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Today was week 3 of gaining.  I’m up three pounds since before vacation, which isn’t terrible, but I’m trying to lose!  This weekend was tough with lots of food I normally don’t eat.  Carbs seem to be the biggest offender.  I often say “I can look at a piece of bread and gain weight”.  I’m feeling more and more that that’s the truth.  Plus 3 nights of ice cream for dessert doesn’t help.

Today is my restart.  It seems appropriate with summer ending and the school year starting.  I focused on doing what I know works for me.

  • Eat a filling breakfast
  • Bring in a prepared lunch
  • Have fruit and/or vegetables at each meal or snack
  • Have carrots and hummus for my afternoon snack

I did each of these today and came in just a smidge over my 1200 calorie goal for the day and I didn’t feel hungry at all.  Plus I did 30 minutes of cardio and Katie’s BodyPump class.  It was a great day all around.

Dinner was my take on McKenzie’s Mediteranean Salad, my all time favorite salad to have at a restaurant.  I could eat it every day….seriously!

1 head of leaf lettuce (courtesy of my CSA harvest)

1 green bell pepper (to replace the cucumbers since I was out of them)

2 scallion stems chopped

tomato slices (I love tomato, so I put in 2 whole tomatos)

Sprinkle of Feta Cheese

2 hard boiled eggs

Freshly cooked beets (also from my CSA harvest…YUM!!!!)

Croutons for some crunch

I also had 2 Marco Polo rolls leftover (from Wegmans of course- only Collegeville sells them), so I sliced them up and drizzled a little olive oil and salt/pepper on them to make crostini.  I just put them on a tray and put them in the oven at 350* for 20 minutes to crisp them up.  I sprinkled just a bit of parmesan cheese on them and popped them back in the oven for 5 minutes to melt.  If I made these again, I wouldn’t cook them as long because they definately were very crunchy and crispy, but still delicious.


Today I joined the Kimberton CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture).  I’ve been wanting to find a way to try to vegetables without breaking the bank and get local veggies.  We haven’t been able to take advantage of our farmers market in Phoenixville and I was just tired of buying the same old thing at Wegmans.  I think this was a great decision to join.  The farm itself is so neat.  They have pick your own areas for flowers, hot peppers, certain types of tomatoes, okra….I know there’s more, but I can’t remember.

They have these “take what you need” tables full of herbs and whatever they have a ton of that week.  Today they had 4 huge cartons of basil, omigosh, the room smelled amazing!!!  They had celery, parsley, escarole, and some greens too.  I did my “share” and then took a little bit of each from the “take what you need” table and headed outside.  The farmer, Erik, told me about how they have events on the weekends for the people in the CSA.  There were a bunch of people with kids there today just running around the farm.  It was pretty cool.

I can’t wait to learn some recipes and enjoy new vegetables in the process.  I’ll be sure to share!!!

Well we are back from vacation and I wish we were still there.  I had spent so much time worrying about the drive up and back to Maine that it took away from a bit of the fun of vacation itself,but the mantra above kept me going.  I recently bought this magnet and I have it directly next to the handle on my refridgerator door since it’s somewhere I visit often and I need a reminder that I need to keep pushing myself.  On my white knuckled drive through the Jersey turnpike in the rain, I kept repeating these words.  Ever since our car accident in June, I have dreaded driving on highways and in the rain, let alone both!!  I am hoping it will continue to keep me going so I can get over my apprehensions and realize that the accident wasn’t my fault!  It’s going to take some time, but I have too many places I want to go and people I want to visit that I can’t let my lack of control over the rest of the world keep me from doing what I want to do.

Once we finally got to Maine, we had a great time exploring Mount Desert Island, but mostly Acadia National Park.  We did quite a few hikes and long walks on the famous Rockefeller Carriage Roads.  We picked a 3.2 miler for the first walk and apparently I forgot to mention that it has the steepest climb of all of the carriage roads.  I know it was challenging, especially for my parents, but they were troopers and stuck with it.  We were all smiles once we were done and the view was well worth the effort!  It was such a revelation for me that things I used to dread (ie. exercize of any kind), I now enjoy and look forward to.

As for eating, it was pretty challenging to eat healthy since we ate out most of the time, but we usually only ate a late breakfast and dinner.  I was so excited to get a salad when we got home, so we went to Sly Fox where I had a Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken (dressing and feta on the side).  I devoured every bit of it!  I swear I was in veggie withdrawal!!!  We’ll see how Weigh In Wednesday goes tomorrow, but I’ve been doing well with eating since we’ve been back, so hopefully I’ve already reversed any weight I gained.  I guess we’ll see tomorrow!




I finally got to buy celebratory weigh in flowers again!!!!

I’ve maintained my weight for the past 2 months which is good, but when you’re working out 5-6 times a week, it’d be nice to see a little movement on the scale.  I refocused on eating fruit and vegetables as well as limiting the processed carbs (ie. Pretzels and Parmesan Goldfish) That seemed to help a great deal because I dropped 4 pounds!  I have a ton of energy and physically feel better than I’ve felt all summer.



At work today, my team had a discussion about how much we all love chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), so I thought I would share a great recipe I found that would be a terrific addition to the Fourth of July meal.

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • About 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 25 large basil leaves, chopped (or whatever you have on hand)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of salt

Toss all ingredients together and chill for at least 20 minutes.  Enjoy!



So, every Wednesday is my weigh-in day and if I lose weight, no matter how much or how little, my reward is to buy myself flowers.  I love having flowers around and they are a nice reminder throughout my week of what I accomplished the prior week.  I was very pleased with the results this week and I feel like I’ve finally gotten back to my pre-vacation mindset with eating and working out…and have moved past my pre-vacation weight!   Since these flowers are only a few days old, I’m going to wait until the weekend to get new ones to celebrate this week’s weight loss.

Last night I made the crustless quiche for dinner.  It was so tasty and I finally got to add pictures to the recipe post.

I normally kickstart my week with Personal Training with Katie B., but I missed it this week because of work obligations.  I really missed having my personal training session, but I am happy to have gotten to take two of her classes this week.  Last night I took Cardio Kick which is a ton of fun. The class is getting bigger and bigger each week which is a testament to how great it is!  Tonight was her first night officially teaching BodyPump, so I thought I would support her and attend.  It’s harder than you think to lift weights to the beat of music!  It is definitely a class I’m going to add into my rotation.

I didn’t cook tonight, so no recipe.  We went to Max & Erma’s because I had a Groupon deal for it and I didn’t feel like cooking.  I had their Grilled Asparagus appetizer….SOOOO yummy and only 240 calories according to their website.  I also had their basic house salad.  Good or not good, Wednesday night is their “free cookie with dinner” night, so we got free cookies.  Fortunately, I had been really good today with my eating and had enough calories left to thoroughly enjoy my cookie and not feel guilty.

Hello friends and family!!!

This my first blog entry ever.  As many of you know, I have been losing weight for the past 10 months and am up to 60 pounds lost!!  Woohoo!  You’d think I’d be more excited about this, but the 10 pounds to take me from 50 to 60 pounds lost took what seemed like forever to lose and I’ve been rather frustrated.  I’ve been working to motivate myself to break through this challenging time.

A week or so ago, I talked with my health coach, Amanda, about my frustrations, and she reminded me of how successful I’ve been.  Whenever I talk to her, I tend to start many of my sentences with “This time……” or “The last time I lost weight…..”  and she asked me during this conversation, “what has made “This time” the time that has stuck with you?”  I truly believe for a person to change an integral part of who they are, the time to change has to be the “right time” for change.  Somehow the stars aligned in August 2011 and I decided I was not going to keep hurting myself by not taking care of myself.  To save you all the details (my nickname is Chatty Cathy for a reason), I started working with a personal trainer once a week and started really understanding why nutrition was important.  The outpouring of support from my friends and family as I once again decided I was going to “get this weight off of me” was more than I had ever received before.  Not only had I changed in being ready to commit to this change in my life, but the people closest to me knew that this time was going to be the time I was successful with my weight-loss and they helped me in any way they could.

Back to my conversation with Amanda… the end of our conversation, she suggested I write about my journey.  I love talking about what has worked for me and I certainly know what works for me isn’t going to work for everyone, but I love being able to share what could work for the person I’m talking to.   I was inspired by a friend’s weight-loss blog to go this route in sharing my story and what has allowed me to have my greatest success.  While I don’t quite have her fearlessness of sharing a picture of my scale from my weekly weigh in, I do promise to share lots of recipes and will continue to share the excitement and satisfaction I’ve found with maintaining a healthy lifestyle while doing something I love-cooking for my family and friends.

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