Sunday, March 7, 2010

Nothing is NIFTY as losing FIFTY!!!

*EXHALE* I want to quit my job and just blog all day. If you know anyone looking for a wife to support while she establishes a blogging career email me.

So, last week I spent my extra time (usually set aside for blogging) preparing for my yearly Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS) observation at work. In short, the Assistant Principal observed me teaching a lesson to my students. To keep you from further suspense, YES...I ROCKED the observation. R-O-C-K-E-D IT! So, all of my time spent away from blogging preparing for the PDAS paid off! And you can rest assure knowing I always feel a little twinge of guilt when away from blogging.


50 is:
  • the number of states in the United States
  • the percentage equivalent to one half...fifty-fifty
  • the nickname of the rapper 50 cents
  • the number of chapters in the book of Genesis
Okay, okay...let me cut to the chase! 50 is the number of pounds REMOVED from my body!! I DID IT! Now y'all can call me 50 (Fiddy) like the rapper. I finally earned my 50 lb. BLING! Check it out:
This week I lost 4 pounds for a total of 52.2 lbs GONE!!! When I reported or rather insanely screamed the results into the phone to my Mom, (I had to scream over her screams of excitement) she asked what did I do different last week to help me reach my milestone. So I present to you, my GLOWS and GROWS:

GLOWS: Tracking
Last week, I vigilantly tracked daily. Tracking helped me make better snack choices. One day I faced the dilemma of choosing between a TB of peanut butter and celery sticks for 2 pts. or a Thomas Bagel Thin and 2 slices of deli meat for a grand total of 1.5 pts. So you know which snack won...right? For me it's all about getting a bang for my points.


GLOWS: New Points Strategy
Okay, since I struggle the most in the evening (keep in mind I eat brunch lunch at 10:15 AM) I decided to allot a certain number of points for each meal in hopes that enough points remain for a decent dinner and after dinner dessert or snack: 4 points for breakfast, 5 points for lunch, and 5 for snacks throughout the day. If I stick to my points allotment, I should return home from work with ...uh oh...I just thought about something.

HOLY DOG POO BATMAN, me thinks it's points recalculation time...Be Right Back.

Well that's just CRAPtastic,I moseyed on over to the WW website and, to my horror I discovered that I went down a point. I now get 23 points a day. *Heavy Sigh*

Okay, I made a slight adjustment, so now I decided on the following points allotment: 4 points for breakfast, 5 points for lunch, and 4 points for snacks throughout the day. Soooooo, I should return home from work with 10 points...give or take (probably take)..

My favorite 4 point Breakfasts:
Tony Chachere's Chicken Sausage 2 oz (2 pt), egg whites (1 pt), & potatoes O'Brien (1 pts)...o and I added some bootleg picante sauce from the school cafeteria (0 pts)
Fruited Bran Muffin ( very filling for 3 points). My mom made these, so she holds the recipe. I will probably forget, but I plan to post it on a future post. Just harass me repeatedly until I post the Fruited Muffin recipe.  The muffins contain fresh bananas, apples, and blueberries...YUM!

One of last week's 5 point lunches:
Mom's Homemade Veggie Soup (guesstimated points @ 1 or 2 pts), Thomas Everything Bagel Thin (1 pt), deli meat (1 pt), &WW Pepper Jack Cheese (1 pt)

Beans...the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you! Courtesy of  Mom's Mealz on Wheelz Program, I ate beans EVERYDAY: Red Beans, Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Great Northern Beans, and Purple Hull Peas! I'm talkin' bout good ole' cooked beans, NOT CANNED! According to my Mom, the fiber from the beans kept me full longer which made me waaaay less snacky!!

Some of my favorite bean infused meals:
1/2 c Great Northern Beans (2 pts) 1 c brown rice (2pts)...not pictured cucumbers.

GROWS:Meal Planning
My plan to plan my meals fell by the wayside a while back. The Mealz on Wheelz program pretty much saves me every week. My mom packages the food in serving sizes, so I just grab-n-go! With my mom's help, the only thing left for me to do is prepare sides to go along with her entrees. Most of the time my oldest eats from the Mealz on Wheelz program, but my youngest thinks I'm a short order cook.

GROWS: Sleep Deprivation 
I feel discombobulated every morning due to a lack of sleep. I vow to turn in by 10:00 PM every night this week, regardless of my to-do list. Some nights I pass out from exhaustion, and for those sleepless nights I found this nifty iTouch app called Ambiance. This app allows me to download some of my favorite sounds to be used to lull me into a deep slumber:wind chimes, rain on a greenhouse, rain and thunder, Oklahoma summer night, etc.

Well, the clock just struck 10:01 PM, so that means so long & farewell. And believe me when I say, you have not heard the last of this 50 pound weight loss. I think a new 50 lb victory dance is in order. I also have a few other vlogs planned as well as a couple of other things up my sleeve. So stay tuned!

O and THANKS to everyone who pushed me through my mini crisis a few weeks ago...see with my determination and your support...BAM, 52.2 POUNDS GONE!

If you like this post, check these out (crap, the clock just struck 10:35 PM...FAIL!):
G'Night for real this time!


  1. Congratulations! That is so great and I know you worked hard for it! You should be so proud.

    I know how hard it can be. I started a new job this last week and my whole routine was thrown off and I gained 4lbs. It was disheartening and so frustrating.

    But I know I just need to get back into my groove and make sure I TRACK. Reading about your success has reminded me that this was only a minor setback.

    Congratulations again!

  2. Yayyy! So happy for you! 50 is HUGE!

  3. Congratulations on reaching "Fiddy"+ ... lol! Keep up the great work! :)

  4. Congratulation!!! This is amazing! Way to go girl!!

  5. Fantastic!!! Congrats on your review and you weightloss!! Both are wonderful confirmations of your hard work.

  6. Girl You did it!!! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! I knew you were going to reach your 50lb goal soon!! I love your plan. Planning and tracking makes all the difference. Also, getting the proper sleep really makes a difference. I had to set me an earlier bed time too because I was just running myself down. We can't do everything girl! looks like we both have finally figured that out, LOL!! Keep it up girl! You are doing great! Oh and I'm waiting on the video showing your victory dance, LOL!!

  7. I vote for a new VICTORY ROBOT DANCE!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

  8. Yay Trina!!! I'm so excited for you! Congrats on your 50#'s gone!

    Tracking really works. I sort of fell off the tracking wagon and am having a hard time climbing back on but I'm working on it. It does wonders.

    Way to go Trina! So happy for you! Change your ticker! :)

  9. Congratualtions girl! You rock!

  10. High 5 on thet 50 pound mark!!! That is awesome! I have been trying to find those bagel thins, but so far no luck. I'll keep looking. I can find teh Sandwich Thins which I like, so not all is lost. I think they will show up eventually.

  11. Congratulations!I'm trying to imagine the scene with you and your Mom on the phone both screaming at once. LOL! Keep up all the hard work, it's so worth it.

  12. You're rawkin' it, Fiddy! And I'm right behind you - boo! Post your buttons, Girlfriend, 'cuz I tore it up this week on the challenge...

  13. Woohoo! You go girl! I knew you could do it! I am not looking forward to the whole losing points thing. can't I just keep what I have??? haha. way to go!

  14. I'm so excited for you! I know how it felt when I finally got my 50 lb weight! I wore it on a chain with my 25 lb one for about a week, but those suckers are heavy! Good for you for making it work! And great for your mom for being supportive with the mealz!

  15. You totally rocked the last week! 50lbs down is awesome, i'm so proud of you.

  16. WOW! That is so amazing! COngratulations. It takes so much perseverence to get to the point where you are. You should be very proud of yourself. Your newest follwer from SITS!

  17. Congratulations for all of your success! 50 pounds is a beautiful thing. You'll be at 75 in no time at all!

  18. many thanks for including Tony Chachere's in your weight loss program, don't forget our dinner mixes as well!

    Cindy Ardoin, Food Scientist, Tony Chachere's

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