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thenewMLE - Wednesday Apr 02, 2014
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 148.6

Just stopped by to say Hi and thank you for all the support over the last 2 years!  The wedding was last Saturday and it was beautiful!  I felt confident in my dress and we danced and just loved the whole day and evening.  We are still bike riding even though the wedding is over but I think it has become a permanent part of our regiment.  Our youngest is graduating from LSU in 6 weeks and wants a bike for a gift so she can ride with us!!  Married daughter moved 6 miles down the levee and is a 25 minute bike ride away.  When she returns from her honeymoon I'm sure we will ride there to visit!

Miss y'all but really wanted to let you know that it was through this forum that I accomplished my 30 pound loss.  I didn't hit my goal weight, but that's OK.  I realize that it is just a number and I am happy with my clothes, size, self and food choices.  The day after the wedding we celebrated my 53rd birthday and I am putting up a pic for you to see!


Luv y'all and I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors!  Keep smiling and always be happy! (I'm the one in maroon) 

Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 04/03/2014:
You look amazing!!! So proud and happy for you!

thenewMLE on 04/03/2014:
Thanks!! It feels good to realize if I keep exercising and eating clean, I don't need to worry about the scale or numbers!!

liza36 on 04/03/2014:

thenewMLE on 04/03/2014:
Thanks!!! How have you been doing?

thenewMLE - Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 148.6

Hey Y'all!

Just droping by to give some good news.  Daughter's fiance passed the BAR exam!!  He reinterviewed for a job last Thursday and got it!  He will be sworn in tomorrow and starts work as an attorney Monday!  

Wedding plans are progressing and the dress is almost finished alterations.  We should be able to take pictures with in the next 10 days.

I don't know why I am on this hampster wheel, but life is just coming at me way too fast.  I am frustrated with work atmosphere and it has spilled into my personal time after work.  I ihave not been on my bike in 10 days, partly due to rain but the other part is just not motivated.  It's been hot and muggy.  I'm tired of riding in mid to high 80's.  This morning is our first cool morning at 65.  It has warmed up to 73 so I hope to ride tonight.  I'm on my own as daughter is in LA and hubby is in North Carolina at home office.  Last night I should have rode, but I was kind enough to order concert tickets for a friend online and I had to go with them to the gate and swipe them in with my credit card.  I wish I had know that back when I let him use my card....

On the health front, I had been maintaining until 4 weeks ago I had an overly carb weekend.  It netted in a 4 pound gain.  That was three days of muffaletta, sushi, brownies, oyster poboy and shrimp poboy followed by chinese take out.  I had not touched any of these foods with white bread or real sugar in over 18 months.  OK, I enjoyed it, but 5 pounds, really???  Thought it was only fluid but considering I have taken 4 weeks to only lose 2 of those pounds, I'm a little distraught.

Anyway, I hope y'all are doing well.  I just needed some calm quiet time here to read and get rejuvinated.

Miss y'all!!!


Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

grumpy on 10/23/2013:
That's awesome. Congrats!

thenewMLE on 10/23/2013:
Thanks Grumpy! Just finished reading your entries and I LOVE your photos! You look beautiful and so happy. Congrats on finding your soul mate.

grumpy on 10/23/2013:
Thank you! :) It' funny, I found my old entry from the day I met him talking about how I met a great guy! :)

V on 10/24/2013:
Miss you as well <3

thenewMLE - Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 148.6

 Hey All!

Just a quick note to say I miss y'all and I'm still riding my bike and eating well.  Dad has had 2 emergency surgeries to remove another cancerous tumor and his left ureter which was also cancerous while my mother had 2 cateract surgeries.  Two of my bathrooms fell apart from old age and I am under construction to remodel all 3 bathrooms.  I budgeted carefully, but unexpected problems have doubled the cost compared to what I planned to spend, so financially bleeding a little bit...  Youngest is back at LSU and graduating in May, Oldest is planning that wedding of a century which will be in March.  

My weight has been very stable with a very slight drop, but I'll take it.  I've been suffering with phantom tooth ache.  The tooth that had the root canal 25 years ago and a new veneer is now throbbing.  It can't be the tooth because it has no nerves...  It has created headaches and I don't EVER get headaches.

As you can tell, I'm slightly overwhelmed, but hanging in there!

Hope everyone is doing well and maybe next week I can find some time to read diaries and catch up with y'all.

Miss ya,


Progress as of today: 28.4 lbs lost so far, only 3.6 lbs to go!

V on 08/14/2013:
Hey girl!! I missed you so much :( Sending prayers for your Dad <3 Hope that your mouth feels better..Love you take care :)

V on 08/14/2013:
Hey girl!! I missed you so much :( Sending prayers for your Dad <3 Hope that your mouth feels better..Love you take care :)

OhioRaven on 08/14/2013:
See ya, MLE

hollybelle on 08/15/2013:
Good to see a post from you! Sorry to hear the news about your dad. Again, parallel lives - our master bath is having problems no one can fix, it seems, but no overhauls, at least. Sorry for your construction issues, but at least your bathrooms will be beautiful when done - sounds like!! Need a little bit of peace it sounds like. We are just waiting the birth of Rosalie Anne (grand daughter) and I will begin a new job 9/3. Am doing well on diet for first time in a LONG time but only so=so on exercise. My road bije is gathering dust this summer, but have gotten in a few BMX rides when the trails have been dry enough! Hang tough, MLE!

Umpqua on 08/15/2013:
So nice to see a post from you! You've had a lot going on and I'm thinking of your parents. I know how stressful remodeling projects can be, as well as how expensive - we went through that in the spring with our rental. Good work on keeping up with the healthy eating and exercise, and I hope you get rid of your tooth and headache pain!

grannyannie on 08/15/2013:
Missed you!! Welcome back.

biscottibody59 on 08/15/2013:
Hang in there and keep up the good work!

selina on 08/21/2013:
Hang in there, MLE! There is so much going on in your life! Stay well, stay healthy!

thenewMLE - Tuesday Jun 25, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 149.0

Good Morning!  I had a rough night but I'll be OK.  Getting a 15 mile ride in before dinner helped me unwind a little.  But my brain still didn't shut down so my dreams were nightmarish again...  A little background on my traumatic experience 5 years ago:  I was driving my daughter to a cheerleading competition at the convention center in New Orleans.  I took the same expressway that I have for the last 15 years and when we got on the ground in downtown, I passed the color lab (I was a professional photographer before Katrina) and my friend had sold the lab but there were a ton of police cars out front.  It made me wonder about my friend, his new lab, and also why were there so many police cars there.  After I dropped J off, I passed it again, glanced over at the building and decided to reach for my phone and drop a call to my friend and ask who bought the old property.  While I was looking down I heard gun shots and when I looked up there was a car in front of me with a guy standing up in the sunroof  SHOOTING a gun AT ME!!  I  panicked and looked in my rear view mirror and the guy behind me was hanging out of his passenger window shooting back.  I realized he wasn't shooting at me, but then it became apparent that I was in the MIDDLE of a rolling gun battle.  The shots were fired under an overpass which amplified the sound.  the car in the front took a sharp u-turn and headed back downtown and when I looked in the rear view mirror again I saw that he was accelerating very fast and was going to hit me so I tried to change lanes.  He hit the back right corner of the car and FLIPPED upsided down.  Another gunman jumped out of the car and started running.  I was afraid to stop because I knew they would kill me because I saw the whole thing happen.  So I finally stopped about 2 blocks up from the actual accident.  It turns out that 23 shots were fired and the driver died from gunshot wounds to the chest.  That's why he accelerated out of control.  He had stolen the vehicle he was driving from my friend's daughter 3 weeks before and he had shot someone the week before.  Anyway, I really thougth I was going to die that day.  The traumatic effects lasted almost 3 years.  My therapy was to create my cookbooks because my first thought was if I die, my family won't have any of my recipes.  Stupid, I know, but your mind does crazy things in life threatening situations.  So the cookbook project also reunited me with my passion of photography because I not only cooked every recipe with step by step details, but I photographed them so that they would know how they were supposed to look if prepared correctly.  Well, that meant I cooked, photographed and ATE 155 recipes in 8 months and then did it again the following year with 50 recipes.  This is where the weight gain started.

So long story longer, yesterday's gunman in my work yard triggered my post traumatic stress.  Everytime I closed my eyes last night I saw the flash of the gun shots from 5 years ago.  I could hear the terrible sound of the gunfire under the overpass.  I need to find something to occupy my mind.  I haven't been able to tell this story because it races my heartbeat but maybe it is theraputic just to face my problems head on.

My door is locked at work today.  This was too close for comfort.  For those who missed yesterday's update, check it out.  I still can't believe it happened.

Breakfast: hard boiled egg, strawberries, blueberries

LUnch: seared tuna on mixed greens with tomato and balsamic drizzle

Dinner:  Sashimi tuna with avocado and roasted sesame seeds, chicken breast topped with spinach artichoke dip and squash casserole

Progress as of today: 28 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 06/25/2013:
I just read through both of your entries... all I can say is wow. I truly commend you for taking action with your cookbook and not just shutting down. I know you think it is minor, but I really think it's a great way to focus your thoughts and keep moving forward. I also think it was really good that you were able to tell your story here... while I know it's very hard, and causes you do relive the experience all over again, I think it's a healing process. I have experienced a trauma as well...no where near as significant as yours... but I still feel lingering affects from it. It does get better though I promise.

thenewMLE on 06/25/2013:
Thanks for your lovely comment! It is part of the healing to accept what happens. I just was such a stable person before Katrina and that was trauma number one that you weren't allowed to express because EVERYONE went through it at different degrees. It screwed us all up emotionally. So the shooting was 3 years post Katrina and I hadn't properly addressed that emotionally so I guess I was just coming apart. But I have to say everyone here at this site has made me feel so confident and comfortable and it has truly been a big part of my healing. And any trauma is significant and I hope you find comfort from your experience! Thanks again!

Umpqua on 06/25/2013:
Sending you BIG hugs and healing vibes. What a crazy and scary story, and of course it triggered stress in you yesterday. I think it's very cool that you created the cookbooks as a form of therapy and this is one of those instances where the positives outweigh the negatives (the weight gain). And you have now successfully dealt with that!

I've walked to that convention center for tradeshows from the riverfront hotels. Wow!

thenewMLE on 06/25/2013:
Thanks again. My cookbook was an awesome project that totally consumed my every thought and effort for 18 months. And it got me an audition for MasterChef and that was a cool experience. It was MY therapy. I really should have been under a doctors care, but sometimes that just isn't possible either time or money. Hopefully these feelings will die and go back deep where they were and I can sleep again.

puddles on 06/25/2013:
Wow - don't know what to say. Wishing you all the best. Take care.

thenewMLE on 06/25/2013:
Thanks Puddles, nothing necessary to say. Just being here helps!

OhioRaven on 06/25/2013:
Praying you find peace, MLE.

thenewMLE on 06/25/2013:
Thanks Raven, I'm praying too. That is one of my support systems that always comes through. I see you are still on a roll! Keep it up!

michgal on 06/25/2013:
Thank god you are ok! take care...

V on 06/25/2013:
OMG how horrific to experience that and no one can blame you for being sketchy about yesterday's events :( Sending lots of calm energy your way <3

RYC I haven't been inspired for a while and I am so sorry it has been lots of salads due to the hot weather..I made a new concoction with whole grain brown rice(with sazon seasoning), ground turkey and Italian Turkey sausage(seasoned with taco seasonings as well as chili powder and cayenne pepper) with southwestern corn..That is my lunch for the week because unlike salad that still holds up in the intense heat if I need to step away..

I got some new ideas from Muscle and Fitness so I will share them with you when I try them out...Love ya Em <3

hollybelle on 06/25/2013:
Two gun incidents and Katrina in a short span of years. On top of just normal life stresses and strains! It is so good that you are talking through it and not keeping it in. I had anxiety disorder several years ago due to emotional trauma suffered years ago that bottling up made worse. It helped me to get honest about my fear/anxiety and not deny it - even to myself. Take care of YOURSELF whatever you need to do - don't put it off. Love to you Emily!

skinnygrlwithin on 06/26/2013:
RYC yesterday... I really did enjoy my bike ride... I completely forgot how much work it can actually be, even just the minor hills!

As for timing..yes it was tough for me too... I found that if I buy only exactly what I'm going to eat for the week, and even portion it all out in advance I do much better than allowing myself to freely make decisions.

legcramps on 06/27/2013:
Oh my Lord, just read through your last couple of entries and girl I wish I could give you a great big bear hug <3. I am so sorry that this recent trauma has brought your previous traumas to mind. I am so glad you are okay; please, please take care of yourself! That is just so terrifying...

biscottibody59 on 06/30/2013:
I hope you're feeling better day by day--one incident like that would be more than enough. Take good care of yourself!

selina on 06/30/2013:
What a crazy story! I hope you are feeling/doing better now. Take care of yourself!

In japan, where there are strict gun laws, the rate of crime is so low, it's incredible! Last week, one crazy man tried to harm school children with a knife at a crosswalk. Three elementary school children were slightly injured, just a few minor cuts, but because there is nothing going on in this country in terms of crime, they keep repeating the same news for a week, now! Poor children, the center of attention for so long in the news! Comparatively, in Washington dc area where we lived before coming here, a death by murder didn't even make it's way to the newspaper because it's too common... Stay safe!

Mskitty on 07/02/2013:
Thats crazy - Do you usually get a lot of crime where you live? I'm from Canada so both stories sound so alien to me. Something like that would be in the news for weeks and weeks here.

thenewMLE - Monday Jun 24, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 149.6

 Good Morning!  Quick check in to say I finally saw 149.6 on the scale!!! I officially dropped  my goal to 145.  I think this is going to be slow, but that's OK.  I'm eating clean and riding daily in addition to swimming.  I really thought this part was going to be easy but it's like my body has just settled into it's comfort zone.  But that's OK, I'm comfortable and happy.  I have a wedding for a very close friend's daughter on Saturday and I finaly fit into the outfilt that I wanted to wear.  The little extra to the next goal is to have comfort in my 10's and not be right in there, if you know what I mean.

I have a very hectic week at work as my co-worker is out of town for the next 4 days.  It puts a little more work and responsibility on me, but it's less drama in the office.  I really like her a lot and she does her job very efficiently, but she loves to pick at the guys and sometimes it doesn't come across as picking.  I think I'm going to like being an only child again for a little while! (That's just a reference to the work enviroment being the only one in the office for 7 hours of the 10 hour day.  I still have my brother who IS my boss...)

Can't have the 5th of July off and get a long weekend.  I wanted to go to Pensacola to celebrate my good friend's 60th BD, so it looks like we will leave Friday the 5th after work instead of teh 3rd after work.

HOpe everyone is doing well!

Breakfast:  hard boiled egg, strawberries, blueberries

Lunch: seared tuna over mixed greens, tomato and balsamic drizzle

Dinner: Pasta puttanesca with italiain sausage, broccol and multi grain pasta

15 mile ride planned, rode in a thunderstorm yesterday - that was interesting!


Freaked out!!!  High speed stolen car chase ends with gunman hitting taxi head on, jumping out of truck and running into my WORK yard!!  Ditches the gun under my building EXACTLY where I sit!  Cops fly into yard and he runs past my window.  Entire area shut down and he is trapped.  If he doesn't surrender they will turn the dogs loose on him.  Got it on video....My heart is in my throat, again!  I'm in a crime scene again.

Progress as of today: 27.4 lbs lost so far, only 4.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 06/24/2013:
Look at you go on a new goal! Sorry you aren't getting the 5th off. I want it off, but don't know yet! I hear you about the co-worker drama. Here I am able to not be involved most of the time. But don't know if I change jobs how that would go. I expect I would be willing to try, though!

OhioRaven on 06/24/2013:
Hi, MLE. I just looked at your scale. Yes, it looks like you're in the comfort zone. Wishing you well.

Tangalyn~ on 06/24/2013:

hollybelle on 06/24/2013:
OMG!!! Just came on to update and saw YOUR update! I can't top that! Holy Moly! More before News at 11:00, please! Did they get him?

thenewMLE on 06/24/2013:
Holly, they just got him 5 minutes ago. we gave them our surveillance video and spent time chatting with the agent. I'm still in a state of shock because my back door is always open because my guys come in and out. He could have easily run through here with the gun instead of throwing it under the building. My brother was walking out the back when we heard the guy run over my steps at the front door. Just last week an armed gunman robbed the bank that I walk to everyday and shot at the cop who pursued him. I was involved in the middle of a rolling gun battle 5 years ago and still have traumatic episodes from that. Anyway, I am calming down a little! didn't I just say a was looking forward to a drama free day????? Hope you are doing well!

Umpqua on 06/24/2013:
OMG Emily, that's horrifying! Just saw your update to Holly, so glad they got him!! I'm not sure how you can remain calm after something like that happening, but I hope you can find a way to relax a little. Wow!

thenewMLE on 06/24/2013:
Thanks Ump, just seems like stress and trauma want to follow me! I try to stay out of the way, but it's the unexplained that seems to follow me! Are you enjoying the summer with the boys? Didn't you take a trip recently?

hollybelle on 06/24/2013:
So glad they got him. I didn't know about our episode 5 years ago. I recommend wine and a long leasurely bath or dip in the pool which ever seems best to you! <3 <3 <3

Umpqua on 06/24/2013:
^^Good advice from a wise woman :) Summer is going great - just got back from a weekend ladies' spa getaway and we're leaving for a beach vacation in 3 weeks. So I'm doing a 4-week Beach Body program to coincide with that, I hope I get results! I hope things are calmer for you now xx

V on 06/24/2013:
OMG on the gunman :( I am sure your nerves are frazzled.. Thank goodness they got the guy..Hey congrats on your loss BTW..Miss you girl <3

thenewmle on 06/24/2013:
Miss you too V, nerves are frazzled and major headache but we are leaving to ride in a minute. Hope it will just go away and not unearth all the old trauma. Thanks for the congrats-I was looking up again!

thenewMLE - Friday Jun 21, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 150.0

Good Morning!

Weight holding steady at 150.0!  I survived the dentist the other day, just barely.  They woulnd up doing the crown and replacing a 26 year old veneer.  They gave me gas but the deadening started to wear off before they were finished.  So needless to say, I had a rough evening.  I got the new crown yesterday but only a temp for the veneer.  The temp fell off last night....  I  know once I get all teh dental work finished I will mentally feel better.

I missed 2 rides this week because of the dental work, but I plan to ride 15 miles tonight with BFF and possibly SIL.  3/4 of the way through  the ride, we will stop to split burgers on wheat and maybe some fried mushrooms as a treat at the River Shack bar.  We will end up at my house and swim until the mosquitos attack.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend and stays on track!

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 06/21/2013:
I'm really sorry to hear about all your dental work issues... pain in your mouth to me is one of the worst possible pains you can have.

Your bike ride, and little treat in the middle sounds fantastic!!

hollybelle on 06/21/2013:
You are a biking wonder! Speaking from (RECENT) experience - you will def feel better when all the dental work is done. My "bad" tooth experience (the headaches that turned out to be an abcessed tooth) recently really wore on me. It took about 2 weeks but I feel better than I have iin months - hope you will, soon, too! I have been such a slacker on the bike this summer, but have been walking a lot with husband and dogs - he seems to actually appreciate it! I helped the 15 year old twin girls next door (since they were born) prepare their mother's OLD beach cruiser bike and my spare one for a ride last night. They were so cute - had to take the seats down and get air in the tires and clean the chain, etc. The next generation of cyclists?? We'll see!

thenewMLE - Tuesday Jun 18, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 150.0

 Good Morning! Just stopping by to say I hit my first mini goal!!  150 on the dot - no ounces at all!  I apologize for my absence, but work has been very demanding with a whole bunch more reports required.  We also got a "marketing tech" to handle our advertising (which I used to do) and she is developing a new website.  Great, except I have to furnish her ALL kinds of info, pictures, bios and details.  More work on me.... Then I have to proof read EVERYTHING....this is killing me...

I am very nervous about a dental appointment this afternoon.  I have a hole in my tooth under an existing filling.  They are removing the filling today to see if they can save the tooth and just refill, or if it has decayed internally to the point of needing a crown.  I am very strong in many aspects of my life, but when it comes to dental work, I am a wuss... So keep me in your prayers that I don't have an anxiety attack BEFORE the procedure ever starts.  I don't like the smell or the sound of the filling being removed.  I don't like the chance of them not deading me enough and hitting a nerve. (All of this has happened in the past which makes me just very scared.)

Oh, well, we haven't missed a 15 mile bike ride except for the day after my last post.  that Thursday rained SOOO hard that all the streets flooded and I couldn't get home.  I wound up at a bar on the highway and it was a very interesting experience.  Long story short, 4 hours later the water subsided enough for me to leave and get to my subdivision which was still flooded so I waded in knee deep water all the way home.   Water had been 6 " from entering my house - again.  Which then set me into post traumatic stress of the last time we flooded and I had to move out of my house.  2 weeks later I think I returned to normal function again.  The day after teh flood, future son in law graduated law school.

The heat is pretty intense with mid 90's and heat index of over 110.  After we ride, we jump in the pool and swim for 30 minutes.  Wedding plans are marching on, and we are still cooking and trying to keep up with the kids at home for the summer.

Hope y'all are doing well and i don't know when I can read diaries soon, but I always think about y'all!!

Progress as of today: 27 lbs lost so far, only 0 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/18/2013:
It's great to see a post from you. You've had a lot going on, I'm so glad your house escaped flooding this time around. I'm sure that was scary. I hope your dental appointment goes very well today and that you're able to stay calm! xx

thenewMLE on 06/18/2013:
Thanks!! How are you feeling? Any plans for the summer with the boys?

legcramps on 06/18/2013:
You've got so much going on this summer! Very glad to hear from you and especially that you are still going strong and staying on that bike :)

thenewMLE on 06/18/2013:
Thanks! Are you sleeping any better?

Umpqua on 06/18/2013:
^^Yes, incredible work on the bike and congrats on meeting your mini goal! Except for some residual joint pain I'm feeling really good, thanks for asking. I'm hoping to slowly get back to the fitness level I was at last summer and just stay strong to avoid future problems. We have a really fun summer planned with season passes to a local amusement/water park that we'll be visiting often, a beach vacation coming up in a few weeks and a week of summer camp for the boys in August. We're going to pack as much fun in as possible :)

thenewMLE on 06/18/2013:
That sound like so much fun. take it from experience, enjoy this special time with the kids. Before you know it, they will be getting married and you will say to yourself, where did the time go???? I'm glad you are improving and I'm sure you will get strong soon!

legcramps on 06/18/2013:
^^ LOL, I just had a good night's sleep last night, after a few nights of choppy sleep and disturbing dreams.

V on 06/18/2013:
Prayers being sent that you stay calm <3 I miss you so much but I too understand how busy life can get so i will send you an update via fb message..Love ya Em <3

thenewMLE - Wednesday May 29, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 152.2

Good Morning!  Good Afternoon!  I've been trying to do this post for the past 7 hours but work has been bery demanding.  Dinner of Shrimp & Grits was AWESOME last night.  The flavors were dead on and I avoided the several pounds of butter and still got a delicious meal.  Tonight we will ride our 15 miles and we have a joiner.  Daughter bought fiance a bike for law school graduation and they riding with us tonight.  I'll start the Pasta PUttenesca when I get home and it can simmer while we ride.  

Hope y'all have a great day.  Trying to do double work so I can take off Friday for future son-in-law's law school graduation.  Should be an exciting day!

Breakfast:  strawberries, blueberries and blackberries

snack: handful of coconut almonds

lunch: chopped romaine lettuce with grilled salmon, boiled shrimp and avocado with a drizzle of Asian Sesame dressing

snack: granny smith apple with peanut butter

dinner: pasta  puttanesca , steamed broccoli

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/29/2013:
Mmmm....I might just have to try to find grits in Michigan to bring back home with me! Enjoy your bike ride tonight. Healthy meal plan for today. :)

V on 05/29/2013:
"Em's Bike club" I love the sound of it!! I assume they are planning to stay in NOLA once they get married? I hope so that would be a great way of getting in family/friend time in not to mention a stellar workout!! have a great evening my friend

biscottibody59 on 05/31/2013:
Hope you're having a good day--I'm sure you're gearing up for a good weekend too!

RYC: I'm going completely decaf as of yesterday. I've just been lazy about getting on that bandwagon. I hope to be pretty much decaf-free soon. Maybe have a couple of cups of reg plus decaf per month--after kinda wrapping my head around it. It didn't work too well last time, I was back and rolling with a set routine, but it didn't serve me well.

I hope you can make your peace with the water intake. I know how difficult it can be.

legcramps on 06/04/2013:
Hope you're doing well!

thenewMLE - Tuesday May 28, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 152.2

Good Morning!  I didn't get out of here until 3:30 yesterday but everyone was still in the pool enjoying the day.  I came home with 25 pounds of shrimp and several dozen crabs from my co worker so we boiled a bunch and as the sun went down  we peeled shrimp and crabs.  I also peeled 5 pounds raw for my Shrimp and Grits tonight.  My oldest doesn't care for the andoullie sausage in the shrimp and grits so I am making a substitution for her tonight.  I still want some meat to render to start my roux, so I am going to fry some bacon instead of the sausage.  I'll remove the bacon and use the drippings for the roux.  Saute onions in the drippings, add the flour and thicken.  Then I thin the roux with chicken stock and poach the shrimp in that sauce.  At this point instead of adding cayenne and salt, I am going to use the BBQ shrimp seasoning profile since we all love BBQ shrimp.  New Orleans style BBQ shrimp is cooked in POUNDS of butter with worcestershire, cayenne, garlic salt, celery salt, black pepper, and rosemary and thyme.  So I am eliminating the butter by using the chicken stock roux (which will make a better gravy or sauce for the grits) but I am using the flavors to mimic BBQ shrimp. I will be making a big pot of white cheddar grits.  Once the shrimp is ladeled over the grits, I will garnish with the crumbled bacon.  I think this will be a fantastic dish.  I'll have to let you know.

I need to get on my bike, but I really want to cook tonight so if I get the sauce and grits started and it's done before 6:30 I will ride.  I'm having to ride later and later because of the heat.  We are already hitting the 90's.

Hope y'all have a great day!

Breakfast:  hard boiled egg

Lunch:  romaine lettuce with boiled shrimp, grilled tuna and asian sesame dressing

Dinner:  Faux BBQ Shrimp & Grits

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

skinnygrlwithin on 05/28/2013:
Well that definitely sounds like a delicious dinner... I've never had homemade grits! Wow! You guys are having a heat wave! It's always tough trying to workout when there's temperatures like that... I used to have that problem training for a big race out here.

thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
I shouldn't complain because it is usually hotter by now. We settle in at the mid 90's through August. The A/C doesn't keep up very well. When you walk out at 6am it's already hot. We had a little cool front and it is holding the temps down for a little while. Last year I toyed with doing some Beach body videos instead of battling the heat, but I just don't have the drive to make that happen for some reason. And I love grits. We make a corn grits with fresh roasted corn that is just wonderful. I didn't realize it was a Southern thing until we evacuated for Katrina to Chicago and I couldn't find grits in the grocery!

grannyannie on 05/28/2013:
Oh yum! Drooling! Love grits. Love shrimp. Hope you can get on your bike soon.

thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
Thanks Annie, me too! It's just that as much as I enjoy riding my bike, my passion is in my cooking. When the weekend is consumed with other things, my meal planning suffers and cuts into my evening biking time. HOpefully I will be back on track next week.

hollybelle on 05/28/2013:
I agree that that Shrimp and Grits will be great! I am dying to make some myself now! I actually had some good S&G at a little diner in a one-horse-town near here last week. Cook/Chef was from Chicago and it was much better than any other I have had around here! I have got my desire to ride bike back....Yay!

thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
Glad you are getting back to riding. I find once I start back, I realize how much I really like it. I can't believe you got S&G in Chicago!! I had the worst time and NEVER found grits in a store while living there 8 years ago. Maybe food network is making more people aware of different cultural foods and they are becoming more available outside their region! Let me know how your ride goes this evening. Don't let the dept. of insurance stress you out. Keep an upper hand on them!

legcramps on 05/28/2013:
oh. yum. can i come for dinner???

thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
Any time you find yourself near New Orleans I would love to dine with you!

legcramps on 05/28/2013:
I've wanted to visit New Orleans for the past five or six years, but I can't find a travel buddy to come with me! I'll have to start putting the feelers out again :) You may regret offering to dine with me though ;) LOL.

thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
I wouldn't regret it!! Just let me know if it ever looks like a possibility!

Umpqua on 05/28/2013:
I'm sorry, I'm having trouble typing due to the drool all over my keyboard ;) I'm in shock at the amount of shellfish your coworker gave you. What a major score - glad you are enjoying it properly!!

thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
DON't DROOL ON THE KEYBOARD!! It was delicious, but I actually purchased the shrimp from him. His step dad shrimps and crabs as his livelihood. He gives Mario a percentage for helping him sell his catch. But he did give me the crabs because it was part of his payment and he doesn't eat them. So after I boiled them I sent him 6 for his wife. We are lucky to have easy access to fresh seafood!

V on 05/28/2013:
I should have know better to read your entry before dinner, I am starving now and I licked the screen ans then I drooled on my keyboard...LOL

Sorry you had to work so late yesterday, I hope you enjoyed a vodka drink, you certainly deserved one...Love ya

thenewMLE - Monday May 27, 2013
(Sugar Buster! Biking at least 5 times a week)
Weight: 152.2

Good Morning!  At work bright and early... I am hoping that we get to leave around noon or 1 today.  We are having a backyard pool party  and I am the only one that has to work...Oh, well, at least I have a job!  I had a great weekend with awesome food and swimming and biking too.  I bought a side of salmon, butchered it myself and marinated it in soy, lemon and brown sugar.  We grilled to a nice medium rare and served it with grilled corn on the cob and those zucchini tomato things I put up the other week.  I just can't seem to get enough of those.

My youngest niece wanted homemade toll house cookies so a manned up and made them with her.  I stuck my finger in the dough only once and a did taste a half of a cookie.  That's an accomplishment for me.  I enjoyed the experience and realize I can still bake an not over indulge.  I baked a banana nut bread and cut the sugar IN HALF and it was still declicious! And even the family with the sickenly sweet tooth said it was good.

I hope everyone in the US is enjoying their holiday and hopefully I will too!  If not, I have some vodka stashed in the freezer and it might just be a vodka and fresca kind of day!

Breakfast:  1/2 grapefruit, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries

Lunch: I didn't bring any and I hope to have a hot dot and chili on wheat bun

Dinner:  Pasta Puttanesca

Progress as of today: 24.8 lbs lost so far, only 2.2 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 05/27/2013:
Your posts make me hungry! I'm resisting the oatmeal raisin cookies I just baked for daughter, but there is NO way I could resist toll house cookies! Hope you get home early today. Enjoy the pool party.

thenewMLE on 05/27/2013:
Do you have a healthy recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies? I would like that if they weren't loaded with sugar or honey! Thanks for the well wishes. I hope it is an early day too!

OhioRaven on 05/27/2013:
have a good day Emily .

thenewMLE on 05/27/2013:
You too Ohio!!

V on 05/27/2013:
Hope you get to leave early especially since you are hosting a gathering at your crib, LOL Say I have been meaning to ask if you have tried "Steel Head Trout"? OMG it is so deelish..It is quite similar to Salmon(not as thick though so keep that in mind when if you cook some up, I know you like yours on the rarer side like me)

Have a wonderful time at the cookout, I am so jealous!! LOL

thenewMLE on 05/27/2013:
I bought some a couple years ago to make a recipe for my cookbook. I had NEVER in my life purchased fish because my hubby fished every weekend. I grill or broil the trout and then wrap it around a bunch of sauteed shrimp, stand it on it's side (like a pinwheel) and then dollop it with butter snow ( a homemade reversed hollaindaise).OMG, just melts in your mouth! Long story longer, that fish was 16.99 a pound!!! I almost died from sticker shock!! We had lost our fishing camp in Katrina so my supply was gone and I had no choice but to buy it for the photograph. Needless to say, he is back fishing, but not as often. I just bought 10 pounds of beautiful gulf shrimp from my co worker and 2 dozen crabs. Looks like shrimp and grits for tomorrow night and boiled crabs if and when I get off. Have a happy day!!!

grannyannie on 05/27/2013:
My oatmeal raisin cookies use light muscavado sugar (a light brown sugar that says it's 'natural unrefined cane sugar'). The recipe is all in metric though and I don't know how to convert. (unless you have a gram scale?)

selina on 05/27/2013:
Your foods always sound so wonderful!

thenewMLE on 05/28/2013:
Thanks Selina, this is my version of painting! I create artistically with flavor profiles and presentation. I just can't save it...Have a great day!

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