I am feeling the need to do a blog post, but I don’t have any really hot topics to write about so I guess that means you all get a dose of the randomness that lives in my head….lucky you!
First I have to just say that I am soooooooo thrilled that fall has decided to show up again, hopefully to STAY this time! We say in KS that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few hours and it will change! And that was sure true this week! We had temps in the mid 80’s and it was muggy yesterday…my kids were mad that I wouldn’t turn the a/c back on but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it for just a day or so, especially when the mornings were so nice and cool! If only my house cooled off that well! But the cold front we had been promised came through this morning and here is the 7 day forecast….ahhhhhh! I am a HAPPY girl!!! :o)
Speaking of not missing the heat…I forgot to mention this in my blog post about the 5k last weekend, but I have to give huge props to the girls that run in the summer heat. I mean seriously I thought I was gonna die and it was only in the mid 80’s….I cannot even fathom 103+ and humidity….ewwwww! You peeps are rock stars! I had a fan pointed right at me Wed am for my c25k session and I STILL had sweat pouring off me….yucko! I will hit the pavement on the few days we have decent temps and lighter winds (in KS that’s not too often) and just stick with my treadmill on the other days. I think I have decided I enjoy looking at the outdoors, not necessarily being IN the outdoors lol.
I love all things fall….the leaves, the colors, the crisp chill in the air, fresh air, the smell, the extra layers of clothes (it used to be because the more layers the better I looked, but that isn’t as much the case anymore!) and bundling up, getting the blankets out again, pumpkin flavors….need I say more!
The colder weather has my hands cold and my fingers smaller. So I am noticing how loose my wedding rings are getting. They slide around my finger, which is REALLY annoying with all the typing I do. So it looks as though a ring sizing will be in my near future! I am trying to hold off as long as possible but I am getting more and more scared that they will slide off one of these times I wash my hands or something. I would much rather pay to have them resized more than once than to lose them! I really can’t imagine not having them to wear while they are being worked on though. I think my fingers will feel naked!
A few weeks ago in anticipation of the delightful fall arrival, I got my first pair of knee high boots (aka “hooker boots” as my teenage daughters call them…how nice of them). With the weather change, today seemed like the perfect opportunity to wear them for the first time. I am beginning to quickly realize what I have been missing all this time!! I absolutely LOVE them! In the past I haven’t been able to wear them because my calves were too fat…they wouldn’t zip. But after reading some posts from ladies in a weight loss FB group I belong too, I found I obviously wasn’t the only one to have this issue and that they make “large calf” boots. There were several suggestions on brands/stores that offer these. I ended up finding mine at Payless Shoe Source. I felt better about getting a less expensive pair as my first, just in case I didn’t like them as much as I hoped to (that often happens to me with shoes). But I am in LOVE…I have no doubt these will be my first of many pair. For their debut I paired them with a long black skirt, a purple turtleneck sweater and a black coverup light sweater (to hide the fact that the purple sweater is too big and I have it “taken in” with a hair tie in the back LOL) and a fun chunky necklace. I am having a “skinny” day today (where I don’t feel like I still weight a zillion pounds and feel good in my own skin)….gosh I LOVE those days!
I have been hearing FAB reviews about low-cal yet yummy pumpkin spice muffins so decided it was time to make some for the fam. I usually try to steer clear of making treats because if they are in my house or around me I can’t stay out of them, so it is just easier to not make them at all. But after hearing everyone rave about how great they are and the fact that they are calorie friendly, I decided to give them a try.
This may be the simplest recipe on the planet....
1 box spice cake mix
1 can pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup applesauce
I put the kids in charge of making these tonight so I didn't closely count how many we got, but I think it was about 40 (we made a double recipe) so that would be about 113 calories each. They are super moist and yummy! Very fallish without all the guilt!
We are planning to hit the pumpkin patch with the family on Sunday and hoping to get family pictures in too! Hopefully I will be able to post on that early next week.
Happy Fall y'all!!!