Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Exercise Check-In:
Week 4
Total Calories Burned: 332.3
Total Time Exercising: 74:00
Total Weight Gain: 22 pounds (eek!)

Bumped it up to Medium Impact yesterday because the Low wasn't even making me break a sweat after a while. Definite difference between Low and Medium! And I'm definitely feeling it! I feel great! Completed my 30 Day Challenge today. Going to take a rest day tomorrow and start another 30 Day Challenge on the Medium level on Thursday.

Need to increase my water intake.
Need to decrease my portion size. *sheepish grin*
(I keep forgetting that I only need 300 extra calories/day.)

I've failed for this month. There is NO WAY I can catch up now. *sigh* I've been diligently reading God's word and having regular devotions. Been memorizing all the kids' AWANA verses, too. But I just didn't give what it takes to memorize Ps. 139. :-(
Perhaps I can use the month of February instead.

Menu Planning:
These were the Pizza Quesadillas from this week's menu.
SOOOO simple to make and the kids devoured them!!!

We served it with black olives and pizza sauce.
Pregnancy Stats:
I am 27 weeks and 5 days pregnant.
In two days, I will have officially entered into the third trimester! Yea!
Baby weighs approximately 2-1/4 lbs. and is approximately 15 inches from head to heels.

Here's a belly shot!
Blah Month of Mothering:
Like I said, I don't think my circumstances have changed much, but my attitude is slooooowly changing. This morning I read a most timely e-devotional from Above Rubies. It's about taking the "easy way" of life as compared to following closely with the Lord and possibly having to walk a difficult path in life. Fantastic read if you've got a few minutes.

I keep waiting for a motherly feeling to overtake me when what I really should be doing is just being obedient... and realizing that motherhood is NOT ABOUT ME and what I get from it. I've been so caught up lately in the "what's in this for me? where's the blessing in all this?"... aka: selfishness. And it's been making me (and probably everyone in my house) miserable. I mother because it's what God has called me to do. It's not a feeling. It's a commitment.

Marriage is much the same way. You make a commitment to stick it out with another person through thick and through thin. Feelings wax and wane through time and circumstances. You don't just walk away because your needs aren't being met or because you no longer feel in love with this person. You stay committed no matter what. Sometimes love IS mere obedience and duty. But if done to glorify God, than it is pleasing to Him.

I don't feel all ooey-gooey inside when I think of babies and children. Nor do I feel that some sort of deep inner longing in life has finally been fulfilled because I bore children. I almost hate to admit it, but right now, I am mothering out of sheer obedience- my feelings are all over the chart in regard to children right now. I rest in the knowledge that this is God's plan, will and calling for me in life. It is what's best. It's definitely not the "easy way", that's for sure!

Realizing that motherhood is not about me and it's not based on feelings has been a truly freeing thing for me. It doesn't change my circumstances, but it's changing my heart and attitude. And hopefully, with continued obedience and commitment, the motherly feelings will come with time...

Friday, January 22, 2010

What's next...

A home update: Thanks for all that have prayed for me (my family) this week. It HAS gotten better. Don't think it's gotten any easier, but I've noticed my attitude changing. Family life just goes through seasons...

Exercise: I'm going to finish out my 30 day challenge on the Low Impact setting. I feel as though I have gotten over the initial "I can't/don't want to do this" hump and am finally looking forward to/enjoying the process of exercising. I've got 5 more work-outs to complete. Afterward, I will be bumping it up to Medium Impact for another 30 day challenge. Feeling great!

MMM: I'll admit, I'm a slacker. I'm sure I could fill up a few lines here with excuses, but I won't. I'll admit to my laziness. But... having shared that, I've been encouraged to pick it back up again and get accomplished what I can for the month. Whereas I haven't been memorizing Psalm 139, I have been memorizing other Scriptures quite diligently. Currently, we have 3 children enrolled in our church's AWANA program and they are all in different classes/working on different Scriptures. Faithfully, we as a family are working through those verses throughout the week. But I still plan on kicking it into gear and working on my own Scripture.

In reference to Scripture memorization, I am currently also working on my list of pregnancy/labor & delivery Scriptures to memorize. I've read several mommy blogs where mom worked through Scripture during labor and delivery and it helped dramatically get her through the process. Words of strength, peace, and God being in control providing her the inner strength and peace needed for a joyous delivery. Hope to get that in the workings here soon.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sweet & Sour Chicken and Quinoa Side Dish

*I wish I were better at taking photos. Mine don't usually do it justice.*

Oh yum! We had this for dinner tonight with a side salad. Let's just say, not many leftovers made it to the fridge. The flavors were an incredible complement to one another!

Sweet & Sour Chicken
Serves: 6
1/4 C cider vinegar
3 Tbls ground mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 C brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp salt
ground black pepper to taste
6 Tbls olive oil
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
In a large glass bowl, mix the cider vinegar, mustard, garlic, lime & lemon juices, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Place chicken in the mixture. Cover and marinate at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. Grill (or pan fry in marinade juices). Cook until juices run clear.

Quinoa Side Dish
Serves: 4
1 Tbl butter
1 C uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 Tbls chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tsp dried)
1/2 Tbl chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
1/4 tsp salt
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 dash fresh lemon juice
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add the quinoa, and toast, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. In a bowl, toss quinoa with garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and onion. Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I thought it'd be different...

I'm in a "funk" right now. Have been now for almost two weeks straight. Perhaps it should be entitled "motherhood funk". It's just SO HARD right now for some reason. Can't completely blame it on pregnancy because I'm feeling pretty good physically. Perhaps lack of sunlight (winter and basement apartment living)... but I've been diligently taking my vitamin D. I dunno what it is. To boot, the kids are going through a terrible disobedience/dishonoring phase. Mostly Benjamin and Cassandra. It is wearing me super duper thin. It's not too bad when it's just one child, or when they take turns. But this is a constant, all day, let's gang up on mommy sort of thing. I don't think they're purposing in their hearts to be naughty and evil. They are just wreaking in foolishness and I can't seem to pull them out of it. Nothing seems to work. The two of them right now are a full time job! Unfortunately, I have a husband, home, and 2-1/2 other children to care for right now (plus myself). I REALLY don't want to be complaining. Just hoping for some prayer or something. This momma's tired and stretched to the limit. Maybe I should look into getting a babysitter for a day so I can get a break and have some alone time... which I haven't done in AGES now that I think about it. Sigh...

Menu Plan

*Some of these are repeats from last week. For whatever reason we didn't get to making it... or... it was just so darn good, we wanted to eat it again. *grin*

Weds: Lazy Granola; Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Quinoa Side Dish and corn
Thurs: Oatmeal; (crockpot) Tater Tot Casserole and asparagus
Fri: hot cereal (Ralston or Cream of Wheat); Rice & Veggie Stir Fry
Sat: pancakes; Mexican (chips, cheese, and all the fixins!)
Sun: "Mom is Great" Breakfast Cake; (crockpot) Tangy Chicken Legs and green beans
Mon: Egg Sandwiches; Pizza Quesadillas w/ black olives
Tues: Irish Soda Bread; Eggs and Potato Hash

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Exercise check-in

Week 3:
Calories burned: 341.8
Time exercising: 72:08
How pregnant?: 26 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain: 19 lbs

Sunday, January 17, 2010

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Exercise Stats

Week 2:
Calories burned: 337.5
Time exercising: 72:15
How pregnant: 25 weeks, 6 days
Total weight gain: 17 lbs

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

From our kitchen this past week

I love the Chili Mac from Steak 'n Shake. So we oftentimes make our own. It's soooo good! Spaghetti noodles topped with homemade chili, taco sauce, diced onions, and shredded cheddar.
This is the "Mom is Great" Breakfast cake.
(So good, we're making it again this week!)

Here are the grains that soaked overnight.

Oops, I forgot to take a pic before I started cutting.

It is SO good! And VERY hearty/rib sticking. A perfect Sunday morning breakfast so the family's not starving by the end of church service. You can eat it either hot or cold. It's a good take-along snack. And it's SO easy/quick to make.
Marinated Tenderloin
1-1/2 cups soy sauce
3/4 cup worchestershire sauce
1 beef tenderloin (3-1/2 to 4 lb.)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbls. ground pepper
1 can (10-1/2 oz.) condensed beef broth, undiluted
In a large resealable bag, combine the soy sauce and worchestershire sauce. Add the beef; seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, turning occasionally. Remove meat from marinade (freeze leftovers; can be reused). Rub beef with garlic and pepper; place in shallow baking pan. Add broth. Bake, uncovered, at 425F for 45-55 min. Medium rare: 145F. Medium: 160F. Well done: 170F. Let stand 10 min. before slicing.

It's absolutely amazing with Mushroom Blue Cheese Sauce!!!
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 lb. (8oz) sliced fresh mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2-1 cup (2-4oz) crumbled Blue Cheese
1 Tbls. worchestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. caraway seeds
4 green onions, chopped
In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add mushrooms and garlic; saute until tender. Add the cheese, worchestershire sauce, and caraway seeds. Cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted. Stir in onions and heat through.

Mmmmm... homemade wheat bread turned into a cinnamon raisin swirl loaf.

Mouthwatering with butter!!!
Toasted for breakfast?... Amazing!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Menu Plan for this week

Tuesday: Homemade Granola; Broccoli Bake w/ Wild Rice & salad
Wednesday: (soaked) Oatmeal; Sweet & Sour Chicken & corn & Quinoa Side Dish
Thursday: Egg Sandwiches; (crockpot) Tator Tot Casserole & salad
Friday: hot cereal (Ralston or Cream of Wheat); 5 Cheese Stuffed Shells
Saturday: pancakes; Rice and Veggie Stir Fry
Sunday: "mom is great" Breakfast Cake; (crockpot) Tangy Chicken Legs & green beans
Monday: Irish Soda Bread; Chicken Tetrazzini & steamed brussel sprouts

Saturday, January 09, 2010

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Calorie Counter

Found a free online calorie counter that's pretty neat. Has over 45,000 different fast foods, brand names, and generic foods to choose from.

Looks like you can also track fitness goals and weight loss as well, but I'm more interested in the calorie counter. Breaks it down per meal & snack and gives you a daily consumption total.

Check it out!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Ugh... You have GOT to be kidding!

I've literally been working my rear off this past week with exercising and have burned approximately 518.9 calories. I was feeling pretty proud of myself... that is... until I got some "perspective" thrown my way.

In a Whopper sandwich, just one, there are 670 calories!!! WHAT?!!! (And that's not even including fries!)

One week of exercise and I haven't even yet worked off a Whopper's worth of calories!!! (Ok, I'm trying really hard not to get depressed here.)

As discouraging as this revelation of news was, it has brought with it a glimmer of good- it's made me much more sensitive to what and how much I consume. It's made me turn down desserts and fast food, that's for sure.

Wow... 670 calories... sheesh...

*naughty Whopper*

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Fitness & MMM

Heading into week 2 of my fitness regime.

Total calories burned: 518.9
Total time exercising: 109:25
How pregnant: 24 weeks, 4 days
Total pregnancy weight gain: 17 lbs

I am really liking the Wii Sports Active! It includes a journal on eating habits and physical activities (outside the workouts). It also has built in rest days.

MMM progress:
I've read Psalm 139 through several times, just to get a feel for the theme and language. But I've only actually got the first 2 verses memorized. Shared this with the kids, which was totally fitting seeing as how I am pregnant, and got on a really neat conversation about how God molded and shaped them when they were inside my womb, how they are beyond words precious to God, and how He has great and wonderful plans for their lives. They are not here by accident or surprise at all.

I remember before I was a Christian reading in a secular science textbook in high school about the development of a fetus. I vividly recall the text reading, "It's almost as if an invisible hand were inside the womb, molding and shaping the infant." Wow! It IS too perfect, too fearful and wonderful of a thing to only be considered a "chance" sort of occurrence.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

MMM & other

It's been a toss up between Psalm 139 (which came highly recommended) and James 1. After prayerful consideration, I am going with Psalm 139! Printed it out from BibleGateway.com.

And yea, I ordered my first KJV Bible yesterday! Can't wait for it to come it! I've been using this huge 4-version parallel Bible for the past several weeks!


Completely unrelated to Bible memorization, I was tickled pink yesterday to hear from my hubby that there is a local organic food co-op starting in my neck of the woods. I've searched and looked for organic produce (co-op's, local farmers, etc.) like crazy and came up with nothing, which was rather odd seeing as how I'm living in rural Indiana!!! But there's a group of ladies starting this co-op through B & B Organics. Over 300 items to choose from. Prices comparable to Kroger (which for organic is awesome!). I am SO tickled. And RD was the one to present it to me, so he's game too! YEA!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Mega Memory Month

Alrighty. I'm gonna do it! I'm gonna try my hand at doing some major memorization this month. Today, I am prayerfully considering just what I plan on memorizing. Definitely a chunk of Scripture, just not sure what.

Which leads me to another thought. I'm going to try my hand at memorizing it in the KJV. The KJV has always seemed like such a lofty heady sort of adventure, one that I've never really stepped out into. A LOT of the mommy blogs I frequent (and the books I've been reading as of late) use the KJV. I tend to stick to the NASB. But recently I've been trying to read out of the KJV during my devo time and it's actually been a pretty neat experience. It reads so differently. Usually as I read Scripture I tend to gloss over passages out of sheer familiarity. But in reading the KJV I've been forced to read slow and very deliberately, even over passages I'm familiar with, and things are popping off the page left and right. It's been a very rewarding experience!

So anyways... what chunk of Scripture to memorize?... Hmmm...