Monday, September 28, 2009


Yes, I'm still around. Yes, I've been reading your posts. No, I haven't been posting or commenting on your posts. I'm sorry. I'm in a funk.

I'm proud of all of you for sharing the good and the bad! Being accountable is half the battle as far as I'm concerned.

I haven't been on the scale in weeks. I haven't done any "formal" exercise although I have been gardening, painting, climbing on ladders, hammering and other general household chores for the past few weeks. Last Monday and Tuesday I rocked out with Pearl Jam, working up a really good sweat for 2+ hours each night. I also drank my share of beer and wine, thankfully not to excess!

My self talk has not been very nice. In fact I've been spending a lot of time telling myself how miserable I am, which is really not like me, hence the funk I'm in. I really need to snap out of it. Hopefully sharing with you will give me the boost I need to get over myself and just get moving!

Keep up all of your good work! I love reading what you've been up to.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

A New Commitment

It's been an OK week. I have had better.

I had plenty of water. But I still could do better if I would lay off the coffee.

I only walked 3 times this week. But each day ~2 one mile walks. And also I took the steps all week at work. Gosh that is a work out in its self! Wonder how long it will take me to be able to walk them without my legs shaking when I reach the top??

Food intake has been OK. Not the best but not the worst. I think when schedules get hectic and crazy, food preparations take a back burner. I had more carbs than I should have. But I still had plenty of veggies. I should have had more fruit. I will work on that this week. No weight gain but no loss either.

Now to the belly fat. Yes I know you are just dying to know my plan to fix this problem. My walking routine is not doing much for this area of me. So I started last night. Sit ups. My only solution since I never got any other responses on how to rid myself of it. I am going to commit to getting rid of this muffin top, inter tube, jelly roll, whatever you want to call it. My goal is for it to be gone by spring. So there. Maybe one day I will be wearing a six pack instead of just drinking one!

I hope you've had a good week! <><

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gender Differences

I won't embarrass him by putting this on my other blog, but the owner of the man boobs in this house is now sporting smaller man boobs. Why does weight loss show up so much faster on men?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Weekly Update Number 3

This post can be also called, Flu is not conducive to Weight Loss or I Hate being Sick.

It seems as if all the new found energy went out the window and I am really frustrated. I know things like this take time and I must be patient, but I am not the most patient person in the world. Just being honest here.

So let's get on with this week's run down.

1. Exercise: Besides the monster walks I took on race day, which probably equal to a whole weeks full of exercise...I did a big, fat nothing. I was a couch potato. Me and my blankie got to know each other really well. I had been hoping to start the couch to 5k program this past week, but have decided to put that off until my lungs are clear...which they are not.

2. Healthy Eating: Not really super healthy, but not fact there hasn't been much eating going on at all because of all the meds I have been taking. I did have a couple of Sprites to bolster my sugar levels, but I am back to water and tea only.

3. Water: Some, but not as much as usual.

4. Self Talk and Stress: Really bad self talk because of the frustration factor and the stress was pretty high all week. It made me mad that after a perfect race experience, I was down flat on my ass with the flu.

So, while I sit here and whine about the fact that I didn't have a great week and feel at the optimum of physicality, I will relish in the fact that I did not gain any weight. I actually lost. Start Weight was 261.4 and today's weight is 254.4 for a total weight loss of 7.0 pounds gone forever. I also need to remind myself that this is still on the high side of typical and healthy results!! It has been proven time and time again that an average weight loss of 2 pounds per week is better for permanent weight loss success.

I hate it when my right brain argues with the left side.

Have a great week everyone and keep up the awesome work!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Feeling Fat Friday

Yep, Feeling Fat! Must be my time of the month if I had one. Belly fat hanging like a new picture on a freshly painted wall. Any suggestions on how to fix that other than liposuction?

I kept on track with my walking this week. Tuesday through Friday- 2 one mile walks each day.

Food and water- more carbs than normal and so so on the water. Need to fix both. Gosh I have been slack. Someone needs to slap me!

Got a great check up on the thyroid this week and I still weigh the same. Can I loose any more hair???

Got lots of bloating going on but I will see what tomorrow brings. It ain't good but it ain't as bad as it has been. Collard greens?

Hang in there gang! It's not always easy! We can do it!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Well, I survived my trip to the doctor. Since this is a full-disclosure blog, I will tell you that I have had every body part imaginable examined, had the "girls" squished, and have to go back tomorrow morning to get my bloodwork done. As if that wasn't enough, I have an appointment to go in later this month and prep for endometrial ablation surgery. THAT is something I am actually looking forward to. Seriously.

My blood pressure is elevated ( 140/90 ), so they will begin to monitor that on a regular basis. Hopefully, through diet and exercise, I will be able to bring those numbers down without medication. Although, heredity is NOT on my side in this fight:(

On a much brighter note, I have been packing my lunch this week. That, in and of itself, has made me feel better!

Keep up the good work!! We can do this. Through peer pressure...;)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


She was a wee bit overweight, so the blonde's doctor put her on a diet.
"I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat the procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds."
When the blonde returned she'd lost nearly 20 pounds.
"Why, that's amazing! "Did you follow my instructions?"
The blonde nodded. "I'll tell you, though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day."
"From hunger, you mean?" said the doctor.
"No... from skipping," replied the blonde.

(email from gailgurl)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Peer Pressure:)

Alright, Folks. Thanks to your peer pressure, I have made an appointment with my GYN. I'm NOT looking forward to it, but I HAVE had four years to prepare. GAH! When is the special day, you may (or may not) ask? Wednesday. Wish me luck.

The next thing you know, I'll be getting blood work and a mammogram;)

It COULD just be my imagination, but

This morning when I dressed for work, there were no blouse gaps that needed to be pinned closed. Could this really be true after only one week of dieting?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Friday Check In

Yeah I know it's Saturday! It's been a crazy week at work. Way too many computer problems.


Another decent Big Bunch of Losers week for the Noe Noe Girl. After what seems like forever trying to get back to a decent weight or size, I can tell my hard work is beginning to pay off.

Exercise- Tues thru Friday- Two 1 mile walks twice a day- got the mile walk down to 15 minutes! My walking partner doesn't sweat but I do. I don't hate her....MUCH! I owe her big time for keeping me on track with the walking.

Food- plenty of veggies, cheeses, eggs and watermelon. (plenty of peeing too!) I did blow it on Monday when I ate a bowl of spaghetti but I enjoyed every bite! It was a holiday!

Water- not as much as I should have. And I need to do better. I drank too many coffees but I was cold this week. The weather is getting chilly here. Not an excuse I know but it's all I got. I drank plenty of beer last Saturday but that was because I had to deal with the dysfunctional family pool party. Nuff said! The rest of the week I only had a few.

I have lost another pound which brings me to a 10 pound weight loss! My size tens are not as snug. I think the walking has played a big part in the way my clothes fits. People at work have noticed and made comments. That makes me keep "at it"! Plus I saw a picture of my thighs on Facebook this week from this summer and I wont even repeat the words that parted from these lips! I still have a ways to go but I'm gonna get there.

I'll share with you one of my favorite sayings....(it's OK if you make it one of yours.)

"You can slow me down....But you can't stop me!"

Friday, September 11, 2009


Snow White announced last week that she had decided to become a vegetarian. After the initial SHOCK wore off, I realized that she was serious, and that it was my job to ensure that she still continued to get all of the protein and vitamins that she needed. I'm still not sure how the spawn of two happy carnivores ended up a vegetarian, but I'm determined to make it work...for her sake.

As a result of this epiphany, I have been focusing more on using fresh veggies, peanut butter, eggs and beans of all varieties in my cooking. For dinner the other night, I fixed a delicious brown and wild rice dish with diced tomatoes, black beans, feta cheese, lime juice and cilantro. It was AMAZING, AND healthy! Of course, CB and I had baked chicken with ours. We ALL had a fresh spinach salad:) YUM!

It's true that little changes add up to big results, and I think my whole family will benefit from this slight shift in eating. CB and I will continue to eat our beloved chicken and fish, but perhaps the veggies will begin to take up more space on our plates.



Do you know what happens to me when I have a stressful week?

And during that week, I get a visit from Aunt Flo?

And during that week, I receive bad news?

And during that week, Vol Fan is away from home?

And that week happens to be during Halloween candy season?

Help me! I'm drowning!!

Need WW Snack Ideas

We're into the points thing under a week, but I am hungry. I suppose it's a nervous habit because on the days I worked and was out of the house? 12 points total for the day and I felt great. When I'm home? It's into the flex points. Keith and I both have such an emotional attachment to food. I eat if nervous or bored or angry or happy! Every occasion is marked by eating. He often has a meal and three hours later claims to be starving. It's emotional, I think. He disagrees.

Any quick ideas for low point-worthy snacks? Keith goes away for Cub Scout camp this week-end, and I think if I can find some 1 and 2 points non-fridge snacks, it will be easier for him to not be so hungry. Snacks would also help him eat smaller portions at meals.

Finally, not getting on the scale again until we are a full week into this. I derive comfort from that big window!

Weekly Update Number 2

Has it been only two full weeks?

It feels so much longer, as if I have been living and eating like this forever. I look at this thought as a positive change because I really can not fathom going back to the way things use to remembering that today is 9/11 and how those events changed me forever, so has this event in my personal 9/11 and the towers of unhealthy living have come down forever.

1. Exercise: Still walking twice a day and lifting hand weights every other day. This is really paying off. I am up to 1/2 mile without stopping and moving at a good clip each time. I am noticing how much exercise is playing a role with moderating my moods. I am happier and more even keeled. I fidget more, as well. I am out there living life instead of letting life pass me by because of the inability to move.

2. Healthy Eating: This is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I have finally figured out my keys to success and they are following the rules of clean eating and planning. A typical day looks something like this:

Breakfast: I never skip breakfast. It is true that more success is found with a good and filling breakfast. It starts my day off on the right foot and gives me the fuel and courage I need to continue to make good choices. I usually eat 1 serving of plain, steel cut oatmeal with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup of fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or banana slices. Once or twice a week, I will make an egg beaters omelet or scramble with veggies and a probiotic yogurt.

Lunch: chance to have some healthy carbs!!! I either have 1 cup of whole wheat pasta or brown rice with chopped tomatoes, a splash of EVOO, and some basil. 2 cups of salad greens such as romaine, bibb, green leaf, and spinach. I make a big bag of salad and keep it in the crisper, so it's ready when I am. I also have 3oz of cooked turkey or chicken or 1/2 cup of kidney beans or black beans and serving of fresh fruit. That's a lot of food!!! It is my heaviest meal of the day, but still low in calories and fat.

Snack: If needed, I will have one serving of fresh fruit or a yogurt.

Supper: I keep this meal my lightest of the day. I have 1 serving of protein and 2 servings of vegetables.

3. Water: I am up to a gallon a day. I fit it in whenever I can...I am constantly drinking water and have now decided that the bathroom really needs to be remodeled....because I spend so much time IN there!! Flushing your system of toxins and eliminated fat is important even if you are retaining water. The easiest way to rid your body of excess fluids is to drink more!!

4. Self Talk and Stress: I still struggle with this, but I am finding out so much about myself. It really is more than a journey to healthy is a journey of self discovery. I am exploring why I had let myself become such a victim. What have I been hiding from? Why did I use the shield of fat to remove myself from a happy, fulfilled life. I am delving deeper into HOW and WHY I let myself get to where I was. Why was it okay for me to punish myself by eating poorly? I can stand up for the rights of others and be proactive, so why should I not be the same way with myself? Well, the victim doesn't live here anymore. Each day, I find that I am becoming authentic and more real. I am getting to know who this Marlene is and just what I am capable of.

And now...what we have been weighting for...261.4 (start weight) minus 255.2 (today's weight) equals....6.3 Pounds gone forever!!!

I am just really stoked! Yeah, it was hard work, but I did it and I am not starving. I am more energized than ever and doing things I never imagined.

We went out last night with the whole family last night and I put on a pair of dress pants I hadn't worn in a while...these were pants that had been tight...and now they are too big, so while the pounds are coming off, I also know that my body is changing as well!!

And the feet...not swollen...I have veins!!!

Keep up the hard work everyone and don't forget YOUR weekly update...good, bad, or ugly. It is all about change.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Are You Ready for the Real Lisa?

I've been thinking about Woody's post and the blame game and it really resonated with me. I am an absolute expert at blaming the weight on everything (it's Keith's fault because he has more of weight battle than I do, it's the kids' fault for coming out of this body, it's my boobs' fault for being so stinking big and dense, it's job's fault for making me teach during dinner for the last 10 years.) That's got to stop.

It's my fault.

There. I said it.

So it follows that the knee that keeps going out ala President Ford is my fault, the cholesterol numbers are my fault, the size I can't type here because my mother might read it is my fault, and you know what? I am finally willing to take ownership.

  • I want to be healthy so I can walk with my precious daughter through the roller coaster years of high school and college.
  • I want to be healthy so I can celebrate where my wonderfully sweet 12 year old son has been and where he's going.
  • I want to be healthy so I have the strength to guide my brilliant 9 year old son through the intellectual questions that are sure to come.
  • I want to be healthy so I am less focused on ME and more on my 7 year old son who is struggling with some big issues.
  • I want to be healthy and I want Keith to be healthy so we won't be the older couple who lists our ailments whenever anyone is willing to listen.

I want to feel great physically and emotionally. No more comparing myself to the weight of other moms. No more skipping doctor appointments because he has a scale there. No more excuses. And I'm not even going to celebrate writing this post by eating ice cream :)I mean it this time.

Thanks for letting me be part of this group.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How to Survive a Cook-out or Party

Well, I had my first test this past Sunday, when Hard Working Man and I had to make an appearance at a family cook-out and what better way to practice my new healthy eating tools than around family.

I casually asked Hard Working Mom what she was planning to fix and when she said burgers and dogs on the grill, I boldly asked her if she minded if I brought some marinated chicken breasts to throw on the grill for me!! She quickly agreed that it would be fine, so my primary problem was solved. I am learning to be honest not only with others, but with myself. The "before" me would have never been like that...I would have gladly stuffed whatever was available just to appease the host or hostess...NOT ANY MORE.

It may seem rude, but I am not willing to go back on my quest for a healthier and happier me...nothing can get in my way...not even a holiday, party, or a family gathering. If they want to see me, then allowances must be made. PERIOD.

I also made a side salad to share, but was made within my own specifications so I at least knew I had my healthy options available to me.

I made a Cole Slaw recipe that was posted by Meg at Soup is not a Finger Food. She made a really appealing Pennsylvania Pepper Slaw that I knew instantly I could adapt for my plan. Instead of the 1.5 cups of sugar the recipe called for, I used 3/4 of a cup of Splenda...half the calories and carbohydrates than regular sugar and no loss of taste what so ever. In fact, I love the Splenda has wonderful recipes and guides to replace sugar with a healthy alternative while never giving up the taste or replacing it with a bitter, chemical taste that often other sugar substitutes can do.

I drank lots of bottled water and when cake time rolled around, I grabbed a handful of grapes I had packed and told myself NO.

I often read a lot of other weight loss and healthy lifestyle blogs where people allow for bad days or "just a few won't hurt" mentality. I am sorry, but that theology just won't work for me. Do I want to go back to the way things were? NEVER.

I made these REALLY YUMMY pumpkin, carrot, oatmeal, spice muffins this weekend both in regular size and in mini muffin size. I packed them into serving sizes for HWM and myself. Each large muffin had 67 calories and only 1 gram of fat...They are called Weight Watchers 2 point muffins and really they are so delish and EASY. Just four ingredients and nothing more. After I bagged them, they went into the freezer, so bingeing would not be an option.

1 Carrot Cake Mix
1 15-oz can of pumpkin puree
1 cup water
1 cup of rolled oats

So, I didn't fall off the wagon, my party experience wasn't dampened by eating differently than everyone else, and the happiness I felt the next morning having accomplished another huge mountain in my quest to change my life was met. The definition of insanity is to keep living life the same way, but expecting different outcomes. I am ready to live my life a different way and that means changing everything in my life. FOREVER.

Friday, September 4, 2009

My Problem

My biggest stumbling block in trying to lose weight and get healthy is me.

For so long, I have beat myself up. Talked myself down. I have convinced myself that I am not worth the time or effort or expense.

I realized how deeply ingrained this is when I read a statement on the blog that Marlene introduced us to. I went back to see her from the beginning. And I read a statement about how she would not buy clothes when she was at her heaviest because a little voice would tell her that she wasn't worth the money.

I cannot tell you how many times I have been shopping and I either don't buy anything or I buy something that I really don't like but it is cheaper. I can hear that voice in my head saying "Why spend the money when it will look like crap anyway?" For many, many years, I didn't darken the door of a salon because I didn't feel worth the expense.

No wonder I felt like I looked like crap. Because I did! I didn't bother with doing my hair or putting on makeup or even painting my toenails. (And I dearly love my toenails painted!!) I didn't bother because I never felt worth the time or effort or expense.

I wasn't even worth the effort to eat right. We all know that eating right takes time and preparation. I didn't even feel like I was worth that.

Vol Fan and I have this little thing that we do. If I am in the kitchen and he walks by and grabs a handful of my fanny, I'll say "Watch it, mister. That's my ass!" Stupid, I know. But it's what we do;) Somewhere along the line, my reply has morphed into "That's my fat ass!"

When we are intimate, I freeze up if he touches my stomach. That same little voice in my head tells me how unattractive that stomach has to be to him.

I have got to stop this destructive voice from playing and replaying in my head.

So I am trying to retrain that little voice to encourage rather than discourage. I have gone back to "that's my ass" in my reply to Vol Fan. If I am having a good hair day, I tell myself just how good it looks.

If I'm not having a good day in the looks department, I find something else to focus on. Last week, Pita told me I was the best aunt ever, almost as good as Santa Claus. So I grabbed on to that for a few days.

I will retrain that voice because I am worth it. And so are you.

Festive Friday

This has been a great week for me. I have stayed on track!

I have had plenty of water with limited alcohol intake.

I have walked a mile twice a day four days and will do it again today.

I have had plenty of fruits and veggies. I had pizza once (three slices dammit). It sure was good too! That was my carb rush for the week OK? My fiber intake is keeping things moving.

My Dr's appointment went well yesterday. I had a good report. My iron count was a little low(from the meds) but the multi-vitamins should care for that. I have been less tired this week and I feel pretty darn good right now. My thyroid treatments will end on November 5th! I see light at the end of this tunnel!

So I weighed in this morning with 2 more pounds lost~ a total of 9 pounds so far! I'm feeling a little festive!

Weekly Update Number 1

My Week In Review:

1. Exercise: I started power walking twice a day which is a HUGE step for me because I am finally moving and it both feels great and is helping get these pounds moving in a negative direction. I am also working out with 1 pound weights every other day. I have to stop occasionally, but that is okay because eventually I won't have to. I am walking further and longer each day...point the point is, I am moving. Eventually, I want to get a bike and sometime after the new year, I want to join a gym.

2. Healthy Eating: This is going really well. I have been eating 3 well balanced, and "Clean" meals and one snack a day. I don't eat after 7pm and I don't eat carbs after lunch. I keep a notebook of everything I put into my mouth...even if it is a piece of gum. I know that may sound obsessive, but with a tendency to overeat or eat subconsciously, this is really helping to keep an accountability factor in my daily life. I am currently consuming about 1,800 calories a day, but am not counting them...I know through much practice how to stay near that goal number.

3. Water: Drinking lots of water...sometimes to the point where I think I might float away. I still have been true to myself, by not drinking soda's either diet or otherwise.

4. Self Talk and Stress: I am practicing being my own cheerleader more and not listening to those tapes of negativity that are stuck in my brain. I plan, plan, plan...and I anticipate. I have to until I know there is no way I can be derailed by unexpected events. The added bonus of the exercise is that it helps a lot with stress.

Hard Working Man agreed to take my initial start photos. These were taken last Friday, August 28, 2009. My weight was 261.4 I look at that ass and cringe...where in the hell did that thing come from? It has to be a tumor. One good thing is on it's way outta here! The second photo should be a poster that reads....THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU OVER EAT AND DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!!!

One thing I notice is...I was standing up straight, but because the size of my middle, it looks like I was hunched over. This was a very sad woman who was using food as a drug...not any more.

Now...the part we have all been waiting number for this week is: 258.2!!!! I have lost 3.2 pounds this week. I can not begin to tell you how excited I am. I feel like for the first time, I am changing my life for the better. Like I said before, this is not a diet for is a life style change.

Would everyone else, PLEASE do me a favor and post your updates...the good, the bad...I don't care if you get on here and tell me to just shut up. I don't want to be the only one posting...and your posts really do help me so much...they encourage me and when I get those quick pangs that I can't or don't want to do this...reading them puts me right back on track.