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The Perfect Saturday

September 23, 2012

My morning started off with one dog in my face, the other in my back, and me tangled in the covers. I have had some dreams the last few nights that have been exhausting and in which I think I earned some Activity Points!

I jumped out of bed and started my day, which is where the “Perfect Part” comes in.

I was anxious to get the deep, long blog off of my mind and out there, so that and a few cups of coffee were the first thing on my Saturday agenda.

Then I dressed for the day…….feeling very Fallish (that Fall thing is gonna get old quick, isn’t it?) in my hat and plaid to meet my mom for lunch at the Overland Park City Market.

How Do I Look?

Yes, I was feeling a bit sassy.

Before I left the house, I knew I needed to eat a little something, so I grabbed some almonds and a banana.

2 PPV

Then I headed to Downtown Overland Park.

I love the Market atmosphere on a cool Saturday morning…..


I met my mom at The Great Day Cafe.

It was a busy Saturday at The Great Day Cafe with lots of moms and dads and kids and grandparents, but I was loving all the commotion.

A couple owns the joint (I assume they are the owners) and the misses runs around in her cute little artsy outfit making sure everyone is enjoying their soup, sandwich and pastry, all made from scratch and with local ingredients………..


……..while the hubby, in his ponytail and awesome hat, plays an original of his on one of his five instruments he has lined up in front of him.


Everyone that works there is either in skinny jeans and converse, has several piercings, has dreadlocks, or….all of the above. I LOVE IT!

I ordered 1/2 soup, 1/2 sandwich.
Caprese Panini with Butternut Squash Soup

11 PPV

After lunch, we stepped out to the patio so mom could smoke her dessert.

They had BLANKETS nicely draped over many of the chairs! How cute is THAT? I ordered a coffee and covered up!

After lunch I hit the Apple store where I fell in love with Adam. I downloaded the new IOS 6 yesterday and there seemed to be a glitch with my email. The place was packed, due to the new IPhone and being a Saturday and all, but somehow I got a Kick Ass parking….AND Adam took care of me with very little effort, and very little time. We even talked BLOG!

Then I hit up Trader Joes for a few essentials.

On the way home, I had the windows down, the sunroof open, the heater full blast, and I was jammin like a fool to Cheap Trick. It really is scary how much fun I can have alone.

I took my four legged friends for a walk, then got ready for an evening out with the hubby.

Before heading out, I made a little snack………
Carrots, Applepear and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge
1 PPV

This weekend is our “dating anniversary”. We went on our first date 16 years ago. We like to celebrate by going to the Plaza Art fair.

The weather was perfect and the Plaza was packed full of Art, people, music, beer tents and Food tents.

We strolled the art, saw a few familiar faces, shared a beer and each ate a Turkey Burger while strolling the streets. It was a little chilly out, so I opted for a latte instead of a second beer.

We headed home to find the neighbors out enjoying the Fire Pit, so we joined them. 🙂 I drank hot tea and took advantage of the marshmallows and the fire and roasted a couple! Yum. Fall.

It really was the Perfect Saturday!

Just to keep in check…..

THESE ARE FRIDAYS EATS………

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 (oatmeal, apple and nonfat latte) = 6
Lunch (small beef patty, green beans) = 6
Snack (beer) = 4
Dinner (shrimp fajitas) = 15

Total = 31

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 44
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9

THESE ARE SATURDAYS EATS…………

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 = 11
Snack = 1
Dinner (turkey burger and beer) = 13
Latte = 2
Roasted Marshmallows = 4

Total = 33

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 37
How many glasses of water I drank today = 10

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

A Reminder of My Progress

September 22, 2012

May……2009

(Good Lord! The hair is just as bad as the CHEEKS!)

July……2012
(Better hair, better cheeks)

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

These are the things that have been super heavy on my mind for the last two weeks……….please feel free to either……..

A. Put your feet up, grab a beverage of your choice, and read on.

B. Close your browser now. I completely understand.

How am I staying motivated?
Where Am I in my journey?
How is Walking Club Doing?
How did I do with the Online Bootcamp?
What is my current exercise routine?
Do I have a plan for future recipe post?
How do I plan to put more thought into EACH meal and snack?
Did I “Fall off the Wagon?”?
What do I expect to get out of my blog?

HOW AM I STAYING MOTIVATED?

I said when I joined WW for the fifth or six time (could be more), that this time I would never quit. I knew when I reached my goal weight, I would continue to go to meetings as long as WW exist. It would be a part of my life. I was losing the weight for my health, not for my jean size. Then, in between jobs, and going through some feelings of inadequacy, I decided becoming a WW leader would be the perfect job for me! I would enjoy the social part of the job and the opportunity to always be meeting interesting people, I would be helping others in achieving their goals in living healthier lifestyles, and I would constantly be surrounded by like minded people. I knew it would help me to be in an environment where I was constantly conscious of my health and my weight. So, the motivation for a job where I will be helping others, and keeping healthy myself, is the biggest motivator for me to never quit. Becoming a WW Leader is what is keeping me, personally, motivated.

WHERE AM I IN MY JOURNEY?

Physically?

My official beginning weight when I joined WW in 2009, was 207.4. I am pretty sure I had gotten up to 212! My last weigh in was 167.4 (Sept. 22). I seem to lose 10 pounds at a time, V E R Y S L O W L Y. I was stuck in the 170’s forever! I finally made it to the 160’s in June. Now, three months later, I seem to be going back and forth between 165 and 168. I will be giddy to just see 164! It’s literally a “one pound at a time” celebration at this point.

Habitually?

Along my journey, I have realized that I have many trigger foods. Trigger foods are those foods that you find it hard to enjoy only one portion of. I have learned to not keep those foods in the house. I have the most successful weeks when I either do not have those foods in my home, or if I do, I keep them out of sight. (Usually when they are out of sight, I forget they are even in the house.)

I rarely eat fast food. If I am out and about, and mealtime unexpectedly arrives, I will opt for a grocery store salad bar.

I eat breakfast 99.9% of the time, and I always include some sort of protein.

I ALWAYS drink my water.

I eat out of boredom in the afternoons when I am home alone. It’s the time of the day that I struggle with the most. From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I could eat the HOUSE! I have decided this stems from eating out of boredom as a child after school when I was home alone. I remember my brother calling me fat, and I believe that’s when I began closet eating in the afternoons. I do eat when I feel anxiety and I am alone. I try now to either leave the house and take a drive, or I get myself busy doing something outside. When worse comes to worse, I set a timer for 5 minutes. While the clock is ticking, I convince myself there is no need to eat out of anxiety, I try to figure out what has got me worked up, and what can I do about it, I remind myself that if I go over on my points for the day, I am just going to be frustrated with myself. This actually usually works. Occasionally I give in and eat something after the timer goes off anyway. This is when I know its a good idea that I’ve decided to no longer buy chips or crackers. 🙂

Mentally?

Honestly? I get frustrated a lot. I find that on occasion, I just feel the need to take a break, so I slack off for a few days. I know I need to do the things that I am doing not only to lose weight, but also to maintain my weight loss forever. I remind myself of all of the reasons that I decided to take this journey in the first place, and I get back in the game. I rarely miss a WW meeting. They are a huge part of my Journey, and I truly love my meetings. I could not ask for a more supportive husband in Mike. He gives me the best pep talks, always tells me how proud he is of how hard I work, and always tells me I’m sexy, 200 pounds….or 167. So when I start to feel a little sorry for myself, I remember how blessed I am that I have him and his constant support, and that I have the guidance of Weight Watchers.

HOW IS WALKING CLUB DOING?

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I have not mentioned Walking Club in a couple of weeks. Well, when walking Club first started, we met on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 am. The sun was rising and it was light out. Now? The sun is still sleeping and it is super scary and DARK outside! We took a vote and decided to start walking in the evenings. With school activities and sports and dinner time, we have yet to determine a schedule that works for everyone. (Still Two Humans….One Dog)

HOW DID I DO WITH THE ONLINE BOOTCAMP?

Kinda sucky. I determined that I do my best exercise in a class atmosphere. I would totally be kidding myself if I ever claimed to be a great self starter….or self motivator in the exercise department. I loved the Bootcamp that I attended at a gym, but the online class required you to watch videos to learn how to do the exercise, and the extra 20 minutes or so that that took, just didn’t seem to be my thing. I did great the first two and a half weeks, then I convinced myself that I knew enough exercises to get a good workout without reading about any additional exercises included in the online Bootcamp. Well, I sucked at that too. The End (of online Bootcamp).

WHAT IS MY CURRENT EXERCISE ROUTINE?

I have been walking/jogging/running/jogging/walking almost every day. I will never love to run, but I do like to think about the calories I am burning when I do it. I think I will always love my walks outside, so that has not been to difficult lately with the great weather, but I will have to push myself to get on the treadmill this winter. I will take advantage of the outside walks as long as possible.

I have looked into going back to the Bootcamp at the gym. I just need to make the decision if I want to spend the money. I irritate myself that I can’t work that hard on my own, but I have talked to several others that say they also know they work harder in the class atmosphere and like the idea of an instructor telling them exactly what exercises to do and how many reps. (I think I just made my decision as I typed that out.)

I will sign up this week, and I will blog about it the day I do it. It’s a 12 month commitment. That freaks me out a bit. (I do better with short term goals.)

DO I HAVE A PLAN FOR FUTURE RECIPE POST?

Yes I do! I am going to set a goal of a minimum of two new recipes each week. That was an important part of my blogging idea in the beginning and I think it seems to really help people to have a place to go for low point, easy meal ideas. I blog entirely from my IPad because my laptop is vintage and sucks. I have to post the recipes under the recipe “tab” from the vintage, sucky laptop, so I get discouraged, but I think the recipes are an important part of the blog, so I am going to work on being patient with my laptop and JUST DO IT !

HOW DO I PLAN TO PUT MORE THOUGHT INTO EACH MEAL AND SNACK?

I am going to challenge myself to include more vegetables and experiment with different recipes. I eat a lot of fruit, so that’s not a problem, but I think I need to expand my veggie options just a bit more. And the fact that most veggies are Zero PPV, makes this challenge that much easier. I am just going to try to be a bit more creative with my choices and my recipes.

I am also going to try to include a protein with my fruit. It makes me think a little more before I just grab that banana off the kitchen counter when I know I need to include a protein with it and track those points.

DID I “FALL OFF THE WAGON”?

Maybe. It all started so innocently, too. I like beer. Always have, always will. After getting into the 160’s in June, I was getting excited to get to goal and I was having regular losses. I decided it would speed things up a bit if I really focused on drinking less beer. I decided to cut back and drink only on special occasions (mowing the lawn and Friday Happy Hours with my girls didn’t count). In July, I drank twice. In August, I drank twice. Then I decided, and stated on my blog, that I would not drink again until I reached 150 pounds. At first that seemed fine. I wanted to get to goal weight and I felt myself getting in a hurry, which I had not experienced before. The hurrying part. I decided that I could do it, not drink, and it wouldn’t bother me, but at times it might be difficult. I attended several parties, went to bars for dinner and attended social events where alcohol was served, and I passed. I always left feeling very pleased with myself. One Saturday afternoon, while at lunch with my newly 21 year old daughter, I ordered a beer with her while we sat at the bar. I drank half, felt guilty, then didn’t finish it, but felt good about not finishing it. A week later, at an outdoor concert with Mike, I had a beer. Just one. Tasted great. Still felt bad. Then I thought….”What am I doing?” I was mad that I had decided to temporarily give up something I enjoy (a lot!) and then be so irritated about it. I was really beginning to teeter back and forth a lot trying to figure out if I was making a bigger deal out of this no drinking thing than I needed to. (I tend to make a big deal out of stuff……sometimes) then I wasn’t sure if I was mad about making a decision I didn’t like, or if I was mad at myself for thinking maybe this wasn’t realistic for me. The back and forth of the whole thing, and the panicky thought of not drinking at all got to me a bit. So I have spent some serious time thinking about it.

The Weight Watcher plan works, and I need to follow the plan. I do not need to drink a twelve pack……I mean a six pack……but I can have a couple of beers for Happy Hour, or at dinner with my husband, or at a party, and its okay. It’s okay because the plan allows you to do that. I am just going to follow the plan. Well geeezzzzz, that was an easy solution.

WHAT DO I EXPECT TO GET OUT OF MY BLOG?

The blog has been a much greater tool for me than I ever expected. I find myself anxious to write most days. I apologize for the boring post on the days that I am either in a hurry, or discouraged with myself, so I am short and to the point. I have mentioned how I have always liked to keep a journal of some sort, but I must admit, journaling publicly is a bit different. When I start to tell a friend about something I did, and they say they already read that on my blog, I forget I already told the world. Then I am happy they are reading. 🙂

The initial idea for the blog, and that hasn’t changed, was to have a place for people to come that we’re struggling with their weight loss, or were losing weight very slowly and possibly feeling frustrated and needed to know that they weren’t alone. That is still the main goal for the blog. I want anyone losing weight, and struggling, and feeling frustrated, to know that they are not alone.

I have surprised myself with how much time I spend blogging, taking pictures of my food, and thinking more frequently about the variety of food I am eating. I don’t want anyone reading to become bored with my everyday eats, so I attempt to throw in some variety every so often. Even though my weight loss IS slow, and I don’t have a nice loss to report each week, I can’t believe how many people tell me that they read my blog and find it either entertaining, or motivational, or informative. That keeps me going for sure. “The Weight of my Weight” has surprisingly become a big part of each of my day. No plans to stop.

TO SUM UP TODAY’S POST, AND WHAT I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS…………

I can’t be in a hurry to lose the weight. I need to continue doing what I have been doing for the last three years. I will get there. I started the blog because I like to journal. I like to get my thoughts on paper (IPad works too!) I want to help and encourage people that are struggling with their own weight loss, or are losing slowly. That’s my specialty. I lose weight slow. When I started the blog, I asked people to join me. I said with a little patience, support and humor, I would Reach my goal. And I will. And if YOU are trying to get there too, stay with me, and together we will achieve our goals.

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

Repost……???

September 20, 2012

My pictures were all crazy in my last post…..and it’s bugging the shitakemushrooms out of me!

Here is my true Applepear…..or Pearapple?

And my pretty….yummy…..breakfast.

And since my next post is on a more serious note…..please enjoy these pics of me and the Tucker Man!

Blogging together……

Kisses…….

Left profile?

Right profile?


More kisses…..


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

Short & Sweet

September 20, 2012

I know you will find this hard to believe, but I have little to say today. I am saving it all for tomorrow. Fridays are my “Deep Thought Days”.

Tomorrow I will be blogging about……

Where Am I in my journey?
How is Walking Club Doing?
How did I do with the Online Bootcamp?
Do I have a plan for future recipe post?
What do I expect to get out of my blog?
What is my current exercise routine?
How do I plan to put more thought into EACH meal and snack?
Did I “Fall off the Wagon?”?

Here are the days eats for Wednesday…….

Breakfast
Egg Whites, Crumbled Bacon, WW Cheese
Toast with 1/2 Wedge Laughing Cow Cheese
Blackberry Jam
Banana


5 PPV

Food Truck Pork Taco…..no shell….
Totally forgot to take a picture. Will do next week! Soooo Yummy!
6 PPV

Heavy Snack
Luna Bar
Lemon Zest
5 PPV

Apple pear?? Your thoughts??
I am undecided. I think mine wasn’t ripe.
0 PPV

Dinner…..

Strawberry Salad (sent home from the food truck! Yum!)

Burger on the grill, topped with Pepper Jack Cheese and Real Bacon Bits
Roasted Asparagus
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 = 5
Lunch = 6
Snack = 5
Dinner = 15

Total = 31

Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9


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

I had a super busy morning on Tuesday…..Twittering, Facebooking, Blogging, Emailing, and Pinteresting. I may eat entirely from Pinterest this Fall. But then I saw this and melted. You know from reading, I am in love with my dogs, but never have I been so excited about taking pictures of a dog. But you guys, seriously……..Tucker LOVES to have his picture taken!

Maybe its the breed? Because I found this dog that looks just like him, and apparently a dog owner that is maybe crazier than I am!!!

I am just throwing this out there, but I am pretty sure Tucker will be having a birthday party this summer, and we will be making these cupcakes, Weight Watcher friendly, of course. You know the thought of it makes you smile.

Breakfast was simple. Toast with Pumpkin Butter (Thank you, Louisburg Cider Mill)
3 PPV

Lunch
The Leftovers are now gone. 🙁

Roasted Veggies mixed with my Roasted Onions
5 PPV

Fruit
0 PPV

After spending a ridiculously gorgeous morning inside, I HAD TO GET OUT! I took both dogs for our usual “Sniff & Stroll”, then Tucker and I prepared for a long, long walk. I am letting my hair grow out, today anyhow, and I am totally rocking this ponytail!!

What do you mean…..”What ponytail?”

We walked for an hour and a half. We were both equally tired when we got home. He lapped up a bowl water, as did I. But with a straw……and in a glass.

Then I enjoyed a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie!
3 PPV

Outside, of course.


Dinner
Taco Stew topped with One Taco Shell, Greek Yogurt, WW Cheese
7 PPV

And 1 Bud Light.
4 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
Lunch = 5
Snack = 3
Dinner = 11

Total = 22

Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9

The “Dog Days of Summer” are officially over this weekend! Fall begins!

I can’t get DOGS off the brain!

These made me giggle……..

My favorite!

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

Taco Stew? Ok.

September 18, 2012

I worked a lot on Monday, therefore I have no exciting “Adventures of Julie” stories for the day. I oddly, did not eat much, but what I did eat, was really yummy.

I will say the best part of my day was the chilly walk I took in the afternoon, and the cup of coffee I enjoyed on the deck outside afterwards. Have I mentioned, I am ready for Fall???

Breakfast
Vanilla Almond Luna Bar
French Vanilla from the Kuerig
5 PPV

Lunch
Leftover Roasted Veggies…..still great 2 days later.
5 PPV

Grapes
0 PPV

Dinner
One Rotisserie Chicken
1 1/2 C water
And these…………tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans, fat free refried beans, taco seasoning, ranch dressing.

I’m calling it Taco Stew. I don’t usually put the refried beans in it, but they really THICKENED it up!
Taco Stew!
1 C = 4 PPV

Seriously……..Stew.

Topped with One Crushed Taco Shell (1 PPV) and WW Mexican Style Cheese (2 PPV).

Perfect Fall Night Dinner! (yes, I know it is not technically Fall yet!)

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 = 5
Lunch = 5
Dinner = 7

Total = 17

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0
How many glasses of water I drank today = 8

This cracked me up, because as hard as I always try to say the right thing, sometimes I can really mess up!

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

Weekend Festivities…..

September 17, 2012

Well, it was a wonderful weekend full of family, friends, fun AND lots of food! Just the way I like it! I spent the entire day in the kitchen on Saturday cooking and baking. I had the house to myself (well, minus constantly tripping over the dogs, while they waited for any amount of food to drop) the stereo was cranked up, and the coffee pot was keeping me company.

I did have an egg sandwich to start off my day.
4 PPV

We were going to a friends house for dinner and to hang out around the fire pit. Yay, Fall! Football, fire pits, food and friends! Just what I’ve been waiting for! 🙂

I found a recipe on Pinterest that was screaming Fall, and screaming my name, but I knew if I made them, I had to take them someplace, or I would eat them all! I love anything Pumpkin, so I felt these were created just for me!

I was right! They were delicious! I used the vegetable oil, like the recipe said, but I will try them again this week with applesauce in place of the oil. That will make them only 2 PPV, instead of 3 PPV.

Pumpkin Poppers
3 PPV

Here is a picture of the final step. You are supposed to roll them in butter, then dip them in cinnamon sugar, but I just dipped the tops in the butter and cinnamon sugar. Next time I will dip just the tips, because it will be plenty!

I can’t wait to make these again, and they seemed to be a hit with everyone else too!

The next thing I made was Ina Gartens Herb Roasted Onions. I watched her make these on the Food Network one time, and I have made them several times since.

This is a really easy recipe, and the red onions give this dish a super sweet flavor! The only PPV is the Olive Oil, so you just have to decide how many servings you want out of each recipe. A little of these go a LONG way! At Saturday Nights dinner, the hostess made BBQ Shredded Pork. The pork was super tender after it cooked in the crock pot all day long. Soooo good! Some guest decided to put the onions on their sandwich! Yum!

Roasted Onions

I wanted to make something else a little more substantial to go along with the pork. I decided on Roasted Veggies. I’ll roast just about anything. I found a recipe, again on Pinterst, that sounded full of flavor. Typically, you can’t go wrong with a little salt and pepper and Olive Oil to roast some veggies, but I wanted more. The first time I tried this recipe, I only did potatoes and carrots, but this time I added the brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts for a party? I know. But it seemed a good time to give them and try, and see if anybody I know eats these on a regular basis! Well, it seems as though a few friends were trying these for the first time. I think most were pleasantly surprised! I was.


This gorgeous platter of Fall includes red and white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and brussels sprouts.

Roasted Veggies

There were lots of goodies to eat at dinner, and I enjoyed it all!

I decided to allow myself an adult beverage…..or two. I was convinced, by others, that vodka was the way to go. I am a wine/beer girl. I had one with club soda and fresh lime. It was good, but went down quick! Then I had one with a concoction of something sweet and red, but calorie free. It was so good…………I had one more.

The rest of the evening, we were entertained with good stories around the fire pit, and potato GUNS! I don’t even know how to elaborate on that, but it didn’t bruise my shoulder the way the 12 gauge gun did a few years back with the same crowd!

It was a perfect Fall Day! I will assume I used my daily points AND my 49 extra too!

SUNDAY FUNDAY WITH THE FAMILY!

My moms birthday was this week. I did take her to lunch on her actual birthday, but she really wanted us all to get together and enjoy her favorite cake. This is a family recipe (my great Grandma’s) that my mom always made for my brother and I when we were growing up. It is still a birthday favorite that we both request! It is a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I have NEVER baked a cake from scratch before, so I was a little nervous I was going to mess it up. But it turned out Just Like Mom’s!

It didn’t even Fall! (get it? Fall???) ahhhhhhhhh

This icing was a chore. You bring it to a boil, then beat the living daylights out of it while you hold the pan in another pan of cold water! But I did it!

I forgot to add the nuts in, and Mom loves nuts! So I just dropped them on the top! Perfect! They nestled right in.

I cut the cake into 16 pieces.
8 PPV
I shared one piece with Mike.

Before cake, we all shared some Papa Murphy’s DeLite Pizza! These are sooooo good. And the DeLite pizzas are 5 PPV!

Along with the pizza, I put together a large fruit platter. We never did eat breakfast, and dinner was Greek yogurt and more fruit. I didn’t eat the best the last two days, but I think I am good on points as long as I am on my best behavior the rest of the week.

We also watched a crappy football game and drank lots of coffee! I get the coffee thing from my family……We could ALL drink it ALL day long!

My niece and my mom……

Me and the niece!

Happy Birthday Mom!
(she hated this picture! Hee Hee)

Needless to say, I indulged this weekend.

After the game, Tucker and I got out of the house and walked for an hour. He needed it just as much as I did!

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

My day started off as my typical Friday does. Snuggled in bed with the dogs, one cup of coffee, then to my WW meeting. Things went as suspected. I stayed the same…..

The way I look at it, I’m just fighting that 8.6 pounds right now, then I can worry about the final ten that will get me to 150. But these eight pounds are really wanting to hang on to me! I don’t know if my body is so used to this being my average weight that it doesn’t want to let go or what, but it is really getting old.

Despite the numbers on the scale, I was in a really good mood and had lots on my “to do list”, and I was feeling productive, so I headed home to get started. The weather was gorgeous, and I was ready to open up the windows and let the fresh, crisp air in! I walked the dogs for a good 30 minutes, then I went for a 45 minute walkjogrunjogwalk, then I mowed the lawn, then Tucker got out and took off, so more RUNNING! 🙂 Only now I was running with a leash in one hand, and a treat in the other…..yelling…..”TUCKER! WANT A TREAT?” the little booger!

I’d say I earned a few activity points!

Time to get pretty! Headed out to dinner with friends to discuss some upcoming trips we are planning together! The first trip? Road trip in an RV to Memphis! I have never been, and it sounds like a great time!

Here are the days eats……

Egg Whites
Avocado
Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge

Omelette and Dark Chocolate VitaTop
6 PPV

WW Salted Caramel Smoothie (new flavor!)
2 PPV

uh….yum…..

Hawaiian Chicken Skewers for Dinner!
6 PPV


2 beers
8 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 = 6
Snack = 2
Dinner = 6
Beer = 8

Total = 22

Activity Points Earned Today = 5
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 49
How many glasses of water I drank today = 6

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

I saw these at the Sunglass Hut. I HAD to try them on!

I was going for this……..

But I think I got more….well……this………

After my morning coffee, and a greek yogurt…………
4 PPV

………I headed out for a rainy afternoon of shopping and lunch with some friends. I didn’t buy the glasses, but I did get these!

After a few dressing rooms, a second latte, and a few raindrops, we finally made it to lunch, my FAVORITE part of shopping! We went to Bravo for something warm and yummy, and possibly a glass of wine. Yes, I have decided one or two drinks (not 6 or 8 beers) is doable.

The others ordered a Bloody Mary, but unsure of the points, I went with a red wine, which is what I was thinking anyhow.

I didn’t take any pictures of my lunch, but thanks to the World Wide Web (does anybody say that anymore?), I found a perfect picture of how I remember my wine.

4 PPV


AND…….I found a picture of my favorite item on the menu!
Grilled Salmon Salad……I also located the nutritional info!

14 PPV

I ate one of the pieces of bread with the dipping oil, but can’t seem to find the nutritional info for that, so I’ll guess??? (found this pic on the….that’s right…..World Wide Web) 🙂
5 PPV

It was a great afternoon, and with my great driving skills and perfect timing, I had my friends home and in their driveways by 2:30! Just in time to pick up the kids from school!

I had decided with the rainy, cold weather, I was in the mood for breakfast for dinner.

Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Sausage, Avocado, Potatoes and Cheese!
Berries for sweetness!

6 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
Snack (latte x 2) = 4
Lunch = 23
Dinner = 6

Total = 37

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

Weigh in is tomorrow……….

Yes, I will post. I think my body is fighting me. You think the bread and dipping oil and wine helped?

I am hoping for a weekend full of friends, football and fire pits!

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