A new hobby and a new recipe

Hey kids!!!
I gotta tell ya, this whole eating-dinner-earlier-in-the-evening-thing is really working out for me. Suddenly it seems I have oodles of extra time in the evening for things like laundry and cleaning and oh yeah, working out. Okay well last night I didn’t work out but that’s because we had church and I don’t like getting all sweaty before hand and then being worried about whether it’s me or the pre-pubescent boys who smell the worst.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah, extra time in the evenings…anyway, with all this extra time (having even just one extra hour feels like having three) I’ve decided that now is a good time to pick up a hobby. What’s that you say? Why don’t I already have a hobby? Because I have spent the last 13 years raising kids and a husband and working and cooking and cleaning and feeling guilty when I spend any amount of time or money on myself, but I say NO MORE!! Now is the time to liberate the once-creative person who lives inside me. MizFit had a link to this site a few days ago and I decided I would ask it what hobby I should take up. The answer is: knitting. Which is funny because I was already thinking the maybe knitting would be a good fit for me, but I wasn’t sure, so this just validates what I kind of already knew.

I’ve never knitted anything in my life, but I love to sew – I just don’t have room to keep a sewing machine set up at all times. When I do sew, I have to set up my 30 year old, garage sale sewing machine on the kitchen table until I’m finished with whatever project I happen to be working on (the last one was the Jedi costume for Matthew at Halloween). I asked the wonderfully talented Debby to give me some advice on what I need to get started knitting¬†and she gave me a beginner’s list of items that I am going to purchase today after work. Does anyone else out there knit? Feel free to throw some advice/suggestions/warnings/websites my way if you happen to be feeling generous!

So really you may be asking why knitting and why now? Or you may not be asking and really couldn’t care less, but I’ll tell you anyway: because my hobby for the last few years has been Obsessing About My Weight, and I would really like to be able to talk about something else for a change. Also, I think that if I have something to look forward to doing that I won’t think about the vanilla sandwich cookies in the pantry that Shawn always seems to buy. It’s kinda hard to eat cookies and knit at the same time, isn’t it? Please tell me it is!

So yeah, anyway that’s what’s going on with me these days. I’m still on track with my caloriess and working out, so when I weigh in on Saturday morning, I really hope there will be a small drop on the scale. Or maybe I’ll be so busy knitting, that I’ll forget to weigh in – wouldn’t that be a nice change?! ūüôā

OH!! I also wanted to tell you all about the pork chops I made for dinner last night – they were so freakin easy that I had to share this:

Autumn Pork Chops
6 boneless pork chops
2 cups apple juice
1 tsp cinnamon (I’m pretty sure I used more than 1 tsp, put in however much you like)

Lay pork chops in slow cooker
Pour apple juice over chops
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Cook on low 10 hours

That’s it! They smelled so good and were so tender you just would not believe it. I served potatoes, black eyed peas, corn, and applesauce with them and it was a really satisfying meal for not a lot of calories (I kept my portions pretty small). It would be a great way to make bbq sandwiches too – just shred the pork chops and pour bbq sauce on them. You could also probably use the meat in a stir fry as well – so many possibilities!! I got the recipe out of the Fix It and Forget Recipes for Entertaining cookbook that my MIL got me for Christmas – there are some good recipes in there if you are looking for slow cooker recipes.

¬†That’s all I got for today.¬† Peace out!



Every once in a while, things just fall into place the right way, and last night was one of those times.

Usually, I get home from work around 4pm. I kick around for an hour or so, have a snack and watch a little Oprah, then think about starting dinner. We typically eat dinner about 6:30, and then comes the usual cleaning, helping with homework, laundry, etc etc etc. If I’m lucky, I’ll have a half hour window of opportunity to work out, but honestly I don’t try very hard to make that window.

Yesterday however was different. All day long I fought the mental battle – I’m sure you know the one I mean. I gave myself lots of pep talks and lots of mental tough-love because the old tapes have been playing in my head for the last couple of weeks (“why can’t I get this right?” “Why do you have to be so lazy all the time?” “You are going to end up gaining back all the weight you lost”) and when that happens, I know it’s time to give myself a slap in the face and tell myself to “SNAP OUT OF IT” a la¬†Cher in Moon Struck.

I had logged all of my calories, so I knew that I wouldn’t have enough cals left for my usual “after school snack” AND dinner, so I decided to go ahead and start dinner as soon as I got home from work because I was really hungry. Dinner was ready by 5pm and I didn’t even eat as much as my eyes thought I wanted, so I stayed right at my allotted cals for the day. After doing a couple of chores around the house, I told myself that I would work out at 7pm. I really didn’t want to, and everything in my PMS-riddled body screamed for the couch and some cookies, but I forced (FORCED I say!) myself to get on the elliptical for 30 minutes. It was hard and it hurt and I hated every minute of it. I even thought of throwing in the towel with only 7 minutes left, but I hung in there, sweat dripping from my bangs, thighs screaming from the automatically increasing resistance, and I finished. I finished and I swear I felt like I had just moved an entire mountain. I felt tough; I felt avenged – “Take that, PMS!!!” I felt like I had flipped the bird to all that negative self talk and self-loathing of late. Yes, for that brief and shining moment, I was the bad ass who won the battle.

I feel 100% better today, and I know that I can keep going. I can’t let myself get away with excuses anymore. My high school reunion is 3 months away, and I have been so afraid that I would gain back all my weight before then, but I know that I can prove myself wrong. I may not be at my goal weight by then, but I know that I can lose at least 10 pounds before then, which would put me back at my lowest weight of 153. And it’s not even for the reunion – that’s just a tangible deadline – it’s more to tell the Doubting Thomas in my head (whose voice¬†sounds amazingly similar to my mother’s) that I can do it.

I have a calendar on my desk that has inspirational quotes for working women. As soon as I finished writing this post, I turned my calendar to today’s date. Today’s quote is right in line with my post for today:

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst,
That you must not quit.

Author unknown


Winners of the Waters

That title kinda sounds like Lady of the Lake.  Weird.


Anyway,  the randomly chosen winners of the SoBe Zero Cal Lifewaters are:






See, Debby, you finally won something!  Yea! 

Email moi your addresses and I will send out your water sometime this week.  Free stuff rocks, huh?!

SoBe Zero Calorie Lifewater

A few weeks ago the lovely Erika from SoBe Lifewater contacted me asking if I would be interested in receiving some sample packs of their new Zero Calorie SoBe Lifewater, and since I am a freebie-whore want to help out in any way I can, I accepted. I expected to receive some teeny tiny bottles of their product, but a few weeks later I came home one day to find a HUGE 30 pound box sitting on my porch. I opened it up and inside were FIVE sample packs each containing three 20oz bottles of their naturally sweetened flavored vitamin water.  I was sent 3 flavors to try: Fuji Apple Pear, Black and Blue Berry, and Yumberry Pomegranate.


 For some reason the graphic is fuzzy Рsorry!



My kiddos were DYING to open them up and try them out, so we opened a sample pack and did a taste test right then and there. We discovered right away that these drinks should definitely be refrigerated before tasting, so we put them in the fridge for about an hour and did a more thorough test. The results were much better the second time around!

All of the waters had a very light taste, as if you had spilled a little fruit juice into your water, and I really expected them to be very sweet, as most flavored waters are, but they weren’t too sweet at all – just a hint of sweetness really. The Black and Blue Berry tasted like weak blueberry tea, and the Pomegranate tasted like kool aid, both good, but I really liked the taste of the Fuji Apple Pear. It was very light and crisp and I imagined that this is the kind of drink I would want when sitting by the pool in the summer time – great for those hot, thirsty days when you want some flavor, but not something sickeningly sweet. Matthew, my oldest, really liked the Black and Blue Berry, but didn’t care for the other two. Sarah, my 8 year old, really liked the Pomegranate, and my youngest, Mallory also liked the Black and Blue Berry,¬†as well as¬†the Fuji Apple Pear. At first my favorite was the Pomegranate, but then the more I drank of the Fuji Apple Pear, the more I liked it, so I decided that was my favorite after all. The waters are also vitamin-enhanced and sweetened with PureVia, which is an all natural sweetener derived from the stevia plant. For more info on PureVia, go here.

I am a water girl – all I ever drink is water but sometimes I like a little flavor. I don’t drink pop or tea, but I can totally see myself¬†sipping on one of these waters while I’m shopping or as a¬†replacement for a pop ¬†when my kiddos want to stop for a treat at the convenience store.¬† Sometimes I also like a little something different while I’m sitting at my desk working for hours on end, so I’ll probably get a few of these for just that purpose.¬†

Overall I don’t really like flavored waters, but I liked these because they were light and not terribly sweet. My kids really liked them, which is why we opened a second sample pack so they could “test them again”. Lucky for you all, I hid the other 3 packs so that I could give them away!¬† If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a sample pack of SoBe Zero Calorie Lifewater, just leave a comment on this post and three winners will be announced Monday (each winner will receive one sample pack). If however, you don’t wan to wait, you can always go to SoBe World for more information and download a 2for1 coupon for one of their Lifewaters.

Good luck!

I’m so sly

Honestly I can’t believe no one has called me out about the fact that I have not mentioned working out or counting cals or any of that sort for the last couple of weeks. But I can’t say that I blame you, I was pretty sneaky about distracting you with tales of my hair. I should be a secret agent or something – you all didn’t even realize I was leading you away from the path of health and fitness and down the dark path of my vanity! Mwahahahahahaha!


Anyway, since I outed myself, let’s talk about my fitness routine and what I’ve been doing lately.



(insert crickets chirping)



Okay, well that was a good talk wasn’t it? Let’s move on to how well I’ve been doing with counting calories, okay? Great!


(insert shame and denial here)


Whew! I’m worn out from all that talking! I’m so glad you are all up to speed now.


Cause I’m all about the hair

Say hello to Bob…




I went with short, wavy, bangs because I was ready for something different.¬† I’m not sure I love it, but it’s okay for now.¬†

Now that I have the hair issue out of the way, I’m moving on to makeup.¬† I am on the search for a shade of lipstick that isn’t too dark, and isn’t too pink.¬† I am the world’s worst at choosing the right shade.¬† Any suggestions?¬† And while I”m at it, tell me what you think:¬† eyeliner or no eyeliner?¬† I’m not wearing any in this pic, but in my curly long hair pic I am.¬† Can you tell the difference?¬† I’ve been wearing makeup for nearly 25 years now and you would think I would know exactly what works for me and what doesn’t, but honestly, I have no clue.¬† Guess I need to make a trip to Tulsa and visit a makeup counter, there’s nothing close by here, except for Merle Norman, which may have to be an option.¬†

Okay, well it’s 5pm and my new hair and I have to make dinner, do laundry, work out, straighten the house and collapse into bed, all in the next 5 hours,¬†so¬†we’d better get to¬†it! ¬† Have a good night everyone.

I’m alive


I’m here, just super busy trying to play catch-up at work since I missed two days last week.¬† I’m feeling better, but on Saturday Mallory got pinkeye and now Shawn has it.¬† When it rains it pours!

Haircut is scheduled for this afternoon and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.¬† My hair is driving me absolutely nuts. I always wait too long between appointments and then by the time I finally go I look like the Shaggy DA.¬† (Remember that movie???)

I started my PMS experiment yesterday – cutting back on sugar, chocolate, salt, and alcohol and increasing calcium and exercise.¬† Notice I didn’t say I’m cutting OUT, just cutting back as much as I am able.¬† So far I feel okay, no urge to throttle anybody yet.¬† Let’s hope it lasts!

Have you guys tried the SoBe Lifewater yet?¬† The nice SoBe people sent me a sample pack last week and I will try to post a review some time this week.¬† And yes, there’s something in it for you all, too.¬† ūüôā

Okay, I have tons to do and little time to do it (I have to take off a half day today due to babysitter issues Рyippee.).  Have a great Tuesday!