Friday, July 31, 2009

Fitness Friday

This week's Fitness Friday is going to be short and sweet. I lost 3 lbs. this week, with a total of 2 lbs. lost (I gained 1 lb last week). I am excited that I have lost the weight, and I can tell a small difference in the muscle in my legs and arms, which is great too! I am working on a "new normal" around my house, as we are going through some changes. I am committed to my exercise, and will find a way to continue it. After all, if President Obama and his wife, Michelle can fit in a work out, then so can I.

God Bless,

Alli C

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday Blog Hop

This week's theme for the Blog Hop is a favorite kid photo. I don't have a favorite, however, I do have one that is great of my kids. My kids really take great pictures. This picture is from May 2008. My older son, Jack had just turned 3, and my younger son was 1 1/2.




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God Bless,

Alli C

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pray for Stellan

If you are already aware, Stellan (from www.mycharmingkids.net) is seriously ill. This little boy is amazing, and he is only 8 months old. His mom is amazing too. Really, I would say that their whole family is AMAZING. They have all been through so much. More than any family should have to endure, and yet they are steadfast in their faith. MckMama has reminded me that God is in control, and I have to TRUST Him...COMPLETELY. She has also brought together a whole bunch of people together to pray for sweet, sweet Stellan, and to rejoice when prayers are answered. She reminded me that I need to improve my relationship with God, and that through Him, all things are possible.

I ask that you pray for Stellan, MckMama, and the MckFamily. They are wonderful people, and really need your prayers. You can follow MckMama on Twitter, and her website.

Lord, please heal Stellan's heart, and give him the strength to get better. Please hold him in your hands, and make him well. Please guide the physicians to do what is best, and give them the wisdom to help him. Give MckMama and Prince Charming the strength to keep going. Please comfort them and give them peace. All this we ask in Christ's name. Amen.

Hug your children a little more today, and be thankful that you have healthy children. I am very thankful for my kids, and that we are all healthy.

God Bless,

Alli C

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fitness Friday

Well, I have to say that I am really disappointed. I actually GAINED 1 pound this week (aside: I did weigh in on Thursday morning instead of Friday so I could get the blog out this week.). I have a feeling that it is due to the increase in exercise and an increase in muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, and if I lost a pound of fat, I might have gained 2 pounds of muscle. I could also make excuses like, I didn't start exercising or drinking water until Monday, I had a lot of stress this week, etc. All I can say is that I gained a pound, instead of losing any.

That put aside, I am going to stick by my routine. If you have been following me on Twitter, you know that I have been doing the Leslie Sansone walking DVDs. As of Thursday, I had completed 7 miles of walking this week. For someone like me, who is OBESE (not fat, but OBESE), walking 7 miles in addition to the normal activity is quite an accomplishment.

I have also been trying to add more water and less sugary drinks, which I am greatly accustomed to. I have not been able to give up my morning 2-3 cups of coffee, but I have been drinking either water, or Crystal Light the rest of the day (another aside - unless of course my blood sugar drops, and then I have had something with sugar in it).

I have a weightloss goal of 100+ pounds. That is a lot of weight, and I am trying not to think about how much that really is. I am trying to take this one day/one week at a time. There are several reasons for doing this.

1. I am tired of being fat. I have been fat most of my life.

2. I want to get my Type 2 Diabetes under control. If I lose the weight, and stop eating/drinking the sugary, fattening things, I might be able to control it without the use of drugs.

3. I want to do more with my boys, and that means I have to get my energy and confidence up.


Stay tuned to see what happens next week.

Oh yeah, I forgot. Each week, I will give you one or two things I have learned over the years during my many attempts to lose weight. While these are things that I KNOW, they are not always things that I follow.

This week's TIP: 3500 calories = 1 pound. If you decrease your caloric intake by 3500 calories (or increase your caloric output or exercise), you will lose 1 pound.

God Bless,

Alli C

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole

This week's theme for the Blog Hop is recipes. I couldn't decide between 2 recipes, but finally decided to use my husband's favorite meal. I usually serve steamed broccoli (tossed with a little butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice) and cranberry sauce (the jellied kind like you have at Thanksgiving).



Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole
1 lb. chicken breasts (diced)

1/2 C - 3/4 C parmesan cheese

2 cans cream of mushroom

envelope onion soup mix

2 cups rice

2 cups water

Olive oil (to cover bottom of pan)

salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste



Put Parmesan cheese in a ziploc bag along with chicken, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Close the bag, and shake until chicken is coated with cheese. In a medium skillet/saute pan, heat oil over med/med hi heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring and turning as to not burn cheese. In a bowl, mix cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, and water. Once chicken is done, put soup mixture, chicken, and rice in a large casserole dish with cover and put in microwave for 12 minutes. If your microwave isn't big enough, you can bake at 350 for 30 minutes. When the casserole is cooked, stir and let sit for 5 minutes.


Hope you enjoy!!!

I am writing a cookbook, so look for it in the near future (in time to give for Christmas!)



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God Bless,



Alli C

Friday, July 17, 2009

A new adventure in Fitness

Since I have been blogging, I have found a LOT of great women. Some of them have inspired me to get off my lazy butt and do things - like sewing, crafting, and now a Life-style change (aka DIETING). I have been thinking about it for a while, and I REALLY need to lose some weight. I have some medical problems that would probably go away if I changed my habits. I don't think that I will be able to do this "cold turkey", meaning giving up EVERYTHING right now. I think if I make a few changes such as drinking more water, some portion control, and exercising, I will start losing weight. I don't think I am ready to give up my morning coffee with flavored creamer, but if I drink extra water, maybe it will balance out. Any how, I will post my success (or failure) on Fridays, as part of Fitness Friday.

I have tried (and succeeded) to lose weight in the past. I have used Weight Watchers as my support group. Right now, I am not able to go to WW meetings, but I feel I have a great support group online. I am hoping that eating a little better (well at least a little less), hydrating myself properly, and exercising will give me the extra energy that I am looking for. Every thing I have read and seen has said that my energy and focus will be increased. If that is the case, well bring it on!

I have weighed myself this morning, and will weigh myself each week to track my progress. While I won't be letting you know how much I weigh, I will let you know how much I lose (or gain or stay the same). Check back on my progress each week!

Happy Fitness!

God Bless,

Alli C

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Deals, Deals, and more DEALS!

I have been clipping coupons for a while, trying to save a few pennies here and there. I had sort of gotten out of it the last few weeks as we were really busy with family. It is a part time job to scour all of the ads and coupons to get a good deal! Well this Sunday, I went and bought two different papers - The News and Observer out of Raleigh and The Daily Reflector out of Greenville (NC, not SC). Usually The N&O has a better coupon selection, and I buy The DR since I live in Greenville (support the local economy).

This week I felt like I had hit the jackpot of couponing. I got several WONDEFUL deals.

Target
Finish brand dishwasher packs (I chose the 40 gel packs, orange scented) were on sale for $3.49, and low and behold, there was a coupon in the paper for $2.50 off! I got the 40 gel packs for $.99! And they will last me a while, as I usually only run the dishwasher every other day. Also at Target, I got 200 flexible straws for $1.00 in their See, Spot, Save section near the front. Every once and a while, I will allow the boys to choose something out of the dollar bins as a treat. It keeps them occupied, and I don't have to quarrel with them over whether I am going to buy them a new toy. Usually, before we even walk in the door, I will tell them that we are not getting anything extra today, that we have a list, and Mommy is going to stick to it.

Kroger
Kroger had a deal this week, that if you purchased 10 participating items, you would get $5.00 reduction in your bill (it equals to $.50 an item). So I went through the list, and my coupons, and got some GREAT stuff:
Sargento cheese (I love this stuff!) - 11 slices for $.99
Quaker granola bars - 2 (10 bars each) packages for $2.25 total
Kleenex (with lotion) - 2 boxes for $.99 each
Those were my BIG deals, but I bought 15 items (including bread and milk which weren't on sale) for $20.17 and I SAVED $17.12. Their sale goes until Sunday, and you can get their ad on the web here.

For me, this was a great deal week! I hope that I will be able to continue the great savings. I am finding that since we are post-4th of July and pre-Back to School, not a lot of stores are having absolutely terrific sales. I am going to keep scouring the internet and the papers for great deals. I will keep you posted!

Here are a few websites that I have found recently that give great tips:

Super Jenn
Mommy Savers
Freebies 4 Mom

God Bless!


Alli C

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

3 things you didn't know about me...

I have to admit, that this has been a hard assignment this week. I have been thinking about it since it was announced earlier this week. If you read my blog, you know that my life is an open book (or open blog).

3 things you didn't know about me:

1. I was laid off from my job as an accountant in May 2008, and have been unable to find a new accounting job. I have enjoyed my time at home with the kids, but I could really use a job right now.

2. My husband and I met in an online chat room in late 1997. We "met" in person in early 1998, and have been together since. In November, we will celebrate 10 years of marriage!

3. I have an ebay store - Best Friends Collectibles with my mom. If you click on the link to the right, you can see all of our items for sale. I am in the process of uploading the Christmas items, as well as other seasonal items.

Well, there you have it. I finally came up with 3 things you didn't know about me. If you do have a question for me, please let me know.

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God bless,

Alli C

Monday, July 13, 2009

Life is a Banquet

"Life is a banquet, and most poor fools are starving to death." ~ Auntie Mame

This is a quote from one of my mom's favorite movies, and it seemed to fit as to what I want this blog to represent. Life IS a banquet, but most of us don't take advantage of all that is given to us. I want to use what has been given to me (talents, family, opportunities etc.).



I also want to force myself to sit down and write the cookbook that has been in my head for 4 years. God gave me a talent to cook, so I am going to share my recipes (good, southern recipes passed down from my mom and grandmother).

I also want to treasure time with my family. ALL of my family, not just the ones that I live with. My sister has leukemia, and it has returned. She starts chemo again today, and she will also need a bone marrow transplant in the near future. I really hope that I am a match. What greater gift to give someone, than a second chance.

Thanks for reading, and join me again for more!


God Bless,

Alli C

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

This and that

Today, the world said good-bye to Michael Jackson. While I was a fan of his, I have to admit that I am EXHAUSTED from all of the coverage that the media has been giving to him. I did however, see most of the memorial service today. It went past 3 PM, which is when Barney comes on, so naturally I had to change the channel. Back to the memorial service. I thought that it was a beautiful service, and truly a celebration of his life. But now, let's PLEASE let the man rest in peace.

Changing gears -Yesterday, Daddyman took the boys outside after their dinner so that I could get our dinner going. Jack wanted to play soccer. Apparently, Hemi did not. Arguing pursued, and Jack got in Hemi's face. Hemi slapped Jack across the face, and Jack screamed, "Look, Bi**h, I told you, we're not playing that game!" Hemi hauled off and slapped Jack again. Daddyman busted out laughing, and sent Hemi in the house for timeout. Jack was told that Bi**h is not a word that should be used EVER.

Over the weekend, the boys and I went to Richmond to visit with Mom and the kids. I was able to secure some Silver Queen corn (THE BEST corn in the WORLD!). We cooked it on the 4th to go with our hamburgers. Drew (my 4 1/2 yo nephew) ate the corn, and couldn't stop talking about how good that corn on the COG was. I tried to explain to him that it was corn on the COB, but he still liked calling it corn on the COG. I am still chuckling over that one!

God Bless,

Alli C

My Favorite Photo

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Blog Hopping!

***Hi! I am Alli, and I am a SAHM mother of 2 boys - Jack and Hemi. I am also a wife, daughter, sister, and follower of God. I am in the process of finding out WHO I am. I sort of lost myself along the way. I do know that I LOVE to cook, and LOVE music. I am also attempting my hand at creative arts. I have been inspired by other creative people in the blogger world to find something that I enjoy!***

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Long Time - No See

It has been quite a long time since I wrote a post. So much has gone on. Last weekend, I had a yard sale. It was semi-successful. I wouldn't say it was totally successful, as I had to give some deep discounts, and didn't get rid of everything. Most things I still have will be going on my ebay store (www.stores.ebay.com/bestfriendscollectibles) in the near future. We did sell the crib (for what we wanted), and we did get rid of a LOT of stuff.

The day after the yard sale, Steve's dad and stepmom came for a visit. We had a lovely time, and they brought some new toys for the pool. I haven't put water in the pool to swim since the new toys, so the boys came up with a new game.

Monday, I took Jack to the University of NC-Chapel Hill to see a pediatric orthodaedist. Jack has been walking on his tip toes for quite a while, and does it exclusively. He is able to stand flat-footed, however his foot and leg are not able to be in a 90 degree position. The muscles in his heel are extremely "tight". The doctors would like to put casts on his legs to force his foot and leg to be at 90 degrees. He has to wear them for 3 weeks (24/7). Thankfully, it is not something that has to be done immediately, so we can wait until after beach season before getting him fitted.

I am not sure WHAT I did on Tuesday. I think I did some housework and laundry. I rested mostly, as the weekend and the trip to Chapel Hill wore me out!

Today, I have been to the park for a short amount of time, the veggie stand, and Wal-Mart. I am so excited to have some Silver Queen corn. I haven't had any in a LONG time, and I can't wait to eat it. If you have never had Silver Queen corn, it is a white kernel, and is SUPER sweet. I think I got some pretty young corn, which in my opinion is better. I also got some tomatoes, blueberries, and 2 canteloupes. I have cut up one canteloupe, and we have been snacking on it this afternoon. Hemi fell asleep in the car on the way home, and didn't wake up too much when I brought him in. He took a pretty long nap, and had some cheese and canteloupe when he got up. Jack has been eating like a HORSE the past few days. I cannot seem to get him full at ALL. He is eating canteloupe and Papa crackers (aka Ritz crackers with peanut butter).

What a busy week! I am planning on taking the kids to visit with my mom, niece and nephew over the weekend. Mom wants us to take all 4 kids (ages 2 1/2-5 1/2) to Kings Dominion on Saturday. I have mixed emotions - 1. There are 4 small kids 2. It is a HOLIDAY, and the place will be PACKED!!!! I would prefer a less crowded place with that many kids, although it will probably be a lot of fun for the kids. Mom has taken my niece and nephew, and they had a blast. Steve will be home for this, as he has a test on Monday that he needs to study for. I'll keep you posted as what we end up doing. I am sure that I will have a TON of pictures.

Until next time - God Bless!!!

Alli C