Saturday, July 17, 2010
If you're reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog.
A - Age: 42
B - Bed size: Queen
C - Chore you hate: dusting
D - Dog's name : Tally and Cooper
E - Essential start your day item: Hot water with Lemon
F - Favorite color: Orange
G - Gold or Silver: silver
H - Height: 5'
I - Instruments you play: None, but I listen to a lot of piano practice!
J - Job title: Customer Service
K - Kid(s): 3 teenage boys who eat a LOT!
L - Living arrangements: House
M - Mom's name: TMI for open forums
N - Nickname(s): anything to do with my lack of height!
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: none, knock on wood
P - Pet Peeve: too many to mention
Q - Quote from a movie: Can't think of any...
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 2 brothers
T - Time you wake up: 5:30 during school year, 6:30 in summer!
U- First word that comes to your mind for U: Isn't U a word????
V - Vegetable you dislike: haven't found one yet!
W - Ways you run late: my kids not being ready...
X - X-rays you've had: osteoarthritic knees
Y - Yummy food you make: my baking is legendary, everything from cookies to pies
Z - Zoo favorite: Monkey Island
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Back in March 2009, I joined Spark. I logged my food diligently, stayed within the prescribed calorie range, met my nutrient counts, exercised moderately and (surprise) I lost the weight I wanted to! I was thrilled and impressed with how easy it was! Then June rolled around....we went on vacation, the kids were home all day, and I wasn't able to log my food as precisely as I had for the past 3 months. Hmmmm, what happened next? The pounds came back, quickly and mercilessly. Every week I would vow to stop snacking, be better about meeting my nutrient quotas, and LOG MY FOOD! Every week, it was the same...I'd log healthy breakfast and lunch, then I would fall apart as the afternoon rolled around. I kept gaining weight even though I was still keeping up with the cardio.
Now, mid-September, the kids are back in school. I am going to pay attention! I will log my food again (EVERY BITE) and try to eat only nutrient dense foods. Well, maybe a brownie or cookie here and there- but I will LOG THEM! I will lose these 5 pounds that have snuck their way back onto my thighs, and I will banish them for good. This is not a diet, it is a live-it, and it's necessary for my physical, mental and emotional well-being!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
If you are prone to cravings by reading about food, DON'T READ THIS!!!!
I love to bake. If I have an addiction, or an emotional crutch, it's baking. I don't mind "cooking", but baking....ah. Yesterday I made a cake for my husband's birthday....a yellow cake, with holes poked in it and a whole jar of hot caramel ice cream topping poured on top and into the holes. Then I poked more holes, and poured a whole jar of hot fudge ice cream topping on....then frosted with Cool Whip (Free, of course, like that helped!). Sounds decadent, looks decadent, tastes decadent. The family ate about a quarter of the cake for dinner last night to celebrate the big day! Not bad...I had a small piece and stayed within my ranges.
That said, even with 3/4 of a cake left, I baked again today. I've been dying to try a recipe from the Betty Crocker site...Coconut Bonbon Bars. A layer of double chocolate chunk cookie dough (baked), topped by a coconut, powdered sugar, butter, condensed milk layer, then topped by chocolate chips melted with a stick of butter and some whipping cream. I cut the bars into 130 small 1 inch squares. 91 calories looks so much better than the 330 it would be if I cut the pan into 36 servings as the recipe suggested! I have only had one (so far) and it was so worth it.
Why do I do this to myself? Why do I constantly test my own willpower?
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Ok, let's be honest. I set an original goal of 112 pounds, because i thought that was achievable, not because that is what i truly (in my heart of hearts) want to weigh. I really want to be back down to 110, or dare I say 107 (my pre-pregnancy weight)! If i wanted to be brutally honest, but unrealistic, I'd say, "hey, let's hit 95! That was what i weighed in High School 23 years ago!"
I'm very close to the 112 mark, and I just changed my goal weight to 110. I couldn't believe how quickly I lost 7 pounds by being careful about portions and balancing the nutrients I put into my body. I know that to lose more weight I will have to be vigilant, and avoid slipups, but I know I can do it!
I also know that "it's just a number", but that number moving downward fills me with confidence and inspires me to continue the hard (not so hard) work that led to the weight loss. Now if only my thighs would cooperate and shrink...
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