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Hello!

I’ve been extremely swamped the past week, so that’s why I haven’t been on here to talk. So, why have I been swamped you ask? Well here let me explain…

So my last post was last Tuesday, and I left you with me telling you about my boring day and a stomachache. I went home and slept it off and by the next morning, I was back to normal! This isn’t the first time I’ve had a stomachache like that, and I think the root cause is when I eat only vegetables for a meal or I eat the vegetables first. I had brought chicken and then an eggplant, zucchini, onion saute mixture, and I had eaten the veggie stir fry first. After I got my gallbladder removed a few years ago, I’ve noticed that veggies don’t breakdown as well as they once did. I end up getting an acidic sour feeling in my stomach, and then it all goes down hill from there. If I eat something before my vegetables though, I don’t have this problem. It only occurs when I only eat vegetables or eat them at the beginning of my meal.ย You learn something new every day!


Wednesday

I went to work and did the same old, same old. We still don’t have any other stylists yet, so it was just me selling the product. If I remember correctly… that was the day I didn’t sell a thing to anyone.ย Oh so boring.

 

I wentย to the gym after work, and it was beyond busy. When I first waked in, all the treadmills were taken. I was bummed because the whole day, I was psyching myself up to complete Day 3 of Couch to 5K. I went to the bathroom with the plan to just go on the elliptical until a treadmill became available. It was like I walked out into another dimension though when I got out of the bathroom, because the people had all vanished. All but one treadmill was available. So I hurried up and grabbed my Beats and my phone and made my way to the treadmill. I got on and started walking. As I started to go a little faster, two people got on the treadmills on either side. I’m still extremely new with running at the gym. I still feel so self conscious about what I may look like, so I was really thinking about just not doing it. Then that little voice inside me, that I used to just ignore, started really yelling at me. Why am I caring what other people think? Do their opinions of me really matter? NO! So I turned on my favorite playlist and I started up the C25K app.

I'm slacking tonight it's not ending!

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After taking a couple days off from running at the gym, it honestly felt like I was never going to finish that workout. I was getting tired, my body was hurting, and I was so close to giving up. I started thinking about that little voice some more though. The more I thought about her, she started getting louder and louder. “You can do it. Don’t give up now. You are doing so well. Just keep going…” So I continued to push on.

People I'm dying. But all 268lbs of me is gonna finish running day 3 damn it. #fitfam #icandothis

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Finally, I could see the end was near. I couldn’t breathe, and my body at this point was killing me. Did I give up? Did I give in to that thought in my mind that kept whispering, “Just stop. You did enough. Why continue on and be uncomfortable? You could stop now and you would be able to breathe…” No, I tuned that voice out by turning up my music…

HOLY CRAP! I did it! #perserverance #dontgiveup #wecandoit #fitfam #w1d3 #c25k #weightwatchers #ificanrunyoucanrun

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…and look what I did. I finished Day 3.


Thursday

I finished the first book of 2016!

Oh man, was this ever a great book. There were times during this book that I had to physically stop reading because it was making me depressed just by reading what the character was dealing with. I’ve been in dark places like Esther has, so it was hard reading different parts of this. Am I glad though that I actually read the book finally and finished it? You betcha! I think everyone should be required to read it. So, if you haven’t, please go to your local library and find it! It will change your life; even if it’s a small change.

The library in my town is open quite late on Thursdays, so I decided I would just go there after work to get more books and return the four I checked out before.

The beautiful @building.my.confidence tagged me for #widn ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ got back from the library! Yaaaaay!! New books!

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I had planned to go to the gym after the library, but while I was looking for books at the library, I ended up having a Vertigo episode, that got the best of me. I can always tell when I’m about to have one, so I pretty much grabbed the first books I could find from The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, and got out of there. I don’t know if I just moved my head the wrong way, or if I got up to fast from bending over, but all of a sudden I got extremely hot, a wave of nausea washed over me, and I thought I would pass out in the Fiction section.ย I tried to just take it easy once I got home, but the feelings just wouldn’t pass, so I ended up going to bed before 9:30.


Friday

I felt so much better the next morning (Thank God!!!). I got to work, and since I didn’t have much to do, I started reading The Joy Luck Club. This book has had my attention from the first page. I was already halfway done with the book by the time I left work.


Saturday

What an extremely busy day!!! I helped Sarah get ready for her first high school dance, by doing her hair and makeup. It was so fun getting to help and spending time with her. As a lot of you know, I don’t have any siblings, so she’s the closest thing I have to a sister.

Sarah (left) and her friends from Snoball! So so pretty!!!

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It was very bitter sweet seeing her with her date and taking all their pictures. She’s growing up so fast and seeing her grow up, makes me realize that I, too, am growing up. I can see now why parents always get emotional at times like these. Granted I’m not a parent yet, but if I can get emotional seeing her grow up, I can’t imagine what I’ll be like if I ever do have children.

After I got done taking all their pictures, I went over to my best friends house to have game night! We ate and had a merry time. I brought over Cards Against Humanity and we played and drank (I drank water while they drank alcohol. I’m still paranoid I will feel like crap after drinking because of it mixing with the meds I take).


 

Sunday

What did I do yesterday? Man, it’s kind of seeming like a blur… oh yes, I remember now! Gym and I went to the lake to bring groceries out to my aunt who needed them! “The beast” (furnace) went out and so she couldn’t leave the house. After all was said and done, I went back home, and took a little nap, and then watched The Golden Globes.

It was a glorious Sunday!


That brings me to today…

I have done absolutely nothing today. I slept in the chair with Mozzie all morning. I really couldn’t do much of anything because our water heater went out so the men were installing a new one in the basement. After they left, my dad treated me to Perkins for brunch. Really… that’s all that has happened so far. I may be going shopping later with my mom and then I’ll head on to the gym at some point as well. Just enjoying the last day off of my three day weekend.


 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Until next time…

Aubrie

 

 

 

 

 

Upset Tummy Tuesday.

This will be a very short post.

Nothing happened today.

It was quite boring at work and I didn’t do much besides watch TV and veg when I came home.

I was planning on going to workout after work, but I was having tummy troubles so I decided I wouldn’t push my luck at the gym.

Yep, that’s all I got. I’m far to tired to write out anything else. Well that, and really, my day was beyond boring.

Have a great night!
Aubrie

Monday, Monday!

It was a glorious Monday today. Why you ask? I have Monday’s off is why!!! I worked the whole weekend, and so having today off was definitely needed.

So my gym time this weekend was amazing! I realized how much I love going to the gym after work. Granted, this was like I said, after work on the weekend, so there weren’t all that many people there, but it’s still nice being in that groove again.

What else did I do… That’s it really, sadly. So, back to talking about my glorious Monday!

So this morning I woke up to beautiful hoar frost outside. I love mornings that look like that. So after I took the dogs out, I ran up and got my camera and took some pictures! I haven’t taken it out since we had the road trip to Chicago, so it was great taking it out again! Here are some shots!

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After I was outside for a good long while, I came in and watched some of the CSI marathon that was on. They even started with the very first episode!!! I love the older ones so that was pretty cool!

After I watched those for a while, I decided I should be some what productive on my day off so I threw a load of laundry in the washer (shoot now that I think about it I never moved it to the dryer… YIKES!), did dishes, and then cleaned out the toaster oven. After all that then I felt like cooking, so I made Chicken and Sausage Marsala Spaghetti Squash Bake. It was divine. I kind of just threw anything and everything I could find in this dish. I had left over Italian sausage left over from New Year’s Eve that needed to get used up and then I had Tyson grilling chicken in the freezer that also needed to get used up. Threw that in a pan with some Marsala sauce, garlic, dried onions, and broccoli (also frozen that I should probably use). Once that got a little warm and bubbly, I put that in with the spaghetti squash, mixed inย some mozzarella cheese, and then topped it all off with parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs. Plopped it in the oven at 400 degrees and wham-o… I have made this!

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Seriously, so good! It was a tad on the saltier side, so next time I think I would add a little water to the sauce, since I didn’t add any other seasoning. Could have been from the sausage but I really didn’t use all that much for the 8 servings of the dish, so adding water to the sauce is the only thing I can think of. It may just end up baking off though once I put it in the oven so, maybe that isn’t the case. Who knows! I’ll post the recipe in a little bit!

Hmm… what else happened…

Nothing.

Yep, that’s right… nothing else happened today. That is why it was so glorious. I got to stay home in my pjs all day and didn’t have to leave my house for anything. That right there is a great day off!!

I’m contemplating on going downstairs to work out, but I’ve worked out the last couple of days, and since I ran last night at the gym, I think I should give my legs a rest day so I don’t injure myself. God knows, that would not be good. Hey, I mean, everyone deserves a rest day! ๐Ÿ™‚


 

Well friends, that’s all I got for now.

Until next time…

Aubrie

 

Honey Mustard Pretzel-Coated Chicken Strips.

Honey Mustard Pretzel-Coated Chicken Strips

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Found from Hungry-Girl 1-2-3
Adapted by myextremeweightlossjourney.wordpress.com

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Tbsp Honey Mustard
  • 3 Tbsp liquid egg whites
  • 5 oz boneless, skinless chicken cut into 3
  • 2 dashes salt
  • 2 dashes black pepper
  • 1 oz salted pretzels

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix honey mustard and egg whites together in a bowl. Season chicken strips with salt and pepper, then submerge in mustard-egg mixture. Set aside to marinate for at least 15 min. While the chicken is marinating, place pretzels in a zip lock bag and close, making sure all air is out. Beat the living daylights out of the pretzels so they become tiny little pieces. Place broken pretzels onto a plate. Thoroughly coat chicken strips with the pretzels and transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Mist tops of chicken with non-stick spray. Bake in oven for about 20-30 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through baking, until chicken is cooked through.

PREP TIME =15 MINUTES
COOK TIME = 30ย MINUTES

SERVING SIZE = 5 oz chicken breast (3 strips)
EACH SERVING =ย 9 SmartPoints

SmartPoints: Official first day.

So I really haven’t given the whole SmartPoints on Weight Watchers a shot yet. I’ve been mentally adding up points via points plus in my head ever since they made the switch.ย I definitely wasn’t a fan when I first heard of the whole change. I loved the old way, and I was finally (after a year sadly) getting the hang of every thing.

I’ve been switching and changing all my recipes to now have SmartPoint values, and honestly, a lot of my recipes went down in points. Granted, I’m not all that happy about my “treat” options are doubled and even tripled in points. I feel like they’re trying to take a way the “get to treat yourself” option, but I’ll still keep at with it because really I’m learning how to eat the best foods possible.


This will be a very short post… I’m currently cooking/baking my dinner and it’s just about done! If it’s any good, I will totally post the recipe!!!

UPDATE: I just posted the recipe on here to my dinner…

Honey Mustard Pretzel-Coated Chicken Strips

 

2016.

It’s here. The new year.

How did your first day go? Did some habits roll over?

Mine did. Not as bad, but to some extent yes.

I started my day by drinking a Mimosa. Why? Because I for starters had extra champagne from the night before and secondly, mimosa’s are just so good!! I stupidly didn’t eat anything for breakfast besides a cheese stick, but then for lunch at leftovers from last nights dinner. Let’s just back up to NYE…

It started as any other day, except I was in a very chipper mood. The year was coming to an end, and I was trying to think of all the good things that had happened. I don’t know if it’s the old age kicking in (haha I kid…) or that I didn’t have all that many fun adventures in 2015, ย but it was so hard to remember all that I did. I mean I remember the basics… Finally joined a gym, road tripped to Chicago, spent time at the lake… I feel like there was more, but I honestly just can’t remember them! After knowing I couldn’t remember all that happened, I left to go to work. This is when everything went down the drain. Work was a nightmare. We didn’t have a stylist there, and of course, everyone and their mother (quite literally) was wanting a haircut. I had to turn away so many people, and I would definitely say about every other person that came in, got extremely pissed and yelled or said not so nice things to me. One lady even made me cry! It was so bad… That’s retail as I’m told though. I just have to shake it off because I have nothing to do with it. It’s hard to do though when you’re the type of person who takes things to heart… very easily.ย After hours of having people get mad at me, I was really looking forward to getting Caribou Coffee during my break. My mom came and we went off to get our coffee! Caribou had a buy one get one free deal going on for perks members, so I was extremely excited! It always seems like it takes years to finally get something you’ve been craving for all day. Once we got inside and were walking to Caribou, I saw that none of the workers were behind the counter, and that there was a sign in the front… I walked up to it to read that… “CLOSED DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES”… Can you imagine the heartache I was feeling?? We asked and it would be quite awhile for them to be up and running again. I only had a half hour break, so we sadly had to leave… with no coffee. I really hadn’t used the bathroom that day because I was so busy telling customers there were no stylists, so I really had to go. I started my way over the bathroom since we couldn’t get coffee and guess what… The bathroom was closed as well. You must know the feeling… The feeling of, “well if one thing is going wrong, everything that follows is going to go to sh*t as well!” Once I finally got back, things didn’t end up getting any better at work. I only had a handful of customers actually buy product, and the rest of the people that came in, still continued to get mad at me.

Once I got home, it was like a weight had been lifted off. My mom was already starting to cook our dinner (we had an appetizer dinner!).

While we ate we watched Spy (love that movie!!!) and had our fair share of laughs. Then, while my mom fell asleep, I continued to stay up until midnight to see the ball drop. I had my annual cry as it dropped and as Auld Lang Syne played and cried even harder while New York, New York played.

My favorite version of Auld Lang Syne =

All in all… Even though my NYE wasn’t the best during the day, my night really ended fantastically. I was safely at home and spent it with my parents and my pups. I was surrounded by family. Isn’t that everyone’s wish? There’s really nothing that I should complain about.


 

My New Year’s Day has been completely awesome. I slept until 9am, watched Hot Pursuit with my mom, and just totally vegged all day. I was able to update my Weight Watcher recipes from plus points to smart points, and then we watched an extremely sappy Hallmark Christmas Movie.

Later in the evening we got together with Connie, Joe, and Sarah and headed to Pizza Ranch for a fun get together, then came back to our house and played games. We played Mad Gab until everyone was sick of it, and then we taught them how to play Nuts. It’s such a fun card game. I was even the big winner! Whoohoo!

So see? It was a fantastic New Year’s Eve/Day for me this year!


 

I thought a lot about what I want my resolutions to be this year and for the longest time, I really only could come up with one thing….

  1. My resolution is to not have a resolution.

Why? Because how many times do people make resolutions and then either never follow through or start, or start and go for a couple months and then stop? Then, after stopping get totally disappointed in themselves and wonder, why did I even make that a resolution?

After I thought of all that, then I started to get mad at myself. Did I not learn to not get disappointed in myself? I’m starting to go right back down the same rabbit hole if I keep this up! So I decided to think of other kind of resolutions for myself instead of the usual “lose 50 pounds”, “stop eating sweets”, and “no more pop”.

  1. Be happy with who I am and in my own skin.
  2. Smile and laugh more (this isn’t going to be hard!)
  3. Slow down and not be in such a rush all the time.
  4. Be a better helper around my house.
  5. Write more on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think that’s a nice start to my list. I mean, I can always add more as the weeks go on. I think I may actually do a good job with my resolutions this year! Whoohoo!


 

Well friends, I think that’s it for today, considering by the time I’m finally finishing this it’s 12:21 am on ย January 2nd.

Hey, at least I’m making a post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you all had a wonderful NYE and NYD and a wonderful, brand new start to 2016.

It’s our year to shine.

Until next time…
Aubrie