Friday, March 25, 2011


Starting weight:  172

Last week's weigh in:  168.9

My current weight:  168

My goal weight:  154

Gain/Loss this week: -.9

Total lost so far: 4

Not where I hoped to be 6 weeks into this Weight Watchers thing.  This past week had a variety of high ups (delicious dinners out with friends) and some downs that all tampered with my ability to eat properly.  I guess given that, at least I didn't gain.  Still.  Sigh....

The particular down caused me to have a couple of stress eating binges this last week.  To be exact I had a car accident last Friday and by the Grace of God no one was injured.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.  

Onto a new week.  

Screen shot 2011-03-25 at 11.38.48 AM RIP-2005 Toyota Matrix (picture not my actual car)
So to lighten this up a little bit we are now in the market for a new car and while I mourn my previous car, to make me feel better I did some fantasy vehicle shoppping online.  Not thinking about money, practicality or anything else these are my current fantasies....

  Screen shot 2011-03-25 at 11.20.30 AM My ideal life would involve this as my main mode of transportation.  Madsen Bicycle

Photo For when I wanted to go a little faster I would like a turquoise Vespa.

Screen shot 2011-03-25 at 11.26.53 AM Now I've never been that much into motorcycles but I saw this at a recent boat and RV show had an instant obsession with these things.  Spyder Roadster

Photo For when I live in Hawaii.  Nissan Murano Cabriolet

Photo This one day will be my life.  Darn you gas prices.

Photo  Perfection.  Dragging the dream car out again. 


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Food Friday!

I am so honored to be asked to participate in my friend Eilyne's "Food Friday" feature!  If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you ABSOLUTELY must.  She has an incredible way with words and inspires me each morning with her posts....please check her out here:

So my Food Friday entry is the oh so healthy, "Zero Point Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup"....exciting, no?!  It is, it is!  This is a bit of a twist on the soup that I learned about 5 years ago.  My Mom reintroduced me to it recently and we've been tweaking it to our liking.  The best thing about this soup is that it's low-cal, low-carb, high-fiber and no-fat.  It's also quite filling and keeps me from going crazy at meal times...I have a cup before eating lunch or dinner and find I'm not as hungry and I eat much less.  It's supposedly zero points, even on the new + program, but I still count it as 1 point per cup.  Can't beat that though!

Zero Point Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup IMG_6013

6 cups broth (we actually use water only because of the high content of sodium in broth)
Cooking spray
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
4 teaspoons garlic (from a jar or substitute four cloves minced garlic)
1/2 cabbage, chopped (or use a bag of slaw, the biggest chunks you can find vs the fine, don't skip the cabbage for it somehow makes the soup)
1/2 pound frozen green beans
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large zucchini, diced

Spray a Dutch oven with cooking spray and heat on MEDIUM HIGH. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and bring to a boil. IMG_6025 Cover, reduce the heat to MEDIUM and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the beans are tender. Add the zucchini and cook until the zucchini are tender. Serve and enjoy!

Different veggies can be added or substituted.  I love adding bell peppers and a dash of hot sauce. This is a good 'clean out the fridge' soup.  Different spices can be added to give it a different taste too.  Be creative and play around with different tastes.  My next batch I'm going to add in some curry for a twist. 

Thank you so much Eilyne for allowing me to join in on the Food Friday feature!  Make sure you check out her blog at's sharing yummy, beautiful cake can indulge in them after eating this healthy soup and feel less guilty!


Since it's Friday, I gotta get my weigh-in in too!  

Starting weight:  172

Last week's weigh in:  169.9

My current weight:  168.7

My goal weight:  154

Gain/Loss this week: -1.2


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday - #4

It's Wednesday again already?? So the idea behind 'What I Wore Wednesday' is to actually put a little effort into what you wear each day and (surprise, surprise) actually get dressed each day...and maybe feel and be a little more productive.  My usual attire is grubby workout clothes, if I actually do get out of my pajamas, so it takes some effort to actually get dressed.  This past week, according to pictures, I got 2 real outfits in! 


Vesty thing - Anthro, birthday weekend this thing, it is so super soft.

Black 'mock' turtleneck - Macy's...years ago

Jeans - Target

Flats - Nine West, purchased years ago...TJ Maxx or Marshalls, maybe? 

(Impossible to take a picture this day without a certain pug trying to climb me.)

Green dress - Marshalls

Scarf - World Market - got it free using my birthday coupon!

Jeans - Target--really sick of wearing these...WW hurry up and kick in!

Green loafers - Um, drawing a blank where I got these

Once again linking up with Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

The Handwriting Game

I thought this was a fun way to actually see other people's handwriting!  I'm forever a voyeur of real life fan so I had to jump into this one. 


All you have to do is take out a pen and paper, answer the following questions and post it to your blog.

1. What’s your name / blogger name?

2. What’s your blogs URL?

3. Write, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”.

4. Favorite quote?

5. Your favorite song?

6. Your favorite band / singers?

7. Anything else you want to say?

8. Tag 3 bloggers to participate. I was tagged by Bonita Rose @ A Life Unrehearsed

Try it even if I didn't tag you!! Post a link in the comments, I'd love to check out your contribution!

Friday, March 04, 2011

It's a Miracle! (Week 2 - WW)

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Given the week I had celebrating mine and my daughter's birthdays, including a trip out of town, I thought for sure I'd have gained weight.  When on day 2 of my week I had already used up all my points for the week, I knew I had done screwed up.  But I managed to lose a little over a pound!

Starting Weight:  172

Last week's weigh in:  171.5

My current weight:  169.9

My goal weight:  154

Gain/Loss this week: -1.6

Looking forward to this next week when I actually fully follow the plan!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Happy Birthday to Ella and I!

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday and my daughter's 7th birthday.  She was born on Feb 27 and I was born on Feb 28.  (I won't say how old I am but let's just say I was 29 the day she was born--you do the math).  We had an incredibly fun weekend!  Friday afternoon was her birthday party (a few pictures posted in a prior post) and Saturday we headed down to Roseville, California for some shopping and a hotel stay.  Weight Watchers was forgotten about for the weekend and we did some good grubbing too! 

We headed back Sunday afternoon and met up with family at Chevy's for dinner and gifts and cake/ice cream.  Monday was back to reality for the kids and work for Aaron but I stayed in my vacation mode cocoon as it was my actual birthday.  I slept in, watched lots of TV and had my favorite Thai food with my mom and bro.  

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Celebrating continues as I head out with my girlfriends tonight! 

What I Wore Wednesday - #3

Here for another round of 'What I Wore Wednesday'!  Linking up again with Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy...The Pleated Poppy Blog-WIWW


Dress and Cardi - Target

Patterned tights (hard to see, but they have a diamond pattern) - Kohl's

Black sandals - super de dooper old--I've had these since I worked at Riverview Country Club in the mid-90's.  I think they've had their due and this was their retirement wearing.

IMG_5840  IMG_5842

Top - Nordstrom Rack...this is actually a size small junior's dress!!  For me it's a tunic top. 

Jeans - Target

Boots - Kohl's, maybe?

Necklace - Allora Handmade ..I had it on when I tried on the top at the store and that sealed the deal on the top

Watch - "Birthday present!"  Rose gold, Michael Kors -- LOVE this watch!  (It's also my first non-silver item in years)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Sweet Seven Year Old Birthday Party

Last Friday after school we had my daughter's birthday party...we did a Sweets/Pom Pom theme in her favorite colors--black, pink and white.  It worked out perfectly that her birthday comes 2 weeks after Valentine's Day.  Clearance sales!!  I have been collecting anything and everything pink and white I could find. 



We had a full itinerary of activities planned for the girls!  Including:

  • Pom Pom necklace craft

  • "Minute to Win It" style game using candy

  • Pin the Pom on Ella

  • Pizza and cupcakes

  • Candy Store

  • Candy Bingo 

  • Wii Let's Dance

  • And the ever Ella's big brother around the house game! 

Not sure what was more fun, planning the party or actually having it!! 

Some Credits:

Colored paper straws.....Jilly Bean Kids

Minute to Win It printable.....Stacy Julian's Blog

Tissue paper pom poms.....Martha