Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I Can Do Hard Things

OK... So I've been trying to loose my pregnancy weight and as you can see from my old pants, I've lost a fair amount! :) Honestly, I'm now 5 pounds away from pre-MaryKate weight and HONESTLY there must be a giant in Orem, Utah because I am 5'10 and this man's pants, that James and I found at Savers, goes to my CHIN! I would love to hug the waist of the previous owner of these pants and thank him for making me feel petite. My pregnancy weight was not going away on its own. So I had to do what we all "should" do but usually don't do... Eat healthy & exercise. That is hard for me to do consistently, but I have found a few delightful things in my healthy journey that I want to share with you. I am not getting paid to say any of this. :)

1. Orowheat Sandwich Thins- 100 calories, 19 grams whole grains, 5 grams fiber, and 1 gram fat. I love them for sandwiches, toast, lean hamburgers, etc. At Costco= cheap!

2. WishBone RANCH Salad Spritzers- 2 calories per spray. What I miss most is pouring on the ranch and so you can imagine how I squealed and clicked my heals in the grocery isle when I saw this new flavor of spritzer. It gives just a hint of ranch and moistens your salad. So tasty... $3.50 but lasts forever, unlike regular ranch.

3. Frozen Yogurt- Fat Free, no fructose corn syrup, low calorie & delicious!In Utah this is a huge trend. 4 new serve it yourself yogurt shops have opened near us & we love them. Yes it has sugar, but when I'm desperate for a treat its a much healthier alternative than a brownie oreo sundae.

4. Papa Murphys Delite pizza- 1/2 carbs, 1/2 calories, $3 to 4 cheaper than their regular pizza, twice the flavor! Every once in a while you need to eat pizza and when you do this take & bake pizza is so good. You can get olive oil instead of sauce and chicken and sun dried tomatoes and basil... or whatever you prefer.

5. I Can Do Hard Things Collage- Typically when I try to be healthy I guilt myself into it and I think negative thoughts about myself to motivate me to do it. So, its no surprise that it makes me feel miserable. This time I pondered what I could do instead... the answer came when I woke up one morning & had this phrase come to my mind, "I Can Do Hard Things!" I decided this would be my motto, not just in exercise but in life. This phrase would be my motivation. James and I for Family Home Evening made this collage together. We printed pictures of people or things that reminded us that "We could do hard things" and picked out the paper & designed it to hang above our bed. It helps. It really does and its a good message for our family.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Around the World In 5 Days

This week I babysat my brother's kids: Hannah, Sarah, & Justin while he and his wife went on a cruise. While they traveled from country to country, we traveled to a new place each day without leaving Springville! Here was our week in a nutshell:

Dinner- Hawaiian Haystacks & Fruit Smoothies
Treat: Candy Leis
Activity: Swimming at the public pool

Dinner- Carne Asada Tacos & Rice
Activity- Go to the Mexican Market & Pick Treats
Treat- Sarah/Sage-Tres Leches Cake, Hannah-Chocolate Cake, Justin-M&Ms :)

Dinner- Pasta, Garlic Bread, & Salad
Treat- Gelato & Kinder Chocolate at Gloria's Little Italy
Activity- Sculpt, Bake, & Paint Clay Sculptures

Dinner- Tin Foil Dinners & Hot Dogs
Treat- Smores
Activity- Go to the library, set up tent, read books & camp in tents

Dinner- Beef Stroganoff & Salad
Treat- Chocolate from Germany
Activity- Make Pinewood Derby Cars & Race them down the driveway

MaryKate was cheering them on as they were racing the cars... so fun!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sitting By Herself = Happy Girl!

MaryKate has finally mastered sitting up all by herself! (Yes, there are no photoshop tricks in this video removing my arm. It's the real deal!) She still falls over after long periods of time or if her large cranium picks up a little to much momentum in one direction. But we are so happy for her and wanted to share a little bit of her happy sunshine with you... maybe while you watch this you can clap your hands, bounce, fling your arms, and smile because you are able to sit too!