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Recipe Review :

Posted by Susan on May 5, 2009

This past weekend I did some cooking from the first Hungry Girl Cookbook. Both of them were super easy to prepare and not too expensive as far as ingredients went. I will review the best recipe first ! Onion Rings !

Every Saturday night my husnabd makes french fries for my niece and himself in the deep fryer and I am usually drooling. This weekend I had something yummy too ! These onion rings were awsome ! First off , the portion is huge and only 153 calories . I had my grilled outdoors turkey burger , (they had regular burgers ) and while they are fries I had onion rings and a spinach salad. I felt like I ate something bad , when I actually had something good ! I will definately make these again , soon !


The next recipe I tried was the Peanut Butter Fudge . These were simple to make . The problem was that they are made with pumkin puree, and I could taste the pumpkin , it over powered both the taste of the chocolate and the peanut butter . I love pumkin , but not with this combination . I had 2 , but ended up throwing the rest away . I wasn’t thrilled with the texture either . Instead of tasting like fudge , to me they tasted more like really undercooked brownies . I would not make them again. If I am going to have chocolate , Ineed it to taste like chocolate , ya know ?

This weekend I plan on trying the Butternut Squash Fries , and the English Muffin Pepperoni Pizzas. Stay tuned for reviews of both recipes next week !

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A Very Productive Sunday

Posted by Susan on March 30, 2009

I got soo much done yesterday ! I cooked all my food for the week, including the llittle beauty pictured above. I made these little 1/2 cup Diet Coke Cupcakes. I used a Pillsbury Reduced Sugar Chocolate Cake Mix and a 16 oz. can of Diet Coke ! That’s it ! It made 18 of these little cakes, at 100 calories each. I just add some Low Fat Whip Cream , and I have a nice little after dinner treat ! I hate spending money on 100 calorie pack sweets , they are expensive if they are not on sale. These were cost effective and calorie friendly. I don’t know about anyone else , but I need dessert after dinner, and I refuse to deprive myself because I know it will end up eating something later that I shouldn’t. These are perfect portion-wise and the taste really good. Moist, sort of brownie- like. I also made a turkey meatloaf yeasterday as well.

Today was my first day back to work after a week of freedom. I got up early this morning to workout , and it was nice ,in a way ,to get it done early. I didn’t sleep well last night knowing I had to go back , but after getting up so early this morning I am sure I will be tired tonight.

It was really weird going back today……..I was only gone for a week, but suddenly everyone noticed my weight loss. It is definately not because it happened over night or anything, I have been working on it for a while now. It must have been the week of not seeing me that made people notice. It was nice to hear, added some fuel to my motivation fire for sure.

I am glad I made it through today, it seems like if I can get myself through Mondays, the remainder of the week passes quickly.

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The week comes to a close…………………….

Posted by Susan on March 27, 2009

Wow ! This week of freedom has flown by ! It was so nice not to have to go to work, but I must admit, being off schedual in some ways was difficult. My sleep schedual was so off ! I haven’t slept well all week, even though I was able to sleep in as late as I wanted. As a result of the sleep thing, my AM workouts have been not always AM workouts. I got in extra cardio this week, but sometimes , like yesterday, I didn’t get to it until the afternoon ! Oh well, as long as they get done and done well (and they definately have) that’s all that matters.

On the upside of the week, I was really surprised with the food this week. I found myself on the lower end of my calorie range ( except the night of the zombie binge) and I thought that would be harder. Being home, having food more available, I thought it would be more challenging…Surprise ! It was actually easier. I didn’t bother eating if I wasn’t hungry, and sometimes at the end of the day I would realize I needed to add a snack just to get me up to the lower side of my daily calorie range.

Tonight I am going out for Mexican with a friend I haven’t seen in over a year, so I am really looking forward to that. I’ve already decided on what I will have and it is already figured into my calories for the day. Knowing I am going out tonight I am lightening up my calories today. I need to workout yet, today is circuits , and 20 min. HIIT. I would love to add a spin class on to that, we will see what time permits……it is my last day, I really want to soak up the realxing for one more day!

The friend who I helped get started on a workout program called me last night…..she got in her 30 min HIIT , and told me she was sore (good sore) and that she felt really empowered from working out !!!!! I am so happy. Will she be consistant long enough to get some results? We shall see, but at least she got a taste of how it feels to do a planned workout, and complete something .

I have mixed feelings today, I am sad to see my week end, but at the same time, I feel comfort in routine, and look forward to getting back into it. My next vacation will be in June.

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Girls Night Out !

Posted by Susan on March 25, 2009

Last night was my long awaited night out with my friends. It was so much fun catching up and hanging out, especially since I am on vacation and did not have to worry about getting home and getting to bed. I was excellent at the restraunt. I has a salad with salmon, low fat dressing on the side. I didn’t eat the appetizer, and I didn’t indulge in a cocktail. It felt great not to walk out of the place feeling bloated and like my pants are about to pop !

I got home at a decent hour, took a shower and watched some TV, read for a bit and then went to bed. Well, that is when the trouble began. My husband went to bed before me, and he was asleep when I got there…….and he was intermittently snoring like a chain saw !!!!! Every so often he has a this unexplained snoring problem. Last night it was awful. I was not able to shut off my brain as it was, and the snoring made me crazy. Every now and then I struggle with sleep problem, but for the most part I sleep well, but last night was one of those nights where thoughts played over and over in my head like a movie I can’t turn off. I went into the spare bedroom to sleep……………no go ! I was frustrated and angry. I got up and I went into the kitchen stood at the sink and proceeded to stuff 100 calorie bites sized pieces of cake into my mouth. I was literally in a daze stuffing cake into my mouth !!!!!! It was nuts !!!!!! Afterward that I went back to my bed….Matt (husband) had quieted down and fell asleep around 3 am. I can not believe how I reacted to the stress and frustration of not being able to sleep !!!! It kills me because I was so good all day, I felt like I looked better than ever going out, and I completely sabotaged it all!

When I woke up this morning I literally got up and thought I would throw up. I had to lay down on the bathroom floor until it passed. About 30 min. later I felt better and was able to do my workout, but the start of it was very painful…..I did NOT feel like doing it…..but I did it anyway. I need to isolate this little episode and move on………..the mindless binge was bad, but I need to let it go. I am writting about it as a way to purge it so I can forget it……so it is now forgotten !

This morning I am showing a friend how to do circuits and HIIT. She has never really worked out, and I am hoping she enjoys it. I am also hoping she doesn’t frustrate me with too much complaining. She is one of the people who asks me what I do, and the minute I mention calorie counting and workouts her eyes glaze over and she automatically says ” Oh I could never do that…..” I will do my best to inspire her and show her some good body weight moves, and hope it sinks in…..we’ll see.

So I am on to a new day, hoping for a better day…….and night , than last. I am hoping to fit in some extra cardio today to make up for certain sins that I have completely forgotten about !!! 😉

UPDATE : I helped my friend today, went over a little program I made up for her, taught her how to HIIT in the treadmill. She did really great ! Will she do it consistantly? We shall see…….I know she really wants it, the question is does she want it bad enough to do the work? That reamins to be seen.

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I am spending my vacation with……………….

Posted by Susan on March 24, 2009


These guys ! It is nice to have extra time in the day to do some extra working out. Yesterday I did an extra 1 hr. cardio session plus my regular circuit training and HIIT session. Today is a cardio day, and I don’t think I will have time for 2 sessions, but I will definately get in 1 hr.of SS cardio. I am also fasting today until dinner, because tonight is dinner out with some friends I used to work with. We’ve stayed in touch now for like 5 years I think, seen each other through 2 weddings, a new baby, and numerous other ups and downs in our lives. We try to get together for dinner every few months. Lately though, especially since I have been seriously working tward my weight loss goal, I have been avoiding the whole dinner thing. This dinner date with them is long over due.

I researched the restraunt we are going to, it is called Maggie McFly’s. It is a chain , theme restraunt, with a whole bunch of very fattening crap on the menu. I think I found something suitable though, but I need to do something I have never really done before………ask for something the way I want it ! Yes , as silly as it sounds I have never done this. Aside from asking for dressing on the side, or hold the fries I’ve never ordered food to my specifications. Tonight will be a first. I found a really nice salmon salad: salmon on a bed of organice baby greens, but it comes with red potato salad in the actual salad…………I want them to hold the potatoes and give me a different dressing than the one it is tossed with on the side…….I have this thing about not putting people out on my account, and it extends into restraunt ordering for some crazy reason. But I am seeing that people do this all the time…so why not get things how I want them right? I also don’t like drawing attention to the fact the I am on a diet……..but too bad, who really cares anyway.

One thing that I don’t like about this vacation thing are the nights…I’ve mentioned before that one of my issues is night time eating. Last night I had my niece until close to 9pm (my sister works Mon. nights). when she left I was starved , I tryed to sleep, but mentally knowing that I did not have my to get up at my usual ungodly hour in the morning, I wasn’t able to sleep. I got up and ate 3 cookies !!!! I know no great tragedy, I did not go over my calories , it was really no big deal, but it pissed me off just the same ! I have got to get to bed earlier, not give myself a chance to get the “night munchies”. Tonight I will be home a bit late , but I will (hopefully) be full from dinner and be able to take a shower and relax without temptation.

Tonight will be fun, and I am excited to catch up with friends. I bought a new top to wear, because I am finding most of my tops are big and look really sloppy because of it. I bought simple , navy, fitted blouse I will wear with my new smaller size jeans (yay! I’ve had those suckers for 3 years and FINALLY they fit well). When I was bigger I would just wear my scrubs out when we went out, since I was usually going out from work, it was never a big deal. It was easier, too , than agaonizing over what to wear that would not make me look like a line backer (remember, I am 5’9″ and 200 lbs. doesn’t make you look just fat, but BIG !) . It is so nice to feel a little better about how I look and not take the “oh who cares what I look like anyway” approach to dressing because nothing looks decent !!! I think I will have a good night !

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Weekly Weigh In :

Posted by Susan on March 21, 2009

Ok, I knew this would happen sooner or later, but I have to admit I am disappointed. I only lost 1.2 lbs. Was it the two days of eating “party food” last weekend? Thankfully , the party season has officially ended and I am able to get my eating completely back on schedual……….I will see what next week brings.
I have no idea why I am so bummed out about todays weigh-in………I mean I did lose after all, I did not gain, but I still feel like crap about it. I guess I’ve been spoiled by the consistantly high numbers I’ve been pulling for the past few weeks.
I am off this week and plan on adding extra cardio, and also eating very carfully. I need to change my mind set here…….I need to keep reminding myself that any loss is good, and that the less I have to lose the longer it will take to lose it. My head knows all this, it is basic info. and it is normal. But emotionally, I hate it, and it makes me fear I will never lose weight again. That I will just stall out and never reach my goals………irrational thinking, but still the fear still there.
On a lighter note……this morning , bright and early I dragged my husband out to get me a copy of “Twilight”. I am sure I will be watching it all weekend ! I am looking forward to a nice peaceful weekend, no real plans , no parties, or people coming over………..I am grateful for that !

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Party #2 : (didn’t do so hot !)

Posted by Susan on March 15, 2009

The second party of my weekend of birthday celebrations did not go as well as I had planned. I ended up eating bread, something I had not planned for. It was sooo fresh and so yummy ! I still did not go over the higher range of my daily calorie alottment, but I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to. But I refuse to beat myself up over it…..just isolate it and move on .

I am just really glad that all the party activities are over and I have an entire week to make up for my bread sins. I am looking forward to getting my life back to normal tomorrow. I can’t wait to workout tomorrow and eat normal stuff and get back to normal. I was really stressed about this weekend and although I did not do perfect (today especially) I did a lot better than I’ve done in the past. I used to use special events as an excuse to go crazy, and I always felt sick and awful afterward not only from the food but from guilt as well. This time I am happy to say that even with the unplanned bread I still did ok and I definately did not binge……that is big progress for me. There are all kinds of bumps and twists and turns in this jouney. I need to learn to navigate my way around them and get through as best I can. I had a little stumble today….but tomorrow is a new day !!!!!

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Saturday Morning Weigh In: Finally In the 150’s

Posted by Susan on March 14, 2009

Today’s weigh in was great………….I am finally in the 150’s, I am 5-7 lbs. less then the day I got married !!!!!! I would say I was about 165-167 that day. I am as of today 159.2 !!!!! (doing the happy dance over here !) I keep waiting for this weight loss to slow down, but for some strange reason it is going faster and better than it ever has. The only thing I would say I am doing different would be the IF 2x a week. It is truely making a difference. Here are my stats for this week:

Weight : 159.2 – 3.2 lbs.

Fat % : 36.2 – 1.2 %

BMI : 23.7 – 1.7

I was getting into the shower the other night and walked by the mirror and did a double take. I have not seen my body like this since I was in my late 20’s. It was wild. I can’t believe how much time I have wasted with all types of crazy programs. As far as I am concerned, all workouts programs work, you just have to commit to them and do them consistantly. But diet is another story. The only way to lose weight (in my opinion) is to be dilligent about calorie intake and be sure that you have a calorie deficit……since following this approach I have had dramatic results. I have been trying to eat like a I am training for a figure comp. for like 2 yrs now and it got me nowhere !!! For me it doesn’t fit in my life. I want to eat out, I want to participate in food functions , and I want to live my life. I look at all of my fitness magazines and realize that theses women do not look this buff, and cut 24/7………They diet specially for the photo shoot, and yes they train and train hard, and it is to be respected and commended. But for the average woman like me…….I just want to not have any jiggle bits in a bikini this summer !

I will say this, I am so glad I found Turbulence Training…..circuit training has been very effective for me. I love it and will continue to do it in one form or another. I have my workouts planned in 4 week incriments, for the rest of the year. I will continue TT, and I also own both of Jillian Micheals books, she also has circuits in both books, and I have her 30 Day Shred video that I am planning on doing sometime in this year’s schedualed workout plan.

Needless to day I am very pleased that I reached my goal this week of 159 ! I am soooooooo excited that I am finally seeing results and that I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I honestly have been working really hard on this for the past 2 years and seriously getting NOWHERE! I am grateful for finding a pretty painless way to do this and still live my life.

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Kinda stressed………………….

Posted by Susan on March 14, 2009

I’m sort of worried about this weekend. I am hosting 2 parties. One for my niece tomorrow, and a get together for my husbands birthday with his family on Sunday. This means up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to clean the house and get things ready, as well as try to prepare for the coming week.

Of course the coming weekend will also have a bunch of food challenges too. Tomorrow is a pizza party, with cake of course, and then Sunday will be a spaghetti dinner with cake too ! I am a little worried about how I will fare with 2 days of food I don’t usually eat around me. One day I can do, two….not so sure.

I figured my day calorie-wise for tomorrow, so I think I will be ok. I will deal with Sunday’s party the same, in the morning I will figure my calories for the day and try to work in what I will be serving.

I spent tonight shopping for food and gifts, and baking the cake for tomorrow. I will be spending the entire morning tomorrow cleaning the house and doing my laundry from last week, trying get as much done as I can before people arrive. Plus I still have to ice and decorate the cake and decorate things before the party. I am sure I will be fine, but the thought of it from where I stand right now looks so daunting.

Tomorrow morning is my weekly weigh in. I was really good this week with my eating, and I was able to get in all my circuit training and cardio……I am feeling thinner, we’ll see what the scale brings tomorrow morning. I wanted to be in the 150’s tomorrow, but that means I need to lose at least 3 lbs. I will be happy with 2lbs., but would be thrilled it I lost 3. We shall see.

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A New Week Ahead………………..

Posted by Susan on March 8, 2009

Here it is Sunday again, and that feeling of a new week, a new start. A clean slate. I am excited that my knee is back to normal and I will be able to resume my AM workouts, I really missed them. My number one goal for this week is to be in the 150’s (pounds) by Saturday’s weigh-in. I don’t care if I am 159 ! I just want to see something , anything in the 50’s.
I am toying with possibly adding some outdoor activity into my program a few days a week. The weather is getting better, the time has changed so it is lighter later, I am thinking it would be nice to do some power walking some days after work. I am thinking about it. As the days get warmer, the whole idea will becomes more and more attractive.
This week will be the usual, working out every morning, curcuits and HIIT on the bike 3 days, cardio 3 days. Tracking all of my calories, keeping within a 1200-1500 range, IF 2 days this week. There are no celebrations this week until Saturday. It is my niece’s birthday, and we are having a family party here. I am making a cake for her (pink) and we are having pizza. I will plan pizza into my calorie count for the day, and hopefully I will not have a panic attack about it like this week. The one good thing about it is the party falls on my weigh-in day, and usually that adds to my motivation ! I see the scale, and especially if it is a good number, I get some extra determination to make sure I keep the calories down. Also having the party at my house, I will have to play hostess, and that will keep me out of the food……..I hope. Anyway, I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
I am looking forward to the coming week, injury free ! I am feeling really positive about things and I planning on really working hard this week. I want to enter 150’s this week !!!!! It’s been….God I can’t even remember the last time I was in the 150’s…….before my niece was born….over 8 yrs. ago. WOW ! That will definately be cause to celebrate huh?

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