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47 Calorie Cookies

Most of you that read my blog often have noticed I have not been posting alot about sweets anymore. That's because I have been trying really hard to cut back in that department.

Unfortunately, It has not been that successful for me.
My goal weight is to be 125 lbs.
For 4 weeks, I tracked my calories using a " myfitnesspal " app on my I phone.
I entered my weight which was 161 lbs (I don't mind telling it). I wanted to loose at least 15 lbs so it gave me a 1200 calorie a day goal. I would like to loose more than 15 lbs but I was just taking it easy. I remember the days until I was 30, I couldn't get my weight over 110 lbs.
Anyways, In four weeks I lost only ONE lbs. That's all! Needless to say, I gave up the app.
I have a general idea now of how many calories are in most foods and plan to continue eating less and exercising more. I gave up my zumba dance classes back in October due to the expenses and time so I got the Zumba for Wii and I love it. Its not the same as a live class, but it is a good workout, and I can do it on my own time.

Enough about the my diet and on to the cookies!

"Banana Oatmeal Cookies"

Theses little cookies are healthy and do not taste all that bad. I just didn't really like the texture. They were sweet enough though. They make great snacks without feeling like you ruined your diet. And they contain no artifical flavoring or dairy products, therefore they are perfect for your health.

Banana Oat Meal Cookies
1 6oz jar of baby food bananas-140 cal
1 cup of Quick oats- 300 cal
2 Tbs honey- 120 cal
1/2 tsp Cinnamon -0

Mix all the ingredients together. spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake 350 degree for 15 minutes.
Makes 12 cookies = 47 calories each
(53 cal each if using ripe bananas which would prabably taste better).

I think I will make these again but add some raisins or fruit.

Ive shared this at:
mealtime-monday-recipe-link-party at couponingncooking
terrific-tuesdays at adventuresofadiymom

Last Dance

Yes, I'm gonna say it again. I'm giving up zumba dancing. This is like the fifty hundredth time I've said I was gonna give up zumba but I finally did it. I took zumba classes for three years and until about six months ago, I couldn't wait til the next class. It was so fun and felt I was getting a great workout.

Then it happened. My zumba friends began to drift away to other things and other places until finally I found myself dancing on the back row again feeling like I did not fit in and a wall began to build around me, just like before I ever started dancing. The high was gone. Oh, I hate this feeling. I really loved dancing.

The last class I attended, I knew it was the last dance for me therefore I had no enthusiasm.
As I looked around the room at everyone that I tried to be friends with for years, I could not help but wonder if they will even know I'm gone.

Between my feelings, my achy knees and the fact that money is tight right now, It just didn't seem to be beneficial for me to continue. I wouldn't get home from work until 5:30 each day and since I like to eat before 7:00 at night,  I'd rush to eat supper and rush out the door to make class. I did this three times a week. It just became not worth it.

What am I gonna do now?

I have this fear that giving up dance will cause me to gain weight, but then again, it never caused me to loose weight so ill take the chance. Meanwhile, I plan to spend more time after work being at home with my husband.
My plans are to walk more and eat less. Walking is good exercise for me and alot easier on my knees. So now after dinner, me and my husband will take a rapid two mile walk through the neighborhood and talk about our day. After all, we are best friends and togetherness is precious to us.
Maybe I'll have time for dinner with a friend or two sometime and maybe join a couple church activities throughout the month or attend more art classes.

When things pick up and the holidays are gone, maybe me and my husband can join a gym together or some kind of workout routine together at home to keep us in shape. Maybe I can find another dance class somewhere after the first of the year that will fit better into my schedule and not take away from my family life. Maybe I will not need knee surgery before I'm 50!

A Night at the Ballfield

This past weekend we had a little fun at the ball field.
It rained all afternoon and I was afraid it would rain it out but the clouds broke away, sun came out and the players removed the field cover.

We do not get into baseball that much but we like to go support our home town team called the Gastonia Grizzlies at least once in a summer.
It was a themed night of "Gaston's Got Talent" so some of us girls from the dance fitness class I belong to did a pre-game performance. We did steps to four different songs. It was fun, and hot. My husband and daughter were there to cheer me on.

Thats me! Far right end, center row.

After our performance the game began. Do you think that meant popcorn and peanuts?


It meant "a waffle burger" and a doughnut dog!"

They can come up with some crazy stuff around here.

The main reason for this post. I just had to share this! So here you have it....

waffle burger- with syrup, cheese and meat
doughnut dog- a hot dog wrapped in a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

As the game went on, I took a few more pictures then called it a night. 

 What is your favorite thing to do or eat at a ball game?

Birthday & Beach Weekend

I just celebrated my 43rd birthday on Wednesday. And guess what, I finally got a new camera! Yes! My sweet husband and daughter knew that I wanted needed one. Then when I got to work that morning, the people I work with got me a birthday cake and card. The rest of the day my family called to wish me happy birthday and my facebook wall was filled with friends telling me happy birthday. It was a great day. The next day we went to the beach for a long weekend.
It was cold, windy and gloomy at the beach this time, but that didn't stop the excitement of just being away from home and spending time with my husband and daughter. We did a lot of walking and me and my daughter enjoyed one morning doing an hour of aqua zumba. While I was there my best friend had left me a gift to enjoy during my trip.

It was a cute bracelet and cool cup. Thanks Robin!!

We did not see the sun until it was time to pack up and go home. Meanwhile, I took some pictures of things I often take for granted and never really notice when I'm busy soaking up the sun and waves.
Out of all the shells on the beach, I notice this little broken piece of a sand dollar and it was showing some love.  

Here is a view from under the pier where it looks like there is a door to the sea at the end of it. 

This is a "crabs eye" view of the sand and sea.

Now its time to get back to the real world and hope to visit the beach again soon.

Weight Loss Challenge

Ah ha! Available to the Internet weight. Yes, check it out to the right with a little widget to help me reach my goal. I like how its taking me to the beach. I am somewhat ashamed of the number but I'm gonna work on it. I don't think its all that bad but considering I was always a tiny person it does bother me. I weighed a big whopping 94lbs at 21 years old and after having a child, I left the hospital weighing 110lbs. I wanted to gain some weight because I felt unhealthy and wanted to wear big girl clothes. Little did I know that after the "30's" hit, My weight would not stop exceeding! Now I want to get back to 125 to 130 lbs.
So, I joined a weight loss challenge team at my zumba inspired fitness class. It consist of teams of 2 to 5 people. Weight-in was Monday the 16th and final weight-in will be on March 19th. The team with the greatest percentage of weight loss will win a prize. I'm hoping this will challenge me to eat better and lighter.
I'm not sure how I'm going to do it but I will start with eating smaller dinner portions and wean myself off bread. I love bread! I also plan to attend more dance classes. Maybe this blog will help me too by sharing my progress. Hope my readers stay tuned!

Party in Pink

This weekend I had a great time participating in a Party in Pink Zumbathon. Its a Charity event for the Susan G. Komen "fight for the cure". This is something I like to participate in each year.
This charity event means a lot to me as I keep in mind that some of my family members and friends are survivors of breast cancer. Unfortunately, I also had a childhood friend that was not a survivor but fought the battle.
The event was two hours of Zumba dancing and fun. There were also more options to raise money such as riffle ticket sales, a bake sale, merchandise sales and vendors from around the area.
We raised over $10,000 for the cure!!

Girls just wanna have fun
We are waiting on the dancing to begin!
Sales and Vendors

Shake it girls!

above Photos by: Encaptured & Co.
Im getting ready to bust a move!!