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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

June 30, 2013

Super excited about this paint!!

Before discussing paint, let me say that yesterday’s blog was tough to post. At this point, being so close to goal and having a timeline, a gain is NOT at all what I want to see, and it is much harder to deal with than it was six months ago because I now feel like I am working so hard. When I got out of bed Saturday morning, I went directly to the scale, still cranky from Friday mornings weigh in. When I stepped on the scale, I saw the results I had HOPED to see on FRIDAY! So, feeling frustrated and ecstatic all at the same time, I was eager to work hard the rest of the week, and Friday should be awesome!

I spent the ENTIRE day painting out in the garage with the tunes cranked up and the dogs hanging out watching me. It was so completely gorgeous outside, and my painting project was going so well, I didn’t come inside until I absolutely had to! We had early dinner plans with Mikes parents and his siblings, so at some point, I HAD to wash all the paint off of me!

Several months ago, I decided to paint my Grandma’s old sewing machine so I could put it in my entry and enjoy it. I was really nervous about not knowing what the heck I was doing. Sometimes I get a project going, and it’s taking longer than I anticipated, so I get in a hurry to just get it done, instead of getting it done right. So with this project, I was trying VERY hard to be patient. I was going for that whole Vintage Shabby Chic thing.

Have you heard of “Annie Sloan Chalk Paint”? Well, if you like to paint random things around the house when you’re wanting a project, this is the paint to buy! No sanding, no prep work, no worries! There was a lot of sanding that I could have done, and I did do some, but I kind of wanted to keep it a little beat up, but just give it some color.

Grandma’s Sewing Machine Before….

After……..

The top is in really bad shape, but I love how all the cracks soaked up the dark wax!

Then I just started grabbing random garage sale finds that I had around the house and started painting!!!!

I bought these three tables for $9 dollars about four years ago. They all looked like the one in the middle. I painted the zebra one awhile back, then yesterday I used my two Annie Sloan colors to play with the other two!

Who KNOWS what I’ll find to paint today!!

Breakfast


Snack

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

When you take it off the skewer, it’s a big plateful of food!

After dinner, Mike and I took a long drive looking at other people’s house colors. It’s time to paint. Urg. Then we stopped at Orange Leaf for some frozen yogurt! Then I believe I said some thing like……

“So this is what people do that don’t hang out at the bar on a Saturday Night, huh?”

He seems to be enjoying the fact that I’m now a cheap date!! I haven’t told him yet how much I plan to spend on a whole new wardrobe!!

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Coffee with Skim Milk, Egg Whites, Cheese,
Banana, 1 T. Chocolate Better n’ Peanut Butter (4)
Snack = Pear, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge (1)
Lunch = Luna Bar (5)
Snack = Cantaloupe (0)
Snack = Small Slice Cold Pizza (5)
Dinner = 6 Chips, Artichoke Dip, Sunset Grill’s Hawaiian Skewers (9)
Snack = Frozen Yogurt (7)

Total = 31

Today’s Exercise = I started painting early in the morning with plans to walk later, and it never happened!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Activity Points Earned This Week = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 39
ALCOHOL consumption = NONE

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

First. I keep changing my Cover Photo on here and on Facebook because I’m in a “change” mood. Then, I decided if I am going to make my main picture a picture with other people in it, I should probably ask them for their permission first? Sorry to my friends that I didn’t think that through on previous photos I’ve used.
I decided to go with a recent picture of Mike and I at the lake over Memorial Weekend, but I didn’t ask him either.

Okay……Friday Reflection………

Well.

I weighed.

I gained.

162.4

I gained 0.6 pounds.

I really wanted to cry.

I guess my scale at home isn’t broken after all.

Damn it.

I really feel like I ALWAYS know how my weigh in is going to go, and this one truly has me baffled, and I will over think this to DEATH this entire week!

The Weight Watcher leader Friday morning (Joan was off today. I was sad, but her sub did a really good job.) asked members what worked for them this week. Members were sharing their successes. Me, the quiet one in the back row (you know the quiet part is a lie, right?) raised my hand, then I spilled my guts about how hard I worked, how I was excited to have the Traveling Tracker…….THEN HOW I GAINED!!!! I was embarrassed about the fact that I was almost ready to brag about my great loss, and then it all backfired on me!!! Guess I shouldn’t have been thinking about bragging!!! Anyhow, I got some great feedback from members reminding me that if I keep it up, next week should really show this weeks hard work! One member, (actually two I think?) suggested that I eat my activity points since I am exercising so much. I am always scared to eat those. I’m at a loss. Well, actually, I guess I’m at a gain, but I’ve never heard that expression before. (People, I am trying to use humor to cover up my sadness. Work with me.)

This weeks plan? Continue to do all of the things that I know work. Power Foods, Exercise, Drink Water, Plan, Track everything that goes into my mouth, and watch my sodium intake.

I wanted to be able to title this Blog Post…..

“9 Weeks, 10 Pounds To Go!”

Instead I have the word “Urg” in my title, and I have 12.4 pounds to lose in 9 weeks! That’s 1.4 a Week!!!!

I am NOT in a good mood.

After weighing in and trying hard not to feel SO discouraged, I went to Panera to blog.
I ordered a plain coffee.
Then I said, “and throw in a Blueberry Bagel and some Hazelnut Cream Cheese”………..it’s like those words just fell out of my mouth!

I entered the info into my Weight Watcher Etools to see how many points this would be before digging in.

The bagel was 9 PPV, but if I changed it to only 1/2 of a serving, that was 4 PPV…………

……..and 1/2 of the container of Reduced Fat Hazelnut Cream Cheese was 2 PPV, so I ate the 1/2 of a bagel and the 1/2 of the cream cheese, and threw away the rest.

Now lets hope I don’t have carb cravings the rest of the day!!

Breakfast

Not Pictured

Snack

What I threw away……(I show this picture twice because it was a big deal.)

Lunch

Dinner

I was chatting away with Tess on the phone while chatting with Mike in the kitchen and forgot to take pictures of my leftover spaghetti and my Papa Murphy’s DeLite ONE slice of pizza. Oh….and some carrots.

But here’s my tally for the day……

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Banana, Nonfat Latte (3)
Snack = 1/2 Bagel & Cream Cheese, Coffee with Half & Half (8)
Lunch = Tuna Salad, Carrots, Celery, Cherries (5)
Snack = WW Giant Fudge Bar (3)
Snack = Grapes (0)
Dinner = Leftover Spaghetti, 1 Turkey Meatball, 1 Small Slice Pizza,
Carrot Sticks (12)
(I need to grocery shop!)

Total = 31

Today’s Exercise = Day off of exercise, but I did Mow and Weed the lawn.

How many glasses of water I drank today = 6
Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Activity Points Earned This Week = 4
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 44
ALCOHOL consumption = None

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

Dream Analysis…..

Do you try to analyze your dreams?

I do. All the time. Thursday, while I was on my walk (with my new, comfy shoes), I couldn’t stop thinking about this one dream I seem to have OVER and OVER again. In my dream, I am trying to run. I WANT to run. It’s mostly happening in slow motion, but at times, my pace picks up and it is perfect and it feels great, but then everything slows down again, like BEYOND slow motion and I can’t get a pace, and I feel clumsy and my legs aren’t doing what I want them to do and I just keep trying, but its all awkward and my feet are just dragging, but all I can think about is “I just want to RUN!” Let me kindly remind you. I DO NOT LIKE TO RUN! I have no idea what this dream means, but today I decided to run just a bit while I was on my walk. I do this occasionally, thinking one day I’ll say….”Hey, I might kinda like this running thing.” And some days I have actually been able to go longer than I thought, but at the end, I never really like it, as much as I have tried. I wonder if I will continue to have that dream. I feel like it’s my subconscious telling me if I really gave it a chance, I would experience that perfect pace I feel in my dream, and actually enjoy it.
But I doubt it.

Which leads me to share another reoccurring dream that I have. You know how some people have the “falling dream”, or the “flying dream”? Well, I asked Mike if he has this dream that I have, a LOT! I dream that I am driving in a big city, downtown, with lots of tall buildings all close together, and one way streets, and I am aware that there is someone is in the passenger seat. All of a sudden the street is at this ridiculous slope!!!! Like maybe 80 degrees!!! And you HAVE to drive up it! There is no turning back! AND there is no warning! It’s just there! So I am driving up it, and the road seems to slope MORE! Damn near at 90 degrees now! I keep thinking my car is going to roll back down or just flip over! I am almost to the top now, thinking I will slide back down an any moment!! How does my car have the power to climb this road?? I’m going to FALL!!!

In my dream, I never fall, and I never reach the top.

While explaining it to Mike one day (and listening to him tell me…”No. I have never had that dream.”) I said…….

“Oh My God!!! The car is ME! The unknown passenger is my support from everyone! The street is my weight loss journey!! Its really scary, and I haven’t reached the top, but I haven’t fallen back to the bottom either!!”

Then I was really happy I talked it through. Now I have clarity. Well, maybe.

Anyhow, thats my unprofessional dream analysis.

Sore Legs……

Also while on my walk today, I was thinking about what part of my house would be best to do the leg workout that Jamie, the trainer, gave me on Wednesday. Its mostly walking lunges. Then I decided to just incorporate it into my walk while on the path around the neighborhood lake. So I did. I would imagine that I looked a little silly, but that’s not uncommon. 🙂
He gave me four different exercises to do. I am to do them each 12 times, 3 reps. It feels so good to have instruction!! I wasn’t sure how well I would be able to do them on day two, but I got them done! By Thursday night, I could not sit or stand without a grunt AND a moan! 🙂

That Damn Scale!

I worked really hard at my weight loss this week. Last Friday, I weighed 161.8, and I was super determined that today was the day that I would weigh in at 160.0.

I haven’t had alcohol since June 4th. I ate a LOT of Power Foods, I exercised a lot and earned myself 41 Activity Points, which I did not eat. I drank a lot of water, as I usually do, and I volunteered to take the Traveling Tracker from my Weight Watchers meeting.

The Traveling Tracker is this great little tool that my WW Leader, Joan, ask for volunteers to take each week. She likes you to journal food and activity in it, then bring it back the following week, and discuss if it helped you to keep on track. We also discuss if members were able to learn anything from reading what others had journaled the weeks before them. I always think this is a great idea and I love reading what other people eat. I volunteered to take it because I knew I was going to have a Kick Ass week!

All week long, I have weighed each morning, with pleasant results. This could be a monumental moment for me at the scale this week! Each morning, I would step on the scale, and it would go down. Wednesday, I ate more than I had any other day this week, but I did make good choices on the foods I was eating, or so I thought. When I stepped on the scale yesterday morning, it showed a gain! A significant gain from the day before!! I waited an hour, and weighed again. Yip, a gain? I really don’t understand, and usually when there is a gain, I know exactly what I did to deserve it. So now? Confused. I did eat pretzels, and my body doesn’t do well with salt, and I ate a LOT of cherries. So now, I am freaking out a bit today, because I really was working towards seeing 160.0 on the scale! The only thing I can think of, is that the salt is really working against me, and if I am NOT pleased with my weigh in results, I will watch my salt like a hawk, and NEXT Friday should show a larger than usual loss? That tends to happen from time to time. I will think I am doing great, then it doesn’t show at the scale until the following week, which is SUPER frustrating!

I’m crossing my fingers!!! But I’m gonna be SUPER cranky for a week if this is really bad news!!

And I HAVE to have good results, because I have the traveling TRACKER!! Weight Watcher members expect to look to this for good ideas and good results!!!! Who wants to read……Here’s what I ate and hard I exercised, and here’s how much I gained!!!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Okay……..moving on.

My feet felt great after my 5.5 mile walk! Everything from my waist down to my thighs, ACHED from my squats and lunges…….

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack (realizing the salt potential here…..a little late)

Snack (and NOW realizing the sodium potential here) Urg!

Um, another snack….it’s a much smaller bowl than it appears in this picture.

🙂

Dinner

Have you tried Spaghetti Squash?

I really like it, but it took me a few times eating it to decide for sure.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Banana, Coffee with Skim Milk (1)
Lunch = Lettuce Wraps with Tuna Salad, Strawberries, Carrots (4)
Snack = Popcorn (3)
Snack = Coffee with Skim Milk (1)
Snack= Green Giant Steamers (3)
Dinner = Spaghetti Squash, Marinara, Turkey Meatballs, Caesar Salad (14)

Total = 26

Today’s Exercise…..

Walked 5.5 Miles, Lower Body Workout with Squat and Lunge Combo’s

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 7
Activity Points Earned This Week = 41
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 22
ALCOHOL consumption = NONE, I KNOW! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER!

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

New Shoes!!

June 27, 2013

I have been pondering purchasing a new pair of walking shoes. I can never remember when I bought the last pair, but I was pretty sure it was about time for new shoes. After blisters on the back of my heals last week, and sore hips this week, I decided it might be time?

I’m looking forward to my comfy walk this morning, although I did spend an hour with the trainer yesterday, and ALL we did was lower body, and I could hardly get out of bed this morning! I am hoping once I get to moving, my legs and butt will feel better as the day goes, right?????

These socks were ridiculously expensive, as far as I’m concerned, (and I do NOT like to spend money, but I wore them while trying on shoes, and they were also ridiculously comfortable!!) so I bought three pairs!

Breakfast

Snack

Rehydrate after being out in this heat!!

More Snack’s

These cherries are extra juicy!! I ate more than this bowl full.

Pretzel and Better n’ Peanut Butter Sandwiches!

Lunch (I could eat Breakfast food for any meal)


Dinner
(Um, too hot to cook!)

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Pancake made with 1 Egg, 1 Banana and Blueberries….
topped with 1 T. Better n Peanut Butter, Cherries, Coffee W/ Milk (4)
Snack = WW Smoothie with frozen Mixed Berries (2)
More Snack’s = Cherries, 16 Pretzels with 1 T. Chocolate Flavored Better n Peanut Butter, WW Mini Fudge Bar (4)
Lunch = Scrambled Egg Whites, Turkey Sausage Crumbles, Cheese, Salsa
Strawberries, Vanilla Yogurt (5)
Dinner = Tuna Salad Sandwich on 80 Calorie Wheat Bun, Carrots, Cherries, (Not Pictured Baked Chips, Side Salad) (15)
Taste testing turned into snacking on Tuna Salad and Egg Salad as I made it, so I am over guessing (8)?

I also ate a lot of cherries in the afternoon, like maybe tooooo many?

Total = 38

Today’s Exercise…..

Walked 6.5 Miles
Lower Body workout with Trainer

How many glasses of water I drank today = 10
Activity Points Earned Today = 9
Activity Points Earned This Week = 34
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 22
ALCOHOL consumption = NONE! 🙂

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

I Drank Too Much……..

June 26, 2013

……..water…….(wait, you didn’t think I? You DID?? No you didn’t. Well, I didn’t)……..and I spent 2/3 of my walk trying to figure out where I was going to “go”, and fretting over whether I would make it or not! I sent the neighbor I was closest to a text, and she wasn’t home, but luckily she said the door was open and to help myself!! Thank goodness!

Earlier in the day, I met with the Trainer for about an hour and we spent that time figuring out what I “could” and “couldn’t” do with my right arm, but mostly what I “couldn’t” do, so that sucked. He was super patient though, and offered to see me again today to give me a lower body workout to do for a week. Then the plan is to meet once a week for the next 8 weeks and work on my shoulder mobility while also doing some strength training on my lower body.

But the first thing I did Tuesday was take Tucker to the groomer!

He loves a car ride!

But what he loves most, is the trip HOME!!! Geeezzzzz I love this little guy.


Breakfast

Pinterest find!!
3 Blueberry Pancakes (Made with 1 Egg, 1 Ripe Banana, Blueberries and I added a packet of sweetener)

Click HERE for the recipe…….

The secret to cooking these just right, is patience and a LOW temperature.

It makes THREE pancakes! I topped them with my new Banana Flavored
Better n’ Peanut Butter! I realize a Blueberry/Banana/Peanut Butter combo may NOT sound great, but it wuzzzzzzzz so good!

Lunch

Dinner

I invited my mom over. She loves Salmon just as much as I do, so I made one of my favorite meals.

Dessert

I grabbed two pieces of dessert at Hen House and cut them up in small pieces. We all got a good taste without a major sugar overload!

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Egg Whites, Cheese, Coffee with Steamed Skim Milk,
Blueberry Pancakes, 1 T. Banana Flavored Better n’ Peanut Butter (6)
Lunch = Salad Bar (7)
Snack = Almonds (1)
Snack = WW Mini Fudge Bar (1)
Dinner = Salmon, Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes, Carrot Cake, Tiramisu (19)

Total = 34

Today’s Exercise = Walked 4 Miles, Stretched with Trainer?

How many glasses of water I drank today = 8
Activity Points Earned Today = 4
Activity Points Earned This Week = 34
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 34
ALCOHOL consumption = NONE

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

Better’n Peanut Butter

June 25, 2013

Have you tried any of these?

I can’t remember the last time I bought regular old Jiffy or Peter Pan. The one in the middle is the one I eat the most. I like it on toast, waffles, pretzels, pancakes, bananas, apples or on just about anything.
On a spoon is good too!
One Tablespoon = 1 PPV.

The other flavors are also 1 PPV for 1 T.
I recently discovered the Chocolate, and it’s certainly no Nutella, but I do like it. It’s my sweet treat once in a while, but it seems to satisfy me without over doing it.

I was shopping yesterday to restock, and discovered the Banana flavor. I can’t get enough bananas. (I actually didn’t buy any this week because I felt I was eating a few too many.) I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll let ya know what I think. Maybe I should mix it with the chocolate!?!?

Breakfast

Breakfast Number 2!!!

The Greek yogurt just didn’t stay with me like the Egg Whites and fruit do!
(These are actually Southwest Egg Beaters)

Lunch

Snack


Dinner

I was craving a Burger and Onion Rings, and this totally hit the spot!

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Greek yogurt, Coffee with Milk (4)
Breakfast = Egg Beaters, Cheese, Apple (2)
Lunch = Fruit, Mixed Greens, Carrots, Red Onion, Grilled Chicken, Salsa (2)
Snack = Almonds (3)
Snack = WW Mini fudge Bar (1)
Snack = Turkey Burger Patty (4)
Dinner = Loaded Turkey Burger, 80 Calorie Bun, Cheese, Baked Onion Rings, Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad (11)

Total = 27

Today’s Exercise = None.
My hips actually ached. I may not do my 7 mile walks two days in a row. Maybe I do 7, the next day 4 or 5, then the next day 7???

I meet with my personal trainer today, so I am looking forward to finally getting some exercise guidance!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 8
Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Activity Points Earned This Week = 21
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 42
ALCOHOL consumption = NEGATORY!

A little humor for the day!!
This is so me!
I found it on Pinterest, then realized Tess Pinned it!
I’m certain she had me in mind when she pinned it, the little stinker!

🙂

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

Friend Makin’ Mondays

June 24, 2013

Kenlie, (check out her blog HERE) has a great blog, and every once in a while, I like to participate in her….

Friend Makin’ Mondays!!

It’s a Questionnaire designed for Bloggers to connect with each other and have a little fun finding out about one another! We answer our questions and then put them on her blog! She has a lot of followers, so it’s fun to see how everyone else answers, and I always find a new blog I love!

Here are today’s Questions and MY answers!

Ten Simple Questions

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

I can’t believe these jeans fit, or do they?

2. Do you prefer to pay for things with cash or plastic?

I hardly ever have cash, but I decided to pay cash for groceries in the month of July and see if I can cut back a bit. I spend wayyyy to much at the grocery store!

3. What is one word that you use too often?

Son-of-a-%€£¥$! I’m trying to replace it with Mother Fudger, but it’s just so appropriate when I trip, run into something, drop something, stub my toe, etc……

4. Who is the last person outside of your family who said “I love you” to you?

A Girlfriend of mine.

5. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone and mailed it?

Today! I haven’t done that in years!

6. Have you ever been called upon for jury duty?

Yes, and it was the longest six weeks of my life! But I did learn a LOT about drugs and drug dealers! An 8 Ball is NOT just on the Pool Table!

7. How many keys are on your key ring?

Two. Car and House.

8. List two characteristics that you want to change about yourself.

a) I wish I had more motivation before 9:00 am
b) I wish I wasn’t so nervous when someone besides me is driving. It’s just that I KNOW that I’m a better driver.

9. Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides?

I’m cheap and I like to pack light! Always use the Hotels!

10. What is your birthstone?

I can’t remember. Let me Google it.

Topaz. Not a fan.

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

Blessings…..

June 24, 2013

I have this awesome neighbor, and friend, Stacy. I’ve blogged about her before and discussed her extremely generous heart and her INCREDIBLE talent in the kitchen, and the fact that she’s just super sweet!

Stacy does a lot of charitable things throughout the year and it is just one of the things I admire about her. She even went on a Mission Trip to Haiti this year!! Not too long ago, myself and some other neighbors, mentioned that we would be interested in volunteering if she ever needed some extra help. Sunday afternoon, Mike and I, along with Stacy, and two other families from the neighborhood (7 children included!!) had the opportunity to serve lunch at a church to a group of people that most likely only ate that meal for the day. They were all very gracious and it left me wanting to do more, and it also was a great reminder of how much my life truly is blessed!

Thank You, Stacy!!

Breakfast


Lunch

Snack

(look at them puppies waiting for a kernel to drop!!)

I am diggin all these flavors! This one’s Pink Grapefruit!

Dinner

Snack

Snack

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = WW Smoothie with PB2 and Frozen Banana (3)
Snack = Coffee with Skim Milk……twice (2)
Lunch = Tuna Salad, Apple (4)
Snack = Popcorn (3)
Dinner = Blackened Chicken Tenders, Ranch, Carrots (11)
Snack = Mini Fudge Bar (1)
Snack = Pear, Yogurt (2)
Total = 26

Today’s Exercise…..

Walked 7 miles!!!
Push Mowed the Lawn!!
Trimmed the Lawn!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 10
Activity Points Earned Today = 12
Activity Points Earned This Week = 21
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 43
ALCOHOL consumption = NUTHIN!!

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

Empowerment

June 23, 2013

Usually, at the end of my blog, I think about what I’ve written and ponder a “theme” for that days post, then I Google that “theme”, then I click on images, then I find my little quote thingymabob that I put at the end of the blog. Sometimes I have a hard time finding just the right one, other days there are so many appropriate ones to pick from, it takes me awhile to decide on just the right one.

Today, before I even started to write, the word “Empowerment” was floating around in my head, but I realized I didn’t know the true definition of the word. So, I Googled it! Google had a lot of answers for me.

After clicking on a few and reading them, I stumbled upon this one…..

“Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. Central to this process are actions which both build individual and collective assets, and improve the efficiency and fairness of the organizational and institutional context which govern the use of these assets.”

It’s a little wordy for me. I had to read it several times to absorb what it was saying. I’m a simple girl. Around the fifth time, reading very slowly, I said out loud…..”YES! That’s what I am feeling!!”

So today, I say with confidence……

“I FEEL EMPOWERED, AND IT FEELS GOOD!”

Um, I ate a TON of food yesterday! But I was fairly creative and made really healthy choices, and really only ate one completely unnecessary item!! 🙂

Breakfast

I do love to tear up a piece of Kraft 2% Sharp Cheddar to melt on my egg whites, but I do NOT like this cheese on anything unmelted!

A little melting action while I get my coffee……


Gooey goodness!

Lunch

Snack (I thought about this my entire 7 mile walk out in the heat!!)

So refreshing!

Snack


Um, another snack…..


Dinner

My absolutely unnecessary item! It is kinda small though guys.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Egg Whites, Cheese, Coffee with Skim Milk (3)
Snack = 10 Trader Joe Apple Cinnamon Sticks, 6 Almonds (2)
Lunch = Leftover Kebobs (mostly veggies and pineapple) (3)
Snack = WW Creamy Coconut Smoothie
With Frozen Pineapple and Frozen Banana (2)
Snack = 16 Pretzels, Carrots, Almonds, 2T. hummus, Cheese Wedge (6)
Snack = Cantaloupe (0)
Dinner = Tuna Salad made with Light Mayo, Apples, Onion and Sweet Pickle Relish, 2 Colby Cheddar Cheese Sticks, 16 Pretzels, Cucumbers, Carrots (10)
Snack = 1/2 slice Frozen Flatbread Pizza (that didn’t even taste good!!!) (4)

Total = 30

Today’s Exercise = walked 7 Miles!!!
(Sucking at the ab and core exercises!!!! Ready for my personal trainer on Tuesday!!)
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 9
Activity Points Earned This Week = 9
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 43
ALCOHOL consumption = ZEEEEEEERO!

I accidentally found this, and it got me to thinking, and at first I thought, well I am fairly certain I don’t have any looks that anyone else wants, but then I thought more. I am actually very blessed to have the body that I have. Even with all of its faults. I have good health, I have all of my fingers and toes, and after surgery on my shoulder and it’s limited use, I realized how blessed I am to have both of my arms, because during recovery I did a lot of thinking about people who have lost a limb, or were born without a limb. My legs are big, but they’re also strong! My feet are chubby and wide, but they are healthy and they hold up these strong legs that allowed me to walk SEVEN miles yesterday! I wasn’t crazy about my gray hair when it first came along years ago, but today, a lot of people think I pay good money for this highlight job, and it’s FREE!!!

So, while I realized I’m right there with a lot of others that either have curly hair, and want straight hair, or have straight hair and want curly hair, or have curves and don’t want curves, or don’t want so many curves, but have curves, today I am going to focus on the things about my body that someone else might see as something they want.

Then tomorrow I’ll remember a LOT of people are most likely happy that they do NOT have these saggy “you know what’s!”.

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

Have a seat……..

June 22, 2013

……lots on my mind today.

Let me begin with…….I did have a loss this week, but I was a little nervous. Not being able to blog in my regular “Blogging Fashion” earlier in the week, really had me wigged out, so in my anxiousness, I was doing a little extra snacking, but I do think I did a good job of snacking lightly and writing it down. I seriously thought I was going to have to start my entire blog from scratch and I was a MESS! Mike can attest to that. Just ask him.

Then the last two days I found myself wanting a drink, but I never did have one. Oddly, Diet Coke was my substitute. I quit drinking pop on a regular basis some time ago, but once in a while, it sounds good and I’ll have one. But I don’t think I have ever substituted it for a beer???

I did not get all of my planned exercise in this week either, so I just wasn’t real sure what to expect at the scale at my Weight Watcher Meeting.

I usually wear a tank top and the lightest pair of exercise pants/leggings that I own. I have not worn a pair of athletic shorts outside of this house in years!! I (nervously) wore them one day this week to walk outside. (I really do despise my legs, always have.) Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t at all think I look good in shorts now, and possibly never will, but now I don’t feel so overweight that it isn’t possible to maybe wear a pair. For me to decide to wear them outside of the house, was actually a huge accomplishment that I have not yet blogged about. I decided to talk about it today, because I actually left the house and went out in public in them!!!

For a long time I felt like a stranger would most likely describe me, physically, as a fat person.

So first, let me show you that fat person from 2009.
(Can you even see my EYES through all that fat? How did I SEE out of them? Maybe that explains some of my clumsiness back then! I was overweight and couldn’t see!!!! And what in the HECK is going on with my HAIR????)


Who IS she?

Me today, before I went to my meeting to weigh in, in shorts. 🙂

Now I feel like I might be described by a stranger, physically, as a person that looked healthy, but should certainly lose a few pounds. And that just sounds a lot better!!

(Damn those thighs and butt!)

Down 0.8 this week.
Lowest weight since I joined WW in September of 2009!!!

Happy to see 161 something……barely!

Working HARD to see 160.0 next Friday!!! Then I will change my Goal Weight officially with Weight Watchers to 150.0.

Then I came home to a counter top full of responsibilities and task. I wasn’t looking forward to a full day at home doing paperwork. But I dug in……

…….paying bills, scheduling appointments and making necessary phone calls.

Then, I registered the new Weber Gas Grill I purchased for Mike for Father’s Day!

Later, I prepped a bunch of veggies and cut up the meat for Kabobs to grill!

Then I read the part of the Instruction Booklet that tells me how important it is for me to do a “Leak Check” before using my grill!!! Mike assembled it, but they INSIST!! Then I read about how to do that, and I have to take part of the grill APART!!!! What???? NO! I just wanna cook my Kabobs!!!!!

Oh, when I went back to buy the grill cover that I forgot to buy when I bought the grill, I got all of this other fun cool stuff too!!!!

And thank GOODNESS for this little reminder, because I really could have been injured!!!!! Sometimes I get in a hurry, and I just don’t think!!

Did I show you all how much fun Mike got to have on Fathers Day? I think that is the day my blog went all awry!!!!

How sweet was it of me to lounge on the couch in the evening while Mike put together the grill I bought him (and by him, I mean me) for Fathers Day? He doesn’t even cook, but the guy does eat! And he claims to like my cooking! 🙂

Oh, don’t worry, he got in a real nice nap that afternoon at his folks while all the grandchildren were running around like crazy animals. I still don’t think he knows about this picture, but I’m certain he would like it. Aren’t you?

Before the nap, I got a good picture of him and his kids.
Tess was sad and in Dallas, but they did have a good chat on the phone.

I’ve really rambled on. Here’s the day eats!

Breakfast (and a Starbucks)

Lunch

Leftover Fajita Fixings from the night before…..


Heated up……

Additional Sautéed Bell Peppers with Fajita Seasoning……..

…….dumped on top with a Diet Coke on the side!!

(Um, this was ridiculously tasty!)
I ate two corn tortillas with this the night I ordered it for dinner, but after adding the extra bell peppers to my leftovers, there was so much flavor and texture going on, I didn’t eat my last two corn tortillas.
Yes, that’s right. I am patting myself on the back.

Snack


Snack

Dinner….I was cleaning out the fridge today. Can ya tell?

Put my Teriyaki skewers on the grill!!

I was very pleased!! One chicken, one steak.

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate and it’s PPV

Breakfast = Luna Bar, Starbucks Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte (8)
Lunch = Leftover Fajitas (8)
Snack = WW Mini Fudge Bar (1)
Snack = Pear (0)
Dinner = Roasted Veggies, Hawaiian Skewers (11)
Snack = Banana

Total = 28

Today’s Exercise = None.

Friday is my day off of exercise, and even though I didn’t get all of my exercise in this past week, and could have used this as a “Make-up” day, I decided to just spend the afternoon at home organizing paperwork.

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Activity Points Earned This Week = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 47
ALCOHOL consumption = ZILCH!!!!!

10 weeks and 11.8 pounds to go!

I have no idea how many times I said this to Tess when she was growing up. I STILL say it to her! I usually said it as I dropped her off someplace as I was driving away. It was mostly to embarrass her, but I was also hoping she was listening………

Now I say it to myself …..

Shout out to Joyce in Iowa! So glad you are reading!! You are blessed to know Darlene! She always makes me smile.

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