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Monday, December 5, 2011

Still Alive

Hi All! I am still alive and kicking.  I am enjoying some veggie soup and fruit for lunch and wanted to pop in and say hi.  I have been super busy with work and Holly so my spare time for blogging has been nil.  I am still on the right path, despite hitting a few rocks here and there.  I hope to come back before the holiday and give you a recap.

Take Care,

Friday, September 30, 2011

Hello Old Friend!

Oh Cobb salad, how I have missed you.

Yup, you guessed it, Cobb salad for lunch today.  I am slowly getting back into the groove of things. One day meal at a time. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oh no, not again!

In an effort to keep myself honest, with, well, myself, I am keeping up with my weekly weigh in's and posting the pictures here, no matter how good, bad or ugly.  Well, this week is an ugly one.  This picture is from my regularly scheduled Wednesday weigh in.  As usual, work trumped blog and I didn't have a chance to post yesterday.

Sorry, the picture is in the correct landscape position on my photo editor.  Not sure why they keep flipping when I post here.
So the results:  327.4 = Gain of 3.5 lbs.

It was another one of those drop everything and focus on work weeks.  I had several late nights at the office, not getting home until 10pm or later.  I also had the challenge of missing my husband and daughter over the weekend.  Daniel's step-grandmother passed away last Thursday and he took Holly up to a little town outside of San Jose for several days to spend time with the family and attend the services.  I couldn't go because of work.  So I spent the weekend catching up on some much needed sleep and spending the day at the office on Sunday.  Overall it was a terribly lonely, stressful and exhausting week.  I wasn't sleeping well due to the stress.  I wasn't eating well, as I was hitting drive-thru after drive-thru for breakfast and dinners.  (Which were all very late night dinners.)  I wasn't exercising, or drinking the water I needed to.  All in all, a really sucky week and the scale reflected it.

So, what I am I doing to get back on track?  Well, tonight I am planning on attending Slimmons for the first time in what feels like forever.  I need the exercise to get my mood to boost and hopefully, improve my sleeping.  Afterwards, I am going to have a much needed lady-date with Alexa and Heidi. 

Daniel and I have plans to walk after work on Friday night, and as Saturday starts the first weekend of October, we are making our monthly trip to Disneyland.  That should be a very active day.  I need the Disney boost too.  I really do have a complete change of attitude when I walk through those gates.  I might even request a special Sunday visit, but that might be pushing it.  I do have another commitment and Daniel has football watching planned with my mom.

So there you have it.  I am not proud, and it just proves that I am consistent with losing weight and quickly gaining it right back again a week or two later.  I know that I have the ability to make some positive changes and deal with the stress, eating late, etc. but I just didn't have the energy, or desire to do it.  I am hoping to get that mojo back this week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Weigh In

This is going to be a quick post, just to update you with my weigh in.  It wasn't what I expected, but in a good way.  I basically maintained this week.  I am down to 323.9.  I guess the scale gods where smiling down on me to keep me going, encouraged, etc and it worked.  I can put this past week behind me and focus on the next several days.

Not sure why it flipped upside down.  When I view on my photo editor it is the right side up.  Weird.

Hope you all are having a happy and healthy week!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 7 - Day 11 Blues

Day 7 - 10 have been a touch stressful with a sick baby, and two trays of brownies made by my mother.  I totally caved with the brownies, by the way.  They are the #1 enemy in my house, because I really can't say no to them.  Had a few talks with my mom about the brownie issue and she understands, but gives me the , why does she have to go without because I can't have them speech.  I know exactly how she feels about that, because currently, we are all trying to go "low carb" because Daniel's diabetes is getting out of control and really needs to focus on the healthier diet.  I hate going low carb, but I do it so he isn't tempted and so that he has a partner in this lifestyle.  I am not perfect with the low carb and have my moments when I prepare something inappropriate just like my mom did with the brownies. (Pumpkin cupcakes, hello!)  How can I expect her to change when I pull the same stunt with my husband?  This is going to be something I focus on this week. I am frustrated that this lifestyle is not an easy transition and feels like an uphill battle each and every day.  Does it ever get easier?

In other news, I haven't worked out in almost a week.  I stayed home from work on Thursday, because Holly and I were sick.  I didn't go to Slimmons that night, which was a good thing, because I ended up having to take Holly to the Urgent Care office that night.  She was fine the second we walked through the door and we got to go home soon after.  I stayed home with her again on Friday, which led into the weekend.  Saturday morning rolled around and after two whole days with the baby, I didn't want to leave her.  I decided I would just devote the rest of the weekend to her.  Again, another skipped Slimmons class.

Which brings me to the root cause of my blues this Monday morning, I just didn't want to go to work today and leave her.  I guess I have a touch of separation anxiety today. I miss her something terrible during the week.  5 days a week I work 8+ hours a day, and two of those days, I don't see her at all.  The weekends roll around and I miss half of Saturday with her because I go to Slimmons.  It breaks my heart not spending enough time with her.  But, I also need to do this so I can lose the weight so I have more time with her in the long run.  It also breaks my heart to see her to so attached to my mom and wants her to do everything for her/with her when I am home.  I know it is just because my mom is home during the day taking care of her, and it is what she is used to, but still.  It stings a little.  After being home with her for the past 4 days, she went back to wanting me all the time.  I loved it, even if it was short term. 

Are you still reading this?  I have babbled on for a while, so sorry about that.  I just wanted to get it off my chest.

PS - To fix my mom's sweet tooth, I found a low calorie option for her.  The pumpkin cupcakes Gina from posted last week.  They were low calories and delicious!  This was a sweet treat that I could have in the house and it not be much of a temptation for me and my husband.  We were easily able to control ourselves with these.  If you love pumpkin, you should try them.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 4 - 6 with a Weigh In!

That crazy thing called life kept me from keeping up with the blog this week.  But not to worry, it was a stellar week, as documented by my scale.

As of this morning, I weighed in at 324.5, which is a 4.2lb loss from last week.  YES!!!  I was surprised to see such a high number because my total exercise count for last week was one session at Slimmons.  I did some running around doing errands and the usual Holly chase, which I suppose contributed :)  My goal last week was to start exercising at the new gym at work on my off Slimmons days.  Well, I was a bit naive  thinking that I could go to Slimmons at night, wake up a few hours later and do another workout first thing in the AM.  I tried, and I just can't do it. I am either way too tired or too sore.  I am going to have to stick to evening workouts.  Hopefully, the excitement of the gym will die down after work hours and I can get a cardio machine without having to wait forever.  This saga is to be continued.

Over the weekend, we did some light grocery shopping, but focused on getting our fridge cleaned up and using what we have on hand.  Here are a few of the veggies I prepped this week:

I started off cutting up one of my new favorites, Jicama.  I used this one veggie in three different ways this week.  1.)  Cut up into sticks for snacking.  It was a nice change up from the usual carrots, celery, squash combo.  

2.)  I added to the relish seen below that will be used to top my rice and chicken tonight and throughout the rest of the week.  In addition to the jicama, the relish was made up of the veggies that really needed to be used up before they went bad.  In the batch, I have a mix of cucumber, sweet peppers, radishes, onion and jicama.  I added the juice of one lime and a little salt and pepper.

3.)  I also cubed up my jicama and added it to the rest of the veggies that I roasted on Monday with our pork tenderloin.  Pictured below is a butternut squash, rutabagas and purple potatoes.  (Also roasted, but not pictured were onions and garlic.)  I tossed them all in 2 teaspoons of olive oil, added some garlic/herb seasoning mix and they were ready to roast.

Of course I don't have any pictures of the final products because meal time is crazy in our house and once Holly gets settled, everyone rushes to make their plates and eat before she decides she is finished.  One of these days though, I will get it together ;)  Baby steps, people.

So far, so good this week.  I hope you too are all  having a happy and healthy week.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 3 - Slimmons Time!

Thursday or Thorsday as my nordic god/superhero loving husband would say, was by my standards fantastic. 

I started off my day eating a batch of steel cut oats that my husband had prepared on Sunday.  He made a little extra for me to try and I finally got around to it.  I added a splash of milk, because after 4 days in the fridge it looked a little stiff, and reheated in the microwave.  Afterward, I added 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, a handful of pomegranate craisins and a tablespoon of walnuts.  Let me tell you - Delish!  I like it a billion times better than the instant oatmeal packets.  By adding the dried fruit and nuts, it tasted similar to the perfect oatmeal I have been getting at Starbucks.  I ate it around 6:30 and it kept me full until 10:30 - 11am.  I should have packed a small snack to hold me till lunch, but I made it through.  DOUBLE THUMBS UP!  Daniel will have to make a couple extra servings for me to have during the week. 

Midday, I got over to the new building at work where the gym is located.  I did a quick tour and signed up.  I am an official member and will be working out there on Monday - Wednesday and Friday mornings.  The equipment is all new and state of the art.  As one of my colleagues said, they have tv's on the cardio equipment, so we can watch Cupcake Wars while we workout.  LOL!  They have a great shower and locker room facility and room for me to get dressed and ready for work.  I look forward to the new routine.

That evening, I got out of work at 5pm and made it to Slimmons with plenty of time to greet my friends and catch up on the happenings from the past few weeks.  This group of friends were a sight for sore eyes and the much needed comfort I have been seeking.  Having someone there in the trenches with you makes all the difference in the world.  Blogger friends are the best!!   

About a month ago after a sweaty work out.  Holly and I with Heidi, Finishing the Hat and Alexa, The Cuvy Nerd.
 The workout kicked my butt, but was great.  We had three of the people from TMZ show doing our class with us, which was good times.  Good to know they sweat as much as I do. 

Friday, will bring some eating out challenges (possibly lunch and dinner) and workout at the new gym.  Will let you know how it goes.

Happy a happy and healthy day :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 2 - Keepin' On The Right Path

Wednesday started off with a challenge, but I made it work.  I got up to hit that new gym at work, but they didn't have anyone there at 6am who could register me, so they didn't let me in.  Instead of slumping off, I took the opportunity to walk the parking garage before it started filling up with cars and did a couple flights of stairs.  I didn't work up too much of a sweat, because I didn't have a place to shower and clean up.  (Thank you gym people.)  

Eats were good again.  I didn't write it down and track, but I made good choices.  I have salad coming out of my ears, but it has been extra tasty and a little different due to a new salad dressing I bought for the first time.  I am now obsessed with the Bolthouse Farms Yogurt dressings. (Danger, mini review alert.  I think this is my first one.  Bolthouse Farms did not ask me to write this review or compensated me in anyway.  I just wanted to share with you an awesome product I tried.)
Photo from Bolthouse Farms website

One of the lifestyle changes I have successfully made in these past 20 months is the significant reduction of creamy salad dressings.  Creamy dressings haven't been 100% banned from my life.  The ranch dressing does get ordered on occasion or maybe some blue cheese dip for my carrots and celery on baked hot wings night.  Other than that, I stick to the tried and true oil and vinegar.  The Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Dressings have been mentioned on several of the blogs I follow and I when I saw it on sale, I jumped at the chance to try it.  (2/ $4.00 at Sprouts the other week).  I picked up the Blue Cheese and Creamy Italian flavors to try.  My first test was Creamy Italian.  Let me just say AMAZING!  To me it tastes exactly like one of my old favorites, Marie's Creamy Italian dressing, which has become a no no in my household.  (Both can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce area.)  You can check out the nutritional information here.  They use only natural ingredients and no preservatives.  I haven't checked the expiration date, but I assume they have a short shelf life.  I haven't had a chance to try the Blue Cheese, but plan on it when we make buffalo chicken salad one night this week.  It was a fun way to change up what has become my usual boring salads.

I also weighed myself on Wednesday morning.  It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I clocked in at 328.7.  I was over 331 at my final weigh in with the Occupational Therapist a few weeks ago, so I am already doing better.  I am going to make Wednesday's my new official weigh in day.  Mid week weigh in's will be a better behavior control for me than Friday mornings.  Friday morning weigh in meant I would eat out over the weekend and think I still had 5 days to lose whatever I gained during weekend extravagance.

Today is Thursday, and I am going to Slimmons for the first time in weeks.  I missed it so much as well as my friends there.  I am soooo looking forward to sweating and letting you know all about it.

Hope you all are having a happy and healthy day :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 1 - Good Start

Thank you so much for all your kind and supportive comments on yesterday's post. I really appreciate you and the support you lend in times of need.  It is great to be part of such a caring community.  Thank you.

I had a good day today, despite some obstacles.  I got up late, after having only slept 3 hours.  (Thank you, Holly.  Mommy won't hold it against you. ;)  So morning was rushed and I ran out the door without my packed breakfast and lunch.  Not need to fret though.  I didn't have drive thru, I got eggs and a slice of wheat toast.  I drank plenty of water and had a cobb salad for lunch. 

My next obstacle was getting to exercise.  I had a late, last minute meeting that kept me from getting on the road and to Beverly Hills in time to make Slimmons.  I was pretty upset about it, but I know that duty calls sometimes.  I didn't get home until 7pm and was starving.  I made Amy Lou Chicken Burgers that I got from Costco and paired it with a bowl of my husbands beans and greens soup.  It was pretty delicious and filling.  A quick and easy meal.
After dinner, mommy duties called and I had bath and bedtime instead of sweating and moving.  I also forgot to weigh myself this morning before my shower.  I will be sure to get that chore done tomorrow.  Over all I think this was a great day. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Can you say avoidance?

Avoidance is my middle name these days.  In fact, I wrote that sentence and paused to watch reality tv for a full 5 minutes before coming back to the post.  What am I avoiding?  My blog.  Why am I avoiding my blog?  Because I feel like an utter weight loss failure.  I realized I am successful at losing and gaining the same 20lbs for the past 20.5 months. 

I am on a gaining cycle right now.  That 16lbs that I lost has been gained back in the past month.  Why?  I would love to blame it on my sister, who, since staying with us for the past 5 weeks has brought every type of cookie, cake, ice cream and bad habit into my house.  But she just brought the temptation, I am the one who gave in.  I knew I was gaining, but avoided the scale.  Instead, I went back to old habits of daily fast food breakfast, diet coke instead of water and an uncontrollable desire for sweets.  I have had some good days mixed in, but not enough to make a difference. 

So today I confess my sins and tomorrow I wake up with a clean slate.  Steel cut oats are cooked and packed up for tomorrow's breakfast, as well as a beans and greens soup and salad for lunch.  The Bodybugg is charged and the workout clothes are packed.  I am planning on going back to Slimmons tomorrow night.  I have been gone for a few weeks due to work schedule.  I am also joining the gym at my work and will be doing early morning workouts on the off Slimmons days.  Tomorrow, will also be a weigh in day for me just so I have a starting point using my scale.  No more of the weight loss management program weigh ins, so now it is time to start tracking on my own scale.

Here I go again.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Unintentionally Unplugged

Why the radio silence?  Well, I took a much deserved vacation last week, and unintentionally unplugged myself from all communication.  Alright, not all, I did have the cell phone if the baby needed me, but I wasn't checking texts, emails, Facebook, blogs, etc.  Ok, I did return a couple of texts, and went on Facebook maybe like twice ;) 

So, what exactly does unintentionally unplugged mean?  I didn't plan to unplug during my vacation.  In fact, I thought the opposite.  I thought I would take more time to write interesting blog posts, with pictures, and reviews of my lifestyle redesign program.  I was going to upload a thousand baby pictures on Facebook for those family members who don't get to see my little Punky Brewster grow up, and do those nagging chores like update my Quicken software, etc. 

Instead, when packing for Vegas, I decided that I would leave the laptop at home.  Who needs a laptop interrupting a romantic getaway with your hubby, right?!  4 days later, when we got home, I was so excited to see the baby and visit with friends at Slimmons that I never thought about checking my emails or going online. By the time I realized I had been offline for 5 days, I thought, what's a few more??  I finished two books, went to Disneyland and caught up on my DVR.  It was heaven! 

So, here I am.  Vacation over, and back into the swing of things.  Later tonight or tomorrow I will also be posting my vacation recap and confessions, yikes!!

I missed my bloggers and look forward to catching up on what you all have been doing this past week. 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

FMM - Girly Stuff

Wow, 2 posts in a row, I am on a roll!  It is time for FMM! 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: any my blog so we can all see your FMM questions and answers.  Please invite your blog readers to add their links there too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

My friend, Heidi from Finishing The Hat contributed to this weeks questions.  Be sure to check out her fantastic blog, full of recipes, Adventure Wednesdays and Fashion Fridays.

FMM: Girly Questions
1) Do you like to shop? Yes, I do!  In fact, my husband even enjoys going shopping with me unless it is football season.  LOL!  I am trying to only buy what I NEED and not what I WANT, in an effort to save money.  I also like window shopping.

2) How often do you wear makeup?  I used to wear it everyday, but in the past few years, I started having skin issues and allergic reactions to it, even the hypoallergenic stuff.  Right now, I wear it when I want to feel pretty or if I know I have to take pictures.

3) How do you feel about nail polish? I like it, but I wash my hands so often that it chips or starts showing wear a few days after my manicure.  I sport the natural nail look most of the time and will get my nails polished for special occasions or when I go on vacation. (Like next weekend!)  I will use any color and go mostly for pinks and reds.
4) Do you consider yourself to be a feminist? I guess so.  I am very independent and strong willed.  I think my inner feminist came out when I started watching Mad Men.  The way they were treating the women in that show was appalling and I was thankful I didn't have to live in those times.

5)  What’s your biggest challenge as a woman?   Being pregnant, giving birth and being a mother. 

6) Do you wear skirts and dresses? I would love to but have always hated the way I look in them.  I didn't even consider giving them another try until I started reading Heidi's blog. She has inspired me in her Fashion Friday's .  Her style overall is smart, fun, feminine and flirty. I think she should be my personal stylist ;)   She looks beautiful in her dresses and I hope to find a style that flatters me. 
7) How do you feel about high heels? Ewww, no.  They kill my feet.  I am a flats kind of girl.  I have 1-2" heels for work that I rarely wear, but have in case of emergency or if I have to break out the suits.

8.)  Do you subscribe to magazines? If so, which ones?   I used to subscribe to Cooking Light, Weight Watchers, and Entertainment Weekly.  I stopped the subscriptions because I never got time to really enjoy them anymore.  Now I just get the Pottery Barn Kids catalog.  LOL!

9) Do you shave your legs/wax/ use depilatory creams or go au naturale? I shave my legs and underarms, although probably not as often as I should.  LOL!  I am  known to get a bit stubbly.  
I used the depilatory cream on my lip and either pluck or get my eyebrows threaded.

10) What do you like most about being a woman?  Everything!  I love that a woman's body is naturally softer and curvy.  I love boobs (even though mine aren't perfect.)  I love that I can have children and bond with my child in a way that no man can ever understand.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions! And don’t forget to link up. Happy Monday!

Tomato-Jicama Relish

I killed two birds with one stone today:  I tried a new vegetable and made a recipe from my dusty Clean Eating Magazine cookbook. I have been salivating over this flank steak recipe with a tomato-jicama relish since I got the cookbook.  Today was the day, we finally prepared it.  (I apologize for lack of pictures, the camera was not charged and well, we were starving when dinner was ready and just dug in.) 

Before we get to the recipe, a little about jicama:  According to the Clean Eating Magazine cookbook, "Jicama is the crunchy, sweet root of a legume and adds a zippy and exotic touch...  it provides great flavor without adding many calories."  I am all for great flavor with little calories!

The recipe:
1 cup of diced ripe tomatoes
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced jicama
1/4 cup diced white onion
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp honey

Combine in a bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste.  It's that simple!

The result:  Delicious!  I thought the jicama took on the flavors on the bell pepper and onion and really didn't have a strong flavor of it's own.  I did notice the relish had a bit of a bite to it, so that may have come from the jicama, as we didn't add any heat ourselves.  It paired well with the grilled flank steak and we added white rice and grilled corn on the cob to round out the meal.  Very satisfying and bonus, we have left over relish for our grilled chicken tomorrow night. (Oh, maybe I can get a picture of the left over relish and post tomorrow!)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hello There!

I just rejoiced that one of my favorite bloggers had posted again after a long hiatus and realized I too was being a bad blogger.  Oops!  So, I am back and with some happy updates.

I am proud to announce that I am a regular now at Slimmons!  Working out there has been a blast and I have made some super awesome friends in the process.  I have been consistently going for the past month, with the exception of one bad week, and couldn't be more pleased with myself.  I struggled for so long to find an exercise program that excited and motivated me.  I am pleased I finally found it.  I have a lot more energy, sleep better and am generally happier.  I crave the exercise now and am sad if I miss a workout.  I am going only the three days a week, but plan on upping my workouts to 4 days and then growing to 5 per week.  Baby steps.  Here is a link to the class I managed to get my husband, Daniel to attend.  Richard pulled us into the circle to dance with him.  We are at the 3:49 mark.

I am at the end of my Occupational Therapy sessions for the Lifestyle Redesign Program for Weight Loss and Management.  Overall, the experience has been good.  I learned more about my behaviors, the why's behind those behaviors and how to overcome them.  I truly see a difference in lifestyle now.  I will do a larger recap of the program on another post.  I think it was successful, in the lifestyle aspect and has set me up for future success in the weight loss front.

Speaking of weight loss, I have lost a total of 16lbs this month.  Yippee!  I had one dicey week, but in the end, I had a tremendous month for weight loss. 

During this quiet month, and my 1 hour commute home from Slimmons three days a week, I have had a lot of time to reflect and re-evaluate my goals.  I know that reaching my overall goal weight of 135lbs by the end of 2012 is unrealistic.  I would have to lose an average of  3lbs per week in the next 73 weeks.  I don't want to put that much pressure on myself.  Instead, I have decided that I would like to lose 135lbs by 2012.  That is about 1.5lbs per week for 73 weeks and would put me in the 180 lb range.  It is still a lot of weight to lose, however, I have over a year to get it done.  I think if I can keep up with these lifestyle changes, I can make it happen.  So, 135 by 2012 has a different meaning to me now, but still a good goal to pursue. 

As for the blogs, sorry if I have been so quiet lately.  I am reading your blogs, even if I am not commenting.  Another goal I am setting for myself is to do 3 posts per week (on the nights I am not at Slimmons.)

Thanks for being here and part of my journey.  I appreciate all your support and encouragement. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

FMM - 2nd week in a row!

I can't believe it.  I am participating in FMM 2 weeks in a row.  Luckily, Kenlie at All TheWeigh just posted the FMM questions as I finished up my last blog post.  I have a few minutes to kill before bed :)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. I would love to see you all participate and encourage you to post your comments and link on my blog as well.  The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: What’s in Your Fridge?

1.)  List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge.
       Milk , eggs, cheese, celery, carrots, cereal (yes, I like my Raisin Bran chilled) and tons of condiments.

2.)  What kind of milk do you drink?
2% for the adults and whole milk for Holly.  I just can't handle the skim stuff yet.

3.) Do you prefer fresh or frozen vegetables? I love the fresh, but eat my fair share of frozen.  Mostly the frozen steamer bags, because it is one less pot/pan to clean and they are quick and easy for weeknight

4.)  What do you currently have to drink in the fridge?
Diet Coke (my mom's), milk and juice (for Holly).  The tea and water is out on the counter because we usually don't have room in the fridge for the pitchers.

5.)  How often do you clean out your refrigerator?
It usually cleans it self out, but every two weeks or so to make sure we don't get any funky smells.

6.)  What’s the healthiest thing in it right now?

Grapes, strawberries, apricots, nectarines, plums, collard greens, spring mix, salad fixins. (We just went to the grocery store on Saturday night.) 

7.)  What’s the most unhealthy thing in it right now?  
Full fat cream cheese.   (All the unhealthy stuff is hidden in the pantry.  LOL) 

8.)  What do you wish you had in it that you don’t have now?
A full week of lunches and dinners prepared.  lol! 

9.)  How often do you shop for groceries?
Once a week.  We will pick up stuff we forgot or need fresh on the way home from work.  The grocery store is right down the street.  

10.)  What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now?

Nothing weird this week.  The only new item I bought this week was apricots.  Oh, I have a few artichokes that I have to cook tomorrow.  Does that count?

Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to answer the questions and come back to post a link in the comments section at and here my comments too! Happy Monday!

A new workout

My last post ended with me on a quest to find a workout or class that keeps me interested and engaged in exercise for a change.  Enter:  Slimmons, Richard Simmon's very own exercise studio in Beverly Hills, CA.

In the past month or so, I started following three bloggers who have been talking about working out at Slimmons and making it sound like the most fun sweating could ever be. ( Alexa, The Curvy Nerd, Heidi, Finishing The Hat and Kenlie, All The Weigh)  Not only do these incredible bloggers love Richard, everyone who has ever been to his studio love him too.  I looked up reviews of the classes on yelp and all reviews were 5 star rave reviews about the intense workout plus the a show, with an American weightloss icon, all for the low, low price of $12.00, and a drive out to the West Side.

So, to make good on my goal of stepping out my comfort zone and joining a class, I did, this past Saturday.  The first awesome part of my visit to Slimmons, was meeting Alexa and Heidi.  These are two really cool chicks, who were helpful and super supportive.  Giving me the low down of what to expect, how it works, and little tips and tricks to not collapsing during your first workout with Richard Simmons and how to recover afterward. And it didn't stop with just them.  Everyone was friendly, kind and welcoming.  I had never had that experience before at a gym.  I was caught a little off guard by it. (In a good way.)

I did two sessions, the first was a discussion group lead by Richard and the second was the actual Sweat aerobic class.  The discussion group was considerably smaller than the 100 or so group that shows for the Sweat class.  Richard greets each and every person with a hug and a kiss wants to know your name and if there was time, probably your life story.  He is engaging, genuine and all around fantastic person.  I was completely comfortable in the group and eek, was called on to explain why I was here and why I was finally making this commitment to myself. 

Immediately after the discussion ends, the music comes on and the Sweat class begins.  Everyone scrambles to their places while the doors open and the 60+ people standing outside waiting for the class to start comes flooding in.  I grabbed a spot in the back next to Alexa and NEVER STOPPED MOVING FOR 45 MINUTES.  That was just the aerobics part.  We break for a little water while we grab hand weights for toning and then follow that up with the floor exercises for abs and chest.  I had to modify  A LOT but I am happy to say, I made it through the class in one piece.  I couldn't do all the arm work with the weights and could only do 1/4 of the floor exercises because my arms were like jello by that point.  But I felt so good about my performance.  I am uncoordinated and had some trouble following the steps, but I did what I could and if I was totally lost, I just did my own thing so I could keep moving.
 I am not going to give away all the secrets of what happens at the class, because I want you to join us one day.  I will say this, check out the videos on You Tube.  They are clips of the classes he teaches and will give you an idea of the treat we experience in class.  Here is the link to the class I attended

I was happy I went.  I loved the people, Richard, and the whole experience.  I was excited to get there and thrilled when I left.  I want to make it a regular thing.  I am going to try my best to make the Tuesday and Thursday classes as well as the Saturday class.  Not sure how the weeknight classes will work out with traffic and Holly, but I am going to give it a whirl.  For sure, I will be there each Saturday.  Plus, I got to meet some uber cool people.  I could really get used to this.

PS - I wore my Body Bugg and burned 1100 calories from 9am - 2pm.  Which are the times I left and came home.  YES!  And I was only mildly sore the next day. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Big Fat Maintain!

Just got back from my occupational therapy appointment and my weigh in was disappointing.  I had a big fat maintain.  327.  No loss for a two week period.  At least it is not a gain, but I should have seen some scale movement.  I was hoping for 2lbs each week for a total of 4. 

We have identified my culprits:

1.)  I am not drinking my water.
2.)  Not consistent with the exercise.
3.)  Not consistent with wearing my Bodybugg.

Why are these barriers for the past two weeks?

1,)  Water - I am not drinking enough period. I know this because my lips are super chapped and my skin is very dry.  I am not drinking much at home either.  Maybe half a glass of water or tea with dinner, that is it.  At work, I have been in so many meetings and/or engrossed in projects that I am not paying attention to my water bottle.  That big green bottle and I have been a little distant lately and that relationship is about to change.  I promptly filled him up before I sat down at my desk to write this post.  I am nearly half done with 32 oz.  My renewed goal is to drink 3 of these big green bottles, which equals 96oz of water a day.

2.)  Exercise - Getting out to walk these days have been a little difficult.  Between the pure lack of motivation on my part, Holly's teething mood swings, late work nights, etc. the fun family walks have been kicked to the curbside.  Well, tonight, it is a no brainer, after dinner, we walk.  We are going out to eat, but it should be an early night.  (Assuming, Holly let's us.  LOL!)  I am going to talk about my lack of exercise motivation more below.  It was the topic of my appointment today.

3.)  Bodybugg - My bodybugg has been absent from my daily routine.  I relied heavily on that little watch monitor to tell me how close I am to reaching my daily targets.  Well, the watch battery died and so did my attention to the Bodybugg.  On days that I would wear it, I wouldn't download the stats until the end of the day and by that time it was too late to work achieving any missed targets.  So Saturday, I get the watch battery replaced and the Bodybugg back to it's permanent position on my arm.  I really do need that visual status of where I am to keep me motivated.

 One of the reasons why I like going to this occupational therapist is because she dives deep and helps me realize my barriers with weight loss.  I just assumed I was too lazy to exercise and ate whatever I wanted and that is why I am overweight and not successful with weight loss.  She has helped me open my eyes to the fact that it is not just laziness, but barriers that I need to work around to be successful.  So today's topic was exercise.

We determined the main barriers are parenting, work and yes, lack of motivation.  Parenting and work are the biggies.  Not much I can do to get around the work barrier other than trying to sneak a quick walk or stair climb between meetings.  Not very realistic though.  My hours are my hours and if I have to work late to meet a deadline I am going to do it.  Parenting barriers relate to the beauty that is mommy hood.  Holly is still unpredictable when we get home.  If she is teething, or didn't have a good nap, she is moody and cranky, which does work well if we need her to sit in a stroller for 20 -30 minutes.  On good nights though, no issue. 

The other barrier is lack of motivation.  On the good nights (I am home at a decent time, Holly is in a good mood), then it is up to me to get out there and go.  I don't sometimes.  Why?  Because it is a chore.  It is not fun.  I had an exhausting day and all I want to do is relax and enjoy my baby.  So to combat that lack of motivation, we needed to find something fun and challenging so I will engage.  We agreed that the Bodybugg stats have been a very successful motivator in the past and it is fun to achieve the daily targets.  So I will get back on that bandwagon as mentioned above.

I also need to find other sources of exercise, besides the walks, to keep me interested.  We take different routes, we time ourselves, we check step stats, and try to improve on them each time, but even that gets a little boring.  So I have decided to get out there and start doing some of these exercise classes that I have been avoiding for so long.  So this week, I shall participate in an exercise class and see if I like it.  Will it be something that I will love and want to come back to every few days or will be it a one hit wonder?  Or will I feel totally awkward and hate it?  I have no clue, but I am going to find out.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weigh In Tomorrow

I missed my appointment last week, so tomorrow's weigh in will reflect two whole weeks.  I am looking forward to it for a change. I haven't been as diligent in working out, because I have been working late most nights, but I am sneaking in activity when I can.  I am feeling good and think the scale gods will smile on me tomorrow.

Have a good night all!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friend Making Monday

I am actually catching up on blogs tonight while watching Drop Dead Diva and am able to participate in Friend Making Monday.  (I am usually 3 days late.)

Here are the rules:
Take a moment to answer this week’s questions on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at so that everyone can see your FMM questions and answers.

FMM: Yes or No?
  1. Do you use coupons? Oh yes!  I go through phases when I am more dedicated to it than others, but I am one of those binder toting gals at the grocery or drug store.
  2. Do you like football? Yes, Miami Dolphins, please :) 
  3. Are you in a relationship? Yes, married to my Daniel for 4 years.
  4. Is your phone always within arm’s reach? Only at work.  I rarely have charged when I am at home. 
  5. Do you like thunderstorms? Yes, I love them.  It's one of the things I long for since we moved to Cali.
  6. Can you cook? Yes, but I must follow a recipe or else disaster.
  7. Are you – or have you – lost weight? Yes, especially the same 20lbs in the past 18 months.
  8. Do you know how to read a map? Yes, but I depend way too much on my GPS, Jill.
  9. Do you wear makeup? Yes, but not everyday.
  10. Do you read regularly? No, but I want to.
  11. Are you publicly affectionate? Yes, Hubba Hubba! ;)  Only since I met Daniel though.
  12. Do you like picnics? Yes, but haven't been on one in a while.
  13. Do you have a/c? Yes! I can't live without it.
  14. Have you ever been out of the country? Yes! But mostly to the Caribbean and Mexico.
  15. Do you know how to ride a bicycle? Yes, but I am terrible.  LOL!
Now, it is your turn.  Don't forget to link your answers in the comment section at All The Weigh :)  Have a happy and healthy week!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meal Planning

I got a request from my old, dear friend, Stacy, to start posting my meal plans.  So, Stacy, this one's for you....

First off, here is a picture of the lunch I am eating while typing this blog.

This is a cobb salad from our "cafeteria".  It has romaine, tomato, avocado and bacon with a balsamic dressing.  I almost always eat this same salad on the days I buy lunch at work (like today).  Other days, I have lunch meetings, which are usually turkey sandwiches, with either chips or fruit (comes in the boxed lunch), or another fancier cobb salad from our exec dining room.  If I am really good, I bring something from home.

For dinners, I try to follow a formula of  1 chicken, 1 pork, 1 beef, 1 pasta and one big salad, snack or leftover night, which cleans out the fridge for grocery shopping the next day.  We go out to eat once a week, usually on Friday night or the night the cleaning lady was there.  (I hate to use my kitchen after she made it so sparkly clean :)   I don't eat seafood, so no fish or shrimp dinners, but the hubby and my mom are welcome to make it anytime they want.

I get bored with the same meals week in and out so I use Gina's Skinny Recipes, or my Clean Eating cook book or anything else that tickles my fancy, to inspire me with new ideas.  I like trying different marinades, new spices, etc.  The idea is quick, easy meals, that use as few pots or pans as possible.  For sides, we always have a rice, potato or pasta side on the meat nights and at least two veggies, which includes a salad or just two prepared vegetables.

This week's meals were/are:
Monday - Big salad and pizza night. (I wasn't home for this dinner, but I made up for it on Tuesday.)
Tuesday - Out to dinner (cleaning lady night woo hoo!)  I had a salad and a small personal pan pizza.   :)
Wednesday - Oven fried chicken tenders, mac and cheese, broccoli and salad.  (Gross chicken tenders.)
Thursday - Pork Fajitas (lots of peppers, onions & mushrooms), Mexican rice with mixed veggies and avocado.  (I can't wait.)
Friday - Pasta with squash, zucchini, eggplant, onion and any other veggie I can throw in it.  Topped with tomato sauce and a salad.
Saturday - Snacky night with won-tons, egg rolls and left over veggies.  Or French onion soup.  I haven't decided yet.

In the mornings I am sticking to my Starbuck's Perfect Oatmeal and in between snacks are usually fruit or cheese and crackers.   So there ya have it.  Not the most super exciting meal plan, but manageable for us during the week. 

What is your favorite go to week night dish?  How long do you usually take to prepare dinner?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kitchen Disaster

I tried my bag of whole wheat panko bread crumbs.  I made a batch of oven fried chicken tenders and used the new bag of whole wheat panko bread crumbs.  They were so gross.  I don't know if it was the brand I used, but it was a major tastebud disaster.  I will be tossing that bag and going back to panko original.  LOL!  Lesson learned. Tomorrow's kitchen adventure will be pork fajitas.


Friday, June 10, 2011

4 Down, 26 To Go

I kicked that scales butt this morning.  Last week's disastrous weigh in:  331, this week: 327 - Oh yeah!  That's Right!  Or as my husband would say "In Your Face, Scale!"

So I am 4 pounds closer to my new goal, with 26lbs to go. 

This week, I committed to the exercise.  I walked with the hubby and baby each night, with the exception of last night.  I had to work late and then I had to watch the Heat break my heart for one more loss. 

My goal of doing the 5 minute meditation each morning was a total fail.  Holly woke me up every morning this week, with the exception of Monday.  I did that one morning and that was it.  I am doing more deep breathing exercises during the day, but not 5 minutes at one time.  I do them before we start walking, and I am still feeling stronger,  more alert and that I have a better power walk.  So I will be keeping that up this week.

I am feeling good and motivated.  Plan for this weekend is a lunch and movie date with the hubs on Saturday, I am truly looking forward to it.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Working out again and a revaluation of goals.

Let me start off by saying that I had my highest registered calorie burn this past Saturday, Woo Hoo!!!.  I burned 4700 calories.  That was with me taking off my armband once we got home from Disneyland at 8pm.  Yikes and Hooray all at once.  (I still don't know how to post the screen shot of my Bodybugg page, but will figure it out soon, I hope!)  3,600 of those calories were burned during our time at Disneyland (17,000 steps there too) with the rest from sleep, and activity before and after visiting the mouse house.  I was stiff and sore on Sunday, and didn't wear my bugg, but I did do lots of laundry and ran errands.  So the day wasn't totally movement free.

This morning started my new routine of 5 minute meditation followed by exercise.  I did the meditation first, which for me was a lot of deep breathing, eyes closed and trying to push out all the nonsense from my brain.  BOY DID THAT WORK WONDERS FOR ME!  I felt like a new woman.  It also gave me the extra little pep in my step to get through my workout.  I noticed in the past that my am workouts were never as strong as my evening ones, and this was the total opposite.  I am hoping it is due to all the oxygen flowing to my brain beforehand.  I did a 2 mile walk with Leslie Sansone and then the baby woke up.  She likes to have a bottle and cuddle right away, but at least I got in that 25 minutes.  I am going to work late tonight, but am actually hoping to squeeze in another walk tonight when I get home.

During my drive to work, I had a little talk with myself and decided on a new mini goal of 30 lbs.  That is my new focus.  I have to lose this 30lbs to be under 300.  30lbs sounds manageable and I know I can do it this summer so my goal date will be August 31st.  It's approximately 10% of my body weight and the goal date still gives me a 2 - 2.5 pound per week weight loss rate.  Reward?  Not sure yet.  I don't have any material wants or needs right now.  I am thinking maybe a half day off from motherhood or wife duties?  A little R&R time or a nice hike?  Or a quiet beach day, reading and walking in the sand?  Something that gets me out of the house and moving.  Do you have any thoughts?

Friday, June 3, 2011

It is Time!

I admit, one of my issues with weight loss is managing to combine both nutrition and exercise in my day to day routine.  I have been doing one or the other this entire time.  I just couldn't manage to swing both.  I can honestly tell you sometimes, it is just impossible, other times, I am too tired or just plain lazy. Tell me, ladies, how do you manage full time jobs (at home or outside of the home), commuting, kids, chores, shopping, meal planning, getting a decent nights sleep, blogging and still manage to squeeze in exercise?  

Well today, at my Occupational Therapy session, we talked about how it is now time to do both.  I have pretty much mastered my nutrition, meal planning, etc.  Now I have to start incorporating the exercise.  No more excuses, no more delays.  It is time.

We learned that I have a hard time relaxing, which isn't relieving my stress, which triggers those cravings, which leads me to a battle of wills between me and that little voice telling me to eat cake.  My approach of jumping up for a quick activity to relieve the stress and walk away from the craving wasn't working.  She also suggested I take 5 minutes each day, to start, and do some meditation, followed by deep breathing and stretching. 

So my new plan of action this week:
Wake up, and meditate for 5min, followed by 5 minutes of deep breathing and stretching.
Walk/exercise for 30 minutes, eat breakfast and dress for work.
I need to reflect and see if those cravings disappear with regular exercise.  If not, then back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Checking In

Hi All!  I am still teetering between 320 - 325.  I can't seem to nudge past those numbers.  I am doing what I can and am still making small changes and accommodations to stay on track.  I won't lie, there have been days where I crashed and burned and days where I actually caught those curve balls and threw them back, which I am super proud of, by the way :) 

I am still seeing the occupational therapist, which has been great. I have several session recaps to post for you, but it really is helping. She doesn't give me the opportunity to make excuses.  She always comes up with a solution to my roadblocks and holds me accountable.  I love that we are getting into the WHY of everything... my cravings, my stress, my fatigue, etc.  and coming up with reasonable solutions to help combat those issues.  Not each one worked, but at least I try and then we figure out an alternative process. 

I am thinking about going back to school.  As if I don't have enough going on now.  LOL!  My boss and I have talked about it and she is willing to help me schedule work around a part time school schedule.  I need to complete that step, so I have more confidence and comfort in my future.  I really don't know how I will manage, but I will.  I always seem to find a way.

I have about 845 unread blog posts.  Please forgive me for not keeping up and commenting.  I have been reading when I can.  I am out there and supporting you all, but in my thoughts.  I look forward to catching up more and seeing where life has taken you the last few weeks.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Same old story

Feels like I start a lot of these messages with the same line... "Sorry I have been MIA lately.", but it is true.  I am so busy with work, home, weight loss, that unfortunately, this blog becomes a low priority.  I will give a full report in the next few days, but things have been going well.  I am still losing and I finally have the Body Bugg back and working.  I can't wait to share with you the stats I recorded during my last trip to Disneyland.  I also miss reading everyone's blog.  I can't wait to catch up to see how you all are doing.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Clean Eating Cookbook Winner!

Thank you all for participating in my first ever giveaway!  

I had 17 entries (1 was double because they posted on their blog.)  

1 Diandra
2 Katie J
3 Becca
4 Kara
5 Shooting Stars Mag
6 Colleen
7 Colleen
8 Cat
9 Karla
10 Enz
11 Domestic Diva
12 Sarah
13 Lyndsay
14 Finding The Thin Within
15 Teslaca
16 Wendy
17 Stephanie  

And the winner is......  I have tried for 20 minutes to figure out how to post the screen shot from  I got frustrated and gave up since I am at work.  The random generator chose, #10 -  Enz!!  From Downward Trenz 

Congratulations, please send me an email with your mailing address and I will get that book off to you immediately.  ;)  (pdhanna429 at yahoo dot com)

Thanks again everyone!  Your comments and encouragement keep me positive and on this path.  I appreciate all of you.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Busy as usual

I hope everyone is having a great week.  I have been working 12-15 hour days all week and am trying to make a deadline for Friday.  I will post again after my project is complete on Friday.  Oh, and I will annouce the winner of my giveaway on Friday, so stay tuned!

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Giveaway!

I noticed last week that I had just reached my 50th blog post, at the same time, I had just gained my 50th and 51st follower.  I decided that was a sign from above and a giveaway was in order!  I wanted to thank those people who choose to read and support me in this journey.  Thanks to you for all your encouragement, support and honesty.

This is not a sponsored giveaway.  I am paying for the item myself and will pay for the cost of shipping to the winner.  Everyone can enter, regardless of location.  Assuming of course your country doesn't find it illegal for me to mail you a book from the US ;)

I have been working on my cooking skills, and hunting for easy, ingredient friendly, healthy recipes that I can make easily at home during the week.  I came across this book at my local grocery store and instantly fell in love it.  It has been one of my best impulse buys in history.

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This is The Best of Clean Eating cookbook from Clean Eating magazine.  What I love about this cookbook:
  •  Clean Eating - The concept itself!  I needed to get away from those processed foods and learn how to cook with real fruit and veggies.  I am still a novice at food prep, and need some guidance on what foods complement each other and break out of my shell and try new foods. 
  • The Pictures - There are pictures all over this cookbook and each one makes my mouth water.
  • Sections - The cookbook is broken into sections - quick meals, budget friendly, holiday, etc.  
  • 200 recipes - There are over 200 recipes in this book, all editors choices, best of the best from Clean Eating magazine, in one softcover, book. There is a great variety and I look forward to trying them all.
The rules are simple:
  • Follow my blog and leave a comment about telling me about your favorite cookbook.
  • You can post this giveaway on your blog, and leave another comment letting me know you did.
I am going to keep the giveaway open until Midnight, Thursday, May 5th. (US Pacific time)  The winner will be chosen via's Random Number Generator and posted on Friday, May 6th. 

Thanks for participating!  Good luck :)

What a beautiful day for a wedding and anniversary!

I was so excited about the royal wedding that I set my alarm to wake up at 1am pacific time to watch the coverage, live, even though I was taping it.  Part of me was excited for William and Kate, but the other part of me was excited to see another wedding on April 29th, because 4 years ago today, I too wed my prince, Daniel.

My tiara was not by Cartier, but I loved it.  LOL!  Now that I think about it, I should have worn it for the ceremony this morning.  Shucks!!
Happy Wedding to William and Kate, and Happy Anniversary to me!! 

In other news:
Weigh in was not great this week :(  I didn't go to my occupational therapist appointment, but did an "unofficial" weigh in at home:  327.7  YIKES!  I am up 3.7 lbs.  I tried my best to lose or maintain this week, but I guess my body had other ideas.  Must have been a reaction to the starvation from the wisdom teeth.  
I am not going to let it get me down.  I know I had a phenomenal week and plan to keep developing this new routine of mine.  I still FEEL FANTASTIC, and am in a happy place.  I am expecting a good result next week.  Oh, and promised giveaway is next post.  YAY!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why So Quiet Lately?

I have been quiet lately because I have been kicking weight loss booty, that is why!  LOL!

Lots to report on....

1.) Weigh In On Friday:  I had my formal weigh in with the Occupational Therapist this past Friday.  As suspected, I had a great number.  The prior weight was 332 and my new weight was 324.  A total two week loss of 8lbs!  YES!!!  Granted, that was mostly due to the lack of food during my wisdom teeth removal, but I will take it.

Interestingly enough, as soon as I started eating regularly again Friday afternoon, my weight shot right up.  I gained 2lbs overnight.  I find this impossible, since I was careful with my calorie ranges.  I am guessing it was the shock to the system to have food again.  Also, I notice over the weekend, I don't drink enough water.  I am still pushing to show a loss this week and not a gain or maintain.

2.)  Lost and Found:  Last night I found the Body Bugg baby Holly "hid".  I have it charging today and have to renew my subscription.  I should be wearing it full on starting tonight.  In other news, I am now missing my wedding band. :(  She can reach the nightstand now and things are disappearing one by one.  I am hoping the band shows up soon.  My wedding anniversary is Friday and it would be nice to wear my ring.  LOL!  (4 years, yay!)

3.) Food:  Got the go ahead from the oral surgeon to start eating regularly last Friday afternoon.  NSV - I didn't go nuts and binge like a mad woman.  I did enjoy a few special treats though, in honor of being able to eat again and the fact we celebrate Easter.  I wrote it down and they worked into my daily calorie ranges.  Easter dinner was late, and we skipped lunch, so I did overeat that meal and I felt crappy the rest of the night.  Lesson learned - have the healthy snack in between meals. 

4.)  Exercise:  My goal this week with the therapist was to get in 3 exercise sessions this week.  So far, I have done some light aerobic workouts each day, but nothing sweaty worthy like I had planned.  I am getting off work early today and will be heading to the gym afterward to get in a "real effort" workout.  I have today  through 9am Friday morning to get in my 3 sessions so I reach my weekly goal.

5.) Meal Planning:  I tried to get my meals planned out this week and did a so/so job.  It was pretty easy considering two days were Easter dinner/leftovers and then soup with the rest of the leftover ham the next two days after that.  What I have been doing great at is my snacking.

6.)  Snacking:  I was told that I should eat within 30 minutes of waking up.  I have done that Monday - Wednesday this week.  I ate either an apple or some cheese and crackers.  I packed my snacks and was able to eat them during the work day as planned.  This made a huge difference during my meal times.  I wasn't as hungry and didn't eat breakfast, lunch or dinner as fast.  My smaller portions at meal time seemed too big and I didn't always finish.  Yay, Me!

Overall, so far a great week.  I have been flying high since Friday morning.  My attitude has been super positive and I feel fantastic.  I am sure the sleep I am getting is helping with that as well.  I plan on keeping this up because I am getting addicted to this feeling of accomplishment, happiness and extra smiles.

Also, this was my 50th post and coincidentally, I just got my 50th and 51st follower.  In honor of this achievement, I decided to do a giveaway.  My next post will have all the details.  I hope you all enter. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Recovery and Weight Loss

Well, the wisdom teeth removal was a success on Friday.  I kept waking up during the procedure, so I was pumped a ton of drugs.  Good thing is, I never felt a thing and that lead to them giving me a good Rx combination to get me through the recovery weekend.  Woo Hoo!

Since I didn't have my occupational therapist appointment on Friday, I decided to have an unofficial weigh in at home pre-surgery.  I weighed in at 328.8, which was an unofficial loss of 3.2 lbs!  Another big Woo Hoo!

The husband, mom, sister and I have had some bets going to see how much weight I would lose while I recovered and was forced to a diet of liquids and soft foods.  So far, I am down another 7.5lbs from Friday's pre-surgery weight.  It would be a dream come true to go back to occupational therapist on Friday for my official weigh in and have skipped the 320's all together.  I am curious to see if I gain back that week I am back to eating a normal, healthy diet, or would I still lose? 
Eating has been boring:  applesauce, broth, oatmeal, grits, frozen yogurt, pudding and baked/mashed yams.  I am so hungry for some real food, you have no idea. I just have this urge to chew something!  Not sure how much longer my mouth will be sore and when I can start eating solids again.  I hope not too much longer.  Apparently, I am a bear at home when I don't have proper nutrition.  LOL!

I did some baking yesterday, which was safe, since I can't eat those delicious creations.  I tried out the Pina Colada Cupcakes recipe from Gina's Skinny Recipes.  They were a big hit with my skeptical mom and sister.  They think anything "diet" is disgusting and not worth the effort.  I was on a quest to prove them wrong and boy did I pick the right recipe to get them to open their minds up a little more.  Little by little I will get them to realize that healthy eating is not "diet and gross", but delicious and gives you an extra pep in your step.

I hope all is well with everyone! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Beyond Willpower's Contest!

Beyond Willpower is a blog I started following a few months ago.  She has been a wonderful supporter and left many nice and helpful comments on my blog.  She is a dynamic woman on a journey to lose half her body weight (299 to 149).  She is a vegan and has posted a number of awesome recipes.  She really knows how to kick up boring old veggies into a tasty meal.

Well, she has a contest going on to win a copy of one of her favorite cookbooks.  Please click here to go to her page learn how to enter the contest. 

Contest Deadline:
Starts now (April 12th) Ends before midnight (eastern time) April 22nd 2011
Check out her website and enter the contest!!! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Disneyland Visit

Our first visit to Disneyland was a huge success.

Baby Holly had a blast.

She did well with the characters, even though the pictures tell a different story.  No tears, or fear when she walked up to them.  Her reaction was more WTF?  But when the character left, she clapped her hands and freaked out.  LOL!

A true measure of a good day.  Nap #2!!

Holly's favorite ride was It's A Small World,(pic below) but she also loved the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.

She even got her rave on for the firework show.  Light up/flashing mouse ears.

We had such a great time, we went ahead and converted our tickets to the annual pass.  Now, we can go anytime we want.  The park is only 45 minutes away. 

We walked, walked, walked, then squatted down a few hundred times and had to pick up and lug around a 23 lb baby in the lines, etc.  At the end of the day, my feet were killing me and I needed to rest.  I took a 45 minute sit on a bench waiting for the fireworks show to start.    The next day, my husband and I were so sore we could barely move.  I think we used every muscle in our bodies.  LOL!  It took a day to recover, but it was worth it.

Eating was okay.  I did indulge in a little theme park food fare, but had planned on doing that.  I did notice a lot of healthier choices for both adult and child meals.  Fresh fruit stands, salads, sweet potato fries, apple slices instead of fries or potato chips, etc.  I can definitely plan a healthy meal next time and eat guilt free.

Calories Burned??  NO CLUE!  I had the Body Bugg charging for the big trip and some time the night before or the morning of, Holly took the Body Bugg off the charger and hid it/lost it.  I looked and looked and still haven't found it.  She must have a new secret hiding spot.  So I have no idea how many calories I burned while at the park, but I am guessing a reasonable 1 billion calories.  Seriously, I weigh 332 + carrying 23 lbs most of the day = 355 lbs moving all day.  That had to get the burn up there, right?  LOL!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Session #5 - Emotional Eating and Weigh In

I went back to the occupational therapist on Friday morning for my weigh in and official session #5.  The weigh in results were a 0.2lb loss.  I will take it.  This was my "off" week and learned that I can maintain on my own, without tracking, food logging, etc.  Official weigh in :  332

The therapist wanted to talk about emotional eating this week.  She had me fill out a survey of about 30 circumstances of when/why I would eat.  I had to rate each statement with a Frequent, Occasionally, or Never.  I had a good 50/50 ratio on the frequent and occasional questions and a solid 5 or so on the never categories.  (I will get a copy of the questions/statements from her at my next visit and will share with you all.)

Afterward, we went through each one and she had me explain a bit about my answer. The biggest issues for me were eating when I was stressed, anxious or unhappy.  (Who doesn't?)  Those are the three major issues we will review and tackle going forward.  She found it interesting that I would have to go out of my way to eat those foods I crave when I am upset or needing comfort.  I don't keep them in the house and would have to go out to eat to find them.  Which lead onto a path about my eating out all the time.  I had a bit of a revelation about this subject.  

I never really questioned why I went out to eat, other than I was tired and didn't feel like cooking or cleaning up afterwards.  We talked a little more about it and I also realized that I use that time when we go out to eat to enjoy my family, relax and revel in the experience, rather than the food.  7 out of 10 times I eat out during the week it is so someone else can do all the work. I just want to unwind after a crazy day and don't care where we go, as long as I don't have to cook.  Food is my last consideration.  Now the other 3 times when I have a specific craving, like chicken wings, we are going out for the wing experience, but luckily, lately that isn't always the case. 

I have found a few local restaurants that have decent calorie friendly meals on their menu and I enjoy ordering from them.  I have been very conscience about my calorie levels when going out to eat and have been making better food choices.  Even the hubby noticed and commented on this.  I think I am going to stop making myself feel guilty when I want to go out to eat rather than stay home and cook, when I am tired or stressed out.  As long as I am being mindful of my choices.  I have to stop putting so much pressure on myself and do what I can to make everything work, and stay happy at the same time.

It was a good session and I felt wonderful afterward.  We won't have a session this Friday, as I am having my wisdom teeth removed.... EEK!!  I will be going the week after that.  I am hoping for a big loss, especially if I can only eat soup for 4 or more days.  LOL! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Soup and Sushi

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments on my last post.  I am pulling out of my funk and feeling better.  The weekend eats were hit and miss, but mostly hits.  Monday and so far today I have been doing really well.  In fact today's lunch is a small brothy chicken and rice soup and some veggie sushi.  I am half way through the sushi and might not eat the soup until my afternoon snack.

Tomorrow is my last full day of work this week.  I have Thursday and Friday off to enjoy the arrival of my mom and sister.  I am planning on getting a gym workout squeezed in one (or both) days.  Saturday, is going to be our first trip to Disneyland.  I have been to Disney World many times, but this is the first to Disneyland for Daniel and I and Holly's first trip ever to a Disney park.  We are excited.  I plan on doing lots of walking and standing and will be wearing the Body Bugg.  Dying to see how many calories I burn while I am there.

Hope you are all doing well and having a great week so far :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Session #4 - Sort of

Today's session with the occupational therapist didn't go as planned.  I went to the appointment and weighed in, but we didn't have our typical session.  We had a big talk about what was going on with me this week instead.  Sat - Monday, I was still flying high from my 5lb weight loss and did great.  But Tuesday was another story.  I got hit with a new long term project at work that I am less than thrilled about.  As a result, I was pretty unhappy at work this week and I let it affect my eating, exercise, etc.  Basically, I comfort ate my way through Tuesday - Thursday.  On top of it all, Holly and I are fighting a head cold and she has been absolutely miserable this week.  She has been up at night, neither of us are sleeping well, and I think she is teething. She had many meltdowns this week and it just makes things 10x harder.

This week was the kind of week that I have had in the past and motivated me to try this occupational therapy program in the first place. 

I did recognize in this mess a few positive things:
1.)  In the past, I would have done a lot of binge eating on sweets, but didn't do so this week.  I did have a few desserts, but nothing like the bag of Oreo's or a tray of brownies that I would have had in the past.  In fact, I didn't really binge eat at all.  I just ate foods that are not the best choices, like my best friend, macaroni and cheese.

2.)  The slip up lasted 3 full days, instead of 3 weeks.  In the past I would have given up for either the rest of the week,

I snapped out of this funk on Thursday night.  I gave myself a little pep talk while in the shower Thursday night.  I washed away the sins of Tuesday - Thursday and went to bed knowing I would start fresh again on Friday.

The therapist gave me the option of weighing in today.  I wanted to face the music and go for it.  No reason to hide from what I did.....  Today's weigh in:  332.2 -No gain or loss.  I do know that as of my home scale on Monday morning before my self sabotage, I was down 4lbs.  So technically, I lost 4lbs, but gained them right back from my three days off program.  That sucked, but at least it wasn't an official gain.

At the end of every session, we usually map out goals for the next week.  My mom and sister arrive on Wednesday and I know that I will have an upside down routine next week when they get here.   The therapist suggested I take it easy on the goals for this week and try to just focus on one meal time, like lunches, for planning etc. 

It felt good going to the session today and unloading.  I didn't give her a chance to do much help, because I had already recognized what was wrong, how I was going to fix it, etc.  It was just nice to have that extra support.  It was also good to have a fresh examples of my challenges so she understood the triggers and how I react.