November 2, 2012

TGIF and some other random thoughts....

Happy Friday yall!! I'm so excited that the weekend will be starting at 5pm today. It has been a long week with sleepless puppy nights (although the last couple weren't so bad) plus I have TONS to do around the house since we were out of town last weekend.

As I mentioned yesterday, the Vickery's Oyster Roast is this Sunday so if you live around Charleston and are looking for something to do, you should definitely check it out. It is all outside on the water and it's supposed to be a beautiful 80 degree day.

Also, if you are interested in participating in a Holiday Gift Swap and haven't already signed up, look no further! Check out the linkup below for directions and rules. There are already a LOT of bloggers signed up so it should be really fun!

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Puppy love and new recipes.

Gunner is just so spoiled. I said I didn't want a dog on the couch, but it's just so hard not to want to pick him up and cuddle. He got some extra special snuggle time with dad last night :)
I also tried out yet another recipe. I am on a roll! The one I chose this time was Smokey Corn Chowder with Shrimp. I would have to give this one a 3/5. I did like it and I know S REALLY liked it, but I think I would have done a couple things follow the recipe better. It calls for fresh corn off the cob, but I took a short cut and used canned corn. Frozen corn probably would've even been better. I think the canned was too sweet. It also calls for 3 ears of corn, but that's kind of hard to measure when you're not using fresh corn. I think it was just a little too sweet and I maybe over-did it on the corn. All in all, not too bad of an error, but I will do it differently next time.
On Monday night, I worked out with my new trainer for the first time. It was a free consultation session that he did with me just to assess my needs and get a little preview of what's to come. Let me just say that I am STILL feeling it. My abs are beyond sore. I usually do abs when I work out on my own, but apparently not like I did this week. I have decided to do two sessions per week and he is going to monitor everything from measurements and weight to nutrition and diet. I would love to lose 15 lbs by the time I go home for Christmas and 25 minimum overall. I would love to get back to where I was in college, but that was almost ten years ago and let's be honest, I am not 22 anymore. I would be happy with getting within 10 lbs of that weight though :) I have compiled the below collage for inspiration.
{Top left: 2004 (college graduation), Top right: 2005 (Florida vacay), Bottom left: 2007 (Aruba vacay), Bottom right: 2007 (Halloween)}

I plan on documenting my progress on my blog and hope that I can be an inspiration to some of you as well! Any tips, recipes, suggestions are welcome.
Hope you all have a FABULOUS weekend!


Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Aww Gunner is really cute! And your soup looks yummy! And girl, you will rock your goals! :)

Jen said...

Gunner is adorable, it is really hard to not have them on the couch. The snuggles are worth it. :)

Janna Renee said...

Gunner is super cute. I love when people document their weight loss and what works for them! It is always inspirational ;) PS. Speaking of the Swap, can you email me your address? I can't find your email and I need your info!! xoxo

Kate said...

Gunner is so cute!

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