Saturday, July 28, 2007

BIRTHDAY PARTY



TODAY WAS THE BIG PARTY. THE KIDS ARE ALLYSA, LORRAINA, AND VINCENT. I ALSO HAD A GOOD PICTURE OF ME, STEFANIE, AND ANNIE, THE KIDS MOM. HER MOM IS TO THE SIDE. IT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY COOL. I GOT THERE LATE CAUSE OF WORKING, BUT I GOT SOME GOOD SHOTS OF THE KIDS AND THEIR CAKE, OPENING PRESENTS, AND GENERAL GOOFING AROUND. I MISS HAVING A BIG FAMILY TO DO THOSE KINDS OF THINGS WITH. I HAD FUN.
(SORRY ABOUT THE ALL CAPITOLS, MY SHIFT IS STICKING AND I GOT MAD:( )
FOOD WISE, I DID OK, A BURGER, SOME POTATO SALAD, AND ONE LITTLE PIECE OF CAKE. I CAN LIVE WITH MYSELF.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

HOT

I know it is the middle of July, But I am really, really tired of the heat. Where I live in So. Cal., we are literally at the border of civilization and the desert. I weigh roughly double what I should, so carrying around all this extra insulation really SUCKS!!!! I do not know what possessed me to agree to move out here, instead of closer to the beach. Oh yeah, I remember. It was CHEAP!!!

The one good thing about being so miserable is I have no appetite. With the peptic ulcer, I have to eat something, but the things I want are fresh, cool things. Today I ate very well, lots of fruit and veggies, and my only indulgence was a watermelon "paleta". (A mexican version of a popscicle made out of fruit juice.) The watermelon ones are to die for!!!

I also got some exercise, indulging in my favorite sport, shopping. I parked the car at the end of the isle and walked around to all the stores instead of moving the car. I had to get some B-day presents for the kids of one of my employees. 3 in one month. I also did some scrapbook shopping. I may have to restrict myself from that for a while. I have an insane amount of paper and embellishments now.

Well, that's all for now. Back to sweatin thru the blog lists.

Monday, July 23, 2007

mashed cauliflower

Call me crazy, but mashed cauliflower is my new favorite food. Being on the South Beach Diet, one of the favorite things to do is to find substitutes for old favorites like pancakes, chessecake and mashed potaoes.
I first tried the mashed cauliflower about 6 months ago. I didn't like it. I was amazed people actually ate this. A couple of tips. 1~use fresh frozen cauliflower. The cauliflower I used was circa 1998. VERY bad. 2~steam, rather than boil, the cauliflower. 3~use plenty of "I can't believe it's not butter." Use fresh butter, not the stick that has been sitting next to the raw onion for 2 weeks.
I tried it again last week, using these tips. It is very good. Now mind you, it will NEVER take the place of mashed potatoes, the texture is just not the same, but it is very tasty. I made some more tonight, ate it with a chicken breast. With my stomach playing games with me, I have been sticking to soft, non spicy foods. I better lose some weight from all this mess!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

new layouts



These are my 2 new layouts. The first one is a layout of the lillies in my garden. I really like the way it came out. I used some new things, well, new to me, like the corner punch and having the mats behind the pics.
The second layout is my cousin R and myself. We have been like sisters thru the years. the top pic is when we were 12 or 13, the bottom pic is 18-19, and the side pic is early 40's. (I know, I can't believe it either!!!) I don't know about this layout, I'm thinking the paper is very busy. I like the concept, I may go back and re-work it
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On the diet front, I have been forced into a diet because I couldn't get myself there on my own. I have a "peptic ulcer" or a bleeding ulcer. The Doc says with antibiotics and a better diet, it can be controled and I won't be subjected to a life of boiled chicken and buttermilk. I need to eat fresh fruit and veggies, no caffeine, no soda, no spicy foods and no processed foods. We are trying to keep the stomach acids down. Maybe this is God's way of telling me to get with it!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

cookouts



This Sunday we had a cookout at my parent's house. When I was a kid, we used to do this every couple of months. It is one of my favorite memories of childhood. The family was really big then. Now, people have passed away, gone to differnet states, and just plain don't want to hang out anymore.
My Mom has been a little down, so I suggested a cookout. It was my family, my parents, and my cousin Ricki's family. We had a lot of fun. It is something we should do more often.
The top pic is my Dad, cooking the burgers and the 2nd is everyone relaxing after eating.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

craft show

Today my cousin, her daughter and I went to the local craft show. I love these things!! I am always so inspired when I see what things people can come up with. I was a little sad cause they always have a lot of "sister" stuff, and I used to buy a lot for Denise. She loved this stuff like I did. But all things considered, it was a good day. We did a lot of walking, 1st at the show then at walmart, we had lunch at the buffet, but I didn't over do it. I just wish my days off could last 48 hours insted of 24...

Thursday, July 05, 2007

going with the flow...


What is it about the word diet that freaks me out so much? A couple of weeks ago, I thought I had had a break thru in my thinking. "What nurishes me also destroys me". That was a POWERFUL statement and I took it to heart. I decided then and there that I was going to get my butt in gear and do what was neccesary to loss this weight once and for all. I bought healthy food, I exercised, I chanted my mantra faithfully throughout the day. "What nurishes me also destroys me". I felt better, my legs weren't swollen, I didn't have the usual headaches, I was more energized. Then the dreaded diet word. A co-worker..."Oh, your DIET must be working, I can tell you've lost some weight." UUUGGGHHH!!!
Now I am starting the same old patterns. Eating what is easy VS. what is good. No exercise. Eating ice cream (It was a reward at work), Cake (an employee was leaving), chips (it's Ok this one time), regular soda (No one put the diet in the fridge to get cold), and the kicker of all kickers, the breakfast I ate this morning. From a local fastfood joint. a 3 egg ham and cheese omelet, hash brown potatoes, bisquits and country gravy, and OJ. My reasoning for this? If I don't give into the craving, I will eat much worse later on. I feel like a stuffed pig.
How do I train my brain to ignore the DIET word? When I was eating healthy, I really had no desire for the crap. It was my descion to eat the good stuff. Put the DIET word in there and I have no choice. I am doomed to a life of lettuce and shredded wheat for the rest of my life and I rebel.
So now what? I pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep going. Hopefully, learn something from this. Just go with the flow. I am not on a DIET, I am on a life changing journey.
(The picture is of Niagra Falls, Canada.)

Monday, July 02, 2007

Monday



This is my Mom and myself at Po' Folks restaraunt Friday night for her birthday. We had a really nice time. Sorry the picture is kinda blurry. My Mom's friend was a little shaky with the camera.