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Bargain Shopping And Goals For The Coming Week

Posted by Susan on February 15, 2010

After Last night’s Treat Night I woke up this morning ravenous ! Isn’t that weird? When I eat more than usual, I wake up in the morning feeling half starved to death, when I eat my normal calories, and quit eating by 7PM, I am fine, and can wait hours before having breakfast.

The plans for today was to make good on a Christmas gift we gave Matt’s mom. We try to give gifts of together-time, rather than actual things to his mom. She enjoys them more, and so do we. The original gift was dinner and a movie, her choice. She mentioned that she would love to come with us one day on our bargain hunting adventures at our favorite over-stock stores so we offered her a Breakfast/Shopping Trip outing with us ……. and today was the day!

On the way to our shopping destinations we stopped at one of our favorite little places for breakfast. I toyed with possibly just getting a fruit bowl and some cereal, but figured we wouldn’t get home until after close to dinner so it would be best if I ate a big breakfast.

I ended up having a Veggie /Swiss Omelet with whole wheat toast and home fries. It was good! I really wanted hot chocolate, but saved the calories and had water instead. *Sigh*

The day was great. We hit 3 stores and I came home with a good amount of loot ! Here’s some of it.

I got this lunch bag I’ve been eyeballing for a while.

A new Planner to record food and workouts.

A bunch of stuff to make a special Valentine gift for my favorite almost 9 year old [niece, Kate].

And I have been wanting to try Quinoa [ pronounced Keen-wha]. I’ve read about it in Oxygen Magazine, but have never been able to find it. I got some today, so I added it to tonight’s dinner menu.

For dinner tonight I had a chicken breast, some roasted Brussels sprouts, quinoa and a spinach/feta/cranberry/sunflower salad The verdict on the quinoa, I don’t really have one.I t wasn’t awful, it wasn’t spectacular. I added some Olivio and some grated FF Parmesan cheese to it because it was pretty bland. It was OK, I just have to experiment with it a little bit.

I had some Blueberry Chobani with a handful of granola on top for dessert. After last night’s sugary treat, I really enjoyed a dessert that was a little more wholesome. I have to admit, as nice as treats are, and as much as I look forward to them, I really enjoy eating well. I am getting to the point where real food tastes really good to me. Almost better than my treats.

This development is really interesting to me. Take today’s breakfast , for example. It was great, don’t get me wrong, but to be honest, I would have rather made breakfast at home. Aside from the fact that I would know exactly how it was made, I feel like the food I make tastes better than the food I get when I am out. I guess this kind of makes me a boring person, who would rather eat in, then go out to eat. But who cares!? It is important that when watching your food intake , to enjoy what your eating, and I just seem to enjoy my food best!

I’ve decided to include small weekly mini-goals each week in my Sunday posts each week. I think this is a great way to strive for more each week as well and keep myself accountable. There’s something about getting something clear in your mind , and actually writing them down and putting them out there. For me, it makes me feel more responsible for getting it done!

Goals For The Week:

  1. Workout 5-6 days
  2. Add 2 PM Spin Classes [Wed. & Fri.] to my usual 60 min. every morning
  3. Track all food [thankfully this week , the sweets won’t be as abundant, and it will lessen temptation]
  4. 24 Hour Fasting twice this week [Tues. & Fri.]
  5. Added Ab Circuit to usual Circuit Training days
  6. Keep up with water intake
  7. Deliberately stay as active as possible at work [taking stairs whenever possible, keeping on the move even when it isn’t absolutely necessary]

Most of these things I do, and have been doing for some time now, [with the exception of the extra Spin Classes] but it gives me an extra push to actually post it!

It’s been a long , busy day, and I am beat! Time to settle in with some herbal tea, and get ready to call it a night! A  new week is calling my name!


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Liar, Liar !

Posted by Susan on February 14, 2010

This morning, as usual I wasn’t able to sleep past 5:30 …… When my body’s had enough sleep it just wants UP! I used the time to my advantage, though, getting a head start on laundry, and housework. I was also anxious to jump on the scale this morning to see what the results were from this past week.

I was expecting great things. I made an extra effort this week to move as much as possible. By this I mean, since my job is physical anyway, I’ve been making the most of it. I run all over the building anyway on a daily basis, but now I use the stairs as much as possible, using every excuse I can to take as many steps as possible during the course of the day. It makes the day fly by too, so that’s an added bonus!

Plus this week I’ve added an extra Ab Circuit to my usual circuit routine, and 2 days this week I added 50 min Spin Classes after work. I also stayed on track with my eating AND fasted for 24 hours twice.

I felt really confident weighing in. I felt physically smaller, my stomach was flatter, and I can see when I look in the mirror a difference. I stepped on the scale, expecting to see 138 flash before my eyes! And what did I see ???????

144.6  !!!!!!!!!!! WTF ????????? I stepped on and off the scale 2 or 3 times, even moved it around the bathroom floor ……… it wasn’t budging !

I got off the scale and tried on my size 6 jeans. You know, the ones that were becoming uncomfortably tight ? Well, they are no longer uncomfortable. They fit fine now. No more muffin top beginning to spill over the waist band …… Hmmmmmmm …… All I can say is …….the scale today was a BIG FAT LIAR!!!!

Instead of second guessing myself, or being worried or in a panic, I just let it go! I obviously haven’t gained any fat. It is probably my body adjusting to the extra exercise I’ve thrown at it this week. I notice that about myself. When I add something to my usual 60 min. of exercise a day, I sometimes go through a period of “gain” scale-wise, but not body-wise [if that makes any sense].

Regardless , I was not allowing the scale to rule my mood, to wreck my day, or to make me over think how I am actually doing. My eyes tell me what the scale seems to be missing …….. I am making progress. We’ll see what next week brings.

Today was my scheduled Rest Day. I am in such a workout groove lately that I kind of wanted to workout! I’ve come to one of those periods where I am really loving it, and almost craving it. It happens now and then for me. Sometimes I do what I have to do , and other times I feel so great when I do it I want to do it more. The only problem with that is, there is the danger of over-training. I’ve done that before.

While trying to loose weight for my wedding a few years ago, I would workout [elliptical only!] an hour every  morning, and an hour every night! I would never take rest days. Then every few months I would get on the elliptical in the morning and get light headed and weak. I’d have to get off the thing and lay down for a bit to recover, and that would scare me enough to allow myself the rest of the day off from exercise.

Knowing what I know today, the importance of allowing your body time to recover, I try to never let my body get to that point. From my experience, Rest Days are just as important as Workout Days, in terms of  helping me reach my goals and they really help the body not to plateau.

I got all of my work done around the house today early and really made an effort to rest. I watched some TV, did some reading, and I even took a short nap this afternoon! I did a lot this week, and want to do a lot next week ….. I wanted to be sure to give my body time to recharge!

Here are my eats for the day:

Breakfast this morning was earlier than I like to eat it on weekends. But what the hey! I was hungry! I had some Baked Instant Pumpkin Oats with a spoonful of chocolate peanut butter. I also added 1 T. of whey protien powder to my oats to give them some staying power since I was eating so early.

Around 10AM I snacked on a ReFuel Bar, and had a cup of green tea.

Lunch today was awesome! I had  Morning Star Garden Burger with roasted garlic humus and spinach on a Light English muffin, along with some whole wheat pretzels.

I ended up napping through my planned afternoon snack and it was close to dinner time when I woke up so I just skipped it.

Dinner tonight was Tilapia, with roasted Brussels sprouts, and roasted butternut squash. I had a salad with that, but tonight it was minus the dried cranberries, because I ran out! Bummer! The salad is not as pretty without them, but still tasted good, I used some sunflower seeds in their place.

As usual, tonight is Treat Night!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is my treat for tonight! Some really good , Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream! My all-time favorite flavor!!!!!! I am excited to have it ….. but it won’t be until later on. 🙂

I hope everyone has a great Valentines Day tomorrow. Matt and I don’t celebrate on the 14th …..we celebrate on the 28th. That is the anniversary of our engagement. It was a really special day for us, and since the 2 days are so close, we always combine them. Plus, we don’t have any trouble getting dinner reservations on the 28th!!!!!

Have a Happy !!!!!!!!!!!

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Sticks And Stones ………

Posted by Susan on February 13, 2010

Today at work there were the typical Valentines Day celebratory goodies. Chocolates galore, cup cakes, conversation hearts, lollipops, you name , it was around……. ALL DAY !

At lunchtime, I was sitting with some women who were passing around a large plate of gigantic, cupcakes the size of my head, decorated with sprinkles, and gum drops and sugary frosting. When the plate was passed to me, I just kept passing it.

They were not very tempting to me. For one thing they were huge, and for another thing, I wasn’t really sure they were worth the calories, and didn’t want to take the chance of indulging in something just because it was there, not because I really wanted it. Plus I knew I had my special Saturday Treat waiting for me and that was enough to convince me in that split second to wait.

One of the women at the table made a comment……. ” Oh come on Sue, live a little! You’re way too obsessed! I would hate to live like you! Your just no fun at all!”

I wish I was one of those people who could think of smart come backs in a matter of seconds, but to be honest, I was taken aback by the comment, so I just sat there like a dope.

Since losing weight I’ve had the entire spectrum of opinions thrown my way. Everything from ….. your such an inspiration …. to….. don’t you think your taking this weight loss thing too far? your not turning anorexic are you? Sometimes like today, the comments embarrass me. Sometimes I wish that I could say what I really think. What do I really think?

  • I wasn’t happy with myself so I did what I had to do to change it.
  • I like how I am, and do what I have to stay that way.
  • I work hard, I am determined, and I am focused …… since when is that a bad thing?
  • I’m 46 years old and in the best shape of my life, wearing a size I’ve never EVER worn, and I’m proud of it!
  • I don’t want to waste calories on something I don’t know is good, I’d rather spend them wisely on something I KNOW is worth it!
  • I workout because I love how I feel afterward, it is a part of my everyday life, just like brushing my teeth, or showering.
  • Why should I have to justify the way I choose to live to anyone?
  • Why should I have to feel embarrassed about something I worked my ass off for?
  • Why is what I eat  any of your business, let alone even remotely important to you?
  • It feels really good to make a goal for yourself and accomplish it, and no one can take that away from me.
  • I have plenty of fun in my life. It’s just that my fun doesn’t revolve around food anymore.
  • Some people just don’t “get it”, and they never will!

After thinking about it afterward, I decided that everyone is entitled to an opinion ……. even me! I am happier than I’ve ever been with myself. For the first time I can honestly say, I accept myself. I am not perfect, but I like myself anyway.

The one thing that no one will ever understand , unless they stand in my shoes, is how badly I wanted to change. How much I needed to change.

So if people want to think of me as obsessed with the whole eating right and keeping my body fit thing, let them. If they want to think that I never have any fun in my life, let them think that too. Only I know where I was, and the freedom that came with making a decision to commit to myself.

It may be a lot of work keeping all the hard-earned benefits I’ve gained, but for me it was and is all worth it! I don’t need a cupcake to make me happy, and I don’t need approval from others. All that matters is what I think …… and I think I am just fine!

Happy Valentines Day !

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One Alarm Away From The Weekend

Posted by Susan on February 12, 2010

Today wasn’t bad at all …….. I was busy all day and the day flew by! After work Matt and I got our weekly grocery shopping done, so now we are don’t have to worry about it this weekend. I can come home tomorrow night and get in a spin class, straighten out the house, and relax. I am so very happy tomorrow is Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning I got up for my usual AM workout. Since I did a spin class yesterday afternoon, I took it easy with the cardio:

  • 30 min. Resistance Program / Elliptical
  • 30 min. SS / Spin bike

This morning for breakfast I had a Breakfast Cookie and a cup of tea. The ride in this morning was messy. The snow finally started to stick to the roads over night due to the temperature dropping after dark. I felt like it took forever to get to work!

I ran around like a wild woman most of the morning once I got there, and finally got in my mid-morning snack about 10:00. I had a (Re)Fuel Bar, and a clementine that had absolutely no taste ….. Yuck !

For lunch, I had some “tuna salad” , but in place of tuna made it with salmon and a little light mayo. I made it into a wrap with a handful of spinach. I had some pretzels with my wrap and another clementine. This once had a little more taste than the one I had this morning.

On the drive home I had snacked on some Kashi H2H Cereal. This stuff is becoming a favorite snack for me. It is easy to eat while I drive home, and it is slightly sweet and crunchy. Two things I find to be most satisfying in a snack.

After shopping, I just heated up some veggies I made yesterday. I had a chicken breast, some roasted butternut squash [ to me this tastes like sweet potato, it has a sweetness to it I love ], ans some Brussels Sprouts.

Dessert tonight was Strawberry Greek Yogurt with some granola on top.

At the moment I am sipping some herb tea, and getting ready to call it a night! I am so happy this week went by quickly and I am on the brink of another weekend.

I am off to do some reading …………… have a great night!


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A Messed Up Day

Posted by Susan on February 10, 2010

I hate days like today! The GIGANTIC STORM we were supposed to get, got the entire world in a panic around here! I unfortunately fell right into it myself. After waking up every hour on the hour last night,I finally got up at 2AM to workout. I had a great workout:

  • Body Weight Circuits
  • 20 min. Intervals / Treadmill
  • Ab Circuit

After my workout I was in a mad rush to get ready, and get myself out the door to work. The weather report kept saying it was coming [the storm] , like the end of the world. It wasn’t snowing when I left, so I figured I was ahead of the game.

Everyone where I work was in this mad dash to get 8 hours worth of work into about 4  hours, so I spent most of the morning running. I never ended up eating the lunch I packed, and when I did grab a snack it never occurred to me to take a picture of it.

Yes it did snow most of the day, but nothing big. Everyone kept waiting for it to get bad ……. but in my opinion it never did. When I drove home at 1:30,[at least I got out early] there was nothing sticking to the roads.

I spent most of a day snacking , and not really eating any meals. I hate that, because I always feel so off, ya know? Oh well, I did get an extra workout in today! I did a SPIN CLASS !!!!!

So although my day was all over the place food-wise, nothing awful , just nothing structured, I do better with structure, I did get the extra workout in. All is not lost!

I am really beginning to regain my love for Spinning. It was my first [workout] love. Classes were expensive, but I used to take them 3x a week. Then I had to cut down to 2x a week, then the place I took the classes closed, so that was the end of that.

Two years ago I bought the Spin Bike and the CD’s for myself as a Christmas / Birthday gift. I did them for a while and then got into something else. I am so glad to have found my way back to it again. I am definitely going to start working them into my week as much as I can.

Anyway,now I am exhausted! It’s been a long and stressful day, and I am glad to see it end! Even though it is still snowing, I doubt it will effect my sleeping tonight. I’m off to read and catch some ZZZZ’s .


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Fasting Tuesday

Posted by Susan on February 10, 2010

Today was a fasting day for me. I noticed a few things about fasting today that I never noticed before. For the most part, aside from those empty tummy rumblings from time to time, I was never really that hungry. What I miss during the day is the actual act of eating.

I love food. I find enjoyment and comfort in eating it. That is what I really miss on fasting days. It’s really just a mind game. I just keep mentally reassuring myself that the fasting is temporary, and I will be able to eat dinner. It calms the food voices.

This morning while I was halfway through my workout and Celebrity Fit Club came on, so I ended up extending my Intervals on the treadmill in order to watch  it.

  • 20 min. SS / Spin Bike
  • 20 min. Resistance Program / Elliptical
  • 30 min. Intervals / Treadmill

By the time the dinner hour rolled around I was ready to eat. I was definately hungry, but wasn’t in the mood to cook anything elaborate. Thankfully I had some leftovers in the fridge ready to be heated up.

I had a piece of Tilapia with 1/2 a roasted sweet potato and some roasted Brussels sprouts, along with a spinach, feta and cranberry salad, that tonight I added some sunflower seeds to.

Dessert was Peach Chobani with some granola  on top. This has become my go-to dessert lately. I just take the container and turn it upside down and let it come out almost on one piece. that way the yogurt is topped with the fruit. I don’t mix it up like I used to. It is much better, and much more dessert like unmixed. Unlike regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is almost custard like, and not sour. The addition of the granola on top adds some crunch to the creamy texture of the yogurt. The whole combination is so flavorful and rich tasting. It also keeps me fuller than most other desserts. I am eating the yogurt desserts during the week, and saving the sweeter treats for weekends, these days.

Also herbal teas have become my night time life saver. I wish I’d discovered them sooner. They taste so good after a good meal.

We are gearing up for a big storm tomorrow here in CT. I love snow, but not on workdays! I am dreading the drive into work tomorrow , but I am even more worried about the drive home. They are predicting blizzard conditions for during the afternoon tomorrow!

The plan is to get up even earlier than the early hour I already get up, so I have time to dig myself out, and I can crawl to work at a snails pace if need be. So I am off to bed. Hopefully my nerves don’t keep me up all night! I keeping my fingers crossed!


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Monday Blahs

Posted by Susan on February 8, 2010

My weekends are always great. Why? Because I spend them doing exactly what I want to do! I am always on this internal high on Sunday nights, thinking that if I can just remind myself how great my weekend was, how completely stress-free, and relaxing even housework was, Monday won’t be so bad.

This feeling of hope lasts through the 2:45AM alarm, through my morning workout, through doing my hair and make-up, and through breakfast. Then I walk out the door, get into my car, start the engine ………and the bubble BURSTS!!!!! Reality crashes down on me and I realize , UGH! Here I go again!

Thankfully, I’ve learned to ride the Monday wave. I know that once I get through it, the rest of the week will be fine. All I have to do is get through the day. I try to shut myself off as much as possible, put myself on auto-pilot, and get it over with!

I can honestly say that nothing makes me happier, than walking through the door at the end of a Monday workday [except of course walking through the door after a Friday workday :)]

So , I made it ! I survived, and I feel much better!

This morning Matt had to get up with me because he had an early job. He was not a happy camper. He kept saying to me over and over “I don’t know how you do this everyday”. I am just used to it ……..I’ve been doing it now for almost 2 years. It’s proof positive the human body can get used to anything!

My workout this morning:

  • Body Weight Circuits [Turbulence Training]
  • 30 min. Intervals / Treadmill

I was really looking forward to breakfast this morning! I had my beloved Breakfast Cookie!

For my mid-morning snack I had a clementine, and a (Re)Fuel Bar. These things are great. They totally keep me full until I get around to lunch, and that is usually not until 2:00. When lunch time finally arrived, I still wasn’t super hungry, but I knew I needed to eat something.

I had a Laughing Cow Cheese and spinach wrap and some baby carrots and roasted garlic humus.

On the ride home from owrk I snacked on some Kashi Heart to Heart cereal ……. fast becoming a favorite snack item. [I actually took this picture while I was driving ]

Dinner tonight was a chicken breast, roasted zucchini, roasted Brussles Sprouts, and couscous, with my favorite side salad [spinach, feta, cranberries]. The couscous is in the shape of the cup I measured it in!

Dessert tonight, Blueberry Chobani, with a sprinkle of granola and a cup of Chamomile Tea.

See……told you it was blah Monday! Even my food is pretty blah.

Tomorrow will be better I bet :)!


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Sleep-in Sunday

Posted by Susan on February 7, 2010

I slept this morning until 7:15 !!!!!!! For me, that is INCREDIBLE ! I have an internal alarm clock inside of me that doesn’t allow me to sleep past 5:00 most mornings. I must have needed some extra sleep.

Here is an update on “Treat Night”. So good! It was definitely worth the calories! Not that I am surprised, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my thing! Always have been. Last night’s indulgence definitely goes on the worth it list !

I made myself some Instant Baked Pumpkin Oats again for breakfast this morning.  Today I added some slivered almonds and dried cranberries and of course chocolate peanut butter to the mix. A perfect start to my day!

When Matt got up this morning, we ran out to the grocery store before the Super Bowl rush! We grabbed a few things for the week, and ran! It is FREEZING here in CT today. Cold temps. plus wind chill! When we got home I had a hot cup of tea before dragging myself down to my gym for a spin class.

I don’t mind working out on weekdays, but I honestly hate it on weekends. I have no idea why, maybe because during the week it is routine. On weekends it is a struggle because I’m in a totally different frame of mind. But ……. I do it anyway because it is an hour out of my day, and once I do it, I am always glad I did! Today was no different. I always forget how much I love spinning.

One of my goals this week is to fit in 1-2 classes in after work. I wanted start doing it last week, but with my delicate “condition”, I wasn’t able to do it. This week I am going to try to work a few classes into my days.

Before spinning, I had a mid- morning snack. A (Re) Fuel Bar.

After a great workout:

  • 10 min. warm-up /elliptical
  • 50 min. Spin and Burn class

It was time for lunch. I was in the mood for something warm and comforting today. This is what I came up with……

The ultimate comfort food on a cold winter day, soup and grilled cheese. I had a bowl of Progresso Classic Vegetable Soup, topped with reduced fat Parmesan Cheese, and a grilled cheese sandwich made with a slice of American Cheese, and some spinach. I made the sandwich with Olivio Spray instead of butter. It was a perfect lunch. Brought me back to the soup and sandwich nights when I was a kid.

I am not a football person, and neither is Matt, so I spent the rest of the day reading, and watching a Ghost Hunters marathon on the SyFy Channel. I have a huge interest in anything paranormal. I’ve had a few encounters in my life of things I just can’t explain. The subject fascinates me.

I also snacked on a few handfuls of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal.

For dinner tonight I had a chicken breast, 1/2 a roasted sweet potato, roasted zucchini and roasted Brussels Sprouts. I added a spinach/feta/cranberry salad to my meal as well.

Dessert tonight was a Strawberry Chobani Yogurt with 1 T. of granola , and to top off my night, a hot cup of Sleepy Time Tea.

Herb tea is my new night time obsession. Maybe it is all in my head, maybe not ……. but it seems to relax me and make me sleep better. It also curbs that snacky feeling I get in the evenings before bed. In my head or not, as long as it works to my advantage, who cares, right?

I can’t believe the weekend is over. Oh well, another one is a mere 5 days away!


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Weigh-In Results And A Lot Accomplished

Posted by Susan on February 7, 2010

Matt and I were in bed last night by 8PM ! Now for me that’s not surprising for me, but for Matt ?????? Unheard of! He’s the night owl of the family! We watched some Man vs Food on the Travel Channel. Ever check that show out? It’s pretty gross, but fascinating all at the same! How does that dude eat all of that food??????????? I can’t believe the size of some of the portions out there! What he was able to consume in one meal I could make into a weeks worth of dinners !

Anyway, as a result of our incredibly early bed time, my inner alarm clock tried to wake me up at 4AM !!!!!!! I did manage to fall back to sleep until 5:30, but that was it!

I was kind of excited about getting up this morning, though. I’d planned my weekly weigh-in for this morning, and although I only worked out 4 out of the 6 planned days this week, I kept my calories in check. I was curious about what the scale would have to say about the past week.

YAY! Last Saturday I weighed-in at 142.4, today 140.8 and that equals a 1.6lb. loss !!!!!! I am officially back to my before holiday gain weight! I’m still going forward with my goal to get down to 135lbs. I’m not sure what that will look like, or if I will even be comfortable at that weight , but I am going to give it a try. I can always gain it back if it feels like too much.

I got so much done today because of the crazy hour I woke up! Even before breakfast, I had one load of wash in the washer and one in the dryer!

For breakfast I had some hot, yummy, Instant Pumpkin Baked Oats with a spoonful of chocolate peanut butter! It was so good, creamy and warm. The best breakfast for a freezing February morning!

After enjoying my oats, I got to work ! Look at all I got accomplished between 7AM and 3PM:

  • Cleaned entire house:  this includes changing the bed, vacuuming and dusting every room, scrubbing the bathroom, mopping all the floors, and straightening up my gym … looked like a bomb went off in it!
  • Washed , dried, folded and put away all the laundry
  • Fed Kate [niece] both breakfast and lunch
  • Made Matt breakfast
  • Roasted zucchini
  • Made Breakfast Cookies for the coming week
  • Baked some (Re)Fuel Bars for the coming week
  • Made up baggies of snacks for Matt’s lunches for the week

Wow! I did take breaks here and there in between chores and on those breaks I snagged a snack and some lunch!

For a snack mid-morning I had a ReFuel Bar and a clementine.

I love weekends, because I be a little more creative with my lunches. I made a tuna, spinach,and alfalfa sprouts wrap. I had my wrap with some pretzels [a serving size according to the package] with some roasted garlic humus and a clementine for dessert.

When all of my work was done, Kate and I sat down to watch some Disney Channel and snacked on some of these. Cheese Puffcorn. The best way to snack I am finding out, is to share …. especially with a hungry almost 9 year old!

Since all of my work for the day was done, I was able to relax, do some reading, and watch some trash on TV [Keeping Up With The Kardashians] . I love getting everything accomplished, but I love it even more when I get it done early so I have time leftover to enjoy my Saturday! 🙂

Dinner tonight was AMAZING!!!!! I made some penne pasta, and sauteed it in a pan with some Olive Oil Flavored Pam, a chopped up chicken breast, mushrooms , and some of the zucchini I roasted earlier today. I added some fat free Parmesan Cheese to the mix , and some Italian spices. It came out incredibly well! I also had a spinach, feta, cranberry salad.

I’ve recently made Saturday night “Treat Night”! I have a special treat tonight in honor of Valentines Day ……. This GIGANTIC Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Heart!!!!! There is nothing I love more than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate! To me it is heaven, so this is a true treat for me! 

The plan for this evening is a hot shower, my special treat, and a date with the DVR. I am determined to catch up on The Biggest Loser this weekend. I am way behind! Don’t you just love Saturday nights ???!!!



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Almost Back To Normal

Posted by Susan on February 4, 2010

Although I went back to work today, I did not resume my workouts. I really wanted to, but I just figure I can make up for it over the weekend. Even though I feel better, I am still in the midst of TOM, and yesterday morning was HELL! I just didn’t want to rock the boat. I can get back to it tomorrow.

I HATE when I miss a planned workout. I feel all this guilt and regret. But I need to take care of myself first and foremost.  And missing a few workouts in the grand scheme of things is not going to kill me, or set me back to square one either …… So I need to get over it!

Since I missed my 24 Hour Fast on Tuesday due to being home sick, I decided to just do it today. I drank a lot of tea and water, and made it through the day unscathed. The more I get back into it, the easier it gets, and since I plan on incorporating it into my life until further notice ….that is a very good thing!

When dinner rolled around I was absolutely ready for it! Here is what I had:

One of my favorite meals and one I haven’t had in a while! Chicken Quesadillas! I made them with a chicken breast, re-fried beans, reduced fat cheddar cheese, and Kashi Feiry Feista stuffed into a wrap. This is one of my all time favorite meals. I had my quesadilla with some roasted Brussels sprouts and my favorite salad.

For dessert tonight I had a peach Chobani Yogurt with a sprinkle [1 T.] of granola. I also had a square of chocolate from the goodies Matt brought me home yesterday.

I am finishing out my day with some Sleepy Time Herb Tea, which I am sipping as I type this. Next on the agenda for the evening, is some reading in my nice warm bed! I am making this an early night because I intend to resume working out tomorrow. I can’t wait! It is something I’ve missed the passed few days. I’m realizing that a get a lot more out of my daily workouts than just exercise.

So, I off like a dirty shirt!


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