Life Updates

Sorry, I’m back! I am out of it this week but wanted to do a quick post because it’s been so long!  

I haven’t been posting much because my computer was dying on me and I finally got a new one, and it took a long time to get my pictures and other files uploaded from my old computer so I will start working on the trip report soon too.

The trip was great. I LOVED Epcot and the cruise was pretty relaxing.  Ate a lot of amazing food and can’t wait to post about it! And will all of the eating especially on the cruise, I was still down .4 lbs so I would say that was a success. 

This month is another busy month with all of my weekends being booked up but they are fun things so that’s good.  This weekend I’m doing some major cleaning around the condo and on Sunday we are going to the Bay Area for my uncle’s 75th birthday. 

Next weekend I’m taking Friday off because my cousin is coming to visit for the weekend (hence the deep cleaning we will be doing although it needs to be done anyway) and my birthday is Saturday so we will probably go out to dinner. 

The last weekend in July, I am going to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco with my Disney group and my aunt is coming along as well because she has never been before.  We are also going to go to 5:30 mass at St. Dominic’s in SF which I’ve been to a lot but just to light a candle at the St. Jude shrine in the church.  My friend goes to that mass so we should be meeting up that day and it’s another place my aunt has never been to. 

I look forward to talking about all of those things and to get back into posting more regularly with the trip being done and all. But for now I just wanted to get this out and let you know I’m back and to look forward to a lot of content from me for at least a while!

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Mixing Simply Filling and Points

I had a fun weekend.



We spent the night at my cousins’ home in the East Bay and had a great time, and even got a few minutes to relax by the pool, although we didn’t GO in the pool as it was still too cold to do that. But it was perfect for sitting and looking at the amazing view!


I love their back yard.

When we got back home we ran into Trader Joe’s to get a few things then ran over to the movie theater to see Cinderella which was amazing! I love the vivid colors of the movie and storyline wasn’t too different from the animated version.  We did have two people who sat right next to us in an empty theatre that were loud the entire movie and I was trying hard not to let it bother me.  I shushed them loud enough that they should have heard several times but nothing… That kind of disrespect BUGS me, but the movie was great. I’ll probably get it when it comes out on BluRay.


So I decided after my gain last weight in that I’m going to try doing Simply Filling but I know how I am when I am on it (I was the same way on Core only worse because it was even more strict) so I decided to experiment a bit.  I’m going to split my days between Simply Filling and counting Points.  I’m more than 1/2 way through my tracking week and it’s worked out so far. I am going to do the Simply Filling plan on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and Track on Thursdays and the Weekends.

I’m not going to be religious with sticking to this because there will be days when I’ll need to do Tracking instead due to whatever may be going on. For instance, we are going to Fresno for a long weekend for Easter and it would just be easier on everyone for me to track points instead of doing Simply Filling.  Work weeks are easier because I have more control over what I eat.

That’s the great thing about Weight Watchers now because when it was Core and the old Points, you had to do them a week at a time and couldn’t switch between the two. I’m hoping this will just get me to eat more fruits and vegetables and just healthier in general so I feel better by the trip.

I’m very happy doing Simply Filling (part time) because I get to have the following for lunch and I only have to count 2 of my weekly Points Plus for the dressing and low-fat cheese (I don’t do fat free or soy cheese!)





First, here’s what I got at Trader Joe’s and Raley’s yesterday (I have a 4-day work week so it worked out for four meals):

Trader Joe’s:

  • Lite Shredded Mexican Blend cheese (I was in a hurry…)
  • Organic Persian cucumbers (comes with 8 “cuces” so that works out to 2 per day.
  • Corn Tortillas- (some corn tortillas are acceptable on the Simply Filling plan, they just need to be low fat)
  • 4 organic bananas


  • A container of 2 small heads of romaine lettuce (1/2 per day gives you PLENTY!)
  • 4 bulk carrots (one for each day)
  • 1 lb of lean ground beef (I found 7% at Raley’s and they have 5% at TJ’s but I’m wary of buying their meat) to make 4 patties.
  • Needed ingredients for the dressing.
  • 4 apples

So that was mostly for lunch. I forgot lite english muffins for breakfast and I was going to make hard-boiled eggs but again, forgot. I bought a bunch of yogurts that are simply filling (they were low sugar and fat free from Yoplait, they have the 2 points plus label on them too, but do a search of what brands are okay.  I think as long as it’s lower sugar and fat free, it’s okay) so I grabbed two of those for the morning and through one of them in the freezer for an afternoon snack. I also made baked “fries” to go with the burgers.

Just having a yogurt (even being a Greek yogurt with more protein) and a banana wasn’t enough for me so I ate lunch earlier than I’d like so I definitely need to add the egg at least to my breakfast so I can last a little longer.

I’m trying to get at least a little exercise in each day too. Monday I got in a 1/2 hour walk as well as a 15 minute exercise dvd from Weight Watchers and I am now sore from doing that so it definitely had an effect on me! So we will see how much I can do when I really stick to it.

The work week is already 1/2 way done and I’m really looking forward to my long Easter weekend and getting away from home again. We both need to just get away.

Anyway, I have lots to do so I better end it here. I’ll let you know how I do on Thursday! I hope it goes well because I’m feeling bloated right now!

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Trip Planning and Weight Watchers

I did okay this weekend. My brother and his family came over for dinner on Saturday and my mom and I worked like mad women on getting the place cleaned up (we have papers and I swear they multiply in the night!) so it is much nicer having a clean living room.  It feels more open!

We made a BBQ’d chicken (whole chicken seasoned with salt, garlic powder, garlic salt, and pepper, simple but amazing!), roasted potatoes (and they turned our super crispy and amazing because she accidentally cooked them longer than she wanted), and they had steak and a couple of ribs they needed to cook that day or they’d have to throw it away.

We had a nice visit with them and my cousin FaceTime’d me so she got to say hi to Gina for a minute.  She’s planning on taking a weekend up here from LA so she can meet Gina and Bug and we all talked about taking a weekend in Santa Cruz too which would be fun! I’ve never stayed in Santa Cruz, we just took day trips because I grew up an hour north of Santa Cruz and we only went to the Boardwalk which I definitely want to do, especially with Bug because it would be super fun going on the rides we can both go on together. But it would be nice too to see the rest of Santa Cruz. 

Sunday, my aunt and I met up with our cousins to start work on plans and get an idea of what we all want to do on our trip. We will have to do more but I’m working on research and ideas because I think they are happy with me being the one to do that. I need to make it flexible too so we can switch things around and they can work out if they want to go somewhere else when my aunt and I want to do something in particular but I’m sure it will all work out.

It really helps writing everything out.

I also gave my aunt everything I needed in order to send in for my renewed passport that expired at the beginning of the month (I can’t believe I went to France 10 years ago!) and I made an appointment to see my doctor about options for medication for potential sea sickness (I’m guessing I’d be one of those people because I get motion sick, especially in a car) and maybe something to calm my nerves on the flight.

I never used to be a nervous flyer but after my last flight when I went to France, I had a dream that was super vivid that the plane I was on blew up and it felt so real and now I have that fear and it makes me so mad that I do! I used to love flying, which we only really did when we went to LA and one time to Texas before my trip to France 10 years ago (I can’t believe its’ been that long!). I don’t think I’d need anything strong but just a little something to calm my nerves.

Anyway, I’m finding that 4 days is kind of pressed for time in Disney World but I think I figured out a plan of attack to get each park in and I hope everyone agrees with the plan. We also agreed we will probably be splitting off at points too.

I don’t want to go too much into the trip here because I’m talking about it on the Disney blog so it’s not necessary for me to do so, I’m just so excited!

Now for my Weight Watchers meeting – I had a 1 pound gain but I am giving Simply Filling a try again at least during the week and using points on the weekends for more flexibility so we will see how it goes!

I was late to the meeting but they talked about getting back on track and ways to get you motivated to do so and honestly I’m the worst at it so I will think about that and get back to you on some ideas I come up with.

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Exciting News!!!

You know, I’ve started and deleted about four posts and I’m finally just going to get out an update.  A lot happened in February and I was going to post about it but it’s all over and done with.

And for my exciting news, last Friday, my aunt invited me to go to Disney World and on a Disney Cruise in June! It will be four days in Disney World and a four night cruise to the Bahamas stopping at Nassau and Castaway Cay (pronounced key).  I am totally beyond excited about it! If you’d like to follow my plans up to the trip and see a trip report when I get back, I’ll post all of that stuff on my Disney blog, but here I will mention it a bit with my weight loss progress.

I now have a goal date to push for.  I have about three months and I am hoping that 30 lbs isn’t much to ask for.  We’ll see.  I would be happy with 15 but I’m going to try, you never know so I am going to try for 30 pounds but I am not going to starve myself.

I have a TON of planning to do and I’m going to have to be disciplined with both eating and finances so I can save up for the trip.  Other than that, I am just getting myself through Spring which has decided slap me in the face.  I had a super bad cough for the last couple of weeks and I sort of lost some of my appetite which is fine with me because I lost 3.6 lbs at my last weigh in.

Finally I was down, and I was down more than the last two or three gains I had so I’ll take it! I’m working on being diligent with writing down everything I eat and exercise wise, I’m striving to get at least 1/2 hour of activity in a day and I would love to get my 10,000 steps in per day but if I can’t make it, the 1/2 hour activity would be great.

That’s about it from me but I will make time to post here more often instead of waiting this long again.  I want to keep this up and it doesn’t do me any good to just be lazy.

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Weight Watchers- Exercise and Recap of the Week

Well I finally had a good weight in.  I lost one pound which I have to say shocked me because it was PMS week for me and I kept feeding that monster.  I was picking almost non-stop and I felt like crap but I guess God decided to give me a break!

Anyway, the meeting was good, we talked a bit about baby steps from last week and our weekly reader was about finding exercise that you love to do and it may have been that I had other stuff on my mind, like the fact that I couldn’t stay late like our meeting normally goes because I was invited to my aunt’s bunco game that night but this topic is a good one to talk about, and I’ll get in at the end of this post about the sad news from my last post.

Okay so I just happened to finally make a small commitment to myself on exercise. I never have kept to a regular exercise routine, my longest is when I worked at Curves, I didn’t lose weight during that time but I definitely toned up and if you can afford it, it’s a great program for women. I think what I tend to do is push myself too much in the beginning and quit before I have a chance to stick with it.

It’s also incredibly important to love what you’re doing.  For instance, I enjoy occasionally watching baseball (especially going to an actual Giant’s game or the Rivercats here in Sacramento which used to be the A’s AAA team but is now the Giant’s AAA team so I’m an even bigger fan now!), and I used to love going to see the Sharks play in San Jose (which I haven’t done in years), but actually playing a sport, I hate with a passion.  I am not a very coordinated person, I’m very klutzy, I trip over my feet easily and it’s just not in me to be good at sports.  My dad was amazing, but unfortunately I did not inherit those genes.  My brother possible could have but he’s not big into playing either.  He did little league for a couple of years and he was good at it but didn’t stick with it.

I’m going on a rant so back to finding exercise that you love.  I have a good friend that I’ve known my whole life (our mothers were best friends) who love spinning and I really admire her and I’m glad we are back in touch.  She has a blog that she just started around the beginning of the year you can check out at SpinSomatic. I see how happy she is and the exercise makes a big difference.  So finding something you love can make sticking with a routine so much easier.

My friend mentioned on her blog that another thing that helped her is make it something you look forward to doing instead of something you’re forced to do. She said the same about mass so I want to apply that to help me get back to church too but that’s another story for another day.

So I don’t have many things I love to do, I haven’t tried much to be honest. I do know I love walking.  Especially just plugging in my ear phones and zoning out listening to music or a podcast and just being in my own little world. Unfortunately, that’s not the safest thing to do around here but there are trails that usually have other people so I may try that out too. I do feel safe enough to do that on my lunch breaks at work so instead

I have started this week with doing something a little bit each day. I have a 5-dvd set, pilates dvd, and walking dvd all from Weight Watchers and so far I have done 3 10-minute workouts from the 5-dvd set and I do like them. I was doing the 15 and 30 minute sets but I think I just needed to start out with small steps to help me stick with it.

Anyway, I’m going to see how this works and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

As far as the life stuff that’s been going on, Gina’s (my sister-in-law) uncle passed away from a massive heart attack on Tuesday.  We were so stunned and I feel just so awful for their family.  He was a father to them, and you all know I know how that feels.

A lot of sad things have happened so far this year and we’re barely into February but that by far is the worst of it, so if you pray, I would appreciate a quick prayer for her family to help them get through these hard times.

I am going to write a more detailed blog on weight loss but for now I’m going to end it there. It’s midnight and I’m too tired to concentrating on writing more so I apologize if this isn’t the greatest content.

What are your favorite activities that keep you in your exercise routine? 

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Organization Progress

Well I think I made up for not doing anything the weekend before last. Friday night I spent the night at my brother’s while he went to the Bay Area so my sister-in-law and I could work on little Nick’s bedroom and get that organized.  Saturday is when we worked on his room and by the time my mom got up to their place, we were as done as Gina wanted to be so we went out to lunch and a quick trip to Target before parting ways because we all got up really early and were beat.

I honestly forgot what happened most of the rest of the day. I know we went to Whole Foods for a minute and ate at my favorite French Creperie before going home and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep almost immediately.

Sunday morning, I woke up with the urge to start work on my room and I got a lot done.  I managed to clear up a ton of crap in my room, got the closet doors off of the hinges so I can hang up a tension rod with curtains (it gives me more room), put together two Kallax Shelving units I got at Ikea, and some laundry.

For most of the day I was doing really well and I was totally on a roll but when I went down to get my first load of laundry out of the wash, I opened the door to our small laundry room that we share with our neighbors and the floor of the laundry room was covered in 1/2 of a large carton of liquid laundry soap.

Apparently the almost full bottle of laundry detergent I just bought fell off of the washing machine and the top flew off and 1/2 of the contents spewed all over the floor.

I was amazed that it took less than an hour to clean up the mess.  And being that the floor is cement, it’s not slippery and feels like nothing ever happened, thank God!

But with all of that work, my thighs and arms are super sore.  Each box weights 56 lbs and I had to lug them up a flight of stairs on a hand truck because the wheels helped it move up each step a little easier.  I had to do this twice and with the combination of that and squatting for 45 minutes to clean up 1/2 of a tub of goo gave me quite the workout.

It reminds me that I need to start exercising. Big time!

Anyway, I’m going to end it there because it’s late, and I found out some really sad news tonight that I can’t talk about just yet because I need to wait until the people who need to know find out. I’ll probably talk about it tomorrow.

Have you been to Ikea before? Do you have as much fun as I do putting furniture together?

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Weight Watchers- Tiny Steps to Success

This week I had a hard time controlling my eating and ended up gaining 1 pound.  It was just a rough week, I had the emotional part for a few days and the rest of the week I was constantly hungry. So I paid for it, but it’s over and we’re onto another week.

This week’s topic was about taking small steps to get to your goals.  Our leader passed around a ream of paper and had us all guess how much it weighed but I had a bit of an unfair advantage since I used to work in a mailroom and lifted them all the time and I thought I remembered them being 5 pounds per ream and it turns out I was correct.

She used the ream of paper as a symbol that you can’t rip the whole thing at once, but you can do one sheet at a time no problem and that really is a good point.  Taking baby steps makes reaching your goals easier and it’s something I forget and really should focus on.

I have made baby steps that I stick with like eventually removing fast-food (my bad habit places at least as I go to Panda, since there are healthy options, and maybe 2-3 times per year to In-n-Out still but I can handle myself with those two restaurants) from my eating and I’ve been without fast food for over a year now.

I miss Taco Bell on occasion, especially when I’m driving by and I’m starving, but I just force myself to stop thinking about it because I can’t go back there.  If I start eating Taco Bell again, I’ll order enough food for 3 or 4 people, then I’ll start doing the same at McDonalds, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, etc.  I can’t do that to myself.  I consider that a baby step because at first, I allowed myself to have it on Thursdays after weigh in and I just eventually stopped all together.

A baby step I’m working on right now is removing processed foods from my life.  I won’t say that I’ll do that 100 percent but I do want to eventually get to a point where I’m making most of my meals and eating out less.  I’ve done well but I have some moments.

Anyway, I do want to make some goals for actually losing weight thought so I’m going to make a baby step of one- tracking everything and two- losing 1 pound per week. If I stick to tracking religiously, I know I’ll lose at least a pound per week.

Another thing she mentioned is celebrating your accomplishments.  This is something I have trouble doing but I am going to come up with a list and I may have it as a top ten for next week.

For now, I should go because I’m spending the night at my brother’s home while he’s going to the bay area so my sister-in-law and I can get my nephew’s bedroom organized so I better get to bed so I’m ready for tomorrow!

What are your mini goals? Do you have a favorite way to celebrate successes? 

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