31stAugust

It’s about time

I decided to retire.  The thought occurred to me yesterday morning when I had to crawl out of bed, grew stronger when I got to work and had to walk from one extreme of the building to sign in and go to the other end to get to my classroom and became totally obvious after being cursed and totally disrespected by a 15 year old with an attitude.  From 8:00 a.m. on, I knew I was done.  I just kept asking myself, “Why am I doing this?”  All day long, through a dozen different scenarios, I just kept thinking, “Why?”

I didn’t get out of the building until 4:30 again, two hours after my workday supposedly ends, brought papers home to grade and still had to finish up a power point that goes with my lesson for today.  Had to run out to Party Outlet to pick up wristbands for a dressdown day at school.  They didn’t have them so I had to go to another store.  I didn’t have time to work on Andrew’s room.  Didn’t have time to do laps in the pool.  Didn’t have the energy left to take a walk and my ankles were killing me from pounding the halls all day long anyway.

Why?

29thAugust

Chilly morning

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Funny how you can feel the chill in the air even though you’re inside the house and the air conditioner is set where it’s been for the last two months.  I didn’t want to roll out of bed.  Just wanted to snuggle down and sleep a little while longer.  At least I can do that next Monday but I’ve got to get through the next few days before enjoying a long weekend.

This was a busy weekend.  Spent most of it working on Andrew’s room and shopping.  I have my menu made out and the groceries are in for the week.  I was trying to incorporate a lot of the garden’s bounty into this week’s meals.  We have green beans, zuchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, okra, corn and peppers like you wouldn’t believe.  Never did hear anything from our friendly, non-communicative city councilman about the community garden but we made it through another season without them mowing it down.  Actually, I doubt if they care what we do.  Don’t know about your town but they’re not even mowing the grass in the highway medians around here.  We’ve shared so much stuff with the neighbors and everyone keeps talking about what they want to do next year.  We got tomato blight which took a toll on the homegrown maters but we got enough for ourselves and a few to share with the neighbors.  Hated to see that.  I was looking forward to having tons of heirlooms and doing some canning and freezing.

I managed to scarf up 22 points yesterday.  Workin hard to get to Honolulu but DH is trying to talk me into going somewhere else.  He thinks we’ll regret going to Hawaii because we’ll be bored.  Maybe he’s right.  We’ve been there so many times.  I’m open to suggestion.  He’s mentioned Mexico.  Maybe just spending three or four weeks around the Yucatan.  I like Mexico and it’s cheaper than Hawaii but it’s not like you can feel free to travel and see the sights on your own agenda.  Things are getting kind of scary down there.

28thAugust

No relaxing here!

199

Sorry, I took off for a couple of days.  It wasn’t that I was gorgeing on doughnuts or lying around watching TV for hours on end.  I was just busy.  School had me going like crazy and then, yesterday, we started redoing Andrew’s bedroom.  Now that Steven has left for WKU and has his own cozy little dorm room, we think it’s only fair that Andrew gets to redo his room.  We took him out yesterday and bought him a new entertainment center, new roman blinds, a new comforter, etc.  After we got home, we shampooed his carpet and threw out his old entertainment center, dresser, and assorted other junk.  Today, I hope to get his room painted.

So, I haven’t been doing what I need to do for staying on track.  Didn’t post here, didn’t weigh myself yesterday, didn’t jog in the pool.  All that stuff is so time-consuming.  Right now, I’m planning out my menues for the week, then I’m going shopping and I have papers to grade, lesson plans to write and painting to do.  It’s not that I’m not being good, it’s just that some of the extra points for writing and planning may get lost.  Still, I racked up 117 points last week and I need 114 so I managed to skim by.  I’ll try to be more on top of things but the main thing is to keep busy and I’m certainly doing that.

Gotta run!  Will post my weight after I take my shower and get a few minutes.

25thAugust

Creature of Habit

200 (Boo!  Not fair!  I’ve been so good!)

I forgot to set my alarm.  Woke up at 5:15 and realized it hadn’t gone off.  Good thing I woke up.  I was thinking it was a habit but then, I wake up about every hour or so to pee anyway so it’s hard to oversleep.  At any rate, I’m up and enjoying my coffee.

I went downstairs to get a load of laundry and saw a roach on the washer.  Gross!  I saw the first one about three weeks ago.  Right after DGD, Holly, came over for the weekend.  I think it traveled in her bag because DH told me he saw a couple of roaches in the trunk of the car after he opened it to get her stuff out.  I freaked out and sprayed all over the kitchen, hoping that would take care of it.  Didn’t see anything else for a while but DH told me he saw a couple of roaches on the counter the other morning when he got up for work.  Then, this morning, I saw one in the laundry room.  Damn it!  I really don’t know how to deal with these things since I’ve never had them before but I know enough to know that I better get rid of them immediately or they’ll take over.  I thought I’d spray the entire house this weekend but I just read up on it and the stuff that really works is also toxic to pets.  Not only do I have uninvited disgusting roaches, I also have DS’s uninvited dog and Steven’s uninvited cat.  Sigh…

Ughh…I feel creeped out knowing there are bugs hiding in my house.  I’m going to take everything out of the kitchen this weekend and thoroughly clean and set out boric acid.

Enough about that…I prefer not to think about it.

I did pretty good yesterday.  I have to accept that it’s very difficult to get 25 points in a single day.  Especially when I’m working.  I like to strive for the “perfect” day but it’s not going to happen that often since my new “perfect” day involves everything from not smoking, to eating healthy, drinking lots of water, cleaning the house, saving money, exercising and keeping track of a lot of stuff on sparkpeople and 3FC.  In terms of exercising and eating healthy, I done good.  But I only got 19 points.  Didn’t have time to do all the stuff I wanted to.

I have a new friend.  April is a teacher.  New to our school.  She has the classroom directly across the hall from me and she comes running over every day as soon as the kids go to lunch to join me.  Kind of forces me to take my lunch break.  I’m so jealous of you, Beerab, with the two 15 minute breaks and the hour lunch break.  Teachers get 20 minutes for lunch and that’s it.  I find it difficult to take my lunch break because it hardly seems worth it.  You barely have time to make it to the bathroom before the kids get back.  April’s good for me in that regard.  I’ve begun to plan for lunch because I know she’s going to join me every day so I might as well eat.

Gotta go.  Will be back to log in my weight after my shower.

199

Steven’s nasty tempered cat misses him.  She’s very anti-social (like Steven) but she jumped up on my bed about an hour ago and she’s followed me around since I got up.  Now she’s sitting beside me purring like there’s no tomorrow.  She’s used to me getting Steven up about now and running to meet him when he comes downstairs.  It’s strange to see her behaving like this.

I got a little disorganized yesterday.  Ate well and did my 100 laps in the pool but my eating was bottom-heavy.  Lite all day and then most of my calories late.  I don’t want to do that but it’s difficult to keep on track once the day starts rolling.

Again, I didn’t leave school until 4:15  Nine straight hours with a mere twenty minutes for lunch.  Not exactly conductive to good eating habits.  I left work, took Holly home, stopped to get a haircut and pick up groceries .  By the time I got home, it was 6:00 and I still had to do my laps.  Don’t know that there’s any solution.  That’s just the way some days go.

And now, if I’m going to get this one off to a good start, I’d better hit the shower.

 

23rdAugust

Nobody but me

199.5

Feels strange this morning.  Steven is gone.  Andrew has school but his first class is at 10:00 so he’s still upstairs asleep.  DH is at work.  I don’t even have to pick up Holly this morning because DIL says she has a doctor’s appt and she’ll take her to school afterwards.  I’ve been getting kids up and out the door for so long it almost feels like a vacation to only have to get myself ready.

I did pretty good yesterday.  Got 21 points.  Did my laps and kept my calories low but my meals were a little less controlled than I’d like.  I didn’t plan them yesterday and just kind of ate whatever was around.  Cereal for breakfast, leftover Thai noodle salad for lunch and then I sauteed a tilapia filet for dinner and threw it on two hot dog buns.  Not too great.  Calories were way under what it should have been and nutrition wasn’t exactly great but I had a doctor’s appointment after work, then I rushed home to do my pool laps and I just wanted to do something fast for dinner.  Didn’t get that point for planning my meals in advance yesterday and it really makes a difference.

I talked to Steven last night.  He’s having a good time.  Ran into a friend from high school and it sounds like the Master Plan program for new freshmen is keeping him busy.  He said they took them on a tour around the campus and up to the mall on the free campus shuttle bus yesterday.  Took them to lunch and showed them how to use their meal plan and what they could get with it.  Dinner was on his own and then his dorm group met up for a scavenger hunt.

It’s getting late.  Guess I’d better hit the shower and then come back on here and record my weight.

…Whoo Hooo!!  Back in Onederland (barely)!  Just weighed myself and I’m at 199.5.  I think this requires a celebration.  I’m going for 25 points today!

201

It’s official.  Steven is now a WKU Hilltopper.  I can’t believe it’s Monday morning.  I spent all day Saturday getting Steven packed and all day yesterday getting him unpacked and settled in.  We got home late last night and I felt like I’d missed my entire weekend.  Didn’t get to bed until 11:30.  Still, I woke up at 5:00 and wasn’t able to get back to sleep so I gave up.

Yesterday was rough.  I only scored 12 points.  I didn’t really expect it to be quite so busy and chaotic.  Even though I’d been warned.  I had a hard time getting DH up and going and we still had a couple of last minute items to round up and get packed.  In all the excitement, I didn’t eat breakfast.

Drove all the way to WKU and it took almost an hour for Steven to get through the line to check into his room and get the key.  I didn’t really understand that we’d have to wait in line for the elevator to take stuff to his room.  We had to unload all his stuff at the curb in front of the dorm and leave someone to watch it while ditching the car and trailer and then walking back.  At that point, they had sent a couple of volunteers to help us but it still meant everyone taking a couple of items and standing in a long line waiting for the elevators to get up to Steven’s room.  Then we’d come back down and grab a few more items and wait through the line again to deliver them before starting the same routine all over again.  There were only two small elevators and, with everyone trying to use them at the same time, it took forever.

We finally got all his stuff up to the room and then tried to figure out how on earth we were going to get it all to fit.  They had the beds set up on opposite sides of the tiny room so we stacked them as bunks.  That freed up some space.  Next, we slid the dressers into the closet areas.  That still left two desks, two bookshelves and two chairs.  We put the bookshelves at the head and foot of the bed and ran the two desks down the far wall.  In the process, DH knocked my i-Phone off the table and it hit the floor and broke.

Then came the unpacking part.  I think Steven took everything he owns.  We finally got it all sorted out and discovered his TV didn’t work.  We had to attend an orientation meeting for parents and, after we got out, we went in search of a TV.  Pulled into a Walmart and saw a second-hand thrift store in the same shopping center so we went in and managed to scarf up a pretty decent TV for $17.00.  Which is a good thing because we have a dozen TVs at home and I wasn’t happy with the idea of spending $150 at Walmart for a new TV.

We bought all the last minute refrigerated/frozen items like pancakes and frozen pizza, milk, butter and juice and headed back to the dorm.  Just got everything squared away and looking good in time for the parent/student orientation meeting at KAP.  The meeting started at 4:00 their time, which was 5:00 our time.  At that point, I hadn’t eaten anything all day long so I scarffed up 3 (THREE) slices of pizza and a sprite.  I would have gone for a diet coke and was surprised they didn’t have any diet drinks but they didn’t.

We finished up the meeting at 5:30 and just managed to get Steven back to the dorm in time for his 6:00 meet and greet with all the new guys on his floor.  We hugged and kissed and I teared up and headed for home.  He was smiling and waving as we drove away.  I know he’s excited and happy and hope he stays that way.

We got home at 9:45 (our time) and I still had to get stuff ready for school today.  DS had fixed spaghetti for his dinner and I ate a little.  Can you believe I was still hungry after three pieces of pizza?  No exercise yesterday and bad food choices.  I didn’t go over my calorie allotment but it was nothing but junk food.  I’m actually looking forward to getting back on track today.

And now, I’ve been posting so long that I’ve got to get a move on or I’ll be pushing the envelope to get to work on time.

21stAugust

Fly, Steven, Fly!

201

Spent all day yesterday wrapping up odds and ends for Steven.  Buying groceries.  A mop and bucket.  New underwear and socks.  A new printer for his computer.  He’s in the shower as I write and we’ll be hitching up the trailer and hitting the road in an hour and a half to deliver him to Western.  I’m sure I’ll cry.  It’s been a long haul since he moved in with us as a scared little 7th grader.  Hated school, way behind in his classwork, bullied and tormented.  He’s come a long way.  I suppose he’ll always be introverted due to his Asberger’s but he’s pretty confident now and is really excited about the future.

I’m going to miss my baby.  I really do think of Steven and Andrew as my own children instead of grandchildren since they’ve lived with us for 7 years.  I hope I did a better job with them than I did with my own boys when it comes to their drive to go to school and plan for the futute.  Go, Baby, Go!

I tried a new recipe from Sparkpeople last night for dinner and it was fabulous.  Copied and pasted in My favorites.  Thai Noodle Salad.  Not sure how healthy it is…It has lots of vermicelli noodles and soy sauce but the overall calorie count was pretty low.  I always use rice vermicelli when I’m cooking Thai or Asian although the recipe doesn’t specify.  Still, the rice vermicelli comes in at 180 per cup and regular vermicelli at 220 per cup so it either keeps the calories count the same or even reduces it.  Don’t know if the soy sauce will make me retain water because I haven’t weighed yet for today but I used the reduced sodium.  It was really good!  Next time, I’m adding edamame beans to increase the protein and reducing the amount of pasta.  I served it with sliced homegrown tomatoes and thought I’d died and gone to Heaven.  But then, I love Thai food anyway.

Guess I should get my shower and get ready to go.  I dread it.  I know it’s bound to be a madhouse down there.  In fact, they’ve already warned us that “move-in day” is totally chaotic and busy.  We’re supposed to pull up to the curb and a bunch of volunteers will descend on us to help carry everything to Steven’s room.  Then we have to immediately move the car and trailer and find someplace to park it for the rest of the day.  Steven has a couple of mandatory welcome/orientation meetings he has to attend and then we have the parent meeting/pizza dinner with KAP this afternoon.  After everything…a 2 1/2 hour drive to get home.  Bowling Green is an hour behind us so their 6:00 p.m. meeting is really 7:00 our time.  We’ll be lucky to get home by 10:00.

21stAugust

Thai Noodle Salad

Thai Noodle Salad

Calories: 235.9

Fat: 6.6g

Carbohydrates: 26.0g

Protein: 19.4g

Ingredients

6 oz. dried vermicelli
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or chopped
1 red sweet pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
3 green onions, cut diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
lime wedges for garnish

Directions

1. Cook vermicelli according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine soy sauce, broth, peanut butter, lime juice, ginger and crushed red pepper. Cook over medium-low heat until peanut butter is melted.
3. Add cooked pasta and toss to coat evenly.
4. Stir in cooked chicken, sweet red pepper, green onions and cilantro.
5. Serve with lime wedges.

Serves 4.

20thAugust

Leaving the nest

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We’re packing up the trailer today so we can go to WKU tomorrow morning.  I can’t believe GS, Steven, is leaving the nest.  I would have loved to do what he’s doing.  Move away from home and into a dorm.  Have no real responsibilites except to go to class and earn decent grades.  He’s so excited.  We have to be in Bowling Green, Ky. by 10:00 tomorrow morning where we’ll be met by staff from KAP (Kelly Autism Program) who will help unload the trailer and take everything up to Steven’s room on the third floor.  I guess DH and I will spend the day helping Steven unpack and set up his room.  After we get things all set up, we can look around and see what he needs.  I’m sure a final trip to Walmart will be in order and then we have to meet with the KAP folks for a get-acquainted pizza party at 4:00.  I may eat the pizza.  Depends on what kind of food I can find during the day.  Of course, I guess I could pack a lunch for all of us…

Steven’s college experience is so different from my own.  I came of age in the 60s and, although a lot of girls went to college, it wasn’t exactly the norm with the middle class in my neck of the woods.  Most of us got married or took on some kind of menial job or became hippies.  In my own case, I didn’t go to college until I’d been married for a thousand years and had a couple of kids.  I got up at 3:30 and delivered three paper routes every morning, came home and got the boys up, we all got ready and then I took them to school while I headed off to work from 8:00 to 4:00.  I got off at 4:00 and had to be in class by 5:15 and usually took 2 classes on MW and 2 on TR.  I didn’t get home until around 8:30 or 9:00, ate dinner and worked on homework and then hit the bed to start all over the next day.  You can’t really earn a four year degree by only taking four classes per semester so I had to follow the routine for six years.  God!  What I would have given to have an opportunity like Steven.  I can only hope he takes advantage of it.  When my own boys reached college age, all they wanted to do was get out of school and get a job.  They both attended a couple of semesters and then left school for work.  I hope I’ve corrected the mistakes I made with them.  I’ve raised Andrew and Steven with the attitude that it’s just a question of where they’ll go to college.  There’s no question that they will go.  They’ve seen their dad and uncle both stuck in dead-end jobs or, as is now the case, out of work and grabbing whatever spare jobs they can get to earn a few bucks. They’ve also seen that I have a good career, have lots of time off, good benefits and will be able to retire pretty soon.  They seem to have made the connection.

The Honolulu Choo Choo keeps chugging along.  I earned 23 points yesterday.  A perfect score is 25 and that’s pretty hard to do.  I missed out on “resisting a major temptation” because there wasn’t any major temptation yesterday (unless you count the pool plunge), no eating after 8:00 and doing a mini exercise session along with the major exercise.  It was Friday and I felt like relaxing a little bit so I stayed up until 11:00 and had a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch around 9:00.  So what DID I do?  Here’s my table for yesterday:

TASK Points Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Record food  1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Between 1200 and 1400 calories  3 3   3 3 3 3
Between 1000 and 1600 calories 2   1        
Weigh daily and record weight  1 1 1 1 1 1 1
No smoking  5 5 5 5 5 5 5
No smoking in house 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Exercise 45 minutes 3 3   3   3 3
Mini exercise session 1     1      
No eating after 8:00 1 1     1 1  
Downtime no more than 2 hours 2 2 2   2 2 2
Downtime no more than 3 hours 1     1      
Challenging hometask 1 1 1 1     1
Deposit $5.00 in Savings 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Drink 8 cups of water 2     2   2 2
Post on 3FC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Three meals and Snack 1   1 1 1 1 1
Resist major temptation 2     2      
Plan next day’s meals 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Daily Total (aim for 25) 21 16 25 18 23 23

I need to earn 110 points each week to score enough miles to make it to Honolulu next June.  I already have 126 and I still get to count my points for today.  So, what’s giving me trouble?  Trying to get enough calories.  When I diet, I tend to go overboard and I want to make sure I get at least 1200 calories a day.  I usually have around 800 calories after dinner and have to start supplementing by eating a couple of bananas or cereal or something.  I also have trouble with making myself do my laps in the pool.  I know I won’t be able to do them much longer so I want to take advantage of being able to burn off 600 calories in less than an hour (according to Sparkpeople) for water jogging.  My ankles are usually killing me by the time I get off work but the cold water in the pool really helps and I can jog in the pool when I can’t even walk on the ground.  Makes me want to keep it up as long as I can. It’s pretty boring and it’s really hard to make myself climb down into that 66 degree pool!  After the first lap, I’m okay but I definitely hate it when that frigid water hits my belly and chest.  Brrrrr….

I’m finding some great recipes on Sparkpeople and guess I should start adding them to My Favorite Recipes on here.  That way, I can have them all in one place.

And now, much as I don’t want to at 10:00 a.m., I guess I should get my pool laps done so I might be able to sneak in a mini exercise session this afternoon.

shiver, shudder, shudder….

 

Cause I’m coming home.  200.5

I did really good yesterday.  Managed to scarf up 23 points.  I don’t really have much time this morning cause I chose to pull the covers up to my chin and hit the snooze button but here’s yesterday’s total….. More this evening!

Record food  1 1 1 1 1 1
Between 1200 and 1400 calories  3 3   3 3 3
Between 1000 and 1600 calories 2   1      
Weigh daily and record weight  1 1 1 1 1 1
No smoking  5 5 5 5 5 5
No smoking in house 1 1 1 1 1 1
Exercise 45 minutes 3 3   3   3
Mini exercise session 1     1    
No eating after 8:00 1 1     1 1
Downtime no more than 2 hours 2 2 2   2 2
Downtime no more than 3 hours 1     1    
Challenging hometask 1 1 1 1    
Deposit $5.00 in Savings 1 1 1 1 1 1
Drink 8 cups of water 2     2   2
Post on 3FC 1 1 1 1 1 1
Three meals and Snack 1   1 1 1 1
Resist major temptation 2     2    
Plan next day’s meals 1 1 1 1 1 1
Daily Total (aim for 25) 21 16 25 18 23

201.5

First day of school is behind me.  It went pretty well but I had a couple of kids that slept and that’s always irritating.  What are you supposed to do?  All the other kids said, “Oh, he always sleeps.  Last year he slept every single day in every single class.”  I mean, if they’re not going to be awake on the very first day for the fun, get acquainted stuff, it’s pretty bad.  I had to wake one up and say, “Hey!  School’s out.  Go home.”

I have to be careful today.  I got up early again.  Yesterday, I had so much extra time I was almost late.  Know what I mean?  I had tons of extra time so I posted a bit too long, lingered over coffee a bit too long, spent a bit too long in the shower and, all of a sudden, it’s 7:00 and I have to be a school at 7:30 and wanted to be there by 7:00.  I walked in the building with three minutes to spare before students were released to go to classrooms.  Don’t know how it happened but I don’t want to do it again today.

Hope to do better on my points today although I’m doing okay.  Getting 25 points is pretty tough and I know I can’t always do it but it’s a goal to push for.  I’m still not smoking, and eating well.  Gotta take some water to school today and try to get some exercise.  Hopefully, I can still walk when I get home.

 

17thAugust

Off to School?

204.5

I hope so.  After missing the first two days we’re finally starting the school year.  I’m afraid I got up too early.  I hit the snooze button a couple of times and then got up and now I have two hours until I have to be at work.  That’s okay, though.  I’ll go in early and help all the kiddos find their classrooms.

I did a good job yesterday.  Earned 25 miles on the Choo Choo.  Not that it’s being reflected in weight loss.  I gave myself a point for resisting a major temptation just for doing my pool laps.  I went out there and the minute I looked at the temp, I almost chickened out.  Then, when I finally climbed down the ladder into 66 degree water, I almost climbed right back out.  Hung in there and got 100 laps done.  Think I deserve the resistance point for resisting the temptation to opt out of my laps because the pool was freezing.

I got my bike out yesterday and Steven got his.  They’ve both been stored beside the house for a couple of years.  He was going to take his to WKU this weekend to make it easier to get around campus.  I was surprised that both our bikes were ready to go.  Figured they’d have flat tires and need some work but they didn’t.  Unfortunately, Steven fell in love with my bike and I gave it to him.  I didn’t even ride it.  Just got it out, washed it, oiled the chain and figured I’d have it ready to go.  I came in the house and Steven came in a few minutes later and said, “I love your bike!  I like it a lot more than mine!”  I asked him why and he said it rides better, it has a comfy seat (Yeah, I have a big butt so I got a nice seat for it) and the handlebars are in a comfortable position.  He wanted to know if he could take it to school and I brought up the fact that it’s a girl’s bike but he didn’t care.  So I told him he could take it.  Maybe I shouldn’t have but I figured I’d just use it for a few weeks of exercise but he’s going to need it as his primary means of transportation.

I guess I ought to eat breakfast.  I’ve been tracking my food on Sparkpeople and logged in 1,249 calories for yesterday.  I’m not going to keep track of it on 3FC.  It’s better to do it on Sparkpeople and get the nutritional analysis.

Here’s yesterday’s Choo Choo Miles.  I earned 25!

TASK Points Sun Mon Tues
Record food                                                        1 1 1 1
Between 1200 and 1400 calories  3 3   3
Between 1000 and 1600 calories 2   1  
Weigh daily and record weight  1 1 1 1
No smoking  5 5 5 5
No smoking in house 1 1 1 1
Exercise 45 minutes 3 3   3
Mini exercise session 1     1
No eating after 8:00 1 1    
Downtime no more than 2 hours 2 2 2  
Downtime no more than 3 hours 1     1
Challenging hometask 1 1 1 1
Deposit $5.00 in Savings 1 1 1 1
Drink 8 cups of water 2     2
Post on 3FC 1 1 1 1
Three meals and Snack 1   1 1
Resist major temptation 2     2
Plan next day’s meals 1 1 1 1
Daily Total (aim for 25) 21 16 25

8:00 pm Update - I’m tired.  I only got 18 points today.  I worked on my lessons for the rest of the week and didn’t leave school until 5:00.  Dropped Holly off at home and got in at 5:30.  My ankles are killing me.  I don’t know how teachers sit at a desk and teach.  I’ve never been able to do that.  I’m running up and down the halls and all over the room.  I can barely walk so I sure don’t want to exercise.

I ate well.  Three squares and a snack.  Total of 1,274 calories. Didn’t smoke or let anyone smoke in the house.  I didn’t get my points for drinking water because (believe it or not) there isn’t a water fountain or any source of water in my end of the building.  Now that I know that, I’ll take water with me and put it in my little fridge.  I didn’t get points for exercising and I didn’t get any for resisting any major temptation because I didn’t have to deal with any major temptations today.  Didn’t get my hometask point either.  I did good just to get home, fix dinner, get my clothes ready for tomorrow and do the dishes.  I am not going to take on anything I don’t have to this evening.  In fact, I’m hoping to be in bed shortly.

16thAugust

Where’s the Snow?

205

Breakfast: hardboiled egg (80), tomato juice (45)
Lunch: Lean Cuisine Roasted Turkey Breast Entree with dressing and apples (290), 4 oz. strawberry applesauce (90)

Yeah, school’s out again today.  What a rotten time to be missing days that will have to be made up.  Everyone is ready to go back and we can’t.  Surely, we’ll be back tomorrow.  I guess I could go in and see if my room is ready but I’m not going to waste anymore time worrying about it and I’m not driving all the way in there again.

Didn’t do so well on points yesterday.  Little things.  I drank water but not enough.  I didn’t exercise but I DID get my workout room cleared enough to do it today.  By the time I finished yesterday, it was stuffy and muggy upstairs and I didn’t want to workout.  I didn’t find my MP3 player anyway.  I’m thinking I must have left it in the RV.

I fixed Parmesan Chicken from Sparkpeople last night for dinner.  It turned out too good.  It had 300 calories but I served it over a small serving of linguini.  That brought it up to 500 calories and then I caved and had another serving.  The general intention was good.  My plan was for the chicken, linguini, green salad with low-fat dressing and an English Muffin with Brummel and Brown.  Would have worked if I hadn’t gone for seconds.

So I only got 16 points yesterday.  That means I’ve got to be on point today.  Do everything I’m supposed to do.  Make sure I exercise.  Make sure I get enough water.  Make sure I keep my calories within my guidelines.  Continue not smoking.  Oh, btw, I was sitting in the living room yesterday evening and smelled cigarettes.  DS had come in the house smoking.  I immediately jumped all over him.  “Get that cigarette out of here!  You know your Daddy and I are quitting and we don’t want to smell it!  You know that!”  To which he replied, “Ok, ok…I just stepped in to get a Mountain Dew.  Sorry!”  I glared at him until he went back outside.  Definitely earned my “no smoking in the house” point for yesterday.

Okay, lot’s to do.  Mr. Scale says 205 today.  Bastard….

12:15 Update - Did a mini workout for 20 minutes on the treadmill.  I didn’t intend to do a full workout.  Just a trial run to find the problems.  And I found them.  I still can’t find my MP3 with all my favorite workout music on it.  I looked in the RV, the bedroom, the family room, my workout room.  And I don’t know where it is.  So I carried my laptop upstairs and hooked up the speakers.  As soon as I turned on the music, it became obvious that the speakers were blown.  They were rattling hard enough to break the windows.  So I came downstairs and got another set.  They weren’t much better.

Still, I followed the path through stuff that has to go in the attic to get to my treadmill and gave it 20 minutes.  It was hot upstairs and I discovered that DH has taken my fan out to his shed so it got real hot real fast.  I got what I came for though.  I gave it a trial run and know what I have to do to make it work.  I’ll do pool laps this afternoon and continue to organize my workout room.  Doing good so far.

202.5

Breakfast - hard boiled egg (80), 8 oz. tomato juice (45)
Snack - Pretzels (75), Light Ice Cream Sandwich (140)

Here I am enjoying my morning coffee and straw and I should be at school finishing up first period.  We haven’t even started school yet and we’re already behind.  This morning’s paper says we still have 34,000 without power after the storm.  I hope we can have school tomorrow.  I want to get it done.  By the time June rolls around, every extra day will seem like a week.

Still doing okay with everything.   Just chewing up a bunch of straws instead of smoking.  Wonder if chewing plastic causes cancer?  At any rate, I’m hanging in there.  I scored 21 points yesterday which wasn’t bad.  About what I expected.  I ate well and exercised.  I’m also attempting to address other bad habits so I’ll need to be on my plan for a while in order to fine tune it.  I already added one thing.  I didn’t get around to eating until after 4:00 yesterday and I know that’s not good.  I have a bad habit of not eating all day and then eating non-stop from 5:00 or so until bedtime.  So I added a category for having three meals and a snack all day instead of a non-stop dinner.  I want that point today so I’m already eating a hard-boiled egg and tomato juice for breakfast.

I weighed in at 202.5 this morning.  Funny how I’m not really concerned with the actual weight.  I’m more concerned about changing habits and lifestyle.  I know the weight will follow.  I haven’t even really thought about how much I want to lose or set any mini goals or anything like that.  Maybe I’ll deal with that later.  For today, I’m aiming for a perfect day with 25 points.  I even have a plan for my challenging hometask today…I want to get Steven’s college stuff out of my workout room and get my treadmill ready to go.  I’ve lost my MP3 up there somewhere and I’m sure it fell between some of those boxes up there.  My hometask will be to get Steven’s boxes hauled out to the trailer and get ready to workout.  I just about froze yesterday in the pool and I’ve got to find an alternative.  Can’t walk, no room to do aerobics, my bike has a flat tire, my treadmill is covered in boxes and that just leaves the pool for working out.  Considering that the water temp has dropped down to 66 degrees, that’s not something I want to do.

4:50 - Would you believe I just got home from school and MY ROOM STILL HASN’T BEEN CLEANED!!!  I called the principal and she said the custodians had told her all the rooms were finished.  I told her mine hadn’t been done.  She called the head custodian and he assured her it had.  I invited her down to see it.  She showed up a few minutes later with the head custodian and I couldn’t believe what he was saying:

Principal Lady - “Your staff made a mistake or something.  Obviously this room hasn’t been cleaned.”

Head Custodian - “Yeah, it’s been cleaned.  It’s just that it’s been a while.”

PL - “No.  This room has not been cleaned at all.”

HC - “We didn’t strip the floors.  Just mopped them and buffed because I didn’t think they needed to be stripped but this room has been done.”

PL - “Are you kidding me?  Look at this, this dust is an inch deep on the floors.  I can’t tell that anything’s been cleaned except the desks and bookshelves.”

Me - “Ummm…I wiped down the desks and bookshelves.”

HC - “That isn’t dust on the floor.  It’s where we buffed and the buffer stirred up stuff and kind of threw it in the corners.”

PL - “Come here…Look at this.  Do you see this Valentine Conversation Heart laying here in the corner?  Look under this desk, Do you see that gum?  See all that gum?  This is not dust that was thrown up by the buffer.  This room hasn’t been cleaned.  The desks and shelves weren’t cleaned.  The walls weren’t washed or painted.  The trash from last spring is still in the can.  The floors haven’t been mopped or stripped or waxed or buffed.  They haven’t even been swept.   How can you stand there and tell me this room has been cleaned???”

Then HC started talking about how much he had going on all summer and PL just walked out while he was still talking.  She went into a couple more rooms in my end of the hall and I couldn’t hear the conversation but I definitely heard the volume going up and the tone getting nasty.

I gave up on it and arranged my student desks the way I want them to be.  Unrolled my rug and put it under my desk area, set up my cart with my projector, document camera and airliner and got everything ready.  I was just finishing up at 3:00 when two custodians came in and told me they were supposed to clean the room and would have to move all the stuff out in the hall.  At this point, I’m giving up.  I’ll just meet with my students in the morning and say “Everyone grab a desk and drag it in the room.”

Still not smoking and DH says he’s doing good, too!  I have a lot to do to get as many points as I can for today.  So far, I only have 15 points.  Gotta get moving!

5:30 - Crap!  They just announced that school’s will be closed tomorrow.  Still too many trees down, impassable roads and people without electricity.  At this rate, school will be out before it starts.  Cool!

 

203.5

Finalized my Honolulu Choo Choo Plan yesterday afternoon/evening and today is the first day on the formal plan.  We’re off to a really good start.  DH was going to the store yesterday afternoon and he said, “I’m going to pick up cigarettes.  Do you need any?” and I said, “Why don’t we just quit?  You know we’ve got to.  It’s ridiculous to throw money away like that.”  And he kind of looked a little hesitant so I jumped right in, “You know we can do it.  Let’s just be like the Nike slogan…Just Do It!” and he surprised me by saying, “I’ll think about it.  I guess it’s as good a time as any.”

So, right then, with no advance planning/formal plan/nicorette/Chantix/patches we just finished the pack and gave em up.  DS came in later on and I threw him outside, “Your Daddy and I have quit.  No more cigarettes in the house.  Absolutely none.  I don’t want to see them, I don’t want to smell them.  Take it outside!”

We quit around 4:00 in the afternoon and it was a couple of hours before the loss began to sink in.  DH had to go pick up Andrew and I tried to encourage him before he left.  “Don’t cave.  Don’t buy any cigarettes.  I know you can do it!  No dip, either.  That stuff is totally gross!”  He didn’t buy any and I felt like a cheerleader!  Believe me, this is not something my husband does.  I’m so proud of him!  He went to bed at 8:00 and is still asleep (14 hours later) but if that’s what he needs to do to deal with it, he can sleep all day for all I care.

I started feeling a little fidgety and I remembered how I dealt with it last time.  I chewed on a straw.  I got a straw out of the cupboard and went out to the spa.  I sat out there for a while, chewing on my straw, came in and cleaned up from dinner and then went to bed at 10:00.

I weighed myself this morning and came in at 203.5.  Wow!  Posting and weighing has already given me 2 points!

Today’s calories:

Lunch - Frozen entree (300) calories

Dinner - 3 bowls vegetable beef soup (750) calories, slice angel food cake (100) cereal bar (100) Total = 1,250

9:30 Update: Strange day.  We had a vicious storm yesterday afternoon.  It blew up very quickly, heavy winds and drenching rain and lasted about 20 minutes.  A tree branch broke and fell in the front yard of our neighbor’s house three doors down and brought down a power line.  I didn’t think much of it.

Went out to get a haircut this morning and I was shocked.  There are huge trees down and they say 119,000 homes are without electricity.  I had to keep detouring to get to the hair salon because of downed power lines and trees blocking the road.  Everywhere I went, I saw signs in the front windows of stores “Closed!  No Power!”  My hair salon was open and I got my hair cut and then went to the grocery.  As I was checking out, a woman was talking to the cashier and said she’d just heard that schools would be closed tomorrow.

Sure enough…our first day of school is going to be moved to our last day of school.  48 schools are without power.  Strange.

I did my laps today and it wasn’t much fun.  The pool is down to 66 degrees and that’s pretty chilly.  Especially when it’s cool and overcast.  Still, I did pretty good today.  Ate well, exercised, didn’t smoke and didn’t allow any smoking in the house.  Here’s my results for today:  I earned 21 points.  I need 110 points each week so I’m doing pretty good for the first day.  Actually making it through the day without smoking feels pretty good!

Record food  1 1
Between 1200 and 1400 calories  3 3
Between 1000 and 1600 calories 2  
Weigh daily and record weight  1 1
No smoking  5 5
No smoking in house 1 1
Exercise 45 minutes 3 3
Mini exercise session 1  
No eating after 8:00 1 1
Downtime no more than 2 hours 2 2
Downtime no more than 3 hours 1  
Challenging hometask 1 1
Deposit $5.00 in Savings 1 1
Drink 8 cups of water 2  
Post on 3FC 1 1
Three meals and Snack 1  
Resist major temptation 2  
Plan next day’s meals 1 1
Daily Total (aim for 25) 21

 

13thAugust

Honolulu Choo Choo!

This is my plan for getting in shape, quitting smoking, getting money and going to Hawaii next summer.  I figured it up.  It’s 4,384 miles from Louisville, Ky to Honolulu, Hi.  I’m climbing on board the Honolulu Choo Choo and heading that way.  I set up my plan to where a really good day when I do everything I’m supposed to will give me 25 points (miles).  There are 40 weeks between now and the end of the school year in May.  If I earn 110 miles per week, I’m there!

I’m placing this plan in a category called Honolulu Choo Choo.  I’ll also keep track of my savings in that category.  If I quit smoking today and set aside $5 each day (which is less than I spend on cigarettes), I’ll have saved $1,400.  I’ll even give myself points for being a bitch and not allowing anyone to smoke in the house.  The reason I started smoking again is because DH and DS were constantly smoking around me.  I don’t plan on getting sidetracked with that temptation again.  My goal is to set aside $3,000 for the trip so I’ll be supplementing it with extra pay earned outside my regular paycheck.  That shouldn’t be too difficult since I almost always get an extra check in each pay period.  I’m also going to add an extra $20.00 each week that I earn at least 175 miles.  I’ll have to be really pushing hard to do that.  That would mean earning 25 points each day for a week and it’s set up to where 25 points represents a perfect day. 

Got my plan…now I’ve got to put it in action.  Here’s my final version:

TASK Points
Record food  1
Between 1200 and 1400 calories  3
Between 1000 and 1600 calories 2
Weigh daily and record weight  1
No smoking  5
No smoking in house 1
Exercise 45 minutes 3
Mini exercise session 1
No eating after 8:00 1
Downtime no more than 2 hours 2
Downtime no more than 3 hours 1
Challenging hometask 1
Deposit $5.00 in Savings 1
Drink 8 cups of water 2
Post on 3FC 1
Set $5.00 aside for trip 1
Resist major temptation 2
Plan next day’s meals 1
Daily Total
Weekly Total  
   
Total to Date  
Miles to Go! 4384
   
Need 110 points each week  

 

Did I go to a wild and crazy party last night?   My eyes are all scratchy, I slept like the dead and I feel like I have a hangover.  Cripes!  Someone must have slipped something in my drink!

We had meetings all morning and then went to lunch at 11:00.  I walked in the theatre feeling smug and in control.  Determined that I would have some fruit and coffee and pass up all those doughnuts.  I passed up the doughnuts but there wasn’t any fruit!  Just bagels and doughnuts.  So I grabbed a cup of black coffee and settled in.  Looked at the agenda and saw that I had a prominent role in the proceedings.  Would have been nice to know in advance.  I might not have worn a black tee shirt that had a bright yellow skull and crossbones and said “Skully’s Beach Bar!” across the front.  At any rate, I did my thing…Talked all about email, ILPs, teacher accounts, repair procedures, upcoming Professional Development sessions, procedures for checking out classroom sets of laptops, and a host of other items.

Me and my homies decided on O’Charleys for lunch and crammed into Gwen’s van with an hour of freedom.  I had no idea that O’Charleys had NOTHING nutritional on the menu.  sigh…I’ve gotta quit letting them choose the restaurants.  I looked them up on my iPhone and even the salads were weighing in at around 1,000 calories.  There really wasn’t anything I could eat and feel good about.  The waiter pointed out that I could get a kids meal with grilled chicken and order a side of broccoli so I went with it. 

I was sitting there thinking about it while everyone else was wolfing down hot-from-the-oven yeast rolls with honey butter and began to regret ordering a diet coke and some bland chicken and broccoli that was going to run me close to $10.00 with the tip.  After about 25 minutes, Gwen complained to the waiter about how long it was taking.  They weren’t very busy and everyone had ordered from the lunch menu.  Our group consisted of just five of us.  A group that had been seated almost ten minutes after us had already received their food and we hadn’t gotten anything.  He said it was because some of us had ordered the lunch combos.  Salad and soup or salad and half a sandwich.  ???  Wouldn’t you think the lunch combo would be fast?  He said he’d check on our orders and left the table.  He came back with drink refills and said our food would be out shortly.  I took a sip of my coke and was sure it was a regular coke and not diet.  Sharon took a sip and agreed with me.  I asked the waiter but he assured me it was diet.  I didn’t trust him and wasn’t about to waste a couple hundred calories on a coke so I just sipped my water.  After 45 minutes, two of our party had received their salads but nothing else had appeared.  I told the waiter to cancel my order.  We were down to 15 minutes and I hadn’t been all that keen on broiled chicken and broccoli anyway.  Gwen went to see the manager (something I would never do if someone was preparing my food…) and, while she was gone, the food arrived and the waiter apologized and provided take-out containers.  He was really pushy about wanting me to take my food but I was determined I wasn’t going to so he sent it back.

Back at school, I headed to my new room to try to get organized and set up for Monday when the kids come back.  My new room used to be occupied by “coach” before he transferred over the summer.  It looks like it hasn’t had a good cleaning in quite a while.  I’m at the very end of a very long hallway and the entire building has been cleaned and is ready to go except for the last six or seven rooms.  Of course, I’m one of the six or seven.  I haven’t done a lot of unpacking and setting up because I didn’t want to do it before they cleaned.  I had mentioned that my room hadn’t been done to the principal on Thursday and she wasn’t happy.  She checked with the custodial staff and they told her everything had been done except the floors.  NOT!  The walls have old posters and junk all over them, dust is an inch thick on everything and the trash is still there since last spring.  Tons of stuff the coach threw out is still piled by the door.

After lunch, I went to my room and it still hadn’t been cleaned.  I emailed the principal and she came down to my room.  She was super-pissed.  She said she was having to pay them $800 in overtime this weekend for stuff they should have done over the summer.  She left and I started cleaning.  At this point, I have to do something because I have students first thing Monday morning and the only thing I’ve done to get the room ready is put up bulletin boards.  I went in search of cleaning supplies and began wiping down the bookshelves and pulling crap off the walls so I could get some stuff unpacked.  I pushed all the old boxes and trash out in the hall and began arranging my desks.  The floors are filthy and I know they’re going to move everything around today but I didn’t have any choice except to go ahead and set up the best I could with the room still dirty.  The principal emailed me and said the custodians would be cleaning the room today between 8:00 and 4:00 and they said for me to call to make sure I could get in my room if I wanted to set it up today.

Damn!  I really didn’t want to have to go to school today to do stuff I was prepared to do all week.  They’re getting paid overtime and I’m working for free because they don’t have my room cleaned.  Go figure.  At any rate, I’m going to have to go out there if they get it ready early enough for me to do anything.  They have to clean and wax the floors and I don’t want to drive all the way over there to find that I can’t get in the room.

All in all, yesterday was not a good day.  I got home around 4:00 and hadn’t eaten anything all day.  I brought a covered trailer owned by the ROTC Booster Club home with me.  I borrowed it so we could get all Steven’s stuff packed over the next week.  We’ll be taking him to WKU next Sunday to get him moved into the dorm.  Jake and Scout spent the night last night and they’ve been driving me crazy to get the ROTC camper set up and spend the night in it.  I figured if I’m going to get the damn thing sold, I need to see what kind of shape it’s in so we pulled it in the backyard and set it up.  Just an old popup camper.  Consists of two “wings” that support a couple of beds and a table that folds down to make another bed.  It’s vintage 1969 with the plaid decor and bright orange indoor/outdoor carpet.  The canvas looks new.  It’s in great shape.  The camper was stored in a garage so it hasn’t suffered from the weather.  I unpacked everything and found that it contained a sleeping bag, a coleman stove, pots and pans, lifejackets, a space heater, sheets and pillows, a few games, a couple of fishing poles and a minnow bucket.  Jake and Scout thought it was “cool!” and wanted to sleep in it last night.  They’re still out there.  Guess I should be getting them up.

Dinner wasn’t very good.  I had planned on making a “light” version of fettucini alfredo with grilled chicken, broccoli, zuchini, and yellow squash.  I know I ate too much.  Lightened up doesn’t necessarily mean low cal.   I had also planned on serving sliced home-grown tomatoes with it but I succumbed to tempation and topped mine with a thick slice of mozzarella, fresh basil, olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper.  Squeezed a fresh lemon over it and I felt like I’d died and gone to Heaven so I had seconds.

A new day.  It’s gotta be better than yesterday.  I’m going to get the kids up, take a shower and recruit family to help me set up my classroom.  I just hope I can get in it.  If not, I’m going to be getting to school at the crack of dawn Monday and scrambling to make my room presentable for my new students.  I really don’t want to welcome them to a room that’s not ready.

2:00 pm Update - Called the school at 11:00 and they said they hadn’t gotten to my room yet.  Said it probably wouldn’t be ready until around 2:00.  Kind of caught me off guard with that one.  I mean, did they think they would be able to complete it in three hours?  Still, I just called them again.  Optimist that I am…and they said they won’t have it ready until almost four.  The building closes at 4:00 today so they won’t be finished in time for me to do anything.  And, of course, the building is closed tomorrow.

Found out it’s 4,384 miles from here to Honolulu.  Ought to be able to use that little factoid in my plan. 

It hasn’t been a formal work week with students and everything but I’ve still had to get up early and put in a full day of work all week.  Friday feels pretty good.  I finally managed to get some sleep last night.  Watched the finale of “So You Think You Can Dance” for my downtime and was in bed by 10:30 and asleep by 11:00.

I’m taking a hard look at all the things I’ve been doing that are detrimental to my health and well-being and it’s amazing how much better I feel today.  I’ve gotten into some bad habits of spending way too much time watching TV or playing games on the computer.  Stayed on track yesterday and limited my downtime and it feels good.  I even have chicken thawed for dinner tonight so I’m thinking ahead.

Again, I don’t have much time to post this morning but I wanted to get a good start on the day and will fill in the details after I get home.  Weight is at 203.5 and might have been better if not for that wicked salad at Olive Garden.

11thAugust

Ready, Set, GO!

I wasn’t going to post this morning.  I’m still having a difficult time getting in the back to school routine.  I was staring at the ceiling until 1:00 this morning and was quick to hit the snooze alarm when the thing went off at 5:30.

But I’m angry this morning and it seemed like a good day to begin channeling that anger and converting it into resolve.  So I’m boarding the Honolulu Choo Choo and I want those points!

Oldest DIL put a comment of FB about how she’s so tired of sacrificing her own happiness for the happiness of others.  After I finished gagging, I added a comment to her post that said, “You don’t even have a clue!”  Petty, I know, but I had just finished spending the afternoon at Voc Rehab for Andrew so he could be tested and then I ran home and helped Steven pack for college and that was AFTER working all day so her comment hit hard.  She doesn’t have a job, is living with her mother, I raised two of her kids and it looks like I’m going to have to take care of Holly.  Sacrifices???  I don’t think she knows the meaning of the word.

Gotta run!  Hey!  I actually get points for bitching!!!!  YAY!

5:30 Update - Took a ride around the block on the Choo Choo today and had some interesting results.  For starters, I haven’t weighed myself since right after we got back from vacation.  I don’t want to know.  Fingers in my ears and I’m singing “La, la, la, la, la”  See no evil…

But this morning, knowing I would get points for doing it, I sucked it up and stepped on the scales.  204.  There.  Face it and deal with it.  Next, I was in a hurry but I took the time to post and gather my thoughts on 3FC.  More points.  I got to work and they had doughnuts from Valu Mart.  Doughnuts I consider to be some of the best in the world.  Also had fruit, bagels, cream cheese, juices, milk and coffee.  I grabbed three strawberries, a chunk of pineapple and black coffee.  Got points for eating breakfast and points for avoiding a BIG temptation.  Yay, Me!

Lunchtime rolled around and everyone wanted to go out to lunch.  I went, too.  Determined to eat healthy.  We chose Olive Garden.  Not where I would have gone but I took a look at the menu and decided to go with the soup and salad lunch and a diet coke.  I asked the waitress about the chicken gnocchi soup and she said it was a chicken based soup with lots of gnocchi and vegetables so I went with it.  NOT a good choice.  She didn’t tell me it was a cream based soup and the veggies were a few slivers of celery and carrot.  So I didn’t do too good on that one.  I ate the soup and a bunch of salad and didn’t feel too good about the soup.  (passed up the all you can eat on both the soup and salad and avoided the breadsticks like the plague).  I thought I did pretty good but I just looked it up on their website and it says the soup has 250 calories but the salad had 350!  Damn!  I asked the waitress if they had a lite dressing and she said, “Our house dressing is pretty lite and they don’t put much on it.” 

Valuable lesson.  Don’t assume soup and salad is low cal.  I guess my lunch probably came in around 800 calories.  Maybe more.  How do you know how much a serving of salad is if they bring a huge bowl and put it in the middle of the table?  And I never would have thought the salad had more calories than the soup.

At any rate, I’m not too upset because my Choo Choo plan is causing positive changes.  At least I KNOW what I ate and know that I tried to make sensible choices.  In fact, I came home and did 100 laps in the pool even though I was tired after working all day but I wanted those points.  Now I’m going to clean out the silverware drawer and replace the liner so I can get some points for doing a job I wouldn’t ordinarily do after working all day.  That will help me avoid the computer games/TV down time I usually succumb to after work because I get points to keep my downtime to a minimum.

I’m working out the final details on my Honolulu Choo Choo plan and will be getting down to some serious business on Monday.