Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday #3 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: 238.6 pounds.
My weight this week is: 237.6 pounds. 
DOWN 1.0 pounds!! :-) :-)  

I am happy with these results. Obviously I wished for more, but considering it was a bad week I will take the one pound loss.

This past week was stressful, and just seemed off. I have been battling depression this week and it shows in my food choices-- a lot more carbs and sugar was eaten. I think it had to do with the schedule being off as the kids had an unexpected day off, then a delay, then several things moving around of my own schedule, etc. It was just a bad week. I also noticed that on days where I didn't leave enough time to eat breakfast with the kiddos, were the days were I wanted to snack and eat lots of bad things. It continued to last night, when I really needed junk food, so I had half a bag of mini chips ahoy cookies. It is what it is, and I woke up this morning determined to get back on track. 

I know that stress and depression affect my eating. Anyone have any tips on how to combat this?

On the exercise front, I exercised every day except for Friday and Sunday
  • Wednesday: I did a 3 mile Leslie Sansone walking DVD for 50 minutes total
  • Thursday: I did a 41 minute workout on the Wii Fit Plus 
  • Friday: I took the day off as this is my grocery shopping day and getting things done day
  • Saturday: I walked outside for 51 minutes for a total of 2.7 miles. This included this HUGE hill. I really felt it. I got my workout in before we had to take Rebecca to basketball and before it started raining.
  • Sunday: Nothing, as we ended up being out of the house most of the day
  • Monday: It was raining all day, so I did a 45 minute Wii Fit Plus workout  
  • Tuesday: I did a 42 minute Wii Fit Plus workout-- the free step program and watched the first half hour of Counting On while doing this. I worked up a huge sweat as I go faster than they count and I do arm movements at the same time.
So I am currently back on track. I know that I will have good weeks and bad weeks. I just need to find a balance. I also need to figure out how to deal with stress and anxiety and the depression that rears it's ugly head. Each week is not going to be perfect. I just need to try to make each week good.

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday (1/16/2017)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend, and didn't have to deal with the ice storm. We didn't get much ice; we got some freezing rain for a little bit, but nothing horrible. We had a fairly okay weekend. Saturday we had Rebecca's basketball game...they lost big time, but she had fun and that is what matters. Yesterday, we went spent some time with my parents and did a little shopping (I got a new Kindle Fire (it was a Christmas present from my parents)) and we went out to dinner with them and had yummy Mexican food!

Today, the kids and I are at home as schools are closed for Martin Luther King Day. I have exercised, fed the kids, and just have done a few things around the house. I am not sure what we are doing the rest of today, other than just getting some household stuff done. Right 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: 

Today it is supposed to be cloudy with a shower or two. This week it looks like it is a combo of cloudy days with showers and sunny days with temperatures in the 40s.  

I am currently reading Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig. It is a different genre than what I normally read. I am trying to branch out, so when I was asked to read this for a review I said yes. 


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 we watched Big Hero 6. Ben was enthralled by this movie and loved it.

This weekend we spent time watching the NFL football playoffs. GO PACK GO! The Packers game was insane, and I am glad to say that my team won. There were also several episodes of Mythbusters watched. Tonight is the season premiere of Counting On, so I am looking forward to that. 


MONDAY: Baked Chicken Parmesan over noodles (new recipe), green beans
TUESDAY: Hot dogs and baked beans and salad
WEDNESDAY: Taco pie, salad, and mandarin oranges
THURSDAY: Tuna helper and peas
FRIDAY: Pizza sticks and fruit salad
SATURDAY: Breakfast for dinner- waffles, eggs, bacon and fruit
SUNDAY: Spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread

Monday: exercise on the Wii, plan tutoring for rest of the week, laundry, general straightening up of the house, have Rebecca write to her penpal.
Tuesday: kids to school, work out to dvd, tutor, Jacob has wrestling, Rebecca has AHG 
Wednesday: kids to school, walk, tutor
Thursday: kids to school, tutor, walk, Jacob has wrestling, Rebecca has basketball, menu plan and make grocery list
Friday: kids to school, walk, grocery shop
Saturday: Rebecca has a basketball game, walk
Sunday: PSR, Church, walk

Less mess and less clutter. Really I am not really doing anything creative right at the moment. I am just trying to get things out of the house. 

It doesn't look too bad. There are some toys out and lots of laundry to fold, but it just looks lived in.

Ben took Captain Plasma to school for share day on Thursday. As we were coming home, Benjamin insisted that Captain Plasma had to get into her booster seat and get her seatbelt on. Safety first.

Black v-neck t-shirt, khaki jeans and white ankle socks.
Spending time with my parents. I am blessed to have parents that live fairly close and that I have a close relationship with. We had a lot of fun with them yesterday afternoon and feel so blessed that they are heavily involved in our kids' lives.


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! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pork chop and scalloped potato bake AND tex-mex tilapia (new recipe #1 and #2 for 2017)

One of the things that I would like to get done in 2017 is to try to expand our menu items. I want to try at least 2 new recipes a month. I have decided to share the recipes that I try so that maybe I can help a few of you out with some new menu ideas. I know that I get inspiration from other bloggers so maybe I can help.

This week, I was able to make 2 new recipes. 

On Sunday night, I made Pork Chops with Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from the Pillsbury website. I served it with green beans and wheat french loaf bread (that I got on clearance at Walmart for $0.50).

Overall, it was pretty simple to put together. Appearance wise, it looked really good. Taste wise, it was pretty good. I didn't have fresh thyme, so I added dried and the flavor was a little overpowering. Jacob and Bill really liked it. Rebecca wasn't a huge fan of the potatoes, as I think the taste of the thyme was overwhelming. I will make this again, but will add less thyme next time.

On Saturday night, I made a special dinner for Bill for date night. I made Tex-Mex Tilapia from I served it over brown rice with asparagus on the side (for Bill) and green beans on the side for me.

It was really spicy! It had a great flavor, but the heat was almost overpowering for me. I was only able to eat half of my piece of fish. Bill LOVED it, as his motto is the hotter the better. If you like spicy food, then this would fit the bill. When I make this again, which I will as it was good, I will use half of the jalapenos called for. This is definitely something that I will only make for Bill and I, as I think that it would still be too spicy for the kids. 

So, I have already met my goal of trying 2 new recipes for January. However I am not doneI already think that I will be trying a new chicken parmesan recipe out next week for another new recipe for January! I can't wait. 

Have you tried any new recipes lately?
Care to share? 

Friday, January 13, 2017

January Decluttering Project: Closet of Doom (Update #2)

Of one 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. 

For January, I have chosen my nemesis-- the room/closet off of the bathroom. There is a small room off the bathroom that has become a catch-all storage room. It is a disaster so I have dubbed it the Closet of DOOM

Just a reminder, here is the before (taken from the bathroom door looking in, as I could not even walk into the room):

After spending an hour cleaning it during week 1 of January, the closet had transformed to this:

It was a good start but still a ton to do. So this past Sunday, I spent about 45 minutes in the closet of Doom for session #2. We took all the boxes and bags and to Goodwill and that opened up some floor space. So this was my starting point for week #2.

I started by gathering trash. I also decided to clean out the dresser that is in the room. I removed everything from the drawers. A lot got thrown out as it was expired toiletries (from 2012!) and I moved the rest of the first aid stuff to our downstairs bathroom which is where we keep bandaids, etc. I also organized all of our bathroom products and got rid of ones I knew we would never use.  I was able to get a trash bag full of trash out of there. I also got another 1/2 bag of things to donate to Goodwill and a bag full of books to donate to Goodwill. I meant it when I said I was being ruthless.

I also broke down all the boxes that for one reason or another had gotten thrown in this closet. These were Amazon boxes that are too small to pack stuff in  and too big for mailing things. So I broke them all down and they went out to recycling on Monday night. 

Still not done, however, at least now there are huge areas of clean floor.

And I will admit that I smile when I open the door. It is coming along, slowly, but it is coming along!    

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Love Unending: Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood by Becky Thompson


How can I remember how to be a wife when it takes all I’ve got to be a momma?

Since becoming a mom, do you ever feel like your marriage no longer receives the attention it needs to thrive? Do you ever wonder how you’re supposed to re-center your heart on your husband when you are so busy with everything else?

Those feelings we experienced in the first days of love and marriage often become buried beneath hurried life, active children, and mountains of bills and laundry. Maybe you’ve questioned and perhaps even worried if you’ll ever again experience love as you did in the beginning—that newness of what it meant to be fully caught up in one another. But what if you could rekindle that fresh sort of love? What if there was a secret to love unending?

For the next twenty-one days, journey with Becky Thompson to remember what life was like when you first fell in love with your husband. Each daily challenge, reflection, and prayer will refocus your attention, re-center your heart, reignite the romance, and help you rediscover your marriage in the midst of motherhood.

Take the Love Unending 21-day challenge and discover the best way forward is to look back at the beginning.


When you have kids you think that you will still be able to be a wonderful wife and a wonderful mother, along with wonderful housekeeper, cook, and any other titles that moms have. Well, in my own life I know that there have been times since I became a mom that I felt that maybe I was putting my husband and marriage on the back burner. Enter the Love Unending challenge from Becky Thompson.

Love Unending: Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood is written as a 21 day challenge for moms who want and/or need to remember those first days of being in love with their husbands with the hope that they can rekindle their romances and the fire in their marriages. Every chapter is for a different day and offers a look into Mrs. Thompson's own life and marriage, a challenge and a reflection area, as well as spaces to write your observations and thoughts. 

Personally, I loved going through this challenge. It helped me to become aware that I was putting my marriage on the back burner and I needed to take some time to devote to my husband. I loved the challenges and how they made me think and really appreciate my marriage. I do feel that it helped to strengthen my relationship with my husband, even after 11+ years of marriage and 3 kids later. I would highly recommend this book to all moms/wives out there! 

I received this book free from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.   

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday #2 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. To achieve this goal, I set up the following guidelines:
  • eat a salad for lunch at least 5 days out of the week
  • eat dinner with the family
  • eat breakfast each morning
  • NO pop during the week (limit 1 per weekend day)
  • exercise at least 15 minutes every day
I figure that these are guidelines that I will try my hardest to follow; however, if I fail at them, I am still going to be doing better than what I have been doing in my past. 

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: 242.0 pounds.
My weight this week is: 238.6 pounds. 
DOWN 3.4 pounds!! :-) :-)  

I obviously am very happy with these results. I had some good moments and some bad moments this past week. Let's start off with the bad. On Thursday, I was seriously craving chocolate and carbs so I made some brownies and I ate more of them than anyone else. Also on Saturday night, we had date night including ice cream, although I only ate half of it, whereas before I would have eaten the whole thing

I am doing better with my diet and there were some good moments. I didn't eat 5 salads last week, but I am adding in more vegetables especially at lunch time-- my favorites right now being to add fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes to my scrambled eggs. YUMMY! I have eaten breakfast every morning, except for Sunday when I still have to figure out a time table before church. I have eaten dinner with the family every night! And I have only had one pop and that was on Sunday night with dinner, and even then I only drank half of it. I have been drinking mostly flavored water.

On the exercise front, I exercised every day except for Friday, despite the freezing weather! I borrowed a different walking dvd from the library than the one that I own, and I was pleased to see that the library had a nice selection of workout dvds that I could borrow.
  • Wednesday: I did a 2 mile Leslie Sansone walking DVD for 35 minutes total
  • Thursday: I did a 36 minute workout on the Wii Fit Plus program (I managed to pull a muscle in my calf that really hurt doing this)
  • Friday: I took the day off as my leg was really hurting and I didn't want to risk hurting it even more.
  • Saturday: I did a 3 mile walking dvd that took 49 minutes. I was able to borrow this one from my local library.            
  • Sunday: I did a 36 minute Wii Fit Plus workout.
  • Monday: The temperature was a tad above 1-- it was like 11 degrees, so I headed outside and did 1.86 mile walk (took 36 minutes) in the cold.
  • Tuesday: We woke up to a little ice storm that had rolled in, so school was closed for the kids and it was way too icy to get outside to walk. I ended up doing 46 minutes on the Wii Fit Plus. I will take it. 

So I am currently on the right track. It feels different this time. I know I will have good days and bad days. I just need to try to make the healthier choices 80-90% of the time and the rest will hopefully fall into place.

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