Livin' in the HPJ

by Heather on February 24, 2010

Good morning guys!  How are y’all?  I know I’m so glad it’s Wednesday…means I’m just that much closer to Friday!

Last night was so much fun at our community group!  When we walked in we were instantly greeted by these amazing chocolate chewy cookies that Stephanie’s mom made.  Don’t they look amazing?!?!

And a HUGE bowl of grapes!  I love grapes.  I am actually really picky about my fruit, and these were totally up to standard:  nice and juicy and crisp!

When they pulled this tray of bread & butter out of the oven I knew I was in for a wonderful comforting dinner:

This is part of the surprise….

And I just liked this shot….

But before I go there, I ate a HUGE plate of speghetti and marinara!  SO GOOD.  It was exactly what I didn’t even know I wanted, too!  By the way, I love regular spaghetti noodles so much more than thin spaghetti.  Nate is of the mindset that thin spaghetti is better because it cooks faster and therefore gets into his stomach more quickly.  However, I adore the texture of great al dente spaghetti noodles!

And the surprise thing I made?  It’s a CHEESECAKE that I made using Ina’s recipe :)  I love Ina Garten, she’s by far my favorite Food Network gal!

Mmmmmmmmmm…perfectly creamy and wonderful with my strawberry jam on top!

Why the secret?  Well, our friends Murphy and Lauren got engaged!  The cheesecake was gonna be a surprise for her (Murphy told us her favorite dessert was cheesecake :)), so I didn’t want to spoil it by advertising on the blog.  Their story is so awesome, and she even made a “ring” for him out of rope from New Zealand for when he proposed!  She didn’t want him to be without an engagement ring too…how cute is that?!?!

We had a great time talking about marriage and just how our lives are going.  I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful group of friends to live life with!  It was a hard move from Dallas to Colorado, but thanks to our great friends we feel like we’ve been here forever!

I didn’t do a workout at all this morning because we got back really late last night and I knew my body just needed sleep.  I’m planning on walking per usual this afternoon and then doing some 30-Day Shred tonight before dinner!  Breakfast was an egg sandwich:  whole wheat English muffin, 1 Tbsp goat cheese, Frank’s hot sauce, and 2 eggs:

We had time for me to take a picture with the puppers!  I don’t usually straighten my hair, but I had time this morning, so I figured we better take a picture so it’ll last longer 😉

I love that Bunker blinked and Keira’s trying to attack the treat in Nate’s hand :)  I also had a mug of hot chocolate and coffee for a little pick-me-up!

SO, I’ve come up with a new page on my blog to document my month-ish long journey to fit into a pair of pants that I haven’t been able to fit into for a long time.  I’ve termed this the “HPJ” aka “Healthy Pants Journey.”  I 100% LOVE the “Size Healthy” mantra I’ve garnered from Angela at Oh She Glows, and have decided to use it to encourage myself in my next stage of weight loss.  Since November 2009, which incidentally is when I learned about health blogging and started to do it, I’ve been going through the process of quitting fat-talk, listening to my body, and eating healthfully.  I’ve definitely started to lose some of the weight, but I haven’t been working out consistently enough to really amp up the loss.  My biggest goal through all of this is to beat my disordered eating habits once and for all and live my healthiest life possible.  I mean, I’m only 26 for crying out loud!  However, the next goal is to feel comfortable in my body, something that I’ve never felt, but I know I’m on the road to getting there now.

Let me emphasize that this is not about my size.  I could care less if I ever fit into those pants again; however, I do know that the weight I’m currently at is not a healthy one for me physically or mentally.  I do know that I can live a healthier, happier life and I can fit into my size healthy pants.  And so, I’m going to be documenting my workouts on the HPJ page to hold myself accountable and to show myself that this is something I CAN DO.  I can beat this disorder; we all can!

What do you consider your healthy size?  Do you measure it with a number or with a feeling?  Do you count calories or listen to your body? I’m going to need all the cheering I can get!  Like I said, I WILL beat this and I WILL be happy!  Life is too short and I am too blessed to not do that :)

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