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A Bit of a Setback

Last Saturday night, I proved how much of a clutz I can be.  I was almost down a flight of stairs and I fell down the last three steps.  Ended up bruising my foot pretty badly and it swelled up about the size of a cantaloupe.  The following day, Sunday, Jody insisted I go to the doctor.  He wasn’t buying my “I’m sure it’s just a sprain” spiel.

The doc took xrays, declared it was broken, gave me good drugs, put it in a splint, and referred me to New England Orthopedic Surgeons.  They are specialists in this sort of thing so he referred me there for further care, not necessarily surgery.

I left NEOS with pretty new footwear.


It makes me mobile so that’s good.  I can move around with one crutch instead of having to work really hard just to go from Point A to Point B.  I also have a Cat Scan on Monday to rule out a Lysfranc fracture.  The Lysfranc fracture isn’t likely at all and it would be the only case which would require surgery.

Of course, since last Saturday, I’ve been unable to do any real exercises and for a couple of days I wasn’t even able to hobble around enough to cook so we ate out a lot more than we should have.  I don’t even want to get back on the scale to see what damage I’ve done.

Today, though, I purchased a hula hoop.  It’s not one of the fancy weighted ones because the store was out of them but it’s a “normal” hula hoop.  It was only about $7 so I will be able to figure out if it’s something I can do (my lack of coordination is astounding as may be evident by the above picture of my footwear).  If I am able to do it, I will consider purchasing a weighted hula hoop for fitness.  We had cause for celebration when I was able to twirl it 3 times before it crashed to the ground.

Chag Sameach!


So… Portion sizes are catching on…

I love my pasta.  And it has never slowed me down when I go to a restaurant and I get a big plate of pasta — I eat it all.  Then when I get home and I look at the calories I consumed I find out that that one bowl of pasta was actually two servings.  The problem is I got used to eating that much.  But now after three weeks of watching my portion sizes I’m starting to see a difference.  Not a huge difference on the scales yet, but that’s coming.  What I saw today, what really surprised me, was that we went out to dinner and I got a big old plate of pasta and I brought half of it home.  Better yet, I didn’t eat it after I got home.  It’s going to be tomorrow’s lunch.

I know that is a small victory, but it’s a victory I’ve been waiting for.

In other news, I finally received the camera I ordered via Groupon two weeks ago.  I’ve never had a problem with slow shipping when I ordered stuff from Groupon before but this particular seller was horrible.  The problem is that I can’t even tell you who it was because I don’t know.  None of the paperwork that was shipped with the camera had their return address on it, just the return address for Groupon.  The only thing I know about this company is that (1) they are in New Jersey and (2) they actually did finally send me my camera after two weeks.  And I love it!  I spent the evening playing with it.  Ok, so I spent the entire day playing with it.  I’ve driven the peeps on FB crazy with my talking about it.  I’ll spare you.  For today.  But your day is coming soon.

150314Di_retouched_smWell, let me leave you with the photo I took of Dinah this afternoon with the camera.

On the Road to Weight Loss

A couple years ago Jody and I bought an elliptical trainer used from one of his coworkers. It worked well enough, but my pet name for elliptical trainers has always been “death machine.” As you may guess, I’m not a fan. But Jody liked it and used it every other day and I was just more comfortable doing work-outs from OnDemand.

Sooner or later, though, the Death Machine started to sound like it was on death’s door itself. HORRIBLE squeaking. Finally it got so bad that even Jody wouldn’t use it — for which I was thankful because I sleep in the room next door and that screeching was hard to sleep through. The Death Machine became a place to, literally, hang your hat.

So a couple weeks ago, Groupon had a pretty good deal on a Hybrid Trainer. It was half recumbent bike and half Death Machine. It was a price we just couldn’t turn down — and it helped that I got 6% back through Ebates.  Man, I love Ebates! My plan, which so far I’ve followed, is to use the machine 3-4 times a week and to do some sort of weight training, probably kettle bells twice a week.

I grew up on the upper side of a “healthy” weight. I was never overweight as a child but I also wasn’t skinny. Then I got married, got divorced, and lost about 30 pounds in 30 days (not something I would recommend) when I was about 23 then I gained a bit of weight and I stayed about 108 pounds from about age 23 until about 43. Then I quit smoking. Need I say more? I quit smoking on August 1, 2007 – using the book The Easy Way to Quit Smoking by Alan Carr — and I gained weight. Then I gained a little bit more weight. Then a little more. And some more. Etc., etc., etc.

So here I am in February 2015 and I’m knocking on the door of 190 pounds after spending my entire adult life underweight. So I’m faced with the prospect of having to diet. Despite the fact that I quit smoking cold turkey using Alan Carr’s book, I have no willpower. How I made it through quitting smoking I have no clue. I guess I was just ready.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve half-heartedly attempted to watch what I eat, count calories, and lose weight with absolutely no success. My husband and I decided that, while we aren’t the best at “eating right” we generally do eat healthily. I cook just about everything from scratch. More than anything else our problem comes in when we consider portion size.

I can’t blame McDonald’s. I don’t want to blame fast food restaurants. Eating at them certainly didn’t help my waistline, but no one had a gun to my head. My love for McDonald’s and my overly generous portions at home of pasta, especially with cream sauces, helped me along.

I’ve tried Weight Watchers and I love that. But I didn’t exactly stay within the proper portion sizes so it didn’t really work for me.

So starting Monday I’m going on a test run of Nutrisystem. I bought two 5-day boxes of Nutrisystem meals at Walmart. So for five days I’m going to eat as Nutrisystem says I should. Then I’ll have the weekend during which I hope I will make good food choices and then another five days of Nutrisystem meals. This is my way trying it out. I’ve read a lot of reviews and I honestly don’t know who to believe. Some people raved that the food is great and others that it was horrible. You and I will find out together. Most of all I’m hoping to get a better grasp on the proper portion sizes. I know philosophically what they should look like but I want to live them.

If the food is good, or even not horrible, I’ll probably sign up for a couple months of the real thing. If it’s not good, I’m going to take away what I learned about portion sizes and about the composition of meals and try to do my own version of Nutrisystem with frozen meals by SmartOnes, Lean Cuisine, and Healthy Choice to reinforce the proper portion sizes while eating something that palatable.

So for the next two weeks you’ll probably hear a lot more about Nutrisystem that you really care to. I’m hoping that I can add to the information that’s out there about the quality of the food. I did a lot of googling and there were pages that claimed to be neutral but were obviously advertisements for Nutrisystem and there were those that claimed to be neutral but were obviously advertisements for Nutrisystem’s competitors. There are also some websites that seemed really honest but the data was from eight years ago or more.

I’m falling on the sword for all of us so please wish me luck.

And so the world chugs on

I wonder if in in the 1950s life seemed as out of control as it does today.  We look back on the 50s and 60s as almost a golden age.  Have things changed so dramatically or are we looking at those decades through rose colored glasses?

I’m not sure if I would be willing to trade the grand strides that women have made in society for the idyllic peace of the 1950s but I’m not sure that I wouldn’t.

I will tell you that I’m tired of the politics of the group of folks I, not-so-lovingly, call RWWs or Right Wing Whackos.  They voted for the 56th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Fifty-six times!   As much as I would like to say that I’m open-minded and tolerant enough to overlook someone’s politics, I just can’t imagine ever having a close friendship or other close relationship with anyone whose sole purpose in life is to take away health care from 19 MILLION Americans.

I’m also at my wit’s end (not that there are a lot of them) when it comes to ISIL/ISIS. I don’t understand the mindset behind what they are doing.  I hate that it’s also ratcheting up anti-Muslim sentiment in the rest of the world.  The vast majority of Muslims are as appalled as we are at what ISIS is doing.  The RWWs here in the US are fanning the flames.

I am too young to have any first hand knowledge of the experience of Jews during World War II and in the decades leading up to it.  I imagine that it must have started similarly to what I see around me here in the United States.  Politicians whipping folks into a frenzy about the Muslims, working hard to classify them at the “other.”  “They are trying to take over our country, the evil Muslims.”

I can’t help but wonder, did we learn nothing from the Holocaust?  Am I overly sensitive to what I perceive to be happening because I am Jewish and I’ve had decades to learn about how evil demonizing an entire people because of their religion actually is.

And to everyone who still thinks that ISIS represents main-stream Islam…. Jordan is a Muslim country.  If ISIS were for Muslims, they wouldn’t kill their own and Jordan wouldn’t have had a pilot of theirs brutally murdered.

Another year already??

I guess my mom was right.  The years do go by faster when you’re older.  I can’t believe it’s 2015 already.

I’m not going to tell you about my New Years Eve trip to Los Angeles and running into movie stars AND getting invited to party with them.  I’m also not going to mention how FUN it was.  I’m not going to tell you about it because I don’t want to get you jealous and, frankly, because it’s nowhere near true.

bakedpotatototsWhat we did do was drive down to West Hartford, Connecticut, to go to The Cheesecake Factory for a late lunch/early supper. There I discovered the Loaded Baked Potato Tot.  It’s on the Small Plates section of the menu.  I ordered it for an appetizer and … OH EM GEE!!!  Delicious.

It’s a good sized plate for being a small plate.  I wasn’t sure if they’d be like Tater Tots or not, but I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like.  These were divine.  They are smooth, creamy mashed potatoes with bacon, green onions and cheese mixed in.  Then they were rolled into balls, breaded and deep fried.  Served with a side of sour cream.

I’m in love!

After eating we went home and spent the evening watching a hockey game (me) and reading (him) then after the game we watched a few episodes of Breaking Bad until it was time for the ball to drop.  Yep, it was ALMOST as exciting as going to LA and partying with movie stars.  hehehehe


I made pot roast for supper tonight with my pressure cooker.  It turned out super tasty but a bit dry.  I think I must have over cooked it.  I used the America’s Test Kitchen recipe for Pot Roast with Potatoes from their cookbook Pressure Cooker Perfection  (the link goes to the page on about the book) but I did change it up a little and considering my success rate with their recipes in the past, I can only think that the problem was mine, not their recipe.

Their recipe called for small whole potatoes to be cooked along with the roast from the beginning.  Since I didn’t have small potatoes I chose to add the the potatoes, carrots and celery at the end of the cooking time of the roast, bring it back up to pressure and then cook for another 4 minutes before letting it release pressure normally.  The result was a super tasty broth, yummy veggies, but unfortunately, the meat was a bit over done.

I’m just now learning to cook with a pressure cooker.  It’s been a fun learning experience but there have been missteps.