Wednesday, December 29, 2010

You Are What You Eat

Hello Everyone!
I'm back from my break early. I've been gone too long and
I missed you all. How was your Christmas? Ours was fantastic!
Thank you for all of your kind words on my last post. I decided
to keep on blogging. I'll just post a little bit less often. I cannot join
every single link party anymore though. There are so many of them.
While I do enjoy them I simply cannot redo a room or buy something
new for the sake of joining in. I found myself wanting to do just that.
I may join a few here and there. For the most part it will be just *me*.
You're all welcome and I hope you continue to read my blog into 2011.
It has been since September since I posted my one year weight loss
update and I thought I would get started early on my New Year's diet.
Yes, I said *diet*....
I have been eating unhealthy foods and not exercising with any real
consistency since mid November. Ugh. As a result in the last 6 weeks I
have packed on 6 pounds of unwanted fat. I wish I could tell you losing
weight and keeping it off is easy. I lost 48 pounds and went from a size
14 to a 6 petite in less than one year. To read my loss story click here.
Changing your lifestyle and sticking with it is hard work. I know...:)
I will always have to work extra hard to stay in shape and be healthy.
Who's with me? Are you ready to make 2011 your healthiest year yet?
Join me and I'll show what I ate to gain and what I plan to do to lose it.The Miller Family, Christmas 2010.
I can actually see the weight gain in my face.
The biggest difference is feeling sluggish. Not good.

We ate burgers, fries and Chick-fil-A too many times.
These foods are filled with too much fat, calories and sodium.
I indulged way too often in my old favorite drink Diet Dr Pepper.
I know what was I thinking? I went over a year without drinking sodas.
That will not happen again. I could see the puffiness from the sodium.

Yes, we ate this. Enough said.
We also made some of these...
I cannot stress enough how much dropping refined sugars from my diet
made such a positive difference. It is not worth eating it in the long run.
Here's a list of what I ate that was unhealthy during the last six weeks.
Restaurant foods:
Olive Garden, Outback, Chili's, Melting Pot, Ruby Tuesday and Mexican.
Also my favorite sushi (Due to the extra sodium that I get with the soy)
Love them all but I cannot indulge and lose. I think I would have to
run a marathon every week to compensate and that is not happening.
At home:
Heath Bar Coffee ice cream, cupcakes, pumpkin pie, whipped cream
breakfast orange rolls, mashed potatoes, prime rib, pasta dishes.
We said we were celebrating. The Holidays, my hubs birthday
in November and various other occasions kept coming up.
Do unhealthy foods really have to join the party?
I got what I deserved. I knew what I was doing and I'm over it.
I'm moving back to my healthy lifestyle all over again.
I'm excited about it!
It feels *great* to exercise and eat well!
I don't follow any particular structured diet plan.
I watch my portion sizes carefully. I always eat dinner and
I do not eat after a certain cut off time at night. This is key.

We will be eating a variety of fresh fruits and veggies.
When you don't eat extra sodium and sugars food tastes *real*.
Try it. You will know what I mean in a few short days.

I will always be drinking plenty of cold H2O. Yum!
In the long run no major harm was done. My B/P is still fine.
To continue eating that way was not a good idea though.
Exercise will be starting again now. I'm back to walking, running and
our Bowflex weight machine. Do you have any work out ideas for me?
I hope I helped to inspire some of you with my honesty.
It wasn't easy to admit I had fallen back into my old bad habits.
I'll let you know how it goes with my healthy changes once again.
~A Simple Health Guide~
1. Drink plenty of water. 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince
and dinner like a princess. 3. Eat foods that grow on trees or plants.
4. Live with energy, enthusiasm and empathy. 5. Sleep 8 hours nightly.
6. Practice yoga, meditation & prayer. 7. Sit in silence 10 minutes a day.
~A Simple Life Guide~
1. Do the right thing. 2. The best is yet to come.
3. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
4. However good or bad a situation is it will change.
5. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
6. Your inner most is always happy, so be happy.
7. God heals everything.
*All the best to you and yours in 2011.*
What are your resolutions or mottos?
Happy New Year blog friends!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another Year Has Gone

Hello Friends!
Another year has come and *almost* gone.
Whew. Can you believe it? Time really passes
by faster as we age. Life is a lovely precious gift.
It's hard to believe this will be my last post of 2010.
As the new year approaches I can't help but wonder
*Where will we be next Christmas?* A military move
seems to be a definite for us by sometime next fall.
Where and exactly when remains to be seen.
I'll keep you posted...
I have been doing tons of thinking about my blog and
what to do with it over the past few months. I feel like
I may have run out of post topics and I am boring you.
At the same time I posted more than I ever have the
last few months and my blog has grown in numbers.
Thank you all for your interest and kindness.
I now receive *countless* spam emails every single day.
It is getting really weird to say the least....Sigh.
The final straw came yesterday. I received a *gift* in the
mail from a stranger. What is that about? I won't go into
the details but let's just say it made me uncomfortable that
they would take it upon themselves to do this without asking.
Well, my friends everything is okay now...:)
My sweet blog friend *Gloria* sent me the *gift*.
No card was attached from the company so after all
of the spam I receive I just thought the worst. Ha!
My goodness, silly me...and thank you Gloria my *bloggy Mom*.
I hope your holidays are healthy, happy and safe.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

May Your Days Be Merry

Hello Everyone!
May your days be merry and it!
Here is our merry and bright holiday table.
Join me for a tour!
I set the table with my *Peace On Earth* green dishes.
They are from Cracker Barrel.
The jewel napkin rings are fom Kirklands.
Look at the gorgeous new holiday arrangement I won!
Thank you very much Kara. Check out her stunning blog.
I added gold scroll frames to the china cabinet.
I am going a bit frame crazy lately. LOL!
A view of the four frames displayed with the dishes.
All photos enlarge when clicked for details.
I added a red runner and plaid napkins from Marshalls.
A view of the formal dining room.
The floral features flocking. It's so pretty and festive.
I added gold candlesticks and red candles to each side.
The red poinsettia goblets are from Princess House.
The red jingle bell placemats are from Pier 1.
The white bird shackers are from Pier 1.
Thank you for visiting today and for the last two years. Wow!
I can't believe it has been that long since I started my blog.
On that note it is time for a much needed holiday break.
I'll see you in two weeks or so. Don't forget me...:)
*Happy Holidays To All My Blog Friends!*

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Christmas Favorites

Hello Friends! Mantels all decked out in Christmas finery.My all time favorite holiday music. It's so lovely. Decorated Christmas trees and banisters. Evergreens. The smell is fresh and crisp. The best Christmas movie ever. LOL! We watch it every year.New fallen snow is simply magical. The warmth of the glowing lights from windows. Christmas wreaths and red bows on every single window. Love it! Eggnog with a bunch of nutmeg. Yum! What are yours?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Past

Hello Everyone!
This year too much has been happening and we were
not able to decorate our usual two Christmas trees.
I miss having them up but it worked out better this way.
I thought I would take you on a tour of Christmas
photos through the past few years at our home.
Our ivory and gold tree in the formal dining room.
This one has Lenox and Thomas Kinkade ornaments.
It has a warm and welcoming glow as you enter.
All photos enlarge when clicked.
The fun and whimisical *red* tree in the living room.
I like having two contrasting style trees.
Who knows maybe I will even add a third tree one day.
Christmas *2006*
Christmas *2007*
Christmas *2008*
Christmas *2009*
This year we used our Marine Corps Ball photo for cards.
Thanks for strolling down memory lane with me.
Who knows where we will be next Christmas....:)
I definitely see a big move happening for us in 2011.
Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Believe In Your Dreams

Hello Everyone!
This is the time of year to believe and dream.
I found these inspirational signs yesterday while
shopping for winter clothes at Cato for $3.99 a piece.
I'm all for decorating our homes how we feel is right for us.
I don't create craft things (I wish) or shop at expensive shops either.
I buy what I like and what makes me happy at the time.
I hope we all do this however this may happen to be. Be yourself.
*Believe and Dream*
That is my motto this season...and always.
Not only did I love what they say but they also match the room.
They have a sage green background with cabbage roses.
They sit right above the eye sore of the a/c vent.
That is just fine with me. Nothing is perfect in life.
All photos enlarge when clicked.
They make me smile everytime I read them.
Hopefully when friends see them they will as well....:)
I had fun picking out a bunch of magazines to read.
It seems like a good cold weather pastime.
A cup of hot green tea and fresh popcorn and I'm set.
How about you? Are you believing and dreaming?
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Gingerbread Man

Hello Friends!
It's time for Chestnut's annual holiday photos.
As you can see he was not too thrilled. LOL!
Poor baby. Join us to see more!
Oh not this again...:)
This time gingerbread ears? Last year I was Santa Chestnut.
I am not happy being a kitty model.
Go away! I need my sleep time.
Okay, you get one sweet pose.
Whew! I'm glad that is over with.
Love, Chestnut
Stay warm everyone!
It has been very cold here. Brrrrr...:)
Have a wonderful week!