Monday, December 09, 2013
I weighed in at exactly the same number I did last Monday. While there is a part of me that thought "OH, MAN. COME ON," the better part of me was thankful to have not put anything back on - and reminded the frustrated side of me that I have been very consistent and doing a great job and that it is difficult to maintain a loss EVERY week. I know I've been eating right, exercising, and doing everything 'right,' so I'll see how it goes next week before I think about revamping anything.
I made a gluten free meatloaf for dinner and was thrilled to find it pleasing to the taste buds. I don't make or want meatloaf VERY often, but from time to time it is a wonderful cold weather family meal and I am glad that I can still partake in that.
I took a few photos of the window paintings at nighttime, as well as what our driveway currently looks like, and thought I'd share.
Have a good (and healthy!) week!
Our driveway as you enter from the road
About halfway up the driveway, as you approach the house
The living room windows at night, from the outside
The living room window at night, from the inside (With our oldest son showing how much he loves it! Even being primarily non-verbal, he certainly can convey emotion!)
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Even coming from the East, this is COLD. Oddly enough, it was warmer when we got back in the house at 9pm than it was when we left at 5pm. Go figure. It kept me moving faster while we were outside, though, so maybe being overly cold counts as light cardio! Haha.
I got in a LOT of walking tonight, so that was great. I had felt a little sluggish by not going for walks the past few days with the snow and cold. It's weird when you start to MISS exercise of any kind!
Tomorrow evening is my husband's division's work Christmas party, so we're looking forward to that. I'm not really looking forward to worrying about how I look, but that's just a given with me when anything with his co-workers is involved. All in all, though, I'm excited and will deal/come to peace with my appearance before we get there.
I have really missed gluten foods the past 24 hours. I can't even put my finger on WHY (other than the fact that they are delicious, of course, haha), but it has been bothersome. I am incredibly thankful that this has been the worst of my 'mourning' the loss of so many things I have always loved to eat, though, because I have heard of people having a much rougher time going cold turkey with it. All in all, I am handling it great, but sometimes you just look at something wheaty and think "I want that in my mouth." :D
Anyway, here are a couple of snow photos. I hope you are all warm and safe and have a fantastic weekend ahead!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Last night we went grocery shopping for a family we had never met. We took them a fairly large quantity of food that we hoped would appeal to everyone in the household and were happy to do it. We try to do this for a family in town who is in need about once a month, or so. We search out 'in need' ads, choose one, and make a delivery. We do not consider ourselves 'great' people for doing it, we just consider it living the way we believe God wants us to - treating others as we would want to be treated. I pray that we are never in a situation where we are unable to feed our children, but if we were - I would want to believe that there was someone out there who would help us do it. Regardless of WHY anyone finds themselves in such an unfortunate situation, no one (especially children) should have to starve or freeze due to it.
I am in the very beginning stages of trying to start up a centralized emergency supply/demand charity outreach program and hope to really see it get underway after the first of the year. It's a complete gamble because it COULD really take off IF people carry through with what they always say they want - to be able to help real people in real time. However, many people have the best intentions but never follow through with them for a myriad of reasons. I am hoping to maybe help bridge the gap between "I want to help" and "I helped." I believe that ultimately people are good, sometimes they just need to be reminded of it. I need to remind MYSELF of it, too. If you get too content focusing on yourself, it's easy to lose sight of others. I worry about having too much delicious food and not being able to lose weight while there are people starving to death in my own city. It's crazy.
I was happy to see a family who needed a little immediate help get it, and I am happy to pass along this lesson to our children. My daughter even baked up a batch of cupcakes that we frosted and decorated together to take over with the groceries, and I included a large new bottle of vitamins for the family, along with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean beef. Regardless of what some articles say, eating healthy IS more expensive in many, many cases - especially in our location. We wanted to provide them with some of the things that food banks and non-perishable based charities just can't offer. I hope they enjoy it.
In other news - While I love inspired, eventful, and elaborate breakfasts - sometimes I just need it to be quick, semi-nutritious, and no nonsense. That brings us to today. I've already been up for nearly 4 hours, but now that it is 8am I figured breakfast was in order. The children are feasting upon cereal and fruit and I am having a good, solid go-to quickie - 1% cottage cheese, peach halves in natural juices, and a single slice of extra lean high protein deli ham. It's filling, it tastes good, it is low fat/low cal, it took less than a minute to throw on the plate, and I'm good for a few hours. Not very exciting, but it gets the job done. :)
Also, we're in the process of our very first snowfall of the season! It's lovely. I hate that it has coincided with my husband's day out at the firing range, but I'm not even sure if it's snowing down at the Base right now. Sometimes we get snow up here on the mountain when the lowlanders aren't. Either way, it is gorgeous! Time to get the fire going and then it's house cleaning, boys' lessons, gift wrapping, and preparation of tonight's broccoli, chicken breast, and cheese casserole with a spice apple oatmeal bake for dessert. :)
Our snowfall, as seen from the dining room window
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