Saturday, October 29, 2005

Weekend shenanigans

Rambling: To speak or write at length and with many digressions
Annoying: To cause slight irritation to (another) by troublesome, often repeated acts

Yes, yes, my back is all better, so I have no excuse. I have to start working out again tomorrow, so that I might shore myself up against the onslaught that is holiday eating. So I had a final free day. Too much booze, perhaps, too many oldies. So do we accept that our eyebrows are falling out and that our hips are riddled with osteoporosis and decide to sit back and see what happens? Or do we take action and enjoy the life we have in spite of it? Do we decide to love those who love us or do we spend the rest of our time pining for the one that got away? Do we continue the pretense that everything is ok when it isn't? Should we read books that we hate just to say that we did? Tonight I don't know and I don't care. All I ask is that tomorrow I'm not too embarrassed by my own annoying rambling.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Recipe of the Week

...this one comes from Cookie at "Secrets from my Kitchen" - it's as healthy as pesto gets when you use fresh ingredients...and it's really good with your own homemade wheat pasta...yummy! btw, it makes a good dip too! Thanks, Cookie.

Zesty Pesto

2 cups firmly packed snipped fresh basil
1 cup snipped parsley
3/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, walnuts, or almonds
3 or 4 cloves garlic, quartered
2/3 cup olive oil

"Place basil, parsley, cheese, nuts, garlic, and salt in blender container or food processor bowl. Cover, blend with several on/off turns till a paste forms. With machine running slowly, gradually add the oil and blend until it's the consistency of soft butter. Scoop the pesto out of the bowl and place in a storage container. Refrigerate up to 1 month, or freeze until needed. Thaw pesto, if frozen, before using. Makes 2 cups. It can be served with linguine or spaghetti. I like it with penne pasta."

Monday, October 24, 2005

My Week

Last week was most definitely awful. The brows were falling, my cell phone bill fell upon me like the black death and Matt (fromThe Biggest Loser lost 0 lbs). So where am I at now? Well, I'm 99% certain that although I am still losing the occasional brow hair, they are growing back. Almost as fast as they fell out. So, far I've seen 3 doctors. All of which had no clue, no answers and out and out accused me of being crazy, abused and/or depressed.
Doctor: You seem depressed.
Me: I am, my eyebrows are falling out.
Doctor: Are you being beaten? What is it you aren't telling me? Why are you crying? It seems there is more going on here than this. Are you obsessed with catching a disease?
Me: (whips out gat) ....
Of course I'm exaggerating, but it's not too far off. Sometimes it would be nice to hear a doctor say "I just don't have a clue".
I have one more appt (dermatology) to keep, but since my fluffy friends are coming home, I'm feeling much better about the whole thing, and I'm convinced I was zapped with too much radiation when I had my back X-rayed. All these doctor visits did yield some interesting info. I now know my blood type and that I have a thyroid to be envied. As for the cell phone bill, all I can say is that it's good I don't want kids, b/c I'd never be able to send them to college after this. And Matt...hang in there, buddy, I know you can do it.
P, I'm working on it :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Shoe of the Week - Issue #9

As you can probably guess, I'm pretty bummed about the brows (more on that later)...So what does a girl do to cheer herself up? You know what they say. New shoes cure the blues! Okay so I didn't buy new shoes...but here's a great picture (if I do say so myself) of the Charles David slide wedges that I found at Nordstrom's Rack a while back. I don't know much about them, as they didn't come in a box and were crazy marked down. But I do know that they match my cute little purse, they make me taller, and they are super comfy, so....I give them 4 stars. I have to deduct a star for the missing box - I'm not a cave-girl, afterall. Happy shoe hunting, ya'll!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Quickie Update

  1. Appointment with endo doc Wed - check
  2. Eyebrows still in exodus - check
  3. Scale weight today - 113 lbs - okaaaaay - check
  4. Wanted to cuss at bad drivers but didn't b/c I realized I'm just extremely moody - check
  5. Updated blog with boring list - check

Sunday, October 16, 2005

An Open Letter to P. McCready

Dear P,
I want to thank you for the kind words and the concern, and I must tell you that the comments you have left on my blog have been a great source of delight for me. In fact, I was going to log-on today and post an invitation for you to make a tiny clutch out of my fallen friends, but you have beat me to the punch once again. I'm not sure if I really want to know the truth, but I'm beginning to suspect that we have met...perhaps at Forsythe Park or the Atomic Cafe? The game is afoot, P
:) -A
PS: In reference to the photo of the eyebrows - they aren't mine, but I have a feeling you already knew that. Toodles!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The sky is falling..., wait, it's just my eyebrows. That's right. My eyebrows seem to be vacating my face at an alarming rate. The test for my thyroid came back normal, so now I'm waiting to get in to see an endo doctor. If ANYBODY at all has had such a weird thing as this happen, I'd love to hear about it. And no, none of the rest of my hair is falling out - just my lovely brows....
I'll keep you posted...and now, a plea:
Dear Eyebrows,
I know you think I may have considered you a bit unruly in the past what with my plucking at you and all, but if you just come back, I promise you'll never see another tweezer gain. I miss you.
Love, me

Friday, October 14, 2005

Recipe of the Week

This recipe comes from Weight Loss Forum and was posted by Ian Mason ( Expert Author) yummy yummy!

Houston's Grilled Chicken Salad

Lime Dressing:
1/2 cup lime juice
4 teaspoons honey mustard
7 1/2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Peanut Butter Sauce:
4 tablespoons peanut butter
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons hot water
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon ground ginger

mixed greens
tortilla strips
sliced grilled chicken breast

Mix ingredients for lime dressing, then mix ingredients for peanut sauce.
Mix the salad ingredients with the lime dressing.
Drizzle peanut sauce on top.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Body for Life Challenge 2 Day ????

Ok, so I haven't been working out much because of this darned back injury. I keep trying to shoo it away, but it's pesky. The good news is I haven't gained any weight. The bad news is that my weight has probably stayed the same because I've lost heavy muscle and loaded up on light 'n fluffy fat. I feel squishy and gross. So, until I get back up and running with the weights, I'm gonna set myself up on an "all cardio all the time" plan. That should at least maintain me for a bit...I won't let this injury get me down, because as I'm sure you can tell from the picture, I have always been a rugged, grizzly, rough & tumble kinda gal. You can't see my left bicep in the shot because all my worthless, fishy victims are in the way, but trust's there. Pure determination.

This... for my brother. He's the 3rd one from the left.

Shoe of the Week - Issue #8

These Sketchers Honeys are some mucho cute shoes that I got for very cheap (about $20). They aren't the most well-made shoes as you can imagine, but I won't wear them often enough for that to be an issue. They aren't terribly comfortable either, as I usually get a blister on the top of my left piggy toe after 2-3 hrs wear time. Probably more than you wanted to know. Anywayz, I give these shoes 3 stars for cuteness, the fact that they can be worn with almost any breezy summer outfit, and for the fact that they make me at least 3 inches taller. Happy shoe hunting!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

About Body Fat

People keep asking me about measuring body fat and where I got my calipers.
Here's the address to a great site with lots of info and cool products. Go to:
or for the specific page with my calipers, try:


As you may have read, I broke my old blender (the pretty glass and chrome one) and went out and bought a Magic Bullet. At first I really liked the bullet, but I think I was just kidding myself. The cheap plastic is hard to clean after a good pounding with the protein shakes, the blades are cheap, so they don't grind ice as good as they did at first, and while the bullet can be used to chop veggies, it takes skill to be successful. I once tried to chop some onion and ended up with onion paste the consistency of a 7-11 slushie. The bullet is great for on the road travel because it's so small - never leave home without your protein shakes, I say. But in the end, I have to say it's not a fabulous everyday use blender. So...because of my constant whining, a friend replaced my old pretty glass and chrome number, so life is good again...Now I'm just waiting for the rubber flooring to be installed in the kitchen as to avoid further incidents...
On another note...I'm having some technical difficulties with the puter, so forgive me if the posting is a bit spotty right now.
Healthy day to all!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

And don't forget...

...I'm always on the look out for more success stories! So e mail me with yours! I also like to post your recipe ideas, and I'd love to hear from my ladies out there with tiny feet and fabulous shoes :)
Healthy day to all!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Guest Essay #3

Here's a success story from another gal I met here on the net, Irene. Great job, girl, keep up the good work!

My Journey To Fitness by Irene

April 2000 is about the time I decided I needed to do something to get my body back into shape. I had been in a car accident 2 years before , and needed hand surgery. I recovered and went through several months of physical therapy, but found myself somewhat dumpy looking and feeling like a typical 40 year old housewife, at 5 ft 3 in tall and weighing in at 150 pounds, around 32% body fat. I had read through the “Body For Life” book that a friend suggested and I decided it was a no-brainer plan to follow, and obtained a gym membership. I also signed up for 4 personal trainer sessions because I had no clue what to do in the gym; and these sessions turned out to be very helpful. I did my first BFL challenge exactly by the book, with little to no deviations. I lost 8 pounds in my first challenge. Several people asked me if I was disappointed for losing only 8 pounds. I was thrilled that I LOST 8 pounds. No, I didn’t have the results or the after pictures like the people in the book, but I had results. In my second challenge I changed my eating and workouts. I switched to having 2 free meals a week instead of a whole free day. The free day would make me physically sick, plus it would take me at least 3 days for my weight to regulate itself afterwards. I chose 2 separate days, Thursday lunch and Sunday breakfast or dinner, depending on what was happening that day. I also added 10 minutes to the BFL style high intensity interval training (HIIT) that I was already doing. I was also planning to run in my first 5k event and I needed the extra time to make sure I could manage a 5k distance with in 30 minutes or less, and I did. I lost and additional 10 pounds in my second challenge. I did a third challenge, keeping just about everything the same as my second, but just made sure I was hitting the highest intensities I could on my weights and in my cardio. After the third challenge is when I felt like I had the results I was after. I finally felt that I looked like an after picture. By the end of challenge 3, I weighed in at about 120 pounds, with about 20% body fat. Shortly after that I made even more strides and brought my body fat down to 16%. I was thrilled, to say the least. I was now wearing sizes I’d never fathomed. I fit into a 2. I had to keep rechecking the labels at the store to make sure they weren’t miss-marked.
One of my biggest obstacles on my road to fitness was dealing with less than supportive friends and family. They all thought I was nuts for starting to work out and get my act together, which came as a complete shock to me. I actually had one of my closest friends say to me “You’ll never have the body you had in high school.” That statement hurt and I was really upset at the time, but in a way that friend is right. I don’t have the body I had in high school… It’s better J … I’ve stuck with my fitness plan and now my friends and family come to me for eating and exercise advice.
Since starting my journey to fitness, I’ve accomplished a few goals that I had never set out to do before. I’ve participated in several running events since 2000… I even ran in my first marathon on June 5, 2005, just 5 days shy of my 46th birthday. This 46 year old grandma (yep, I’m a grandma) placed 2nd in her age group in a 5k run event on the 4th of July, 2005. Right now, I am still adhering to the BFL structure. I have just completed my 5th challenge, to get muscle tone back in the rest of my body AFTER marathon training. I’ve had my share of ups and downs over the past 5 years, but the good thing is that I realize I am empowered to get myself back on track. No one is going to do it for me. I have to be good to myself.
If you would like to contact Irene, you can write her at

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Food Tips

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