Well, it’s been a long week for me so I am happy Friday is here. Jason and I are heading into the cities to spend the evening with an old friend and her new husband. Really, I just want to hold her new baby. 🙂

I’ve done very well this week, with my eating and working out. I’m sticking to what I like, and that’s that! I really don’t know what I was thinking putting 20 pounds for a weight loss goal. I do not need to lose that much, and if I didn’t lose anymore I would be fine with that. The Pilates is changing my body, and I’m happy so far! I know my cholesterol will go down. I’m allowed  300 mg’s a day, and I usually eat around 50. That alone, is success in itself. So, a pat on the back I will give myself! 🙂

Any fun plans for the weekend? How was your week?

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19 Responses to T.G.I.F.

  1. Laura says:

    I had a pretty quiet week. Didn’t get nearly the things accomplished that I wanted. I blame undiagnosed ADD for it. I have about six projects started, and I keep seeing shiny things that distract me. Which is a real handicap when you’re trying to put away Christmas decorations. EVERYTHING IS SHINY!!!

    Anyway, the week was nice and quiet because the weekend is going to be nuts. Tomorrow (today? Friday) is Steve’s birthday, so I’ll be making dinner for him. no idea what yet. Then Saturday, we’re scheduled to go to our Scout Camp for the Polar Bear event. They shaved it down to a one-day event this year, which is fine with me, since last year’s was such a cluster… nevermind. But we’ll leave here around 6 AM, and return probably after 7. So a VERY long day, with me driving on both ends. Lord, it’s days like that I wish I was a coffee drinker!!

    Sunday, Josh has another wrestling tourney. This one is one of those that I generally hate… they don’t keep score and give every kid (in Josh’s division and below) a 1st Place Medal. Which usually just ticks me right off and would cause me to yank him from the tourney and give the organizers an earful. But this time, I’m ok with the “not keeping score” part, because he got a bit of a beat-down at his last tourney, and needs to have a bit of a practice session. I’m still against the medals, though. I wish they’d get rid of the awards for everyone except maybe 1-3rd place, and just give out a copy of the bracket or a participation ribbon or something, if they have to give anything – and reduce the price by five bucks. The fee for the tourney is generally $10. It’s nuts. Maybe I should save that for one of my rant posts…

    By Monday, I’m gonna be SO ready for a break…

    • Joy says:

      Have a really good time and tell Steve Happy Birthday. I didn’t get a FB birthday notice for him. Come to think of it, yours isn’t on there either. Did you keep it blank? Anywho…Have a great weekend.

      I LOVE “cluster……nevermind” It’s such a great word.

  2. Laura says:

    Oh, and I forgot to mention… on your weight loss thing. I’ve discovered the mental secret. Lose 5 pounds. No more, no less. Whether you have a total goal of 5 lbs or 100 lbs, just set your goal at 5. It’s reasonable and it’s not intimidating. Once you lose that 5, then you set the goal again.

    I’d like to say that I’ve lost a TON doing it this way, but I haven’t.. yet. I’ve lost about 20 lbs since October, but I put ten back on over Thanksgiving/Christmas, so I’m back to shooting for 5. And so far, I’ve lost 3 of them. But doing it this way, I don’t feel so hopeless when I look down this long, hard road that I have to travel.

    • Nikki says:

      I got on the scale and I’ve lost a total of 8 (even though I’m not really supposed to weight in until Monday), but it’s become more about just being healthy and less about weight. That’s why I love this site so much. I’ve learned that a lot of what I thought was good to eat, wasn’t at all. I feel good! I can tell my body is changing, and Jason can see a difference. 2 weeks, that’s it. I have done my Pilates every single day, only taking 2 days off in that 2 weeks. I don’t want the health problems that my sisters have, and my dad had and died from in his 40’s. That was my biggest inspiration.

      Just do what you can, but don’t stress over it. That is the biggest piece of advice I have!

    • Joy says:

      That’s a really good idea. It’s similar to just taking one day at a time and do your best each day. I’ve found you just can’t beat yourself up over it. I’m only maintaining. Vicki and I work out 4-5 days a week. I’m not gaining but I’m not losing either. I know I’m not eating right but I also know how stuck inside we are so I’m going to be happy to maintain through the winter until we can be out mowing the grass and swimming and moving around more. I may do the spring weight loss challenge but for now, I love your idea and it’s not so daunting as to say I have to lose 25.

      • Laura says:

        That’s why I did it. I get sooo discouraged thinking about how much work I have to do. And honestly, when my doctor (or anyone else) asks what my “goal weight” is, I have no bloody idea. The last time I was at my “ideal weight”, according to the government (and we know how reliable THEY are…), I was 18!! I don’t think it’s reasonable for me to plan to be at that weight! But I don’t know what a comfortable weight will be. So I will lose 5 pounds, and see how that feels. And if it’s not right, I’ll lose another 5. And so on. It completely takes off the pressure.

  3. SKL says:

    Well, it’s been a slow process getting back into the swing of things. This week we finally went back to the museum after skipping it for at least a month. That and swimming on Thursday (though I didn’t go in – the rules allow the kids in without a parent at age 5, so I just walked around and around the whole time they were in there). We’re trying to get back into a rhythm for doing piano lessons most days, and now the kids have started guitar lessons. I’ve been doing a lot less math, reading, and Bible study with the girls in the evenings, and I’d like to do more, but time is always short.

    The kids learned about Martin Luther King in school over the past week or so. I don’t know exactly how they presented it, but it prompted my kids to wish they had “white” skin and to argue over whose skin was lighter. Hmm, I don’t think that was the goal of the curriculum, but I’m thinking it was not well designed. I’ve heard other moms of brown kids have the same situation this week. I don’t think that, at this age, kids can understand how to process “black kids were not considered as good as white kids.” They hear the “not as good,” but don’t get the part about how that was/is an ignorant way to judge people.

    As for me, I’ve been so hungry lately. And having sugar cravings. I need to discipline myself better. I have about 8 lbs to lose now that the festivities of October through January are over.

    Work-wise, it’s been fairly normal. Just making a little progress each day. I am still behind since the vacation, but not to the point where I’m losing my mind. I still get distracted a lot, but at least I’m getting stuff done.

    The weather outside is pretty frightful these days. On Tuesday the wind was blowing like crazy, and then we had a blizzard which I had to drive through after my dad’s surgery. Yesterday was just icy cold, but today it snowed again in addition to the bitter cold. This is not my favorite kind of weather. I will not mind if Spring comes early this year.

    No big plans this weekend, other than stopping at the guitar shop to pick up a few things, and attending an annual party for the international community.

    That’s about it for me. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

  4. Just a Mom says:

    This week has been very busy for me. Especially at work! I usually get off at 2 every day but not this week! I have been staying right up until I have to bolt at 2:45 to pick up my youngest daughter from school and then I have been on the phone working!
    Friday night I am dragging my youngest daughter to a concert. We are going to see a new group called The Civil Wars. This will be at a very small theater and I am looking forward to it.
    Nikki got me hooked on her fitness website. I have done very good this week. I have done a good job not snacking all the time!

    • Nikki says:

      I’m so happy to see you on there. It helps when you have friends to do this with you. Even though we’re thousands of miles away from each other, it still help! Good job!!!! 🙂

    • Joy says:

      Good job ladies. You’re putting me to shame. Could you link the website again please?

      • Nikki says:

        Only if you PROMISE to just look and see if it’s something you’d like. 🙂


        The main reason why I like it so much is because it teaches you so much. I’ve switched to sugar free everything, practically! Thankfully the creamer is good! That took almost half my daily intake of sugar! And oatmeal! Sugar hides in everything, and we all know what sugar turn into! Just give it a shot. It’s not for everyone, but worth checking out. I started out with 5 friends I think and only 3 (that’s including me) are left.

  5. Joy says:

    I’ve had a “so so” week. I really have a clean house. It just kind of happened but it really feels good. I even got my kitchen walls washed! Bad news is I lost half my plants. I had those little flies with the invisible wings in some of them. I could have monkeyed around with sprays and stripping the soil and replanting but I chose not to do that. I just dumped them outside and will start over. If it were summer I’d have never done that but with the cats and dog and with my lungs, I can’t have that spray in the house. The ones that had them seem to be from 2 years ago and it’s all the same batch I replanted at the same time so I know I got a bum bag of soil. Even my hibiscus had to go. But now I know why none of them were really growing. None of them were dying but none of them were doing much. My hibiscus hasn’t bloomed in a year and a half. It should bloom 3-4 times a year. Now I know why. It’s just not something you really think about until you “really think about it.” Oh well, time to start over and I’m glad none of them really meant a huge amount to me. I always try and check soil for these pests but it happens every now and then. It’s a bummer though.

    We don’t have many weekend plans. I’ve had Paul building me shelves in the kitchen and I’ve started getting really organized. Toby laid a nice new piece of chocolate colored carpeting in my landing upstairs and it almost looks like a “real” room and now I want it everywhere but what a job! I hung curtains in the doorways and everything. It looks cute up there.

    It’s snowing here today and I’m making today what Vicki made yesterday for supper. Check it out. She said it was really good and she put it in the oven so that’s what I’m going to do too. Have a great weekend all.


    What a great superbowl that would be.

    • Vicki says:

      how did the pulled pork turn out for you??
      Im going for the 9ers and baltimore this week. I thought u were also going with the 9ers?

    • Joy says:

      It turned out wonderful. Paul and Toby were fishing and I had enough for the county so I called Sue and her and the kids came and ate and then the guys got their limit and came home and ate.

      Well, about the 49ers. I’m fence sitting. In the big game though….I think it would be a better game with the Giants and Pats. I love the Niners but don’t think they’ll win the big game. I’m just not sure Baltimore can beat Brady at home either. I don’t really care but I want a decent Superbowl.

      • Vicki says:

        The best part is, It was so simple to make.
        Im going for underdogs is all, no other reasons….although im not sure how long its been since the giants were in.

    • Laura says:

      Uh, oh. We’re at odds again!!! We’re pulling for the Ravens and the 49ers!!! If that happens, it will be the “Harbaugh Bowl” – Jim is the 49ers coach, and John (his brother) is the Ravens coach. How cool would THAT be?

      • Joy says:

        I don’t “care, care” but I just want a good Bowl. I do like the Niners though. I have no feelings for the Ravens. Oh ya, that Niners coach made the Lions coach cry!! LOL!!

        That recipe was super easy Vicki. I put it in the oven at 11 this morning at 275 and pulled it apart at 4. It was delicious. Paul got some great Kaiser rolls at Cub and some slaw…great supper. Thanks for pinning it Vicki.

      • Joy says:

        I LOVE the Manning boys.

  6. SKL says:

    Guess what I just realized? I have not been taking my vitamins since New Year’s Eve. I did not have time to pack them for the cruise, and after that I just forgot all about them.

    That explains a lot, probably. Like why no amout of sleep seems to be enough, and why I have been having cravings. Probably has something to do with the acne increase and a few other things. Weird, to have completely forgotten something I had done daily for years.

    So now I’m getting back on them and hopefully will experience a surge of energy. I can hope, right?

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