Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weight Loss Update

I haven't really been very public with this as I'm kind of a private person, but I've really made a lot of progress and I feel like a whole new person.

I did Jillian Michael's body revolution over the summer and I had great results with that.  Since then I've been focusing on Zumba, which is amazing.  I am totally in love with it and I'm seeing (and feeling) great results from it.

I've lost a total of 36.6 pounds from my highest and I've got nowhere to go but down.  Life is so good on this journey!

I want to share my weight chart from 2012 (daily weigh ins).  There are natural fluctuations and some weeks that weren't as great overall, but the chart tells the big picture and when I got serious in May.

Friday, August 31, 2012


Body revolution complete!

Today is my last day of body revolution.  I extended it through four months instead of the suggested three and I don't regret going at my own pace.

I've lost 28.2 pounds and I feel like a whole new person.

My next plan is to do the 30 day shred during September and then likely to start body revolution over again in October to take me through the end of the year.

Loving the new me!

Monday, July 30, 2012

New bikes too!

Pat had been wanting a mountain bike for a while so he bought one at the beginning of the month. Over time I started to think it would be something I'd enjoy too. So we bought one for me too. His is nice and mine is kind of entry level, but I am happy with it. We've been doing a lot of riding together! This has been such a fun summer with all of our new adventures.

New kayaks!

I've wanted a kayak since 2004. This weekend we finally bought them!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cloud Biscuits

Quite a few years ago I remember going through my Grandmother's recipes and noticing she had a lot of recipes for biscuits.  They were largely the same, with some slight variations.  I remember we made a few different recipes to find the one we liked the best.  Although it has been years, I still know that we thought the cloud biscuits were top notch.

For Father's Day this weekend we decided to have a cookout and I wanted to make some strawberry shortcake.  My favorite strawberry shortcake is on biscuits with real whipped cream.  So I searched the internet for cloud biscuits.  While I don't know if this is the exact recipe Gram had, I do know that this recipe was fabulous and will be my 'go-to' recipe for biscuits.


  • cups flour
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • egg
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • tablespoon sugar

  • Directions:

    1. 1  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    2. 2  Mix dry ingredients.
    3. 3  Cut in shorting with a pastry blender or a couple butter knives.
    4. 4  Stir in milk and egg.
    5. 5  Knead with flour until doughy (not so sticky).
    6. 6  Roll out 3/4 to 1 inch and cut with biscuit cutter.
    7. 7  Place close together on an ungreased cookie sheet.
    8. 8  Bake for 10-15 minutes until the tops begin to brown.
    9. 9  (check the bottoms to make sure they're cooked through).

    This made 9 biscuits and they were fabulous.  Here's a crappy cell picture to prove it!

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    35 by 35

    It's no secret that I love lists.  I'm still working on my 101 things to do list in 1001 days (although I certainly won't finish them all by the due date).  But I thought I'd make a new list...a shorter list with a shorter time frame.

    So I'm thinking 35 things by the time I'm 35.  

    That just happens to be 365 days away.

    Any suggestions?  I'd love some input!