Thursday, April 30, 2009

Week 7, Thursday, bedtime

This probably wasn't the wisest choice in the world, but I guess it was better than some things I could have picked. FOUR fiber one bars. This evening I walked half a mile at the track (14 minutes) and the sides of my lower legs were just killing me. I am going to HAVE to get me some shoes that are fit to walk in. I came home, took a shower, ate my granola bars, and was asleep by 8:30. The granola bars were 560 total, so I went over my cals by 28.

Running points total is 402.

Week 7, Thursday, supper

Isn't this a huge amount of food?! Yay! I tend to be an evening eater, so it is good that I ate a small breakfast and a kind of low cal lunch! The amazing thing is that even AFTER this delicious supper, I still have 532 calories left! wow!

Supper is one lean hamburger patty with onions and bbq sauce cooked in it, 1 cup mashed potatoes, a little brown gravy, 1 cup green beans and 2/3 cup corn. And water.

:) Hubby said he will go walking with me this evening after it cools down a bit. Enjoy your evening!

Week 7, Thursday, lunch

I was really hungry for beans!

1 cup of pinto beans on 2 slices of bread, 1 piece of toast and jelly and half of an apple and a big sonic cup of water. 470 calories. :)

Week 7, Thursday, breakfast

Goooooooood morning! Thank you for the nice comments yesterday. Hubby even let me sleep in this morning, so I did get about 8.5 hours of pretty much continuous sleep, which I needed. yay! Did you know that today is "accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative" day? Well, it is. Because I said it is. LOL :-D

Let's have some healthy oatmeal and OJ for breakfast for a itty bitty 230 cals.

Yesterday my son (age 9) said "mom, I just noticed something. You used to be this wide (and he gestured) but now you are only this wide!". That was a good compliment. And it is true! Just this little bit of weight I lost has made me a little bit less wide. I wore a skirt to church last night that I haven't been able to wear in a long while. :)

Let's all have a sun shiny day. ;)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I am not having a good day.

Today has been very difficult. And it still is. I'm not talking about food. I'm talking about life in general. I don't want to go into details. It has just been a hard day. I will try to be back to blogging tomorrow and hopefully it will be a better day. Thank you for reading.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Week 6, Tuesday,weigh in and bedtime

Well pooey. I was drinking a sonic route 44 size ice water on my way to TOPS and tonight I learned to NOT do that right before weighing in. I mean I was really guzzling away on it. I weighed in with a half pound GAIN! After the meeting, I had to pee (duh) and afterwards I weighed myself and it showed a 2.75 pound LOSS. gain was just water, but it was my "official" weigh-in weight, so next weeks loss is just going to look bigger. OH BIG FAT WELL. I know I lost this week and that is all that matters.

Afterwards I walked a mile on this new trail I found (see trail pic). It is actually at the Indian Senior Citizen Center ...and....I am not indian OR a senior......but it was a good trail and no one was there and I don't think they would care anyway. (walked 1 a very slow pace apparently.....35 minutes)

After supper I had 590 cals left! Amazing! I had a junior burger and small frozen yogurt from Braums. Braums calories are impossible to find, so I am just going to guess and say that took the last of my calories.

Now I am going to sit on the bed and read the paper and wind down for the night.

Thanks for reading!

Running points total: 330 (I am needing/wanting walking shoes, gym membership, and a walkman/ipod thingy. I have decided that if/when I reach 1,000 on my running points balance, that I will buy myself one of those things whether I can afford it or not. fooey on not having the stuff I need when I am putting forth all of this effort)

Week 6, Tuesday, lunch and supper

Lunch was tuna salad made with light mayo, 2 pc toast, 1 boiled egg, 1 pc toast and jelly and 1 cup light cranapple juice. I packed my supper because after the TOPS meeting I was going to walk and then go work at the church and eat my supper there. (mom keeps the kids every Tuesday from 4:30-8:30 p.m., hubby helps with the church's discipleship class from 7:30- 9:30, and I have TOPS, then I walk, and then I go to the church to prep for next Sunday's lesson, so I am busy from 4:30-8:30. Hubby and I always fend for ourselves for supper on Tuesdays and mom feeds the kids) Anyway....supper was a turkey sandwich, an apple and a high fiber bar.

Week 6, Tuesday, breakfast ( a LOT of fiber)

I know it is after 1 p.m. and I am just now posting my breakfast pic but life gets busy. For quite a while now I have been fasting on Tuesdays until after weigh-in. That is probably not a good habit and I decided that I would NOT fast today. I do not know how that will affect weigh-in this evening. Breakfast was 2 cups of bran flakes with 1 cup of milk and one fiber one bar. I apparently was craving high fiber stuff LOL. (480 cals)
I've kind of got the blahs this morning. I feel like I am always busy busy busy and yet I accomplish so very little and I just can't seem to get ahead. We have finished all our our schoolwork for the day except for reading (which is pretty easy). I have done one load of laundry and that is about it. Which means I probably need to get out of this chair and get busy! ta ta for now and THANK YOU for reading!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Week 6, bedtime snackin' and new followers!

What a suprise to log on tonight to find that I had yet another new follower! You all just don't know how much it helps for me to know that you are there. The newest follower, Sean, is a major role model for me. He NEVER cheats. He has his new life all worked out in his mind and I'm still working on that. I read his blog everyday. Anyway.......Sean, I'm glad you are makes me feel important. At the same time, it makes me nervous for you to see all of the empty calories I consume in a day! LOL

On to the bedtime snack- a fiber one bar and a cup of light cranapple juice= 180 cals. I know I only had 91 cals to spare, so I will pull from my running total balance.

Hubby and I walked 3/4 of a mile (20 minutes) at the track. I am really needing some good walking shoes. $$$$ is the only problem. It should work out soon. to shower, iron hubby's uniform and then to bed. I've been getting up with hubby in the mornings for devotions (5:30 a.m.!) so I need to get to bed earlier than I do.

If you would like to see the videos from the awesome hotel we were at for marriage retreat, they are at
Running points balance is now: 230

Until later,

I'm that TOPS lady (p.s. tomorrow is weigh in day...yikes)

Week 6, supper

another 60 cal fudgesickle and 3 of these chicken/taco sauce/low cal tortillia/onion/green pepper/ cheese thingies equals 740 calories, leaving 91! woot! Now our family is walking out of the door to go to the track.


Week 6, snack

60 calorie sugar free fudgesickle....leaving 831

Week 6, Monday, lunch

Lunch was 694 calories and is leaving a heavy feeling in my gut. Two cups of spaghetti O's, 2 pc bread, 1 graham cracker, 1 sugar free pudding, water. I have 891 calories left for supper. I called the local workout place and I could have unlimited access to their treadmill for $20 per month. As sad as it sounds, I don't know if I have $20 to spare..... but I really like walking on a treadmill, so we will see. Still thinking about it.

Week 6, Monday, breakfast part two LOL

A piece of Tony's pizza, oatmeal and OJ. 375 cals. I have 1,585 left for the day. I plan to get a lot of housework done today. Wish me luck!

Week 6, Monday, breakfast

I said that I would tell more about marriage retreat, but now I have lost motivation to do so. It was basically common sense stuff and it was a lot of fun and the hotel was awesome.

Anyway, I am up early and had a cup of light cranapple juice, pictured. I am going back to bed. *yawn*

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Telling about marriage retreat.

This first pic shows the door to our room and the little tables just outside of it. The second pic shows what you'd see looking over the ledge (we were on the 2nd floor) down to the ground floor. By the way, this is at the Embassy Suites in Tulsa and I HIGHLY recommend this place.

I had an absolute blast!!!! But I am too pooped to tell about it right now. *whew...exhausted* I will upload one pic of the awesome place we stayed. Right now I just want to record the numbers from this morning's workout (from the hotel's gym!) before I forget them. I was on an awesome treadmill. Guess how long I walked? an HOUR! wow! Go me! I didn't think that was possible, but it happened! hour was 2.7 miles walked. My comfort speed was 2.5 mph, but to burn extra calories, I did a few bursts of 3.5 mph. It was like a suana in there. I got so sweaty! I think the machine said my total calories burned was approx 378. Whew.....................I'm going to bed.........will try to write more about the retreat tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Week 6, Thursday, supper, recap and explaining this weekend

4 ounce hamburger patty, 1 cup mac anc cheese, 1/2 cup corn and 2 cupcakes (diet mt dew and water were the drinks) 1,034 calories...which put me over by 41 calories. (I will deduct from the running points balance).
I mowed the grass for an hour and a half today! I am *so* counting that as exercise, but since part of the time I was walking pretty slow and part of the time the mower was pretty much just dragging me (LOL) I am going to count it as 45 minutes of exercise and 1 mile walked.
Ok....tomorrow we leave to go to our wonderful marriage retreat in Tulsa. I will not be able to post until Saturday evening or maybe even sometime Sunday. (depends on exhaustion level). I probably WON'T take pics of my food on the trip, partially because we are staying in and eating at a super fancy place and I will feel silly..............even though the only thing I will probably be eating in public is the free breakfast buffet on Saturday.'s the meal plans:
Breakfast= OJ and oatmeal
Snack in the car= apple, fiber one bar, mini skittles
Late lunch (4ish)= 8 ounces of sirloin steak, ketchup, 1 roll, salad, fiber one bar, cup cake
After church supper= 8 ounces of sirloin steak (yes, again!), ketchup, 1 roll, pudding, mini skittles, cup cake
All you can eat breakfast buffet (I'm just gonna eat and call it 1.000 cals)
Snack on way home= fiber one bar and apple
Lunch/supper after we get back home=kentucky fried chicken meal (breast with skin removed, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuit) 110 calorie snack of my choosing
That will equal out to 2.000 calories per day.
See you after my trip!
Running points balance: 219

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Week 6, Thursday, snack attack

One cupcake with NO FROSTING (and made with no oil and only egg whites), one mini package of skittles. 177 cals, leaving me with 993 cals for the day.

Week 6, Thursday, lunch

It's a good thing my breakfast was low cal because I was sure hungry at lunch! 1 slice turkey, 1 stick cheese, 1 can of green beans, 1 lean pocket, 1 cup diet cranapple juice (yes, I am drinking out of a monkey cup....needing to wash some may notice the piledupness of my table.....hectic day)1 fiber one granola bar, 1 sugar free popsickle. Busy busy busy busy...I am busy today...gotta go!

Week 6, Thursday, breakfast

I'm doing the oatmeal and OJ thing again this morning for 230 cals. In the background you will see the crazy hat I got to wear at Sunday School. Not that I normally wear crazy things like that, but I have a LOT of little kids and NOT a lot of help, so anything to shock the kids into listening! ;)

I ate breakfast at noon today! Beeeeecause.........I was exhausted! I had "take a nap" on today's to-do list. I got up at 5:30 a.m. with hubby and I stayed up working until 8 a.m. and THEN I decided "I'll go ahead and get my nap in", and I slept until after 11. The kids were fine. They had plenty of snacks and they enjoyed getting to watch movies and lounge around.

Plenty to do around here--- tomorrow is our Marriage Retreat weekend! whoo hoo!

Until later,

I'm that TOPS lady

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Week 6, Wednesday, supper and recap

Yay! I have 10 calories left! It has been a while since I actually had calories left. Supper was pasta from pizza hut, bread stick, 1/2 of hubby's leftover salad, sugar free fudgesickle, sugar free pudding. (can anyone say bloated?)

I drank 88 ounces of water today!!

I walked 1/2 mile and my total exercise minutes were 24.

I am sleepy. Had a VERY busy day. I actually put "nap" on my to-do list for tomorrow. We are getting ready for our big weekend in Tulsa and I don't want to be too sleepy to enjoy it.

I'm sitting here at 11:12 p.m. waiting on hubby's uniform to finish drying (and ignoring the dishes).

Totat Running Balance of points is now: 160

Week 6, Wednesday, snacking while flying out the door

On our way to church......big hurry...... 1 cup diet crangrape juice, 1 stick of cheese, 1 high fiber bar.......280 cals

Week 6, Wednesday, lunch

It was early afternoon and I was still running errands and I needed to eat some lunch. I drove through mickey D's and got the kids a McDouble and fries but I knew that wasn't the answer for me. I went to pizza hut and got "buffet to go". I ate the salad and a high fiber granola bar that I got at the grocery store. I saved the pizza portion of the buffet for the kids to eat after church and I saved the pasta portion for ME to eat as supper tonight after church. Lunch= 500 calories. :)

Week 6, Wednesday, What would weigh in look like? (and breakfast)

Today is the first day of my 6th week of this blog. I have lost 9.5 pounds in those 6 weeks, which is GOOD and I am not complaining about, but I am concerned about how small my losses were for the last two weeks (half pound and quarter pound). If I continue on like I have been, I fear that next week will NOT be a loss.

So, looking back over the past 6 weeks, I realize that I have tried, but I have not had a week where I completely stuck to the plan, not a week where I stayed under calorie range and exercised every day except Sunday.

So, what would happen if I did that? And if I cut out the junk? What kind of loss could I see? Let's try it and find out!

Breakfast this morning: 4 ounces of orange juice (I don't really like the stuff) and 1 bowl of instant oatmeal= 230 calories.

Morning metabolism boost= 7 minutes of "dancing" to "Jesus, You're my Superhero", which I am learning for children's church.

This is going to be a busy day, but I must take care of my health.

I grocery shop today too..............send good thoughts of wise choices and bargains my way!

Until later,

I'm that TOPS lady

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Week 5, Tuesday, weigh in

I only lost 1/4 of a pound today, but that is better than gaining! This was my 6th loss in a row. I am very tired tonight. I fasted until after 6 p.m., then I ate this and that JUNK. Nachos, ice cream, pancake. blech. Tomorrow I need to buy groceries. Goodnight.

Week 5, Tuesday, Breakfast

For the past few Tuesdays, I have fasted until 6 because I was waaaaay over calorie limits. Well, this Tuesday, I am okay on calories and I don't have to fast. However, last night, someone kept going through my mind and I was filled with concern for them. I prayed for them and I think the door may open for me to help them come to the Lord. I read in the Bible where somebody had a demon possession and Jesus' disciples couldn't get it to come out. It DID come out at Jesus' command, though. Later, his disciples asked "why could we not cast it out?", to which Jesus said "this kind only comes out with prayer and fasting". So, I decided to fast for the person that was on my mind last night. Who knows what may happen.

Today is weigh in day and I am very excited!

Until later,

I'm that TOPS lady

Monday, April 20, 2009

Week 5, Monday, Dancing and recap You can click on that link to see the "dance" that I am learning for the Sunday School kids. It is quite a workout! You can rest assured, I am NOT doing this with the kids at 300plus pounds, but I am learning it for when I am a bit more fit. We are going to do awesome things in Children's Church!
Anyway, the point is...... I "exercised" to this video for about 30, THEN I went to the track and walked a mile! (30 minutes)
As far as those 30 calories I had left, I ate a few bites of my daughter's chocolate easter bunny (she is eating is SO SLOWLY). I know I went over my calories by about 100 but I did enough exercise to make up for it, so go me.
Running points balance is 50.

Week 5, Monday, bedtime snack

1 cup of milk, 1 toast with peanut butter and honey, 1 piece of toast with jelly. I ate this about 2 hours ago. I have 30 calories left and I am wanting to EAT,EAT,EAT. hum..............what shall I do?

Week 5, Monday, supper

chicken breast, carrots and potatoes (broiled), ketchup, pea salad, water, diet mountain dew. 580 calories. I still have 440 calories for my bedtime snack! wow!

Week 5, Monday, lunch

Well, we finished off the ice cream. I had one cup. 300 calories. Not a very energy provoking lunch, but it is what it is.

Week 5, Monday, breakfast

1 cup spaghetti O's, 1 pc bread, 1 toast and jelly and 1 cup noodles with tomato sauce (they are not yet cooked in the picture). 660 calories. :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday is a day of rest

...and boy, am I gonna rest after I get home from Sunday School and eat lunch. I stayed up too late watching biggest loser and I am so sleepy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Week 5, Saturday......recap

In the spirit of honesty, I must tell you that I am having a fun dip and maybe this sucker. So, I will be going over by 50 calories. (big whoop). I'm about to watch "Biggest Loser" on NBC online. Then to bed for me.

Running points balance is: 50.

Week 5, Saturday, snacking on......spaghetti

It is almost bedtime and I am finishing off the spaghetti. It feels good to be able to eat quite a bit and to know that it was counted and that I am NOT over on calories! whoo hoo! I even mowed the yard today. Today I felt pretty good, for a change. Drank a lot of water, too. My only cheat what a little bite of chocolate off of my daughter's chocolate bunny. :)

Week 5, Saturday, lunch/supper

More spaghetti (and toast)and a frozen yogurt cone ;)

Week 5, Saturday, breakfast

I *LOVE* spaghetti. Today my family is all going their own direction. The kids will be having supper with their sunday school teacher. Hubby is going to visit his mom. And I am hungry for cooked half of a pot of spaghetti and figured the calories (1,568 or so). Now I can eat on it all day long. :)

I walked half a mile at the track this morning. (12 minues)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Week 5, Friday, midnight snack

Isn't this a wonderfully large snack? Yet, it's pretty healthy. An apple, an egg and a piece of toast with jelly equals 250 calories, which is exactly what I have left. It was a good day. :)

Week 5, Friday, supper

yum yum. And I still have about 250 calories left :) the way...I did NOT make that cake--grandma sent over a piece for each of us.

I walked .75 mile today (18 minutes)

Week 5, Friday, Breakfast and Lunch decision

Ok....instead of fasting, I am doing ovaltine milk (think slimfast) for breakfast and lunch today to make up for yesterday. At 300 per whack, I will have consumed only 600 calories when supper rolls around.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Week 5, Thursday, The worst decision in a long time.

The worst nutrition decision in a long time was when I sat down and watched a movie with the kids and ate a HALF CARTON of ice cream. Do you know how many calories/fat/sugars that is?! 1,120 calories! 48 grams of fat! 120 grams of sugar! I think that is like 40 tablespoons. What is my problem? Grow up, girl.

Total calories for today is 4,090. More that two days worth! I am just NOT going to put up with this. Shake yourself, woman! Straighten up! What should I do now? Should I fast? Binging then fasting is not a good habit to get into. Hum....................................................................................... If anyone is reading this, please comment me. I could really use some comments.

Week 5, Thursday, snack and supper

An hour or so later, I decided that I wanted those potatoes (with a slice of cheese melted on top) afterall. Then there was supper........chicken noodle casserole, green beans, 2 yeast rolls, small salad. At this point, I have consumed 2,970 calories today. I wonder...back when I wasn't trying or caring at many calories I consumed per day...when I just ate whatever I want. Today is being a bad calorie/sugar day.

I did walk a very slow (24 minute) .75 mile today.

Week 5, Thursday, sugar overload! *crash*burn*

( approx. 1 p.m.) This "meal" of peanut butter and SYRUP (aka high fructose corn syrup) and 3 pieces of toast and ovaltine milk was a whopping 1,000 calories! After I ate it, I was VERY sleepy and just couldn't stay awake. I snoozed on the couch for about an hour and a half. Then I felt guilty for snoozing because I was letting the computer babysit my kids AND we hadn't finished schoolwork for the day. So, I got up and set the timer for 15 minutes and told myself that I would iron for 15 then we would finish school work. But I felt so shaky and as if my sugar were LOW (the backside of the crash). I wanted something to eat. I put some sliced new potatoes in the microwave and ate about 1/4 a cup of them but (thankfully) by the time I finished ironing, I decided I would leave the potatoes alone for now.

Ok, self, NO MORE SUGAR JUNK like this.