Friday, July 27, 2012

I’m No Super Hero (JK, never thought I was even close.)

I recently had a conversation with an old childhood friend. They were impressed that I had lost so much weight and wanted to know if I would be a sort of role model for their daughter. Uh – I thought it was an attempt at sarcasm on their part so LOLed. But they were not joking.

Me in 2008
Me, today (July 2012)

I can see where my weight loss and mere survival in life to this point may be impressive – but most people have not been around me for the past 20 some years of bad decisions and poor choices that I’ve made … Divorced 2x, unemployed (temporarily), over filled the oil in my lawn mower & now I hope my neighbor mows my grass for me (thanks Tim) … So while I am EXTREMELY flattered, I have to say that YOU need to be your children’s first role model.

My kids in 2001
My kids in 2009

I think we are too hard on ourselves for mistakes we made in the past – this is human nature. But, making mistakes is how we learn. Hopefully anyway. So you’re not perfect. You screwed up small or big time. Everyone does at some point. It’s dangerous to stay trapped in the fog of self-loathing. (That’s how my weight gain began.) When we do, we make more bad decisions and become way stressed out – it’s a dangerous spiral downhill from there. Every day we can make the choices to be healthier, to be nicer, and to look for the silver lining in everything that happens to us. And – we can start at any age: whether you’re 12 and are motivated by a church retreat or 45 and see an old friend who impresses you to change your lifestyle …

 I love these lyrics: So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.

Awesome, right?!

Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”

So be the change you wish to see in the world. Those are some truly inspiring words!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Yummy Pancakes!!!

Tonight I was clever and decided to get ahead of myself by making extra pancakes for the boys to grab when they’re hungry – they are forever complaining that there is nothing to eat in the house!!! Well, I saw the recipe on some Greek yogurt that I bought (0 fat & tons of protein) & thought it looked very easy. It was & I got some “extra” time tonight & quit playing Solitaire Blitz on Facebook long enough to make a batch!
Greek Yogurt Pancakes Original Recipe: 
12 oz vanilla yogurt
1 ½ C all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg
¾ C milk

 Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients. Pour into dry mixture and stir until just combined. Over med-high heat, scoop ¼ C batter onto skillet per pancake. Flip when bubbles appear. Cook until golden brown.

My notes: I doubled the recipe (I freeze the extra pancakes for later in the week – or later that night where my teenage son is concerned). I also let the batter sit for 5-10 minutes after I finished mixing it. It was too thick for my liking so I added some (just eyeballed it) more milk. I also added 2 TBSP of sugar & 2 TBSP lemon juice to make them light & fluffy. I added 1 TBSP of vanilla (remember the batter was too thick for me) and eyeballed a little bit of cinnamon – the vanilla & cinnamon were strictly for taste! By doubling the recipe, I got about 30 pancakes out of this batch. I bet they’ll be gone by tomorrow!!!
 Source: Chobani

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Long Time ...

Well, seeing as how my last post was in February of 2011, I thought I’d better post something new! Lots has changed in our life … I won’t go into detail, you can send me a message for that. I’m reading 2 books right now, one on Photoshop & one on Lightroom. I’ve decided to get back into digital scrapbooking since my teaching contract was not renewed – now I have LOTS of time, huh?! Until I get my bearing here are some pictures that I took recently on my trip to Montana! Gorgeous country, my photos don’t even come close …

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