MCONFESSOR's SparkPeople Blog MCONFESSOR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 It Is Our Wedding Anniversary Today! Hooray for us! We're still married. :) Haha. <BR> <BR> Today we celebrated our anniversary and our love for one another, which we both agreed has only grown more and more over the years. We had a lovely day and look forward to an equally lovely evening. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful partner to spend my life with. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of photos from our wedding, because I like to look back on it. :) <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:30:20 EST I Am Thankful. I worry about my weight. I worry about having too much to eat. I worry about not looking as good as I'd like to. Granted, most of my time truly is consumed with making sure the children are ok, taking care of my family, running my business, baking, and any number of other activities - but I DO get a little too into my own head from time to time. Some days I feel like I worry about these things too much. Then something happens that slams everything back into perspective. <BR> <BR> Last night... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:00:35 EST Farmers Market Day. I love the Farmers Market. LOVE it. <BR> <BR> Today's haul was fresh vegetables, fresh from the hive honey, a handmade GF flour mix, GF mocha tarts from a wonderful local baker that isn't me haha, fresh garlic bulbs, and fresh fruit. I love having such amazing resources right at us. We reminded ourselves regularly how Blessed we are to not only have it at our disposal, but also have the means to enjoy it. That is a luxury that we do not take for granted - but are sad is a 'luxury' at all. ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 01:25:22 EST The Big Batman Cake is Finished! Today's order is finished, boxed, and ready to be delivered in a few hours. I hope they like it. <BR> <BR> Three tiers - chocolate, lemon, and red velvet, with coordinating fillings. It has a light coating of buttercream and is then finished with fondant, buttercream and fondant accents and decorations, and rhinestone and silk trims. The full set up weighs about 10 lbs and will feed 60 easily. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping it stays in one piece long enough to be delivered. :) <BR> <BR> <img... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:36:07 EST So Much Walking - Without Leaving My Kitchen. I have alreay done 7500 steps today and almost all of it has been between my kitchen, pantry, and laundry room. Today I baked the double layer three tier cake and filled each tier. I also coloured the fondant that will serve as the background for the design. If you have ever coloured fondant, you know how tedious and time consuming it is, so I decided to walk around my kitchen island as I did it. I figured I might as well get in some leg work while giving my arms a workout. You would think "h... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 18:50:10 EST Frustration Me: I feel like everyone is losing weight and I'm just stuck. <BR> Husband: Why do you say that? <BR> Me: *exasperated sigh* Because everyone else is losing weight and I am staying at the same weight! <BR> <BR> We both sensibly decided to not talk about that anymore, because we know how it will go. I breathe fire, grow a second head, and peasants are hiding in the forest until it is over. ;) <BR> <BR> It's the truth, though. I mean I am absolutely thrilled for every single success everyone... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:25:51 EST More Updates. Today is my Mom's birthday. She spent it in the ICU with my stepfather, of course. They took him off the vent and he started crashing, so they put it back in. He was unconscious during most of it, but once he was lucid, he begged them to just not put it back in the next time and let him go. It happened again and they put it back in. I'm irritated that they aren't respecting his wishes (also in writing long before this happened, so it's not a 'he's not of clear mind' situation), and I am also ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:10:52 EST Bleh. I thought having a family viewing of Osmosis Jones before bed last night would magically make me feel better. As it turns out, Muerte Roja seems to be working harder than Ozzy or Drix in my body this morning! I am hoping to keep something down and have a quiet day of reading and lessons instead of wild adventuring. Like I had said last night, it seems to be a quick moving event so I won't complain, but I won't be upset if it moves as quickly as it possibly can! <BR> <BR> It is drizzly and ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:56:24 EST The New Flavour! It seems to be a hit. We'll see how sales for it go over in the next couple of months. I am going to hve them available at the market/fair I am doing in November, providing I am chosen to get a table that is. <BR> <BR> The Literally Can't Even (or LCE for short). It is a pumpkin spice cupcake with ground coffee bean infused mocha buttercream, topped with a fluffy puff of super whipped cream cheese frosting, and then sprinkled with just a hint of nutmeg to bring it all together. Yes, we al... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:36:03 EST Farmers Market - and More Baking. Always more baking, right? :) I am doing a cupcake dress this morning for an afternoon delivery, and I am also making a batch of a brand new specialty flavour for this Fall/Winter. I am calling this one The Literally Can't Even Cupcake. I hope it goes over well. <BR> <BR> I am also heading out to the Farmers Market to get a bunch of fresh and delcious goodie from local farms and vendors. As silly as this may sound, there is a woman from a city about an hour north of us who does these amaz... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:36:55 EST More Cupcake Samplers. (Photos) I have a purple wedding sampler going out tonight, a Halloween wedding sampler, and just a basic Halloween (not a wedding) assortment. The pick up order was right on time this morning. She seems to be a great person and there is nothing wrong with a repeat customer. :) I gave her a free container of the homemade sweet vanilla whipped cream I had made this morning, as well as a pecan tart. I hope she likes everything. <BR> <BR> My back caught earlier, but fortunately I was able to kind of ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:09:12 EST Keeping the Faith. What a week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my Uncle passed away. My Mom got the call that her brother had died as she sat in the ICU with her husband, watching him get worse and worse. My stepfather is in advance acute renal failure and had to be place on a vent due to respitory failure, as well. Things look pretty bleak right now. In between sitting with him, my Mom had to get to her doctor for bloodwork to find out if she is stable enough for her next heart surgery. <BR> <BR> It's just all bad. I'... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:56:21 EST Only Tuesday? It feels like forever ago that I wrote my last blog, but nope - it was yesterday. I seriously thought I must have skipped a day or two. Shows how long my day has been! <BR> <BR> I had a wedding sampler delivery today, we are hosting a full dinner and dessert get together for 7 additional people on Thursday (so 13 of us total), I have a pick up for four loaves of bread and three dozen cookies first thing Friday morning, deliveries for two wedding samplers on Friday evening, a cupcake dress de... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:13:56 EST A New Week. Monday is often one of my favourite days of the week. Rarely are there Monday orders (it does happen, but very infrequently), we get back into the weekday routine, and we are able to appreciate having had the weekend. Hooray for Monday. :) <BR> <BR> I had five different stops/deliveries last night and they all went well. I also booked another relatively large order. While Iove doing birthdays and weddings, later this week I have an order for zucchini and chocolate chip bread, banana bread, ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:03:24 EST Family Fun Day. Today was a family event at the Base and we all had a great time. They had the boats running and we enjoyed that so much. They even did a few 'stunts,' where the boats were practically on their sides, giving drastic views of right at the water and then high above the water on each turn. It was exhilarating. Not really for the water or boat-shy, though! We were also able to meet up with friends who have recently moved out here, so that was nice. It was just one of those genuinely nice days - w... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:42:26 EST The Tired Feeling is Strong in This One. I feel so tired, but so accomplished. I am happy to report that the groom appeared to be thrilled with the order and even gave me a very sizeable tip - which was completely unnecessary but extremely welcome. :) I did the baking and decorating from 10pm - 2am, non-stop. It all went very smoothly and without incidient, so that was nice. I hope they and their guests enjoy everything. <BR> <BR> When I was finished, I whipped up the chocolate mousse cake that my husband absolutely LOVES, so I sus... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:25:09 EST Tomorrow, Tomorrow! So much going on today in order to get ready for tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I am doing the wedding order overnight tonight for a first-thing-in-the-morning pick up, so today I am finishing up everything in the house and getting all of the Welcome Home party supplies together (and in some cases, making them!) for my husband's big arrival tomorrow afternoon. Everyone is looking very forward to having him back at home. :) Since it is a sea arrival, we are throwing a full Pirate Beach Party. In addit... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:27:07 EST Celebrities Need to "Explain" Weight Gain? I was up early this morning and read about how yet another notable celebrity has 'spoken out' about their recent weight gain and 'explained' it to the media because of all the backlash, rumours, and criticism. <BR> <BR> Are you kidding me? I mean seriously, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? <BR> <BR> It's no one's business if they have gained weight, but even more importantly - where do fans (or non-fans) and news outlets get the idea that it is acceptable to even bring it up? I know there are a lot of a... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:02:21 EST