Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Please note that I DID NOT change a thing before taking this lovely shot. NoSireeBob, it's au naturale....
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you'd like to continue the celebration, head over to Noe Noe Girl's place. That chick really knows how to throw a birthday bash!
Happy Birthday MPM!!! I hope it's the best one EVER!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The photo above features none other than Snow White (second from the right, dressed as Brother Bear). These "characters" were preparing to ride on a float in the Ukrop's Richmond Christmas Parade a couple of years ago. They brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of children that day. It was a beautiful, crisp morning in Central Virginia, and the parade definitely got us into the holiday spirit!
I am tagging the following people:
1. Noe-Noe Girl
2. Mom x 2
3. The Incredible Woody
4. Busy Bee Suz
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Our distorted perception of a "serving" has been perpetuated by our affinity for dining out. A single restaurant serving equates to about three times the amount of food we should be consuming at one sitting. ( "Would you like to Biggie Size that?" Just reading those words added five pounds to my Blogger Butt!!!)
One of the suggested ways to avoid overeating is to use a smaller plate. There is a product on the market that takes this guideline one step further....Slimware plates. Currently, there are four designs available. Each design incorporates "graphically-designated food placement areas as a guide to recommended food portions". There is a specific place on each plate for entrees, veggies, and starches/side dishes. Using Slimware is a great way to inject a bit of whimsy into the drudgery of dieting! It will also help take the guesswork out of appropriate portion size.
I'm going to order a set of the Urban Safari Print plates. They're my favorite:) Go check out the other fabulous patterns - I'm sure you will find one that you love!
Disclaimer: This post constitutes a shameless plug for a product that was designed by my third-cousin-twice-removed-by-marriage. (Lash, please verify this with your mother.) I drank the Facebook Kool-Aid yesterday, and came across his site....which is where I discovered Slimware. It's no coincidence that this product came to my attention during the Blogger Butt Smackdown. In fact, I believe I was destined to discover this product in order to be able to spread joy among cranky dieters. It's not chocolate, but it won't add pounds to your posterier.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Dear Blogger Butt Smackdown Participants:
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that I may not be able to continue to serve as your mentor. I am no longer worthy of your trust, for I have cheated. Yes, you read that correctly. I. Cheated. On. My. Diet. While all of you were at home munching on celery sticks and broccoli florets, I was enjoying eighteen hours of utter debauchery.
Last night, Cool Breeze and I were waiting for the teenagers to arrive home for dinner. We had some down time, and I succumbed to the evil wiles of the wine bottle that had been screaming my name for FIVE DAYS. I chastised myself as I poured that nectar of the gods into my favorite wine glass. I was confident that it wouldn't taste as good as I thought it would. I was wrong! It. Was. Wonderful. Fortunately, only a single serving remained in the bottle. It could have been MUCH worse!
Unfortunately, that's not all.
Snow White had an audition early this morning, after which we went to iHop for breakfast. I enjoyed a wonderful spinach and mushroom omelet that fit nicely into my South Beach Diet Plan. (I didn't eat the hollandaise sauce) BUT, I also enjoyed 1/2 of one of the pancakes that accompanied said omelet. The sugar-free syrup did little to alleviate my guilt.
As you can plainly see, the South Beach struggle continues at Casa de Envy. I'm attempting to crawl back onto the diet wagon and take control of the reigns. Until I regain my footing, you may want to turn to Mental P Mama for guidance. She may have eaten 327 olives, but she never sipped a single drop of that martini. If I am impeached, I nominate her as your new leader. You'll have to organize your own special election. That would be much too painful for me to handle.
In closing, I would like to encourage all of you to take it one day at a time. Don't beat yourself up if you slip, just get back on track and keep moving forward. I have run out of cliches for this paragraph, so feel free to add your own here____________________.
Blogger Butt Smackdown Moderator with a Past
Friday, January 9, 2009
We've only known each other since last fall, but I feel as if I have known her my whole life. She is SO much fun to hang out with, and I look forward to many more "meetings" where we drink wine and pretend to plan for the Blogapalooza!
Please take a moment to go over and wish her a Happy Birthday:)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This feast included tunafish, romaine salad with roasted red peppers, feta cheese, and Greek vinaigrette dressing, & a sugar-free Jello cup.
And for dessert......a little eye candy.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Cool Breeze and I have been discussing what we would like to do for vacation this year. There are SO many places that we enjoy visiting, but there is never enough time to see and do it all.
Our first trip will be to take Snow White "school shopping" over her Spring Break. She provided me with a list of potential colleges, and most of them are in, get this, NEW YORK CITY! I am terrified to send my child off to the big city, but she will never be a famous opera singer if she doesn't have an opportunity to submerge herself in the proper environment. After all, I'm hoping that she will be takin' care of Mama one day:) (All I've asked for is a driver. I have everything else I need.)
Other options include The Outer Banks, Nassau, Hershey, Atlantic City, Mathews...who knows where we will end up! Wherever it is, I know it will be relaxing, AND, there will be wine!
Where will you be vacationing this year?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
And stocked up on all of the good stuff...
Lunches and snacks are prepared for the day. My gym bag is packed, and waiting in the car.
Are YOU ready to get thin again??
Don't forget to leave me some information about your weight loss goals, exercise goals, tips, etc. I'll be building a sidebar around today's comment section. Be creative!!!
If you are not joining in the diet challenge, please leave a word of encouragement for those who are:)
I will post on this topic every Monday.