Thursday, December 1, 2016

Little Black Dress...

Well, here we that time of year where schedules are hectic and parties are plentiful!  If you are like us, your calendar for the month of December is almost completely booked with places to go, people to see, scrumptious food to eat...but we won't talk about the food, right??!!  :-)

What I do want to talk about is this....the Little Black Dress!  Everyone should own a Little Black Dress.  It is like a staple for the pantry, but for your closet. :-)  Believe it or not, I've never owned a Little Black Dress, but now that I've lost weight it is time to get one!

Here are a few I've been looking at...believe me, they take the word "little" literally...

While the 20-year-old in me says "you can rock this", my 55-year-old body says "you can't wear none o' that"....nevertheless, it is too cute!

I like this one because it seems to be one of those "shapeless" dresses that fits your specific shape.

There is only one problem with this dress...the back is open.  Now, my back looks fine, but I don't think the dress would look too well with my bra straps showing.  One thing about being NEVER leave home without a bra....ever!!  Well, unless you want to frighten small children and scar them for life!  While I know there are alternatives and cuppy things you can wear, I believe this dress is perfect for someone perkier than me!

I love the sleeves on this dress (if I could keep them out of a dip or sauce...I can see me dragging around cocktail dip on one of those sleeves all night)...

...and the length! I'm short, it would hit right at my knees.

After looking at 12 bazillion dresses, I determined that this one might be the best fit for me...'s longer, covers all body parts, has a small scoop in the back and my bra won't show!  It checks all of my boxes!!

I also found these perfect Little Black Dress shoes...

...but they are sold out...figures!

Soooooo, what's your style of Little Black Dress?


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving....

I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving holiday!  In my typical fashion, I will leave you with a short video!


Friday, November 18, 2016

Shake, Shake, Shake....

I've been telling you all about that wonderful milkshake that I drink every day with our new fitness plan....I know you were beginning to think it didn't exist, but it really does!!

While there are quite a few pre-made shakes out there to use, I prefer to make my own because I can control the sugar, carbs, calories, etc.   Here is the recipe I use for my daily protein shake:

1/2 scoop EAS Soy Protein Powder (Chocolate)
1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk (Light)
2 teaspoons Benefiber
1/4 medium banana
1 tablespoon of Hershey's Dark Chocolate Powder
1 cup ice

I put all of these ingredients into the Ninja cup, screw on the lid and blend!  If it seems a little thick, I will add several drops of almond milk. I drink this right after my morning workout to feed my muscles some protein.  In a pinch, this shake can also be used as a meal replacement. Sometimes, when I'm feeling a little adventurous and need some extra calories, I use the Silk Nutchello Milk...OH. MY. GOODNESS... it is so chocolatey, rich and YUM!!

This recipe is versatile.  You can use a whole banana, a whole cup of milk, and an entire scoop of protein powder.  I want low calories, low sugar and low carbs, so I use smaller portions.

The EAS Soy Protein Powder also comes in vanilla flavor.  The change I make for vanilla is to eliminate the Hershey's Dark Chocolate and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  I will sometimes add a little apple pie spice (to taste).  Either shake is absolutely delicious and helps with not feeling deprived of the things I enjoy!

As always, please, please, please speak to your doctor before you alter your diet or start an exercise program, especially if you have issues like high blood pressure or diabetes.  The things I have shared on my blog are changes that work for me and for the hubster.

Outside of menopause, I have no underlying health issues.  Of course, the hubster says I'm closer to dead than he is (with his high blood pressure) as my resting pulse is only 57, which in his words is "barely above ground"...LOL.  That is probably why it is taking me 3 times longer to lose a few pounds!!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Holiday Place Settings....

I know I promised a post on that wonderful milkshake I drink every day, but I really wanted you all to see these before the holiday bustle kicks in next week! :-)

I am constantly perusing Pinterest.  I had stopped for a while...just like blogging and Instagram and did very well managing those addictions.  Unfortunately, I started looking again.  While Pinterest isn't necessarily a BAD is not a PRODUCTIVE thing. :-)

While scrolling around last week, I saw so many gorgeous place settings for the holidays, but these two really caught my eye...

I love the black plate in the middle of this setting... and all of the goldware....just gorgeous!  Who would have thought to use a black plate for a holiday place setting?  Not me, that's for sure.

For Christmas, I found this beauty...

Both of these are so simple and so elegant...what do you think?


Monday, November 14, 2016

Moderation, Not Deprivation...

There it was, staring me in the face, in black and white… TRUE weight!  Surely the scales HAD to be wrong! (No, those are not my legs...I wish they were)

The last time I weighed this much I gave birth to something.  This time, unfortunately, I didn’t have anything waiting to be born.  With a disgusting sigh, I stepped off the scales and weighed (…ha…get it…) :-) my options.

The way I saw it, I had two choices….I could maintain my current miserable weight or I could get busy and do something about it.  And let me tell you, this was hard for me as I've never had a weight problem.  Stupid menopause!!

Since the hubster was battling his own weight issues and some borderline high blood pressure problems, we set out on our weight loss venture.

The first decision we made is that we would not diet...we would not deprive ourselves of the foods we enjoyed...we would be moderate with our intake of them.  We developed a healthy routine of eating and exercise that would work for us.  We wanted this change to be permanent, not temporary.  We turned to technology (the last place one would think about looking) for answers, downloaded a few fitness and calorie counting apps, researched some food plans and began our journey.

As of today, I've lost 15 pounds and the hubster has lost 20.  He dropped his in 4 weeks, while it has taken me 3 months (don't you hate that men can lose weight so much more easily?).  I went from a 4 Mt. Dew-a-day habit to rarely drinking caffeine.  And believe me, leaving those Mt. Dews behind has been difficult.  Now, I drink anywhere between 1 ½ to 2 gallons of water a day.

By using MyFitnessPal and FitBit, we have learned to be aware of exactly what we are eating.  Everything we eat gets recorded, including vitamins...they have calories.  The hubster laughs and says that he doesn't really have to worry about his calories since I can recite the calories, sugars, carbs, fat and protein content of just about everything we eat.

We both exercise.  I exercise 5-6 days a week...some cardio, some strength training/toning.  I do it all from home.  I didn't want to go to the gym while I was overweight, so I thought I would lose all of the weight I wanted and then try the gym.  We have eliminated a lot of processed foods, eating more protein, fruits and veggies..I eat more fruits, the hubster eats more veggies...we balance it out.  We still go out to eat, we just make better choices.

We still eat our favorite foods...pasta, bread, rice, nachos, cake, chocolate, tacos, etc. we just eat it in moderation.  I still plan on having egg nog during the holidays....I just won't have 3 glasses before bedtime! :-)  When we went to the State Fair this year, we split a fried snickers and I had a foot long corny dog...after all, you cannot go to the fair and not have a corny dog!

Our rule is and will be moderation, not deprivation.  We feel that most diets fail because one has to deprive themselves of something they enjoy.  So far, our plan is working for us.  Each person has to find what works for them.   And the best part of this weight loss journey....besides the weight loss....I get to have a chocolate or vanilla milkshake EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I will share that recipe in my next post!  But for now, a little something for your viewing pleasure...

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