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Liza36 - Thursday Nov 18, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 210.2

I was introduced to a new fruit yesterday - a persimmon.  Have any of you eaten one before?  I was visiting a friend, who gave me one, and sent me home with 3 more.  I've heard of it, just never had one before.  The texture is like an apple - crisp, although I understand if you leave it, it can get mushy and sweeter like a cantelope if you leave it too long.  I don't think I've seen persimmons in my local grocery store.  She bought it at an Asian market.  Anyway, I'm happy to expand my palate.

After my last entry about eating out too much, I got out my slow cooker cookbook, since a few of you suggested it.  Lots of good recipes in there, but I'm getting hung up on the cooking time.  Most say to cook on low for 7-8 hours.  I'm typically gone for 12 hours a day before I get home.  Wouldn't my chicken or pork dishes be dry after that long?  I know some beef can withstand longer cooking times.  But I happen to have chicken in the freezer and that's what I'd like to use.  Also, many recipes called for cream of whatever soup, and several cans of it.  I'd like to minimize sodium if I can.

So, do any of you have some great slow cooker/crockpot recipes you are willing to share?  Thanks!

Progress as of today: 12.6 lbs lost so far, only 78.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 11/18/2010:
I wouldn't think your meat would dry out with a few extra hours in the crockpot, as long as you have plenty of sauce in there. I generally just throw things together in mine, so I'm interested in the suggestions you get. One good base for any sauce is fat-free, low sodium chicken broth. I can't wait to hear what you concoct!

moogy on 11/18/2010:
Nah! my daughter puts her dinner in before breakfast, so that is at least 10 hours. I used one a lot when I had small children and you really can't go wrong. The temprature is so low it doesn't dry things out. There are heaps of slow cooking recipe sites, have a meander round, I am sure you will find inspiration.

chidogs on 11/18/2010:
Like Umpqua said, many things can be cooked with broth or stock rather than cream soup. Toss in a bunch of seaonings, onions whatever and you have a lovely soup or stew. I use mine a lot. And sometimes it goes 10 hours or so too.

Just42day on 11/18/2010:
Glad others can make suggestions for your slow cooker as that's something I don't use. I'm more of a 'take from the freezer' gal. Hope you find some great recipes that you can share later. :)

V on 11/18/2010:
Can't help you on the crock pot recipes, I have one too and it still sits in it's original box unused...I can tell you that if you put it on the lowest setting it will be fine, I have a coworker who has nice hot homecooked meals waiting for her after working 2 jobs....hey no problem, it is my pleasure to help you ease up on dining out...I totally relate!

sweetpea1977 on 11/18/2010:
You've gots some really great ideas regarding the crock pot. Im sure there are quite a few healthy crock pot recipe books out there that you can use as well. Anyway, Im so glad that you are going to give the slow cooker a shot!!

Sofia on 11/18/2010:
Ooo, I love persimmons! So yummy!

hollybelle on 11/19/2010:
Yes, gym is about 10-15 minues away!! Have a good weekend!

Liza36 - Tuesday Nov 16, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 210.2

I faced the scale on Saturday and gained 1.4 pounds.  I completely expected it, actually expected a bit more.  I can't say however that I've changed anything yet to get that off.  I still have half the week, so I can still turn it around, I hope.

Over the weekend I was reviewing my finances, and I knew I was eating out too much, but didn't realize the amount of money that was flying out the door.  My next weight related goal is going to by tied to a financial goal, and I hope that my wallet will increase while my waist decreases.  It all comes back to cooking at home, which you all know I hate to do, but I'm going to have to force myself to do it. 

Have a good day, friends.

Progress as of today: 12.6 lbs lost so far, only 78.2 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 11/16/2010:
Hubby and I reviewed our finances last year and were shocked with all the eating out and ordering in we did. We spent so much money! So we made the rule of only allowing ourselves twice a month for ordering in/dining out. That may sound a little difficult, but it does really make us think before making a decision. Going as far has printing out "permission slips" for each month has really made a difference. Once we use them up for the month, we're forced to make our own meals. :) Anyway, it has really helped us financially (and me with my pregnancy weight gain), so I highly recommend setting some rules for yourself.

Umpqua on 11/16/2010:
Good to see you here. When we lived in the city we ate out a lot and discovered we were spending a ton on it. Now that we live in the sticks we can keep it under control better, but delivery food still beckons. I've probably suggested it before but have you tried some crockpot recipes? Super easy and you can put something on low in the morning and have a fresh dinner ready when you arrive home. Plus it makes tons of leftovers.

KathyBlue on 11/16/2010:
of course you can, 1,5 is almost nothing! :) Cooking at home is a really good thing, we got used to this too. It was hard but it's cheaper and you know what you eat which is very important for both health and diet.

selina on 11/16/2010:
It's wonderful to see you here!

That's wonderful that you haven't gained much at all because we all know that gaining 1.5 is very very easy (as opposed to losing the same amount!) I know that some people just dislike cooking for themselves... but I agree will the ladies, it does save a lot of money!

I hope you also had some time to get out to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. After the rain, I think all the leaves will be gone....

tangalyn on 11/16/2010:
my weight is up for the week too :( we can do this tho!! hope u have a great day :)

V on 11/16/2010:
You know how much money I saved by not going out to eat/drink every night??? Two vacations, a really nice laptop and all my bills paid in advance! How's that for incentive,LOl I never really paid attention to how much money actually went out my wallet til then, but it really does add up..I used to dine out at least 4 times a week(not fast foods either)...The Smuggler's Ghost by Steve Lamb is the book i breezed through almost in a day...It is a bio about his journey's, travels, jail time and being the biggest drug runner in the 70's as a young teen in St Pete Beach( where i live)

moogy on 11/16/2010:
Of course, with extra money you could buy a fabulous new piece of clothing for your lower weight. Keep trying angel, you can do it, you have proved it before, you can do it again.

Maria7 on 11/16/2010:
Yayyyy on wallet increases while waist decreases! :-)

Liza36 - Friday Nov 12, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 208.8

I have to admit, this has been another week with no exercise, and horrible eating.  I wanted to be back on track, but have been in a funk, for lack of a better word.  Just no motivation, and falling back into my bad habits.  I need to snap out of it!

I will go to weight watchers tomorrow, and I will weigh in.  I haven't been on the scale in 2 weeks, and I'm afraid of the damage I've done.  But I will face it.  I have to. 

My plan is to go to my WW meeting early, come home and exercise - and I'll put some intensity into it - and then clean the house.  Between the deep cleaning and either treadmill or video, it will be a good cardio workout for me.  I am then treating myself to a massage (even though I don't deserve it!) tomorrow late afternoon, and will try to release some of the negativity and frustrations I have experienced the last 2 weeks.  I hope to be ready emotionally and physically for the start of another week. 

Have a good weekend, my DD friends.

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 76.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 11/12/2010:
I think that massage will help you get rid of all the negative feelings you are having towards yourself, so enjoy the release and use it as a starting point for all the good changes you want to make in your lifestyle. :)

loveray on 11/12/2010:
it is an amazing workout, its crazy!! such good strength and cardio:) hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

SELINA on 11/12/2010:
Hi Liza, I hope your massage will do the trick - sometimes all you need is one little (or big) thing to trigger a chain of positive thinking, excellent eating and a feeling of overall wellbeing. Have a great, relaxing weekend!

moogy on 11/12/2010:
It is tough to get back to normal after a break. Use some of that determination I know you have inside to pull yourself up and get back into it. Chin up girl!!

Maria7 on 11/12/2010:
Sounds like you've got a good plan worked out! :-D

V on 11/12/2010:
I echo loveray's comments on the kettlebells! If you are not experienced in lifting them perhaps take a few classes before attemping any at home workouts, i have the Jillian m's set

hollybelle on 11/13/2010:
I havaen't been exercising as i need to for good health, either - let's change that today!

Liza36 - Monday Nov 08, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 208.8

I have felt so lost without this group.  I hope to get back on here with some regularity. 

Since coming back from my business trip, I have fallen off the wagon big time!  I don't know how I kept it all together when I was overly busy and working long hours, and even during the trip managed to eat ok and still get in exercise.

The minute I got back, it's like I had a major let down, and didn't have the energy or desire to keep up the good heatlhy habits I was developing.  No exercise in over a week now.  My streak has definitely stopped.  I was very hesitant to miss a even a day, knowing that it might be easier to skip the 2nd and the 3rd day, which I've definitely found true.  Despite exercising for 70 days straight - yes, that's 70 days straight - apparently it's not a habit yet.   I've got to find the motivation to get back to it.  I'm trying not to be so disappointed in myself.

I've also thrown all good judgement in eating healthy out the window. That's got to change.  I didn't weigh in on Saturday because I know I'm up at least 2-3 pounds.  Ugh!

There's no hope left for today.  Damage already done, and I'll be getting home close to midnight, and I'm not exercising then.  Thankfully tomorrow is a new day, and the day to get back on track.

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 76.8 lbs to go!

loveray on 11/08/2010:
glad to see you back! we missed you.

just42day on 11/08/2010:
I'm sure you can get back on track! Exercising for 70 days is very impressive. I suspect your guard may have been down when you got home after such a trip. I have full confidence in you! I'm sure you're just happy to be home again! And I don't blame you for that! :)

V on 11/08/2010:
Yes we have definitely missed you, I hope that you have a speedy recovery from your fall off the wagon, you can do it Liza!!!! :)

sweetpea1977 on 11/08/2010:
Yay, you're back! I have missed you. Sounds like you need to set yourself a new challenge! How about trying to get a little exercise each day for the rest of the year? If you can do 70 days straight during the hectic time of year at work, you can surely do 2.5 months of daily exercise during the holiday season. :)

chidogs on 11/09/2010:
Hey so you hit a slippery patch, you are back on target now. And that is what matters. Hang in there.

moogy on 11/09/2010:
Here's to a fresh start Liza. I missed your entries and was glad to see your name on the diary lists. Welcome back.

moogy on 11/10/2010:
OK, so it's been a couple of days now. I would love to see an entry from you. Hope you are well!!

Liza36 - Monday Nov 01, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 208.8

Hello everyone - November 1st is the magic date that I was hanging in for - my big annual meeting that I've been working extremely long hours for is now over!  I can hopefully resume normal life, which includes planning meals and continuing my exercise.

Last week I was in New York, working 12-14 hour days, and coming back to the hotel exhausted.  I came home over the weekend, and at least had yesterday to rest and recoup.  However, it usually takes me a full week to recover, since I still go to work, but try to catch up on sleep.  I'm tired, but otherwise feel pretty good.

During the crazy few months leading up to this big event, I was so proud of myself for continuing to exercise daily, as is my current challenge.  During the meeting, I wasn't sure how I was going to get in any exercise time because of the intense schedule.  I left at 6 AM last Tuesday, and so I got up at 4 AM to exercise before getting ready.  It was my birthday Tuesday, and I figured that was my gift to myself - the gift of health.  Then Wednesday I walked briskly in the evening, in 15 minute increments, but I counted that as exercise.  Better than taking a taxi, I rationalized.  Thursday I discovered that the hotel had free on-demand exercise videos, and so I did one of those.  Friday was my brutal day - 6 am till 11 pm, and virtually no time for exercise.  This was the first day of no exercise since August 21st!  Saturday I did not exercise, but then yesterday did an hour on the treadmill, since I was now home.  So there are 2 days that broke my streak since August.  I have to remind myself not to mentally beat myself up about it, I did the best I could, and honestly, 2 days in the whole scheme of a lifetime is not going to affect me greatly.  I just have the "all or nothing" mentality that does not serve me well sometimes.

I returned to Weight Watchers on Saturday, and registered a 2.4 pound loss.  I did not weigh in the week before, and had a gain the week before that, so I was pretty happy with the loss.  This is pretty historic for me to come home from this meeting, which happens every year, and not gain 3 pounds in a week.  I'm so grateful that I went into this crazy busy time with a determined plan to eat better (although didn't always) and exercise however little I could get in.  I have felt better physically because of it.  Sure, my back hurts, but it hurts all the time.  But I was able to walk all over the convention center and hotel without feeling like I was going to collapse because of my back pain.  I see all of this as a big victory, and it's spuring me on to continue.

I must say, too, that your encouragement has helped tremendously, and I thank you for it!  You guys are the best!!

Progress as of today: 14 lbs lost so far, only 76.8 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 11/01/2010:
Yay! Congratulations on your weightloss during such a hectic and stressful time. I am so proud of you for only missing two days of exercise since August 21. That is incredible!!

Im so glad that your big meeting is over with. Now you can devote even more time to yourself!! :)

hollybelle on 11/01/2010:
Awesome - new day - new loss and better time of year for you! How you worked out in your hotel room was amazing! What a wonderful thing. Keep posting.

Umpqua on 11/01/2010:
Good to see you back here and congrats on the loss! I'm so glad your meeting is over and you can resume a normal pace of life. What a relief that must be!

V on 11/01/2010:
Congrats for your loss :) Also for surviving such a hectic time at work! We are happy to have you back Liza :)

just42day on 11/02/2010:
You're doing great! Good for you! :)

legcramps on 11/02/2010:
Awesome! So happy for you!

Liza36 - Wednesday Oct 13, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

60 whole minutes on the treadmill last night at a relatively fast speed (for me, anyway).  I felt awesome with the accomplishment, even though my eating had not been stellar.  I also learned that my sister, who lives in California, just started Weight Watchers, and so I hope to share tons of tips and recipes with her.  She has far less to lose than me, but she is unhappy with her weight..  She is in the process of moving, which is a huge undertaking, and staying on track during a stressful time is difficult.  I sure can attest to that!  But you know, stress is a part of every day life, and we have to learn how to deal with a healthier lifestyle in the midst of real life, stress and all.  I'm speaking especially to myself right now! 

Off to work I go...I'll check in with you all later.

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

selina on 10/13/2010:
I hear you, Liza... Have a great day!

KathyBlue on 10/13/2010:
wow, 60 whole minutes!!! You're doing great!!! :) I believe your sister will keep you as an inspiration, a good example... that's a very important accomplishment! :)

sweetpea1977 on 10/13/2010:
60 minutes!?! Thats incredible!

How great you will have your sister join you on this journey. My sister wants to do the same, but cant seem to stay committed. All I can do is wait for her to be ready. No need to force someone to do something when they aren't ready for it!

sweetpea1977 on 10/13/2010:
60 minutes!?! Thats incredible!

How great you will have your sister join you on this journey. My sister wants to do the same, but cant seem to stay committed. All I can do is wait for her to be ready. No need to force someone to do something when they aren't ready for it!

getmebackto150 on 10/13/2010:
60 minutes is amazing! Have a great day!!!!!

chidogs on 10/13/2010:
Wow 60 minutes. That is something for me to shoot for. Good for you.

legcramps on 10/13/2010:
Great job with the exercise! You go girl!

just42day on 10/13/2010:
thanks so very much for your sweet comments! I really appreciate them. I'm so excited for you that you'll have a partner in crime for this! It's always great to get support from as many as you can so now you'll have your sister in addition to all of us! Maybe the two of you can capitalize on sibling rivalry? :)

selina on 10/13/2010:
I'd LOVE to see photos of Murphy and Lexy!

V on 10/13/2010:
Congrats on the 60 minutes and finding another supporter/fellow dieter :) great job Liza!!!!

biscottibody59 on 10/13/2010:
Good job with your treadmill time--I'm sure your confidence is building with each day--at least I hope so! The push of work will be over before you know it and you'll wonder what to do with yourself--eh, probably not--you'll rest and then figure it out!

Take good care of yourself in the meantime:-)

sweetpea1977 on 10/26/2010:
Hey Liza,

I hope all is well. Miss you!

Liza36 - Tuesday Oct 12, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

I haven't quite gotten back on track yet.  I'm just so tired, burnt out with work, to think straight.  I realize I hold the power to make good, healthy choices, but I'm telling you, it's extremely difficult right about now.  I knew this would happen, just knowing a few months ago what my work schedule was going to be like.  But there have been other things to complicate just working late, so added all together, it's completely overwhelming.  Just 20 more days until my huge annual meeting is over, and hopefully life will be better.

Did 15 minutes on the treadmill last night.  I'm going to shoot for 30 minutes tonight.  My back is killing me today, which it's been bothering me more since the weekend, so I hope to have the energy and drive later to hop on the treadmill.



Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

loveray on 10/12/2010:
take some time just for you to sit, think, breathe and chill. even five minutes might help you get to a better place where you can just make some basic great decisions for yourself:) xoox

sweetpea1977 on 10/12/2010:
Thanks for the update. I know that this time of year is always stressful so always be sure to squeeze some time in for yourself each day. Like loveray said, even five minutes can make a world of difference!!

Hang in there!

Maria7 on 10/12/2010:
Get some rest and take care of yourself. It's hard to get back on track and stay on track when you get off track, so just keep trying and you will! :-)

Umpqua on 10/12/2010:
You are on track - the treadmill is your track and you're sticking with it! ;) If that's all you can manage right now, then so be it. Once your schedule winds down you'll be able to incorporate other changes and better choices again. Don't lose faith in yourself, you're doing a great job under exceedingly difficult circumstances!

KathyBlue on 10/12/2010:
i realized i wasn't concentrated at work because nowadays I don't do what I'd like to... I do stupid tasks now and it makes me want to go to the kitchen and talk to the colleagues instead of working... so any excuse, like a piece of fruit, an extra coffee, etc. is a good excuse to leave my desk for minutes... grrr i hate when it happens, but as you say, life has its periods...

just42day on 10/12/2010:
Great job sneaking in 15 minutes on the treadmill! It's so hard to do everything the best you can when there's so much stress so I really admire you for getting on the treadmill. Hope you're able to steal away a little time for yourself each day. Do the best you can; things will get better. I'm cheering for you! :)

moogy on 10/12/2010:
Just do the minimum you need to do so your back get a little stretch but no pressure. I am on my last day of my challenge today, I can't thank you enought for the example you were to me, I have learned so much about myself. It has been really good for me. Thanks:)

V on 10/12/2010:
You know what has been truly a godsend to me?? When I start cooking for the entire week...it seems a bit tedious at first but now i have it down to a science...I made turkey burgers, 6 chicken breast and some ribs today and while they were cooking i was able to get my chores done...I even chop my celery and cucumbers too...I am sorry you are so stressed :( i hope this might be of a little help to you..Every little bit counts you know :)

moogy on 10/12/2010:
I think the quote was taken from a talk he gave that was printed in the Ensign magazine. I wrote it down years ago and it just reminds me to think and act 'higher'.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/12/2010:
as for the souffle, first i cooked the oatmeal till it was a smooth consistancy, a little watery actually still. then, i added 1/2 cup of the eggwhites and cinnamon on top...oh, and the peanut butter (added before i soaked the oatmeal in eggwhite liquid. then, i microwaved for like 3 minutes? maybe it was two minutes. somewhere around there...

i am a person who LIKES bland foods. it was a little bland, the souffle. i did add cinnamon on top. and i ate it with a plain greek yogurt. MORE plain.you can also drizzle sugar free syrup, or real syrup - but that's high in cals. also, you can use sugar free jelly on it.

i do admit, it's a little bland, but it is VERY, VERY, VERY filling.

moogy on 10/12/2010:
I meant to say that I only cook for myself, I consider it to be a special way of looking after myself. I love cooking and have found lots of recipes that I can freeze or cook one portion. I rarely buy anything prepared, with the exception of sushi, I can buy better than I can make. Mine isn't bad, it just isn't as good and when I am dieting I will only except good. I hope that you have a good Wednesday Liza.:)

justine on 10/12/2010:
it is so hard to keep on track when work is taking over your life, but what i've learned is that when i take the time to do things for me when work is crazy, i actually work better and feel better about myself. don't worry, it'll all work out and just a day at a time!

Liza36 - Monday Oct 11, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

I had a crazy busy weekend, and one that included tons of annoying situations.  Won't go in to the detail, but I totally need to de-stress.

On Saturday to help with the de-stressing, I booked a massage with my favorite massage therapy guy.  It's been a while since I last went.  He was trying to work out the major knots I have in my neck and shoulders and upper back.  My neck and shoulders are sore from that.  But it was heavenly!  I'm going to book another one for after my huge meeting that all this time is going to prepare for.  That will be the first week in November.  Can't wait!

After the relaxing massage, I still had to exercise for the day (it was 9 pm at this point), and so I pulled out an old yoga video.  It was 60 minutes of "Yoga for Weight Loss".  I'm not particularly flexible, and need to find the strap and block that they used in the video.  I modified as I could without them.  I was nice to change up my exercise.

Yesterday for exercise, I moved up to the 45 minute exercise DVD that I have.  I was sweating and thinking I was going to die, and my back was hurting, but I made it through.  I know that I won't always have 45-60 minutes a day, so I still have the treadmill and my other 30 minutes DVDs, but I must say, I was proud of myself for increasing the length of time.

This weekend I was looking back at a year ago at this time.  I was in physical therapy twice a week for 2 months for my back pain.  I could barely walk on the treadmill, in fact they told  me after the 2 months to start at 0 incline, 1.0 speed, for 1-5 minutes.  That's crazy slow, and I think it's non-existant exercise.  My heart rate wouldn't increase at all at that pace.  The physical therapy wasn't all that successful, but I at least learned a few exercises and poses to strengthen and stretch my back.  Now, you all know, that I still have back pain, and sometimes it's bad.  It was hurting me a lot this weekend.  But I can't let that stop me from doing what I want to do. 

I went to my weight watcher meeting on Saturday, but did not weigh in.  On my home scale, I was up 3 pounds, and that was not including the 2 extra pounds clothes would have added!  I couldn't face the official scale.  I know what I have to do to get back on track.  Confession - I didn't get back over the weekend with my eating (exercise, yes), so I will do it from now on.  I say this after a Starbucks run this morning of their pumpkin bread (so yummy) and hot chocolate.  I don't dare look at the calories of what I consumed.  But I am on plan as of now!

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

shawnee on 10/11/2010:
Today is a new day and awesome job on the exercise !!! Week ends are sooo hard to bad we couldn't skip a cpl of them!!

sweetpea1977 on 10/11/2010:
Im so glad you got a massage and plan on doing another one after all this hard work you are putting in at your job. You totally deserve it!!

Great work on the exercise. I am very impressed with how much you were able to squeeze in! :)

I made horible food choices this weekend and am feeling extra guilty about it. Lets make an extra effort to make better decision this week. Our bodies deserve the best fuel possible!

just42day on 10/11/2010:
You're doing great with your exercises! I'm sure you'll see and feel more good changes soon. :)

chidogs on 10/11/2010:
Well, we all fail now and then, but not for good. Brush off and get back on target. This time of year with all the goodies is particularly hard! (pumpkin bread, oh yum)

Umpqua on 10/11/2010:
I'm sure that massage was heavenly. You'll do better with eating this week - hope you have a good one!

Maria7 on 10/11/2010:
Wow...pumpkin bread and hot chocolate...who could resist that? Hope you are feeling better. :-)

moogy on 10/11/2010:
I am even more impressed with you now that I know you have back pain. Your massage sounds as if it was just what you needed. I hope that you have a good week of healthy eating to back up all that great exercise.:)

V on 10/11/2010:
girl i know you are going to feel like a million bucks after your massage so enjoy!

breakaway on 10/11/2010:
Good job being back on plan :)

Liza36 - Friday Oct 08, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

Do you all know about honeycrisp apples?  I had never tried them.  I'm partial to gala apples.  Some friends told me about them last week, and so I bought 2 of them to try.  They are gigantic apples!  I had the first one yesterday for lunch.  They are just as their name describes...sweet as honey, and very crispy.  A great combination.  I have the other one for lunch today, and will probably be going back to the store for more this weekend.

I had my first real big binge in a long time last night.  Not good!  I left work "on time" yesterday, rather than staying till 9-10 pm, and on the ridiculously long drive home, all I could think about was what I was going to eat for dinner.  Pizza crossed my mind, and I was thinking of what I had at home to make an english muffin pizza.  I had all the ingredients.  I have NO idea what came over me to dial my local awesome real pizzeria (not dominos!) and order a pizza and a salad.  Out of a medium pizza, I ate all but one slice, and a few bites of the salad.  It was consumed in front of the TV.  I felt completely disgusting all night.  Even this morning I still feel full and gross.  In hind sight, I think I just wanted to forget about all the stressful situations that happened yesterday, I didn't want to face the work I still had to do.  Incidently, after that I felt too horrible to even continue working from home, so more stress because I didn't accomplish what I wanted to.

Did I exercise after that, you all may ask?  I am so committed to my "exercise every day" challenge I have for myself.  So I did weights.  But I could not walk on the treadmill.  I just ate way too much!

I'm highly disappointed in myself.  I know this is going to greatly affect my weigh in tomorrow, and I was already showing a gain on my scale at home.  This morning I'm contemplating not even going to weight watchers tomorrow to weigh in, although I probably will and just face the number on the scale.

I feel I have great momentum going, and it's abruptly stopped, more like squashed, with one choice.  I need to get over it today, which is the advice I'd give any one of you, so I need to heed my own advice.

For lunch today I have the other honeycrisp apple and the salad I didn't eat last night.  Dinner will probably be vegetable soup or the like.  Not that it will make much of a difference, but I'm going to try to eat very light today to try to help my weigh in tomorrow.  Ugh!


Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 10/08/2010:
i make turkey burgers, using just42days recipe.. i love em, but usually have to leave out at least one ingredient, but its still all good 2 me :) it is in the forums if ur interested.. let me know if u cant find it

tangalyn on 10/08/2010:
yeah they r pretty easy and very yummy, i dont remember if the recipe says so or not, but u can make many at once and freeze then microwave so next time around is even easier :) enjoy the rest of ur day!

sweetpea1977 on 10/08/2010:
Those apples sound delicious!! I wonder if they exist here in Georgia? I hope so!

Local pizza always does me in. I can easily turn away the big chain stuff, especially Dominos and Pizza Hut.

Today is a new day, so use it wisely. The good news is that you'll probably feel full for most of the day, so your idea to eat light and clean is a good one. Plus, all that fiber that you plan on eating may help clean you out before tomorrow's weigh in! ;-)

sweetpea1977 on 10/08/2010:
PS. Justin and Ethan are just now starting to play together. E is 2.75 years old and J just turned 1 year old. They love imitating each others movements and sounds! Im sure this time next year they will be having a blast with each other. I definitely love that they have each other, especially since I have a feeling that Justin will be an only child and most everyone in the world thinks that this second child is going to be a girl! lol

chidogs on 10/08/2010:
Honeycrisp apples are my all time favorite! Crisp and juicy. Pity their season is fairly short. Don't be too hard on yourself. You got the binge out of your system, so now you can stay on track. Take care.

hollybelle on 10/08/2010:
Great momentum does not stop in one day! Deep breath, pick up the (imaginary) pieces and move on to success. It is so awesome that you did the weights! You have what it takes - not matter what has happened in the past, no matter what is going on today and no matter what tomorrow brings!

Umpqua on 10/08/2010:
The apples sound wonderful! Don't beat yourself up over the pizza, it happens. Sometimes you just have to kick back and have an indulgence. And you STILL exercised, points for that! Just carry on and try to eat healthy over the next few days. I'm facing some sort of eating temptation tonight and I'm not even sure what it will be. Agh! Hope you have a great weekend!

loveray on 10/08/2010:
honeycrisps are the BEST!! yumm. some times our body just cries out for extra calories after restricting for so long. im sorry you had that feeling of being out of control, because i certainly know what that can feel like. with today being so light, im sure you will feel better tomorrow!! have a wonderful weekend. xo

moogy on 10/08/2010:
It is interesting that our subconscious has so much to do with what we actually end up doing. Your logical mind had everything under control and then whammo your subconscious thinks that you needs comforting. Something more to be aware of. Today is a new day and I know exactly how you felt when you woke up. Why did I do that? I is totally incomprehensible isn't it? I am so pleased that you still did your exercise thought, you didn't let yourself down in that area. Just start a fresh day with new knowledge tucked away to prepare for next time - because there will be one!!:)

nita51 on 10/08/2010:
Honeycrisp Apples,,,,,ummmm! I've got to try that. Have a great weekend. xoxo

V on 10/09/2010:
Time to put this in your past and move forward! You have been doing so well and i know you can do this :) i am relieved to hear you no lnger have the super stalker in your life!!

Liza36 - Thursday Oct 07, 2010
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 209.2

My scale did not cooperate this morning with a number that I want to see.  I had a brief discussion with it, as I told Maria, but tried not to get too upset.  I figure as long as I'm trying to establish other good habits, like my exercise, then in the long run, I hope the weight and the scale follow suit.  Saturday is official weigh day, so I'll post an update then.

I know I need to start focusing more on the food part.  I know this stressful period is not helping matters, but I really need more self control, and try to limit the impulse due to stress.  Easier said than done.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel - by mid November I should be able to breathe!

I've noticed that on the treadmill I can start at a higher rate of speed than I could a month ago, and my back is generally feeling ok.  With the exception of last night I tried to go for 45 minutes, and in the end my back was killing me.  But I know at least I can do it.

For about a week now, I've had my 19 year old niece at work temping.  She's working in a different department, but has done a few things for me.  I love seeing her every day!  My brother's family lives about 30-40 minutes away from me, which isn't too bad, but they are just so busy (acutally so am I) and I don't see them on a regular basis.  My niece has been pretty sick and had to withdraw from college, but she is recouperating and will probably go back to school in January.  In the meantime, I love that she is feeling good enough to have her first real office experience, and I get to see her every day.  She'll continue to temp for the next 2-3 weeks.

Have a good day, friends.

Progress as of today: 13.6 lbs lost so far, only 77.2 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 10/07/2010:
Good work on the treadmill. I love that you are seeing improvement in both endurance and strength. Keep it up!

You've done great with foods before, so you know it can be done. It will just take lots of effort and dedication, but dont beat yourself up too much if you make bad decisions every now and then.

Thats great you've been able have your niece work for you. You are a great aunt!

tangalyn on 10/07/2010:
thx 4 ur comment today :) ur very encouraging, so seriously thanks! hope the scale starts bein nicer to u! have a great day :)

chidogs on 10/07/2010:
Rotten mean scale. Well, I know you will show it who's boss. Take care.

selina on 10/07/2010:
Liza, I admire you so much for doing all the exercise and minding your eating despite the busy hours of work you've been putting in! It's wonderful that you have your niece working at your office, enjoy her company!

You lucky lady, having the chance to live in Thailand! I was lucky enough to go there for vacation and will never forget the fabulous food and the daily massages - heaven! We are so lucky to have so many Thai restaurants in the neighborhood to choose from! Yesterday, I found a little Thai grocery store in Vienna which carries fresh lemon leaves for the Tom Yum soup and all kinds of curry pastes.

legcramps on 10/07/2010:
Nice work with the treadmill!

Umpqua on 10/07/2010:
Aw, that's so great that you get to work with your niece. You are doing great with the exercise, so the scale will move for you eventually. Don't stress it - you have enough other stresses on your plate! Hope you have an excellent day!

moogy on 10/07/2010:
I am glad that your back is letting you do what you want to do on the treadmill, that's great. Hopefully you will be able to do your 45 mins soon without any trouble at all. Have a great day Liza.

justine on 10/07/2010:
show that scale who is boss! take things a day at a time, and my mantra is don't let little set backs distract you from your long term goals!

V on 10/07/2010:
Hey girly I am so glad you had the chance to post today, i know how busy you are :) So no more stalker issues right? Have a good day and i hope to hear from you soon ;)

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