Friday, January 16, 2009

Old Navy

OMG, i am about to rip my hair out. but what do i expect when sends out an e-mail with an additional 50% off all marked down items? Well wow, ok sign me up! Jeans and work pants and tops for $5.00! who doesn't love a bargin?! I selected my 12 items.. even tossed in a few things for the hubby... and wow lets check out... ooops... no system busy... refresh... oh now 6 of my items i wanted have already been purchased by someone else! ok check out the ones i have... ooops system busy.... there goes another item! I have been trying to check out for over an hour. I call customer service and wait 25 minutes for someone to answer the phone... "im sorry mam, our serving is upgrading." WHAT A TIME TO UPGRADE! i know one of my goals this year was to be patient.. but when i can get clothes for almost 90% off... I want them! and i want them now!

Swimsuits and Snow

I think somehow during the last week I was transferred to Alaska! -8 degrees! Highs of 11? and now it's snowing! I love snow.. but only when it's warm enough to go outside and play in it! And on a side note, this is Kansas people, we are use to snow, rain, ice, 80mph winds... learn to drive! I had some nut on the way to work keep hitting his breaks every 20 yards. Did he really want me to hit him? And another nutball that was doing about 60... that's speeding on a dry day!

All this snow got me to thinking about some beach, some where... then at that moment sends me an update on their new upcoming swimwear. Now it's no secret that I am a big girl and the swim suits are different then the cute itsy bitsy bikinis. but I think i have to have this one.

But there is one thing that I never will understand... show me what it looks like with a belly! these models are like the most perfect plus size girls i've ever seen. no bellys, flabby arms, rolls, wrinkles, or thighs! Oh well.. that's why I'm exercising right? :) Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I must admit that I admire "heather drive". She is so creative and inspiring. I try to read her blog atleast once a month. When I was planning the wedding I was probably looking at her page a couple times a week. She has tons of "DIY" projects on there and recipies and books. It makes me want to do things! I know, kinda silly. But I think I will be posting more of the recipes that Danny and I have been trying on here and my new projects and goals. A bonus is that it keeps be busy and my mind off of food! My goal in the next couple of weeks is to find some good superbowl food for Danny and I. I am starting off by trying HeatherDrives Buffalo Chicken Strips.

Here is the recipie I found on her page.

Buffalo-Style Chicken Strips(Source: Amber's Delectable Delights, adapted from: 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour- 2 tsp. garlic powder- 2 tsp. paprika- 1 tsp. onion powder- 1 tsp. salt- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper- 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten- 3 cups coarsely crushed cornflakes- 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips- Cooking spray- 1/3 cup hot sauce (such as Crystal)- 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)- 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce- 1 tbsp. butter- 1/2 cup fat-free ranch dressing for dipping (can substitute blue cheese, BBQ sauce, ketchup... whatever you like to dip chicken fingers in)Directions:1. Preheat oven to 400°.2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a shallow dish, stirring with a whisk. Place egg whites in a shallow dish. Place cornflakes in a shallow dish. Working with 1 chicken strip at a time, dredge in flour mixture. Dip in egg whites; dredge in cornflakes. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken strips, flour mixture, egg whites, and cornflakes.3. Lightly coat chicken strips with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until done, turning once.4. Combine hot sauce, pepper sauce, and Worcestershire in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in butter. Drizzle hot sauce mixture over chicken. (I read in the comments that it's best not to drizzle it over the chicken, because it can cause the corn flakes to lose their crunch. If you make the hot sauce, I suggest dipping the chicken in it instead.)Serve with ranch dressing, celery, and carrots.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Week One of Dieting

Conquering week one... wow i've done a complete change in my eating habbits. I did not have fast food one time this week! That is an amazing accomplishment in it's self for me. I replaced McDonalds Bagel breakfast with eggos and cheerios. No more Double Cheeseburgers and Chicken Finger Lunches... it consists of frozen meals and salads. Supper is now fresh baked chicken or turkey say good bye applebees, godfathers and china one!

Not only is this diet going to help me get healthier, it is saving me money. I figured out one week alone i was saving an average of $30 a week on breakfast. Not to mention I hate out 5 times a week for lunch and then my husband and I would typically eat dinner out 5 times a week. So we are saving atleast $100 a week on eating out. Yay!

The Results:
Week one went great! I lost 13.8 pounds and my husband lost 7.6 pounds and my cousin lost almost 7! So proud of everyone. I hope we have the good numbers next week! I know the second week is harder... but i didn't get this way with hard work! lol

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hello Weight Watchers

Well I made it to my first weight watchers meeting. I dont like the lady lol. I am looking for a leader that is like me, or close to my situation... someone whose had a great deal of weight to lose... are they out there? I don't know about you, but when I have over 200 pounds to lose, I am just not motivated by someone whose lost 35 pounds or so. I'm not giving up, I'm just switching days... we will see what next Tuesday brings me. I'm heavier then I've ever been. I held back the tears until after the meeting was over and then broke down in the car with my husband. He is so supportive and loving, I am so glad he is by my side doing this with me. As well as my cousin. She too gives me that kick in the butt that I need when I want to stuff my face with birthday cake.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Survey - 2008

I stole this from HeatherDrive.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
I got married to the most wonderful man ever!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I made the resolution to lose weight.. which i did not... For 2009, I am going to get healthier and handle my money better!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Monica had a baby in September and Mindy, Kelly and Jennifer all got prego last year and are expecting Boys this year.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes my mother n law died Jan 18th.

5. What countries did you visit? 0

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? I would like to have more free time with my Husband and to be able to take short little road trips with him.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?Jan 18 - was the day danny's mom passed
Jan 22 - Official proposal from Danny
Jan 28 - Danny and I quit smoking and Danny quit chewing
Nov 4 - The day the first African American was voted President
and of course August 8 - the day i married my sweetheart

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I got married and I quit Smoking!

9. What was your biggest failure? I failed by not being able to lose weight for the wedding and upsetting my mother by comments I made on my old blog. I love my mom and at that time, what I wrote didn't come out right and I really upset her, in my eyes i failed to be a good daughter to her at that point in time.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? not really, i've had some minor issues but nothing serious.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My husbands wedding band :), my new car, and our puppy Jack.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My mother and Fathers. They worked so hard for me to have the wedding of my dreams... and they made it happen. My wedding was everything i dreamed of and hoped for.

Marie, Kristin, Kelly - for sticking by me, listening to me vent, and cry and all that emotional crap that they got stuck doing for being my friends and bridesmaids.

Danny - without him, i'd be lost. He supports me in anything i do. He is my best friend and husband. I coudln't ask for more.

My Brother, heather and the kids - they always kept me laughing and they were there for me, danny, mom and dad whenever we need them.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? no ones that i can recall

14. Where did most of your money go? the honeymoon :)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? I got the wedding i dreamed of and a fantastic honeymoon. I also got Jack - i've always wanted a boston terrier puppy and now i have one!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Carried Away - George Strait, When you say nothing at all - Allison Kraus - they were our wedding songs.... Non wedding - CHICKEN FRIED - Zac Brown. We hear that song and we just turn it up and belt it out.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? happier. b) thinner or fatter? i'm not allowed to say the word fat... but i am fluffier :) c) richer or poorer? richer.. more then just money too.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? complimenting and thanking people, exercise

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? complaining, eating fast foods lol,

20. How did you spend Christmas? Danny and I spent it at My parents house with my brother and his family, my grandpa & his wife, and my Aunt. It was wonderful. I love having family around.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes with my puppy Jack! I was already inlove with Danny

22. What was your favorite TV program? American Idol (Kansas City boy David Cook!!) Greys, CSI Miami

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I dont hate anyone and can't recall anyone that i dont like that i use too....

24. What was the best book you read? I don't recall reading anything but bridal magazines...

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? David Cook :)

26. What did you want and get? a wonderful wedding! oh and a stand up mixer! (however it's still at moms house!)

27. What did you want and not get? a food processor and a blender!

28. What was your favorite film of this year? The Dark Knight probably.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? i turned 30 and i went to eat crablegs with mom, dad and danny. during the evening i went to shoot pool with kristin and danny. pretty low key.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? i dont know what could be better then marrying danny... but winning a BIG lottery would help??

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? I wore what ever fit!

32. What kept you sane? Dr. Pepper, Frozen Custard, and danny

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I guess Obama, not that I "fancied" him.. but the fact he is the first african american to be president

34. What political issue stirred you the most? the presidential race

35. Who did you miss? Mama King, friends and family who couldn't make it to the wedding,

36. Who was the best new person you met? they're all great!

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008. Be happy! Don't waste your life worrying about what others think and do, just be happy and live life to the fullest.

It's time for 2009!

wow, It's been a while since I've been blogging... the holidays were good, I spent new years with my husband, friends marie and leviticus in the comfort of my apartment. I don't know about you, but I hate being charged a cover charge for one thing, and then for the dang cover charge to be anywhere from $25-$50 bucks a person just to get in to the average joe bar down the street.. and for what? A glass of champagne that I wont drink and to be around some really annoying people? I dont think so. SO i toasted my glass of wine in 09 and made the resolution to be better at money mangement and to be healthier. Im not making the resoultion to lose weight.. i always fail....

Conquer... this is my word of the year. Im going to conquer my battle with my weight and health.. Conquer my battle with my shopping addiction and poor money management... Conquer my battle to go to McDonalds and get their breakfast bagels...

In October, when my husband and friend Kristin were having heart problems, I found a wonderful online community that is geared towards weightloss. it gives tips and advice, recipies and online community support for all sorts of diets. My husband and I, along with my cousin Marie, have joined weight watchers to help us Conquer our battle with our weight.

When i first found fat secret i was eager to get started.... since then i've gained 25 pounds... atleast! (according to the doctor scale..) Weight Watchers is starting on Monday 1-5-09 so I will have an accurate weight to start going by. It's amazing how you can just let yourself slip into your big clothes and keep drinking the dr pepper.... i've noticed the clothes shrinking.. but there was always another.. bigger.. pair of pants laying around... when does it ever stop? it stops now! Im in my biggest pair of jeans... and yep, you guessed it.. im outta bigger jeans to slip on. I just want to be able to bend over and pick something up off the floor, tie my shoes and put on my socks, sit in a booth or fit in a stadium seat, have a pair of skinny jeans and that little black dress...."cheers to a new me!"