Thursday, July 30, 2009

Feline Finery

Beren has recently informed me that he'd like to take me on a little cruise for my birthday...3 weeks from now! Since he usually gifts me with a vaca for my special day, this is no big surprise to me but a cruise requires a tiny bit more planning than a weekend road trip, no?

Well, nevermind, I am a spontaneous kind of gal and can be ready to sail in a jiffy! One vintage suitcase full of stilettos, the other crammed with dresses & bathing suits and I'm good to go! However, there's that whole fancy dinner thing that comes with cruising..hmm...I really don't have a nice dress that fits well at the moment so I believe a bit shopping is required, don't you?

It only took one click of the mouse for me to find this stunning dress at Pin-Up Girl Clothing...swooon....I can already feel the silky fabric against my skin and just know the champagne color will complement my summer tan to say nothing of what that low neckline will do for my..umm...attributes. *wink* Hoping to lose a couple more pounds in all the right places before then, hmm...I daresay that donned in this glorious frock this particular lioness will be positively purring...meow!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Oiu! Oui!

You all know how much I loooove bread, how I have a hard time resisting the white fluffy stuff and that I try to avoid it whenever possible because once I take a bite I simply can't stop!

This is true, all true..however, now & then I want to indulge a bit, enjoy some of my favorite treats without worry. Today was one of those days. You see, there's a French bakery on the way to work, a lovely little shop I've visited on many an occasion, both pre and post-diet. I daresay this place has caused a good amount of my weight gain..sigh..and yet, yesterday I found myself pulling into the parking lot. Consciously. Happily. Guiltfree.

You see, at Monday night's meeting the topic was about Dieting vs Living and how we need to make this way of eating a way of life, that the reason WW works so well is because we have flexibility, freedom, no reason for deprivation! If we want a slice of cake, a glass of wine, a piece of chocolate, we can have it! We just need to track it. Simple as that.

So, I went in, greeted the lovely (skinny!) French waitress, ordered a plain croissant (5 POINTS), a large cafe au lait with lowfat milk (4 POINTS), sat down and enjoyed every single buttery mouthwatering bite and creamy sip. Mmm....heaven!

I then brushed myself off, got back in my car and drove to work where I promptly logged my breakfast and congratulated myself on stopping at just one croissant, saying no to the decadent pastry and not bringing home a baguette whose scent wafted through the shop and out the door, perhaps all the way down the road! I know if I'd purchased said loaf it wouldn't make it to the office without being gnawed on, so why tempt myself? This way I ordered just one serving, enjoyed it and moved on!

The rest of the day I watched my food intake carefully, allowing for that unusual 9 POINT breakfast, doubled up on veggies so I stayed full, and did just fine! Maybe this means I can frolic with the devil every now & then? *wink*


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Go, Team,Go!

The first time I ever stepped foot in a Weight Watchers meeting was 19 years ago, just after giving birth to my middle daughter. I probably had 15 pounds to lose but thought I was a cow..rolling eyes..I had never been on a "formal" diet before so it was a bit of an adventure and I jumped into it wholeheartedly. I stuck to the program, exercised a bit, and, lo and behold, lost the weight! I might have lost it a little too well, though, since just weeks after reaching my goal I donned a sexy teddy and, you guessed it, got pregnant with #3!

Life went on and I gained and lost a few pounds here and then, joined and quit WW a dozen times but never got more than 10 pounds above my goal until the early 2000's when my marriage started falling apart. Being an emotional eater, I did what many of us do when faced with stress - I stuffed my feelings down with food. By 2003 I was 152 pounds and felt like crap. I was exhausted, depressed, my self-esteem at an all-time low. Already critical and emotionally abusive, the extra pounds provided my husband with even more ammunition for attack which, of course, only sent me further into the depths of despair.

In Spring of 2003 we were preparing to send my eldest daughter off to college. Looking at my two younger daughters who were now 11 and 12, I realized that this was only the first of many changes to come, that I was no longer "needed" in the same capacity as when they were babies, that it was time to do something for myself, I had to break free from the "just a mom and wife" role I'd been in for 18 years. So, I made a plan and I leapt into it.

First, I incorporated chicken back into my diet. As a mostly-vegetarian for 10 years, this was a huge deal to me but somehow I sensed that my body needed more protein and this was the easiest way to get it. Then, I eliminated bread entirely. No pretzels, no crackers, no white stuff. Period. For several months my diet consisted of:

Spiru-Tein, fruit & soymilk for breakfast
Salad & Chicken for lunch & dinner
vegetables for snacking with an occasional piece of cheese here & there
Chardonnay for my mental health *grin*

I lost weight, fairly quickly, and it became an addiction. The more I lost, the better I looked, the more motivated I was to lose more. I walked twice a day, discovering tons of new music to load onto my I-pod for motivation. I bought new clothes, I had my nails done, I cooked less, cleaned less and just focused on me and my children. My husband? He was shocked at first but then oh-so-appreciative. Suddenly he wasn't so critical anymore, imagine that! He was all over my new figure & apparently thought now that I was thinner/prettier/more confident I was now worthy of his attention and all would be well, right? Umm..not so quick, buddy!

What really happened was I gained even more confidence when I lost 165 more pounds of dead weight - HIM! I knew that the honeymoon wouldn't last, that once he became accustomed to this new & improved Rapunzel he would find something else to pick on, to put me down for, to disparage and destroy. And I wasn't having any part of this. So he moved out, tail between his legs and I dusted myself off and started a new life for myself and my daughters. It was right around that time I met Beren but that's another story.

So, that's my weight loss history, good, bad & ugly. The recent weight gain is, again, another story but right now I'm choosing to focus on what I did right, what tools lead me to those successful moments on the scale. Of course it all boils down to the very basic, common sense advice that we've all heard before: Eat Less, Move More.

While my diet may have been a bit limited during those pre-divorce days (I felt like I was going to turn into a chicken!), the protein/vegetable/fruit/dairy regime was healthy and it did work! Add some walking to that and poof! You lose weight. Simple, right? Hmm...not always.

You see, the other piece to the puzzle was harder: the emotional aspect. In order for weight loss to happen, at least for me, my head/heart/body have to all be in sync, going in the same direction with the same goals. They all have to be motivated to make changes. I can't succeed if I'm dragged down by depression, anxiety, stress, etc. etc. but it's a vicious cycle at times; which comes first, the weight gain or the depression? Do I need to get my head in check before dealing with my body or vice versa?

Well, for me it all happens at once and they feed (pardon the pun) off each other. I move a little, I feel better, I eat less, I feel better so I move more, on and on and on. Eventually the various parts of me have this "aha" moment and they start to communicate with each other. "Listen here, get off your lazy ass and move! The cheesecake won't make you happy or solve your problems but a walk around the block just might clear your head enough so that you can handle the situation better!"

So now my mission is to help that happen again, to awaken those parts of myself so that they talk to each other again, to get everyone on the same page as it were. We all have the same goal, my body/mind/heart: Health and well-being. So, let's just work together, what do you say?

Go, team, Go!

Monday, July 27, 2009


I'm taking a little vacation from the scale today, will be attending my meeting this evening but foregoing my weigh-in. I love that WW allows us to do that!

While I watched what I ate fairly well over the past weekend in the Keys, I wasn't perfect and I imagine the scale will show that. This is the reason it's tough to weigh in on Monday but also why I choose to do it this way. Whatever you do Saturday & Sunday is going to show on Monday, no doubt about it! As "good" as I tried to be, I did have some salty foods on Saturday and yesterday gave in to the bread temptation (damn those ET bagels!) and I feel it this morning. I'm just...puffy...and full..and am hoping some of it is water weight and will disappear in a day or two.

In the meantime, I'm getting back on my routine, moving my body and tracking every bite. I won't be going out of town for a while so the vacation issue should be a non-issue and I can just live "normal" life (whatever that is) and focus on my goals.

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Measure of a Woman

I figured it would be a good idea to track my measurements as well as weight because we all know that the scale doesn't tell the whole story.

So this morning I grabbed Bambi's measuring tape from her sewing kit and bit the bullet. As of today, having already lost 4 pounds, my measurements are:

Bust: 40D
Waist: 35.5"
Hips: 41.5"
Thigh: 24"
Dress Size: 10/12

*gulp* I knew my bust size having been "professionally" measured for a bra recently but I did not realize my hips & waist were so large; I'm larger in the waist than Beren! (I do not intend to share that little detail with him, ok?) I was surprised that my thighs weren't bigger, not that 24" is tiny (that's what my waist used to be!), but from the way they feel when they rub together I expected an even higher number!

So, there you go. Not pleased but it can only get better from here, and knowledge is power, right?

In other news, I was having a particularly blue day yesterday, emotions all over the map, sad & weepy. I met my Dad and Kali at a sports bar to discuss our upcoming weekend (more about that later), had a glass of wine but did not order any food. I had already eaten something before I left so I wasn't really hungry and, honestly, my Dad's chicken wings did nothing for me. Huh. I wasn't even tempted to order their peel & eat shrimp which were on special, nor the buffalo shrimp that Kali had. Interesting. One would think that, being the emotional eater than I am, I'd dive into some deep fried comfort food, yet I didn't. One small Non-Scale-Victory for me!

Off to work then plan on a bike ride tonight, let's see if I can get those thigh measurements a bit lower!

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Curried Away

I really crave strong flavors in my food, especially when I'm dieting. I find that cutting out fat and other bad-for-me stuff doesn't hurt nearly as much when I add more herbs & spices. Since I'm also leaning more & more toward vegetarianism, I'm discovering more & more Indian & Thai recipes that fit the bill!

I was thrilled to come across this fabulous recipe and make it my own. It was warm & flavorful and served over Mediterranean Curry Couscous along with a big salad made a perfect dinner last night! Next time I might add a bit more spice but otherwise, delicious! With my tweaking I got the POINTS down to 3 sans rice or couscous, a really low-key meal that allowed room for some coconut sorbet for dessert!

Sweet Potato Curry With Spinach and Chickpeas


* 1/2 large sweet onion, chopped or 2 scallions, thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons curry powder
* 1 tablespoon cumin
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 10 ounces fresh spinach, washed, stemmed and coarsely chopped
* 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 2 lbs), cooked according to your preference
* 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
* 1 cup water
* 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, can substitute fresh if available
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
* rice or couscous for serving
* 1 tsp minced garlic

Toss all ingredients into the slowcooker on Low, walk away and enjoy your day! When you get home (4 - 6 hours later) you'll be welcomed home with the sweet & spicy aroma of cinnamon & curry, yummy!

Bon Appétit,

Monday, July 20, 2009

Doing the Happy Dance

I went to weigh-in this morning before work figuring that I could attend a meeting any time this week but I really, really wanted to get on the scale (crazy, huh?) and didn't think I'd be able to make tonight's meeting.

So...drumroll please....I lost 4.6 pounds this week!! Doing the serious happy dance here! The WW weigh-in lady was almost as excited as I was, lol! I practically floated out the door and smiled all day at work, my officemates probably thought I was on something.

I guess all of that diligent tracking paid off, didn't it? So, guess what I'm going to be doing this week? You betcha, more of the same!

Hope the rest of you are having a Beauty-full day as well!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Forgive me, Allmighty Scale..

I have been tracking every single morsel of food and every ounce of beverage that passes my lips since Monday, everything goes into my journal no matter how "bad" or off track I was. As a result, I've learned a few things and might actually have figured out why I've gained so much weight: "I eat and drink too much." Simple as that. Big ah-ha moment, right? Not so much. This isn't rocket science, for goodness' sake, it is simple math: Calories In, Calories Out. If you take in too many and don't expel enough you're gonna get fat. Period.

So, with that big revelation what do I intend to do about it? Well, first off continue to track consistency and completely which allows me to make better choices and actually know how many POINTS I have left at the end of the day. Yesterday, for example, was a rough one. We had a bit of a "family crisis" which resulted in a few of us meeting for lunch at a local chain restaurant/bar known for it's ribs, burgers, and other unhealthy fried food. Every part of me wanted to say "to hell with it, I deserve this," order a big ol' pile of onion rings and some loaded nachos, eat & drink to my heart's content, shoving down the feelings instead of processing and looking for a solution to the problem. Instead, my kids ordered the nachos and I got smoked fish dip with extra veggies, a glass of wine & water. I nibbled & sipped, totally ignoring the piles of tortilla chips surrounding me. Ok, I ended up having 3 glasses of wine which wasn't great for me but I could have done so much worse.

Then, last night some friends came over for happy hour, one of them brought along new-to-me tropical fruit called Jak Fruit, have you all ever heard of it? Very unusual and delicious but a little bit goes a long way so I doubt my portion even equaled a POINT. I did have another cocktail or two but did not indulge in the platter of cheese & crackers I put out for the guests. I thought I did ok but was honestly a bit nervous this morning when I finally sat down to log my POINTS. The end result? I went over 5 POINTS. That's it. After all of the drinks, the dip, etc. Whew. What's the big deal? I have them to spare, that's what they are there for, why shouldn't I use them? Now, going over 5 POINTS every single day is going to present a problem and certainly not result in weight loss. But once or twice a week? Big deal!

The moral of the story here is that instead of ignoring my journal for fear of what it will reveal, thus resulting in that "screw it" mentality, it's much better for me all around to face the music, confess my indulgences and move on! Chances are I will be pleasantly surprised in learning that my "sins" were not nearly as great as I'd imagined. How freeing, how refreshing! I'm now ready to start the day with confidence and the ability to make informed decisions about how much I'll be able to wine & dine today. See, confession truly is good for the soul!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hot Dish ~ Spicy Cowgirl Chicken

I don't normally work on Fridays but since I took Monday off I'm going in to make up the hours. After work we'll probably be headed to a friend's house for happy hour and I know that I'm not going to want to cook afterward so I'm throwing this dish into the crockpot right now in preparation for tonight. I surely don't want to end up starving and grabbing just anything, especially after a couple of cocktails when my inhibitions are lowered, shall we say. *wink*

I've been making this recipe with great results but noww that I'm back on WW I have tweaked it slightly and made it my own. Since I am using a sweet & spicy barbecue sauce there's no need for the additional sugar in my opinion and adding a bit of onion spices it up a bit. And, yes, I know that it's not recommended to cook frozen chicken in the slow cooker but honestly I've never had a problem with it. If you do, feel free to use fresh and just shorten the cooking time.

With my tweaking, this turns out to be 4 POINTS per serving. I plan to serve it on light hamburger buns or Sandwich Thins for an additional POINT but it's also great over baked potatoes!

Spicy Cowgirl Chicken

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 4 Hours
Ready In: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
Servings: 6


1 1/2 pounds frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
1/2 cup fat free Italian salad dressing
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup diced onion
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes if desired


Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, Italian salad dressing, onion and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.

Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low, shredding once the chicken becomes cooked enough to do so.

Bon Appétit,

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hot Dish ~ Shrimp Lo Mein

Beren's working late and my kids are out & about so I'm on my own for dinner tonight. No problem, I'm looking forward to whipping up this quick & easy shrimp recipe I found on the Weight Watchers site. This sounds so much better than the restaurant version which would cost me 8 POINTS instead of 3 and this one has tons more veggies. Yummy!

Shrimp Lo Mein
POINTS® Value: 3
Servings: 6


8 oz House Foods Tofu shirataki - noodle shape
16 oz shrimp, frozen, thawed
3 tbsp teriyaki sauce
18 oz Birds Eye Oriental Style Vegetables In Garlic Soy Sauce, Frozen
1 cup(s) edamame (shelled)
1 tbsp cornstarch


Microwave noodles for 1 minute; set aside. Place shrimp in a small bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce; set aside.

Place mixed vegetables and edamame in a large nonstick skillet with 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat for 7 minutes or until cooked through.

Stir shrimp into vegetable mixture; cover and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.

Stir together remaining 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce and the cornstarch, then stir into the mixture in the skillet and cook until warmed through.

Oh, and here's a pic of me taken today presumably at that dreaded WW weigh-in weight. *groan* Why is it that I always think I look better/thinner than I actually do? Hate the honesty of the camera!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Clean Slate

Yesterday I grabbed that big ol' imaginary eraser and wiped away all the past dieting "mistakes." So, maybe I earned an "F" in weight loss this past semester but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up and settle for failure. I'm better than that, this time I"m getting an A!

Since it's almost back-to-school time (or so the retailers want you to believe), there are all kinds of cool lunchbox items in the stores now. I was in both Wal-Mart and Target over the past couple of days, perusing the aisles for organizational gadgets to assist in my food planning. I really coveted the Sigg Hello Kitty bottle..swoon..but couldn't justify it in my budget at the moment. Maybe someone will give it to me for my birthday next month? (not-so-subtle hint in case any of my family members are reading!)

I did, however spring for this Deluxe Salad Kit by Stayfit, it has three separate compartments and a freezer tray so that your dressing stays nice & cold. This is really great for me because I don't always have access to the refrigerator at work and this way I can keep my salad in my desk drawer without fear of it rotting before lunchtime!

Now that I've purchased, planned and packed all of the things I need to succeed, am looking forward to an awesome day!

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Back to Reality

I'm baaack! We had a really nice weekend but even though I brought my own food and tracked most of the time, took a couple of bike rides and walked every day, I still overindulged a bit (that margarita which was soooo not worth the calories!) So, after e-mailing a very successful weight loss blogger friend, I decided that doing it on my own just isn't working and I need to get back to the meetings. I need the camaraderie, the support, the accountability.

It was a good decision, I knew it when I walked into my old Weight Watchers meeting place last night, but stepping on the scale was not an easy feat. Apparently my scale at home is not accurate or, at least different that the one at WW because the number shocked me: 166.6. Gulp. What the hell? No wonder I feel like crap, my clothes don't fit and my thighs are rubbing together - that's more than I weighed when I gave birth to my eldest daughter 24 years ago! And, geez, all of those sixes just can't be good luck!

Yes, I was upset, frustrated and angry but none of those emotions are going to help me take the weight off, are they? What will is working the program. Completely. 100%. Period.

So, here I go. A new start. Again. Beginning today.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Camping? Moi?

Beren and I are heading out of town this afternoon, going to the Keys for a nice long weekend..alone! It seems like forever since we've had any real time together, what with his girls being here for two solid weeks and every weekend in June. It was great having them but I am used to having every-other-weekend to ourselves and am really missing that couple time! You see, My Man works very long hours and even when he gets home from the office he is in "workmode" for the remainder of the day, doesn't really come back to himself until..oh, sometime Friday evening! This means that weekends are very important to me, to us, and I look forward to them big time!

I'm especially excited about this little getaway because it's somewhere we haven't stayed before, Fiesta Key, and something we haven't really done before: camping. Now, I am going to admit right here that I am not a camper, not in the traditional sense. I can't stand the heat, I prefer not to sleep on the ground and mosquitos and I do not get along! However, my dad owns a gorgeous 40-foot RV and has decided to park it at this lovely campground for a month and has invited us to make use of it any time we want! Isn't that lovely? Dad will be joining us there this evening to "show us the ropes" since we have no clue how to operate the mechanisms of the RV but after that he'll be heading home, leaving us to our devices.

Like all tropical vacation locations, when you're in the Keys you are expected to drink, and eat, and drink some more. Since I don't want to come home even more roly-poly than I already am, I'm going to rein in those habits and plan for better choices. Since the RV has a full kitchen, I have complete control over my eating and there's no excuse to just grab whatever high calorie junk is available. We'll be stopping at a grocery store before we hit the campground so I can grab all of my usual standbys, thus preparing myself to stay (mostly) on track. Of course I realize there will be some indulgences, am not going to deprive myself of fresh seafood and a couple of cocktails, but I am going to be aware of my consumption and track as best I can.

We are also bringing along the bikes, am thinking that a couple of early-morning bike rides and after-dinner strolls will work off some of the aforementioned damages.

So, all in all I feel fully equipped and ready to enjoy some much-needed fun in the sun! In case I'm unable to check in beforehand, have a fantastic, beauty-full weekend!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Plan to Succeed

I totally agree with the old adage,

"If You Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail."

I am a big planner & list-maker, always at my side is my Crackberry chock-full of every minute detail of my life. Shopping lists, book and cd inventories, family clothing sizes, recipes, etc. etc., it's all in there. If Heaven forbid I ever lose the thing, it's all backed up on my hard drive, no worries there!

Regular readers of my other blog know that I also plan my weekly dinner menu which saves me a ton of time and money. However, what I am not so good at is planning, and allowing for, the rest of my daily meals. I have always been the kind of weight watcher who logs her food after she eats it and hopes she has enough POINTS! Since I am a creature of habit and eat a lot of the same things every day, this usually works out ok for me. However, some days, especially lately when I was on vacation and had additional peeps in my house, it didn't turn out so well. I got lazy about cooking, I wanted to just hang out in the pool and eat whatever everyone else was eating, said Yes when I should have said No to that second (or third) glass of get the picture. Out of control, that's what I was.

So, I'm going to try something new: planning and logging before consumption. Obviously this isn't possible every single day, I'm not going to be a slave to my food journal, but for the most part I can do it. I think it will give me a bit more control (which the Leo me loves) and also remove some opportunity for overindulgence. No more willy-nilly gorging, grabbing whatever is on hand without knowing if I can afford it or not!

Another part of planning is having the good stuff on hand, available and accounted for. I practiced this last night, took some time to grill myself shrimp while the family had their usual take-out pizza. I tossed a couple of ounces into a big green salad, delish!

I then cut up a huge vat of strawberries so that when the nightly cravings started I wouldn't be tempted to share the cheese & crackers or salty snacks that Beren often goes for and could instead have a sweet treat of my own, guilt-free.

I also purchased a little plastic bin for the refrigerator, loaded it with "my" foods for the next day - measured all of my breakfast, lunch & snack ingredients out and put it into individual containers, am all set for tomorrow!

Here's my Plan to Succeed for today:

POINTS® Tracker
Wednesday, July 08, 2009

1 serving(s) Bare Naked Fit Granola 2
1 serving(s) Chobani Greek Yogurt 3
1 item(s) vegetarian breakfast patty 1
1 oz Veggie Low Fat Pepper Jack cheese (alternative) 1
1 serving(s) Thomas' Light English Muffins multi-grain 1
Subtotal 8

1 cup(s) strawberries 0.5
1 item(s) Original Vegan Burger 1
1 cup(s) romaine lettuce 0
1 serving(s) Arnold Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins 1
1 cup(s) mixed baby greens 0
Subtotal 2.5

White Bean Turkey Chili - 4
1 serving(s) wine 2
1 cup(s) pineapple 1
1 cup(s) mixed greens 0
1 tsp olive oil 1
Subtotal 8

1 tbsp Original Better 'n Peanut Butter 1
1 medium apple(s) 1
1 cup(s) cucumber 0
Subtotal 2

Food POINTS values total used 20.5
Food POINTS values remaining 0

Wish me luck!

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Moontime Madness

My own personal "Moontime" is approaching and along with it comes the obligatory ravenous appetite and insatiable cravings. Ugh! Though I was mightily tempted to do otherwise, I'm pleased to report that instead of careening into the Entenmanns pound cake I took a bike ride. In lieu of diving headfirst into the Ben & Jerry's I went for a swim. When I wanted chocolate more than anything in the world I resisted my daughter's offer of a Snickers (frozen, no less!) and instead distracted myself with a comedy on tv. Finally, bedtime and I headed to my budoir with something decadently sweet and terribly good in the most sinful sort of way...My Man, that is! *wink* Wonder how just many calories are burned off during that particular exercise... Hmm....

I'm feeling quite virtuous this morning having slain the hormonal beasts and lived to tell about it! Hurrah!

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July to all of my American bloggin' pals! We'll be celebrating simply at the Castle today, just family hanging around the pool and watching the neighborhood fireworks.

In addition to the traditional BBQ fare, I'll be serving up some festive Jello shots for the adults, using sugar-free Jello of course!

Using the speed-set method and substituting most of the water for vodka, one small box of sugar-free Jell-O plus 1 cup of vodka made 24 shots. According to my calculations, that makes each shot about 1 POINT each. Not bad because these babies really pack a punch!

Tomorrow I plan on taking a nice long bike ride to work off whatever indulgences I partake in today, but for now I'm going to sit back and enjoy my friends, my family, my freedom.

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A New Look

My beautiful and talented daughter, Kali, did a bit of re-decorating over at the Castle and helped me fix up my little space here as well. How do you like it?

Not only is she a talented artist, dedicated teacher, wonderful daughter/sister/wife/friend, she's also a pin-up artist! I commissioned her to make this piece for my biker friend Hilda's birthday, isn't it amazing??? As you can see, Hilda loved it!

Thank you, Kali! xoxoxoxo

Early Weigh-In

I weighed in a day early which was probably really dumb considering my moontime is approaching and this is not likely a "true weight" but I suspected, I'm up a few pounds, 162.4 today. I'm not going to let it get me down, though, I'm going to hop on my bike this afternoon and work off some calories and stress. It's been a tough drama-filled couple of days and I'm sure PMS doesn't help matters any.

Here's a pic I took this morning, feel & look like I'm five months pregnant..sigh...
nxxt week will surely be better!

In the meantime, have a beauty-full day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Biker Chick

Inspired by some fellow bloggers who bike all over the place (you know who you are!), I decided to follow suit and purchase my own two-wheeler. Lacking the necessary funds at the moment, I did what all independent middle-aged women do - I called my daddy! *grin* Seriously, my birthday is coming up (ok, it's not until August but I'm a Leo, I don't wait for anything!) and I couldn't think of a better gift!

Now, here's the thing, I am probably the most uncoordinated person you will ever meet, it's a wonder I manage to walk straight without injury (and yet I still don 4" stilettos, go figure) so balanced precariously on two wheels is a challenge to say the least. I didn't even learn to ride until I was 8 years old, can you imagine? All of my friends were zipping down the block and there I sat all alone, unable to join them, the kids making fun of me because I didn't know how to ride a bike. Sad, right? *sniff* No wonder I have all kinds of emotional issues!

But I digress...the point is that I have a "history" with bicycles. I only owned a couple in my life - after the childhood version I then moved on to a big girl bike given to me by a boyfriend when I was 14 but once I learned to drive I was done! I didn't hop on another bike until my husband (sensing a theme here?) bought me one for my 25th birthday. We rode the beach together, took leisurely trips around the neighborhood, etc. etc. Then I got pregnant...and pregnant again...and the bike sat in my garage gathering dust until one day in a childish temper tantrum (which were commmon) the soon-to-be-ex-husband threw out my bike as well as my daughters'. What the hell? Apparently they were "in his way" and "no one was using them." And yet he had piles of his own crap sitting all over the place, how is that fair? (Are you getting a clue as to why he is now an ex-husband?) Anyway, years of therapy got me through those ugly memories (sort've) and I'm ready to move on. Really. I am.

So, several years pass and here I am, deciding to join the cycling world again. I was very particular about the exact style, though, no fancy-schmancy 10-speed or big-money beach cruiser, I wanted a Schwinn. Old-fashioned, retro, a blast from the past. It didn't take me long to find the perfect ride, and at Target no less! We picked her up last night and this morning before work I took her for a spin. I was terrified, I admit, thinking that I'd wipe out and have to call my children to pick my broken self up off the asphalt. But I went slowly & carefully, allowing my body to remember how to balance and before I knew it I was zooming along quite nicely! It was wonderful, so freeing and mind-clearing to be riding along with only my own thoughts and the neighborhood sights to amuse me. Such fun!

So, welcome, Rosie! I'm sure the two of us are going to be fast friends.

Have a Beauty-Full Day!