Dec 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Angel Tree‏

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Unknown to me, Middle's school gives toys each year to one student per grade via an angel tree.  I got a call about a month ago saying that Middle's name was drawn from a lottery of all the students in that grade.

Having Middle's name drawn meant the teachers at the school would fulfill Middle's Christmas wish list. Well today the gifts where delivered all wrapped up. It looks like Middle received everything on the list. If not, very nearly everything on the list

Middle will have more than what we would have ever paid money to get.

My kids usually only get about four gifts each per Christmas, and they have always been very happy each year. This year will be Middle's biggest Christmas ever! I am truly thankful for all the people who were able to give so freely. I can not express my thanks enough.

Dec 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: New Tree Topper

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Dec 16, 2014

Cheering For Logan on Master Chief Jr Tonight‏

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I was going to post about how My Fitness Pal is showing enlightenment towards my husband today, but I will share that news on another day.

I wanted to take time today and send my support to Memphis's local finalist on Master Chief Jr, Logan Guleff!  My children are fans of this show and Logan has been representing our city well.

Tonight the world will get to see him compete for the winning title. Whether he wins or not he is a winner in the hearts of many in this city. The kids are excited to watch the final episode and so am I.

Good Luck Logan! You did an awesome job showing your cooking skills to the world and making it to the final two.

Dec 15, 2014

My New Favorite App‏

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Last Tuesday I found out about the app My Fitness Pal and downloaded it immediately. It is a calorie counter app with its pros and cons. What I use it for I love, but I read that others hate it when they use a part of the app that I don't use. I will share what I love it for and why others hate it.

For those who do not know me I am very petite, weighing in at barely over 100 pounds. I wanted the app to help me loose fat in my tummy area. I don't know if it is true or not but I read that simply lowering your daily calorie consumption could shed the fat from my tummy. I wanted to try and see if this would work but I was reluctant in trying to count calories until I heard about My Fitness Pal.

Over the week I have used the app to gain an understanding on how many calories I am consuming daily. To maintain my current weight I was eating 500-800 calories more than I should over the week. The app allowed me to see that I am way over eating and that my weakness is in over snacking and eating too much fat. I am consuming all those extra calories from snacks alone. That app has also showed how much I am lacking in my daily vitamins, minerals and protein, as well as highlighting some other eating problems of mine.

I agree that I need to gain weight, but for me I need to gain weight from muscle and not food. My small frame shows my tummy well. Extra food goes straight to my tummy, and it leads people to think that I am pregnant at times. I also have some form fitting dresses that do not look good in the stomach area. These are my reasons for wanting to count calories to try to loose tummy fat. I have been too low of energy to do the needed exercises for me, but I hope to incorporate a little exercise after I get my eating habits under control.

This leads me to tell you how the app has caused people to hate My Fitness Pal. Evidently people have discovered that the app is faulty when it comes to tracking how many calories a person looses from exercise. This issue is further detailed here.

Since I do not use this app for exercise, I do not have this problem. I really like My Fitness Pal because it has encouraged me to drink more water, snack less and make better food eating choices. I do a weigh in tomorrow morning to see if I have maintained my weight or gained any. I maybe more active than I put on the app. If so my weight will maintain the same, and if not I should see at least a one pound gain.

Tomorrow I will highlight how I am using this app for my husband. And either tomorrow or later in the week I will share about how I improved in my eating habits by the last few days of using My Fitness Pal.