Cherries, Goals, Joseph and Josh McDowell

My daughter recently had a birthday, and I was lacking in taking pictures of the food, so I will just tell you about it.

Her theme was cherries, so I decided to include cherries in every part of the dinner.  We had cherry coke and cherry koolaid to drink, cherry glazed pork roast and cherry coke bbq ribs for our main course, cherry applesauce and a tossed salad with dried cherries for sides, cherry muffins and cherry jello topped of the dinner off.  Dessert included  cherry pie cookies and a chocolate cake shaped as decorated as a cherry.  Cherry heads, cherry tootsie pops and cherry twizzlers garnished the table as well.

I had a lot of fun making these dishes, most of the recipes were new.  And, she was excited that cherries touched everything!  I think her love for cherries is waning slightly…probably just because we were inundated with them for awhile.  😉

Anyone interested in the above recipes, shoot me a message!  🙂

In other news…I know I have not done well with blogging every day as was my goal.  Gallbladders and floods got in the way.  BUT, I have to say that God is drawing me closer.  Definitely giving me new questions to tackle and research, which means I am digging into His word more, which is always a good thing!  I am by no means digging in as much as I could/should, but I am getting there…only because of Him.  In my gallbladder craziness, both food and exercise went by the wayside, but it actually helped me get back to normal living.  I found that overtraining leads to overeating for me, because the calories you burn can’t compete with the incredible hunger.  So, I am mixing it up, doing different cardio and strength routines, not getting stuck in a rut and not getting crazy hungry.  ‘At first there was no difference, but I am happy to say that I am finally seeing some more definition in my body AND shed a couple pounds (just a couple, but I am ok with that for now).  😉

I recently finished UnDaunted.  It is a nonfiction book about Josh McDowell.  Josh McDowell is the author of More Than a Carpenter.  Josh learned to forgive the unforgivable, to trust the untrustable and to hope in something he didn’t quite believe all because of God.  The writing may not be the greatest, but the story is amazing!

My husband and I began watching Seasons of Gray~A Modern Day Joseph Story.  WOW!  So good!  We have to finish it tonight but I can already recommend it.

That is my eclectic post for the day!

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Day 4

So I screwed up today.  I feel great…because I had some awesome treats.  But, I feel horrible…because I blew it.  I went the WHOLE DAY eating so well!  I was hungry and beat my hunger all day.  I was doing so well that I was on target for staying below 1500 calories.  And…all I wanted was to end the day with a bowl of cereal.  Of course we don’t have any cereal in the house (because I would eat it…duh).  So I found some graham crackers and the next hour went down hill…big time…fast!  erg!

To top it off, despite my intentions, I did weigh myself today.  There was hardly any progress in weight.  😦   However, I also determined my bmi and my body fat percentage.  Even though I won’t admit my weight yet, I will give my BMI to be 20.5 and my body fat percentage is all in athletic categories…so that is good.

Saturday is my real weigh day, so hopefully I can do better than I have been and make some real progress.  I know not much between now and Saturday but hopefully I can make some long term gains.

Today is also my light day for working out…Wednesdays are light and Sundays are off completely.  I did the lightweight Linda Crossfit this morning.  I really like that…but really need to add some weight.  I may do some booty and thigh exercises this evening, because that is my trouble area.  Yesterday, I saw some pictures of me…from the past…when I weighed 20 pounds lighter and also current pictures.  I will admit that I didn’t look good when I was 20 pounds lighter.  But I will also admit that no matter how you look 20 pounds lighter…gaining 20 pounds is hard.  And seeing myself now with meat on my bones will take some getting used to.  My body is different now…I have more muscle, which is good, but it is not all muscle and it is not the skinny, fragile, feminine look.

Bit I digress…even with the extra weight being hard to get used to, and even with the knowing that I need to lose some, I have to say I like having a little bit of muscle.   As long as my hubby is ok with me and I start going in the right direction all will be well.

 

I will be back for a normal food and exercise report tomorrow.