Thursday, January 31, 2008

Family Biggest Loser Weigh In

I don't have the results from the other family members (will get those tonight), but I had to post my own. Since January 7, when we started our competition, I have lost 7 pounds, which is 4.08% of my body weight. I truly am amazed and almost scared to say that. I fear that it might not be true (although I stood on the scale three different times to verify the number). I'm pretty sure that will be good enough to not come in last, but we'll see. I am half a pound away from being halfway to my goal. Hopefully the rest comes off just a quick! I really am pleased with my weight loss. Just this morning was reflecting back to the first day when I started counting points. I really did not want to count points and wondered how I could even get through one day, let alone a week, which I had originally challenged myself to. Now, it comes naturally, and I have counting points to thank for my success.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday's Points

Plus 4 extra points from exercise
4 of 35 extra used

Quinoa 2 points = 2 points total
Fiber one bar 2 points = 4 points total
Almonds 1 point = 5 points total
Chicken 4 points = 9 points total
Rice 3 points = 12 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points (I can’t get enough of these!) = 14 points total
Adelle’s chicken sausage 4 points = 18 points total
Sweet potato 4 points = 22 points total
Broccoli 2 points = 24 points total
Fudgsicle 1 point = 25 points total
Chocolate and peanut butter mix 7 points = 32 points total
(I just couldn’t refuse the chocolate peanut butter mix, so I had it in my small, little measured out portions.)

Book Review - The Ocean Between Us by Susan Wiggs

The Ocean Between Us starts right in the middle of the action which I've never seen Wiggs do before. It was quite enthralling and made me unable to put the book down. The characters and circumstances are very believable and they act how I would expect them to act in their respective situations, which is one of the book's strengths. The secondary characters are also very interesting (something that doesn't always happen in Wiggs' books). I very much enjoyed this book.

I have tried to write a summary of the book, but with the innerworkings of each character's relationships to another, it is a little complicated, and I don't want to ruin the story for anyone. I'll give it a two sentence try: Navy wife Grace Bennett wants more from life, but her husband, Captain Steve Bennett doesn't understand. Their marriage starts to crack and when a mishap happens on his deployment, they may never get the chance to make things right.

The book is so much more than that, and is definitely worth the read.

Wednesday Weigh-in

I've lost 1.5 pounds since last week. I'm very satisfied with that. I'm also amazed that I eat around 24-28 points a day and I don't feel hungry. I never thought this was possible around Christmas time. 24 seemed like such a little number; it really helps to work out and get my 4 extra points.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tiddleywinks

I loved seeing Bob and Jillian do a challenge! I loved to see Jillian have a hard time. It made her seem more real and approachable. I also loved seeing Brittany stay so long on the escalator! I was rooting for her, and I couldn't believe when Allison announced they had been on for over 20 minutes! That is seriously hard!!

Okay, do the men really have to take their shirts off for the weigh in? I hate seeing the man boobs! I don't understand why women's breasts have to be censored, but it's okay to see these fleshy, bouncy man boobs - GROSS!

On another note, I have submitting photo assignments to the Digital Photography School http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/ since the beginning of the year, and today I posted my minimalism assignment. I posted a photo that was personally risky for me and someone commented with "WOW! I really like this shot!" I am so excited by this positive feedback!

Tuesday's Points

Goal 24; exercise = 4 points; of 35 extra points used

Quinoa cereal 2 points = 2 points total
Potatoes and Canadian Bacon 4 points = 6 points total
Quesadilla 6 points = 12 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 14 points total
Apple 1 point = 15 points total
Powdered peanut butter 2 points = 17 points total
Chicken 3 points = 20 points total
Rice 4 points = 24 points total
Peas 1 point = 25 points total
Fudgsicle 1 point = 26 points total

Monday's Points

Goal 24 points; 10 of 35 extra points used

Quinoa 2 points = 2 points total
Potatoes and ham 5 points = 7 points total
Polenta and potatoes 3 points = 10 points total
Popcorn 2 points total = 12 points
Chicken Marsala 5 points = 17 points total
Rice 4 points = 21 points total
Fudgsicle 1 point = 22 points total
Chocolate chips 2 points = 24 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 26 points total

Hubby just informed me that my fudgsicles are one point. I thought they were zero points!! Sometimes I would have two a day and not count it as any points. Oops!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday's Points

GOAL 24 points; 8 of 25 extra points used

Quinoa cereal 2 points = 2 points total
Ham and potatoes w/ ketchup 5 points = 7 points total
Peanuts 2 points = 9 points total
Unnamed food (I’m too embarrassed to say that I ate this) 2 points = 11 points total
FF refried beans with lite sour cream 5 points = 16 points total
Potatoes 2 points = 18 points total
Adelle’s chicken and apple sausage 6 points = 24 points total
Ketchup 1 point = 25 points total

Book Review - Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury

I thought this was very delightful and inspiring. Kingsbury is a great writer with the ability to make the reader care about all the characters in her book. In Between Sundays, Cory Briggs is orphaned when his mother dies of pneumonia. Having no family, his mother's friend, Megan Gunn becomes his foster mom and wants to adopt him. The only problem is that Cory claims that he has a father, who happens to be Aaron Hill, the star quarterback of the San Fransisco 49ers. No one believes him, but after Cory gets to meet Aaron at a foster kid event, Aaron befriends Cory and his foster mom, Megan. When the facts come out that Cory really is Aaron Hill's son, Aaron and Megan have some decisions to make. And, as expected, they realize that they've fallen in love and decide to marry and become a big happy family.

Now, I know my simple summary does NO justice to the book, but I thought I would try harder this time to put more than just my opinion into my book review. Between Sundays was a very enjoyable read, and unlike other authors, Kingsbury doesn't make her leading characters ridiculously foolish. The characters are very believable and relatable. I said earlier that the book was inspiring because Kingsbury puts the foster system on display making the reader more aware of the needs of foster kids, especially once they turn 18 and don't have any family. My husband lived with a foster family for the first two months of his life before he was adopted. His foster parents played classical music for him, and today he loves classical music.

Saturday's Points

Goal = 24 POINTS; 7 of 35 extra points used

Quinoa 2 points = 2 points total
Potatoes and Canadian Bacon w/ ketchup 6 points = 8 points total
Mocha Freeze 7 points = 15 points total
Corn Chips 6 points = 21 points total
Lite sour cream 1 point = 22 points total
Chicken 1 point = 23 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 24 points total
FF cool whip 3 points = 27 points total

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Book Review - The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber

Yes, the title The Snow Bride does sound pretty cheesy - I even put the book face down on my elliptical machine at the gym where it waited until I could read it when I switched to the bike. But this short story was very delightful. Thirty-one year old Jenna Campbell leaves her job and life in Los Angeles to move to a small town in Alaska to meet Dalton Gray, a man she met on the Internet. On the way, she meets Reid Jamison who claims Gray is not to be trusted and ends up kidnapping her to his cabin just so she won't get together with Gray. However, a blizzard blows in and she is trapped in Snowbound, Alaska. She, of course, ends up falling in love with her captor, and they eventually get married (hints the title). It was an easy and fun read, and it is a cute story. I wish there had been a little more to the story, but, it is what it is.

A letter from the author at the beginning of the book suggests that this is a Christmas story, but I have to disagree with that. Most of the story is set in November, about 6 weeks away from Christmas. The wedding happens on Christmas Eve, but that is the only real mention of Christmas. I also found it hard to believe that in the middle of November, when Jenna first arrives in Alaska, that there is no snow. She witnesses the first snow once she has arrived. I just think this is highly unlikely since the town is a 90 minute flight from Fairbanks.

This was my first time reading Debbie Macomber, and I look forward to reading some more of her work.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Goal 24 POINTS; exercise = 4 points; 3 of 35 extra used

Quinoa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
FiberOne bar 2 points = 4 points total
FF refried bean 4 points = 8 points total
Lite sour cream 1 point = 9 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 11 points total
Potato with lite sour cream 5 points = 16 points total
Steak 7 points = 23 points total
Broccoli and cauliflower 0 points = 23 points total
A-1 Sauce 1 point = 24 points
Sprite 3 points = 27 points

Book Review - Texas Wildflower by Susan Wiggs

Wiggs has done it again. I am really drawn to her books, but some of them drive me nuts. I really liked Texas Wildflower (mostly because it has the most steamy sex scenes out of any Wiggs' book that I've read so far - gotta be honest). However, the ending had too many different events crammed into it. It was getting so ridiculous that each new event had a little paragraph summarizing it. Also, the main female character was a little too ridiculous for me. Her husband calls her a fool, and I agree with him.

Okay, I admit that this isn't really a review, just my opinion. The book was way too long for me to summarize what happened, but I can assure that the basic plot line of a Wiggs' book was followed: Stubborn female gets together with sexy male character. She does foolish things to ruin their relationship. They are on-again, off-again, until the final paragraph where they finally end up together.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thursday's Points

Goal = 24; plus 4 points from exercising; 3 of 35 extra used

Quinoa cereal 2 points = 2 points total
2 Fiber One bars 4 points = 6 points total
Polenta 2 points = 8 points total
Chicken Nuggets 5 points = 13 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 15 points total
Beef Teriyaki with rice 13 points = 28 points total
FF cool whip 3 point = 31 points total

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wednesday's Points

Goal = 24 points
Plus 4 extra points from exercise
O of 35 extra used

Potatoes and Canadian Bacon 4 points = 4 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 6 points total
Polenta 2 points = 8 points total
Sweet potato 1 point = 9 points total
Broccoli 0 points = 9 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 11 points total
Various little bites of Babycakes' bread and graham crackers 2 points = 13 points
Apple 1 point = 14 points total
Peanut butter squared 1 point = 15 points total
Pork 4 points = 19 points total
Mashed potato 4 points = 23 points total
Carrots 0 points = 23 points total
Roll 1 point = 24 points total

Wednesday Weigh-in

I've lost 1.5 pounds since last week's weigh-in. I'm very happy with that, because I really have never been hungry, and that is the most important thing to me. So, I will keep counting points.

Tuesday's Points

Goal 24; exercise = 4 points; 20 of 35 extra points used

Quinoa cereal 2 points = 2 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 4 points total
Polenta 2 points = 6 points total
Sweet potato 2 points = 8 points total
Canadian Bacon 1 point = 9 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 11 points total
Wheat-free spaghetti noodles 8 points = 19 points total
Chicken 5 points = 24 points total
Sauce 1 point = 25 points total
Corn 1 point = 26 points total
Chocolate chips 3 points = 29 points

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ham and Lima Bean Soup with Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls



Hubby made homemade Ham and Lima Bean Soup and homemade dinner rolls! Despite the fact that the rolls have wheat in them, I ate one anyway, and it was very good. The soup was very good too!

Monday's Points

Goal 24 points; 19 of 35 extra points used

Potatoes and Canadian Bacon 4 points = 4 points total
2 Fiber One Bars 4 points = 8 points total
Meat and FF cheese quesadilla 4 points = 12 points total
FF Refried Beans w/ lite sour cream 2 points = 14 points
Cheddar cheese 1 point = 15 points total
Soup 6 points = 21 points total
Bread 4 points = 25 points total
Butter 2 points = 27 points total

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday's Points

GOAL 24 points; 16 of 25 extra points used

Potatoes and Canadian Bacon 4 points = 4 points total
2 Fiber Bars 4 points = 8 points total
½ banana 1 point = 9 points total
Tacos:
2 Quesadillas 4 points = 13 points total
Cheese 2 points = 15 points total
Meat 4 points = 19 points total
Lite sour cream 2 points = 21 points total
Chicken thigh and rice 3 points = 24 points total
Corn chips 5 points = 29 points total
Lite sour cream and salsa mix 3 points = 32 points total

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday's Points

Goal 24 POINTS; exercise = 4 points; 0 of 35 extra used

Quinoa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
FiberOne bar 2 points = 4 points total
Chicken with light mayo 4 points = 8 points total
Corn chips 3 points = 11 points total
FF cool whip 3 points = 14 points total
Chicken thighs 6 points = 20 points total
Brown rice 3 points = 23 points total
Green beans 0 points = 23 points total
FF cool whip 3 points = 26 points total

Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday's Points

Goal = 24; plus 4 points from exercising; 0 of 35 extra used

Potatoes and Canadian Bacon 4 points = 4 points total
2 Fiber One Bars 4 points = 8 points total
FF refried beans 3.5 points = 11.5 points total
FF cheese and lite sour cream 1 point = 12.5 points total
2 slices of peaches and 1 chicken nugget = 13.5 points total
Chili 6 points total = 18.5 points total
Lite sour cream and ff cheese 2 points = 20.5 points total
Cheese 1 point = 21.5 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 23.5 points total

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Book Review - The Lakeside Cottage by Susan Wiggs

This book drove me nuts! I finished it in record time because I kept thinking, maybe the next chapter will get better, so I kept reading on faith that something better would come along. The Lakeside Cottage is about a single mother who is summering at her lakeside cottage and meets and falls in love with the man in the neighboring cottage. What drove me nuts was that we never got many details about this man. He, in fact, doesn't reveal many details about himself to the woman, Kate, but I kept expecting, in classic Susan Wiggs fashion, for there to be some sections in the book where the story would be written from his point of view so we could find out more about him. Now, she did have maybe two chapters that were focused on him, but he never revealed his innermost thoughts to the reader. I had no reason to like the leading male character, and the female character was extremely strong and didn't take any of his reclusiveness personally, which I find to be highly unlikely. Also, the sub story about Callie, a runaway girl that Kate lets live with them, was boring and predictable. Wiggs spent a lot of time on Callie, when I would have rather been reading about Kate's love interest. The reader is led to believe that Callie might be pregnant, and this storyline was never resolved.

Wednesday's Points

I was pleased with my 2.5 pound weight loss, so I’m going to count points for one more week.
Goal = 24 points, plus 4 extra points from exercise
O of 35 extra used

Quinoa cereal 2 points = 2 points total
Kashi bar 2 points = 4 points total
Potatoes 3 points = 7 points total
Bean Dip 7 points = 14 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 16 points total
Pork 6 points = 22 points total
Sweet potato = 4 points = 26 points total
Cauliflower 0 points = 26 points total

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Memory Verse

"You are my witness," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me."
-Isaiah 43:10

Wednesday Weigh-In

My family weighed in yesterday for the first time in our competition. Since we started it on January 7, I have lost 2.5 pounds, which results in 1.5% of total body weight loss. Hubby has lost 2.1% of his body weight. Brother-in-law has lost 1.74%. I haven't heard yet from the in-laws.

This loss of weight for me has put me down into a new weight zone for Weight Watchers, so I have to subtract 1 point from my daily goal! Zoinks!

Today's normal Wednesday weigh-in for me still shows I've lost 2.5 pounds, which I'm really pleased with. I thought it might have been a fluke yesterday, but I guess not. This really encourages me to keep counting points.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday's Points

Goal 24; exercise = 4 points; 17 of 35 extra points used

Potatoes and Canadian Bacon 3 points = 3 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 5 points total
Brownies 6 points = 11 points total
Candy 1 point = 12 points total
Chicken 3 points = 15 points total
Light mayo 2 points = 17 points total
Bean dip 7 points = 24 points total
Chips 2 points = 26 points total
FF Cool Whip 2 points = 28 points total

Monday, January 14, 2008

What is a Tiddleywink?

I chose the name Tiddleywinks for my blog because I thought it was a cute word that embodied anything I might want to post. I added the "and More" because "Tiddleywinks" alone was already taken. The "and More" allows me to really post anything I want.

Of course there was discussion on whether to do "ley" or just "ly" in Tiddley. For the version without the "e", Wikipedia offers this explanation of Tiddlywinks:
"Tiddlywinks is an indoor game played with sets of small discs called "winks" lying on a surface, usually a flat mat. Players use a larger disc called a "squidger" to pop a wink into flight by pressing down on one side of the wink. The objective of the game is to cause the winks to land either on top of opponents' winks, or ultimately inside a pot or cup. The game began in Victorian England as Tiddledy-winks, and has enjoyed some popularity ever since as a child's game, in numerous proprietary versions involving very simple rules and poor-quality equipment. The modern adult game was first codified at Cambridge University in 1955, and utilises far more complex rules and higher-grade equipment."

I have also seen references to Tiddlywinks the game with the "ey." Spelled with the "ey", Tiddleywinks is an alternative clothing store in London, a photographer on Flickr.com, and a business offering acting parties for children.

For me, a Tiddleywink can embody anything cute of nature, or anything special to you. Sometimes when my little one is monkeying around in his crib (i.e. not sleeping), I say he is in his crib doing his tiddleywinks.

This ends my brief study on the word for now.

Sunday's Points

GOAL 25 points; 4 points of exercise; 17 of 25 extra points used

Qunioa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 4 points total
Canadian Bacon 1 point = 7 points total
Corn chips 3 points = 10 points total
Chicken 3 points = 13 points total
Tomato, olive, lettuce 1 point = 14 points total
Sour cream 2 points = 16 points total
Black beans 1 point = 17 points total
Guacamole 3 points = 20 points total
Cheese 1 point = 21 points total
Chocolate chips 1 point = 22 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 24 points total
Chicken 3 points = 27 points total
Broccoli 1 point = 28 points total
Corn Chips 3 points = 31 points total

I really wanted my peanut butter and chocolate mix - but I didn't do it. I was actually hungry, so I had the corn chips. I feel like I can maintain this weight, but as far as losing 15 more pounds goes...I don't know.

I did speak with the family, and we are doing our version of Biggest Loser by percentages, so all I have to do is beat mother-in-law and I won't be in last place.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday's Points

Goal = 25 POINTS; exercise = 4 points; 15 of 35 extra points used

Wheat-free waffles with strawberries and SF syrup 4 points = 4 points total
2 Fiber One bars (not at the same time) 4 points = 8 points total
Canadian Bacon 1 point = 9 points total
Sundae 8 points = 17 points total
Chips 6 points = 23 points total
Lite sour cream 2 points = 25 points
Chicken Marsala 5 points = 30 points
Rice 3 points = 33 points
Broccoli 1 point = 34 points

Book Review - Susan Wiggs - The Mistress

I just finished reading The Mistress by Susan Wiggs. It is the second book in her Chicago Fire Series (although I didn't know this at the time, otherwise, I would have started with the first book). I found this book to be my favorite of what I have read of Wiggs so far. The lead male and female characters don't have the stereotypical characteristics that Wiggs has created for her other male and female character leads (especially in the The Lakeshore Chronicles). The Mistress is a historical romance novel set in the time period of the Chicago fire of 1871. I won't give a summary of the book, but I did find it (and the characters) to be very clever, and it was a very enjoyable read.

Friday's Points

Goal 25 POINTS; 10 of 35 extra used
No exercise today because Babycakes had a runny nose and can’t go to the Kids’ Room at the gym that way.

Quinoa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
FiberOne bar 2 points = 4 points total
Polenta 3 points = 7 points total
Canadian Bacon 1 point = 8 points total
Fiber One Bar 2 points = 9 points total
Peanuts 1 point = 10 points total
Honey Molasses Chicken Thighs 10 points = 20 points total
Brown Rice 4 points = 24 points total
Green beans 1 point = 25 points total
Semi-sweet chocolate chips melted with peanut butter 10 points* = 35 points total

I’m starting to get tired of the Quinoa cereal. I can’t taste (because I can’t smell because of allergies), but it’s starting to “taste” different or gross to me. I don’t know what else I should eat for breakfast given my food allergies to eggs, wheat, gluten (including oats), and soy. Maybe I’ll try potatoes and Canadian bacon. That would be a nice change.

*So, I had my favorite indulgence, my chocolate and peanut butter melt…yummo! I really wanted it in the middle of the day when I was stressed out because of Babycake’s cold and his ensuing crankiness, but I refused. Then, later on in the evening, after Babycakes had gone to bed, hubby and I were watching Innerspace, and I wanted my chocolate peanut butter melt. So, I have no regrets, and am proud of myself for eating it because I simply wanted it, not because I was stressed out and was looking for it to comfort me.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Japanese Marshmellow Eating Game Show

I was working out on the elliptical machine yesterday and watching the Ellen show on TV. As I was taking a drink of water from my water bottle, she showed a web video that made me almost spit out my water it was so funny! I then had to keep myself from laughing out loud in the middle of the gym. I had the biggest smile on my face (and felt very silly), as I watched this video. I hope you enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOfZPZJHnKg

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thursday's Points

Goal = 25; plus 4 points from exercising; 0 of 35 extra used

Quinoa 2 points = 2 points total
Canadian bacon 1 point = 3 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 5 points total
Quesadilla 2 points = 7 points total
Chicken nuggets 2 points = 9 points total
Polenta 2 points = 11 points total
Soup 7 points = 18 points total
FF Cool Whip 2 points = 20 points total
Mac and Cheese (a few bites of Babycakes) 1 point = 21 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 23 points total
Strawberries and FF cool whip 2 points = 25 points total

Running

I started out on the elliptical machine yesterday at the gym. I did 20 minutes, but got kind of bored with that, and, strange as it may sound, I felt like running - just for ten minutes. As I got on the treadmill and started running, my knees immediately started hurting, but did I stop? No. I think it was my sense of pride (darn it!) that kept me running for ten minutes. I didn't want to be the one that started running on the treadmill, only to stop 15 seconds later. Well, now I'm paying for it - my left knee hurts. I guess I'll stick to the elliptical and maybe even the recumbent bike - I could even get some reading done if I did the recumbent bike. Those things look comfortable.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wednesday's Points

I am challenging myself to one more week of counting points – so here it is:

Goal = 25 points Plus 4 extra points from exercise; 0 of 35 extra points used

waffles 4 points = 4 points total
Kashi bar 2 points = 6 points total
Chili w/ lite sour cream 11 points = 17 points total
FF cool whip (yes, I ate it straight from the tub) 2 points = 19 points total
Spaghetti w/ meat sauce 10 points = 29 points total

Wednesday Weigh-In

I lost half a pound. Well, yes, that's better than gaining, and I did eat over my points allowance, but still.....
I just started a full-strength birth control pill this week, and I read in a study that women with higher levels of estrogen were able to burn more fat from the same workout than women with lower levels of estrogen. It said that when you have lower levels of estrogen, you burn carbs, which create waste in your body, and makes you feel like working out is difficult. Maybe that's why I feel like I've been working out so hard...who knows.

My family on the in-law side has started our own version of biggest loser. We will weigh in on the 15th and on the last day of each month. The person with the least amount of pounds lost will have to pay dollar-for-pound, the difference of pounds lost to the winner. I have a feeling I will be paying a lot...it's not fair, really, since I have the least amount to lose. I thought we were going to do percentages. I'll have to lobby for my cause. I'm really tight with my money, so I really hope I don't end up paying a lot. The only other woman participating is my mother-in-law, and luckily for me, she has as much trouble losing weight as I do, so we'll probably be battling it out for last place. My brother-in-law's wedding in late June is what prompted this competition. Everyone needs/wants to lose weight before the wedding (although, hubby and I just want to lose weight, we don't really care what we look like for the wedding.)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tuesday's POINTS

Goal 25; exercise = 4 points; 37 of 35 extra points used…

Quinoa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
Fiber One Bar 2 points = 4 points total
Canadian Bacon 1 point = 5 points total
Chili 10 points = 15 points total
Lite sour cream 1 point = 16 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 18 points total
Chicken 7 points total = 25 points total
Rice 4 points = 29 points total
Sauce 2 points = 31 points total…SHOOT…I still really want to eat a bag of popcorn while I watch "Biggest Loser."

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised if I don’t lose weight at tomorrow’s weigh in. I am indeed eating more than I need to. Well, I’ve complete my challenge to myself though – I counted points for a week (even when the points got embarrassingly high).

I did not run at the gym today. My knees are still sore from the last time I ran (on Sunday). I’m bummed that my body can’t keep up. Running is really hard on the body, but when you see people doing it, it looks so easy. I’m inspired by last week’s episode of Biggest Loser – to see them running on the first week! I think, if they can do it, I can too! But, I don’t want to ruin my knees so that I can never run. So, I think I’ll try it every other day. Running is very hard for me to do. At about two minutes into it, I think, “can I stop now?” I think that about every 2 minutes that I run. I’m always looking forward to when I can stop. I repeat my mantra in my head, “I’m an animal; I’m a snow leopard; I can do it.” I don’t exactly know where the animal imagery came from, except maybe from Babycake’s animal books. There’s a snow leopard in there. Plus, we saw a snow leopard easily running over the craggy mountain on the Planet Earth series. Again, they make it look so easy.

Memory Verse

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;"
~Isaiah 61:1

I joined a women's Bible study that meets on Mondays at my church (and there is childcare provided!!). This is the memory verse for the week. There is also homework five days a week, which I did not expect, but I'm glad for it.

When I went to pick up Babycakes from the nursery, one of the nursery workers said that she had changed his diaper, but that since she didn't know which bag was his, she put one of her own kid's diapers on Babycakes. I thanked her and left. When I got home I realized - she put one of her own kid's diapers on Babycakes, and I didn't bother to give her a diaper in return! I truly am shocked at my lack of social graces. This isn't the first time I've done something like this. When the movers came to pack our stuff back in Idaho, around dinnertime, I went to McDonald's and brought back dinner for myself and hubby. I didn't even think to ask if the movers wanted anything. I felt SO bad. They ended up staying until 10pm, and still hadn't eaten anything. Then there was the time I got my first professional haircut, and didn't even think to leave a tip! I ended up seeing the hairstylist again, and gave her the tip. I plan to give the nursery lady a diaper next week. But, I'll never be able to make-up the dinner to the movers because we'll never see them again. My prayer is that God will anoint me with knowledge while I'm still in the moment so I can take care of things then, as opposed to realizing it later. God help me!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Monday's POINTS

Goal 25 points; 37 of 35 extra points used UH-OH!

Qunioa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
Fiber One bar 2 points = 4 points total
Kashi Bar 2 points = 6 points total
Canadian Bacon 1 point = 7 points
Chili 10 points = 17 points
Cheese and sour cream 2 points = 19 points
Cheese 3 points = 22 points
Chocolate chips 6 points = 28 points
Burger patty 6 points = 34 points
Potato 2 points = 36 points
Ketchup 1 point = 37 points

I guess I’ll be eating zero-point fudgsicle (sp?) tonight.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sunday's Points

Goal 25 points; exercise = 4 points; 15 of 35 extra points used

Quinoa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
Fiber One Bar = 2 Points = 4 Points Total
Canadian Bacon = 1 Point = 5 Points Total
Polenta 3 points = 8 points total
Canadian bacon 1 point = 9 points total
Veggies 1 point = 10 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 12 points total
1.5 cups Chili (homemade 10 points??) = 22 points
Lite sour cream and rf cheese 2 points = 24 points

Saturday's POINTS

Goal = 25 POINTS; exercise = 0; ***CORRECTION: 25 of 35 extra points used

Quinoa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
Waffles 3 points = 5 points
Grande Taco 12 points = 17 points
Quesadilla with Laughing Cow cheese 1 point = 18 points
Refried beans 4 points = 22 points
mexi fries 7 points = 29 points
12 oz. smoothie (8 points?) = 37 points
2 Chicken Gyros 10 points = 47 points
1.5 chicken nuggets 1.5 points = 48.5 points
The smallest of small handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips 1.5 points = 50 points ZOINKS!!

We went out to eat at our favorite taco place while out shopping - good thing I had those extra points to use!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Friday's POINTS

Goal 25 POINTS; plus 4 POINTS from exercising (today it took spell check only one time to guess what word I was trying to spell when I misspelled exercise.)


Quinoa cereal with goodies 2 points = 2 points total
2 FiberOne bars 4 points = 6 points total
Quesadilla 3 points = 9 points total
Waffles 3 points = 12 points total
Kashi bar 2 points = 14 points total
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs 9 points = 23 points total
Sweet Potato 3 points = 26 points
Veggies 1 point = 27 points
Popcorn 2 points = 29 points

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thursday's POINTS

I got a free 15-minute chair massage today at the gym. It was my first massage ever, and it was wonderful. Too bad I'd have to pay for more! I got the massage before I worked out (so she wouldn't have to touch the sweaty me), so after the massage I still worked out - I'm so proud of myself. It was very hard though.

Goal = 25; plus 4 points from exercising (wow, it took me 5 attempts on spelling “exercising” before spell check could even guess as to what I was trying to spell.)

Quinoa 2 points = 2 points total
Canadian bacon 1 point = 3 points total
Kashi bar 2 points = 5 points total
Quesadilla 3 points = 8 points total
Cheerios 1 point = 9 points total
Peas 2 points = 11 points total
Waffles 3 points = 14 points total
Egg rolls and sauce 12 points = 26 points total
Popcorn 2 points = 28 points
½ banana 1 point = 29 points

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Wednesday's POINTS

Goal = 25 points; plus 4 extra points from working out

Quinoa cereal with strawberries and sf syrup, cinnamon and steevia; 2 points = 2 points total
Kashi bar 2 points = 4 points total
Canadian bacon 1 point = 5 points total
Frozen meal 3 points = 8 points total
chips 3 points = 11 points total
bean dip (2 points?) = 13 points
total Popcorn 2 points =15 points total
Chicken = 3 points = 18 points total
Bell pepper 1 point = 19 points total
Brown rice 4 points = 23 points total
Sauce 2 points = 25 points total
2 chicken nuggets 2 points = 27 points total
Kashi Bar 2 points = 29 points total

Wednesday Weigh-In

I've maintained my 31 pound weight loss; I have not gained or loss any weight since my last weigh-in two weeks ago. I guess I could say I "survived" the holidays. I should be happier about this than I seem, but I guess I'm focused on how much more I have to lose (which seems like a lot). But, I really should be pleased with not gaining, considering what I've eaten.

I'm so bummed!

I just realized that all this time I was looking at the 45+ year-old category for my healthy weight for Weight Watchers. I'm only allowed to weigh 155 if I'm over 45 years old! Since I'm under 45 years old, I'm only allowed to weigh 148 pounds! I know it is only seven pounds less, but getting to and maintaining 155 would have been a miracle and lots of hard work. I could barely even do 148 in high school! I really don't know what this does for my goal of making WW lifetime membership before I get pregnant. I suppose I could ask my doctor to write a note allowing me to weigh more (perhaps the 155) so I could make WW lifetime. I guess I could still make my personal goal 155, and not worry about making lifetime; it's just that I know I'll be more successful at maintaining that weight if I know I have to weigh in every month (and that it's free)...stuff to think about...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Okay, here it goes

I'm challenging myself to counting points for a week. I really don't want to do it, but my jeans are getting really tight! I work out SO hard five times a week, but then I come home and eat TONS of food. I know if I controlled my eating I would lose weight. So, I'll try counting for a week. I've worked up to running on the treadmill for 18 minutes straight on an incline, which I'm really proud of. It's extremely hard for me to do, but now that I know I can do it, I don't give myself the excuse of not doing it. I have finally weaned babycakes - so no more points for nursing. I get to eat 25 points a day.