Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!


I apologize for not updating our exercise challenge but work is kicking my arse. All this week, I have been working 12-15 hour days. I am exhausted. I am afraid that this week might not be a good weigh in week either. I am not happy about it. I am going to try to do damage control over the weekend and get to the gym if I don't have to come into the office.


I will add our numbers that you guys reported this week to next week's totals for our exercise challenge. Again, I'm sorry. Don't flog me :P.


I wanted to leave you with some Halloween recipes seeing as today is Halloween but I don't even have time to really go find a good one *sigh.

Maybe later if things calm down.


Happy Halloween everyone. Step away from the candy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Belly Dancing = Improvement in Self Confidence

I feel like I have been going to belly dancing classes forever now but I just looked back into my blog history and it looks like last night was my 5th class. I still feel like a baffoon but the instructor says I don't give myself enough credit. She says I have natural talent. I don't see it. Of course, that could still have something to do with me wearing workout clothes to the class. It's hard to be in the "groove" without the attire. I wear my coin scarf over my gym clothes. Are you getting a visual? Sexy, huh? hehe. Once a month, there is a restaurant that has belly dancers come in and dance. I guess anyone can participate and we are talking about going next month. I am not going to participate, at least not yet. If I was to ever perform like that, that will be a huge thing for me. That might be another fear to overcome someday. I have a feeling as I lose more weight, my self confidence is going to improve (I see it already) and the things that I have feared for so long will no longer seem so scary. I can start really living. It's a shame that I have used my weight as a crutch for my entire life. I still continue to do so but I am seeing improvement. I am excited about really living but one step at a time. One day at a time, one belly dancing class at a time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What is motivating me...

Biggest Loser Update: Andrea is still kicking some major butt with a total 6% loss so far. Andrea you also motivate me. Thank you :). I will update the others as I get more data.

I have noticed many of you are losing your motivation. Why? Is it because the holiday season is rapidly approaching? I am such an oddball because usually every year, I lose weight at the holiday season. I just could care less about all the candy and the cakes. Anyway, I digress (as usual).

My motivation is increasing. This is not a normal thing for me. I am not used to it, but I like it. I think I know what is causing this oddity. Want to know what it is? No, it's not A (well maybe a small part of it). It's the classes that I am going to. I never would have imagined that mustering up the courage to go to these classes would lead me to crave them. Yes, I said crave them. Yesterday, I was dog tired and I went home and didn't want to go. Just like the other week, at 5:30 I got up, changed my clothes, went to the gym and did the class. I have not missed a class since I started going. For those of you that haven't tried the classes, have you not tried them out of fear?

Let me tell you. I haven't done many things throughout my life because of fear. I don't want people watching the fat chic. You hear people whispering, and you assume it's about you. As a kid, it usually was about you. Of course as a kid, they weren't as subtle about it. They would yell their nasty names at me, across the playground (I hope they are fat now -shame on me). That stays with you into adulthood. I am sure I am not the only one that has suffered the ridicule of cruel kids and adults throughout their life. Anyway, so that fear of being the center of attention has always kept me from trying those classes until that one day about 6 weeks ago. I haven't missed a class since. If you can muster up the courage, go to one. Trust me, you will find that exercise goes quickly. You will no longer dread going. I dreaded the treadmill. I would rather be hung upside down by my toenails.

Here's what to expect. You won't know the steps. You might be the only one in the class that doesn't know the steps. You may even look like a fool (referring to me in my belly dancing class). What I found, no one is watching you. If they are, so what. They were there once too. I have learned to laugh at myself. The best part, each week it's gets easier. I regret not going sooner! It has helped my self confidence, my weight loss efforts and just my general well being.

If I can do these classes, trust me anyone else can muster up the courage to as well. Is there anyone out there that hasn't gone to any because of the fear factor?

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Bling Baby...

I have new bling today! 20 pounds baby and into the next decade! Woo hoo! I am doing the happy dance. You have absolutely no idea how wonderful this makes me feel and how motivated it makes me to continue.

I want to thank my thyroid pills, all you wonderful ladies for your support and kick in the asses and Diane for my bling!

So, I just lost a 20lb bag of dog food or 20 boxes of butter (ewwwwwwwwwwww). I must be one of those people that loses a little bit everywhere. F has also lost weight and it's all come off his belly so you can really see it. Me, I am not noticing much of a difference other than I see my thighs look like they are getting toned (YAY!), which could be the dancing classes.

A and insecurites down below...

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I am so exhausted. I have been working like a dog, which is my excuse for my lack of participation in the blog world lately. I must apologize for not coming by to visit as frequently but time has just really been an issue. Ok, well if I cut out the time that I have been chatting with A, then I would have more time to come visit all of you wonderful ladies. Right now, A is going through a great deal. His father has cancer and is in the hospital right now and it is killing A. He hasn't said much about it the past couple of days but I do try to keep his mind off unhappy thoughts :). We were up to 5a Sunday morning just talking. The more we learn about each other, the more I want to go to his apt complex and just start knocking on every door until I find him. We still haven't met. His best friend did tell me why and he is afraid he won't live up to my expectations. It's funny, that men tend to have the same fears that we do (or maybe just the same fears that I do). That's one of the things I hate about meeting people that you have met over the Internet....is you don't have that physical first impression. I will say more on it in a sec. Granted, I never went out searching to meet him. He sort of fell in my lap through the game that I play. What are the odds? This is a game played by millions (am guessing the number) all over the WORLD, and here we are...him and I meet by chance and find out we live 30 minutes from each other.

Anyway, I'm just as scared to meet him. I like the way things are and am afraid that if we meet, that will change. I have seen it before. What if he has this unrealistic expectation of what I look like? Am I the only one that has issues with the whole weight thing? My friend C is always telling me I am being ridiculous (coming from the size 2 blonde) but she has never experienced the total shift in attitude when men find out that you aren't that size 2.

I have no idea what my point to this post was..hehe. Anyway, A and I are planning on meeting but we are both kind of testing the waters at this point. His best friend tells me that he really likes me but he has been burned in the past. He is nervous about me, or so she says (I seem to have that affect on men...it's voodoo..LMAO). I am ok with taking it slowly because I know that no matter what we will be friends and he would be a good friend to have (although I think he would make a nice pillow ornament too...hehe). Taking it slowly offers other advantages.. I can lose more weight so I am not as self conscious when I do meet him.

Oh, he sent me this song this morning and told me to listen to it. It's named Am I the One by Beth Hart. Check it out...powerful song and the lyrics are incredible. If you like Janice Joplin, she has been reincarnated.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Challenges are Updated!

Wow, with all of our minutes this past week and minutes not previously counted we walked about 227 miles this past week. That is amazing! I have to give kudos to Andrea. Not only is she is our biggest loser with a 4.67% body weight loss so far but she also has the most exercise logged (1180 minutes). You go, girl! Mary Fran comes in at a close second with 1000 minutes.

You guys are doing great! Keep it up!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Things that make you go hmmm...

Either 6pk either has found my blog or we have some sort of strange connection because after my post yesterday, he messaged me about an hour later. How bizarre is that? My 6pk was back last night as his old, flirty self. It was good to have him back and it couldn't have come at a better time. I really needed that.

My mood isn't affecting my weight loss efforts, yay! Although, I have never been one to binge when I am feeling down. If anything, I will forget to eat. I am, however more likely to not go to the gym but I did go to the gym as scheduled for my cardio salsa class. I am very proud of myself. This is the longest I have stuck with something at the gym. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is my belly dancing class, which I have continued to make a fool of myself in, but that's ok. It's exercise and I am determined to one day to get it!

I am going to try to update the challenges but I can't promise anything as I am on deadline at work and it's going to be a long day but we will see what happens. On the bright side I am down 1.4 this week but I am still trying to get out of the 270s and it's killing me to be so close and not get there! This week...it's got to be this week!!! :)

Why the Scale Lies

I really don't have much to offer today. I didn't weigh myself this morning, I was running late but I should be down a pound or two. My social life pretty much sucks. I had lunch with F on Friday. Him and I are going to do a ghost tour of one of the area's haunted hotels on Halloween so at least one of the holidays this year I won't be alone. "A (6-pack)" should be back at work today and still really no word from him...don't know what his problem is unless he is still extremely busy (but I still think you could pick up the phone for 5 minutes to say hello, but hey that's me). I give up. So, because I have nothing else to offer you today, no words of wisdom, no grand stories of weekend romance, nada...I got zilch. I will leave you with this article (it's a good article).


Why The Scale Lies
by Renee Cloe,ACE Certified Personal Trainer

We’ve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet many of us can’t resist peeking at that number every morning. If you just can’t bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence it’s readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators of your success or failure. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Water makes up about 60% of total body mass. Normal fluctuations in the body’s water content can send scale-watchers into a tailspin if they don’t understand what’s happening. Two factors influencing water retention are water consumption and salt intake. Strange as it sounds, the less water you drink, the more of it your body retains. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto it’s water supplies with a vengeance, possibly causing the number on the scale to inch upward. The solution is to drink plenty of water.

Excess salt (sodium) can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Generally, we should only eat between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium a day, so it’s easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance. You would expect it to be most highly concentrated in salty chips, nuts, and crackers. However, a food doesn’t have to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. A half cup of instant pudding actually contains nearly four times as much sodium as an ounce of salted nuts, 460 mg in the pudding versus 123 mg in the nuts. The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. That’s why, when it comes to eating, it’s wise to stick mainly to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, boxed mixes, and frozen dinners.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. Pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking plenty of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and it’s packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when it’s stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with it’s associated water. It’s normal to experience glycogen and water weight shifts of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, although they can make for some unnecessarily dramatic weigh-ins if you’re prone to obsessing over the number on the scale.

Otherwise rational people also tend to forget about the actual weight of the food they eat. For this reason, it’s wise to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink. Swallowing a bunch of food before you step on the scale is no different than putting a bunch of rocks in your pocket. The 5 pounds that you gain right after a huge dinner is not fat. It’s the actual weight of everything you’ve had to eat and drink. The added weight of the meal will be gone several hours later when you’ve finished digesting it.

Exercise physiologists tell us that in order to store one pound of fat, you need to eat 3,500 calories more than your body is able to burn. In other words, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, it would have to contain a whopping 17,500 calories. This is not likely, in fact it’s not humanly possible. So when the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, rest easy, it’s likely to be water, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Keep in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule works in reverse also. In order to lose one pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in. Generally, it’s only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. When you follow a very low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, it’s physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What you’re really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.
This brings us to the scale’s sneakiest attribute. It doesn’t just weigh fat. It weighs muscle, bone, water, internal organs and all. When you lose "weight," that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve lost fat. In fact, the scale has no way of telling you what you’ve lost (or gained). Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. The more muscle you have the more calories your body burns, even when you’re just sitting around. That’s one reason why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue.

Robin Landis, author of "Body Fueling," compares fat and muscles to feathers and gold. One pound of fat is like a big fluffy, lumpy bunch of feathers, and one pound of muscle is small and valuable like a piece of gold. Obviously, you want to lose the dumpy, bulky feathers and keep the sleek beautiful gold. The problem with the scale is that it doesn’t differentiate between the two. It can’t tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue and how much is fat. There are several other measuring techniques that can accomplish this, although they vary in convenience, accuracy, and cost. Skin-fold calipers pinch and measure fat folds at various locations on the body, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing involves exhaling all of the air from your lungs before being lowered into a tank of water, and bioelectrical impedance measures the degree to which your body fat impedes a mild electrical current.

If the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently zapped just doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry. The best measurement tool of all turns out to be your very own eyes. How do you look? How do you feel? How do your clothes fit? Are your rings looser? Do your muscles feel firmer? These are the true measurements of success. If you are exercising and eating right, don’t be discouraged by a small gain on the scale. Fluctuations are perfectly normal. Expect them to happen and take them in stride. It’s a matter of mind over scale.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Recipe Thursday

Today is Recipe Thursday. I haven't tried this yet but it sure looks good. So if anyone does try it before I have a chance to, you have to let me know how it is.


Southwestern Pumpkin Burgers
Recipe courtesy EatingWell.com

Prep Time: 1 hr 0 min
Serves: 6 servings
Nutrition Info: 331 calories, 13g fat, 45g carb, 12g protein, 6g fiber


Ingredients:
6 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Fresh Tomato Salsa, optional (recipe follows)
1/2 cup canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
6 8-inch flour tortillas (soft-taco size)
2 cups shredded lettuce


Directions:
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in bell pepper, corn, garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare Fresh Tomato Salsa, if using.

Add pumpkin, cheese, wheat germ, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper to the onion mixture; mix well. With dampened hands, form the vegetable mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties, using about 1/2 cup for each.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Stack tortillas and wrap in aluminum foil. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes to heat through. (Alternatively, stack tortillas between two damp paper towels; microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds, or until heated through.)

Using 2 teaspoons oil per batch, cook 2 to 4 patties at a time in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes per side. Adjust heat as necessary for even browning. Wrap the patties in tortillas and serve immediately, garnished with lettuce and Fresh Tomato Salsa, if desired.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Challenge Updates

I had my belly dancing class again last night. Every time I think I am starting to get the hang of something, I am fooled..hehe. It's actually kind of funny I forget my left from my right, quite frequently. Last night the instructor tells me to watch myself in the mirror. I can't. How can I watch myself in the mirror and pay attention to what she is doing at the same time? I am addicted and I am going to learn this, if it kills me. It's so bad that when I get home I am walking across the house shimmying to practice. Now, if I start doing this at the office, someone must stop me!!!

I didn't update the challenges yesterday because I was hoping to get more updates but couldn't wait any longer. Both updates are done. Eliana is in the lead with our weight challenge. You go, girl. You are doing great! We started out at the same weight. I am going to have to see if I can kick it up a notch to catch up with you (not sure how, but it sounds good right?).

I thought I was doing good with the exercise challenge, but Andrea claims on her blog that she has been lazy lately (whatever) is leading with 830 total minutes of exercise over 3 weeks. Good job! I have increased my exercise each week but I am stil about 400 minutes shy of Andrea so if she has been lazy, I have been a sloth? Hmm, gonna have to pick that up a notch too!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Challenge Updates

I had every intention when I woke up yesterday morning to go to my cardio salsa class after work. However, after work I just didn't have it in me. I talked myself out of going to the gym. Of course, this doesn't take a whole lot of talking. I went home, let the dog out and got on the computer and started playing my game. Around 5:20, I turned off my game, got up, walked into my room and put on my shorts, my gym shoes, and a tshirt and took my happy ass to the gym. I forced myself to get to the gym. I forced myself to do the cardio salsa class and I walked out 45 minutes later a sweaty mess and I felt good about it. Wait, good is not the right word. I felt awesome! Not only, did I talk myself into going after I had already talked myself out of going, which never happens, but I had a great workout (thought I was going to need a bodybag there for a little bit).

Anyway, only down .6 this week. I want more but I shouldn't be too upset considering Tom was around with Hungry and I ate things I shouldn't have. I am also still losing and the scale continues to go down every week since I started taking my new thyroid meds. I am just so anxious to get out of the 270s. I haven't been out of the 270s in about 5 years and so badly want out of them (and was only out of them because I had pnemonia)!!! I want to be less than 250 by Christmas. I might have to step up the exercise some more.

I will update the exercise and weight challenges later when there is more to report!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I have no name today

There really isn't much to report. My eating was out of control last week. Remember, I told you Tom was in town and I forgot he brings Hungry with him too. I am ravenous when Tom is around, the bastard! Other people have chocolate cravings, I just want to shovel food in. It could have been worse. I did try to keep it in check. The problem isn't necessarily the amount of food I am eating, it is what I am eating. I had all those foods that aren't good for you and in moderation are ok once in awhile but not all in one week :). I kept an eye on the scale all week though to keep things in check but then forgot to weigh in this morning.

A is coming back to town tomorrow. A hasn't had one minute to himself since he has been back. I spoke to him yesterday and something still isn't right with him. I can't quite put my finger on it yet. It could be just that he hasn't had a moment to himself. I'm not going to pressure him into seeing me either. In his own time. I'm not in a hurry. As much as I would love to see him, touch him, hug him, I would also love to lose a few more pounds so that little black dress of mine looks even better. Believe it or not, even at 275 lbs I can still look good in a little black dress. It also wouldn't hurt for me to have a few more belly dancing lessons to give him a private viewing :).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Recipe Thursday and more...


I took last night off from any classes and actually feel guilty about it. I have Cardio Sculpt tonight but not sure I will be able to make it as Tom is visiting and he hasn't been packing light lately. Tom has been bringing the other dwarves with him Bloaty, Crampy, Achy, Sleepy, Weepy, and Unhappy with him.
On that note, here is an email that I am sure many of you have probably have seen passed around before but I love it, so I would share.
Supposedly,

This is an actual letter sent to Procter & Gamble from **** ****, Austin, Texas, regarding their feminine products. . . .

Dear Mr. ****,

I have been a loyal user of your Always Maxi Pads for over 20 years and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuardCore(tm) or Dri-Weave(tm) absorbency, I'd probably never go horseback riding or salsa dancing, and I'd certainly steer clear of running up and down the beach in tight, white shorts. But my favourite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos on being the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it is that maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can't tell you how safe and secure I feel each month knowing there's a little F-16 in my pants.

Have you ever had a period, Mr. ****? Ever suffered from "the curse"? I'm guessing you haven't. Well, my "time of the month" is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonal forces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes from now, my body will adjust and I'll be transformed into what my husband likes to call "an inbred hillbilly with knife skills."

Isn't the human body amazing?

As Brand Manager in the Feminine-hygiene Division, you've no doubt seen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens during your customers' monthly visits from "Aunt Flo." Therefore, you must also know about the the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about our intense mood swings, crying, and out-of-control behavior. You surely realize it's a tough time for most women. In fact, only last week, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove her boyfriend's testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because he told her he thought Grey's Anatomy was written by drunken chimps. Crazy!

The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America is just crawling with homicidal maniacs in Capri pants . . . which brings me to the reason for my letter.
Last month, while in the throes of cramping so painful wanted to reach inside my body and and yank out my uterus, I opened an Always maxi-pad, and there, printed on on the adhesive backing, were these words: "Have a Happy Period."

Are you f**king kidding me? Does any part of your middle-manager brain really think happiness - actual smiling, laughing happiness is possible during a period? Did anything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, did it, ****? FYI, unless you're some kind of sick S&M freak girl, there will never be anything "happy" about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on Motrin and Kahlua and lock yourself in your house just so you don't march down to the local KMart armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory.
For the love of God, pull your head out, man! If you just have to slap a moronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn't it make more sense to say something that's actually pertinent, like "Put Down the Hammer" or "Vehicular Manslaughter Is Wrong," or are you just picking on us?
Sir, please inform your Accounting Department that, effective immediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I have chosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I will certainly miss your Flexi-Wings, I will not for one minute miss your brand of condescending bullshit. And that's a promise I will keep.

Always.

Best,
**** ****Austin, Texas
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On the bright side or somewhat bright side, I did talk to A briefly last night. He didn't seem himself but I didn't pry. He did tell me that his family and friends have him running ragged so he's probably drained. It was good to talk to him, I have missed him and can't wait until he is finally home, home.

Now, without further ado, Recipe Thursday....
Thai Vegetable Curry
I have not tried this yet but I love thai curry and if you did not know this, supposedly spicy foods rev up your metabolism. This recipe is very low in points if you are doing WW (extremely low) so you could always add some chicken, turkey or tofu to the mix and still have a very low point dinner.
This recipe was prepared by Chef Kevin Bozis for
"Stir It Up in Chicago" event at Kendall College, entitled "A Spicy Asian Journey," in August 2005.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup Thai Red Curry Powder
1 large white onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 head cauliflower, chopped
4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 can (15 oz.) lite coconut milk
1 bunch lemongrass, cleaned and chopped
juice of 2 limes

Serves / Yields
8-10 servings (10 servings = 3 pts per serving)

Preparation Instructions
Make a paste with the Thai Red Curry seasoning and water. Heat a large pot with 2 teaspoons oil. Add the onion and bell peppers. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, for a couple minutes. Add the curry paste and blend. Slowly add the coconut milk, whisking to blend. Add the cauliflower and potatoes. Add the lemongrass and lime juice. Bring to simmer, and cook for 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are done.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My toenails hurt


I went to belly dancing again last night. First, I am very proud of myself for going to the class a second time after the first humiliating experience. I do think that I did a little bit better the second time around. The instructor told me I had beautiful curves and she felt that I will get the hang of it. I hope she isn't just humoring me. Time will tell. My body aches from head to toe. I seriously think my toenails hurt. I am taking today off from any classes seeing as I have had dance classes for 3 days in a row. I might still go to the gym and do some weights on the arms. I am committed this time or maybe I should be committed, not sure which yet. Shhh, don't tell anyone but I took a peek at the scale this morning. *Looks around, make sure no one can here and whispers, it said 270 :). Baby, it's going to be 269 or less by end of week (I hope). If, in fact I make it to 269, I have not been that weight since I was sick with pnemonia about five years ago and I only saw that number for about a week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Challenge Update

It's that time!

It's time for me to update the challenges. I will be doing it later today to allow a little more time to get some of the weights and times in. So far it looks like Andrea is our biggest loser so far...you go girl! I am going to have to step it up a notch :).

Will write more later...

Oh, and I want to talk about this blog following. It seems I can follow some but not others. I don't know why but I want to be able to follow. Is this something we have to set up for people to follow? Anyone know?

OK UPDATE....

May I make a request for those of you that use Blogger? Put the Following widget on your blog. It lets you know who all of your admiring fans are (well if they aren't doing it anonymously) and it automatically tells your readers when there are updates to the blog :). It's a beautiful thing! You don't have to, but it really is such a wonder widget.

How to add the Following widget to your blog

It's really easy to add the Following widget to your blog. First go to the Layout | Page Elements tab for your blog:

Click the "Add a Gadget" link that appears in the sidebar of your layout. You'll then see a popup window with all the different types of Gadgets you can add to your blog. (The Following widget will initially be experimental, so some users may not be able to add widget.) Look for the one called "Followers" and click on the blue "+" icon:

Ok, more later ....

Ok, I'm back!

The exercise challenge update and the Biggest Loser Update is done! Mary Fran is kicking some butt with exercise!!! I need to kick mine up a notch but I am for it. I have classes planned for almost every day this week!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Music Will Lead You...

The music will lead you...that's what the instructor kept telling me throughout the class on Sunday. Sure, it will. What she didn't realize is that I have two left feet, possibly three. I went to the line dancing class or AKA torture class. I figured it wasn't going to be much of a workout, but I thought it would be fun. I was totally wrong. I was drenched in sweat by the time we were done. I couldn't even tell you what dances we did in there, my brain turned to mush after the third or fourth one. We did do the Mambo and a little bit of Waltzing at the end. As we shuffled, weaved, grapevined across the floor she continued to tell me the music will lead me. Lady, this music isn't leading me anywhere! She told me that the music is shy and doesn't know me yet but when it gets to know me, it will lead me. hehe...sure it will...lol. I must have looked like a buffoon. Whatever. I am getting to the point that I don't care what I look like in these classes. I am not there to please anyone else.

After 75 grueling minutes of tripping all over myself and the 70 year old women in the class feeling bad for me (how is that for an ego booster?), I decide to check out the Zumba class immediately following this class. I only had intentions of sitting and watching a few minutes to see what it was all about. I ended up doing a bit of Zumba for about 20 minutes until I could do no more. My head was pounding, my heart was pounding, my hips were hurting, I was thirsty and if I continued I was going to need a body bag. 95 minutes was enough!

By the way, does anyone know what kind of shoes I should get for gym floors? Mine kind of stick to the floor, which could be contributing to my two left feet. I need something that glides better.

Today, my body hates me. Yesterday when I weighed myself the scale looked good. It was showing about a 4lb loss for the week. This morning only .2! Damn scale!!! I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!!! :) The bright side is it is still going down and I am happy about that.

In other news...I am mad at A (well, not really but...) I haven't heard one single word from him since Tuesday when he had sent a message saying that he was in the States. I know he is with his family right now and it's probably pretty hectic. I really didn't expect to hear from him but was kind of hoping. *sigh. I miss him. I figure maybe next week when things start to calm down for him (I hope), he might get some time to get in touch with me.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Long drive to work has its benefits



I never thought there were any advantages to driving 23 miles one way to work. However, I am finding that there is one. I have the privilege of having 5 different YMCAs to choose from on my way home. Yes, I said FIVE! You know what that means?! I will have plenty of choices when it comes to the classes that I am deathly afraid to take. You are probably asking why I am deathly afraid or maybe you already know. I don't like to be the center of attention. I have always had this fear that people are watching me and they are saying to their buddies, "Hey, look at that fat chic". I think the reason why I have this fear is because as a child, they were saying it. I could hear them taunt me. It never goes away. So, over the years it has kept me from doing things that I have wanted to do in the fear that someone would be watching me thinking "OMG, look at the fat chic". Prior to this blog, I would have never said this to anyone. Granted, it's not like I am saying it out loud to my best friend but I am telling you. That's a start. Anyway, I have this horrible problem of getting sidetracked! Back to the Y. So, I have 5, yes FIVE Y's that are on my way home. Some are out of the way, but not so out of the way that it would be a problem to get to. My goal this month is to try the classes. I know that if I could just get over my inital fear to get into the class and go a few times, I would stick with it. It sure beats the treadmill. If I can make a fool of myself in the belly dancing class, I think I can almost withstand anything. This weekend, I am going to be going to the line dancing class which goes over all genres of music, that should be a lot of fun and may take the zumba class right after (two hours at the gym..woo hoo). I have printed out all of the schedules and circled the classes I want to try and if I end up going to all of them. I will be living in the gym ...lol. If by chance I actually ended up doing all this, I will melt down to nothing in no time (or one could hope anyway) :) Mondays: Cardio Kickboxing, Cardio Salsa Tuesdays: Belly dancing Wednesdays: Zumba Thursdays: Cardio Sculpt, Zumba Friday: Cardio Kickboxing, Zumba, Dance Sculpt (hmm, scheduling conflicts here) Saturday: Horseback riding Sunday: Line dancing, Zumba

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Recipe Thursday

See, I told you I would get back into the swing of things :P

Today is ....


Pineapple Cranberry Pork Roast
...and it is made in the crockpot!

Ingredients
1 (3 pound) pork roast
1 20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (1 ounce) packet dry onion soup mix
1 cup dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons water

Instructions
Place pork roast in a 6-quart crock-pot. In a medium bowl mix pineapple, dry soup mix and dried cranberries; pour over roast. Cook on low heat setting for 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours. Remove roast to serving platter and increase heat to high (if necessary). Whisk together flour and water and blend into pan juices; cover and cook for 15 minutes. To serve slice roast, whisk pan gravy to blend well and serve with sliced roast.

Notes: This is a nice change from the usual pork roast. The pineapple and cranberries really accent the pork roast and make a nice, chunky sauce for pouring over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

Number of Servings: 8 - 10 pts per serving

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Zigging instead of Zagging

I had to ask my boss the other day if I could come in late yesterday and work late. He didn't have a problem with it. He really doesn't care what I do. I am pretty close with my boss so I told him that I will be taking belly dancing classes on Tuesday evenings. He commented on
entertainment for the Christmas party. Great! Two margaritas in each hand, a slimmer body and belly dancing experience sounds like a deadly combination.

So, two co-workers (T & L) and I head to the belly dancing class last night. There are 8 of us besides the instructor. Most have been there a long time. One started the week before. T has been going for a couple of weeks so she had a bit of an advantage over L and I. All I can say is that I am glad that the class was not taped. There is no evidence! This was supposed to be a beginner's class but it seemed like we jumped right in. I want to learn how to move the hips first before I start moving across the room, moving them! How the heck do you shimmy? Then, we had to shimmy and walk. I couldn't even shimmy much less walk while shimmying. After the class I asked the instructor if there was a tape that we could get to learn the basics and she told me that we are in a beginner's class and that she didn't exactly follow that format last night. Gee, thanks! I almost wish I could see a tape simply because I know I looked like a complete bafoon! She was turning across the room (I have no idea what the correct term is) and I would end up facing the wrong direction. I should have zigged, when I should have zagged. It was a mess. I know the other girls were laughing at me, on the inside. I did order a belly dancing basics tape last night on Ebay...hehe.

I told F that I was taking classes, he wants a private showing. I told him to bring dollars :). He no longer gets the privilege of having free showings...hehe.

Oh, how could I forget! Last night at 10p , A (my 6pack...notice the "my") sent me a message (darn, it I missed it) that he was in the States and would be home at about `0:30 this morning. So, in about 2 hours, he will be about 30 minutes from me. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!