Sunday Weigh-In

January 29, 2012 4 comments

Today is my “official” weigh-in day and even though I posted yesterday about my informal weigh-in, I thought I might as well step on the scale again today so I keep things consistent.  This morning the scale read 317.2.  I’m pretty shocked!  That makes a total of 4.6 pounds lost last week and overall total pounds lost in the last year to 32.8.

So what made this difference?  I’ve been trying to keep my net calorie intake to about 1200 calories per day.  We ate out several times this week and even though I didn’t always keep to 1200 calories, I did pretty well.  But, I thought I did well the week before and only lost 1.6 so who knows!  Another difference this week, is I didn’t snack at all at night except to have some air popped popcorn one evening and a Fudgsicle another night.  So, that’s what I’m chalking it up to.  This week I’ll try to do the same and see if I can get another big loss.

The next “scale goal” I’ve set for myself is 300, mostly because it just seemed like a nice round number and a big milestone before getting into the 200’s.  The only time I’ve been close to 300 during the last 12 years or so was after I had our son.  I actually lost weight while pregnant with him (not intentionally, but I was taking better care of myself and my OB was okay with it) and after he was born I was around 305.  Then my gallbladder started acting up and I had gotten down to about 290 right before it was removed.  So the true celebration is when I get to that point because I honestly don’t remember any other weigh-in that’s less than that (though I know there were some in younger days).

Ironically, I’m off to make brownies.  We’re finally joining a church here in town and I signed up to bring dessert for the little getting to know you dinner tonight.  So I won’t be able to eat a whole pan all by myself.  Which, considering they’re my favorite Ghiradelli brownies, I probably could do!

Categories: Weight Loss

Weighing In Quickly

January 28, 2012 5 comments

I’m doing a quick post because I just had to document this moment!  This morning I woke up and decided to weigh myself.  The other morning I was 320.6 and pretty excited because that was a 1.2 loss from my weigh-in last Sunday.  So this morning…drumroll, please…318.6!  That’s a 3.2 pound loss for the week and I’m absolutely beaming right now.  After a plateau for 6 months, it is nice to see this much movement.  Plus, I’ve met my goal of getting back down to 319 (a place where I was shortly after DH and I got married all those years ago)

This week, I think I might work on setting some new goals 🙂

Categories: Weight Loss

FMM: Short Answers

January 23, 2012 2 comments

Today was a crazy day. A long day.  A frustrating day.  But, it is Friend Makin’ Monday and that makes me happy, so without further ado…  (If this is your first time seeing FMM, if you want to play along just copy these questions to your blog and give your own answers.  Then, visit and link up in the comments.  It is fun to read everyone’s answers!)

FMM: Short Answers

  1. Mac or PC? PC for sure.  I’m much more programming/data oriented than I am graphics oriented, so PC works best for what I do.
  2. Do you paint your own nails? When I do (maybe once a year), I paint my own.  I did get a manicure once.  I enjoy picking out nail polish more than I enjoy the actual act of painting my nails!
  3. Beach or mountains?  Mountains all the way.  DH and I didn’t honeymoon somewhere nice and warm – we decided to go to a cabin by a lake in the middle of October.  I’d much rather be cold and snuggly under blankets than hot and baking in the sun.
  4. What’s the title of the book you’re currently reading?  The Fire by James Patterson.  It is part of a trilogy(?) about a futuristic time with a dictator taking away freedom and imagination and a brother/sister wizard/witch duo fighting against the new order.  It is probably more of a young adult title, but I enjoy the series!
  5. Do you dance?  Only in the privacy of my own living room 🙂
  6. CNN or Fox News?  CNN, but I only watch it when I’m traveling for work.  I find it all too depressing.  Yes, that means that most of the time I am not up to date on world events!
  7. Do you ride a bicycle?  Only my recumbent bike.  I would really love to ride a real bike and am thinking that when I hit a certain weight I will get one.  I read recently about a bike that would support my weight, but it is like $1,000 – a big investment!
  8. Do you get a yearly flu shot?  Sometimes.
  9. Best movie you’ve seen in 2012?  I haven’t seen any movies in the theater in 2012.  We rented Mr. Popper’s Penguins a couple of weeks ago and that was quite funny!
  10. Do you prefer to workout at home or at the gym?  Home.  I haven’t worked out at a gym since college.
  11. Last airport you were in?  O’Hare on my way home from Philadelphia w/ my family.
  12. Married or single?  Married for almost 12 years.  Sometimes I can’t believe it has been so long!
  13. iPhone or Android? Android
  14. Do you prefer to be in pictures or taking pictures?  I prefer to take pictures – my favorite subject is my son.  But, I really want to be in more pictures with my family so that I have those memories preserved.
  15. Favorite brand of sneakers?  New Balance fit my feet so well!
  16. Do you like snow?  Like?  Try LOVE!  I don’t really like driving in it, but I love watching it fall and then playing in it!
  17. Do you have/want to have kids?  We have a 5 year old boy.  I’d love to have another child, but we’ll see if that’s in the cards.  It was an emotional roller coaster trying to have our son and if he’s our only miracle that is okay with me.  We hit the jackpot with him!
  18. Summer or Winter? I prefer Winter over Summer.  But I like Spring and Fall even better.
  19. Do you know how to swim?  Yeah, I was a fish when I was a kid.
  20. Do you prefer to shop in store or online?  I prefer shopping in a store so I can really see/touch things.

Have a great week!

Categories: Life

Sunday Weigh-In and Temptation Thy Name is Pinterest

January 22, 2012 6 comments

After last week’s tiny loss (which I chalked up to retaining water), I was hoping to see a good loss on the scale this morning.  And, I saw a loss!  It wasn’t huge, but it gets me moving in the right direction.  Last week I was 323.4 and today I am 321.8 – a 1.6 pound loss!

This week I didn’t do very well sticking to 1200 calories – a few days I did, a few days I didn’t.  My problem was that I thought for a fun treat I would pick up some whole wheat Ritz crackers and pub cheese.  Not an awful treat if you can stick to about 5 crackers.  Of course this week all my television shows were on and I planted my butt in front of the TV while I ate…which resulted in me eating a half sleeve of crackers…and one night, I actually ate a whole sleeve.  What I learned from this?  I can’t “eat just one”.

Point taken.  Moving on.

So my new addiction is Pinterest.  What a neat concept!  When I see neat things on the web I bookmark them – which results in hundreds of bookmarks in random order, which I sometimes try to organize but quickly give up because it takes too damn long.  For me, Pinterest is the perfect way to bookmark things and have a visual cue as to what I actually found interesting.

One of my boards is dedicated to cupcakes.  Why do I do this to myself?  I have probably 15 different scrumptious looking cupcakes staring me in the face every time I check out my boards.  Which is daily.  I really love to bake, so my attraction to cupcakes is natural.  The good news is that I haven’t actually made any of the cupcakes I’ve pinned (or any cupcakes, for that matter).  Many of the recipes you have to make from scratch (no boxed mixes), so that has been my saving grace.  See, while I like to bake, usually I’m a lazy baker and prefer to make it from a box.  (Except cookies, but that’s a different story.)

Who knows how long I’ll be able to stave off the temptation of these glorious cupcakes.  At least since the frosting is homemade it wouldn’t contain all the trans fat that canned frosting does.  And, what I will have to do is bake on a Sunday so I can have one cupcake and take the rest in to work to share.  That way I can have my (cup)cake and eat it too, right?  As long as this doesn’t become a weekly activity, I can see it being a good way to engage in something that relieves my stress and that I enjoy, while still being responsible with what I put into my mouth.  Plus, my co-workers will enjoy the treat as well!

Categories: Weight Loss

A loss is a loss…

January 15, 2012 4 comments

I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 323.4 – which reflects a 0.4 pound loss from last Sunday.  Considering I averaged about 1200-1300 calories per day (except for last Monday which was 2100), I would normally be very depressed.


I’m bloated and think a lot of this is water retention.  Ladies, you get what I mean.

It is actually rather exciting.  This doesn’t happen to me without medication, but low and behold, I did it all on my own.  Even though I haven’t lost any weight since June (unless you count the 4-6 pounds I continue to gain/lose), maybe the consistent exercise and better eating has helped to get my hormones in order.

Who knows!

I’m going to just wait until next Sunday before I decide how this lower calorie range is working for me.  Unfortunately my mom is here for a visit and not only did we go to Olive Garden tonight (I at least had the lunch-sized portion), but she made scotcharoos.  And I’ve had 6.  My 40 minute walk tonight doesn’t even come close to making up for that.

So, I’m going to just pick myself up and dust myself off.  Tomorrow’s a brand new day!

Categories: Weight Loss

Cream in my coffee and why I can’t win for trying

January 11, 2012 4 comments

Years ago, I would drink my coffee black as night.  Heck, it was probably only when I started getting hooked on McDonald’s iced coffees a couple of years ago that I even considered putting cream in my coffee.  Now that we make our own iced coffees at home, I’m definitely a fan of creamer.

Hazelnut flavored to be specific.

Prior to trying the South Beach Diet, I was drinking your regular old Fat Free Hazelnut creamer.  A non-dairy product.  Can’t remember for sure, but I thought the carbs in that were higher than in the regular (non fat-free) variety.  I think that was the reason that I decided to try a new way to flavor my coffee – sugar-free (you guessed it, hazelnut) syrup and fat free half & half.

After a while though, I longed for the more genuinely hazelnutty flavor of my ready-made creamer.  I was excited when I discovered the Sugar-Free Hazelnut creamer.  Hooray!  I thought I had finally achieved a good balance between something yummy tasting and relatively low carb.

Then, I read an article somewhere online about the hidden places where you’ll find trans fats.  Guess what?  Non-dairy coffee creamer is one of them!  Granted, most have less than 0.5 g per serving, so they don’t have to list it on the label.  But, since I usually had 2 servings in the morning and would sometimes have another 2 for an evening coffee treat, I thought it was worth looking into.  Sure enough when I read the label, trans fats were not listed.  So I checked the ingredients.  Third item on the list is PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL.  Shit.

So, I figured it was back to my trusty fat free half & half and sugar-free hazelnut syrup.  Only the other day, I just happened to gaze at the label and noticed this item – I think it might be second in the ingredients list: HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.

Seriously?  Double Shit.

So now I’m in a pickle.  I wonder exactly how many grams of trans fats are in the non-dairy creamer.  Probably regardless, it would be better if I didn’t make it a part of my daily intake.  So for now, I’m sticking with the fat free half & half.  I also thought I might give some 1% milk a try too.  I don’t really put a lot in, so I’m thinking I might not even notice the difference

Have you ever switched from a food that wasn’t good for you to one that you thought was better, only to find out in the end that one wasn’t so great either?

Recipe: Vegetable Beef Soup

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve never been a huge fan of soup, but the other day I started craving vegetable beef soup.  After looking at several recipes, I decided to do some combining and tweaking to meet my family’s preferences.  This is not an especially low carb soup (I estimate it has about 20 g of carbs per serving), but since the majority of those come from the potatoes, I am thinking you could leave them out to lower the carb count.  I haven’t had a potato in so long, I decided to leave them in 🙂  The recipe below is for 8 servings.


  • 1.25 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion white or yellow
  • 1 (28 oz) can stewed tomatoesnext time I’m going to use half or just one 14.5 oz. can
  • 6 cups beef stock use unsalted for 3 cups, regular for the other 3
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 potatoes skin on, cut into bite size pieces
  • 12 cup fresh green beans
  • 12 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 12 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 12 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 bay leaves


Brown the beef and onion in a large stock pot.  Drain any grease, then add the tomatoes, beef stock, bouillon, celery, potatoes, garlic, thyme, basil and bay leaves.  Cover and cook about 45 minutes (or until the veggies are tender).  Add the green beans and frozen corn and cook another 5 minutes.

Ease: The part that takes the longest is cutting everything up – the onion, the potatoes, celery, and prepping the green beans.  Other than that, it was smooth sailing.  This is a meal that I’d save for the weekend just because it takes almost an hour to cook and about 30 minutes to prep.

Whole-Family Appeal: 2 of 3 thumbs up – DS hardly ate any of his.  He was turned off by the potatoes, even though I tried explaining that he was basically eating the middle of a french fry.  Oh well, we’ll try again with him sometime.  Meanwhile, DH and I will still eat this!

Wouldeatitagain Factor: Yeahbsolutely.  This fed us a hearty dinner on Sunday night (served with a piece of Swiss cheese and a slice of whole grain bread w/ butter), and gave us lunch for Monday and Tuesday.

Categories: Recipes, Weight Loss