Recognizing Full

What is full? Some diet books will tell you to eat until you’re just a little bit hungry. Ouch. I can’t see myself going there yet. But today, I finished a simple sandwich…turkey breast on wheat with NOTHING (I really wanted Mayo but was too lazy to put mustard on) and half a bag of Jimmy John’s BBQ chips. The landmark thing here is that all of a sudden I felt full, and there was still a lot of chips left. I put them down and quit eating them. This is good. I was talking with my mom the other day and discussing how difficult it is to overcome that compulsion to ‘clean your plate’. Even if you didn’t grow up hearing it, you feel you should finish your restaurant meals because you paid for them. Here’s to leaving a little to be desired on every plate.

Mrs Dash, Fish and Fresh Relish…Shhh

I broasted potato slices in the oven that had been seasoned with black pepper and olive oil. I moved them to the lower rack, and broiled Tilapia that was coated with Mrs Dash original blend. I chopped up celery, an orange pepper and drained mandarin oranges for a kind of relish. The relish was good, but missing something. Daryl, Greg… any ideas? If I had had a fresh jalapeno, I would have added that. Maybe lemon or lime juice, and possibly salt, but I didn’t think salt was the right thing. It looked pretty, but green beans would have looked better. I think I have mentioned before how much I love green beans, so I think they are good with anything.

Eleven Weeks Reality Check

My car totally got stuck in the snow today; I was turning and the car didn’t turn. I plowed into snowbank. It was completely WORTH IT, because the nice lady who helped me out also happens to be a friend in the neighborhood. She asked me if I had been on a diet, because I looked “Good, and Thin”. WOWEE!

It made my day. It must be showing in my face, because I was all plumped up with my winter coat and gloves and boots. I’m going to put a couple photos of my face on here and see if I can tell a difference. I don’t see her often, so that is why she could tell, I think.

Here's the before...


11th Week Check

What I’ve Done

Had a great ‘walk’ on the EZ Walker today. Once again, my MP3 was my one and true friend.

Some great tunes for exercising: Steppin’ Out by Joe Jackson, Summertime by Will Smith. Then The Pretender (Foo Fighters) came on, and really revved me up. You should seriously try running to the back beat of ¬†that song. It’s a killer. Then I cooled down with The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco. I was running for the kids in the ghetto! (She said cheekily) But the pinnacle of my workout came with Linkin Park’s “What I’ve Done”.

Check out these lyrics and put them to your current nutrition/fitness status:

In this farewell, there’s no blood, there’s no alibi (I’m saying good bye to my fat, not with lipo, and there are no excuses.)

‘Cause I’ve drawn regret from the truth of a thousand lies. (I just realized that every time I opened the pantry or the fridge, I was lying to myself about being hungry)

So let mercy come, and wash away what I’ve done. (I’m forgiving myself for what I’ve done to my body with every twinkie, hoho and bon bon.)


I’ll face myself to cross out what I’ve become (I saw a photo of myself in a swimsuit, and buddy we are not going there)

Erase myself and let go of what I’ve done. (I’m going down at least two dress sizes and letting go of that cellulite)

Put to rest what you thought of me (I’m doing a total body makeover; I’ll be a different person when this is over)

Well, I cleaned this slate with the hands of uncertainty (I don’t actually know what I’m doing, but I’m trying to change)

So let mercy come and wash away what I’ve done (I’m feeling merciful to myself, and washing off the food crumbs)


I’ll face myself to cross out what I’ve become (Every time I look in the mirror, I decide to do better)

Erase myself and let go of what I’ve done. (When I say erase, I mean trim away the extra)

I start again and whatever pain may come (Okay, I screwed up and ate Hershey’s kisses for breakfast. But I’m starting over, and working out this hard hurts)

Today this ends (Today is the day I’m conquering my unhealthy eating habits)

I’m forgiving what I’ve done (It’s true; I’m bigger than I’ve ever been, but I’m forgiving myself and I can do this)


I’ll face myself to cross out what I’ve become ( I’m facing up to my fat and crossing it out)

Erase myself and let go of what I’ve done. (My physical body is getting smaller because I’m letting go of extra calories)

So let mercy come and wash away what I’ve done (I’m going to need a shower after this)

Good luck in all of your endeavors.

What’s 4 Breakfast?

I finally see why there is a connection between exercising and eating ‘right’. When I started on this journey of exercise, I told myself I wasn’t going to mess with ‘dieting’ and so on. I LOVE food, and don’t want to deprive myself of anything edible and tasty. But the harder I work on the treadmill, the less I want to eat high-fat foods, because it seems like a waste of my exercise time. Why go to all that trouble if I’m going to ruin the effect in one fell swoop?

It’s still hard for me to go without things, and usually I don’t. But I had an interesting experience last night before dinner. I, along with Farley and Tori, was famished. We raided the cereal cupboard (which also houses all the chips) and the fridge in search of a great snack. I loaded up on red-hot potato chips, then cauliflower, then rice cakes…it was never ending. Then forty minutes later I had some serious bloating issues. I really sensed it was the salt-laden chips more than anything. In the midst of that discomfort, I was asking myself, was it worth it? It sure didn’t feel like it at the time. So anyway, I’m thinking harder about my food choices this morning.

I put one cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt and 2 cups of frozen mixed fruit in the blender. Juice would have been a great thing to add, but I didn’t have any, so I put in about 1/4 cup of skim milk instead. Whirred it all, and we had this delicious smoothie. It was really too thick to drink at first, but hey, it worked great with a spoon. I know me, and this wasn’t going to cut it for my entire breakfast, so I also toasted two mini whole-wheat bagels and put the lower fat cream cheese on them, no margarine. At this point, I feel pretty satisfied. I am going to attempt to eat six small meals today instead of my usual three big ones.

Farley liked the smoothie a lot.

Lean, Mean and Green Cookin’ Machine

I didn’t feel like cooking, and my oldest child, “Dale”, wanted to earn some money. Perfect.

I told him what to put in and I left the room and goofed off downloading free eBooks to my Kindle.

Looks good, doesn’t it? It was great, and I embarrassed myself by eating, ahem, more than two servings. The white dollop is not sour cream, but rather plain yogurt. Yummy and a healthier choice.

1 lb lean ground turkey

2 cans Aldi tomato sauce

1 can Aldi black beans

1 T chili powder

1 T dried minced onion

1 cup water

2 tsp beef bouillon

mystery amount of cinnamon…I don’t know how much he put in

Simmer for an hour. It was GREAT.

Cornbread Casserole

My favorite way to eat cornbread

1 can creamed corn (Aldi of course)

1 box corn bread muffin mix

1 egg

1 oz sour cream

1/4 cup melted margarine

NORMALLY you would add 1 can of kernel corn, but I didn’t have ANY. So, I took a cooking risk, and put about 3/4 cup of frozen green beans in. I really liked it, but it’s not for everyone.

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast

I read a study that said people trying to lose weight had more success if they ate two eggs for breakfast as opposed to bagels with the same amount of calories. That protein really has staying power. So I got out my mini-chopper, (the burro of my kitchen!) and poured two eggs, five broccoli florets, 1/8 cup of skim milk and a clove of garlic in the chopper. Whirred it until the garlic was smashed up and poured the mixture into a hot skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. Note to self, add salt the next time. The omelet turned out this pretty speckled green. I ate it with some fresh hot salsa and a couple little slices of honey ham. This was too bland because of the lack of salt. Obviously cheese would have been DELISH in it, but I wanted to try it without. Maybe you’ll like it.

Proof Positive of Walking

I bought these workout pants on sale at JCPenney about a year ago. Then a couple days ago I was in Wallyworld and found some workout shirts for five bucks a piece that totally match. Anyway, just wanted to give you photographic evidence of my mad walking skills. The treadmill is called EZ Walker, my mom gave it to me when she moved out West.

MP3 and ME

My pits really Hoobastank now, but what a great workout! Have you ever tried the Halo 2 Soundtrack? What an amazing work. The instrumentals are really moving. Incubus also stretched itself and wrote some pieces in movements. I really burned rubber on the track called “Never Surrender”. Have you ever noticed how lots of pieces of music seem to be MEANT for working out? For example, Hoobastank did a number, (I can’t remember the name of the song) but one line says if you can’t catch up I’ll be there waiting. I’m on the treadmill running, Hey I can keep up! I can! So it was a 31 minute workout on the treadmill. I feel great. And music right in my ears was a huge motivation. I even went a little longer so I could finish a song. I had my son “Bob” take a photo of my legs walking, so I will post that soon. Thanks for following me along. Oh, by the way, you know how my scale always says 145? Well, it says 141 now.