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!