In spite of myself

Well, I went to the step aerobics class I had scheduled for myself today, IN SPITE OF MYSELF. Seriously, this is what I do…
I wake up in the morning, give myself a pep talk about how good I will feel in the mornings with this new work out schedule. By lunch time, I am thinking, maybe I will start the exercise program tomorrow, and by the time I get home after school (*even though I left in time to come home do a few things and THEN go*), I have talked myself out of going and into a nap instead.
This is a terrible idea. A nap means not sleeping that night. AND it means I didn’t do what I said I was going to do, therefore letting myself down. Yet, again.
So, I went so far as to lay down in my bed, and finally forced myself out at 4:20, and made it to class, albeit 10 minutes late. I was thinking to myself what an ass I am being 10 minutes late to class because of myself.
But, since 37 is the year of being nice to myself, I forgave myself for the temporary lapse, and I left step aerobics very happy with myself…

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…and very sweaty.
In my rush to leave, I was also really happy I remembered my mat for the floor/ab work. Well, I didn’t really remember it…it was in my car.

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I love this class because they turn the lights off for the floor work. And, as somebody who is extremely self conscious of their body, and its limitations, I was loving this idea.

Tonight for dinner we are having spaghetti. Between school and aerobics, I put turkey meatballs and a jar of Barilla Toscano sauce with my additions of seasonings…such as salt, pepper, fresh garlic, oregano, and my favorite….

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I LOVE Hot and Sweet!!!
I also add a bit of sugar, but don’t tell my husband.

Instead of pasta we are having spaghetti squash, and I am roasting zucchini with the same seasonings (minus sugar) to put on top of the spaghetti.

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My mouth is watering…gotta go prep the spaghetti squash.

What’s everybody else having for dinner????

Frank’s Red Hot

So, I am so late to the game on Frank’s Red Hot. My husband has been putting it on food for the seven years that I’ve known him. He especially likes it on his eggs. I’ve always been a ketchup girl with eggs….until this past week. I’ve become obsessed with it on my eggs. This is especially weird, because I don’t normally like eggs for breakfast on school days, because they usually just don’t sound good that early. But, I had to make them every day so I could have my Frank’s.

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I also started back to the gym on Saturday. I went to an 8 AM Step Aerobics Class with my friend Marianne. It was SO fun. And I loved the teacher. I especially loved that when I put it in the Weight Watchers Activity Tracker it was 14 points for 45 minutes! I could sure tell – I was SOOO sweaty. And I am so excited because she teaches the same class Monday and Wednesday at 4:30. This is good for several reasons. One, I can stop home and let the dog out. And two, this is my prime snacking time if I am at home. If I am busy, I can avoid snacks. And even better, I will be not at home AND exercising.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I am going to go to Cardio Kick Boxing with Marianne at 7:30 at night. Hopefully this new schedule will help get rid of these l-b’s!!!

And here is a picture of my adorable niece. I assured her you couldn’t tell her eyes were closed because of her sunglasses, and she believed me. Shh…don’t tell her.

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Here’s to a great week…

You’re lucky of one thing…

First of all, HAPPY BLOG-IVERSARY. It was one year ago today that Beth FS and I sat in the office at my house and started the blog we had talked about for ages. It was really fun to get it started. It is something I enjoy thoroughly when I am able to set the time aside.

So, my dad is one of the most generous people I know. No, he *is* the most generous person I know. He is generous with his time, his money, and his thoughts. He has always spoiled me, and when I am showering him with thanks, he always says to me, “You’re lucky of one thing.”
Or when I may or may not have overdrafted my bank account in college repeatedly, he would say to me, as he deposited money, “You’re lucky of one thing.”
Or when I am 37 years old, (working at a job I dearly love, but doesn’t quite pay a bunch,) and I am going on vacation, and he drops by my house the day before to give me a little spending money, he says, “You’re lucky of one thing…”

Well, as you can probably guess, that one thing is that he loves me.

And I do have a point for this story. I promise.

Let’s talk about my dear dog, Sammy.
Thursday, I took her to get her teeth cleaned at the vet. $250.
Friday, I took her to get groomed. $50.
And today, back to the vet for allergy induced itching. $79.
When we get home, I look at her, and instead of freaking out about the money that we can’t at all afford, I think to myself….
“She’s lucky of one thing…”

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Picture it.

Well, I thought it was necessary to show you pictures of this delicious oatmeal.
I had to make it again this morning even though I had it for dinner last night.
Here it is…

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And here is the granola I ordered off of Amazon. It is crunchy coconut and it is SOO good.

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Today is open house at school, where the kids come and drop off their supplies, and meet their teachers, and look around the building.
I always get nervous for it, but it always goes fine.

I am excited about this school year. I teach 5th and 6th grade math and we got a whole new math series that I am really excited to use. The kids can actually write in the math books. This is awesome in my opinion.

Also, in my opinion…Miley Cyrus’ haircut. I actually like it on her. I think it makes her eyes look beautiful. There are some people who look really awesome with short hair and I think she is definitely one of those people.

And, from what I read, she donated her hair to cancer patients, so that makes it even more beautiful.

Also, one last thing…I am thrilled for Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux!! YAY!!! Engaged, finally!

Enjoy your day!!
xoxo, Beth WA

Whipped Banana Oatmeal

I have been a reader of Kath Younger’s blog for a long time. In fact, I am more than a reader, I am a huge fan. I kind of talk about her a lot. My husband even knows about “Kath.”
Well, anybody who reads that blog knows that she lurrrvvves her some oatmeal. She frequently talks about the whipped banana oatmeal. I have for the last few years made several of her oatmeal combinations. I always liked it, but would get sick of the texture before I was finished with the bowl. And some mornings, it just sounded too mealy for me.
But I never watched her instructional video on how she makes this whipped banana oatmeal. Well, I watched it on Saturday, then followed her method and had the best oatmeal of my life. It was so fluffy. The texture did not bother me at all, and I practically licked the bowl. I have had it almost every day since, and in fact, today I had it for dinner.
The main difference between her method and mine was that I used to boil the milk/water combo then add the oats. This method has everything put in together, including the banana, and also, frequent, rapid stirring.

So, make sure you go over to her video and make this oatmeal. Stat.

Some different
mixins:
pumpkin
chia seeds
flax seed
PB2
cinnamon
pumpkin spice
vanilla extract
brown sugar
banana
strawberries
raisins

toppings:
walnuts
nut butters
chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips

I also like to sprinkle the top with granola for some crunch.

Off to work on more lesson planning…
xoxo,
Beth WA

Veggie Tales

So, as I mentioned, my husband has decided to make some healthy changes in his life, namely following the Weight Watcher’s Core Program, without actually joining WW formally. What this program consists of is a list of foods that you can eat as much as you need to feel satisfied. The food mostly protein and vegetables, and one serving of grains per day. You get your carbs from fruit, which is on the list of foods. This program worked well for him but not for me. See, if I could stop eating when I “felt satisfied,” then I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.
I am excited that my husband is doing this, because maybe I will be able to stick to the program better. I am usually good 5 out of 7 days, but that is making me stagnant. I am not gaining, but I am not losing.
So, today I went to the grocery store to get us off on the right food foot. I cut up a bunch of veggies and portioned them out so we can just grab them out of the fridge.

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While I was at the grocery store, I saw my friend whom I used to exercise regularly with. We stopped exercising at a time I started a second job and her mom got really sick. Well, now her mom is better and I am working only one job, so we decided to start up again. It will be so nice to have my work out partner back. It is the accountability I need to be back on track as far as exercise goes.

This week is the last week before the kids are in school. So, I will be attending meetings, setting up my classroom, having our open house, and finishing up my lesson and unit plans for the first quarter.
Oh, and eating vegetables.

oxoxo, Beth WA

Best banana bread ever.

I love bananas. I eat them in smoothies, oatmeal, plain, in milk, in cereal, on toast, and most deliciously in banana bread.
My friend Bethany was raving about this simple and delicious banana bread recipe she found that had chocolate chips in it. So, naturally, I was on board. Chocolate chips are practically a food group to me…or what is it now? Not food groups…it is on my “myplate.”. Ha ha.

Well, my friends, I have to share this recipe with you. I have actually gone through my blog archives three times because I simply cannot believe I haven’t shared this yet.
I have one in the oven right now. This time, I tried something new…I added pumpkin, chia seeds, and white chocolate chips.

Anyway, I am naming this Bethany’s Banana Bread even though she got the recipe online, because she doctored it and introduced it to me.

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of Salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

No need for a mixer for this recipe. With a wooden spoon (or I used a potato smasher) mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4 x 8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

*Bethany’s note: When I add the salt, I also add some cinnamon. Before putting in the pan, I add finely chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.

Seriously. It is soooo good. It is a steep 9 WW Points Plus per slice, but it is worth it. Accompanied with fruit, it is a very filling breakfast, and lunch…..
Which is good, because when I make it, I eat it for breakfast and lunch until it is gone.

Have a good Saturday night!!

-Beth WA

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