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Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Red Carpet

I haven't blogged much lately, I just don't have anything going on on the weight loss front. I am looking forward to the Oscars though. Although I rarely get to the theatre (too hard to get babysitters, so I only see kids' movies), I LOVE the movies. When our kids are older, I will definitely make up for lost time!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


We all have been "defined". Here are some ways I was defined as a kid : smart, quiet, introverted, non athletic.

Well I would like to think I am smart, or at least smart enough! I graduated from an Ivy League school, and have a PhD, for what it is worth. I have a good job, and manage our money well. I have worked damn hard to get the right help for our older son, who has a learning disability.

People at work would laugh at the notion that I am quiet, since I talk so much there, but I am lucky to have found a workplace that brings out the verbose side of me. Truly I like to be quiet, and reflective.

We have ginormous parties at our house, but in general I am introverted. I like my own company and prefer solitary activities.

Non athletic. At 43, this is the label I am rejecting. At first I exercised to lose weight. Now I want to lose more weight to improve my performance in karate, yoga and running.

What "definitions" do YOU want to leave behind?

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I don't know that I have ever seen the scale drop two days in a row, but this week I did.
Another pound down to 173.5. I will take it!
Especially since work is making me crazy.
Friday has to come, right?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


But surely, I am getting closer to "normal" weight.
Today I weighed in at 174.5 lbs. It feels good to bust under 175, and get to 41 lbs lost.

I really need to build up my sleep though ...

this week I have a) lost my gym card, b) forgotten my sparring gear at karate, c) forgotten my purse last night at kids' piano lessons. I didn't even realize it until they called me and I had to drive back, with kids, at 9 pm, to get it. and d) forgotten my purse in my car this morning at work. Thank God for keyless entry, which I insist upon in a vehicle so I can never get locked out.

I am telling myself I am just tired and stressed (which I am) and not entering early senility.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Last night I tried Hot Yoga for the first time. It really wasn't that hot ... I guess in the 80's. The class was long though, between 75 and 90 minutes. I enjoyed it and I will go back.

My biggest problem? Downward Dog kicked off my sinuses and I had snot running out of my nose all night. Luckily I had an extra t-shirt!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I found out yesterday that I am on the testing list for karate. I will be testing for my green belt. So there is pressure, of the best kind, to prepare for the test. Just 10-15 minutes a day will make a big difference.

No weight loss this week ... 4 days in a row of off plan eating does not make for weight loss. No, I didn't gorge, but at this point I don't have a lot of room for error. Losing weight at 175 lbs is going to be harder than losing it at 215 lbs. I feel fairly confident about the long term though, and I know I am not going back.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


A favorite dinner in our house is ravioli. I have not partaken of it for months, but we serve it once per week because the kids might go nuts without it.
Last night, I was just too tired and stressed to make something different for myself, so I ate the ravioli my husband prepared.

And really it fits into my plan -- 9 pieces of Rosetto cheese ravioli are under 300 calories, low in sugar, and not bad in terms of protein (10 g). The sauce is homemade and reasonable in calories/fat.

Then I realized that I had not been avoiding the ravioli because of their nutritional value, but because they used to send me into a feeding frenzy. I would gorge on ravioli, with Italian bread and butter (a true weakness for me). We didn't have bread last night, because frankly none of us need it, including the kids. And I consider my frenzy days in the past. I ate my 9 ravioli with steamed broccoli. I had no compulsion to reach back into the bowl for more. I actually was a little too full when I was done.

I am not going to eat ravioli every week, but I think I can put my fear of stuffed pasta behind me.

And considering their nutrition, I will not insist on a smiley face from my trainer when I show him my food diary, but I will not accept sad face either. (Yes, I feel like I am about 6 years old).

Monday, February 7, 2011


My family has been practicing Tang Soo Do martial arts for a few years now. My husband is a green belt-orange stripe (level 6), I am orange with a stripe (level 4) and the kids are orange (level 3).

We travel a fair distance to do karate at a studio run by my former co-worker. The reason we do that, even though there are karate studios all around us, is because it is worth it to travel to work out with someone who has a passion for what he does.
He just opened a new dojang, which is beautiful aesthetically, and a pleasure to practice in. It is fantastic to watch a friend realize his dream and passion, and bring that level of excellence to his students/customers.

Every day I remind myself that if I want excellent results, I have to practice excellent behaviors. Mediocre will not yield excellent.

And as I am on the topic of "excellence", I will leave with a quote from a masterpiece of cinema "Be excellent to each other".


1. The Steelers lost.
2. It is Monday.
3. I am up for my Biggest Loser weigh in at work, probably due to excess salt intake.

Oh well, I can only control one of those things, so back to the diet grind.
No more challenges for me. I joined this one because a friend asked me to, but honestly I hate comparing myself to other people. I also don't like losing the perspective of 40 lbs overall lost because of a 10 week challenge.

Live and learn.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Superbowl Sunday is here, and I am living in a Black & Gold world.

Here is a picture of our Superbowl food tradition, a muffaletta, which is the iconic sandwich of our adopted state of the 90's, Louisiana.

I make the bread, homemade, and we buy the best meats at a local Italian deli. This sandwich is so loaded with fat and calories and sodium, it isn't even funny.
This year I will have one bite, and whatever my husband doesn't eat, he will take to work with him.

Some snacks I will have : Shrimp; homemade hummus; baba ghanouj; pita; a couple of pieces of cheese; veggie straws; veggies. No booze! I had my limit this weekend. I will indulge in a Diet Coke.

Other items on my daily menu include : chai tea protein smoothie; 1 egg with whole grain bagel; cottage cheese. A shitload of water.

Enjoy your Sunday, whether it includes football or not!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


A few days ago I posted about increasing my water intake as a result of purchasing a bottle from water.org. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a post on my blog from someone who works at water.org, thanking me!

I am pretty sure the water bottle is not magic, but all of a sudden I am noticing how thirsty I am for water. I am guessing I have always have been and just ignored it. Certainly a change for the better, and very much welcome.

I will need all the water I can get today, because I have eaten far more sodium than I should have over the past 48 hours. I have a plan for some healthy snacks for tomorrow night, as I cheer the Steelers on. By Monday weigh in I hope to be all "flushed out".

Friday, February 4, 2011


It is Friday, and my weight is up a little, probably from the bbq grilled chicken wrap I had at lunch yesterday.
But all I really care about today is that it IS Friday.
I am not sure if the winter weather is part of the deal, but I have been sooo tired, at the end of the week I am ready to collapse.
I will get to the gym after work today, and get a little running in.
After my kick ass plyometric leg workout on Wednesday, walking on the treadmill was all I could muster.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Six String

Not much new on the weight loss front.
I had my guitar lesson tonight. I have been taking lessons for about 3 months and while I am definitely improving, I am not going to give Eric Clapton a run for his money.
Still, it is important to learn new things to keep my middle aged brain active.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Yesterday I spent a lot of time bragging, online and off, about reaching my first big goal.
So what was in store for today?
Sticking to my diet so I can reach the next goal!
Such is life in weight loss land.
I have a couple of lunches out scheduled this week, so it will be a challenge to watch my sodium intake.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Here is a poster that will be displayed at the gym where I workout.

Although I have the same pictures on this blog, seeing them side by side like that is a bit of a shock. Wow, I was fat! I am so grateful I turned this around before things went from bad to worse.


February is fantabulous, when on the first day you wake up to see you met your first big scale goal!

Yes, I am weighing in at 175.5, 40 lbs lost.

The funny thing, is after waiting so long I almost didn't recognize it!

It makes a crappy February day look alot better.