Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Day 1 of Plan B

I crashed...I crashed the diet..I lost the 7 lbs and in 2 days put 3 of them back on. Here is the deal, I can't live without SOME sugar and No salt for 2 weeks and definetly not forever. I can't do this one! It was super after I got the 7 lbs off not to mention 3 inches around my waist, 1 around each thigh, 1/4 inch around my neck (that is where I see it the most!), 1 around my chest, 1 3/4 off my hips, and 1/4 around each calf. Now this is great, but a little too good to be true deals! I lost it, but it is too hard to keep that off just with this the metabolism is jumpstarted so here is my next plan....Plan B!

I found a great article about walking the weight off. Since, I have a tredmill, which I jog on, but doesn't seem to help with the weight loss, this should work for me. I HAVE to be doing something wrong, Right?? Yep! I need to add more to my walking/ here is the deal.
First, I researched and found a plan that works for me titled Natural Health: How to walk off 10 lbs. I have about 10 to 15 to lose and diet alone doesn't not work. WW got me to where I am after the birth of my daughter, along with a week of this 6 week body makeover which has helped me with a few more pounds, but doesn't allow me to eat the things I like the way WW did. I can't live without salt (and I am not a salt person...just a little for flavor). I tried a salt substitute and thought I was going to throw up! I gagged the whole way through my meal while washing it down with water after each bite. So, after much dileration I decided that I am going to eat sensibly (heading back to WW) and doing this walking program to fight the last 10-15 lbs. I took the article and made myself a chart to follow over the next 12 weeks to see where I get with it.

PS I am, however, much more successful with my ANTI nail biting goal. I haven't bitten them since last 1 week and 2 days...they are looking great! :)
For those of you who know me and know how much I bite my nails....(boredom, nerves, and hunger) you know this is success....wait till next week! :)
I know you are thinking, "God this girl has too much time on her hands." But I don't. I just sacrifice the things I should be doing right now to waste this time to do this :) LOL...actually I work better if I get things off my mind so now I better go get some housework done...or actually I think I am going to hit the tredmill for today is Day 1 of Plan B!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Food and my body....

Food is something I love...I can't live without it, and when I see it, I have to try it! But for the past 5 years I have struggled with my weight, mainly due to pregnancies and living with a hubby that can scarf down a box of Hostess cupcakes and never gain a pound...

With each pregnancy (gaining 60 lbs with my son due to a love of cereal and milk and 40 lbs with my daughter and that was "trying" to make good choices) I have struggled to get the weight off. I get down but never below 161 lbs...I have not been below 160 since 2002 when I got pregnant with my son. I have always been able to drop "most" of the weight, but the last 15 lbs won't leave.

I have been a member of Weight Watchers (a firm believer) oh about 6 times...LOL...yeah I am a quitter, only because of is quite pricey to be a part of WW....but it works...until you hit a plateau...then I didn't know what to do. I run about 2 - 2 1/2 miles every other day, do a work out with Denise Austin, and a workout on one of those exercise balls....but the lbs won't shed...I get the muscle, but the chub remains blanketing the entire area.

My body is top heavy, I call it, I carry my fat on my back, breasts, and midsection. My legs are to die for, but my top...ahhh!!! Until......

Sunday, my neighbor and very close friend Amy, got me on the lifestyle change (not a diet) that she is on. She has lost like 14 lbs (correct me I am wrong Amy) in the past few weeks. Anyway, to get my metabolism in gear I started in Monday morning and within the past 5 days, I have lost 7 lbs...

I have yet to measure myself because I want to wait to get the full effect on Monday. I am scared in a way, because losing that much weight that fast is new to me and I am also scared to begin eating things I enjoy like cake and dairy!! I am, however, going to continue exercising next week on top of this diet and see how that goes. I just need this to get my body jump started....

And come to find out that I am able to make better choices with food and I proved that at the Crackle Barrel last night! I got grilled chicken tenderloins, carrots, mashed potatoes (gravy on the side and didn't even try it), and 2 biscuits (no butter)! I was proud of myself for not engorging myself in food...and I was satisfied and not overfull and running to the bathroom when I got home! I can do this and I think this lifestyle change is going to help me get there! Get this metabolism moving!

And By the way..I stopped biting my nails on Monday too...I have little stubs LOL :) YEAH FOR is a good day!

I can't believe I just shared that picture BLAH!!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

First snow of the Winter

Today was a super day. It started off beautiful! The snow started to fall this morning upon awakening. I told Noah to look out the window because it was snowing...he jumped out of bed so fast! He has been waiting for awhile for the first snow to come! So, of course, we had to get all dressed up and go outside to get the real exprience! Here are some photos I took while we were outside!

this photo was taken off my back deck at 10:00 this morning...the photo below was the same spot at 11:00. We

Monday, December 3, 2007

First Thanksgiving Dinner

I did it...I finally did my first Thanksgiving dinner at my house...and I was little Ms Martha Stewart Jr. This year my husband's family came here for Thanksgiving dinner. Noah and I even created cute little turkeys with every one's name on them and set the table as beautiful as I could.

I was so afraid that my turkey would be like the one on Christmas vacation where they cut into it and it fizzles to nothing, but it didn't happen!

I went all out starting with a plan...when things needed done and how. I first asked my in-laws to bring something so I had a little less to do. They all brought things that we all look forward to each year. I even did a turkey brine! Impressive huh? I know..I didn't even know what a brine was until I started researching roasting a turkey on Google! The menu included: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes (mother in law), broccoli casserole (Shane's aunt), and dessert was covered by Shane's grandmother HERSHEY CAKE and pies!, and finally I had pumpkin roll and cheese and crackers for an appetizer. Things went well. I remembered to take pictures before the dinner, but not during. Actually come to think of it no one brought a sad!

The day after Thanksgiving Noah, Sydney, and I decorated for Christmas. I think we saw Shane for about 10 minutes..ya know football takes precedence over decorating! Noah and Sydney both enjoyed hanging ornaments on tree and Sydney enjoyed taking them off more! We are just about ready for Santa to come!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Understanding people

I think I have officially given up on understanding people and their actions. From the start, I want to say that I am not perfect by far and never would say I was or even that I was a "princess" because I am not. I make mistakes, I don't do things that are always right, but I have learned to live by caring about other people and looking out for others as much as I have time for. I stretch myself thin worrying about others and trying to do for others. However, when that rock came flying through my daughter's window in the backseat and hit her in the head, I gave up on trying to understand why people don't think about other people and care about others. Not everyone is like me...I have to face that, I have to see that the people in this world are not has kind and caring as I. I am...I am caring and loving. And still almost 2 weeks later, no one has been caught. No one to blame.

At this point, I don't care if they are caught as long as they saw us on the news and saw my baby girl and her head and how the doctors said she was lucky because it could have been a lot worse. No, this wasn't like a driveby or a innocent person being murdered, but it was my girl, it was my life. No one deserves to be hurt, whether it be a gun, rock, or by the human hand. We are all human and we all deserve a happy, safe life. So, if and when these people are caught, and if I could talk to them (which won't happen if they are juvies) I would ask the million of questions I have that keep me up at night. Like did you sit up there and laugh when you did this? Did you think about how it might seriously injure someone? What did you use to propel that rock so hard and fast at the windows? Was it a slingshot? Couldn't you find something better to do with your time? How about volunteering at a nursing home or humane society? How about telling my son you are sorry for scaring him everytime he gets in the car since he wants to know who the bad people are in this world and if they are going to throw rocks at us again? How about that??

Just becareful out there in this crazy world and give up on understanding why people hurt others because I am not sure there is an answer. Well, unless you are a psychologist. Then again, maybe it is a lack of morals and values. Something to think about.
Thanks for listening.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Unfortunate Event

Today was one of those days that makes you appreciate all that you have and allows you to reflect on what values and morals you work so hard to instill into your children. The day began as normal as can be. The hubby was scurring around the house cleaning up while I got the kids ready to go out for breakfast at a new country diner in our town. We finally were able to get the four of us in the car, shoes, coats, and all. We, however, forgot the coupons to go grocery shopping after breakfast, which changed our plans for the day. Hubby needed meal worms for his classroom science lesson on the life cycle of a beetle. So, after enjoying a delicious, sorta pricy country breakfast, we headed for Hagerstown to locate meal worms at Petco. The kids had a blast looking at the animals and Noah dreamed of hampsters someday roaming our house! We moved on, deciding to hit Target to look for a dual screen portable DVD player with the extra money the hubby and I made this past week. We were so excited to spend our money on the kids and get them something they would use. We priced the ones at Target and Noah got to buy two small meerkats. The hubby felt guilty when we left Target because Syd didn't get anything, so he wanted to swing by the Dollar Tree to get her something. I tried to persuade him that she is only 17 months and doesn't get it yet and don't teach her it yet. But he insisted. So if anyone out there knows Hagerstown, when you turn out of Target and out to the red light, you turn left onto Massey Blvd which takes you directly to the Dollar Tree and then continues on to the resturants, like Red Lobster, Boston Market, etc.

Shane proceeded through the light, merged to the right lane after going through the light, and Sydney was fussing for her baby doll, so I turned around and handed her her baby. At that instant I saw the window beside Sydney bust through and hit her. It happened so fast that both kids and we were in shock! There was glass everywhere, all over Sydney and Noah in the back seat. I looked at Sydney and her head and her ear were bleeding. I yelled at the hubby to pull over but there was nowhere to pull over so we stopped in the middle of Massey Blvd and put the four ways on. I proceeded to exit the car and pull my little girl out of her seat. I screamed at whoever the bastards were that threw whatever they threw at our car and hit my baby girl! This of course was more for me to get my anger out than to actually affect the type of people who did this. Because obviously people who do these things do not care about the consequences that occur. I never felt so angry or disgusted in my life.

I looked back again at Noah who was crying and shaking. His ear was bleeding as well from the glass. The hubby called 911 and within minutes an ambulance, fire truck, and police were there. Unfortunately, whoever did this got away and were not seen, that we knew of. We still at this point were unsure of what went through our window. The sound and impact it made sounded just like a gun hitting it. Noah thought someone had shot at us. The police searched the car and found a rock in the front seat by the driver's side. It had come through the window, hit my daughter, bounced off her head and hit my hubby. The rock was big enough to fit into a teenager/adult's hand and could easily had been thrown at our window. Off to the right of Massey Blvd there is a railroad track and a "rougher" housing area. So, the cops believe that someone is doing this for "fun".

The car that was in front of us were also hit but the rock missed their window and pierced the top of their car, same window, same side of the car. They were outraged as well. A couple other couples stopped to check on us and our daughter and son. They were the nicest people ever! They helped me wrap my kids up and keep them warm and comfort them (since at this point, we were outraged!). One woman informed us that a month and a half ago, her daughter was driving through there and also had her window busted through in the same spot, also the same window, however, she was the only one in her car fortunately. It seems that this is something people do for "fun" in the area.

After police reports, ambulance checking the kids, tow truck taking our car, and the in-laws picking us up at the Dollar Tree (yeah we finally made it down there! ), we made it home and our daughter is doing well. We just have to watch her for the next 24 hours and make sure everything is okay. We are all shook up and are disgusted that the world.

I feel saddened and sickened at the same time. Sad because these people/kids/teenagers do not have the direction needed in life to do what is right. Sickened because they don't think that someone could be seriously hurt from this and it is more than just a broken window and a little chuckle from them in the trees. Whatever happened to just playing in the woods and building a treehouse or riding bikes?? My children now see that there are terrible, ugly people in this world. Something they shouldn't know at 1 and 4. Please becareful if you are driving through there! I think cutting through the mall parking lot or the road beside the mall is safer!

Sydney's head

The rock

Sydney's Car Seat

The floor of the car

Friday, November 9, 2007

Old McDonald Pumpkin Patch 2007

Every year since we have had Noah we have gone to a pumpkin patch in our area. Through 2003-2005, we went with friends to the Ridgefield Pumpkin Patch and Farm in Harpers Ferry, WV. Last fall, 2006 we tried a new pumpkin patch at Orr's Farm in WV. That year we visited it with our closest neighbor friends and our friends from Clarion, PA. We were not impressed as much with that one as we were with Ridgefield! This year we tried a new one again. We were very pleased with the Old McDonald Pumpkin Patch in Inwood, WV. They had a corn table for the kids to play in, a playground, a huge corn maze, a small hay maze for the kids, pumpkins, a very long hay ride through the countryside, tire swing, tractors, and a petting farm for the kids. It was wonderful! We went this year with Shane's sister Heather, her husband, Matt, and their son, Isaac. This was the first year we broke tradition and didn't go with our friends from Clarion, PA. She was tied up having a baby...please! LOL..below are some pictures from our trip to the pumpkin patch.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

My Best Friend's Wedding

Below are some pictures from my best friend's wedding. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and I couldn't say that two people could be any happier. Her wedding fell together as perfect as can be. I felt so honored to be standing next to her as her matron of honor. I couldn't ask for a better friend!

Monday, October 1, 2007

In the woods

On Saturday, we were bored and needed to get out of the house so we headed up to PA to visit both sets of grandparents. The first stop was Grandma and Pap Shaffers. We went for a walk in the woods and Noah and Sydney had a little adventure. They enjoyed collecting bugs, salamanders, and sitting in the creek (Sydney). After the first adventure, we headed out to Mimi and Pappy Hall's house. There Noah fell in the pond head first and was soaked! We had a good time! Below are some pictures from Noah and Sydney's adventurous Saturday! I would tell more about the weekend, but the kids are screaming and I must get back to the "real" world! The pictures speak enough! I wish I would have pulled out the camera at my parent's house, but I forgot! :(

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Does Barney have purple privates??

I truly thought that we were through the coloring where we shouldn't color stage until tonight! I can't even recall what Shane and I were doing...he probably watching the Steelers lose and I probably cleaning, but Sydney and Noah were quietly playing together (first cue that something wasn't right). Next thing I knew Noah was purple! He was purple on his hands, face, back (Sydney apparently the blame for that), feet, jeans, shirt, and we later found out (while in the bathtub) that he also colored his privates! He thought having a purple private would be funny he said.....Then, we noticed that Sydney was also purple. She had purple hands and feet. Here they decided that they would color each other while sitting in their little hole in the front room. I have to giggle now that I think about it. It was pretty funny, however Noah did get in BIG trouble for this one!

Purple hands (couldn't take a picture of the privates LOL)

Sydney's arm

Okay blogger won't let me upload my next picture. I will edit it later! Just another day with the Shaffer clan!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Note to self...

Note to self...

The next time I have a Spaghetti O's episode (see August 22) I will check in the most bizarre places when conducting the cleanup....

Did you know that when you dump a whole bowl of Spaghetti O's with meatballs (I might add) that you should always look up, down, beside, over, and even UNDER things! HAHA!! I am still chuckling because today I took Sydney's highchair and did a thorough cleaning of it. I took the tray off and walked over to the sink. Noah said something I turned and put the tray on the sink, upside down....Well, why I never looked under the tray is what I am still asking myself....OMG!! First of all, I can't believe I am admitting this to all of you, but you are friends and family and know that my life is JAM packed with a busy life and don't find the time to do all the "little" things.....YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE CAKED ON SPAGHETTI O'S ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TRAY!! Whoops....hehehehee..only a month later HA!!

So, this is a friendly reminder to myself to always look UNDER things when you drop a bowl of Spaghetti O's with Meatballs!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Great Weekend!

Do you have friends who you have known for awhile who just live too far away, but seem to always pick up where you left off?? Well, I particularly have two that come to mind--my best friend Kim and our friends Matt and Amy from Clarion, PA. We met Matt and Amy when Shane and I went to college there and we have been friends since...approximately 10 years now. We only get to see each other about 4-5 times a year, and sometimes go a month without talking, but every time we get together it feels just like home. The story of us meeting is a funny one, so I have to share. Shane and I signed up for basketball classes at Clarion since we both loved it so much. Shane's class was right before mine, so I made it a point to arrive about 10-15 minutes early just to watch him in the gym. The one day I was there another girl was also standing there and I had recognized her from my class. She was also looking in the gym (obviously there were not a lot of people staring in at the basketball class, most girls pick up a man at the bar, LOL) however she was looking and smiling. I thought, "Maybe she knows someone in there." I can't remember who said it first, me or her, but one of us asked, "Which one is yours?" And from that moment on, we clicked as friends. We started hanging out as "couples" and Amy and my friendship grew. We joined Weight Watchers together, watched movies, went to basketball games, and so forth. Over the years, the friendship has blossomed and though Matt and she having a little girl shortly have Noah and now they expecting a child after we had Sydney, I look back and remember all the good times and how truly blessed we are to have them in our lives. The distance is tough, about 4 hours away, but when something is just meant to be, it works. I believe in soul mate friends and Matt and Amy are ours. :) Below are some very VERY cherished pictures of their little one playing with ours.

Noah stealing a kiss...ahhh...

At Morgan Grove Park

They never forget each other

Playing Playdoh at the table...