Thursday, December 25

December 25, 2008 - Merry Christmas and Weight Update

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I am down another pound! Still retaining quite a bit of water, but that should be gone in the next week or so. Definitely, by the time I get weighed again.

I am signing up for the Bricks to Bricks program to prepare for the Mini Marathon. I also start with my new personal trainer after the first of the year. Of course, that required recalculating the budget!

Til Next Week!


Tuesday, December 23

December 23, 2008 - Third Times a Charm

Hello All,

Well, I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical, but hopeful when I started the acupuncture treatments. Part of me was convinced that Dr. Pita was getting a kickback for the referral and just wanted to see if he could convince me to do it. After my experiences over the last couple of weeks I am a true believer in using acupuncture.

I am again able to concentrate, act witty, not let as many things bother me, and am truly happy and content (from the inside). At first I was not sure that it would hold, but this has been going on for over a week. A week is a long time for me. At the same time, I do not feel “drugged” and my sister said; “you do not have that crazy look in your eyes.”

Currently, I am still taking prescription help which will continue. However, my hope is that when I feel like this again, I will try the acupuncture first and not need them, but we shall see.

Now, on with the details of my third visit…

Now that I am experienced at acupuncture I ran to the bathroom right before my appointment. No need to have a repeat of last time! I informed Dr. Pins and Needles that my knee was still a bit sore, but I was feeling better.

He always says he is impressed with how well I am responding to the treatment. I still do not know how he determines that by looking at my tongue and checking my pulse, but I do not care anymore.

I think he put in at least 8 needles in my head (I was wondering what would happen if I had a metal plate in my head. Would you hear it scratch?). A bunch more needles went in my knee (If he poked them through my kneecap would it keep my knee in place?). There were a few in each arm (my Chakra got mad at the one on the left this time). He put a couple in for my sinuses (I hate those). He placed a few across my belly (which is A LOT smaller than it was this time last year).

After he was done, I settled in to take a nap…

What lovely music they are playing today….


That’s nice they have birdies chirping in the music…


I feel as if I am floating on a cloud…


My head feels very light…

Dr. Pins and Needles comes back in the room and asks if I fell asleep. I inform him that I did not, but I felt as if I was floating on a cloud. He told me that is how you are supposed to feel! FINALLY I GET IT RIGHT!

He then says; “Have you ever felt like that before?”

I think about it for a minute and say; “No.”

However, I edited my thought. I truly thought; “Not legally.”

Til Next Week,

P.S. I posted this before I got weighed. I will provide a quick update after my appointment tomorrow.

Sunday, December 21

December 21, 2008 - When ya gotta go, ya gotta go..

Hello Everyone,

I am posting early this week because I have to document my second acupuncture appointment while I am thinking of it. I have another one on Monday so there might be another post this week.

I must also tell all of you that I am JOKING in these posts about the acupuncture. A couple of you take me much too seriously. I do believe that the acupuncture is helping. However, the stories are true.

Okay, on with the show...

I was looking forward to my second appointment since I knew what to expect. However, I was going to be sure to tell Dr. Pins & Needles about my knee. Analysis by my friends and family concluded that all of my bad energy was now in my knee.

Upon sitting on the table I tell Dr. Pins & Needles that my knee is bothering me and it got worst after my last appointment. Of course, he had a solution for my knee trouble. He also noticed I was retaining water and decided he would take care of that as well.

Dr. Pins and Needles gets to work. He puts suction cups on my knee to pull the toxins out of my muscles. He also tells me that my energy is stronger and most people do not respond to acupuncture so quickly. Hmph! He must have run a credit check and realized I cannot afford many more of these appointments.

He places the needles and all of the sudden I cannot move my arm. I am in PAIN! Not just a little pain, I am in A LOT of pain. I inform Dr. Pins and Needles that I have shooting pain in my arm. He replied; "that is just your Chakra. It will stop in a moment. That means you are responding well to treatment." What??!?! Well, apparently my Chakra does not WANT anymore treatment. He then places a needle in the same spot on the other side and says; "you will only have the pain on one side." He was right.

He leaves the room....

I settle in to try to take a nap. Everyone tells me most people fall asleep during treatment. I was determined to be one of those people. I move my arm and *OUCH*. PAIN! THROBBING PAIN IN MY ARM! Fortunately, Dr. Pins and Needles returns and removes the needle causing the trouble.

I settle in to try to take a nap....

Uh oh! I had to go to the bathroom. I think to myself; "it will not be a problem I probably only have 15 more minutes."

Tick, tock...

A suction cup pops off.

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock...

Gotta go to the bathroom...I told myself; "relax, that will help."

Tick, tock, tick, tock...

"Okay, use your muscles to keep it in..."

Tick, tock...

"I gotta go now! Where is that %#$#$^% doctor?"

"Okay, I am going to have to sit up and pull these these needles out."

The door opens and I said; "Gotta go pee!"

Dr. Pins and Needles works as fast as humanly possible to pull out the needles. I almost have an accident, but I make it to the bathroom. I am sure I lost 3 pounds in that 5 minutes.

Upon returning to the room, Dr. Pins and Needles told me; "maybe we should get buzzers for the patients." Ya think!?!?!?! He also informed me that he figures I will be done in 2 more sessions. Oy!

I am thinking Dr. Pita is going to have to be sure to get Dr. Pins and Needles a REALLY good Christmas gift for dealing with me.

Luv ya all!


Tuesday, December 16

December 17, 2008 - I’m on Pins and Needles

Okay, okay, I cannot take credit for the “pins and needles” title. My sister asked me if I was on “pins and needles” regarding my acupuncture appointment. I had to steal the comment, of course.

Well, I had my acupuncture appointment on Monday. Imagine a high-end setting where the water (if they sold water) would be 5 dollars a bottle. My appointment was at the Spa Chakra in the Conrad Hotel. It is a nice place and definitely worth the money regarding their spa and fitness services.

Before the “procedure” I filled out a form that asked me about my ailments and why I wanted acupuncture. There was not a selection for “The doctor told me to and I do what he says or he will keep asking me about it.” I almost put that the referring physician was Dr. Pita.

Dr. Acupuncture took me back to the room and we had a lovely chat regarding acupuncture. He was very thorough in his explanations. He even had an anatomically correct male doll that showed the “energy lines” and how it is about balancing energy. I kept thinking, I sure hope they do not need to put needles there. Ouch!

Well, I finally got to lie down on the table. I am not sure exactly how many needles went into my feet, legs, arms, hands, head, and chest but it did not hurt. He placed some essential oils on my head and left me to my own devices. He would check my pulse and say “great.” I don’t know what he was feeling, but apparently my good energy was increasing.

I read that many people fall asleep during acupuncture procedures. Nooooo…I did not fall asleep; I had the exact opposite affect. I wanted to scratch my cheek (the needle was tickling me). I wanted to know what time it is (how long have I been here?). I started looking around for the speakers (where is the music coming from?). I wondered how many treatment rooms the place had (can you work on more than one patient at a time?). I started trying to “feel” the needles to see if I could count how many he used (did not get anywhere with this). I wondered what would happen if lightening struck the building (I had needles sticking out of me!). I finally told myself; “calm down”. I started doing breathing exercises (Dr. Pita would be so proud). Then I started to worry I was going to be late for my next appointment (I give up). After about 30 minutes, Dr. Acupuncture came back and asked me if I fell asleep. As much as I did not want to disappoint, I told the truth.

I got off the table and could not put weight on my knee! WTF?!?!? I thought my knee was on the mend. I also felt a bit “weird in my head.” It was a very similar feeling to when I have a bit too much anti-depressant coursing through my veins, but controllable.

Well, Dr. Acupuncture wants to see me again on Thursday. What?!?!? Well, apparently you are not fixed in one visit. Of course not, you have to go for more than one appointment. I almost asked if he had kids. I am sure I am paying for a couple of credit hours for a future college student.

I paid my bill and hobbled on to my next appointment. I could not sleep later that night…apparently, I was energized. Dr. Pita is REALLY lucky I do not have an appointment with him this week.

I am keeping an open mind about the acupuncture. However, sometimes I think that I am a guinea pig for Dr. Pita. I have fears of being in a medical journal article with the title; “The Things I Can Get Some of My Patients To Do.”

Til Next Week,

Wednesday, December 10

December 10, 2008 - Tiny Tastes

Hello Everyone,

I do not feel like blogging this week. I have Christmas presents to purchase, work to catch up on, clothes to take to Goodwill, exercise to do, dragons to click on, blah, blah, blah... Bloggin is not one of the things on my MUST do list.
I am happy to report I am finally at 4 stone. I am down another 2.5 pounds. Woo hoo!

I have an accupuncture appointment scheduled for next Monday. I will be sure to tell you all about it next week.

Today when I went to see the doctor and nutritionist there were binders in the patient rooms. The binders had some interesting slides to review. I encourage you to check them out by clicking on "Tiny Tastes" below!

Have a great week!


Wednesday, December 3

December 3, 3008 - The Purge

Hello Bloggerland,

Before I explain about The Purge, I must tell you that my goal to walk the Mini Marathon is progressing nicely. My sister, 3 dogs, and I hiked 6 miles on Thanksgiving. Other than my knee hurting a bit it was quite the success! We walked the Whitewater Canal Trail in Metamora. It was a beautiful walk and I even managed to practice some Breath Walking!

Sunday evening, as I was doing laundry, I began the The Purge. I must get rid of clothes that no longer fit. The professionals at the Weight Loss Clinic believe this is a crucial step to accomplish as you lose weight. It is important to note, I have not sufficiently explained to them that I am a Pack Rat. Therefore, this project is not being accomplished without stress and apprehension. As this is not just a diet, but a positive lifestyle change, getting rid of things I do not need is all part of the process.

The process to rid myself of things I do not want, need, or simply do not have room for will be an all winter project. Much like my goal to take care of myself through healthy eating, I just plan on doing it no matter what the stress. If I run into difficulty I have a support system in place to accomplish The Purge. As with the healthy eating and weight loss, the support system is what carries me through the tougher times.

Til Next Week,

P.S. At my official weigh in it was revealed I lost 2 pounds in the past two weeks. I was hoping to be at 4 stone, but not quite.

Wednesday, November 26

November 26, 2008 - The Great Fridge Caper

As anyone trying to lose weight is well aware, it is best to cook your own food rather than rely on restaurants and drive-thrus. I am doing a lot better at eating home cooked meals that I was a year ago. I also am getting quite good and knowing what are the better options at the restaurants that I frequent. For example, normally at McDonald’s I will get the Southwest Salad (no dressing). My favorite place to eat out when at work is Au Bon Pain. They have a wide selection of small meals called “portions.” None of the items is over 300 calories and normally has a protein and a fruit or vegetable. These are perfect for eating healthy.

Now, as most of you know, fridges in a corporate environment are a common problem. When I worked at a local hospital a group of us purchased a fridge and hid it since the one in the break room was so disgusting. Where I am at now we had an old fridge that does that job, but I would not put anything in it for longer than a day or two due to the temperature of it.

The thing that always bugged me about the fridge is that people would put their WHOLE lunch pale in the fridge…thus wasting valuable space. Believe me, I found this very irking. If you have it in a cooler, why do you need to put it in the fridge? Why not take it out of the cooler and THEN put it in the fridge?!?! The cooler has INSULATION. Well, now I know WHY people do this.

My friend (we will call her Portia) took it upon herself to solve the fridge situation when other people came onto our floor. Portia spoke with someone about getting our own fridge. So, this nice man went to an auction and got us a fridge. Portia paid the man and proceeded to collect money from those wanting a spot in the fridge. The fee is 10 dollars. As part of the deal, you get a spot in the fridge and a handy dandy “Official Friend” placard.

Things were going well with the new fridge until Portia noticed Dan (not his real name) was using her milk as his own. Bad idea! I am friends with Portia and I NEVER would swipe some milk without asking. Even then I bring my own milk. I did mention that it was good Dan didn’t swipe mine because I drink it straight from the carton! It’s MY milk!

Now, this is bothering us. Why did he swipe the milk? Does he think he is at home and everything is his? This is not community milk. I also must mention that Portia buys ORGANIC milk. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH ORGANIC MILK COSTS?!?! I recently picked up some for Portia and it was 4 dollars a half gallon.

Now, it has been going on so long we do not know what to do. Now, I know what you are thinking! Just tell him to quit drinking the milk! Why would we do that?!?! That would be way too easy and we don’t want to sound petty. Personally, I am trying to catch him taking the milk and then plan on saying to him; “Portia lets you drink her milk? That’s odd. She really doesn’t like sharing the expensive milk.” Of course, Dan is so dense he probably still would take the milk! HE OPENS IT WHEN IT IS A NEW CARTON AND SHE HAS NOT OPENED IT!

Well, I am to drink the milk today so Dan doesn’t…I am thinking of putting a note on the milk that says; “Don’t Drink.” I am also thinking of going in the breakroom, when he is in there, open the fridge and take a swig straight from the carton!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wednesday, November 19

November 19, 2008 - The Quiet Mind

Hello Bloggerland,

Well, something “clicked off.” I am not sure what it was, but last Thursday I was all the sudden in a peaceful state. Of course, my new mental state could have come along gradually, but I did not notice. For several weeks I could not get my mind to slow down. Good thoughts and bad would just stay there and never leave. It is no secret amongst my closest friends I get more than a little strung out during the winter months.

With additional supplements and a little prescription help my mind is a bit clearer. I even bought a CD on beginning mindfulness. I tried meditation in the past, but could not succeed in slowing down enough to do it. Now, I think it is a possibility.

I think I mentally feel a little better than I even did in the summer. Here is what I have learned recently:

-Apparently some people do not retain enough Vitamin D which can affect your moods.
-Fish oil is good for lots of things including stabilizing moods. Coromega in my humble opinion is the best way to get fish oil!
-Zoloft is not known to promote weight gain.
-From my friend Sherry, I learned that Pearl “pills” are a great substitution for the active cultures in yogurt. This was confirmed by the dietitian and physician today.
-Excess water weight and bloating can be reduced by insuring that enough potassium is eaten daily. Foods high in potassium include: sweet potatoes, chick peas, bananas, raisins, and many others.

Because I am feeling better, my goal for the next couple of weeks is to kick my exercise campaign into high gear. I need to start getting ready for the Mini Marathon and build up some muscle mass. I would like to be walking at least 10 miles a week before January 1st.

I am all out of amusing stories regarding weight loss and exercise this week.

Til Next Week,

P.S. I lost 4 pounds this week!

Wednesday, November 12

November 12, 2008 - The Pendulum

Hello Everyone,
I have been feeling like the Pendulum that swings in the Indiana State Museum for the past several weeks. One minute I am on top of the world and the next minute I am a mama bear with someone too close to her cubs. My motivation and give-a-darn are busted (you country music fans will get that joke).

Today I feel like I am on the mend. The physician said that my Vitamin D levels were REALLY low and I am having my normal seasonal carnival-freak-crazies. I started taking a Vitamin D pill and have a “sun” light to use. Both of these solutions should perk up my mood. Of course, I contend that there is no cure for lazy.

The physician is recommending that I see an acupuncturist. YIKES! I am willing to try it (once, if awful) so I will call and schedule an appointment for next week. Everything else the physician recommends is helping, so I will just have to take a leap of faith on this one.

For those that do not like to take the huge fish oil capsules (e.g. Me), I purchased on the physician’s recommendation something called Coromega. “Coromega is the easy and fun way to ensure that you and your family get the essential fatty acids you need to promote good health. Because Coromega is the only Omega-3 supplement with a delicious, creamy-orange flavor and delightful pudding-like texture – with absolutely no fishy tastes or burps. Guaranteed! And, it comes in a convenient daily dose squeeze packet!” I agree that there is absolutely no fish oil taste. I would not use the term “delightful”, but it is definitely MUCH more enjoyable than taking the fish oil capsules.

I am also learning about Breath Walking. I felt silly practicing it in the office with the doctor, but I did it on my own at lunch. I was definitely energized! I am going to see if I can find some MP3s to learn how to do it properly to get the maximum effectiveness of it.

Lately, I am getting a lot of people noticing that I have lost weight. I purchased several new tops that show off my curves. People are definitely noticing!

The only other sorta bummer thing to happen this week is that I gained 2.5 pounds, but I lost 2 pounds of fat. It looks like I am one big water balloon. I am sure that weight will all be gone next week.

Til Next Week,
Kristi Sue

Wednesday, November 5

November 5, 2008 - The results are in...

Hello Again!

I received the results from my 30 week blood tests and they are VERY EXCITING! My insulin levels are normal, my cholesterol is normal, and everything else like that is NORMAL! I am very proud of myself right now.

There is no doubt that I am at the start line of a journey that will continue the rest of my life, but I have made some SIGNIFICANT changes in the past 7 months. I have several social events and holiday parties over the next 8 weeks that will test my ability to imbibe and indulge without overdoing it.

I must again thank all of my friends and blog readers for the support I receive. Having all of you hold me accountable is one of the techniques that is proving to be the most helpful.

Now, dear readers, I have the most important news to share. I purchased my spot in the Mini-Marathon. Yes, I did it! There is no turning back now. EEEEEEK!

Til Next Week,

NOTE: I MIGHT not be able to post next week. I will be in Chicago for a WEDDING!

Wednesday, October 29

October 28, 2008 - Fifty Pounds

Hi All,
I am not up to writing much this week, but I do need to update you on the latest news! I have now officially lost 50 pounds! I was also measured and I am 1-2 inches smaller in all of the places that they measure. It is very exciting.
To celebrate the loss of my 50 pounds I found photos on the net that represent the weight.
A 50 pound hamburger... A 50 pound panda...

2 dog nephew Sammies and an 8 pound, 8 ounce baby born on 8/8/08

Til next week,

Tuesday, October 21

October 22, 2008 - Carpal Tunnel and Tea

Hello Everyone,

I would like to start this week's post with something I hope you will all find amusing....

For about two weeks my right shoulder and arm would be throbbing in pain by the end of the day. I could not understand what was causing the trouble. I started taking Aleve to get through the afternoon, but if I was out of pain killer I would have tears in my eyes due to the intense pain when I tried to click my mouse or type.

Late one evening, a friend of mine called me with an explanation. She said; "You're bum is a lot smaller, at least 2 inches lower, you need to raise your chair." Sure enough, I raised my chair and the carpal tunnel symptoms are gone.


I am trying to drink tea. Apparently, tea has antioxidants and other qualities that make it worth my time even though I detest the taste of tea. Of course, as popular magazines often quote - green tea is the best.

So far, drinking the tea ranks right up there as one of the harder aspects of my endeavor to live a healthier lifestyle. I have found some teas that are palatable, but I still believe tea is just dirty water.

I went to Teapots and Treasures here in Indianapolis after attending Tea at the Canterbury. At Teapots and Treasures I found several teas to try. I am doing better, but I am not consistently drinking 1 to 2 cups of tea a day. I can tell this is going to take awhile....

Til Next Week,


Wednesday, October 15

October 15, 2008 - R.I.P. Raspberry Filled Archway Cookies

It is a sad time for me. My favorite binge food of all time will soon cease to exist. The folks that bought Archway over 10 years ago filed for bankruptcy. Of course, some of the executives at Specialty Foods will possibly be going to prison for cooking the books. I can only assume they studied at the same business school as former executives of Tyco and Enron.

There is nothing better than an Archway Raspberry Filled Cookie. I can eat a whole pack in one sitting. What is special about Archway cookies is that it was my FIRST binge food that I can remember. Grandma and Grandpa used to have them and I could eat the whole package. Once I became an adult I learned not to binge on the cookies so I never bought them. It is the ONE food that I have not binged on consistently in the past 10 years.

Tonight I will buy my last package of Archway cookies. I plan on taking 2 out and freezing the rest in individual packages for special treats.

Changing the subject…

I went for my bi-monthly check today. I gain a half pound as I expected before going in, but also as expected it was water weight. I lost 1.5 pounds of fat. I realized today that at the end of this month I will be at seven months of my lifestyle change. I think I am doing quite well!

I will get new blood tests next week so the physician can check to see what changes have occurred in my cholesterol, “sugar”, etc. It will be interesting to see those results.

Til Next Week, when I will talk about TEA!


Monday, October 6

October 8, 2008 - Striving for a more active lifestyle..

***Early Post for the Week***

Hello Bloggerland,

I am losing weight, but continue to have the most difficulty with consistent exercise and a more active lifestyle. So, using a concept I learned from SparkPeople, I created a list of activities to perform to begin the healthier lifestyle habit.

The following list is intended to promote doing at least a little bit of exercise each day until it becomes a habit. I put the list in my Smart Phone. In the morning, I will choose which activity to complete for the day. At the end of the 40 days, I will have completed all and some will hopefully become habits. I

I am hoping also at the end of the 40 days to join an exercise class to continue my exercise regimen. I will let you all know how this goal works out for me.

  1. Take the stairs all day.
  2. Dance for 10 minutes, like no one is watching.
  3. Take a long walk with the dog.
  4. Park as far away as possible at the store.
  5. Use a basket and carry it at the store.
  6. Watch TV only with the treadmill.
  7. Do some desk exercises at work three times today.
  8. Walk while talking on the phone.
  9. Take the long route. For example, if headed a destination downtown, take a walk around the block first.
  10. Take a mile walk for a break at work.
  11. Wear a pedometer and walk 10,000 steps today.
  12. Perform stretching exercises this morning for at least 10 minutes.
  13. Complete an exercise video today for at least 10 minutes.
  14. Do interval training on the treadmill for at least 10 minutes.
  15. Go for a hike for at least 10 minutes.
  16. Do 50 push-ups against a wall.
  17. Perform bicep curls with a grocery bag.
  18. Practice good posture.
  19. Do yoga for at least 10 minutes.
  20. Sit on the exercise ball for at least 10 minutes.
  21. Jump on trampoline for at least 10 minutes.
  22. Use stair climber for at least 10 minutes.
  23. Use exercise bike for at least 10 minutes.
  24. While waiting today, perform exercises (e.g. jumping jacks, pacing, arm swings, stretching exercises, etc).
  25. While doing things around the house, wear a backpack with weights in it.
  26. Put on clogging shoes and clog for at least 10 minutes.
  27. When get to work, walk around the block before going into the building. Do the same when leaving.
  28. While cleaning, use exaggerated movements (e.g. wave arms more).
  29. When no one is looking, skip instead of walk. Better yet, do it even if they are looking. Who cares what they think. Skip around the house at the end of the day. Be sure to carry cell phone in case fall in a hole.
  30. Play tag with the dog.
  31. Run everywhere. Run to the car in the parking garage. Run to the house. Again, carry cell phone in case I fall and trip.
  32. When sitting squeeze gluteus maximus 15 times, 4 times today.
  33. When standing in line, stand on tip toes as long as can.
  34. Do kegel exercises 15 times, 4 times today.
  35. When driving, do car exercises while waiting at stop lights.
  36. Skip the drive-up. Walk inside.
  37. Perform weight training for at least 10 minutes today.
  38. Stretch in the morning, in bed, before getting up for the day. Do simple stretches for 10 minutes.
  39. Take the long way to the water cooler, break room, bathroom, etc. All day.
  40. Perform squeezing exercises with exercise ball at desk 15 times both arms, 4 times today.

    Til Next Week,

Wednesday, October 1

October 1, 2008 - Grandpa said; "You are getting fat"

My paternal Grandfather was an interesting man and I loved him unconditionally. Through him I learned to: create and sing my own songs as I do my daily life chores; how to give a good pet a good scratch behind the ears; avoid hitting utility poles when the roads are icy; annoy my Mother; and various other life lessons.

There is one life lesson that I recently learned from him even though he passed on several years ago. He was the only person in my life who directly told me; "You are getting fat." I do not remember the exact date, but I was traveling and gone away from home for three weeks at a time. I had a dream job. My job was to train sales people how to use Microsoft Outlook and Windows NT. I went to places like Miami, Los Angeles, Virginia Beach, Clearwater, etc. It was an easy job with the best food I could eat. The time period was late 1998 or 1999.

I don't know when I started to gain weight. I did not have weight problems as a child or in college. Sometime after graduating college I started to get unhealthy (or unhealthier) - mentally and physically. I tried and took many medications to combat both problems which more-than-likely exacerbated both. As I go through and complete some scrapbooking projects this winter I will be able to look at pictures and see the progression of my gain.

The thing I now know is that as I lose weight, the weights look unfamiliar. I did not weigh myself all those years (over TEN YEARS). The doctor would weigh me, but I did not hear (or care) what the scale said. I could give the excuse that I had other greater concerns - a true statement. However, I am learning that being healthy is not about treating the symptoms (e.g. the blues, mysterious aches and pains, stomach problems). Being healthy is about taking care of me and me first. I must continue on a daily basis to eat healthy, forgive and reward myself, get proper exercise, etc. By accomplishing some of the basic necessities my symptoms are lessened or in some cases gone completely.

So, that day I sat next to Grandpa as he lay in his bed in the Nursing Home I heard what he said, but did not listen. So...

Grandpa, these first 46 pounds lost are for you..

Til Next Week,

P.S. The picture is of my dog Sandy (the best dog EVER). This weekend is his favorite time of year. Canal Days in Metamora! He gets to sit with us all day and beg treats off of the tourists and the Corn Dog Man!

Wednesday, September 24

September 24, 2008 - Angels and Demons

This week I received an e-mail from a new friend seeking advice regarding weight loss tips. She is seeking to lose weight herself and is looking for advice from people that have been successful in losing/keeping off weight. I gladly wrote the six things that have helped me lose weight and my current top five go-to meals. I hope my information is helpful to her and gives her some ideas into what will work best for her individual life and needs. I will be one of her number one supporters and plan to be with her through all stages of the journey – good or bad.

I am extremely flattered that she chose to e-mail me. Yes, I have lost weight--officially 42 pounds and counting. I have learned a lot in choosing to live a healthier life. I have also apparently encouraged others to lose weight, including MY SISTER, some of my close friends, and work colleagues. I think because the people around me are also trying to live healthier lives it continues to “spur” me on.

The recent comments regarding my weight loss from others leads me to what I am choosing to write about today. I have not taken a magic pill. I still make bad decisions and do not eat correctly every day. I still do the things that caused me to gain weight in the first place. I just do not fall victim of my demons every day. Currently, I am winning the mental game.

On a recent trip to a favorite Mexican restaurant in town, I ate more chips than any one person should eat in a day. Not only did I eat those chips, I am relatively sure I ate most of the chorizo-queso dip that we got with it. For my main meal I had chosen sensibly, but since I eat small meals every three hours, I should not have eaten the whole thing. After the meal I did not beat myself up about it. I just went on from there. I knew I had not eaten more than 3500 calories (number of calories in a pound). For the day, I won the mental game.

As I proceed in my healthier lifestyle I gain further insight into myself and actions. For example, I know if I walk into the Bigfoot store at the interstate I will buy a Honey Bun. I will do it. No doubt about it. So you know what I do? I do not go in there. I can honestly say in the past six months I have walked into the store no more than four times. Two of which were to purchase lottery tickets, but it was a struggle not to get junk food. The Bigfoot is one of my triggers to binge eating. As you can tell by the numbers, half the time I went to Bigfoot I won and half the time I did not.

Bigfoot Score

Demons – 2

Angels – 2

I don’t know if the Demons will prevail when I go into the Bigfoot to buy the winning Hoosier Lottery ticket tonight, but if they do I will not beat myself up about it. I will pick myself up and start anew.

For the record, my money is on the Angels…

Til Next Week,

Sunday, September 21

September 21, 2008 - For my Facebook friends

One of my dearest friends suggested that I update Facebook at the same time I update my blog. He thinks that I might inspire others . Anyhoo, this is a test message to see if I can get the feature to work!

Wednesday, September 17

September 17, 2008 - What I have to be proud of..

Hello Everyone,

I went to the weight loss clinic today and found out I lost 3 pounds! Woo hoo! Over the last few weeks, I have really noticed how much better I feel as compared to 6 months ago.

The following are some of the side effects I have experienced from losing weight and eating better.

-My feet no longer have a "strange tingling" sensation.
-My stomach no longer feels queasy all of the time.
-I do not have skin rashes as much.
-My moods are more regulated.
-My skin is a lot rosier.
-I am sleeping better.
-I do not have as many unexplained body aches.
-My self esteem is generally a bit higher.

All-in-all I think I am doing quite well!

The picture is of my dog Sweetie who passed this past December. I have been fondly thinking of her a lot this week. This time of year is when Sweetie would start to get TOO cold. She did not like it when the temperature got below 80.

Til next week,
Kristi Sue

Thursday, September 11

September 11, 2008 - Pork and Bean Cake

Hellooooooooo Everyone!

For those that do not know, I am saving money buy purchasing food through Angel Food Ministries (need to save money for all of these vitamins and supplements I take). Angel Food Ministries is basically a food buying club sponsored by the USDA and local churches. For thirty dollars you get a box of food. Normally, it is primarily frozen meat, frozen vegetables, a boxed starch item, dessert, and a condiment or two. It is designed to feed a family of four for the week. The food is valued at 50-60 dollars in the local grocery store. There are no income requirements since it is normal food, just purchased in bulk by Angel Food Ministries.

I am pleased with the quality of the food and it is super convenient. All of my friends that also do it are pleased as well. However, sometimes I do not know what to do with some of the food items that are part of the basic box. For example, the following are a few things I previously made that I never would have if I had not found out about Angel Food through a friend of mine.

-Italian Sausage Gratin
-Tater Tot Casserole
-Cranberry and Chicken Nugget Casserole

Well, I now need to do something with a can of pork and beans. I found a recipe for Pork and Bean Cake on I am thinking of trying it. Has anyone out there tried it?

Til Next Week,

Wednesday, September 3

September 3, 2008 - When you WANT to get to 40...

I had a bummer today. I thought my weight dropped 5 pounds in the last two weeks, but I knew I was in trouble when I looked at the scale before I went to the doctor today. I gained 3 of the pounds back OVERNIGHT. Now, it could be a number of things (bloating, etc.), but sure enough I only lost 2 pounds, officially. I am bummed. I really wanted it to be 40+ pounds this week.

On a good note, I came across this interesting article regarding the top 100 things that help you lose weight....100 Smartest Diet Tips

Til Next Week,

Thursday, August 28

August 27, 2008 - Sweating is apparently GOOD for you..

Well, I recently had my first visit with a Personal Trainer. I like her a lot and learned to how to properly do the exercises that she believes I should do. We met at a local Spa/Fitness center. I noticed that I definitely pushed myself harder because she was there telling me how many to do and pushing me that one point further with the exercises.

The only thing I did not like about it was the fact that I got sick 2 days later. Of course, I am sure it had nothing to do with the training and everything to do with the fact, I was just sick, but for a week I have blamed it on the workout I received with the Personal Trainer.

The day after I worked out I had my regular appointment at the weight loss clinic. I had convinced myself that I was not going back to the Personal Trainer due to how much it costs, but the physician reminded me I am not going to the Personal Trainer to be trained for something in particular, but as another check-in to stay on track.

Point made. I will be going to the Personal Trainer once a month.

Til next week,

Tuesday, August 12

August 12, 2008 - Forgiveness is Part of Weight Loss, Too

Well, after an eventful two weeks watching my dog-nephew Sam and his dog-sisters life is back to normal. Of course, Sam was VERY bad while his mother was vacationing in Hawaii. He would leave me "presents" every day even if he had been outside several times. He also wanted to pick fights with his sisters continually. He did manage to live through the two and a half weeks. He recently posted a public apology to me. It can be found at I have decided to forgive Sam since the stress of not forgiving him will just hamper my weight loss efforts.

I have also decided to forgive my sister for not bringing me back a Mu Mu. I am of course, kidding about this. Why would I want to wear a Mu Mu when I am losing all of this weight?

As far as my weight loss efforts go, I have met most of my daily goals this week, but do not seem to notice it on the scale. We shall see next week when I have my official weigh in at the clinic.

I saved the best for last! I received 275 dollars in donations this week! 25 to the Lymphoma Society and 250 for Juvenile Diabetes!!!! How EXCITING!

Til next week,

Wednesday, August 6

August 6, 2008 Keep on Keeping On


Well, as expected the doc wasn't impressed with my VO2 max. Some blah, blah, blah about it is not indicative of real VO2 max results blah, blah, blah. While I wasn't impressed either it was the only test result that came back that was good! Oy! Made me giggle...

Anyhoo...It has been a little harder the past couple weeks to eat as well. What I have learned is that I need to have that "go to" meal/snack that I can fix when nothing else will do. I have been eating a lot of McDonald's salads, which are fortunately not too bad for you, but that can get expensive. I did manage to lose 2.5 pounds in the past two weeks. Obviously, my calories spent in energy were greater than my calories consumed!

I would say the best thing in my diet that I think I need to share with folks this week is Fiber One cereal and bars. The recommended daily allowance of fiber is 25-35 grams. Being an overachiever I shoot for the 35 grams of fiber. Fiber One is really good. I eat the Raisin Clusters and any of the bars. For recipes that call for croutons I use the plain Fiber One cereal. I really like it and it adds up quickly. A cup of Fiber One cereal has 9 grams of fiber. Most of the rest of my fiber I get from high fiber bread and berries.

Til Next Week,
Kristi Sue

Friday, August 1

August 1, 2008 - My REAL age

Ohmygoodness, what an interesting week I had...

At the advice of my physician I went to a local spa/fitness club and checked out something called a Polar Body/Fitness Analysis. The Polar analysis is a series of questions and physical "tests" to determine how healthy you currently are and how healthy you can be.

I was tested for flexibility, strength, cardiovascular health, nutrition, weight, BMI, etc. The results are interesting because at the end it gives you an indication of your real age based on your current nutrition and fitness levels. Well, I am 8 years older than my current age, but I have the potential to be 7 years younger than my current age. Losing weight adds 5 years and then each of the other areas requiring improvement add 2 years.

The most interesting part is that my V02 max (capacity of an individual's body to transport and utilize oxygen during incremental exercise) was off the charts (in a good way). What?!?!?!? I get winded walking up the stairs.... I am going to research this a bit more. Maybe it means I have a healthy heart, NOT that I am in good cardiovascular health. I am assuming this is a genetically determined number. It was very odd....

At the end it also provides a plan for aerobic exercise. The plan includes target heart rates and how long you should be in the target heart rate, etc. Of course, in order to do this I think I need a heart rate monitor. I do not want to stop and check my hear every five minutes to see if I am in the zone..that would be too annoying. Why give myself a convenient excuse not to do something!

If you live near a fitness center or spa that offers this I recommend it. It is very enlightening and is a good health checkup. I plan on getting another one in about 6 months to see if I have improved over time.

Til next week,

Thursday, July 24

July 23, 2008-The Doldrums

Hello All,

I am now 35 pounds lighter! During my weigh in yesterday it was revealed that I lost 3.5 pounds in the past two weeks.

I don't know if I am bored or just in a general sense of malaise...I am sure it will pass soon.

Have a good week,

Wednesday, July 9

July 9, 2008 - 3 pounds down

Hello Everyone,

It must be the weather. I just do not feel like blogging today, but I wanted to give everyone an update.

*I lost 3 pounds since my last weigh in at the doctor.
*We have 132 more dollars raised for charity.
*I added a bunch of new web sites that are useful.

Til next week,

Wednesday, July 2

July 2, 2008 - 100 Days of Weight Loss

Hello Everyone,

I MUST tell you about this book I am working through. It is titled, "100 Days of Weight Loss". The author is Linda Spangle. She also wrote "Life is Hard, Food is Easy." This book takes you through the first 100 days on any diet plan.

Now, I do not believe I am on a "diet." I am undergoing a lifestyle change that I will maintain the rest of my life. However, the reading, journaling, and "must take" actions she writes about are very beneficial for not only working to improve eating habits, but other aspects of life as well.

I strongly recommend this book!

I started strength training this week, so I am now starting to have a few sore muscles, but so far so good on that! I have a DVD from the clinic, plus Spark People has tons of free exercise videos!

Well, everyone have a Happy 4th!

Til Next Week,

Wednesday, June 25

Laughing at Myself - June 25, 2008

The funny side of losing weight….

Well, last night I was convinced I had a tumor in my breast. I was REALLY convinced. After performing a complete exam of myself I realized that I did not have a tumor; my breasts are smaller and “things” are just not where they used to be! Calvin (the dog) was even a little concerned why there was such a flurry of activity at 2:30 AM.

Fiber, Fiber, Fiber….

Apparently, I am not getting enough fiber in my diet. I guess “they” are serious about me eating vegetables. I used to think I LIKED vegetables. I am having difficulty choking down eight CUPS of vegetables. My problem is that I prefer raw vegetables over cooked any day. Feel free to send me some of your favorite vegetable recipes.

Updates to Blog…

The subscription service no longer works. Apparently, Blogarithm was bought out by another company. If you have Outlook or a RSS feeder you may subscribe to my blog. E-mail me for instructions on how to setup on your computer. For those that frequent Facebook, My Space, Linked In, and/or Plaxo I am going to have Twitter automatically update as well. I hope to have it setup in the next week or so….
I also updated my total goal for walking the Mini Marathon. I found out that the winner of the Mini gets 3500 dollars. Well, I think I should raise that much for walking it!!!

Take Care,

Wednesday, June 18

June 18, 2008---My cup runneth over...

As I progress through my lifestyle change, I have several friends and acquaintances that have asked me, how are you doing it? I thought I would share with you all what the difference is this time.

I believe there are several factors at play right now that are helping me achieve my first goal of losing 30 pounds.

1) I have the mindset that I AM doing this and I WILL do it. Daily, the most important decisions I make and the things I do involve eating correctly and exercising. There is without a doubt this is the most important thing in my life. Nothing else matters as much as this. There is no choice. I am going to do this or die trying (literally). If I do not the long term effects will be more impossible to bear than changing my life now and making a commitment to it.

2) I am making small changes at a time. I am not trying to do everything at once. The first 30 pounds are about writing down what I eat, staying within the dietary exchanges and/or calories, and getting a little more exercise than I used to.

3) Professional support and help. The staff at the Weight Loss clinic I go to are not telling me anything I have not heard before, but they are telling me in a way that helps me apply it. They also are very energetic and encouraging. I believe it is a good fit and they actually do understand what those that need to lose weight are going through.

4) My friends, sister, and co-workers. Without a doubt one of the number one factors in helping me lose weight is the support of my friends.

The picture attached to this post is a good example of the support I receive. On Tuesday, I came into work and this "measuring glass" was proudly displayed on my desk. It is a constant reminder, at work, of how far I have come. It will be a constant reminder of my goals and how I can achieve it. Much like gifts for anniversary presents, the glass rocks represent a milestone. Twenty-five pounds is glass, 40 pounds is rubies, etc. My co-workers and friends have offered me more support than I ever could have imagined. Some of the best encouragement I have received has come from my co-workers and friends I now work with on a daily basis.

I also get phone calls, facebook "pokes", and e-mails encouraging me a few times a week from friends old and new. I could never express in writing how each of the messages I receive brighten my day and encourage me even more. Not only did my friends willingly offer up donations for the mini next year, but they take time out of their busy lives to offer encouragement.

I cannot end this post without speaking nicely about the encouragement of my sister. She is also one of my supporters. She has gone on walks with me, and is starting her own weight loss regimen. Now for those that do not have a sibling, what that means is now a COMPETITION! Seriously, she too is very supportive.

So, to all my friends.

A toast to you and your goals.

Much Love,

Wednesday, June 11

June 14, 2008---I'm Melting!

Hello All,

I am melting away! I got measured today so I thought I should post the inches lost by body measurement.

Waist: 7 inches
Bicep: 1.5 inches
Thigh: 5.5 inches
Calf: 2.5 inches
Chest: She did not measure my chest, but I am going to assume about 7 inches here.

Woo hoo!!!! I have not noticed it in myself, but apparently what people are telling me is correct. I AM losing weight!

The RD shared with me a couple of COOL sites that I want to share with you. Both sites provide really good information for making healthy lifestyle changes.

1) Spark People
2) Hungry Girl

Til next week,

Sunday, June 8

June 7, 2009

I do not understand why I cannot get the date to appear correctly on my posts. I will have to remember to make the effort to post the date manually. Urgh!

I am officially on week nine of my "lifestyle change." Next week, I get measured to see how many inches smaller I am.

When I went to the doctor on Wednesday, I weighed 2 pounds less! Woo hoo!

Til next week!

Thursday, May 29

What a week....

I have been EXTREMELY busy this week. The best way to provide an update is to take a stab at one of those poems that makes no sense.

What a week I had,
Shotgun shells shower my head, but it does not get wet,
Clean, Clean, Clean, No Sleep, Clean, Clean, Clean
40 years of crap in a garage must be destroyed NOW,
Dog fight, dog fight, metal most go in bin, burn all else
Too much weight loss in a week, gain a pound back, but Dr declare, just water,
Total fat loss 16, total water 5

There. I feel better now.

Til next week,

Wednesday, May 21

Oops! I did it again

I don't MEAN to lose so much weight in one week, but it happens! Well, I lost 9 pounds this week. Of course, I got the lecture about water weight, etc. So, I am not expected to lose much weight this next week.


About the walks... I plan on walking a 5K in August, a 10K in October, and of course the mini next May. Planning these additional walks should keep me on track to walking every day.

Til next week,

Wednesday, May 14

Swollen Ankles

Yuck. Water weight made me up two pounds up for the week. I refuse to update my totals since it should go away this week. I will let you know....

I do not have much time this week, so the post regarding my walking plan will be posted next week.

Have a great week!


Wednesday, May 7

Down a Stone!!


I have lost a stone! By stone, I mean that endearing British way of calculating...a stone is 14 pounds for the uninitiated.

It has been a busy week! I have 200 dollars more in donations, I lost 3.5 pounds, and walked a few more miles.

I am adding a short term goal of walking a 5K in August and a 10K in October. More on the walks next week....


Saturday, May 3


Today was the running of the Mini Marathon for this year. So, I only have 364 days to get ready!!

As I was flipping through some of the pictures on the internet, I noticed that One America also sponsored a mini marathon in Iraq for the soldiers. Seeing these pictures is another bit of motivation. Regardless of your opinion regarding having our troops in Iraq you have to be impressed.

I think if they can run/walk in the heat of Iraq and spend time away from their families because duty calls...I can walk the mini marathon next year no matter the heat, cold, rain, or even snow.

The photo is a submitted photo on

Wednesday, April 30

Another ONE bites the dust

Hello there,

I lost a pound this week. I am actually suprised by my loss. I did not expect it since I did not follow the plan exactly, but sure enough there is one pound less of me. Woo Hoo!

I now have to put flax seed in my yogurt. I bought some yogurt, but now I have put sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of flax seed and EAT IT! We will see how this goes....

I did do some walking this week. I didn't feel like being pulled by a dog, so I went by myself!!

Til next week,

Wednesday, April 23

Take the good with the bad

Sister and I have season tickets to Broadway Across America shows. One year our seats were located in the very last row of the balcony. We shared the row with 3 retired couples that were subscription holders longer than we were. After a particular show, one of the ladies remarked; "You take the good with the bad." This remark summarizes my week.

As expected I gained this week. However, I only gained 1.5 pounds, so that is good. I did have a more difficult time during the past week. I think what happened is that I deprived myself so much the previous week I went on strike. I had a more difficult time eating every 3 hours and when I would finally eat my choices were not as good.

After discussion with the doctor my goal for this week is to make sure to get my water in, eat every 3 hours, and keep doing my walking.

Thursday, April 17

Wasting away....

Well, I am already in trouble with the physician. I somehow managed to lose 6.5 pounds in a week. As most of you know, the recommended amount of weight loss per week is 1-2 pounds. Oopsie... After careful review of my food logs it looks like I probably was dehydrated a bit. We shall see next week....

Thursday, April 10

Less of Me...


I just had to post a day early! There is 5.5 pounds less of me now. Woo hoo!

So far so good...

I also received another 100 in donations this week!

Friday, April 4

Hanging in there...


Short posting this week, due to not feeling well...

I didn't get much activity this week. I have an allergy attack that has slowed me down considerably. I can't breathe or swallow...ugh.

On a good note, 250 more dollars in donations have arrived! Woo hoo!

Next week I meet with the doctor again. I will be sure to update you on how it goes.

Til next week,

Friday, March 28

Sleep Walking


It has been a very interesting week!

Sister, the dogs and I took a few walks to burn off some calories. I am only supposed to walk a mile at a time for awhile so as not to overdue it. Right now, I am just getting out and moving! I plotted the miles I have walked on the following map to put it in perspective. I am almost to the interstate. Which direction should I head? I am thinking since summer is coming, I will head North...

I am VERY, VERY sleepy. Eating every 3 hours regulates your blood sugar to lower levels which apparently makes me sleepy!

I added a picture to the right. Honeycomb is one of my walking partners. She is not used to regimented walking, so her ears were flipped back and her tail lowered (grin).

I have half of my donations, feel free to notify others. I am going to send out an e-mail to a few more people to see if I can get some more donations.

Til next week,

Friday, March 21

The Test Results Are In...

Here is a bulleted list of what happened this week. I have no imagination today, so it is going to be dry reading.

*Based on the the test results, I better get in better shape or I will have permanent insulin-resistant diabetes...bummer.

*I received several pledges this week! Woo Hoo! Thanks everyone!

*I took a walk down the country road with Katie, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Wanna Be.

*The physician said that my goal over the next few weeks is to walk 6 times a week for at least 20-30 minutes. I also, need to start doing the Dietary Exchanges for a Dysglycemic Diet Plan and write down everything I eat. While I am at it, I should write down how I feel. He also recommended a specific multi-vitamin.

*I have this 20 page explanation of my test results and what it means to me and how my fitness plan will work. It is very thorough. I learned a lot. Especially, why I find it hard to lose weight.

Until next week....

Friday, March 14

Bed Side Manner...EXCELLENT

Dear Blog Readers,

It was the BIG day. I went to the weight loss clinic today to meet with the Integrative Health physician. After completing pages and PAGES of paperwork I met with the doctor to discuss the program.

The physician I am seeing studied with Dr. Weil who is a leader in combining Western with Eastern medicine, so to speak. He got to know me and I got to know him. I think that he is a good fit. He is very energetic and I think truly believes in preventative medicine.

I had several batteries of tests today, vials of my blood are now sitting somewhere waiting for testing. Next Friday I will find out what the plan of action is regarding the recommended treatment.

My hope this weekend (if weather allows) is to get in a couple of mile long walks to get started training! I think Honeycomb (the dog) is going to be very unhappy with the harness she will be wearing when we go for walks...

Check back next week for another update!


Thursday, March 13

And So It Begins...

Today I start notifying everyone of the big challenge...