Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kharma is a bitch....

This morning, I went to the Club and ran into some of the gals. One I hadn't see in a while. She was (or is) doing the Dr. Bernstein diet. She is so slim. I can't believe how much weight she has lost. Now, I know that she has been eating right around 1000 calories a day. It was supposed to be around 800, but she added a piece of chicken every day. Or a like protein. Anyhow, I saw her, thought she looked great and was quite jealous. I was jealous because she was able to stick to the program she chose. And I was jealous because I felt like she cheated. Did a quick fix. Don't get me wrong - I know that I could never stick to that program long enough for it to work. But, that is what went through my head.

So, off I toodle to meet with the personal trainer. I workout. Hard. Like always. Then I drive to Chili's to meet husband for lunch. I then make a choice that I thought I knew the point count for, only to get home and find out it was an entire day's worth of points more than I thought. It is a new WW week for me, so I have the points, but I hadn't been prepared to spend them. Honestly, I would have chosen differently. I can't help but think though that this was kharma coming back to bite me in the ass. Payback for my bad thoughts and jealousy. Shame on me. There is no quick fix. That woman, regardless of what program she followed, FOLLOWED her program to completion. That shouldn't evoke feelings of jealousy. It should inspire.

Do any of you ever experience this? Sheesh.

Other than that, it has been a pretty uneventful day. We have been experiencing some nice weather. Today I tried to play catch with the puppy in the backyard after picking up all his droppings, but he hasn't quite got the whole bringing back thing. He still managed to expend some energy though. And I got to enjoy the sunshine. Win win.

Well bloggers, happy kharma to you all!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Is that your oven on fire, or are you just happy to see me?

It is my mom's husband's birthday and he has a real sweet tooth. I thought I would make him the sweetest desert I know - Pudding au Chaumeur. I have never made this before but, really, how wrong could it go?

Well, the 4 cups of sugar water that the recipe calls for spilled over. Of course, I thought this MIGHT happen, but didn't think far enough ahead to put a pan under the dish. So, it spilled, big time. I finished cooking the pudding, turned the oven off, and didn't really give it much more thought, until I put the oven on to cook the garlic toast. When I did that, the stuff on the bottom of the over caught fire and I had open flames in the bottom of my oven! What a panic!! Once I got the fire out, I had to run out to buy special oven cleaner for self clean ovens so that I could get as much debris off the bottom as I could so that I could run the self clean option (I had to spray the oven 3 times!). What a schmozel. Thankfully my mom's husband enjoyed the effort and the desert!!

Today I went for a walk with my girlfriends. 465 calories worth of a walk. I feel like I'm on top of the world! We have decided that we are going to register for Melisa's in the fall and spend the night in Banff. Fun times! Some of the gals are going to walk, but at least two of us are going to run.

Hope my fellow Albertans are enjoying their family day. I haven't seen mine that much today because I was walking and now daughter is at the mall.

Have a healthy day bloggers!!

Friday, February 15, 2008


That is how much the new garage door opener was. $630. Ugh.

Went to the gym yesterday and did the eliptical program BEFORE meeting with my personal trainer. As I predicted, that made my session with the trainer very hard. I would have much perferred to do it the other way around, but....I had that lunch with the ladies.

Lunch was fun. I had wonton soup. Not typical chinese wonton, but fancy wonton with tons of veggies. I also had two diet cokes. I think some of the ladies were ready to drink, but I had gotten there first and ordered the diet pop. It sort of set the tone for the table, which is good because we all have the same goal. Besides, I had to drive and I can't have even one drink and then drive. Anyhow - the lunch was fun and easy on the points, so I was pretty happy.

I'm just watching Survivor now on my pvr. I really get stressed out watching the competition. They all try so hard. Right now I like the "fav" team the best, although they are all from episodes that I didn't watch, except for the grave digger guy. I watched that year till he was booted because he is just so friggen pretty!!

Daughter is home today on a PED day. I will go to the gym later to do the eliptical, and maybe the treadmill. I will see how busy it is. I'm going to register for a 5K run that runs the with the Police Half. At least two of my three bathingsuit competitors are going to register for it also. Fun times....I like having a race to train for - gets me running.

Well, that's about it. I have a birthday dinner to prepare for my mom's husband. Still don't know what I'm going to make. Don't have much grocery $ left, so that will be a factor in my decision....

Have a healthy day bloggers!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The damage this week.....

2lbs. I've never been so happy to start a new WW week in my life! Fresh start. Phew!

So, my freakin garage door broke AGAIN last night. This time it was the motor or gears or transmission on the actual door opener. Thankfully my husband was home to help me close the door manually (it is shockingly heavy since it is an old wood door). I'm glad that I was able to get an appt for this afternoon. Of course, that will be a $500 bill. Crap. Sure didn't need that.

Today I have personal trainer and I will do the eliptical BEFORE my workout. I know that may bite me in the ass, but I have lunch after personal trainer with the girls (healthy choices, OF COURSE) and then I have to race home to meet the garage door dude.

Hmm, I guess that is all. I still haven't watched any Big Brother...hope to get to that today after all the workouts.

Have a healthy day bloggers!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

This week was a bust

I didn't have a good on program week this week. It kinda has me bummed.

Who watched Biggest Loser last night? I was sure someone was going to throw a weigh in when the promo showed Bob walking away. I guess he was just frustrated? I was pretty sad to see Trent go home - he sure came across as a stand up guy. I like the football player team. Next to Bernie & Britney, they were my favs. I fast forwarded through the therapy session. I really think that stuff should be private. Not to mention nothing of any significance can be fixed with an hour of talking. I'd have been climbing the mountain with the blue team.

I taped Big Brother, but have to wait for daughter to have time to watch it with me.

I did the eliptical weight loss program again yesterday. I'm surprised that the time goes so quickly. Maybe that is because it is new to me. I have to stay home today because I have someone coming to pick up some furniture we are donating. I hate feeling stuck in the house. They will be here ANY time between 9:30 and 4:30. It also means I have to find a way to get some cardio in at the house. Looks like the stationary bike will be the winner. I don't mind the bike, except that I go numb below the waist after 10 minutes.

So, plan to go forward.....make smart low point choices today.

Have a healthy day bloggers!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

My leg hurts from banging it while falling off the wagon!

I had a good weekend, but managed to slip up all 3 days. Friday after curling we went for drinks. Sticking to my plan: I had 3 diet cokes - not even one glass of wine. Slipping from my plan: 6 chicken wings and picked at the nachos. Saturday had a date with husband. Sticking to my plan: ordered the half order of ravioli - the plate came with 7 raviolis on it (husband ate one). It was the perfect amount and SO, SO good. Slipping from my plan: had two glasses of wine which is what made the small bottle of bailey's seem like a good idea! Sunday watched a lot of tv & went to the gym. Sticking to my plan - had a perfect day until...Slipping from my plan: landed face first into a bag of Mrs. Vicki's Sweet Chili chips. Of course, today after all those chips - my stomach is killing me!

Today is a new day. My next 3 days have to be minimum points. I got my period this weekend, so my weigh in will likely be a gain, but I would like it to be as small a gain as possible. I have my weight training class today and I will do some time on the eliptical after. I did the eliptical yesterday, which I don't really like, but I used the pre-programmed button for weight loss, and it was actually quite good. Figured I'd give it another try. My heart rate certainly got up there.

I have to sit and make a grocery list this morning so I can make some nice suppers this week. Ugh. I hate making grocery lists. I would love to use that cookbook with the grocery list, but I don't have the grocery $$ this week for that. I have to try to use what's in my cupboard and fill in with fresh stuff. Fun times.

I have two lunch dates this week that I'm really looking forward to. I'm happy because I am meeting with lovely ladies AND at restaurants that I can control the points count AND cost. Does life get any better??

Have a healthy day bloggers!!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Not Much Friday

Not much going on today. Curling this morning. Half my team will be missing, so I'm curling with two people I don't know. I don't like that. I may or may not be curling tonight. We have no social plans this weekend. Blah.

So, trainer was there yesterday and totally kicked my butt. What a hard workout. It was fun though. Reason she missed last week? Her building flooded and her car floated away. Total write off. Actually, they were lucky that no one died in this situation - I can't believe all the stuff that went on. I guess that is a pretty good reason to miss an hour with me, eh??????

Anyone out there going to watch this round of survivor? I taped it. I haven't watched in quite a few years, but now that I can record.....I thought I'd give it another try. Plus, I like the idea of fans against favs. The show I can't wait for is Big Brother. I know it is tacky - but I can't get enough of it!! Plus, with the writer's strike.....

Well bloggers - have a healthy day!!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Puppy News

Forgot to tell you guys - puppy will be ok. Vet thinks lump is just a reaction from his last set of shots. We just have to watch to see that the characteristics of the lump don't change, or that we don't see a change in puppy's moods over the next month. I think that was another reason why I was so giggly on Tuesday. The emotional release from going to the vet.

So, this week I'm switching things up in my journal - hot pink is the colour of the week. I'm feeling spicy!!

Off to meet with my trainer. I sure hope she is there today. I want to tell her that since I've been working with her, I'm down 13lbs!!

Have a healthy day bloggers!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Salsa Class - should be called laughing class

Yesterday turned into a giggle fest. If activity points could be awarded for laughing - I'd have filled up my week's alotment!

It started with the family watching The New Adventures of Old Christine. All 3 of us were just about crying we were laughing so much. I thought my daughter would wet her pants at the part when they were talking about the vibrator on the Christmas tree, calling it a pickle Santa.

The fun continued when husband & I went to salsa class. At one point I was laughing so hard I lost my breath. Husband has added mouth signals to his eye signal arsenal. He can be so very funny. It isn't a side he shows often, but man, when he does....makes my knees weak.

So, today is my last day of my ww week. I followed Wendie this week. People in my SparkePeople Challenge already know this, but I really enjoyed it. I found that eating 24 points in a day (for example) was easier on my psyche than eating 20 points and going "over" by 4 and using flex points. Now, I know that either way I'm eating 24 points. But there is something about "going over" that makes me crazy. In any case, I'm going to try it again this week.

Water continues to be a problem for me. I'm going to have to buy some Crystal Light to help choke it down.

Have a healthy day bloggers!!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Easy Cabbage Rolls

I totally forgot to tell you all about my Easy Cabbage Rolls that I made for dinner Super Bowl night in my crockpot.....The recipe called for 750g of ground beef, but I substituted 495g ground chicken breast and a can of mixed beans. It was SO good. Even daughter loved it, and she typically will NOT eat beans. Yay me - I got her to eat some and enjoy them! We had some fat free sour cream mixed in and oh, boy. Yum, yum, yum. I will make it that way again.

Re my last post, I don't have anything mean to say to anyone. Just making conversation. To be honest, when I find a blog where someone has a weight loss philosophy that I think is nuts, I simply stop reading it. Well, I do have one blog that I read but don't comment on and I think that blog writer is a complete nutball when it comes to weight loss. That is my entertainment. I wonder if my blog is someone else's entertainment.

That brings me to another question. When do you guys cut a blog loose? I go through mine every couple of months to see how long it has been since people updated. Usually after 6 months or so, I unsubscribe. Or, when the gals get pregnant. Not that I'm not interested or happy for them - I'm just way past that part of my life. And our goals then are completely different.

So, I had my weight training class yesterday and then I did a run on the treadmill. Good times. I can hardly move my arms and legs today. Tonight I have Salsa with husband. It is supposed to be nice out today, so I think I will take dog on a 5.4k walk around the loop in my neighbourhood. It won't be a power walk - because Indiana is a nightmare on walks. He is a barker. But, 5.4k is 5.4k. Still better than sitting on the couch, right?

Speaking of the puppy - he goes to vet today - he has a lump on his shoulder. Wish me luck. If this little muffin ends up dying on me I don't think I could bear it.

I have The New Adventures of Old Christine taped from last night. I am so freakin excited that the show is back on. I think it is one of the funniest on tv. And hello - Blair Underwood? YUM!!

Ok bloggers, have a healthy day!

Question for the Blogverse

Bloggers, I have a question for you all. What are your general rules for commenting on someones blog? Do you ever tell them if you think they may be thinking of doing something wrong, or do you just find something positive in the post to comment on, or do you just not comment on that particular post?

There is a strange sense of intimacy in blogging, and yet, we don't really know anyone. Sometimes people are just clearing their head.

Anyhow - just wondering what your thoughts are.

The morning after

Phew, that was one sports filled day! We watched Tiger win (yay), Phil lose (yay), and then the football game. I'm so happy that we were able to get all the big $ commercials. I'm not really into sports - but I must say - football at least goes fast. Gotta love a clock that just keeps running. Some of the commercials were quite funny.

So, that half time show. Gotta say, since the wardrobe malfunction - they have sucked worse than the Grey Cup half time shows. Seriously - can't they find someone from THIS century to perform that won't get naked?

Had a good weekend program wise, except that my only exercise was a 20 minute walk with dog.

Today I have the weight training class. It will likely hurt. Can't wait - NOT!!

Off to make some tea and an egg. Have a healthy day bloggers!!

PS: Totegirl - I bought the almonds at a local grocery chain called Co-Op.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

What a difference a year makes....

I had another one of those days today. I woke up feeling small again. Of course, I had to step on the scale. It showed me down. Here's the thing. One year ago, I was this weight. This weight was, at that time, my heaviest ever. I felt awful. All the time. Fast forward a year, I'm still the same weight, except now I've just lost over 11 lbs and I feel small at this weight. It is all so weird. Just another indication about how weight is in your head. Well, not your weight, but how you feel about it. Mind bad you can't earn activity points playing those!

I skipped yoga this morning. Want to hear my excuse? Here we go: We woke up late this morning, and so we only got our coffee at 9:30. Yoga starts at 10:30, and I had only had half my coffee. I'm a slow drinker - I only drink the one cup a day, and I really like to savour it. Had we gone to yoga, I wouldn't have been able to finish it. I just couldn't bare the idea of not drinking the 2nd half of my coffee. Husband has promised me that next week we will go for coffee earlier. I know that more than a couple of you are likely shaking your head at me right now. But it was my Tim's!!!!!

Mmmm, I had avocado salad rolls for lunch again today. My addiction to those is still going strong. So yummy and filling.

Oh, guess what? I found some 100 calorie packages of almonds today at the grocerie store. This is perfect for me! I have almost no self control if I have an open bag of almonds. This takes away my need for self control. Each package is 2 pts, and I found that I was completely satisfied being able to eat the ENTIRE package. Again with the mind games. But it worked, it gave me a protein packed snack. As you recall, I am trying to watch my non-veggie carbs. This really helps. Today I have had my coffee (with cream & sugar - my weekend treat), an egg, a yogurt, the avocado salad rolls and the almonds. Of course, there have been carbs in some of that, but still way less than I had been consuming previously. Typically on the weekend I have a bagel, and then I'm starving by mid morning, but can't afford the pts for a snack.

Well, time for a nap/tv watching. Daughter & I are watching "Three Men and a Baby" on tv. I'm sorry - but that movie is STILL funny.

Have a healthy day bloggers!!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Feeling strong going into the weekend

Sometimes it scares me to be feeling good going into the weekend. It is like a set up for a big fall. And yet, I am feeling good about going into the weekend. I'm quite pleased with myself because I have been journalling since the beginning of the year, and it is now February. For those who are on the edge of their seats - I'm using the green marker again this week. I'm a wild and wacky gal!!

I curled this morning. We were a gal short, so there was much sweeping to be done. We lost, but it was a fun game. I really like the gals I curl with.

I was surfing the net last night, and I came across Julian Michael's page. I filled out the form and the page sent me a quick and dirty plan. I found two things very interesting. 1) It recommended that, because I am drawn to salty meaty snacks that I should be sure to have lots of protein with each meal and 2) That I should either walk at 4.0 mph, or run at 5.0 mph.

#1 interested me because I have noticed lately that I have been very heavy in choosing carbs. And by carbs, I don't mean lovely veggies. I mean breads & rice. I wonder if that is why I have been eating all of my flex AND activity points. Perhaps if I concentrate on proteins and veggies if I will find greater satisfaction. I'm already concentrating on veggies this week anyhow - guess now I will eat them with a piece of meat or legume instead of a bowl of rice.

#2 interested me because I was wondering how fast I needed to go on the treadmill. I already run at 5.0 at an incline of 1%, but I walk at 3.8. I now know to make the most of my workouts, I need to walk that much faster. It is doable. Also interesting was the fact that it implied I should be doing it for an hour. Also doable, but I will admit - I feel tired thinking about it! HA!!

Of course, to get the whole program, you need to sign up. I'll admit - I'm very tempted, just out of curiosity, but I don't have the $$ to spend on that. Plus, I'm having good success with WW.

Not much on the go this weekend. Just yoga. And healthy eating. ;-)

Have a healthy day!!