Happy Halloween Weekend Y’all! Halloween is by far my favorite holiday so I’m super excited. I decided that I wasn’t going to weigh today or next Friday. I want to enjoy the weekend, not stress about my weight. I am going to be eating bad this weekend, Monday, Thursday and Saturday for various reasons and if I don’t weigh again until 11/11/11, I will know how hard I need to work before Thanksgiving. It’s crazy how fast the year has gone. These seasonal functions make it so difficult to lose weight. Technically, I could be doing much better and choose to opt out of the foods I’ve been eating but I work hard during the week so I don’t gain too much and I plan on getting VERY serious the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and then after the new year. This time next year, I’d like to be down 25-30 more pounds. Hopefully I can manage that in a year…I think I can with hard work. If I do, I think I’ll be able to come up with a final goal and then I will be in the maintaining stage. Football season has added another notch to my belt and also put a dent in my wallet. I have had such a blast going to the games but with Christmas coming up and the fact that I’m already behind, I think I will have to wait until next year for away games unless I win a football ticket lottery of some sort. Oh well, I still have LSU to look forward to at home on the 5th.
The recipe this week was Cheese, Sausage ‘N Portabella Skillet. I got this recipe from the Hungry Girl and it’s meant to be a substitute for the skillet breakfast dishes at places like Steak ‘N Shake and Cracker Barrel. This recipe is made all in one skillet. You sauté up one meatless or turkey sausage patty (crumbled) with onion and then add mushrooms and frozen, shredded hash browns to the mix. Once all of that is browned up a bit, add egg beaters, garlic and 1 wedge of the Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss Cheese (or any flavor, I used the garlic herb). Once it’s all cooked, add salt, pepper and a bit of fat free shredded cheddar. It may not look very pretty but this dish was DELICIOUS! Egg Beaters and hash browns (made in the skillet or baked on a cookie sheet with non-stick spray) are things that are good for you but they are bland. Adding that little bit of sausage with mushrooms and onions really took it to another level of flavor making this a filling, yummy dish. I will definitely make it again, especially since it’s so simple and fast!
Dad and I attended the UT/Bama game last Saturday and other than the first half, it was a good ole butt whipping. Bama has the week off this Saturday which works out perfectly because it’s Halloween and the team will have time to prepare for LSU. There is so much hype and excitement surround that game because it’s the best two teams in the nation, battling it out for the West, the number one spot and a much better chance at the national championship. I get nervous just thinking about it. I’ll have more on that next week.
The before and after this week has me at a church fall festival a few years ago. I was a babysitter…get it? I’m pretty sure any baby, child or small animal would have been in danger had that derriere gone to sit on them. Oh well. The after picture is of me and my brother. I went to Holt High School and this spring, while my brother is graduating, I will be watching, crying and remembering my high school graduation from 10 years ago. I can’t believe how fast he’s grown up. It makes me so emotional to see him all grown up and painting himself at football games…lol.
I want to give a real brief rant. This morning, on the Today Show, they did a piece on women who are eating more and trying to gain weight in hopes that they will weigh enough for their insurance company to pay for them to have weight loss surgery. This INFURIATED me! If you exclude the bit of overeating I’ve done the past couple of weeks, I’ve lost 111 pounds. Yes, it’s taken my 2-1/2 years to get there but I’m better for it. I know what to do and what not to do, how to live, how to be healthy and exercise. If you have a mindset that allows you to believe that you should eat more to gain for free surgery, you aren’t ready to lose weight. You have to change your mind set. Here’s a thought. Why don’t you get off your lazy butt and exercise! Grrrr…it just makes me so mad. Weight loss surgery is reserved for morbidly obese people who have tried every option to lose weight and still can’t. I’ve seen plenty of people that could’ve lost weight the healthy way but opted for the surgery. Again, if you don’t have the mind set, all the initial weight you lose from your surgery will come back.
Anyway, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest…I’m headed to Birmingham this weekend for a Halloween party and then to Chattanooga on Sunday to see my family, should be fun!
I will leave you with a few fun Halloween pictures.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
Dress up, have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously…at least for one weekend.
“It may be my family's redneck nature
Rubbin' off, bringin' out unlady-like behavior
It sure ain't Christian to judge a stranger
But I don't like her
She may be a stranger who spends all winter
Bringin' the homeless blankets and dinner
A regular Nobel Peace Prize winner
But I really hate her
I'll think of a reason later
Inside her head may lay all the answers
For curin' diseases from baldness to cancer
Salt of the earth and a real good dancer
But I really hate her
I'll think of a reason later.” I’ll Think of a Reason Later-Lee Ann Womack