Archives For August 2012

I really had a caffeine overload the last few days. This photo was taken before 6:00 a.m. on Thursday after a rough night in the hospital. Tess had IV complications, back pain, lots of tossing and turning, and little rest, but really…….who gets a good nights rest in the hospital?

The good news? Tess was released from the hospital and sent home with a prescription for some antibiotics and hopefully to rest a little. I didn’t hear the rest part prescribed, but the “mom” in me thinks she needs it. I am not sure how much rest she will get after missing three full days of classes so early in the semester. Hopefully some. I am just so glad it wasn’t anything more serious. Prayers answered. 🙂

Thursday’s eats….

Breakfast
Icky eggs, Icky bacon (hospital food)
Apple and Banana
Latte
8 PPV

Lunch at Starbucks (Yes. Thats right! More COFFEE!), after being released to the outside world……
Smoothie and tomato, spinach Sandwich for Tess……
Latte and Oatmeal for me……..
6 PPV

When I got home around 2:00 in the afternoon, I really wanted some comfort food. I was so happy to find some leftover potatoes and a diet coke in the fridge!
6 PPV

The rest of the day, my stiff neck and lack of sleep left me in a slumber on the couch. I literally went to bed without any dinner and was fast asleep shortly after 8:00 p.m.

Not the greatest of food choices the last couple of days, but not really too bad either considering where I was and the options I had.

I think due to the exercise and lots of fruits and veggies and good choices earlier in the week, Friday mornings Weigh In should go really well.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 8
Lunch = 6
Snack = 6

Total = 20

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 33
How many glasses of water I drank today = 3

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Well, better safe than sorry. It is clear that Tess has a Kidney infection, but unclear whether she has Kidney Stones. They are keeping her for another 24 hours so she can get a good heavy dose of antibiotics, and to do a more intense CT scan to look for stones.

So at least one more day of movies, visits from friends, naps, snacks and girl chat.

After sneaking into the empty bed beside Tess and catching a few zzzzz’s last night, my stiff neck from the last couple of mornings is so much better. NOT!!! But this is not about me. 🙂

At some point during the day, I climbed in bed with Tess, after fetching myself a Starbucks, her a hot tea, and some popcorn for us to share.

We watched the original Arthur, thanks to Netflix. So funny. We needed a good laugh. Seriously…..how cool are computers that we could just curl up in her hospital bed and watch an old movie!

I could have used a shower long before I decided to take one at three in the afternoon, but when I finally decided to hop in, it did help relax my neck a bit. Too bad I didn’t have any clean clothes to put on.

Tess took a shower before lunch, just for something to do, but with the whole IV thing and apparently the “no lather” shampoo, it didn’t really make her feel better. The 24″x24″ bath towels didn’t impress her either. Did I mention this is her first time in a hospital?

I was determined to wait to eat breakfast until the Dr. came to the room, so I could meet him and ask my “mom” questions. He didn’t show up until almost 11:00 a.m. Urg.

So when I finally made it to the cafeteria, I was starving and overwhelmed with choices. So I got a variety. I couldn’t decide if I wanted breakfast or lunch.

Oatmeal, Latte, Peanut Butter, Carrots, Cucumber, Tomatoes, and one of those Banana’s.
Total = 11 PPV


Boredom and a movie resulted in…….

Cheese = 3 PPV
Wheat Thins = 3 PPV
Popcorn = 4 PPV

Then Dinner….basically a Taco Salad from the cafeteria (with 2, not pictured, mini burritos)
17 PPV

I did not make the best choices today with the buttered popcorn and the mini burritos and lack of water, but hopefully I can get a walk in tomorrow.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Lunch = 11
Snack = 10
Dinner = 17

Total = 38

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 33
How many glasses of water I drank today = 3

Tess says thanks so much for all of your prayers and well wishes!


“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Tess turned 21, made her relationship “Facebook official”, and was hospitalized for the first time…….all in one week!

Sidenote: When Tess made the phone call home, I was participating in Walking Club. Here is what I saw when I left the house at 5:50 a.m. to go walking. Eeekkkkk.

I might take a flashlight next time.

It seems as though Tess may have Kidney stones, which I hear is extremely painful! She for certain has a Kidney Infection. 🙁

I hated being an hour and a half away from her when she called, but I’m so happy she is close enough for me to go to. I guess it proves no matter how old your kids are, you want to be there when they’re sick.

(She did not approve the above photo, however, I think it’s similar to her “First Day of School” photo that she did approve, so I don’t think she’ll mind.)

I could feel a little anxiety set in as I was getting ready to make the drive to see her. I called my mom to cancel our coffee date we had scheduled, and she made me promise to “get calm” before I got in the car to make the drive. I promised. So I made myself a quick breakfast, took care of the dogs, then threw a kind of, sort of, overnight bag in the car. On the drive, I thought of all the things I would usually take overnight, that I forgot. I felt a little guilty taking the time to cook eggs, but they stay with me a while, and I wasn’t sure what the rest of the day had in store for me food wise, or otherwise for that matter.

I got to the hospital at 9:30 a.m. Apparently I just missed the Doctor (of course I did). It’s because I stopped to cook those damned eggs! Seems as though they want to keep her 24 to 48 hours to keep any eye on her and see if she passes any stones. Poor thing. She is hooked up to the IV and receiving antibiotics and pain meds.

So we spent the day napping, visiting with the many friends that stopped by, eating lunch, watching movies, more napping, eating dinner and MORE napping. Those pain meds are STRONG!

Prayers for the least painful night possible and a speedy recovery are appreciated.

Now for the days eats……
My Guilty Breakfast
Egg Whites, Cheese, English Muffin
Peanut Butter, Banana
6 PPV

Tess’ lunch……she said it wasn’t bad.
She ate the Chicken Breast, Steamed Carrots (which she actually really likes), potatoes (her favorite food, no matter the preparation) and the dinner roll. Then she drifted off to sleep……

I went to the grocery store to buy her some magazines, and make myself a salad. I put a little Macaroni salad in there because I didn’t like any of the dressing choices, and I needed a little something to “mix in”. I am guessing Heavy on the points.
10 PPV?

The hospital is tiny, but truly has everything you would need as a Visitor. Starbucks, Free Wifi, nice lounge area, lots of TV’s and a small Cafeteria with lots of options. I made another salad.

The cheese cubes were for Tess. I had chicken, kidney beans, eggs, lots of veggies, and pickled beets. Why doesn’t everyone love pickled beets?? Again, not happy with the dressing choices, so ate it dry. Boring, I know. But I was really hungry and it was fine.
7 PPV

I grabbed a banana and a packet of peanut butter to have with some coffee later this evening. I have no idea where I am sleeping at this point, so I just might watch movies on the computer and drink coffee all night! And I have great Girly magazines!

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 6
Coffee with Milk = 2
Lunch = 10
Dinner = 7

Total = 25

Activity Points Earned Today = 3
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 45
How many glasses of water I drank today = 6

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

A Pain In The Neck

August 28, 2012

I wouldn’t say I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, because I woke up in a really good mood, but I certainly slept in the wrong position. I woke up with a terrible stiff neck!

I googled “Pain in the Neck”, thinking I would find something animated to put here, you know, just for fun…….I found this……reminded me of myself.

It’s like we’re twins……

But in sticking with my new written out weekly schedule, I decided to not let this keep me from working out before I did anything else today! I loaded up on Advil and ate breakfast, and let the drugs do their magic.

Then I headed out for my walk.

Walked with two friends for an awesome 60 minutes….(I might have just went 30 minutes alone. Thanks Girls!)

Then I took the doggies for a Sniff & Stroll……

Breakfast
Egg White Scramble with Cheese and One Turkey Sausage Link, diced.
Grapefruit Soup? Okay, just grapefruit, but look at all that juice! It was so good.
Coffee with Steamed Milk
Total = 4 PPV


Lunch
Leftovers…Chicken, broccoli, pasta and parmesan.
5 PPV

I had SIX of these today! It made me think about painting the bathroom…


I munched on a fist full of nuts…….
3 PPV

Later I had…….
1/2 mini bagel, with less than a T. of Nutella
3 PPV

Dinner was a marinated Flank Steak with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots.

I love Flank Steak on the grill! The key to this tender dish, is to literally poke the living daylights out of the flank steak with a fork, both sides, marinate over night, then cook on the grill. Six minutes, each side. Then let sit for 10 minutes before cutting across the grain. I will never cook Flank Steak any other way. (I haven’t tried.) 🙂

The hardest part is staring at if for TEN minutes!

But then slice it and watch all that yummy juice slip out. (My dogs appreciate a little of this drizzled on their dry food. So spoiled.)

Then I roasted up some Sweet Potatoes, Carrots and Small White Potatoes. I hadn’t tried this combo before, but I really liked it!

Dinner was DELISH!
Steak = 3 PPV
Potatoes = 5 PPV
Olive Oil in Potatoes? Total big guess here….. = 5?
Total = 15 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 4
Lunch = 5
Snacks = 6
Dinner = 13

Total = 28

Activity Points Earned Today = 6
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 45
How many glasses of water I drank today = 18!

It’s been a GREAT week in Weight Watcher World!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

My First 5K!

August 27, 2012

Head for the Cure Foundation raises money and awareness to fight brain cancer. I love that so many charities have now found “Runs” as a way for people to donate money to a good cause, and get out and do something healthy! It felt great to be a part of something so important!

I really did it! I mustered up the guts to register to run in a 5K. I know to some people, this must sound like such a trivial accomplishment, but for me, it was a milestone. The fact that I even had the desire to do that was huge, and it shows me how I have changed over the last three years in the “Taking Care of Me Department”.


I met another blogger a while back, Racheal, who signed up to do Head for the Cure, and I thought I should sign up too! She is an actual runner, and I knew I couldn’t keep up with her, but thought it would be fun to at least start out together!

I have another blogger, Roberta, actually my Sister-In-Law, that I follow too! She is an actual runner too! We have been following each others weight loss stories. She decided to sign up to support me!

They were both real troopers with me, the beginner. I was worried about needing to stop running and walk for a bit, so I told them both to feel free to “go ahead”. But when I decided I needed a break, they both told me they were comfortable jogging at my fast walking pace. Yay! I had to walk a few times, but did run more than I thought I would, so I was pleased. (They were BOTH able to RUN AND TALK at the same time!) who knew? I did lots of listening. 🙂

It felt great to RUN across the FINISH line!

Me and Racheal….


Me and Roberta……


Breakfast before the Big Run!
Egg Whites, Toast with Laughing Cow Strawberry Cream Cheese
3 PPV


My reward after running…..yes…..I did reward myself with FOOD! Kinda…..
Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte
3 PPV

Leftovers for Lunch….
Spaghetti Squash, Grilled Chicken, Marinara, Parmesan….
5 PPV


Snack
Toast with Better N Peanut Butter and a sliced Banana
2 PPV

Nice THICK slices…….mmmmmmm

I spent my afternoon cleaning house and Grilling in the rain! I recently spent a day grilling up a variety of meats, then froze them. Everything tasted so good, and it was so handy during the week, I did it again! Just Chicken today……


We decided to hit the Movie Theatre late Sunday afternoon, so I had a snack that I knew would satisfy AND hold me over until dinner.

1 T. Nutella and 12 almonds
4 PPV

Then we went to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Kinda Cheesy, Kinda Corny, Super Sweet!

Then home to………

Dinner! Yum!
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

This was actually really, really good! I knew I would be playing on Pinterest later in the afternoon looking for something different to make with chicken and broccoli, so I was glad I had the chicken already cooked up! You can’t tell at all in the picture, but this was really creamy, cheesy and delicious! The Alfredo sauce is garlic, olive oil, chicken broth, skim milk and Greek Yogurt!

Making this again soon for sure! In this one meal I got in……Olive Oil, whole wheat pasta, broccoli, chicken breast, Greek yogurt and garlic!

I did 2 oz chicken, 1/2 C pasta
Total Dish = 9 (olive oil, flour, Parmesan)

Dessert…..I dipped each bite of fruit in a little Nutella. Yummy.
2 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 3
Snack = 3
Lunch = 5
Snacks = 6
Dinner = 11

Total = 28

Activity Points Earned Today = 3
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 47
How many glasses of water I drank today = 15!

Regarding Commenting on My Blog………

I spoke to some really smart people……(my fellow bloggers and 5K runners), …..and made some changes to my settings that should now allow you to leave comments easier! Yay! Thank Goodness I know some Smart people!!!

I love your comments, whether in person, or email, or Facebook, but hopefully you will be able to make them here now if you would like! 🙂

Here are my thoughts are doing something you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t mustered up the guts yet………


“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Weekend…….

August 26, 2012

My son, Jake, has a fancy camera and it took wayyyyyy better pictures than my IPad did at our birthday celebration last weekend!

I love this picture of our three grand kids and the Bride!

The Cupcakes!

And these of Tucker Man!

I love this guy!

Breakfast
Oatmeal Banana Pancake (revised)
3 PPV (was 5 PPV)

1/4 Cup Quaker Oats (was 1/2 Cup)
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 packet Truvia
1/2 smashed banana

The texture was a little different with only 1/2 cup of oatmeal, but it still tasted great and I reduced the PPV by 2!

I top it with the other half of the banana and 1 T. of Better N Peanut Butter
Total = 4 PPV


Lunch

Bell Peppers and Celery Stuffed with Laughing Cow Cream Cheese and Deli Turkey….2 PPV
12 almonds…2 PPV
Cantaloupe….0 PPV
Total = 4 PPV

Snack
Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate…..in a Smoothie!
(okay…WW Chocolate Smoothie with Frozen Strawberries added)
2 PPV

Snack…again…
Mini Whole Wheat Bagels

1/2 Bagel with Pumpkin Butter
Peach
2 PPV

Dinner
Grilled Chicken over Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Parmesan
Caesar Salad
12 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 4
Lunch = 4
Snack = 2
Snack = 2
Dinner = 12

Total = 24

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 49
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

I had a great day in the food and exercise and brain department! Thank Goodness!

Running my FIRST 5K in the morning!

Here’s my official Number and everything!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Great Choices, Great Day!

August 25, 2012

Today I made a schedule for myself to follow throughout the week. I know it will help me get on track with things, and I will feel more organized and productive, which will lead to the “Happy Me” that I’ve been missing.

I had my drinks at the Lake, and I had my drinks with my daughter for her birthday. Now……no more until I reach 150 pounds…..

Let the fun begin!

Today I mowed the lawn, did the treadmill for 30 minutes, and did weights.

Breakfast…Banana, Coffee with Milk
2 PPV


Lunch
Toast with Pumpkin Butter, Egg Whites, Turkey and Cheese.
6 PPV


Snack
Watermelon, 12 almonds
2 PPV

Dinner
Taco Soup with Brown Rice added, topped with cheese and Greek Yogurt
8 PPV
Taco Salad…6 PPV


Dessert
Frozen Yogurt Bar
2 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 2
Lunch = 6
Snack = 2
Dinner = 14
Snack = 2

Total = 26

Activity Points Earned Today = 6
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 49
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Diana Nyad is the 62 year old woman who recently attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida. This was not her first attempt at this swim. Due to weather, jellyfish stings and hypothermia, among many other obstacles, Diana had to be pulled from the water, and was not able to complete the swim. I was fascinated by her story, her goal, and her determination. Shortly after being pulled from the water, she was interviewed. When asked her thoughts on not being able to finish the swim, she replied that……It was more about the journey, than the destination. She was disappointed in not being able to finish, but the real story here was her attempt at making that swim. The dedicated training, and the actual swimming through jellyfish and shark infested waters! I later discovered that was a famous quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. I don’t recall hearing this quote before, but I loved it and related to it as soon as I heard it.

“Life is a journey, Not a destination.”

That is exactly why I decided to “publicize” my blog. While I often get frustrated with myself (and I assume others get frustrated with me as well), about not being as determined, or as self disciplined as others are in their weight loss journey, this is MY story, and MY journey. I know when I reach my goal, I will have learned a lot about myself along the way. I have already learned so much and changed so much for the better. My story will be how I was able to ACHIEVE my goal, not my goal.

One major thing I have learned about myself over the last three years, is that I need a schedule and structure for me to be productive and happy. Today I wrote up a schedule for myself to follow each week. My schedule includes exercise, walking the dogs, work, meal planning, journaling and blogging.

If you are reading and following, sorry for the boring post, and possibly boring journey as of late.

Hopefully my new schedule will pull me out of my funk and I will see progress soon!


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There are over 1500 to pick from, but these are just a few of my favorites!

So proud!

Aren’t they gorgeous together?

This one really makes me smile…….


Super Cute!

Kinda cute, huh?

Toast time…..it was emotional……(my hair looked great!)

The Real Me…….

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Let’s just say…..if I were on a beam (the balance beam) right now, I’d fall off.

My mood has sucked the last couple of weeks. Just ask Mike. (Sorry, honey. You truly are a very patient man.)

I can’t seem to focus on anything, or sleep. I don’t have a regular schedule right now for anything…..sleep, exercise, work, meals. So unlike me. I need a schedule of some sort to be at my best. When I don’t have one, it’s like I can’t decide what to do first or where to go first. Then I procrastinate on everything while I am trying to figure how to properly prioritize it all. Then anxiety sets in, and I suck at life and all of the important things that make life so good. So that’s what’s going on. And, I’m a 45 year old woman with an empty nest. I just feel like somehow, that explains a lot of it.

So…I have spent the last two days seeking balance…or at least a plan to get balance back in my life.


Bare with me.

I am giving myself until the end of Thursday to come up with a plan. I will post my plan on Friday.

A lot of things have changed over the last few weeks and it all kind of just hit me. I don’t feel like I have failed at my weight loss goals, but I was anticipating moving forward, and now feel I have stalled…..again.

I have not had any alcohol since the Lake trip the first weekend in August, and it has been totally fine. But yesterday, I kept thinking a glass of red wine would calm me and I would feel so much better. But I didn’t do it. (And I watched The Bachelor Pad with Mike, and realized my life was Pretty near PERFECT!) 🙂

I have kept up with my cardio 4 to 5 days a week, but only 1 or 2 days a week of strength training. Sucky! Sucky!

I am going to visit my baby tomorrow for her 21st birthday. I have so many memories of the last 21 years racing through my brain. Mixed emotions. A mother could not be more proud of her child. This birthday always seemed so far, far away. She really did grow up on me! I asked her to send me a picture yesterday so I could post it on Facebook. It was her last, first day of school, and I couldn’t resist. Here is what she sent……


I love that kid!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”