Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 - TOP TEN

I've been doing this the past few years:

2013 Top Ten

2012 Top Ten

2011 Top Ten

And decided to do it again - not in any particular order and includes the good with the bad.....


10.  

Sookie....that little feral cat that stole my heart.  
We adopted her in February and lost her to a blood clot in August.  She is forever in our hearts.

9.
Mickey....we've had him since he was born but he just never liked it once we moved so he stayed at the old house with the new owners.  We had Mickey put down this year at the ripe old age of 16.  He had a very long life.

8.
Rooker.....adopted from the Humane Society almost died a week later due to an undisclosed upper respiratory infection; but he survived and is our most entertaining cat.  Love him to death!

7.

CC and I have discovered that we really enjoy going to wineries and the wine!!  Always the adventure.

6.

Watching our grandsons grown!





5.

The furnace went kaput and was red flagged and well, here's the new one!!

4.
Hubby got a new job....still in the car business but at Affordable Auto Sales in Waynesboro, PA!

3.
Every once in a while, I take a good picture.  This fella was on the outside of my window at work and I snapped a photo with my phone!

2.
The Weight Watcher re-start...here we go again!!

1.
CC's son Josh graduated from Penn State.  Congratulations Josh!

2014 Top Ten

I've been doing this the past few years:

2013 Top Ten

2012 Top Ten

2011 Top Ten

And decided to do it again - not in any particular order and includes the good with the bad.....


10.  

Sookie....that little feral cat that stole my heart.  
We adopted her in February and lost her to a blood clot in August.  She is forever in our hearts.

9.
Mickey....we've had him since he was born but he just never liked it once we moved so he stayed at the old house with the new owners.  We had Mickey put down this year at the ripe old age of 16.  He had a very long life.

8.
Rooker.....adopted from the Humane Society almost died a week later due to an undisclosed upper respiratory infection; but he survived and is our most entertaining cat.  Love him to death!

7.

CC and I have discovered that we really enjoy going to wineries and the wine!!  Always the adventure.

6.

Watching our grandsons grown!





5.

The furnace went kaput and was red flagged and well, here's the new one!!

4.
Hubby got a new job....still in the car business but at Affordable Auto Sales in Waynesboro, PA!

3.
Every once in a while, I take a good picture.  This fella was on the outside of my window at work and I snapped a photo with my phone!

2.
The Weight Watcher re-start...here we go again!!

1.
CC's son Josh graduated from Penn State.  Congratulations Josh!

Weekly Weigh-In

I was up .2 (that's POINT 2) this week at weigh-in.  I can handle the "point" gains.  I'm sure the pretzel pizza at lunch was the cause of that.

And considering how bad I ate this past week; .2 isn't all that bad!

But now that the holidays are over....it is time to really get on track.  You know the saying:

"If you kind of do it, it kind of works.  If you really do it, it really works."

Well, I've been kind of doing it, now it is time to do it!

I almost didn't make the meeting this week.  I had scheduled a hair appointment and had figured that I'd never make the meeting; but I got to the salon 15 minutes early and she took me right away and had me done in no time at all.  So I ran home and got my WW stuff and went to the meeting.  I hate to miss them because that sets me up to miss more or not worry about my eating habits until next time and well, I am paying to go - so I can't miss them.

Last night was about preparing meals.  Starting over you "kind of" already know this stuff; but it is nice to hear it again to get the "doing it" working.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Good Weight Week

I had a much better weigh-in this week with a 3 lb. loss.  I don't really believe that I lost 3 lbs. this week; just like I don't really believe I gain 4 lbs. the week before.

Weight is weird.  I believe the 4 lb. gain last week was a fluke that resulted from our work Christmas Party earlier in the day.  Heavy eating the day of weigh-in is never good and can throw off the success from the rest of the week.  I then think once that meal was through my system, it evened its way out and I saw a big loss this week.  An adjustment was made and now I'm back on track.

I got my snowflake charm tonight for on my key ring.  That was for attending at least 6 meetings between November and December.

My next goal needs to be to reach my first 5 lb. loss; than 9 lbs. which will be my 5%; then the 10% etc....  It's a long journey and can only be done a step at a time; no skipping steps - each step in order.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blah!

This week's weigh-in was a total bust!!

I apparently have been bad and it also didn't help that the work Christmas Party was the same day as weigh-in.

I almost didn't go to Weight Watchers, I knew it would be bad.  I decided not to go.  Then as I sat in front of the TV, I realized that if I didn't go, I wouldn't be eligible for my snowflake charm.  I then realized that I could go and not weigh-in.  So I decided to do that.

But walking from the car to the meeting I just decided to own it and weigh-in.  I told them it would be bad; it was; I was advised to shake it off and move forwarded.

I hate being a slave to that scale.  I know it doesn't mean EVERYTHING....but at Weight Watchers, IT DOES.

Moving on.......

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Quick Update!

We finally have a working furnace.  We were without one for 22 days!

It wasn't without a hitch though, once they started they realized our Central AC was shot as well and decided they couldn't attach that back to a brand new furnace.  This really wasn't a surprise to us, we've band-aided that AC for the past 2 summers.

So that's something we need to prepare for in the Spring.

I haven't been too on track this week in the eating department; but I'm tracking and owning it, so that's always good.

Getting ready to finish up Christmas shopping today.....I am not a Holiday person for this time of year.  Way too much worry over gifts and such; and too less on just family/friend time and such.  It's a shame that people put gifts (both giving and receiving) over together time.  Sigh......

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ho-Hum

I'm still without a furnace.  I've been without a furnace for 21 days.

In case you missed the mention of this a few posts back:  You could smell oil burning every time the furnace kicked on.  Hubby finally called the Oil Company and they came out to check.  The furnace was "red flagged" which meant it was considered dangerous and completed turned off and unhooked to prevent anyone from ever turning it back on.  We were told we were slowly inhaling carbon monoxide thus poisoning ourselves.

I can totally believe the poisoning thing, within a few days I felt so much better and was no longer tired.

But we needed a furnace; hubby chose to use our Oil Company for this task.  No getting several estimates or anything, so the procedure went like this:

Furnace red-flagged on a Thursday; guy shows up to check furnace specs on Monday; we get the estimates on Wednesday; on Friday we go in to look at financing; financing is pushed to Monday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend; we get our own financing and pay on Tuesday; furnace arrives at oil company on Thursday; install begins on Tuesday and doesn't complete; I'm sitting at home again today on Wednesday waiting for them to come and finish.  (mind you in each step here we've had to initiate everything: had to call and set up for estimate; had to call to get final estimate; had to call about financing; had to call to see when furnace would be in; had to call to see when they were installing, etc...).

Now let me tell you about my step-son and his wife:  Furnace goes out on Saturday; red-flagged on Monday; 4 estimates by Friday; new one installed in 1/2 a day on Monday.  Ten Days!  And would of been faster had they not gotten all those estimates.

See the difference?  I'm not happy with this service AT ALL.  And of course, the install hasn't been without mishap......Our central air unit (which sits on top of the furnace) is shot and they said they wouldn't put that on top of a new furnace.  So central air will be something we need to look at in the spring.  Mind you, we knew there were issues with the AC and knew it was probably what caused part of the furnace problem (next to age) but it would be nice to just have GOOD news every once in a while.  Anyway I was given the name of someone I work with for the AC (had I had his name first, he could of done both the furnace and AC for probably what the furnace is costing us).

So.......Furnace now; AC in the spring and oil tank before next winter.  See what I have to look forward to???

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Success


Tonight I earned my Weight Watchers Key Ring.  You don't really have to do much, just show up for 4 meeting, but I've always liked these little trinkets.

My original looked like this:


 A little different design and you had to make a 10% weight loss goal to get it.  On it are the charms I earned at that journey (I'll earn on the new one as well).  There's the hands with 16 that I earned at my 16th week (they think you've formed a good habit at that week number); one for walking 5K; a star for reaching goal, a Lifetime key and a washer that you get for every 25 lbs. you lose.

CC and I had re-started Weight Watchers last year and I ended up with this:
The same key ring I got tonight and a charm of a runner, which I'm pretty sure you just got for attending a certain amount of meetings in a certain time period (trust me, it wasn't for running).

I put my old two in a drawer today.  I don't want to look back at the successful and failed attempt.  I just want to move forward with this one.

My first charm will be a snowflake - that's just a special attendance one (like the runner one above) for attending 6 meetings between mid-November and the end of the year.  I do know you get a charm at both the 5% and 10% weight losses (though I've no idea what they look like).  I've always said Weight Watchers needed to come up with more charms; and I'm glad to see that they've did and that they've added for small successes as well as the big ones.

Oh and I was down .8 (that's point 8) which was a surprise because I ate very badly on Sunday.  That made me think of this:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This & That

Despite Thanksgiving and all the food, I managed a 1.2 lb loss - YIPPEE!!!  Now if I can just get through this next month all should be good.

We are still without a furnace but it should be installed one day next week.  Over the weekend my stepson and his wife had the same tragedy occur - furnace went kaput.  It must be an epidemic.

I am so not in the Christmas spirit and haven't been for several years.......will be glad when it's over.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Weigh-In and More

So I had my first weigh-in do over resulted in a 2.8 lb. loss which is awesome!  It could probably of been more but I'll take that!

We've been having furnace trouble at the house.  Every time it kicked on, you could smell oil burning.  Hubby finally called the oil company and they came out last Thursday.  Our furnace was red flagged and turned off.  Completely....no longer to be turned on.  The guy told us that we were slowly poisoning ourselves with carbon monoxide.  So we need a new furnace.

It wasn't until Monday that anyone showed back up to check sizing and such...and today is Wednesday and they are suppose to call with pricing.  Sigh......  Anyway once a decision is made (and I mean really we have to have a furnace so what decision can be made?) it'll probably be a week until one can be installed (they don't keep them in stock, so they have to order).

We've been without a furnace for almost a week.  Fortunately the weather hasn't been overly cold and we have some space heaters, but it is still stressful and annoying.  I'm actually surprised I haven't really over ate, but I'm doing pretty well.  I'm a survivor!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

And So It Begins

Well my first meeting at Weight Watchers was last night and all went well.  Since CC isn't going with me, I opted to attend my local meeting rather than the one we went to (our leader from there is gone anyway).

I really enjoyed the meeting and even though the topic was Thanksgiving and we were to point plus our plates - something we've done before; it was nice to get back into the groove, meet some new people and just be inspired again.

I really liked the leader Mary.  She goes around the room and everyone (it's a small group) says something they've done that week and you get a "Bravo" sticker.  Mine of course was "Coming back to Weight Watchers".  There was another lifetimer there that was starting back as well.

Mary was very informative and advised me not to look at the big picture.  We're to look at 5% loss first - which in my case is 9 lbs.  I think as long as I continue with meetings I can get there by Christmas.  Yes, I could probably get there faster, but I just want slow weight loss so that this time it stays off.

She went over the "Simple Start" plan with me after the meeting which also was very informative.  I did do this program thru lunch today and decided it just isn't for me.  I know that wasn't a long time for trying it but the food just seemed blah, and well, I just want my points.  I think Simple Start is very good for the newbies to Weight Watchers and those that have been gone an extremely long time.  But for me, nope I'll stick to my points.

I also got a free Active Link for joining this month.  It's the new one but still comes with that $5.00 a month fee that I'm not hip on.  I'll stick to my fitbit for now and just keep that in the box.  As long as you never activate it; you can sale it or give it away; but once it attaches to your account it is forever there!

So the new journey begins!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sorry I've Been Gone A While......

Though it may not really matter, I don't think anyone reads here anymore.

I found a new Weight Watcher app (since I'm doing it "unofficially") to use that I really like and want to share it for those that also do it "unofficially".

Value Diary Plus Wt Watcher (android) or Ultimate Food Diary Plus (iPhone) - you'll recognize it with the red heart:

Cover art

It is an app that costs and I think I paid $2.99 for it.  Just the one time fee.  I noticed at iTunes the app is $2.99 but also offers some subscription services, I don't see that with the android version.

Anyway, this one has a lot of bells & whistles and once you learn your way around is just as good if not better than the Official Weight Watchers one.

They also have a website:  Ultimate Food Value Dairy

Check it out!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Tribute To Mickey

If you know me personally or have been a reader here for some time (does anyone read here anymore?) then you are familiar with my cat Mickey.

If not, let me give you a briefing:  Seven years ago when we moved, our cat Mickey could not accept the move and kept going back to our old house.  We tried everything!  He'd even stay for quite a while then one day he'd be gone and we'd find him at the old house.  The new owners of the house took it all in good humor and after a while just allowed him to stay.  He was mostly an outside cat so they had a little house for him and fed him.  We handled shot and vet visits.  I even at one time gave Mickey a weekly blog posting called Mickey On The Move.

Here's some highlights about Mickey:

Mickey

Mickey

Alrighty Then

Yes I'm Still Here

Mickey

That last posting listed was the last I had seen Mickey in over 2 years (other than when I'd drive by the house and see him on their porch) and hubby and I had been talking about him a week or so ago.  I had said since Mickey is an outside cat and now 16 years old, he'd probably just wander off somewhere and die - we'd never really know.  The Stoner's would just say they hadn't seen him in a long time and somehow we all would just know.

Not to be.

We got notification that Mickey wasn't walking right and we picked him up Sunday evening so we could take him to the vets on Monday.  Mickey wasn't happy to be here and I'm not real sure he remembers us, but he did eat and drink and then went to the basement for the night.  He was putting all his weight on one side and sometimes his whole back end would go out.  It was sad.


The above is truly the last photo I'll have of Mickey.  We decided he could no longer function properly as an outside cat and made the hard decision of having him put down.  His condition could of been a stroke or blood clots.  I chose against further testing; I knew what needed to be done.

A FB friend sent this poem:

You'll See Me In The Light

I know that you can't see me,
but trust me I'm right here,
although I'm up in heaven,
my love for you stays here.

So often I see you crying, 
many times you call my name,
I want so much to lick your face,
and ease some of your pain.

I wish that I could make you see
that Heaven indeed is real, 
If you could see me run and play,
how much better you would feel.

But our loving God has promised me,
that when the time is right,
you'll step outside the darkness
and meet me in the light.

Enjoy The Rainbow Bridge Mickey - I'm sure your mom Spunky and brother Sebastian were there to meet you.  I bet even little Sookie (whom you never knew) greeted you as well.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

7 Years Ago

Seven years ago today we closed on our house:



Some "then" house photos:




Actually the photos are from when we looked at the house.





Rooker Made It!!

I was able to pick up Rooker this past Monday.  Rooker was a very very sick kitty, but he's managed to survive and though we do have a few more days of meds to go; you'd never know there was anything wrong with him.

So here's some photos of our new addition:





Gorgeous isn't he?  AND.....he's very very bad - lol!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rooker Update and Then Some

Rooker ended up back at the vet's on Friday because he had stopped eating.  Cats eat by smell and if they can't smell it, they won't eat.  Poor Rooker is so congested.

I had to leave him at the vet's because he needs to be force fed.  It's very bittersweet, but I did get word this morning that he had eaten a little on his own; this is great news!


CC and I have restarted Weight Watchers - not "officially" but on our own.  We did weigh-in and measurements at her house Thursday evening.  I'm only going to do measurements once a month (we aren't even sure we were measuring right-lol) and of course, weigh-ins once a week.  I'm going to put my weights on the side bar just like I did when I was originally losing weight the first time.  Though CC is using Sundays as her start day; I'm going to continue with Friday (day after weigh-in).  I like having my whole 49 weeklies at the start and at the time I would most likely use them.

I have some product reviews to do, both the good and the bad:


I bought this one and the chocolate one.  I had the one above for breakfast the other morning and it was absolute HEAVEN!  I'm not a big greek yogurt person (I find it very odd tasting) but this one was really good.  HOWEVER, it wasn't until after I ate it and went to calculate the points that I realized I had been deceived!  This baby came in at 6 pts. - way too much!  Why?  Well because it is not low fat or fat free - it's the real stuff; no wonder it tasted so good.  I decided to keep these as a snack in the event I have pts left and well want something else.  Of course, this paired with a piece of fruit can make a quick breakfast - but it didn't keep me full long.


I'm not a huge fan of frozen meals, especially the diet ones, but I like to keep a few on hand for emergency purposes (didn't have time to pack lunch, etc..).  I'm also not an exotic eater, I prefer regular old comfort food (which is why I love Weight Watchers so much) so when I saw the above as well as one with fish strips I bought them.

Oh this was just so wrong......  as you notice it is 8 pts.  See that huge pile of fries?  Ummmm....expect about 1/2 that amount along with TWO small chicken strips.  Crisping Tray?  It won't matter, the stuff just doesn't crisp.  Taste?  Blah.....the fries almost had that freezer burn taste to them.  What a waste of 8 pts.