Sunday, July 18, 2010

A note to the fat theresa.

Haven't updated in a while... been super busy wedding planning and looking forward to the day. went to try on my wedding dress on july 8th. the lady had to take in an inch on each side. she told me not to lose any more weight. so i have had to maintain. i had to maintain 140. never made it to my goal weight. i might have dropped to 139 here and there. but my body just wouldn't budge. and i did EVERYTHING.

I have realized that i am happy at my 140. really. i will never ever be a super skinny girl as much as i always wanted to be. i am happy in my skin. i am sure i will look fine in my dress.

i will always have to work hard to keep at 140 too. won't surprise me if i gain ten pound between now and september. once i start eating foods i love... weight sneaks up on me. but i want to remind myself now... RIGHT NOW... that you feel WONDERFUL at 140... you love those summer dresses and trying on clothes. you love the way you look. hopefully this will get across to the 150 theresa. and the 160 theresa. and the 170 theresa. you worked hard to get to this point. don't throw it away in six months. remember this feeling. it was worth the HARD work over the past year. don't give up... eat healthy. exercise. say no to junk food. (maybe have a taste) enjoy life. at a healthy 140 pounds.

5 days.........

Friday, June 25, 2010

Vacation I go...

Well... this week I worked really hard at toning and eating healthy. I got on the scale yesterday and did see 139.5! I will take it! Woot! woot!! but now the hard part...heading on vacation.

only i would plan a vacation a month before my wedding... ugh.

usually all we do is eat, sleep and drink. so i have a plan b. running shoes are packed. 100 calorie popcorn bags are packed. my running garmin is packed. hoping that i keep focused on the wedding day in just a short 29 days... and looking spectacular in my wedding dress... not to mention looking GREAT on my honeymoon!

i do plan on eating my favorite food (chicken wings) tomorrow night. portion controlled. i will try to post small updates throughout the week. next weight update will be next monday. hoping for a loss!

enjoy the week!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Checking in

HI! I got all caught up on your blog - you're doing great.
140 lbs. WOW! I haven't seen that since MY wedding day. Congrats!
After all these months of watching what you eat, you've developed some very serious healthy eating habits that will last you a long time. Obviously, you see that eating healthy makes you look and feel great!

Well, I'm not losing as fast as you but I'm down 18 LBS since the start of the year and it's been pretty painless, I must say.
I'm much more comfortable in my body - my sleep apnea is much improved to the point where I can actually fall asleep without waking myself up snoring. My vegetarian diet allows me to eat lots of food without all the dense calories of meats and dairy. I really, really like eating this way. And my reflux disease is easier to manage when I'm not eating meat. Also, although I'm still a little short of breath when I exert myself (still too much weight) at least I'm not wheezing anymore.

I continue to drink my water - at least 8 glasses a day - and seriously limit sugar. If I really want someting sweet , I have fruit or juice most of the time. This is not to say we don't enjoy the occasional Rita's or a cookie, here & there.
Nonni and I are eating lots of soups (vegan)and we seldom eat heavy know, the 3 course meals. We're perfectly happy with a light meal and fruit for dessert.

We took a page out of your book! When we go out to eat, we have a dinner salad and a side of pasta or what ever looks interesting. Again, no need for 5 course meals while eating out. And it's nice to come home without feeling all bloated and uncomfortable. Nonni's not a vegetarian yet but she's may as well be - she eats meat only a few times a week, it seems.

OK. I think we're all caught up.


Love you.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

so close i can taste it

140 this morning. 140.0... i saw a glimpse of 139 yesterday morning and when i stepped on the scale two seconds later, it said 140.0...ugh... why is it so easy to break the 150 mark but not the 140 mark... i will keep you posted on 139... it will be a big day.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Weekly Update

New number is 142.0...a little frustrated... but i need to push on through... i guess i am frustrated because i have been watching EVERYTHING i put in my mouth... while everyone else around me eats chicken wings. i eat salad. while everyone else eats chips, pizza, cupcakes. I eat veggies, hummus, and bean dip. one thing i started to do last week was toning my arms and stomach. i am using hand weights and doing reps of 30 in all different ways... i am also starting to do crunches and super mans and other toning stretches.

i am not sure if i like the old saying that muscle weighs more then fat and that is why i gained 1.5 pounds but i really have no other reason why... so i may use that as an excuse over the next couple of weeks...

I am starting to run today. yes. after weeks of walking in the heat... I am ready to start my running workout. twice a day. three miles each. six miles daily. guessing i will put weight on with adding muscle in my legs (there I go again with the excuse)but i keep getting super jealous when i see these runners out and about sweating and getting a FANTASTIC workout. i am ready. 33 days left to tone this body and get it in the best shape of my life. 12 pounds to go to get to that point.

still waiting for that manicure (FINGERS CROSSED FOR THIS WEEK!) and buying some sundresses for the honeymoon!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Birthday Weekend

Oh Boy! I haven't blogged in a while... life is getting so busy with the end of the school year winding down. eating has been going good. i ate way over my calories yesterday but it was good eating. for example. i ate lettuce wraps for lunch instead of french fries and chicken wings. i ate grilled chicken on the barbie at the outback instead of the bloomin onion and a delicious bowl of potato soup. not under 140 yet.. hoping this will be the week to see it... new number is 140.5

New Goals:
Under 140 pounds gets me a manicure

For every pound I lose under 140 I am going to buy myself a sundress for the honeymoon. so if i hit the 130 mark... that is nine sundresses!

still wearing those silly banz... what a great reminder of the day!

I feel good. even though i have only lost about 2 pounds in two weeks, i feel like i have lost more!

looking forward to get the year over with... CAN'T WAIT! and Thursday will be the last day to get my butt out of bed and drive to oxford. then i can focus on a good workout schedule on the days off!

41 more days. 10.5 more pounds.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Another Weekend Down

Two weeks down... Seven weeks to go... had a great weekend... tim was away at his bachelor party... i was nannying my girls. i love when i am back with the means summer. This is my sixth summer with them and we have made such great memories!

i ate okay. on friday, i had two glasses of wine and ice cream with jimmies from dairy queen after dinner. i ate great on saturday... but today i had a slice and half of pizza, Weight Watcher Ice cream bar, and circus peanuts... went a little over my calorie count. but i did go for a mile walk this afternoon which felt fantastic.

i earned my manicure... i will be getting it tomorrow after my faculty meeting. my next goal is to be under 140 pounds... I will buy myself a new sundress to have for my honeymoon when i get under the 140 mark!

official weigh day tomorrow. i can't believe it is june 7th already! yikes! shouldn't of eaten those circus peanuts!

48 more days until i marry tim. I CAN'T WAIT!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Wow! I got my pedicure today... it was amazing... every time i get one (which is maybe once a year) i think to myself... i should get these more often... and then life gets in the way. hoping the week goes great and that i can get a manicure next week!

eating has been going great... it is getting MUCH easier to walk away from food that i love. the first week for me is always the roughest... it is nice to know that there is an end in sight... i hope to go back to eating foods that i love after the wedding... however i am planning on maintaining my weight in the 140s after i am married.

field day tomorrow! only 8.5 more work days... and then it will be wedding/workout mode!

Sneak Peek: 142.5. 12.5 pounds until goal weight.

51 more days until i marry tim.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blogging away...

today was a good day. ate just fine. went for a two mile walk. went to get my pedicure that i earned this week... however, the place was closed by the time i could get around to getting there:( bummer.... won't be able to get there again until maybe saturday... nannying on saturday...maybe i will take the girls with me and we will all get our feet done... hmmm... an idea.

if i can go another week eating below my calories, I will get myself a manicure... sounds fantastic!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Successful Memorial Day Weekend

Well... it was rough but i made it through... today was probably the roughest of the days... they had buffalo chicken dip, an avocado bruchetta, smart food popcorn, circus peanuts, swedish fish, chips, dips, pasta salads, baked beans, hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies, brownies with icing... and the list goes on and on. I sat on my butt at the picnic table and never even went inside the house to the snack table... when dinner was ready, i filled up my plate with tomatoes, fruit, a hot dog without the bun, a tad bit of pasta salad and some avocado bruchetta with some multi-grain tortilla chips. i had a serving of circus peanuts for dessert!

check this weekend off the list of things to conquer in the next 54 days... back to a normal week and not a big party weekend... however it is for Tim... It's his Bachelor Party Weekend!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekend Outlook

Well.. this weekend will be rough. i have three picnics, a cake tasting and a night out to eat. this will be so hard. i am hoping that on tuesday i can blog that the weekend was a success... i have plans in place. veggie burger for monday's picnic. friends holding me accountable at other picnics. fingers crossed.

Happy MEMORIAL DAY!! BRING ON SUMMER! and bathing suit season.....:)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Silly BANDZ!

I am so happy that i posted up my website on facebook. I have been getting so many emails and comments about how to fight the bulge. one GREAT one was to wear a reminder bracelet. Thank GOD for Silly Bandz...When my kiddos are using them during my instruction time, they are to turn them into me. It just so happens that I have a blue and a yellow one! the colors of my wedding! I put them on and they have been such a great visual reminder of my goal... I have some pictures of me heading for the snack cabinet and wanting to eat and how these silly bandz work!

Thursday Weigh In Sneak Peek: 146.5! Woot! Woot!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Safe Subway

i love a veggie hoagie from subway. 230 calories. and so good! i feel safe at subway. i feel like i can walk in that place and know that i will not be walking out with a mess. i love those safe restaurants. there are not many. i will count wendy's as safe thanks to their mandarin chicken salad. but that's about it. any other restaurant is what I like to call "dangerous" it is so hard for me to pick a healthy option off of a menu. i prefer to order an appetizer, maybe have a drink, and of course have a meal with french fries. yikes! any ideas on how to eat out? i am sure that every person wanting to lose weight has the same question. it sucks. and at this time in my life i eat out often. guess the best way to handle this situation is to just figure out a way to not eat out at all......

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hunger Blues

I hate the first day back to eating healthy and counting calories... tim ate a hot dog and chips for dinner and i just stared at him while i ate my tomato salad and bean soup. why do i want a hot dog so much more then my soup? sometimes i wish tim ate the way i did. it would make my life so much easier. he told me he was going to start watching what he ate today... but after a burrito for lunch and a hot dog for dinner, he said he would try again tomorrow. i wish i could do that. but i know if i ate a hot dog today, it would be pizza tomorrow and french fries on wednesday... and so continues the domino effect. oh to be a boy. eat what i please.

i heard through a friend to start a "behavior plan" with my weight loss... so i am! if i can go seven days staying under my calories then i am going to reward myself with a pedicure. Next Monday, hoping to be blogging about how phenomenal my pedicure was!

twomonths....61days... love.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Two Month Mark

okay. i said may 24th. the two month mark. a bonus that it lands on a monday. 61 days until i walk down the isle to marry my best friend, my life long love, my timothy. i got on the scale... 149... damage not to terrible... gained ten pounds since April 1st... yikes! that is five pounds month! Unbelievable... that just shows you how much i love to eat!!!!

getting focused. definitely counting calories again. definitely running. definitely strength training. definitely drinking a lot of water. goal is to be in the 130s... low 130s would be beautiful.

i will try to post every day... helps tremendously to know that i am being held accountable on the blog.

To reach my goal weight... I need to lose two pounds a week. with exercise.. that is allowing me to eat 1350 calories a's to eating lots of fruit, veggies and low calorie treats!

I don't think i am going to weigh in every week... i don't want to get discouraged. weigh days discourage me if i don't lose anything. I am thinking i will weigh in every other week. so the next weigh day will be June 7th. There may be sneak peeks every once in a while so stay tuned just in case.

Wedding planning has been exciting! I have really enjoyed every second of it with tim. we have planned every piece of it together... even down to the colors and the flowers. invitations will be going out by next week. seems so real now. loving it. i can't wait to get married to tim and begin our lives together.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Passing on the weigh in...

One thing i like about Weight Watcher meetings is that you can use a pass on a week when you don't want to get weighed in... i am using my pass this week. after the rough weekend, i am passing on weighing myself this week... the main reason being...

i am scared if i gained a lot of weight, my brain will give up and i will go back to eating junk again.

so there will be no weekly weigh in today. i had a rough long weekend and i am just feeling yucky today for another reason that i have no control over (thank you pms)

sometimes it is best to just stay away from the scale. i have a gut feeling that this is the week that i shouldn't stand on that guy.

hoping for a nice weekend... i am getting my very first massage on saturday morning at 10:00! it is fifty minutes long! can't wait!!

hope all is well with you.
love you.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Extra Easter Weight

oh boy. what a rough last four days. and i mean rough. i have eaten not a single healthy thing in the past few days... it was like my brain let it happen. and i was okay with it...and to be honest. i was. i might have done a little damage but hopefully i can bounce back from it. i ate my normal way today at school... just need to get back into the routine of it. i was almost ready to dive into the easter candy sitting around the house for dessert tonight... but instead i took a 100 calorie kudos chocolate m and m bar and called it a night. i am going to see my best friend in virginia at the end of april... my new short term goal. three weeks... wow... and then it will be only three months until the big day... time is flying...still aiming for 138 pounds by April 30th...til thursday weigh day...
love you!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holy Moly!

Weigh day... New number is 139.5!!! I have not been in the 130s in four years... Feels good to be there again. Looking at my body, it seems like a lost most of these pounds in my legs and butt.... The place I need to lose the least...hoping the next nine pounds will be in my hips! Met the march goal... I need to be 138 by the end of April to stay on pace ... Down 16.5 pounds since excited!!

115 more days ...
Love you.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Foods I "didn't" Eat

Foods I didn't eat since Sunday night but was very tempted to do so...

potatoe chips
cole slaw
pasta salad
chocoalate cake
butter cream egg
hot dog
gold fish crackers
sour cream and onion pretzel ritz crackers

I am getting nervous for easter sunday... i have a gut feeling that i will be losing control that day... any ideas to make me not eat everything in sight??

Hope everything went well with the colonoscopy. i was thinking about you...

love you.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Love it

Love the idea about writing down the foods that you *didn't* eat...what a great idea! Sounds like you're doing excellently in spite of the deluge of Easter goodies...especailly the jelly beans.

I'm hovering at the 10 lb mark but it's OK. Tmr I'm off all food except liquids in preparation for a colonoscopy - YUK! Can't wait til that's over. But one thing about being forced to eat nothing is that one realizes that eating only certain foods (like on a diet) is a piece of cake after that. I'll take this as an opportunity to detoxify. NO doubt will be losing a few lbs after that.

Nonni got me a Mediterranean Vegan cookbook - perfect! All kinds of wonderful meatless and dairy-less recipes to try.

Tonight we went to this Italian restaurant across the road - can't remember the name. I had pasta with marinara sauce and a salad and a roll. It's pretty impossible to stick to this meatless diet in a restaurant. Fortunately, it was the worst plate of pasta I've ever had. The sauce was terrible, the pasta overcooked so they did me a huge favor really - I mostly ate the bread. And we had cheese pizza at Paul's this afternoon which was far superior to this dinner tonight.

Anyway, keep up the good work. Love you.


Educating Myself.

This weekend flew by... ugh... but only a four day week.. i think i can handle that!:)

I continue to research this weight loss stuff daily and found out some new information. I have calculated exactly how many grams of fat, carbs and protein i should consume in a day with my caloric intake.

42 grams of fat---383 calories
71 grams of protein---284 calories
216 grams of carbs---886 calories

I am figuring out how to read labels on food and how to apply it to my life and what i put in my mouth. pretty amazing. it is all math. i also learned what kind of carbs i should be eating...complex carbs(fruit, veggies, wheat). they take longer to burn... hence staying full longer... all those simple carbs (junk food, sugars, white bread, pasta) makes you feel hungry because you burn them off so fast!

Starting this week i am going to add one day of exercise. lately i have been getting the itch to go and run in this beautiful weather. no more then a half an hour and i want to do it because I "want to" and "love to" run not because i "have" to run to lose weight.

one last great idea--- Keep a food log of foods i didn't eat!! LOVE THIS! so for all those times I turned away food i love, I write it in a log... how motivating... it will show me how strong my will power... maybe i will just post it on this blog. today i turned town sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, and jelly beans! On Friday, i turned down french fries and yesterday i turned down french fries too!

on to the week.

Hope all is well. love you.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Weight Update

Happy Friday! Weighed in yesterday at 142.5... lost 0 but gained 0. i guess i will take... hoping to be 141 by the end of march... still aiming...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

You look mahvelous, Dahling!

That dress is a stunner and you look so good in it. You're an inspiration to me. Can't wait to see you in the wedding dress! I love you.

Last weekend, I watched 2 DVD's - both about the food industry and how horribly we're treating food animals - I was sobbing at the images and haven't eaten meat, chicken or fish since. ALso, they talked about the evils of eating these mass produced meats because of the inherent disease caused by the conditions in which the animals (and fish)are kept, etc. Anyway, it made a believer out of me and I'm on a veggie diet now. My girlfriend, Debra, has been eating this way her whole life and she has lots of tips for me.

I'm easing into it by still using organic cheese & free range organic eggs. I just found out that one can use plant based cheese & egg substitutes. In fact, I tried a cream cheese (Tofutti) that is simply delicious (tastes better then real cream cheese...really!). I don't think I'll have too much trouble with this new way of eating. I LOVE veggies and I've been discovering that meat has not been tasting that good to me lately, certainly not the way it tasted years ago.

Per the DVD "Eating", a vegetarian diet is a really good way to lose weight - no measuring, no weighing, you just have to somewhat limit the fat which is not a problem. I've noticed that I'm not nearly as hungry on this diet as I thought I would be. And I can still have a sweet once in a while - sugar comes from a PLANT! So does coffee. So does wine. So does whiskey. So does...but I digress.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, I hear. I think we're having dinner at your Mom & Dad's house.

Four months to go, right?

Love you. AT

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Short Term Goal

Well i made it through jackie's wedding and now it is my turn...
However i still need a short term goal because my wedding still seems so far away. I am thinking Easter Sunday... I will be seeing family that i haven't seen since january and maybe they will notice that i lost weight... easter it is... 13 days... good goal... hoping to be 141 at that point.

eating is going good. definitely have a routine and it has been helping. i gave up dunkin doughnuts for lent and i feel like that has helped with losing weight too... not picking up a doughnut to split with timothee or getting my lattes and coffees with cream.

still not exercising yet. hopefully i keep dropping weight every week without running.

hope all is well. love you.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Jackie and Todd's Wedding

I felt amazing in this dress... so thin. i can't wait to lose 12 more.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Woot! Woot!!

Down a pound... new number is... 142.5!! 12.5 pounds to go until my goal weight! i love this new way of eating healthy... it is so easy. and so less stressful... i used to get so upset if i didn't work out and sometimes it would cause me to eat... i used to think "oh well, i didn't exercise, i might as well eat these french fries." Now I am thinking that i need to stick to my calories because i am not exercising.

i do plan on eating my dinner at the wedding on saturday night... but hoping to stay away from the appetizers and desserts. maybe having a few drinks that are low calorie.

probably won't get around to blogging again until monday... busy with the wedding this weekend. hope all is well with you!

Love you.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March Madness

welcome back AT! i am sorry for falling off the planet during the month of february...i just couldn't get myself motivated during that cold, snowy, bitter month...

march has been going good... still focused on my friend's wedding this weekend... then i think i will need another short term goal... it just seems that my wedding is so far away and it is hard to stay focused on the date...

haven't done any exercising this month of march... feels strange but I have been working really hard on what i have been eating...

hope all is well with you...

130 days...

Love you.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm impressed!

You're doing so well! Abd I'm really sorry I haven't been logging into the blog.

I was feeling really bad last week (stomach hurt)and lost some weight taking me down to 199.0 - 10.5 lbs from start.

I haven't been workng out but I am walking the dogs everyday -something they haven't had for the whole month of little dtee-dtees.

One thing I've noticed is that it IS easier to lose weight(ie, pounds) without working out BECAUSE one is losing muscle which weighs more than fat - square inch per square inch. That's probably one of the reasons I'm down the last few weeks...sorry to burst your bubble.

Anyway, don't go totally couch potato and I won't either.

More tomorrow!

Love you. AT

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another saturday

Can't believe we are already on our second weekend in week is the wedding! Can't believe it! Feeling good. I had a great Friday night. I can eat pretty much anything I want, just need to stay under 1587 calories. The other night I ate a cheeseburger, half of a small fries, and an ice cream for dinner... All for under 600 calories... Not every night is fast food but I do get to enjoy foods I love... That's what I need to succeed on any lifestyle change. Looking forward to the wedding next week and looking and feeling good in my dress..

Love you.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Weigh day today... New number.... 143.5!! Holy Moly! this counting calories thing is working... hope it continues to do so until july! to meet my goal weight i need to be 141 pounds by the end of the month of march... i can't wait to see the 130s... that will be a real exciting day!

hope all is well.
love you.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sneak Peek

Decided to weigh myself on my home scale today... wanted to make sure i was losing weight with this 1500 calorie diet and no exercise... and...i am 146.5. down a half pound since last thursday. so hopefully it continues to work.

here is to walking hallways and standing in my classroom all day...

11 more days until Jackie's wedding and hoping to look and feel good on March 20th!

love you.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Every weekend, aunt ger and uncle bob come over and all we do is EAT. chips, dips, crackers, cheese, peanuts, cashews, pistachios... and so much more... usually i go to town with all this food... but yesterday, i grabbed a diet coke and ate 7 shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce... i didn't touch anything else on the snack counter. i didn't drink anything either.

my first saturday since january that i really felt successful. and i was so proud of myself. it felt so good.

hopefully i have more and more of these great saturdays... and they become easier.

hope all is well!
love you.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Weigh Day

Weighed in today at 147... down a pound from last week... i will take it. :)

Since i have noticed the weight drop from my friend, I have been doing a lot of research on exercising and the effect on weight loss... she hasn't exercised AT ALL!

i love running, and working out... but ONLY during the summer. everytime september hits, my plans for running the 18 miler at Long Beach Island in October and the Philadelphia marathon in November goes RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW. I am physically exhausted from being on my feet, walking halls, and teaching 27 children all day.

i found this article from TIME and it made me see running and gyms in a new light. i lost a pound this week with no exercise. just doing my usual work day and eating 1500 calories. thinking that i am not going to start up my running again until school is says that people who go to a gym or do a hard work out eat more because 1. they are hungry from burning all those calories 2. they think they can eat more because they exercised... hence eating more and not losing weight... possibly even gaining weight!,8599,1914857-1,00.html

happy thursday!

love you.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Think Thin...

a friend of mine is getting married in a short 19 days... she has lost fifteen pounds EASILY in the past five weeks. i saw her on saturday and i couldn't believe the change in her body... i asked "how did you do it?!" basically just eating less... she didn't even EXERCISE... just eating healthy and less.

since february 5th... i have had little to no motivation to work out. i am going to try her technique. i want to see how i do just eating healthy... keeping my calories at 1500 calories a day. ( i have a calorie counter application on my iphone) teaching is exhausting... i am on my feet all day... walking up and down hallways...i am going to count that as my exercise until the weather gets better and warmer...

my friend has also been a motivation to me... she is doing an amazing job with her weight loss and i hope i can do the same by the time my big day comes...

looking forward to spring...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Good Bye Fat February... Helloooo Mini March

Yes... i am back. it has been a rough february... i would say that i was doing a good job until the first big snow storm hit...

after that it was all down hill... drinking hot chocolates, eating junk food, eating out, weekends were rough... i had parties every weekend in february... thanks to a wedding coming in march... i am bachelorette partied, super bowl partied, and bridal showered out... food, drinks, everywhere!

Back on track... short term goal is to just get back to eating healthy again. back on my points... i weighed myself on friday afternoon and i was 148...damage wasn't horrible but enough to make me get focused again for the wedding.

figured i would weigh in again on thursday and keep those weigh-ins updated.

i have a wedding on march 20th...hoping to feel confident in the way i look in my dress that night. another short term goal. 20 days. sounds so much better then 145 days.:)

i love food. love it... wishing i could eat anything i want and not gain a pound... but that just isn't the case...

5 months...

love you.

Friday, February 26, 2010

I need a jump:

The end of February, the dead of winter, the deceleration of my diet attempts...whoa is me.

We have to get some energy back into this. Any suggestions?


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Checking in

HI! So far, so good this week. Back on track. drinking my water, taking the vits and exercising - this weight is coming off so slowly. Sometimes it's a little discouraging. But I'm looking forward to the wedding day and looking good in my outfit.
The family Doc is asking about me - time for a checkup. She's worried about my cholesterol. I think the whole cholesterol thing is a scam perpetrated by Big Pharma to sell dangerous drugs we don't need - studies show that 66% of all heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels...makes you wonder.
But I digress : )
How's it going with you?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Miracle

Well, this morning is weigh-in day. By some miracle I'm weighing a mere 200.5 pounds...down 9 lbs from where I started and down 1 1/2 lbs from last week.

There's something about a blizzard that makes one need to eat to survive. It's been a girl-scout cookie week, lots of heavy foods at home & at work. They've asked me to change my shift for this week (as the girl who works 9-5 is on vacation), my routine is totally messed up, only exercised 2X this week and what do I get? A 1 1/2 lb LOSS. Perhaps I'm dehydrated - haven't been drinking my water either. But, ya know what? I'm taking it!

Since the diet gods have seen fit to look the other way, I'm taking this opportunity to get back on my healthy living program this coming week starting today. I'm going shopping this morning for lots of good foods, fruit & veggies.

Blizzard, schmizzard! back on track today!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

The trend is your friend

HI! This morning I weighed in at a solid 202 - down 1/2 lb from last week, down 7.5 lbs since Jan 2. Still downtrending - still going in the right direction, albeit slowly. I think what's happening is that as I exercise and create more muscle (which weighs more than fat) I'm looking and feeling slimmer but the weight on the scale isn't reflecting all my hard work. No worries! I feel so much better, continue to sleep well, still have a lot of energy and I can get into my jeans more easily.
Anyway, the guys and girls at work notice and that's encouraging.
Since today is weigh in day, Nonni's going to make me some alio e olio with shrimp - one of my (many) favorites. I figure if I can have something scrumptious at least once a week, I can easily endure the limits I impose upon myself during the week. Sometimes, I'll take Nonni out to dinner (last week it was the Thornale Inn for steak).
At this rate I might be ale to lose 20 more lbs by July - I'll take it!! ANd once the weather improves, I can really start walking instead of indoor all the time.

Congrats on your progress. Report card time is over - back to the dream!


Friday, February 5, 2010

Junior Mints

At this point in my life i just can't eat enough chocolate. once i start, it takes ALL my might to stop... tim bought a box of junior mints for him and i to share... well... he doesn't know it but i have eaten more then HALF the box already! They are so good... i stopped myself and thought... BLOG THERESA!! in the middle of popping those mints i even squeezed in a Tag Along Girl Scout Cookie. SO GOOD! Tim also got me Doritos to go with my turkey sandwich tonight... not a good idea. they are GONE! this weekend is going to be rough...snowed in and lots of munchies around...big mistake but i was so hungry when we went grocery shopping last night and everything looked delicious!!

On a better note, tooth is looking good... doctor said the infection is getting better but he won't really know for another six more months... another day of work on that poor little guy. That tooth has gone "under" about three times this year. and he has one more time to go! i don't know how much longer i can take a numb tongue and lip!! ugh. this tooth is going to be the death of me.

early dismissal today because of snow. hoping for a two hour delay on monday. this is probably the best part of being a teacher.

love you.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Little Exercise

This has been a rough week with exercise... i only got to run on Monday... couldn't run on tuesday because we had no water to take a shower with afterwards... can't run today because i have a ton of errands to get done before the storm hits... can't run tomorrow because i won't be home to use the tredmill... let's just say i went from four days of working out a week to ONE! ugh.

Eating was okay... I did great with portion control...i ate what i wanted but portioned it out a little better. i didn't stress as much about what i was putting in my mouth like i have been doing...

i don't have the time to go to weight watchers tonight... so i am going to weigh myself on my home scale...the new number is 145.5!! I am shocked... exactly a month ago i was 11 pounds heavier... down 1.5 from last week. hoping to keep around 144 by the end of february...on the right track...

i missed reading your blogs this week! Glad to hear everything is going great with you! Keep visualizing! :-)

love you.

Plodding along

HI. You're doing extremely well. Just the fact that you're still blogging and willing to get back on that horse is a very good thing.
I'm plodding along. Weight is coming off but slowly. I have to focus on the future and not how things are going right now.
As I go along, my appetite is decreasing and smaller amounts of food are doing me well.
My girlfriend at work has these 'nutrition' bars which are a fabulously delicious dessert to my healthy lunch. They taste delicious and with a cup of coffee totally eliminate hunger and cravings. In fact, they're called "Crave Busters"...sweetened with alcohol sugars (ex, mannitol, sorbitol) which the body doesn't recognize as regular sugar but which, in excessive amounts, make me very flatulent. So that forces me not to overindulge in those goodies.
I've decided to take only 1 day a week off from exercise and today is it. I've been very busy studying my trading stuff and anesthesia stuff, too.
One thing to staying good on a diet is *Keep Busy*! NO time for food half the time AND it burns calories.
All for today. Have a good one.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Craving Chocolate

I had a great day of eating and then i came home and was craving CHOCOLATE... I ate three mint chocolate covered cookies and a part of a dark chocolate candy bar... so good... and even now i am still thinking about chocolate... not enough. hmmm... i am debating on whether i should make myself some hot cocoa.

at this rate i will never meet my goal... i have conferences tomorrow and i will be meeting with 14 parents... i am thinking this could definitely be stress related. hoping to get this month of february over soon. very, very, soon...

on a happy note... i have a half day on friday! granted it is dentist related but it is a half day of work! woot! woot!!

Hope all is well!
love you!

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Goal-- Lose 3 pounds.

after the weigh in on thursday i decided to give up for the was a free for all... i ate anything i pleased and didn't think twice about it entering my mouth. then i woke up this morning and thought... get back on the band wagon.

i figured that i was eating a lot of campbell soup for lunch last week... it was five points for lunch which i thought was great! my mom pointed out those little guys had 24 grams of sugar...thats like drinking a can of soda! hence why i think i didn't lose even an ounce last week and just gained... so i threw those little guys out the window. and back to my usual half turkey sandwich with crackers and fruit. back on the treadmill too. i need to lose three pounds this month to be on track towards the goal...

here's to the month of february and taking away three pounds somewhere from the body...

hope all is well. love you!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Down and Out

Went to WW today... and i gained .6 of a pound. totally bummed because i worked so hard this week... my best weekend yet... errr...

funny that i just read jenny glenny's blog and she was wondering if stress was related to weight gain... i was so going to blog about that today...

i have been very stressed this week with report cards being due and conferences coming up...and realizing that there just isn't enough time in a day to get things done.... ugh.

so the new number is 147.0... less then six months and seventeen pounds to go... hoping for a better weigh in next week. i will keep you updated.

love you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just one more raisinette, please.

another day... report cards are just about finished... just need to get those writing grades finished. ugh. i was at work until 7:00 tonight doing math grades and attendance...ridiculous.

usually i would be eating junk and drinking wine during this stressful time but instead i am just dragging myself through it with exercise.

tim made me a healthy dinner tonight.. grilled chicken with a salad... and some olives... it was delicious. he also bought chocolate covered raisins home... good ones...not raisinettes...but good ones from the Fresh Market... I only ate seven of them and i wanted to eat the whole bag but tim was good and put them right away...thinking about those little guys right now...

weigh day tomorrow. hoping to lose half of a pound.

til then.
love you.

NO cravings


You're right. A glass of wine and a full body massage beats anything else for doubt!

Just noticed yesterday that any cravings I was having are greatly diminished...I'm not thinking about food all day. I really think that drinking the water and daily exercise contribute to that.

This is National Nurse Anesthetists Week and the Docs had a luncheon for us yesterday. They had it catered and I ate the nost delicious chicken salad ever...had 3 servings of it ( and one awesome chocolate cookie w my coffee) but I was SO full all day I had practically NO dinner.When I jumped on the scale this AM, I was at 202.5. I'll take it (this is an unofficial weight, BTW).

All is going well. Have a good day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Glass of Wine??!!

destressing... i think a glass of wine and a full body massage is a great way to destress! looking forward to report card, conferences and observations to be finished in a less then three weeks.

exercise has been going good here also... i am loving that i have the day off tomorrow! believe it or not, knowing that i don't have to work out tomorrow helped my workout today... it is all mental... made those last ten minutes so much nicer...

glad to hear you are feeling better from exercise! I can't wait to hear when you fit in those pants...that will be such an exciting day!

heading to girls' night tonight with a couple of friends from high school... grilled chicken salad is on the menu...

love you...


Yes. it can get a little crazy sometimes.
My mottos: Keep it simple AND don't sweat the small stuff.
So, when u have a few minutes at work - or while you're driving there, use that time to think about how you can streamline your workday. How can u multi task so that , maybe, you could leave a little earlier or get there a little later, or incorporate some of your exercise while at work (stair walking, ex) or maybe eat a bite or two of your lunch between classes so u can use ur lunch time more efficiently ( for you)or maybe eat your dinner on the way home in the car (takes some planning). Speak with the more experienced teachers and see how they handle their days - many of them are parents and are forced to streamline at the job.
Spend a LITTLE time on the weekends (an hour maybe) to prep for the week so that you're not crazy during the week.
SIMPLIFY! What are you making complicated that could be a lot simpler? Consult the experienced teachers. Wouldn't it be nice to figure this out early on in your career instead of 10 years from now?
I'm exercising at least 5 days a week and I'm feeling great. I'm not so concerned about the lbs as I am about being pain free, having some stamina, sleeping well and controlling my reflux (goin good) and sleep apnea (also improving). Of course. losing mass is helpful, too and I'm toning up & slimming down - jeans are getting loose. Short term goal = 195 lbs. Then I can get into the cords cargo pants I bought from LL Bean last year. Once there, i'll set a new short term goal.

Have a good day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Stress of Life

starting to feel the stress of life... i realize there is just not enough time in the day... up at the crack of dawn... early to work to plan and get materials ready for school... teaching straight until 5 with a 30 minute lunch/bathroom break... getting home at 6... working out until 6:45... showering until 7:15ish... by the time i have dinner it is 7:30 and then it is time for blogging and bed and i am exhausted! and then it starts all over again... ugh.

enough ranting... i love and look forward to my weekends...:)

eating and exercising is going good... i had my favorite soup today but only half of it... and i ate half of a garlic stick. then i filled myself with salad! making healthy choices has been getting much easier...

onto tomorrow.
love you.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

27 Dresses

Hi, AT,
I can't belive how easy this weekend was compared to the last party weekend. Jenny's on WW, too. We looked out for each other AND we had a TON of fun at the parties. See! You can have fun without stuffing yourself and without drinking too much - totally do-able. This visualization stuff really works! Thanks for the tip!!

What a great weekend! this has been the best weekend yet in january.

we got dresses for our girls... hard finding dresses for one pregnant girl and one maybe pregnant girl!:) ugh. at least i will look skinny compared to them up there on my wedding day;):)

need to start report cards today. they are due this week... can't wait until the month of february is over...such a stressful time during the school year.

6.5 pounds!
You will hit the big ten mark before you know it!

love you.

six months and sixteen pounds to go...

Weigh-in day for AT

HI! This morning I weigh a solid 203 lbs. I'll take it.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Think Monday morning

Have fun at the party and enjoy your weekend with Jenny. Remember to eat a light meal or have a healthy snack before the party.

On Monday morning, I'm going to read how you sailed through the party weekend with flying colors. I can hear it now:

"Hi, AT,
I can't belive how easy this weekend was compared to the last party weekend. Jenny's on WW, too. We looked out for each other AND we had a TON of fun at the parties. See! You can have fun without stuffing yourself and without drinking too much - totally do-able. This visualization stuff really works! Thanks for the tip"


Friday, January 22, 2010

Another Party Weekend

here we go again... another weekend... i am taking my girls dress shopping tomorrow afernoon and we are going to lunch afterwards... and then i have a party tomorrow night in wilmington. food, food, and more food. think the food weekends should slow down by the end of february...hopefully.

i am definitely going to use the visualizing technique tomorrow morning before i even walk out the door.

tim is in texas this weekend for a friend's wedding. i wish i could of gone with him but with our wedding coming up it just wasn't financially smart. soooo... i miss him already... but jenny glenny will be landing from Blacksburg VA in just less than an hour so i know that will make me feel better.

bring on the weekend. i will keep you updated.

love you.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Good workout today

First thing this morning I discovered a discrepancy in one of my brokerage accounts. I was so angry bc I thought they were trying to pull a fast one on me (turns out it was just a stock split and everything is OK). But anyway, because i was so mad and the adenalin was flowing, i had the BEST workout yet.Got thru my exercise tape totally and in record time- like being on steroids :)

I still haven't started pole walking. it's too cold. But I'm perfectly happy doing my tape. When this tape gets too easy, I have a tape that's a little harder adn more intense.

Congrats on the 10 lb mark - I'm so proud of you and I'm glad you're not beating yourself up for the lapse over the weekend...that's smart.

Goodnight. Love you.

The Big Ten

Went to WW tonight... and... i lost 1.2 pounds! I can't believe it especially after what i did to myself on saturday... makes me realize that if get back on track with eating healthy and running, one random day won't ruin my goal. the new number is 146.2!! 16.2 pounds to go! I know that the weight coming off will slow down soon... it only makes sense but it feels good to lose ten pounds since christmas.

i figured i need to lose 3 pounds a month to see 130 by july 24th... i really need to stay focused on that weight loss...

continuing to exercise, eating my daily points, and giving into cravings sometimes... i had a girl scout cookie too!!:)

can't wait til tomorrow! Jenny Glenny is coming to town.

love you.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Quiet Day

I absolutely loved having off today. loved it. i didn't love having a numb face for most of the day from my dentist appointment... good news is that i didn't eat a lot today. i had a latte lite for for lunch and a bowl of tomato soup for dinner. I also had some Mcdonalds ice cream for dessert (only 3 points!!) soft and mushy meals... and probably the same thing for the next few days...weigh in at WW tomorrow... hoping to lose at least a half a pound. fingers crossed.

til then...
love. treesa.

Hang in there!

You're doing great - keep going in the right direction.

They started a Biggest Loser contest at work today. I was going to enter til I found out that the guys and the girls are in the same category - there's no way I'd ever win that, so forget that.

Overall doing good. Sunday is weigh in day and I feel like a dropping some ounces anyway. Work provides a good routine. Unlike my previous job (where I could eat all day long) I can only eat at lunch & break, which helps a lot and since I don't like to eat after 6PM, I don't eat after work either. Feeling a lot more in controp. Even had a girl Scout cookie today - just one. That NEVER happens. but you know what? They don't taste as good as they used to.

Gotta go. Getting tired.

Love you

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Special Guest!

Today was an okay day. back to my routine. i feel hungry tonight. i ate a few peanuts and crunched on a few high fiber crackers but i am still really hungry. i made myself a cup of tea... and watching biggest loser... hoping this will help the craving...

i took the day off tomorrow... i have a dentist appointment in the morning and figured i would take the day off so I can get things done here at home... i need to go the post office to renew my passport. i also need to get to the bank. i would love to clean out my car and really straighten up the bedroom.

jenny glenny is coming this weekend! i am so excited! hoping to get everything organzed and clean by the time she gets here... i think i may even open up my gifts that my students gave me... can you believe that i haven't opened up all my christmas presents yet?! Eeeek!

love you.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Back on the Band Wagon

it was a rough weekend. rough.

but i thought to myself i can go two ways... give up and go back to eating everything in sight or get focused and think wedding dress...i am choosing wedding dress.

not expecting much from the scale this week but i went back to my 23 points and exercising. hoping i won't gain after the fiasco i did to myself on saturday.

visualizing. should of done that on saturday morning before all the parties started. ugh.

til tomorrow.
love you.

visualization technique for handling parties

I used to use this whenever I went to a party or any place with lots of food...don't party much these days - it got old : )

Before the party I woud imagine that it was the morning after the party.
In my imagination, I wake up feeling especially thin and comfortable. I look in the mirror and am happy with what I see. I congratulate myself for being sane in my choices and for drinking a lot of water (instead of alcohol) at the party. I had a really good time at the party, got to taste everything without getting too full, talked to a lot of nice people,and when the party was over was feeling very proud of myself for eating like a normal person. Then I make sure that I DON'T go to the party hungry.

Another trick is to find some thin looking female at the party and watch what SHE eats, then follow suit. Then talk to her.

The problem with alcohol is that it releases one's inhibitions AND increases one's appetite. In fact, when we have patients who aren't eating enough, a glass of wine or a cocktail before the meal is recommended...who knew?

So back on track, you now have a cool tool for the next party.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Human Garbage Disposal

party number 2 was a disgrace. an absolute disgrace. i ate everything in sight. it started off with a diet coke... not so bad but then i saw the buffalo chicken dip and chips...i dipped everything in the buffalo chicken dip... crackers, pretzels, chips, my finger. ugh.

then i ate sour cream and onion chips. and i mean i ate them.

then i ate dinner... pasta, salad and half of a roll...

then i ate dessert and i tore that dessert table up... i had a brownie, 5 pieces of candy, another brownie, and a few pepperidge farm cookies... and i ended with one last piece of a candy. holy moly.

woke up this morning to meet some old college friends in lancaster... i ate an egg white omelet and a piece of wheat toast and drank a cup of coffee... hoping to slow down today and get back on the band wagon.

didn't succeed this weekend but i hope to get focused again... hoping to drop at least .5 pound this week.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR TWO AND A HALF POUND LOSS! woot! woot!! hold a five pound bag of sugar in your hand... thats how much you lost!! it's alot!

love you.

Down 2.5 lbs

I weighed myself this AM and am down 2.5 lbs - a total of 5.5 lbs. I'm very happy and feeling much better.

Yesterday, I was putting Xmas stuff away and discovered the candy that Nonni has been hiding from me. Oh well. one piece won't hurt. About 10 pieces later, I had an orange and a big glass of water and started over - I'm OK now...and I still lost weight, amazingly.

Took the day off from exercise yesterday but did a lot of stuff around the house so was realtively active.

I spend part of Sunday shopping for and prepping food for the week always making sure that I don't run out of good stuff to eat. I have to get Nonni to find another hiding place for her sweets.

All in all, doing well. Jeans are getting a little looser.

Love you

Saturday, January 16, 2010

parties, parties, and more parties.

so far, so ugh.

last night i had two glasses of wine and snacked on pizza goldfish and peanuts. then i went out to dinner and ate half of a grilled chix wrap with ceaser dressing on the side. i ate a few french fries too.

this morning i had a baby shower...i ate 3 tea sandwiches that were cucumber with wheat bread. i ate 5 shrimp. i drank a cup of punch. and ate half of a bagel with cream cheese. yea it was rough. i stayed away from cake though!

then i got home around 2 and was hungry again so i ate some more peanuts and pizza gold fish.

in my head i am thinking... well i have been eating all day i might as well eat all night too at the next party but then i thought wait... i need to blog.

i know this party will have chips/dips/crackers/cheese/pasta/bread/ everything i love! i need to stop eating while i am ahead and not eat a ton of calories tonight and put the weight back on that i just lost. this is so hard. and it makes me realize how weak i am really am at this stupid eating healthy thing. i love to eat junk food...errr...

i will fill you in on the party tomorrow! have a wonderful saturday!

Love you.

Friday, January 15, 2010


I am so proud of you - you're doing great!!!! You're going to look FAB in that wedding dress. And then you can show off those pictures forever.

I am on my 5th day in a row of exercise - only 15 minutes of low impact stuff with 20 min of stretching but what a difference! I feel wonderful and my energy level has soared...a combo of regular exercise, being off the sugar and the fact that I'm LOVING my new job!
On the weekends, I'm going to do my strength training and I hope to start walking with my poles as the weather is getting a little more seasonably mild.
More than losing weight, I just want to be strong. I'm tired of looking so old and huffing & puffing. Also, I cognited that if I lose the fat, I'll WALK instead of waddle and walking will be far more enjoyable.
Thinking about entering a walking race - wouldn't that be cool.

Love you

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Woot! Woot!!

just got back from WW and i lost 3.6 pounds! holy moly! the new number is 147.6...down 8.6 pounds...18.4 pounds to go. woot! woot!!

my exercise schedule has been wonderful. i made it a little easier on myself then i usually do when i try to lose weight... i am working out for forty minutes only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and I LOVE those three days of rest. I am hoping that those four days become a habit for me. i figured i would start strength training in March... working those arms for the wedding dress.

i have been really working hard sticking to those 23 points a day... great snack ideas that have been working is a low fat cheese stick, Special K crackers, Fiber One bars and Oranges! I also eat chocolate everyday. yesterday i had a godiva dark chocolate candy... it was delicious!!! i savored every moment of it.

off to bed. hoping to make it through the weekend with three parties and a happy hour. ugh.

love you. treesa

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Doing good!

HI! Day #4 on the new job coming up and the way it's working out is really good for the diet. Finalization of shift hours is 1100-1930.
I have to exercise some discipline regarding this new shift or else I'll just sleep,eat & work. So I'm getting up around 0530, I give myself 45 minutes to wake up and I do some trading while I do that.
Then I exercise - finally got that in as part of this routine - 3 days in a row of low impact aerobics and yoga-style stretching - feels SO much better even after only a few days. The pain in my right knee is completely gone and my back feels better too.
Also, I make sure that I get at least one thing done around the house before I go to work - like tidying up an area - something like that so I'm not overwhelmed on the weekends.
I have my big meal of the day at lunch @ 130-200, dinner (lighter fare) at my late afternoon break and I munch on veggies or a protein bar on the way home.I make myself go to bed at 9PM so I can get up early.
Anyway, I finally GET that daily exercise is a PRIORITY not just for weight loss but for a strong and flexible body which makes every aspect of home and work life easier.
I really want to start pole walking (already have the poles) and I was watching a video on race walking - I used to race walk - great exercise and fun, too.
Love you. Have a great day!

chicken chili

tim made me the best chili tonight. i usually don't like chili but it was so good. it had chicken, beans, corn, tomatoe, 4 different kinds of peppers, garlic, onions and so much more! we sprinkled some cheese and a dollop of sour cream. it was so delicious. i love wednesday dinners:)

Today was another good day... i seem to have the structure down which helps me with my eating... i like routine and my new way of eating has slowly fit into it now.

heading to weight watchers tomorrow. see what their scale says. hopefully i stayed within two pounds of the goal weight.... fingers crossed...

love. treesa.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

biggest loser

i love tuesday nights. it is the only day of the week that i get the tv. i don't have television in my bedroom, and my dad watches what he wants the rest of the week. biggest loser is usually the show i watch on tuesdays but starting up tonight is american idol...

Thank goodness for DVR... maybe i will get up early on sunday and watch AI!

i had a good day today. definitely wanted to keep eating after dinner but ate an orange and drank some hot tea and that seemed to calm the craving...

bring on Wednesday!

love. treesa.

Monday, January 11, 2010

After work hour...

i always think everyone has a certain time of day when they just want to eat. some people are always hungry at bed time. some are hungry at around 3. some get hungry at that time right before dinner. i like to call that time "dangerous"

Back when i was in college... jenny glenny and i would sing karaoke to get through that time... i wish i had a fun roommate to sing with to keep my mind off my stomach. think tim will step up the plate?!

now a days. i don't get home until 6 and then i work out until 7 and that seems to get me over that frustating hump.

another day down. another day closer.

love you!


Down 5.5 pounds - that's fabulous! You're an inspiration.

Followed through on my stuff yesterday - grocery shoppiong, etc. Stymied by the installation of a new sound system - neighbor here for 6 hours setting it up - no exercise, AS SOON AS I FINISH THIS BLOG I'M PUTTING IN MY DVD AND DOING IT!!
First day on the new job today - should be interesting!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Extra Holiday Weight. GONE!

Drum Roll please... 150.5! Down 5.5 pounds. woot! woot!! twenty and a half pounds until my goal weight... and less then seven months to go...

i had a great time at the party yesterday... i ate good... i had one glass of wine and then switched to diet coke. i ate no appetizers... chewed gum... and for dinner i ate a BIG salad, olives, green beans and a little bit of delicious pasta salad.

for dessert i had about twenty m & ms. i turned down cake and other pastries.

Paul, Kim, Dan, Amanda, Tim and I went to Kildares in KOP last night from 10:30 until about 1am... Everyone decided they were hungry again and ordered Loaded French Fries and Chicken Wings. I didn't touch any of it even though it smelled and looked delcious! I was so happy when the last french fry was eaten and I didn't have to look at it anymore!

We were invited to a brunch today with friends. ugh. more temptation. i hate weekends. but i have to go, i love seeing everyone. i am going to chew gum, eat some fruit and portion out some eggs...and chew gum again. chewing gum seems to work wonders.

Next weight update will be on thursday at my WW weigh-in. Congratulations on 3 pounds of weight loss! it's great to see numbers going down!

Good luck with tomorrow... it is so nice to know that you are working so close to home now. i love it.

Love you.

Drum roll, please!

This morning's weight is 206.5 lbs Sunday Jan 10 2010
I'm down 3 lbs for the week. WOO-HOO!! Headed in the right direction!
This morning I'm going grocery shopping & stocking up on all the good things I need to be successful on this new eating regime AND I'm going to have to insist that Nonni *really* hide the goodies from me AND I have to get the chips out of sight, too - way too much temptation.
So I'm feeling good this AM despite my setback yssterday...back on top!!
This coming week will be a little tough - developing a new routine and starting the new job, but I'm really looking forward to it. No more getting up at o'dark thirty,no more packing clothes and food for the week, able to come home everyday after work, sleeping with my puppy every is good!

I heaard the party was a lot of fun. Did you dance yourself silly?

Love you

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Good & Plenty

Frick! I found the box of Good & Plenty's (my favorite) Nonni got for me for Xmas which was in my stocking and then I told her to hide them from me. I opened a cabinet and there they were. So I ate a few handfuls of them before I regained consciousness and threw the rest of them in the big trash can in the garage. But then I saw the chocolates that Nonni was supposed to hide from me and I started eating them...not a good day.
I think I'm back on track, now.

INteresting! The one thing I failed to do this morning was blog about this diet. it was downhill after that. DIDn't drink my water, never took my vitamins, stopped at DD for a bran muffin (not on my diet), ate the candy - Oh! and still not exercising.

One positive thing I did was order a ton of those protein bars. They make a great snack when I'm hungry but unable to get to a kitchen. I'm going to keep some in my car to avoid trips to DD and I'll take one to work everyday for break instead of hitting the candy machine. I'm going to buy a case of water tmr and keep it in my office so i always have plenty of water upstairs. Sometimes I get tied up in my office and just won't go downstairs for water. The water is so important. I have my low impact exercise DVD in my office and will exercise there cause I really don't like exercising in the basement which is where all the equipment is now. When this cold snap breaks , I'm going to walk with walking poles...good for upper body, too.

Hope the party went OK. Start the new job Monday. Sure it will be fine.


Out for the night.

I am getting ready for the night. i am hoping all goes well tonight at the party. i think that knowing that i am posting my weight tomorrow will help me not over eat. i am thinking about chewing gum through appetizers... eating my dinner... and chewing gum through the dessert. and dancing for exercise!! :)

i got control top panty hose to wear tonight... hoping that will tuck in my back fat and hips!:)

hope all is well with you! are you ready to head back to work on monday?! it will be here before you know it.

Happy Saturday!


Friday, January 8, 2010

party pooper.

i love a friday. today was the easiest day so far. i had a two hour delay today and it was amazing! extra two hours of sleep! love it!

today i had a latte and enjoyed every sip of it. it was so good.

i am dreading the weekend. weekends are so hard for me. i have a party tomorrow night. tim and i always go to DD on saturday AND sunday. we split a donut, a bagel and i get a latte. a tough habit to break.

anytime i am at party, i eat and i eat and i eat. i don't know how to stop nor do i want to... so i am hoping that saturday night goes okay. i plan on visualizing what i am going to eat and what i am not going to eat...

I have a great dad. he really is amazing. thinks of others all the time. love him too.

okay. i am off to eat a Blackened Chicken Salad with Ranch dressing on the side.

love you. enjoy your weekend!


Pampering the body

HI! So I went for my back-sial and facial yesterday at La Spina (compliments of your Mom & Dad's GC). It was amazing. I was there for 2 hours. I was in a room which is nice and warm, dimly lit, candle light and soft music - dozed off a few times. and the facial was great, too. Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!

Overall, a good day diet wise...but no exercise.Once again, my eight million things to do got in the way and everytime I finish one thing something else pops up - WTF?!

Note to self: Exercise first and everything else will get done eventually.

Looking forward to a good day. I got credentialed for my new job so I'm good to go on Monday morning. WOO-HOO!

Nonni made an outstandingly delicious omelet for dinner last night - spinach, feta cheese and some home made home fried potatoes with onion - so good! Frozen cherries for dessert.

I can't believe it. Your Dad is outside shoveling our driveway and walk. I love him so much.

And I love you, too.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ways around cravings.

Today was a great day. cravings were little to none. thank goodness. i did eat a sour cream and onion chip tonight but it was a baked chip! i guess there are ways around cravings. i also ate a fudge carmel pop for only 57 calories! got my chocolate for the day. i think that is what i need in my diet most. chocolate. it may be a hormone thing but if i don't get some kind of chocolate a day (liquid or solid form) i am more moody. maybe it is just me but i have always needed a little chocolate in my life.

i did the tredmill today. i do a 40 minute program on it. it is a little over three miles. i figured i would do that 4 times a week. i don't want to burn myself out... sometimes i do that. i run so much that i start to get tired of it. i go from loving it (like i do now) to dreading it ( like i will do in a couple of months).

love the idea of a massage. i have never had one... i thought i would get one after the marathon but that never happened. maybe i can treat myself before the big wedding day! really pamper myself up!

i didn't weigh in today at WW. i was worried that i would be to heavy for my lifetime membership... that and i thought that everyone is going to be joining WW this week because of the free registration deal they have going on... i didn't feel like waiting in a line. i will weigh myself on sunday and post my weight and then definitely go next thursday.

yes i watched the youtube video and very, very true. just knowing that i am committed to this blog everyday makes me think twice about food choices.

i am exhausted. hoping for a two hour delay tomorrow! have a great night and...
Thank goodness it is friday!

love you.

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Reaching your goal is assured!

It's so great that your friends are on WW, too. Reaching your goal is assured! The more support, the better. Did you get a chance to watch that Youtube 59 second clip?

That was so nice of Tim to do that for you. Avacado on a sandwich. That sounds really good!! I love avacado. BTW, you have a good guy, there.

This morning I got up and was wanting something sweet. I know there's candy & cookies in the house. But then I remembered that I have to blog you and that snapped me out of it. Had 2 oranges instead.

Since I start the new job on Moday, I'm racing to catch up with everything that needs doing here in the house and in my trading studies...exercise is suffering but I've actually scheduled exercise right after my online class at 0800 this mmorning.

This afternoon, going to La Spina to get a back-sial (facial for the back). This will help me appreciate my body and take better care of it.

I feel like I'm getting into the swing of things, thinking more like a skinny (healthy)person and eating accordingly. Nonni is very supportive of my efforts and tries not to place any temptation in my way, though she's always offering food to me - I think it's just a Mother thing - wanting survival for the offspring, you know : )

Gotta go. Love you. Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

tuna sandwich w/ no mayo.

Tonight is wednesday night. tim always makes me the best dinners on wednesday nights. he sometimes has a hard time making them healthy for me but tonight he did. he is making me a tuna sandwich on wheat bread with onion, tomatoe and avocado. instead of mayo he added lemon juice, a little bit of oil, dijon mustard and salt and pepper. he then cut up some tomatoes and added salt and pepper on them as our side. delicous.i bought a new candy bar i haven't seen in the stores yet. it is called a Three Muskateers Truffle crisp. it has two sticks and one stick is chocolate stick is only 85 calories. 2 points! i love chocolate so what a great way to get it!

i am taking vitamins... i am taking One A Days every morning. i am not a fan of the big horse pills so i bought the gummi ones for adults. and i love them!

today was better. three girls at lunch are doing WW too so we are helping each other out with point ideas and staying on track. also, jenny glenny, is doing WW too so I have been reading her blogs to help me out... they are great. we are a follower of her blog so if you can, definitely check it out.

not sure if i am losing weight yet... don't feel it in my size 8 pants but i have to keep reminding myself that i want this weight to come up slow... i have seven months. i don't want to rush it and think i need to see change right away. then i will definitley get discouraged.

Wow! outback steakhouse. you are brave. i would end up eating a bloomin' onion, bread, salad with ranch dressing and big bowl of potato soup! i am proud of you for going to such a great place in only the beginning of our way to healthy eating!

i had my chip. it was delicious. thank you for reminding to eat what i crave. you are right. i might of ended up eating a whole bag.

thank you for all your support. i loved reading your latest blog. i can't wait to feel thin and have that skinny attitude. i am so happy we are doing this.

love you.

Good morning

Good morning,

Congratulations on the treadmill - you're doing great.

SO IMPORTANT: if you're craving chips, have the chips. Use your optional calories for that...get the small bag. You so can have them. if you make yourself miserable, you'l fail at this diet - guaranteed.

This is what I've done in the past If I crave something, I get in the car, got to the local convenience store, purchase what it is I crave and - for me - I sit in the car and thoroughly enjoy the hell out of it. NO one's around, I focus on the wonderfulness of my treat. THEN, start the car, go home and you'll feel so much better.

If you don't give into these cravings, you'll end up binging. WW addresses this, too. BTW, cravings are a sign of not enough Vit C in your diet. Are you taking vitamins?

By now you should have lost a few lbs and are feeling thinner and lighter (I am), clothes a little looser. FOCUS on the good things and that will create MORE good things. The JOY of how much better your body feels, how awesome you're going to look in that dress, how proud you are of your efforts, the stares you get from guys (hope Tim isn't reading in). When someone notices that you're thinner, say "Thank you very much"...period. Attitude is everything!!

Yesterday afternoon, Nonni & I had dinner w ben diGiacomo at Outback - one of my favorite places to eat. I did eat more than I'd planned, but I stuck to my rules...only one cup of coffee for the day, 10 glasses of water for the day, took my vitamins, no sugar (no dessert) and one small piece of BROWN bread - rice instead of fries. Oh and a teeny glass of the most wonderful wine. I was happily full but not uncomfortably bloated as I usually am after a meal out. NOthing more after that for the day.
My exercise is suffering - so busy handling house stuff this week before I know it the day is over and I hate to exercise at night casue then I can't sleep.

Have a asmall bag of your favorite chips in private, enjoy the hell ot of them and have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

food on the mind.

whenever i have even a second of free time... food is on my mind. maybe it is just a habit to grab something and eat it. like tonight. i am sitting here and thinking about a potato chip. sour cream and onion. Herrs. love those and I KNOW they are somewhere in this house because we had them for the NYE party. but all i do is think about it and sip my cup of hot tea and enjoy my sugar free pudding for dessert. ugh. a chip sounds so much better.

i know it will get better... the first two weeks for me are always the hardest. then i get used to turning down food, walking away, and eating healthier. today i ran on the tredmill for three miles. sometimes i get angry that i have to work so darn hard to be skinny. urks me. i should be thankful that i can even run. and i am.

200 more days until i wear my wedding dress in front of family and friends. 200 days until i marry tim!


3 days to get over an addiction

Check this out - only 59 seconds long

Having each other is one of THE best ways to succeed at our diets.
Love the foto, BTW...excellent visualization material.
It's been my experience that if I can get through the 1st 3 days, the hard part is over. Scientifically, 3 days is how long it takes the body to get over ANY physical addiction - even cocaine, even narcotics, even sugar and fries : )
So the worst is 1/3 over. Focus on how much better you feel already.
Don't let yourself get too hungry. I purchased these low carb protein bars - one of those and a cup of herbal tea and I'm good to go for hours.
Love you. Have a great day.

Monday, January 4, 2010

rough first day.

I always think the first day is hard... trying to break habits that i got into during the past few months... for example... every day at lunch i would buy "white cheddar cheez it" crackers. delicious. getting hungry just thinking about it... but today i didn't even glance at the vending machine. as much as i wanted to.

i go out with a few girls from school every monday night. i usually get a wrap and some french fries. today i split a wrap and a salad with a friend. and i was super hungry still when i finished (so was she!)

i always get scared about weighing myself everyday... it would be so discouraging if i didn't lose anything and i know it might lead me off the track. i know me.

i am uploading a picture of me when i was training for the marathon. the exact weight i want to be again. visualize. i LOVE that!

i hate the first day... it reminds me that there are so many more... i hate the beginning but i am looking forward to the end. july 24th.

Love you!

Heading in the right direction!

LOL! What a GREAT idea taking your own picture. I can take ny own fat picture without involving anyone else.
BTW, I would KILL to weigh a mere 156 lbs. I guess everything's relative.
I'm lovin' this blog.
Now, I know that it's considered poor form to weight yourself everyday but I just HAD to know. So I'm down 3 whole lbs this morning just letting go of the water weight and BOY! does even that small amount feel so much better. I'm headed in the right direction. WOO-HOO!
Photo to come. Love you.


In the spirit of focusing on how I want to look, I'm uploading a pic of me taken about 20 years ago in Italy. I weighed, at that time, about what you weigh now - perhaps closer to 160.Also, I was walking everyday then.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Twas the night before...

january 4th. i said this date back in november. this would be the day when i would really work on my goal weight. i like the idea of visualizing myself on how i want to look in seven months. on my wedding day... my goals for the next seven months...

1.) eat three meals a day (don't skip breakfast)
2.) stick to my 23 points a day.
3.) exercise 30 minutes a day.
4.) drink lots of water.
5.) one cup of coffee a day.
6.) one dunkin donuts stop a week for a latte lite.

My plan is to get weighed in every Thursday. i weighed in today on my scale at home and...(drum role please) 156! holy moly. gained 16 pounds since September 24th! ugh. see. i love to eat! did i say twenty pounds? i meant 26 lbs!

big breath. we have seven months.


HI! I'm the Aunt. Call me Teen.

HI! I'm the Aunt. Call me Teen.

Today is the first serious day of this healthy way of eating and living.

Here's my plan:
1. Drink 10 glasses of water a day
2a. Stick to a higher protein, lower carb diet similar to South Beach.
2b. Avoid anything white, ie, white flour, sugar, dairy (except for my morning coffee, of course).
3. Only 1 cup of coffee a day (caffeine interferes with weight loss).
4. Exercise *at least* 5 days per week. Weight training one day and low impact aerobics on alternate days.
5 I'm staying focused on how I want to look on wedding day instead of focusing on how I look now (visualization is very important).
6.Take my vitamins (this helps reduce cravings since my body is getting the nutrition it needs).

OK. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Sunday moring will be my weigh in day. On weigh in day, the weight will be posted here.
BTW, this morning's weight is (drum roll, please)209.5 lbs.

Good luck to both of us.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

love to eat.

i love to eat. i love to eat everything. i love to eat everything in sight! i open up the fridge, i eat. i open up the closet, i eat. i open up the cabinet, i eat! This will be the last weekend until I jump back on weight watchers... weekly weigh-ins, counting points, eating vegetables, and drinking lots of water. i am determined to exercise at least 4-5 times a week. maybe 30 minutes a day right now until the weather gets nice.

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