returned…just to leave again

hello folks. I returned last week… and didn’t post for this week…and prob won’t post for another week.

it has been a crazy week. between working, family stuff, and just plain being busy I haven’t had any motivation to post.

I feel bad and I’m sorry for anyone that usually follows me.

starting tomorrow I’ll be gone for another week for boy scout resident camp.i won’t have connections to internet or phone for about 5 days.

then once I return it’s getting ready for school. it’s going to be a crazy couple of weeks.


Adventures of a curvy girl: program by design at YMCA

Do you go to the YMCA? I joined a couple of weeks ago when I found out that I could do it through work. Do you go to the gym and do your own routine? or do the group classes?

I was going upstairs to the gym where the equipment is and doing my own thing. then I found a couple classes that basically make up my cardio and strength training.

one of the benefits of the YMCA is the program called “program by design.” I have not been to other gyms, but I’m sure they have something similar to this. basically, it is a free service provided by the y from one of the trainers. women2

today, I had my first meeting with one of the trainers. he meet with me and we discussed what I wanted to get out of the exercising and how he could help me get there. I am a very organized person that needs things wrote down for me and a plan. I like my plans. Ok, I love plans and I stick with plans.

I basically told him that I need something very detailed and options. if I continue to go to my piloxing class and strength training class I shouldn’t need to go upstairs to the gym. but life gets in the way sometimes and I don’t always make it to a class. instead of saying oh well… and never returning (which I have done). I want options. if I don’t go to strength training what equipment could I use upstairs and how many repetitions. if I don’t do piloxing, then I could do treadmill interval training, walking, swimming, or cycling. options are better than anything.

I was very satisfied with the outcome of the meeting today. the trainer was very nice and very informed about what to do. he took in to consideration that I have a life and a women3family, that going to the gym every day sometimes isn’t possible.

the first meeting is basically to go over everything that I want for a program to stay fit. the next meeting (next Wednesday), is to go over the design that he has made out for me with my options. I am looking forward to seeing what he has designed for me.


have you every had this done, an exercise plan designed for you?

did you enjoy it?

get bored?

my biggest fear is that I won’t like it and I will be disappointed in myself when I donwomen4‘t follow it.

library haul 04

my addiction for books has gotten me into trouble !

I went online to renew my books yesterday and my fines were up to 15.75! I have a book that has been racking up fines since July 7th. called the library immediately to see when they closed. I had 30 minutes to get there.

rushed around and found books that I needed to return.

went to pay my fines…and got more books. even when I have about 10 sitting here to read lol

the sunshine sisters by jane green

Ronni sunshine is known in Hollywood as a star. she was never a star at home but pushed her three daughters away. they each went off on their own path in life. ronni calls them home to spend time with her due to an illness.

every last lie by Mary kubica

Clara’ s life is disrupted when her husband and daughter are in a accident, taking her husband’s life. her life gets messy when her daughter starts having nightmares about the night. when Clara starts looking into the accident she finds out there was more to it then an accident.

secrets in summer by Nancy Thayer

every year visitors flock to Nantucket for the summer. Darcy looks forward to meeting her new neighbors each year that blossom into friendships. this year, her neighbors are not only someone she knows but does not look forward to seeing, her ex husband and his family. while dealing with them she is juggling two different romances along with other neighbors she has met.

secrets of the tulip sisters by Susan mallery

Kelly and Olivia have never been close. Kelly is a tulip farmer that has a pretty predictable life. her life is thrown for a curve ball when her sister returns home and a man that sets his sights on kelly.

I’m excited to read these books but I need to finis up some of my other ones!

Hawaiian chicken foil packs on the grill

when it is hot outside, I crave spicy food.

I didn’t want to cook in the house bc it was so hot out it would be miserable inside. 

I decided to do Hawaiian chicken on the grill. instead of doing multiple dishes separate, I put everything in a foil pack. 

first, I cut up the pineapple, green pepper, onions, potatoes and jalapeno peppers. the mushrooms were already sliced. 

after everything was cut up, I assembled the foil packs. chicken went first and was seasoned with salt and pepper and Hawaiian barbecue sauce. 

then the vegetables !

everything is wrapped and placed on the grill 

I cooked on indirect heat for about 15 minutes. then flipped and cooked on direct for 5 then flipped for another 10. 

it turned out amazing! 

I added a little more Hawaiian barbecue sauce and pepper to mine. 

crawfish boil

every year in july, my brother does a seafood boil. 

have u ever been to a seafood boil? 

traditionally it is crawfish, sausage, potatoes, and corn cooked in a garbage can and then laid out on a table. 

living in the mid West, crawfish aren’t around this area. my brother usually flys them in from lousisana and shrimp. 

it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to cook. 

while everyone Is waiting for the food to cook, there is usually fishing, swimming, drinking…lots of drinking.  

they did a drinking scavenger hunt. there were multiple teams of two. every team had to provide a six pack of beer. each team would pick a chip that had a certain color that was assigned to a certain brand of beer. one member of the team would have to chug the beer while the other grabbed another beer that was hidden in the yard some where.what ever team had the first 6 pack of beer completed won. 

it was a pretty fun thing to watch. I don’t participate because I’m not a big drinker. 

after the game and lots of waiting, the boil was completed. 

here was the finished product. sorry a plate got in the way lol. 

it looks so good! tasted good as well.

I only ate the sausage and potatoes. I do not like seafood but it was fun to watch people eat them. 

I’m back!!!!

I’m back everyone!! I kinda took a break from blogging for the week. it was a hectic week. we had a little dilemma with my bfs kids mom. it kinda consumed our week. worrying and trying to do what was best in the situation. 

 I’m now back and ready to post every day. I was reading everyone’s posts and commenting. 

How is everyone doing ??! did u even miss me!?

campfire chili 

the meal plan went a little off this week but I stuck with chili for Saturday. originally I was going to do it in the crockpot, but a fire sounded awesome. 

I built the fire all by myself!

for the chili i kept it simple. 3 lb ground hamburger with onions. 

after it was browned, I added it to the Dutch oven. two large cans of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, hot chili beans and chili seasoning. 

next it goes on the fire till done! 

it turned out so good!

library haul 03

this post is a little late due to me being lazy. 

I ran to the library quick on Tuesday. I took some books back from haul 2 that I could not get into. 

the Supremes at earls all you can eat by Edward Moore.

                   this is the book I’m going to read for my book club. the Supremes are Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean are best friends that have been thru a lot of life obstacles together. 

the book shop on the corner by Jenny Colgan 

        this book has been on my tbr list for a lot of reasons. I think I was affected to it for cover of books! nina is a book matchmaker. putting a reader together with the perfect book. she had a job in a library in the city but ends of moving to a small town to buy a van. she transforms the van into a library that she takes to people. 

knife creek by Paul door in

        Mike is a game warden that discovers a dead baby in a shallow grave. the baby belongs to the woman disappeared 4 years ago during a rafting trip. close to home brings a whole new meaning when Mike realizes his neighbors aren’t who they seem to be. 

it’s always the husband by Michele Campbell 

kate, Aubrey, and Jenny are three very different friends that met during college when roommates. 21 yrs later one of them is standing on a bridge while someone is urging her to jump. three women that love but hate each other. one of them does. was it really the husband or the friend? 

woman no. 17 by edan lepucki

set in the posh hills of los Angeles, lady Daniels decides to take a break from her husband. she is trying to finish her memoir but needs help taking care of her children. S arrives on the scene. she is going to take care of the toddler as well as keep an eye on her teenage son, Seth. 

beach house for rent by Mary alice Monroe 

cara rents out her house to Heather to keep her husband’s business going. Heather is an artist that paints postage stamps. but cara wants to go home where Heather is now living but doesn’t want to leave. they become roommates that are strangers that become friends while they go thru tough times. 

lost and found sisters by jill shalvis 

Quinn is finally getting her life on track when her sister dies in a car accident. she has everything that anyone would want the perfect job, family, and bf. she is approached from a lawyer regarding an inheritance that she must claim herself. on a whim she heads up the coast to California and leaves behind her job, home, and bf. while there she sees that this inheritance is more than what she thought. 

well there it is. the books I picked out recently. a lot of them state that they are 14 day loans, so I better get reading!!! 

when your menu plan doesn’t work because it’s wednesday

ever get to Wednesday and it feels like such a hurdle? you can’t get to it fast enough and then it arrives…and your worn out. 

today was one of those days. I started off the day right, up at 430 am for body bump. went to work ready for the day. 

as the day went on, my mood just got worse. I had a headache like crazy. I am moody, complaining, and bitchy.  all us women know, I’m pmsing. 

when I got home, I went to bed to watch tv and cuddle with the dog. I didn’t want to cook and told bf either pizza hut or fair. then his friend shows up and my attitude goes crazy… then his parents show up and I about lost my shit in the street. 

he took me the fair where my saving moving and eating healthy went out the window. we split a tenderloin and ribbon dries. no pictures bc I didn’t take phone. 

I was suppose to make a healthy meal today….but yeah.. didn’t happen. 

How are you guys today ? 

sorry my attitude sucks, I blame it on being a women. 

jazz up your water 

hydration. it helps with weight loss, natural food suppressant, aids in metabolism and much more. 

it is important to stay hydrated when you are working out. dehydration can cause dizziness, fatigue, confusion, and lack of concentration. I have heard that if you have hunger pains sometimes in the middle of the day, even when you are eating, it could be a lack of hydration. the hunger pains can cause you to eat pointless calories, when a simple glass of water could solve it. 

drinking one 8 oz of water before bed can help with metabolism as well as an appetite suppressant. some drink one glass before every meal. 

plain water is most important. sugary drinks can cause you issues absorbing water that it needs. caffeine can cause your body to excrete more water due to the diuretic effect. 

the amount of water we each need really is a big debate. some say 8 cups a day, others 10 cups if you are exercising. my weight management dietician and NP, told me I need to drink any where from 8 to 10 cups a day. increase it when I exercise as well as drink extra if I’m not full after my shakes. 

I drink A LOT of water. so much that I have had people question if I’m diabetic, which I’m not. 

at Walmart, I purchased this cup for only $5! it is a bubba cup and holds up to 48 oz of water. at work I can drink about 5 of home double that. 

plain old water is boring to me!! yes, sometimes I’m ok with just ice cold water. other times, I need some lemon in it. 

recently, I have been doing infused water. the combinations are endless. strawberries, cucumbers, lemon, lime, raspberries, pomegranate, mint are just to name a few. 

on Sunday night I prepared my water. cut up thinly sliced cucumber, lemon and lime. infused over night. delicious!!

sugary drinks like pop are my weakness. I had given up drinking them, only maybe having a cup every 2 weeks or so. I got to the point that I didn’t even like the taste any more. 

I’m not sure if I am attracted to the sugary taste or the carbonation. at grocery stores you can buy sparkling carbonated water. there are many different brands aquafina, clear America, sparkling ice, izze, and dasani sparkling just to name a few. 

I love clear America from Wal-Mart. it tastes good to be as well as it is pretty cheap, about 0.68 cents for a large bottle. I found out that if I drink those on a daily basis, I don’t crave pop. plus, some of the flavors are awesome!! I love the fuji apples, strawberry, and peach. 

just remember always stay hydrated when you are working out. jazz up your water so you don’t get bored! 

there are also easy ways to track how much you are drinking. the cheap way, write it down. apps for the phones also have the ability to help keep track, for example fitness pal and fitbit. recently I keep seeing this bottle advertised for drinking water, it lights up when you need to drink and keeps track of how much you are drinking. I didn’t price it, but I’m sure it’s a little costly. 

do you jazz up your water? what are you favorite carbonated drinks? how much are you drinking a day?