Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Part 1

Hello Beautiful People,

I hope you are all enjoying your holiday. I certainly have been. I've been resting and getting my share of fun in. I have spent hours in the recliner watching football and knitting. I have gotten up to see the Sunrise at the beach twice (and a third time tomorrow). I have discovered a wonderful new (to me) coffee shop that serves the most amazing Hot Chocolate. I have sung Christmas caroles at the big Christmas Tree lighting at the boardwalk. I ran one 5k this morning and I have another tomorrow morning. I have spent some wonderful time with friends and family and honorary family. It's been a Blessed time. And it's not over yet!

There's a lot to discuss and since the weekend isn't over yet I'll make this a Two part post.

My drive down to the beach began with snow. I was laughing so hard as I quickly threw my stuff in my bags and packed my car. I wanted to get on the road while it was still light out and I did. I put on my Christmas music and was a happy camper. My original plan was to go out at lunch and get some Starbucks and gas. I got neither. It was too late for me to get caffeine and I really needed to drink my water anyway.  I had so much that I needed a potty stop. It was my halfway stop and I was getting hungry. I mentioned in the Random Wednesday that I really wanted Wendy's, but settled for a turkey and cheese lunchable. It held me.

When I got to my dad's I had a chicken salad on a croissant for dinner. It was late and I didn't want too much.  I was tired and didn't know how long I would last. The answer: Not long.

I went upstairs to try and stay up for the Syracuse game while I blogged and totally fell asleep. I saw the beginning, halftime, and end of the game. I missed everything in between. And I never made it off of the couch. I had planned on sleeping in and I did. But, when I woke up I was all crooked. I couldn't move my back. So I had to shift and let my spine re-align before I got up. Ugh...felt like a punishment for not getting up early.

After I got my shower I finally put on my new Aaron Rodgers shirt. It fit!  And it looks really cute on me. Not gonna lie, walked in front of that mirror every chance I got. I looked SKINNY!  HOLLA!!!  Too bad I was only going to get to see him pacing on the sidelines for the game. DOH. OH well, at least I got to enjoy the mustache...ahhh

I had gotten a sandwich because I missed breakfast and I wanted to make sure that I wasn't hungry for dinner. My snacks for the game included a piece of cheese (get it...Cheeseheads...haha) and a mimosa. Um not a bad way to start the day.  I pulled out my knitting and tried to enjoy the game...not a win.  I was sad for Aaron. Aaron Rodgers call me for consolation!

I was a little sad when I got on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I saw everyone's photos and posts from their Turkey Trots...and a couple of friends competed in their first Half Marathon on Thanksgiving morning. It was hard for me to not get up and go run, but it was a much needed and planned day of rest. Besides, I had two races scheduled for this weekend.

I did not care to watch the second game and so I moved into the living room and watched the Modern Family marathon with my Stepmom. Is there any better person to spend the day with than Cam???

Soon it was time for dinner. YEAH! Been waiting all day for this. The turkey was deep fried which makes for the moistest meat...yum. The stuffing had scrapple in it. O.M.G. My plate had spinach, green beans, and mashed potatoes too. I let my belly settle before I got up for seconds. I got a scoop of spinach, stuffing and potatoes.

I passed on the pumpkin pie as it is not my favorite and instead had a caramel hot chocolate that I brought. It was a nice treat.

That night I had another football game to watch. It's been a sports heaven week for me. The Ravens were playing. WOO WOO!  So I made my wardrobe change into my Ravens shirt and watched the first half with my dad. And then I went upstairs. I had an early wake up call for Sunrise club.

My alarm seemed to go off VERY early. But, I needed to get a shower before I left because I would also be going to a few stores on Black Friday. So I showered and then I layered on the clothes. Last year we were cold and I expected nothing less. I put on my knee socks and sweatpants. I had a long sleeve shirt, fleece jacket, and coat. I grabbed my hat, gloves, and bottle of water and headed out the door. Only to find my car covered in frost. DOH!  Luckily Ms. Liz had given me that defroster spray so I sprayed on got on the road. It put me a little behind though. Sunrise was scheduled for 6:57 and I was pushing it. I got there at 6:50 and sprinted to hug my much missed friend Mr. Brian. I haven't seen him since last Thanksgiving and I miss him much.

The first thing I noticed after I let go was that we were not alone. SO many people were out for Sunrise club. HOORAY!  I love that. It wasn't as cold as last year, but that could be attributed to my many layers. It was still cold, just not windy.

We took about a 1000 pictures and then even walked down onto the beach for a couple photos. It was even more gorgeous...just a little colder.  And so we walked back to the boardwalk and took our usual stroll to the end for the board walk and back. It's my favorite part of the day. Everyone is happy and saying hello and wishing you a good day. Who wouldn't be happy? This is literally the most beautiful moment of the day and we are all sharing it.

After a little while the cold got to us and we headed down the street in search for some Hot Chocolate...but not before I took this gem:

Our quest for hot chocolate also led to the realization that we were hungry. We looked at one place to eat, but the breakfasts looked heavy and I just wanted something light. Then we passed a little coffee place that drew us in: Cafe a Go Go.

We asked for some Salted Caramel Hot chocolates and banana bread. The comfy leather couch was open and we got cozy. O to the M to the G. That was the bestest Hot Chocolate that I have ever had in my life. The couple that owns this wonderful establishment were just the cutest and nicest. I heart them. We didn't want to leave, but leave we must.

I had to get to the outlets before it got crazy and someone wanted to go back to sleep.

As I drove by the first two Outlet shopping centers I did not feel good about the parking, but when I got to my destination I miraculously found a spot up front. My first stop was Reebok. I was on a mission. I needed new sneakers. The first thing I noticed was that the clothes were on super sale. Practically free!  And the second was that the sneakers were buy 1 and get 1 for $20. Seriously?  HEAVEN!

It took me a little while to decide on the ones I wanted. I found a neon yellow pair that I liked and then I was trying to decide between the hot pink ones that I loved the look of and the grey with pink ones that felt a smidgen better. Have to go with comfort.

And then it was time to look at clothes. I found a fantastic Neon yellow jacket with a hood on super duper sale. And I wanted to look at running pants. I don't have enough of them. Seriously, I don't. Previously I was running in my active wear pants. Which was fine because my belly was bigger and held them up. And I wasn't running for long periods of time. Well now I need appropriate gear. I found a cool pair of capri running tights that are grey with neon yellow. Matches the jacket!  Score.

As I was looking at the pants I saw the sneakers that mom likes and decided that I would get her a pair for Christmas (she knows cause I had to call and ask her size so I'm not spoiling anything). I don't need that second pair for myself. One is fine. But, I did want more knee socks!  The bonus is that after a certain amount of money spent you got a giftcard. So I was able to get one and get the pants and socks. YEAH!

Okay, so that was a fun adventure. I took my bag to my car and decided to run into Aeropostale to see if they had a good sale on jeans.  The sale was very good and I grabbed a couple to go try on. I also went and picked out some leggings and  sweat pants to try on.

The jeans fit nicely, but everything else was an epic fail. The sweatpants were about a foot too long and the leggings were atrocious. That was upsetting. Ugh.

As I was getting ready to head to the register I noticed some sweaters. I had gotten rid of a lot of my winter clothes as they were big and I was planning on moving south very shortly. Now that plans are pushed back a few months I need clothes to keep me warm. However, I had no desire to go back into the dressing room. So I tried them on over my long sleeve shirt. I found two that I liked. Very good sale. Sold. And at the register there was a top secret bonus discount. They were practically paying me to take these clothes! 

Because of that I had some bonus allotted money to play with. I was not going to another shopping center and Coach just happened to be in this one. If I could find one that I loved for this small amount I would get it.

I walked in and immediately thought NO. They gave me a great discount at the door, but the bags on display were not what I was looking for. I would head back to the clearance and see what they had. Otherwise I was outta there.

At first I didn't see anything. And then I saw it. I saw a purple bag. It was perfect. I wanted something small. I really need to carry less things. My bags are starting to hurt my back again. This bag was the same thing that Cousin Hannah had gotten in black. So I quickly called her to see how she liked it. Was it big enough? And I saw a red one. So now I needed to decide which color. The price was right ($45) and purple won. HOLLA!

I could not wait to get out of there. The store was mobbed and when I left the parking lot was awful. Cars stalking people for their spots. Ugh. I just wanted to get across to my car.  I was parked right in front of the Maidenform store. So I ran into it to see about a new bra. The girls are getting smaller. But, gotta tell you, after the leggings experience the very last thing I wanted to do was try on bras. I did it though. Got two smaller bras. It was a nice thing :-)

I could not get out of that parking lot fast enough. I like to shop, but I avoid Black Friday at every cost. I just happened to be in the area in need of new smaller things and if I could save some money I would. And now I was happy to leave.

When I came home I was tired and wanted to nap, but I had been invited to join Mr. Brian and his family at the tree lighting at the boardwalk later that night. So I had things to do. We decided that I would pack a bag and crash at his brother's since we were planning on Sunrise again this morning. They live 10 minutes from the beach...a much nicer commute. 

I got my shower and put on my new jeans and sweater. I felt nice and pretty...and skinny!

I told you there was a lot to talk about. So tomorrow I will tell you all about the Christmas Tree lighting (you know I was in heaven) and all about the races. Even I don't know how the second one is going to go yet. haha. It's almost time for me to go to bed again. Sunrise club alarms come very early in the morning...and I wouldn't miss them for the world!

Have a Blessed Night.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

The Biggest Loser Ranch Season 15 Episode 7

The Biggest Loser Ranch Season 15 Episode 7

At the end of the last episode Bob had just Saved Matt....

Matt: "Having to use that save was a kick to my pride."  So Tanya pulled him aside to talk to him. She is the only other person in the house with a Save.  "We're going to have bad days and that's what the Save is for."  This is so much bigger than the scale.

Back in the Gym

There are screams...good workout screams. It's Jay. The stakes are high. And let me just say that Mr. Jay's face is getting nice and thin. He's the one I see the most change in.

Dolvett is happy to have a complete team.

Bob's Birthday

It's Bob's birthday. Holley gives him a shirt. It's cute...and ooh he shaved his mustache! I miss it.


Bob isn't thrilled with them having Thanksgiving. "If they think they are going to eat any of it, I will beat it out of them before they eat it."


It's a Thanksgiving Food challenge. There are three empty trucks and boxes and boxes of food. They need to load the trucks with all of their boxes.  There are 40 boxes for each person. They are 30lbs and 15lbs.  The food is from The Biggest Loser Resort and will feed the people of Moore, OK. If you remember, they had some devastating tornados.

David's wife grew up there and her mother and brother still live there. He was touched that this would go to help them.

The winning team will have a family member flown in for each member of the team.

Rachel misses her mom.
Tanya wants to see her 2 yr old.
Holley's mom is her best friend.
Jay wants to see his wife.

Update on Sunny

Before we got to see the challenge, we got an update on everyone's favorite Sunny.  She's so cute.

Sunny's goal last season was to wear a pretty dress to prom. She wore the stunning dress that she wore at he finale.

She is in her Senior year and it's very stressful with college admissions. The old Sunny would have turned to food to deal with the stress. The new Sunny works out after studying.

Before the Ranch she just wanted to be an ordinary teenager and fit in. Now she realizes that she has the power to be an extraordinary teenager. *that is my most favorite thing ever said on this show...and it makes me cry happy tears writing it...seriously, there is a tear drop flowing down my cheek*.

Back to the Challenge

The Red team have a plan: Rachel, Ruben, and David will take the heavy boxes.

The Blue teams plan is to take all of the heavy first and sprint with the lighter boxes.
*Hap really wants to meet his new son.

The White team is the first one to the halfway point.

But, the Blue team wins

Bob's Thanksgiving Tip (also applies to any party)

Make sure to eat breakfast on Thanksgiving. Poached eggs and toast or fruit with yogurt.

Time to meet the Families

Hap's wife brings his adorable baby boy to meet him. I'm sorry, I mean Hap's Smokin hot can't believe she just had a baby wife....she tells him that she brought some stuff for him. It's his little girls. OMG I want to eat them up. So adorable. He is excited. They are super active and he'll be able to keep up with them now.

Holley's mom is so cute and tiny. She comes right in and smacks Holley on the butt in a playful way. It's a big giant hugfest.

Bobby's dad is crying happy tears. He's not an emotional man and Bobby isn't used to this. Bobby lets us know that not only has he hidden being gay in the past, but he still has not told his dad.  He's very scared.

Matt's fiance says that he looks like that Matt that she met the first time. It was difficult not being with him on what was supposed to be there wedding day, but this is worth it in the long run.

They sit and have dinner with Bob and thank him for everything he's done for them. Holley says that she tries hard not to give Bob a big head. haha.

Bob is a little worried that his team has been distracted with their family.

Then he pulls Bobby aside to talk to him. He knows that Bobby still hasn't told his dad. His dad comes from a strict Catholic background and Bobby always felt like something was wrong with himself.

Bob tells him that he is gay. He's never discussed his sexuality on the show. He knows the repression that Bobby feels. He came out at 17 and the support wasn't always there. But, coming out doesn't mean you are weak and it's the biggest step he will ever take. Bobby is still scared. He doesn't want to disappoint his dad. He's the eldest and the only son.  He is very moved by Bob's coming out on TV for him.

Red Team

I heart David. I think America is in love with this man. Thanksgiving is around his 1st wife's birthday. So every year he and his girls write love notes to her and tie them to balloons. Then they release the balloon.  He writes and tells her that he's finally keeping his promise to her. He is 8 pounds away from 100 lbs.

Weigh In

Ali asks Bob is he is concerned about his team? Were they distracted?  Yes.

The Red Team goes first.

David started at 317 lbs and now weighs 306 lbs for a total of 11 lbs.
Jennifer started at 220 lbs and now weighs 211 lbs for a total of 9 lbs.
Tanya started at 220 lbs and now weighs 216 lbs for a total of 4 lbs.
   She is not happy.
Rachel started at 195 lbs and now weighs 183 lbs for a total of 12 lbs.
   She feels very happy.
Ruben started at 401 lbs and now weighs 394 lbs for a total of 7 lbs.
   His goal was to get in to the 300's...he hasn't been there in 3 years.
Total: 43 lbs 3.18%

The White Team is next. They need to lose more than 21 lbs.

Marie started at 207 lbs and now weighs 203 lbs for a total of 4 lbs.
Jay started at 226 lbs and now weighs 219 lbs for a total of 7 lbs.
   It's getting harder as he's getting smaller
Tumi started at 256 lbs and now weighs 250 lbs for a total of 6 lbs.
Total: 17 2.47%

The Blue Team is last. They need to lose more than 34 lbs.

Matt started at 290 lbs and now weighs 281 lbs for a total of 8 lbs.
Chelsea started at 197 lbs and now weighs 191 lbs for a total of 6 lbs.
Hap started at 340 lbs and now weighs 334 lbs for a total of 6 lbs.
Bobby started at 293 lbs and now weighs 284 lbs for a total of 9 lbs.
Holley started at 291 lbs and now weighs 288 lbs for a total of 3 lbs.
  She looks so pretty.

It was upsetting. Holley is going home. Normally she loves to be the anchor, but she was nervous.  She was stunned. She ran every day and she hates to run.

Bob is sooooo sorry. His heart is broken.

Holley tells him "I've lost so much weight. I'm happy. I came as an Olympian and I've seen everyone change." She then tells Bob that she would have never gotten this far without him. He tells her that she's brought him joy every day. She has lost 63 lbs and realized that she can be healthy and fit and still be competitive. Bob is sad sitting on the step. :-(

Then Ali breaks the news. She is not the only one going home this week. Everyone assumes that it's a double elimination...but we don't know what's going on yet.

The previews for next week are that there is a spin of the wheel and only one person's weight will count for each team. So my guess is that one person from each team is going home for the week. And they alone are responsible for their team...cue the dramatic music!

Have a Blessed Night

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Random Wednesday! Gobble Gobble!

Happy Random Wednesday! Gobble Gobble!

I don't want to get anyone too excited, but I am going to sleep in tomorrow. HOLLA! I would normally get up and go to see the sunrise with my buddy Mr. Brian, but he's flying in from Denver tonight and I won't make him do that. HOWEVER, game on for Friday. Sunrise then heading to the Reebok outlet to get me some new sneakers.


I need new jeans. I washed them all today to tighten them up. But, the pair I put on for the ride are already back to baggy on my booty.  Maybe I should hit up Aeropostale or Old Navy at the outlets for a new pair.


I am tired. I arrived at the beach tonight around 7:30. I've been fighting to stay up for the Syracuse hoops game at 10 tonight. Right now I am curled up under the blanket on the couch upstairs. I have this strange feeling that this will become my bed for the night.


Work was busy today so I didn't even have time to take a full lunch. That means that I didn't get to put up my tree. I did run down to the basement right before I left and carried up my bins and tree. I was nice and sweaty when it was done. But now I can just come home and put it up Sunday night. YEAH!


So when I was at Yankee Candle the other day I saw the Bacon candle. I smelled it. No! No! No!  That is a trigger and it's not cool.  Just say No! 


Today is the busiest travel day of the year. I got on the road a little later than I had hoped. That put me on the road at dinner time. I had that small voice in the back of my head saying to stop at Wendy's for a burger and fries. "Come one has to know. It's just between us.". I didn't though.

Instead I stopped at Walmart to use the ladies room and pick up some protein bars. I went over and got a lunchable too. It was the turkey and cheese one...with 2 oreos. I shouldn't have, but I did. Doh!  At least I waited until I finished the turkey before I ate them.




I truly appreciate that I have the luxury of working from home on occasion. I like it when it snows and I like it on special occasions. But every time I spend the day at home working is torture. I have to force myself to get up regularly.

It made me think of Rachel from The Biggest Loser. I could not work from home every day.  I am too social. And I find that days when I am home are hard to get through. I just want to eat.  Doesn't matter if it's meal time or not.


So the game has started and I just literally woke up. I made it to 10, and then proceeded to fall asleep. And I fell asleep awkwardly, so my neck hurts now.


When I arrived this evening I walked into the kitchen and saw the bags of stuffing on the counter. I immediately began to drool. I CANNOT wait!

Have a Blessed Night.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Curve balls: injuries and storms

Hello Beautiful People,

Well once again tonight's post was planned to be about the weekend, but today's theme is adjusting to curveballs.

Ms. Liz is out of the office tomorrow (have fun in Denver....and make sure you COME BACK!) and it's a travel day. So I moved distance day up to today. I don't like to do them on Biggest Loser night because it's a lot of pressure to make it home in time, but it had to be done. Plus the Syracuse game was on at 7 tonight. BAH.

I figured that instead of a distance night I would make it a good run night with some ab work.  It was a good back up plan. But, as I was walking from my car I noticed that my knee was bothering me. I remembered that I shouldn't have been on the elliptical for so long last night...because it makes my knee hurt....argh. Okay, no running. I will walk.

I could see my swollen knee through my leggings. *Side note, I LOVE looking at my legs in them. If I could wear them every day I would.*  My knee was sore for the first 30 minutes. After that it felt better and I considered running, but I decided I didn't want to risk injuring it. Besides, the book I had started reading was getting way interesting.

I walked for an hour and then I debated: abs, weights, push ups, shower, massage...what do I do? Well normally I would have stayed much longer, but the storm we are getting wasn't making me feel good. It would be different if I thought it would be better out if I waited a little longer. Unfortunately, it was only supposed to get worse and last until morning. Nice cold windy rain.

I opted for a massage. I needed it. And as I was laying there I realized just how important this rest is this week. If I am going to perform well at next weekend's race my rest time is just as important as my training time. Ahhh...I HEART rest time!  I will take all of the massages I can get. And the laying down part wasn't so bad either.

The rest coming over the Thanksgiving holiday is welcome, but I'm not sure how much sleeping in I will get. I have two races and planned Sunrise club days. That means I will be getting up and driving to the beach to watch the sun rise with my friend Brian. I will hate it when the alarm goes off, but the beauty of the sunrise will be worth it. I HAVE to make sure I get naps in or go to bed early.

I still stopped at Subway as planned. I think I threw everyone off because I came on a different day and I wasn't wearing my pajamas.  Now, when I usually stop at Subway during the week it's after a Distance night so that I don't have to worry about dinner or lunch. I get a footlong (either the oven roasted chicken or the turkey/ham) on wheat. I also treat myself to a small bag of doritos (my vice) and a root beer. I choose root beer because I don't want caffeine and I've burned off the calories so it's okay.  Plus I rarely drink more than a quarter of it.

Tonight I had to alter. My treadmill time wasn't that intense. And so I got the baked lays instead and I got a diet soda. I'm actually tired enough that the caffeine won't bother me. Falling asleep as I type right now.

So I made it home safely tonight and I'm getting my rest. I am working from home tomorrow so I can get my laundry done and I can pack right before I get on the road. More importantly, I can put up my Christmas tree during my lunch hour. HOLLA!  That will make me really happy. OH, remember the Sunflower field that brought me so much joy earlier?  Well the Gardens that had them have put up their Christmas lights at the entrance and I get to see that every night on my way home now. I heart Christmas time!

PS. Syracuse won so I have to stay up for the next game at 10 tomorrow night. :-)

Today's Tip: If you aren't burning the calories, don't consume them.

Have a Blessed Night

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Monday, November 25, 2013

I need to Recharge...and warm up!

Happy Monday Bleeps,

It was a long weekend. So much to talk about, but I will wait til later.  I'm tired and it's getting late.   I won't keep in you in too much suspense though. Keith Urban was AWESOME!  And my pictures are crazy cool. I will share them with the post on it.

I am So looking forward to Thanksgiving. 4 days of rest!  Well rest with some running, but still mostly rest. I want to read. I want to sleep. I want to knit. I want to watch cheesy Christmas movies. I WANT to see Aaron Rodgers play football on Thanksgiving, but alas it looks like it'll be another week before he is back. I am bringing my shirt just in case.

I'm hitting that burnt out phase so Thanksgiving could not come at a better time. I'm beat. I need to relax. I'm physically tired. I'm emotionally tired. I normally like to drive, but Friday night I just had it. I would love a helicopter. If anyone has a spare one that they aren't using...and a pilot...and wants to kick in for fuel, I would be happy to help.

So the Holiday season is upon us and I'm already beat. This isn't good. I need to recharge. And this cold is NOT helping. How the heck did I spend 4 years at Syracuse???  Seriously, WHY IS IT SOOOOO COLD???  I don't want to put more clothes on. I want to take them off. I want to show off my body, not hide it! 

Today I wasn't sure what to do during lunch. I had a coupon for something that I wanted to get for Christmas presents. Today was the only day that I could make it there before it expired. But I did NOT want to leave the office. I needed to get up and move around to warm up. Again, I did not want to leave. It probably wouldn't have been so bad if I wasn't frozen in the office. I mean it was so cold that I kept getting cups of hot water just to hold. I had knee socks, boots, a big sweater, and a blanket on. And still I was frozen. So the idea of leaving the building to go outside where it's even colder let me think about no.  I did go though.

My coupon was for Yankee candle. I'm not going to give away what I got and who is getting it, but I did get something for me too. They have all of the yummy Christmas candles and I really wanted one for me. But, too many were cookies or other food scents. I already have a candle that smells like a tree and a Twisted peppermint one. I don't want food scented candles. I don't need that trigger to make me hungry. And so to put myself in a warm state of mind I got myself the Sun & Sand candle. It smells like Hawaiian tropic. Is it summer yet????

It's times like this that make me rethink the Polar Plunge for February. I will still do it because it's for a wonderful WONDERFUL cause. And I will even do it in a Bikini if I can raise a certain amount of money. But I may have lost my mind.

The cold and the Holidays also make it harder to get to  the gym. I hadn't been since Thursday so it wasn't that hard to go, but my brain kept listing things that I need to get done. I'm never home. I have things to do. Too bad. I went to the gym. And I was glad to do so. Syracuse Hoops was on so I got to watch the game and workout...even though I banned machines while the games are on because I get too intense. My distance night is moved to tomorrow and I may have to rethink the plan as my legs are tight. Oh well they play again tomorrow night and then it's Biggest Loser night. And I need to shower and stop at Subway...bah. I'll figure it out. It may not be the full distance. It might be a shorter one. And that's fine. Right now we just want to keep moving.

Alright kids, I would like to write more, but frankly I'm toast...and I need to get some knitting done before I go to bed.

Today's Tip: To help reduce the stress of the holiday season plan ahead. Make lists. Keep your calendar up to date. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Have a Blessed Night.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Survival Plan For The Holidays

Happy Friday Bleeps!

Oh Happy Friday....thought it would never get here. At any given time I have several posts that I have been working on for a while. They just need to be polished and then I can post them. But, more often than not I come in and my thoughts take me in a different direction.

I want to get this one out as early as possible though and I've been putting it off. This one is about surviving Thanksgiving.

If you are like me, you have been drooling and fantasizing about this year's Thanksgiving dinner for about a month. Thinking about one meal for so long isn't exactly the healthiest thing. But, again I am a food addict. I'm not a foodie. I am a food addict. It's what we do. I work hard to control my addiction though.

If you've been with me for a while you know that when I really started to take control of what I ate was back in 2007. I had been working out at that point, but really needed to make a change in nutrition. I started the South Beach Diet right before Thanksgiving, quite possibly the worst time ever to do it. The first two weeks you are cleansing your body and cutting everything out.  It's pretty much vegetables and protein for that period of time. Slowly you introduce back whole grains and dairy. I wanted to cry over Thanksgiving. I still ate the dinner, but I skipped pie, seconds, and left overs. And I lost weight that week. I was very proud.

The Former Fat Girl LOVED the Holiday season. After all, it's just expected and assumed that everyone eats what they want and gains a few pounds. We're all on level playing field. The problem is that there was never a plan to shed and so those pounds add up. And there was no guilt. I never felt bad about eating. I hated how I felt, but never wanted to change my habits.

Fast forward to when I started to lose weight and see results, the Holiday Season which I love so dearly, becomes a living nightmare. All of my hard work gets washed out. It's winter and dark so I'm not getting the walks in that I want. I was working out at home, but not nearly as much as I should have. Temptations as far as the eye can see. At the store. At work. Wherever I go to visit someone. "Come on, it's the Holidays. You can have a little." Well okay...I almost resented the Holidays.

When I started training for my first Half marathon it was awesome. I made it through Thanksgiving so easily. "Nope, can't eat that. I have to go out and train right now." That was my motivation. But then after the race was over I still had a few weeks before Christmas. I did nothing. At that time I didn't belong to a gym. I was miserable about staying inactive. And so that January when Planet Fitness had their registration push I joined.

So last year I had a race in December to get me motivated and I had signed up for a race in March to push me through Christmas. I had all of these great plans to workout down in Florida while I was there. I didn't do anything. I needed rest, but was mad at myself. I didn't workout and I ate chocolate. Argh.

This year is sooo different. I made that decision to cut out the treats back at the end of Halloween. It's been tough, but rewarding. I feel better prepared to take on the Holiday season this year. I still have a race in December and I will be signing up for the March race again. And this time we will be in Florida a little longer. I am seriously thinking of only packing running clothes. If that's all I have then I can't see myself sitting around...although I really am terrified of Alligators (and there are lakes everywhere). Although I am a little faster this time around.

So my plans are in place. I will take a little time off after the December race, for my sanity, but I won't give up working out. I will get back to training in January and I WILL run over Christmas.

I am not losing steam. I am taking on the Holiday Season head on. I feel good and I'm not about to lose that feeling. So now let's talk Thanksgiving.

I put together the Wellness newsletters for work. Last month I was putting together this month's and was told that I was ruining Thankgiving.

The main thing I did was list items that we generally eat on Thanksgiving. I included the serving size and calories. If you stick with the given serving sizes and skip seconds, the typical Thanksgiving dinner is well over 2000 calories. And truly, who is measuring out the serving sizes? Do you really want to have leftovers?

Check out this website. You plug in what you want to eat (1 serving though) and it will calculate the calories and tell you how many miles you need to do.

Putting it in perspective, you generally burn 100 calories for every mile you walk. You have to walk over 20 miles to burn that off.

Now I'm not saying don't eat it, but I am saying be smart about it.

Stick to one serving. Make sure you fill your plate with greens. Choose white meat over dark. Have whole wheat rolls and stuffing. Saute your green beans in olive oil and herbs. Don't bake them in cream of mushroom soup. Choose vegetables and hummus for your appetizers, not cheese and crackers. Have baked sweet potatoes instead of candied yams. Offer fresh fruit for dessert.

My other tips:

*Serve it buffett style. If you don't have to get up to get seconds and you are looking at the leftover food on the table in front of you while you eat, you are more likely to eat more.

*Don't skip breakfast. Make sure you have a nice healthy breakfast and lunch depending on what time you eat. Don't come to the table hungry.

*Make sure what you are wearing has a waist. Stop eating when it gets snug. No dresses or sweatpants.

*Offer to set the table or do the dishes so that you aren't snacking and tasting if you are preparing the food.

*Don't make excessive amounts of food. If you are cooking for 4, don't make enough food for 8.

*Send leftovers home with guests.

*If you are being sent home with leftovers, take the veggies.

Don't forget to stay active.

*Sign up for a Turkey Trot. Most areas have them. 3 miles for run/walk or 1 mile kids/walk.  I actually signed up for two this year. One for Saturday and one for Sunday. I'm going to walk one and run.

*Play a game of flag football as a family.

*Go for a walk/hike together after dinner.

*Play a round of golf or bike ride around town.

*If you are going shopping, take a pedometer. Try to hit 10,000 steps.

I recently attended a webinar on Holiday stress and they said in actuality the average person only gains 1 lb over the holidays. I laughed so hard I almost choked.  I've thought about this. And here's my theory on that: The more you weigh, the more you must consume to maintain that weight. That, and clearly they aren't conducting the survey correctly.

If you have any Survival tips or healthy options that you enjoy I would love to hear them. I am always looking for ideas to help me. Please post them on my facebook page:

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Have a Blessed Night

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Biggest Loser: Season 15 Episode 6

Welcome to the Biggest Loser Ranch Season 15 - Episode 6

It was very sad to see Craig go home last week, but we knew we would get to see his progress this week.

Craig started at the Biggest Loser Ranch weighing 385 lbs. Today he weighs 274 lbs! He was afraid of dying young like his dad and hadn't even been to the cemetary in 20 years. We see him go back and thank his dad for everything he did for him.  He never realized how fully his father's death affected him. "It was a door I was not willing to walk through."  Today he trains every day. He is down to 274 lbs and looks fantastic. His goal is to weigh 190 lbs at the Finale.


Back on the Ranch every one is happy to walk in and find Ruben. The Velvet Teddy Bear is back!  He assures his team that nothing has stopped. He continued to work out and didn't waste any time. "I want to suck the Biggest Loser Ranch dry of all of the knowledge that I can get. My health is everything." Amen!


Jillian sits with the White team. She apologizes to them. She is sorry that they were the collateral damage and assures them that they did nothing wrong.

Jay says they just have to move forward. They need to stand behind her like she stands behind them.


Challenge time!  A Money challenge. Every team member on the winning team will win $1000.

I hope I can describe this well enough. haha. Only three people per team will participate.  Two members will need to take 10 lbs balls and carry them across the course ducking under barriers until they get to the ravine. At that point they turn their back to the ravine and throw the ball against a trampoline to try and bounce it over the ravine to the third team member. It just has to land, doesn't have to be caught. Then that person will do something similiar. Only they are trying to bounce it into boxes with different point values. There is a board that will block the balls moving back and forth in front of the boxes.  The first team to 30 points wins.

There is no drama...and no contest. David is on fire!  Tanya calls him Michael Jordon. He is nailing 3 pointers left and right. They win easily.

Back in the gym Dolvett is happy. They have won a challenge and they have Ruben back. He wants them to keep the momentum going to the weigh in.

Rachel tells him that they worked together like they've never done before. The Red team is her family. At home she worked from home and was very isolated.


Bob tells the Blue team that they need to stay focused. He still has his save, but he wants to make sure he uses it on someone who really wants to go the distance.

Matt says it's his personal job to make sure that he doesn't put Bob in a position to use the Save.


Back with the White team Jillian wants them to focus on why they are there. Tumi is engaged and has never tried on a wedding dress. Marie wants to be a mom in the worst way.

Jay is a BEAST!  I heart him. He's on the treadmill in front of them tossing his cookies. "You gotta throw up, you throw up. You just do it and move on." 

Jillian is in the background screaming "NO REGRETS!"


Everyone walks into the living room to see cards and dvds. The card says "Remember why you're here". It is there submission tapes.

Marie says she sees so much sadness in her eyes back then.

Matt can't believe how "huge" he was. He keeps looking at his jaw and arms.

Bobby is appalled by his face. He says that when he realized that he was gay he imprisoned himself.

Jay's son wants to be like him and ride horses. Only the old him couldn't do that any more.

Hap says that the best part was when the screen goes black and he can see his skinnier reflection now.

David's submission said that when you are fighting for someone else then you forget about yourself. "To be healthy is the greatest gift I could give my family." Tears all around.  He gets lots of hugs.


While they are sitting around Season 14's winner, Danni, comes to visit and brings Subway for lunch.

Bobby says she is inspiring because she didn't just win, but she's kept it up.

Danni tells them that since the finale she has shot a Subway commercial and run a full marathon.

Rachel says that hopefully that will be her.

Before she leaves, Danni tells them that they will all have their Finale whether they are in the final 3 or not.


I'm not really sure about this...other than it's Ruben...and the song has meaning and everything...but um...doesn't quite fit with the show.

Dolvett takes Ruben to his music producer's, David Foster, house.

David says that losing the weight isn't going to change Ruben's voice, but it will change his performance. He isn't very mobile on the stage.

Dolvett wants to see him at work.  David has him sing a song that he has written with this journey in mind. It's about Making a vow and taking a look at what you see in the mirror.

Then they ask Dolvett to sing. Not bad...until he gets to the high note. Then they tell him to stick to training.

Dolvett says "I'm sure someone will let me sing." Then flashes his smile. Oh heck yeah. Sing to me anytime you want!

Weigh In Time

Allison reminds them that there is one save left...foreshadowing?

The Blue team goes first.

Hap started at 348 lbs and now weighs 340 lbs for a total of 8 lbs.
Holley started at 296 lbs and now weighs 291 lbs for a total of 5 lbs.
Matt started at 294 lbs and now weighs 290 lbs for a total of 4 lbs.
Chelsea started at 202 lbs and now weighs 197 lbs for a total of 5 lbs.
  She is very excited. This is a big deal. She is in Onederland!
Bobby started at 298 lbs and now weighs 293 lbs for a total of 5 lbs.
  Bob comments that he is not impressed with what Bobby has done this week.
For a total of 27 lbs. 1.88%

The White team goes next. They need to lose more than 13 lbs

Jay started at 231 lbs and now weighs 226 lbs for a total of 5 lbs.
   He has not weighed 226 in 10 years.
Marie started at 213 lbs and now weighs 207 lbs for a total of 6 lbs.
Tumi started at 267 lbs and now weighs 256 lbs for a total of 11 lbs.
   Jillian "That's ridiculous!" in a good way
For a total of 22 lbs. 3.09%

And now for the Red team. They need to lose more than 26 lbs.

First off, let me just say that Dolvett was wearing a jean vest with a cream color bow tie. On anyone else I would say No, but on him it works...Yum!

Ruben started at 409 lbs and now weighs 401 lbs for a total of 8 lbs.
  *He left the Ranch at 423, but this is his weight when he came back to the Ranch.
Rachel started at 198 lbs and now weighs 195 lbs for a total of 3 lbs.
Tanya started at 224 lbs and now weighs 220 lbs for a total of 4 lbs.
Jennifer started at 224 lbs and now weighs 220 lbs for a total of 4 lbs.
David started at 334 lbs and now weighs 317 lbs for a total of 17 lbs.
   He is happy. It's been his "hero week." First the challenge and now this.
   He has lost 92 lbs in 6 weeks.
For a total of 36 lbs. 2.59 %

The Blue team lost.  Matt fell below the red line.

Bob asks him if he wants to go the distance. I think he's looking for fire. He's been saving it for Chelsea since she is the smallest and he knows she wants it. Matt tells him that he wants to be there, but he will be fine if he leaves.

I'm surprised because it's not the fierce reaction that I think Bob is looking for. Then again there may have been some editing.  Bob says that obviously Chelsea doesn't need protecting. He wants it to be a level playing field so he uses the save.

Chelsea says that now everyone has to bring their A Game.

Next week: Thanksgiving...and no more saves.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Random Wednesday: Keith Urban, Secret drinks, and Spandex

Happy Random Wednesday Yo!

Well yesterday I finally finished reading the book that I wanted to finish over the weekend. The main character ran her family's chocolate business and started a chocolate festival to save it...Um that was 400 pages of chocolate. It was awesome...awful...awesome!  I can't believe I didn't go running out to dive into a vat of chocolate.


The other night I stopped for gas. There was a sign by the pump that if you buy 2 Nathan's Hot Dogs you get a free Dr. Pepper. The photo was very enticing, but I have a steadfast rule: Never buy food at a gas station. Besides, we all know it ain't gonna look like that picture. I will have to find a real Nathan's.


Has anyone else seen the number of celebrities who say they don't workout? They are just naturally like that. Well that's nice. Perhaps it's true, but they aren't exactly muscular. they are just boney and skinny. EAT MORE.


This weekend is Keith Urban! HOLLA!  Still haven't figured out what to wear.


This morning was a Great one...on the scale. It's been almost 5 weeks since I cut out the treats. I am down 8.5 lbs. Now that's not to say that I was eating that many extra calories. The side benefit is that because I am cutting stuff out I am very aware of what I am eating. If it ain't "Fuel" I ain't eating it. In addition I have kicked up my workouts.

My plan during the holidays is generally to Maintain. Oh let's go crazy. I want to lose 6.5 more. I can do this!


While I was in the grocery store on Sunday I saw a giant display of Andies Candies...I drooled right there in the aisle.


So when I came back from my weekend in the mountains I realized as I was getting ready to change for the gym that I had left my dude deodorant in another bag.  My response: "Aw man, I'm going to smell like a chick tonight."


The training for the Push Up challenge is back on. I took two weeks off and I could feel it last night. I got inspired by a dude at the gym. He was doing some pretty impressive push ups. During his down phase he shifted side to side. I could do that for a couple, but dude was doing it for like 3-5 minutes straight...I was in awe.


So this Saturday morning, before the concert, I have an appointment to get my hair cut. It's time. I love the length that it is now, but I need it shaped. I'm still upset about the last cut. So this time I am going to be a big girl. I have made an appointment with someone I trust. She's good. I don't really want to spend that much money, but it has to be done.  I probably won't go to anyone else if I don't. Then in ten years I will have hair down to the floor that is all broken and nasty.


There are two pairs of workout pants that I have that are similiar. One has a black band at the waist and one has a blue band. I believe one pair was a pair of capris for a normal size person, but looks like floods on me. When I bought them I had them lower on my hips. Now they go up higher and I look dorky. I can save them for yoga pants because they look fine with bare feet. But, I can never remember which one it is and I ALWAYS pick the wrong pair. DOH.  I have looked like a dork so many times lately.

I love my skinny little fingers. The problem is that I don't have too many rings that fit now. And when I go to buy one they don't have a lot of cute ones in my size. So what inevitably happens is that I try one on that's a size bigger and it fits because of the little tag. Then I get it home and cut of the tag and BAM too big.

Friday night while Cousin Kim went to the boot section I went to try on rings. I found a cute size 6 that I liked. Too big. WHAT? Am I a 5 now???  I tried on a 5 and couldn't get it off. I think I'm a 5.5. And to think that I used to wear an 8. Wow. Tiny fingers!

Since I was home this weekend I really REALLY wanted to use the crock pot. I wanted to make something nice and healthy and freeze it. That way I just have to heat it up when I get home. It has been a while since I made the chicken with turkey sausage jambalaya. O.M.G. I forgot how much I love it. TASTY!

It made 6 servings. I'm good for a little while. :-)

Yesterday Ms. Liz sent me a link for "secret" drinks at Starbucks...oh my!  They looked delightful. She happened to be going there yesterday afternoon and asked what I would like. I told her any of the "secret" drinks.  She got me the Apple Cider Chai. Oh Hello!  It was yummy!  Instead of milk they used apple juice with the chai. What a delightful beverage on a cold day.


It cracks me up that I walk around the gym wearing running leggings and semi tight shirts. Back in the day the Former Fat Girl was wearing oversized t-shirts and baggy pants.

Tonight I was amazed at how thin my legs looked.


Saturday night after the football game we decided to order pizza. I try to avoid pizza as much as possible. It is outrageous in calories and I know me. I can't stop with one slice. But, occasionally it is allowed. And in this case I felt like we made a good decision. We ordered the White Pizza with Pesto chicken and vegetables. There were peppers, mushrooms, and spinach.

If you're going to indulge try to make it a good one. This doesn't count as my veggies for the day, but at least I got some in with it.

Tonight I saw a headline on Yahoo: Worst snacks for weight loss. It had a picture of baby carrots. I eat baby carrots every day. I know they are high in sugar and they don't fill you up, but they are beneficial.

I read the article and they suggest eating them with hummus because otherwise you will still be hungry. Well duh. Reword that please. They aren't bad for you.


So it's been stressful. It's been busy. I find it interesting that I think I had more time when I was studying. The Move back to NC has been pushed back. It's a good thing though. I have a financial incentive to stay through March. It is hard to say no to that. Although I really really really want to move now. I can wait though.

Do you know what this means?  I am definitely signing up with Run for Autism again for the DC race. I haven't asked people for donations in months and I miss that. haha.
run for autism


Today's Tip: If you are cold, snuggling under a blanket is nice, but get up and walk around. It increases circulation and warms you up.

Have a Blessed Night

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Eternal Internal Struggle

Hello my Lovelies and Gents,

So the question is: Did I sleep in or did I get up and go for a run?  The answer: Both.

My plan was for 12 miles. My other plan was to not set an alarm and let God decide. I woke up at 9. All I wanted to do was lay in bed and finish reading my book. I needed a distance, but I also needed rest. How can I do both?  My plans for the rest of the day were to go to visit Ms. Bibble, my college roommate, to watch the Syracuse/FSU game.  We rarely get to see the football games on TV so when the occasion arises Orange Unite! (we won't discuss the score)

So I'm laying in bed the eternal struggle going on in my head:

You have to get up and go to the park. You held this weekend open for a Distance for a reason.

Do you feel the cushy bed? You DESERVE some relaxation.

New sneakers!  You have to break them in. The race is in 3 weeks. You are running out of time.

You don't have to do the full distance. You can cut it down. Or just start later.

I have to eat lunch, shower, and stop at Starbucks before going to Ms. Bibble's. I don't have all day to run.

I don't want to!

I did. I let myself finish my chapter and then I got up and showered. I put on my new sneaks, new sports bra, and grabbed my new earphones. I was slow moving and I made to the park by 11am. It was a beautiful day. Seriously, how could I want to stay inside for this? I was happy to find people at the park. I wasn't alone!

*Te he...doesn't it look like I have long legs...#IWish*

Since the sneakers were new and felt different I wanted to walk a mile first before I started running. My right foot felt fine. The left foot felt like it was rubbing on my heel. Argh. It was very irritating. Then I ran one mile and felt good. When I stopped to get water my heel was burning. What do I do?

It's too nice of a day to cut it short. 

Just put in 3 and go home. You have so much to do.

NO, you need at least 5. You will be so pissed that you stopped early.

You didn't bring back up sneakers KNOWING that you were breaking in a pair. You obviously wanted this.

Nice try, I always keep a pair in the car. But, the damage is done.

Wait, did you just agree with me?

No, that's not what I meant. I NEED this. Maybe I can still knock out 7 or 8.

Are you kidding me?  Have you seen your laundry basket?  It's exploding. You have things to do and now your heel is all cut up. If it gets worse you will be held back from training.

You have a point there.


But, I can still walk some. Well okay, limp.

Do you know how tired you are? Why do you do this to yourself? You are sacrificing so much for this. You could be hanging with friends just chilling out.

I will be doing that in a couple of hours. Let me have this!

I'm tired. Do I really want to do more races? Seriously, let's think about this.  You love the race, but not the work you put into training.

We can discuss this another time. Right now I have a job to do.

Wouldn't it be nice to just run for he heck of it?  Not because you are conditioning your body.

I said we'll discuss this later.

No let's discuss this now. Is this really what you want? Is it worth the exhaustion?

The exhaustion is temporary. The results are forever!  Things will be different in a little while.

You know you have to go grocery shopping too right? And what about lunch? Why are we still here???

SHUT UP! Let me get 5 in. 

Your foot hurts. Let's let the next song decide. If it's one of your favorites we stay, but if not we go.


And then it happened....The Rocky Theme song came on. Oh hell yeah!  I'm doing it.  I finished 5 miles.

Was I pissed that I didn't get my big distance in? Yes. Did I burn more calories than I would have laying in bed reading? YES!  Not the distance I wanted, but still a respectable one with a decent time all things considered.

I went to Saladworks for lunch. It's right next to Starbucks and I didn't trust myself not to get a tasty treat so Saladworks it was. I ordered the half salad and half sandwich, but they made a full salad for me. So I got to take the rest of it home for dinner. Bonus!  And I didn't get a cookie either. Go me!

The feeling was short lived however. In full Confession mode I must admit that when I stopped at Starbucks on my way to Ms. Bibble's I got her a brownie (because I know she likes them...I forgot to mention that a couple weeks ago she fell and shattered her ankle and is unable to walk so a treat to cheer her up was in order) and myself a cake pop.  It's been a stressful time and I have had temptations in my face 24/7. I was hoping to last the until Thanksgiving for a treat, but I think I'm doing really well so I won't beat myself up. I just won't let it happen again until next week (because Thanksgiving is around the corner).

P.S. Don't worry about the sneakers. I will break them in another time and hit the Reebok outlet on Black Friday. I'll be okay.

Today's Tip: Don't burn candles that smell like food. It's a trigger you don't need.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

That's right I took time off to go Christmas Shopping on Friday

Happy Monday Bleeps,

Well once again it was a busy weekend, but I tried to get some me time in. Yeah!

I took a half day on Friday and met Cousin Kim and Miss Cassidy (da baby!) at Bahama Breeze for lunch. I had pre-selected my meal from the website menu. I had chosen a beautiful salad: Grilled Chicken with Tropical Fruit over mixed greens. I didn't look through the menu when I got there. I knew I would change my mind for something more dangerous.

Cousin Kim had ordered the corn cakes to start with. They came with a pineapple salsa. I had them when I went with Former Work Husband Phil for his goodbye dinner so I knew they were good. You get 5 small patties and we split them.

I ordered a soda with my salad for the burp factor and when my salad came I was not disappointed. It was delicious. I felt happy and satisfied when I was done. Well except for the goat cheese. I forgot to ask them not to include it and it's just impossible to avoid. I am not a fan.

When lunch was over we headed to the mall to do some Christmas shopping. For the record, I brought a bottle of water to make sure I stayed hydrated. I drink plenty before I left work, but you can't have too much.The first store we went in was William Sonoma. It's not a store I usually go in and I forgot that they have cooking demonstrations there. It smelled heavenly!

I was on a mission, but I can't tell you what it was for as it is a gift, but I was on sensory overload. I could smell the food and I could see it. I really REALLY wanted to get the butternut squash sauce, but it was way out of my price range. And then there was a whole display of peppermint bark...only my MOST FAVORITE holiday treat. I was very happy to pay for my present and get out.

The next stop was another kitchen store. This one was all gadgets though.  I saw a bunch of things I wanted for myself. Why does that happen with Christmas Shopping? I end up finding more things for me than other people. On my list: a new tea pot, wooden salad bowl, avocado scooper, and Wonder Woman Apron :-)

After a couple more stores we passed by Bath and Bodyworks. It's my go to for gifts. Can't go wrong. I wasn't planning on going there though because I can do that anytime. EXCEPT they had the holiday scents back. Twisted Peppermint!  It is my favorite favorite maybe you missed that Favorite. I stock up when I can. It's soothing for me and really really great for my feet. I picked up some for gifts and one for me.

We visited another store and then decided since it was getting late we would walk across to the other mall. We wanted Starbucks though. The line was out the door. What?  Wait a minute!  Holiday drink time!  Between 2-5 all holiday drinks were buy one get one free. It was 4:45. We had a baby and a stroller. It was a crowded store. Don't care. We want our tall skinny Peppermint mochas!

It was a strange experience.  You know how crowds can be. But, oddly it was perfect harmony. It was as if everyone was so happy to have the holiday drinks back we all worked together to make it a pleasant experience. Strangers were helping us guide the stroller. Lots of smiling and talking with everyone. It was like a Holiday commercial. Of course, it was way early in the Holiday season. I don't expect to have that experience again closer to Christmas.

We were starving so we split a dijon pretzel. Those brownies and cookies looked so good, but frankly they wouldn't fill me up. I at least had a shot with a pretzel. Of course they are tiny to begin with, but splitting it is just a tease. I was still hungry.

We walked across the street and found ourselves in Macy's. Cousin Kim had been on a Boot mission.  We were actually on our way to DSW so that she could look for boots and I could look as sneakers, but it was like a boot wonderland in Macy's.  It was hard for me to sit and not try things on, but someone had to hold the baby. haha. Gladly!

Shortly after it was time for them to get on the road so we said goodbye. Then I went back in. I went to check out sneakers. It had been a bust so far. Lady Foot Locker let me down. No Reebok. However, I did find a shirt that I really really want. Out of my price range though...unless I skip a few Christmas presents.  DSW didn't have any either. Doh. I did find a light pair of New Balance in the clearance section. I was almost ready to get them, but then I found a pair of light Brooks. Everyone loves Brooks. For the most part the ones I have tried were too heavy for me. These were crazy light. And they felt good in the arch support. So I got em!

I made my stop at Teavana for some more tea. I actually got more of the pumpkin spice brulee not the white chocolate peppermint.  Then I looked at time and flipped out. It was way later than I had hoped and this mall didn't have any healthy options for food. So I decided to head out and hit Panera.

I wanted the squash soup, but I was also planning on a distance run the next day so I needed some carbs. I got a small mac'n'cheese and the half ham & swiss sandwich. I said no to the cookies.

I had also stopped for new earphones. I love the ones I have, but I broke them on Wednesday and wanted to cry. I taped them and they held for my workout on Thursday, but I needed new ones. 

By the time I got home it was after 10. Doh. I wanted to go to bed early so that I could get up early and go to the park. Now I just wanted to sleep in. Did I get my Me Time? Stay tuned tomorrow to see what happened...

Today's Tip: When buying sneakers, buy them the time of day you will use them. If you exercise in the morning, then buy them in the morning. If you exercise at night, then buy them at night. Your feet change throughout the day. Buy them closest to the time you will use them.

Have a Blessed Night

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Biggest Loser: Season 15 Episode 5

Welcome to the Biggest Loser Ranch Season 15 Episode 5

Okay, so let's just note that at the end of last week's episode they did not say that we would see Ruben's update at the beginning of this week's episode...Peculiar.

Everyone is noticeably upset when they are sitting around the house after the Weigh In.   The house will not be the same.  Craig expresses his thanks for all of the help that Ruben gave him.  Rachel says that having Ruben go was devastating. He was the light on their team and they will have to be strong without him.

Dolvett says that the Red team needs inspiration. So he brings in a group of ladies. They are the Beat Cancer Bootcamp. These ladies have either beat cancer or are currently battling it. "If they can do it, so can you."  The idea is that they will get stronger physically to get stronger mentally.

David starts to get emotional. He is seeing his first wife's face. He was with her for years during her struggle. "I am inspired to workout with these ladies."

Jennifer commented on being surrounded by these strong women "If they're not going to give up, then I'm not either."

Tanya reflected that these women are going through chemo and working out. She'll never complain about a workout again.

Nutrition Challenge

Sam Kass, the Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Policy in the White House, is there. He stresses the importance of Balance in your diet. is a great reference source.

The Challenge is a cooking challenge. Most people are not only cooking for themselves, but also for their kids. Welcome back Sunny, Biingo, and Lindsay. They will help judge.

Jennifer is excited to see the kids. Her daughter is overweight. These kids took what they learned from the trainers and are paying it forward with their families. That's what she wants to do with her family

So what is the challenge? The teams have 30 minutes to cook a meal for kids. They will be judged on taste, creativity, and nutrition. The winning team will win a year's worth of groceries.

Hap I super excited. "It's not all about the Ranch. It's about what happens at home."

The Blue team wants to make a quesadilla. The White team wants to make a chicken quesadilla with kale chips and fruit.  The Red team wants to make tapas around the world.

Holley knows that Biingo still does not like vegetables. Her strategy is to chop the veggies up very finely so that he doesn't even taste them.

The Red team's Tapas is only 380 calories. The kids seam to like it, but Biingo doesn't like the sweet potato chips. Sunny does.

The White team made a Ranch Living Quesadilla.

The Blue team added a side of fresh fruit with honey to their Backyard BBQ quesadilla.

All three were healthy and tasty, but only one made Biingo go back for seconds...the Blue team.  He ate his vegetables and wanted more!

Tip - Biingo
Biingo's tip for parents who have kids that don't like vegetables is to take them grocery shopping and let them pick out the fruits and vegetables. They will be more likely to eat it.

After the challenge Jennifer sits and talks with Biingo and his mom. She mentions that she has seen the changes in her daughter when she tries on clothes. Biingo's mom tells her that is not easy. That the first few months are going to be tough. Biingo says that the most important thing is to get the junk out of the house. His mom says that "Parents are the gatekeepers. If we don't bring it in to the house, they aren't going to get it."

Back on the Ranch

Jillian has the White team in the pool. She has them run a lap in it then get out and do squats. She has them kicking against the wall. And then she tells them to freestyle to the end and back.

Craig says no. He can't swim. So Jillian jumps in with him. Craig: "Jillian is very big on WHY are you here?" Eventually he swims the length of the pool. He has conquered a fear.

The Red team is down a man. Tanya is sick and in bed. She is unable to workout.

The Blue team can't says Bob Harper sporting one amazing moustache *LUVS IT*. He tells his team that they need to be focusing on the finale. Chelsea says that it's amazing what 5 weeks can do to your body. Bob says that she's the girl to watch. And I concur!

Dolvett has the Red team boxing.  There is a fire in Rachel. She LOVES boxing.

Challenge America

Season 14 At Home Winner Lisa was only on the Ranch for 5 weeks. She and her family stress the importance of good hydration. The key to a healthy lifestyle begins with drinking water...and lots of it!

Side note, I LOVE following Lisa on Instagram. She's awesome.

Back in the Gym

Tanya forces herself out of bed. No matter how horrible she feels, she doesn't want to be the reason that her team loses. She kept thinking of the Bootcamp ladies and didn't give up.

Weigh In

Before the weigh in begins, Allison announces that last week Jillian broke the rules. She gave the White team caffeine supplements that were not approved by the show physicians first. That means that last week's weigh in is invalid. The Blue team still has immunity and the Red team will get Ruben back. *That explains the beginning!* Oh, and the White team will be penalized 4 lbs.

Allison asks Jillian if she has anything to say and she says that she stands by her decision. It is a better option than pumping yourself full of coffee. Her only regret is that her team suffers.

The hour is almost up and they FLY through the Blue team. I almost missed writing down everything.

Bobby started at 317 lbs and now weighs 298 lbs for a total of 19 lbs.
Holley started at 315 lbs and now weighs 296 lbs for a total of 19 lbs.
Hap started at 363 lbs and now weighs 348 lbs for a total of 15 lbs.
Chelsea started at 215 lbs and now weighs 202 lbs for a total of 13 lbs.
Matt started at 315 lbs and now weighs 294 lbs for a total of 21 lbs.

The White Team is next.
Craig started at 350 lbs and now weighs 336 lbs for a total of 14 lbs.
Marie started at 225 lbs and now weighs 213 lbs for a total of 12 lbs.
Jay started at 244 lbs and now weighs 231 lbs for a total of 13 lbs.
Tumi started at 280 lbs and now weighs 267 lbs for a total of 13 lbs.
They lost 52 lbs but add 4 and they lost 48 lbs for a total of 4.37%

The Red team needs to lose more than 45 lbs.
David started at 347 lbs and now weighs 334 lbs for a total of 13 lbs.
    He has lost 75 lbs on the Ranch
Jennifer started at 236 lbs and now weighs 224 lbs for a total of 12 lbs.
Tanya started at 239 lbs and now weighs 224 lbs for a total of 15 lbs.
   She was due for a big week!
Rachel started at 216 lbs and now weighs 198 lbs for a total of 18 lbs.
   She is the Biggest Loser of the Week AND she is in ONEderland!
They lost a total of 58 lbs for a total of 5.59%

The White team lost and Craig is going home. He tells them not to feel bad about it. It's just the beginning for him. He has lost 49 lbs since arriving on the Ranch. That Save bought him 4 extra weeks. When he goes home he wants to visit his father's grave and thank him.

We do get the blurb that we will get to see how Craig is doing today at the beginning of next week's episode.

Okay, I will admit that I love Ruben. I didn't watch American Idol, but on the Ranch I adore him. Am I happy that he's coming back? Yes. Do I think this was rigged? I'm not going to answer that. What I will say is this: While it is a Weight Loss competition, it is also a TV Show. Ruben is a marketing dream. Already I have seen the commercials that he will be back. Not just Ruben, but Ruben Stoddard. He's a big name. I have seen some contestants on the show for the wrong reasons. I have a good feeling about this season's contestants and would hate to think that the game got manipulated for ratings.

Today's Tip: Keep a separate pair of sneakers for workouts. Don't wear the sneakers you wear daily to workout in. It will make them last longer

Have a Blessed Night.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Random Wednesday: Girl Scout Cookie Cupcakes, Thanksgiving, and Gym Love

Happy Random Wednesday

I always remember something the next day after I write posts when I am tired. I forgot something about this weekend. As I was getting on the road to come home on Sunday I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for a hot chocolate (as it was soooo cold). I got a small Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Oh holy heck it was fantastic!

Are you paying attention when I mention my drinks?  They are all small or tall.  Portion control.

Ms. Tracey and I have been trying to walk at the mall at lunch at least twice a week.  I would like to do more, but our schedules are conflicting. So we'll be happy with what we get. The mall we go to has two separate buildings. We generally walk the one shaped like a lima bean. It's a nice loop.

On Monday we walked the other mall. It's not quite an easy loop, it's more like a "&". It's the busier of the malls, but we went to check out the Santa there. On the loop we found a cupcake store that had Girl Scout Cookie cupcakes. Are you serious????  And they had samples!  Kill me. Ms. Tracey had a sample as she is looking for cupcakes for her daughter's birthday. I was jealous..but I stayed strong.

Last night's post was about eating greasy food. This morning was Breakfast club. We got breakfast sandwiches from Wawa. At first I didn't think I would do it. I was prepared to just have some cereal. Then I found a turkey sausage and egg white bagel. I checked the calories and it wasn't too bad. Tonight was distance night so I needed to power up. It was good and I didn't feel sick after. YEAH!


There are two other things that I forgot about for the weekend post. Doh. First, my favorite quote of the weekend was when Cousin Hannah said that what we needed was to watch some more Golden Girls. My job here is done.

The second thing is that I was very aware while I was running that I need new sneakers PRONTO. I was going to wait until Black Friday at the outlets, but that may be on this Friday's list.


Only 10 days until Keith Urban! HOLLA!!!!!  What am I going to wear?


Today we had a Holiday Survival webinar at work. I took notes, but I really didn't have to. I could have written it. It's stuff that I have been saying for years :-)  I'll do another post on this later.


So this Friday I am taking a half day at work. I am meeting Cousin Kim and baby Cassidy for lunch and then some Christmas shopping....and Santa!  We picked our place to go eat a little while ago...and you know I have been on the website every day trying to decide what to eat. I may have made up my mind by Friday.

We are going to Bahama myself a preview of my Cruise next year.


It's a good thing that I don't verbalize everything that goes through my mind. When I am on the weights machines at the gym and a guy with amazing arms walks by I always think in my head "Hello...I think I love you"...I feel so shallow. But, I'm a sucker for good arms.


How has my sweets ban been? I'm doing real well actually. I have not caved. Even though a girl at work has been bringing in homemade cookies just about every day. I have not eaten any. The results: I have lost 5 lbs and my jeans are looser, even after they are freshly washed.

Usually my goal for the holidays is to maintain. Dare I be bold and say I want to lose 5 more during the holidays? 10 more?


College hoops is back!  I'm a happy happy girl!


Thanksgiving is coming up. Last month I put together the Wellness newsletter for work regarding it. When I told people what it included I was told that I was "Ruining Thanksgiving".  I simply gave the calorie count for single servings and how much you need to walk to burn it off. And then I pointed out that no one follows those servings. And what about leftovers?

No one loves Thanksgiving dinner more than I do, but there's a way to be smart about it. I'm working on a tips post.  Hopefully it'll be ready soon :-)


Thoughts on the Biggest Loser controversy?  I'm not really sure what to say. I doubt this is the first time that this has happened. 


I just do not get tired of hearing people tell me how good I look.  Keep it coming!


Last night I was talking with a friend. I was coming home from the gym and she was contemplating going to the gym.  She asked me for motivation tips. I get asked this a lot, so I will try to end my posts with a new tip every day.

Today's Tip: Change into your workout clothes before you go to the gym. I find that it's harder to talk myself out of going to the gym if I've already made the commitment to change clothes.

Have a Blessed Night

****Please note****

If you feel like you are alone on your journey and you just need some encouragement I am here for you! Shoot me an email and I will do my best to check in on you or give you the words of support you need several times a week. The journey is so much easier if you have support.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Life is too short to spend it on the toilet

Hello Beautiful People,

Alright kids, I mentioned yesterday that my belly was upset. Well it was upset for over two days. I have not felt good and it's made me miserable.  When I tell people that it's from the chicken cheesesteak the first response is "Do you think it wasn't cooked properly?"  No, that's not it.

The reality is that I really truly have cut out so much crap from my diet that greasy fried food does not sit well. This seems to be a hard concept for people to grasp.

I still eat well. My food is tasty, I just don't eat things that are fried or greasy. If I do, then I pay for it dearly. Seriously, do I have to remind people of the Reuben incident of last Summer or the egg mcmuffin and hash brown patty earlier this year? How crazy is it that I can remember that, but when food makes you feel sick you remember. And what do they have in common? Grease. I can't do it anymore.

First of all I no longer have a tolerance for it. And in this case building up a tolerance is not a good thing. It's only masking the problems. Second of all, I don't have a gall bladder. It was removed when I was 14. It never really bothered the Former Fat Girl, but the new fit girl cannot process greasy fried foods. It is not worth it.

If you knew that after you eat something you will feel sick to your stomach for 2 days would you still eat it? I now have a list of food that I am not willing to take a chance on. That 5-10 minutes of food is not worth the pain.

How in the heck do we build up this tolerance? I mean when we first start introducing this stuff into our systems it affects us. So why do we keep doing it?  Our bodies were not designed to process this stuff.

Last night I couldn't get through my workout. It had been 48 hours since I ate it and I was sick. I barely got a 15 minute run in. I was burping up bad stuff. I felt like I was going to throw up. So I cut the second half down to a walk and I still felt sick. I tried some abs, but that just made it worse. It was a light night. My Saturday night dinner was having consequences days later.

The Former Fat Girl ate this stuff every day. She just never ever paid attention to the consequences. She never put two and two together. Or she just lived in denial. It wasn't good for her weight. It wasn't good for her health. And it wasn't good for her every day happiness. But she didn't care. She liked how it tasted and that's all that mattered.

Well today I am well aware of the consequences and it's not going to happen again. I'm not willing to lose days because of it. And I'm too busy to spend time in the bathroom. I eat healthy. I eat regularly. My bathroom time is quick, painless, and regular. I am rarely surprised. I know it's not a sexy topic, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. I eat my fiber. I don't eat crappy food. There are no surprises. And I'm in and out. Time is precious. I never knew it could be like this.

*I am not including pee time. I may frequent the ladies room more often, but pees don't count.

I'm also aware of the consequences on my health. I am sure as heck not going to lose weight by eating that crap, no matter how much I exercise. Eating better fuels me for workouts. I can do more and burn more. It's a win win. No wonder the gym was so hard and intimidating way back when. If only I paid attention to what was going into my body. Oh well, lesson learned.

Have a Blessed Night.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

My Weekend: Following men up a hill and a Passionate Romance

Happy Monday Bleeps!

Once again I had a pretty packed weekend. Surprise! haha.

I had an appointment to get my tail light fixed early Saturday morning so I arranged to spend the night at Ms. Kristin's again. This meant that I could schedule a Friday night dinner with Ms. Jamie, Mr. Joey, and the kids. I haven't had a Friday dinner with them in forever. So we planned on meeting at Panera. It was a good day for some squash soup.

I got there a tiny bit early and waited up front for them. I even tweeted @Panera that I was ready for some soup. Then I saw them walking by. I came outside and they were heading next door. Not everyone wanted Panera and they were going to get food and bring it over. I was okay with changing so we went next door to Pei Wei for some Asian cuisine.

I stepped out of my box and ordered the Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I usually order the sesame chicken or sweet & Sour chicken. And I usually feel full and stuffed afterwards. The Thai chicken wraps did not include rice and I think that makes all of the difference. I was full and satisfied when I was done. It was soooo yummy too. I would definitely order it again.

While I was eating @Panera tweeted me back and told me to Enjoy my soup. Bah...I felt like they knew!  I will go back. I promise.

My fortune cookie was quite exciting..."A Passionate new romance will appear in your life when you least expect it."..hello!  The problem is that I am now expecting it. Ahem...hey Tony Stewart...CALL ME!

I had another one that said "In dreams and in life, nothing is impossible." I love that one.

Afterwards I went to Target as I don't get to them that often anymore. Like a kid in a candy store...actually I was pretty quick. I picked up some long johns that were on sale. I figured I could use them in the mountains. I also picked up some rice crackers as a snack.

And then I headed over to hang with Ms. Kristin, Mr. Ken, and the kids. We hung out and relaxed which what I need right now.

My appointment was for 9:15am, but I wanted to get there earlier in case they could take me early. I still had a bit of a drive after that. I was getting ready to pack my car when I thought "hey, what time does kohl's open?" So I looked it up and they opened at 7am. I packed my car and ran there first. Jennie needs some new sports bras. I looked at Target and they didn't have my size. I am getting too small for mine and need some tighter ones for running. It's a good problem to have :-)

I made it to the dealer early and they took me right away. And since I was there we threw in an oil change. I was in and out in an hour and then got on the road to head to the mountains.

My original plan was a Starbucks stop before the dealer, but since Kohl's happened (and yes I got a new bra...a MEDIUM! HOLLA!) I didn't stop. I needed caffeine. So I stopped on the way and got a tall skinny peppermint moccha. Yum.

I arrived at my destination a little after noon. We visited and unloaded and after an hour I realized I really needed to eat lunch. Cousin Hannah had a late breakfast (an amazing homemade omlet that I am completely jealous of) so we just headed up some leftover pasta for me. I didn't want too much, but I needed food.

We cleaned the kitchen and rewarded ourselves with some White Chocolate Peppermint tea...heaven. Cousin Hannah said it changed her life...yes, it is THAT good. Both girls liked it so much that they requested it for Christmas presents. We even looked to see if there was a chance that there was a store semi hour and a half was too far.

It was cold. I am talking COLD. I put on another layer and we discussed what we wanted to do that night. We settled on playing Bananagrams and going out to dinner. We considered going to Panera, but that's not exactly close by. I was tired and didn't really want to sit in a car for a long time so we chose a local place that has pizza and sandwiches.

They didn't want a pizza which was fine with me so we ordered sandwiches. First we started with the vegetable medley. I loved that the receipt says: Mixed veggies.  It's fried mushrooms, cauliflower, and zucchini. Mixed veggies sounds so healthy. I don't like mushrooms and couldn't tell the difference visually between them and the cauliflower so I had a few zucchini sticks. Not many.

For my dinner I ended up ordering a chicken cheesesteak. Nothing was really grabbing my eye and I was in the mood for chicken. I figured I could not eat some of the roll and I really wanted to pack my belly. It was COLD and I needed to make sure I had food in my belly to burn when I shivered. I wasn't happy when I ordered, and I second guessed thinking I should order the turkey hoagie, but I balked. I wanted a warm sandwich.

I got it with fried onions and ketchup. It also came with potato chips, but I didn't eat many of them. The sandwich was good, not great, but good. I only ate half of the roll and finished the chicken. I had some diet soda to make me burp there. I should have gotten a ginger ale or something for later, but I didn't.

So we came home and played Bananagrams for a while. We had some hot cocoa and listened to Christmas music. Yes, I am That girl. I LOVE Christmas. They have made Hallmark Channel Christmas movies about girls like me.

Okay, so let me explain just how cold it was. The bedroom that I was going to sleep in is off of the kitchen. Since no one has been using it the door was closed and the heat turned down. We had put my suitcase in there and I panicked about bringing my clothes back out in to the warm part of the house. My teeth started chattering the second I opened the door and I literally RAN in and grabbed my suitcase and ran out. I closed the door and then realized I left my coats in there. I would not even use that bathroom. I went upstairs because the toilet seat was slightly warmer.  Ice cold toilet seats are BAD.

I had been offered a bed upstairs, but we opted to turn the heating pad on the bed on, bring in the space heater, and turn the heat up a smidge. I also put on my long johns, sweat pants, long sleeve shirt, sweat shirt, and two pairs of socks. I was ready.

I was actually okay and fell asleep fairly quickly. I didn't even really wake up much except that I had a pain in my back. I crawled out of bed and into the shower. The pain in my back was gas. It hurt. Ugh. Not feeling like it's going to be a good race.

After my shower I got dressed. I was wearing my new running leggings, a running top, and the jacket that I wore for my first Half Marathon. Wow. It looks sooooo different on me. So much bigger. My belly may still be there, but it's so much smaller than it was two years ago. Yeah!  I also paired it with my new Wonder Woman bondiband. Holla!

We stopped at Dunkin Donuts for bagels before we got on the road. My belly was still upset. I just finished one half of my cinnamon raisin bagel. Then it was time to go.

We got there early and registered. It was COLD so we waited in my car until the last minute. I had been sparingly drinking water before we got there, but I left my bottle in the car by accident. When the race started I realized I had none. The course was two loops. The water stop was at the haflway point. Dang it. When we started I was dealing with a dry throat and the cold was making it hard to breathe. But, I paced myself. I was doing really well. It was a pretty campus.

The course was full of turns so you could easily lose sight of those in front of you. I was right behind two guys with a woman right behind me. We were a good pace pack. Then we got to a spot that had no signs. It didn't tell us where to go. Before the race they warned us about the big hill and told everyone to go slow on it. One of the guys in front of me checked me in so I figured he knew where we were going. There were slight hills to the left and the right, but the street in the middle was a HILL. It didn't look right, but I repeat he checked me in.

We made it up the first hill...running...knees aching...and there was a plateau and then an even steeper hill. We made it up there...only to find a dead end. It was like that scene in Animal House where they lead the band in the alley and they just all pile on and keep marching toward the wall.

We could see the course through the fence, but there was no way over it. Some people on the other side told us there was a clearing in the field and we could cut through that way. Okay. Only problem is that to get there we had to go through the woods and down a very steep drop. Big thanks to the dude that got me lost in the first place for holding my hand and helping me down.  Lots of leaves and mud.

We came through the clearing and ran into other runners. Cousin Keeley was just rounding the corner. we joined in and headed towards the finish for our second lap.  We were offered just one lap and my knees really really really didn't like me after those two hills. I considered stopping, but then I thought I would at least walk the second lap. As I was coming up on the halfway point Cousin Hannah went blasting past me. She was on her second lap. She was the fourth person to finish and the first female.

I got my water and felt much better and then I started running. So I ran the second lap. My time was off due to our little detour, but that's okay. I finished strong. I spoke with the lady who was detoured with me and she had us going an extra .4 miles. Without the detour my time would have been a Personal best. Doh. Okay, I'll just do better at the Pumpkin run after Thanksgiving.

After the race we had cookies and water at the finish line. I ate one cookie and then we stood around for the drawings. I never win anything and there I was the first name drawn. I won a gift card for the Scranton Running Company. Woo Woo...except that I don't live there and you can't order online. Doh.

When the drawings concluded I grabbed 2 more cookies and we went to the car.  I was cold and hungry. When we got home I showered and then got back in the heated bed. A little while later I got up for some lunch and then promptly got back in bed. It was raining and it was cold. I did not want to drive home.  Plus my belly really hurt.

I did get up though. I had to get home for the Hallmark Channel Holiday movie. YEAH! I was really tired though. I did make it home and I was able to watch the movie on at 6pm. The 8pm though was not happening. I couldn't stay awake. I passed out by 8:30. I think I was a little exhausted.  And on that note, I really want to go to bed now.

Have a Blessed Night

****Please note****

If you feel like you are alone on your journey and you just need some encouragement I am here for you! Shoot me an email and I will do my best to check in on you or give you the words of support you need several times a week. The journey is so much easier if you have support.