Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Report Card Season

During report card week, I am met with comments like this..."You look tired today, you don't usually look tired.  You OK?"

It takes me forever to settle into the rhythm of doing report cards, my attention span comes and goes (well, mostly goes actually) and I always wait until the weekend before they are due.  Thus, I am indeed tired!

I did learn today that you can eat an entire 11 WW points plus whoopie pie and still lose weight!  I'm starting to learn how to eat in a pretty normal way and continue to lose.  Very happy.

Sleepily yours,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Somerize Yourself!

Today I learned a perfectly random piece of information. 


She sure does.  At our local library I found Suzanne Somers' Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away on the $.50 rack as a joke for my husband (an inside joke, that is).  I am a sucker for a recipes so I started to leaf through it...

In 2001, when the book was published, one could spend $25.00 to begin the process of "Somerizing" oneself!  Who Knew?  Her book is about the evils of sugar and how you can address changes in your metabolism, and thus lose weight, with different food combinations.  There are three stages to her this point I did stop reading.  I've got my plate full of Weight Watcher's tips and tricks for now.

But not before I found out she crafted her very own SOMERSWEET.  "Wow", I thought.  "That must not have lasted too long, never even heard of it."  Lo and behold SomerSweet Online Today!!

I am astounded!  How many of you knew?  Better yet, how many of you have Somerized yourself or your family?  Come on, fess up.  Please??

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Quest

I'm on a quest this year.
For the first time ever (well, maybe the second but I'm not counting that one other time) I have gardens ready and waiting for me to plant this spring.  I'm so excited!  Last summer Shawn built me 6 beautiful raised beds, three of which I planted in.
This year I want to be ready so I'm reading and reading and planning and planning (for those of you who know me you realize how difficult the planning and planning part of this is for me...) in hopes of being ready with a plan of what to plant and when to plant it.
So far I've learned I lack gardening instincts when it comes to planning...

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tricks of the trade...

Some of this may qualify as too much information and definitely not for Weight Watcher purists...for the bravest (and curiousest) of you carry on!

I've been a member of Weight Watchers at Work programs 3 times in the last three years...each time I chuckle with other participants about playing the system.  Like:
*'bulking up' the week before the program starts
*wearing my winter boots and heaviest clothes on the first weigh in and as little as possible on subsequent weigh ins
*eating and drinking as little as possible on weigh in days
It goes on and on really.  None of them show any fidelity to the program or that my eating mentality has reached the level of a true "Life Time Weight Watcher", which is why I keep signing up. 

One time last year I decided to weigh my shoes, normally I just wore whatever I had on for the day because they don't like you to step on the scale with undressed feet.  MY SHOES WEIGHED TWO POUNDS!!!  I was shocked.  You know I carefully chose shoes after that.

I am now a proud and somewhat obsessed owner of a WW scale.  I like to play with it to see how I can effect my weight in ridiculous ways.  "How much does this belt weigh?"  "How much do I weigh before and after an apple?"  Yes, ridiculous I know, but you get the picture. 

Another way some people like to 'play the system' is to be sure to relieve themselves just before weighing in.  "Ahhh, small potatoes," I thought.  NOT TRUE!  I hopped on the scale just as I got out of bed the other day (obsessed), then took care of a little business and hopped back on.  FIVE POUND DIFFERENCE!  I'm not talking about serious business either, just your average overnight business.  Holy crow!

I love the lessons WW teaches about living in a healthy and real way but I love the little science lessons I'm getting along the way too!  Thanks WW!

Friday, March 11, 2011


Today I am reminded to be thankful for all that we have, even when it doesn't go the way we want it to.

Thoughts and prayers to everyone effected by the tragedies in Japan.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Still Recovering from the Shock...

OK that was a bit dramatic but let me tell you what I found with that little electrical testing gadget...

If I run my yogurt maker for 9 hours four times in a month, my bill would increase $.50.

If I run my crockpot on low for the same amount of time in a month, my bill would increase $3.50.

If I run my dehydrator for that amount of time, my bill would increase $18.00!  GAAHHHHHH!

I am still planning to test out the other appliances in my house but this finding has sent me cowering into a corner for a little while.  I'm so disappointed in my dehydrator.  What's a dried fruit lover to do???

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NH Saves

Today I started learning about the energy detector I borrowed from work!  One part of it is a unit that you can use to calculate the monthly cost of your appliances...very cool.  However it involves a lot of numbers, not my favorite. I've been gathering data on items around my kitchen:
the yogurt maker
the crock pot
coffee maker

When my head is clear I'll do some of the very basic calculations and see what damage I'm doing when these things are running.  What do you think will be the biggest surprise?