Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eve of the Eve!

Yesterday was a good day :))Hard to believe it was the last Friday of 2011!!!!

I did drink over 100 ounces, and it seemed easy, cheesy! Must be because I got up early and did some exercise. Speaking of doing exercise...I didn't do as much as I should have or wanted to do, for that matter. I had all these good intentions of doing one of my videos when we got home, but...I didn't! SO, that's definitely a good reminder to me that I NEED to exercise in the morning before I get going!

I also bought some 5 pound dumbbells yesterday :) WOO HOO!! I am looking forward to sculpting my arms, and seeing some results by tank top time!

I did some more cooking, and boy oh boy, the freezer is packed, and my life will be SO MUCH simpler during January! I used to do massive monthly cooking way back when, and I know how much easier things are when I do this kind of prepping.

So here's the skinny:

Calories OUT= 106 for 15 minutes of jumping, 310 jumps
Calories IN = 1080
Net Calories = 974

Coffee – ff milk, sf peppermint – 100

Sweet potato chips – 170- I LOVE LOVE LOVE these things :)
English muffin- 140
Strawberry jelly-50

Angel Hair pasta- 100-I decided that I don't really like the consistency of Angel Hair pasta!!!
Sauce- 150
Breadstick – 110
½ apple-50

2 cookies – 100? Homemade chocolate chip cookies, and I took smaller ones :))
Milk - 110

I'm a little worried about tomorrow's weigh-in. I haven't decided for sure, but I might have a couple of drinks tonight :)) And, I know that TOM is lurking around the corner...SIGH. Gonna go for a BIG run today to end off 2011!!!!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

GREAT quote :)

Weight Watchers has a new program geared for guys...Lose Like A Man! Anyhow, there is a guy named Kevin, a coal miner, who has a GREAT commercial, and I LOVE this line in particular:

Seriously, if you lose enough weight to where you have to buy new underwear, you’ve lost weight!

LOVE it! I can relate :)))

His video is the first one under Charles Barkley's :)


Today was a GREAT day :)) LOTS accomplished!

I drank all my water! YEAH, that's two days in a row!! WOO HOO :)

I exercised TWICE today...not once, ladies and gentlemen, but TWO TIMES! Yesireee.

I was a crazy cook today. I did a bunch of prep work for meals for January, which will be a busy month for me since it's the play!! I browned 8 pounds of beef, and put it in 2 pound bags in the freezer. I made a DELISH cabbage stew in the crockpot today. I am going to crockpot a bunch of chicken tomorrow, so I have it ready for several meals :) And, I bought a ham for $10!! Plus, I have stew meat and carne asada all ready to go, too! I am going to prep veggies tomorrow (for the stew and for snacks), so I REALLY feel ready for January! OH! And, I hard boiled 3 dozen eggs. So, I will make some egg salad for sandwiches, as well as we just like to eat HB eggs as snacks.

What went in...

Coffee- 12 ounces of sf/ff- 90

Tuna fish with Miracle Whip - 80
Onion bun -150
Sweet potato chips – 170- I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!!!!

Cabbage soup- pork sausage, cabbage, tomatoes, mushrooms, V8, chicken broth, onions,(250) topped with croutons(30), sour cream (40) and cheese (110) - total- 430

almond granola bar - 160

Net CALORIES = 410

Run -3.1 miles – 34 minutes – 385 --first off, I decided to run the 5K route that I did back on October 1st. This was tougher than I expected!! I did great on the beginning which is flat, and then I made it half-way up the hill, when I finally decided that I could probably walk faster than I was "jogging" at that point! So, I walked half-way up the hill. Then I was able to jog until I got to Seattle Street, which I walked up, and then I jogged the rest of the way! I ended up with just under 11 minutes a mile! My goal is to be under 30 minutes (even if it's 29.57) next October. I was still really proud of myself :))

Open Gym- 40 minutes of play - 285 - I went to open gym, and I had a blast! I did the Hula hoop. I shot baskets and dribbled, and I also hit around a tennis ball against the wall. That was fun because it reminded me of how much I LOVE racquetball!! UGH. If the gym membership wasn't so dang expensive (especially when I have access to a free gym), and if I had a reliable RB partner, I would be SO tempted to join. Maybe I will do that in February, when the play is over.

Well, today was a good day!! I am excited for tomorrow :))))

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday and Wednesday!!

This has been such a great break, that I have lost track of days!! I keep thinking it's a different day than it is!

I am feeling my run in my quads today, OH LORDY! I ran farther than I normally do, and more downhill than normal, so I can DEFINITELY feel it in my thighs today :)) I also bought a really cool arm band for my i-pod! I am so excited to use it tomorrow :) And, Ricky bought me some really good headphones that work well for when I am running!! They don't move!! So, I have my gadgets all set for my next run! Which...I am thinking about running the 5K course tomorrow morning! I should be able to run the whole thing, which I did not do during the race back on October 1st.

So, here's how things looked yesterday and today.


½ sandwich-45 for meat, 35 for LC cheese, bread 110- 190
Cottage cheese- 100

Cottage cheese – 100

Homemade ravioli with sauce- 300

Berry smoothie – 150

CALORIES OUT- 4 miles jogging!! – 850
Net calories = 10


Coffee – 30
Vita top muffin -100 – yummy!! I have never had one, and I tried the banana nut one, and it was DELISH :)

½ sandwich-45 for meat, 35 for LC cheese, bread 110- 190

Ff/sf white choc sf hazelnut -75- didn’t drink it all
17 sweet potato chips-170-OMGawsh, SO YUMMY!!!!

Salmon burger - 120
LC cheese - 35
Onion bun – 150

2 candy cane Hershey kisses- 48

CALORIES OUT = 297- The Firm workout :)
Net calories = 630

Today I drank enough water! Cool beans! Yesterday, I did not :( But, I am on one day in a row :) LOL!

I am pretty excited because I have planned out MANY meals for January. I did all the shopping, which OF COURSE I saved big!! I had a savings of 45%!!!! WOO HOO!!! And, I found a super cool deal!!! I ended up buying $9.99 cookie jars for 99 cents!!!! I LOVE IT WHEN CHRISTMAS is over!!! And, I even picked up a few birthday presents for our little one at KILLER deals :) (Her b-day isn't even until May!)


I just realized I didn't blog yesterday! I was totally into a book I am reading :) And, I also didn't feel so hot yesterday :( I had a weird episode when I was sleeping. Some time really early on Tuesday (I didn't look at the clock), I woke up with a racing heart. It freaked me out. I haven't been sleeping all that well, because my tooth hurts. Anyhow, I ended up sleeping in yesterday and then taking a two hour nap in the early afternoon. I did feel much better after that!!

I did go for a jog yesterday, and it was actually one of my best ever! I jogged down to Rick's job (4 miles from our house), and it was awesome, lots of downhill! It was sprinkling, and it was dark when I headed out--which I realized too late that I was wearing dark clothes...DUH! But, it was a good run. The best one yet!!

Let's see what else did I want to write about? OH YEAH...I have had a couple of people badger me about what I am doing. They truly don't believe I am just exercising and being as healthy as I can be. FOR REAL. NOTHING ELSE. NO DIET. NO TRICKS.

I haven't blogged exactly what I have eaten for a few days. I can tell you this...the ONLY reason I didn't gain weight this last week is the extra exercise!! I did eat whatever I wanted, and here is just a glimpse. THOUGH I must say that I ate whatever I wanted, but I didn't how much of whatever I wanted that I normally might have back in the day. SO, I didn't have three helpings of prime rib.

Christmas time food consumed by me:
prime rib
slice of cheesecake - skinny slice, but scrumptious!
sugar cookies - I had two a day!!! Glad they are gone :)
tiramsu- again a small slice
a fried egg and some bacon

Also, during this break I ate:
some pizza from Papa Murphys
and a wee bit of some nachos went we went bowling--finished off our little one's leftovers :)

The bizarre thing to me...I went to the show twice, and I didn't want anything but water, and I didn't feel left out while my loved ones chomped down on the popcorn next to me. And, truly, if I had WANTED some, I would have eaten some.

I haven't eaten as much fruit and veggies as I should over break. And, I am struggling to drink my water quota. BUT, I am not overeating and snacking all day. I AM exercising. And, I am planning out what I will be doing this next month. I didn't have as big of a loss as I would've liked this past week, BUT I DIDN'T GAIN either! I am honest, and what you read is what you get.

I also find it amusing that people thing I am doing some quick diet scheme.'s been six months. THAT doesn't feel quick to me. It feels nice and steady, and I WILL WIN THIS RACE!!!

Finally to close out this rant...I think it's strange when people say, "You are so pretty since you have lost weight." REALLY?!? Part of me thinks that's so lame...I am the same person I have always been, but I realize that some of me was covered up in fat. I do feel guilty that it bothers me when people say that--I have had TWO people say this to me in the last two weeks--because I catch myself saying the same thing when I watch the Biggest Loser. When you see the end results show, compared to the beginning pictures, some of those people are SMOKING HOT! But, I wouldn't have said that about them when I first saw them on the first episode. Hmmmm...

BTW, later today I will be back to posting my food :)) I actually recorded yesterday's, too!

Monday, December 26, 2011


I have had one of the best Christmas holidays ever! The ONLY thing to have made it better...if Cody and his wife would have been home. But, I will be seeing them in April!!

So far I have worked out every single day this break EXCEPT Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve was actually our Christmas. Anywho, I had planned on either dancing to our new Wii game, or doing some other sort of exercise, but my tooth pain was OUT OF CONTROL. So, once the little one was dropped off, I slept.

But, I did work out yesterday and today! I am really proud of my exercise this break :))) I have also been eating well, though indulging some...sugar cookies :))

I did lose .2 this week.
So last week, 198.
This week 197.8.
Not a huge drop, but a drop nonetheless!!! And, I can't explain it, but I feel smaller. I feel stronger!

So, I am half-way through my break. We go back to school a week from tomorrow! Here's my list so far:
I have two weeks off, and I have some stuff I wanna do :))

1) Clean/organize our extra bedroom to set-up as an exercise and sewing room!(Still gotta do this one...this week!)I have several exercise goals!!

2) Ice skating - we have a date already with a group of friends! (Going this Friday!! WOO HOO)
3) Cross-country skiing- going tomorrow! This means so much to me :) I used to go ALL the time, and I have only gone once since I have lived here :( I am going with a big group of friends tomorrow, and I have my own stuff!! So glad I could find it all!I DID GO once already!! Gonna try and squeeze in one more!
4) Downhill skiing- I used to do this all the time, too. I am going to take our little one for a lesson, and to see if she likes it!! This one is not looking so promising because of the lack of snow!
5) Bowling- at least twice...we have two different bowling dates already set-up! We went bowlling on Thursday, and we are going later this week :) FUN!
6) Volleyball- We have a date set-up to have an open gym, and we are going to have a volleyball game as part of the activities!!

7) Sleigh ride- I REALLY want to go for a sleigh ride in Leavenworth! We used to do this every year back in the days that I lived there! NOT sure if this is going to happen...

8) Read two books- I have 6 next to my bed, and a gazillion on my Kindle! Finished one, half-way through another :)

9) Cook a new recipe - I could technically count making homemade ravioli!!!! But, I will try out a different new recipe :) GOTTA bunch of cooking planned for this week!

10) Start and finish at least one craft project I have bookmarked on Pinterest!! STILL need to get this going...I do have a plan!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday!! YIPPIE :)

It's our Christmas Eve, and tomorrow is our Christmas morning because then our little one has to go to her other house. We have had a really fun week with her!! I love vacations :)))

I am VERY proud of me for working out every single day of this break so far!! I am not sure how tomorrow will go...I take that back, I am guessing I will be doing some Wii dancing!! Tee hee! Since someone will be getting a new country dancing Wii game :)

I did have TWO compliments today :) Two different people mentioned to me how small I was looking. And, in particular that my legs were looking so much smaller :)))) YES!!!

Next week I plan to amp up my exercise even a bit more! Stay tuned!

Goals for today...
Water I am at 60 ounces so far, but it's only 3 p.m.
Exercise--just finished the DCC video that I LOVE!! And, I burned 250 calories :)Have I mentioned that I exercise in 80 DEGREES??!??!

Calories in = I will report later...
Calories out = 250
Net Calories =

What I have eaten so far today:
16 ounce ff, sf white choc, sf gingerbread – 100

Pure Organic Cheery cashew bar – 200 – ON SALE at Safeway!!OH MY GAWSH I love these bars :)))

Mandarin orange- 45

2 sugar cookies – 200- These things are so yummy, and I will be glad when they are gone! They are the most sugar I have eaten in months!!

We are having a ham dinner tonight. We will have our Christmas breakfast --bacon, eggs, waffles, homemade cinnamon rolls-- tomorrow. Then we will have ham dinner leftovers tomorrow, and then on Christmas we are going to down to Rick's cousin's house and having a prime rib dinner!! ZOIKS!! Gotta keep myself on track!

I am also excited that we are going to be physical on New Year's Eve this year :)) YEAH! Lots of plans for next week! I will blog away later. LOVE TO YOU ALL <3

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday- a good day, indeed!

Water- CHECK!
Exercise- CHECK! Another 40 minutes :)
Calories - UM, a little under...but, to be fair, my tooth is very sore, and I don't really feel like eating much at all.

Today was a FUN day :) We made homemade sugar cookies- gingerbread men, Christmas trees and snowflakes! Then we got ready and went with our friends bowling and then to see the new Chipmunk movie! FUN day for sure!!

My moving today...
I did The Firm video, which I did burn a few more calories than when I did it two days ago. I did try harder today :)) I increased my intensity by adding in the hops! Plus, I do workout in 80 degree weather, inside my house...343 calories.

I also wore my HRM when we went bowling. First, I bowled a 138 and a 147, not too shabby for the fact that I haven't bowled in forever!! Altogether, I burned 298 calories in one hour of bowling. NOT TOO BAD :)

Calories IN = 885
Calories OUT = 641
Net Calories = 244

What did I eat today?

coffee with creamer - 30
mandarin orange - 45

shrimp - 110

2 sugar cookies- YUP! Not one, but TWO :)))- 200

Nachos - I had a couple bites at the bowling alley.- 150

1 piece of leftover pizza - 350

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Starvation Mode?

I have been VERY interested in the right amount of calories to eat. Part of my problem is that often I am not hungry, and I will have a hard time eating 1000 calories a day, much less 1200, which seems to be the magical number. And, I don't want to eat just to eat so many calories a day. I have been trying to listen to my body and eat when I am hungry or eat because I need energy and nourishment.

I do try to eat healthy, though I will snack on things I want, too. But, for the most part, I eat lots of fruits and veggies were fill you up, and protein, same thing!

I have found some REALLY fascinating studies regarding the whole starvation mode. And, one thing they reminded me is that my doctor did say I needed to be taking a multi-vitamin, so I need to get on that!!

I liked this article because of all of its external links to research. FASCINATING stuff, I tell ya! I also found this article interesting, though the writer obviously has some different circumstances than I do. So, what is your take on this?

Do you ever have one of those days??

For some reason I kept thinking all day today that it was Thursday! I guess my time is all whack-o! started out with some suspense. I had figured out the answer to a radio contest, and I was hoping to win the trip to Hawaii, but in the end, someone else called in before me,though I did have the correct answer :( Dang it all!! That would have been cool.

I did have a massage this morning. HEAVENLY. My massage therapist hadn't seen me in over a month, and she gushed about how good I look :))) YEAH!!! Then I also finished up shopping--just have one more thing to get. So, that's done!

I decided ZUMBA was calling my name this morning, so I did my Zumba early :) Yahoo!!
It was just as much fun as I remember!!

Water - yes! FINALLY!!
Exercise - another 45 minutes today!!
Calories- close...

Calories IN = 935.8
Calories OUT = 338
NET calories = 597.8

Today's menu:

coffee with creamer - 30

egg nog latte- 12 ounces- 200

leftover swiss chicken-150

1 slice of Cowboy pizza from Papa Murphy's - 336.8
2 slices of cheesy bread- 219

My tooth is really bothering me :( My dentist called in a prescription though, so hopefully that will hold me over until I can get in. Since the tooth is a back molar, I have to go to a specialist in Wenatchee, and he can't get me in until almost the end of January :( BUT, my dentist said that the medicine should help substantially! HOPE SO! It's making me not want to eat!


I had a great TUESDAY :)))

Water- 80 ounces.I find it so hard to drink more water when I am home all the time. I don't know what the deal is. Plus, it probably doesn't help that I have to get a root canal, so I have a SUPER sensitive tooth right now :(

Exercise- I have been averaging 45 minutes of exercise a day over my break! WOO hoo :)))

Calories- YUP!

Calories in = 1480 with guessing on the sandwich at lunch
Calories out = 327 - 40 minutes of The Firm! That's a kick butt video!!
Net calories = 1153

What I ate...
coffee with creamer - 30
pretzel thins-110
chipotle ranch dip - 100

The Oroville - a yummy veggie sandwich on a French roll at the Breadline. I did eat the homemade potato chips, too! *Not sure on the calories?? 400?
FF mocha- 200

shrimp- our little one LOVES shrimp!- 200
sushi- 6 pieces- 240
sweet potato fries - 200

We had a fun day of girl time! Lunch and shopping :) Presents are wrapped! And, we played tons of Wii! GOOD day indeed.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

HOLY mack-a-dack!!

I decided to take measurements today :))

So, here's what they look like:
Hips- 45
Waist – 36
Chest – 43
Thighs – 22
Calves- 14.5- Really liking how these are looking right now! I have not taken these before, but MAN OH MAN, I can see such a difference with all the running :)
Arms- 13

Let's compare to back in July...
Hips- 52 inches
Waist- 46 inches
Chest- 49 inches
Thighs-24 inches

Now a little math :)
Loss of inches =
Hips- 7 inches
Waist - 10 inches?!?!?! WHOA!
Chest- 6 inches
Thighs- 2 inches
Arms are the same since my first measurement of them in August, BUT, they are more defined!

For a grand total of 25 inches off my body :))))))) Talk about feeling a little extra pep in my step today!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Roller coaster day.................

Water- yes! Easy to do with the cross-country adventure!
Food- no...just not hungry :(
Exercise- 2 hours today!!! 120 minutes, WOO HOO!

2 things checked off the list of Trisha's Targets today!
1) Cross-country skiing
2) new recipe- OH MY GAWSH!! I made swiss chicken in the crockpot, and it was to die for YUMMY!!!

Calories in = 893
Calories out = 989
Net calories = -96

coffee with creamer - 30
poached egg with green tabasco -WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT MY HOT SAUCE?!? I love green, red, and even chipotle! - 71

I have found a new fruit bar that I love even more than the Orchard Fruit Bars with which I was all obsessed. SO yummy, organic, and I can't wait to try the brownie one!!
PURE bar- apple cinnamon bar - 200

ff, sf white choc, pumpkin 12 ounce latte- 120
chocolate covered espresso bean - 7

carrots - 15
1/2 apple - 40
swiss chicken (chicken breast, cream of mushroom soup, slice of swiss cheese, stuffing) - 380
peppermint patty - 30

It was a good day as far as my health goes :)

BUT, a sad day for my heart :(( When I returned from cross-country skiing, I came home to find out that we were putting our dog down :(( It was so sad. She definitely was suffering, and it was her time, but it doesn't make it easier. Telling our little one SUCKED :( She just wanted me to rock and rock and rock her. Then we got our pictures out, and told funny stories, and it was much better. The other three dogs are acting weird. They miss her, too. I know it's all the circle of life, but it's tough. Seeing my honey cry, that was so sad. He's such a strong man...I love him so much. GOOD-BYE Suzie Q. You were an INCREDIBLE dog, and we will miss you :(

A love I had forgotten...

989 calories burned today when I went CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING!!! It was so beautiful up on the Loup; the sun was shining, there was no wind, and it was sparkly and quiet :)) I forgot how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE cross-country skiing! It smelled clean and pine-like. It was crazy that it was so gorgeous up there, because down in town it was all fogged in and gloomy looking.

I KNOW I am going to be feeling it tomorrow!! My quads, biceps, triceps, and shoulders!! Altogether we skied 5.4 miles :) It was warm, so I was just in a couple of layers of clothing. And, boy I was sweating!!

I was surprised at how easy it was to get back into the swing of things! It has been so long since I had gone. I wasn't gung-ho about the trail because even though it was groomed, it didn't have the tracks that make it so much easier to ski. That will come when more snow does! The good news...I didn't fall! Everyone else that went had a tumble, but I managed to keep up, though I had a couple of close calls.

I am so glad that I went today :) Not only is it killer calorie burner, but I LOVE it!! Can't wait to go again :) Maybe I will try one more time this break...

Incredible shrinking woman!!!!

Last week:199.2
Today: 198
That's a 1.2 loss! AND, that's with two parties and a dinner with friends!!!!
I still smile that the scale does not say 200 anymore :)))
That's 46 pounds on this journey. I would LOVE to lose 4 pounds (I just lost 4.8 this past two weeks) by the end of the year...making it a nice 50 for 2011!!! Got some motivation!!!

I am so proud of myself for losing weight during this crazy time of the year! Truly it cements that this is a life change. It's all about eating what I want, when I want, but not being OUT OF CONTROL and keeping up the exercise and water consumption.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Trisha's Top Ten Targets!

I have two weeks off, and I have some stuff I wanna do :))

1) Clean/organize our extra bedroom to set-up as an exercise and sewing room!

I have several exercise goals!!

2) Ice skating - we have a date already with a group of friends!
3) Cross-country skiing- going tomorrow! This means so much to me :) I used to go ALL the time, and I have only gone once since I have lived here :( I am going with a big group of friends tomorrow, and I have my own stuff!! So glad I could find it all!
4) Downhill skiing- I used to do this all the time, too. I am going to take our little one for a lesson, and to see if she likes it!!
5) Bowling- at least twice...we have two different bowling dates already set-up!
6) Volleyball- We have a date set-up to have an open gym, and we are going to have a volleyball game as part of the activities!!

7) Sleigh ride- I REALLY want to go for a sleigh ride in Leavenworth! We used to do this every year back in the days that I lived there!

8) Read two books- I have 6 next to my bed, and a gazillion on my Kindle!
9) Cook a new recipe - I could technically count making homemade ravioli!!!! But, I will try out a different new recipe :)
10) Start and finish at least one craft project I have bookmarked on Pinterest!!


I was thinking about doing my The Firm dvd again today (I am TOTALLY sore today!!), but in the end I did go for a run/jog/walk instead. The sunshine was calling me!!!

SO, up on the flats it was windy :( Cold and windy. I played around with turning around and going back home to exercise inside. In the end, I decided to stick it out.

A couple of observations:

  • I do much better if I am chewing gum!!

  • I need to buy smaller exercise pants, and pants that can tie at the waist!

  • I need to NOT wear a cotton shirt. I sweat like crazy, and it was COLD on the last bit on the way home.

  • I LOVE my i-pod and my HRM.

  • I need to wear sunglasses on a day like today! HOLY smokes it was so bright!!! And, the glare of the sun on the wet road...zoiks!

So, as I got going, I decided that rather than jog for a long time, I would go for speed and time. I jogged/ran 2 straight miles in 21 minutes or 10 minutes 30 seconds each mile!! THAT's the best I have ever done :))) Then, I decided to walk as fast as I could up Robinson Canyon. It normally takes me 10 minutes, but today I did it in 8 minutes and 3o seconds!!! Freaking amazing!!! I am so proud of myself. I burned 636 calories!! WHAT a workout :)) This has become my Sunday ritual, and I LOVE it! I don't know what I'm going to do when the weather doesn't cooperate anymore??!! At least if winter does show up, it won't be for long!

I am so stoked that I didn't decide to not run or give up and turn around. Instead I rocked it!!!

READY for this break!

OK, so I didn't meet my exercise goals for this last week. I am TOTALLY all over that this next two weeks :))

Here are my health goals for the week:
1) Drink at least 100 ounces of water.
2) Eat at least 1000 calories.
3) Exercise EVERY day!!
4) Run/Jog/Walk at least 5 miles.

A post or two or three wrapped up in one!

It's been a busy but FUN weekend!! So, I have three days worth of blogging to catch up! I survived a dinner with friends, and two other parties!!! CRAZY, but fun :)))

Fri -
Water - yes!
Calories-guessing 1000, at least
Exercise - nope

Water - yes!
Calories - again, guessing 1000, at least
Exercise - 45 minutes of an awesome aerobics dvd. It mixed aerobics and strength training and even kickboxing! I used soup cans for my weights during the weight training segments. So, that makes 80 of 180 minutes.

Water- yes!
Calories- nope, not 1000
Exercise - My 5-mile walk/run and stretching - 70 minutes- 150 of 180 minutes. SO, I didn't make my goal for the week.

OK, so what I ate:
Friday- It was an EGGCELLENT day!
Poached egg - 71
Small- couple o f bits of egg/sausage breakfast - our annual Christmas breakfast at school!
Egg nog latte-12 ounce - 350

Chocolate chip cookie-homemade! OMGAWSH to die for homemade!! I ate one, and I gave the other one away because I knew FOR sure I would
Veggie burger - 90

1 piece of garlic bread
1 blueberry beer

Saturday -
Coffee with creamer – 30

6 cracked pepper crackers – 120
1 ounce of cheese – 110
1 small piece of homemade sausage- ?

pretzel thins
chipotle ranch
3 chicken wings
Puppy chow
2 apricot ale beers

Sunday -
Coffee with creamer – 40

egg nog latte-12 ounces - 350
Pummelo - maybe a fourth of one. YUMMY :) - 72
1 hershey kiss candy cane – 24

3 homemade ravioli (ground beef with spinach) with homemade spaghetti sauce- to die for delicious!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Only one more wake-up, and I am on BREAK!!!

It's been another awesome day! I started it off reading my students' projects. WOW! I have such talented and creative kids!!!! I was bawling, as I was reading the writings of their hearts. I AM SO LUCKY to have the best job on the planet. I truly love my students!!

They were also giving me all sorts of little gifts today :) So sweet! And, we got to wear PJs at school today! SO COMFY :)) I even bought a new pair of super cute blue winter PJs with penguins on them. LOVIN' it!

Here we go!


Water- over 140 ounces!

Exercise- 15 minute walk. That makes 35 of 180 minutes! Gonna be a lot of working out this weekend :))

Calories - 713 calories - not 1000. I don't know what to do. I am just hungry, and it feels like I have to force myself to eat to get to 1000. Need to talk to a friend of mine who is a nutritionist...maybe I will eat a bigger breakfast! And, the thing is that I could eat something extra or like dessert or something, but I just don't want anything.

Calories in- 713

Calories out-125

Net Calories- 588

What I ate today...

egg- poached in the microwave with green Tabasco! I love my little, cheap, quick microwave poacher! - 71
chocolate covered espresso bean - 7

coffee (extra at school)-100

veggie burger-70
laughing cow cheese- 35
mandarin orange - 45

cheeseburger pie- 250
chocolate covered cashews - 50


Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I am blogging for two days right now! I didn't blog yesterday. I was busy grading papers and making a tutu!!! I need to make another tutu tomorrow! It's a week of tutus!!! Tee hee :))

Good things are happening, and I feel like it's all the positive energy I have been sending out into the universe :) You can check out what has happened lately on my thankful blog!

So goals first:
Over 100 ounces of water both yesterday and today!
NO working out yesterday or today. So, I have 20/180 for the week.
At least 1000 calories on both days! YEAH

Food on Monday
Pumpkin smoothie- I figured out how to make it even better by freezing my pumpkin, and then I didn't have to use any ice! 85
coffee- 70

tuna- 70
2 rice cakes- 70
Laughing Cow cheese- 35
carrots - 15
chex mix - 100 - small snack bag

stuffed green pepper - 400
fruit salad - 200

TOTAL -1045

Food on Tuesday--
egg - poached in the microwave- with green tabasco sauce- 71 YUMMY!!!!!!
coffee- 70
chocolate espresso bean - 7

tuna- 70
carrots - 15
Laughing Cow cheese - 35

peppermint patty - 30

veggie delight from Subway - 460
fruit salad - 200
chex mix - 100

TOTAL = 1058

Monday, December 12, 2011


Today was a good day :) It's going to be a fast and fun week! We start with dress-ups tomorrow!!!

120 ounces of water
20 minute walk in the beautiful, crisp sunshine this afternoon---so that's 20 of 180 minutes for the week.
not 1000 calories :( ---- geez, back in the day, I couldn't imagine eating less than 1000 calories. Now some days, it's truly a struggle to get them in. I am not hungry, and I am not feeling like I am missing out on anything.

Calories in -
pumpkin smoothie - 95
coffee- 70

extra coffee - 70 - a surprise from one of my former students :))

mandarin orange - 35
turkey - 45
string cheese - 60
carrots - 15
pretzel thins - 50
L.C. cheese - 35

bean soup - 350- just a guess...
cheese - 110

Calories in - 935
Calories out - 150
Net - 785

There ya have it!

Today's weigh-in!! THE 6TH MONTH MARK!!!!

Mid-June 244.
Last week 202.8.
That's 3.6 pounds this week :)))))
Or 44.8 pounds since Mid-June, which happens to be 18.36% WOW :))))

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This week's GOALS!

My goals this week:
1) Eat at least 1000 calories a day!
2) Drink at least 100 ounces of water a day!
3) Exercise 180 minutes for the week (3 hours total) that seems doable!


Let me first start by saying...that I now weigh under 200 pounds. I will NEVER again be in the 200s. NEVER. I can't remember when it was that I was under 200 pounds. I think it was when I first met Rick, so that would be 8 years ago this month!! This is such a huge deal to me. I can't believe that in mid-June I almost weight 250 pounds!!! WOW. No gimmicks, no drops, no dieting...just being healthy :))

I have so much to talk about today...

I had THE best run I have ever had :) I jogged/ran 3 straight miles before stopping to walk, and basically that was just stopping to walk up the KILLER HILL up Robinson Canyon. I ran 3 miles in 32 minutes!! That is the best I have ever done :) That's 10:39 per mile!!! It was awesome :)))

I almost didn't go running because it was so cold--right at 30 degrees. But, I read a great blog , which also had a great link to the Runner's World "What Should I Wear Tool":) I wore what it told me, and I WAS PERFECT on the entire walk/jog/run :)) And, once again I can say that I run much better when I have gum in my mouth! I also LOVE my i-pod, and it makes running so much easier. I am going to look into downloading a running play list. Of course, the other thing I love is my HRM!

OK, so a quick recap on Saturday and today:

Goals first!

Water - I only drank 60 ounces, so NO :(
Exercise - 30 minutes of walking!
Calories - Not totally sure because I don't know exactly how much crab I ate.

Calories in-??? Maybe 1000?
16 ounce coffee- 90
Veggies and fruit – carrots, cauliflower, honey dew melon at the Princess Party-200 calories?
CRAB-3 ounces = 94 calories- who knows how much. It really is hard to guess because you work and work and work and usually get only a little bit, LOL! Seriously, I did have some huge chunks of fresh crab, YUMMY! NO butter whatsoever.
1 cup of baked beans
1 slice of garlic bread
Hard cherry cider- 8 ounces - YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!

Calories out - 150 calories. PLUS, this does not count 5 hours of the Princess Party getting ready and running it :)) That HAD to be some serious calorie burning!!
Net Calories - Guessing around 850.

Water - YUP, I have already drank 100 ounces!
Exercise - KICKED BUTT!
Calories - Not sure if I will make it to 1000 today.

CALORIES IN- maybe 800?
Starbucks 16 ounce, FF, SF choc, SF Hazelnut - 90
handful of nuts - 100
Gonna have Ricky's soup tonight for dinner ;))) Not sure on the calories!

670 - from my walk/jog/run today!! WOO hoo :))

NET Calories - around 130 or so.

I am excited for my official weigh-in tomorrow! There ya have it!!!!!!!!!! Hope your weekend was AMAZING :))

Friday, December 9, 2011


Today was a good day :) I love Fridays!!!! Yes, I do.

After school today I decided to do a lot of walking to gather signatures for the Get Lit passport in Okanogan. It was fun seeing lots of friends and checking out some places I have never been before. It was cold, but that just made me walk faster :) Maybe I will win a prize--there are three, and several of the people told me that I was the only person for whom they have signed a passport! That could be good news come Monday!! We will see. What a fun way to exercise, though! I also stopped at several places and dropped off my little coupons for the free ham drawing!! FEELING LUCKY!!!

Busy weekend ahead, and I am super excited for the Princess Party tomorrow, and after that we are going to the all-you-can-eat crab feed, with an auction following. It's cool because it's a fundraiser for the fair, AND, we are going with our best friends! GOOD TIMES!

Water = 140 ounces!
Exercise- YUP!
Calories -YUP YUP!

Calories out- not sure...I walked for about 30 minutes total.
Calories in- 1182

Cottage cheese – 100
Coffee – 70

Pumpkin latte – 150
Tortilla – 50
Meat – 50
Cheese -50
Tomatoes, cabbage – 25
1 mandarin orange - 37
Peas – 25
L.C. cheese – 35

Chocolate covered cashews – 50

Rice, broccoli, meat – 350

Chips – 150
Salsa – 40


And, there ya have it :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday already?! ZOIKS!!

I started the day off with a headache. Pretty sure it was sinus, or maybe allergy-related. I was reading an article about how allergies can be terrible in the winter, and all sorts of reasons why!

I did two nice things for me today :) I just painted my toenails bright blue, and they look so pretty!! I also purchased a new duvet cover for our down comforter, and it came today. I got a KILLER deal, and it's on our bed right now, SO pretty, but still manly, too. I love my princess bed, and it's nice that it is western looking, too, because it fits Ricky, too!

Today I drove my mother-in-law to Wenatchee for a medical procedure. We had a great drive! We talked the whole way, and we are working hard on a cool project for in the spring :) I CAN'T WAIT!!!

I was really proud of myself because I brought all sorts of healthy snacks, and lots of water for the trip. She didn't feel well afterwards, so there was not temptation to go eat somewhere that wasn't good for us. I had already determined that I would make healthy choices, but in the end, I didn't even have to make a choice!

It was a good day, and a change of pace. I accomplished several things I needed to do, while I was waiting for her.

143 ounces of water
15 minutes of walking
Ate enough calories!

Calories IN- 1221
Calories OUT = 132
Net calories = 1089

Banana 110
Coffee , ff, sf choc /sf gingerbread- 70

Grapes 110
Peas – 35

Fruit bar-190

Chips (18) – 225
Salsa – 20
2 small tortillas-100
Cabbage- 20
Cheese- ¼ cup – 110
3 ounces ground beef - 231

So, today was a GOOD day :)) I hope your day was, too! And, even better...tomorrow is FRIDAY!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It never gets old!

So, today I had a person tell me for the first time what a great job I am doing, and how good I look! It was awesome, and totally unexpected :)) When I walked away, I seriously felt like I had a little pep in my step!

Today was the second PSYCHO day this week!!! I had a meeting that started at 7 a.m.! I love being organized, and I had several people comment about how much they appreciated how organized I am. YEAH :)

So, after that I taught for the day, had to prepare for sub plans for tomorrow, ran drama rehearsal--MAN, those kids are awesome, then scooted home, made dinner, and then back to school to work on preparing for the Princess Party. EGADS!Running, running,, I am exhausted right now.

Tomorrow I have to go to Wenatchee. I am going to pack lots of healthy snacks :)

Here's my take for the day...

140 ounces of water!
20 minute walk with my step-daughter after school before drama rehearsal started, and I carried a moderately heavy box to the post office to mail!
I didn't eat enough calories :(

oatmeal with brown sugar - 90
coffee- ff, sf choc, sf gingerbread - 70

veggie burger - different brand-100
L.C. cheese- 35
carrots - 20
Mandarin oranges x 2- 74

cookie - 200
4 chocolate covered cashews- 50

I tried a new "slim pasta" made out of tofu, it was OK. - 40 calories (for the entire bag)
spaghetti sauce - 50
meat - 100

double hot chocolate and mint whip cream- 60

Calories IN -889
Calories OUT- 132
Net calories = 757

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Feeling tired right now...

Must be the side effects of the busy yesterday, but I feel tired right now!

Anyhoot, I had a GREAT day! Lots of fun stuff happening :)

CALORIES in= 1000
Calories out =0 - That's right, I didn't exercise today :(
Net calories = 1000

1) 140 ounces of water, check
2) calories, right on the dot, check
3) no exercise today...not even 15 minutes! It's OK.

What I ate:

1/4 cup oatmeal- 75
1 tsp of brown sugar - 15
12 ounces - FF milk, SF white choc, SF gingerbread- 70

veggie burger- 90
celery- 10
L.C. Cheese- 35
2 small Mandarin oranges - 74

carrots - 10
applesauce - 50

shrimp(12 ounces)- 336
sweet potato fries - 160
BBQ sauce- 40

hot chocolate-20
mint whip cream - 15 me :)

I have this weird thing that has been happening to me lately...
It's that time of the year, where treats are around.

What's interesting to me is that I haven't wanted any of it and that is kind of surprising to me. I am normally a sweet girl. Is this how healthy people feel? I mean I did have a bite of a brownie yesterday, but I have been offered tons of stuff, lots of homemade stuff, and I have easily said no, and not felt like I was missing out. It doesn't even feel like willpower, as much of that I just don't want it.

I hope I am not going to jinx it, but I am super happy that it feels this easy :))

Monday, December 5, 2011

Another pound closer...

Last week 204.
This week 202.8!
So, that's 1.2 pounds this week :) AND, that includes TOM!!!

I love weighing in on Mondays! It keeps me super focused!!! And, it starts my week off on the right foot.

I KNOW that I will be under 200 before 2011 is over!! HOW COOL IS THAT?

Today was like a perfect storm, as far as BUSY goes, but it was fun! After school, we had drama rehearsal, 4-H, Girl Scouts, and the family reading night at the elementary school. BOY howdy! It feels good to be relaxing right now.

On a MAJOR upside...I had a two people comment on my jeans today, YEAH! Then at the Reading Night I saw several parents I have not seen in some time, and so I had three different people ask me about how much weight I have lost!!! Woo hoo!

A couple of things to share...
I had a doctor's visit last month, a much needed one. Well, in addition to having my thyroid checked (normal for me a couple of times a year because I have to take medicine for it, and they need to keep it regulated.), my doctor decided to check some other things, too. EVERYTHING looked great, but what was REALLY cool was seeing the difference between the tests in 2008 and now in 2011 (I hadn't had all those other functions--liver, calcium, glucose, etc. checked in 3 years)! Talk about what being healthy can do for you...I LOVE looking at the numbers!

Also, I discovered the Ziploc XS bowl,which is perfect for 100 calorie snacks! I love it...easy portion control :) It even gives you a list of healthy eating ideas! It's one of my new favorite things, and, OF COURSE, I bought them with a coupon, and they were on sale!

I really do love using these and Ziploc snack bags for portion control. I am able to get my veggies and other things all ready and in the fridge, EASY to grab :)

Calories IN today =
1/4 cup oatmeal with 1 tsp of brown sugar - 90
12 ounces ff milk, sf white choc, pumpkin - 70

veggie burger- 90
LC cheese -35
2 small mandarin - 74
1 small pasta salad (using my xs Ziploc storage container)- 100

bite of brownie - ? guessing 45, it was a very small bite, so it was most likely less
mini-rice krispy treat - 45 (like a bite-size)

pork chop- 3 ounces - 181
potato - 75
BBQ sauce - 40
pasta salad - 200


Calories OUT = 15 minute walk today. That was ALL I had time for. And, I did try to get up early again, and again my phone turned itself off :( I am going to have to use the regular alarm clock to make sure that I get up! I didn't wear my HRM when I walked, but I am going to guess it was about 125 calories.

Gonna keep my goals the same this week:
1) Drink 100 ounces of water a day.
2) 15 minutes of some sort of exercise.
3) Eat at least 1000 calories a day!
4) Get a jog/walk in and reach 3 consecutive miles jogging.

So, with those in mind for the week, I can check off 1-3 for today!! Even this busy day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Catch up time! MEGA blog

I had a FABULOUS weekend :)))) Filled with family, friends, and FUN!!

I didn't blog this weekend, so I am doing a mega blog right here.

THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT BY FAR FOR ME???? I just about started bawling in the dressing room at Wal*Mart. Why? Because I tried on size 17 and size 15 jeans from the Juniors section. OMGAWSH! They totally fit, and I even wore them!! I also bought size 16 jeans in the normal know where they have size 2,4,6,8,10,12,14. YUP, and it only goes to 16--no 18 or 20. I can't wear the 16W that you find over in the bigger lady section anymore because they are too big. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am so happy :)))

Friday update:
120 ounces of water
Made the calories
Didn’t exercise :( I had planned on getting up early in the morning, but then my phone turned itself off...this is NOT the first time it has done that, GRRRR. But, maybe the universe felt I needed more sleep!

Oatmeal-70 brown sugar – 20- 90

Veggie burger-90
Laughing cow cheese- 35
Grapes – 100
Banana - 110
Coffee - 75
Chocolate covered cashews-50

Pizza – 500- bbq chicken - YUMMY! I haven't had pizza in so long. I did look around for quite some time in the frozen section. I wanted to make a semi-good decision. I knew that I could eat HALF of the pizza I bought for 500 calories.

Total Calories IN =1135

Saturday started a little lazy, which was AWESOME! But, it also started with TOM and nasty, yucky cramps :((( that woke me up REALLY early. Once I got those under control, I just couldn't go back to sleep, so I had some really nice quiet alone time, and I decided to look at things on the bright side, and I also accomplished a lot with my yearbook--so cool that it's all online! After the mellow morning, then it went into busy mode! LOL! But, we got lots of Christmas stuff done, and we had a lovely dinner at our friends' home, and played lots of games!! The priceless moment for me...watching these big men playing Slap Jack with our little one!! FUNNY stuff :) We had fun playing Yahtzee, 31, War and Slap Jack!

Coffee with creamer- 40
Starbucks 12 ounce ff peppermint mocha – 100
Fruit bar- 200
Egg nog milkshake- 12 ounce – 420, 1 ounce = 45 not sure if this calorie count includes whip cream or not, as it didn't say online, and I chose no whip cream, and I didn’t like it, gave it to Ricky

We went to dinner at our friends' house, and I didn't write down and figure out the calories, but I did write down everything I ate!
Pre-dinner I had 385 calories

Chips and homemade salsa
Pasta salad- 2 bowls!!! veggie pasta, ff Italian dressing, carrots, pickles, onions, olives.
slice of cheese
sandwich thin
Lettuce, tomato, onion,

Some sort of frozen fruit dessert- yummy :)

I did NOT exercise on Saturday (that's two days in a row):(( Unless you count LOTS of shopping and all that includes! We did lots of walking downtown and uptown, too!

Calories- guessing over 1000!
Water - CHECK! 120 ounces
Exercise - Shopping? Otherwise, NOPE :(

Sunday UPDATE:
Water-100 ounces
Exercise - YES!
1000 calories -YUP :)

coffee with creamer - 40
pasta salad- 1 bowl - not sure on the calories...250?

chocolate milk - 150- recoup from my run!

almonds- 100

pot roast- 286 - 6 ounces
BBQ sauce - 30
potatoes - 68
carrots- 15
piece of garlic toast - 130

CALORIES OUT = 631!!!!!!!!! I LOVE my heart rate monitor!!! AND, I had THE best workout ever today :)

Awesome walk/jog! I jogged 2.3 miles in a row, and I averaged 11 minutes 30 seconds for that! I walked a bit, and then jogged another .2, so that I jogged a total of 2.5. I finished with a walk up Robinson Canyon. In the end, my total was 5 miles in 1 hour and 10 minutes. IT WAS AWESOME AND BEAUTIFUL outside, and I rocked the jog!!! I am getting so much better :))) After my jog/walk, I truly FELT SO ALIVE!!!!

There ya have it folks, and despite TOM, I am still excited to weigh-in tomorrow! And, for any negative person out there HATER, who wants to pick at me, and say that I am dieting and this won't last, you OBVIOUSLY don't read and understand my blog!! Or, anyone who is annoyed with my positive energy and CHOICE to be thankful and to look for the good in every single situation,even the ones that are not perfect...well, my results speak for themselves! I am living LIFE :))) Better yet, I AM LOVING LIFE,and it's loving me back!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Twice-a-day :)

Goals for today, REACHED!
Exercise- twice for a total of 27 minutes.
Water- hold on to your seat, 160 ounces!
1000- almost...Maybe I will eat an apple before bed, and then I would be there.

I started this morning off with exercise! WAHOO! It wasn't very long, but it was fun :) I did the Denise Austin 12 minute cardio workout. She has a dvd set up with six different 12-minute workouts, and you do a different one each day. I burned 102 calories in the workout, so that was awesome :) And, I just had tons of energy for the day!

I just finished the day with a 15 minutes of jumproping!
Another 125 calories burned.

Calories out = 227
Calories in= 966
NET Calories = 739

Breakfast bar-90
coffee- ff, sf white choc, sf gingerbread-70
4 chocolate covered cashews - 25

tortilla- 68
honey mustard- 20
lunch meat- 60
celery - 10
Laughing Cow French onion- 35

2 tortillas - 136
cheese- 100
ground spicy pork-3 ounces - 252
cabbage- 25

hot chocolate - 20
gingerbread marshmallows - 30

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Well, HELLO, Wednesday!

The day started out well :)
Then things kept going awry after school, but I just decided I wasn't going to let it get to me, and so I let it go! And, boy that feels good :) And, now I feel way better, and I can see all sorts of great things from today.

A couple of smiley faces...
1) Did you know Pumphouse has SF gingerbread and SF pumpkin?! Yeah, zero calories! Thank you very much :)
2) This morning a co-worker brought me some cool exercise videos, one with Denise Austin, who I LOVE!! She is so inpsiring, so I am looking forward to trying it out, and I decided that I would start it tomorrow morning!! So, I have my workout clothes all ready, and the alarm set.
3) Tonight I wasn't sure if I was going to have time to workout. But, in the end, I made the time, while we were watching tv! I grabbed my exercise mat and balls, and worked my butt off for 20 minutes, and 200 calories :) I feel better, too.

Calories IN = 1100
Calories OUT = 200
Net calories = 900

What I ate today...
orchard fruit bar- 200
coffee-12 ounces, ff, sf coconut, sf white choc- 70

pretzel crisps - garlic parmesan- 110
soup - 175
5 chocolate cashews- 50

sweet potato fries - 190
French dip- 220 bun, 60 meat, 25 aus jus

132 ounces of water!
20 minutes of working out :)
Perfect on calories!


The power of positive thoughts!

On October 31st I weighed 207.8
November 30th I weigh 203.8
Some might think that’s only a loss of 4 pounds, but in the world of what I am doing--which allow me to emphasize is NOT DIETING, that is an average of a pound a week, and that was through Halloween and Thanksgiving!!! And, it’s a total of 45 pounds since mid-June (5 ½ months ago). Definitely I am so proud of what I have accomplished and that this is a way of life.

I am pretty excited! Why? Because I had a personal goal at the beginning of November to try and keep things positive. And, you know what? I truly believe that the energy we send out into this world, comes back to us times a gazillion! October had so many ups and downs, and Halloween week was an especially stressful and blah time. So, here we are, wrapping up another month, and I am a proud of finding the good. I can definitely say it makes me appreciate everything a little more! It reminds me lots of Oprah’s grateful journal. And, though I know not all the days and weeks and months and years will be this way, I sure am glad that 2011, and especially NOVEMBER have been what my heart needed! It feels so good to feel good!

I decided to look at all my titles of my blog entries for the past two months, and definitely I can see the difference in my attitude!

NOVEMBER titlesMarvelous Monday, yes indeedy
GOALS 4 the week
A couple of days...
UPDATED an old, but not forgotten blog
A closed door isn't always the end!
FANTABULOUS Friday for me:)
Turkey Day
Start of a FANTABULOUS week :)
Why today was a good day!
Okey Dokey Artichokey!
Wonderful WEEKEND :)
Rock and ROLL
Yeah for the snow!
A big loss!!
HOLY buckets!
Lovely weekend :)
Another good one for the books!
MUCH better week :)
My real Friday!!
It's my Friday!
Yeah for Wednesday!!
Taking care of me :)
Back on track!! Yahoo :)
:) :(
TODAY :)))
Yesterday is gone!

OCTOBER titles
Checked in lately?
I think I found it!
Sunday stroll, storage, and stew
Feeling strong and focused!
Super Saturday!!!
Goal for this week...5 sticky notes!
Fishy day!
Better day!
blah, blah
Today was a LONG day!
Living LIFE and loving it!! This ain't no diet for...
A fantabulous weekend!!!!
Compliments keep coming !!
Long day!
CRAZY article!
Oh, Tuesday, HOW I LOVE YOU!!
Another loss!!
I love that I can see a difference :)))
Jumproping KICKED my butt!
WILD Wednesday!!
Terrific TUESDAY :))
Just another manic Monday...
I LOVE Sundays like this :)
Friday and Saturday!
Thursday! Holy smokes!! Where did this week go?
Cool article :)
Today: Monday.OK.Tired.
Food for the weekend...
HUGE!!! Or, should I say smaller?

It has also been a hoot to read back through the years, as I did start this blog in February of 2006. Not all of my blog entries are there from the beginning because I was originally content in our local newspaper, so when I switched to Blogger, I only was able to transfer some of those earliest blogs. It's fun to read the ups and downs. What a journey it has been!

I AM SO APPRECIATIVE that I have not given up and that I have this record to see just how far I have come.

It's been a good month, and I am looking forward to ending out this year on a good NOTE!! If I average one pound a week, I will be under 200 by the end of 2011!!! HOW COOL WOULD WILL THAT BE?!?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Today started off rocky with an ugly headache, borderline sinus infection feeling :( But, by early afternoon it did go away, so my day was much better :))

When I returned home, I decided that I needed to exercise!! So, I played Wii for 40 minutes. I danced a whole bunch of different songs on Just Dance. It was fun, and it went by really fast! It was not crazy intensity, but I did work up a sweat, and it didn't feel like exercise.

Food for today:
1/4 cup oatmeal - 75
1 tsp brown sugar - 15
12-ounces - FF, SF gingerbread latte- 75

fruit bar - 220

apple sauce- 50
string cheese- 50
veggie burger - 90

peppermint patty - 30
ham- 160

potato - 278
salsa - 20
cheese - 50
1/2 cup refried beans - 50

Calories in = 1163
Calories out = 215
Net calories = 948

Drank over 100 ounces of water today!
Exercised for 40 minutes.
I ate enough.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Marvelous Monday, yes indeedy

Last week 205.2
This week 204
So that's down 1.2!!! THAT'S WITH TWO full turkey dinners:)) I am so glad and proud of me!!!

OH MY GAWSH, I can't wait to lose these freaking 4 pounds!!!

Today I drank TONS of water!! I met my water goal :)
I ate at least 1000 calories.
I worked out for 18 minutes.

Calories in=
1/4 cup oatmeal-75
1 tsp of brown sugar- 15
16 ounces coffee- SF,FF white chocolate/pumpkin - 150

green beans with onions,mushrooms, bacon bits- 1/2 cup -70
fruit salad- 1 cup - 120
tangerine - 35
apple- 85
ham -75

turkey noodle soup- turkey, noodles, broth, tomatoes, celery, croutons, cheese - 400

TOTAL IN =1025
Net = 900

I jumped rope for 18 minutes.
406 jumps with 65 jumps in a row, as the longest :)
125 calories burned!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

GOALS 4 the week

I need to focus on my water intake!

I want to workout at least 15 minutes every day. I know I can do this, and the jumproping is totally helping and something I can squeeze in easily!

And, I want to eat at least 1000 calories a day!

A couple of days...

Yesterday was filled with family time! This has been such a happy four days off.

Quick recap:
Calories out -

I jump roped yesterday, in the midst of cooking a big turkey dinner :)
I squeezed in 16 minutes.
I jumped 360 times, with my longest being 59 in a row.
My average heart rate was 132, with my max at 179.
And, it registered 150 calories burned. Not bad for 16 minutes!!

Calories in - 920
coffee with gingerbread creamer - 40

turkey - 270- 1 cup
fruit salad - 120 for 3/4 cup
gravy- 20- 1/4 cup
corn - 1/2 cup - 70
stuffing - 1/2 cup - 150
green beans- 70 - 1/2 cup
cheesecake- 180

Net calories = 770

coffee with gingerbread creamer - 40
turkey sandwich- 270, bread- 140, miracle whip- 40,= 450

fruit salad- 120
green beans- 70
gravy- 20- 1/4 cup
corn - 1/2 cup - 70
stuffing - 1/2 cup - 150

367 jumps
15 minutes of jumping rope!
150 calories burned
average heart rate 117 / max 160

Exercise ball exercises - 10 minutes- 70 calories


There ya have it!! I am excited for my weigh-in tomorrow, and I am glad that my legs aren't as sore as they were!!!

UPDATED an old, but not forgotten blog

That's's not dead!!

Check out the new direction for one of my old blogs!

Friday, November 25, 2011

A closed door isn't always the end!

Mildly disappointed, but it's just a revise on the plan.

So, I am not going to run the strip at Vegas next weekend :( A bunch of different reasons have affected the final decision for this. So, the plan is that NEXT YEAR I AM GOING TO RUN MY FIRST MARATHON in December 2012 in Vegas!! I am hoping we can make another trip down maybe a couple of weeks later in December, or else I am for sure going on Spring Break!! I miss my family so much :(

I have been searching out an alternative, as I am definitely wanting to finish a half-marathon sooner than later. I found one!! I am going to run the half-marathon in Wenatchee on April 21st!! So, I am pretty stoked, plus it's sponsored by a foundation created after the passing of an incredible runner in Wenatchee, who actually knew. SUPER cool that the registration goes towards that!!

I am going to register on pay day next week, and it's going to be my Christmas present to me. I am very excited about it!! As well, it does give me more time to train, which will be nice. I want to be able to jog the entire bit, or the majority of it! My goal is to finish it in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes! That's an average of a 16 minute mile, which normally I can walk easily a 15 minute mile. So, if I can jog at least half of it...

FANTABULOUS Friday for me:)

Today was so beautiful!! It was like a spring day, and the sun and warm weather (52 degrees) beckoned me to be outside!

So, eating-wise, I wasn't hungry, probably some weird after-symptom of eating yesterday.

Calories in=
coffee with gingerbread creamer - 40

baked ham with honey mustard to dip it - 186 calories (166 calories for 4 ounces of ham)

ham with honey mustard to dip it - 186 calories

apple with Laughing Cow lite French onion cheese- 135

Total = 547

WORKING OUT- Well, as I said earlier, I was all about being outside and just doing the walk thing. My original plan was to walk up and down Robinson Canyon. But, in the end, I just felt all motivated to start jogging, and I ended up jogging 1.5 miles, and add to that walking for 3.5 miles, well, I made the loop back up Duck Lake Road for a total of 5 miles. I was so into jogging, and so in a groove. I truly can't remember the last time I jogged outside (been using the treadmill because of the weather), and I was just in a zone. It was AWESOME! I stopped to tie my shoe, and I ended up walking after that. It was seriously THE BEST walk/jog I have ever had :))))

I wore my HRM, and it recorded that I burned 656 calories!!! WAHOO :) My average heart rate was 135,with the max being at 185. My I-pod registered 10, 357 steps, but I don't know how accurate that was because it was inside my hoody pocket.

Total out= 656
Total in = 547
Net = -109

WHOA...I have never had a negative calorie intake. GEEZ>>>I know I need to start eating 1000 to 1200 calories a day at a minimum, so that my body doesn't think I am trying to starve, which I am not trying to do by any means. Today I just didn't feel hungry! And, I had an AWESOMELY AMAZING!

Turkey Day

I survived my first Turkey Day :)) I have another one tomorrow!

THE best part of yesterday was when Jordie saw me for the first time, since he left for college, and he RAVED about how good I look, and how proud he is of me!! YES :)

We had a blast with family and we love playing Liverpool Rummy! I tied for first place, gotta love i t!

So, what did I eat?
Here's the skinny:
coffee with gingerbread creamer - 40

At dinner I ate two plates, which really wasn't crazy except that I did eat it all at one sitting, and that was nuts! I haven't eaten that much at one time in forever, so my tummy was FULL. Truly I was miserable :(

I decided that my eating was like this...
1st plate = breakfast/lunch
2nd plate= dinner
I didn't eat anything else for the day.

I did not track calories, but here is what was on each plate:
Plate #1 - ham--which by the way, is the best ever. Rick is an amazing cook! He makes THE best ham ever!! I had some turkey, but only a tiny bit. As well, mashed potatoes and mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, a tiny bit of gravy. Each serving was about 1/2 cup.

Plate #2- ham (hello, didn't I mentioned how YUMMY it is?), mashed sweet potatoes, cranberries, and an itty bitty slice of pumpkin pie (seriously I could have put it all in a 1/2 cup or smaller) and an itty bitty slice (same size) of cheesecake.

As you can see, I ate what I wanted. My portions were small. I consider it a BALANCE :)) Having what I wanted, but not going overboard.

OK, but how about the exercising?!?!
First, I did a mini-jumprope workout in the morning. I jumped rope for 16 minute s in 88 degrees--our house is always toasty warm :)

My HRM recorded 124 calories burned. I jumped 291 times, with 60 in a row being the longest. I will get to 100 in a row! I will do it!! I am getting better, and I LOVE the workout!

Then after dinner when we got home, I decided to bust out the Wii. I was feeling icky from eating too much at one time. So, I knew I needed to sweat! I played tennis and boxing, and I also love to do the training mode, where I try to do just one better each time :) I played for 35 minutes, and I wore my HRM, but somehow I didn't have it set, so I don't have info. But, I can tell you I was sweating, and today I have Wii arm!!! I am sore for sure. I felt tons better after playing Wii!! I kinda want the Wii Fit now, maybe.

All in all, I am happy with how I handled Thanksgiving. I didn't feel like I was on restriction, and it was nice that I felt like I NEEDED exercise!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Some exciting news!! I added a tab to this blog :)) Up at the top, you can see the RECIPES tab! I won't be going all crazy on it, but I will be adding some of our favorite family recipes as I go. In particular, now that I am writing everything down that I am eating, I am also interested in figuring out calories per serving for each of the meals that I eat!! Cool, huh??

Today was another SPECTACULAR day!!

I know I have said it before, but I have to say again, I LOVE MY JOB :) I truly feel so appreciative that I go to work every day, loving my job, and being paid for it! My kiddos made amazing Thanksgiving placemats, and those along with the cool cards that my Girl Scout troop made, I headed to the retirement home in Okanogan and Omak after school to make special deliveries!!!! COOL! Awesome way to start my Thanksgiving break.

So, here is what I ate today...

Cottage cheese- 100

Mandarin orange- 45
Veggies – tiny tomatoes, carrots, peas, broccoli – 50?

Bean- 7

I decided to wait for lunch until I returned home, and I made my nifty little sandwiches I can make now!!! I love them because truly they are PORTION control all the way! I know the picture is blurry, but you get the idea!

Bread – 70
Tuna with lite miracle whip- 25- 16.5 ounces for the tuna- 1 tablespoon and the Miracle Whip
X 2 sandwiches- 190 calories total

Cucumbers in vinegar with garlic -16
Cottage cheese-100
Lasagna-505- You can see the recipe on the other page!! I ate more than a serving, so that's why I have more calories :)

IN =1160
OUT = 200
NET = 960

I watched The Biggest Loser and worked out at the same time!

Jump rope
My heart rate monitor recorded:

Hi – 2:33
L – 14:11
27:53 – 200 calories
I had a total of 416 jumps – 50 in a row was my longest run.

Jump roping kicks my butt, and I am always sooooo sore after!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Today ROCKED! Again. So, many super days in a row :) I like it! I love it! I want some more of it!

My students are working on Thanksgiving placemats, which we are going to donate again this year to the retirement homes in Okanogan and Omak. I always am so touched by what the kids write about the things in their lives for which they are thankful. I have THE BEST JOB ON THE PLANET!!!

Things are really coming together with our yearbook at school, and that is SUPER exciting!!! I met with our publisher rep, who happens to be my friend, too, so that is always fun when he is in town.

I finished on our cheer movie (over 250 pictures in it), and I am so proud of the final product! The kids and parents totally loved it! Tonight we had our cheer banquet, which was VERY emotional. It has truly been our best year, and so seeing it end is always tough. And, I have a few kiddos who are seniors, so HOLY cow, turn the tear faucet on!!!

Calories in =
Oatmeal- ¼ cup- 75
Lite syrup-25

turkey- 30
mandarin orange - 45

pork chop- 3 ounces - 410
acorn squash – 115
brown sugar- 30

TOTAL calories in =987+

And, the + is:
Cheer banquet...lots of stuff, and really I didn't want anything,since I had such a great dinner :) But, I did have a special treat!!
chocolate cupcake with pb cup...not sure on the calories, and I don't really care!
and, I also ate some veggies

Monday, November 21, 2011

Start of a FANTABULOUS week :)

I had a great day, as you can read in the post below this one!

So, I got this super cool sandwich crimper from Pampered Chef! I LOVE IT!! We had to try it out this afternoon :) I can now officially make my own uncrustables. YEAH me! We made tuna sandwiches for a snack, and to try it out. FUN, FUN, FUN!! I get to make pocket sandwiches now :) And, there are even recipes for pastries and tarts!
Total calories in-

Cottage cheese-100
Espresso bean – 7

Smoked string cheese – 50
Mandarin orange – 45
Apple/chicken sausage – 180

Tuna sandwich- 130

Potato- sour cream- 100
Steak – 6 ounces- 272- tender chuck steak
BBQ sauce - 20

TOTAL Calories IN- 974

Why today was a good day!

No, make that a great day!
It started out with wearing my super cool smiley shirt that I designed :) There are 10 of us gals at school that are wearing them today! The kids LOVED it! I will have to take a pic and post it!

Then during my prep I decided to have some chocolate yerba mate tea, and let me tell ya, YUMMY!!!

I had a pay-it-forward-moment that seriously brought me to joyous tears.

I wrote a recommendation for one of my students today. I simply cannot believe she is a senior! I love writing recommendations when it is 100% from the heart!!! Great kid!

I have been organizing some things that I have been invovled with before, and I am receiving awesome feedback :) IT ALWAYS feels great to be appreciated!!

I loved the comments today about how much weight I have lost...that feels good!!

I started a new book today-- Nicholas Sparks- Lucky Charm. I love his books, and I am just cruising through this one. I also just finished a great book: Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs - sequel to Shakespeare bats clean-up Ron Koertge.

We have been reading Choose Your Adventure books! They are so much fun and bring back the days when I was a wee little one.

Tonight we have Girl Scouts, which I LOVE, love, LOVE!!! Plus now that the girls are older, they are responsible for homework as related to their patches, so I am excited to see some of the things they bring tonight.

And, finally, my honey is making dinner tonight! He is BBQing steaks :)))


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Okey Dokey Artichokey!

206.2 last week
205.2 this week
So, a loss of 1 pound.

Only down a pound, which surprised me because I thought it would be more, dang it! My goal for this next week with two turkey dinners is to lose a pound, so I was hoping that the loss this week would have been at least two pounds. I want that under 200 so bad!!!!

My goal was by the end of the year, though I was hoping for the first weekend of December, with the end of the year as the true goal. I know the 199 will come, and I can see the light, but dang it...I want it now! LOL! I know that I need to amp up my exercise.

What's so funny is that I was disappointed for a moment, but I had to remind myself that a loss is a loss no matter how small!! It's still a loss, still moving in the right direction. And, what a difference from the beginning of summer!!!! Next week I will be at the 40 pound mark!!! I weighed 244, and now I am 205!!! That's freaking amazing, and it's all been done right :)

I am so ridiculously sore today from my jumprope workout yesterday, holy smokes, talk about a core workout, ZOIKS!

Wonderful WEEKEND :)

I love it when I have a weekend like this! It was fun and mellow, and much was accomplished!!!

We gathered up more clothes that need to go to storage for next year's yard sale. We had our hair cut and mine colored. We did deep cleaning! Shopped and planned out or meals for the next 10 days, including what we are taking to Thanksgiving, oh and I decided since I earned a second free turkey, that we are going to have a second Thanksgiving dinner at our house on either Saturday or Sunday because we want the leftovers :)))

I am planning out my plan of attack for both Thanksgiving dinners and what I will do as far as exercise goes!

Saturday's calories...
Coffee with pumpkin pie creamer – 40
½ grilled turkey and cheese sandwich – 1 piece of multi-grain bread – 110- 1 wedge of laughing cow lite French onion cheese – 35 – 3 slices of turkey lunchmeat – 30 – I can’t believe it’s not butter – 25 – total = 200

*I just LOVE Laughing Cow cheese! I am hooked on grilled cheese sandwiches right now :)

Starbucks – 12 ounce egg nog latter-370-THIS was my big splurge!! I have wanted one, so they were having a BOGO free deal for the weekend and from 2 to 5 p.m., and I happened to be there right after 2 p.m., so I felt like it was meant to be, which also meant that Ricky got a drink, too, YEAH!

Chuckroast-4 ounces- 207 ***Gotta love leftovers!!
BBQ sauce-40
Zone bar- 210
NO CALORIES OUT :( I just couldn't get it going to exercise because I was do tons of other stuff instead. I did read a GREAT quote: You can be sore tomorrow or sorry, you choose! I am all over that!!

Coffee with gingerbread creamer and mint whip cream – 50
Celery -9
Laughing cow lite chipotle cheese- 35
Sesame pretzel crisps- 110
Cashews- 150
Salad- 25 Honey mustard- 20 Croutons – 25 = 70
Tatertot casserole – tatertots- 160, garlic cream of mushroom soup-35, ground beef- 213, cheese- 25= 433
TOTAL IN = 857

Workout = jump rope 25 minutes – 250 calories – in 81 degrees! Yeah, this was an awesome workout that I did while watching The Biggest Loser on my dvr! Talk about motivation :) It was very hot in the house (our pellet stove), so I felt like it was like HOT YOGA, only HOT CARDIO instead!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Rock and ROLL

This morning started with a mild earthquake! The epicenter was less than 5 miles from where we live! And, it was a 4.6 magnitude. It woke me up, and I woke up Ricky. Our little one and the animals all slept through it! For me, it wasn't that big of a deal because I have been through MUCH LARGER earthquakes from back in the day when I lived in California. As a matter of fact, when I was in the 7th grade, we had an earthquake that was so big that I was on gymnastic mats during PE, and it moved me and my friend from one side of the gym, clear over to the other. CRAZY!

So, today started out with a little excitement :) And, it is FRIDAY!!! I have my new Friday shirt on :) YEAH! Today was just fun and right. You know what I mean? One of those days that everything goes exactly the way it is supposed to go.

One of my favorite time of the day was today when the huge, fluffy snowflakes were coming down. LOVELY.

After school today, we decided to do our grocery shopping. Normally I do it on Sunday, but this week we decided to get it done right after school :) YEAH! It's all done!! So, again, I used massive coupons, and I saved $95!!! I love love love that!

We came home and put everything away, and then ate a yummy crockpot dinner of a chuck roast. Perfect for today, and so nice that dinner was all cooked and ready to go. And, we had a surprise visitor, Rick's nephew. He was just stopping by for an hour, and then had to go, but it was exciting to see him.

Once our visitor left, we did some cleaning, and some organizing. I have another tub to haul to storage that it for the yard sale next summer. WOO hoo! One tub less of stuff in the house.

I am looking forward to this weekend and exercising! I plan to exercise both days :)

So, my calories in today...

cottage cheese-100
coffee-12 ounces-ff milk, sf white choc, sf gingerbread - 70
no coffee bean today :(
I did have a tiny bit of the pumpkin latte that was delivered today at school-25
1/2 honeycrisp apple- 50

light chicken gumbo soup- 175
laughing cow lite blue cheese-35
celery - 7

breadstick - 110
spaghetti sauce - 25
potato- 108
chuck roast - 8 0unces- 413

TOTAL = 928

By the way...I am so happy that I found my scale! Now I am able to be way more accurate with my servings, though I did guess before I weighed it, and I was glad that it was right on!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


So excited that tomorrow is already Friday :)

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving, which happens to be my FAVORITE holiday of the year!! I love spending time with family, and we will have LOTS around this year, YEAH!! I am also trying some new recipes this year, and I have a plan for working out.

I love squash. That's right, we are definitely squash people. A guy that my husband works with gave us an entire box of butternut and acorn squash for free, and apparently he has several more if we want them. I could seriously eat squash EVERY day. I am even going to try to make a soup!

I haven't worked out since Tuesday, and I NEED TO!!!

Calories in=
eggs- the liquid kind in the little carton - 1/2 cup - 60
green tabasco sauce
coffee- 12 ounces- FF, SF white choc, SF gingerbread-70
chocolate covered espresso bean - 7

celery -9
laughing cow lite blue cheese- 35
1/2 honey crisp apple - 50
tortilla - 68 with turkey - 30- honey mustard - 10, cabbage - 20= 128

spaghetti- 210
sauce- 50
ground turkey - 100

broccoli slaw with light miracle whip - 50

Total IN = 769

There ya be!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yeah for the snow!

I am excited to cross-country ski this year, and try some other winter exercise :)) So, I am cool with the white stuff!

Calories in...
oatmeal with pumpkin spice marshmallows- 100
coffee- 12 ounces - ff milk, sf white chocolate, sf gingerbread - 70
chocolate covered espresso bean- 7

laughing cow lite blue cheese - 35
applesauce - 50
Mandarin orange - 45

sour cream - 20
salsa - 20
2 tortillas- 136 for both-I found these super yummy tomato basil tortillas that are only 68 calories!! HOW COOL IS THAT?
4 ounces of carne asada - 225
cabbage- 10
avocado - 100
cheese- 50

2 slices of honeycrisp apple - 40

Calories in - 917
Calories out- nothing extra

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


So, today I went to the doctor, and I had a FABULOUS visit! The really cool thing is that I had lost a LOT of weight since the last time I had a doctor's appointment. My doctor was all proud of me!! She said,and I quote:

"What you have done in the past six months, is more than I could do for you
in the next 20 years! You are the anti-drug!"

How cool is that? It's so true! My blood pressure is TOTALLY perfect and right where it needs to be! Yup, 114/76. Awesome.

It was just really fun to have someone be so positive and so enthusiastic about my health! YEAH!

I had a HUGE list of things to talk to her about, and I am so appreciative that I have such an attentive doctor!! I was there for almost 2 hours! She did prescribe me an inhaler for the possibility that I have exercise-induced asthma, but we had a great conversation about allergies, too. I have noticed that my wheezing definitely happens more when I jog outside. So, we will see...

We talked about all sorts of things that I did need to deal with physically, and I am just GLAD that I finally made the appointment.

I was somewhat short on time, and I almost considered not going in to run, but I figured I could go with 20 minutes, if that was all I had. So, I drove down to the school, jogged 20 minutes, and headed home to get ready and return back to school to do conferences.

My exercise for today:
Treadmill for 1.6 miles - 20 minutes.
I warmed up 5 minutes.
I jogged 10 minutes- 1 mile.
I did a cool down for 5 minutes.

Calories out = 174
Other good news for me, my HRM told me that my average was 130, and that the max was 174. This was an improvement from all the other days that I have jogged a mile in 10 minutes!!

I also had to change my dinner plans because we had my step-daughter's conference, so since I only had 30 minutes for my dinner tonight, I decided to go for a walk, which by the way was VERY cold!! I walked 1.8 miles in 25 minutes, burning 208 calories.

Calories in =1124

What I ate today:
cottage cheese - 100
coffee-ff, sf white chocolate, sf coconut -16 ounces - 90
coffee bean -7

celery - 9
laughing cow lite blue cheese-35

rice cake- 30
laughing cow lite sundried tomato-35

steak(12 ounces)- 544
butternut squash - 2 cups - 164
light brown sugar - 30
bbq sauce - 50

total - 1124

And, there ya have it!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A big loss!!

Yeah, today I weighed 206.2, which is a 3 pound loss from last week!!! Of course, last week was rough, as it was a 1.4 pound gain, but what this has shown me is that you can have one rough week, and you truly can bounce back!! Just like that :)

If you read my blog from this past weekend, you see that I had two LOVELY dinners out :) I ate and drank what I wanted. But, I also worked hard with my exercise, and so once again it pays off.

Today was kind of a backwards day. I was able to sleep in, which was cool! Then I did ZUMBA, yeah! 45 minutes, and 485 calories later :)) Then I had conferences, which I met with 31 families!! ZOIKS! I am tired, for sure.

Calories IN = 641.75
Calories OUT = 485

Food for me...
Mandarin Orange- 45
Coffee- FF, SF white chocolate, SF gingerbread - 70
chocolate covered espresso bean - 7

celery- 10
Laughing Cow Cheese- blue cheese- 35

yogurt with fruit- 200
decaf ff milk, SF hazelnut - 60

chicken noodle soup - 1 1/4 cups- 214.75

TOTAL = 641.75

Sunday, November 13, 2011

HOLY buckets!

Now, that I have been bawling my eyes out...


Read all the comments! I did comment :) I am going to go buy two $50 gift cards and make sure they get to two families that I know are struggling, and that Thanksgiving dinner may not happen otherwise.


Lovely weekend :)

To update last night, I ate the Ahi tuna steak at Breadline, with wasabi butter. YUMMY :))) I also had stir fry veggies which consisted of bean sprouts, the stalks of broccoli (cut all skinny), and red peppers. As well, there was probably 1 1/2 cups of jasmine rice. AND, what I consider to be my dessert...TWO--not one--chocolate martinis! OMGAWSH they were delightful! I had never had a chocolate martini before.

We had a wonderful dinner, and then we dropped off Rick and went back to Laura's hotel room and laughed and chatted and just had some quality girl time. Laura is the kind of friend, who I can not see for years, and the moment we are together, we feel like it was just last weekend that we hung out :) Cool! It was really nice!

Today was a great day, too! First I headed off to work out :) I strapped on my HRM, and hit the elliptical trainer. According to my HRM, it said that I burned 108 calories, and went 1.6 miles. I did this in 25 minutes. The cool thing is that since I had my chest strap on, it then synced with the elliptical trainer, even though I wasn't holding the heart rate monitor handles on the machine. It was totally cool!!

Next up, I jumped on the treadmill! I jogged 1.25 miles in 15 minutes. I jogged for 10 minutes, 1 mile, on 6 mph! It was harder this time than the other day. I had hoped to try and jog this pace for 1.5 miles, but that didn't happen. I don't know if that was because I had already worked out on the elliptical for 25 minutes. IDK! It registered on my HRM as 232 calories.

Finally I ended my workout with a mini-weights workout. I did 3 sets of 15 reps of the bench press, triceps push, and bicep curl. Working out for 15 minutes with the weights.

So, in the end I worked out for a total of 55 minutes. And, according to my HRM I burned a total of 492 calories!! My average HR was 150, with a max at 188.

Calories out = 492
Calories in = 784.5
NET calories =292.50

I didn't realize this was so low, so I might have a cup of hot chocolate with mint whip cream and pumpkin spice marshmallows at 60 calories :)

What I ate today...
Coffee with creamer- 30
Pineapple coconut fruit bar- 200

chicken noodle soup - homemade! MY FAVORITE :) My family's favorite!! - not sure on the calories for this. 429.5

1/2 acorn squash (with 1 tbsp of whipped veggie spread, 1 tbsp of brown sugar) 125

Total = 784.50

That's something I would like to do...figure out what all my recipes are for their calorie content!

Gonna do it for my homemade chicken noodle soup...
1/2 cup of the noodles-170- I use the frozen Reames egg noodles!! They are amazing :)
1/2 cup of cream of chicken soup - 120
1/2 cup chicken - 105
1/2 carrots - 25
1/2 cup celery - 9.5

special spices :))

429.5 calories 2 1/2 cups of soup

OK, so the other thing I wanted to mention that I am super proud of for today...I have been using and organizing coupons lately. So, today I went to do my grocery shopping, and I bought over $300 in groceries for just over $200. All told, I saved $136 with about $30 from coupons, and the rest from card savings. I got a free turkey worth $25, and free chuck roast for $25. It was awesome :)))

I buy the Seattle Times at the $1 store, because you can get it there for only $1, duh! I am no extreme coupon queen, by any means, but whatever I can save my family...that's all that matters to me :) I don't do any online coupon stuff, yet. And, I did have someone ask how long I spend with dealing with coupons, and really it's only about 15 minutes a week, just for the cutting and organizing (I organize by each aisle in the store.).

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Another good one for the books!

Today we went for a drive up to Conconully because we wanted to see the snow :) LOVE IT! I just love going for drives anyhow, brings back such sweet memories of being a little girl because my daddy would take us on drives almost every weekend!

I have been doing really well on getting all of my water in.

Calories in =
coffee, no milk, with gingerbread creamer AND mint whip cream (OMGawsh...the mint whip cream is DELICIOUS)- 60

1/2 a grilled cheese/turkey sandwich- 225 SOOOOOOO yummy!

Total before going out to dinner= 285

I didn't do any extra exercise today. I am definitely feeling my run/jog/walk yesterday!! My thighs are sore, indeed.

Tonight I am so excited because Rick and I are going out to dinner (I KNOW...two nights in a row) with my VERY good friend from way back when junior high!! After dinner we are going to ditch drop Ricky off at home and hang out for some girls' time at Laura's hotel. She even brought notes from when we were in junior high!!! OMGawsh that will be funny entertaining :)

I will blog what I eat for dinner, and what I have to drink.

Tomorrow I am back to the gym for the treadmill!! I am going to try and jog 1.5 miles straight. As well, I want to do something else, maybe the elliptical or strength training--weights-- or, I dunno. I will see what tomorrow brings.