Saturday, August 31, 2013

Write Your Story.

I went to my WW meeting this morning, and I sat in my usual spot, in the back by the wall.  I had mentioned last week how the leader had made me stand up in front of everyone AGAIN and tell my story and share the good news.  (We all know how much I love that.  I think I'd rather get teeth pulled.)

Well, this morning, as I was looking through my phone, scrolling thru Twitter, one of the members came up to me and introduced himself.

"Hi! I wanted to catch you before the meeting started.  I'm Joseph."

"Hi Joseph, nice to meet ya!"

Small talk ensued, and he said this:

"I just wanted to tell you that your story was so inspirational to me, and it gives me hope.  This is my 5th go around with Weight Watchers, and I'm actually a Lifetime member who's gone off track.  I know it took you a while to lose your weight, and I just wanted to say that I really appreciated you sharing your story with all of us.  I hope my story will be as successful!"

Well.  Talk about taking my breath away.  How incredibly sweet.  Maybe, just maybe, I choked up a little.  MAYBE.

I thanked him for the kind words, and told him it was very sweet of him to say that.  But I also told him his story deserves to be written as well.

Write your own story.

My journey has had so many ups and downs, so many twists and turns.

It cannot and will not mirror anyone else's.

It is uniquely my own.  That doesn't mean that it's the best or the worst story of a weight loss journey.  It just means it's mine, for better or worse.

I still can't believe I hit goal.  Or that I've made lifetime.  It's surreal.

Speaking of which, look what I got in the mail from a reader!

Have I never mentioned my collection of Hard Rock shot glasses?  They're the only things I collect, as I'm not a chachki kind of person.  I misplaced my London shot glass sometime ago (for all the non-existent drinking I do), and when I found out Kim was in London, I sent her a message asking if she would mind picking one up from the London branch for me.  I told her I would pay her back, plus shipping and handling.  Instead, she sent this sweet note.  Thanks Kim!!

Wow.  Just wow.  I appreciate all the outpouring, all the sweet messages.  They all mean a lot to me.

Just remember my story hasn't ended yet.  And neither has yours.  So write it and live it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What My Pedometer Has Taught Me So Far.

I used my Amazon points to score a free Omron pedometer a few weeks back.  It's been literally attached to my hip ever since.

Here's what I've learned about myself during the working day.

I don't move around nearly as much as I should. (Big surprise there.)

Because of this not-up-to-me inactivity (I've mentioned before how I've been literally glued to my desk for a while now), I have felt sluggish, a bit tired, and just off.

Since I've gotten my pedometer, I make it a point to move more and get some more steps in.

Here's how many steps I managed to get in yesterday.

Since I've had it, I have made sure to get in more than 10,000 steps.  The median has been about 13,000 so far per day.

Now, did I have to get a pedometer to know just how inactive I am during the day?  No, of course not. However, there is something to be said for visual and physical evidence.

I make an effort to move more.

I don't feel as sluggish and blah as I used to. In fact, the energy level has somewhat increased.  I say somewhat because my sleeping patterns have been off, but that's a completely different post.

I am consciously getting up and walking/moving more.

Is there a possibility this will wind up in the drawer next to my HRM?  Of course.  For now, it is just a baseline.  For now, I will continue to use it.

Full disclosure:  This is NOT a sponsored post.  Omron has no idea who I am. They have no idea I exist.  I was not paid in any way, shape or form to write this post.  And I am not out for freebies, although if people get freebies, more power to them.  I've no problem with that.

Now your turn.  Are you as active during the day, or does the nature of your job dictate that?  I wanna hear from you!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Quick Recipes.

I totally slept in this morning without meaning to.  I had trouble sleeping last night.  And by trouble, I mean that I kept waking up & going back to sleep.  So when I finally dragged myself out of bed, I was all sorts of discombobulated.  So much so, that when I put the coffee pot on, I neglected to actually put my Dunkin Donuts coffee in the coffee filter.

Yup.  Total ditzy, airhead moment right there. D'oh!

So it took me a while to get myself going this morning (coffee debacle notwithstanding.)  I finally got out to enjoy the sunshine by getting some laps in around my complex.  I ran the last one, but not before I snapped a quick pick in front of the water fountain.

Please don't ask me about my Jets right now.  Nor about Rex Ryan.  For the love of all that is sancrosanct, it is going to be one loooong season.  Sigh.

I did Firm Power Sculpt with Allie del Rio when I got back, just a quick strength DVD to work the entire body.   I'll be feeling it in my glutes and thighs tomorrow.

Then I did some major food prep for the week.  Best to do it all in one day and get it over with.  I had a family size package of 5 chicken breasts that I cleaned and trimmed.  Then I prepared the chicken 2 ways, from 2 different recipes.

Baked Parmesan Paprika Chicken, and Sour Cream Chicken.  I modified the sour cream chicken by substituting Panko bread crumbs instead of the Pepperidge Farm crumbles.  I also didn't use nearly as much sour cream or butter.  Too fattening, so I just cut down on the portion size of those ingredients.  Here's what mine looked like straight out of the oven.

Sour cream chicken on the left, baked paprika chicken on the right.

Not pictured are the dozen turkey meatballs I baked in the oven as well, made from a 20 ounce package of 93% lean ground turkey.  I plan on having the chicken with either asparagus or broccoli this week for lunch.  The turkey meatballs I'll use as quick recovery fuel after Bootcamp.  I made the meatballs with garlic & onion powder, a little olive oil, salt, pepper, an egg, Italian seasoning, and about a 1/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs.

The chicken came out delicious!  ZOMG, so freaking good.  I can't wait to have it for lunch!

The recipes are super simple to make with just a few ingredients needed.  This is stuff I always have on hand in the pantry or in my fridge.

If you try the recipes, feel free to change them up like I did.  And let me know how yours came out, too.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

WI Results & Lifetime!

And here it is:

145.8 lbs. 0.8 away from the lowest adult weight ever in my whole life.

Lifetime.  Wow. Lifetime. I don't even know where to begin.  I can't begin to describe all the mixture of emotions I'm feeling accurately.

I feel great, I feel happy, I feel accomplished, I feel trepidation, I feel cautiously optimistic.

There's a tiny little voice in my head telling me that these next few months will be the true test to see if I can keep it off.  I'd like to tell it to shove off, please.

There was a slight twinge of sadness because no one was with me to share this special event.  Eh.  Timmo told me not to worry about it, that I lost the weight by myself after all, no one else did it with me.  Good point, Timmo!

Here's the Lifetime charm I get to add to my Weight Watchers hardware keychain!

My leader, Elyse, was on vacation today, so the replacement leader made me get up, stand at the front of the room, and tell my story.  Awesome.  Because who doesn't love being put on the spot?  Hehe, no worries, I took it on the chin like a Boss.

My WW Lifetime membership card.

So cool.

If you're friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, thank you all for the messages, Likes, tweets, and sweet comments.  I read them all and appreciate them and you so so much!

This journey has had its ups and downs for me, but I'm still here, still fighting, still winning, and still finding my way.  Still figuring out what works for me now.

And I'm still reading my Mark Twain.  I'm thinking of throwing in a Phillipa Gregory book to the mix after I'm done with A Conneticut Yankee.  The Queen's Lover.  I've read her other historical stuff, so why not this one.  This conflicts with my classic novel nature, but change is good.  A little book smut is ok.

Speaking of change, I'm going to try out two new chicken recipes tomorrow, which call for dairy, specifically cheese.  I know, dairy is not Paleo, but if I can stick to a clean eating/Primal food intake, I think I'll be ok.  Karen has warned me against adding grains back in, and since homegirl seems to be way smarter than me about such things, I'm going to take her advice.  For now.  There's a quinoa burger recipe I saw online that I'd like to try out sometime in the future, but for now, it can be put on hold.

I'll post the links to the recipes I'm trying out tomorrow and I'll let you know how they turn out.

For now, I am off to enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Quick Update.

Hello, my lovelies!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that today was a trying day for me.  Mom had an orthopedist appointment this morning, and at 11 in the morning, his office called me.  Both her legs are very swollen, and he wanted her to go to the hospital ASAP to rule out blood clots.

Awesome.  Cue the anxious worrying setting in.

It's just sheer luck that his office is practically across the street from my firm.  When I walked into the Boss's office to tell him I had to leave, he took one look at my pale, ashen face and immediately asked, "What happened?"

After spilling the 411 (well, most of it, because my voice cracked in the middle of it, and he didn't even let me finish - he just told me to go), I literally grabbed my bag and rushed out.  That was at 11:15 in the morning.

At 4:45, (the hospital is literally 1/8 of a mile from my office) we were told the ultra sound showed NO blood clots.

Huge sigh of relief.

She needs to go on a diuretic that her primary physician will prescribe to her when she goes to her appointment on Friday with my sister.

In the middle of all this, I had only eaten breakfast.  Which was 3 scrambled eggs, and a 3 ounce baked chicken tender.  I needed to eat something, so off to the vending machine I went, where they had some pretty slim pickings.   I had a bag of Cheez Its (gasp).  And you know what?  I didn't feel bad, guilty, or ashamed.

Whatever.  I dropped Mom off and grabbed a peach from her house before heading home.  When I got home, I had enough time to make my green smoothie with baby spinach, Designer Whey, a banana and 3 ice cubes.  I had a ton of water all day.  Then off to Bootcamp where strangely enough I had enough adrenaline to make it through.

That was my day.  No turning to food for comfort, no ordering take out, just dealing with life's issues.

Mom is ok, thank goodness, that is all that matters.

Tell me something good that's happening in your world!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sneak Peek.

I was in the city last Thursday.

Here's a tiny glimpse of what I was up to.

With George, the hair stylist.  It was so much fun!

In other news, I was up at my WI on Saturday, but I'm super confident that next WI will be much better.  I'll be hitting lifetime at WW, so you can be darn sure I'm working extra hard this week to make sure that happens!

And if any of you read Tony's blog, please congratulate him and his wife on the birth of their brand new daughter.

Hey Tony - having a little girl means saying goodbye to sleeping.  Ever again.  Or so I've been told.   :-)

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Opportunity and Learning.

This post has been in running around in my head for a while.  I agonized whether to hit publish or not on this one.  Here it goes...

Sometimes, an opportunity will present itself to you.  And you have to be open to it.

That was what happened yesterday.  An opportunity presented itself, and I took it.  I have realized and have come to learn the hard way that these things are fleeting and rare, so when it happens, you have to grab it and just run with it.  I do not want to spend the rest of my life wondering - what if?

When I look back and reflect on the last year, I can honestly say I am a different person.  I am not the same person that I was a year ago, hands down.  That is the God's honest truth.  I am different now.  I don't think the same way anymore.

I am healthier, and I am stronger, yes.  There are still remnants of the shy, obese, insecure girl in me, and some of that will never go away.  And I am ok with that.  That shy, obese, insecure girl has made me into the person I am today.  A better person.

I have learned I cannot please everyone, so I will no longer try.  I cannot afford to expend that kind of energy on people who do not reciprocate the effort.

I have learned that not everyone will like you (me.)  It's part of life, so you deal with it.  I've been dealing with people like that forever.

I have learned that if there are great people in your life, you do not take them for granted.  Instead, you feel grateful for having them.  And you thank them for putting up with your nonsense.  ;-)  (Thanks, BFF!)

I have learned that it's ok to say what I'm feeling, and then let it go.

I have learned that letting go of past anger, past resentments is crucial to being happy.

I have learned to forgive.  Dear person, you know who you are.  I forgive you.

I have learned that if happiness presents itself as an opportunity, take it.  Hold onto it.  Allow yourself to be happy.  And to be grateful.

I have learned that if accepting that happiness means moving away from everything you've ever known your whole life, then you take it.

I am still learning, still growing, and still open to opportunities.

You never know where those opportunities will take you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Finding Center.

Today at lunch, I did something I should've started doing a long time ago.

I went for a walk.  At the beach.  I got in 2 miles along the boardwalk before it was time for me to start heading back to work.

And look - I'm actually wearing earrings!

It was quite windy, but other than that, the weather was just perfect.

I MUST start doing this at lunch - getting those 2 miles in was just what I needed.  And look at my view.  So pretty, right?

This is one of the things I'd miss if I ever relocated out of NY - being 5 minutes from the beach.  The smell of the salt water permeated the air, and I realized it had been a while since I had gone to the beach.  If the weather is nice this weekend, I'm totally hitting it up and working on my tan.

It was so peaceful, and it really centered me.  I had forgotten how much I need that, but it was good to be reminded that not only could I regain my center again, but it was pretty easy to get back to that happy, energized place.

How do you find your center?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Cooking, Booking, & Pedometers.

It's no secret that because work has been hectic, I've been glued to my desk lately.  Which has contributed to my feeling a bit sluggish & off my game.  Inactivity during the day (even though it's through no choice of my own) led me to purchasing a small pedometer with my Amazon and credit card points.  (Don't you just love getting free stuff?)

It should arrive this week and I'm curious to see how many steps I'll manage to get in during the day.  This little gadget may find it's way to the drawer where my Polar HRM now resides.  It may not.  We'll see.

I finished the O. Henry collection of short stories today.  My favorites were Roads of Destiny, a Retrieved Reformation, and the Gift of the Magi.  I returned the Anais Nin book to the library yesterday, since it was a biography really.  I'll head over to another library and see if I can pick up a copy of her actual works.  Next up is A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain.

I spent yesterday cooking and trying out two new recipes I found on the Skinnytaste site.  I made turkey stuffed peppers and zucchini tots.  I modified the my turkey stuffing to include mushrooms, scallions, red onions & garlic.  I excluded the corn and the beans.  I used a bit of shredded parmesan cheese instead of the monterey jack.

The zucchini tots were so good!  I chopped  up my zucchini since I didn't have the patience to shred them up.  You can find the link here.

Ileana, I'll start next week.  Need to get the two ripe bananas presently sitting in my fruit bowl out of the way.  Cool?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

WI Results.

Last week's weight:  146.4 lbs.
This week's weight:  147 lbs.

I gained 0.6 lbs this week.

Eh.  I was expecting it.  I've been feeling way too lackadasical lately about my nutrition and food intake.  This is the Universe's way of telling me I need to knock it off.

Ili - I did wind up paying the dude.  In fact, I've committed to Bootcamp for another 6 months, and he agreed to pro-rate the rest of my balance.  So I'm excited to see where the next 6 months will take me fitness wise.  (Maybe excited isn't the right word.  More like anxious.)

I met up with an old WW friend for coffee whom I knew when Carol was still leading our meeting.  Two weekends ago was the 3 year anniversary that she passed away from cancer.  I think of Carol often, and especially lately.  It's no coincidence that I hit goal the weekend of her passing.  I soooo wished she could've been there with me.  I miss her very much.

I'm going to try out 2 new recipes tomorrow and finish the rest of my O. Henry book.  I managed to read a few more of his short stories today.

Enjoy the weekend, folks!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Signs the Universe is Trying to Communicate with You.

(In no particular order.)

1.  You're getting sick of your job, feeling overwhelmed by your new responsibilities at work, and then you hear that your friend's law firm has a position open.

2.  You're feeling rundown and worn out by New York, you want to relocate out of state but have no idea where, and then you meet someone special that happens to not live in NY.  Oh, and they opened a brand new Dunkin Donuts where said person lives, ensuring you will always have access to the best coffee ever.

3.  You contemplate giving up Bootcamp because you reason that you can no longer afford the expense, and then you get compliments left and right on how fantastic and buff you look lately.  With the words "skinny," "tiny," and "toned" used to describe your newly svelte hour glass figure.  And then you are forced to admit AGAIN for the gazillionith time that it's because of Bootcamp.

4.  You go to the grocery store today at lunch to pick up some ingredients for recipes you're interested in trying out this weekend, throw a S'mores bar/cookie in your shopping basket, then discover that you have forgotten your wallet at home like a jackass.  Leaving you completely mortified when you go to pay for your items.

5.  Proclaim vehemently, with a vengeance, that you cannot stand Bootcamp instructor because you're convinced he's trying to kill all his members and only go to Bootcamp because you're paid up til the 12th, but grudginlgy admit that his programs and workouts have worked for you.  And maybe, just maybe, he knows what the EFF he's doing.

6.  You're getting sick of the way you're eating, then you happen to notice that Bootcamp has a food plan pamphlet, complete with different recipes, laying around for you to peruse.

7.  Wonder why you are feeling so ho hum lately as you step on the scale every morning now, and then realize you went back to daily weighing.  As you're stepping on the scale.

8.  Kick and scream everytime you go to Boot, where trainer has been nothing but encouraging lately, then ask him to snap a quick pick with you after today's intense workout.  Because you know, he's such a jerk and has only gotten you to the lowest adult weight of your life.

Salim "the Dream."

9.  Proclaim publicly that you are now at goal, but admit secretly you're still working for your original goal, which would put you right smack in the middle of your healthy weight range.  Which you believe would be easier for you to maintain, even though it will be rough getting to that number.

10.  Run out of things to put on this list.

WI tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 8, 2013


I'm so over this week.  Anyone else feel that way or is it just me?

It's taking a toll, physically.  I was just so tired yesterday that I spent most of the evening couch-azzing. I almost did the same thing today, but two days of inactivity wouldn't sit well with me.

Leg day at Bootcamp. Won't bore you with the details.

I'm running out of things to talk about here.  I feel kind of flat.

Oh wait, I do have one thing.  I went back to daily weighing, which meant going back to allowing it to affect my mood again.  Brooke & I decided to stop doing that.  Again.  I'm starting tomorrow, she started today.  Maybe that's why I'm feeling flat.

Oh, and another thing.  My new leader Elyse mailed a sweet little postcard the day that I hit goal.  Unfortunately, I didn't see it til today because she sent it to my folks' house instead of my place.  I thought I had updated my information when I moved, but apparently not.  That was really sweet.

I know I have to change something up, but I'm not sure what exactly.  The Universe is trying to tell me something, and as usual, I just don't want to acknowledge it.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


I swear I'm not a typical girl.  I can't be bothered with things like acccessories and jewelry.  Even though I own really pretty jewelry, which makes it even more shameful because I don't use any of it.

This morning, while getting ready, I took out a pair of thick gold hoops that my Dad bought me in Colombia years ago.

I didn't take a pic of me wearing them, and I really should have.  I will tomorrow though, since I got a few sweet compliments from my coworkers about them.  Tara commented that I look completely different with earrings on. ???

You change one thing up about yourself and everyone notices suddenly.  Funny how that works.  :-)

I snuck out of work a few minutes early so I could hit the 5PM Bootcamp class.  I get the sneaking suspicion that our Trainer took an extra dose of the psycho-workout pills today.  The circuit he put us through was unreal.  Everyone was pouring sweat, I'm not kidding.  It was coming out of my nose.  Holy donkey balls.

I'm working on severe lack of sleep due to a cat in heat that insisted on planting himself right outside my window last night.  Stupid bugger.

I feel like the juvenile blogger who's all like, Ooh, sparkly nail polish!  Cute bracelets!  Pretty earrings!  That was not my intention at all tonight, nor was it this post's intention either.  I am so not that girl, mkay.  I like pretty things and can appreciate well made, pretty objects, like accessories, but posting about them?  Not so much.

It's the lack of sleep talking because of that darn cat in heat.  Stupid bugger.

Monday, August 5, 2013

When the Boss is away....

I wish I could play.  He's away for this whole week, but I'm being kept pretty busy.  It's fine, since I figure it's better than staring at the walls.

My office manager is out for the foreseeable future.  She was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer while I was at Fitbloggin, and she had a double macsectomy last week.  Very sad, but she's taking it like a champ.  She does have a good prognosis and will hopefully start chemo next month.  She lives in the same town as my folks.  I was at Mom's yesterday and called her, curious to see if she would like some company.  I brought her a pretty bouquet of purple and yellow flowers.  She's doing remarkably well, considering.  She'd like to be back at work in about 3 weeks.  We'll see.

Push muscle day today at Bootcamp.  I think the trainer was just a tad extra obnoxious today.  He's very much like a Firm instructor that I don't particularly care for, Rebekah.  It is not surprising when he throws out a whole bunch of "Woo's!" during a workout.  It makes me physically cringe.

Lots of crazy cat lady hair and lazy eyes going on here.

I kinda feel bad sometimes ripping on the Trainer because he has gotten me results.  My whole body has transformed in the almost 6 months I've been doing Bootcamp.  And believe me, I sooooo hate admitting that.

I'm about halfway through with the O. Henry book.  I'd have more to time to read it if I didn't spend my time at night talking to a certain someone.  That is prime reading time that gets monopolized by the Boy.

I'm concentrating this week on getting in more leafy greens and more protein, even the fatty kind.  I have steaks on the bone to prepare later this week.  I'll season them with Trader Joe's all spice and grill them up in my skillet.  I'd use the grill seasoning I have but I think it's got more sodium than I would prefer.

Going to try to finish the last bit of The Renaissance at Charleroi before bedtime.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

WI Results.

Last week's weight:  146 lbs.
This week's weight:  146.4 lbs.

A gain of 0.4 still keeps me in maintenance mode.

5 more weeks til Lifetime at WW!

Bootcamp right after, it was insane.  I left with every inch drenched in sweat.  I can't even.

Even my hair was sweating.

I'm not certain what I'll do about food intake.  We'll see.  It's still something I'm considering.  Adjusting food intake will be a life long thing for me, so best to get used to it now.

I didn't mean for this one to be a fly by, but I'm tired and it's late.

Nothing has changed, still healthy eating, still figuring out what works and what doesn't.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tweaking, Again.

I didn't have a whole lot to say yesterday, so I didn't post.  Every now and then, I got nothing.

I've noticed that my right shoulder throbs every now and then when I'm walking laps around the complex.  I like to do the loop a few times after Bootcamp just to get some miles in.  Just my right shoulder, not both.  Very odd.  I'm wondering if it could be tendonitis.  It only hurts when I'm walking, it's not hurting now as I type.

The knee is fine now.  It appears to have been a nuisance for just a few days, which I'll take.  I'm wondering if the extra walking has helped in some way.  Too bad the walking won't make the shoulder pain go away.

Anywho.  Pull muscle night at Bootcamp.  I won't be able to feel my arms tomorrow.  Lots of upper body.  And no, the pain isn't related to the workout tonight.  I've been feeling it for a while now.  Boo.

Full on, crazy cat lady hair.  Complete with crazy eyes.  It was pretty humid today. so that brought the frizz to epic, massive levels.

I've been thinking about tweaking up my food intake again. I'm leaning towards incorporating Greek yogurt back in, slowly though.  Not every single day, of course.  But maybe 2 or 3 times a week, after a particularly intense workout.  I'm still iffy on the whole grains.  I miss having pasta, but not brown rice. It would be nice to have some quinoa or maybe cous cous with a nice veggie stir fry or a bunless burger.  I think that would mean my eating would be more "Primal" than "Paleo."  I'm not a fan of the labeling, which is something I only just realized.  Something to think about.

Tomorrow is my first WI in official maintenance mode.  I'm confident about it.

And onward.