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Pool Side!

August 22, 2013

I haven’t been to the swimming pool all summer, and for some reason yesterday, it’s just what I thought I needed for a relaxing hour or so. And you know what? I had it ALL to myself!!

With all of the kids back at school, all the moms must have been busy running errands, and apparently I was the only one in the neighborhood available for an afternoon swim, so I pretended that I was in my own backyard and played in the water! Perfect afternoon!

My morning started with an awesome 4 mile walk with a friend on some trails at Shawnee Mission Park. This was my drive to the trails!

Breakfast

8 oz Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 Truvia
2 T. PB2……..

…..with 1/2 Sliced Banana

Snack

Lunch

My Dressing!

All Chopped up!

Snack

Dinner

Yes, that is a glass of wine with my dinner. I’m going to stop saying I’m not drinking because its driving me crazy that I’m saying I’m NOT going to do something, then I don’t follow through.

I’m going to DRINK much LESS than I used too?????

(My Coach is NOT going to like that statement!)

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 = Yogurt with PB2, Banana, Coffee with Milk (5)
Snack = Apple (0)
Lunch = Tons of Veggies, Grilled Chicken, 2 T. Tzatziki Sauce (7)
Snack = 1 T. Banana Flavored Better n’ Peanut Butter (1)
Dinner = Grilled Chicken, veggies, Feta, Wine (17)

Total = 30

Today’s Exercise = walked 4 Miles

How many glasses of water I drank today = 15
Activity Points Earned Today = 4
ALCOHOL consumption = wine

I found this by accident on Pinterest. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I do eat all of these things regularly and my belly has gotten smaller.

Where’s the “Top 10 Butt and Thigh Burning Foods” list????????

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

Accountability………

August 21, 2013

Definition: responsible to someone or for some action; answerable

Accountability can be a powerful thing. I find it interesting how having to answer to someone else can change my mindset. There were several things I wanted to eat yesterday due to stress, but knowing I first had to take a picture of it and send it to my “coach” made me think before I put it in my mouth.

Here is what I did eat…….

My new favorite ingredients in my Oatmeal……..

1/2 C Oatmeal, 1/2 smashed banana, 2 T PB2 Powder, 1 Truvia
(I like to add about 3/4 C Hot/Boiling Water. The PB2 makes it extra thick!)

Breakfast

Snack

Lunch

Snacks….

And……

Dinner

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 = 1/2 C Oatmeal, Banana, 2T PB2 Powder, 1 Truvia,
3 Egg Whites, Coffee with 1/2 C Skim Milk (7)
Snack = Whey Protein Shake, 1 T Chia Seeds, 1 C Frozen Blueberries (4)
Lunch = Salad Bar with lots of Veggies, Salmon and 1 tsp Olive Oil (10)
Dinner = Morning Star Black Bean Veggie Burger, Cheese, Whole Grain Toast, Salsa and Avocado with Bell Peppers (9)

Total = 30

Today’s Exercise = walked the dogs…..it was a short one….

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 2
ALCOHOL consumption = none

I CAN……………


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

…….of eating whatever I want and not writing it down and forgetting to take pictures, and maintaining but not losing!!!!!! Oh, and I am keeping on track with my exercise, which is probably why I have been able to maintain!!

Yip. It was a very full weekend of planned events, unplanned events, healthy foods…….and then some NOT so healthy foods.

I have gotten off track from my daily morning ritual of blogging and again, have become side tracked from the events that have unexpectedly come up in life.

I’d just like to slap some sense into myself sometimes!!!

I had a long and productive chat with my awesome coach last night, who said to me, “So, what’s going on with you”

Side-note…..My coach participated in AND completed her first Triathlon on Sunday! How cool is THAT? At the age of 50, she has decided to become an athlete!!! She plans to do another one soon, but improve her time. She also plans to lose about 15 pounds to help improve her time! I’m just super impressed!!

Okay, so when asked by my coach, why the stalling and not losing, I said….”I don’t know. Each day starts out so good and with good intentions, then things just don’t seem to go as planned as the day continues. I don’t know what my deal is.”

She said….paraphrasing here….”I know what it is. You’ve had some stress in your life. You’re tired of it all. You like the way you look. You are getting compliments. Your clothes feel great. You feel great. You only have a few pounds to lose to get to goal and you’re just tired of trying so hard.”

I’m like…..”Um, yip. That’s pretty much it”

But I know I’m not done, and I have GOT to quit stalling and finish this.

Here is her idea for me to continue and get the last few pounds off.

Before I put ANYTHING into my mouth, I have to text her a picture of it!

I like this idea. I even told her that was completely changing what I was going to eat for dinner right after we hung up! We had some BBQ left over from a weekend party that we hosted, and I was going to have a small Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ sauce on a Wheat bun with a little slaw on it and pickles on top (a delicious combo recently recommended by a friend!). Instead I had some of the leftover turkey, with no BBQ sauce and a plate full of raw veggies.

This morning, I already sent her a picture of my coffee with my frothy milk!

So that is the plan! FINISH THIS THING!!!
Here are a few of the things I ate over the weekend!!

At some point this weekend, I threw this together! Asparagus, Zucchini, Onion, new Potatoes……..sautéed in a bit of Garlic Infused Olive Oil.

Then I tossed in about 1 C. of Cooked Whole Wheat Bow Tie Pasta and Two Diced Grilled Chicken Breast.

Then, some of you may think I ruined it by adding 1/2 C. of this!!!! This sauce actually isn’t terribly high in fat, carbs or sodium!!! The first two ingredients listed on the label are water, then Parmesan cheese. And remember, I only used a small amount.

It was yummy and just a bit creamy, and FULL of veggies!

Sometimes my favorite meals come from cleaning out the fridge!!

Breakfast at First Watch on Saturday with Tess and Mike! Tess was in town for a short visit to attend a Bachelorette party for a college friend of hers. Her birthday is this week, so Mike and I enjoyed a little time with her to celebrate.
I ordered the Oatmeal, and packed 2 T. of PB2 Powder in a ziploc bag to mix in my oatmeal! I will do this again for sure!!

Then Tess and I snuck in a teensy bit of shopping!
Guess who’s in here??

Isn’t it cute??? SOLD!!

The rest of Saturdays eats included leftovers from my skillet combo and some Green Giant Veggies….

Sunday was a big day at our house full of family celebrating my Mother-In-Laws 75th Birthday!!

We had a houseful of family and FOOD!!

What says Happy Birthday like a house full of Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ??

Beef, Turkey and Pulled Pork!

Can you HAVE BBQ with out Slaw and Potato Salad??? I think NOT!!

Maybe the best Baked Beans I’ve ever had (except my moms).

Yes, we actually made Grandma blow out 75 Candles!!!

The fire extinguisher was ready to go……just in case!!!

I didn’t do a great job of picture taking, and really should have with so much of our family there, but here is a great one of the Grandparents with their Great Grandchildren on the deck! Thank goodness for a beautiful day!

I did eat a piece of cake. I also received a beautiful gift of chocolates from my Aunts as a hostess gift, which I immediately opened so I could share! Before the day was over, I had eaten 1/3 of the box.

The remaining chocolates are no longer in the house.

Okay……

Mondays Eats……..I did not write things down or count points!

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Tomorrow’s post will be full of nutritional eats and points included.
I PROMISE!!!!!!

Hello 150, I’m coming to get you!!!!!!


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

This is for you, Darlene. 🙂

Since I have been blogging, I have been introduced to many other bloggers, some in person, and some simply through Pinterest and other bloggers online. I have one blog that I read regularly and she always has the BEST…..SIMPLE recipes!!!

I saw this recipe on her blog yesterday, and literally RAN into the kitchen to make it! I was craving something sweet and knew this would hit the spot!

WARNING!!!! You may want to have a house full of people to avoid eating all of these by yourself!!

Click HERE for the recipe.

Her recipe calls for 1/4 C of Peanut Butter and 1/4 C of Almond Butter, but I used 1/2 C of Better n’ Peanut Butter.

Dump all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix!

(Oatmeal, Nut Butter, Chia Seeds, Ground Flax Seeds, Cinnamon, Honey)

Roll into balls and refrigerate overnight. I made a little bit smaller balls and stretched the recipe into 20 balls. (I ate two before remembering to take this picture!!)

1 Ball = 1 PPV

Breakfast

Snack

Lunch

Snack (No. Not all of them. Yes. five of them.)

Dinner

I have a few items that I ate that I didn’t get a picture of. I feel like taking my break for a few days got me away from a few of my really good habits…..like taking a picture of almost EVERYTHING I eat!! It really does help to keep me accountable. Back at it this week, and STRONG!!

I went to WW. I weigh 158. It has been a bit hard to move forward on the losing after finally getting below 160, but today is the day.

Must Quit Stalling………

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 = 5 Egg Whites, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, Salsa,
Light Sour Cream, Coffee with Milk (5)
Snack = Blueberries (0)
Snack = Banana (0)
Lunch = Whey Protein Shake with PB2 Powder (4)
Snack = 4 oz Grilled Chicken Breast (4)
Dinner = 5 Egg Whites, Provolone, Salsa, Blueberries,
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls (7)

Total = 20

Today’s Exercise = walked 6.5 Miles

How many glasses of water I drank today = 10
Activity Points Earned Today = 7
Activity Points Earned This Week = 40!
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 17
ALCOHOL consumption = none

Have an AWESOME weekend!!

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

Just the Facts…..

August 15, 2013

A Gigantic “To Do List” today, so not a lot of time for stories.

Here’s all the deliciousness I put in my mouth yesterday!

Breakfast

Lunch

Unexpected and very unplanned Dinner!! I know. WHAT???
(I did NOT eat it all. Calm down.)

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 = 5 Egg Whites, Cheese, Strawberries, Coffee with Milk (4)

Lunch = Fish Taco’s at West Side Local at 16th & Summit. Super Cool place!
Check out their website HERE! (12)

Dinner = 1/2 of that Beef on Bun, 1/3 of those Fries (15)?
(I simply went in to Oklahoma Joe’s to place an order for a Birthday Dinner we are hosting on Sunday, and walked out with a Sandwich and Fries!!!!)

Snack = Greek Yogurt and Strawberries (3)

Total = 34

Today’s Exercise = I Walked 7.5 MILES!!!!!!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 9
Activity Points Earned This Week = 33!!
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 17
ALCOHOL consumption = none

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

A Terrific Tuesday!

August 14, 2013

After spending over two hours spewing on my blog yesterday, it was time to put myself to work. After canceling with Jamie, my trainer, last week, I was looking forward to getting back at it!

In order to eat like he says I should eat, I’ve determined it’s best to eat at 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:00pm. This won’t work everyday, but at least if I have some guidelines, it helps.

Here is what I found in the fridge at 7:00 am……

Needless to say, I ate nothing. So much for plan A.

At 10:00 am, I did remember I could cook up some oatmeal and add my PB2 powder so I could get something in my tummy before a workout!

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Snack

Greek Yogurt with PB2

I did get to the store and I plan to cook up lots of chicken breast, then individually freeze them so I will have no excuses for a while to not get in plenty of protein!

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 = Oatmeal, PB2, Coffee with Milk (6)
Lunch = Mixed Greens, Grilled Chicken, Salsa, Light Sour Cream (6)
Snack = Whey Protein Shake with 1 T. Chia Seeds and Frozen Berries (4)
Dinner = Applebee’s Parmesan Grilled Shrimp (Minus some of the rice and sauce) (8)
Snack = Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt with 2 T. PB2 (4)

Total = 28

Today’s Exercise……

Workout with Trainer
Walk 4 Miles

How many glasses of water I drank today = 10
Activity Points Earned Today = 6
Activity Points Earned This Week = 24
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 27
ALCOHOL consumption = zero

I made this goal sheet SEVERAL months ago. I have one copy inside my pantry and one copy in my exercise room. My goals have changed just a bit, (I try to exercise 6 days a week, I aim for 12 or more glasses of water, and I am definitely NOT drinking 1 day a week) but my “Obstacles” and my “Why” remain VERY much the same!!

I realize that when I DO reach my goal of 150, this will still be my life in order to maintain. The Healthy lifestyle is just that, a Lifestyle, but it will certainly always have some challenges!


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

I am starting with this story…..

On Wednesday last week, I went to Trader Joes. While at the checkout, the clerk asked he how my day was.

I replied…”Mediocre”.

He said….”Oh, I’m sorry.”

I said…”It’s okay. Yesterday really sucked, so it’s an improvement.”

We both smiled. On the way to my car, I hear footsteps behind me in the parking lot. It’s the clerk! The dude brought me flowers!!!! How sweet was that??

There still just as pretty, sitting in my kitchen….

In a nutshell, life got crazy for a few days and I felt completely out of control. Sometimes I get into a routine that I am really comfortable with and things are all going as planned and going MY way…..then something in life happens that I’m not expecting, and I kinda go crazy. That’s what happened.

Over three years ago, I ended up in the ER, via ambulance, because Mike and I thought I was having a heart attack. Turns out, it was a panic attack due to anxiety. Since then, I have made a lot of changes in my personal life and how I deal with certain situations. I try to be aware of when I am beginning to feel overwhelmed and I make the changes needed to deal with things. Last week, I began to get that heavy and tight feeling in my chest and I knew I needed to take a break from anything that I could.

Nothing serious or major, nothing bad, nobody is sick, and no life altering events took place. I simply had some goals to reach by the end of August regarding my weight, my NEW blog, my daily schedule and applying for Weight Watchers. Things were really moving along nicely just TWO weeks ago, then a few things changed in my daily routine, my time was required elsewhere, my routine got all outta whack, I started feeling anxious, I used food to deal with it, then I convinced myself that wine would relax me, then I just got pissed. Pissed at life not allowing me to do exactly what I needed to do when I needed to do it, pissed at myself for using food and wine to deal with stress, pissed because my behavior allowed the scale to creep back up, then I began to feel the stress in my chest. That’s when I knew I needed to take a few days away and figure it all out.

So that’s what I did.

I met with my coach Wednesday night, and she always seems to get me back on track. We made a plan for me to move forward and I felt really good about it. We changed my goal date to September 13th, adding a couple of extra weeks to get to my goal weight, and as much as I hated to admit failure, I agreed that seemed reasonable. She also helped me realize that I should limit my time dedicated each day to getting my “New Blog” up and running. I agreed.

(A side-note about the “New” blog. I am learning a lot about websites and a whole lot of website jargon that is WAY over my head. When I found out about the KC Blogging conference, I was ecstatic to be able to go and learn a lot of info about the blogging world that I was oblivious too! Then when I wasn’t able to go, I decided to move forward anyhow and learn all that I could on my own. I have also discovered, that basically I am learning how to build a website, and when your clueless about websites and computer jargon, there’s a LOT of frustrating hours ahead!! Sometimes I am finding myself re-reading and re-reading just to comprehend. Now that I am only dedicating a certain amount of time each day to this process, I should be a little less wigged out!)

I woke up Thursday to more rain, which did NOT help my mood at all, but I felt determined to make it a great day. Well, I walked that day, but my speed was ridiculously slow and my mood seemed to match that slow pace for the rest of the day. I did get together with a group of High school girl friends that night and I passed on the wine. I hate that I allowed myself to drink during the 12 weeks that I said that I wouldn’t, so I AM back on the “No Drinking” band wagon. I did have a great time with my girl friends, so I tried to focus on the fact that something great did happen that day.

Friday morning, I had my day all planned out. I went to my Weight Watchers meeting, but then when I got there, I didn’t weigh in. I had gotten to 156.6, and that had felt so great. At home, the scale had said 157 consecutively for several days, and I was actually very pleased with that. I think I was still in shock that I weighed less than 160! I didn’t want to get on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting and deal with a gain, and knowing that my bad days were past me, it seemed okay to skip a weigh in and focus on the week to come. Well, Friday was just as frustrating as Thursday as far as my mood went. The gloomy weather really seemed to be getting to me too! I had things I wanted to accomplish with my New blog on Friday, and I wasn’t able to figure things out, and I was beginning to feel extremely frustrated ALL over again. Mike and I spent the evening (with me in my PJ’s) on the couch, flipping back and forth between the Royals and the Chiefs. It was a relaxing night at home and Mike gave me a good pep talk and reminded me of all of my progress.

I woke up Saturday morning felling better than I had in several days, and when I saw the sun shining, I made my “to do list” for the day. By 9:00 am, I was out mowing, and in the late morning, I walked 7 miles with a friend. I kept my protein intake high, drank lots of water throughout the day, and drank coffee that night while sitting outside at a bar listening to some great music with Mike.

Sunday, another great sun shiny day! I got my walk in early, then we headed out to the Royals game with some friends for a truly Perfect Afternoon! I drank water all day.

Monday, I had planned to get my walk in at 5:30 am, since I had to accompany my mom to the Dr. at 8:30 am, which required leaving my house at 7:45 am. I woke up again to rain. I went back to sleep for an hour. After Egg Whites and coffee, I finally left my house to fight rush hour for 45 minutes. Then, I waited several minutes in the lobby of the Doctors office before receiving a phone call from my mother, letting me know that she had told me the wrong Doctors office. I went to the correct office only to find out, the doctor, nor any of the staff, had arrived yet. It was well past 8:30 am!!! When the doctor and staff DID arrive, we were finally seen by the doctor at 9:45 am for our 8:30 am appointment. Ask me if my chest was feeling tight now. Yip. I practiced deep breathing, and when I got into my car, I decided it was time to call my therapist, who I have not seen in MONTHS!! Maybe even over a year and a half?? I started seeing her after my panic attacks and she really helped me. I didn’t see her very often, but when I did, I always felt better, and I promised myself that if I ever got to feeling exactly the way I am feeling now, and things seem to be getting the best of me, that I would go see her. I felt better just making the appointment. I’ve learned to never be to proud to ask for help.

I then went to a coffee shop where I had planned to spend no more than two hours writing a blog post, then working on the New blog. I hadn’t yet decided how much to share on my blog about the past week (I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t just “Tell All”, I usually do!), so I decided to work on the new blog first. For over an hour, I simply could NOT find on my computer where my new Blog even was!!!! I closed my computer and stomped out of the coffee shop, with tightness in my chest, and drove to the grocery store for my salad bar lunch. On my drive, it hit me where I needed to go on my computer to find my New Blog!!! I then came home, found my New Blog, then feeling a bit of relief, I took a two hour nap, which only put me in a bad mood! I am NOT a good napper, and my nap did not leave me feeling rested, but only frustrated with myself for not getting anything done! Then I never did write a blog post!

I eventually walked 5 miles and again, had a chat with myself!

I decided I absolutely had to blog today because my blog really helps me stay focused. Getting my “Story” off my chest somehow helps me move forward. I know I have said that before about blogging or journaling. Blogging helps me to focus on my daily meals, my exercise, and it’s now a part of my morning routine. I will have a lot going on over the next few weeks with my mom and I know I will feel powerless to my schedule, so I will HAVE to make the necessary changes to my own routine to MAKE my meal planning, my exercise and my blogging happen. I can NOT allow myself to make food choices out of convenience. I need to plan for the unexpected and have high protein snacks and meals ready to go. I need to realize that my day may have to start earlier than usual, and that each day may not go as expected.

I’m sorry to be so vague about my mom. She has had some health issues that we are addressing and it is taking some time, but nothing life threatening, just stressful for her, and apparently for me too.

I didn’t take food pictures these last few days, but I did get a few fun photos!!

Sunday we had an awesome time rooting the Royals to victory over the Red Sox!

We took a walk with our friends around the entire stadium while I drank TWO of these!!

Yesterday, the guy at the coffee shop presented me with the most beautiful Latte I have ever seen!!

Ready to make it a GREAT day!!

Tomorrow I will be back at telling you everything I put in my mouth, along with pictures, what exercise I did, and how many points I ate!

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

Hello world!

August 9, 2013

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I’m Taking a Break…..

August 8, 2013

I walked into Trader Joe’s yesterday afternoon (Following my awesome class at the Apple store! Look out Geek Squad!) for a couple of things. As I was waiting in line, a clerk came up from behind me and took my cart to his register. They are always so nice there, I think. As he was ringing up my Greek Yogurt Guacamole (so delicious!), he said…..

“How’s your day going?”

Me…..

“Mediocre.”

Him…….

“I’m sorry.”

Me…..

“We’ll, yesterday really sucked, so mediocre is actually a huge improvement!”

We both smiled. As I was walking to my car, I hear running behind me, and the awesome clerk that had just rung up my order brought me out a bouquet of flowers!!!! How sweet!

The last few days I seem to be meeting myself coming and going, yet I feel like I never actually GO anywhere or make any progress. My “To Do List” that I so often write about seems to be getting longer and I can’t seem to be able to mark any of the “To Do’s” off of it, which is increasing the whole anxiety issue.

I had to cancel a couple of things this week that I always look forward to, and I just feel a little overwhelmed. Not a big deal, it’s just that sometimes when I get a few extra things thrown into the mix, I don’t seem to adjust real well.

I’ve decided that while doing more research and building my new blogging website, I am going to take a short break from blogging everyday. You would be amazed at how much time I spend writing that silly little thing!!!

My mom is requiring a little extra of my time, and my schedule just feels all outta whack.

I will blog on Monday with an update of how my weekend went with my food, exercise, my Friday Weigh-in results, and possibly my life.

I met with my coach last night and she gave me some great advice, and today I plan to put her advice into action!!

See you Monday!!

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

Wow, you really clicked on that to read this??

Okay, I’ll try not to judge you.

I missed posting yesterday, so I will try to play catch up here, after I first most likely, gross you out.

My morning started off on Monday absolutely perfect, which should be a really good clue that things are about to possibly go wrong.

I had coffee with friends, a nice chat on the phone with my daughter, then a very pleasant phone interview for a position with Weight Watchers, which I will fill you in on. Then I went to my mom’s house to view a possible oozing wound, post surgery. After determining everything was fine (I closed my eyes really tight while pretending to look at the area of concern, then I told my mom that I didn’t see anything that looked abnormal), I then came home to mow the lawn.

Before starting the lawn mower, one of the dogs was joyously rolling in SOMETHING! It’s usually something disgusting, so I went to investigate, hoping it was only a little mud due to all the rain we’ve had lately. Nope. It was a dead mouse. I threw up a little in my mouth. Then I was completely wigged out knowing that I needed to remove it from the lawn before I mowed. I grabbed a small gardening shovel. Once it was actually ON the shovel (this took me forever!) I completely freaked out while walking across the lawn and jumped up and down with the major Weebie Jeebies and it flew off the shovel and landed in the street. I decided that was better than in my lawn. So, there it remained.

While mowing, I stepped in the most ridiculous pile of poo I have EVER seen. I would have sworn it came from a horse, but I will assume that it came from the Standard Poodle that lives three doors away and escapes on a regular basis. I did NOT pick it up with my gardening shovel and flip it into the street. So, there it remained.

Thank GOODNESS I remembered to change into my lawn mowing shoes!!

Due to the length of the grass, I had to bag it, which I despise. After trimming, then mowing, stopping, emptying the bag, mowing, stopping and emptying the bag four more times, I was done with the front yard and moved to the back. (The front yard isn’t even that big, but the stupid grass was really long!) Then the mower wouldn’t start. Then the sweat was running down my forehead and into my eyes, and it really stung!! Then…..I yelled some stuff, threw some stuff, (Throwing your your weed whacker is NOT recommended!) and stomped into the house like a 4 year old and took a timeout. I then went outside to attempt to start my mowing monster again. It started. I finished, and all was good with the world again. Well, at least all was good in my yard.

Okay, so my phone interview with Weight Watchers went really well…… I thought. But…..in order to move forward, I will need to weigh 150, so my journey continues with great motivation! Seven pounds to go.

Okay, I gotta admit, weighing less than 160 has been super exciting, and I have gone back to what I know works for maintenance instead of continuing to do what I know I need to do to LOSE!!

This is how the last 50 pounds of losing has gone for me and I know that I am stalling. I get comfortable at a NEW weight, and I sit there for a bit, enjoying the new size of my body and the new way my clothes feel. I think the BIG loss a couple of weeks ago made me feel like……Oh, Okay, I can have a big loss for a couple of weeks, then I’ll be at goal. I have been enjoying a few glasses of wine, after I said that I wouldn’t do that until I weighed 150!!

It’s time to get serious again. There’s a JOB possibility here, people!

That being said, I ate too little on Monday and drank wine!

Breakfast

Uh…..yum.

Snack/Lunch/Snack???

Dinner (I had not planned dinner, and literally threw whatever veggies we had in a skillet. DELISH!)

My Lovely Concoction……

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, Asparagus, Feta, Berries (5)
Snack = Coffee with Milk (1)
Lunch = Whey Protein Shake with frozen Strawberries (3)
Dinner = Tortilla Tilapia, Stir Fry made with Garlic infused Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Zucchini, Red Onion, Mushrooms, Potatoes and Asparagus! (10)
Drinks = Red Wine (10)

Total = 29

Today’s Exercise = walked 4 Miles, push mow, bag and trim!

How many glasses of water I drank today = 12
Activity Points Earned Today = 6
Activity Points Earned This Week = 6
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 45
ALCOHOL consumption = Red Wine

I must say, even with the few anxiety filled days I seem to have had lately, all the walking has helped me maintain a fairly good mood!

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