Mid-month financial report.

If you follow my blog, you will know that I decided to do a duo “March Challenge” which not only included a sugar-free challenge, but also a “might lose my job” challenge.  You already know how I’m doing with the weight loss and sugar challenge (sigh), but I’m 2 for 2 with my financial challenge as well.

This is what I wanted to spend for the whole month:

  • Food/Eating Out – $460.00
  • Household/Misc. – $100.00 (I’ll have to purchase dog food….)
  • Gifts/Personal Care – $100.00 (Haircuts, gifts, personal care items, etc.)
  • Clothes – $75.00 (This can be carried over month to month)

And here is what I’ve spent so far (and it’s only the 16th)

  • Food/Eating Out – $813.30 ($120 is eating out)
  • Household/Misc. – $443.86 ($200 is a new coffee machine and bread machine)
  • Gifts/Personal Care – $718.68 (Easter, bridal shower stuff, baptism PLUS too much shopping on the internet….)
  • Clothes – $10.00 (dry cleaning)

Seems high, right?  It is!  I have absolutely no excuse except that I’ve been tired, stressed and HUNGRY.

Just keeping it real, folks….

Suffice it to say, the Great March Challenge is a bust.



Feeling fatigued.

tired-quoteFor some reason, I am feeling tired all the time.  As soon as I wake up, I’m tired.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury to rest.  I have too much to do.

There are lots of events coming up in the next couple of weeks that I have to prepare for.  We will be traveling to NC (granddaughter’s baptism) then to Norfolk, VA (college choice day for my son).  After that, we I will be hosting Easter and a bridal shower, with overnight guests.  Of course there are the usual day-to-day chores added on (i.e. planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry  & working (to name a few)), so I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Today, I decided to break my sugar fast and have a small glass of coke, mostly for the energy buzz.  Not the best choice, because it didn’t do anything for my energy level, except make me feel yucky.

This week’s weigh in was discouraging as well.  After working out 5x, following WW’s exactly and giving up sugar,  I lost less than a pound.  That doesn’t seem right.  I guess it’s time to see the endocrinologist to get my numbers checked.  Maybe my left adrenal gland forgot to wake up since my right one is gone.  Could that be the reason for my fatigue and lack of weight loss?  I guess we shall see.

Anyone else just plain tired?

Feeling blessed today.

image-2imageI’ll be meeting my granddaughter and seeing my grandson next week, and I.can’t.wait!

Five light bulb moments and the food conundrum.

First, I’d like to thank you for your comments on my last post.  Honestly, each and every comment spurred on a **lightbulb** moment for me.  The following list highlights my “epiphanies”.

  1. Not enough exercise.  Exercise is an important factor in good health, and weight loss. I knew that.  However, I didn’t realize that it had been six months since I’d last exercised.  SIX MONTHS SITTING ON THE COUCH.  Good grief.  No wonder my body is slow to react.
  2. Loss of an adrenal gland.  I had surgery six months ago which removed my right adrenal gland.  Since adrenal glands produce hormones that closely modulate many metabolic processes, including 1.  utilizing carbohydrates and fats; 2. converting fats and proteins into energy, and 3.  distribution of stored fat (especially around waist); I’m sure this came into play for some of my difficulties with holding onto some weight.
  3. Losing weight takes time.  Although it took me a short period of time to put on this extra weight, it will take me a lot longer to get rid of it.
  4. I’m getting older.  I know, I know, there are plenty of people who are 50 something and are in great shape.  However, as we age. it’s a proven fact that hormone imbalances come into play and weight gain can be the result.  The  only way to truly combat that is to eat less, exercise more. Sigh.
  5. Choose what works for you.  There are a ton of food programs that eliminate certain foods.  Personally, any plan that eliminates pasta, rice and other carbohydrates will not work for me.

Which brings me to a food conundrum.

Over the last couple of days I’ve been researching different diet plans, reading food plan books and watching food documentaries.  To say it was confusing is an understatement.  If one resource touted meat protein, the other said it was bad.  If one said whole grains are good, another would say they were bad.  If you took the advice of all of these “experts”, then the following foods would be eliminated from your diet:

  1. All wheat based products, including pastas, rice, and breads.
  2. All whole wheat products, including whole wheat breads, pastas and rice.
  3. All animal fats (i.e. beef, chicken, pork, etc.)
  4. All dairy products
  5. All processed sugar
  6. Fruit (too high in sugar)
  7. All processed foods
  8. And anything else that’s not green.

They all agree the green stuff is good for you. I do too, however, one can not live on lettuce alone.  At least, I can’t.

I believe that eating the right foods can be your medicine, and honestly I get the whole processed food thing not being good for you.  I can even understand avoiding GMO’s and processed sugar.  But grains, meats and dairy?  Not so much.

Here’s what I have come up with for myself which I believe is the best way to eat for me and what I’ll be doing going forward.  It may not be the quickest way to weight loss, but it will be sustainable.


I don’t see chocolate on this chart. It should be there. Hmmmm…….

Whole Foods.  I will eat a whole food diet including organic meats and dairy, with veggies taking center stage. However, I also will have wine, cheese and an occasional dessert too.  I will try to avoid highly processed and sugar laden foods.  Although one should probably not live to eat, there’s something very satisfying about coming to the table together as a family or with friends and breaking bread. (Yes, I will have bread at the table too.)

What do you think?  Do you eliminate any foods from your diet?

Frustrated. First week no-sugar results.

After one week of following Weight Watchers AND giving up sugar for the week, I gained .4 lb.

What the heck???

I am totally frustrated.  Besides being cranky from no sugar, I’m discouraged that all that effort (and it was effort) produced no results.

Yesterday started my second week of no sugar and the WW’s diet program.   I’m adding in extra workouts, and trying to limit carbs in hopes that I can trigger some weight movement.  Perhaps last week was just some water retention, and that I will end up shedding the weight for both weeks.   It’s just never been this hard before.

If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears (and stomach apparently…) Please HELP!

Anyone else struggling to lose weight?? 


She’s here! She’s here!

Introducing the newest member of our family!

Miss Angelina Maria

7 lbs. 1 oz 20 in.


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