Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Just knew I shouldn't have opened the Girl Scout Box of Samoas

Let's just put it this way... the box advertises courage, confidence and character on every single side of it.... and I've got none of the above.

Current stats: eaten 4 cookies about 12 to go.

Will update tomorrow.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Easy to Start a Diet - Hard to Continue

It's 10:30 in the morning and I've already eaten:

1 waffle with syrup that my husband made for vday breakfast
1 coffee latte - again made by my loving husband
5 homemade snickerdoodle cookies (everyday I've been resisting and today I just gave in)
1 piece of leftover Roundtable pizza

How much more do you think I can intake today?!?!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rhonda Lost 20 Pounds - This could be me or you!

Rhonda Hunter, a 36 year old woman, with the stats of 5'4" and a starting weight of 143, lost 20 pounds in 4 months! I'm always looking for stats that are similar to mine so I had to read this story. Rhonda had been wanting to bring her weight back in to the 120 range forever. And in 4 months, she did it!

Rhonda did it by walking. She started with a 45 minute walking program and gradually increased to walking an hour and a half every day (!!!). She also limited processed foods in her diet and watched the portion size of her food. Let's join Rhonda and lose that 20 too! See the story at


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Mystery of the Subway Sandwich

I don't know how Subway does it. The 6 inch turkey sandwich has only 280 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. A slice of bread averages about 80 calories -- you gotta figure there's at least 2 slices of bread in that Subway sandwich. Plus all the fixings. I can't figure it out.

And on another Subway note, it's Jared's 10th anniversary. If you go to the website, there's all sorts of inspirational tips from Jared. Kind of cute. He's a huge advocate against obesity and children. Gotta love him.


Tales From the Gym - Part 1

The thin tennis-skirt wearing woman on the elliptical machine next to me got a "finger wag and a shush" for using her cell phone while on her machine. I laughed (inside) and almost fell off my elliptical-- I don't think I'm coordinated enough yet to use my arms, feet and laugh.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Weekly Weigh In - 138 pounds

Down 4 pounds. I know, you know, we all know it's just a water loss. But, dang, it feels good to be back in the 30's.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Don't Leave Home Without It - Did You Get Your Passport Yet?

With less than six months to go, it's absolutely time to get that passport application done.

According to a new regulation, all Americans must carry a passport when traveling by air to and from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean regions. By Summer 2008, travel by land or sea to the above areas, will require a passport.

So, how do you get a passport. First, go to the official web site of the U.S. State Department located at

If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, including a birth or naturalization certificate; a valid photo-id, such as a driver's license and two 2-by-2-inch passport photos. Don't freak about the picture -- nobody has a good passport photo! Current passport costs are $100 (16 and older) or $85 (younger than 16). Finally, you'll need to complete the application form DS-11, which is available on-line.

If you are a first-time applicant, you'll need to apply in person at places like a court house, post office, library, etc. This website will help you find a location close to your neighborhood. iafdb.travel.state.gov

If you apply today, and choose routine delivery, you'll have your passport in 4-6 weeks. If you choose expedited delivery, you'll have your passport in 3 weeks.

Ok, what if you did wait to long -- now what?!? If it is a simple passport renewal, you can apply by mail by sending in the required materials plus an additional $60 and overnight delivery costs. Write "Expedited" on the envelope. This will still take three weeks door-to-door.

If you need a passport in two weeks or less, you must make an appointment with the Passport Agency. Locations are listed at
Bring with you all of the necessary documents and the extra $60.

And, let's say you need a passport even faster, let's say you just got invited to lunch in Paris on Friday, well, employ a private company that can deliver your passport in about 24 hours. American Passport Express ( http://www.americanpassport.com), lists turnaround times in as short as one to two days -- the price, of course is costly, and can run from $376 (new applicant, one to two days) to $206 (renewal, a week to 12 days). Other companies include Rushmypassport.com, PassportsVisaExpress.com and All American Passports

Remember, passport demand is seasonal with the highest demand period between January and June. So, don't wait.