It's so nice to have friends that want to be with you on your special days. We've heard from 3 separate sets of friends beyond our normal group to get together today for DH's birthday.
But....he overdid it last night so he politely declined. I told you the group was a little crazier than usual last night...it's easy for that to happen once the wine and the other stuff...I don't even know what some of the guys drink...but it's some kind of hard stuff...beyond my interest level so I don't pay attention.
I do know that the women were yelling at one of the husband's to turn the blasted music level DOWN...and I'm surprised it wasn't one of the nearby condo neighbors knocking on the door as well. These guys DO get wound up...and they DO get loud as they wind tighter...golly gosh oh gee whiz!
This is pretty amazing to me...really in the scheme of things..these people are NOT youngster.s..not by a LONG shot..but they still act pretty silly even though they should have acquired a little more common sense by now.
I can only write about this because I was the sober observer and have been for the past almost two months or so. In the past...I would have been right there in the fray of goofiness and never noticed that the people around me were acting...well...shall we say NUTS!?! I bet they aren't hopping around ya~whoo~ing today!
The hubs certainly isn't! He's feeling quite sluggish and slow...I said well what do you expect Mr. Slow Learner 101?
But it WAS his birthday...so I'm not going to act all superior and hoitsey totsiety but I DO enjoy my clear headed energy that I would have sacrificed in the past for one night of goofiness!
Call me a SLOW learner...but learn...I do!
I have a lovely chuck roast in the crock pot with some delicious veggies and I'm doing pay outs for the consignees and paying personal bills today.
Today ends my FMD...well sort of...I'm still going to hang in on Phase 3 for a bit and see how that goes. I know my weight loss might slow down but I'm hoping if I stay at it on my exercise I can back off of the rotation stuff that frankly drives me NUTS with all of the cooking required.
At least on Phase 3 I can order simple dishes out and stay within my plan. I need to lighten the cooking load or I'll cave completely and that would be BAD!
This is what I've learned about me and the discipline this plan requires.
First of all ...WE CAN still lose weight with healthy eating choices NO matter what our age is.
We CAN lose weight by eating ALL the time...if we eat the RIGHT things!
We Can be true to ourselves once we muster up the resolve and the gumption to stick to our guns when others try to coerce us away from the healthy path.
Believe me...if I can sit through these weeks of watching ALL the WRONG foods fly by my nose and join in on the conversation ..even when the conversation is slightly NUTS after a few glasses of vino..anyone can!
I quite frankly thought I'd never be able to be around people drinking my favorite wines and eating my favorite things (DH with his homemade fireman style POPCORN WITH a glass of red wine) AND the weekly Friday/Sat. night dine in's while I had my approved clean foods. Honestly...I thought it was a lost cause...but...last night I passed up linguine AND garlic bread AND peanut butter/chocolate pie!
This NEVER would have happened if I hadn't cleared my system of sugar which is the devil that seduces us to eat MORE and MORE and MORE until we no longer even own our own sweet bods...the big foodies do!
The cards are WAYYYY stacked against us in eating clean. But we CAN take the bull by the horns and change this. Dr. Oz is pulling down the veil every day with his television show and now he has a new magazine called 'The Good Life'...I promptly subscribed...we ALL deserve a GOOD life and your food choices determine if you will or will NOT have one!
Some of my favorite 'go to' snack foods are nitrate free chicken sausages...easy to broil and put in portion controlled bags. Sliced cucumbers, sliced red, yellow, and green peppers.
I have learned to LOVE natural cashew butter and celery sticks when I go to the movies instead of a big tub of popcorn. Movie popcorn is the WORST....even without the added grease they call butter it's slathered in it as it cooks.
If I ever have popcorn again it will be homemade popped in coconut oil with DH's excellent herb seasoning blends and a little parmesan cheese.
Thank goodness I got off the soda merry go round years ago. Soda is one of the most addictive items you can get hooked on...why do you think those companies are able to afford SEVERAL super bowl advertisements at 4 M per 30 second commercial?
That's YOUR money people...they are mugging you out of it through addiction in the same way that a guy in dark clothing strips your wallet in a dark alley!
I've learned to re~love fruits and veggies. One of my fav snacks on the Phase 1 days was a fresh pink grapefruit sprinkled with a little Cajun seasoning and a little stevia or Xylitol for sweetness. This sweet sour satisfies me now in exactly the same way a piece of chocolate or a Snickers candy bar used to.
We CAN make healthy substitutes if we plan wisely for our day and keep ourselves satiated enough not to throw our bodies into panic mode and then eat down the house.
OR...eat the WRONG foods which trigger exactly this SAME panic button.
I'm totally in love with coconut oil and use it for everything that I used to slather with butter. It's just as tasty and healthier. I can be just as happy cooking my TURKEY bacon (nitrate free) in veggie broth.
Try some of these techniques...try the FMD...you will come out the other end of it happier, changed and a HECK of a lot healthier!
Who says...Me SEZ...I did it, I'm doing it, and you can too!
Sooooo who likes to be the only sober one in a group of 20...step forward!
That would be me...rather reluctant...but sober never the less!
Sober and no bread and no dessert...my hubs favorite and mine too...peanut butter chocolate pie for his birthday!
But I was true to my own sweet self and the other wonderful sparkies~that I know are counting on me to be a good example on following The Fast Metabolism Diet.
I've had plenty of practice by now...this is day 56 of 57 days for the repeat of the entire 28 day FMD repeat.
I accomplished it...well almost after tomorrow that is! Did you hear the warble of a victory war cry! That was ME!
I don't think I've ever done such a challenging meal plan for such a long length of time...never ever...neva!
But the rewards have been WELL worth it. I met my 5% Teddy Bear weight challenge in shedding my weight a week ahead of time...that's great! Now I have to make sure that I can maintain that lost weight and hopefully continue to peel off more.
The whole premise of this diet is the concept that it resets your metabolism so that you don't immediately gain back lost weight plus MORE when you transition to maintenance.
I'm a LONG way from maintenance...but I'm hoping if I stay on Phase 3 for awhile I can still continue to lose the weight I want to..without driving myself SO nuts with all the cooking that the individual phases require.
At least thats the game plan in my head...we'll see if reality alters that pretty little picture!
Tonight with the motley group was tiring...this group loves their vino and they think they are a WHOLE lot cuter and a WHOLE lot funnier doing karaoke than the average SOBER person would rate them. The SOBER person being ME!
I looked around the dinner table and realized that the vino was flowing so much it was actually OVERflowing! No wonder this crazy group thinks they are so much fun...they are fun...add another n...and a y....after about the 3rd glass of wine.
I know I'll never NOT have a wine or a beer again...but I hope these pictures of ridiculousness stay seared in my brain so that I never get 3 or 4 glasses to the wind! Note to self...you are NOT as funny, nor as witty as you might think you are at the time you are karaoke queen of the universe.
We even had some 'twerking~' going on...NOT a pretty sight for the over 60 crowd!
I did well on my eating plan...I did allow myself to enjoy a chicken parmesan that was served as the main dish by our hostess...very yummy. I skipped the linguine that another friend brought and had my baked cauliflower as a side dish. I had the salad but brought my own dressing.
While everyone else was stuffing their gullets with garlic bread and peanut butter chocolate pie for dessert I enjoyed a lovely cup of hibiscus tea.
How's THAT for iron will willpower...yes...I know and thank you VERY much...I rocked it out tonight. Not even tempted to twerk~once. Any other night I would have been right there in the fray of things! Gosh we are stupid human beings when we are drunk aren't we?
So the week ahead will be a huge challenge. Tomorrow is DH's birthday...we'll enjoy our ONE day off and catch a good movie. I no longer faint without my movie popcorn. I now have some carrot sticks and celery with cashew nut butter and a few cacao nibs on it....yummy AND healthy!
Monday night the whole gang of girls gets together for our January birthday celebrations at PF Changs. Since I'm a birthday girl I might even allow myself a glass of wine for the celebration. We'll see how I do with this...I'll have plenty of protein throughout the day to offset the wine and do some extra exercise.
Tuesday day I get a big load of furniture into the gallery from the condo that we purchased as a direct buy out...WHERE I will put all of this lovely stuff is going to be a huge challenge. I don't want our consignment store to be a mice maze of furniture stuffed in every nook and cranny like so many of the other stores out there! Then after pushing and shoving furniture into place over there...the hubs and I will go over to the condo to load all of the lighter items like pictures and accessories. Tuesday is going to be a LOOONG...day!
Wednesday I have the dentist.
Thursday I have to start making some room for all of my lovely CeCe Caldwell paints that should be arriving in a week or so.
Friday I have to pack for Tampa for my CeCeCaldwell paint retailer training.
Saturday is a learning day to become the BEST retailer CeCe has ever seen...or at least that's the hope and that's the plan.
This is WHY I need to be a little more lenient on my FMD. I just have NO time to cook..so I guess that will have to be tomorrow...some where in the 24 hour timeframe.
I never think of my life as crazy...which it REALLY is...I prefer to think of it as productive...or at least that's what I tell myself!
Stay sparky my friends...we all help each other out and I'm cheering each and every one of you on...never let go of your dreams...dreamers dream big...and dreams DO come true!
And speaking of dreaming...yawn...I'm hittin' the sack!
Warm weather and sunny days have brought every single "I've HAD it with winter!" humanoid world wide to FL. I don't EVER remember seeing it this crowed in March. Maybe January, maybe February...but never this busy in March.
Hey...I'm not complaining...we have been so busy at the consignment gallery that my days literally evaporate before my eyes.
Of course this throws a BIG wrench in my FMD eating plan...many days for lunch I eat while I'm doing 50 other things at the same time. I'm NOT going to skip meals and throw off my metabolism...not THIS far into the works. Tomorrow will be day 55 of my 57 day commitment and I'm absolutely thrilled to have dropped TWO pounds this week. I think that puts me pretty close to the 20 I really wanted to lose the first go round. It took me twice as long as what Haylie projected..but hey...she had a REALLY out of wack~ metabolism to try and readjust. She warns you in her book Fast Metabolism Diet that the longer you have done low carb diets..the longer it will take to get yours back on track.
The girl knows what she's talking about...I'm proof of that!
I'm trying to decide if I dropped the two pounds simply because my body now fully trusts me not to starve it by skipping meals and guzzling coffee all day...or because this was a simply NUTS week of running around...or because I started taking Haylies natural supplements for Metabolism boost and Thyroid support. I also ordered some of her energy powder and I think that gives me a little kick in the seat also. I've been staying up at night until sometimes 11 p.m. absolutely UNHEARD of for me before the FMD.
I have SO much to do in the next few days. I have to make room in the gallery for a whole condo full of beautiful items.
I bought out the entire condo full of furniture and accessories. YES...I know this is slightly nuts...especially this close to the end of season...but the items are beautiful and I felt so sorry for the lovely English woman that is going back to London after her husband died quite unexpectedly in November.
She is devastated and of course doesn't want to remain in FL without him and who could blame her?
She had to sell her condo in a hurry and got taken to the cleaners by the buyers so she decided she would just sell the furniture on her own...but then had some bad experiences with Craigslist...some of the people are just vultures...and so she and her daughter contacted our consignment gallery for help.
Honestly...I need more furniture like I need a hole in my head...but what are you going to do when a beautiful fellow human being is in need of your help...you do what you can don't you?
So I have a whole condo of furniture and really no where to put it so I've got to slip my Bobbi gets ur' done...panties on.
The furniture gets picked up by our movers on Tuesday...so guess who's going to be scrambling this weekend?
On top of that I coughed up the initial cash outlay for the CeCe Caldwell shipment of chalk paint that will be arriving in about a week and a half...THAT is another challenge...where will I find the space for the workshops and room to display the paint...golly gosh...when it rains it pours.
So if you don't hear from me too much you'll know where I am...WORKING!
Stay sparky my friends...it's been a mile a minute week...but I'm loving every opportunity that comes along and thanking my angels and you...my good friends for sending loving prayers to the hubs and I and our business. In spite of all of this hub bub.. I'm working my FMD plan and doing a GREAT job of it. Although as I type..I am TOTALLY unprepared for tomorrow's meals...must run to the kitchen FAST.
Once my 56 days ends on Sunday...I'll probably stay with phase 3 of the diet for awhile..or do something out of my clean eating books...I'll keep on keeping on...I'm on the healthy wagon now and loving it I won't fall of...I won't...I won't...I CAN'T!
My last blog started quite a stir...so this time I'll try to be a little less controversial. I really don't mean to 'step in it' with my blogs...seriously...I don't ever mean to offend anyone. I respect that everyone looks at situations from their own perspective and I just blog along telling my own personal truths. Sometimes I might not be completely and fully informed on subjects but I still do have the personal freedom to blog about areas of importance to me and mine.
I consider all of my sparky friends 'mine'...this may be an overstep...but it's me... and you can't blame someone for doing what they feel in their own heart of hearts is the right and correct thing about disseminating information.
If I get some things wrong I'm sure to learn from the experience and to know that I stand corrected and apologize. If my last blog offended I'm sorry for that. Truly I am.
Yesterday at the consignment gallery was a total NUT~soid day! We got soooo many beautiful items into the gallery my head was spinning!
I'll try to snap some pics so you can see what I was drooling over.
I'm also in a state of stress because I'm ordering my initial order of CeCe Caldwell's chalk paint to become a retailer. This is quite a cash investment and when I spend money in this amount I'm always quacking in my shoes and asking myself over and over if it's the right thing to do.
My DH the 'glass is perpetually half empty' guy adds to my stress levels. I don't think there has ever been a business deal that I have thought was a good thing that he didn't stick a pin in my happy balloon and suck the living excitement out of.
Luckily 95% of the things I've gone ahead with have succeeded...so I've pretty much come to the conclusion if he says it will be a bad thing...quite the opposite usually happens.
Maybe it's the universe's way of protecting my 'Pollyanna' enthusiasm for life and living. Heaven knows...SOME one has got to send a bright light around me from time to time!
Sooo the check will be sent and the shipment should get here shortly after. I'm SO SCARED, EXCITED! When you make new business ventures...sometimes you just have to jump off the self doubt cliff and take it on faith!
March 15th I travel to Tampa for the work shoppe training so I can start giving chalk paint work shoppes...let the old become new again!
This paint is SUPER DUPER stuff...beautiful colors and it will even stick to GLASS you can paint right over old hardware on the pieces too!
No hours of drudgery in stripping and sanding...just make sure the item is clean and paint away. Sometimes if it has a super glossy shine you need to knock it down with steel wool.
It's manufactured in the good ole' United States of America thereby giving jobs to Americans, it is environmentally friendly and has low odor. Awesome stuff...just awesome!
You can even paint FABRIC with this stuff as long as you add a fabric medium to it.
I simply can't WAIT until I get my hands on it!
But...it is ONE more thing...and sometimes I think I'm truly nuts to keep adding to my bookkeeping and daily time squeeze schedule. Oh well...nothing ventured nothing gained right?
I'm winding up my final week of my Fast Metabolism Diet repeat. Thats a 56 day cycle of no caffeine...no dairy, no corn, no wheat, alcohol and no processed foods. I've done amazingly well...never cheated (intentionally...sometimes I made a small misstep on the phase I was in) I will most likely have lost anywhere from 17-19 bad boy pounds!
This little challenge has taught me that no matter how busy I am...if I plan correctly I can eat 3 healthy meals a day and two healthy snacks to keep my metabolism perking along.
It has given me amazing and self satisfying victory over my own ability to make correct food choices and to carve out necessary time for exercise.
The FMD has taught me that rather than having up to 8 cups of coffee a day I can be perfectly satisfied with healthy herbal teas. It has taught me that rather than depend on fast food and crappy restaurant food I can plan and be prepared with my own food of choice even smuggling in my healthy coconut oils into a restaurant to replace their fake butters. I bring my own homemade dressings to put on salads. It works to take control of your health and happiness...and I encourage each and every one of you to do this also!
I've learned I can look at the bread basket and instead of salivating and diving right in I can look at the breads and say these will hurt my health not add to it and politely pass while everyone else is pigging out.
I think I've finally discovered the meaning of that mighty and illusive word called 'willpower'...boy oh boy does THAT feel mighty good!
Got to run...too many things on today's agenda...but had to share my excitement and to say thank you to all of YOU...who certainly make this little Florida girl's heart humble and happy!
You always bolster me up when I'm feeling blue, you make me laugh and think about my life and yours too...you've taught me to count my many blessings through sharing yours with me. You forgive me when I blunder and set me straight when I need that too.
All in all Sparkpeople is the most wonderful supportive positive community of friends I think the world has ever known.
Okay...does that sound to Pollyanna...it's just me!
I like to stay informed on stuff. Especially stuff that affects my health and well being...and you know if I KNOW about something I feel that will be helpful to you as well...I'm CERTAINLY going to share it with you.
Well...here's the latest from the good ole' FDA...after 20 years they are giving our food nutrition labels a new look. It's a step in the right direction. They are showing portion sizes that seem to be a little more reasonable as to what the TRUE calorie count is in a serving that MOST people would eat. Not some tiny little mouse girl.
Drat I can't copy and paste it so you'll have to go to the source at Snackgirl.com which is a pretty cool site that you will enjoy after all.
The best of the story is that the FDA is offering a 90 day timeframe at regulations.gov for the public to weigh in on their thoughts about this new label.
It's a start...BUT...I think we should BOMBARD them also with our anger about genetically modified foods to be sold in our food chain WITHOUT labeling to let US make the CHOICE if we want to eat this fake stuff or not. I for one certainly DO NOT.
And..it might be a good opportunity to tell them that we aren't none to happy about this new deal they have cut with China (one of the LEAST regulated and dirtiest food producers in the WORLD) about how we don't want our US foods shipped over to them and then shipped back here for end point sales.
Anyone with half a PEA brain knows that the longer and further our food travels...the less nutrients remain in it and the less edible it is at the end of the journey. I DO not want my meats and fruits and veggies packaged by China...and if I can possibly squint out the fine print that tells me it is packaged there...I flat out WILL NOT buy it.
I may be going to small farming (I'd have to move for sure) where I can have my own chickens and my own garden. And rest assured Monsanto is trying their BEST to take over the seed stock in the world so that we won't even have access to seeds to protect our own sweet selves.
Yep...my friends...my sweet momma always told me the great Red Bear of the north China would someday take over the world (she was quite religious) and I'm realizing that her revelation is becoming closer and closer to the truth. They don't have to nuke us out of existence they can just taint our food supply so hopelessly that we all die off that way.
Take action my dear friends...this is not hype in a blog...it's the alarming truth and you have a chance to raise your voices in the extreme loud cries that need to be heard.
Don't delay...take action! I'm going to that website RIGHT now PRONTO!
Here's what I wrote:
"Regarding FDA-2012-N-1210 Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition & Supplement Facts Labels
I like the idea of requiring this new lay out and better information for the consumer. But I think you are WAYYYYY lax and looking the other way on not requiring GMO labels on our food. We as consumers SHOULD be fully informed about the choices we are making of what we want to put in our bodies and what we DON'T want to put into our bodies.
You have fallen WAY short in protecting our health on this matter.
Also...I feel it is totally UNCONSCIONABLE that you are allowing China to package our foods and then shipping them back to us in the States for consumption. EVERYONE with a pea brain knows that China is the least regulated and filthiest food supplier in the world!!! If they can't nuke us...I guess they can poison our food supply and you are allowing this to happen.
SHAME ON you...for not protecting our American citizens...putting politics before the American food source!
SHAME ON YOU!"
They say the comments are viewable on their website AFTER they have reviewed them...what do you want to BET my comments will NEVER be seen. It's the great way that our wonderful society works now isn't it? Big brother is ALWAYS watching...and if they hear something they don't like...well...they just ignore it. Very, very VERY sad!
Oh well I tried...and I hope you do too! We can only make our demands known by simply NOT buying this slop! The only thing they REALLY understand is the almighty buck a~roo anyhow. Sad...but OH so true!
Who cares if a food label gives me a clearer view of the calories in it...I want to make sure that I even want to EAT those calories in the first place!
UpDate: 3/8/14 Yet another alarming point to my blog in the NY Times at the bottom of this post!
This is the last week of my Fast Metabolism Diet...I'll have completed the entire cycle repeat of 28 days as of Sunday...that's the sweet hubs birthday. Maybe I'll even have a teenie tiny bit of his favorite birthday pie...peanut butter chocolate delight!
He will be 67 can you EVEN believe it? Nope...I knew you wouldn't...just goes to show you what good hard work can do to keep your body in good shape...and of course those greasy Italian genes for a face that doesn't wrinkle much.
He's a KEEPER...lucky me!
I wish soooo much we still had our angel son Josh to help us celebrate...he'll be in the party mix too...I just know it...he was NEVER one to miss a party...especially one celebrating his beloved dad!
This is our Josher and his dad several years back at the wedding of our best friend's daughter.
She is the one who just recently rented the unit right next to our consignment gallery for her glass shoppe.
Happy Monday my sparkling peeps! Eat well, drink your water and MOVE that body!