My New Year Resolution Update

Well it’s about time for a new blog post.  It has only been about two months!  My days aren’t long enough anymore…by the time I sit down at the end of the day, I just go to bed (after I go on Pinterest).  I really want to get back into it though and I thought I would start with an update on my new year resolution.

When I first told you about my new year resolution, the goal was to do weekly updates on my progress of getting healthy and losing.  Obviously that didn’t happen.  I kept telling myself that I would do an update after a new goal was reached and kept pushing it to the next goal.  But now I am ready!

Originally, I had 3 smaller goals within my one big goal of getting healthy and losing weight.

  1. Lose 5 pounds
  2. Break my coffee habit
  3. Stop eating junk food every night

I am happy to say that I have accomplished all 3!  I have not had coffee since January 5th.  I had headaches for about 4 days but after that, I was good.  With the nice weather, it is getting tough because I love iced coffee, but I haven’t given in yet!

I have also stopped eating junk food every night.  I allow myself no more than 2 nights a week where I will have a small snack.

And finally, my best accomplishment yet…I have lost 21 pounds as of today!  To do it, I changed my eating habits.  Quitting coffee helped a lot because I am not using a ton of sugar or flavored creamer anymore.  Of course not eating junk food every night helps too.  I also make a weekly meal plan.  That makes a huge difference!  (Check out my Healthy Eating Pinterest board).  I eat a lot of quinoa as well as lots of fruit and veggies and cut down on the carbs.

I exercise every single day.  I have done T25, both the alpha and beta levels.  I have just begun gamma and man is it tough!  But it is a great workout!  I also throw in a lot of Jillian Michaels workouts.  I don’t do the same workout two days in a row and that keeps me from getting bored.

My next (sort of) small goal run another 5K.  Now that the weather is nicer, I am going to try and find the time to get out and start running.  I am not sure when, but I’ll figure it out.

So that’s the update.  I am so happy I have stuck with it!  Only 9 more pounds to go and I reach my goal.  That will be my next update :).

PS – I am still baking and I have a bunch of recipes that I hope to share soon!


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

One of the things that Matt and I enjoy doing (especially before kids), is go snowshoeing, especially up in the white mountains.  We haven’t been able to go in about three years.  But when I saw that our friends Al and Andrea (check out her website!) own snowshoes, we jumped at the opportunity to get together with them and go locally.


We had a great time!  It was nice to finally get outside!  I was sore and got some nasty blisters from my boots, but it was worth it!  After snowshoeing, we went out for lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Grill Next Door.  For some reason, the red pepper hummus on the menu was calling my name.  I had never had this type of hummus before but knew I needed to try it!  Oh my god it was soo good!  So what did I do the next day?  Try to make it of course!

Any recipe where you can throw all the ingredients into the food processor at once is a great recipe.  And that is why you should make your own hummus!  I used this recipe from the blog Six Sisters’ Stuff.

IMG_20140126_175256And that’s all there is!

IMG_20140126_175414It doesn’t taste exactly like The Grill Next Door’s hummus but it is delicious!

I’ve made this twice already.

IMG_20140202_141057Once just to snack on and the second time was for our annual family dinner.

IMG_20140208_160316Not only is hummus so easy to make, it is a healthy snack!

IMG_20140208_160327Don’t forget to check out the recipe and give this amazing hummus a try!

My New Year Resolution (2014)

Happy New Year!

Source: Lucky WP

Source: Lucky WP

It’s a new year and resolutions of course come along with that.  I have gone back and forth about whether or not I want to post/document my new year resolution journey. But if I am going to stick to it, I need to.  I saw on the Steve Harvey show yesterday that you need to write down your goals and say them out loud.  So that’s what I’m going to do.

My new year resolution is to lose weight and get healthy.  I know, the typical new year resolution.  But now is the time.  I can’t keep putting it off.

This is more personal than what I like to share on my little baking blog.  However, I need to be held accountable.  I need something that is going to make me stick to it.  Along with the support of my husband and family, this will be it.  Not to mention seeing your before pictures (not ready to share those just yet)!

To get a jump start on my exercise, I got T25.  I have also been working on creating a weekly meal plan to help change my eating habits.   I will use my blog to share my progress with the exercise and the meals I am eating.  I hope to do this week by week.

But what about all of my baking?!  I don’t intend to stop. I am still going to bake the desserts that I want to.  I will just save it for a cheat day or my co-workers will be getting an increase in baked treats (you’re welcome guys!).   I will also start to incorporate healthier desserts into what I make.

Ok, so my goals within my resolution. Overall, I want to lose 35 pounds and develop a healthy lifestyle so it becomes second nature to me.  To start, I have smaller goals (in addition to exercising with T25):

  1. Lose 5 pounds – I need to start with a small, attainable number
  2. Break my coffee habit – I drink WAY too much and use WAY too much flavored coffee creamer
  3. Stop eating junk food every night

These are my goals I want to work on right now.  As I accomplish one, I will add another.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Today, I start T25 and tomorrow I start the meal plan (I have one more Christmas celebration).  Like I said, I hope to share my progress week to week, whether good or bad!

dont worry about failure