Tuesday, November 29, 2011


How's this for motivation?  

Thanks to Facebook, I have reconnected with the boyfriend I had at 15.  I now get to compete with the memory of my 15 year old self.  I was tiny back then, at LEAST a hundred pounds lighter.

Thankfully he hasn't seen me yet.  We live hundreds of miles apart.  Probably won't happen until summer.  

I guess I better get crackin', huh?

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Hello All.  Just checking in.  Not too much to report.  Just plugging along, the weight is slipping away bit by bit.  I haven't done so great on my mini-challenge.  I keep forgetting to do it.  I'm not giving up though, I'll just start all over and keep trying.

I hope everyone has a lovely, successful week!  Carla

Monday, October 31, 2011

Mini-Challenge #1

I am working really hard on strengthening my knees.  I came across some knee exercises I have started today.  I have a chair aerobics dvd, that I can't always use, but I can always do the knee exercises...I can do them in bed.  So, with walking the circuits at work, taking the stairs, and now these I should be on the mend (well, not mend...I have arthritis, but improvement anyway) soon and moving closer to Onderland.  I just cannot wait.  I am trying to decide what to do for myself once I get there.  In the past I would have celebrated with food.  But like I saw on Pretty Pauline's facebook, we are not dogs, not to reward ourselves with food.

Have a great week everyone!  And Happy Halloween!!

***UPDATE*** Duh!! I forgot to say...the challenge is to make these knee exercises a twice daily habit.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


It's official.  I have finally lost my first 25 pounds.  It has taken a year.  I am told these slow losses are more likely to be permanent.  Slow and steady wins the race, I guess.  Only 8 more pounds until ONEDERLAND!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Something Odd

So here is an odd thing that I have noticed occurring lately.  Whenever I eat any kind of sugary thing (or white starchy thing, for that matter), I start to itch.  Very badly.  It started with the palms of my hands.  Uncontrollable itching, yikes!  And now I itch all over.  But, thankfully, not all the time.  Just when I eat sugar or overly white stuff (saltines, white bread, etc.).

Hilarious!  How's that for incentive, huh?

I hope everyone's week is wonderful and successful!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Should You Eat?

Sometimes in the evenings, I am not hungry and I don't eat dinner.  I don't snack much, so that is not the problem.  I just am not hungry. 

My son gripes at me and tells me I should not be skipping meals.  So, my question is:  If you are not hungry, should you eat?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cane, part 2

Boy!  That was fast!  I take MSM for my arthritis.  I bought a different brand and started taking them over the weekend.  What a difference!  I can walk relatively pain free.  I am back to walking my circuits today at work and have added taking the stairs, too.  And, bonus, cane not needed.  At all!

Thanks to Dawn's post, Just One Day Really, she has really gotten me to thinking.  I do not want to waste any more time.  Since I am able to walk easier, I want to start doing all I can from this point forward.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Things are starting back on that slippery slope.  For the most part, I am back on my cane again.  The arthritis is getting worse.  As a result, I am exercising less.  When every step hurts, I just don't want to move.  I don't want to move at all.  I haven't really gained too much weight back, so that is not the cause of the added pain.  I got down to 209 and seem to gain and lose the same 4-5 pounds over and over (209-214).  I can't really figure out the cause of going back and forth.  I am doing the same things really.  One day I will be at 214, and the next 210.  Then back up to 214. down to 211, then down to 209, then back up to 213 and on and on.  I just can't figure it out.  The eating is pretty much under control.  I have a lot of nausea, so I don't really have much of an appetite (bonus I guess).  Sweets are not a problem, maybe salt.  Water retention you think?  Just don't know.

Getting enough fruits and vegetables is still a struggle.  However, with our fun, bento-type lunchboxes, filling in the little spaces makes it a bit easier.  Dinners are difficult.  I make a couple of main courses on the weekends, to be eaten during the week.  All I have to do is re-heat, cut up some fruit and vegetables and there you have it.  Seems simple enough, but by the end of the day, I am just done.

All of our computers at home have not been working, and I have not been able to keep up much with everyone (don't want to blog at work).  You are all very much in my thoughts, though.  Our desktop is now up and running again, so I hope to be able to start visiting my friends again.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  I think of all of you often and am cheering you on.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It Has Been A While

Hello All, It has been a while and I am sorry.  I hope you are all doing well.  I am still here and plugging along.  I think with school starting and having to make lunches for my grandson every day it will be a whole lot easier to bring proper portions and healthy choices to work.  We are using a very nifty lunchbox set I like very much.  Here is the link.  It is called Easy Lunch Boxes.  Check them out, they are very handy.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Might As Well

Years ago, when my son was 17, I was trying to decide if I should go back to college. He said, "Mom, the time is gonna pass whether you go back or not. So, you might as well go."

That also applies to trying to get healthy and lose weight. The time is gonna pass whether we do this or not. So we might as well.

Smart kid.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back on Track

So, this week I have gotten back on track.  I started eating more whole grains, a vegetable and a fruit at every meal.  Right out of the gate.  If your body is not used to this type of food, I don't recommend going gung ho like this.  Take it slow.  Believe me.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Slipping Back Into Old Habits

Now that I'm living alone again, I have begun slipping back into old habits.  Eating poorly, more fast food, watching TV in the evenings.  I noticed earlier in the week, my pants were feeling tight around the waist.  I have not weighed in a while and did this morning.  I have gained 6 pounds.  I have been doing this diet/weight loss thing my entire adult life.  I am so very, viry tired of this whole thing.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Worked My Butt Off

I wish!  The company I work for is going through an audit.  We are having to pull accounts payable (me) information for the last 5 years.  Our controller did most of it, pulling over 600 documents.  He tasked me with finding the ones he couldn't.  Everything is in bankers boxes up on the third floor of the building.  In a dark, dingy, ultra-filthy room.  They are stacked 4-5 boxes high by year.  I have hefted more boxes in the last 2 days than I care to remember. BUT, but, I have also lost almost 2 pounds in the last 2 days. 

So, there is the key (for me).  The dreaded "E" word.  Exercise.  <heavy, heavy sigh>  FINE!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fisherman's Stew

Hi All, I hope you are having a great weekend!  I am making Fisherman's Stew today.  My mom used to make this when I was a kid, and I loved it.  Here is the recipe.

2 slices bacon, cut into 2 inch pieces.  Can substitute 1 tablespoon olive oil.
1 large onion, chopped
2 large, thin-skinned potatoes, diced
1 large can (28oz) chopped tomatoes
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
4 whole bay leaves
2 or 3 whole cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds cod, cut into 2 inch pieces

In a 4 or 5 quart pan, fry bacon over medium heat until browned (or heat oil); add onion and potatoes to bacon and drippings and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes, or until onion is limp.  Add tomatoes and their liquid, wine, Worcestershire, bay leaves, garlic, salt and pepper; cover and simmer about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Add fish, stirring gently to mix; cover and continue cooking for about 5 minutes or just until fish flakes easily.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Just Starting Out

Hi all.  I have come across a new blog, she is just starting out.  Her blog is running to...whatever.  Maybe you could stop by and offer her some encouragement.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Someone to Check Out

Head on over to see Trisha at One Woman's Journey to Her Best Life.  She is amazing!  Trisha is enthusiastic, on top of her game, aaaand she has lost 142 pounds!  I am so inspired by her.  Go take a look.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Weight Loss Tally Update

At the first of every month, I like to post my beginning weight for the month in my Weight Loss Tally table on the left side of my blog.  I am starting July out at 209.8.  I am very happy about this.  When I first started losing weight, I had 110 pounds to lose.  The remaining weight to lose is in the 80s, just barely, but in the 80s nonetheless (I like looking at that 89 on my little ticker up there at the top).  However, as CJ says in a recent post, I have gotten A Little Too Comfortable

On the one hand, it is a very good thing that this new way of life is no longer strange and uncomfortable.  It has become easy and routine.  Buuuut, on the other hand, I have become stagnant.  A .2 pound loss over the last couple months each is unacceptable. 

I have lots of plans:  get back to reading, commenting and posting on the blogs, alternate Chair Aerobics video with yoga each morning, continue walking on my breaks, take advantage of the fitness room in the apartments where I live, ride the stationary bike across the country along Hwy 50, become a lot more organized with my meal planning and preparation.  I plan on cooking up a few chicken breasts on the weekends, baking a few potatoes, cooking a turkey breast for sandwiches (instead of using salty, processed lunch meat).  But beyond that, I haven't gotten too much else planned.  I have some nifty bento-type lunchboxes that will help...just fill the little spaces with good stuff.  But what?  That is for another post.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Comments, part 2

It looks like I am still having problems commenting, no matter what computer I am using.  Sometimes they post and other times they disappear.  I am reading and cheering each of you on everyday!  I hope everyone is having a lovely week.  Love Carla

Monday, June 20, 2011


On my last post, I said I hadn't weighed in a while...that I was afraid to, after all the off plan eating I had done, the past few weeks.  Well, I weighed in this morning and gained only one pound after all that.  WHEW!!!  What a relief!  Things are as back to normal as they will be and I am back on track. 

I hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Update and Other Stuff

Hello All,

Not a whole lot to tell as far as weight loss.  I am still plugging along, walking my circuits, watching portion sizes, paying attention to when I am full and stopping, not snacking much at work...just pretzels and a candy bar occasionally.  I have not weighed in some time though, I am afraid to.  The stress of the past several weeks had me eating more than I would have liked.  One thing I did notice though, at the most stressful times I was FAMISHED!  I could not get enough to eat.  I did not overeat all that much, but as I said, I did eat more than I wanted and did not make the best choices.  And then, when the stress had passed, hardly any appetite at all.  Very odd to me.

I do have a bit of interesting news.  Those that have been following me for a while (Thank you so much, I love all of you!) knows my main form of exercise is walking circuits around the parking lot at work, on my breaks.  Well, the funny thing is, other people have noticed me out there.  At first they just kind of looked at me like some kind of oddity (esp when it was freezing cold and raining).  Now they are encouraging me on.  But here is the best part.  Others have started walking too and telling me about it.  Two co-worker/friends that work up on the second floor have started walking the back stairs a couple times a day, just for the exercise.  Others have started walking circuits around the parking lot on their breaks too.  People I have never spoken to except to say hi in passing, are stopping me to tell me about their exercise efforts.  I love it!  Very cool.

And now some sad news.  My boys are moving away.  Almost 1,000 miles.  I have to say, I am a bit scared to be up here by myself, but, my son has a great opportunity to attend Pharmacy Tech training for FREE.  They will be living with my elderly parents and helping them.  After our trip down there last week, I see that my parents need my sons help as much as he needs theirs.  My father is entering into Senile Dementia and my mom just cannot keep their place up by herself.  Some things have fallen into minor disrepair and Donald will be taking care of these things.  The yard and surrounding property have become overgrown, too.  So Donald and my grandson Cade have some yardwork to do.

I do have some plans though.  Once they leave, I will have a whole lot of time on my hands.  The apartments I live in have an exercise room with lots of equipment and a recumbent (sp?) bike.  Debbie at Getting Healthy, has inspired me to ride across the country.  I am really looking forward to this.  It will make it a lot more fun.  Also, my son does most of our cooking.  He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  He likes to cook with a lot of cheese, frying, bacon, you get the idea.  I am more simple and somewhat vegetarian.  I like simple protein and vegetable meals.  I am still struggling to eat fruit.  I have lots of vegetarian cookbooks and am looking forward to trying out some recipes. 

Well, I have a busy day ahead of me today, I better get busy.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hello Everyone!

Hi All,  I have been out of town several days.  My boys and I took a roadtrip to southern California.  It was a lot of fun and took 13 hours each way.  They are moving there this summer and hopefully I will follow in early spring. 

I did not use the computer much while I was away and have not been able to follow how everyone is doing.  I hope you're all well, happy and doing great!

My eating was so-so.  I will fess up to one thing only and I loved it.  My niece and her hubby took us to an all you can eat pizza place, I think it was called Cece's.  Oh my goodness!  I have never seen such a place, a literal smorgasbord of every pizza you can imagine and then some.  It was so fun, and the slices were small so I had me some pizza!

It's early, but I have to get to bed...SO tired.  Take care everyone and I hope you have a lovely rest of the week.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Suggestions Please

Hello All, I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  I received the following email.  I was wondering if you might have some suggestions for this young lady.  Thanks!

Hi Carla,
I visited your blog and saw that you are into dieting/fitness. I think I've reached the lowest point in my life, so I really need your advice....
I've been struggling to lose weight ever since I graduated from college. I've tried diets, exercising, fasting... My problem is that I have literally no motivation and discipline.
I'm 35 years old, and both of my younger sisters already got married.. I feel like such a loser for being undesirable to men, and for gaining so much weight since college... some days, i just ask myself what's the point of it all? Even if I lost all this weight, I'll still look ugly and flabby =(
Do you have any advice you can give me on motivating myself to eat less and exercise more? It's such a vicious cycle.. I'd try and go on a diet, and be discouraged and end up eating junk food to comfort myself...
I hope you can be of some help - I really need it at this point. God Bless~~~~

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Hello All, Something is up with my blog.  I am having problems trying to comment on your posts.  It says I am not logged in, and I am.  Not sure what the deal is.

In the meantime, all my best wishes to all of you.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  Love Carla

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Starting to Breathe Again

Things are beginning to head back to normal.  We are so tired, the adrenaline that both my son and I had going, from the stress of the last couple weeks, has left us feeling wrung out.  He is feeling worse than me.  The amount and seriousness of the situations coming at us was unbelievable.  The one thing we feared most, it appears is not going to happen.  That is a huge burden lifted. 

I will be back to my exercise video tomorrow.  I did none last week.  Eating should be back on track too. 

I want to introduce you to the joys in my life.

This is my grandson Cade.  I just love his rosy cheeks.  He has dimples, but you can just barely see them.  He is 10 years old.

This is my son Donald and Cade, a few years ago. 

Have to get to bed, so I can get up bright and early to exercise.  I hope everyone has a great week.  Thank you all so much for your friendship.  You have made a huge difference in my life and I am grateful.  Love Carla

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thank you

Thank you so much everyone, for your kind words and support.  I sure do wish I could meet you!  You all mean very much to me.  I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  Love Carla

Friday, May 20, 2011

Things are just so bad right now, with no end in sight.  My son's girlfriend had a miscarriage yesterday, as just an example.  All I want to do is eat. And eat. And eat.  It would appear, I am a stress eater.  The crunchier and the saltier the better.  I am back to my candy bars in the afternoon.  They don't make me feel better, but I just want them anyway.  However, I did get some pretzels, carrots and hummus to bring to work.  I just cannot focus on anything, to plan.  I am too worried and distracted.  At least work, as far as I know, is going well.  I am current on everything.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Checking In

Hello All, I hope everyone is doing well.  I'm sorry I haven't been around, but I do think of all of you everyday and am cheering you on.  There has been much sadness and difficulties in our home the last few weeks and I am just numb.  I can't really think about much else.  I can't really bring myself to write about myself.  Plus, we have disconnected our internet and access is very limited.

On the weightloss front, I am still chipping away at my 100+ pounds to lose, bit by bit.  I have added a chair aerobics video, Monday thru Friday.  Also, I am trying to learn how to do yoga.  It is a lot more difficult than it looks.  I am still walking my 6-8 circuits at work everyday.  Eating is still on track.  Sometimes I have snacks, sometimes I don't.  I think changing things up like that will help to not get stuck.  I hope.  Today was not such a good day though.  Jamba Juice and a mall lunch.  It was a bourbon chicken plate at a Cajun place.  It was ok, I didn't finish it.  I did however, finish the Jamba Juice.  I haven't had one in forever...Strawberries Wild, my favorite.

Well, I have to go.  Love to all of you.  I hope your week is great.  And, I miss you.  Carla

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to all my bloggy friends!  I hope your day is lovely!!!  Love Carla

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lab Work

A few weeks ago I had some labwork done and got the results back yesterday.  Everything came back normal, but with a couple of minor, but good changes.

1.  My blood sugar was 124 last year, this year it is down to 121.  Normal is 70-100. 
2.  Last year my A1c (which measures your overall blood sugar for the last 3 months or so) was 6.5, this year it is down to 6.2.  Normal is 4.0-6.0.

Even last year my numbers were low for diabetes, sometimes my daily measurements were up in the 160's and had me scared.  I haven't done any daily measurements in a couple months.  I think as long as I continue to loose, I am not going to.  I HATE poking my fingers.  Although my 10 year old grandson is quite intrigued by the blood, he used to remind me to test.  HA!  I even offered to test him and he said NO!  Boys.

Hope everyone has a lovely spring day.  Still cold and rainy in the Pacific Northwest.  BOOOO!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Only" 20 Pounds

So, I have been made aware of something I said, in an earlier post saying I have lost "only" 20 pounds.  First, I would like to say if I have offended anyone, I am truly, very sorry.  I, in no way, meant to minimize the loss of 20 pounds.  Those first 20 pounds were painful and frustrating, and it took a lot of hardwork and determination.

My communication and people skills are not the best and I am forever sticking my foot in my mouth.  My vein of thought that day was headed in a completely different direction and I am not sure how to say what I really meant.  That being the case, I am just going to leave it alone.

Thank you all for your kind words and support.  You are sooooo appreciated.  Take care, Carla

A News Article

This is all pretty much old news, but I thought I would put it up anyway, just in case it might help someone.

Lose Weight Without Dieting

I hope you're all having a great week.  Carla

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Change in Attitude

You know, it's funny.  I have only lost 20 pounds (I have so much more to go), but already I feel a change in my attitude, towards myself and life in general. 

 I think it started when I was able to buy some cute, new, smaller tops.  I didn't feel so frumpy and felt like I could look more presentable and a bit more stylish.  I am able to walk and get around more, so I can do more.  If I can do more, I feel better about myself if I don't have to constantly stop and rest and waste time. 

The biggest change happened about 3 weeks ago.  I had very long hair for years, past the small of my back.  I always wore it pulled back into a ponytail or twisted up into a bun.  Well, I cut it all off, above my shoulders and colored it a bit darker.  Oh my goodness!  It is so freeing, I just love it!  It is kind of like the shag of the 70's, without the feathered bangs.  Lots and lots of layers.  My hair is almost all gray and the gray hair has grown into ringletty (is that a word?) large, loose curls and with the layers it just looks so cute.  My real hair was always stick straight and without of bit of body.  Now it is just the complete opposite.  And, I have started to put a bit more effort into putting on makeup (I still have to work on the eyebrows...I HATE plucking!).  All of this, just because I have lost 20 pounds.

So, if you are still on the fence about loosing weight, go for it.  Just that little bit makes so much difference.  It was hard and I still have a long way to go, and I may wander off here and there, but I am still headed in the right direction. 

Just take some time off by yourself, and focus on yourself.  Think about the things you like and don't like in terms of food, lifestyle and exercise.  Really, really think about it.  Can you honestly and truly put up with a lemonade diet?  Can you honestly and truly give yourself shots of stuff made from pregnant women's urine and eat only 500 calories a day (if I understand that correctly)?  Can you honestly and truly count calories or leave out carbs?  Can you honestly and truly commit to working out X amount of hours X days a week?  Ask yourself these things and many other questions and honestly and truly think about the things you can and cannot do, and the things you WILL AND WILL NOT do.  What works for you may not work for me.  I think to be successful, we all need to take the time and really think about ourselves and put together our own plan.  Something that you will stick with for life. 

Take care everyone and I hope you have a blessed and beautiful Easter.  Love Carla

Friday, April 22, 2011

Weigh In Day

211...I'll take it.  Since I had cut back on blogging, my weightloss efforts had slacked off a bit, and I have also started snacking.  I was very worried, because I felt like I had gained some.  I have been very afraid to start snacking because I thought for sure I would start to gain again.  However, my appetite at mealtimes has decreased, because of the snacking.  So, I guess it's a wash.  WHEW!! 

When I had chosen to stop snacking, I knew about the philosophy that you should snack.  I just didn't believe it.  I am getting so very hungry at mealtimes, I am afraid I might eat too much, sooo snacking it is.  My previous 2 posts has links to some good for you snacks, most of which are prepared and packaged...not too keen on that.  I have been having hummus and sesame water crackers, very tasty.

Gotta go get ready for work, have a wonderful day.  It's Friday!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another Snack Post

I haven't read this yet, but I wanted to at least put it up for later.  Also, in case someone is interested in seeing it.

50 Best Snacks

So happy to see chocolate milk and beef jerky on this list.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Lazy Post

Hi All, I know this is a lazy post, but I wanted to put this up before I forgot it.  I want to be able to reference this article later.


I hope everyone is having a great week.  Carla

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Go Red BetterU

The American Heart Association has a terrific educational program called Go Red BetterU.  The following is taken from their site:

"Go Red BetterU is a FREE 12-week online nutrition and fitness program that can makeover your heart. Each week will focus on a different area of your health and provide step-by-step guidance. You'll have access to everything from daily expert tips and an online journal to a downloadable BetterMe coaching tool."

They also have a free on line tracker.

I am on week 3.  There is a little quiz at the beginning of each week, some hints for healthier living, some educational points, and they have you choose a goal and a reward for the week.  You can also go back and revisit each week if you would like to.

I hope this can be helpful for someone.  Have a great weekend, Carla

Monday, April 11, 2011

So Excited!

I am so excited!  My son is jumping on this bandwagon too.  He has discovered the website, www.sparkpeople.com, and is very enthused about the things he has seen on there.  He does all of our grocery shopping and dinner cooking (and occasional breakfasts).  He likes to cook rich, heavy things.  Not anymore.  He says once he uses up the groceries we have, he is going to start following the advice on sparkpeople.  I am so happy. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Someone I know, who is very excited (their word) about my progress, ability to walk easier and weight loss, has offered to buy me a one year gym membership!

Monday, April 4, 2011


I have finally, finally lost my first 20 pounds.  Whew!  That was hard!

Have a great day All!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

At Work

I work at a very large metal recycling plant and we have our own water treatment facility onsight.  Our environmental specialist offered to take me for a tour and so yesterday, I got to go.  I was able to walk there, walk all around and walk back without having to stop and rest and without any pain.  It was great!  It feels so good to be able to be a part of life again.  I am on my way!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Hi All, not much going on.  Well, there is a little bit.  Since I cut back on blogging, my weight loss efforts have relaxed a bit.  My eating is still the same, as far as most choices and the portion size.  But, I have been to fast food a bit more, I have eaten a little chocolate egg here, a little chocolate egg there, not walked as much, and not had nearly the amount of water I should have.  I haven't weighed, I don't want to. 

 The funny thing about the fast food, both days that I had it, my tummy was NOT happy with me.  The food tasted fine, was not overly greasy (one was Taco Bell's fresco chicken soft taco off their diet menu), but I did not feel well afterwards.  I've read about people on here that avoided fast food for months, then had some and were sick afterwards. We are still determined at home to not buy ANY prepared or processed food.  We just all feel so much better.

Mer at We're Losing It! gave me the idea of making Egg Muffins for breakfast.  I made them yesterday and they are yummy!  I needed something for breakfast, that was loaded with protein and that I could put together quickly, for days when arthritis made it difficult to cook.  With these I don't have to resort to McD for breakfast.  They are sort of like crustless mini quiches.  You can do just about anything with them.  Mine are below.

One small green bell pepper, diced
One package diced ham
One package refrigerated, shredded potatoes
Four chopped green onions
Six eggs
1 1/2 cups Better N Eggs
Sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
Salt, pepper, garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350, place 12 cupcake papers in muffin pan.
Put a little oil in a large skillet. Saute bell pepper and ham over medium heat until most of the liquid has cooked out.  Add the potatoes, season as desired, stir well, cook at medium high a few minutes, cover, reduce heat to just under medium, cook for 15-20 minutes.  Test potatoes for doneness.  Should be just a wee bit underdone.  Remove from heat, stir in green onions.  While potatoes are cooking, beat together eggs and Better N Eggs.  Season as desired.

Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full with potato mixture.  Then, slowly, slowly trickle in the eggs to just about a 1/4 inch below top of muffin cup.  Sprinkle each top with about one teaspoon of cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from pan to wire rack to cool.  Eat or place on a cookie sheet and pop into the freezer till frozen.  Place into a double plastic bag to store in the freezer.  I don't know yet how much time to heat in the micro.  Will probably set out to thaw first thing in the morning, and then heat at a minute or two.

You can probably cut the potato mixture in half.  I had a lot left over and my son ate it for lunch.  You will have some egg mixture leftover too, maybe a half cup or so.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Watched Pot Never Boils?

So, being tired of seeing the same number on the scale, day after day, for a month I stopped weighing myself.  Then Friday I got back on the scale and what do you suppose has happened?  I lost 2 pounds!  Yay!  Hopefully I am no longer stuck and back on my way to losing.  Fingers crossed.

On to something a bit more important.  I live with my son and 10 year old grandson.  For all intents and purposes, I am filling in as the role of Mom to my grandson Cade.  He is a bit different, can't quite put my finger on it.  It could be the trauma of his early childhood before he came to live with his dad, he could be ADD, it could be lack of oxygen to the brain from his birth, it could be his mother's drug use during early pregnancy, just don't know, it could be a combination of things.  More than likely it is.  Anyway, he needs a lot of attention (not constant, just a lot) and I have been feeling guilty about the amount of time I am spending on the computer.  I feel I will need to cut back on the time I am on the blogs.  I really hate to do that, because I feel so close to so many of you and don't want to lose any ground.  But I just have to.  I am not quitting, just cutting back.  And so, with that,

Thank you all so much for your support, I have come to care very much for so many of you ladies.  I hope everyone has a lovely first day of Spring and a wonderful weekend!  Carla

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Little Something

Even though I have not lost any weight in the last month, I am still on plan and exercising.  And, I am starting to see lady curves reappear, my face is slimmer, I am not at all tired at the end of the day like I used to, I can't eat as much as I used to...I get full a whole lot faster, my legs around my knees and calves are looking slimmer, my upper arms are also looking slimmer. 

So even though I would have given up in the past, with no change in the scale, I kept at it and changes are STILL  happening.

I just want to thank everyone for their support, it has made all the difference.

You are so appreciated!!!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nothing New

Hi all.  I am still stuck.  Still at 215 pounds.  So, nothing new to report. 

However, a couple other things.  My son has a TON of candy he bought for my grandson Cade's Easter basket and has decided he doesn't want Cade having all that candy afterall.  Anyway, Donald has asked me to help him eat most if it.  Guess what?  I haven't even touched it, it doesn't even sound good to me, don't want it.  Aaaaand it is PMessie time, no craving at all, well, maybe just a little something salty, but that's all.  I'll probably have a cup of chicken broth for that, that'll probably do it for me.  I keep chicken bullion cubes at work, for salt cravings or for settling my stomach.

Also, as we all know, cupcakes are quite the thing lately.  I have been wanting to go to one of those cute little cupcake places and see what all the fuss is about.  I mean, obviously I've had cupcakes before, just not one of these fancy ones.  Anyway, my son went to one today with his girlfriend and brought me one back.  It was little and cute, and just ok.  And I only cut less than a fourth off and tasted it.  That was all I wanted.  I gave the rest to my son.  It also helped that it had a cream cheese frosting and I am not fond of that kind.

Well, that's the news from Oregon.  Have a good evening, friends.  Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


So I have been stuck at 214-215 since the middle of last month.  It would appear the honeymoon is over, the rubber has hit the road, etc.  I am walking 8 circuits each day, drinking enough water to sink a battleship, not snacking, not eating large portions (my appetite has decreased), stopping before I am too full, increased fruits and veggies, no fast or processed food, am working my exercise dvd.  Now what?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thank You Dawn! Part 3

For receiving my award, I am to tell 7 things about myself.  Here they are:

1.  I have held many different jobs over the years - waitress (most hated), live-in housekeeper at a retirement home, garden department at Home Depot (one of my faves), interpreter for hearing impaired children, daycare teacher (another one of my faves), and now bookkeeper (one of my least faves-boring).

2.  I have moved over 50 times.  I stopped counting at 50.  I have lived in 3 different states - California (home), Nevada (my favorite) and Oregon (hate it here-I'm sorry if I have any Oregon readers, don't mean to offend).  I start getting itchy feet after awhile and need to go.  I am hoping to move back to southern California within the next year.  My parents are there and getting on in years.  Hopefully this will be my last move.  I believe I am ready to settle down.  Some may call me unstable.  I call it adventurous, I want to see what's out there.  As a result, I LOVE road trips.  I have family and friends who have never lived anywhere other than the area they grew up in, they are too afraid.  To me, this is so sad, to not get to experience life in other places.

3.  I can work on my own car.  Before the easy access to the Internet, I used to go to the library, find the appropriate shop manual, copy the page and go home and fix my car.

4.  I would love to get a degree in Geology and/or Horticulture.  Science was my favorite subject in school.  Especially earth sciences and oceanography.  My grandson loves science too, I am so proud.

5.  I have one younger brother, but come from a very large, loving extended family.  At least on my Mom's side.  They settled in the San Joaquin Valley in California, during the Depression and bought a farm.  We used to have some WONDERFUL family get togethers.  Bonfires and all.  FOOD FOOD FOOD!!! So good.

6.  I believe in setting a nice table for all meals at home.  At our house, that is usually breakfast and dinner.  Too many niceties have fallen by the wayside.

7.  I would like to become a vegetarian.  I am finding that the older I get, the less I like any kind of meat (except fish-love fish).  My mom, her sisters and their daughters are the same way.

Ok, so there you have it.  Hope you all have a lovely day.  Spring is on its way!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thank You Dawn! Part 2

As part of my award I am to award other people. 

First is Losing It.  She is always encouraging and has a great sense of humor.
Next is Debby.  She is very knowledgable and has some yummy sounding recipes.
And then is Wendy.  I love this blog!  Wendy has so much energy and insight.

Part 3 will be tomorrow.  I am to also tell 7 things about myself.  I am having to work on that.  I have a list, but can only come up with 3-4 things.

Have a good evening, everyone.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Thank you Dawn! Part 1

Oh wow!  I got a Versitle Blogger Award from Dawn at A New Dawn For Me.  You should go check her out.  Her posts are inspiring, thought provoking and Dawn is always kind and encouraging.

In other news, I have decided we will start having salads every night with dinner.  We did that when I was a kid (was my job to make it) so I have started that again.  Had my son get a bag of Triple Hearts and a bag of Spring Mix and I mixed them together in a larger bag.  Then I put on tomatoes, green onion, cucumber, garbanzo beans, a little cheese and sunflower seeds.

Also, I have been researching how to grow vegetables indoors under a grow lamp.  I got to thinking that if illegal pot growers can do it, why can't I?  For starters, I want salad greens, tomatoes, green onions and carrots.  I have a south facing balcony, but this is Oregon, not enough sunshine.

I don't have a lot of time tonight, my grandson needs my help with his homework.  I hope everyone has a lovely evening.

Thank you for the follow C.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Supplements and Sprouts

I am a big fan of natural, healthy food, herbs and supplements.  I first discovered the usefulness of herbs and supplements as a resourceful single mom with no health insurance.   Prevention is key to keeping health costs down.

I first read in Dr. Weil's book, "Healthy Aging", that age related diseases are due to inflammation in the body.  Armed with that information and having arthritis, I decided to research the safest, healthiest, non-NSAID (NSAIDS have wreaked havoc with my kidneys and stomach) way of reducing inflammation in my body.  I discovered that turmeric is a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory.  I had already started taking ginger to help heal my stomach and discovered it too has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the ginseng I take for energy.  I take cinnamon for keeping my blood sugar low and stable and also fish oil for heart and brain health.  I don't know if it was any one of these, or the result of all or some of them, but within a few months my cholesterol dropped almost 50 points.  I went from 185 to 139 - cholesterol, not weight.  My LDL's were also reduced and my HDL'S were increased.

Mer asked yesterday the best way to grow sprouts.  I don't know if the following is the best way, but here is what I have figured out.  I used to grow them often, years ago.

Start with a large jar, some cheesecloth and a rubber band.  And of course, your seeds of choice, preferably organic.  I chose alfalfa for this first round.  Start small, about a tablespoon of seeds (I started with 1/4 cup...WAY too much).  Put them in the jar, cover with cheesecloth and rubber band and rinse well and drain .  Add at least 4 to 5 times as much water and let sit on your counter for about 12 hours.  Drain and rinse again.  This soaking water is now loaded with nutrients, some people drink it, save it for soup or cooking veggies in or watering their plants.

At this point you may want to change containers for your sprouts.  I used to have a sprouter similar in size and shape to a springform pan, I don't know what happened to it though.  Some say you can sprout them in the same jar, but I don't recommend it.  It will be too hard to take your sprouts out of once they are sprouted.  I bought a sort of 4 inch square jar with a wide mouth at Walmart and even this did not work well.  I think my next round I will try my large, flat pasta bowl. 

 Anyway, whatever container you choose to use, you will be rinsing and draining the sprouts about every 12 hours.  Make sure you drain them VERY WELL.  You don't want the sprouts sitting in water, or they will rot.  Continue this process until they are a long as you want them.  I just keep them on my kitchen counter.  I suppose you can put them near sunlight if you want the chlorophyll.  At some point, while they are growing, they will begin to clump up.  Maybe while they are in water, before draining, take a fork and gently break up the clumps.

So there you have it, soak, drain, rinse and drain every 12 hours, enjoy a few days later.

Friday, March 4, 2011


Happy Friday morning everyone!

So, I am not happy with the focus and direction of my weight loss and this blog, and I am going to be making some changes, and posting them here.

Way back when, I was a back-to-the-land earth-mama wannabe stuck in suburbia.  I loved my lifestyle and the way I cared for my family (not gonna get the Birkies out, though).  We were healthy and active.  Also, I was raised up during the health nut craze of the 60's and 70's.  Late 70's I was married and had a baby.  He had long hair and was naked a lot of the time, at home.   He ate mostly homemade food, herb tea for his colic, all natural stuff...you get the idea.  By the way, chamomile tea works wonders for colic.  I put this in his bottles instead of juice.  I've lost sight of the person I used to be and want to find her again.

The first thing I have done was to grow my own sprouts.  Just had them on a tuna sandwich yesterday, and they were very good.  I used to grow these a lot.  You can get e-coli from the ones at the store. 

Can't write more, already late getting ready for work.  Gotta go.  Have a great day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Does anyone know...

Good morning all,

Does anyone know of fast, high protein breakfasts?  Aside from the fact that I love McD sausage in their Sausage McMuffin Combo, is that it is loaded with protein - sausage, egg and cheese, and a reasonable amount of carbs - the English muffin.  When I have had a bad night (arthritis pain waking me up), cooking breakfast is difficult.  That's one of the big reasons I rely on McD so much for my standby breakfasts.  I can't have (blood sugar issues) and don't like sweets for breakfast, or very early in the day for that matter.  I would appreciate any ideas you may have.

2 eggs, half a toast, butter, milk

one Akmak cracker

Tuna sandwich w/ sprouts, water


exercise dvd
4 morning circuits
3 afternoon circuits, cane

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I dug out my old Sony Walkman and found the tape I used to walk with many, many years ago.  So many happy memories came flooding back.  I use it for walking my circuits now. 

2 eggs, toast, butter, milk


Hamburger rice, 1 boiled egg, water

birthday cake, I caved

Scrambled sausage and eggs, half a toast, butter, milk

4 morning circuits
3 afternoon circuits, and darn it, back on the cane.  My left hip and knee are up to something.
5134 steps

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


2 eggs, toast, butter, coffee


Salad, water


Hamburger rice, milk

4 morning circuits
4 afternoon circuits  I tried really, really hard to talk myself out of doing them this afternoon.  My back and legs are SOOOOO achy.  But, I will never reach my goal if I don't stop messing around.  This is always what has happened in the past.  I got tired or bored with trying, start messing around and eventually forget all about what I was trying to do.  This time is different, I have support I can count on...my bloggy friends.  Also, I added my 4th afternoon circuit today.  Except for my left knee REALLY acting up, adding the 4th circuit was not as difficult as adding the 3rd circuit.  I will try this for 2-3 weeks and try adding a 5th circuit in the morning.

6722 steps, my most so far

Monday, February 28, 2011


2 eggs, 1 toast, butter, water


salad, bread, water


Fish, mustard greens, cornbread, water

4 morning  circuits
3 afternoon circuits
5068 steps

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Non-Weight Related Question

Good Saturday morning everyone!

I have a question.  But first, a little explanation.  On these blogs, we are sharing some very private, sometimes intimate information about ourselves.  As a result, I feel very connected to some of you ladies.  It makes me very sad to think I will never meet any of you.  Also, I know these are "Weight Loss Blogs", but there is more to our lives than losing weight.  I would like to know just a little bit more about you.  Nothing personal mind you, I am just curious what some of your hobbies are.  What kinds of activities bring you happiness and joy?  I don't mean to pry,  I think this is just a natural extension of getting to know people you care about. 

My son says I don't try hard enough to get to know people, I don't ask enough questions.  That is so hard for me.  My mouth gets dry, my hands get clammy and my throat closes up.  Eating with strangers...Oh my goodness, so hard to swallow when your throat closes up.  Maybe this is why I HATE dating, HAHAHAHA!  Anyway, so I am trying.

I'll go first.  Before I hurt my knees, I LOVED LOVED LOVED being outside hiking and camping.   I used to live here.  The little town is Carson City, Nevada, the state capital.  That is Lake Tahoe at the top of the photo and the lake on the right of the photo is Washoe Lake.  I lived in Carson City for 15 years.  This place brought me so much joy and happiness.  My last good hike was aprox 22 miles round trip.  Now I can't even go shopping without riding the electric cart at the store.

Also, I enjoy crocheting.  My brother and I used to spend a lot of time with our Grandma Sallie.  Every now and then she used to dance a little jig, singing a silly song and making funny sounds with her hands.  I adored her.  Anyway, she was an avid crocheter.  I have many of the things she made.  I have a large family and we all have many of the things she made.  She never really taught me how, other than to make a chain.  I was a busy kid and to keep me occupied, she would have me sit beside her and chain away.  That chain became enormous.  When I became an adult, I bought a book and taught myself.  She lived hundreds of miles away by that time, so I couldn't ask her.  She has since passed away.  I have one of her afgans on my bed and often think of her hands touching each of those threads, and of her hugs and kisses.  If I can become half the grandmother she was, I will be very happy.

This is an odd one, but I love to read magazines.  This drives my son crazy, because I like to save them.  Right now, my favorite ones are Womens World, All You and First for Women.  They have recipes, health tips, organizing tips and of course the diet of the month.  I like them because they are colorful and cheery, no serious stories.  Just some light, easy reading. 

Non-fiction books are also my favorites, I don't care for fiction.  I went back to college in 1997, and because of my text books, I discovered I really enjoyed reading non-fiction.  I have lots.  When I lived in Carson City, there was a thrift store in town, that on Saturdays had a book sale.  You could fill a grocery bag for a dollar.  If I was very careful, I could sometimes get 15 books in a bag.  However, I usually gave them back to the thrift store when I finished with them.

So, there you have it, hiking, camping, crocheting and reading.  I didn't mention it earlier, but my favorite thing to do, is spend time with my family.  I come from a very large, southern family, on both sides. Let me tell you, there was some very good food at family gatherings.

Ok, I have to get started on my day.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Daily Weighing

I have seen, while reading the blogs, there are many different views on weighing in.  Some don't weigh at all and go by the size of their clothes, some weigh in monthly, some weekly (the most I have seen so far).  I like to weigh in daily.  That way I can keep a close eye on things and make any needed adjustments.  For instance, yesterday it was very cold and I was out of painpills...just cold and achy.  So, it was a lazy day.  I did not drink my 3 bottles of water, only one.  I did not go out and walk, at all.  I had a hot mocha.  And to top it all off, my son brought home a burger and fries for dinner.  The burger was dry and not greasy, but the fries were a bit.  Even though I did not eat them all, I still had some. 

 And now, this morning, my weight is up a bit.  Weighing in everyday keeps me fully aware and focused on where I am at.  I think of the scale as a steering wheel on a car.  When we are behind the wheel, we are constantly watching and adjusting our direction.  What would happen if I let go of the wheel?  My car would be all over the road.  The same holds true for my weight.  And so, I weigh in every morning and post it here.

2 eggs, one toast, butter, water


Tuna sandwich, apple, water


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thank you

I want to thank those that read and offer encouragement, I so appreciate it.  I just wanted to say I'm sorry this is not a very interesting read.  I am a very quiet, introverted person and I don't have a lot to say, and am happiest alone and reading.  It is usually very difficult for me to think of things to talk about in a conversation.  Mostly I just smile and nod at people.  I do love reading other's posts, they sure do give me a lot to think about.

I hope everyone has a lovely day.

Cottage cheese w/ tomatoes, bread, orange juice

Cottage cheese

Leftover pasta and chicken, water

Hot mocha

Burger, fries, milk

no walking today, it's too cold and I am out of painpills.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Just Plugging Along

Cottage cheese w/ tomatoes, one cheese bagel, orange juice


Salad, water, a couple bites of cheese bagel


4 cheese pasta w/ grilled chicken and basil, milk

4 morning circuits
3 afternoon circuits
4255 steps

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


2 eggs, half a toast, butter, milk, no time for an orange


Salad, water

Handful of walnuts

It was supposed to be a beef and noodle dish, but it bombed.  The beef had an odd taste to it, it wasn't spoiled though.  So, I just had a bowl of Cheerios.  Not really all that hungry anyway.

4 morning circuits
3 afternoon circuits
5327 steps

Monday, February 21, 2011

New Old Clothes or Old New Clothes

While putting away laundry this weekend, I happened to come across some tops I had not worn in quite sometime...I had outgrown them.  I tried on a few and they all fit, and a couple were too large!  I did have to go buy some new pants on Saturday.  My old ones started falling to the tops of my legs if I held my stomach in, was constantly having to pull them up. I have gone from a 24 to a 20 in pants, and a 3X and 2x for tops to an XL.  Also had to go bra shopping.  It occurred to me while I was there, I had no idea what size to get, as I had not measured before leaving home.  I HATE bra shopping, and to make it even worse, the bra section was a mess, no order at all.  I am saving one pair of 24s to put on and take a photo with after all is said and done.  I had thought about taking them in, but decided against it and just bought some new.

I got my new 32 oz water container and some lemons to cut up and put in.  I have to fill it 4 times each day to get enough water.

10 grain hot cereal w/ pecans and dried fruit, toast, butter, nonfat milk

Two Akmak crackers, really,really hungry today.

Two ham sandwiches, no mayo, apple, water


Tofu Parm, Bruchetta, milk

4 morning circuits
0 afternoon circuits, too sleepy...took a nap, didn't sleep well last night, woke up in the middle of the night hurting again.
Forgot to look at how many steps before I went to bed

Friday, February 18, 2011

Water Intake

While surfing the blogs, I came across a water calculator.  You answer a few questions, and then it tells you how much water you should be drinking (or fluids).  I should be having 110 ounces daily.  I maybe have around 40 ounces.  It is soooo hard to get in enough water.  I read somewhere, a long time ago, that if you don't get enough water, your body thinks it is in dehydration mode and hangs on to (retains water=water weight) every drop.  But, if you drink a lot of water, your body uses what it needs and gets rid of the rest.  That means I have to fill my cup at work 6 times.  Well crap (excuse my language)!  I can only manage to fill it once or twice, but SIX TIMES?!?!

I think this weekend I will see if I can find a larger container and get some lemons to put in.  If I have a larger container, I don't have to try to remember to fill it so many times.      

I have to go get ready for work.  I hope you all have a lovely day.

McD Sausage McMuffin Combo.  I know, BAD BAD BAD.  And now, my excuses:  Grandson has no school today, no school he sleeps in, he sleeps in and I don't have to cook breakfast.  I don't have to cook breakfast, I get to leave earlier and put in a bit of overtime at work.  The real reason...I DEARLY LOVE MCD SAUSAGE!!!!  Hot dogs and sausages are my alltime favorite food.  Forget sweets, give me a hot dog or sausage anytime.  Bratwurst, Keilbasa(sp?), Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, COSTCO hot dogs, Cheddarwurst...oh my goodness, Hillshire Farm has the best Cheddarwurst!  There is just nothing like a grilled Cheddarwurst on a French roll with horseradish-dijon mustard!  These are what stalled the beginning of my weight loss, having to think about giving all these up was very, very hard.


Ham sandwich, no mayo, apple, water

None, not hungry, a glass of milk

147 mg/dL 5:45am  BOOOO!  Pasta for lunch and dinner, yesterday
4 morning circuits
1 afternoon circuit, very, very cold
5961 steps

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  I'll be back Monday.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


2 eggs, 2 toast w/ butter, half an orange, milk


Leftover pasta and veggie dish, water


My son's favorite pasta...Orichette(sp?), Italian sausage, Rau's Pasta sauce (no fake anything), cream cheese.  He often fixes my plate (he does the cooking), it was HUGE!  I know what's for lunch tomorrow!

Chair Aerobics, next one is Saturday.
4 morning circuits
3 afternoon circuits, I will try to continue with the 4/3 circuits for at least 2 weeks, and then up the afternoon to 4 circuits.
Taking stairs at work instead of elevator
Not drinking enough water
My knees are not liking this extra activity, but I don't want to slow down or eliminate anything.  I am on a roll and don't want to lose momentum.
5205 steps

It is soooo cold!  I would do just about anything for a hot cocoa!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


UGH!!! I just cannot motivate myself to work my exercise dvd.  It's called Chair Aerobics for Everyone and is very good.  I tell myself every night, OK, this is it, in the morning I will do this.  But when morning comes...not so much.  My only time to do this is at 5 am.  That means I have to be in the shower by 4:30 ( I seem to have less pain if I warm up in the shower first).  I just want to snuggle under the covers and have my coffee at 4:30.  Well, I would rather be asleep at 4:30, but I have gotten up at 4 for nearly 20 years and usually wake up sometime before that.  So, sleep is not happening.  I am getting a good amount of exercise by walking at work, but I could do more.  On a positive note, I am sleeping much better with the increased walking.

Win the day!

Oatmeal w/ pecans, dried fruit, cinnamon, butter, raw sugar, nonfat milk, toast, butter, water. 

 I know it says butter twice on here, but I am very careful about the amounts I use.  I am not going to use fake food.  My grandson has behavior problems and since getting rid of all processed and other fake food, he is doing better.  People were healthier and less fat before all this crap came out.  I've said it before, but if it didn't exist 100 years ago, don't eat it.  I know I've had my slips (Butterfinger) but am doing much better.

A side note about children's behavior.  When Cade, my grandson, was diagnosed with ADD, I did research on diet.  Medication was out of the question, so this had to be it.  I read the best thing to do was get an old Betty Crocker cookbook and cook from that.  Real, healthy, whole food, no fake stuff.  It's not a miracle cure, but it sure has helped him.


Leftover pasta and veggie dish, apple, water

Leftover chicken and rice, milk

4 morning circuits
0 afternoon circuits, just can't do it today, too cold.
3016 steps

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


2 eggs, 2 toasts, butter, half an orange, water


Leftover pasta dish from last night, green beans, polenta, water


Baked Honey Chicken recipe here(fabulous, my son made it), corn, rice pilaf, water

4 morning circuits
3 afternoon circuits, that last circuit is TOUGH!!!!!
5290 steps

Monday, February 14, 2011


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Oatmeal, half a toast, butter, half a banana, milk


2 ham sandwiches, no mayo, water


Pasta with grilled chicken, asparagus, broccoli, and Gruyere, water, a couple pieces of Valentine candy

Hopefully the extra 3 pounds is just water weight.  I realized this morning, I had forgotten to take my blood pressure medicine for a few days, which has a diuretic.  I tend to puff up when that happens.
4 morning circuits
3 afternoon circuits
When I started walking these circuits a few months ago, I was only able to do 2 morning circuits, with a cane and sitting and resting in between circuits.  Now I am up to 7 total for the day, no resting between circuits and no cane.  Granted, that third circuit this afternoon was tough.  But I did it because I can.  Thanks Polar's Mom, I appreciated that post.
6155 steps

Friday, February 11, 2011


I hid the cookies at work...out of sight, out of mind.

Oatmeal, toast, butter, half a banana, milk

one cheese bagel

egg rolls, ice tea-no sugar


Roast chicken, corn, couscous, milk

3 morning circuits
0 afternoon circuits, still feeling crummy from sinus infection
3118 steps

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Taken from "The Brave Girls Club" website

A co-worker brought in one of my favorite cookies - Pepperage Farm Milanos.  I am drinking water instead...woo.

2 eggs, half a slice of toast, butter, half an orange, 1% milk


lowfat cottage cheese, tomatoes, 2 Kings Hawaiian rolls, water

2 Kings Hawaiian rolls, a baby carrot, 3/4 oz cheese. 


Roasted chicken, peas and carrots, couscous, milk

4 morning circuits, no cane
2 afternoon circuits, no cane
6,118 steps

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Another day

Yesterday was my sickest so far, and boy was I in a mood.  I just felt so crummy, I did not care in the least what I ate.  Thank you Polar's Mom and Dawn for your comments.

Old fashioned oatmeal w/ walnuts, cinnamon, butter, raw sugar, 1% milk; half a slice of toast, butter, 8 oz 1% milk (or water, not sure how much milk is in the fridge), half a banana.

one Ak-mak cracker

Lunch:  Tuna sandwich on whole wheat, milk

One cheese toast, half a pear, carrots and peas, milk

I went to the doc and got some anitbiotics, should be on the mend soon.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Ok, so, I started this blog in the hopes of having accountability.  It is a little difficult to have that if I don't write anything of significance down.  So here it is, the good, the bad and the ugly (I know it's cliche, I don't care).

McD. Sausage and egg McMuffin, one hashbrown and a small coffee with 2 creams.


My son made Spaghetti Squash Lasagne last night, so I am having that for lunch and a Butterfinger candy bar.


Hot tea, 2 slices whole wheat toast

5 circuits around the parking lot

Here is the lasagne recipe:Spaghetti Squash Lasagne Recipe

Monday, February 7, 2011

No exercise for a while

So, I have been sick for a few days.  I first thought it was a cold, but this morning, I had some difficulty breathing, so it may be slipping into pneumonia again.  That being said, I am not going to be out walking for a while.  It is too cold and hurts my lungs.  I may try my dvd, but have to be careful and not overdo and get tired.  I have to be able to get to work.  Anyway, I will be watching my eating like a hawk.  I have to compensate somewhere and that is the only place. 

Hope everyone's day is great.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Good Food, Great Medicine - A book

This is the name of the book I am basing my eating plan on.  It is very good, and is just good old, basic common sense.  This is pretty much how I was raised, and how I used to cook before everything went down the drain.  A long, long time ago.

It is written by a local doctor here in Portland, Dr. Miles Hassell and his sister Mea Hassell (who works with him in is office).    The one I have was a gift.  They can be found on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Good-Great-Medicine-Miles-Hassell/dp/0979633915/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1297005349&sr=8-1.  And here is their website:  http://www.goodfoodgreatmedicine.com/.  Sorry for the links, but I don't know how to hide it and make it pretty in my blog like I have seen on other pages.

Dr. Hassell is board certified in internal medicine and is in private practice at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland Oregon.  He established the Integrative Medicine Program at Providence Cancer Center and is a clinical instructor in the training of internal medicine residents, twice receiving Teacher of the Year award as well as being included in Portland's Top Doctors.  Dr. Hassell uses evidence based nutrition and exercise options in his medical practice and lectures widely to physician groups regarding the use of nutritional medicine.

It is a very good read.  The focus is on healthy, whole, real food.  It's not really a diet book, but more of a cookbook/health guide, based on the Mediteranian Diet.  As it says under the title on the book, "Diet and lifestyle guidelines for optimal health from a medical practice."  It has LOTS of great tips for quick and easy to put together meals.  The authors are busy people with families, and the recipes reflect that.

Friday, February 4, 2011


I am very pleased.  I have lost just a little over 16 pounds since the first of the year, but already I am able to take my daily walks without my cane.  I am only 53, but the idea of already having to use a cane everyday, well, I was not happy about it. 

I am able to walk more.  Because I am getting more exercise, I am sleeping better.  Also, since I am walking more, my back is hurting less.  Today was my first day walking without my cane.  I made 3 circuits around the parking lot at work, and nothing hurt (back, hips, knees, feet) when I finished.  It is getting easier to get up from my chair during the day.  Still not quite popping up, but I am getting there.

Hope everyone has a successful weekend!

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