Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day, ya'll! And to my favorite Canadians - Happy Monday :)

Being Texan, we are having brisket and beans and tater salad. I'm having coleslaw instead of tater salad because of the carbs and no bread. I've done well doing low carb and the scale showed it this morning - a loss of 7 pounds my first week! Woo Hoo! Yahoo!

We used to have big family gatherings on these holidays. But now, what with certain family members getting a hitch in their craw (is that a saying?) our gathering has gotten smaller and smaller each year. So the meat was bought from a great little BBQ place and the rest is home made. I'm hungry, too, so I'm off to munch.

Have a great week and don't forget to drink your water!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I can see clearly now.

And it's not because the rain is gone, although it is gone and that was quite a storm that blew through here last night. I can see clearly now, but on Thursday I had a weird thing happen. I was at my computer at work, drinking my coffee, checking work emails and after a few minutes the center of my field of vision was gone. I blinked and blinked and told myself to calm down but I kinda freaked inside.

Anyway, to make a very long day short, the school nurse called my doctor, he said go the the ER, because who knows what this could be. A co-worker took me to the ER at 9:30am. Finally saw a physician at 11am. By this time, I told my friend to go back to work and I'd call when I needed to be picked up. The doc said everything looked good but wanted me to see an opthalmologist. So, I cross the street (by now my vision has cleared but my head hurts, I haven't had anything to eat or drink in hours and I'm feeling pretty crappy) sit through an exam with lots of lights and eye drops. Turns out I had an ocular migraine. Well, I'm thankful that's all it was. Normally, I don't run to the doctor because a) the insurance usually sticks me with more of the bill than I expect, and b) I just don't like going.

When my friend picked me up, I was getting the shakes from not having eaten. I needed something quick and fast so I got a chicken sub sandwich and ate it even though I was very nauseated. So, low carb didn't happen on Thursday but I did my best the rest of the day.

Thursday ended well, though. Some wrens built a nest in a lantern that I have hanging on my patio. We've been watching the mom and dad take care of their babies for a few weeks now and knew they would be leaving the nest any day. Well, Thursday afternoon was their big day. The two little cuties were learning to fly and we got to watch from our den window.

This is where they built their nest.

The nest inside

There's one of the little cuties (top left)

Sorry for the blurry pic, I turned off the flash so I wouldn't blind him/her.
They would hop up the wall and then fly to the ground. It was so cute!

I miss them already. I watched the parents working hard everyday, feeding and caring for their babies and cleaning the nest. It's very quiet now out there on the patio. *sniff*sniff* I think I have empty nest syndrome, lol.

My first week of 30 days of low carb eating has been great. I had a piece of cake yesterday because we had a going away party for a very good friend at work. The cake was homemade from scratch and the girl that makes them is an incredible cake baker. I don't usually care for store bought cakes, but I couldn't pass up a small piece of this cake. And after I ate it, I was okay with it, and the rest of the day was low carb all the way. I'm in control. Finally. (fingers crossed)

Hope you have a great holiday weekend. Drink lots of water and stay cool!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Staying with it.

Day 2 of SOLO (Summer of LowCarb - cute, huh?) and I'm having no cravings for bread, sweets, or anything starchy. What a relief. I have a serious addiction to bread but when I don't eat it, I always notice that I feel better. My mind seems clearer. I stepped on the scale this morning (Tues.) and I've already lost a little. I know it's water (because I've been going potty, a lot) but that also happens when I don't eat bread.

I'm not in the habit of taking pictures of what I eat so most of what I ate today got gobbled up before I remembered to take pics. Here are the two I managed to take:

Fresh blackberries and Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt. My most fav thing :D

And here we have a hamburger, sans bun. I used big lettuce leaves as a bun. Messy, but good!

I'm logging my food at and it's really helping keep me on track. I'm also making sure to drink lots of water. Now, if I could just get myself to bed at a decent hour, lol.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 1 of The Summer of LowCarb

It's day one of my 30 day locarb plan. I did good. I've added my food diary back over there on the left along with the number of pounds I've lost so far. Of course, at one point that little counter said 45 lbs lost, but that's all water under the bridge right now.

I'm not hungry and I feel like I'm in control. It really does help me to log everything I eat. My calorie count was a little low today, but I didn't get to exercise so the extra calories weren't needed. I ate small portions of fruit and veggies along with lots of lean protein. I really do know what to eat to lose weight. Why I get lazy about it, I'll never know.

A few years ago I did South Beach and one of my favorite treats was diet root beer with a little heavy cream or ff half & half. It tastes just like a root beer float! Sip it with a straw for the whole soda shop effect :D

Have a super Tuesday!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fed Up

That's what I am. Fed up with my whole zen attitude lately about dieting. Just relax and eat smaller portions, I'd tell myself. Eat a little of what ever you want and you'll be fine, I'd say. Well, how's that been working? Not good. Not good, at all. It's time to put on the brakes and set some real rules for myself. A rigid, hard core low-carb diet is what works best for me. I want to see some fast results, too, so low-carb it is.

I'm going to post what I eat (and maybe even pictures). I'm going to write everything down. I'm going to drink a lot of water. I'm going to do this. I'm sick and tired of carrying this weight around.

Does any one use the BodyBugg or GoWearFit? I've been thinking of getting one of those types of things to help with motivation. Let me know how yours works for you if you've got one.

Have a great week and don't forget to drink your water.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Books and Blogs and Staci's Giveaway!

Not much to say today. I'm eating whatever with a side of everything. Reading The 30-Day Low-Carb Diet Solution and planning my menu for next week. Summer is here in H-town and I'm still nowhere near my goal. I'm also reading How Big Are The Pancakes? by Kathryn Krull and yearning to ride my bike off into the sunset. Someday.

Please stop by and give Anne H a big hug. She had a really tough day today (Wed.). I admire her strength and the work she does. It takes a special person to be a hospice nurse. Anne, I hope the rest of your week goes smooth as silk.

Also, if you have a chance, head over to Kelly's blog and wish her well. She's beginning her weightloss journey and could use a little motivation. Staci is spreading the word and having a giveaway of some super magazine subscriptions. Check out her giveaway here.

I was hoping to ride to work this week, but my heart is just not in it. I need a little motivation myself. Feeling  apathetic about everything. Poor Nellie, she just waits by the door...patiently.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Gearing up for Bike to Work Week - May 17-21, 2010

Love this! I'm planning on riding my bike to work at least once during Bike to Work Week. This celeb has some great reasons for riding and some very good tips, too. Enjoy!

Monday, May 3, 2010

One day down...

Nine more to go for AP's. Today went better than I expected, as usual. I fill my head with all kinds of OCD hype and then even with a few bumps, the testing went well. The kids were great, the computer ate iTunes so a stand-in was brought in to handle the French Language CD. All in all, no problems. Tuesday is Spanish Language and 20+ kids but now that we've done French, we'll be fine. *fingers crossed* Statistics in the afternoon. Another long day. I got home today around 6pm and my day started at 7am.

Not enough water today. I KNOW. Imagine, me not drinking water?!! I have to plan for potty breaks and that means limiting fluid intake. My bladder is used to going whenever but since I have to rely on some one to come fill in while I go, I try not to have to go as often. Food was bare minimum - cheese, lettuce, & tomato on whole wheat with pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi for a late afternoon snack. No snacking, so that's a good thing. Too tired to ride today. Maybe Wednesday.

Thanks for the caring words yesterday. You guys always make it better! The real deal is what it's all about.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Stressful week coming up. Proctoring AP tests at school, oh joy. Mood swings and depression are trying to set in. I'm feeling like I'm spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. I start something and then don't finish it. I read a blog post and start to leave a comment and then close the page. I can't seem to lose any weight and I don't feel like exercising or even riding my bike. This doesn't seem to be much of a blog these days.