Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Recipe to try

Hi Friends!
How are you all? I'm doing okay. I still haven't worked up the courage to step on the scale.  However, my monthly cycle did start, and a lot of the bloat/water retention has gone down, so maybe it won't be so bad.  I'll weigh in on Friday and see where I'm at.

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and I'm going to try it.

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

I'm just linking directly to her blog because she has a big warning that the post/pictures can't be used for other people's blogs. I hope I don't end up having to go to jail or anything.

Anyway, the recipe looks really good, and I'm hoping my kids will like them too.  Morning time is very hectic around here and getting the kids to eat something nutritious, healthy and filling can be quite the challenge.

I went to the store and stocked up on my WW friendly snacks.  Sugar free jello and pudding, light string cheese, reduced fat wheat thins, fat free cottage cheese, etc...

I need to get back on track.  But honestly, I just feel so overwhelmed by the whole thing right now.  Sleep is hard to come by, the kids are all out of sorts, the weather has changed, which in turn is causing my headaches/migraines to flair up a bit.  I really do need to work on eating more healthy though.

Lately my diet has consisted of a lot of coffee and chocolate.

I want to go to the big bulk store and get some chai powder so I can mix up my routine and have chai instead of coffee all the time.

Anyway, not much else going on over here.

MB-Thanks for being such a faithful reader. :) I wish we lived closer and could meet in real life.  And I think the fall weather makes women go nuts and start baking/eating feverishly.  At least, that's what happens to me!

Friday, October 19, 2012


Has it really been 11 days since I last blogged??? Things have been so crazy hectic around here.

Kids have been sick, sleep has been non-existent, baby has been fussy, house has been messy and mama has been STRESSED.

It seems like everything kind of snowballed at once.  One by one the kids got some kind of stomach virus that ended with them throwing up multiple times.  Nora has thrush and I don't know what all else going on, because my normally sweet and mild mannered baby girl has been ANGRY. 

I haven't been to bed before midnight all week, and I just can't function like that. 

So, needless to say, my WW has kind of taken a back seat.  I need to get back on it.  I noticed that as much as I hate it, I really do have to buy all the processed, pre-packaged food that I know the points of.  Otherwise I tend to just not eat... all day.... until the doo hits the fan in the afternoon and then I'm like a crazy wild woman shoving food in my mouth.

I've seriously contemplated shutting my blog down because it's just another layer of stress for me right now.  Not that anyone besides MaryBeth, my family and my friends read it, but I always have this dull nagging voice in my head telling me to post and update, but there's not really anything to say.  I'm currently holding steady with my weight-not going up or down. But I desperately want it to go down.  So I need to prepare and organize myself to get back on the WW train and do it diligently.

I didn't weigh today, but I will weigh tomorrow and log that into WW and begin again.  I'm not giving up, and I will be back to my pre-pregnancy size.  I just don't know how long it will take, but I'm not satisfied to just stay where I'm at.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weigh In and helpful hints

So, I gained a pound.  Not too too horrible in the whole scheme of things.  The way I ate last week should have resulted in a much higher gain.  I was kind of out of control.  But this week I feel more in control, my determination is back, I feel like "I can do this!"

So here's to keeping on, slow and steady. :)

I have a good friend who is doing WW with me, and we're perfect partners.  Neither of us takes it too seriously, but at the same time we don't excuse each other/ourselves from doing what we're supposed to.

Now, on to the helpful hints. :-D

*Wash out your coffee pot after every use.  The oils from the coffee build up on the carafe and get bitter/rancid.  Washing with soap and water gets rid of the residue.

*Sprinkle a little salt over your coffee grounds to make it more smooth and less bitter. I also add a little cinnamon to the grounds and it makes it really yummy.

*You can take any boxed cake mix and combine it with a 15oz can of pureed pumpkin and it makes great muffins or cakes.  No oil, water or egg needed.  Just the mix and the pumpkin.  This week I took a Swiss Chocolate cake mix and combined it with fresh raspberry puree and made muffins that are pretty good.

*You can wash your hair with baking soda and vinegar, and it makes it kind of beach-wavy.  It also strips any residue build up that your shampoo/conditioner may have left behind. True story.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


I'm failing, guys.

Well, I failed over the weekend, anyway.  I was all hyped up to be super good, too.  Saturday I was supposed to go help work at our church property, but then Josh ended up having to be in a meeting and wasn't available to help me with the kiddos + niece.  So I didn't go because the kiddos were... spirited. ;-)

And I was stressed.  And I ate.  I can't even remember what, but I ate and didn't track points.  Sunday was the same story.  I don't know why.  I couldn't be bothered to care.

I'm back on track today, although I *need* to go grocery shopping.  I'm eating more fruits and vegetables, and they disappear so fast! And I really, really need to find more recipes and branch out.  I tend to eat the same things over and over and it's not particularly healthy even.  Reduced fat cheese sticks and wheat thins.  Bananas.  Apples.  Sometimes slices of turkey with mustard.  Oatmeal.  But overall I need to eat more veggies/salads. 

Today I have a massive headache and I'm pretty sure it's from the crap food I've been eating.  That, and lack of sleep.  Miss Nora has been up a LOT lately, and I just figured out today that I think she has thrush. 

Anyway, I'm back on track today and will be happy if I haven't gained this week.