Monday, November 29, 2010

A New Weight Watching We Will Go....

Though my Weight Watchers meeting isn't until Thursday because I have the monthly pass I get full access to the website so I'm seeing a lot of the new information.  I always track my points online but now it's only doing the new plan.  So I thought I'd give it a try.  But I'm confused....

Old Plan Breakfast:   oatmeal (2 pts.); banana (2 pts.)
New Plan Breakfast:  oatmeal (4 pts.); banana (0 pts.)
So both plans give me a 4 pt. breakfast for the same items...what changed???

Oh the amount of daily points I had changed:
Old plan daily points:  21
New plan daily points: 29
Old plan weekly points:  35
New plan weekly points: 49

This is what I ate today (points are according to new plan):
Oatmeal - 4
Banana - 0
Grilled Cheese - 5
Pringles - 2
Hostess Mini Cupcakes - 3
Crabcake - 4
Small potato - 2
Broccoli - 0
Total:  20 - I get 29 so I have 9 more to go and I'm not a bit hungry!!  Fruit or veggies wouldn't give me points so my only options would be junk food - that can't be healthy!!  See my predictment?

On the old plan this would of been:
Oatmeal - 2
Banana - 2
Grilled Cheese - 3
Pringles - 1
Hostess Mini Cupcakes - 1
Crabcake - 4
Small potato - 2
Broccoli - 0
Total:  15; Daily would of been 21 with only 6 left over.

Hopefully they will explain this more thoroughly.  I'm glad they are giving more points otherwise you'd be staring at a plan that was more vegetarian than anything...but 29 seems like an awful lot (and some people will get more than that).  Hate to see more points set us up for failure.  I mean even with the new point values I'd still be 1 point under on the old plan.

Anyway - if you also are waiting for your meeting this week, I have read that you will need to purchase a calculator (no slide thingy this time) and products are being sold at reduced rates.  Kits are available.  Check out Danica's Daily and Roni's Weigh for more information.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Is Over - How'd I Do???

So the holiday went well and the only "bad" thing I ate was a slice of cherry pie (13 pts - yikes!).  But besides my daily points, I still had weekly ones so I didn't go over points; so I did very well.

My one niece has shown an interest in WW and her mother brought her an old set of the WW books to use even though I explained they'll be some changes.  My niece is under the impression she can just eat the frozen Smart Ones dinners and lose weight.  Her mother agreed that yes, as long as she stays within the point range; that will work!!  Uh-huh, overlook the person standing there that is doing WW and trying to offer advice.

WW is so much more than tracking points and staying within a range.  It's about learning healthy options, learning portion control and learning to listen to your body and knowing when it's satisfied and not stuffed!!  I can tell you from experience that the diet frozen dinners should only be used in emergencies and not as a regular part of the diet.  Why?  One - they are loaded with sodium; and Two - you'll starve and then set yourself up for a binge.  These meals just do not satisfy; an hour later, you'll be hungry again.  I've even tried having salad and fruit with them and it still can't get me to the next meal.  In a pinch, yes, they are convenient to have.....but regularly - no way!!

Besides, if you choose to just eat the Smart Ones that means that for the rest of your life you will never ever eat a home cooked meal or eat out!!!  How could you?  Do the program correctly and you can learn how to eat without over eating.  And that is what WW is all about!!

One thing CC and I like to do is pick a restaurant and put our WW knowledge to work.  We always look for the nutritional listing for the restaurant on the internet (most of the chains have this) and plan a meal ahead of time.  No nutritional info available?  Then it means you have to crack open the point books and do the best that you can!  We do very very well this way.  Some safe choices?  Grilled Chicken or Fish are always a good starting point; stay away from things that have sauces on them; get your salad dressing on the side (and aim for non-fat or low-fat dressings) and a side of broccoli, cauliflower and green beans add no points! 
Don't be afraid to have your nutritional listing and/or WW books on the table.  At least twice this has started conversations with waitresses and other customers and has resulted in a learning experience for us. 

Just please, don't live off the frozen dinners - you will never last!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This & That

I've totally forgotten about "Survivor" due to it being moved from Thursdays to Wednesday nights.  So this evening I'm catching up on the On Demand (how did we ever live without this??).  Anyway, the one lady (and I use that term very loosely) got mad because she got the smallest tortilla at breakfast so she has stolen food and hidden it.  She's been a royal pain in the you-know-what since day one and I can't believe she's still there.  Now she's being confronted (because someone saw her do it) and she's lying about it and getting an attitude like everyone is accusing her!  It's so funny.  I'm sure her family is proud.  You should of seen the week when she pushed down the lady with the artificial leg - and then to the camera made all these derogatory comments about the lady.  I can't believe the show kept her!
Oops!  There we go - she didn't get voted out on that episode.  How stupid are these people???

I'm beginning to feel as though I'm coming down with a cold.  I felt this way on Saturday and it went away.  Now I'm feeling it again.  I need to get to the drug store and get some cold medicine before it get full blown.  Nice way to spend Thanksgiving huh?

I want to thank everyone that came to my aide with ShurePet orders. I did reach my goal and the order will get placed on Friday.  I'm waiting for the money transfer from PayPal.  One recent order was from someone I met in NY back in 2007 and had totally forgotten about - lol!  But once she jolted my memory a little, I remembered!  Hope she can make it to NY this time around as well.

Hmmm...someone just went up the street singing extremely loud.....holidays bring out the weirdness in people.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Have You Looked At The Sidebar???

The one to the right has my weight loss.  I'm happy to say that I've reached the first Weight Watchers goal of losing 10% of your starting weight!!  What made it extra special is that, due to the holiday, the weigh-in occurred 2 days earlier in the week!  The icing on the cake?  CC made her 10% also - so we're moving along really well.  Next week will be the introduction of the new plan - "Points Plus" - they did give us the name tonight.  The UK version is "Pro Points", so I don't know if they're the same or there will be some differences; the UK plan has always been different from ours.

The sidebar on the left indicates that Kevin Spacey gets closer each day!!  Need I say more????  :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm Stay-cationing.....

So I'm on V A C A T I O N this week!!!  I have plenty to do, but right now I'm watching Comcast On Demand as they started the HBO Series "Big Love" from the beginning and Season 2 started today.  I'm addicted.  If you don't have HBO, you're missing some of the best TV series on television.  I've yet to come across one I don't like.  And there's a new on in the works starring Kevin Spacey.

So I took Olivia to the Vet's today for her complimentary wellness visit via the Humane Society.  This wouldn't of been that big of a deal except because her one eye had a slight whitish discharge, they insisted on eye drops (not part of the complimentary visit).  That wouldn't of bothered me too much, but they charged me $36.00 for the eye drops!!  Yep, you read that right THIRTY-SIX DOLLARS.  For some reason, I think they upped the price so they'd get their office visit fee in it too.  I know that sounds petty, but do eye drops really cost $36.00?????  $15.00 maybe, not $36.00.

Anyway, once home I moved Olivia to to the 2 level cage and Maggie over to the single level.  Maggie has only been staying on one level in the 2-level anyway which means she stopped using the litter box and just goes anywhere.  She's old and having a hard time getting up and down the ramp.  I decided this was best.  Despite a slightly unnoticeable eye discharge (yep, I'm not letting up on that) Olivia is doing great, and she learned the ramp very very fast. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Really??? REALLY????

As I've mentioned before, Weight Watchers has changes coming on November 28th.  The whole program is being revamped and the point calculation will change.  So all old books, calculators, etc..  will not be usable for the new system.

This has caused a lot of whining and excitement in WW-ville.  Some are very excited about the change...others are very upset.  But regardless which side you're on, everyone seems to really want to push ahead in time and find out what the new program is.  I imagine that November 28th is going to be a very busy time at WW centers.  From what I'm seeing on message boards, most people aren't waiting for their weekly meeting day - they HAVE TO be there the day it starts.  Really???  REALLY???  I mean c'mon people...what's a few days?   It's not like it's a big event and if you don't start that day, you can't do it!  Just continue with the old program until your regular day shows up. 

At first I was skeptical....you know the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality.  But with what I'm reading (the UK members are already on the new program), I'm getting really excited.  Supposedly, fruits will all be 0 points!!  What could be better than that?  Hungry?  A healthy snack that won't cost you anything!!  Some things will go up in points, but since your daily points and weekly flex points will also increase...well there you go it's covered!!  Supposedly, the point calculation will include carbs, fiber, fat and protein instead of calories, fat and fiber.  They are looking at what makes up a calorie and how your body burns it.  Lots of people are excited because they are eating more and still losing weight!!  The whole program seems geared to make you eat healthier, but give you a break for nights out and such.  That's NORMAL living - and that's easy to live with.  So yeah, I'm excited!!

But really???  REALLY??? Is it necessary to overload the centers on the very first day????

Thursday, November 18, 2010

He's So Special....Still!

I got home from work last night and went to walk Keyser.  Cooper and Joppa ran out the door to tag along.  I chose the alley route to keep the cats out of the street.  The guy who lives behind me was out on his porch; as I get closer he says, "Is that cat yours?" (pointing at Joppa).  I told him it was and he says, "That is the friendliest cat I've ever met.  When I sit on the back porch, he lays on my lap."

I had to agree.  I then told him about Joppa's visits throughout the neighborhood and all the people he visits.  He told me it's been a very long time since he's owned a cat, and he really enjoys having Joppa around.

So...so far - no one has complained about him.  He's such the charming little fella'.

A Little Update

I never updated the commissary situation from a previous post.
The guy who does that job, as it turned out, was not off an indefinite amount of time…only to the end of that week.  Which was great.
The inmate that didn’t show up the first day – well there was more to that story – kept his job and turned out to be a very good worker.  The one with the attitude, we chose to not call him out and therefore he remained in his job as well. 
I had to laugh reading Polt’s comment on that post!  He was so right in saying it takes THREE of us to do the job of one person!  It’s so funny.  The not funny part of that comment is that no one covers the work of the THREE of us that do that – it sits and waits on us.   Sigh…..


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm So Excited!!

Well Project Spacey 2011 is moving along and several of us are coordinating our schedules to meet up at the stage door!!
JoJo and I have our hotel booked and all I have left to do is my train tickets – whew!!  As hubby so nicely put it “The ticket may have only cost $30.00 but it’s going to cost about $300 to get there and back!”  Oh that is so true….
A few others from last time are coming and the one lady from Alaska that I met at the stage door in 2007 will be in NY for another play; so she got tickets for Kevin as well and I’m very excited to see her again!!!  Hopefully more fans will be added as everyone looks at their schedules!!
I’m so very excited!!



Saturday, November 13, 2010

When Losing Weight.....

What everyone wants to hear during the weight loss process is those words "Gee, have you lost weight?"
Yeah, we all want people to take notice.  At 15 lbs. down I'm kind of distressed that I don't hear it more.  Hubby thinks it's because my co-workers see me all the time and thus it's not as noticeable to them as it would be to someone that hasn't seen me in a while.  That could be true, one of my co-workers on a different shift took notice when I worked over one day - I was elated!!!

But I did hit the booking area a few days later, when the officers working asked me about Weight Watchers as one of the other ladies from the office had told them I was doing that.  Was it hard for me?  I could answer that quite quickly - "No it's not."  I then proceeded to tell them that WW has a point value to everything and you're given so many points a day and you can basically eat what you want, but you learn to make the better choices as they are low in points and you can eat more that way.

But I didn't lie to them - there are days I want to go home, plop on the couch with a large bag of chips and some dip.  As a matter of fact - that is what I use to do almost everyday after work.  I got my weight gain from that and I know I can't do that anymore.

Weight loss is all about change.  Change.....

Last night was the first mention of the changes coming to Weight Watchers.  They didn't give specifics but the leader said she hates change and whined about it when they were first told; but she's been trying it and it's working.  We'll get full details the week after Thanksgiving.

From what I'm hearing on the internet (and it may not be true or only half-true) fruits and vegetables will all be 0 points (with the exception of starchy veggies such as potatoes, peas...) and those low point snacky things will increase in points.  Where now calories, fat and fiber calculate out a point value; more things will be looked at for that - carbs for example.  So we'll see.

Course in time for Christmas, we'll have to buy new books and calculators I'm assuming.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Little Bit of Kevin Spacey.......


On the norm this would be about all I'd have to share of Kevin....a photo taken in May 2007 at the stage door in NYC.  Sigh.....

And guess who is the guest for January 6th?????  And tickets are only $30.00!!!  So guess who has a ticket and is going????

Yep, I couldn't resist.  Already in touch with a few fans and Project Spacey 2011 has now begun.  Everyone at work was like "Is it a play?"  I said  "No, I think he's talking."  They gave me a weird look...I then explained that I would pay to watch the man read a book (and not out loud just to himself).  I mean come on people - IT'S KEVIN SPACEY!!!

So need to get a Spacey Countdown on the Side Bar!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Olivia

Well today I brought my new bunny home - Olivia.  She's very sweet and friendly.  Here's the photo from the Humane Society's website:


I'll get newer ones, but she was spayed yesterday so I'm giving her time to chill!

And the adoption process was very easy!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

HURRAY!

Just got the call – Olivia’s adoption is approved and I can pick her up tomorrow!!!

 

 

 

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Long Day.....

It's gonna be a long week - despite a holiday on Thursday.

The commissary guy is out again for an indefinite amount of time.  This means, me and 2 of the deputies have to run the commissary.  We did this once before, but as always your regular work sits while you do another job.

We went back this afternoon to get ourselves re-trained.  There are 3 inmates to assist.  One decided he wasn't coming to help, thus ending his job in the commissary.  The other 2 helped but one of them had a real attitude and I doubt he'll be with us much longer.  Guess the commissary guy will come back to a whole new crew!  (Yeah, I know Polt this doesn't make you happy since you have to find replacements...sorry!)

Once we got moving though, things went fast.  We're hoping to start in the morning tomorrow.

Still waiting to hear from the Humane Society on Olivia.  I wish they'd contact me with an update!  I'm assuming they are waiting for her to be spayed.  Which is fine, but it would be nice to know when that is so I can get some idea on when to expect to bring her home.  Or if there is a problem...what is it?  I've always heard that the adoption process through this place is a nightmare...I was hoping to prove that wrong.  We'll see.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Animals, Animals, Animals.......

The weather seems to get colder and colder....what will I do when the "actual" cold weather gets here?

We stopped by the local pet store last night to see about Lucy.  She had been sold and is now in a home with 2 young boys.  The lady said the owners have been back in since purchasing her and everything is going fine.  So that's good news!!

I'm in the process of adopting a rabbit from the Humane Society.  I saw her online and well couldn't resist.  I have a spare cage but am hoping maybe she'll be a good companion for Maggie.  Her name is Olivia.  I filled out the online application and they emailed me back.  I then went to visit yesterday.  She is so very friendly, just loved the attention.  When I walked back out and told them I was still interested; she gave me an application to fill out (it has a few more questions then the online one) and when I checked the back of it - they had already verified all information on my online one.  The girl said they were trying to make a vet appointment (she'll need spayed before adoption).  So my guess is that if they are making that appointment - I'm approved.  Plus when I got back to my office and went online, her photo had been removed from the adoptable pets.  Hopefully I can pick her up this week.

I'm becoming ShurePets depressed.  Most everyone can't do parties until after Christmas and I have until December 9th to have so much sold or I'm out (unless I pay an additional fee).  Right now I've sent out an email asking people to just buy one item to help me meet this goal.  God Bless CC who bought two items...but we've a way to go.  I'm going to purchase my pets their Christmas gifts - Why Don't You?  Again, the link to the catalog is on the sidebar.  You may order online at:  http://www.lmelville.shopshurepets.com/ or Email me your order at: shurepets-laura@comcast.net and receive FREE SHIPPING (you must email me the order to get the shipping free).  You'll get an email back with an invoice to pay via PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay this way).  Need orders no later then November 21st.  Thanks!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Long, Fun Evening

I’m not big on blogging via email…but it’s what works best at the moment as I won’t have time later.

 

Last evening I spent with my BFF Kim (whos blog is being left un-clickable at the moment due to some issues).  Kim wanted to move her blog from godaddy as well, and since it went so smoothly for me – well could I come over and help?  But of course….

 

But it didn’t go smoothly.  The transfer kept going and going and going…….  We stopped it; made the file smaller.  The 2010 and 2009 post popped right over – but everything from 2008 and prior just wouldn’t.  I was there a looooooonnnnnnngggggg….time.  Nothing worked.

 

Once home I decided to transfer a new file minus the comments – BINGO!  It worked.  Course it wouldn’t let me do the comments separately; but it’s better than nothing.  Kim will have to read back through them and copy and paste over the ones she likes!

 

It was a long evening….but lots of fun too!  And Kim, apologize to your son, I forgot the stuffed bear he gave me!

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ho Hum

I was somewhat a little disappointed yesterday when I checked the local pet store's website and saw that our Lucy had been sold.

She's such a sweet dog and so deserving of a home - and I'm glad she has found one.  But that little tinge hit me...cause I thought the longer she sat unsold, it was more than likely we'd end up going back for her; and now that won't happen.

At the same time, I know we didn't keep her because we weren't up for the house training and such again; and that our household does have enough animals.  But after spending time with her, well she left a pawprint on my heart.

I hope she's happy and well cared for in her new home.

Time For Some Recipes

I must share. I made this recipe last night and it was WONDERFUL!! Oh so very YUMMY!! Hubby even raved about it:  Three Bean and Pork Slow Cooker Chili .

The night before we had this:  Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Bites .

From Green Lite Bites I've made and enjoyed:  Chicken and Veggie Couscous (though I skip the couscous and do rice instead); Marylandish Crab Cakes and Veggie Scoops .  There's more on that site I want to try.

And at Hungry Girl :  Cake (I've made the very last one with the greek yogurt - very delicious and moist); and Vanilla Thrilla (my guilty pleasure-YUM).

So it can be trial and error...but so far so good.  But I highly recommend you try the Chili!  I didn't follow the recipe exactly though.  I left out the carrots and jalapeno and used onion flakes and garlic powder in place of the onion and garlic.  I also used tomato sauce instead of tomato puree (because the grocery store only had super large cans of puree) and I used plain diced tomatoes instead of one with peppers (I'm not fond of peppers of any kind).  In the Crab Cake recipe I used the "update" under the recipe rather than the recipe as written (Roni often tries different things with recipes so always read the whole thing and see if she has a swap or two different from how she originally did things).  And of course her scoop recipe can be made dozens of different ways. 

There's no disappointment from the above sites and they are all very helpful with a Weight Watchers diet.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Whew!!!

Did you vote today??? If not, make sure to make it to the polls before they close.  You don’t have the right to complain, if you don’t vote.

 

And if you’re not registered – shame on you!! 

 

And no I’m not going to try to swing you to vote MY way – lol!  As long as you’ve read up on your issues and candidates and know what’s important to YOU – that’s what matters.  And please don’t rely on the lies/half truths that come via emails and such – if the person has to make up stuff to sway you to their candidate, well you should wonder what they are hiding; always check www.snopes.com even if the email tells you that it has been verified at snopes (that’s just to prevent you from going there and finding out the truth).  I’m surprised at the number of people that fall for these emails.

 

Well as you can see from my last two posts things are set up correctly so I can blog via email or texting if necessary.  Not that it should ever truly be necessary…but it’s nice to have options!  And the set up was very easy!!  As a matter of fact, the entire transition from godaddy to blogger was extremely easy.  It was a nightmare the time I switched from one godaddy blog to another godaddy blog!  And anyone that signs up as a follower – remember how your email boxes were flooded with posts!!  What a nightmare!

 

Tomorrow I hope to share some Weight Watcher recipes I have made.  Actually there’s on in my crockpot for dinner this evening.  Hope it’s as yummy as it sounds!

 

 

 

 

Now testing the mobile device.

This Is Just A Test....

 

Just running a test email to make sure the blog by email option is working!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaBloPoMo

November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).  The challenge is to do a post a day on your blog for the whole month.  I've done this the past few years but decided not to this year.  It would be different if I had daily things happen that are worth blogging about; but that doesn't always happen.  But I am hoping to post more often and not just in November.

I still own the stratsgarden.com domain and I've set it up to direct my readers to here.  There is a way to use the domain here on blogger, but it's easier to do it this way.  But try to adjust your bookmarks to stratsgarden.blogspot.com; because I won't be renewing the domain when that comes due and of course, once it's gone it will no longer direct you here. 

Some of the photos in the older posts are too large due to the fact that I'm using two sidebars here.  I'll try to adjust those, but don't expect miracles!  I like the two sidebars...I'm trying to work them to have the diet stuff all on one side...so we'll see how that goes.

Weight Watchers is going well.  I didn't have a loss last Thursday, but I had no gain either.  Hate being at a standstill but it is part of the weight loss process.  Hoping for some loss this week!  :)