I have been inspired by my brother's home and have been making more of an effort in presentation. The fragrance part is hard when you have indoor cats, but I can look at it as boosting the economy through purchase of candles.
Another point of progress lately is that this morning my weigh-in heralded the loss of 30 pounds (according to the Wii) ! I have my next doctor appointment in about a month so hopefully I can lose a few more by then. I attribute my success to brownies. I have had them in the house for the last several days off and on, and their cooking makes the whole house sweeter. Also, I have switched to eating more fruit and wnole foods and less packaged snacks. I was proud of myself because the bread I bought and used for my sandwich yesterday was whole-grain, preservative-free bread. This is big for me because I am a white bread addict. I have also switched my go-to snack from chips and chocolatey granola bars to all-natural mozzarella cheese sticks. They have half the calories and 100% less preservatives and sugars.
David and I are still going to the gym at least 4 times a week. I have been working on building up my tolerance for the elliptical machines. They always looked like such fun, but just seemed too hard for me. I started with one minute at a time. I have slowly increased it by 10-second increments until now and last night I did 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Woo! And then I came home and had a brownie. (I also did an hour and a half of weight-lifting, walking, and stationary bike-reading, so please don't infer that weight loss will happen if you balance a pan of brownies with 2 minutes on an elliptical machine...)
This weekend David and I are going to go camping with some friends from church. This will be the first time ever for us to go camping together, so I am pretty stoked! We went and bought a tent for it and everything! We had to test the tent out, of course, so while my 3-year-old neice Kylie was over here we set it up in the backyard and had a little picnic in it. She thought it was great fun! Here are some pictures of our day with her:
David putting up the tent
Kylie being cute
Kylie was enjoying watering the plants.
David and Kylie working on the tent together! He was so patient and sweet with her.
Tent is up!
The bush baby was tickling and kissing her!
Kylie really enjoyed playing with the stuffed bush baby.
Talking to the bush baby. She called it the "bushy".
Bush baby has been forgotten. Wooden dolls are star of the moment.
Her Uncle David was her favorite playmate!
Kylie being cute- time to pretend to take a nap!
That'll stop the tickle monster! I laugh when I see the expression on David's face here!