Monday, January 22, 2018

Being Lazy With My Eating Plan (THM)

Has lead to stalled weight loss, a bit of gained weight.  

It all has to do with mental laziness.  Sometimes eating according to how my body loses weight seems to hard. (its not at all) Or I have to think through my day, and prepare snacks or a take along lunch, so I can stay on plan.  It comes down to just not doing the things that will bring me success.

I've had success with this eating plan (Trim Healthy Mama), I know it works for me and for hundreds of thousands of other people.  When I started and saw that it worked for me, I just couldn't understand how anyone would go off plan!  Then I got so confident in how the plan was working for me, that I made a lot of weekly compromises and ate too, many off plan things, at least enough that wouldn't allow my body to get into fat burning mode.

I'm healthy.  The doctor is very pleased with all my 'numbers' etc. But I am not satisfied with my weight loss stall.  So starting today, I am fully back on plan!

I'm making delicious chocolate waffles this morning, from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.

For lunch I'll be having leftovers (on plan) and for dinner, I'll be making beef and rice.  I don't eat the rice, I eat my beef and gravy over veggies; riced cauliflower or green beans or zucchini.  I always eat it this way now and I am never unsatisfied.

I've also begun to do some T-Tapp.  This is a link to a youtube video that shows the basic idea of T-Tapp.  I need something that is going to work for me without a lot of jumping around.  This I believe will help me tone, tighten, and strengthen my whole body.  Its a good workout.

I'm writing this update because I want to be open about my weight loss journey here.  If it encourages anyone, I'll be happy for it!

Before starting THM

Recent photo

Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Sky

We had a mild year, weather wise, last year.  This winter is cold, and snowy, but we're not buried in it like a few years ago.  I'm thankful.  We're going to have a warm up this coming week, and we'll all enjoy that, but there could be flooding along the major rivers, due to snow and ice melt.  I'm praying that it will not flood.

I'm headed out today to take our friend to physical therapy, then home, then out again for groceries and errands.  Kyle went to work with Tim today, he needed an extra pair of hands.  He took some reading along too, and they'll get lunch out and time together.  He's growing fast - he'll be 13 this summer.  

Time moves on, more swiftly as we get older.  We're so thankful to have these delightful young adults and near teen in our home.  They keep us young, and tired!  (grin)

I hope you have a lovely day. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Photos from the youth rodeo event at our local ag fair that is held every September.  Lindsay did a few adult events this year, but none of the younger ones participate these days. 





I'm guessing their ages at 16, 9, 6, and 3.

Fun memories!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Elisabeth Elliot Quote

How I thank God for this woman.  She walked in grace through many hardships and trials, and came to find the truth of this quote.

I'm grateful that she is still mentoring women through her writings and the recordings of her radio program, Gateway to Joy, even though she is with the Lord now.

One day, I'll be able to hug her and thank her for trusting God and how it influenced my life.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What Winter Looks Like Outside The Cottage

We had a bit of snow last night.  Just enough to dust everything and keep the roads clear.  It is been very cold here.  It is still cold but it is going to be 35 today and that's a warm up!  However, the forecast is for more snow today.  I don't mind but I have people who must go out to work.  We pray and trust them to the Lord.

This tablecloth was so pretty during the Christmas holiday.  When I got home from Florida, I saw that it had become torn and wanted to throw it away.  There's a problem though.  Its frozen to the table and when I tried to pull it off it was stuck but tearing even more.  So its going to remain until I can take it off in one piece.  I may even try later today.

Let's not focus on the torn tablecloth though, okay?  Let's look at how lovely the snow is on those fir branches.  Yes, much nicer!

Onto prettier things now.  The woods along the edge of our property are so beautiful in the autumn but their barrenness in the winter is lovely, too.

Here is a view from the front steps of the cottage.

And a closer view to look at my hydrangea, and the spirea covered in snow.

The boxwood needs a big trim.  In fact, this whole front cottage style garden needs some work.  I just need to be bold and do what needs to be done in this space.

 I try to embrace the seasons as they come.  I don't want to always be looking to the next one while in the middle of the one I'm in.  That's true for life, too.  I try to embrace each phase of life I'm in.  Too many times, we are so busy looking backwards - longing for our kids childhoods,  or looking forwards - I can't wait until my kids are grown, that we miss what God has for us today.  

Winter will pass, spring will come as it does every year, to be followed by summer and then autumn.  Then we'll find ourselves saying "I can't wait for Christmas!"

Have a great day everyone!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Home Keeping: Polishing Silver

I accomplished all my home keeping goals for Saturday.  In the photo below you can see that I even removed my garland and lights from the top of the bookcase.  I'm working on a new arrangement for that shelf and not quite finished with it yet.

One of my goals was to polish some of my silver (plate) so I could use it in my January decor.  I really like Cape Cod Polishing Cloths.

I've got more to do, but getting this pretty set done made me happy.  I'm using it on the coffee table in the living room.  My youngest granddaughter, Klaire, likes to play with the creamer and sugar bowl.  Did you know that a creamer makes a handy bowl for popcorn?  Klaire thought so.

Nate and Kay and the girls stayed the night at our house last night due to their heating unit not working.  Their property management is hoping to get that fixed or replaced today.  Its bitterly cold here so they could not sleep at their place.  We're happy that we have plenty of room to add them in.  They slept in Rachel's room, and we put a mattress on the floor for her in Sarah's room.  Klaire slept in the Pack 'n Play we bought 29 years ago when we were expecting Nate.  Kind of amazing.

I'm headed out in 30 minutes to take Denny to his first PT appointment.  He's doing really well.

Then I'm treating Lindsay to lunch in celebration of her birthday, which was January 1st.

What did you do this weekend?

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Bit Of Beauty

was just what I needed today.

After a busy week, I was needing a bit of a pick me up and I was inspired by Sherry's post today. {here}

After breakfast out with Tim this morning, I headed out in the balmy rain to get groceries and run errands.

I always get groceries at Aldi (tonight we had their jars of Tikka Masala and chicken and rice for dinner - Yum!) and I know they sell flower bunches, too.

I picked up a bunch of roses and a bunch of other pretties.

I have a home keeping planned for this weekend.  The rest of the garlands will be packed away, I realized I have a "home for the holidays" sign still up in the kitchen, too.  I think the plaid plates  will be packed away for now and I am going to do some candles and other lights in the living room.

I also found a nice small lamp at Christmas Tree Shops today.  They have a new line of household items including furniture, and this lamp is just right for my kitchen counter.  I'll get some photos and show you next week.

What are you doing this weekend?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I’m Tired Tonight

Our friend Denny came through his surgery very well!  Thank you for your prayers.  Kyle was my hospital buddy today and I was grateful for his company.  We got to the hospital around noon then the  surgery started around 2:30pm.  He was done buy 4:00pmbut they didt have a room for him until we’ll aftre 7:00pm!  We finally got to visit him for a bit then headed home around 8:00pm!

I am tired from doing nothing but waiting all day!

We had good news all around today - our friend passed her driving test and Tim’s mom is doing better, as well.  

I can’t wait to climb into bed tonight!

One Of My Goals For 2018

Its that time of year when people talk about resolutions and goals.  I don't make resolutions anymore, but I do set some goals, generally.

I have several and I may talk about all of them at some point but today I wanted to talk about one goal that I really want to accomplish.

Any guesses?

I won't keep you in suspense, the goal I'm speaking of is to get back to reading books in 2018.  

I'm a big reader - always reading something, in fact.  The last several years though, I've read in spurts.  I start a book, set it aside, finish it finally, and then don't start another book for sometime.  I want to get back to being consistent in my reading.  To not always be reading online, but to read books.

I've already read one book this year, and I'm trying to decide what to read next.  Do I read a series, or pick up an old friend?  Decisions, decisions.

I'm interesting in what you like to read.  Do you have a favorite author, or books series?  What's your favorite book?  I'm looking for book recommendations!  Bring it on, friends!

If I don't have books on my TBR shelf I start feeling panicky.....I know, sad, but true

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

This And That

We're having a heatwave here in Central Pennsylvania.  It's already 31 degrees going up to 37!  The sun is shining, too.  The warming is a brief trend, but we'll take it!

I don't mind winter, generally, because I don't have to leave my home if I don't want to.  There are a few exceptions, of course, but mostly I can putter around the house, cook food, read, knit, do school stuff with the kids.  

Yesterday, Tim got home late, and Rachel got home early.  There was prep for Tim to be ready for his inspections today, and Rachel and I filled out the FAFSA and State Grant applications.  She is looking for grant money for school for next fall.   

I got to bed late and was up at my usual time this morning.  I've done some reading, praying, and social media stuff.  My heart is heavy for an acquaintance whose husband has been battling cancer for several years and there is now something new that has no name yet, for a dear friend whose daughter is so lost.

This afternoon I'll be meeting with my friend and her daughter and future son in law.  I'm helping them walk through wedding plans.  I am going to be their day of coordinator, too.  Weddings are fun, and I love to help brides have the wedding they want.

Tomorrow I'll be at the hospital for our friends' surgery.  Don't know how long that will take, but he'll be in the hospital for a few days at least.  We'll know today what time his surgery will be.  

We start our co-op again on Thursday so I need to make sure I have napkins, plates, and cups, half and half, a cold drink, along with coffee and tea.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Well, I need to get a move on.  I hope you're having a good week, too!

Monday, January 8, 2018

I'm Back!

Tim and I flew home, from sunny but COLD Florida, yesterday.  Christmas week was in the 80's and upper 70's, but we got 30's and wind chill.  

We're okay with that as it was in the teens here at home and snowy and wind chill.  We had some rain, too, but lots of sun and blue sky and it we had a great time.

We stayed with our friends in their sweet cottage and did lots of fun things.

 We spent a sunny day at Canaveral National Seashore.  This is where we always brought our kids to the beach.  Its preserved and not crowded ever.  We ate at BJ Fish Camp before we enter the national park and Tim got an alligator sandwich.  I tried a piece and it was not bad.  Granted, it had cajun spices on it and I wouldn't order it, but it if it was the only thing around to eat, I could eat it and be okay! 

There is a restored home in the national park that was a part of Eldora Village.  You can read about it here.

Tim ended up with some projects at his mom's house.  They replaced a well pump, he fixed some shingles on her roof, they began the process of getting rid of stuff in multiple sheds, and got one old shed torn down.  This was several days worth of work, so I got to go out with Jane, several times, and with my sister in law Esther, one time, for tea!

I love sitting in a lovely environment and having tea with a friend.

I didn't take many pictures on this trip, but I did get one with Tim and his mom Friday night when we brought her home from our brother in law's birthday party.

Early the next morning we got a call that she'd had a mini stroke. We headed right over with Jane who is an RN.  She recovered amazingly during the day, but it having some weakness and breathing issues.  She has a few appointments this week.  She's 96 years old, and we recognize that every visit might be the last time we see her.  We were grateful for good family time this week.

We enjoyed flying for this trip, it's a short 2 hour flight.  When we got home I was completely surprised by an anniversary party thrown by our kids!

Lindsay took some photos, but I haven't seen them yet.  It was a fun way to arrive home!

This week I have to get the house put back together after the party, get some groceries, move our clothes downstairs to our temporary bedroom.  Our friends' surgery is Wednesday, our homeschool co-op starts back up on Thursday.  

I am thankful for the restful and fun week we had.  Grateful for Tim, who I've spent 30 years of marriage with.  Good times, and hard times, struggles and joys.  God has graciously walk alongside of us through it all.

Here's to 30 more!