Category Archives: Rockwall

Monitoring the Losses

Hi! I’m Courtney and I’m a habitual weigher.  If I pass by a scale, I weigh myself.  I know that if I weigh a certain weight at night, I can almost tell you to the decimal, what I will weigh the next morning.

Well, I’ve been on a weight loss journey for about 5 1/2 months and I’ve lost a little over 30 lbs.  I’ve been monitoring this weight loss with a scale I have had for years, and all it did was tell me what I weigh.  I found out there are scales that do so much more, so I had to kick up my monitoring a little by getting a new scale that does more stuff. I can look at my weight, my BMI and SOOO much more.  It’s really cool because it talks to my phone, so I no longer have to even manually track my weight.   I’ve used it for a few days now and I’m totally excited about it. The only thing I’ve noticed is that this scale weighs about a pound heavier. Until I get rid of the other scale, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be weighing myself on both of them every day! I know…it’s a little crazy, but that’s me!!

Scale: https://amzn.to/2FD7Yu1

Gray Leopard Print Sweater

It’s New Year’s Eve and we are headed to the casino for a fun-filled week.  Tonight we will go to a party, then to the ZZ Top Concert.  Tomorrow, we get to go to a special brunch with my sister-in-law.  I’m sure we will find some time to gamble and play slots around that busy schedule. We want to start the year off winning!! (Don’t we all!!)

I already feel like a winner, as I was pleasantly surprised by this gray leopard print sweater.  It fits so perfectly and is a cozy soft sweater material.  I’m planning on wearing this to the casino this weekend, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to become a staple in my wardrobe!! They have lots of other color options and even some other prints.  I may have to load up on these, because this is the perfect sweater to wear to work or with jeans!  Dress it up or dress it down! I’m wearing a size small.  The price is right, too!! It’s under $20!!

Gray Leopard Sweater: https://amzn.to/2SCmSIK Gray leopard print sweater

Reunion outfit

I had so much fun at my 35th high school reunion!  Everyone looked amazing!!And it was one of the best ones we have had over the years.  I found the cutest leopard sweater at Little Tipsy Boutique in Rockwall. It has the cutest back with a strip of material across the back.  I wish I would have gotten a photo of it, but they have one in the link.  I also got these cute over the knees boots there that I could actually pull up.  They didn’t say they were wide calved boots, but they had to have been!  I got the jeans at Ross for like $15.  I thought it was the perfect comfortable reunion outfit!

I almost made it to my goal weight in time for the reunion.  I made it the week after.  Now I have to decide whether or not to keep losing or move to the maintenance phase of the program!

Outfit of the Day

It’s red ribbon week and we were supposed to wear a red shirt with jeans today.  Unfortunately, school was closed, but I didn’t let that stop me! Here I am with my red shirt!  I love it. It’s a red striped peplum wrap shirt from Loft.  Bonus, it’s on sale and 40% off with the code FRIENDS right now!!  I’ll find another excuse to wear it soon!! I also got this cute Kendra Scott necklace on sale, too!  I already had the earrings to match, which are not shown in the picture.

Shirt  Necklace

Costume Party

Halloween is my FAVORITE time of the year!! Our friends throw an annual Halloween Party and everyone is so creative.  Even the food is Halloweeny!

I love planning out cute costumes and putting them all together.  This year we went as a hunter and deer along with our besties.  This may have been the easiest costume ever to make!! I’m also getting a lot faster making tutus since I make them for almost every costume lately!!

For the deer, I started by buying antlers,  brown leggings and a brown shirt.  Let me tell you, I will probably wear these leggings all the time.  I love the way they fit and feel!! I used the cricut to make a big white oval, then pressed it on the shirt.  You could use felt, too, but since I have a cricut, I just used that!  All of that took about 2 minutes.  The tutu is just tulle and ribbon. It takes a little longer, but it completes the costume.

My husband’s outfit was even easier.  I just bought a green shirt and he already had the coat, crocs and camo looking pants.  But I did have to buy him a rifle.  The green shirt came in a package of two, so now I can make him something else with the cricut!  Overall, the costumes were a hit!

Hunter and Deer costume

Backyard Camping

My husband and I love to go camping, especially in this weather!! Unfortunately, we don’t have the time to go right now, so we did the next best thing last night.  We ordered an inexpensive fire pit and a half a cord of wood and set up our mini campsite in our own backyard!  It’s the next best thing!! Layla didn’t love it though and even this morning she wouldn’t go near the fire pit and barked at it, so I had to move it and hide it in the garage! (Click on the link to order your own!)

She’s crafty!

I got a cricut for Christmas, so obviously I had to build a craft room. I was having so much fun putting the craft room together that I never used the cricut. I finally got brave enough to try it and now I am totally obsessed! I need shirt ideas so I can continue to make more shirts! Our 4th of July shirts turned out so cute! ❤️❤️❤️

Cajun Chicken and Sausage

I’m doing the Transformation Challenge at Orange Theory, so currently really pushing myself to eat healthy. I’m tracking what I eat and trying to make good choices.  First week down and I did pretty good.  The key is all about being prepared. This week, I was prepared for lunch with this delicious meal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 container (28 spears ea.), Asparagus Spears
  • 1 container (16 oz ea.), Smoked Sausage
  • 1 tablespoon, Oil – Olive
  • 24 oz, Chicken
  • 2 squash, Cooked
  • 2 tsp, Cajun Seasoning

I used a wok, since it holds the most food of all my pans.  I put a little olive oil, then threw in the squash and zucchini.

Then I threw in the asparagus and sprinkled the cajun seasoning all over it.

Then I added the (precooked frozen) chicken and Ekrich Sausage. 

This is SOOO delicious!!! Definitely going to be a staple for my meal prep.

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Yes, I’ve jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon!  I’ve been searching for easy recipes that scream, “Cook ME!”  The one I kept seeing was “Crack Chicken”.  Well, with a name like that, you have to expect the results to be phenomenal!! Guess what!?  It is!! Here is the recipe I used:

Ingredients:
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1 packet of ranch seasoning
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup water
8 – 10 slices cooked bacon
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:  Throw the chicken, water, ranch seasoning and cream cheese into the Instant Pot (IP).  Set the timer on manual high for 25 minutes.

Remove the Chicken and shred it.Pour out a little of the juice left by the chicken.  Add cheese and bacon, then stir.  Then add the shredded chicken back into the juice and let it cook for a little longer to get it all mixed up good.

Serve on bread, tortillas, etc.  I used a low carb pita one time, but ate it with no bread too. This is a really easy good go-to recipe when you’re in a hurry to come up with something everyone will enjoy!

Low Carb Taco Bake

CRUST
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
13 cup heavy cream
12 teaspoon taco seasoning
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

TOPPING
1 lb ground beef
3 teaspoons taco seasoning
1cup low carb tomato sauce
4 ounces chopped green chilies
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Crust: beat the cream cheese and eggs until smooth, then add in cream and seasoning.
Spread cheese over a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper on it, then pour in the egg mixture as evenly as possible. Bake at 375ºF, 25-30 minutes or more. Let stand 5 minutes before adding the topping.

Topping: brown the hamburger; drain fat. Stir in the seasoning, tomato sauce and chiles. Spread over the crust. Top with cheese. Reduce oven to 350ºF and bake another 20 minutes or so until hot and bubbly. Serve with the toppings of your choice. I used guacamole. I think sour cream would be good too!

Click link to see original recipe!

 

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