Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The second day of their Christmas vacation, I came home at lunch....Rachel met me at the door with a mischievous grin and said, "We haven't been doing anything in the kitchen!" There wasn't a huge mess, but I knew she was showing her own wit with her greeting, so I prepared myself....looking around. I opened the freezer at some point to see a bowl of brown pudding-like substance. Asking what it was, the kids responded, "Hot chocolate." I said, "THIS is why you need to go to school!" They get "bored" and creativity ensues.
The other day, I saw Rachel sitting with something the size of a baseball....she was eating it. I wasn't sure what it was, so I asked. She had taken the inside of a ton of Oreos (with only a sprinkling of actual Oreo cookie) and "smushed" it into a ball....then, she stuck it in the freezer. Are you seeing a trend yet?
Yesterday, my husband was working for part of the day....I had my Beth Moore Bible Study to go to. It is only a couple of hours of independence for the kids. I gave them instructions for a meal....that should take 20 to 30 minutes of their time.....leaving minimal time to get "creative." Or.....so I thought! On my way home, I called to check in.....this is the conversation:
"You are coming home now?"
"Mama....I was looking for some salt....and I saw the vanilla....and I thought, Hmmmm....vanilla.....so I put a drop of it in milk and it is just beginning to freeze."
(Pausing to take it all in) "How.....much.....milk?"
"Just a cup"
"OK....did you put any sugar in it?"
"You might want to add some sugar....and if you only put a drop of vanilla....you might want to add a couple more drops."
"Ummmm....OK....how much sugar?"
"For just a cup of milk, maybe a spoonful....I'll be home in just a second to help you!"
"Oh....it is in a baggie right now, I'll take it out and put it in a cup!"
So, I arrived home just in time to see her finishing up her concoction and putting it back in the freezer. This time in a cup! Not sure what it is about my absence, but it apparently attracts them (especially the girl) to the kitchen to come up with things to freeze!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
It has been FOREVER since I actually posted how I was doing with my weight loss....being accountable is always a good thing, right? I have been going to Weight Watchers meetings since before Christmas. I didn't mention it a whole lot on here or really to anyone else because about a year ago, I did Weight Watchers for about six months and OVERALL, I did not have success. I would go up a pound one week, down a pound the next....never "sticking" with anything. In the last two weeks of weighing in, I have lost a total of 4.2 pounds. I was so excited this past weigh-in because the 3 pounds were STILL gone, with a little extra gone as well. That may seem odd to some of you, but I had this fear that the 3 pounds was a fluke....but it being gone two weeks in a row....maybe that is something to hang on to and motivate me.
So after about two weeks, my goal of ten pounds that I announced here seems really attainable to me. I only have 5.8 pounds to go.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I know that not everyone is a fan. I don't get it. I don't have to. But if you haven't at least tried her out to see if you are as blessed as I am by her, you MUST give it a try. The girl makes me want to study Greek and Hebrew....I get a fire in my belly....and ALL of it is wrapped around (or rather tangled up) in my God!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Here's my second Scripture for January: Deuteronomy 7:6. "For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession" (NIV).
To get some tips on memorizing, read through the posts at Beth Moore's blog. She is the one with the idea in the first place....and she even made some videos with tips on memorizing.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I started a bible study last night, Beth Moore's Esther. Interestingly, we were asked to write on a card 3 things that we think make it hard to be a woman. My NUMBER ONE was my hormones are all over the map. Then...in the study she revealed some of the results of her research with over 400 women. Guess what? I am so not alone. One woman put #1 as hormones, #2 as hormones, and #3 as hormones. Another lady said....let's see we have pre-menstrual, we have menstrual, and then we have post-menstrual....that leaves us with about 1 good week a month. Boy oh boy oh boy....these ladies are singing my blues song! And today just wrapped it all up in a bow.
Take another look at that little picture at the top....that cute little old thing sure causes a lot of problems. I love how the picture has two red dots on either end....cute....very cute!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
There is a voice inside of me that says, "Jaimz, you are kidding yourself...you need to shut up with the whole losing weight thing...you need to decide to just be the weight you are....so what if you are 30 pounds overweight....lots of people are...lots of people are much more....just enjoy eating and FORGET about losing weight and counting points and all that business!"
But here's the thing: if I accepted the status quo, that is when I'd be kidding myself. I feel better about myself when I am 30 pounds lighter. I like buying clothes (right now, I get depressed and literally cry in the dressing room) when I am 30 pounds lighter. And I feel better around my eating....I don't feel sick or bloated or cranky if I eat better, within certain guidelines.
So...what will be different this time? I really have no idea. Maybe nothing. I don't know if there is anything new to do or try. It is doing what I already know to do and doing it consistently. One thing I know from restarting so many times is my stomach shrinks in about 4 days so that I don't feel like I'm starving. Now....I've done the 4 days in a row thing over and over. So, I am going to shoot for a whole week this time. Sadly, I have to start tomorrow because I had a chocolate attack at work and ate close to a whole bag of Hershey's Nuggets. If I can get through one week at a time (shooting for perfect weeks here....counting points as close as possible and staying within points, including the extra 35). Then, we'll see if I can do 4 weeks in a row. Since 4 days is a "magic" number for me, I wonder what 4 weeks looks like. Four weeks from today is February 5th-woot! And I heard about this challenge that is 6 weeks long, starting today so I want to join. Four weeks can turn into six, right? So my goal for the 6 weeks is 10 little ole pounds. Wish me luck, pray for me, give me tips and inspiration....anything you can!
Wanna know more about the challenge? Go here!
And when my son was quite young and we were invited over to someone's house, the adults were in one room visiting and the little ones were in one room. My son was probably about 7 years old and there were some older kids entertaining the younger ones. So one of the teenagers was asking questions like "can you say your ABC's?" and trying to get them to say them. My son asked if he wanted to hear them forwards or backwards. The teen, thinking my son was being a smarty pants, asked him to say them backwards....so he did.
So....I ask you.....are my kids nerds? When I was in school, it was bad to be a nerd. But nowadays, it ain't so bad....the nerds tend to be the ones running the businesses and making the money.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
My Scripture is Isaiah 54:10 (this is out the New Living Translation):
"For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.