Living 2015 in a Positive and Encouraging Manner; Glorifying God

Living 2015 in a Positive and Encouraging Manner; Glorifying God

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Gwen Benton Diet

Well after trying every diet under the sun and not being able to stick to any of them for long term, I decided to develop my own plan.  It may be crazy but the only way to find out if it will work is to try. So here is my plan:

1) use a notebook book to plan all of my meals out for several weeks
2) eat 4 to 5 times a day so I don't get really hungry and pigout
3) track my weight daily so that I might be able to pinpoint what is causing fluctuation (like to little water, wrong carbs, etc).
4) track daily calories using the Lose it app
5) track daily exercise 
6) track daily activities
7) take my vitamins daily

 When I began my weight loss journey over a year ago, I weighed in at 159.  I then lost 34 pounds over several months.  Sadly, I did not make a life style change and I gained every bit of the weight back.  That is so sad to say.  This time, I began at 159 and did the Shred diet which got me down to 147.  I then starting spiraling out of control with my eating and ended back at 153.  This is when I began my new journey to change my life.  When I started this post two weeks ago, I weighed in at 153.  Today, two weeks later, I have lost 4 lbs.  It is slow weight loss but it is also a life style change and I am doing well.

I know that I am not alone in my struggle to keep the weight off and I will pray for those who are struggling with this addiction to eating.  

Valentine's Day with My Man

I am not big on Valentine's day but I love my boys!! These two monkey's went to hang out with Grandma and Pa so Jeff and I could go on a date.


We went with my best friend and her husband to the Top of the Rock. 


It was absolutely beautiful views.  


This is the outdoor eating section of one of the restaurants up there. 


There were beautiful views of the lake. We also went to see a movie (I cant even remember the title but it was awful).  


Out in the middle of all the amazing views, there sits a chapel.  I imagine weddings take place here and I also imagine that the price is quite hefty.  All in all, it was a wonderful relaxing day.  

Valentine's Day with boys

What a great Valentine's Day with my boys.  We made treats for our friends at schools and the boys loved them.


These were quite easy.  I simply used the following ingredients:

  • melting chocolate
  • large marshmallows
  • sprinkles
  • cake pop sticks (found these over by the craft section)
Directions:

  • Melt chocolate (I do this in the microwave and stir every 30 seconds or so to keep it from burning)
  • Put Stick in marshmallow
  • Dip marshmallow in chocolate and tap gently on the side of the bowl to get excess chocolate off
  • Wait a minute or two and then sprinkle each one with sprinkles (you can dip if it works best for you)
  • Place on wax paper and wait till chocolate firms up.  I then stored in the refrigerator.  



Evan loved eating the chocolate off. 


Luke loved eating all of it!


Luke's classmates loved their party and had more than enough junk to eat.  


The best part of the day was when Luke willingly gave up one of his balloons to another child in another class because they did not have anything.  This boy has such a loving heart.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

A few Weekends ago


I have been so busy or just lazy (you can decide), but I haven't posted this blog yet.  We had so much fun a few weekends ago.  


We celebrated Karen's birthday (my MIL) and the boys had so much fun playing with their cousins. 



Evan loves this truck!



I loved how Luke helped little Grayson.



Grandma and all of her grandboys! They sure are fond of her and for good reason.



Luke also went to a birthday party and has so much fun.



As always, he made quick work of the bounce houses and slides.

Snow Day #3

Day 3 and it is back to work for me.  Our road looked awful and I was nervous driving it but I did good.  I am so ready for this snow to melt. I am also thankful that the boys were able to enjoy another day with their dad playing in the snow.


I took this picture to show how bad our road was; however, all I can see is the beauty within this picture.  God sure creates some beautiful scenes for our life.  

Snow Day #2

We spent snow day number 2 at the house and decided to build a snowman.  We were very glad to have Jeff at home with us this year (ha, I was glad I didn't have to try to build another snowman).


Luke learned how to roll the snow in order to build the snow man.  It is amazing how much help he was this year.


Evan had more interest in digging and playing with his toys.  


But he did such a good job digging the snow and had a blast.


Luke with the finished snow man.


Evan and our snow man.


Both of my angels did a good job and I think this snowman may stick around for several days. 

Snow day #1

We finally got a snow day and the boys were so excited (Maybe I was too).  So when it snows, we head to Bruno for fun.


Evan and I had a great time sledding (I promise).  You just have to ignore his facial expression in this picture. 


Jeff was in charge of driving the 4 wheeler pulling us all over the place.  He mostly did a good job with the exception of the one tree and almost big accident.


Grandma joined in the fun and her and Luke went for a ride.


Evan decided it might be warmer riding with Jeff and I can assure you that he got a lot less snow in his face.


Grandma and both of the boys!


Another picture of Evan and I but this time we were riding the 4 wheeler.


Jeff and his boys....be still my heart.  These three guys have my heart and bring me so much joy.


Pa and Luke decided they needed to do some "real" sledding.  Luke even learned how to sled all by himself and how to jump off when needed.