Monday, October 28, 2013

Un-menu Monday

I had a menu & somewhere I lost it. I think it might either be in my husbands CRV or on the train S and I rode yesterday.

Anyways, I think this is what I had planned based on my groceries. :-)

Sunday-S & I planned a date night out at Jason's Deli, but the train ride was longer than expected, so we had to get home. Leftovers for us. 

Monday-poppyseed chicken, rice, and a green vegetable (TBD)

Tuesday-Crock Pot spinach lasagna from Oprah's website. It was from an episode with Jessica Seinfield, Jerry's wife.

Wednesday-either leftovers or hot dogs at out church's fall festival. Right now, I'm leaning toward leftovers because the babies don't eat hot dogs.

Thursday-maybe pancakes? Maybe more leftovers? Whatever it needs to be fast because we've got some trick or treating to do!!!

Friday-bourbon glazed salmon & vegetables. But I'm not using bourbon because we don't have any and I don't want to go to the liquor store.

Saturday-I have no idea what I had planned. 

Happy Eats!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013



That's the number that's making me cry this morning.  That's the number that I swore I would never go back to.  That's the number that I haven't been since I WAS PREGNANT!!!!  That's the number that is on my scale.

I feel like I've tried every diet.  Weight Watchers was successful about 10 years ago and I even became a lifetime member.  But I fell off the points counting bandwagon and gained it all back-plus some. Last year after the twins were born, I did a combo of WW and My Fitness Pal.  I opted for the 1200 calories a day and either ate to that or my points--usually I had points left over because of vegetables/fruit (some vegetables & fruits are 0 points, but not 0 calories).

I did well with that combo.  Everyone commented on how good I looked.  I joined a gym.  I took up jogging/fast walking and did a 5K.  And then I had some health issues (totally ok) that caused stress. Next thing you know, I was skipping the gym and stress eating.  Lots and lots of food--some healthy in moderate proportions, but I didn't see why I had to stop a just one sandwich.  Although I was sick and disgusted with myself at the end of the second (or third).  So here I am again.  Out of shape, extremely overweight--OBESE if you want to get technical, and bad eating habits once again.

I don't want to be this way.  Really, I don't.  I tried to figure out what I could blame my lack of willpower on, but I couldn't.  Nothing other than myself.  I have a lot of excuses, really I do.  I can come up with a ton!!  But the fact is, I am lazy.  I'd rather sit on the couch than take a walk, I'd rather call for a pizza than cut up vegetables for a salad.

So what am I going to do? Honestly, I don't know.  One income and three kids equal us having to be tight with our money.  So, WW is out--and so is the gym membership (I haven't gone since May, but still paying for it!!)  I'm going to start doing MFP again-maybe the calories will shock some sense into me.  I'm going to meal plan some different foods & not have so many caloric meals. Salads and soups will be good for lunch, plus the kids like the veggie toppings (even if they don't care for lettuce). And a big one--no more alcoholic beverages.  I tend to have a beer a night.  Right now I love the Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider, but those calories can go towards something else--something a little better for me. Previously I had a number that I wanted to lose.  I still do, but I'm not sharing it.  I got mixed reactions from friends about it last time-some were encouraging, some weren't.  And that's all I'll say about that.

I'm not sure if I'm going to write on this again.  I do know that I'm not going to post before and after pictures.  I don't love myself enough to do that.  You can imagine me in my XL top and size 16 pants (that still create a muffin top, but I can't bring myself to buy anything larger).

And you may be reading this and thinking if only you were 202 pounds.  Like that would be a big problem.  You may be 302, 402, 502..but it doesn't matter the number.  It's how I feel.  And how I'm not happy this way.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Menu Monday (Sunday edition)

Miss me? Last week I didn't meal plan. I didn't even go to the grocery store. Needless to say, we cleaned out the freezer and ate LOTS of sandwiches. Oh, and we ate out EVERY NIGHT. I'm looking forward to cooking again this week.

Sunday-rotisserie chicken, couscous with goat cheese, and vegetables

Monday-scrambled eggs and pumpkin pie rolls (Pinterest)

Tuesday-chicken spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad

Wednesday-tomato soup and grilled cheese


Friday-poppyseed chicken, rice, and green beans

Saturday-going to a Halloween/birthday party from 4-7. I guess they are serving dinner??

Happy Eats!!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday Date Night

Tonight M & I went on a date. It's hard with 3 kids (especially with twins) to get out much. 

We've never hired an actual sitter. M's parents watch the kids the majority if the time. Which is another reason we don't go out. I hate to ask them because I don't want to impose. And we've never stayed out past bedtime. They like to be home before it gets dark-or at least close to home.

Anyways, we went to Tupelo Honey Cafe and it was so good (like always)!!

M had Cheerwine and a chicken BLT (minus the bacon) and added pimento cheese, plus sweet potato fries.

 I had sweet tea and the venerated vegetable bowl (goat cheese grits, greens, beans, fried okra, etc). So good.

And we both had a biscuit-served with blueberry preserves and, of course,Tupelo honey. 

We were home by 7 and the babies (toddlers?) decided that 10p was a better bedtime than 7:30.  At least S was in bed by 9.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Colgate SlimSoft a Review

I was given a Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush to review free from Influenster. The opinions stated in this review are mine.

I was lucky to receive a Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush from Influenster. 

Honestly, I haven't bought a toothbrush in a LONG time. I was using an electric toothbrush, but got tired of charging it, so I broke out my stash of dentist toothbrushes I had been given. I was happy with them UNTIL I started using the Colgate SlimSoft. 

The SlimSoft is so, well, soft. It's like the brushes caress my teeth. And it is so lightweight. No more bulky electric handles. 

Go out and get this toothbrush today!! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday Meals

I hope y'all are enjoying my meal plans. I heard from my friend (hey, M!!!) that they inspired her to plan too. :-)

Sunday--I posted last week that we were having taco soup. Nope-we did leftovers. The forecast had low 70s & rain, but reality was 80s & sun.

Monday--taco soup/nachos. The cool front moved through last night.

Tuesday--shrimp tostatas with guacamole (I still haven't made these.)

Wednesday--salmon with vegetables (corn, great beans, broccoli--whatever I have on-hand)

Thursday--a frozen meal. S will be at her grandparents & I'm taking a day off from cooking.

Friday--Skinnytaste's spinach & sausage baked pasta

Saturday--??? We are working in the yard all day, so maybe we can order to go.

Happy Eats!!