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Ah, Monday… Jan 03

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the return to normal. We’re almost back to normal in our house, my husband returned to work today after being off for over a week, but my daughter doesn’t return to school until NEXT Monday. Starting then, she’ll be going to school TWO days per week instead of just one like she did in the fall. Her school opened up the option for another day and despite some hesitation, I signed her up for it.

Life is really starting to fly by us, especially on her school days, and it seems like I’m missing out on time that I should be spending with her. However, the larger part of me thinks she needs the interactions with other kids, and to push her boundaries trying out new things. I am not good at branching out or getting her to places that allow her to interact with other kids, so she needs it. There will always be that bit of mom guilt though.

Since life is flying by, I still need to finish my 2010 recap post. It makes me smile every time I get the opportunity to add another picture to it. (Warning: It will be a VERY picture heavy post.) We really had a fabulous year, even if I didn’t accomplish the goal my husband and I set at the beginning of last year to lose 15% of my body weight (which just barely puts me into the normal weight range for my height). He was able to meet his goal, but is having a lil bit of trouble maintaining it, so we’re both going to be making changes again to accomplish the goal.

Speaking of weight, it’s time for an update:

This week’s weight: 155.4 (-0.8lbs)

I know that was accomplished mostly through sickness, but I’ll take what I can get. 🙂

Now it’s time to finish putting the groceries away and squeeze in some reading time before the babe is up from her nap. Although I’m not sure she’s actually been asleep yet, but at least she’s quiet in there. 😉

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Almost to Christmas! Dec 20

This week’s weight: 156.2 (loss of 0.8lbs)

While still nowhere near where I want to be, I’m impressed with this number. And this is why…

Dinner

Chocolate Delights

Even more chocolate

Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Tea Cakes

Chocolate Pasta

This past Saturday was the Christmas Baking Extravaganza at my house. I hosted them for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas this year after a few friends were so excited to help me bake last year. I’m not sure I’ll be repeating this event. Not only does it create a mountain of dishes that takes a good half dozen dishwasher runs to clean, but no one showed up remotely on time. The Facebook event was scheduled to start at 5, but one friend had a minor job change and wouldn’t be available til after 5:30. No biggie, things happen, 6 is also a fine start time, and will give us plenty of time to mix and bake prior to the start of the usual shindiggery that goes on at our house on Saturday nights. Except that the other baker didn’t show up until after 8.

She was off work all day.

And when she got here, she said she forgot all her ingredients at home. Luckily, it was an easy recipe and I had all the ingredients, but still, who says they’re coming to an event and then shows up 2 HOURS late forgetting important items? I was so frustrated, but letting the frustration interfere with the festivities was not part of my plan. So we ate, we baked, and then we ate and baked some more and ended the evening swapping Christmas presents.

Despite a rough start, it was a nice evening. 🙂

Getting back to McFatty Monday, you probably understand by now that I’m impressed that I’m down ANY weight after all the goodies that I’ve been devouring for the last month, and will probably continue to devour for the next two weeks or so as we get through the New Year. All I’m doing is trying to stick to one semi-reasonable serving of the things that I really want. So far, it’s working, and I hope it continues to. 🙂

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Let’s See What Happened This Week Dec 13

I don’t have high hopes for my weight this week, but anything is better than last week’s weight. The holiday food is really getting to me, and while I’m trying to be more active and keep the eating down, everything just tastes SO. DAMN. GOOD. I even went to Michael’s and bought treat boxes so I could give away a chunk of the baked goods I made so I don’t eat them. This week I made Toffee Apple Drop Cookies and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. Well, it’s time to see what the scale says…

This week’s weight: 157.0

Well, there it is. Less than last week.

In other news, even after Toddler Talk Thursday I still have very little idea what to get my about-to-turn-2 year old daughter. The husband and I made a trek to Toys R Us yesterday in hopes of finding some inspiration, but didn’t find much. I want to give her a big Christmas, but she already has everything she needs, and she’s not old enough to have a list of wants. Well, I’m sure it will work itself out.

Now I’m off to do some grocery and Christmas shopping while the babe is at school. That will have to pass for my workout, because I need to get Christmas taken care of before I go crazy. 😉

To Call that A Run Dec 06

Is almost laughable. 3.11 miles (Hey! That’s a 5k! :)) in 58 minutes 46 seconds. A yoga cooldown has never felt so good… Child’s pose, Upward facing dog, Downward facing dog, and tree (I think it was tree, might have been mountain. Too lazy to look it up.) Now I’m typing this and downing some water before I go shower and pick up the babe from school. (Side note: She’s doing SO well now! No more tears! Yay!)

Why did I torture myself with an attempted run this morning? For the same reason I used FitTV yesterday to complete two 10-minute ab workouts. Because there was some FABULOUS food at our weekly party on Saturday night, and I ate. I ate so much that…

This week’s weight: 157.2

I’m disappointed, but not surprised. I wish I’d taken a picture of the spread we had out on Saturday night. There was celery, carrots and two kinds of hummus, crackers w/ summer sausage, tortilla chips and chili cheese dip, deluxe mixed nuts (no peanuts), smoked almonds, cocoa roasted almonds, dark chocolate brownies, mint chocolate delight cookies, white chocolate raspberry bars, teacakes, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and dark chocolate cookies.

And of course, water, coffee, beer and Diet Coke. 😉 I told you there was good food, and this happens a LOT during the holidays, as I’m sure we’re all aware. The inner bakers come out and next thing you know you’ve gained 5 pounds. Normally, this is not an issue, but I REALLY need to LOSE weight. So yesterday I did two ab workouts and today I tried to run.

I’m sure the real runners of the world already know this, but let me tell you all a few things I learned today during my run.

1) Wear real running shoes. Or else you might end up like me with pinky toes rubbed so raw that I took my shoes off and did the last third of a mile in my socks. I’m sure there are a few heads shaking over that…
2) Stretch more than you have ever stretched before. Especially your shins and arches, or you will HURT. I thought I did a good job, but I’m already starting to feel that I didn’t.
3) Music helps the time go by.
4) Even when it’s cooler outside, make sure you drink plenty of water. Or you’ll feel THAT later too, to the tune of a monster headache and some serious stiffness. So far, I have none of that, so maybe I did ok on the water intake.
5) Start with a good breakfast. Mine barely counts, Starbucks tall non-fat Caramel Brulee Latte w/ no whip and Banana Walnut bread.

Time to take a hot shower and get the babe. Then it’s time for me to get back to baking! I found a recipe in an old Cooking Light magazine for Peanut Butter Banana Bread. 😉

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Just Another Manic Monday Nov 30

The title of this post, while created on the car ride home from New York, also aptly explains why this is being posted on Tuesday, rather than its assigned Monday. The race to get home Sunday night, bathe the babe and get her excited-to-be-home self in bed, get her to school Monday morning and begin the process of getting back to normal caused Monday to just FLY by. I didn’t even get my laptop set up and plugged in until 7pm. Yes, I was getting the shakes by that time. 😉 Now, on to the McFatty report!

This week’s weight: 156.6

After a week of traveling the U.S. east coast by car, living out of hotels, and enjoying a magnificent Thanksgiving feast, I am completely ambivalent towards the number on the scale. Despite feeling physically fat and lazy, it was a mentally and emotionally satisfying week. What more can you ask for of a family holiday?

A longer recap of our vacation is forthcoming, but for now I’ll say I missed my mom and brother, and wish my brother didn’t work in retail so that they could have come with us. My daughter is the most amazing almost 2 year old on the face of the Earth, and I am so proud of her adaptability last week. I’m impressed by my husband’s ability to drive for hours on end listening to an audiobook (Fatal System Error by Joseph Menn).

Florida and Georgia are very flat and boring to drive. South and North Carolina have GORGEOUS fall colors right now, and along with gentle rolling hills make for an enjoyable ride. Virginia offers great mountain views, as well as some great food and gas options. We spent so little time in West Virginia and Maryland that it’s hard to have an opinion.

I never want to go through Pennsylvania again (If anyone from there can tell me why I SHOULD go again, please let me know!). The roads are terrible and the people are rude and seem unhappy. The only saving grace was the Crayola Factory in Easton. Upstate New York is full of sleepy farm towns, but many of them are finally getting big city amenities (like Barnes and Noble and Panera! ;)).

Now I’m off to continue Monday’s chores and to get all of the babe’s school and Christmas pictures picked up. This is definitely going to be a fun month!

McFatty Monday Nov 15

My second installment to this lovely (HA!) meme is going to recap what I ate this past week and my workouts. I’m hoping that by doing this (again), I will recognize what my “mistakes” are and I can work them out. I didn’t pay super close attention to what I ate, but the only glaring error is the five brownies I ate on Sunday. This is what happens when I bake things and they don’t get put away. I also didn’t do any working out this past week because the babe and I were a bit under the weather. We were VERY lazy.

Side notes: I will not be recording my eats again unless something is just the bestest thing I have eaten in longer than I can remember.

Monday is fun day, also known as Mom’s Morning Out. It will be rare for healthy food to be consumed on a Monday.

I debated long and hard over desserts, because there were so many things I wanted (like Halloween candy) but I knew that I would be writing it down for this post, and really didn’t want to have to admit to eating two dozen mini Reese’s cups. Instead, I have to admit to five brownies. Sigh.

Most breakfast and lunches are shared with the babe.

This week’s weight: 154.4

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Cinnamon Crunch bagel
w/ hazelnut cream cheese
Chai tea latte
Egg salad sandwich
Cheese filled ravioli w/ meat balls
Greek salad
Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee at home w/ ¼ cup of milk and a packet of Equal
French toast(Split between me and the babe)
Steak n Shake 2 shooters with cheese and frisco sauce and fries
Halloween pack of Sour Patch Kids
boneless 7-bone chuck steak
rice and green beans
dark chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookie
Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee at home with ¼ cup of milk and 2 packets of Equal
Sausage biscuits with maple syrup
Grilled ham and cheese on a sandwich thin
4 mini reese’s cups
Pasta with marinara and parmesan cheese
Bowl of strawberries and pineapple
Pretzels and snack size Hershey bar
Thursday Friday Saturday
Hawaiian Toast w/ butter
Half a Turkey Cranberry sub, salt and vinegar potato chips and pomegranate and orange red tea.
Quick chili over mashed potatoes
Pretzels and snack size Hershey bar
Kashi TLC Cranberry Walnut
Turkey wrap, pasta salad, potato chips
Santa’s White Christmas latte (nonfat)
Chicken crepes, side baby green salad w/ vinaigrette, tomato basil bisque, pumpkin bread, fried pickles w/ ranch
Apple spice pancakes w/ maple syup
Lee’s quesadilla explosion salad
Oven bbq pork w/ potatoes and onions
Tostitos w/ salsa and chili cheese dip
Brownie
Sunday
Brownie
Cinnamon roll coffee w/ ¼ c whole milk and 2 packets Equal
Chicken salad sandwich with Fire roasted chipotle Tostitos
Brownie
2 more brownies…
Chinese chicken with mushroom rice and roasted veggies
Dried cherries
Brownie
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McFatty Monday Nov 07

I’m pissed off that I have to join this meme. Okok, I don’t HAVE to do anything, but this is the way I feel more accountable for my weight loss or lack thereof.

Let me back up a little and explain.

In January, my husband and I laid out some guidelines about how to lose 15% of our body weight by the beginning of December. I started the year at 161.2 pounds. Between dietary changes and an increasingly active toddler, I dropped down to somewhere around the 146 mark and just knew that I could switch to a maintenance plan, throw in a little more activity and make my goal of 137 pounds by December.

This failed. Miserably. After a few weeks of being on the go and trying to balance what I ate, I realized that, for some reason, my pants didn’t really fit again. For the first time in at least a month, I stepped on the scale. And it told me I weighed 156 pounds.

I went into denial. There was no way I could have gained back that much weight, I must have a system full of water, my hormones must be messing with me, there were a million excuses. So I kept stepping on the scale. And it kept telling me I was 156 pounds. And my pants weren’t fitting well.

Now, I need help. I need the cheerleaders on the interwebz to encourage me throughout the tough holiday season.

Will you be my cheerleader?

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I’m Fighting With The Scale Again Jul 28

My bathroom scale is wrong. Totally wrong. What happened to all of my weight loss? Why is my number holding steady? Why is my number INCREASING???

It’s the damn Peanut Butter MnMs. And the Carvel ice cream cake that was left here after a birthday celebration. And the fact that my least favorite monthly visitor requires me to eat all day long. Or… I could be making excuses because I have to justify my sweet tooth. My weight problem is my fault and no one else’s, but that doesn’t make it any easier to solve.

The husband and I started a campaign of sorts on January 4th to lose 15% of our body weight by December 1st. We’ve both done GREAT! He’s actually lost his 15% and is hoping to lose more before he moves to a maintenance diet. I’ve lost about 10% and am REALLY struggling to lose the last 5% and the extra couple pound past that that will finally put me back at a healthy weight for my height.

Does anyone have suggestions for how to curb my sweet cravings? How about ideas for lazy people to lose weight?

I’ve heard high protein diets are good in general, but there are a LOT of calories involved in most of those plans and the lazys out there need low calorie intake. After all, weight loss is a math game. If calories in is less than calories out, weight loss will occur!

You Count Calories? How Horrible!! Apr 05

Something along those lines is what I hear every time I mention to someone that that is my husband’s and my method for losing weight this year. Other often heard phrases are, “It’s too time consuming!” and “That’s not the way to make sure you’re eating a healthy diet!” Both of these statements can be true. It is time consuming to determine how many calories we will be putting into our mouths at any given time, but it also forces us to stop and seriously consider every single item that goes into our bodies. Do we need those calories? Case in point, my old family recipe for coleslaw. The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of oil. I eliminated this by accident a few years ago after forgetting to add it, and now my mother has removed it from hers because there is no difference in taste without the oil. So why should I put those extra calories and fat into my body? Save those calories for something better, whether it’s extra dessert or a second helping of potatoes.

The other statement about not being the way to make sure we’re eating a healthy diet? I think I already explained it. When I removed the oil from the coleslaw dressing, it was replaced with an extra serving of potatoes. A vegetable, a member of the 4 basic food groups has replaced a fat and I’m happy with it. Now, this is not always the case, but this is one of several good examples. No matter what your dieting method, any time you make a conscious decision to swap one unhealthy thing for a healthier item, or just in hopes of another item, you have made a healthier decision about your diet.

After people get past their initial inhibitions about calorie counting, the next question is HOW we do it. We both prefer the hand-written method, with some help from The Daily Plate, and make use of scrap paper or the refrigerator white board to keep track of our daily caloric intake. We also have an Excel spreadsheet we use to keep track of our weight loss and caloric intake, but it’s nothing fancy, just a record keeping tool. For those of you constantly on the go who like the hand written method, Five Star makes 2 and 3 subject notebooks that have pockets in their dividers. In these pockets, you can cut out the Nutrition Facts from favorite packaged foods or new items recently discovered and keep them so you can also keep track of fats, proteins, or whatever else your heart desires. They are also available in larger sizes (like 8.5×11) so they fit very easily into purses or your bag of choice. You could also use a planner style notebook and keep the cutouts in a pencil bag. That should make you feel super young. Remember having your Lisa Frank pencils and markers in one in, like, 5th grade?? 🙂

That’s my rant on calorie counting, and I’ll be sharing more food knowledge as I learn it. I’m excited to have the time and resources to really learn about nutrition.

What’s your favorite food substitution?

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