The end

That’s right, this is the end! Going Down is, well, going down.  I’ve made my food blog into a more all-encompassing blog and plan to share my weight loss adventures there from now on.  (Probably much less often, as it will continue to be mainly food-focused.)  If you care to follow me there, you can click here.

Thank you so much to all my readers who have encouraged me and given me the accountability I so needed.  You really were an inspiration to me and I thank  you from the bottom of my heart!  I hope to see you around Veronica’s Cornucopia soon.



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Wordless Weight Watchers Weigh-in Wednesday (or…WWWWW! bwahahahaha)

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Tuesday Thanksgivings #26

I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Wednesday:  Thank you God, for helping me do a much better job teaching my toddler Bible class!  Still much room for improvement, but compared to the first week it was 100% better.  Now if you would please guide me in working with an adorable but increasingly stubborn toddler newly embarking on the terrible two’s without much pain on either end, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Thursday: non-dairy milk substitutes. I’m not allergic to dairy, but I like the substitutes a lot more than the real stuff, plus I feel better about my impact on the cows and the earth when I drink it.  My favorite right now is Silk’s original coconut milk beverage, and any brand of almond milk is my second pick.

Friday: That my hubby and I work close enough to one another that we can drive to a restaurant nearby to have dinner together if we so choose.  We prefer to meet at home and drive together, but N & J Cafe is so close to our work places that we like to meet there on Friday night once in a while.

Saturday: This strange new thing going on with me that is making me not want to overeat.  (Usually when I eat I have to try really hard not to–I have a weird compulsion to always eat too much.)  I’ve never had this feeling before but I hope it’s here to stay!  This is the first year I can ever recall the approaching summer having any effect on my appetite, but it’s diminished a lot.  When it’s been warmer, I feel like it’s too hot to eat and I don’t get very hungry.  Even on these cooler days we’ve been having, the longer brighter days seem to keep me from wanting to plow through pies and candy.  It’s strange for me, but I like it!

Sunday: Fellowship with Christian brethren. A gospel meeting started at our church today and Joe and Marissa hosted a potluck lunch at their house after the morning service.  It was a joyful day!

Monday: As I grow older, I become increasingly convinced that I would be happiest living in the country, but one thing that I’m thankful for while living in a moderately-sized city is the convenience of everything.  We didn’t have time to get our grocery shopping done on the weekend, but there is a grocery store just a minute’s drive away from our home, allowing us to pick up a few things after the gospel meeting tonight. I’m also thankful for those water refill stations where you can fill up your jugs on the cheap.  I’m so spoiled to purified water and I feel better buying it this way since we just reuse and reuse our 5-gallon jugs (still have the original two we bought 5 years ago!) instead of buying plastic gallons or small bottles that we throw away.

Tuesday: For NOT getting stuck in traffic due to an accident. Or being in an accident.  LOL, is it weird to be thankful that something didn’t happen to you?  Well, I had to take a detour on my way home because the ramp to Kellogg was closed due to an accident and as I passed it, I saw a long line of cars stuck because they were behind the accident.  I bet they were there for at least an hour!  I think I would have got out of my car and walked home–I have no patience for waiting in traffic, let alone being completely stuck!

I took these pics after I passed under the ramp and turned around to get back on from the other direction, so you can’t see how many cars were backed up.  Maybe not so wise to take pics while driving?  Perhaps that’s why there was an accident on the ramp! Doh!

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I got my first sticker!

I had two picnics on Mother’s Day, but I still thought I would have a good loss this week since I did well the other days.  I only lost .2 lbs, but it’s still something.  I got my first 5 lb. sticker today!  Here’s to many  more.

And just because I’m cuh-razy:

thems crazy eyes!

Who else do you know who can cross just one eye?! I didn't know I could until I saw this pic--it wigs me out! That's "uhmayzin,'" as my sister would say.

In other news, Dennis will be mowing the weeds soon but the upside down wheelbarrow is there to stay.  It kinda likes its spot.

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Tuesday Thanksgivings #25

I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Wednesday: The opportunity to improve myself through teaching.  I am probably the world’s worst teacher (another reason it might be best we don’t have children) but I’m now working on my skillz with the poor guinea pigs in the toddler Bible class on Wednesday nights.  They are so cute!

Thursday: that my husband is stronger than I thought.  He competed in the King of the Blues contest tonight and I was so stressed out because, while he’s a pretty good guitarist, he’s just not a “king” at it, and I was soooo worried that this competition would rob him of his confidence and kill his motivation and joy.  Thank God I was wrong!  He’s so cute, he had to go first and he messed his solo up pretty bad but it didn’t get him down at all.  He wasn’t dispirited after the only other guy competing totally whipped his butt with his solo.  Didn’t bother him in the slightest!  What I usually take for an incredible ego in him is actually just confidence and an indifference to comparing himself with others.  He doesn’t care that he’s not the best, he just wanted to try and it doesn’t matter to him that he sucked in comparison to the other dude.  Especially since there are two finalists from each night so he won by default!  He made his goal.  If Dennis had a theme song, I think it would be that little ditty at the end of The Life of Brian, “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.”

Friday: Actors. Thank you for entertaining us!

Saturday: Sliders.  I love those mini burgers! How can you beat two for the price (calories) of one? :)

Sunday: Family.  You can’t pick them, so I’m glad I got stuck with mine. Most of the time. :)  And that includes my mothers, of course.  There are always exceptions to every rule, but in general I see mothers as one of the most amazing things on Earth.  If I ever feel overwhelmed, all I have to do is think of mothers and all they do every day to remind myself that I have it pretty easy.  You guys are incredible.

Monday: Checkmarks.  I was able to put a lot of them on my to-do list, which doesn’t happen often!

Tuesday: Henna.  Chemical-free, plant derived hair dye that conditions your hair and adds natural shine? Love.

Before henna. Ew to the grays, ew to the face.

After light brown Rocky Mountain Naturals henna. Much better--but I'm needing another haircut!

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Wordless Weigh-In Wednesday (WWW!) :)

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Tuesday Thanksgivings #24

I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Wednesday: That I feel so much better!  My fever broke in the night and my sore throat disappeared as well.  AND we gained ANOTHER member in our church!

Thursday: I overcame the square cake! Oh, I hate frosting square cakes.  Whoever invented the idea of a square cake should be shot!  But I managed to get the corners pretty straight and the tops pretty flat after hours of hard frosting labor.  Take that, evil square cake!

That heart topper is a sparkler!

Friday:  that my cousin found himself a good woman.  I seriously feel closer to Racine than most of my blood relatives!  I’m so thankful that my cousin has her, and that she has him, and I happily celebrated their 5th anniversary with them today.  I was also thankful to have the chance to see some of my family at the party and just chit chat.  I don’t do that enough.

Since their anniversary was the same day as the royal wedding, we were supposed to wear tiaras. All I had was a Little Mermaid one! lol

Saturday: I met a friend for lunch, despite nearly talking myself into canceling many times.  I’m so glad I overcame my hermit tendencies to spend time with her, because we had a wonderful time and feel my love for Stacey renewed and our bond deepened.  Funny how a little face time does that. LOL!

Sunday: Rotisserie chicken, hot from the supermarket.  Easiest meal ever!

Monday: 5 words: “I’m on my way home.” I love getting that call every evening! :)

Tuesday: an easier way to make cake pops! I started making cupcake bites (54 tonight, more over the weekend), which is just cake balls made in Reese’s candy molds (pour chocolate in mold, drop in balls, pop out and dip tops–that easy!).  Cake pops are yumtastic, but cupcake bites are the best because not only are they cute, they are easier to make!

Aren't these just adorable??

I always use whatever frosting I have on hand to make the cake balls, this time it was ganache. The centers are a perfect combination of cake and truffle!

I made the above cupcake bites with the extra cake (I cut the tops off my cakes to level them) from the anniversary cake and served them at the party–they went like lightning.  The ones I made tonight are for Mother’s Day.  We’re going to Salina for the annual backyard potluck with Den’s extended family and then we’re going to have a barbecue with my family later in the day when we return.  I’m going to give baggies of the cupcake bites to the mothers.  Do you have any Mother’s Day plans?

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