Monday, July 16, 2007

New Blog....

All, I have moved back to Roni's site...please drop me a comment at so I can add you to my blogroll there!

I hope you are all doing well.


Monday, July 2, 2007

Roni's Blogs Are Back....


I think we all owe her a huge thank you!!


Friday, June 29, 2007

Going on hiatus...

Year end is tomorrow and I am a fundraiser....anyone want to make a gift? :)

I am still counting points (though I over-indulged a little last night with some celebratory wine and pizza) and am not "taking off" from that. I will just not be blogging about it for a few days as I wrap up work and some house projects (off on Monday and Tuesday). I am looking forward to Sunday as it is a) the official start of a new week and b) the official start of a new month. I have not done great lately and am looking forward to a fresh week. I do want to give up wine as I am sure it is interfering with weight loss, but will wait until at least then , or possibly Thursday to give it another try. In the meantime, I will at least not get too out of control and stay within points regardless. Will also try to get in a few workouts this weekend as well. I am working on painting the bathroom on Monday and Tuesday so that should count for something :)

My points reset on Monay and I am going to work very hard to follow the guidelines first for all snacks before any "empty" food. I really want to make that a habit.

Don't worry, I have no intentions of "falling off the wagon" and eating everything in sight over the weekend. I am just taking a blogging break to get some stuff done.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Trying Something New Today....

I am going to make a concerted effort to get in all of the WW guidelines before any snacking on non-guideline foods. Aside from wanting to lose 25 pounds, I also really want to eat healthy for my body...the older I get the more it is about health and less about vanity (but not completely not about vanity ;) Nevermind that if I fill up on guideline food I will have a lot less room for the empty stuff.

For breakfast I wanted to have a grilled cheese. Instead I had an egg cooked in 1 tsp olive oil and a glass of milk. I brought carrots, an apple, and spinach salad w/ 1 pt. asian dressing as snacks. I have a sandwich (4 pts) on double fiber bread as well for "lunch" though I may just be having mini-meals all day.

Here is my guideline counter, I will update it as the day goes on (lucky for me I work at a desk):

Guideline: Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits each day.
Progress: 0

Guideline: Include 2 servings of milk products – low fat (1%) or fat-free – each day.
Progress: 1

Guideline: 2 servings of healthy oil (olive oil, canola, sunflower, safflower or flaxseed)
Progress: 1

Guideline: 1-2 servings of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or dried beans each day. (Many dairy products are also good sources of protein).
Progress: 1

Guideline: At least 6 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Progress: 0

Guideline: Take a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement each day.
Progress: 0

Guideline: Choose whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oats, whenever possible.
Progress: I do this 95% of the time already.

Limit added sugar and alcohol.
Progress: Working on this.

Have a great OP day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Could do better....

Honestly. I have wasted a lot of points this week on empty calories. I only have 9 flexies left for 4 days. That is just plain terrible. I am a fundraiser and my fiscal year ends at the end of this week....and guess what I learned? I am a stress snacker. I don't pig out at meals because I hate to be full. I don't eat terribly in general (candy points aside)...I just graze all day on empty calories...accounting for several points (soy crisps, etc.). I also don't get in enough fruits and veggies.

I need to get cracking on that lessons learned link ASAP. We will add this one....when stressed, pack lots of chopped up veggies (if I have them, I will eat them, but if I don't it's over...)

My brain is fried at the moment so I am signing off before subjecting you all to any more of my mindless rambling....

Will be back with avengence once the weekend gets here.

Over and out,


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Hardees is TRASHY

Note: when frustrated, fire off consumer emails to companies who tick you off. Go to to see why (I find these alerts at

Dear CKE (

I am writing to let you know that my family will not be purchasing any further products from any of your companies as long as you continue to run sex-filled ads for FOOD (which, by the way, are ridiculous). Do you have kids? Do you think it is appropriate for a child to have to watch blatantly sexual commercials for a restaurant? I am not even sure how the two are related other than your company has just decided to sink to the lowest common denominator and place potential profits over good judgment. The good news is that in today's competitive marketplace, consumers with strong family values have a choice. There are millions of restaurants out there waiting for our business. Your continued disregard for your consumers' wishes (despite tens of thousands of requests) tells me that you do not need our dollars. I think that this excerpt from CNN Money pretty well sums up your leadership's view of us:

Carl's Jr.'s message to the PTC: The group needs to "get a life," said Andy Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr., a subsidiary of CKE Restaurants (Research). "This isn't Janet Jackson -- there is no nipple in this. There is no nudity, there is no sex acts -- it's a beautiful model in a swimsuit washing a car." (How this statement was made with a straight face is beyond me. Mr. Puzder is clearly out of touch with reality, as evidenced by the rest of this excerpt).

Puzder says he has shown the ad to his three children, ages 12, 9 and 7, and they have shown no signs of being corrupted. (I am at a loss as to why on earth a grown adult man would subject his children to this trash voluntarily. For the record, if she had been naked (and let's be honest, there's not a lot left to the imagination in the actual commercial), this would be considered child endangerment and abuse).

"Maybe people are excited because it's Paris Hilton, but there are far worse things on television that these groups should be worried about," Puzder said. (One can opt out of TV shows and movies, commercials are a completely different animal and Mr. Puzder knows that).

As a result, I and countless others, will work to make sure that others like us (and rest assured, there are millions) don't give your companies one dime. I hope you will reconsider your marketing techniques in the future and consider all of your constituencies when deciding on a direction.

Thank goodness for second chances...and thirds...and fourths...

Because I am on my millionth. However, if I was not working on being healthier I would probably weigh significantly more and be in much worse shape. Thus, though I am not where I want to be, I am not where I used to be either so that's progress...even if it is S-L-O-W. Perhaps it is more of a lifelong process and less like a journey to a finite place (like college weight...haha).

I do have a confession to make so I will go ahead and just put it out there. I have decided that it is mandatory for me to journal all confessions. Knowing that I have to write it down might be a deterent. We will see. Back to my confession. I did ok yesterday and was so confident that I journaled it and called it a night for blogging. Then 10:30pm came around. I ended up being up until after midnight working on invitations for suprise party for the in-laws 40th anniversary. After stuffing and labeling for several hours I caved and ended up having 2 glasses of wine...ending the day by using 10 flex points instead of only 6. Argh. I really need to work hard to be to not have any projects to do later in the evening...I can justify any bad behavior after 10pm ("but since it is late and I am tired I should be able to have ____"). I will learn from this and move on. I think I will start a list of lessons learned and re-read it periodically to really make these misakes be of value to the process and not repeated later on because I "forgot".

I have done ok today (11 points so far) and have an apple and veggies for a snack later. Will post on full day's progress tonight. Have a great OP day everyone!