Archives For May 2013

After my motivational meeting with my coach on Saturday morning, I am prepared for a very successful week!

I am going to give you way more details about my food choices in this blog than I am certain you care to know, but I really felt good at the end of the day, and the details of how I got through it were important to me, and were also the result of meeting with my coach and feeling motivated.

Mike and I met my mom, my niece and my brother at Ihop, (apparently the only place my mother will go for breakfast), at 11:00 for our first celebration of the day.

Me, Mom, Niece

I think my Mom said….”I’m going to look so short in between the two of you!”
We told her she looked short no matter what.
I’m 5’5″. Mom’s 4’8″.


I love this kid! She makes me so proud.

I prepared myself for brunch by eating some scrambled egg whites and a couple of clementines before we left the house to go to Ihop. It felt silly to basically “eat a meal” before we went to “eat a meal”, but the yogurt I had at 7:00 am wasn’t enough and I did not want to show up at the “House of Pancakes” with my stomach growling, and pancakes were sounding DELICIOUS!!

Have you ever ordered something for yourself from the children’s menu? Well, I hadn’t. Ihop actually has the calorie count listed beside several items on their menu, including the children’s menu! I liked this! I ordered the “Baby Cakes” from the children’s menu! My meal included 5 silver dollars pancakes, Egg Beaters (I substituted Egg whites) and one slice of turkey bacon, which I didn’t eat. My meal was 210 calories and I believe $3.99!! Bonus!!

The weather was great, so when we got home from brunch, I headed out for an easy 4 mile, one hour walk. I’m so excited about all the cool apps on my iPhone!!!

Later in the day, we headed to my in-laws, but before we left, I filled up on fresh fruit and water. I decided to take my big plastic cup with the lid and straw with me to the in-laws. I knew if I had it with me, I would continue to drink extra water, which I did. The Dinner Menu? Turkey, Ham, buns for sandwiches, potato salad, potato casserole, baked beans, green salad and pineapple and strawberries for the kids. Without even thinking about it, I put on my plate one piece of turkey, one piece of ham, no bun, 1/8 cup of potato salad, 1/8 cup of potato casserole, no baked beans, LOTS of green salad with a tiny bit of Ranch, and lots of strawberries! Once I realized I actually had points left for the day, I made a pot of coffee and had a small slice of cake! It was perfect and I left with my appetite completely satisfied and satisfied with the decisions I made.

The best part of the day though, was meeting the newest addition to the family!

Little Rylynn is the fourth great grandchild for my in-laws, and they were loving all the hugs and kisses and picture taking time!

The days eats…..

Feeling Happy!!

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

Happy Mothers Day!

May 12, 2013

Yesterday was a very full day after meeting with my “coach”, but after the revelation that THIS was my life changing month, the rest of the decisions I made feel fairly mundane…….

……..except for the crazy ass driver I followed through the city, then rolled down my window to tell a police officer that was beside me at a stoplight about him, but the police officer just said “thank you” and drove away, so I continued to follow the crazy guy to a store, where I waited in the parking lot while he shopped (wondering the whole 20 minutes I was there if he was just late for work since he parked as far away from the door as possible, then did some sort of a sprint/skip into Bed Bath and Beyond), but then he came out with his purchases, so I followed him as he darted in and out of traffic until he turned into a Sub-Division. Then I felt like I had done the cities of Overland Park and Leawood justice by making sure he was off the streets without hurting anyone. You are welcome. Then I went home. But seriously, the rest of the day, totally mundane…….

……..except for a great night out to dinner with some new friends that I just might happen to adore.

But the rest? Mundane.

I hope that every one of you MOM’S has a joyous and loved filled Mothers Day.

Brunch with my mom and family, then dinner with Mikes mom and family!

Should be a loved filled day for this mom, with a hint of sadness that Tess isn’t close enough to join me for the day.

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

My Coach, My Chart

May 11, 2013

My Coach…..

She’s got my back, no matter what. I weighed in Friday morning. Last week I was exactly where I had planned on being, then I managed to sabotage myself and instead of taking one step forward this week, I took two steps backwards, and although I am still below my green line on my chart, I started to FREAK OUT and anticipate failure for the month of May. My coach and I had a scheduled a meeting for Saturday morning at 8:00 am, and I knew I needed this meeting more than ever. I NEEDED my “sponsor”! So to prepare her, I charted my weigh in (165.6) on my graph, and sent her a picture, along with this text………

Here is my chart…….

Then I headed out the door on an unexpected Friday walk. (Guys, Fridays are days “off” of exercising, but I knew I needed to work extra hard this week, so out the door I went.)

My friend, Becky, showed me this awesome Pedometer App!

I LOVE my new iPhone!!!! 🙂

Read these numbers people. On my day “off” of exercising, we walked for 1 hour and 54 minutes and got in 8 miles!! WHOO WHOO!!!!
(Becky had two pedometers, and they each had a little different numbers, so I averaged out the distance of the two and logged 7.5 miles on my chart, even though I hate half numbers.)

Becky politely listened as I ranted on about my goals and obstacles. Thank you, Becky. As we walked, I made the decision to just stay on plan at the Lake and make it work for me. If I don’t make the decisions that I need to make THIS very key month in my weight loss, I will never reach my goal. I have been making “Partying” excuses for over a year now. It’s time to do this, just as coach and I have planned.

I also knew in the back of my mind that my coach would NOT let me get away with making the Lake an excuse to not continue losing in May.

When I got home from my walk, here is the text I had received from my coach.

Are YOU crapping YOUR pants too? I know, RIGHT? I was like….whoaaaaa…..she knows me wayyyyyy better than I realized!! This is why I have her. She is really, really holding me completely accountable. If it weren’t for her, I might sabotage myself this entire month, and by the end of the month, be back in the 170’s and frustrated as all get out. But because I have her, (Thank God I have her) I am reminded that I can really do this, I just have to decide. I love that I have her.

When I returned from my walk, I not only felt great about my good long walk, but it gave me time to think and talk, and I had started to not feel so anxious about my trip to the lake.

I sent her this text back……

You been thinking about a “Coach” to help you reach any of your goals??

Well, I HIGHLY recommend it!

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

I bought this fancy schmancy wireless speaker for my iPad and iPhone.


So, I took it back to the Verizon store. I had lots of odd questions about my new toy anyhow.

(Holy Cow! Look at that dark cloud! That thunderstorm Wednesday night was ridiculously scary and loud! I sat straight up in bed with every single thunder boom! I don’t think Mike heard a thing.)

Anywho……as I walked into the store, possibly six employees greeted me at the door, including Adrian, the nice young man that helped me the day before, and who possibly thought I was insane, and kinda dumb. I held up my half-opened wireless/speaker/Boombox thingymabob, and said….

“Is this some kinda IQ test or something? If so, I failed”

They actually agreed that the packaging was crazy, and took it to the back room to open it…..with pliers, which is actually what I tried at home, without success.

Adrian may have already been concerned about me having these new techish toys.

While trying to sell me on the iPhone 5, which I refused, and let him know that the iPhone 4 (which was free) would more than satisfy all of my cell phone needs, I reminded him that I was still amazed that I could actually talk on a phone while walking around OUTSIDE of my house!! This is when Adrian became unsure of me. I didn’t blame him.

After my purchase, and a small lesson, I ran out to the car to get my iPad so he could show me all of the amazing things I could do after syncing them together!!

I was a little slow at first with a few of his suggestions and his fancy talk, but slowly I caught on and became super excited! I believe my exact words were…….

“Oh, I get it! This is just like algebra! It usually took me until Thursday before I would understand Mondays lesson!”

Adrian…..”We’ll thats good, then I guess you aced the test on Friday?”

Yes Adrian. Now you understand me!

Then he wanted to show me when and when NOT to use wifi. I’m not sure I took that all in. He made me click on something called “Hotspots”? Now I can’t find it, but at the time, I told him I didn’t think it had been named very appropriately and it just sounded dirty. Then he looked at my phone and said…..

“See? Now you’re turned on.”

Moving forward.

I went home, changed, and headed out for my walk, excited to enjoy my Pandora stations while moving right along. Before I left, I looked at the time on my iPhone, and realized I had a user friendly stopwatch, so I started it.

When I got home, I had been walking for over an hour and 43 minutes!!

The rest of the day involved me learning more about my new toy, enjoying Pandora via my new wireless Boom-box, laundry and dog walks.

I drank lots of water and am hoping to have a decent weigh in this morning. And by decent, I mean I will still be able to reach my goal of 160 by the last Friday in May. Even if I am up a bit, I will still be below my green line on my chart, and I WILL reach my goal at the end of August!

Today’s chart before weigh in…….

Here are my current miles walked…160!

I filled up on lean protein, fruits and veggies, and I am looking forward to a very successful week by doing just that and walking many, many miles!

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

It started off with me in bed and Mike saying…..

“Goodbye, Have a nice day, I love you”, just like he does every morning somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30 am. Then he followed it with….

“Is today our anniversary?”

to which I replied


to which he replied

“I forgot to get a card”

to which I replied

“It’s okay”

I didn’t tell him his card was signed and sealed, but I forgot to put it by his phone so he would see it, like I usually do. I mean, I didn’t want the guy to feel bad. He told me two days prior that he had a gift in mind for me. Actually, I’m the one that feels bad, because I hadn’t really thought completely through a gift for him this year, but I did have plans to purchase something “Ivory” sometime during the day, because when I Googled 14 Year Anniversary gifts, Google told me Ivory was the traditional gift, and a Gold Band was the modern gift. Funny…he did get robbed and the guy took his wedding band. Nice idea, Google! So…..Maybe a new Gold Band? Or an Ivory shirt? Or new Ivory sheets!!! I Love new sheets! Wait, this is just HIS gift, right? Maybe Ivory soap. It’s not romantic at all, but who doesn’t always have a need for soap?

He told me on Monday, that he had tried to buy my gift then, but it didn’t work out so well. Guess what he got me??

An iPhone!!!! I guess I needed to be there to sign stuff, so I ran out Tuesday and took care of things myself…..immediately! Before he changed his mind! That guy really knows how to get to my heart. Now I would agree, this does not seem like a romantic gift, but truly my heart melted when he said it, because he knows I could really care less about what kind of phone I have. I just need to talk and text, nothing fancy. Would I LIKE one? Well sure. Who doesn’t enjoy the latest trendy toy? Do I NEED it? Not so much. But the fact that he knew that it would make me happy, and the fact that he just wants me to BE happy, made me feel all sugary sweet about him.


After the 4:30 am “goodbye”, I could NOT go back to sleep, so I got up, read, watched Mad Men (I LOVE that show!), blogged, had coffee, and got ready for my 7:30 am mammogram! On the way out of my bedroom door, I tripped, over absolutely nothing, and my entire, extra large cup of coffee went all over my beige carpet and my pants and shoes. I needed to leave my house by 7:30 am, and it was 7:35 am, so I changed pants and shoes, looked at the coffee on the carpet, made a mental note to call the carpet cleaners the first chance I got, stepped over the coffee mug and coffee, and walked out the door, not to return home for another eight hours.

To this…..

“Way to go Mom, you really made a big, bad mess.”

“I can’t believe you just walked away from it for the entire day.”
Mishka was really baffled by my ability to just …… Walk away.
It’s 14 year old carpet!

We need new carpet.

Anyhow, I was in a hurry to get out the door to squish squish. After two good squishes on each breast, she tells me to have a seat, but don’t get dressed, they might need more images. That happened last year and it freaked me out! Then she came back to tell me that they did indeed want to look at my right breast again. Then a gazillion things went through my head! Then she came back to tell me everything is fine and she would see me next year. Geeewizzz, tears and worry for nothin!

Get your Annual Mammograms, Ladies!!

Then, I decided a Mani/Pedi was in order. My last pedicure was 14 weeks ago! Right before surgery, and I rarely get a manicure, so I was due. I feel pretty.

Then to Verizon for AN HOUR AND A HALF!! So many decisions to make!

Which iPhone?
Black or White?
Which cover?
Which plan?
Speaker for your iPad?
Car charger?
You know how to work this thing, Lady?

Thanks, Honey!

I picked out this cute cover……

Then shopping for Mike an anniversary gift.

(Next year is our 15 Year Anniversary, and I am hopeful we can get new rings together, so, Ivory it is!)

Hope he likes his new shirt!

When I came home, I took care of the carpet the best that I could. Then I called the carpet cleaners.

I spent the next hour and a half with my new BFF, my iPhone.

I really had planned on day three of a long walk, but my hips and butt and shins argued with me about it, and won.

We went to Bonefish for dinner to celebrate our Anniversary.
I ordered one glass of Red Wine and Caesar Salad topped with Grilled Salmon. Perfect!

After waking up to “One of THOSE Days”, it ended up being a really productive, full and Happy Day!

I hope YOU have a Great Day!

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

Tess did her final “Packing” job and pulled out of the drive way with her Texas plates Tuesday afternoon.

I made her pose for “blogging ” purposes……

She loves the camera, so no biggie…..

Then she really left. I cried. She cried before she left. We’re just criers.

I know we will both be fine. I really can’t believe how she talked about moving away when she was a kid, and how “reality” has kicked in. But I am so happy that she does have a job that will allow her to come home as often as she wants, and also allow me to visit her fairly frequently. We really did get the best of both worlds!!

Monday I walked 6 miles outside and I could really feel it in my butt and hips on Tuesday, but I headed out yesterday afternoon for another long walk, getting in 5 miles on this walk. When I climbed into bed last night, my butt, hips AND chins were achy. I plan to do it again today!

I am at 155 miles on my chart.

I am not going to weigh until Thursday morning at home. I’m a little nervous that I overrate this past weekend, so I am working super hard to make up for things. Exercise, water and fruits and veggies. That’s the plan.

I did make a Pinterest dinner last night. Lots of veggies, chicken and Lite Mozzarella. I ended up plating it with a little marinara for extra flavor.


You can click here for the recipe.

I’m the only one that can make a difference for me!

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

Crazy Days…..

May 7, 2013

Since spending two days on the road to Dallas and back, I have no idea what day of the week it is, and at any given time, I actually have no idea what time it is.

Saturday, Tess and I had planned to sleep in, then sip coffee and get all caught up on our shows that had been DVR’d, and that’s exactly what we did.

That night was a Cinco De Mayo party that some friends of ours do each year, and we rested up just enough that we were ready to get out and socialize. (The food is always amazing and this is a great group of fun folks, so you really DON’T want to miss out on the fun!) As expected, we had a blast chatting, laughing, eating and dancing! (Beverages included!)

The lovely Host and Hostess!

Stupid fun……

A bunch of pretty ladies……

A couple of hot guys…… (tee hee)……

More lovely ladies!

Sunday was a bit of a lazy day until about 2:00 pm. Then we got busy getting a few things done around the house and a few errands ran. Then, somehow, Tess and I ended up at a bar with my friend Laura and her daughter, Madi. Madi is the same age as Tess and the four of us always have a good time together and have been hanging out together since the girls were in middle school. What started as one innocent beer and some spinach dip served with carrot sticks to celebrate the fact that both girls recently got their first full-time, big girl jobs, turned into more beers and free samples of the four new burgers they plan to add to the menu!

In this picture, BBQ sauce literally dripped down my face, was on my hands, and when I looked at my phone to check the time, realized it was all over my phone! It might have been my favorite of the four we sampled.

Thursday ended up being a very physical day, although I didn’t walk on a treadmill, I made several trips up and down stairs and was on the move most of the evening. Friday morning was spent running errands in Dallas and the rest of the day was spent in the passengers seat, and it actually is my scheduled day off from exercise, Saturday I felt like a big lump of dead weight, and did NO exercise (unless you count dancing at the party?), then Sunday ended up being a NO EXERCISE day.

Monday I knew it was time to get back to serious business. A friend asked me to walk with her, and I hadn’t yet, so the timing was perfect. We walked outside for over an hour and a half and her pedometer told us we had walked just over SIX miles! Yay! I needed that!

I ate 26 points, drank lots of water and planned out meals for the rest of the week. I have been a little Leary of stepping on the scale. I think I will work hard and step on Thursday morning?

This is a big month for me with lots of goals to accomplish, and I feel as though things got a tad out of control over the weekend.

I know I am capable of reaching my goals by the end of the month, so I have some serious days ahead.

I’m thinking……Have No Fear!

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

42 Hours of TASK!!

May 4, 2013

Eighteen of those forty-two hours were spent in the car driving over 1000 miles to Dallas, then back to Kansas City.

On Wednesday, Tess and I picked up the U-Haul and I nervously (I’VE NEVER PULLED ANYTHING! But admittedly, growing up with a dad and a brother that love trucks and toys and “hauling” things, a part of me was excited for the challenge) drove it back to the house to load up. I was ready to make a tally of the curbs I would jump on the drive home. I didn’t hit even one curb. I was super impressed with myself, but all I could really think about was the drive to Dallas we had to make on Thursday, which would now take about 10 hours, instead of 8 hours, because we were informed by U-Haul that we really should not drive over 60 mph, to prevent any fish tailing of the 6’x12′ BEAST we were pulling behind us. Egads.

We knew in order to get everything done on our agenda, we would have to leave by at least 5:00 am. I was NOT excited to be driving in the dark, pulling the trailer OR unpacking it all when we got there. But we did leave by 5:30 (we over slept just a bit) and headed down the road, with some tunes and a few snacks, and lots of catching up to do……we were on our way.

During our cold and cloudy drive to Dallas, we made several more pit stops than anticipated. Apparently a Hemi pulling a full 6’x12′ trailer uses an %#€ load of gasoline!!! I swear you could just watch the needle go down, along with the bank account!! Oh, and I was very concerned that I was going to get myself into a situation that would cause me to have to back up the trailer, and there was NO WAY I was about to let that happen, so each gas stop was very well planned as I slowly pulled into each parking lot eyeing the pumps and what was ahead of them. We totally lucked out on every one! Whew!!

We were now running so behind due to all of the unexpected gas stops, we never even stopped for a meal!

We pulled into Dallas just before 4:00 pm with a ridiculous amount of things to do. I was white knuckled all the way through downtown. The trailer is quite a bit wider than the Jeep and I swear there was construction EVERYWHERE! I just knew I was going to hit one of those stupid concrete walls with a trailer tire and flip the trailer and the car and most likely die! Well, those were my worst thoughts anyhow, but Tess talked me through it all and assured me I was doing a great job.

Our next task was a short trip to Love Field to pick up a house key from her roomie at Southwest Airlines, and all I could think about was…..”What’s the parking lot like there? Will I be able to maneuver this trailer through it??”
Again, success.

We did make one wrong turn before reaching Love Field, and the GPS lady politely told us to make a U-Turn, and I let her know what I thought of her suggestion since we happened to have an EXTRA LONG LOAD!! We drove until I found a huge lot that I could pull into so we could turn around and we finally got back on the right path. 🙂

We finally got to the apartment complex. (The apartment complex is a gated community with an awesome parking garage with security and super convenient for the tenants to park on their level and walk right to their door. That all works great if you have a vehicle with a less than 7′ clearance, and unfortunately, our U-Haul did not.) While searching for the most convenient spot to park the trailer and unload that was anywhere CLOSE to her apartment, is where I got myself into a “Damn, I am going to have to learn how to back up a trailer today” situation.

I have no idea how many people must have been watching out of their apartment windows (lets assume most people were at work), but I know for certain, I gave a few of them a pretty good show which actually turned into a lesson of “How NOT to back up a trailer….AND…..How TO back up a trailer.”

Now we had to figure out how in the world the two of us were going to get everything into her apartment, because we were simply to far from it to walk everything in. We did make several trips (in the flipping cold, light rain), before deciding to call her cousin, who had offered to help us when he got off work. We decided when he got there, we could transfer everything from the trailer to the back of his pick-up truck, THEN drive right to her apartment via the parking garage! So THAT, my friends, is exactly what we did!

Then we went to the U-Haul store and got rid of that stupid trailer, hopefully to never be seen again. (How long does a 21 year old live in an apartment before they get tired of it and want something new?)

Finally, at 8:30, we ate dinner. We had planned to drive back to Jason and Sara’s house (the cousin Tess was staying with) to get all of her things that were there and move them as well, but we were exhausted and decided to wait until Friday morning, until Tess realized all of her paper work to get her new car tags and drivers license the next morning, were actually back at their house. It’s a 45 minute drive. So at 9:45, we made the drive, packed up her entire bedroom, drove BACK downtown and unloaded the car. We got into bed at 12:30 am.

Friday morning we were out of bed at 8:00 am and off to get a Texas Drivers License and Texas plates for Tess. Don’t you love the DMV? I know I do. But first, more gasoline and a Starbucks to wake our tired bodies up! After watching Tess maneuver her way through downtown and find the different locations, and see how prepared she was with her “file” of necessary paperwork, I was reminded of what a planner she is and how she will do just fine in the big city. At 2:30 pm, Tess was officially a resident of Texas, and we headed back to her cousins to clean. We were back on the road to K.C. by 3:30 pm. We had now been in Dallas for 24 hours and accomplished a ridiculous amount of task. I let Tess drive this route. By 11:30 pm, we were home. Neither one of us could believe the ridiculous amount of things we accomplished in the last “less than 48 hours”, but as always, we had a great time together and it begins the next chapter in

“The Life of Tess”.

Saturday will be the best sleep in day ever! Then our plan is to get caught up on all of our DVR’d shows, sip coffee and cuddle with the dogs.

I tried to eat the best that I could. I am a nervous passenger, so Friday was not the success that Thursday was, but I will weigh on Saturday morning, and see how things are going.


1. Get Hitch on Jeep
2. Load Trailer
3. Drive to Dallas
4. Unload trailer
5. Return trailer to U-Haul
6. Load Stuff at Cousins house
7. Unload Stuff from cousins house
8. Set up bedroom
9. Sleep
10. Get D.L. And tags
11. Clean old room and bathroom at cousins.
12. Drive home
13. Sleeeeeeeeep

I really hope she stays put for a while, because I really can’t imagine her moving and me not helping.

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

It felt great to walk outside on the neighborhood path!

There was a family of turtles ALL OVER THIS LOG!

Tess is home for a final “packing” and her and I leave Thursday morning for the drive to Dallas. After my walk, we (including the dogs) enjoyed a little relaxing time outside instead of packing. Who wants to be INSIDE??

Then I remembered I bought a Hammock!

Urg….why all the pieces??

It’s okay. I got this.

Or do I?


Ta Da!


It was super cozy. I actually did get to lay in it too. 🙂

Would you look at that view?

I am very pleased with my gift to myself.

It was a successful water drinking, food eating and exercising day!

I just stepped on the scale, and it looks as though the 100 minute walk on Monday, the walk yesterday, all the water I have consumed, and YES, most likely the fruits and veggies I have consumed, have helped me reach my goal of 164.0 by this Friday!

Today’s weight?
Super excited!

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

My blog won’t post with pictures today, and I really liked my post for the day and the pictures were great!

Hopefully I can get the kinks worked out.

I stepped on the scale this morning, and it looks as though the 100 minute walk on Monday, the 60 minute walk outside yesterday, all the water I have consumed, and YES, most likely the fruits and veggies I have consumed, have helped me reach my goal of 164.0 by this Friday!

Today’s weight?
Super excited!

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