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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WW Weigh In

I didn't forget to weigh-in Friday, I just was so busy I didn't get to posting it. I weighed in at 211.6, equaling a 2.4lb loss. The weekend wasn't too bad, yesterday wasn't great, but today is going to be & I am headed to the gym today even though I can only be there apx 15 minutes. It will give me a extra few miles.

I am having a hard time pushing through this last week of my 100 mile challenge. I really do have commitment issues, but I am not cheating on this and I am going to follow through with it. I am 13 miles away from 100 as it sits right now.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Better than Great, Healthy Pizza Crust

I normally don't post more than one post per day, but I didn't want to group my ideas together but still wanted to share each of them. Yesterday I stumbled upon a Cauliflower Pizza Crust on Examiner.com, doesn't sound that great, right? But OH MY GOSH was it better than great! Luckily Steven is pretty daring when it comes to new foods & recipes and this was not exception. This was the recipe I made and it serves apx 2:

1 cup mashed, unpacked cauliflower
1 cup Italian or Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 egg
Italian season & Garlic Powder

Mix, then thin out on a cookie or pizza sheet. Remember the cheese will melt and your crust will thin and spread a tad bit more than before cooking. Cook at 450* for 10-15 minutes, until it starts to become golden brown.

Alfredo Chicken Pizza:
1/2 lb diced and cooked chicken (any meat to top pizza will need to be cooked before topping)
Alfredo sauce (we used a powder packet mix, used low fat buttermilk instead of milk and added a little flour to help thinken sauce)
Red Onions
Fresh diced tomatoes
Real bacon bits
Fresh diced mushrooms
Shredded Italian or Mozzarella cheese ( if you are calorie or Point counting remember there is cheese in the crust already)

It was amazing! The husband was incredibly surprised and said the crust tasted like a more seasoned bread & the pizza was restaurant style. I was very proud of my self for finding & trying the recipe & now we can have pizza all the time. It is now a comfort food without the guilt.

I'd love to hear if you tried it and how you liked it.

Afternoon Date Idea

I was catching up on my reading and came across a great idea for an afternoon date. Stephanie on her blog Unveiling the Diva mentioned Geocaching. What a great idea!

"Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment." ~Geocaching.com

It would be a great way to get out in the sunshine, get a little exercise - mentally and physically and enjoy the ones you are with.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Well Im still on the wagon with sticking to Weight Watchers, my usually way on doing it is doing really, really good & sticking to or coming in right under Points and then on the weekend I get to cut loose just a little & still consider what I eat but not count everything that enters my mouth. This has worked well for me the last two times I stuck to WW for a long period of time. This is why I also like to weigh in on Friday mornings, so I then have the rest of the week to work off my weekend. I didnt not count this past Friday as a weigh in though because I was not on the wagon for a full week, so my first weigh in this Friday will be for the past 10 days. I know it will be loss but hopefully it will be a good one & give me that jump start I would love. Either way though I am sticking to this & fighting it out.

I have to brag on myself a little today too (if I don't who will, right?). I had a pretty busy and kind of stressful day and still stayed on track, resisting the temptations of a quick meal over a healthy meal. I still ended up with a quick meal but it was a thins, turkey, bacon bits & melted WW chesses sandwich with a low fat yogurt. I did snack on one of my son's chicken sticks for dinner but, it was small and held me over until dinner.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Neat Halloween Tradition

I don't remember where I came across this idea at but I thought it was very neat & wise.

After the kids get back from trick-or-treating, what is the first thing they do? I remember the first thing we would do is dump out our bag to discover what had been deposited in it by the participating treat givers. Well, the idea is to let our child pick out a piece of candy or two to set aside for each of the next 6-7 days and put the rest out on the porch that evening or where ever you choose so the Halloween Witch, Ghost or Goblin can pick it up and in exchange leave a neat gift, something such as a small toy, a book or anything else not filled with sugar. Kind of the same concept of the Tooth Fair, leave her something & when she takes it she leaves you something in return. You can come up with your own unique story about why the Halloween Witch, Ghost or Goblin needs the candy and what they will do with it. You can then donate the a charity or even someone in the office that has a candy dish. I plan on starting this next year when my son can trick-or-treat or even understands the concept of Halloween.

On a little bit of a different note I am thinking I am going to skip the gym today, my knees have always bothered me, even as a child & now that I weight more than I should, they hurt more than they should. They seem really sore today, and my workouts tend to hurt if I push my self too hard, as well as I could end up putting myself out of working out for longer than a day if I push too hard & ignore the pain. So I am going to listen to by body and enjoy the afternoon getting some things done that I have been putting off, I at least wont be sitting on my butt all evening.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

W5D5 Day 1 of Weight Watchers

I have decided to find my Weight Watchers book & start back at it. I am still keeping my weigh-in day as Friday, so my first WW week will be a few more days than a week. I am not going back to meetings, but I am going to use my blog to keep track, accountability & connections. My weigh-in today put me at 216.2, not as bad as I thought it was going to be, but still higher than just a few weeks ago.

Something in my favor is that I am trying so hard to follow through & finish my 100 mile challenge. I told Steven last night that I have commitment issues, I have a hard time following through with things I start. So, just finishing this challenge is going to be huge for me. I have 3 weeks left & 41 miles left to go. I have exercise in my corner this time though, before I have just done WW, and fairly well, but without exercise. I'm excited to see what the difference will make.

Monday, October 4, 2010


This weekend was nice, the weather was beautiful & I got a lot done. Eating wise, I don't feel like the weekend was a wash, I did a lot of moving & did my best to not over eat. I may have a little over ate for lunch yesterday, but other than that, good. I introduced my son to candy corn & he loves it. I had a little this weekend too, I think it helped bring the sugary cravings & weak will bad today. I shouldn't think of today as a failure, but it's hard. I endulged in 2 prices of buttered toast this morning, a can coke & 5 mini candy bars (not all at once). But I'm here at the gym & I'm peddling harder than usual. I'm alway excited when I am able to add more miles to my tracker. I am down to 4 of 7 weeks left to get to & hopefully over 100 miles by 10-30. I plan on getting a message if I make it to the 100 & for 110 a massage & manicure & if I can manage 120 then it's a massage & pedicure. 1 month to go - relaxing & accomplishment here I come.

Friday, October 1, 2010


I didnt do as bad as I though I did this weekend. I gained 2.6 lbs, so that leaves me with 8.3 until I hit my first 5%. I am going grocery shopping today so that should get me set up for dinners & lunches for next week. Maybe I will even see about borrowing on of my parents bikes & taking a bike ride with Landen this weekend. We shall se.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Healthy people club

I'm here at the gym & realized that I am becoming part of a group of people not striving for perfection but for health. Being here on a military base being a healthy weight is a goal & now I am part of that goal. I am trying to keep the frame of mind that I want not only me to be healthier but my family, I feel like I am making better choices. This weekend I know I took two steps back in my weight loss but tomorrow I am expecting it and ready to get back on a tighter track. Tomorrow is a new week to accomplish great things. My goals for next week are to slow down my eating, listen to my stomach & stop eating when I'm full, not because my plate is empty. I will need to remind myself of this before each meal this week. My second goal is to make it to the gym 3 times. I am excited that I'm doing well with my 100 mile challenge, this is something I am going to finish. For myself.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Justified? ...

A fact about me: I STRESS being on the road in the heavy rain, more so riding than driving. I'd like to think I'm an aware & toughtful of my surroundings driver, but I just can't bring myself to trust the crazies the seem to drive faster & "better" in the watery conditions. Therefore, with the larger storm making the radar look like a 2 year old's finger painting, I felt it'd be best to get me & little LT home safe, sound & on the dryer side. I skipped the gym today to take some play time with my son & get us home unstressed. We had a blast this afternoon too. Since the weather took a small break, we explored & played in a soggy yard, then came inside for some good laughs & hug. Daddy decided to make me dinner then we watched some of our favorite shows, right now it's the Nip Tuck seasons & Dexter season 4. We stay behind. This way we can watch them all at once if we choose & on our schedule. It was a good night over all, I'm gonna get back on the horse, or stationary bike in my case, and keep on riding tomorrow though.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I'm proud of me

It was gloomy out today & that makes me want to be lazy, grab a blanket & take a nap, but instead I changed & took my butt to the gym. I did get to run into Landen's infant teacher & she said that Landen seems to be happy & doing well in his new class. His new teacher also said he is fitting in & developing well into the pretoddler class. All is well.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mini Vacation

This weekend I decided to kidnap the hubs & head down to Daytona Beach for an us weekend. We stayed in a beachside hotel, planned to visit a few surf shops, some good places to eat & explore. We loved waking up & watching the sun rise over the ocean, we found a great sale on chimes for the yard, 4 for $10, we couldn't pass them up since our little guy loves them so much. We didn't find great food until Saturday night but we enjoyed exploring the little beach town & spending some time together. I knew I wanted to work a little exercise in too, Friday night we thought it would be a good idea to walk back to the hotel, though we under estimated the distance, after drinks & dinner & more drinks we ended up walking 1.5 miles back to the hotel. But we made it & felt fine afterwards, we even broke into a sprint right before we got there. Saturday after a little driving around & shopping we played a little volleyball (chase the ball, should I say), the hubs was a good sport & seemed into it. Today we went kayaking, we just left & I can already feel my muscles hurt. We paddled for an hour & a half, saw some old Florida & heards some pigs. So this weekend I can add another 3.5 miles to my ticker, because my intent with these activities were to exersice & work off some of the drinks & food. Overall it was a great weekend.

Friday, September 24, 2010

W3D1 - New Week Here I Come

I did pretty good with my weigh in & have to keep reminding myself that I am not on a timeline to loose weight, that this is not a diet I have to be on for how ever long it takes me, this is a habits & life style change.

I managed to loose one pound, I wish it would have been a little more but at least it was a whole pound & not just a fraction of one. That is always helpful, especially in the beginning. So now I am down to 211.8 - I'll be under 210 before I know it.

I am really looking forward to this weekend, I am hoping to find somewhere that rents bicycles so we can cruise around Daytona Beach and get a little exercise, I bought a volleyball to toss back & forth with the hubs on the beach & on Sunday I plan to set up a 2 hour kayaking trip. So I have a plan to get a little 'hidden' exercise (my favorite kind) in my mini vacation. We are also only staying 1.5 miles away from where we are planning to spend our evenings so we might just walk there instead of a ride, maybe even on the beach. I am overly excited to get this weekend started.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I have been putting off posting all day, I've been busy planning our mini weekend get away. So here I am already taken my ambien & posting so I can put a check in the box for a goal I met. Waiting until the last minute or not following through with something I am known for & I want that to change, with little steps. I am proud of myself for going to the gym today though because I really did not want to go. I would have much rathered come home & plop myself on the couch & tickle my son. But I push through & though I didn't have a "push me" type workout I did do well & I did do it. I followed through with I think all my goals, I'll have to check them tomorrow. I am excited to weigh in, even though I think it will be less than I hopped for, something is anything. I guess I shouldn't let the cart get before the horse.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I want to thank everyone for their positive comments they are very encouraging!

Today I was off to a little bit of a slow start, I think I have been going so hard & so much the past 2-3 days it is starting to catch up to me. I am a little sore and tired. Since I still have today & tomorrow to get in my 3 days this week I think I am going to go tomorrow, I also need to grocery shop today & would like to take it a little easier today.

I am looking forward to Friday for a few reasons this week, weigh in should be good as well as a planned date night with the hubby. We are planning on staying in town restaurant/bar hopping. I have a plan though! I plan on going to the gym on Friday and maybe fitting in an extra day next week, maybe even Saturday. I also already talked Steven about what we are going to aim to eat & how. I do not want to ruin all my hard work with one night out on the town. I have a plan & want to stick to it as best I can. We also have a wedding to attend on Saturday & I plan on not drinking & being conscious of what & how much I eat while I am here.

Proper Prior Planning Produces Positive Products

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Yesterday I worked hard at the gym & earned the whole 7 miles I biked, boy, was I hurting when I got home though. I think I am going to have to do the tredmil or the ellipical today though which does not give me as many miles. I might sneak in a few minutes on the bike just to rack'um up. It is one of those days that I do not feel like going to the gym though. But off to change & headed to the gym right after I finish this post.

Yesterday I felt on top of the world after the gym, I had more energy than I have had in quite some time & I sure did need it. After work & the gym I went to the commissary to pick up dinner (& for those of you who know the parking lot & store is a battle all it's own), went to the pharmacy, went to drop off movies, to pick up my son, which I find out is moving to the pretoddler room today instead of in two weeks due to another bitting insident. So, then we went to get gas, stop by another grocery store to pick up cupcakes, cookies & cards for the teachers he is leaving, then off to the house to fix Landen dinner, make the cupcakes & cookies, while doing that I managed to water our gardens outside, put LT to bed & change the litter box. I was then allowed to shower & sit for a moment. Whew (insert wipe of forhead), just typing it all made me tired. I slept great last night though.

This morning walking into work I felt great too, I was doing a little happy dance in my head for being proud of myself for doing great on my weight loss journey.