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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

weight watchers

hey friends. since everything is getting pushed back this week i'll post where i've been wednesday next week.

this week lets talk about weight watchers. and how the first week went.

ok so, first week went really really good.

i was really freaked out that i wasn't going to lose any weight because i felt like i was eating so much all the time. i planned out every meal (with the exception of the weekend, i'll get to that in a bit). breakfast lunch and dinner was completely "point planned" out.

i gathered almost all of my recipes from the blog skinnytaste and that really helped me plan my dinners and lunches.

the weekend was a bit tougher. i ate out a majority of the weekend and it was extremely hard to monitor portions and quantities. plus you didn't prepare your food so you have no idea EVERYTHING that goes into it (oils, butters, etc).

the best part was that i could use my points plus ( a bank of 45 extra points in case i over eat, want a glass of wine or a hunk of cheese, etc). eating out for dinner two days in a row put me over my points limit and i used the extra points.

you can also bank up a second spare set of points by working out. if you run out of your points, your extra points, you can dip into your activity points. which i did :/ it's all learning.

judging from the fact that i used all possible points i was ready to chalk this week up as a learning week.

i stepped on the scale a little hesitant and low and behold i lost 1.5 lbs! which is more than i lost in the previous 2 weeks or so, so i was happy!

here was my meal plan last week.

breakfasts all week: honey coconut blueberry bran muffins 4pts. 





dinners included the following and i used the left overs for lunches. 










so you can see why i was a little shocked that i still lost weight and an amount that i haven't lost in a while. this whole weight watchers thing might just work. 









Tuesday, April 22, 2014

weekend recap and a monday recap..

let me start out by saying that i am writing this post on my college computer (circa 2008) because my laptop stopped charging. i was without a computer all day yesterday, suffering so now i busted out this brick to finally post. nothing shall keep me down.

please also note this computer is missing the actual ctrl, comma key, and backspace. thankfully they still have little rubber nubs that make the given command appear but makes it difficult to type.

ok i'm done complaining. i think

so weekend recap.

friday night we were going to go out to butch's but my friend lisa and  i went to happy hour at appertivo in the market and didn't move until about 8pm. joe came and joined in after work and we all walked to rockwells to grab some sushi and another drink.



do you ever get it when you haven't visited a place for a while and you go back and you feel like you are possible a million years older than everyone else there? i don't wear tons of make up or see through shirts so i felt like a complete outsider but whatever.  we walked back around 10pm or so and headed home.

saturday i woke up early to baby sit my friends kid rebel reclaimed. it was so much fun being able to play shop again for a day. i sometimes miss the interaction with all sorts of people and making a sale. the best part though was their shop is directly across from terra and my friend erin who was working the store also and i got two different kinds of pizza from there. omg amazing.

i ended up going back there with friends brooke and jesse at night. i will say the dinner was good but the pizzas there are the bomb.com. wayyyyy good. i did order the trout though for dinner and it was fantastic. but not as good as the pizza. also you might feel like you are in an episode of Portlandia but i loved it.

sunday...ooooo sunday. being a super procrastinating loser i can sometimes be i didn't buy easter groceries. not a one. last year i made floral arrangements, place cards, a huge spread. this year i was no martha stewart. sometimes we just have to accept we don't live in a martha stewart world and our best is our best.



so off i went to meijer at 5am which might be the key to meijer success. nobody was there, EVERYTHING was stocked and i was in and out in 30 minutes. baam.

i made this decent salad with tons of stringed out veggies and a tahini dressing. it was ok. not really a make again (thanks alot pinterest) but i did make a really good cider blueberry skillet pie that was pretty delicious.




we also celebrated joe's birthday. my brother bought him an axe. true to hoppen form we of course had to go to the front lawn and see who could split the wood the fastest. my dad of course won. duh.




we finished up dinner took a nap like the entire family passed out and we headed up.

the afternoon was absolutely beautiful! i started my seeds (some of them) picked up the back yard got the patio furniture out and we grilled bratwursts on the charcoal grill. yummmmy





just to spill into monday... we on a whim (and because it was 75) drove out to detroit to catch the tigers game. unfortunately we lost.  BUT my boy avila got a hit and the rain held off until the final pitch.



now back to work with my crappy gordon gekko style computer.

happy tuesday.




Saturday, April 19, 2014

week 16 pecan buttermilk fudge

this recipe comes from bon appetite magazine march 2014 



i've made all sorts of fudges before. usually chocolate or vanilla (my fav) or even peanut butter but i usually only make them in the winter time. i don't know why? maybe because i usually include them on my dessert platters that i bring to parties?

this is by far the lightest fudge recipe i've ever made. it's not super heavy, the buttermilk gives it a little tang and the pecans add a bit of a salty anchor to the fudge squares.

this is also using a technique i've never used before. it pours into the mixer and you beat it almost like a meringue. normally with chocolate fudges and basically all other fudges i've made in the past i just dump it into the pan.

here is the recipe for bon appetites pecan buttermilk fudge

you'll need
1 cup of pecans (i used about half because i'm not a nutty fan) (i also put them in a zippy bag and beat them to break it up a bit)

2 cups of sugar
1 cup of buttermilk
1 stick of unsalted butter cut into pieces
1 tbsp honey
1/8 tsp salt
sea salt (i substituted with a fleur de sel)

preheat oven to 350.
line a pan (i used a 9x9) with parchment paper letting it hang over the sides (so it doesn't stick to the pan and you can pull it right out)
toast the pecans for about 8 minutes
heat the sugar, buttermilk, butter, honey and salt in a saucepan over med high heat. stir occasionally until melted. add a candy thermometer and cook stirring occasionally until it reaches 238. don't leave this unattended or it will burn and burn quickly! also don't raise the heat too much or it will boil over. just let it simmer and reach the temp on its own. when it does it will smell of toffee and turn a clear golden color.
pour the hot mixture into the mixing bowl and beat on medium high speed until thick and cool. it will almost be the consistency of marshmallow fluff.
add pecans
pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the fleur de sel or other sea salt of your choice.
let it rest about 1-2 hours until set and cut into serving size pieces.
the recipe says it will last about a week, it lasted 2 hours in the office.

enjoy!
*recipe taken from the march 2014 issue of bon appetite magazine special on buttermilk. check it out!






Friday, April 18, 2014

finally friday

ahhhh it's finally friday. Good Friday in fact.

the sun is shining. it's above 0 degrees. things are going to be good.

sorry for the late post. i was having a lovely breakfast at marie catribs with a good friend talking analytic, social media trends and of course about life.

i will say said friend is a very driven gal and i love her insight and optimism and sometimes you just need to meet with a friend and get some inspiration, motivation and ambition from them (along with scrambled eggs and a side of homemade wheat toast).

after a week of playing catch up from vacation it was good to gather some energy.

don't worry, still counted my points for this...prob wont be eating much for lunch but i'm stuffed lol. 

this is what they call friday morning perfection. 

so what is on the agenda for the rest of the weekend? 

tonight we are going out for dinner (butchs in holland?) for jtdk birthday. 

saturday morning i hope to get a few of my seeds planted before heading out to east town and babysit my friends kid rebel reclaimed for the day. that's right erin mishler and i are taking over the shop for a day so the menfolk can have a day with their family. i'm so looking forward to playing store again for a day! come and visit us! we'll be at 1409 robinson road from 10am - 5pm. 

saturday night we are going to go out with our friends brook and jesse for dinner..not sure where yet though. 

i'm a little nervous about eating out for dinner this week (first time since sunday!) i just have to look at the menu and plan it out a head of time. 

sunday we are going to church at forest grove for easter with my family and then having a grill out lunch. 

sunday afternoon i would love to get some outdoor time and prep my garden a bit. i want to try planting some cooler weather plants like lettuce and spinach...stay tuned. 

i hope everyone has a wonderful easter weekend wither your celebrating with friends or family. have a lovely holiday weekend. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

abby's favorite one

today there is no favorite five, just my favorite one.

happy birthday my little dream killer!

love you so much! I've loved all of our adventures together throughout the last 10 years of our lives :)






Wednesday, April 16, 2014

where i've been wednesday: spring sweet round 2

ok ok ok i know i've already done a where i've been wednesday for spring sweet 



BUT

here me out. the store is not a completely different feel from my last post. why? because it's SPRING!

i did the post right around the holiday time but now the store is filled again with gold, stripes, pink, greens and ahhhhh spring.

i had to run to holland yesterday and couldn't resist popping in to pick up this dress... i was good i didn't get all three. just the black one. at around $50 though, i could have bought it in every color. for the record i took a large and there are still (unbelievably) a handful left.


i had to pace myself because the store was so full of light fun airy gold goodness and on a snowy day in april it looked even better to me. but i being the baller on a budget that i am. showed (some) restraint. but come on! look at these beauties. i'll most likely be back. when my discretionary budget is restored. unless JTDK leaves his wallet unattended...again....



there was also some amazing light weight kimono tops that i might go back for..again once discretionary budget is restored. they were only $42! plus kimonos make you look skinny and right now i'll take what i can get. 

also one of these days i will learn to just take my camera with me to get nice(er) pictures. 



one last thing, if you are looking for some great easter table pieces and/or flowers. they have the most adorable easter decor up right now that would transition perfectly into the rest of spring.

happy wednesday!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

weight watchers.

ok so as previously mentioned i joined weight watchers (online) on the plane ride home saturday.

i didn't officially start until monday. (go figure, isn't that when all diets start?) anyway i haven't done weight watchers in about 7 years but when i did it the first time it worked. the second time i cheated so third times a charm right?

i have to say usually the second day is the worst (today) but i'm being optimistic. i have my homemade breakfast bran muffin sitting next to me my lunch in the fridge so i am equipped.

i spent saturday plane ride and sunday learning about the new program. i read a lot about the two week kick start but honestly i just can't do those "eat until your full" diets because well, my brain always tells me i'm hungrier than my stomach does. i decided to go right to the points program.

sunday afternoon i collected weight watcher recipes from around the internet (mostly from skinnytaste.com) and headed off to the grocery store.

here is my dilemma. i love food. not specifically just eating it though. i'm not one of those people who run to the drive through and inhale 5 burgers in secret. although i could, i'd love to,  and i feel for people with that addiction. but i'm talking more about an obsession with growing it, reading about, learning new techniques, trying new sauces, methods, learning where it comes from, pairing spices and ultimately tasting it.

so many people have told me you can't lose weight by cooking these fancy meals. sorry but for me, steamed broccoli and chicken is not a sustainable life style. if i'm going to lose this weight (that most likely came from 0 exercise and "over tasting" and misguided portions) for good then i'm going to make it fit into my lifestyle.

i started this blog in 2009ish. one benefit of having a blog is being able to check back in on the history of your life. if you read my history it's clear that food, body image and weight struggles have plauged my existence. i've tried numerous diets, trends, eating plans, workout regimes some worked some didn't. most i gave up on when i didn't magically drop 10 lbs. (sorry to those who are sick of reading about it) ( oh wait you came to me, not sorry haha)

this time is different. i can feel it. i am determined. i have spent more time paying attention to what my body reacts to than just focusing on losing weight. i am going on a solid month 3 of exercising 8 hours a week (5 cardio, 3 strength) and calorie counting.

i started a few months ago with the shakology/ beach body plan. i started at 179 (insert tears here) i got down to 173 using just cardio and shakology (for breakfast) then using the lose it app there after. but i have been stuck at 173 for a while now (glad to have been stuck on it though through my last vacation!) and now i'm ready to get BACK into the 160s. for the last time.

i'm hoping that by tightening up on the calories and fat i put in my mouth combined with exercise i'll be able to swing in for the win.

i haven't given up on my shakology i have just switched up the way i use them. i used it yesterday before my workout to give me an extra boost of protein and energy and to tide me over for dinner. it worked like a charm.

how do i know this time is different? i haven't given up yet. i'm not focusing on my end "number" and trust me it's there. but i am focusing more about the journey now. what i AM able to accomplish as i move forward. not giving up and not getting discouraged when i don't immediately drop that 10 lbs the infomercials always promise.

next week, if all goes according to plan, i'll share some results, meal plans and grocery lists from this past week. what i felt worked for me what didn't etc.

one of my biggest accomplishments thus far (other than being down 6lbs) is for the first time since middle school (i'm not kidding) i ran a full mile without stopping.

for those who know how much i HATE running that was huge.

sorry this was a lot longer post than i intended just excited to share :)

carry on friends :)