Friday, December 25, 2009

The Whittle My Middle Challenge was put on hold because I decided to use the  excuse of the beginnings of an ingrown toenail that was really getting in the way of doing my planks.  I made it through about 7 actual days of exercise, but there's been such a break I think I lose out on some of the additive effects of daily exercise.  So the modified plan is no follow up pictures, since inconsistent exercise does not a sculpted body make. :D  I will finish up on the 2nd. Dennis operated on my toe, and it wasn't that bad so I'll probably get through this just fine. 

December 25


  • Plank: 53 seconds
  • Side plank (supported): Right Side: 25 seconds, 36 seconds Left Side: 32 seconds, 34 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  45 seconds
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 38 seconds, 15reps
  • Stability ball roll out   10 reps
  • Plank Rotations 12 seconds,  3reps
  • TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes. 
Merry Christmas...  I'm off for more celebrating!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Iceskating!!

A bunch of the family went Ice Skating before the big Prime Rib Christmas Dinner today. It was SO much fun and it got nice and quiet up at Mom and Dad's house while we were gone.
Such a very nice day.
Weigh-In is postponed due to being out of town on weigh-in day.
Word of the year???
FOCUS
More on that later.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Weekly Weigh-In (#44)

Yay!!! My weight is down 1.9 pounds! I haven't seen a loss like that in awhile.

I finished days 4 and 5 of my 30 day Whittle my Middle challenge on the 8th of December and took a break, during which time the only exercise I have been getting is shoveling and blowing snow out of the (huge) driveway, and there's more to do today. I am back to my challenge today, though. I just won't finish until next month now. I'm glad I lost this week. I needed that boost!

My 2010 word of the year?... I'll tell you later.

There's No Such Thing As Girls Like That

Just had to share this... (more Christine Kane)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

How cool is she?

Christine Kane is a musician / creative life coach with a blog and I just discovered her today. Seems she's been doing a word of the year for awhile now, which is how I found her website. Helpful stuff. I've settled on my word for 2010. It's the right word for me. I know this because I'm not going to wait until January 1st to start using it. When your word finds you... you have to start using it right away. You NEED your word in your life. If you have NO idea what all this "word" talk is read this. Christine Kane really explains the idea well.
She's great. Even has some songs on iTunes. She's a very positive woman and it looks like she's got some interesting things to say both on her blog and in her music. Should you have some time you should give it a look, her blog that is. Here's a sample of her humor and music all at the same time.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekly Weigh-In (#43)

I am EXACTLY the weight I was last week this time....
No change. Well lots of changes, ...that didn't change my weight. Maybe next week I'll have better success.
The last 12 weeks...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Nutrition???

It occurred to me this week that I might want to see how I'm doing on my nutrition intake over a week's time.  I've done pretty good tracking once a week lately, and I think it has helped me to fine tune my eating.  However, according to Tosca Reno, who wrote the Eat Clean Diet book that I'm re-reading, your weight is 80% what you eat, 10% exercise and 10% genetics.  I must be missing something in the what I'm eating category because, I've been stuck... and the other areas had not taken a turn for the worse.

I've been giving my little plateau quite a bit of thought and nothing stood out as the cause of the stalemate.  So I'm going over this with a fine tooth comb.

I've decided how many calories I want to eat in a day and then multiply that by 7 to give me calories in a week. I've looked at how many grams of carbs, protein and fat I should be eating in a day to give me that number of calories.  (Lots of math, and it made my brain hurt a little, but I got through it. )

So I decided to target between 1000 to 1400 calories a day and put together a chart to show me where I should be at the end of seven days.  It's pretty interesting to me the way it's all playing out this week.
Here is where I am after breakfast today...
December 1st:  I was surprised that the day had me calorie heavy... such healthy food and yet... I needed to make some adjustments.
December 2nd:  I didn't catch until today I tracked myself as eating a whole avocado rather than an 1/8th of a cup.  Big difference on the fat intake.  I've fixed that now.
December 3rd: Yesterday I had fried eggs, toast and hash browns for breakfast because I left the house without breakfast, which I never do anymore.  By the time I made it halfway to work I was HUNGRY and used up half my calories for the day... but I stayed full all day long at work.  Unusual.  I usually get hungry every three and a half hours.  I may have had lunch anyway, had I not known how much of my allowance used up.  That would have made for a day of too much of everything!
So far this week this is how my eating breaks down.

Looks like I'm running high on carbs, which means I can't have cereal in the morning and at night too often. :( I might get away with it one day a week.  I have been really enjoying the Grape Nuts and Oatmeal this week. 

Despite being weighted more on carbs than I wanted, the scale has been creeping down... but I didn't weigh in this morning.  I just hate being in suspense... I'll have to check tomorrow for the surprise now.  I hope it's a good one.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Whittle My Middle (Day 2 & 3)

Today my stomach did not feel sore. I've improved over yesterday already. Shoes are important to do some of these exercises I've decided. Also it helped to be more familiar with what I was doing.
Since the improvement isn't based on strength, at this point, I'm going to call this my baseline... it will be interesting how I can improve over the next 28 days.
Day 2 (Dec 2):

  • Plank: 48 seconds
  • Side plank: Right Side: 36 seconds, 46 seconds Left Side: 32 seconds, 42 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  41 seconds!!!
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 38 seconds, 15reps
  • Stability ball roll out  
  • Plank Rotations 15 seconds,  3reps
  • TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes. 
Day 3 (Dec 3):

  • Plank: 61 seconds, 15 seconds
  • Side plank: Right Side: 57 seconds,  Left Side: 48 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  42 seconds!!!
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 35 seconds, 14reps
  • Stability ball roll out   75 seconds, 15reps
  • Plank Rotations 15 seconds,  2.5reps
  • TOTAL TIME: 5  minutes. 
I'm getting better.  I should tell you that my side planks are modified.  (my arm is not straight at my side, rather I use it to help support me.)  All other modifications are unintentional.  lol. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Whittle my Middle 30 Day Challenge

I visited a new website today and was inspired by the " Whittle My Middle 30-Day Challenge! " on Angela's website Oh She Glows.  After doing my first day's exercise I just have to say that it's going to be TOUGH!!  It will be a good challenge for me, PLENTY of opportunity for improvement. She's halfway through her challenge... but I'm going to go ahead and start now, I'm just here for the fitness... 

And I'm really want to tackle that mid section of mine...  Since I've made it my mission to do my exercise, I thought that a good strong CORE would really help me towards becoming more fit.



Here is what I will be doing:
1) PICTURES: Before, half way, and after pictures on Dec 1st, Dec 15th, and Dec. 30th, respectively.
2) MEASUREMENTS: Before, half way, and after measurements of my ‘smallest’ waist (above belly button for me), at the belly buttun,  widest waist (2″-3″ lower approx, the pouch area.  I call it the Jelly Belly.), and hips (over fullest part of butt)- same dates as above.
3) CORE WORK: 5-10 minute core workout, 5 days a week, doing the following exercises:
  • Plank 
  • Side plank
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes
  • Stability ball roll out
  • Plank Rotations
All of the core exercises that I will be doing are found in this video by Turbulance Training:

I will be doing all of the exercises featured in the video. (no matter that some I will only do for a few short seconds...)
5-10 minutes a day total, 5 days a week for 1 month. Challenge ends December 30th. Because I will likely find these exercises quite challenging at first, I will probably start off with 5 minutes for the first week or two and work my way up to 10 minutes.  No problem -- (I can break it up, right?) 

I will post updates on my progress as I can, so stay tuned!!!
~~~~~
TODAY I START...
Initial Measuremens:
Sm Waist: 31.5
BB Waist 32.0
JB Waist: 35.75
Hips: 41.125

Day 1 (Dec 1):

  • Plank: 40 seconds, 30 seconds
  • Side plank: Right Side: 25 seconds Left Side: 31 seconds
  • Plank with elbows on stability ball  ROFLMAO!!! First Attempt: 4 seconds, Second Attempt:  2 seconds
  • Stability Ball Jackknifes 57 seconds (didn't count, but will next time)
  • Stability ball roll out   1 minute 52 seconds (about 25 repetitions) 
  • Plank Rotations 1 and  2/3   
  • TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes.
     I'm going to give this challenge my all, 
    so watch for improvement.  I intend to


    Sunday, November 29, 2009

    Christmas Sparkle!!!

    Kaylee, Ben and I spent the evening putting up the tree!

    It's nice to have it done already and with so much help we had it up and decorated in just over an hour. Nice!!!

    Weekly Weigh-In (#42)

    152.6 Today.  So that's good.  Down 0.7 from last week.

    I gained about a pound less than Dennis so I win the competition between the two of us.  Which means I am the winner... no prize since neither of hit the 10 pound loss we were shooting for.  However, we made it through Thanksgiving MUCH bettter than we have in years past. 

    The exercise room that I set up in the Front Room is very functional, looks pretty good and is seeing some use by me.  I'm so proud.  I've not established an everyday habit yet, but I'm in there three to four times a week for the last two weeks. Yay for me.  The exercise room has the Total Gym that we borrowed from my parents, the Elliptical Machine and the Recumbant Bike and the Fitness Balls.  


    I had put a blanket on the window for a temporary privacy screen... TACKY, I know, but effective on a couple of levels. 

    Dennis HATES the blanket.  After we talked over priorities and money, Dennis contacted a blind company and had them come out and take measurements and I'm getting some Cellular Blinds!!!!  Merry Christmas to me!!!   They are double celled and will be great for insulating the window during the summer and the winter.  They should be here in about 3 weeks.  I deferred to Kaylee's choice on color after I chose my top 4 picks.  She really does have good taste, and I trust her artistic judgement over mine.  Until then, the blanket will stay, because despite my sparkle, I really don't want to exercise for the neighborhood, and I'm feeling really great about the exercise.
    Oh... and I'm giving next year's "word of the year" lots of thought.  This is an important decision after all and must be carefully thought out.  Don't want to be throwing a word out there like ORDER... as Dennis pointed out, I could get confused, and start placing orders off of home shopping network instead of organizing the closet.  Thinking thinking thinking...

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (#40 and #41)

    Today I'm down from last week, but up from week 39.  153.3.

    Last week was ugly. 156 point something. I just couldn't think of anything nice to say so I took a week off from the blog. I was SO mad.  It's a new week, now...

    I'm still here.  Still working the plan.

    I did really well with exercise during my business trip and now that my audit is over I'm excited to pick it up again starting today.  It made me really happy to be doing another healthy thing for me, so even though the scale did not reinforce those good feelings, I'm thinking there were too many other variables going on even though I worked hard to stay on plan.

    We usually have two Thanksgiving celebrations, and one of these was yesterday.  I ate mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, turkey, sweet potatoes and frog-eye salad.  It was all so good!!   I enjoyed every bite!  I did eat to feeling very full but not uncomfortable. 

    One more dinner on Thursday... I'm planning on watching portions even better and stopping in time to feel satisfied after eating, but not "very full". 

    Dennis and I are neck and neck on our competition, lol.  He would have had me beat  yesterday, but the mashed potatoes set him back a bit.  (insert evil laugh here).  So next week is the end of the competition to lose 10 pounds.  I'll be ecstatic with anything in the 140s.  It's  been fun weighing in with him.  He did a pre-victory dance yesterday to taunt me... I laughed because he was being very funny and congratulated him on his success.  It was good to do that little check before the feast and it helped me stay on course.

    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Lunch... and Dinner. Then... and Now.


    I loved lunch today, but this salad with no dressing was huge and very filling! It had cashews, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, apples and chicken over spinach. It was also Dinner. I ate two apples and 6 oz of some chicken I brought with me for dinner tonight. So far so good!
    Oh I found a picture of me in my hotel about a year ago...  and decided to take one now for contrast.  (I didn't' take pictures of my food a year ago... I hate to think about what that meal looked like.
    Then...   (not sure what motivated this picture... boredom? self-evaluation?

    and now...

    I see more SPARKLE!!!  Must be those good eats!!
    (Pardon the messy hair... I got my hair wet in the hot tub about an hour ago... )

    Sunday, November 8, 2009

    Weber Wants Kaylee!!


    Kaylee got her acceptance letter for Weber in the mail... She also got a High Honor Scholarship for her grades that knocks $2100 off the price for her first year.  She's stoked!!!   We're stoked!!!! YAY!!!!!!

    She's also applying to Southern Utah University and Colorado State University.  They also have majors that go along with her being a commercial art director...  she's retaking the ACT test next month to try and get a better score.  The bigger the score the better the chances for scholarships and the better the scholarships are.

    She's working really hard to make sure and keep her grades up this year.  She pulled off a 4.0 and is ranked 6th in her class out of 259 students.  It's one thing to be one of the top three in a small school like Hoehne, but I think it's helped a bunch to transition to a bigger school and still be doing so well.  She really needed this transition.  Weber is huge at over 20,000 undergraduate students.  When you go from a class of 15 to a class of 259 that is HUGE, but it does something to prepare you for big changes, I would think.

    Woooot Kaylee!!! You ROCK!!!!

    Weekly Weigh-In (#39)

    I weighed in this morning at 150.1 I'm up 0.3 pounds from last week.

    I am going to be traveling to our other manufacturing plant this coming week for work.  I started to fall into thinking:  "This is going to throw my eating off track.", and then I remembered the trip I took earlier in the year where I planned ahead and packed food, so that I could stay on plan.  Surely, if it can be done once it can be done again.

    Now, I'm viewing it as an opportunity and actually looking forward to how I can make the most of it.

    I'm going to need to make extra sure that I make it so that I don't have to eat out much, if at all.  I'll continue taking my lunches, and see if I can get a room with a refrigerator at least so it gives me some flexibility with what I can take. 

    I'll make it a point to take advantage of the exercise room at the hotel and possibly the swimming pool.  Maybe I can use the trip as a chance to get some new habits worked into my schedule.  Sometimes the best thing for getting some momentum when trying to make a change for me is to do it when I'm "out of my element" so to speak. 

    This could work!

    Friday, November 6, 2009

    Skinny Cows



    I made it to the Farmer's Market at Thanksgiving Point the last day about a month ago and talked to about three ranchers about their beef. One of the ranchers told me they had an italian breed that is very lean compared to traditional beef. I was very interested!  (I still have tons of beef in the freezer, so I'm interested, but not really looking to buy just yet.) 
    I ordered a sampling of the Piedmont Beef this week and tonight we tried the roast. I just cooked it in the pressure cooker until fall apart tender. (an hour and a half from frozen, for a 3 pound roast.). Neither Dennis or I could taste a difference from the roasts we've made in the past. I didn't notice a texture difference either. A tender roast is a tender roast... and you can generally get that with most roasts, if you cook it long enough.

    The real test is the steak. I got one t-bone and I will leave it to Dennis to say whether it's more tender than the other stuff. I warned him that they say to cook it on high heat and that it cooks faster than traditional beef... he's definitely the steak expert, it's just a matter of making sure that he consciously thinks about making a comparison. I have learned that if you just wait to see if he notices something different... he seldom does, lol.
    Here are the nutritional comparisons, which is why I'm so interested in this stuff.

    Nutritional Comparisons:


    Skinny Cow
    Traditional Skinless Chicken
    Traditional Beef
    Fat (g)
    2.7
    3.08
    5

    Calories

    120

    140

    291

    Protein (g)

    22

    21

    20
    Cholesterol (mg)
    45
    70

    74
    Piedmont Beef Comparison

    Calories
        Fat
      Carbs
    Protein
    Chicken Breast, no skin, 4 ounces
    125
    1
    0
    26
    Piedmont Beef, 4 oz
    120
    3
    0
    22
    Roasting Chicken, light meat, 100 grams
    153
    4
    0
    27
    Chicken Thigh, 100 grams
    119
    4
    0
    20

    Update 1: Dennis cooked one of the T-Bones tonight and declared it "no better than the T-Bones we've been buying" but no worse either. Considering how much he eats the stuff, I think that going with the Piedmonte would be an easy healthy change to make in our household that would really make a big difference for him... even if it does cost more.  Dennis said that it's different without the fat marbled in... and seems unconvinced that it is healthier for him, lol.

    Update 2:  Dennis cooked up the hamburger tonight.  I looked for the fat that dripped down through the grill and ... there isn't really any!  There's some juice... but no fat.  I think it's awesome and Dennis thinks it tastes weird.  The steak more so than the hamburger.  Less yummy flavor, too.  Poor Dennis, he's just not that happy!
    Next time we buy... this is what we are getting.  He'll be used to the idea by then, right?

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (#38)

    I seem to have figured out maintenance... except that maintenance is not my goal right now. 

    I'm up .07 this week... I think that the losses will come... just can't give up.

    Can't say that I didn't enjoy the Raspberry Almond Torte that Dennis so graciously brought home from his night out at Market Street Grill.  It is sweeter and richer than I remembered it being, but I still ate the whole slice.  I would have shared it with Kaylee, but she got her own piece from Dennis.

    Other than that one indulgence, I've taken control of night and weekend eating and feel happy with the choices I've made all week.  Until next week... then.   Adieu.

    Saturday, October 31, 2009

    Are You Afraid of Green Monsters??


    I finally broke down and tried one of the Green Monster Smoothies I've heard about.  I loved it, loved it, loved it. 
    I started with a recipe on Jack Sh*t Getting Fit's blog and modified it to fit the ingredients that I had...  Check out his recipe and then make it like I did...  lol.

    Ingredients

    2 large handfuls fresh spinach
    1 large frozen banana, cut into chunks
    1 T almond butter
    1 c skim milk
    1 T almond extract (this was a bit of an oops, I was going to only put in a teaspoon, but it worked out really well, anyway)
    1/2 scoop protein isolate powder (Now Sports Whey Protein Isolate from Shirlynn's)

    Directions

    Place spinach and milk in blender. Start on low and move up to high. Add banana, almond butter, protein isolate and almond extract and blend on medium, shifting to high when it starts to come together. Add ice cubes and pulse a few times, then blending until thick.

    I got all excited and then....

    Salt Lake City
    Wednesday, November 4, 2009
    7:00 PM
    THE KING’S ENGLISH BOOKSHOP
    1511 S 1500 E
    Salt Lake City, UT 84105


    I realized that PW (The Pioneer Woman) doesn't really cook to my lifestyle...  things have changed here and
    if I ate the way she cooks for all my meals.... I'd still be over 190 pounds (and climbing)!!
    However if your metabolism, will-power and /or conscious  allows you, you should go see her and get her cookbook.  Your taste buds would love you!! 

    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    Curried Black and White Beans with Quinoa

    Looks weird, but I'm very happy with this curry dish!

    Mmmmm Curry!!!!  
    I bought some Quinoa awhile back and had bookmarked this recipe at Sparkpeople to try Quinoa for the first time. I'm super happy with this!! I love the texture of the Quinoa and it does go really well with this recipe. I cooked the quinoa in chicken broth according to the package instructions and drained the excess liquid when it was done.
    Kaylee said that the quinoa is weird, good but weird, lol.  I think it's weird too... yummy though.

    I linked to Momritz's recipe in the title, (a bunch of her recipes look good.) but have brought the recipe here for convenience...
    Submitted by: MOMRITZ
    Really good with quinoa, couscous, or brown rice.
    17 Minutes to Prepare and Cook
             
             Ingredients
      2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 2.5 Tbsp curry powder 2 cups black beans, cooked/rinsed 1 cup great nothern bean, cooked/rinsed 1 cup chicken broth 1 15 oz can tomato sauce salt/pepper to taste
      Directions
    saute' onion in medium pan at medium heat until just soft
    add curry and combine for approx 2 minutes
    add beans , mix well
    add broth and tomato sauce - mix well
    raise temp to boil
    reduce heat to medium low and cover
    cook additional 10 minutes

    makes approx 6 - 1 cup servings.

    Number of Servings: 6
    Nutritional Info (without the Quinoa)
    • Servings Per Recipe: 6
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 190.3
    • Total Fat: 5.7 g
    • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
    • Sodium: 595.4 mg
    • Total Carbs: 28.3 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 9.3 g
    • Protein: 9.2 g

    Weekly Weigh-In (#37)

    Hello 140's, I've missed you. I am sorry I mistreated you and I will remember that I made a commitment and I will do what it takes so that I never leave you for a bigger number like that again...

    Today I'm at 149.1... down 1.2 pounds from last week.
    Now I need another week that looks just like this one...

    Sweeney Todd Under The Stars

    Here's the famous barber chair in Seville...

    Dennis, Kaylee, Kenzie and I went to see Sweeney Todd!!

    We were all surprised when we got there that it was outside at a beautiful stone amphitheater... Sweeney Todd in the dark outside... I loved it!! We all loved it. We warmed up during intermission with cider and hot chocolate. So much fun!!!



    Sweeney Todd
    Actors' Repertory Theatre Ensemble
    October 22-October 31, 2009
    Join us at the historic Castle Amphitheater
    Dress for the weather, bring pillows and blankets for more comfortable seating.
    Content may not be appropriate for children under 13
    October 29, 30 at 8:00 PM
    2 Shows October 31: 8:00 and 11:00 PM
    Here's the theatre! Isn't it pretty!!


    I would highly recommend this for a date night where you get to keep eachother warm. Bring something to sit on, a warm hat, scarf, and someone to love!!

    Saturday, October 17, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (#36)

    It's not my scale, so I'm not going to count the weigh-in here at my sister, Amy's house. I'll weigh in on my scale Monday Morning and post here later.


    I think I did good this week,... but there was that day I had a Big Mac (blech).

    Lots of GOOD choices this week other than that. My big weakness I've decided is my evenings and weekends.

    Amy helped me out with this a lot this weekend. We did really good. Amy and I made a Weight Watcher recipes from the All Time Favorites cookbook together; Lemon Chicken with Artichokes. (pg 102) This dish had a very distinct Greek feel to it. Amy added spinach to this recipe... a very good choice. It was really good and I loved cooking with my sister. I wasn't even sure what Orzo was, but the small rice like pasta fit this dish very well.

    We also made a parmesan breadcrumb chicken, Chicken Milenase style from Weight Watcher's 20 Minute cookbook. My friend Trish introduced us to this recipe on her blog awhile back. I'd forgotten how delish it was. We served it with brown butter and asiago over whole wheat angel hair pasta. (Asiago was pretty close tasting to the pricer mizithra cheese we usually use, I was surprised)

    I'm getting back into drinking my water too. My good habit of drinking lots of water had dropped off for a bit, so I'm making a point to make sure I'm well hydrated. (That helps with my weight not bouncing all over so much.)

    Weigh in Tomorrow... Tomorrow!!!

    I'm down .5 this week. That's the right direction!

    Just a few suggestions...

    Not mine. "Jack Sh*t Gettin' Fit" has some for you. I loved these. Maybe I'll put them on my fridge.

    Check them out here.

    While you're over there read his "About Me" section, it's genius!

    Sunday, October 11, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (#35)

    I am up .6 this week. I am frustrated a bit, frustrated I have to report an increase... :P

    I love you 140's! Come back to me my pretty little weight!!

    I've got to cook a bunch of chicken and get ready to have a successful week though. Can't give up... just gotta keep going!!

    Sunday, October 4, 2009

    Where's Little Kaylee??

    My sister Amy and her kids went to the airport a few years ago with me to pick up Kaylee for one of her visits.  Sammi was very excited to see Kaylee again, but looked visibly confused when we greeted Kaylee with hugs and smiles. 

    I'm not sure if she remembered Kaylee from an older picture or what her frame of reference was, but she asked a question that I have been asking ever since...


    "Where's little Kaylee?"

    It truly doesn't seem all that long ago that my little Kaylee was telling me that her bottom hurt from sitting in her carseat.  She gave such a convincing argument that we stuck a bunch of cotton batting under the seat cover of her carseat.  She was SO SO happy about it...  but it was probably only a couple of days later she started crying about her bottom... it had become a habit... I reminded her about her "new soft cushion" and she smiled.  She was busted and she knew it.  She was always so smart like that.

    I remember her first actual joke.  We were in a gas station along I-80 taking a travel break.  She and I were trying on sunglasses together and she tried on a small pair of very dark perfectly round wire rimmed glasses.  Just the kind of glasses you always see "the three blind mice" wearing in any good illustration.

    I was busy checking my shades when I became conscious that she was calling my name over and over... "Mom, Mom, Mom... Mom...Mom..." (not an unusual occurrence, it can be tough to get my attention on a good day, even now.)  I finally looked down at the persistent three year old and saw her waving her arms in front of her as any blind mouse might have when trying to get her bearings.  It was hilarious.  She's been making me smile and laugh for 18 years now.

    I can't imagine my life without her.

    For Kaylee's birthday, the girls got haircuts, followed by a spa night in the living room.
    We made an oatmeal yogurt scrub that smelled just like yogurt parfait.

    ...even Dennis participated,(minimally). It was a fun night.

    Weekly Weigh-In (#34)

    YES!!! I'm down this week. I've released (for good this time), 1.1 pounds of unnecessary weight. It feels very good to be headed i the right direction again.

    Dennis wants to compete for the next 10 pounds.  We have 50 pounds separating us exactly today.  I think the friendly competition provides us both some added focus, so I'm definitely in. 

    Goal for this little competition is 140.2  This will also put me right where I need to be for maintenance. 

    Saturday, October 3, 2009

    Evil Jungle Princess In My Kitchen



    Have you tried the Evil Jungle Princess at Thaifoon?
    It's so good!
    I have been wanting and planning to make the dish since I first tried it months ago and now, I have!!!   I mentioned that I had located a recipe that said it was pretty close at There's a Party in My Mouth and Your Invited,
    I'm not sure if Jenni made it up or found it...  but I used her recipe as my starting point.  I doubled the amount of sauce that sauce and there still wasn't nearly as much sauce as they served at Thaifoon.  This recipe will serve ~6.  I amped up the flavor to better suit my tastes, and it's still what I would call mild.  I substituted "lite coconut milk" and "peanut satay sauce" to help make it more health friendly. Here's how to make it like I did:

    You’ll need 3 cups cooked Jasmine Rice, or whatever rice you'd like.  I always make extra rice. Leftovers can always be used in another meal. Anyways get that rice cooking, it can take an hour! This counter-top pressure cooker is my new rice cooker. I really really like it! (It's fast and it likes me better than my old rice cooker did.)


    I can make the best rice now, perfect, yummy, gorgeous rice.  Oh and Coconut Oil is the perfect oil to use when you cook rice.  I am a huge fan of coconut in general, I just love the smell, the taste, the texture... mmmmmm co-co-nut.  If you use this pricy oil  no other time, you got to use it with the rice for your indian and asian dishes, it just adds that yummy coconut aroma. 
    In a mixing bowl, combine sauce ingredients. (you may want to double the amounts below)


    2 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
    1-2 Tbsp Curry Powder, Hot
    1 Tbsp Lemongrass Paste
    Fresh or Dried Lemongrass works too
    2 Tbsp Cane Sugar (Brown Sugar/Agave Nectar.)
    1-2 Tbsp Fish Sauce 
    I used Thai Kitchen brand which was not very pungent and it needed  2 Tbsp.
    1 Tbsp Peanut Satay Sauce (or Peanut Butter)
    3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
    2 Cans Light Coconut Milk 13.5 oz    
    I recommend "A Taste of Thai" over "Thai Kitchen" brand, it's looked more creamy.
    2-3 Lime Leaves  
    I didn't have these, so I just used more lemongrass and lime juice.

    Set aside.

    In a small mixing bowl, combine the fresh herbs and lime juice.
    1/2 cup Thai or regular Basil chopped
    1/4 cup Fresh Mint Leaves chopped
    2 Tbsp Lime Juice (adjust taste at end)

    Next Time:  1 Tsp Crushed Red Peppers (to add some HEAT) 
    Set aside.

    18 oz Chicken Breasts cubed or cut into strips
    13 oz Bamboo Shoots, canned drained
    1 or 2 Red Bell Pepper cut into 1/4 inch strips
    1 cup Asparagus Spears blanched
    1 cup Chinese Long Green Beans blanched
      (I just used really thin green beans)

    Start Water Boiling to Blanch Veggies. Cut up chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes before adding sauce.
    Cut red peppers, set aside. Blanch veggies by putting in boiling water for 3 minutes.
    Add Red Peppers to chicken curry mixture.
    Trim Asparagus to get rid of tough ends. Add Green Beans and Asparagus to chicken curry mixture.
    Once mix has simmered through. Add Fresh Herbs and Lime Juice mixture. Cook 1 minute.

    (I know, I didn't use my Wok! but I think this pan worked better for this recipe.)
    Add more lime juice, and curry (with curry powder) if desired.
    Serve over half cup of your yummy Jasmine Rice.



    Here's the Nutrition Information for a serving of Evil Jungle Princess as I made it:
    1/6 of the sauce, 3oz chicken, and 1/2 cup rice... veggies not included.
    I did a little math to see what would happen if I doubled the sauce in the recipe.
    Nutrition Information

    everything
    just sauce
    Calories
    316
    143
    Fat g
    11
    9
    Saturated Fat
    7
    7
    Sodium
    814
    758
    Carbs
    26
    15
    Fiber
    0
    0
    Protein
    28
    3
    WW POINTS
    7
    4
    Takes it from 7 to 11 points. Still not bad!!
    (Add 2 grams fiber for serving on brown rice, though it did not help out the points any).


    It's been awhile since I've had this in the restraunt, but if memory serves this is P.D. close. The exception being the amount of sauce, which is, admittedly, the best part!

    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (#33)

    Hey! 
    Can I start out on a positive note?
    I've been feeling so so much better the last couple of weeks!  I have had a couple of very light migraines in the past few days, but even with that I just feel optimistic and happy and healthy and confident.   I took a couple of days off last week, one to spend with Kaylee and one to spend with myself.  I feel rested... and revived.

    The scale this morning shows me up another 1.8 pounds.  Hello again 150's...  This week I'll give my hormones part of the credit, and my food choices only some of the  credit.  I guess I better get serious and really consider what's going on here. 

    I'm going to think on it and I"ll let you know. 

    Yay Hubby is home!  Gonna run!! 

    It's going to be a better week.  Watch and see!

    Sunday, September 20, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (#32)

    Up up up... I'm up 2.4 pounds and I earned every bit of it. I ate a bread almost every meal and I wasn't tracking. I'm sure it all added up pretty quickly! Seems I had a ferocious craving for bread and fats this week. BUT, it's behind me now, pun intended. (bad joke, sorry, couldn't help myself)

    On to next week... and planning and moderation in all things, lol. I have my chicken breasts all done up for lunches... I have apples and nectarines for my fruit from the Lehi Farmer's Market...  I FINALLY found the thing!!  I've been "kinda" trying for three weeks to get there.
    I just need to get some vegetables going, now.  ... I did get a couple of really nice zucchini from my Mom-in-Law's garden...one is already gone, though.  I just LOVE Zukes!

    Dennis was excited to show me how to cook in the new Wok, so he had me cut up one of the zucchini last night. He's made two meals in it so far... I may not have to do the cooking for awhile! He digs woking, wokking, wok-ing?  It was delicious.

    I did get a fantabulous deal too. It was a 14" wok with a lid, a rack and a few utensils for $14.98 on clearance at Bed Bath and Beyond. Happy day!!

    And the Big News of the the week...


    Kaylee and Ben crafted him this STEAK CAKE with "+ 20" for candles... cuz he's not 22. 
    Caydence, Kayleigh, and Athena gave him a "Berfday" Card with Hershey's Hugs and Kisses and some cute pictrure frames...  They took it to him at work since Caydance couldn't contain herself until later.  So cute!!  Even cuter was hearing her Papa D tell the story.  He's really cute when he does his Caydance impression.

    Maveryk and Tukker came by for a Pineapple Pancake breakfast on Saturday morning with their Mommy and Aunt Kenzie.

    Sunday, September 13, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (Week 31)

    Down .6 pounds this week. (147.1) I'm OK with that, though it's not nearly exciting as more would be... down IS down though.

    I went shopping for jeans but got a little frustrated trying to find my style. I did zip up a few size 5's in Kohls, and I also couldn't get size 9's over my thighs in another style... there is a lot of variation from brand to brand, I've found. After the shopping trip, I asked to try on Kaylee's jeans, and decided that I'm taking advantage of the fact that Kaylee's jeans fit me really well, and NOT buying pants, just now. Looks like Size 7 or 9 and even 11 in teen jeans is what I wear right now... and Kaylee really cute jeans, so I'm pretty set for the moment.

    Working on the basement today and if I want a shower tonight... I better go help that man of mine.

    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    Homecoming Times Two

    Kaylee is home and it feels so so SO good to this mom.
    I feel like there is extra sunshine in my heart, extra bounce in my step, warm and glowy... hard to explain without sounding really corny, but I don't mind corny too much.

    Tonight is homecoming! This is the very first dance that I've been able to help Kaylee get ready for... the very first dance that I could be the one taking the picture and seeing how beautiful she looked firsthand.

    I got to see photos, sure. But it's just not the same.  I often had to wait until the summer to see them. I saw her junior prom pictures on Facebook, but I didn't get to see how excited she was to go or help make decisions about what eyeshadow to use, or tell her gorgeous she looked before she left for the night, or tell her to come straight home afterward and to "be good!!"

    Tonight I got to do all that and I can't say how happy I am that she decided to stay here for her Senior year.It's nice to get some time with her before she's ALL grown up!
    Well, here's the before the date picture... They make a pretty cute couple, eh?

    Hands down this has been THE VERY BEST homecoming ever!!

    Monday, September 7, 2009

    Introducing....

     
    Isn't she GREAT!?!?!?!?!
    I love her! Thinner and cuter... just how I feel, lol! 
    Kaylee put her trademark symbol and a copyright on it so no one would do what I did and STEAL her for themselves...  dang non-creative people, anyways! 

    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    A New Girl



    Cartoon Girl is going away...
    I asked Kaylee tonight if she would design a new girl for my blog.  This one was ripped from the web cuz I just don't have that kind of creativity.  I think she's adorable, but...I would rather have a Daughter Design instead.
    It will have more meaning for me and I'll love it even more than this one.
    Stay tuned...  maybe soon, maybe not... we stay pretty busy here, ya know.

    Weekly Weigh-In (Week 30)

    Look! A picture from a year ago... last September.


    I would have to say I'm feeling much more sparkle this year.  
    OH!  I'm going to color my hair and then I'll show off my new haircut.  
    I'm down 2.2 pounds this week!  Yay!!
    I have caught myself thinking, "I'm almost done!"  Sometimes I catch myself and sometimes I don't.

    I'm not almost done... I'm almost to goal...almost to maintenance... almost to the point that it's going to take EXTRA from me because I don't get the reward of seeing the number on the scale drop. 
    I need to get to the point that the same number is a reward.  Hmmm....  that'll be a switch.

    Saturday, September 5, 2009

    Talk about big girl panties...

    Check out this article when you have a minute,  I just can't help but admire and respect this kind of self-discipline and maturity.

    I may not be an old soul, but I enjoy their insights...

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (Week 29)

    Still cruising... I'm down 2.1 pounds this week and am in the upper 140's...

    I'm having a harder time getting rid of clothes now. I think that before it was easier because I didn't relate to being size 14 (or 16, or 18) but I remember Size 10 and I had been a size 8 for awhile. This was familiar. I bought 2 pair of work pants this week SIZE SIX... and I don't relate to size 6...

    As a matter of fact I almost wonder if we've had some size inflation in the last 10 years... I weighed this before and I was no SIZE 6. But every pair of black pants I tried on in that size fit like a dream... Seriously, like a dream. Is this real???


    Hi, I'm Christy and I'm a size 6.... (nope, no lightening bolts).

    WOWZA!!!!

    Sunday, August 23, 2009

    Weekly Weigh-In (#28) and Picture Day!!!

    I had a good week and I even had some Nutella on graham crackers. (Mmmm. so good!)
    I released 1.9 pounds and am now in my healthy weight range, at night and in the morning. Yay!!!

    Beginning
    30% of the way
    50% of the way
    80% of the way
    Again!!! Again!!!
    Me 30% of the way there

    50% of the way to goal.
    80% to Goal!!


    So, I can see from where the unnecessary weight is going to come from and I'm starting to wrap my head around the exercise thing again. I took a 20 minute brisk walk last week and hope to get a few of these in this week as well.

    The big plunge...

    Starting Weight 193.8
    Week 1 194.2 - +.4
    W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
    W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
    W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
    W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
    W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
    W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
    W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
    W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
    W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
    W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
    W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
    W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
    W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
    W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
    W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
    W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
    W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
    W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
    W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
    W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
    W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
    W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
    W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
    W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
    W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
    W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
    W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
    August 30, 2009
    W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
    W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
    W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
    W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
    W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
    W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
    W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
    W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
    W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
    W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
    W- 39 150.1 +0.3
    W- 40 156.3 +6.2
    W- 41 153.3 -3.0
    W- 42 152.6 -0.7
    W- 43 152.6 -0.0
    W- 44 150.7 -1.9
    W- 45 152.4 +1.7
    W- 46 153.0 +0.6
    W- 47 152.3 +0.7
    W- 48 150.1 -2.2

    W- 49 147.5 -2.6
    W- 50 146.3 -1.2
    ...
    ...
    W- 53 151.0 +2.0
    W- 54 149.3 -1.7
    W- 55 144.9 -4.4
    W- 56 144.1 -0.8
    W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!