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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Awesome Blogs and Blog Friends

Awesome Blogs:
During my dark days this week, I had zero desire to write or reach out for help.  Even blog reading was a struggle.  I did catch a few here and there, (I still have 200+ to catch up on, yikes!) and one of the blogs I read on Thursday, was this one from Colleen at Goodbye, Fat Girl The post is titled "How Do I Start?".

This post couldn't have come at a more appropriate time for me and reminded me about my goals, commitment, and the support that surrounds me.  I know I have babbled on about my goals, incentives, etc.  but I don't think I have ever formally documented them so I could go back and read when I needed to.  My plan this week is to document my response to each of the 5 items Colleen posted and publish on my blog.  This way I will have something concrete to reference when I need it the most.

Awesome Blog Friends:
Today, I signed onto Facebook to find that Katie J from Katie J is on her Way had tagged me in a photo.  Most curious, I clicked on the link to find a photo that was simply a card that said: You are Beautiful, Pass it on.

 I really needed a good pick me up after this week from hell and this was it.  Thank you, Katie, for being such a great blog friend and supporter. 

Today, I am passing it on to all of you. You are all beautiful, inside and out.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Session #3

I can't believe I am just now getting around to writing this post.  Needless to say I have had a productive weekend and am beat!  

The big news:  I lost 5lbs this week!!!!  Woo Hoo!!  I now weigh 332.2. 

This week's session was nutrition part 2, sample menu ideas.  I didn't learn anything earth shattering this week.  Snack on fruits and veggies, lay off the processed foods, white flour, etc.  A bit of a bust if you ask me. 

I purchased the Clean Eating cookbook this weekend and am loving all the recipes.  I want to make one new recipe each week.  I will have to pick one out and share with you.  I also have fresh artichokes in my fridge and have no idea how to prepare them.  Any ideas?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weekend Update

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It was cold and rainy here in California and for some reason, the cold and rain puts me into spring cleaning mode.  We have been preparing for my mom who is moving in April 6th.  We managed to go through a lot of stuff in closets and in bins and sorted through what we are keeping and donating.  We sent a lot to storage and got rid of a lot.  Part of the donation pile was 6 garbage bags full of my old clothes.  These are clothes that are too small, too big, never looked good on me, etc.  I had decided that unless I absolutely loved it, can fit and wear it now, it must be donated.  I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  I never realized how much clutter and holding on to things I no longer need weighed me down.  There must be truth to that theory that clutter makes you sick, depressed, feel disorganized, etc.  It also made me sick to think about how much $$ I have spent on clothes that I never really liked.  I used to buy things to comfort me, when I didn't want to eat.  I guess at one point I was substituting comfort eating with comfort shopping.  When does my comfort eating or comfort shopping get substituted for comfort exercising?????

Eating has been challenging.  I am not eating slowly like I should.  Either I forget, or start off eating slowly and get bored or frustrated because it is taking too long.  This is going to be a challenge that I will keep working on this week.  I also noticed that no matter if I have a fridge stocked with fresh fruits and veggies, I still look for convenience foods instead of making something myself.  I want that quick, instant gratification, rather than taking the time to prepare a fresh salad or sandwich for lunch.  Why?  No clue, other than I just didn't want to have to make anything.  I am still asking myself why going to a drive thru is easier than making myself a turkey sandwich, but I haven't come up with an answer yet.  Good thing my husband was home to police me a bit and tell me no.  (Don't worry I gave him permission to do so.  LOL!)

The dog walking was put to a stop because of the constant rain this weekend.  I think I was able to balance it with all the movement I had to do while organizing stuff for storage oh and doing 10 loads of laundry.  (Yikes!)  Luckily the rain has stopped and I can get a walk in before bed tonight.

All in all, I think it was a good weekend and I am looking forward to a good week.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thank you!

I contacted those bloggers who went private.  Thank you so much to those who passed on contact information.

General Updates

I guess walking the dogs and finally getting some exercise has paid off because I am feeling better, sleeping better (with the exception of tonight) and am feeling super proud of myself.  I am sore from head to toe, have blisters on my feet, but it is all worth it.  Since it is supposed to rain most of the weekend, I was planning on trying out some of the exercises from the book I won at Katie J's blog.  I am also going to pop in a favorite Leslie Sansone walking DVD.   (Speaking of rain, it has already started.  I can hear it outside.)

Eating has been a challenge.  I am supposed to eat several meals/snack throughout the day and haven't been able to do so yet.  I am hoping to get that going on Saturday and see how I do.  I also plan on doing a lot of my food prep on Saturday/Sunday for the week too.  On the plus side, I have been making this great wild and brown rice mix and adding some craisins to jazz it up.  It really gives this bland rice a nice pop.  Even the hubby had to agree.  He said we should make it like this every time. 

We had a fundraiser at Holly's preschool tonight.  Daniel and I won a raffle prize which is a weekend getaway in Palm Springs.  Woo Hoo!  We are super excited and need some time together alone.  ;)  We had a nice time at the event and got to have some good conversations with a lot of nice parents.  I getting more comfortable with them and finally making some friends outside of work. 

In other news, I am up at 2pm this morning because my wisdom teeth are bothering me.  It is time to get them removed.  I have been waiting for my mom to arrive so I have someone to take care of Holly while I recover.  I think it is time to finally book the appointment.

I also went to the general doctor today to establish myself as a new patient.  I am set up to do blood work and go back for a regular physical in two weeks.  I feel good about this too.  So many of you have been doing this and it inspired me to make the call myself.  So thank you!  I also had Daniel go today.  He got his physical today and will go back with me to do the blood work.  We are doing these check ups and doctors visits together. 

So, all in all, a lot of positive things going on in my life right now.  I am feeling good and feeling capable, which is a nice place to be.

Going Private

Hi Bloggers,
I noticed a few of my favorites have gone private.  I would love to continue following you, so if you are reading this (Chubby McGee, JuliaGewlia and others)  Please send me an invite to join in :)

pdhanna429 at yahoo dot com


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Session #2

Today I had my session #2 of 16 with the occupational therapist.

Weigh In:   337.6 - Gain of 1 lb which was not a surprise.  We discussed why and moved on.

Today's topic of discussion was Introduction to New Eating Routines.  We talked about the how and when of eating can impact your weight.
  • Eating slowly cause you to feel full with fewer calories. - I am certainly one of those who inhale their food.  I think I do it because I am ravenous by the time I eat and because of time constraintsI sighted this as one of my "to work on" tasks this week.
  • Excess refined or processed sugars and other simple carbs, salt and fat cause overeating.  - Nothing surprising here either, however, I am not sure how I am going to be able to give up my sugar.  LOL!-
  • Eat frequently and in a predictable pattern, ever 2-3 hours.   - Again, something I am aware of, but not practicing regularly.  I will be implementing this frequent eating plan this week.  Let's see how realistically I can make it happen at work.
  • Build meals around the three macronutrients:  Protein, carbs and fat.  USDA recommends 50% of calories from carbs, 30% from fat and 20% from protein.  - I always thought the majority of my calories should have come from protein to keep me fuller, but I guess the more complex carbs makes sense.
From this point, we got into a little more detail around my eating patterns and frequency throughout the day.  As I mentioned earlier, I tend to stuff my face quickly because I am usually very hungry when I eat, especially dinner and breakfast.  The program recommends I eat within 30 minutes of waking up.  Doesn't have to be huge in fact, we discussed a little PB&J on Sandwich Thins would be a good breakfast. Then a snack within two hours of eating breakfast.  Fresh fruits, veggies and a protein if needed. And follow this pattern 2-3 hours apart.  They suggested we eat lunch before 1pm.  Dinner should be the last meal of the day unless I am hungry again and can't wait for breakfast.  At that point I can have a small fruit or veggie snack.

Each visit I discuss my goals for the next week and what I want to achieve.  This week I want to focus on journaling (including reasons/drivers behind some food choices.)  Trying to stay on program all week and  keep up the new physical activity I started today.  My homework was the work on planning ahead.  Make sure I have plenty of cut up veggies and fruit to grab for those moments I am looking for instant satisfaction. Also, to plan one meal a week that doesn't follow program (a nice way of saying cheat meal!).

Like I said, none of this was news to me but was a good reminder of WHY I am supposed to be doing these things.  What I liked about this session is the discussion I had about what was going on with my week, triggers I realized during the week that drove me to eat out, exhaustion, etc.  We even discussed in detail my daily schedule from wake up to going to bed.  I think she was tired just listening about it.  

I am excited to go back next week and see how I do. 

An Intro To Exercise

Have I ever mentioned that I have two dogs?  Mini Schnauzer's named Kayla and Klaus.  Here are a few pics:

Klaus The Bumble Bee

Kayla is the quiet and reserved one.

My husband has always been the care taker of the dogs, but recently I have taken it upon myself to walk them.  They are not properly trained, so walking them is a struggle.  I go out for 15-30 minutes, 3 times a day.  While it is not the high impact cardio workout I am longing for, it is a good intro to get me used to moving again. 

My short term goal is to maintain these walks (which start at 4:30 or 5:00am) and add a formal home DVD workout after the early morning session, before Holly wakes up, 3 x a week (or more).  My long time goal, when my mom moves here, is to hit the gym after our early morning walk 6 x a week (or more).     

I have part two of my occupational therapy session today.  We are going to discuss nutrition and have another weigh in.  I have been eating like crap-ola so I am not expecting much in the weight loss arena.  But I am making the small changes I set out to do and expect to start seeing some results in the next few weeks.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


My second appointment with the occupational therapist was today,but she was a no show. Apparently, she had car trouble and wasn't able to make it.  Due to an already full calendar, I am not able to see her until next Wednesday afternoon.  I was disappointed but it's not the end of the world.  I did pretty good at tracking my calories this week and will try to eat a little healthier this week and shoot for a loss :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Blog Award

Thank you to the amazingly supportive and inspiring Dawn, from A New Dawn for Me, for passing to me The Versatile Blogger Award.   Dawn is on a quest to lose weight, and will let her new dress sizes measure her progress.  I am a relatively new follower to her blog, and love what I have been reading so far.  Thank you, Dawn.

The Rules:
Share with you all 7 things about me you didn't already know and pass the award on to several of your favorite bloggers.

Not sure you are ready to read more about me after the exciting reveals in the ABC's of me, but here it goes.....

1.) I love television and between my husband and I probably DVR 90% of the shows out there today (plus some reality series).  Some of our favorites:  Pretty Little Liars, (yes, I am a teenager at heart), How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, Castle, Mike and Molly, (And that is just Monday!)  The tv is on all the time, running in the background as we make dinner, do dishes, fold laundry and play with Holly.  She likes it when people yell at each other on the big screen and will stop what she is doing to watch.  So needless to say, she loves to watch the Real Housewives series... LOL!  Other than the yelling scenes, Mickey Mouse or Jeopardy, she doesn't pay attention to the television.

2.)  I have very fair skin and don't go out in the sun much.  I burn very easily and am covered in freckles from head to toe.  I actually have a freckle on the bottom of my foot.

3.) My husband and I obsessed with the "Nom Nom" truck featured on the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race.  It is a local Los Angeles truck and we get giddy when it comes to Pasadena.  They have amazing Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches.  I prefer the lemongrass chicken to the pork.  The pickled veggies make the sandwich and I have researched online how to make them.  I will be trying the recipe out this weekend.

4.)  I firmly believe that one day I will win the lottery and live the life of luxury I so deserve.   ;)

5.) I want to go cage diving with great white sharks one day.  Or at least see one up close.

6.)  I love trivia games.  I like to compete with others at pubs, restaurants or bars.  We usually do pretty well at the trivia games on cruise ships.

7.) I want to go on a full fledged grown up scavenger hut. 

Now, I get to pass this sweet award on to some of my fellow bloggers (most of you already have this award by now ;)  Check out these wonderful ladies if you are not following already.  They are all on my must read list and are among those inspiring me on this journey. 

Becca from Becca Runs Boston - A fellow New Kids On The Block Fan and a marathon runner.  She is a great cheerleader and I am thankful to have her in the blogosphere.

Katie from Katie J Is On Her Way - One of my go to favorite blogs.  Katie keeps going, no matter what life obstacles are thrown her way.  I love that she boogies to the Let's Dance DVD's and she goes to Zumba classes.  I hope our paths cross when she is this side of the state for BlogHer in August :) 

Birchgirl from 42 Is A Magic Number - Birchgirl has left several helpful comments on my posts in the past month.  She has been working her way down the scale and I am excited to read about her experiences.

Diet Chic - Jury from Diet Chic On A Mission - Is gearing up for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk for a cure.  She just accomplished a stair climb (one of my great fears) and is 30 lbs into her 100lbs goal.

Checking In

I am still alive and kicking.  I have about 3 or 4 blog posts started, just not finished them yet.  Things have been the usual crazy busy.  Hoping tonight I will have the ability to finish a post or two. 

Have a happy and healthy day.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

ABC's of Patty

Everyone has been doing these ABC's this week. I figured I can bang it out while I am on my death bed... (D = dramatic.)  LOL!

Age: 34

Bed size: Queen (but tight with Daniel and Holly.  She really needs to stay in her own bed.)

Chore you hate:  Folding and putting away the laundry.

Dogs:  Two mini-schnauzers and they are a handful.

Essential start of your day: Kissy from Holly

Fave color: Pink

Gold or silver: White gold

Height: 5'6"

Instruments I play: None... another thing to add to my bucket list.

Job title: Financial Reporting and Special Projects

Kids: Little Holly Hanna

Live: Pasadena, CA

Mom’s name: Sylvia but she goes by Cookie

Nicknames: Patty, Pats, Patsy, Pat-twa, mama, sister, babe,

Overnight hospital stays: childbirth

Pet peeve: being late

Quote from a movie: "We're gonna need a bigger boat."  or "He's a cool rider."

Right or left handed: Right

Siblings: 3 brothers and one sister  (I am the 4th of 5 kids)

Time you wake up: Around 6:00am, or 7:00am depending on how I slept the night before.  Or if Holly wakes up first.

Underwear: Lane Bryant, high cut, black, seamless

Veg you dislike: Lima Beans,

What makes you run late: an uncooperative 1 year old or lack of sleep

X-rays you have had done: Teeth

Yummy food you make: Pork medallions in cherry sauce,

Zoo Animal, favorite: White tigers

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sick, Sick, Sick

Oh boy, am I sick!  I have been fighting a cold since Thursday.  I even got sent home from work on Friday morning.  I am so congested it feels like an elephant is sitting on my chest.  On the plus side, I have been in bed and getting some much needed rest.  I hope to be able to get up and moving tomorrow.  Hope everyone is having a happy and healthy weekend. :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Appointment Update

Today was the day of my appointment with the "nutritionist".  What I learned today is that they are not in fact nutritionists, but occupational therapists.  What is occupational therapy you ask?  Directly from the packet of information I brought home "Occupational therapy is known as the therapy through doing."  Their goal is help me incorporate a more healthy lifestyle and activity into my already hectic schedule.  Considering this is the main issue I have with getting and staying on track, I still think this program is going to be a good fit for me.

Today we went through the basic first time questions, establishing my current activities, routines, short term and long term goals.  We also discussed what I want to change and why.  I want to focus on my sleeping habits, ending my food addictions to fast food, and sweets and incorporating at least 1 hour of activity daily in my routine.  We discussed that gradual small changes would be most effective and that would be the approach we are going to take on this program.

I received an information packet, and had some homework assigned to me which was:  track my food for the week, record times, feelings, etc.  Also, to drink more water.  I am also to read the information packet regarding nutrition as this is the discussion point for next weeks meeting.  We also had my first start weigh in and here are the terrifying results:

Weight:   336.4 lbs  (I had clothes on and the scale reduces weight by 2lbs for this.)
BMI:   54.3
Fat %  56.5%
BMR  2271 calories
Fat Mass   190.01 lbs  (I have 190 lbs of fat on my person.  Ewwwww.)

The program is 16 weeks long and each week there is a main topic we focus on.  Some of the topics are stress management, emotional eating, physical activity, social eating, balance, nutrition, etc.  As for the cost, they do bill my insurance and there is a co-pay of $30 per week.  They worked out a special discount with the insurance provider that I am eligible to have my co-pays rebated to me at the end of the program  (up to $240), as long as I am able to maintain my weight loss for 90 days after the program end date.  Because I am doing the private sessions, I pay $30 per week, = $480 for the 16 week program.  If I was doing the group sessions, I would have been paying $15 per week, = $240 and the eligible $240 rebate would have equaled zero out of pocket cost for me.   I don't mind paying the $240 out of pocket at this point.  I have a good feeling about my therapist, the program and think this is exactly what I need to get me going in the right direction.