Archives For January 2013

Barf bag please?

January 17, 2013

I fainted on the plane, then barfed in the barf bag. Other than that, day one of vacation was a blast!

I looked at Mike and said….”I kinda feel weird. I might get sick. I feel like I’m gonna faint. I’m gonna faint. I’m fainting.”

Then I fainted. At some point, I half way came around, then found myself using the barf bag. But it’s all a blur. I have no idea why that happened. I felt terrible for the lady beside me. Then I was fine.

It made for great conversation on the way to the resort!

Even my beer tasted good!

I did not journal today, but I did eat fairly well.

When you use the barf bag on the plane, does that allow you to subtract the points you ate beforehand??

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

Tess’s First Day!

January 15, 2013

I have thought about her all day long, and it’s after 5:00 pm and I haven’t heard from her yet, but I know before I post this, I will know how fabulous her first day went!

Okay, 9:00 pm, she called! First day was a huge success filled with new faces, familiar faces from Saturday night, a co-worker bought her lunch, and the day ended with a Southwest Airlines hosted Happy Hour! Beer and Wine and snacks provided!! Apparently they do this on Monday’s when the weather is nice? I think I wanna work there.

I would certainly say that Tess is in her comfort zone!

Light English Muffin with Better N Peanut Butter

Coffee with Steamed Nonfat Milk

The last of the White Chili (I was so excited to find some still left over!)
Corn Bread Muffin
10 PPV

Luna Protein Bar
(Might not buy these again, kinda like a candy bar and a bit too tempting for me.)

Chili (you think we’ve had enough chili this week???)
Sweet Potato
Sour cream

I am certain this sounds like a really odd combo, but I made a Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili a few months back that was really good, so I thought……why not top a sweet potato with Chili? It was really, really good.

Hot Tea
Apple, 1/2 Banana
Better N Peanut Butter

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 25
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

I might Blog on vacation. I might not.

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

I couldn’t think of a better way to start off a chilly Sunday than by preparing a big crockpot full of chili! So I did! Corn Muffins too!

Turkey AND beef!

So comforting!

Would you believe for an hour, Tess and I took advantage of FaceTime?
How cool is technology? She laid in bed while I had coffee on the couch, then worked in the kitchen. Just like old times! She’s gonna LOVE this picture.

I did spend a little time alone Sunday morning watching the CBS Morning news. Mike always works the couple of Sundays before we go on vacation, so it was just me and the dogs. Well, before FaceTime, that is. One of the stories on CBS was about Nick Vujicic. Do you know who he is?

Nick was born in 1982. He is an evangelist and a motivational speaker. He was born without all four limbs. At the age of 17, he started his own non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs. He speaks about his belief that God can use any willing heart to do His work and that God is big enough to overcome any and all disabilities.

He truly is amazing. Makes my life seem so simple and worry free.

Here are a few pictures I found of him. You should Google him. He has a new book out, “Unstoppable”, that I just might have to read.

As a small child, he had prosthetic arms, but decided he could do more without them than with them.

He golf’s, surf’s, cook’s…….I don’t think there is anything he doesn’t do, or at least attempt to do.

He is married and they are expecting their first child. Cool, huh?

Every time I read about him, or see a TV special about him, I am reminded that my obstacles are so small.

I think he is adorable.

Okay, food.

Sandwich on Light English Muffin
Egg Whites, Laughing Cow Cream Cheese Wedge, Bacon Pieces

Dipped in a little ketchup…..

I didn’t take a picture of this snack. Totally forgot, but I did write it down!
Coffee Break with Steamed Skim Milk
Corn Bread Muffin (I made em for dinner and they are screaming my name!)

Wrap with Hummus, Cucumbers, Red Onion and Reduced Fat Feta

Orange, Carrots

Hungry for snacks!
Luna Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar

Dry Cereal (not pictured)

Chili and Wheat Macaroni Noodles = 9
topped with Cheese and Sour Cream = 3
Corn Bread = 4
Wine = 8

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 28
How many glasses of water I drank today = 8


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

Luggage and Flip Flops!

January 13, 2013

My Two Goals for the day.

1. Buy New Luggage
2. Buy New Flip Flops

Yay! It’s PURPLE!! Mike’s is behind mine. Same luggage, only a manly shade of Taupe???

I feel more relaxed already……

After successfully finding my two items, at a bargain price, I headed to Costco (ON A SATURDAY!) for two rotisserie chickens. What was I thinking? I got a terrible parking, and the wind had really picked up, and it was getting chilly! I meandered my way to the back of the store, without eating ONE sample I might add, and guess how many chickens were left? You guessed it right! ZERO!! So I headed back out the “IN” door. I felt like a fish swimming upstream! Have you EVER left Costco on a Saturday going out the “IN”? It was a challenge at best. Activity Points earned? Okay, slight exaggeration, but it felt like a workout. I know my heart rate went up!

Then I went for a manicure. They could take me in 20 minutes. Perfect, I will go to Walmart to pick up my prescription, and be right back. I got a front row parking at Walmart (ON A SATURDAY!). When I walked inside, the pharmacy was closed for lunch. Of course they were. They, too, were out of rotisserie chickens. I waited patiently for the pharmacy to open. When I left, it was snowing, and I have rear wheel drive. So I went home, chicken-less and manicure-less. A few streets from home, I was amazed at the two deer I saw in a backyard, only to get a little closer and realize I was seeing two very large dogs.

I think staying home the rest of the day is the best idea I’ve had all day, except for going to Marshall’s for luggage. THAT……was the best idea I had all day!


Kohl’s Flip Flops and Shades……

Buy one, get one 1/2 off on the shades! Has anyone EVER paid full price for ANYTHING at Kohl’s?? I think not.

Coffee with Steamed Skim Milk

Oatmeal Banana Pancake topped with Better N Peanut Butter and banana slices……

Click Here for my recipe.

First Watch
Egg White, Spinach, Feta and Turkey Sausage Omelet, salsa
Dry Multi Grain toast with jelly.

I went by myself, but was really missing Tess since she usually accompanies me here, so I called her and we chatted while I ate. 🙂
11 PPV

Pear and Clementine

Progresso Soup and canned peas with Parmesan Cheese

Fancy Saturday Night Dinner, huh?
I let Mike have the last of the White Chili and Cornbread from Friday.
He really did appreciate my sacrifice.

Around 9:00 pm, my stomach was growling, bad. Like super uncomfortable. I tried to wait it out, and I drank more water and hot tea, but I was truly hungry. I decided maybe I hadn’t had quite enough protein, so as odd as it sounds, I made a 3 PPV snack of egg whites, bacon pieces and cheese, and more hot tea. Then I stayed up late getting caught up on all the DVR’d shows…..Greyson….Scandal……Castle and Blue Bloods. I slept like a baby!

Activity Points Earned Today = 0 (maybe 1 at Costco??)
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 44
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

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

I certainly know I’m not the only one, but sometimes I feel as though most of my life is spent running errands with a lengthy “To Do List”.

I don’t think I have ever been more ready for a vacation. I skipped my Weight Watchers meeting Friday morning. Probably not one of my wiser decisions. I didn’t want to face the scale 5 days before going on a beach vacation and let the number on the scale determine my mood. I decided to instead, spend the day planning a spray tan, a pedicure and a manicure. I figure I’ll drop at least 10 pounds with a good spray tan! I plan to track until vacation, but have not yet decided if I will track while ON vacation. I most likely will not, but will focus on activity and lots of fruits and veggies. There will be lots of laying around on the beach, and lots of adult beverages, so I will do my best to make good choices in food and exercise (when possible….when sober……). Kidding. Kinda. Not really at all.

I had an MRI of my shoulder done on Friday, and should have the results by Tuesday. Maybe I don’t want the results before I leave for vacation? Either it’s lots of physical therapy, or surgery, followed by lots of physical therapy. Either way, I wish it were all over and my shoulder was 100%!

Starbucks Nonfat Latte

Leftover Skewers and Leftover Pulled Pork

Vita Cake with Better N Peanut Butter

Happy Hour
Diet Tonic Water and Raspberry Vodka
Edamame, carrots, pretzels and hummus

White Chili and Corn Bread
12 PPV

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 47
How many glasses of water I drank today = 6

These are not my feet, but they will be on Wednesday. Well, actually, those will still be someone else’s feet, but you get the picture. Get it? Picture? I’m cracking myself up this morning! Too much coffee!

I’m not sure if there is a hammock in a tree on the beach where we are going, but I’m hoping!

I do plan to finish my book, “Gone Girl”.

That’s Paris Hilton. We have never actually met.

This really is where we are going.

This is supposed to be a picture from where we are going as well. I feel happy.

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

Just Food

January 11, 2013

This post is literally Just the Food I ate Thursday!

I cooked up some “Apples in a Bag”. For the easiest, tastiest thing ever, Click Here.

Then I added it to my bowl of Oatmeal.

Perfect for a rainy, chilly morning.

Leftover Pork Tacos from the Food Truck, no tortillas


Sunset Grill To Go!
Hawaiian Skewers with Broccoli, Roasted Potatoes and Salad
10 PPV

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = -33
How many glasses of water I drank today = 9

This is far from a motivational quote, but it totally made me giggle!

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

Tess’ Blog!

January 10, 2013

Tess did decide to make her blog public, so Click Here to check it out!

It is Wednesday evening, and I just hung up with her. She had a great, full first day in Dallas on her own. Southwest Airlines started a Facebook group of Interns so they could meet up with each other, or find roommates, or ask questions, or whatever. She met up with two Interns today for a Museum outing and lunch. I am so excited for her!

Poor Mike, have I even MENTIONED him lately? Yes, we are still happily married, as far as I know. I guess I should check with him to make sure HE is still happy? We leave for vacation in one week, so I am looking forward to some well deserved alone time together. Of course, we are going with several other couples, but surely we will have a little alone time? 🙂 Don’t ya think??

I worked the Food Truck today and walked the dogs, and that’s about all. I am pooped!

Egg Beaters (1)
Bagel Thin (3)
Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese (1)
Coffee (0)


Chicken Salad (8)
Mixed Greens (0)
Un-Pictured small piece of Buffalo Chicken Wrap (3)

11 PPV

Weight Watchers Smoothie (2)
with Frozen Banana (0)


Toast with Pumpkin Butter (2)
Hot Tea (0)


Green Giant Steamers, Valley Blend (3)
Clementines (0)


Today was a good day, but I did let myself get in the RED 33 Points while I was out of town. 🙁

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = -33
How many glasses of water I drank today = 8


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

Saying "Good-Bye"

January 9, 2013

“Good-Bye” was harder than I realized. I had thought so much about all of the things that needed to be done in preparation for the trip to Dallas, and the things Tess wanted to get done once in Dallas, I hadn’t really taken the time to think about saying good bye at the airport.

We had a nice, relaxed morning. We packed the car with my things, then left for the day.

We had decided it would be a great day to figure out different routes around the city. (We had NOT anticipated or planned on it raining! Nor had we planned on faulty windshield wipers, especially since the blades were new. But unfortunately, we had both!)

Before we headed downtown, we stopped for an early lunch. Because it was a little chilly and rainy outside, soup and a sandwich sounded good.

Then we started our journey. Uh, none of it was fun. I did a really good job of totally pretending I was fine. It was raining hard, the traffic was crazy and nobody uses a blinker! It’s just weird how when you, as the passenger, shove your foot into the floorboard, and the car doesn’t seem to slow down!

After a good couple of hours of stress, we decided to find the fun area we spent Monday afternoon in. UPTOWN!

We were happy to find the menu at the place we chose had Boulevard Beer, and we were both wanting a little taste of home. We enjoyed our beers with a little asiago/artichoke dip and some bruschetta………

……….while we got to know Johnny the bartender a little better. We now had two hours to kill before driving to the airport, and we knew we had no desire to do any more unnecessary driving!! So we chatted Johnny’s ear off!

Tess took me to the airport, and the emotions hit us both hard. I kept my cool though. We both did. Southwest Airlines flew me home for free! Nothing to cry about there. I’m excited to find out about the flight benefits to come!!

I’m sure we will get to see each other sooner than we think, but I suppose the not knowing when, is the most difficult part.

I did a terrible job staying on my WW plan, but I did write it all down. It is helpful to have an idea what the scale will say when I step on it Friday morning. I have zero excuses for not getting activity in and drinking lots of water Wednesday. I will be On Plan!

Here are the results for Tuesday.

Tess has decided to write a blog. I read her first post and it’s great! It is her journey from college kid to adulthood. She had mentioned she would like to have a place to write about the transition, and the stories along the way. I am super excited. She isn’t ready for anyone to read it yet, I don’t think? But we did have fun trying to come up with a name for her blog. I really wanted her to call it….

“Where’d My Mom Go?”

……..but she came up with her own clever name. I can’t tell you though, until she’s ready for readers. 🙂

I did “FaceTime ” Tess so she could visit with Tucker when I got home. It was the perfect way to end the night.

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

Monday FunDay in Dallas!

January 9, 2013

Well, we stayed up late chatting on Sunday, so we didn’t get a super early start on Monday, but we loved our first night in Dallas getting cozy in Tess’ new home.

Monday, we maneuvered our way around downtown Dallas pretty well for a couple of rookies! Okay, actually, Tess did ALL of the maneuvering, I was really just along for the ride (white knuckled through most of it, but not because of her driving, but because of MY need to be the driver.) I discovered that actually, she drives a lot like I do, so it wasn’t so bad after all. 🙂

I was even able to take some pictures.

The highways were endless!!

The traffic was constant! At one point, the sun was in her eyes and the sun visors were just not doing the job. She had me hold the iPad up in between the visor and rear view mirror so she could she. So, here we are in our Kansas tags, minus one hub cab, driving slightly slower than most, with me holding my iPad to block the sun. Can ya’ll (that’s what they say here) blame us for drinking??

We decided on a light lunch when we spotted a Whole Foods!

Later, after Tess checked out the location of her new job, we looked for a cold beer stop! Surprise! We discovered the Uptown part of Dallas. Super cute! Trendy. Young.

We hung out for a bit, then headed home in the rush hour traffic, just to get a feel for what she’ll be experiencing! Holy Heck!

After a little chit chat and freshening up at home, we went to dinner with her cousin and his wife. It’s great to have someone available to show you around everywhere!

We went to the Londoner, a pub, to watch the Alabama/Notre Dame game, and munch on dinner.

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwich and fries and more beer! I am WAY over on my points here, not sure how much water I have had, did not get a chance to exercise, and a little overwhelmed with everything that’s going on. (Bummer of a picture, eh?)

Well, that’s the day in a nutshell! Dallas does look like LOTS of fun though!

I can’t wait to go back! You think she’ll let me??

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

Dallas, here we come.

January 7, 2013

We were on the road by 7:00 am. We decided to take the scenic route vs. Interstate 35 the entire way.

Together, we planned and packed lots of healthy snacks for the road.

Celery, peanut butter……..

Clementines, WW Cheese sticks, apple slices, Laughing Cow Cheese wedges……..

Finishing up last minute task. Look at all of her list! She gets that from me! He he he.

High protein breakfast of egg whites and a Light English Muffin before we hit the road.

Leaving Kansas! (I darn near missed the sign!)

Hello Oklahoma!

Lunch stop at the Hard Rock! This was an accident, but it was right off the highway! We were pretty sure it was meant to be!

Look! A Bar! In the Hard Rock!

Look! Beers……in a bar!

We shared a Caesar salad and chicken quesadilla while trying to contain our excitement. (We were going to be good with a Subway or Fast Food option.)

Then we hit the slot machines. A first for Tess. I will treasure this moment forever.

Gotta love the penny slots!

We lost a hub cap! Since owning this car, which Tess despises, I’m not sure how many times the hub caps have been replaced. This time, Mike put them on, and literally Zip Tied them on! When we came out to the car after lunch, it was the first thing we noticed! Can’t seem to keep those things on this car.

Tess drove the whole way! Control freak! I don’t know where she gets it. 🙂

I tried my hardest to remain calm and relax…….

I did okay, I guess.

We enjoyed the planned snacks…….
Apples and peanut Butter…..

Popcorn……diet Coke and water….

We finally reached our destination around 5:00 pm. Our two hour stop for lunch, and the 5 other potty stops we made put us behind schedule a bit, but really, we had planned to reach our destination between 3:00 and 8:00 pm. So as far as we were concerned, we were right on schedule.

Tess has a cousin, Jason, that lives just north of Dallas with his wife, Sara. They said they would be happy to have Tess during her stay in Texas, so she took them up on the offer. I am so glad she has someone to stay with that she knows and that is familiar with the area. We all stayed up late into the night getting reacquainted and Tess is really lucky to have them. I had never met Sara, but instantly fell in love with her. I enjoyed our chat so much that it’s going to be hard to leave, but it will also make it that much easier knowing Tess is with family. Things just continue to fall into place for her.

We had wine and Spaghetti for dinner at Jason and Sara’s, and I believe I may have over indulged, but this is my best guesstimate. Her homemade meatballs were delicious!

I brought clothes to walk in, so hopefully that will happen.

Here is my journal……..

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 1
How many glasses of water I drank today = 8

Excited to spend Monday discovering Dallas!!

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