Saturday, May 31, 2008

Day 111, Food and Exercise Log

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 24

Breakfast:
Fiber One Peanut Butter and Oats bar (3 points)
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)

Lunch:
Bologna and cheese sandwich (7 points)


Dinner:
Pizza (12 points)

Exercise:
none

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 2

Friday, May 30, 2008

Fitness on Friday - 5/30/2008

It’s Fitness on Friday! On Wednesday, I did report a 1 pound weight loss. I met my first goal this week – 15 pounds!! As a reward, I am getting my haircut and just in time for vacation! My mother is even paying for it! Hooray! As this reward passes, I am looking forward to my other goals.
15 pounds – haircut – MAY 28, 2008!
25 pounds – outfit - I WILL hit this goal by August 2nd (my fiancé’s 30th class reunion)
35 pounds - massage (for passing the halfway mark)
45 pounds – outfit & dinner date w/my fiancé)
55 pounds - hair highlighted, new cut, and make-over
60 pounds - weekend trip without kids

I haven’t been working out as much as I would like. After the trauma over buying a new bathing suit, I am going to stay focused. I don’t want to spend all summer in a cover up (because I had to purchase a 2 piece bathing suit). I will jiggle my fat until it falls off, if that’s what it takes. I did start the Couch to 5K program and love it! I have been able to keep up with the program and finish each session without needing an oxygen tank to do so.

What’s my plan?!? To stay focused and squeeze in a workout anyway I can, even if it’s 10 minutes. I have a busy week ahead of me. This time next week, we will be on the road to Myrtle Beach. That will be a real challenge for me. I’ve actually planned ahead as much as I can. Planning ahead is a key to weight loss! I’ve also been trying to find products that can fit into my diet. You can read two of my posts about what I have found here and here.

My tip for today…cut 5 things from your regular diet!
*No more sugar
*Cut oils
*Say “NO” to fried
*Minus the mayo
*Boost the fiber

I hope everyone else had a great weight loss week. If not, don’t let it get you down. Get up and get moving, drop the fries, dumb the soda…whatever it is that has you off track – change it now!

That’s it from me…I have to go read how everyone else did this week. You can to by visiting Bye Bye Fat Mom!

"Gnu" Snack

I have to share with you a “gnu” snack that I have found. They are the Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber Bars. I’ve tried nearly every energy and snack bar on the market. Most of them a downright disgusting! These are moist, chew and full of flavor. The other thing I like about these bars are that they have 12 grams of fiber and only 130-150 calories – resulting in only 2 Weight Watcher points. Fiber-rich foods help you feel full…which could mean less eating. They come in five flavors - Cinnamon Raisin, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Brownie, Orange Cranberry and Banana Walnut. I found them at Trader Joe’s but they aren’t always available (big disappointment); however, you can order them only from the Gnu Foods website. They also offer an automatic shipment program (what a convenience!). You can also order a sampler package - 5 bars for $9.95 which includes shipping (limit one per household).

Day 110, Food and Exercise Log

One week until we head south to the beach!! I am super excited (with the exception of the whole 2 piece bathing suit thing). Over the next week I will be very busy with soccer, packing, shopping, and cleaning...hopefully burning some major calories too.

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 24

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)

Snack:
Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber Cinnamon Raisin Bar (2 points)

Lunch:
Turkey Sandwich (4 points)
Popcorn (5 points)

Dinner:
Bologna and cheese sandwich (7 points)

Exercise:
1.75 miles/210 calories walking on treadmill
hand weights
1.0 miles/190 calories walking on treadmill (incline)

Daily Points Used: 22
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: Oh, I need some fruit!! That's all I have to buy at the groceries this week since we have a lot of meat and side items for dinner. I just need to get the motivation to go!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Day 109, Food and Exercise Log

Today's lunch will be with girlfriends (for my birthday). I'll be looking over the menu before we head out. Hopefully I can stay in the 5-9 point range. Tonight's dinner will be Slow Cooked Italian Chicken over pasta which shouldn't be too bad on points. So, I need to make sure lunch isn't too high on points.

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 35

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Banana (2 points)

Lunch:
1/2 PB sandwich (3 points)
1/2 cup of diced peaches (1 point)
banana (2 points)

Snack:
Fiber One Oats & Peanut Butter Bar (3 points)

Dinner:
Slow Cooked Italian Chicken over Egg Noodles (8 points)

Dessert:
Dairy Queen Hot Fudge Sundae (10 points)

Exercise:
1.5 miles/222 calories walking on my treadmill
25 crunches
1.5 miles/215 calories on elliptical

1.5 miles/225 calories walking/jogging on treadmill

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 9

Overall thought: Well, if lunch would have went as planned, I would have been better off. I did give in to a Hot Fudge sundae last night from Dairy Queen. We didn't eat much of the dinner and my fiance was hungry for dessert. I couldn't take anymore pudding or cool whip so we headed to DQ with our coupons. I didn't save on points but I did save money! We got 2 medium hot fudge sundaes (his with nuts and whip cream) and the kids got small chocolate ice cream cones and I walked away paying $3.09! Could have been cheaper by going to the store but it's just not the same!

Walgreens $10 off $30 Coupon - Good Friday ONLY

Walgreens does it again!
They have a $10 off $30 purchase with this in-store coupon that is good this Friday only. You can get your coupon here.
This could work perfectly with the Easy Saver deals and other freebies this week, if you haven't been there yet! I'll be looking things over today and heading there tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Free or Cheap Summer Family Movies

I love that my friends turn to me for cheap or free activities to do with their kids over summer break. Since I spend time looking up this information, I share it with my kid's daycare administrator in hopes of them incorporating some of these activities into their summer program. It will save the parent's some money on the monthly activity fees!

If you missed the post on free summer reading programs, check it out here.

AMC Theatres – Summer Movie Camp
7 weeks of great movies on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM starting June 25 and running until August 6. These aren’t free but only $1.00 with the proceeds benefit two great charities - The Children's Charity and The Will Rodgers Institute. They will also have special discounted concessions for the kids (Kid’s Pack for only $3 – kid size drink, popcorn and snack). You can find more details
here.

Cinemark – Summer Movie Clubhouse
10 weeks of fun films for kids (rated G or PG). You can purchase $5 series punch cards while supplies last at the theatre box office. Otherwise, it’s just $1.00 per show. Click
here for more details. Once you access their website, you will need to click on your movie theatre to find out which movies and the dates/times of the showings.

Clearview Cinema's - Free Kids Movies during the summer on Thursdays
8 weeks of great Family Films Thursdays 10:30 AM starting June 26. Click
here for more details.

Regal, United Artist’s and Edwards Cinema's - Free Family Film Festival in the Summer
9 weeks of great films (G and PG rated movies) on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM. Click here for more details.

Wordless Wednesday

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Check out more wordlessness here and here.

Weighing In #16

I did it! I did it! Hooray for me!!!

Can you tell that I am really excited about FINALLY hitting the 15 pound mark? I did it! I lost 1 pound this week which takes me to the 15 pound mark. So, I hopped on the phone first thing this morning to make a hair appointment. The soonest was Tuesday of next week. What?!? Ugh, I leave for vacation on Friday and have a jam packed week and the soonest she was able to get me in for a cut is Tuesday (since I work full time 30 miles away from the salon). Well, I guess that’s disappointing but I’ve lost 15 pounds!! I forgot to check my inches this morning. I’m really anxious to know how many inches I have lost since I started taking my measurements. I know some of my pants are really starting to get loose.

I will say that I hate shopping for clothes still! I had to go out this past weekend and purchase a swimsuit and a few summer outfits for vacation. Buying a swimsuit was a nightmare!! What happened to one piece swimsuits?!?! They are hard to find (in fashionable styles for younger adult). I found some that my mother would wear. I had to settle for a tankini…I’m not happy about it. If nothing else, it should look good with my tan. This will be a BIG motivator to stay focused on my diet while vacationing.



My workouts this week were lame! I only worked out three days and it wasn’t much on any of them. On the other days, I wasn’t just sitting around the house or lying on the couch. I was cleaning the house, gutters, flower beds, patio, pool, and even mowing the grass. I was definitely active. Here’s the breakdown of my workouts this week:


3 miles/435 calories walking on my treadmill
1.385 miles/208 calories walking/jogging (Couch to 5K)
150 crunches
4.16 miles/600 calories on elliptical
strength machines - legs

Now what’s my plan?!? My plan is to stay focused, eat better, and workout more (than last week anyways). I would like to lose another 2 pounds before heading out to Myrtle Beach. I plan to continue with my Couch to 5K program. I started week 2 last night and it wasn’t as bad as what I had thought it would be. As far as fitness classes, I don’t see being able to fit any of them into my schedule. It’s definitely something I will look into when I return from vacation. I would like to have my weight off by the end of the year and I think adding the fitness classes will help in that area.

That’s all for me. I hope everyone else has been having a good week with their weight loss too! If not, keep you head up and DON’T give up!

Day 108, Food and Exercise Log

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 35

Breakfast:
Tim Horton’s Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Banana (2 points)

Lunch:
Turkey Sandwich (4 points)
Jell-O Sugar Free 60 Calorie Dark Chocolate Pudding (1 point)

Dinner:
Southwestern Casserole (10 points)

Daily Points Used: 21
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: Not really too bad of a day. I really need to get back to working out. I just haven't had the energy. I did forget to take my vitamins the past couple days so that might have a little to do with it.

Works for Me Wednesday - Bent Toilet Paper Rolls


We opened our pool this weekend which means many visitors to our house. I shop CVS (who doesn’t, right?) so I don’t pay a lot for toilet paper but I hate to go through more than one roll in a day. Over the weekend, I tried something new. I bent the toilet paper roll. Instead of the roll spinning until you tear off your share of toilet paper, the toilet paper roll stops. Needless to say, the same roll of toilet paper was still in there hanging around when I cleaned the bathroom at 9:00pm on Sunday night!! If you are looking of other great ideas and tips, check out Works for Me Wednesday over at Rocks In My Dryer.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Day 107, Food and Exercise Log

I am really behind. It was a busy weekend and returning to work with an inbox full of emails wasn't fun either.

Daily Point Allowance: 24
Weekly Point Allowance: 20

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Fiber One Strawberry Yogurt (1 point)

Lunch:
Turkey Sandwich (4 points)
Strawberries (1 point)

Jell-O Sugar Free 60 Calorie Dark Chocolate Pudding (1 point)

Dinner:
Pork sandwich, baked beans, pasta salad (10 points)

Dessert:
Chips Ahoy Dessert (2 points)

Exercise:
1.385 miles/208 calories walking/jogging (Couch to 5K)

Daily Points Used: 23
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: I really need to make changes!!

Day 104 - 106, Food and Exercise Log

Saturday – Day 104
Daily Point Allowance: 24
Weekly Point Allowance: 31

Tim Horton’s Iced Cappucino (made with white milk)
Fiber One Strawberry Yogurt
2 slices of pizza
2 breadsticks

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 4

Sunday – Day 105
Daily Point Allowance: 24
Weekly Point Allowance: 27

Tim Horton’s Iced Cappucino (made with white milk)
2 pancakes
Bologna sandwich

Daily Points Used: 22
Weekly Points Used: 0

Monday – Day 106
Daily Point Allowance: 24
Weekly Point Allowance: 27

Hamburger (lettuce, tomato, onion)
Pasta salad
Fruit – strawberries and grapes
Pork sandwich
Chips Ahoy Dessert

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 7



No formal exercise over the long weekend. But I got lots of walking.

Summer Reading Programs

I wanted to pass along a few summer reading programs that you and your kids could take advantage of this summer. I had been holding off posting this until National Amusements had their dates for this year posted.

You may also want to check with your local library. They often run summer reading programs too. Our library's (Dayton Metro Library) program starts June 2nd and runs through August 2 - for ages Preschool through Grade 6. Kids get prizes for time spent reading and are entered into drawings. Prizes: 1 hour = bug pencil, 8 hours = prize from Bug box, 15 hours = Catch the Reading Bug water bottle along with the Library Champion yard sign, a dragonfly bookmark and an activity book with coupons and a certificate. Every hour over 15 = a chance to win a gift card to Books & Co., family trips to Carillon Historical Park, the IMAX Theater, Cincinnati Zoo, SunWatch Indian Village or Boonshoft.


BookWorm Wednesday
BOOKWORM WEDNESDAY, which is offered through National Amusements, is an annual fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months.
BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS entitles kids to free admission to a select children's film every Wednesday (June 25 – August 13) when they present a book report at participating theatres. Children under six who accompany a participant and adults who accompany a participant receive free admission to the Bookworm Wednesdays movie and do not need to submit a book report.

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program
Here's How It Works:
1. Kids read any 8 books.

2. Kids use the Summer Reading Journal to tell us their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs it when it's complete.

3. Children bring their completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 29th & September 2nd, 2008.

4. We'll give them a coupon for a FREE book! They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.

* * Eligible books will be listed on the coupon. Choices must be made from eligible stock. No special orders. Limit of 1 form per school-age child (grades 1-6), please. Incomplete forms will be ineligible for free books.

Half Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program
Half Price Books and CiCi's Pizza are teaming up to offer the Feed Your Brain summer reading program. This program runs June 1st – August 2nd for ages 10 and under.

1. Pick up a Feed your Brain Log at Cici's or Half Price Books.
2. Your child checks off each day they read more than 15 minutes
3. Parent/Guardian signs off that they read
4. Bring your signed log into Half Price Books or CiCi's
5. Reward: a $3 Half Price Books shopping card or Free Kid's Buffet at CiCi's ( w/purchase of adult buffet )
6. Repeat above steps for each week until August 2nd
Note: Limit one per week, per child


Free books, movies, and shopping cards (or kid's buffet) just for reading!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Day 103, Food and Exercise Log

The carpet cleaning crew is coming later this afternoon so I have been very busy getting things cleaned up, picked up and moved out of the way. I'm hoping they come early enough that I can spend some time rearranging the family room before the kids come home.

I'm also going to the fitness classes @10 and 11 this morning. I'm really looking forward to them. Lunch is ready and dinner will be put in when I return from the fitness center. I'm a little ahead of schedule (for once!).

UPDATE: The fitness center's schedule had changed for Friday's. They now have Body Sculpting and it was nearly over when I got there. In June, they will not host Friday fitness classes. Glad to know that ahead of time.

Daily Point Allowance: 24
Weekly Point Allowance: 31

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Banana (a piece) (1 point)

Lunch:
Deli Fresh Turkey Sandwich with Kroger Pepper Jack cheese on a Pita, Flip Tops (8 points)


Dinner:
Crockpot Cheeseburgers (8 points)

Exercise:
2.08 miles/300 calories on elliptical


Daily Points Used: 21
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: Really not a bad day for being at home by myself...LOL. I could have ate anything and everything - my family wouldn't have known. I was a little disappointed in my workout. I had BIG plans to hit the fitness classes but their online schedule was outdated even though it had May 2008. Oh well....

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My Birthday

What a day!! I am full of energy and in a really good mood. Usually, my birthday is just another day on the calendar.

My fiancé called me early this morning. Well, when he got to work, he called to wish me a “Happy Birthday”. Last year, he didn’t remember my birthday until July! My 30th birthday…out the door, no “Happy Birthday”, no dinner, no card…just a normal day. I got over it and it became a joke. So, I sat this morning wondering how long will it take this year. Not long, he wrote it on his calendar as a reminder. He even has a kidless (that is a word, right?) dinner planned for us tonight (my immediate thoughts where? what am I going to eat? I have to stay in my point range.). Awesome!

Then my boss comes in to work this morning with 40 dozen roses. I got two dozen since it’s my birthday. I love flowers and never get flowers. Of course, I didn’t have a vase so my flowers have to settle for a plastic cup.
What a wonderful day!!

UPDATE: The kids were excited to find out it was mom's birthday. They didn't understand why I didn't tell them and why there wasn't a cake. The little one wanted me to have a birthday party - I told him we would have a picnic this weekend to celebrate (really a Memorial Day picnic). Dinner was great. We didn't have to deal with whining kids that were tired of sitting. They got to visit with some cousins and grandma while we had dinner so it was a win - win situation. I got a gift card to purchase a new bathing suit (what a scary thought) and clothes for vacation. Looking forward to spending that!

Day 102, Food and Exercise Log

Well, I woke up this morning with SO much energy. It's going to go to waste because I have to sit at work for 7 hours. I need to bundle it up and save it for later. Any suggestions?

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 35

Breakfast:
Chips Ahoy Dessert (a spoonful) (1 point) - had to make sure I got one last bite before it disappears...my family REALLY likes it.
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)

Lunch:
Salad (6 points)
Fiber One Strawberry Yogurt (1 point)

Dinner:
Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Chips and Chicken Fingers with ranch (16 points)

Exercise:
2 miles/260 calories walking on my treadmill


Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 4

Overall thought: Today wasn't that bad. I had lots of energy but really couldn't "burn" it off - I had to work (aka sit in front of a computer screen in a cubicle for hours). If I would have known that we were going to dinner earlier and where we were going, I would have made better choices for dinner. I didn't do too bad being that we went out to celebrate. It could have been worse!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Good for Weight Watcher's Products

I have found a few items that have worked well with my Weight Watchers plan over the last couple of weeks. I love mayonnaise, honey mustard and ranch dressing! However, my waistline doesn’t. To get a smaller waistline, I had to find something that had good flavor and were low in points.

The first item I found was Woeber’s Hot & Spicy Mustard. This has a rich bold flavor that spices up any sandwich. I have added this to my turkey and cheese sandwiches instead of mayonnaise. At zero points, I’ll take it!

The second item I found was Wish Bone Bountifuls Tuscan Romano Basil salad dressing. It can also be used as a marinade, dip, dressing or sauce for chicken. I love that it has chunks of tomato, cheese and basil. Again, at zero points, I’ll take it! You can get a free bottle with this rebate. You need to purchase a bottle between May 30th–June 1st. I’ll be picking up a free bottle! Hopefully, my store has the Simply Santa Fe.

The last item is Ken’s Steakhouse Lite Accents Honey Mustard (spray) Dressing. I never would have thought that a couple sprays of dressing would do a salad good. Boy was I wrong! This dressing has the honey mustard flavor that I was used to eating…just not all the calories. Like the other products, at zero points, I’ll take it!

Note: These are zero points if you use the serving size indicated on the bottle which I believe is 2 tbsp (10 sprays)

Weighing In #15

Well, I was kind of disappointed when I got on the scale this morning. It was the same as last week. WHAT?!?! You have got to be kidding me. I thought I had done so well…then I remembered that T.O.M. had come into play this week. So, no weight loss this week became a little more understandable. After really thinking it over, I’m surprised there wasn’t a gain. I was really hoping to hit that 15 pound mark so I could get my haircut for my birthday and Memorial Day. Dang it!! I guess I’ll just look like Shaggy another week. If I don’t hit it next week, I’ll go to extreme measures to make sure I hit it before vacation!

Well, I did find a few items that are making life a little easier on the Weight Watchers plan. It allows me to save my points for dinner which is my hardest and most “expensive” meal. My family isn’t big on “diet” food. They want the full blown fat packed meal. I’ve come up with a few items that have been lower in fat/calories so we’ll see how they go. Keeping my fingers crossed. I would hate to have to make a separate dinner for myself but if that’s what I have to do, I’ll do it.

Now with exercising, I still didn’t make it to any fitness classes. The class that I did show up for was cancelled. I hit the treadmill hard this week. I started the
Couch to 5K program. I will admit that I am not a runner and never have been. I want to be though. I am going to work thru this program in the hopes of running in a 5K either this fall or next spring. I didn’t do any strength training this week. After hurting my back and my little one dropping the weight on my knee, I took care of myself over strength training. I didn’t want to do any more damage…so I did lots of stretching instead. So, you want to know what I did this week for exercise?!?

Total miles walked/jogged: 11.325 miles (up from last week)/burned 1559 calories
Total miles on elliptical: 8.1 (down from last week)/burned 1165 calories
Hand Weights (2 days)
175 Crunches

My main goal for this week is to lose 2 pounds. I’ve also got plans on attending two fitness classes on Friday morning – Glutes ‘n Guts and Step ‘n Sculpt. If I can get the kids dropped off, I will also stop by the Pilates class.

This will be a challenging weekend for me with my birthday and Memorial Day picnic. I will try my best to get my exercise in early in the day to avoid caving in and not exercising later.

Day 101, Food and Exercise Log

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 35

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Fiber One Nonfat Strawberry Yogurt (1 point)


Lunch:
Progresso Light Zesty Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup (0 points)
Turkey and cheese pita (3 points)
Strawberries (1 point)
Jell-O Sugar Free 60 Calorie Dark Chocolate Pudding (1 point)

Dinner:
Baked Ziti (10 points)

Dessert:
Chips Ahoy Dessert (2 points)

Exercise:
1 mile/175 calories walking on my treadmill (incline workout)
150 crunches
2.08 miles/300 calories on elliptical
strength machines - legs
stability ball exercises

Daily Points Used: 22
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: It was a busy day for me both at work and home. I did pass up a lot of "treats" today. It seems like everyday there is someone bringing in something to eat and shares it with the group(at work). I'm not a fan of carry-ins so I normally pass on all the goodies. It's amazing how my attitude towards food has changed in the past 4 months.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Day 100, Food and Exercise Log

Day 100 already, can you believe it? It really doesn't seem like that long ago that I started towards my weight loss goals.

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 19

Breakfast: **It's rough without my morning coffee! I think I'll search for a good smoothie recipe today.
Banana (2 points)
Fiber One Nonfat Strawberry Yogurt (1 point)


Lunch:
Progresso Light Zesty Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup (0 points)
Turkey and cheese pita (3 points)
Strawberries (1 point)
Jell-O Sugar Free 60 Calorie Mint Chocolate Pudding (1 point)

Snack:
Dove Dark Chocolate Candies (5 points) - this is for 7 pieces and I only had 5...

Dinner:
2 small Pork Fajitas (10 points)

Dessert:
Chips Ahoy Dessert (2 points)

Exercise:
Hand Weights
50 crunches

2.0 miles/300 calories on elliptical (had problems with the machines)
1.4 miles/207 calories walking/jogging on my treadmill

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 1

Overall thought: Not really too bad of a day. A little stressed which brought on the Dove Dark Chocolate candies. I had stopped by the YMCA before picking up the kids. I had an awful time with the machines. I kept dropping everything off the top of the machine. My machine shut off each time I tried to go backwards. Irritating! I also don't know how people exercise while they wear glasses. I ended up taking mine off then I couldn't see the tv. So, I'll be putting my contacts back in before heading out this afternoon.

Just a reminder - Free Ice Cream @ Dippin' Dots TODAY!

Just a reminder...
Dippin' Dots will be giving away Free cups of Birthday Cake Flavored Dippin' Dots on Tuesday, May 20th from 4:00-close! They are turning 20 years old. Click here to find a location near you.

Also, don't miss out on Two-fer Tuesdays May 27-June 24. You can get a 2nd for just 20 cents!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday 5/19/2008

Why do I make a menu, if I’m not going to follow it?

I made one thing off last week’s menu – the Salisbury Steak. It was really good. I’ll add it to our menu again. I was hoping to use up some of the meat that we have in the freezer but with soccer and some freezer meals that need to be eaten it might not be until next week.

MondaySlow Cooker Barbecued Pulled-Pork Fajitas

TuesdayBaked Ziti (freezer meal – made a couple weeks ago)

WednesdaySouthwestern Casserole (freezer meal – made a couple weeks ago)

Thursday – Lemon Pepper Chicken, potatoes, corn (or whatever my fiancé decides. It’s my birthday – I’m NOT cooking!)

FridayCrock Pot Pizza (unless I decide on something else since I am off work)

SaturdayCrockpot Cheeseburgers, pasta salad, pineapples

Sunday - ????

Just in case I don’t get around to posting my menu for next week, I’ll give you Monday’s…

Monday – Memorial Day Picnic @ our house: Cheeseburgers, Brats, Hot dogs, pasta salad, homemade macaroni salad, homemade potato salad, baked beans, chips, pretzels, fruit, veggies…all the goodies! A few desserts – I’ll post those recipes this week.


Visit Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie for more menu ideas.

Day 99, Food and Exercise Log

After the weekend I had, I am really going to focus on my diet. I have got to get this weight off!!

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 19

Breakfast:
Banana (2 points)
Fiber One Nonfat Strawberry Yogurt w/Kashi Mountain Medley Granola (5 points)


Lunch:
Progresso Light Zesty Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup (0 points)
Strawberries (1 point)
Jell-O Sugar Free 60 Calorie Mint Chocolate Pudding (1 point)

Snack:
2 Chocolate Chip Cookies (4 points)

Dinner:
Tony's Frozen Pizza (9 points)

Exercise:
2 miles/280 calories walking on my treadmill
2.1 miles/305 calories on elliptical

1.375 miles/182 calories walking/jogging on my treadmill

Daily Points Used: 22
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: Under on points?!? I'm not sure what happened. I think it might have to do with not having my iced cappucino this morning. I don't know. Dinner wasn't the best but I had forgot to put the pork roast in the crockpot before leaving the house. Other than that, working out fit perfectly into my day even though we had soccer and it changed our dinner time.

Day 97 & 98, Food and Exercise Log

Ok, it was another busy weekend. I really don’t remember being home more than an hour at a time on Saturday. Then I spent all day on Sunday cleaning the house and outside getting the pool ready to “open” this weekend.

Saturday – Day 97
Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 28

Breakfast:
Sausage, egg, biscuit (7 points)

Lunch:
Tim Horton’s Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
½ Peanut butter sandwich (3 points)

Snack:
Salad (2 points)

Dinner:
Salad, fruit, yogurt (6 points)
Fruit “pizza” dessert (8 points)

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 6

Sunday – Day 98
Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 22

Breakfast:
Tim Horton’s Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Wheat Bagel with plain lite cream cheese (6 points)

Lunch:
Peanut butter/Jelly Sandwich (6 points)

Snack:
Akins Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar (5 points)

Dinner:
Cheesesteak sandwich (6 points)

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 3

Overall thought to my weekend: It could have been better. I REALLY need to incorporate exercise into my weekend. With soccer games, taking my son to his grandparents and then the surprise party we went to, I didn’t have any extra time to do much. We were gone about all day. I did get some walking in but that would be about it. On Sunday, I did get a lot of walking and squatting in with cleaning the house and working outside but still nothing like what it needed to be.

Friday, May 16, 2008

New Tennis Shoes


I'm so excited! I got new tennis shoes. Have you replaced your tennis shoes lately? If your shoes have 500 miles or more on them, you should consider buying a new pair. Not sure if your shoes have that many miles, look at the tread pattern on the sole of your shoe. Is it less distinct? This is also a sign that your shoes need to be replaced to avoid slipping and/or possibly injurying yourself. My old shoes had more than 500 miles on them and the tread pattern was gone (well, not completely).

Fitness on Friday - 5/16/2008

It’s Fitness on Friday already?!?! This week has gone by so fast. This was another good week for me. I reported a 2 pound weight loss on Wednesday (you can read about it here). One more pound and I will be headed to the salon to get my haircut (hopefully next week, just in time for my birthday)!

Last week I had reported that I was losing motivation. Well, it’s picked up quite a bit since Friday. I’ve even increased my morning walks (on most days) to 2 miles which means my feet have to hit the floor by 4:00am to head to the treadmill so I can be done by 4:30am. What brought on this sudden burst of motivation? A comment that I over heard. A few co-workers have decided to “try” Weight Watchers on their own. When the had found out that I was doing it and had “only” lost 14 pounds this time around, one spoke up and said “Well, she looks like she has gained 14 pounds not lost it.” It kind of hurt my feelings at first (but knowing the person that said it – it didn’t surprise me). Then I got to thinking about it – I got the “I’ll show her!” attitude. So, watch out because here I come!

I will admit that I haven’t worked on my workout schedule that fits around the soccer schedule. I have good reason though. The soccer schedule will not be the same the next 3 weeks (last week of soccer we will be on vacation). So, I will be able to fit my workouts in except for possibly the first week of June since we will be getting ready for vacation. My lunch hour may become my workout hour. We’ll see. I pulled fitness schedules for 3 local YMCA’s and another fitness center close to home. I plan on attending at least one Zumba class this week (before Wednesday) and then next Friday since I am off work I will be attending 2 maybe 3 classes (Pilates, Step-n-Sculpt, and Glutes-n-Guts). They are all classes that I did last year and liked so I am super excited…more excited about the classes than I am about having the day off!

Over the past couple weeks, I have learned to planning ahead for an event or eating dinner out at a restaurant. I usually look at the menu beforehand so I’m not tempted to go for a higher calorie, more fattening dinner. I also have purchased a few small containers to take my salad dressing with me. This allows me to have a lower calorie/fat dressing that I like rather than trying every low-fat dressing the restaurant has. Last week at the Rascal Flatts concert, I didn’t have anything except a bottle of water! For tomorrow’s party, I will be eating a salad and some fruit before we head out and then will take a cooler with bottled water in it. We’ll see if I am able to stick to it.

I hope everyone else is doing well with their fitness and weight loss goals. To read other Fitness on Friday posts, check out Bye Bye Fat Mom!

Free Onion Rings @ Friday's on Father's Day

Father's Day is Sunday, June 15th. If you are planning on going out to dinner, why not go to Friday's? You can treat dad to FREE Beer-battered onion rings with this coupon.

When you go to print your coupon, don't forget to sign up for the Give Me More Stripes program. Mommy Snacks has put together a great post on the details, if you'd like to know more before signing up.

We will be on our way back from vacation on Father's Day so I will print 4 and take them with us. Who knows, we might stop at a Friday's on the way back.

Day 96, Food and Exercise Log

Well, I’ve hurt my back and my youngest son hit me in the knee with a hand weight last night. I’ll say – I’m pretty sore. I’ve been stretching my back off every couple hours (since I sit at a desk in a cubicle all day). It seems to be helping. We’ll see…

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 33

Breakfast:
Tim Horton’s Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
2 small biscuits with honey (3 points)

Snack:
Total Cranberry Crunch (some of my free sample box) (1 point)
**Points were figured by taking a whole serving (1 ¼ cup), then using a third of the points since that’s about what the serving was…

Banana (2 points)

Lunch:
Smart Ones Calzone Italiano (6 points)
3 Hershey's Dark Chocolate Bliss (2 points)

Dinner:
Salisbury Steak and noodles (11 points)

Exercise:
2 miles/270 calories walking on my treadmill


Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 5

Overall thought: Ugh - a hungry day! I had lots of cravings and just plain ol' hungry today. I should have done more exercising as well.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spring Hill Nursery - $20 off $20 purchase AGAIN!

Thanks to MoneySavingMom for posting this one!

SpringHillNursery.com takes $20 off any purchase of $20 or more purchase via this link. Spring Hill Nursery sells plants, bulbs, and other gardening items. The $20 coupon discount will show when you place your order. You will have to pay shipping.

I don't know too much about flowers except that you should water them every now and again. I ordered Daylilies and lilies. My expected ship date is 9/20-10/11. I hope they come before that date. I plan on working on my landscaping after vacation!

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Free Iced Coffee from Dunkin' Donuts

Did you get your free coffee today? What did you think about it?

It's great when you have a good relationship with your boss. She brings you FREE coffee! I had forwarded the email about the free coffee to her and on her way into the office she picked me up one (1 nonfat and 1 regular). A big THANKS to her...

HOWEVER, it was wasted. One drink then it went into the trash can. It tasted like coffee grounds. I took the nonfat one since I had already had a coffee and I didn't know if I would like it. Note to self: Stick with Tim Horton's!!

Day 95, Food and Exercise Log

Can I go back to bed now?!?! I'm REALLY glad tomorrow is Friday. I need some sleep. It's nice when my fiance works out of town for a couple of days because I can get more stuff done around the house. But that's also a problem. I get to working on stuff and lose track of time. At 11:30 last night, I was pulling coupons for my shopping trip.

Daily Point Allowance: 24
Weekly Point Allowance: 35

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)

Banana (2 points)

Note: I did take a drink of a nonfat Iced Coffee from Dunkin' Donuts. I'm not counting any points for it since it wasn't a big drink. The whole thing only had a couple points. YUCK!

Lunch:
Progresso Light Zesty Southwestern Style Vegetable (0 points)
Toasted Cheese Sandwich (3 points)
**I've been asked how my toasted cheese sandwich can only be 3 points (lunchroom talk). My bread is 1 point per slice and my cheese is one point. I don't use Kraft American Cheese. I use Kroger Pepper Jack (16 cals/4.5 fat/0 fiber).
Strawberries (1 point)
Jell-o Chocolate Mint Fudge Pudding (Sugar Free, 60 cals) (1 point)

Dinner:
Chicken Salad with Ranch Dressing (12 points) **Ugh! I forgot my dressing**
Apple Martini (3 points)

Exercise:
2 miles/280 calories walking on my treadmill (4 am came early this morning - I think I slept through half my walk)
1.5 miles/200 calories on the elliptical
50 crunches

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 2

Overall thought: Next time my fiance is due to come home from working out of town, it's going to be a crockpot night! Otherwise, I don't think it was a bad day. I definitely need to find some new choices in breakfast and lunch options but finding the time to do that is a challenge these days - maybe next week when I finally take a day off work for myself!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


Check out more wordlessness here and here.

White Castle Coupon - $.99 Chicken Rings

The oldest American hamburger fast food restaurant, White Castle (home of the slyders), has coupons for their chicken rings. You can pick up a 6 pack of Chicken Rings for just $.99 with this coupon. It's not free but it may help with the late night craving.
Click here to find a location near you.

Free Rascal Flatts mp3 Download

I want to start off by saying the Rascal Flatt concert was AWESOME! Our seats ended up being in the 3rd row.

Anyways, you can vote for Rascal Flatts for Entertainer of the year and get a free download of the never released song "Winner at a Losing Game." It's a great song! They sang it Saturday night. Go here to check it out.

Works for Me Wednesday - Nail Polish

I wanted to take a minute to share with you what is working for me. I’ve always had a problem with my nails. They chip and peel. They are weak and brittle. They don’t grow past the end of my finger. If they do, it seems like I get them caught on something and they break because they are so weak.

Recently, I started painting my nails with a light color nail polish. I’m currently using Revlon’s Sweet Nothings in Barely Blush. I wouldn’t normally paint my nails. I don’t draw attention to my nails (or the little bit of nail that I have). Since painting my nails, my nails have become stronger and have grown to the edge of my finger and have yet to break! They haven’t been peeling either. With using a light color, I can’t tell when the nail polish is chipping so I don’t sit and peel that off either (causing damage to my nails). I add polish every couple of days and every other week I take off all the polish and start over.


If you have the same problems with your nails, give it try – it just might work for you too.

If you are looking of other great ideas and tips, check out
Works for Me Wednesday over at Rocks In My Dryer.

Day 94, Food and Exercise Log

Ok. I had so much energy yesterday afternoon that it took until after midnight for me to fall asleep. Then I was back up at 4:00 when the alarm went off. No morning walk today, I was too tired.

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 35

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin (5 points)


Lunch:
Progresso Light Zesty Southwestern Style Vegetable (0 points)
Toasted Cheese Sandwich (3 points)
Strawberries (1 point)
Jell-o Chocolate Mint Fudge Pudding (Sugar Free, 60 cals) (1 point)

Dinner:
Smart Ones Calzone Italiano (6 points)

Piece of Banana Bread (4 points)

Exercise:
Hand Weights
75 crunches
2.5 miles/360 calories on elliptical @YMCA
2 miles/250 calories walking on treadmill @YMCA

.55 miles/90 calories jogging on my treadmill

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: Not too bad of a day. I really need to lay off the banana bread and muffins. I'm really trying to keep focus on my workouts and using just my daily points. I found out last night that we have a surprise party on Saturday night. I've got to start working on a plan to make sure that my diet doesn't cave in that night. I'm thinking if they need help preparing food...I'll help. The more I help with the cooking the less I will eat. I plan to eat at least a little something before I go and make sure that I take plenty of bottled water!

Weighing In #14

Wow, it’s that time again. These weigh ins seem to be coming quicker and quicker. I got on the scale this morning and I’m down 2 pounds!! How do I feel? Shocked! After the weekend I had, I was really thinking it was going to be a gain. Now that brings me just 1 pound away from my 15 pound weight loss reward – a haircut! I’m really hoping I can hit that pound next week. Then I’ll get a haircut just in time for my birthday, Memorial Day, and vacation!! Hooray!!

Even though I have been seeing weight loss the past couple weeks, there are still areas that I need to work on. Breakfast and dinner are the two that need worked on the most. I’ve never been a breakfast eater. I need to find some meal ideas that will fill me up and that are quick. As far as our dinners, I just need to pull out a few old recipes that I made last year during my Weight Watcher ventures and put them in the dinner rotation. I could use a few new ones as well.

Now with the exercise, I was really getting my stride on with the elliptical machine! I didn’t walk as much as I had been. I normally walk in the morning and evenings. This past week I don’t think I walked but 1 night. I did make it to the YMCA on my lunch hour one day. I’m hoping that the rain will come to an end and the temperatures will go back up into the 70’s then I will start walking on my lunch hours again. So, you want to know what I did this week for exercise?!?

Total miles walked: 6.5 miles (down from last week)
Total miles on elliptical: 14.27 (up from last week)/burned 2075 calories
Arm & Leg Strength workouts
Hand Weights
Crunches
My goals for this week are to lose 2 pounds. I’d like to attend at least 1 fitness class. If soccer is cancelled tonight (due to rain), I’ll go to Zumba (if the kids cooperate!).

The Weight Watcher’s meetings that I have been discussing the past two weeks are still being considered. I’m finding that the meeting in our neighborhood on Tuesday night isn’t going to work. So, I’m considering using a lunch hour to attend a meeting. I just need to take the time and find them to see if they are close enough to work into my lunch hour.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Vacation Quickly Approaching!

I’ve found a blog carnival to participate in on Tuesday’s. It’s over at Lara’s blog, Lazy Organizer. I thought I would participate because I LOVE to talk! I could go on and on about anything and anytime! Here goes my first Talk about Tuesday.

We love to take a family vacation when school gets out. This year school will be out a couple days into June and our vacation will quickly follow. We are headed to Myrtle Beach, SC.


Original plans were to rent a camper, drive down, and camp for a week on the beach. It sounded like a lot of fun and a new adventure for some of us. The travel park had a lot of amenities – lake, pool, playground, and arcade to name a few. After thinking it over, there was no maid service, more and more people wanted to join in on the fun, and we couldn’t find a camper for a reasonable price so we decided to change our plans.

On Monday (yeah this past Monday), we booked a beach house! Not just a beach house but a HUGE (to me) oceanfront beach house. It has 7 bedrooms with 2 queen beds in each room, 9 bathrooms, 2 washers and dryers, 4 refrigerators and microwaves, 2 dishwashers, 2 stoves, game room (pool table, card table, gaming systems), 13 tvs (each has a DVD player or VCR), and a private pool.

I am ready for the sand, sun, warmer weather, and most of all – NO WORK. As a matter of fact, it can be hot that week and I will be fine with it. I just want away from this Ohio weather!! Forecast here: Mid to upper 60’s with a chance of rain Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Day 93, Food and Exercise Log

Well, I did some baking last night. I already had some banana bread (with and without nuts) in the freezer but I had 8 bananas to do something with. So, I made banana muffins with chocolate chips. They were pretty good (had one last night) and the kids like them. We bagged them up this morning and put them in the freezer. I'm not sure how long things like this last in the freezer but I'm hoping a couple weeks.

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 9

Breakfast:
Chocolate Chip banana Muffin (5 points) - after workout
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)

Snack:
Banana (2 points)

Lunch:
Smart One's Calzone Italiano (6 points)
Strawberries (1 point)
Jell-o Chocolate Mint Fudge Pudding (Sugar Free, 60 cals) (1 point)

Dinner:
3 Chicken Strips, Hungry Jack Easy Mashed Potatoes, Corn (8 points)


Snack:
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin (5 points)

Exercise:
2 miles walking on my treadmill (another 4:00am 2 mile walk - hooray!!)
2.75 miles/400 calories on elliptical

hand weights
mowed and weeded the backyard

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 9

Overall thought: I was busy today. I didn't stop to rest while at home. With rain in the forecast almost everyday for the next week (it seems), I needed to get the jungle backyard cut and weeded. It was also soccer practice night. I wasn't able to squeeze in the evening walk on the treadmill as I had planned but again, with all the rain that is expected, I should have plenty of time to walk on the treadmill! Over the next week, I will need to evaluate our dinners. I want to be able to drop another 6-10 pounds before vacation. Eating unhealthy is not going to get me there. There will also be no more baking for me until after vacation. We have all the banana bread and muffins we need!

Free Martini T-Shirt

Being the martini gal that I am, I had to go for this one. Plus who couldn't use a free t-shirt! All you have to do is take a short survey from Martini Gold to get yours. Once you have completed the survey, you will receive an email with a link to enter your address. Shirts will arrive in 4-6 weeks while supplies last.

100 Free Citibank Points!

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Day 92, Food and Exercise Log

I've really got to stay focused and not let my mistakes from the weekend bring me down. I'm feeling pretty motivated and ready to get this extra unwanted weight off!!

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 9

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Banana (2 points)

Snack:
Fiber One Oats & Peanut Butter Bar (3 points)

**If nothing else, I think I will have my grams of fiber in for the day!

Lunch:
Side salad with Ken's Lite Accents Honey Mustard dressing (0 points)
Smart One's Calzone Italiano (6 points)

Snack:
Strawberries (1 point)
Jell-o Chocolate Mint Fudge Pudding (Sugar Free, 60 cals) (1 point)

Dinner:
Salad (3 points)
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffin (6 points)

Exercise:
2 miles walking on my treadmill
Strength workout - arms and legs
4.12 miles/600 calories on elliptical

Daily Points Used: 23
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thoughts: What a way to start the day - a 2 mile walk at 4AM! Things pretty much went well until I got home and found that my fiance had already left. What happened to dinner?!?!? He was going to cook. Needless to say, I reached for the easiest thing - a salad. I did get some work done around the house that I had been putting off so I didn't walk last night.

Day 90 and 91, Food and Exercise Log

Oh not a good weekend! I made bad food choice and then didn’t exercise. I did write down everything I ate so we will see how bad it comes out to be. I also wrote down how I was feeling before I ate and after I ate because they were such bad choices. Looking back on my notes today, I probably will not be making choices like this again. I think it’s good to write down how you are feeling when you make bad food choices. It helps to understand why you made the choice and might just keep you from making that choice again.

Saturday – Day 90
Daily Points Allowed: 24
Week Points Allowed: 30

Breakfast:
Tim Horton’s Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Wheat Bagel with plain lite cream cheese (6 points)

Lunch:
PB Sandwich (7 points)

Dinner:
½ Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (4 points)
Chips and Salsa (7 points)

Evening:
2 Apple Martinis (6 points)

Exercise:
No formal…just walking

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 10


Sunday – Day 91
Today got off to a good start but quickly went on the downhill spiral.

Daily Points Allowed: 24
Weekly Points Allowed: 20

Breakfast:
Bowl of Oatmeal (4 points)

Snack:
3 Oreo cookies (4 points)

Lunch:
½ Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (4 points)
Mike Sells Good ‘n Hot Chips (4 points)

Snack:
Strawberries – 1 cup (1 point)

Dinner:
2 pieces of Godfather’s Pizza *YUMMY* (18 points)

Exercise:
No formal…walking and cleaning the house.

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 11

Menu Plan Monday 5/12/2008

Well, I started out with a menu for the week then found out yesterday that my fiancé will be out of town for 3 nights. **As back up on any night, I do have two frozen meals - Southwestern Casserole and Baked Ziti.

MondayDon’t know…maybe leftovers or “You find it, you can eat it night”

TuesdayMe: Healthy Choice meal, kids: chicken strips, corn, fries

WednesdayMe: Healthy Choice meal, kids: Corn dogs, tater tots, pineapples

Thursday - Salisbury Steak, rice, green beans

FridaySlow Cooker Barbecued Pulled-Pork Fajitas

SaturdayPhilly Cheesesteak Melt (Using Chicken instead of Steak-Umm)

Sunday - Crock Pot Pizza

Visit Menu Plan Monday at Organized Junkie for more menu ideas.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Free Money!!

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Day 89, Food and Exercise Log

Ugh, I feel so drained! I need a day off work!

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 35

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Fiber One Cereal (4 points)

Snack:
Banana (2 points)

Lunch:
Turkey Sandwich (4 points)
Pineapples (1 point)

Dinner:
Chicken Chunks (10 points)
Mike Sell's Hot 'n Good chips (4 points)

What an "expensive" dinner - 14 points! I really need to get better and not worry about what other's eat. I don't have to eat the same thing.

Exercise:
1 mile walking on treadmill
crunches
4.3 miles/625 calories/47 mins on elliptical

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 5

Overall thought: Well, I could have done better on the food category today. Like I've said before I am always SO hungry on Fridays. I don't know why either. I did pass on a Reese's Cup Blizzard. I had ordered it then refused to eat it...someone around here will eat it. So, I did do something good with my food choices, I guess. My fitness levels were up today. In the past, I wouldn't do ANYTHING on Fridays. It would be home from work and hit the couch!

Day 88, Food and Exercise Log

Ok, I'm a day late on this... I knew I was forgetting to do something.

Daily Allowance Points: 24
Weekly Allowance Points: 35

Breakfast:
Tim Horton's Iced Cappucino (made with white milk) (4 points)
Fiber One Cereal (4 points)

Lunch:
Progresso Light Zesty Southwestern Vegetable Soup (0 points)
Turkey Sandwich (4 points)
Grapes (1 point)

Dinner:
Cheesy Chili Enchiladas (7 points)

Snack:
Piece of banana bread (4 points)

Exercise:
1.25 miles walking on my treadmill
hand weights

Daily Points Used: 24
Weekly Points Used: 0

Overall thought: I NEED to exercise!

Fitness on Friday - 5/9/2008

It’s that time again – Fitness on Friday over at Bye Bye Fat Mom. This past week was an “ok” week for me. Ok that I lost 1 pound but I wasn’t happy with the decrease in working out. I’m starting to lose motivation. I just keep telling myself – I didn’t gain this weight over night and it’s not going to all come off over night (but it would be EXCELLENT, if it did!).

I’ve still go some schedule work that needs to be done. I need to come up with 2 workout schedules – 1 for a somewhat normal week and one for Saturday soccer rain outs. I need to start the fitness classes that I have been talking about for 3 or 4 weeks. With vacation 4 weeks away, I really need to get focused and start working harder on my workouts!!

This weekend is the Rascal Flatts concert and we plan to go to dinner beforehand. I’ve already looked over the menu as I did last Friday night (read about that here) and know what I am getting. Since we will not have kids on Sunday morning, my fiancé will want to go to breakfast (have what I am eating planned just in case) and then probably cook an unhealthy delicious meal for Mother’s Day.

Hopefully, everyone is on the right track to reaching their weight and fitness goals! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Recipe: Cheesy Chili Enchiladas

Ingredients:
2 – 10oz cans Old El Paso Enchilada sauce
2 - 15 oz cans Hormel Chili with Beans (don’t like beans? Use the Hormel Chili without Beans)
1 – 11 oz can Green Giant Mexicorn, drained
1 cup Shredded Cheddar or Mexican Cheese
4-6 burrito size flour tortillas (can use 12 taco size)
Sour cream (optional)

Directions:
Preheat over to 350.

Spread one can of enchilada sauce over bottom of 9x13 baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine chili, Mexicorn and ½ cup of shredded cheese. Spoon some chili mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up each tortilla; place them in the baking dish next to each other. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with foil. Bake until bubbly, about 30-35 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-10 minutes. Top with sour cream.

Note: You can use more cheese, I did!

Toys R Us: $5 off $25 Purchase

Have you purchased those summer toys for the park yet? If not, it might be a good weekend to head to Toys R Us to check out their supply.

Toys R Us does it again...

This Friday and Saturday only take an additional $5 off $25 purchase. Click here to print the in-store coupon. The online code is 921371.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Free Bowling

There are several ways to get your coupon for a free game of bowling. The coupons must be redeemed at Strike Ten Entertainment centers and are only valid between the hours of 8:30am and 6:00pm when lanes are available and unreserved (excludes holidays).

Banquet frozen foods have coupons for free bowling coupons on specially marked packages. The coupons expire on May 31, 2008.

There is also a coupon that you can print here for a free game of bowling (up to $9). This coupon doesn’t expire until September 28, 2008.

Click here to find a location near you.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Free Coffee!!

Iced Coffee Day @ Dunkin Donuts!!


Thursday, May 15th from 10-10pm you can get a FREE 16 oz Iced Coffee. For a location near you , click here.

Free Nic's Sticks and coupon from ULTA

Starting May 6, 2008, bring the May 2008 cover of Seventeen or print out this coupon and take it to any ULTA store to receive one (1) Nic’s Sticks in “I’m Outta Here” from Nicole by OPI (while supplies last - 15,000 being given away).

Update: I hope your location knows what you are referring to on this free Nic's Stick - mine didn't. They were located behind the counter (didn't notice until I went to walk out) but they gave me a free OPI polish instead (which I would rather have)!

While you are there, you can also take advantage of the $3.50 off $10 or more purchase
coupon that was mentioned by Mommy Snacks!

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UPDATE: I went today (5/8/08) and used both coupons. While you are there, make sure you join their rewards club "the club at ULTA". Each quarter you will receive a Rewards Certificate (based on your spending) for FREE beauty products or salon services. After today's trip, I am almost to the second level ($100). My mother didn't want to get a rewards card so she put her order on my card too!