Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I dislike diets. In fact I have really never been on one. That is why I like the Weight Watchers Point System. It is more a way of living…mostly it is about making decisions regarding portion control, choosing filling foods instead of empty foods. It makes you accountable to yourself and more aware of everything you put in your mouth. It helps you make better choices because the goal is to stay within your daily points.
My Daly Points Total = 24
My Weekly Point Allowance = 35
The Weekly Point Allowance can be used anytime and starts over every week. It provides an extra 5 points per day or a splurge sometime during the week. I usually use the Weekly Allowance by the day. So here is how I try to break it down.
Breakfast: 5 Points (Example- 1 Cup Cereal, 1 Slice Toast, ½ Cup Milk)
Snack: 2 Points (Banana-1 Point)
Lunch: 10 Points (Turkey Sandwich, Baked Chips- I think 8 Points)
Snack: 2 Points (Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bar- and yes they are good)
Dinner: 10 Points (I find that a single portion of most things I make end up being about 10 points)
So there is an overview of how the program works. I will try to post updates as I go along.
Monday, February 15, 2010
We went 'out-n-about' today since we all had the day off and wandered into Old Navy. I tried on a few things and ended up liking this light and airy spring shirt that was on clearance for $5.47. It was originally about $26.00 so I thought it was a good deal. After checking out, the cashier told me the total was $1.03. When I questioned the amount she said that any clearance item that ended in a 7 was only .97 cents! Can you believe that?!? Praise God for little blessings!
This weekend Stan and I took a little day trip to Salina, KS for an NRA rifle match. We had a great time together. I spent a beautiful 3 hours lounging with my feet up, reading a book, and occasionally looking through the scope to check out Stan's shots on the tiny targets. Each target was about a half dollar size with 12 targets on each paper.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Stan and I have been interested in the concept of Homesteading for many years...long before we had kids we bought the book entitled "Storey's Basic Country Skills" and enjoyed reading through ideas relating to living a simple more self-reliant lifestyle. Now anyone who knows me knows that all things organic and whole wheat and healthy do not necessarily sit well with me. LOL! And anyone who knows Stan knows he loves electronics. We have a big TV and several game boxes with our furniture arranged around it in the living room. My pantry is full of items with "high-fructose corn syrup" printed on the label. We eat at fast food resturaunts and we don't recycle. Now don't we sound like people who would want to raise chickens in the backyard?!? Well, that is my point. We all have a starting place and each day when we are led by the Lord, He takes us in the direction He want us to go.
Recently, however, the Lord has been making some things clear to me. Funny how in ourselves all we do is make things complicated and as soon as He steps in things just come together? I love it. I love the Lord. He is so awesome. Anyway, a few things that are the desires of my heart for the future are the following:
- Stan and I want to plant a vegetable garden in the spring. I have always been intimidated by gardening until I came across a book entitled "Square Foot Gardening". Its basic premise is planting your garden in a 4x4 raised bed instead of traditional rows in the ground. This book really lays it out for the beginner and gives you confidence that you can do it. Stan is on board and is also reading the book. So we will see how it goes. We plan to start with 2-3 raised beds.
There is more I want to write about like starting a compost bin, baking bread, Sewing (HAHAHA)and so many other little projects, but for now I am content in dreaming of veggies in the garden and sending the girls out to collect fresh eggs from the hens.
Mada wandered into the kitchen when I was putting away groceries and asked if she could help with the grapes. After washing up she began picking the grapes and placing them into the colander. She was very happy with the job she had done. What a great job for little ones to do when learning their way around the Kitchen! It also strengthens those fine motor skills.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Winter is still very present this February! Now, this snow was wet and heavy. Although surprisingly it was not hard to shovel clean. Stan had already left for work by 5:00 AM so that left me to shovel the drive before the parents arrived for childcare. By 7:45 AM I had the front of the drive and the sidewalk finished. What is it about shoveling pavement clean from snow and mowing the lawn that I find so satisfying? Thankfully, I only had one child show up today. Yippee! Another Snow Day!
Friday, February 5, 2010
"My Next 30 Years will be the Best Years of my Life"