Tuesday, July 31, 2012

tuesday tidbits (ramblings...)

I can't believe it's the last day of July already. August is a big month for us. Stephen and Christopher both have birthdays in August and we will be saying goodbye to summer as college classes begin again.
I have enjoyed my summer SOO much. The month of July seemed to drag by, but I think that's because it was so hot and we didn't have use of our pool. We also had to deal with the death of Stephen's great-grandmother and grandfather during the month of July, so two of our weekend were spent traveling to Owasso to attend memorial services.

Another thing that we did in July was a "fish diet." I had the bright idea for us to stop eating meats, with the exception of fish, for four weeks. We also made an exception that one weekend day we would be allowed other meat. We are on the LAST week of this "diet" and I am SO proud of us for sticking to it. It wasn't really supposed to be a diet for us to lose weight (I haven't weighed myself recently so I don't know if I've lost any or not) but it was more for us to start eating a little healthier and eat out less. We've been very successful in both areas. We eat salads daily... and we usually have one vegetarian meal and one meal with fish every day. We've eaten mainly tilapia and salmon. One time I made fish tacos with cod (wasn't a huge fan of the cod; I would use a different fish next time) and we had tuna once or twice. We've also had lots of veggies, especially different types of beans.
This picture is blackened tilapia -- it was SOOO delicious. We ate it on a piece of bread with succotash. The whole meal was good!

On Saturdays we allow ourselves to have other types of meat. I don't think I could ever be a vegetarian. This past Saturday I had turkey with breakfast, beef for lunch, and chicken with dinner. Stephen made fun of me for not having any pork and asked me if his Adventist diet was rubbing off on me. UUM, nope. I still love my bacon and pepperoni, people. I will say that one day last week I wasn't feeling well and just didn't feel like cooking dinner, so I had Stephen bring home a mushroom and black olive pizza. I think this was the first time in almost four years of marriage that Stephen didn't bring home a pepperoni pizza. Ha!


Something else I have been doing in July is the C25K program. This is the fourth or fifth time I have started this program. Only one other time did I get past week 2... always quit for whatever reason. However, this past spring I started reading Mama Laughlin's blog and she has really inspired me to FINISH the program this time around. I've been doing it since mid-June. I have to spend more than the allotted three days on most weeks, but I'm doing it out there in the 90-100 degree heat and that's really all that matters. I prefer to run in the evening, even though its warmer than if I would get up and go at 6 in the morning. So I just try to wait until the late evening and run as the sun is setting. Last night it was 99 degrees and I did Week 5 Day 1. I was ridiculously sweaty when I got home!




And just because he's so cute ---


I think that's all my rambling for today. I still need to write several posts from the beginning of the summer, but I'm waiting on a new charging cord to come in for my laptop -- that's where all my pictures are and it's deader than a door nail right now. :)

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