Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Inspiration

I used to make My little brother do things that only the best little brothers would do. When I got home from my second semester at BYU I was 130 ish pounds. It lasted about 3 minutes of my life. So good thing I made page follow me around the yard and take my picture. Now, this is the ultimate goal- to get back or close to this. Sigh...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The naked child and the baby boy

Mookie is going to be one of those kids that runs around naked (pronounce neck-ed) all the time. I put her clothes back on her 3 times today. She will yank everything off and squeal with delight as she toddles off on her toes, arms sprawled like ET. Ezra does his business a little more quietly. He snuck into his room and put on Cagey's Heelys. The poor kid has become Taylor and Cagey's taxi, pulling them back and forth in the house on their heelys. He wanted in on the action and knew he was safe while Cagey was at school. He was very excited about his success. Look at that smile!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

10 pounds eekk!

Last summer after doing ripped for 30 days and last week after doing the whole enchilada for 2 and a half weeks. Please don't leave me mean comments about how big my stomach still is- I can't take it. Also the bottom lump in the bottom picture is not me. That's something weird my pants were doing. I look like I have triple stomach lump. I'm still going strong....just please don't let me hit a plateau until I at least lose another 10 pounds! I hate plateaus- they make me crazy...certifiably CRAZY! Just ask Jeebs. Also- I miss my tan.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Weeeeeeekly weigh innnnnnnnnn and Yang's Birthday

Oh JOY oh HAPPY DAY! I lost another 2.5 pounds. I have lost 10-11ish pounds in 3 weeks! I am doing the happy dance over here. I'm also getting used to eating less than 1400 calories a day. And, yesterday I didn't even need my snack. I did eat blueberries, but I was able to leave off the cottage cheese. Also, I made ultimate chocolate chip cookies and not one bit of it touched my lips. My chicken and dumplings however, had to go down the gullet. I did try a small piece of my dumpling dough. Because dumpling dough is basically biscuit dough and biscuit dough is basically delicious.

Also- Happy Birthday to my gee. She would be turning 38 today and I should be calling her  and singing Happy Birthday in my terrible Happy Birthday song voice, but because life is sometimes a suckfest we will all be going to the Training Table without Yang. Depression. The other night I was so exhausted I got into bed before Jeebs while he finished watching a movie. He came in an hour later and I woke up out of a deep sleep. I had the strangest feeling of not knowing where I was, what was going on who was who. The first thought that popped into my head was where's Yang? and in my drunken state I had to come to a little more and realize that Yang had passed away. It was a terrible moment. I had a dream the other night that my mom, Yang and I were out getting our nails done together. It's nice to still to get to see my sister in my dreams. Happy Birthday GEE!!!

Ultimate chocolate chip cookies with almond butter and flax seed.

Yummy bone broth that I turned into chicken and dumplings. Now to make beef bone broth!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Undies head

My daddy use to put pantyhose, underwear and anything else funny on his head to make us laugh. I started sticking laundry on my kids head for my own entertainment and now they do it to themselves. These were clean underwear. We have had dirty underwear on the head incidents as well though.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scheels- a Great idea

We ran out of time to go ice skating for FHE so instead we ended up with the rest of Salt Lake county at Scheels. Cagey didn't want to ride the Ferris wheel so we went around playing other games and posing with the animals.


Dang kids wouldn't move so this had to be a weird angle

Ezra wasn't phased- he knows he can outrun his older sibs

Jeebs still in line at the Ferris Wheel...only took an hour and a half

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Just mookie and me

Mooks is the growth on my side. If Ezra tries to sit on my lap she freaks out- poor kid. He deals with it pretty well. After all he has his trains. Today in primary they were talking about the plan of happiness. Ezra came up to me and whispered in my ear, "engines!" I told him to sit down and a few minutes later he came up and whispered, "trains!" I told him to sit down again and in a few more minutes he came back up to me and whispered, "cars!" I guess that's Ezra's plan for happiness.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weeeeeeeekly WEIGH-in

Today is the second week of being a calorie tracker-jacker. I lost another 3 pounds. So I have now lost 7 pounds and I am elated. I don't want to get too excited because it seems I usually lose about 7 pounds in 2 weeks and then nothing for the rest of the month. So, I'm not going to run through the woods naked screaming for joy just yet. I'll wait for next week to do that. But, I am going to enjoy this small victory. I'm 2 pounds lower than my "pre-holiday" weight and only 8 pounds to get to my "pre-pregnancy" weight. Can I still call it my pre-pregnancy weight when my baby is over a year and a half old? Oh well...I'm going to.

Here's to smaller portions, no snacking (except for my small planned snack of apples and almond butter) and dinners that don't fill you up. Eyes on the skinny jeans, Violet, eyes on the skinny jeans.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

11 am nap means

She's probably getting sick. Hooray! Ugh. My body is stiffening as I sit, but at least it's for a good cause.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Breakfast on the floor

I looked up from checking emails and Mooks had carefully pulled her breakfast plate down the floor to finish eating her eggs and fruit loops with a fork.

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This is the Mexican coleslaw I made for dinner last night. YUmmmmmm- it's a jillian michaels recipe and it was so tasty. It's just cabbage and carrots with a cilantro, rice vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Mooks took off her pants and her diaper and then held me hostage in the bathroom. Yeah, it was only 9 degrees outside. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweet boys and I did ok

My sweet boys playing together makes me so happy. Last Sunday they were having a screaming match. Also- I did not make myself sick today- hooray! I may or may not have but most definitely did eat too much, but it could have been far worse. And, I will be back on track tomorrow and every day this week. So, here's to Monday, workouts and that Dadgum calorie counting!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I lost 4 lbs in 5 days...

Who knew actually counting calories like a maniac really works? I hate counting calories, despise, abhor, eschew at all cost- counting calories. But, when you've been working out with Jillian and eating healthy for a year and a half and have only had minimal results- you have to take drastic measures. I did gain 6 pounds over the holidays, so really I have 2 pounds yet to lose to get back to my "pre-holiday" weight, but I'll take it. I signed up for Jillian Michaels online so I could track every little calorie that I ingest and every little calorie that I burn. I love having a new workout every day and I must say even though I've been doing her videos for a while- the ones I get every day are kicking my boot-tay. My left arm is still pulsing from doing those dadgum extended planks. Argh. Anyway, tomorrow has been my "day-off" for many years, but I need to stay on track tomorrow since I just started. PLEase oh please help me stay on track tomorrow. Sundays are hard when you're exhausted and sitting around wanting to make a treat to shove in your face. Maybe I could do something like read my scriptures or go visiting teaching to keep my mind off of treats. What a novel idea!

I'm cautiously optimistic about this. I have never done an actual program (other than buying the Atkins book and doing it on my own- when I lost 7 lbs in a month and Jeebs lost 30- argh, again.) But, I usually start slacking when I get to a comfortable weight for myself- which is still about 10-15 pounds higher than I should be. So this time I have to go all the way, Beatrices!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013


This was lunch yesterday- a hummus and vegetable wrap. It was actually pretty dang tasty and so pretty I had to take a picture. I love healthy food I just apparently eat too much of it all together. I have a pint of blueberries in the fridge calling my name, but I will resist. But come on, it's blueberries!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My nemesis

Fudge babies!! I found these on a blog that my friend, Shelly, follows and I've been addicted ever since. They aren't too bad for you, but if you eat the whole batch in one day ( like I sometimes do) they tend to hinder your weight loss. Mookie loves them too so when she's around it is especially hard to make them last for any amount of time. They're just dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and I add just a teaspoon or so of honey to help them hold together. If you want to be addicted too the recipe is here. Surrrrrrriously, make 'em. I just saw a recipe for german chocolate fudge babies on her site- everything is the same as the original except you use PECANS and add coconut. Gonna make those babies on Sunday.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

11 years and we are old

I now wonder whatever possessed us to think the DAY after Christmas would make a good anniversary...for all eternity. But, oh well, what is done is done and that is our anniversary. Eleven years ago seems like nothing. I still go to bed thinking who the heck is this guy? At least I have eternity to figure it out. Love ya Jeebs, you gray fox you :)

Jeebs' hair- now and then

Holidays are over

HOoray- I guess. I love the holidays, but I have been siiiiicckkkk since Thanksgiving with all the food that I've been eating that I normally don't eat. It has all come back to kick me in the buttocks because against my better judgement I stepped on the scale this morning. AAAGGGHHH- I gained 6 POUNDS. Yes, 6 freakin' pounds. That's 24 sticks of butter. Gross. Time to get back to work and maybe in a year or two those 6 pounds will be gone. I'm so ready to throw in the towel and start wearing "give up on life" pants all the time. 

Cagey in his "give up on life" thermals

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 in pictures

Thanks Utah! We've had a great year...on to the next!