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.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sooooo.......

Last Friday I visited some Humane Societies and ended up with a new cat.

The one I was at had an outside area for cats and I found him in there.  I knew he'd be mine the minute I saw him.

The place was very very busy; so I opted to go to the cat room and look there.  Many many cats; but the one I saw outside was who I wanted.  I walked back to the desk and asked the girl if the black & white cat in the outside pen was available and she says "Well what's it name?"  I told her I didn't know because there was no cat information outside, she says "Well I don't know who's out there.  Go back to the cat room and find its sheet."  Mind you, she wasn't nasty - just busy; but let's say the customer service was lacking somewhat.

I walk to the back room - many cats fit that description and I just don't know which one belongs to that cat.  I walk back out with my dilemma and she advises me to just fill out an application and they'll figure it out.  I do, return the application and she immediately calls someone who advises her the cat's name.  Okay, now that is settled.

It was very very busy; but after about 20 minutes I got called into the adoption office.  This process moved very very fast.  There was paperwork everywhere being stuffed into folders, sign here & here, get your carrier and we'll get the cat.

His name was Pilot there; I've named him Rooker.  Extremely friendly cat......
But......

Over the Labor Day weekend, he went downhill.  It started as a few sneezes and then the runny nose started, the sluggishness....it wasn't pretty.  Tuesday found me at the Vet's office where he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection.  Upon reviewing the paperwork from the Humane Society, I realized he had been diagnosed there and put on a 10 day medication regimen the day before I adopted him.  That's right....he's sick, but still on the adoption floor, still around under cats, on meds...but I wasn't told this, I wasn't given an option for meds or to leave him until he was ready.
I have a sick kitty.

He's on medication, I have to syringe feed him (cats eat by smell and well, he's too clogged up to smell) but today he's looking a little better.  Poor baby.

So everyone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE...whether you're at a shelter, rescue or a breeder..don't let them rush through the paperwork (regardless of how busy they are), read everything completely.  If I would have - I still would of walked out with the same cat...but I also would of had medication that may have prevented him from getting as sick as he has.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Eating Out

Eating out can bring you to some very very bad choices.  It's nice if you end up somewhere that you frequent and are prepared with what to order; or that you've had the time to research the nutritional value of items in advance.  But what happens if you're just out and about with friends and end up at some random place that wouldn't be your top choice.

You can still be prepared.

I use Evernote on my smartphone and try to list point-wise choices to have on hand.  For Example:

Panera Bread:  Half & Half Lunch....1/2 smoked turkey breast on country bread with mustard (no mayo), 1/2 classic salad with vinaigrette dressing and apple  7 pts plus (yes only 7 pts for all of that).

Cracker Barrel:  Haddock-5 pts; Grilled Chicken Tenderloins-1 pt. each; Veggie Soup- 3 pts., Chicken Noodle Soup-2 pts

Chick Fil A:  Chicken Wrap with FF Honey Mustard Dressing and fruit cup - 10 pts

KFC:  Original recipe bites (6) with mashed potatoes & gravy - 8 pts.

McDonald's:  Sweet Chili Chicken Wrap Grilled - 9 pts.

Roy Rogers:  Kids meal with roast beef slider and fruit cup - 4 pts.

Subway:  6 inch flatbread with oven roasted chicken, provolone cheese, sweet onion sauce, cucumber, spinach and pickle - 10 pts.

Get online, look up the nutritional values (most of the chain restaurants have this right on their websites) and keep yourself a list.  Even if it's a place you don't normally frequent...at least you'll have something available in the one chance you end up there!

So what happens if you end up in a non-chain place?  Remember....chicken is your friend.  Aim for baked and grilled items and avoid fried.  Stay away from items that are breaded.  Choose sides wisely - veggies are your friends.  A salad can be a wise choice if the salad dressing is a wise one - if they have no low-fat or fat free options in dressing, also go for a vinaigrette.

Monday, September 1, 2014

I Think It's Time For A Life Makeover

"I think it's time for a life makeover".....a posting on FaceBook by one of my friends.

I saw it, I liked it, I'm stealing it for this post.

Yesterday was my family reunion and CC showed up all enthusiastic because she had a weight loss idea!
Yes at the family reunion where there is a TON of no healthy food, she's talking weight loss (just gotta love her).

We've batted around the "returning to a Weight Watchers meeting" idea; but we did that last year and guess what - we paid, went, but didn't follow the program.  We both agree that Weight Watchers is our "life style change" (she's forbidden me to use "diet") and the program we want to follow; however we've both come to realize that at this time the meetings just won't do us any good.  We've been there, done it, not getting any new information.  Plus we're still ticked at WW for ditching our meeting and our leader for no reason what-so-ever....so I kind of don't want to give them any money.

But we're lifetimers and know how the program works.  We decided to stick with Thursday nights as our "weigh-in" night in CC's bathroom (that's where the scale is) and do what we normally would of done after a WW meeting - have dinner at Subway and then a movie.  We've also decided that we need to commit to one movie a week - we sometimes do more and well that healthy popcorn can add up.

At Subway we know the point values and can adjust the rest of our day accordingly; plus if we do the movie on a regular day we also can adjust our weeklies accordingly.  Now we could probably eat elsewhere if we need a change; but again we need to know the point value of what we'll be eating before getting there. Weight Loss means planning ahead.

So the new Weight Loss Journey Begins.....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Small Update

Yes, I know I've been away for a while.  Losing Sookie was very heartbreaking and just pushed me out of commission.  It is hard to believe that 2 weeks have past; but the pain never fully goes away.

Though I know many of my friends mean well, I would just prefer not to be offered a cat at this time.  I will certainly have another one, but I need to do it on my own time frame and pick the one that I want.  My hubby has always said that I pick out good pets....so a cat choice needs to be mine.  Sookie came into my life when I wanted a black cat, I'm sure that was pure coincidence - I love black cats...I just don't know that is what I want this time around.  I do look though and I'm sure I'll know the right cat the minute I see it!  So no offers please, it will come in time.

On the weight front, it's been bad.  I've gained, I look bad, I'm always tired.....it's just an on going cycle.  I'm hoping to get back to Weight Watchers soon.