Wednesday, January 18, 2012

self control...

Taking dinner to a gal in the ward tonight.  She just had a tiny baby girl.  I made dessert...and only ate two.
I substituted half the all-purpose flour with oat flour.  Super yummy.

*They're better without the glaze.

Thanks for the recipe, Giada!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Two weeks...

It's been two weeks on this diet...or life change...whatever you want to call it, and things are going well.

We've lost a combined total of 16 pounds! 

We are feeling more energetic and not feeling the cravings for junk food.  I watched a part of the documentary, Forks Over Knives, and a lot of it is about a plant-based diet, which I don't think is completely reasonable for us, we are eating more vegetables though.  Anyway, in it, they talk about junk food and why it becomes addicting.  I found that interesting and glad to know we're working on breaking that addiction.  

Now, speaking of good food...Jen and I went to this crepe place downtown.  We each got a savory and a sweet.  You order all at once and they bring your savory to the table and then the sweet a little while later.  In mine I had prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato and herb de provence, then for the sweet, bananas, strawberries and nutella.  I had never had real crepes before and I loved them.  I am excited to go again.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Family Party

Lucy's first (and her dad says "only") ride on the back of a motorcycle. 

Singing with the aunts and cousins.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Brown sugared grapefruit, under the broiler

When I was growing up, my grandparents had a place in Florida.
They went every winter, and every winter we could expect a big box in the mail.
Thinking about that could the cost of shipping possibly outweighed the cost of the fruit?
Anyway, the big box was full of grapefruit, kumquats, and other citrus fruit, probably oranges, I think nectarines and maybe lemons?  We ate a lot of grapefruit.  I can remember my Granddad squeezing his half, in half to pour the juice in a cup.  I saw this idea on Pinterest, what a great invention by the way, and tried it out this morning.  It made for a great Friday treat.

1 Grapefruit, cut in half.
1 tsp brown sugar, divided.

sprinkle the sugar on the grapefruit and broil until the edges get a little brownish.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

I have a few minutes

Okay...I have a few minutes to say hey. Hey.

Things I've learned from this diet (in the 9 days I've been on it):

1.) Gum is my friend.  My friend who keeps me from eating after dinner.
2.) I am totally uncoordinated.  I got Denise Austin's Dance workout...I could not keep up.  Not a born dancer.
3.) I love Jazzercise.

I'm going to go through the cooking light cookbooks I checked out at the library and add some new recipes to our routine. Fun.

And a super shout-out to Tony, who has amazed me multiple times with his willpower.

How are your resolutions going?

Oh, and sleep training was an epic failure.  My heart is not ready.

Saturday, January 07, 2012


I'm still not getting any sleep thanks to this little cutie patootie.  Sleep training starts tonight.

However, we are making good on our resolutions and have made some good progress.  Everyone in our family is feeling better, less sluggish and imagine tastes better.  I've tried a few new recipes which have been good, but I've also made some healthy versions of things we already eat.

Zucchini boats-find the recipe on my pinboard

Protein bars-I made up the recipe for these, they were good but need to be a little softer so I'm going to play around with it a bit before I share the recipe.  They were good, just a little dry. 

Quinoa bites, Lucy loved these...a good replacement for nuggets.  

Monday, January 02, 2012

Thank you...and here we go again...

Thank you guys for your kind comments.  Noah went down a lot easier last night, he was still up a lot, but at least he was sleeping in between eating.  And, he went back to nursing pretty well, not perfectly, but I feel like, hopefully, that hurdle is over for now.  Something I love about blogging is knowing that I'm not alone.  I don't always pick up the phone to call someone, sometimes it comes out here and it's nice to hear that you can relate to my struggles and that I can get through them.  

So...for the "here we go again," part.  At this time, two years ago, I started to finally lose the extra weight I'd gained.  I lost 46 pounds in 6 months.  It was hard but it felt great.  I'm at it again.  I start tomorrow actually, and I'm excited to get everything in balance again.  I'm not expecting to lose as fast this time because my life is a little more unpredictable. I don't have as much to lose which is nice.  I can't wait to fit into these jeans again.  They are in my closet, begging to be worn!  My goal is to fit into my skinny swim suit this summer, to be healthy and feel fit!  

Here's to a more rested, healthier 2012. 

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello? Are you still there?

I'm going to try to get a little more blogging done this year than last, and I'm starting off with sharing what's going on in my brain right now.  It's not all rainbows and puppy dogs (I would never have puppy dogs in there anyway, let's say something I like, like Taco Bell.  It's not all rainbows and Taco Bell.  That's better.  Anyway)

To be completely honest, these last couple months have been a struggle.  Noah hasn't been sleeping well and he's been eating a lot so I feel a bit like a hostage.  I had a dream the other night that I was trying to escape from bad guys and I kept having to stop to find places to nurse.  That is my life right now.  Well, actually right now, Noah is either weaning or on a nursing strike or something and it's making me crazy.  He doesn't want to nurse.  I'm trying to feed him solids, formula, milk, I'm nursing, bottle feeding and spoon feeding.  All the while I'm fighting with myself.  Is he getting enough food?  Is he hungry?  Is he too full?  Maybe he can't tell when he's full...maybe he has that disease?  If I stop nursing I'm a bad mother.  What if I scar him emotionally?  What if he gets allergies and ear infections?  What if I get breast cancer?  Formula is so expensive and I can make his food with my body.  I'm trying to handle this on 5 or so, non-continuous, hours of sleep per night.  I'm not trying to be a whiny baby-because one of those is enough around here.  Noah is usually a happy and calm baby.  I can not say the same for his mother.

Our Christmas was lovely.  I just wasn't into it.  None of it.  I put up the tree, but didn't decorate it because all I could think about was how I'd just have to take it all down in a few weeks anyway and I just don't care about that stuff.  Am I a Scrooge?  I think I might be.  I'm thankful for my close family and my best friends who have been putting up with my near constant complaining these last few weeks.  I figure why should they have all the fun? 

This morning, I woke up with Noah, too early, and I sat in the rocking chair and cried.

Then I read President Monson's talk in the January Ensign and Sister Hinckley's pamphlet on Motherhood and I felt better.  I feel better.  Life isn't perfect.  I can not do everything but I am going to continue to do the best I can.

Have a good attitude, believe in yourself, and face life with courage.
"There are few things as powerful in the world as the examples of righteous mothers and dedicated women..."

Here's to a happier, and more rested, 2012.