Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Funny Monday

Yep, that's me, the one on the right (note the red hair...)....

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blasting in my ears right now...

Sometimes it's just fun to go back to the music that you loved back in the day...

Over the next few weeks, I'll be revisiting some of those tunes.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So It's Wednesday...

Sad news this week Cheerleaders...

I had a slight gain, thankfully it was only a pound and I'm only up to 248.

The Wonder One and I had a graduation party over the past weekend and we ended up taking a LOT of food home from it (it's still difficult to say "thank you, but no thank you" to those who mean well) and ate on that for a number of days....come to think of it, I think there are still some wings in the fridge, lol.

But I'm okay with the one pound gain.  Reason being?  I've gotten up and around A LOT more this past week (working out and cleaning) for one and for two I got my measurements this past week.  I've not done that since this all started. 

The odd thing about that is that while I can see where I've lost inches in many areas, in many areas, I've gained.  The Wonder One (who helped me take my measurements) and I figured that we probably didn't measure in the same areas and since it's been so long since the last time we measured, I've just got to suck it up and take it.

For a listing of my measurements, before and after, take a look at the above tab.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Well...If I'm going to be making wishes...

After all, it IS that time of the month!
When it's that time of the month, you're looking for anything to make it easier to stick to your food plan!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

So It's Wednesday...

Hi Cheerleaders!

This week has gone by so fast!  Work has kept me busy and I've been trying to work on the house here and there doing some purging.  Trying to get rid of some stuff that I either don't need or it's just been hanging around for who knows what reason.

What it translates into is movement.  Not just for me, but on the scale too!

Again this week I was a big fat loser!

I lost 1 pound!  Granted it's not a huge glorious number.  However, as long as those numbers are going down, I can live with whatever the size.  Be it going down.

Given human nature, yes, I'd like it to be quicker (lol, who wouldn't?) but, to be safe and to keep it off, I'll take slow.  After all, I do not want to have to ever revisit this!

Soooo my faithful Cheerleaders, how was your week?  Those of you on similar journeys?  How'd you do?  What challenges did you face and overcome?  If you didn't overcome them, maybe we can work on it together.

Comment below and share, let's work on this together.

Monday, May 14, 2012

It's the only thing I can figure...

This is what I tell myself on those weeks when the needle won't move...

Just call me Cleo....Queen of Denial...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Nummy review...

This is a review that I meant to do a few weeks ago when it was pertinent to my situation.

Back when I wasn’t able to eat after my surgery because I wasn’t coming out of it well (the medications were messing with my stomach something awful) The Wonder One got me some Jell-O Sugar Free Rice Pudding

I have to say that this is some of the most awful, horrible stuff I’ve ever put to my lips. It was almost mealy like.  If it’s possible for pudding to have that sort of consistency, while I understand it was a rice pudding, I don’t know.  I guess I was thinking it was going to have a more tapioca like consistency.  It just did not taste good to me at all.

To be fair, I was sick and my stomach was on a roller coaster, so if you should want to try it, do so at your own risk.

I for one, won’t be repurchasing it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

So It's Wednesday...

Hi there Cheerleaders...

I’ll get right to the good stuff because I know that’s what you come here for, lol.

This week, I’m a big fat loser! (WooHoo!) Now granted, it’s not a huge loss, but hey, anything that’s gone is a good thing!  Better for it to be gone than for it to be coming back on is my motto!

This week I lost 2 pounds!  Down to 248!

I know that what I need to start doing on a regular basis is exercising.  I've done it before but it's been hit or miss.  What I need to do is I need to get into the habit of packing a bag and having it parked by the back door so when I leave in the morning it's with me and I just have it in the car taking it with me.  So that when I go out the door, it’s there and ready to go when I am.  That way when I get off work in the afternoon, I can go straight to the gym afterwards.  That was the game plan in the beginning.  Not going home until I’d worked out.  But then with the overwhelming stress and exhaustion of learning the new job … it all got to be a bit much and wore me down.

However I think I’m at a point where I’m ready to give it a go.  I’ve got a book downloaded to my ipod (along with some great music) and I’m ready to start working out again. I’m not so exhausted at night, when I get off work anymore.   

So I believe that instead of making excuses not to exercise…

I’m just going to get it done.

Wish me luck!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Funny Monday

The Wonder One did this for me recently by taking away the glorious sticky honey buns (I eat them when I'm stressed beyond belief), I was very grateful for his effort.  I'd be just as grateful for this furball's efforts too, lol.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Since it's been so long...

Since posting an updated weekly pic to show how I was doing, I thought I'd post one of me in *gasp* a skirt of all things! lol  The one thing I personally hadn't noticed myself until I'd taken a critical eye of myself in the photo is how big my clothes have become.  I hadn't noticed it personally while looking in the mirror.  Kinda makes me excited to see when the clothes do fit!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Blasting in my ears right now...

Okay so I may not be so young....still doesn't mean I can't love the song any less right?

I love me some Enrique!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Remember when...

I first started and you all started coming here?

It's been a year now!

Can you believe it?

What I wanted to do was put together a box, a thank you box to give the winner to say thank you over the past year to express to you my gratitude for supporting me in my efforts.  What is going to be in it are items that I've reviewed over the past year and The Wonder One has included a few little things too to show his appreciation of all of your support.  Just so you know, when it came time to select the winner, his name was removed from those who are listed as followers on the blog so that it would be fair, then I went to Random.Org and had it help me select a Cheerleader (to be fair) because, well, to be honest...I couldn't trust Connor to pick someone (he's got four paws) and I could only afford one winner.

So within the next week or so, I will be sending out a box to a very lovely Cheerleader who herself is on a journey of her own.  I so can't wait to hear of her successes!

The ever lovely and charming.....


I so love this pic of her! lol

Truly my only regret is that I can't send a thank you box to all of you, but I am happy that I can send the one to Nicole!

Nicole....heads up girlie!

Nummy review...

For quite some time now I’ve been wanting to go vegetarian.  Not really for any particular reason other than I know it’s a more heart healthy way of eating.  Also a part of me is hoping that it’ll help me to shed some weight.  As well I’ve tried a few meat substitute products and found them to be pretty good.

A few are lacking and with The Wonder One’s underwhelming response to go vegetarian it’s difficult.  Not to mention the fact that frequently it’s not very budget friendly.  Which really sucks!  So here and there I’ve been trying a few things and hope to slide them across the table to The Wonder One to see what he has to say. 
But until that time comes…

Here’s what I have to say about one product that I recently tried by Morning Star Farms, called Corn Dogs. 


After you are done reading this, do not walk but run…NAY get in the car and RACE to the nearest store and buy out their stock of this stuff!  They are so tasty that they truly make me want to try more of their products!  I’ve already tried their starter crumbles for my chili and seriously?  Once done, you cannot tell that there is no meat in my chili.  Not one bit.

As for these corn dogs, they remind me of the ones that we’d get at the fair as a kid only they aren’t greasy AND they are only 4 points per dog.  So you can eat them and relish in the fact that you are having something that’s “good for you” which it kinda sorta is (by not clogging your arteries) and low in points! With Weight Watchers it's 4 points per dog!  

The only hitch (there’s always one isn’t there?) is that there is only 4 in the box, so you need to buy them when they’re on sale or else they are VERY pricey.  But these sorts of products are usually on sale fairly often.

Give them a try and let me know what you think.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news Cheerleaders =C I just saw at the very bottom of the label (of course in the smallest print possible) that the product has wheat, soy, egg and milk ingredients.  I'm so very sorry if you have any allergies to any of these items =C as I AM trying to find items that are fitting for everyone.  Stick with me folks, I'm still on the look out for you.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

So this is what I find...

Over on The Wonder One's Facebook Wall...
Problem: during weekly weigh-ins, it was hard to see exactly where the arrow on the scale was pointing. Solution: I taped a magnifying glass to an old broom handle. Now I can read the numbers just fine. Only thing is, Shannon is worried about the glass and handle adding weight. I don't think it really makes any difference.
Now seriously  Cheerleaders....you've been following me long enough to know me...

Wouldn't you be worried?

Especially if you're holding this?

Now granted, he just HAD to put the doodad on the scale to see how much the contraption weighed.  Next to nothing.  But STILL, it DID weigh....something...

Next question...

Does it work?


It works.

He's still going to hold the damned thing!  I'll be damned if I will!!!  Hey! If I'm going to the trouble of getting bare ass naked to weigh in...then he can hold the bloody thing!

Weigh in Cheerleaders (okay, poor choice of words there) tell me what your thoughts are.

Should I hold it, or should he?

So it's Wednesday...

It's that dreaded time of the week again Cheerleaders...

How DOES it manage to roll around so quickly?

Although I AM happy to report that again this week I am a big fat loser!

I lost 2 pounds this week taking me down to 250 even!  YaY!

Something that I've learned (and basically already knew, but just reaffirmed to myself) was that besides portion control and exercise the single BIGGEST thing to help in all of this is keeping track of what you're eating.  You don't have to be doing Weight Watchers or using anything fancy to track your food intake, but as I once told Queenie "If it goes in your gob, it gets tracked.  Period."

So, Cheerleaders, if you find that you're on a journey similar to mine, if I could only pass along one piece of advice to help you out.....and if you need to do it the old fashioned way....go to Barnes & Noble if you have to and get the most comprehensive calorie counter you can find, then get a notebook and find a pen.  Then start writing it down.  Start keeping track of what you're eating.  It really is that simple.

Once you see how much you're eating (and you're wanting to lose weight of course) you're going to start making smarter eating choices on your own so that you can reach your goals.

You can't reach your goals if don't start making the changes somewhere.

We all know....you have to start somewhere...