Monday, August 21, 2017

WEIGH IN 8-21-17


Consistent if nothing else. Good considering the girls and I spent four days in Springfield. The first night we did Chinese, second night was all you could eat crab legs at Hemmingway's Blue Water Cafe in Bass Pro, I honestly can't remember what we did Friday night. The days were a blur of trying to shop for school clothes and spending hours in the hotel pool.

As of today, the girls have 8 days before we put them on a plane with their mom back to home. The house is going to be quiet but my head is already buzzing between wanting to deep clean the house, kick my Stampin' UP! business into high gear and get back to work before my boss has a bigger conniption than he's already having.

Bob surprised me by being at the dining room table with a cup of coffee when I got up this morning. Was not expecting him until Thursday. Was a very pleasant surprise. So the next few days will be a whirlwind of activity, eating out and just enjoying the time we have left with the girls. We learned the hard way not to wait until 'next time'. The journey is too short.

I hope you Enjoy the Journey

Monday, August 14, 2017

WEIGH IN 8-14-17


And I'm down again. It's been a stressful week. I've been in a go round with my boss, dealing with office politics (remember, I work from home!) and making sure I get all the grandma time in I can. I'm on the downhill slide to sending the girls back to mama. In the grand scheme of things, none of us here are ready. Even the 5 yr old says she wants to stay. Sadly, she doesn't get it that if she lived here it wouldn't be summer fun and games all the time. Like for the rest of us, real life would have to intrude.

Speaking of real life, I really do need to get back to work. Aside from proving to my boss he did not make a mistake in putting me in charge of marketing for the publishing company (which he has since taken me off the lead but that will change or I'll quit), I have a manuscript to polish and send off to Hallmark Movie Channel. They are looking for stories. I'm hoping I will finally have found a home for the 'book of my heart'.

The stress is taking a toll. Either my body no longer wants to deal with caffeine or the burning hole in my stomach is caused by my job. Not sure which. Maybe a combination. I'm hoping that getting back to a work routine and finally getting things in line with my boss, the lava pool will subside and I can enjoy a cup of fluffy again. For now, I'm all about decaf hot tea and iced water.

As we go into the final two weeks of the girls' visit, there are still a lot of things to do and a couple of things they want to repeat. So I'll work in wee hours of the morning and we'll do stuff the rest of the time.

I'm Enjoying the Journey. Are you?

Monday, August 7, 2017

WEIGH IN 8-7-17

185/ 171 /135

I swear fall has arrived in the Ozarks. The past week or so has been beautiful. I've had the AC off, the doors/ windows open and spent quite a bit of time outside. Maybe that accounts for the one pound loss. Not enough to win me the challenge but I'll get there. $200 is at stake!

I managed to get the base for the butterfly garden in and most of the weed eating done before my weed eater died. I wonder what the life expectancy is on those. I've had this one almost six years. Funny how I can determine how old something is by how old my eldest granddaughter is. She was almost four when we had to buy this one. She'll be ten in November.

Here's the base of the butterfly garden:

The bed is about 4' deep by 16' long.. the width of the garden shed. I laid down multiple layers of newsprint followed by three layers of cardboard. Then I broke two bales of composted straw down into sheafs and laid them on top of the cardboard. Everything was topped off with eight bags of Top Soil. The top soil barely gave me any covering. I think I'm going to add sixteen bags of inexpensive potting soil to the top before adding plants. But I don't have plans to go to town until later in the week. 

I didn't sweat much as the temps were in the low 70's with very little humidity but the 2-3 hours of work gave me exercise, for sure.

Monday, July 31, 2017

WEIGH IN 7-31-17

185/ 171 /135

Good morning!

Okay, I'm not upset about the gain. I'm thinking instead that the 169 last week was a result of the mild food poisoning I received while on vacation. And like all of my other levels, I seem to find a number and sit there for a bit or waver back and forth within a 2 pound range. 

I wasn't as active last week other than around the house stuff as I tried to get some semblance of order to this disaster of a house. Slow but steady progress is made. 

This week, I'm introducing the kids to Wii Sports. They've been playing games on the Wii the past couple of weeks getting used to the controller. Though Abby, the youngest, has much more fun creating Mii's. But that's okay. She's learning to manipulate the controller and getting the hand/ eye coordination to a comfortable position for her. 

Cooler temperatures have moved into the Ozarks! I am so ready for fall but I also know we are a long ways off. I really want to get the Butterfly garden in this week while it's cool enough to work outside. Plants can only stay in their pots so long. And as fall approaches, I might have time to get my sweet potato vines and geraniums into pots. I'm thinking of terra cotta and putting them in the studio for the winter. Keeping the cats out will be a challenge or at least only when I can keep an eye on them. I've never wintered over geraniums before so we'll have to see. 

Okay.. my plan for the week. More fruit. I did pretty good last week, just need to keep it up. I've opted for grapefruit sections and fruit cups whenever possible with each meal or snack. 

On the Wii this week. Not sure my knees are up to it but at least if I use the mats, the step won't be too jarring for my knees. I am on the hunt for another Gazelle or Cloudwalker. The treadmill is going on local FB sale sites in a couple of months. While I love walking, the treadmill is too much impact on my knees and takes up way too much room in my small living room. Where was the beast when I had an 11-room Victorian with a huge parlor?

Off I go. Whatever you choose to do this week, Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

WEIGH-IN 7-17-17


I'm typing this on Sunday. I'll try to remember to get in here and fill in that actual weight. I forgot to weigh this morning.  

UPDATE:  I didn't gain any during vacation! Now if I can just lose a pound this week. I really want to see 170 by August 1. From there the 169 by October 10th should be easy peasy.

We spent all of last week in Eureka Springs AR on vacation with the girls. I'm a strong believer in "calories don't count" on vacation, though I did try to behave. 

The first thing we did was take a ride on the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway. They offer an excursion, lunch or dinner trips. The girls love trains so we thought this short trip (about 90 min.) with lunch would be perfect.


Menu Selections:
Chicken Salad with Fresh Fruit
Beef Stroganoff
Ham and Turkey Croissant
Grilled Cheese Croissant with Tomato Soup
Egg Salad with Fresh Fruit
Chicken Strips (kids)

All entre├ęs are served with hot, fresh baked rolls, beverage and special dessert.

Meal and trip are a package. Adults is $25 and Children (under 8) $15.

I chose the Chicken Salad with Fresh Fruit

I also had grapes but they are difficult for me to eat unless I cut them in half. A young girl across the isle from us got the Chicken Strips (which came with seasoned green beans) She doesn't like anything green so I happily gave my grapes to her. 

Everything was very tasty. 
There was a bit of a lull between the meal and dessert, which gave the girls a chance to just watch the scenery.  

Then dessert came. I failed to take a picture before I began eating. 

This is what they called a Eurekan Chew Chew. They are a bar cookie consisting of a shortbread/ pecan crust, caramelized brown sugar for the middle then melted chocolate chips on top. 
Very yummy. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled in chocolate. 

The rest of the week we ate at the hotel restaurant - Myrtie May's Cafe. This place is an institution. One waitress, Molly, has been working there for 42 years! Then there's young David, who began busing tables at the age of 14. He'll turn 16 in a few weeks. Very conscientious young man. They have a fabulous soup and salad bar but with my teeth, some things are just not as enjoyable. I ate light breakfasts then enjoyed a homestyle meal from the menu.

Best Western Inn of the Ozarks and Convention Center is the only hotel I will stay in when I go to Eureka Springs. They've hosted the Ozark Creative Writers Conference for 51 of the 52 years we've been in existence. I've been going there since my first conference in 1999.

Lots of pool time and just snuggling with the girls. We did some sightseeing but because of the heat and having the girls I didn't do near the walking I normally do on my own.  There will be plenty of time for that after the girls are gone... but I'm not going to rush that.

What's ahead for the week? I'm still into Camp Reset and this is Week 3. This week we are focusing on moving more. I want back on the Wii this week. I will probably put down the equipment mats to absorb some of the shock to my feet when I'm walking or bicycling. Those do not require the board. 

How do you like to 'get moving'?

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, July 10, 2017

WEIGH-IN 7-10-17


I really thought I'd be down another pound..but then we did each Chinese on Saturday. But I'm happy there was no gain. At this point, I can't afford to go up.

For the month of July I'm taking part in a couple of creative challenges. One is called Camp Reset by Cori Spieker, The Reset Girl. Her concept for the month is for us to each carve out time for ourselves for a bit of pampering and self-care. We received a welcome packet in our email when we signed up with an outline of the concept, monthly calendar, itinerary and badges to print out. There are even badges for over-overachievers like myself. :-D

Well, I'm not so much the overachiever this month. I've yet to put my planner together. Only because I have this vision in my head of a really chic traveler's notebook made from recycled denim jeans. I'm hoping to work on that today (Sunday) among the things I want to do with the grandgirls. Originally, I was going to use an A5 (5.5 x 8.5") so I printed the items for my camp journal accordingly. But then this idea popped into  my head. So I'm reprinting the Traveler's Notebook (TN) size she provided and if I get nothing else accomplished for me today, it will be my TN.

Later in the week I'll show you what my Camp Reset packing essentials include then try to give you a overview of my week on Fridays. I really want to get back in the swing of things around here. 

The girls are only here for another seven weeks. In the grand scheme of things that might seem like plenty of time but having learned my lesson four years ago, I know there's no promise of when I'll see them again so I'm devoting about 98% of my time to them. They both love to be in the kitchen so we try to have a kitchen day every week. Friday didn't turn out well as I lacked ingredients on hand. That has been remedied and we're good to go!

Speaking of, I have about 30 min left of quiet time to get some things done for me.

Oh!  Remember to watch America's Got Talent tomorrow night to see if The Baker Family gets their audition aired! Your support is very much appreciated.

However you plan to spend your week, Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, July 3, 2017

WEIGH IN - 7-3-17


Whooo Hoooo... I lost that sneaky little pound!

Don't ask me how. I've not changed how I eat, I'm really not any more active than normal - even with the girls here. The weather has either been too wet or too hot to be outside much. 

The days are heating up as they begin to shorten towards fall. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing.

This week is pretty normal. We had our 4th of July yesterday. Subway sandwiches (of which I only ate 1/2 of a 6") and fireworks that were pretty awesome for a town of less than 500 people!

The highlight of the day was seeing friends of ours perform.  The Baker Family Bluegrass. We've known these kids since the multi-award winning fiddle champion, Trustin was 5. He is now 18. Does not seem possible. The vocalist, Carina, turns 16 on Wednesday. They are super talented all the way around. They will be on America's Got Talent either tomorrow night or next Tuesday. That whole confidentiality thing, they can't tell us much but I'm watching and I'll be voting when the time comes because I KNOW in my heart they'll be in the live rounds. If not, someone really needs to clean their ears!

Please watch AGT on Tuesday nights and give this family your support. This is a big thing for a family from small town Birch Tree MO (650 people) and they've earned every accolade they receive!

Thursday, June 29, 2017


I've been a fan of Cori Spieker aka The Reset Girl for a long time. She's fun and creative and she never lets anything get her down. She finds the positive in everything that happens to her. And she uses that positive attitude to inspire others.

CAMP RESET is her newest venue for encouraging us to make time for ourselves
                                                  to take care of US.

You might remember earlier in the year I said I was hitting the RESET button on my life. Cori inspired me to do that. And for the most part it is working. Though I do have to admit that while having the granddaughters has changed how I'm doing things, I am still doing things I enjoy when I'm with them.

Each week, via email and our private FB group, Cori will set us on another part of the trail that will lead us to a better self. Think of it like going to Scout Camp! Lots of activities, visiting with other campers and taking time out for things we enjoy. Sounds like FUN to me!

Your Welcome Packet will include a calendar of events, an itinerary and a packing list. I've gathered some of the items from the list but still have more I want to include form a personal perspective. I'll post my camp basket on Monday.

In the mean time, I hope you'll join us for a month-long camping event of FUN and INSPIRATION!

Still have questions, you'll find all the information you need when you click the Register Here button up above. Then you can decide if you'd like to come along. The bus pulls out Friday night so don't miss it!

Enjoy the Journey!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


I love BBQ. And while I'm not a fan of pub crawls, I could get into some tailgating come football season. Though, I know tailgating has become very sophisticated in some areas. Me? I'm happy with a plate of BBQ wings. Not the Hot/ Buffalo... but a mix of sweet and tangy... like Teriyaki/ Sweet BBQ.  Come on! You didn't think I'd stray from Chinese too far, did you? ;-)

Here's where I started:

I used about 1-1/2 cups of Teriyaki Marinade to 1 cup Kraft Sweet Honey BBQ. A nice balance. 

I coated the foil-lined cookie sheet with a non-stick spray then popped them in the oven around 375 for 30 minutes.

When I removed them from the oven, I put them into a large metal mixing bowl then drained the juices off the cookie sheet. After thoroughly coating the wings in the sauce, I put them back on the cookie sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes at 350* to bake the first coat on really well.

This is what they looked like after round one:

Following The Pioneer Woman's BBQ Chicken Thighs recipe, I dipped them three more times, letting them back for 10 minutes the first two times. The final bake I left them in for 15 to really let that last coat carmalize a bit. 

This was the result:

They turned out very yummy. I spread them out on a foil lined cookie sheet and froze them over night then packaged them 6-8 per package in my food saver bags. I think after the girls are gone, I'm going to do several batches of these and have them in the freezer ready for Bronco Season!

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, June 26, 2017

WEIGH IN - 6-26-17


No weight loss last week... but no gain either. I can take that all considered. Before I tell you about my week, I thought I'd let you know that Bob came home on Wednesday. We weighed in on Thursday morning for our challenge. Both of us had lost four pounds!  I am so proud of Bob. We probably should have split the pot but we are taking the gamble. Since we evened out, leaving no 'winner', we are padding the kitty next time he goes out. The weight loss challenge will be worth $200. Now all we have to do is try to maintain or lose from where we are until then. 

I have a good range of self control - well, unless sea food is involved. Do you know how many calories are in PLAIN seafood? I'm not talking dipped in clarified butter or served with a creamy sauce... just plain. 50 calories in THREE MEDIUM shrimp! yowza!

Why do I mention seafood? We took the girls to Springfield for a couple of days. Adrian (9) loves seafood almost as much as me. Okay, maybe as much as me but either one of two things happen. She has more self control than I do or she gets tired of cleaning out the shells. Maybe both. We started out going to Hemmingway's Blue Water Cafe in Bass Pro on Thursday night. with buffet, the all you can eat snow crab for adults is $35.95 and for children $19.95. Pricey? Yes. But this is our treat night and we do less expensive meals the rest of the time. The other thing is that while we can get the same thing at the Chinese buffet on Friday and Saturday night for only $11.95, there you are hoping to get a 1/2 pound on your plate if someone ahead of you in line hasn't tried to pile as many on his/ her plate as possible. I swear, the majority of people do not know how to share with others. it's ME ME ME. You literally have to be a vultcher standing over the pan waiting for them to bring out a new batch -which they do about every 30 minutes.  At Hemminway's they bring them to your table in a galvanized bucket about 4-6 knuckles at a time depending on whether or not they are for a single person or two - as was our case. Adrian helped me eat the first two buckets, I ate an entire third and part of a fourth. Hey, it's crab legs - don't judge me! LOL  And I ate most of them without the clarified butter.

Friday was Golden Corral where we met up with my sister and nephew so they could see the girls. There, I'm all about the protein. Chewing salads unless they are a spring mix doesn't make for an enjoyable experience so while they have an awesome salad bar, I'll stick to Ruby Tuesday's for that one. Dinner that night was Crab legs so that the 5 year old could enjoy some. She likes them too but I'm pretty sure not $20 worth :-)

Saturday we walked most of the day around Dickerson Park Zoo. You would think there would be LOTS of steps involved when in reality, walking the entire park including from the parking lot and back barely racked up 6500 steps! At least there were some shallow inclines and stairs involved. Then back to Golden Corral before we headed home. Why GC so often? One, they have a taco bar and macaroni and cheese - two things I know the picky 5 year old Abby will eat. Hard to pay for something not knowing whether or not she will eat - and wind up not having enough to eat. 

Amongst the eating there was lots of time in the chilly pool. Lots of splashing and swimming for all.

As I type this, I should be out working in the yard. The temps today are to only be int he 70s with very low humidity and cloud cover. Perfect gardening weather. But I'm going to have to see how my back does. Right now, sitting here at the desk isn't even comfortable. I'm sure the dampness has a lot to do with it as we had some rain this morning and should have heavier stuff moving in about three this afternoon. 

The week ahead will be relatively tame. The girls will get some outside time catching lightening bugs and star gazing. I have some things to get done in the garden and we have one day to go to Menards for play sand. Adrian will probably live in her sandbox from that point on. LOL But that's okay. even on the hottest of days, the sandbox is under the dogwood tree where the temps are at least 20* cooler. 

Wow... that's a lot for you to read today. LOL I guess I should move on to my other blogs before the rest of the house comes alive. 

Whatever your week holds, Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, June 19, 2017

WEIGH IN 6-19-17


As you can see, I'm up a pound this week. Not surprised as the girls and I find a routine. I'm eating things I shouldn't because the things I eat, they won't. I miss the days when my oldest granddaughter would eat pretty much whatever I did. The youngest is beyond picky. A typical 5-year old, you can't reason with her that sausage is sausage, regardless of the shape. ie she'll eat links but she doesn't like patties. :-D

We're learning compromises. 

Now that the girls are acquainted with their new surroundings, this week we start an actual routine... one that I integrate with my existing schedule.

Mondays are  my day to deep clean the bedroom/ laundry room/ bathroom. So I already have the beds stripped and the first round of blankets on the line, sheets will be next. We've all had breakfast and they are dressed. Now they are happily occupying themselves while I get a couple of blog posts up then get 'people can see me' clothes.

Mondays also become our library day. Adrian needs to be reading closer to her 4th grade level by the time school starts. Abby needs brushing up on things though she is super smart. She loves to add simple numbers, can spell some words and can almost count to 20. Did I mention she's only 5.5?

So as we embark on this new weekly routine, I'm going to pop my vitamin B, get dressed and have a 'summer school' conference with my new students

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, June 12, 2017

WEIGH IN 6-12-17


Things have been a bit crazy here.  The week after I posted last, I came down with a serious virus. All I had was a high fever and chills but the danged stuff hung around for FOUR DAYS! I body ached from trying to stave off the tremors. I spent most of my time either in the bubble tub trying to relax my muscles and cool down or in bed, tucked in like a chrysalis. I drank tons of ice water but didn't even want food. I wanted to cool down and sleep. 

I lost 5 pounds and have kept it off while still eating normally. I guess this is my new plateau - and the lowest I've been in over 15 years!!! I'm hoping as I stay active with the girls this summer, I should hit my 165 by October without a problem. 

The girls are here. I picked them up from the airport last Wednesday. They are here until the end of August. I hope to check in at least on Mondays then try to get back to normal posting routine by first of September... But that isn't ruling out other posts here and there. 

Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, May 15, 2017

WEIGH IN 5-15-17


Just a quick post this morning to shout from the roof tops that I got back down to my 176 in  just one week. I really didn't expect this. I had a couple of days in a row where I craved carbonation and and drank cokes. I did keep my water going in got in tons of steps. A couple of days I clocked over 13,000 steps.

Not sure what this week holds. I'll keep doing what I'm doing. Bob is still home. He's been home long enough to file for unemployment. Heavy rains have swollen the rivers to the point where boats just are not moving. And I see now on the weather channel MO and Chicago are both looking at more rain for the week. 

I have a ton of work to get done this week. Only three weeks left before my granddaughters arrive. Once they're here, my time is 90% about them. Lots of activity so steps while they're here should be easy peasy. LOL

What's on your week? Please share. 
Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, May 8, 2017

WEIGH IN - 5/8/17


Based on I estimated last week's weight because I wasn't home, the three-pound gain could be over a 2-week period. However, I know my appetite has been veracious the past couple of weeks. After seeing the gain in actual numbers I'm trying to remember when hunger kicks in, to eat small - not a full meal.

I'm also back to tracking my water. I'd gotten away from that since getting new cold cups - Yeti knock-offs from Ozark Trail outdoors. 

I have two cups and didn't know the ounces on either of them. This morning, I finally measured the volume. The big one holds 32 oz. I use this one for around the house as I can pick it up near the base without issue. I'd been using the cup in the truck but I have small hands so I was unable to palm the top of the cup and lift it from the cup holder. And the top comes off really easy.

So I went in search of a smaller one for the truck. I can palm the 16 oz tumbler much easier and the lid has one heck of a suction!

I also use a 16 oz bottle similar to the one below for outside work. I can stay hydrated without providing bugs with a drink. 


I've been doing a lot of work in the yard and with the nicer weather, taking full advantage of hanging clothes outside. Last week I racked up 29.130 steps in only THREE days! One day was 13,330 steps. Bob wanted to know why I didn't take the remaining three steps. He's so cute! hehe

I'm trying to be back to work full time, which means making use of my dayplanner. I have so much I want/ need to get done before my granddaughters arrive for the summer. Unfortunately, a lot of it requires sitting at the computer or standing at the crafting table. I'll have to really focus on getting the steps in.

What's on your list for this week? Whatever you are doing,
Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Weigh In

I apologize for lack of scales image this week. I'm typing this up on Sunday night at the hotel. I didn't bring any flashdrives with me as I did not intend to be working. Thought we would be home today. Unfortunately, heavy thunderstorms and 7+" of rain has closed our road. We hope to get home tomorrow.

Since I'm not sure what will be waiting for us when we get home, I wanted to get a quick post up.

Here's what I'm going with:


Since we have been in Springfield since Friday afternoon I'm pretty confident there isn't a weight loss. However, I've eaten mostly protein. Though I did have a Max Roast Beef with lettuce and tomato (no fries) at Arby's yesterday. I'd not been able to eat one since July 2016. Quite a treat!  Today has been all about protein... almost no carbs. Though since we ate 'dinner' around 3 p.m. I'm thinking there is a PB & J in my future before bedtime.

Today we will be home and hopefully not have a big mess to clean up. My poor doggies have probably been swimming in their pens LOL though I don't think we got the amount of rain that West Plains (south of us about 45 miles but in the bordering country) received. They got so much rain, they had to shut off power to the entire town because one of the sub-stations was in danger of flooding. Just scary. 

I would rather have been home for this weather, but if I had to be anywhere else, here at the Comfort Suites on Glenstone is my second home. They treat me like family and you might remember, took good care of me when I had my teeth pulled. So Bob and I've kicked back, relaxed, watched tv, played cards and spent time in the pool and hot tub. Probably our last vacation for a little while. 

Whatever your week brings...
Enjoy the Journey!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weigh In


Whooo Hoooo!

In spite of four days in the city, which included all-you-can-eat crab legs, I managed to drop two pounds! Except for Thursday night and part of Friday, I was by myself. I think that has a lot to do with it. I tend to grab quick things or just eat something in my room at the hotel. I don't go out for full meals unless Bob is with me.

Thursday night was all about my sissy. She recently got pushed into retirement (okay, she's 65 but that doesn't mean she was ready to retire). So I treated her to the All-You-Can-Eat snow crab legs at Hemmingway's Restaurant in Bass Pro. They only do those on Thursday nights. A bit pricey but this is a treat I give myself ever so often. Nice to sit and let them bring them to me rather than fight for a section or two at Asian King as I usually do.

The weather was down right CRUMMY! Wet, cold, icky rain and wind that sliced right to the bone. I took repeated hot showers at the hotel to chase off the chill and used the heat more than the usual AC in the room.  And I still managed to get a bit of scratchy throat. I feel better today and that's a good thing. This is to be our last sunny day for the week before more rain moves in. I'll rack up the steps hanging laundry on the line and doing house chores. 

Off I go!
Whatever your plans for the week, Enjoy the Journey!

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!