Rabu, 20 Oktober 2010

I got in the pool

First of all, I went to the gym. That was an accomplishment all by itself.

While I was packing my gym bag, I put my bathing suit in there, just in case I actually got up the guts to go into the pool.

And I did.
It was awesome.

I got over my fear, of getting in a bathing suit in public. I stopped worrying about what everyone would think of me, and I just did it. I did it for ME.

My joints feel so good in the water
Not perfect...I can still feel them grinding and such, but being in the water puts me in a lot less pain then when I'm on the treadmill, or elliptical.

I discovered something, while I was in the water:

I ROCK!And I can do anything I set my heart to.

Senin, 18 Oktober 2010

Funks, and Changes

I hate funks, don't you?
The past couple weeks, I've been lost in one.
I've been in a blogging funk, diet funk, exercise funk, emotional funk...just about every kind of funk there is.

I thought it was the stress of getting everything ready for my husband and I to go to the temple. But when that was over, the funk stuck around. Then TOM showed it's face this week, so that must be the reason for my funk.

I think sometimes you just have to fight through your funks. That's what I've been trying to do today. I already feel better, and I think this funk is going to be leaving soon :)

I want to be better.
I know that I can be doing more, in every aspect of my life. So, I have a few changes that I want to make. They deal with my blog, my healthy lifestyle, and my life:


*A while ago, I set Mondays and Thursdays as my blogging days. But sometimes, I want to blog on a Monday, and a Tuesday. For some reason, I told myself I could only blog on Mondays and Thursdays. Weird. So, I'm going to change that. I'm still going to blog every Monday and Thursday for sure, but if there's something I want to blog about on a Wednesday, I'm gonna blog about it! But be prepared for some fairly random posts, from yours truly ;)

*I never really explained what my cooking/baking habits were before I went on my diet.
Before switching over to my new healthy lifestyle, I never spent time in the kitchen. I had a couple dishes I could make, but other then that, we relied on the good chefs at Mc Donald's to provide our dinners. So, when I went on a diet, I had to learn how to cook and bake. There was so much I didn't know how to do, and it took trial and error to get me where I am now. But, I'm still a Deliciously Healthy cook/baker in training. There's still a lot of things I don't know how to do, and things I have never tried to do, because they intimidate me. I want to take you on a journey with me as I concur the kitchen! Every 2 weeks, I'm going to pick something new and challenging to try in the kitchen. I'm going to call it, "Brittany's Kitchen Adventures"! I'm going to do them the 2nd and last Monday of each month. I will blog about each kitchen adventure, whether it was a success or not. Some of the things may not be new, or challenging to you. They may be new to me, but easy to you. But I am starting from the bottom pretty much, and I have a lot to learn! There's bound to be some disasters, but hopefully a lot of Deliciously Healthy successes!

*Why do I weigh in on Mondays? Aren't Mondays already pretty cruddy enough? I'm going to switch my weigh in day to Thursdays for now. I do my sneak peak weigh ins on Thursdays, and for whatever reason, I like weighing in on a Thursday :)

Healthy Lifestyle:

*I think I've gotten a little too comfortable. I love my healthy lifestyle, and eating deliciously healthy, but sometimes I feel like I've made it a little too much of a lifestyle, and not a diet, where I'm trying to lose weight. I feel like it's almost more weight maintenance at this point. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that this is simply my new healthy life, and that I'm comfortable with living this new way for the rest of my life, but I am still in the, trying to lose weight part of this journey. I need to kick it up a couple notches.

*I have been having this nagging voice in my head telling me I need to eat cleaner. I've tried to ignore it, but it just seems to be getting louder... Dawne, has made me feel like this is actually something I can do. I'm going to take a shot at it. I don't think I'm ever going to be a clean eater, but I want to be a tidy eater ;) This isn't something that I'm going to dive right into. I'm going to take it one baby step at a time, and eliminate one thing out of my diet, at a time. I don't want to overwhelm myself. After all, this is a lifestyle change. I will blog about this clean eating journey as well. It will be called... Hmm, I haven't come up with a name for it yet. Any suggestions?

*I eat way too much sugar! I'm going to start keeping an eye on my sugar intake. From now on, I'm only going to allow myself one, deliciously healthy sweet treat a day.

*I have been a major slacker in the exercise department. I am going to go to the gym 3 times a week from now on. If I don't, I need you to kick my butt!!


My husband got a new job, where he is going to be traveling a lot.
Desperate housewife anyone? I'm suddenly going to have a lot of time on my hands, and I need to find things to keep me busy.

*I'm a pretty shy person. Sometimes I can fake it pretty well, but it's hard for me to talk to people I don't know very well. I'm going to force myself out of my shell, and make an effort to meet new people, and build stronger friendships.

*Charity has always been close to my heart, but sadly, I don't do much of it. I want to amerce myself in service. Because I have been given much, I to must give.

*I got a sewing machine for my b-day, and I haven't done a single thing with it! I wanted one so badly, yet it has been sitting in my basement for 3 months. I want to take a sewing class, so I can start having some fun, and work on projects!

There you have it. Funks and changes. You still awake? ;D

I'm excited to go in this new direction, and I hope you all enjoy the ride!

Kamis, 14 Oktober 2010

Today, I needed to feel a little bit of fall.

I seem to be clinging onto summer.

I walk around with capris, and flip flops on, as if it's not getting cold outside. But it is cold outside. The leaves have changed, and are starting to fall off. I need to embrace fall, before it's gone. It is my favorite season after all.

So, I made chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.And they were delish.

What you need:
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 TBS dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
What you do:
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Divide into 12 greased muffin tins
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Here's what I'm thinkin'
  • Makes 12 muffins
  • Calories: 250 for 1 muffin

These were just what I needed! They filled my house with the
heavenly aroma of fall....Fall is now my new best friend :)

Senin, 11 Oktober 2010

I Survived a CRAZY Week, and I Lost Weight!

Now how awesome is that?

Sorry I've been a little absent. I tried doing my normal Thursday post, last Thursday, but there just wasn't time.

Last week was amazing and beautiful, but very busy, with a hint of crazy.

For the past two weeks, I've been planning, and getting everything ready for my husband and I to be
sealed in the LDS Denver Temple
What is getting sealed?

In my religion, we believe in being
married for time and all eternity.
We were already married, but just until "Death did us part"
Now, we are husband and wife forever!

We got sealed October 9th.
This past week was a very meaningful and memorable time in our lives. But it was also a whirlwind. There was lots to be done, plus getting ready for family to visit.

Now, it's all said and done, and it's back to normal life.

Despite the craziness of this past week, I still managed to stick with my healthy lifestyle (for the most part;) I even lost 2 pounds this week, putting me at 161!!

Am I seriously 1 pound away from being 160?
Someone pinch me. ;D

I have a lot that's been going through my mind about my diet, lifestyle, and blog. I'm going to be making a few, :Deliciously Healthy changes. I just have to figure out a few things first, now that I have time to think! I'm excited to share it with you!

But first, I've got to go catch up on all my fav blogs!

Senin, 04 Oktober 2010

Tis' The Season For Hot Cocoa

-2 cups of low-fat milk
- 2 rounded tablespoons of 70% dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of sugar

Simple, chocolaty, all natural, antioxidant rich,

Is there anything better then sitting in front of the fire, wrapped up in your favorite blanket, and drinking a cup of hot cocoa?

I don't think there is.

Did you know there's a difference between hot cocoa, and hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate is made with chocolate chips, or pieces from a chocolate bar. Where as hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder. Hot cocoa is healthier for you, and lower in calorie, as it doesn't have cocoa butter in it. Learn something new everyday ;)


163 today, for another pound loss!
I'm close to 160!!


I'm recovering from a cold.
Hopefully with another good nights sleep, I'll get my energy back, and get back into the bloggin' world :D