Summary Sunday

I went to the doctor this week and was shocked.. okay not shocked a bit horrified to find out I gained 12 lbs since March 2012.  So I decided, enough was enough.. it’s time to do the dreaded thing and workout and get my relationship with food under control.

I love food.

Very much.

But our relationship has to change if I plan on living like I do and not being at risk for a blood clot, diabetes, high cholesterol or anything else related to being “plump”.

When I asked what my ideal weight would be, I almost choked when the doctor suggested for my height 5’8″ I should be 140. Wait.. what? Seriously? I don’t know when I weighted less than 200 lbs, much less 140.

She did suggest setting a goal for 200 and making steps towards it.. and that working out was like going to work, something you just have to do. I disagree. I remember being really close to 200 pounds and working out and liking it. I lifted weights a roommate had at the house and did push ups and sit ups and danced. I felt so proud when I could wear a two piece swimming suit.. mind you it was a chubby girl two piece, but it was a two piece.

So I decided to make the commitment to myself and to you to share my journey of weight loss.. the ups, downs, sideways and slug days of it. Mind you.. I was born with fat rolls and a mini afro.. so these rolls have lots of wear on them and it will be hard to part with them.. but I don’t want to be huffing and puffing just walking up the stairs to work.

In speaking of work.. I am lucky to work at a place that has a gym I can use for free.. my favorite torture device so far has been the elliptical machine.. I have learned I cannot read blogs while working out, but music is a great way to pass the time.

Below is the summary of workouts from the week

7/22 – 20 minutes on the elliptical – done in 10 minute intervals before work and during lunch

7/23 – it’s my day off.

7/24 – i wore ankle weights for about 10 minutes.. and ate pizza.. delicious pineapple & ham pizza and watched movies..

7/25 – nope.. not working out.. *pffft* :p

7/26 – I was having a grouchy mean spirited day.. the last thing I wanted to do was workout

7/27- 23 minutes on the elliptical.. 20 minutes before work and 3 during a break

7/28 – 25 minutes on the elliptical.. 20 minutes before work (the last 3 minutes were brutal!) and 5 during a break.

For those also interested in getting fit, there’s a wonderful app/website called it’s completely free and you can track your weight, other measurements, your food intake and your exercise. If you want to friend me, I’m under “yornma”. I could use moral support and I’ll support you back. 🙂

If you have a smart phone, workout trainer is another good app. Just use the free version and you have lots of work outs you can do that are guided and you can schedule them. I like doing the yoga ones as well as the 15 minute ones.

The inspiration for today’s blog is from The Oatmeal’s cartoon about the terrible & wonderful reasons I run.

It’s amusing, educational and terrifying all at once. I’m going to make the pledge to workout so I can eat.

Flavored Water

This is all over Pinterest and I wanted to share and give it a try. I love flavored drinks.. sodas are definitely out, so is Crystal Light and anything else that contains “juice”… so I wanted to share some infused flavor water.. you just need fruits for. You can either use mason jars to make a individual drink or let it seep in a larger container. Please keep in mind these waters have about a 48 hour shelf life.. so make sure you drink them quickly.

Below are some links that will help you with the decisions on the flavors.

11 Vegetables that will help eliminate BELLY FAT!!

  • Forming part of the right foods that will help you lose belly fat are vegetables. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good combinations if we want to be healthy. Adding to that is the privilege of losing unwanted fat in our body. There are types of vegetables that will make losing belly fat even easier.
  • Vegetables are rich in different types of vitamins and minerals. Depending on what you consume, you will achieve the results you want in losing belly fat in so short a time. Yes, there are also rules to follow if you want to make sure that you achieve your goals. Part of the rules is focusing on the right set of vegetables that will make you lose belly fat.

    Vegetables to Lose Belly Fat

    The most vital aspect in burning belly fat and in reducing weight as well is consuming the right kinds of food. These ones are useful in melting away the fats that built in your stomach area. The following are some of the excellent types of vegetables that can aid you in losing belly fat. These have the ability to crash fats that built up in your belly over the years and it will help you wash out the fat more quickly.

    1. Asparagus

    It has a substance known as asparagines – a kind of alkaloid that accelerates your kidneys and develop the circulatory procedure. Alkaloids have the ability to melt oxalic acid which can fasten fat to your cells thus resulting to a decreased fat intensity.

    2. Beets

    This is considered as a powerful diuretic that concentrates on your liver and kidney. It has the ability to get rid of hanging body fats and purifies blood corpuscles that can control fat sediments. It also includes chlorine which has the capacity to invigorate the lymph thus aiding in washing away fat sediments.

    3. Brussel sprouts

    It can accelerate the function of your pancreas which discharges hormones that provide purification outcome to the cells. It includes minerals that motivate the kidney’s job to let loose of the waste materials that can harm your organs.

    4. Cabbage

    This is considered an excellent kind of food if you have belly fat because it can aid in melting down the fat in your waistline and stomach area. The sulfur and iodine content of this vegetable is useful in purifying the gastric intestinal mucous membrane in your abdomen and intestines in order to melt down the fat.

    5. Carrots

    This vegetable includes carotene, a kind of Vitamin A that begins the fat cleansing response in your system. This cleansing response will exactly get rid of the fat and thrash rapidly. The carotene that turn into Vitamin A in your intestines will help your metabolism to work rapidly in order to let your cells respond properly to eradicate fat sediments.

    6. Celery

    Uncooked celery contains elevated intensity of calcium which can easily be absorbed so that as soon as you consume it, the calcium is transmitted at once to go to work. Due to this intensity of calcium, your endocrine system is stirred up to make hormones melt down the fat that had built up in your body. It also contains elevated amount of magnesium and iron which aid in cleansing your system.

    7. Cucumber

    It includes sulfur and silicon substance that invigorate your kidney to eliminate uric acid and slacken off fat from your cells.

    8. Garlic

    It is considered as an innate diuretic that include mustard oil which has a purification effect in your body. It endorses a powerful act called peristalsis, a muscular spasm that aids in melting away mass of fat and eliminating it out from your system.

    9. Horseradish

    It contains remarkable outcome in melting up fat from your cells without any side effects. It is also considered as a powerful cleanser of body wastes.

    10. Lettuce

    It is rich in iron and magnesium and is useful for your liver function. It helps lose belly fat by enhancing your metabolism and gets rid of fatty cells.

    11. Radish

    It has elevated the intensity of iron and magnesium which can clean your mucous membrane and melt fat in your cells.

Author’s Note: I refuse to say the word “diet” because it’s not a diet.. and I hate saying “life style change” because that’s a nicer way of saying diet. “portion control” makes me sound like a pig.. so let’s just call this a chance to experience new things.


Movie Reviews: Oz the Great & Powerful


I admit I didn’t see it when it was out in the theaters so I decided to rent it at Redbox. It would have been worth watching when it was just released.

It is much darker than the Wizard of Oz, but I really enjoyed it.

I love watching Rachel Weisz, so this movie was quite a treat. I’ve seen her in The Mummy series, The Constant Gardener, Constantine and the Shape of Things. I love her acting. This was a great role for her.

Mila Kunis was wonderful too.

Is it wrong of me to have liked the wicked witches performances and liked them better than the good witch?  I mean Glinda was nice, but the real awesome effects came from the wicked witches until Oz decided to show himself.

I think I have found the source of my dislike for monkeys.. those flying baboons were pretty creepy.

I hope I’m not the first person to make the comparison of Mila Kunis’ Theodora to a sweet innocent young girl who gets betrayed by a guy who shows interest in her and turns into a man hating woman.. what? That’s what I got from it.. how else do you go from sweet and innocent to green with jealousy and wicked?

There were some minor characters that had some stand out performances… Tony Cox, Zach Braff, Joey King & Bill Cobbs.

I loved the beginning of the movie how it was in black & white and then went to color. Disney did a fantastic job with sticking to the original in this sense. The special effects were used with appropriate and sparingly. I am curious to know how they managed to create a china doll.

This is what a movie should do – hold the audiences attention, captivate them and entertainment them. Make them believe.

Check out other reviews of the movie (caution there may be spoilers!)


For those interested in the costumes


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I’m still angry

Today is the 3rd anniversary of my mom’s death.

I am still angry.

I’m angry because I didn’t do enough to be there for her.

I’m angry because the disease that took her – leukemia – has taken more people since.

I’m angry because I can’t forgive myself for all the things I didn’t do when she was alive & well.

I’m angry because… well just because.

I miss her.

I often spend the day reflecting and wondering if she were alive, what would she think of me now?

Would she have approved of the life I’ve led up to this point? Or would she be disappointed and judging?

Most people don’t know I fed her her last meal three years ago, it was hospital food, but I cut up the meat and fed her bite by bite.

How strange a thought/feeling being 27 and feeding your own mother like she was an invalid.. its harsh to say it like that, but she was maybe 140lbs that day, I not only outweighed her by a hundred pounds but I was feeding my mom. I never thought I would have ever seen that day so soon. I figured she would be gray and wrinkled and I would be feeding her in 20-30 years. But she was in a hospital, her mind was sharp she was as normal as she could be, but she was too weak to feed herself. I wanted to cry then, but I swallowed it and fed her. Asking when she was ready for more to drink or another bite.

When I left I told her I would “see her later” thinking she would be released from the hospital, I squooze her hand gently and left. Exhausted as I had witnessed her nearly die the night before, I went to bed.

Getting a call around 1amish with my dad on the phone, he had been there since I left and was asking me to speak to my mom. I told her I loved her. I was beginning to cry it was the moment I had dreaded.

She passed with my dad there a few minutes after 2 in the morning, it was a Sunday.

Her celebration of light ceremony was the next Saturday. One of her best friends from work spoke about her, how she would always get to work early and be cheery and hum to herself. I smiled through tears, realizing I would never hear that again.

I loved her, she was always encouraging me to write, or draw or be artistic in some way.

I just wish she had the chance to see what I’ve been up to these past years. I hope it makes her proud, she knew I had a soft spot for animals even though I only ever had a bird as a teenager, I was fascinated by cats.

She knew about three of my four cats, though she never got to met them, her cancer made her too weak to be around animals.

I think she would have approved of them, especially Boo since he is the cutest and silliest of the bunch.

I have tried to embody the goodness of my mom over the past three years and I hope that she would be proud.. or at least shake her head at me for my silliness.

So today I would ask just one thing of you, my dearest reader.. hug a friend, tell your family you love them and just simply let go of the people/things that have hurt you in the past. Life is too short to hold grudges or not say the important things.

Cheap Craft Ideas

I wish I was better at crafting.. I really do some of the things I’ve seen on the internet are nothing short of amazing.. but my level of crafting is still novice so I wanted to share some of the crafts that aren’t too time consuming, cheap and easy for someone like me to do.

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Wipe-Off Menu Board Tutorial


  • Picture frame with glass front (I love these 12×12 frames I found at Ben Franklin for only $7!)
  • Piece of patterned scrapbook paper to fit in your frame (mine’s also 12×12)
  • Optional: Vinyl cut letters for each day of the week (you could always just hand write them)
  • Dry-erase marker

1. Put your patterned paper inside the frame. Replace the back. That’s pretty much it. 🙂

2. If you wanted to stop here, you could hand-write your days of the week on the glass, or use it as a message board / to-do list. I love that these frames can stand or hang on the wall so you can do whatever works best in your space!

3. Use a paper towel or cloth to easily erase dry-erase marker off the glass.

4. If you want to get fancy and go a step further, you can add vinyl lettering for the days of the week.

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1. Lay orange crepe paper flat and measure two 10-inch diameter circles for one favor (do your best using the ruler, circle doesn’t have to be perfectly formed).

2. Cut circles and stack one on top of the other, then place goodies in the center.

3. Pull sides of paper up and around the treats.

4. Twist gathered paper together, binding upward to create a stem.

5. Wrap twisted end with floral tape to resemble a stem.

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Snowflake Christmas Tree Ornaments


1. roll out your model magic so it’s about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
2. using your cookie cutter, cut out a snowflake
3. using the straw, poke a hole at the top
4. repeat process for however many you want to make
5. allow to dry for about 24-48 hours, turning over halfway through.
6. hang with a ribbon.

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Salt Dough Ornaments

One of the advent activities we have had was to make salt dough ornaments and this year were the most successful ones yet. This is the recipe I used:
2c plain flour
1/2c salt
1/2 – 3/4 c hot water
basically mix all together to make a dough. This made quite a lot so we just used half. Wrap any that you are not using in cling film to stop it drying out. I picked up some tips this year from reading different blogs but now I can’t remember where I read what, so a general thank you to everyone who has made these ornaments and blogged about it.
This year we tried rolling the dough on grease proof paper, I had to hold it as he rolled because it slipped about otherwise. This meant though that we could roll the dough quite thin. We cut them out and removed the excess from around the shape. We also cut designs into the main shape using my bento cutters.
I then slid the grease proof paper onto a plate and microwaved the shapes, it took about 5 minutes on 600W for about 8 shapes, I did leave one lot in too long and burnt a couple, so keep an eye on them. I also turned them over half way through. As I took the first lot out to cool, Ebi-kun set to work on the second batch.
We coloured them using felt tip pens, which I found worked better than paints, last year some of the ornaments went soggy when we painted them. Then I varnished them all with a clear varnish, we left them to dry over night.

The next day he went to town with the glitter glue and once they were dry we threaded ribbon through and hung them on the tree.

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DIY Glitter Ornaments

All you need:

Glass ornaments (I got these from JoAnn’s)

Glitter of your choice (this was from my local dollar store!)

And Pledge Floor cleaner…yes, floor cleaner. Just trust me, it works.

Add decorations of choice! Bows, scrapbook stickers, paint pen art, etc. Make it your own!

Start out by pouring some Pledge floor cleaner into the ornament and slowly swishing it around so that it touches all inside surfaces of the ornament. Dump out excess fluid when inside is completely coated.
Next, pour the glitter into the ornament and shake around until all surfaces are covered. Pour out excess glitter.

Glass, Paper, Glitter: DIY Ornaments

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We’re putting up our Christmas tree soon, and while there’s no shortage of ornaments waiting to adorn it, I like to make a few new ones every year. Last year, Jenna and I made these clay glitter ornaments, but now that she’s older, we’re trying out something a little more advanced (advanced = messy and breakable).

We started with a box of clear glass ball-shaped ornaments, decorative paper, glue, glitter, tape and a Xyron sticker machine.

Design #1: Paper Lines

I started by cutting decorative paper into large strips (approximately 1″ x 12″) and running them through a Xyron sticker machine to give them an adhesive backing. Next, I cut these into extremely thin strips of paper.
I removed the adhesive backing from the thin strips of paper and wrapped them around the glass balls, letting the paper overlap in places.

I continued to wrap the strips until I ended up with a design that I liked. I used approximately 5 strips per ornament.

Design #2: Polka Dots

I used some of the leftover paper with the adhesive backing to create confetti with a hole punch.

I removed the adhesive backing and placed the dots on the ornament.

Design #3: Glitter

Now here’s the messy part …

I started by placing strips of Martha Stewart masking tape around several ornaments.

I painted a thin layer of glue around the center part of the ornament and then let Jenna go to town with the glitter. I used a shallow pan to catch the excess glitter. Surprisingly, very little glitter ended up on the floor.I threaded yarn through the top of the ornaments and then taped the yarn to the side of a table while the glue dried.Once the glue was dry, I removed the tape. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t press down hard enough on the tape or if we just put too thick a layer of glitter on the ornaments, but the tape did not come off neatly. As a result, our lines are a little “organic.”

Guilty Pleasures part 2

Time for part two of my list of things I love but feel slightly guilty about..

I enjoy watching Supernatural..why? Because I like the conflicts between the angels and God and the Devil. I have always found that fasinating.. just like I love the Devil’s Advocate, Bedazzled, Constantine, The Shining, etc etc..

Cheesy movies on Syfy.. like Sharknado, Super shark, Lake Placid 4

Despite owning the following movies I will still watch them on tv – Shawshank Redemption & Beetlejuice – oh my goodness.. there is so much to read on that website.. I could get lost for days.. which brings me to another guilty pleasure..

Pinterest.. I have lots hours on that app. I start looking for one thing and next thing I know it’s 3 hours later.

Web comics – I swore I would have grown up from comics.. but nope. There is a web variety now..

Cat videos.. oh my goodness.. cats eating their veggies, saying “No no no”, swimming.. there is no shortage of cat videos.

Disco.. yes disco music.. I love it but I know not everyone shares my enthusiasm.. and I don’t listen to it all the time, only on special occasions.


Guilty Pleasures (food)

I knew this would be a long post and split it in two before hand.. the first is one of my favorite subjects.. food.

Cheese – cheese is awesome.. but it’s oh so bad for you.. shepard’s pie isn’t complete without cheese, tacos without cheese is just meat, all the wonderful things that can be covered with cheese…

Fried Rice – I can’t make it as good as the Chinese place down the road from the house.. but I love love love it.. they have sprouts and peas and carrots and fried rice goodness.

Chocolate – york peppermint patties, carmello, cadbury eggs, milkyway eggs, hershey’s cookies & cream

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (Belly flops) – I purchased them after a co-worker had some a while back..oh my goodness.. I have to order more. These are the jelly beans that don’t met the standard for Jelly Belly.

Ginger Ale – I love ginger ale.. most people don’t like it or only have it when on a plane but I am such a fan of it.

Rocky Road Ice cream – I want the kind with the marshmallows in it, none of that marshmallow ribbon stuff.. what the heck? Gimme my marshmallows!


Funfetti Cake or Cupcakes or Cookies.. oh my goodness. it’s a party in a box!

It’s the closest I will ever get to having a tyedye cake or cookies..


Premade Mocha.. preferrably the International Delight kind.. It’s so wrong to buy this I know because it admits I’m lazy but this is perfect for my hour long drives to work and for those looooooong 12 hour days.

Soft Boiled Eggs & Toast..

the other half gets grossed out about this.. but there is nothing so perfect than 3 minute soft boiled eggs some toast and some butter on that toast.. nom nom nom..



boiled peanuts.. oh yeah.. get some papertowels and some water or a beer.. because it’s about to get messy!



Tips & Tricks – Life Hacks

Tricks for Cleaning

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