Elimination Diets and September 11th

In my life, I have tried to lose weight every single day for as long as I can remember. Whether it was an effort that lasted the five minutes or maybe to lunch time, or sometimes it lasted the whole day, and in even better times, more than one day or week in a row.
My relationship with food is complicated and cyclical. (I say as I sit here with a giant serving of ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery)

I know a lot about nutrition and a lot of diets. It is the topic I have read the most about. I’ve tried to take a little from a lot that I have read and make it work for me.

But, the truth is – it is not working.

I’ve shied away from diets that eliminate groups of food, or certain foods, but I am thinking I am going to try something like that. My acupuncturist is really after me to give up gluten and dairy. She says I have a lot of heat in my body, and have auto immune issues (such as psoriasis and joint pain). And she said those two things tend to cause inflammation, and would probably help me, and may even help my fertility.
I am currently reading a book called “The Plan,” by Lyn-Genet Recitas. It was highly recommended by Tiffany at Elastamom Excerpts.
It is a way to eliminate foods that are bad for your body. Recitas’ idea is that foods that are bad for some people are not bad for others and that it is a chemical reaction. So, she feels that is why certain diets work for some people and not others. In The Plan you do a 3 day cleanse with the least reactive foods that there are, and then you go on to test foods in a 20 day challenge. I am only about half way through the book, so when I finish, I will let you know what I decide.

I had a slumber party with my girlfriends this weekend and there was a lot of talk about the Paleo diet, and that is what prompted me to read The Plan, as I have had it for a long time. I also have a book about the Paleo diet to read when I am finished.

So much to think about. But, I figure, I can try it, and that won’t hurt.

On another note…
September 11th has been a bad day for me since 1994. It is the day when of my dear friends from grade school and high school was killed in a car accident at college. It was devastating for our community, and her loss is still deeply felt by our community.

Then, in 2001, it became exponentially more devastating to not only my community, but to our whole country. I think about it often, and how lucky we are that bombings are not common place for us.
And I pray.
I pray for peace.

As my principal said at mass this morning, “Peace starts in each of you.”

Beth WA

Off the Wagon

I have been off the Fitness Pal wagon with the exception of a few days since Thanksgiving. And it is terrible.
For the last 8 days I also have had a sinus infection/cold/cough that makes only one food sound appetizing, McDonalds cheeseburgers.
And I haven’t exercised regularly in months.

I have been afraid to get on the scale, but my clothes are telling me what I already know.
this is turning into a full fledged pity party.

All of these things are taking their toll on me.

So, I am going to set a goal for this week.

My first goal is to go to the gym 3 times; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

My second goal is to cook dinner the rest of the week:

I need to eat home prepared dinners the rest of the week that include lean protein and vegetables and greens. They may not taste delicious to me right away, but I will get my taste back eventually.

But, for tonight….


Have a good night…
Beth WA


This is how my day started out:


It was an event I could not re-create even if I tried. I opened a cabinet, something fell out, and it hit a wine glass that was on the counter. The wine glass shattered and went flying at the same time, and when I put my hand up to block my face, the glass had bounced up and hit my hand. I started bleeding right away and a LOT, and it looked like a murder scene.
The first thing I did was text my boss to tell her I would be late.
Then, I cleaned up the murder scene, looking for somebody to blame it on so that I could be mad at that person. Don’t worry, I was able to blame my husband. He’s so lucky.

I hate being late to work, because then I can not get situated before the kids come in the classroom. And then I feel like a hamster running on a wheel all day. Especially, today, since I have no planning periods on Wednesdays, and today I had no lunch due to working with kids who didn’t have their work done. I was so glad when 3:20 finally arrived, and the kids were all gone. Sigh.

And when I got home, I was so happy to remember I had a meal plan, so I didn’t have to come up with something to eat. I just looked at my plan.
Yay for meal plans.


This morning I had my first weigh in with Fitness Pal. I lost 1 lb, but really it was more. I did my first weigh in the day after my miscarriage, and after the miscarriage I gained 3-4 lbs in a week. I didn’t start tracking until last week, but I never updated my weight. So, while I don’t know what the exact weight loss was, it was between 3-6 lbs, and that makes this girl very happy.

I love the app, Fitness Pal. I am able to have camaraderie with friends who struggle just like I do, and it makes the process less lonely. If you are not familiar with Fitness Pal, it’s a free app, (or website) that you track your calories after setting a goal for yourself. You also track your fitness. You have a newsfeed like on Facebook, and you can comment on each other’s stuff, like your successes and struggles. You can make statuses like on Facebook, too. However, you can keep your weight private, and whatever else you want to keep private.
Believe me, that is the first thing I checked. I know that your weight is only a “number,” and it doesn’t identify me as a person. But, personally, it’s a number I am not comfortable sharing.
I love it because you can scan food with your iPhone instead of typing it in when you are logging your food. That’s what I most often do. And, there are SO many foods in the database. I love that part, too.
Tracking food takes time, and is a tad tedious, but Fitness Pal makes it very user friendly, and slightly less tedious.

Well, I have to grade 60 math tests. But first, I am going to check up on google reader to have a little down time.

What do you like to do in your downtime to relax?

Beth WA

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes | RecipeGirl.com

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes | RecipeGirl.com.

Pumpkin crazy.

That’s what I am, and that’s what appears the blog world is.  Maybe, that’s why I like the blog world so much.

Anyway, I was catching up with my google reader yesterday, reading all of the blogs for the week, and I came across this recipe.  I am drooling.  And afraid to calculate the weightwatchers points plus.

Today is the day of Beth FS’s little sister’s wedding.  It’s a beautiful fall Ohio day.  I love weddings.  And I love Beth FS’s family, so it will be a blast.

Every time I go to a wedding, I get very nostalgic.  I think about how much I loved my wedding day, and how lucky I was to find my husband.  Because, honestly, that’s what it was.  Luck.  Good luck.

Mr. WA and Me


And this is a picture of my bridesmaids.  These are some of the friends I mentioned the other day.  People gave me a hard time about such a large bridal party, but truth be told, I could’ve had 5 or so more.  What can I say, I love a lot of people!


I had a really great wedding day, but I know a lot of people had disasters.  Did you have a wedding day disaster?  Is there anything you would do differently looking back?



I need to work out more, but I just don’t feel like it.

I walk in the mornings for about 2.75 miles, but it just isn’t cutting it.  I have over 100 lbs to lose, and I know I need to step it up.

I need to do these:

or these



and I need to count these:

Weight Watchers Points Plus


I am just so tired when I get home from school.  ( I know, I need to call whine-one-one.)

The tapes I have had and really been dying to try are the Turbo Fire tapes.  And I noticed that Elastamom Excerpts mentioned that she does these tapes.  I felt like it was my secret message to get off the couch and start doing them.

I also need to start packing my lunch the night before.  I am fresh out of lunch ideas and lunch packing motivation.  And also, I don’t like Lean Cuisines and other frozen dinners.  The ones that I actually like the taste only fill me up for about two classes afterward.

Where do you find motivation to get started with exercise?  Especially after work!

What do you pack for easy, healthy lunches?

-Beth WA.

Just a few more things I can’t live without

I bought a meal planner.  This is my first step in trying to be more economical with my groceries.  It’s also a way to start to try some of the recipes that I’ve bookmarked, starred in google reader, or cut out of a magazine.  I am hoping that it helps me stay in my points range for Weight Watchers.  Because as they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Right?  Anyway, right now when I go to the grocery I tend to buy the same things over and over, and I sometimes add in new foods I’ve read about in blogs.  I thank food blogs every single day for introducing me to Sunbutter.  It is the most delicious of the natural nut butters.

Jar of Delicious

Here are some other things that I just bought at the grocery that are among my staples.

Krusteaz Pancake Mix.  All you have to do is add water and you have delicious pancakes.  However, I often add oats, fruit, nuts, or other mixins.  It’s a great base, and it is not high in WW Points Plus.

My favorite is to add pumpkin and oats, and eat with Sunbutter on top and a dab of maple syrup.  Delicious flavor, with the protein and fiber.  The fact that pumpkin is 0 weight watchers points plus has been a life changer for me.


Speaking of pumpkin, I was SOOO happy to see the return of Liby’s canned pumpkin to my grocery shelf.  I haven’t been able to find it for some time, and the last time I had to buy the huge cans.  While pumpkin is expensive, it is also something I love to add to many foods.

I love pumpkin in oatmeal, pancakes, cookies, smoothies, and cakes!!

I mentioned that food blogs introduced me to Sunbutter.  They also introduced me to http://opensky.com .  It’s a place that some food bloggers act as curators and have sales on certain foods or products that they have featured in their blogs.  Through this, I was introduced to Garlic Gold, and I LOVE it.

Garlic Gold

They are garlic nuggets that are organic and delicious.  I have the Garlic Gold Sea Salt, Garlic Gold Nuggets, Garlic Gold Italian Herbs, and Garlic Gold Parmesan.  The garlic taste is delicious, and the sodium content, on even the sea salt, is low.  They add great flavor and texture.  I love garlic, so I appreciate these to use on salads, vegetables, spaghetti, and many other recipes.


Two things that I consume every single day are

Bananas are good for so many things…they are a great thickening agent in oatmeal, they are a great pre-workout fuel, a great afternoon snack, the perfect addition to smoothies for texture and taste, delicious to dip in sunbutter, and what about banana nut bread?  Yum.




And La Croix.  Sigh.  The new love in my life.

Since starting to drink La Croix this summer, I have cut soda out of my daily life.  I used to drink at least one coke zero a day, and now it’s about 2-3 a week, and I usually can’t finish a whole can of pop any more. My “friend” Kath brought this to my attention when I noticed she was always drinking carbonated water.  She said she liked the fizz.  And for me, that’s what I like about pop.  I drink a lot of regular water, but with a meal, I love to have the fizz.  So, this summer, a friend introduced me to LaCroix, and there has been no turning back.  I’ve been trying to moderate my intake, because LaCroix benders are expensive.

Does anybody drink LaCroix?  What’s your favorite flavor?

What are the things that you always have in your pantry?