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The Day That Lasted Forever !

Posted by Susan on August 28, 2009

Today was loooooooong ! It seemed to never end ! When 3:25 rolled around I was literally running out the door of work ! I am now free for 4 whole days !

When I got home from work, my husband wanted to take me to a discount store he found. (he travels the state for work) So I changed my clothes and off we went. I found some neat (cheap) things to work into my dinner menus next week, so I am excited for that !

We didn’t get home until after 7:00, so dinner was late tonight. It’s a good thing I had food cooked in advance , or I may have been tempted to eat something quick or just stop for a burger.
Here is the food for the day. It was a nutso day …….. I was late this morning, and didn’t have time to think out my meals so I pretty much grabbed what was easy and handy.

Breakfast was a repeat of yesterday …..Kashi granola , oatmeal , and chocolate peanut butter. Boring yes ………. but so good !


Morning snack was two seven grain crackers and some reduced fat peanut butter.

Around 11:00, for some reason I am always starving lately ! I was in the mood for something sweet, like a cookie , but settled for a peach. A better choice for sure.

Lunch was a sandwich thin with wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese and some wheat sticks.

While doing errands , I bought a Go Lean Crunchy Bar. It was really, really, good ! And it held me until dinner. I’m glad I bought a few of them. It seems anything Kashi is pretty good in the taste and fulling me up department.

Finally , close to 8:00 I got to dinner. I heated up some chicken , spinach bake and new potatoes. Not creative , but still good.
Tomorrow I have a day to myself. Matt was supposed to be off with me, but he has some end of the month jobs he needs to get done so he needs to go to work. That leaves me on my own for the day.
The plan for the day is to get my workout in , and if weather cooperates, I will go to the beach for a few hours. I would also like to organize my closet …….. not that there is a whole lot to organize ……. but I am doing it in hopes of making room for some fall/winter clothes, which I am in desperate need of , in the near future !
Tonight I have an appointment with the DVR ! I get to watch some of the shows I miss during the week due to my early week day bed times. Have a great night ! Oh, and pray for sun in CT tomorrow , please !!!

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Best Day Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Susan on August 17, 2009

If I could manufacture the perfect day, today would have been seriously close to it !!! My sister and niece are off this week and were planning a day at the beach. I live in a lake community, as I mentioned before, my sister lives in one also about 1 mile down the road from me.

I was feeling really bummed about the prospect of going to work today after the crappy Friday I had last week, so I decided to ditch work, fake a migraine and go to the beach today ! I rarely call in because I am always afraid I will get sick and won’t have the paid time, but I think I was in need of a definite mental health day , so I went for it !

I got up early this morning, had some whole wheat toast with a smear of reduced fat peanut butter, then did my Monday workout. I did 30 min. circuit training, 10 min. ab circuit, and 30 min. HIIT on the treadmill.

Since I had extra time this morning, I decided to make protein pancakes ! I haven’t made them in a long time, I forgot how good they tasted and how filling they are. They’re made with oats, egg whites, and fat free cottage cheese, a little vanilla, and a little cinnamon. They are amazingly good. I usually have them with a few spritzes of Olivio butter spray.

By 10 am we were off to the beach ! It was gorgeous today ! Although it was hot and sunny the breeze off the lake made the heat bearable. So did jumping into the lake every now and then !

I snacked on an apple between sunning and swimming.

My sister and niece , playing in the lake.


Around 12:30 pm we decided to have some lunch. I shared most of mine with my niece ! I had a whole grain sandwich thin, with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese inside, and some wheat stix.

A peach that I shared with Kate (niece).

A 100 calorie bag of chocolate marshmallows , that I shared with both Kate and my sister.
Around 2:30 pm the beach was getting crowded and we’d had enough sun, so we took one last swim and headed back to my sister’s house for a treat !


My sister made us all ice cream cones with Edy’s Sugar Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream ! It was the perfect ending to a fun day !

Here’s my cone, I only had one serving ( 1/2 cup ). It was just enough ! I had a treat without over doing it !

I finally got home around 3:00 pm, tired and happy ! I took a shower and did some things around the house. I wanted to take a nap, but I was afraid it would interfere with tonight’s sleep so I just relaxed until dinner.

It is so warm tonight I was not in the mood for anything hot, so I made a big veggie salad and added some reduced fat cheese, and a 4 oz. chicken breast. It was perfect for a hot night ! I ate it out on my deck. ( I also added some sesame sticks and and some sunflower seeds to my salad to give it a little kick )


Dessert tonight was a throw back to my childhood. We always had cookies and ice cream for dessert on summer nights. So I made a more figure friendly version tonight. I had 1/2 cup of Fat free frozen yogurt, a drizzle of chocolate syrup. I took 4 sugar free chocolate peanut butter cookies and crushed them on top. ( the cookies are the size of a quarter , so 4 cookies probably equaled 1 average size cookie )
Amazing how some flavors can transport you back in time. This dessert definitely did the trick!
So my ditch day turned out to be just what the doctor ordered ! I feel relaxed and calm. I had fun with my two favorite ” girlfriends”, chatting and laughing , sharing lunches and swimming and sunning. I feel like I can go to work tomorrow in a much better state of mind.
I also felt very bold today ! I must be getting comfortable in my new body. I even walked to the bathroom in my swim suit ……. not shirt , no shorts , just me ! I never EVER would have done that a year ago !
All in all this was in all ways …….. the best day ever !!

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A Day At The Beach

Posted by Susan on August 2, 2009

Yesterday was one of the very few true summer days here in Connecticut. Sunny, gorgeous summer days have been few and far between this year and I wanted to forget about housework and laundry for once and celebrate the perfect day!

I packed a cooler with lunches and healthy snacks and cold drinks and brought my niece to the beach for a day together. We lounged in the sun and swam in the lake, and had lunch. We talked about things 8 year old’s like to talk about . We had a blast together !

The beach in our neighborhood , on Candlewood lake.

Kate , showing off her swimming skills !

Kate getting some sun !
It was the kind of day I’ve wanted since I moved here. I am so happy to be using the beach finally after 2 years ! It was the best day ever !
I am hoping to fill the remainder of this summer the same way ! There is not much left , and I will definitely making the most of the time left. I sometimes get really bogged down with all the house hold chores I have to get done. But, there are many more important things in life than the perfectly clean house ! One of the most important being spending quality time with the kid I love most in the world ! I am increasingly aware of how quickly time passes. Time you can never have back , so it is important to make the most of every minute !
When Kate went home, Matt and I ordered a pizza ( yes I ate PIZZA, without any stress or drama !) and watched some episodes of ” True Blood” . We even had some mint chocolate chip ice cream ! I had a little splurge night, but kept it all very moderate and didn’t end up over stuffed and feeling like crap afterward !
It was definitely a great way to spend a Saturday !
Today , a hike is planned, but I am not sure it will happen. The perfect summer day has turned gray, and threatening rain. (is it so much to ask for 2 nice days in a row ?) I’d originally planned to go to the beach after hiking but the weather kind of put a stop to those plans.
Instead, I will do some easy cardio this morning, and some cooking for the week, give the house a vacuum and the bathroom a scrub, and spend the afternoon continuing our ” True Blood” marathon !
Not such a horrible day ! All in all the weekend has been a great one ! I am so grateful for it. Just the recharge I needed before starting another work week.
My goal for this week is to eat as cleanly as possible, to get in my workouts and water each day, and put a halt to the new bad habit I thought I had licked, but apparently have NOT!
I’ve started snacking before bed again. And not good , healthy , snacking. More of a “grazing” type. A little of this , a little of that. such small amounts that in my mind I figure it is not enough to track …..but little bits add up quick, and the calories are not necessary ! I am going this after a good healthy dinner that includes dessert. So that needs to be worked on. I need to do what I used to do ……. brush my teeth and get in bed ! I need the sleep more than I need the extra calories !
I hope that the weekend was a good one and that everyone got to spend a little time with the people they love most and allowed themselves time to relax and enjoy the little things……it is just as important as workout schedules and calorie counting !

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Monumental Decision

Posted by Susan on June 14, 2009

Two weeks from this Thursday (July 2nd) I am going to do something that in January of this year I vowed I would do. I wasn’t sure I would make it to this point , but since I have it is time to make good on this promise.

I lived in a lake community, and part of our yearly fees includes beach rights to the community beach. I’ve lived here for 2 years this July 2nd and since I’ve lived here I’ve never used the beach. I’ve gone down there in the evenings with my niece or visiting family to swim but always sat on the shore in sweats and a t-shirt, I’ve never been down there in a swimsuit, and never ventured down there alone , and not during the day.

I’ve decided that on that date I will do it ! I am going to pack up my book, some lunch, and put on my swimsuit and go down to the beach to spend the day ! I’ve been putting it off long enough ! Making a million excuses, and now it is time to just do it !

I am going to ignore my loose skin, my stretch marks, not to mention the left over cellulite on the back of my upper thighs, and just bite the bullet ! I look better than I ever have and although that does not mean perfect, I am smart enough to understand that there really is no “perfect”. I am normal, I am just like everyone else. I need to face this fear once and for all so that I can enjoy my summers and my home ……. Lord knows we pay enough for the privilege so I may as well take advantge of it ! Plus I love the lake, I love sitting by it on the sand, I love swimming, it was one of the reasons I was excited to move here in the first place.

I need to do this. Just break the ice and get over it ! So I’ve marked it on my calendar , no more excuses. This was one of the first things on my “Things to do when I get skinny” list and I am not letting this summer, another summer, pass me by.

So pray for nice weather on the 2nd of July…………….. I’ll keep you posted !

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The Last Day of a Wonderful Vacation !

Posted by Susan on June 7, 2009

Well I never made it down to the beach this weekend as planned. It was supposed to be another thing checked off my “When I Get Skinny List” but our hike ran longer than expected this morning (5 miles longer !!!!!!!!!!) and I got home so late that my sister ended up going to her own beach and I just sat on the deck for a while.


Just long enough to get a little color so I look like I’ve been on vacation ! I will shoot for a beach day next weekend, I guess.

Hiking this morning was fun. We bought a book this week of best hiking trails in Connecticut and decided to try as many as we can this summer. We chose a hike that is the second half of the first hike we tried back in March. This was located in Bridgewater, a neighboring town.
It was beautiful, perfect…….until we got lost. It seems that the trails have changed since the book was published, and the map in the book was way off. So we ended up getting lost ! Five miles later we finally finished the trail ! We are both wiped out ! It was fun though.
We learned a something ………..check the internet for an updated trail maps before starting out, and bring water !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well, we will be seasoned hikers by the time this summer is over ! Here are a few things I saw on my hike this morning.


We did a lot of climbing up hills, and a whole lot of walking , so I think I got my workout in anyway !
Tomorrow I go back to work after the best week ever ! I wish we were rich and we could live like we did this week forever……but I guess then it would not feel like such a treat!

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