Weigh In 12-9-17: What’s in a Name?

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Well now they’ve gone and done it.  30 Smartpoints is no more, making my blog name out of date.


It’s okay though.  30 Smartpoints got me to where I am, so I’ll wear my old-fashioned name like a badge of honor!

Weigh in was good as I was down .4.  I’ve slowly been creeping to 65 pounds lost, which isn’t my goal but the body wants what the body wants.  I’m currently 5 pounds under said goal, so Imma keep doin’ what I’m doin’ and see how it all shakes out.

Except there is a new plan.

But the old plan works great.

Then I think about when they changed to Smartpoints.

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Weigh In 11-25-17: Yes I Went

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So I weighed in the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and I lost .4 pounds.


Yep.  I lost weight.  I wasn’t even trying to lose weight.  Please don’t come looking for me so that you can kick my ass or anything.

I’m sure most of it was because I cooked the dinner.  Like the whole dinner for 20 some odd people.  I remember Thanksgivings past, when my Mom would cook dinner and sit there at the table and not really eat.  She always used to say that after cooking day and night she didn’t feel like eating it.

I now know what she means.  I didn’t feel like eating any of it either.  Watching friends and family enjoy my efforts was more than enough for me, and while I nibbled here or there I really didn’t overindulge at all.

Even if I would have I would have accepted it.  It’s just one day.  The really important thing is what you do the day after.  Do you get back on the wagon, or do you say “Screw it, I blew it so I might as well eat my way through a river of mashed potatoes and gravy with a side of pumpkin pie”.

Even if you did a backstroke through mashed potatoes it’s not to late.  That’s the beautiful thing.  Even if you had a calorie laden breakfast this morning it’s not to late.

You can restart RIGHT NOW.  Not tomorrow, not at dinner, but right now.

The choice is up to you and what you want.

In other news, I’ve received quite a few messages about the recipes on my blog, or more pointedly the lack of recipes on my blog.

Here’s the deal peeps.  Every recipe that I put on this blog I make at least 3 times before I post it.  I’ve had to many recipe fails from other blogs where they have this beautiful picture and it looks so delicious and it turns out nothing like that without Photoshop and the power of filters.

I won’t post recipes just to post recipes.  Food is expensive.  I assume most of my readers are all trying to at the very least eat healthy, and at the very most lose weight.

Nothing will send me into dialing the pizza dude more than a ruined dinner when I’m hangry, so I only post the tried and true.  This blog is not about how many readers I have or how much money I can make off of them, which is a good thing since I make none.

It really is about helping people, and I’m not going to post a bunch of crap that could possibly derail people.

Also, food’s expensive y’all.

I do have a few in the works right now, and they’ve been through #2 trials.  I can’t make them over and over right in a row though or I’ll derail myself by not mixing up my dishes, and we can’t have that.

So for all of you wondering where are the damn recipes there you have it.  I hope you understand.

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Weigh In 11-18-17: Gobble till ya Wobble

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So I had an awesome weigh in and that two pounds from my Vegas vacation is history!

What did I do?

I just got right back on my program when I got home.  Actually I got back on program the day I left Vegas, and haven’t looked back.

It gets me to thinking about the upcoming food holiday to end all food holidays – Thanksgiving.  There were a lot of questions floating around our meeting this week, and the big one was:

Are you going to track?

Oh of course I am.

At least as best as I can.  Will I stay within my Smartpoint range?  All signs point to no…but I’m okay with that just like I was okay with packing on two pounds during my two week vacation.

I’ve been at the weight loss thing for years.  YEARS.  After being around the block a time or 20 I’ve learned something:

One day/vacation does not make or break you.

What will break you my friends is not returning to your regularly scheduled program.

I made a deal with myself when I was in Vegas.  If I wanted a Sprinkles Cupcake, I was going to have a Sprinkles Cupcake.  If I wanted Crepes with hazel nut and homemade whipped cream, I was having it.

If I wanted a margarita the size of my head, I was going to drink it.

That was only the first part of the deal though.  The second part was I would track it.

I didn’t just take a vacation from Weight Watchers.  Oh some of those days have over 120 Smartpoints.

But I tracked it as best as I could.  Tracking is a part of my life now, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

The third part of the deal is that vacation would not slide into the next week and next week and week after that.

You see it isn’t a holiday or vacation or a birthday that kills us.  It’s the day after those things that kill us.

It’s the “Well I was bad so I might as well enjoy myself for a few more days” mentality that is going to kill your progress.

So this Thanksgiving I’m going to have mac n cheese.  I’m going to have one of my fabulous pecan pie cupcakes (24 smartpoints alone!).  I’m sure my tracker will go into convulsions but I will track everything.  Every. Single. Thing.

Trust me, I won’t do near the damage I would do it I wasn’t tracking.  It makes you stop and think, even if you have given yourself permission to go over your Smartpoints for the day.

Come Black Friday, it’s back to my 30 (36) Point Life.

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Weigh In 10-17-21: Vacation Mode!

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So I’m still here peeps!  I’ve been meaning to write this since weigh in last week but I’ve been busy.

I also lost another half a pound at weigh in, but I’m chalking that up to the normal fluctuations in weight that everybody has.  I think I’m finally leveling off. There has also been another new development:


Now for those of you who don’t know me personally I work more than most.  Like I probably put in the hours two average people work each week, so when I do finally have some time off I have a lot of things to get done.

Like getting rid of all those clothes that don’t fit me anymore.

I mean even those “skinny” clothes from back in the day are way to big now.

My first week was slotted for doing all those pesky tasks that need completed, and the second week I’m headed to my annual Halloween trek to Vegas.  I worked really hard this week and need a vacation from my vacation!

I’ve made the decision to not stress to much about going over my Smartpoints and the possibility of gaining weight.

Wait, what?

Oh I plan on tracking it all – for sure.  That is part of my life now, but I’mnot going to stress over not eating this or not drinking that.

If I think back to a time in the distant past when I was a normal weight, I never thought about “oh, if I eat this I’m doomed!”  I would maybe indulge a bit and then when I got back home just go back to normal and whatever damage was done would naturally fall off.

I didn’t starve to lose the couple of pounds, hell sometimes I didn’t even gain any weight.  It’s when you start playing those games in your head that you sabotage that.

Will I just go hog wild?  No.  Will I drink a margarita the size of my head?  Probably.

Will I track it all?  You betcha!

That brings me to something else I wanted to ask you all.

And by you all I mean:


Yeah, those are some of the stats for my blog.  I blows me away at how many people actually read what I write, and from all over the world!

Anyway, all 138,000 and some change of you – I want to do a Q&A post when I get back next week.  If you have a question you’d like covered please include it in the comments.  I get tons of questions.

Some people message my Facebook Page or my personal one which is worse because it goes into some other folder that I forget to check all the time.  Some people ask in my Weight Watchers Tough Love group, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

It’s hard to keep track of it all, so if you want a question answered about my weight loss thus far please comment! Hey, just comment and say I read your blog.  It’d make my day 🙂

Weigh In 10-14-17: Out of Town

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So I had my first weekend out of town since getting serious about my health last February.  I was gone Friday and most of Saturday, so I weighed myself Saturday night.

Stayed the same.  Yes!

I’ll admit I was nervous about eating everything out for a couple of days.  It’s so easy to let old habits just slip right back in.   I go to the Louisville KY Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular every year, and I wasn’t going to miss it this year due to Smartpoints.

It brought a question that I am asked over and over again to the forefront of my mind.

Do you really want to have to count points the rest of your life?

I mean do I seriously want to have to do this forever?  This weekend was just a warm up for my big vacation to Vegas in a couple of weeks.

Yeah, Vegas.  Land where the drinks flow and the food is plentiful and delicious.  Land where you revert to a 22 year old as soon as your plane lands.

So as I was faced with a buffet Friday night and wanted to have some adult beverages I found myself feeling a little weary about the whole deal.

Why should I have to always worry about this?

Then I snapped the hell out of feeling sorry for myself when I remembered going to this same deal last year.

I mean I didn’t have to pack a bunch of meds because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep without major acid reflux.  I mean it doesn’t even cross my mind anymore because it has completely went away.  This is amazing since all the health care professionals wanted to just throw me on medicine and my dietary changes fixed it without giving more money to the evil bastards in the pharmaceutical business.

This particular event also has long lines and you have to stand forever and a day.  Long walk from wherever you finally got to park – I mean it is really physical.  Last year my legs were killing me before we even got to the Pumpkin part and I couldn’t wait to get it over with so that I could freakin’ sit down.

I could have spent hours looking at the pumpkins this year, and I did.  Sitting down because my legs and knee were screaming at me didn’t even cross my mind.  I slept like a rock and didn’t have a jacked up knee for days after like last year.

So do I want to count Smartpoints the rest of my life?  Not really, but I’d much rather do that then miss out on experiences.  When you factor in the trade off there really is no other option.

Weigh In 10-7-17: How Important is Volume?

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We all want to hear it is not our fault.

It’s those damn carbs!

I ate to much dairy!

Gluten caused this!

People in my family are obese so I must be meant to be this way!

All the fat caused me to gain weight!

Low fat products are bad and I ate them!

It’s impossible to lose weight as you get older.

Now before you bring the pitchforks out know that I know some people really do have issues with  these things.  I know I myself have used several of these excuses over the year.  I wasn’t successful until I came to one solid conclusion:

I was fat and it was by my own doing.

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Weigh In 9-30-17: On My Oooown…

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Once again…

Anybody older than dirt like me and remember that song?  Loves me some Patti…

Anyway, so my weigh in was a little different this week because I didn’t go to weigh in.


I’ve missed three of my regular meetings since I went back.  They were all at the end of a financial quarter because my life becomes a living hell and I live at work the last few days of the month.

What I did do was weigh in at home, and I was half a pound less than last week, which means I stayed the same because my scale always weighs lighter at home.

Now I knew I wasn’t going to the next meeting.  I knew I was going to work and probably wouldn’t get back to a meeting for a week, maybe two.

And I stayed on track.  I followed the program.  You do not (or maybe you do) realize how big of an achievement this is for a serial Weight Watcher.

Let me break it down for those that don’t understand what I’m putting out there……

It’s my nephew Dominic’s birthday this week, and I have a tradition where I take my nieces and nephews shopping and out to eat for their birthday each year.  I never wanted to be the Aunt that bought them socks or something.

So we went to a burger place and then to get ice cream.  I had a cheeseburger and a small chocolate sundae.

Not the healthiest of food, but it is not realistic to believe you will never have these kinds of things again ever.  I knew I was going, I pointed out my food, and I enjoyed having dinner with a rambunctious soon to be 4 year old.

Now if this would have been me when I did the program previously I would have been all “Hot Damn!  I’m not weighing in so I can have what I want and have two weeks to make it up!”

Oh that small sundae would have been a big one….With whipped cream and nuts to boot.  The cheeseburger would have had double cheese and probably some onion rings to go with it.

And I would have felt miserable the whole rest of the day and more than likely night.

Instead I still made good choices and had a great time.  I wasn’t counting down the minutes in the store because I felt like total and utter crap, but enjoyed spending time with my nephew.

I didn’t feel deprived at all.  In fact, I should have felt deprived before because I wasn’t putting my best foot forward.  I wasn’t enjoying the experience, just the food.

The experience is so much better.

It gives me hope that I have really changed my mindset this time.  I always strove to do that, but in previous versions I was so focused on the scale and the little charms and all that junk that it was more of a competition with that damn scale instead of a program I was going to use to get myself good and healthy.

I’ve turned that corner.  I’m sure of it.