Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Resolutions vs. Goals

When I started to think about this post, I thought I wanted to state my goals instead of making resolutions. Then I looked the words resolution and goals up in the dictionary and realized I can't have one without the other.

Resolution: 1) a resolving or determining;deciding 2) the thing determined upon; decision as to future action; resolve

Goal: 1)an object or end that one strives to attain; aim

So I am resolving to take charge of my life in the coming year. I have decided that I want to be healthy in all areas of my life, not just in weight loss. I am more than a number on the scale.

That being said, while I was waiting to see my doctor today, I was thinking about what I want out of my life and saw clearly the goals I need to have to get there.

1. I want to lose enough weight to get off all my medications. Right now I take a cholesterol pill and a pill for acid reflex. I want to be rid of those pills by Dec. 28, 2009.

2. I want to lose 71 lbs by Dec. 28, 2009.

3. To achieve that goal I need to lose approximately 6 lbs per month. That is a reachable goal.

4. I will reach my goal by journaling what I am eating and by getting at least 30 minutes of exercise 4 times a week.

5. I will reach my goal by enjoying my life through other means besides eating, like square dancing with my husband once a week, walking my dogs every day and breathing easier as my weight goes down.

6. I will reach my goals by attending my Weight Watcher meetings and by using the Weight Watcher web site and the Spark People web site to find like-minded individuals that will support me and seek my support.

I have decided and I will aim for the prize.

Monday, December 29, 2008

It's working!

I've been on my Weight Watcher program for two days now. That may not seem like much, but I have to do this one day at a time. I've stayed within my daily points total and I've been trying to remember to get at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies and to drink all my water. I even went out and walked the dogs for a mile today.

Last night I made a weight watcher recipe that I got at my meeting. Baked Spaghetti Carbonara. I love Carbonara from my local Olive Garden, but it's so high in calories and points that it has to be off limits right now. This weight watcher recipe was great. Our leader said that she had made it for her husband and he liked it but thought the spaghetti was a little bland. I think I fixed that problem by adding red bell pepper, onion, and some red pepper flakes. Nothing I added changed the calories or points for this recipe.

Here's the recipe my way.

Baked Spaghetti Carbonara

1/2 lb whole wheat spaghetti
4 slices turkey bacon, diced
2 med. leeks, white part only, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 pinch red pepper flakes, optional
1 cup fat free egg substitute
1 1/4 cups 1% milk
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9" deep dish pie plate with non-stick cooking spray. Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente. Meanwhile, cook bacon in skillet over med-high heat until browned-about 3 minutes.
Add leeks, onion, red bell pepper, minced garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and italian seasoning. Cook until all veggies are softened, about 2-5 minutes. Drain spaghetti and add to mixture in skillet. Toss together and put in pie plate. Combine egg substitute and milk. Pour over spaghetti mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Place on a baking sheet and bake until center is set and golden brown, 25-35 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges.
4 pts per serving
226 calories, 4 grams fat, 1 gram sat. fat, 0 trans fat, 12 mg. chol, 166 mg calcium, 488 sodium, 36 carbs, 5 grams fiber, 15 grams of protein

Hope you try this recipe and like it as much as I do. Let me know okay. I will try to post more recipes that I try on my weight loss journey.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

How to Kick Myself...

into high gear when it comes to my weight loss efforts.

1. Be faithful in tracking what I eat.

2. Be honest with myself about what I'm putting in my mouth.

3. Get to Weight Watchers at least once a week to weigh in and stay for the meeting.

4. Get all the junk out of the kitchen from the holidays. It's really hard to cook healthy when you have candy and cookies staring you in the face.

5. Let my darling hubby bring the treadmill into the living room. I can put on a movie and walk forever. It's too darn cold in the garage.

6. Drink plenty of fluids and get enough rest.

That should do it!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Day after Christmas Blahs

Here it is almost 12 o'clock and I'm still in my pajamas. I feel like I have a hangover except that I didn't have any alcohol yesterday at all. I was trying to stay on program within reason. I drank water and only had a few appetizers and when we sat down to eat I took small portions and no seconds. I know I didn't eat that much but I just don't feel well today. Maybe it's an accumulation of sugar over the last couple of weeks.

What I really need to do is go get dressed and take my lazy self and my lazy dogs out for a long walk. I think it would make me feel so much better. I'll let you know how that works out.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lucky ...

may be getting a lump of coal in his stocking. He has chewed up 7 ornaments. Actually, I guess I deserve the coal because after all he is an animal and just doing what comes naturally. So tomorrow it's in the crate he goes along with his brother Frankie. When I got home tonight, it was a little disconcerting because I opened the door and both dogs were locked in their crates. When I left I hadn't crated them and Frankie's' crate was in the garage. Just for a split second I thought maybe we had an intruder but it was just DD #3 that came over to get her laundry soap and saw the pieces of the latest deconstructed ornament. She cleaned it up and put the dogs in their crates but didn't leave me a note. GRRR!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Santa Paws

I had a really busy day today. My two youngest daughters came over and we took my boxers, Lucky and Frankie, to Petsmart to weigh them and buy backpacks for them. I'm giving them a job using the backpacks to carry water and their own pickup bags. It's supposed to help them settle down while we're walking them. I hope it works. Lucky weighed in at 73.4 lbs and Frankie is a hefty 79.8 lbs. You can see how I can't walk them by myself when they won't behave.

After I picked up the backpacks and a Christmas stocking full of toys for the two of them, we went over to Western Ranch to get their picture done with Santa Paws. Here they are and I think they came out really cute.

Here's one with two of my darling daughters:

Santa Paws is put on every year and is a fund raiser for our local dog park. It really is a worthy cause and Santa was most gracious and kind to all the animals being photographed. Thanks Santa!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Christmas in Vacaville

Tuesday night was our annual Christmas Tree lighting in downtown Vacaville. There was probably between 14,000 and 17,000 people downtown for this event. It's such a great time when families come together, carols are sung, and all the businesses are open with cookies and hot cocoa. There are horse drawn wagon rides and the Vacaville Museumn gives out their famous onion soup. Of course, Santa always makes his grand entrance dangling over the Christmas tree in the bucket of a crane and fake snow falling everywhere. Here's a few pictures.

Darling Hubby and Darling Daughter number 4:

Before the tree was lit:

The moment the tree was lit:

Desending Santa:

The Live Nativity put on by Crossroads Christian Church:


I've made an important decision. I can no longer participate in TWD. I've had a wonderful time participating and everyone on this site is spectacular, but if I don't want to be looking at a diagnosis of diabetes, I have to quit baking and get this weight off. I've been gaining weight each week until two weeks ago when I started Weight Watchers again and even then I've only managed to take off 1.6 lbs in two weeks. I have to make healthier choices for myself and I just can't get pleasure from baking and giving it away. I want to eat it. I will keep reading the blog and maybe once in a while I will make something with you all and blog about it, but I don't expect to be kept on the list or to choose anything for everybody to make. Have a great time and I will comment on your blogs if that's okay.