Monday, August 4, 2014

Seven thoughts

Fe, Beaner, and I walked in our town's annual parade to support our youngest sister Justy's massage business. We handed out magnets and worked up quite a sweat. The girls got in on the action by donning their matching t-shirts and helping throw candy.

As I have mentioned before, I got serious about losing weight and getting into shape back in April. 
I am happy to report that I am currently down 17+ pounds in almost 4 months. 
It's no huge jaw-dropping number, but I am happy with it. I'm also happy that I am accomplishing it without totally giving up foods I love (milk, carbs, cake) or forking out money for memberships. It's just been simple exercising and not taking in more food than I burn every day. 
And it works. 
I have lost about a pound a week. And since my goal is to achieve a weight I can actually maintain, I am fine with a slow but steady decrease on the scale. 

I recently posted some photos of projects Jared had completed for his Etsy site. He is apparently on a real kick because he has been churning out all kind of new things lately. I think the newest one is pretty cute.

This past week my parents were in Washington D.C. for a vacation and I was garden-sitting for them. We went out to pick green beans and cucumbers and sweet corn every two or three days. I was in bean snapping mode for hours and hours this week. Fresh garden produce is at the top of my list of favorite things about summer. Jared doesn't seem to truly appreciate the wonderfulness that is fresh green beans straight from the field - more for me!

Some days it is just too hot to pretend I want to sit in the backyard watching the kids run around. Even if there is shade - don't care. Inside in the air conditioning is where it's at, folks. There is plenty of fun to be had reading books and playing in tents.

Speaking of books, I am back in reading mode. I have been wanting to read "The Fault in Our Stars" for months, especially since I knew the movie was coming out. Now if I want to go see it with my sister and her friend, I need to be finished in the next 10 days or so. So I should probably actually start it...

To any commenters: What is a great book you finished recently?
I love a good book recommendation, and my GoodReads "to read" list can always use a few new additions.

Check out my car wash cuties hard at work. The kids have fun and the car gets clean. Win-win situation.
And don't pretend like you weren't wearing your pink tutu the last time you washed your car.

And can we talk about Crocs for a moment? I don't love them. I have never owned a pair, don't plan on it. But Crocs (or a knock-off brand found basically anywhere) for kids? Amazing. 

They require zero assistance from me. And as many times in a day that the kids go out in the backyard and come inside again five minutes later, I figure I am saving myself at least a good half hour of work per day. 

Plus they are water proof. This is a big perk seeing as Avery abandons her shoes within one minute of going outside. I can't tell you how many pairs of soaked shoes I have rescued from the backyard after a rain storm. You throw in all the dirt they acquire at Papa's farm? Yep, Crocs, I have officially given in to your charms. 

Alright, I think that is enough random for now. 
Happy Monday!


  1. Wow I am inspired by your weight loss! I need to lose ~15 lbs myself per doctor's recommendation. Of course here I go eating cake tonight. I haven't been very good about exercise; I'm so inconsistent. But I do know what helps is to not eat the snacks at work. Also what helps is not baking cake in the first place :/

    A really good book I read recently is called The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.

    1. Thank you! This is the first time I have tried and actually stuck with it for a long period of time. And ironically I had cake yesterday too! ha That is the beauty of MyFitnessPal. You can use the recipe creater and pull over whatever URL you used for the cake or manually enter the ingredients yourself. It takes all of about 2 minutes and it tells you what the calories are per slice. So I had cake yesterday and stayed under my daily calorie goal. :) Because if you are anything like me, it isn't realistic for me to cut out sweets completely. I know I won't maintain that once I reach a goal weight, so why try to go cold turkey while I am losing the weight?


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