Belly Reduction Program & A Graduation Quilt

After 10 days of road tripping with stops in Tennessee, Arkansas, Colorado and Nevada, Paul and I are finally in California! We are so happy to be out of the car with 2 cats and on California soil. Our first week in this new state has brought a lot of life changes. First, we are waiting on a house to move into so we are currently nomads. Second, we are getting used to living with each other full time which is a positive change. Third, my husband keeps using acronyms. No big surprise being in the Navy and all, but I’m beginning to not like the sound of this one…BRP. It just sounds scary right? Well, it should because it stands for the “Belly Reduction Program”.imageIf this picture had cartoon speech bubbles mine would say “You’re kidding right?” and Paul’s would say “Ummmm….No!” Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard Paul say “BRP”. His family has used it for at least a decade when referring to the need to slim down.  Until recently, Paul and I had been using this term casually when referring to putting our cat, Sherlock, on the BRP. Boy, does he need it!imageNow, the BRP has turned it’s focus on us….Yikes! 10 days of eating out and road tripping will do this to you. I’ve come to accept this fate and have jumped onboard the BRP bandwagon, which involes eating less carbs, more veggies, and a conscious effort to workout on a regular basis.  Some of you may do this already and that’s great! We, however, have allowed ourselves to slip, not only on our 10 day road trip, but in the months leading up to it as well. We are by no means obese, but everyone needs personal goals and standards right? Plus, eating healthier has great long term benefits, or at least this is what I keep telling myself. I do have a small confession to make though.  Despite my fitting in 4 workouts this week, the BRP hasn’t been going so well. On Memorial Day I made Skinnytaste’s Triple Berry Crisp using fresh California berries. Yum! imageEven though it’s from a “skinny” website, I made it “not so skinny” when adding the local Dairy’s ice cream on top! Whoops! But, it was soooo good! Sadly, it didn’t stop there.  For a Mexican potluck at Paul’s work I made Pioneer Woman’s Tres Leches Cake. Nothing contradicts the BRP like a cake with 3 milks in it, especially when they are Evaporated, Sweetened Condensed and Whole milk! imageAgain, soooo delicious. In fact, I think I’m going to have to make a new rule to the BRP…”baking delicious desserts is allowed, when people other than the BRP participants get to enjoy it!” Great, I’m already making excuses! This is going to be an interesting program. On a more positive note, the celebration of Memorial day made me remember a quilt my grandma made me 5 years ago as a graduation present. imageIt’s like a scrapbook in quilt form.  She included all of the activities I was involved in at college like my singing group, Stowaways, and my participation in lacrosse as player #41. imageAlso, on the quilt is a block dedicated to my class crest.imageShe even made a cute bag to store it in, which came in super handy for lugging this beauty on our 10 day road trip!imageBefore gifting a quilt to someone, Grandma always signs her quilts by putting a label on the back with a description of who the quilt is for, when it was given, and for what occasion. imageThis way the recipient can remember who gave it to them and when. Who could forget a gift like this though? Definitely not this BRP participant! Anyway, I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and maybe have a special gift in mind for that wonderful graduate in your life. They’ll be cherishing it for years to come, while wishing the BRP was just a figment of their imagination.

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