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Uncomfortableness… the New Beige…

This weekend while I was hacking up all 5 lungs, wheezing like a wheezer song, and trying to breathe out of a quarter of a nostril (stupid re-infected cruditis), I determined I’d watch an episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition to help boost my fresh start desires… aka try to keep myself from holding up a Twinkie factory.  Plus, I like that Chris Powell dude… he’s a smart dude and he isn’t too horrible to look at either.

On this particular episode, there was a lady from Las Vegas.  She was pretty gung ho about wanting Chris’s help in the beginning.  So much so, that in order to be taken on as a client, she walked several miles and up 5 bajillion stairs just to get the chance.  For those not familiar with the show, it’s set up that they follow these people for 1 year as they transform their lives.  It’s set up in 3-month increments where at the end of each increment, they weigh themselves to see if they’ve hit the goal they’ve been given.  The first 3 months, they live in Colorado at a hospital, where they learn about nutrition and exercise, so it’s a pretty controlled environment.  At the end of those 3 months, they are sent home to take the journey in the real world.

The first 3 months, you could tell she wasn’t confident, but she made her goal.  The 2nd 3 months at home, she was less confident, but I believe she still made her goal.  Then the 3rd interval hit… months 7 through 9.  The polish had fallen off the newness of it all and she started skipping exercise sessions, not eating what she should be eating, and then lying about it all.  Chris and his wife, Heidi, tried to change the out-of-control freight train of inevitable weight gain by inviting her back to Colorado to train with them once again.  She reluctantly (and more angrily than anything) packed her bags and came back, only to half-heartedly work her way through exercise sessions with a bitter anger brewing beneath the surface.

Chris confronted her… and what he said to her hit home like a ton of bricks at a Britney Spears concert… You’re afraid of being uncomfortable!  Afraid of the way your legs hurt and it’s hard to breathe when you go all in at an exercise session.  Afraid to feel the feelings of sadness and anger instead of stuffing them down with a Ding Dong (do they make those any more?).  Afraid of being uncomfortable!  In a nut shell… that’s what this life all comes down to.  To advance at anything in our lives, we’re going to HAVE to feel freaking uncomfortable at some points.  It’s the newness of it all that makes it uncomfortable.  The trick is to keep doing the uncomfortable thing until it becomes comfortable to us… and that’s when it’s time to take it to the next level… when it becomes comfortable.

How many times have I not exercised because I didn’t want to get sweaty and/or hated huffing and puffing and burning legs?  How many times have I stuffed my face to feel better about something that has given me anxiety or made me mad?  How many times have I been afraid to be uncomfortable?  Too many to count.

Thank you, Chris Powell for making me realize that it’s part of life… that uncomfortableness… and unless I want to sign up to become a dust bunny in the basement, I best learn to celebrate that uncomfortable feelings bring about stronger men and women.  The Twinkie factory can wait.

Oh, and by the way… the Las Vegas lady… she quit the journey… she was afraid of the uncomfortable and let it get in her way of accomplishing what she wanted so much in the beginning.


Filed under Calorizing

Extreme Fajiters…

Go Tell Aunt Rhody.  Go Tell Rhody.  Go Tell Aunt Rhody, the old gray goose is dead.  What a depressing song… and it’s for kids?  Hey Rhody… your dagnabbed gray goose is road kill… let’s sing an upbeat happy song about it and then we’ll roast her up for dinner with some fingerling potatoes and a nice green salad.  Meanwhile, back here in the land where my gray goose is alive and well, but imaginary, here are a few of my favorite meals from last week!

This happens to be my new most favoritest-est-est-est-est way to make scrambled eggs/egg beaters/egg whites.  Add one more -est to that word!  It gives the eggs so much flavor.  Cook up the scrambled egg/egg beaters/egg whites in the pan as usual.  When they are done, keep the pan on and add some salsa (I used 1 Tblsp. here, but go crazy).  Then, mix the salsa into the egg/egg beater/egg white and let it cook until the salsa is warm and it gets a bit crusty on the bottom.  HOT DOGS IN A CONVENT that’s good… and I ain’t just saying that to suck up to the convent hot dogs.

I bawled my way through a few episodes of Extreme Makeover:  Weight Loss Edition a few weeks back… like ugly bawled… not just regular bawled.  I may or may not have been PMSing at the time.  Through my ugly bawling spree, the healthy chef lady from the fat farm was teaching us how to make shrimp fajitas, healthily.  Darn tootin’.  I decided I was going to jump on the fajita train and make the special Whitney version of the recipe.  It’s special on account of the fact that I didn’t follow anything her recipe said because I had zero of the ingredients she wanted me to have, so I invented this here recipe… and I gotta say… not to toot my own horn or anything, it was the best plate of fajitas I’d had… heatlhy or not so healthy.  The trick was in marinating the vegetables for an hour or 2 before cooking them.  For anyone interested, allow me to type up my Extreme Fajiter recipe!

Whitney’s Extreme Fajitas

1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 medium onion peeled and cut into strips
1 red bell pepper cut into strips
1 green bell pepper (or yellow or orange) cut into strips
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cumin powder
2 tsp. chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.  Let sit in fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour.  Remove vegetables and place in bowl.  Add reserved marinade to saucepan and heat until boiling. Then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, set aside.  Add drained vegetables to pan.  Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.  Toss with reserved marinade and heat through.  Serve with warmed tortillas and cheese and tomatoes and pinto beans and corn or whatever other toppings your precious heart desires!  For serious!

The reason it was yummy?  The sweet mixed with the heat mixed with the vegetables… and the marinading portion.  Glorious!  I’m sure you could just as easily add chicken or beef or shrimp to this… no problemo at all!

What did I say about fall bringing the pumpkin to the forefront?  It’s squash… squash is a vegetable… I hate the texture of squash… unless you add delectabilities to it!  This here is a low-calorie single-serving pumpkin pie!!  Under 150 calories per serving and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!  I didn’t have all the stuff they wanted for the crust, so I just used crushed up graham crackers and it turned out fine.  I also didn’t make the topping they suggested and just plopped some lite cool whip on the top.  Maybe I’ll make this for Thanksgiving at the old folks home!  They’ll thank me later for adding 2 hours to their life span!

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite Mexican food?  

PS – Thank you all sweet people for the great advice and replies to yesterday’s post.  You all sure know how to put a gal at ease… and you can be sure I’m going to look into each and every piece of that advice! 


Filed under Calorizing, Food, Recipes

Stop It, Chris…

It’s nearly 4:00 in the morning and I just spent my blog-writing time watching 80000 DVRed episodes of Extreme Makeover:  Weight Loss Edition and bawling like a two-bit hooker at a church service.  It probably didn’t help that the 2-bit hooker was experiencing friendly hormone hoarding with a major case of craunchitis on the side.  I’m also determined to hunt down the trainer on the above-mentioned show, Chris Powell and award him most inspirational phrase spitter outer.  Dude was spitting them out faster than a salad shooter on turbo speed.  Y’all MUST remember the salad shooter?  Laws almighty, hallelujah… put a carrot and a cucumber into that sucker and afore you know it it’s a right proper salad dish.

Anyway… he was shooting out inspirational phrases in all 3 episodes I watched… and I was bawling and the music was soaring and I swear I almost levitated off my couch indentation and soared with the eagle’s nest.   Boy must have a book of them suckers he memorizes or something because ain’t no way he just pops them out like it’s a regular sentence in his world.  Of course I don’t remember any of the phrases now… memory fades after 3 seconds up in this here joint… but there was one that stuck with me… hit me right in the bane of the existence and made me say ah ha aloud and it also kind of freaked me out a little because it’s a true statement and if it’s a true statement that would require a lot more bravery on my part than I’ve been giving the last little while… because I’m in this stallitis mode right now and I feel like I’m not moving forward and I don’t think I’m moving backward (though, there are instances where I feel like I am), I’m just standing in the same place… still as a stick in the desert… and I’m once again going through the motions of living day to day, but not really accomplishing anything… and that makes me sad… and frustrated… and hopeless.

What was the salad-shooting inspirational phrase?  Get ready… soak it in… and get over the sense of fear that’s gonna envelope after you’ve read it.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  

Scary, right?  I like my comfort zone… it has a couch and a blankie with tickles on it and I’ve fixed it up nice to suit my comfort needs… and last year I got out of it a lot… I had a LOT of firsts last year.  But now I feel like those “firsts” have tapered into old hat now and I’m making a new comfort zone with a huge brick wall around it and a moat and a dude guarding it named Marvin… I’m stalled… and that’s making me feel all kinds of familiar yucky feelings of yore.  Like the one where I made myself accept that my life would be lived weighing 530 pounds… forever and ever more… and I’d just have to get used to being that nasty chic who lived in the basement for the rest of her lifetime.   Nope… time to step it up.  That girl is not an option… ever.

Thanks, Chris… thanks a lot, you salad-shooting, 2-bit hooker, you!  😛

Question of the Day:  Have you ever seen Extreme Makeover:  Weight Loss Edition?  Thoughts?  


Filed under Getting A Life, Inspirational TV

Winners…. and Losers…

That sounds like a really mean title… I totes see that now… but losers can be complimentary in some instances… for example, when you lose your front teeth on account of a sidewalk crack… you may be a loser but you won 2 new fake front teeth.  TOTES a compliment!  (by the by… for those of you unfamiliar with the word “totes,” (coughcoughMADREcoughcough) that is basically the awesome 13-year-old girl way of saying TOTALLY!!)  I’m up with the latest 13-year-old, especially in the hormone department!  Anywho… thank you to all who entered the balls and bungee giveaway last week.  I scientifically picked a whiner… erm… I mean winner by numbering everybody’s entries (both if you also entered via Facebook) and having someone give me a random number… and ta da… WINNER!  The winner is… drum roll on empty tissue boxes….


YEE-HAW!  Congratulations, Katrina!  It totally paid to have 2 entries… and the bribe of a million dollars didn’t hurt the process either.  😛  Yes, I realize my lame giveaway is no way near as cool as 1 million dollars, but just don’t tell Katrina that.  I will email you, Katrina, and you can send me your address that way.  As for the rest of you… stay tuned… more giveaway fun in the future to come. 


Now… on to the Losers.  A new show debuted tonight on ABC called Extreme Makeover:  Weight Loss Edition:

Great… another show to add to my summer que of NO TV WATCHING!!  But if I don’t watch my TV, who’s gonna use my remote?  If you haven’t seen last night’s episode or are wanting to watch it via Tivo, DVR, or online… do NOT read further.  MAJOR SPOILERS to follow!

These types of shows are generally really inspiring and touching… but I still have a problem with them.  This particular show isn’t as bad as some.  The cameras follow the participant for 1 year… 365 days… during which they are given a very strict diet and a regimented exercise schedule.  I ain’t never done been in the Army, but I’d imagine this show would be pretty close to it… except with less guns and explosives.  What I got from the episode was that the participant (in this episode, Rachel) was to work out 4 to 5 hours per day and eat a “die”t that does not include sugar, fat, and carbs.  Well… ain’t that a slit your throat kind of a life.  NO CARBS!!!  Why don’t we just stick a ballbat up my left nostril and call it a day.  The goal for Rachel was to lose 230 pounds in the space of a year… going from 369 pounds to 150 pounds.  Rachel pretty much rocked the first 6 months, hitting each of her weight goals, getting down to 239 pounds… then came the 2nd half of the year.  In the last 6 months of her journey, she lost a total of 31 pounds, 10 to 25 of those pounds were surgery for hanging skin removal, leaving her with only a 6- to 21-pound fat loss in those 6 months.  Hey… a loss is a loss… but she admitted her problem had been the eating.  She couldn’t “control” her eating.  It’s no wonder she couldn’t control her eating… she wasn’t allowed to eat anything!! 

Rachel and trainer, Chris!

These are just my opinions and were not addressed on the show, but I truly do think that the reason the last 6 months were so slow for her was because she came face to face with the restriction monster… that monster that tells you that you can’t have something and so you rebel and get it anyway, which inevitably ends up meaning that you eat 315 times more than a normal-sized serving.  I know this type of restricting weight loss works for some… but I can tell you from experience that it didn’t work for me.  After my bypass surgery, I was on a very restrictive “die”t… 70% protein and 30% vegetables at every meal… and each meal could only be 2 ounces.  I rebelled against that so hard that I gained every pound I lost back and stretched my stomach back out to original size.  Maybe that kind of thinking works for the more passive personalities… but when you be born as stubborn as a bull on steroids, it ain’t gonna work for you!

This is not to take away from the hard work that Rachel put in to lose the 161 pounds she lost in the space of a year (and skin removal surgery), but I’m just wondering if she’s going to be able to keep it off.  It’s not realistic that she should eat that way for the rest of her life and it’s also not realistic that she is going to exercise 5 hours a day for the rest of her life.  Normal people just don’t do that.  Further proof that the smartest way to lose the weight is to find a lifestyle that will work for you for the rest of your life… Hey, I know one… All things in moderation!  I’ll take payment in brain cells and cash…

Speaking of weight loss shows… this weekend my sister and cousin were in Salt Lake City eating at Tucanos Brazilian Grill, when they ran into this guy:

Lindsay, Rulon, and Jen-Jen

You wondered what happened to him after he walked off of the Biggest Loser and didn’t show face at the finale?  Well, he got a waitressing gig at Tucanos!  KIDDING!  Lindsay said he was super nice and he told them he was going to get back into wrestling.  So, there you go… Rulon update of the year!  Thanks, Jen, Seth, and Linds! 

Question of the Day:  Are you watching Extreme Makeover:  Weight Loss Edition?  If so, what did you think?


Filed under Inspirational TV