Monday, 31 January 2011

January Goals


Feeling great in a new size 18 dress my Mom bought for me this weekend because she said it fit me too well not to buy. 8-D  I have been meeting the fitness goal I set for myself this month and the results are really beginning to show.  I'm losing weight consistantly, I've dropped a clothing size and clothes are looking nice on me.

Hubby and I spent the day at the local wildlife refuge yeasterday because the weather was absolutely gorgeous!  It felt great to get back outside and put in a couple miles on my pedometer!  It really reinforced my motivation for completely my fitness goal so that in a few months I can reward myself with new roller blades!!


It's officially the last day in January- how far have you come into reaching your goals for yourself in 2011?  It's already 1/12th of the way gone! 

Kelly over at Happy Texans reminded me in her post that you can only fail if you stop trying to succeed.  I've been riding on that these past few days.  I'm down another 2.8lbs at my weigh in last Saturday- which means I've got about 5 lbs left until I can "walk my way into onederland" just like I saw Kelly do last year.  I'm really going to savor that accomplishment.  For as long as I can remember there was a 2 or a 3 as the first number in my weight.  I can't WAIT to see a 1 there!

I'm doing well in MT training right now.  A lot less stress, but still pretty consistant in the time stealing department.  Please stick around and bear with me- my program ends mid-march and I'll be back to more regular posting. :)

Friday, 28 January 2011

Things I'm not loving about losing 100lbs

Some of the things I'm not so much loving about having lost over 100lbs:

1.)  Acquaintances (like the mother's of some of 5-year-olds' classmates) I see only once or twice a year don't recognize me.  This has made for several awkward situations and reintroductions.  And, it makes me realize that people remembered me much because of how fat I was instead of my nice smile, pretty hair, fabulous style, or good (insert positive character attribute).

2.)  Even people I knew very well a few years ago say things like "Gosh, I almost didn't recognize you!" or "I wouldn't have known you if you'd passed me on the street!"  This makes me feel sad in a way I cannot quite put to words.  It's like the fat was hiding me, and I'm now realizeing that people who I thought knew me and loved me really couldn't see passed my size, and because of that, now they don't know me at all.

3.)  The first thing people say to me in any conversation is usually about my weight or size or how I look:
"MY!  How much weight have you lost?!"
"You SHRUNK!!"
"You look GREAT!!" 
It's nice to hear those things, but after the millionth time, I really would love for someone to ignore it and just say, "It's great to see you! How have you been?"  instead of the barrage of questions that leads me to #4; 

4.) I'm expected to lay my whole story out on the table.  I'm expected to discuss how fat and unhappy I was when they ask how it started.  I'm expected to share how I've "done it" or what my "secret" is.  I'm even often expected to share how much more I want to lose.  To me these things feel private.  It just seems like everyone wants to stick their fingers into my insecurities and wiggle them around. 

I am still the same person I was when I was 100lbs fatter.  I have evolved, yes.  But, the core of who I am is no different.  I am still me.  I just changed up the outside, just like a new wardrobe or style. 

When I was fat, most people didn't dare to mention "weight" in my company.  It just wasn't talked about, it was Taboo and considered to be in poor taste.  Now, it seems to be the only thing anyone wants to talk to me about. 

Monday, 24 January 2011

See C. Shrink!

I finally found a new pair of jeans at the Goodwill this weekend!  I go every weekend- but for some reason it is REALLY hard to find whatever size pants I'm looking for in a pair of decent jeans.  I guess that most people wear jeans until they fall apart, so viable ones don't often end up at the GW in plus sizes.  Anyway, the jeans I had been wearing were a size 22 pair of Revolt jeans.  I loved them well for about 3 months, but nearing the end of that third month, I was having to pull them back up every few steps because they were really getting too big. 

I'm always on the lookout for jeans in the next size down, but this time took me a LOT longer to find a decent pair.  What I found this weekend was a pair of Lane Bryant Right Fit jeans (like these)  And, if you know anything about LB, they have a different kind of sizing chart for Right Fit jeans.  The one's I found were a Red Size 3 and they looked right, so I tried them on and they fit!  I was just happy to have a pair of jeans that fit and assumed that they were only a size down from the Rovolt's, which put me in a 20 and I was STOKED!  Funny thing is my cousin works for an LB store, so I texted her to explain the irony of me finding a $60 pair of jeans (probably sold from her store) for $4.00 at the GW.  She happened to text back, "Oh yeah?  What size are you now, anyway?"  I told her "Red Size 3- whatever that means."  And she said "HOLY SHIT!!  That's and 18!!!" 
    
I froze..."WTF?!  ARE YOU FO RIZZLE?!  I'M in an 18?!?!  WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I swear to you all, I jumped up and down in the dressing room!!!

I went down TWO sizes and I am officially out of the 20's!!  YAY!!!

So of course I run home to show my husband, and while I'm putting the jeans back on, I decide to also try on a shirt that has been in my closet for about 8 years.  Hubby bought it for me before we were married because he said it made him think about me.  (so sweet)  But, like most husbands, he had no idea as to what size I was.  He bought me a large when I was much more comfortable in a 2XL.  I wore it once around the house, but ever since then, it's been sitting in my closet waiting...  Occationally I try it on to see how much longer it's going to have to wait.  Well...you probably guessed already, but THERE WILL BE NO MORE WAITING!!!

IT FIT TOO!!

I am now at the smallest size I've been in probably 15 years.  I'm still considered plus size- but well on my way!  I'm totally stoked!  Also bought a new water aerobics swimsuit size 18!  Freakin' unbelievable!!  I just can't stop thinking about it!  I want to tell everyone! :oD


01/24/2010 Size 18!!


Friday, 21 January 2011

Update on the Hap'nins

I'm sorry I've been absent.  For those of you who don't know, I'm in the final stretches of trying to get my Medical Transcription certification and it is seriously kicking my ass.  I'm in a CRAZY time crunch.  I have 6 weeks left to finish my final class and I'm just not sure if I'm going to be able to do it.  And, if I can do it, I will have just BARELY squeaked by.  There are plenty of working noncertified transcriptionists, so I know I'll at least get to continue practicing my skill, but I have a student loan for the program in the amount of $5,000 and I'm going to be super pissed if I have to pay all that money back without earning the certification.

The secret is that I'm really CRAPPY with stress.  I'm just not one of those people who handles it well.  Well, I take that back- give me a REAL emergency (think major hurricanes, missing body parts, blood and guts) and I'm as cool and collected as a still morning pond; developing a plan of action and delegating responsibility.  But, the daily grind of this deadline and that one, this correction and that, this assignment and that one...and all I want to do is curl up in my bed and forget I ever even tried.  ...Which I'll admit...is why I'm down to 6 weeks left and a whole class to complete.  Ugh...  Definitely HATE feeling like a failure.

My husband and friends have been reminding me that I changed a LOT of things in 2010.  Basically, my whole life, i.e. food, diet, exercise, cooking, Weight Watchers, a new baby at work, etc.  And I've not only succeeded at those things, I've absolutely EXCELLED.  And, in the long run, those things, those habits, are the real life-long kind that I will carry with me forever.  I was attempting to get my MT cert. just to have a little something extra to fall back on in hard times.  It was my plan B.  And, luckily, it's not one of those things that I can't do WITHOUT the certification.  So, if it takes me another year of practicing before I can take the test- so be it.  But I'll still need to find extra work to begin paying off the student loan.  Ugh...

So, I'm here, I'm still doing what I do  in the way of health, diet, and fitness.  I'm just also stressed OUT without a whole lot of time for, well, ...anything else.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Zumba and Giveaway teaser!

Zumba was fun.  It wasn't as fun as I thought it would be.  I knew I wouldn't be good at it, and I wasn't.  I'm not very coordinated...so it's going to take some practice before I can call it a legitimate workout.  Luckily, the way it worked was that we would do 1 minute on the machines and then 1 minute Zumba-ing and made only one completion of the circuit, so at least I got in some decent resistance training.  I enjoyed it, but comparatively, I feel like I get a better workout when I run between machines and complete the circuit twice with 30 seconds running, 30 seconds on the machines.  So, it's a work in progress.  I already reserved my spot in class for next Monday night!  : )

CSN contacted me a week ago to ask if I'd like to review one of their products and have a give away for my readers.  ALL 25 of you!  CSN is comprised of over 200 websites, including everything from luggage stores to furniture and cookware.  I was especially interested in their cookware.  One thing I have learned during the process of losing more than 100lbs is that you HAVE to learn to cook healthy meals for yourself.  Avoid the restaurants, especially the fast ones!  Before, the only time I was in my kitchen was to get food from the fridge or freezer and put it in the microwave.  Now I spend probably 10hrs or more of my week in the kitchen- menu and meal planning, prepping and cooking, and dishing and displaying my edible works of art! 

Making sure you "eat the rainbow" will already ensure that your plate looks vibrant and appealing (especially for children), but I'm sure you know that the way you cut and display those foods is just as important!  I have all kinds of tools I've used for preparing the childrens' meals for many years now.  I'm just beginning to really get into the aesthetics of eating for myself, so when I saw the KidCo BabySteps Multi Slicer, I knew I had to have it!  Luckily, CSN is offering a great deal for us; I'm going to get to review the multi slicer and then give one away to you guys PLUS a $15 gift code toward whatever the winner wants!  WHOOP!  Can't WAIT to see how the multi slicer REALLY dresses up the PlanetBox! 

Oh, and they told me to make sure you all knew that there may be international shipping charges in the case of Canadian addresses.  Sorry 'bout that 'nadians.  My husband's a canuck- I feel for ya.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Results and Internet Therapy

And the winner is...drum roll please...

C.!!!!!!  With a 2.6lbs loss over the holidays!!  WHOOO!!! *applauds*

Oh Em GEE!!  I would like to thank my family, my friends, and my followers for keeping me on track and accountable!

All drama aside, I'm happy to see a loss!  But, it's not really what I want to talk about today.  A conversation with my Mom today sparked my interest and I wanted to see what you all thought about it. 

The conversation was about my father (who has been obese all my life) is "back on his diet" now after completely overindulging over the holidays.  He's using the Weight Watchers program to do it, or rather, my mother is doing it for him.  She is buying, preparing, portioning and handing meals to my father.  And my mom HATES to cook, so most of it is pre-prepared microwave foods.  The only part in his diet that he is responsible for is the eating part.  He has no idea of the actual nutritional content, nutrient values, or even the point values for a single thing that goes into his mouth.  He relies on my mother to do all the work for it.

I feel real anger over this, now, myself more than 100lbs lighter.  Before, I would have commiserated with him and wished him good luck.  Now I know luck has nothing to do with it.  I won't presume to tell my father what he needs to do (that surely would NOT go over well), but between me and you, he needs to take responsibility.  I am really frustrated with him over it. 

The background is that I feel like he played a big role in why I became obese.  I know I am responsible for my own body, but as a kid, he would sneak me treats when my mom wasn't looking and when my mom was out of town on business (A LOT) we lived on fast food.  I feel like he used me to be his eating buddy, and that is really wrong in my opinion.  And, now that we don't have that, our relationship has really suffered over the last year.   

He has never taken any responsibility for his weight or the role he played in mine.  He believes he is cursed into obesity somehow.  He believes he was born a bottomless pit that cannot stop eating.  He has totally given up on himself.  He has weight and diet-related health issues and he just believes they are things that "fat, old people" get, as if he isn't in anyway responsible for having or keeping them. 

I know that until he decides to take control of his own diet as a whole, he will continue to be over weight.  This sorry attempt and gaining healthful habits will fade out just like all the others.  He mostly eats SmartOnes or Healthy Choice frozen dinners.  He eventually gets tired of eating the same thing over and over and goes back to eating whatever he wants when my mom's not around.  He eats at a restaurant every lunch hour during the work week because he doesn't want to deal with packing his own lunch.  He is constantly going off and back on  "the diet."  It goes well for a month or so and then he begins finding opportunities to order straight from the menu, eat everything on his plate, and then declare guiltily that he'll be going "back on the diet" at the next meal.  I find it VERY difficult not to roll my eyes.

I see all the mistakes he is making now that I know the truth.  I feel like, "if I could do it, so can he" and he's my dad, so he should want to.  But he won't.  I know the hard work it takes and deep down I don't think he will ever do it.  I have lost faith.  I'm not perfect (to say the least,), I make mistakes every day and I am STILL ON the journey...I haven't really achieved the right to be a know it all.  But, what I'm doing is working and it has worked for thousands of other people too and it would work for him too if he would just TRY.

Please don't get me wrong.  I am a wonderfully blessed woman with a VERY devoted father.  He has only ever wanted what he thought was best for me.  I love him very much, which I'm sure is why I feel so strongly about this situation.  I'm building a bitterness over it, a bad taste in the back of my throat when I think about it.  I generally try to live my life in love, forgiveness, and acceptance.  So this is really starting to harsh my mellow.  I'm not sure what to do about it...

Me & Dad- Father's Day 2010

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Meal Plans & Pre-Weigh-In Thoughts

Now that the holidays are over and life is getting back to normal, my Saturday WW meetings are back on!  So the tradition of what we like to call "Saturday Shenanigan's" resumes.  My mom will be at my house around 8:30 and we will go to my WW meeting together (she's my support!),  then we will go eat brunch at Roly Poly (my new fav!) and then we will go grocery shopping together! 

Because of Saturday Shenanigan's, I make a meal plan out Friday night for the next week to come.  It is a combination of things I've pulled out of my pantry and leftovers from the week before that need to be used up.  This helps me keep my grocery budget as low as possible and it doesn't leave me on Wednesday wondering what there is to eat.  This doesn't mean I will eat everything on this list, these are just my list of options.  I usually do this in a notebook, but my list is a bit larger than usual so I thought I might share it with you and maybe spark your imagination. 

Meal Plan this week:

Breakfast Options:
Whole Wheat Sweet Potato-Cranberry Muffins (had two leftover sweet potatoes...)
Special K cereal & Silk Light*
Omelet (eggs*)

Lunch & Dinner Options:
Sandwiches: Grilled cheese, PB&J, egg salad.
Vegetarian Chili with Rice
Lasagna Rolls
Maki Sushi (with my new kit!)
Vegetarian burritos (FF refried beans, FF cheddar, lots 'o veggies)

Fruit Options:
4 apples
some form of berry or grapes*
banana*
avocado* (for California Maki Sushi)

 Veggie Options:
Roasted Veggies: Onion*/broccoli* or brussel sprouts*/carrots*
Any of those raw with yogurt dressing

Snack Options:
Boiled Egg
Pretzels* and the best mustard ever!!  (seriously, I buy it in bulk)
Cottage cheese 
Any fruit or veggie

The items with stars next to them I will need to purchase at the grocery store: Silk Light, eggs, berries or grapes, banana, avocado, onion, broccoli or brussel sprouts, carrots, and pretzels.  All those options for only a few dollars.  It's gonna be a good cooking week :) , even if some of it ends up in the freezer for future quick meals.  Maybe I'll pull out a pantry-post for you all!  Like MTV Cribs! ;-D

At 9am I will be weighing in officially for the first time in THREE WHOLE WEEKS!  My scale at home has been wavering between maintenance and a small loss for a few days now.  But my scale NEVER says what the WW scales say so I never trust my scale.  I'm always shooting for a loss, but I will certainly be satisfied if I've managed to maintain over the past two major holidays. 

I got a really great new shirt from Goodwill (still had tags!) yesterday that is about 2 sizes too small and I'm going to use it to gage my loss until summer (when I hope it will fit.)  So if I did maintain, I certainly won't be dilly-dallying any longer!  I woke up this morning feeling really good.  Right this minute, I'm kinda lovin' the uphill, calorie burning climb.  Loss or no loss, I'm proud that I exercised this week.  I know I will achieve my goals. 

Friday, 7 January 2011

Activities

I told hubby about how I was going to earn my roller blades in the spring and he went right out and bought me a calendar to help mark my progress.  Sweet, eh?  This week I did what I said I would do and went to the gym 3 times.  (Hence the cute stickers- cause, well, who doesn't like cute stickers?) 

I'm more excited about next week because my gym is starting Zumba classes.  I'm ALWAYS up for trying something new when it comes to my workouts.  I get bored EASY!  I'm also considering returning to my water aerobics classes on Thursdays.  It got me thinking that I really should make a list of all the activities I enjoy right now, so that next time I'm in a rut I can have a list of ideas to choose from and switch it up a bit.  So here goes:

Walking with Bean (my best canine friend)
Speed walking with "my" baby in the stroller.
Running with C25K
Biking
Water Aerobics
Gym
Zumba?

What do you all do to get activity?

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

"Beans, beans, the musical fruit!
The more you eat, the more you toot!
The more you toot, the better you feel
So let's have beans at every meal!
Beans, beans, they're good for your heart!
The more you eat, the more you fart!
The more you fart, the better you feel,
So let's eat beans with every meal!!"

Okay, so I never actually grew up...but I wouldn't sing it if it weren't true!!

I mentioned to you all that I keep a never ending supply of cooked beans and brown rice in some variation in my fridge at all times.  It's quick to eat, quick to pack, quick to give my body the energy and nutrients it needs to feel healthy, lean, and satisfied!

Lately, I've been on a "16 Bean Stew" kick.  I've probably had a bowl of it just about every day for the past 3 weeks.  I love it, so delicious and aromatic and filling! MMMMmmm!  But, alas, I decided to move on from it to another legume.  When I found this recipe , I knew that my love affair with frijoles was about to reach a whole new level.

I mostly followed the 101 Cookbooks version, but I didn't think the extra oil was necessary.  And I tweaked a few other small things. 

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 small onions, chopped
2 cups dried split green peas, picked over and rinsed
2.5C water
2.5C chicken broth
juice of 1/2 lemon (reserve the zest)
paprika and salt to taste.

1C serving = 6 ProPoints
Recipe serves between 4-6.

1.  Put the oil into a large pot and let it heat up on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add chopped onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
2.  While the onion is cooking, pick over and rinse 2 cups of dried split peas.
3.  Add split peas and broth to the pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer 40 minutes.
4.  Remove half to 3/4 of soup (depending on how smooth you want it to be) with a large ladle into a blender or food processor.

5.  Blend soup until smooth.  Then return contents to pot.

6.  Add lemon juice and paprika to taste.  You could easily do this step just before serving, but like I said, I like it REALLY easy- so I went ahead and seasoned the whole pot.

Ummm...so apparently this soup was SO good, that I neglected to take a picture of my serving.  Oh well, you'll just go have to make it yourself and see! :)

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Velveeta Baked Spaghetti Squares Variation

Okay, so I'll be honest in telling you that I considered not posting this recipe because of the Velveeta content.  Velveeta is NOT a real food.  It is a ridiculously processed hybrid dairy product that really should not be in any ones diet on a regular basis.  But, I was excited to try it from my new cookbook (who doesn't love a quick casserole recipe?) and I happened to already have 8/9 of the ingredients it called for, which means it's budget friendly!  So I bit the bullet, bought the fake cheese, and went at it!  I'm trusting you as intelligent, health conscious adults not to go overboard on the Velveeta!  In fact, after having made and eaten this recipe, I would recommend cutting back the Velveeta content by 1/3 or so.  Next time, I bet I could get away with 5 oz if I diced it into smaller pieces.

You can find the actual Kraft recipe here.  By now you know that I ALWAYS beat a recipe until unrecognizable edit recipes to suit my diet, my budget, and my taste buds and I encourage you all to do the same! 

Velveeta Baked Spaghetti Squares
1 square = 5 ProPoints
Serves 8

1 bell pepper, diced (I used red)
2 small onions, diced
1/2 C green onion, chopped
1 C mushroom, diced
1/2 C grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
2 eggs
3 egg whites
10 oz whole wheat spaghetti, boiled al dente
8 oz Velveeta Light Reduced Fat 2% Cheese Product (<~~~FAKE FOOD ALERT!!)

Whisk together eggs and egg whites with a splash of water until well blended.

Dump all the ingredients EXCEPT the spaghetti sauce in a large bowl and fold until everything is well incorporated and coated with egg.


Press pasta mixture into a 13x9 inch casserole dish and bake 35 minutes.



Pour spaghetti sauce over the top to evenly coat and cut into 8 squares.



Despite the fake food, which I am now going to research a substitute for, this casserole is VERY good.  Aside from the Velveeta, it's nutritional profile is well balanced with protein from the egg and cheese, whole grains from the pasta, and probably a 1/2 serving of veggies incorporated in each serving.  Plus, it fits into my PlanetBox perfectly!  
=oD

Monday, 3 January 2011

Whole Wheat Sweet Potato-Cranberry Muffins

I was looking for a way that I could use the left over holiday food in my fridge.  Namely a sweet potato and a bag of cranberries.  And, I wanted it to be for breakfast.  I was thinking pancakes, but what I found was this recipe.  I didn't have all the ingredients, so of course I did what I always do, I bastardized it into oblivion made it my own.  The result was a super soft, sweet, low propoint, healthy, breakfast or anytime muffin.  This is a healthy, portable, whole grain breakfast that will surely get you through to morning snack!

Sweet Potato Muffins
Yes, that's my dryer.  We live in an apartment- it's counter space. :)
1 Lg sweet potato, baked, skinned, and mashed
2C whole wheat flour
1tsp baking soda
1tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp nutmeg
1/4tsp cloves
1/4 C unsweetened apple sauce
equivalent of 2 eggs in egg whites
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2C honey
6oz Silk Light Vanilla soymilk
1-1/2 C diced fresh cranberries

Yields 16-18 muffins
1 muffin= 2 ProPoints

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Stir in the applesauce, egg whites, vanilla, honey, Silk, and mashed sweet potato, just until all ingredients are moistened.  Fold in cranberries. 

Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.

And bake 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


I enjoy mine split in half with a little spray butter, peanut butter, or fat free cream cheese for breakfast on the go.  Or, as a dessert I'll break one into pieces in a bowl of fresh cut berries with a little jam or sugar free vanilla syrup and heat it up for a minute, add a splash of vanilla soymilk and it's like a fresh cobbler.

My crappy apartment lighting, photography skills and iPhone camera don't do it justice.  This heavy, dense muffin has a natural sweetness that dissolves on your tongue and the tart cranberries really pop.  I'm looking forward to eating these during the next week.  And I won't feel guilty for one single bite!

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  I'm sorry I've been absent this week.  There were things I wanted to tell you about, but it seemed that every time I managed to find a bit of time of the computer, emails and other things kept me away.  Anyway, I'm here now.  I've been reading your entries here and there and I'm really thrilled to see some of you making some really AWESOME goals for the coming year!  I can't wait to help you celebrate your victories in the coming months. 

I'm hoping that this is the year I will reach my goal weight.  I only count the scale at my meetings and haven't been to a meeting in two weeks (I go on Saturdays which were Holidays for the past two weeks), so I'm not sure what exactly my current weight is.  But, my scale at home has me down a few pounds, so I know I'm headed in the right direction.  According to my height and age, a healthy weight range for me is 140-160lbs.  My mother (who is 5'5'' and 52y/o and an avid runner) weighs 136lbs, so 140 for me seemed a bit on the low end.  And, I'd like to have a 10lbs "healthy weight" cushion, so I'm shooting for 150lbs and I'll decide where I'm at from there.  I estimate that that means I have about 60lbs left to lose.

Seeing that in print is very- VERY cool.  I can't ever remember being that close to a healthy weight.  Obviously, I must have been gaining with no inhibitions to have not witnessed it on the way UP the scale.  And, when I really think about it, I'm am BLOWN AWAY at the fact that I really and truly believe that I WILL see 150lbs as my weight in the near future.  A year ago, I was going meal-to-meal in hopes I would be able to continue to make good decisions.  I had no confidence in setting goals.  Now I KNOW without a doubt that I will be able to achieve my goal weight.

But, everything is easier in baby steps and so I'm planning to set a few smaller goals to help me get there.  The first is that in about 10lbs I will "walk my way into ONEderland!"  For the first time since middle school there will be a '1' at the beginning of my weight.  That is freakin' AUHMAZING if you ask me.  I've spent all of my adult life in the 2 and 3 hundreds.  I'm really excited about it!  Once I achieve that, then the celebrations will be in -10lbs increments.  Five of them.  It sounds surreal for me to say that I am within 5 baby steps of my goal, healthy weight.  Seriously, I would say it's unbelievable but, I DO believe it.  And if you believe, you can achieve!  ...Sorry...that was corny. :)

Lots of new recipes coming.  In the next few days, I'll be making and eating Sweet Potato and Oat muffins for breakfast, Spaghetti Squares for my Planet Box work lunches, and Split Pea Soup for filler.  I also need to refill the unending container of beans and brown rice in some form in my fridge at all times.  Bean stew, baked beans, chili, Cuban beans and rice.  I eat a LOT of beans and rice.  I'm also debating on making Lasagna Rolls, we'll see how much food the other recipes produce.  My husband is a bean pole and refuses to eat anything with vegetables in it, so I only cook for myself.  Which means, I am responsible for consuming the left overs for the rest of the week of whatever I make.  The Spaghetti Squares, Cuban Beans and Rice, and Lasagna Rolls are all the recipes coming from the "Favorite Brand Name Vegetarian 3 Books in 1" cookbook I got for Christmas.  I'll post them as I go.  You guys let me know what you think of the recipe posts.  If you get sick of them, don't be shy about letting me know!!

I'm thinking about starting to roller blade in the spring.  I used to roller skate ALL THE TIME as a kid.  But, I understand through my young cousin that roller skating is not NEARLY as cool as roller blading is.  So, for cool points- I'm willing to blade.  I'm considering justifying the expense of the equipment to be a reward for continuing my boring gym time for the next few months.  I'm thinking that I'll put stickers on the calender.  If I go to the gym 3 times a week from now until warm weather, then I've earned the right to a new activity.  I think it sounds like a plan...

Here's to achieving our goals!  CHEERS!!