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I’m alive! I promise!

It has been an INSANE week. After weeks and weeks of sending out resumes and going on interviews for part-time and temporary jobs, I finally got not one but TWO offers! And the best part is, I can do them both as the hours don’t overlap.

The best part is, after two years of being self-employed and working from home, I get to get out of the house! I love the work I currently do, and it was fantastic while I was in school. It was also an escape, a way for me to hide away from the world, which was exactly what I wanted when I wasn’t eating right, exercising, or taking care of myself. I hated how I looked and just wanted to shut the world out. I did that, but now that I’ve lost almost 50 pounds (wow, I still can’t believe it), I have a lot more self-confidence and I just want to get out of the house!

I think that is an even better feeling than the physical stuff that’s come from weight loss and exercise. I love that I want to be out among people again. I am such a people person and although, like I said, I love the teaching I do from home, I can;t wait to start getting out and meeting and working with people.

So another exciting thing from last week…I went to my family reunion in North Carolina! It was an eight-hour drive down and back (ugh) but I had iPpy McSkinny and my mom and dad, so we kept ourselves amused. There are 20+ people in my family, so we rented this huge house on Lake Norman:

It had eight bedrooms, a huge game room, kayaks, a paddleboat, a FIRE PIT, a game room, a beach volleyball court….It was flippin’ amazing. I used my weekend away to partake in fun activities, such as paddleboating with my cousin Jennifer:

Hello there!

It was a good thigh workout, I’ll tell you that.

And this was the view of the lake from the house:

Not too shabby, huh?

I did attempt to do week 7 day 3 of C25K and I’m sad to say I failed miserably. The winding road leading to the house is a bit…hillier….than I’m used to, so I had to call it quits. I did however walk/jog for an hour, as well as do a little paddleboating and canoeing.

I did NOT, however, count points. This was the first time since being on Weight Watchers that I didn’t even make an attempt. However, I kept portions in mind and I never felt stuffed at any point, like I’d overeaten. And you know what? If I have a gain next week, I’ll get it off the week after. I had a fantastic time and I don’t regret one delicious morsel!!!

Finally, in  a few short hours, I will be getting my hair done.  I had to cancel last weeks appointment (sadness) because of training for one of my news jobs.

Can I just tell you how excited I am? Basically I’m going to tell her to do whatever she wants, as long as she keeps the general length. I want a bangin’ color, and I do not want subtlety. I want cars swerving on the road as I’m running my little tush off because they’re mesmerized by my hair. Seriously.

So, here is the “Before” photo, taken literally two minutes ago:

I’ll be back after my first day at my spiffy new job and I will show you all my (hopefully) bangin’ new haircut!!!!

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Can’t?

I finished week 6 of C25K yesterday (yaaaay, me!) It was a five minute warm-up walk, twenty-five minute jog, and then a five minute cool-down walk.  Supposedly you were supposed to run 2.25 miles. I clocked mine in the car after the run and I actually ran 1.6 miles. I’m sloooooooow. That’s OK though. 🙂 I aim to finish C25k by May 15th. That then gives me 3 weeks to just work on running faster, and then the Blue Hen 5K is on June 5th.

As I was running, it occurred to me that I would have definitely said I couldn’t ever run a 5K prior to starting my WLJ and C25K.

When I was running today, about 5 minutes into it, I got that feeling. You know the one I’m talking about. It comes around with anything that’s difficult, whether it’s running the NY Marathon or not eating the third bag of Oreos. The feeling that it’s just too difficult, and then wondering if, in the end, it’s really worth it?

I thought, “Ugh. I don’t want to be doing this. I have a blister on my feet, my legs feel like lead, how in the world am I going to survive another 20 minutes of this nonsense?” I pushed forward, and around the ten minute mark I was feeling pretty good and running a bit faster. I kept going, waving at the nice people in the neighborhood, and thanked my lucky stars when iPpy McSkinny announced “You are halfway there.”

Then I thought, “Ugh, only halfway? This blows!” Again, I wanted to stop. I thought about how nice it would be to be home, soaking in a bath. Or at home, watching last night’s “Lost” on Hulu. Or doing anything, really, other than sweating up a storm.

At the twenty minute mark, I thought, “Hey, this isn’t so bad.” When I did the twenty-minute run last week, the last few minutes were torture. It definitely wasn’t that bad this time.

So, I finished my 25 minutes/1.6 miles and walked about 10 minutes after it, to get home. As I walked, I realized that there is a big difference between “can’t” and “don’t want to,” although months ago, I didn’t know it. The two were one and the same in my head.  I certainly COULD have refused to eaten the 4th Cadbury Creme Egg in a row. I definitely didn’t want to. Therefore, in my head, I couldn’t put down the egg.

The same goes for the C25k training. Yes, when I was running today, I thought, “I can’t do this!” In reality, at the time, I just didn’t want to. I think part of it is a defense mechanism – if I say I can’t do something, it’s taking the responsibility away from me, thus limiting the failure that I’m sure is coming. Prior to starting this weight loss journey/exercise routine, the thought of failure was a complete nightmare. For a long time, I preferred doing nothing about it to trying to do it and failing. I suppose since I’ve crashed and burned in my weight loss before, I just didn’t think I could handle doing it again. Does that make sense?

Anyway, it was a good realization to have. A lot of the things I say I can’t do, really are just things I don’t want to do, because for me, they’re really hard and I’m afraid of failure.  When I said years ago that I can’t lose weight…well, really, I just didn’t want to try. It’s such a daunting task.  If losing weight and being fit and healthy and eating “normally” were easy, I (and everyone else around) would look like a Swedish bikini model and you’d be hard-pressed to get me to wear clothes. Ever.

Perhaps it’s best I not get *that* skinny. I’d never be able to leave the house again, because I’d just be naked all the time.

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

I’ve mentioned the website ted.org on my reading page, and I was thrilled to find that my favourite English chef, Jamie Oliver, had won an award and given a talk.

I’ve watched his show, “Food Revolution,” on ABC since it premiered, (and honestly, my decision to watch it had nothing to do with his zexy accent…I swear…) and I was all about it instantly. I’d started WW a few months prior, so I was seated firmly in the “I’m all about getting healthy!” bandwagon. Shoot, I was driving the bandwagon.

For anyone not following this show, it chronicles Jamie’s attempt to help the town of  Huntington, W. VA become healthier. He works with families, schools, and local organizations by trying to educate people about food and attempting to change the school food program.

The program is pretty shocking, to be fair. Early on in the series, Jamie enters an elementary classroom with a table of fruits and vegetables. He holds up vegetables and the kids can’t tell him what they are. Obviously, being a reality TV show, one must realize that they probably edit it to make it look exactly how they want it to look (i.e. SHOCKING!), BUT if even half of what they showed were true, honest responses from the children, then it’s a sad commentary on the state of education, to say the least.

I may not have known how to add in 2nd grade but I sure as hell knew what a tomato was.

What else is shocking, and this is shown in the talk (linked above) is his visit to a woman’s house. He pulled out all the food that the family eats in a week and the table was a sea of fried, greasy brown food. There were no fresh fruits, vegetables, or meats in her fridge or freezer. Everything came from a box.

Now, obviously I’m not exactly one to talk as far as healthy eating, because we all know I’m not the patron saint of healthy food. If I was, I wouldn’t be the weight I am now and needing to lose it. I also might be able to pass a Cadbury Creme Egg without salivating.

However, what I can say is that I did this to myself. I mean, truly. When I was a child, my parents cooked what Jamie would call “real” food. Pasta and sauce for dinner, eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch…We didn’t eat a ton of processed food, and we barely ate fast food. It wasn’t until I got my drivers license that I started to eat a lot of junk.

When I was a kid, we weren’t allowed to have any cereal that turned the milk a different color. I used to joke and say that if you ate the lucky charms fast enough, it didn’t have the chance to turn my milk pink. Mom was generally unamused and would then hand me the box of rice krispies.

We also weren’t allowed to have kool-aid, which killed my social life in 6th grade, let me tell you. My friends always wanted to go to the house of the girl whose mom let them have kool-aid. Boo and hiss.

Another difference was that my lunch was often packed for me. I didn’t start buying school lunches until later in middle school, and even then it was only occasionally. I really started buying it a lot in high school, once I had a job and could pay for them myself. The school chicken nuggets kicked the crap out of my nasty (in my eyes, anyway) tuna sandwich.

In all seriousness though, what I notice about a lot of the people on the show (and again, it might be the editing) is that many of these kids don’t have access to healthy food. Certainly, in the case of the family Jamie works with, this seems to be the case. They eat fried, processed food at home. They eat fried, processed food at school. When, exactly, are they supposed to eat “real” food?

I was very lucky in that I had access to that food, and now, in my WLJ, I know how to cook and how to plan meals. I know what I have to do. Sadly, I think a lot of the people on the show truly don’t.

Anyway I guess the point of this was to share Jamie’s talk on ted.org. So…yeah. Go watch it! If you’ve watched the show on ABC, it’s a lot of the same stuff but he’s amazing and charismatic and wonderful, so it doesn’t feel like you’ve heard it all before.

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…….really?

So, I saw an article about a new sandwich that KFC is rolling out on Monday. It’s called the Double Down and it is bacon and cheese and Colonel’s sauce held together by a sandwich bun two pieces of fried chicken.

I had a few thoughts run through my mind when I saw the photograph of this “sandwich.”

1. Yum-O!

2. Whatthehell?

3. Can’t they at least put a piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato on it to at least let me attempt to fool myself into thinking I’m eating something with some sort of measurable nutritional value? I mean, I love a whopper as much as the next girl, but the only thing that makes me feel good about eating a whopper is telling myself that at least it has veggies on it.

As much as I’d like to sit up on my high horse and say (with disdain) that I’d never eat such a thing, blech, hand me my strawberries!…I just can’t. I ❤ fast food.  I’ve cut a lot of it from my diet, but every now and then a girl just needs a big mac.

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Stop! Smoothie time!

So, lots of the girls on the WW boards always talk about the amazing smoothies they make.  I was feeling a little hungry this afternoon so I decided to whip one up. I had these ingredients on hand: fresh strawberries, canned pineapple, banana, FF organic milk.

I’ve never been a fan of banana in smoothies so I decided against that. I used the following:

1/2 C. FF organic milk

1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1/2 cup pineapple chunks (canned)

I *didn’t* use ice because my blender, for some reason, protests against it and never actually blends the ice. I probably will play around with different settings next time as I prefer my smoothies icy.

Anyway, here was the result!

I think in the future I will try to be brave enough to try a green monster. I have a hangup about the spinach, but I’ll get over it.

I also found these this weekend: Stretch Island Fruit Co.’s All Natural Fruit Strips.

I used to be able to wolf down a whole box of Fruit by the Foot in a single sitting. I ❤ fruit snacks of all shapes and sizes, and so these things are a Godsend! I LOVE THEM! (NI: 45/0/1)*happy fruit snack dance*

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Confession of the Week

I ate A BAG of chewy chips ahoy cookies. A bag = 48 points.

oops.

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I Love Cooking (and Gabourey Sidibe)

…well, I love cooking for the most part. I really have to be in the mood, otherwise it’s just a disaster. If I’m not into it, I get really listless and generally ruin things.

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but my awesome momma is doing WW as well (and doing faboosh!) and we try to cook something new once a week. So yesterday I scoured my go-to recipe sites, and settled on a recipe from Gina’s WW Recipe blog . I’d been eyeing the swiss and broccoli wrapped in chicken for awhile, and decided to just go for it. I also decided to make the potato leek soup for lunches this week, so I went to the store to buy the few things we needed for those.

First of all, leeks are apparently either crazy expensive now, or my local grocery store thinks an awful lot of theirs. I didn’t buy them because they were ridonkulously expensive.

Second of all, it’s a good thing my mom is a bangin’ cook, and smart overall, because I am a total flake. The recipe called for the chicken to be really thin but fairly wide across (for rolling the cheese and broccoli inside) and flake-tastic me is trying to figure out how in the world I’m going to cut the chicken into cutlets, not strips. Well, mom quickly informed me I could cut the breasts in half and just pound them out. Were it not for her, I’d still be trying to figure that out.

So basically, we make the chicken, and it was amaaaaaaaazingly yummy.

I also had a salad with mine. I had spring mix lettuce, baby spinach, fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges, tortilla salad strips, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

We also steamed the rest of the broccoli and also some fresh asparagus. I was STUFFED after eating all of that yummy food.

We also made the soup, though we used chicken broth instead of chicken stock that the recipe calls for. I tasted it before I put it away, and it was awesome! It’s a *little* more watery than I usually prefer, so I think the next time I make it, I’m going to add another potato and just a tad more milk.

On a totally unrelated note – Did anyone see Gabourey Sidibe on the Oscar carpet with Gerard Butler? This girl is my new idol.

You’d have to lift my jaw off the floor with a freaking backhoe were I within a mile of Gerard Butler, and here she is, new to Hollywood, refusing to buy into the whole “You must resemble a stick insect” thing, and totally owning it. I ❤ you, Gabourey. I ❤ you.

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