Monthly Archives: January 2014

Great HEALTHY Italian Meal!





This is the beginning of a great healthy meal.  The only problem I may have is with the pasta.  That can be remedied with my trusty Dreamfield pasta. Believe it or not a GUY is cooking this…and the smells coming from the kitchen are amazing.  Will be adding the finished product picture later…


Two guys discussing dinner…LOL
And the stuff they cook tastes good!


I gotta say it…I’m out of shape! I may have lost some weight but my endurance sucks. Billy and his sweaty crew kicked my ass. Actually,  my ass fell on the floor at the 30 minute mark. I had to fight Otis to get it back!
Going to take a much needed shower…hot preferably.  Tomorrow will be some floor work.
Sticking to mainly cardio to build up my endurance then adding weights.

Later Tators!


…is the way Baby!  I have decided to once again pull Billy and his sweaty spandex out of the box and start my love hate relationship with him.  I plan on starting with the Get Ripped DVD that I own just because I want to have more cardio right now as opposed to adding weights.


I will be starting with Get Ripped 2 because Get Ripped 1 is more of a “Dear Lord…another set?!?” type of workout.  Honestly I don’t think I am ready for GR2 but I do know from experience my body response well with those two workouts.  My body responds EXTREMELY well…and I am a visual kind of gal.  I like to start noticing results fast.  Call it vanity but it does feel good to not get strangled by your clothes.  If I can make it 30 minutes that would be a victory for me.

I am also awaiting the newer Taebo I ordered on a lark…

taebosos This one Sweat Off The Sizes didn’t get as many good reviews.  I don’t usually go by what other people say…I judge for myself. SO…if this is on my doorstep this afternoon I will trying it out.  🙂

Yay…I was just released from work so I am off to see if the mailman has left me a treat on my doorstep…

Will be back later! 🙂


Food Choices…

Day two of my committment to eliminate sugar from my system.  Your food choices impact the way you feel and function.  This morning I am enjoying tuna salad for breakfast.

Yes…tuna!  Now why am I eating tuna for breakfast?  Short answer…it’s tasty, compact, and it fits into my busy routine.  This is what Starkist said about tuna:

Submitted by StarKist on 05-07-2010

Tuna is an excellent source of protein and much lower in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than many other protein choices. Tuna also has essential vitamins and minerals such as Niacin, Vitamin B12 and Selenium. The majority of fat in tuna comes from Omega-3 fatty acids that are important in reducing the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that Americans eat 2 servings of fatty fish, like tuna, a week. Many studies have found that people who eat fish 2 or more times a week have lower rates of heart disease.

I roasted a turkey breast last night so I have lunch for today as well.  My father’s illness has sparked me to take better care of myself.  I know how I felt when I followed the low carb lifestyle.  It was wonderful and really easy to follow once you get used to the way of life.  I finally figured out how to get what I need from menus and to make people back down that tell you what you “need” to eat…I tell them I’m diabetic.  Not too far from the truth because every time I start picking up massive amounts of weight I become pre-diabetic.  Both my parents suffer from diabetes, my grandparents suffered from diabetes, I have heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer in the family line.  I think giving up some bread, flour, sugar, and pasta is worth the extra time I may be giving myself on this Rock.

So…checking out my calendar and I see that my birthday is looming again.  I will be 45 in July.  It may seem like a long time but it passes quickly.  I JUST got here (Alaska) in July and I look up it is already January.  Wow.  So LONG-TERM goal lose 45 pounds or close to it by the time I am 45.

  1. 197 days
  2. 6 months 17 days
  3. 28.37 weeks
  4. equals 1.58 pounds per week to hit my goal.

When broken down that way 45 pounds does not seem to be impossible.  Small goals are the key!  That is what I did before and it worked like a charm!

My mini goal for this week will be eating clean, starting exercise (I ordered Billy Blanks S.O.S*Sweat Off the Sizes*) and make the 1.5 pound goal.  I know that this is the beginning and the weight will fall off AT FIRST but it does slow down and stall on occasion.  I know this is doable.  I would love to see what I look like in the 120s.  My goal weight will probably change once my body settles.  It seems to like 140…but still gonna try.  Go hard or go home I say!

I will also let you guys know how the Billy DVD goes…I will also incorporate other routines to keep the boredom away.

I’m committed to this…haven’t felt like this in a long time.  Gonna make sure I stay healthy and not have to put my family through ANY illness if I can help it.


PS…Just realized I will HAVE to weigh myself! Filth! Flarn! Filth! I hate the damned scale…it never tells me anything good.  But it is a good measurement of progress… PHEH!

Wadda, Fisch, Sala…


Part two, and it is good!

Eating some tuna fish fresh made on the second deck here at work.  If you opt to get the ready made ones from the store or deli ask to see the bucket it came from. YOU will be amazed at how much sugar/carbs are in each serving. If you are tasting overly sweet as opposed to tuna then it is one of those processed tuna salads.  You eat that then you are no better off than eating a cheeseburger.  I actually watched the staff open cans and make this from scratch (best because there are no preservatives and added SUGAR)and this is close to what I made at home.
Since I am perpetually broke I keep tuna, chicken,  and eggs available at all times in my house. Tonight I’m making up a batch of tuna to get me through the weekend and I will be roasting a turkey breast I picked up on a lark.
Exercise. I do need to do that as well…just not sure yet.  I’m thinking on it.  Will post back later with pics and what I’m deciding for movement in oxygen…


King of Sorrow

King of Sorrow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…and WHY am I listening to “King of Sorrow” by Sade?  LOL…tragic! My daughter knows what I am cracking up about…seriously…this song!

I’m not depressed but I sure will be after the song is over. Tragic I tell you!

Anyhoo…that was random of me… brain dumping here so excuse the random randomness in this post.

It is January already.  Big salads, water, protein, and exercise time again.  This year will be different for me.  I always make these huge plans and then end up sitting on my butt saying “I will start tomorrow.” Tomorrow NEVER comes for me.  Then suddenly I am saying “It’s January?”.  Procrastination thy name is Robin.  🙂

It’s all good.  I accept that about myself.  BUT…this year will be different for me.  I plan on NOT planning on starting or doing anything.  I will just DO.  It seems to be working for me so far.  Ever since I have relocated to Alaska I have just DONE healthier things.  Salads, fish, water, maybe a random ramen noodle (I’m addicted to those things, high sodium and all) REST (just started resting…the second job was killing me), walking up and down the many hills here, and just enjoying the beauty that is around me.  Good stuff!  If you ever have the opportunity to even visit Alaska it is recommended. Good for the soul it seems.  Healing.

Now I am listening to “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind, and Fire…much better and not tragic like Sade.  🙂 Uplifting…

So it has been confirmed that My Daddy wpid-20130327_165411.jpg (there he is next to Mama!) has a mass that is cancerous in his pancreas.  Ugh…nasty one…that pancreatic cancer.  They found it soon enough and they are being proactive in having it removed.  His surgery will be on the 15th of this month.  I am planning on making the trip down there to see him.  Just not sure if it will be before the surgery or right afterwards.  He will probably be in the hospital for a week.  I would never forgive myself if something happened to him and I wasn’t there to see him.  When I was waaayyyy younger, my Grandma was in the hospital for her sugar level.  I kept blowing  off visiting her over and over again.  FINALLY…I told her what day and time I would be by to see her…she died a few minutes before I got to the hospital and see her.  That REALLY bothered me for many years, well decades.  I don’t want that to happen again, god forbid.  Sigh…

I was play fussing at my parents last night…I was sitting my behind in Arizona for YEARS slowly losing my mind but at least I was in the lower 48.  They wait until I relocate to Alaska to start falling to pieces. Ugh!  My folks did tell me that I am where I am supposed to be right at this moment.  They also mentioned that I am finally happy and really my life is all about me. Old folk wisdom…I hate when they are right!

Now that I know about my Dad’s illness it is fueling me to go back to the healthier low carb way of eating.  I don’t care what anyone says about the low carb lifestyle…it IS healthier.  My body feels better eating that way, I build muscle, all of my blood work comes back pristine, all the aches and pains/bloating, cravings…GONE.  I suspect the Food Pyramid that everyone currently uses was developed by lobbyists to make sure their staple continued to sell.  Fat doesn’t make you fat…SUGAR makes you fat.  SUGAR makes you sick…

Me going back to low carbing will also help me develop food options to give my Mama to give to Daddy.  I am a whiz at converting a recipe to low carb.  Now…I’m not PLANNING on doing this…I am DOING it.  That way I can’t say “Okay…ate that crap…will start tomorrow!” 

I’m thinking NOW works better.  Looking over all my low carb and low carbish diets.  I always do that and settle on the Atkins lifestyle.  Atkins, South Beach, Paleo type eating seems to work.

Low Carb Food Pyramid...and other stuff... Following this low carb food pyramid will yield a healthier lifestyle…plus you will NEVER be hungry.

I’ve rambled and brain dumped long enough…

Happy New Year…will be back later!


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