My Own Little Paris


My lemon tree is thriving and so am I.

Today, I saw my doctor. We talked about my travels. Like a kid, I reported all my accomplishments.  Like doing one day of Couch 2 5k but earnestly sincerely vowing to complete the program.

There was nothing to report about my symptoms.  It has been almost one year since I was in the mental hospital.

I am slowing coming out of my severe depression.  I haven’t been crying. I haven’t been despondent.

I am very slowly determinedly marching forward.

I still mourn my former life and my former self.  But, I’m finally coming to acceptance that is all in the past.

I am learning that I can have a new life. A happy life. A fulfilled life.  Without any of the stuff I previously thought was important.

Letting go has been ten times harder than I would have ever thought.

However, I am joyful at seeing some sunlight.

See my stuff? It’s shifting toward the door.


That’s right. I’m leaving the nest!

Tomorrow morning, I sign the rental lease and get the keys to my modest one bedroom apartment. It is not unlike my very first apartment.  Now, as back then, it is like a palace to me. 

I’m excited about moving this weekend and making the place my own. 

Yes, the decorating theme is Paris. I’ve already bought the comforter set.

Nutrisystem Con’d

Today is my 4th day on Nutrisystem. I can honestly now say I have tried every diet program on the market. I’ve been successful and I’ve failed. This one is still up in the air.  

So far, the portions are very tiny.  This is an example of a breakfast. One “if I wasn’t so hungry, it would be cute” small muffin.


Some of the stuff does not taste good and most of the time I’m hungry. I’m pretty miserable actually. I also think it’s expensive.  But, it is very convenient.  It is nice not to have to grocery shop, cook or clean the kitchen.

I start the morning with grabbing a day’s worth of food out of the first 8-days box. It’s called the “Fast 5” because if you follow the plan you are almost (everyone is different blah blah blah) guaranteed to lose 5 pounds.


This is what a day of food looks like. Yep, now you know why people lose weight on this program. It’s not a lot of food.  Although, in the company’s defense, they do advise you to add fresh non-starchy vegetables. Screw that, I say! I’m already paying $279 for this 28 days of food. Food budget is busted. 

However, I did pick up some carrots, some bell peppers, cucumber and zucchini just because I was so hungry.  


 In happy news, I picked up this handy dandy gadget at Wal-Mart for $14.99.  THE VEGGETTI!


It makes noodles out of any long vegetable.  I tried it out with a zucchini. For the first run, I used the “thick” end of the gadget.  There is also a “thin” side. 


I am happy with this purchase and plan to make spaghetti zucchini “noodles” and cold cucumber salad “noodles.”

On my first run, I mixed cooked zucchini “noodles” with my miniscule lunch portion of Spicy Kung Pao noodles for an “ok” lunch.


Tonight was the first time I thought about quitting.  I even went to the website to see about returning the rest of the “food.”

For dinner, I opened up the Italian Herb Flat Bread pizza. This is the picture on the website.

Italian Herb Flatbread Pizza

This is what you get.


Big sigh. That’s my dinner.

This is what I have to smell that is on the stove cooking.


Well, I’m not quitting!!!!! I will do this. At least for the next 2 months.  That’s what I am signed up for and Nutrisystem penalizes you muy financially for cancelling before then.

But, I have to tell you.  I hope this is just a slump and it gets easier.





One big box

Friday I received a big box in the mail.  A heavy box.  The post office associate gave me a dolly to get it to my car.


I was expecting this.  I knew the day it arrived, I would be starting my new diet the next day.

It’s Nutrisystem.

I received a box in the box of my next 5 days of food with special shakes to jumpstart my weight loss and prepare me for the diet.


After I complete the next 5 days, I go on to the remaining 28 days and this assortment of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.


I’ve done one day and all I can say is these are small portions. Tiny portions.  I followed the plan all day but I ended up being very hungry last night a few hours after my “dinner.”  So, I dipped into one of my desserts in my big stash (a moderate size bag of popcorn) and that did the trick. However, now I’m a dessert short for the future. I debated about going online a ordering some more dessert but I hope this does not become a habit. 

I’m hoping to follow the plan to the letter.



Factory Tour Continues


Surely, you know Libbey Glass.  You can find it in Bed, Bath and Beyond and any entertaining store.

Well, the factory is right in my preverbal backyard.


After hitting Marshall Pottery yesterday, we made a trip to the factory store and I loved it.  Both my mom and I have a  glassware (and teapot) problem.


Aisle after aisle of glasses, bake ware, bar ware . . . . You name it!



My modest purchases: 2 short glasses, 1 tall glass, an ashtray (I don’t smoke but I wanted one for my place for when I put my mom and her ciggie on the porch) and 1 handy dandy 100% Irish Leprechaun bottle opener (a must have).




Marshall Pottery

How is the diet going? Pretty good.

I am going in 7 day increments.  In the past 7 days, I lost 4.9 pounds.  Then, came the weekend and I gained .7 back 

No Bueno.

As of this morning, I am on a Day 1, ready for the next 7 days and determined not to have “weekend free for all’s.”

It’s not all been food.  Yesterday, my mom and I drove to Marshall, Texas for Marshall Pottery.


According to Wikipedia, Marshall Pottery is the largest manufacturer of red clay pots in the United States. 


Another interesting fact is that it was founded in 1895 and sold jugs during Prohibition, which likely kept it from going bankrupt.


The pig pen of piggy banks


Sample of their pottery


My purchases:


Yes, I absolutely needed that grease jug.  I’m a huge re-user of bacon grease.

Going Strong

It’s Day 4 of my diet and I’m still going strong.

Yesterday, my mom made fried pork chops for dinner.


I had the beans and cauliflower but swapped the unhealthy fried breaded pork chop for a poached chicken breast.


To poach my chicken, I just put a pot of water on the stove, put whatever seasoning I want and just plop my chicken breast in the water.  Boil until done.

I agree. It’s not the most exciting chicken breast in the world but it’s not the dry-est either.

I’m proud of myself because I started a Couch 2 5K program yesterday.

It’s 30 minutes total.
5 minutes of warm up.
20 minutes of alternating between 90 minutes of walking and 60 minutes of jogging.
5 minutes of cool down.

I got a free app on my phone and it tells you exactly what to do.

Lastly, I’m excited to report that a little Keurig coffee maker that I picked up for $4.99 at the Goodwill is also going strong.




Getting back in the swing of things

I have woefully neglected my blog for many reasons.

First, I took a 19 day trip to Japan. I did blog through that.

Then, I made an unscheduled trip to my home state of Michigan for 15 days.  I wrote one blog and the rest of the time I just enjoyed myself.  I didn’t always have internet.

Since I’ve been back, I’ve been battling a bit of a nasty cold.

Finally, it is hard to get back in the swing of things after being on vacation for so long.

That’s why I turned to my Daily Maintenance Plan (DMP).

Yesterday and the day before I did not want to get out of bed. So, I forced myself out of bed and got my DMP board.


Then, I went through the list one by one:
• Get out of bed
• Let Ginger Out
• Brush teeth
• Weigh myself
• Get Coffee
• Take Medication
• Take Fish Oil, Multivitamin and B12
• Make Bed
• Sit down and enjoy coffee.
• Read something inspirational
• Shower
• Put in contacts
• Moisturizer
• Deodorant
• Make Up
• Dress
• Jewelry
• Breakfast

It really really helps. I am a big proponent of having a morning master list for the days you just can’t get out of bed or are very tired.  By the time you go through the list, you are ready to tackle the day.

Speaking of which, I came across this article by way of my Facebook.

You’re sleepy. We get it. But it’s not just “I’m staying up too late” that explains your sluggishness. There are a slew of reasons why you’re feel slow. Training for and running in a Spartan Race is one surefire way to increase energy levels. But rather than be selfish, let’s take a look at 14 reasons you’re yawning all day:

1. You skip breakfast
2. You eat too much junk food
3. You work through vacation
4. You keep a messy office/bedroom/home
5. You drink wine before bed
6. You DON’T drink enough water
7. You skip exercise when you’re tired
8. You’re a perfectionist
9. You don’t get enough iron (the food, but probably the weights too)
10. You check your emails before going to bed
11. You rely on caffeine to get you through the day
12. You stay up late on weekends
13. You can’t say “no”
14. You make mountains of molehills

Of course, the article suggest at the end that you sign up for the Spartan Race. I’m just not there. But, I have been thinking Couch 2 5K since one of my friends started it and I really need to get jiggy with some sort of physical routine. I haven’t consistently exercised in 2 years. So, stay tuned for that.

But, first, I needed to clean up my diet. I’m back on the Weight Watchers Simple Start for the next 2 weeks. It’s even on the calendar.

Here’s what I’ve been eating the last two days:

Breakfast: Green Pepper, onion and ham frittata.


You can’t go wrong here. Throw whatever you have in your frig into a bowl, add 2-3 eggs, season, pour into a small shallow dish and cook at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes.

Lunch: Tuna Salad on Ritz Crackers


Snack: Greek yogurt with blueberries and sometimes pineapple


Dinner: Curried beef with brown rice and veggies



Yum, right?