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Movie Wednesday !

Posted by Susan on August 20, 2009

OK, it’s way past my bed time, and I feel like total (excuse my french ) shit ! So this will be a quickie post !

As I mentioned last night , The plan for today was to eat light because I was going to the movies and wanted to have movie popcorn.

I got up this morning, did 30 min. of circuit training , 10 min. of Ab circuits and 30 min HIIT on the treadmill. I had my usual whole wheat toast with a smear of peanut butter before working out. When I say smear I mean just enough to taste it , but not a thick coating.

After workout and shower I had my version of an Egg McMuffin …….. 1 egg ( made in the microwave , so it is the perfect size to fit the English Muffin) a whole wheat English Muffin , and a sprinkle of reduced fat cheddar cheese. I also had an apple.

Snack mid-morning was another apple with 1 T. of peanut butter.

Late-morning snack , a peach ! It was so good, cool and sweet !


Lunch consisted of a veggie salad with some sunflower seeds and sesame sticks.

I had some more M&M’s from yesterday for dessert ….. I can’t wait for these to be gone !!! Too tempting for me !
I did something not so healthy and pretty stupid in hindsight. I skipped dinner all together so that I could indulge in my beloved movie popcorn !


We took my mother in-law to the 6:45 showing of Julie and Julia ….which I loved ! I found myself smiling through almost all of the Julia Child parts ……… What I loved most about her was her total acceptance of who she was. And her willingness to do what she wanted , without care of what others thought of her. I really admire people like that, because so often I am caught up in what others think of me, and I feel like it holds me back from doing things I really want to do.
Anyway I thought it was a great movie and would recommend it highly.

OK, about the popcorn ………. why is it that when I am really craving something, and then finally have it , it is never as wonderful as I remember it ?
My lips are chapped from the salt, I can not wash the gross butter smell off my hands not matter how many times I scrub them, (makes me wonder about the chemicals the “butter”!) and my stomach is literally turning from all the nasty fat I just ingested !
Sometimes I just have to torture myself in order to learn a lesson, I guess. Obviously my love affair with movie popcorn is OVER !
Note To Self : Next movie, bring portion controlled, healthy snacks and hide them in my purse. Feeling like I do right now is NOT pleasant or fun !
I can’t wait to sleep this stuff off and get back to normal food tomorrow ! How did I ever eat all the crap I used to eat and not feel sick every night ? I guess it is all about what you train your body to become used to.
Off to bed , because when 3 AM rolls around I am going to be crying the blues as it is ! Sleep well my friends !

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Anniversary Pat 2 : What I Ate

Posted by Susan on June 3, 2009

I was not as worried and completely stressed out about the prospect of eating out today as I usually am. I’d already told myself that it was a special day, and I was free to eat what I wanted, but within reason ! In the past , the within reason stuff was usually where I fell short !

I’d never been to this restaurant before and wanted to really experience it and eat something good. I decided on the greek omelet, with rye toast and fried potatoes. It was soooo good ! Nothing was greasey like your usual diner food, everything was fresh. The fried potatoes were new potaotes with the skin on them with a little bit of onion.

I ate the entire omelet, half of the potatoes, and on slice of toast. I was stuffed ! But the idea of ME , ever leaving food on my plate is totally unheard of !!!!!! I never listen to my body when it is trying to tell me it is full. NEVER ! If something tasted good I would eat it until it was gone……no matter how stuffed I felt !

Now this is progress ! It is the New Me begining to surface, and I am soooo glad to see her ! I was full and I stopped ! ME!?

Anyway, that meal kept me satisfied the entire day. I didn’t need to eat, I wasn’t hungry……so I didn’t eat ! Another milestone ! In the past I would use the excuse of celebration, and eat all day long !

We went out for dinner around 7 pm. I has one dinner roll with butter. Then I ordered my favorite meal. Eggplant Parm. with a side of spaghetti. I ate about half of it and started to feel that full feeling again. So I stopped ! I took the rest home.

Another thing I have never done ! I always kept eating to the point where I felt as if I would bust ! And then have dessert on top of it ! How in the world did I eat all of that ?????? No wonder I would spend most nights after dinner out with reflux that kept me up all night long !
I had every intention of having dessert with dinner……..it was a celebration after all. Matt is not one for sweets but he agreed to share one with me. By the time the meal ended , I was not wanting dessert. That never would have stopped me before. I would have had it anyway! And I would not have shared either ! I instead opted to have something at home if I wanted something later ……..but I never had it……. I wasn’t hungry for it, and I listened to my body.
When I got home I tracked the calories I had for my “free day” just for the heck of it. I wasn’t going to stress about it, I was just curious. I went a little over 2000 for the day. Not bad ! In the past when I allowed a day of freedom it would undoubtedly become a free for all ! I would stuff myself beyond the point of stuffed just because I could ! I had the mentality of “here is my chance ! who knows when I will get to eat whatever I want again !” and end up sick by the end of the day !
I have been telling myself that I was going to try to maintain my weight, and still live my life. To find a balance. What I learned today is that if I listen to my body when it tells me it is full, if I don’t overdo just because I can, and I make chioce that I really enjoy eating, I can occasionally splurge a little. I can live my life and enjoy celebrations. I can give myself some treats now and then.
What a great discovery ! I may just get this maintaining thing down after all !

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Day Trip

Posted by Susan on June 2, 2009

This morning I got up at 5am to get my workout in before we went away for the day. I did 30 min. of circuit training, and 30 min. HIIT on the treadmill. Then I got myself ready to get on the road.

Our destination for the day was Mystic , Connecticut. It is about 2 hours away from home on the coast of Connecticut. On the way we stopped at this cute little diner. I had 1 egg , 1 slice of cheese, and one slice of ham on an english muffin. I aslo had a bite of Matt’s home fried potatoes! (YUM!)

That meal pretty much held me for the entire day ! I packed snacks just in case, we ended up breaking into them on the ride home.

We first stopped in this cute little town called Stonington. Matt went there for work a few times and told me all about it and I really wanted to visit it. It was quaint and beautiful. Right on the ocean, definately my kind of town ! It was a perfect day today , aside from the wind. We stopped and walked the beach and took tons of pictures.

Then we were off again ! To Mystic. Our first stop was the Mystic Aquarium. We’ve been there before with my niece Kate, and always wanted to go back. We had fun wandering around all the exhibits, and watching the whales, and seals be fed.


From there we went to the Mystic Seaport. That was beautiful. Like stepping back in time. It is a huge museum, a recreation of a fishing town that was once there in the 1700’s. We walked all over and visited all the exhibits, went on all the refurbished fishing boats.

My husband is a history buff, and loved it ! I loved looking at the homes that were furnished as they would have been during that period of time. the entire place was magical.

We had a great day ! When we got home we did some more work on the yard. It’s really coming together and I am so happy ! We bought our house from an older couple who didn’t do much with the yard. It looked really shabby. I am really happy with all the progress we have made.

Tomorrow is our 2 year wedding anniversary! We have a special plan to celebrate the day, and I am looking forward to it !

Today was ok food-wise, until tonight. Sunday I bought some trail mix and tried some. Well trying turned into going overboard. I ended up throwing it out. I am not over my calorie range for the day , but I could see myself stepping into the danger zone and I just could NOT let that happen ! I have come way too far to fall back into bad habits !

I am really finding this balance thing tough. I feel weird upping calories, I am nervous about it. I am not even sure what I am doing ! Ugh ! Dieting was so much easier !

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New Project

Posted by Susan on May 24, 2009

My husband Matt and I have a new project . For months now we have been looking for some sort of edging to go around our yard. We priced different kinds of stone blocks and everything was sooo expensive, and we need a LOT of it ! I came up with the bright idea of using natural stone but that was expensive too ! So we decided to hit everyone we know up for rocks ! Today we went on our first rock hunt on my sister-in-laws property. I’ve already exhausted every rock in my own yard !


We did pretty well with today’s haul. Tomorrow we are off to search my mother-in-laws property for more. It is kind of fun, and a pretty good workout too ! The stone looks good in the yard and we are not spending a ton of money, so now we can concentrate on what we want to put inside the edged off areas and don’t have to be as limited. I am thinking Boxwood shrubs, we will be looking into it.

We had a fun time rock hunting , but we need a lot more to finish the yard ! I am just happy we are getting it done. My goal was to have the yard in order by our July 4th Party ( we host the July 4th and Christmas Eve family get togethers every year ). I didn’t think we would make it but now I am thinking we just might , by the skin of our teeth……….

This morning we helped my brother and his family move into their new home before we went on our rock hunting expedition . I packed myself a drink and some snacks because I didn’t know when I would get home and I didn’t want to get stuck either not eating, or eating something I shouldn’t. We ended up home by 12:00 , so I was about to make lunch before we left the house again , when my husband suggested that we go to Mc Donalds to eat before the rock search. At first I said no, but I knew he would eat nothing if I said it, so I agreed . (I spent 15 min going over calorie counts and looking up what foods were ok for me to eat) I ended up having a burger, plain, and no fries. I fit it into my count for the day. I need to be able to be flexible with my eating, and we very rarely eat fast food so what does it hurt. I did have a few french fries from my husbands order ( 3 or 4), and I was satisfied ! The burger was good and because I did not stuff myself as I once would do, I wasn’t sick afterward. It felt good to eat “normal” and still not go nuts…….something I work on constantly and probably something I will have to be aware of for the rest of my life !

I was happy the I showed restraint , that I participated in a fun , spur of the moment treat, and I didn’t walk away feeling like I undid all the good I’ve been doing ! It felt great ! Mission Mickey D’s accomplished !

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