Sunday, November 27, 2005

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Treadmill Report

I know it seems like I've forgotten the treadmill, but I haven't.

Friday, November 25, 2005: 42 minutes, 43 seconds; 1.71 miles; 220 calories burned.

Today: 152 minutes, 14 seconds; 7.90 miles; 1016 calories burned.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Turkey Day and Beyond

Yesterday I went to Mom and Dad's for Thanksgiving. I brought them home-made cranberry sauce, home-made noodles, and a home-made berry cobbler. Dinner was good. I ate too much and my diet and exercise program is definitely on a hiatus. My sister and her kids were there. They came up from Florida. Jasmine was excited by the snow. Timmy (aka Buddha) is still a speechless baby. He eats a lot. My sister said "I heard Miranda's voice but didn't see her" alluding to my weightloss. LOL! Brought home leftovers and made a chocolate cake when I got home for my dessert. It's a low-fat cake though.

Today, I put up the Christmas tree. I was going to wait until Jasmine went back to Florida, but I didn't know when I was going to get time to do it after she left. I dyed my hair today (still not happy with the results) and tried to make a curtain out of old blue jeans. It's still a work in progress. But I didn't do so bad for not having a work surface or a sewing machine, or a measuring tape. I also washed the slip covers for the couch and chair and watched UFO Files on the History channel for much of the day and the 2004 Skin Games (golf) for the other half.

Dad called the guys who do our mechanic work to see if they could work on my car, but he didn't get any answer. I guess they are taking the day off for deer hunting. Dad thinks some kind of brake cylinder is leaking and that's what's causing my trouble.

The one thing I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving: I just found out that in England, you have to pay big money for a license to watch tv. Thank goodness Americans aren't that greedy yet. Sony/BMG is the closest by putting that stupid spyware software on your computers without your knowledge. But they are getting sued and I hope they suffer greatly for that. I guess I'll have to bring in a cd player to work so I can listen to cds since I can't be sure any of them will be safe for the computer.

I got my credit card bill in the mail today. Unfortunately, it still doesn't have all my charges on it. I have to remember to stop charging after the 17th of the month so I can finally get off the credit card merry-go-round. I called the 1-800 number today and I have an available balance of $332.00. That's the least I've ever had available on my credit card. I've spent a lot these last couple of months. My mom and I are going shopping in P-Burg next weekend. Hopefully the credit card people will have processed my payment by then. I'm hoping to look around for a dining room table and chairs.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Pre -Turkey Day Post

So, this week has been one long week. But finally, work is done for the week and I can enjoy 4 days off. My car is acting up. Dad put studded tires on it this weekend, but since Monday, the right rear tire has been skidding. It's like it's locking up or something. Dad's going to look at it tomorrow. It only does this when I brake firmly. So, I just have to brake gently and allow for plenty of stopping space. But it's aggravating. I'm almost afraid to back out of my driveway. I have to back down a hill, make a turn, then continue backing up another hill just so I can point my car down the driveway and make it to the road. When I make that turn while backing out, the tire skids and my "low trac" light comes on. It's kind of scary, but I know nothing really bad is happening. I can still stop the car. But I really want it fixed.

I made cranberry sauce for the Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow. We are having dinner at Mom and Dad's new house and my sister and the kids will be there. I'm also bringing home made noodles and a 'mystery' dessert. I want that to be a surprise for my parents. Today it was snowing when I got off work and the ground was white so I parked my car at the road and walked all the way up to the house (about a quarter of a mile).

I'm watching golf right now, but the announce people are getting on my nerves. So, I might surf the channels to see what else is on.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Completely Off the Diet

Well, I went off the diet in a big way today. I made something called a Mexican Bundt Cake today. It's a chocolate devil's food cake with cinnamon and orange juice added. It's topped with a drizzle frosting also flavored with orange juice and orange zest. The cake has a half a cup of oil in it and I had more than one piece tonight. It's a very good cake. But it is absolutely not on the diet. So, I will be working out some tomorrow and hopefully I won't gain too much weight while I eat the rest of the cake this week.

Friday, November 18, 2005


I've had a pretty uneventful few days. The potluck lunch on Thursday was pretty good. I actually ate real food. It's gotten cold here, down to 18 degrees. I hate winter. I have a new electric pole. The old one was cracked and bent thanks to an ice storm a few years ago. I was worried it might snap in two this winter so Dad called the power company and had them come out to replace it. The outside cats keep wanting to come into the house. I guess because it's so cold out there. They have beds all over the place out there that they can sleep in. I've been playing with my Petz program. I had a cat there to have kittens, two boys. And now my chihuahua is going to have puppies. Not steffi and fritz, but the computer dog. I've picked out a name for one of the puppies: Vilamoura. It's in Portugal and Sergio Garcia is playing there this week.

Tomorrow I'm going shopping. I'm thinking of buying some boots to go with bootcut pants that I wear to work. And I have to buy some food to get ready for the Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house. I'm making the cranberry sauce and the noodles. I might make dessert too. I have a recipe for a chocolate-mexican type cake that I got from a magazine that I want to try.

Last night I watched Alias and the previews for the next episode are incredible for the simple fact that Rachel meets Sark! Talk about a shock. I can't wait to see it. And Sloane has really disappointed me. But truly, the sneaky side of me thinks Sloane is playing the Prophet 5 people and he will come out on top. He is a lot smarter than the way he's been acting this season. Jack is doing great and last night it was really cute to see him putting together Sydney's crib for the baby. And I love the humor in the show. They've written it to be a lot more funny this season. Probably because it looks like this will be the last season. Hopefully, Alias will continue with either tv movies or films and hopefully Balthazar Getty and Rachel Nichols will be in there.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Well, I didn't work out tonight. We are having a Thanksgiving Pot Luck Lunch tomorrow at work and I had to make no-bake cookies.

Mom and I have made tentative plans to go shopping one day in December. It seems my niece has hinted for a gift that can be found in P-Burg.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The News About Eddie Guerrero

I was very saddened to hear the news of Eddie Guerrero's death. I was a fan of his and his entire family. He was a talent and a phenomenal wrestler with great moves and great personality. I've posted a news article below.

Wrestling fans pay homage to Eddie Guerrero

By Sean L. McCarthy
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - Updated: 11:05 AM EST

Fans from around the world are mourning the death of World Wrestling Entertainment star Eduardo “Eddie” Guerrero.
WWE champ and West Newbury native John Cena told the crowd during last night’s episode of “Monday Night Raw” that “Eddie was a man of faith, but selfishly, we’ll all miss him.”
USA Network’s “Raw” and UPN’s “Friday Night SmackDown” both pay tribute to the 38-year-old Guerrero, who was found dead in his Minneapolis hotel room Sunday morning before the taping of both shows.
His cause of death remains unknown. A private funeral is planned for Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Guerrero recently moved with his wife and three daughters.
Born into a wrestling family from El Paso, Guerrero became the WWE’s first Mexican-American champ and won over fans with his winning smile even as he performed as a “heel” who worked under the motto of “lie, cheat and steal.”
Fans from Mexico, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and even New Zealand posted to online sites yesterday to honor him.
Last night’s “Raw” on USA included video clips of Guerrero and interviews with wrestlers. “Friday Night SmackDown” on UPN (Ch. 38) will include an appearance by Guerrero’s trademark low-rider car and a bout featuring his nephew, Chavo.
The younger Guerrero said his uncle was celebrating four years of sobriety this week and inspired fans with his recovery.
UPN aired a special last year on Guerrero’s tumultuous life titled, “Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story.”

Treadmill Report

48 minutes, 45 seconds; 2.61 miles; 335 calories burned.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Treadmill Report

Saturday's Report: 101 minutes, 10 seconds; 5.17 miles; 664 calories burned.

Today: 144 minutes, 49 seconds; 7.36 miles; 947 calories burned.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Cooking Urge

I had an urge to cook today. I think it's the orange vanilla candle I have melting on the candle warmer in the house. But I made biscuits tonight and a cake. The cake is low fat. I substituted applesauce for most of the oil/butter and used fat free egg beaters instead of real eggs. I also used orange extract instead of vanilla, again thanks to the candle. I made a drizzle frosting for the cake, also orange flavored, out of powdered sugar and water - no fat in there. The trick will be to not eat the whole thing tonight. It was made in a loaf pan and is probably half of a recipe. I guessed at the measurements.


Well, I put the game on the pc and played with it last night. It's very frustrating because it doesn't tell you how to operate the game. It gives you a few instructions, but basically, it doesn't really help you at all. You'd think they could have a help button on there to tell you what to do for those people who don't have the patience or desire to sit there for hours trying to figure all this stuff out.

Anyway, I am up to disc 5 of Season One while working out on the treadmill. I just finished episode 14 this morning. I'll post a treadmill report later when I'm sure I'm done for the day. I think I'll probably get back on there for another episode today.

This past week's episode of Alias, Solo, was a good episode. Very funny and entertaining. I just wonder how long Sloane will put up with being someone else's puppet. I'd say in the next couple of weeks he will snap and Gordon Dean will suffer. At least I hope he suffers. I don't like him at all. And the new chick on the show, character's name is Rachel Gibson, is great. She brings a lot of humor to the show and I can't wait to see what develops between her and Tom Grace. He's cool too. I like him much better than Vaughn. Not that Vaughn didn't serve a purpose on the show, but Boyscout really was a good call sign for Vaughn. I miss Weiss though. How can a man who gets caught on every field assignment get a job heading White House security?

Friday, November 11, 2005


Today started out with a visit to mom and dad's house. I hooked up their dvd/vcr combo thing to their tv and satellite receiver. Then I installed the cats and dogs computer game onto one of their pc's. Visited for a bit and then went on to do my shopping. I shopped a bit at Dollar General, dropped off some mail at the post office, and then decided it was time for lunch. My parents would be very pleased to know that I actually ate real food today instead of sticking to my diet. I ate at Ponderosa. I had meatloaf, mashed potatoes, a hot roll with butter, a bowl of cheesy potato soup, a bowl of taco salad, and a small bowl of ice cream. After that, I went to Walmart and bought another pair of pants and a couple of sweaters. I also bought a storage bin to store a bunch of summer clothes and all my old jeans in. Someday, I plan to use the jean material for place mats or rugs, or some other creative project, but right now, they are in the box. The pants I bought are supposed to be the same size and style as my favorite pants, just not cords. Strangely though, when I put them on, they are looser than my favorite pants. I think I'm done buying tops for a while. But I would like to lose more of my evil belly so I can buy more pants later. I told mom today that I would be a size 2 if it wasn't for my belly. My waist is already there thanks to the crunches I do every day. After Walmart I went to Krogers to buy some groceries then went home.

Once at home, I let the dogs out for a bit and walked outside while they were running around. I didn't get on the treadmill today. I probably will tomorrow. Tonight I made spaghetti sauce to freeze so I can have individual spaghetti in the evenings after work once I am completely done with the weightloss plan. I ate a little bit of spaghetti tonight just because I always have to try what I've cooked if it's something I'll eat.

Hopefully, this weekend I will get around to installing the Alias game on the computer and playing with it. I need to put Flight Simulator on here too. I'm just not much of a gamer. I do bring the cats and dogs out every night on my catz/dogz game. But that's because the game says my cats and dogs will run away if I don't play with and feed them every day.

Thursday, November 10, 2005


I went to Walmart tonight and bought a new pair of blue jeans. Are you ready for this? They are a size 4 and they are loose fitting. These manufacturers have got to review these dress sizes.

I don't think Walmart carries any pants smaller than this, so I might be looking at the end of the weightloss saga. I still have a belly though. I think dress pants are sized more conservatively, so I might be able to lose just a little bit more of the belly.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

How Much to Eat

I found a website today that calculates how much you can eat to maintain, lose or gain weight based on your height, weight and activity level. If I wanted to maintain a weight of 125 pounds and stop working out, I would have to eat approximately 1596 calories a day. If I wanted to maintain a weight of 125 pounds and work out 3 to 4 times a week, I could eat 1900 calories a day.

Well, gotta go feed the dogs before the thunderstorms get here and knock out the electric.

Treadmill Report

44 minutes, 40 seconds; 2.37 miles; 304 calories burned.

I now weigh 125 pounds. That's a loss of 6 pounds in the last month.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Treadmill Report

Fritz is having a nervous breakdown because of the thunderstorms so I couldn't do the whole 45 minutes tonight.

27 minutes, 16 seconds; 1.42 miles; 182 calories burned.

Monday, November 07, 2005

What's Up with Me

Well, I've had a cold the since Friday, but I'm doing better now. Good enough to get back on the treadmill. I got the Alias PC game and the Petz5 game today in the mail. I'm so excited about the petz game. There's a pig in it. I love pigs. I haven't played the alias game yet. It requires more thought and concentration. And I don't have that to spare tonight. This is the first weekday I've had satellite for a couple of weeks or more.

Hello Old Friend

Back on the treadmill today after three days of a cold.

2.4 miles; 44.43 minutes; 309 calories burned.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Satellite News

I have satellite tv again! Yay!! And for some reason I have the soap opera channel when I shouldn't. Oh well.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Treadmill Report

Yesterday: 9.06 minutes; .5 miles; 64 calories burned.
(walking in place during the Nova episode on PBS: 35 minutes)

Today: 31 minutes, 51 seconds; 1.68 miles; 217 calories burned.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Anti-Spam........ Not

Norton Internet Security once again sucks. The anti-spam program that comes with it has labeled all the email I subscribe to as Spam, but all the viagra email gets through no problem. I turned this off too.

Treadmill Interruptus

Well, I was on the treadmill when my parents showed up. Dad yelled at me until I had to get off of it. He kept yelling about how I was skinny enough. Blah, Blah, Blah. You'd think "moving out" would mean something to him. This just means I'll have to work out more this weekend. I am still determined to work out and lose just a little bit more weight. They need to worry more about their own lives.