November 18, 2006

Missing: Inches!

Posted in exercise, friendships, health, Updates at 12:35 am by way2much

I have not given up on my health.

It just seems like I have – what with no blogging about it and all!

I have been walking every day – approximately 3.8 miles a day to be exact! I usually walk 5 days a week – but there are some days I do miss.

I was getting discouraged. The scale still reads 175 – some days it is down to 172 but I would say my true weight is 175. That is frustrating! Why can’t I lose more than 5 pounds.

Then just the other day I decided to measure myself again. I measured myself back in July when I started this online journal. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I lost inches – actual inches! One each on my calf, thigh and upper arm! Two each on my hips, waist and chest! My clothes have been fitting better, but I really didn’t give it much thought.

So I will continue to walk for a number of reasons:

  1. I am no longer out of breath when I do my laundry – which is one flight down.
  2. My back feels much better than it has been in a while
  3. I enjoy the conversations I have with my friend as we stroll the neighborhood.
  4. It actually seems to be doing some good – weight-wise that is. I guess I gained muscle – which weighs more than fat therefore the scale only registers the 5 pound loss.

Hopefully I will continue to lose – inches and pounds! The winter months are coming and I still intend to walk! I bought new sneakers and all! I need to find an indoor activity as well though – just in case!

September 22, 2006

Walking in Circles!

Posted in exercise, friendships, My fellow dieters at 1:34 pm by way2much

Ever daydream about how you want to live your life, what you should look like, what type house you want to live in, how your family will interact with one another and others?

I do all the time.

I wish my husband was around more so that we can socialize with our friends and family more. I wish we had the beautiful house on the corner so that we can host our social gatherings.

I also wish I had the size 6 body that didn’t have to worry about what she put in her mouth at these social gatherings. Food and talk go hand in hand. You socialize, you eat. You talk, you drink. And then you gain weight!

So I am trying to do something about that. I am not succeeding but 9 weeks ago, I was gaining weight uncontrollably. Compared to that, I am doing an OK job in that I am staying status quo. But more needs to be done.

I started walking on Monday. For the 4 days, I went to my friends house and walked along her surrounding streets. We talked and had a great time. We also looked at other’s houses expressing our appreciation over their beauty or contempt over their lack of taste. We are so perfect – after all!

Today, she came by my mansion! (please note the sarcasm). I mapped out a 2.2 mile route after I dropped my daughter off at school. My friend came by after her two younger ones got on the bus. We started our walk and the homes around me just take your breath away!

We saw so many homes, we just oohed and ahhed and then of course we saw some that were huge and worth over a million easy in this area – and naturally we picked something apart about it! I even joked that I wouldn’t take that house if it was handed to me. (again note the sarcasm – I would snatch that thing up in a heartbeat!)

My point is that we decided to not only walk my route but take on other streets as well. We walked through cul-de-sacs and down dead end streets just to see the homes! It was very enjoyable and we ended up right back at my house (naturally) and walked along my property. Day dreaming out loud. Expressing what I want done. Expressing my agitation because it is NOT getting done.

We ended up in my kitchen chatting away. We talked about ovens (or lack of!) cooking and shared recipes, religion, evangelizing and our belief that we should tolerate and just lead by example, not by preaching. We laughed at our faults and supported each other when we felt bad for things we did.

All in one hour!

That is the beauty of friendship. We are trying to lose weight together, we (figuratively) lie on each other’s couches for a therapy session discussing our husbands and our kids, even our parents and siblings and their families. Nothing is sacred!

So I may have walked 5 miles today – hmm realistically 4. But it wasn’t just the exercising that was so rewarding. It was the whole experience together. My hope is that life doesn’t get in the way this time. I hope to continue to walk and to continue this new friendship with someone who is so similar to myself. I’ve known her for years, our daughters have been friends, but it’s just recently that we took the time to get together as friends ourselves.

Sometimes that is all you need – another person to validate your feelings, one who understands you and knows where you are coming from. Because you know, sometimes, your own husband just doesn’t get you!

September 19, 2006

Did I Just Complete Week 9?

Posted in eating habits, exercise, Food, health, Updates, weight at 8:57 pm by way2much

What is wrong with me?

Why didn’t I post what I have been eating and doing for the past two weeks?

I know – the kids started a new school year and threw me all off.

Right now I have terrible cramps causing me to live off of Pamprin or Advil!

My sinuses are killing me – I note the correlation of lack of vitamins and congestion. Don’t ask – I just see a connection!

I am now dosing up on Sudafed PE and back to taking my vitamins.

I walked another 2.5 miles today, but did not eat anything as bad as a bag of chips – no matter how small they were! For breakfast I had a big bowl of Raisin Bran. I then had a bag of Cheese Nips crackers for a snack. Approximately at dinner-time, I enjoyed a peanut butter and fluff sandwich on 2 slices of white bread – OK so that wasn’t good. And finally, for dinner I had the remainder of stew that was left over from who knows when!

So now the big question, what do I weigh? It is after all Tuesday!

I gained somehow, some way – I am 178! (but it is that time of the month – where bloating and cramping prevail).

Stay tuned for my post on my mammo – that exciting first comes this Friday!

September 18, 2006

Walking, Roast Beef, Beach and Bees

Posted in exercise, Food at 3:43 pm by way2much

Today, I woke up tired. But I promised myself that I would go walking today.

So after my daughter was dropped off at school, I put my sneakers on, filled up a water bottle and walked out the door. After approximately 1 mile of walking, I meet up with my friend. She has her daughter’s flute in her hand. She needs to bring it to the school. We walk together and then we head back to my house – the long way.

I would say all in all I walked 2 – 3 miles. My friend needed to use my bathroom and we continued our conversation. We then decided to go to the beach as the last hoorah of the season – as it was beautiful out and we heard the weather was going to become more fall-like. I drive her home so she can shower and I came back to mine to straighten out.

I clean my bathroom and break my liquid soap dispenser. It took me a good hour to wipe up all the soap and get rid of all the suds! My bathroom is sparkling!

My friend comes by to pick me up and we stop at a deli to order a sandwich to take with us. I order a roast beef and swiss roll with mayo. I eye a bag of chips! I place it on the counter – I mean after all I did walk nearly 3 miles today! I could splurge.

I recognize a young man behind the counter and realize he is my son’s football coach. I ask my server if the other guy’s last name is “whatever”. He says yes and I said he is my son’s football coach. I joked around saying, “but I won’t say anything to him, my son would be mortified!” The guy laughs and we leave.

We get to the beach and immediately the sea gulls come around. Then we are surrounded by bees. I get more exercise by running around in circles trying to escape these little demons.

So the beach wasn’t enjoyable but we chatted about depression and therapy and all fun things! We left to go pick our daughters up from school. Now I am completely and utterly exhausted!

But I think I will go walking again tomorrow – that felt good!

September 11, 2006

Week 8: Summary

Posted in doctors, eating habits, exercise, Food, health, heart, Pampered Chef, Updates at 11:29 am by way2much

This is the first time I didn’t log everything I ate. Not only did I skip a day, I skipped the whole weekend.

I am disgusted once again.

I didn’t do too badly this weekend.

I don’t remember what I ate on Friday. It wasn’t obsessive. But I did go food shopping and for the most part I was good. I didn’t buy anything I didn’t need and it was mostly healthy food.

Except for the bag of Cheetos.

And pretzels – but they aren’t that bad.

I bought vegetables and fruit.

Saturday I went to my son’s scrimmage game and my in-laws bought me a bagel with cream-cheese. I really need to stay away from bagels, they are too fattening. I had a cup of coffee (regular) in the morning, but in the evening I had a slight problem sleeping.

After my son’s scrimmage, my daughter and I went supply shopping again for school.  We got home and I made pork chops on the grill. We had some mixed veggies on the side. We then went to a friend’s house for a birthday celebration. I stayed until 1 in the morning and I had 3 dixie cups of frozen lemonade (Mike’s hard lemonade). I had a slice of cake and delicious blondies (about 3). So I snacked a bit this weekend.

Sunday, I enjoyed my day at our local town fair. I did not set up a booth this year. Usually I display my Pampered Chef items, but I met a nice group of woman there last year that did the same. I contacted them and heard they reserved a booth again.  I declined – no sense having two booths of the same. Besides, I don’t have any of the new season products to display – yet.

My daughter had to cheer at a 1:30 game. She had to be there at 12:30 but I thought that was ridiculous and got her there at 1. It was a good thing I used common sense as the coaches hadn’t arrived until 5 minutes prior.  So we spent the morning browsing the stands – nice leisurely walk.  I went to the game and pulled her out early (3:30) because she was upset that she only spent 1/2 hour at the fair.

NOTE: She slept over her friend’s house and met us at the fair  She got there at 12 and only saw a few vendors. We left at 12:30 so she can change and get ready for the game. The game should have started at 1:30 but was delayed until 2:00. The girls were not doing much cheering, so it was basically a waste of our time. Therefore, I took her out and went back to the fair.

We did more walking around and we even walked home (approx. 1 mile).  I had a hot dog for dinner. I also had some chips (not much). I had 3 mint cookies before going to bed. I even had a midnight snack finishing 1/2 pork chop that was left over.  I had problems in the middle of the night, feelings of stopped heart-rate, etc. I did have a coffee Sunday morning as well. So I am realizing my problems truly lie with the caffeine intake.

So here I am Monday morning – my jeans are tight, my fingers are swollen and I am congested. I have no drive to do anything – really. I think I am PMS-ing but who really knows.

I have a gyno appt. tomorrow. I will get my daughter to school at 7:30 and go straight to the lab to get my blood drawn (finally). Then I have a 12:00 doctor appointment.  I am dreading that, because she always comments about my weight. Just give me my pap and shut up!

September 6, 2006

Week 8: Wednesday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 12:43 pm by way2much

  • ACTIVITIES: Why – it is  the first day of school – so I will be doing everything regarding that!

EXERCISE: should start walking with friends

BREAKFAST: eaten at the actual time breakfast should be!

  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 5 medium strawberries sliced
  • fat free milk

LUNCH: at approx. 1 PM:

  • 2 Whole wheat double fiber bread slices
  • tuna salad

SNACKS/BLTs: starving by 11! So I grabbed a package (single-serve) of Cheese-its crackers

DINNER: will be making stuffed peppers and ravioli for dinner:

  • one medium green bell pepper
  • stuffed with brown rice and chopped meat – seasoned with tomato paste, salt and pepper
  • ravioli
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • pork slices from sauce

Dessert: Bay Breeze Italian Ice from Ralph’s (water based – not cream)

DRINKS: Crystal Lite Iced Tea, blueberry tea

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: minor congestion

OTHER: hacking cough – and I don’t smoke

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: I only got 4.5 hours of sleep, but I fell asleep fast and dreamt I was arguing with my deceased cousin – we disagreed about someone -I have been having weird dreams.

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

September 5, 2006

Week 8: Tuesday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities, Pampered Chef at 10:49 am by way2much

HAS IT BEEN 2 MONTHS ALREADY AND I ONLY LOST 5 POUNDS? I AM DOING SOMETHING WRONG HERE.

ACTIVITIES: going clothes shopping, watching my son’s scrimmage – (mental note: bring video camera), taking daughter to her practice

EXERCISE: why bother

BREAKFAST: as of 10:48 nothing

LUNCH: meal at 12:00 (noon!)

  • plain Cheerios – this time I measured out 1 cup
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • fat free milk

SNACKS/BLTs: made my son some tuna fish salad (tuna in water – drained; salt, pepper, mayonnaise, onion chopped with my Pampered Chef chopper!) so I had a bite or two – may have a sandwich for myself later on – but I am not hungry now.

DINNER: no time to cook – but I have no idea what we will have – perhaps I will run to the butcher and get some chops or burgers to grill – for after 8 PM 😦 that is when the activities are over – what is bad is the no time to eat – I could cook, but it is either eat before 2:30 or after 8:00 – I dislike days like these especially the day before school!

  • Roast Pork Fried Rice
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Wonton Soup
  • Roast Pork Lo Mein

Dessert: fortune cookie

DRINKS: Crystal Lite Iced Tea, water

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: yes, slight stuffiness but not as bad as usual

OTHER:

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: other than waking up an hour after falling asleep to find your daughter leaning over you nose to nose and screaming so you wake up your son and husband – no problems!

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

September 4, 2006

Week 7: Monday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities, Pampered Chef, Recipe Ideas at 2:51 pm by way2much

ACTIVITIES:  cleaning up the basement – some things just tend to get out of control

EXERCISE: see above – hmm??

BREAKFAST: raisin bran with fat free milk; blueberry tea

LUNCH: no lunch, late breakfast

SNACKS: cheese, crackers and pepperoni (I really need a nutritionist!)

DINNER: grilling a skirt steak (is that what you do with one of those?) making a salad and doing some kind of a potato thing – more than likely nuking it for baked potato – do I need a veggie? I have none in the house!

NOTE: I marinated the skirt steak for approximately one hour with one of Lawry’s seasonings – and grilled it for 20 minutes – 10 on each side – give or take a few minutes. My kids and I enjoyed it! My husband thought it was too rare! (I would consider it medium-rare; it was pink with a little blood and ooh so tender!)

I seasoned my potatoes (which were diced into 1 inch cubes) with Pampered Chef Basil Blend Canola Oil (delish! – if you want to order contact me! I sell PC!) I added Garlic Garlic and Bacon Bacon from the Tastefully Simple line (I do not sell). I added a bit of salt and pepper and placed in one of my Stones (a la PC!) and microwaved it for 18 minutes on high.  Another winner – kids were asking for more!

Dessert:

DRINKS: water

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: yes, some morning stuffiness

OTHER:some type of heartburn or indigestion

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: none

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

Week 7: Sunday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 2:45 pm by way2much

ACTIVITIES: 😦 no making sauce today but 😉 we are still going to Aunt Fran’s for good food and company!

EXERCISE: does walking around my aunt’s property count as exercise?

BREAKFAST: Cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese

LUNCH: chicken cutlet with roasted peppers on hero bread

SNACKS: cheese, more cheese, bread, olives, grape leaves, kibbeh, oh – this isn’t a snack – it is a meal? Not in my family! LOL

DINNER: ziti and meatballs, sausage, and piece of pork, fried hot pepper!

Dessert: chocolate coffee cake and black coffee, casaba melon

DRINKS: diet coke – one can, martini 😛 , iced tea

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: yes, looks like I shouldn’t skip the nasacort

OTHER: neck and upper back tension

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: somewhat, but can’t remember

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

September 2, 2006

Week 7: Saturday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in exercise, Food, health, Meals/Activities at 4:04 pm by way2much

ACTIVITIES: OK Ericka is nagging to go buy school supplies, so I must leave and go shopping – what a dreary day though OH I SHOULD BE MAKING TOMATO SAUCE BUT THAT GOT CANCELLED 😦

EXERCISE: no thank-you

BRUNCH:

  • orange juice
  • cinnamon raisin bagel
  • cream cheese
  • grapes – that need to be thrown away!

SNACKS: I finished the Edy’s Rocky Road ice cream that has been in the freezer all too long – it was between 1/2 – 1 cup – too much I know

DINNER: not a very nutritional meal – but it was fast and easy

  • 2 hot dogs w/rolls and mustard
  • 1/2 baked potato with butter
  • brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 pita bread with butter
  • blueberry lemon ice

Dessert:

DRINKS: blueberry tea, orange juice

HEADACHE: no

SINUS: not bad

OTHER: a little bit of back pain and muscle ache – nothing too bad, just another annoyance due to the weather – darn you Ernesto! bad tropical depression!

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: none

MEDICATIONS:

  • vitamins

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