Skinny Daily Post


It came as a complete surprise to me, but after the words were out of my mouth, I knew that it was now true. Things are somehow more real when we say them.

Here’s what I said: I’d like to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year.

Let’s face it, I’ve referred to this time and again around here. I’ve admitted it to myself. The pants-o-meter isn’t lying. In short, this isn’t a surprise. But actually TELLING someone made it more real, more like a promise to myself.

This happened yesterday, in the ladies room at work. A casual conversation with a woman in a lovely peach sweater. We started discussing weight issues, and how we felt about it, and all of a sudden, it came out.

She didn’t know that this admission surprised me.

As part of this conversation, we’ve agreed to try to rendezvous for lunch-time walks. Thank goodness.

So what else do I do now? After getting home last night, and tending to the Alzheimer’s mom, I wanted SO much to make some tea, and sit on the deck and read a book.

The dog looked at me, I looked at her. She wagged hopefully. I picked up the leash, and off we went, for a little more than a mile. And THEN, tea, the deck, the book.

That dog is going to save me, one way or another!

And right now, the day’s food is packed and ready [meatloaf that has about 2 cups of finely chopped veggies in it and some smashed black beans, roasted veggies, and a few roasted potatoes – I know some of you are curious!]

And maybe, MAYBE that lunchtime walk.

7 thoughts on “There, I said it

  1. Priscilla says:

    Your lunches always sound sooo delicious! I’ve really been enjoying your posts, Jane. Lovely lunches, food porn (I never heard that one before)and just the sharing of yourself. Thanks! Oh, and Bless that dog!

  2. kirsty says:

    No ‘maybe’ – do it!! Whether your co-worker comes along or not. I am sure that you can do that most days, since you really want to.

  3. stretchy says:

    Today I finally tried on the “jeans that are too small for me” and they fit, not too tight, but not as loose as I would prefer… still… i lost those pounds and it made a difference. A return to logging in every single solitary calorie helped SO MUCH , and ramping up my exercise routine just a bit. Yeah I had to work at it, but it was worth it. I just hung those jeans up on my bedroom wall so I would see them every day. I still have to tone and lose, but I am on the right path and I can see my goal!
    And i’m wearin’ my fave pants!

    Your dog is super! I have my special DVDs that help me to workout when I want to snuggle into a chair and read.

    Some nights i go to the library to read–no food there.

  4. Lisa says:

    Thank god for friends that hold you to exercise promises. I did 4+ miles of walk/jogging last night – far more strenuous than my normal walking, thanks to her. AND the week before I had asked her to become my 3 nights a week walkin’ buddy – I may be in trouble here 🙂

    You teased – so I’ll bite. We want your meatloaf recipe, and don’t share the details!

  5. Jane says:

    LOL! I was starting to think that I should post the recipe if I mention something I made!

    Here’s the rough meatloaf recipe. It changes from time to time. I developed it because the alzheimer’s mom HATES the meatloaf i LOVE, and frankly, this is quite good.

    It starts at the salad bar, because i never have enough variety of veggies on hand.

    into a small container went: shredded red cabbage [1/4 c], shredded carrots [about 1/2 c], about 1/4 of a red onion all sliced up about 1/4 c chopped celery. i could havd added peppers but i didn’t.

    also picked up 1-1/2 lb meatloaf mix.

    chopped all the veggies finely, and sauteed them slowly in about 1 tbs olive oil, adding about 1/2 c finely chopped mushrooms. sometimes i add some peeled, chopped tomatoes [seeds removed] to the mix. makes everything moist.

    in the meantime, i smashed about 3/4 c black beans. i usually use a can of well drained and rinsed chickpeas, but the black beans were in the fridge.

    cooled the veggies and added them to the beans. stared at it for a few minutes [a VERY important step!]. then dumped in some dried parsley, basil, oregano, salt. added about 1 c bread crumbs, and 1 c shredded romano cheese. then the meat. more oregano, parsley, basil. and two eggs.

    mixed the whole mess up, and then grabbed a handful about the size of a tennis ball, took a small chunk of mozzarella, and formed a sort of large meatball around the cheese.

    put them all onto a foil-lined pan [i hate washing dishes!], and topped each with a generous spoonful of jalapeno-laced tomato sauce from a can. 375 oven for about 45 minutes.

    i ended up with 10 of these from 1-1/2 lb of meat! some went to my sister, and the rest will go into the freezer.

  6. Quinn says:

    Thx for the meatloaf recipe!

    awwwwwwwww, what a GOOD doggie you have! Give her a scritch behind the ears for me, will ya?

  7. tony says:

    I agree with Stretchy – I finally tried on the too small jeans – and hey fit – a tad tight but I’m in them. After some lunch modifications, and more exercise. It does work. I also keep something I’d like to wear hanging where I have to see it, for motivation. The meatloaf sounds great – I’m definitely going to try it.

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