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Archive for April, 2009

Look What I got !

Posted by Susan on April 30, 2009

I won a $25 gift card at work last week and I decided to do something fun with it ! I have been a huge fan of the Hungry Girl web site / newsletter and have wanted the cookbooks for the longest time. Since I had some unexpected “found ” money I decided to slurge !!!!
I bought them BOTH ! and love them . For me this book is perfect . Simple , easy , and most of the recipes are one portion . Since my husband likes absolutely nothing , when I cook I only cook for me . I decided I am going to try to make at least one recipe a week (sometimes two , like this week ) and pencil in notes about it , like how yummy it was ……… or not !
This week I am going to make Onion Rings , made with Fiber one cereal , and egg substitute . I love onion rings and haven’t had them in forever ! The picture looks incredible, and they are only 153 calories for a whole large
onion’s worth ! I am also making Peanut Butter Fudge . It is only 65 calories per piece , and super simple . It is made from a brownie mix , canned pumpkin puree and and reduced fat peanut butter . I am making these delicious treats on Saturday , so I will post with pictures and reviews on how they tasted .
On the workout front , this morning was so great ! It was a cardio day for me . I did 30 mins. of SS cardio on the elliptical . Then I decided to do 30 mins. of HIIT on the the spin bike. That was intense ! I’ve done it before , but not in a while . This time for the 1 min of alternating intense riding I did it super hard tension and stood while I rode. It was tough , but my mantra when I am doing intervals is ” I can do anything for 1 min ” . I made it through and I felt amazing afterward . Great workout ! I am thinking about adding an extra workout session on Saturday this week because I know the last 10 lbs. will be a bear to get off . Some extra cardio can’t hurt . I will do it first thing and get it over with ! I know I need to step it up . I figure the extra day of cardio, coupled with the Sunday morning hike and all the work I need to do around and outside of the house will be enough to move this weight loss along .

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Wish List

Posted by Susan on April 29, 2009

I thought it would be fun to make a Wish List . Not of crazy things like win a the lottery , or own a masion , but of things that are possible one day . I feel pretty satisfied with my life as it is right now . Sure I would love more money , more free time to spend with my husband , and I would love it if I did not HAVE to work . But all in all I am grateful for what I have . I figured I would make a list of realistic wishes , that can definately come true if I decide to make them happen . Here are my wishes : ( in no particular order )

1. To finally make it to my ultimate goal weight .

2. To have an entire new wordrobe once I hit that goal weight .

3. To run a 5k.

4. To find a new job in a totally different field where I will be able to dress everyday for work . ( I now wear scubs every single day and although it is easy , it gets really old !)

5. To become a certified personal trainer .

6. To write a sucessful blog.

7. To take another road trip with my husband . (when we were dating we took a 2 week road trip from Connecticut to Florida and had the best time together ! So many memories were made that trip ! )

8. To take some sort of art class , I would love to cultivate a more creative side .

9. To be a really good cook .

10. To be really good at entertaining guests , getting everything right from the food to the table setting .

11. To master the stupid jump rope !

12. To hike more than once a week .

13. To have the yard exactly as I envision it , everything clean and orderly, with all the things I want planted . ( $$$$$$$$ )

14. To finally have all the rooms in my house painted .

15. To finally make the wedding scapbook and album I’ve been wanting to make . ( We will have been married 2 years on June 2nd , and I still haven’t gotten to any of it ! )

16. To get a bike and ride the New England Rail Trails with my husband .

17. To have more time to read .

18. To , for once , suprise my husband when I give him a gift !

19. To sucessfully put down a Pergo floor in our basment with my husband .

20. To do an unassisted pull up .

Those are some of my (many) wishes . What do you wish for ? It is an interesting thought , especially when you list things that you can make a reality . Who knows ? Wishes do sometimes come true ! Time will tell !

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This Weeks Food Finds

Posted by Susan on April 28, 2009

1. Kombucha Citrus Tea

2. Hershey 60 calorie Chocolate Sticks

3. Special K Crackers : Original and Tomato Basil Flavor

I found a few new things while food shopping this week . I am was getting tired of the “same old thing ” and decided to try a few new things .

The first thing is Kumbucha Tea . I read about it in the book ” Naturally Thin ” by Bethany Frankle . She said she drinks a bottle every day . It is a hand made tea that originated in China , there is literally has some sort of fungus growing in it , I suppose that’s what makes it so special. It has been called the ” Fountain of Youth ” by some and I am all for jumping on that bandwagon ! It has a whole list of supposed benefits including aiding in weight loss and appetitie control . I got a citrus flavor. It had a strong taste , smells almost like apple beer . It tastes (to me )a little like Red Bull . I drank some over the weekend , but I am sad to say it made me feel really hungry all day ! I did find a green tea infused with Kumbucha . It is a LOT less expensive than the drink I tried (16 oz. bottle for $3.69 ) . I will see how that effects my appetite .

Next, I was in the local Dollar Store and found Hershey ‘s Chocolate sticks. I got each package for $1.00 ! Each stick is 60 calories . I NEED a sweet at the end of the day ! This is a great option for dessert or even a snack when I am craving chocolate ! They are portion controled , and they taste great ! I felt like I really scored with those . ( I do keep them downstairs in our store room , because I don’t think keeping them in easy reach would be safe !I love chocolate way too much ! )

Lastly, I decided to try Special K Crackers . They were on sale so I figured now was the time to see how they are . The serving size and calorie count can’t be beat ! 17 crackers for only 90 calories , or 24 crackers for 120 calories . They are really good ! Perfect for when you want something salty and crunchy. They are snacky and sometimes I need something like that to get me through between meals . I like the tomato basil flavor , but prefer the original .

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Sunday Hiking

Posted by Susan on April 27, 2009

Yesterday was absolutely beautiful outside so my husband and I decided to go for a hike at a local farm turned nature preserve a few miles down the road from our home .

I’ve always loved hiking. A few years ago I put together a little hiking club with some girls I worked with . Since that time I’ve had the hiking bug , but could never get anyone to go with me ( I am afraid to hike alone for some reason ). When I first met my husband we used to go hiking every Sunday morning and then we would go out to breakfast afterward . I always tease him about the fact that once we moved in together, the hiking ended and I always said that he just pretended to love hiking ot impress me , that he never really liked it . (Not really true , we got engaged a few months later , and once that happend I became consumed with wedding planning and hiking was not even a thought ! )
I was thrilled when he suggested a hike yesterday ! We had such a great time we decided to hike every Sunday from now on , trying different trails each time . After we decided to treat ourselves to breakfast out ! I am so happy about this ! It is a nice way to reconnect after a long work week , great exercise , and I love being outdoors !
We did about 3 miles and it was so beautiful ! Half the trail is in open fields, the other half was in the woods . There were bird watching stands here and there to look at birds without disturbing them . There was also a butterfly meadow ! I love butterflies , and will be coming back to this trail as soon as the meadow blooms later in the season . We took a ton of pictures . It was a perfect day as far as I am concerned ! I definately have the hiking bug again ! Big time !
Next weekend we are planning to visit another local trail called Lover’s Leap. I can hardly wait ! I even dug out my hiking boots ! Next time we are taking the pedometer so we can see how many miles we actually traveled .

This weekend was awaome ! I got so much done on Saturday , and Sunday I was reunited with a long lost love ! Hiking ! Going back to work this morning was tough. But I have next Sunday to look forward to !

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Progress Pictures Posted ……… Finally !

Posted by Susan on April 26, 2009

I finally dug deep and found the courage to post these . I have been wanting to , but afraid to . I decided that since this is a weekend of cleaning out the old to make room for the new …. it was time !

This turned out to be the best weekend ever ! I got a lot done , ( I love when that happens ! ) and I had fun with it ! I am looking forward to another good week a head ! This weekend set the tone for a positve and productive week ! Hope everyone has a good one too !

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Saturday : Out with the old to make way for the new !

Posted by Susan on April 26, 2009

Yesterday was a great day ! The weather in Connecticut was more like summer than spring ! I was able to open windows and let the fresh air in ! I got so much done it was crazy ! I was like a machine ! I ended up getting up at 5 :00 am , weighed myself , and blogged . After that I was off like a shot ! By the time my husband got up at 9:00 am, I’d straightened the house , (I’d cleaned the night before ) , made my turkey breast cutlets for the week , done more than half the laundry , and made a shopping list and got my coupons ready for food shopping . My husband was no sooner out of the bed , and I had it stripped and had clean sheets on it ! Then we did our food shopping for the week ( I got some good stuff this week , I’ll post on that later ! ) . Once we got home and got everthing put away and I finished the laundry and went outside to do yard work.

We decided this year that we are going to get rid of all the stuff the previous owners planted around our house , and start fresh. I spent most of the day digging things up ! I am so excited to change the landscaping around our home ! We are working had toward a ” clean slate ” and then more work begins , planting all the things we want in the yard . I have a definate vision of how I want it to look and it will be so much fun watching it all come together !

After the day in the yard , we showered and made dinner . We made burgers on the grill . I had a turkey burger , and it was great ! Just as good as a regular burger . I had it on a lite bun with a spinach salad . My husband mad some yummy french fries , and I had 2 fries . We got to eat on the deck for the first time this year . It was so nice to eat outside . The leaves on the trees have not filled in yet so we had a nice view of the lake . It was perfect !

After dinner I was still feeling ambitious so I decided to go through my summer clothes and see exactly what I could still wear this summer. The answer to my question was ……….. NOTHING ! I tried on everthing , and everything was huge ! Most of my pants, capris, and shorts were size 14 or 12. All of the tops were L and XL . I had things with tags on them that I bought at the end of the season on sale . I ended up packing up 3 big trash bags of clothes ( pics above ) , and that is just the summer stuff. I haven’t even looked at the winter clothes as of yet . At the end of the clean out I ended up with about 6 tops ……… That ‘s it !!!!! I still have 10 lbs. to go , so I am hoping to just hold off buying things until it is finally off . I am thinking I will just buy things as I need them or when I run into a good sales . It felt good to let go of the old me to make way for the new me . I want the clothes gone though ……… I never want to be that old me again !

This morning my husband and I are going for a hike at an old farm in our neighborhood . They turned half of it into a nature preserve with hiking trails through it . I can’t wait ! Then it is back to work in the yard for more pulling out the old to make way for the new ! I guess that is the theme of this weekend . It is both scarey and exciting ! I am enjoying it though !

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Weekly Weigh In : Entered the 140 ‘s

Posted by Susan on April 25, 2009

I knew this would happen sooner or later . I’ve been trying to mentally prepare myself for it for weeks now . I have been so spoiled with ” big ” losses in weight . I’ve been dropping 2-3 lbs. a week now steadily , But I knew that the last 10 lbs would go much slower , and I was correct ! This week I lost 1 lb. I am not disappointed in the loss , I understand the last 10 lbs. are the toughest always so I am happy I lost anything at all .
The good news is that my Fat % and BMI have dropped pretty significantly , most probably due to the extra HIIT I did this week . I replaced some of my SS cardio with HIIT and I lost fat , and that makes me very happy ! Here are my sats for this week :
Weight : 149.6 (- 1 lb. )
Fat % : 33.4 ( – 0.5 % )
BMI : 22.3 ( – 0.1 )
All and all I am satisfied with this week ‘s progress . I am a size 8, a size I haven’t been since I was in my teens , and I am in the 140’s , ( just barely , but still ! ). I would call this a sucessful week and definately something to be proud of . I don’t care how long it takes for me to lose this last 10 lbs. as long as it comes off !!!
Today , is supposed to be sunny and in the mid 80’s here in Connecticut , so I cleaned the house last night , started laundry at 5 am this morning and I am planning on spending the day cleaning the yard and getting things transplanted . We have a lot of plans for the yard this year and it is time to prepare for them . Yard work always leaves me sore and tired so I count it as a workout !
Later today I plan on posting my progess pics that span from the very begining of this journey , to now. I am nervous about it , but feel it is time to put it all out there and look at where I’ve been , and how far I’ve come ! I am excited about it , but at the same time I am not . It is hard to show people your lowest of low times and feel comfortable with it. It’s ok though , it is time to break out of the comfort zone, it helps in putting things in perspective . Sometimes when I look at myself I still see the ” Fat Me ” . My husband always tells me that I look at myself with my Fat Goggles on. I am hoping this progress posting will help me see more clearly .
Have a Happy Saturday everyone !

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Shopping Day !

Posted by Susan on April 25, 2009

My sister ( the fashionista ) has been bugging me and bugging me to buy some new jeans . I am swimming in my size 14’s and my size 12’s have a saggy butt . She manages a local clothing store and finally talked me into stopping after work to buy some new ones . I am always saying I want to wait until I hit goal weight before I buy anything new, but I’ve been saying that for 5 years now ……. it’s time to buy something that fits !

These jeans ( above ) are ………………………. a size 8!!!!! Can you believe it ? Cuz I can’t ! They are a little bit loose …….. but fit . I am not quite in a size 6 , they were just too tight for me . I wore them to dinner tonight and they were comfortable ! It is so weird . I finally fit into the size 12 jeans in March , and I was proud of that ! (they had been in the back of my closet for 2 years and never fit ! ) Now a little over a month later , I am wearing a size 8! I feel good about it . I still have 10 lbs. to go , but I feel like I’ve made some real progress .

I went out to dinner tonight with my husband. I had a garden salad with grilled chicken, lite italian dressing on the side. I only dipped the tongs of my fork into the dressing , so I hardly used any . When I came home I had one 100 calories Diet Coke Cupcake. Going out to eat always stresses me out . It is really hard for me to make good choices at my favorite restraunt . I’ve tried just about everything on the menu and everything is good ! But I am happy to say I did fine . I guess wearing size 8 jeans to dinner helped motivate me !

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Never the same again ………

Posted by Susan on April 23, 2009

As I get closer to my goal weight I have been thinking a lot about all the things that will never be the same. My life will be different . It has to be in order to maintain the weight . I will need to live differently than I have in the past. I will not be on a ” diet ” anymore , but will be trying to live ” normally ” . Normally , but with a twist.

I will never be able to look at food the same again. No more mindless eating , no more stuffing my face until I am so full I feel sick . No more eating out of boredom , or stress , or any other emotion I don’t want to deal with . Never going back to the binge mentality , because I know now it never really helps a situation , it may numb it temporarily , but whatever feeling I am trying to numb will be there regardless . I will always have to pick the healthier choice , I will always have to practice portion control , I will always have to eat mindfully .

I will always have to exercise . I will always have to make it a part of my life , even when the weight loss goal is met . I will never maintain the loss without it , so it is juat a fact of life for me . Thankfully I like working out for the most part .

Life after weight loss will still hold it’s challenges , and still have it’s slip ups I’m sure . But what I most want to make perfectly clear to myself is that it is not over when it is over. It is something I will have to get used to living with , and it is something I have to accept if I am going to maintain. I never ever want to go back to the woman I once was . It is so important to me not to allow that . I figure as long as I keep my eyes open , pay attention , and continue good habits , like exercise , eating healthy , and watching how much I eat , I can somehow pull it together and live my life as a non – fat person.

The thought of the next stage in this jouney scares me a little . The best I can hope for is that I’ve learned something from where I’ve been . One thing I know for sure , my life will never be the same again ………….. If I plan on maintaining what I’ve earned .

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Not Good !

Posted by Susan on April 22, 2009

Today I did something I haven’t done in a long time ………….. When I got to work this morning there was this lovely gift from a former patient sitting on counter in the Rehab Kitchen . Usually I am ok with temptation , I think about the calories , is it worth it ? Today I reverted to old habits and ate some . Not enough to make me sick (thankfully) but enough to have an adverse effect all the same ! For the past few months I have eated “tastes” of yummy sweets , but haven’t eaten much more than that. Today I would say I had about 6 of these little beauties (same as picture above ) .
The first thing I noticed was that the peaceful , calm , mood I have been in of late was not so peaceful . I felt jittery and nervous , like I used to. I felt terrible . I felt like I was rushing around for no reason and getting nowhere . I felt that my temper was short . There were moments that I literally went into the bathroom , or was alone in the elevator , and had to talk myself down and take deep breaths because I was feeling stressed. I used to feel this way before I got on track with me eating , before when I used to binge all weekend and try to make up for it during the week . I definately did NOT like the feeling , and the only thing I can think of that was different was the large amount of sugar ingested that I was not used to .
I don’t think I will indulge like that anymore , especially first thing in the morning ! Wether the reaction I experienced was from the actual chemical reaction to the sugar in my body , or just plain old guilt , I do not think a moments pleasure was worth a day of nervous energy and short tempers ! I like myself better (and I am sure others do too ) when I am balenced and even feeling . I guess it is good to mess up now and then . It teaches about what foods effect your body for the better , or for the worse !

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