Double skinny latte please…

This morning I have been trying to learn how to use my espresso machine I got for Christmas. The instructions that came with it have pictures with no words, but after reading further, I found written instructions too. I’m sure I will love it when I get it figured out! Thanks, honey. It’s a wonderful gift.

De’Longhi Pump Espresso machine – via their website

I’m loving having the day off. In fact, I’m off work until Jan 4th! I’m spending time with family today. My mom is coming over later to watch the Music City Bowl with me. Go Vols!

My mom just found out that she has Type 2 Diabetes, so I am planning on making some snacks that she can have without raising her blood sugar. I’m off to research diabetic recipes! If you have recommendations, please comment!


Goals for 2011

As 2010 nears to a close, I have been thinking about the goals I wish to accomplish for the next year. I have a feeling its going to be a great year!

Here goes:

  • I will finish a 5k by running more than walking. In 2010, I participated in several 5k’s but walked most of them. I want to pump up the intensity. I am choosing the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as the race to complete this goal. This takes place in October in Nashville so I have no excuses!
  • I will get my sugar addiction under control. *this will be a challenge, since I am a sweetaholic.
  • I will start going to church on a regular basis, even if I am the only member in my family that goes.
  • I will continue on my healthy eating plan in hopes to lose a few pounds and maintain my healthy      cholesterol levels. Losing weight is not as important to me as being healthy. This probably comes from the fact that I’ve tried to lose weight over the past year or so with not much luck. My weight has stayed the same, but I feel better and my clothes fit better. I still weigh myself once a week, but I’m thinking of scaling back on that also. If its causing me frustration, why fool with it?
  • I will strive to spend less money and save more. My frugal husband will be glad to hear that. 😉

What are YOUR goals for 2011?

I really dislike this picture of me, but its a reminder of how much harder I need to work at improving on my running.

What are you eating today?

I didn’t have time to eat lunch today. But I had a good breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries. And an organic granola bar for a snack. I also had an orange and some apple slices. Fresh fruit is good! Now it’s after 4:00 and I’m hungry. So I made a frozen pizza – spinach and mushroom. Its pretty good for one of those low calorie meals. I have also increased my water consumption today. I feel so much better when I eat healthier!

I also had a cup of yogurt today and one square of my dark chocolate! If someone told me I couldn’t have chocolate, I don’t think I could make it. 🙂 But remember …moderation!

Back to work

I came back to work yesterday after a 10 day vacation. It sure is hard getting back into the swing of things! At least this is a short week for me since we get New Year’s Eve off and Thursday will be my regular day off this week.  Do you have plans for New Years?

We had a party last year, but I think we will scale down this year and just have a few friends over to play video games on our PS3. Our favorites are Rock Band, Sing Star, and our Move sports champions game. I love that you can dance to the sing star with the PS3 Move. Its a good workout too!

I realized that I consumed too much sugar last weekend, so I began a detox yesterday. I’m drinking lots of water and only eating fresh fruits and vegetables for a few days. It is hard for me to detour the goodies left on my table from the holidays, so I made a goodie tray and brought to work with me yesterday to share.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the goals I want to make for 2011. I’ll make a list for my next post. I expect great things in 2011!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

It’s a white Christmas in Tennessee. Kind of. Actually it looks like just a dusting of snow. But its the first white Christmas since 1993, so that is kind of cool. Here is a picture taken from my front door.

I got up and made my traditional cinnamon rolls and coffee before opening our gifts.

I got some new coffee mugs from my mom last night. They are really nice! They are glass mugs tinted blue.

Here are a few gifts I received:

My daughter, Jan’a got me these wine glasses but informed me if I didn’t like them, she would take them back. Sorry! I love them!

My sister gave me these candleholders. Love them!

John gave me an espresso maker! Nice! Now I just have to learn how to use it.

PS3 game for me!

Another PS3 game and the PS3 Move! Alright!

Here is a great gift I got from my sister in law.

Timex training watch. I love it! Its so much more feminine than my current training watch.

Here is the note my sister in law included with my gift. She says I inspire her! What a sweet thing to say!

Now the family is having fun playing their video games while I “play” on the computer. We are planning on being lazy today and play with our toys and maybe go have chinese food later today….(remember the ending of the movie The Christmas Story…)

Here is a gift my husband seems pretty proud of…

Here is the best Christmas present of all….


I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve!

Christmas is in the air! The presents have been bought and wrapped. Goodies have been made. And tonight is our family Christmas party! We get together with my parents and my sister and her family to exchange gifts and share a meal. The meal will not consist of much healthy food, unless I provide it. So, my plan today is to a) exercise this morning, b) eat healthy at home before going to the party, and c) remember to eat smaller portions at the party and to choose 1 or 2 desserts instead of sampling them all. Wish me luck!

Here are some pictures of my home with my Christmas decorations:

My Christmas card collection

Our Christmas tree
My daughter and I baked goodies last night. We made several different kinds of cookies, fudge, chess squares and chocolate nut clusters.
chess squares!

lots of sugar cookes to decorate

Its going to be hard sticking to my healthy eating the next few days! You see, I have a sweet tooth and it is very hard for me to resist all the goodies! Yesterday I did a Taebo workout. No one can work me out like Billy can. I feel so powerful after punching and kicking. So what will it be today….treadmill, 5k training, and exercise bike? That sounds good to me!
Happy Holidays to you! I hope you weren’t on the naughty list!

Fun with my girls

I took my daughters out for a shopping day. We began with breakfast from IHOP. I opted for one of the healthy breakfast choices even though I am sure something else would have tasted better. It wasn’t bad for around 400 calories. As you see from the picture below, Jan’a did not choose a healthy breakfast!

After breakfast, we headed to the mall for shopping. I managed to get a few Christmas gifts, in addition to some things for my kids. Whitney needed a new coat and I think she loves it!

We had fun in the mall. We even had our pictures made in one of those booths!

I was exhausted after all the shopping we did. So when I got home I decided to relax a little while before hitting the exercise room! It’s been a good day! I love spending time with my girls!

Family Fun

Tonight my sister, my youngest daughter, Whitney and I took my mom out for a night of fun. This is a tradition we started a few years ago. My sister and I like to take my mom out on at least one fun activity around Christmas. She enjoys it very much. We went to the Opryland Hotel in Nashville to see the Christmas lights. It was a sight to see!

They also have a full size nativity scene by their main entrance with a narrator.
We also took a river boat ride inside the hotel. It was a lot of fun and we got our picture made.

There was also a magnificent water fountain show with lights and set to music. It was just beautiful.

After leaving the hotel, we went out to eat dinner at Longhorn for steaks. Yummy! I also had a peach sangria. For dinner, I ordered a filet stuffed with crab and spinach with a baked sweet potato and a salad. It was wonderful! But I will have a date with the treadmill in the morning.

More family plans tomorrow. I am spending the day with my beautiful daughters. Girls day out!  I love being on vacation! (have I said that already?)