Thursday Ramblings

Hi Everybody! Last night, I had planned on doing an awesome post about the self-proclaimed “fat kid” in Paranorman… but then I got tired and went to bed. So in short, you should see Paranorman, because the protagonist, Neil, is a fat kid who has confidence and chutzpah (and allergies! maybe another reason I loved him) and doesn’t apologize for his size. Not advocating childhood obesity or anything, but it was refreshing to see a fat kid character who knew he was fat, yet still loved himself despite his efforts to lose weight. How refreshing to see some diverse characters in a kid’s movie that have notable flaws, yet still have confidence and charm.

My Joan Holloway dress.

In other ramblings, my friend Amy is getting married on Sunday! Her wedding is going to be a kind of 1930’s glam, and I knew I wanted to get a new dress. I headed to Nordstrom’s Rack, and by some luck, found this awesome cocktail dress that was originally $225… marked down to $59! AND… it’s a size smaller than I usually wear. YAY! Those 11 pounds lost are starting to show (err.. not show?).  I’m pleased with what it does for my shape, and the ruching helps hide some unsightly pudge. Sorry for the dressing room photo – I’ll post a nice one when I’m all dolled up on Sunday 🙂 Yay for plus-size evening wear that works!

Crazy cat lady strikes again

Some of you know I’m now working fulltime from home. Unfortunately the new job I started just didn’t feel right for me, and I got a newer opportunity to direct social media for an awesome start up company based in San Francisco. I’m working from home and about once a month will work on site in SF… which works for me since my family all lives up there – and I get to work with my baby brother! Very cool. 🙂 Since I work from home that means… lots of cat pictures. And lots of yummy, healthy breakfasts, like this morning’s special k red berries with fresh sliced banana and ice cold milk. YUM!

One last thing for me to ramble about… my sister is a huge San Jose Sharks Fan, and recently took her San Jose Sharks sign to Niagara Falls! Her picture was chosen as one of the top 5 – and now we need to make sure it gets chosen as #1! Will you please visit this link and vote for April Lofgren, Niagara Falls?  Thanks for your help!!!

Ok, that’s all I got! I promise to try and think of a blog with more weight-lossy substance soon – but it’s been so crazy busy my mind is kind of just piece-mealing a bunch of things together 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week!

What I Ate Wednesday!

Hey everybody! Today I’m participating in a link up called #WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday!

I started the day with some Special K Red Berries with milk and a sliced banana. I’m not a huge cereal person, but this was on sale at the store and I’ve been getting sick of my Greek yogurt/English muffin combination. This was tasty and light enough not to weigh me down.


I have a couple days off before I start my new job, so I cleaned ALL DAY. Whew. If you ever want to work your booty off, bust out the shop vac and start sucking up the corners of your house. I never knew that much cat hair/spider webs/dust was possible. (Yeah, yeah, I know – who has a day off and cleans? This girl.) When I was sweaty and gross from cleaning, I had some lunch… a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with a side salad with fat free ranch.


Then I did some errands and some more chores before having a mid-afternoon snack of rainier cherries and a Hansen’s soda. Rainier cherries may be prettier than Bing, but I don’t think they’re any tastier. I’ll stick with my blood-red cherries, thank you very much.

Cherries and Soda

Dinner was a little bit of a treat – something way heavier than I usually eat. Matt and I picked up some sourdough bread from Boudin on our way home from Lake Tahoe, and we paired it with Italian beef with sweet peppers. I grew up eating this Chicago classic – a pot roast cooked all day in a crock pot with onions, green peppers, garlic and Italian seasonings. Spoon it over some toasted bread with melted cheese and you’re in Heaven. This sandwich came in at about 475 calories… high, but worth every bite.

Knife N' Fork Italian Beef Sandwich

Then, Matt and I watched the first episode of this season’s Breaking Bad… (OMG! Anyone else watch?! CRAZZZZZY!) and then I needed some dessert. I settled on this mini Cadbury Caramello ice cream bar at 160 calories.

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I ended the day with 97 calories leftover, and I’m pleasantly full. Today was a good example of how eating for weight loss doesn’t always have to be a drag – I got to eat plenty of food that was delicious and yummy and stayed within my calorie count. I’ll now be weighing in Fridays at my awesome RD’s suggestion (my weekend bloat can screw up my whole “healthy eating” mindset if I weigh in on a Monday). I’ve also gotten some good workouts in this week, so I’m excited to see what next week’s weigh in looks like!

So, now it’s your turn – what did you eat on Wednesday? If you want to blog it, visit Peas and Crayons and don’t forget to link up!