Thursday, December 30, 2004

Blender Buying Business

Becky’s bouncing to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy a blender because blogging buddy, Elle, boasted of brilliance: blending berries for breakfast!

But Becky believes before buying a blender, a breakdown of blender basics is befitting.

Becky beseeches bloggers beyond Becky’s bosom buddies: briefly bestow a background on blender basics because by bedtime, Becky will break in a beautiful brand-new blender.

May a blessing be bestowed on you for benefiting Becky’s bid at the blender-buying business.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

J-E-L-L-O! K-O-S-H-E-R!

I don't know if this is a recent development, but Jell-O brand Fat Free Pudding Snacks are O-U, D, and they're a great grab-and-go chocolate fix.

I'm Loving this Tea!

Lately, I've been trying to ween myself away from caffeine- I found I was getting random middle-of-the-day headaches on weekends, when I generally don't start my day with a triple-shot latte...

I have 'discovered' and fallen in love with Bencheley's Decaf French Vanilla Tea. I drink it with International Delights Fat-Free Vanilla creamer and 1 packet of sugar, and it's divine! I have to go to Treasure Island Foods in Chicago to get the Bencheley's, but it's entirely worth it.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Kosher Laughing Cow!

For two years, I've been hearing about Laughing Cow spreadable cheese triangles. Alas, they are not kosher, and I have been looking for a kosher equivalent in vain... until now. Schmerling's light kosher swiss cheese is 1 point per triangle, or 3 points for two. Very light flavor, as in not too overpowering, and smooth-smooth-smooth. My only 1/2 complaint is with the "spreadable" aspect... as in, it doesn't spread well. But, 1 triangle sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices that completely covered my bagel this morning, and I had a little corner left over to pop in my mouth as an apperitif! I found this for under $4.00 at Jewel on Howard Street in Skokie, IL, for those of you in the Chicago area.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Goal Gift

My goal gift to myself:

Nice, eh? So warm, so comfy, so trendy! These babies are getting me through the next two months of Chicago winter. Now I have to figure out what to wear them with!

Monday, December 13, 2004

No... more... latkes...

Ok, a word on complacency: shit.

Yes, I hit goal last Thursday. No, I don't intend to actively pursue additional weight loss (though I wouldn't mind another 1.2 so I could say I lost 50 pounds). However, I can't continue to eat soufganiot and latkes because I'm at goal! Complacency is my biggest danger right now, and wow- did it rear its ugly head this weekend. Thank G-d we have many Chanukah parties to go to, and thank G-d we have many amazing cooks as friends. Thank G-d for the gift of oil, but next year I may consider celebrating oil with a massage rather than with food!

Thank you to everyone who posted congratulations on my previous post. There are times I feel like I'm public- yet alone- and it's nice to see when people come out of the woodwork to celebrate together!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

It's a good day

I hit goal!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

This Week's Weigh-In

I lost 73 pounds this week- and I did it all on TrimSpa! Next thursday? I'm getting a boob job!

(thanks, gi)

Monday, December 06, 2004

I did it, I did it, I SO did it!

Tonight, I went running. Yes, oh yes, Becky went running. Not too much running, only a minute at a time, but I started the journey which will ultimately lead to running 5K. The Couch to 5K program I mentioned in an earlier post was delayed due to some ungodly substance falling from the sky which can only be described as snain. However, this is Chicago and tonight's weather was mid-50s. Go figure!

I walked for 5 minutes, and then alternated running for 1 minute and walking for 90 seconds for a total of 20 additional minutes. Then I walked the rest of the way home, which was about 3 minutes. Then I took a really really long shower. Needless to say, the shower was my favorite part. My wonderful DH cooked dinner (steak, rice with mushrooms & onions, and frozen veggies- so wonderful he is), so all I had to do was sit and enjoy. Halfway through dinner I realized it was only 7:30! It's amazing how little time meaningful exercise takes when you just go out and do it!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

It's My Blog and I'll Bitch if I Want To

The holiday WW meetings are back. You know the ones I'm talking about- where each meeting revolves around the member who joined last week desperately wanting to lose 10 pounds before her office's holiday party, or the one who complains there's simply nothing she can turn down at her family's Christmas dinner, no matter what. I hate this time of year at WW, because many of the meetings revolve around people who are 'short-termers'. They're here to get through (or prepare for) the holidays, and will quit WW (or hit their lifetime goal of a whole 17 pounds) within a month. HELLO!! I've been here for two years, and I'll be around in another two!! Come June, guess who will be sitting in this freaking meeting while you're complaining that your string bikini just won't do because you absolutely must lose 2 pounds. boo hoo hoo, don’t come crying around here with your perky ass and size 2 stomach- no one feels bad for you.

I am really suffering from a serious case of WW burn-out. How can someone be 2 pounds from goal for 8 months? That’s fucked up, ok? I just can’t be bothered with it, whatever it happens to be- I can’t be bothered to count my flex points, I can’t be bothered to buy and prepare veggies and fruits, I can’t be bothered to make menus, I certainly can’t be bothered to go to the gym, etc etc etc. I’m sick and tired of watching my entire meeting turn over while I sit patiently in the back waiting for SOMEone to understand what it’s like to have been on program for a year or more, or to have lost 50 pounds (or more than 25, for that matter).

While I was sitting in my meeting today, I realized I could benefit from a specialty WW meeting for those who have a lot to lose, or had a lot to lose, or for close-to-goalers, or long-timers. Somewhere that the newbie next to you isn’t going to say, ‘well, I make my menus every week and count every point, and I’m so very good about portion control, and I like working out.’ Sure, twiggy, I’m sure it was easy doing that the entire time you’ve been with WW- the whole 3 weeks! Talk to me when you’ve been here as long as I have. I guess I’m suffering from a bit of seniority syndrome. As of now, there is only one person going to my meeting who has been there as long as I have, and I don’t think there’s anyone who has lost as much weight as me (at this point, I’ve lost more than my leader has). Having lost close to the most and having been there close to the longest I guess I feel like a senior. Seniors are usually mentors… but I still need a mentor. Or at least a peer.

I really appreciate the group of gals on my WW Friends message board. When I suggest shooting for 100 oz water/day to friends and co-WW meeting attendees, I get looks like I suggested they amputate a foot to lose weight. My gals understand- and better yet, they do it with me. We actually do post our daily plans, we actually do stay within our points, we actually do live real lives and throw in the towel sometimes. We’re not perfect WWers, but most importantly, we’re ok with that- and we know what it’s like to be in it for the long haul. I could use a WW meeting with each and every one of them in it…