Sunday, October 30, 2011

Farewell Indian Lady


Alas, after 2 looooong months I decided to say my goodbye to the Indian lady residing on my head and get back to my roots!! My goal was to make it 3 months but I just couldn't do it. I have never been happier to see my hair...I missed her! It's always good to take a break every now and then but my time had come to an end. Thursday night I tackled taking down my hair (with the help of my wonderful hubby) and boy was it a task. Friday I spent some quality time with my long lost hair, shampooing, conditioning, steaming, twisting...everything under the sun. She needed it though and it felt good.



I'm pretty pleased with the end result. It's probably going to take me some time to get used to her again but that's okay. I'm looking forward to exercising my creativity and trying some different styles this time around. Wish me luck ;-)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Weird & Wonderful Wednesday


Weird

Showing up early to work only to remember that I don't have any keys to get in the office

Non-stop rain since I got to Indy and super cold weather...I'm over it

Going to bed & waking up without my husband - I miss him

How many times I've been to the hospital in 4 days

I haven't stepped foot in a mall yet or Target. What's wrong with me?!

No Oscar :-(

Wonderful

Spending time with my mom and sister...they always make me smile ;-)

Making money. It feels good to be back at work

Preggo best friend feeling much better & hopefully leaving the hospital soon!! 

Hospital cafeteria food - it's really good

Hopefully getting to see my Nana very soon

4 more days left to play in my hometown


Friday, October 14, 2011

Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies

**Disclaimer: I made these before I started my WW journey but I can still eat them now because they're only about 4 points per serving. (Dough makes about 24 servings)


1/4 cup butter, softened * 8 oz. cream cheese, softened * 1 egg (I used 2) * 1/4 tsp vanilla    
1 box yellow cake mix (I used white cake mix instead) * 1 can cherry pie filling 

*Cream the butter and cream cheese in a bowl

*Blend in egg(s) and vanilla with hand mixer 

*Add in cake mix (1/3 at a time so that it mixes well)

*Cover and chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour

*Preheat oven to 375

*Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet

*Bake for 8-12 minutes or until tan (it took mine about 15 minutes)

*Push down a circle in the middle of each cookie and fill with about 3-4 cherries

*Cool on wire rack



EAT UP!! 



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Newlywed 15

Why didn't anyone warn me about this?!? We've all heard about The Freshman 15 that happens when you go off to college but why doesn't anyone tell you that the same thing happens when you get married?! This is ridiculous...I've been married almost 2 months and I've managed to gain about 7lbs!!! Seriously, that's just not legal.  It's difficult to live with someone that can eat whatever they want and not worry about gaining a pound. I'm not used to it. Living by myself I went by the rule that if I didn't buy it, I wouldn't eat it. If I kept the temptation away, everything would work out perfectly. I now live in Temptation City and it's catching up to my waist.

Yesterday was the last straw. I was unpacking, organizing my closet, going through all my clothes and organizing the closet when it happened. I pulled out a pair of jeans that I couldn't button...jeans that I had worn earlier this summer. Not only were there jeans, but there were suits, slacks and dresses that also didn't fit. Talk about depressed! It all too quickly became a reality that I had to do something.

What did I do you ask?? *Drumroll Please* 

I joined Weight Watchers. Yep, bit the bullet and signed up for 3 months of online service.

Why Weight Watchers you ask??

Brief history: I am a serial dieter, like for real it's bad. There isn't much left that I haven't tried: slimfast, adipex, detoxing, juicing, the 4 hour body, the 4 day diet, insanity, atkins, maggie drozd, colonix, super dieter's tea, zantrex 3, special k...I could keep going but I won't. The point I'm trying to make is that out of everything I've tried, WW was the only program that worked without a bunch of extra. I didn't have to swear off carbs or sweets or eat only fruits and veggies. It was all about portion control. I could have whatever my heart desired as long as I stayed within my daily allotted points.

Won't I get tired of always counting points? 

Sure I do, but would I rather count up points in order to have a piece of cheesecake without feeling guilty about it...absolutely!! 

So, today was Day 1 and I'm feeling pretty good about it.  This is the beginning of a healthier me...stay tuned for more of my transformation ;-)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Kind of Day



Today was awesome!! 

I went to the mall, got my eyebrows done, did a little thrift shopping at the Goodwill, saw a great movie (The Ides of March), roamed around Target AND had a tall pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.

It almost felt like I was back to civilization.

It's amazing how much the little things are missed once they're no longer readily available. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Texas Tuna Melt

Today's lunch was inspired by none other than my wonderful creativity. Nothing too fancy, but it was super good so I though I'd share...


Ingredients Used:

1 slice of Texas Toast (your choice of flavor, just make sure it's already cooked)
Tuna salad mix (as much as your heart desires)
1/2 sliced avocado
1/2 sliced tomato
1 slice of cheese

Pile it all up high on the toast and pop that sucker in the over for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Serve with your favorite side item.

Enjoy ;-)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Picture Day

Today is awesome...the day I've been waiting on since August 20th. We finally got our wedding pictures back!!!! They are everything that I thought they would be and so much more. I have been patiently waiting...well not so much patiently but I did wait. This has probably been the longest month and a half EVER but they were very much worth the wait. We haven't received the physical disc yet so unfortunately, I can't really add any of my favorites to this post.

What I can do is leave you the link to our photographer's blog which showcases our sneak peak: Let's Do Shotz - Amanda & Rob did a fantastic job capturing our day. Needless to say, they are highly recommended ;-)

Hope you love the photos as much as we do