Friday, November 28, 2008

Tweety Plate Plan Totally Failed

So yeah, my big eat on JC all day only one plate of food deal. That one that I was so proud of didn't work out. Lets start with Wednesday. I worked from 8 to 6:15 only to get home at 6:30 to start cooking. I cooked until 3:30 (yes AM) and got up at 8 to continue cooking. Why so long you ask. I am a scratch cooker meaning that I don't use mixes and remember that gumbo I was talking about...there is a fine line between a dark roux and a burned roux low and slow will always work out. So in the midst of all that cooking I forgot to eat. I don't know what it is, but cooking does NOT make me hungry it has the reverse effect and when I am done RAVENOUS!!!

So I stood by my one plat and one bowl and only had a few bites of everything...but my body decided that it needed so additional water and I am retaining like crazy...Two a days are in my future. Alas it was all worth it I will slave in the kitchen and make sure single soldiers feel like they are with family any day. The two pounds I gained, however, I can do without. As well as the fact that I had to work today...I almost fell asleep at my desk. Well people I am going to go back to the NCIS marathon that Derek and I are watching. Hopefully you did better than I yesterday and if not we can get back on track together. Happy Losing!

Luv, Hugs and Smooches!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I am dragging today/Thanksgiving Plan/X-Weighted Family

Let me preface by saying I am tired, so there are probably lots of errors in spelling, grammar and/or punctuation.

As I type this I am watching my DVR'd episode of X-Weighted. Both husband and wife are trying to lose 60 pounds in 6 months...I hope the wife knows that men lose fat a heck of a lot faster than men do and doesn't get discouraged. I'll fill you in at the end of the post. Anyhoo, So today I woke up excited, happy, jovial etc...and then 10AM hit and BAM!!! Exhaustion. It very well could be the effects of "TOM," but regardless I am soooooo tired. I ate right today, but I couldn't finish my workout I just felt so weak. I am also trying to prepare for the monstrosity that is thanksgiving. All I can say is OMG!!! I have to make EVERYTHING!!! STRESSED, I AM. I have my two day plan mapped out for cooking so I should be OK. Now the eating part is a whole different story. I have to cook and there is an expectation of certain foods that are a must for Thanksgiving with my family. We are having the following:

(By the way we are Seahawks fans who live in Cowboy country I have especially picked out a seahawk blue and green outfit that I have specifically reserved for this day)

Appetizers for the game (3:00 - 4:30):
My Queso dip (has beef in it)
Derek's Clam Dip (REALLY GOOD)
Jalapeno poppers
Veggie Platter

So my plan for this time is to consume the veggies and I can have 13 chips 7 with salsa 3 with Queso 3 with Clam Dip at 1tsp per chip. I can say no to the poppers, but I am savoring every last chip. I figure this way I am getting the stuff that I want and know I can't say no to with out over indulging.

Dinner (4:30-6:00)
Gumbo - (I know it is not your typical Thanksgiving staple, but its a tradition in my family)
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Macaroni and Cheese
California Blend Veggies topped with Melted Cheddar (I am making my own without the cheese)
"Candied" Sweet Potatoes - A healthy recipe that uses roasted apples, 1/3 the sugar, 1/4 the butter
Buttermilk Biscuits
Green Bean Casserole (Derek is making this one, I don't like mushrooms and won't eat this
Cranberry Sauce

So my plan for this is that I have a Tweety Bird children's plate that I have been using for dinner . I am going to use this plate and my Tweety soup cup (gumbo) for thanksgiving. I get one plate of food and that's it! (Breaking news the husband is down 16 pounds in 5 weeks and the wife is down 14. The husband is ecstatic... the wife is in tears.) I have to figure out what ratio of each item I want such that I feel that I have gotten everything I wanted with out going over board. I get to have seconds of the following items: Turkey (no skin no gravy), Cali blend no cheese, the sweet potatoes and apples, maybe the greens too they are REALLY good and its still a veggie right? Even if they are cooked with Smoked pork? AAAAAAHHHHH! Anyway the gaol is one small plate and if I am still hungry only the healthy stuff.

BREAKING NEWS!!! At the 3 month weigh in Anthony (husband) has lost 36lbs Marichu (wife) lost 32...Marichu is not happy with her loss. This lady is crazy!!! She is unhappy because she didn't lose as much as she thought she should have. I wish you were watching this with me this woman is really unhappy with her success and is now upset because her husband has found activities that make him happy and she hasn't found anything she likes. They are not supporting each other at all and now that the weight is coming off their true issues are coming out. She is saying that if he continues his workouts that she will leave him! WOW!!!

Dessert (Before 8:00)

Pecan Pie
Red Velvet Cake
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Cinnamon Ice Cream

I get half slices and half scoops of each so in essence I am getting one dessert.

FYI If Jenny had her way I would be eating the Jenny Turkey and Gravy meal with two servings of Cali blend Veggies and a Jenny Lemon Cake with a cup of milk...I am strong, but not that strong, I mean gumbo people, GUMBO. I am however abstaining from all of the alcohol that will be flowing er um except for one glass of my favorite wine. Trust me when I say we are a military family, in a home that will be filled with single soldiers. Undoubtedly the soldiers will not think let me bring a pie or some soda or maybe some chips, but should I bring a 24 pack of beer or a fifth of liquor or maybe the new shooters...That will make for a very interesting game of Trivial Pursuit though, maybe I can actually win this time (the sports always get me).

Okay so now we are at the final challenge and weigh in!!!

When they started Anthony (6'0" tall) completed the fitness challenge in 3 minutes 25 seconds, Weighed in at 347lbs and measured Chest 54", Waist 62" Hip 60". Now Anthony completed the fitness challenge in 2minutes 18 seconds,Weighed in at 284 lbs and measured Chest 48", Waist 53" Hip 53". He knocked 1 minute and 7 seconds off of his time, lost 22" and 63 pounds.

When they started Marichu (5'0" tall) completed the fitness challenge in 3 minutes 39 seconds, Weighed in at 245 lbs and measured Chest 47", Waist 44", Hip 58". Now Marichu completed the fitness challenge in 2 minutes 25 seconds, Weighed in at 179 lbs and measured Chest 40", Waist 35", Hip 48". She knocked 1 minute 14 seconds off of her time, lost 26" and 66 pounds.

Now if Marichu doesn't feel successful, I don't know what will make her happy. This is like the first time I've ever seen a woman weigh less and lose more than a man...YOU GO MARICHU!!!
The best part is that one of their children said that while she does miss the takeout and junk food they used to eat she likes apples way more!

Goodnight folks and have a pleasant tomorrow. I am going to go catch some ZZZZZZs

Luv, Hugs and Smooches!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

No Squats for me

SO I totally forgot to post yesterday and I haven't made a single post all week. I was close to having to do squats until Derek (the husband) asked me if I posted yet. Thank God for that! I have had such a busy week at work what with my manager being on vacay. Today I had a MAJOR stress release session at the gym. A half hour on lower body (Leg Press, Walking Lunges, Lying Leg Curls etc), the coups de gras was the hour I spent on the elliptical. The skinny girl, ahem, the young lady that was a size 00, told me that she wished she could keep up with me. We have a workout scheduled for Tuesday, I am going to get her toned up and able to do heavy resistance cardio in no time. As for my weigh in I did well down another pound and a half. JC is great, I am glad they slowly ween you off to teach you how to control portions in the real world. Lord knows there will not be such a thing as a portion size on Thanksgiving. TTFN

Luv, Hugs & Smooches!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Go Me, Go Me, Go Me...

So I am singing the "Go Me" song I am also doing the cabbage patch dance. Yes full on Dorkdom, but I don't care I am 11.4lbs, 7.5" and 2.3% less fat than I was a month ago! I still haven't found the cord for my camera or else I would upload some pictures. I just wanted to do a quick post about my stats.

Luv Hugs and Smooches!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The 10% Solution

In my quest for motivation and staying on track I was perusing some articles on (You can find me under EbonyTWWhite) I found this article which to me goes more in depth about the JC lose just 10% commercial. Any way here it is. Enjoy!

The 10% Solution

Are you a weight loss failure?

Before you answer that question, let’s talk about what failure means.

A recent study found that, in the nonsensical weight loss world, most failure has more to do with failing to meet faulty expectations than with failing to lose weight. This may not seem like a big difference, but in reality, it’s HUGE.

In other words, you may be experiencing success, but still feel like you’re failing. So, we must find a way to use our expectations to motivate rather than to berate.

According to the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the average "Dream" weight loss is 38% of the dieter’s current weight. Also:
  • a 31% weight loss would make the average dieter "Happy"
  • a 25% weight loss would be "Acceptable".

And most disturbing of all,

  • a 15.7% weight loss would be "Disappointing".

So the 200-pound woman who loses 30 pounds would actually be disappointed in her results!

No wonder there are so many frustrated dieters out there. They may be frustrated even when their programs are working!

The 10% Solution

To bring expectations more in line with reality, many health professionals are beginning to suggest setting a 10% weight loss goal instead. Losing just 10% of your current weight can boost your energy and performance, lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, lower your cholesterol, and build some much-needed momentum. On top of that, 10% may be a better goal than 15%, 25% or even 38% for many reasons:

10% is Under Your Control

In all frankness, you can’t do a darned thing about that 38% weight loss goal you might have—not one thing—until you first deal with the 10% you have right in front of you. In other words, you can’t lose 80 pounds in a short amount of time, but you might be able to lose 15. The key is to focus on the 10% you can do something about right now and go from there.

10% is Realistic

Research is showing that a lump 38% dream weight loss simply doesn’t happen for most people. In reality, it’s less of a goal and more of a pipe dream. But research is also showing that 10% can happen for just about anyone. Does this mean you’re doomed no matter what you try and you should give up on the bigger goal? Nope. Simply lose that first 10%, regroup and reset your goals, and then pursue another 10% based on your new weight. The added benefit to this approach is that each 10% will get smaller and smaller!

10% is More Effective

Not only are gradual goals healthier in the long run, but they’re also more powerful in reaching your ultimate goals. You’ll be much more successful by setting and reaching a series of 10% goals than riding a wild weight loss roller coaster in pursuit of a huge goal all at once. One of the great weight loss ironies is that you’ll be more likely to lose that big number by ignoring it for now in favor of the smaller 10% goal.Traditionally, weight loss programs have encouraged impatience and coconut-cream-pie-in-the-sky expectations. This approach also results in feelings of failure. Let’s try to turn it around and use the 10% strategy to do it right this time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Diet Extremist

Thank you to everyone who sent words of encouragement about me previous post. I realize that I made a huge deal about eating Halloween candy which resulted in me "only" losing one pound. It was still a pound. So I was reading through my Jenny Craig "styleprofile" and really read the part about the mind. I say really read because at the time I just answered the questions and signed up for the service. Anyway, It has four kinds of dieters The Self-Sacrificer, The Weight Pessimist, The Lifestyle Moderate, and me The Diet Extremist. So what they say is that I need to master moderation and stop being so hard on myself when I slip up. While others may have focused on the one pound (and maybe the post made it seem that way too), I was focused on the candy that I ate. In my head although was only about 300 or so calories worth of candy it might as well been all of the candy in the world and I felt bad because I fell of the wagon. I just need to look at it as a temporary setback refocus and continue on my path. Thank you again for your words of encouragement. They really helped me to stay focused and on plan for this week (So far). Friday I have my milestone consultation, I'll tell you all about it, probably Saturday.

As always,

Luv, hugs and Smooches

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I'm a loser, but not as much as I wanted to be

So I weighed in on Friday, but I only lost a pound. I feel good because I lost, but I averaged 4 pounds a week the last couple of weeks so I am a little down. I suppose it might be my little binge on Halloween candy last Friday and Saturday. So I am now resolved to work extra hard and stay on plan and do all my exercises...At least until thanksgiving. Until next time folks.

As always,

Luv, Hugs, and Smooches!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Kinda like a myspace survey but not really!

Just in case you didn't know I am a myspace fiend. Only to stay in contact with people from back home. Well, and the occasional new friend I never have and never will meet but they want to add me and their page looks cool. favorite things are the surveys and my friends responses and responding to them so I suppose we can call this the bloggers version. The lovely Diana (Diana's Body Journey) posted this on her blog and I thought I'd give it a go...You know with the whole post or 60 squats per day deal I am totally a taker. So here are my answers to some questions.

I am obsessed with: Procedural Series(CSI {all of them}, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Cold Case etc.)

Cant live without: my faith, my husband, my mom and the Taylor side of my family. Without them I don't know what I'd do.

Am petrified of: Spiders!!! You have not seen a more hilarious reaction to an insect until you see me and a spider.

Am proud of: the woman I have become. With my circumstances growing up people say I shouldn't be a successful as I am. I take it as a challenge and make sure I exceed expectations.

Really need to: Have a spa day. Bliss spa is like 3 hours from here. I think I might make that trip for my b-day.

Don't get why: there is still racism and prejudice in the 21st century.

Think alternative medicine is: Great.

Relax by: Reading, surfing the 'net, lifting.

Am excited about: life! I am excited about whatever the future holds in store for me.

My worst vice is: Sour Candies and Comfort food.

Family is: what I live for.

Friends don't understand why: I don't lash out. I am a very even tempered person that is slow to anger. Don't get confused though when I am angry you don't want to be around me...not good.

Attitude to exercise is: I hate starting to work out, but 10 minutes in I don't want to stop. It's like a drug you ate doing it, but it feels really good after and you want more.

Relationship with my body: she and I have our good days and bad days. Sometimes I like it others I just want to go get lipo...but that's what the diet and exercise is for right?

If you like the survey feel free to swipe it. I look forward to seeing what your responses are.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


As I am typing on my tiny cellphone keyboard I am standing in line to make history. I don't care who you are voting for either way history is made! We have the potential to have our first black president or our first woman vice-president. All I keep thinking is WOW America has come really far! Let me tell you though, I am having to go through some things to do this yall. 1. I am missing a few hours of big deal. 2. THE PERSON STANDING BEHIND ME FORGOT TO SHOWER THIS MORNING. 3. There is a lady trying to "subliminally" change people's vote. She is trying to swing folks in the direction I am going, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Excuse me will I ask her to stop..........OK I'm back. She had a fit, but understands where I am coming from. If you try to sway someone in line you are in essence representing the candidate and you could be turning this voter away from voting for our candidate with your tacktics...yes I know I spelled it wrong, but I am merging tacky and tactics together. Sigh...It is all worth it in the end though. My voice will be heard. Make sure yours is too, or else you can't complain about what will or won't happen in the next 2-4 years (depending on whether it's state or federal decisions).

As always,

Luv, hugs and smooches!!!!

Update: I forgot to tell yall I walked there and back. I was a little frustrated on the walk there, but I had that Kanye smile on the way back. I swear my neighbors now think I am crazy.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I'm Slimming down!

I always equate important moments good or bad to music. Usually I will "remix" a song. When I got on the scale yesterday, Mary J. Blige's voice popped in my head to the tune of I'm going down singing "I'm slimming dowwwn, I'm slimming dowwwwn, even with food aroooooound, baby! I am slimming riight dowwwn!" I know, I know, I'm a goofball. Anyway, I wanted to post and let you know I'm and dropping weight, staying on plan, working out etc. This time, I feel like I will be able to stay on track at least with diet because you get a call from a Jenny representative every week and they ask you how you are doing. I don't want to give someone, bad news and hey I love praise so its a win-win situation. I get told I am doing well and the rep gets to log that their client is doing well which makes them look and feel good. Shot out to Ernesto! I am so in love with the program. It is everything I need. Someone checking up on me helping me o make good choices and answering my questions and food that tastes really good! OBKB I am about to hit the gym so I will talk to yall later. Oh I will probably post again in a few days about my trip to the physical therapists...Oh so fun...not! As always,

Luv, Hugs and Smooches!!!