The start of a new journey!

Eight days ago, I took a test that would change our lives forever…a pregnancy test!!!  Today, June 22, 2013, I am 4 weeks, 2 days along – and hopefully everything is progressing along well.  I go in for bloodwork on Monday to check my hCG and progesterone levels, then have my first ultrasound on July 22 (unless I can get them to up the date to July 16…fingers crossed!).

Telling Cole:

It was Father’s Day weekend and his dad and step mom were here visiting. I ran out to get Larry a Father’s Day card…and got one for Cole, too.  I signed it “Love, Booger Tegan & Baby C”.  I gave it to him in our bedroom…since we had guests…he read it, then looked at me with this confused look and asked “Are you pregnant???”  I said yes, and of course started crying.

Telling Dee and Larry:

We came out to the living room and gave Larry his Father’s Day card – then Cole went and got the card I gave him.  He gave it to them to read, but they didn’t flip the page to get to the signature, so we had to tell them to keep reading.  Dee immediately got it – and had to tell Larry “You’re going to be a grandpa again!!”

Telling my parents:

We drove to Sugarland on Saturday morning to surprise my parents at the farmer’s market that they do – the video below shows it all:

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Vegetable Beef Soup

We just finished dinner and while it’s fresh on my mind, I needed to get this new Vegetable Beef Soup out of my head so I wouldn’t forget what all I did! :)   I did remember to take a few pictures of the process…but of course, not all the way from the beginning.  The ingredient list is long but it’s SUPER easy.

Ingredients:
2-3 pound beef roast
5 beef boullion cubes
1/2 cup barley
1 packet McCormick Au Jus mix
1/2 packet McCormick Brown Gravy mix
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1 bag frozen baby lima beans
15 or so very small yellow-skinned potatoes (or any other waxy skinned potato, cut small)
1 28-oz can tomatoes (I used the super yummy Italian tomatoes, of course)
1 Tbs EVOO
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tbs Garlic Powder
1/2 Tbs Onion Powder
2 Tbs Dried Onion
Salt/Pepper to taste
Water

Directions:
Put roast in crock pot and season with garlic powder and onion powder.  Toss in the dried onion, bouillon cubes, and au jus mix then add water to cover the roast.  Cook on low for 5 hours.  Remove roast from crock pot and cut into bite-sized chunks and return to the crock pot.  Add barley, potatoes, baby lima beans, and bay leaves and stir.  It should look like this:

In a skillet on the stove, heat EVOO and add carrots at a high heat, stirring regularly (the goal is to brown the carrots, not burn them…like I may or may not have done…).  Add celery and cook for about 5 minutes, then add onion and cook until the onion is soft.

Dump the carrots/celery/onion into the crock pot with the roast/potatoes, etc.

Add can of tomatoes (the kind I use are whole, so I chop them up before adding to the soup).  Add 1/2 packet of brown gravy mix and salt/pepper to taste.  Let cook another couple of hours, until the potatoes and lima beans are soft (you could probably add the potatoes and lima beans at the beginning  when you put the roast in to cook to get them done faster – I wasn’t in a big hurry today, though).  Adjust seasonings as necessary (I added a few splashes of soy sauce and worcestershire sauce at this point to give it a deeper flavor).

ENJOY!


Chili Chili Chili

I picked up my venison from the processor today and decided we needed to have venison chili to go along with this freezing weather.  Hubs has decided he “doesn’t like venison”…unless it’s link sausage or jerky, so I had to figure out a way to mask the taste.  The result was AWESOME!  I found a recipe that looked pretty tasty, but adjusted it based on what we like.  This was the result – the recipe is below:

Delicious chili

Ingredients

2 Tbs EVOO
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped (or pressed through a garlic press)
1 cup red wine (mine was a sweeter red, if you use a dry red, add 1 tbs brown sugar)
1 small can tomato paste
3 cups beef broth
1 Tbs cooking sherry wine
1 Large can (28 oz) Solania “Pomodoro S. Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino D.O.P.” – Chop tomatoes up into chunks (the BEST canned tomatoes I’ve ever had.  Normally I refuse to eat/use canned tomatoes, but these are awesome!)
1 tsp ground cumin
chili powder (to taste – I probably used 4 Tbs total, maybe more…I didn’t measure, just kept adding in small increments)
Smoked salt – to taste
1 pound EACH – ground venison, beef, & pork

Directions

Use a large pot/skillet so you only have to dirty one pan.  :)

*Sautee onions in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, then add garlic and sautee until soft.

*If using a dry red wine, add brown sugar now and cook for 3 minutes – if using a sweeter red wine, do not add brown sugar and skip to the next step.

*Stir in red wine, tomato paste, beef broth, cumin, some chili powder, and some salt (I used a smoked salt and it was great).

*Simmer 30-35 minutes, or until the mixture is reduced by about half.

*Pour this mix into a large (6-qt or so) crockpot.

*Return skillet to stove and add venison, beef, and pork.  Season with chili powder and smoked salt.

*While meat is cooking, add tomatoes to the mixture in the crock pot and stir.

*When the meat is done, add to the mixture in the crock pot and stir well to combine. Add sherry cooking wine and stir again to combine.

*Cook on low for 5-6 hours so the flavors can meld together.  Taste periodically and add more chili powder if necessary.  I used the Santa Fe Fiesta Mix chili powder that is available right now in our HEB Bulk Spice area and we both really liked the flavor.

Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, and crackers.  :)

*Hugs*


Time for an update!

So, it’s been a while…about a month and a half, to be exact.  See – I wasn’t lying about being horrible at updating my blog.  Anywho – I had hit a plateau on the weight loss and it was getting frustrating – but FINALLY the numbers are dropping again.

When I last updated, my total lost was….

5.8 lbs

My total this morning is now….

12.8 lbs!

It’s definitely coming off slowly, but “they” always say that’s the best way to keep it off…so maybe “they” are right.  That’s to be determined.

I’ve obviously had some treats here and there that have kept me from dropping weight quickly – but there’s no way I’m just going to deprive myself of the things I love.  I’ll eventually get to the weight I want to be at….one day…   ;-)


1/19/12 Update…a few days late :)

Well, like I said last week, I suck at keeping up with blogging.  So, here’s my Thursday update a few days late!  :)

Here are the numbers:

My progress this week:  -.2

Total Progress:  -5.8

I know you’re not “supposed” to weigh yourself every day, but I do.  It keeps things fresh in my head.  So, even though on Thursday I was only down .2 pounds, I dropped a few more…then gained some back.  It’s up and down right now, but starting today, Marie and I will be working out – I have my own personal trainer to kick my ass into shape.  Oy.

So, last week I had some good and bad days – the best day was when Beth and I ventured out for a walk and I ended up doing around 4 miles!  Of course, I then followed that day with a day that I couldn’t get enough to eat and totally blew that.  Oh well…life goes on :)


Starting off 2012 right!

One of my friends, Sharon, is keeping it real on her blog about her non-diet weight loss journey.  She’s such an inspiration, so I decided to pick back up on the blog and do as she is – keep it real, and keep myself accountable.  I’m going to try to keep up with my posts on a weekly basis – but as history has shown, I pretty much suck at posting regularly, so we’ll see… 

I started really working to lose weight after the first of the year.  On 1/1/12, my super awesome boyfriend became my super awesome fiancee!!  Since we started dating, I put on the 20 pounds that I had worked so hard to lose the year before we met.  Stupid “new relationship” weight…  Well, we set the date (May 19), I found my dress, and now I have to FIT into my dress – and not just fit in it, I want to FEEL GOOD in it! 

On 1/9, I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.   I’ll be honest, I didn’t buy the whole bundle.  I am an AdvoCare distributor and already had most of the products included in the bundle, so I just filled in with what I needed.  The challenge sets some pretty strict dietary guidelines, and after thinking about it and talking with C, I decided that yes, those guidelines would probably jumpstart my weight-loss…but were they a lifestyle change or just a 24 day change?  I want a lifestyle change, so here’s what I’m doing:

I’m eating healthy 90% of the time.  I know myself – if I try to NEVER eat a piece of pizza or a cookie, I’ll end up sitting down with an entire pizza or a box of Girl Scout cookies.  It’s not realistic to cut out an entire food group – so why set myself up for failure??  Every Friday C and I have pizza night at the pizza place around the corner – this past Friday we went and I had a beer (yes, just one), and a personal pizza that I only ate about 1/4 of.  In the past I would have eaten the whole thing.  And I would have had multiple drinks.  I’m working hard on the “quantity” of what I’m eating, not just the quality. 

I’m working out.  I have totally gotten out of the habit of working out (hell, let’s be honest – since college and Strutters, I haven’t truly worked out).  Right now, it’s just walking or the Biggest Loser for Kinect.  On May 30, I’m starting to work out 3 times a week with my friend Marie, who is a trainer.  I’m ready to get my ass kicked back into shape! :)

I’m weighing in on Biggest Loser on Thursdays, so I’ll try to post my results either on Thursday nights or on Fridays, as well as the good, bad, and ugly of the week’s food and exercise happenings. 

Since 1/9/12 I am down 5.8 lbs.  On Thursdays I’ll add to this number (hopefully!) – seeing the scale go up is super discouraging, so I’m hoping to see that number go up and my measurements go down!  Here’s to my ass shrinking in 2012!

And, for the shameless self-promotion.  If you’re interested in any of the AdvoCare products, or have questions about them, let me know!  I am totally hooked on the Spark - and so far, I’m loving the Max-E.  My energy levels have totally improved and that makes me one happy girl!  I haven’t tried a ton of the products yet, as I’m just starting out, but have a great friend who is also a distributor and is 110% willing to answer any questions that I can’t!


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Checking in

Well, anyone that knows me knows that I don’t particularily care for working out. So, last week was good…this week…ehh. This weekend we were at the BHC BBQ Cookoff, so between the BBQ and Crown, probably not the best calorie-wise.

Anyway, we got home that night and at least played kinect, so there was some sort of workout accomplished. This week at work I haven’t been walking, but I have done some situps, planks, and dips. Better than nothing, I suppose.

I am down 4 pounds so far…hopefully it’ll keep going at that pace… :)


It’s been a while…

So, it’s been almost a year since I’ve blogged. I’ve been slammed with school, work, boyfriend…you know, all that good stuff! Well, I am on a 4 month break until Fall classes start, so I figure that now’s as good a time as any to get back to blogging.

I’ve recently started working out again (as in, two days ago), so I am going to attempt to log my workouts on here to keep myself accountable. Monday, I walked/jogged here at work; yesterday I did some crunches up here; and today I did more walking/jogging. 1.09 miles to be exact. My route is below:

Other than that, not much has been going on. Life is great and I’m super happy with where I am (other than the whole working out / losing weight thing). Well, and honestly, I’m happy about that now, too…happy that I’m actually DOING something!

Hope everyone is well…and feel free to slap my hand if you see me reaching for that thing of Starbucks ice cream! Lol!

*Hugs*


Memorial Day Weekend. Epic.

I think the easiest way to do a weekend re-cap is in pictures – so hope you enjoy! :)

I told dad not to be cheesy, so I got this….and that led to the next shot…and we weren’t even drunk yet!

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The next few are from Friday night – dancin’ w/ Michael and then after party – Hicks and BoDean

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Saturday we got up after about 3 hours of sleep and were in the parade:

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Then were back at 11th Street for Jake! :)  

Me & my momma, Me & SAM!, Me dancin’ with Deb, Me & Jen, Dancin’ w/ Michael, Shot Time, & SOMETHING was funny! :)

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The guys: Me & Rick, Me & Jenkins, Jake, Snuffy & Rockstar

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Sunday was EPIC at Arkey Blue’s

The Crowd, Me & Terry, Me & My Momma again

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Then back to 11th Street….

Helen and Me, The Bar, Snuffy and Me

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We had a fabulous time, but Memorial Day weekend is not just a weekend of going out – it’s a time to remember the sacrifices our troops pay for our freedom.  RIP Ssg. Pugh.  Love you, miss you, and think about you every day!  My #1 hero forever! 

Ssg Pugh


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