Saturday, November 27, 2010

Its Saturday again!!

Hello Friends!

Well, got on the scale today & looks like I am DOWN now...thank goodness!!! Looks like the 2# that I was up yestrday are gone. I know its all water weight. Do any of you find that when you exercise the day before you weigh in, you always weigh in heavier? I am finding that to be true with me. Maybe I wont exercise before weigh ins ..... just sayin...

Lots to do today, cleaning, grocery shopping & decorating for the holidays. I cleaned the bathroom, (2 more to go!) & family room & living room & am getting ready to vacuum the upstairs. I have a pretty big house (3,000+ sq ft)  & let me tell you, had I known what a pain it would be to upkeep, I wouldnt have built one this big. Its no fun cleaning this place!!! Used to have a cleaning lady come in every 2 weeks but that got a bit pricey....but oh.....I miss her!! She was FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you are all doing great!!

((Skinny Hugs to all my BFC Buds))

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Post....

Good morning BFC Buds!

Well, Thanksgiving was its usual fanfare for my family. My mother, as always, made a delicious meal and there were barely any leftovers. I think she was surprised at that. I went a little overboard on the carbs yesterday & am feeling it today for sure! I had  turkey, about 1/2 c stuffing & about 1/2 c mashed potatoes with gravy, then some of my 7 layer salad, 1 T. of my moms homemade applesauce (for a taste...hers tastes like apple pie!! OMG..soooo good!!)  & 1 T corn. The green beans were icky. My sister put lemon juice on them & it ruined the taste. For dessert I had a small pc of pumpkin custard that I made & 1 bite of my sisters apple pie (just to taste was really good!) My tummy was happy & although I know I went overboard on the carbs, I know I could have done much much worse. We got home around 8:45 pm & I got in  my jammies & watched some tv then hit the hay. I have to say, i felt very bloated from the stuffing & mashed potatoes & I am not even hungry yet this morning which my stomach is usually growling by this time. It was a special occasion, I enjoyed myself, & I am moving on today. I refuse to beat myself up for anything I ate. I know this to be true.  I dont feel as good when I am not as "on track" as I should be. I believe those hidden sugars really do wreak havoc in our bodies. I have felt so good being off of them and having that bite of pie really proved it to me, I am losing that desire for sweet stuff. It was good but just not as good as I remember it to be in the past & not sure if its worth it. I think having the control to stop at one bite is difficult but you have to know the limits because the more you feed the "sugar monster" the more you will want & it will get out of control. I think its all in the head & pshychlogically, my head was missing it, but my body tells me otherwise. I mentioned that I slipped up a few times during the week. I ate some yogurt that I really like & had a few more carb servings here & there that werent in alignment with the program...and you know what? It didnt feel good & I felt kind of out of control although I really least not that bad. I am back on track today & I did get on the scale this morning but I am going to officially weigh in tomorrow. I am retaining fluid from all the carbs & am gonna drink lots of water today to try to flush out the excess sodium & fluid my body is holding on to today.

I am going to head to the gym again today for about an hr or so, then have some errands to run & then gonna do some cleaning. I hope you all had a great holiday with your family & friends!! Have a great Friday & if you are out there shopping today....God Bless you! I hate the Black Friday craziness & there is nothing that will get this girl outta bed in the wee hrs to go shopping.

Love to all my "sisters" and ((Big Hugs)) too!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

One hr in!!!

Ok, I went to the gym this morning after a long hiatus from there. It felt great! Did one full hr on the elliptical & burned over 500 cals. Watched an hr of Will & grace on Lifetime....OMG, sooo funny! I was laughing out loud while I was exercising. The people around me must have thought I was crazy. Oh well, I dont care. It made the time go by effortlessly. I am going again tomorrow too! Gotta get back into the swing of things again.
Have a good day girls!!

Happy Turkey Day!

Good Morning to all my friends!!

I havent blogged in a few days...just havent been inspired to say anything. How pathetic, huh? Im not feeling any thinner, I was on the scale yest & it said I was on this morning...up 2#!!!!What gives??!! Tired of eating the same things & have bended the rules a bit over the past week. Im so tired of this being such a struggle. Why cant this be just a little bit easier for me?? Why do I always have to work 10x harder than anyone else to lose a pound? I just dont get it. Perhaps Im just having a bit of a pity party here....perhaps. But its how I feel. All I want is to get into the 190s by the end of the year. Its 8# away. What is wrong with me? I do have an underactive thyroid but I take synthroid & I had my bloodwork done 4 months ago. I dont think its that. I havent been exercising much because the heels hurt so much, but many have lost without exercising at all. So I just dont know. Im just frustrated.

Ok, Im done now. So its Thanksgiving. One of my most favorite holidays...not because of the wonderful food, but because of the meaning & the joining of family. I love that! I made some pumpkin custard & I am gonna enjoy a piece of it later tonight. It is made like pumpkin pie but has no crust & you make it with sugar substitute & fat free evaporated milk. It has some sugars in it, but I want the experience of having a slice of pumpkin pie today. It will be good for the soul!! Just took them out of the oven...they smell wonderful! My mom is making a wonderful dinner & I made my 7 layer salad to take also. I am going to have turkey, a little stuffing to taste, a little mashed potatoes & some salad & green beans & a small pc of pumpkin custard for dessert.Thats my menu & Im sticking to it. We decided to scale back on the dinner this year because my sister & I are trying to lose weight so it should be manageable. I am headed to the gym to work out too. My feet are only moderately sore today so I am gonna get 1/2 in on the elliptical. I need to go. It will make me feel better.

I do hope each one of you have a wonderful thanksgiving!! What a great sisterhood we have & I am thankful to each one of you...Rosalie, Diana, Minichick, Kasey, Susan, Lindsey & Lisa (and if I missed anyone too!!) for always being there to offer kind words and support in this journey. I promise I wont stay away a long time again!! Enjoy this wonderful day with your families and know that I am thankful for my BFC sister family!!!!

Love to all!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Madness!!!

Hello to all my BFC Buds!!
Oh.....yesterday was such a blur!! So busy!!! Worked today til 5pm & I am just sitting here chillin out. My feet hurt & while I want ot hit the gym, my feet are telling me a different story. Anyways, not too much to tell these past few days. Feelin kinda blah! Its cold, rainy & dark when I leave work. I hate that! I am feeling pretty good & havent been very hungry lately. for some reason, nothing sounds good to me. What gives?

I hope you are all doing great! I cant wait to go & buy a new pair of jeans. I still feel chubby in those ole Levis that I love so much but I took my measurements the other day and I have lost a total of 4 inches! 2 inches from my belly & 2 inches from my waist. Thats exciting stuff!

Have a great Monday!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Hello once againto all  my BFC Buds!!

How is your day going? I am feeling much better today. I have achilles tendonitis in both feet and working 4 days this week nearly killed me!!! I was in such agony last night and was in tears from it. Made it difficult to do the bday party for my daughter but I managed & my husband was a big help. He let me go to bed after the skating party was over & I put my feet on a pillow with the heating pad & that does bring some relief. I almost contemplated taking a Tylenol w/ codeine that was left over from some dental surgery last year but I hate to take anything more than motrin or the anti inflammatory pills I take for the tendonits so I just went to bed. I went through very aggressive physical therapy 3x week over the summer as well as injections in the fat pads of both feet (they cant inject the achilles tendon cuz it could rupture it so they inject the surrounding tissues & it infiltrates the area) and got in relatively under control but I am having a flare up lately and with my job, as much as I love it, I have to be on my feet most of the time so @ the end of the day I can barely do anything but rest my "dogs" when I get home. May need to see the foot Dr again for some of that "liquid gold" he injects. Sorry if I was whiney last night in my post. Hard to be happy when your feet hurt.

So....we had pizza for dinner last night. My hubby bought 4 Papa Johns pizzas for the kids (9 of em slept over!) and I decided to only cut one bite & eat that, and I successfully did it and didnt take another bite! Rosalie, are you proud of that one? You are the "one bite" queen of the BFC Buds!! I was totally ok with the one bite too. Actually, it wasnt that great either. What I am finding is that some foods just dont taste as good as they used to. Do any of you find that too? So get this one....hows this for a Small Victory? I LOVE COCONUT!!! I mean I LOVE IT!!!  I have had 2 snack size almond  joy candy bars that were leftover from Halloween from my kids trick or treating (nobody else likes coconut in my house so they always make me eat anything w/ it in it) sitting on my dresser for over a week....and I have NO DESIRE to touch them!! Uh, that is the craziest thought ever!!! efore BFC, they wouldnt have been in the house 15 minutes!! So I am feeling a bit proud of those small little victories despite having a week where I gained. Last night for dinner I had a small taco salad w/ some taco chips (10 of them) and then for dessert I had a piece of Lisa gingerbread cake and I was happy as a clam!! They had DQ ice cream cake & I didnt even have a lick!!! I am super proud of that too cuz Geez Louise, who doestn like DQ cake...right?!! lol.

So that was my evening last night. Today has been busy but laid back. Weird huh? I met my sister this morning & then did some banking & ran to Wal Mart for a few things....($80+ later!!) . Cut up some fresh boneless chicken into cubes & dipped in egg beaters & oven fry coating & baked in pan coated in olive oil...ohhhh soooo delicious!! I cut up 3 chicken breasts & it made alot + enough for leftovers. Oven Fry is soooooo good and very BFC friendly too. If you havent tried it yet, get some!! It is way better than shake & bake & my family loves it!!!! I had 5 homemade chicken nuggets, dipped them in 2T real ranch dressing & Then I made some Trader Joes potato wedges (0/1) for 3 oz serving plus some corn for the family & green beans for me, which I was too full to eat the beans!! That was my supper. So good! :)

Well girls, I do hope you are all having a great day!!! Keep in touch!! I love our little group!!! You are all the best!!!
(Fuzzy Hugs!))

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Post....Weigh in Edition!!!

Hello Friends!
Well, not happy to report this, but I had a feeling....I weighed in 2# UP today!! What gives??!! I barely ate anything for dinner lsat night, passed up fabulous food @ the party, I only had a few tortilla chips & a couple dips of fresh salsa & a diet pepsi. I know, youre not supposed to drink diet pop! I do bend that rule a bit, I must confess. I feel like I am giving up my fruit & yogurt etc, so I havent kicked the diet pop completely. I have cut down drastically!!! I feel like somebody popped my balloon! I know many of you have had occasional gains & I know this will happen but I feel so frustrated & feel once again like "what am I trying so hard for?" Its not getting me anywhere". Pity party of one going on here, sorry to say. I will get over it & move on but I just need to vent about it.

I have been feeling very emotional lately, crying at the drop of a hat & feeling a bit blue. I am probably ovulating or something like that but I hate this up & down rollercoaster of emotions & I am ready to get off the ride, thank you very much! My pants dont feel looser & although I feel good, I cant put my finger on it, but I feel just down in the dumps the past few days. Ok, I will get off my soapbox now. thank you for listening.

Well, I have a bunch of 12 yr olds coming over in a hour for pizza & ice cream cake, then they are off to ice skating. My daughter is excited about it and I need to collect myself & put on a happy face. Sorry that this isnt  an upbeat post. Its just been one of those days.

I hope you are all doing great!! Have a wonderful evening!

((Skinny Minnie Hugs to all of you!!)) Thanks for listening.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Its Thursday!! Almost the weekend!!!

Hello to my BFC sisters!!
What a day today was? Is my life EVER going to slow down??? Worked all day from 8-4:30pm (didnt get out AGAIN til 5pm!) then dashed home, made a small taco salad & ate it with some tortilla chips & off we went again to a little get together to see my husbands cousin Carol who is in from Colorado to visit. We just got home a little bit ago & I need to go pack my lunch for tomorrow & then get ready for bed cuz I start work @ 7:30 am tomorrow. I am working more than usual this week and I gotta tell you, I love my part time gig! I have been lucky to work 3 days a week for the past 14 yrs & the thought of working full time makes me shudder....although I LOVE my co workers & it is a pleasure to go to work! I know, am I nuts or what?!!

 So I knew they were going to have food, but  I wasnt sure what they would have to eat there so I made sure I ate something beforehand. I made Lisa's recipe for Gingerbread Cake w/ Buttercream icing & it came out very good, but mine was a little dry. I think next time I make it, I am gonna add some pumpkin or a small container of applesauce to add some moisture. I love the taste of the almond flour and I figured the S/c value for a generous 1/6 slice & it came out to 2/1. If I add 3/4 c pumpkin it will only add another gram of sugar to each serving plus some extra fiber.... the recipe but it needs a little something least mine did. but I would definitely recommend  making it. I am gonna try making the Truvia recipe for cheesecake  gonna use the almond flour as a base for the crust. YUM!! I will let you know how it turns out.

So tomorrow is my weigh in day & for some reason, Im just not excited about it. I think cuz I dont feel like I have lost anything this week and I have been VERY VERY good on plan. Anyways, we shall see what transpires. Yes, my new car already has a ding in the passenger side door from somebody who was careless when opening their car door. I was very upset yesterday but today, Im just dealing wtih it. (*sigh) Tomorrow is work then my daughter is having her friend birthday party/ skating party/ sleepover. Not sure if I will be able to post tomorrow but I will try to at least post my weigh in.

Hope you all have a FABULOUS FRIDAY!!!
Love & Belief!

Heres the recipe for the Gingerbread cake! Enjoy & thanks to Lisa for sharing it!!!
((skinny hugs to all my BFC Buds))

Gingerbread Squares with Lemon Frosting,
It's from George Stella's Good Carb Family Cookbook
(great cookbook!!!)

1 1/2 c. almond flour
1/4 c. milled flax seed or flax seed meal
2/3 c. sugar substitute(i use Xylo-Sweet, which is Xylitol, i find this way better than stevia, no after taste what so ever!)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. heavy cream (may use unsweetened almond milk)

Preheat the oven to 350. Spray an 8x8 baking dish or pan with vegetable oil spray. In a bowl whisk together the almond flour, milled flax seed, sugar substitute, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and cream until frothy. Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes

Lemon Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar substitute
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
Combine until blended

I did not use the lemon frosting, i made buttercream frosting, here's that recipe:
2 tbsp. butter
4 oz. cream cheese
6 tbsp. sugar substitute
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cut into 9 squares, George only gives us net carbs, so this has 4 net carbs per bar and 3g fiber.

S/C is 2/1 for 1/6 of recipe including icing.
** my recipe came out a bit dry so I am planning to make the next recipe with pumpkin or 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce to add some moisture.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Recipe swap!!

Please feel free to share any great "Belly Good" recipes Below & be sure to include the S/C values for your fellow Sisters!!

Bon appetite!

Broccoli Salad

4 cups washed/chopped broccoli florets (8/2)
1/2-1lb shredded cheddar cheese (I think 1 cup would be plenty) (0/0)
1 small onion chopped (4/1) (**Recipe calls for red onion. I dont care for alot of onion in anything so I would not personally use an entire onion)
1/2- 1 # turkey bacon, cook & crumble (0/0)
(I use Oscar Meyer Turkey Bacon & pan fry it on my electric skillet & it comes out perfect!!!)

1/2 c mayonnaise (0/0)
1 Tablespoon Vinegar (0/0)
6 packets Truvia (0/0)
Mix, wait & stir again.

In a large bowl mix sauce with broccoli, cheese, onion & bacon. Toss well & refrigerate.
Makes 8- 1/2 cup servings.
S/C value for total recipe   12/3
S/C per 1/2 cup serving  1.5/0
S/C per 1 cup serving  3/1

Seven Layer Salad

1 head of iceberg lettuce, washed & torn into small pieces (1 c. iceberg lettuce = S/C 1/0
Im not sure how many cups 1 head of lettuce yields so you will have to measure. I am going to say one head yields 6-8 cups as a guesstimate so I will calaculate 8/1 for the lettuce)
1 cup celery, chopped (2/0)
4 hard boiled eggs, diced (0/0)
1.5 cups frozen peas (12/2)
3-4 scallion green onions, chopped (0/0)
8 slices cooked turkey bacon, crumbled (0/0)

1 1/2 C- 2 C mayonnaise + 1-2 packets Truvia (0/0) (use 2 pkts for 2c mayo, 1 pkt for 1 1/2 c mayo)
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese (0/0) (I use Sargento Light Mild cheddar)

Mix mayo & Truvia together. Layer vegetable ingredients in order of recipe in a large Tupperware or your favorite serving bowl but make sure its a big container.  Spread mayo layer over & top with cheese. Refrigerate & serve.
This recipe makes ALOT!!! One recipe is enough to serve 15-20 guests. I have a big family of 20 + & there is always lots leftover!

S/C for the entire recipe 26/3
I am guesstimating this value the best I can here. The total carbohydrate count for the entire recipe, taken from Jorge's BFC Sugar & Carb Counter is 59 gms carbohydrate. (By cutting the recipe into 1/15 each serving would be 2/0. (3.93 gms carb which is under 4gms so the carb count would count as zero.)
 Thats what I will be counting it as on Thanksgiving.
This recipe is a family favorite & soooo sooo yummy!!! Enjoy!!

Please share your favorite recipes!!!

Hump Day Edition~ Its Wednesday!!!

Good morning to My Awesome BFC Sisterhood!!!

 Happy Hump day!!! Its Wedneday & I have the day off today. So much to cram into this day but by golly I am gonna get it all done!!! I desperately need to do some housecleaning but not sure if I will get to that before the weekend. Just too many other things to do After posting this, I am headed to the gym to work out. I will shower there then do all my errands. I have some product deliveries from my MK Open House on Sunday so I will drive my cute little Jeep around town today & have fun playing with all the buttons!! :)

So I was thinking....we need to do a recipe post. I was digging through my recipe box this morning and I found a Recipe for Broccoli salad that I beleive is completely "Belly Good". I just bought some broccoli last night so I am gonna whip up a batch of this. Ive been in a veggie funk so I think this will help me get some more greens in my diet. I have been so busy lately that I have been having some "issues" with regularity so I know that it is vital for me to get some more roughage in. (Sorry...TMI again.) I am going to make the recipe post a separate one & I am hoping that we can all share a good recipe to help each other. Like I said, Ive been on this going on 3 weeks & I am getting bored eating the same stuff. I need to MIX IT UP a bit!!! I am making 7 layer salad for Thanksgiving and it is a belly good recipe, except that it does have some frozen peas in it which would add some sugar, but it makes a HUGE amount so I think the sugar content would remain low for a serving & for the most part, everything else is 0 sugars. I will post it too. It is one of my favorite salads ever!!!!! Nothing "diet" tasting about it!!!!

So I started my day with some oatmeal w/ chopped walnuts, almond milk & 3 slices of turkey bacon. I am drinking my coffee now & then off to exercise!!! I think lunch today  is going to be tuna salad on 2 slices of Trader Joes sprouted wheat w/ cheese. A Tuna melt!! YUM!

I hope you all have a fantastic day!! I did hop on the scale this morning & it says I am up a pound but like I said, I think it is false belly fat & I just need to get a little more "regularity" going on. I am not taking that weight as gospel & I will post my weigh in on Friday as I always do. Wish this were coming off faster. I am being very good & am dedicated to this program!! I know if we all stick to it, we will be successful!!!

Blessings & Belief always!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Right Now!

 I was sent this from a friend. Received it a few times before but it hit me like a ton of bricks to read it tonight & brought tears to my eyes. Anyways, wanted to share it with you all.
Enjoy this beautiful read & know that RIGHT NOW you are special! I love this!!!

Right Now -

-somebody is thinking of you.
-somebody is caring about you.
-somebody misses you
-somebody wants to talk to you.
-somebody wants to be with you.
-somebody hopes you aren't in trouble.
-somebody is thankful for the support you have provided.
-somebody wants to hold your hand.
-somebody hopes everything turns out all right.
-somebody wants you to be happy.
-somebody wants you to find him/her.
-somebody is celebrating your successes.
-somebody wants to give you a gift.
-somebody thinks that you ARE a gift.
-somebody loves you.
-somebody admires your strength.
-somebody is thinking of you and smiling.
-somebody wants to be your shoulder to cry on.

Its Tuesday....

Hello  BFC "Sisters"!!!

Well, yet another busy day @ work & didnt get out til 5pm. It is my daughters 12th birthday today & I wanted to run to buy her a little cake for her special day so I ran to the grocery store after work to buy a small cake & some ice cream. She will be thrilled!! I WILL NOT be eating any, not even a bite!! The truth is, I have NO DESIRE whatsoever to even have a bite. Holy cow!! Did those words just come out of my mouth (or off my fingertips?)??? Its true!!!  Prior to the BFC, I too would have wanted a big ole chunk of that baby....but not anymore. I am finding my desire for sweets has really subsided since following this plan, something I NEVER dreamed would ever happen!! I love sweets.....I mean I LOVE LOVE LOVE SWEETS!! It has always been the best part of any meal to me and now, I dont really care anymore. What happened?? I do have a little sugar free Edys ice cream. We dont have Clemmys up here & I refuse to pay over $32 to ship Clemmys ice cream that is 5.99/qt. No way Jose!! I know that the sweetner isnt "legal" in BFC land but you know what....I dont really care. I am losing weight and inches & if a small bowl of it in the eve satisfys my desire for a treat from time to time, well so be it! Just my 2 cents....some may not agree with me but its ok. Im not perfect. The Edys sugarfree ice cream is an S/C of 4/1 per 1/2c & I usually buy the butter pecan flavor & add a few extra nuts. Its delightful!

So yes, 12 yrs ago, I was having a baby....actually, she is already officially 12. I had her @ 2:22 in the afternoon & she was (and still is) such a precious little girl!!! She reminds me that she is a "pre teen" & will officially be a teenage next year!! Where did the time go?? I feel like just yesterday that I had her. She was so tiny...7# 2oz. She is now in the 6th grade & weighs a whole 90# soaking wet. Shes tall thin & lovely young lady. Her name is Rachel which is Hebrew for "little lamb" & it fits her perfectly!!! She is beautiful, kind, sweet, smart & lovable, gentle spirited &  my cuddler!!! She just got home from swimming practice now & she informed me that she wants cake!! lol. She has to eat some soup before she has cake so I will finish up here & then go sing to my baby girl. I also remember that I weighed 232 # the day I delivered. ((Sigh)) I love kids but am grateful for the 2 beautiful daughters God has blessed me with & I am grateful that I dont have to ever be pregnant again!! Its a wonderous time in your life & one that I will always cherish & be thankful for but it is very hard on the body & I remember crying in the Drs office every time I had to get on the scale. I gained 55# with each pregnancy...not fun!!! IT was very depressing to look at those numbers going up @ every Dr visit and I vowed to NEVER see that number again!!

So in closing, I have to tell you what happened today at work. We have a wonderful female plastic surgeon who comes to the surgery center I work at. She and I were the only 2 in the locker room this morning (fate?) and I said to her..."you know, I was wondering if you could look at my appendectomy scar & tell me if you could revise it?" I showed her the scar & she said that it is all below the belly button & she would be happy to fix it! I told her my plans of losing 44-50# by my next bday & that I wanted to come & see her about a tummy tuck/scar revision. She told me to lose the weight (her words were to "deflate" my! I wish I could deflate it!!!) & we can do the surgery. She said it is a life changing surgery & I will be so happy with the results. Oh, and she said she offers nurses a great discount too!!!Can I just tell you....I feel like I have my fire "fueled" with a purpose now!! All these yrs I have always wondered if it could be revised & now that I know that it can, I am so excited!!!!!!!!!I have always dreamed of having a flat tummy. I have lived my entire life with this disfigurement & I told my husband tonight that I am going to have the surgery to have it fixed next yr. as my bday present. I know its not an easy surgery but I know the closer I can get to my ideal body weight, the better the results will be and I am going to make that happen!!! As I said in an earlier post, no matter how much weight I lose, the only rememdy to fix my belly will be to  have the scar removed & a tummy tuck. I used to care what people would think if I got one....would they think Im "shallow" or vain?? But they dont know what its like to have lived with this scar.....and frankly, now I really dont care what they think anymore!! I am going to do this for ME!!! I am gonna buy me some sexy panties from Victorias Secret!!!! I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes me want to try even harder!!!! Hope that wasnt TMI again.....Thanks for listening.

So thats my day! How was yours?? I hope you are all well & staying true to your BFC plan, & if you had a hard day, remember tomorrow is a new day and you get to start over , hit the reset button & wipe the slate clean!!!

Good nite & sleep tight my "sisters"!!! You are all the Best!!!!!

Love & Belief!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Monday!!!

Hello to all my "BFC Sisters"!!
How was your Monday? Well, mine was super busy again! We had 58 patients today (a VERY BUSY number!!!) and I usually work 8-4:30 but didnt get out til 5pm! Guess what I've got sittin in my garage tonite?? Uh huh!! I got a pretty ole 2011 Golden Sand Jeep Grand Cherokee tonite!!! Wooooohhhhhhoooooo! I took a picture of it on my phone but dont ask me how to download it!! haha! I will have my kids do it, or better yet, I will take one with my camera later this week & post it. OMG...jus love it!! It is so great to drive a brand new car!!! The look, the feel, the smell......oh, its soooo wonderful!!!!! And I go it for a ridiculous price plus free oil changes for the next 3 years!!!! Can you stand it??!! Uh, hello, I think that dealer needs a Cat Scan!!!! Anyways, so I worked all day, dashed home, ate really quick, cleaned out my car & was at the dealership by 6:05 pm and by 8pm, was driving my new car home!! Its so good to be back in a car again & out of the minivan!! I know you all are gonna think that I have a screw loose for saying this, but did you ever think to yourself "I wonder what kind of home is my old car going to" or is it headed to a parts junkyard? My car was such a good van, very reliable, & I really loved it alot. Kept me & my family safe for many yrs. I hope they get her all cleaned up & prettied again & sell her to a nice family who will appreciate such a good car. Not a thing wrong with it at trade in. Kinda sad to drive away from it. Well, perhaps I have lost my mind for saying that but its how I feel. I kinda was attached to it I guess.

So ok, back to BFC stuff. I ate 1 light english muffin (0/2) and had 1/3 of my omelette that I made yest with almond milk for breakfast. For lunch, I had ham slices (0/0) on 2 slices Trader Joes sprouted ww bread(0/1) with mustard, 1 -6 oz container of Breyers Light raspberry yogurt (7/1) & a few raspberries (8) in it. Sometimes< i just get a hankering for yogurt & I love the breyers light. it has no high fructose corn syrup in it & it tastes great & is a real treat for me to enjoy. I dont eat it every day but when I do I just about lick the container clean!! I LOVE YOGURT!!! Not crazy about the greek yogurt. To me, its just ok. I think its the texture...too thick! ick!!! I had 1 oz of almonds for a snack on the way home from work & then for dinner I had a smart & delicious wrap filled with leftover bbq pulled pork from yesterday. (4/1) It was delicious & I just didnt have time to cook something for dinner tonite with having to sign the paperwork for the car at 6pm so it was one of those moments where I just said to myself, it is what it is & Im eating it. It was worth it...sooooo delish!!! Oh, and I had 10 tortilla chips (0/1) when I came home from the car dealer so that was my menu tonight. I know, no veggies.... still just in that veggie funk o rama! I think I will have a salad tomorrow for lunch. I could use some roughage!

Well dear friends, have a great start of the week!!! Do post your comments & share any thoughts, ideas, good eats & recipes if you have em!!!

Until tomorrow....
Love & belief!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Evening Post

Well a good evening to all the bloggers in the newly formed  Sisterhood of the (soon to be) Loose Fitting Pants! (Love that name!! Thanks Diana!!!)

How are you all doing??? This weekend has been a crazy one for me & I wish I had the day off tomorrow, but unfortunately it is back to work & back to the grind!!!  My open house went well. I was busy all day & I had a great turnout!! It was cold & rainy today. My best friend that I was telling you about in an earlier post just texted me from Florida where they are basking in 80 degrees of HOT sun!! They are going on a Bahama Cruise tomorrow...I am so jealous....however 3 months from today, I will be on a cruise myself & they will be saying how jealous they are that we are basking in the hot Caribbean sun!! my day was much more on track HOWEVER I never had a chance to eat anything all day @ my open house & come 4pm, I was starving!!!! I made an omelette this morning about 9am & filled it with egg beaters, 1 real egg, 2 T of 1/2 & 1/2  and ham & cheese (0/0). I made it in a large frying pan & ate 1/3 of the omelette w/ 2 slices of Trader Joes sprouted wheat bread (0/1 for 2 slices). didnt have any time for coffee :( I was busy from the time my open house started & my stomach started growling around 3:45 pm so I ate a peanut butter pure protein bar & that calmed the restless native. I had a cheese stick on the way home & then hubby cooked me 4 small Trader Joes Chicken tenders (0/2) & I dipped those babies in some yummylicoius REAL RANCH dressing!! One word...YUMBO!!!! I have some sauteed zucchini in the fride that I made the other day but I am in a veggie funk...just not in the mood for them for some reason. I feel like I should have some sort of veggie each day so maybe I will heat them up. probably about 1/2c & I am thinking about a yummy cup of decaf coffee. I have become a true coffee drinker in the past few yrs & it is almost like a ritual and something I look forward to at the end of the day to have that cup of joe!!

So that was my day.  Had some cookies leftover from the open house & dropped them off @ my best friends parents house for them to enjoy with their evening coffee. They were pumpkin raisin cookies that I made (they were a WW recipe but not BFC friendly) & I didnt want them in my house for temptation in a weak moment. They are drizzled w/ cream cheese icing too....they are sooo good & so easy to make!

Need to wrap up some things w/ my business, then gonna make lunch for tomorrow & watch some tv & hit the hay! I hope you all had a great day!!!! I am getting a little bored with eating the same old stuff. any good recipes out there anyone wants to share?? I need some new ideas....PLEASE!!!!

Good nite!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Edition~ Car Buying Nightmare!

Hello once again to my BFC Buds!!

What a busy day today was!! Its 7:30 EST as I sit here writing this & it is the first I have had the chance to sit down. So, my post will be a smidge off topic of BFC ...but just for a bit so bear with me uno momento.

So I have been driving a minivan for the last 14 years and I told my husband lasst year that I wanted to trade it in for a car or SUV. He lost his job without notice last April and told me when he found permanent employment again that I could trade my van in. He got permanent employment in March of this yr but has been giving me a hard time about trading my car in saying we cant afford it. So I have been really kind of bugging the hell out of him lately and got him to finally we went out car shopping today. I want a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I REALLY want an Acura MDX but hey, I will settle for a Jeep! Anyways, the car dealer we love & have bought our last 2 cars from just couldnt come into our ball park so we did some shopping around today & can I just tell you...I am MENTALLY exhausted!! What is it with buying a new car...gosh I hate it!! The high pressure!!!!!Our last dealer was so laid back, no pressure whatsoever & today...Ive never seen so much pressure!! We went to 3 dealerships today & I am a very even keeled calm person but this one salesman today made me so mad I had to walk out. I told my husband that I would NEVER buy a car from him!!! He was complaining about walking all the way to end end of the lot to see the car I wanted to see & then when I told him I had already test drove one & that I didnt need to drive it he told me that it was a "waste of time"....I thought to myself..."really"???!! I mean are you fricken serious?? Anyways, 6 hrs of that crap but I think I am finally gonna get my Jeep Grand Cherokee!!! It is a beautiful Golden Sand color, a 2011 model that has nice features. Not super loaded but enough to make me a happy camper. I just need air, power locks & a CD player  & thats about it. Im easy to please! This car has more than that & I love it!!! The last dealer we went to today the salesman was OMG SOOOO SOOOO PUSHY it was nauseating!! What gives?! He made us an offer that was the best I could ever hope for but they wanted us to sign on the spot & we are not that type of people. We need to sit on it. I told him the best thing he could do would be to let us sleep on it & we will get back to him on Monday. He said this is a NOW offfer....TODAY we said thank you and walked out. They dont like it when you do that cuz  as we were walking to our car, he yells to us that his sales manager wants to speak with us. Im thinkin....Oh boy!! They were literally chasing us down in the parking lot!! So we listened to the schpeel & blah blah blah he had to say & he made us an even better price!!! Its a little more that what we wanted to spend but for the vehicle, my trade whcih they arent giving us as much as we would like...but they never do, 3 yrs of free oil changes & a 2011 Grand Cherokee for 25k out the door, I think we are gonna take it! Hopefully they will be reasonable on Monday when we call to say we will buy it. Who knows, they may change their minds on the price but they seem pretty desperate to deal so we are gonna jump on the opportunity. I think we will kick ourselves if we pass it up.What do you all think?? A good deal??? Grand Cherokees start @ $32,900 up here..

So, amidst our car shopping my husband & I stopped @ Subway & had lunch. There were no good restaurants on the way & I feel like Subway is a decent choice. I had a 1/2 of the turkey & ham & provolone sub on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, pickles & olives & salt & pepper. It was delish! S/C of 7/3 (yikes) but I only had oatmeal w/ walnuts (0/1) & almond milk (0/0) for breakfast so I "spent" my other carb serving @ lunch. I did have some bbq pulled pork for dinner that was 4gms of sugar per serving & I had more than I should have & I had it on a bun. I was soooo hungry & I had some chips(0/1) to go with it too. So I definitely went over what I should have today but I was just hungry & too darned tired to fix something else. No veggies tonite, just not in the mood for them. I think the stress of this darned car ordeal had me all riled up & by the time I got home, I just wanted to eat. Perhaps a little stress eating came into play today....I am still moving forward. So yes, not a perfect day by any means, but I did my best to manage considering my resources available. Tomorrow will be better, Im sure. We will have these days from time to time & this is my first real "flub".

So tomorrow is another busy day for me. I am a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics and it is my Annual Holiday Open house tomorrow. I do 2 BIG sales each year but this by far is my biggest one of the year and my customers cant wait for it! I love to offer them a discount as my way of saying "thank you" for their business. I can tell you one thing....this girl would NEVER EVER pressure a customer like we were pressured today!!! I even told the salesman that I am a businesswoman & I know that being pushy with people is not the answer to repeat business. His reply was "this is how its done". I couldnt disagree more! Ok, I am stepping down from my soapbox now. Sorry if I sounded like I was on a rant about the car thing. I will be glad when its all over & that snazzy new car is sitting in my garage. Shall I post a picture with it?? :) I think I my Levis that I love so much, even though they are still a bit snug...but not for much longer!!!!

Have a FANTABULOUS day my friends!! I always look forward to hearing from you all. I was reading Jorges Facebook posts last night. many unhappy people there!!! He is gonna lose his following if he doesn't intervene soon & answer their questions. Oh boy!!! The natives are getting restless!! I feel like our little blogging community of friends is like a safe negativity. Just positive, encouraging posts from people who truly care. I know I dont know you all personally, cant see you other than your pictures, but I feel like I "know" you all.....its like a wonderful sisterhood, and we all care about one another & eveyone is welcome & "belongs". Anyone wanna sing "Kumbaya" with me now? lol!!!

Goodnite dear friends! Have a wonderful evening!!!

Love & Belief!

Friday, November 12, 2010

ITs Friday!!! Weigh in Day!!!!!!

Good morning to my BFC Buds!

Well, today is the day....time to officially weigh in  and I am happy to report (drumroll please.....) a 2.5 # loss this week!!!!!!!!!! Wooohooooo!!!! That makes my total 4# in 2 weeks....and I shall take it, thank you very much!! Not too bad for not exercising @ all. I do need to get back on that wagon again as I do feel 100% better when my body gets that O2 a revving through my veins!!

So, as I posted last night on Rosalies blog in concurrment with Mary's comment....this number is just that....a NUMBER. Nothing more! It is not what is defining me....or who I am...or where I am going. I will be under 200# and in "Onederland" (as Diana says) by Christmas. It is my gift to myself this year! A great gift, huh? Ive never given myself that kind of "gift" and it is one that I cannot wait to receive!!  Actually, as I think about it, I am down a total of 11# since March. I was at my highest nonpregnant weight ever....embarrassed to say it but we are all friends here...I weighed 218.5. I remember seeing that number on the scale & bursting into tears. I delivered both my children at the same weight...232. That was 14 & 12 yrs ago and I thought to myself, there is NO FRIGGEN WAY I am EVER gonna weight that much again, especially being NON PREGNANT! So I currently weigh 207.5 as of this morning. I started the BFC @ 213.5 on Oct 30, 2010. I havent been in the 190s since 2004. I had breast reduction surgery in April of 2004 and I weighed 192. Isnt it funny how we remember these quirky little things? But as I look back on pictures of myself then, while I was still heavy, I looked so much better. I wore a size 16. I am currently wearing an 18 but they are starting to fit more comfortably. My face is pretty thin for the most part (as are my legs & ankles...haha!) I carry the majority of my weight in my belly and torso area.

I feel so great lately and I want to share with you some of the things that I have noticed a difference in.

#1~ I feel so good all the time!! I feel in control of my eating and I am not daydreaming about my next meal, which is all that I did while on weight watchers! All I thought about was cooking, baking lowfat cookies & tracking every bite that I ate & feeling disappointed at the end of the day when I was still hungry & out of points. Now mind you, I am in NO WAY bashing weight watchers. They are a wonderful organization & have helped so many people to get to their goal weight. After MANY attempts at trying to make it work, I have finally realized, their program is not the right fit for my life. It is working for my sister and always has worked great for her. Not gonna try to put any more energy into figuring out why it isnt a good fit for me. I LOVE the BFC and it has become a part of my life now. I dont feel bloated @ the end of the day which I ALWAYS felt eating all those carbs & hidden sugars. I would venture to guess that I was eating well over 150gms of sugar a day & 15 servings of carbs a day. Just a guess though.

#2~ I can SEE a difference in the way my belly looks. I have never had a pretty tummy. I had an emergency appendectomy when I was 3 yrs old and I have a GIGANTIC UGLY scar next to my belly button that is just plain no other word to describe it ugly! It is disfiguring and no matter how much weight I do lose, the only corrective measure I will be able to do is to have it removed via tummy tuck. But I am alive because of that life giving surgery that I had so many years ago, and I am grateful to be here. That scar is a part of who I am and I have carried it with me a lifetime...but I would love to be able to wear "pretty" underwear. I have never been able to do that in my life and I would just love to ditch the support panties that I have to wear to smooth out my scar (was that TMI that i juat told you?? lol...sorry!) & trade them in for a sexy pair from Victorias Secret! Heck....maybe when I hit my goal, I'll buy me a THONG!!!! hahahahaha!!! Ok, well lets not get too carried away now! But anyways, what I am saying is....I can see & feel the diffenrece in my belly. My waist measurement was 43" when I started & it is now 41" and I am measuring about an inch less around my belly button area. so 3 inches in 2 weeks, not too shabby!

#3~ My clothes are starting to feel better. I have a pr of Levis that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I have not been able to wear them in over a yr. I could zip them up but couldnt sit in them comfortably & my belly fat roll would ooze over the waistband. I still have a little ooze but not like before & I can totally wear them & sit in comfort.....not like sweatpants but when I get into ONEDERLAND before Christmas they are gonna feel great! Matter of fact, I will post of picture of me in them when they are starting to get big. Stay tuned for that one!

So thats what on my heart today. Things are patched up with my friend and all is well in life. I love our group of BFC Bloggers and I want to thank all of my wonderful new friends that I have met here & in the other blogs. You are all just fantastic and I really do think we should look into doing a once a week or bi weekly conference call so that we can chat & have an open forum to stay motivated & share ideas. Kind of like our own little support group. I look forward to checking in to see how everyone else is doing!! Have a wonderful Friday!!
Love & Blessings & 100% belief that we can do this!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday night..... Hi all!

Hello to my dear BFC friends!!
How was your Thurs? Mine was super busy from the moment I got up & here I sit...finally able to say a few words. Its late here so I am going to be brief. I had a good day. It is OR nurses week and the surgery center I work for catered a luncheon for all the nurses today. It was antipasto salad & grilled chicken wraps. Yes, I probably could have had one, but i chose not to. I had my ham & swiss on TJs sprouted wheat bread, raspberrries & cucumbers with ranch...and it was delicious and satisfying! Didnt feel like i was missing out on a thing! I got home @ 5pm & can I tell you....Man was I starving!!!!! There was some BBQ potato chips left in a bag & I started eating them. Thankfully, the bag was almost gone & the sugar was only 1 gm per serving so that made me feel better for indulging in them. I made 3 Trader Joes chicken tenders & dipped them in ranch (I sound like Rachels blog...deep fried in ranch!! Man I LOVE LOVE LOVE RANCH dressing and NOT the lowfat garbage...I eat the real stuff guilt free!! Its very low in sugar & oh so delightful!!! Sorry...I think I was drooling! lol) I also had a pure protein bar because I just had to have something chocolatey. It is only 2gms sugar & 1 carb serving. So I actually ate 3 carb servings with dinner but I ate all 6 & no more & my sugars were 14gms today. I know you are supposed to not eat more than 2 serving of carb per meal, but I just had to have something sweet tonite. I could have done worse damage for sure so I am proud of my pure protein option as opposed to other choices I could have the vanilla oreos....oh, be still my heart! But I dont need them anymore. I just miss them a an old (oh boy...time for me to hit the hay...Im getting "squirrely" here!)
Well, tomorrow is weigh in day so I will let you know where I am this 2nd week of the BFC. My porr daughter...she is sick tonight with a 103 fever. I have a feeling she wont be going to school tomorrow....poor baby. Fevers are so draining!
Nitey nite my friends!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Quick Update!

Hello Friends!
Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. My friend and I spoke on the phone this afternoon and it was via text message that our lines got crossed. Texting is good...sometimes ....but many times tone & how & what you REALLY want to say something can get misconstrewed and miscommunicated. We decided that we love each other too much to let something so trivial stand in the way of so many yrs of friendship. I am happy to report that things are back to normal and we are going to get together tomorrow to have some "bonding time".
Thank you to all my wonderful BFC frineds for your support. Hope I didnt sound like a basket case.

Good Morning! Wednesday Edition....

Well Good morning to my BFC friends!
Its another new day & while I am still feeling sad because of what transpired between my friend and I, I am hopeful that we can patch things up. I received a text last night & hope that today we will be able to talk things through later today. There are friends who come into your life who are "keepers" and this is truly one of them....we have been there for each other through many hard times & something that was said was misconstrued (spelling) and distorted. I think thats why this is so hard for me to deal with. It seemed like a trivial thing that I said but it was blown out of proportion. Thank you for your support and to Rosalie & Susan for posting kind words.. I appreciate it & It means alot!

Because of all of this happening, I have had no appetite. Is this a good thing?? I dunno. But the thought of eating is just not appealing right now. Why is it that emotions charge so much of everything we do? Anyways,  I barely could choke down dinner last night because I was so upset. I had a grilled chicken breast with some ranch dresssing. It was all I could get down. My stomach was growling so hard it was starting to hurt so I had to silence it.I had some oatmeal w/ walnuts & almond milk for breakfast  this morning just to quiet down my rumbling tummy again. I need to go to the gym but I just dont have the "oomph" to go. I belong to a fabulous fitness center. we affectionately call it "the Palace" because it is so nice. They provide towels, shampoo, lotion, blowdryers & it is sparkling clean!!! It makes working out a pleasure & I love all the trainers....& the equipment is top notch!!!! I always feel better after I go...I just need to put on my workout clothes & go there.
I hope you are all doing great! I did get on the scale this morning...I know...I know!! I said Friday, but I just felt like looking. It said Im down some more which is great but I am not officially posting my weigh in stats until Friday.
Thanks again to all who have visited. I hope I dont sound like a downer...I am not like this normally..just been a rough couple of days. "This too shall pass" Im sure. If our frinedship is truly what I thought it has been all these years, it will be alright. I am being good & will not feed into the emotions. I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!!!

Love to all!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Having a rough time emotionally here...

Hello to my BFC friends
This wont be a long post. Its been a rough day here & I am emotionally & physically exhausted!. One of my very best friends of 25 yrs and I had a falling out and it isnt looking like it is repairable @ this point.  I dont care to discuss the details but  I am unbelievably heartbroken. I thought that our friendship of so many yrs meant something. I guess I was wrong.
Please pray for me. I have been crying most of the evening. I miss my friend so much!!!! We have been friends since high school & this tiff has devastated me.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Edition...Hola Chicas!!!

Hola Chicas!! (that is the extend of the spanish I

How was your day? I had a good but busy day @ work but am amazed at how well I am staying on plan & how good I feel. I have only had 6 gms of sugar ALL DAY!!!  Me...and 6 gms of sugar!!! Who would have thought! Sheesh, before the BFC, I would have eaten 6 gms of sugar in a blink. I feel so in control and it is empowering!!! I feel like I "psychologically" want dessert but physically dont crave it anymore. This , in itself, is nothing short of a miracle!!! I love my sweets...LOVE THEM!!!! I never used to feel like a meal was complete without dessert. I am finding that my coffee with cream is becoming a great dessert in itself. I did enjoy a pure protein bar for dessert tonight after my dinner. Only 2/1 S/C value & very satisfying!!!

When I was following Weight watchers, all I could think about was my next meal, the next sweet I was going to make or bake, & planning my next day of meals. OMG...way too much focus on food!!! Now, I just dont have that desire to be so focused on food, and it is so liberating!!

Wanted to share a really yummy portable breakfast that I enjoy every day I go to work ( I work part time 3 days a week) For breakfast I love to have bacon cheese toast! 2 slices of ezekial bread (0/2) or my newest find of Trader Joes sprouted wheat bread (0/1 for 2 slices) with 3 slices of cooked Oscar  Meyer turkey bacon (0/0) broken in half and 3 ~(1/2 ) slices placed on each slice of toasted bread and then topped w/ 1 slice of Land O Lakes 2% american cheese (0/0). I then microwave each slice for 14 seconds and  I chase it all down with a glass of refrigerated Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (0/0) and voila!!! The most delicious and satisfying 0 sugar breakfast ever!!! Depending on the bread I use, it is either 0/1 or 0/2 breakfast. So good!! I usually make an entire pkg of turkey bacon on Sunday and use my electric skillet to pan fry them, then blot & place in a tupperware & take the bacon out as I need or want it. Thought I would share this becuase I am usually running late in the morning and need a portable breakfast to eat on the way in to work and like I said, it keeps me full & satisfied until lunchtime. I hope it helps you if you need an idea for breakfast on the go.

Wishing you all the very best to my BFC Buds!!! Keep on keepin on!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Good Sunday to you!!!

Hello to my friends!

This blog is like my new toy and I love making a daily entry. Hope you dont mind me flappin my fingers again! Just got back from Trader Joes and we had a great time!!! My sister and I have no lapses in conversation so it was a fun ride up to Cleveland.
So I bought a total of 11 loaves of TJs sprouted wheat & 7 grain sprouted bread, bought 2 jars of sauce that Diana recomended, and lots of other great little low sugar/low carb finds. The fella who worked there said that the 7 grain sprouted bread was his all time favorite and he said that he loves to make toasted cheese sandwiches with it. I thought to myself....YUM! Toasted Cheese sandwiches!! And I bought 4 loaves of that! Im a pushover I suppose but Im sure its good!

So after we shopped we went to Wendys for lunch. I had only had a bowl of oatmeal w/ a T of chopped walnuts & almond milk so I was very hungry and hadnt had any sugar yet for the day. Wasnt sure what to pick and they have these 1/2 salads now and so I chose the Baja 1/2 salad & unsweetened iced tea. Can I just tell was DELISH!!!! It was greens with chili, guacamole & pico de something on it. They also gave you some dressing (didnt eat it) and a small bag of seasoned taco chips. They had a big chart on the wall with nutritional info on it and my salad was a very good choice for kind of not knowing what to pick. It came out to an S/C value of 7/2. If I didnt add the taco chips it would have only been 7/1 but I thought...what the heck!! It was fantastic and a salad I would give 2 thumbs up to!!!! Worth every bite! My sister had the full size Baja salad & enjoyed hers too.We left with happy  tummies and a car full of great finds. All in all...a really great day!!!!

So I have to make one quick run to my local market for meat for the week & I am good to go! Then back to work tomorrow. So on a side note, as I close here, had to share this. I was laying in bed this morning feeling like my tummy was exceptionally flat & had the urge to jump on the scale. I know...I said I wasnt getting on til Friday, but I just felt compelled to get on that darned thing. So anyways, dont I hop on & it says I am down an additional 2#. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Feelin hopeful & I hope you are too!!! Heres to the start of yeat another great week!! Gettin closer to getting skinny!!!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Edition~I LOVE TRADER JOES!!!

A good day to my BFC friends!!

Been cleaning and doing the usual household chores that need to get done today before the start of another work week on Monday. Weekends go way too fast anymore!!! (sigh) But I do have a fantabulous job as a recovery room nurse in an ambulatory surgery center and I truly work with the nicest people I have every met!!!! Oh, and I am blessed to have a job....and it is such a bonus to have one that you love! A "WIN-WIN" for sure!!!
So today, gonna do a little grocery shopping, gonna grill some chicken for dinner (yumbo!) and visit my parents. Tomorrow, my sister and I are going for a road trip to Trader Joes outside of Cleveland. I am excited about that for 2 reasons....#1...because I have the most wonderful sister(s) and we have way too much fun together and #2....I LOVE Trader Joes!!! OMG! Can I tell you something I found on my last trip there that I absolutely LOVE??!!! They have a sprouted wheat bread that is S/C 0/1 for 2 (yes you heard me...TWO!!) slices!!! It is Trader Joes brand & is just like ezekial bread, a little smaller slice but each individual slice is 0 sugars/7gm carb per slice. Ezekial bread is 0 sugars/15gm carb per slice. A carbohydrate "bargain" in my opinion.  So those of you who have a TJs nearby, check it out. Makes me a very happy girl when I can have a whole sandwich & not an open faced one. I called the other day & pre ordered 10 loaves & am gonna pop those babies in the freezer for the winter!!! Oh...perhaps this week I will make some french toast!! ( Anybody else know of any other good BFC finds @ Trader Joes?? Would love it if you would share in the comments section.

I want to thank everyone who commented on my first post. Thank you for visiting and thank you for your encouragement! I have struggled with my weight for so many years and have grown to become hard on myself at times when the scale doesn't reflect the effort. Rosalie asked me what my ultimate goal is. I have decided that it is 44# by my birthday Sept 25, 2011. I have put a date on it and am going to make it happen this time! that is 4# a month....for cryin out loud...that is a DO ABLE goal!!!!I cant wait to see my skinny little self on my next birthday! I have some wonderful friends from high school that I still keep in touch with and we had our 25th reunion in August and we were talking about going on a caribbean cruise next year. We are looking at Aug or late Sept 2011. This girl isnt gonna be embarrassed to be seen in a bathing suit on that trip!! Just sayin...... :)

Have a great weekend!!!!!
Love & Belief

Friday, November 5, 2010

Week 1 of the BFC...

Hello BFC friends!
Well, I did it!! I am an official blogger now and I am excited to get this going! Not excited about posting before & after pics & the only ones I have on file are from August so perhaps tomorrow I will have my daughter take some new updated photos for me to post.
I started following the BFC on Oct 30th after 6 weeks on being on Weight Watchers only to have lost a whopping 4.6#. Pathetic! "What gives" I said to myself?! I just dont get it! I followed the program to the letter only to once again be disappointed. My sister lost 12# in the 6 weeks & is still going strong and me...only 4.6#. You could say, be thankful Sherri ...its not a gain...oh believe me...I am VERY thankful it was a loss & not a gain. so I said to myself there has to be a better way..and so I made the comittment then & there to follow the BFC.

So here we are 1 week later. I got on the scale this morning only to be disappointed again my a less than stellar loss. Only down 1.5#. (sigh) I try not to weigh myself daily as it seems when I do, if its not a great number, it determines my happiness for the day. I want it to go away NOW! Why do I have to work 10x harder than anyone else to lose weight? oy!! Ok, I am off my soapbox & stopping my pity party of 1. I am going to continue to work hard again this week & I am NOT stepping on that scale again until NEXT Friday!! I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!!

Thank you to all my BFC friends! We are all in this together & its great to have such wonderful support!
Love & belief