Mardi Gras and some! Wednesday, Feb 22 2012 

As I sit here enjoying my popcorn, because I have already had my King Cake and about a months worth of sweets today, I realized that I have not blogged in a few days.  That’s just not nice of me.  So many things going on.

MY WEEKEND

The weekend was filled with fun, food, and friends.

Friday night we hung out with some friends and enjoyed beer and champagne.

Satruday night we attended a Mardi Gras party.  Not quite Louisiana style but definitely reminded us of  home.

Sunday night the hubby and I finally went out to celebrate our anniversary.  We went to The Melting Pot.  It was so yummy.

MARDI GRAS

Monday the kids were out of school.  We had company over for some Gumbo, Potato salad, deviled eggs, sweet tea and King Cake.  Yes, I ordered my King Cake.  We also found out that we will be moving to Tampa, Florida this summer.  I am so excited.  I have wanted to go there forever.

LENT

Tonight my blog is also about Lent.  I am not part of a Religion that gives up things for Lent.  However, I have decided to try it out this year.  What better way to give up something?  Therefore, with the support of friends and family, I have decided to give up smoking!  There I said it.  The way I look at it, I am not getting the full benefits of clean living if I am still smoking these nasty cigarettes.  I guess my biggest fear is weight gain.  OF course, I am in the gym a lot so I am hoping that will be enough.  Wish me luck! Please

EMEALS

Also, I have been trying to figure out why I hit a Plateau so fast.  I figured it out this weekend.  It is my emeals that I love so much.  Thing is, I haven’t reached my goal weight.  Therefore, I am at a stand still and just maintaining.  Good thing is, I haven’t gained any.  I will resume my emeals once I have reached my weight loss goal.

I hope you enjoy this post and I hope you all have a great evening.

TGIF!!!!!!!!!! Saturday, Feb 18 2012 

I do apologize if I have ever posted with this title but I felt it was a great beginning to this blog and end to this week.  I made it to the gym 4 days this week.  Yay Me!  Oh and I am going back in the morning.  Gotta get my run on.  I found out today that there will be a 5k in March.  I better get myself ready.

As for eating, well let’s just say I could have done better.  But on a positive note, I got bananas 🙂  Tonight I cooked a meal from my emealz plan, Sausage and Rigatoni Skillet.  It was fantabulous!  This dish is topped with Ricotta Cheese.  Oh so Yummy!

Well we have a long weekend.  The kids and the hubby are out of school on Monday.  I only wish we could take the camper out for a few days.  But I think they are calling for snow.  😦 We cannot wait to get back in our camper.  It is so peaceful.

I hate to cut this so short but I am one tired Mama!  Not to mention the champagne I drank…lol.

I hope you all have a great weekend and I will be back on Tuesday.

What are your plans?

Valentines Thursday, Feb 16 2012 

My Valentines was great!  My husband and I also celebrated our 14th year of marriage.  I cannot believe we have been married for so long.  It seems like it was just yesterday.  We have come along way in our marriage and in miles.

This was my Facebook post yesterday.  Side Story-Last night at midnight as I was making a Valentines box and candy and cards for Gavin to take to school today.  Ashley and I were talking about what we were doing at that moment 14 years ago.  I think we were both trying to shake some nerves, thinking about what the next day and the future was going to hold.  We have come along way!  So instead of making rice bags and worrying about how the flowers were going to look and how it was all going to work, we were helping our youngest get ready to celebrate this day that means so much to the two of us.  Amazing how life changes!

My honey cooked dinner for us last night.  We had spaghetti with meat sauce and french bread.  It seems like everyone here got either Godiva or Whitmans chocolate.  Needless to say my morning at the gym was rough.  I think it was all the pasta and chocolate.  I just wanted to sleep and so did my legs.  It was nice to take a break from clean eating and just let loose a little but I paid the price.  It just shows that what you eat can and does affect your day.  It also didn’t help that I didn’t have my daily banana….. 🙂 There must be a monkey or two living here, I cannot keep those things in this house.  All in all, it was a great day.  Honey and I are going out this weekend to celebrate and pick out our gift together.

I hope you all had a wonderful day filled with love:)

Now to prepare for tomorrows workout.  Running!  Oh and with my new Nike Sensor too!

 

 

Snow Pics Tuesday, Feb 14 2012 

I do apologize for there only being two.  I was sure there were more on my camera.  Don’t worry, I have a couple more on my phone that I will Load tomorrow……have a great night!

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What a Day! Tuesday, Feb 14 2012 

The weatherman finally got it right.  We woke up to blankets of snow.  It was beautiful!  I have waited all winter for this.  I debated for a few minutes whether I should try to brave the roads to get to the gym or take a free day.  The gym won.  I was so proud of myself for deciding to go to the gym.  As I am driving and sliding down the road, I get over half way there and what do I find?  The road was closed.  I had to turn around and go completely around.  I arrived at the gym at 8:30 am. Step class starts at 8:15am  😦 I got in about 30 minutes.  I know I should have stayed and did a run on the treadmill but I was ready to get home and get warm and dry.

Todays eating didn’t go too bad.  I wasn’t really in the mood for breakfast but that is mainly because someone ate all of the bananas.  I had half a special k bar.  It was entirely too sweet.  But I knew I had to have something in my stomach.  For lunch, I didn’t do any better.  I had about a half of a cup of Reeses Peanut Butter Cereal…..shame on me.  But hey, I used fat free milk….lol.  For dinner, I had my Chicken Tortilla Soup. YUMMO!  My snacks today included a handful of mixed nuts, popcorn, and a couple of skittles.  Tonight was the last basketball game of the season for my oldest.  This is a good thing because now I will not be tempted to eat the popcorn and candy at the concession. 🙂

Now, I am about to drink some coffee with my hubby and hopefully go to bed very soon.  Tomorrow is our anniversary.  We have been married 14 years.  It doesn’t seem that long.  You may or may not see a post from me tomorrow!

Looking for some feedback:

Have any of you heard of Shakeology?  If so, do you recommend it?  I have a friend that is a beach body coach and has struck my interest.  I just do not know enough about it yet. 

Just in case I do not make it on here tomorrow, I hope you all have a very Happy Valentines Day. 

 

I will be posting my snow pics in a different post.  Stay tuned if you’re interested 🙂

HIATUS! Monday, Feb 13 2012 

Hiatus-a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

I do apologize for my absence.  It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  It seems like everytime I get the chance to sit down and put some thought into a post, someone wants something from me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my children and my husband, but sometimes, mommy could use a drink break…. 🙂

The last couple of posts I made, I believe I told you that my goal was to make it to the gym 5 days a week.  Well, that hasn’t happened yet. However, I did make it there 4 days last week.  I would say, I am well on my way to meet my goal.  This week I am going to try to make it there the full 5 days.  But, check this out, if you can see it…..

Yep, that is snow. And lots of it.  WIth that being the case, I may or may not be snowed in….. 🙂

I am also going to check into a program my gym is offering to become a personal trainer.  I am so excited about this.  I still have quite a ways to go with my own goals, but this may be the thing that helps me reach it…..lol.  This is the first step on the road to getting my Body Step certification.  Wish me luck!

So, I wrapped up last week on a positive note…I got myself a pair of Uggs on sale.  I have always wanted a pair but I refuse to pay 2-3 hundred bucks for a pair of shoes.  Well, I only paid $35 for mine.  Yep that’s right.  Check it out, they may still have some.

And now just a couple of pics from my week!

That is what happens when you go to a basketball game that has concession stand!

 And my new haircut!

I would have to say that last week was a good one.

Have a great night y’all!

 

Did Someone Say Hamburger? Thursday, Feb 9 2012 

Yes! Tonight I made hamburgers and homemade french fries.  The family was excited.  That is the most unclean meal I have cooked in months.  I was pretty surprised by it myself.  I only ate half of a burger and I served them on clean buns.  As the burgers were cooking, I commented to my husband how much differently they smell from what I usually cook.  They were Bubba Burgers and they smelled horrible while cooking.  They were good but you could tell a big difference in the meat from what I normally buy.  The family has been so supportive in the journey of clean eating, I figured I would let them cheat tonight.  I am not so sure I will be doing that again…..Ok, maybe I will.  I also made them strawberry milkshakes for dessert.  They weren’t all bad…..but, my sweet tooth needed to be tamed and the milkshake hit the spot.  I made them with fat free skim milk, a couple of shakes of my protein powder, fresh strawberries, and of course, Bryers Vanilla Ice Cream………….Ahhhhh, Yum!

As for the gym, it is looking like I might get my 5 days this week.  I am totally stoked about this.  I also started running agian on Monday.  You know, Spring is near and there will be a ton of 5k runs for me to participate in.  I may as well jump start my training now.  I can tell you this, I am sore.  I feel like a 90 year old woman after sitting for long periods.  As long as I stay active throughout the day, I don’t have a problem.  But don’t let me sit down for long….creek, crack, pop………! 🙂

Well I guess that is it for me tonight.  I have to go get ready for tomorrow.  Have a great night!

And I’m back…. Tuesday, Feb 7 2012 

Wow what a week last week!  I did not reach my goal to be in the gym for 5 straight days.  However, I did two hours on Tuesday so I am going to count that as extra…..lol.  Don’t judge me 🙂

Thursday, I had to make a trip to whole foods, which takes a full day.  Friday, I had parent teacher conferences.  Those weren’t as exciting 🙂

I am happy to report that I didn’t falter too much on my clean eating.  Well until the SuperBowl.  I am sure that is no surprise and I am not the only one.  We had shrimp cocktail, swedish meatballs, asian noodle salad, homemade turtles, cake, and all kinds of chips.  I find it hard to watch the SuperBowl without a bag of Cheese Doritos.  YUM!

I have to be honest, I didn’t really watch the game until the last quarter.  It was kind of boring.  The commercials weren’t great either. Madonna did a fabulous job.  I was extremely shocked, yet impressed.   I was rooting for the Giants so I am glad they won.  Next year, WHO DAT, BABY!

Well, that is all for me tonight.  I am going to attempt to get in the bed a little earlier tonight.  I will be sharing more food pics this week from my e-mealz plan.

What was your favorite commercial during the SuperBowl?

 

I am still alive :) Monday, Feb 6 2012 

Sorry I have been MIA lately.  Last week was a rough one.  I will be back with you all tonight or tomorrow night.  I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Miss You Guys!