Fat Out Honest…Overdue Update

It’s been awhile but I’m attempting to carve out some time for something of my own. I’ve hit some huge milestones in my weight since last posting. Not only have I hit the goal of 170, I’ve also went below! My current weight is 166.8. That’s smaller than before I was when I got pregnant. How pumped am I? Super pumped!!

I have started using my fitness pal app on my iPhone . It makes it much easier to track my food, my burned calories, and my weight. It’s actually what helped me drop the last few pounds. My sister started using the app too, and has done really well. But has recently gotten a bit down, and discouraged. So today I want to encourage her and everyone else to keep working hard. It is hard, I know it. But just keep pushing and you will hit your goals!!!

Small Steps New Parents Will Love

When you find out you’re pregnant, it most cases, it’s an exciting and happy day! You then have 9 months to “prepare” for the baby’s big arrival. I don’t know about you, but no matter how much we “prepared”, we were not prepared.

Enjoy each moment…it’s gone before you know it!

When we left the hospital with Bee, we both wondered why in the world they would just let us leave, like we knew what we were doing? I mean, don’t get me wrong. We love our little monkey, but loving her and feeling like we know enough to take care of her is two totally different things. And boy did we feel unequipped!!

Now that our little Bee is 1, we have talked about different things that happened in the first year of her life. Milestones that happen, the big ones, like rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and walking.

But until you’re a parent, you don’t know what a big deal the little milestones are too. What milestones would those be?

Holding Her Own Bottle
The first one we really realized was when Bee could hold her own bottle. When that happened… man. How much better is it riding in a car with a child that can hold their own bottle when they start screaming, instead of you awkwardly leaning over the seat or just having to ride with a screaming infant? Oh, this is a milestone worth mentioning, that’s for sure!

Not Having To Be Burped
If you are like me, burping a baby is not a high favorite! I was not a fan of the spit-up or the throw up. I mean, I understand it has to happen, but the day she started feeding herself, the throw up stopped, followed closely by this. No more burping!!  One more big step that new parents don’t realize!

Feeding Herself
I know some people already think about this one. But it’s one thing that is amazing for when we went go out eat. She used to have to be amused, but now we just put food in front of her and we all eat. She, of course, gets bored. So we eat pretty fast. But it’s way better than when we had to feed her. This is a step that makes life a whole lot easier.

So these are just a few, but maybe they will help you through those moments when your sweet baby is driving you insane. I know it will help me through all our next ones.

The biggest thing to remember? Enjoy each day, moment, step. It’s gone so fast.

Have a great day and enjoy those babies!!

 

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

On weekends, growing up, my grandma would make homemade chocolate and peanut butter fudge. We would pop popcorn, and sit at the table, eating until we were stuffed. Justin wasn’t one to do that. So the idea of mixing the two seems weird to him. But to me…yummy. It’s delicious!!

So boy was I excited when I found this recipe on Pinterest to try. I wanted to make it for Bee’s birthday. My family loves to snack, and what better way to do it than to make it a salty and sweet concoction of goodness!! So that is exactly what I did. 

How good does that look?? Great, right?

You can find the recipe here at mamasaywhat.com . It’s so good. Make sure you have someone to share with, because it’s addictive. I think I ate 85% of it myself.

Now on to my actual talking about the delicious recipe.
Make sure you boil the caramel mixture long enough. It felt like I boiled it forever, and it still wasn’t done. But keep going. You will know when it’s done. I kept leaning over it, making sure it didn’t smell burnt. But anyways, just keep boiling it. Then when adding the layer of chocolate. I will be adding more next time than I did this time, but do it according to your taste. I actually want to try dark chocolate.  But it was really good, even just following the recipe.

So, I recommend heading over to mamasaywhat.com and trying this recipe. ASAP.

Happy sweet munching!!

 

Big #1!!

Bee’s birthday has come and gone…almost a month has passed. And I have slowly been posting what I did for her. Today, I will tell you about the sign I made for her.

Of course, I found the idea for this on Pinterest. But their idea would have meant me going to buy things…which I didn’t want to do. So, I did it my own way. I’ve always loved to paint, so I pulled out my old paints and got to work. This is something anyone can make, and put your own spin on.

Just as I finished… as the newspapers it’s laying on must tell you.

This is my spin. In the color theme for Bee’s birthday, big enough to be seen as people drive by. I just searched the house and found cardboard, cut out the number, and got to work. I put a single coat of paint on the other side, just to make sure it was fully covered, although that’s not necessary.

If you go to the original post I saw, you will see the buttons were their way to do it. You can change it to fabric, get really crafty and make a wooden one, do a nature version with the kids… whatever you want.

This was an extremely simple craft, but one I really enjoyed and that is still hanging as a decoration on Bee’s bedroom door.

Take your time, get creative, and make it your own!!

Birthday For Daddy

Everybody loves their birthday right? Party, friends, food, presents…all fun, right? Yea…not everyone. Justin is one of the few that does NOT like his birthday. He was an only child, so there was no one to help take the focus off of him. I always like my birthday…my favorite foods, cake and ice cream, and family. Always fun!

Last year, Bee was his birthday present. We didn’t really get to celebrate his birthday like I wanted, so this year I decided I wanted to make his birthday great…without the super focus. So I set out to do just that.

I wanted to try to make the whole week special. So I started on Monday.

Monday : Nothing huge, just made sure to tell him happy birthday, sing it to him even, and make sure he knows how much I love and appreciate him.

Tuesday : I printed out one of his favorite pictures of Bee and me, and framed it. Set it by his bag to take to work in the morning. Updated pictures of the two of us that love him to make him smile.

Wednesday : This was my favorite. I went through all the pictures of Bee and her daddy (which was a lot) and found my favorite ones. Then, I made a collage in the biggest picture frame I could find at Dollar Tree. Then came the hard part, trying to get Bee to do hand prints. We managed, although she also managed to get her shirt painted too. Then we signed the paper and framed it after it dried. Check it out below!!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Wednesday night, we were bad and skipped church. We had a family night. Took Bee to the park, then walked around for awhile. Then, we drove around, just relaxing. We have old people tendencies…we like to go for drives.

Thursday : I dropped the ball today. I just made sure that we got to take a family walk and do whatever Justin wanted to do for the day.

Friday : This was the big deal. We haven’t had much time just the two of us since Bee. Not real dates. So, I asked some friends to watch Bee, and took him out. We went to a great restaurant, had some of the best dessert I’ve had in awhile. I mean, we had to stop eating it. Which is something we never do. Then we  spend some time just hanging out. Walked around, even heard some music of a band that was in the downtown square. Then we headed back and put our kiddo down for bed.

So, this brought my lovie’s birthday week to an end. It turned out really good. Justin actually enjoyed it, and isn’t dreading his next one.

Birthday for Daddy = Success!!!

Fat Out Honest: Goal Met, New Set!

Justin and I have become big watchers of The Biggest Loser.Yes I know. We’re what, eight or ten years/seasons behind. That’s why Netflix is great!  We really like the show, and man does it make you want to become healthy. It makes me realize and focus on the unhealthy things that I do everyday. And it makes me want to become the healthiest I can be for my family and for myself.

On that note, I have a new goal met and a new goal set!! I can’t believe it! So excited.

Okay, breathe. I have hit a big goal! What is that? You know it.

New weight: 175 lbs

Woohoo!! So excited! Now, hitting that goal just means I saw it on the scale. But that means a new goal was set.

New goal: 170 lbs

That is my pre-baby weight. And I really want to hit it. The great thing is that I weighed in this morning and what did the scale say?

Today’s weight: 174.2 lbs

Boy, was I excited! Haven’t seen that weight in…well over a year now. Way, way over a year. But I am going to keep chugging along. It’s never easy, but I know that I will be able to do it.

For a note of encouragement to you, remember that you can do it! Trust me, I know that it’s not easy to push past the feelings of tiredness and give yourselves a few minutes to focus on you. I know being a parent and a wife or husband, working, cleaning up the house, all of it makes it hard to do what it takes to become the healthy person we all need to be. But, remember that in taking those few minutes, you can become the best parent or wife that you can be. And I know that everyone in your life that loves you knows that it’s worth it.  You are meant to take care of yourself and to be the best you can to take care of all that God has blessed you with.

Sweet Bee the Toddler

Things continue to be crazy, so I assume this is just how life is going to be for awhile. So, we must adjust. I know I’m behind on posts guys, but I’m working on it!

On today’s post, I’m going to be a bit sentimental. Almost two weeks ago, we celebrated our sweet little Bee turning one. 1!! I can’t believe it’s been a year since God blessed us with that little monkey. (Birthday party posts are in the works and coming soon I promise!!) Well, last Saturday she hit another big milestone. She woke up and made a big decision. She decided to walk. I know, I’ve talked about her walking or taking her first steps before. But I mean she walked. And hasn’t stopped. So, we officially have a toddler. Toddler. I can’t wrap my head around that. It makes me sad, but so proud of her too.

Rocking the overalls too, right? So cute!

Something that I find even sweeter is Justin. He is so proud of her and loves to see her toddle over to him when he gets home from work. But he has been hit with how fast she’s growing up. And he is…sad? Maybe not the right word for it. But he is so sweet with her. He can’t get enough of her sweet loving cuddles and  loves hearing her say “Dada”. He is the best daddy ever. And he’s as sentimental about our sweet Bee as me. Which is nice to know and see.

He gets all the sweet cuddles!!

So, Bee, is a one year old toddler. Oh, and we are officially not people, just Bee’s parents. :)

Have a great day!

 

 

Almost Caught Up

So it’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve posted. Which is awhile. I guess I just needed a short hiatus before diving back in. I think it will take a bit to get flowing again.

It’s been a busy two weeks. First, I had to get a wisdom tooth removed two Mondays ago. Then, we had to prepare for Bee’s big first birthday bash. Which went very well, although Justin and I were completely wore out after. Not to mention how tired our little monkey was. Plus, she got to play with her cousin all weekend since they stayed with us. Oh, and my brother, who is in the military and I haven’t seen since last October, got to come to the party!! Was so great!!

Quickly following that was Justin’s birthday on Wednesday. So, needless to say, we have been very busy. Oh, and I started babysitting a sweet little baby girl a couple of days a week, which is nice. Good for Bee to have time with other babies. She is learning to share me with others, which is good since we very much plan on more kids in the future.

Bee and SJ…playing sweet for the moment

So, as you can see, we have been very busy. I am planning on posting all about her birthday, how great the cake turned out, and the total cost of the party. Oh, and a Fat Out Honest Post, since I hit a goal!! Look for it!! I am almost caught up on everything, and ready to get back into the world!

More to come soon!!!

Birthday Preparations!! More to come!

Alright guys! Tomorrow is the day!! Our sweet monkey’s FIRST BIRTHDAY!!

Our monkey!

I have been cleaning, cooking, baking, and tonight I will be attempting to build a monkey cake. All that and got a wisdom tooth removed. Whew!! It’s been a week but all this to make sure her birthday is good! I know it will be. No stress, just gotta enjoy! So look back next week for a report on how much it cost to throw our fun on the basics/birthday on a budget birthday party!!

See you soon!!

Fat Out Honest…Kind Of Sort Of Update

I have been a straggler when it comes to keeping up with my Fat Out Honest posts. Not to say I haven’t been keeping it in mind day to day. I have tried to eat pretty good, keep my steps up, you know how it works.

My weight has not increased…which is great!! But sadly, it hasn’t decreased. Staying steady at 176-177. It makes me a bit frustrated, but I know if I suck it up and start working on it, I can do it.

I know I have been stuck here for a bit, but it’s mostly me. I can’t help but want some chocolate here and there…or more than here or there. Why is it so good??

With the weather coolin’ off, or really it’s not, we’re just sucking it up and dealing with it, we have been going on more walks. Almost every night. Which I love doing. It is time for us to just breathe and calm down, get some talking in, catch up on everything. Plus it gets lots of steps in. ;)

I am still not moving like I should on my weight, but it’s my fault. So, for all of you struggling, stick to it! It’s my own fault, not anyone else’s. You can do it, just don’t lose focus! I know you can make it to your goal!

Only 7lbs til my goal!! Whoot whoot! Staying positive!!