Thursday, January 30, 2014

Weigh in Thursday?? - Snowpocolpyse

Well I know it's Thursday. Wednesday was a crazy day for me and thus no time to sit down at a computer and fill all you in on my weigh in this past Monday.

Weigh In Wednesday

So for starters I had all of last week off. Which was good and bad at the same time. Good in the fact that I could rest and work out as much as I wanted. Bad because if I didn't keep myself busy enough I had a house full of food that I thought I could just eat. I didn't do too bad. Most of the week was awesome I got a good few walks in.

The weekend wasn't the best per say. I babysat on Friday night and they ordered Pizza. I have been so use to having my pita pizza and salad as a meal but this was Papa Johns. I figured I could do 1 slice but ended up eating three :( not the best. Then Saturday my roomie and her boyfriend and I went to dinner at a sushi/hibachi place and I got fried rice. Yet again not so good. Sunday morning though I decided to make up for it and go hike the 6 mile loop of Kennesaw Mountain. I got up and did it at about 9:30 and by the end was so glad I did. I burned 1110 calories. So that took care of that.

I realized though that I was sooo hungry and wasn't really understanding it. Then I thought hmm maybe I should look on my period tracker and sure enough it was suppose to hit in 2-3 days. This made much more sense to me because a few days before my period I am insatiable.

Monday I woke up and was a tad nervous as to how the scale would look. I hopped on and...

Starting Weight - 339.4
1/30/2014 - 335.5
Total Loss - 3.9 lbs

Gained .5, considering unwise eating choices and a looming gift from Mother Nature, I will take it! I know the mistakes I made and am so on board to fix them. So far this week has not been too bad. We had the massive snowstorm which caused me to be stuck at work but luckily I have food stashed here for the week so I was covered. We did however make a cake and I had a slice, but it was just one and not 3-4 so that's a win.

I got to go home last night because the roads were much more clear and this morning I was able to make it into work with no problems. I am now ready to get completely back on board tracking and working out. My water intake is pretty good, I need to up it a bit, but I have not had any soda or sweet tea. Only one glass of orange juice in the morning.

Oh and remember how I said I was getting my hair done last week, well I did and I love it soooo very much!

Have a great week!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weigh In Wendesday - A New Normal

First I would like to say thanks to all the people who commented and cheered me on last week when I posted where I was. It is nice to know there is such a great community out there to support me as I go on this journey.

Linking up with the girls over at Weigh In Wednesday!

Weigh In Wednesday

This first week as all about making a new normal for me. Instead of eating fast food and soda it was more greens and water. I thought it was going to be really tough like it has been the last few times I have attempted to lose weight. I would have a super low calorie lunch so then I could have fast food at night. I am now spreading my calories all through out the day and choosing better choices. I think I am realizing that I am treating this while journey differently this time then I ever have.

I feel different and much more optimistic about actually changing my health and not just losing weight.

I am using the My Fitness Pal app which has me eating about 1700 calories a day to lose 1 1/2 pounds a week and it is so manageable for me. I have been working out 3-4 times a week, whether it's hiking or walking at a local park. Back in December one of my best friends Kirsten got me this awesome water bottle. She knows how much I love water bottles and said she heard about this one from a friend and had to get one for me. It is called a MooseJaw and has a compartment for your license and key so that you can take it running with you.

This past week was really good food wise. Saturday was somewhat of a wash with so much going on but I was more aware of what I was eating and knew that I would be going over my calories but that it wasn't a huge deal, so I didn't track. Sunday I tracked and it included 2 slices of pizza at church for dinner, but that was about as bad as it got, and even when tracking it I came in under calories.

I am off this whole week because the nanny fam is in Colorado skiing which is a nice change of pace. Mostly resting and doing things that I normally wouldn't do, due to lack of time. Tomorrow I am going to get my hairs done. I have never really had them professionally done but decided with the new healthier me, I'm going to get a new do as well. This is what I am going to try to go for, can't wait to see how it turns out!!

Now for the moment we all have been waiting for.

I think I mentioned that I have chosen to weigh in on Monday mornings. Well this past Monday my eyes shot open and I knew it was weigh in day. I had weighed in mid week because I joined a diet bet and it was looking good so I was excited to see what the scale would say.

I stepped on and saw this....

My mouth dropped open. I went and typed it into My Fitness Pal and it proudly displayed that I had lose 4.4 lbs!!!! Wow.

Looking back when I did Weigh In Wednesday link ups I never lost more then 2.5 lbs so to lose 4 makes me soooo excited. It's such a motivator to keep working at it. I am realizing that drastic life changes bring drastic results.

I can't wait to see what this next week brings.


Friday, January 17, 2014

5 on Friday!

I just took a look at my phone to see if anything interesting happened that I didn't post on social media and didn't really find that much. It was just that sort of week.... so let's see how this goes.

Linking up with the ladies from 5 on Friday!

1. On Sunday I had a realization that my weight and health is completely out of control. Read my post from Wednesday here.  Not in a "I hate the way I look" thing because that's never been my problem, but in a "If you don't get your act together your not gonna live that long" thing and that stuck hard. So on Monday I started a new eating better routine. I weighed myself and took some photos and also joined a Diet Bet. I am seeing a lot of these too since I am tracking these days. Can't wait to keep going and see results.

2. On Wednesday I went to Bible Study with my favorite ladies and we started Nehemiah. We rotate houses and this week we were in Atlanta and on my drive down I screen-shot-ed this nastiness that is the 400/285 connector at Sandy Springs. I managed to make it through with no curse words and only with the help of my Relaxation Pandora Playlist.

3. My awesome friend Abby who came back in October to go to the Country Living Fair with me texted me around Christmas to tell me she was getting us tickets to see Demi Levato in concert in February. I love me some Demi. Anyways with such an awesome present I wasnt sure how I was going to top it, so I decided to just add on and got us some swag....Tshirts and bracelets. We will fit in so well!!

4. I decided to go on a walk yesterday and knew it was going to be cold but didn't realize how cold. Well it was 30...not so smart Jenny. I had my headband though to keep my ears warm but after a while it leaves a mark. Jenny -0 Cold Weather Gear - 1.

5. Today is my last day before a whole week off. The nanny fam is going to Beaver Creek, Colorado for their ski trip and this girl gets a whole week of vacation! What are my plans, well they include a lot of lunches and coffee with people I can never do anything with because of said job. Oh and watching movies and knitting at the same time, because that's what I like to do.

Have a great day!!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday - Here We Go Again

Oh man.

Where do I begin. I am not quite sure, all I know is that I have gained way too much weight. After the holidays and being around so many people and looking back at pictures of when I was at my thinnest, I realized that there is nothing that should be keeping me from being there again. I just need the will power and I feel like I have it. I have decided to weigh in on Mondays but I am still going to write up my blog on Wednesdays.

I weighed myself this past Monday and was pretty ashamed at my weight. 239.4.....woah.

It laid heavily on my heart as I looked down at the number. It really clicked then, that things have gotten out of control.

While on my computer and cleaning up files I found one about my weight loss journey a year and half ago and it had me as low as 193. Which means I gained 46 pounds in a year a half. How is that even possible I ask myself, but I can't reflect on that. All I can think about is doing my hardest at not ever getting back to this place again.

When I have gained and lost weight in the past it has always been something where I would eat one really fatty meal from Chick Fil A or McDonalds and then squeeze in a lean cuisine for lunch or dinner. As long as everything fit into my calorie count then I was ok. I would even work out to earn more calories to eat like a reward and would use every calorie available. Looking back I now realize that is why I have not been able to keep off the weight, my lifestyle has not really changed at all.

That's what I am ready to do though. Try different foods, make sure I am eating 3 solid meals and 2 hearty snacks as well and exercising. For the last two days I have done fantastic, I still have the occasional piece of chocolate but it's just or two pieces instead of the entire bar or 2 or 3. I am keeping fruit in my purse and my water bottle in tow to make sure that any time I get hungry that I have a good choice right at my fingertips instead of getting a KitKat at the store.

So here's to a new year and a new beginning.

Weigh In Wednesday


Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Re-Cap!

It has been a crazy holiday season starting in November with my trip to Florida to surprise my dad and stepmom for Thanksgiving. The kids started back at school this week so everything is starting to return to a somewhat normalcy. I am just waiting for Geek Squad to get here and fix some problems with networks or something, should be a fun morning!

Here are my Top 5 things from the week. I am joining the 5 on Friday link up today!

1. With the rest of the country Atlanta was FREEZING earlier this week. This caused the kids to be out of school for an extra day but instead of hanging around the house we attempted to get out and blow off steam. Taking three kids anywhere though requires so many layers, poor Wyatt is always a good sport.

 2. This past Monday I posted this picture on my Facebook and Instagram and told people that I would be selling these hats that I knit to help pay for my trip to Europe in March. My brother is stationed over there and will only be over there for about another year so I just need to get over there and I need to meet my newest nephew Ben who will 7 months before I get to see him. Anyways you can order your own one of these hats by emailing me at They are $15 and then an $5 for shipping. I can do just about any and all colors. I have already mailed 2 and am working on another right now. I will most likely be doing a post about this next week sometime!

3. This is the fountain as my bosses house and with the freezing temps he looks like old man winter. The kids I look at him every day now, so fascinating.

4. On Wednesday night my pastor asked me to babysit for his two boys and his niece and two nephews. 5 kids? Piece of cake. After all the bigger kids went to sleep I got to just snuggle with this guy. His name is Asher and he is two months old and I adore him so much!!

5. Yesterday marked my 2 year anniversary with my nanny family. I cannot believe it has been two years since they came into my life. I couldn't imagine it any different and can't wait to see what this next year holds in store.

It's a quite weekend of knitting and movies for me. Still need to catch up from the busy-ness of the holiday season.
Have a great Friday!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you ever get invited to one of my parties or you ever invite me to a party, you will soon find out that I will make and bring some Buffalo Chicken Dip. What is Buffalo Chicken Dip you ask?? Well its goodness in a pan and when dipped with some tortilla chips makes the best party dish ever!

So naturally when I was invited to a New Years Eve party on Tuesday I knew that I would be making some buffalo chicken dip to bring to the party. I was actually invited to three parties but decided on the calm party where I didn't have to dress up and could take a simple nap on the couch, which I did! There were not that many people so we ended up with so much food, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some people were there who I never met before and as soon as they had my dip they said that they needed that recipe ASAP. Looking back through my blog I realized that I had never made a post about it. But no need to fear, it is finally here!

Jenny's Famous Buffalo Chicken Dip!


2 8oz Blocks Cream Cheese (Room Temp)
1 Cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
1 Cup Ranch
1 1/2 Cups Shredded Colby Jack blend
2 Cans Chicken Breast

1. First you need to make sure that your Cream Cheese is at room temperature, you are mixing everything together so you need it soft enough to stir. If need be you can throw it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until it is soft.

(Before just the blocks of cheese)
(After when it is soft)
2. Open the two cans of chicken and drain and mix them into the cream cheese.

3. Then add in the cup of hot sauce and the cup of ranch.

 4. Add in a cup of shredded cheese and mix it all together good.

5. After it is all mixed together you can put it in the fridge until ready to use or you can pop it in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. Basically you are watching it to see when it's heated all the way through. I usually stir it every 10 minutes until it is done.
6. At the last minute sprinkle the last 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top and let it melt over the top.
7. When it's done pull it out and watch it disappear. You can serve it with crackers, triscuits, or my personal favorite tortilla chips!
(Obviously being so excited to eat the dip and having no patience there isn't a picture of the final product haha!)
That's it, super simple, but the people love it!
Happy Cooking,