Monday, October 23, 2006

5 Wobbly Pounds and the Fat Smash Diet

Last week I did Take Off and dropped 5 lbs, mostly water weight and stuff which was nice to see, even if it wasn't really a loss of fat. It made me feel improved, somehow.

Of course between chili on saturday and dinner out on sunday, I've gained some of it back although I am pretty sure it is water rention from all the sodium. So much sodium, yuck! I'm drinking extra water today and tonight I'll do some hot lemon water which always flushes salt out of your system, even if it tastes disgusting.

I've also entertained the idea of doing some working out/weight lifting at the UNO gym but I don't think I'd enjoy doing it by myself and I don't know any UNO students who'd want to go with me. Hell, I don't hang out with very many UNO students to begin with. Almost everyone in my classes are around 8 years younger than me. Yeah. I don't make very many 18 year old friends.

3 Fat Chicks website did a review of The Fat Smash Diet ( which is apparently the celebrity approved diet. Whatever that means. But it did sound a lot like LA Weight Loss on crack. So that was kind of interesting. They expand Take Off though to 9 days, and since 2 days of it makes me murderous, there is no way that I could do 9 days. Also I hate fad diets out of a book. They are so sleezy. I know too much about marketing and rhetoric to take anyone who writes a self-help book seriously. I suggest you don't either. They are the worst of the fad diets. Even if the information is sound and reasonable, it does not take into effect your own personal body. Every body size does not need the same "stuff" to lose weight. Contrary to popular opinion, larger bodies (like mine) require far more food than someone at 190 lbs trying to lose weight, they just need a different type of food. Most books do NOT take this into consideration. Everyone is the same in their eyes. Be very careful with this.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Take Off Cleanse

Between work and school and wedding thoughts I've been really busy and completely slacking on my diet. I know, how is it that I can sit here and write about dieting when I threw it all away for two weeks of pure, restaurant bliss?

I'm a horrible hypocrite.

Fortunately today I'm picking up a bottle of Knudson's Morning Blend juice and Ryan and I are hitting the store hard. I'm going to buy the food I need to do Take Off and I'm going to start that tomorrow. Poor Ryan will have meager eats for the next two days. Once my body is cleansed out and water weight dropped and the carb cravings temporarily stifled, thursday will start a new day of diet enjoyment. I have a wedding dress to buy and I'd like to look better for it. I want wispy shoulders and ample bosom. Is that so much to ask?

If anyone is interested, Take Off is two days of irritation and cleansing that really works. It feels like you're starving because your food is not typical and it is in limited amounts, but you shed a lot of water weight and you clean the sodiums and sugars that have been building in your muscles. It also has the added benefit of stifling your carb cravings by flushing everything out (ie, you go to the bathroom a lot). It does work, most people lose between 3-8 lbs of *stuff* that has been accumulating in your body and just sitting there, making you feel bloated and heavier and retaining water that is doing you no real good. It is a miserable two days, I promise, but the third day you actually feel really good. An added benefit I've noticed when I do it is that the whites of my eyes become whiter, cleaner. Look at your eyes in the mirror, most people have a yellowish tint to them, due to a lot of crap being stored in your body.

Of course, doing Take Off means that come the third day, you alter your eating habits to accomodate the new clean. I don't think I've ever posted it before, but I'll post info on the diet. Save your money, don't go to the center, it is ridiculously expensive. There are easier, cheaper ways to do it.

Knudsen's Simply Nutritious Morning Blend juice can be purchased at Whole Foods and the other health food story whose name is failing me at the minute. It is in with the bottled juices. I noticed that the Hyvee on Cass street was carrying Knudson's beverages now, and may have the Morning Blend in stock now. You take the 26oz of Knudsen's juice, mix with 6oz of water and 8 teaspoons of Benefiber (or something similar).

For the LA Lite Bars (which you have to be through the center to buy) you can substitute Luna Bars, especially the Select bars which taste the best I think, and I found that Special K has put out a new bar that has very similar nutritional stats and tastes awesome. It's a peanut butter bar.

½ LA Lite Bar
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water
Morning snack:
½ LA Lite Bar
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water
3 oz. cooked, lean protein (must be same as dinner protein) or ¾ cup Egg Beaters
1 vegetable
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water
Afternoon snack:
½ LA Lite Bar
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water
3 oz. cooked, lean protein (must be same as lunch protein) or ¾ cup Egg Beaters
1 vegetable
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water
Evening snack:
½ LA Lite Bar
2 oz. Take Off Juice mixed w/2 oz. Water

Important Notes:
Vegetable choices should be fresh or frozen green vegetables – 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked.Drink 6 to 8 (8 oz.) glasses of water each day.Morton Lite Salt (1/2 to ¾ tsp) per day for potassium - required.No more than 2 regular cups of coffee (6 oz) while on TakeOFF.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Here's to you, orange juice.

The greatest breakfast ever on a diet:

Turkey sausage patties
1 Egg "Fried"
Pam Olive Oil spray for the "frying"
1 piece of wonder lite wheat bread (40 calories) or an english muffin
1 wedge of garlic herb laughing cow cheese

Smoosh it all together and you get a tasty, tasty breakfast sandwhich that is far greater and far healthier than anything you can get in a driver through. Oh man, so good.

I love when I get to sleep in and wake up late and make myself breakfast and there's no where in the whole world I have to be except this spot, this place, right now.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Plus Size Bridal Rant

I have two years before I get married and I plan to have lost a lot of my weight and hopefully I'll be able to pick any dress I want in any style, though realistically that's not entirely feasable. I'm still short with short little legs and a short torso, so dresses with poof around the bottom will make me little like a marshmellow no matter how much I weigh. Nevertheless, I've been looking at wedding dresses of all sizes and shapes, looking for ones that stand out to me and ones that I think will fit my shape. I have noticed with some degree of despair that most of the bride models are not short, though they are not all very thin either. So hey, at least we are making headway there. I've seen lots of pictures where the brides may have a thin waist but they are busty like me. I love real women.

So I've been looking and so far my favorite designer is Alfred Angelo ( because his dresses are really elegant and many of them shy away from poof bottoms. I've found several styles that I like a lot. My only complaint is that 98% of his dresses (at least online) are strapless. I really don't want a dress that is strapless. Oh yes they are beautiful, but my October wedding is going to leave me feeling pretty cold if I have nothing on above the swell of my breasts. Also, like I said, I'm a busty girl. I just don't really care for how strapless dresses look on busty girls in most of these wedding dress styles. Don't get me wrong, I think the women wearing these dresses are *beautiful*, I just think these designs could accentuate our curving bosoms in a more flattering way. And shame on Bridal Guide for putting in an article about best fitting dresses for different body types that say Cover it up! with all sorts of weird obnoxious body coverings. I'll have to scan up the dresses they suggested, I was really rather offended. They had these women wearing wraps and lace overshirts to cover up our extended chest lines because god knows no one wants to see our natural selves.

I'm certainly not saying these dresses can't look good on someone, because of course they can. Every body is different, but just skimming through dresses, these stood out to me to be really unflattering on these body types. Mostly in the breast area. They are either over covered, under supported, or popping out.

Edit: For some reason Blogger isn't letting me upload pictures. I'll try again later.

Coffee-mate sugar free

I've finally broken through my 280 rut and dropped a significant amount to 276. There's no rhyme or reason to this, it just happened. I've been bloated from it being that time of the month all week, but I've also craved cupcakes, which I ate and artichoke, which I ate too. Mabye it was just time to let it go.

I tell a lot of people this, but I rarely listen myself. Our bodies are all different and they are wired very differently. When a diet is suppose to work and you're expecting to see results on a regular basis, forget it. Your body is all sorts of strange and will stubbornly hold onto weight no matter how well you've been eating or how well you've been working out. Then all of the sudden you're down 5lbs with no explination other than your body is neurotic. Welcome to the wonderful world of weight loss. There is no predicting how it's going to work until you are there doing it.

This week, my favorite product is Coffee-mate's sugar free Hazelnut creamer. It sits like a little best friend in my cupboard at work. It provides a sweet addition to my coffee (which I'm ashamed to say I started drinking again) and I don't have to add any sugar. Coffee-mate, how I love thee.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Dropping LA Weight Loss

So I dropped LA Weight Loss the center. I got so tired of the girls there I couldn't take it anymore. When I called to talk to the manager about dropping my account, she told me that if I didn't need help and could do it on my own, I wouldn't have come to them. I was horrified. I'm perfectly capable of taking care of myself, I just thought you had a good program you stupid cow.

Or well I didn't exactly say that but I tusseled with her for a while and when it became clear she was never going to refund my money, I asked for my remaining 8 boxes of lites and hit the road.

I'm still going to continue the program because I simply adore it, but I regret ever going into the center. What a waste. I'm speaking negatively but you should know that I really really like the program, I am just not fond of the women who work at the center I was going to. And that happens.

My week of stress is coming to a pleasent close. With 4 tests, 3 of which were essay and one paper due, I thought I was going to lose my mind. But all of that is over now. I just have to get my hands on a copy of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for my film history class, watch it tonight and write a two paragraph response on the cinematography techniques used in the film. I put it off because I though the paper was suppose to be on The Godfather, which I have. Whoops. My mistake. It's been a rough week. Fortunately, now that the week is over I can stop stress eating and start cooking again.

Also, it's that time of the month. I've become bloated and achy but strangely enough not cranky. But not hungry either. Weird.

Friday, October 06, 2006

A shameful return and a nice engagement.

I just wanted to apologize for my lack of updates. That will stop starting this weekend. I'm back on track and wild about my diet. I suppose that's because I haven't been very wild about it for the past couple of weeks. I've downright ignored it. That happens.

But some great things have happened instead during those couple of weeks. I got engaged on October 1st to a very wonderful guy. He's so cute and he did it in the sweetest way. I get my ring back from being resized next tuesday, so I will post pictures then.

I also went through a week and a half of 4 mid term exams and a paper. During this time I was completely uninterested in the possibility of weight gain. I enjoyed salsa and chips, oh yes I did.

But now stress time is over and I'm back. Look for something interesting from me tomorrow.

Monday, September 18, 2006

A solid rant about LA Weight Loss

This morning I was down when I weighed in, so that was exciting, but it is never official until I weigh in at the center of doom.

I don't know how I feel about LA Weight Loss as an entity. I think their program is really well put together, but I think the fact that the company requires its employees to push its products for a quota/commission stinks because the employees, trying to do their job, end up seeming to not care about us as people and only care about us as possible commissions. I feel they would produce a better environment if they dropped the hokey schtick and treated us like human beings with real lives.

I have to remember that the employees are peopel too, forced to do sales. It's not their fault, they are trying to get paid too.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Wedding photos

I was pretty sick during the week that I got these back, but here are two of the photos from the wedding, they look pretty good. I am really happy in these photos. This was for our friends M. and C.'s wedding. They both looked really beautiful too. It was a great reception. I danced my ass off.

Edit: My full picture is not uploading. I'll fight with it later.

I started taking a new drug for my bipolar issues. I can't remember the name off the top of my head, it's at home, but one of the side effects is that it tends to curb cravings. I'm down with that. I can always use help in that area. And it does not have a sexual side effect: Bonus. Usually the bipolar meds do and it would make me irreversibly sad if my sex drive went away. Also it would make Ryan sad.

I had a horrible experience last week at the LAWL center. This overstuffed worm of a counselor and I just had a little too much to say to one another. She berated me for not calling the center while I was sick to tell if I were a school child who misses class. I owe them nothing, least of all keeping them updated on every aspect of my life. They are here to help me with my weight loss, not keep track of my life. I draw a line there. My fever and sickness kept me from a lot of things last week, and I didn't make excuses to anyone. It made me so angry that she would speak to me the way she did. I view them as an aid...they help me help myself. They do not control me. No diet controls me. Food should not be the controller in my life, in any way shape or form. That's where I stand on that matter.

A message of time

I am deeply embarressed by my lack of posting. More than that, I am deeply ashamed of my inability to lose the weight I thought I could because I cheat so minimally, too often.

This morning the scale said 281.2. Not far off where I was weeks ago. I feel terrible guilty.

I've decided to reassert myself into the diet. From today until next friday (my last weigh in for next week) I'm going to be so very perfect on plan. If I can do it for a week, surely I'll see results and that'll encourage me to do it for one more week. And maybe that's how I should week at a time, instead of "This is what'll happen by the end of September" because I'm so tired of letting myself down.

There's nothing in the cards that says I can't do it. And by the way, where did September go? I thought it was just the 1st like last week. How time flies when you want it to so badly.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Too sick to diet.

I apologize for the zone of silence lately. I'm still at the diet, sort of. Last sunday through today has been a mixture of sickness and solitude. I've had a sinus infection, fevers, and all sorts of flu like symptoms all week. Some days I go without eating anything, some days I've had my fill of soup and sandwhiches. I'll be back on the horse on monday, I hope. It'll depend on how I'm feeling. I still feel pretty crappy, but hopefully my appetite will have returned. I hope you are all doing well though.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Starbucks and McDonalds Phenominon

Thought I'd share this with you. Pretty crazy statistics isn't it? I personally do not eat fast food. Fast food is not what made me overweight. (Too much of good for you food did not help though) I always have had a soft spot in my heart for McDonalds cheeseburgers, even though I haven't had one in more than two years.

Eating for pleasure

I wrote this for the LAWL girls over at 3Fat Chicks and I thought I'd post it here. It still applies. Also, 2.4 lbs down since monday. I'll take it.

Food is not the enemy.I think it is sometimes important to remember this and commit it to memory. Food, on its own, didn't make us fat and it isn't what's keeping us from being thin. Food sometimes feels like the bad guy in our lives; the evil villain twirling his mustache and tying us to the train tracks. We are regimented by it, sculpted by it. We fill our day with plans and schedules about what we will eat and when and then we fill our day with guilty feelings and excuses when we don't stick to the plan, when we veer dramatically off of it. Food tempts us, appealing to our base desires and passions. We become weak-kneed at the scent of warm white chocolate, we've got it bad for the sodium-rich textures of asian food and filling comfort of the Italian pastas and robust sauces. We are barred from these food by our obsession with food and the regimentation and our desperate need to lose weight. Food is not our enemy. We have no tangible enemy. It's abstract, which is why it's so hard to fight against it.We need food to survive. It makes our body move and act. It makes us move faster and work longer. When we feel fatigued we know that eating something will perk us up, even if temporarily. We turn to certain foods when we are sick to aid in the healing process. Soda crackers for upset stomachs, juice for hydration, toast and warm ginger ale for infections and flu, piping hot chicken noodle soup when we ache and swell all over. From childhood we attribute our getting well to the food our mothers gave us, not the medications. Why do you think we eat so much when we are stressed, anxious, sad or depressed? Food releases chemicals in our brain (dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin) which makes us calm, more concentrated, relaxed, happy; let alone how much pleasure we feel when we taste things that taste good. Food makes us feel better and sometimes we all need that. After a really terrible morning, with tears and apologies and embarressment, I couldn't do any real work. I couldn't concentrate on my homework and I didn't want anyone to talk to me. After I had breakfast- an omelette made from eggbeaters with veggies- I could feel my brain lightening up. That sounds weird but it's true. I didn't feel so abrasive and my concentration increased. It was like my head was wrapped in gauze and I could feel it eing unwrapped. When it relieved the unpleasentness, without resorting to comfort foods, it reminded me about how much we take food for granted in its positive aspects. Since this revelation made me feel better about myself and about my diet, I thought I'd share it with you too.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Returning to LA Weight Loss

I broke down on monday. Dieting is hard, so much harder than we'd all like to pretend most days. Everywhere we turn there is delicious, extrordinary things all around. We are bathed in exotic textures and flavors, new combinations of food to make you curl and twist in your socks. Burgers with lime juice and avacado spreads, cristpy chicken wraps with teryaki sauce, white chocolates razored tissue thin over soft buttery pastries and everything can be easy and affordable. I'm overwhelmed and I need help.

Monday after my class I had a 6pm appointment to go into the LA Weight loss center and see about their return customer discounts. While LA Weight Loss works, and boy, does it work, it is also very expensive and the girls who work there are paid to sell, sell, sell. I don't think of them as bad people, because that's their job and at least when they do it then do it with excitement in their voice. But the pressure captures people who are unwary. Fortunately, I came armed to the teeth and ready to do business. I told them up front where I stand and that they need not bother selling me anything extra, I wasn't buying.

That made the trip a lot easier. They didn't try to get me to buy the newest and greatest. I didn't hem and haw over the price.

I go back in today to weigh in and get my actual plan information. I've been doing Fast Forward for the past day and will continue today. We'll see what I get for a weight loss. Right now there's an internet special for LA Weight Loss at $4 a week, almost half of the normal cost. I'm down with that. I paid for it and now we'll see results.

Weight loss never felt so disapponting

The width and breath of my desperate, cheating ways knows no bounds and no embarressments. Yesterday was an outstanding example of what not to do when you're trying so hard to do things right. I tell myself daily that we are still living breathing people, dieting or not, but I am without excuse or pity today. The crappy feeling in my skin and stomach is from the Red Lobster dinner and the birthday cake piece afterward. I feel crappy because I ate crappy food. I slept like the dead because I was weighted down with carbs and my body was churning it all night. I'm uncomfortable in my skin because of the things coursing through. I don't hate myself, but I am pretty disappointed.

Today I've been hiding in my shell like a wounded dog, tail between my legs. My protein smoothy helps but feels too close to cheating even when I know it's not. My lunch will consist of a barebones tuna sandwhich, minus half the bread, and we'll say no more about it.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Magic Bullet and a recipe for quesadilla mix

Yesterday I purchased the Magic Bullet from Walgreens for a whopping $59.99. I'd wanted it for a while but the price tag still left a bruise in my chest. I got it home set it up in my kitchen and made dinner with it. I ate alone last night since Ryan went out with some friends, and my dinner turned out awesome.

I made quesadillas and here's how that worked:

Quick Quesadillas

1 6oz chicken breast, cooked
Squeeze of lime juice
8 cherry tomatoes
Small cube of onion
Small scoop of avocado
Dollop of lite sour cream
Cheddar Cheese (A scoop, I didn't really measure because I only had a little left)
Southwestern (No salt) seasoning
1/2 Jalapeño (optional)
2 low carb wheat tortillas

Add everything except the cheese and the tortillas to the magic bullet tall cup. Pulse till you've got the consistency you want. Longer for creamy smooth, shorter for chunky.
Spray heated skillet and throw down tortilla. Scoop mixture onto it and add cheese on top of that. Set second tortilla on top of cheese and let it cook for a little bit (took about 2 1/2 minutes) until tortilla is crisp and insides start getting warm.
Flip and do the same to the other side.

The inside might be a little gooey because you're not loaded down with cheese like usual quesadillas. But they are mighty tasty and very good for you if you choose things right! Low car tortillas, just a small amount of sour cream (whatever your plan allows) and the amount of cheese your plan allows. If you add cheese directly to the mixture in the magic bullet, you can fill the mixture into a kangaroo pita and eat it like a new way to make chicken salad. It’s really, really good.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Habits worth making- 21 day challenge

I chose to use Blogger for my On Pie blog, but I have a personal blog over at Livejournal. I've had a livejournal account for so many years now that I can't remember not having it. I remember the day when Livejournal hit a million people (it's like, quadrupled it since then) and I'd already had my LJ account for several years. Yeah, I'm saying I liked it before it was cool. That's the berated hipster in me talking.

Anyway, this weeks LJ Spotlight is on a community I thought you'd all find most interesting. It's called Twenty One Days. The idea is that it takes 21 days to make a new habit stick. This community sets up a challenge every 21 days (the first one starting August 21st) and sets a schedule for you to help you make it "Stick". Membership is open until the day of the beginning of the challenge, and then it closes for 21 days. The community is wonderfully set up, though so far the only posts consist of quirky little "questionairres" that asks you what your worst habit is, your best habit, and what you expect to happen in the next 21 days. So far no real discussion on how anyone is going to attain their goal, but I imagine that'll change as the challenge starts.

The first challenge is about fitness. They are challenging everyone to incorporate one form of excerise everyday for 45 minutes to an hour (shorter on the 7th day) for 21 days. Sounds like a good habit to form and we all know how hard it is to get exercise in every day. This is a good idea, even if you don't want to bother signing up for the community (the community itself doesn't seem helpful outside of a very good idea)

I'm willing to jump on this habit forming idea. Starting August 21st I'm going to make a point to get in some form of exercise every day. Tuesday and thursday are covered because I have a power yoga class on those days, but what about the others? Seems that this would be a good month to get in some brisk walking everyday. Go ahead, see what kinds of habits you can form.

Recipe: Beef Dijon and some morning thoughts

This morning, bleary eyed and barely awake, my scale said to me "Sorry hon, better luck next time" as I noticed that I had a 1 lb gain. Commence the kicking and screaming? Nah. It was 5am and there wasn't enough motivation. Also, I experienced a 4lb loss this week, a part of that was bound to not stick. 4 lbs is way more than normal. I'm still sitting at a comfortable 15.2 lb loss so far. So I rubbed my eyes and started to brush my teeth because that's just what you do when you see a gain. You move on. There's always tomorrow, and a day of good eating habits is worth it. The loss will probably appear again tomorrow or monday and it'll actually stick. And that's all I can ask for. Hooray for confidence and hooray for optimism!

So as a present, I leave you with this recipe. I loved this recipe. It was so good. I love sauces and want to eat sauces on everything, so when my diet offered up this recipe that has its very own sauce, I was stoked. And it is tasty. Not too mustardy, it was nice. I didn't cook it with asparagus, but I bet that'd be tasty too. I ended up using a little more mushrooms and a cut up onion instead of green onions. The Herb-Ox bouillon stuff is awesome. I use a half a packet of it with water when I cook a lot of stuff and it adds a yummy flavor.

Beef Dijon
4 or 6 oz beef flank steak, size according to plan
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup water
1/2 packet Herb-Ox®, very low-sodium beef bouillon
1/2 cup (125 ml) nonfat plain yogurt
1 Tbsp flour 2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 cup fresh asparagus spears

Preparation Instructions:
Rub black pepper on both sides of the steak.
Broil steak, 3 inches from heat, for 6 minutes. Turn steak over and brown for 6-8 minutes more. Keep warm, allowing to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing.
Coat skillet with nonfat cooking spray. Combine mushrooms, green onion, water, and beef bouillon; cook until mushrooms are tender.
Mix together yogurt, flour, and mustard. Stir into mushroom mixture. Cool and stir until thickened.
Cook asparagus by microwaving or steaming. Slice steak, thinly, against the grain. Arrange steak slices and asparagus on dinner plate. Serve with sauce.
Makes 1 serving Serving Size: 1 entrée Counts As: 1/2 Dairy 1 Protein 3 Vegetables

Friday, August 18, 2006

Shopping can be exercise too! Yikes!

Yeeeeyaaaaaa! That's what my head has felt like since yesterday. I got my financial aid check yesterday and went a little crazy spending it because I haven't been able to buy anything in the last few weeks. I purchased things that I needed or very much wanted and tried to stay away from the things I don't really need or want. I did buy some new tennis shoes and some yoga clothes since my old yoga outfit has become my default bum-around clothes and they have paint on them from when I paint in them. The new ones are stretchy and funny feeling, but I look like I'm heading to a super workout, and that's cool.

I just purchased my books for fall semester a little while ago, and I've been trying to clean up the living room after my shopping explosion took it over. In about an hour I'm taking Andre (the big cat) to the vet and then I'm going to run to Target to look for new curtains. I took back the ones I bought yesterday because I really disliked them.

What does all this have to do with weight loss? Oh not really anything, it's just making me a little busy and crazy and I feel so emotionally guilty for spending so much money in two days. I've pulled the breaks though, spending time is over. My apartment thanks me for what I have done for it though. It's also 1:30 and I haven't eaten lunch yet and to be honest, I'm not really hungry. ALl this moving and running around has killed my appetite. I know I need to eat something but I scoff at the idea. Maybe I'll grab a turkey wrap after the vet visit. We'll see.

Oh and yesterday I hit the 279.0 mark. That was really nice to see. My goal is 276 by August 31st. I still have a little time to get there but I'm pretty close anyway. I think my September goal is 269. My eating right and power yoga class should help me hit that.

If you're not in the mood for working out, go shopping for 4 hours instead. Trust me, you'll work out and be exhausted by the end of it. I feel like I've been working out for 2 days straight. My bank account agrees.