Monday, April 17, 2017

WEIGH-IN 4-17-17


In spite of logging almost 30,000 steps in the past 3 days I managed to gain 2 pounds! Not sure what's up with that. Not eating Easter candy, had a small piece of cheesecake for dessert yesterday after a simple Easter dinner. A single plate of a little of everything, no seconds. Hmmm

But I'm not worried (though Bob did say since I gained weight he should get the $200 I won when he came home LOL)

This week I'm focusing on getting those steps in every day and drinking my water. 

I belong to a crafting thread called Stamp 2 Spend. We 'pay ourselves' for using product (rather than buying new stuff - use what we have), cards we make, scrapbook pages, actually 'mailing' a card, taking part in challenges,  as well as anything else we feel we need a little extra incentive for. Money is a pretty good incentive in my book. After pounding out so many steps working in the garden over the weekend, I've decided I'm going to pay myself $5 each week that I avg. 10,000 steps a day.

Also, I hope to hike more in the next few weeks before my granddaughters arrive. I've received a list of several National Parks that are on the chopping block for closing due to lack of funds. I'm going to check out the list and see if there are any within a nice weekend driving distance and check them out while I still can.

Here is the list:

Proposed park closings include:
  • Talimena
  • Great Plains State Park
  • Cherokee Landing State Park
  • Natural Falls State Park
  • Red Rock Canyon State Park
  • Great Salt Plains State Park
  • Lake Eufaula State Park
  • Lake Wister State Park
  • Alabaster Caverns State Park
  • McGee Creek State Park
  • Foss Lake State Park
  • Osage Hills State Park
  • Greenleaf State Park
  • Lake Texoma State Park
  • Grand Lake State Park
  • Grand Cherokee Golf Course
  • Boiling Springs State Park

Plan For the Week:

Drink Water
Walk More

Whatever's on your Plan  - Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, April 10, 2017

WEIGH-IN 4-10-17


I spent the entire weekend in Northern Oklahoma on a research trip. The weather was great, though the wind could have blown A LOT less. I walked through museums, historical downtown districts of both Ponca City and Pawhuska racking up the steps. Then on our way home yesterday I walked up and down every other row of a small-town cemetery looking for the final resting place of a Korean War solider for another article I want to write. That one had me walking against the 25 mph wind on every 4th row.... oh yeah and after walking the entire cemetery, I found him third row down from where I'd parked the truck, in an older part of the cemetery. They just buried him last fall so I did not even think to look their first. 

In spite of all the walking I am up a pound. BUT... and here's the big 'but'. I am comfortably in a Size 14, St. John's Bay Slender Fit pair of jeans! I bought a pair off a clearance rack last year for $4.99. I was determined to get into them within a year. They are so comfortable that I bought three more pair last weekend.... on sale. Not near the clearance price of the first pair but at a price I could live with. I think it's time to start pitching other jeans in my closet again. Time to pare down.

I didn't feel as if I overate. However, I did drink more soda than normal so I'm pretty sure that had something to do with it. I just wanted carbonation. My goal is to drink more water this week, continue to walk as much as possible and see if that extra pound can go by the wayside.

Most of my week will be spent sitting, though. All tht walking I did in OK? Part of it was for an article I have due on Saturday. I also have an entertainment article to do plus the marketing stuff. So, yeah, it's going to be a push to get any walking done. If the sun comes out, I'm thinking of coating myself in Repel and doing a timber walk for Morel Mushrooms. Up and down the hollars should have me racking up the steps.

What's on tap for your week? Whatever you do...

Enjoy the Journey!

Friday, April 7, 2017

RECAP - 4-7-17

I apologize for no posts for most of the month of March. While I had my scales in place for the posts to run, I did very little on the computer. We went to my brother-in-laws the first week in March and got hit with another round of flu. A severe sinus infection followed for me. I did what absolutely had to be done - and very little of that for the entire month.

As I type this, I feel much healthier and am getting back to a regular work routine

One major event this week. Bob went back to work the end of March and was out two weeks. That meant our weight loss challenge began again. Bob lost a pound.... but somehow I managed to lose THREE!

Since there hadn't been a loss for either of us the last time, that meant this pot was worth $200 rather than our traditional $100. So I'm now three pounds lighter and $200 richer. I don't know how long he's home for... he no longer has a set schedule with his job. So we shall see.

One of the things I tried while he was out last time was this new Campbell's Skillet Sauces. Super easy to make. For the most part, you just add the meat. I had some IQF chicken breasts that needed used up and this seemed like the perfect time to try the Chicken Marsala. YUM!

Simmering in the skillet:

I failed to take a picture of the dish plated because I wound up freezing these as individual portions and have only eaten one as a last minute, I need something quick meal.

If you're into pre-packaged foods, give these a try. I have a shrimp scampi in the cabinet that I'll probably make while Bob is home this time.

I'm traveling for business this week so not sure where the scales are going to hit on Monday. I'm hoping they don't go above their current 176. Wish me luck!

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, February 27, 2017


185/   /135

Good morning, Everyone!

No weightloss number to report this week. I've been at the hotel since Friday trying to get some computer work caught up. I got up Friday morning with what I thought was the stomach flu but had to already made hotel reservations for two days and had a dentist appointment at noon. So I drove into the city for the weekend as planned.

The dentist appointment went well. Dr. Shilvy did the impressions for my permanent plates. They should be done in about a week.

My original plan was to come in Friday then run errands after the appointment. With errands out of the way, I could hole up the entire weekend and work. By the time I left the dentist all I wanted was a quick stop at $Tree for the weekend groceries then check into the hotel where a comfy bed awaited.

I did get a little work done on Friday after a nap but dove full into work mode on Saturday morning. I woke up feeling much better and after a chat with Bob we deduced that I didn't have the flu. He had experienced the same thing about two days after his head cold. My body was purging all the drainage.

I think I'm on the road to recovery. I was able to enjoy crab legs on Saturday night then a small filet mignon and lobster tail with a side of steamed broccoli last night. Though I'm pretty sure that steamed broccoli would be more healthy if I didn't dip it into melted butter.

I go home today and am curious to see what the scales read tomorrow. I'll drop that number in probably sometime before 8 a.m. if you want to check back.

Bob is home for another two weeks at least. I love having him home. I will miss him when he goes back out on the boat. In the mean time, I'll work when I can and strive to beat him at Phase 10 or one of the many other games we have in the cabinet.

While I experienced snow/ sleet/ rain yesterday while I was running errands, 100 miles south he was able to build one of my flower beds. He also did 'something you've been wanting' on Friday but won't tell me what he did. So the scale number won't be my only surprise.

And another busy week looms.
Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, February 20, 2017


185/ 177 /135

I guess the best way to drop a quick pound or two is to feel rotten. The head cold Bob had two weeks ago, found me in full force by Tuesday of last week. The head cold was gone by Friday but a sinus infection settled in for two days. I'm much better today.

A crazy week of road trips in my future so not sure about the eating. I'm just going to take it day by day.

I've also not been wearing my tracker. Need to work on that this week.

While I've been lax in doing so, I know I won't be updating on Friday as I'll be traveling. 
I'm tired and I'm ready to stay home and go back to my 10-12 hour work days.

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, February 13, 2017


185/178  /135

Today's weight surprised me. After the BBQ chicken thighs I ate last night, coupled with Au Gratin potatoes, I was looking closer to a number of 183. Being down a pound was definitely the high point to my morning.

I woke up about 3:30 with a twinge of a sore throat. I'm not surprised as Bob spent three days with a serious head cold. He still has some lingering stuff but seems on a full road to recovery thanks to NyQuil. He's going to get me some this morning and I'll be working from bed. 

Thankfully, we don't have any plans for Valentine's Day. I found a great deal on Alaskan King Crab Legs at our local grocer last week. They only get those and Lobster in for Valentine's Day, carrying them a couple of weeks before the day of Love. I usually order a case of the 4 oz lobster tails, running about $6 a piece. A huge price savings if you consider one of them added to an entree meal at some place like Outback Steakhouse or Ruby Tuesday  runs about $15! I still have most of my case from last year so substituted these huge crab legs calling my name.... and they were worth every bite.

Asian King Buffet in Springfield MO has snow crab leg on their buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. If you know anything about crab legs you know there is a huge difference in size between Snow and King. Bob doesn't eat the snow crab legs when we go because he says their too much work for all the more meat you get. The King crab legs were a different story. I fixed surf and turf for dinner one night last week. He ate his half of the purchase without any issue. Was worth the $10 a pound (as opposed to the $11 all you can eat snow at Asian King) to see him ENJOY them. 

When it comes to the Chocolate part of the holiday, I am so there. I LOVE chocolate. But it has to be either milk or white. If I have to eat any other variety, I'd rather do without. Yes, I'm a chocolate snob in low places. That said, I am able to control how much I eat. Bob is amazed at how long chocolate will last me and the variety I have in various places around my office. Take the Dove Hearts for instance. I can stop at 2. Hershey Cups - 2, even if they're the minis (most of the time but never more than 4) 

Self Control is one characteristic I possess. I'm not saying stopping at one or two, or a smaller portion when as my sister says 'tastes like seconds' is easy. But if you want to win at this game you have to learn self control.... you just have to.

How are you on Self Control? Do you find Control easier with some foods than others? For me, I have very little self control when it comes to Crab Legs - of any kind. But then, I don't get them very often either. So is losing control to a point okay for some things, as opposed to others?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Where ever you fall on the Self Control spectrum....

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, February 6, 2017



The culprit this week was PASTA. Bob wanted something different to eat yesterday while we were out for a day of shopping and relaxing so we went to Fazoli's. Pasta is one thing I can eat and we'd never been there before so thought we'd give it a shot.

OMG! The food is fantastic! And I didn't go overboard. I think it's just the fact that I ate carbs the day before weigh in.

We both thought the best way to experience their menu was to have the Sampler.

840 Calories

The meal came with six breadsticks. I ate one and I didn't eat the spaghetti. too hard to keep the strands from creeping up under my bottom denture.

After walking lunch off at a local strip mall then Menards, I determined I needed protein... and here I believe lies the damage. 

Original Recipe®

Original Recipe KFC chicken on the buffet. I ate 2 legs and 2 thighs.

Fresh and Healthy Green Beans

Green beans and potato salad.

And topped the meal off with an unsweet tea then something I don't drink much of anymore...

Soft Drinks

A Pepsi for the road. Some days I just want carbonation.

Today we're eating out at a local Kings Garden buffet then I'll be cooking at home the rest of the week.

I'm also keeping better track of my steps so that I can give a weekly up-date on Fridays.

Whatver you do, Wherever you go...

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, January 30, 2017



As you can see, I'm down a pound from last week.

Bob came home on Wednesday night and we did our weigh-in on Thursday. I hadn't changed from the initial (even though I fluctuated 2 pounds the whole time he was gone!) He went up 2 pounds. So with no loss for either of us, the next time he goes out will be worth $200.  As it looks right now he won't be going back out until early March. 

I didn't get the impression for my permanents. The top gum area is still shrinking. Maybe in February.  In the mean time, I'm trying to use them more. Some foods are still an issue. I could probably eat some of them if I chewed with my mouth partially open but I've always thought that to be really gross... since about the 2nd grade. I keep trying new foods.

We went to Colton's yesterday and I tried a salad. If I could have chewed with my mouth open, I might have been able to make it work but trying to eat with my mouth closed, I couldn't get the lettuce positioned correctly and I kept trying NOT to strangle on it. When I explained to the manager (via typing a note on my phone as I was still trying not to choke) my issue she was kind enough to swap it for a different side option of my choice... that I could eat. 

And so the Journey continues... 

Enjoy YOUR Journey!

Monday, January 23, 2017



Okay, so no budge on the scales. But I'm okay with that. The number isn't higher than last week. Looks like I've found my new plateau. The number will budge as soon as I'm working outside more, and working out more.

The Christmas tree finally came down on Thursday. I hated to take the tree down. Even though it was nothing more than lights, the colors were comforting in a quiet house in the evening. The final night, I put in my favorite Hallmark Christmas move, The Christmas Kiss and just enjoyed the romance and the peace.

I can say no cupcakes this week and no ice cream. Since my gums are no longer painful after I take my dentures out at night, I'm not using the cool treat to sooth them. I had ice cream one night just because I wanted some. 

I think part of my challenge for now is that I'm eating more carbs than proteins. I get frustrated with the bottom denture plate popping loose whenever I eat for more than 15 minutes, or depending on what I eat that most of the time, it's just less stressful to leave them in the bath and eat something that doesn't require real chewing. I see my dental specialist tomorrow and am going to talk to her. I am supposed to get the impressions for my permanent plates and I'm hoping the permanent dentures will eliminate some of my eating issues.  I realize I have to eat some things differently but I would give almost anything to bite into something more dense than a french fry and know my teeth will stay in place. The upper plate is a dream, and I knew that the lower plate would be an issue because it isn't anchored to anything as a partial would be. And I'm not having them screwed in. My bone system is shallow. I doubt I'd have any better luck for the pain. I'll just learn to adapt.

I do know I'm splurging at Applebees tomorrow. They have a burger lunch special. If I have to eat it with a fork, I'm going to enjoy every bite. LOL. I have to remove the glue on the plates anyway before my appt so might as well break them loose eating something tasty. And when it comes to taste, Applebees seldom lets me down. We are on a first name basis on Twitter. LOL 

I have work to keep me occupied for the week, but with the tree down I hope to either be on the Wii or the treadmill by the weekend. I'm ready for something and maybe that will be enough to break the peak I seem to be on.

I am also hoping to be checking in on Friday's again now that I have a work routine again. I'll be tracking my steps throughout the week and giving you a weekly total on Friday, as well as how the week has gone. 

So what's on your plate for this week? Whatever you have going on, remember to...

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, January 16, 2017



Stupid scales! Okay, maybe not the scales fault. CRAVING! I had a craving for chocolate frosting. Soft, creamy, chocolaty goodness. So I invested in a dozen MINI cupcakes. So eating two is only like eating a 1/2 of a cupcake.  Who knew that over the course of a week, EIGHT of these (mind you, that's 4 regular cupcakes) could be so damaging!

Here's the culprit:

So the remaining 2 cupcakes went in the garbage today and I am back to a routine of one cup of fluffy then the rest water. If I get all my water in, then a small cup of cocoa while I relax with the dog in the evening. 

I've teamed up with a 'Daily' planner group on FB. We encourage each other to drink our water in every day, including various ways to get the water in by drinking so much as soon as we wake up, specific amount of ounces before lunch, that kind of thing. I just fill my 2-qt glass pitcher at night before I go to bed so I have cold water to drink throughout the next day. I also have water bottle tracker stickers in my planner. I've not used the planner much this week as I've not been 'working' but that kicks in again tomorrow. 

So after several weeks of putting the studio in order, stocking in supplies and fire wood for a cold snap, I am ready to build a normal work-day routine again. Bob is gone for another week so I have time to put my schedule in place before he comes home and the go go go begins. :-D

So you know my nemesis is chocolate. What's yours? What is that one food you crave, that probably isn't the best choice? I'd love to hear.

Up, down, or somewhere in between. Whatver course you take,....

Enjoy the Journey

Monday, January 9, 2017



Just a quick check in. I'm down two pounds from last week. I've not really done anything different other than not leaving the house but one twice since the last post.

Why is it, regardless of how careful you are when eating out, they affects still show on the scale? 

With bad weather in the forecast for the weekend, I'll be eating out one time this week when I go after supplies. But in turn, I'll burn off the calories hauling in firewood. We'll see how things turn out next week.

I meant to get more posts on the blog this week but someone hacked my main google account over the weekend and put me way behind. Now I have to focus on the day job this week. On the plus side, the boss has said no more 80 hour weeks and has set a work schedule for us. That means when I shut down on Friday, the weekend is mine. Yay!

Here's hoping your week is a positive one.
Enjoy the Journey!

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Happy New Year, everyone!

I'm not going to do a long post today. Just a quick note to Weigh In and let you know things are finally settling down around here. I just might be able to get on the right blogging path.

Though the process is going to take some time as I am also settling into a new job with my publisher as Director of Marketing.  The new job means I'll be scaling back things for awhile.  For now, I will only post on Monday and Friday. I want to bring the Recipe Wednesday back in later in the year, but for now I have to focus on getting footing with the new job.

So.. Today's Weigh In

I can live with that number as it is six  pounds less than this day last year. As you know, I went back up to 189 at one point before I was able to work my way back down.  But 2017 is a new year and a clean scale.

I'm not going to jump onto the resolution bandwagon. Instead, I have hit the RESET button on my entire life. Some things will change this year... just going to take time.

Have you set any resolutions? They say that when you put them in writing, or profess them publicly you have a better chance of staying the course. So post your resolutions here and let's support one another! 

Enjoy the Journey!