Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday #8 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?


SO HOW DID THIS WEEK GO??? 
My official starting weight (on 1/1/2017) was: 242.0 pounds!
My weight last week was: 235.2 pounds.
My weight this week is: 232.6 pounds. 
So a loss of 2.6 pounds!  :-)
Total loss from 1/1/17: 9.4 pounds 

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale this week. Last week was kind of a bust eating wise with Valentine's Day, sickness in the house, stress of the mice and then adjusting to kitties, etc. So I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped on the scale and saw the loss! 2.6 pounds, I will take it!

On the exercise front, well.... similar to last week. Nothing. I think I am battling depression and so it is hard to get motivated to exercise. I did go out with the kids and Bill and walked on Sunday around the park and I was running around playing basketball with Jacob last night outside.
  • Wednesday: Nothing
  • Thursday: Nothing
  • Friday: Nothing
  • Saturday: Nothing
  • Sunday: Nothing
  • Monday: Nothing  
  • Tuesday: Nothing
With Lent coming up, I am contemplating giving up ALL sweets and processed sugars to maybe help with my weight loss. It will be hard though as I am a chocoholic. We shall see.....

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday (2/20/2017)

Happy Monday afternoon! The sun is shining here and it is warm outside! It is a good day! Today is President's Day and the kids had it off of school, so they have been home creating havoc here. As have the cats--- one decided to poop in several places in our living room and dining room this morning, and not in the litter box. Not a fun thing to wake up to. And both kids and cats have had a ton of rambunctious energy this morning/ and early afternoon. I have a mile long to do list today and I feel like I am getting none of it accomplished, but that is how life goes sometimes. I decided to sit down and type this out, before I head upstairs to attack the 3 loads of clothes that need folded and put away. So, for now, I will be joining in with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme. So let's get started: 


THE WEATHER:::
Today the sun is out (YAY!) and it is gorgeous out! We have had temperatures in the 60s the last 3 days and it is supposed to be like that all week! I hope so because it is great to get outside!

ON MY READING PILE:::
Still haven't really gotten into reading anything yet. But I need to read my review book this week, so I will be reading In a Different Key....








ON MY TV:::

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, we watched Lady and the Tramp (which I recently acquired cheaply through ebay). The kids liked the movie!





Now that the NFL season is over, we typically have on college basketball or the NBA. If Ben gets to choose, then it is Lego Star Wars. I also started watching Planet Earth II, which premiered this weekend.



ON THE MENU FOR THIS WEEK:::
MONDAY: ham slices, augratin potatoes, green beans
TUESDAY:
WEDNESDAY:
THURSDAY:
FRIDAY: 
SATURDAY:
SUNDAY:
I have no idea what I am making this week. I have a mile long to do list today and that is on my list. This warmer weather has made me want to make some different things.

ON MY TO-DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK:::
Monday: Ben speech, tutor, trash and recycling to curb
Tuesday: kids to school, Aldi's grocery store
Wednesday: kids to school, tutor
Thursday: kids to school, tutor, Rebecca has basketball.
Friday: kids to school, tutor
Saturday: Rebecca has her last basketball game, walk
Sunday: PSR, church, Upwards awards celebration 
And each day has the daily housework that needs to be done.

ON MY TO DO LIST FOR TODAY:::
Pay Bills
Laundry (at least 4 loads)
Clean upstairs and downstairs bathrooms
Empty trash
Menu plan
Iron stars on Rebecca's basketball shirt (after it is washed and dried)
HHM on blog
Mop downstairs floors
Decluttering session in our bedroom
Work on St. Patrick's Day decorations
Fill out forms for Ben's testing

LOOKING AROUND THE HOUSE:::
It isn't too bad. There are toys out (both cat and kid toys!), but it isn't too bad.
  

FROM THE CAMERA:::
We took the kids to the park yesterday to run around, throw rocks in the lakes and see the geese. At one point, Ben wouldn't get down from a rock, so I had him climb on my back and we walked around with me giving him a piggy back ride!




WHAT I'M WEARING TODAY:::
I have on jeans, a green/brown/and white floral short-sleeved shirt and tan flats. The weather is too warm to wear a sweater and boots!
 
SIMPLE PLEASURE:::
Spending time outside with my kids and hubby. 


DEVOTIONAL OR QUOTE:::



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

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Valentine's 2017

We had a pretty good Valentine's Day this year. With a few special things that we did and a few that we didn't get to do...



Each day leading up to Valentine's Day, I placed a heart with a  special thing about each child on it on their walls for them to find when they woke up. The kids loved this idea, and I think it is something that I will be doing each year for Valentine's Day.


I came downstairs on Valentine morning to find chocolate from my hubby on the table!

I left out a card and a Reese's peanut butter heart for my dear hubby before I left for the morning.

The kids had school. Jacob and Rebecca took their Valentine's to school for their parties that afternoon. They both said they had fun. In Ben's class, they had their Valentine's party which I attended.



After the party, we headed home to get Bill so that we could go look at the cats that we ended up adopting.

We were originally going to go get Greek food for lunch, but decided that we had just enough time to grab some Wendy's and then head to Walmart to get cat supplies before I had to be at my tutoring session.



After my tutoring session, we took the kids to pick up the cats and bring them home.




By the time the excitement died down, I had to quickly make dinner so that Bill could eat before he had to head to work.

I had bought Valentine themed cups and napkins for the kiddos to use and completely forgot to have them use them. LOL

I also had bought things to make strawberry shortcake for dessert, but that didn't happen either.



On Wednesday, I came downstairs to find an emoji pillow on the table for me. Not sure why my husband got me the mad faced one-- is he trying to tell me something?? , but the kids really seem to like it....


Also on Wednesday, Benjamin asked me to draw a heart so he could cut it out and he did. This from the child, who has had occupational therapy issues. I think he did a great job and it was the perfect way to cap off Valentine's.

So overall, our Valentine's Day 2017 was a pretty good one! Hope yours was as well!

Friday, February 17, 2017

February Decluttering Project: The Master Bedroom (Update #3)

In case you missed it yesterday, we got a couple of new family members this week. On Tuesday we adopted two new cats into our family. They are 7 month old brothers and we have named them Gus Gus and Gronk. They have pretty much taken a lot of our attention these last couple of days, so I feel like I am so behind on general housework, laundry, etc. However, I did get some decluttering done in our bedroom before we got the kitties so that is what this update will be about.

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.



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






This week, I wanted to tackle my husband's dresser.



I started with the top of it, clearing it of receipts and things that I knew were trash or belonged somewhere else. I then moved on to the drawers. I even called Bill up to help, which he did so grudgingly. I took all the clothes out of his drawers and his workout clothes basket and we went through them one by one.


Bill covered with the shirts out of ONE of his drawers.

Well, I should say Bill laid on the bed and I held each one up and then he said keep or donate. I will say this that I was highly impressed with the amount that he got rid of. He got rid of a ton of his t-shirts and some shorts that he said he had forgotten that he had. We went through all of his drawers and even his clothes that were hanging up in the closet (because I figure while he was in the mood, might as well do all of it!). We are donating a trash bag and a half to Goodwill of the clothes that he got rid of!

 
Bill also cleaned off the top of his dresser and it looks so much better.

Now that we have the kitties, I am hoping it is incentive to keep surfaces clear as they like to climb around on top of things!

Next week, I am hoping to get into my closet to get to work...It desperately needs it.


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?





Thursday, February 16, 2017

Introducing our 2 newest family members....

We have 2 new family members in our household as of Tuesday.

Let me introduce you to:

Gus Gus



and Gronk.



They are 7 month old brothers and we adopted them from a family friend of ours who was looking to get rid of them. The mom and dad are her cats and before they could get the kitties fixed mom got pregnant 2 times in a row.  

We have talked a few times about getting the kids a pet. We also said we would get them a pet if/when we get a house with a yard. Right now, we have a house but it is on the busiest street in our town and we have no backyard to speak of.

Also Jacob has developed almost a phobia of animals. We talked about getting him a pet so that he can hopefully overcome his fear of animals.

Then of course, we have had the recent issue with mice. Apparently they are bad this year, as our landlord said they are even getting into his house. Jane asked me yesterday in a comment if we had caught that pesky mouse. Well, we have caught at least 2, but I saw another one last night!

So, when I asked on facebook if anyone had a cat we could borrow, that set the ball rolling and we in the end we are new parents to Gus Gus and Gronk.

Gus Gus likes to hide under the couch and is a little more timid. Although last night, he went exploring and jumped from one kid bed to the next waking the kiddos up at 2:30 am. Now he is off sleeping somewhere. He also runs and hides anytimes I point my camera or phone at him, so he doesn't like his picture taken.

Gronk on the other hand loves to play and is really active with us.


Gronk, I think was a puppy at one point. He meets me at the door and follows me around. I am not a cat person, but he has adopted me and I will admit he is pretty cute! AND last night, when I saw the mouse, Gronk took off after it and chased it underneath the stove and then stood watch near it. He didn't end up getting it, but I am just glad he chased it and maybe he will get it next time.





The kids are thrilled. Rebecca keeps saying, I can't believe we have pets! LOL

Jacob asked if after we get rid of the mouse, if we had to give the kitties back. We told him nope. These kitties found their forever home with us!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weigh In Wedneday #7 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?


SO HOW DID THIS WEEK GO??? 
My official starting weight (on 1/1/2017) was: 242.0 pounds!
My weight last week was: 236.0 pounds.
My weight this week is: 235.2 pounds. 
So a loss of 0.8 pounds!  :-)
Total loss from 1/1/17: 6.8 pounds 

I felt that I had an okay week eating wise. I definitely was getting my veggies in. However, I also did a bit more snacking and eating out than I would like. (And I did end up making chocolate lasagna which totally blew the diet, but it was so good!) Still a loss is a loss and I am happy with that. And I have one pair of jeans that are getting really loose!

On the exercise front, between work and kids being sick, trying to catch up on housework, dealing with a mouse in the house, and crazy busy schedules last week stank. I didn't get anything in. That is the way of the world sometimes I guess. I just need to prioritize it better I guess.  
  • Wednesday: Nothing
  • Thursday: Nothing
  • Friday: Nothing
  • Saturday: Nothing
  • Sunday: Nothing
  • Monday: Nothing  
  • Tuesday: Nothing
So it wasn't a stellar week, but that is life. It is definitely a process and hopefully I can get in a groove sooner rather than later.




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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day questionnaire

Happy Valentine's Day! Today is a day we celebrate love, whether it is with a spouse, significant other, with our children, etc. It is a day to show those we love that we care about them, even if we just tell them that we love them. Last night I made cinnamon roll hearts for the kids for breakfast this morning. They have their school parties today. Later I have a little treat for them as well!

For myself in honor of Valentine's Day, I decided to answer a questionnaire that I saw last week on Facebook.


This questionnaire is all about you and your significant other.



Who's the oldest?: My hubby is by 7 years!
Who was interested first?: Me
Same high school?: No
...
Most sensitive?: Me
Worst temper?: Probably me...
Most social?: Probably me....
Hardest Working?: We both are.
Most stubborn?:
Bill
Most sarcastic?: Bill
Causes the most mess?: Bill
Wakes up first?: During the week, usually Bill as he has to go to work first.
Biggest family?: Me
Who cooks the most?: Me.
Who cries more?: Me
Best singer?: Him
Hogs the remote?: Him
Best driver? I think that I am
Better cook?: ME
Spends the most money?: Me
Smartest?: Him
Most common sense?: Both of us
How long have you been together?: since 2004


Feel free to play along! I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day and tell those special people in your life that you love them!