Archives For April 2013

So this whole 164 something has me all wigged out now because if things would have KEPT going the way that they WERE going, I should be sitting here at 163 something, not 165 something. Urg. I really have high hopes of being at 160.0 by May 31st because that will give me an entire THREE months (13 weeks) to lose the last 10 pounds, and the last ten pounds are kind of freaking me out anyhow. It is my goal to be at 150.0 by August 31st.

I am realizing that I have a lot of obstacles to face during the month of May, and I really don’t want to turn them into excuses for not reaching my goals. Here…..let me tell you about them.

1. A road trip to and from Dallas to move Tess. I can plan snacks and we can NOT go out on the town while there. That kinda stinks, because when I’m with Tess, I feel like I am 25 and would like to act that way, but maybe not this time. Dang it!!

2. Our wedding anniversary. We don’t have big plans, but Wine and a Nice Dinner out have become tradition. I suppose I could enjoy myself with a light dinner and ONE glass of wine. It really should be about spending a romantic evening with Mike more than the food anyhow.

3. A Cinco De Mayo party. Come on… know that THIS is all about the food and drink, no matter HOW cool your friends are. Maybe a MOCK Margarita and I plan on extra minutes on the treadmill to EARN anything I might eat that I might should NOT eat? Maybe a NEW OUTFIT and I do just focus on having fun with my friends and feeling good?? I am trying to figure out how to deal with these obstacles while I type this all out. Bare with me here.

4. A wine tasting with friends. This will be with a couple of Weight Watcher member friends and their hubby’s, so I am expecting no pressure from this group to eat or drink anything I decide to pass on???? You people know who you are!! 🙂

5. The following weekend is a house party at a friends, where I know I will be surrounded with yummy food and drink options. I think my best bet here is to eat before I go, extra minutes on the treadmill, and leave a specific amount of points available to use while at the party.

6. The weekend after THAT, a trip to the lake for a nice long Memorial Day Weekend. No matter how well I plan for a trip to the Lake, I ALWAYS eat and drink more than I plan on. I usually do a good job of getting in ONE good morning walk. My best game plan here is just to do my best and take low point snacks and hope I have the wisdom to eat them over the high point options that I know I will be surrounded with. This will be the weekend before my goal of 160.0. As far as I’m concerned, this one is going to be the most difficult obstacle.

7. The LAST Friday in May, we are going to Nashville with our Dominican Republic-Spring Break group to see if we can have a trouble free trip. (I just feel like someone might see the inside of a jail with this group.) This too, will be difficult. I should weigh 160.0 the morning we leave for this trip. Meeting my goals before this trip should help to keep me motivated to stay on plan while on this trip.

So, I have a lot of things coming up that are traditionally celebrated with Food and Drink and I am kind of FREAKING OUT!!!

Writing this all out though, has helped it not seem as bad as I initially thought, but the weekend at the lake will for certain be the most challenging for me.

While on the treadmill Monday morning, I was thinking about what all I could do to make up for the gain and lose as much as possible by Friday. I actually will have to weigh at home on Thursday morning, because I will be in Dallas on Friday morning, but in an effort to make that weigh in the best that it can be, I decided I would add some minutes to the treadmill. I have been mixing things up a bit with running a little here and there, but when I walk at an incline of 7% for an hour, I like the way it makes me feel. I like that steady thing and I feel like I could walk forever. I decided I would walk for 80 minutes. Then at 80 minutes, I decided I had no place I had to be today, so why not walk for 90 minutes, but since I was going 3 mph, that would put me at 4.5 miles, and I’m weird about marking half miles on my chart, (I did it once, but walked an extra half mile the next day to make it an even number) so I walked for 100 minutes at 3.0 mph at a 7% incline and added FIVE miles to my chart…..AND…..according to my Weight Watchers E-Tools, earned myself 8 Activity Points! I’ll TAKE it!!

I have now completed 135 miles!

I LIKE the way this looks!

Apparently, my treadmill kicks OFF at 100 minutes, so I had to restart the time, which stunk, because I was all excited to take a picture of it, but it didn’t reset all of my numbers, so I got to take a picture of the DIST of 5.046 miles walked (in 101 minutes and 14 seconds) It says I burned 900 calories. The calories burned on this treadmill have never seemed to be accurate, but I would LOVE to know how many calories I DID burn. If my legs can stand it, I will do this again today, because when I weighed this morning, I was pleased with my results.

Mondays Eats………(also pleased with this!)

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

Random Thoughts…….

April 29, 2013

Random Thought #1

I can’t be the only one that says this to my husband…..

“Whatcha thinkin?”

And he responds with……


Rarely does he say to me……..

“Whatcha thinkin?”

But yesterday, driving home from brunch, he did. I replied with……


To which he replied…..


To which I replied with…..

“We’ll, that guy that just went flying by us on his motorcycle wasn’t wearing a helmet, and as much as I get how freeing that feels and love riding a motorcycle, it just doesn’t seem like a good idea. He really should be wearing a helmet. But then I saw that guy over there in that convertible and I thought, well, if he gets into a bad accident, he could really hurt his head, even if he is wearing a seatbelt, which motorcycles don’t have (do sidecars?). So, should it be a law to wear a helmet if you have your convertible top down? Then I remembered it isn’t a law in all states to WEAR a helmet and maybe it should be. But then I thought, well, you are a grown adult and maybe all states should let you decide how really bad you want to jack up your own head if you’re in an accident. Then I thought, maybe it should be a LAW for everyone under the age of 16 to wear bicycle helmets, because kids get hurt all the time on bikes and maybe it makes more sense to have a law that protects children than it does to have a law that protects adults who should be able to figure out on their own what is safe and what isn’t? Then I was thinking it really should be a law to wear a helmet if you are driving your convertible with the top down.”

Then I looked at Mike and said……

“Yip, all that just went through my head in like the last 45 seconds. Aren’t you glad you asked?”

Then he smiled and shook his head. We both agreed that those half helmet things are the most attractive and would feel the most comfortable, and totally protect your skull if you did wipeout. He didn’t seem to have any input on the convertible helmet thought that I had.

Random Thought #2

Later in the day, we both had our cars out in the driveway cleaning them out. Mike was in and out of the garage cleaning it a bit too and mowing and all sorts of stuff that I was NOT doing. Our cars are the exact same lightish goldish color, and I think it looks really dorky like we planned it or something. Tess will be here today, and her car is the exact, same dumb color. She actually named her car. I have named several of my cars in the past. She has named ALL of her cars. Her first car was a Jeep, and I believe she named it “Jimmy”, I could be wrong. Her second car was an old beast and she named it “Gertrude”. It was sooooo appropriate. This third car is a gold Honda. She has named it “Goldie Honda”, I think? I am going to try to name my car, and maybe Mike’s car, by the end of the day.

Random Thought #3

It’s short and simple, but important. I put up my new umbrella yesterday. I think it’s super cool. It tilts AND has these solar powered tiny lights, so when we sit around the table in the evenings, it will all be lit up! BUT! When you close it, there is no stringy thing to tie around it to keep it closed while down, and I think that stringy thing tied around it helps to keep it from blowing away when the wind picks up! We had a small catastrophe one year when the wind picked up an umbrella and did lots of damage! Now I am going to be constantly going out to bring it in, and that just seems dumb.


Okay, now to my Weigh In on Friday. It went as expected. I knew I was up a bit, and it was true. The 0.8 pound that I lost the week before, came back. That really sucks, because that whole 164 something was a huge milestone. But it’s okay, it will come off again. Saturday and Sunday went well with workouts and food, and it’s a new week! I will HAVE to really work hard though this month, because my goal is to be at 160.0 by May 31st!

Who wants to be THIS guy for a day?????


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

80/20 or 90/10?

April 26, 2013

I can never remember if you’re supposed to eat healthy 80% of the time and treat yourself 20% of the time, or eat healthy 90% of the time and treat yourself 10% of the time, but I’m pretty sure one of those is a rule.

I’m not sure where I fall in my percentages, but I do know that I have had a consecutive weight loss for the last four weeks, and I have not felt deprived of anything. I also know that I have worked hard at my exercise, worked hard at trying to get in all of my water, and worked hard at eating a combination of the right foods. So I would say that I fall into those percentages somewhere maybe in the middle.

I am trying to pay more attention to my cravings, and I do think the piece of cake and the two cookies I ate on Saturday (this may have been an 75/25 week?), caused me to have some carb cravings Sunday and Monday that I couldn’t resist a few times, and THAT may have been what caused a small gain to shown up on the scale mid week. I worked hard Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to make that gain as little as possible on the scale this morning when I go to weigh in at Weight Watchers. Maybe I will maintain?

I wasn’t really worried about things too much, thinking I would work hard this coming week (90/10 for sure!), then I remembered Tess is coming to town and her and I will be moving her to Dallas on Thursday. This means an 8 hour drive, me pulling a trailer (I plan to avoid getting into a situation where I have to back up, cuz I have never tried that with a trailer), and most likely wanting to snack throughout the day. Then we will spend one, maybe two nights in Dallas, then another 8 hour drive home? We will HAVE to pack a cooler with planned snacks and stay focused on my goal for the end of the month. I hoped to be at 164.0 by May 3rd, and be at 160.0 by May 31st. I just need to keep remembering how awesome 160.0 is going to feel!

Those are my thoughts for the morning. Nothing too deep or interesting, just thinking about the next 7 days and what I need to do make them work to my advantage.

I am looking forward to plans with friends tonight and a Sunny Weekend! I bought myself a Hammock a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I can actually assemble it and read my book in it at some point this weekend?

I will imagine I am here…….

This will be closer to my reality……

Here are Thursdays eats…..

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

……I was so wrapped up in my reflections post yesterday that I forgot to brag about my treadmill activity the last couple of days. Since I was so sluggish on Monday and did NO exercise at all, I felt I needed to spend the next few days making up for what I missed on Monday.

So Tuesday when I got on the treadmill to do my hour at 7%, I started running (jogging) instead. I don’t feel like I really go fast enough to call it running. I kept my speed at 4mph and 5mph, taking a 1 minute walk break at 4mph about every 7 minutes. I felt great when I was done.

Yesterday, I walked for 80 minutes total. I did 50 minutes at a 7% incline, then I did 30 minutes running/walking at 0% incline.

Today I plan to do something similar for a minimum of an hour.

The scale still said 166.0 this morning, so I most likely will have to show a little gain this Friday. No huge obstacles to deal with this weekend though, so NEXT Friday’s weigh in will be awesome!

I have had several (okay, enough that made me think twice) of my blog readers tell me that they miss my food pictures, and liked when I was more specific with what I ate. They say it helped them decide what was for dinner, or get ideas for breakfast and lunch.

I haven’t talked to my coach about this, but I have been thinking about this lately. I think when I reach 160, and I have that last 10 pounds to lose, I will go back to posting recipes and pictures. I think the last 10 pounds will be the toughest to lose and maybe what I eat will help someone else lose their last 10 pounds, or at least make maintenance easier? 🙂

Your thoughts??

Yesterday’s Eats……

I look stupid a lot, so this made me smile.

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

"The Perfect Me"

April 24, 2013

What is that really? Lately, I feel like I am constantly striving for perfection. Of course, my “Perfection”, and YOUR “Perfection” are most likely, two completely different things.

Some days are “Perfect” in my eyes if they are spent with family, sharing old memories, and making new ones.

Some days are “Perfect” in my eyes because the house is clean, the laundry is done, the bills are paid (crap, I need to do that) and the fridge is stocked.

Some days are “Perfect” in my eyes because I spent it lunching with friends and laughing for a few hours.

Some days are “Perfect” in my eyes because it was in the 70’s and Sunny all day. (That will happen again one day, right?)

Some days are “Perfect” in my eyes because I ate within my Points, I drank all of my water and I exercised, HARD!

Some days are “Perfect” in my eyes because my butt looked good in my pants (or I covered it up with a long sweater, I’m not dumb) and my hair cooperated.

“The Perfect Me” involves a lot of different things. Healthy relationships (family and friends) prayer, good health (mental and physical), fulfilling my personal responsibilities (household task), getting plenty of rest, a balanced social calendar, good time management and organization are some of the things that pop into my head first. I know there are other factors as well. But when all of these things are in order in MY life, that is when I am my happiest. But lets face it, having a good balance of all of these things at the same time can be a real challenge. I guess that’s called “Life”.

As important as it is for me to always try to better myself, sometimes I get so wrapped up in trying to be my best at all of things mentioned above, it’s easy to disappoint myself. We can certainly be our own worst critics.

I beat myself up this morning after getting on the scale and seeing 166.0. My Friday weigh in was a very proud and “perfect” 164.8. I made an extremely salty dinner last night and really, that’s most likely the culprit, but it felt like 1000 steps backwards. I got dressed, (my butt looks gigantic today) did my hair (which with all my effort, looks kinda crappy today), noticed my nail color had chipped (I didn’t leave myself any spare time to fix it), and left the house in a hurry to go to Physical Therapy, where my shoulder would be assaulted by Daryl. He was “breaking up” scar tissue. By the time I left there an hour later, it was obvious SOMETHING was broke, because my shoulder hurt like a %#~}¥$&!!!!!

Then I had a little time to kill before meeting a friend for lunch, so I went to Barnes and Noble, grabbed a book that sparked my interest,

Carry On, Warrior
Thoughts On Life Unarmed
by Glennon Doyle Melton

curled up in a chair with the book and my coffee. Three pages in, it dawned on me, “The Perfect Me” is the one that messes up on a regular basis, learns from it, forgives herself, and moves forward. THATS WHO I AM!!! That IS “The Perfect Me”. The person that will always try to better myself and never stop learning.

Then I came home and looked at my chart. I had planned to be at 164.0 by Friday, May 3rd. That is still completely doable. So actually, “The Perfect Me” is doing great, screw ups and all. Then I realized my butt looks fine today! I’m wearing my long sweater! My hair is kinda messy, and that can be super trendy! I just filed down the white tips on my tails that had chipped, and they look great! The sun is shining and I had lunch with a friend!

Today is THE PERFECT DAY FOR “The Perfect Me”.

Oh, geeezzzzz, you do get that I don’t think I’m perfect, right? I’m just ME being the best that I can be…..”The Perfect Me”.

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

D R A G G I N G . . . . .

April 23, 2013

I rolled out of bed slowly Monday, and everything else throughout the day happened slowly. When you aren’t used to a six and a three year old on a regular basis, that can be exhausting!!!!

While I actually did get several things done on Monday, most of it happened in the second part of the day, and unfortunately the treadmill was not included.


I woke up Tuesday very well rested and have lots of plans for lots of productivity today!!

I just watched the forecast for the week.

38 Today.

77 Monday.

Super Weird.

I gotta get busy.

Make it a great day!

Think Sunshine……..this is getting depressing!

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

Proof of TWO kids!

April 22, 2013

After posting my blog about Farm day, I received an email with pics of Malik, so I HAD to share!
(Thanks Amy!)

Malik and his new buddy, Ryan.

Off into the woods they go!

Just a Swingin!!!

When we got in the car to drive home, Malik told me how much fun he’d had. When he told Mrs. Stephanie how much fun he’d had, she said he cold come back anytime.

He wants to go back next weekend.

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

A Day at the Farm!

April 22, 2013

Some friends of ours have a Farm about 45 minutes away, and a trip there always means a good time. They invited a few families down to spend the day on Saturday. We were blessed to be able to make some great memories this weekend with our grandchildren AND our friends!

These are a few of my Happy Hour girls and one of my favorite pictures from the day!

Before leaving for the Farm, we loaded up the car with enough snacks for a family of ten, and a change of clothes for at least four more children.

I had plans for the day of getting dirty and working up an appetite!

I believe we succeeded in both!

None of these are pictures that I took, but pics I stole from friends. We did take both of our Grandkids, but Malik kept so busy running around, we never did get him in a picture. Too many things to do. Kids to play with, kites to fly, jumping on the trampoline, Four Wheeling with Papa Mike, eating snacks, trying to get in the hammock without face planting, roasting marshmallows, and much much more!

We did get Amiyah in a couple of pictures though!

Look at that sweet face! (Amiyah is kinda cute too!)

Girl’s preparing for some Four Wheeling!


You probably can’t even see us in this picture!

I am pretending to chug…..really, I am pretending. 🙂

Getting the marshmallows ready….

Silly girls…..

Good friends…..

Just hanging…….

Um, who is watching the kids??

I have no idea what this was about…..

I did love driving through the mud puddles!!

I had to steal this one from Instagram. This Bon fire was like 20 feet tall. Look to the left. You can see the people, then realize how crazy and big this fire was. Malik was amaaaaaazzzzzed. My face was HOT!

Then it got BIGGER!

Shortly after this, the kids were exhausted. I put them in their P.J.’s, and we hopped in the car. They were both asleep within 2 minutes.

So, I have no pictures of food, but our lovely hostess, Stephanie, cooked up several pounds of taco meat to feast on and we all brought chips and dips and sweets to go with.

I ate one taco, two cookies, a piece of cake, a few chips and dip, and some veggies and hummus. I think I did pretty good. I ate very little before we got there.

I had two beers, and two vodka drinks for the entire day. We were in charge of a couple of young kids ya know.

I plan to eat my minimum Monday through Thursday, drink plenty of water, and exercise a minimum of one hour on the treadmill Monday trough Thursday. Of course I will be dedicating lots of time to PT as well.

I struggled just a bit on Sunday being tired and still having the kids, and trying to keep them busy, and dealing with them being tired too, but I think I kept within my points. I felt the need to snack a bit more than usual, but did a pretty good job if keeping it to popcorn, carrots and Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges.

It was a great couple of weekends with those sweet little kiddos! And I must admit, it was fun to be able to spend time with them and show them off a bit to our friends at the same time.

We are blessed.

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


April 20, 2013

I was so excited to see 164 something on the scale, I made it its very own post yesterday. I proudly weighed in at 164.8. 🙂

Friday was a fun and full day starting with coffee with Dad, WW meeting, a birthday celebration lunch with girlfriends, picked up my Grandson from school, enjoyed some Mexican Food out with my hubby, grandson, son and daughter-in-law, then curled up on the couch to Life of Pi. Busy, fun filled day.

Today, we are headed to a friends farm with our grandkids and several other families for a day of kite flying, four wheeling, bubble blowing, fire building and a Taco Feast! It’s a bit chilly out, but the sun IS shining!

Yesterday I planned out my snacks. I don’t want to mess up my 164.8 by gaining two tenths of a pound this week!

I have lots of fruits and veggies to pack in the cooler, I plan to enjoy a few drinks, but only a few, I will not let myself get started on chips or sweets, and I made myself a big veggie salad with lots of greens, tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers that I can take along and top with taco meat and salsa.

Looking forward to a great day!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the SUNSHINE!

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


April 19, 2013

It was as close to not happening as possible, but I did it!

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