Thursday, December 9, 2010

A recipe? Yup!

How's it going, y'all?

Well, just thought I'd pop in - realized it's been a little while since I came by and updated you guys.

Weight loss is totally at a stand-still, and I'm not exactly sure why.  I have a feeling my body is trudging through the extra pounds / calories from the Thanksgiving holiday when I totally overdid it.  I'll see how things feel in another few weeks.

Hmm, so what else is new?  I made a really yummy dinner the other night.  Now that wedding busy season is done, I can actually cook again.

Cod with Sauteed Garlic Spinach and Asparagus!

First I put a pad of butter in the pan, melted it and added 1/2 tbsp of chopped garlic.  Then, two giant handfuls of spinach, and put a lid on it.  This wilts the spinach quickly. :)


After the spinach wilts I like to sautee it for about 2-3 minutes in the garlic and butter.  A little salt and pepper, and then it's on the plate.

Then in the mean time, I'll have my cod (defrosted / fresh) in a pan over medium heat with some butter.  I like to season mine with salt, pepper, and herbs de provence.  You can use whatever tickles your fancy.

I'll also put a lid on this just to steam the fish a little more effectively.  I find this cooks the fish through so it's nice and flaky, and doesn't produce a browned or crispy exterior on the fish.  I like my fish soft and delicious.

Cod and asparagus both cook VERY quickly.  You seriously only need about 6-8 minutes for the fish and about 5-7 for the asparagus.  Same old story here... just cut off the ends, boil some water and drop 'em in.  When you can easily pierce them with a fork, they're done.

So, put the fish on the sauteed spinach, and serve up your asparagus.  I like butter and salt on mine.  Oh, and I like to put a bit of extra ground black pepper on the cod, and top it off with some paprika for a bit of color. :~)

So, there ya have it!  Two healthy and super delicious dinners.  Overall this probably cost me 8 bucks to make.  (The cod was on sale for a little under $4, and the asparagus was probably $3.50 or so.)  :)~


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pie, oh my!

I hope you guys had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving weekend.  I'm off to my 2nd family Thanksgiving get together, as I'm sure many of you do during the holidays.  I will openly admit that I was totally off plan this weekend.  I did have stuffing, potatoes, pie and also did some Cracker Barrel family breakfast.

Here are a few photos of the weekend! :)


Dan and my Mom :)

My Grandpa:

Dad and Grandpa carving the turkey

Daniel (my brother) and Mom:

My family!

The whole crew:

Chauncey (the dog) was having fun with the pillow.  I was laughing so hard, I had to take a picture!

Mom got this one of me with the new tattoo :)

My fabulous parents:

Dan and I:

My Aunt and Uncle:

My wonderful Grandparents!

My goofy ass brother.  LOVE!

Also, a quick note to you guys - I finally made an Ex Hot Girl facebook page!  Click HERE to "like" me there. :)~


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Pajamas.

Hey guys!

Just wanted to stop by to update y'all on some recents. I went shopping with Jewlia Goulia today and picked up some badly needed new pajamas. Pajama pants, in particular. Here are the new digs:

I've been having serious issues and putting off for way too long buying new jammies to replace my old ones.  These ones.  The ones Dan would walk by every freaking day and just brush by me and my pants would slide off of my body.

You may be saying, "So?  I mean, yeah maybe they look a little big but... what's the big deal?"

Well...  alright.  Here's how bad they were:

Yes.  I'm officially someone who can fit their entire body into one leg of their old pants.

On the note of feeling successful and thankful, Jewlia brought up this old photo to me.  One that I, ironically, happened upon very recently and couldn't believe how far I'd come.  One that Jewlia's hubby said, "That's not Jenn!"

Well, yes it was.  It's just not anymore. :)

Then vs. Now.

And on that note, a little comparison in the face.  This is a shot of me with my brother on the Mayercraft:

And a shot of me on Saturday night with Dan's sister. :)

OH!  By the way, I got a new tattoo!  <3

Friday, November 19, 2010

Back on track. Again.

Yep, finally back on track.  After three or so weeks of basically eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat, whenever I wanted to eat it (this included thin and crispy veggie pizza, fruit tarts, bread and sandwiches, chocolate, fries and a homestyle chicken sandwich from Wendy's, Taco Bell at least once, some more candy, cookies and a lot of other things I can't even remember.)  Three weeks... of eating whatever I wanted, and waking up to a bloated face.  Waking up to my acne being out of control.  Waking up to feeling like garbage, but continuing to eat that way anyway.

Well, I am back now.  I weighed in at 160.2 this morning after a new recent high of something like 164.5.  I am ultra happy that is more sodium than anything.  I'll just assume I really gained about 2-3 pounds over the last few weeks.  I'd love to get back down to 156 and actually, finally, hit that damn 155 before I go home for Christmas.  Will I be able to endure and remain strong over Thanksgiving?

Resisting my Grandfather's stuffing recipe is next to impossible.  It's super salty and incredibly delicious.  And, stuffing is my favorite food in the world.  So, maybe I'll have a forkful and move back on to the turkey.  Yum, yum.

...I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here.  Holy crap.

Well, just thought I'd pop in and give a wee bit of an update.  If you want to see what I've been up to lately, here are a few links!

Laurel and Ryan's shoot was featured on Rock N' Roll Bride this week!

Aly and Chris had a gorgeous and vintage style photo shoot.

Promo images and headshots for Britta!

Promo images for musician Alex Anderson!

My last wedding for busy season - Amy and Ed!

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Photos and stuff!

Hello everyone!

Well, thought I'd pop in and say hi.  Things have finally started to slow down with the business (though I have three shoots this week and the bridal show this weekend!) - I'm not feeling so much like I'm losing my mind lately as I have for the last three months.

I got some new promo photos done by the lovely Molly Marie, so I thought I'd share them with you all!  Considering I've been on and off plan - weight fluctuating between 158 and 161 for the last several weeks... I felt pretty good about myself after seeing the photos.  (I'll share more once I get the disc from her.)

On a side note... I've been really inspired lately (or should I say, jealous?) of Whitney over at Slimming Down for the Gown.  Her weight loss progress is where mine should be.  We really were losing weight around the same rate at the beginning, but her dedication has surpassed mine, and she's already down to 148!  Every time I see her updates, I feel guilty about slacking in my healthy lifestyle and going in and out of being comfortable in my plateau.  :(

Aside from that, I've just been working a lot, as usual. :)~  I've got the bridal show coming up on Sunday, so I'll be sure to post some photos from that so you can see it.  Cross your fingers that I'll get a lot of business!