24 February 2015

2/24/2015 - Pizza with Pals

Forgot to take a photo on Monday (weighed in at 165.2, same as last week). But remembered to take one this morning at 164.6. Looks like I lost a little overnight!! Hey, I'll take it.

I thought I would make more progress as the Chinese New Year was on February 19. New Years is always an inspiration to seriously start over. The first new years of the new year didn't work so well in the weight loss department, so maybe this second new years will work better.

Whenever you have a new years, you have to take advantage of the positive "start over - do better" mind trip. I don't know of any other new years I can count on for the rest of this year though. So no third chance to make a clean start.

In eating habits, I did pretty well until Saturday. Every couple of months three friends and I get together for a Scrabble game afternoon at Harvey's on the Mall bar in downtown Kalamazoo.

It is a chance to go to the bar and talk girl talk. We catch up on the happenings in our lives, our family's lives, our ailments, movies we've seen, work, social events, a little politics, TV shows, whatever, etc.

We always tip a few cocktails and order lunch. I had three (one for each game) tall Myer's rum and cokes (cuba libre) and a whole personal size pizza to myself. Harvey's used to have artichokes as a topping option, but not for a long time. So it is not my favorite place for pizza. It will do though when you haven't had even a bite of pizza for a few weeks.

I'll tell you my mouth just waters whenever I see a pizza commercial on TV. Doesn't matter what brand or who is serving. But my all time favorite Kalamazoo pizza is at Erbelli's. They have the best artichokes (big quarters, not mushy) I ever had on a pizza and I get a double order of them every time. Check their menu at: www.erbellis.com

16 February 2015

1/16/15 - Scale Fail?

Last week 165.4.  This week 165.2.

I don't usually weigh in during the week, but this week I did. I knew we would be going out to eat on a few social events and Valentine's Day (a sweet treat holiday) was Saturday. I thought by weighing in during the week, it might help me stay under control a little, if I started edging up.

My lowest weight of the week was Tuesday, at 163.8. My highest was 166.4 and Saturday.

It seems odd that there would be that much fluctuation, so I don't know if those were true weight markers or if my scale has failed. I weigh first thing in the morning in the nude, so no clothing fluctuations involved.

We dined out three times. Once at Mangia-Mangia with friends before a play. I didn't have appetizers, salad, soup, or dessert. Just the main course, but it was pasta in cream sauce and several pieces of cheesy bread. We also split two bottles of really good malbec and a cocktail after the play.

Friday we dined with my sis and bro-in-law. Usually we get pizza at Erbelli's when we go out with them, but this night we chose Shakespeare. They have pizza also, but I went with a veggie quesadilla. Not sure which is more calorie-ish, but I'm thinking the pizza. Two rum and cokes with that.

Saturday was V-Day, so Mike and I lunched at Green Top, our nicely-priced, not fancy, down home, corner bar. I had two glasses of wine and potato skins with mushrooms instead of bacon. We stopped at Sarkozy's Bakery on the walk home and I got two chocolate-covered, heart-shaped sugar cookies.

At each of these places, I ate about half and brought the rest home in doggie bags. I ate these for Saturday dinner and meals on Sunday. So it was all gone by Monday morning.

The other 4 days I was on target with 1,200 cal or less.

Anyway I was glad when I weighed in this morning and I was down ever so slightly from last week ... but down ... after all the week's treats.

09 February 2015


Last week 164.8. This week 165.4.

That is what one wine tasting on Saturday did to my progress. At a blind tasting we each had four tastes of white, four tastes of red, and two tastes of beer. Add one plate of fabulous Mediterranean appetizers to share. Was it worth it? Heck yes! Til Monday morning rolled around.

The rest of the week I was pretty spot on with the calorie count, so this morning was a little bit of a surprise.

What can I say?

03 February 2015

Superbowl Snafu

Well, yesterday was weigh in day. I lost only .4 pounds (down from 164.8).
That is pretty amazing considering I ate 1,100 extra calories yesterday while watching the Superbowl. Mike made his yummy, but low cal potato and leek soup. But most of the calories came from pre-game hummus and crackers, the accompanying garlic bread, and the cherry pie dessert. Only had one glass of wine though!

We also went out to eat this week to Food Dance (great farm to table place) before a play at the Civic Theatre. We saw The Who's Tommy. Although dark, it was a really good version. It brought back my own pinball playing memories and had a lot of good tunes.

Anyway it was Kalamazoo "Restaurant Week" and we always like to support our local businesses so we felt obligated to go to at least one restaurant this week. Does that sound convincing?

Then after the play our dinner-mates and two friends working the back stage crew came over for a visit. Of course, we got into the cocktails and I was drinking Myers rum and coke cuba libre (with lime).

So it was not a good week on the diet wagon. I was just happy I lost something.

PS - Still in au natural mode with nail polish. Not inspired til the weather warms up. We got two feet of snow here Sunday with drifts up to four feet!!! And it is only the beginning of February. ACK!

02 February 2015

Slap Shots

Friends gave us tickets to Western Michigan University's collegiate ice hockey game on Saturday. We had fantastic seats--not bleachers, but comfortable and roomy individual seats. They were right next to the President's box, so we got to watch President Dunn ring his hands during this butt clencher game.

Years ago (before Mike) I dated a guy who had season tickets to the Detroit Red Wings. They played at raggedy but cozy old Olympia Stadium (now torn down). This is when Gordie Howe was THE big hockey star of the day.

Olympia was not situated in the greatest neighborhood of Detroit, but that didn't stop us. That is where I learned to love to watch the game of hockey. Plus it is the only sport where I actually understand the rules.

In those "good ol' days," the accompanying music was played on an old theater organ. It played the right thing at the right time because it was LIVE. It was amazing how peppy organ music could rally the crowd, even during losing moments. An aside: I just read that on special occasions organ music is coming back to hockey at Joe Lewis Arena. Yay!

Today during the game, current popular songs are played at top decibel levels. The student crowd sang the lyrics and had in sync body movements to coincide. That was pretty cool, too.

The WMU band was also in the house. They had matching uniform shirts and pants, but not the formal dress they wear on the football field. Some had individual hats and sweat bands, giving a more fun and free spirited feel to the group. You could tell they were having a great time. An aside: Loved that some of the trumpets were made of copper. Had not seen that before.

I most enjoy watching hockey in person. It's just not the same on TV. I love the swish of skates on ice and the slap of a hockey stick hitting the puck. For a sport, it seems elegant and rugged at the same time. And I guess I would rather my kid (if I had one) play hockey rather than football. It does not seem as brutal.

For the twenty years we lived in San Francisco, we never attended an ice hockey game. SF had no professional team, although San Jose did have the Sharks. But when we returned to Michigan, my brother and nephew took me to a Red Wings game. This time they played in huge Joe Louis Arena. It was fun all right, but we were in the nose bleed section. Maybe I'm being sentimental, but it didn't seem quite the same.

Back home in Kalamazoo we had a family outing to a Kalamazoo Wings game. It was St. Patrick's Day and they dyed the ice green for the occasion. I didn't enjoy this game so much because the crowd was pretty rough around the edges and spewed energetic cheering to motivate fights between the players.

Once the fights started it took the refs just too long to stop them. They seemed to linger on purpose. This prolonged the fights and they purposely became part of the entertainment. Was this choreographed like in wrestling to hype up the audience? Seemed more like poor sportsmanship and ref managing to me. 

But college hockey it a different story. They do not tolerate fights between players. Action can be rough, body check slams into the walls and such, but outright fights are certainly not encouraged.

Anyway, the Broncos (white uniforms) were playing the Miami-Ohio Redhawks. Miami has been ranked in the top ten in the nation in USCHO.com and USA Hockey Magazine polls. WMU is not even rated on these polls, so pretty big challenge here.
The teams traded scoring goals back and forth. At the end of the game the score was 3-3. Western tied it up in the last 33 seconds of the game. That moment was dang exciting!
So the game went into 5-minute overtime play. The score was still tied at 3-3 at the end. Next came the one-on-one shootout between player and goalie. Each team got three shots. Each team made one goal out of the three. Still tied.

What a cliff hanger! After that it was sudden death play. Whoever got the first one-on-one goal shot, would win. Doggone, Miami scored.

But all in all it was a great game and those Broncos did not let the crowd down. The goalie did an exceptional job defending the 42 Miami shots-on-goal (only giving up three points). WMU made their 25 shots-on-goal count, making their three points in many less shots.
The Broncos performed well and, in spite of the loss, they should be very proud that they held their own against a top rated team. 

A final aside: Now this probably sounds dumb, but I have a fascination with the Zamboni. That's with a long "o" (as in boney) and named for Frank Zamboni, its inventor. The word is just fascinating (although not good for Scrabble!).

It is the vehicle / machine that resurfaces the ice between periods. It does this by shaving a thin layer of ice off and then adding a thin layer of water. At WMU, Lawson Arena has two Zambonis that work in tandem to get the job done quickly. This gives plenty time for the ice to fully freeze up before the next play period. Very cool!