Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ready for the Weekend to Be Over

Well, the weekend has been busy and crazy but also productive. A little too much over indulgence but I'm ready to say, STOP, GET A GRIP and move on. I did some grocery shopping, book work, house cleaning, laundry and, most importantly, we went out Saturday night with friends and had a great time but ended up playing Guitar Hero until wee hours in the morning. So, I'm beat today.

Oh, I also had some time to download some music to the old ipod. A little Daughtry, Duran Duran, Eminem, Buckcherry, Linkn Park. One thing I didn't have time to do is take my "too tight pants" pics. I am, however, bound and determined to get them taken this week. So, check back often for the preview!

I also made Oooey, Gooey Banana Muffins and Butternut Bisque today. Both surprisingly excellent.

Hope all had a good weekend.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Life is Too Short

You know, today I had to go to a funeral for a client who I have known for 20+ years. He was what I would categorize as "my absolutely favorite client." Kind, intelligent, funny, complimentary and always thinking of ways to "make a deal work." It's hard for me to think I won't be working with him anymore. I will truly miss him and his wonderful laugh.

So, because of the whole uproar in my schedule the last couple days, my eating and exercise have been erratic. And, can you believe, I have another funeral planned for tomorrow. A lovely little lady who taught piano lessons to local kids and who I have known since I was young passed away over the weekend. She will truly be missed in our community. So, I'm anticipating that my schedule, again tomorrow, will be crazy. My plan, however, is to not let that be an excuse to eat things not on plan or not drink my water or not at least attempt some type of exercise. I think by writing that down, I am doing myself a favor.

I will be taking those photos of my "too tight pants" for my tribute to the Glam Challenge this weekend. So, please tune in for my public humiliation.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gone But Hopefully Not Forgotten

Well, it's been awhile since I posted and, frankly, awhile since I have been accountable to myself and my eating and exercise. I feel like I have been beating my head against the wall - or desk as the picture portrays. Life, work, eating, exercise seem to be overwhelming to me right now. I am also generally irritated with myself because at this time last year I was about 8 to 9 pounds less than I am now. My New Year's goal was to be back there by the end of March. Well, guess what, it's almost the end of March and I'm not there yet. I know, not the end of the world. However, I'm just irritated with myself for not doing the things I know that I can do to get to where I want to be. So, I know that Glam has a challenge out there and I am becoming a Glam Fan and hopping on the public humiliation wagon. No bikini but I do have some pants that I wore last spring/summer that I know will be too tight. So, my challenge to myself is to get back in those pants by the end of April/beginning of May. I will be taking photos of myself in those "too tight" pants and will be posting for all to see. Yes, public humiliation, here I come. Check back soon for those photos...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Menu for Monday

Here's the menu for today:

WW Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal w/ 1/2 c. frozen cherries - 2.5
Coffee with 4 Tblsp FF 1/2 and 1/2 and 2 packets vanilla splenda - 1

Knudsen Live Active Cottage Cheese with 1/2 Braeburn apple - 1.5
Carrots - 0
Snyders Pretzels - 1

Stuffed Acorn Squash - 4
Salad with 1 Tbslp FF Italian Dressing

1/2 cup Ben & Jerry's Light Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt - 4

Strawberry Curves Bar - 1
Handful of Marshmallow Cereal - 1
Orange - 1
Total 17

Lots of water.
Ixnay on the excerise. The early morning darkness threw me for a loop. I'm going to give a try tomorrow.

New Day, New Snowflakes

Yep, you heard it here. More snow. So much for my spring fashion shopping spree. I guess I'll be cross-country skiing in the morning in the pitch black, love that Daylight Savings Time. I think I complainith too much. I shall stop.

Let's talk about what's up with my food planning, measuring, eating, eating, eating. Oh, I seem to be stuck on eating, don't I? Kind of like my weekend. So, today is Monday and the greatest and bestest day to give it a go to have a good beginning to a great week. That's exactly what I'm going to do. So, I have great food in the house as I just went shopping over the weekend and there's no excuse not to eat well and be accountable. I know that I said I was going to try not to weigh and measure but as I thought about it I realized that the only time I have ever been successful at losing and maintaining is when I weigh and measure. So, I guess if I'm 90 and in the kitchen measuring out my Esure and prunes, so be it. There could be worse things in the world. At least I'll be a thin 90 year old!

So, I took Roni's advice over at Roni's Weight Watchen and picked up some light Ben & Jerry's. I grabbed the Cherry Garcia Light Frozen Yogurt. The stats aren't bad 1/2 cup for 170 calories, 3 grams of fat and .5 grams of fiber. Works out to 4 points per serving if you are doing WW (you could probably get away with 3.5 if you wanted to, I usually round up, though). Not too shabby. I've yet to try it but I'll report back and let you know. It was actually fun to look in the ice cream section and find something that I could fit into my life.

I also did something that I haven't done for awhile and that's mark point values on the foods I bought at the store. That way, I know exactly what my portion should be and what the point value is for that particular food. I had gotten away from doing that and I really think it helps me. I'm a nutritional label freak so I'm always looking at them anyway, why not figure out the points right off the bat. I write the points directly on the bag, box, etc. If I happen to dump the contents in another container, I cut the label off the bag or box, write the points on it and stick it in the container. I think it helps my "accountability." You know the old saying - Out of sight, out of mind. Well this makes it harder when the points are written in permanent marker on the container I'm eating from.

I'll try to stop back after dinner and post my menu for the day.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I'm Dreamin of Spring

Now, just because I said that doesn't mean it's going to happen any time soon. But if it were to happen, I would love to get some spring fashions from Ann Taylor. Check these out:

Nice lines on the top and great design on the skirt - lovin it!

Nice red color and if you zoom in it has great details. Also lovin it!

One more and how absolutely adorable. Too bad she looks 6' tall and skinny as a rail. But, hey, it could work!

By the way, sleeveless shirts, not happening here for awhile. It was in the teens this am when I went cross-country skiing. Yes, I've been trying to go skiing at least four times a week. Man, is that a work out. The track is down by the river and therefore a little chilly. It's the walking path I use all summer and this year, since there is so much snow, the Nordic Council has been grooming it for cross-county skiing. Once around is 2 miles. I am really starting to enjoy it and can feel that it's doing some good. So, as I've said before, Mother Nature, keep it comin, I've got the skis....

Oh, have you used Zip-n-Steam Bags? Wow, used them for the first time last night for some broccoli and button mushroom that I knew wouldn't be around long if I didn't use them up. I wasn't in the mood to do anything fancy and remembered that I had purchased the bags a couple weeks ago. Never know what you might find in my pantry! Anyway, I added some salt, pepper, seasoning and topped them with some Atheno's Reduced Fat Feta Cheese. They were awesome. I highly recommend them. Oh, it only took 4 minutes and no liquid needs to be added. The veggies were still a little crunchy and beautiful in color. I'm going to cook zucchini and portabellas tonight. I might be hooked.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Kickin Around an Idea

Okay, I've been kickin this idea around in my head for a little while now. So, as you can all tell from reading my bio, I am and have been a WW groupy for quite some time. I'm wondering if I would like to try another approach. I don't mean give up or stop being accountable. But, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by counting and measuring. I see myself at age 90 standing in the kitchen measuring my appropriate portion of Ensure and dried prunes. I know, a little exaggeration. But does the weighing and measuring thing ever bother anybody else out there? I also wonder if it's psychological in that if I DON'T weigh or measure my mind tells me I'm eating too much. When, in fact, I'm probably not. I've been doing this for long enough to have a pretty good idea about portion size. Anyway, I was thinking of giving the no weighing/measuring thing a try for a week and see what happens. Maybe a little less pressure and maybe a scale success. Anyway, I won't start until next Monday as I think I should give it a full week of experimenting. I'll report back to let you know if I can actually do it and if I do, did it work.

I also had Green Giant Healthy Weight Vegetables for dinner last night and they were really good. There are probably others out there who have had them and might have a comment but easy packaging and as the post says ready in minutes. By searching for these I also stumbled upon the website the link will take you to named - I Ate A Pie. Never seen it before but it has some great product reviews and a work out song of the day. I might have my head in the sand on this one too. Not sure but wanted to share.

Another thing I picked up at the store a few weeks ago and wanted to share is TastyKakes Cookie Sticks. I happened to pick up the oatmeal raisin. I think they have two other flavors, chocolate chip and chocolate fudge. You know, they're okay. I was expecting something softer and chewier. I am a cookie freak and am always looking for a way to fit in some cookies. They are 2 WW points and if you eat them while drinking a hot drink it kinda hits the spot.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Are You a Guitar Hero?

Let me explain. Well, even though me and the husband are not kids anymore, in fact, quite the contrary, we invested in a Wii. We have some friends who have an x-box and my husband fell in love with the game Guitar Hero when we were invited over to their house "to play." These same friends came over to our house on Friday evening for a lite supper and to play Guitar Hero on the new Wii.

I have several observations about that evening. There were three couples, a total of six people. I made soup in the crockpot, heated some multigrain bread for "dunking" and we had Vitabrownies with dried cherries and toasted pine nuts on top for dessert. Shhh, there were a few alcoholic beverages as well.

Observation #1 One couple who we will call Couple #1. The husband is thin and tall and the wife, who I have known since I was in grade school, has battled with her weight and has even gone to WW with me.
Observation #2 The other couple who we will call Couple #2. The husband is shorter and rounder and, even though still young, has had serious heart related health issues and he has had to keep his weight in check while his wife is no bigger than a minute. Seriously, people, she is and has always been thin, even when she was pregnant.
Observation #3 We'll be Couple #3. Me, of course, battle with food and weight issues and have since childhood. My husband has had spells where he has fought to keep his weight in control but for most of our married life, has remained thin.

So, why am I telling you this you ask. Don't get impatient, I'm getting to that.

So, we ate dinner and from the minute we sat at the table I began to observe what everybody ate, how much, etc. I know, it's a wonder I have any friends. Being the food person I am, I find this type of observation interesting. Two men went back for seconds on soup, my husband and the shorter husband of the threesome. All ate bread except for the "no bigger than a minute" wife. We all had beer or wine. Then came time for brownies. This observation was very interesting. No bigger than a minute or tall thin husband from Couple #1 were ever observed reaching for, smelling nor eating a brownie. My husband had too many to count which is normal for him, Couple #2 husband had two and said I need to stop and wife from Couple #1 was spotted eating several.

Let's recap. Why is it that some people have control over food and other's don't? If you can see my logic here, two of the brownie eaters have health or weight issues. My husband is just a pig and can generally eat whatever he wants and never gain weight. Totally not fair if you ask me but back to my question. What makes some people not want dessert and to be satisfied with dinner. Both non-brownie eaters said I'm full and weren't tempted by brownies. Who is not tempted by brownies? Am I just destined to have bad food karma and always be tempted by brownies or food in general? Just curoius. Signed, Friendly Food Observer

PS I kicked butt at Guitar Hero. I think my husband's nose is a little out of joint. I'm just a girl, you know. Heehee!