Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Week 15...In Love with Hummus

Welcome to the 15th (completed) week of Extreme Makeover: ME Edition hosted by the incredible Amber Filkins!

Let's weigh-in...

Last week: 208 pounds
This week: 207 pounds

LOST.....1 pound

The Plan from Week 15:
workouts completed
Wednesday ~ 1.63 mi
Thursday ~ 1.61 mi
Saturday ~ .95 mi

Monday ~1.92 mi

Not too shabby! I'm pretty proud of my workouts. I have been eating better too. There really isn't a sweet to be found in my house (except for the Mother's Animal Cookies that I found in my basement) so I haven't been tempted.

I ate fastfood (McDonalds) a couple times and it tasted nasty. I ate a piece of pizza last night and it made me feel sick. I have become addicted to Spinach/Feta Hummus with carrots and Roasted Chickpeas. I LOVE IT! I've been drinking more water and taking my vitamins.

Who is this healthy girl?

I watched the first episode of season two of RUBY this week. I was going to wait to watch this season until I was finished watching last season but I couldn't help myself! I wanted to see how much she lost. She lost 140 pounds during the last year! I like this show for several reasons...she is losing the right way...with good eating habits (although her food is delivered to her), exercise and therapy. I'm always amazed to discover that many overweight people have some trauma in their past that contributes to their weight.

The Plan for Week 16:

AM walk/run
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
Topic of the week: Share with us some of your vacation survival strategies

Great topic Amber! We are leaving for our family vacation in 9 days and I have been giving this a lot of thought. We are renting a house in near Milwaukee on the lake that my father-in-law grew up on. There is a huge park across the street with walking trails. I'm sure much of my exercise will involve chasing my kids to keep them out of the lake. I intend to visit Trader Joe's my first day and stock up on fruit and veggies and anything other goodies I can find. On Wednesday, I plan to visit the Farmer's Market in downtown Milwaukee but I'm also going to eat my weight in cheese. I'm sure there will be sweets....but I will keep it to a minimum.

Now, for the trip to Wisconsin. 26 hours in the car....3 DAYS! And that's just one way. (god help me) I'm bringing a big cooler with water, carrots, HUMMUS, grapes, cherries and blueberries. I am also going to make up some breakfast burrito's and freeze them...we will reheat these (in the hotel microwave) for breakfast instead of eating high fat and calorie Mc Donalds food. I'm going to make up a HUGE batch of Roasted Chickpeas....these are my new favorite snack. Oh, and nuts. We will bring nuts.

Roasted Chickpeas

1 (12 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
Pam Spray
garlic powder
onion powder
cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Rinse and then blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. In a bowl, toss chickpeas and season to taste with salt, garlic & onion powder, and cayenne pepper, if using. Spray Pam on a baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until browned and crunchy. Watch carefully the last few minutes to avoid burning.
Inspirational Song of the Week: Christina Aguilera Fighter

This week I got excited about trying something new for exercise (more about this later) and I shared it with my husband. He laughed at me and told me that he didn't think I could do it. He really hurt my feelings and I ended up mad at him for a couple days. I'm tired of people telling me I can't do something. This is a great song for this week because I seriously wanted to kick his @ss.....

cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter


  1. I'm glad you used his comment to FIRE YOU UP instead of discourage you. Great job on the pound this week!

    I know I just "met" you a few weeks ago, but reading your EMME posts... I do believe you will do this. :)

  2. There's that loss we were looking for last week.

    I'm a big hummus fan, too. It's pretty easy to make your own as well, and can be even healthier.

    Keep up the great work.

  3. Great post Connie!!!!!! Awesome job on the 1 lb loss!!!! I also love where you are going on your vacation! We have family that live just North of Milwaukee just off of Lake Michigan. I love it there!!! Good luck with the healthy eating...I hope you have a fabulous time!!!!!

    Again I loved your post...all of it!!!

  4. Congrats on the loss. 3 days travel - Ouch!! Makes me realise just how teeny SA is. :D


  5. Great job Missy!! That is fantastic! I am going to type this comment and go roast me some chickpeas. :)

    I love hummus too and we use it on sandwiches as a subsitute for mayo. My Hubs loves it. Your Hubs will have to eat crow when you accomplish what you are going to accomplish. Yay Connie!

  6. Congrats on the 1 lb loss! You are doing great!

  7. Great post and congratulations on the loss. Keep up the good work and move ahead. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  8. Hai, just found you yesterday, don't even know where anymore but like your writing style! Will certainly visit you regurlarly.


  9. Great job on the loss! I have got to get me some hummus when I go to the store, I love it but hardly ever buy it. Need to change that!

  10. Well, alright Connie! Down a lb!! Awesome job.

    What a great plan for vacation. You are working so hard and it's really paying off! I'm so proud of you.

    Go kick hubby's ass. What?! That wasn't the new thing you wanted to try?! Okay, kick it after you achieve your new goal :)

    You know I love Fighter!! Still gets me moving when I don't think I can go any further!

    xoxo ~Lisa

  11. Now I'm really curious to know what Hubby thought you couldn't do? You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to, no? Show 'em what you got! Looking forward to reading about your trip and vacation :)

  12. I LOVE THAT SONG! All ways have! Its so powerful.

    I was just talking about homemade hummas yesterday. I'll try your recipe. Never thought about roasting the beens.

    Keep up the great work and goal setting. I'm cheering for you!

  13. Hummus is a wonderful snack! My kids even like it. I have been lazy lately & buying it. Roasted red pepper is the kids fave and mine is jalepeno cilantro...mmmmmm :)

  14. Thanks for the wonderful things you said on my blog! I think you are doing such a great job and am so excited for you. Amazing how much hurt feelings can get you fired up!

  15. Keep up the wonderful work!! You'll meet your end goal in no time. Stay strong, stay focused. You can do it!

    Happy Thursday!

  16. Mmm, those chick peas sound yummy! And I'm glad you talked about it, because I had NO idea what chick peas where, lol. Or how you could make your own.

    What was it that hubby said you couldn't do??? Kick the crap outta him?? Because I think you could do it. Go ahead, try.


    YOU seriously ROCK girl! You inspire me ALL the time! Keep it up girl!

  17. I watched Ruby also. It is a great show. I was not sure where to leave you a message. You have a few great blogs. Have a great day.

  18. YEAH for weight loss!!!

    And, I'm a huge fan of hummus.

    I can eat it during my 60 min dinner, so I intend on doing that soon. I recently bought some red pepper hummus. I hope its not too spicy. I like spice, but probably not in my hummus.

    Vacation planning for food is difficult, but it sounds like you have a plan.

    You CAN do this and you ARE doing it!

    ANd you're a big inspiration for me.

    I e-love you!

  19. Congrats on your pound, girl! Good for you! Sounds like you've got a good plan for your vay-cay!

    Love that song... it looks to me like not only can you do it - you ARE DOING IT! :-)

    I've watched Ruby a few times, and saw her on Oprah. I'll be tuning in as well, hoping to see her get to her goal. She's so sweet and likable, it's addicting and you just really want her to see her do well.

  20. Keep up the great work! I will have to try Hummus! I have never tried it yet!
    Have fun on your vacation!

  21. Good for you - such great planning for your meals and snacks. Am I'm going to try those roasted Chickpeas - sounds awesome! And I love hummus too.

    You are such an inspiration to me - thanks. :)

  22. You're doing so great Connie! You should be so proud of yourself.

    I love spinach too. I fell off the wagon for the last couple of days but will hopefully jump back on tomorrow.

    Enjoy your vacation!

    Much love from NJ,


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