4.27.2010

Nothing Going on Around Here...

Hubby and I decided that I would sign up for the XPT classes at martial arts so starting on Thursday night I will be adding a weapons class to my weekly martial arts classes. Every 3 months we will do a different weapon. They just started on bo staff so that is what I'll be learning first. This is not the exact form I'll be learning but you'll get the idea of what it looks like.

4.25.2010

Getting to Know Me

Sorry for the lack of posts last week. I will try to do better but I can't promise anything. Here is the next installment of getting to know you from Mannland.


1. If you could star in any movie genre..what would it be..romance..horror..comedy..suspense or action?
I think romance - something along the lines of Gone with the Wind.

2. Do you recycle? Not as much as we did in GA. Here you have to pay for the recycling to be picked up at your home. Our elementary school has recycling containers for newspaper & magazines that they earn money for so we do recycle those things.

3. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yes but it has been about 25 years.

4. Do you have a nickname? Yes but only my family uses it and I have always hated it.

5. What's a name you can't stand to be called? I can't think of one.

6. What are your Summer staples? Flip flops & sandals. I just love them when I cannot be barefoot.

7. What was the last thing you bought for yourself? This pair of cute flats.

8. Are you happy with your boob size? NO! I want my cute little 36 full B's back. Currently I am a 32G - 34DDD. What the heck?! I don't want to be that size. It makes it so hard to find shirts that fit and I don't want to have to wear pullovers all the time because button ups don't button well.

4.18.2010

Getting to Know Me...

I discovered Mann Land 5 blog from another blog that I read and I love the getting to know you questions that she posts. Here is my first attempt at answer some of them.

1. Mens chests..hairy or hairless? Hmm...it depends on the chest.

2. How often do you run red lights? I try to never run them.

3. If you could raid any celebrity's closet..whose would you raid? Angelina Jolie's because she always looks so classically dressed.

4. Would you rather have more followers/friends on Facebook, Twitter, or your Blog? Blog.

5. What makes you feel sexy? Nothing right now. Hopefully this changes as I get rid of more of this excess weight.

6. I get excited when...........? Hubby and I get to go to a hotel alone even if it is just for 1 night.

7. Are you the "outdoorsy" type or more "indoorsy"? Definitely indoorsy! I hate to get dirty or sweaty and I definitely hate bugs.

8. Would you rather have your dream home or a million dollars? A million dollars...with the money I could buy my dream home and still have money left over to share and enjoy.

4.16.2010

No Processed Foods...

For anyone who has read my blog you know that I am trying very hard to get my weight back to a healthy level and to age as gracefully as possible. The problem is how do you completely change your way of eating and force your family to follow suit? Just let me say this is not an easy task to accomplish. Joe and I have been trying to get as much processed foods out of our family's diet as we can. I would love to say that after over 6 months we are completely processed food free but alas that is not the case. I would love to get rid of all HFCS, Saturated Fats (hydrogenated oils), and all those other chemicals that no one can ever pronounce in our diets. We have cut a large amount out but there is still just too much of it coming in the house. I don't care what anyone says I really believe that our bodies have become addicted to the chemicals in our food.

From a convenience point of view processed foods are just so darn easy and well convenient. Unfortunately they are also cheaper than good, fresh foods. I can tell you that we stopped buying soda almost a year ago now; however I do find that when we go out to eat we are still ordering soda with our meals. I am here to say that I am going to work much harder on getting all this crap out of diets and detoxing our bodies. The first thing I am going to work on is getting the HFCS gone. The television show The View did an segment today about foods that do not contain HFCS. You can check out the list of ones they showed here. I can't wait to find the licorice they showed. Maybe I will start doing product reviews on the different foods or make a list page of foods without HFCS that our family tries out.

Right now the only things I can think of off the top of my head that we eat that I know for sure do not have HFCS are Pillsbury Simply Cookies (these are so yummy and have no preservatives), Agave Nectar (this is sweeter tasting than sugar-I use it in my coffee & hot tea), Jif Natural Peanut Butter (it doesn't have the oily taste that the regular does), Arnold Sandwich Thins (my favorite is the multigrain ones-only 100 calories and 1g of fat in these and they work great for sandwiches or burgers), and Homemade Biscuits (we stopped buying canned biscuits 6 months ago and I have been learning how to make them from scratch). I hope there are more things than these but that is something that I am going to start getting on top of and getting out of our foods. I will add that sometimes it can take a little bit to get your taste buds to enjoy the change but I have found that the foods do taste much better once you get use to the change.

4.15.2010

Laundry Helper...

I came across an online ad for this detergent a few months ago and was very intrigued with the pump bottle as much as I was with the idea that the detergent is plant based. We are trying to not only clear out bodies of processed stuff but also to clear our home of excess chemicals. When I found this coupon on the Method laundry website I was even more excited to try it out.

I am 3/4 of the way through the large 50 wash bottle so I thought I would share my thoughts. The pros are that it is plant based, safe for my HE washer, cleans just as great as all the detergents with 2-3 times as many chemical ingredients, the bottle takes up way less room in my laundry space, and the pump bottle makes it so easy to get it in the washer with no drips. The only con I've found is that it is a little bit more expensive but the fact that is it suppose to be non-toxic makes it worth the extra expense to me. I am also planning on recycling the pump bottle once it is empty to put my fabric softener in to make it less messy too. So I give it 2 thumbs up.

4.07.2010

Carrot Cake...


I came across the recipe for this cake the day before Easter and knew that I had to try it out. It is from the McCormick Spice website. I will add that since we are trying to cut excess fat from our family's diet I substituted 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce for half of the oil and I left out the pineapple since I didn't think that we would like it in there.

Carrot-Cake

We decided that this was so much better tasting than the box cake mix and even better than the store bakery too. So I'm sure I will definitely be making it again sometime.

If you substitute the applesauce like I did then it drops the calories to 304, the fat to 15.9 g, and the carbohydrates to 37.4. I know it is still a lot of calories but I think even when you are watching your weight you still have to indulge a little bit.