10 Pounds in 10 Days? YIKES!

•March 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Well, I’m back from my Spring Break road trip and when I stepped on the scale it said I had gained 10 pounds! I nearly fell off the scale. After I caught my breath I realized it was 8 pm and I was in my heavy jeans and a sweater and we weight-conscious people know we have to wear the same thing to get weighed in and at the same time of the day. “OK”, I thought, “I’ll do this again in the morning. ”

Times-Colonist 20 March 2015

Times-Colonist 20 March 2015

It was a wonderful trip and I had lots of fun. The weather was spectacular and sunny warm at least one day and even the storms were worth watching. Up here in the Pacific Northwest there is an amazing tourist season called “Storm Watch”. Yep, they charge more for ocean front rooms where you can see the 30 foot waves and experience being blown across the sand by 70 mph winds! I got to shop with no sales tax even though I know I can claim a refund for stuff bought in Washington, it’s so much paperwork! I got to visit a few stores we don’t have in Canada; Lane Bryant, KMart, and Lincoln City’s Liquor Outlet. OK, it’s not exactly Roh-day-oh Drive.

Well, I got everything unpacked, filled the laundry hamper, and emptied the bags of stuff I bought. Finally we sat down and turned on the TV. I lasted one hour then had to go to bed. The next day, I got weighed again. I usually weigh myself in the morning after using the bathroom but before coffee. Sigh. I had gained weight – but only four pounds. Four pounds too many but not ten! I wasn’t surprised. Free breakfast every day, great restaurants, and stuff we see advertisements for but normally won’t eat.  For example – IHOP’s Cris-Croisant with lemonade filling and blackberry compote. And, did you know that Denny’s has lounges with Happy Hours that last all day and $1.50 beer? Of course, seafood lures almost everybody.

I ate too much of the wrong things and lots of the right things but “lots” is not a good serving measurement when you are trying to lose weight. I know what a good serving size is. But if you leave anything on your plate in the States, they get offended and think they didn’t serve you enough of the “good” food. So I take stuff back to the hotel room in a box. I don’t usually eat but, sometimes I do. There is a horribly fun, guilty pleasure to eating food from a cardboard container in bed watching a movie!

We’ve been home 3 1/2 days, laundry done and suitcases put away. There’s still relatively cheap gas in the car and the weight is coming off. Thanks for listening. ;D  Diane

The Sun Comes Out and There is Fruit Salad

•March 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday in Lincoln City it was cloudy-windy day! In fact, I was actually thankful to be my heavy weight, I didn’t get blown away! This beautiful, beach coast, Oregon city was beset with grey clouds and winds up to 70 miles (yes, miles not kilometers) an hour. The power went out briefly more than once. Even the radio station got knocked out by the wind. I really like Lincoln City.

fruit saladToday is Monday so beachfront rooms are cheaper but view is a million dollars. The sun is out and the breakfast room is open. They have biscuits and gravy, eggs, yogurt, breads, cereals, and fruit salad! I am enjoying fruit salad and I might a small croissant. Yes, white flour but this IS a holiday. I’m not very hungry this morning and we didn’t go out for supper last night. We went to a quaint little place called The Corner Cafe and had burgers. Oh my goodness or should I say badness. They were 1/2 lb burgers cooked to our specifications (medium) and served with onion rings or fries for only $7.95. I couldn’t even finish a half of one so we took all the leftovers back to our room for later. Later I couldn’t eat it all either so no need for anything else for supper. We did do a nice walk against the wind in soft to squishy sand and later I went swimming for 45 minutes. Yes, I had a double dip of exercise. Today will have more walking and the beach calls, too.

Enjoy your day and thanks for listening. It will be a low-guilt healthy day!  ;D Diane


Biscuits and Gravy or Waffles – The Traveller’s Choice

•March 14, 2015 • 1 Comment

Well, we just spent the first night of our spring break road trip in the States. We stopped at Lacey, Washington. It’s just across the street from Olympia, literally. Our hotel has a wonderful breakfast room with waffles; biscuits and gravy; boiled eggs; juices; cold and hot cereals; fresh fruit; pastries and bagels; and…French Vanilla cream for the coffee. Big sigh! I am surprised that there isn’t any yogurt. What will be my diet-friendly breakfast? Oatmeal?

I knew this was going to be a different stop when we went out at 8 pm for supper. There was a Denny’s right behind us so off we went. The lounge there had happy hour from 4 pm ’til closing. Norm and I looked at each other and almost in chorus, said, “Denny’s has a lounge?” And that’s the door we went in. Yep, it was a bar! And it had Denny’s menus. There was beer on sale for $1.50 a glass. PBR. I couldn’t figure out what PBR was but Norm figured it out – Pabst Blue Ribbon. The price made beer cheaper that pop. Sigh, I had to have a beer. And grilled chicken. It was nice and no bread or potatoes; grilled veggies and salad (Dr Fretz would have been proud of me).

waffleBut now it’s breakfast. The coffee isn’t too bad with milk in it. I pride myself on being a coffee snot and this isn’t a Pacific dark roast but I’m happy with whatever caffeine is offered. There is the French vanilla cream but the sugar content can’t be good for me. Milk will do. Now, waffles or biscuits and gravy? It’s a holiday so maybe…. more to follow over the next few days.

Thanks for listening.  ;D  Diane

Is It A Lie If You Don’t Get Weighed?

•March 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Liar scale I got to see my doctor today. It’s the day before I leave town for a conference and a road trip. I see my doctor about every two weeks to check on how healthy my blood pressure and weight are. My blood pressure is good and my cholesterol is fantastic. Thank you grape seed oil! But…and there’s always a but isn’t there? I didn’t get weighed. I know I had gained a wee bit since I was there last but I hadn’t weighed myself at home and didn’t want to have a heart attack right there in the doctor’s office while looking at the that t”tap-it” old school scale. So, I told the assistant that I didn’t need to get weighed this time. I told the doctor that I had a bad day or two but some good eater days as well. She gave me that “I’m tolerating you because I know you can do this” look and we talked about my brother’s heart attack. She made a lot of notes about that.

I also told her that Norm and I were going on a little road trip down the coast! It’s off-season all the way down the 101 in Washington and Oregon so off we go. I love the beaches, the sand, the surf, Kmart and no sales tax in Oregon. Sigh. There had better be cheap gas there, too. But I’m going to try NOT to have biscuits and gravy anywhere! I know what good ones taste like and I really don’t need any more.

I’m not lying if I’m not talking. I do want to lose weight and have a very serious goal before my right knee gets replaced and that’s at the end of May. Thank goodness for the Canadian health system – by the time the surgeons are done with me I will be the $2 million woman!!!

But I had better make it worth their while! And for my family and friends, too! I will be walking (I’ve brought my cane) and hope to do wee bit of swimming, too. Mind you that will be in pools because the Northwest Pacific ocean is pretty cold this time of year! We are no Hawaii or Bora Bora.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to post anything while we travel so I’ll leave it up to fate and motel WiFi! Thanks for listening. ;D  Diane

Spring Cleaning!

•March 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

We, here in Victoria, have been blessed with an incredibly mild and sunny winter and our flowers and trees are blooming all over. It’s now Spring Break, so no classes for two weeks. It came into my mind that it’s a great time to consider spring cleaning in all its aspects. My house needs a decent dusting and cleaning. It’s time to wash indoor windows, walls, curtains etc. I need to empty the wall unit in the dining room. It is three sections of beautiful knick knacks, soccer trophies (not mine), assorted cocktail shakers, a variety of alcohols (I consider myself a collector), wrapping paper, candles and many things that I may need, now hidden in its drawers and cupboards. But do I really need a balloon pump?

Naked womanIt’s time to pull everything out of the cupboards and get rid of the stuff I don’t need or wear. I know there’s a pile of clothing I don’t wear anymore. They are either too big, too old or “What the hell was I thinking when I bought it?”

I also need to clean out some of my old attitudes about weight loss! Some aspects of weight are timeless, such as, “burn more than you take in and you will lose weight”. But I have to make sure I don’t become the empty-headed thing I dread. In fact, lately, my head has been over loaded with: work stuff; a conference during spring break; planning for the cross-country summer trip; the income tax stuff and so and so on. I gave a student a bad time for slipping up on their diet and that was as I was “tasting” the mac and cheese we made in Foods and Nutrition class. “Tasting” is a made-up serving size and can be anything from dipping the tip of the spoon, to a huge bowl.empty head

I’ll deal with that spring cleaning soon. Today I start with the bins of stuff in the computer room (did you notice it isn’t the toy room anymore?), the guest room (Leanne’s Bedroom), and the master’s bedroom (3 bins worth). I think I need shares in Rubbermaid just to get some payback on my investment.

Thanks for listening and enjoy the dust cloud.  ;D  Diane

The Right Apple

•February 22, 2015 • 3 Comments

apple gsI’ve started two other postings but they stalled and my brain froze. I’m way off my diet goals and have probably gained weight but I need to get this out of my head. I’m small “d” depressed – blue. It’s normal and I recognize it. I also appreciate all of you who will encourage me and support me. But my epiphanette this morning is the Granny Smith apple.

Did you know, that for dieters, the Granny Smith apple is the best. I found that out today listening to Connie Sellecca on Intelligence for Your Health on the radio. They are high in anti-oxidents, fibre and flavinoids. They make us feel full and, as we already know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They are also wonderful in the fight against Type 2 Diabetes.

I knew that and my favourite apple is the Granny Smith. This revelation pulled me a wee bit out of blue zone I was in. I’m doing something right. Isn’t it weird how life provides you with knowledge and experience that can help you some where or when you need it. My husband has a 3 pound bag of Spartans and they are his favourite apple. They’re okay but I find them a little bit soft and sweet. The currently popular (chic) apples like Gala and Fuji are way too soft and sweet for my taste. I love the Granny Smith. It’s crisp, tart and so filling. It tastes like an apple and actually makes me feel fuller. I try to have one a day but they aren’t on sale all the time and I am notoriously cheep. Norm says the look like a stomach ache and he won’t eat them. I think he ate way too many unripe apples as a kid. Good, more for me!

So, feeling a little better and back on the plan. I’ve had my breakfast of a one-egg, veggie omelet and am now enjoying my mid-morning snack of a wonderful Granny Smith apple. Thanks for listening.  ;D  Diane

The Heart Attack Late Night Call

•February 16, 2015 • 2 Comments

I got a phone call from my sister, Dale, in Ontario the other night. It was near midnight their time so I knew it was urgent and important. My brother had a heart attack. Not the brother two years younger than me, Dave, but my youngest brother, Doug. He is only 48, 12 years younger than me. He’s the skinniest of all four of us. I could barely breathe. We talked for a while and she told me that she and my other brother had spent the day at the hospital with him. He is going to need a triple or quadrupedal bypass. She even emailed me a picture of his heart scan showing arteries 70, 80, 90 and even 100% blocked. I’m terrified. First for him, then for all my other siblings, then myself.

He had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few years ago. So was Dave before that, then I went over the border-line myself. The only non-diabetic of us all is Dale and we are going to keep her that way. My blood sugar has been fantastic and if I can beat the next weight level of 200 pounds I may be off the metformin. It is within sight.broken heart

I spoke with Doug last night. He sounded pretty good. They let him out of the hospital with a list of rules and “don’t”s. He got to go see one of his son’s (he has 3) hockey games. But Dave went with him and he wasn’t allowed to yell or pound the glass so he got his youngest son to do the cheering for him It was good for him. It looks like he’ll be in surgery by the end of this week. He also told me it looks like they will have to do a sextuple or septuple bypass. WHAT? Six or seven blood vessels need replacing. I’ve never heard of so many. But Doug said  they have to crack open his chest he only wants it done once!

Well, I do not want it done to me at all! It is very sad that I need something this scary and so close to me to get me to look at the reality of my own health. I’ve been getting by. But, for Doug and my family I’ll eliminate one of the “risk factors” by sticking to my diet.

Thanks for listening and if you have the time and ability go donate blood and sign your organ donor card! ;D Diane


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