Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Everything!

Just a quick post on Christmas Eve to wish everyone a happy healthy and abundant Christmas!

I am back in the gym with full workouts and it feels great! I went back to my trainer on Wednesday. We started out with a mild workout keeping my head higher than my heart. It felt great to feel "normal". This morning, I saw her again and did a full on rigorous flat- out workout, still keeping my head up. The surgery site is still a little tender. It is only 2.5 weeks post-surgery, so I am being a little careful to still protect it. Having said that, it was AWESOME to work up a huge sweat and leave the gym winded and dripping!

Tomorrow morning, Christmas morning, Allen and I will go to the beach for a walk and include 5 sets of the big stairs south of Swami's. It will be a great way to get the blood flowing before enjoying Christmas calories!

I hope each of you finds a way to enjoy these special days! Whatever you do, please spend a few moments in reflections for all the blessings in our lives!

Desire to be grateful. Dedication to seeking true fulfillment. Discipline to keep up the calorie burn amidst the holiday indulgences!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Indulge, Celebrate, Enjoy, Rejoice!

It is the week before Christmas,
and all through day,
not a carrot was shredded,
not even my way.

The food plan was hung,
by the juicer with care,
in hopes that Miss Patty,
soon would be near.

On cookie, on cocktail, on truffle she called
takes small tastes of everything,
Just enjoy them all.

Now don't forget cardio, yoga and weights,
it all helps with the excess
we have on our plates!

The New Year will dawn
all shiny with hope,
all discipline restored
for those who don't mope!

Desire to indulge, celebrate, enjoy and rejoice in the season! Dedication to counting our blessing for such abundance in our llives! Discipline to smile at every person you see!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Could It Be That Easy???

I have dropped 3 pounds since Tuesday (when I had my surgery).....all because I am juicing and only eating soft foods that require no chewing, like scrambled egg whites or applesauce or the inside of a baked yam or fat free frozen yogurt. So I have shed my Thanksgiving gain of 2 pounds plus one.

I am restricted from moving my upper lip until the stitches come out so that means minimal talking, chewing, no smiling or laughing and no exercise (or anything else that is really fun!). Beginning Wednesday, I can begin light exercise like walking for a week and then resume my full fitness regime.

So, I have not exercised since Tuesday morning. I was full of anxiety over the procedure and couldn't sleep so I was up and at the gym at 5 am before going to the doctor. So, I repeat, no exercise and I have dropped 3 pounds....obviously it is because I am not eating much.

CAN IT BE THAT EASY??? If you want to weigh less, just eat less! By cracky, I think I have stumbled on to something! :-) Of course, I am joking, but it does give me pause to think about where I am in my journey.

I am a HUGE proponent of execise because it does so much to make you so much healthier - blood presure, cholesterol, cardiovascular health, glowing skin, firm muscles, happy moods and so much more! But I think that food restriction might be a stronger element in dropping weight.

This has been a good lesson about how much my body needs to sustain itself. Since before the surgery, my laser focus has been on excellent nutrients into my body to promote stronger healing. Since I am required to be still, I have required fewer calories, but still of a very high quality. My body seems to like it because my healing is progressing well and, as I said already, I dropped a few pounds.

Once I resume my walking and then full fitness schedule schedule, I will need to increase my calories, but maye, just maybe, I have broken through my months long plateau and will continue on!

Desire to be open to life's lessons. Dedication to listening to what God may be whispering in my ear. Discipline to apply the beauty of the learning.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A New Source of New-trition!

I began juicing to increase the phytonutrients in my body to set myself up for positive healing following my surgery this Tuesday. There is all sorts of research that says that juicing increases our ability to I bought a juicer, loaded up on organic produce and started! It is fun! It is delicious! It is filling! I replace one meal a day with fresh organic juice. Yesterday at lunch I had beet and apple juice - delicious! Breakfast has been tomato, celery, spinach, celery and carrot - YUM-O! I realize there are calories, so I just incorporate them into my daily nutrition.

I bought the Jack Lalane juicer ( I am not trying to sell you one!). I am pleased with the performance. It has a pulp catcher. The instructions from the machine suggest saving the pulp and cooking with it. So far, I made a turkey meatloaf with vege pulp mixed in. I loved it! Truth in advertising - my hubbie did not love it. He ate it, but did not ask for it to be made again. :-) Tonight, I will stir vege pulp into my homemade turkey soup (from the Thanksgiving carcass). It is supposed to add a fullness to the clear broth. I look forward to the experiment.

Apple pulp tastes delicious all by itself - almost applesauce! Carrot pulp bakes right into muffins, although I have not baked muffins yet. Same with zucchini pulp.

Of course, I try to balance the vege and fruit carbs with lean protein. The vege juices have fewer carbs/sugars than the fruit juices.

LMK if you have experience with juicing! I would love to hear your thoughts!

Desire to heal quickly and completely. Dedication to follow through with a new nutrition element. Discipline to clean the juicer after every use! :-)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Potatoes and Stuffing and Pies, Oh My!

How was your Thanksgiving celebration? I hope it was as happy as mine was! I tasted some of everything and enjoyed every bite! We also celebrated my husband's birthday so there has been celebrations galore! Monday morning will dawn bright and early and I will be back on my normal plan!

This year we made stuffing balls, instead of a casserole of stuffing. A member of our community, Nancy, described how her family made stuffing. Basically, make your regular stuffing recipe, then form balls (a little smaller than a tennis ball), then rub each ball with olive oil, then bake for about 30-40 minutes until a nice crust forms on each ball. The inside is yummy and moist and the outside has a nice crust to enjoy! It is a great way to portion out a serving! PLUS, we had a hoot of a time making jokes about balls.....all day long. I formed the balls then my 81 year young Mother rubbed each one with olive oil. We cracked up the whole time! My Father, husband and brother watched and cracked jokes the whole time too! Probably burned off extra calories laughing so hard!

I did indulge in 2 workouts on Thanksgiving day....not that it mitigated all the extra calories, but it felt good just to do it! It is Sunday morning and I am gearing up for my 2 hour Sunday routine. Then we will put up our Christmas tree!

This afternoon a friend is coming by so we can outfit her for an upcoming black tie event. It is so fun to share dressy clothes with a girlfriend!!! (I've never done it with a guy friend....ha-ha)

So, tomorrow morning will bring juicing and protein shakes for a few days to balance out all the celebrations. Please let me know how your holiday was!

Desire to seek balance in life. Dedication to celebrating life's special times! Discipline to love yourself enough to stay focused and reconnect with your healthy journey!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Challenges to Overcome

I received a skin cancer diagnosis this week. I have basal cell carcinoma above my lip on the right side. The really great news is that I will have Mohs surgery to remove it, I will completely heal and I will be able to put this behind me. My doc said that there is a 99% chance of full recovery! I like that number!

At first I was scared, then I was angry and now I am focused on a healing journey, not a health crisis. It was interesting that in between scared and angry I was totally moved to want to do stress eating! I ate some grilled pita with an artichoke dip, then I stopped myself. Stress eating is so easy to fall into. But I am really glad I was able to so easily access my "stop" button.

I will not be able to workout for one week following the surgery, so I will have to be uber-vigilant about my caloric intake.

So I'm changing my eating plan to include juicing. The extra nutrients that you can ingest from juicing organic fruits and vegetables can really increase the healing process for the skin. My first day I made a juice with swiss chard, carrot and apple. Today is was pomegranate, swiss chard, carrot and apple. It was delicious! So each day I will create a nice big glass of healthy healing organic juice and enjoy every drop!

Desire to heal completely! Dedication to doing everything possible to put this into my rear view mirror. Discipline to be vigilant with my nutrition and fitness.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

They Fly By!

Where did this weekend go? It is Sunday at 5:30 in the evening. We have had a very full day! Instead of the gym this morning, we hiked up Mt. Woodson in the Poway area of San Diego. We hiked up 2,500 feet of elevation in a 2.2 mile distance. Of course, we hiked back down again, as a helicopter transport is not in our budget this year. :-) It was definitely a good exercise session. I got my heart rate up higher than I have ever had it. No, not because of the elevation climb, but because we had just started down the mountain and we heard a distinctive rattle. Yes, it was a live rattlesnake, all coiled up and looking at us! I thought I was going to fly back down the mountain. I didn't know my feet could move that fast. After I stopped shaking, we resolved to walk in the center of the trail, with Allen in front of me....I am not sure I like being that close to "nature"!!!

We had lunch with friends. I had a grilled chicken salad, no dressing, with iced tea. I also had about 2T of a hummus appetizer. So, I stayed on plan. For dinner I am roasting a pan of veges including beets, onions, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Should be a yummy plate of dinner! Right now, I am snacking on soy crisps. If you haven't found them yet, see if you can find them in your store. The brand is Full Circle. They are Sea Salt Soy Crisps. A serving is 21 crisps. They are round crisps about 1.75 inches in diameter. One serving has 120 calories, 3 grams of unsaturated fat, 8 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrates. The ingredients are soy flour, rice pieces, sunflower oil and sea salt. They are delicious!

I am holding steady at my plateau. I am embracing my plateau as a proving ground for maintenance. I know that when my body is ready, I will shed my final 14!

Desire to incorporate new types of cardio. Dedication to avoiding poisonous snakes on the trail. Discipline to stay on plan while enjoying friends and food!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Find Your Bliss

It is Saturday morning and I am still filled up with gratitude for an amazing sunrise this morning. I watched as the sky turned from black to grey to tinges of pink to blazing striations of red, orange and magenta and then to blue. It was quite a show! Now, I am about to begin my yoga practice, but first I need to give my tummy a few minutes to digest my breakfast. This morning I had an Ezekiel english muffin toasted with some avocado on top. It is a delicious healthy 240 calories. And so satisfying! Lots of nutrition from the organic whole grains and creamy healthy fat from the avocado! MMMMMMM!

As I watched the truly blissful sunrise, I was struck by how important it is for us to find our bliss and ensure we wallow in it often enough. For me, my Saturday morning yoga practice is blissful. I almost always walk away from my yoga with a very centered mind, body and spirit.

Finding the right activity for YOU is what is most important. Is it a walk at your special place? Is it meditation? Is it cooking or baking something nutritious to fuel yourself or your family? Is it spending time with your puppy or kitty? Is it carving out time to spend with your partner? Is it some other form of physical expression? Dance? Painting? Making music? Whatever it is, please experiment and find it. Then do it. Often enough to fill you up with gratitude for your beautiful life! Part of our healthy journey is appreciation for what is, at this moment, right now.

Desire to find your bliss. Dedication to honoring your bliss. Discipline to frequent wallowing in your bliss!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Spooky, Scary and Fun!

With Halloween upon us, we all know we are entering the zone of temptation between now and New Years day! It is time to navigate the land mines of holiday parties and celebrations including Halloween candy, Thanksgiving gorging, Hanukah and Christmas feasting and New Years extravaganzas!

My goal this year is to get through this plethora of temptation with the mantra of "keep it healthy"! If you think about it, orange is the color of Halloween and carrots are orange, pumpkins are orange, sweet potatos are orange....there are plenty of healthy options that we can enjoy and still make healthy choices. For Thanksgiving the same is true! Roast turkey is one of the healthiest things we can eat! All of the fall veges taste amazing when they are roasted in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of sea salt. With Hanukah and Christmas, there are tons of options to incude in the food part of celebrating, most all of them can be made very healthy!

OK, I'll admit it...we all have a trigger....something that is at the top of the list entitled: "OMG - this is so freaking good that I simply must indulge"! What is at the top of your list? I came face to face with mine last weekend (inset spooky scary music here please).....I was shopping with my glorious gorgeous amazing 15 year old niece. We went to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner. Knowing I was in a danger zone, I did not have any bread/butter, I skipped a glass of wine, I ordered a salad (hold the cheese, croutons and dressing). I enjoyed the salad because I know I wanted to taste the pumpkin cheesecake! You may know that it is only available seasonably around this time. So I seized the opportunity to indulge. My niece said it was one of the best things she had ever tasted. Thankfully, she ate most of the piece. I did, however, enjoy my 3 forkfuls of heavenly pumpkiny delicious rich and smooth pumpkin cheesecake. I did not feel guilty because I had planned for a successful indulgence. Planinng for success is the key!

So, know when to hold 'em. when to fold 'em and when to walk away (thank you Kenny Rogers!)!

Desire to intelligently indulge. Dedication to thoughtful celebrations. Discipline to plan for a healthy holiday season!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I LOVE My Girlfriend!

A member of our community, who happens to also be a dear dear friend, recently returned from a business trip. She shared an experience that struck me about the collective power of our healthy journeys!

She happens to be a highly placed executive with a huge well known corporation. She is responsible for (among many other things) how all the benefit programs are designed and offered to all employees', including health insurance. She was visiting a manufacturing plant to communicate a new health insurance package for 2011. Evidently, at this plant there is a high percentage of really overweight employees (think t-shirts ordered in size 8X for some employees). Now, this company offers many very progressive health forward programs that go unused by many people. As she addressed the groups of employees, she used the opportunity to stress the benefits of making healthy choices in life to help the company try to avoid having to increase benefit costs in the future. She stressed how much unhealthy choices, such as poor eating habits, lack of exercise and smoking, were costing the company (and ultimately costing the employees with unhealthful outcomes from obesity such as diabetes, heart problems, etc.). She did an amazing job of weaving real life examples, many of them personal, into her presentation to try to inspire more people to decide it was time for them to make more healthy choices.

Her story struck me about the power of how many of us are engage in our own healthy journey, and how our efforts are like stones dropped in the water that create ripples that travel outward. The power of our little ripples go far beyond our own lives! Think about the power of my friend's decision to decide to share her knowledge of healthy choices and potentially influence hundreds of these employees. It is exciting to think about who among them was motivted to begin their own healthy journey and begin to make better choices and ultimately reap the benefits of a healthier life!

Don't hesitate to share your own story and create your own healthy ripples! Share your power and experience the positive energy of paying it forward!

P.S. I have already shed the 2 pounds that I picked up while enjoying my birthday celebrations!

Desire to share our lives with others. Dedication to caring about others. Discipline to practice what we "preach"!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I'm Not a Dirty Girl!

I went with a friend this morning to try an outdoor boot camp. It was misting, not raining, and it was in a local park. I lasted 15 minutes. The exercise was not challenging but all of the exercises required being in contact with the ground...... First up, we had to sit down on the ground, on mats to pull a tire. The mat I sat on was soaking wet so I had a wet tush right off the bat. I decided to bug out when I had to put my hands on the ground and couldn't find a spot that didn't have rabbit poop on it.....gross! The other participants didn't seem to have any problem with the environmental issues at hand...every pun intended!

So, self-awareness is a good thing! I am more a princess than a tomboy. I know this about myself. I guess I should have not have even gone to the session, but at least I tried~ But not to worry. I finished my workout by going straight to the gym where I was wet because of my own clean sweat!

Desire to try new things. Dedication to self awareness. Discipline to finish what you start.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

A member of our community, Sarah, married her longtime sweetheart last weekend! She posted photos on Facebook and she looked positively radiant! I just wanted her to know that we are out here taking great joy in her happiness!

I am celebrating my birthday this weekend and having a ball! Yes, I have indulged in treats, and yes, I worked out for 2 hours today. I hope to break even on the input and output of energy! But I think it is so important to celebrate life's big moments! The celebration has not only been about food, in fact, it has centered on being with loved ones and sharing special moments! So far I have celebrated with my husband, parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews and dear friends....that's mucho celebration! I am immensely blessed and have enjoyed every hug, every song and every tasty morsel that has passed these lips! THANK YOU!

Desire to celebrate life, dedication to family and friends and discipline to know when to indulge and when to stop!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Feeling Great and Grateful!

Nothing compares to feeling great! My back is back to normal and I am very grateful. I learned much this week and would like to remind everyone to listen to yourself, listen to your body, trust yourself, take care of yourself. You are worth it!

I took a few days off of exercise and then walked 3 miles for a few days, then went back to a big workout on Thursday. I am glad I waited a full week to lift weights!

Not surprising that my weight stayed the same this week (with the reduced exercise). But I am learning to live with my plateau and trusting that my body will begin to let go of the final 15 in due time!

My birthday is next Friday on the 8th. I know I will indulge in several days of treats to celebrate. I am also celebrating with a weekend away with my honey, and with a wonderful massage! I LOVE my birthday and LOVE celebrating. Having another birthday is so far superior to not!!! My hubbie calls October - National Patty Month! He is the BEST! (love u honey!)

So join me in being grateful for all the gifts in our lives. Health, love and abundance and time to enjoy all 3!

Desire to be in a state of gratitude and grace. Dedication to those in my life who bring me so much love. Discipline to stay connected to the best people and the healthiest practices!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My Back's a Bummer

This weekend I am being challenged by my lower back. It is tweaked to the point that I am dealing with a muscle spasm that hurts like a you know what! I did a svaroopa yoga (svaroopa mean bliss and is wonderfully gentle and nurturing) class yesterday and walked out feeling like a million bucks. But a few hours later the muscles tightened up again and the agony returned.

The good news is that I saw my chiropractor yesterday and will see her again on Monday. She does the activator method, which is very gentle. I will do more yoga today. Also, I was in my jacuzzi yesterday, will get in again today and have a massage scheduled later today (Sunday).

My challenge is that I want to work out! I believe my lesson is to be gentle with myself and to try to enjoy the beauty of taking care of myself.... All last week I felt my back muscles getting tighter, but I kept pushing through my normal routine. I should have backed off sooner and taken myself to the chiropractor sooner. Oh well, lesson learned!

Desire to learn to be more gentle and nurturing to myself. Discipline to pay attention more closely when my body sends me a message. Dedication to personal growth, in whatever form it comes my way!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sorry for the Silence!

I apologize I have not posted in so long! I have missed you! On Friday the 10th I flew to Korea on a business trip. I returned home on Friday the 17th just in time to welcome my Mother-in-law for a visit. The trip to Korea was a good one. I tried to log on from there but I could not figure out how to get the screen to display in English instead of Korean characters! So I couldn't post from there.

I have not learned to like Korean food, so I traveled with the energy bites that I like so much. I measured them into 1.5 ounce portions into ziplock baggies. I did the same thing with raw almonds - 1 ounce portions. Then I packed the vacum sealed packets of salmon. So when there was a meal I didn't like (most of them) I simply went back to my room and had a packet of salmon (180 calories) and a packet of almonds (170 calories) for a 350 calorie meal! Yummy and so easy! My energy bites sustained me for snacks and on the plane.

I also kept up my exercise, so all in all it was a good trip.

The visit with my Mother-in-law was good. Unfortunately we do not see her very often. She was a sweetheart about food. She took us out for a lovely dinner and marveled over how I could say no to a basket of fresh hot bread! She also was very happy with our dinner of grilled chicken, grilled brocolli and mixed green salad! It was very easy all around!

So, last night I did the dunk tank for weighing and measuring. It was interesting. I recommend it to you if you are interested in knowing your % of fat and lean muscle mass. I was not thrilled with my % of fat. It was 29%!!! In stark contrast, my lean muscle mass was 20% higher than is normal for my height, weight and age. That tells me that I have been successful in building strong bones and muscles - which makes me very happy!

It was interesting to note that when I am successful in shedding my final 15 pounds, my fat % will be 24% - which will make me very happy!

So onward and downward (meaning the scale) I go on this wonderful journey!

Desire to know more about my body composition. Dedication to schedule and make the dunk tank happen. Discipline to continue healthy eating and exercise to succeed!!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful 3-day holiday. I have!

I have been pondering this: are M&M's evil? I absolutely love M&M's, even though I am not a chocolate lover. There is something about the crunchy-ness of those little bites of tasty yumm.......and I must confess, on Saturday night I gave in to a craving and ate a bag of them. I wasn't hungry, but I was seriousy craving sugar, so I found them and ate them....almost all of them!

Now it isn't the end of the world to eat M&M's, but I have been reflecting ever since on what was going on that I didn't use one of my other (well developed) coping mechanisms, like sip a nice cup of hot tea until the craving subsides. I have been under stress, helping my Mom through a health scare issue. (It looks like she will be just fine.) So, after much self-talk and examination, my conclusion (not an excuse) is that I was stress eating to try to quell the emotion - fear.

I think it is interesting to examine what we are feeding inside of us when hunger is not an issue. So, don't be afraid to learn from your eating urges. We are all on a journey, and learning about ourselves can be the richest part of the journey. Next time you give in and eat something that is not healthy for you, try to pause and ask yourself why. The answer will give you the strength and information to deal with it in a healthier way when the next craving jumps up and waves its arms in your face! :-)

I am listening to a Jillian Michaels' podcast on breaking weight loss plateaus. Next time, I will share what I learn from Jillian. Better yet, her podcasts are free....check it out, you might enjoy it too!

Desire to keep learning and growing. Dedication to be in the moment and to ask yourself "why". Discipline to apply what you learn to the rest of your journey!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Who Is Watching the Emmy's Today?

My sis and I have this thing where we watch the award shows and text each other when we like an outfit that a star is wearing. Since we live in different cities, it is a fun way to share an afternoon.

I love watching the arrivals of the Emmy's or Oscars, just to see what the stars are wearing. I am always struck by how unbelievably skinny most of the women are. Then there is the occasional "plus" size actor who is probably just a size 12. Even though it is 2010 and we are supposed to be a a more forward thinking society, there is still a massive pressure for women to be thin, not healthy, but thin.

The size of the industry to support "thin" is massive. We continue to be bombarded by countless images, including the Emmy arrivals, of super thin women presented as a positive. I even saw something on an episode of Toddlers and Tiaras (no, I did not watch the whole thing) where a tiny little girl was getting spray tanned and said her Mommy taught her that if you can't tone it, tan it......WTF? A little girl being taught that??????

So, my focus today while watching the Emmy's will be to enjoy the fashion and not the unrealistic size of many of the women.

BTW, I only gained 2 pounds while on vacation and I will take it off! It was totally worth it!

Desire to be as healthy as I can be. Dedication to staying in touch with reality. Discipline to keep on track with healthy eating to fuel the machine and exercise to tone the machine!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Returning to Reality

The new picture was taken off the coast of Port Douglas, Australia. Yes, that is a gold Speedo suit I am wearing! So fun!

My vacation is officially over beginning which time I will fully be back on my full program. For the final few days I am easing back into my proper eating plan and exercise routine.

When we landed on Thursday, I jumped right back into the gym for an hour of sweaty hard cardio. On Friday, I met with my trainer and had my butt appropriately was fun! This morning, I enjoyed my normal Saturday yoga. I find it very easy and comforting to jump right back into my exercise routine.

I have throttled back on the alcoholic beverages. I really enjoyed them on vacation, mostly wine and champagne, but I do not crave them on an everyday basis. I guess I am lucky for that!

What I indulged in mostly was breads, muffins, croissants and sugar. On Monday I will go back to being super careful with those foods. They are definitely my trigger foods.

All things in moderation!

Thanks to all of you, for being out there for me. It helps me to be accountable to myself and to you as I continue the journey!

Desire to be true to my healthy journey. Dedication to continuing to learn more about myself. Discipline to deal with my triggers in a healthy way!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Holiday Paradise!

Great news to report! We are flying home from another spot of paradise on our planet. Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef was AMAZING! As I got dressed this morning to fly home, I pulled on my size 8 cropped pants that I wore on the flight over. I was very happy that they zipped up and buttoned quite nicely!

I have indulged in many extra vacation calories and was prepared to have these pants be tight, but they were not! Yay! In addition to the vacation treats, I swam a lot, everyday, and yesterday we walked out butts off! What a perfect exceptional vacation! I will post a new photo as soon as we have a chnace to download all the digitals!

Vacations were meant for indulgence. I will go back to my normal pattern very soon!

Desire to experience life to its fullest! Discipline to know when to let go and when to hang on! Dedication to treating yourself well, because you are worth it!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Time to Enjoy and Accept

I had a revelation this weekend. I have been very focused on loosing my final 14 pounds, while rationalizing that I wasn't loosing because I was learning how to maintain. Well, after another week has passed with no weight loss. So, reassessing, I am finally ready to accept "what is" instead of what "might be".....what I mean is that I am ready to truly sit in gratitude for my accomplishments and celebrate how far I have come.

Acceptance and "being in the moment" are such simple concepts that they are easy to skip right over. And yet, embracing "what is" and learning to be in the moment of your life, is what provides so much richness to our lives!

So for now, I am fully present and completely grateful for what is. I am healthy, I am motivated to continue on my healthy journey (good nutrition choices and focused exercise) and I am surrounded by love and abundance.

What more could a girl ask for? NOTHING!

Desire to be and stay in the present. Dedication to recognition and gratitude for what is. Discipline to stay away from future focus at the expense of the present beautiful reality of life!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Suddenly Sunday

How can it be that it is Sunday morning already? This weekend is a very full weekend. Friends in from LA, brother and nephew here from NY, brother down from Ventura, niece in from Wisconson and birthday party for Dad and nephew......all jammed into one weekend. So you will understand if I don't spend too much time on this blog.

Just wanted to check in to say that in spite of all the things competing for my attention this weekend, I still managed to do an hour of cardio yesterday and my full 2 hour workout this morning, before going to the birthday party this afternoon!

Last night I served raw veges and hummus, edamame in the pod, rice crisps, grilled pork, grilled ears of corn, grilled wheat pitas and a cucumber cabbage salad. Desert was fresh pineapple from Maui, and boy was it good!!

The birthday party is serving lasagna, which I will not eat. I also will pass on the cake and ice cream. I am conserving calories for my upcoming vacation.....hurray!

Desire to have fun with family and friends. Dedication to planning food choices to avoid caloric sabotage. Discipline to include exercise no matter what the time challenges might be!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Weigh? No Weigh!

The age old love affair (not!) with the scale! For a long time I managed to avoid weighing myself. I even turned around when I was weighed at the doctor's office. I associated the number on the scale with judgment and failure. When in fact....the number on the scale is simply a number on the scale. It tells us where we are on that measurement tool. It indicates a point in time. And, yes, it is a leading indicator of health. I know that people do not have to be bone thin to be healthy, but greater health does positively correlate with lower weights, in most cases.

In fact, many thin people are decidedly unhealthy, with no cardovascular health, an absence of healthful nutrition, no flexibility and lousy coping mechanisms for stress. I am not talking about them. They have their own journey if they so choose.

I guess I am still talking about me, and maybe it resonates with you. When I decided to embark on my journey, I took out the scale, dusted it off and placed it in a position of prominence in my bathroom. I had a talk with the scale (really I did) :-) and decided it represented an important partner in my plan to shed unhealthy pounds from my frame. So this health partner and I get naked at least once a week and go for in stepping on the scale!

I know many people who weigh daily. If that works for you, then do it. If not, determine a frequency that works for you and honor it. It actually becomes interesting to see the fluctuations from weigh in to weigh in. For me the numbers mostly slowly slide down. On occassion there is a slight uptick, which is good to know because it likely means an adjustment would be a good idea. Enough water? Enough sleep? Enough attention to food intake?

I have even made an appointment to get measured in a dunk tank. I am interested to see my true body fat percentage, not just what the scale says. Should be interesting. I will let you know how it goes.

So, is my scale my new BFF? Heavens no! But I have made peace with this device and actually appreciate the value it adds to my journey. BTW, I am also monitoring my waist size. Dr. Oz says that a waist size of 35 inches or below is a good health indicator. I have shed more than 10 inches from my waist measurement and it is well below 35 inches. So glad of that!

So, if you do not already incorporate weigh ins, please consider doing it. Remember the number on the scale does not define you, it is simply one way to monitor a healthful indicator.

Desire to do all you can do to be healthy. The discipline to determine your schedule and honor it. Determination to stay with your journey because you are worth it!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Women Food and God

If you are one of the few people on the planet who have not yet heard about the book, Women Food and God, recently profiled on the Oprah (who else :-) ?) show, you should go out and read it or at least visit to learn about it.

For me it represents a compilation of a lot of the principles I have been working with internally. One of the main principles of the book is centered around how to learn to be present, to be in the moment, to recognze what is going on in your life...and to use that awareness to tune in to whatever deeper issues are driving you to eat when you really don't want to eat.

This awareness began emerging for me as I began my yoga practice all those years ago. One of the driving principles of yoga is to be present in your practice. Being present in my life is one of the critical success factors that has helped me achieve the success that I have had so far on my healthy journey. This is also one of the core principles from Echart Tolle's work in The Power of Now and The New Earth (also "must reads").

One of the things said recently on the Oprah show by Geneen Roth, the author of Women Food and God, is how important it is to be full of yourself. It is so common for us to hear the message - "don't be so full of yourself"! When in fact, the opposite it true - we need to become so full of ourselves that we are full to overflowing because that is when we can give the abundance to others around us! One key factor in filling ourselves up is to be present and aware and in the moment so we can more accurately be in touch with ourselves to know when we are full, metaphorically and literally!

The desire to become your best self, the dedication to learn how to be in the moment and the discipline to listen carefully and learn what it means to be truly full!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Talk about INSPIRATION!!!

I had an amazing opportunity this week. In one week, I met Paula Newby Fraser (the winning-est Ironman ever in the history of the sport) AND Michellie Jones, triathlon silver medalist at the 2000 Olympics and winner of many Ironman championships including the mother of them all...Hawaii!

I have engaged Michellie to be our keynote speaker at the upcoming national Business Conference Paula's schedule was full on the day we needed) for my company and it is just so freaking awesome to meet and talk with these two iconic athletes! They really are ordinary women who had extraordinary aspirations, worked hard, and accomplished things they only dreamed possible!

In 1999, Paula set the record for the first ever sub-9 hours Ironman in Kona. It took someone (men and women) 10 years to break her record! She held that record fo 10 years! No way - WAY!!!

When Michellie took the silver in 2000, people asked her - what next? She did not know. When someone suggested competing in the Ironman competitions, she said "NO WAY, THOSE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!" She somehow decided to give it a try and engaged Paula to be her coach and went on to win! She is the perfect example of the power of coaching!

Desire to dream BIG! Dedication to do what your coach says! Discipline to do the hard work necessary to win!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Everyone in Their Own Time

I was at the gym this morning working off some of the extra calories from the 4th celebrating. I was doing a team training, which means my trainer was working with other clients at the same time. I was listening to some other women talking about how hard it is to loose weight. One woman was offering every explanation (excuse) known to explain why she hadn't lost any weight. What crossed my mind was.....that was me up until 18 months ago.

The equation is so simple that it hurts. Eat less food of the right kind and move more and our bodies will shrink. BUT - it only works when a person is ready to go on the journey of focusing on their own health and well being. It requires focus and attention.

I hope you know that it is worthwhile. We are worth it. We deserve the attention. Our health is the most important thing in our life. And let's face it, we are healthier when we are closest to our ideal weight.

I am working on my final 15. I count my blessings everyday!

The desire to focus on YOU. The dedication to give your body the fuel you need. The discipline to move your body in healthy calorie burning ways!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Do I Want to Tri?

Triathalons....they seem to be entering my world all around me. My trainer has been trying (no pun intended!) to convince me to sign up for one. She thinks that having the a goal in front of me will be a powerful piece of my journey. It helps to know that she is a 5 time Ironman and has completed tons of other competitions. She IS competitive!

One of my team members is signed up for a tri in September and thinks I should join her. Then last night I sat with another co-worker who is training for a tri and he thinks I should pursue one.

Hmmmmm.....could be interesting. The reasons I haven't jumped on the tri bandwagon are:
1. I don't see myself as competitive, although my hubbie would tell you otherwise.
2. I am not looking forward to getting kicked in the face during the swim portion.
3. The tri's that have been suggested use Mission Bay for the swim and I can't envision putting my face, let alone my whole body in that icky water!
4. I am a super strong swimmer and have no trouble biking, but am worried about injuring myself running....the joints are doing great but aren't what they once were!

Having said that, it might represent a fun shopping opportunity! Imagine finding just the right pink tank suit, pink cap and pink goggles! How about a bink bike helmet? And who wouldn't love the right pink singlet to run in?

So, what do you think? It might be worth it. I'm just not sure!

Desire to explore new options, dedication to explore all angles and the discipline to execute on decisions!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Weekending!

Having a banner fun weekend! Friday night we went for a nice walk and included 2 big hills. Saturday we went to the Scottish Highland Festival and rocked out to the sound of the Wicked Tinkers - a totally fun musical band of bagpipes, drummers and a digerie do player. I know it sounds odd but it was super fun music!

Then we met friends for a special dinner at one of our favorite celebration restaurants - Vivace. The evening was awesome! I wore a dress that I bought 10 years ago. It is a white tank style linen sheath, long, with a sheer panel in the middle and a sheer panel beginning at about mini skirt level down to the lower calves. The dress finishes with a linen panel at the bottowm. so it is a dramatic dress and it was fun to wear! I enjoyed a glass of champagne and a glass of nebiollo with appetizer, pasta, main course and desert. It sounds like too many calories but I had saved up calories from earlier in the day and the portions were "tasting" portions so I actually finished the day just under 1500 calories.

This morning I did intervals during my hour of cardio (to burn extra calories) along with my hour of weight training, so I am sure my body is happy!

The desire to celebrate life, the discipline to prepare for the celebration and the dedication to happiness to allow celebrations!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

Just returned from breakfast with Dad to celebrate Dad's day. I had juevos rancheros and asked for a non-fried tortilla, egg whites, guacamole on the side and no sour cream. Everyone at the table cracked up at how I ordered, but that is how I order things now.....THE WAY I WANT IT FOR MY BODY (damn it). And guess what - the waiter brought me my order as requested.

I gave the guacamole to my brother along with the bacon that came with and I enjoyed my egg white rancheros just as they were.

There is so much emphasis placed on food and you ever get tired of thinking about it? Or why people comment and care so much when you order something prepared in a more healthy way????

So, I am now going to do some yoga to re-center my brain, sort of like hitting a reset switch!

I hope you are enjoying your day and celebrating with or thinking about your Dad with a happy heart!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The BIG Payoff!

Couldn't wait to share with you all today! I officially hit 70 pounds gone!!! I weighed in this morning prepared for the plateau and was so happy when the scale was lighter!


So go out and celebrate with me today! Walk an extra mile! Do an extra 25 abs! Add 5 pounds to your chest press! Munch an extra carrot with your herbal iced tea! Pick what makes you happy!

Thanks for being there for me on my journey. It helps knowing you are with me!!!

Desire to share happiness, dedication to inner growth and wisdom and the discipline to see it all through!!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time to Eliminate All Sugar?

So I continue to stall at my current weight. So this week I am going to try eliminating all sugar, even fresh fruit. I will concentrate on lean proteins, vegetables, whole grains and fat free dairy like milk and yogurt. I am hoping I can accomplish a breakthrough on the scale. I will let you know!

On a positive note, my trainer had me doing one-legged burpees, you know....on one leg squat down, put your hands on the ground, jump back to push up position (still on one leg) do a push up, jump forward, stand up and jump up - staying on one leg. And I could do it on both legs! I was pretty happy I was able to do it! It was hard.

What is the hardest exercise you have done lately? Any suggestions?

Desire to try new things to be successful, dedication to keeping your goals in sight and the discipline to stand strong in the face of an extended plateau!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Compliments, Compliments and More Compliments!

The reason I was in KC was to facilitate a session with one of our sales teams. I work with this group annually at their sales meeting, so it has been about a year since seeing these guys, yes, they are all men.

It was a bit overwhelming that each one (32) of them made a point to compliment my new appearance. Many of them wanted to know the "secret" to having lost weight and were terribly disappointed to learn that it was boring old fashioned tried and true "diet and exercise".

Every time one of them complimented me, I simply responded with "thank you" or "I am pleased with my progress." One guy in particular asked if I was "done". I said I still wanted to shed more weight and he said....whoa....don't get anorexic....and I said...what are Italian grandmother??? It was a funny exchange. Trust me, I am not even close to being too thin!

It was interesting to be in travel mode because there are so many food triggers and I had to be completely vigilant to avoid "triggered" eating. I was successful!

We went to a friend's wedding yesterday and I indulged in wedding cake and tasting other desserts. It was yummy! Happy to report I did not gain any weight this morning!

Desire to continue striving, dedication to loving yourself because you are worth it and the discipline to recognize and avoid food triggers!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

At a Meeting in Kansas City

As usual, NBF, nothing but food. They just brought in the afternoon snack which consisted of 2 types of cookies, chocolate brownies, blondies, chocolate dipped strawberries....

So I avoided it ALL and walked down the hotel hall and ordered a decaf fat free latte - about 120 calories, no fat, no sugar, lots of protien and calcium......

Desire to buy smaller clothes, dedication to my plan and the discipline to NOT EAT cookies!!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

I believe it is so important to hit our own "pause" button to give thanks to all of the men and women who have sacrificed so that we can live in our wonderful free country. This holiday is more than another day off of work. It is a time for true reflection and introspection. A time for us to ask ourselves - are we doing everything we can do to support the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted every day.

So, if you can, please do something today to recognize all of those people before us who have sacrificed for all of us!

On Saturday evening, we had friends over for dinner, including my Godson. He is amazing! I could not be more proud of this young man if he were my own flesh and blood. It was awesome to see him, his parents and my parents. It was really easy to stay on plan too! For appetizers, we served raw veges and hummus, grilled chicken sausages cut up into pieces on toothpicks, and tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole. Dinner was a salad of cucumbers, basil, tomatoes, onions and mozzarella tossed with lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. Also, grilled ears of fresh corn, chicken and steak. So people could create a plate with whatever they wanted. Dessert was fresh pineapple and dates. We also served beer and wine but I choose to stay with good old H2O for the evening.

It was a wonderful evening of family, sharing stories and generational connections. It is so nice to be able to share family and food and stay true to a healthy eating plan! We will be with our dear friends from Arizona this evening for a beach BBQ. We are bringing BBQ chicken and marinated pork roast to grill. Also, ears of corn (again) and a salad of black beans, tomatoes, green onions and queso fresca. Another yummy dinner! I am also repeating the raw veges and hummus, but this time bringing chips and salsa, the baked ones. There will be teenagers so I am bringing potato chips and tortilla chips and chocolate chip cookies for dessert this time. I will avoid the chips and cookies!

I hope you are enjoying a nice holiday weekend filled with the desire to connect with loved ones (including yourself, the discipline to make healthy eating choices and dedication to your personal truth!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Breaking Through!

Well, I shed one pound last week. I am knocking on the door of 70 pounds and pretty excited about it! More patience to keep going.....

This week, a woman at my gym came up to me to compliment me. She said she had been watching me and wanted me to know that she was amazed at my progress. She said she was really happy for me. She said she was amazed at how I had transformed my body. She asked me how I had done it and I directed her to this blog. Turns out her name is also Patty! It was a very nice exchange.

Random shift of thoughts.....this weekend I have been thinking about how many more years I will work in the corporate world.....probably another 4_ish years. So I thought now would be a good time to begin taking classes to get certified as a fitness professional. There are multiple certifications that I can earn that would prepare me to be a personal trainer. That along with getting certified in yoga instruction will prepare me for success as a fitness coach in my retirement. I will finally be able to pursue my passion.

What do you want to do as your second career???

Desire to pursue your dreams, dedication to prepare for your future and the discipline to study to make it a reality!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sharing a Good Article!

A New Look at Weight Loss Plateaus
By Mary_RD on May 18, 2010

The dilemma of the weight loss plateau is summed up by a Calorie Count member who says, “It’s a lot of work treading water; getting no benefit from it. It’s a lot or work, waiting three months with zero scale movement…”To which, I say, “Treading water with no scale movement? Welcome to the world of maintenance.” Think of a weight loss plateau as a mini-preparation for maintenance. Plateaus happen…A weight loss plateau is an undefined period of time (that feels like an eon) when the scale does not move despite one’s best efforts to make it. Weight had been dropping, nothing has changed, and then it simply stopped. Why, oh why?First, a weight loss plateau in not about Calorie Creep. Calorie Creep is when weight loss stops because calorie intake has increased and/or output has decreased. Calorie Creep is about skipping exercise, laziness about logging, stress eating, or whatever excuse is in operation. A weight loss plateau is entirely different.

A weight loss plateau happens when (around) 10 percent of initial body weight is loss. Many clinical studies have confirmed the phenomenon. (Read about them inBreak Through Your Set Point by George Blackburn.) Through a series of changes in the hormones that regulate energy balance, the body adapts to the downward spiral of declining weight by taking a break. Most people reach a plateau after losing weight for about 6 months or so, but people who insist on losing more quickly reach a plateau quicker too. Embrace the plateauA weight loss plateau is normal and good and this is the simple truth: a plateau is the time to build muscle – and calorie intake has to increase for that. A plateau is not time for discouragement, sitting on a pity potty, or the shooting oneself in the foot. Reactions to weight loss plateaus have to be managed because it is no time to lose ground. Think of a plateau as a half time break. It is time to rest and replenish the stores. During the weight loss phase (i.e. before the plateau), fat is lost but muscle is lost too, and so the dismal dieter weighs less but the fat-to-muscle ratio is the same - and out of whack. By building the major muscle groups as well as the muscles of the heart and diaphragm that supports the lungs, the fat-to-muscle ratio is improved and hormonal balance is eventually restored. (By now, mostly everyone knows that muscle burns more calories than fat does, right?)To build muscle, calorie intake must be high enough to spare protein for building. When calories are low, protein is burned for fuel and a little goes to repair. During the plateau, it is important to eat the number of calories it takes to maintain the new weight. And then, according to George Blackburn, MD, the planet's leading metabolic nutritionist, one must plan to hold the new weight steady for at least six months; after that, a calorie reduction will produce the loss of another 10 percent of extra weight at least.

And so weight loss plateaus are real and good and they happen like clockwork. And it only makes sense that they are just a mini-test for maintenance.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Stay True!

I had quite a week! It was busy from before dawn to well afte dusk everyday! I was so glad to arrive at Friday night....! I went to the gym for an hour of cardio and them out to dinner with hubbie.

I remain focused and determined to bust through this plateau! I have had a very busy day today. I have been very focused on calibrating intake...never hurts to stay close to the numbers....calories in, energy burned (aka exercise), hours of rest, liters of water all makes up an interesting pot of life soup!!!

This week I am going to pay close attention to my life soup and try for a better balance between rest and work. Last week was pretty lopsided! I have my annual physical on Monday morning and am looking forward to getting my blood chemistry analyzed again. It is a great way to measure progress and success!

I also want to get my body fat measured. Has anyone ever done the dunk tank? I am told it is the most accurate way to measure.

LMK if you have done it!

Desire, dedication and discipline - that's all it takes to succeed in anything, that and an awesome dose of love!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Always a Lesson

Yes, Virgina, everything in life is an opportunity to learn something. I have been at the same weight for a month now, aka a plateau....

I have had a perfectly wonderful weekend, including a fabulous yoga session on Saturday morning. I did 90 minutes of self-practice and it was awesome! I was able to really "be on the mat" and enjoy the moment by moment of my practice. I found myself floating from asana to asana and was able to open moments to reflect and enjoy the immense gratitude I feel for the abundance in my life....the abundance of great health, of opportunity to do good work, to love and be loved, and to have freedom in every part of my life to make good choices.

So, there must be a lesson there to help me persevere through this plateau....YES, I will sit with the possibility that this plateau will teach me an important new lesson. I embrace this plateau and everything it has to offer so I can learn something new.

I promise I will share with you when I figure out this life lesson.

Desire to continue on this path, dedication to continue shedding weight and the discipline to stay true to healthy eating and exercise choices!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Typical Day......

I had a request to post a typical day of my intake so I will use this post to do just that.

First let me tell you that I am on day 2 of the 3 day Jay Robb Fruit Flush. I spent a 3-day weekend in Paso with hubbie and friends wine tasting et al. My thinking play so you pay. So I am paying myself back with 3 days of disciplined restricted nutrition. I am hoping for good results when I weigh in Saturday morning!

Here goes - typical day:
Breakfast- an ezekiel english muffin (160) with 3 egg whites cooked in Pam (50) plus a piece of fruit (approx. 100) and decaf coffee with skim milk and stevia.
Morning snack - anything that is 100 calories - most likely a non-fat greek yogurt or 10 almonds or a mini Zone bar or another piece of fruit. What are your favorite 100 snacks?
Lunch - almost always a big salad with lots of veges and 4-6 ounces of grilled chicken/no skin. I do not use dressing but when I do it is a small drizzle of olive oil and lemon. approx 400 calories depeneding on the portion size of the chicken that day.
Afternoon snack - repeat of morning
Dinner - a bunch of steamed veges and grilled chicken. Depending on my estimated calorie count for the day I may add 1/2 cup of steamed brown rice or quinoa. I also like to eat the tofu noodles called shiratake with turkey meatballs from Trader Joes (50 caloires each, low fat, portion controlled, convenient and delicious!) with 1/2 cup of marinara sauce. Another typical dinner is a baked sweet potato with a packet of salmon on top and a side of steamed brocolli.

I have been known to have a kids size fat free frozen yogurt as a treat. I try to limit that to once a week because it has lots of sugar.

I also drink a minimum of 1 liter of H2O each day. Most days I drink much more. Yes, it means going to thebathroom more often, but it is worth it to not be dehydrated.

My goal is to stay at 1,400 calories on most days.

As you know I am a fan of planning for "treat times" is not lived on brocolli alone, is it?

Desire to have a balanced life, dedication to your goals and the discipline to stay on track and get right back on track after treat times!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Water vs. Coke

This is an email sent from my wonderful hubbie. Obviously water is better than coke but there are some really good water facts to review and remember!


#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)
#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.
#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

#1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
(So, should I clean my toilet tomorrow instead of drinking a can???)
#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
#8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

#1 The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is: would you like a glass of water? or Coke?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Confessions of a Traveler

I am compelled to tell you that last night for desert I was served an awesome souffle and I ate it! I can hear you gasping....I know that sugar is like crack cocaine....BUT I have the tiniest vege terrien as an appetizer, I did sample a roll because it was olive bread and I had roast chicken (sans skin) with a side of green veges for wine! I was at a very fancy restaurant that is owned by a good friend of my good friend. The owner brought over 4 souffles for the table, 2 vanilla and 2 chocolate.....I was only trying to be polite by eating mine!

It was of those things that are so special that you HAVE to eat it. Although HP was with me and she did not have even one bite. I am so proud of her!!!! I have done the same thing may times and will do the same thing many times in the future!

But boy oh boy oh boy was it ever *&%#@&*^ GOOD!!!!!


Desire to indulge at times, dedication to make the changes around the indulgence to balance it out and discipline to get right back into your program!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hello from NYC!

Sorry for the silence since my last post! I was only home on Saturday this past week and then took off on Sunday tobe inplace for MOnday meetings on the east coast.

What a whirlwind of 3 weeks straight travel! Last week I was at meetings in Toronto and Niagara FAlls. This week I am in New Jersey just across the GW bridge from NYC! Tonight we are going into NY. I am excited because I have a team member with me for whom this is her very first business trip. I want it to be memorable so I am taking her to Top of the Rock and then to dinner at the Fours Seasons restaurant. I found out it is Ina Garten's (Barefoot Contessa) favorite restaurant!

What does this have to do with my healthy journey? Well, I am pleased to report that when I weighed in on Saturday morning, I had not gained, nor lost. I am actually very pleased that I am successful staying at a stable weight with all this business travel.

Of course, I would have welcomed a miracle....actually continuing to drop weight, but I know that will come beginning next week when I go back to my new "normal" which is not travelling.

I am uber-happy to report that my BFF has shed 20 pounds! I am SO HAPPY FOR HER! It is such a powerful milestone! Congratulations HP! I love you!

Desire to stay true, dedication to stay connected to what really mattes and diecipline to keep blogging with a great group of people!!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Travel IS Broadening! Literally!

Wow! In my former job, I travelled all the time. For the past 2 years, my travel has been minimal, one trip a quarter....really easy to deal with.

Last week I flew to Salt Lake to attend a consultant think tank event with Dave Ulrich in Park City. It was a great meeting and a productive trip. It was also a trip filled with FOOD!!! So it was an interesting opportunity for me to practice what I preach....desire to stay fit, dedication to my goals and discipline to do "push a-ways" from all the food.

As is typical with these sessions, there is an opportunity to literally eat all day. I made good choices and at the same time consumed more than my 1400 allotted calories. I didn't go hog wild, but I did exceed my calories.

I also managed to get in an hour of exercise each day - yay for me! There was a very good hotel gym.

So instead of the bagels for breakfast that were provided, I made myself a plate of the lox, capers and tomates and had that with a small carton of skim (had to ask for non-fat) milk for my breakfast. At lunch I built a salad out of the items on the amazing buffet feast. For dinner, I made a meal out of the appetizers instead of going out to a full dinner with folks. ( a few of us opted for this together). There were grilled chicken on a stick (I had 3) there were beautiful crab cakes (I did have a little sauce to dip them in) and there was a wonderful selection of raw vegetables which I gobbled freely. I drank sparkling water and avoided the alcohol.

The hardest part to control was when snacks were brought into the room. Fortunatley, among the ice cream, cookies, brownies piled high with chocolate bits and caramel, candy bars, M&M's (particularly hard for me to avoid - what can be wrong with such a small piece of food???), bowls of nuts (I did have some - that was actually a bad choice because they are so high in calories)......fortunately there was always also fresh fruit - which I helped myself to.

So, I did not drop a pound this week, instead I am proud of myself for using control and keeping to my exercise - even at the 7,200 altitude!

I am also travelling this week to Toronto and next week to New unusual string of weeks back to back. My goal this week is to stick closer to plan and maintain exercise.

So today, I did an hour of cardio at the gym in addition to my regular Saturday morning yoga. Tomorrow I will do 2 hours of exercise (cardio and weight lifting), because I will not be able to do a workout on Monday with the all day travel and a business dinner when I land.

Wish me luck and strength!

Desire to grow my maintenance skills, dedication to reaching my stretch stretch goal and discipline to avoid the endless food traps in my path!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Short and Sweet

Nothing feels as good as a 10 (insert your happy size) feels! I tried on a bunch today and the 10's slide right up over my hips and button/hook/zip like a charm!

I didn't loose a pound this week but I am on my way to an 8!!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

65 is a Good Number!

One more pound gone for a total of 65! Both Allen and Mom are doing well and on the mend. I am finally realxing a bit because they will both soon be back to 100%.

Happy Easter weekend to everyone. I hope however you celebrate, that you make good nutrition choices. If you choose to celebrate with food, just remember to get right back to your healthy choices the next day!

Take and extra long walk after that brunch. Add 30 minutes to your cardio on Monday. Slice up extra celery and carrots tot ake to work on Monday morning.

Desire to celebrate holidays, dedication to stay true to your goals and the discipline to get right back on your program after celebrating!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One More Challenge

I am not sure what energy is following me this year, but another major event occurred that is a major stressor!

On Sunday night, Mom fell, fractured her trochanter (pper end of the femur) and had surgery on Monday night to fix it. Dad called me and we were there in a flash, loaded her into the ambulance, spent most of the night in the ER then had another very late night Monday because the surgery was at night.

I am very thankful that she did not need a complete hip replacement. She will bounce back much quicker from this surgical fix. But it is another pretty big stress point this year! Between grandmother, brother, husband and now Mom...I hope I am done for the year!!!

I did manage to get in a workout on Monday night while waiting for the surgery. I was home last night in time to do a 40 minute neighborhood walk with one bug hill. I know, that is a very light workout for me, but tonight I will have my butt kicked by my trainer to make up for it!

I honestly don't think I could have successfully navigated the first 3 months of this year without staying true to my workouts. The stress relief alone from the exercise is major. Also fueling the machine (me) with proper nutrition enables me to keep up the energy to do the workouts.

The doc said Mom (age 80) was a perfect candidate for full recovery because of her terrific muscle tone - she goes to the gym 3-4 times a week plus does a lot of walking. So get out there and keep exercising!!!

Desire to maintain excellent physical health and conditioning, dedication to fit it all in no matter what else is swirling around you and discipline to get your mind and butt in gear!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Breakthrough 2 Report

So I weighed in yesterday morning and was 2 pounds down which is really a net loss of 1 pound because of the previous week's upswing. I'll take it any way I can get it! At this point I am fighting for every ounce that I can coax off of my body! All the experts say that the closer you get to your goal weight, the harder it is to shed pounds. A very smart friend told me that the researchers have found that the body needs to feel safe in order to let go of weight. An interesting time for me for sure!

I recalculated my BMR. At my current weight, I can have 1,400 calories a day in order to loose 1 pound a week. I am on it!

Yesterday Allen and I went to watch my friend and trainer, Kathi, in her 1/2 Ironman. We followed her on the 13.1 mile run course. SHE WAS AMAZING! As she crossed the finish line, after swimming more than a mile, riding her bike 56+ miles and runnung a half marathon, she was smiling and looking strong! It was fabulous watching the more than 2,500 runners. There was every type of athlete. The challenged athletes were by far the most inspirational. I was glad we went to see it all!

Desire to stay the course, dedication to be true to yourself and discipline to train for the long haul 'cuz you will need it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

American Idol - "Hip and Upscale"

Yesterday I had a fun adventure. I went with a girlfriend to a taping of American Idol. We had a GREAT time! The show attracts all kinds of humanity from soup to nuts. The "audience instructions" clearly stated the rules to get into the taping, including no heels or open toed shoes of any kind. Wear only closed toed flat shoes.

They also said no denim or any kind, no white clothing, no shorts, no logo wear and a few other rules. They suggested dressing in dark colored clothes that are "hip and upscale as if you were going out to dinner". I wore black pants, black jacket and a hot pink tank with a really cool necklace and hot pink Coach flat shoes.

So, Lorie (my adventure buddy) and I were very interested to see other people's choices. It was a hoot! OMG there was every fashion faux paus imaginable. Clearly, many of the people in the audience did not have a mirror in their home!

To be fair, there were people who looked like normal well-dressed people, many accompanied by their young children. Then there was the category of folks who you just had to glance over to see if you saw what you thought you were seeing!!! I'm talking WAY too much skin showing, way to many ripply bits exposed, ripped nylons, clothes that may have fit when they were a teen but clearly not anymore, mini skirts on people who should have had on a long flowy skirt....where are Stacey and Clinton when you need them????

What does this have to do with fitness or nutrition, you may be asking??? Well, our outer shell is what we cover in clothes and what we present to the world as ourselves. I am simply grateful that I am working on my outer shell so that I have more choices on how to cover it.

Desire to look our best, dedication to find clothes that suit us whereever we are in life and the discipline to know how to put it all together for different events in our lives!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Patience PLEASE!

I had a great week. I monitored everything and had some killer workouts BUT.....I didn't lose anything this week. IN FACT, when I weighed in this morning, I had gained a &$%#(*@& pound!

It must be the stress of worrying about Allen, it couldn't be anything else! I normally only weigh once a week, but I am tempted to get on the scale again in the morning to see if it was just a fluke. I'll let you know!

I had a great yoga session this morning. It was very calming and I am glad I did it! Tomorrow morning is an hour of weights and 30 minutes of cardio.....

For dinner tonight I roasted a chicken with lemon, an ear of corn and a nice green salad with lemon and olive oil drizzle. Medjohl dates for desert. Yummy!!!

I hope your weekend is going great!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Something Fun to Share!

I was so tickled this morning when I opened email to read a message from a friend of mine who is travelling in Asia. She, too, is fitness-minded and said that it has been tough making good food choices on her trip.

Here's is what made me laugh - she said she is always asking herself...."What would Patty eat?"

Perhaps we should make up wristbands with WWPE on them to help us all rememebr to make good food choices!

Cracking up here!!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What a Week!

This has been a very full week! I successfully shed another pound - at 64 now! Yay!

I've been focused on giving Allen the help he needs, supporting thr famaily and staying on top of what is needed at work.

It has been interesting to me how easy it would be to forget my routine in the name of taking care of Allen. BUT, he reminds me how important it is to maintain my workouts even though he can't do his right now. I think about how difficult it must be for people who care for small children everyday!

God bless all of you who have been so supportive!

Desire to help loved ones, dedication to stay focused on personal goals and discipline to keep it going in the right direction!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

IBFIT Bites!

First of all, I shed 1.5 pounds this week...YAY! I am now at 63 pounds down and counting!

I'm writing today to tell you about a wonderful new source of nutrition in my life. I want you all to have some too!!! My trainer, Kathi Potts, has been experimenting with recipes for nutrition bars. She and I had been sharing ideas and she has created an awesome new approach to nutrition "bars". Her email address is I may have mentioned before that she is a 5 time Ironman athelete with countless marathons, half Ironman races and a zillion triathalons. She is simpy an elite level athelete along with being an awesome fitness coach to me and others. She was experimenting with recipes that would fuel her for her grueling workouts. She has hit on an awesome winner!!!!

So she created a "bar" that is bite size. She packages them in bags of different sizes. Each piece is about 1"x1". 4-5 "bites" equals about 100 calories. So I portion them out for mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks portions. The "bites" are gluten free, dairy free, very low fat and very low sugar. She makes them with oatmeal, peanut butter, seeds, dried fruit, and some nuts. She sweetens with brown rice syrup (my idea!) which has a low glycemic index.

They taste amazing! Let me know if you want to try them. Kathi and I are planning to move towards commercialization of the IBFIT Bites! An exciting journey ahead!

Desire, determination and discipline - hope it pays off with our upcoming venture!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hubby has a broken wing!

My beautiful healthy husband had an accident while racing on Sunday and has to have his right shoulder repaired by surgery tomorrow morning. He is a trooper, but is in much pain. I am looking forward to a successful surgery and a positive rehab for him!

Just one more stressor in the healthy journey. I am pleased to report that I have not skipped a workout and do not plan to do so. I take care of him, leave him propped up at home and go to the gym! He is a love and very supportive of my not missing a workout!

Also, I don't want him to gain weight while his activity is curtailed so I am being careful about his nutritional intake, which keeps me focused too!

A quick side note - on Sunday morning, right before I received his call about the accident and rushed to go pick him up, I had been at the gym taking an advanced step class followed by a weight class. I thought I would do something new to try to shake up my body again. I used to take step all the time, but it has been at least 7 years since I have done a step class. It was really fun and funny! The first 15 minutes of the class became progressively more complex until I reached a point and simply admitted I had to do my own thing because I couldn't follow the overthe top/mambo/lateral leap/aroundtheworld/wideangle combinations any more! What fun though, I plan to return to this class and keep taking it until I can master all the advanced steps again! Good news, the weight class was really easy by comparison!

The desire to try new things, dedication and discipline to give yourself room to learn and grow!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Darn That Soup!

Every Thursday in my company cafeteria, a delicious tomato soup is served. I love tomato soup so I have been ordering it almost weekly. This week I decided to went something like this....."just checking to make sure that you don't use something like heavy cream in this soup???"

Well, you can see where this is going....the answer was YES, in fact, they do use heavy cream in the soup. I guess that is why it tastes so damn good! So I will no longer order it. A co-worker asked me "why" and I said I was re-focusing my efforts to clean up my diet. They said - "how much cleaner can your diet be????" Obviously, I found something to clean up! I DON'T NEED CREAM IN MY SOUP!!!!

So, I encourage you to do the same thing, keep asking questions and looking for ways to ensure your nutritional intake is where you want it to be and that you eliminate any hidden pieces that could be holding you back!

Happy Friday! Desire, dedication and discipline to seek out and destroy nutritional speed bumps!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Perspective Please

My sister, Joy, is doing God's work and caring for a friend who is just home from the hospital following a double mastectomy. As I was reflecting on my last post about gaining a few pounds, I was struck by my own need to keep a perspective in my journey.

I am praying for my sister's friend-that she may have a full and complete recovery from her ordeal. Hell, let's be honest, I all I need to do is to keep losing weight! I would rather carry my burden any day of the year!!!

So, as I face this week, I am happy to report that the extra pounds fell off over the last 2 days and I am re-doubling my efforts to continue, happily and with a smile on my face and in my heart, towards reaching my 2010 goal.

Let's save our frustrations for the things that really matter in life and, instead, let's celebrate all that is right and blessed with our worlds!!!

Desire, dedication and discipline - a great perspective for sure!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Saturday?

We made it to the weekend and another date with the scale. So, I did not lose any weight this week. Something different happened...I gained a few pounds!!! I was truly and thoroughly shocked! This is new...I did splurge last Sunday and Monday in honor of Valentine's Day, but then created a calorie deficit throughout the was really surprised to see the scale this morning.

I guess I really am "allergic" to sugar. So, my only course of action is to remain focused and soldier on! And I will!!

Note to self...the sugary treats simply were not worth it! A good lesson for sure!

Desire, dedication and discipline.....makes all the difference!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Thoughts, Words and Deeds

I've been thinking about how thoughts influence our words and how our words influence our actions.

I went to the beach at South Encinitas this morning. It was a beautiful warm San Diego morning. There is an awesome route that I love to do, and haven't done in a long while! I walked south, stopping at each set of stairs leading from the top of the cliff down to the beach. There are 6 sets of stairs. They have about 110 steps at each staircase so it is a great climb! It is about 1.5 miles from where I parked by car to the south end of the route at the beach. I did the stairs on the way out and jogged back to the car.

Running is my least favorite cardio, which means I should probably do a little more of it. So back to my opening comment. As I was jogging back to my car, I wanted to stop and walk every step of the way BUT I kept thinking....I can do this, so I talked to myself, out loud, to keep going and that translated into continued jogging until I reached the car. I was so pleased with my accomplishment! Thoughts, words and deeds = desire, dedication and discipline.

So - desire is our internal thought motivators. Be dedicated through your verbal reinforcement. Show your discipline through your actions. It all comes together! Be mindful of your internal thoughts because they translate into your disciplined actions.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just back from a special Valentine's Day breakfast with my Valentine. I enjoyed some fluffy pancakes and half of a strawberry banana muffin! Super yummy! I could only eat half my order of pancakes an, yes, I did have butter and real maple syrup with them......I'm sure that was plenty of calories!

So, as soon as my stomach settles, we are off to the gym. Today I'll do an hour of wieght training and an hour of cardio. This will help balance the special Valentine's Day treats! Then the real fun begins!

We are planning on coming home and veging out in the jacuzzi with champagne and munchies! It is a glorious sunny warm winter day in San Diego so it perfect for some outdoor lounging!

Whatever you do today to celebrate Valentine's Day, I wish you lots of love - for yourself, for your loved ones and for peace on our planet.

Desire, dedication and discipline - love yourself enough to focus on you!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

A Quiet Sunday

I am enjoying a quiet Sunday. Took Allen to the airport this morning. Did a long 2 hour workout to shed some frustrations. I am so glad to be home from a week of business travel. I am literally recharging my batteries today.

I know I have another super busy week at work to look forward to!

Have I mentioned what a loaded minefield of bad nutrition an airport is????? I escaped unscathed and lost a pound when I stepped on the scale on Saturday morning.....but took all of my focus to constantly say no to the myriad of temptations.

I just kept reminding myself that I love myself more than I love the cinabon/extra large snickers bar/free snak mix in the Admiral's Club/fried eveything/bonzai burrito etc. etc. etc.

I hope you are happy and well. I love hearing from you when you have the time!

Desire, dedication and discipline - works every time!

Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Not Emotioally Eat at a Funeral

Hello! I am back from my Grandmother's funeral in northern Georgia. Talk about a hot bed of opportunitites for emotional eating????!!!!

The one I will share with you was the day of the funeral itself. We had to get up very early to be at the funeral home. Then we went as a group to a diner for breakfast. It was right out of a movie...we were all dressed in "church" clothes. It was a Saturday morning at about 8:30. We pulled off of a rural highway into a place that looked open and the 6 of us walked into the diner. Conversation stopped and everyone stared at the "Yankees' who walked in. It was hysterical! The folks in my group orderded cinamom buns, and typical breakast fare. I asked for 3 egg whites scrambled dry. The waitress ( very nice woman) told me it came with toast and grits. I asked how they prepared the grits. She looked at me as if I were from Mars. So I asked if they used butter, cheese, etc. She said "no, we boyl (boil) them in water. So I tried the grits. They were good. I then asked for decaf coffee and did she have anything other than the cream (in the little silver pitcher on the table) for the coffee? She said, we have half and half. I asked further - what about non-fat milk? She said I think we have some 2% way in the back. By this time the others in my group were literally cracking up.

But I had a relatively healthy breakfast and escaped with just one bite of a cinnamom roll.

I was glad I had almonds in my purse to tide me over because at the post-funeral gathering at my aunt's house, they served lasagna, garlic bread, salad drenched in dressing and lots of cookies for desert. I managed to avoid it all! I felt good about that!

This morning I am going to Dallas for a business trip. Send me strength for another strong week!

Desire, dedication and disciple.....get's you through.....

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Farewell Nicolina!

My 102 year young grandmother decided to transition to the other side, so I am travelling tomorrow to Tennessee with my parents to attend her services.

I have already packed my airplane snacks: baked tofu, protein bars cut in half into 100 calorie sections, and a baggie of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Yum-o!

I also made a workout date with a cousin (who is like minded) for Friday morning at 6:30 and plan to get in at least one other long workout on Sunday mornng before I fly home.

I then depart on Monday morning for a business trip to Texas, returning home on Thursday eve. Travel can be disruptive to our healthy efforts, but I am determined to maintain my focus and not be thrown off track!

I also will be on the lookout for emotional on-ramps to avoid. Attending a funeral, even for someone who has lived a long full life, can bring up emotions on all fronts. I plan to meditate and breathe when needed to avoid giving in to emotional eating.

Desire, dedication and discipline make it all worhtwhile!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I know I am being self-indulgent...but can I please have a round of virtual applause? I hit the 60 pound mark! I am so happy to have crested this goal! I am very pleased with my progress! And now I am on my way to 70 pounds gone!!! I anticipate I will hit 70 pounds about mid-April! I will keep you posted!

My husband is proud of me, my trainer is super happy for me, my sis, Mom and Dad, my dear friend Helene, Lynn and Pat in Dayton - everyone is happy! I am so blessed to have such great love and support in my life!

A few people have urged me to not loose more weight. It is an interesting message to receive. While I am happy that they think I look terrific as is, I can assure you that there is more adipose tissue (meaning fat) on my body that I can shed! I am not on my way to anorexia....not anywhere even close!

So, in celebration, I am off to the gym for my long Sunday workout. Tonight I am joining a girlfriend to see Harry Connick Jr. sing tonight at a concert! FUN! The best part is that Allen will be waiting for me when I get home....wink wink nudge nudge!

So get out and enjoy your Sunday! Move, eat well and breathe!

Desire, dedication and discipline....all the way!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Go chargers!

As I type, the Chargers are competing in a playoff game and are currently winning. Even though I am not a huge football fan, I do hope the "local boys" win today!

Allen was competing in a motocross race today so we did not plan a football gathering. Instead, I did a nice long workout, soaked in a long hot tub and am now watching the red carpet arrivals for the Golden Globe Awards.

As I watch all of the Hollywood fashion, I think back to yesterday....I had my own fashion fun! Recently I hit a sale at Talbot's, you know, the tailored store? They were having a huge sale where you can take an additional 40% off of already reduced merchandise. I found 2 pair of tailored slacks, a beautiful tweed suit, a creamy white winter sweater and 2 adorable long sleve t-shirts with beading at the neck. I had taken a few pieces to the tailors to be hemmed, along with some of my clothes that I have grown out and had them cut down. So, I brought it all home and gave Allen a fashion show. It was so fun to try on outfits for him and hear his comments and has been one of the most fun rewards for having shed my weight. I highly recommend it!

With that, if you are in southern California, enjoy the rain and stay safe and dry!

Desire, dedication and discipline....completely worth it!

Friday, January 15, 2010

What a Week!

Hi All,

Sorry for the silent blog for the last 4 days! Monday through Wednesday, I was at an important all day meeting that included a dinner each night. Those meetings wreak havoc on a fitness plan! I actually managed to get up every morning to be at the gym when it opened at 5 am - AAARRRGGGHHH! So I was able to log an hour of cardio all 3 mornings and make it home to shower and get to the meetings by 8 am!

Then I brought snacks to the meetings in my snack bag, so I could avoid the multitude of food temptations. At the dinners, I avoided "adult beverages" which the other meeting attendees indulged in heavily! I passed on the bread baskets. I stayed with salads, grilled fish and steamed veges. For desert (yes, everyone else ordered it!) I ordered nude fresh berries and they were delicious!

So, I got through the 3 days unscathed. I was able to work with my trainer last night and it was great!

I am excited for my Saturday morning weigh in....did I just say I was excited to step on the scale???? YEP!

My goal this weekend is to catch up on sleeep. The research tells us that our bodies metabolize much better when we are well rested!

I hope you had a good week!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Steady as She Goes...

At my weigh in this morning I learned that I have stayed steady with my weight. To be completely honest, I am frustrated and struggling to celebrate that I am learning how to maintain. My frustration comes from wanting to shed a few more pounds off of my frame. And I will! I vow to continue my efforts and to move forward for more success.

It has been a stressful week, and research tells us that it is harder to shed weight under stress. My grandmother is near death and my parents flew to northern Georgia to be with her. Grandma is 102 so I am not consumed with sadness for her imminent passing. I actually want to celebrate her life. She was an Italian immigrant in the early part of the last century. She had 3 children and wonderful families (like mine!) ensued.

I am worried about my Dad and his pain at seeing his Mom pass on. I don't think it gets any easier, even when the person is 102 and has lived a good full long life! I will use this time of transition to stay focused and healthy so I can be there for my parents.

So, tonight I am making a stir fry with chicken broth, garlic, (no oil) extra lean ground turkey, summer squash, onion, red pepper, orange pepper, broccoli, green cabbage and tomato. It looks wonderful, smells great and is almost ready to be served up. Sliced pineapple beckons for dessert...YUM!

I hope you are enjoying a healthy Saturday night, whatever that is!

Desire, dedication and discipline...persevere!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Biggest Loser

Is anyone watching The Biggest Loser? The new season began this week. I had not watched the entire show before, catching an episode on occassion... Kathi, my trainer the Ironwoman (competing in her 5th Ironman competition this year!) watches the show, so I decided I would tune in.

The one thing that struck me, besides heaps of compassion for all these people who are so overweight, was all of the yelling!?!?! Personally, I am not motivated by someone yelling at me. In fact, quite the opposite is true for me. So I was fascinated and, at the same time, very uncomfortable with all the yelling!!!

The other thing that blew me away is that the weight loss for their frist week at "The Ranch" ranged from 14 pounds up to 34 pounds (I think I got the numbers correct). How can a human body shed that much weight in 7 days? I focus, eat right and exercise and am happy when I shed 1-1.5 pounds in a week!!!

A final note on a commercial they aired. Evidently, one of the past winners has regained all of his weight and then some. The commercial showed him saying things like "they never teach you what to do once you leave the ranch". All I have to say about that is that after exercising for God knows how many hours a day and calculating every single calorie that goes into your mouth for however long the shows lasts....if after all that, a person doesn't figure out that the equation to a healthier body is to move more and eat less and eat the right foods...if you don't learn it after all that effort, then that person is simply not being accountable for their own self! (sorry for the run on sentence!)

Personal accountability is KEY for a healthier self. We have control over our own body, what we choose to eat, how we choose to move, how much sleep we get, how much water we drink, if we choose to treat ourselves well and honor ourselves or not! NO ONE can do that for you. You have to do it for yourself!

Desire, dedication and discipline - you are worth it! Be good to yourself! Make good choices today!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back to Work!

I go back to work tomorrow after an idyllic long weekend at home. Today I have re-committed to shedding another 20 pounds this year. Then I will have reached my stretch goal!

I am happily back on plan following the intermittent holiday treats. I must say I am very pleased that I have maintained my weight even with the off plan days. I am looking forward to jump starting the shedding phase again so I plan to go heavy on the lean proteins and fresh veges for the upcoming week. To help that along, I am roasting a turkey, even as I type. This will give us lots of lean protein with minimal fuss over the week. I love cooking a turkey. Tonight we will eat turkey and roasted winter veges. Tomorrow night will be leftover turkey and salad. Tuesday will be leftover turkey stir fry with veges. Wednesday will be leftover turkey in an egg white omelet. The next weekend I will make a pot of turkey and bean soup to keep us going the following week! Lots of yummy healthy meals with very little fuss!

Yesterday I went to the White House/Black Market store and bought a darling pair of jeans (size 8 thank you) that are embellished with tons of crystals over the front pockets. They are super fun, fit like a glove and will be fun to wear as soon as they are hemmed!

Desire, dedication and discipline are working like a charm! Renewed for 2010!

God bless!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

We had a nice celebration last night and yesterday! I had a New Years lunch with some co-workers where I indulged in a selection of appetizers...all of them naughty!

Then for dinner Allen and I went with Mom and Dad for Mexican food. I ordered nachos and could only eat a small portion.

We finished the evening with champagne and Christmas cookies. My goal was to have a bit of all the indulgent things I wanted. The good news is that I woke up with a food know when you feel icky from not eating right! I loved it!

So breakfast today was decaf green tea, a slice of Ezekiel toast with a 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter on it. An as soon as I finish this post, I am off to the gym for a long cardio session with abs!

I began my journey one year ago and I have shed 59 unwanted pounds. My rate of loss was a little more than 1 pound a week. I am happy and pleased with my progress. 2010 for me will be about continued shedding for the first half of the year followed by intense concentration on maintenance education and focus!

Happy New Year to all of you! I wish you health and happiness in 2010 and beyond!!!

Desire, dedication and discipline - make it happen in 2010!