Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday's Song

I just LOVE Michael W. Smith.  I am not sure what it is about him, he just shines.  His songs, his sound, his looks, his love for Jesus.  He shines.  I remember going to his concert in my first years of college.  It was amazing, so much energy.   I could not help but chose one of his songs for today's Sunday's Song.  Happy Easter.  Enjoy!



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Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Confessional

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It is so Friday and time for Friday Confessions. 
Friday Confessional is hosted by Aubrey over at High-Heeled Love

I confess...

The week has gone fast, yet I do not feel like I have accomplished anything.  It is Good Friday and I am always very humble on Good Friday, knowing today is the day we recognize Jesus being crucified for all of us. 

I confess...

I have been working on my Friday Literacy to link up to Art@Home now for two weeks and I just have not completed it.  The books were read at the beginning of the month.  I just have not had time to finish what I have started but no matter what it will be done for next Friday.

I confess...

I am a little peeved at one of my darling sons.  He has done this now twice since he has been on his own.  The boys' father never communicates with me regarding time with the boys.  Yet, I am the custodial.  My son has a place of his own so he thinks it would be great to have get together at his place.  I am good with that, however I have problems with making plans and not including me when two of the boys still live with me.  It was not known until yesterday regarding Easter.  Truth be told, it is my year for Easter but their father always flakes out and cancels that I will take the high road.  He rarely sees them so I am not going to be the one to stand in the way, however leaving me three days to actually plan my Easter is a little too rude.  I think I am going to have to have a conversation with this son in the next month regarding this issue.  Next time, I may not be so giving.

I confess...

My Mother gets so much mixed up when she relays things to me since her accident and my Father is not any better since taking his chemo pills.  I found out my Mom was wrong about my niece.  The doctors did not want to take the entire half of the brain where the seizures are, but just the section if the seizures are in one location.  Unfortunately, they need to come up with a new plan because the seizures are stemming from all over the brain.  Poor little thing.

I confess...

We found out Todd's average sugar levels when they took his AC1 on the 15th, all I can say is OH MY GOODNESS!  I knew he was doing poorly and he told me the AC1 was double the amount it should be, his average was 350.  They want a diabetic to be around 120-130, normal is in the 90's.  The nutritionist asked him if he fell asleep while just sitting and watching T.V.  answer would be no.  Maybe this is a good sign.  He should be getting his lab work back any day.  We are waiting on pins and needles for this to know if he has done any damages to his organs.  I pray not.

I confess...

I am very proud he is not snacking all the time and his days off while I am at work he is being good.  He also started walking on the treadmill here at home and at work.  He has done this now three days in a row. 

Well that is all I have this week.  I know, kind of plain and simple.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We Want to Know

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It is that time of week to have fun and get to know one another a little more.  We Want to Know is hosted by Kenzie and Scriptor.  If you want to join in the fun, go to their blogs and link up. 

{no. 1} What is your favorite room in your house? (Bonus if you share a pic!)
{no. 2} How organized are you?
{no. 3} How did you find inspiration for your home?
{no. 4} What is/was your favorite DIY project?
{no. 5} Share your favorite website for ideas for your home?

My answers are:

{no. 1} What is your favorite room in your house? (Bonus if you share a pic!) Definitely my Seasonal Porch.  My second favorite is our Kitchen.  Click here to read about it and see pictures of our make-over.
 
 
{no. 2} How organized are you? I used to be very organized then I moved in with my now husband.  We combined two households, adult children have moved out and moved in, then out again leaving some of their belongings.  We started de-cluttering - getting more organized last year.  My goal is to be completely.  As many children we have and now grandson, I need organization for my own sanity.
{no. 3} How did you find inspiration for your home? My inspirations begin in my head.  I imagine or dream something and start from there.  Lately I may modify from pins on Pinterest or blogs I follow.
{no. 4} What is/was your favorite DIY project?  Definitely the Seasonal Porch.  It was the first room my husband and I decorated together.  We finished the room ourselves with a little help from his Mom's boyfriend.  The room began with just the studs and windows, nothing more.  We added the wider door and the ceiling fan.  I just love this room and wish I could use it all year long.
{no. 5} Share your favorite website for ideas for your home?  I do not have a favorite website.  I do use Pinterest and many different blogs.

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Weigh In Wednesday- Bonus Recipe Included


I am participating with Becca from Everday Life

Well here it is another Weigh in Wednesday and I am happy to report another loss.  It is not as large as last week but I understand this will happen.  I may not be as happy :P  I did not do as well this week with the exercising.  The past four days I did not drink my 64 ounces of water, both of these are important for weight loss.  I must do better this upcoming week.  I do know Easter Dinner will be challenging. 

I have learned to eat healthier it is taking more time.  We are not eating anything (well Todd and I, sometimes the boys get a different meal because they hate any form of fish.) processed so making things from scratch takes more time.  It takes more time planning my meals for the week, not only am I planning but I am calculating how many carbs will each meal have.  This is a very important factor for both Todd and I (more Todd) right now because of our health conditions.  Me being Pre-Diabetic and him Type II Diabetic.  It is taking more time to grocery shop right now because I am once again looking at each item and comparing carbs for each brand, for example tonight we plan on having burgers.  Todd and mine will be turkey burgers to be healthier (maybe eventually I will sneak it in for the boys too once I am making everyone patties instead of buying the pre-patty form from the store.)  I wanted to buy the lowest carb available for buns, which we all will eat.  I ended up looking and comparing ten different brands of buns to find the lowest carbs per bun.  Typically after I get home from shopping it takes awhile to put everything away, but now it is taking even more time.  I am washing all the veggies and fruit, cutting veggies and putting them in containers to make them easier to grab for a healthy snack.  This also cuts down my time when preparing salads.  I also prepare our patties to freeze for dinner later in the week.  I have to weigh the meat to make sure it is four ounces for one serving size. 

I have a lot of accountability right now weighing on me.  I need to make sure this is all done to help me and most of all my husband because his health is more at risk.  When it comes to our meals, I weigh or measure the food I am plating and give him his proper portions as well as mine.  He has to be accountable for his snacking and I am proud he is doing better now.  I know eventually the shopping will becoming shorter once I am familiar with which brand to buy and I am looking forward to that day because right now I am not enjoying grocery shopping day one bit. On top of what I listed for reasons of becoming healthier just takes more time, I also log everything I eat and try to take the time to exercise.  Although it is more time consuming, it is all worth it.  I know I have not been on this new healthier journey for very long, but I am feeling like I have more energy.  My skin feels softer from all the water I am in taking I believe.  I know the longer I am doing this and the more weight that comes off, the more energy and easier getting around it will become.  I can not wait for that day.   Below are this weeks stats.

Last week's goals:
  1. Track Food Daily   Yes, I did do this.
  2. Walk 20 minutes a day  No, I only did this three days.
  3. Drink 64 oz of water a day No, the last four days I only drank half of what I need to.
This week's goals:

  1. Track Food Daily
  2. Walk 20 minutes a day
  3. Drink 64 oz of water a day
Fat Stats: 
Last week: 2xx 
This week: 2xx
Total loss from last week: 3 lbs
Total loss total: 23 lbs


Bonus Recipe:

Mashed Cauliflower
This week we tried something new to replace mashed potatoes.  I am sorry I never took a picture of it but will prior to me transferring this recipe to my recipe tab. ( I have many I need to transfer.)  To be honest, the boys could not even tell the difference.  They both hate cauliflower too.  What a great way to sneak it into their diet.  This recipe is for four servings, serving size is 3/4 cup of mashed cauliflower.

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium to large head of cauliflower (or 1 frozen bag of cauliflower)
  • 3 oz of cream cheese (we used regular cream cheese because it is lower in carbs to low fat cream cheese.)
  • Seasoning to taste  (this could be as simple as salt and pepper, paprika, red pepper flakes, we used steak seasoning for ours.)
Directions:
  1. If you are using fresh cauliflower clean and cut your cauliflower to florette like you would get if you are using frozen cauliflower.
  2. Add cauliflower to steamer and steam until cauliflower is soft.
  3. Once steamed move the cauliflower to the food processor (or blender) add the cream cheese and seasoning and process to your desired consistency, your preference lumpy or whipped.
  4. Add mixture to serving bowl.  It is as simple as that.
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two Versions of Healthier Philly Steak & Cheese Lunch


Saturday I came up with a healthier version, well scratch that two healthier versions of Philly Steak & Cheese Lunch.

First one is a sandwich

Ingredients:
  • 1 portion of Steak-ummm Sliced Steak
  • 1 large mushroom sliced
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 1 Brownberry sandwich thins
  • 1 slice of Kraft extra thin Swiss Cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Thousand Island Dressing
Ingredients listed above is for one sandwich.

Directions:
  1. Cook one portion of Steak-ummm Sliced Steak according to package.
  2. Add sliced mushroom and green onion into pan with sliced steak, simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Place 1 slice of the Swiss Cheese to the top of the meat and veggie mixture while it is in the pan.
  4. Spread the Thousand Island Dressing to one of the sandwich thins.
  5. Add the meat and veggie mixture on one sandwich then and place the other sandwich thin on top to make your sandwich.
308 calories* 18 g fat* 42 mg Cholesterol* 285 mg Sodium* 26.3 Carbs (6.1 Dietary Fiber)* 16.4g Protein

Second version is even healthier, it is a wrap.
 
My wrap fell apart during my picture.  
The picture does not do any justice to the wrap.
Ingredients:
  • 1 portion of Steak-ummm Sliced Steak
  • 1 large mushroom sliced
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 1 Romaine Lettuce Leaf
  • 1 slice of Kraft extra thin Swiss Cheese
Ingredients listed above is for one wrap
 
Directions:
  1. Cook one portion of Steak-ummm Sliced Steak according to package.
  2. Add sliced mushroom and green onion into pan with sliced steak, simmer for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture and place on a plate lined with a paper towel.  Dab extra grease from meat.
  4. Place 1 slice of the Swiss Cheese to the top of the meat and veggie mixture.
  5. Wash the Romaine Lettuce Leaf and dry excess water off.
  6. Add the meat and veggie mixture in the middle of the lettuce leaf and fold over the edges of the leaf to make your wrap.
220.3 calories* 18.6 g fat* 52 mg Cholesterol* 57 mg Sodium* 1.8 Carbs (.6 Dietary Fiber)* 12.5g Protein
 
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Happy List

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I can not express enough how HAPPY I am about giving my two weeks notice and knowing I will be starting a new job.  I am totally excited (with a little nerves but that is to be expected) about this new position.  I have a lot of experience with medical coverage and Health Benefits and a little bit of knowledge with Welfare Benefits.  This new job I am going to learn a lot about the Welfare Benefits.  I am going to be a Leave of Absence Coordinator.  I love learning new things and can not wait.  I have been on the medical and health side for nearly 20 years, so I am ready for a change.   I am finding a lot of my old co-workers are or will be working at the same company I will be starting.  HAPPY  I am extremely HAPPY about this, knowing I will know people at my new place of employment.

Saturday we had Taj.  It was so much fun.  I am going to have to record him more now.  He is so funny when he talks.  I love his little voice.  We took him out for breakfast and he was calling some lady "Nana"  I just told him, "No, that is not Nana.  I am Nana.  That is a lady."  He then began to yell "Lady" until Todd taught him to say "Hey Laaaaady."  Watching his tongue go side to side when he speaks 'lady' cracks me up.  I picked up a new hat for him to wear when he is at our house.  Now he has a hat like Papa's. 


Oh, I have Spring fever in the worse way.  I can not wait to see my flowers bloom.  Todd has begun some of our indoor gardening and next week will be getting our community garden plot.  I can not believe it is getting near that time of season again.  I just love our garden.  It makes me HAPPY too.

I am so HAPPY that my Dad is here for another birthday.  Happy Birthday Dad.

I am also HAPPY Easter is this week.  Easter seems to be very emotional for me.  I cry every year for the past two decades knowing that Jesus suffered on the cross for my sins.  I am grateful but to know he went through so much for us is so major and I appreciate it with all of my heart.

What do you have to be HAPPY about?  Come join Ricki Lake at Art@Home.  She host the party every Tuesday.


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday


Wowzers!  So many things are happening and going on.  Here is the update.

I am learning to hate grocery day.  It is taking longer to shop because of reading the labels, comparing products so I can buy the lowest carbs available for that product.  It also takes longer to get out of the kitchen when I get home.  In addition to putting groceries away, I clean and cut all the veggies and put them in containers then in the refrigerator or I will put them in vegetable bags.  Soon when cauliflower is on sale, I will be blanching and freezing, this way when we make the mashed cauliflower it will cost less. This week we are also going to have turkey burgers so I made the turkey patties to freeze.  It is a lot of work but in the long run later in the week it will save time.

It seems like I am in the kitchen longer since we are eating healthier.  It takes a little longer to cook because we are eating nothing pre-processed.  All from scratch, then to measure and weight every thing I put on our plates.  It is a lot to do and big responsibility but I will do it every day to become healthier and to help my husband live longer too.  While I plan our meals I plug in the ingredients into a nutritional counter just to make sure the carbs are in a good range.  As I said it is a lot of responsibility and I want us to succeed in the worst way.

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As I mentioned before work has been horrible.  It has been so stressful.  Without going into details, I can not work under this one supervisor any longer for my own health.  She has it out for me and the other really is not standing up too much either.  They both have been very unprofessional regarding the way they have treated me.  I feel very betrayed because I have done a lot for the department I work in.  I started to look for a new job back in December when everything started to come to a head.  January was horrible for me and I started to take anti-diarrhea medicine just to be able to be at my desk to answer the phones to keep my standards up.  I have had a lot of interviews but rarely heard back on any of them.  Finally one of the companies I applied for is one of our clients as well, responded back.  An offer was final for me on Friday and I was able to give my two weeks notice.  To be honest I was very nervous to hand it in.  I was actually shaking, but once I placed it on her desk and sat down at mine, a big relief came over me.  I felt like I could breath once again.  My only regret is I have is leaving the people, especially Anne who sits next to me.  She is like a sister to me.  Everyone on my team I have trained and because of that I have had the opportunity to get to know each of them.  This will be tough to leave them and the building I have worked for eight years, but this is a good move for me.

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My Dad's birthday is going to be tomorrow.  He will be 65.  I am still hoping for a miracle for another birthday with him.

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Now that my stress is over regarding my job, maybe the blues will leave and I can get all the extra things done I need to.

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Todd has begun gardening.  My small living room make over is at a halt because our small green house is now in there.  I am fine with this because the garden means so much to both of us.  Next weekend we will be getting our season porch cleaned up.  Hopefully we will not have any more snow like today.  I can not wait to spend time in the porch this year.  I plan to have many healthy breakfast out there as well as enjoy the room to drink tea or coffee and read.  I am totally excited for this.

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I am getting up early to walk on the treadmill.  I actually feel good about doing this.  I sort of slacked off this past weekend.  I need to do better and do this every day.  I feel like I have more energy and I know it will only become more, the healthier I become.

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I wish my niece's life was a better one.  The past week my sister and her family have been at Rochester Mayo Clinic.  The doctors want to see what side of the brain  the seizures are.  They are hoping the seizures are all one side and if they are correct, they want to remove that half of the brain.  I am at a lost with this thought.  I am so glad my sister plans to have a second opinion.  My heart aches for my niece.  Poor little thing.

Well this sums up my week last week and the weekend as well.  Here is to a good week for all of us.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday's Song

This past week  last week (I had to re-post this a week later due to St. Patrick's Day), I just could not get R.E.M. out of my head.  This is one band my husband saw that I wish I had the chance to see live.  It was hard to just pick one song to post, so I chose two.  Two songs was hard as well.  Enjoy!


I chose the unplug version.



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Thursday, March 21, 2013

What's New For Dinner?


I am really enjoying Sparkpeople.com site.  They have several diabetic friendly recipes and here are a couple we tried and love.  The first recipe I could have for dinner just about every night.  It was perfect.  Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole.  The vegetables were definitely the highlight.  The white sauce was not over powering to the chicken, the pasta, or the vegetables.  I made just a few adjustments to have less carbohydrates than the original recipe called for.  Tonight we had Broccoli Woccoli for a side and it too was delicious. I added one more ingredient to this recipe as well.  The recipe states it is better the next day, I can not wait to find out tomorrow at lunch.


Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole
Ingredients:
  • 12 oz cooked chicken breast diced.
  • 2 T of all purpose flour.
  • 2 T of unsalted butter.
  • 10 oz of skim milk.
  • 1 pinch of pepper.  (original recipe called for white pepper)
  • 1 t of Italian seasoning.
  • 1 T of Parmesan cheese shredded.
  • 7 oz of multi-grain Omega 3 penne pasta (original recipe called for whole wheat penne pasta)
  • 2 bell peppers diced, yellow or orange.  (I chose one of each.)
  • 1 zucchini chopped.
  • 2 heads of broccoli chopped.
  • 1/3 cup of Colby Monetary Jack shredded cheese.  (original called for Monetary Jack cheese.)
  • non-cooking spray

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Start water boiling for penne noodles, cook according to package.  The last minute dump the chopped broccoli into the water with the noodles.
  3. Prepare white sauce by placing butter in small pot that has been preheated over medium heat. 
  4. Once the butter foams, add the flour and stir for 1 minute.  Try not to let it brown.
  5. Add the milk to the butter and flour and stir until it starts to bubble.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add pepper, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese to the white sauce and stir to combine.
  8. Once noodles and broccoli have been cooked, drain the water and add to a large bowl.
  9. Dump the rest of the vegetables and chicken into the large bowl and mix.
  10. Once the vegetables, noodles, and chicken have been mixed add the white sauce and mix to coat evenly.
  11. Spray the sides and the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with the non-cooking spray.
  12. Add the vegetables, noodles, and chicken to the baking dish.
  13. Top with the Colby Monetary Jack cheese and place aluminum foil over the top and bake for 20 minutes.
  14. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese has been melted.


Broccoli Woccoli

Ingredients:
  • 10 oz bag of shredded broccoli and cauliflower
  • 2/3 c of light Miracle Whip (light whipped salad dressing, do not use fat free)
  • 1/2 c of fat free sour cream
  • 2 t of Splenda
  • 2 T of turkey bacon bits
  • 1/2 c of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large diced apple- firm and tart (I used Braeburn)
  • 1/3 of a red pepper diced
  • any type of seasoning, such as parsley, salt, other spices.
Directions:
  1. Mix all the ingredients except for the bag of shredded broccoli and cauliflower. 
  2. Pour mixture onto the shredded broccoli and cauliflower. Mix well.
  3. Refrigerator for several hours.
  4. Divide into small containers (1/2 c each) and store in refrigerator for a snack or side later.
This will last for 5 days in the refrigerator.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday


I am participating with Becca from Everday Life

 

I did not post my weigh in last week.  I gained 2 pounds I had gained the week before.  I did not really work out any either during that week.  However, last week everything clicked for me.  Todd went to his doctor appointment and he too has to do this journey with me.  It is easier with a partner.  I have had a great week.  I am eating healthier.  I am measuring our food for us.  I am getting up early and to walk on my treadmill.  I am actually doing this.  Anything I eat I am tracking on Sparkpeople.com  I am drinking more than my 64 oz of water each day.  I feel like I have more energy.  I thinking the healthier foods are making a big difference.  I also have been taking my vitamins as well as St Johns Wort for the blues. I have been making new dishes and have posted the recipes this past week. I had a great week in weight loss too. I am taking the bull by the horn here.  My husband is proud of me, my co-worker/great friend is proud of me, heck I am proud of me. 

This week's goals:
  1.  Track Food Daily
  2.  Walk 20 minutes a day
  3.  Drink 64 oz of water a day.
Fat Stats
Last week: 2xx
This week: 2xx
Total loss from last week: 10 lbs
Total loss total:  20 lbs

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We Want to Know

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Wednesday get to know me linky... We Want to Know hosted by Kenzie and Scriptor.


1.) What was the last song you listened to?
2.) If you had to choose one (ok, or two) all time favorite band(s/artist(s), who would it be and why?
3.) What is the first concert/show you ever went to? What was the best and why?
4.) Why type of music gets you out of a slump?
5.) Do you let your kids listen to any kind of music or limit them to kid stuff? (If you don't have kids, would you?)
My Answers:
1.) What was the last song you listened to? Lynyrd Skynyrd's Give Me Three Step.


2.) If you had to choose one (ok, or two) all time favorite band(s/artist(s), who would it be and why? Band?  Well this one is easy, it would be The Beatles.  I love Paul McCartney.  I love The Beatles.  Their music saved me during a horrible time in my life while I was growing up.
This is not my favorite song but it is in the top 10.
3.) What is the first concert/show you ever went to? What was the best and why?  Well counting one that I purchased the ticket and not my parent, my first concert was Men At Work.  My mom went with me because my friend bailed.

My best concert, well Paul McCartney naturally.  You can read about it here.  I waited 13 years to see this man perform live.
The song that made me fall in love with him

4.) Why type of music gets you out of a slump? Any type of music.  I love all, however I do favor the classic rock.

5.) Do you let your kids listen to any kind of music or limit them to kid stuff? (If you don't have kids, would you?)  Yes, I let them listen to many styles and yes, I do tell them they are not allowed to listen to songs that are just plain vulgar and inappropriate for their age.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Happy List

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I am in a bit of a daze right now but want to participate so I am digging here.  To be honest I am very nervous and scared right now, so I am trying to focus on the positive and not worry about tomorrow's meeting at 9.  If you know me you will  know that is much easier said than done for me.

My Happy List this week:

I am HAPPY with the new journey I am on as well as Todd is on.  I just wish I did it sooner.  We have been doing great and I can not wait to post about my success tomorrow with my Wednesday Weigh In.

I am HAPPY Matthew and his girlfriend came over yesterday and had dinner with us.  It is so nice to see him happy.  In July he will become the general manager for the Jimmy John's he works, right now he is an assistant.  One year of this position and he will be able to pay for the last year and half of his college education.  I am so HAPPY for this kid.

I am HAPPY with our new dish we tried for dinner last night. I think I could eat it every night.  Look for a new recipe to be posted within the next few days.

Well that is all I have for now.  What are you HAPPY about?  Please join in with the party.  Ricki Jill host it at Art@Home.



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Monday, March 18, 2013

Our Healthier St. Patrick's Day Meal

As you all know, My DH and I are on a healthier journey.  Healthier does not mean you have to give up everything.  For St. Patrick's Day I wanted to make Reuben sandwiches and French Fries.  I typically only make the Reuben sandwich on St. Patrick's Day.  I did not want to change this plan, instead I modified it for a healthier version and chose a different veggie for the side.


I made an open face Reuben sandwich and chose my ingredients wiser.  I read labels and picked the best choice.  The Reuben is not healthy for sodium but that is mainly the corn beef's fault.


Open Face Reuben Sandwich
Ingredients:
  • 1 slice of Sarah Lee's Jewish Rye with Seeds bread
  • 20 oz of Corn Beef thinly sliced
  • 2 T of Sauerkraut
  • 1 1/2 T Kraft Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 slice of Kraft Swiss Cheese thinly sliced
  • unsalted butter, to lightly butter one side of the bread
  • pepper to taste.
Directions:
  1. Toast the bread while pre-heating the broiler on high.
  2. Butter one side of the toast and place butter side down onto cookie sheet.
  3. Spread the Kraft Thousand Island Dressing onto toast and pepper to taste.
  4. Next add the corn beef.
  5. After the corn beef has been added you will want to add the sauerkraut.
  6. Finally top with the Swiss cheese.
  7. Place into the broiler long enough to melt the cheese.
Nutritional Information
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 246.7
  • Total Fat: 16.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 25 mg
  • Sodium: 689.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 19.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 7.3 g
Zucchini Strips

Ingredient:
 Ingredient listed below is for one serving
  • 1 cup or 8 oz of Zucchini
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray
  • 2 t of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat Broiler on High.
  2. Cut zucchini into strips.
  3. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with non-cooking spray.
  4. Place the zucchini strips onto the aluminum foil and lightly spray the zucchini strips with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray.
  5. Pepper the zucchini strips.
  6. Top with the shredded Parmesan cheese.
  7. Place into the broiler until cheese is golden color or fully melted.
Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 51.6
  • Total Fat: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.9 mg
  • Sodium: 128.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 7.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday's Song

 I had to take my original post down and put this one in place.  I just had to because it is St. Patrick's Day.  I need to have something Irish posted today.  I do have Irish in me and I am proud of it.  My Grandpa O'Connor's family is very Irish and always proudly showed it.  His grandparents came from Ireland to the United States.  My Mom is doing our genealogy and found out that we are related to the last great King of Ireland, I think that is kind of cool, however it is so far back that I am sure I am of no royalty nor deserve any royal treatment.  Ha Ha Ha  It is just a fun fact to know about my past. Enjoy!
  

My favorite from this band.

I love this group and this song.  The women's voices and the violin.  I just love love love it.




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Saturday, March 16, 2013

On A New Journey



I have not been faithful with my post this week.  I have been visiting my friends.  It has been an odd week.  A lot of pins and needles and still no outcome for one item.  My husband did go to his physical on Friday.  I am grateful he has finally did so.  He has gone 6 years without monitoring or doing anything for his diabetes.  We both talked about becoming healthier last year when our grandson was born.  I have no clue why we did not follow through.  Where I work we have a wellness program.  I have not been able to participate because I do not have insurance through my employer.  Last September I learned that the rules were different.  You did not have to carry the insurance.  I wanted us to participate in the worst way, for following through with signing up we each would get $150 and then if you were not healthy, they set you up with a health coach.  You have to follow up with this health coach for 8 times and then we each would get another $150.  I told Todd about it and tried to push the $300 each for us idea and told him I thought a health coach would be the way to go for us to get back on track.  I convinced him and he said yes.  I have been trying to get him to go to the doctor for years.  Unfortunately, when I called our doctor could not get us in until March, so we missed the time frame.  I am thrilled he still went through without any of the incentive.

His appointment was an eye opener for him and one that is changing our lifestyle again.  He did well at first but the stress of his daughters, he just gave up.  Now he will be carrying through because of how bad things are.  His AC1 test came back double the amount what it should be.  He will be back on Metmorfin plus another medication to get his levels normal.  He knows he does not have a choice at this point.  He found out that we were right (his mom, daughter, and I) he has been losing weight.  He has lost so much he can not keep his wedding ring on.  While he was there, his blood pressure was ify.  It could be the fact he was so stressed and wound up  because of his appointment with the doctor.  The doctor will be watching his pressure to see if it is a true concern.

So now, he is on this healthy journey with me.  We have so much to look forward to be healthier.  We have one another, our children, and grandson... possibly more some day.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

We Want to Know

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This is just a funny little Get-To-Know-You linky party called We Want to Know
Hosted by Kenzie and Scriptor

1. What is one thing you are never too busy for?
2. What is/are your favorite show(s)?
3. Would you rather get a pedicure or a manicure?
4. How do you spend your day when the weather is sunny and warm?
5. When is the last time you went on a picnic?
Bonus. What is your favorite thing to eat/bring to a picnic?

 My Answers:
1. What is one thing you are never too busy for? To Snuggle. I love snuggling with my children (sadly they are too old for this now.) grandson, and husband.  Oh and to tell someone I love them.
2. What is/are your favorite show(s)?  Oh my goodness!  I think I am a TV junkie.  I have so many favorites.  Here they are and not in any specific order: Dexter, Shameless, Spartacus, Top Chef, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, The Big Bang Theory, and Glee.  These are only the shows that are not completed at this time.  I have several other but they are only in syndication at this time.  No new episodes.  I also love Netflix's Series The House of Cards as well.  My husband and I are currently watching Arrested Development.  I guess Netflix is suppose to add a new series as where they are now prior to a movie being released.  This show cracks us up big time.
3. Would you rather get a pedicure or a manicure?  Pedicure
4. How do you spend your day when the weather is sunny and warm? Gardening
5. When is the last time you went on a picnic? August 4, 2012.  The last day of my vacation last year.  Click Here to read about it. 
Bonus. What is your favorite thing to eat/bring to a picnic? Family picnics it would be a simple sandwich, but a great sandwich one you built at the place of picnicking, such as adding the tomato, lettuce, etc.  As a reunion or party picnic, it would be BBQ Baked Beans but I always bring more than one dish since I have a large group I am bringing.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday's Song

I loved this soundtrack to the movie Hunger Games.  I just love this song.  Enjoy!



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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Weigh in Wednesday


I am participating with Becca from Everday Life

Last week's goals:
  1. Track Food Daily
  2. Walk 30 minutes a day
  3. Drink 64 oz of water a day.
This week's goals:

  1.   Track Food Daily
  2.  Walk 30 minutes a day
  3.  Drink 64 oz of water a day.
Fat Stats
Last week: 2xx
This week: 2xx
Total loss from last week: +2
Total loss total: 13 
Ouch! My weigh in was not good to me. I gained 2 pounds. I did walk for 30 minutes for two of the seven days. I was able to get my water intake in four of the seven days and I did track my food intake. I am beginning to be more active with sparkpeople.com once again for the support as well and for more accountability. Yesterday I found a link helping me with knowing how much carbs I need to intake per meal and snack for diabetic. I want to stay on top of this and prevent any medication or insulin if possible.


I also have a new plan to help my sadness while at work. If I am not busy, my mind wanders and I become blue, instead I am going to workout while I am at work. I brought in my arm bands to work my arms out. I also plan to march in my chair to get some more cardio in. Let's see if this helps. It can not hurt right?    
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Monthly Goals


We are nearly a week into March and I need to post my monthly goals.  Let us look at February!

#1 was crossed off the first weekend.  All Christmas decorations are down.  *woo hoo*
#2 I did a pretty good job with this.  It may not have been every day but darn near close.
#3 NOPE... did not happen, but no excuse for the month of March.
#4 I was only able to complete two of the four canvas paintings for Ethan's room.
#5 I did not even touch any of the snowman votive candle holders. 
#6 I am a horrible friend, her gift is not even done yet. 
#7 The doors are still white.
#8 Only change to the main living room was the Christmas decorations down but nothing else.
#9 I did finish my book.  *woo hoo*

March

March will be about Spring Cleaning mainly. 
1. Spring Cleaning.
    *Laundry Room
    *Master Bedroom Closet
    *Bedrooms - vents & shampoo carpet.
    *Small Living Room- vents & baseboards.
    *Small Living Room closets
    *Linen Closet
    *Stairs
    *Kitchen- Walls, Vents, Curtains, Pantry, Cupboards
2.  Finish Main Living Room
    *Paint the duct.
    *Re-decorate fire mantle.
3.  Work on weight loss
    *Document food intake daily
    *Walk 30 minutes/day
    *Drink 64 oz water/day
4. Complete One Book - Just One Of the Guys.
5.  Work on bird house.
6.  Finish votive candle holders.
7.  Finish canvas for Ethan's room.

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We Want To Know

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QUESTIONS - -


Spring is right around the corner, thank goodness, so Scriptor and Kenzi decided we should talk about seasons and vacations!

{no. 1} Are you affected by the "Winter Blues"? Does Winter drag on where you live? Well, I have the blues but I do not think it is the "Winter Blues".  I am ready for Spring.

{no. 2} What is Spring like where you live, and when does it arrive? Spring typically begins the end of March and it can be rainy and cloudy but the earth wakens and new growth comes from the trees and gardens.  The grass because beautiful once again.  However, last year we kind of skipped Spring and went into Summer way too soon...darn drought.
{no. 3} Do you have plans for Spring Break or an upcoming vacation? No vacations for us.
{no. 4} Have you ever done a true Spring Break to a beach somewhere to party, etc? No I never have.
{no. 5} What is your favorite thing about Spring? Lilacs.  I love lilacs.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Happy List

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Here is this week's HAPPY LIST.  I had a wonderful weekend times 100!  It was so needed right now and helped me start my week off well.  {sadly--No Taj this week, Kera took the week off.}

Friday, I picked up Taj for the last time at his daycare, Kids Inc., he is now going to a new one where Emily works.  It was a little sad to see Taj go because Todd and I loved the daycare he was going, but they were not willing to work with Kera and have Taj go only part time.  The most he needs during the week is three days.  She lost her daycare assistance so Taj needed to transfer to a different daycare who is willing to charge part time.  Friday I was able to pick him up because I had the afternoon off and I loved my one on one time with Taj.  We sung in the car on the way home.  I love listening to him sing.  HAPPY!!!

Saturday, Todd and I went away for the day/night.  I left Ethan and Noah alone at home.  I felt they were responsible to do this and I was only an hour away.  I actually have the neighbor across the street keeping an eye on the house and they have their two big brothers they can reach out to as well as their two big sisters. (HAPPY, they call each other brothers and sisters, not step.  LOVE that!  I am still a step which is fine because they have a mother, but they have never had brothers, another thing that makes my heart sing!) I gave the boys just simple chores, their own laundry and their towels to wash and put away.  I told them I wanted it done Saturday.  I also told them I wanted them to clean up the kitchen as they go along.  I was very surprised they started their laundry immediately and felt very good about leaving them.  When we came home the boys did exactly what I asked.  HAPPY!!! It usually does not happen, doing what I ask that is.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!

While away, all we did was relax in the room.  We napped as soon as we go there, woke up showered and went to dinner with his Mom and sister.  We had a great time.  I was very proud of my choices at the all you can eat buffet.  My first plate was only veggies, the second plate all it contained was the salmon.  I chose to have a sugar-free dessert.  I sat while the others ate and just enjoyed everyone and the conversation.  I do not recall a time where the four of us laughed as hard as we did that night.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY. 

I also read three books while we were at the hotel.  The books were not large books, all under 125 pages.  Todd finished his book as well and we enjoyed a movie and snuggle time.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY One of my favorite things when we get away to this hotel and have a suite is the bath tub.  The jacuzzi did not work but to have a large tub is wonderful to soak in.  I enjoyed the wonderful hot bubble bath the next morning.  I love little get aways with Todd.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY

HAPPY the new daycare is a good one too because Emily works there and we know what kind of care he will have.  Todd went with Kera yesterday to pick him up.  I guess they had to ask Emily during the day who Papa and Nana were because that is all he talked about.  When they went to pick him up, the teachers told Todd and Kera how he talked about Papa and Nana.  Taj ran to Papa and did not want Papa to put him down.  It makes my heart so HAPPY, that our grandson loves us so much, he talks about us during the day.

Oh, one more thing!  When I came home yesterday from work, Todd had the treadmill up and running for me.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY and when I walked up the stairs, he started our indoor green house.  Tomato seeds have been started.  Woo Hoo, gardening season is beginning.  Now to tell Mother Nature to quit dumping snow on us. 

What are you HAPPY about?  Come join in the fun at Art@Home.  The party is hosted by Ricki Jill.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday's Song

One of my blog friends posted this song a few months back.  To be honest I never heard it before until then.  Now I hear it every where and I absolutely love it.  Enjoy!



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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Confessions From The Heart


Yesterday I had my doctor appointment and I have never been more ashamed of myself.  EVER EVER EVER!  I have known for awhile I am not healthy.  I was not fooling myself any one bit.  I knew I needed to become more healthier.  I have been trying but not giving it 100%.  I knew how much I weighed, although the doctor's scales reads three pounds heavier.  My kidneys ache from time to time.  It is an odd ache, not true pain but a nuisance, letting me know they are there.  (This was one of Todd's signs and why he went to the doctor six years ago and was diagnosed with diabetes.)  At times, I am dizzy for unknown reasons.  I also at times have get the case of the shakes and once I eat they go away.  All of this known is why I was not fooling myself when I went to the doctor.

The doctor and I talked about issues.
  • Me crying at the drop of the hat, sometimes just sitting at my desk.   I explained the issues at work and my dad.  We talked about options to assist this and I explained at this time I would like to try something natural or herbal if there is anything.  St John's Wort will be my first solution.
  • How irregular my periods are.  I only had three last year.  The two years prior it was couple months no show and then one month pattern.  The blood work I will have done Tuesday morning will test for menopause.
  • My knees.  There was nothing he can give me except the treadmill will be a great way to exercise with less pressure on the knees.  He mentioned the treadmill cushions more than walking outdoors.  I do not know about that but that is what he told me.
  • The possibility of being diabetic.  Now here is where I messed up.  I did not have lunch on Friday because in order to leave early I had to work through my lunch and we were busy, so I could not eat my sandwich and work.  My appointment was as soon as I was off work, so I did not have time to eat prior.  I am sure this hindered some of my quick blood tests reading.  I can not remember now what he told me the actual number was, it was either 61.3 or 60.3 and diabetes is officially 61.5 or 60.5.  Normal was is 57.  Tuesday I have to take the fasting blood test, so they can make a better determination, for now he will call me prediabetic.  
  • We discussed how I need to be regular with my routine visits.  I have to have another mammogram and depending on the pap smear will determine if I need to schedule a yearly exam one or two years now that I am older.  
  • Problems sleeping at night.  Melatonin will be something I take for this now.
He gave me my paperwork and print out of the visit summary sheet and I went to the check out and scheduled my blood work to be done since he wanted it as soon as possible.  This Tuesday.  I walked to my car and got in.  I took my phone out and called the hospital to set up my mammogram.  I am serious.  I know I need to do something to become healthier.  I then read my summary sheet and cried.  I cried and cried from seeing the word "Obesity" under one of my diagnosis.  I know I am, but to see it listed as a diagnosis hit me hard.  How in the hell did I let myself get this large?  Why? I mean I know nearly a little more than 100 pounds of it was a side affect from the birth control shot but I stopped getting the shot in 1999.  Why did I not take care of myself then?  I am so ashamed of myself.  I honestly need to give 100% to me now.  My children are old enough, they do not require me to take care of them as much when they were younger.  The time is for Jolene now.  I know the fact of being beaten up from interviews and no offers yet, the stress at work knowing I am going no where on top of it all and my father is not helping my spirits but I KNOW I will over come this.  I do not have a choice in the matter.

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