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Color me Excited!

I signed up for the Color Run today! It’s coming to Kansas City June 30th. I’m so excited!! Not only is it going to be a huge race for runners, walkers, old & young, but it’s a huge party at the end.  I’ve seen pictures from other sites around the country and it just look likes the most fun a race can be.

Not only will my teammates & I have a good time, but we’ll also be raising money for the Ronald McDonald House at the same time.


Week 7/52: Goals Check-in

Knock on wood, send up some prayers – it appears that our plumbing issues are over.  This past week we continued our quest to find the reason our washer draining would result in basement flooding.  Our plumber heard from us again early in the week and once again dragged his equipment over to snake the drains.  This time he managed to snake all the way out to where our main drain meets up with the city sewer lines and hit some big ol’ chunk o’something at the junction.  Since then knock, knock no issues.  We are now slowly catching up on laundry and maybe someday we will get all boxes back in the basement and my car can go back in the garage!

All things considered, this past week seemed to go pretty well. Let’s see how this week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK! The good, the bad and the ugly – I really made sure I logged whatever I ate.  Even that Sonic bacon cheeseburger and tater tots on Fat Tuesday…  that was the only splurge though, so I am okay with that! Remember – if you use My Fitness Pal, please add me (dizzymomma) as a friend so we can keep each other accountable!
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I think I cooked a couple of nights.  Wednesday I made this tilapia dish with tomatoes and artichoke hearts.  The hubby thought it was great, but I felt it was lacking something and it still tasted a LOT like fish… and I still have some leftovers.  I am tired of eating it!  Thursday night I made a really yummy homemade pizza – BBQ chicken pizza.  I was a little wary because I’ve never really thought bbq sauce belonged on pizza, but this was actually really good and super easy!  We had enough rotisserie chicken left from the bbq pizza, that I made a chicken alfredo pizza on Saturday night.  I was quite impressed with it (if I say so myself!) and again, it was really easy.  Start with one whole wheat pizza crust (I used Mama Mia’s from our local Wal-Mart), then top with 3 Tbls. Bertolli Garlic Alfredo sauce.  Layer on sliced red onion, 1 1/2 C. diced rotisserie chicken and a couple of large handfuls fresh spinach.  Dot with 3 more Tbls. alfredo sauce. Then top with 2 C. (1 bag) Kraft Italian blend cheese.  Bake following crust directions. I may have let our pizza go a minute or two longer than it should, but aside from the very edge, it was tasty! I should have taken pictures of all the steps, but I never think of the picture process thing that so many of you wonderful bloggers think of, so below is a picture of the half-eaten result!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  I have not had sweets since last Tuesday.  I did have Coke Zero with lunch on Saturday, but none of the obvious things I am eliminating.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. CHECK! I exercised in the afternoon a couple of days, which felt really unusual since the sun was shining, but it was also a little energizing to see some light as I walked! My knee still bothers me when I do the elliptical, so I’m wondering what is going on?  It feels uncomfortable under the knee cap.  And one day last week I went to put my right knee on the couch to peer out our window and I couldn’t do it!  It was so uncomfortable I had to hop up right away.  It’s really not that painful, just uncomfortable. It no longer looks swollen either…hmmm…. thoughts from you guys?
  • Participate in a 5K So now the Color Run has moved the KC date to June 30th… and registration opens this Tuesday at 6 a.m.!  I cannot wait to register!!  Just hope my knee will cooperate so that I can train and at least run part of it. 
  • Get more sleep. Well…. I have been getting more sleep, but it’s been on the couch!  I have been zonking out on the couch this week and not waking up until 3:30, 4:00 a.m. then crawling in my own bed where I can’t fall asleep for what feels like forever.  At least I’m sleeping earlier.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight New weight is posted on my stats page!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. WOW!  Again, I cannot believe how well this is going and I’m nervous that I will sabotage my efforts just because I am scared of all the changes I’m going through.  I absolutely loved that when I walked into work on Wednesday people instantly noticed that I am slimming down.  I heard, “you’re lookin’ good!” and “hey, skinny!” I was so flattered and I actually accepted the compliments instead of blowing them off (which is really difficult for me). Since I have already lost over 20 pounds, my new goal is to have lost 30 pounds by my birthday, which is in April!  My hubby & I also need to find time for a date since that’s my next reward I have earned (I’m kind of behind on indulging in those!). Next up – a new pair of workout shoes! 21.4  pounds down, 28.6 to go!!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 6/52: Goals Update

Have you ever seen the movie Money Pit? I have started to worry that’s where my house is headed. Our family is now heading into week 3 of not having a reliable drainage system. This means we cannot use the dishwasher, hand wash dishes (more than a couple at a time at least) and no using the washing machine. We thought all of our plumbing and drainage was fixed on Friday, but Sunday night as my hubby and I were working to rebox things in the garage and move them back into the basement and the washing machine was going, water started running into the garage from the wall adjacent to the laundry room – Flood #2. Fabulous. I’m a bit tired of us shop vac-ing the laundry room floor at 10:00 pm. So after being all excited that I woud go grocery shopping and cook healthy meals this coming week, we are in limbo again and eating whatever I can find that is lower calorie at fast food restaurants. So let’s hope Bob Harper and the folks at the Biggest Loser never read this. This season they are all about a Season of No Excuses. Bob probably would tell me I should have washed my dishes with the spigot outside or in the bathtub! My other excuse is that there were a few less structured meals that I didn’t have control over, such as parent teacher conference night where I did my best to guess how many calories I ate; the inservice the next day when my colleagues and I went out to eat and the kiddie birthday party where I had to guesstimate how many hundred calories of birthday cake I ate…. Again, Bob would have said i should have packed my dinner, packed my lunch and only ate the cake if it were whole wheat, egg free with sugar free icing (yeah, right). But as always, I’m keeping it real and honest, so here’s the scoop on the progress of my goals. Let’s see how this week went (all things considered):

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK! I did my best this week, but this has been a wacky week. I have definitely learned I am not ready to have a lot of freedom with food choices. My estimates I had to make probably weren’t 100% accurate.
  • Follow my E-mealz Portion Controlled plan. Nope and boy do I miss my emeals! I know I complain about having to cook and clean and even though I love eating out (well, I don’t love eating fast food this much, I would much rather be eating at 4 star restaurants!), I am really looking forward to having a home cooked meal again!!!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I’ve decided to start when Lent starts. Even though, I had been better about at least reducing my sugar… Yeah this week not so much. There was definitely some emotional eating and not so mindful eating. Thank you stress!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. I managed four days at the gym and one day at home. Saturday I busted my butt with laundry, cleaning the basement floor and repacking boxes to move them back in the basement, but it seems like I get to do basement floor all over again.
  • Participate in a 5K I would like to participate in the color run, but they still haven’t opened registration!! I hope they plan to extend their cheaper registration rate deadline.
  • Get more sleep. Nope, still haven’t accomplished this one! But I read a really good article on the Huffington Post yesterday about getting more sleep and I am going to try their tips this week. Mini goal for this week: 2 nights in bed by 10:00 pm.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight I haven’t posted much this week, but hope you have read a little.
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. So last week I said, “This seems to be going much better than expected.” Enter excuses mentioned above and I gained nearly a pound this week… Oh well, it is a new week and I am still 18 pounds lighter than I was 6 weeks ago, so I am still positive that I am doing things right (as long as I have more structure!) 18 pounds down, 34 to go! Oh! I have a new deadline! I purchased a Groupon today for a spa day. The Groupon has to be used by August 22. So if I lose 45 pounds by then, I get a spa day!!! You can read more about my rewards here.

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Recreate A Relaxing Spa — At Home: via HuffPost

I think a little pampering at home may be something to do at the end of a busy week!

I could definitely see adding this into my rewards. Maybe treat myself every time I lose 5 pounds.

How do you pamper and make time for yourself at home?

Week 5/52: Goals Check-in

At the end of each week, for my accountability I am going to check on the progress of my goals. Let’s see how this week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK! I had a couple of days over my calorie goal, but I made sure that I exercised hard the day after and stayed below my weekly calorie goal. I am actually surprised how easy it is to stay within my calorie budget – as long as I exercise! I have been on 1400 calorie diets before and I felt extremely restricted. It would seem like I would run out of calories before dinner, but this has been a completely different experience. This time I have about 1300 calories and it doesn’t seem as difficult. Maybe it’s because I am exercising or because I am actually tracking every bite that goes in my mouth consistently? Overall, I haven’t felt deprived very often – I’m even eating food that tastes good! What a concept!! OH yeah – if you use My Fitness Pal, please add me (dizzymomma) as a friend so we can keep each other accountable!
  • Follow my E-mealz Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! (ok, sort of) This week has been a little nutty with our plumbing issues. So, to avoid having many dishes to wash, one night we got Subway footlongs and ate half one night and half another. Wednesday I went out to eat with my good friend Jacki after we had pedicures. (I had salad, but it was still probably more calories than I would have liked… oh well it was deeeelicious!) But other than that, I’ve been consistently eating home-cooked meals. I am getting very good at measuring and weighing ingredients and portions so that I KNOW what I’m eating.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I’ve decided to start when Lent starts. I will be eliminating the obvious stuff. Candy. Cookies. Brownies. Even though I haven’t officially started this, I have already noticed I am turning down candy when offered, I am opting for diet pop and I have even told my secret pal at work that while I love the treats she leaves me, I have given up sweets. These are little victories that will add up in a big way! I still feel like what I’m doing now is (obviously) working so I don’t want to change it so much that I feel deprived and fall off the wagon.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. I managed four days at the gym and one day at home. That would be the day that I stepped in a puddle of water right before I planned to leave for the gym. I think moving boxes at 6 a.m. qualifies as a workout!
  • Participate in a 5K I would like to participate in the color run, but they still haven’t opened registration!! I a getting a little impatient… Gee, imagine that. Me? Impatient?
  • Get more sleep. I never thought something I enjoy so much would be so hard to do!! I am still having a hard time getting to bed before 10:30, but as I said before, I feel like my eyes open just a little easier in the morning now than they used to.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight I haven’t posted much this week, but hope you have read a little.
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. This seems to be going much better than expected. As I mentioned above, my friend Jacki and I got pedicures last week. My pedi was for losing 10 pounds and I had promised her a pedi for her birthday from (I’m embarrassed to say) October. We had a blast getting our toes done, catching up and having a bite to eat! Totally wonderful reward night! href=””>20120215-205529.jpg
    At the end of last week, I was only a little more than a pound away from my 15 pound reward to buy a new piece of exercise clothing. I have met that goal! So now I just need to find the time to go shopping for a new sport bra. After weighing on Monday, I am now just a bit more than a pound away from having lost TWENTY pounds! Twenty pounds has always sounded like it’s so unattainable that I cannot believe in a little more than a month I am nearly there!!! 18.8 pounds down, 33.2 to go!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?



Seen at the gym this morning.

Love notes

Things have been hairy and now it is less than 48 hours until Valentine’s Day and I have given very little thought as to what to do for my hubby to show how much I care. I have been so wrapped up in my own personal stuff – weight loss stuff, eating healthy stuff, etc.   Then last week we were both wrapped up in the plumbing stuff, that I just “realized” that V-Day is Tuesday.  Oops.

About 6 months ago my husband did something very sweet for me! I had been down in the dumps, feeling “fat”, unworthy of anything, especially a loving husband and I was convinced that nobody and especially he found me pretty.  I am sure I said some unkind words and went to bed in a bad mood, but the next morning I awoke to our bathroom mirror covered in sticky notes. In the middle was a sticky that said, “What makes my wife pretty to me?” And here are all the reasons.  My husband also challenged me to come up with ways I am pretty, but I’ve only thought of one (he took all the easy ones!).

The stickies are still sticking quite well to the mirror and there are some mornings when I read each one and have a bit of a Stuart Smalley moment.

If my husband can do this in one evening, then surely I can do something to show I love him; it might not be a grand gesture, but I do have a few ideas!

Week 4/52: Goals Check-in

I have been on this journey for an entire month now!  I have lost 13.8 pounds! I must be doing something right, so let’s check in on this past week (Sorry things have been a little delayed, which you can read about here.):

  • Log my food & exercise. CHECK! I think all days last week were below my calorie goal, even with the Super Bowl and some meals out. If you use My Fitness Pal, please add me (dizzymomma) as a friend so we can keep each other motivated!
  • Follow my E-mealz Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I continue to be impressed with the variety of recipes offered by e-mealz.  Even my toddler likes most things, although Monday night he declared, “don’t yike it!” when we had shrimp (although he’s eaten it several times before). This week I’m looking forward to making a barbecue chicken pizza for Friday’s dinner. By the way, E-mealz has changed their name to Emeals in case you are looking into subscribing to them (and they are still just $5 per month). They have also started offering a meal plan for Whole Foods market, which I would look into if we had one of those closer.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I’ve had mixed feelings starting this.  Part of me just wants to wait a couple more weeks until Lent starts and just start it then, and part of me wants to just say “forget it” because I’m losing weight steadily and then the other part of me says to just “suck it up now or suck it in later.” For the most part, I do not eat a lot of added sugar.  I’ve been enjoying a lot of fresh and frozen fruit over the last month and drinking very little pop.  If I do drink pop it’s diet, but usually not more than 1-2 a week.  I should probably cut out the frozen yogurt I sometimes eat and the occasional snack size McFlurry, but then I justify those treats with “if I have the calories left for the day, why not?”  What would you do? Advice, please!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. CHECK!! I DID IT!!!!!!!!! I walked on the treadmill everyday last week.  I managed a few days of interval walking – with maintaining a minute around 3.4 mph and a recovery of a minute and a half at about 2.8.  Sometimes my knee still bothers me and it’s difficult to squat or kneel, but I think I am fairly well recovered!
  • Participate in a 5K. Nope -I tried to register for The Color Run yesterday, but the website still said, “Registration Opens Soon.”  I will be checking daily!
  • Get more sleep. I still may never manage to be in bed before 10:00 p.m., but my morning wake-up seems to be getting easier.  I am usually up about 5:15 a.m. and at the gym by 5:45 a.m.  It’s becoming so automatic now that  I don’t really grumble that much any more!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. CHECK!! Hope you have been following! You can follow by e-mail by clicking the link to the left of this post. 
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I LOVE MY NEW SCALES!  This sucker is ACCURATE! Both my husband and I weigh 10-12 pounds less on the new scales than we did on the old dial-type scales we had.  If you are in the market for new scales, I highly recommend these! You can read reviews on it at Amazon. The highlights: it was inexpensive, has a digital display to the nearest tenth, only has to be calibrated if you move it (and calibrating is easy as well) and it’s consistent. One of the other fabulous things? According to these scales, I weigh less than my husband. 🙂 Fourteen pounds down, 38 to go!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Frustrating week! …and it’s only Monday!

Tonight I was planning to update my progress on my goals because last week was a great week and I am excited to share my progress. My house has other ideas! My husband and I have been battling plumbing problems often since we moved into our house seven years ago and today we hit the jackpot. After I got dressed to go workout this morning, I ran downstairs to move the clothes to the dryer from the washer since we did a load before bed last night. That’s when I stepped in a puddle of water… Joy! I ran upstairs and woke my husband up. In a few minutes we were able to figure out that the drain in our basement bathroom popped its plug (we don’t use it and had it plugged after other plumbing problems) and leaked water across our laundry room and into the living area of our basement. Thankfully, most of our belongings were already in plastic containers, so we didn’t have much damage. Our flooring wasn’t even affected. We spent the day cleaning up our basement… and then the flood happened again when I washed dishes while my husand gave our son a bath. We are exhausted and worried about the moolah we will be shelling out to have our drainage fixed!! So I promise my update is coming and I have lots of good news to share, but I just don’t have the energy at the moment.

Here’s to a better Tuesday!

Big Games & Skinny Snacks

My husband and I have different…. um…. tastes? when it comes to college teams.  I prefer to support the blue & red of KU, he the black & gold of MU.  Hence the Border Showdowns are always a big deal in our house.  Along with the Border Showndown this weekend is the Super Bowl!  I really don’t care about the Giants or Patriots, but I love the commercials and hope my little boy won’t make us miss anything (thank goodness for DVR!).  But one of the other highlights of all these fun sports weekends are the SNACKS!  Now, normally we would head on over to Wally World and peruse the frozen food snacks and load up our cart with pizza rolls, mozzrella sticks, loaded potato skins and then go find the chips and dip, maybe some cookies or brownies… <squealing tires> NOT THIS YEAR!!!

Enter… Pinterest!  If you are not yet a member of Pinterest, leave a comment below with your e-mail and I will be happy to invite you! So when I knew I was not going to allow myself to eat the frozen food fest, I searched on Pinterest for “skinny receipes.”  I found some fantastic sounding recipes (check out my Skinny Recipes To Try pinboard).  So for the big games this weekend I whipped up Skinny Seven Layer Bean Dip,  Salsa Roll-Ups,  Mozzarella Sticks and Crab Rangoon.  We haven’t tried the Mozzarella Sticks yet, but the recipe sounds A-mazing!  I also played with the Skinny Seven Layer Bean Dip and Roll Ups to make them even skinnier!  Here are the recipes with the calorie counts as calculated by My Fitness Pal.

Skinny Seven Layer Bean Dip

  • 1 (15 1/2 oz) can fat-free refried beans
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Kraft 2% Cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 tomato, chopped

1. Mix beans, chili powder and cumin together; spread onto bottom of a 9 inch pie pan.

2. Top with layers of remaining ingredients and refrigerate several hours.

3. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Yield: 32 Servings
Serving Size = 2 tbsp per serving. 25 Calories per serving

Skinny Salsa Roll-Ups

  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. your favorite salsa
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inch)
  • 1/2 cup mexican style 2% milk finely shredded cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder


1. Mix  cream cheese and salsa; spread onto tortillas. Top with remaining ingredients.

2. Roll up tortillas tightly. Cut each crosswise into 5 slices

10 Servings (2 little roll-ups per serving) 78 Calories per serving.

Baked Crab Rangoon

They aren’t nearly as pretty looking as restaurant crab rangoon!

  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 14 won ton wrappers
  • 1 small green onion
  • 4 oz surimi imitation crab (I used one can of real crab)
  • 3 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese

In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Stir in crab and onion.

Place 2 teaspoonfuls in the center of each wonton wrapper.

Moisten edges with water; bring corners to center over filling and press edges together to seal. Cover crab rangoon with damp paper towel as  you work to keep wontons from drying out.

Place on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray or parchment paper.

Lightly spray wontons with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake at 425 °F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 14 Crab Rangoon (2 Per Serving) 78 Calories per serving.

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

  • 12 sticks part-skim, reduced sodium mozzarella string cheese (Sargento)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 2 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • olive oil cooking spray


Cut cheese in half to give you 24 pieces. Place cheese in the freezer until cheese is frozen.

In small bowl, whisk the egg.  Place the flour on another small dish.  In separate bowl,combine bread crumbs, panko, parmesan cheese and dried parsley.

Dip the frozen sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then coat with the crumbs. Repeat this process with the remaining cheese placing them on a tray with wax paper. Place cheese back into the freezer until ready to bake (this is a must or they will melt before the crumbs get golden).

When ready to bake preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with oil.Place frozen cheese sticks on baking sheet.  Spray the tops of the mozzarella sticks with a little more oil and bake in the bottom third of your oven until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes.  Turn and bake an additional 4 – 5 minutes watching them closely so they don’t melt.

Makes 24 pieces. 2 pieces per serving. 87 Calories per serving.

What yumminess (skinny or otherwise) are you enjoying for the Super Bowl?

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