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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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Wednesday: Thursday Can’t Come Quick Enough !

Posted by Susan on August 26, 2009

The countdown begins ! One more day and I am free ! My 4 day weekend begins tomorrow at 3:30 pm SHARP!

This will be my last easy weekend. For the month of September I will be house/dog sitting. That means a trip to to feed and let the dogs out in the mornings before work and then again after work. I will need to get up an hour earlier every morning. (in other words, in order to get my workouts in I need to get up in the middle of the night, pretty much !)

It will be a challenging month , but at the end of it I will have a week’s vacation to look forward to !

I am going to have to completely revise my routine in order to fit everything into my day. I am determined to make it work ……… I have to keep reminding myself it is only a temporary thing !

For the month of September , the plan is to do Jillian Micheal’s 30 Day Shred every day and add 20-30 min. of HIIT on either the treadmill or the spin bike. I can blog from the house I am sitting for so that will not be a problem.

The goal for the month is to keep up my food and exercise routines as best I can, and to not allow myself to make excuses. Wish me luck !

This morning I got up and did 30 min. circuit training and 30 min HIIT on the treadmill.

This stuff had become a breakfast MUST ! I love it ! It is natural and only 170 calories for 2 T. (I only have one). It makes any kind of cereal delicious ! It is sweet but not too sweet and for me it hits the spot !

This morning I paired my yummy chocolate peanut butter with oatmeal , and Kashi Cocoa Beach Granola. This is the best cereal ever ….. a little chocolaty flavor with coconut and almonds.

For morning snack I had an apple with some reduced fat peanut butter.


Around 11:00 am , I had another one of my trusty peaches ! It looks a little beat up from being in my lunch bag but it tasted like heaven !

Lunch was tuna salad in a wrap ….the wrap tore in my lunch bag ….. it isn’t pretty , but the looks took nothing away from the taste . I also had a 90 calories bag of Special K Tomato Basil crackers.
Not pictured is 1/2 a bag of dark chocolate M&M’s ……….. Could my subconscious be trying to block it out???????

Dinner was a turkey burger in a whole grain sandwich thin, 3 oz. ( I used my new scale to weigh it out exactly !) of french fries , and some spinach with reduced fat cheese sprinkled in top.


Dessert ……… 10 Dark Chocolate Hershey Kisses !!!!!
I am stuffed ( in a good way not a sick way) from dinner and getting ready to read and fall asleep ! Today was busy and I feel drained. The next time you hear from me I will be the happiest blogger in the universe !

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Tuesday : Just Another Day ……………

Posted by Susan on August 25, 2009

This week is dragging ! I can’t believe it is only Tuesday ! Yesterday felt like it was 3 days ago ! I guess my 4 day weekend is the only thing I am thinking about !

Today was just the average day , full of ups and downs. I was glad to get home and get myself settled in for the night. I got up this morning and did 30 min. HIIT on the spin bike and a 30 min. elliptical program. For breakfast this morning I had some Honey Almond Granola in my usual oatmeal with , of course, chocolate peanut butter.

Morning snack consisted of 2 Rye Crisp crackers with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese spread on them and an apple.

The morning was mad busy, never got to lunch until after 2 pm. I had tuna salad on a sandwich thin with 90 calories wheat sticks, and my trusty peach.

When I got home from work Hubby has this little (big) Reese’s Peanut butter cup (my fav) waiting for me with a sweet note ! I had to eat it , right? Such a hardship ……but it had to be done !


For dinner, a piece of salmon, spinach/mushroom bake and new potatoes.


And for dessert ……..some FF frozen yogurt , with a little chocolate syrup (lite) and whip cream (lite) .
Right now I am really tired ! I have no idea why because I went to bed early last night. I think i will just lay in bed and read until I fall asleep.
The count down to my last hurrah weekend begins ……………2 more days and counting !

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Monday Again !

Posted by Susan on August 24, 2009

Another Monday has come ………. and thankfully gone ! As hard as I try to walk into Mondays with a positive outlook , something always seems to bring me down ! Oh well, the worst day of the week is behind me and it all down hill from here !

This morning , since it was my NOT my favorite day of the week I decided to have a fun breakfast ! Oatmeal , Reese’s Puffs Cereal , and a spoonful of chocolate peanut butter ! Tasted just like a chocolate peanut butter cookie !

AM snack was yogurt with a 100 calorie bag of Special K Vanilla Almond Cereal mixed in.

Around 11:00 , I had a peach.

At 2:00 it was time for lunch………. tuna salad with carrots and broccoli slaw on a wrap with an apple.

And a home made ginger snap cookie , courtesy of a former patients lovely wife ! It was so good, still slightly warm because she’d baked them fresh this morning ! What a treat !

Dinner is hard to see, but I had 1 portion (3/4 cup dry) of 3 cheese tortellini , with a 4 oz. chicken breast, Olivio, and FF parm. I also had a spinach salad with some reduced fat cheddar cheese sprinkled on top.

And last but never least …….. a piece of pudding pie and 5 dark chocolate kisses (100 calories) !!!! Perfect end to a not so perfect Monday !!!!!!!

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Sunday : Relaxing Day !

Posted by Susan on August 23, 2009

Today was my idea of a perfect Sunday ! Since I got so much done yesterday, today was pretty easy. All I needed to do was workout, and get our lunches ready for tomorrow. I did all of that before lunch, and that left the rest of the day free !

I got to sleep in a little this morning, so when I got up I was starving. I decided to make something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I made an omelet with Laughing Cow Cheese filling ! It was sooooooo good ! I also found the secret to the perfect omelet……. I put the filling on the eggs and then stuck the whole frying pan under the broiler for a few minutes. ( I am sure more than a few people are saying DUH! , but I am new to this cooking thing and I was thrilled to figure this one out !)

The omelet was fluffy and perfect and the filling was perfect ! I will be making more omelets in the future ! I also had a toasted sandwich thin with a light smear of butter.

For snack before working out I had some yogurt and a 100 calorie granola bar.

Lunch rolled around and I was in the mood for a PBJ sandwich ! I made one on another sandwich thin , and had it with some lite pretzels and a peach.


About 3:30 I was dying for some chocolate ! I had 9 dark chocolate kisses (180 calories) and that hit the spot !

Dinner was not too inventive tonight ….. it was a repeat of last night. A 4oz. chicken breast, HG spinach bake, and some rosemary potatoes. I cook once a week, so for the most part my dinners are pretty repetitious. I know myself, and if I don’t have food ready to go at the end of a work day , I will end up eating junk instead of a balanced dinner. This works best for me, and as long as it is yummy, I don’t mind eating it a few times a week !

For dessert I had a piece of the FF pudding pie I made last night ! I added a dollop of lite whipped cream to it and it was awesome. Perfect sweet ending to my meal !
This week is going to be relatively painless. My boss is on vacation, and I only work 4 days this week. I have a four day weekend next week. I am off Fri. , Sat. , Sun. , and Mon. ! I always take a long weekend the last week of summer , because all of September i have a house sitting job. It is a last hurrah for me. I am really looking forward to it ! I am hoping for great weather because the plan is BEACH !
Have a great Monday !

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Productive Saturday

Posted by Susan on August 22, 2009

Today I got so much done ! I wanted to go to the beach but the weather was not going to cooperate.

Last night, because of the “snit” I was in, I ended up with a lot of nervous energy, so I cleaned my entire house and did a load of wash.

This morning I got up and got my workout done first thing. I did 30 min. circuit training and 30 min. HIIT on the spin bike. Then I had some breakfast.This is my absolute favorite cereal. I can’t always find it, but I got lucky last time I went to Big Lot’s so this morning I broke into it !


I had it with oatmeal and 1 T. of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. It was so good, I could have eaten 2 more bowls ……. but of course I didn’t !

I also had a cup of green tea.

About 10:30 I was hungry again. Half of it was probably boredom, but I decided to give into it anyway. I had 1 hard boiled egg on 2 Rye Crisp crackers.

Lunch was a whole grain sandwich thin, with a Laughing Cow Cheese wedge, some baby carrots, and whole grain crackers.

With an apple for dessert.
Then I decided to get to work ! I decided since I had extra time today , I would just do some cooking for the week.

I made Rosemary New Potatoes.

I cooked up some chicken breasts.

I made a Hungry Girl Recipe : Spinach, Mushroom, Mozzarella Supreme.
And then last but not least, I threw together a fat free / sugar free pudding pie made with a reduced fat pie crust …….. Whew ! A whole lot of cooking going on in my kitchen today !
At about 3:30 I had a handful of peanuts, before running out to do some errands.

When we got home I put together my dinner. It was delicious ! After dinner I folded the wash I did throughout my afternoon of cooking , and took a shower.

This is how I plan to spend the rest of my evening ! I love when I get a lot done in a day. I have no idea what the weather will be tomorrow, but no matter what it is, the only thing I need to get done is my workout. Other than that I am free !!!!!!
Have a peaceful and relaxing Saturday night my friends !

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TGIF !

Posted by Susan on August 21, 2009

Typical Friday, typical Friday stresses and frustrations, but I lived through it ! I went to bed last night at 6:30 pm ! I slept like a baby, and ended up having a great workout this morning. Amazing what a difference a day of eating well, and a night of good, sound sleep makes !
This morning I had some protein pancakes for breakfast. I love them because they are filling and I find that I am not hungry for hours after eating them !

Since I was still sort of full from breakfast , I just had a peach around 9: 30 am. ( I had the pancakes at 5 am)

Around 11:00 am I was hungry so I had 2 Rye Crisp crackers and a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese , and a small apple.

At 2:00 pm, it was time for some lunch. A veggie salad with sunflower seeds and sesame sticks.

Dinner was the last of the chicken breasts I made at the beginning of the week, rosemary potatoes, and a veggie salad.
After that it was all down hill ………………. Some personal issues sent me running for the food ! I ate quite a few sugar free cookies, a dark chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and half a bag of Snap Pea Crisps ……… As you can see , in spite of all of the things I’ve conquered, and learned during this weight loss / maintenance journey, I am still not above some emotional eating.
I still find comfort in food when I am feeling certain emotions. I am in no way using this as an excuse. I put the food into my mouth, I made the choice to eat . But it is done. It is what it is , and all I can do is move on …………
Tomorrow is another day.
And it is Saturday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It will definitely be good!

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A Day Of Detox And A Promise To Myself

Posted by Susan on August 20, 2009

Today was not so great. Because of my “movie & popcorn night” last night , I did not sleep well. First off I went to bed waaaaayy too late and second , eating crap before bed always makes sleeping difficult if not impossible. That is why I always save all food splurges for the weekend !

When the alarm went off this morning I got up , had my usual PB toast , put on my workout clothes and got all the way downstairs, got on the spin bike for some cardio and decided I just could not do it ! I felt not only tired, but sore and bloated and still queasy from last night.

I got off the bike and went back to bed for an hour and a half ! My philosophy is usually, you play you pay, but I just could not exercise. You know it is bad if I skip a workout ! I was so angry with myself ! It is not like this was something that happened to me at random. I brought the entire thing on myself !

I spent the entire day detoxing …….. or at least trying to !As much of this as I could …………………… (water)

And numerous cups of this ………………………… (green tea )
My stomach was turning all day. I didn’t take pics of food because I hardly eat anything ! The thought of food made me sick ! It was hell !
I am making a promise to myself right here and now, you as my wittness ! I need to wrap my head around the fact that things have changed. That my body has changed in so many more ways then just weight loss.
I can no longer eat like I used to. In order to stay energetic and comfortable, in order to sleep well at night and have general well being , I can NOT eat like I used to. My body does not want it. It makes that fact very , very, clear !
I promise myself that I will not do this anymore. I will (finally!) learn from this situation, and make it my mission to never allow it to happen again !
No one needs a huge mound of popcorn, with gobs of synthetic butter ! No one needs any of the stuff I over do.
I hated how I felt today and I vow to do everything in my power to nake sure it never, EVER happens again !
I am so tired right now, so I am off to bed ! Hopefully I will be able to sleep off this stooper once and for all !

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Back To Work :(

Posted by Susan on August 18, 2009

Well, real life resumed today after a wonderful day of sun and sand yesterday. I was wishing, as I got ready for work this morning that is was yesterday morning all over again …… sigh……

I forgot to set the alarm last night and ended up getting ups a little later this morning so I had to cut my workout session a little short . ( 20 min. short to be exact !) I did 20 min. HIIT on the spin bike, and did a 20 min. elliptical program. I also banged out a 10 min. Ab circuit.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I forgot to set the alarm. Must have been my subconscious mind trying to forget that I had to work for a living. No work no house and no beach rights ! When I got up this morning I had my usual PB toast. After my workout and my shower I had what was left of my box of Go Lean Crunch mixed into my oatmeal, with a spoonful of chocolate peanut butter.


I also had a hard boiled egg for some protein. (it looks gross close up like this , but it tasted fine)

Around 9:30 am I had some Fiber One mixed into yogurt, and an apple.

For some reason , by the time 11:00 am rolled around I was hungry again so I broke into my lunch and had a peach.

For Lunch (around 2 pm) I had a tuna salad sandwich, and wheat sticks.

Some time during the afternoon, one of our past resident’s family members brought us in the massive bag of M&M’s as a thank you . I was dying for something sweet so I allowed myself to indulge in just a little bit.

I poured myself as few in the bottom of this cup, and ate them slowly so I could savor them. The small portion really hit the spot !

For dinner tonight I had a nice raw veggie salad.

And a repeat of Sunday’s dinner. A 4 oz chicken breast and some left over Rosemary Potatoes. I ate dinner tonight out on the deck. Summer is almost over and I have decided to eat there as much as possible before weather changes make it impossible.

Dessert was once again , ” cookies and ice cream” made with Fat Free Frozen Yogurt and sugar free cookies.
I am glad that my first day back at work is over. Since today was my Monday, it was rough. Especially rough after the great day yesterday ! But I made it through !
Tomorrow night we are attempting to make up for the movie we missed Friday night and have my mother in law over for dinner and go to see Julie and Julia . I will be keeping tomorrow’s eating light because I am absolutely having popcorn with my movie !
I am off to bed, at least to read now, because tomorrow night will be a late one for me ! I hope everyone had a great Tuesday !

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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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