Thursday, December 30, 2010

Long time no write!

Well hello there blogosphere. Long time no see. Not that you weren't missed though. I know that this is a cross post but I want every one to know our big news!

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That's right! We're expecting #4. I'm about 28 weeks along now and our littlest man is due March 23rd, 2011. We are finally starting to get really excited now that the Christmas season is over :) He's been the biggest reason why I've been lost in the real world for so long :lol:. Once morning sickness set in it was all over from there. For some odd reason, this pregnancy brought on motion sickness and that was no bueno when it came to working on the 'puter.

There's all sorts of other news going on over here but our little guy deserves his own post :)

Blessings all! You've been missed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ouch.

My thighs feel like jello and I have to make a conscious effort to not walk bowlegged :lol: I went to the gym on Monday and probably pushed myself harder than I should have and then went to my combat class today and now, my legs hurt so much that they can't even stand a gentle massage. I have to remember to just keep stretching... but it hurts [insert baby wine here].

On the plus side, I found out that I'm uber stretchy. I have hyperextened joints and have always had a hard time stretching -- specifically my hamstrings. I would always feel the stretches in the back of my knee and the arch of my foot instead of my muscle. Well, I talked to the combat instructor and she suggested that I stretch way past the "normal" everyone else point in order for it to work in my legs and lo and behold -- it worked! For the first time in my life I can do hamstring stretches and they don't hurt in all the wrong places... yay :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Homemade Peanut Butter

Another experiment that turned out awesome! If you have a food processor you can make peanut butter.

Ingredients:
16 ounces of dry roasted, unsalted peanuts

That's it. Put the peanuts in the processor with the sharp blade and process till it clumps up and turns into smooth peanut butter (about 2-3 min or so).



If you want chunky. Reserve about a cup of peanuts. Process the rest of the nuts till they're smooth. Remove the butter from the processor and dump in the cup of reserved nuts. Pulse a couple of times to break them up a bit. Stir the chunks into the smooth and voila!

Store your peanut butter in an air tight container in the fridge. I'm just re-using my store bought container so it's even labeled "Peanut Butter".

I'm pretty positive this will work with just about all nuts so my next experiments are almond butter and pistachio butter (thank you Gamer)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Homemade Granola

In an attempt to have healthier foods in the house, I have decided that I will try to make cereals for the family instead of buying the sugar packed cereals in the stores. My first attempt was granola. It's very high in fiber and protein and filling. I am very excited with how it turned out.

Simple Granola
4c old fashioned rolled oats
1/4c flax seed meal
1/4-1/3c honey
1/4c sunflower seeds

Preheat the oven to 350F.

in a bowl, mix together the first three ingredients till everything has a bit of honey on it. Add the seeds and blend.

Dump the mixture out onto a baking sheet with raised edges. Spread evenly and put in preheated oven.

Every 5-10 mins stir the granola around so everything bakes evenly. Bake for about 20-25min or until the granola is toasted.

Remove from oven and let cool. Then store in an airtight container. I really can't tell you how long it lasts because it was only around for a couple of days in my house :)

Also, the measurements are really just suggestions, reality you can add whatever you want in whatever quantities you want.

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's too darn hot...

It's too darn hot,
I'd like to sup with my baby tonight....

I'm such a wimp when it comes to weather. The temperature raised to a whopping 85 degrees and I feel like I'm melting. I know, I'm such a baby :lol:.

Well yesterdays heat caused my whole body to swell up like a balloon... yay for bloating and water retention... was that tmi? oh well, too late now. But today I've been trying hard to drink cupful upon cupful of water and the swelling is going down. I'm feeling a little more comfortable so that's nice... yesterday I just felt frumpy and miserable... I hate those days.

Well, ballroom class tonight with the hubs, I love "date night".

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Zumba for kids

I just found out that one of the Zumba classes allows kids to participate as long as the parent is with them. I'm so excited that I'll be able to take my 6 year old -- I'm sorry... 6 and a half year old -- with me. I told her that she could take one of mommy's classes with her and my daughter's face beamed with excitement. One on one time with the daughter and a chance to excersise... it's perfect! I can't wait till next Wednesday.

Monday, May 24, 2010

My Monday

So today my plans are to get the house organized and recovered from the weekend and then go to the gym in the afternoon. I've all ready missed my Zumba class... bummer. But there's an intro to Zumba class later today so hopefully I can make that. Also -- water. I need to drink more water. Last night I was dreaming about water... now that's bad :lol:. As of right now I have one glass down. I guess I need to get on that :blush:.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Next Generation

How do I go about teaching my two little girls how to love and care for their bodies when I don't know how to do it myself?

Caring for myself has never been a strong point of mine. I don't know whether it's a self worth problem or lack of knowledge or sheer laziness but I know that putting on make-up, dressing up nice, even showering everyday, were never, nor are at the moment, priorities in my life. I know I don't eat right and I don't exercise like I need to. I struggle daily with my identity as a woman.

I know in my heart of hearts that my identity is found in Christ. That I am more than my looks or even my mind but that I am God's own daughter who is loved perfectly despite all my flaws. But now, how do I reconcile that with caring for and being a good steward of the body He has given me? Is wearing make-up a bad thing? why or why not? It it wrong to want to wear nice clothes or "designer" labels? I know that the answers to these are really between each person and God and that there isn't a hard right or wrong answer but right now, I'm stuck in the middle, not knowing which way to go. There are times I love my body and there are times I loathe it.

So really, all that to say, now I am charged with raising two little girls into confident women who boast in nothing but Christ and his resurrection but who also know the importance of caring for their bodies and loving the God made creation that they are.

Oh Lord help me.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Weekend

Well... I went clothes shopping for Mother's Day. Took my oldest with me while the others either napped or watched a movie (daddy napped). I went to Marshall's because there ain't no way I'm spending $80 on a pair of jeans that hopefully won't fit me in a couple of months -- though with the way this last month went I'd be lucky if I didn't gain weight... ah well. So after 3 trips to the fitting rooms and my daughter jiggling my belly every time, I settled on a bra. yay. But at least it fits... that's a huge improvement over the nursing bras that I've been using even though we're now a couple months past nursing. It's a little luxury but a nice one none the less.

After deciding that the marked down to $20 lucky brand jeans really didn't fit right(baby flab... it just gets in the way :lol:) I finally said screw it and we went to Joann's craft store next door to pick up the makings for a couple of skirts. At least I know that those will fit me the way I want them to... cover up the love handles instead of accentuate them. I'm quite excited though because one of the skirts will have a yoga pants fold down waist band... Happy Mother's Day to me :)

On a side note... the family is still sick... bummer.

Friday, April 30, 2010

And I'm Back in Action

Went to the gym again today. Yay! Two times this week and it feels so good... in the I hate waking up so early to go but it's worth it in the end kinda good. Body Combat and Body Flow. The regular instructor is off traipsing around Europe for the next couple of weeks so there are subs right now. The combat sub isn't really Body Combat trained so the class was a bit more tae bo meats jazzercise but it was a workout none the less and I was sweating by the end. As far as the yoga class, my down dog sucks.

Question for anyone who may be able to answer... where is the down dog supposed to stretch? My limbs hyper extend so I feel it in the back of my knees and arches of my feet... I'm pretty sure those are not the right places. I should probably just ask the instructor but by the time my class is over I have to run out to pick up the kids. Ah well... such is life.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

addicted to carbs

So once again... I'm addicted to carbs. Bleh. I'm getting to the point where I won't eat anything but them. Like my freind so wonderfully puts it about herself -- I'm a carb hoar. I'm putting myself back on a carb fast for the next couple of days to a week. I had done this once before and the first day I had a brain splitting migraine but by the next day it was down to a dull roar and by day 3 I was feeling pretty good. I worked great too! No more carb cravings. But, of late, I have not been faithful to eating well. I atribute a lot of that to the fact that we've been pretty busy and I went to a friend's baby shower where she sent me home with part of her cake, cookies, and four massive cupcakes.

Well... back on the fast. Time to eat salads and fruit and drink lots of water... oh joy.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Good Greif

Wow... getting sick really throws a wrench into this whole work out plan thing. I got an email from the gym saying, "You haven't met your goals for the past two weeks. If your goals are too difficult you can schedule with a staff member to change them." I've been debating whether I should e-mail them back or not. Would it look silly if I tried to e-mail an automated system and telling it that between family visits and illness (me and everyone else in the house) it's been difficult to get to the gym. I don't think it will understand. On the flip side, I've been eating better... but it's not helping me get well any faster than usual. Oh well :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April is not my month

Well, I've fallen off the exercise boat at the moment. Good Friday last week and working on a custom knitted order till all hours of the night makes for one tired me by Monday morning. A week without going to the gym and it's actually kind of a bummer. I think I miss it. Well, back on Wednesday for more barbelling -- that should be fun!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Drink Your Fruit: Strawberry Banana Smoothie


A favorite "snack" in our house is the smoothie. Seeing as how I don't eat nearly enough fruit or veggies, I figured if I can pack as much fruit as possible into one drink, maybe I'll meet my quota.

I've discovered the secret for packing each smoothie with as much fruit as possible is to cut the ice and freeze the fruit instead. The ice is what normally gives the smoothie it's thick texture, but by freezing some of the fruit, you still get a very cold and thick drink with more fruit and less water. Directions on how I freeze my fruit is below.


Strawberry Banana Smoothie (about 16oz):

1 cup frozen strawberry pieces
1 medium banana cut in chunks
1 cup 100% juice (I used strawberry/kiwi. You can really use any juice you want, it will just change the flavor)

Place them all in the blender and liquefy. You may need to tilt your blender back and forth to get everything blended evenly. Pour and garnish with a strawberry if you want, otherwise, just enjoy.


**note: I've found that I need to use some fruit that's fresh and not frozen. If I don't, I need to use a lot more juice to blend it all up right**


Individually frozen fruit chunks:
This can be done in advanced and in bulk. The frozen fruit pieces can then be stored in air tight bags till you want to use them.

Take your fruit (in this case I used strawberries) and cut them up into smaller pieces. Not too small, maybe .5 inch to 1 inch cubes. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and spread the fruit in a single layer on the wax paper. Place the sheet in the freezer and freeze the fruit. Once it's frozen solid you can move the fruit to freezer baggies to be used for later or pop them in your blender with the other ingredients.



I've frozen banana, mango, strawberry, orange, and pineapple like this and it works great.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mundane Mondays

I think Mondays are one of the hardest days of the week for me. The others right up there with Mondays would be Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The most difficult thing about a Monday for me is that I have to go from weekend routine to weekday routine. Last night I was up till 1:00 with the hubs. I was spinning (on a spindle, not a bike) and he was working on the 'puter. This morning I had an 8:30 Zumba class. I like that class. The instructor is great and I'm doing my cardio workout in a very fun and energetic way. But in order to get there before the class fills up (I don't want to dance in the hall... it just feels awkward) I need to be up by 6:30 to make sure I have the two children who I'm taking with me ready with snacks and an extra diaper in tote and we all need to be out the door by 8:00. Morning classes are a good thing... they get me started in the morning. but after that I'm pretty much rendered useless for the rest of the day.

I think I need to exercise more.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Daylight Savings -- El Sucko

This whole spring forward fall back thing is really throwing my already delicate sleep cycle into a full-on downward spiral. I'm a night owl, always have been, and I find myself up at 2:00am with no sign of slowing. No caffine, no excess carbs at night, my body just thinks it's 1:00am (which for me feels just right). And mornings... ugh! I am having such a hard time getting up by 7:00 to make my 8:30 class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Let alone the fact that the kids don't wake up at 7:00 either because they, like I, think it's 6:00.

I need to get a more routene sleep pattern. I keep telling myself that 10:30 is a wonderful time to go to bed, but something always keeps me up. That something happens to be me :shrug:. But! for now, 10:30 is my aim and every so often, I actually hit it right on the bulseye -- but not lately, because daylight savings stuff is totally throwing off my grove.

No one ever asks for a muffin top...

... at least in my experience that's true. My muffin top was quite a number of years in the making and it wasn't because that was my aim and goal.

Let me be the first to tell you that growing up, I was not the skinniest girl on the block. I wasn't the fattest either. But, to quote my childhood pediatrician, "Amie will have to be careful about what she eats." Well, three kids and many chocolate bars later, Amie has not been very careful about what she eats and now... well lets just say this blog didn't accidentally end up with its name.

Though I have become accustomed to looking at it and have resigned myself to the fact that it even exists, I would so enjoy my little muffin curves to be replaced by a smoother, sleaker, upgrade type line. Kind of like trading it in for a newer model.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Meet Miss Muffin Top



Hello there. I'm Amie. :hello Amie: . I'm a 20 something wife and mother of 3 children who, yes... has a muffin top. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. It's funny how our perspective on weight changes though. Now, I look back with fond memories of the size 5 pants I used to scorn. They weren't a size 3 and that was unacceptable... I miss you size 5s. Admittedly I don't look like I'm over weight, thank you broad shoulders and short stature, but being 145lbs when a person of my size is supposed to be 120lbs -- it's a bit rough on the body. When you're small, gaining 5 pounds can look and feel like 10. This blog is to help me keep a good perspective on my weight management endeavor. Not just the exercise part but the balanced life part. I really stink at the balanced life part. This is a place for me to muse about the oddities and observations that will undoubtedly come with my new adventure. I would love for you to join me in my journey and hopefully we can have a good number of laughs along the way.