Thursday, March 29, 2012

Where's Your Brain?

At a work meeting the other day, one of our contract workers came eating a salad, which led to a conversation with weight loss, which led to the discovery that she's doing Weight Watchers.

She was confused that the Weight Watchers Online Recipe Builder had given her salad a much higher point value than it would of listing things individually.  I explained to her, which I will explain to all of you out there:


Secondly....the recipe builder builds by the nutrition label of the item, not by points.  In other words...if you put in an apple it's going to look at the fat, carbs, fiber, protein and assign a point value to it.  So even though Weight Watchers tells you to count an apple as 0's only 0 points because Weight Watchers is telling you that, it actually may have a point value if you calculate out the items above!  So use the recipe builder for actual recipes that have several servings.  If you have a one serving meal that you eat regularly - list each item separately on the tracker and then "save as a meal".  That way you won't have to input each item separately each time.

Another person in the room (who for the past year and a half has questioned me on Weight Watchers) asked..."But how long did it take you to get use to eating like that?"

That's a very good question and probably very common.  I don't know if you ever really get "use to it", I think it more or less becomes habit.  You've taught yourself portions, healthier options, and a treat/splurge now and then.  I never really answered her question because the conversation went elsewhere, but I can answer it here.

Your brain must truly be in the right mind set to lose weight.  For years I knew I needed to lose weight.  I knew it, my doctor knew it, everyone around me knew it whether they said something or not.  But I didn't lose, I kept gaining.  I'd try, cheat and fail.

I'd like to tell you that I had an AH-HA moment, but I didn't.  At least two months prior to starting Weight Watchers I kept telling myself to go to a meeting.  I'd be all prepped to go and talk my way out of it on my way there.  It wasn't until CC and I discussed doing it together that I was able to get through those doors.  She helped me get passed that one little thing in my head that kept holding me back...I don't know what that was either but once my brain was totally "right for weight loss"...I was able to do it, succeed and continue.

Now you might be saying to yourself "Yeah, but that doesn't really answer the question.  Was it days, weeks, months?"

Actually I did answer the question.  ""But how long did it take you to get use to eating like that?"    If you're concerned with how long a diet is going take, then your brain isn't where it needs to be yet!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I can't profess to understand God's plan, but when Christ promised a resurrection of the dead, I just thought he had something a little different in mind.  - Hershel, The Walking Dead Season 2

The Walking Dead is probably my very favorite TV Show and the above quote was probably the best of the season.  The last few episodes were action filled and the very last one was heart pounding to the point hubby said "Are you going to be alright?"  LOL!!

I just had an issue that Rick and his son Carl were standing in the field and apparently both have peripheral vision loss.  I mean the walkers (aka: zombies) were right there and if their vision wasn't bad enough, they both apparently are deaf too - cause there's hundreds of zombies in your peripheral vision moaning....and you don't even notice them!!  Then it becomes an all out fight for your life!

Yes, I know, if you get on the boards online people are constantly complaining about how unreal this show is.....ummmm...hello...this show is about zombies!!!  Though there were a few things I can nitpick about (the above paragraph for example) some people are just way too involved.

I'm sad that it's over for the season...but glad that Mad Men, The Killing, Game of Thrones and soon True Blood will be back!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Remember Last March????

I certainly do!!  A year ago today we brought Lucy home!!  She was totally nameless for a day or two!

For some odd reason we decided to get a third dog.  We did much searching:

We met all these doggies at the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter in Chambersburg, PA:

I was so overwhelming and so very sad...but I'm sure they all got good homes!

Then I found this little girl at The Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, MD:

You can read our story of her here:  Molly .  She just wasn't the right fit, but again, this is another Humane Society that is so sad and overwhelming (I guess they all are).

Then on their site one day, I came across this:

Cute as can be!!  After several days, she was still listed so we went and had a look.  They had named her Fawn and her back end would wag with her tail.  Absolutely adorable and I feel in love!  Additional Photo:

Yep, we couldn't resist and since Keyser and Toby were in the car..we did the meet and greet the same day. We then filled out the paperwork, got approved and then she was sent to the Vet to be spayed.

We didn't care for the name "Fawn" as it didn't seem to suit her.  We tried a list:  Addy, Maddy, Bella, Elsie, etc....but Lucy seemed to fit best!  We did have some adjustment issues but nothing overly bad and a year later I am so very glad we took the time to search, made no rash decisions, admitted when it wasn't a fit, and waited to the perfect one was found - and that was our Lucy.  Some photos from the past year:

She just loves Keyser!!  She likes the cats and Toby too...but she LOVES Keyser!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We're Just A Puggling Along...Puggling Along....

On March 22, 2008...I got this for Easter (Easter was early that year-March 23rd):

My baby Keyser Soze!!!

Oh we hadn't expected to get another dog....but we visited The Pet Store in Chambersburg, PA and found a cute little puggle that looked something like this:

She was as cute as anything and sweet as could be...but.... she had a huge price tag!!  Plus we're defenders of the "adopt don't shop" motto!  So we went home empty handed.

Once home I decided to check out Molly's Place Rescue which was where we got Toby from.  They just happened to have 3 puggle pups!  A female almost identical to the pet shop one and 2 males - one bi-color and one tri-color.  I sort of picked out the bi-color at that point, but no decision was made.

Hubby got home around 1:00 p.m. the next day which was a Saturday.  He jokingly said that he couldn't believe I hadn't driven to the rescue and got a puppy.  We gave each other the "oh- oh" look, and hopped in the car.  It bothered me on the drive up that we waited so late to go.  Everything is pretty much on a first come, first serve basis and you could lose what you're going for...being first is the best, but we were going later in the day.  When we arrived all 3 were still available!  I looked in and the bi-color was sleeping and the female was sitting next to him, but looking straight down I could see the tri-color staring at me with his big eyes and well, I fell in love.  We asked to see him.

Now we're holding him and trying to make a decision....little puppies require lots of work, patience and training.  We didn't have him out 5 minutes when in walks someone else to inquire about him...another 2 minutes and someone else came in to inquire about seems a line is forming....  Well to us it was a sign so we headed to the counter for the adoption!  ( The female went with one of the others, I don't know what ever happened to the bi-color but the next day the website description changed to indicate he was's a rescue so I'm sure he ended up in a good home somewhere).

Anyway it's hard to believe it's been 4 years already!!  And Keyser is such a joy to have!

His rescue photo:

Growing up:


Fun with Toby:

Fun With Hubby:

Both must of been bad that day - lol!!

Fun with me:

Taking it easy:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Friend Lost

There is some word that the play will hit San Francisco in October...but that's just been rumor so far.  I have a family friend from way back when that lives out there...we're friends on FaceBook...I keep thinking of emailing him and asking to stay for a few days-lol!!!  

That was part of a posting I did back in August when I was discussing Kevin Spacey's play Richard III.  During the time of the play in San Francisco, my friend's mother had a stroke and he came back home to take care of her.  He's been here since October, with a brief trip back to his home on the West Coast around Christmas.  He was planning another trip back to California in 2 weeks to take care of a few things and bring his dog back.  Last week he went to bed and never woke up.  Yesterday was the funeral.

Kenny will be missed very much.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


So I received emails and a phone call from Comcast telling me that Streampix was now available to me at no additional charge. Streampix is their version of Netflix.  I can access it on my tablet and computer but it fails to exist on my TV. Per Comcast all you have to do is go to the On Demand menu and go under Premium channels and there it would be....well guess what? There it is not!  And do you think anyone can help?   Guess I'll stick with Netflix.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lazy Day

So the hubby is in Atlantic City until tomorrow on business and I'm all by my lonesome.  So despite having tons of housework to do, I've decided to be lazy and just hang.  So the dogs and I are Netflixing it.