Monday, September 14, 2009

Congratulations and Updates

First of all, I want to say Congratulations to Sarah from Super-Duper-Cali-Fragi-Listic-Expeali-Docious for her Weight Loss efforts ! It really shows, and she looks gorgeous !!! Keep on going Sarah, you're doing very well :)

So, mouse update, Her Majesty is being a pain. The bars at the top of the cage are a bit larger than the one on the sides, and she realised she could fit between the bars... I let you guess the rest. She escaped TWICE ! She climbs on the sides, then reaches for the top, where she is upside down, and then forces her tiny mouse body through the bars and HER SHE GOES ! Free like a bird (err... A mouse) ! A true escape artist. Phil had to watch her the whole night. (He stays up until stupid O'clock, so it,s not an issue for him) We finally decided to put a plexiglass sheet on top of the cage so she stops escaping. Little bugger.

I am going to Quebec City next week-end and will probably spend a night there, but I want to make sure I'm back for the Sunday evening service at church. I now go to Evangel Pentecostal Church, our old church's "mother church". Since we have a new pastor, things have changed for the better. I usually go with Phil and friends of ours that used to go to Connexion Church with us. We really had a nice time yesterday, and we really like Pastor Jonathan, he's young and a bit like the other pastor we used to have !

It is funny, as I never thought I'd end up going to Evangel. But I felt like the Lord wanted me there, and I think I know why. That's to be continued, as I don't want to spread the news of something that hasn't happened yet. But I have my own little idea about it. It involves that little group of friends from Connexion, I can't say any more about it... I just need to stay in prayer and get the answers to my questions that way. God keeps on giving me clues, and I still got to put all the puzzle pieces together.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Apple Picking - Yum !

Apple Picking - Yum !, originally uploaded by brindegazon.

So last week, I went apple picking with my parents. It was a very nice day and I got to get out of the house. That felt great ! We picked two different variety of apples, Lobo and PaulaRed. I still don't know what I'm going to do with my 20 apples, but one thing is certain, tonight, I'm having a baked apple with (fake) brown sugar and cinnamon. That's going to be my treat for today. I will also make applesauce with the PaulaRed apples and ass Splenda and cinnamon to it to have a nice low point snack to bring to work.

I woke up this morning to a very tired and lethargic mouse. She has been a pain all night and has trouble staying up in the morning. I thought that something was wrong, because when I grabbed her, she didn't try to hide or escape, she just let me grab her as if she was too weak to do anything. I showed Phil, and all he said is that she was fine, just tired. After a while, she got back to normal. I still checked everything, no broken bones, normal feces and normal urine, she eats, she drinks, she has no trouble breathing. My mouse is healthy. PHEW ! I've had it for a week, and I still would be sad if she had something, I like her loads ! She's funny to watch.

I am looking into cooking some curry, but most recipes I find are loaded with fat... I should look on WW's website, in order to find something that could be a nice equivalent without the fat, of course. My husband has been asking for curry for the past month, I need to cook something he likes once in a while.

I have been thinking about taking Zumba classes, but I'm not sure. It's not something that I can financially afford, so I would have to ask my mother if she could help me pay it. I would like to move more, be more active, because it gives me more energy to go through my days ! Also, I found I sleep well when I exercise every day.

Today is Weigh-In day, and I am down 2 lbs ! I got my 5% (Again... ahah !) and I'm doing very well. I find it is easier this time, I don't really know why. Maybe because I've done it already ? The first time I did Weight Watchers, I had so much trouble eating only 22-21 points per day it was almost torture. This time, I have no trouble not going over my daily points. Somes days I am done eating and I realise I have like 3-4 points left. I don't know why, probably because my job doesn't stress me as my old job did... But my eating patterns are a lot more normal and life is less of a nightmare. Great.

Oh and I want to thank Sarah for the Lovely Blog Award :) Thanks for thinking of me !!!

I think that's all for today. I'm off to work and will plan next week's meals as well. I'll come back to you on that. I'll post my menu for the week.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Welcoming Two New Family Members ♥

I finally convinced my husband to get two mice. After weeks of hard work, he finally said yes ! (To one condition. If I have one, he's gotta have one too...) So after I went out with my parents, I stopped at the Safari Pet Center at the shopping center where my sister works, and got a cage bargain. So I said to myself, I could buy the cage and wait ! WRONG ! I went to see their fancy mice, and to my surprise, they looked healthy and they had a good variety of markings and colors.

I decided I'd take a black one for my husband, and a degu one for myself. They are both females and get along pretty well ! They don't make as much noise as I thought during the night either, but what surprised me, is that as opposed to hamsters, mice squeek. A LOT ! This made me have a cuteness overdose last night, I swear !

So here are pictures of my two little babies ! They're super tiny for now, but they will grow bigger that's for sure...

I can hold both of them in my hand, and I was also surpised of how soft their tail really is... I think I now prefer mice to hamsters ! I've had hamsters for years when I was young, I liked them a lot, but mice are funnier to watch. They're tiny and quick on their toes.

Now here's another picture, and this is Her Majesty herself, exploring the palm of my hand.

I like her color a lot. Makes her look like a wild mouse, a bit. I don't like albino mice, they look creepy with their red eyes... Ugh a bit like lab mice or something.

Anyway, apart from getting mice yesterday, I had a pretty good food day as well. Horrible choices, but full of NSVs !!! Not feeling guilty about food choices is one... The other is enjoying fast food in moderated quantities. Instead of eating a whole smoked meat sandwich, I had half of it with maybe 10 chips, and I had enough. I realised that it was a right quantity for me, and I didn't enjoy it less because of the portion size. That's pretty good :)

Today's program will be :

- Laundry
- Picking up
- Cooking
- Making a YouTube Video

I'll post later !

Friday, September 4, 2009

I had to try it too.

So, after reading tons of stuff about people making weird smoothies composed of spinach and fruits called Green Monsters, I decided to try it. I am very skeptical, ans I must admit, the idea of a spinach smoothie was almost making me sick...

After looking up a couple recipes, I finally ended up making my own, which looks like the following :

1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
2 cups of Baby Spinach
1 cup of Blueberries (frozen)
1 large Banana

This ended up being the best smoothie I've ever had, with just the right amount of sweetness. You can add sugar/Splenda/Agave syrup if you want, but I liked mine this way. I even fooled my husband. I made him taste the thing, asked him his advice. He said it was pretty good (he normally doesn't really like smoothies) and that it was just sweet enough. His face turned to GREEN when I told him there was 2 cups of spinach in this glass I was drinking. (He hates veggies, really...)

The Green Monster ended up not being a monster after all. I loved it and had another this morning for breakfast with my Nutella toast. (It's Friday, I deserved the treat.)

Oh and WI number 2 : 148.8 lbs ! I'm definitely back on track, 10 more pounds and I'll be where I left, and I'll be 8.8 lbs from my goal. I'm doing good, this is excellent.

I'll start posting videos again, I need to make one this week-end !