Thursday, September 24, 2009

Diet time.

This weekend was a breaking point for me. I didn't hit a new low, or have a melt down. I just found a new strength in me that hadn't been there before. I need to take control of my diet and my exercise. I need to do something about this. I have to grab the reigns and guide myself back on the right path. I have to do this the sensible way. No standing over a toilet with my finger down my throat. No starving myself until I nearly pass out. I am going to make the right choices and get off my booty and exercise.

I'm probably going to fail at first. I won't be perfect every day. I will make some bad choices, but I will learn from them and try not to repeat them in the future. I'm not going to feel like exercising when I need to, but I am going to keep my head focused. I have to do this for myself and for my family. I need to be healthy. I need to be around to drive them bonkers.

I'm not confident enough to post my current weight. It's high. I am classified as obese. Ugh. That's an ugly word. My goal is to lose 50 pounds by next September. It doesn't seem like an unreasonable goal. Several websites say I should lose 70! I think 50 is my max. I will be satisfied with 35-50 though. I will try to post my trials and successes.

I signed up with sparkpeople. It's a free website with all sorts of helpful and useful information. The most useful tool for me so far has been the Nutrition Tracker. I am able to see exactly where I need to cut calories, fat, etc.

The number one tip I have learned immediately: drink.lots.of.water. I drink a big glass of water before I eat a meal. This really keeps me from overeating. I also drink a glass of water when I think I am hungry. Sometimes, when the body is dehydrated, it will send the wrong signals to the brain and make you THINK you are hungry. (My hubby told me this. I'm not sure how true it is, but I still drink whenever I am hungry. LOL.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My award.

I love getting these little awards! They give me a chance to let my readers know more about myself. They are fun and give me something to post about. Thank you to Alyssa at My Husband's Watching T.V. for my award! Alyssa and I became blogging buddies through another blog. A friend of mine attended her wedding. We have been chatting ever since! On her blog, she shares stories from her day to day life including her super cute puppies and some awesome recipes.


The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.


Things you may not know about me:
1. I had knee surgeries in consecutive summers (97, 98). Torn cartilage in one knee and torn ACL in the other. I was NOT a happy camper, but that happens when you are active in sports.

2. I'm afraid to call to order pizza, chinese, etc. I know. It's a completely irrational fear. I pretty much hate calling anyone. I don't mind if someone calls me, but it terrifies me to call someone else. I'm afraid I am going to bother them.

3. I had my daughter my senior year in high school. Obviously, she was not planned, but I knew that there was no other choice. I knew that having a child at such a young age was going to be very difficult and I would have to put a lot of things on hold, but that was a sacrifice I was willing to make. I had a ton of support from my family and his family, and that really helped me make it through.

4. I am terrified of being a bad parent. You only get one shot with parenting. Trouble is, you don't know your grade until it is too late. I like to think that my children are pretty good. I have never made exceptions for them or given free passes. Just because they have young parents, doesn't mean they can act like hoodlums. Just because their parents divorced, doesn't give them the right to fail at school and act out. It's been hard. All I can do is take from my past and pray.

5. I never finished college. I have nearly 2 and half years of college under my belt, but I haven't gotten my degree. College is one of those things I put on hold to have a family. I knew that I wasn't a strong enough person to work and be a mommy. I couldn't let school interfere with my parenting. I know that I will go back one day. I also know that I will probably not major in computer sciences, which was my big dream. I would probably get a degree in education. Who knows!

6. I'm addicted to cell phones, purses and shoes. I get bored very quickly with what I have. It's not my fault they come out with newer and better phones. It's not my fault they make super cute purses and shoes in different colors and sizes.

7. I am a bed hog. I do not like to share the bed. Lucky for me, my hubby works nights. I only have to share the bed with him on the weekends. Crash has been joining me in the middle of the night lately. Not cool. Lol.

I am going to award Angie from My life.....as an adult. She needs to blog more. :)

I'm here, I promise.

Sorry for the lack of posting. I have been super busy with the kiddos and doing stuff around the house. Plus, my hubby has sort of been monopolizing the computer lately. Jerk. :) Crash busted the screen on the laptop, so we are now back to the stone ages: a one 'puter family. Eek! I have a few blogs that I want to get together including an award from My Husband's Watching T.V. I didn't forget!! Thank you!! I hope to get back into the swing of things very soon.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Picasso I am not

I am a huge blog stalker. I admit it. One of the blogs I stalk is this one. She has posted about several of her art projects and furniture rehabs. Seeing all her fantastic work gave me a crazy idea: Why don't I try to paint something? My logical side told me not to. I am just going to be disappointed with anything I come up with. It is canvas though. If you don't like it, you can always paint over it. Plus, this would be a cheap way to get a customized picture in my living room. I was having the hardest time choosing a picture to put up. I scoured the net looking for ideas and inspiration. This is what I came up with:


It's not much. I'm pretty satisfied with it. My hubby put it up crooked, but we kind of like it like that. I like the colors. They really compliment the living room walls. I have another idea for this wall to flank the paintings. I hope it turns out. Eek.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

St. Louis Zoo

I have been begging and begging my hubby to go to the zoo. I love the zoo, and I really wanted to take Crash. He has never been. We finally found a free day to go. It was beautiful Labor Day. We left the house pretty early. Did you know if you arrive at the zoo when they open some of the cool stuff is free?? The carousel, children's zoo and sting rays are all free for the first hour. Sweet!! Plus, we were able to park on the street. Score! We took our own waters and snacks to save money. The only money we spent was on the gas to get there! This trip could have cost us well over $50. We had a blast!! The stingrays were awesome. The kids all had a fantastic time. It was just a perfect day all around.




This is as close as Grace would get. She refused to pet the rays.

The older boys didn't mind.


Hippo needed a snack.


porcupine

Petting the guinea pigs. Crash kept calling them babies and puppies.

Rhino

My new fav: hippos. It's so cool how they just hang out at the bottom. Love them.

All time fav.



It's hard to get all three of them to look at the camera. I love these kids.

"You are the meanest mom ever."

Chasing after a bird.


This is the face of tired and hungry.

I think this weekend is supposed to be pretty nice out too. I would really like to go down town. Grace and Tater have been begging us to go to the Arch. Since my hubby is afraid of heights, he will not be making the trip to the top. :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kitchen Paint Color

My hubby and I have decided on a color for the kitchen. Our dining room and living room are Manatee Gray. It actually has a hint of green to it. I wanted to go with a very light gray, but the hubs said no way. He wanted a shade of orange and I was not going to have any of that. We agreed on Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Glidden. I am having the worst time trying to find a swatch online. I tried taking some photos of the sample, but the flash is washing the color out. It's raining today, so there isn't enough sunlight to turn the flash off.
Here are a couple of pics of the Manatee Gray as it looks in our living room. Here is the link to Glidden if you want to see the kitchen color. I can't wait to get started so I will be at peace with my house!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

I just logged into flickr. Apparently, I had an account? I really had no idea. I was so excited at what I found though!!! I found missing pictures. When my ex and I split up, I forgot to make copies of the photos on the comp. I am hoping they are still there after all these years. I completely forgot about them until now. Next time I talk to him, I will have him check for me. Any who, I was super ecstatic when I saw these. I love photos of my kiddos. I can't believe how they have grown.


Johnny and Doyle. We named them after the two greatest poker players ever. Yes, we had purple walls. They were AWESOME! Doyle had to be put to sleep shortly after this pic. His major organs were shutting down. Tater and Grace were devastated.


Johnny and Annie. We cheered them up by going and getting the last kitten the owners had. These are probably still two of the best cats ever.

Grace with chocolate on her face. I think she is 5 here.

Grace posing again.


Tater

Tater is two in these photos.


The next photos I took when Tater, Grace and I went to one of the last games in the old stadium. It was the first time I had ever driven in the city, and I was terrified.



These are a couple of photos from our first Easter with my hubby. He wasn't my hubby then.

The last pic is of me about 50 pounds lighter. At least. You can't really tell, but I just remember. I remember fitting into a smaller size and seeing my reflection in a window and not being embarrassed. It's really hard for me to look at this picture. I get angry for letting myself go. For stuffing my face until I could puke. I get angry for being lazy and not caring about my health. I know it is my fault the way I look, but I don't care enough to do anything about it. I find an excuse for everything. I'm ashamed of the way I look now. I wonder what my husband even sees in me now. Thank goodness he has on perpetual beer goggles. :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Waffle Wednesday

Our household LOVES waffles. We had been without a waffle maker for quite some time. My hubby decided to use our Target gift card to purchase a waffle maker. We have definitely put it to use! Every Wednesday is going to be Waffle Wednesday at our house. I am going to try various waffle recipes to see which we like the best. The first week, I just used the store bought mix my hubby picked up while he was at Target. The second week I used my mother's recipe, which I will post soon. This week I decided on this recipe I found at Food Network. The recipe is entitled Waffle of Insane Greatness and I did alter it slightly. I quadrupled it and added extra flour. I was concerned the recipe was too thin. If you follow the recipe they have, I think your waffles will be even fluffier. Mine were a tiny bit more dense, but not as dense as my mother's recipe.


Waffle of Insane Greatness:

* 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1 egg
* 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
* 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
* Butter and syrup, for serving

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.


These were pretty tasty waffles. My hubby thought they were the best ones I have made so far. I recommend spreading the batter around so you get a complete waffle. I also leave mine in a little longer. We like ours crispy. Next time I make them, I think I will add a tiny bit more sugar and vanilla.

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Trouble with Doubles

The only trouble I have is this week's Doubles event is apparently going to be the last one of the year. :( I have read this on several sites, and my heart is broken. I didn't make nearly as many trips this week. Inventories at this store were pretty low and I didn't feel like venturing up to the South County store. My store is the best. They have the nicest employees. I haven't run into a rotten one yet. I tried very hard to spend less out of pocket than I did last time which was just over $60. I am proud to say that I did succeed, and I even earned more coupons back. The total before coupons and taxes on everything I purchased was $488.93. I saved nearly 94%. I spent $31.39 and earned $43.00 to use at a later date. I am going to use these to purchase things we need: bread, milk, eggs, etc. It will cut down on my food budget, so I can't complain. I would use them to buy a larger item, but you are only allowed to use one per transaction. Some people rolled theirs into gift cards, but I wasn't brave enough to do that.

I posted the pics from each trip except the last one. There may be a few missing peanut butter cups in some of the photos. :)

Crash helping mommy set up and take photos.






Had I not purchased the diapers or laundry detergent, I would have spent even less, but they were items that I needed and got pretty cheaply. Most of my transactions were under $1.00. Shoot, I was even paid 4 cents. I told her I couldn't take it, but she gave me the change anyways. Here is a run down of my hall:
rolaids- 12
floss-2
double pack toothbrushes-10
canned dog food-2
gum-48 packs
Reese's peanut butter cups- 32 various sizes
Visine- 28
nail polish-7
nail accessories-11
bug spray-1
Ben-gay-4
Kraft Easy Mac-2
Dawn detergent-1
gel-4
lotion-10
deodorant-10
shave gel-2
Tag spray-3
mascara-3
Kotex-2
Coffeemate packs-8
jumbo Huggies diapers-1
Frappacinos-2
Sobe Life waters-8
Purex sheets-1
Purex liquid-3
wheat thins-1

I am tentatively planning a sale at the beginning of October. I hope that isn't too late in the year to have a garage sale. My weekends are pretty booked with Tater being in football.

What to do, what to do?

I'm sitting here with nothing but time today. Crash is sleeping and I am left just thinking. Thinking I shouldn't have said anything. Thinking sometimes it's not good to be so honest and truthful. I don't want to get into too much detail because I don't know who reads this. I am really frustrated with something that was said to me. It was meant in jest, I think, but it hurt me. I explained my side, but it got me thinking. After sleeping on it, I decided to tell another person. They are extremely upset. I try to do what is right. I don't want to just spread gossip, but this is family and I don't like hiding things.
I have learned over the years, people will often say things they are thinking and feeling. It is often times something that can be hurtful, but we try to cover it up by saying we were joking. I am debating if I should talk to this person again and let them know how much this hurt me. I don't want to start a fight, but I feel this needs to be cleared up. If this person actually feels this way, I want to set the record straight and defend the other person.
I know this is all extremely vague and I apologize. I need to figure this out soon because it's eating at me and really bringing me down. I will continue to pray for guidance and help making this decision.

Upstairs Bath

My hubby told me if I finished the rooms that actually needed to be painted, then I could repaint the kitchen sooner rather than later. Yippee!! Of course, I got a move on it pronto. Our bathroom was painted a hideous shade of yellow. These photos make it look a lot tamer than it was. The flash washed the color out. This particular shade of yellow reminded me of urine. I know what you're thinking. It's a bathroom. It coincides nicely. I couldn't stand this color.
My hubs told me to go ahead and use the paint I received from Glidden. A few months back, Glidden had a promotion. They were giving out quarts of any color of their paint. Me being a stinker, I used three different email addresses and postal addresses. I really didn't think I would receive three. Usually, the sites monitor IP addresses and will not let you receive more than one. Boy, was I surprised when all three cans arrived at their destinations. I chose Deepest Aqua.

Before:




After:



I was very pleased with the way this turned out. Number one: it was free. Number two: the paint covered very well. Number three: we love the color. I will admit that I was a little nervous. One day after painting, the color still seemed a little bright. A few days later, my husband and I both noted that the color seemed to be more of a muted tone. I was thrilled. I can't wait to start accessorizing the rest of the room. This color lends itself to many, many different themes. It's going to be so fun!!