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Archive for June, 2009

One Day Closer To The Weekend ( For Me Anyway !)

Posted by Susan on June 30, 2009


I can’t believe that my work week ends tomorrow !!!!!! I am so excited ! I am also one day away from my “Beach Day”. It is supposed to be nice out , so I am keeping my fingers crossed ! I am already mentally packing my beach bag !

I am really surprised at how sore I am from my short (4.25 mile) bike ride on Sunday. It just proves that gym workouts and outdoor workouts are totally different. I would really like to get into doing some more outdoor working out in the future. At the elementary school where I test rode my new bike Sat. night , I noticed that the school playground had a lot of options available to mix up my workouts , as well as be outdoors and in the fresh air, rather than cooped up in the gym (or in my case, the basement). There were monkey bars, great for working on pull ups , and chin ups . A huge grassy hill for hill sprints. I bet I could come up with a bunch of circuits using the play ground equipment and the wide open spaces ( for push ups and squats and walking lunges). At this time of year, with school being out, I can go down there whenever and have the whole playground to myself. I think I may plan a workout there, just to mix things up and keep my body guessing……….. The bike ride definately shook things up …..my quads and hams are screaming at me still “what the heck was that ??” from the bike ride !

So , tonight I will be hitting the sack early and getting a good night’s sleep so I can have a great workout tomorrow morning . Then get through the work day so I am FREE for 5 whole days ! My week nights are boring , unfortunately…….I am an early riser and and early to bedder ! Have a good night all !

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Too Tired !

Posted by Susan on June 30, 2009

The first day back to work after an awsome weekend is always a buzz kill, and today was no exception ! I had tons of left over work to get done that I was unable to finish on Fri. afternoon, along with all the other Monday stuff.

I slept last night but for some weird reason I never get a restful sleep on Sunday nights…….I’ve always been this way, even as a kid knowing school was only a few hours away. But I got up this morning and had an awsome workout ! I started a 4 week total body circuit program this morning . I’ve never done one before and it was great ! I loved it !

I lightened my calores today due to yesterday’s “indulgences” and plan to for the entire week. I am hosting a July 4th picnic this coming Sunday, and I want to be able to eat what I want (within reason) including dessert !

Tonight after work I decided spur of the moment to cut my hair ! ( I am extremely lucky to have a hair stylist who is also my good friend, so I can call and show up at her home salon at short notice !) No color this time, after the holiday week I will though ! I will post a pic when I have a finished product to show !

After my “impulse haircut” I picked up my favorite 8 year old (my niece) from camp, and brought her home for dinner and a bath……my sister just picked her up and took her home. Now I whipped so I am off to read and hopfully fall asleep ! Tomorrow is a 3 am cardio session so I neeed to get rested up for it !!!

Considering my weekend begins on Thursday this week I have little to complain about !!! Two more days of work and a nice loooong weekend (5 days !) a head of me !!!!!! Night all !

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What A Great Weekend !

Posted by Susan on June 28, 2009

This was the kind of weekend I love ! Productive, fun, active, and spent with people I love most !

Saturday morning we went shopping for my new bike. Then we came home and worked in the yard and got a project done that we have been trying to get to for weeks, but the weather has been preventing us to get to ! I am so happy that it is done ! Then I caught up on all my laundry, and we helped my niece make a special peanut butter pie for her mom. The we had dinner and loaded up the bikes and went for a ride at a school down the road from our house. We had fun riding around, and ended up riding for a few hours then took the kids (my niece and her little friend) out for ice cream.

This morning Matt and I got up early and loaded up the bikes again for an early morning ride at a bike trail in Monroe.(a neighboring town) On the way we stopped for breakfast, and I had a greek omlette. It was perfect ! Then we headed for the trail, and rode 4.25 miles. I wanted to do the trail a second time but Matt’s butt was killing him, (it was the first time he’s ridden in over 5 yrs.!) and we had plans at noon, so we headed home. I have a long ride planned for this Friday morning ! Can’t wait !

After a shower we went to my brother’s to hang out with my side of the family. The kids rode bikes, we hung out on their front porch, and had a BBQ. I ate more than I should, but I am fine with it ! I am full so I don’t think there will be any need to eat anything else now for the rest of the night ! Good food, good company, great day !


This week I only work 3 days !!!!!!!!!! Begining Thurs. I am off for 5 days ! My plan is to eat a less calories all week so that I can eat whatever I want on Sunday. I am throwing a July 4th party that day, and plan on allowing myself to indulge!
I also will be going to the beach for the first time since I moved here on Thurs. So pray for sun and wish me luck !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Look What I Got !!!!!

Posted by Susan on June 27, 2009

Well, I was supposed to get this as a reward for maintaining my goal weight on August 1st- I joined “Prior Fat Girl” Jen’s challenge ………. I guess I need to think of another reward because look what my wonderful husband insisted on buying me today !!!!!!! A SHINEY NEW BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so excited !!!!!!! I have wanted one for a while. Matt already has one and we have been wanting to do The New England Rail Trails since we met ! Now we can ! We are going on our first trail ride tomorrow morning! I can’t wait!
I am so excited to have another active thing to do with my weekends, as well as something Matt and I can do together. You would never catch Matt in a gym……he hates even the idea of working out! I was so happy when he showed an interest in hiking because at least he would be getting some exercise in. Now I am over the moon about getting the bike so that we can add another activity in for him!(and me !)
The plan for tomorrow is to get up early, and go to breakfast, then a 6 mile ride at a Rail Trail in Southbury Ct., and from there to a luncheon at my brother’s family’s new house. It should be a fun day. It will also be a “unknown” eating day, but that is ok ! I am fine with it and will not stress it ! (that’s the new me talking) I am just going to live my life !!!!!!!!!
**** Afterthought : After dinner tonight we decided to take the bikes and my niece and her little friend to the elementry school down the road so I could try out my new bike. We rode around for about an hour and a half. Right now my legs feel like jelly! With all the spinning I do I wasn’t expecting to feel it as much as I do !!!! How did I do it when I was a kid???? I would ride, literally all day long around the neighborhood ! I never felt a thing ! I really feel my age tonight ! But it was still fun ! I haven’t ridden a bike since I was in elementry school myself ! Lot’s of fun! Can’t wait for tomorrow !

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Weekly Weigh In : One Month of Sucessful Maintenance !

Posted by Susan on June 27, 2009

I’ve done it ! Inspite of a few meltdowns , a few indulgences, and continued determination to not be one of the millions of dieters who reach goal weight and gain it all back , I’ve done it ! I think that I’ve finally found the formula that works for me , and feel more relaxed and confident that I can do this for the long term.
I’ve continued workout 6 days a week , plus an active rest day. I am eating no more than 1800 calories a day, and as it turns out, it is plenty of food. I am allowing for indulgences here and there but planning it out and lightening up calories the next day or two to make up for it. All in all I am feeling like maintenance is something I will be able to manage.
Whew ! What a relief ! I was really worried about it, as you can tell by all of my prior desperate posts. This is a tough transition, but I’ve learned a lot this month, and I think I’ve gained some knowledge about my body and what works best for it. Such foreign territory ! But it is all good. I am doing it, and slowly but surely becoming more confident with it.
But no matter what , the one thing I will never do is stop being mindful , stop paying attenetion, and stop planning ! I will also never stop working out and staying as active as I can during my days, get plenty of water, and get plenty of sleep. All healthy habit that I started when I began this journey, ones that I plan on keeping up for life. It is a choice.
I may have a little something exciting to report later……………I am not sure it will pan out today but I will keep you posted !

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I’ve been tagged !

Posted by Susan on June 25, 2009

I was tagged last night by the lovely Miss Kerry, so here goes !

What is your current obsession? Hiking

What are you wearing today? Shorts, t-shirt , no shoes

What’s for dinner? Turkey meatloaf, spinachand mushroom mozarella supreme, whole wheat pasta.

What’s the last thing you bought? Hair products

What are you listening to right now? TV and my husband downstairs playing Rock Band

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next YEAR, where would you go? Scotland

Which language do you want to learn? Italian

What do you love most about where you currently live? The lake and the beach.

What is your favorite colour? Sky Blue

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? Skinny Jeans

Describe your personal style? Classic, / Minimalist

If you had $300 now, what would you spend it on? A really nice pair of knee high leather boots (black)

What are you going to do after this? Go to bed !

Your favorite smell? Lavender

Do you collect anything? Monarch Butterflies

What makes you follow a blog? Pictures, people who write well and who have shared interests.

What’s your favorite drink? Diet Dr. Pepper

What’s one thing you dream of doing? Traveling by car all over the US with my husband! Road trip !!!!!!!

What is your biggest regret? Not being as thin as I would have liked on my wedding day.

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Read, watch old movies.

.Do you have a tattoo? Yes, I have to and would love to get more!

What are your favorite books? Outlander , Twilight Saga, I Know This Much Is True.

Are you left handed, right handed, ambidextrous, or a little of both? Right handed

What is your favorite fruit? Honey Dew Melon.

Blackberry or iPhone? Neither

What/Who inspired you to start your blog? I would say I was inspired by other bloggers, and I always wanted to be a published author, so I am , in a way.(kind of ?)

What are you most happy about today? It is Friday ! My favorite day of the week !

Ok, I think all the people I know on here have already been tagged so if you haven’t and you want to join in and complete this thing please do! I love knowing random facts about people !

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What I Ate Today : In Pictures

Posted by Susan on June 25, 2009

I decided to log my food for today in pictures. This is pretty much what I eat everyday, and aside from a few extra snacks thrown in, it is what I ate when I was dieting as well. I usually have fruit for one of my snacks but today I was all out ! I didn’t have the energy to go to the store after work yesterday so this is what my day looked like.

I got up at 3:00 am and today I did 30 mins. HIIT on the spin bike, and a 30 min. program on the elliptical trainer. For breakfast I had 1 package of plain oatmeal with 1/4 cup of Kashi Cocoa Beach Granola mixed in, and 3/4 cup of egg whites with 1/4 cup of reduced fat cheddar cheese on top. I ate that at 5:30 am.

At 9 am I had yogurt with Special K cereal mixed in it. The Grab and Go pack is 100 calories and it is delicious with the yogurt !

Around 10:30 I start feeling “peckish” as my Grandma would say. I usually have a piece of fruit, but today since I was out of it, I had a chocolate macaroon to hold me until lunch.

At 12:30 I have lunch. A whole wheat wrap with 1 tbsp. of reduced fat peanut butter, some baby carrots, and a 100 calories Hershey cookie. ( I need my sweets!)

When I got home from work, around 3:45, I had a bag of Pop Chips. If you haven’t tried them, do it ! They are awesome and only 100 calories for this whole bag !


At 6 pm I had dinner. Turkey meatloaf, 1 cup of pasta with 1 tsp. of fat free parm. cheese, and Spinach, Mushroom and Mozzarella Supreme, for the Hungry Girl “200 Under 200” cookbook. This stuff is great, if you have this cookbook , try it! It is easy to make and tastes yummy. My entire dinner I prepared on Sunday and measure out into dinners for the whole week. If I were faced with the task of cooking every single day , I would end up eating microwave popcorn for dinner, or worse. It is easier for me to make it ahead so all I have to do is heat it up at meal time.

Last , but never least my favorite part of the meal ! DESSERT! 1/2 cup of Jello Sugar Free Pudding , topped with Low Fat Whipped cream. perfect end to the day ! For some reason it really fills me up.
So here is my day. I ate a little less than 1600 calories today, and I am satisfied.

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What’s New ?

Posted by Susan on June 24, 2009

This week, although STILL rainy and crappy in the weather department (when will it ever end !) has turned out to be pretty good in the life department ! Some things that I am really excited about have come up :

– I recieved a call from the woman I dog/house sit for. I’ve been taking care of her home and pets for over 8 years now every summer. I was afraid that she wouldn’t need me this summer but she does ! It is great money and just 10 min. away from my house. All I have to do is let the dogs out and feed them. I sometimes pick up the mail and water a few plants. It’s the easiest job I’ve ever had not to mention the best pay ! She booked me for a bunch of dates through out the summer and the fall. Guess what I plan to do with my extra cash??? Buy all new clothes !!!!! Stay tunes for some serious fashion shows in the future !

– Matt and I have finally booked our”honeymoon”. We never took a real honeymoon after we got married, we ended up moving out of my condo and moving into the home we are living in now within 3 weeks after the wedding. Our “honeymoon” was spent packing, signing papers, and moving. Since then we just have been too busy, or money was short. We are going to Virginia the first week of June 2010. We decided on the location because we can drive there (saving money on airfare and car rental), and there are a lot of things we’ve been wanting to do for a while now , very close by to where we will be staying. Plus we will be staying at his Dad’s time share (a wedding gift we never used) and it is a condo. We will be able to cook some meals there (saving not only money but calories for me!) and there is also a gym in the complex so I can get my workouts in ! I love road trips with my husband. We did them a lot when we were dating , so I am really looking forward to this trip !

– A girl I work with’s sister is the beauty editor for “Town and Country” magazine in NYC. She gets tons of free-be’s from all kinds of companys. Clothes, make-up, skin care products etc…. The girl I work with has some swanky (and totally out of my price range) jeans that she got from her sister and she decided they are not her style, so she is brining them for me tomorrow ! I am so excited ! I hope they fit ! I would NEVER spend $ 100 on a pair of jeans ever ! But I will definately take a pair for free !

So there is the “what’s new?” that is going on in my life this week ! It is a much better week than last and for that I am very happy !

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When Is It Enough?

Posted by Susan on June 23, 2009


Around the begining of May I hit my first goal weight of 150 lbs. I was really happy about it. I hadn’t weighed that much since I was in High School ! (that was a really, really long time ago , I am old , don’t forget !) When I told my husband that I hit 150 lbs. he said that’s great ! Now your done right? I thought about it for a few minutes and then told him I wanted to lose 10 more pounds, I didn’t think that 150 lbs. was where I wanted to be. He looked at me and asked me “Sue, when will it ever be enough for you?”

That got me to thinking seriously about what exactly would be enough ? Would there ever be a time when I would be satisfied enough to say that I was happy with myself the way I was? Would I never be able to say that I am as thin as I wanted to be?Would I always be striving for some sort of “perfection” that only exisits in my mind?

I think the day I actually knew that I’d reached “enough” was the day I went shopping with my sister. That was when I knew that this is pretty much as good as it gets unless I was planning on platic surgury for bigger boobs, or tightening up some loose skin !

I am so glad to be happy with what is. What is is not perfect. I don’t look like the fitness models in magazines, or actresses on TV or in the movies. I look like me, but smaller , but I will never look like anyone else. But I am OK with that. I worried at one point if this would become a obsessive thing with me. Thankfully it hasn’t.

I am happy with the size 6 jeans, and knowing that I can get away with wearing a swim suit this summer. I am glad I can wear sleevless tops and tanks for the first time in years. And I am extremely happy that I can go shopping and not buy something because I don’t like the cut or color, not because I look like a house in it !

I guess what I am saying here is that I have gotten to the point where I accept myself as is. I am not trying to reach some unrealistic ideal. I like what I see when I look in the mirror, imperfections and all. I have reached my “enough”.

***I weighed myself this morning and the 2lb. gain I had after the weekend indugence is gone. I am back to 140 lbs. I just lightended up my calories yesterday. It is so liberating to know that I can have fun once in a while, I can eat treats I never eat, and still maintain my weight !!! I just have to sure I pay for my day of play !!

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Posted by Susan on June 22, 2009

Yesterday tunred out to be a lot of fun, inspite of the crappy weather ! I ate a little more than I shoudl have, but I am okay with it. I ate what I liked, and I even had desset. This morning I was up 2 lbs. , but I didn’t freak out . Instead I just lightend up my calories for today, and I will again tomorrow. I am still not over my maintenance goal, which is to stay withing 2 lbs. of 140 lbs. in either direction……today I was 142 lbs.

I learned something this weekend. I can have a day , now and then ,where I indulge a little. Since it is a very infrequent event, it is no big deal. My biggest promise to myself from here on out is to relax and allow myself to enjoy food.

I have definately been making too much of a big deal about maintaining this weight loss. I am going fine. I can handle this. My eating was far less destructive than it could have been and would have been in the past. The trick it to keep an eye on things always, so I know when I need to cut back on the calories.

It is really liberating to know that this is really very do-able, as long ad I keep on working out on a regular basis, and as long as I plan my calories intake accordingly. I will not be moaning about it anymore……I know what I have to do. I know that I have to pay for the indulgences, and I how to manage them.

Franky, I am getting sick and tired of making this so complicated. I KNOW WHAT TO DO !!!!!! I just have to keep it as simple and basic as I can. I am excited to know that I can feel “normal” at social gatherings. That I can allow myself to be flexible to a point. It felt really good yesterday to feel part of the party and not mentally stressing it .

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