"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well." Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beautify My Home...One Day at a Time

My friends and family think I am an organized person. I say I am organized(when I choose to be) and I love lists! I have a list for things to get done on a daily basis, weekly, monthly, even yearly! At this time in my life those "lists" are not being used as much as I would like to. 

I am in a different season in my life. Last year was my last year of homeschooling and both our children are attending a University. I started to work part time (no longer working) and I've realized I have all this time to do house projects! Do you know how long I've waited to "have time" for house projects? 15yrs!!! Yes, you read that right...15yrs! 

My husband and I decided to homeschool our son when he was diagnosed with high functioning Autism and he was about to start Kindergarden. We didn't know how long we would home school, we just knew God was calling us to do it. As the years passed and my daughter was of age to start school we knew this was what we were to do with her too. She didn't have any of the challenges our son did and our family thought she would be going to public school. By this time we knew the Lord had called us to home school and we took it a day at a time, a week at a time, a month at a time and a year at at time (this was our response every time someone would ask us the question, "how long are you guys going to home school?")

During the last 2 yrs. of home schooling I became very ill and spent the last two years trying to get better. The "lists" went out the window. My couponing days were over and My once a month cooking became a thing of the past. I now had to get used to being in bed for most of my days, my daughter would do the grocery shopping and most of the cooking. She followed my lists as close as she could but she still had two years left in high school and was very involved at our church. I learned to be flexible and thankful for any help I could get! It was as though The Lord came and took a dry erase board and erased all my lists and plans and I had to learn to be content with just being able to sweep my kitchen floor (on a good day!)

Today I am almost 100% better (to our new standards) but I will never be the same person I was before I got sick. I have to adjust to my new way of life where stress is not allowed, over worked is out of the question and a new diet has to be top of my list.  It's all about taking it...One Day at a Time.

Here it is...My new house schedule
Every Day: My plan that doesn't always happen...but I have a plan!
Make Bed
Shower/Get ready for my day
Unload dishwasher
Check my menu for the day and prep for dinner.
De-clutter


Mondays: Grocery Shopping day
I didn't realized this was happening until I was driving home one day from a shopping trip and realized that since I've started making a Weekly Menu on Sundays it's only natural I go shopping the day after!


Tuesdays: Laundry Day!
My Moto for the Laundry is... The Laundry is not done until you fold, hang and put away! I do have to confess that many times it ends up in the living room sofa for days! I am so ashamed! I found this sign at Ross and I am trying for this to change!


Wednesdays: My Laundry Day continues until all the laundry is done!
I also work on finishing my Bible Study for the week.

Thursdays: I go to Morning Bible study at church and once this is done in May it will be My Ironing Day.
I know how blessed my husband will be that I am taking on this chore once again :)

Fridays: This is my "Company is coming over day and we need to clean the whole house!" No, company is not coming over, but this is how I can best describe it.
We clean our restrooms, dust furniture, vacuum, mop floors, throw away all junk mail, etc.
Fridays is also Date Night!

Saturdays: Family/Husband day! I don't do any chores on Saturday and if my husband is not working we go to Costco, Sam's club, Home Depot, whatever place he wants to go to. This is his day to relax and going  to these places relaxes him. If we wake up at a good time we go out to breakfast. Our children normally have activities or just vegetate at home.

Sundays: Church Day!
We are up early and go to church, get home and decide if we are staying in and barbecuing or going out to eat. We than get home and I take a nice long nap. Late in the afternoon I start to tidy up my kitchen and cleaning out my refrigerator. I take out my recipe book and I start working on a full menu for the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner including a snack. This is the only way I can stay on track and it's worth the time.

This is what my menu usually looks like


and there you have it...One day at at time to Beautify My Home!



Monday, April 14, 2014

My Weight Loss Challenge Weeks 12 and 13

The last two weeks have been interesting. It all started with my husband finding out that our scale was not working! I had just finished my two weeks of Fuel Cycle with Trim Healthy Mama and now I had no idea if the losses were correct or not.

It continued with my hormones being totally waked and I had ZERO energy! I started to get depressed and moody and the list goes on and on. It has taken me about two weeks for me to start feeling "normal" whatever that means and on Sunday I worked on my menu. I have started doing this and it is becoming a nice habit. I have realized that if I don't plan my week I don't follow the plan as I should. Here is sample of my THM menu from February.


According to the new scale I haven't gained or lost anything in the last two weeks and I can't say I'm surprised. One of the many things I have learned by doing THM is that when there are hormonal problems you will have a hard time loosing. I have also read from other ladies doing THM that have also done the Fuel Cycle is that many of them stall for a few weeks after the FC. I guess you can say I no longer worry about being a THM TURTLE, it is what it is and I continue on my quest to good health!

The last two weeks I shared with you the Low Carb Pizza Recipe and it has been a hit! Make sure you check it out!

I also shared my Favorites of the Week



How is your Weight loss challenge going? Have you changed your goals from what they were back on January 1st? What is still the same or what are you doing different? Let me know!





Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Favorites of the week 4/6/2014

I was just checking my old blog posts and realized it's been quite some time since I have shared with you "My Favorites of the Week".
I have found so many great articles, recipes and fashion blogs that I just have to share with you, which are my favorite...for now.
(I receive no compensation of any type for sharing this with you)


I will start with The Time Warp Wife
This week I came across a post titled, "Five Hard Things to Pray for your Husband", written by Jen Thorn. The title caught my attention immediately and the content made me add them to my prayer journal.
Here are the 5 Things to Pray for Your Husband
1. Pray for Conviction of Sin
2. Pray for Humility of Heart
3. Pray for Patience (the good Lord, knows my husband needs this with me).
4. Pray for Love for God
5. Discipline from God

For the full article and details go here. I know you will love The Time-Warp Wife blog!


Gwen's Nest is my go to blog for all of my Trim Healthy Mama Recipes and tips. My favorite section is her Healthy Tuesday posts. She has stopped posting them, but the archives are full of great recipes!
Check her out...you won't regret it! Here is a sample of just some of her recipes:



I am a 40 something Mama and I love modest but trendy styles. Walking in Grace and Beauty is the perfect blog for this. She has a section Fashion for Women over 40. Here is a sample of what she features for us.

She gives me so many ideas that I have started my own Pinterest board on Fashion for Woman over 40...ME! 

What has been your favorite blog or post of the week? Let me know!



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pizza..Pizza..Pizza! Low carb you say? Yes! Gluten Free? Yes!!!!


I just finished my second week on my Fuel Cycle with Trim Healthy Mama!!!! I seriously thought I was not going to make it! I will give you a full update in the next few days :)

I tried an amazing Pizza Crust recipe last night for my Pizza loving son, Fridays is Pizza day for him. 
I have asked him to join me on my weight loss journey because I have been concerned for his health. He doesn't know it, but he is also eating  Trim Healthy Mama style! All the recipes I made this week he has loved and has asked over and over (along with my husband) "are you sure this is Low Carb?" because it is so good and they are stuffed after every meal I give them!

I found this Crust recipe here and just added our favorite ingredients. 
You can follow my Pinterest THM board and my Low Carb board I also have a Gluten-Free board for more ideas and recipes.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 omega-3 enriched eggs
  • 1 cup of low-fat shredded cheese of choice (mozzarella and parm blend is great for pizza; cheddar is good for flatbread. Up to you.)
  • Dried herbs of choice (basil, oregano, garlic, etc.)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • DIRECTIONS:
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Mix everything together, then make a big "dough ball" out of it.
  3. 3. Smash onto a pizza pan sprayed with olive oil, or place on a parchment paper-lined pan for easy clean-up. Smash thinner for flatbread; leave thicker for pizza crust.
  4. 3. Bake for around 15 minutes, longer if you prefer it crispier, even longer if you want it black and charred, but I don't recommend that.
  5. 4. If making into pizza, add toppings and put it back in the oven until everything melts together (15 minutes). If making flatbread, use a pizza cutter to cut into whatever shapes you want.

I used my Pampered Chef Large stone to make it

I coated with Olive oil

I mixed all ingredients together and came up with this

When I first saw it, I thought it was not going to make a large enough pizza crust, but here is what happens when you patiently and SLOWLY spread the dough.
I baked for 15 minutes and took out of the oven to cool for about 10 minutes
I than added Pesto sauce

Followed by Pizza sauce

My son requested I add more sauce next time and I will, but this time I wanted to make sure the crust wasn't soggy. I added my favorite toppings (zucchini,pepperoni, sausage and lots and lots of cheese!


I placed back inside the oven for 15 minutes and this is the end results...wouldn't it be nice to have blogasmell? hahaha!

I had no problems slicing it like any other pizza and the crust was thin and crunchy


I had two slices, my son had two slices and my husband did as well. I thought they would complain that I said only two slices but I also gave them the "cake in a mug" also a THM recipe and they were stuffed!

Do you like?




Sunday, March 30, 2014

My 2014 Weight loss Challenge Week 11 My FC



Last week I shared with you my first 3 days on Trim Healthy Mama's Fuel Cycle, Deep S days. Today I share how I did on Fuel Pull Days and Energizing Days.

Monday was my first FP day and it was hard! I thought I knew how to do a FP day but I quickly realized that I didn't! Basically FP days are very low in fat with only 3 oz of protein and no more than 6-10 gm of carbs per meal. I've done FP snacks but not meals and I had a hard time. 
After my first FP day I was down: 0.2 lbs. 
I realized that weight loss would slow down and it was probably going to happen because I was going from very high fat to very low.

Tuesday was the same but I felt more comfortable with how to prepare my FP meals but I couldn't wait for the day to be over!
After my second FP day I was down another 0.4 lbs.
I've read from other THM's that when you are doing a Fuel Cycle some people gain weight or not loose at all. I lost 1/2 lb in these two days...I call it a success!

Wednesday couldn't come soon enough! I was really looking forward for some more food and I enjoyed my carbs so much! Over the weekend I thought I loved Low Carb eating but now I know my favorites are the Energizing meals. Love the extra food and the right combination of carbs.
After my first E day I was down: 0.6 lbs
Thursday was another great day and I was trying to decide on doing a second week or not. 
After my second E day I didn't loose anything more. The reason...I started my menstrual cycle!
Total loss for my 1st Fuel Cycle is : 4 lbs! and a total of 6.2 lbs since I started Trim Healthy Mama in January. 
I know some may be thinking that it is a very low number but for me I know this is normal, I'm a THM Turtle...remember?

My goal for this first FC was to break that 5 lb on and off cycle I had and I did it!!!!

On my last day of this FC on Thursday I took what is known as a "selfie" to see if I could see any changes since I started THM. Let me remind you of what I looked like when I started in January

This is me after being on THM for almost 3 months and on last day of my first Fuel Cycle:


I know it's not the best quality of a photo but I wanted to share with you to show you that I am loosing inches. This is a perfect example of a TURTLE like me that sometimes gets discouraged and needs just a little reminder. 

At the end of my first week I learned that yes I loose faster with S meals but E meals are just as good and rewarding on weight loss. I also learned how important FP days are and I should include at least 1 full day every week along with some snacks.

If you are wondering if I am going to do a second week of FC? The answer is...a big FAT YES!!!

It's truly a life style change and a mind change!

This week my blog is partying here!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

My 2014 Weight Loss Challenge Week 10- My FC



I just ended my 10th. Week on my Weight Loss Challenge for 2014. I have learned that I am a Turtle when it comes to weight loss because of so many years of not taking good care of this body God gave me. I am learning that weight loss is not as important as helping my body heal itself and that yes I still want to loose weight but I want to be healthy even more!
This week was a tough one because we went to Disneyland for two days. I put in many hours of walking exercise in and even though I brought healthy snacks and did not touch one single sugary item (I didn't even lick one!) I ate off plan for a couple of meals. The result was that I didn't loose weight but gained! It's like "Really? after all my hard work to keep those 5 lbs. lost I now am gaining them back?" I decided by Wednesday that I was going to do what is called...a FUEL CYCLE
If you are familiar with Trim Healthy Mama you know that it is recommended you don't do this cycle until you have been on plan for at least 2 months...that's ME!
It is basically a way to kick butt those stubborn pounds that just don't want to leave your body! I found a very helpful blog that I think you all will love as well, it is Little Natural Cottage. It is full of information on the Fuel Cycle and has many helpful print outs!

Here is a diary of my first 3 days on Fuel Cycle.
I decided Friday would be a good day to start my first Deep S meals. For me, it is easier to eat Satisfying meals on the weekends because my husband loves going out to eat on these days.
My morning started with 3 over easy eggs and two small slices of T-Bone Steak (left overs from the night before from Norm's Restaurant) and some Carnitas (deep fried pork).  I also had black coffee because even though we are allowed a swirl of Heavy Cream on our first 3 days of the FC I really wanted to try and not have it at all. I figured with such a large breakfast it would keep me full for the 3 hrs. we need to wait in between. My aunt came to visit and I didn't eat my next meal until 4 1/2 hrs! This was not good because we are not suppose to go more than 4 hrs. in between meals when we are doing the FC. After, I had my Lunch that consisted of a Salmon patty and steamed broccoli with butter I got hungry within 2hrs. I ate a Turkey patty and I made the Lemon Mouse. It was good just not my favorite, but I was glad I had something to keep me full longer. Well within an hour of eating this my husband got home and wanted to go out to eat. By this time it was already 7:30 pm and by the time we ate it was almost 8:30 pm. All I could have at the Salvadorean restaurant my husband chose was Carnitas again with a cabbage lemon salad. I was only able to eat two small pieces because I was still full from the Turkey patty. Again it was only 2 hrs. in between meals and I didn't like it, but it was, what it was.
I got home and wanted something sweet and I made the Skinny Chocolate. Wow! I loved it! I only ate a little small chunk and was satisfied. My goal for the next 3 days is to add Coconut oil to as many food items I consume as I can. Here is a Link from Dr. Oz regarding Coconut oil. I'm sure you can find more info. this is just a small description.

Here they are! I put them in a Ziploc bag and placed in the freezer.  This is how I ended my first night on FC

Saturday: I decided to weigh in every day this week to find out what type of meal makes me loose more weight. Today is the first day I weigh in and I lost 1.6 lbs.
Day 2 on FC S day:
Today was basically the same as yesterday with very high fat foods, but I made sure I ate every 3 hrs. I did have a double double from In n Out without their dressing but it did have the cheese. Cheese is off plan but I didn't think it would affect me. I tried a new protein shake made with almond milk and I added one of the skinny chocolates...it was amazing! It reminded me of Chocolate chip cookie ice cream! I made it with my Magic Bullet and I tell ya, it's the best kitchen tool I have! It's a must have!

Sunday: I am down another 0.8 this makes me 2.4 lbs lighter in two days!
Third Day was the same with high fat meals. Tomorrow I will find out how much I lost in these three Deep S days of my First Fuel Cycle. 
Down: 0.4 today!

Note: I had a horrible migraine Saturday night and Sunday night. Hoping it goes away with the added fruits and grains this coming week.

I lost 2.8 lbs over the weekend :) 

Now to my 2 Fuel Pull days and 2 E meal days...I'll tell you about them when I am done with my first week of Fuel Cycle!

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