Lucky Dozen December

My first try with the Lucky Dozen (Lucky Dozen October Challenge) was so successful, I have decided to give it an other go.  Something about not thinking about what I have to wear is so nice at 5am.

I did the same thing as last time and shopped my closet to switch in pieces for the original Lucky Dozen.  Here is the original (the pieces were all from Banana Republic).

And here are my pieces from my closet.

Here is the calendar and all I do is swap out my pieces and make the outfits.

I mentioned in my October reflection post that I keep all three of these pictures on my phone and can easily reference them when needed.  I will also upload photos to Flickr if you want to see my outfits.

December Lucky Dozen here I come!


Pomegranate Jelly: 2012

As a child my sisters and I made pomegranate jelly with my Mom for holiday gifts.  As an adult I thought I had escaped the joys of pomegranate jelly until one of my sisters decided we should start doing it again in 2010.  You can read about that adventure here.  Pomegranate Jelly has now been holding strong for three years and here are some photos from Pomegranate Jelly 2012.

The Middle Sister is the muscle behind all the pomegranate juice.

The pomegranates from my Mom's tree are the best I have ever tasted.  The seeds are amazing and worth all the work to free them from the pomegranate.  The seeds are so sweet I suggested we cut back on the sugar in the jelly this year.  We ended up making three different batches for a total yield of 37 jars!

The Little Sister getting a pomegranate facial from all the steam!

One of the batches.

The labels the Little Sister design for my Mom with her Tree to Table idea.
Six hours of jelly making is a long day, but my Mom started us off with breakfast and made one of the family meals we grew up on for lunch.  It is great to have four people working on the jelly or it might have taken all weekend.  I am waiting to see how the lower sugar experiment worked out.  One of the batches might have to be given away as pomegranate sauce..... but I am totally fine with that!

Happy Holidays!


What happens after you eat crow

I mean eat crow in the figurative sense, not the literal sense.

In this case I am talking about the bet I had with my Dad about losing weight.  The bet I lost.  And the crow I had because of it.

All that is in the past now, but in a funny way, I am really motivated to lose the weight I wanted to lose in that bet.  It's not for any bet or bragging rights now.  It's just for me.  And you know what,  I am losing that weight.  Slowly.  But it is leaving.

I have been using the LoseIt app for a few years off and on and a few months ago the Little Sister was encouraging me to win the bet with my Dad and said we should start using the LoseIt app again and be "friends" so we could keep each other accountable.  I am a big fan of that app and the "friend" feature is pretty cool.  My Mom is even using it now!  You basically log in all your food and exercise into LoseIt to keep track of your calories. We all use the app on our phones.  I have lost 8.5 pounds since I stared using LoseIt again.

Additionally, the Middle Sister has now decided that "Thin in 2013" is a new theme and has upped our running each week.  An other good thing as this Fall has been very busy and the only exercise I am getting is the running.

I am lucky to have sisters who:
  1. Encourage me in my goals
  2. Both feel the need to include me in theirs
An other thing that happened is that my Dad, at the crow dinner, told me if I could reach my goal by January 1st, he would take everyone out to dinner like I had done when I lost the bet.  (I know, celebrating weight loss with food, it's the family way!). I told him I would try but I don't think he realized how many pounds that was.  Truth be told, it was 19 pounds.

I asked a co-worker who teaches health classes if it was even feasible and he said it wasn't a good idea but that we should check my percentage of body fat to see how much I needed to lose. An other co-worker tried to jump on the betting band wagon and said he needed to lose 20 pounds by January 1st too.  My health co-worker said a pound for pound bet between a male and a female was not really fair and that we should look at our body fat percentages and make goals off of those.  We made an appointment to see him and did the body fat calibration.  Turns out we were both in the average percent and that we both wanted to get down to 15% body fat.  Ironically the weight number associated with 15% body fat for me is one pound over my original goal weight.  The health co-worker proposed a goal date of January 31st.  We accepted.

So what happens after you eat crow.  You get motivated.  You create goals.  And you see which one you can meet.  These are some current goals, some more reasonable than others.
  • 10 pounds by January 1-doing this one with the sisters
  • Goal weight by January 1 -doing this one so Dad will buy dinner
  • 15% body fat goal weight by January 31 - doing this one with a co-worker
I also have 5 pound goals and buy myself something each time I reach that goal.  I have a list of things I want and it is nice to have rewards for reaching my goals.

With the holiday season approaching I am not worried.  I am sure I will be running more and eating a little less on the days that are around holiday gatherings.  I feel like the wheel has started to roll down the hill and I want to keep it going.

Wish me luck!


Reflections: Lucky Dozen October

In October the little sister and I embarked on a Lucky Dozen challenge.  The goal was to take 12 items of clothing and wear them for the month.  How did it go?  I'm glad you asked..... I loved it!


I never had to think about what I was going to wear.

I know that might seem silly, but for a person who gets up at 5am and gets home at 9pm, it was like Christmas morning each time I looked at the Lucky Dozen calendar to see what to wear.  Additionally I wore combinations of clothing I had never worn before and got complements on outfits that were out of my comfort zone.  All in all it turned out to be a win for me.  You can see my outfits here.

The Little Sister also did the Lucky Dozen and her one complaint was that she got sick of wearing the same clothes.  Other friends mentioned they would probably feel the same way.  I think I didn't feel this way because I was already always wearing the same clothes.  I was not very creative when I needed to get dressed so early in the morning and most of my clothes were black, so the Lucky Dozen really spiced up my wardrobe. 

I do have a few confessions to make.  While the Lucky Dozen has 31 days of outfits, I only really followed it on the days I had to work or dress up.  I wasn't so fashionable on the weekends and was probably sporting jeans and a black sweater.  I'm okay with that.  I still loved the Lucky Dozen.

This whole challenge has got me thinking about clothing in a new way.  I look differently at the items in my closet and evaluate the new clothes I think of buying.  This concept will help me create great outfits when I travel and I am looking forward to using for Italy 2014.

I planned on doing another Lucky Dozen in November and picked out and numbered all my pieces.  The problem was that I didn't take pictures of my pieces or make the grid I made last time and that brought the Lucky Dozen November to a halt.  In October I made a grid of my clothing pieces and saved my grid, the Lucky Dozen grid, and the calendar as photos in my phone.  Each morning I would look at these photos to see what to wear.  It saved me tons of time.  On November 1st I went to start a new dozen and realized I hadn't made my grid.  After a little bit of thought, I decided to make November the month of skirts and dresses.  I don't wear very many skirts or dresses but noticed I have some nice ones in my closet.  I have some tights and boots and thought this was the month to give all of those items a chance to come out of the closet.   So November has turned into skirt and dress month, but my Lucky Dozen December will be ready to go when I need it!


I heart Chicken

I really like rotisserie chicken (roast chicken in Italian is il arrosto pollo).  I don't know if I could eat it every day, but there have been weeks when I almost do.  I love chickens I roasted myself, but don't find I have a lot of time to do that so I am very happy living off the rotisserie chickens in the grocery store.  I won't lie, they are pretty good and sometimes I wonder why I bother roasting my own chicken...... (sigh).

T and my sisters know of my love of rotisserie chicken.  It's kind of a joke between us actually.  Funny thing is, I never really order chicken at a resturant.  It must be one of my home comfort foods.

Now that you know of my slightly unnatural love of rotisserie chicken you will understand why I love this link the little sister sent me.

52 Uses for a Rotisserie ChickenMy mouth salivated a little when I wrote that.  That would be a recipe for each week in the year.  YES PLEASE!

The blogger over at eRECIPEcards documented a year of using Rotisserie Chicken once a week and I am happy she did.  I really like my plain grocery store rotisserie chicken, but now I have 52 other things I can try with it.  I am hungry to try some of her ideas.  And because I was excited about something food related that can only make my life better, I decided to share it with you.