Cool Blogging Moment… Thanks, Kate

There have been a lot of cool blogging moments that I haven’t gushed about, and trust me, I’ve thought about doing it!!  Tonight, something EXTRA cool happened… so you get to hear about it all!

For example. my first “comment” was so AWESOME!  To know people were reading what I was writing and thought to say something in response was REALLY cool. (Thanks, “The Beasleys”)

Also, there was one day that someone asked where I’d been because I hadn’t posted in about a week!  Um, also pretty cool. (Thanks, “Jenster”)

And, TODAY, I found ANOTHER super cool thing that happened…. 

Someone blogged about my blog!

So… I’m sending a little NTTC love out to Kate who has her own fabulous blog - Losing for Good.  She posted that she tried the yummy buffalo chicken salad recipe I posted last week, and that she too can’t get enough of its spicy goodness!  She varied the recipe a little adding some blue cheese and putting her own twist on it, so you should probably check it out!  Might be your new fave!  

And, she says that we’re now BFFs.  I mean, we’ve practically exchanged these…

 
Back in the day, these were ALL the rage
 

To Kate… I’d had a pretty rough afternoon and this just MADE my day.  Thanks, BFF! 

To all my readers, check out her blog and her journey.  She’s a rockstar… and you’ll want to follow her progress, too.

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I Just Can’t Put My Finger On It…

Today seemed the day that a lot of people were noticing I’ve lost weight.  I mean, take a peek at the pics on the left, it’s pretty darn dramatic. :)  But today is the day everyone wanted to talk about it.

It seems that everywhere I went today people were trying to put their finger on what was different.  This was a conversation I was in the middle of in the back room at one of my client locations:
 
“Wow, something is really different about you…
I just can’t put my finger on it.”
“Is your HAIR different?”
“Something’s changed.  Maybe you’re TANNER than last time I saw you? Or have you lost WEIGHT?”
 
While it’s very flattering, it’s a little overwhelming in mixed company.  Men and women. Young and older.  People I know well and people I just met.  People I like and people I don’t care for.  Seriously, it can be sort of awkward.  Oh, and in a professional setting, PS… It’s sooooo awk.
My response today was … “Well, I do spend some time at the pool, so I guess I’m tanner.  I’ve also lost some weight.”
 
Other days, I say… “Yeah… I’ve been working hard, but I still have a way to go.”
 
Why do we downplay our accomplishments?  Why am I so modest about something I’ve worked so hard for?  And curiously, why am I almost ashamed to admit in mixed company that I’ve lost weight?  I NEVER say the total amount lost unless I’m amongst friends (blog friends included).  I guess, I don’t want anyone doing the math, or looking at me and going “Wow, you’ve lost 60 lbs, and you still have more to lose?”
 
It’s a really interesting place to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE that people notice.  It’s so motivating and almost justifies the process; it makes me feel fantastic.  When I run into someone who hasn’t seen me in 6 months and barely recognizes me, that’s my favorite.
 
I’d also add that there’s a few more people I wish would notice.  Well, those same people, I’d like them to forget I was ever that previous plus-sized lady and (ahem) just focus on the new and improved me. 
 
I love the new version of me, and I’m not going back to that before image EVER again.  I wish I could just answer these questions better sometimes.  I guess that will come with time.  I know that before pic is fading away… soon everyone will only know the newer and more fabulous me.  I’m certainly ok with that.
 
Suggestion to the World:  If you can tell I’ve lost weight, just say so.  Or, simply just say I look great.  Don’t make me tell you, that’s where I get flustered.  Help a girl out, will ya?

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Jenny Craig Volumizing: Buffalo Chicken Salad

You heard me right…  Buffalo.  Chicken.  Salad.

I got home from spin/yoga this morning and was starving.  I was craving something flavorful and spicy… and what’s better than Jenny’s Chicken Sandwich when I need that?  I always use a yummy hot sauce with it, when I eat it the old-fashioned way.

Today, I had two beautiful tomatoes on the counter that were about to die.  So…. I decided to go for a salad!  This may be my new favorite lunch.  So easy, so delicious.  And, I’ve missed bread a little bit, especially garlic bread.  It tastes so indulgent!!!

Defrost your bun in the microwave, wrapped in paper towels for 30 seconds.  Spray with I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter Spray and sprinkle with garlic powder and garlic salt as you see fit.  Place in your toaster on a light setting to toast up the bread.  Mmmm… Mmmmm!

Pour a tall glass of water, and enjoy your spicy goodness!!!

Buffalo Chicken Salad + Garlic Bread

INGREDIENTS
1 Jenny Craig Chicken Sandwich
Lettuce
(I used bibb/butter lettuce)
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Your favorite hot sauce
(I used 1 Tbsp. Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic Sauce + 1 Tbsp. Frank’s Hot Sauce)
JC Ranch (optional)
(I used 1 1/2 Tbsp. Litehouse Yogurt Ranch)
Garlic Powder
Garlic Salt
INSTRUCTIONS
1.  Assemble a bed of lettuce + tomatoes, and any other veggies you’d like.  Today, I was way too hungry to chop more than just tomatoes, but I think some cucumbers, red/green onions would have been tasty as well.
2.  Cook your chicken breast for 2 1/2 minutes in the tray provided.  Remove from tray and dice.  Place hot sauce in a plastic baggie.  Add your chicken, and toss!  Place coated chicken on top of the salad.  Add salad dressing, if desired.

Couldn’t resist adding a little Ranch to the salad, but totally optional!
 

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Another One Bites the Dust…

My weigh ins are taking on a whole new look this month.  I actually weighed in this morning, but my consultation will be next Tuesday via phone.  With my crazy travel schedule that lies ahead for August, my new JCC Crystal thought weekly phone consultations might be a good idea.  Desperate to stay on track during my next four weeks of travel, it’s worth a shot.

Well… how did the weigh in go, you ask??

I am down another -1.2 lbs! Woo hoo!  I’ll take it!  I feel like I’m trucking along at a pound a week, much due to my snacking and not perfect eating.  This week, I worked out not once, but TWICE!  I’m planning for the same this week (increased activity), so looking forward to a positive weigh in!

TODAY’S FUN
I bought this little guy about a year ago now… and it’s found a comfortable spot in my closet collecting dust.  

I love LOVE to take pictures, and I want to get to the point where I can take those cool artsy looking pics.  I bought a Groupon earlier in the year for a “field trip” style photography class through Chimpsy.  After months of trying to find a class that met my schedule, I attended my first photography class today!  

It was so much fun!  The camera that had intimidated me for months now seems much less mysterious.  Now, as part of the class, I did take a few pictures; however, the majority were lame shots of rocks and cars since we were in downtown Denver.  

My plan is to use my new fancy cam – Canon Rebel T2i – to take cool pics to post on this blog, and I may even take it with me to Massachusetts next week to capture my adorable niece and nephew.  Here’s a few pics I took post-class yesterday.  Pretty cool!

Playing with depth of field with my wine rack

 

Flowers look different with a varied aperature

Tomorrow morning is round two of Spin-Yoga… Wish me luck, readers!  I need it!

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