Monday, February 28, 2011

Cheat Day

Day 57

Breakfast: Kefir smoothie
Mid-afternoon snack: NONE
Lunch: green tea, turkey roast, carrots, onion, and cabbage
Dessert: NONE

What a good day. Class was fine, my client never showed, came home early, walked with Luke and my honey, then treated ourself to some McDonald's! We agreed that if we're going to have a complete cheat dinner, then we're going to completely cheat. No looking up nutritional facts, no getting side salads. So he got his old usual Big Mac meal and I finally got to try the new Angus burger. I know what you're probably thinking... "Great, now they've completely blown the diet!" Oh, but friends... That's just not the case. There is no doubt in my mind that our new eating habits are just that... habits. Our old ways of eating fast food every meal are just not something we think about anymore. The normal for us now is to eat healthily. We both agreed that after nearly 60 days of dieting and not cheating at all (unless you count a weekly diet soda cheating), we could afford to treat ourselves. And I know, personally, I learned a lot. Yeah, the burger and fries tasted great... But it wasn't the best thing I've ever eaten. I would love to be able to eat junk like that all of the time, but that's just not in the cards for me. And I've learned that that's okay. The food I cook is just as good, if not better. That angus burger and French fries did not rock my world, as they would have previously. It was almost kind of disappointing, actually. So no, I do not regret our decision. It was yummy and that's that.

Our Biggest Winner competition ended today. The winners haven't been posted, but we both achieved great loss in the process. Actually, it's kind of funny... We both lost the same amount over the 8-week competition: 30.2 lbs. each. Isn't that weird? Braylen said "Ah man, we really are married... Doing everything the same way!" I was so excited this morning to have reached my 30 lb. goal! If I can lose 30 lbs. every 8 weeks (not likely) I'll reach my ultimate goal in no time!

Oh, I picked up a syringe today for my BC shot. Bray had to shut his eyes when I gave it to myself. Silly boy. So glad that I was able to switch everything over to a local pharmacy. CVS, you're amazing!

Anyways, I'm going to go do a good workout and get to bed. After today it's gonna be study, study, study until midterms are over. I'm taking tonight off because it's Husband's day off.


Dear God, thank you for giving me the tools to make healthy food decisions (including knowing when we're ready to have a cheat day). Forgive me for being happy my kiddo didn't show today so I could come home earlier. Amen.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Last Chance Workout

Day 56

Breakfast: green tea, eggs, yogurt
Mid-afternoon snack: sliced pear
Lunch: green tea, 2 grilled chicken strips, an onion sauteed in Truvia and lime juice
Dinner: romaine salad with grape tomatoes and feta cheese
Dessert: NONE

Another productive day! Husband let me sleep in by taking the dog for a run and then going to the gym to work out before we had breakfast. So, instead of waking up for breakfast at around 6:20, I got up at 8:30... Big difference! We had breakfast then went back to bed. I can't remember what time I woke up, but it was definitely after having slept very well. Anyways, I had lunch and then got down to business with the homework. I took a break at around 1 or 2 to pick up my BC at CVS, then I got back to it. I studied three subjects today (that I have tests coming up in) and am feeling like I'm at least getting started in the right direction. Oh, and I finished my quiz that's due on Tuesday. A friend came over to study for a little bit, I had dinner, and then once she left I did a workout for about an hour.

OH, I almost forgot! After lunch, puppy and I went for a... get this... JOG! I mean, I did interval walking/jogging, but I was proud of myself for actually doing it. My runner of a husband (not to mention his entire family of runners) make me feel like a big fat loser for not being able to keep up. Just gotta take it one step at a time, literally, and make my way up there. I definitely won't be running miles anytime soon, but I think jogging around the block is sufficient for now.

I wanted to make sure I got good workouts in today because our final weigh-in for the Biggest Winner competition is tomorrow morning. I'm really hoping that I will have lost a cumulative total of 30 pounds, since the competition started. Last week I was at a little over 27 lbs. lost, so if I can break under 260, I'll have reached my goal! Kinda worried about it right now though because even though I definitely followed the diet and did great workouts today I'm suuuuuper bloated right now. Hoping that will go away by tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Luke definitely got good exercise today, too. Like I said, both Braylen and I took him out today. I can't believe he's still conscious! He and Kit-Kat had a rough day, though. I think she still had some residual stress held over from the visit of a second dog in the house yesterday and she completely took it out on Luke ALL AFTERNOON. Every step he took she hissed and swatted. It was ridiculous. I almost put her in another room it was getting so irritating (hard to focus on studying when a cat's hissing like crazy and the dog's barking back at her).

Anyways, I'm getting kinda sleepy.. Time for bed!


Dear God, thank you for giving me the will power to get what I needed to get done today (and then some). You're the best motivator. Forgive me for forgetting that sometimes. Amen.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Luke has a New Girlfriend

Day 55

Breakfast: green tea, eggs, and a yogurt
Mid-afternoon snack: a sliced pear
Lunch: green tea and 1/2 bowl chili
Dinner: green tea, rest of chili from lunch
Dessert: kefir smoothie

We had a visitor today! Over Spring Break a friend from school is letting us puppy-sit for them while they take a much-needed vacation, so she brought Kitty (the dog, =]) over this afternoon to meet Luke and see how they get along. It was a little crazy in the beginning, but they definitely got better with time and I think they'll be just fine together in a couple of weeks. It'll be fun to see what life with two dogs would be like! And I meant to take a picture of them together and completely forgot.. Darn. Oh well, I will definitely take plenty when she comes to stay with us. Very excited about Luke's new girlfriend! 

In preparation for their visit, this morning I cleaned the kitchen and straightened the house, picked up all the trash in the backyard (including the kitty litter that Luke had sprawled all over the back porch [thanks for leaving the bags of kitty litter there, honey of mine!]), pooper-scooped the front yard, and showered (it was definitely necessary). I feel like after doing all of that and trying to hang on to Luke all day when he was going crazy are going to count as my exercise today. I didn't think yard work would be so tiring! 

I also ate a little lunch before they got here, and I have to say, I did something I've never before done while eating a meal. I was about 1/4 of the way through the bowl of chili when, mid-bite, the thought came to my head... "This is a lot of chili. I'm not hungry anymore. I don't want to eat." and I put the rest in the fridge and ate it later for dinner. I think this is a pretty revolutionary happening, and I felt it needed to be shared. I can't remember a time when I voluntarily wanted to not finish my food. Still sounds strange to me. 

So anyways, after they left, Husband and I hung around the house until he went to work. Then I tried to study. About halfway through my notes, I felt the overwhelming need to take a nap and I knew I wouldn't retain anymore until that happened, so I closed my laptop and immediately fell asleep. I think I slept for about an hour, and it felt so nice. I'm still feeling extraordinarily tired, so I'm not sure how much more I'll be able to do tonight. Really hoping I can get it taken care of tomorrow! 

Now I'm going to go watch TV, cos that's what I'm feeling up to right now.


Dear God, thank you for blessing me with good friends, and for giving Luke friends to play with, also. Forgive me for cussing at the stray dog that came at my puppy like he was gonna eat him. Amen.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Baby Fever

I have mentioned a time or two before that I want to have a baby. It's definitely not breaking news for any of my close friends and family. I've known I wanted to be a mommy my entire life. I truly believe that that is what I was made for.

This is probably evident in my obsession with my dog, in lieu of having an actual baby to obsess over.

I DVR the Lifetime show "One Born Every Minute". I watched an episode tonight. It is not uncommon for me to have an overwhelming peak in baby fever while watching these kinds of shows, but I don't normally get emotional.

I don't know if it's a mix of period hormones, the stress of my husband's important career decisions, or me just going bonkers, but I boo-hooed during that show tonight. One of the women had three boys and was pregnant with her fourth. They didn't want to know the sex of their baby until it was born. She had wanted a girl her entire life, and had her daughter's name picked out since she was a teenager. After a somewhat difficult delivery (the epidural didn't work for her) they were blessed with a beautiful little girl, Faith Elisabeth. When she looked at her baby for the first time and found out it was a girl, she started sobbing, and darn if I didn't start crying, too.

I so look forward to the entire process. Good and bad. All of it. Pregnancy, delivery, childhood, teenage years, adolescence, and adult hood.. I want to be there for it all!

It really makes me resent graduate school that much more for making me wait, but I know it's what's best for us (and for our future children). And, when I'm not so deep in my haze of Baby Fever, I do understand that I should cherish these first few years when I have Husband all to myself. I know that the longer we wait, the more prepared and mature we will be once the time comes (although I also understand that no parent is ever truly "prepared").

One of the biggest things I'm looking forward to is watching Braylen be a daddy. I can't imagine a better father for my children, and I know how much he shares this excitement with me. I am certain he will go far beyond even my expectations for him (and they're already extraordinarily high). I am so excited to share that journey with him and so blessed it's him I have to share it with.

Sigh... Couple more years...

TV Ghosts

Day 54

Breakfast: green tea, eggs, yogurt
Mid-afternoon snack: grapes
Lunch: leftover chicken-vegetable soup
Dinner: green tea, romaine and spinach salad with grape tomatoes and feta cheese
Dessert: smoothie

What a productive Friday! I got to sleep in (Hallelujah!) and relax, for the most part. Well, considering how much I accomplished I don't know how relaxed I was.. But it was all on my own terms, in my own time, so I felt like it was relatively more relaxed than an average day.

I am completely caught up on laundry. I mean, once all the stuff in the washer and dryer are folded and put away. So happy that my heroically talented FIL was able to fix the washer (the belt just needed to be replaced) yesterday. Now that we have clothing, I don't have to feel so weird taking the dog out to pee in my bathrobe.

Just kidding.

I've never done that.



Okay, so after I started working on laundry and ate my lunch, I went over to Tan & Tone. It had been a couple weeks, so it felt good to get back. Turns out, though, that I had completed my membership application back in June (even though all this time I thought I hadn't) so we've been paying for it since then... That's 7 months of membership that we'd been paying for that I never used. And that makes me really upset. That's over $280 down the toilet. Sigh.. I guess it's my own fault for signing up and not even realizing it (not to mention not going in to workout for 7 months). On the upside, she offered me a month of free sauna lite bike passes (the sauna bike is a regular exercise bike that's surrounded by red lights that make you sweat a heck of a lot more than you would normally.. it's lovely.. and it's normally about $100 a month, extra). So today I did my regular 25 minute workout there and then did 30 minutes on the bike. It felt really good. Glad that I can use that this month. And I'm really glad I can use it this weekend because the competition we're in ends on Monday. Not that I have a chance at placing in the top three, but I'd like to do my best to get a good number.. Especially since I was swamped this week and haven't done any workouts.

Anyways, came home afterwards and continued to work on laundry. Also got caught up on shows while I folded. Oh, grades were posted online somewhere in there and I made an A, so I was really excited about that! Then I cooked dinner for the husband (turkey chili) and had myself a salad for the night. I think, at least for this weekend, I'm going to try to have my more substantial meal at lunchtime and then have a salad for dinner. I probably should do that more often than not, but sometimes it's really hard to get something made for lunches at school.. Much easier on the weekend. Anyway, now that I have the chili already made, it'll be easy to reheat tomorrow. And tomorrow, now that the house is mostly picked up, I can focus on getting my school stuff taken care of!

Off to put away the chili (I'd left it out to cool down) and finish laundry and American Idol.

OH, speaking of which... I started this episode a little bit ago, and all the sudden, the satellite starts changing channels. I wasn't sitting on the remote or pushing ANY of the buttons, it just kept changing channels. It has done this before, but this time it wouldn't stop. I tried everything... turning off the TV, turning off the dish, changing the channels myself. It was like someone else was controlling it.. And they kept changing it to Wheel of Fortune. Anyway, it finally stopped (although I don't know why, which is going to be frustrating when/if it happens again) and I can now (hopefully) watch my show in peace.

'Night, y'all!


Dear God, thank you for making the TV ghosts stop changing the channel so I can watch Idol. Amen.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Day 53

Breakfast: green tea, eggs, and a yogurt
Mid-afternoon snack: grapes
Lunch: green tea, romaine and spinach salad with grape tomatoes, a sliced apple, and baby carrots
Dinner: chicken-vegetable soup
Dessert: strawberry shortcake yogurt

TGIT! I love that Thursdays are my Fridays! I really need this weekend. Badly. Rough week and had a rough day yesterday, so I'm soooo happy to relax and breathe this weekend. Still have a lot to study for the upcoming tests, but at least I can do so under my huge, soft blanket on my cozy couch. Very much looking forward to sleeping in and taking care of me this weekend.

There are a few changes on the horizon for husband and I. Not ready to go into them yet, until we decide what we're doing, but keep us in your prayers!

I apologize to those of you who read this. I've really been in a funk this week and haven't had much to say. I'm hoping that very soon I'll get over it (especially once Spring Break gets here), but ultimately.. I still blame the period.


Dear God, thank you for Braylen. He takes care of me better than I could hope for, even (and probably especially) when I'm falling apart. Forgive me for taking one moment for granted. Amen.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 52

Day 52

Breakfast: green tea, eggs and a yogurt
Mid-afternoon snack: grapes
Lunch: NONE
Dinner: green tea, grilled chicken breast and sauteed onion, squash, and yellow pepper
Dessert: NONE

Another long day. Slept in as much as I could, then got up to study some more. I feel like the test went well, although I won't know my score for a while probably. Clinic was good. I found out who my kiddo will be next 8 weeks, so that's nice. My MIL was here when I got home and it was really good to see her.

I feel bad. I haven't done any kind of serious exercise since Saturday, and that was only Just Dance. I honestly have just been exhausted. I don't get home until late, and then I really don't feel like doing anything. And this week I haven't done anything but study each night. It wouldn't be a big deal, it's just that it's the last week of the competition and I wanted to try and do my best. I think that my best, for now, consists of taking care of school things and maintaining my sanity, however. So that is what I'll do.

Stay sane.


Dear God, thank you for giving me a husband who cleans the entire house for me before I get home. Forgive me for being a grump when there's absolutely nothing bad in my life. Amen.

Puff Generator

Day 51

Breakfast: green tea, red velvet cake yogurt in 1/2 cup low fat granola
Mid-afternoon snack: banana
Lunch: green tea, leftover chili, and a sliced apple
Dinner: Applebee's! I had teriyaki chicken pasta (under 550 calories!)
Dessert: NONE

Extremely long day. It's 1:05 AM currently and I just stepped in the door (I left this morning at 7:20 AM). Very tired, but feel very good about all that I got done today. After class I met up with two girls in Edmond for a study group and we went over quite a bit.. Really solidified some of the content. So hopefully the test tomorrow goes well. We'll see!

Things I don't like:

  1. Getting home 3 hours past my bedtime.
  2. Having seen my husband an approximate total of 2 hours in the past 3 days.
  3. Driving in rush hour traffic (morning or evening, doesn't matter).
  4. Studying neuro anatomy and physiology.
  5. Updating my blog after everyone's already asleep. 
The end, it's time for bed.

Oh, PS... Parting words for the day... A quote from my Voice Disorders professor...
"Our multilayered vibrator is essentially a 'puff generator'."
Because... what? Completely inappropriate, out of context.
But completely hilarious way to end a tired blog.


Dear God, thank you for playing some of my current favorite songs on the radio tonight so I could sing my heart out and not fall asleep. Forgive me for playing Cooking Dash in Adult Neurolinguistics today (and forgive me, in advance, for doing it again on Thursday). Amen. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 50!!


Breakfast: egg sandwich
Mid-afternoon snack: NONE
Lunch: pita sandwich and a sliced apple
Dinner: black bean chili
Dessert: NONE

Long day.

Tired again.

Netflix has all seasons of Secret Life of the American Teenager on instant queue and I've been wanting to watch that show for forever, so now any other intentions I had to study, clean, read for book club, exercise...

They're gone.

I'm watching Secret Life.
I'm not being productive.

And that's all there is to it.

Also, we weighed in today and I've lost another 3.6 lbs. Woo hoo.


Dear God, thank you for a husband who wants nothing more than to provide for us and our life together. Forgive me for nearly giving the finger to the guy who almost drove into me. Amen. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Tie Erd

Day 49

Breakfast: green tea, raspberry cheesecake with 1/2 cup low fat granola
Mid-afternoon snack: banana
Lunch: turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo sandwich and fruit salad
Dinner: leftover kung pao chicken and fried rice
Dessert: NONE

Holy smokes, it's 7 PM and I can barely keep my eyes open. Great day today, but I'm definitely feeling the pain of only getting a handful of hours worth of sleep. After lunch, Haley and I decided to sit outside and study, since it was such a beautiful day. I love this weather we've been having! She left shortly after we came back inside. Then Bray and I watched a little TV before he went to work. I kept watching while I ate dinner and then I read the first few chapters of the book for book club. So far, so good, but I had to stop cos my eyes were getting sleepier and sleepier.

I'm just afraid if I go to sleep now I won't sleep through the night. In fact, I know I won't.

Yep. I just fell asleep at the keyboard for 20 minutes. I woke up from my dream because Luke had Kit-Kat pinned and he was biting her mouth and making her bleed. Scary, my heart's still racing.

Ahhhhh! How am I going to be up for another 2 hours??!?!


Dear God, thank you for resolving conflict within relationships, and forgive me for dreaming about Luke killing my cat. Amen.

Haley Beth vs. Luke Puppy

As I said, Haley stayed over last night, and since Bray was working all night, we had a really nice girls' night. Well, including Luke. We sat on the living room floor to play Trivial Pursuit (and a ton of other games that didn't work out, ha) and Luke really took advantage of Haley's hesitance to discipline him. He was all over her. The entire time.

It started out peacefully enough

He was cool with sharing space for a while.

... And then he started feeling a little crowded.

I think it really put him over the edge when Haley
wanted to show me her nails.

So he insisted I take a picture of his.

And then the real war started.
Notice the mischievous smirk on his face.

This is what he does to small dogs to make them hate him.

I guess he thought it would work with a small Haley, also?

Even once he removed himself, he still stole her spot 
and confiscated her dominate crocheting hand.
(She crochets a lot.)
(Not really, just kidding.)

By the end of the night, they'd called a truce, but I could tell he was thinking up ways to get her next time. 

Until next time,
Kaycie and her naughty pooch

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 48

Day 48

Breakfast: green tea, breakfast burrito
Mid-afternoon snack: NONE
Lunch: green tea, BLT + cheese and fruit salad
Dinner: fried rice and kung pao chicken
Dessert: strawberry frozen fruit bar

Kit-Kat and I are no longer friends. She caused the beginning of my day to be ruined, and that makes me unhappy. She peed on my guest bed, which ruined the comforter, sheets, and mattress cover. So I went to Walmart to buy a new comforter and sheet set. And then once I got home and put the sheets in the washer so they wouldn't be as stiff, the washer belt broke. But only after it filled up with water. So now everything in it is completely soaked and will be sitting in water until my FIL can come up sometime to fix it. WONDERFUL. And I blame Kit-Kat because if she hadn't peed then I wouldn't have had to wash the linens. It's all her fault. And so...

FOR SALE: Feline. Around 8 years old. Gray fur, white paws, green eyes. Loves people and attention. Hates any other animals. Meows a lot. Loves to eat. Pees on piles of laundry or soft surfaces. Becoming progressively more annoying.

Okay, so probably nobody wants her. Sigh... Probably only a few more years anyway, so I guess I'll just deal.

Anyways, I guess the good thing about all of this is that I now have a new bedspread and sheets, which I like more than the ones before.

My day turned around when one of my BFF's, Haley, came over. She's here for the night, so we've been doing girl things all evening, and I love it. We made dinner, which was AMAZING and have just been vegging and watching TV. 

On the left of the bowl is the kung pao chicken 
and the fried rice is on the right. It was very yummy!
BTW, love her nail polish color!

Anyways, I'm gonna get back to girls' night, so have a good night, all!


Dear God, thank you for turning my bad day around and forgive me for wanting to kick my cat outside. Amen.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Day 47

Breakfast: green tea, bowl of cereal
Mid-afternoon snack: NONE
Lunch: turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo sandwich with fruit salad
Dinner: green tea, pork chop, sauteed yellow squash, onion, and green pepper
Dessert: NONE

What a great Friday! Husband was off work and we had nowhere to be.. It was awesome! After lunch, which was really tasty, by the way, we took Luke for a walk down to city hall so we could turn in our utilities bill. It was the longest walk we'd taken the pooch on, and it was nice to see him out and about around all the buildings and cars driving by... Completely calm. He kept his tail wagging the whole time! Plus it was a nice walk for Husband and I, too. We tried to keep the pace high. Not to mention I was wearing a no-sleeve workout shirt in the middle of February... The weather was just beautiful!

After we got home, I hit the books. I have a test coming up next week and I really need to get my head in gear. I reorganized, printed off, and highlighted my notes. Tomorrow I'll go ahead and make note cards.

While I was studying, Husband cooked dinner (I love it when he does things like that without me even asking). It was incredible. His pork chops are always ten times better than mine. Not fair.

I called it quits on the studying for today and watched my DVRed episode of "I Used to be Fat". Braylen is out jogging right now, so I'm going to use this time to do my own working out. 

Before I do that, though, I have to rant. I was talking to Bray about this earlier, because he watched the show with me. In this episode, the guy losing weight completely gave up. It's pretty typical in weight loss shows for motivation to go down at some point, but it usually picks up again. With this kid, it never did. I am actually shocked that they finished production and aired it. He only lost about 30 lbs, and after the show, he gained a lot of it back! It's really frustrating to me because so many other kids could've taken his place, given it their all, and gained so much more from it than he did. Shoot, I would've loved to be in his position!! Having someone there to guide me in the right direction in both nutrition and physical fitness? Please, sign me up! Just bothers me that someone would have so much potential and so much opportunity and they just squander it away. 

But I guess we all do that a little bit with a lot of things in our lives, don't we? 

Something to think about. 


Dear God, thank you so much for beautiful sunshine, and forgive me for throwing away opportunities you bless me with. Help me to use the skills and tools you've given me to reach my potential. Amen.

Game Night #1

Day 46

Breakfast: green tea, 4 egg whites, 2 strips of turkey bacon
Mid-afternoon snacks: raspberry cheesecake yogurt and a banana
Lunch: turkey, cheese, lettuce, and mayo wrap and an orange
Dinner: handfuls of baby carrots, cheddar and cheddar jack cheeses, ham, turkey, and grape tomatoes
Dessert: 2 small black bean brownies

What a great day! It would be weird to talk about school after having such a significantly better time afterwards, so I'm just going to skip it. I went, I sat, I took notes, and then I left (early, I might add.. Because the teacher wasn't there, so that was nice!).

A few weeks ago (actually, I think just last week?) the first year grad girls decided to get together for a game night. I don't think any of us expected nearly that many of us to actually come, but we were only missing a small handful (and you were missed, ladies!). And I told you that so you wouldn't be lost when I told you about the rest of my day...

After school I headed down to Norman to Target to pick up a few things for the par-tay. (I went to Target on purpose because I had a gift card leftover from the wedding (yes, it's taking me this long to go through our gift cards) and wanted to spend it instead of the zero amounts of money in our bank account. (Note: you have to pronounce Target, "Tar-zhay" to really get the full effect of how I'm talking in my head. Umm.. It's 1:05 AM, also. Okay, bye. End note.) I bought my cheese/meat tray and Diet DP and then headed over to Jordyn's for game night! Of course I got there two hours early because I didn't want to go all the way home to Chickasha, but thankfully Jordyn didn't mind, ha. And ummm... I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves at this point:

The whole group congregating in the kitchen.. 
(Don't worry, girls.. I'll post these on FB also so they're bigger.)

The yummy pink lemonade that Jessica made.
(I know it was yummy because I had an itsy-bitsy teeny-tiny taste.)

The fruit platter/fruit dip and two different brownies.
(The black bean brownies are the one over the red lid at the bottom.)

All of the amazingly delicious-looking dips I desperately wanted
to try but resisted. I hear they were delicious.
Le sigh...

And the spinach dip Stephanie made I really wanted to taste.
Double le sigh...
Oh... and Erin's upside-down bunny ears, which some might
refer to as a "peace sign," but that's not how we roll.

Beverages (alcoholic and non-)
And neon straws, because what group of SLP fully
grown women don't use neon bendy straws to drink from?

The half of the game circle from where I was sitting. 
I think this was before starting Taboo.

Katie's feet were clenched because she was so nervous
when it was her turn. I took a picture because it was pretty hilarious.

I like this picture because I have no idea what Lisa's saying,
but Sharon thought whatever it was was really funny.

How SLP graduate students open a wine bottle:

Telestrations is one of the most fun games I've played in a long time.
The concept is that one person has a word, draws a picture, passes it to the next
person, who writes what they think the picture is, then passes it to the next person
who draws the word, and so one. Like a different version of telephone. 

The word was "sling shot" and somehow this:

Became this:

The first drawing is supposed to be David shooting Goliath with a sling shot. However, Mandy thought it was someone giving a sacrifice to God. So she wrote the word "sacrifice," and the bottom picture was produced (by me, I might add). I thought it was pretty sacrificial-looking. Lisa especially liked the bended knee part. 

Best Lines of the Night:
  1. During Catch Phrase, when Lisa said "Not a pen, but a...." And Crystal shouted "HO!" cos she thought Lisa had said "Not a pimp, but a...". 
  2. During Catch Phrase, when Lisa's target word was "rocket engine" and everyone got "rocket" based on what she said, and Mandy yelled out "POCKET ROCKET!" 
  3. When, immediately after that, Crystal said... "But does it really go in your pocket?" 
  4. How, before each of her turns, Casey would scoot up to the edge of the couch and calmly say "Okay..."
  5. When it was Lauren's turn and the target phrase was "fat free", and the clues she chose to use were "what we shouldn't eat" and "Martin Luther King, Jr." 
I'm sure there are tons more, but it's almost 1:30 and my brain is dead. (Ladies, if you think of more, leave a comment here or on FB, and we can laugh about it again!)

I had an amazing time.. I'm so blessed to have such fun and encouraging ladies to spend time with both inside and outside of class/clinic. Now I am home, and my eyes are tired. I had every intention of doing a quick Wii Fit workout, but ummmm... Not gonna happen. I was fine until I sat down. 

Plus Puppy's giving me The Look. I think it's potty time then bed! 

Thanks to all my friends for bringing some extra light into my week! 
You all are such an inspiration and I'm so happy to know you!

PS. I tried so hard to stick to the diet and, for the most part, I did. I had too many pieces of turkey and ham off the meat platter and one too many small pieces of brownie.. But, overall, I think I held it together alright. It was really hard not trying all the different dips for the chips. They all looked so good. But you know you can never have just one chip, and I didn't think I could stop once I started. Sigh.. Maybe one day!


Dear God, thank you for blessing me with such wonderful friendships, and forgive me for doing a mental victory dance when classes let our early. Amen.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Day 45

Breakfast: green tea, strawberry orange yogurt in 1/2 cup granola
Mid-afternoon snack: banana
Lunch: turkey, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, fat free mayo, in a whole wheat tortilla shell
Dinner: 1/2 turkey breast with sauteed green beans
Dessert: Fudgesicle

Today was a good day. I woke up this morning and went with Braylen to sit with his grandma Betty and dad while they ate breakfast. It was so nice to see them! Then we came back home, he went to class, and I went back to sleep for another hour. I got up, ate lunch, and headed to school. My kiddo was able to make it in today, so after class we had our session. It was nice to get back to normal and he was excellent today, which made it even better! Afterwards I came home and got started on dinner. I decided on the drive back to Chickasha that I really needed to get my butt in gear tonight cos I've really been running out of hours watching TV before my priorities are finished. That being said, while dinner was cooking I washed dishes and started making the black bean brownies for game night tomorrow! And after I'm finished posting I will do my workout, shower, and if I have time watch a show or two. Good heavens, that brownie batter is DELICIOUS, so I just know the brownies are going to be great... Even if pureed black beans doesn't sound appetizing in the slightest.

Speaking of... The buzzer is going off.. Gotta go check them!

Oooopsie, I ate them all.

Just kidding. But they are finished and look amazing! Can't wait to try one tomorrow!

Anyways, I decided yesterday that there are a number of things that are easier to do now that I've lost a little bit of weight.

Ten Things That are Easier Not Being as Fat

  1. Taking a shower. My shower is tiny, it's hard to maneuver. Enough said. 
  2. Drying off after a shower. 
  3. Tying shoes. Don't take things like that for granted, people.
  4. Getting off the couch (without grunting).
  5. Walking up the stairs at school and being able to recuperate in under 5 minutes.
  6. Taking a quick walk and being able to hold a conversation, simultaneously, without gasping for breath between sentences.
  7. Buttoning/Zipping pants. So much easier. 
  8. Hugging my husband. Or hugging anyone, for that matter. I don't feel like as big of a monster.
  9. Crossing my legs while seated.
  10. Being a good wife. I take care of myself, my husband, and my house better than I ever did before. 
I hope I can keep expanding this list as I discover new things that I didn't know were missing from my life. 

It feels good to feel good


Dear God, today I thank you for overdraft coverage at our bank. Without it, Husband would have been without gas and couldn't have made it to work and back. Forgive me for forgetting to leave him my credit card before I left town today (like I said I would) and it being all my fault. Amen. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

One More Time!

Okay, I know I just posted for the night, but I feel these things are necessary to share with you, friends.

Question, have you ever wrapped Saran wrap around your midsection and each of your thighs?



Well, that's probably completely normal. And I know that that's normal because I am doing just that right now and if feels completely UN-normal. Especially walking to the couch completely bowlegged because the wrap gets caught with every step you take.

I. Am. Uncomfortable.

But I smell completely minty and fresh. Despite having just finished a workout and not having showered yet.

Speaking of working out, this is what I really wanted to share with you.

Top Five Most Annoying 17 Day Diet Workout DVD Motivational Catch Phrases:

  1. "One more time!" -- This said right before having to do it 10 more times. Don't lie to me!!! 
  2. "Are you feeling it?" -- 1) This sounds perverse. 2) Wait, am I feeling it? Am I doing it right? Too much pressure! 
  3. "Walk/Step/Punch/March it out!" -- Just... doesn't make sense.
  4. "Engage your core!" -- What does this mean?! Explain my core so I know where to engage!
  5. "Just have fun with it!" -- Umm, but this isn't fun...? 
And with that, I'm going to go feed my dog, shower, and have some dessert. 

Not at the same time, of course. Cos that would be weird. 

And I don't ever do weird things (don't reread the beginning of this post).

I blame the Period.

Day 44

Breakfast: green tea, bowl of Fiber One cereal in skim extra milk
Mid-afternoon snack: banana
Lunch: leftover fried rice and a sliced apple
Dinner: half of a turkey breast, sauteed onion, and sweet potato
Dessert: yogurt

Dinner tonight was really good.. Better than I thought it would be, that's for sure. I wasn't really in the mood to cook but Husband pointed to the kitchen and said "Git, woman!" so of course I have to do what I'm told.

Totally kidding.

Cooking the turkey took twice as long as I thought it would, but everything ended up being delicious. I just love sweet potatoes, and onions, in my opinion, go with anything. I decided to put the other set of dishes we got as a wedding gift to good use so that's what I used tonight. They're so pretty.. I just never think to use them until it's too late because they're tucked away in the china cabinet.

I pretty much felt like garbage today. Not as in I was feeling sick.. I was just really grumpy. Turns out, after not having it in 11 months (to the day) my monthly visitor stopped in today. That probably accounts for my moodiness. Well, that and the fact that I couldn't pay attention in any of my classes today, for some reason. It was worse than usual today. Oh, and another bummer.. I didn't win the KitchenAid mixer PW was giving away on her blog today. That's definitely sad. I'm just mopey today.

I blame the Period. 

Oh, this month's edition of Sports Illustrated came in today!!! The Swimsuit Edition!!!

Oopsie, it somehow ended up in the garbage. I don't know how... =\

I blame the Period.


Dear God, help me to get over this ugly mood and forgive me for cussing at the women in the SI swimsuits. In Your name I pray, Amen.

For My Friend, Wendy:

Robin told me that you were interested in trying the Greek egg scramble, so here is the recipe.
I hope you like it because it is one of my favorites!

(keep in mind these are rough measurements because I've made it so many times)

4 egg whites
1/2 tomato, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 Tbs. feta cheese
salt and pepper

I like my onions well cooked, so I always start cooking those first. Mix the diced tomatoes in with the eggs, cheese, salt, and pepper and then pour it all in with the onions. Cook and enjoy! It's super easy and I just love it.

By the way, she also mentioned you're almost at your 75 pounds lost benchmark... That is so awesome! I am so proud of you, because that takes a LOT of work.. What an inspiration!! Good job!

(And also, thanks for reading the blog! Do you have a blog so I can follow yours?)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Love Day!

Day 43

Breakfast: strawberries and banana yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup low fat granola
Mid-afternoon snack: a sliced pear
Lunch: pita sandwich (leftover steak, shredded lettuce, diced yellow pepper, and Italian dressing)
Dinner: green tea, FRIED RICE
Dessert: yogurt

Today. Was. Excellent.

For many lovely, wonderful, spectacular reasons:

  1. I got to sleep in. Days are always better when you get to go back to bed after breakfast.
  2. My dress slacks are 1-2 sizes too big for me. In fact, they can be pulled down without even having to be unbuttoned or unzipped. This is phenomenal.
  3. Weigh-in this morning showed I've lost 3 more pounds since last week. I'm gaining a better attitude about these numbers I've been getting week after week. As long as I'm still getting more than a pound off each week, I am truly satisfied. So blessed to be able to recover from this weight gain. 
  4. My client cancelled our session today (or, rather, his parents did). This gave me more time to spend with my husband this morning before I had to leave for class.
  5. Bray had a test in his class today and he feels that it went well. I am so proud of him that he has worked so hard this semester. He inspires me to keep at it and work hard. 
  6. This is made even better because we got one of our tests scores back today and I made an A! 
  7. Because the session was cancelled, I was able to leave school earlier, get to Crest earlier, and make it home earlier.. So I got to see Husband before he went to work (and had someone to help me unload the car, which is always a plus)
  8. The fried rice I made today was intensely delicious. I cooked it with peas and carrots, fried rice seasoning, soy sauce, chopped mushrooms, eggs, chopped bean sprouts, and chicken. Holy cow. It was phenomenal. AND it made enough for 2 dinners and 2 lunches. Woo hoo!
  9. I have enough time tonight to really get a good workout in. I'm excited that working out doesn't feel like as much of a chore as it used to. I wouldn't say I look forward to it, but I don't dread or avoid making time for it anymore.
  10. Saved the best for last... I was feeling blue because Husband has to work instead of us spending Valentine's night together, and then the doorbell rang and I received these:

I just love roses! 
And I just love getting things in the mail! 
And I just love being loved! 
And I just love being a girl (sometimes)! 
Oh, and I really do love the vase they came in, it's just beautiful! 

Ah, almost forgot... Here is the delicious rice from this evening's dinner: 

Okay, so it maybe doesn't look so good, but trust me... This is a recipe I'm definitely keeping. Speaking of recipes, I should probably give it to you, since it's definitely not my own... Here it is! Enjoy!

Happy Love Day to you! I hope you felt as blessed and loved as I did today! 
If not, send me a message, and I'll do my best to convince you you're special!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Day 42

Breakfast: NONE
Mid-afternoon snack: NONE
Lunch: green tea, leftover chili and a sliced apple
Dinner: green tea, round beef steak and stir-fried veggies
Dessert: yogurt

Okay, so my list from earlier didn't quite get completed. I am, however, making some compromises to the list so the things I didn't cover are made up for in other ways. I put off grocery shopping too long and now it's getting dark and I don't feel like going all the way to the city. I'm going to go tomorrow after school on my way back home. Jace's letter and picture are in the envelope, ready for the mailman to pick up tomorrow, and I did take puppy for a longer walk than usual today (to make up for only going on one instead of two). I didn't go to Tan & Tone because by the time I finished with the letter and walk, they were already closed... I do, however, intend to do my Wii Fit and Gold's Gym workouts tonight, so hopefully that'll do some good. NONE of that housecleaning I mentioned took place. Of course, if anything would be left off, it would be taking care of the house. Eh.. There are more important things in life (like playing with my puppy and eating a delicious dinner that my husband lovingly prepared for us).

Yum, yum, yum!

I did get rid of my bad attitude (the puppy walk helped with that) and I do intend on collapsing into bed later, because despite what I said I would do earlier, I did not take a nap. 

By the way, grades still haven't been posted. Ughhhh...

Well, time to find something else to do with my time before bed. Goodnight!

I am Bored

Well, Husband and I slept in this morning. We've both been studying since we woke up (he has a test tomorrow and I just needed to get caught up on reading and going over notes). I've officially reached the end of my notes and assignments and can no longer continue being an over-achiever. I've over-achieved all that I can for one day. So, I put together my shopping list for later today because, after all, it is Sunday and we know what that means. But, umm.. Now that's done, too.

Somehow both of us are feeling lethargic, even though we just woke up a couple of hours ago. Husband is attempting to remedy this by sitting at the dining room table (making himself less comfy and cozy) and drinking a lots of coffee. I'm not sure I want to remedy this, and may take a nap later. Maybe not.

All weekend I have been frantically and obsessively checking d2l for our posted test grades (from the two tests we had on Thursday). So far, no such luck. These are the two professors who are usually pretty prompt with grade posting, so I'm kind of wondering "what gives?" Hopefully they'll be up by tomorrow. I want to know where I stand, people!

Things I should probably do today:

  1. Go grocery shopping
  2. Take Puppy for a walk. 
  3. Go to Tan & Tone.
  4. Write our little cousin, Jace, a fun letter so he can get something in the mail (Who doesn't love getting mail?) while at the same time finally sending his mother our Biggest Winner contest money. 
  5. Straighten up the house.
  6. Get over this bad attitude I have today.
  7. Maybe take another walk with Puppy.
  8. Finish doing laundry.
  9. Vacuum the house.
  10. Collapse into bed.
Again, I say I should probably do these things, but I'm pretty sure I won't get around to them all (except for number 10.. I'm definitely doing number 10). I will let you know in my post later how I turned out in my goals. 

Right now I'm going to go color a picture for and write a letter to Jace, cos that sounds like more fun that anything else I could possibly do. 

Anybody else (or anybody else's children) needing some snail mail love these days? I remember getting incredibly giddy when I would receive something in the mail (wait.. I still get giddy!) so I'd be more than happy to send a little somethin'-somethin'. Just let me know!

All You Need is Love (And Poetry)

Day 41

Breakfast: green tea, strawberry shortcake yogurt and a sliced apple
Mid-afternoon snack: banana
Lunch: NONE
Dinner: YUMMMM... Zio's... Cheese Ravioli over whole wheat penne pasta in tomato sauce
Dessert: 1/2 nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt (shared w/my lovely husband) and popcorn!!

Man, was today eventful!! I ended up spending the morning and afternoon in Lawton visiting with my mother and friends at church. It was great to see everyone, even if the circumstances for the trip were much less than ideal. Praying for all families who have lost a loved one to suicide. It really is tragic for everyone left behind..

About midway back to Chickasha my eyes started getting heavy. (I think I have some kind of condition that instantly makes me tired while driving... It's no beuno, trust me). As soon as I walked into the door I laid down on the love-seat and took 30 minute much-needed power nap. When I woke up it was time to get ready for our date!!! Luke helped me pick out my outfit (he's so coordinated and fashion-forward!) and I skipped the hair/makeup routine (umm, oops!). As Husband got ready, he awkwardly ordered me to get something out of the end table where we hide Luke's treats. (Note: It's a normal occurrence for him to mumble requests and I'm supposed to know exactly what he's talking about.) I asked him "What the heck are you talking about?!" And he stuck his head out of the bathroom and said "Just look in the cabinet!"

Happy Valentine's Day to me!!! 

My first piece of jewelry from a man that wasn't a ring!! Absolutely beautiful!!! =] I immediately put it on and we headed out to Bricktown for our date!! 

First stop was, well, finding a parking lot. We managed to squeeze into the Zio's parking lot just in time (as we paid him the parking fee, they turned over the Lot Full sign). However, there were no visible parking spots, so we were patiently waiting for this couple walking out to leave so we could have theirs. As we were waiting (probably a good 2-3 minutes) another car whizzed past us, looking for a spot. They saw the spot we were waiting for and stopped. As the car was pulling out of the spot, he immediately pulled in, leaving us high and dry. I can't lie and say I didn't let out a profanity or two. I was livid. Then the guy had the nerve to look at us and say, "Oh, were you waiting for this spot?" (I'm not kidding). Fortunately we found another spot close by so that's the end of that story. The story in which I almost fought a rather large, tall man in funny-looking jeans for a parking spot outside of an Italian restaurant at night on Valentine's weekend. The end.

The rest of the night was much better. We actually got to the restaurant fifteen minutes before our reservation (which was at 7PM) so we figured we'd have to wait, especially considering the place was PACKED to the brim. However, we went in, gave them our name, and were seated within 5 minutes. Our server was incredibly fast. Bringing us our drinks and taking our order also within five minutes, and then brought us our food 10 minutes later. Literally, we were in and out of Zio's within 20-25 minutes. That is incredible! Not to mention that we were able to order exactly what we wanted AND get it in whole wheat instead of regular so it was even more healthy than we anticipated!! We were very pleased, as always. Zio's, you continue to impress me. Well done. 

In fact, we finished our meal so quickly that we thought we could make the earlier time for the movie we wanted to see. By the time we got there they were sold out of that show time, so we went ahead and bought our tickets for the next. We had 1 1/2 hours to kill, so we went to Marble Slab since Husband just had to have a frozen yogurt (we split a nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt and it was divine). Afterwards, we hung out in Starbucks for the rest of the time until the movie. We made sure to be angsty in the corner table and switch frequently between checking our Smart Phones, reading our books of poetry we keep on hand at all times, and writing our own screen plays. We do it right when we go to coffee shops. 

Movie time! I made sure we stopped our poetry reading/screen play writing early enough to make it in plenty of time to buy... (dum dum dum...)... POPCORN! I'm not gonna lie... It didn't even make it through the previews before it was gone, but darn it.. It was worth it! The movie we saw was King's Speech and we both love love loved it! Excellent movie and really pretty hilarious at some points! Of course I loved the speech therapy aspects, and Braylen, I'm sure, loved the history (not to mention the comedy). 

We headed home after the movie and now here we are! I am very pleased with my first Valentine's Day as a married woman, and I am looking forward to so many more! (And apparently I have more waiting for me on the actual Valentine's Day also, so definitely looking forward to that!) 

I hope you all are so blessed this Valentine's Day season and are able to spend it with the friends and family that you love! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cardio and Saran Wrap


Breakfast: green tea, orange cream yogurt in 1/2 cup low fat granola, and a banana
Mid-afternoon snack: a sliced pear (it was perfectly ripened and SO GOOD!!)
Lunch: green tea, pita bread sandwich (chopped lettuce, diced yellow pepper, feta cheese, and fat free Italian dressing), and 10 baby carrots
Dinner: a bowl of pinto/black bean, ground turkey/ground beef chili
Dessert: NONE

I can't believe it's been 40 days since we started!! It feels like it was just yesterday and also feels like so long ago at the same time! Very happy that we've made it this far and are still 100% motivated to keep it up. This has definitely never happened to me before! I've never been able to stick with anything nearly this long, and it definitely has never been anything this healthy before. Happy we're still both seeing results, and hoping to keep seeing progress!

Tonight, a friend invited me to a cardio-kickboxing class she goes to. YIKES! It was extremely tough, but I know I definitely got my workout in for today, so that feels satisfying! Kicking legs up that weigh a heck of a lot more than they should is something I'm not very good at yet, ha. Hopefully I won't ever have to get used to it because they won't weigh this much for long! I think in a little bit I'm going to do my Wii Fit stuff and then call it a night (as far as working out goes). I'm trying to build up some momentum for tomorrow. Bray and I are going out to eat to celebrate Valentine's Day and I want to make sure and get in super fat burning mode before we go so I don't blow this week with one meal. I don't think it will affect our weigh in, but Sunday I'm going to be working out like crazy just to be sure.

When I signed up at Tan & Tone, they gave me a bottle of lotion called Slenderbolic. It's this extremely minty smelling lotion that you massage into "problem areas" (areas of cellulite) and then wrap the area with plastic wrap. So, don't make fun of me, but I'm currently sitting on my couch with, basically, a Saran Wrap girdle under my shirt. I sound ridiculous when I walk, and I'm really glad Husband isn't here to laugh at me. This stuff better work, or I'm getting my money back!

... Oh wait, it was free. Darn.

Going to finish True Life: I'm Addicted to Video Games and then... Ummm.. Play a video game (Wii Fit). ha.

'Night, y'all!

Two Peas in a Pod

Well, the day before yesterday I posted about my dog's strange sitting habits.
Today I would like to state, for the record, that he is not the only one.

Exhibit one:

Exhibit Two:

I guess I still love them, even if they are a little weird. 
I don't know where they would get it from... Husband and I are completely normal!

Luke was ridiculously jealous about Kit-Kat getting the camera action...

Notice the toys scattering the floor? He's not spoiled at all. 
And yet, he's still constantly whining today to go outside.

What am I gonna do with these creatures of mine?

A List, Drool, Ravioli, Back Damage, and a Tired Pooch

Day 39

Breakfast: green tea, 2 eggs, 2 pieces of turkey bacon
Mid-afternoon snack: strawberries and banana yogurt
Lunch: leftover chicken-vegetable soup and a sliced apple
Dinner: leftover meat sauce over 1/2 cup penne pasta with a side salad
Dessert: strawberry shortcake yogurt

Things I Accomplished Today:

  1. Took two tests (and feel very good about both)
  2. Managed to stay awake during all four classes (although I can't say I was always paying attention)
  3. Talked to not one, not two... But THREE of my best girlfriends 
  4. Kissed my husband before he left for work
  5. Worked out at Tan & Tone 
  6. Did my workout DVD
  7. Did Wii Fit
  8. Watched five of my favorite shows (I Used to be Fat, American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, One Born Every Minute, and Jersey Shore)
  9. Started reading the March 2011 volume of Cosmo
  10. Solved world hunger

Okay, so maybe I didn't do that last one, but I'm still feeling pretty good about the rest of my day... Even if I am exhausted. I apologize for the late post. After finishing the fifth of my shows, rubbing my glazed-over eyes, wiping the drool from my mouth, and taking the dog out to pee (oh, and solving world hunger)... I realized I hadn't posted yet. Oopsie! Surely I will be able to make it up this weekend and post a little bit earlier. 

Although I can't promise so much for Saturday. Honey and I made a reservation at my favorite Italian place in Bricktown (Zio's) and then we're going to the Harkin's Theater to see "King's Speech". I'm not sure what time  we'll be getting home, but it will probably be another late post. Sorry! 

And I know I went on and on about eating Chinese for our Valentine's Day date, but here's the thing... A friend of mine introduced me to a new site called Hungry Girl, and it opened my eyes to the world of healthy, homemade fried rice (thanks, Allyson!)! So, instead of wasting our "cheat night", I figure I'll make a healthy version of it later this week.. Win/win situation! Another win... I looked up the calories for my favorite meal at Zio's (cheese ravioli on a nest of pasta) and it's about 860. Granted, this is a LOT for one meal, buuuuut I feel like after 40 days of conservation, piling on extra calories into one meal after taking it easy the rest of the day really isn't such an awful sin. 

And darn it, I'm not going to feel guilty! 

And now, I think, it's time for me to go throw myself into bed before I slept uncomfortably on this love seat and wake up in the morning with irreparable back damage (I'm sure it's happened to somebody, so it would definitely happen to me). 

Did I mention Puppy's been sleeping in our room with the crate door open for the past 3-4 nights? He has free range over the room and yet stays in his crate snoring all night. I'm so proud of our big boy!

See.. he's sleepy, too

Especially after watching Kirsten run a mile in under 10 minutes.
And then watching Steven Tyler have silly hair and listening to tons of auditioners get booted.
And then watching intense surgical procedures and deciding between award-winning clinical trials.
And then watching Ron and Sammie frighting all night and breaking up.
And then watching twins be born who have different fathers.

It's been a long night for Luke. He needs his rest now.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow Day: Part Five

Day 38

Breakfast: green tea, 1 cup skim extra milk, sliced apple, 1 1/2 power cookies
Mid-afternoon snack: banana
Lunch: ground beef mixed with marinara over whole wheat penne pasta
Dinner: green tea, chicken-vegetable soup
Dessert: yogurt

I'm posting early (I haven't even had dinner yet) because after dinner's finished cooking and I've eaten I need to get back to studying. Bray and I stayed up entirely too late last night (upwards of 2 AM) and therefore slept in way late (I finally crawled out of bed around 12:45 PM) so I'm pretty far behind on studying. I have all of my guides and study notes highlighted and filled out (except for a short essay I need to put together) but I need to reallllly go over everything again. They announced today that we will definitely be open tomorrow (our storm wasn't nearly as bad as the weather and news made it out to be this week) so I'm way stressed about these tests. I've studied since the beginning of the semester, but I almost feel like that's made me more nervous. Possibly just because it's new to me (staying on top of things, that is). I feel like I should be doing much more than I am now, cos I'm so used to cramming everything in before a test.

I had several blog ideas for today but, as I said, I have no time to entertain you with them this evening. Maybe another time. Although, I will post this lovely little treat...

Pardon the crotch shot, but I took this picture to illustrate how weirdly my pooch sits... Notice the inverted "knee" twist. (Note: I do not proclaim to be an expert in dog anatomy) I'm not sure why he sits like that. He either sits with his "knees" facing inward or completely turned out. What a weirdy. 

Anyways, I'm going to finish cooking dinner so I can get this show on the road. Hoping I can finish everything in time to do a workout before bed. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 37

Breakfast: green tea, strawberry shortcake yogurt, banana, and a piece of whole wheat toast with sugar free strawberry preserves
Mid-afternoon snack: a sliced honey crisp apple
Lunch: green tea, 2 bean/2 meat chili
Dinner: green tea, cheeseburger patty, caramelized onion, carrots, and sweet potato
Dessert: yogurt

Loooooooooooooong day of class today. I'm feeling slightly drained. Not gonna lie... As soon as I came home, I whined at my husband (well, that's normal for any day, tired or not) and immediately plopped into bed and snuggled under my covers for a good 45 minutes, in and out of sleep. It was pretty darn peaceful, except for the occasional sniff lovingly given by my puppy at the edge of the bed.

Dinner was spectacular, as per usual. Tried something new with the onion-carrot-sweet potato mix, and I gotta say... Yum! Husband liked it, and he doesn't even like sweet potatoes! His burgers were fantastic, of course... So it was a success all-around.

Had every intention of having a houseguest over these upcoming snow days (yes, we're having more), but unfortunately, it didn't work out. So it's just me and the husband tonight. He decided to actually take his day off tonight rather than go in for an extra day because the weather is turning nasty tonight. Actually, it's turning nasty as I type. Started snowing while Bray was on the kitchen balcony grilling.

Speaking of nasty weather and snow.. It's the perfect time for us to try to conserve on our bill and stop using the heater! At least, that's what Husband thinks. Our bill we received today was a good deal larger than it usually is, so he's decided we can't turn the thermostat above 67°. He loves being in the cold.

There are a lot of things I love about my husband, but that isn't one of them.

And now we're going to Walmart, because we are idiots and like to put ourselves in the way of danger and mass chaos. Good day, all.


Okay, now I've had several people tell me that they would comment on my posts if they could figure out how, so I've done a little research...

By research, I mean that I signed out of my account and tried to comment on my own page. Here's what I found...

Go to the bottom of the post.
It should say 0 comments (unless I actually have comments)

This is the next page shown. Type in your comment.

Then click the drop-down menu. 
Sign in with whatever account you'd like.
For example: if you have a gmail account, click Google Account.

Okay, now if you don't have any of those accounts, there are two options:
1) Save a step, and comment on Facebook
2) Make a blog account with

If none of this helps.. I apologize. =\

Monday, February 7, 2011

Self-Pity: Take One

Day 36

Breakfast: green tea, bowl of Fiber One honey clusters, and a bowl of "banana ice cream"
Mid-afternoon snacks: strawberry and banana yogurt
Lunch: green tea, pita sandwich (shredded lettuce and diced yellow bell pepper on pita bread with italian dressing), 10 baby carrots and an orange
Dinner: two bean turkey/beef chili, side salad
Dessert: french vanilla truffle ice cream bar

Today is an off-day for me, so I apologize if this may be slightly less-optimistic.

Weigh-in this morning went well... Lost another 2.4 lbs. Still not well enough to place me in the contest though. I guess there's still a couple more weeks left, but I've kind of given up (on the contest, that is, not the weight loss).

Good news is my patient cancelled today (well, I guess it depends on who you ask whether that's good news or not) so I got to go home early today. It was nice to see Husband before he left for work. And I was able to have my (future) sister-in-law over for a mini girls' night, which was definitely needed. We ate, talked trash, and watched a sappy love movie (Curious Case of Benjamin Button)... What more could a girl want?

Except maybe to eat, talk trash, and watch sappy love movies with Brad Pitt himself... But that's just being greedy, I suppose.

(No offense, Jamie... But you saw the sunglasses, right?)


It has come to my attention that there's a character in my life worth blogging about routinely. I don't know her name or anything else about her... Besides what she eats for lunch everyday. There is a girl in one of my classes whom I have had to sit next to on occasion. Thus far, we have had a total of four class periods. Three of those four, she has brought her lunch to class.

Day 1: Whataburger
Day 2: Sonic Drive-In
Day 3: .... If she brought lunch, I paid no attention
Day 4 (today): She brings... Pei-Wei

I mean, I don't know if I've mentioned it lately, but my biggest craving at the moment.. Is CHINESE. So not only does she bring BURGERS the first two days (which are my #2 craving) but the fourth lunch, she brings CHINESE?! This can't be a coincidence.

So this is what I'm thinking... She must read my blog.

Girl Who Sits Next to Me (sometimes) in Neuro Bases... Please 1) Eat your food before class like everyone else does 2) bring less appetizing food or 3) bring enough for the whole class!

I mean.. Isn't that something we learn in elementary school?

Wow, I'm feeling quite snarky this evening. I sincerely apologize.


Here's what I keep thinking... There's a distinct difference in mind-set between those who are fat and those who have never been fat. (And I do not put people with a little extra baggage into the category of being fat... There's still a big difference). I hear people all the time say (especially those trying to sell a certain diet or another) that once you start eating and enjoying healthy foods, the cravings for the junk you used to eat disappear.

.... I call BS.

And this is one of the differences between fat people and those who haven't been. It's like an addiction. There will never be a time when I prefer turkey burgers and grilled chicken (however delicious they may be) over a juicy bacon cheeseburger or a giant plate of pasta. That's just ludicrous. I love the food that I make on this diet (well... most of it) but I would give it all up in a split second if I could eat the way I did and still lose weight.

I am struggling today with motivation. My legs are killing me, and I'm not sure why. Yes, I over-exerted myself on the exercises yesterday, but they weren't necessarily leg exercises. Not only that, but my knees are the worst they've ever been. It's very discouraging. I thought that my strength would get better and my joint pain would lessen as I became stronger. It's a process and I will get there, but I'm starting to wonder if there's actually something wrong with my knees.

And the suckiest part is that because I'm feeling so achey, I highly doubt I will be putting in any exercise today (especially considering it's 9:40 PM).

I guess here's to hoping tomorrow is a much better day.
And it should be since it's (probably) going to be my Friday.
Here's to another snowed out week!
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