Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I always wanted to be an A+ student...

And now I know I am - even as an adult!!!

I need this on a recipe card!

Pretty sweet eh? So many delicious things and now we can know which are smart choices too ;)

Weekly update

So last week happened. And sucked. And I ate my way through it. This means I am sitting at a lovely 131lbs on Sunday Night.

Boo. Must get back on track Self! I said, to myself. So I tried to run a "fast" 10km last night. I made it 1km before my right ankle started to hurt. It had hurt at about 8km? on the long run on Sunday so I thought I would just run to 5 and then be fine to carry on. Turns out no. The darn thing is Skotted right up. At 2.5 km I called Rob because I couldn't even walk without looking like a gimp.

Today was ice, rest (ha! I have three little kids!) and take it easy. I need to go get new shoes. and a tensor bandage. I will get better! But today I was seriously bummed.

It's Weekly Update time!

Except, actually, it's past weekly update time.  Because today is Wednesday.  Not Monday.  But dude, I'm BUSY.  So very busy.  You have no idea.

Fine.  You do have an idea because the only people reading this are up on my life and it's insane details.  So you get it!!  Hurrah!!

Starting weight: 141lbs
Last week's weight: 136lbs
This week's weight: 136lbs

Because I suck.

Between the funeral, the memorial, house guests, out of town relatives (Steven and Michelle, I'm looking at you!), I cut myself some slack.  A lot of slack.  I rock that way.

But, hey! I didn't gain weight.  AND my period is due anysecondnow (my bloating and my acne are a dead give away.  And my crazy! Can't forget the crazy!).  Also, the scale was nicer to me on Tuesday.  Hopefully next week will be better.

Honestly, I don't care.  A couple of bad weeks are no big deal in the long run.  I will fix it. It will get better.  I will find that wagon and jump right back on.

Take that diet!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Low Calorie Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

I was looking for a new salad dressing recipe. A creamy one. Something delicious.

And here it is!

Ranch Dressing 

1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup light mayonnaise (I actually did use the light mayo. Even though I think it's evil)
1/4 cup low fat sour cream (ditto on the sour cream)
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp minced shallot or red onion
1 tbsp fresh cilantro (I did NOT use this. Yuck!)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (I didn't have any lemons. So lime juice it was!)
2 tsp minced fresh dill (um, again, no fresh dill. Dried went in.)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (would you believe I only had fresh garlic. 1 clove, pressed.)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper

Whisk all the ingredients together (I used a measuring cup) until smooth.

And guess who ate it???? SCOTT!!! I know. Ridiculous!!!!!

It turned out well. Despite my substitutions. The fresh dill would have made it better but in a pinch the dried stuff was good.


Only 30 calories for 2 tablespoons.

Yes, that would be 1/2 the calories for typical oil and vinegar dressings.

Like I said, enjoy!

It's Monday. Time for an Update!

Starting weight: 141
Saturday's weight: 136
Goal weight: 130
Pounds to go: 6

Still.  I didn't bother to weigh myself Sunday and I forgot to weigh myself this morning.  No seriously, Scott brought coffee and smoothie to wake me up this morning and I didn't hop up and run to the bathroom scale before indulging.  See.... it can happen!!

On the plus side, this week I ran a whopping 54km.  Of course, I have managed to hurt my foot (what? huh? NOOOOO!!!) and am heading to the doctor tomorrow to ensure that it isn't a stress fracture.  Fingers crossed Dr. Let's Check Everything says that I'm ok to keep running.

I was originally planning to post that one of my goals was to ban alcohol this week.  And then I remembered that we have out of town guests.  People, I am going to need to drink.  Next week.  Next week I will be better.  This week I will exercise my ass off (hopefully literally) to compensate for the extra calories.  I promise!

Running Song of the Week:

Makes me happy.  Every time.

Weekly update

Starting weight: 134.5
Today's weight: 129.6
Goal weight: 124.0
Pounds to go: 5.6

This week I upped my running to 30k. Yay!

I also did a bunch of Jillian yoga, and am noticing it is getting easier, so maybe I will buy the DVD so I can do level 2.

Dieting was slow, and painful. I caved a lot. This week I will be better! (to be honest, making cookies for Bryan after school like a "Good Mother" is part of the problem. Must find a recipe I don't like.)

This post is lame. Oh well. Too tired to be witty today :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Starting the Diet - AGAIN

My rule is when I hit 140 on the scale, I have to diet. No choice, sucka. Not allowed to go up a pant size ever again.

I hit 140lbs in June. I "started" dieting several times. I did not lose any weight. Finally I had two successful weeks of dieting before camping. Then I gained back what I lost. I hit 142 point something after camping.

Finally, two weeks after camping, the real dieting started again.

My official goal is 133lbs. It is an "easy" and simple goal. I don't have the drive to do the hard goal like in the spring.

I am using Jillian Michael's Body Revolution to help me achieve this goal, as well as rock climbing and biking (for as long as weather permits). I can't decide whether to try following Jillian's meal plan or not. So many foods I don't like... (fish, vegetables!) I don't know if I could do it. But my diet food probably needs a reboot.

My unofficial goals need work. They are not easily measurable and seemingly unattainable. Those are pretty bad qualities for goals.

#1: 130lbs (and stay there!).
I hit it once, for about 3 days. It was so hard, and I felt like the only way to maintain it was to make dieting my forever way of eating (no junk or booze, ever). But any higher than this and I feel like I still need to lose weight.

#2: Have a flat stomach.
I was at 130lbs. I finished Jillian's Six Weeks Six Pack (even did levels 1&2 back to back). I could feel all the muscles (and still can!), but I still didn't have a flat stomach. What else to do? Is it simply not possible?

#3: Stop needing to diet 1 month after finishing dieting.
Every time I diet, I immediately gain back 2 lbs the week after I finish because I can't help gorging. Then I slowly gain weight for the next couple months and hit my max weight again. Then I need to diet. AGAIN. I am so sick of constantly needing to diet, of every family event saying, "Yeah, I'm dieting again."

When I gain weight after a weekend of indulgence or a vacation, I want to lose the weight right away and get back to my goal weight. After a vacation, Moose simply doesn't indulge (but doesn't eat diet food) and falls back to his previous weight. If I go back to consistent healthy-ish foods and exercise, I will simply maintain my new weight. How do I fix my body's metabolism? How do I reset my body's comfortable weight? Is the only option dieting for a week after one day of drinking or dessert? That's still constant dieting!

Hurumph I say. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Natural Consequences

Oh the shame. 

Question: What happens when you spend 2 months eating whatever you want, drinking on a whim and not excercising?  Not even one iota?

Answer: A cruel relationship with your bathroom scale.

I hit my highest weight this summer in, um, ever.  Ok, fine, so that's a bald face lie.  I hit my highest weight since losing all the baby weight.  Four years ago. 


Clearly a weight loss blog was just what I needed (thank you Breanna!).


1. Lose 11lbs

2. Run 100km in one week

3. Do 50 push-ups.  In no more that 3 reps.

How am I doing?

Starting weight (post-camping): 141lbs (I KNOW!!! THE SHAME!!!!!!)
Current weight: 136lbs

I have been running about 50kms a week.  I tried some push-ups and can only manage about 20 before I want to fall down and die.  It wasn't my favourite.  There is definitely much work to do.

Fat pants, I hope never to need you again.  For reals this time.  I will, however, keep you in my closet, if for no other reason, to mock you! For being so ridiculously large! Ha! Only, not yet.  Right now, I still need you......

Only 11 weeks to go!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In

Starting weight: 134.5
Today's weight: 131.2
Goal weight: 124.0
Pounds to go: 7.2

So I thought I would state my goals so I am more accountable!

My "Official Challenge Goal" is to lose 10.5 pounds. 
I would also like to do the following:
Run 10 k - check! (thanks Krista!!!)
Run 15k
Run 20 k
Get back to doing pushups - 25 in a row
No more night-time snacking!
Make at least 3/4 of the Christmas gifts I give this year ( this goes in hand with no more snacks after kid bedtime - if I am busy doing things like exercise and making things, my hands and brain are busy and don't want to eat as many empty calories)
Continue ( okay start) training for a marathon. I am ignorantly optimistic about this one, meaning I think I can do it but have really no idea what my limit is. I am ready to find out!

Tonight is the first 12k run - looking forward to it!