Portion Control…

is like the Spanx of eating. It keeps your portion within reason and helps you to not feel like a total pig.

2 Cups of Taylor Farms Salad – 30 calories

1 cup of low fat Daisy Cottage Cheese – 180 calories

4 tablespoons of sunflower seeds – 60 calories

2 tablespoons of bacon crumbles – 25 calories

Kraft Thousand Island Dressing – 130 calories

“My bowl runneth over.”

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When, “I don’t have time!” Is No Longer An Excuse

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One of the benefits of staying at this Marriott Residence Inn, is that we were upgraded to a LARGER hotel room. Thank you God, Buddha, and Universe!! I’m no longer prisoner in my sleep to the toxic, most awful smelling #chemo farts known to man. (Sorry honey, I love you but OMG!) 🤢

The other up side of this move is the fact that I am literally steps to the gym. It doesn’t matter if I squat too much or bend the wrong way. Chances are good that one way or another I will be able to waddle back down the hall to our room after a good workout.

So here we go! I signed up for Peloton Digital and already found several “boot camp” classes for beginners, because let’s face it…I grunt just getting up from the couch.

I’m a total newbie. So please share any advice you may have.

 

I’m a REBEL!

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I’m not going to lie, I’ve sucked down many a quart of ice creams in my life. The taste, the consistency, the sugar, the act of eating ice cream because I’m bored…you get the idea.

That’s how I felt when I destroyed this container of Rebel Ice Cream. I let the container sit out for about 20 minutes and once it became a little soft, I hogged down! (Yes, that is my dog in the background silently judging me.)

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The consistency was a bit “chalky” at first, but that didn’t matter one bit! The taste was well worth it and the longer it melted, the creamier it became.

The coffee chip flavor was a great combination and wasn’t watery or mushy. There was a slight aftertaste that didn’t last long and certainly didn’t hurt the overall flavor.

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If I was a spokesperson for this ice cream, which I’m not, but if I was…I would say this flavor is down right SCRUMMY! (That’s a good thing!)

Here’s all the important stuff…

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Hello 2019!

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Just let that year go and let’s focus on the NEW, FRESH, BEAUTIFUL, GLORIOUS, 2019 that is upon us.

So far it’s been AWESOM! We were upgraded from a 1bed/1bath hotel room, to a 2bed/2bath! If that’s not enough to make you squeal with delight, you better sit down for this. We have AN OVEN!!!!!!!!!!!oven

Holy Bat Shit Robin! I mean we love our Door Dash, and GrubHub, but at the end of the day there’s something fantastic about a home cooked meal.

If you think having my own bathroom, and an oven is great news…you better apply the oxygen mask and buckle up.

Our new room is 20 steps away from the gym, pool and the ice machine. (I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a commercial ICE MAKER!)

I have ZERO excuse now to not get in there and utilize the beautiful machines and weights.

So 2019, this is the year! I closed some very important chapters last year. I’m opening up some truly scary, fun new chapters this year. The time has finally come where I want this now.

I need this now.

 

 

Thigh Biscuits

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Yesterday I was in the hospital bathroom (in Gary’s room) and my fat thigh busted out the toilet paper holder like a can of Pillsbury biscuits. I started to laugh so hard I tooted and then I started laughing more. I yelled out to Gary, “My farts are so powerful I blew the toilet paper holder to pieces!” Followed by a long, loud laugh.

I stopped laughing just in time to hear a voice that wasn’t Gary’s…when I walked out of the bathroom there standing in a u-shape were all of the doctors and nurses going over everything needed for Gary’s chemo. 😂

Eh, it’s life. If you can’t cry, laugh! Hmmmm biscuits sound good.

Eat Less Pie…No Matter How Shitty Life Gets!

It’s official, 2018 has been one of the most challenging years of my life.

There are people in the world who inspire us to do better and be better. Two of those people are Jeanette Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. Apparently chemo treatment number 3 is not working for my husband and we will start a 4th type of chemo next week.

Update: Chemo #4 has failed and now we are waiting to see what happens next. No matter how hard we get hit, we keep getting up! #ArmyStrong #teamoctaviaspencer

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La-Z-Boy? More like Ea-Z-Boy!

Dear Mr. Mauldin, Mr. Darrow, and Ms. Popp-Hellebuyck

My name is Heather Ross and my husband is Lt. Colonel Gary Ross. We are an active duty military family temporarily staying at the Residence Inn in Denver while my husband receives cancer treatment at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute. When we got here and met with the Oncologist he said that we would be here for a minimum of 6 months or longer; pending the outcome of his chemo treatment. So naturally we wanGary Reclinerted to get a comfortable La-Z-Boy recliner to provide comfort to him while he recovers from his surgery and upcoming treatments. When we arrived at your store #216 (with our service dog Lucy in tow) we met your associate, Kate and she knew exactly what we wanted. The prices were so good, we ended up purchasing TWO of your recliners!

We explained to Kate that Gary would be having surgery early Wednesday morning (Sept 5th) and that’s why we would like to have the chairs in place prior to that procedure. She said she couldn’t make any promises but would see what she could do.

Tuesday afternoon Kate called and said that due to the Labor Day holiday she couldn’t get a driver to deliver until Wednesday. We explained that we wouldn’t be home all day on Wednesday because of Gary’s surgery but that evening would be okay. She asked if she could call us back after looking at the schedule. We said absolutely and then never heard back from her.

We were sitting in our hotel room having dinner when there was a knock at the door. There standing with recliner #1 was Kate. She had a huge smile on her face and she said that she was delivering our two recliners. We stood there in shock as she rolled the recliner right into the room, put it all together and explained how it worked. My husband is very limited in moving items but we offered to help and she said absolutely not. She went downstairs and in a few minutes she was back at the door with recliner #2.

Again, she rolled it right in and set it up for us. I couldn’t fully express my gratitude because I didn’t want to start “ugly” crying. Cause let’s be honest, once the “ugly” cry happens it’s a hot mess for a solid two hours.

We were floored by Kate’s KINDNESS and her amazing CUSTOMER SERVICE. Amazing customer service and kindness are not often highlighted or appreciated as it should be. In a world of constant bickering and people being mean, when we have something GOOD happen it NEEDS to be celebrated and acknowledged. So please know as a caregiver, Kate is truly a hero and as a military spouse I don’t use that word lightly.

Thank you Kate and La-Z-Boy for allowing my husband the opportunity to come home from surgery and relax comfortably. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this incredibly difficult time a lot less stressful.

Customers for life and HUGE fans of Kate! 🙂

Gary and Heather Ross
(The picture attached is Gary in his Ted2 outfit in his new recliner. Hey-whatever makes him happy, right?)