Sunday, June 28, 2009

Moving on....

Not gonna lie... this weekend I have ate a TON of terrible stuff. (which as mentioned in my previous post, I believe is some form of self-sabotage.) However, now I'm hoping to get back on track... again and move past it. I ate so much bad stuff that today I actually started to crave healthy things.

In happier/healthier news... Last week I had bought some 100 calorie packs of almonds and walnuts mixed. They were pretty good. It made me realize how much I loved almonds. I had no idea! So, this time when I went to the store I decided to just get the packs with only almonds. Then I saw these...

Oh My Goodness..... these are currently the bright spot of my whole weekend! Delicious!
Other than that, I had a pretty relaxing weekend. Friday night I went out to dinner with the BFF and Natalie, then we played a little Rock Band, which was pretty darn fun. I was bad and had one of these at dinner. It was huge! (and tasty.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Well... yesterday was weigh-in day for me. I gained a pound. This always happens. Of all the times I have attempted to lose weight, I always, ALWAYS get stuck around 220-219. Once I start to get close to breaking that barrier, somehow I always sabotage myself. It would seem that since I've become aware of this problem, that I could overcome it.... but that's not happening. So once again, I got close... and now I've gained a pound.

I don't know what makes me do it. I'm struggling to stop that pattern. I'm trying not to let 1 pound be a big deal, to keep on pushing, to not give up like I always do.

It's a life long struggle, and that really sucks.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Because everyone is beautiful in their own way....

... I think I'm joining the movement. Yes, I am on the road to losing weight... and I intend to keep on going to make myself a healthier person and feel better. But over the past year or two I've come to accept myself more than I ever did in the past. Can't hurt to encourage other people. Everyone could use a kind word now and then.

Check out Operation Beautiful

Monday, June 22, 2009

But I don't wanna.....

I don't want to go to the gym. Not one tiny, little, microscopic bit!

(But.... I'm going to go anyway.) :-P

Saturday, June 20, 2009


That's me. I'm an over-eater. I've tried to get a handle on it since I am trying to lose weight afterall. Today I did pretty good.... but then since it was summer I decided to indulge in some summer "treats". Fresh watermelon and homemade iced tea. (and yes, that is a Hungry Girl book on the coffee table. Good stuff, you should read it and/or visit the website.)

The problem is... I over ate. Too much watermelon and too many bagel chips. Now I'm too stuffed (I hate that feeling) and bloated from all the sodium in the bagel chips. Blah.

Bad, chubby girl, bad!

Oh well... learned my lesson for next time. (hopefully)

Now I'm off to sit outside in this lovely 95 degree heat we have going on here in Cincinnati and watch the Reds and the White Sox.

Weigh-In and the Weekend

Well, I lost 1 .6 pounds this week! Yay for me!

Got to hang out and have dinner with the Boyfriend last night. We went to the Mongolian Grill which I am VERY excited about. It was delicious! Thanks to my BFF, Mrs. B, I found out that on their website you can build your meal and see the nutritional value… so it wasn't too unhealthy. I loaded up on the veggies. I still had about 3/4 cup of rice, but at least I picked the steamed brown rice. Today I went and picked up my bridesmaids dress for my friend Tonja's wedding and I was scared it wouldn't fit, as they ordered me a size 16 (and often those dresses run small) and I can barely fit into a size 16 pants. But...... it TOTALLY fit! Woo hoo! It's a little snug in the stomach area, but I have 12 weeks till the wedding so I hope to lose another 15 pounds by then.

Tonight the Boyfriend and I are going to a baseball game with our friends, Tonja and Jason. Should be fun. Sunday I plan to hang out with my little sister and do lots of laundry.

These are my current favorite snack. Trying not to inhale the whole bag of bagel chips, though even if I did... it's only be 280 calories and 4 grams of fat. Yum.

Randomness: Here's a pretty cake I made this week for a guy at work. It was his birthday… and I only ate a tiny little slice, I swear.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

At least he always says he's sorry....

So… this week hasn't been as good as I had hoped. It was hard to get back on the wagon. I really haven't eaten terribly though. I was at around 1750 calories each for Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday I did a little better and managed to stay at 1500. Today was rough (as I was taken out to lunch at work), but I still hope to keep it at 1600. Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I'm really hoping for at least a 1 pound loss, though I won't be surprised if it's not that much.

I haven't exercised much this week. I totally suck. I should have worked out more and I have no good reason that I didn’t, except that I was tired and lazy. For your entertainment, here is one story of why I am so tired. The Boyfriend stayed over 2 nights this week. He was super tired and true to form, fell fast asleep and started snoring. (Side note: I'm convinced that forcing someone to listen to someone else snore when they are tired should be some form of torture used in war. It drives me mad!) He's usually pretty good about me waking him up and saying "Roll over. You're snoring." He usually just turns over onto his stomach and the snoring stops. I don't know if it's because he was so tired or what…. But that wasn't happening this time. He says he remembers none of these conversations.

Conversation 1:
Me: Dude, you're snoring.
BF: (says nothing, rolls to his side, which doesn't really help his snoring situation)
Me: (said in a very unfriendly tone) Hey, one of us is about to go sleep on the couch tonight. Guess who it's gonna be?
BF: Sorry. (rolls over)

Conversation 2:
Me: (elbows the BF) Hey, roll over.
BF: What? Huh?
Me: ROLL OVER! You're still snoring!
BF: Ok. (Just lays there and doesn't roll over… starts snoring again)
Me: (at this point I'm sitting up in the bed and speak to him in a very calm tone) Seriously… I am about to smother you with a pillow.
BF: Oh, sorry. (Rolls over)

So yeah…. at least he always says he's sorry.

Now, I'm off to take a nap.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I fell....

Yup, I tried to resist... but I fell off the wagon again this weekend. Friday I did great. Saturday started out great, but then it was just all downhill. I had a great time with my 2 pregnant friends (and the 18 month old daughter of one of them) though.

I can't take it back, so it's time to just start over and get back on the wagon again. Tomorrow is a new day. I partially blame my weakness on the baby. I was distracted from my healthy diet by her cuteness! haha. (Excuses, excuses...)

Friday, June 12, 2009


Somehow (not sure how, but I'll definitely take it!) I am down 2.6 pounds this week! Woo hoo!

Let's just hope I can stay on track this weekend. Weekends are always hard anyway... but this weekend will definitely be hard as I'll be traveling to Columbus to visit with 2 of my friends that are currently both pregnant.

So, I have to keep in mind that though they will be "eating for 2" that doesn't mean it's ok for me to do it also.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I had a chocolate peanut butter shake.....

... and it's only like 60 calories!!!

~ Made with unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze, my new Walden Farms peanut spread, fat free/sugar free chocolate pudding mix, and ice. Yum!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


So much food to blog about and so little time.....

I was wandering in the grocery store the other day and saw this caramel dip that said "calorie free" on the front. I was intrigued so I bought it. Turns out this brand (Walden Farms) is a whole line of stuff that is no calories, no fat, no sugar, no gluten, no cholesterol, and no preservatives. I'd never heard of this stuff before. This of course led to me believe that either A) It's magic!!! or B) It's made of something that scientist will eventually determine to just be carcinogens in a jar! However, the ingredients list on the side was neither super long, nor super scary. I tried it and it taste pretty darn good! The only way I would be able to tell it's not regular caramel dip is that the consistency is a little different.
Since the caramel dip was good, I decided to get the peanut butter spread. It's also pretty good, but the consistency, again, is not like the regular product. It's a little more fluffy and less sticky feeling than regular peanut butter. I'm thinking of trying to use this for one of my "crackshakes" that I have read about on many other blogs, but first learned about here. (I've had 2 strawberry crackshakes this week and they were fabulous!)

I also FINALLY found some Vitatops. I'd been looking at all the stores around here. I'm going to give those a try tomorrow.... though I'm sure I'll love them.

Then today I had to make this for work (and then also try not to eat the whole thing!):

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I want to be a runner!

I always have tons of things I want to blog about, but never seem to have the time. Anyway, here's the story of my first 5K race:

My official time was 46:48. Before the race I told myself that I wanted to finish in under 45 minutes, but I would settle for under 50 minutes. I guess that's exactly what I got. I hope to finish the next race (even though I don't know what that course is like yet) in under 45 definitely. The morning didn't start out great. It was like a comedy of errors.....

The Boyfriend and I got up early thinking that we were going to have a good breakfast so I'd have some decent fuel for the race. He was going to get up and make me pancakes and turkey sausage... but somehow we didn't end up having enough time. It was a sad state of affairs in my kitchen that morning. We ended up with 3 pancakes and that was it. So I inhaled them as we were running out the door (the Boyfriend let me have them all) and grabbed a bottle of Powerade. Then as we're about half a mile from home, I realize that I left my bib for the race at home so we have to turn around and get it (and we're already running a little late at this point). When we get back to my apartment I jump out of the car (and almost get accidentally hit by the car), run in and get my number and we're back on the road. We are on the way to the race and I'm sorting some music on my mp3 player to prepare for the race and we somehow pass up our exit on the highway... so we have to drive 5 miles up to the next exit, get off the highway, turn around, and get back on the highway. We made it to the race in time since we had planned on getting there early, but I arrived a bit flustered and aggravated.

As we were waiting for the race to start I was getting VERY nervous and kept thinking "I don't wanna do this anymore"... though I knew I would have to.

Then we were off......

It turned out to be much harder than I thought! I knew it would be hard... but I was still shocked. The worst part was it wasn't like I was so out of breath or my heart was racing... but that running on the pavement and the hills make my legs sooooo tired. I'd slow down and be ready to start running again, and as soon as my legs would hit the pavement my knee would hurt and my legs would feel instantly exhausted again. However, I pushed through. I didn't do as well as I hoped I would and I had to keep motivating myself in my head the whole time. (even thought of The Biggest Loser this past season and when they did that whole 26 mile marathon.) At least I finished. I can say I did it... and I can get ready for the next race. Mrs. B and I finished 1st and 2nd in our age group.... though we were the only ones in our age group. hahaha. But, I still got a medal for being 1 out of 2.

I started a "5K Wall" above my desk at home. Mrs. B and I are aiming to do 1 5K race every month from now until October. So, hopefully by the end of this year my wall will be full and I will be able to really, truly run. I want to be a runner. I never thought I would be able to even come close to being one... and now I feel like it could be in my near future.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

We did it!

Well, this morning was our first ever 5K! Whoa... it was harder than I thought it was gonna be. My BFF, Mrs. B, and I are hoping to do one 5K race every month from now until October... so I've got to really start training hard to get better at this stuff. Anyway, more on the race later. I'm still tired and recovering. haha. But here's a picture of me finishing the race...


Wonder Woman, Stormy Vawn, gave me and 7 other bloggers an award. Aw, thanks! Her blog is totally inspiring and makes you feel like we aren't alone in this weight-loss/get fit journey that a lot of us are on. You should definitely check it out.

So, the award "rules" state:
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

So, these are 8 who often inspire, motivate, and entertain me.

~Breaking up with Burgers
~Ash is Fit
~Fat Girl Unleashed
~Angie All the Way
~A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare
~One Pound at a Time
~Kate is Losing It
~Let's Get Fit!