The Road to One-derland!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Heading into the New Year

and quickly approaching my 1-year weight loss healthier lifestyle anniversary(gotta get to that 50lb mark by then!!!). I cannot help but think of new positive changes I want to incorporate in my life.  I know resolutions are cliche, but they do come with the best of intentions and CAN be fulfilled. (is that what we do with them? LOL).

I'm going to have some additional time to myself after the first of the year when my little guy starts a new school program.  I am hoping to use these hours to explore and experiment with new exercise options for myself.  Now that I've lost some weight, I'm hoping that the Couch to 5k program won't be so difficult for me.  Also, I would love to try a formal pilates class.  I've found a few of the workouts on Netflix streaming and would like to try it in a studio.  I'm also hoping to work as a substitute teacher a few days per month.  While this is not a physical exercise, it will be good for me mentally....and financially.   I'm looking forward to getting back in the classroom (but don't want to do it full time).

As I continue to work on me, I'm looking into other ways to help myself.  I'm toying with the idea of going back to school.  I need to meet with an adviser to see what's that will entail and how that will work for my family.

Very exciting things in the coming year.  I know I'll be adding to the list...where's that paper?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Less than a week til Christmas

It's apparent that I will not be making my "50 lbs by Christmas" goal. I'm okay with that.  It seemed do-able for a while, then I had those setbacks starting around Halloween.  Now I will focus on getting those pounds off by my weight loss anniversary January 19.  This gives me nearly a month to lose 7ish pounds.

Thanks for the support and encouragement over the last year.  I'm looking forward to blogging more in the new year.  I've got some important topics that I want to write about and hope to start a discussion

Friday, December 9, 2011

Planning ahead, Choices, Temptation and the holidays!!!

So I was out yesterday running errands with my youngest.  He's a wild child so I was a bit anxious even before heading out.  A few weeks ago, while out on errands, he slashed my face.  I usually try not to bring him out with me for many errands, but I  had no choice yesterday.   I headed out to make several stops armed with only water.  What was I thinking?  I had a snack cup and water for O, but nothing for me to nibble on.  Talk about setting myself up for failure.  Why? Why did I not have something in the car for me?

The hub-bub of the holidays has really stressed me out.  Dashing around with the boy in-tow I kept thinking of all the quick-fix choices around me, Mc D's, Taco Bell, Chik-fil-a.  I could have easily drove through and got myself a little something.  I know I wouldn't have gone overboard there...but I would have gone home and still eaten more.  Why are those thoughts in my head?  It scares me that the little fast food voice was getting louder and louder in my ear.  I haven't been tempted by such places in seriously over a year.  Why now!!!

As we made our last stop, I went through scenarios in my head.  We could drive thru Taco Bell and the little guy could possibly tell his dad....I would be so embarrassed.   I know I would feel like a loser and failure for giving in, too.  Then thoughts turned to "what can I eat when I get home?'  I knew I had some homemade soup in the frig.  That needed to be eaten, it was healthy, and filling.  I immediately texted the hubs and had him start heating it.  If I knew it would be ready when I got home, that would really help keep the temptation demons at bay.

I know this all sounds very silly, but right now, this is a big victory for me.  I've been so weak when it comes to food these days.  I was able to talk myself down from the temptation ledge.  Thank GOD!!!  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Still struggling...

Last night I went to bed early.  I figured I could use the sleep and it would keep me from snacking.  Yes, it worked....but I have so much to do, so now I'm stressing about holiday tasks.  I'm also disappointed that ....unless I get some Biggest Loser like numbers, I won't reach my 50lbs By Christmas goal.  I'm trying to revel in my success thus far, but it's hard.  I feel like I've lost motivation, inspiration, drive to keep going.

How are you all doing during this hectic holiday season?  Have you re-evaluated your goals during this time of year?

Friday, December 2, 2011

why am I so weak???

UGH, I hate when I give in to temptation.  Seriously!!! When I first started my weight loss journey in January, I had a rule, "No Eating Past 9pm".  I stuck to it like crazy.  Since I'm a night/evening exerciser, I've been allowing myself a snack since my diabetes diagnosis.  But man, tonight was just not good.

I had a great bike ride (stationary bike) and came downstairs to enjoy my quiet evening and do a few things.  I remembered there was a small piece of kerry gold aged cheddar in the frig.  I weighed it and counted out my wheat thin crisps.  PERFECT!!!  Then, I made up some muffins for my boys to enjoy tomorrow.  I swear the carbs in the crackers kicked off a huge craving.  I got out the crackers and finished off the bag.  It was mainly broken crackers and bits....but still, where is the control???  Then, I pull the muffins out of the oven.  48 perfect, lovely, steaming, mini-pumpkin muffins....  Before I knew it, I'd popped TWO in my mouth.  WHAT THE HECK???  I honestly didn't even remember the second one, I had to actually count the remaining muffins to know for sure.  How does this happen in the blink of an eye??

So now I'm disgusted with myself....and sad.  Why do I ruin a bad food/exercise day so late in the game???  This is exactly why I should be in bed at this hour.  DAMMIT!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A special delivery

I arrived home this a.m to a message from a dear friend.  She had been parting with some of her clothes and remembered seeing my FB post about needing some new clothes.  This friend is much smaller than me, so, I have to say I was a bit scared to see how small the clothes would be.   Also, a part of me was flattered that she thought I was that close to her "old" size.  ;)  LOL

I couldn't wait to see what was in the large bag.  I busted it open while my lil guy was down for his nap. OMG the sweaters were so nice.  They looked like they were a little shorter than I am used to wearing, but I put them on and they looked nice.  Definitely things that will look even better as more weight comes off.  I look forward to  wearing them and seeing them fit better and better.

Yaaay for special friends sharing their old clothes with me.  I'm so grateful and happy!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time....

to lose weight!  The average North American gains 7-12 lbs during the holiday season (Halloween thru New Years).  I reject those pounds.  I will not be a statistic.  Someone else can have my share.  I will be SMALLER come January 2, 2012.  It's not going to be easy, but well none of this has been.  Please join me.  Pledge to be a holiday loser.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A pleasant scale surprise

So I haven't exactly been weighing.....I've been skeered and just avoiding seeing the possible damage.  Well, since I'm moving forward and going to go "balls to the wall" this next month towards my goal....why not know he down and dirty details.  Welp, I'm down 1.7.  I'm down 44 lbs!!!!  This is NOW my lowest point on this journey. PHEW!! Perhaps I've gotten that damn monkey off my back???  Is it the end of my plateau?  All I can say is Thank GOD for exercise!!!

I'll take a second helping of motivation and inspiration, PLEASE!!!!

I've been's been 2 months since I hit 40lbs lost...and I've teetered back and forth at that point with mostly little gains.  Food has been a  huge challenge..and here we are rolling into the holidays.  UGH!

I headed home for Thanksgiving as I do each year. Heading home to traditional holiday fare, the chaos of a full house, and questionable November weather. The hubs and I talked before heading out....we would squeeze in a walk each day (if there was kid-coverage), take it easy during the meal, and we'd hopefully be able to keep each other from the dessert table.   :)  Well, I am happy to say we DID walk each day. Now it wasn't always a super-di-duper kick-butt walk, but we DID get out there and get moving.  Thanksgiving night, I wasn't feeling well...nauseated even, but we headed out.  It felt good to get out there for sure.  I had one plate of Thanksgiving yumminess....and that was it!  Pretty proud that I didn't take any more of my mom's delish stuffing or taters and gravy. WOW!!!  Now, desserts...well, I had some cookies...and some pumpkin pie.  Counted it, wrote it down, love it ALL.  

One of the biggest treats from my visit home was an opportunity to see an old friend.  W's been my friend since pre-kinder.....a LOOOONG time ago.  :)  We've seen each other 3 times this year.  The last visit was Aug.  Let me tell you....she's on her own weight loss journey and she's kicking butt.  Since I saw her in Aug, she's lost an additional 20 lbs....for  total of 60+ lost.  She looks AMAZING!!!  She's been following WW religiously and working out like a demon.  When I saw her in Aug, she'd mentioned she was jogging, now she's added P90x...and wowza, the results have been fantastic.  I have to say our visit gave me a huge boost of motivation.  Seeing what she's done for herself just this year was truly inspiring.    We talked fitness, exercise, food, clothes.  I even left with HUGE box of clothes for me "lose" in to.  YES!!!   So looking forward to the day I can get those pants on AND buttoned.  lol

So, moving forward.....I'm going to kick ass each day to work towards my goals.  Short term, I really, really, really want to get to my 50lbs off goal by Christmas.  I've got ONE month.  Come cheer me along.

Monday, November 21, 2011

I'm here....really

It's been a rough, tough, busy, stressful couple of weeks.  I guess this marks the beginning of the holiday hub-bub, eh?
Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say I'm still alive and kicking....having challenges with my food DAILY, but still keep exercising.  Thank GOD for that damn bike.  I would have gained back some serious pounds.

A common issue for me lately....not making time for ME.  While I've been exercising, the duration of said workouts have cut back considerably.  On some days I'd been able to get in TWO workouts, well, a.m. free time has been gobbled up with errands and other obligations.  I do not like it, but it's had to be that way.  In reflecting on how I've been spending my time each day, I continue to see time is spent serving children, husband, friends in need, volunteer opportunities....leaving little time or energy for me.  One of the things I love about being a SAHM is being available for my family and others....but it comes at a cost.  I do for others during the day...then am too frazzled to do for myself by the end of the day.

I cannot be left simmering on the back burner.  I must meet my needs first.  I know it sounds selfish, but I need to do this right now before I back slide.  No one can do this for me.  I HOLD THE KEY to my success.  I keep repeating that mantra....hoping it sticks in my mind before I make a bad choice in my day.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Rough Week!!!

The past week was rough and I just can't seem to shake it.  Thought I'd made it through the challenges leading up to Halloween with great will power....but then I fell apart on Halloween.  Seeing the gigantic popcorn bowl filled with chocolates and fruity candies (I love chewy lemonheads!!!) sent me over the edge.  I hate hate hate those small trick or treat sized candies.  Soooo easy to hide, stash, sneak and OVER EAT.  I would have never sad down with a full-sized snickers bar, but I'm sure I ate more than one bar if you added up all the itty bitty pieces I gobbled up.  It's upsetting to see this epic fail.  It worries me. What type of self-control will I have for Thanksgiving and Christmas???

I really want to get to 50lbs down by Christmas.  Seems like such an uphill challenge now.  Hi, it's only a few pounds away, but I keep sliding backwards.

Oh and a note, I did not weigh in last week as I was out on Fri and Sat.  We'll see what my Halloween damage is this Friday.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yes, I was nearly in tears at the Dr. Office

I had a follow-up appointment on Friday.  My diabetes diagnosis was in July.  I had a one-month follow-up in August and then a two-month (Friday).  At this appointment I would get blood work results. My first results since the diagnosis.  I've been living healthier, exercising, and taking medication to help control my sugar levels (metformin) and newly diagnosed high blood pressure.  What were my results going to be?   Will my fasting number be at a healthful level?  my A1c?  my blood pressure?  

I've been overweight my whole life. Hell, OBESE my whole adult life.  Appointments with the doctor aren't usually joyful events. The dreaded weigh-in and impending lecture "you really should lose weight".  My M.O. was to make as little eye-contact with the Dr. as possible.  Well, today, that was not necessary.  My Dr. proudly shared my lab results with me.  She was ecstatic to tell me that both diabetes screenings are now in the healthful level.  My blood pressure was GREAT and my good cholesterol increased.  My overall cholesterol is a paltry 128.  Yahooo!!!  And the getter, I lost 12 lbs since my August appointment.  My Dr. was so thrilled with how I'm doing and how my health has improved, she doesn't want to see me til next spring.  Here I thought I was going to need to go in every 2 months, but nope....she actually said next JUNE would be great.  Of course, if my readings are high or if other health concerns arise, I need to come in sooner.

I know I was beaming there in the chair.  I was so pleased with myself.  I started to puddle up a bit.  It's so out of the  norm for me to actually  receive such praise for doing something right health-wise.   This is something I've never succeeded in before.  Looking better is a great incentive, but better health is the KEY!

*** A side Dr. mentioned "wow, you've lost 40 lbs since Decemeber....are you ready for 40 more?"  A little voice in my head said "game on!"  I would love, love, love to be ANOTHER 40 lbs lighter by my next appointment with her in June.  That's 8 months away....seems do-able to me, right?  Sooo, that will be my next challenge.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Feeling the Scale Love Today!!!

Finally....the scale got moving in the RIGHT direction...big time.  After a joyful birthday celebration a MONTH ago, I've finally lost that pesky gain and more.  YES!!!  I lost 3.4 this week. Yahooo!!!  My mega work outs have been paying off.  I'm thrilled!!!  I have to say, this has made me a little nervous about the upcoming holiday season.  Here we have like 6 weeks of special meals, celebrations, FOOD, FOOD, and MORE food.  If one weekend away and two birthday celebrations can throw my weight loss into a 1-month tail spin, what's my fate for the holiday SEASON?? UGH!!  I will not let the scale beat me down.

Soooo, what are your strategies during the holidays?   Extra exercise?  modify traditional food recipes to make them more healthful, avoid parties, skip baking???  Please share!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wow, it's been 9 Months!!!

Okay, I just now realized at this very moment that today is the 9 month anniversary of the start of my new lifestyle.  I have to say, this is honestly the longest I've stuck with anything of the sort.  I can see changes made in my life that I'd never been willing to make.  While there have been shades of discouragement and frustration, mostly I have to say I pushed through, never gave up and have 40 lbs off my body.....FOREVER!!!!

In the past 9 months:

  •  I've made a commitment to exercise daily.  I've used the fitness center while staying at a hotel.  I've planned walks with friends while out of town.  I've exercised most days, sometimes twice/day for the last 9!
  • I've achieved goals (41 lbs by my 41st birthday) and and working hard to get to my current goal....50 lbs off by Christmas.  
  • I've tried new foods and recipes.  I've made oatmeal for breakfast, changed how I take my coffee (not an easy task), prepared fish for the family..... really gone out of my culinary comfort zone.
  • I've eliminated much of the junky convenience foods from my kids diet.  If they have a treat, it is something I have baked from scratch, not something chemical laden with loads of sugar or preservatives.
  • I buy plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer's market.  My youngest loves going with me to help pick out our goodies for the week. This has been very powerful as I've heard O talk proudly about the apples and peaches we've picked out.  I love it!!!
  • We have a nice salad most nights of the week and my boys are eating it.  
  • While the changes I have made have been about me...and FOR ME, I am beyond thrilled that my family is benefiting from the changes.  My husband has lost over 20 lbs and is working out more consistently.  He's even pushing himself to workout for longer periods of time.  
  • I love that my youngest, when going down for his nap or bed time, will ask "are you going to exercise?"  I am thrilled that he sees me as someone who does that regularly and that I'm not some sluggy couch potato.  

This is no DIET for's definitely LIVING.  It may take me a while to get this weight off, but it's coming off.

**** edited because I just did the math and realized it has only been NINE months.  ****

Monday, October 10, 2011

Healthier food choices

I've really been trying to consume fewer processed items.   Who really knows what those unpronounceable chemicals are doing or will do to our bodies???  I recently came across a recipe on one of my new favorite recipe blogs, Mom Vs Food , for a Pumpkin Pie Latte Creamer.  I have made it twice so far. Not only is it yummy, but it saves me mega calories, fat and processed chemically store-bought stuff.  The second time I made it, I substituted Blue Diamond unsweetened vanilla milk for the regular non-fat milk for even further calorie savings.  

Pumpkin Pie Latte Creamer

1 cup half and half
1 cup milk ***
2 TBSP pumpkin puree
1 TBSP* agave nectar or raw sugar ( I don't drink coffee sweet, no sugar when I have regular Joe)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or allspice (or other favorite fall spice blend)
fresh grated nutmeg or pinch of dried nutmeg to taste

Mix ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until edges just begin to lightly bubble, whisking constantly.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container and shake well before use. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

***  I used Blue Diamond unsweetened vanilla milk

*You may want to add more to account for personal taste. Add sweetener 1 TBSP at a time to the warm cream mixture and taste. You may also substitute your favorite artificial sweetener. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weigh in Day....

Well I weighed in this a.m. for the last two weeks.  I'm up 1.7.  This is for the last two weeks (from right before my birthday weekend).   I don't like 'bout an explanation?  LOL  I have still been exercising daily, so that is a positive....I have eaten out a lot. We had pizza last night.  Probably not a great idea the night before weigh in. Plus, my period started yesterday, too.  Soooo, if water retention is an issue, then I should have a loss next week, right?  I was at an appetizer buffet this week....and went back for 2nds.  UGH.  Temptations still are well, TEMPTING.    At any rate, I am moving forward.  I'm taking this gain...blah, and moving on with my week.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

When you lose 40 pounds....

it's probably a good idea to buy new undies (and get rid of the old!!!).  I was trying a new exercise class yesterday that required a lot of jogging, jumping, etc.  Welp, the undies kept creeping down inside my shorts.  Not a great feeling.  I also had to re-cinch the drawstring on my shorts.  Woohoo!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What a night!

My sister and I went to see Abby Rike, from NBC's The Biggest Loser, speak at a local hospital's Women's health expo.  She was fabulous.  I just love her.  For someone to have survived the horrific life-events like she has, and to carry on to live a life with purpose, meaning, and JOY.  Wow, If she can do it, anyone really can.  If you aren't familiar with Abby Rike, please go to the link above.

Abby at the Mercy Care Begins with Me Expo
Sacramento, California

My weight does not define me.  It is where I am today.  I will live an active, healthy life and contribute to the world each day.  Don't just exist or make it through your day....LIVE!  Don't just be happy, find JOY in your life.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

You are what you eat....

It may sound cliche, but it is true.  I think the tastes, nibbles, bites, licks of treats last week has taken a toll on my bod.  I felt funky yesterday and am feeling better today.  I'm packing in the protein and making sure I account for everything I ingest.

Gotta keep on much more ground to cover.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A weird week...

Soooo, I just wrapped up a really weird week.  I had enjoyed my birthday get-away weekend to Tahoe with the fam.  Had some treats, got in workouts, skipped celebratory cocktails.....but upon return problems started.  I think the taste for treats got me wanting MORE treats....extra things I wouldn't normally eat.  WHY??? Why now?  I am a daily scale user....I like to see where I am.  It doesn't usually effect me.  I was surprised to see I was up....thought it might be some dehydration and other <ahem> issues caused by snacky foods, eating out = lots of sodium. But it never remedied itself.  I haven't had an official weigh in for last week.  I plan on doing it this Friday for the last two weeks.

Back on the program....exercising, weighing, chugging (water), measuring, logging, and BLOGGING.

I want to get to 50 lbs down pronto!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No more excuses....

find time to exercise.  You are the only one that can do this for YOU.  3, 5, and 10 are biggies for for saying "No"  I've been saying no to house work.  LOL

This article, 10 Ways to Find Time to Exercise, has some very good suggestions about adding exercise into your day.  It doesn't have to be a mega workout or even an hour long....just move baby.  Get the heart pumping, drip some sweat off the brow....

10 Ways to Make Time for Exercise

Busting the #1 Exercise Excuse:
  -- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
What's the No. 1 excuse for not working out? Lack of time. Sure, we're all busy handling multiple priorities and rushing around from here and there every day. However, I promise that no matter how busy you are, someone even busier than you are is working out right now. If you look closer, you'll discover that you do have the time to work out—and you deserve to use that time for yourself.
Squeezing in just a few minutes of physical exercise a day has huge benefits on your health, gives you energy and perks up your mood. In fact, a new study published by The Lancet found that if inactive people increased their physical activity by just 15 minutes per day, they could reduce their risk of death by 14% and increase their life expectancy by three years.  Also, remember that "working out" doesn't have to happen in the gym or last for an hour! Short 10-minute bursts of exercise, accumulated over the course of the day, can add up to big fitness and health gains, too.
Still not convinced that you have the time to exercise? Here's how to start fitting fitness into your busy life today!
10 Practical Tips to Fit Fitness into Your Busy Life
1. Wake up earlier. Sleep is definitely important for overall health and weight-loss, but could you hit the sheets just 30 minutes earlier, so that you could get up and work out before your day starts? Working out in the morning has numerous benefits including regulating appetite, boosting energy and—perhaps the biggest benefit of all—an A.M. sweat session ensures that your workout is checked off first thing each day! Because really, how many times have you had the best intentions to exercise in the evening, only to have to work late, help your kids with a project or generally just feel too exhausted to get off the couch? With morning workouts, the time problem is solved!
2. Cut down on media. For just a few days, record how much time you spend surfing the Internet, checking personal email, watching TV and playing video games whether it's on your computer or your phone. You just might be surprised at how much time you spend on Facebook or playing Angry Birds. Just a few minutes here and there can add up to an hour or more each day. Cut out just some of that screen time and, voila, you suddenly have time to squeeze in at least 10 or 15 minutes of exercise into even the busiest day.
3. Be an active TV watcher. It's unrealistic to never watch TV or to shun the Internet forever (how would you get your SparkPoints fix?).  So when you do, try to incorporate some physical activity. When watching TV, make it a point to do some jumping jacks or push-ups during commercials. Doing a little exercise during the commercial breaks can add up to almost 20 minutes of fitness for every hour of TV you watch. And instead of sitting in a chair when on the computer, try sitting on a stability ball or stack your computer up on some books so that you have a standing desk to surf from. No matter how you do it, try not to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time!
4. Try an active commute. One of the best ways to fit exercise into your life is by incorporating it into your school or work transportation routine. If you live close enough, consider biking to work. If you take the bus, walk to a bus stop that's an extra block or two away, or get off the bus a stop sooner than usual and get a few more steps in. And if you drive to work, park as far away as you can—even a few blocks away, if possible.
5.  Make it part of your routine. One reason it's so challenging to fit exercise into a busy schedule is because we're not used to doing it. Heck, it takes time to brush your teeth in the morning, but you do it, don't you? You brush your teeth every day because it's important and because it's almost second nature to get up and do it. Start making some form of exercise—whether it's walking the dog, doing 10 minutes of yoga or going for a bike ride after dinner—a daily tradition, just like showering, brushing your teeth or hitting the coffee shop on the way to work. It's easy to fit in exercise for a few days here or there, but by incorporating it into your daily routine like you would your hygiene, you take the process of working out away from willpower and into habit. Need help getting into the habit? Try SparkGuy's Daily Workout Streak Challenge!
6. Mix socializing with exercising. Do you normally spend time with your family or friends by going to dinner, watching sports on TV or going to movies? Make your social time more active by planning events that get all of you moving. Go for a family hike on a beautiful Saturday morning, play a game of tag football with your buddies during halftime, or make a date with your significant other or best friend on the treadmill. There are so many options for squeezing more activity into your social calendar!
7. Turn chores into exercise. While cleaning might not be the most fun activity, it's something we all have to do, and it can definitely be a workout if you want it to be. Set a kitchen timer for 20 minutes and see how much of the house you can clean. Try to be as efficient and quick-paced as possible, and I guarantee you'll work up a sweat. If you're doing lighter housework that is harder to get your heart rate up (like laundry or organizing), throw in some lunges or push-ups every few minutes to start feeling the burn!
8. Schedule an appointment. If you had scheduled a doctor's appointment, you wouldn't miss it would you? How about that important business meeting? Of course not. Working out is actually as important as going to the doctor or any other obligation that you prioritize, because it helps you perform better as a worker, parent, student or volunteer, and keeps you in tip-top shape. So whether it's scheduling in an hour to go to that group exercise class, investing in personal training sessions or even making a date with yourself to do that workout DVD over your lunch break, write it in pen in your calendar and treat it like any other appointment you can't miss!
9. Find an activity you love. Think of your favorite hobby or pastime. Do you have trouble finding time to do it? Most likely, you make time for it because you enjoy it so much. It's the things we don't enjoy that we put off and don't feel bad about missing. That's why it's best to choose a physical activity that you actually enjoy and look forward to. Not only are you more likely to do it, but it also adds more fun into your life. And we all could use some more fun in our busy lives, right?
10. Say no. If you've gone through this entire list of tips and don't think a single one will work in your life, then it's time to look at your priorities and responsibilities. Do you really have to bake cookies for that fundraiser? Babysit for your sister? Take on that extra project at work? Attend that wedding shower of your second cousin? Remember that there's nothing wrong in saying no. Yes, we all have obligations to others, but don't forget about the obligation you have to yourself to take care of your body and your health!
Remember, exercise gives you energy and keeps you healthy to keep going in that busy life of yours! So don't think of exercise as another to-do to squeeze in on your already busy schedule. Instead, think of it as maintenance for your health and a way to de-stress and do something for you!

Monday, September 26, 2011


My family and I went to Lake Tahoe this weekend.  We were celebrating my and my hub's birthdays.  Such a beautiful piece of heaven pretty close to our house.  Today, before heading home, we wanted to take the boys to the lake for some sand time.   I found a beach on an online travel site (of loves the internets!!!) so off we went.  What I did not know was this beach was also the FINISH line for the Lake Tahoe marathon (among other races).  Wow, I've not been so close to so many runners EVER.  While I'd watched running events in the Olympics, I was surprised to see the range of ages and body types on the road.  There were large people like me. Overweight people like me... OBESE people like me.  WoW !!!  Now I do not see myself as a marathoner EVER, but I am really toying with the idea of challenging myself to train for and complete a run.  I think next year at this time I will be ready.  A friend ran the Race for a Cure in SF today....perhaps next years Race will be for me???  Think I can do a 5k? Wanna join me?  SF is gorgeous this time of year!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011


I made it to my "41 by 41" goal!!!
Tomorrow is my 41st birthday and today is my weigh-in day.  I lost 2.9 for a total of 42.2 since January.

I am so jazzed!!!  Next up, getting to my Christmas day goal (see ticker up top).  Two weight loss friends and I set out on June 25 to lose 30 lbs.  Well, looks like I'm well on my way.  When I get to that goal, I'll have lost a total of 50 lbs. WOW!!!

Do you eat breakfast?

While calling it "the most important meal of the day" seems so cliche, it really is true.  After sleeping many hours, we've got to fed the bod to fuel our day's activity.  I have never really liked breakfast....eggs are blechy and I don't like cereals all that well, so I've routinely skipped the meal.  My most common breakfast these days is a piece of whole wheat toast spread with PB.  I may add a bit of sliced banana as well.  Delish!   I subscribe to many online health newsletters and this one , Healthy Breakfast Ideas , came today.  I like that most of them are super quick and that there aren't funky ingredients.  :)

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Take a fresh look at what makes a nutritious breakfast and what foods are good to eat at the most important meal of your day.

Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true for dieters who will find it easier to manage their weight and stay on track with a start to the morning that’s high in nutrition. The trick, however, is making smart choices.
“A healthy breakfast should be a variety of foods like whole grains, low-fat protein or dairy sources, and fruit,” says Andrea Gorman, MS, RD, manager of clinical nutrition at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. “All these food groups provide complex carbohydrates, protein, and a small amount of fat. This combination of nutrients can delay hunger symptoms and keep you feeling full throughout the day.”
Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Related: The Importance of Breakfast

Here are some ideas to get your day started right:
  1. Build on a healthy cereal. Top a high-fiber cereal with a sprinkle of granola, bananas, and low-fat milk or plain yogurt. This combination provides good fiber and protein intake, plus calcium and potassium.
  2. Get off to a berry good start. Another possibility for breakfast is berries and low-fat Greek-style yogurt with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds. These foods are high in protein and volume, which can help you feel full longer.
  3. Take your nutrition to go. Smoothies are another smart choice when made with Greek-style low-fat yogurt, berries, and a touch of sugar. It’s a meal that’s high in protein, dairy, and volume, and it’s very portable if you’re in a hurry.
  4. Get a good “warm-up.” Susan B. Roberts, PhD, author of The Instinct Diet and professor of nutrition at the USDA Nutrition Center at Tufts University in Boston, recommends hot cereal: Microwave 1/4 cup each of instant oatmeal and coarse wheat bran with a cup of 1 percent milk. Served with berries and a little maple syrup, it’s the perfect start to the day with plenty of fiber and volume.
  5. Don’t skip the eggs. Hot breakfasts extend the range of possibilities. Scrambled eggs — one whole egg and one egg white — along with a piece of whole-wheat toast, lightly buttered, and some fruit on the side are high in protein and volume and make a great combination.
  6. Wrap up some burritos. Breakfast burritos can spice up your morning meal. Use the same scrambled egg recipe as in No. 5 as the filling for a low-carb, whole- wheat (for extra fiber) wrap along with some salsa, low-fat sour cream, and a sprinkle of cheese.
  7. Call on cottage cheese. Cottage cheese along with fruit or nuts can be a good breakfast choice that’s high in protein plus some calcium. Look for cottage cheese brands that offer extra fiber.
  8. Ham it up. Even ham and eggs can be healthy when using one whole egg and one egg white in the scramble and two slices of lean Canadian bacon. Add half a grapefruit on the side and it’s a meal full of protein, fiber, and vitamin C.
  9. Don’t rule out a.m. vegetables. You can enjoy veggies with breakfast if you add them to some eggs. Dr. Roberts suggests cooking one and a half cups of sliced button mushrooms or one cup of lightly steamed vegetables (like broccoli or spinach), two beaten eggs, salt, and freshly ground pepper in a non-stick pan with one-half teaspoon of tub margarine. Add a dollop of ketchup, if desired.
  10. Think whole grain. Whole-grain English muffins with peanut butter or another nut butter and sliced fruit like apples or pears, along with a glass of milk, can be filling while providing protein and calcium.

It's been 9 months...

Wow, I've now made it 9 months in this quest for healthier living.  I am as motivated today as I was in January when I set out to make a difference in my life.  Heck, I think I am more motivated.  I see the numbers moving on the scale, more energy, just happier in general.  People are noticing and commenting about the changes in me.  I have to say, while I love that others are noticing and excited, the comments kind of embarrass me for some reason.  I know, I'm weird...but I just am not used to any one commenting on my size in a positive way.  I guess I better get used to it because I will not be hiding behind that weight any longer.  

A big change in my life has been exercise.  Finding the time....MAKING the time to add intentional exercise (as opposed to just adding steps to your day at the grocery store) to EVERY day.  I always have squeezed in my workouts late at night after the kids go to bed.  Lately, now that both boys are in school, I'm fitting in some exercise in the a.m., too.  I love my evening rides on the stationary bike.  I get to "sit" and watch a show I enjoy.  This makes the workout less boring for sure. When the hubs is home, I have started taking nice walks through our neighborhood.  I can get in a nice 40 min walk, enjoy some fresh air and explore the 'hood while most residents are sleeping.  The a.m. workouts have been more varied....Just Dance or Wii, Leslie Sansone at home walking dvds, zumba for Wii. I'm pretty hooked on my exercise.  Do I love it? Nope! But I do enjoy trying new exercises/workouts and feel a great sense of accomplishment after getting it done each day.  

My kids have noticed my dedication to work outs.  When putting my littlest guy to bed for naps or bedtime, he will ask me "what are you going to do now....go exercise?"  I love that he thinks that about me.  I want to be an example and role model for my kids. My oldest son loves the Wii Fit and will spend hours doing the running and other sports activities.  He also wants to ride the stationary bike.  I want them to be healthy and fit ALL of their lives and not have to deal with weight issues and the ailments that can bring about.  

Have you made the commitment to exercise daily?  In my opinion there is nothing more important than physical activity.  In the big picture, what's 30-60 minutes of your day?  That time spent is an investment in your healthy future.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A challenging day

It was one of those days..... it's HOT, the little one is well....acting 3.5 and juggling around with the idea of not napping, meeting at school, travelling husband. I also saw a glimpse of how my son is treated by peers in his class and I have to say it hurt me.  I want to protect him, but I don't want to be one of "those" mom's that hovers too much.  It is frazzling.... I'm frazzled, irritated, hungry (or am I???).  I have lots to do and I just want to curl up.  My house is a mess, the boys need dinner, oh and so do I.    Just venting....silently having a screaming fit.  It's times like this I hate being home alone without another adult to talk to.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


My birthday week has begun.  My quest to be 41 pounds down by my 41st birthday is in the grasp.  1.7 lbs to go.  Can I make it?  Will I make it?  I'll bust my hump to get there this week that's for darn sure.  I feel super good about this.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First time waaaay over daily calories and eating out....

Okay, so yesterday I met an old friend for dinner and drinks at Yard House.  I viewed the menu beforehand to get a heads up....basically I learned: do not eat any of the sandwiches or burgers.  LOL  While it has an extensive beer list, I am not a beer drinker.  I ended up with a raspberry cider.  It was delicious.  My friend and I ended up sharing 3 appetizers.  Two were sushi/seafood inspired and the third....dun-dun-dun, fried calamari.  UGH    I love that stuff.  While I didn't count how many I ate, I was really trying to not over-do it.  When I got home it was time to pay the piper.....I had to log my eats on MFP.  I was pleasantly surprised to find Yard House foods in their database.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love that site?  Wow, awesome.  My dinner with drink was over 1k.  <GULP>   Not Awesome!   One saving grace, I had eaten lightly earlier in the day.  After seeing the numbers and knowing that I still NEEDED my snack, (yes, I need Dr wants me to eat something before bed due to diabetes), I headed up for my stat bike workout.  That calorie burn helped with some of the overage, but not all of it.  UGH....but oh well.  This was my first time going over.  I need to give myself a break and use some strategies to help me next time.

Here are some things I could do next time:
1) If I know I am going out in the evening, get a workout in early in the day.  This way, any exercise at night would be an extra burn.
2) skip the alcohol.  I normally wouldn't have had a drink, but felt compelled to due to the company, the restaurant, and just being out for a nice evening.  Next time, I'll stick to iced tea :)
3)  avoid the deep fried calamari  at all costs.....if I partake, keep note of how many pieces I enjoy.

I have some challenges coming up.  My birthday is next week  Yaaaay Me!  My family and I are going out of town.  That means all meals out for TWO full days.  I need to stick to making good choices....the right choices.  Eat like I was at home.  Celebrate with the gorgeous scenery and not with food.  Get some exercise.  Drink plenty of water.  I really want to succeed at this challenge.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Yummy Green Beans

I cook all the time and am always searching for new recipes to try.  I know I promised to share them here and well, I just haven't been doing so.  I'm going to share this yummy roasted green bean recipe I found from one of my favorite bargain cooking blogs .....$5 dinners

oven roasted green beans 2 Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans – Grow. Eat. $ave.

They were sooooo good.  I'm a big green bean fan and love to find other ways to enjoy them. This was very simple.  We had them with marinate flank steak and some roasted yukon potatoes.  YUMMMM!!!

Two more weeks...

til my 41st birthday.  Will I reach my mini-goal of 41 lbs lost by then?  Yesterday was weigh in day.  I lost a whopping 3.3 !!!  Wowza!    My total loss is 37.9 since mid-January.  So,  I need to lose 3.1 in the next two weeks..... 1.5/week.  That seems pretty do-able, right?  Now when I get there, I need  super fab birthday gift for myself, right ?  What shall it be?

Friday, September 9, 2011

i Pad Giveaway.... and help my friend bring her daughter home....

My friend is adopting little Pauline (click to read more about her) She has a type of Down Syndrome and has been stuck in an orphanage all her life. She's now turning 5 and we're hopeful this is her last birthday at the orphanage.
Please consider helping my friend bring this sweet angel home.
Pauline's 5th Birthday Bash

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm beyond excited!!!

I often get these invitations to women's health seminars through one of the hospitals in our area.  I had my boys there and attended some of the prenatal classes that they offered.  While some of the seminars sounded intresting, none ever really called out to me til today.  Since I've been working so hard on myself to improve my health and live with Diabetes, this seemed like a great opportunity.  Plus...Abby Rike, from Biggest Loser season 8 is going to be the keynote speaker.  I have loved her from the moment she first shared her story on the show.  Who could not love her and want the best for her after she's endured such heartache.   When I saw she was coming, I immediately contacted my sister to see if she wanted to join me.  She was as excited as I was....she said "omg, I think I'm crying already".  It is going to be such a great night.  I'm glad to be able to share it with my sister. 

My one possible roadblock is the hubby's work.  Since it takes him out of town, a Tuesday night  function is a bit iffy.  I went ahead and booked things and am hoping for the best.   I just didn't want to miss this.  I'm optimistic that this will work for us. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Biggest Loser!

So weigh-in day was Friday.  I was down a tiny amount .4 ....but I was ever so grateful for the loss.  I'm realizing now that I was a bit stressed while my hubs was gone to Austria.  You might be saying...duh.  Well, I never really saw myself as a stress eater.  If it weren't for my dedication to my daily exercise, it's a cinch I would have seen gains those last two weeks.  I ate over my daily calories and ate many of my exercise calories.  Not the best practice.  Now hubs is back and I seem to be back eating at more reasonable quantities.

Something super duper cool I noticed today while crunching numbers....weight loss numbers.  I have lost more now, this diet/healthy living/whatever you call it then in past times losing weight.  I've been trying to lose weight since Oct 1990 when I signed up for Weight Watchers the very first time.  Numerous attempts over the last 20+ years, weight watchers mostly and a few tries at low-carb....South Beach and Atkins.  Now, I calorie count and watch carbs/sugar.   This seems to really be working for me.  I have now lost 34.6 pounds!!!!  Still a long way to go, but I'm going in the right direction.  

Friday, September 2, 2011

Pickles before weigh in??

Really...what was I thinking? Do I really need to consume high sodium foods right before weigh in?  Ah, it probably doesn't matter much.  This has been a weird week food-wise.  I've eaten and eaten and eaten.  Why?  I need to revisit my food and see what was going on before.  I know I snacked on nuts more and that I was always really low on my calories.  I think the nuts  helped fill me up. ( Just plain pecans mostly)  Another issue, is I have gotten kind of lax in my food late in the day I think I've got mega calories to eat then I remember doh, I had cheese and crackers.  This usually occurs AFTER I've already eaten.   oh and lovely TOM is quite possibly around the corner.  Oh just kick a girl when she's down now will you?  LOL

I will cut myself some slack as it's been a stressful couple of weeks.  The boys are both in school now and mama gets a little bit of down time a few days per week.  The hubs is still gone, but there's light at the end of the tunnel (he returns this weekend) so hopefully I can let my hair down a bit and relax.  

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pizza Overload

I just haven't felt like cooking much.  The hubs has been gone, the start of school was postponed, chaotic emotional week.....well I participated in family pizza night last night.  Actually, you could even say I medaled in it. DANG, I ate 5 pieces of pizza (5/8 of a medium pizza) and some of the cheesy bread.  It tasted gooood, but damn I wish I had some self control.  I checked out the calorie info on MFP and tracked it.  GASP it was over 1k calories.  I hate, hate, hate to be over my caloric goal, so I headed to the bike.  First, I rode for 15 min.  I had to test and was nervous what my blood sugar would be after pizza, but it ended up being within the correct range for 2 hrs post meal.  A bit later, I went back to do a marathon ride...50+ additional minutes.  I had to erase my overage.  LOL  I was a mega sweatball after that.  Oh and you might ask, what did I do with the leftover pizza??? I wrapped it in foiled and bagged it up for the freezer.  I know the hubs will like it upon return. It was our fave, black olive with jalapeno, Mmmmm   In the future,  I guess I need to stick to the uber thin De Lite pizza from Papa Murphy's instead of the thick cheesy goodness I had yesterday.

The end of hectic week and weigh in day....

I am so glad this week is over.  It was quite emotion and anxiety filled.  It started with a trek out of town to attend a funeral for a dear family friend.  Then, we prepared for the first day of school that was to be mid-week. Well, school was put on hold due to an emergency in my town.  We were evacuated for two days while emergency personnel worked to put out a propane tanker fire.  I am an anxious person and, while me and my family were safe, it was unsettling to know so many of our friends were still in the area.  Thankfully things ended with out any catastrophic damage.  Ahhhh, exhale.

Eating this week was a bit of a challenge.  I ate at a buffet for the first time and attempted to make good choices.  The unfortunate thing is I didn't really know what I was eating (joys of a potluck).  I got this great idea after the fact that I should take a picture of my help me remember what I ate and serving size.  The rest of the week, I was just so anxious I didn't have much hunger.  I'm not a stress I guess that's a good thing.  Being diabetic, I know I MUST eat, so I ate cheese and triscut thins in the car.  Not weighed, measured or counted.  SCARY!!!  Thankfully, in normal circumstances, I am more organized about my on-the-road foods....and also thankful that it was only 2+ days.

A positive for the week, even with all the chaos, I was still able to exercise all but one day.  While out of town, I took a great walk with my sister through the streets of our home town.  It was lovely.  When back in town during the evacuation, I took a similar walk with a friend.  I really do feel best when I get my work out in.  I like that it has become a part of my EVERY DAY life (unless extenuating circumstances come up, of course). was weigh in.  After all that went on this week, I am thrilled to report a loss of .9 .  That brings my total loss to 34.2 pounds down since mid-January.    I am very very close to my largest amount of loss ever...35 lbs. And also inching my way to 41 by 41 (my birthday next month).  Lots to celebrate around here!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Between sizes

Well, I guess I'm between sizes. My size 20 shorts slip on and off without unfastening the button and zipper.  My 18's....well I look like a sausage.  I know I have a tub of other clothes, but haven't had time to sort thru them.  I wish I could predict what size I will be by next February when we go on our cruise, so I could get some summery clothes right now on sale.  I've never been good at that (hence all my new, with tags clothes in my closet currently waiting for me).

Friday, August 19, 2011

Scale love

Yahoo! I've had a loss this week.... 1.9 pounds gone forever!!!  This brings me to a total of 33.3 since January.   I'm stoked!!! (can you tell???)

One thing I find odd....only my hubs and my sister have said anything about my weight loss.   Now don't get me wrong, I'm not doing this for comments from actually makes me feel uncomfortable a bit to get attention.  I just think it's odd that I've lost over 30 lbs and none of my friends have said anything. Was I a recluse at my top weight?  Maybe they didn't see me???  I know it was winter and I was hiding under layers of clothes, but my fat face was/is always visible.  

I'm in a new decade....the 240's.  I will never see the  250's AGAIN!!!  I promise myself that

Last week's weigh in

Okay, so I've been a bit negligent in my updating. So sorry.  Between being gone all weekend, sending my little guy to school, and having some company, I just haven't even thought about blogging.

Well....I lost 4.9 last week.  Whoa, I was stunned.  Yahooo!  Also, had a fab time up at this gorgeous log cabin house with 14 babes from my old bunko group.  I didn't drink a drop of alcohol, took my own snacks, and even my food scale.  I enjoyed the group dinners, but fended for myself at breakfast.  (although the french toast and dutch baby looked delightful).

Tuesday I had a follow up with my Dr.  One month since my diabetes diagnosis....I'd lost 13 lbs and my bp was PERFECT.  She was beyond thrilled.  I told her that I wanted to show her I was serious about this.  It's got to be so frustrating as a Dr to tell patients they need to make more healthful changes in their life and they just go right on living dangerously.  Not me! I'm living each day so I can live or many more days.  It is worth it to me.

So, It's the eve of another weigh in.  Not quite sure how it will be this week.  I"ve eaten out a few times with company and that's more salt then I'm normally used to.   I also notice that I have been less satisfied with my foods these days (read: bottomless pit). Perhaps it has to do with some of the restaurant foods....white rice in sushi and rice noodles at my fave Vietnamese noodle shop??? I know I won't be eating like that very often and it was a treat since my niece was in town...but still good to note.

Here we go....heading into another weigh in....heading into the weekend...heading into a 2+ week road trip for my hubby....heading into Back to School.  Lots going on.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Weigh in day approaching

Tomorrow's my weigh in day.  I have to say it's been a GREAT week. I cannot wait to see the magic number tomorrow.
I leave late morning for a girls' weekend with a bunch of friends.  I am packing my own snacks and will not be drinking any booze or snacking with the group.  I just can't do it right now. I'm in a good place meal planning-wise and I just don't think I can do that anymore with diabetes.  Bummer as food and bev always seem to be such a big part of social functions...but they cannot be for me anymore.  We'll see how I do.  I'm hoping to workout before I go so I only have to fit in Saturday's exercise.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

41 by 41???

Just a little over 6 weeks from now I will be turning 41.  I'm 14.5 pounds away.....can I get there??  I truly hope so.
You know in January 2010, I had this idea to lose 40 lbs by the time I turned 40.  I lost a little bit, then lost my way.  Sooooo now I'm back on track and have added a year and a pound on to the challenge.  :)   I have 7 more weigh-ins to go.
OMG I'm excited about the possibility.  That will be the most I've EVER lost.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Just noticed I forgot to update with my weigh in info for the week.  I am now down 26+ lbs since January!!!  
Looking forward to this week's weigh in....things are still going super well.  Excited to be in a new weight "decade" . 
Thanks for reading!  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I guess you can call me a little obsessed....

I'm hooked.  I love, love, love My Fitness Pal !!!  I always was really turned off by the idea of counting tedious, monotonous, limiting, etc.  But not in this age of technology.  OMG between being able to update on their website or with my i-phone....scanning barcodes for nutritional info....logging exercise.....the ginormous nutritional information database of foods (including recipes).  I love it!  I love that I can easily see what are the higher calorie foods I reach for and try to find substitutes (if I want!!!).  I also can easily see how low fat I'm eating....or how many carbs in my day. It's awesome.

I'm also hooked on exercise.  I have this new routine I'm doing.  I start with a moderate bike least 20 min (and I get to watch one of my netflix shows!!!).  Then I go down to do Just Dance 2 for my daily Just Sweat workout.  I've been doing it late, which has been really pumping me up and energizing me....right at bedtime.  I wish I could do it a bit earlier.  LOL  But, better than nothing.

A special shout out to my friend Kim  She's been exercising like a crazy woman this week.  I'm so proud of her hard work.  I know it's been hot, hot, hot where you live, so what dedication!!!  Keep it  up!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

down 24 lbs

I lost again this week!!!!  Yahoo! I don't know how much since last week as I don't have access to my WW records.  LOL  I do know I'm down 24 lbs since January!!!  I'm stoked!!!  1 more lb til that lovely 25 lb mark and soooo close to my 10% loss milestone.
Now if I could only figure out to update me weight loss tracker....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Saying goodbye to WW

Well, I've officially cancelled my WW online subscription.  I had planned on doing it after my vacation and was paid through the end of the month.  I have always loved WW and their online program is great....especially with their i-Phone app. pay $17/month for their tracking when I can do it online for free, well, its a no-brainer.  Also, with my new need to carb-count, my needs have changed.  I'm hoping to be able to print out my meal journals to share with my dietitian and Dr. at upcoming appts.

There are many great online calorie counting/tracking sites around.  I've been familiar with Spark People for a while now, but have chosen to use myfitnesspal  They also have a free app, so I can track while I'm out and about.  I have a few friends who have been using it with great here I go.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My time

There just isn't enough night time hours in my day.  It is MY time....when I can kick my feet up, play a few games, workout, bake, stuff that I need to do....without interruptions.  Don't get me wrong, I love my family, but sometimes, just sometimes, mama needs some peace and quiet.  

I've always enjoyed reading, but lately books have taken a back seat to lazily playing online.  I am happy to say I have started AND finished 3 books in the last 6 weeks!  I really have missed the quiet escape that reading brings.  I also am hot on the trails searching for some interesting diabetes blogs.  Being newly diagnosed, I'd love to find some blogs to follow.  WE bloggers are a wealth of information. LOL  

So here I nearly 2a.m. once again.  I've done my workout (After midnight!), returned some emails, done some blog searching.  I really should go to bed, but I'm on a mission.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Post- Holiday and Vacation weigh-in

I had hoped to pack my handy, dandy scale on our nearly two week vacay, but it didn't make the cut.  Vacations always make me nervous....I leave with the best of intentions, but usually succumb to the temptations of special foods and treats that surround me.  I have to say I am so proud to see that I lost 6.1!!!  One thing I know that helped big time....we share our treats.  We were at DL and things are we split things.  Everyone gets a decent taste, and we save money and calories.  Also, the walking...walking....walking!  Lots of walking.  Woohoo!!!  While I'm sad that vacation is behind us, I'm glad that the challenges that come with being away from home (food!!!) are behind me.

My latest gift to me....

You know, I am not much of a jewelry person.  I wear the same earrings all the time and well, don't even wear my wedding ring on a reg basis.  But....I have a new necklace.  I saw it posted on a blog I follow and just had to have it.  This was my first time going to ETSY ....I will now have to restrain myself from buying more stuff. What a great site!
So here's my new necklace from White Lilie Designs :

Oh and yesterday, I booked my 25 lb facial and massage.  I am not there yet, but the appt isn't til November, so I KNOW I will be there by then.  So excited!!

I am really working on making special time for me....quality time.  Sometimes you just have to celebrate yourself, right?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today is the first day of the rest of my life...

I remember seeing that quote when I was a kid....was it Charlie Brown?  I don't remember completely.   It keeps coming up in my mind these days.  Why? Well, yesterday it was confirmed that I have Type II Diabetes. focus is changing a bit.  I'm not just doing a low-cal, WW plan...but now  I have to watch carbs.  Today is the day I start this new way of LIVING as I will need to do it for LIFE. 

A word of advice....if you are overweight or obese, please have your dr. run A1C bloodwork when doing your annual labs.  Being obese paired with my history of gestational diabetes with both of my previous pregnancies put me at GREAT risk.  If you are at a "normal" weight range and have a family history of Diabetes, I would highly recommend the annual testing, too.

Sooooo.....a counting carbs I go.  I'm hopeful this can be kept under control through diet, exercise and continued weight loss.  Please hold good thoughts for me.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

And we're off

on vacation once again.  I've been busily prepping the house for our vacay (love to come home to a clean abode), washing clothes, planning outfits for me and the kids, packing grub...Now it's time to go.   Let's see how it goes.....I know I can get lots of activity and can drink plenty of water....hoping to not succumb to too many vacation food traps.  LOL

Friday, July 1, 2011

the bad and the ugly

You know, it's easy to come here and blog about the great, wonderful, fab things that happen.  When things aren't so great, it's just easier to stay away.  Well I am not going to do that.  No candy coating here....I gained 3 pounds this week.  Some reasons why.....
  • eating out.  I went to my fave Vietnamese place last night and had noodle salad,  I also got sushi on Tuesday....
  • eating my activity points
  • not as many fruits/veggies as usual
things I am proud of:
  • worked out 20-50 minute EVERY day
  • tracked EVERYTHING.....

so there you have it....up, up again.  UGH!  I hate starting the week on a sucky note like that, but there it is in back and white.  We go on vacation on Thursday.  I will be packing that GD scales with me.  I don't want to miss two weigh ins and I'm hoping it will keep me more focused and on track.  Vacation should be more about the experiences than the food, right?  We're going someplace we frequently visit, so it's not like I'm doing something totally new. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

So much on my mind right now....

My mind is just a buzz these days.  So much I want to blog about.  I really want to blog each night before bed, so at least I know I've got material for the week,  LOL  I love blogging.  It  allows me to talk to myself and get responses from you all.  Plus, I also can find other blogs that I like and follow them.  I'm stoked to find one that I think will be a wonderful resource for me.  Ginas Skinny Recipes .  A friend posted a recipe from this site on Facebook a few weeks ago which got me nosing around.  OMG.... Gina's got a gold mine there.  So please, check her out.  She's WW friendly listing both old and new Points Plus values.  She's also listed the nutritional info for recipes so pretty much anyone could see the value in her eats. 

I love food....BIG, cook books, fresh ingredients, kitchen gadgets, etc.  You name it, I love anything food related.  That's been one of my huge issues with getting weight off....the constant temptation of food.  Face it, we need food to survive.....we can't just stop eating cold turkey (mmm, turkey lmao).  So now  I look for healthier options for me and my family.  Through blogs, social networks and cooking websites, it's been easy for me to find new recipes to try. 

So what have you tried recently that was a hit? 

Sunday, June 26, 2011


I was watching an episode of the show HEAVY tonight while riding the stationary bike.  I believe it is on A&E, but I had found it on HULU (online).   It's an interesting show that basically follows two morbidly obese people during their 6 month stint at weight loss "camp".  Tonight's show featured an older woman who had lost her mobility and was using a scooter to get around everywhere.  She so desperately wanted to lose weight for her grand children.  So she could walk and run with them and just enjoy them.  After and exercise at the grocery store, she realized...."I've been choosing food over my grandchildren".  Wow, that  hit me.  I have repeatedly been making those same choices.  My choice to ignore my weight and near imminent health issues.  My choices to basically play with fire instead of owning up to MY problem.  See when you have people who love you and count on you for things, well your choices are not your own.  They effect others....big time.  Do my boys want me around?  Does my husband?  other family and friends?  It really is startling to see how quickly health can dwindle if the right choices aren't made in time.

I choose to do for me...which in turn, will effect my family.  Taking care of me and my health benefits many.

Do something today to change what you don't like about your, appearance, job, finances.  Things don't fix themselves.  There is no Genie in the bottle to come fix things.  You've got to do it your DAMN self. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I'm Baaaaack!!! Are you with me?

I've missed this.  I've missed blogging about my journey.  I've missed responding to my friends.  I've missed being IN CONTROL of my eating.  I've been away for two months.  Well not AWAY physically, but away mentally.  I lost my get fit, get healthy mojo.  Welp, it's BAAAAAACK and I am, too.   I hope you are with me.

I stopped tracking my WW points, and stopped making the best choices for myself.  I stopped exercising daily.  I am human after all...and thankfully each day is a NEW BEGINNING.  I decided to face the scale and get back with the program.  I'd gained just under 6 lbs in my 2 month hiatus and now, since being back in control, I've lost a couple of those pounds. YES!!!

I face vacation again in a few weeks.  I will not let it get me off target.  I will have the laptop to track my eating and activity.  I will have my phone which has the WW tracking app.  I have tools.  There is NO reason to get out of control again. 

I keep close contact with two other friends who are on their own journeys.  They are amazing  support and encouragement for me.  We've made a pact to bust ass and kick 30 pounds to the curb come Christmas.  I already cannot wait to feel those pounds off my body.  I cannot wait to SEE those pounds off my body.  It will happen.  My one-year weight loss anniversary is right after the holidays.  I'm jazzed to see how far I can come in a year. 

So please follow along. Join me in getting fit, getting healthy and enjoying life each day. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

How do you get out of Vacation-Mode?????

Well I've been back from vacation for nearly a week and cannot get back on track.  I was gone for last week's weigh in, so this week's weigh in was for two weeks.  Well, it was not pretty. Not only did I have a week in So Cal enjoying Disneyland, I came back to Easter candy, not tracking my eating and well just not in the mood for doing following any sort of program.  The only thing I HAVE done is continue to exercise nightly.

UGH! Help me, how do I regain my mojo?  I was so diligent about exercising daily, but that went by the wayside the week before vacation. I am back riding for at least 30 min per night.  I had hoped to do add'l exercise while on vacation to counter-act my food choices, but that didn't happen.  I am also not tracking my food.  I had been so dedicated to online journalling thru the WW.COM site, but haven't since returning.  WHY? I know it's how I stay accountable and within my points. 

So now I am here to come take ownership of my actions and choices and move forward.  I gained 4.1 over the past two weeks.  I will and must work my tail off to get that off and more. 
What do you do to get yourself back on track?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Good riddance to a stressful week

I've never had both kids sick at the same time. OMG is that stressful.  I can see how having a sick child really can take a toll on parents.  Thankfully it wasn't anything serious and both boys are healing. 

Confessions from this past week:
I didn't track one meal.  I know that's like playing with fire....but I was kind of keeping track mentally.  I am pretty sure I was eating decent portion sizes, but also got take-out a few time.

I got take out twice....I ate pizza....a lot of pizza, and I had chinese take out.  I was skeered to look up the points for cashew chicken, but think the hot and sour soup was not too bad point wise

The pizza I got was the Papa Murphy's de-lite pizza.....olives and jalapenos.  While pizza is not the best choice, I have to recommend trying a super thin crust pizza.  It was like only 4 pts per slice....and sooo tasty.

I still fit in exercise.  While there were two days I did not, I'm not going to beat myself up about missing a couple of workouts here and there.

I went to bed much earlier than usual.  Yes, my nights were interrupted, but I was in bed before midnight much of the week.  Totally out of character for me. 

So now challenges of the coming week, two words....SPRING BREAK.  We're taking the boys on a little road trip.  I always pack snacks and will make sure we have fruit and water on hand.  Gotta love jerky, too.  Should get lots of walking in, but will also try to squeeze in addtional workouts at the hotel. 

Here's to a good week  !!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Triscuits, we have a problem.

For the love of G, will someone please take the box out of my cupboard.  My beloved Triscuit Thin have now joined the ranks for bingy, can't-eat-just-one foods.  UGH!!!  I was so proud of of how I would count out a serving size and weigh my ounce of cheese.  Lately, I start that way, and then the paw just goes into the box.  My breaking point was tonight.....I was munching on Tricuit Thins while setting up  Wii Fit.  WTH is that all about?   Who eats while they are getting ready to workout????

So, as you can see, I've had a weird day.  My eating was not the greatest....not sure where it went in the ditch, but it was way too carb heavy, which lead to more carbs, and more carbs, etc.  My allergies are really annoying me and have effected my sleep.  I really don't feel like exercising today and have yet to do so.  I have told myself I won't, that I can take a break for today.  I've  only not exercised ONE time since Mid-January....and that was when I was busily prepping for A's birthday.  While it was a busy day today and I don't feel 100%, I'm not sure why I'm giving up on my streak.  It's not too late for me to do something. Will I feel better if I just get it over with?  Or should I just go to bed and deal with anohter busy day. 

Thankfully tomorrow is a new day.  Gotta love the fresh start each a.m. brings.  Damn I hate that this is such a struggle. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

My Go-To Foods

I  love food....I'm a foodie, big time.  It's been important to me to find some go-to foods while on this journey to live healthier.   So far, soups have been my major go-to food.    Veggies, Chicken, Beans, shrimp, fish, scallops, Barley, Quinoa....all sorts of ingredients cooked up to into a tasty broth.  Sometimes pureed with the immersion blender, some eaten as a hearty thick stew.  I know eating lots of soup has helped fill me up and get lots of veggies in my system.  I love soup.  Now, as the weather is heating up, I'm wondering....will I still love soup when it's 100+ outside?  I'm thinking "NO!"  I will have to find some other quick, one-dish meals that will help me on my journey.  Thankfully, with the warmer temps also comes summer fruits and veggies.  Perhaps salads will be a big deal in my daily eating plan....they seem a bit tedious to prepare and assemble.  You can't make up a big vat of green salad ahead of time and eat on it all week.  Maybe I'll have to crank the a/c and enjoy my zippy soups through out the blistering heat.

There have been some other foods that I've enjoyed so far.  They are tasty and low points:
Trisket thins and sliced cheese are a big snack for me.  I've also taken it along for a portable lunch.  YUMMM 

sandwich thins or bagel thins  (orowheat or thomas brands):  a great low-point, high fiber sandwich holder

laughing cow cheese....yum, spread on the above thins for a quick sandwich or snack

Popchips :  3pts for a serving size.....but it's a lot of chips.  I've been content with 1/2 that amount.  Costco has the ginormous bag for a great price

Rotel canned tomatoes :  They really help add some ZIP to my soups....yummo

beef jerky :  low fat, high protein,  and decent WW points plus wise  Great for road trips or when you're out running errands and STARVING!!! 

What are your go-to foods?  What foods do you eat regularly and need to have on-hand in your pantry? 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Thursday Weigh In!!!

I offically changed my weigh-in day to Thursdays.  Thursdays are a great day for me, so why not, right.  Last week I had a gain of 1.8 and sure didn't want to have another PLUS this week.   I am happy to report that I lost 1.8 for a total of 20.8 lbs lost since mid-January!!!  I'm happy to be back to my losing ways.  I really, really, really  want to use my 25lb reward, my massage gift certificate. 

I hope the upcoming week is a goodie. It feels good to see the sun. It was so depressing with the non-stop rain for days and days.  I had some major carb cravings last week.  Trisket thins and cheese...omg.  I weigh and measure...and count the points, but man I went into weekly and activity points.  UGH  I felt out of control.  I'm not sure what reeled me back in.  I really need to tell myself if I want to eat, grab fruit first (or my water bottle).  But sometimes I'm just not hungry for sweet like that. 

Check back later tonight or tomorrow for my post about my go-to foods.  Thanks for reading.

Friday, March 25, 2011

No More Booze!!!

....tooo many calories.  We had tacos on tuesday (I opted for a salad with taco meat instead).  For some reason, I got this wild hair (or is it hare?) to make margaritas.  Delicious, right?  Well of course....but sooooo unnecessary.  I much rather EAT my calories thank you very much.  Now I am not saying I will NEVER drink one again, but I sure as heck will wait til for a special occasion or a better reason then "hey, it's Taco Tuesdays...woohooo!!!"  I know during the warmer weather, I will want to enjoy something cold and refreshing, so I'll have to work that into my plan a little more carefully. 

In other news, I think I'm going to change my weigh in day.  I know it's like a mind-game, but hey, it's MY mind game.  I'm thinking Thursday might be my day.   Of course I feel guilty and wishy-washy about making a change and really need to let that go.  This is MY program and in doing it ONLINE I really have that flexibility. Heck, if I was going to meetings, I could go any day of the week as long as there was a meeting.  Man, I always am so hard on myself.  Thanks mom. 

How is everyone's week going?  It seems awfully quiet in blog land.  If you're out there, say hi....please!!?!?!?! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A New workout

Yes, another new post tonight...aren't you excited?
I nosed around on NETFLIX the other night and found some Leslie Sansone walking workouts that I hadn't tried before.  Most of my other walking workouts are on VHS, so some on dvd would be handy.  I tried this one...  Leslie Sansone Walk at Home 3 mile walk .  It was a great workout for me.  I hadn't done a 3 mile walk dvd since working out again.  The first mile is a basic Leslie workout with the various walking "moves", during the 2nd mile it incorporates the use of light hand weights FOR THE WHOLE MILE.  The participants used weights that wrapped around the wrist. I used my old skool Leslie Sansone weighted balls.  I might look for something different as I'm not sure how good the ball grasping is for my hands.  I think I have some early arthritis in my thumbs.  :(  Then the 3rd mile was back to the regular walking workout.  My arms were dying, but in a good way. 

All in all, a great workout for me.  I highly recommend surfing through NETFLIX to find something new to try. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Inspiration at the right time....

Okay, so I've realized twice now that fun, not typical weekends can really throw a wrench in my WW program.  Sure I have the weekly extra points to use, but the end of the week right before weigh in is not a good idea.  Soooo, I had a gain this week.  I was up 1.8.  UGH!  It's hard to not get down about it and have it ruin the start of a new week.  Weekends are hard for me....especially if I get to go on a rare date with my hubby....and especially if my mom comes to visit and we have pizza and fro-yo.  I know ups and downs are a part of weight loss, but gains are so discouraging. 

So while I was kicking rocks and upset with myself, I came across some new pics of an old friend of mine.  I remembered she'd lost weight successfully on WW and had begun running.  Well, Sunday, she completed her 2nd marathon.  WOW!  So Amazing to see this fit, healthy woman do something that just a few years ago she never thought would happen.  She looks amazing, feels amazing and has a totally different outlook on life.  I messaged her today to ask her some questions about the early days of her WW program....when did she start exercising? when did she start running?  I have tried to run before (attempted the Couch to 5k program last year) and think I'm just too heavy for it.  My feet, shins and knees just couldn't hold up.  But....I do think I would like to start running as more weight comes off.   I would love to run in an organized race.  It's on my Health and Fitness Bucket List.  :)   So now, I've got her exercise in my back pocket to refer to as guidance.  I feel like I'm going a bit willy-nilly just doing what I want or can squeeze in.  I want more of a plan/schedule. 

My goal this week is to increase my exercise.  I'd like to try doing two workouts a day a few days a week.  Today was a crazy-busy-hectic day, so I just got in my 30 min. but hopefully I can get in a stat bike ride during the day, then do a workout dvd in the evening.  I love that I'm getting a nice collection so I have some variety.

A special thank you to those who asked how I was doing since I didn't post in nearly a week.  I really appreciate it. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A bottomless pit, that's what I feel like!!!!

UGH, it's been one of the days...well couple of days.  I have been eating over my daily number of points (and into my activity points).   Weeks when the hubs is gone can be a big challenging when it comes to meal planning.  I know that.  I try to use up leftovers and make easier meals for the boys since days get very hectic.    But why on earth did I buy a ginormous can of cashews?  Sure I can eat anything on WW, but seriously, who stops at an ounce of CASHEWS???

I'm hoping tomorrow will go better.  Mornings usually are fine.  If I have a better, more filling lunch, hopefully I can make it to dinner.  I finished up my fish soup tonight, so will make a different veggie-filled soup to slurp on, so hopefully that will help. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tummy Trouble

UGH....I made an impulsive purchase yesterday.  While at CVS, I picked up some Russell Stover sugar free candies.  Now I know I have had them before and know they can be hazardous to your intestinal health, but I figured I can handle it.  Well, last night I had 4 candies, then  I saw that 3 was actually the serving size, so I ate the last two.  UGH....two servings for a whopping 12 points.  Not good.  And now I'm paying for it with a rumbly in my tumbly.  funny thing, I am almost certain I could have had a reg York peppermint patty for 1) less money; 2) less WW points and 3) no digestive issues.   Be careful!!! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Soup Recipe from the Soup Queen

Okay, I loooove soup.  I seem to be making at least one batch of soup each week.  I get daily emails from ALLRECIPES and this particular soup really caught my eye.  Its a spicy fish soup.  Well, I love fish/seafood and Bex loves her soup spicy, so it was defintely one to try soon.  Here it is:  Spicy Fish Soup 

Spicy Fish Soup
Original Recipe Yield 4 servings


  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (4 ounce) can canned green chile peppers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups canned peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup shrimp
  • 1/2 pound cod fillets
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt


  1. Spray a large saucepan with the vegetable cooking spray over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder and saute for 2 more minutes.
  2. Then add the chicken broth, chile peppers and cumin, stirring well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Next, add the tomatoes, green bell pepper, shrimp and cod. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes. Gradually stir in the yogurt until heated through.

Now, of course I did do some changes....I didn't like 5 oz of shelled raw shrimp; the large can of chopped chiles, 1.5 cups of ROTEL tomatoes (for add'l spice) and I cooked the bell pepper (used yellow) with the onion.  I am not sure I like the flakey cod in the soup and might try scallops or some seafood medly (scallops, shrimp, calamari) next time. 

I calcualted it to be about 8 pts for the whole recipe.  Of course, points would vary depending on fish/seafood used and other items added.  With such low points, you could easily add a bit of bread.  Delish!!!