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Vacation Slimdown Underway

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There is no better motivation to get in shape than an upcoming vacation! I had lost 10 pounds since January then kind of got bored and gained 3 pounds back. Knowing that my long-awaited vacation is right around the corner, I decided to get serious about my fitness and three weeks ago made the decision to focus almost exclusively on weight training instead of cardio. This is new to me because for the past 10 years or so I have been the cardio queen doing everything from Insanity to kickboxing, step aerobics, running etc. I can’t be more pleased with the results I’m seeing. I lost 5 more pounds in the 3 weeks (half the weight I lost in 6 months)! I have a few more weeks until my vacation and can’t wait to see how much more progress I make. I know, I know this is nothing impressive but for me it is. I haven’t been at this weight in over 5 years and I’m especially pleased because I have accomplished this with no gym membership, just working out at home. IMG_2983IMG_2794This is after just 3 weeks and not lifting very heavy at all (10 lb dumbbells, circuit training). This week I did start using the gym in my neighborhood just so I can go up on the weights (now doing 12 and 15 lb dumbbells).

IMG_2986 (2)The pic above is from 3 weeks ago (4th of July weekend). I even dusted off my sewing machine and started making some of my clothes more fitted.

IMG_2938These pics were taken on the same day. Quite amazing the difference a fitted shirt can make. Here’s to another 5 pounds before my vacation!


Cooking Wars! Cajun-Style Catfish

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Sir Leroy (my husband) and I have been having these little cooking wars. He loves cooking and never uses recipes. I’m not as good but I certainly try. His fish dinner this week was Tilapia. He gets my daughter’s vote as the best dinner this week. It was very good and presented very nicely.

TilapiaToday was my turn and I had a slight disadvantage because it was gymnastics day, I had tires replaced on my car, and had a long workout day. My fish dinner was a Cajun-style catfish. I got my son’s vote as the better of the two. I didn’t take a picture of the fish presented pretty on the plate but I did get one while I was cooking.

CatfishThis is a very simple, QUICK recipe. I was in the kitchen maybe 20 minutes. I personally liked my recipe better than my husband’s πŸ™‚

Super Easy Cajun-Style Catfish

4 catfish fillets

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

butter and olive oil

Mix paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, thyme and black pepper in a small bowl. Melt about 4 tablespoons of butter. Brush butter on both sides of the fillets then cover fillets with the seasoning mix. Add a little olive oil to pan and cook fillets about 4 min on each side on medium-high (higher temperature if you want blackened catfish).

These fish dinners were inspired by the recent fishing trip my husband was fortunate to be treated to. He was taken on an all-expenses paid weekend fishing trip to Louisiana and even picked up in a private plane (lucky dog)!


Cupcakes by My 11 Yr Old :)

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For my birthday my 11yr old daughter baked and frosted these cupcakes all by herself! This was her very first time doing both and she did AMAZING. She used a box mix (Duncan Hines) for the cupcakes and a vanilla buttercream recipe with real butter (no shortening) for the frosting. She even did some color mixing for two-toned frosting!

Here she used the 1M star tip for the rose swirl:

Cupcakes by KrystaThe “I Love You” message using various tips:

I Love You CupcakesI got a cute new handbag for my birthday but it’s stuff like this that I cherish the most. The birthday wishes and greetings, phone calls, birthday serenades over the phone,cards and texts were much appreciated πŸ™‚ I did get asked a couple of times if I was sad to be turning 35 and my response was “No Way”!!!! I am grateful for another year of health and blessed to be surrounded by my loved ones. I feel like I am just now entering the fun, relaxed part of life. I have a newly-ordered passport in the works that God-willing I intend to fill up! Two weeks ago a solicitor that came to my door asked to speak to the parent of the home when I answered πŸ™‚ so no, I am not sad or depressed to be THIRTY five and I hope I always feels this way which every new year that God blesses me with.

Here I am at 35 with far better skin than I had in my teens and twenties, better hair (my twenties were the years I experimented with wacky, crazy hairstyles), and hopefully wiser LOL.

IMG_1945I know, the bathroom selfies/pics are getting old. One day I will get some “real” pictures taken πŸ™‚

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