Archives For April 2013

Friday’s weigh in could be my lowest since I started this long ass journey over three years ago!

I try to eat a low sodium diet the day before weigh in, and drink extra water, but I might have messed up with a some-what salty dinner. I hope I didn’t!

(Let me just tell ya that I made Risotto with Asparagus and Salmon and Parmesan Cheese all in one big dish, and it was Flipping delicious!!!!!!)

I have been thinking a lot lately about why I am so focused now and ready to get to goal. I think when I joined WW in 2009 at my highest weight ever (207), I knew I had to get back to my comfort zone of 160’s – 170’s. I felt like crap and I knew I wanted to be healthy down the road in my 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond. I knew I would be a WW member as long as WW existed, but I don’t know that I ever truly believed that I would weigh 150 pounds. It still scares me to think I might do all the work, and my body rejects 150. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it is just so hard to really imagine myself there. I don’t doubt that I can do the work, but will my body Cooperate with my head and my mouth? I remained in the 170’s for a really long time, not really pushing myself to move forward because I felt so much better than I did when I started, what difference did it make? I had changed so many things about my eating behaviors that I felt completely healthy, and really, that was my main goal.

But deep down, I knew I had to move forward, and I knew if I faced one more birthday or New Years Day being disappointed with myself, it would take forever to forgive myself. Plus, when you reach goal, you attend meetings for FREE!! (And I must fulfill my fantasy of being a WW Leader!!!)

I was thinking about how excited I feel each day recently when I see the progress. I was thinking about the satisfaction I feel at the end of the day when I have written down all of my food and I am within my appoints range. That feels AWESOME!! I was thinking about the simple, and not so simple changes I have made in the last six weeks.

If you read regularly, you know I like my beer. I think I have only had three or four beers in the last six weeks. Don’t let me fool you, I still like my Friday Happy Hours with my girls, but I have been learning to sip my wine (I do love wine almost as much as an ice cold beer). I also am not saying I haven’t overdone at some point in the last six weeks, but I have been much more aware, and that has made it easier for me to make better choices and practice portion control.

I have never exercised six days a week in my entire life, but oddly, knowing I told myself that I would do just that, there is no room for error. Friday is my day off of exercise and that is it. (I have missed a couple of days, but literally I think two is it!) I think this is really working for me because before I would play around with my days off and make excuses. This way, I don’t allow an excuse. If I did, my coach would totally call me out on it anyhow.

I highly recommend having a “coach”. This has been a new experience for me, but I think it has been key in me sticking with things. I know I am not doing it for my coach, I am doing it for me. But out of respect for her time, I need to show my appreciation by following through with our plan.

And I LOVE my silly charts!! It’s great to stare PROGRESS in the face!

Eating changes have been much more simple than I realized. I have many trigger foods, and I know exactly what they are and that I shouldn’t have them in my house. This works for me and I now it. But it seems that every once in a while, I see something at the store that is fairly low in points, and I haven’t had it in a long time, and I buy it! And just about every time, I eat the whole package in a day, or I end up putting it down the garbage disposal so I won’t eat it all. I have finally figured out, that buying those items to bring home, simply isn’t an option for me.

That being said, we have absolutely no crackers, cookies, cereal, tortillas, granola bars, 100 calorie snacks, ice cream, cool whip, chunks of cheese, or chips. (I can keep baked Tostitos scoops for some reason. We eat a lot of taco’s, taco soup, taco casserole’s.) I even quit buying BREAD! We do eat whole wheat pasta and brown rice, (and apparently an occasional Risotto) but not much. (I kinda miss toast, but I’ll bring it back in moderation at some point.)

What we have a LOT of is fruit, fruit, and then some more fruit, lots of veggies, hummus, Greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, popcorn, WW Smoothie mixes, shredded cheese, laughing cow cheese wedges, and did I say fruit?? And I truly enjoy eating all of the items I just listed!

So, what I am saying, is that it feels good to believe in myself. If I don’t see 164 Friday, I know it will happen next week. According to my chart, I am ahead of schedule anyhow, but I want to keep on the roll I’m on.

Those are my thoughts. Hope there weren’t too many. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you look at my numbers below, I earned 33 activity points this week. I ate 3 of those after eating all of my 49 extra points. I did overestimate on a few things, but I promise you that I never felt deprived this week, and I know I lost a bit.


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

Aside from the scar tissue putting me a bit behind on my Rotator Cuff Surgery Physical Therapy, my weight loss and my goal of walking 200 miles are actually a bit AHEAD of schedule!

I am hoping to see 164 at the scale tomorrow morning at my Weight Watchers meeting, and if I do, it’s going to be a pretty big deal! It’s a number I haven’t seen in years!! I am steadily staying below the green line, and as long as I can keep that up, I will reach my goal on time!

Weight Watchers likes to give public recognition in the meeting for every five pounds lost. I will get my next five pound award at 162, so after being excited about seeing 164, I have 162 to look forward to. That will be 45 pounds! (Since September of 2009)

I have been more consistent than ever about getting on the treadmill. I knew the first day that I walked for an hour at a 7% incline, I had no excuse to not do that each time. I think I have only missed a few (three or four?) scheduled treadmill workouts since the beginning of March, and only a couple of times have I done less than an hour. It certainly seems to be paying off, AND I have now walked 110 miles!!

The date is on the left, so I am actually about nine days ahead of schedule!

Kinda cool, huh?

I have really been focused on The Power Foods and love how I NEVER feel hungry! I also notice how easy it has become to snack on fruits or veggies without thinking twice.

I stopped in Whole Foods for a few items yesterday and ended up looking at all of the fabulous prepared foods before I left. Lots of things looked delicious! The pizza, the pasta, the bread, the cookies and the brownies. I ordered a small container full of something that I thought looked really tasty knowing I would eat it when I got to the car, along with a banana. And I did. They were the best roasted Brussels sprouts I’ve ever had!! ๐Ÿ™‚
(true story)

Before Whole Foods, I got a haircut and chopped off the back! Growing out super short hair is a constant styling battle!!
(I was on hold here and attempting to multi task)

I do NOT take good selfies!

Wednesdays Eats…..(the last two nights, I have had turkey meatballs with spaghetti squash and marinara topped with a few big chunks of shaved parmesan and REALLY REALLY liked it!)

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

I am not complaining…..

April 17, 2013

……but my massage therapist told me on Tuesday, after she put her entire body weight into my shoulder socket, that some patients that have scar tissue like I have, have to be put to sleep so the Doc can just move your arm all over and break up the tissue!!!!!

I can’t think about ANYTHING else now!!

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

First let me start with sending many prayers to all of the victims and their family members, and the police and medical staff and the runners and all of those affected by the bombings in Boston on Monday. We truly never know where we are safe. I will be thinking of these people and their families and praying for strength for all of them.

Now, I mentioned that we watched two of our grandkids over the weekend, but totally forgot to mention a few of the cute, and not so cute, things they had to say while staying with us.

Malik (age 6) wanted to know why I take so many showers. Admittedly, the number of showers has increased once I realized how good PT felt under the hot water, and since I am walking on the treadmill six days a week, it is not uncommon for me to shower twice a day, maybe three times. I am squeaky clean! He thought this seemed to be a bit much. He also has not outgrown the “why” question with most anything. That can be exhausting! But I try really hard to exhaust HIM with my answering every WHY question. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

His Aunt, who is watching the kids during the week, posted this picture on Facebook. He made it at school today.

It say’s….”I went to my Grandpa’s and played” Then he drew the four of us.
So Stinking Cute!!!

Now Amiyah (age 3)….well……she was with me one afternoon while I changed clothes, and she said to me….”I see you fat butt and you fat wegs.” I told her that was not a nice thing to say and she said (with her eyes super wide and her eye brows raised), “You not fat, just you butt and wegs are fat.” To which I replied…”Yeah, I’m working on that.”

She would also look at me randomly throughout the weekend and say….

“awkward”, but it sounded more like…..”okkkwarrrrrrrrrrd”.

Goofy kids.

Now, moving on to my own kid.

Update. Tess graduated from Pitt State this past December 14th. On December 17th, she accepted a paid internship in Dallas with Southwest Airlines. Last Tuesday she interviewed for a full time position with Southwest Airlines. Today, she accepted Full Time Employment with Southwest Airlines and will be moving to Dallas permanently next month!!! I am so happy for her and HAD to share her awesome news!! She is ECSTATIC!!

Now, for my own news.

I went to the Surgeon Monday for a post-op visit. He said that I was a bit behind, which I was also told in Physical Therapy, but that it was not a big deal, and it seems to be the result of scar tissue that needs a little more work. Some people get it, some people don’t. Some is more severe than others. Great. So, that really means pushing myself harder to work through it, and more frequent PT!! I don’t really know how I will have time to do anything else except PT and the treadmill, but if that’s what it takes, then that’s what it takes. He said that every time I walk through a door, I should stop and try to slide my arm up the wall. (that is one of my fairly new exercises anyhow), and that while I am on the treadmill, I should hold a 2 lb weight in each hand and swing my arms as often and as far as I can. So I did that Monday night. Really got the heart up too!! The Doc showed me physically what he would like for me to be able to do in four weeks when I go back to see him, so I liked knowing exactly what I needed to work on, and plan to do so with a vengeance.

I really focused on Power Foods Monday in my effort to lose one measly pound this week. I drank lots of water and did the treadmill with the extra weights and arm swinging. After dinner, I still had 5 PPV left to fulfill my daily minimum of 26 PPV, but I really was not hungry. I decided to make a WW smoothie and add Peanut Butter Powder, so that still left me with 2 PPV, which I did not eat. I am not real sure how big of a difference that makes. I know you are supposed to eat a minimum for a reason, and I know exercising allows me to actually even eat more. I tried to call my coach, but we were on different schedules and the phone tag failed. Anyhow, I certainly feel successful about the decisions I made on Monday.

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

While the parents are off on a cruise just chillin, we were hard at work chasing a three year old and a six year old. Basically they run a lot and eat a lot, and sleep very little.

Breakfast with Papa…

Lunch at Fritz’s at Crown Center…

Playing in the Crayola Store…..

Posing cuz we made them…..

Neighborhood playground fun!

These kids do love the camera!

Right before they left us for the weekend…..she sat on my lap to eat some grapes and crashed!!

I ate more points that I had planned and found it more difficult to get my water in because I simply kept forgetting, or making a big glass then getting side tracked, but I actually got my hour on the treadmill in on Saturday and Sunday, which surprised me.

Friday I ate 53 PPV, I think. That’s where I tried to over estimated at the luncheon.

Saturday I ate 39 PPV, marshmallows and a glass of wine for dinner and a grilled chicken sandwich and a few fries for lunch at Crown Center. Urg.

Sunday was my least challenging day, but I still ate 30 PPV, which is more than I had planned.

After the kiddos left, I walked outside for thirty minutes and got stuck in light rain and thunder, so I came home. After reviewing my points for the weekend, I got on the treadmill and did my hour.

I plan to work hard Monday through Thursday at planning, drinking my water and maybe doing more than an hour on the treadmill. I really want that 164 this Friday!

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

Last Week Kicked Butt!

April 13, 2013

Friday was a great day starting with an awesome weigh in at Weight Watchers. I am back at 165, (FINALLY!) and ready to move forward.
When I hit 164, it will be the first time in years! I am going to really have to stay focused, but I feel like I am in a really good place, so this will happen.

I went to a luncheon on Friday afternoon that an incredible person, Stacy, has put on many times in the past, and it always benefits a charity. Stacy does a great job of having a houseful and hosting and cooking and serving and visiting. I am always amazed at how calm she is, and how fabulous everything taste. There are usually around 20 guest.

I let myself enjoy a little taste of everything from pasta with bรฉchamel sauce to the three homemade desserts along with wine. The courses are paired with wines, so it’d just be dumb to pass on the wine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, I did my best to calculate the points when I got home. I OVER guessed on everything. I think I am good, but I am going to try to eat 26 PPV instead of 30 this week just to make sure I see that 164 next Friday! That also means I can’t skip one day of exercise, so lots of planning to do to make sure it all happens.

That being said, we have our Grandkids this weekend, and next. Last night we ordered pizza and I ate one piece along with strawberries, kiwi and a banana. Today we are headed to Crown Center to experience Lego Land and whatever else we think sounds fun. I am headed to the treadmill now.

Lots of challenges ahead the next two days. The fridge and pantry now have more food in them than they have had in months, but it is low point options and I just need to make sure to write it down before I eat it, or choose fruits and veggies.

This was a really boring post I know. I am writing it as I think about how I am going to deal with the weekend. These kids like to snack a lot and I don’t want myself to feel the need to snack every time they do!!

I gotta go! Kids are up and HUNGRY!!

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

9 Weeks Post-Op

April 12, 2013

Well, I bragged earlier in the week about how exercising early in the day really helps keep me motivated to make wise food choices throughout the day, then on Wednesday my treadmill routine didn’t happen until about 5:00 pm, and on Thursday it never happened at all!! I still made good choices, but I found it a bit ironic.

The good news is…..

I weigh 165.6! I was shooting for 166 something, so this makes me very happy.

TEN things I can now do with my right hand/arm.

1. Wash my hair. (I can’t quite reach the top of my head, but maybe two more weeks!)

2. Wash the front of my left shoulder and my entire left armpit! (This JUST happened this week!)

3. Turn on the radio in the car. (I have to really think about it to make my arm go up there, but it goes!)

4. Shake hands! (This just happened this week!)

5. Push the garage door opener in the car. (This one hurts like the dickens, but I CAN DO IT!)

6. Stir stuff. (Thick stuff? Stir slowly.)

7. Turn the steering wheel. (Probably not real safe, so the left hand is free if I need it.)

8. Hold the blow dryer!! (I had my first good hair day in like NINE WEEKS!)

9. Reach something I might need out of the passengers seat! (Like my purse to pay for a Starbucks.)

10. Put mascara on without my hand quivering all over the place! (No more eye pokes!)

Oh! AND!!!! I slept five good nights this week!
Three of those were drug free!
Yippee! Yahoo! Yeehaw!

And!!!! It might be obvious, but I am in a much better mood.

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

Relax……

April 12, 2013

I went in for my medical massage on Wednesday and begged for just a regular, nice, relaxing massage. I feel like Beki, my awesome massage therapist, has done an incredible job of working out those knots that I had and that has allowed me to move forward a little more quickly with my Physical Therapy. I just needed thirty minutes of a nice and relaxing massage. She agreed. After last week working through some tough stuff, I deserved it!

I really dedicated the entire day to healing and weight loss, although I feel like lately that is my life. I pushed myself through all of my “at home exercise”, then I took a hot shower and continued therapy in the shower. It seems as though the hot water really does allow my muscles to relax which allows me to stretch just a little bit more. Then I went in for the massage. Then I had a Physical Therapy appointment immediately following that. After explaining how relaxed I was, the therapist thought that would really help me to push myself a bit more. So I did. I went home feeling like I had made a lot of progress from last week. In the afternoon, I again did my “at home” therapy, then did more in a hot shower (I am squeaky clean!), then did the treadmill for an hour at a 7% incline. It was a complete PHYSICAL day dedicated to healing and weight loss. I ended up only eating 25 points (I can have a minimum 26, and I have been eating an allowable 30), but I felt satisfied and am really eager for Fridays weigh in.

It felt like a really full, successful day!

Okay, now for some fun stuff. I love all the vintage refurbished furniture. I found a headboard that I am truly in love with, and I think Mike and I can make this happen!

Here is the one I found that I’d like to copy! Isn’t it super cute? Shutters, door panels all hinged together with different finishes!!! This WILL happen!

These are a few other cute ideas I found…….

It’s just OLD wood people! How cool is that??

Love…….

So many decisions…….

But back to may fav……

Wednesdays eats……

I’m not really sure why everything is working so well. I knew prior to surgery I would have to really maintain a positive attitude and stay focused on my health. I wanted post-surgery to be all about my healing and getting stronger and I knew I couldn’t face another birthday being disappointed in myself for not reaching my goal weight. Having Roberta be my coach and check in on me via my blog or a text or a phone call has been a huge motivator for me. She has helped me be more aware of myself and my actions. I knew the day she left my house after our first meeting that things were going to work. I had made the decision to move forward and reach my goal weight.

I suppose I write this now because I am close to 165, the lowest I have been in years, and seeing the 170’s leave again, and seeing myself move through the 160’s is feeling really good.

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

…….but I think I made a starfish??

So I went with it and made another…..

And now all I can think about is THIS guy!

Patrick Star!

Maybe I’ll give the Starfish on my toenails some eyeballs!

It was a day of completing task……besides painting my toenails……

1. After finally receiving all of the medical bills from Tess’s car accident, I was able to complete and mail all paperwork.
2. Scheduled exterminator. (First Ant sighting in the kitchen yesterday!)
3. Scheduled Dermatology appointment (I might as well take advantage of already meeting my deductible)
4. Scheduled annual mammogram. (Squish Squash)
5. Picked up tax returns. (Thank you Uncle Sam. Miracles do happen.)
6. Treadmill (Digging the Pink station on Pandora!)
7. Attended a Cabi party where I purchased two gorgeous Spring sweaters! (I wasn’t going to buy anything, but at goal weight, these will still look great!)

This one is super thin and light…..and yes, I like it cuz it covers my butt!

This is a super cozy Circle Sweater! Love it!

Tuesday’s Eats!

I keep forgetting it takes me a little longer to get ready for things lately. As much as I hate being late, I seem to be showing up late to everything! This feels so appropriate.

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

Feeling Motivated!

April 9, 2013

After successfully staying on plan through the weekend and watching the scale move down even a little bit more this morning, I am feeling very motivated!

I have never really been a fan of running, but I keep going through stages where I give it a shot. Saturday, while on the treadmill, I just started running, then I did intervals the remainder of the time I was on there.

Then Sunday morning, I went outside to walk, and as soon as I stepped out of the garage, I just started running? So again, I did spurts of walking and running while I was outside.

Monday morning, I stepped on the treadmill, and again, felt like running for a while. I only did 45 minutes since I was running a bit behind for the day, but I did a run/walk between 4.0 mph and 5.0 mph at 2 minute intervals. I knew I’d had a good cardio workout when I got off, and the small spurts of running the last three days had caught up with my legs!


I have been making the effort to make myself do my exercise early in the day (well, before 10:00), and I notice it helps prevent me from eating more than I should throughout the day. It’s one of those things that I know always works best for me, but sometimes it’s just so dang hard!!

Not promising myself a run every day, but I do think it may be part of the reason the scale is working so well for me these past few days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mondays eats……

I find some amazing quotes on Pinterest! It’s not just recipes and DIY ideas!!

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