Sunday, January 03, 2010
Well, I bit the bullet and joined a gym with my youngest daughter. After losing almost 50 pounds during the last 6 months of 2009, my goal this year is to continue towards my goal and lose an additional 20 pounds and to become more fit. The last time I belonged to a gym, I was 50 pounds heavier and not able to easily do a lot. I gave up, paying for the membership for the term, but never going back after the 1st few weeks. I feel MUCH more able to go and continue this year! We had our 1st work out today and I easily did 20 minutes each on the elipitcal and treadmill, 10 minutes on a stationary bike and various weight machines. I could have kept right on going but thought I shouldn't overdue it the 1st time back. Last time at the gym, I struggled to do 5 minutes on the elipitical so this is a huge change for me!
I've decided to take a monthly picture so I can see my progress as I go. This 1st pic is me before I lost any weight in April of '09.
This is my day 1 at the gym 1/3/10
and on the elipitical that I couldn't do last time
My goal this year is to continue to look for 5K's but to run them, not walk them. This is why I changed my user name....just something for me to see daily to work towards my goal.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Well, the Christmas holiday has winded down and it's back to work tomorrow after almost a week off. We had a great holiday. DS and DIL redid youngest DD's room. They painted it, laid new carpet and bought her a full sized loft bed. The bottom of the walls are purple, the top green with a beautiful blue border between the two colors. We are getting pink tomorrow to do all the trim in. It looks like a totally different room! She has gift cards to accessorize it with new pictures, book shelves, etc. She also got new sheets that match all 4 colors. She got a purple netbook that she loves...she says it matches her room.
This was the first year that only youngest DD was here Christmas morning. The others came to visit, but it was so strange for no one to else to be home. Two of them live at home still, but spend the vast majority of their time with their s/o's and don't sleep here hardly ever anymore.
All and all, it was a nice holiday. Looking forward to the New Year and reaching my goals in 2010.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Well, I LOVE snow, but even this was a little much for me. I live south of DC and we got 20 inches and it's still snowing, although lightly now. It started at 7 pm last night, WAY earlier than they said so I was out. As soon as I saw it coming down, I left the store to head home (only 15 minutes away) and it took THREE hours to get home. I live in a hilly area and so many people were out and having trouble getting up the hills. I didn't go anywhere today except to walk twice. Not that I could have gone anywhere....I shoveled for 2 hours and my car is still not dug out :-( That's my project for tomorrow. This type of snow is only enjoyable if I have no where to go and could enjoy playing in it and watching it. I love sledding though and we did walk to "the big hill" and sled. One of our weathermen kept saying we would be singing "make it stop, make it stop, make it stop", instead of "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow" Boy was he right!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I had a great weekend with family. My son Aaron and DIL, Amber had all of us over for a get together yesterday. We had good food (a lot of it healthy) and enjoyed everyone's company. We even got to exercise, playing with the wii and dancing along to the songs in RockBand.
Monday, December 07, 2009
This is a WW recipe. I made it today and they were delicious!
– 2 tbsp light butter, softened (I used a light olive oil margarine)
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, dark-variety (I used the Splenda brown sugar)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp table salt
- 1 large egg white (I used egg beaters whites)
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3 oz dark mint chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
In a medium bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and egg white; mix thoroughly to combine.
In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda; stir into batter. Add chocolate chips to batter; stir to distribute evenly throughout.
Drop rounded half-teaspoons of dough onto one or two large nonstick baking sheets, leaving a small amount of space between each cookie. Bake cookies until golden around edges, about 4 to 6 minutes; cool on a wire rack. Makes 24 servings.
Serving size is 2 cookies (they are small-I used a teaspoon instead and counted each cookie as 1 point)
Each serving = 1 Weight Watchers Point (this was for the original recipe, slightly less with my substitutions)
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