Good Friends & A Rat Tail

by Heather on April 25, 2010

Good morning everyone! How is everyone today?  After about 6 straight days of gloomy, rainy weather, the sun is out again and I feel 95% better :)  I’m also so thankful for all of y’alls encouragement too.  It made me laugh, cry, and truly made me feel a lot better about the scale situation.  As clarification, I don’t weigh myself at all, so the number was a shock period.  In wake of that, I’ve been cutting down on my portion sizes and trying to eat better choices.  With the exception of pizza Friday :)

I only had 2 small slices of pepperoni, where I would normally have 4:

Since I still wasn’t feeling good we stayed home and watched The Young Victoria and The Blind SideI still want to bee Leigh Anne Touhy as portrayed by Sandra Bullock… 😉  We went to bed and the next morning Nate so sweetly asked me on a breakfast date!  We went to Panera Bread (my choice) and split a chocolate chip muffin top:

And I had the breakfast power sandwich (it’s an egg, ham, sharp white cheddar, and grainy bread):

And Nate had a bagel sandwich with sausage, egg, and cheese:

We shopped around at PetsMart, Target, Home Goods, and TJ Maxx for a while.  We got a white board to do some planning for a book (EEK! :)) and a jar to do meal planning like Christie suggested!  When we got home I was actually pretty pooped, so we just relaxed the rest of the afternoon.

For dinner we went over to Robbie & Stefanie’s house for shrimp tacos with Jason & Stephanie.  Sounds seriously delicious, right? It was!  We had this amazing salsa that Stef made:

It had tomatoes, cucumber, tons of cilantro, onion, garlic, and champagne mango!  I’d never had it until last night (champagne mango, that is) and I’m planning a trip to Whole Foods later today :)  Heaven on a chip right there:

The shrimp were marinated in lime juice and hot sauce.  And they were sooooo good!  We also had some Spanish rice made with some sort of sweet short-grain brown rice, which was dangerously good.  I kept going back for more of that!

My tacos had a little cheese, 4 shrimp, some rice, and were topped off with that yummy mango salsa:

And dessert was chocolate-covered acai berries and a homemade cappuccino (unpictured).

And y’all, that’s when the madness commenced.  I would say that these guys are our best friends, and there really isn’t a time where there isn’t just a ton of laughter!  I don’t remember how we go on the subject last night, but Robbie announced that he wanted to cut his hair in a bowl cut just for fun, just to see what it looked like.  You don’t say that in front of Nate and Jason unless you actually want it to happen :)  This next series of pictures might not be that funny to anyone else, but rest assured I’m cracking up just scrolling through them!




Y’all, the three guys went upstairs to give Robbie a bowl cut, and they left a rat tail to surprise him!

And here it is in all it’s glory:

The funny thing is Robbie didn’t know they’d left it…

Jason is so dedicated to bowl-cut perfection…

…as well as rat-tail perfection…

…and the combination bowl-cut rat-tail perfection…

Robbie still had no idea there was a rat tail!  Guess it was just hidden enough to be invisible.

We’ll call this the “bridal shot” because it reminds me of one of my favorite pictures we’ve taken of a bride getting ready:

We didn’t get this on film, but I will say that the best part about the rat-tail-making was that Nate and Jason laughed so hard they were crying!  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen either of them laugh that hard, but it definitely made for a great time.  In fact my abs are sore from so much laughter last night 😀

Breakfast this morning was going to be a GM, but the milk was bad.  I maintain that there’s not a whole lot else in this world that smells as horrible as bad milk…makes me shudder just to think about it!  So I made a roasted maple cinnamon almond butter and banana grilled sandwich:

It was delicious!  I had a leftover hoagie from the other night, so I used that, about 1 Tbsp of the nut butter, and 1/2 of a banana.  YUM!  Now I’m getting ready for church and excited to be outside!

Again, thank you all so much for your sweet encouraging comments.  You’ve been there for me when I really needed encouragement from strong women, and for that I am so thankful!  My plan moving forward is:

  • continue to work on eating smaller, reasonable portions,
  • continue to work on eating real, healthful food whenever possible,
  • getting rid of change in my office so as to limit snacks to healthy options rather than those in a vending machine,
  • continue to work on healing my knee so that I don’t have to limit my physical activity anymore.

Do y’all have any other suggestions for steps I can take to continue to live a healthier life? I do snack on junk food, and portion control is my worst enemy.  It’s almost like if I like something I can’t STOP eating it.  Any hints on how to savor my food better? I’m thinking take drinks of water in between bites and always ALWAYS set my fork down while I chew.

You guys are amazing!  Have a wonderful Sunday!

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