All Things In Moderation

…….. and moderation in all things .

Archive for October, 2009


Posted by Susan on October 29, 2009

This morning when I got up I weighed myself and I was back to 144 lbs. . Not the horrible number I faced last night, but still well over what I want to be. So, I am still faced with the original gain . Not good , but not as bad as I thought. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my reaction last night . I’ve also been wondering what the heck has been going on with my body lately ……. why is it that when I was enjoying treats in moderation before , I was able to maintain with out a problem, and then all of a sudden a gain , when I am not really giving myself as much freedom. I just don’t get it !

For the next few weeks I am going to work on getting the weight off that is bothering me, and try to level out before the Holiday Season begins. I’m going to take a deep breath , focus on my goal, and get to work. I need to get on track BEFORE the Season starts so that if there is a gain , it won’t be a gain on top of the a gain !

I am not going to agonize over things anymore, and I am not going to whine and feel sorry for myself ! I am just going to take action ! Beginning now ! This very minute !

Maybe last night’s stupidity was a good thing. It certainly woke me up ! A wake-up call that I think I needed.

Here are my eats for the day :



This morning I tried something different for breakfast . I scrambled 2 eggs ( 1 egg + 1 egg white ). Then i took a wrap, and spread 1 wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese on it and added the scrambled eggs. I then rolled it all up made myself an egg and cheese wrap. It was delicious ! I love the tasted of the LC Cheese with eggs . It tastes really rich and sinful when it is not bad at all ! I also had a banana with it (not shown ).


My morning snack today was an apple and some almonds.


I finally found a place to sit and relax for lunch today . I had a Chobani Yogurt with 1 c. of puffed wheat cereal.


I am ashamed to say , that I ended up giving in and having a Mini Moon Pie .



Dinner tonight was turkey meatloaf with Kashi 7 Whole Grain Rice Pilaf  and a green salad.

Sorry to say , no dessert tonight . I had the Moon Pie, with the understanding that if I had it, I would forfeit dessert ……. I think next time given the choice I will stick to dessert at home or bring the Moon Pie home to have after dinner ! It just isn’t the same with no sweet after dinner  :(.

I can’t tell you how happy I am tomorrow is Friday ! This week has been so rough. I am glad to see it end, and look forward to the weekend to recharge. I have a full one planned too !

I hope everyone has a great night ! I am off to bed to read and relax.

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I Should Not ………..

Posted by Susan on October 28, 2009

………. weigh myself at night ! Before I got in the shower tonight I weighed myself and the number that popped up was horrible ! 146 lbs. !!!!!!!!!!!! What the hell ????? I’ve been working out, eating the same amount of calories as I did when I lost weight originally ! I went into complete panic mode ! The logical part of my brain knows that this is not an accurate reading because I drank at least a gallon of water today, and I ate a good amount of fiber as well …….. but the illogical side of my brain of course always wins. My first thought was no dinner tonight ! the I went over my calories for the day and they were really low . I ate dinner as usual and mapped out my calories for tomorrow , making them even lower than today.

I could have avoided this entire drama if I’d at least waited until tomorrow morning to jump on the scale ……… I am not sure what to do about this. I will sleep on it, and check things in the morning . Then I will go from there. I am really stressed about this. With all the stresses of the past few days , I should have known better than to add to it this way, especially if it is unwarranted and I am back to normal tomorrow ! I guess I will see.

Here are my eats for the day :



Breakfast this morning was Honey Chobani yogurt with Nature’s Path Pumpkin/Flax Seed Granola .


I also had an apple with that .


My AM snack was an orange and some almonds.



My second AM snack was a banana , and a Mini Moon Pie (I won’t be having any more of these ! 😦 ) .


Another lunch on the run today ! I’m going to have to figure something out because lack of a place to eat makes me rush my food , and that leaves me with heartburn ! I had a wrap with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese inside and some pretzels.


I opted to have dinner after all tonight. I had some turkey meatloaf, Spinach Gnocchi , and a green salad.


I had dessert tonight too. This is a tiny piece of cake. Two bites , but enough to give me the after dinner sweet I crave.

It is a cold rainy night here and all I can think about is a warm bed and the excellent book I am reading. that is where I am headed after catching up on some of my favorite blogs. I hope everyone has a great night. Oh and by the way ……..don’t be stupid like me and weigh yourself at 4:00 in the afternoon ……. it will ruin your entire day !

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Exhausted !

Posted by Susan on October 27, 2009

Work today was not much better than yesterday ! We are in the process of renovating the Rehab Gym and guess who has to pack things up, make sure every box is clearly marked, and find a home for theses things in the interim ?????? Yeah , You got it ! I packed up a few rooms yesterday, and was told today I needed to move it again ! I was livid ! I spent most of the day lugging boxes from one end of the building to another ! If they tell me tomorrow that I need to move them again I swear ………. I was going to say I will quit, but as we all know, that is just NOT an option. So I guess I will just have to do it !

The one positive about being busy all day is that food is the furthest thing from my mind ! I ended up throwing away some of my lunch because I kept getting kicked out of every place I sat down to eat by construction guys ! I was never so happy to walk into my own warm cozy house in my life !

Now that it is over and I am showered and my belly is filled I feel a bit better . Here is my food for today :


Before my workout this morning I had a banana .  Today was a cardio day. I did a 30 min. elliptical program, and 30 min. HIIT on the spin bike .


It was cold and rainy this morning , so I was in the mood for something warm and cozy for breakfast. What fits the bill better than oatmeal ! I had Oats with some Puffed Wheat cereal, and a T. of Chocolate Peanut Butter .


When I got to work I found a huge tub of Mini Moon Pies ! I had one with an apple for my first morning snack. It was delicious and only 130 calories !


My second morning snack was a Special K Cereal Bar. I ate it while lugging boxes.


By the time I got to lunch I was starving, but the wall were being torn down in the area where I usually eat. I ended up walking around eating while I looked for a place to sit for  a minute and eat.  I had tuna with 1 T. of light mayo, and some almonds. I ended up eating all of the sammie, and 2 almonds and threw the rest away because I didn’t feel like carrying them around ! I never did find a place to eat !



I was in the need for comfort food when I got home today and I think sweet potatoes are just about as comforting as you can get for me. They remind me of Thanksgiving . I had one tonight with some turkey meatloaf and a green salad with a sprinkle of reduced fat cheddar cheese and some sunflower seeds .


For dessert I had a slice of Diet 7up Cake with 1 T. of reduced sugar vanilla frosting . Perfect sweet ending to a not so sweet day !

I am now off to bed to read and hopefully fall asleep ! I am so tired my bones literally ache ! I am looking forward to the weekend already and tomorrow is only Wednesday. I hope that things quiet down a little tomorrow !

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Monday : So Glad It Is Over !

Posted by Susan on October 26, 2009

I don’t like being negative, but I have to say …….. I HATE Mondays ! Today was worst than most. I am really unhappy with my job. I can’t even express in words how much I dread going everyday, and after a nice relaxing weekends, it is tortuous ! I understand , that with this economy , and with people losing their jobs left and right, I should be grateful to even have one ! But the thought of that is easier to deal  with than the reality. I keep telling myself that sooner or later, my day will come, and I believe that. I just wish it would hurry up and get here already !!!!!

I did really well food-wise today, but it unraveled a little when I got home from work. Here is my food for the day :


I got up at 3am this morning for my workout. I did my scheduled Circuit Training routine , and 30 min. HIIT on the treadmill . Before heading downstairs to get it done , I had a banana .


For breakfast this morning I had 2 scrambled eggs, and a whole grain English muffin .


My AM Snack this morning was an apple and some almonds.


Today’s lunch was Vanilla Chobani Yogurt, with a cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch mixed into it. By this time it was 2 pm and I was starving !


Meet , my undoing …… my husband’s candy jar. This week it is filled with M&M’s ! When I got home from work I could not resist. Honestly, chocolate is sometimes like a drug to me. I can literally feel the calm wash over me the minute it melts in my mouth . I had 3 handfuls . I was pretty PO’d at myself for giving in so easily ….but true to form , when it was over I moved on and pretended it never happened. This is the only way I know of to not allow the remainder of my day go down the drain.



Dinner tonight was turkey meatloaf , served with couscous, and a green salad.


Dessert tonight …… 7up Cake. I made it just like a Diet Coke cake, but used a yellow cake mix , and a can of Diet 7up. It was amazing, it had a tiny hint of lemon to it. I added 1 T. of Pillsbury Reduced Sugar Frosting ……….. shear heaven !!!!

I considered skipping dessert because of my mini-binge on the M&M’s ……. But why should I ? It never happened , remember ? 🙂

I am in the midst of making plans with some girlfriends for dinner in a few weeks. The only problem is, we always go to this one restaurant . The food is great , but there are literally NO healthy choices on the menu. I am going to do some research and see if I can find a different place to suggest that offers at least a few options that are lighter. I hate to be a pain about it, but I would hate to go out and only have a side salad  …… no fun ! hopefully they will be perceptive to the idea .

I am off to bed to sleep off this awful day, and keep myself away from the candy jar ! Have a great night !

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Too Short Sunday !

Posted by Susan on October 25, 2009

After the rain yesterday , it was so nice to wake up this morning to sunshine ! I slept in this morning ( 8:00 ) and it felt amazing ! I knew that I had somewhere to go today involving food so the the first order of business was a workout ! I like to take Sunday’s as a Rest Day , but knowing I would be eating heavier than usual, I decided to do some light cardio. I did 30 min. SS on the spin bike, and 30 min. SS on the elliptical trainer.


Before my workout I had an egg with reduced fat cheddar cheese on a whole grain English Muffin, and a banana.


I also had a hot cup of Green Tea, while I watched the first half of CBS Sunday Morning . Today’s show was called “Size Matters”. It was  segments pertaining to the obesity epidemic in the US. It was really interesting. I watched the second half of the show while I did my cardio.


After my workout I had a Special K Bar and started getting ready to go to my mother-in-law’s for the party.


When I got there my sister-in-law was in about to make her famous,” Notorious B.I.G. Salad” . She is famous for this salad , and no matter what the occasion, we all ask her to make it ! It is a serious salad with a lot of flavor. It contains :

  • 50/50 Spring Mix Greens and Romaine
  • red onion
  • red pepper
  • orange pepper
  • yellow pepper
  • broccoli florets
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • cilantro
  • Craisins
  • slivered almonds
  • baby carrots
  • Fat Free Herb Feta cheese
  • Hopkins Inn Dressing (this dressing is made locally and is only available in New Milford CT.  It is the best dressing I’ve ever had ! But this salad is so flavorful, you don’t need much !)
  • English cucumber
  • grape tomatoes



My sister-in-law Laura and her helper, Audrey (our niece ), chopping the veggies .



It is as pretty and colorful as it is delicious !


Lunch was Pizza ! Lot’s of pizza !


Here is my messy plate. One slice of pizza, and salad. I went back for seconds on the salad !


After lunch it was time for Birthday Cake ! My favorite part !



The Birthday Girl ( my sister-in-law Amy) and her daughters getting ready to blow out the candles !


My slice of cake . I ate 2 bites before I remembered to take the picture. You know me I love cake and this was excellent ! My sister-in-law doesn’t like sweet frosting, so my mother-in-law made this chocolate cake from scratch and served it with whipped cream. It was super  moist and good !


On the way home Matt and I stopped at the store for some items I forgot when we did our weekly shopping. He wanted some candy for his candy jar in the ” Man Room” and I spied these …… Dark Chocolate Raisinets ! I had some on the ride home !

When we got home I made lunches for tomorrow and did some other preparations for the week ahead. I think I ate plenty today so I think I am done for the night, aside from a possible light snack later in if I feel I need it ! The rest of the evening is going to be spent relaxing ! I little TV, and some reading, and bed at a decent hour !I am definitely NOT ready for the weekend to be over ! Oh well !

Have a great night !

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Weekly Weigh In

Posted by Susan on October 25, 2009

This morning I got up and on the scale . 143.0 lbs. That is a loss of 1.4 lbs. for the week . Not fabulous , not horrible. I guess considering that I did a little night time snacking after dinner last night , it is pretty fabulous ! I was up late , and that is always dangerous for me.

I always say, a loss , no matter how small , is a loss …… so I suppose I should be satisfied.

After my weigh in , I started some laundry , had breakfast , and worked out for an hour . I did 30 min. HIIT on the spin bike , and a 30 min. program on the elliptical trainer .

I had a pretty big “To Do List” for today. The original plan for today was to go for our annual Fall Leaf Peeping ride ! Every year we (husband , niece, and myself) jump in the car and ride all over Northwestern Connecticut. We take pictures and enjoy the scenery , and all of the gorgeous colors of fall in our neck of the woods. We always stop at a little roadside place for lunch too. I is a fun day that all of us look forward to.

Unfortunately, today was gray and pouring rain ! Miserable outside ! I think we are out of luck this year.

The alternate plan ……… CLEANING ! All day ! I got everything on my list accomplished ! I love when that happens !

Here are my eats for today :


This is my attempt at a Yogurt/Granola Parfait . Didn’t turn out very pretty , fortunately it tasted great ! For Breakfast, Chobani Vanilla Yogurt with Pumpkin Granola and a banana.



For my AM snack I had a crunchy apple with a T. of peanut butter.


Today’s lunch was some tuna with low fat mayo and some Romain lettuce, with some almonds .



Dinner tonight was Basil Gnocchi and turkey meatloaf with a green salad.


This was the est part of the whole day ! DC Cake with 1 T. of Vanilla Reduced Sugar Frosting. I don’t know why I never thought of this before ! For the one T. of frosting it was only 60 calories. Not too bad , it it tastes like birthday cake !!

On the agenda for the rest of my Saturday evening? My niece is here until 9:30 , so after that I am FREE ! I will probably watch TV, then go to bed and read for a while. Tomorrow we have a little Birthday Luncheon to attend. The plan is for me to get a workout in before we go.  I’ve already asked the host what is being served so I have my eats planned out. It should be a fun time !

Off I go to play cards with the kid ! Have a great evening !

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The Written Calorie

Posted by Susan on October 22, 2009

I can’t believe it is already the end of the week ! I am so looking forward to waking up naturally on Saturday morning I can’t even tell you ! This week has been extremely hard for me as far as getting up in the morning. It must be the change of season. I sleep so much better in the Fall/Winter. Being comfy and warm in bed makes it really difficult to get up and get going !


As I’ve mentioned before , I am a calorie counter. I keep a little note book, and in it I record what I eat, how much and how many calories it is, and exercise for each day. I have used online calorie counters ( I was on Sparkpeople for a long time ), but since I have no access to a computer during the day (at work) I find it easier to do it by hand. I have about 4 or 5 used up notebooks down in my workout room. I save them to look back on.

I will usually set aside a little time in the mornings to map out my food and exercise for the day. This way I know exactly where my calories are going, and it also allows me to work in a splurge or dessert. I’ve been called all kinds of things for the practice ! Obsessive is what I hear most often !

I disagree though ! I think that recording food/calories helps to keep me accountable , and it also saves me time. I think it is smart, and I also know it was the key to my weight loss success. For me personally , writing things down on paper solidifies it in my mind. It gives me a plan. Having that plan in my head, and then written down permanently on to paper, makes it harder to deviate from. Whether you write it by hand , or use a computer tracking system , it makes a difference !

Today was good food-wise. I was super busy, and didn’t even think about food. I love days like that, even though they tend to be exhausting !


This morning I had oatmeal with puffed wheat cereal and some chocolate peanut butter. I also had a banana. (excuse the lipstick on my cup of green tea ! 🙂 )


AM snack : an orange .


AM Snack #2 : Almonds.


I was in the mood for something different for lunch today. I had a tuna wrap and some Wheat Stix.



Dinner tonight was some turkey meatloaf , a baked sweet potato with some Olivio Spray , and a green salad.


Dessert tonight, my old standby ! DC Cake topped with chocolate peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate chips. This dessert never gets old for me !

Tomorrow is another IF day for me . I will be drinking a lot of water and trying to keep as busy as possible. I am hoping that my second fast will be easier than my first this week !

Right now I am off to bed ! I have a jam-packed weekend ahead of me and it begins as soon as I get home from work tomorrow. I need to rest up ! Saturday morning is also my weigh in day , so I will see if my weight has come down any.  Have a peaceful night  !

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The Tempting Snooze Button

Posted by Susan on October 21, 2009

When the alarm went off this morning, for the first time in a very long time, I felt like I could not even open my eyes I was so tired ! I just did NOT feel like getting out of bed. I dragged myself out of bed and across the room to turn off the clock and was soooooooo tempted to hit snooze !

But I put myself on auto pilot, and started going through the motions as usual ! At this point, unless I am sick as a dog ( like dying !) snooze is not an option. Nor is skipping a workout. I’ve just worked too hard and come to far to let being a little more tired than usual, stand in the way of what has to be done !

So I did what what I had to do : my scheduled circuit routine , and 30 min. of HIIT on the treadmill. After the first 10 min. I wasn’t tired anymore. I won’t say it was one of the most hardcore workout I’ve ever done, but I didn’t slack on it either. I’d be lying if I said  it was fun  ……… but it got done , and that is all that matters !

I’ve promised myself that tonight I will go straight to bed after posting ! Here is my food for the day :


This morning for breakfast I had a Whole Grain English Muffin with 2 T. of peanut butter and a sliced up banana.


About 9am I had an orange and some almonds.


At 11 am I had a Special K Bar to get me through until lunch at 2:00 .



Lunch today was Strawberry Choboni on top of 1 c. of Go Lean Crunch .


The “Cookie Lady ” treated us to some of her creations again today ! (the same woman who made the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies !) Today’s treats ….. Iced Apple Spice Cookies ! I had one . I just had to ! They are worth ever calorie and every gram of fat !



Dinner tasted much better than it looks ! Turkey Meatloaf , Couscous , and a salad . In the picture it all kind of blends together , but the taste was excellent.


Tonight’s dessert was 1/2 c. of mint chocolate chip ice cream with a small drizzle of chocolate syrup on top ! A great ending to the day !

Now I am off to bed ! Hopefully, if I get enough sleep I won’t have to face temptation (snooze!) in the morning !

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I Got Through It ! (then I made meatloaf !)

Posted by Susan on October 20, 2009

Well, I made it through my first IF day. To say that is was awful would not be truthful, but to say it was easy is an understatement. The more I do it the easier it gets. This I know from experience, at least. Through out the day I can’t really say I was hungry, I mostly missed the act of eating ! Doing the 24 hr. fast gets me in better touch with what hunger actually feels like. Most of the time I don’t allow myself to get hungry before I feed myself , and if I am busy , I can go on without eating and not even notice. I find these facts very telling . It makes me wonder about all the other reasons I eat, aside from just enjoying different flavors !

Anyway I made it to 24 hours (I slept through some of it !) and when dinner time rolled around I was absolutely ready for it !!!!!!


Since it was nice out tonight , Matt made me a turkey burger on the grill. I had it on a Whole Grain English Muffin (toasted) , with oven fries and a green salad ! It was the best dinner EVER ! (Probably because I was really hungry !)


Dessert tonight , DC Cake with Chocolate peanut butter, coconut and chocolate chips ! Heaven !

I decided to make Turkey Meatloaf tonight . The meat finally thawed out and I was afraid if I didn’t make it the meat would go bad on me !


Here are the ingredients for my Turkey Meatloaf :

  • Ground Turkey
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 c. steel cut oats
  • reduced fat cheese (optional)


The first thing I do is bring 3 cups of water to a boil, and add 1/2 of a cup of steel cut oats. I let it boil for 10 min.Then I strain out all the liquid and let it sit and cool.


Then I chop both peppers and the 1/2 of an onion.


I then combine the ground turkey , peppers, onion, oats and 2 egg whites together. It sometimes feels really watery but in the end it all binds together . I also add salt and pepper , and sometimes a T. of reduced sugar ketchup . I didn’t do that this batch.


Once all of the ingredients are combined I separate the mixture in half.


Then I cover a cookie sheet with tinfoil and it with cooking spray .


I shape each half of the meatloaf mixture into 2 small loaves on the cookie sheet . I then sprinkle the top some reduced fat cheddar cheese on the top of each loaf and bake at 350 degrees for 45 min.


Here is the finished product !


It is enough meatloaf to last me over a week ! ( I am the only one who eats it so sometimes 2 weeks !) I usually freeze one and defrost it when I finish the first one . I love this stuff. It is pretty basic, I am a beginner cook . But it is easy and quick and makes a good amount !

Now I am off to bed ! I want to keep up the momentum of not eating after dinner ! I hope everyone has a great night !

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Back In The Game ……. Again !

Posted by Susan on October 19, 2009

Well, here I am again ! Back in weight loss mode ! This morning when I got up I was 144.4 . My goal is to lose 9.6 lbs. by the Holidays (that will put me at 135 lbs.) . Honestly, I am disappointed. I thought I had the maintenance thing down. Guess not, huh?

I hate to say this , but I feel safer and more secure in this mode. I feel so much more in control. Once I figured out what worked best for me, it was almost fun to be on a diet ! I liked working all week toward a goal. I was always so excited for weigh-in’s Saturday mornings. It was something to reach for. Maintaining didn’t hold as much excitement for me.

I guess it is normal to start getting over confident while maintaining. You’ve worked so long to reach the goal weight, and after a month or two of successfully maintaining that loss, you start feeling normal . Well, you fool yourself into believing your normal I think is a better description. The unfortunate truth is, even when you’ve reached that ultimate goal, your NOT done. I think I lost sight of that a little bit.

I am really trying to find the lesson in this gain . I figure, if I can learn something from this small setback, then I can hopefully know better for the next time.

This morning I got up to workout , as usual. I did my scheduled Circuit workout, and 30 min. HIIT on the treadmill. Then I started getting myself ready for the day ahead of me.


To start the day I had some puffed wheat cereal with fat free milk, a hard cooked egg, and a banana . Not very creative, but satisfying ! I ate this at 5:30 am.



My morning snacks were an orange at 9:00 am and a 100 calorie pack of almonds at 11:00 am.


At 2:00 pm, I had some pumpkin granola over Chobani Greek Yogurt. Today’s’ flavor was honey.



Dinner tonight was amazing ! I made my version of a Burrito . It contained a 4 oz. chicken breast , re-fried beans, leftover rice and beans from last night (Kashi Fiery Fiesta) topped with some reduced fat cheddar cheese and stuffed into a tortilla.  On Monday nights I have my niece from about 5-7 pm . I feed her , do homework with her, and bathe her. It is a night I need something quick for dinner. Tonight’s dinner was not only quick ….. but really tasty !


As always , I never end a night without my sweet ! I was dying for this all day today so I made it my dessert. A fun size Milky Way Bar.

This is it for the day ! I am off to bed early to ensure I don’t graze and snack all night ! Tomorrow is a IF day (Intermittent Fast)  . No eating from 6pm tonight until 6pm tomorrow night. It is not as hard as it sounds. I just do my best not to think about food. It isn’t really a problem because I am able to keep busy while I am at work . I need to make sure I stay hydrated, I drink water all day long. If I am really feeling hungry I will buy a Diet Coke from the vending machine and split it with a co-worker. I haven’t fasted in a while so I am sure tomorrow will be challenging. But I keep reminding myself all day that I can have dinner, and for some reason , it usually gets me through.

Wish me luck !

Before I end for the night, I needed to confess something. I am so freaked out about the weight gain, that I actually put fresh batteries in my scale, just in case old batteries  were to balme for my weight gain ! I know ! Irrational and a bit obsessive ! I just worked so hard to get here, I just don’t want to slide backward. In all honesty it is my worst nightmare to gain back the weight I lost !

OK ! Off to bed to read ! Have a great one !

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