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Walk-It Challenge!

Today was the Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge. This is a 5K walk that happens all over the country. I tried to do it last year, and only made it one mile. I was very upset about it.

Today, hubby and I went out to the Emeryville Marina. It was a beautiful day and a very nice route. One of our local leaders had organized a team. We got started at 9 a.m. while it was still nice and cool. First mile, fine. By the end of the second mile, I was worried. Hubby had to encourage me the whole way. I didn’t quit. We finished.

I finished LAST out of hundreds of people. But dammit, I finished.

We are going to look for another walk to do together soon.


BIG Changes

Lots is going on. I have decided to have VSG (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) later this year. It is a type of weight loss surgery. It is similar to the gastric bypass, but doesn’t affect the colon. It leaves you with a very reduced stomach, and people lose weight quickly with it. It doesn’t fix everything, but it is a powerful tool. I know that people have strong opinions about surgery, but I will request that people do not tell me their horror stories. All surgeries involve risk, but the risk of weighing close to 400 pounds is greater.

You have to do all sorts of things to qualify for surgery. My insurance carrier requires six months of medically supervised weight loss. I have been going to Weight Watchers, which I will continue to do. (I don’t know if WW will kick me out after my surgery.) I have had the first two of six required monthly visits with the surgeon. I have had oceans of blood drawn. I met with a nutritionist and had a psych eval. (Both of these people were lovely, and I was pleasantly surprised.)

I am expected to change the way I eat before surgery. This means I have moved to a South Beach style diet. It’s a huge change for me. I had to open my mind to the kinds of things I like to eat. Most meals are protein and vegetables. I’ve been using some of the Hungry Girl recipes, which are really nice low calorie meals. I am eating meat. I am not thrilled about that. But I’m really tired of dragging this huge body around, and I’m willing to do what it takes.

I am also required to begin exercising daily, which I suck at. I am working on it. Tomorrow is the WW 5K Walk-It Challenge at the Emeryville Marina. Hubby is walking it with me, and I am looking forward to it.

Here is a great recipe that I tried tonight. We liked it a lot.

Today I slept super late. Like embarrassingly late. Here is what I ate:

Brunch: Scrambled tofu, that I made with tofu, cumin, turmeric, olives, salt and pepper. Ezekiel bread toast with apple butter.

Snack: Iced Soy Mocha (no whip) and cookie at Peets. Oops.

Dinner: Potato Leek Soup from Sarah Kramer’s La Dolce Vegan book, lowfat and awesome. 2 slices sourdough bread toasted in oven with garlic and herbs. Romaine and cucumber salad, no dressing.

Snack: Soy bologna sandwich with tofutti cheese.

Not a stellar day, but no diet coke, no animal products. So yay! Also, not to be gross, but I don’t have digestive problems when I eat my own cooking, which is a big plus.

Here’s a picture of salad!

I’ve been watching a lot of 30 Rock on Netflix lately, and I love it when Tina Fey is beguiled by food and says “I want to go to there!”

Anywho, I just finished this book:

Anyone who knows me knows that I have tried to “be vegan” so many times. I have cooked hundreds of vegan meals and loved them. But I always slip back to my old ways. It hurt me emotionally when I slip.

Today was day 1 of the 21 day kickstart for me. Dr. Barnard really breaks it down and makes it simple. For 21 days, eat a plant-based diet, and limit your fats. Don’t make yourself crazy. Each day has a daily reading that is helpful and keeps you on the right track. For me, it is just the right level of cheerleading.

So what did I eat today?

Breakfast was a pumpernickel bagel, toasted, plain (which was surprisingly delicious), coffee and soy milk. I picked out a banana but didn’t have time to eat it.

Lunch was two falafel patties, hummus, pita, greek salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, one dolma. Mixed fruit with grapes and melon.

Dinner was a bean and rice burrito with guacamole. This actually put me over the top of the calories I usually shoot for, but I never achieve that anyway, I usually go way over. I gave myself the gift of not eating sugar (aka grazing all day on sugar and feeling sick). I drank lots of water and seltzer, no diet coke. The diet coke thing does get challenging for me.

This is what I am doing for the next 21 days. I’m excited to see how it goes, and I’ll decide what to do when it’s over.

Thanks for reading!


As of this time tomorrow, I will have achieved my weekly goal: to have 6/7 dinners at home. No takeout, no restaurants. Tonight we had dinner number 5. This is a big accomplishment for me, because I get tired and whiny after work, and will talk hubby in to taking me to Red Robin or ordering pizza. So this week we were prepared.

I can’t share the specific recipes, because they are the property of Leanne Ely, The Dinner Diva. If you visit her website,, you can see the awesome things she does. For $20 you can purchase her 20 for the Freezer Vegetarian bundle. It rules.

We picked four things that hubby and I both thought looked good, and shopped on Sunday. I spent about two hours chopping, measuring and bagging items for the freezer. When I went to bed Sunday, we had four dinners (most serve two people for two nights) bagged and labelled and frozen. The night before you cook, place your bags in the fridge to defrost.

Come home, tired and whiney, and pull your bags out of the fridge. For example, tonight was Terikayi Broccoli Shrooms. I pulled out the bag of shrooms, started them cooking, and put on a pot of water for soba noodles. Put the veggie spring rolls (Ling Ling Brand, love them) in to bake. Back to mushrooms, add sauce packet (from ingredients measured and frozen), cook some more, add broccoli and carrots and heat.

Drain noodles, put mushroomy goodness on top, with two baked egg rolls on the side. Eat a yummy Friday night dinner that was not stressful to make, did not involve take-out, and had no msg or other unhealthy ingredients. (The egg rolls were all natural ingredients).

I love doing this. Sunday is officially my shopping/chopping day now. I hope that the Dinner Diva does not mind me posting about her recipe, since I didn’t give the actual recipe. I just wanted to show people how it worked. (I will send her the link, and if she does mind, I’ll pull it.)

And now I can see how I can apply some of these principals to my own favorite recipes. Here is a picture of tonight’s dinner, but it’s not a great picture. It was a great meal.

I was down 2.8 at my weigh in today! I am really happy with that. It gave me the push I needed to cook a good dinner and get all my food ready for tomorrow!

I have a cooler with five different small containers. I have them packed with English Muffin with Peanut Butter (Breakfast), which I’ll have with banana and coffee; cucumber slices with cheddar cheese; tofurkey sandwich with hummus on wheat (lunch); cherry tomatoes with blue cheese laughing cow; and a peeled orange. I’ll also pack an apple and some pretzels. I know it sounds like a lot, but I have a huge amount of points to get through, and I won’t eat it all if I’m not hungry.

We did a big grocery shopping trip at Trader Joe’s, so we have lots of good things in the kitchen now. HUGE organic granny smith apples were at a good price for a big bag.

Tonight we had tacos with ground turkey and LOTS of veggies. It was very satisfying.

Work is stressful right now, so the best things I can do are bring lots of healthy food, and go to the gym at lunchtime.

Thanks for reading!

No, I was not 100% with making healthy choices. But I did track all my WW points, and I’m on track. I am interested to see if I have a loss.

I’ve been reading Clean Eating Magazine a lot again lately. Tomorrow I am making a Red Thai Chili that looks great. The food all fits nicely in to WW, but sometimes it takes a long time. The chili is a quick one.

Work is really stressful, which makes me want to eat to escape, especially at lunch time.

I listened to people who are knowledgeable when they make suggestions. I really wanted chinese food yesterday, and my WW leader had posted that Beef with Broccoli was only 4 points a cup. It’s not my favorite kind of chinese food, but we got it and it was very satisfying.

I have a cold again, which is really frustrating, because it is keeping me out of the gym.

Christmas is almost here, which is good. I am going to be home with the hubby (and furkids of course), and we will probably play cards, watch movies, eat something I cook here and enjoy a day together away from work.

This weekend I am just going to relax and try to make some wrist warmers for my friend for Christmas. Look at the great crochet hook organizer I bought from Etsy!

Challenging ME

I just did a 35 minute seated yoga video. I’m happy that I did it. I keep trying to join challenges on various different websites, but the person I need to challenge is ME. My beginning fitness level is low, so this month I am focusing on some kind of exercise every day that I can do. Some days I might do more than one thing, for short periods at a time.

Thanks for listening.


I am at 380.8, which is two pounds down from the last time I weighed in at WW, but 0.8 up from my last Monday weigh in, so I will have to go with .8 up.

Up 6 pounds, to 380. It’s frustrating, but not surprising. We’ve been traveling to visit my hubby’s parents for the last six days. I ate drive thru twice TODAY.

In happier new, the new WW program launched this week, and it looks good, focusing on big picture nutrition.