22ndApril

Ruby Tuesday

Trying to stay upbeat this morning.  I weigh 193 which is a pound more than the last two days but that doesn’t mean I’ve gained.  Maybe I should try to weigh once a week instead of daily but I’m afraid weekly weigh-ins might give me too much flexibility.  I have to think about it.  It really is disappointing to get up bright and early and find that I weigh more than I did yesterday.  At the doctor’s office, I clocked the scale at 194.5.  I like my scales better.

Okay, so my morning started off crappy…I went to work and managed to sit around enough and eat Alleve so my ankle eased off.  I ate low fat yogurt for breakfast and a salad for lunch.  Took some of my cake to work to share with friends and they all approved!  I figured it up and it looks like each serving comes out to be 146 calories.  Pretty good! 

Rushed out the door at 2:30, dropped the grandkids off at home and then raced over to the doctor’s office for a 3:15 appointment.  Got home at 4:00 to find my granddaughter, Holly, parked in the living room watching cartoons.  If I needed any incentive to avoid the TV, that did it.  Nick Jr. is not my kind of show.  She seemed okay so I went upstairs to try one of my new workout tapes.  It did not go well.  Upper body 10 minutes, aerobics 25 minutes and then lower body 10 minutes.  The part that I actually participated in was about 5 minutes, 20 minutes, and 5 minutes.  Still, I stuck with it and I guess that’s better than quitting.

Came downstairs to find the boys and my niece eating all my special diet cake.  Why is it that with cookies, chips, ice cream, and fruit all over the place, they had to eat my diet cake?  By the way, they thought it was good, too. 

I fixed a big salad and a new salad dressing that tasted like crap. (Throw that recipe out the window)  Made a big pot of low-cal french onion soup, toasted a bunch of french bread, and topped all the bowls with low-fat mozzarella and browned it in the oven.  The adults ate and then hubby made grilled reubens to supplement his soup, the grandkids fixed pizza because they don’t like onions or salad, and my daughter-in-law showed up with a bucket of KFC when she picked up Holly.  Now, she’s gone, the grandkids are doing homework, Donnie went to bed, and I have a wrecked kitchen.  Something is just not right.

Not a good start today.  I refused to lay around and be a couch potato yesterday and I’m paying for it this morning.  My ankle is killing me!  Got out of bed and could barely walk.  I thought about calling in sick and going to the doctor but I know what he’s going to tell me and I don’t want to hear it.  So I double-dosed on Alleve and sat in the spa for about 15 minutes to loosen it up and ease the pain.  This is infuriating.  I sit on my butt and get fatter and fatter or I try to be up and about and aggravate my ankle.  Up and about wins.  I’m going to work.  The doctor will just say to stay off it as much as I can and I’m not going to do that so there’s no sense in going.

Still at 192 this morning, breakfast and lunch are all planned out and I’m off to work.  Guess this will be a “sitting at my desk” kind of day.  

20thApril

about that cake…

OMG!  This is sooooo good!  I used a reduced sugar chocolate cake mix that has Splenda instead of sugar.  Used four egg whites instead of three whole eggs, substituted applesauce for the oil.  That cut the calories way down.  Each slice only has about 100 calories.  Then I used lite cream cheese mixed with splenda and soy milk for the glaze.  Finally, I pureed and strained a package of frozen raspberries, mixed in 1/3 cup of Splenda, and a teaspoon of cornstarch to drizzle over the top.  There couldn’t be more than 200 calories in a piece because 1/12 of the whole cake is only 150 calories and that’s before I lightened it up with applesauce and egg whites.  Why am I writing all this down?  I don’t want to forget how I made it.  Okay, Pam, that’s another 200 calories, at least!

20thApril

Weekend Survived!

Okay!  I got through Sunday.  Met with Pam today and we shared “histories”.  She thinks I’m not eating enough so I’m going to try to do better.  I ate a salad and fruit smoothie at Panera.  Really good and only 210 calories for the salad and 290 for the smoothie.  That brought me up to 500 so I’m trying to eat a big dinner.  I fixed an Asian Chicken Salad (absolutely yummy!)  I’m sure it must have at least 500 calories.  I think I’m going to bake a low fat/reduced sugar chocolate cake with lite cream cheese glaze and raspberry glaze.  I’ll have to keep track of the calories but I’m trying to duplicate the dessert I had at Applebees last night.  Will let you know how it turns out!

Sunday morning and everything looks good.  I made it through yesterday without having a crash and burn.  Weighed myself this morning and show 2 1/2 pounds less than yesterday (Wow!  One day of dieting and I lose 2 1/2 pounds.  I should be a knockout by the end of the month!)  Of course, I realize it doesn’t really count because I weighed myself late in the afternoon yesterday and then first thing this morning.  Nevertheless, I’m delighted that it didn’t show MORE this morning than yesterday.  Small kudos help.

My menu for the week is complete and I have a grocery list.  I’m meeting Pam at 2:00 and I’m going straight from our meeting to the store so I’ll have everything I need to stick to the plan next week.  We’re meeting at Panera and I felt a little bad about meeting there and connecting to their wifi without eating anything but I was delighted to find that they have lots of low cal choices on the menu.  After yesterday’s success with Applebees, I decided to go to their website and take a look.  They have lots of choices in the soup or salad sections that look great and have very few calories.  That makes me happy because boredom is the ultimate enemy. 

Right now, I’m going to get my shower and head to the backyard.  I want to get my new bicycle seat mounted and give it a try.

20thApril

One Good Day

Okay, it’s 10:30 and I’m going to bed.  I made today a good day.  Went to dinner with Rick and Pam at Applebees.  I passed on drinks and sipped club soda with lime.  Stayed with the weight watchers menu and had onion soup and chili lime chicken salad for a total of 400 calories.  I had a slice of weight watchers chocolate cake with cream cheese glaze and raspberries for another 230 calories (it was a teeny little thing but soooo good!).  So, I had 630 calories today.

We got home early so I worked on my menu and shopping list for next week.  I also set up a spreadsheet to keep track of calories and exercise and set weight goals for the next three months.  I hope to lose 30 pounds in that time.  Tomorrow, I have to start some serious exercise.  I just got out of the spa but I relaxed with a glass of iced tea with Splenda instead of wine.

Not bad for a Saturday.  Good Night!  ;-)

Tomorrow I’m meeting with Pam and we’re going to begin serious training.  I’m doing well so far but I know it’s just orientation.  I got up this morning and went to K-Mart to look for a new bicycle seat that won’t bust my balls.  For me, this is a good thing.  There have actually been Saturdays (entire weekends, if I’m being honest) where I haven’t even gotten out of my pajamas.  Just spent the entire weekend watching TV, playing solitaire, working on the computer, or just hanging around the house.  I decided that I would get up, get dressed and keep myself busy all day.

 My car has needed a serious scrubbing for almost a year.  You can run it through a car wash for a while but the time comes when you just have to break down and do some heavy duty cleaning.  I picked up some stuff to remove the haze on my headlights and general cleaning stuff.

Polishing the headlights and cleaning the car took four hours but it looks great.  All shiny and clean, vacuumed and scrubbed (including the leather and carpet).  Now I have an hour to kill before we meet friends for dinner.  Guess I can use that time to scrub and polish myself.

Rick and Pam invited us over but she called and asked if we just wanted to meet somewhere for dinner because she didn’t feel like cooking.  Ordinarily, I would have said, “Why don’t we just make it another night?” and spent the evening watching TV and eating.  I suspect Pam just didn’t feel like having company because this is not like her and it would have been easy to cancel. I know it seems trivial but I feel good about agreeing to meet them for dinner.  She mentioned Applebees about three times so I guess that’s where we’ll go.

What’s my plan for Applebees?  I went to their website and looked at the menu.  It seems that they work with weight watchers and have ten items that are weight watchers friendly.  An onion soup au gratin appetizer clocks in at 150 calories and I’ll probably have the grilled chili lime chicken salad at another 150 calories.  They also have a tortilla chicken melt appetizer but it’s 480 calories.  I guess I could go that route if I want to because I haven’t eaten anything all day so I certainly have some calories to play with.

About not eating all day…this wasn’t a concious decison but I’ve never been much of a breakfast person and I worked through lunch.  The last few times I’ve tried to diet, I’ve tried to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner and healthy snacks throughout the day.  You know what?  I’m not going to do that anymore.   I never made myself eat just because it was time to eat before I got fat so why should I do it now?

18thApril

Booty Boot Camp!

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 I have 69 days to get ready for Lower Calf Creek Falls.  That means a 3 mile hike in Escalante State Monument in blistering heat to be able to come out of the desert and into a pristine pool of icy water in the middle of nowhere.  I remember the last time I did this hike.  It was eight years ago, before I ruined my ankles, before I gained 50 pounds, and before I lost any semblance of muscle tone and fitness.  At that time, it was a difficult hike but well worth it to arrive at this magnificent site.  It was 110 degrees and the hike was made difficult because I kept sinking in the sand.  This summer, I’m taking the grandkids and I’m determined to complete this hike again.  That means I have to get really intense with dieting and exercising.  This weekend, I want to lay the groundwork by developing specific short term goals and laying out a map of how to get there.

18thApril

Hello world!

Welcome to Sistah Pat’s blog. I have lots to do to get back in shape and lots of friends to help me do it. Having played around with dieting and exercise for the last four months finds me exactly the way I was in December. So…I guess it’s time to stop playing around and get serious. With that in mind, I hope to set some long range goals and develop short term goals to help me get there.