September 14, 2006

Oh Yeah – I Forgot!

Posted in weight at 2:07 pm by way2much

This week I weighed in at…

you guessed it…



September 13, 2006

And He Drew Blood – I think

Posted in Blood, compliments, doctors, ego, health at 12:46 pm by way2much

I went to Quest Diagnostics the other day to finally have my blood drawn for testing.

I received this prescription exactly one month ago.  Nice that I finally went.

I needed to fast from the night before (midnight to be exact). I did not place a morsel of food in my mouth since 9:30 PM. I woke up at 8:30 (later than I wanted), took my shower and was about to go to the lab. I checked my calendar and realized I missed my OB-GYN appointment (explanation in another post)! I call to reschedule that – they tell me to come in at 11:30.

After my appointment – still starving – I head to the lab for my blood to be drawn.

I arrive there at 12:50 PM. I read the Reader’s Digest from cover to cover! I wait patiently for them to call my name.

Some time later they call my number and I follow the man into the room.  He stares directly at my chest and I think to myself, “here we go”. I get nervous because I tend to get queasy when blood is drawn and sometimes I even faint. Now I have absolutely no nutrition in me whatsoever. “Will he take advantage?” I laugh to myself and tell myself to get a grip!

He checks for the right arm vein. He tells me to make a fist, he laughs at the fist I make. He mentions for me not to stab myself (with my nails clenching into my fist). He says he knows I can make a fist because he knows I have to punch all the men. He has a thick accent so I struggle to understand what he is saying.

Then he moves on to the left arm – due to my recommendation. He finds a good vein. He laughs that I am looking away. Questions why I don’t want to watch. I tell him, “No. No good – I can’t stand to watch,” and I make a face. He then looks like he is trying to make conversation – at least he is looking at me and not my nearly “DDD”s. So I decide to be pleasant (because I could be b!tchy).

He asks what color hair do I have, do I call it black. We struggle with this question as I am not sure if he is asking about my hair color or skin tone. I am not sure still if I admitted to being black skinned! I am tan, but I think he can tell I am Caucasian. He goes on to tell me that I am a beautiful woman (blush). And he proceeds with this story (in broken English):

There once was this director that spotted a beautiful Mexican woman washing clothes at the river. She had flowing long black hair. Curls. Like mine. He approached the woman and said that she is exactly what he is looking for to play a part in his new movie. She gets so excited, goes home and tells everyone. She then proceeds to do something so ridiculous. Due to others encouragement and their perception of “Hollywood” types, she dyes her hair blonde and cuts it short. She shows up in Hollywood only to realize she disappointed this director. He tells he no, he made a mistake. He thought she was perfect for the role. He needed a dark haired natural woman to play this part and now she ruined her look. She was no longer needed.

Moral of the story: Be pleased with who you are! Well that is what I took it for. Anyway, he says once again how beautiful I am as he hands me the urine cup for a sample! I go to the bathroom and return. I hand him the vial and go on my merry way.

But I must tell you about the blood. He took 3 vials of blood and while he was telling his story and filling the last vial I look over to the table holding the other two and got sick to my stomach. In the vile was this thick red blood and what settled onto the bottom of it was what made me cringe. It was yellowish and really thick – it looked like the fat that gels from the bottom of a pan that held pork or chicken fat for too long.

Was that the fat or cholesterol in my blood? Was it something worse? All I know was that it was disgusting looking and I was slightly embarrassed. Time will tell what it is as I should be getting my results in a few days. Until then, I don’t even have the time to worry about it.

I didn’t discuss that with my husband but I did tell him that a man thought I was beautiful. As I expected, he got upset and jealous! I told him, “well it was nice to hear that SOMEONE thinks I am beautiful.” NOTE: you know sometimes you need to hear it. I don’t know why it is important, but it is.

He answers back by telling me he tells everyone he meets that he has a beautiful wife and shows them my HS graduation picture from 20 years ago!! Can you get an updated photo! I changed drastically since then! And by the way – you need to tell me once in a while too! or instead!

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 7, 2006

Week 8: Thursday’s Meals/Activities and Conditions

Posted in Food, health, Meals/Activities at 11:40 am by way2much

ACTIVITIES:  cleaning and organizing – the fun stuff 😦


BREAKFAST: had around lunch-time

  • 3 Eggo waffles (because they are the best and I needed to finish a bag – can’t leave ONE waffle in freezer!)
  • syrup

LUNCH: having too many carbs today

  • egg bagel w/butter
  • water

SNACKS/BLTs: crackers and pepperoni – over 10 but under 20 – more like appetizer!

DINNER: leftover Chinese food


DRINKS: water


SINUS: congestion

OTHER: back and neck ache – shouldn’t sleep with a pony-tail

SLEEP PROBLEMS FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE: I was extremely exhausted having only 4 hours sleep the previous night and being up for 17 hours. I had more weird dreams (I was surrounded by ghosts) and I even think I woke up screaming – but no one heard me. I was completely exhausted that I did not wake up when my kids went to school – lucky their dad was! My dad started at 10:30 😦

MEDICATIONS: will start to take nasacort in the evening – see if that helps. I tend to stop a medication when I am better, but then a few days later it is back – but I am only to use this when needed, so it is a pain.

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


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.


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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


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


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


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!


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Week 7 Weigh-In: I’ll Take It

Posted in Food, weight at 10:32 am by way2much

First, a little analogy:

Like the price of gas – it was too high a month ago, but today it’s more than acceptable even embraced! – sold!

OK – you need a clarification?

This morning I weigh 175 lbs.

Following is the breakdown week by week:

  1. 179
  2. 175
  3. 175
  4. 175 -( 
  5. 176
  6. 177
  7. 175 🙂 see what I mean!

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!


DRINKS: water


SINUS: yes, some morning stuffiness

OTHER:some type of heartburn or indigestion



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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


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


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Sometimes, We Just Need A Little Humor

Posted in doctors, humor, medical humor at 2:02 pm by way2much

This blog is about my health issues and my struggles with weight loss.

It tends to get boring and predictable.

So I decided to spice it up at times with little bits of humor about health related topics.

I received this email from a friend and I thought I would share!

Enjoy 🙂


A  90-year old man said to his doctor, “I’ve never felt better… I have an 18-year old bride who is pregnant with my child. What do you think of that?”

The doctor replied, “I have an elderly friend who is a hunter and never misses a season. One day he was in a hurry and picked up his umbrella by mistake. When he got to the creek, he saw a beaver. He raised his umbrella and went “bang, bang, bang”, and the beaver fell dead. What do you think of that?”

The 90-year old said, “I’d say somebody else shot the beaver.”

The doctor said, “My point exactly.”

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