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A message from Kathy-Lifetime Member,

So glad you stopped by to visit today. I hope you find something useful, thought provoking, motivational or just entertaining about my blog. I would be so pleased if you would leave a comment or two and please come back often.

Thank you to all my weight loss friends!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Feeling much better!!!

I am feeling so much better today after a couple of down days.  Must have been a bug.  Did my Saturday 5K today then went shopping with the hubby for my son's 13th birthday that we are celebrating this weekend. I easily made my goal of 10,000 steps today and am only .4 away from making my first 100 miles toward my 500 for the year!!!! 

Gold star for me for 100 miles walked so far this year!!

 I plan on having a piece of BD cake with my fat free ice cream.  I bought the cake and figured out the points values.  For a 1/18th piece of cake it is 7 points.  Not as bad as I thought it would be.  Since I have only used about 5 of my weekly 49 I think it will be ok to indulge in the cake and enjoy it I will!!
The scale is looking good right now so I must stick to the plan!!!  Weigh in day is in 3 days!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feeling blahhhh!

I felt kinda tired this moring getting up and it took me a while to get going.  Walked 40 mins/2 miles on the treadmill but wasn't up to my usual speed, just felt tired all over. For the rest of the day I felt dizzy, nauseous, feverish and soooo tired.  I went back to bed and slept all afternoon.  Didn't go to work tonight.  I guess sometimes you just gotta listen to what your body is telling you.  Feeling a little better as I write this but heading back to bed.  Hope tomorrow brings a healthier feeling my way!!  I hate being sick!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weigh in results.

Well, I went to my W/Ws meeting this morning and lost .8 lbs.  Still in the right direction but so so little.  I was very disapointed but then I got to thinking...why am I in such a hurry to get to my goal???  Once I get there nothing is going to change.  I will still have to plan my meals and be accountable for all the points I eat.  Somewhere in the back of my brain it is thinking that I can finally stop all the planning and tracking and just eat what I want....but that's not how I am going to handle it because I know that I will just gain all the weight back again like I always have in the past.  I don't want to be a repeat offender anymore!!!  I will just have to resolve myself to the fact that I need to handle food this way always.  I am not someone who can play around with food like in the past and I have seen the result countless times!!  I really want this time to be different and never gain the weight back again!!  I should be glad it is taking me so long to lose it because if I'm always trying to lose and as long as the scale is going in the correct direction then I am not gaining.  That is a plus!! So good for me I lost .8 lbs this week and I earned every bit of it!!!

I have learned that I can't use any extra points though.  All during the week last week I was ther perfect Weight Watcher.  I tracked everything,  Kept right at my 29 points each day and got in 30 mins of cardio every day and strength training every other day. The scale showed that I had lost 3 lbs by Saturday morning. I had all 49 points and some activity points left over on the weekend so I used up half of them on some snacks.  The next day the scale jumped right back up and stayed there for a .8 loss this week.  So I am gonna see what happens next week when I don't use any extras.  I will let you know.
My challenge for this week will be my son's 13th birthday.  I will not go without a piece of BD cake.  I will just have to plan for it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I feel like a human popsicle!!

Just did a 5k with my hubby and the best part is is that he asked me if I wanted to go for a walk....will wonders never cease. Hmmmm... just paid my life insurance...maybe he is trying to kill me...tee hee hee. It was a balmy 19 degrees out. Needless to say we walked very fast!! Feel great though!! Now just waiting for my legs to thaw. ;-)

I made it through another weekend on plan...weigh in tomorrow.  Should be good.  I'm really on a roll now...hold the butter!!!  :-)  Have a great week everyone!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

14,323 today....Wow!!

Wow, I got  14,323 steps in today.  I did my 5K this morning for 3.2 miles then did almost another 5K the rest of the day with grocery shopping, housekeeping, and playing the kinect with the family this afternoon for a grand total of 6.3 miles today.  The 14,000 steps more than made up for the couple of days that I didn't quite make the 10,000.
I must go to bed now...a little tired needless to say.
Night all!!

Three day weekend!!

Had another great week!  Stuck to the plan and tracked lots of miles.  Been really good about drinking all my water this week.  I realized that I haven't been getting all my water the past few weeks so I remedied that this week...got lot's of steps in running to the little girls room also.  A win, win situation!!! 
I have a 3 day weekend in front of me and I'm a little scared about that.  I have to keep in mind that my weigh in is on Tuesday so I will have to muster up all my willpower to make it through without sabotaging the great week I had.  I have make it through the last couple of weekends with out any major disasters to my diet, only a couple little slips but I didn't let them snowball out of control.  So I can and will do this.  I really want to reach my goal before bathing suit weather is upon us so,,, I will be good, I Will Be Good,  I WILL BE GOOD! 

Quote for the day:
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets....LOL
Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

50 miles already!!!

12 days ago I started wearing my pedometer and challenged myself to walk 500 miles this year.  I already have walked over 50 miles.  I am trying to get my 10,000 steps in each day. Sometimes I don't make it but most days I do.  Some days I far exceed that goal so it all averages out. I think that I will easily make the 500 miles if I keep going like I have. I will have to set a record to break next year.  Man I am really thinking ahead now!!! 

On another point...do any of you have days when you just feel really....how should I say it....fat all over again??  I mean you know you have lost weight and for weeks you felt so thin and happy then  BAM all of a sudden you just wake up feeling....fat.  Now the scale does not reflect any weight gain but in my mind I'm feeling like I did before I lost 16 lbs.  Is it our mind trying to play games with us...what makes me feel this way...am I the only one who gets that way??  I still have a spare tire around my middle and it just seems so pronounced all of a sudden.  Maybe it's because I am fitting into a size smaller and now the spare has no where to hide???  I don't know.  Any comments?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


As you can see from my title, I am pretty excited.  In 2 weeks I lost 2.4 lbs and made another 5 lb mark.  I also made 16 weeks of Weight Watchers meetings so I got a little gold charm with the 16 and hands clapping.  I have been going for 16 weeks and have lost an average of 16.4 lbs total.  I guess you could say that's very average according to W/Ws.  Still I wish it was more....I know, I know,... I should be very happy and I truly am but deep down inside us all we want to get there YESTERDAY!!!  You all know what I mean!!!   But I will still be doing my happy dance all day!!!  Because truthfully 16 lbs off my body is something to celebrate!!!!   I feel lighter, my clothes fit so much better and I feel full of energy and life!!!!   Yeahhhhh Me!!!  I will post a picture of me at this new stage in the journey soon. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Back in control!!!

Im feeling on top of things again today after my binge last night.  I have the control back and that inner child has been put to rest for now. 

Tomorrow is my weigh in day.  It's been 2 weeks since my last one and am a little nervous because of my lack of control yesterday.  Today I am doing damage control and eating light, drinking tons of water and getting a nice long walk in.  Never give up!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

oops....went a little crazy!!!

Went out to eat with my Hubby today for Valentine's day (we were supposed to go yesterday but it got postponed).  Had a salad then a great veggie stirfry with steak tips over wild rice.  Only ate half and took the rest home for lunch tomorrow.  It was delicious!!  That wasn't so bad but then we ordered dessert...a puff pastry sundae drizzled with hot fudge and whipped cream that we shared. Also had bread and real butter.  I don't go out to eat hardly ever and it was a Valentine's date with my hubby so I splurged. Then later at home I started grazing...had some Valentine's chocolates then some popcorn, then some cookies and milk and then an oatmeal bar.  There it is...I told on myself.  I was out of control but it is behind me and tomorrow is another day and week and I will be back on plan.  We are all human and we all trip up sometimes .  I recognize it and will put it behind me.  I have been so good for weeks it was bound to happen but it's over!!!  I feel like I got it out of my system!!! 
Onward and Upward!!!

Quote for the day:
"Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork" 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blogger's Healthy Heart Weekend 5K

Just finished my 5K for the Blogger's Healthy Heart Weekend Challenge!  I feel fabulous!!!
Now off to an early Valentine's dinner with the hubby!! 
Thanks Lori for the Challenge!!

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies!!!

I came home tonight from work and there was a plate of freshly baked double chocolate chunk cookies, that my hubby made, on the counter .  I immediately helped myself to the delicious treat with the thought in the back of my head that I will take a 3 point hit for it.  It was so worth it!!!  Then I got to thinking just how many points it really was so I dug the package out of the trash....it was right on top...and when I calculated it it was indeed 3 points but the bonus was that the serving size was 2 cookies.  I am enjoying my 2nd cookie as I type this and guilt free because I have so many points left over for the week.  I promise that it will be the last one.....tonight anyway...tee hee hee!!!   It is a rare treat though and something I definately wouldn't eat every day.

Didn't do any formal exercise today but did spend half an hour playing with the Kinect. (Outdoor Adventures)  I worked up quite a sweat and feel like I got a good workout in while having so much fun.  What a wonder this new technology is!!  I also made my 10,000 steps today again thanks to my job.  It consists of a lot of walking, bringing the product from department to department stuff like that. 

I gotta get to bed now as I have a 5K to walk/jog tomorrow for the "Bloggers Healthy Heart Weekend Challenge"  I am greatful to have a healthy heart now but it wasn't always the case.  I suffered with Wolfe Parkinson's White Syndrome for many years since I was a pre-teen till I was 35 years old.  I had frequent and sudden tackycardia attacks during that time in my life and it was a very scary thing.  At 35 I underwent a radio frequency cardiac ablasion on my heart and I was cured.  I thank God for that technology and for my Dr. who performed the procedure. I am almost 51 now and I am thankful everyday that I have a normal functioning heart and that I am capable of doing normal exercise without the fear of those attacks.  I have been given a great gift and I intent on taking good care of my healthy heart!!  So off to bed now for me...night all!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

And the winner is!!!

Thanks to all the bloggers who suggested names for my bicycle.  Although they were all very appropriate names and well thought out I have decided to go with Patrick's suggestion of Victoria.  I will call her Vicky for short. When I ride it is always a "victory" for me in my weight loss efforts. So thank you Patrick for the great new name for my bike.  I will admit though that Desdemona was a close second because I like the description of her but the murder thing kinda scared me. LOL  Thank you all for participating!!! 

                                                         Me and my Victoria

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Made my 10,000 today!!!

I made my 10,000 steps yesterday for a total of 4.4 miles, just barely.  When I got home from work last night at 11:45 pm I still had 500 steps to go.  I walked around the house and jogged in place for a couple mins. to top it off.  I did alot of walking at work...as usual.  Now going to bed!

I made an awesome vegetable soup yesterday.  Put some red kidney beans in it for an added boost.  It was amazing.  I have another serving of it that I get to eat today.  It really was hearty and ohhh so good. 

I started pre-planning my meals for the whole week on Sunday nights.  I found this to be helpful to me and less time consuming during the week trying to come up with a daily menu.  Sometimes I tweek it as I might not have everything I need or I just don't feel like eating a certain thing on that particular day but for the most part it makes my workdays easier and less stressed.  What ever works!!!

I have a joke to share:
."Why don't you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom??........Because the "P" is silent".  LOLOL!!  
My 12 year old told me that one and I just had to share it.  Still cracks me up!!! 
Have a great day everyone!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

No weigh in today.

Didn't get to W/Ws today as there was a 2 hour delay for school. Had to make sure my 12 year old son got off ok. Will wait till next week and also save myself 12 dollars. 
Exercise done for the day. Nordictrack-30 mins, treadmill- 15 mins, bowflex- 20 mins. Now for lunch and work. Will have to be really good and on plan 100% this week as one of you challenged us to not get on a scale for a whole week.... Wink Wink... I usually get on every morning. Will wait till W/Ws next Tuesday to find out how I did. Gonna make me crazy though...more than I already am....tee hee hee. Have a great week!!

Quote for the day: "It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life."

Still looking for suggestions!!

I'm still looking for more suggestions for a fab name for my bicycle.  Spring is just around the corner and she needs a name.  I've gotten some really interesting submissions so far but would love to hear some more. 

I didn't make 10,000 steps today, only 7294 or 3.2 miles.  But I didn't do any formal exercise today either.  Mondays are my day to take care of my elderly Aunt who lives alone.  She is 86 and homebound so I go and do her groceries, house cleaning, bills, medications etc. She really should be in a nursing home but is a stubborn one and wants to live alone.  Anyway...after I do that in the morning I have to come home and get my lunch then start getting ready for 8 hours of work.  I just have no time on Monday.  I have dedicated Mondays as my exercise free day.   I did do alot of walking at work though.  Tomorrow I should make my 10,000 easily.  I figured it out today that to make 500 miles this year I would have to average almost 10 miles a week.  That is very doable for me.  So did any of you get a pedometer or dig up one you haven't used in a while.  It really is a great way to see just how much activity you really get in in a day.

Watched the Super Bowl yesterday, mostly to see the new commercials, and had a little slip up.  My son was sitting next to me on the couch with a bag of cheese puffs.  Well I took about two of them for "just a taste"  then my hand kept going into the bag...about 3 or 4 times!!  Finally I asked him to please put them on the other side of him so I couldn't reach.  They were so good though while it lasted.  My Bad!!!  The rest of the week wasn't bad though so I hope my weigh in in the morning will be a happy event.
Off to bed now!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My computer was held hostage!!!

I didn't get to get on here yesterday to post my miles walked as I had three 12 year olds who took over my living room and computer.  My son had a sleep over and monopolized the electronics.  Anyway....I walked 4.8 miles and did my weekly 5K on my treadmill in the garage.  I easily made my 10,000 steps too.  Did 30 mins. cardio on Wed. Thurs. and Friday also with some strength training on the boxflex thrown in to boot.  I am so in the Zone this week.  I think weigh in day is gonna be a happy event for me again this week.  Another weekend under my belt with no problems (binges) yet...still a few hours to go but I feel very confident!!.  Going shopping for a bit so gonna get more steps added to the pedometer.
I had a NSV this week that I have to share...Happiness is buckling your belt and realizing that I got into the next hole on the belt loop comfortably!!!  Doing the happy dance!!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Walk 500 miles!!!

I have decided to challenge myself to walk 500 miles this year.  From now on I will wear a pedometer from the time I get up in the morning and it will be the last thing I take off before climbing into bed each night.  I will count all my steps/miles for the day. (see my new ticker above) I do a lot of walking for exercise...I did 40 mins of formal walking for exercise today but was on my feet all night at work and it really adds up.  I strive for 10,000 steps a day.  Today I did 13,142 or 5.81 miles.  No wonder my feet ache!!!  We never realize just how much we walk each day.  I think everyone should wear a pedometer and strive for 10,000 steps a day.  There's a challenge for you all!!!  Who is in?  I find that when I'm wearing the pedometer that I find ways to make extra steps for myself so that I can get my 10,000.  I park far away in parking lots, take the stairs instead of elevators, take only 2 bags of groceries in the house at a time instead of trying to string all those plastic bags around my arms so I can make it in one trip.  If I take a formal walk...at least 30 mins. then it is usually pretty easy to get all the rest of my required steps in on that day.  OK so you all heard it...I will walk 500 miles this year!!  The challenge is on!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

What shall I name her??? Can you help?

Now that we know Spring is coming earlier this year...so says Mr. Groundhog,  I am dreaming of bike riding.  This brings me to ask for your help in naming my dear friend. If everyone could suggest an appropriate name for my darling bicycle I would be so grateful.  It has to be a  name that would describe the freedom and feeling of life that I get while riding.  Be creative. I will pick my favorite in about a week once I get several names to choose from.  I am excited to see what everyone comes up with.  Won't you please help me name my lovely lady.  She is mostly white with some purple patches here and there as seen in my "during picture" 
Anxiously awaiting your replies!!   :-)

Thursday, February 3, 2011


 As some of you know I struggle with binging from time to time.  Well, I have to confess that the last 2 nights I was out of control.  I gave a challenge to my Facebook group to not binge for a whole week, last week. I was great and in control and I rocked the challenge. But being a new week I fell off that wagon HARD.  It wasn't big like I have done in the past with ice cream and cake and cookies and milk or half a bag of chips etc, but I was out of control. It started with a Lite bonnie bell cheese...then 3 or 4 low fat BBQ chips...then a small bowl of low fat baked cheezy straws...then a W/W candy then I ended up with a nutter butter peanut butter cookie. (Both nights) Most of the stuff was low fat and if I added up the points I would still have been within the 49 extra points that W/W allows but it's just the fact that I was not in control. Why do I do this???? There must be something eating me that's making me eat.  My inner child was screaming at me and I gave in to the spoiled little brat both nights. Why can't I be strong...why do I revert back to the old ways.  I can give great advice to everyone else but why can't I help myself???   I really don't want to spoil all the good I have done so by writting all this down and being accountable to all of you I'm hoping that it will help next time the "child" starts nagging me.  Thanks for listening and any helpful comments are greatly appreciated!
 Now, I am off to my Nordictrack!

Big storm....right???

So how did everyone fair with the BIG STORM?  It wasn't as bad here in Southern NH as they had predicted.  I was all set to stay home and stay warm and cozy.  I work 2nd shift and the radar was showing that the storm was clearing out of our area by 2:00ish pm so I decided to brave it and head to work.  Actually the roads were worse on Tuesday going to work then they were yesterday.  We didn't get even close to the 18 to 24 inches they said at first...thank God!!!  Now another one is predicted for Saturday
 At least we are supposed to have an early Spring this year so the groundhog says. 
That much closer to riding my bike again...oh bike how I miss you.  Speeding along with the warm wind in my face and the fresh air in my lungs!!  Spring can't come soon enough for me!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


My hubby took a sick day today so I did get to go to my meeting and weigh in. The results are in.......I lost .8 lbs. almost 1 pound, at least it is still in the right direction.   My grand total is now 14 lbs since Sept. 2010. I am a turtle at losing but we all know what happened to the turtle. I know if I keep on going and persevere I will eventually win this race!!


D@#% the Snow!!! Here it comes again!

I might not get to my W/W meeting for my weigh in today.  My husband will have our only able vehicle to go to work today as my car is in the shop getting fixed.  AND it's supposed to snow again!!!  We have a real whopper heading our way here in NH. for Tuesday and Wednesday.  They are predicting 18 to 20 inches of the wonderful (NOT) stuff.   I am so done with Winter!!!  Does anyone what some snow???  We have plenty to share and it's free!!!  The only positive note here is all the freakin exercise we will get shoveling the stuff.  Can you tell I'm not in a very good mood tonight???  I think I'll go to bed now so I don't get myself into a binge!!!  I'll need all the rest I can get so I can do all that shoveling in the next two days.
Night all!!  :-)