Well, hello!

Hello to any of my followers that may still me kickin’ around! I never really intended to stop blogging for so long, but life got busy and I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. Not for any particular reason, really. Every time I thought about writing a post, I just felt like I has nothing worth while to say.

This is actually the first time I’ve even logged into WordPress since July(!)…and it took me three tries to remember my info ha. Once I logged in and started clicking through pages, old posts, and past comments, I realized that I miss you guys and the thoughtful comments that were left of my posts. For the first time in a while I felt that I actually wanted to write something.

I cannot believe that it’s December 30th and Christmas has come and gone. Winter feels like it’s been here forever, though. This year has flown by, especially the last 6 months. Speaking of which, the past 6 months have been tough. There have been a lot of ups and some pretty big downs. I’ll go into (a bit) more detail later. Some were bigger than others, but all pretty stressful. I’m looking forward to the start of a new year and hopefully good health for myself and everyone I know.

On the weight loss front, I have pretty much stayed the same for a while. I haven’t gained anything, but haven’t lost much either. However, a number of people have commented saying it looks like I have.. so that’s always nice ;)

I also wanted to mention that I have been keeping up with fellow bloggers. Almost every morning I read them while eating breakfast. However, I read them on my phone which is a pain when it comes to leaving comments. There have been many times where I’ve wanted to, but couldn’t. A couple that come to mind are Jenn and Steph, both of these ladies have been killing it and are very inspiring! :)

I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year and I will be back with a better update soon. I leave you with a recent picture of our baby girl, Zoee :)

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Easy Bruschetta Dip

 

This past weekend we took part in the 4th Annual Washer Tourney. Our friends throw this party every year and I’m pretty sure people plan their summer vacation around it. It’s always a blast! This year the weather didn’t cooperate at all, but we made due and we still partied and played washer’s until late in the night (morning?).

I always enjoy finding new dishes to bring to these parties that will be a big hit. I’ve become known for bringing food that disappears pretty quickly. I’ve brought the Jalapeno Popper dip, which is always a hit and Lazy Turtles which were devoured. About a week ago I came across a feta dip on Pinterest and decided that it would be the dish to bring. It was a crowd pleaser and was gone within an hour or two!

Easy Bruschetta Dip

Original recipe here

  • 4 Roma Tomatoes (seeded)
  • 4 green onions (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
  • A sprig of Fresh Rosemary
  • A sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tsp Parsely
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • French bread

 

 

 

 

Note: The original recipe called for Greek seasoning, which you can definitely use instead of the spices and herbs I listed. I have a herb garden so I decided to use fresh herbs and garlic powder instead. Also, you can easily use less or more of the tomatoes, onions and cheese depending on your taste preference and how many people you are feeding.

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Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and chop into small pieces. Chop green onions and herbs (if using fresh) and crumble the feta (or use pre crumbled like me). Combine the tomatoes, green onions, feta and spices/herbs in a bowl and mix with a spoon.

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Pour olive oil onto a flat serving dish. You can use 1/3 cup here or just spread the oil around until it covers the bottom with a thin layer. Spoon the tomato mixture on top of the olive oil. Once evenly spread, slice your french bread and lay around the serving dish.

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Eat and enjoy! It’s such an easy, healthy, delicious summer recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calorie Confusion

Since I’ve started this journey I have tried a few different weighs to lose weight including Weight Watchers, low carb and calorie tracking. They all have worked for me when I give it 100%, but the only one I can see myself doing for the long haul is calorie counting. As annoying as it can be, it is easy, especially when you have access to such a large database as your fingertips thanks to My Fitness Pal.

Lately though, I’ve been confused with my calorie intake and whether I’m eating enough or too much. I’ve taken a look at some friends’ diaries on MFP and some of them are eating way more then me and others a lot less.

Currently, MFP has my daily calorie target as 1330/day. This seems a little low to me. At one point my target was above 1500, but I was heavier then. They’re basing it on these stats:

Female, 230lbs, 25yo, Sedentary (desk job), exercise 3x/week, lose 2lbs/week

I decided to do some research to see what other calorie tracking sites and tools recommended for me. This just caused a lot more confusion! My daily target ranged anywhere from 1300 – 2000+!

Currently, I’m eating the 1330 calories along with some of my calories that I’ve burned through exercising. I just can’t help to wonder if I should be eating more or less (likely more if anything).

I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and opinions on this! How many calories do you consume in a day? Are you trying to lose weight? Do you think my target is too high or too low? You can follow me on MFP, username bail01.