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!

Before:

Before:

After:

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 :D

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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