So hello to that time of year!  So I went to weight watchers last week even though I knew I would be up.  Any male readers...avert your eyes now.  Ladies we know how it goes you could eat twigs and berries and drink three gallons of water and still be up ten pounds from water weight.  That was me.  I promised myself this time around I would really commit.  I would work the program, I would go to meetings and I would track.  With the exception of the two days after thanksgiving (I tracked on Turkey Day) I have tracked every day for almost a month.  

This week I went and weighed in and was down almost all the weight I gained the week before two days after Thanksgiving.  So I will take that and run with it.  Would I have liked it to be more...yup but I know its not always about the number it is about being better for me and my family.

So I am off to track and watch the mid season finale of Walking Dead. Hope everyone's holiday was great. 


So after a really great weight watchers meeting I decided I needed to comit to the process.  I promised myself that I would track every bit of food that entered my mouth.  The good, the bad, the ugly.  There were some ugly days.  Days I ate way more than I wanted or intended to.  Then again it was life.  I didn't work out as much as I had hoped.  I also tried to embrace some aspects of the program that I haven't done in a long time. The meeting topics.  I was really trying to take some me time and treat myself better.  I signed up for an outfit delivery program to help with making myself feel good inside and out.  You know what happened.....I lost 2.4 pounds.  I haven't lost that much at weight watchers in a long time.  I think I sort of realized I need to embrace this more fully. Now this week has been rough so far.  I have stuck to my comitment to track all the things that come into my mouth.  It was hard-I was tired after a crazy week and we ordered out chinese and that points for that were through the roof and I forgot until I went to add in all the points.  I have gone to yoga and today I worked out at home.  Baby steps people-that is what I can handle now.  

I think there is something to say for realizing that I can't just do this my way. My way hasn't really been working.  So I hope to put some fun stuff up on the blog.  I made a fun new pork crock pot recipe that I want to post and also a review of my outfit delivery service!  Hope you are all well!


I think I have been quiet around here-I have truly been in survival mode.  This past month was the one year anniversary of my dad's death.  I was doing really well after spending a lot of time working on myself and spending a lot of time in therapy this past summer.  Then the crazy stress of month two of school coupled with the anniversary really had a rough affect on me.  

Although I took care of myself mentally this summer I realized sometime in the last few weeks that I haven't been taking care of myself health wise.  I haven't been eating well and haven't really been exercising since hurting my ankle early in the summer.  So I have had enough with the extra 20 pounds I gained in the last year and a half.  I decided to go back to weight watchers and commit to really trying.  Not just half assing it.  As of today I have tracked every day even the last two days which were not that great but I tracked them anyways..including the tasty yet not good for you cookie dough that I ate right out of the container earlier tonight.  

I also signed up three weeks ago to go back to yoga.  I went once and realized how much I love it.  I wasn't able to go the last two weeks once because I was sick and once because Ryan was.  The exercise is harder to get in but at least I am getting 10,000 steps a day in which is also a goal.  

I also have been taking more opportunities to take care of myself.  I am not allowing myself to get so stressed about money.  I try and only go in do the bills every few weeks so I don't get so stressed.  I have been treating myself to a few things every now and again.  I even just signed up for Gweenie Bee as a treat to myself.  I need to feel good at this size-smaller or bigger.  That is essential to my mental health. 

So I also committed to try and blog a bit more about my journey....I sometimes shy away from this place but realize once I come back that I feel so much better after I ramble a bit on here about my thoughts and feelings.  

How is everyone else doing out there?? Update me!

So the folks at Ted's Montana Grill were so kind enough to offer my family another visit to Ted's in honor of the upcoming National Bison Day!  If you are reader of my blog you will remember what an amazing trip we had over the summer taking a look at Ted's summer menu.  If your new to the blog let me recap the awesomeness that is Ted's!  First of all everything is Fresh-that is such a huge thing to me.  Nothing is premade its all made fresh on site.  Which also means if your like me with food allergies or concerns they can modify a lot of the meals for you (they even have a huge-and I mean huge-Gluten free menu).  Second although in our area the restaurants are in fancy areas they are super kid friendly!  On this visit the hostess greeted my kids, asked them questions, and gave them their Wikisticks as soon as they menionted how much they loved them.  The third reason I am in love with Ted's they are working very hard to support local farmers for their in season items and they also try and get all their other ingredients and meat as local as possible. 
The main reason we lover Ted's-its so good and also fairly affordable.  I feel that the kids menu prices are comparable with other "kid friendly" chains. The adult faire is a little pricerier then a chain if you are getting a big meal but thier sandwiches are evenly priceded with other places.  

So lets talk about getting down to the Bison here!  So we decided that in honor of National Bison day we would try a lot of the Bison that Ted's had to offer.  Dylan was the only one who went rouge and did Chicken Tenders with Fresh cut fries.  OMG-those are so good. They are seriously the best fries and hands down best chicken ever.  I typically don't love fried chicken but this was so so good! Dylan approved by eating his entire plate.

Now on to the Bison.  I chose to have Bison Pot roast and it was wonderful.  The pot roast was tender and not fatty (which sometimes pot roast can be).  It hard a hearty pan gravy with it that ensured the meat was juice and not dried out.  Instead of the mashed potatoes it came with a opted for a dry sweet potato because of my dairy issues.  All these switches were made without hesitation. 

Next Ryan opted for the Bison Pot Meatloaf. Ryan loves meatloaf and he swears the Ted's Bison meatloaf is some of the best around.  He got a few nice sized slices with mashed potatoes and a squash casserole.  Ryan has said that the squash casserole is almost as good as the one his mom makes which is probably one of his top ten favorite foods of all time.  

Lastly my little meat loving lady chose to have the Bison sliders.  Now every time I go to Ted's I am torn between "real food" and a burger because their regular burgers are so good.  These sliders were so friggin good.  Ryan and I split one of Josie's sliders and were like "we need to come back just for a Bison Burger".  The meat is so flavorful it just make what was already an amazing slider (on their homemade biscuits) even more tasty 

I know some people shy away for Bison but it really is the cow's even more delicious cousin.  In fact this was weekend were at a local zoo and happen to be with a friend's Italian exchange student.  At the zoo were Bison and as soon as we saw it the young lady said "I know its bad to say-but when I see them all I think about it how tasty they are" and you know what I was thinking the same thing.  

Ted's obviously thinks so too. Part of the reason it was created was to help revive what was a dying industry in the US because we didn't have a use for them.  Ted's has helped to revive this industry and the US today has thriving Bison industry with a huge national herd of Bison-all tasty and ready to get in my belly-ok just joking!  I eat meat and its only fair that we know where our meat comes from!  

So if you are looking for a good place to eat here in CT you can visit Ted's both at Evergreen Walk or in Hartford on Front Street.  If you aren't from CT you can always see if there is a Ted's in your local area by clicking here.

So again thank you to Ted's for allowing my family and I to come in and enjoy a nice meal on you-although my meal was free these are my honest opinions (and can you tell I love it).  I will leave you with this little nugget of wisdom from our coaster!  Have a great day all