Thursday, June 30, 2011

Weigh In

Bleh. I weighed in at 140.2, which is almost 2 pounds up from last week. :-/  I knew it would be up, though.  I'm also bloated from my TOM, but I need to focus on eating better, too.

Yesterday I fasted, although half way through the day I started getting really irritable and shaky, so I ate 2 hardboiled eggs and then had another one a few hours later.  For dinner I had a salad with chicken and then I had some honey roasted peanuts as a snack.  That's all I had, and I did drink quite a bit, but not enough.

I'm not really sure where to go from here.  I think I need to get back on the diet.  But it feels overwhelming and I start getting freaky about it when I'm hungry (from TOM) and can't eat.  I don't know, I need to figure it out.

I'm going grocery shopping today so hopefully having a lot of food in the house will help. 

Not much else to report. Josh gets home tonight, and then we have the 3 day weekend to look forward to, YAY! =)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Man alive!
I am struggling, you guys.  I'm sorry if this is TMI, but it seems like PMS affects me for a full 2 weeks every month.  And by "affects me" I mean I'm irritable, moody and HUNGRY.  Hungry like a starving person. Like my stomach is a bottomless pit.  Frantic for food.  It's so weird.

Yesterday = EPIC FAIL.  Total and complete, no two ways about it. I ate all day long and none of it was good.  Cookies, crackers, and then taco salad for dinner.  BBQ chips and cereal.  Ugh, at the end of the day I felt sooooo gross.  I did forget to take my Zoloft yesterday, which usually cuts my appetite down a bit, so maybe that had a tiny bit to do with it???

Matt-So nice to hear from you!!  I am seriously considering adjusting my goal weight; I think you are on to something there.

MB-How are you, dear? Did you see the doctor?

Today I feel constipated and toxic so I'm going to try to fast until dinner and really get a lot of liquids in.  I need to get back in gear with the 17 Day Diet, because it was really working.  I just got tired of the meat and salad, and then PMS and my chocolate cravings hit and I was sunk.  Because I didn't have the resolve to stick it through.

So I do plan to weigh tomorrow and it will definitely be up from last week's weight. :-/ But it's my own fault, and I'll just work to be better from here on out.

I hope you are all doing well and I'll check back tomorrow!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lost and Found... Maybe

Whew, over the weekend I totally lost my motivation to lose weight.  Totally.  And I ended up eating things that were definitely not on my diet.

*strawberry shortcake
*strawberry scone
*toast with butter and homemade strawberry jam
*Licks of my kiddos ice cream cone

Can you tell it's strawberry season!? :-D  We went and picked fresh berries and I made jam with it and shortcake and scones and we're still eating them fresh, too. The good news is that I didn't overeat.  For example, I only ate half my shortcake and scone, because I got full.  But those carbs and sugar are definitely not allowed on the diet.

Over the weekend I was totally NOT motivated to lose weight.  I felt fine where I am at and it also was extra hard because I KEEP running out of salad and chicken.  We've BBQ'd in the last week so I had BBQ chicken and hamburgers, but I keep running out of salad.  And then I'm at a loss as to what to eat.

Anyway, last night I got my motivation back and went for a vigorous 20 minute walk using hand weights.  It wasn't a huge workout or anything, but better than nothing.  I felt like I was ready to tackle this thing again.  But then this morning I woke up... and no motivation.  I made crepes with the fresh strawberry jam for the kids and it looked SO good and I just wanted to eat it.  But instead I ate my greek yogurt with strawberries. :-P

Anyway, I'm trying to stick to it, because I really would like to lose these last 10-15 pounds.  Some days I think about it and I'm totally fine with how I look.  Happy, in fact.  But then I realize that 10-15 pounds is basically half the weight your supposed to gain if you were pregnant, and wow.  I'm not pregnant and don't want to be carrying around that much extra weight!  So we'll see.  I'm going to try my best to stick to it.  I need to go grocery shopping AGAIN.  I've been loving boiled eggs because I like them and they are easy to transport.  But I'm down to my last 4 and I don't want to go shopping until Thursday, which is pay day. I *could* go before then, but I am working really hard to stick to the budget we created.  It's been a good lesson in self-control for me.  I'm so used to just going and getting what I want/need.  It's eye opening how much money I can blow through that way.

So that's where I'm at.  Sticking with it, but struggling.  I plan to go for another walk tonight; you're supposed to do 17 minutes of exercise on the diet each day.  We live in a very nice, quiet neighborhood and I can walk up hills and pump my 2 pound hand weights. ;-) It was a nice workout last night, and I'm looking forward to going by myself tonight. 

I'll keep you posted and I'll weigh in on Thursday, hopefully.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's working!

I weighed today and I am down to 138.4!! Hooray!

I started taking my Metamucil again (I'd really neglected taking it for quite a while) and it helped with my constipation issue.  So now I'm adding it to my lemon juice in the morning, since I don't always finish my coffee.

Yesterday I ate:

Greek yogurt with strawberries
Salad greens with roasted turkey breast, one hard boiled egg, and ranch
1 bottle of Diet Green Tea
Salad greens with BBQ chicken, one hard boiled egg and honey mustard
Not enough water, but close

I didn't eat my second serving of yogurt/fruit again because we got too busy.  I think maybe I already relayed all this to you yesterday???? Man, my brain doesn't work. :-P

One other thing I'm doing, that I learned about from my sister who read the 4 Hour Body... When I'm done with my shower, I turn the water to ice cold and stand there for as long as I can tolerate it.  It's not long. ;-)  But it supposedly revs up your metabolism and helps burn fat.  So what I do is gradually turn the hot water down, in increments.  Toward the end it's REALLY cold.  Like. Really.  My palms turn bluish and I'm hyperventilating a little bit and the towel actually feels WARM even though it's just room temperature. 

It's not fun or comfortable, but it's just a short time of pain and if it helps, then it's worth it. ;-)

I hope you're all doing well!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day Three

Hi guys!

So far the diet is going extremely well.  Yesterday I had:

Glass of water with lemon juice
Cup of coffee with Vanilla Nut creamer
Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries x 2
Salad greens with chicken, hard boiled egg and honey mustard dressing
BBQ'd chicken on salad greens with ranch
70+ ounces of water
1 bottle of diet green tea

I weighed myself this morning and I was 139.0, however I'm mucho constipated.  Sorry, TMI, but it's really severe.  Weird, considering all the fiber I'm eating and water I'm drinking, but it's totally painful.  Anyway, I'll have access to a scale tomorrow and I'll see if that number has gone down anymore by then.  Hopefully! =)

I find the hardest part of this diet is the absolute lack of carbs and anything sweet (besides fruit) allowed.  That's what I want to munch on!  It's my weakness, but so far I've stuck to the diet and not cheated.

I do find that I get physically hungry more often, which again is weird because I'm eating lots of fiber and protein.  Today I didn't have a chance to eat my second serving of yogurt OR fruit (because you're supposed to eat them before 2pm) because we had swim lessons and then the consult with the eye surgeon for Christian. 

He has a lazy eye and has since he was born.  The surgeon told us he can stop wearing his glasses (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and see how he does through the summer.  He thinks his brain will correct it gradually over time, and then they can do surgery down the road.  But if his eye goes out more than 50% of the time or starts to bother him, we can do it sooner.  He also said it won't interfere with his school work (one of our main concerns) because he is able to focus and keep his eyes straight when looking at and reading things up close.  So, good news all around! SOOO glad we don't have to shell out anymore money for those glasses!

It is FREEZING cold here.  I am so perplexed. Is it not JUNE 22!?!?!?  Where is the sun!? Where is summer!?  What is going on????

MB, I'm sorry you are having health problems, and I hope they all get resolved quickly!  When you're ready, I think the 17 Day Diet would be a good option because you can eat as much protein and vegetables as you want, so you can keep yourself full.  Not being able to eat sugar is gonna be really hard, though.  At least, it is for me. :-/

Anyway, still doing good and going strong! I'll weigh again tomorrow and post then.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day Two

Hello, hello!

How is everyone?  I'm doing pretty good, all things considered. =)  My kiddos woke up extra early today... like at 5:30 and 6:15. :-O  And then they didn't nap. :-O :-O  But they've been playing fairly well, so I'm thankful.

Swim lessons are going well; the kids LOVE them and ask all morning long when is it time to go!?!?  I think that's part of why they woke up super early today. They couldn't wait to go back.  Anyway, with the lessons comes a new schedule of sorts.  We get up and eat breakfast, putz around the house and then at 9:45 leave for lessons.  We get home a little before 11 and the kids are STARVING so we eat as soon as we get home, and then they all take a rest.  And hopefully sleep. ;-)  During this time I've been either cleaning or sitting in the sun.  Super nice.  Then they wake up and if it's nice we play outside until dinner.

Anyway, my point with all of that is that I don't have as much time in the morning to blog.  So most likely I'll be posting in the evenings.

The 17 Day Diet is going much better this time.  I was 99% on track yesterday, and the only reason I wasn't 100% was because I forgot to drink my water with lemon juice in the morning.  I ate both servings of fruit and yogurt, had a big salad with greens, yellow pepper, boiled egg, chicken and dressing for lunch, and then I ate another salad for dinner.  AND I drank all my water!!!

Today is going well, too.  I drank my lemon juice and water, had greek yogurt with fresh strawberries for breakfast (SO delicious!), had some grapes for a snack and then had another big salad for lunch.  For dinner I'm grilling some BBQ chicken and planning to eat more salad and raw veggies with dip.  And I've also gotten most all of my water in already. WOOT!

Anyway, it's going well.  My sis is spending the night tonight so I'll weigh tomorrow.  I won't have a scale the rest of the week, so even though it's early and I'll only have been on the diet 3 days, tomorrow it will be, and I'll record it for the week.

Hope you're doing well! MB, did you call your doctor???? ;-)

Monday, June 20, 2011

The 17 Day Diet, Take Two

Hey Ya'll. 

Sorry for the delayed absence.  I got a killer migraine that lasted 2 days and couldn't really get on the computer.  Then we headed to the beach, and now here I am again. =)

On Saturday I got a chance to weigh myself and I was 139.6, so that is what I am posting for last week's weight.

I'm starting the 17 Day Diet again today, (and I think my mom is joining me, too!).  I've gone back and forth about wanting to do it.  I have probably 10-15 pounds that could still come off, especially going according to all the "charts" that are out there.  For a person 5'4" like me, I'm supposed to weigh anywhere between 102 (!!) to 130.  So yeah, I could lose some more.  But, here's the thing.

I'm happy where I'm at.  I feel good.  We went shopping this weekend and I'm solidly in a size 8.  10's are definitely too big.  At Loft I even fit into a size 6, but I hear their sizing is a little off, in favor of people fitting a smaller size than usual.  I feel comfortable in my skin and clothes, even though I could definitely tone up, and I don't "love" the way I look in a bathing suit.  But really, I've NEVER loved the way I looked in a bathing suit, even before kiddos.

So I'm in a bit of a conundrum.  Because I am so content, it makes it hard to restrict myself.  But on the other hand, if I could lose 10-15 pounds, that'd be great! And the 17 Day Diet seems very doable, so I'm going to give it a shot.  We'll see what happens.

I have some chicken baked up and I'm marinating some turkey tenderloins too, which I'll grill either tonight or tomorrow.  I also plan to get a rotisserie chicken and eat the breast meat.

Other than that, things are going well.  We had a nice time at the beach and now it's back to the daily grind. My kiddos start swimming lessons today for 2 weeks, so we're off to do that soon.

Hope you are all doing well and had a great Father's Day weekend!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sick... Again

Ugh, I think I have food poisoning!  My stomach is cramping like crazy and I have diarrhea and just feel ill. =(

The rest of my family is fine and we've all eaten the same stuff, so I'm not sure what's going on.  But I definitely feel under the weather.  I hope it passes soon, because I'm supposed to be going to the beach this weekend with my sister and our kiddos.

MB-Yep, people refer to me as RA, mostly in writing.  And YES. The Zoloft totally cut my appetite down AND helped with cravings.  My appetite has come back up a bit, but still not what it was, and usually the cravings are gone as well.  I still get them during PMS but other than that, sugar/sweets don't even sound good. Call your doc and good luck!

Not much else going on.  I still plan to start my diet once I have all the food.  I need to bake a bunch of chicken and turkey and stock up on more yogurt, fruit and vegetables.  Right now I'm not even eating much because my stomach is in such torment.  I have the chills and just want to get in a hot bath and read.  Too bad I've got 4 rambunctious kiddos that I'm in charge of. ;-)  But come nap time, I think I'll take a long, hot soak with lavender bubbles.

Sorry for the short, pointless post. ;-)  I'll be back tomorrow with a weigh-in.

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Do Over

Ummmm, so I have to call a Do Over for my diet. :-P

I was doing fine yesterday, but then got really busy and didn't eat my second portion of yogurt or fruit before I ran out of time.  You're supposed to eat both the probiotic and fruit before 2pm.  Then I was STARVING and hadn't cooked my chicken yet. I made eggwhites, but YUCK.  For some reason they tasted like there was soap or perfume in them. :-O  So gross.

So I ended up eating 3 mini Snickers and a mini Twix, and a slice of pizza for dinner. Whoops!  I have to say, the chocolate seriously calmed my very frazzled nerves, though!

So I am going to wait to start the diet until I go to the store and can stock up on turkey breast and rotisserie chicken breast.

So, yesterday I ended up eating:

4 oz greek yogurt with strawberries
baby carrots with 1T fat free ranch
red grapes
3 mini Snickers, and 1 mini Twix
1 slice of pizza
3 bites of ice cream

I will most likely start again on Friday, because I plan to shop on Thursday.  Sorry for the blip in the diet. :-P

Mom-I totally want to talk to you about the diet; maybe we can do it together. =)

Otherwise I'm doing very well.  Yesterday was really rough, but I realized half way through the day I had forgotten to take my Zoloft.  I took the kids to the park (cuz you're supposed to exercise 17 minutes a day on the diet) and it ended up being a 20ish minute walk and they played for a while.  They were hungry and grumpy so we came home, which is when I ate the candy.

Overall I *know* I can do the diet, I just need to be prepared with the right food ingredients.  So I'll just start a few days later than I was originally planning.

I hope you're all doing well! I have a day of housework ahead of me, and I am determined to stick to it until it's done.  I'm tired of living in a half clean, half messy house.  I just need to pick it up and enjoy my home and then sit in the sun with the kids, if it ever decides to bless us with it's rays.  Will summer EVER come to the west coast????????

Monday, June 13, 2011

17 Day Diet, Day 1

I'm starting the 17 Day Diet today.

I feel a little frazzled and unprepared because I desperately need to do some grocery shopping, but I think I have the basics to get me through until I can make it to the store.

For breakfast I had 4oz greek yogurt with strawberries. No granola. I also am drinking Lipton Diet Green Tea; I can't stomach hot green tea, so I'm hoping this will suffice.

Whitney, if you're reading and have time to reply... Do you drink the cup of hot water with lemon in the morning? And also, how many grams of sugar are in your strawberry Chobani yogurt? I haven't seen any sugar-free greek yogurt and the regular kind with strawberries has 13 grams! :-O

Other than that I'm doing pretty well, besides being extremely tired.  I have been having very bizarre dreams every night.  On Saturday I woke up at 1a.m. and didn't fall back asleep until after 5a.m.  So I was dragging all day.  Today I feel drugged and can't wait for rest time so I can lay down with the kids.

I will weigh once a week, on Thursdays, as that is when I will have a scale. 

I started typing out everything you're able to eat, but then I thought maybe that's copyright infringement???

Anyway, this diet is absolutely doable for me, and I will post every day what I ate.  =)  Ideally I'll post at the end of the day, but I may be posting previous day's meals if I don't get on the computer again.

Here's hoping it works for me as well as it has for my girl, Whitney! =) She's getting married this month and has lost over 70 pounds this past year in preparation to look gorgeous at her wedding!!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Late Post

Hi All =)

Sorry for the late post; today was a busy day.  Thursdays usually are.  We have this tradition, my sisters, mom and I, that we get together on Thursdays.  My sister Liz doesn't work that day and we spend it together, usually.  Not everyone every time.  Today it was me, Liz and Sarah.  We sat out in the sun, the kiddies played in the pool, Liz and I got our eyebrows threaded, then we sat out in the sun some more. 

I just cleaned up my house... mostly.  The kitchen still needs work, but I've folded 4 loads and the washer and dryer are both humming and I vacuumed all the bedrooms and hallways.

ANYWAY, my point is that I was busy so I'm just now sitting down to post. =)

I weighed in at 140.8 this morning, which is fine with me.  I am bloated and ate lasagna for dinner last night (it was Liz's birthday, if you remember) and I also had a small slice of lemon cheesecake.  OH MY WORD.  The cheesecake is divine.  There is a large piece of it sitting in the fridge and I haven't even taken a nibble all day. Go me!

I also read through the 17 Day Diet book and it seem super doable.  I plan to start on Monday; I have to go buy some ingredients and will do that over the weekend when I don't have to drag my (insane, lately) munchkins around with me. 

I'm excited and am looking forward to the scale going down.  I've been saying that a lot lately, huh?  Oh well, it's true.

I will not be buying anymore Rice and Bean chips.  I crave them and tend to eat them in place of meals.  They are very salty and not a meal in any form.  So those will not be bought for a while here.

The first phase of the diet you can eat unlimited protein (chicken, turkey and tilapia is what I'll be eating), unlimited vegetables (certain non-starchy ones), 2 portions of probiotics (greek yogurt for me) and 2 servings of certain low sugar fruits.  Totally doable, right!? Right.

So Monday I'll start that and keep you posted.  There's a chance I'll get my scale back this weekend and I'm contemplating weighing every day vs. once a week.  The drop will be bigger if I just see it once a week, as opposed to seeing it every day.  Well, it won't actually BE bigger but it will feel that way.  So we'll see.  I want to move my ticker down; I moved it up to reflect the current weigh in weight.

I hope you've had a good week.  I'm looking forward to the weekend; no real plans but sleep is definitely on the agenda. =)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Today is a very special day for two reasons.

1) It is my sister Liz's birthday!


We are only 18 months apart and, for the most part have been great friends our whole lives. There was a period of time where I may or may not have bullied her, which I regret and apologize for.  I'm sorry, Liz.  Please don't hold it against me.  I won't tell about how you tried to convince me you magically found a package of grape gum under the tree in our backyard, when I knew full well you stole it *gasp* from the Corner Market. ;-) 

2) Kate graduated from Kindergarten today! Oh my it was so cute! They performed lots of songs and dances and then even had tiny caps and gowns!  So sweet.  I can't believe I have a 6 year old who is going to be in first grade! So crazy.

Even more special is that her great-grandparents got to be there, as well as both grandmas.  I'll post some pictures when I get them.  I also took video, but for some reason that I couldn't figure out, it was SUPER blurry. :-(

Anyway, we are preparing for a birthday celebration tonight for Liz, so I've gotta run.  I did get my 17 Day Diet book yesterday, but haven't had a chance to read through it yet.  I plan to try to do so before the weekend and start.

I hope you're all having a great day!!

Dawnie-Ummmm, I may have to adopt your family that's moving to S. Carolina so I'll have a reason to go visit. ;-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June Challenge

I was doing GREAT! Until I wasn't. :-P

The last two days, I can safely say I failed at eating well.  PMS-that's who I am blaming.  I have been craving sweets and salts.  Yikes.

Yesterday was especially bad.  My sweet mom brought doughnuts over. I love doughnuts.  With a passion.  I ate 1.5 with my coffee.  Then when the kids were down for their rests I ate some Good & Plenty candy. I love black licorice.  Then later, I ate.... I can almost not say it because it's so horrible... 5 Chips Ahoy Reeses PB cup cookies. Five. FIVE!!!!

Oh my word.  If that isn't horrible I don't know what is.  And I felt it, too.  I was sick and impatient and lethargic and it was horrible. 

So today I vow to do better.  I haven't eaten anything yet, because I don't feel hungry.  When I do, I'll eat my greek yogurt with granola.

My 17 Day Diet book is scheduled to come in tomorrow, YAY! I can't wait to read it, buy the ingredients and get started. 

Also, Ms Aunt Flo is showing up today, so hopefully by Thursday the water retention will go down and I'll have 2 days of good eating under my belt. 

On a completely different topic... Mary Beth.  The reason I love the Carolinas so much?  3 words:
Dorothea Benton Frank
I love her books.  More than I love doughnuts, and that's saying something.  They are FANTASTIC and they are set in S. Carolina.
So that's where my love for the Carolinas stem from.  =)
I hope you're all doing well today!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Days

The sun is finally beginning to make an appearance, and I think it's safe to say the entire state is ecstatic. :-D

We've seen enough of the rain and the clouds and the fog to last us well into October, when it may then get cool again so we can start baking apple and pumpkin pies. =)

I ordered my 17 Day Diet book, and it should be here by Wednesday.  I'm excited to read through it and start.  I plan to weigh again on Thursday when my sister is here and I can use her scale.  I don't really expect to see a number lower than 139.4 (my last weigh in) because my period is supposed to come any day and I usually retain water and gain weight.

So, we'll see.  I'm not too worried, but I am excited to begin the diet and hopefully be at 125 sooner rather than later. =)

Mary Beth-I don't usually eat right before bed, although last night I did have  a bowl of greek yogurt with strawberries and granola before bed AND I had really vivid weird dreams.  So you may be on to something there! 

I'm doing well otherwise.  Loving the sunshine and being able to be outside in the fresh air. 

I also started up my vitamin regiment again.  I take a lot of supplements.  A LOT.  I have to take them at night otherwise they make me super nauseated and I end up throwing up.  So I got one of those pill holders that old people use and by golly, that thing is chock full of the vitamins that will hopefully make me healthier and help me feel better!

Here is a rundown:

1 multivitamin
1 antioxidant
3 Icelandic Kelp
1 B-12
3 Calcium and Magnesium
3 Vitamin D
2 Fish Oil Omega 3

I think that's it.  I also take a digestive enzyme with each meal.  I was forgetting to take all those pills, which is why I decided to just put them in the pill organizer; that way I can dump them out all at once and take them before bed, instead of opening 7+ jars of vitamins every night.

Interesting, huh? :-P

I am having a really, really hard time getting my water in.  I just don't think to drink it, and if I drink too much at once I get sick.  But I'm working on it.  Because it's really important, I think.

I've been doing well with the June Challenge of eating well.  I have had my fair share of treats; we had company on Saturday for a BBQ and I made strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream and it was divine.  I also made the Caribbean Chicken Salad... which is not nearly as good in the low-fat version. =(  It doesn't have such a full, robust flavor as when I use full fat mayo and sour cream.  I think the next time I make it I'll use regular mayo and non-fat sour cream.  I'll report back. =) 

Anyway, as I said, I've had my share of treats, but I've been really careful to eat in moderation and stop when I don't feel hungry.  It's so easy to just mindlessly keep plowing through the goodies.  But then I end up sick and fat.  So, that's not good. ;-)

So far today I've had one pancake with whipped cream and strawberries, and 1/2 a cup of coffee with cream. Yum. =)

I need to get off my fanny and do my chores, so I'll see you on the flip side. =)

Friday, June 3, 2011


First off, here is what I ate yesterday:

1 crepe with 1tsp sour cream and 1 tsp jam
1 turkey sausage
12 oz americano with cream and white chocolate caramel flavoring
2 oz rice and bean chips with 1/4 c lentils
1 slice pepperoni pizza and 2 breadsticks

Water... I failed miserably.  I'm shooting for 70 ounces today, but it's so hard for me to get it down! :-P

So far today I've had 1/2  a cup of coffee with cream and some rice and bean chips.  Yes, I ate them for breakfast.  And they were delicious. ;-)

Have any of you seen the show "Ruby"?
I recently found it on Netflix and have been watching it.  I like it.  Although, I don't understand how she's not losing weight faster when she's only eating 1500 calories a day and is so overweight.  But anyway, I like the show.  Partly because I'm slightly obsessed with North and South Carolina. ;-)  I have only seen a few episodes, so don't anyone ruin anything for me! =)

It's interesting to see the emotional struggle, and I am so intrigued why she can't remember a big chunk of her childhood.  And her modge podge support group is just awesome. =)

Anyway, I like it and it gives me something to do when Josh is gone. 

Also, has anyone read the book French Women Don't Get Fat?
I'm in the process of reading it, and it's also very interesting. VERY.  The whole culture difference, and taking time to really enjoy and savor food... It's a different way of thinking than most Americans, for sure.  
I sort of feel like I have a personal French tutor telling me what to do and how to do it, because that's how Mireille writes. 

Anyway, not much else to report.  It's Friday, which is great! But I'm bone dead tired.  I keep waking up at 5a.m. after not falling asleep til between 10 and midnight usually.  It's not enough sleep and in the mornings I feel like I physically can NOT get out of bed.  My body feels like a sack of rocks.  I'm going grocery shopping tonight and I'm picking up some Unisom.

I used it when I was pregnant to prevent morning sickness, but it's actually a low grade sleeping pill.  So I figured I may as well use it for what it's intended to be used for. ;-)  I take half and it helps me fall asleep faster and sleep with less weird/creepy dreams.  Lately I've been having so many bizarre dreams, and so has Josh.  Very odd.  

ANYWAY... all that to say I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Check out that show and/or book if you haven't.  They are quite interesting!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Weigh In

I weighed in this morning using my sister's scale and I was at 139.4, which made me very happy. =)

A little over a month ago I was up to 147, so I'm very happy to be in the 130's, and I hope to keep moving lower.  I am ordering the book off Amazon, but waiting for some Swagbucks to come through first.  So once I get it and read it, I'll start.

For now I'm just working on making conscious eating decisions and not eating out of boredom.  I need to stock up on more greek yogurt and granola.  I think I'd like the greek yogurt better if it was flavored; even just vanilla.  But nonetheless, I like it, it keeps me full and it's not super high calorie.

I'm also enjoying the Rice and Bean chips from Costco; they didn't have them for a while, but now they do.  I don't know what it is about them, but I just love them; I crave them. I ate them with some lentils my mom brought over today and it was good; like chili.

I need to stock up on more fruits and veggies.  I'm loving red grapes right now, and will probably make that Caribbean chicken salad again.

I'm joining Dawne's June Challenge.
Or, it looks like maybe someone else started it, but I saw it on Dawne's blog and am jumping aboard this bandwagon. =)

I haven't read the rules, but for me I am going to challenge myself to... well, to eat WELL.  For me, that doesn't mean no treats.  But it DOES mean eating in moderation, not to excess and making sure I get enough lean proteins, veggies and fruits in.  I'm looking forward to it!  Especially now that more fruits are coming into season.  I can't wait for the strawberries; I'm going to make strawberry freezer jam. YUM.

So I'll keep you posted on when I get my 17 Day Diet book and maybe I'll post what I eat each day in June.  So far today I've had:

1 crepe
1 turkey sausage
12oz americano with cream and caramel flavoring
2oz rice and bean chips with 1/4 cup lentils

I also really, really, really need to work on my water intake.  Yikes, that has really fallen to the wayside and currently my lips are so chapped they are almost falling off my face. =(  So I'll work on getting in at least 70 ounces of water a day.

I think I'll weigh in on Thursdays and post it on my sidebar to the right.

Here's to a wonderfully successful month of June, and creating new, healthy habits!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Clothes

I got to go shopping over the weekend, and it turned out to be a surprisingly fun experience!  I love Ross Dress For Less. I almost always find good deals there, if not for me, then dresses for Kate (for under $10) and stuff for my house. 

Well, over the weekend Josh and I got to go on a date and we hit up Ross.  I got a pair of black capris (size 10), two shirts and a sweatshirt (all size Small).  And I feel really good in them!  I also tried on a pair of Calvin Klein gray capris, size 10, but they were too big??? 

I'm excited for my new clothes, and just need the weather to warm up so I can wear them! :-P  Seriously, it's JUNE and it's supposed to rain this whole week. =(  When will summer ever come???

I really want to weigh myself, and I think my sister is bringing her scale so I can do so.  Yesterday my jeans were falling off my rear all day.  But then they'd get stuck on my hips and create muffin top. Yuck.  I really don't think I can fit into the next size down, but maybe?  I'm going to go to my favorite store for jeans (Maurice's) and try them on just to see.  Maybe if they are smaller and fit at my waist they won't slide down and create the muffin top.

I emailed Whitney (hi, Whitney!!!) and she emailed me back about the 17 Day Diet and I'm definitely going to do it.  I'm heading over to Amazon to buy the book as soon as I'm done writing this post.  I'm so excited, because I would LOVE to see 15 pounds gone and be able to fit into a size 8.  Actually, I don't care what size I wear as long as I don't have lots of lumps and rolls.  The scale number and the size tag on my clothes are sort of superfluous if I feel good in my own skin. 

I am happy to report that I'm still doing really well on the Zoloft.  It's made such a huge difference, and I am so thankful.  I haven't had to take any Xanax for anxiety, although there are days/times of the month when I can tell I'm more stressed/uptight.  But that's totally normal, and Jen (hi, Jen!!!!) found these things called Chill Pills (no, really.  That's what they're called!) at a health food store.  I think I'm going to buy a bottle of them for the days when I need to, well, chill out. :-D

Lately I've been having Light & Fit Vanilla yogurt with organic granola for one, sometimes two meals a day.  On the 17 day diet you're allowed two servings of yogurt a day, so that's nice.  I love it.  It's light but filling.  I haven't bought greek yogurt in a while because all I can find is unflavored, non-fat.  And I haven't really acquired a taste for it yet.  Maybe I'll start mixing it with my vanilla yogurt and then slowly phase out the sugary yogurt in favor of the greek.

All in all I'm doing really well and I'm super excited/motivated to start losing weight again.  This *IS* a weight loss blog, after all. ;-)

Mary Beth-HI!  Just wanted to say hello, cuz it's been a while. ;-)  If you don't like spices that much I wouldn't recommend making the Caribbean Chicken Salad.  Do you like Thai food? I love yellow curry, and it has the same flavor as the curry used in the salad.

Not much else going on here.  I hope you're all doing well, and I hope to have some weight loss to report soon! 

I had changed my ticker a while ago to my goal weight being 135, but today I'm changing it back to 125.  I'm not sure if I'll end up there or if my body will naturally settle somewhere between 130-135, but that's what I'm going to shoot for.  I'll also start recording my weight weekly again, but I have to get my scale back first.

Happy Hump Day! ;-)