Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday #12 of 2017

So one of my 2017 goals is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. This is a necessity for me, as in the last few months I have gained 15 pounds. That is not good. I want to be healthier and feel better about myself. 

In order to keep me accountable, I am hoping to come back each Wednesday to share my weigh in and my successes and failures from the previous week. So let's hop to it and see how I did this past week, shall we?

My official starting weight (on 1/1/2017) was: 242.0 pounds!
My weight last week was: 238.2 pounds.
My weight this week is: 235.4 pounds. 
So a loss of 2.8 pounds! :-)
Total loss from 1/1/17: 6.6 pounds 

After gaining weight last week, I just decided to take a step back and not focus on my weight for the week and instead put my focus elsewhere and to see what would happen. Well, I lost 2.8 pounds. I get so caught up in the "I can't eat this" or "I can't have that" that I tend to binge or overeat, especially on the chocolate or sweet stuff. Last week, I just said whatever and you know what happened. I really didn't want a lot of extra snacks or things. So I need to not put so much emphasis on the diet part and just focus on eating better and not having the chocolate stuff in the house seems to help as well!

If you are trying to lose weight in 2017, how is your progress going?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Great Lakes Science Center visit

This past Thursday we surprised the kids and took them on a 2 day mini getaway. Benjamin was already off of school for the 2 days, Bill decided to take 2 days much needed vacation time, and we pulled the other 2 for Thursday and Friday (something that I have never done before, but was needed). They had absolutely NO idea that we were going anywhere. We left our home around 8:15 Thursday morning and drove past their school and kept on driving. They were so confused. When we confessed that we were going to Cleveland for the next couple of days, Rebecca started crying because she wanted to go to school. (She was upset because we hadn't warned her ahead of time.).

So we headed up to Cleveland to visit the Great Lakes Science Center. This is a great place to visit as a family as there really is something for everyone.

The first exhibit we visited was the NASA Glenn Visitor CenterThis was probably the highlight of the visit for me. It was very interesting and educational. I have always loved things that had to do with space and so this was really cool. They had lots of hands on activities for the kids, including an experiment where they turned a dial to build up different levels of pressure to blast off a rocket. Rebecca said that was her favorite part. They also had simulators where you had to land the space ship on the moon and on Earth.

Then we headed upstairs to the Science Phenomena exhibits. These were hands on science experiments that the kids (and adults) could partake in. The kids had so much fun on this floor trying different things and learning new things.

Then we headed down to their café for lunch. They had your standard café fair of sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers. I had a deluxe grilled cheese and fries. It was pretty good.

After lunch, we headed to another area titled "Build It! Engineering fun one brick at a time, presented by ArcelorMittal" where there was a Lego themed exhibits and interactive activities, like building a small mosaic, building with huge Legos, and making movies with Legos. The kids loved learning how to and making Lego movies.

After, we headed outside so that the kids could see Lake Erie. The Great Lakes Science Center sits on the edge of Lake Erie, and they actually have the William G. Mather Steamship, a 618 foot steamship, in the lake that is open in the summer for tours. The kids thought the outside of the ship was cool! I enjoyed seeing the ice that had formed on the rocks; it was so neat. And it was also FREEZING! The sun was out, but it felt like 10 degrees out. It was so cold!

We spent about 5 hours at the center. It was definitely worth the drive and it wasn't too busy, being during the week. There was a school group there where the adults weren't paying attention to the kids and they were being kind of wild, but overall, it was definitely a memorable destination.

After we left the Science Center, we headed south about half an hour to our next destination......

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday (3-20-2017)

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was good. I needed the 2 days to get stuff done at home and to rest from our whirlwind trip we took to Cleveland and Canton Thursday and Friday. I will have recaps of everything we did up later this week. We had a lot of fun! I was able to get a few things done this weekend that I had been putting off, like ordering new bras, doing some paperwork, finishing up our taxes, etc.

So far today, Ben and I have taken the older 2 kids to school and then we went to the grocery store as we were completely out of produce and milk. I also had to put gas in the van. Now we are back at home and I am taking a moment to join in with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme.

Speaking of Sandra, if you are a praying person could you say a prayer or two for her this week. She has a family funeral to go to today and some medical tests later this week as a followup to a mammogram. She could really use some prayers and good thoughts!

So let's get started: 

Today it is supposed to be 50 degrees and cloudy with a  chance of rain showers.

Still reading "Wonder." I just can't get in the mood to sit and read for any period of time.


On Friday nights, we typically do pizza and a movie for the kids. This year I would like to try to remember what movies we have watched, so I will be recapping here. This past Friday night, I actually was in bed while the kids watched a movie with Bill. I think they watched "Big Hero 6." Other than that we have been watching a lot of the NCAA tournament.

MONDAY: chicken patty sandwiches, French fries, and cantaloupe
TUESDAY: bratwurst, macaroni and cheese, and green beans
WEDNESDAY: hamburger helper and peas (leftovers for me)
THURSDAY: pulled pork nachos and fruit
FRIDAY: fish sticks and clam strips, baked potatoes, green beans
SATURDAY: pizza and fruit
SUNDAY: ????

Monday: Go to the grocery store, Ben speech and OT, tutor, trash and recycling to curb
Tuesday: kids to school, tutor, AHG meeting for Rebecca
Wednesday: kids to school, tutor
Thursday: kids to school, tutor
Friday: kids to school, Ben picture day
Sunday: PSR, church
And each day has the daily housework that needs to be done.

It doesn't look too bad considering we were home all weekend. I need to mop the downstairs and clean the bathrooms.  


A few pictures of where we were at Thursday....

Jeans, a blue and white striped tunic, and brown flats
Enjoying nice cold fruit. I love cold fruit.

This is a quote that was on a display board at the place that we visited on Friday.

So there you have it. A little peek into my life on this Monday. Hope everyone has had a great day and let's see what this week will bring! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

February and March Decluttering Project: The Master Bedroom (update #4)

One of my goals for 2017 is to give our home a deep decluttering. As I mentioned in my New Year's Goals post,  I want to take a room a month and really give it a good cleaning and decluttering. In January, I chose my nemesis-- the room/closet off of the bathroom. And I am pleased to say that I was able to declutter it completely!

After giving it much thought, for February, I decided to work on our master bedroom. What better thing to do for my husband, whom I love with all my heart, than to give him, and us, a place to truly relax in at the end of the day instead of being faced with laundry piles, miscellaneous stuff that has been stashed in our room, etc.

The first week, I tackled my dresser area and the floor around it.  

The last time I had posted, I had tackled my husband's dresser.

After the last time I posted, I mentioned the I was going to work on my closet. Well...that didn't happen. Instead I decided to work on the books and the corner of the room near the window. Here is the before:

And after..

I was able to get rid of a few books. I still need Bill to go through his books, but it looks so much better. I bought a new shelf off facebook for $5 to turn into my nightstand and then repurposed the shelf that I was using in the corner to hold some of Bill's books. It looks so much better in there.

Due to not being as productive on the decluttering as I would have liked in February, I decided to move this project into March as well. So, last week, I was able to work a little bit on our closet. It was horrible. There was so much crap on the floor.

I was able to get the floor cleaned off. The bookcase holds my tutoring resources. I got that organized and cleaned up. It looks a lot better.

I still have a couple of boxes of papers and files to go through in the closet, but other than that it is done. So hopefully, I can get some of that done coming up this week.

If you are decluttering in 2017, how are you doing with it?