Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas was great! Sadly I didn't take any pictures, but sometimes thats for the best. Being behind a camera can take you out of the moment and make it harder to enjoy what is happening. I don't really regret not taking pics, because I have some good memories.

A week before Christmas, we exchanged gifts with our close friends, Will, Roger, and Mary (we hang every week, often to play DnD). There was a common theme of Magic, Adventure Time, and Pokemon. I'm so grateful for them!

David took Christmas week off, so that Monday we opened the presents we gave each other. Some of my favorites from him were an herb learning board game, an old playstation game I used to play with my brother, and an amazing art piece David made himself.

Tuesday evening we went to my moms, where my grandparents had been staying. Josh, Leah, and Eevee came over and we had a delicious Christmas dinner, followed by presents. Eevee loved opening presents which was adorable. I got some great albums and a set of mixing bowls I've been dying for. David was really surprised and happy to get a dream cast.

Wednesday morning we went to David's folks and opened presents there. We(David, Andrew, and I) all got 3DSs! So of course after we were done with presents we spent the next hours just playing pokemon. I also got a really soft fluffy robe that has been great for how cold it is. After hours of pokemon we had a really yummy lunch there.

So yeah! Christmas was a lot of fun, and I love making it last more than one day. I hope your Christmas was good too!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Ello all! First off, thank you everyone for your kind words on David's weight loss. We got so many encouraging messages and I'm glad David was able to inspire many of you!

The latest news is that I quit my job a few weeks ago. Mainly because of my health; my immune system couldn't handle all the people interactions, and I kept having fibro flare ups. It's a bummer but for the best. And I'm happy to be feeling better and able to get things done around the apartment. While working, it had been difficult to find the energy to clean or make dinners. I finally getting back to (my) normal. Today I vacuumed the stairs, cleaned the bathroom, washed dishes, and am hanging with friends tonight. It feels good to be doing things again.

I'm so excited for Christmas! It's my favorite holiday (as I probably mention every year), and we even got our tree up BEFORE Thanksgiving haha! Remember we're in a different apartment from last year, and we ended up having a great spot for our tree.


Our Tree

Lit up

We also got stockings this year, David's is Adventure Time, mine is Hello Kitty.

Stockings

 And our ornament for this year is a Japanese Lucky Cat!

2013 Ornament

Plan for plenty of present pictures to come!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ideal Protein FAQs

Alright, David's down almost 100lbs so besides showing you guys an amazing before and after picture, I figure its time we do a FAQ, being that we still get these all the time.

What is Ideal Protein? It's a diet, a very strict one, where you can only have lean meats and vegetables. You also use provided packaged food.

So you drink shakes? If you want, they have shakes. But they also have cereal, bars, chips, soup, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, chicken patties, etc. There are a ton of packaged food options and they actually taste really good.

So what do you eat all day? Well for breakfast David normally has strawberry wafer bars with coffee and tea. At lunch he has a salad with two cups of veggies and a packaged food. And at dinner he eats 8oz of meat, plus salad and two cups of veggies.

8oz? Thats seems like a lot for one meal! Yes but he hasn't had meat all day, so it makes up for it.

Are you sure you can have that much meat? Yes, omg, just trust us.

Want to go out for drinks? Alcohol of any kind is not allowed. You'd be surprised at the calories and carbs in booze.

It's Thanksgiving! Can't you just cheat for one day and have some pie? Nope. No cheating allowed what so ever. That will ruin everything.

So David's never cheated? Nope, he is that determined to lose weight.

He's been on it so long he probably doesn't care if I eat this pizza in front of him right? No, David still misses bad food, and making him sit through that is mean. He doesn't want to deprive you of your food, but forcing him to sit through a meal of tacos and donuts is rude.

Will Laura let you have ___? What? I didn't make this diet, and I didn't force him to do it either.

You can't even have fruit? Sugar and carbs.

Is it expensive? Very. Consultation price, plus prepackaged foods, plus fresh veggies. Make sure you can afford this before starting, and have a budget.

When do you plan to stop? When David is happy with his body or has reached a healthy weight range.

Won't you just gain all the weight back? Ideal Protein has three phases, David is currently in phase one. Once he's reached his goal, he will go into phase two, which slowly integrates more foods. Phase three is last, which helps him get used to more food, but also healthy food so he doesn't gain it all back.

I think that covers all of them. If you still have a question feel free to leave a comment. And now for David's before and after!


*swoon*


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Side effects

Two nights ago I awoke at 3am to a panic attack. In my sleep stupor, it didn't seem odd to me, and eventually I fell back asleep a couple hours later. Last night, right after taking my allergy med, I began to feel the tightening in my chest. Anxiety, depression, and mood swings are all possible side effects of Singular (the allergy med I've been trying as of late), and I finally realized (with the help of David) that this was the cause.

Unlike a  normal panic attack, where some deep breathing and a little medicine help, this one was being forced upon me. It wasn't going to go away quick or easily. And to the rescue came David.


He brought in the shower stool, play station, and tv, all so I could watch Sleeping Beauty in bed to help me relax. Can I just say, best husband ever. He stayed with me for a while, rubbing my back, and eventually I was able to fall asleep. 

So what did we learn? Singular is out, and David is amazing(but that one was obvious^_^)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tofu

Recently, for some unknown reason, I get nauseous when it comes to meat (nope, not pregnant). I can eat some things, like sushi, chicken salad from my favorite diner, etc, but at home I'm completely done with meat. Now with David's diet, he needs a lot of protein, so sometimes I'll still cook him a meat dish. But mostly I've been sticking with Tofu for our dinners. Since tofu has a lot of protein and low carbs (unlike chickpeas), it's a great meatless option for us.

For anyone who is interested in tofu cooking but doesn't know where to start, hopefully this will give you some ideas. I'm no expert, but I'm learning quickly what does and doesn't work.

Tofu comes in a few different ways; Extra Firm, Firm, Soft, Silken...honestly I always stick with Extra Firm. It provides David with volume and texture that leaves him satisfied. Eventually I hope to work with Soft tofu, which is more recommended for making things like puddings and smoothies.

Most tofu recipes recommend a breading of some sort, but on Ideal Protein that isn't allowed. It limits some of our options, but it also makes me experiment more. If you don't already own a bunch, plan on buying a variety of spices. No idea what they taste like? Practice makes perfect! Some nights I'll just randomly pick two spices I've never tried or used before and see how it turns out. We have yet to have anything we wouldn't eat!

When you buy tofu, you'll notice the package is filled with water. If you open your tofu package but don't plan to cook it, you'll need to change out the water with fresh water everyday. If you plan to cook it, pour out the water and place the tofu on a paper towel. Slice the tofu in half, then place the next piece on another paper towel. You're then going to place the tofu on top of each other, and then a heavy object on top of them (I use my kettle). The goal is to get as much water out of the tofu as possible. The more water, the more spongy it will be and the less flavors it will absorb. I recommend letting it sit an hour, then replacing the wet towels with dry, and letting it sit another hour. Some will let theirs sit much longer, but I feel this is good enough without wasting too much time.



Now that your tofu is dry, cut it in whatever shapes you want. I stick to simple cubes, but I'm sure you've seen the cute triangles people do. Then pick your seasons, coat, and let it sit for a while.



Here I mixed the tofu with garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper, and some lemon slices.

When it comes to cooking tofu, I stick to a skillet. I like to get our tofu crispy, plus its faster than an oven. I've heard mixed things on using oil when cooking tofu, and I tend to avoid it since oil and water don't really mix. If the tofu is sticking too much (I use a nonstick pan most of the time), try adding some lemon juice. And don't be afraid to let your tofu get dark, otherwise it'll be too mushy.

And really, that's it! Tofu is super easy to prepare and cook, and offers a great vegetarian option with plenty of protein. I plan to post some of my favorite tofu recipes so stay tuned!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

One year anniversary

We've been married a year! Wahoo!!

We spent most of the day watching Twin Peaks, then had sushi, exchanged gifts, and then worked on our Halloween cookie house.


What I got David

What he got me


Twas a good day!! <3


Thursday, September 19, 2013

SPX 2013

Last week we went to SPX in Maryland and got to meet a lot of cool web comic artists. And we bought a bunch of awesome comic books and art! Here's everything we got:
















Now to buy a million frames!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Our Apartment-Fully Moved In

Okay okay, I finally took pictures of our place. Granted, its kinda plain since we can't afford too many decorations at the moment (or the effort to paint the walls), but it is officially home.


The living room is huuuuuuge, and so is that couch, which we got for $100 at a yard sale. The huge coffee table was $3 at a goodwill. We don't have cable, so we connect a laptop to the tv and just watch Hulu and Netflix. At the window is Liz, along with an Aloe plant and a succulent. Behind the tv is a Basil plant thats been really handy.


This is the, uh, you know, area by the living room that we don't have a use for. But eventually when we have a kid we might move our desks out here and make the study a nursery.


 Bedroom! Lots of room, and a lot of light, which isn't very fun at 5:30am. Thank goodness for eye masks.


With the angled ceilings we had to hang our tapestry a bit different but I really like it.  


Kitchen! Yes, horrible cabinets, I know, and they really need hardware, we're working on that. But check out all that storage!


The study featuring my fabulous husband. One side is for the computer, other side is for crafts. Behind that curtain is an alcove we use for storage.


We always have our dinning table up now that theres so much room. We don't eat at it too often, mostly for writing lists or going through mail.


The bathroom! Ah, so much space. See how the curtain rod can't go any higher? When David takes showers is whole head is above the curtain, its pretty funny.


So there ya go! It's got a lot of space and some great angles and is literally 2 blocks from my job. Ironically, today a couple is moving into our old apartment, feels so weird!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Zucchini Noodles and Meat Sauce

What, you expected apartment pictures? Silly readers, you know David and I are bad at cleaning and putting things away. Don't hold your breath on those pictures, they'll happen some day......some......day.......

Anywho! Here's a dish I make once a week since David loves it so much. Ideal Protein and Atkins friendly, this is super cheap and easy to make.



Monday, June 17, 2013

Busy Busy

I never realized how busy we were until we realized we needed time to get completely moved in. Our days go by so fast with all the stuff we have to get done. It's exhausting but exciting to get it accomplished, and I can't wait to show off our place.

I forgot to mention, I got a job! I work at a place that has many different vendors, and I mostly work for one specific vendor (and she happens to own the whole store). I work mostly in the back, weighing, bagging, labeling, and stocking herbs, though sometimes I work on stones or incense as well. And I've learned so much! When I bruised my leg really bad on our new sofa, I made a chamomile poultice and it got rid of the swelling. When my mom got sick I made her a tea with peppermint, chamomile, and rosemary. This is absolutely the best job I could ever want and I could not be happier. I am so grateful for Heather (my boss and friend) for everything. I am so blessed!

On another note, David has lost 30 lbs so far! His clothes are becoming too big for him and he had to get a smaller belt! It's so exciting to see the changes:)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon chicken

I've had a big bottle of Tarragon sitting on my counter for ages, from when I used it in a salad dressing recipe forever ago. I figured it was finally time to give it a try with chicken, and the results were...meh. David actually really liked it, but I was unimpressed. However I still have plenty left on the bottle so I'm sure I'll make this again.

Tarragon Chicken

2 chicken breasts
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tbsp dried tarragon
1 tbsp olive oil

Mix it all in a bag, then cook on a skillet (or grill if you have one).

I added the peppers when the chicken was about half way done, so they wouldn't get over cooked but also got to soak up some of the flavors.cook






Saturday, June 1, 2013

Our new place


Here's our new place! Gunna be busy moving all weekend, so I'll take more pics  once things are in place. :)


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We're moving!

David noticed the other day a for rent sign outside of our apartment for a two bedroom. He texted our landlady and it turned out our upstairs neighbors were moving. The next day she showed us the apartment and we loved it! It's huge compared to our place, lots of kitchen cabinets, cool angles cause its techniqully in the attic. So we're gunna move there! It's happening really fast but we're super excited. So fast in fact, that we viewed it this past weekend, and this weekend we'll be moving in! We can see ourselves living here for quite a while (not only because we love downtown, but the extra room means room for a kid in the future). Yay exciting things!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ideal Protein and Rosemary Lime Chicken

Two weeks ago, David started the Ideal Protein diet. It eliminates carbs, dairy, and fats, and focuses on lean meats and vegetables. So far he's lost about 20 lbs! It's very exciting, but also a pretty tough diet to follow. For breakfast he has an Ideal Protein packet, lunch is a packet, plus salad and two servings of vegetables, and dinner is a lean protein, with salad and two servings of vegetables. The key to making this easy is for me to find new and different way to prepare his food. David loves variety and can get bored with food pretty easily, so I've been doing what I can to change things up. I was never much of a cook, but coming up with these meals is getting me friendlier with our kitchen.

My go to lean meat is chicken breast, since its the easiest to cook, and one breast is normally his allowed 8oz. But coming up with flavor combos is tricky. I really am new to cooking! But I'm becoming more confident and proud of myself for trying new things.

There was a sale on limes recently, so I decided to give that a try with rosemary (I love love love rosemary). Lemon and rosemary is normally a go-to combo of mine, but doing lime instead added a fun twist.


Lime Rosemary Chicken

I eyeballed the rosemary, since I feel like you can never have too much. I sliced up a lime, placing two slices on each breast. Then I squeezed the ends of the limes over the chicken for a bit more juice. Then I added a little salt and pepper.

I also cooked up some zucchini and coated them in pepper, since David seems to love that (his love of vegetables amazes me). Apparently though I should have peeled them since their skin tastes bitter. Note for next time!

This was a super cheap, easy, healthy, and delicious meal. Will definitely make again!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Smoothies

When I can afford it, I love to make smoothies. This is what a usual one for me is like.


My smoothie recipe


Blend!


Frozen Smoothies

I love having an easy and tasty way to get my daily fruits and vegetables in!

Monday, April 22, 2013

24th Birthday

Yesterday I turned 24! And today, David took the day off and we went clothes shopping! I haven't gotten new clothes in forever. I used all my birthday money (Thank you everyone!) and got some great stuff!

Awkward picture time...









So thats 2 pants, shorts, 2 sweaters, cardigan, 2 tanks, dress, blouse, and capris. David and I are super worn out but it was a total success!! Awesome birthday!