Monday, December 5, 2011

Alabama State Gymastics Championship 2011

The State Meet was held in Ozark, AL which worked great for us because it was closer to Florida and family! Grandma, P-pa, Winter, Joe, and Justin met us at our hotel Friday night. It was so nice to be able to hang out.  Gracie had to be at the civic center by 7:40 am the next day.  Pa-pa met us at the civic center with my brother Ben and his family who live about 40 minutes from Ozark.  For those of you who don't know gymnastics meets are first divided by progressive levels (Gracie is a level 3), awards are given out based on different age groups.  There were 181 level 3 gymnasts that competed this past weekend, but there were several age divisions.  Gracie was the first gymnast to compete on beam for her session and she rocked it out with a 9.350, this ranked her 2nd for her age group.  She then went to floor and whipped out a 9.200, she won 2nd place for her age group.  Everyone said the floor judges were pretty tough and I believe it because when you rank Gracie against the other 180 gymnasts her floor score was 7th! That is pretty awesome, because that compares her to every level 3 gymnast, some of them much older than Gracie. On vault she won 5th place with a 8.825.  Then came the uneven bars.  Gracie has struggled a little with bars this season, but she had really turned a corner recently at her last meet and at practice.  She ended up slipping on the bars, and a "fall" is an automatic .500 deduction.  A one-half point deduction is a lot in gymnastics. This brought down her "All Around" score (combination of all 4 events).  If you were to add back the .500 to her All Around score she would have been 1st AA.  She ended up 5th for AA, but she will always be 1st in our eyes. :)  After the meet we celebrated with some BBQ.  Grandma and her crew headed back to Freeport and we went to Ben's house so the boys could release all of their built up energy (they sat for almost 4 hours at the gymnastics meet, then lunch, then a 40 minute ride).  That afternoon we said our "See ya laters" and headed back to Birmingham.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Are you tired of trying to figure out what to cook?

I won't mention any names, but I was introduced to a site called E-mealz. For a little more than pocket change per week you can print out a week's worth of recipes, and your grocery list for your selected store organized by section and with prices so you know how much you are going to spend. Here is a sample for you:

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One of the best things about WW....

You get 35 flex points per week.  Flex points allow you to cheat a little.  You can use them all in one sitting, or spread them out over the week. It's up to you! This really teaches you that everything is ok in moderation. Good luck! Oh, remember 1-2 lb per week is normal.  A lot of people that I know lost 4-6 lbs the within the first two weeks and then after that they tend to average 1 to 2 lb per week.


WW (weight watchers) Basics:

1. First of all, WW is based on a points system. You get a certain amount points per day based on your weight and activity level. You can actually earn points through exercise, but it takes 10 minutes of vigorous (you can barely breathe) exercise to earn 1 point. So you would have to run for 30 minutes to earn 3 points.

Points Target     Weight

20                      <150

22                      150-174

24                      175-199

26                      200-224

28                      225-249

30                      250-274

31                      275-299

32                      300-324

33                      325-349

34                      >350
2. The amount of points that a food is worth is dependent upon the calories, fat, and fiber in that food. This is great, because if a food is low in calories and high in fiber it will account for fewer points than an item with no fiber. I recommend keeping a spread sheet of what you eat every day. This will hold you accountable and easily add your points. My spreadsheet contains what I eat, the amount of points, and I also list what exercise I get in for the day. Once per week I also put in my weight.

3. How do you know what foods are worth? Email me at and I will send you an Excel file that calculates points for you. You can also use  and  to look up foods.

I have a WW points slider to help me calculate foods when I’m away from my computer or you can purchase a calculator type device (found on Ebay). There are also apps for your phone for around $3.

Friday, June 25, 2010

EASY Crockpot Chicken Wings

1/3 cup of soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbspns of oil

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of ginger

18 chicken wings

1/3 onion, minced
Add Ingredients to Crockpot and mix thoroughly.
Cook 6-8 Hours on low.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Activity Pools in Tallahassee

The Trousdell Aquatics Center Activity Pool is CLOSED due to a pump failure. The Activity Pool is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, June 12, 2010.
Activity Pool Hours - Effective through August 15

Your options for activity pools are Trousdell (off of John Knox) & Jack McClean (south-side by fairgrounds).

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 7:00pm
Weekend: 11:30am - 6:00pm
Tot Time (5 & under only): Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 - 11:00am
$3.50 per person (even toddlers)