I’ve Got This

I’ve worked really hard this last month and now it comes down to the final weekend for me to lose 1.7 pounds by Sunday for my DietBet.  But you know what?  I got this.  I haven’t been this on track for a long time and you know what?  It feels good.  It feels good to be in control and not the food get control of me.

You know what I haven’t had a lot of this past month?  My beloved CHEESE!  Not joking at any one point in time there would be no less than five different cheeses in my refrigerator.  Now?  I have sliced American cheese from the deli – that’s it! Open-mouthed smile

So no rest day today.  I’ll have to workout at lunch and do an Insanity tonight, and then hit it hard tomorrow.  Lots of water (hello gallon of water!) and I can’t have any cocktails this weekend.  And I am totally fine with that. 

Usually after taking the week of from my wine, I’ll have a couple glasses on Friday night and before you know it I am already loopy and I wake up with a headache.  It’s just not worth it if I want to reach my goal. Open-mouthed smile

So this week is the last week I will be cooking for other people.  I need to let my SIL and my bosses know today.  It just takes up too much time and since I am doing a different diet – higher calorie meals and more protein, it would take too much time to modify their meals to their preferences.  It was a good run, but I need to concentrate on me and my food, but I hope they appreciated my efforts. Open-mouthed smile

I made another batch of Martha’s pancakes – this time I added sauteed apples and walnuts.  Over the weekend I made a batch of pork and apple breakfast sausages – these are so good – the fennel seed really makes these sausages. Open-mouthed smile  I did add crushed red pepper to this batch though.  With some fresh blueberries and sugar free pancake syrup – the beach body pancakes called for sprinkled powedered sugar, but I opted for my 30 calorie syrup – by the way, in my opinion Smucker’s makes the best sugar free pancake syrup – even Tony can’t tell it’s sugar free!


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At lunch I decided to sweat it out on the StairMaster.  I toggled between Level 8 for 4 minutes, then recover at level 4 for one minute – for 35 minutes then did a 3 minute cool down. You know you are working it when your arms are beaded in sweat!  I listened to an 8 track motivation sound track – it was perfect.  You can’t see the quote, but it says:

“Man imposes his own limitations, don’t set any” – Anthony Bailey

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I did 2.56 miles and 123 floors in 38 minutes. Open-mouthed smile

So lately I’ve been having a bit of foot pain in my right foot.  It doesn’t hurt while I work out, but afterwards.  It was really starting to bother me when Tony said “maybe you need new shoes?”  I’ve had this pair of New Balance shoes for a while – I had to look up how long – um, turns out they are THREE and A HALF YEARS OLD!  I won them from Jenn from Prior Fat Girl back on March of 2010!


So I switched to my “gym only” shoes and it’s made all the difference. I finally have the arch support that I need – now I just need to find a comfy pair of work shoes – I’ve been wearing flip flops and sandals all summer and I think I need more support during the day.  And yes, I forgot socks in my gym back yesterday – hate when that happens!  These are Saucony and they are super comfy for my mismatched feet.

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I got back to work and waited about 30 minutes to eat.  I had a chicken spinach wrap with the leftover bone in chicken we had the other night with the copycat Rudy’s bbq sause, some cucumber, grapes and 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese.

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One of the beach body recipes called for tuna.  Not the canned tuna (I just about threw up in my mouth at the thought of that!) but ahi tuna.  I wish I loved more fish!  While I love shellfish (hello king crab legs!) I am not a huge fan of any type of FISHY fish.  I do like Chilean sea bass, but at $21 dollars a pound, that’s not happening.

So I decided to use the last of my food earning money and splurged and bought this $14 ahi tuna steak.  I think it’s funny that my grocery label says “Warrensville Heights, Ohio.”  I guess that’s where the chain is from??

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While I was waiting for my steak to be cut, I looked down and saw this fish.  I remember on Hell’s Kitchen Chef Ramsey would shout out “One order John Dory” and I was like “what the fuck is a John Dory?!”  That’s a big fish!  I may try that next week??  Have you ever had it – and big question – is it a “fishy” fish?

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Tony wanted blackened tuna – what??  Yep, it’s the only time he likes spicy food, but the spice really cooks off so it isn’t too spicy for him.  I don’t really have a recipe for it because I used a bit of this and that – even some meat rub I bought at the farmers market!

Tony had bbq duty while I cooked up some whole wheat fettucine and sauteed up some julienne zucchini – I love my julienne veggie peeler.

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For our noodles, I just mixed up one tablespoon of teriyaki sauce mixed with one tablespoon of peanut sauce – look at how cute my tiny whisk is!

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We should have taken it off right about then – but Tony was trying to “burn off” the blackening season, so it overcooked just a bit – but it was still delicious.  And it was right at Tony’s max heat level. Open-mouthed smile

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Guess who else wanted some?  Kyle!

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I hightailed it inside though, because as soon as I snapped that picture, he was literally two feet from me!

Since dinner was pretty light, I ended up doing Insanity about 30 minutes after dinner – 42 minutes of Plyometric Cardio Circuit – it was a good one and I kept up with Tania on every move – and I’ve started doing push-ups on my TOES instead of my knees.  Kim, aren’t you proud of me?! Open-mouthed smile  Me and my Big Ass Water!


Stats for the Day:

  • 1614 calories, 58 fat, 174 carbs, 27 fiber and 111 protein
  • 43% of calories from carbs, 33% from fat and 24% from protein
  • 38 minute stairmaster – 2.56 miles – 123 floors
  • 42 minute Insanity

Suzie wrote a post the other day about meeting a deaf child for the first time when she was in 4th grade.  She’s an awesome writer – go check it out!  Well it reminded Tony and I of something my step-son did years ago – I’ll let Tony explain it!

When my little boy Joey was just a child he was not the least bit interested in sports. He loved bugs and toads, and any sort of slimy creature he could catch. In later years he became quite an athlete, excelling in football. In the early days he understood football, but very little about baseball or softball. We were sitting watching kids playing softball. Joey watched quietly for some while when he saw the third base coach signaling to the batter and runners on base. A while later he asked with the innocence of a child ” Dad, are those girls deaf?”. I think I laughed for an hour and continue to chuckle to this day.

Love you Joe!  Alright, let’s get this show on the road – make it a great day and dig deep if you have to! Open-mouthed smile


44 thoughts on “I’ve Got This

  1. I like fish, but I don’t like to cook it because I don’t know what I’m doing. I especially like salmon so if we go out to eat and it is available, that is what I get. Someday I’m going to try fresh tuna. I’ve only had canned tuna which I actually like. 🙂 Yeah, I’m weird like that.

    • Once you get over the “look” of fresh tuna, its wonderful. The first time Tony made it for me I made him cook it until it was dark brown – so sad! I’ve come a long way in my eats since we first met. 😀

  2. I love seafood, but I don’t care for fishy fish either! John Dory?Wouldn’t the fish get confused with all having the same name, lol?! Seriously, I’d never heard of it…I don’t watch Chef Ramsey…he yells too much! Thanks for the shout out! Love the story when you posted it to my blog and now in Tony’s words. Kids say the cutest things…and then they growvup, lol!

  3. What a cute story! I’ve never had John Dory, either, so if you try it, do tell!

  4. I’m with you regarding most fish. I love walleye and cod batter fried, but that’s off of my menu. Great job, Biz! You have got this!

  5. Hope it’s just the shoes (probably if they are that old!!) causing your foot pain – don’t want any injuries at this point!!!
    Way to rock those toe push-ups!!! You are a beast with Insanity these days!!!!

    • Thanks Kim – and yes, it was the shoes – no foot pain at all and I am wearing, while not fashionable, comfy work shoes and its made all the difference.

  6. Bullets Today!
    ~I laughed at your title! My husband always says, “I got this!” When he’s quoting Sons of Anarchy. So funny.
    ~You have been rocking with your eating and your workouts, so no matter what the scale says by Diet Bet weigh-in, you oughta be proud!
    ~I always wondered how you had the time to cook up for so many people! I almost thought it was part of your full-time job.
    ~What are these Motivation 8-tracks you listen to? I’ve been looking for an app like that!

    Have a great weekend!

    • I love your bullet point comments Carrie! Yep, I first started cooking for people because a: I love to cook and b: it was extra $. But as time went on it was feeling more like a chore instead of something I looked forward to.

      And since I am spending an hour at night doing Insanity, it would be unfair of me to then spend another 30 minutes putting food together for other people.

      Search for 8 tracks in the apps – its hundreds of thousands of people “mix tapes.” You can search for motivation, chilling, happy, etc. and if you don’t like that mix, you just move on! I love it.

  7. P.S. Do you ever see Lyle anymore? Kyle seems pretty aggressive. Do you think she killed Lyle? 😉 (JK)

    • Sadly, we have not seen Lyle in a while. Either he got hit by a car, or eaten by a hawk, or maybe Kyle just kicked him to the curb and took over?!

  8. Most canned tuna is pretty meh, but the kind that is imported from Spain and Italy are so, so superior to Chicken of the Sea–I would definitely recommend trying before swearing off all canned tuna!

    John Dory isn’t readily available near me, so I have yet to have it–if I do, I’ll report back!

  9. I didn’t know John Dory was a fish either. Interesting! Biz, you’ve SO got this! I had to do something similar to what you did with cheese, except for me it’s ice cream. My husband needs to gain weight (darn him) so I keep the full fat stuff in the house. I realized that on the weekends I’d take a spoon and dig in. I realized it wasn’t helping me lose the extra weight so I started buying pre-portioned packages of the stuff. It’s a little bit more costly than buying a gallon of ice cream but it really works for me.

    • It’s funny, we haven’t had any ice cream in the house since Hannah moved out – she was my ice cream girl! Except she would eat a whole gallon by herself over time, and just leave like 1/4 cup in the corner that would get all frozen over. I’d ask why she wouldn’t eat just that one last bit and she’d say “then I would officially be out of ice cream.” 😀

  10. I remember thinking John Dory was some menu item that Ramsey made up – didn’t know it was a particular fish! The things I learn from you, Biz… 😉

    You really have change the way you eat, and the reward is showing – you look great, and you sound like you are feeling really great, too! Win-win! Good luck with the weigh-in.

    • That’s funny Shelley because I always thought it was the NAME of a dish, not the name of the fish! I wonder if they would fillet it for me – that would be weird to buy a whole fish – especially with the eyes looking at me. 😛

  11. I am sure the folks you cook for are going to be sad when they hear the news but good for you for putting yourself first! Your food always looks so appealing Biz. Have a fantastic weekend.

    • I sent my boss an email, explaining why I would not be cooking for her anymore. Her reply? Ok. No, thanks for your dishes, or the time spent, etc. etc. so I’ve washed my hands with it and couldn’t be happier. 😀

  12. hahha- that story is awesome ;). YOU CAN DO THIS! Ahhhhh! Cheering you on so loud from afar! Sunday will be here before you know it. Hope you rock the insanity today

  13. I am not much of a fish eater, maybe cod now and then. Found out I was alergic to shrimp, (the mouth and throat itch) this past year. Tuna I like….but in the can. Guess I am not very experimental in that area.

    Love your determination…..you got all that garbage out of your head. I watched a movie on Netflex last night called “Peaceful Warrior” excellent true story about a gymnist who met a man that trained him to “think right” he eventually made it to the Olympics. It was about his journey to thinking right and living in the moment and getting the garbage out of his head. You have done that in a way….your on you way to being a “gold metal olympian”!!!

    Cheers to you (hands clapping) and have a greata day.

    • We have Netflix! Totally going to check that out Louise – thanks for the recommendation.

      My Aunt who grew up eating shell fish started getting allergic to it in her late 40s for some reason – her lips and throat would get all swollen – so sad because shrimp was one of her favorite things!

  14. I love seared Ahi Tuna. You might want to check out Trader Joes. They have frozen filets that are reasonably prices and I have found the quality to be very good.

  15. Weighting For 50

    You go girl!!! You do indeed have this!!!

  16. Good luck to you! It’s true, it is about the right balance of healthy eating and moving.

  17. You’re on the home stretch! That is so awesome. You can do it. With style and humor, too. 🙂

  18. I am SOOOO curious to know how in the heck your grocer got fish from Heinens!? Yes, its a grocery store chain local in NE Ohio. It’s a great store with lots of good produce, meat, deli prepared foods and a lot of local products you can’t find elsewhere. I only know of it having locations in NE Ohio (I’ve got one fairly close in Strongsville, OH but only shop there rarely because it really isn’t on the way for me)

    so anyway…thought it was funny. Read V’s blog post today about Salisbury steak and told her I make your version…only to see you said the same thing…haha

    • It was an actual Heinens – one just opened up about six months ago – its half way between home and work so I stopped off after work. I just don’t know why they would have Ohio labels when the store is in Illinois? I need to spend more time there to wander the aisles.

      Yep, I love my version, obviously since there are no onions! She warned me beforehand. 😀

  19. findingradiance

    The ortho foot doctor I type reports for hates flip-flops LOL! Good shoes do make all the difference. You can give yourself a stress fracture if you aren’t careful.

    You will rock this weekend Biz – and even if you don’t hit the dietbet goal – you certainly do have it!

    • Ha, I bet you hear that all the time from your dictation tapes! So far with my new shoes – no problem 😀 Hope you get some bike riding in this weekend – the weather is gorgeous!

  20. You can do it!! Check out shoes.com. They are having an awesome sale with a code for an extra 25% off. I think the code is take25. I got a pair of dr. shol’s flip flops and Julie got a pair of rebook flops for our wedding. LOL.

  21. Good luck this weekend at the weigh in. I’ll be rooting for you. Good choice to focus on yourself and your own food requirements. Altho I know you liked to share your food and recipes with your family/boss. You are on a mission WOMAN!!!

    • Thanks Jody! And you know what, it feels good to just concentrate on me. I emailed my boss I make lunch for, explaining why I can’t cook for her anymore, and her response? Ok.

      No, thanks for sharing your food, your time, etc. What a waste! Have a great weekend!

  22. I was actually just thinking the other day about your shoe situation, do you have to get two different sizes? My right foot is a half size smaller and I end up with blisters.

    I hope you and Tony had a great weekend!

    • I always wear open heel shoes Rhonda, and don’t seem to have a problem – and with gym shoes, I just wear extra socks on my smaller foot and tie the shoes tight – no blisters! 😀

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