Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Halloween would just not be complete without a re-sharing of some Halloween decorations at CC's house 2 years ago.  She had these blow up ghosts in the front yard:

It was rather windy out and the ghost in the middle (that you can't see in the above photo) was rather busy with the ghost in the back:

It was definately a Kodak (or in my case an Olympus) moment!  So glad I always carry my camera.

This year she played it safe:



But I like the ghosts best!!  Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Girls Night Out

Last night was a planned "girls night" for CC and I.  Yes, I know, we do that every Thursday with Weight Watchers and a movie; but this was another night we chose - mostly because one of the Local Theatres advertised the original "Night of the Living Dead" for retro night.

Every since we were little, we've loved this movie!  Oh, yes - we hide our eyes through most of it (still do) but zombie movies have always stuck with us - though this one remains the best.  Anyway, on Wednesday I took notice that the theatre mentioned the 1990 version.  Hmmmmmm......I then clicked for the trailer and got the 2006 3D version (which is awful).  So I went to their FaceBook page and asked which version they were showing.  They were unable to get the original but got the 1990 remake instead.  This disappointed us greatly - always wanted to see the original on the big screen.

But we decided to go out anyway.  We chose to eat at The Greene Turtle .  This turned out to be a wise choice.  When all possible I like to go online and pull out the nutrition labels for restaurants (chain ones normally have this for their menus).  When I pulled up The Greene Turtle's and printed it out, I noticed it had a column for "dietary points".  Hmmmm....I randomly checked some items and discovered these "dietary points" are actually "weight watcher points"!  Bingo!

When we pulled out the pages of nutrional values at the restaurant, we explained to the waitress that we were doing Weight Watchers and would need a few extra minutes to we worked it out.  She in turn, sits down, says she just joined WW online and was unaware that the nutrional listing included points!  She was quite surprised that some of the items (wings for example) came in at double or more points that you're allowed in one day.  She also shared the list with the bartender (another Weight Watcher's member) and another shocked person at the point values.

We each ordered a crabcake (2 pts), red mashed potatoes with beef gravy (3 pts) and a cup of vegetable crab soup (3 pts) for a total meal of 8 pts!!  It was so very good!  Who am I kidding - I felt like I was in heaven!!

We then headed to the movies to see "Like Dandelion Dust".  Which is a very good movie.  We were in the theatre with the recliners, which are nice, but certainly not worth the extra $4.00 per ticket.

All in all it was a great evening!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hmmmmmm......

Yesterday, during lunch, a co-worker asked me how my diet was going. I told her I was down 12.2 lbs as of last week's weigh-in. She then asked me the cost of Weight Watchers. I told her that you can pay $13.00 weekly, but that I pay monthly at $39.95 which averages to about $10.00 a week. She told me that wasn't a bad deal when you consider the food cost. Hmmmmmm......

I told her that cost didn't include food (once again I explained that WW isn't Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem); she then said well I guess that's an okay price for the exercise. Again, I explained....no it's not a gym. To which she asked, "Well, what are you getting for $40.00?" I told her complete access to the WW website, a weekly weigh-in - that keeps me very accountable; and much information, tips and group support. She replied, "Well for $20..00 a month I'll give you some tips." This coming from someone who also struggles with weight issues...why would I take advice from her? She's obviously not following her own advice.

Anyone that reads here regularly certainly knows that I'm an advocate for doing things FREE whenever possible. There are many weight loss sites that have no fee associated with them (Sparkpeople.com for example) and I highly recommend them. However, I could never get them to work for any length of time because I'm a person that needs some accountability; and though I have fallen a few times...knowing that weigh-in is coming up gets me right back on track!! The one thing I like about WW is that I can eat WHATEVER I WANT. You just have to keep within your point range. Naturally you don't want to use all your points in one meal and starve the rest of the day...so you learn correct portions and you learn to choose healthier ones. I eat rather a lot in a day's time, and I don't always use all my points!

So maybe you wouldn't pay $40.00 a month, but I think it's been a worthwhile investment!



10/27/2010 10:32 AM Kim wrote:


OMG, are you blogging at work??

The co-worker has no idea...tell her you don't think her tips are worth $20 as she doesn't have the success standing behind them!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Don't Take It So Seriously

Today I'd like to explain to everyone about blogging. Blogs are created for a number of reasons. My blog was created just as an expression of myself..
Though I enjoy that people read here, it's not a necessity for me. A close friend of mine recently went through an incident over a blog posting. Those that were upset over the post refuse to listen to any reasoning. So let me explain.

A blog posting is that of the blogger at the moment they are writing. They may have had a bad day and/or a situation may have upset them. They may be dealing with a struggle and are trying to work their thoughts out. Oh yes, I know there are those postings that are true attacks, but most people don't mean it in that way.

I could write a blog today and set it to post on my blog 6 months from now. Yep, there's a time date option. I can set the date and the time of day I want it to post. So what you may be reading could have been written at another time. Don't always depend on the date/time of the blog as proof of when it was written. Most of the postings I put up for special occasions (my anniversary for example) are set to post several weeks earlier.

Don't read between the lines. In my friend's defense, her blog was simply an opinion of a struggle she's been dealing with. She wasn't slamming anyone or any place. But the people that got upset saw it differently. There was no reason for anyone to be upset, as the post had no innuendos to it, it was her exact thoughts written out. Actually I think the issue is, that there opinion is different and thus that means hers must be wrong. Well, no one is really wrong....it would be an awfully boring world if we all had the same opinions. Had they spent time reading more of her postings, they'd realize that this is a struggle she's been dealing with for some time; and one of the reasons? Because she truly cares for all of them and thus it makes the situation complicated.

Blogs aren't always written with a certain situation in mind; even if they are that doesn't mean it's about you. Twice I've had postings that for some reason struck cords with some people. It really wasn't about them but I found it funny that they saw themselves in it. I guess it's the "if the shoe fits, wear it" situation. But obviously if my opinion is different; it doesn't mean I don't respect yours or that I don't like you anymore or something. Don't read too much into it.

I always figure that my blog is my personal space. I'm allowed to be happy, sad and angry on it. I'm allowed to have a bad day and a different opinion. Sometimes it's just a mindless rant to help me sort the situation out or the rant just makes me feel better. No one should take it personally. Tomorrow I may read it and say to myself "Why was I all upset over that?" Or "Yep, I know what to do now." Or "I need to look further to sort this out." Or "I feel so much better after ranting about something entirely stupid." Or the worse (and it's happened) "I wish I never would of wrote that - I feel so stupid!"(and fortunately true friends just overlook it or take you out for a drink!).

Blogging is a delicate situation, but remember "Don't take things so seriously." And if it really concerns you? Personally talk to the blogger, don't make it a bigger issue then it has to be.






Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So What's Happening With All Those Weight Watcher Points?

The "New" Weight Watchers is coming.  No one's quite sure what is actually happening and there is much speculation.  But apparently how the food points are calculated is changing.  Right now the formula uses Calories, Fat and Fiber.  Apparently the new formula is looking at carbs and protein as well.



This can be exciting but also terrifying at the same time.  I mean, CC and I just started this program and it is working very well, what if some of our favorite indulgences point values explode upwards?  It's the carb part that scares me...I don't want to end up in a low carb diet - been there and done that; was starving!  Sure I know, regardless of the change, we could still do the system we're on but that really won't work for meetings, which I'm sure will be required to do the new program.



The points program has changed over the years.  I can remember when it first started and we tried to get a group started up where I worked at the time.  We were one person short of the requirement so we couldn't have the group, but the one girl went to the Weight Watchers Center and bought the books for us all to review and share.



I remember my first day very well.  I had 1/2 a mini-bagel w/ a glaze of butter for breakfast and about 1/8 cup of wild rice with 2 grilled chicken strips for lunch.  And THAT, was all my points for the day!  I had a migraine headache and was sick to my stomach by that evening.  Looking through the point value book then, I realized that if you were not a veggie eater, you couldn't succeed on the program.  I use to call it the starvation diet - lol!!



Over the years, they eased up a little in the point section.  I can remember when bananas were pretty high in points but now they are not.  They've done it where you could save unused points for a night out; and one time they even gave you a "range" of points - a minimum and maximum area to stay in.  But I think the system they use now - a daily set amount of points and the 35 weekly extras for "just in case", is the easiest.  Course I also know the program existed prior to the point system and worked for many people.  But change is still not easy.



Apparently we will know what the change is after Thanksgiving.



Tonight I made Kim's chicken enchillada's for dinner.  The recipe made more than I needed, but was very good.  I'm thinking next time to cut the tostillos in half - which will knock out some points.  One came in at 6 points but one was more than enough for me.  Hubby managed 2.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Ho-Hum

So hubby made the decision this morning and decided he'd return Lucy today. She's as cute as a button, highly trainable and just overly friendly....but an addition to an already loaded household (2 dogs, 4 cats, turtle and rabbit) is becoming a little much. She does get along well with other dogs and cats...and has learned to walk on a leash. We'd really like to find a good home for her. So if you're looking for a dog, please consider her and visit by stopping by here: http://www.waynesborotruevaluepet.com/

She is truly a sweetheart and deserves a good home!!




Saturday, October 16, 2010

More of This

Weight Watchers is going really great.   I’m down 10.4 lbs.  I reached 2 goals this past week…another
5 lb. loss and the loss of 5% of my starting weight!!  You get little stars every time you lose a total of
5 lbs. to put on your bookmark, and a big star at 5%.  I am getting a little tired with some food choices.  Looking for some new options!  But so far, so good and I don’t feel like I’m starving.

Today is CC’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Last night Hubby and I went out to eat.  While driving to the restaurant we had this strange conversation:

Hubby:   Can we stop and see Lucy?
Me:          Sure.

Now you may be wondering what is strange.  There’s this hardware store near the restaurant that has a pet department in it.  We stopped in a few months ago to check things out and hubby came across this beagle puppy.  She’s growing into an adult fast and no one seems interested in buying her.  But we’re in that area almost every other week (sometimes every) and he always wants to go in to see if she’s still there.  The request was strange this week as the dog has no name and this is the first hubby’s ever used one.  It’s doubly strange because I knew exactly what he was talking about.

We go in and sure enough she’s still there.  This past month her price has been marked down in hopes someone will buy her.  However, she’s almost 7 months old and she’s surrounded by little puppies that have everyone’s attention.  I ask what happens to the unsold dogs, I’m informed that they go to a rescue that finds them homes (this is a locally owned pet store and not a chain, so I’m sure they are telling the truth).

We’re recognizable now by the staff.  They seem to like the name Lucy.  They offer to cut the price in half.  Now she’s more affordable.  And for some odd reason I hear myself saying, “Could we bring our dogs in to meet her?”  Though they have no problem with that, they suggest that we stop in one day and take her home to meet them; that way our dogs won’t be distracted by everything around them.

We leave and go to dinner.  Okay, the price is affordable and we need to consider having her spayed, shots, microchipped and license plus the increase in food costs.  How will she be around cats?  Joppa and Cooper shouldn’t be an issue, but what about Spunky and Sebastian?  Lucy practically lives in a cage, so crating shouldn’t be a problem (as a matter of fact, while we were at the store, she was out running around and when she got tired she hopped back in her cage to lay down).  Hubby asked if the name “Lucy” is the right one?  We decide that it is.

I’m not quite sure where we are in this process yet.  I did tell him that he will need to take at least one dog with him each day to work and all three on Thursdays.   So he needs to think it through.  I can’t really deny him another pet as he’s never denied me any.  At the same time we need to look at things long term and how it will affect the household.  Plus it means an additional cost for boarding at vacation time!

Here’s her puppy photo from their website:

And I also came across our granddoggie Baylor’s puppy photo:

Apparently they haven’t updated their website in a while!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This, That and Then Some

Things have been going along pretty well.  Today was my first day back from a 4-day weekend...I hate the first days back. 



Weight Watchers is still going well...I'm hoping to be at my 5% loss point this week.  I want to buy a measuring tape though, I'd be interested in seeing how I'm losing in inches.  I'm starting to notice a little difference in my clothes - not enough to be down a size, but things are starting to get baggy.



Now don't get me wrong, there are days I'd love to be laying on the couch with a huge bag of potato chips and dip!  But I know that would be wrong...and the urge isn't that great!!!



I've been thinking a lot about winter.  Walking is my exercise of choice but when the cold weather hits - who wants to be out for that?  I don't have the funds for a gym membership; so I've suggested to hubby that our Christmas buy (instead of gifts) this year (last year was the washer/dryer) be a Wii.  I figured I could get the Wii Fit then.  He seems to like the idea, though nothing is set in stone yet.



Went to visit Colton today.  He informed me that he doesn't pee in the potty, he pees in his pants!!  Since he was bouncing off walls, I asked him how much sugar he had today...he told me his mommy puts sugar in her drink.  Oh, the minds of two year olds....







Saturday, October 9, 2010

Do You Freecycle?

I discovered Freecycle a few years ago.  I really enjoyed my town's group on Yahoo...but this past year they moved the group to the actuall Freecycle.org site.  The site moves like molasses, and thus the group isn't as active anymore (but the moderators don't seem to care).  I hadn't been there in quite a long time, but popped in and did a quick hop through the list.



If you're unfamiliar, on freecycle you can offer items for FREE or post wanted items (though there are limits).  Since everything must be FREE; when you post a wanted ad - you're basically asking someone to give you something for nothing.



So I found this post rather humorous:



Wanted:  i am looking for a washer and dryer the front loader with the pedistools.



Really?  REALLY?   Have you priced front loader washer & dryers?  The pedestals alone can be priced at $150-$300 a piece.  I guess it never hurts to ask, but if you're truly in need of a washer & dryer - would you really be this particular????  I bet he couldn't control the emails that flooded his box as people offered to give up their frontloaders and pedestals.  Yeah, I'm being sarcastic.



People are funny.





Friday, October 8, 2010

So I Worried For Nothing

So I worried over absolutely nothing last night as my weigh-in revealed a 2 lb. loss.  Whew!  I've decided that scale must go into a closet so I don't go through that addiction again.  My weighing will be done at the meetings only.
I had thyroid check-up at the doctor's yesterday (every 6 mos.) and he's all for Weight Watchers.  Oh he'd probably be for ANY diet I'd choose that would help me lose weight; but he seemed to be well informed when it came to Weight Watchers and that's always good.

Yesterday's lunch was this:

1 cup of grapes (1 pt.) - CC found these at Walmart for 25 cents a pound - good find!; Hostess Mini Cupcakes (1 pt.) and Roni's Veggie Scoops .  These scoops can be made just hundreds of different ways.  In this particular instant I used 12 scoops (3 pts.); a little salsa (0 pts.), 6 steamed shrimp (1-1/2 oz @ 1 pt.) and one slice WW Swiss Cheese (1 pt.) = 5 pts. total.  Total Lunch = 7 pts.  I may try the scoops as mini-pizzas today, I'll let you know how that goes.

CC's been trying some of the recipes from the Weight Watchers cookbooks.  I keep telling her she needs to start a blog!  I mean really, remember that Julie & Julia movie????

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

This & That

A Photo of me and my nieces from Saturdays Downtown Festival.  I like very few pictures of myself, but I do like this one.




CC tells me that my blog is her daily reading pleasure (yes, she leads a rather sheltered life). Hmmmmm...I tell her so much more in person - EVERYTHING as a matter of fact.

We're due for our third WW weigh-in tomorrow. I've been somewhat freaking out this week. I've become a slave to my scale and well, we all know what that gets you. Since you can weigh different daily and differently at different times of the same day - it gets stressful. Need to hide that scale. This was the first week I've used any of my weekly points (yeah next to the daily ones, you're allotted some weekly ones) - so my mind is set that more points used, more food eaten...no loss or worse - gain! I'll be glad when weigh-in is over.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

No Starving On Weight Watchers

One day, I'm pulling a "Smart Ones" frozen dinner out of the microwave at work when a co-worker said, "You're doing Weight Watchers but I notice you're not eating their food."  I explained that both Smart Ones and Lean Cusines come with WW points value on them....and though Weight Watchers does in fact have some snacks and such available, that there really isn't a Weight Watchers "food".

In other words, Weight Watchers is not Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem where you buy their food to lose weight. Mind you, I'm not knocking either of those plans - if they were affordable to me, I'd probably do them - but yeah, Weight Watchers doesn't sell you meals.

Weight Watchers assigns a point value on foods. You're given a daily point value and you eat foods up to that value. Yes, there's lots of measuring, weighing, point calculating, etc. It's work, I won't lie to you. But at least I can eat what I like, and that was something our leader told us one week - "Eat foods you like or you'll never stick to it."


For instant, I brought leftovers from last night's dinner today for lunch:


What you're looking at is 1/2 cup of sauerkraut (0 pts); 2/3 cup of Birds Eye Steamfresh Corn (1 pt.), 2/3 cup of Betty Crocker's 80 calorie instant mashed potatoes (1 pt.) and 3 oz. of pork loin (4 pts.).  Not a bad meal, huh?
Don't be deceived though - not all products are created equal.  Watch your instant mashed potatoes - I found the ones above in the dollar store and you make them with water (not with milk & butter like other brands which adds points) - thus the low point value.  Hubby found them rather bland so he added butter to his.  Though I do agree they were bland, I eat each bite with either sauerkraut or corn - so that adds flavor for me.  Read your veggie labels too - again points aren't always the same.

Meat is pretty much hit or miss - if I can't find it on the Weight Watcher's website, I just go with 1 point for each ounce.  The site can be deceiving though - I found the mashed potatoes above on the WW's site - they calculated at 3 points a serving...no matter how I looked at the food label and tried to rationalize, I could not get the value higher than 1 point a serving.  I'm thinking that perhaps that value was for the Betty Crocker mix that uses milk and butter and not the one I used.
And it really is grand that Fat Free Pringle Potato Chips come in at 1 point for 15!!!!!  YUMMY!  

Monday, October 4, 2010

He's Still A Special Kitty

Saturday was a fun day.  The festival downtown was very nice and there were more vendors than the past few years.  Hubby and I are thinking of a booth for next year.  Anyway, I had walked down, checked things out and picked up food and took it home.  After eating, I settled down to watch some tv...it wasn't long that my phone rang and my two neices told me they were downtown at the festival in the beer tent area.  I told them I'd be down. 



I'm not a beer drinker - blah!  But I paid the $3.00 to get in the area, got my free beer and handed it over to my neices.  We sat and chatted, I called hubby to tell him where we were and he said when he got home he'd join us.

While we were sitting there a woman asked "Do you mind if he sits at your table to eat."  I turned and it was an elderly man with a walker that I immediately recognized as my neighbor.  So they sat down with us.  Hubby shows up with Keyser and we all start chatting.  My neighbor finally asks, "What's your cat's name, the one with the white face."  I said, "Joppa."  He proceeds to tell us that Joppa comes IN their house and inspects all the rooms before leaving almost daily.  They find him very amusing.  He's "special" remember?  I'm beginning to wonder which neighbor won't be charmed by him???





Later that day, I went to CC's to pet sit overnight. 



Nice relaxing day...


Saturday, October 2, 2010

He's a Special Kitty

Yesterday, I got home from work and began the normal dog walk.  Whenever Joppa or Cooper are around, they come along for the walk (both Strat and Mickey use to do this as well).  Though I know it must be a funny site to others; it can be both funny and annoying.  The cats mess with the dogs, if you're walking along the street the cats seem to be oblivious to the cars around them sometimes.  So it may be a funny site...but it can be annoying and well dangerous.



But yesterday, I started out the door with the dogs and Joppa decided to tag along.  I decided it best to walk the field next to the alley.  Almost immediately after leaving the house, our mail lady came around the corner.  She delivers my mail and begins to walk towards the house behind us.  Closer to me, she asks the obvious, "Is that cat actually walking with you?"  I, of course, said "Yes."  She was very impressed and said "Wow, I thought my cat was special; but he *is* a *very* special kitty."  I agreed and told her I have an orange cat that will walk with us at times as well (actually Cooper would of been walking with us, but when he saw the mail lady he hid under the car).  "Very special."



Joppa is a special kitty.  He is very friendly and will go to anyone.  That's a blessing and a curse as well.  Blessing because who doesn't want a lap cat?  Curse, because, well....anyone could take him and keep him.  But for the most part the neighborhood seems to know who he is and who he belongs to.  He visits everyone.  Last night while walking Toby...Joppa and Cooper trailed along.  We rounded the corner and a car very slowly was driving down the street.  I turned around and realized both the cats were messing way to close to the curb thus the car driving slow.  The car passed us and parked across the street a little ways down in front of a house.  A little girl hopped out, ran across the street, picked up Joppa and took him over to her front yard and began playing.



As I reach the area right across the street, the mother comes over and asks if that was my cat.  I tell her it is.  She says my daughter will be glad to hear that.  He's there all the time playing with her in the front yard and despite his collar/tags, she assumed he was homeless, though they've tried to tell her otherwise.  I told her that was not a problem as long as he wasn't bothering them and that he does at times go up the hill to the housing development and play with the kids up there.  Her daughter has named him (I forget what she told me) and I told her the housing development refers to him as "Gizmo" but his name is "Joppa".



I really think a microchip appointment needs to be made.



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Today I walked down to the street festival in town.  Lots of stands up and lots of food!  Not wanting to totally destroy my diet, but also knowing it would be hard to count points.  I opted a "no point" day, but be sensible with what you're doing.  I ended up with BBQ chicken and baked beans.  Walked right past the funnel cake, smoothies and kettle popcorn.