Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What a difference a year makes...

This is me in February of 2009. This is the me that I know best. I weighed 215-220 then.

This is me today. Almost February 2010. This is the new me. The new normal.. for now-I am still on the journey. I weighed 185 this morning.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

More food

This weekend, I made the below mentioned tomato soup again at the request of my son. This time I was out of chicken stock but had some seafood so I used it and I loaded lots of tomatoes, celery, onions and just one carrot into the mix. It was scrumptious. I took advantage of the veggies all diced and sweating and took 1/2 cup of them when soft and made crab cakes. So so so good.
I took three heels from the Ezekiel bread and processed them up till fine. That went into a bowl with the veggies. I added a handful of fresh grated Parmesan, two eggs and mixed. Then i added a small container of crab claw meat from Whole Foods and a small portion of left-over rainbow trout. I formed four large patties. The were a bit too wet and didn't want to hold so I rolled them in a small amount of whole wheat bread crumbs. I placed them in a small cast iron skillet with olive oil spray and sprayed the tops of the cakes as well. Since I was making this up as I went along.. I placed them in a 350 oven and cooked them on both sides for 15 minutes. I then turned off the oven and left them in another 15 while I sat the table, ladled soup etc...
They were DELICIOUS. I only ate half as they were quite large and I ate a bowl of soup. The boy ate it all even with large pieces of veggies poking out. I told him they were soft from all of the cooking and that he wouldn't even know they were there. I then went on to tell him the soup had FIVE veggies in it and he loved it.
He tried to leverage that info. into no more veggies for the week since he had so many... I didn't buy it!
I wanted to share... this is a great way to use the Ezekiel bread outside of its normal use.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I wanted to add a recipe that we have really liked. It is from Michael Chiarello who is a chef and is on Food Network.
1 (14 oz.) can chopped tomatoes
Olive Oil
Salt Pepper
Celery, diced
1 Carrot, diced
Onion. diced
Garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 Bay Leaf
Butter (optional)
1/4 cup chopped Basil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Drain the tomatoes and reserve the juice. Spread the tomatoes on a cookies sheet and add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle on olive oil lightly. Place into the oven and roast tomatoes for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile back on the stove top... add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic to a hot pan with a small amount of olive oil. I didn't put any amounts here because for us, adding in as much veg as possible is important. Do it to your taste. I did a half of an onion, one carrot, I didn't have any celery and I did one tooth of garlic. I will change it up next time. Turn the heat to med-low and saute for about 10 minutes. Add the remaining tomato juice from the can, the roasted tomatoes from the onion and all remaining ingredients except basil which you will add at the end. Simmer 10-15 minutes. If you have an immersion blender, use it. If you don't use a food processor or home blender. Add basil and serve.
My measure of success? My son has asked me to make it again-asking for a repeat on a vegetable? Now THAT is a good recipe!
Susan, Dr. K, feel free to suggest changes or additions.

1-7-0 be your own hero

No, that is not my weight, but that is my goal. This morning I weighed 188. I am happy -for sure- about that but I feel that my body has be hovering for a few days and I am pulling up my big girl pants and getting a move on! No more dilly dallying for me.
I attended the support group last night and I am so grateful for such genuine people. You could feel the raw emotions and how really there everyone was for each other.
Something new I learned last night-at least one meal a day-the vegtables need to be the star of the show. This will be new for me. I see a lot more salads in my future!
Tonight I will be going to the Team Weight Loss group at my gym (Lifetime Fitness). I call this group the fat club. Easier, shorter and I can remember it. We meet three times a week. Mondays are 30 minutes, Wednesdays are 45 and Fridays are an hour. We primarily work out on the treadmill and we SWEAT. I am too easy on myself when I do it alone. Have a great week-it is half over!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

the best number evahhh

I am at 190.5 today!!!! Can you hear me? I am shouting it from the rooftops-190.5.... 190.5!!
I have been hovering at 192 for a few days and yes... I am spoiled-I expect that dial to move!! Every day if possible.
I was a little worried yesterday and wondered if I had the stamina to stick with it if I stayed at 192 for a week, a month, a year. That will happen and happen more that once or twice I am sure. You can't realistically expect to never be on a plateau as you drop from 200+ to 150 or so. The scale is sometimes our major measure of success so perhaps thinking of other ways to measure success will be important-I think Susan even talked about this at one of our meetings.
I told myself that even though the needle wasn't moving I was grateful to be where I was and that since I had given away all of my old clothes I really don't have a choice about going back to old habits and that even at 192, I feel happy; my knees don't hurt all the time, I have more energy and I am in tune with myself.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Looking back, looking forward

Happy 2010!!
When I last posted, we were heading towards Christmas and the vacation that comes with it. We went on our cruise. I was at 194 when we left. My dear husband brought along our digital scale-this was major as all of our Christmas bags (including Santa) came as well. We had 4 bags-crazy. Anyway... I was so thrilled that on the second day I was at 193!! Wow-so amazing. My best friend, her kiddos and my in-laws were with us for the trip. I was so grateful for my friend on the trip, we worked out almost every day. It was challenging to weigh as the trip wore on, the water rocked the boat and made the reading rocky (inconsistent). I did like having a frame of reference though. I wasn't perfect-who is? I ate many desserts and fried foods. I was up a bit when I came home but am happy to report that today I am at 192! Things are going great. We just completed time at my parents house and we were able to do that as well without too many challenges.
I have made my New Year's resolution to give up white sugar for one year. I know I may not be able to give it up for forever but one year seems manageable and something I can prove to myself. Over our cruise my friend said several times.. "You have so much willpower!" That was something I don't think anyone has ever said to me. I didn't feel like I was exercising much willpower, I just knew how much I love being below 200 and how thrilled I am to be forced to get new clothes because my existing closes are too big-a first!
Today, I completed the cleaning out of my closet. I took an enormous amount of clothes to the Goodwill. I did panic a bit after dropping them off. What if I gain the weight back? I had to take some deep breaths.
My husband and I have many nicknames we have created for each other over the years. He has a new one for me that I just love-skinny.