Monthly Archives: January 2012

Trying to Get Back on Track

So as you know last week I was in Texas.  Now while I was in Texas I did very good.  I ran three separate days plus I ate a ton of fresh fruit.  When you live in Iowa in the winter you don’t get very good fruit, let’s just say it was picked and shipped before it turned the correct color.  So when I got home I jumped on the old scale.  Well I gained 3 of the 5 pounds back that I lost since the first of January.  Pat myself on the back considering all the alcohol I drank that week.  Okay, I said to myself this will be easy to drop these 3 pounds.  Well guess what, I gained 2 pounds in 2 days.  What!?!?!?  For some reason when I get home from vacation I have a terrible time getting back on track and all I want to do is eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and eat.  It doesn’t matter how good or bad I was on vacation, the first couple of days back I feel like I have been deprived forever and so I just stuff myself.  I kid you not I had so much sugar that last 2 days it is crazy.

So today, I have vowed to get back on track.  No more sugar.  Must do a sugar detox, which I will show my plan tomorrow.  I am going to figure out a plan today plus I need to get back on the wagon for exercising.  That is another thing that has gone to the wayside this week. 

Must refocus myself.  As you know I have a goal to lose 40 pounds by the time I turn 40 in June.  Hence 40 by 40.  Which this week puts me back to my starting point that I was at on January 1st. 

Do you ever have trouble getting back on track after a vacation?  If you do, how do you get yourself started again?  If you don’t, how do you avoid dropping off the wagon?

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Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity is a huge problem in this country.

“Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression.” (Source)

I realize that they must teach the school kids about childhood obesity but what happens when it affects a child who isn’t obese?

Chickie is far from obese but she really listens to what they tell her about nutrition and exercise.  The only problem is she really takes it to heart.  She makes comments about her thighs and her butt.  She is only 11 years old. 

I understand that they must address the issue so the kids that are obese will hopefully listen and change their habits but what about the kids that are already skinny?  I am concerned that the skinny children, like Chickie, will end up with eating disorders.  How do we fight that? 

I take the time to talk with her and explain to her that no, she doesn’t have big thighs or a big butt and yes it is okay to eat.  She has cut down on what she eats plus she eats really, really slow.  I asked her one day why and she said they told her to eat slow because it takes your brain 20 minutes after you start eating to know when you get full. 

I have talked to her about eating healthy, exercising and enjoying life and not worrying about being obese because she is far from it.  She still has it in her mind though that she will be fat. 

As a mother this concerns me.  I don’t want her to have an eating disorder because I think that is just as bad as being obese but are they pushing the limit on childhood obesity with the kids that don’t have to worry about it?  What needs to be changed and how should it be addressed better?

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Barbecue Muffins

Barbecue Muffins

These are quick and very easy.

Prep Time:  10 min.  Cook:  20 min.


  • 1 (12oz.) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


1.  Preheat oven to 375°.  Separate biscuits; pat or roll into 5-inch circles on a lightly floured surface, and press into lightly greased muffin pans.

2.  Brown ground beef in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink.  Drain and pat dry with paper towels.  Wipe skillet clean.  Return beef to skillet; stir in ketchup and next 3 ingredients.  Spoon into muffin cups.

3.  Bake at 375° for 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with cheese, and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts.  Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes.  Makes 10 muffins.

These are quick and easy and everyone in the house loved them.  Something different to have besides just plain ole sloppy joes.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Most of the government offices are closed today but do people really remember what the day is about? 

Most people can recall the “I have a dream” speech but deep down do you know what it means?

Do you take the time to explain to your children the difference he made in the world or do you allow the school system to do that?

How different would the world have been if he hadn’t taken a stand and made the speech?

Take the time to reflect and remember how much one person can change the world and hopefully one day my children will be able to do that as well.

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Someone had a birthday!

Apparently the phone is more interesting than me.

Yep, Chickie turned the ripe old age of 11 yesterday.  Bubba had a basketball game so it was just her and I and she wanted to go out for supper.  So we went to a Chinese Restaurant.

So after supper we came home and painted our toenails and waited for the guys to come home.  Then when they got home it was time for presents.

And after presents it was time for cake.

Happy 11th Birthday Chickie.

It seems like just yesterday I was holding you in my arms right after you were born and now you are 11.  I am amazed everyday of how you are growing into a beautiful young lady.  But I ask only one thing, could you slow down just a little bit?  I love you and I hope you had a great day.

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Happy Wednesday

Thank goodness it is finally Wednesday.  This has been a long week and I still have two more days to go.  With having two weeks of short work weeks this week is dragging.  I am ready for the weekend plus there was snow starting to fly when I came home tonight and the wind had really picked up.  It is finally starting to feel like winter in Iowa.

So I went to my circuit training class at noon today and we did a bunch of leg work and my legs were killing me so instead of running on the treadmill like I thought I would when I got home from work I did a 45-minute walking treadmill workout.  I was sweaty by the time I was done.

It looked like this:




0:00 – 5:00

3.5 / 1%

5:00 – 7:00

4.0 / 3%

7:00 – 9:00

4.0 / 5%

9:00 – 11:00

4.0 / 7%

11:00 – 16:00

3.5 / 10%

16:00 – 21:00

3.5 / 8%

21:00 – 22:00

4.0 / 4%

22:00 – 23:00

4.8 / 4%

23:00 – 24:00

4.0 / 4%

24:00 – 25:00

4.8 / 4%

25:00 – 26:00

4.0 / 4%

26:00 – 27:00

4.8 / 4%

27:00 – 29:00

3.5 / 10%

29:00 – 31:00

3.6 / 8%

31:00 – 33:00

3.7 / 6%

33:00 – 35:00

3.8 / 4%

35:00 – 38:00

4.5 / 2%

38:00 – 40:00

4.0 / 2%

40:00 – 45:00

3.5 / 1%

This was a sweaty and tough 45 minute workout.  I ended up going 2.851 miles and burned 481 calories.  I absolutely loved it plus it was tough workout.

So then when I was done I was craving something sweet but I am trying to be very good and drop weight plus I had just done an awesome workout so I didn’t want to ruin my diet.  Then I remembered a recipe I saw on Chocolate Covered Katie’s website: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cookies.

Let me tell you, I didn’t know about these when I read the ingredients because they have raisins in them.  But these are delicious.  I wasn’t sure if my kids would eat them but I had to beat them off with a wooden spoon otherwise they would have all been gone.  Defintely try this recipe if you are looking for a good and healthy peanut butter cookie recipe plus the bonus is, you don’t have to bake them.

Now off the spend some time with the family.  Have a great night.

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So on Sunday night we had family game night.

We played the card game hand and foot.  The kiddos absolutely love it and you can tell Bubba takes it very, very seriously.  We haven’t done family game night in months.  I forgot how much fun it is.  I need to take the time to spend with the family.  It is so easy to get caught up  in what I am doing that I forget to take the time out for my family.  If you don’t do family game night you really should.  It is a great bonding time as a family plus we end up having some great discussions about life and each other while we are playing a game.

So tonight it was another game night.

Bubba had his first basketball game of the season.  So many kids have gone out that they have 4 teams.  A, B, C and D.  Bubba is on the D team.  I know that most parents would be really upset because they think there kids should be on the A or B team.  Myself, I am not upset at all.  I know Bubba is not very athletic but I am just happy that he is going out for the sport.  Myself as a 7th grader I went out for basketball and I wasn’t athletic at all but it is what you learn playing a team sport.  Plus he has already set the goal to move up to the C team.  I am happy that he has a goal to move up to the next level.  Life is always about climbing the ladder to the next level and he is doing it.  It makes me proud that he hasn’t quit and he wants to push himself to the next level.

Bubba worked his butt off tonight and he was out there trying.  I am very proud as a parent that he is out there doing it.  Can’t wait for the next game.

Now off to hit the treadmill.  Have a great night.

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Cleaning, Shopping and Smoothie

So this morning we got up and everyone helped clean the house.  Talk about a deep cleaning, that is what we did.  So 2 hours later the house was vacuumed, dusted, and scrubbed plus all the junk lying around was either thrown away or put in its proper place.  Nothing like feeling great once the house is cleaned.  I am always in a much better room when my house is cleaned.  Anyone else?

Then it was off to Wally World to do some shopping.  Needed to get a few things for the kiddos, the house and some dog food.  Ended up finding these though.

I came across these.  Dark Chocolate Raspberry M&Ms.  Oh my goodness these are delicious.  I was good and only had one to try.  Definitely will be having more of these.

So once we got home it was running around trying to get a million and one things done.  Why is it the weekends are always so busy?

So for a snack, something that I have been missing.

A smoothie.  But not just any kind of smoothie, it was a Sugar Cookie Smoothie.  See I have this left over from before Christmas:

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea.  I haven’t been drinking it so I thought I would make it into a smoothie.

Sugar Cookie Smoothie

Prep Time:  10 min.

Ingredients (1 smoothie)

  • 2 Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea Bags
  • 1 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk, divided
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 7-9 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 packet Truvia


1.  Heat 1 cup almond milk until nearly boiling and add 2 tea bags.  Allow tea to steep for as long as desired.  I put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

2.  When tea is fully steeped, remove tea bags and add tea, additional almond milk, protein powder, oats, ice, vanilla, xanthan gum (if using), and truvia in a blender.

 3.  Blend until smooth, thick and creamy.

4.  Pour in a tall glass and serve.

This tastes just like a sugar cookie but without all of the fat and calories.

Now off for family game night.  Do you ever have family game night?

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Let’s Talk Weather

Okay, let’s talk weather.  I live in Iowa which for the beginning of January we normally have snow and it is in the single digits.  This year, nope.  We have no snow and we reached an all time high today.  It got to 64° today.  Yep, you read that correctly.  Hello it is feeling like spring.  Florida is worried about frost and we are breaking out the short sleeves.  Got to love it.

Now onto something else.  I was sent this e-mail today and I thought I would pass it along.  Hope you enjoy.

Ideas to Make Life Easier Why didn’t I think of that?!  We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems. Description: Hull strawberries easily using a straw. Description: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.  Description: Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40. Description: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Description: Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Description: Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod in a bowl.  The concave shape amplifies the music. Description: Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. Description: Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?! Description: Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. Description: Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor. Description: Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose. Description: Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid. Description: For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet. Description: Forever losing your bathroom essentials?  Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers and clippers, behind a vanity door Description: Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can find them in just about every hotel. Description: A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy.  Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant. Description: Bread tags make the perfect cord labels. Description: Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Description: Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff. Description: Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Description: Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Description: Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief. Description: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. Description: Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

 Now off to watch some Wipeout – my family loves this show.  Have a great night.

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Were you surprised?

So, were you surprised by the results of the Iowa Caucus?  I was.

Just eight votes is how Romney won the State.  Does that tell you something?  It tells me that every count votes.  In fact in November our City Council came down to just 1 vote.  Can you believe that.  What a year it is in the state.
Now on to supper.
So I was searching the blog today when I came across a soup recipe on Iowa Girl Eats website. 
Spicy Tomato & Turkey Soup with Ditalini – sorry for the picture.  I decided to take a picture after I had inhaled half of the soup.  If you want to see a better picture go to Iowa Girl Eats’s web page.  This is delicious.  It is a little spicy but tastes great.   I did tweak a few things.  We used leftover turkey from Christmas instead of ground turkey and I used elbow macaroni instead of ditalini (didn’t have any on hand).  Must say two bowls were inhaled tonight eating this.
Now off to do Zumba on the Wii.  I think I am addicted to it.  I guess there are worst things to be addicted to.

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