Thursday, July 7, 2011

Just a Personal Update, and What I'm Doing

Whew, what an *awesome* bunch of comments on my post yesterday! There's a lot of thought-provoking stuff in there. Thank you for all the insights and thoughts.

An update: I am doing well today. This will be day 3 back on plan for me; I haven't slipped up since the 4th and am feeling fine. This is a super busy week (and so is next week) for me. One of my kids and I happen to have birthdays just a few days apart, which is loads of fun for both of us! There will be a party with games and activities and yes, some off plan foods. I always, every year for the past 21 years, have baked a cake of the birthday child's choice from scratch for their birthday. Actually, it is about the only time I bake anymore. The cake of choice this year is chocolate/chocolate. I got this very cool giant cupcake cake pan set that my daughter has wanted for 2 years, for $7 on amazon!! I am so thrilled, because I went to four different local stores to find it and they were all out. I was prepared to pay the $20 for it but am super glad I waited and checked online. I feel like a little kid waiting for it in the mail today so we can try it out for her birthday cake! She is going to be so excited. She loves to cook with mommy.

I will also be travelling a couple hours from home for family medical reasons, and staying overnight in a hotel that has a free breakfast. I hate that, really, but it's convenient for everyone else. I mean, some places do have good options. The nicer hotels have made-to-order omelets with veggies and stuff. But we are staying in a cheaper place because I am bringing SuperPup with us! She goes almost everywhere with me. So the breakfast is some lame setup of waffles, muffins, sweetened yogurts, bagels, that kind of thing. It'll be fine for my daughter; she likes wheat toast with peanut butter. But I will be bringing my Medifast meals with me and having those and just taking coffee from the breakfast bar. Maybe a hard boiled egg if they have those. I will save my 'real meal' for dinner out. Something yummy maybe, like steak and broccoli and salad! I will, of course, fill you in when I get back.

My birthday is also coming up. I will be turning 42. When I started this blog, I was 38 years old. In fact, it still says I am 38 in my blog description. I have never changed it. I want to remember how it felt to write that: "I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself." I never want to forget.

I have a busy day today but will check in every so often. I posted a new discussion on my weight loss forum, asking you to share what it is you are doing to lose weight (or what you DID to lose weight and/or get healthy) and how it is working for you. There are so, so many ways to tackle this issue and I would love to hear the details. So please tell me about your diet (or lifestyle change) on the forum. I think it would be awesome to discuss what works and what doesn't and this will also give newbies some ideas how they, too, can begin their weight loss journey.

Enjoy your healthy day!


MeeM said...

Happy Birthday to you and your daughter. I made a giant cupcake cake for my niece's first birthday. Check out how to make a chocolate liner for the cupcake. It was super easy and really gave the cake the finishing touch

❦ fitcetera said...

Can you bring a little cooler with your own boiled eggs and/or other snacks along with your Medifast food?

It looks like my birthday is close to yours. Mine is in very early August. 51 for me! yippee! My sister is a July baby ... lucky 13th.

Tabitha said...

I have to second the cooler idea. I did that when my son and I traveled out west last summer. I am a type 2 diabetic and cannot eat most of what is offered at those hotel continental breakfasts so I brought my own breakfast stuff. We had lunch stuff in there too, to help save money on meals out.

Happy Birthday to you and your daughter, Lyn!

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday to you and your daughter!

Lillabeth said...

Hey Lyn! :) Hope you and your daughter have a very Happy Birthday!

I have a couple of tips/suggestions that you may want to add to your column.

The first day that I was on program I came home from work in tears, and starving!! The two crunch bars that I brought were high in sugar alcohols (which destroys my stomach) and the Beef Stew was horrible!! There I spent all that money...I was so depressed, until I started reading about how to prepare the MF meals. So here are some tips of my own.

1) I cook 2 boxes (14 packets) of soup or stew at a time in the crockpot. I add one can of beef broth to the beef stew, and the rest water. I also add about a cup and a half of chopped celery, chopped onion, chopped frozen spinach, and frozen okra. In addition, I add Mrs. Dash and a little salt. The end result is very, very good. I freeze containers with two servings each and take them to work. VERY convenient, and very good! (The last batch I made was a box of the chicken & rice and a box of the chicken noodle. I added veggies and 1 can of broth....very good!) Cooking these slow for hours seems to enrich the flavors. For me, it's the only way that I'll eat them now.

2) I make an entire box of brownies at one time (Baked in the oven, NEVER in the microwave) and then freeze each little tray in a baggie. Thawed, or microwaved for 10-15 seconds and they're excellent. I've also used 2 tsps of chunky peanut butter as an "icing"...excellent. The only thing with the brownies is for me, it's too much like the "real thing", so I don't eat them everyday.

3) I actually like the shakes very much...I know you don't care for them, Lyn. I think I like them because from the very beginning, I've only prepared them with crushed ice. I go to SONIC and buy a bag of their soft crushed ice, about a cup in any shake is excellent. I've also added unsweetened cocoa,to many of the shakes which curbs that too sweet taste.

4) Pancakes. I'm not a fan of the chocolate chip, but I like the plain ones. Again, I mix up an entire box at one time, and add poppy seeds and lemon extract. I make the pancakes with 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake. I cool them, and freeze 2 to a packet. I love them in the toaster, or even thawed and cold with's like a muffin or sweet bread to me.

Thank you again for the time that you've invested in this blog....WHAT a blessing to so many!!

HAPPY BDAY again to you and yours!!! :) You look fabulous, girl!

Anonymous said...

Lyn - Had a thought when I read your post about July 4th and wanted to run it by you. Have you ever tried sucking on a lollipop (one that lasts a long time and/or had gum like a blowpop) to avert a binge? I'm guessing you've already tried such techniques but maybe now, since you can recognize what's happening, it would be possible to keep your mouth busy and wait out the urge to binge?

timothy said...

sending you love/energy sweetie. just stick to your guns and don't let stress/busy trip you up! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Lyn said...


Those are some great ideas! I will have to try them. I especially like the lemon poppyseed pancake idea and I think I will try it for breakfast tomorrow. Thank you!


That is a good thought. If I can find sugar free 0 carb hard candy I may try that! I sort of use the diet soda that way... keeps my mouth busy and can sometimes buy me time to get my head on straight. Thanks!

Lyn said...


that is a good idea too. I often pack my daughter's lunch because she has medically caused eating issues, so we have a little cooler for her hummus and milk. I can throw some veggie strips and an egg in there for me as well.

~Deb~ said...

Happy Birthday Lyn, to you and your daughter! I love your blog, I too am obese and trying to find the courage to change things, you are far far ahead of me there.
I hope you have a wonderful birthday and enjoy making the cupcake cake with your baby girl!

LHA said...

Enjoy your birthday celebration! My mother and I had birthdays very close together too. Now that she is gone I miss celebrating our special day with her but I have lots of happy memories of the years we did have together. Sometimes we all get so caught up in the struggle for weight loss and health that we forget to enjoy the everyday pleasures of family and friends. Enjoy concentrating on the birthday celebration and the fact that you are making some wonderful memories for you and your daughter.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading since you were on 100 plus lbs to lose. I really enjoy your writing. I have never commented before but now I feel compelled to do so. I have quite a bit of weight to lose, over 100 lbs. Well I never thought past the aches and pains,and stiffness. I never thought what this weight was doing to my insides. Excess fat raises estrogen levels which increases the chance of many forms of cancer. I had a tiny bit of bleeding a few days ago, 6 years after menopause. Called my gyno right away. She did a internal ultrasound and my uterus lining is thickened. It should be 4mm or less mine is 12mm. So I have to go back to have a biopsy of my uterus. The dr. said everything else looked fine. but we need to check this out. I asked the cause of this thicking she said "excess estrogen" which it cause by my weight. Truthfully I am terrified. What have I done to myself. So I go back next Tuesday. Will this scare make me change? I certainly hope so.

Lyn said...


that is so frightening! I hope everything turns out okay for you. Sending you lots of good thoughts and healing prayers. No matter what the outcome, try to take this 'energy' (it may not feel like energy, since it is fear, but there is an energy behind it) to move you to make whatever changes you can to be healthier! Eating lots of veggies and fruits and less junk, in and of itself, can help lower the risk of cancer and improve health. Best wishes to you.