29 Oct

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Well, we’re finally back home from Arizona!  It was nice to visit with my step-son and he’s doing well.  I can’t believe he’s 20!  I remember putting him on the bus for kindergarten :(

We had a great time and visited some amazing places!

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GORGEOUS sunsets in Arizona

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We drove through Albuquerque.  While we were there we thought, hey, lets see what Walter White is doing these days!

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Walter White’s House

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Where Skylar White takes soil samples in Breaking Bad.

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Breaking Bad car wash. Have an A1 Day!

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Steve, Andrew and Bruno at the Grand Canyon.

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Andrew at the Grand Canyon.

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No amount of photos I took can even come close to showing you what’s there!

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Steve and Andrew TRYING to take it in.

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More “holy smokes this place is huge” views.

My step-son, Sterling and Andrew.

My step-son, Sterling and Andrew.

I did HORRIBLE on the diet on our trip.  That can’t come as too much of a surprise.  I actually gained 5 freaking pounds! 

Normally, before a trip, I do a lot of food shopping so that we can stay on the diet as best as we can.  We, literally, left the house 30 minutes after we talked about “maybe” going.  There was no time for shopping.

All I’ve had today is 2 cups of coffee and a Bamboo Lane Crunch Rice Roll.  These things are so good!  I’ve been too busy to sit down and eat much more.  I had the laundry, from the 2 days before we left, plus the laundry from the trip.  I had to run to 2 banks and also to the grocery to get some lettuce.  I’m craving salads like some sort of freak.  Steve has always told that if your body is craving something that there is something in the food your body needs.  He told me this because I often crave bananas and I hate bananas!

Dinner tonight will be salads, salads and more salads!

29 Oct

Arizona

Arizona

No posting yesterday.  Friday, late afternoon, we decided to hop in the car and drive from Colorado to Arizona to see Steve’s son (age 20).  I’ve never been to Arizona.  It was a 13 hour drive.  We spent Friday night in New Mexico and got to Mesa, AZ about 6:30pm Saturday night.  It’s great to see Sterling again.  We haven’t seen him in about a year.  I can’t believe how adult he looks now!

We picked him up and drove to Tucson.  We’ll do some tours and spend some great time with him today.  We’ll take him back to Mesa, tonight, and then drive…somewhere…heading towards Albuquerque (I can’t believe I spelled that right on my first shot!).  We’ll spend the next 2 or 3 days and take our time driving home and enjoy some fun things to see and visit.  Our favorite way to travel (when we aren’t pressed for time) is to travel only back roads.  You would be amazed what fun little towns, museums, etc. there are when you get off of the main highway AND how much less lodging costs!

24 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 10

Chubby Girl Diary Day 10

Chubby Girl Diary Day 10
5:11am

*yawn* My morning started at 4:00am *yawn*.  My stepson (20) lives in AZ.  He cut his hand a yesterday, pretty badly, and got stitches.  He called us at 4:00am this morning that his stitches had ripped.  He wanted to let us know that he was on his way to ER.  Once I wake, I have a difficult time getting back to sleep :P

Breakfast
5:18am
Coffee, coffee, coffee!

Lunch
Left over Chinese with chicken meatballs on top.

Dinner
We’re on the road heading to Arizona to visit my step son.  I’m ashamed to say that dinner was McDeath…cheeseburger and fries *sigh*

23 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 9

Chubby Girl Diary Day 9

Chubby Girl Diary Day 9

Chubby Girl Diary Day 9
6:24am

I think I’m going to do 2 or 3 of meat only…what Dukan calls Phase 1 or the Attack Phase.  It’s a few days where all you eat is protein.  Hmmmmm…..

Today is grocery day.  I was going to do my regular shopping and get a weeks worth of meals but I think I’m just going to get 3 days worth of food and then go back Monday to get the rest.

Yup!  I’m hitting Costco and I’m going to get a lot their chicken meatballs!  I’m also going to make another huge pot of (non-Southern, so no spaghetti *sulk*) chili.

Breakfast
6:26am
Coffee, what else.

Grocery Finds
When I shop, I keep my eyes open for things that can help keep a diet from getting boring.  I went out with the intent of getting only meat.  I didn’t stray too much, stuck with the diet, but I did get more than meat.

I have to share my finds!

Jill, you’ll be happy about one find; Bell Plantation Peanut Butter Thins Crackers.  Andrew and I just tried one.  They’re not amazing but they’re really good.  These are 3 WW points in a serving.  There are about 9 servings in one 7oz box.

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These, I think you could darn near eat as many as you want; Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers.  There are also not great but are really good and jiminy, they’re close to zero everything!  They’re 1 WW point.  If you’re doing WW then you can’t eat as many as you but otherwise…TOTALLY good to go!

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A company called Amberlyn had a sample table set up.  O.  M.  G.  !!!!!  They’re sugar free, no artificial sweetener and are AMAZING!!!!!  There are multiple flavors to choose from and your choice of milk or dark chocolate.  Andrew & I like milk and Steve likes dark.  You got to mix and match your box so we got some of each.  I don’t know if it’s the same deal everywhere or not but what they had today at Costco was that you buy 8 bars and got 1 free.  Each of us got 3 bars.  The WW points for a plain milk chocolate bar are only 5.  The great news is that just from the small sample she gave us, I don’t think I would ever eat an entire bar!

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Steve is a dark chocolate junkie!  I picked him up something call Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.  These are only TWO WW points, people!  TWO!

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Lastly, something that all 3 of us love and they’re a mega quick grab to throw in the microwave!  Aidells Chicken Meatballs.  There are 3 WW points in 3 meatballs!

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I also picked up a few Weight Watchers snacks at the grocery store:

Peanut Butter Bliss
Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss
Red Velvet Cream Cakes
Chocolate Cream Cake

WW makes bagels and bread.  I went to three stores yesterday and didn’t have luck with either *sniffle*.  Only 1 sold the snack cakes.

Dinner
5:42pm

We had leftover Chinese with chicken meatballs on top.  Steve & I went to a new local bar, after dinner, and I had 1 beer.

Snacks
I had 1 WW Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss, 2 string cheese and one of the Bamboo Lake Crunchy Rice Rollers.

22 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 8

Chubby Girl Diary Day 8

Chubby Girl Diary Day 8

Chubby Girl Diary Day 8
7:03am

Ugh, I was not a good girl last night.  Thank goodness for those extra weekly points!  I’m too embarrassed to list everything I ate last night, again.  So you’ll just have to read the “Snack” section of yesterdays post :P

Breakfast
7:53am
Just coffee :P  I wonder if eating breakfast would keep me from being so hungry at night.  I thought about this last night, as I was shoving food into my face.  I thought, then *sigh*, that I would eat breakfast this morning.  Nope!  My stomach is hungry but the thought of eating of a morning makes me feel icky.  I mean, if doughnuts, Pop-Tarts or raisin bran cereal are involved…I’m on it!

Lunch
12:27pm
Banana and PB2 peanut butter.  I’ve included pictures so you can see what the PB2 looks like.  It’s really good.  It tastes more like peanuts than peanut butter.  I enjoyed a cupcake too ;)

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Dinner
6:36pm

I’m really really REALLY not a sickly person!  But, for whatever reason, I’m really not well lately.  Steve & I went to the park to enjoy some sunshine tonight but ended up having to leave, after about an hour, because I started feeling clammy and just plain icky.  I hadn’t said anything and Steve looked at me and said “You’re pale!”. 

We were going to have the last of the leftover sausage and cabbage, some of the leftover soup that I made last night and some chicken breasts but I’m not home, in pajamas and typing from bed.  We’re having Chinese delivery.  I’m having chicken fried rice…assuming the nauseous feeling stays away!  Luckily, I didn’t eat a whole lot today so I have plenty of points left :)

21 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 7

Chubby Girl Diary Day 7

Chubby Girl Diary Day 7
6:56am
183.4
-5.6

Well, I was hoping to be down more but I’m just happy it’s down and not up or even the same. 

5.6 pounds in 7 days is actually really good and what health care folks love to see.  I’m just spoiled to Dukan weight loss in the first week.  BUT, Dukan or not, I’ve been much happier dieting this last week than I’ve been my last 2 times trying to get back on Dukan.

Thursday is grocery shopping day.  I’ll be putting my list together today and tomorrow.  I need to find a great salty snack/crunchy snack.  As much as I like my sweets and get a sweet tooth, I’m much more of a salty snacker.  Often, I’m satisfied with just grabbing a chunk of ham but sometimes, I’d really just like to have a potato chip :P

Breakfast
7:06am
I’m on cup number 1.

Lunch
1:31pm
Leftovers from dinner last night, Sausage Cabbage Casserole.

Dinner
5:47pm
Leftover Sausage Cabbage Casserole.

Snacks

Dark Chocolate CupcakesI’ve made Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Cake before but I haven’t made them as Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Cupcakes.  I have now!  You would never eat one and think “yep, that’s a cupcake” but they’re amazing!!!!!!!  I made a batch today and used a WW recipe for Cream Cheese frosting.  I used to have a baking business and there’s no making these cupcakes pretty.  The frosting is just too thin.  I tried to pipe these and knew, before I put it in the piping bag, that it wouldn’t work…it didn’t LOL.  But, they’re great!

I’m going to stick with blaming “I must be getting ready to start” for my super hungry because, let’s face it, eventually…I’ll be right!

With the cupcakes, I had 2 for the day.  One in the afternoon and one in the evening.  I also had a WW string cheese and some peanut butter.  I made a pot of noodle soup. It’s a simple soup my mom used to make.  The entire pot (that big soup pot you have) is just a package of egg noodles, a diced onion and 1 – 2 cans of tomato sauce.  The entire pot is 16 points so a bowl here and there is fine.  So now you have a low in point, easy to make, low in cost carb craving fix!

After all of that, I still ended up having a Smart Ones Spaghetti with Meat Sauce!

Man!  My “extra” weekly WW points reset yesterday (49 points) and I took them down to 28!  Luckily, Steve and Andrew dove into those cupcakes yesterday and there are only 3 left.  AND, I got up this morning and threw the peanut butter away!  I have that PB2 Peanut Butter that I picked up.  I’m going to look up today and see how much of that I can make in advance. I freaking love peanut butter and grabbing a spoonful of that stuff is quick and makes my mouth happy.  If I can make the entire jar of PB2 (which is VERY good) in advance, I’m solid!

20 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6
7:49am

I’ve been up for awhile but have had a busy morning.  I only mention this because I know my 7:49am is later than usual :)

I didn’t weigh this morning.  I wasn’t perfect this weekend.  I didn’t have internet was in the middle of nowhere while we were camping.

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No photoshop. Our gorgeous little camp site with the sun going down in the background.

We had an amazing time and it was gorgeous!  We’re kind of “suburban campers” LOL…well, to an extent anyway.  Steve has his ham radio license and he likes to make remote contacts.  We take a car battery so he can hook his radio up.  Since we knew it was going to be in the high 30s, we also took some 12 volt electric blankets to put inside of our sleeping bags.  Steve (very tech savvy guy) took off the part that would plug into like a car cigarette lighter and hooked it up to the car battery.  We stayed plenty warm and our new 4 season tent really did it’s job!  I think Steve and I are just too old to get very much out of tent camping.  We never sleep well when we camp.  He wakes with his shoulders hurting and I wake with my hips hurting.  When I say “wake”, I don’t mean when we wake of a morning but when we wake 500 times a night LOL.  We got up somewhere between 4:30am and 5:00am and built a fire and drank coffee, lots and lots of coffee!  It was flippin’ cold!  Andrew slept until about 7:30am and was a happy little guy with no “I’m old” aches and pains but yeah, it was cold!  Bruno, our little 3 pound dog, always sleeps under the covers of our bed at home and sleeps in my sleeping bag when we camp.  When we’re outside, he gets under Steve’s fleece pullover that I wear over my layers of clothes.  It was really really cold!  We tried to get him to stay in the tent but he’s a mamma’s boy.

I think this trip has convinced us what we’ve debated for years…it’s RV time.  We talked about it in Kentucky and wanted one.  Now that we’re in Colorado, we want one.  We’ll be buying a house sometime in late spring to early summer next year and will get an RV after that … unless some amazing deal arises before that.  We really love the retro RVs and would love to find something old that we can make to look our own inside.  Ideally, we would find something stupid cheap that nobody wants because it’s old and ugly and then make it look like it jumped out of IKEA on the inside :D

Okay, back to the diet…hey, it’s my diary, I can go off topic LOL.

I did make the Chinese Beef and Broccoli while we were camping and it was amazing!  I forgot to take the cornstarch :(  But I can’t imagine it would have tasted any better!  Yes, this picture stinks but hey, I was cold and it was dark :P

Chubby Girl Diary Day 6

 

Breakfast
8:14am

I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee :)

Lunch
12:16pm

Smart Ones Classic Favorites Spicy Szechuan Style Vegetables and Chicken

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Dinner
8:03pm

We went out looking at houses and neighborhoods tonight.  No, we aren’t moving for about 6 – 8 months but we’re new to Colorado and we’re surrounded by a ton of tiny cities.  We aren’t familiar with the cities or the neighborhoods.  Since we aren’t pressed for time, we’re taking our time and getting to know whatever we can so we’re well prepared.

Dinner was Sausage Cabbage Casserole and Garlic Spaghetti Squash.

Snacks

We went to Walmart tonight and I was mega craving chocolate!  I picked up a package of Atkins Peanut Butter Cup.  Have you ever had these things?  OMG, they’re to die for!  5 points per package.

3 Weight Watchers String Cheese

17 Oct

Camping

Camping

Camping

Pictures from our last camping trip. I still can’t believe we live near something this gorgeous!

We’re taking an impromptu camping trip.  We don’t have many nice weekends left before it’s just going to be too dang cold to enjoy it.

I won’t have internet access from Friday night, October 17 – Sunday afternoon, October 19.

I won’t be documenting what I eat but I can tell you what I’m packing…as of now…

Ingredients for the dinner I already prepped for tonight.

Diet (not sugar free, because diet is lower in carbs) instant cocoa

PB2 Peanut Butter

Trail Mix (not the kind with chocolate, damn it!)

Quaker Oatmeal Diet Oatmeal

Granola bars

Eggs

Bacon

Low fat graham crackers, sugar free mini Hershey bars and mini marshmallows.

Cumberland Gap Ham

Jerky

Bananas & apples

Instant coffee (ick)

Half a gallon of skim milk

Bottled water

My (must have) Kool-Aid drops

 

16 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4
7:07am
182.7
Down 6.3

Down 6.3 pounds at the start of my 4th day! I’ll take it! The Dukan Diet/Weight Watchers combo diet seems to be working wonders for me!  I’ll take it!

I told you there would be over sharing on here…one problem I had with being on the Dukan Diet alone was not *whispers* pooping.  I was hoping that doing the combo of the 2 diets would make this stop.  Either it didn’t make it stop or it’s just a coincidence.  I think I’ll drink some green tea today.  I used to drink it on Dukan to get things “moving along” and it worked wonders!

Dinner is prepped.  Steve gets to cook on the grill tonight!  I’ll make the salad as soon as I’m finished typing my morning.

Breakfast
7:12am

Take a guess.  Come on.  So smart!  Coffee!

Pooped!

Lunch
12:11pm

I swear, I’ve had a cold for like 4 freaking weeks and it’s really starting to tick me off :P  Today, I feel almost like I have the flu.  I don’t feel like a fever, nor do I have one.  But my head and body are aching exactly like they do when you have the flu.

I’m honestly not the least bit hungry but since I only had 2 cups of coffee for breakfast I’m forcing myself to eat.  I’m having some chicken broth (from bouillon), with diced green onion on top, and an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter for dipping.

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Lunch Round 2
2:32pm
My Goody’s Powders kicked in an it bumped up my appetite.  I’m having a Weight Watchers Smart ones Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken.  The box says 6 points but when I scanned the bar code with my phone (in the WW app) it came up as 7.  Meh, who knows.

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

Dinner
5:47

 Greek Chicken with Green Bean, Cucumber Green, and Pepper Salad.

Chubby Girl Diary Day 4

 

Snacks

I think I’m getting ready to start.  I can’t get full!  Here are snacks from any time after dinner to about 11:30pm last night.

2 string cheese

Banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter

Sugar free chocolate pudding (either Jello or Hunts, I can’t remember) with a teaspoon of peanut butter in it.  HOLY CRAP!  That was good!

Half of a peace of Cumberland Gap ham.

15 Oct

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3
7:52am
183.8
Down 5.2

Down 5.2 pounds by the morning of my 3rd day?  I would say, as of now, my spin on this diet is working well!  I’m excited!  That’s pretty much spot on for if you do Dukan on it’s own!  So, at least for me, a combination of Dukan and Weight Watchers is working!

I’m behaving and not denying myself.  I’m not skipping meals thinking it will make me lose weight (I’m just not a breakfast eater).  I’m enjoying snacks.  OH how I love a spoonful of peanut butter!  I’m eating when I’m hungry.  It all seems to be going well!

Dinner is prepped for tonight.  I forgot to pick up black beans so Steve is picking up a couple of cans for me on his way home.  Other than that, here’s my dinner prep!

Chubby Girl Diary Day 3

Breakfast
8:02am

Yeah, just coffee :P

Lunch
11:54pm

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Weight Watchers frozen meal, Three Cheese Ziti Marinara , and a banana.  I really don’t like bananas.  I don’t hate them like I hate tomatoes.  Honestly, if I was starving to death, I don’t think I could eat a tomato.  I can choke down a banana, with a funny face, I’m told.  They’re good for you and I suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome (seriously, I’ll kick you right in the leg starting anywhere between 3:30pm and 4:30pm if I don’t take my medicine!  Bananas are supposed to be good for RLS.  I don’t know if that’s true or not…because I don’t eat them.  But, I knew the meal wouldn’t be enough to fill this Chubby Girl (because I felt extra hungry at lunchtime) and I didn’t want anything with big points.  After adding my lunch points to what I already know my dinner points will be…it had to be something with zero or very very low points.  I have all of my 49 weekly points to use.  I’ve heard that they really encourage you to use them.  And I really wanted peanut butter with my banana.  I can almost like a banana if it involves peanut butter or powdered sugar LOL.  As of the time I finished lunch, I have 6 points left for the day (I’ve already calculated my dinner points).  I KNOW I’ll want snacks tonight so I don’t want to use up those 6 in the afternoon.  This paragraph is really bouncing around…sorry :P  Anyway, I don’t want to dip into my weekly points too much either because I love beer on the weekends ;)

Snack
3:17pm

Okay, fine…fine!  I caved and had a banana and peanut butter!

Dinner
5:36pm

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Turkey Taco Salad with Mexican Black Beans as a side.  Steve & liked the beans.  Andrew just thought that they were so-so.  All 3 of us liked the salad!

Evening Snacks
Weight Watchers Fudge Bar

A piece of Cumberland Gap Ham that I grilled on the griddle.  I cut the slices in half when I grill them.  When I flipped it, I topped it with some chopped green onion and a teaspoon or 2 of reduced fat shredded cheese.  YUM!