Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Big "D" Update

Well, I slacked off a little. I'll admit! But, I noticed I was doing it and changed my mind set. That is something I haven't been able to do in a while. If I got into a "funk" I stayed there and was stuck in it. The Hubs and I went to the gym yesterday and he pushed me to do more than I've done in YEARS. I complained about most of it but, afterwards I was REALLY happy that I was able to do all of the workout (and didn't throw up). I am feeling something I haven't felt in a while....My muscles are SO sore! I can barely walk and I sneezed earlier and thought my stomach was going to exploded. HA!!

I am down 8 pounds! I love the number 8!

Has anyone else started a weight loss journey? I would love to hear about how its going! 

Until next time....

Katie B

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Time For The Big "D" part 3

I have lost....3 pounds!! 3! Not one, not two but three!!!

I have been going to the gym everyday. I have been eating better and eating dinner before 6 at night.
I am taking it slow cause let's face it, I am not in shape.

I am not the athletic, muscular tennis player I was in high school.

But, I feel as though I can get close now. I have changed bad habits and started better ones. Isn't that what it's all about?

Until next time...

Katie B

Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: "At Home In Mitford" by Jan Karon

I like to think of myself as a colorful reader. Seriously. I read anything. But, my favorite kind of book is one that creates a small community of crazy, unforgettable characters. I love the feeling of wanting to go back on vacation to my favorite place in bookville. 

Here I am reading "At Home In Mitford" on my anniversary vacation 

That is exactly what "At Home In Mitford" did to me. I found myself wanting to walk into the Local for some groceries or check out the special at the Grill. I could almost taste a Baxter apple or smell aroma of antique wood at Oxford Antiques. Jan Karon painted a beautiful story when she wrote "At Home In Mitford". 

The main character is lifelong bachelor Father Tim, a Episcopal priest. He lives a pretty placid life consumed with parish duties and community activities. Until one day when that all begins to change with the introduction of a dog the size of a Buick that he names, Barnabus. This sets his world into a bit of a tail spin. Barnabus, that is only calmed by scripture, gives Father Tim something that his life has been missing, companionship. But, this is hardly the end of the adventures when his life is quickly invaded by a dirt-covered, love-starved and ill-mannered boy named Dooley Barlowe who arrives at his church office looking for a place to "take a dump". 

In the mix of all of this Father Tim is horrified to admit that he can't stop thinking about his new neighbor, Cynthia Coppersmith. An author of children's books about her cat, that Barnabus is determined to get a bite of. 

We are also introduced to the lovable and free-spirited Miss Sadie Baxter that will change the little town of Mitford forever, a red haired God send named "Puny" Bradshaw that becomes the Father's housekeeper and friend. A group of men that meet at the Grill every morning for breakfast and a whole lot more local characters that makes Mitford a gem of a town.  

Mitford is a sweeter-than-life town with just enough reality to keep you wanting to come back for more. I recommend this book for anyone needing a vacation from the daily hustle and bustle.

Until next time...

Katie B

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time for the big "D" continued

Well today I started the first of my big "D" journey. The Hubs and I joined a gym. We are going to be working out together while at lunch through the week. We thought the best way to get my journey started was to have a partner.

While I was doing a little research I had a few bible verses that I think are going to help me with my experience as well. I want to help anyone else with their weight loss journey as well and so I am always willing to be a virtual support system to anyone that doesn't have one. 

Here are the bible verses that I will be memorizing and reciting to myself:

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

3 John 1:2

and one verse that had stayed with me my whole life and I honestly believe this verse is my life verse:

13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

What is your life verse? Do you have one?

Until next time....

Katie B

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscar Night 2015

If you know me at all you know that I am a pop culture junkie. So, of course, I watched the Oscars this year like I do every year. I loved some of the winners and thought others should have won that didn't. But, one special thing about this year was that my sweet Estella wanted to watch them with me. She asked me who every person was and was shocked that I knew most of their names. We also had a blast finding the best dresses that the stars were wearing. This is the pic I snapped about an hour into the ceremony.


Now I'm headed to bed! Have a great night and even better morning!

~Katie B

Friday, February 20, 2015

Time for the big "D"

No silly not a divorce. I could never imagine my life without the Hubs!

I am going on a diet. Yikes! I know it sounds crazy. But, after 4 kids and a few desk jobs, I need to drop a few pounds. In fact I need to drop about 50. When my hubby were first together I was a petite little 124 pound tennis is player with an awesome tan. I am not one of those things now. So I am going to try my hand at a diet.

I need to give you a little background on my eating habits, I see what I like and I eat it. I have never had to watch what I ate.

In fact I once beat one of my cousins at a steak eating contest. I'm serious! I was 18 and he (yes it was a boy) was a 16 year old football player that out weighed me by about 30 pounds. He ate 8 steaks and I ate 12. True story. I didn't gain an ounce in the days after either. My metabolism was through the roof back then. AHH those were the days.

My metabolism is now and has been for years on vacation I think.

I will be doing a little research in the next few weeks and trying to find a good diet or meal plan that can work for me. Or better yet find one that wont make me go crazy.

Have any of you dieted before and had good success?

Can you diet and still eat butter? Because I love butter.

I am certain this will work and you won't find me one day locked my bathroom with a tub of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Until next time...

Katie B

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our Ten Year Anniversary

Last week my hubby and I hit a milestone. We have been married for a decade! Wow, it has been a great 10 years. He is my best friend and I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else. It got me to thinking about all the things that have changed in the last 10 years. So I did a list of our years together

10 years:
3652 days
87658 minutes
4 beautiful kids
3 apartments
2 homes
a HUGE number of cars (my hubby is a mechanic)
40 birthdays (kids included)
2 presidents
3 dogs
2 sugar gliders
12 thousand band-aids (probably more than that)
I'm not even going to try to count how many diapers
and about a million WONDERFUL memories

Here we are in our first year of marriage. Young, happy and full of energy! 

For our anniversary we went to Oklahoma and stayed at a casino hotel. It was so fun. We gambled, I lost and Steven won. We ended up leaving with the same money we went with so it was a good trip. 

Here we are in the casino. He never smiles at the camera. So when I ask him to smile just this once for our anniversary this is the picture I get. GEEZ, I love this guy!

I did what I do best. I relaxed and read a book. 

Steven did was he does best. He won!

Here is the view from our hotel room. It was so fun! We were like 2 kids when we walked into the room. We spent probably an hour watching people from the window. 

We are back now and life is in full swing again. I can't wait to see where we are or what we have done in the next 10 years. But, I am betting that it will be just as fun and exciting as the last 10 years. 

~ Katie B.