Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. I know I'm late to the party, but I finally watched Frozen this weekend. I loved it so much. I loved the message. The characters, especially Olaf. He made Garth and I crack up. Sven reminded me of Manny with his mannerisms so he was a close second. I know "Let it Go" is the movie theme song and super popular, but I loved "Love is an Open Door" the best. I had no idea Kristin Bell could sing like that. Love her!

2. We had a lovely Easter weekend. We had a half day Friday which was really nice. It made the weekend feel extra long which is always a good thing. We did some entertaining which the former event planner in me loves.

3. I made this Slow Cooker Savory Pot Roast and it was a hit! It was so easy, I will definitely be making this again. I didn't expect to like the celery that it called for, but I did. Yummmm. Leftovers for lunch today, score!

4. We also did a lot of work around the house. Raked up the leaves that blew onto our lawn, started to organize the garage, installed a new garden hose. Most notable was Garth installing a new mail box. He spray painted the ugly, yellowish wood black and took off the old, faded gray box that didn't shut and was hanging on by a thread. He bought this black mailbox for $17 at Home Depot and screwed it onto the post. He put new address numbers on both sides because our old box had faded letters that I would color in with permanent marker bi-monthly. I wish that was a joke. Ghetto, yes.

5. I did it. I ordered the lunches and dinners through Personal Trainer Food. I saved $117 ordering through Groupon and it came down to $3.50 a meal which is actually pretty darn good, especially considering how much takeout we eat. I think I'll save money in the long run. But it's not about the money. It's about jump starting my weight loss. Learning portion control. I'm starting next Tuesday. The food actually arrives before that, but we have plans mixed in there and I want to go all out without the temptation. So Tuesday is my day. No carbs. No sugar. No alcohol. For 28 days. I know it will be a challenge, but I'm excited to see how my body reacts. How I feel. How my skin reacts. It should be interesting. Of course, I'll document it all! 

6. The weather has been absolutely crazy beautiful this week. Mid 60s to 70s with sunshine. We have been eating outside. Having bonfires. Walking Manny every day. I'm back to wearing skirts and maxi dresses. It's just bliss. Spring has officially sprung!

7. Even though my crazy meal delivery plan doesn't start until Tuesday, I'm still eating really well. My current obsession is one Trader Joe's Veggie Burger (230 calories) with a Laughing Cow Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese (45 calories). So. Good. The veggie burger is already amazing and adding the cream cheese this week just took it to another LEVEL. I ate this last week and I've been eating it for lunch all week. Seriously, you must try this! 

8. Our church Easter service was really good. What made it was this young guy reading a passage of Scripture. He read it with so much passion and conviction it made me want to yell out "Amen!" I think this guy has a gift for preaching. 

9. I started reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I did not expect to like it because I'm not a big fan of sad books and I had heard this was about kids with cancer i.e. super sad. But I heard SO many great reviews I had to give it a shot. You guys were right. This book is so good. I can't put it down. Green is such a great writer. So clever. Witty. He writes like I wish I could write. 

10. A great read is 25 Things You Should Never Stop Doing for Yourself. Such wise words and so many great reminders. I can't even pic a favorite, they are all great and all so true.


Cat @ MaryMarthaMama said...

So I'm also usually late to the party and we just saw Frozen a few weeks ago. So don't feel too bad. And truth be told, part of our house number is written in with Sharpie. Not even joking. I need to get on fixing that finally. Best of luck with the new meal plan, I'll be interested to see what your meals are like.

Anne said...

I haven't watched frozen yet either, it's always gone at the Redbox and since it's spring I don't even feel like watching a winter movie anymore. The mailbox looks great! Good job! I was laughing imagining you coloring in with a marker :-) and good job deciding to order the meals, I'm really excited to see how that works for you! Hopefully it will give you the jumpstart you were looking for :-)

Kenya said...

I'm so jealous you get to eat outside alongside bon fires!