Happy Harry Potter Weekend! I will talk more about this later. I weighed this morning and I was highly disappointed. The first time I weighed, it still showed me up 5 pounds from the holidays. I was DEVASTATED and MAD. I worked out, resolved some pending stomach issues and weighed again and I was up about 4. I am also going through the time of month where I retain more water than normal and I’m extra bloated so I am trying to blame at least one pound on that. I have been so good for three weeks so I guess I really did a number on myself over the holidays. I’m especially discouraged because there is really nothing more I can do in the exercise department. I am already working extremely hard. I kicked it up a notch this week and I honestly don’t think I should do more. I don’t want to do too much. I can always do better in the food department but I’ve been pretty dang good. Hopefully, my metabolism will kick in a little help soon. I want to start losing again at some point.
The recipe this week is Chicken with Dijon Herb Sauce. This recipe was inspired by one I saw that used pork chops. I had chicken in the freezer so that’s what I used. The sauce has light butter, spicy mustard, onions and parsley. The recipe suggested that you can use fresh herbs like parsley, tarragon and chives. Basically, you sauté the chicken in the light butter, set it aside, mix all the ingredients for the sauce in the same pan and then add them all together. The sauce had a lot of flavor because of the mustard and the tiny but of light butter. It’d be good for a dinner party. It’s not extremely pretty but it was tasty and a little different spin on chicken.
OMG y’all. I’m heading to Orlando tomorrow so my mom, Oma and I can go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Sunday. I am BEYOND thrilled to be going. I think it’s going to be a blast. We’ve all read the books and seen the movies and I think it’s safe to say that we qualify as Harry Potter nerds. I can’t wait to go and experience it!
I need to give a shout out to my Canon Powershot camera. I’ve had it for awhile now and it’s time has come. It’s giving me a white screen of death and I can’t get it to work. It was a good camera but I suppose it’s time to move on. Having said that, I didn’t want to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter without a working camera. At some point in my life, I want to invest in a professional camera that you can change the lenses on but I also need a good camera that is small enough so I can put it in a case and carry it everywhere with me. I’ve seen the Kodak EasyShare camera for awhile and I have been wanting it. It’s a good camera for the price, it’s cute and you can upload the pics right to the Facebook or Twitter from the camera. You can also download movies to YouTube from the camera. I am loving it so far. I can’t wait to test it out this weekend!
This week, my advice is to Treat Yo Self. I don’t know if any of you watch Parks & Recreation but they had an episode not too long ago where Donna and Tom had a day (that I think they said they do once a month) where they treat themselves. They feel like they deserve to treat themselves if they’ve worked hard. I think this is a good message. Have you been strict on your diet for a month? Treat Yo Self! Have you gone 2 weeks without spending money dining out? Treat Yo Self. Even though I haven’t lost all of my holiday weight yet, I’ve been working really, REALLY hard so I’m going to have a fun weekend and treat myself to yummy food and treats while I’m at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ll be good again when I get back so it may be a couple weeks before I weigh again but I deserve it. I topped off my workout week last night with an hour and a half in the gym and between running, walking, biking and time on the elliptical, I put in 5 miles and also did some muscle work. In fact, with my new routine, I am doing 16 miles a week plus weights and crunches. I have been bouncing back and forth on machines. It’s a lot of work and I’m tired…so I will have some Butter Beer…and I can’t WAIT!
I didn’t sleep well last night. I think I’m going to have to start giving up caffeine again. I had awful nightmares so I’m really tired today. I hate to give up McAlister’s tea and Diet Coke with caffeine but I can’t handle all these nightmares and sleepless nights. Sometimes I feel like I have to give up everything I enjoy, lol, but I know it’s good for the long term.
I am packing tonight and can’t wait!
Have a great weekend and if you don’t mind…think about my family as we are all travelling over the next few days. Pray that we all have safe trips! I will have pictures to share next week!
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." Albus Dumbledore