Easter Fun!

As a child I LOVED Easter! As and adult I’m stoked to finally have Easter at my house! Despite the fact that there are no kids in the family yet, I’m going all out this year!

I only did some mild decorating, to keep it classy, and cheap.

The first project I did was..umm..FREE! Easy and Fun! It’s a GREAT kids project too. I did it while watching Big Love on my couch one evening.  The directions are HERE (including an Egg Patern) it’s a good idea to make them all the same, looks cuter. I picked mostly pastel colors, but you can do bright colors too. Definitely use Behr Paint Chips from The Home Depot as they are large enough to get two eggs from one chip without getting any text on the egg.

The only other decorating I did was these four wooden Eggs I found at Value Village (already Painted). They were $2.5 for the four of them, and I love them! Vegan friends of ours came over and I showed them these. They ended up buying wooden eggs at a craft store and painting them with their daughter (instead of dying real eggs, which obviously isn’t Vegan). I like how glossy these ones are.

Today I sat down and planned out my Easter Menu and Shopping List. I think I might need to get a Costco batch of Eggs..lol! The three things on the Menu are:

-Eggs ala Goldenrod

-Butterscotch Bird Nests

-Deviled Eggs

and probably Ham or Bacon from my mom’s Pig.

All I need now is a fun spring cocktail!

Weekly Meals

Well Mr. Gaunt and I are still (if not more) sick than we were yesterday. We have major head colds, full of snot. I havent had a cold this bad in a while. In fact I’m not sure I even got a cold last year, I know I had a major stomach flu twice, but no colds. So this sucks. When I was a senior in high school I got Strept Throat like 5 times in a three month period and ended up in the hospital, so colds scare the shit out of me, especially when my throat hurts. I’m also allergic to Penicillin and Amoxicillin (I get hives) so if a cold gets bad enough that I need antibiotics things get complicated. Anyways we both called out sick for tomorrow, partly for ourselves and also so we don’t contaminate our co-workers.

For the most part all we have eaten this weekend is Orange Juice and Special K Italian Tomato Herb Crackers (90 cal for 17) and a little soup. This afternoon when I stepped on the scale I was only 2.5 lbs away from hitting my 75lb goal loss. Thats pretty freaking crazy. If I can hit my 65lb loss on the WW scale tomorrow I will be very happy! Tomorrow we plan on doing a little grocery shopping (and fridge cleaning!) so I need to make a shopping list, and the best way to do that is to make a meal plan. Now I don’t always stick to my meal plans perfectly, but it’s still a good way to find new recipes and stock the fridge with good ingredients.

And so without further ado…

Spicy Garlic Shrimp and Kale over Quinoa

Black Bean Soup

Orzo Stuffed Zucchini

Chicken Masala

Well thats what I’ve got so far. The Masala is something I REALLY want to make, but it might not happen. The list below is just for me, stuff I don’t have yet. Im really gonna try to make at least some of these recipes this week.

MY SHOPPING LIST:

-Kale

-Organic Tomato Sauce

-Parmesan

-White Onion

-1 Jallepeno

-Red and Green Pepper

-2 Zucchini

-Stewed Tomatoes

-Chicken Breast

-Garam Masala seasoning

-Cream of Chicken soup



Food Plans for the Week

In an attempt to get back into cooking I’ve decided to make a meal list for the week. My mom sent me a $50 gift card to Whole Foods for Christmas (THANKS MOM!) so tonight I went and got a bunch of groceries, staples for the week. I often go to the grocery store with no list and just buy things I like. Then I come home and search those items on Food Gawker to get cool recipe ideas. After selecting a recipe I figure out how to make it low fat, its kind of a fun challenge. So the recipes I have linked are NOT low fat, but when I make them they will be, and I will post the changes I made. So heres whats on the menu this week:

Vegetable Casserole

Squash Pizza

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Orzo and Fish

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe with Green Chilies

Im not Dead…just rashy.

I guess its been a few days since I posted. I skipped weigh-in this week for a few reasons, but the number one being its in the negatives temperature wise and its takes a LOT to get me out of the house. No way was I gonna pile on the layers to go weigh in…bleh. Which is pretty lame of me, but I dont care. I will be going on Monday night this week dont worry.

Ah so the freezing weather is really getting to me, as much as I hate blazing hot weather, I hate this even more! It burns your skin when you go outside, it makes things like walking to the mail box, eating lunch in your car, hell getting up in the morning very difficult. It means we have to close all of our blinds and add extra bedding. Poor Hula loves to sit in the window but can’t with the blinds closed.  It also means that I have developed huge scabby dry patches all over my body! Then today after lunch I went to the bathroom and noticed a red rash had broken out all over my legs! I kind of freaked out and told my supervisor (in tears) that I needed to go home. I put on lots of lotion and washed my bedding and took a Benadryl. Things seem to be looking better, but Im blaming the weather!

I also am very irritated by the short days! It makes me want to crawl in bed at 8 and do nothing! Like right now its 6:15 and I feel like it’s too late to do anything else. Oh and this damn weather has also made poor Hula a giant static ball! You pet her and you get shocked! You can hear the static whenever she rolls around on the couch…crakle crakle crackle.  Needless to say spring can come any time!

Christmas is also just around the corner (two weeks from tomorrow) and I could kind of give a shit. I dont get to go home this year and see my family, and none of them are coming to see me. I dont want to bake (for obvious reasons) which I love to do at the holidays. Money is tight right now so there is no giant pile of presents under the tree. Can I get a Bah Hum Bug? No, for real Im trying to get in the spirit, but I have a feeling Christmas may come and go without me really noticing.  I did make out all of our Christmas cards (a tradition I actually find important to give and receive) last night and plan to mail them tomorrow after work. Mr. Gaunt is away for the evening too so I will probably get all of his gifts wrapped and stuck under the tree.

Oh I watched the season finale of Biggest Loser last night on DVR. HOLY COW! Was that not insane? I couldnt believe how they looked! Both Rudy and Danny just looked killer! And Amanda looked pretty good too.  The only thing that I find a little disturbing was Rebecca (who’s starting weight was 279) at 5’6″ weighed in last night at 140lbs. When they did her Jay Leno update a few weeks ago I believe she was at 160 and she looked AMAZING! Last night however she looked a little too thin. Also Tracey who had dropped about 50% of her starting weight looked a little this as well. Im sure both women are very healthy, and congrats to them for getting it all off, I just hope they find a happy weight that they can maintain. It also showed me the I do NOT want to weigh 140lbs (which for my height at 5’7 with a larger frame is about the lowest I would go) but rather would feel very good at 150-160lbs.

Ok onto something I have been debating a for a while now. As you probably have noticed I have yet to actually say how much I weigh on this blog. I talk about how much I have lost/want to lose, but not how much I actually weigh. I have been carefull not to share %loss as well because I know y’all arent stupid and you could easily do the math. At this point there are two people who actually know my current weight (and what I started at) that it Mr. Gaunt and Pro. Telling both of them was also pretty difficult, but I felt if I wanted their support then they really needed to know all the facts. And of course they were both very loving and supportive and made me feel like it wasnt a big deal…although to me…it was. Now on to my dilemma: Basically I had decided awhile back that I really DO want to share with you what I weigh, and I want to not be superficial and I want to show you that the number doesnt really matter. I told myself that on January 1st 2010 I would finally tell you all what I weighed, what size I wear, what my current measurements are, what I started at…the works. It just makes me nervous. There are a lot of people who read this blog that dont leave comments. Lost of old highschool friends and family members. Men, women, coworkers. Do I really want all of these people to know? And what are they gonna say? “Holy shit she was the size of a house!”? I hate that! I dont want to feel like people are judging me. I dont want them to think of me differently…will they? Will you?

I dont know. Im still building up the guts to do this, we will see. At this point I am so proud of how far I have come thats its not about you knowing what I weigh today, its just about where I let myself get….ugg. Ok so words of encouragement would be great!

Ok Im off to the store and then home to eat chilli! Oh and I swear Im going to do some cooking this week, weve just been doing boring things. The following are on the Menu though:

-Weight Watchers Veggie Lasagna

-Mango-licous Tilapia

-Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

A Plan for Success

Well my shoulder feels slightly better, but I still havent heard from my job so in order to not let my mind wander (ahhh you have no money and your getting fatter!!!!) I decided to make a list of things Im going to do this week as well as a menu of things Im going to eat! Woohoo I love lists.

TO DO OCTOBER 4th – 11th

1. PAINT! We renewed our lease at our apartment, but I really want to paint my entry way! So this week Im going to pick out a color and then hopefully paint on Friday or Saturday.

2. FRISBEE GOLF! We made plans with our friends Ben and Casey to go play frisbee golf this weekend. Apparently its kind of a hike through the course which makes me a little nervous (me and hiking arent always friends) but Im gonna give it a shot, and I love frisbee golf, it reminds me of playing with friends at Cornwall park back home.

3. WAX! I need my eyebrows waxed this week.

4. GYM! I need to get my but to the gym at least 4 times this week (hopefully my shoulder will chill out so this can happen)

5. WEIGH IN! Hoping to do this tomorrow

Now for the MENU!

MONDAY: Quinoa (or Brown rice) Stuffed Acorn Squash

TUESDAY: Weight Watchers Corn Chowder

WEDNESDAY: Roasted Three potato Salad

THURSDAY: Tuna and Avocado Salad

FRIDAY: Pasta with Shrimp Spinach and Lemon

Ok the weekend I will hold off on. Also please note the links for these meals are more for inspiration and will probably all be modified to be healthier! I will take pics of everything to show you along the way! xoxo

Oh and we have a million peppers so if anyone ahs any great pepper recipes you shoudl leave them in the comments…thanks!