The Deep End

When I first met Tony he was a divorced father of a 10 year old son.  His parents had just retired to Florida, yet their house was still on the market here, so he lived there before the house was sold.  Coolest part about the house?  It had an indoor pool!  I know!

So before we got married we’d live at my house during the week, pick up my step-son at his Mom’s house on Friday nights, then go to Tony’s parents’ house for the weekend.  Joe and Hannah were both fish and loved being in the pool.

Me?  I liked to hang on the edge or holding on to Tony.  Water freaks me out.  Other than dying in a car crash, I think the worst way to die is to drown.

Maybe because I almost drowned when I was 16.  We were in Nags Head, NC on vacation.  Not being a good swimmer, I hardly ever went in the ocean higher than my knees.  But the water seemed calm, maybe I was feeling a bit adventurous, but I ventured out farther, until my feet no longer felt the sand.  I felt okay!  I was treading water, when all of a sudden, I saw a giant wave coming my way and I panicked.  I didn’t know what to do, so I did nothing, which probably saved my life.

Next thing I knew my head was under water, I was being pulled in a completely different direction and I literally thought “wow, so this is how I am going to die!”  Thankfully, the wave finally spit me out 100 yards down from where I entered, and I stood up and realized that I had survived, I pretty much vowed never to get in an open body of water again.

I especially don’t like the Deep End.  I was reminded of this yesterday when I was swimming at lunch.  The lap lanes are about 4 ½ feet deep until you get half way and then it is a sudden drop to 13 feet deep.  I swear every time I get to that drop point I get a butterflies in my stomach.  The water is clear, I know nothing is going to happen to me, but it still freaks me out.

It made me think of an analogy of losing weight and exercising to the Deep End.  Isn’t it much easier to stand in the shallow end?  The chances of anything happening to you are slim to none.  Which is why I am so proud of myself that I’ve kept up my Insanity these last six weeks – I actually have been in the shallow end since the beginning of this blog nearly 5 years ago.   And while the Deep End is scary and hard, it’s worth it. Open-mouthed smile

So we left off yesterday’s post about me making a smoothie out of leftover spinach, strawberry, almond and goat cheese salad.  I do have to say that there was no dressing on the salad – that would be a bit ick – and no chicken either! Open-mouthed smile

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The Salad Smoothie

  • 1 serving: 279 calories, 15 fat, 23 carbs, 8 fiber and 16 protein


  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (added from freezer)
  • 1 tablespoon goat cheese
  • 10 almonds
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey

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The verdict?  It was good, but not great.  It was a little on the savory side – I didn’t taste it before heading out the door.  An added 1/2 of banana would have made it, so I am going to use the remaining salad today.  I have to say it was filling though!

So now Nature Valley has another flavor of protein bar – these were on sale two packages for $5.  In order to get to my 1800-2000 calorie goal, I had this as a mid-morning snack.

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It was another gorgeous day at the pool!  I was texting back and forth with Helen, the leader in the DietBet and I told her I was on my way to swim.  I texted her back this picture saying “I am already at the pool!”

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I had to laugh at the few comments yesterday about my feet – about how recognizable they are and how tiny my toes are – this round of comments made me laugh out loud – love you Ally!

  1. Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats July 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm Edit Reply

    LOL! Love it Biz!

    Can I just say something really honest? (Because I know you would say the same thing to me…)

    Your toes are really short. But maybe its because I have long fingers and toes so I think everyone else’s are short? Please don’t hate me.

    • Tony (Mr. Bizmoto) July 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm Edit Reply

      Ally, she has the toes of a small child. One foot is much larger than the other. She was assembled from pieces, that’s how twins are made! I appreciate your honesty. Lol.

      • biz319 July 12, 2013 at 5:59 am Edit

        OMG, I had to laugh at Tony’s comment that twins are assembled from pieces! Ally, it’s true. I have two giant big toes and tiny toes after that – and one foot is an 8 1/2 and the other is a 6! I blame my sister – I think she sat on my smaller foot so it didn’t grow as much as the other one! :D

        p.s. I love your honesty too!

It was a refreshing 30 minute swim. 

Lunch was another tasting plate, or what I like to call, throw shit in a bag!  A turkey sandwich on light flatout, carrots, celery, grapes, a tiny bit of leftover pasta salad and some black bean chips with hummus.  I’ve mentioned this hummus before, it’s so damn good.  My store sells it for .99 cents a can – look for it if you can.  While I know homemade hummus is delicious, tahini is so expensive.

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I’ve had a jones for shrimp lately, so I stopped by the store on my way home.  I used 2/3 of this package, and will use the other for my SIL’s lunches next week – she’s back from vacation and back on my meal plan. Open-mouthed smile

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While I grilled the steak and made stovetop polenta, I simply poached the shrimp in a tablespoon of butter on super low heat – sadly, I over salted them a tad, but the texture was wonderful!  Dinner: 1 cup instant polenta, 5 ounces steak and 4 shrimp.  This is a super quick weeknight meal – took me probably 20 minutes?

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I am happy to welcome Katelyn R., Victoria T. and Roxy of Losing the Rolls to the DietBet!  The pot is now $725 with 29 members!! 

My WI yesterday was verified and after that was accepted and I told them how much I exercise, they gave me this assessment:

To reach your goal weight of 161.5 lbs by Aug 9th, below are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Lose 1.7 lbs per week on average
  • Consume 1480 – 1830 calories per day on average ?
  • Partake in very intense exercise 6-7 times per week

168.2Starting Weight

Very ActiveActivity Level

31 (Obese)Body Mass Index

Gah.  Still in the obese category for BMI – although I know that is not an indicator on how healthy I am, I’d still like to see a number closer to 25!

My goal is to actually be 159.9 on August 13.  Open-mouthed smile

I did Month 2: Day 6 of Insanity last night – holy push ups!  But I pushed it – I didn’t stand in the shallow end I dove head first into the Deep End! (your welcome for the boob shot of me.) Winking smile  After my workout I had an apple with two tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter – so good!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1757 calories, 91 fat, 147 carbs, 41 fiber (hello!) and 105 protein
  • 33% calories from carbs, 47% from fat and 20% from protein
  • 30 minute swim at lunch (seeing no grandpa ass today!)
  • 55 minute Insanity M2:D6

I am happy today is my rest day!  I decided to make Friday’s my rest day because I have more time on the weekends to work out. 

And I have to give a shout out to Tony – he told me last night how proud he was of me for sticking with the workouts and that he’s happy I am doing this for me and no one else.  It’s true – Tony has loved me at 138 pounds and 175 equally – I am a lucky woman!  I love you!

Alright – who’s ready to dive into the Deep End with me?!

Make it a great day!


40 thoughts on “The Deep End

  1. Glad you didn’t drown and are here to share all of your deliciousness. I almost drowned at 16 too. I was a good swimmer but the waves, riptide, and undertow at Santa Cruz are really dangerous (and the water is COLD). I never swam there again.

  2. Whew – I’m thankful you can laugh at my comment! And I would blame your sister too – I’m sure the foot thing is her fault:)

  3. I have to remember not to read your blog at work 🙂 Ally & Tony’s comments made me have a giggle fest that I couldn’t control. The smoothie salad is all you. I would try most of the smoothies you have made but that one made my tummy turn a little. Have a great weekend!

  4. I love that picture of you and Shaun T next to each other! LOL.
    You really do have short toes! But they’re cute feet so who cares………… 🙂

  5. I wish I lived near you and could be on your meal plan!

  6. Biz, that was a great post. You should go into coaching as you are very inspiring. Getting into the deep end is hard but you make it seem doable.

  7. My grandma’s neighbors also had an indoor pool! Was their house in the country near Huntley by any chance?

  8. Oh my goodness, I am so glad you didn’t drown!

    • So apparently I screwed something up on this new keyboard and it posted. Bugger…

      re: drowning – my 9 year old is terrified of deep water. It took him 3 years and probably 10 classes to pass “level 2” at the pool. Now in level 3, he’s having to jump off the diving board. It’s going to be another 3 years until we get to level 4, I have a feeling!

      And I can’t believe you made leftover salad into a smoothie. I would never think to do that!

      • Hopefully your 9 year old will learn to love the water – it is such great exercise.

        Yep, leave it to me to make a smoothie salad – ha! 😀

  9. The ocean can be scary! The first time i went in, I didn’t really know what to expect and totally freaked out when a wave took me under…not to mention the sand burn up my butt and back. Yuck. I would prefer the lake, river or pool for swimming any day…though I still love the ocean.

    Glad your weight was verified, mine was as well, but I emailed them this morning explaining my weight and asking to reweigh. I knew that weight was wrong yesterday no matter how many times I did it, still down 5-6 lbs this morning and I know that isn’t fair so hopefully they get back to me ASAP!

    • That’s awesome that they switched the weight for you – I thought there could be no way you gained that much weight in six weeks!

      Here’s to Day 1 Sam!!

  10. I too have a fear of the water but never had a close call so I don’t know where it comes from.
    I don’t think I have ever seen hummus in a can like that! I do like to make my mine or buy Trader Joe’s sometimes. You always find the best bargains!

    How do you shoe shop with two different sized feet like that? My son has one foot bigger than the other but only about 1 size different so he manages. I did see a website one time where you can order certain shoes in different sizes for odd sized feet. I don’t remember what it was called but I thought that was pretty cool.

    • Basically for shoes, I wear open heeled shoes – that way it doesn’t matter. Flip flops, sandals, etc. For running shoes, I just have to tie the short foot shoe really really tight, and that seems to work. 😀

  11. The toe conversation is cracking me up. I didn’t even notice – but now that they mentioned it, um. . .Biz? Freaky toes girl. giggle Don’t worry about it tho’ – the medication I am on discolors the skin on my feet so it looks as tho’ my lower appendages belong to an entirely different ethnicity. Or they may just be ready to fall off. Who knows? Talk about freaky. giggle

    And your shrimp and steak dinner looks delish. Pooldad would kill for that. He loves those proteins and absolutely adores polenta [my little Italian baby – you wouldn’t think to look at him, but he is Italian] Anyhoodle – what gives about salting your shrimp? I don’t salt most things [duh] but shellfish is incredibly [like, so, so, so] naturally high in sodium to begin with it shouldn’t really need additional salt. I can see where adding it [any] would make it taste saltier. Just a thought.

    ‘Cause you know I would be failing in my duties as the “Salt Police” if I didn’t, like, point that out. Right? Wanna’ see my badge? giggle

    Now, completely off topic, and not relevant to this post at all, but do you know it is 60 degrees here today? I am sitting outside in leggings, a hoodie and a bathrobe. You would think I lived in…..Chicago. yeesh. ::wink::

    Again, just thought you should know. hee

    Love you girlie!

    • I don’t know what I was thinking in salting the shrimp – doh! I buy loose polenta and just add water and a bit of butter – it’s ready in like 6 minutes – easy peasy.

      Keep warm Skip! I hope you have an awesome weekend! Hugs and love.

  12. aw! I think your toes are cute ;). I have miniature toes too. Tony’s comment about twins being made in pieces is priceless!! mmm this makes me crave polenta

  13. I never would have known you had a fear of deep water with the way you swim! Big kudos for not letting it stop you from getting in the pool, my fishy friend!

    • Thanks Shelley – I need to go back to your swim posts about bathing suits – didn’t you do one about which ones last longer? I totally need a new one, mine has been washed so many times, its almost see through!

  14. I’m impressed that you swim after that experience.
    Tony’s comment about twins being pieced together cracked me up!! How do you buy shoes – do you have to buy 2pairs to get them both to fit.
    Soon you will be putting Shaun T to shame!!

  15. Like Sheryl, I wish I lived closer to be on your meal plan. Yum! Also, those NV Protein bars look like something I should give a try. Kudos for all the swimming, even in the deep end. – Roly

    • Thanks Roly! I absolutely love those bars – with 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, they are really filling – and taste like a candy bar!

  16. That smoothie looks good! What an interesting mix of ingredients! I love hearing about supportive Tony is–melts my heart every time. You’re a lucky woman. Hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous weather!!

    • Thanks Michelle – I am a lucky woman – he’s my biggest fan and cheerleader and let’s me know that every day. 😀

      The weather is amazing – enjoy it with Shazam!

  17. I love swimming in pools and would do it all day, but I do NOT want to be in an ocean or a lake at all. Just sketches me out! I swam in all sorts of nasty shit growing up in rural western PA but the thought of it now just gives me the willies 🙂

    Have a great weekend with Tony and your mismatched feet 😉

    • Thanks Rhonda – I don’t mind swimming in the lake at my Aunt’s house because its really clear and I can see my feet – I think it would be cool some day to go to the Caribbean and swim in super clear water though!

      Enjoy your weekend with Tom and the pups!

  18. Love you comparison, so true! Way to get in the deep end.

  19. Wait! How do you even buy shoes if one foot is 6 and the other is 8 1/2? That is funny! Brilliant to use up salad in a smoothie which is another good reason for me to leave the dressing off, but I don’t do goat cheese, smells of feet to me- size 6 feet:) I loved the deep end analogy- great words to live by!! Have a great weekend Biz!

    • Ha – I had to laugh about the goat cheese smelling like feet! I am going to take a picture of my shoes so everyone can see how I get by.

      Hugs Robin Sue – have a great weekend!

  20. Tony is not the only one who’s proud of you for sticking to Insanity: I am too! You are still rocking it Biz!

    I loved to swim as a kid but always in a pool. I don’t like it when I don’t see a bottom. I don’t like the beach either because as an 11 year old I stepped on a death fish on a vacation on the beach and ended up in the hospital for 4 weeks with a serious infection at my foot. Since then I don’t walk on the beach without something on my feet.

    • Wow, that is scary Fran! Being diabetic I hardly ever go without some sort of shoe – my foot doctor says that he has so many patients with infected feet and they don’t even know it!

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