Saturday, May 31, 2008

Whoo hoo!

I am finally starting to shift some weight after a seemingly never ending time on a plateau. This week, I showed a 2.4 loss. It's a MIRACLE!!! Just goes to show that plugging along even though you don't see results for MONTHS does work. The time frame of 104 weeks should have been I dyslexic as well as chubby?

Last night, I had a chicken sandwich before bed.MMMM good. Today's menu:

Breakfast: eggs, toast, butter, skim milk

Lunch: roast pork sandwich, Activia yogurt, diet pop

Supper: potatoes & cod, some sort of veggies

Snack: veggies and dip, oranges & pretzels

Friday, May 30, 2008

Who says you can't have it all?

Poutine at its finest! As a treat, and because I have 14 Flex points left for the week (weigh in tomorrow morning) I decided that today was the day. The gravy is low fat, made from chicken broth and a bit of flour. The fries are McCains Premium Oven Fries (19 for 140 calories) and the cheese is Our Compliments Shredded Mozzarella, 1/8 of a cup. Put it all together, and you have such an ooey gooey mess of numminess, all for six points! I rounded out my meal with an Activia Raspberry yogurt, and a bowl of crisp carrots and pea pods with two tablespoons of Marzetti's light veggie dip. MMMMM good!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Going without the processed meats actually gave me a loss on the scales this morning. Every ounce is a victory, in my opinion! I don't care if it is "JUST WATER!" it is a change in the right direction. I try not to obsess over the numbers, relying instead on how clothing fits at the moment. There have been a few garments that have hit the trash bag this week, and not one of them brought tears to my eyes!

Today's lunch was easy to make with the leftover pork tenderloin. I have been shorting my portions (unintentionally of course) so I am going to use the scale for absolutely every measurement for awhile. Who knew that three ounces of meat was so much in a sandwich! I am preparing chicken breasts both for supper and for tomorrow's lunch. One pan suppers really appeal to me...easy to clean up after, too. I use that SLIDE aluminum foil, and it is just lovely. Nothing ever burns, and it is easy to crumple the foil, and rinse the pan after supper.

Breakfast: Eggs & toast, butter & milk
Lunch: Pork tenderloin sandwich on Oat Hull bread, with Miracle Whip
Supper: Chicken breast, roasted potatoes and carrots
Snack: Veggies and dip, goldfish, three Orange Blossom Cookies

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, skim milk

Lunch: Salmon on Oat Hull Bread, Miracle Whip

Supper: 3oz pork tenderloin, baked baby potatoes, tiny green peas & gravy

Snack: grapes, goldfish, toast & peanut butter

I am deep cleaning the house, one room at a time while hubby is away. Contrary to popular opinion, I love putting the house in order! Today, I finished up the master bedroom...the final few drawers are now fitted with new organizers that I found at JYSK for a song. Gone are the boxes that used to house my undies, and in their place? Nifty little folding plastic ones that are uniform in size and colour! The bed is clean from top to bottom...or is that bottom to top? All that is left to do, is to wash the curtains, and finish scrubbing down the new bathroom. Then I can move on to my office. I have been working away at it today, as a lot of the stuff that was sitting around was "shrapnel" from the bathroom renos. It needs a thorough dusting and a good weeding out of the book shelves and files, too. I really do enjoy spending time doing this, so it isn't a hardship at all. I find that my mind wanders down all sorts of forgotten paths, and I make peace with my lot of life. Perhaps this is what is missing in our day and age...the time to polish, and reflect. The time goes by so quickly, that we just don't seem to really relish the here and now, what we have at the moment, until we polish it!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


What happened to Monday? Who knows. Today I made up my mind that I am not going to eat processed beloved turkey pepperoni packs on water weight like crazy, as does the smoked turkey breast. I need to lower the salt. Somehow, I need to find time to roast some meat to have on hand for quick snacks. Once I get into the routine of doing that, it should be okay. It is the final frontier for me, as I have tweaked every other area in my diet. This is my last remaining vice. It is a good thing that it is salad season, too, because a bit of salmon on a salad is quite tasty, especially if you toss in some orange segments. Onion is delish with it too, but raw onion and I do not get along at all, so that is a no go, too!

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, skim milk

Lunch: 3/4 cup ginger beef, 1/2 lemon chicken breast, stir fried veggies and 1/2 cup of white rice.

Supper: two oranges, goldfish crackers, but the night is still young...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

SHOES and what to do with them....

Rick came home from Flin Flon today, and as he was passing Home Outfitters, he picked up a Shoe Pod. Now, what is a shoe pod, you may well ask? An amazing concept. Of course, I had to readjust the rods in my closet to accommodate it, but it is well worth it. It houses my highest heels easily, and the flattest flats. It is truly a product worth mentioning. He bought a white one, which is a good thing, because it is a bit brighter, and easier to find black shoes! I am planning on getting another one, to put in front of this one, so I can have "summer shoes" and "winter shoes" easily accessible. Things are gradually getting back to normal, but I wonder what the activity points for all this organizing could be? I am getting to the point where I just want things over with once and for all! Bathrooms, I have learned, are not the easiest rooms to dismantle and live without!

So, today's menu was awful. I had a major starch attack, so of course I indulged it. No point shushing the beast within. But thank goodness for those Flex points!

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, skim milk
Lunch: Liver sausage and olive sandwiches...yep, two of 'em. On that white Italiano bread...isn't this what started the starch thing?
Supper: PC White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

If you make the PC White Cheddar Mac & Cheese with half the butter, it is only 7.5 points for 1/3 of the box. Numm! I was out of beets, so I made do with a few pickled onions. For dessert (it is Sunday, after all) I had toast & peanut butter, and a slice of banana bread. Oh, my goodness. The snack this afternoon was grapes and turkey pepperoni. So, I am sure that I will be using all of my Flex points this week! Every once in awhile, you just have to jump the traces and eat this stuff...num...refined white flour. Nothing better. Do I want to eat it tomorrow? Not on your life. I need my plate of veggies and dip again! As much as I enjoyed the indulgences, I just don't feel so great internally - kinda gummed up, actually! Hopefully, we will have the bathrooms ready to completely move into tomorrow. Wouldn't that be a treat? I wonder what it will feel like to have a bath without staring at masking tape, or having to go into the bedroom to towel off and powder myself!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Carpe Dium

I haven't spent any time on food prep, so as a result my menu changed a bit from the original plan. But this is how it went today:

Breakfast:eggs & toast, milk
Lunch: tomato sandwich & V8 juice (Italiano sesame seed bread, 1 T miracle whip)
Supper: 8 (blush) turkey pepperoni sticks and two oranges, (again that lovely bread) toast & peanut butter

Well within points, but not so good for someone who is gluten intolerant! I LOVE bread, and if I eat the Oat Hull stuff, it is just a vehicle. But this wondrous white fluff will cause major gastric difficulties. (I am on my own, but this skunk can definitely smell her own scent!) Sometimes you just have to break out of the traces and run free!

As for the house? I managed to get the coats organized, and all of the shoes are put to rights in the front hall closet. That leaves, still, a major puddling of shoes all over my floor in the bedroom. I must try them all on tomorrow and make some critical decisions. I am just in the mood to pare everything back to just what I need for today, not what I might need at some later date.

*"Live here and now" or "do not waste your time on triffles"

Friday, May 23, 2008

Today I discovered

Goldfish! These are tasty little critters, I must say. I have a tendency to walk by all sorts of goodies in the grocery store, but today, these Pepperidge farm treats just jumped out at me. Nummy!

Today, I made a mushroom omelet for breakfast, liver sausage and olive sandwiches for lunch...okay, it isn't for everybody, but I LOVE them! For supper, a baked piece of cod with baby potatoes and green peas. The goldfish made a nice snack...I still have some Flex points left over - amazing, since we have eaten out while doing the renovations. Maybe that is where the veggie cravings began, by not eating "real food" for supper.

Now, the updates on my projects? I have one bathroom organized, just waiting for the final "dressing". My bathroom has functioning fixtures, but nothing else. The mirror is waiting patiently in the living room, but I can't seem to find a light fixture that I like. The one in Rick's bathroom has four, hundred watt halogen is like walking into a spaceship!

Purging my shoes is an ongoing project - the majority of "keepers" are presently neatly arranged on the bedroom floor according to category. Since I found a store that sells amazing leather shoes in my size, I just don't have the need to keep the "almost right" category of footware. I did manage to toss out a few pairs of shoes yesterday, but obviously not enough. I only want to keep what fits, and looks great. Of all things, my feet are showing the weight loss. I am sure I will attract wolf whistles with my sized down toes. Construction workers will be unable to controll themselves at the sight of my shrunken toes, for sure. Sigh. Can't you just hear it? "Hey, Mac! Check out the little pigs on that one! Whooo HEEE now that is a woman!" As for the closet? The nifty little hooks that will allow me to hang garments together in outfits arrived today. At the moment, I have grouped like items together, but that doesn't seem to be the best way for me. I find myself staring at too many options when I am trying to get dressed for the day.

The nice thing about having some baggy clothes, is that you get a a much better quality of "at home" wear. What used to be my favourite going out capris are now my comfortable nap wear! After all these years, could I possibly break my 'nightie around the house' habit?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ever have a craving that won't go away?

The only solution is to indulge it. With hubby out of town, I am on my own, and thanks to Flex I can eat what I, for breakfast, the usual eggs, toast and milk. Lunch was SunChips. And this? Supper. 3 points total, and it is what I have been craving with a vengence for the last couple of weeks. I love the way it makes me feel when I eat it and after I eat it! I am not usually hungry at supper time, just the way the body clock is ticking, but this? I can handle. There is a cup of carrots, cauliflower, snap peas and celery. The dip is Marzetti's Light Ranch Veggie Dip, and is delish. I can take my sweet time eating this at the computer with a big glass of water. MMM the taste of spring...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Okay, this is freaking me out...

I haven't changed a single thing, and all of a sudden the scales are moving down! I am not going to kick a gift horse in the mouth, that is for sure! What a nice thing to wake up to...a downward slide on the scale!

With Rick at home working on the bathrooms, I have been able to have our main meal in the afternoon, and by the time we get hungry again, we have a good serving of fresh veggies with dip. LOVE that dip...I buy Marzetti's light ranch veggie dip at Sobey's. Two tablespoons does a lot of veggies, and I love it. Now, the problem with that, is that I don't get my quota of points in...last night, I had toast & peanut butter for a snack, and what a treat that was!

So, here is the menu for today:

Eggs, toast & butter, milk

Fried rice with veggies, back bacon and chicken breast

Subway turkey breast sub, sun chips and diet coke

Veggies and dip

Remainder of points for a snack....hmmmm maybe turkey pepperoni with orange segments while catching a little TV????

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Menu for Today

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk

Lunch: grilled chicken breast, BIG spring mix salad with raspberry vinaigrette, toasted almonds

Supper: baby potatoes & cottage cheese

Snack: turkey pepperoni, oranges, grapes

Bathroom report...not what you may think!

The man is entering the final stretch with the bathrooms. Perhaps the final shift in weight is due to the extra exercise required to maintain basic sanitation under trying circumstances? Whatever, I appreciate the scales finally sliding down even a little bit.

The plumbing is now a thing of beauty. Gone are the rough looking connections that the builders deemed good enough, and instead? Shiny new chrome whatsits at every connection....I am sure I will appreciate that when I am on my hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor behind the toilet! Unfortunately, there isn't a sink or toilet attached to them in my bathroom, but soon, soon.... Our goal is to complete hubby's bathroom first, because we have all the little goodies we need purchased. For my bathroom, we have to find a medicine chest, a towel cupboard, new taps, towel bars, etc. That will take a bit of shopping, and I am not going to be rushed into buying something that I don't want. So, as long as there are the fixtures in place, I will be quite content to wait until the right things come along. I have blocked out a month for this project, and it looks like we will need it! I did find a perfect white to use in the house, though. Decorator White from Behr. I am not the painter in this relationship, Mr.Fussy is, and he swears by Behr...not at it! I love the soft shade. It is the colour of white cotton. It just works. At this stage of the game, that is all I am really concerned about...function!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Man + Fire + Meat = Good Eats

I actually showed a loss this morning of one whole pound! I am thrilled to see the scales move again! I went back an analyzed the week, to see if I did anything differently. I didn't. So, working the program does work, albeit slowly! Some days I am starving, and some days I don't eat all of my points....last night, for instance, I had seven remaining points, but I was just too tired to eat them. On other days? I eat a considerable portion of Flex points at one go! The nice thing about this plan, is knowing that you aren't doing anything wrong when you do that. It seems that if you follow your natural eating instincts, everything turns out all right. Why didn't I listen to my mother? One of the best things I can do for myself, is make an old fashioned know, meat, potatoes and a vegetable. When did that become passe? Now that it is barbeque season it will become even easier to do, because man + fire + meat = good eats!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Ten pounds lighter in an hour!


Baby steps will get me there...........

My dream, has always been to have one makeup is right up there with having 36" hips...both equally unattainable at this point in life. However, I am making headway in both areas!

Yesterday, I spent the day purging all of my goodies, and putting them into things with like. I have a stash of new things, but that really doesn't count, does it? Anyway, I was able to put my basics into one large MAC bag, then filled the little MAC bag with duplicates of things needed for touchups for my purse. If I found it hard purging my clothing? This was so much worse. But really, if you don't use it, you don't need it. Bottom line. And it will make moving into my new bathroom (when and if!) so much easier. I know some women are able to carry everything they use in their purse. I could too, if I could lug a steamer trunk! Well, not really...just a regular suitcase would do now. It hurt me to toss those pretty cases that promised me instant glamour when I first saw them...but out they went. As they did, a firm resolve set in, to never overbuy again. Life is best lived one day at a time, with as few incumberances as possible. How easy it would be to have one makeup bag, and ten essential pieces of clothing! Think of how easy it would be to get all of your clothes ready for the week! Babysteps will get me there, just like babysteps will take care of the weight.

Speaking of which, I am still stuck. I have been following the program faithfully, but nothing seems to be shifting. It is frustrating. VERY frustrating. When others seem to be able to lose a pound a week, it takes me a month to accomplish that. They say that the diabetes drugs don't help things either, but there are worse things than being a little chubby...that is a direct quote from my DR who, incidentally, is a wonderful guy! When I first started taking the meds, I had to go back to him after three days. I had gained ten pounds. Ten POUNDS???? I looked at him, and just said "shoot me now". That is when he came out with this little gem, and he is right. I watch every crumb that goes into my mouth, don't stray from the path of WW but do I see results? Yes. Do I see them quickly? NO!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Closet is done....

And so am I! My head hurts when I have to make decisions to toss clothing - it isn't easy to come by, and most of my clothes come from shopping while we are away, so when other people have glass fish for souvenirs of Hawaii? I have clothing! I can tell myself a million times "If you don't wear it anyway, what good does it do to hang it in your closet?" but in my heart of hearts? I could swear that I will never find another one, ever, anywhere.

To make it easier to part with unsuitable things (that I know I didn't toss today, on the off chance that I would wear the garments eventually) I think it would be prudent to just toss things when I am trying to get ready to go out and they end up tossed on the bed, and not on my back! Sure beats hanging them back in the closet thinking that magically they will look better another day. It hasn't worked so far, so what are the chances the future will hold anything different?

A nice hot bath, and off to bed I go. I have four points left to dispose of before I hit the hay, so I guess I will eat oranges and some Wasa crispbread for a snack. I love the Fibre Wasa...very tasty indeed, and only 35 calories each. Gives me the crunch I desperately need in my food! I can live without sweets, and I can live without booze, but crunch? Puhlease! But the crunch doesn't have to come from taco chips when there are healthy alternatives like Wasa..... Mind you, it would be so easy to chomp down on 3 points worth of taco chips right me all sorts of labour in the kitchen cutting up those oranges!

Thursday's Menu:

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk - yes, I love my breakfast! Tried going with cereal, and it was definitely a trigger food for me. I was hungry for starch all day long.

Lunch: Tuna sandwich

Supper: Depends what I buy at the grocery store, because the frig is bare! I have a hankering for a bit of chicken though...with potatoes in the oven...yep. That is what I will do! Broccoli and carrots for the veg.

Snack: oranges

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Motivation From Cotton Ginny

I couldn't help myself.

It was on sale last month when I was shopping for cruise clothing, and the skirt was just a snick short of fitting....I heard "Sandwich Girl's" voice in my head scolding me for my "too big" clothes shopping, I bought it! This outfit hangs by my jewellery box, so in passing every day I say to it "One day, my pretty, one day...." So, maybe a jean jacket and skirt with a striped top isn't everybody's idea of what to wear to the ball, but it works for me!

The closet is empty, let the purging begin!

And out it goes!

Today I will spend the day trying on every single garment in my closet. I am tired of draggy pants, and too long skirts. If it doesn't fit comfortably and SNUGLY out it goes. I am reticent to throw out clothing, as it is very hard to come by....especially shoes. But today? I am in the mood to toss with wild abandon. It has to go sometime, and today is the day.

If I am left with three outfits, and they look good? I am happy. I am not much of a shopper, so I need the motivation. After fifty seven years on the planet, I have learned that clothing does not come back into style. I have an acquaintance that is a glaring example of that fact. The eighties don't care if she bought that suit at Holt's and paid a fortune for it...they want their shoulder pads back! When fashion recycles, it is always with a twist. So, are we not worth a few outfits a year? I am beginning to think so. As long as I have clothing in the closet, there is no need to shop. If I don't shop? I look dowdy. The solution was obvious to the rest of the universe, and obviously escaped me for many years. So out it goes today!

Breakfast: eggs, toast, butter, skim milk
Lunch: salmon sandwich (wild sockeye with a bit of Miracle Whip, Oat Hull Bread)
Supper: baked fish, in parchment paper with onions and peppers, rice
Snack: oranges

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


As you probably guessed, the renovations around here have taken all of our energy for the last few days. Hubby, of course subscribes to the thought that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. So, off to Red Lake yesterday morning he went! Considering all the socializing we did over the weekend, it is a miracle that as much got done as it did. We have a new functioning toilet, fresh paint, new tub, new vanity, but a small leak in the plumbing that has to be fixed before we can use the sink. (something to do with silicone gaskets vs. plumbers putty) The mirror needs to be hung, and the place where the medicine cabinet used to be needs to be patched (layers, don't you know) then it will be done We discovered it Monday morning, and hubby just didn't have time to fix it....I was amazed that he stayed up until three Sunday morning working away at it, as we do have functional plumbing downstairs. He worked like a Timex through all of this...just kept on ticking along. As for me? I am in charge of stuffing all of the goodies back into the bathrooms. A good purging of medicines was definitely due, so they now live in a very neat set of drawers in the linen cupboard.

I love the white we bought for the bathrooms, and soon-to-be woodwork. Decorator White. How simple is that one? This summer will hold a lot of changes for this house. We have never lived in a house for 12 years running before, so things need to be replaced. I wish the builders would use quality materials in the first place, so all of this wouldn't be necessary....'for want of a nail, the shoe was lost' line of thinking. I have no intention of losing the castle, so best fix things while we are able!

During all of this it is quite a challenge to stay on program. But I am managing to do so. One day we gave in to the lure of a Big Mac, but the Flex points looked after that one! Buying and preparing food isn't high on my list of priorities right now, so I am making pantry meals. This morning, I made a mushroom omlette, and last night I made poutine. Yep. Low-fat fries, home made gravy (low fat chicken stock seasoned with a bit of beef boullion powder and flour - no fat is necessary) and Swiss cheese cut into slivers to make it go further. It was nummy. And all legit, too!

Today? I have a closet to purge. Out with anything that doesn't look good, no matter how good it is! Time moves on, and so should I! They say that you need ten essential pieces to be well dressed. I wonder if I could pull those ten items from my closet? I wonder if the person that said that, helped pull toilets in their free time? I ordered a couple of organizers from the Shopping Channel to help with the closet...a hanging shoe bag and clips that allow you to hang items in an outfit. It is hungry business though, so now, I had better go and make a bite of lunch!

Breakfast: mushroom & onion two egg omlette with Swiss cheese, skim milk, Oat Hull toast and butter

Lunch: Chicken sandwich

Supper: Soup

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Scary bathroom noises.....

I just heard "I LOVE takin' things apart". Would much rather hear "I LOVE putting things back together!". OH OH

The bathrooms are well under way, but my nerves are shot. I hate confusion and disorder, so I am trying to stay calm, and out of the way. I have all the stuff from the bathrooms piled on my bed, for me to sort, and purge. This project seems like too much for us, and I don't know who had this cockamamie idea in the first place. Oh yeah. Me.....

So, without water, our meals have been pretty good, if I do say so myself. I used the "Griddler" - my new Cuisinart toy - to make lunch. Ham, Swiss, tomato sandwiches with grilled onions. MMMM good. But the low cal bread, did get pretty squished. But, it was like a tortilla, so still good.

Tonight, I am going to make whole wheat pasta and a roasted pork tenderloin for supper. (an old people's roast, ready in 20 minutes!) A nice marinara sauce, with peppers and mushrooms, complimented by a Caesar salad. MMMM good. I find that pasta really satisfies the appetite, if you have it with meat. If not? It just doesn't have the staying power! And garlic is the gift that keeps on giving in a salad!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Saturday is Subway day!

The sub of the day, is ham and turkey...isn't that convenient? So, while we were out an about yesterday, where to go for lunch was a no-brainer! For five points what a treat - and I didn't have to cook a thing yesterday. We were invited to dinner, so I completely ignored the kitchen after breakfast.

We were out the whole day on a purchasing mission. This is the week that we had to buy supplies for the bathrooms. We have to get one more toilet today, as we just couldn't get another thing into the car. We found dark wood vanities with vessel sinks, and are going for the "Inn at the Forks" look! The mirrors have a glass shelf to hold a couple of decorative but useful things. Simple, simple, simple. I will have to find creative ways to store utilitarian things though, as we bought purely for style this time.

My dream has always been to be able to have one bag for my makeup, one for my skincare, and one for my haircare. I have tons of stuff at this point, and will be absolutely ruthless when cleaning out the old vanity! In my bathroom there will be a single glass shelf as well as the clear glass countertoop, so I want to have a couple of hinged lid baskets to store the utilitarian things in, on the shelf, without having to actually look at them as I wash my face. As for the counter top, I will do my best to keep it clear of everything but handsoap and lotion in decorative bottles. Enough of that though. The challenge will be keeping on program when my life is turned upside down for the next couple of weeks as the project turns into the usual nightmare!

Today? I have leftover spagetti sauce so pasta is on the books for tonight, with a great big side salad. I am on a real pasta kick..not because I love it, but man is it filling! A cup of pasta fills you right up, and the sauce is just about nothing.

Menu for Today
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 toast, 2 butter, skim milk, 1 T Cheez Whiz
Lunch: Surprise me
Supper: whole wheat spaghetti with bison tomato sauce
Snack: oranges

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Yesterday's supper

did not go as planned...typical of me! The problem was, that I found a new receipe for pasta that I had to try...basically, it was broiled sliced onions and those tiny tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, a bit of Canadian Bacon and a couple of eggs tossed with fusilli pasta. Turned out to be a hit. I hadn't counted on my son coming for dinner tonight, and of course what does he love? Pasta! So, spaghetti and Caesar salad it is! I am not a great fan of pasta (I wonder if cooking it constantly for the kid had anything to do with that?) but I really don't mind it now. Of course the whole wheat and extra fibre pastas seem to be much more flavourful to me, so there is a roughage bonus, too. I still don't enjoy huge portions, but with a good salad, I must admit it is yummy!

Today's Menu

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 Oat Hull Fibre bread, toasted, 2 tsp butter, 8 oz skim milk, coffee (9)
Lunch: Smoked turkey sandwich, soup (5)
Supper: whole wheat pasta, sauce made with ground bison and lots of veggies, Caesar salad (lazy me, I use store bought dressing thinned down with vinegar) and apple crumble for dessert, if I get it made!(gotta love Splenda!)10

Snacks: oranges as needed!