Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Betting on Losing Week 4

So we have hit Week 3 of Betting on Losing.... 
(Previous posts: Announcement, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3)

Here is my plan for this dietbet:

LOSE IT! 
I am planning on starting using Lose It! again to help me in this adventure. CHECK

FOOD / DRINK
Eating Low Calorie snacks and meals. Drink WATER! CHECK

WALKING / HIKING
Forcing myself to go for walks and get out an exercise. Maybe spending half of my lunch break out walking the block. Going for a weekly hike to burn off calories. FAIL 
I have no excuse besides it has been to FREAKIN' COLD!
(I get about 6,000ish steps at work but haven't gone for a lot of walks besides)

YOGA
I will use this to loosen up my muscles and keep me flexible.  FAIL


My own personal CHALLENGE  is to lose 33 pounds (this will put me at 205 lbs) by my BIRTHDAY in March! or around my birthday. So my deadline will be March 31st. I will be using the #33by331 in all my social media posts (if I remember). This means I have to behave myself through the up coming holiday season...

We made Orange Chicken for dinner last night.
All you will need is:
2 - 3 Chicken
3/4 Cup Barbecue Sauce
1 Cup Orange Marmalade
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

For a whopping 275 Calories!

I made this CROCKPOT ORANGE CHICKEN into a stove top version.
Very VERY tasty! 




Weigh In Wedneday

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Catch Up

So this weekend, and when I say weekend I mean Saturday and Sunday 
(yes my first FULL weekend off in FOREVER)

Saturday:
 Dan and I cleaned our apartment. From the tippy top to the bottom.
We also assembled the lower on my AR-15. YAY! 

We went to Quizno's for lunch. I ordered a Little Italy Flat-bread. 
This is what i recieved:
Looks more like a burrito or wrap to me.

Later that night we had 3 of our friends over for dinner were we made Buffalo Ranch Chicken, Parmesan Romano Rice, Sweet Potato Mash and Beets. 

Sunday:
Sunday we drove over to Dan's parents house. On the way there i captured these photos from the car on the interstate!







Friday, October 25, 2013

Literary Friday: Wolfsangel


                                      
 So not many people know this but I love Holocaust Fiction and Non-Fiction. I believe that by reading these stories we can hopefully stop history from ever repeating itself like that. I am fascinated by the whole time period. Maybe I will do a list of some of my favorite holocaust books.

                                      Synopsis
Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.
1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.
When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.
As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France.
Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.
A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.

   Review
 This book is heart wrenching and heart warming. I know that is a contradiction, but that is the truth. You come to care for Celeste and feel her pain, happiness and determination. Celeste is a 19 year old girl in war torn Europe, she lives in the small town of Lucie, which is now occupied by the Germans. She lives at L'Auberge des Anges which sits on a hill above Lucie. Celeste's family is made up of a father whom "volunteered" to work at the German's labor camps in Germany, a mother who is an Angel Maker and Celeste believes doesn't like/understand her. She also has a sister who is a nun/resistor (who ultimately gives her own life for the less fortunate) and a younger brother who is a resistor. Celeste meets the dashing German solider Martin Diehl, she is given the resistance mission of using him to gather information from the Germans, but makes the heart-wrenching mistake of falling head over heals in love with him. Follow Celeste's journey through war torn France during the German occupation in World War II. The author did an amazing job of making you feel Celeste's pain, heartache and happiness. You can delve into the resistance world of World War II France and feel like you are actually living it through Celeste's eyes. i would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Holocaust Fiction or Non-Fiction, or anyone who enjoys read a wonderfully detailed and thrilling novel that touches the heart.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Betting on Losing Week 3

So we have hit Week 3 of Betting on Losing.... 
(Previous posts: Announcement, Week 1, Week 2, )


I'm HAPPY to announce I have lost 5.1 pounds in the past 2 weeks!
Here is my plan for this dietbet:

LOSE IT! 
I am planning on starting using Lose It! again to help me in this adventure. CHECK

FOOD / DRINK
Eating Low Calorie snacks and meals. Drink WATER! CHECK

WALKING / HIKING
Forcing myself to go for walks and get out an exercise. Maybe spending half of my lunch break out walking the block. Going for a weekly hike to burn off calories. CHECK!
(I get about 6,000ish steps at work but haven't gone for a lot of walks besides)

YOGA
I will use this to loosen up my muscles and keep me flexible.  FAIL

Ash also threw down the gauntlet AGAIN! (She is big on challenges... if you couldn't tell...)
Can YOU log 150 Miles in 15 Weeks?



My own personal CHALLENGE  is to lose 33 pounds (this will put me at 205 lbs) by my BIRTHDAY in March! or around my birthday. So my deadline will be March 31st. I will be using the #33by331 in all my social media posts (if I remember). This means I have to behave myself through the up coming holiday season...

Weigh In Wedneday

Monday, October 21, 2013

Moons, Chickens and Fall

Weekend
Our weekend started by me breaking out my DSLR to try and capture the beauty of the MOON! 
I am sad to admit I have owned this camera for almost a year and just figured out how to change the f-stops..... :( This was only after fighting with the camera... 
Full Moon
The Next Morning
Saturday: 
I had to work

Sunday: 
Dan and I awoke and went about our normal routine we brought Alice out o go to the bathroom and we let the chickens out.  Unfortunately that is were our normal ended. I opened the chicken door and discovered that our Owly girl was what first appeared to be dead... Unfortunately she was not, it sorta looked like she may have suffered a stroke and couldn't walk or stand.
Dan and I made the decision to put her out of her misery... 

RIP Owly


Later in the day we went grocery shopping and bought 20 Packets of Knorr Rice and Noodle Packets..
.
They were ONLY $1 per packet! 

We then continued on to my parents house were Dan changed the oil in my mothers car for her. Then all four of us; Dan, My mother, Alice and I went for a walk down the road. This was a great thing, I didn't talk much about this or  at all on hear but my mother went through with gastric bypass surgery on August and after many complications and a month long stay in the hospital, she is doing
AMAZING!
  
My Fall Attire 

 Dan and I then spent the rest of the day around home, working on the chicken coop and taking another walk around Bristol with Alice.

Monday:
Yes this week Monday is apart of my weekend. When I have a Sunday off I get Monday off too.
This morning Stewy  our rooster crowed for the first time!

oh... and we recieved this egg from one of the chickens:

That is what you call and OUCH! egg. I could barely close the carton. 

What are the plans for the rest of my day? Not much... Writing some blog posts maybe and then I have a Girl Scout meeting today! Oh yea thats right I am now an assistant Girl Scout leader!

How was your weekend? 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Betting on Losing Week 2

So we have hit Week 2 of Betting on Losing.... 
(Previous posts: Announcement, Week 1)
Here are some pictures of  last week from Lose It!





 Okay Okay... You were probably expecting to see pictures of me walking or exercising in some form not graphs and numbers.... Sorry but those are the pictures I have....

Here is my plan for this dietbet:

LOSE IT! 
I am planning on starting using Lose It! again to help me in this adventure. CHECK

FOOD / DRINK
Eating Low Calorie snacks and meals. Drink WATER! CHECK

WALKING / HIKING
Forcing myself to go for walks and get out an exercise. Maybe spending half of my lunch break out walking the block. Going for a weekly hike to burn off calories. DRAW  I have not been exercising on lunch :(
(I get about 6,000ish steps at work but haven't gone for a lot of walks besides)

YOGA
I will use this to loosen up my muscles and keep me flexible.  FAIL

Ash also threw down the gauntlet AGAIN! (She is big on challenges... if you couldn't tell...)
Can YOU log 150 Miles in 15 Weeks?


My own personal CHALLENGE  is to lose 33 pounds (this will put me at 205 lbs) by my BIRTHDAY in March! or around my birthday. So my deadline will be March 31st. I will be using the #33by331 in all my social media posts (if I remember). This means I have to behave myself through the up coming holiday season...

Weigh In Wedneday

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Meals of the Week #6


I will do a recap of all these meals next week. With a rating system to show you how we enjoyed them.
Rating 1-5 Stars
1=Never Again   2= In a Pinch   3=It Will Do   4= Delicious   5= New Family Favorite!

RECAP:
Chili & Cornbread (FAIL- Never Made)
Steak Quesadillas (5)
Chicken Sandwiches (Fail- Never Made)
.... Let's just say last week was a meal planning flop, I think we made 1 or 2 of the dishes we had planned.