Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Not a Set-Back

I am not looking at yesterday as a set-back or a failure. It is what it is and today is a new day.

Tuesday started with half of a bagel with cream cheese. (Not a great choice). Then I visited with my good friend and had TWO cups of coffee (or should I say cream and sugar?). For lunch I had four licks of cake batter, cottage cheese and cantaloupe. Then for my mid-afternoon snack, I put my banana away and opted for homemade buttercream icing. Dinner was homemade lasagna. It was a small piece. That was the saving grace. Then I washed it down a few hours later with a small piece of pizza.

Yes, it was a bad choice day. I had to make cupcakes for the soccer team and I didn't do well with temptation.

But today is a new day.

I was on the stair climber for FIFTEEN minutes burning 127 calories. Then I was on the elliptical for, uh, I can't remember. But I know I burned 83 calories.

My total today is 210.

Yesterday we did go to the gym AND I waked three miles with the baby, if that counts for anything.

Yes, today is a new day! (And tomorrow is Halloween). I have to just have the children hide their candy. The candy that I bought to give out is Snickers (yuck), Skittles (No), Starburst (No) and M&M (these must go first).

Today may be a new day but tomorrow is another challenge!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend Recap

Saturday was our One Week point.

I didn't count calories at all this weekend. Saturday, I had a good breakfast (cottage cheese and cantaloupe). Lunch was leftovers from Rosemary's Grill. And dinner? What did we have for dinner? Funny how I can remember specific details from twenty years ago but I can't remember what I had for dinner two days ago. What is that?

Saturday night I had Hot Chocolate.  (Daniel and I surprised Daddy at The Farm . Curtis drives one of the tractors for the haunted hayride). I know the sweet, warm drink was loaded with tons of calories. And there was probably more than one package in that big cup.

Sunday is my day off. I don't do laundry or housework. I also eat pretty much whatever I want. Breakfast was half of an Everything bagel with cream cheese. A little later I had half of a Dunkin Donuts chocolate frosted donut (at Sunday school). There are 370 calories in ONE donut. I ate half. I could have eaten two or three honestly. I ate half. That was 185 calories. That would be about 25 minutes at the gym for that one poor choice. But oh was it good!

I balanced that with a banana just before church. Ha ha.

Lunch was half of a small chili from Wendy's and a baked potato with 2 TB sour cream and shredded cheese. Yummy.

The reason we went to Wendy's was because we only had twenty minutes between church and soccer. This is when we make bad choices. When we don't give ourselves enough time or we don't plan ahead we are forced to go for the fastest option.

There are 180 calories in a small chili. That's 90 yesterday and 90 today. There are 270 calories in a plain potato. And now for the real 'bust my bubble' moment. The junior frosty. The one that is barely able to fill the sweet tooth. TWO HUNDRED CALORIES. That's my 30 minute work out.

Personally, I like the medium sized frosty. There are a whopping 410 calories in that baby!


No more. That just killed it for me.

It's a good thing I skipped dinner. Oh wait, I didn't. I had a homemade cheeseburger.

Rohrbach Farm is our meat supplier. This is the best meat EVER! I had cheese on my cheeseburger of course. And ketchup and mustard. Oh and let's not forget that piece of bacon, hee hee. Looking at a few different sites, there are probably between 360 and 400 for that burger. Is that including the roll? One piece of bacon has about 40 calories. (That's not too bad if you stop at 2 pieces like I do.)

My Lipton White Raspberry tea has 110 calories. A serving size is half of that according to the bottle. That's 8 oz. The bottle is 16 oz. But I drank the whole thing.

I think a lot of people drink their calories. A small soda isn't small anymore. It's enormous. Wendy's small is a 16 oz cup. Did you know that?

On top of all that crazy eating, we didn't go to the gym. Curtis moved furniture for a friend and that was a two hour workout. I wasn't sad we didn't go since I am hormonal.

Climbing the hill towards menopause is a workout in itself, don't you think? That counts, right?

Saturday, October 26, 2013



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Today marks One Week of working out (minus Monday). I woke this morning and looked at the clock. It was 4:20 am. I guess that is my new body clock. I heard Curtis, who was already up, and got into my yoga pants. We were at the gym just before 5 am. There were four people there.

For the last six days, I went to the gym at 5 am, for twenty minutes. I was on the elliptical for 10 minutes burning 80 calories (level 7). I was on the bike for 10 minutes burning 40 calories (level 6 or 7). But today, we bumped it up.

I was on the stair climber for 10 minutes burning 85 calories. I refer to that as The Hell Machine. It was 100 times worse than the elliptical. I wanted to scream. I wanted to jump off. I closed my eyes and said "Dear God, Help Me!" I thought I would pray through it. But then I couldn't. All I could focus on was the POUNDING of my heart. It was going to thump right out of my chest!

After 10 minutes I got off and stood there for a moment or two. Curtis asked, "You're doing, 10, 10, 10?" Breathless, I said yes.

Getting on the elliptical after that was CAKE. (Oh cake how I love you so).

I burned 80 calories and then met up with Curtis on the bikes. I burned 48 calories.

I left feeling great. Today was actually the first day I broke a sweat.

Elliptical - 79 calories
Bike - 48 calories
Stair Climber - 85

That's a total of 212 calories. Need a visual for what that looks like? A Hershey Bar. I burned off a Hershey Bar. (I didn't have a Hershey Bar to burn off however. I have been eating well.)

This week I did well with watching and counting calories. I would write things down during the day as I was feeding the baby. I love lunch time. He is such a good eater. It makes it easy for me to eat well too. One day, he had tomatoes, peas, mandarin oranges, turkey burger and avocado. He likes the white of the HB egg and cheese too.

Need more examples of calories?

A flour tortilla has 80 calories. Thursday night I had two, with 1/8 cup of shredded taco cheese (55 calories), 1 TB of sour cream (about 33 calories)  and 1 TB of salsa (about 18 calories) with chicken but not much.

That's a quesadilla, by the way. We have them at least twice a week.

This coming week on the menu:


The bread I buy has 80 calories in one slice.

OK, so let's review:

  • Be aware of what you are putting in your mouth.
  • If you bite it, write it.
  • Drink lots of water. (Don't waste your calories on beverages).

If you blow it with a Reese's Cup (1 has 105 calories) or a chocolate soufflé cake that you split with your husband...What? I am just giving examples. I am not saying that I ate that last night when I went out to dinner with my husband at the Rosemary Grill. Just examples, people. FOCUS!

If you think you just blew all of your hard work, relax. Don't give up and eat TWO Reese's Cups. Just shake it off. You can start over. We all have moments of weakness. Recognize them. Know your temptations. Think ahead. Plan for those "oops".

OK, where were we?

  • Be aware of what you are putting in your mouth.
  • If you bite it, write it.
  • Drink lots of water. (Don't waste your calories on beverages.
  • Give yourself grace.
  • Plan for moments of weakness.
  • Know your temptations
  • Have fun with this.
  • Set simple goals
  • Go slow.

Curtis and I are enjoying this time together. We are so busy with the children that we forget to have fun together.

Quick, he is standing behind the stair climb moving it at the correct speed and I am in a fit of giggles. We are just having a good time. I love it.

I asked Curtis if he had any fitness advice. He said START. And you know, it really is that simple. And that's why it's so hard. So just start. And start slow. Set simple goals. Ours was:

Go to the gym every day for twenty minutes.

Once that goal is met, set a new one.

Go to the gym every day for thirty minutes AND break a sweat.

You might think that you have an enormous amount of weight to lose and it's discouraging. But just start with a goal like:

Go to the gym every day until I lose ONE pound.

I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13


Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Getting Easier


Half and Half - (1 TB) - 20 calories (I probably use about 4)
Coffee Mate Vanilla Creamer (1 TB) - 12
1 TB Sugar - 48 (I use about 4 or more!)
Spaghetti (1 Cup) - 221
Spaghetti (1 Cup) - 70
Add Meat (1 Cup) 184
Garlic Bread (1 slice) 206
Motts Apple Cider Packets - 80 (I really like these).

Above you can see why I gave up drinking coffee. It wasn't the coffee. It was the stuff I put in it. Approximately 80 calories for creamer and a whopping 192 for sugar. Yikes!!!

Today was our Fourth Day at the gym. It is getting easier. I didn't want to jump off the elliptical after two minutes. Ha ha.

I continue to do the same activities burning 120 calories. We don't want to push it. Next week we will go from 20 minutes to 30 minutes.

Writing down food will help us track our calorie intake. I have said and heard others say that they didn't think they even took in 1200 calories. Ha ha. We fool ourselves.

Another great tip (from my brother) is don't waste calories on things that don't have protein. In other words, all of the carrot sticks have no protein in them. Protein will fill you up. I am sticking with Greek yogurt and eggs.

Lost calories? I am a great offender of the "bite stealer". These are the lost calories that never get written down. If you bite it, then write it.


3 grapes as I am making lunches
4 Teddy Grahams as I am giving them to the baby.
Lick of the mash potato spoon before it goes in the sink.

See what I mean?

I do not have a fitness goal such as weight loss. I have a healthy BMI. I fall in the weight range for my height also. It's just my clothes are tight. And they are new. And I make all the wrong choices. I want ice cream instead of vegetables.

Hmmm, I never crave carrots. Why is that?

I am not going to constantly be weighing myself. It's just a number anyway. I got on the scale today just to see where I was. And I was right where I thought I was.

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas.

There is always a holiday that wants to ruin my success.

Lord, help me crave you and not junk!

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fitness Journal Day Two

Up at 2:20 with a coughing husband, I suggest going to the gym then. He declined. Then up again at 4:45, dressed and ready to go.

After TWO minutes on the elliptical, I want to scream and jump off. But I exercised for ten minutes on level seven and burned 80 calories. Then rode the bike for ten minutes and burned 40 calories.

Home by 5:30 am.

120 Total Calories burned.
Today I will walk with the baby. We usually walk 3 miles. It will be nice but getting colder by the end of the week. Once the weather turns, I won't walk with him. It's just too cold!

Breakfast - 180 Calories
1 HB Egg - 70 Calories
1/4 Cup Cranberry - 110 Calories
16 oz water

What IS 120 calories you might be asking?

1 TB Olive Oil
15 Cheetos
2 apples
small roasted chicken leg
4 slices of low fat ham
1 oz of Capt. Crunch cereal (1 oz?)
1 Cup 2% Milk
1 Boiled Potato
5.1 oz of Chardonnay - 120

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AWARENESS. It's knowing how many calories you take in, how many you need and how many you need to burn. It's MATH! (She shudders)!

The goal is between 1,200 and 1,500 per day. No more than 1,500!

Just For Your Information!

1 Strawberry Nutrigrain bar - 130
Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar - 100
Oikos Greek Yogurt (Blueberry) - 130
Hershey Bar - 210
Chick-fil-a Classic Sandwich - 440
1 Slice of Pizza - 140
1/2 cup cottage cheese - 90
10 grapes - 34
10 baby carrots - 35
1 cup cantaloupe - 53
3/4 cup Homemade mashed potatoes - 171 (Livestrong)
Meatloaf - 294 (source click here)

Do you drink your calories?

1 can of Coke - 139
Coors Light - 102
McD's Sweet Tea (one size and it's large) - 280
Chick -fil - a Sweet Tea (medium) - 130
5.1 oz of Chardonnay - 120

My beverage of choice is water.

Plan ahead. Remember it is the key to success. I have tomato, grapes, carrots ready to go for lunch. I can live without snacks. I don't need to be grazing every 2 hours like most experts suggest.

Chicken soup for dinner is the plan.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fitness Journal Day One

Ten minutes on the elliptical - 80 calories
Ten minutes on the bike - 40 calories

120 calories burned. It's an uphill battle.

Breakfast: 380 calories

English Muffin - 100 calories
Pork Roll - 130 calories
1 Slice of Cheese - 80 calories
Fried Egg - 70 calories

Lunch - Who Knows!?

Left-over chicken salad and bacon from last night's club sandwich (the bread was soggy).
Lettuce with a little shredded cheese
Small Tomatoes (2)
TB Olive Oil - 120 calories
TB Balsamic Vinegar (2) - 20 calories (10 each)

Home-made sugar cookie dough (Thank you Amanda Grace for this impromptu baking moment of weakness).

I figure that with that little blunder I am close to 1,200 calories.

Dinner - why bother?

It doesn't matter what I eat for dinner. Maybe I won't eat at all. Tonight I will think ahead and go to the grocery store.

Tomorrow is a new day, thank the Lord.

"Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." Lamentations 3:23

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Working Out

I have to say that I am not a fan.

Five minutes on the elliptical. Ten minutes on the bike. Five minutes on the stair climber. Only twenty minutes. But I did it!

(It wasn't pretty either).

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Party's Over. No Really. It's OVER!

I have to post something new because that picture of Daniel's arm is nauseating.

We are half way through the marking period and no D's or F's from either child. Whoo hoo! This is a first, I believe.

We are busy. I am tired. But I am enjoying this season because like all of the others, it doesn't last and it goes by so quickly.

I joined the gym almost 2 weeks ago and have not gone yet. I need someone to go with me...just once, then I will be fine. I chalk that up to being the middle child. I was never alone. I had Michael or Jeannette. So I believe that tomorrow will be my day.

It was a good summer. I call it FAT and HAPPY. My clothes all fit tight, even the elastic waist band yoga pants. Too much ice-cream. And now we have Gertrude Hawk candy bars that Amanda has been selling. I KNOW that I am her best customer.

Someone told me that they have one piece (there are 5 pieces) per bar. Ha, do you just have one sip of your beer or wine and say no more? Who does that? I mean, ONE PIECE?! Really, who are you!?

I am approaching 46 and those extra pounds are hanging on for dear life.

When am I going to fit in the gym? You tell me. Here is my schedule:

Alarm goes off at 5:15 am.
I snooze until 5:30.
Have devotions with Amanda at 6:10.
She leaves at 6:25
Wake Daniel at 6:30.
Check email and Facebook.
Wake Daniel at 6:45.
Make toast and lunch for Daniel.
Have devotions with Daniel at 7:10
Drop Daniel at school at 7:35
From 7:40 to 8:15, I fold laundry, get lunch together or eat yogurt.
Hang with Robert from 8:20 am to 4 pm

Homework, dinner and activities.

Bedtime between 9:30 and 10. It's usually closer to 10 pm.

Sunday night - Sunday school, church, soccer.
  Then Amanda's youth group from 7 to 9 pm.
Monday night - Tutoring and Boy Scouts
Tuesday night - Curtis & Daniel have soccer
Wednesday night - Curtis & Daniel have soccer
Thursday night - Tutoring and Irish Dance
Friday night - AWANA
Saturday - soccer daytime (NO EVENING ACTIVITY!)

I have adjusted to the schedule. I don't mind all of the running around. Like I said, I know that this season of my life will be over very soon so I am enjoying the time in the car with  KLove.

The worse time to go to the gym  (I was told) is between 4 and 7 pm. That's good. That doesn't work because it is prime time homework/dinner time.

I am thinking that Friday night, Saturday during the day and any time before 6 am during the week will be good for me.

And I guess I need to divorce sugar. I just love it so.

Me and a chocolate covered banana.

Me and Starbucks (Caramel Frap)

Self explanatory!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

End of Summer Memories

This is the photo I took with my lousy phone in the ER.
Yes, it was that gross.
Eight stitches due to a box cutter accident on August 19th

After the stitches have been removed. Yikes, shark bite! Ooh ha ha.

Café Curtis seafood and caprese salad.

End of summer but beginning of soccer!


Pick your own peaches for $.99 a pound!

Pick your own blackberries for $1.99 a pound!

Mom with her sister's (Evia and Alice) and my uncle Don.

Amanda's new love, Cuddles!
Mom Mom's new kitten. LOVE HER.

Last Day of  Summer - September 6, 2013

Good bye summer vacation. Hello crazy schedule. But welcome home routine and structure!


Found Pictures

Canada trip with Daddy
June 2013