Monday, August 18, 2014

Shame, shame, sHaMe

     I have noticed how popular it has become to shame a woman for her size. Whether she is overweight, regular weight, or under weight.  Although I believe it has always been a popular sport to shame a woman for being overweight. The skinny shaming is a recent occurrence.

      And I am speaking to myself when I say let's use our words to build up and not tear down. Let us stop saying that because a woman doesn't meet our criteria of what a woman is "supposed" to look like. That somehow disqualifies her as a "real woman".

         All of us that call ourselves women. We are real women! Some women have curves. Some women are skinny. Some women are athletic. Some women have a little extra cushion in the middle and other places. Some women have an illness that causes them to be thin. And they would love to gain weight. And it is not helping when someone is rude and tells them to eat a cheeseburger. We are all real women!

         The entertainment industry is hard enough on women. Let us make this up by being kind to each other. A little Kindness and gentleness and building up your sisters as well as your brothers is Fabulous!

"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" ~John Watson

(Thanks for hearing me out. I am truly speaking to myself on this subject. I just hope that I can be a good influence to someone else.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Just Want to Say Thanks

I just wanted to take a little time out. And tell the people that read my blog how much I appreciate them. You will never know how much that means to me. That you take time out of your busy day to read my blog. Thank You so Very Much!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yummy Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

I prefer to start with fresh cauliflower, but you could use frozen. I think it would be more work to strain the water out of frozen.

Boil for forty five minutes to an hour. You want the Cauliflower to be really mushy done and falling apart.

Strain it

After mashing it, put it back in the colander and mash it again to remove extra water. This step may seem tedious and unnecessary, but without it your mashed cauliflower will be watery. Trust me that isn't good.

After mashing and straining. Put it back in the pot. Mix in two tablespoons of butter, 3/4 cup of cheese and 1/4 cup of milk. I use skim milk, but you could use whatever you like. I  also like a sharp white cheddar. The sharpness of the cheddar balances out with the mildness of the added milk and cauliflower. I have also used mozzarella. It is good, but it has a very mild flavor.

Mix the butter, cheese and milk in. In that order. So everything melts. And then you have lovely mashed cauliflower. It is a nice change from mashed potatoes. Possibly [not] any healthier than mashed potatoes, but different. I like mashed cauliflower as much as I like mashed potatoes. And this girl loves her mashed taters.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back into the Cycle of Exercise

            Really meant to take only one week off, but took two instead. And I really don't have a valid excuse for that. Wasn't sick or anything. Just couldn't get the ball rolling. So I am back and starting cycle two of exercise. During these two weeks I gained two pounds. So I am back and more dedicated than ever.

              I don't really want to lose anymore weight. Except for the two pounds that I gained. I just want to work on muscle tone. I don't want to be a fitness model. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I just don't have the dedication it requires to be a fitness model. And I cannot go without carbs for six weeks. I find I do better with carbs in my diet. I want to be muscular and fit, but still look soft. Lose the whipped cream and gain some steel. I have given up hopes of ever having a thigh gap, LOL! Oh seriously! I knew that I would never have a thigh gap.

         So back on the chain gang. Recording my calories at Spark People. And exercising using some videos. At least thirty minutes, five days a week, Six weeks with the seventh week off.

Can't resist a healthy meal!


          Once again, I will just say no to diet pills and gimmicks. I have tried those things before and they only made my wallet thinner. I want to look healthier, and not put my wallet on a diet. I had to quit Weight Watchers for financial reasons. That program is still a great option. For anyone interested. With Weight Watchers one learns to budget their food. And I believe learns to eat healthier in the long run.  I am going to use Spark People from now on to log my food and exercise.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Why! Oh! Why!

             Why is it so easy to gain weight?  And so hard to lose it? Finally made it to maintenance and now struggling to find my calorie sweet spot. I am working hard so that I am a success and I don't gain the weight back. 



             Posted because they have nothing to do with weight loss. Just reminding you that taking time to smell the flowers is fabulous

Monday, July 7, 2014

In the Home Stretch

     Finally I am on Week Six and next week I get to rest! I already know that I that I won't be able to exercise on Friday. So I am adding five minutes to my stationary bicycle exercise Monday-Wednesday and adding ten minutes on Thursday. Then adding a set of each exercise to my Total Gym routine.

     I decided that I could save money by quitting Weight Watchers. I still highly recommend them for losing weight. Once you figure it out join Spark People. Both are excellent resources for health and fitness. Spark People is free.

      I haven't lost any additional weight since reaching maintenance. I guess that is ok since that is what Maintenance means. LOL! Must find my daily calorie sweet spot. When I try to e
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in maintenance calories, I gain. Why is it so easy to gain it back and so hard to lose? So not fair.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Best Invention Ever! (For Ladies that Wear Skirts)

               I love to wear skirts. I am the quintessential girly girl. What I don't like is even when I am wearing a modest length skirt and I bend over to clean up after my dogs.


          Or pick something up off of the ground or get something out of the trunk of my car. Basic activities like that. The back of the skirt will rise up and expose more skin than I am comfortable with showing. After all I don't wear short shorts. I am just not comfortable showing that much skin. (my shorts all come from Bermuda)

          I tried other products that shall remain nameless. As they didn't help the problem and just rode up with the skirts.

         Jockey brand makes a product called Skimmies Slip Shorts. I would look at them in the catalog. The cost is slightly prohibitive. They are about $20-22 a pair. I finally bought some. Why didn't I buy them sooner?  And even in 90 degree weather they are so comfortable. I admit, I was a little nervous buying them. Usually stuff like this. You put it on and it squeezes one part in and you pop out of another. And you end up looking like a busted can of biscuits. Not with these. Very comfortable and they fit is nice. I miss them when I am not wearing them.

.http://www.jockey.com/catalog?department=women&category=underwear&style=slipshort


         If you are concerned about the price.There are usually coupon codes and sales to bring the cost down.  Target sells a lower priced version called JKY for less. The more expensive version comes in many different colors. I have only seen the lower priced version in black and white. I am not saying that the lower priced JKY brand doesn't come in other colors, I don't know I haven't seen them.

        Even though I assume that both types of Skimmies are made by the Jockey company. My experience is with the more expensive ones. I would highly recommend shelling out the extra money for those.

        I just thought you all would like to know about this incredible find. Over exposure is so [not] fabulous.http://www.jockey.com/catalog?department=women&category=underwear&style=slipshort