Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Coming of a New Year!

Well, in 3 more days it will be New Year's Eve.  Now that the Elliptical machine is ready for use, I will begin using it everyday.  Right now, I can't do it very long, but hey, I have to start somewhere!  I am hoping that eventually I will be at 30 minutes in the evening and 5 minutes in the morning like I used to be.  I can't wait until there is a TV downstairs so I can watch TV while I exercise.  I have tried reading but it is too bouncy and makes me dizzy.  I have tried music but the songs seem sooooooo long even if they aren't.  The best thing for me to be doing while exercising on a machine, is watching TV.  Usually, i pick a nice and loooong show that I can watch over days.  I think I will re-watch all the the Lord of the Ring movies to start with.  I do have a portable DVD player so for now I think I will use that.  It should work and I will be able to save exactly where I am at in the player and not have to change it out everyday.  I love Lord of the Ring movies!  They are so awesome!  (okay - except the orks, they are gross looking and make me queasy, I admit I usually fast forward when ever they are on the screen, but other than that, it is really good!)

I do hope you have a great New Year's Eve.  I am planning to go to my friend's house and play board games.  her daughter and I looooove Uno so we will most likely get some Uno in while I am there.  See you in the New Year!!!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

It has arrived!

Merry Christmas!  I am going to do what I did at Thanksgiving.  I will have the veggies piled high and then a bit of the stuffing and that will be good.  I do hope you are having a good day and tomorrow will be even better!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Christmas is right around the corner.  I am in pretty good shape for it right now.  I am not solid on my plans yet, but I will be in a few days.  I did pretty well at Thanksgiving with my eating.  I really did.  I will do what I did at Thanksgiving.  I made sure I had some protein and the veggies first before I touched the potatoes and the dressing.  I love stuffing so much that I really have to be careful about it.  I don't really need to do a big grocery shopping right now because I picked up a few things today.  I had to get bread and milk as well as the all important toilet paper!  I do have a running list of things I would like for the next shopping, but there isn't anything desperately needed at this point.

I haven't lost any weight that I know of, but I also have not gained.  I am doing better with eating a balanced meal now.  We are almost at the point in the family room where I can get to my exercise machine so as soon as I can, I will be back on it.  I will start with it soon.  right now, it is just not where I can get to it.  I am not looking to the New Year right now.  As it gets closer, I am sure I will.  It is just too far away to think about it right now.  I will worry about it later.

I can't wait until I finish clearing up my kitchen and putting things away and moving the music back downstairs where it belongs.  Then I plan to cook a roast on Sunday so that I will have the left overs for a few days after.  I freeze some of it right away.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

this month shall be much better

I will be eating here at home much more this month.  Why?  How do I KNOW I will?  I have tried in the past and didn't get too far.  Well, I will have NO choice but to eat here at home.  I have to pay a big payment for the property taxes and going to get lunch everyday is just not going to be in the budget.  It just won't be.  December is a tight month because of the holidays (more absences than usual) so I will be very careful with the money so that means I will eat healthier because I will NOT be able to fast food eat.  I think after a month of eating more at home, I should be more in the habit so that will be the goal.  I am excited about the property taxes bill going down.  I just have to be strong to finish the rest.

Anyways, tomorrow is the Christmas Concert.  Tillie, Michelle, and my uncle John will be coming to watch.  I have cleared the table and put on the Christmas tablecloth on it.  the funny thing?  I had already bought one just like it!  I will return it this week.  Silly me!!!

I am excited about having soup for lunch tomorrow.  I love soup!!!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Goal for Thanksgiving Dinners

Yes, dinners.  I am spending Thanksgiving Day with my friend, Jennie and her family at her mother's house and then on Saturday, I get Kathy!  I will be spending the day with Kathy and having another Thanksgiving Dinner at her parents' house.  Kathy and I will be going to see "Breaking Dawn" on Saturday too.  I am excited about that.

My goals are to eat balanced meals and not too much either.  I am bringing rolls to Jennie's house for my dish to pass.  I bought them today.  I bough 48 because there will be 24 people and they come in bunches of 24 so I got 2 bags.  We all can take the left overs home.  I know I can eat a balanced meal and not too much sweets too.  That is my goal!  Happy Thanksgiving!!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday 11-14

On the once a month Monday I have my girls, eating lunch is always an interesting treat.  I do not get out of bed in time to make myself something, like a bowl of cereal or a sandwich, no I have to wait until the last possible moment to wake up and rush to get going so I end up running through a drive through.  I must stop this behavior, not only on this once a month day, but also on Sunday.  I nearly passed out at church again because I did not have a good breakfast and we are under bright lights during the practice and the service.  I ended up mouthing the words because I didn't have the energy to sing.  Yes, this is ALL MY fault!  I won't be doing this again on a Sunday.  For dinner I have a nice sub from Jimmy Johns.  I don't eat there very often so when i go to my girls house I usually stop and get one for later on in the day.  I get the turkey sandwich without the sprouts but with the lettuce and tomato and mayo on it.  Often I have them add cheese.  I am going to do better this coming weekend for the Sunday breakfast.  I know it means getting up 15 minutes earlier but it will be way worth it when I don't practically pass out in church.  I can be so silly sometimes!  Anyways, I am looking forward to having a nice healthy sub for dinner (no, I did NOT get chips or cookies!).  I hope you are having a good day too!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Menus for the week

That is my goal today, to plan my menus.  Sometimes I stick to them, other times I don't.  Today I planned on Chiptole for lunch but they were so busy when I went that I came back home and made something else instead.  I have never seen them that busy at that time of day.  It was about 2:30 and the line was practically outside the door.  Wow, that is just insane.  I will not plan on that restaurant on a weekend again.  From now on, that will be a weekday meal.  I have to pull a Cornish hen out of the freezer for sometime this week as that will be one of the dinners when it is thawed.  For some reason, when I put them in my fridge (roasts too) to thaw it takes almost a week instead of a couple of days.  I don't understand why.  It is just rather insane how that works.  It took 3 days for the little chicken drum sticks to though the other week too.  It really shouldn't take that long.

Anyways, off to plan some meals!


Friday, November 4, 2011

the beginning of November

I didn't plan on buying any groceries when I went to Walmart tonight outside of bread and milk.  I have been going through about 1/2 gallon of milk a week.  I am doing much better making sure I get enough calcium.  I also am working on eating wheat bread instead of white.  I was really glad that they had the wheat Italian bread.  I love Italian bread and to find it in wheat is definitely a wonderful thing.  They had a sale on soups so I picked up 6 cans.  This will last a bit for me as I do have soup already but hey, soup has a long expiration date so it is all good.  I also picked up the new Pirate movie and the new Winnie the Pooh movie.  I haven't seen either one of them yet so I am excited to see them.  I don't have my menus made for the month yet.  I will do it this weekend so when I go shopping in a week or two, I will know exactly what I need.

I hope you are having a good day too.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


I love Chili!  My mom used to make the best kind when I was young.  Once I started to do the cooking ain the house, she would teach me a new recipe every Sunday.  (I started cooking at about 8 or 9 years old)  Since Mom was working 2 and sometimes 3 jobs, it was necessary that my brothers and I be a team with her and work together.  The boys did the outside work and I did the inside work.  I hated working outside and didn't mind the inside work at all so this worked out well.  I am making me some chili tonight.  I have fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, turkey sausage (I usually use either hamburger or turkeyburger, but for some reason sausage was calling my name) and everything else you put in chili.  I use one of those seasoning packets for the seasoning.  That is what mom used to use too.  Certain foods make me think of her more than others.  I meant to pull a roast out of the freezer for tomorrow, but I forgot to do that so no roast tomorrow.  Sundays are great for roasts because I have to get up early for church and I can have to roast simmer all day in the crock pot!  Unfortunately, the roasts are all frozen solid  so no roast tomorrow!  Next week!


Monday, October 17, 2011

middle of the month

I can't believe it is the 17th.  I went to the 25th reunion on Saturday.  Yes, I had BIG plans to be much lighter for the reunion but that didn't happen.  I do feel a bit better as far as my eating is doing.  As for exercise, well, that isn't going so good right now because my left hip and back have been a bit bad.  I do hope that the family room and the dining room will be put back into order shortly and then I will have the machine upstairs where I can use it everyday.  I do hope that I will exercise more soon.  I was doing pretty well even with the machine downstairs.  My friend's brother and husband put up the railings for the downstairs!  It is so much easier to go up and down the stairs this way!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday 10-11

I actually remembered to pull the chicken out of the freezer and put it in the fridge to thaw!  yeah!  I am planning to have rice, veggies, and chicken for dinner tomorrow.  It should be yummy.  I have a foreman grill so I will use it again tomorrow.  It has been a while since I used it.  I still have to remember to take my other grill to the repair store so they can make a bar that I need to hold up the element in the grill.  I love this grill a lot.  It is very easy to use.

Happy cooking tomorrow!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Something new

I am trying something new.  I am going to try to eat more protein in the earlier part of the day so that I will have more energy throughout the day.  We shall see if this works.  I have bought some eggs today when I went and picked up a few things.  i didn't really need to do a big shopping as I have much of what I need.  I do need to pick up some fruit.  I didn't like the looks of some of the fruit that was left so I will try the market tomorrow to see if there is something fresher.  The bananas looked good but I am so sick of bananas.  I really am.

I am working on eating at home more often.  I find myself going out to eat wayyyyyy too much.  This affects both my bill money and my weight.  I was weighed on Thursday last week.  I lost 1 pound since June.  Not very good.  I think I would have done better if I eat more at home.  My friend, Karen has sent me a couple recipes and they are very good.  I will be digging out my healthy eating cook book this weekend and looking for recipes in there too.

I am doing better with drinking more milk.  I now don't throw out as much milk as I used to.  I try to drink 1 glass a day.  I am working on the water issue.  It is coming along too.  I haven't found a nice water bottle that I like yet.  I am on the lookout!

I hope you are having a great day!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday 10-5

It has been so long since I have posted.  I have been doing okay with food.  I am working on eating more protein in the morning instead of having so many carbs.  I am doing better with having more smaller meals.  I still eat my biggest meal in the early part of my day.  At night, I often eat cereal for my last meal or a sandwich.  Today I went to Olive Garden for lunch with my aunt.  I was craving a salad and I didn't have any lettuce in the house.  I don't keep lettuce in the house because I would eat a lot and with the coumiden, it isn't good.  There is too much vitamin K in lettuce, unfortunately.  I also had their soup with it.  Both Michelle and I really liked the soups we got so the waitress was so nice that she got each of us a to go bowl!  Talk about cool.  I will have it tomorrow.

Saturday is grocery shopping day with Calli.  I will be working on the list tomorrow and Friday.  I have some meals planned for the next couple of weeks too.

Oh, I almost forgot!  On Sunday, when I got home from church, I realized I would have enough time to cook a corned beef brisket in the crock pot.  So on Sundays, after church I will make a roast every week.  this will also give me some leftovers too.  I can also have company for dinners on that day.

Anyways, I was not feeling really well this last weekend.  I ended up in the ER.  I was so lightheaded all weekend.  the doctors really had no idea why, the best they could come up with was I was dehydrated.  i don't know how that happen because I drank the same amount I usually do so I have no idea.  Anyways, I am going to get a new water bottle to help make sure I have enough water during the day.  Yeah, I don't want to do this one again.

I do hope you are having a good day!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday 9-19

I am pleased with the bread that I bought.  I love Italian Bread, but it is white bread and I am trying to not eat white bread.  Well, the brand I love makes WHEAT Italian Bread!  Is that awesome?  I certainly think so.  So far I have been to a bit better with food but not with exercise.  With the little machine downstairs, I have had a bit of trouble getting up and down to go to the machine.  I think that has passed that now.  I think it was the cold that I have that was making it harder to go up and down.  I had to get some music yesterday and the day before so that is when I had a bit of a problem.

My goal is to eat more at home this fall so that I can put more money on the property taxes and also I eat much more healthy when I eat at home.  I have some wonderful spaghetti and sauce that I am going to make tomorrow.  I finally have another pasta pot!  I just have to open it and wash it so I can use it.  I am excited about it.  I love Italian food so much.  Of course, I also like Mexican, Chinese, American, Greek, and well, I like a lot of different types of food.  I also will cook the corned beef brisket that I have in the crock pot this week.

I hope you have a healthy food week too!


Friday, September 16, 2011

September Already?

Wow, it is September already.  That is very hard to believe.  I can't say I am doing super good with eating more healthy, nor can I say I am doing bad.  It all depends on the day.  Some days I rock, others I don't.  With winter coming, I am trying to focus on cleaning up and organizing the family room so that I can exercise downstairs on the elliptical.  The other exercise equipment will be donated, but I am keeping that one.  I haven't done it in a few weeks.  Partly because some days I have been so tired I couldn't and the others because I forgot.  Yeah, not good.  I am hoping with the schedule becoming more and more stable, that I will have better time management this fall.  It has been cooler these last couple of weeks.  Labor Day weekend went from near 100 degrees on Saturday to low 70s on Sunday.  This week also went from mid 80s on Tuesday to high 60s on Wednesday.  I naturally, have a cold from the major changes.  This happens a lot during the fall and winter.  I do hope this stays a mild cold and doesn't get worse.  We shall see.  I have been resting most of the day and I foresee after Beth's lesson going back to bed.


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

planning the menu

I am having trouble making the menus for the week because I am not that creative of a cook.  Outside of the basics, I really need some suggestions that are low in fat and good for you.  Plain chicken, veggie, and a potato is getting really old, very old.  Any suggestions out there?  I love chicken, fish, spinach, broccoli, and other veggies.  I just need new recipes that are also not very expensive to make.  I need help!  Thanks!! <3


Monday, August 29, 2011

a new month is about to start

I am looking forward to the start of a new month and new season.  I will go shopping this weekend and I have already started on the list.  I don't have any plans for the Holiday weekend.  I am not going to go any where either but that is okay.  I will probably teach a few lessons, and maybe reschedule a few that can't have their lessons on Monday.

I have a new planner to keep better track of what I eat.  I also am using menus for some of the days.  I don't always stick to it, but I do at least try.  I will be taking my indoor grill to the appliance repair store because I need a metal bar for the element to sit on.  For some reason, it is missing.  I don't think it came with it.  It hasn't been used very much.  We wore the one Mom had out.  I love using it.  I also have a Foreman grill too but I like the indoor one better.  I also have some nice roasts that i will be cooking in the crock pot.  I love the crock pot too.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

this week

This week sucks in the eating healthy department.  I don't remember what I ate on Sunday or Monday.  I know I had Chipotle on Tuesday.  I can't remember what I had today except at the movies I had a Cinnamon pretzel with my drink.  It was a great movie!  I love that movie so much.  I can't wait until it comes out on DVD.  I will definitely be getting it to add to my Harry Potter collection.  Donna enjoyed the movie too but she doesn't have all the movies.  She usually borrows movies from someone and then copies them.  Right now I can't be away from my movies as I have been watching them a lot, so she will have to wait for them.

I hope the rest of the week is better for eating healthy.  I am running out of fruit too.  I will have to pick some up tomorrow after the new lesson.


Friday, August 12, 2011


I have done pretty well with food this week.  I have eaten dinner at home several days.  Today, I had Chipotle for lunch and then I had eggs for dinner.  Tomorrow I will have spaghetti.  I FINALLY have another pasta pot.  I ordered it last week and it came in yesterday.  I have turkey sausage, mushrooms, and Florintine Spaghetti Sauce.  I like the Classico brand.  It is usually pretty yummy.  I plan to make extra so that I can put some in a container and freeze it for another day.  I love spaghetti.  I love pasta but i am careful of how much I eat of it.

I haven't done much with the exercise this week.  I am disappointed in myself for that but I will try again tomorrow.  I can't do very much on the Elliptical machine, but I do my best.  Since I can't stand for a very long time or walk very well, I can only do a few minutes on the machine.  I figure that at least I am doing a bit when I can.  I need to step it up though.  Well, tomorrow is a new day.

It has been a good day for me.  I saw several people that I haven't seen in a very long time.  I hope your day is good too.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

A good day

I had a good sandwich for lunch, it had turkey, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo.  I was pleased that there was nothing fried!  I also have had 1 banana today.  I can't remember what else I had, but so far it has been very healthy.  I would say today is the healthiest since the first week.  I am trying to eat smaller meals more frequent.  That is hard because of my sleeping patterns and the amount of time I spend in bed.  Anne Marie mentioned (and reminded me!) that only eating 2 meals a day is bad, which is something that I have been doing.  I will be working on incorporating small meals into my day.  I think I can do this.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Grocery shopping!

I made a list and pretty much stuck to it.  I only bought 2 things off the list, a box of teddy grahams and fruit because I forgot to put both on the list.  I was also very excited because they had fresh corned beef again!!!  I picked up one and will be cooking it tomorrow for tomorrows dinner.  I ran out of fresh fruit yesterday so why that was not on my list, I have no idea but I have grapes, bananas, and blueberries!  I love those 3 fruits best.

I haven't made an actual menu but I did have a mental idea of what I am going to make these next few days.  I picked up some fresh hamburger for a pasta meal and I also have some turkey sausage for spaghetti in addition to the corned beef.  I didn't buy any chicken because I have 2 packages of chicken in the freezer so I don't need any of that right now.  I have fresh milk and for the 2nd time this summer, I managed to finish the 1/2 gallon before it was expired!  That was important because I am trying to drink at least 8 oz of milk a day because of the nutrition in it.  I can't take a multivitamin because of the coumedin medicine for my blood so I have to make sure I have the proper nutrition with food and boy that is a hard one for me.  I only eat about 2 meals a day because I am not that hungry during the day.  I try to eat the bigger meal for brunch so that dinner is a light affair instead of heavy meal as it is sometimes rather late like around 7 or 8 because of lessons.  That is how it will be this evening but I am planning to have a bowl of cereal for dinner because I had a bigger lunch around 2 pm.

I have a new planner for next year.  I think maybe I should get one more for planning meals.  I will see if that will be necessary.  I am not sure right now.  I will decide in the next week or two about that.

Anyways, I am rather pleased that I stuck mostly to my list.  It sure made shopping tons easier.  I also didn't buy precooked meat like the Hormel meals, I bought the regular stuff you need to cook yourself instead of just heating it up.  One, it is much cheaper, and two, it is healthier and you get more servings out of it then the precooked stuff so all in all a good shopping trip!  Now on to a lesson in a short bit!


Monday, August 1, 2011

the beginning of August

I had Chipotle this afternoon.  Tomorrow I will have chicken.  I will pull it out of the freezer shortly before I go to bed and put it in the fridge.  I am going to make my menus tomorrow in the afternoon between lessons.  I have to look at the freezer to see what all i have.  I will do my grocery shopping later this week.  I have to pick up some milk tomorrow though because I am out.  I want to cook the corned beef that is in the freezer this week.  I will pick up some cabbage, I have the potatoes.  I love corned beef.  I bought it in March right around St. Patrick's Day.  It is about the only time of year they have it unlike in Ireland when they can get it all year round.  I wish we could here too.  I also have nice Cornish hens to cook in the crock-pot too.  I love my crock-pot.  I just now need a spaghetti pot.  the pots I have are not big enough to cook spaghetti in, but other pastas are okay.  I also got some nice pasta sauce for this week.

I hope to have a good week's worth of menus by tomorrow evening and plans for the shopping trip.  I hate grocery shopping without a list.  I never come out with just the 1 or 2 items I planned on buying.  I always end up with more stuff.  I am trying to only go and get what is on my list now.  So far, it hasn't been too bad, I have been able to do that a few times last month.  This month my goal is to shop only with lists and stick to it.  I think I can do it.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday 7-29-11

I am not doing super good this week with the eating healthy.  Today with my headache, I ran through Burger King for dinner.  I got a chicken sandwich with fries and a diet coke.  I haven't done this in a bit but I just couldn't heat up or cook anything today.  I am heading back to bed soon.  I think today is a almost sleep all day day.

Kathy is coming to town tomorrow.  I can't wait to see her.  I hope my head behaves tomorrow.  Usually, the head isn't bad 3 days in a row.  I will be able to rest until it is time to pick her up.  I miss her.  thank goodness for the phone.  We talk quiet often.  We also email back and forth.

I hope to do a bit better next week.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Late Start

I woke up extremely late today.  I had Chipotle for dinner and I plan on having a soup or something like that if I am hungry later.  I am very tired, as usual.  I will need to go and get some more fruit later this week as I am almost out of grapes and other fruits.  since I know have good tummy medicine, I am able to eat fruit again.  I am happy about that.

So far, I am doing okay, not great at eating healthy.  I have healthy food in the house, but I do still find myself going through the drive through of the fast foods, but not every day like I was.  i also went to Tim Horton's to meet my friend, Wendy this week and I did pretty well!  I did not have a donut!  I didn't even want one.  I am happy about that.

I hope for another week of focusing on eating healthy.  I am sort of happy with how I am doing, i could be doing better and that is what I plan for this week.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

grocery shopping in the extreme heat

Grocery shopping is so different now that I am working on eating healthy.  I did get any fruit because I still have a few plums and grapes left so when they are gone I will get more fruit.  I went in for a few things, but I ended up spending over $100 but that is okay, other than some fruit and maybe milk or bread, I won't need to go again for a while.  This Sunday I am hoping to remember to get the Sunday paper so I can get some coupons and start collecting them for the next shopping trip.  I, however, will not become a crazy coupon person, I just know that they always have the soup I like so that is what I want.  I am happy with what I bought, pretty much everything was healthy.

All in all, I think I have been doing better with healthy eating since I started this new blog.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It is Hot Outside!

It is very hot outside today.  I had to go out briefly to go to the bank and to get my hair washed.  It was just so hot.

Anyways, Kathy will now be able to post now that I finally got her the proper link so she can sign in and write a post.  I am excited about that.

Kathy and I have been friends since we were 3 years old.  We went to the same church, same elementary, junior high, and high school.  We were in band and choir together most of the time.  In elementary school we were often in the same class, which was pretty cool.  I was lucky enough to be one of the maids of honor at her wedding.  It was so awesome.  I get to see her about once every month or so, sometimes once every two months as she lives 2 1/2 hours away from me.  I spend a lot of the holidays with her now that I am on my own.  Both of my brothers live far away from me so I don't see them much besides, one is really mad at me right now.  I was told not to even contact him, so I am not.  The other brother doesn't hold holidays at his house.  I enjoy going to Kathy's parent's for the holidays as Kathy and her family are there.  We have so much fun together.  Christmas was a blast with watching the kids open presents.  It was so fun because they had such a good time opening their presents and then playing with them.

Kathy and I have decided that we both need to make a change in our lifestyles so that is the purpose of our blog.

I do hope you are having a good day!  Stay cool and out of the sun.


Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15

It is hard to believe we are in the middle of July already.  wow, like that is just crazy.  I don't have any real plans for the weekend except a cousin is stopping by to pick up what she ordered.  I will see her in the afternoon tomorrow.

I had cereal for lunch today.  i slept it because I was up late reading Harry Potter number 5.  I am going to read them all again to get ready for the newest movie that I will see in a few weeks when Kathy is in town.

For dinner I will go and Chipotle, veggie style.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

better eating days

Yesterday and today were definitely better eating days.  I wanted something sweet yesterday and I instantly headed to the grapes!  I made a bowl of grapes and felt so much better eating them than I did eating the box of cookies.  It felt really good to know that I didn't even have to think about the choice, I just did it.  Today I went to Chipotle's and got one of the burrito bowls.  I always get more veggies on it than anything else.  I am glad about that.  Once a week, I will go and get take out, but other than that, I will eat here at home where I have plenty of food to eat that is healthy for me.

All in all, the grape incident really has made me very happy.  I hope to continue this pattern.


Friday, July 8, 2011

oops, not a good food day

I went to Walmart this afternoon to pick up my coumadin medicine and bought a few other things.  I bought a package of new Oreo cookies, the new type.  I had planned on eating a couple and then giving the rest to my students.  Well, they are gone.  I ate them all.  Not good I know.  I shouldn't have bought them.  They weren't that good either.  I ate them because they were there not because I liked them because really, I didn't.  They didn't taste that good.  I think next time I get an urge for cookies I will pull out fruit because really, grapes would have tasted much better than these ones.  I have had a rough week and this makes me feel even worse.  I will do better tomorrow than I did today.  I haven't much to eat but I am not hungry because of all the crap I ate this afternoon.  I won't repeat this that is for sure.  I just won't.  My tummy isn't feeling very well either because of the crap.  I plan to go to bed early because I just don't feel good both physically and mentally.  I hope tomorrow is a better day.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

it's July already?

Wow, it is July the 5th already.  Where did the month of June go?  I have no idea.  So, this weekend (Saturday specifically) I had a taste for something really sweet and I was out of fruit.  I managed not to go to the store to get anything junk food wise until Sunday when I needed milk.  They had this round chocolate chip decorated cookie for the 4th of July.  It looked really good, I mean really good.  I figured I had been doing pretty well with eating healthier, making sure I ate enough veggies and fruit, that I would get it.  Oh my gosh, the frosting is so sweet it is awful.  I have eaten some of the cookie that is not frosted because when i took a bite of the frosting part of the cookie, it was horrible.  I mean, a teaspoon of sugar would have been better.  Basically, I wasted $8 and won't do it again.  When I want something sweet, I just eat some fruit.  I don't generally keep junk food in the house because then it would get eaten more often than I should so I don't buy cookies and stuff like that very often.  I know better because I don't eat just one or two cookies, no, I would eat 8 to 10 cookies which is not good for a person so I just don't buy it.  I have no idea if I have lost any weight or not because I am not weighing myself.  That sets me up on a very slippery slope that goes very bad very fast so I am not doing it.  I am trying to focus on eating healthy because ultimately, that is what I need to keep doing.

I do hope you are having a good day!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I have done pretty okay with food these last few days.  I am eating more fruit during the day, trying not to eat it close to bedtime.  I have had Chipotle a lot in the last few weeks.  I usually get a Burrito Bowl with lots of rice, onions and peppers, carnitas, tomato salsa, and a bit of cheese.  I also usually buy some chips too for the next few days.  I had Chipotle Burrito Bowl tonight too.  I really like Mexican food.  I don't go to Taco Bell very often because I have been going to Chipotle.  I don't go to Tim Horton's much anymore either as I am trying to eat more at home as I eat healthier at home than when I am out.  I have breakfast and lunch food at the house now.  This weekend will be the big monthly grocery shopping.  I don't know what all I will need as I have a lot of food in the house, but I will go through the freezer and cupboards and make my decisions.  I do need milk though.  I am almost out of it.  I am trying to drink a glass of milk a day since it is very healthy for me.  So far, I am not doing as well with the exercise aspect of my new lifestyle.  I am working on improving on that part of my life.  I do like the Elliptical Machine a lot.  I don't feel like I am wobbily on it at all.  I also like my Richard Simmons Workout DVD.  I just need to remember to do this better before I go to bed as for me, that is the best time to exercise.  If I exercise too early in the day, I am even more exhausted than I usually am.  With this new exhaustion, I have to be very careful of when I exercise.


Friday, June 24, 2011


I went to my brother's graduation yesterday.  I did pretty well for the dinner we went to after.  I cut my steak in half and brought half home for tonight.  I was so full that I barely ate the baked potato though.  I did eat all the asparagus last night, all 2 pieces.  Yes, there were 2 pieces of asparagus and 2 pieces of red pepper and that was eat for the vegetables.  A little on the lean side I thought.  Wow.  I love asparagus.  I am going to try to get some when I go shopping next month for groceries.  Fresh asparagus is so wonderful.

I finished the steak and the potato for dinner tonight.  I was so full that I didn't have room for anything else.  I found my food mover from Richard Simmons program.  I am hopefully going to be remember to using it everyday all day to help me eat properly.  I found it this morning as I was putting a book on the book pile.  I thought that was about where it was, but I wasn't sure.

I am doing better eating more fruit too.  I love fruit, I just don't always make good choices when I want something sweet, but since I don't have any cookies in the house, fruit is my first choice.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Grocery Shopping Trip

I went to the grocery store today.  After reading a comment from my friend, Karen, I realized how right she is.  I have a tendency to eat a bar and then skip the rest of the meal.  I don't get hungry sometimes so I forget to eat, which is a bad habit or I end up eating one meal a day with a snack either early or later after the meal.  I bought plums, bananas, and grapes.  I have a sweet tooth at times too so the fruit will be perfect.  I will take her advise and not eat fruit at night.  I don't need it to turn to more sugar and get fatter.  I also found in the freezer skinless chicken breasts as well as some veggies that I forgot I had because I bought them a while ago.  I bought milk and cereal too so I will have that with fruit for brunch now.  I didn't buy any pop because I am trying to cut back and when I have it here in the house, I can sometimes drink more pop than water.  I am trying to drink more water.  I don't mind water.  I actually like the taste of water so I don't need any of the other type water that has flavors.  I just know that if I have a choice between water and pop, I generally pick the pop out of habit.  I am trying to break that habit.  I have a lot of bad habits that I need to break.

Today I had chipotle for dinner again.  I love their rice.  I need to learn how to make it so that I can make it at home.  I am going to be working on expanding my recipes and relearning how to cook this summer. I need a part for my grill and then it will be going again.  I love my faberware grill.  I also have a foreman grill that I love.  I also will be getting some fish next month when I go grocery shopping, I didn't have enough money today but I have plenty of chicken and roasts for the rest of the month.  Karen really got me thinking about how little I actually eat some days and how that can lead to weight gain.  Thank goodness for good friends to remind me of stuff like that.

I had a really good day and I am looking forward to eating better tomorrow with the start of brunch.


Monday, June 20, 2011


I had an okay day.  I had a special K protein bar for brunch.  I do go and get a diet coke to drink but I didn't get any fast food so I am very happy about that.  For dinner I had 2 lean pockets Pizza type.  It was yummy and they were the lean pockets not the regular so they are healthier for me.

I didn't do any exercise today.  I am feeling very weak and tired today.  I am not sure why but I am.  I am just very exhausted today.

I hope tomorrow is a better day.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

I oopsed yesterday

I wrote a post and posted it on the wrong blog.  It went on my Life and Fibromyalgia blog.  Whoops!  Oh Well, what can I say?  Everyone makes mistakes.

I have been so exhausted today that I haven't made the menu for the week.  I went and did my few errands.  I needed some Tylenol PM and music for the new student.  Then I came home, ate lunch, and got on the computer.  Then I took a nap.  I am still a bit tired so I am hoping for a better night sleep.

It will be a nice and busy week for a change.  I have 3 new students this week and my brother's graduation.    I am happy about that.  I now will have 13 regular weekly students.  That is a nice change!  I will work a bit on the menu tonight and finish it up tomorrow.

I hope you have a good day.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I had a quiet day today.  Not too much going on.  I talked to Kathy briefly, she is super busy right now.  I also talked to Georgette and Donna.  So, I suppose, I had a talkative afternoon but now it is quiet.  I don't mind.  I finished up the Anne of Windy Poplars (again!) and started Anne's House of Dreams.  I love these books.  They are so good.

For brunch I had a special K bar, I didn't feel like having cereal and don't have the money to go to anywhere else plus I am trying to eat at home more than I do.  For dinner I had a bit of roast beef and corn with a glass of milk.  I am tired now.  I had an okay sleep last night, which was nice but now I am a bit tired.  Since I am getting up earlier than usual tomorrow, I am going to go to bed a bit early tonight.  I am not feeling too well tonight for some reason.  I hope I am not coming done with a cold.  I just don't want or need one.  I hope am wrong and that it is just a passing thing.

Tomorrow will be a fun day.  I will be going out with my friend, Donna for a few hours in the afternoon.  I am looking forward to it.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 2

I had my blood test and then I went to Tim Horton's.  I used to go everyday when Momma was here.  I also used to get a donut everyday too.  I never used too and then one day I started too and didn't stop.  I don't know what possessed me to get into that habit, but I did.  This is the 2nd day that I did NOT get a donut.  I got a medium pop, which is smaller than I used to.  Next time I will get a small.  I got 2 bagels toasted with NO butter, which is also a departure from what I used to do.  One time they accidentally toasted it with butter and I was hooked.  I actually like the way they taste plain too and actually it is less messy with a better taste.  I remembered that when I went.  I am not sure about dinner but it will be some meat, vegetable, and maybe a potato depending on how hungry I am.  I am not really that hungry right now, so I don't know.  I have not exercised today.  I also forgot to last night before I went to bed because I was so angry at the phone message I received.  Some people are filled with a lot of nerve, that is for sure.  I am not checking messages if that person calls again tonight.  I do hope they don't.  they just don't understand I am not interested.

Anyways, it is a good day so far.  I don't know how Kathy is doing today.  It is too late to call her and find out as she would be getting ready for work by now not to mention feeding the family.  I will talk to her tomorrow instead!  I have one lesson left for the evening then I will just relax and watch some TV before exercising and going to bed.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The beginning

Today is the start of a new lifestyle for me.  I am going to really work on eating right and exercising more.  I can't do a whole lot of exercising right now, but I can do a few minutes so that is what I will do.  I will do what i can a bit everyday and then it has to add up eventually right?  The doctor says to focus on exercise every other day so that the muscles have a chance to repair themselves with a day in between so that is what I am going to do.  With the Fibro, exercise can get tricky.  Yes, it is a vital part of learning to live with fibro, but over doing it would set me back so far that it would take so long to get back to what I can do.  I can do better with food.  That is one of my downfalls now.  It really is.  I like to get out of the house everyday so I find myself going to get lunch when I am out.  Well, no more or at least not so much and it will be planned from now on.  I use my planner for everything else, why not for this too?  So tonight's dinner will be chicken, veggies, and yummy fresh blue berries for dessert!  I love blue berries and am thrilled that it is finally in season for them (somewhat in season anyway)  I also have yummy red potato for dinner too as I bought a bunch of them.  I have a lovely George Foreman grill that I can use.  I have a farbarware grill to but it needs a piece before I can use it.  I love using that too.  I have nice seasons that I can use to season the chicken with.  For brunches I have yogurt and cereal so I won't need to go out.  I actually don't go and get the food for the need of the food, it is to just get out of the house.  From now on, when I need to get out of the house, I will take a book and go and get a pop.  That really is all I want from the restaurants anyways, I just add the food for the convenience.  Not a good habit I am in and it will take strength to get out of it.  But with Kathy and my friend's help, I can do this.  I did good today as I went to Tim Horton's to meet Robin for lunch and I didn't get a donut!!!  nope, I got good soup and a healthy sandwich with a smaller than usual size pop.  I did very well!  I got a medium pop so that I won't overload on the caffeine like I often do.  It is something that I will be working on day to day.  I will lose the unwanted pounds that I have.

Yesterday, at the arthritis doctor she asked me if I had considered getting something drastic done for my weight.  I had considered surgery but because of the blood disorder, I am not a good candidate for it.  Part of me was relieved that I am not and part of me was not.  Either way, with surgery or not, you have to eat sensibly, so I will just begin to eat sensibly!  I have wonderful DVDs for exercise when I get to the point I can do them.  Right now I will use the awesome Elliptical machine I have.  It is the only exercise equipment I will keep in the family room, the rest will be sold or donated.  I like the Elliptical machine so that is the one I will keep.  After dinner, before bed I will go and do a few minutes of it.  I also am hopeful that by using the machine before bed, I will tire myself out and it will help me sleep.  That is my goal.  Maybe by exercising before bed will help me sleep better.  I can only try!  I have not set an actual pound amount I want to lose by a certain date, I feel that will set me up for failure if I don't lose as fast as I think I should.  I have a lot of weight to lose so I am just going to be happy with any amount at any time that I lose.  For me, I feel this would be less stress and help me stay on track better.  I have done the other way with so many diets before, that they have completely failed making me feel like a failure and depressing me so I am not going to be weighing myself continuously like before.  I am going to take my time and just work on eating sensibly and adding in the exercise.  This is day 1.  I am feeling very positive about this!


Monday, June 13, 2011

The First Post!

Welcome to our blog.  Kathy and I have been friends for almost our entire lives!  We are embarking on a journey to living healthier lives.  We both have decided now is the time for us to eat healthier and lose the extra weight.  It is a definite journey.

So welcome to our journey!!!!!