As you can see, I haven’t posted in a while. I went through a slight flare-up of my Sjogren’s Syndrome and just wasn’t up to it. I missed going to the gym for a week, which isn’t good. Actually, I did attempt to go to the gym, but I felt horrible, so I got through only two of five circuits, of my strength training exercise.

I did get to the gym last night. I’m still not feeling great, but I got through the whole circuit. I skipped the treadmill warm-up, because last time, my heart rate shot up way too quickly, which could be a result of the flare. So, I’m taking it easy, until I feel a little better.

On a happier note, I lost 5.5 lbs. I’m aiming to lose 2 lbs. per week, because that’s a steady, slow weight loss. So, I’m 1/2 pound short of my goal, but still going down, instead of up, so that’s good. 🙂



Provided Breakfast and Lunch?

Better than muffins.

Better than muffins.

Yesterday, I went to an all day training session for work. I was a bit nervous, when I read that they were providing breakfast and lunch. Normally, this would be a good thing – who doesn’t like a free lunch? But, when you’re trying to watch what you’re eating, it can cause a bit of anxiety.  The first thing I did was go to the gym, at 7am. I wanted to get in a quick workout, just in case the provided food was pizza or something similar, which is both delicious and horrifying, for someone who loves it, but is trying to avoid it.

I was pleased, when I walked in and saw that they had a fresh fruit tray, for breakfast. Of course, they also had a tray full of muffins/pastries, which needed to be ignored. Next up, lunchtime. They provided sandwiches, an olive/pickle tray, pasta salad, chips and brownies. Dang. This was much harder than breakfast. I chose a roast beef sandwich, about a half cup of the pasta salad (with more broccoli than pasta) and a few olives. I tossed out half of the roll, from the sandwich, and took the cheese off, after I took a bite and realized there was cheese under the roast beef.  For a bit more protein, I took the meat off a second sandwich and tossed out the roll/cheese. The hardest part was ignoring the brownies. They were screaming my name. I satisfied my sweet tooth by having 2 mini tootsie rolls. Not a brownie, but it helped.




Snack Time


Tonight, the series Under The Dome started. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a snacker, especially when watching TV or a movie. So, instead of popcorn or chips, my snack for tonight is a bowl of red and white crapes and some baby carrot sticks. I’ll eventually get used to this. 😉

Private Workout


I’m so happy that Iron House Gym is open 24/7. It’s nice to be able to have the place to myself, even if that means being there after 10pm on a Saturday night. There were a few people there, when I arrived, but the place soon cleared out and, woo-hoo, exercising without an audience. 🙂

Spinach and Pineapple Salad

The Breakfast of Champions!

The Breakfast of Champions!

My nutrition/fitness consultant sent me a recipe for this salad. I was a bit dubious about the cayenne pepper, but I actually liked the added kick and it’s super easy to make.

  • Put some fresh spinach into a bowl and add fresh (cubed) pineapple.
  • Drizzle some  extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice over the salad.
  • Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt and cayenne pepper.
  • Toss to mix and enjoy!



My "before" picture.

My “before” picture.

Last night and this morning, I met with Dave and Ryan, from Iron House Gym. We went over Nutrition and some beginner exercises for me. The diet is going to be tough, since I love carbs, but I’m in this for the long haul and I know I need to stick to it. Hopefully, in time, I’ll be able to post some “after” pictures that will show some progress.





Homemade Hummus.



Since I need to start eating healthy, I’m going to be making a lot of foods from scratch. I bought a 3 cup mini food processor and tested it out by making roasted red pepper and garlic hummus. To keep the fat down, I added just a dash of olive oil. When served with pretzel crisps, this makes a tasty, nutritious dish.

A New Beginning

I’m starting a new chapter in my life, so I’ve decided to use this page as a way to document my journey.

As a fat woman, I finally started accepting myself. My struggle with weight has been a lifelong battle. Back in the 90’s I had a botched Gastric Bypass, so I figured I was just meant to be fat and I accepted that. Unfortunately, my body did not agree with my mind about this whole fat acceptance thing and I ended up with some nasty weight related health issues. So, if I want to live a healthy and happy life, I must completely change my lifestyle.

I’ve met with a surgeon, for a possible revision of my weight loss surgery and I was told  I have to wait at least 6 months before that can happen. In the meantime,  I’m going to start a nutrition and fitness program. I want to see what I can do without surgical intervention. If I can avoid going under the knife all together, great. If I still need help, once the six months is up, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Wish me luck, as I start this adventure.