Thursday, February 24, 2011


Okay, okay I get it--snow is necessary-but is the cold weather that is associated with it necessary.  Couldn't it be 65 !!!  I have had it.  This morning when I went for my walk I almost didn't because of the weather.
I have relented and I am letting Joe have a hot dog and roll for supper!  He has an appetite for his favorite food.  He called and said that it has been a horrible day at work and that his chest wasn't feeling right.  But he said he was okay.  Called my friend Ramona (who is also his doctor) and told her and she wanted him to come right over but Mr. Stubborn went on a delivery and I haven't talked to him since.  I have a feeling that we will have a guest tonight.
Last night's Bungaroo was very good.  I froze a lot-it makes servings for 12-but had some for lunch.  It does give you a little gas from the cabbage but just take Beano!!  It is an unusual soup/stew.  I will post it soon.  It is everything, at least, I can have!
Be right back!
Love to all!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I am beginning to HATE this weather....

I know that there is a reason for all this weather but -4 degrees in the morning and then 31 degrees in the afternoon, no wonder everyone is getting sick!!
Made "Bungaroo" for supper and I will share the recipe on Sunday with a few friends.  Joe loved it and had two bowlfuls and wanted me to pack a bowl for his lunch tomorrow.  I am really blown away that he liked it.
Today when I weighed in at my endocrinologist I was 3 more pounds lighter.  Isn't it amazing that 3 scales could have different readings!  Wait till Monday and I will see if any of them are right.
My blood sugars are back to normal-as normal as they can get.  But my insulin intake has been lowered and I am so glad for that.
Another snowstorm is headed our way and it is supposed to hit Friday--Better get a lot of walking done in by then.  Do have the wii but it looks kinda funny doing my exercises with the walker in front of the fitness pad in case I start to topple.
Cleaned cupboards out yesterday to help a needy family within our church.  Got rid of a lot of white rice, breaded chicken and frozen dinners!!!
Love to all!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

8 degrees out...B-R-R-R-R-R

Okay, when I started my walk this morning it was 8 degrees out, when I got back it was a heat wave--12 degrees out.  I had to walk today because of the snowstorm yesterday and I wasn't able to!
Joe is slowly asking questions.   This morning he wanted to know what kind of nuts he could have with his apple for snack.  I told him it could either be peanut butter or almonds.  So I do not know what he will decide.  Hopefully, one of these days I can go grocery shopping with him and get him fully on the journey!
I am making chili today and those of you who know me real well, know I hate any kind of bean!  I did put beans in because Joe loves them but I made it with a new organic sauce that Carolyn found at a local grocery store, no salt added petite cut tomatoes and of course tons of spices.  I also used ground turkey--he won't know the difference.
I happen to have a thought this morning while taking my shower--oh you know what's coming--when the weather starts getting nice, it will be back to shaving legs all the time!  UGH!!!
Hey my blood sugars are back to normal after my stringent course of steroids.  I am stoked.
Well, I hope everyone is enjoying the weather where you are--I'm not!
Love to all!

Monday, February 21, 2011

"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but my weigh in wasn't delightful.....

Okay, my weigh in wasn't the best but it wasn't my worst either.  I gained 1/2 a pound but, no excuses, I have been on steroids for a week now due to pneumonia.  Next week better!
My little bit of wisdom this week is: It's all about getting the hang of things. Easy does it; take it easy.   You'll figure everything out in time.  But for right now, just keep trying.  Pay attention and avoid the temptations to go further than you're ready.  Talk less.  And listen more.
Also, I made some amazing chicken the other day. Took 6 pieces of any part of the chicken (I used drumsticks and thighs) 2 tbsp. of olive oil 2 tsp. Paprika, 1 1/2 tsp. crushed Rosemary leaves, 1 tsp. minced Garlic, and 1/2 tsp. coarse ground Black Pepper.  Tossed everything together with some cut up sweet potatoes and put them in the oven at 425 for 30 minutes or until chicken is done.  Man was it good.  Loved the spices.  Still experimenting with everything.  Don't forget to line your pan with foil and spray it with a non-stick cooking spray!
Love to all!

Friday, February 18, 2011

What a day...

It is so beautiful out that I have upstairs windows upon to get some fresh air in the house.  Even have the screen open a little on the door.  Spraying Lysol everywhere.
Well, today I have my only granddaughter home from school.  On Tuesday she was telling me that she was running fast from the stomach bug and it wouldn't catch her.  Well, guess what it caught her.  She is so upset because she perfect attendance till today.
I am sneaking things in to Joe's diet like you would not believe!  Last night i snuck in avocado into the salad, whole wheat rules for his steak sub, and sweet potato french fries.  He liked it all!!!!
Lois,my accountability partner, has decided to visit her sister Lynette so I can't help her for awhile.  I do not know how long she is going to be there.
Just remember, I have to tell myself all the time, this journey is just not for us to loose but for us to regain our confidence and self esteem back and I am having a blast--hope everyone else is.
Congrats Cande for reaching a goal!!!! That is my next goal and I can't wait!
Love to everyone!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Falling apart....

I think I am falling apart slowly but surely.

Took Joe to the doctors, and we now have to go and see more specialist!!  Good thing the VA is taking care of it, I am already broke!

Last night I made a "Kitchen Boss" recipe-Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes.  I used Sweet potatoes and Joe never notice.  I had a leftover drumstick and Brussels sprouts for lunch today.  It was very good.

Well, on this journey I am learning lots of stuff-some people just need to see a success, some people need the evidence of someone feeling better and some just need a hug!! People are joining on so fast since Tuesday it is spreading like wild fire.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be called the Greatest Losers and Feel Goodies of Elmira!  Doesn't make sense I know but it was a shot.

I am feeling good and I painted my nails and ordered mascara.  Don't faint--shaved legs, painted nails and mascara I am not turning into the Sexy Forever Barbie--I just feel proud of what I am doing and want to be a confident person.

Okay I am going to try again to get on some other blogs and read them.  I think I am just computer illiterate.
Love to Everyone!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Exciting times are happening...

Last night Fawn gave an excellent seminar on Food, Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles.  So many people are very interested in what she talked about.  We had a bunch of snacks--which people were kind of shocked that it was stuff you can eat.  I am really excited because my husband, Joe, is starting the journey with me--my daughter, Marie, is also going to start.  My daughter-in-law who had gastric bypass surgery about 9 years ago has also asked for the hand outs that were given last night.  I do not want to see my children and grandchildren die before me.  I want them to feel good about themselves, get a little self esteem, maybe lots.  My grandson who is nine loves to eat but he also plays sports continually, last night though his basketball team got brutally beat in the play offs and he got fouled out for boxing a person in.  They lost by 1 point.
Me I am doing great.   I may be sick but I still went for my walk today but I know for sure I am not doing the inhaler thing--it makes me cough.
I am so excited that accountability is part of this journey.  I have a person who is going to use me as her accountable person.  I hope that I can get her out walking and doing other stuff.  My daughter has called me twice today wanting to know about the 100 calorie packs of nuts and Bugles.  I told her nuts okay, bugles not.
Love to all!  I hope everyone is doing okay and I would really like to know the people that were in the video last night and I say CONGRATULATIONS!! you are doing great.

Monday, February 14, 2011

It has been 7 days since last blog...

Okay, went and got weighed in today and lost 4 and 1/4 pounds!!!  But, it really doesn't matter it is how I feel.  Hey, I didn't even shave my legs to loose the weight!  Right now I am trying to get over bronchitis, sinus infection and something with my ear.  But I know a great physician!!!
Okay, Fawn has been in Elmira a week and the weather just turned nice today.  Went for my walk and it felt good to get out!  Tomorrow night she is doing a Food and Nutrition seminar at church at 7:00.  So if anybody who is reading this and lives in the polar section of New York come along.
Met Dave and Kathleen also.  They are an inspiration to everyone.  Wish they could be here tomorrow night.  Carolyn is my inspiration.  She helps me a lot in my eating plan and cooking healthy stuff.
Today is Valentine's Day, so I hope every woman gets what they want.  I am cooking lasagna for Joe tonight--his favorite food!  Since nobody bid on him, I guess I will keep him around!
Love to all!

Monday, February 7, 2011

disappointing weigh in

Well, what a day today was.  First, I get out of the shower with my conditioner and my cream still on my legs. Talk about nervous about the weigh-in.  Then going to the weigh-in I didn't lose but gained 4 pounds and with Fawn there.  Boy, I am so disappointed in myself!!!
Talked to Fawn, while being taped, and learned a lot about fats, proteins and carbs.  I thought I knew what I was doing but I have been blowing it doing the counting and eating of things.
I do have a sweet tooth and I thought sugar free was the way to go nut guess not it may say sugar free but it has sugar alcohol in it. Some things do have to look real close at the labels.
Well, after a few tears and talking to myself I am all right now (I think).
Well, love to all!  I am going to enjoy and pick Fawn brain while she is here.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

No walk today...

Yesterday I had a cleaning/de-cluttering spree and I am paying for it today.  Head is pounding, arms hurt and can barely walk.  That will teach me to try and to do it all in one day.
I would love a tootsie roll right now but don't have any in the house--Praise God!  I would probably eat them all. Instead I will probably have a rice cake!
One more day till Fawn arrives in the cold New York.  Zach is the smart one he is staying where it is nice and warm.
Still have to shave my legs--thought I might do it tomorrow, so everyone that will be a national holiday for everyone.
Love to all!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Been thinking and that is scary

I am a beginner--seeing a pattern doesn't mean I know how to put it all together.  Take baby steps; don't focus on the people whose skills are far beyond my own. When I'm new to something-or I haven't tried it in awhile-it can feel impossibly hard to get it right.  Every misstep feels like a reason to quit.  I envy everyone else who seems to know what they're doing.  What keeps me going?  The belief that one day I'll also be like that: Elegant, Capable, Confident and Experienced.  And I can be.  All I need is enthusiasm.  A little bravery.  And--always--a sense of humor.
This is my college education showing through I have thought a lot about this and once in awhile as I go through this journey I will share my thought. (hope no one minds)
Love to all--went for walk this morning and it was 5 degrees out.  Had a sweater, hoodie and a jacket on!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

another day, another rice cake

I don't know about anyone else but 80/20 seems like a disaster zone to me personally.  If I do not follow I will gain 400 pounds!!!
Supposed to go to Wesleyan Women tonight but I can't let myself do it.  Sometimes the food looks so delicious I could eat it all.  I am making chicken pot pie for supper tonight and I know everything that goes in that.
Still got to shave my legs but I have till Monday morning.  It's probably going to take me till 8 any how and that is getting up at 5 to do it.
Went for a walk today not far but enough to know that it is cold out there.  Hurry up spring can't wait.
Well, got to go and finish my pot pie so Love to all!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

found a solution

Today while taking my shower I think I have figured out how to loose at least 20 pounds at my next weigh-in--shave my legs.  Sounds gross doesn't it!  But if I shave them my socks will fall down!
Yesterday, Joe's first day back to work, I just lazed around the house, did wash but nothing else!  Can't walk because of the weather but I do not care tomorrow I am going out.
Cooking pork tonight with sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts--hope Joe likes it!
Not much to write nothing exciting going on--4 more days till Fawn gets in Elmira.  Wonder if she is going to weigh in with Carolyn and me.  I had better shave my legs then so I have lost something!
Love to all!!