CHRISTINCOTA86's SparkPeople Blog CHRISTINCOTA86's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich I saw this sandwich on another blog, and decided I could lighten it up. I'm not a big fan of celery, but you could certainly add chopped celery to the chicken salad. I also didn't even think to take a picture, I hadn't planned on blogging it until I discovered how delicious it was!!! For super melty-cheese, let it sit on the counter while you assemble the chicken salad. Room temp cheese melts better. <BR> <BR> Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich <BR> <BR> For the chicken salad <BR> (1)... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:54:05 EST Pepper Jack Breakfast Sandwiches Yesterday at Wal-Mart, my husband's keen eye spotted new Special K breakfast sandwiches in the freezer aisle, and they are made with sandwich thins, and various fillings. I grabbed the box of ham, pepper jack and egg sandwichs, and then noticed it was about $5 for 4 sandwiches. I put them back, head hung low. My husband suggested I recreate them. Duh! <BR> <BR> This morning I googled for all I was worth to find nutrition info and a picture of them, and I can't find any info on them. It's ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:31:15 EST Not a vlog... I wanted to make a vlog today but I'm super duper tired, and fighting a massive headache, so sitting quietly is much more desirable right now than running my mouth about nothing. I woke up around 1 am with a migraine headache, got up to take something for it and get an ice pack, and mother nature called. (By the way, Mother Nature is the reason I have this headache in the first place). Probably got back to sleep around 1:30. Woke up 4:00, head still pounding, asked Paul to switch my ice pac... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:08:47 EST 10-cent house tour Here it is: my new house! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:45:51 EST Settlement Day Dun dun duh! Doesn't settlement day sound bad, like judgement day or something?? Today is the day we go sign our lives away and buy a house. Finally! It feels like it's been such a long journey, and like we looked at hundreds of houses (okay, dozens, for real), but we've made it. I'll post pics soon. Because I have to take pics first. <BR> <BR> But anyway, guess what I did this morning?? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Girl look at the ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:32:48 EST Video catch-up It has certainly been a long while since I showed my smiling face on SP. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:40:48 EST Starvin' like Marvin I posted this on my other blog, but I figured it was worth sharing here. <BR> Stuck on a treadmill, in a revolving door, trying to walk "up" on a "down" escalator. That's how I feel with my weight loss efforts. And rightfully so, because I've been BAD lately. Okay, not gorging on chocolate cake and potato chips and McDonalds chicken sandwiches (ooh yum), but my diet is not the path to weight-loss right now. I think my candida has been flaring up too, and that's thanks to my diet as well. I p... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 08:02:59 EST My OTHER blog I have decided to begin a blog outside of SparkPeople, and perhaps that's the reason that I have been mostly MIA from here. I still track my weight using SP, but thats about all. I should probably start tracking food too but that's the most tedious thing for me. My new blog can be found here: <link> </link> Come check out what I've been thinking lately. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:40:43 EST Hair and makeup therapy I stayed home sick today, tummy troubles. Dad had it yesterday. My gut has been a lot better lately anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling 90% better this afternoon, so I thought I'd try some makeup therapy, and threw the flat iron on my hair too for good measure. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gonna have to wash that face if I do go to the gym tonight... Tue, 8 May 2012 15:29:55 EST Cosmic Brownie? Not so much. One of my absolute favoritist snacks as a child and a teenager was a Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie and a glass of milk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> If I really wanted to make it special, I'd nuke it in the microwave, and put ice cream on top. <BR> <BR> I went over to Dad's on Saturday and he had a package of these and I had a sweet tooth so he let me have one. I did not eat it right away. In fact, I brought it home and it sat on my kitchen tab... Tue, 8 May 2012 14:50:10 EST Recent victories and struggles EDIT: <BR> I highly doubt that I will do the tanning bed thing. I just feel pale. And bronzers just don't seem to work well for me. <BR> <BR> Lost track of myself during Stairclimber conversation. I made 4th place for number of flights climbed, and 2nd place for calories burned. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> 6:00 mark, that's the local fire whistle, not a disaster siren or anything, I promise. Mon, 7 May 2012 16:12:15 EST Guess what? I'm pretty Also guess what? It's SO NOT warm enough for the little tank top that I'm rockin'. It was 86 on monday, 56 today! ugh! Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:50:40 EST We're buying a house! Someday. <BR> <BR> Paul and I found a house that we were ABSOLUTELY in love with, just from driving by it and seeing the pictures of it online. It was the one that made us take the steps toward homebuying. We called the mortgage broker on Monday, called the Realtor on Tuesday... and found out that house had gone to contract THAT DAY. <BR> <BR> We look at a bunch of houses Wednesday night. Too much to absorb everything at once, but there's one house that sticks out in our mind, so we ask... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 10:26:53 EST WMS April 2012, plus other stuff Well, here it is, a year after started taking pics in my bikini. I am down 10 pounds since that fateful day that I bravely donned the 2-piece swimsuit and took my picture and GASP posted them on the internet. For posterity's sake, and for some way of detaching myself from my body, I still keep my head off the pics. Also, I usually take the pics first thing in the morning so I have my glasses on, and my hair looks like a rat's nest. So without further ado.... drumroll please..... <BR> <im... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 08:54:59 EST Here, I'm here! I'm still stalking the site! I'm still here! Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:06:07 EST Birthday weekend re-cap Well, my weekend started fairly low but slowly returned to finish on an upswing. <BR> <BR> I had a root canal done on Friday, my actual birthday day. Why? It was originally scheduled for this coming Friday, and then the dentist's office called on Thursday telling me they had a cancellation for "tomorrow," so I took it, I wanted to get it over with, totally forgetting it was my birthday. Damn. This root canal is my third, I feel like an old pro at these things. It hurts, I won't lie. ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:09:00 EST Disappointed Our family had a huge get-together today and I bought a new outfit and I looked WAY cute for this thing, and I was really hoping for someone to notice. No one mentioned a word to me. I am let down. I have lost 15 pounds in the past year, which is the last time I've seen many of these people, and a pant size, and I look way different. I am so sad and pouty right now. Paul said one person told him I looked like I've lost a little weight. A LITTLE? I've worked my ass off this past year and... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 16:42:18 EST Watch Me Shrink- the Bikini Version! My foot goes to sleep because I'm sitting in the floor to record this... <BR> <BR> Today's pic, feeling sassy apparently. 244 pounds (as of yesterday) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now, let's do a side-by-side, April 2011, vs Today <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today the scale is actually UP almost 3 pounds, but I'm not sweating it, I'm going with yesterdays weight, and I'm putting the... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:21:35 EST whiney sinusey confession vlog Sorry for the voice! It's actually getting better! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:57:15 EST Lent??? So Lent snuck up on me. I'm not Catholic, I've never "done" Lent before, but I wanted to try it this year, and now it's tomorrow and I don't know what to give up! I am not a deeply religious person, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to for-go one of my vices. Here are my thoughts, and let me know what you think, quick! <BR> <BR> 1. Cheese. I love cheese. This would be the most difficult for me, because it means I can't have cheese on my sandwiches, no pizza, no lasagna, no ques... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:06:23 EST What's shakin', (turkey) bacon? First, the elephant in the room (for me). Today is the one-year anniversary of my mom's death. Right this moment, I'm at peace. Around 1:15 am this morning, right around the time she passed away, I felt cold chills. It could have been the ice pack I had on my head, but I decided if it were something supernatural, to let it ride. I don't know if it was her, but once right after she died, I felt an overwhelming coldness on my body, and could hear her voice, although I couldn't hear what sh... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:25:48 EST Compliment from a stranger Okay, so he's not a COMPLETE stranger, he's someone we see at the gym every day, but I don't know his name, nor have I ever spoken to him. Anyway, Paul and I were working out on the weight machines, and he strolled over to the machine next to us, and said "I'll tell you guys what, you look good, your efforts are really paying off." <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>304</em> <em>30</em> <BR> That is totally awesome!!! Paul looked buff after two weeks at the gym so CLEAR... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:45:24 EST I didn't make my goal... so? I set a goal to be at 245 for Valentines Day. My last official WI was Saturday, where I was 247.2 or something like. I'm sure I will likely step on the scale tomorrow out of curiosity. But I'm not terribly upset. It was a number and a date to work toward. In the past, I've simply said that I wouldn't set goals, except to lose weight and be healthier. I think having a concrete goal was really helpful. So right here right now, I'm proclaiming next goal: 243 by March 9, my birthday. Seem... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:30:40 EST A completely off-plan weekend I work Saturdays, but this past Saturday was a doozy. Around 8 am, I notice on my phone that I have an email from Apple, saying that some purchases were made on my account on an unknown device. In other words, my account was hacked. So I spent like 20 minutes online and on the phone, trying to fix things, with no avail, really. I was then 20 minutes behind at work (I have a patient-schedule, much like a doctors office would.) But I can't really concentrate on work, because somebody had vi... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 06:50:54 EST NSV: Bathtub victory! So I'm still feeling rather like crap, but my dad REALLY seems to want me to go shopping with him tonight (rather, shopping for a teenager), so I'm trying to get better. I took a bath, then a shower (cuz the bath makes me feel sweaty), a break, and then drove half a mile to the convenience store to get ginger ale and Powerade. Which made me think, one time I was so sick that I couldn't even get out of bed, and my mom, eaten up with cancer, came to bring me water. And now I can't get anyone ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 15:27:48 EST If not for my online friends... I feel fairly friend-less today. My one bestie is moving to Cali in April. That's 3000 miles away. My other bestie, well, we've sort of lost touch, although she's not far away. I am home sick today, alone, as my husband is working. I posted on Facebook (jokingly) that I need someone to bring me Powerade and ginger ale, and NO ONE responded. I don't actually expect anyone to bring me anything, but even a post that says "I totally would but I'm working" would have been great. My husband... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:20:31 EST Dance Party MONDAY!! I know what you're thinking, it's not Friday yet! In fact, the week has just begun. I never have time for these later in the week, so I was going to record it today and post it Friday, but decided, what the heck, why not be a rebel?? <BR> The song is "All Night Long" by Demi Lovato, whom I've seen in concert 3 times and I have great respect for her. Song seemed fitting since I was up most of the night with a toothache. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:18:43 EST All roads to Hell ... are paved with good intentions. That's how the saying goes, right? <BR> <BR> I had a hair appointment this morning, and went in the gym clothes, intending to hit the gym afterward. On the drive to the hairdresser, my toothache became nearly unbearable. I went ahead had my hair trimmed, then came back home. I called the dentist's office and they can see me at 1:30. <BR> <BR> Back story: I had an old filling replaced last week. Seemed like no big deal but still had some pain and sens... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:37:06 EST Progress Lost half a pound this week. <BR> According to the body fat analyzer at the gym, I'm down to 91 pounds of body fat, from a top of 99. I can handle that. <BR> I went out to a new restaurant today for lunch, and I ate and did not feel guilty about it. I let myself enjoy the experience. And a beer. And cheesecake. With bacon. <BR> Tomorrow is back to reality, back to the gym (I did go today, by the way). But I've had a great weekend. Catch up with you all tomorrow! <BR> <BR> PS- new pic p... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:44:49 EST Vlog January 23 Just got back from chiropractor, headed to dentist this afternoon (an hours drive!) for a filling to be replaced. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:03:08 EST Very old face pics for comparison So I've been rooting through my facebook to delete some pictures, anything possibly damning, and honestly there's not many, but check out these pics from 2005. My face! WOW! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Compare to now: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Okay, so there's a better angle on the last one, but that's not ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 17:08:02 EST failure, misery, recovery, victory Pizza lunch at work today. Should have stopped at 1 piece, of course I had two. <BR> Had packed a chicken salad sandwich, ate it on the way home from work. <BR> Struggled my way though spin class, feeling sick and choking back vomit the whole time. <BR> After the gym, since I had already had a sandwich- had a salad w/ homemade dijon dressing, and soup (canned, so high sodium <em>15</em> ) but very low calorie. <BR> After dinner snack was grapes and 2 Dove chocolate squares. <BR> <BR> So fr... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 20:43:25 EST Update from doc's appt All is well "down there," and he totally listened to me on the part where I asked for a specific generic. The office was really busy, rightfully so with the nurse practitioner out sick, but when I left they simply handed me an appointment card for a year from now, so I don't know which one I'm going to see next year! I definitely prefer the man. The worst thing that happened today was more a snafu on my part: the doc handed me a prescription on paper, rather than sending it to the online p... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:20:01 EST Say no to facebook sharing I use facebook, and I share SOME of the details of my struggle on there, because it's not a secret to hide, that I am changing my life. That being said, I don't want EVERYONE I know to see pictures of me in my underwear or whatnot! <BR> <BR> There is a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to blog entries. <BR> <BR> Take a look at your blog; now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:50:19 EST ladies only, please. I have to go to the GYN today. Yuck. Dreading it is the worst part, and it seems to get worse as I get older. They make you wait in the cold waiting room for ever. Then you go back, face the scale, and let them take your blood pressure, which is probably elevated because you're so nervous. Then they let you strip down naked except for socks, and cover up with 2 napkins. The doctor comes in, makes some small talk with you while you're naked, and then you lay back while she examines your ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:22:59 EST January 9 Finally a vlog! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 18:21:07 EST Muscles? (pic) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have boobies! Or at least, my pecs are getting stronger and I had a nice bra on today <em>100</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:38:07 EST I don't want to talk about it We went to Cracker Barrel today, this will be my third time, and it was NOT the charm. I got a semi-healthy main dish (grilled chicken tenderloins) with not so healthy everything else. But I don't want to talk about it. I had a bad breakfast this morning too. The only positive about today is that I only had two bad meals (no lunch today). <BR> <BR> Paul want to do spin class twice this week. I'm sure I should, but I don't want to talk about it. Spin class feels so so so good afterward, ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:36:12 EST An hour at the gym for what? I kind of hate how on the SP tracker you only get credit for your cardio minutes. I may have only done 30 minutes on the elliptical, but I spent a full hour at the gym, and I don't get credit for it? I dislike that one. <BR> <BR> I am also very sore from yesterday's workout, and I know I'll be even more sore tomorrow morning, and I feel like sometimes it's all for nothing. I realize that my diet train has gone off the tracks, and I'm just getting back to some regularity at the gym, but I'm... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:33:41 EST Goodbye 2011 2011 sucked. 2010 wasn't any better. I hope 2012 is my year. No resolutions for the new year, but a committment to hard work. <BR> <BR> Tears will get you sympathy. Sweat will get you results. <BR> <BR> Getting back to the gym more often, and working out harder. Planning my meals and sticking to them. That's the plan. It doesn't get much simpler. <BR> <BR> I am part of a challenge group on Facebook, where we can earn points and possibly win the prize at the end. I made myself a spr... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:27:16 EST Resolutions are for suckers Resolutions don't work. I never make them. Today is the day to make change. <BR> <BR> I want to get back to being more consistent at the gym, get back to eating healthier foods, get back to planning my meals ahead of time, and get back to tracking, at least my workouts and hopefully my food. <BR> <BR> I don't have to wait till 2012 to do all this. I can start NOW. I will be honest, Paul and I have planned a quiet evening at home for New Years Eve, with movies and lots of snacks, not a... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 07:36:01 EST WMS live, 15 pounds gone, and other miscelleny Whoop whoop! Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:43:51 EST food hangover/migraine I woke up around 4 am, feeling like I needed to use the bathroom. I lay there for a few minutes, hoping to get back to sleep, and all of a sudden the room started spinning. I got up and took care of business, getting dizzy once again while on the toilet. I took some Excedrin migraine, as I was working on a headache as well, and tried laying down for about 20 minutes before I had to get up anyway. I got my shower, thinking I was feeling better, until I bent down to shave my legs. I tried ... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 06:46:48 EST Shocking lunch statistics I plan on taking my dad lunch today, and he is trying to eat healthier. I am going to take him fast food so he can see that he can still hit the drive thru and eat healthier. I plan on taking him: <BR> <BR> 1/2 size BLT Cobb Salad 330 cals 23 g fat 7 g carbs <BR> Baked potato w/ sour cream 320 cals 3.5 g fat 63 carbs <BR> Total 650 cals 26.5 g fat 70 carbs <BR> <BR> Which, for lunch, may seem high, but ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:44:38 EST Now that the holiday is gone... There is another one coming, I know, but that's 4 weeks away!!! <BR> <BR> I won't bore you with the details of my Thanksgiving, I will just say that there were no DIET foods on my table, and I ate everything. One serving of everything. One plate full. And two helpings of dessert. Oops. AND of course there were leftovers the next day, and I did pretty much the same. Finally threw out the last of my dessert last night, too. <BR> <BR> I worked Friday and Saturday, so had ZERO opportunity ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 07:51:33 EST I Am Sorry I want to say I'm sorry. I'm sorry for not being as active on SP as I used to be. I'm sorry that I log on to spin the wheel, and check to see if anyone commented on my blog, but I don't take the time to comment on others. I'm sorry that I don't check in with my groups. I'm sorry that I've missed taking my WMS pics. I'm sorry that I keep telling myself I can't. I'm sorry that I compare myself to others. I'm sorry that I'm jealous of other people's losses and get frustrated with myself. ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 07:33:20 EST changes abound This is my second attempt to load this video... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:36:01 EST "Celebrity" Husband <link><BR>feature=colike </link> <BR> <BR> My husband is at 0:42, he's looking UP the whole time. Teehee! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 06:18:16 EST Picture to share I surprised my sister with tickets to a concert that she really wanted to see (Demi Lovato), which was sold out, but Big Sis got tickets :) We totally posed for this picture, and if you could have seen her face, she was grimacing, and was fidgeting to get out of my grips. But the reason I am sharing this picture is because I WASN'T totally disgusted with myself when I first saw it. When I study it, I start to see things I don't like, and I realize that it's NOT the most flattering sweater,... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 07:22:38 EST Watch Me Shrink, Week 10! Today's weight 249.5 (YAY! Out of the 250's! Let's keep it there!) <BR> According to the fat measure-er thing at the gym, I am 34% body fat (down 5%) and 94.5 pounds of fat (down 5 pounds) <BR> Also took my measurements today. <BR> Waist 42 <BR> Hips 48 <BR> Right Arm 16 <BR> Right Thigh 28 <BR> Which means.... my hips got bigger??? It's so hard for me to feel like I'm measuring accurately, how do I know I put the tape on the right place on my ass every month?? Oh well, my waist is shrinkin... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 07:09:59 EST