind of vintage-y sort of 50s type of thing with retro pop bottles and old records. This is the finished product. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I may work on a few other designs in the next week or two. <BR> <BR> I am making a delivery tomorrow of a chocolate cheesecake and Halloween ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:35:48 EST Have I Done This Correctly? I need to change my blog to Friends Only. I THINK I did that, but I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> Can you see this? Are you on my friends list here on SP? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:12:58 EST I Love Farmers' Market Day! I am going to miss them so much after next week. Sure, there are the real farm market stores and such, but it's not the same. I like heading out on Saturday morning with the sole intent of browsing the market. I am thankful to have it at all, though, so I won't lament the situation too much. :) <BR> <BR> Speaking of markets...I found out I got one of the highly coveted tables at the Winter Craft Fair! I am super excited about this. From what I hear it is a big deal and gets a lot of traffic... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:13:39 EST Back to Real Time. The four day weekend was wonderful, but as always - I enjoy being back on real time. I was up and got my workout done in time to chat with my friend who is currently teaching in S. Korea right now. I miss her very much, but am glad she was able to take advantage of this opportunity. I am so thankful for Skype and FB sometimes! <BR> <BR> Speaking of the workout - ugh. I was ambitious and ended things sweaty and out of breath, but feeling great. Well, that kind of 'great' that we all know ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:54:30 EST Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! We had a lovely day and enjoyed having a guest over for the holiday meal. We also got a new photo of my hsuband and I together. I still do not love full length photos, but I am learning to like them. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The turkey, in all of his herbed up glory. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:15:44 EST