THURSDAY

My shoulders are totally sore from doing yesterdays little workout. I actually really love these, how they target different muscle groups. My friend Mallory brought me a whole set of dumbbells and they have been perfect for these workouts. These also only take like 10 minutes, but every day I can feel that they are working. I just wait an hour or so after my walk and do these while watching tv. So easy. I’m excited that todays are legs/butt, because I REALLY need help in that area.

My weight is still around the same place as yesterday. I had two large glasses of Wine/Mead last night, so I’m happy there was no real gain. I gotta think of a real calorie burning activity for Mr. Gaunt and I to do this weekend. Suggestions?

Last night I made this Brussel Sprout recipe and it was pretty good. I mean Mr. Gaunt use to say he hated Brussel sprouts, now he eats a meal mostly consisting of them, love it!

I don’t know much about Tumblr, but there are some pretty SWEET workout/weightloss blogs on there. Here are two that you can wast some time with:

THE HEALTHY CHANGE

ONE TWENTY FIVE

Should We Grow Up?

I’ve mentioned before that Mr. Gaunt and I have been attending couples counseling (sort of pre-marital) for about 2 months now. I don’t talk about it much (with anyone, not just my blog readers) but we really enjoy going. We usually go once a week for an hour, and the topics range every week. Sometimes we talk about Mr. Gaunt and I, our future plans (children, marriage, etc) sometimes we talk about our families and how we were raised. We often talk (at least at the beginning of each session) about work, he seems to take an interest in Mr. Gaunt and I’s place of employment. I actually really like our therapist, he’s got tough love. He tells us when we are being kind of irrational, he helps us learn to work through our problems, but he also knows when to pat us on the back. Both Mr. Gaunt and I have been through a lot this past year, with our weight loss, job changes, attempting our own business, etc. He thinks we are smart capable people, he says we have more life knowledge and skills than most college graduates (neither Mr. Gaunt or I have yet to go to College.)

Tonight we talked a bit about “needing to grow up” and how we both need to focus on “selling ourselves” and “finding a career path that we can excel in” because if we want to do the family thing, we not only need to make more money, but we ned to be happy. I wouldn’t say I’m unhappy with my job, in fact its better than a lot of retail jobs I have had. I do struggle a bit with authority, with basic corporate rules and plans. I often have ideas that I really can’t put into action because it’s too hard to jump through the hoops and get others on board when so much already needs to get done. I also work with a wide array of people, ranging from the 18-year-old right of highschool still living with their parents, to the college graduate in transition to their “dream job” and with some older retired professionals just trying to wind down. It’s hard to find your place among so many characters. I wont lie, I may be kind of vain, but I like to excel, be really good at something, shine. Sometimes in a big corporation its hard to stand out.

Mr. Gaunt struggles with the same things, although he is usually more content with the day-to-day. I personally feel that Mr. Gaunt is AMAZINGLY smart and talented, and could do so much more with his skills. He just struggles with finding the next stepping stone.

For me the ultimate goal is to be able to work from home, or at least part-time from home. When we have children, I want to be there for them, I want to go on field trips, make them healthy meals, watch them grow up. I also want to make our family money, doing something I love. My mom worked from home most of my childhood (when she wasnt in school) and I remember always feeling so lucky that she was usually home when we needed her. She owned her own business and was very successful being creative. I want that. I have tried a few smaller scale things with my “artistic talent” I had an Etsy Shop (click on the SOLD ITEMS to view what I made) but didn’t feel like I had really found my niche. I love Food Photography, and would love to do more with it, but I need a better camera, and I need to take a class or too. I also need to put Photoshop on my lap top (where I do most of my blogging, maybe I will do this tonight). Cooking has also become a big passion of mine, and Id love to continue on the Food blogging route.

Which brings me to my next thing. I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog recently, its focus, its appearance, its name. And I really feel like it might be time for an UPGRADE! I want my blog to have more of a customized theme, more gadgets, possible ad space for sale (classy not tacky or obnoxious) and maybe a name that says more “Healthy Lifestyle” and less “Weight Loss”. I’ve been doing a bit of research, and some money will need to be invested, but I think its worth it!  I plan on fully researching it all before I make any changes, and of course all my archives will be there to see as well. Id like it to be more user-friendly and more professional. Mr. Gaunt and I have also talked about taking a creative writing class so I can work on my writing skills. A photography class is also MUCH needed when I upgrade my camera (all photography classes require you at least have a camera that can change lenses). So that’s what I’ve been thinking about. Id love any advice from anyone who has done a blog upgrade, or a life upgrade!

Until then we will keep putting along with dreams swirling in our heads.

Oh and because this IS a foodie blog, I actually made something from my list! My first salad dressing!

I followed the following recipe, only I didn’t have WHITE balsamic vinegar, only brown, which is why mine isnt as vibrant green. This was put on a salad paired with Mr. Gaunt’s Chili (plus a bag of frozen broccoli florets thrown in per my request)

Avocado & Cilantro Dressing

From The Guilty Kitchen

1 large ripe avocado
3/4 bunch cilantro (about 1 cup loosely packed)
juice of 1 lime
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, grated or minced
1-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

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1. Scoop out flesh of avocado and place in blender or food processor.

2. Add cilantro, citrus juices, garlic, vinegars and olive oil.
3. Blend on high until emulsified. You may want to add more olive oil and vinegar/citrus juices to thin out. This dressing is quite thick, but if you add too much liquid, it does take away from the delicate flavour of the avocado.

Hello Luvah

Betcha wonder where I’ve been. Well I’ve been working 9 hour shifts starting at 5am! Yup 5am! How fun is that! And since I live between 30-45 minutes from where I work, that means I wake up at 3:30 am! Ha! So yeah, I’ve been going to bed at like 8:30 so I don’t die on my drive to work. Sigh, only one more week of this. I actually have plans to show y’all what I do at work with PICTURES..YAY! but not now. For now I’m enjoying my friday (which started at 9:30 am…the only perk of working long days with a far drive is short Fridays!) so far I took my phone to Verizon because it’s having a weird problem. Of course weird problem wouldn’t do its weird thing when I got there so they really couldn’t do anything for me. Then I got coffee and talked to Mr. Gaunt who is en route to New Mexico for the weekend to visit a friend. Then I had a long talk with my BFF Mallory on the phone about…oh…Life, Love, Babies, God, Religion, Therapy…you know, the usual. Mallory is my dearest friend and the older we get the more we have in common, and although we have been friends since kindergarten, I think age and space had brought us closer…I heart her.

Oh and I lost 1.6 pounds at weigh in on Monday! Go me!

Anyways today I have lovely plans to go to Old Navy because all their jeans are on sale for $19 and I DESERVE new jeans. Right now I’m floating between a 14 and a 16. This sucks, but I have to stop waiting to get smaller, I have to live in the now. I was talking to Kelli the other night about weight loss, she is a bit smaller than me (that slut!) but she seems to be having just as hard of a time accepting her now smaller frame. It really got me thinking, and although I REALLY want to wear a size 10 and I REALLY want to weigh 160, I’m going to live it up here in a size 15! I have worked my butt off and I deserve to be happy and content! I can not keep waiting for the future, I need to appreciate this. If you had asked me a year ago if I could drop 75lbs and 4 pants sizes over night, I would have kissed your face and laid down dead! It would have been the most amazing thing in the world. But since it DIDNT happen over night, it doesn’t feel quite as amazing. This will change today!

Whitney Thompson is ANTM winner season 10, and she’s a 14 and she’s freaking GORGEOUS! Maybe I don’t look too bad either.

Ok moving on from all of that. Im going to scrapbook a bit today, and watch some Big Love and maybe call Ms. G and get some dinner. Im going to enjoy my solo weekend and do things I might not do when Mr. Gaunt is home. It will be a good weekend.

Oh and before I go, I leave you with a list of a few new favorite links (they are also added under BLOGS! tab) enjoy!

Waste Not Thy hour:

-The Clean Eating Mamma (My new role model for sure!)

-Wedding Gawker (by Food Gawker)

-Hello Veggie (Vegetable Love)

-Some Girls Wander (Fashion by The Black Apple)

-Bitch Cakes Commutes (Bitch Cakes Blog about NY commuting)

Grocery Shopping Love

In case you havent noticed a good 25% of this blog is about cooking and food, especially healthy food. I have really found pleasure this past summer in cooking meals and learning new recipes, or modifying recipes to make them Weight Loss friendly. Grocery shopping is in my top 5 favorite things to do in my spare time also so that helps with the whole cooking thing, I know a lot of people dread grocery shopping, but I love it!

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Anyways the last few weeks my cooking has dwindled a bit because I am DIRT POOR! With my whole job thing being delayed 2 weeks and bills galore grocery shopping has been put on the back burner to make room for tuna sandwiches and whatever else I can scrape together with my cupboard remnants…ugg. We get paid on friday so hopefully I can stock up this weekend with good stuff. I actually decided to make a list of stuff to get based on a few recipes I want to make:

-Potatoes (10 Smaller Yellow ones)

-Onion (2 Larger ones)

-Vegetable Broth

-Milk & Light Soy Milk

-Tomatoes (2)

-Avacodo (2)

-Cilantro

-Pico De Galo

-Shreaded Parmisian

-Chicken Breast

-Cucumber

-Ground Turkey

-Tomatoe Soup (low Sodium)

-Light Feta

-Stewed Tomatoes (2 Cans)

-Part Skim Ricotta Cheese

-Skim Motzerella

-Butternut Squash

-Acorn Squash

-Red pepper flakes

-Granny Smith Apples

-Kale

-Fat Free Half and Half (yes its a real thing)

This is going to be what I need to make a ton of soups! YUM! Also it’s a lot of basic ingredients I need for other things. Making lists helps me a lot! Im hoping to have at least 4 new recipe post for next week. Tonight Im going to try to whip up some easy meals for us to take to work this week so we dont have to eat out. Im also on the hunt for some good healthy cooking blogs. It seems the healthy ones often dont have pictures, and the ones that do have pictures arent really health based (and yes by health based I do mean lower calorie).

Oh and I REALLY want to make these:

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