I almost have our guest room finished, just a few more touches. This room has 12 foot ceilings so i am able to put my 12 foot tree in here. The bedroom set came from my mother in law and i love it. I want to buy 4 standard size pillows for the bed and use antique embroidered pillowcases. I have my adult children coming home for Christmas so Im ready and cant wait!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
I have officially ended Alpha phase of T25. Monday I will start Beta Phase, which kicks it up a notch and adds some upper body work and weights. I still have not lost any weight this week. I have got to dial in my diet as I am not as strict as I need to be. I know that and I am trying not to get discouraged and give up. This is where I usually quit and decide I need to start over so I can do it right and better and perfect. I am trying to break the cycle and continue on. I cannot tell you how happy I am not to see Total Body Circuit again in the next 5 weeks. Happy to have all new workouts.
This coming week is Thanksgiving. We had a Thanksgiving lunch yesterday at my husbands company. I brought butterbeans and deviled eggs. It was all casseroles and desserts so since I am gluten free I couldn't even have most items. I had ham, turkey, butterbeans, broccoli salad, and tea. There was a crust less pie my husband thought was gluten free and he brought a slice for me. I didn't touch it.
We have another lunch after church. I have to bring two sides. I may take the broccoli salad and some southern peas.
I am making ham, Turkey, gluten free southern dressing, peas, fried corn, roasted sweet potatoes, and a cheesecake for Thanksgiving. I'm going to have a cheat day and then freeze stuff like leftover dressing so I don't carry it onto the next week and get off eating right.
Monday, November 14, 2016
I ended week 4 with no weight loss. I'm actually teetering on none to a 2 lb gain depending on when I step on the scale. I've had a lot of stomach discomfort and seem to be bloated a lot. I don't know what to think, I'm working and so discouraged that I'm not losing more. I will keep going.
Someone local took family pictures on the mountain. The one below is one she took. They were pretty bad. Half are blurry and the others we were all blue. I edited out a lot of the blue, but this photo is still not right.
I am trying to get in photos and not wait until I've lost weight. It is a struggle. I am sad I look like this and feel like I do. It is motivation to keep working towards my goal and get healthy.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Today I made bottles of homemade vanilla to give at Christmas as hostess or thinking of you type gifts. I usually make it with vodka, and people said I could use cheap Ever Clear, but I used a name brand Vodka before and it was very good vanilla.
I order vanilla beans from Madagascar off Amazon. If they tell you the grade, you want grade B instead of A. A would be for baking with, B are better for making vanilla and not as expensive.
I read someone say they used rum instead of vodka because it was a little sweeter. So I thought I'd try that this year.
I ordered amber colored bottles off Amazon. They are 4 oz. which is perfect for giving.
I cut each bean in half so they would fit in the bottle. Then sliced through each bean with the edge of the knife. I didn't open or scrape them, just sliced through so the rum can get inside and start mixing. I put two whole beans, or 4 sections after cutting, into each bottle. I use a funnel to fill with the rum. Shake each bottle. Every time you walk by shake them or turn them so the rum will mix with the vanilla and start to infuse. Do this whenever you happen to think of it and have time.
It takes a good 3 to 4 months to really infuse and be ready to use. You can use it earlier, it just will not be as strong a vanilla flavor.
Today I did T25 Total Body Circuit. I'm getting so tired of this workout. It does work my body, I am just ready for a new workout. I have to do it 3 more times and I am done with it and will move on to Beta Phase. I can do that.
My diet today
B- Kind bar before workout and protein drink after workout.
S- I didn't eat one....bad
L- chicken, broccoli, zucchini
D- soup made with Thai ginger broth, chicken broth, chicken, noodles, carrots, and coconut milk. I slice gluten free bread with butter and garlic.
S- Apple with peanut butter
Monday, November 7, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016
I am discouraged because this week I didn't lose any weight. I didn't do many of the double workouts I had planned and didn't push as hard. I've really struggled with headaches and not sleeping and have been very off. I need to push through this week! Making new habits and not giving in to excuses is so hard.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
7I've pretty well made a schedule I have been able to stick with to keep the house clean.
I have my AM chores I do every morning (except Sundays):
Make bed, pick up my bedroom, wipe bath, pick up bath, take clothes to laundry and put in a load, wipe half bath, wipe boys bath, pick up den, kitchen dishes, wipe counters, sweep main areas, spot mop any spots.
I've timed it and this take 30 minutes. If I don't do anything else my house is picked up and presentable for guests.
After my AM chores I break deeper cleaning down by days. These take about an hour except shopping day.
Monday- dust and vacuum house.
I take my duster on a stick and do the ceiling corner, fan, baseboards, blinds, lights, etc in one room. If I concentrate on one room deeper dusting it gets done every 2 months.
Every room gets dusted with a dusting cloth and vacuumed.
I then go back with my steam mop and do all the wood and tile floors.
If the area rugs need washing I wash them.
I wash the master sheets on Monday
I pay bills, file papers, shred papers, print and cut coupons, plan grocery shopping by sales, and take care of any calls or letters/cards I need to send.
I iron clothes.
shopping day. I take a cooler and market bags and make a round to stores getting sales.
Clean out refrigerator and gather all trash.
Prep or organization day
I prep food and freeze, can food, or separate meats and other items.
If a cabinet or drawer or area has gotten messy I can organize or deep clean an area.
Yard work and clean car
Every afternoon about an hour before my husband gets home I do a quick pick up, make sure laundry is put away, and start supper.
I don't always get everything done every week, but by spot cleaning daily and breaking it up my house stays pretty clean and people can stop by.
I let the kids clean their room once a week. They wash their sheets.
I try to keep the microwave, oven, and stove clean by doing them as I am cooking or during my morning chore routine.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
These are horrible photos, but I was excited I could see some change in two weeks. I've been doing T25 and I also joined a Diet Bet to help me stay motivated. I lost 9.2 lbs in two weeks.
T25 is a killer. I end drenched in sweat, and I am following the modified version. I am modifying the schedule to workout on Saturdays so I can get through T25 and Body Revolution before Spring Break.
I am adding in walking, some extra weights and elliptical this week. I am serious about getting the weight off and building muscle. I'm going to try to blog more. I've joined two more diet Bets. One started today and the other starts Nov 1.