Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Don't worry I didn't fall off the wagon

Hello friends, sorry I haven't posted in almost two weeks, December is flying by. I am happy to share that I am 99 % done with my Christmas shopping and last night we started wrapping Whooo Hooo!!!! I was feeling stressed about what to get and shopping. This year hubby and I are really trying to show our parents how much we love and appreciate them this year we will be having Christmas Day dinner at my in-laws with both sets of folks :) I am so blessed by my parents and hubby's family. My parents are good people and they love love love my hubby for which I am so thankful. My in-laws are awesome, and I'm really glad they get along with my folks.

I hope everyone likes my new pics, I feel they are a good reflection of where I am at now and where I came from. Last Monday we went to the Davenport to see the Christmas Tree Elegance with my folks I felt really good about how hubby and I looked. I am wearing my seven jeans that have been sitting in my closet for two years, and hubby is wearing the sweater he got last year for Christmas that didn't look good then because he had a chubby belly.

When I look at our Christmas pic from last year I remember how bad I felt about myself and I am so thankful that I started the belly fat cure in January to stop the cycle of gaining weight and feeling bad about myself. Sometimes I find myself thinking I've only lost 15 lbs and that's not a big deal, but when I look at my before pictures I realize those 15 lbs have made a big difference in how I look and how I feel about myself.

Saturday hubby and I went to Starbucks before heading to the mall for some shopping I ordered a peppermint mocha which is my favorite seasonal holiday drink, I haven't had one since last Christmas. I ordered a tall with the sugar free syrup (even though I'm sure it was made with fake sugar) the drink was still probably not very belly friendly, and it wasn't as good as I remembered. My peppermint coffee drink I make at home is much better. In my special 16 oz holiday mug I add 2 packets truvia, 1 T ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa, 1/4 tsp peppermint extract and finish it off with whipped cream. It is delicious and very belly friendly. Next time I go to Starbucks I will get my usual americano with cream and I will know that I am not missing out by passing up a peppermint mocha.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday, whatever you are up to keep it belly friendly you won't regret it. :)


  1. Katie, it's so good to hear from you again. I have not been blogging or commenting as much this month either because there is so much stuff to get done. You are so lucky to have such a close, loving family! I love your new pictures that you put up. You just look so awesome now, you can really see the difference. I must make that delicious peppermint coffee today!

  2. HI Katie, It is great to hear from you and I LOVE those pictures. You really can see the difference and you both look so hot!!
    Your peppermint coffee sounds much better than starbucks.
    Have a great day :-)

  3. There is a huge difference in your pictures for just 15 lbs. You look fabulous! Maybe I could make your recipe for Peppermint coffee with the tea. I bet it would be good! :)

  4. Love, love, love your before and after pictures!! You look awesome!!
    Joyful Susan

  5. Love the new photos! Your face really shows the difference! Thanks for sharing Katie!

  6. We missed you. I'm sure it's a relief to you- to have the details done with the holiday, and now settle down into what's important: being with our loved ones. I know your families will appreciate what you're wanting to do for them.
    Your pictures are beatiful-What a difference a year makes-it's ispiring.

  7. Katie you just look so pretty and so happy! We went down to the Davenport for dinner and the trees are pretty amazing. I am going with a friend to see them again on Thursday. Maybe I will win one!
    I'm glad you are still on track and enjoying the Christmas season!
    Aren't you loving the sunshine and lack of snow! Whoopie!!!

  8. Hi Katie. Love the way you have the blog set up, and the pictures are great. You can REALLY see the difference. For some people 15 lbs makes a huge difference in how they look. Glad you took some time to keep in touch. Big holiday hugs from me to you!

  9. Katie, here is a link to the Peppermint, chocolate tea I drink: http://www.republicoftea.com/product.aspx?p=V09993
    I found mine at Wegmans grocery store. It's really good with a splash of cream.

  10. I don't think you should feel bad for the 15 pounds at all! The last 15 pounds I took off is huge, and yours is too! You guys look awesome!!

  11. I love all the new pics as well. We're almost done with all our Christmas shopping as well. We might need to get a stocking stuffer here or there, but we're pretty much done.

  12. Hi Katie... I am a new reader and can really see the difference in your before and after photos - you look great (and happy!) I too, am doing the BFC, and am always looking for something (BFC friendly) that can satisfy my sweet tooth. I am looking forward to trying your recipe for the peppermint coffee drink. Thanks for sharing. Kim