Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nachos!

Since I found out I have Gestational Diabetes, I've been really craving some of my old favorites.  I did a little researching and found some recipies that I can't wait to try!

These zesty nachos are tantalizing to the taste buds, provide approximately 29 grams of carbohydrates, and are a good way to work in a little calcium and a serving of vegetables into your prenatal diet.



To make: layer 10 corn tortilla chips—just over 1 ounce in weight—on a baking sheet and top with 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of chopped green pepper (or use hot peppers, if preferred). Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and transfer to plate. Top with 1/4 cup of tomato salsa and a tablespoon dollop of low-fat Greek-style yogurt.

Health Tip: Because flavored tortilla chips tend to contain lots of sodium and, even worse for moms with gestational diabetes, added sugar, stick to plain corn tortilla chips.
 
*recipie & photo from Babyzone

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gestational Diabetes = Postitive

I had a feeling once I found out I was pregnant that I had a high chance of getting Gestational Diabetes due to my weight. 

My first visit to the Doctor, she tested my blood and my results were a little high, then at 24 weeks she scheduled me for the 1 hour Glucose test.  I've heard that the Glucose Drink is very horrible to drink... however I thought it tasted just like flat Sunkist.   Well that test came back positive and I was on my way to take the 3 hour Glucose Tolerance Test.  3 hours! 

Let me tell you, that drink IS HORRIBLE!  it has twice as much glucose!  Yuck!  It made me hot and dizzy and I wanted to pass out!  But I knew if I got sick I'd have to retake the test, and there was no way i was coming back and drinking that stuff again!   I made it the 3 hours and couldn't wait to eat.  TGIFridays was around the corner and it was on my mind since I walked through those doors to have the test done.   Starving...We arrive at TGI Fridays.  What the hell, it was closed!  Not a happy camper!

A day later, I received my results...   Positive..  Dum Dum Dum (really bad noise effects).   I have to now watch my Carbs and take my blood sugar 4 times a day.  My husband is being very supportive and is helping me plan meals and snacks.  I have never hated Grocery shopping until this week.  We have nothing in our house and there appears to be nothing that I can eat that I like. 

I know I have to do this, not only for me but for my baby Biscuit. 

For more info on Getational Diabetes, check out this link.  http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/gestational/what-is-gestational-diabetes.html  I found it very helpful.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Baby Shower Games

I know I'm not suppose to plan my own baby shower, but I'm excited to play games!  I played this game at one of my friends baby showers and everyone had so much fun.  It's a basic Match Game and you get Candy for the prizes!!!  What's better then Candy?!

If you're hosting a baby shower, you want to have creative games that work for both the younger and older crowd. One simple game that will get everyone involved is the Match Game. First, create a list of pregnancy related terms. To make this game even more enjoyable, come up with prizes that go along with the terms. Here are some examples you can use, with prizes.


1. Conception - Skor
2. Father - Big Hunk
3. Umbilical Cord - Rope Licorice
4. OBGYN - Mr. Goodbar
5. Poopy Diaper - Raisinets
6. Midnight Feeding - Milky Way
7. Bottle - candy bottle
8. Pacifier - Ring Pop
9. Baby talk - Snickers
10. Pregnancy Forgetfulness - Watchamacallit
11. Hemorrhoids - Hot Tamales
12. Anesthesiologist - Lifesavers
13. Baby Names - Baby Ruth
14. Doctor Bill - 100 Grand Bar
15. Twins - M&Ms

There are plenty of other pregnancy and baby related terms you could use. Be creative with your prizes.
Get a big piece of cardboard that you can have someone hold or lean against a wall or couch. Use 3x5 cards or thick paper to put the terms on. In big, readable letters write or type the terms on cards. Remember to make two of each word or phrase. If you use 16 terms, that's 32 cards. On the back of each card, put a number. Make sure it's large enough for everyone to read. Tape the cards in numerical order onto the board. If you have 32 cards, you can do a grid of eight across, four down.

When you're ready to play, make sure you have your list handy so you know what prize goes with each match. Go around the room and have a person pick two numbers. Show each card and read the terms aloud. If it's a match, take the cards off the board and give the person their prize. Keep going around the room until all the matches are found.

Other Candy ideas are:
Pregnancy

•Daddy at conception (answer: Big Hunk)
•The conception (Skor)
•Pregnant belly (Chunky)
•Choosing baby's name (Whatchmacallit)
•Girl's name (Baby Ruth)
•Twin boys* (Mike and Ike)
•Contractions* (Now and Later)

Labor and Delivery
•Hospital address (5th Avenue)
•Late to hospital (Rocky Road)
•Anesthesiologist (Mr. Goodbar)
•Epidurals* (Life Savers)
•Delivery doctor (Butterfinger)
•Labor and delivery nurses* (Sweet Tarts)
•Daddy during delivery* (Bonkers)
•Umbilical cord* (Twizzlers)
•Hospital nursery*(Cry Babies )
•Hospital bills (100 Grand)
•Hospital accountants* (Nerds)

Your baby's first days
•Seeing your baby* (Tear Jerkers)
•Premie* (Runts)
•11 pound babies* (Whoppers)
•Swashbuckling triplets (3 Muskateers)
•Chunky baby* (Rolo's)
•Breast engorgement (Mounds)
•Postpartum tummy* (Jelly Belly)
•Breast feeding (Milky Way)
•Grandparents* (Sugar Daddies)

Bringing your baby home
•Time alone (Zero)
•Mommy's lunch (Take 5)
•Mommy's sleep time (Fast Break)
•Baby giggles (Snickers)
•Diapers, formula, medicine (Payday)
•Dirty diaper* (Milk Duds)
•Lullabyes (Symphony)
•Love my baby* (Hugs and Kisses)
•Teething (Crunch)
•Daycare* (Sugar Babies)
•Baby's intelligence* (Smarts)
•Your new baby (Treasures)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hello 6 Months!

I haven't been very good at keeping up with my blog.  I guess if I had a bigger following I would be better at it. :)  I suppose if I did a better job, I might get a bigger following lol.

I am officially 6 months now.  Things are going great.  Being pregnant for the first time, I am such a worrier!  It never bothered me that I coudln't feel the baby, prior to actually feeling it.  Now that the baby moves a lot, I worry when I don't feel it!  I worry if I am smooshing the baby, if my size is limiting the ability for the baby to move as much as needed.  I worry about the dogs and when they jump up to tell me hello and snuggle close at night. I worry about driving, going out in the weather and doing everyday house chores. 

We went 2 weeks ago to determine the babys sex.  I don't know about the rest of you, but dang those sonograms hurt!  I end up with bruising on my lower stomach.  I think they have to push so hard to get through all my "excess padding".  Ouch!  The baby is growing great, the heartbeat is 150-152.  The baby was sucking on it's four fingers and you could see the mouth moving.  Noice how I keep saying Baby and It's?  That's because the little one was sitting indian style and not showing anything!  That made me chuckle, my baby is part Native American!  And it shows that it has his daddys stubborness!

We are schedule to go back and have a Level 2 ultrasound soon.  I told my husband that it would be ok to be a surprise, however he is dieing to buy baby stuff and just has to know!

We have officially decided on a boy name and a girl name.  That will be a secret until a later day.

I hope everyone is doing fantastic and enjoying this wonderful fall weather.  Happy Football Day!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Most of you know how much I love Fall and of course Pumpkins!  This has turned out to be the most fantastic day in Kansas City.  The chiefs won!  And the temp is about 70 something... perfect for a starbucks pumpkin spice latte!

I was doing some e-mail catching up today and ran across this recipe from Kraft and just had to share! Mini Pumpkin Pies!!!  I haven't tried it out yet, but I will be sure to put all the ingredients on this weeks shopping list!



prep time 20 min
total time 1 hr
makes 6 servings

What You Need
1 pkg. (4 oz.) graham cracker tart shells (6 shells)
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar, divided
2 Eggs, divided
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
6 Tbsp. thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping

Make It
HEAT oven to 350ºF.

PLACE tart shells on baking sheet.
Mix Neufchatel, 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1 egg with whisk until well blended.
Spoon into tart shells.
MIX pumpkin, spice, remaining sugar and egg until well blended; spoon over Neufchatel layers in tart shells. Sprinkle with nuts.

BAKE 40 min. or until centers are set. Cool completely. Serve topped with COOL WHIP.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Biscuit Continued.

Super Excited, we started telling immediate family members and a couple of friends. Missing periods makes it so hard to "Plan" and to "Try" to get pregnant.  So this was such a shock and we just downsized from a two bedroom lower level apartment to a 1 bedroom second story apartment.... ugh stairs.

The following Monday I called my doctor and scheduled an appointment. We weren't sure how far along we were since I do miss periods. We were able to have an ultrasound and found out that we were only 4 weeks. Our originally thinking was 8-9 weeks. 4 weeks is ok, we are still going to have a baby!


Proud Daddy
Lots of concerns were on my mind, and at first I was scared to death. I tried not to stress, but It's easier to say "don't stress" then to do it. First off, my size scares me to death. As all of you know, I am morbidly obese. It's very risky. I talked to my doctor about my concerns and she does realize the risks of being my size, but she also reassured me that she is not going to treat me like a high risk until that time comes. She said all pregnancies are risky and that we are going to take this one month at a time. I love my doctor. She is fabulous.

We went back a month later and had another ultrasound.  We found out we were 9 weeks.  We got to hear the heartbeat..  that is the most awesome sound in the world!  And Biscuit was dancing for us!  He/She was just a wiggling and shaking their bootie!  It was so cute. 

We have been discussing if we should find out the sex of the baby.  When in your life will you be able to have a surprise like that?   (well maybe if you weren't trying to have a baby and one day you find out your pregnant... thats a wonderful surprise)  After browsing through baby departments, we decided that there weren't alot of neutral items.  Most of the neutral items were still geared towards boys.  So we decided to be prepared and find out if it's a boy or girl.  We find out on October 22.  I'm hoping to be able to move that date up a couple weeks.  It's so hard to wait!  My husband and I have been running through names and have a few selected. It will be much easier when we know the sex of the baby.  I should be 21 weeks at that time.

I hope everyone is having a good summer!  I can't wait for fall!  This 2 week heat wave of 100+ degrees weather has extended it's welcome!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I'd Like for you to meet Biscuit!

So I haven't been blogging very much lately.  I use to be so big on looking at all the bargin websites and finding all those deals and steals... however, we moved a couple months ago and I realized that one individual does not need 12 bottles of shampoo and my husband does not need over 15 packages of razors! We have quite the collection of personal goods in our new bathroom. 

The other major reason for the lack of shopping and posting those good steals is that my husband and I found out on June 25th, that we were expecting our first child!  I'd like for all of you to meet Biscuit.



This was at 9 weeks and was our second ultrasound.  I have been diagnoised with PCOS (altho the only symptom I had was missed periods) and for the past couple of years my periods were not regular... they weren't even close to regular.  I've been batteling irregular periods my whole life, so when I missed my period, I didn't think much of it.  My Husband and I would take a test and the result was Negative... time and time again... negative. 

Well not on June 25th!  I went in thinking the result was negative... but to my surprise, that stick put up two lines so quick, I didn't even have to wait the 3 minutes.  My mouth dropped and excuse the language, but the first words out of my mouth was "Holy Sh!t". Then I asked my husband to get out the directions and check what two lines meant.  We coudln't believe it.  We were going to be parents.  We went out and bought 3 more test.  All came back positive! 




Saturday, July 31, 2010

Soooo ready...

for some FOOTBALL!   Spring Training has started and I'm so exicted for Football to start.  Hopefully the Chiefs will not suck so much this year!  1 more month until the first preseason game!  Yay!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

A Summer time favorite!!!  I had this posted on my weight loss blog, (however I'm deciding to cancel that blog and just use one) and wanted to share it here!



Was POINTS® Value: 9
Now POINTS® Value: 6
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 25 min




Ingredients
24 medium strawberries, about 10 oz, hulled and quartered (reserve 6 whole berries for garnish)
2 Tbsp orange juice
2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp table salt
4 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine, chilled and cut into pieces
2/3 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
2 tsp fat-free skim milk
1 tsp sugar
3/4 cup(s) fat-free whipped topping



Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Combine quartered strawberries and orange juice; toss to combine. Set aside.

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, 6 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder and salt. Add margarine; mix together with a fork until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2/3 cup of milk; mix until a manageable dough forms.

4. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to 1-inch thickness. Using a 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter (or round glass), cut dough into six circles. Transfer rounds to baking sheet. Brush tops with 2 teaspoons milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar.

5. Bake until puffed up and golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and, while still warm, split in half crosswise (like an English muffin).

6. Spoon 1/3 cup of strawberries onto bottom half of each shortcake round. Top with sugar-coated second half. Spoon 2 tablespoons of whipped topping on top and garnish each with a whole strawberry.



WW renovated Strawberry Shortcake by:
Using reduced-calorie margarine instead of butter in the dough.
Swapping fat-free milk for whole milk.
Coating the dough with fat-free milk instead of beaten egg.
Reducing the amount of sugar in the dough and using orange juice to replace sugar in the berry filling.




*recipe and picture from WW*

Wow It's been a while!

It's two months since I've posted on here...  Honestly I don't have much to report.  I've been keeping busy with work.  I've been doing a lot of local traveling lately, and it sure is wearing me out!  My Husband and I finally solved our flooding problem with the apartment... we moved!  We terminated our lease and have moved to a nicer happier community.  We both like it a lot. 

Not much else going on for now... I hope everyone is having a great summer and keeping cool!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bounce Back From A Binge!

I recently read an article by Cynthia Sass, R.D. about easy ways to bounce back from a binge. I know that I have a hard time not splurging on some good food and thought I’d share what she wrote.


1. Do A Reality Check. As full and heavy as you may feel, the numbers don’t lie. 3,500 calories make one pound of body fat. So unless you are six slices of cake and drank eight glasses of wine, you are in the clear.

2. Get Enough Water! Drink 8 - 10 cups throughout the day to flush out any extra sodium that could cause water retention.

3. Eat Balanced Meals. Starving yourself after a binge often backfires. It slows your metabolism and it sets you up for another binge! So eat!

4. Fill Up On Fiber! Consuming too much of the wrong foods can lead to short-term constipation and bloating. Keep your digestive system humming with fiber-rich foods such as black beans, artichokes, raspberries and barley.

5. Work Up A Sweat. Stay on that stair-climber for an additional 15 minutes or park farther from the door at the store or office and you’ll burn extra calories!

When I’m trying to really stay focused on my diet and I binge, I am very guilty of #3. I think if I just eat less or skip a meal then it will make up for the damage of my binge. I guess I was Wrong! I knew long term starvation would make your body store the fat it already has and you don’t lose, but I didn’t know short term would do that also!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Turkey Burgers! Yum!

Turkey Burgers…Diet Friend or Diet Foe?


While I’m still learning and training on my job, I have a lot of down time and have been catching up on a lot of reading. I found this article interesting because how many of you heard that turkey is always better then hamburger? Me too, so I started buying ground turkey instead of hamburger.. then I read this article from Shape.

Just because it’s a turkey burger and not a beef hamburger, doesn’t mean it’s healthier. Some of Turkey Burgers contain dark meat and skin, which can make them high in saturated fat and calories. (Sotiria Tzakas Everett-nutritionist) To save over 200 calories and 7 grams of fat with a turkey burger instead of beef burger, you need to select a ground turkey that is at least 90% lean and contains fewer then 5 grams of saturated fat.

After reading this article, I headed to the store. The downside to eating healthy turkey is it is expensive! 93% lean is 3.50 a pound and 99% lean is 5.00 a pound! It’s also very bland! I made a 99% lean turkey burger for me and my husband and we had to choke it down with about 3 glasses of water! Next time I’ll be sure to mix in some healthy flavors to spice it up!

Also, does anyone know how healthy the 97% lean ground hamburger is compared to the turkey? I’ve been researching and haven’t found anything yet. Thanks!

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines, come fly the NOT to friendly skies. I guess that’s not all true. I had a wonderful flight out of Kansas City into Tampa.


For months, I have been worried about fitting on the airline since the Kevin Smith/Southwest Airlines incident. If you’re not familiar with the story, He got kicked off the plane because he was too big. I stressed myself out, made myself sick for months worrying about this. I even bought an airline extender seatbelt to try to not draw attention to myself.

So Vacation day arrives. I sit beside my 7 year old nephew and use my extender. I leave the armrest down, because that is their policy, It’s a tight squeeze, but the armrests are down. The plane takes off, not a word is said to me. Yes! I made it! All the stress and worries are gone!

If you don’t know about southwest’s “Customer of Size” Policy, you can find it here. But plain and simple, if you cant fit comfortably with the armrest down, then they can make you buy a second ticket. It doesn’t matter if you have someone smaller (like my nephew or spouse) next to you. It’s for everyones safety. If the flight is not a sell out, they will refund your money.

So we are getting ready to leave Tampa. I’ve checked in my luggage, I’ve received my boarding pass and I’m waiting for my airplane to board. We arrived early so we had a couple hours to sit and wait. Well my husband and I decided to move closer to the gate and wait. He went to the laptop station and my mom came over to visit. The lady boarding the flight ahead of us asked me twice if I was waiting on someone or if I was flying out. I told her flying out both times. The second time she went and told one of the customer service people at SWA. I’m guess she went and told her that there is a HUGE woman waiting to fly out because the Customer Service Lady came over to talk to me about their “Customer of Size” Policy and telling me that I should purchase another ticket. Well you guess it. I am flaming pissed. Mom is there and helped handle the situation. She told the lady we are on our way back to Kansas City and we were never approached about our size or informed of the policy. We told her that I flew out with my little nephew and that’s how we are flying back. She went ahead and told me for his safety I need that extra seat. I got lucky that I didn’t have to buy another seat because it was Kansas City’s fault I didn’t buy an additional seat in the first place. So she was turning Kansas City in. She gave me a pre-boarding pass and a sign that reserved a seat next to me. She also told me that my nephew is still allowed to sit next to me. WTF??? Seriously??? You just told me it’s not safe and that’s why you make “Customers of Size” purchase two seats!

I wrote a complaint to SWA and let them know how discriminating it was to sit in an airline with 100’s of passengers, and yes many were large, and be told that I am too large. I didn’t even get the chance to sit in the seat! Just because I look to big you approach me and make me feel like shit? I don’t think so. And then you tell me it’s your policy that you have to buy two seats even if you planned on having a family member sit next to me, because of Safety! And you then proceed to tell me after you’ve made me feel like shit about my size that he can still sit next to me? Oh I don’t think so! I’m waiting to hear back from SWA on my complaint. I’ll keep you posted!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tonya, you just got a job, where will you go?... I'm going to DisneyWorld!

Family Vacation! What an experience! It was me, my husband, mom, dad, brother, sister n law, and their 4 kids. We all flew to Tampa and traveled east to Orlando to spend 8 wonderful days there! Thank you mom for the tickets!


I had a fabulous trip, despite a few family members being jerks 90% off the time. I had my moments when I would lose it and get hateful, but that was only because of someone else being a rude buttface. My poor mother just wanted us to all have fun, and all we did was bicker. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of fun, but the bickering was too much. No one could agree on what to do, and when someone decided, it wasn’t what someone else wanted to do. Pretty much, I felt like we did what my brother wanted to do.

I did have a fabulous time though. It was so nice to get away from it all. Especially knowing I had a job to come home too! Unemployment had ran out and we were very LOW on money, so it came at a perfect time. *Side Story: 5-6 years ago, the same situation happened with my father. He got laid off from his job of 29 years. He applied and interviewed at several places. His unemployment ran out. The good Lord was looking out for my family. The radio station was giving away a trip for 4 to Orlando. My whole family, heck the whole city, had been trying to win these trips. I can’t remember if it was one trip a day, or one trip a week, they were giving away, but anyways, it was the very last trip, I was sitting at work at 8am, and they played the magical touchtones, I tried and tried to win it for my family, no luck. Just then my work phone rings and my it’s my dad. He starts a casual conversation asking me if I got in on the radio, and Moms voice came on air. She was the correct caller! She wont the trip to Disney! Dad was trying to make sure I was listening to the radio with out giving it away. Oh it was so exciting. (A side note, when the radio stations had money, they gave away trips and concerts and prizes all the time. Mom is the luckiest person I know, she also won a trip to Hawaii from this same radio station!) Just shortly after, Dad got a call and a job offer. Thank you God. So we are off to Florida and Dad has a job when he gets back. Pretty much the same situation with me 5 years later.*

We experienced, Disney, Orange Groves, Kennedy Space Center, M&M world and Gators! Driving to Kennedy Space Center we saw Gators just chilling on the side of the road in some little watery swamps, It was so exciting, we almost missed a couple of exits looking for gators! The kids had such a great time at Disney. Lily got so use to use taking a bazillion pictures, she started stopping in front of every tree and flower and asking to take her picture! One of the cutest moments with Lily was when she asked Tinker Bell and the Fairies if they could make her fly! Chezney got to meet his favorite Pluto and the big kids loved the bigger roller coasters. I will be honest, I was not a fan of Epcot. It’s basically just some neat buildings, and a lot of shopping. We walked so much that day at that park. I think someone told us it’s about 7 miles if you walk the whole thing, which we did.

I had a few depressing moments on vacation. I didn’t get to ride a lot of rides because I was afraid I wouldn’t fit. So I missed out on a lot of fun. Also, I got stuck in a turn stall trying to board the train. It was one of their older ones, and they are smaller and I just couldn’t get the sucker to spin around. I tried to not cry, but when I saw the line forming behind me and my 5 year old Niece kept saying, “Kaka is stuck” Louder and Louder each time. (They call me Kaka J ) The tears just rolled. This is also the day that it decided to rain cat and dogs and we were so wet it looked like we went swimming with our clothes on. I was able to make my way through the crowd and I saw a handicap entrance. So I went through it and boarded the train. A few minutes later a grumpy old man that works there cam back and loudly stated “YOU WENT THROUGH AN EXIT” I said yes because I don’t fit through the turn stall. at this point im already upset, but he couldn’t hear me so I had to say it louder 3 more times! By this time, everyone on the train in my section knew I was so fat I couldn’t fit though the turn stall. And they were talking about me. I wanted to just turn around and be like, “The old man was hard of hearing, not me!” but I didn’t. I tried to regain composure, but it was hard. That incident and the rain ruined the day so we went back to the rental home.

Vacation was good. It was needed. But I was never happier to get back home. Keep a look out for my Southwest Airline Post in a few days. You think the story about the turn stall was bad, just wait. have a good day everyone!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Work Work Work

What a month April has turned out to be! As you all know, I finally got a job offer (3 to be exact!) and accepted the position working for the State of Kansas. I started that job this week. It’s a nice, short, 10 to 15 minute drive on the side streets. No highway -Yay! It feels so good to be working again!


Day One: It was pretty slow, I got to meet just about everyone in the office. It’s so different to work in an office with more then two people! They are so laid back and carefree. During lunch breaks they play board and card games. I learned about the type of clients we deal with, that can be pretty creepy if you think about it, because everyone that’s a client has committed a felon in the past. Not all are serious, but we do deal with sex offenders and murders. The afternoon, I sat through orientation, learned all the benefits and policies… yada yada yada.

Day two welcomed me with a carpool ride to Topeka for the Regional Meeting. A long hour ride early in the morning with 3 guys who listened to talk radio! Yep, you guessed it, snooze time! I bet I made a good impression on my second day! I just hope I didn’t snore! Regional Meetings are where the entire North  Region gets together and talks about how to better the department and things that are going on with the state. Everyone kept telling me how boring it was, but I learned so much! Maybe it’s because I was the new girl. For instance, before I started this job, I was against the proposed sales tax on soda and sugar beverages. But at the meeting, I learned that the State proposed that tax to try and help meet budget cuts and save State Employee Jobs! I also learned that the State of Kansas is VERY poor these days! Enough about that, on to day Three!

Day three, four and five were all the same. I finally got a computer and started learning some of the basic programs. We have lots of meetings and group sessions we hold on Wednesday and Thursday, so the office was hopping all day long. Friday, I dove into some files. My new task is to reorganize the filing cabinets and make more space. No worries, I wont blog much about my job every week. lol. I was just so excited to finally be back at work and share my new experience with everyone!

I really think I’m going to like this job. There is so much to do and learn! I’m off to the Library to pick up a few books so I can learn a lot of the lingo and crimes! What a good week!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Biggest Loser

Oh what an episode!  I cried for 2 hours!  There were so many motivational moments during this episode.  You just have to watch it.  One point that is sticking in my head is from Michael, he said "it's the smallest changes that make the biggest difference".  I just need to take that to the street and start making my small changes.  So many moments had me thinking of myself, and when Sam and Koli went back to get the last lady walking the 5k just made the tears flood. 

**spoiler**

And it's no secret that I heart O'neal.  That man is just AMAZING!  I had so many tears flowing when he got voted off.  :(  Sad to see him go.  He was such an inspiration.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Learn to Control Emotional Eating

I coudln't remember if I posted this article eariler or not.. so if I did, here it is again!  I struggle hard with this and can always use a reminder on how to conquer it.  Again, article from Jillian Michaels.  I promise I do get other educational information from more sources then Jillian Michaels! LOL, it's just so easy to post hers because it comes straight to my inbox!  Hopefully, I will start posting more then just Jillians stuff!

Let Go of the Trigger
Okay, go get your journal or log in to your online Fitness Diary. As promised, I'm going to start showing you how to break the cycle of emotional eating. Below are two questions. For a week, before you eat anything, whether it's dinner or a small snack, I want you to answer these two questions in your journal. By doing this, you'll begin to distinguish between real hunger and emotional triggers.

1. Are you hungry?
Are you experiencing any physiological conditions that are signaling to you that you are hungry? Is your stomach growling? Do you feel weak or tired? Has it been longer than three or four hours since you last ate? If you concentrate on answering these questions, it will be very easy to determine whether you are genuinely, physically hungry or whether you are eating for a different reason. If you've determined that you are hungry, then it's time to eat. If not, it's time for the next question.

2. Are you depressed or anxious?
Did you just get into a fight? Are you anxious about a work-related deadline? Whatever it might be, write down what you're feeling and why you think you're feeling it. Getting in touch with your emotions here is critical. If you can't, you're going to have an incredibly difficult time reaching your weight loss goals. Dig deep, and get it in writing

Thursday, April 8, 2010

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To the Greatest Woman of All!

Happy Birthday Mom!  I love you!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Struggles

I feel like I'm on my blog all the time complaining about things.  Well here I go again.  I am so tired of my struggles. 

Again, I know people have it worse then me, but I am tired of it!  Right now I am so frustrated that we are having severe thunderstorm and the stupid digital tv won't keep a signal and I'm missing Biggest Loser!  I'm to poor to afford cable, my apartment has their own cable so we can't go out and get any good deals.  And it's not the fact that we are poor... I just can't manage money... but more on that later.

I love Biggest Loser, it's inspiring seeing everyone overcome their weight problems.  But what am I doing?  Sitting at home on my ass eating a pan of brownies or a birthday cake.  I sit and cry constantly that I need and want to lose weight.  And here I am watching a show about changing life and losing weight and I am shoveling horrible foods down my throat.  Biggest Loser just makes me feel like a huge loser. 

That brings me to my weight, that's a constant struggle.  I was born fat.  I grew up fat.  I grew up on McDonalds, Pizza and Fried Foods.  My favorite thing growing up... Fried Potatoes.  Mom would fix them with spaghetti.  Spaghetti hasn't been the same since I moved out.  I am poor so I have to eat the fast and cheap foods that are packed full of unhealthy junk and no good stuff.  I love food.  I love the taste, the smell, the look.  I love trying new foods.  I love eating... and it shows.  I have extra body parts and invented new body parts. I have extra thighs and arm wrinkles.  I've invented back boobs.



Money Struggles.  We all have them at one point in our life.  4 years ago, I fail victim to the joy and luxury of credit cards.  I bought every thing I wanted.  I bought my friends things and spoiled everyone at the holidays.  I traveled.  I lived.   Then the bills came in.  27 working an entry level office job didn't pay the bills. $49,000 in debt I filed for bankruptcy.  I learned my lesson.. so I thought.  Soon after my bankruptcy cleared, I started receiving credit card offers in the mail.  I applied.  Approved.  So the cycle repeats it's self.  Not as bad, thank god!  But all my cards are maxed and I lose my job.... then I lose my part time job.  I get unemployment checks.  I paid the minimum and blew the rest.  My mom warned me a couple times to save it all, but I didn't listen.   Once again, Mother was right.  And she knows it!  I get reminded of it weekly.  I love her to death, but I'm not one to have my problems rubbed in my face over and over... especially if I would have listened to her!  Mom is so supportive and loving and giving.  I lose my temper easily when things don't go my way and I start to get rude with her sometimes, and that isn't right.  I get my temper from my father.  Mother has been a life saver to me for so many years.  I feel guilty when I am rude and unthankful.  I love her to death and would be lost with out her.  I just need to learn to listen to her more often!  99% of the time she is right!  So thank goodness the job struggle has ended, but I still have the bills.  I can barely keep my head above water.  I'm drowning slowly.  After my husband gets paid on Friday, We will have $3 dollars to our name.  That doesn't include gas or groceries.  Not to mention that I am suppose to be going on vacation in less then 2 weeks. 

I know you may be asking, why are you going on vacation if you are in this situation!?  Well, my mother bought us all tickets for Disney World.  We have to go!  We just don't have money for anything else.  She gets so upset with me when I tell her that we only have money to eat crackers on vacation.  But it's true.  I try saving money.  It doesnt work.  I have it saved, I spend it.

I've been struggling with my relationship with my husband.  Both are nerves have been stressed to the max.  Every little thing we do drives the other one nuts.  I know we will work it out.  We sit down and talk daily about our struggles.  But it's so upsetting to know that we are so stressed out about our situations right now.  I chewed his head off because he spent $3.17 on some snacks for work.  Well, why did I chew his head off, it was only $3.17?  Because we were so tight on money that I only had $3 left in the bank.  That little snack ended up costing us $23.17.  Then I chew him out becuase his car takes so much money in gas every week.  I found out that instead of using our debit card, he's been putting it on a credit card. The card that I've been trying to slowly pay down!  Well I needed to fax some documents for my new job and at FedEx Office, you have to use a card to pay  (Which is a rip off, they charge $2.49 for one page and $1.49 each additional page!) I call for the balance and it's $2.80.  Seriously?! 

So of course I get all worked up, this causes a fight, and we don't talk for a few hours.  No worries, it's all worked out.  It's a double standard with me and money.  I see nothing wrong when I run out and buy lunch out or treat myself to a fountain drink, but get all angry when he does.  I guess it's because I know the money situation and when it's safe to spend it and he doesn't.  To be honest, I;m the reason we are having money troubles in the first place!

Taxes are another mess that I don't even want to get into.  My mom and I were spatting tonight because I told her that I would pay them as soon as I can.  She's told me 2 or 3 times about the payment information already this week.  I am stubborn and don't like to accept the fact that I screwed up and blew every penny we had. 

I know things are looking up for us and will get better.  I have been starting to put more trust in God and a few things have slowly turned around.  I need to put all of my trust in God and let him help and guide me through these struggles.  No worries, I won't go all God on everyone.  I know my beliefs and am comfortable expressing them when I feel need to praise and thank.  (Which brings me to another topic to blog about later!)

I hope everyone had a great Tuesday!

*sorry for any typos, i can't find spell checker on here!*

Salt

Interesting article on salt.  I was not aware that your intake should be no more than 2300 mg.  I've noticed that a lot of the healthy frozen meals have almost 500 or more!  And Soda.. wow.  I'm going to have to really pay attention to this!  I'm sure my feet would like me a lot better!

Salt shocker

By Helen Vong



As an active woman, you’re always trying to eliminate sodium from your diet – you certainly don’t want the side effects of high blood pressure, heart disease or potential weight gain that come with ingesting excess salt. To stay lean and healthy, your salt intake should be no more than one teaspoon per day (2,300 mg) – that’s the upper limit advocated by various agencies, including the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine.

Sticking to this amount isn’t too difficult if you’re only eating fresh whole foods, but it’s not easy to abolish processed, packaged fare from your diet. Even clean eaters can be lured in by hidden sources of salt, which account for 77 percent of the sodium in the average American’s diet. While you do need some salt for basic bodily functions, you can unintentionally go over the limit if you eat too many of these sneaky sources of sodium:

Bonus tip: If you must have salt, choose sea salt, and add it to your meal after it’s cooked. Its well-rounded flavor can help you use 1/3 less than table salt.


Monday, April 5, 2010

A New Job Awaits

Well folks, I received another job offer.  This one, better then the other two.  This is the State Job!  I will be working Monday-Friday and 8-5!  Perfect!

I honestly didn't think I would get this job.  It was my shortest interview and I thought I did horrible!  I got the call on Friday while my husband and I were making a few returns.  I was so excited I started jumping up and down and pumping my arms.  All weekend I just kept thinking how I was amazed I got this job, in the back of my head, I keep hoping that they didn't get their candidates confused!

They are being thoughful and letting me go ahead on my vacation (which is coming up in a few weeks!) and I get to start on 4-26-10.   I can't wait!  I have enjoyed all the free time with my husband and dogs (and I'm going to miss them) and all the time I've got to spend doing whatever I wanted, but I am ready to work!

Here's Looking to the future!  have a happy Monday!!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

KOTEX - Free Sample x 2 !!!


Walmart is offering a free sample of Kotex latest product, U.  Click here to get your free sample!  I trust Walmarts site and Kotex site with my personal information, plus I've always received the samples I've requested, unlike many sites out there!

BONUS!!!

You can also visit U by Kotex to sign up for a free sample from them as well!  Be sure to also print your $1 off coupon for U products.

Friday, April 2, 2010

20 Ways to Cut Calories

I onlyh disagree with one of these,  The Biggest Loser promotes drinking Milk, and in this article she is telling people not to drink it.... the rest of these tips are great!  I'm really gonna start trying the "Leave 3 bites"!

20 Ways to Cut Calories


Emily Fonnesbeck is the Registered Dietitian for the Biggest Loser Resort, and joins us today to share some must-have tips to help you manage calorie consumption and weight loss.

Chances are you have heard some of these suggestions before. But just because you have heard them, doesn’t mean you are actually doing them! Take a good hard look at what you are currently doing and decide where you can slash some calories. Some of these are easy as long as you are committed!

1. Quit drinking your calories. This includes milk, juice, alcohol, sweetened tea and coffee with sugar and cream. You’re quenching thirst with added calories.
2. Eat more often. That’s right, if you are going too long in between meals, you are probably overly hungry and eating too much.
3. Switch to leaner proteins. Poultry or fish instead of red meat. Skim or low fat milk and dairy instead of whole. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds work well too!
4. Add in produce. Every time you eat, make sure it includes a fruit or vegetable. This will add volume and bulk without all the calories.
5. Go veg. Try to make two lunches and two dinners each week vegetarian. Meats can be high in calories, especially for the portion sizes that we currently eat. Case in point, 8 oz. of salmon (the size of fillet you would buy or order eating out) is 440 calories.
6. Substitute. Take original recipes and use this substitution list to lighten up family favorites.
7. Use lower calorie condiments. Try mustard, ketchup, canola or olive oil based mayonnaise, vinegar, light oil based dressings, worcestershire sauce, light soy sauce, hot sauce, lemon/lime juice, horseradish, salsa, relish, herbs and spices for added flavor without the calories. Order all condiments on the side when eating out.
8. Downsize. Use mini-bagels, pre-portioned yogurts, cheese or ice cream bars, order half size entrees or salads at restaurants and choose smaller fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. Look for easy ways to watch portions.
9. Ditch the sugar. Look for unsweetened or lower sugar fruits, cereals, granola bars, condiments, etc.
10. Leave 3 bites on your plate. You don’t have to finish it! And by starting with 3, you will realize that it is possible.
11. Go fresh. Eat the whole food instead of the processed version: an apple instead of applesauce, chicken breast instead of the chicken nugget, plain yogurt instead of flavored yogurts.
12. Bake lighter. Anytime you are baking, cut sugar by 1/2 and fat by 1/3 and you will still get good results.
13. Eat for volume. Start your meal with a broth based soup or a large salad. This will fill you up without adding calories.
14. Get adequate sleep. If you aren’t sleeping 7-8 hours at night, your Leptin hormone level may be lower resulting in weight gain. You’re also awake more hours, which means more hours to eat!
15. Stay hydrated. That way you won’t mistake hunger for thirst.
16. Eat at home. Meals eaten at home are much lower in calories, fat and sodium and higher in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
17. Be picky. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it! Make sure it is worth it.
18. Be assertive. Don’t be afraid to order food the way you want it. Some examples: order meats grilled “dry” (without butter or oil), steamed veggies without butter, ask for whole grain options and order condiments on the side.
19. Be mindful. Quit nibbling on dinner before you eat it. Don’t take bites out of your kids’ food. Take the long walk around the office avoiding the candy dish.
20. Eat breakfast! Studies show you will eat less overall by starting with a healthy, balanced breakfast.

How to Boil that perfect Egg

This should be simple, a no brainer, however I never can get it right!  This year I am going to follow the directions and hope for those perfect boiled eggs!



Secrets to a Perfect Boiled Egg

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with 1 inch of cold water. Cover pot and bring to boil. Remove pan from heat as soon as boil is reached. Let the eggs stand, covered, in the hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (about 12 minutes for medium, about 18 for extra-large). Cool immediately in an ice-water bath.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Eggs


Wow I can't believe how fast this year is going!  Easter is this weekend!  I haven't even bought my eggs to dye yet!  I found these tips on Betty Crocker and thought I would share.  Enjoy!

Some fresh Easter Egg Decorating ideas to try:
Stripes Rubber bands of varying widths, placed tightly around the egg, will leave strips of the under-color after dyeing.

Wax-resistant patterns Have your kids use a crayon to create desired image on a hard-boiled egg. The wax will repel the dye when you dip it, leaving your design. Mom can then place the dyed, dried eggs on foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet in 250 degree oven for 10 minutes to melt wax. Remove the eggs, then carefully remove residue with paper towels.

Animals Create a bunny, hen, pig or even the family pet using the egg as the body and adding ears, tail, and so on. Pipe cleaners, yarn, paper cutouts, non-toxic markers and pompons will bring your critters to life.

Stencils Tape small stencils to the egg and brush or sponge-on some colorful designs.

Shell games Use hollowed-out eggshells if you'd like to save your decorations for future use. And don't let the egg insides go to waste. Enjoy them scrambled and topped with Old El Paso® salsa, add to Betty Crocker® Pound Cake Mix, or freeze them for another use.

Centerpieces For an eye-catching centerpiece, try layering eggs and Easter grass, lasagna-style, in a wide-mouth glass vase (a large tube or cube works beautifully). Eggstraordinary!

Be Egg-stra Careful: Egg Safety Handling Tips
"It's important to be safe and sanitary during fun springtime egg activities," says Cayla Westergard, director of Consumer Affairs at the Iowa Egg Council. Follow these guidelines:
• Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the eggs at every step, including cooking, cooling and dyeing.
• If you won't be coloring your eggs right after cooking them, store them in their cartons in the refrigerator.
• Don't cook or color cracked eggs. Discard them.
• Use food coloring or specially-made, food-grade egg dyes.
• Use non-toxic crayons, pens, paints, glue and other art supplies on any eggs you will eat later.
• When coloring the eggs, use water that’s warmer than the eggs, and refrigerate them in their cartons right after coloring them.
• Don't eat eggs that have been unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours.
• If using hard-cooked eggs as a centerpiece or decoration and they will be out of refrigeration for many hours or days, cook extra eggs for eating and discard the eggs that have been left out too long.
• Hiding hard-boiled eggs for your Easter egg hunt may introduce harmful bacteria. Consider using plastic eggs for this purpose if you plan on eating the real ones.
• About 1.5 percent of young children are allergic to eggs, which can cause skin irritation or anaphalaxis, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Network (FAAN). To keep your affected youngster safe, have her decorate wooden eggs, available at craft stores, just like the real thing. Read labels on candy carefully to avoid stocking her basket with potential allergens. Children with an egg allergy can most certainly get in on the egg decorating fun at Easter, just not with real eggs. The FAAN recommends decorating plastic eggs with stickers, or painting or decorating wooden eggs with glitter, ribbons, or permanent markers. Another idea is to make paper maiche eggs, instructions are below. Other Easter-type activity ideas include hiding plastic eggs with coins, stickers, themed erasers, or even coupons for inexpensive activities such as movies, roller skating, etc. Easter baskets can be filled with small toys, coloring books, art supplies, or storybooks. The key to enjoying Easter for children with food allergies is to take the focus off of food.

Enormous Easter Eggs
If your child is allergic to eggs and cannot dye Easter eggs, consider the following alternate activity-the only danger is having too much fun!

For this activity you will need:
* Water
* Plaster of Paris
* Disposable squeeze bottle(s) with squirt cap
* Balloons
* Large bowl of water
* Sand paper
* Paints, ribbons, and other decorative materials
Pour 1 cup of water and then 2 cups of plaster of Paris into your squeeze bottle, screw on the squirt cap, and shake vigorously to mix. Attach the mouth of a balloon to the opening of the squeeze bottle. Holding the balloon, gently squeeze half the plaster mixture into the balloon. Tie off the balloon and place it in a bowl of water until plaster hardens (about 30 minutes). Repeat with another balloon.

One squeeze bottle of mixed plaster will make two large eggs. To make more plaster eggs, immediately rinse the squeeze bottle and squirt cap in a bucket of water before the plaster residue hardens, or you may dispose of the squeeze bottle and use a new one for subsequent eggs.Once the plaster has hardened, carefully cut away the balloon, and allow your giant "egg" to cure for several hours. Sand off any uneven parts, and allow your child to pain and decorate with acrylic paints, ribbons, buttons, or glitter as desired!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Job Offers!

I've been job searching for 6 months and I've received 2 job offers.  I accepted the first one I received because I was afraid I wouldn't get another one.  I am having a hard time deciding what to do.  I've talked to everyone I know about it, and I still can't make a decision.  I thought I'd ask you all for advice.

Job #1
Major Retail Company
Administrative Assistant
Part Time 20 hours
$1 less then the full time job
I like the manager
the job duties change daily
10 minute commute
Morning Shift M-F and I would have rotating weekends, about once a month

Job#2
Major Financial Company
Customer Service Rep - Call Center
Full Time 40 hours
$1 more an hour then part time job
I don't know anyone that I will be working with or the manager
repetitive work dealing with cutomers over their credit cards and bills
15 minute commute
Afternoon shift 1230-900pm
I would have to work every saturday and have off sunday & tuesday.

My husband works Sat-Mon 12 hour shifts during the day.

I'm leaning towards the Part time Job because I will have my afternoons to spend with my husband and dogs.
But I would be giving up half the money
I would have a variety of tasks to do, not the same thing ever day over and over at the call center.
Plus I wouldn't have to deal with mean cranky customers on a daily basis.
But we need the money!  and I can sleep in.  But with that schedule, it seems like thats all you would have time for is sleep & work.

Oh decisions!  I honestly thought I would get one offer and I would have to take it.  I never thought I would have to make a decision!  

And there is one more potential Job working for the State.  There is no problem making a decision there, State Jobs are great!

So what would you do?  Job#1 or Job#2?

Real Age

Do you know your "Real Age"?   You're "Real Age" is the age that your body feels like.  Years can be added or deducted due to your lifestyle.   I've seen this on many tv shows (Dr. OZ, Biggest Loser) for many years and am just now getting around to doing it.  (Thanks to my cousin Marie for sharing and refreshing my memory to do it!) Go to http://www.realage.com/ and fill out some questions about your life style and they will e-mail you your "real age".

I thought I would share with you my results.  It's a little shocking, but I know I don't live the way I should.  So, what is my "Real Age"?   42.  My calendar age is 31.6.  That's a difference of over 10 years!  Living this life style has cost me 10 years! 

When they e-mail you your results, they also tell you what is making you younger, what is causing you to be older and how to fix it.  A few things that cause me to be older are being an ex-smoker, getting to much sleep, stress and many many more things!

So, even more encouragement to get my diet started again!  I want to get those 10 years back!

Has anyone else taken the Real Age test?  How did it turn out for you?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Understanding Insulin Resistance

I had to post this article from Jillian Michales becuase I am Insulin Resistant and actually learned a couple new things from this article! 

Understanding Insulin Resistance


We heard a lot about insulin in the days of low-carb diets. And for good reason. Problems with insulin are a root cause of some of the most dangerous health conditions, as insulin affects almost every cell in the body.

Insulin plays a critical role in how your body uses food. Its most important role is to lower the concentration of glucose in your blood. When you eat, your digestive system breaks food down into glucose, and the glucose recirculates in your blood stream. In response to the rise in glucose after a meal, the pancreas releases surges of insulin, whose job is to clean the glucose from the blood. Some of the glucose is diverted into the liver, where it's converted into stored glucose, called glycogen, for later use by the muscles. Insulin then helps turn any leftover glucose into fatty acids and stores them in fat cells where they can be tapped later for fuel.

By making poor food choices, like scarfing down too many highly processed, refined carbs (like white bread and pasta!), we can do things to cause our bodies to create too much insulin. When you repeat that cycle too many times (like by repeatedly eating sugary junk on an empty stomach) your pancreas will overcompensate and produce more insulin, which your cells will eventually start to ignore. This is called insulin resistance and it is the precursor to type 2 diabetes and it is common in overweight people. Turned away at the door, the sugar is left with no where to go. If it hangs around in your blood too long, doctors call this impaired fasting glucose (if measured in the morning) or impaired glucose tolerance (if measured two hours after a meal). You could develop full-blown diabetes if both conditions go unchecked.

While high levels of blood glucose trigger insulin release, low levels suppress it, Maintaining low levels of insulin — one of the primary goals of the diet — allows your body to more easily tap in to your stored fat for fuel. Conversely, being insulin-resistant can hamper your weight-loss efforts. Try to avoid spikes in your blood sugar, by eating regularly. Pair carbs with protein, eat whole foods, avoid sugar juices and fruits, and highly-processed carbs. When your insulin-release mechanism works the right way, it helps keep your weight in check. So strive to keep it balanced!

Pillow of Tears

Sunday night, I was afraid to go to sleep.  I was afraid I wouldn't wake up.  I have so much stress in my life right now.  I know my stress isn't as bad as some peoples, but it's a lot for me.  I got so worked up about everything that it caused me to cry, and then I got to crying so hard that I coudln't talk and could hardly breath.  Then I started feeling tingles in my left arm.  I was so afraid to lay down and go to sleep.  I prayed to god for hours that he would let me be ok.  So sometime a few hours later I woke up and it was dawn.  I made it through the night.  

I had a long talk with my husband and told him how my health had me so scared.  At age 31, the thought of a heart attack shouldn't cross your mind.  So I got online and started doing some research on warning signs, and small changes that I can start making to get healthier.  I know diet is the best answer, however, I wanted to also find more information on things that especially benefit the heart.  I will be posting an article on some foods that are heart beneficial later today.

So, you may be asking, "what's got her so stressed?"  I'll answer. The main reason is Money and how I'm going to take care of things.
My unemployment runs out in 2 weeks and I didn't have a job
Money
I wasn't smart enough to save the unemployment checks when they came in
My mother reminds me of this almost daily
Money for Vacation
Money
I wasn't smart enough to not use credit cards, so i have charged them up again.
The Weather, cold, cloudy, rainy and snowy for the past 5 months
Money for Taxes
Job Searching & Interviewing has got me emotionally drained
My husband hates his job
I can't keep the house clean or find the motivation
and money.

However, It's a new day and the sun is out!  It can only get better from here!

Women Heart Attack Signs

The other night, I scared myself (I'll blog on it next) but lately I have been so stressed out, and being over weight has got me to think about heart attacks and the signs in women.  I know the main warning signs for men, and I've always heard that the women signs were different, so I went to the trusty WebMD webiste and did some searching.  I thought I would share the article with you below.  The thing that gets me, these are common almost every day signs for people, especially those that are extremly overweight like myself.

By Katherine Kam

WebMD the Magazine - FeatureReviewed by Michael W. Smith, MDMost women know the symptoms of male heart attacks -- squeezing chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea. But as it turns out, the symptoms of female heart attacks can be quite different – and it’s important for all women to learn the warning signs.

For instance, Rhonda Monroe was mystified when strong pain struck her left breast and left arm. Monroe, who was a 36-year-old mother of three, didn’t know it at the time, but she was having early symptoms of a heart attack. “I certainly wasn’t thinking about my heart because I was young and healthy and had been skinny,” she says.

As the pain moved into her shoulder and back, Monroe took pain relievers and showered for relief. But the next day, she was overwhelmed with nausea, sweating, vomiting, and chest pain. An ambulance rushed her to the emergency room.

Her next hurdle: getting the doctors to believe her. “They didn’t take me seriously,” Monroe says. She didn’t fit the profile of a heart attack patient. The doctors told her she was too young, she was not overweight, and there was no family history of heart disease.

Bedeviled by worsening pain and weakness and convinced she was dying, Monroe returned to the hospital several times over the days that followed, only to come home with no answers. “I was angry and frustrated,” the West Virginia resident says.

Monroe turned to her primary care physician about her situation and went through more tests at the hospital. Finally, she got her diagnosis -- a week after the initial breast and arm pain. As Monroe recalls, a cardiologist who had previously dismissed her complaints made the diagnosis. “The doctor told me, ‘Well, it’s a good thing you’re persistent because you’re having a heart attack.’”

Heart experts say Monroe’s situation is all too common. Women who have “atypical” symptoms, such as arm or back pain or nausea, might not realize at first that they’re having a heart attack. Then when they do seek emergency care, doctors sometimes misdiagnose them.

Female heart attack symptoms
“Typical” heart attack symptoms include chest pressure or squeezing or stabbing sensations in the center or left side of the chest, says Myung H. Park, MD, FACC, who is director of the Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “It’s very typical for people to make a fist when they’re describing their symptoms,” she says. “Some people describe it as feeling like a vise encasing their whole chest area.”

But in women, symptoms are more likely to be atypical: Although most women experience chest pain or discomfort, many don’t. In a 2003 Circulation study of female heart attack patients, scientists found that during an attack, 43% of the 515 women studied had no “acute chest pain, a ‘hallmark symptom in men.’”

The study noted some common female heart attack symptoms:
• shortness of breath (57.9%)
• weakness (54.8%)
• unusual fatigue (42.9%)

Women had other atypical heart attack symptoms, too: nausea, dizziness, lower chest discomfort, upper abdominal pressure or discomfort that feels like indigestion, and upper back pain.

Often, women are unfamiliar with these atypical symptoms and blame them on heartburn or indigestion, arthritis, or stress, experts say. If they become short of breath with little exertion, they tell themselves they are out of shape, overworked, or fatigued.

Pay attention to heart attack symptoms
But experts urge women to learn the various heart attack symptoms and to call 911 promptly at the appearance of these signs. While every woman feels indigestion once in a while, experiencing a cluster of unusual symptoms or a sensation in the chest or stomach never felt before is reason to seek emergency care. Park has seen too many patients wait too long. Because women have lots of competing demands -- jobs, families, and sometimes caregiving duties -- “taking care of themselves, even if they don’t feel well, usually doesn’t make it to the top of the list,” she says.

That can be dangerous, experts say. “The longer a woman waits before getting treatment to open the blocked blood vessel to the heart, the more damage is done to the heart muscle. If a large amount of the heart muscle is damaged, the woman will be at risk for heart failure,” says Teresa Caulin-Glaser, MD, co-author of The Woman’s Heart: An Owner’s Guide and director of preventive cardiology and research at McConnell Heart Health Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Assert yourself if you have heart attack symptoms
Unfortunately, doctors who are not familiar with atypical symptoms may overlook a woman’s heart attack, experts tell WebMD. In fact, according to the Circulation study, women have more unrecognized heart attacks than men and are more likely to be “mistakenly diagnosed and discharged from emergency departments.”

Be direct with doctors and other medical staff, Caulin-Glaser says: “Women arriving at the emergency room should state clearly that they think they are having a heart attack and need to be evaluated.”

At a minimum, an immediate evaluation should include being placed on oxygen, taking aspirin, having blood drawn, having an electrocardiogram performed, and receiving a cardiac monitor within minutes of arrival, she says.

Being bold can save women’s lives, Caulin-Glaser adds. “If the triage nurse or emergency room physician does not take their concerns seriously and begin the immediate evaluation for a heart attack, then all women should tell the emergency room physician they want to be seen by a cardiologist.”

Shortly after Monroe’s heart attack was finally diagnosed, she underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery. She reports that she didn’t know all the right questions to ask when she first felt symptoms, “but I definitely knew that something was wrong.”

Now she urges other women who believe they might be having a heart attack to advocate for themselves. “Persist. No one knows your body the way you do,” Monroe says. “I really believe the only reason I’m alive today is that I wouldn’t give up, and I wouldn’t relent.”

Learn about your local heart attack resources

One of the most important ways you can advocate for yourself is doing research. “Take action before you ever have a heart attack,” says Teresa Caulin-Glaser, MD, co-author of The Woman’s Heart: An Owner’s Guide and director of preventive cardiology and research at McConnell Heart Health Center in Columbus, Ohio.

“It’s important for women to do their homework regarding the hospitals in their neighborhoods. Find out which hospitals specialize in heart disease,” she says. Some questions for women to ask:
-Does the hospital have a cardiac catheterization lab that performs procedures such as angioplasties and stents?
-Is this “cath lab” available 24 hours, seven days a week?
-Is there a coronary bypass surgery program?
-Once a woman arrives in the emergency room with a heart attack, how quickly is she sent to the cath lab?
-Can doctors open a blocked blood vessel within the acceptable range of 90 minutes?
-Are all of the physicians in the emergency department board-certified in emergency medicine

Diet: Staying on track when you're on Vacation

More from the fabulous Jillian!  This one is really good for me since I will be on vacation in less then a month. Yay!

Q: I've been really good about my workouts and eating right, but I'm about to go on vacation with my family. I want to have fun and not be too strict, but I don't want to fall off the wagon completely! What do you suggest?


A: Here's what I suggest — EXERCISE! Even if you overindulge a little, you will stave off weight gain by exercising daily. Second, I would say that you should eat the foods you want, but in moderation. Have a bite of the cheesecake, but don’t eat the whole slice. Be smart about your indulgences: Don’t waste your calories. For example, instead of having a margarita by the pool, opt for a white wine spritzer or a light beer. Frozen margaritas have a whopping 700 calories. Think of your calories as an allowance. Save on calories where you can, and spend them on things that are really worth it, like chocolate!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Should You Work Out When You're Sick?

I should have posted this during flu/cold season, but I guess better late then never!



Q: Should you work out when you have a cold? Anything special to keep in mind?

Jillian Michaels A:
The rule of thumb for exercising while sick is called the above/below-the-neck rule. If your symptoms appear above the neck (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), then yes, you can continue with a low-intensity workout. Studies have shown that exercising at a moderate-intensity level does not intensify cold symptoms or compromise the immune system. Avoid high-intensity exercise, such as heavy weight lifting and high-intensity aerobic training, which has been shown to have a negative impact on the immune system during a cold or any respiratory infection.

If your symptoms are below the neck (diarrhea, intense coughing, vomiting, fever), then the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest you let your illness run its course before resuming physical activity.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pub Guidelines if your on a Diet

A major part of many americans lives revolves around a Pubs, Bar&Grills and Alcohol.  Anymore, Alcohol is as common to have at a picnic or ball game as hot dogs are.  Over St. Patricks Day, Weight Watchers posted this article on how to stick to your diet and still have fun.

Bar food is notoriously salty, fatty and tasty. Here's how to enjoy the grub without gaining.

1. Don't drink on an empty stomach
"Alcohol enhances appetite and it also lowers inhibition," says Stokes. So if you intend to eat a meal, it's best to order it right away before the cocktails lower your defenses.

2. Do your homework
If the bar offers its menu online, take a look at it and decide what to order before you get there. That way you won't rushed into making a bad decision.

3. Fill up on fiber
When you choose dishes based on starchy foods, such as bread, pasta and potatoes, go for whole-grain options where possible, for extra fiber.

4. Cut down on salty foods
Avoid salty snacks such as chips and nuts, and heavily salted foods such as bacon, cheese and pickles. And to try not to add extra salt.

5. Make meals low in fat
If you're having a baked potato, ask for a low-fat spread instead of butter or, if you are having pasta, choose a dish with a sauce made from tomatoes or vegetables instead of cheese or cream. Steer clear of bacon, sausages, battered or deep-fried foods and creamy desserts.

6. Choose a dish with plenty of vegetables
A portion is roughly three heaped tablespoons of vegetables. Salads and vegetarian dishes are good options. If a dish comes with fries and vegetables, hold the fries and ask for extra vegetables.

7. Go for grilled, boiled, poached, steamed or stir-fried dishes
These involve less fat in the cooking. If you can't tell from the menu how a dish is cooked, ask your server.

8. Opt for fruit
If you want a dessert, choose a fruit salad or apple crumble.

9. Look for pubs that prepare food on premises
That's where it will be more practical for you to request healthier options.

10. Factor in your drinks
There is nothing wrong with having drinks with your meal — you are in a bar, after all. But alcohol is high in calories, so be sure to keep track. Here's a quick cheat sheet:

•12 ounces of regular beer: 2.5 POINTS® values
•12 ounces of light beer: 2 POINTS values
•5 ounces of wine: 2 POINTS values
•1 "shot" of 86 proof distilled spirits: 2 POINTS values

Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Whittle Your Middle

I've been posting a lot of Jillian Michaels post lately, however I've been trying to educate myself more on the benefits of weight loss... plus I'm way behind in my Inbox and thought I would do some catching up and  share them with you!


More Reasons to Whittle Your Middle


I think we can all agree that "muffin tops" — the fat hanging over the waist of a too tight pair of pants — and beer bellies aren't attractive. Still, when it comes to excess belly fat, the situation is more serious than how you look. Excess belly fat has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and stress.

When you have stress, your body releases certain "fight-or-flight" stress hormones that are produced in the adrenal glands: cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine. When you first get stressed, these hormones kick into gear. Norepinephrine tells your body to stop producing insulin so that you can have plenty of fast-acting blood glucose ready. Epinephrine will relax the muscles in your stomach and intestines and decrease blood flow to these organs. Once the stressor has passed, cortisol tells the body to stop producing these hormones and to go back to digesting regularly. It's normal for your cortisol levels to go up and down throughout the day, but when you are chronically stressed your cortisol level goes up — and stays there.

When your stress and cortisol levels are high, the body actually resists weight loss. Your body thinks times are hard and you might starve, so it hoards the fat you eat or have present on your body. Cortisol tends to take fat from healthier areas, like your butt and hips, and move it to your abdomen which has more cortisol receptors. Hello ab flab! In the process, it turns once–healthy peripheral fat into unhealthy visceral fat (the fat in your abdomen that surrounds your organs) that increases inflammation and insulin resistance in the body. This belly fat then leads to more cortisol because it has higher concentrations of an enzyme that converts inactive cortisone to active cortisol. The more belly fat you have, the more active cortisol will be converted by these enzymes — yet another vicious cycle created by visceral fat.

So what if you have belly fat? Lose weight by following the best nutrition and lifestyle strategies that support you in times of stress, like the ones in my program. When you limit your caffeine to 200 milligrams a day, avoid simple carbs, processed foods, and refined grains, and get plenty of high-quality protein, in addition to de-stressing yourself, you'll automatically help your body keep your stress hormones, especially cortisol, lower. It's a day by day choice you'll have to make, but the results will be worth. Think how good it will be when you are as healthy on the inside as you look on the outside.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Low Impact Cardio

Another good e-mail from Jilliam Michaels on Low Impact Cardio!

Got a bad back, bum knee, or trick hip? These kinds of injuries can prevent you from doing typical cardio exercises like biking and jogging. Sometimes even walking is painful. But an old injury isn't a free pass to skip your cardio routine! There are plenty of other lower-impact cardio exercises to choose from.


It might be time to hop in the pool — swimming is kinder to your body than land-based exercise because your natural buoyancy in water helps you avoid the jarring knocks that can cause injuries. In water, you weigh about a tenth of your normal weight, and the range of motion for the less-fit person is much wider because the water supports the weight of the limbs. So, swimming is a good choice for people who want to exercise, but who might have problems with weight-bearing, land-based activities. Swimming might suit those who have arthritis or back problems, extreme weight problems, or are pregnant. To mix things up and target different muscles, vary your strokes during your swim between breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke.

Jack's 2nd Birthday

On March 15th, my little puppy Jack, celebrated his 2nd Birthday. 
This year I was going to bake him his own treats, however I ran out of time.  I bought him a cookie from Three Dog Bakery.  Jack has a sensitive stomach and we try to keep to basic ingredients.  We bought him the basic bone cookie and had it personalized with his name.  He looks all excited in his pictures, however he wasn't a big fan of his bone!  He didn't eat one bite! 


Three Dog Bakery is a fabulous bakery, the food looks so good, I want to eat it!  Click here to see if there is a location close to you!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

What will keep me going

Lately I have been so stressed about things that I have been really screwing up my diet.  I haven't focused on me or my diet... my life change... for the past month.  A week or so ago I posted that I was so ready to get back on track... well it hasn't happened yet.  I have a couple other blogs to catch up on and hope to get them done today.  But on to "What Will Keep Me Going!"

In the past I have made a list  as to why I wanted to lose weight.  I was reading that list and realized that it was very motivational to me.  However, my life has done a complete 360 since that list 3-4 years ago.  I still have a lot on that list that will be put on to this list, however some things will change... like make mens heads turn, and to have men notice me and to be able to pick who I want to date, not just accept who wants to date me.  I am married now and of course those things aren't inportant to me. Making this list also makes me realize that "morbidly obese" people have to go through so much in life that they shouldn't have too.  I want to live a normal life and not worry about if I'm going to fit somewhere.  I stopped living because of my size.  I don't go to concerts or sporting games anymore becuase the seats are just too small.  I make myself sick worrying if I will fit in the chairs at the job interviews I go on, and if I will fit on the airline this Spring.   I've gained 100 pounds since that old list, and now my new list is twice as long. So let's get started.
  1. To be healthy
  2. To have a baby 
  3. To live a long happy life with my husband 
  4. To be able to tie my shoes like a fit person does
  5. To not have to use a seat belt extender in my Jeep
  6. To fit in an airline seat
  7. To fit comfortably in a stadium seat (Royals, Chiefs, Sprint Center, Concerts)
  8. To own a pair of "Skinny Jeans"
  9. To own a "Little Black Dress"
  10. To run a mile with out feeling like I've died
  11. To be able to walk a flight or two of stairs without stopping
  12. To not have to shop in a "Plus Size" specialty store
  13. To be able to cross my legs
  14. To be able to wear high heels
  15. To be able to sit in a Restaurant Booth and not ask for a table
  16. To be able to go somewhere and not be stared at and made fun of
  17. To influence others my size and help them on their weight loss
There's just a few on my list.  I'll add more when they pop into my head.  Hope everyone has a good day!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hello Spring!

Wait...  this doesn't look like spring!!!


I woke up to about 5-6 inches of snow this morning!  And it's still coming down at 7:30 PM!  It was Sunny and 65 yesterday!  I hope everyone else got to enjoy Spring weather today!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Love It!

I can't get enough of this weather!  I Love it!  Today was finally a nice day!  The sun was out, the wind was gone, and it was mid 60's!  Tomorrow is suppose to be the same for most of the day, however, it's suppose to snow later Friday night/early Saturday morning.  WHAT?! SNOW?!  UGH!!

So with that forecast, my husband and I packed up the dogs and headed out to the park.  He was able to do some fishing while the dogs and I went for a walk.  This park has a nice 1/2 mile walking trail around the pond.  I normally don't like park trails due to all the shadyness and rapes/murders that happen at lakes/parks around here, however my husband was able to keep his eyes on us at all times. 

The dogs loved it.  They got to experience so many new sights and scents and sounds.  Ducks, Geese, lots of children, a few other dogs and MUD!  They loved the wet soggy ground and the mud.  Jack was covered in mud up to his elbows.  I wish I would have brought my camera to enjoy a few snapshots of the little boogers!  Fred is so good at walking on a leash.  He stays within distance and if he gets to far ahead, he stops and waits for mom to catch up.  Jack, on the other hand, is a handfull.  Not only do I get some cardio in, I get some strength training!  He is a little bully and out of control!  As promised, about two hours later we stopped and got them their free puppy cone from Twisters and they sacked out for the rest of the afternoon.

Danny didn't catch any fish, so I'm off to figure out something for dinner.  Hope everyone had a good day too!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

50 Worst Interview Mistakes

I've been brushing up on my interviewing skills and ran across this article on YAHOO and thought I would share.  It made me laugh becuase over 1/2 of these are no brainers!   Working the past 8 years in the staffinng industry, I can remember people doing just about all of these!  Heres the article

You may have heard the horror stories--job hunters who take phone calls or text during an interview, or bring out a sandwich and start chomping, or brush their hair, or worse. You wouldn't do any of those things, would you? Of course not.


But there are tons of other job interview no-no's you may not have thought of. Or that you've forgotten. The job hunting trail is long and arduous, and a little refresher course can't hurt. So for your edification and enjoyment, here are 50 (yes, 50!) of the worst and most common job interview mistakes:

1. Arriving late.
2. Arriving too early. (In my experience, I would recommend no earlier then 10 minutes early)
3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.
5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes. (I have been trained to tell my job hunters to dress one step better then the work attire.  If it's casual, you should dress business casual)
7. Forgetting the name of the person you're interviewing with.
8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
9. Wearing sunglasses.
10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
11. Failing to research the employer in advance.
12. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
13. Inquiring about benefits too soon.
14. Talking about salary requirements too soon.
15. Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
16. Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
17. Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume and/or portfolio.
18. Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
19. Asking too many questions.
20. Asking no questions at all.
21. Being unprepared to answer the standard questions.
22. Failing to listen carefully to what the interviewer is saying.
23. Talking more than half the time.
24. Interrupting your interviewer.
25. Neglecting to match the communication style of your interviewer.
26. Yawning.
27. Slouching.
28. Bringing along a friend, or your mother. (If you have to catch a ride with someone, leave them in the car! I've had so many people bring their driver in to the interview, AKWARD!  Also, employeers are really needing someone dependable, and showing that you have to depend on someone to drive them to their job all the time)
29. Chewing gum, tobacco, your pen, your hair.
30. Laughing, giggling, whistling, humming, lip-smacking.
31. Saying "you know," "like," "I guess," and "um."
32. Name-dropping or bragging or sounding like a know-it-all.
33. Asking to use the bathroom.
34. Being falsely or exaggeratedly modest.
35. Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
36. Failing to make eye contact (or making continuous eye contact).
37. Taking a seat before your interviewer does.
38. Becoming angry or defensive.
39. Complaining that you were kept waiting.
40. Complaining about anything!
41. Speaking rudely to the receptionist.
42. Letting your nervousness show. (Sometimes this is impossible to do!  I am bad about covering this up!)
43. Overexplaining why you lost your last job.
44. Being too familiar and jokey.
45. Sounding desperate.
46. Checking the time.
47. Oversharing.
48. Sounding rehearsed.
49. Leaving your cell phone on.
50. Failing to ask for the job.