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Where the days have gone

February 20, 2010

I can’t believe it. It’s been almost a year since I found out I was pregnant, and while I’m no less committed to this journey of learning to eat right, all my priorities have changed. I’ve shed my mantle of anonymity and am now happily tweeting at @moshermama.

I’m also moving this blog. I’m tired of the lack of template options on “free” wordpress, as much as I love the platform (I still use it for all my hosted sites), and so I’m heading back over to blogger. Update your bookmarks to Noms for the Long Haul. On March 11–a year to the day from when I found out I was pregnant–we begin anew. 30 pounds down, 30 to go. Come with me!

Oh, and since some of you haven’t heard from me since last year–

Please meet Jesse. Born 11-11-09 at 9 lbs 11 oz. Now three months old and absolutely beautiful.


Eating for one, digesting for two

March 31, 2009

This morning, I actually made my 25 lb. lost goal. It’s normal to not gain weight during the first trimester, and I’m actually heartened to know that I’m doing some things right, because I tend to think that by ending my binge-eating tendencies I will lose weight regardless of what state I’m in. Yesterday sucked, foodwise, though. I was ravenous on the way home and had nothing to nosh on, so I fell down the rabbit hole and hit a drive-through. Big mistake. By the time I got home, I felt heavy and stupor-ish as if I’d been run over; I felt overfull and lethargic and exhausted. It kind of blows my mind that I used to eat that kind of crap all the time–sometimes more than once a day, and sometimes more than one meal at a time.

But I stood on the scale after my shower and it very cheerfully told me that I weigh 190 lbs. When my husband and I got married, I weighed about 220, and on the day I made a decision to stop the insanity, as Susan Powter used to say, I weighed 215; that was around my birthday.

Now I don’t need to diet, and I’m maintaining beautifully in spite of slip-ups like last night. It’s nice to have freedom to eat, but I absolutely cannot regress to binge girl.

Until I return to keeping track of these issues, I will be blogging about pregnancy at — come see me there, and see you in December or so!

New focus

March 15, 2009

This had become a bit of a weight loss blog, but I originally started writing here to address my binge eating problem. Even though now I have gone back to about a 2,500 calorie/day diet, it’s still very important for me to follow the structure I had imposed on myself and to avoid the temptation to eat large quantities of food in one sitting. It’s entirely possible that even with the slight backslide I experienced in February, that by resuming normal eating habits around November or so I may well have set myself up for this brilliantly. For one thing, I am starting at 190 lbs instead of the 220 I was at last summer. It’s even possible that my change in diet made me more fertile.

Plain and simple, though, it was through m own carelessness that this happened, and while I’m not exactly prepared, I’m not exactly upset, either. Hubby is a bit more disoriented, but we’re getting there.

I still believe that natural family planning (which we’ve been using since 2005) is a very safe and effective way to get pregnant or avoid getting pregnant. It’s just very important that if the latter is your goal to check for ovulation signs BEFORE you wind up in the frisky, not after! And at least my knowledge of my cycle tipped me off that I could be pregnant even before a test could. In that respect, I was both pregnant and not pregnant until I got a confirmation of one thing or the other, a situation which we laughingly called Schroedinger’s Baby.

So anyhow, this blog is still about learning to eat right again. And it’s even more important now that I’ve got someone else along for the ride. My goal is to come out on the other side in even better health, and when you consider that I was eating some 6,000 calories a day up until last October, I think the odds are pretty good that I will.

This changes everything.

March 12, 2009

Those of you who know who I am, this is not to be shared with the general populace yet.



16 years and 50 weeks after the last time I got one of these…

New milestones

March 7, 2009

My upper arms are hideous, and for some time now have been the most visible aspect of my overweightness. So I was very happy when I busted out the tape measure today and found that my upper arm measurement was 14.75. It’s the first time it’s been under 15 in the last couple of years. Other measurements that came down were my chest and my hips, but my waist and thigh were a bit up. Ah well, just color me scrambled Skiffly.

Also, my body fat reading was lower today than it has been in the short time (about 10 weeks) I’ve been able to measure it: 41.5 percent.

I like these milestones! And each one is a victory!

Breaking through

March 6, 2009

So, I’ve been staunchly plateaued–and I didn’t even want to look at the last time I reported a weigh-in until I broke through it. It wasn’t the kind of plateau in which you have tried everything and the scale doesn’t budge — as I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I was making bad choices and falling off the wagon.

Now, when last I weighed in, I had just crossed the 10 percent threshold, and I’ve been frittering around that line during the 7 weeks since. I had hoped to have lost 30 lbs by February, but I couldn’t shake the bad behavior until I STUCK myself to the program, which I started doing last week. Wasn’t much to show for it last Friday, but this week:

This week, however:

Weight Tracking Summary

Your current weight : 191.3 lbs
Weight change since your last recorded weight | -4 lbs
Total weight change to date | -23.7 lbs

I have been down as low as 190 this week, so I’m quite sure that magic #25 is in my sights for next week, as long as I don’t do anything squirrely.


March 5, 2009

I love those bags of precooked grilled chicken breast for making dinner fast! Tonight it has been a spicy chicken chop salad, and since I love you all so much, here’s the recipe. I plugged it into the recipe builder, and like most of my chicken salads, it’s 4 points per generous serving. For a little extra zing and bite, crush up seven Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues chips and toss those on top before serving for an extra 1.5 points.


  • 10 oz mixed greens (1 bag)
  • 1/4 cup(s) shredded carrots
  • 1 large tomato(es), coarsely chopped
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and chopped into 1″ dice
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup(s) frozen corn kernels, cooked and cooled
  • 1 oz Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Monterey Jack, shredded or finely cut up
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup(s) fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 12 oz grilled chicken breast strips (the frozen, precooked kind), cooked without fat

Toss the vegetables together along with the dressing and vinegar. Divide into four bowls, top each with 3 oz. chicken and the chips if desired. Serves 4!

A note about the cheese: Buying reduced fat block cheese actually gives you more control in using cheese to add flavor and fun. (And Cabot knows how much I love them, so another shout-out to them.) With a little practice with a kitchen scale, you can learn to slice off about a half ounce at a time. Take two of these slices, cut them in half lengthwise, and then chop the cheese along the length into “grated” size pieces. Then toss them into the vegetables. (This technique is also good for generating just enough cheese for a small, light quesadilla, a great thing to make on the side for the kids.)

And yes, did I mention that I create these kinds of salads regularly? Sometimes I think I could do an entire book of tossed-up lightness.

(Hint, hint, publishers…)