Fa-fa-fa-fa-reezin’ Friday

Hey Coffee Girls – grab a cup of Joe and a toasted bagel or cinnamon raisin English muffin with cream cheese and settle in. We’re buried under snow.

Okay – we’re not entirely buried under. Our sidewalk was shoveled last night and driveway was snow-blowed. But still – we’ve got lots of snow. It is a snow day – schools all around us are closed, closing or on delay. We will be playing in the snow later this morning. yay!


I have been getting a workout shoveling the driveway and sidewalk – have done that twice in just a few days – so that’s been a good thing. Other than the back twinges, they’ve been really good workouts.

I’m getting my written recipes organized into ONE Recipe Notebook (okay – one main notebook and one holiday notebook) and that feels really good. I’m just copying recipes from 3×5 cards onto 6×5 cards (2 to a page) and inserting them into page protectors in a 3 ring binder. I am keeping the keepsake recipe cards – written out by my grandmother or my mother – and using 4×6 photo page protectors for those. With tabbed section dividers – my recipe collection is all in one place. As opposed to a 3 ring binder, a 3×5 file, and a 4×6 recipe book… Condensing and eliminating. Whew!

This has been a hard week for me, though. Very emotional. My hormones are still wacky. NOT. FUN. For anyone in my house. I’m up – I’m down – I’m turned around. Can’t think straight. Keep losing stuff. And just feeling – in general – icky. Half exhausted, normal cycles have yet to return so it’s wearing on me. Not to mention the feelings and emotions I’m still processing after my miscarriage. I keep wondering how long this is going to last. I’m not rushing through – it’s not even been two months yet – but the physical stuff just keeps me going round & round… (I’m avoiding birth control pills which always wreak havoc on me despite the promise of a return to normal cycles. My body is not normal anyway and I just have to let time heal…) It’s a little like postpartum depression – only there’s no “partum.”

Have had some funny moments, too. I’m telling you what – my girls have kept me in stitches for the past couple of weeks. They’re both far too smart for their age and keep saying stuff that just blows me away.

Example: Tonight Roy came home with a pair of snowboots for Georgie from a gal at work. They’re cute black snowboots with glittery black fur inside. So Curly sees them and assumes they are for her. I tell her they are for Georgie and she is kinda miffed. Once Georgie puts them on, Curly catches my eye, then hangs her head and says, “I’m a little disappointed.”

Oh my word. And Curly has been doing some exercises every day. Jumping jacks, windmills, sit ups, push ups, toe touches and more. She goes through her routine while I count. We keep adding new things like stairs. Tomorrow – I think I’ll join her.

We’ve been talking about eating “helfy” more often and telling her that too much sugar will make her sick and that healthy foods will make her strong is starting to sink in. If I tell her that she can have only one cookie because two have too much sugar – she’s getting it. And we’re choosing apples and carrots and popcorn and other things instead…


This is good for us because we need to make changes to our lifestyle. Move more. Eat less.

My one GOAL for 2010 is to lose 5 lbs every month. I have far more than 60 lbs to lose, but to say I have to lose 60 lbs this year is pretty overwhelming. So, I decided to set a goal to lose 5 lbs per month. That’s just over 1 lb per week.

Manageable. Doable. No excuse-able…

So there it is – my week in a nutshell.

Linking up with Under Grace and Over Coffee, too!

25 thoughts on “Fa-fa-fa-fa-reezin’ Friday

  1. Marsha Baker says:

    You are some kind of gal! =) – and mommy to two some-kind-of-gals too. I think your goal to lose weight is great – do-able, yes. Don’t forget to reward yourself now and then too (with some dark chocolate even!=) Keep warm – and safe too. XO

  2. Christin says:

    Oh I’m so glad you mentioned exercising, because that reminds me I need to get on the bike for 10 minutes today!

    I pray God continue to heal you physically and emotionally. Are you and your husband planning to try again?

    Your goal sounds wonderful. Be sure to drink plenty of water, too, because that does wonders for your energy, among other things! Water intake is something I am working hard to keep up on.

    Enjoy the snow! We have about 6 inches on the ground after last nights fall. It’s so beautiful. It’s our first real snowfall of the year! I’m just glad I don’t have to go out in it! LOL

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Cathy says:

    Hi! Just coming over to visit via Company Girls’ Coffee…I recently joined in and am trying to be more purposeful in making my home a Sanctuary!!

    I LOVE the layout of your blog!

    The weight loss goal certainly is doable – I have some to lose myself and need to get serious about it! I have a book giveaway on my blog that you may be interested in – stop by and drop me a comment!

    Praying for you as you recover!

  4. Stephenie says:

    I love snow days! We had one on Monday. School was supposed to resume after Christmas break, so it made for a longer vacation for the kids. Enjoy your day with the kids.

  5. zoe says:

    5 lbs a month is do able. But like you said, you’re still healing physically as well as emotional, so don’t be too hard on yourself if that doesn’t go to plan to start with.

    I am back on my healthy eating plan and use Spark people to track what I eat.

  6. Julia says:

    I find shoveling snow to be a great winter workout too! We’ve had so much of it, I hardly know where to pile up the next layer. Once things finally thaw out I’m looking forward to more walks and bike rides. Blessings as you work toward a healthier you!

  7. Star says:

    We have the cold around here, but not the snow, it is a little depressing. All the area schools have been out the last two days, but there isn’t even any snow to pass the days ):

    I will continue to lift you up in prayer. I have never experienced a miscarraige so I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through, but I do know we have a God who can help you to overcome even this!

    good luck on your goals for the year, very attainable…I may even “borrow” them if I might!

  8. Cari says:

    Miscarriage is a difficult thing to overcome. I will keep praying for you!

    I love your goal…so doable…congratulations on your success early (I know you will do it!) especially if you start your daughter’s workout routine…she sounds like a lil drill sergeant!

  9. Lauren says:

    Great goal – and yes, very doable! : ) Stay strong!! I wish we were buried under snow – it’s freezing here too … but no snow 🙁

    Happy Friday!

  10. Christy says:

    Your girls sound like an absolute HOOT! We are having a snow day today too and I must admit….I love it! I live in a state where we do not see it often and it’s so pretty!

    Happy Friday!

  11. Melissa says:

    I love the look of your blog! It’s fabulous!! And I’m with you on the weight loss. My goal is actually 8 pounds per month which would give me 100 pounds by the end of the year. And I’d be right at my goal weight. I look forward to hearing how you do. Adding you to my bloglines. 🙂

  12. Beth says:

    Just popping in as a company girl! I think you’re on the right track with the smaller, do-able goal instead of the big, scary-sounding goal! Thanks for the reminder to look at big things that way. Will be praying for you as you continue to go through the healing process- there’s no set time limit for how long healing is supposed to take, even if others act like there should be. Sounds like your kids are a handful of fun, though, so enjoy your snow day with them!

  13. Alisha says:

    Good for you! I have yet to kick the exercise portion of my Resolutions in to gear. I am planning to today. There is just waaay too much of me to love.

    And I wish you mucho mucho luck with the condensing the recipe notebooks into one! I have one that’s desserts only, lol. I copy/paste all my recipes (except for the ones in teh cookbooks I use ALL the time) and put them in page protectors since I am by no means a clean cook. That way they’re ready to print off my PC if I need another copy, or have a friend who wants one. It’s saved me tons of trouble. But I can’t seem to combine it all into one.

    I bet you’re just LOVING the snow! We had the Blizzard on Christmas Eve and that was the most snow I have EVER seen here! I told the hubby we were having Alaska Practice. And now nearly all of the white stuff is gone, but its the -0 wind chills that are kicking us. It doesn’t feel that bad, then you realize “oh… I can’t feel my fingers!” That’s nice. I need more Alaska Practice if we’re going to wind up there one day…

  14. LydiaCate says:

    Oh big HUG!! Praying for you!

    Your goals are great for being more “helfy”…love that! Lately we’ve been talking a lot about the “erff” (That’s earth). I always hate it when they start to get the words right. We should all be trying to be more helfy while we’re on this erff!! Hehehe!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  15. Shawna R. B. Atteberry says:

    I’m so sorry about your miscarriage. I’m glad you’re letting yourself have the time you need to mourn and for your body to heal.

    I’m in the weight loss camp too. My first baby step is cutting back the sugar and carbs and upping my veggies and fruit. Good for you for teaching them young!

  16. Lea Culp says:

    Just love your diet approach! Makes it much more attainable doing it in small increments. May you feel refreshed and renewed in the coming days.

  17. Andrea says:

    I am so sorry about your miscarriage – I think it is totally normal to not feel quite yourself yet. You have a lot to deal with, so make sure you getting lots of opportunities to be kind and gentle to yourself. You need it.

    And your weight loss approach is very sensible – you can do it!!

  18. jennibell says:

    Nice to “meet” you! I love your approach to weight loss. . .so positive! My husband recently lost 10 pounds through a diet of no flour and no sugar. That’s tough on the family (no pizza, no pancakes, etc) BUT I think I might have lost a pound or two too 🙂 Definitely get your family in on it — they can hold you accountable and cheer you on. 5 lbs/month is TOTALLY do-able!!
    I’m sorry to hear about your physical and emotional pain. Losing a child is one of life’s greatest tragedies. And this is a child only YOU knew — although your husband and girls knew too, they never FELT the baby like you did — but you are NOT alone because Jesus knows this child as intimately as you did. Hold His hand through this.
    Again, nice “meeting” you! I look forward to hearing about your progress in your 2010 goals 🙂

  19. Joyce says:

    We don’t have many snow days here…or any at all really, but it’s fun to head out to make some snow angels and snowmen sometime. I haven’t been to the snow in ages though. I do like my 50+ degrees over here in CA though. =) Have a wonderful weekend.

  20. Crystal says:

    No snow here, but it is cold enough. Brrr.

    I like your idea of 5lb a month. I need to lose some serious weight and like you said 5lb a month sounds so much more doable than 60lb a year.

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