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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Weigh In Wednesday!!

Well......I lost 3 POUNDS!!!! Woo-hoo! I made my goal of 15# to get my pedicure, but I think I'll wait til mother's day weekend! Only 3 more pounds until my haircut. :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My butt is in a ten!

I've had a little difficulty with my pant size, but yesterday my jeans were so loose I realized I needed new ones. Jordan and I went to Ross and bought me two new pairs that are perfect. I know you all probably know how good it feels when you find a great pair of jeans.

But the big news is that I'm in a size ten! My original goal was an eight, and that is not so out of reach anymore. I am wearing size ten jeans and pants, like the ones in this picture. Jordan took this while I wasn't looking. I don't know why.

I've already met my goal of 135 for end of April. Now if I could only find a swimsuit that works, I'd be all set. I am pear-shaped, so if the top fits the bottom is too tiny. Jordan and I are taking Suzi to Atlanta at the end of June and we're going swimming, so I need one. My goal for end of May will be to find a swimsuit and my target weight will be 130. We'll see how it goes, and if I end up in a size eight when it's all over. Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Weigh-In Wednesday!

I didn't do so good this last week. I lost .6 of a pound. I was lower over the I think I have some water weight on me. Plus, I drank 1/3 bottle of H20 before I realized that I needed to weigh myself. *sigh* I only need to lose one more pound to get my manicure & pedicure. Hopefully I make it by the weekend so I can treat myself. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


YEAH!!! I lost 4 pounds this week, which brings me to a total of 5 pounds! I can mark my first thing off the list. Let's just hope i keep it up! YEAH!!!

If I were 30 pounds lighter, I'd....

get these dresses! I was just looking for fun. I have a wedding in October in New Hampshire to attend. The wedding is semi-formal. They also said to be is autumn. I translate that to no black please. *sigh* I told my DH he was buying me a couple new dresses since he gets to wear a tux.

These would be cute for the dinner rehearsal. I know it will be chilly, so I would need a wrap or cute overcoat. They are knee-length. Both are under $40.00. WOW! What do you think? Now for the wedding...

The first one is halter-top like....the reviews say that if you got the "bust" to fill this out, then it looks great. I don't have to worry about that department. LOL It also said it was good for an hourglass figure.......that will be me if I can get my waist to shrink! SHRINK WAIST...SHRINK! The last one comes in a deep violet/purple (not the pink color you see). I like the simplicity of it with the flower accent. Both lengths are to the calf and both of these are less than $80.00!! Bargin! The wedding and reception will be on a boat on Lake Winnipausake (spelled incorrectly). The boat will be heated and enclosed where the wedding and reception takes place, but if hubs and I want to take a romantic walk around the deck....I will need some sort of wrap or coat or shaw....any suggestions? I know I could pick a dress with sleeves, but I havn't seen any styles that don't look like a "church" dress or mother-of-the-bride looking!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Hello darling, it's been a long time..........

Hey ladies! It's been a couple of days, okay almost a week, but I'M BACK! Tomorrow is "TERROR TUESDAY"!!! I'm very nervous, but I think I will prevail! Let's hope so anyways. You can check out my blog Booda's Business to see the reward's list Vicky helped me create! Let's hope I can do all of them!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

How becoming a hooker can help you lose weight!

It has helped me a lot. Crocheting, that is. Here's why.

1) Have you ever been watching TV and thought "Gosh, I could really use a snack about now?" Even if you weren't hungry at all? And ended up eating potato chips/buttery popcorn/ice cream? I have. TV is designed that way. It will almost occupy your mind, but not quite. They get you at the commercials, showing you a close-up of the inside of a Milky Way bar, and before you know it you're on your way to the kitchen! You need something to do with yourself because you're bored, and since there's not much else to do, you eat! This has happened to me countless times and it almost happened to my mom the other day while watching a movie UNTIL she pulled out a hat to crochet instead. Next time you have a TV-time craving, try satisfying it with an activity rather than a snack. I prefer crocheting but it could be anything. Play with Silly Putty if you want; just find something to do with your hands!

2) It's an anxiety buster. I am an anxious person, and sometimes to get my mind off things it's tempting to have an extra snack. But crocheting is far more calming and rewarding, and I can do it as long as I want. This also works if you are angry or irritable. I sit down with my yarn and the tension just melts away.

If you haven't tried crocheting and want to, I can show you or there are many resources online. There are also books you can buy but I'd check around online first. I only know how to do a couple of things and I'm pretty sure I was making mistakes doing those, but luckily it didn't turn out half bad so far:
This is an old picture. It's bigger now, and I've had to buy more yarn. It's going to be a blanket for Suzi.

About my weight: I've lost almost as much as I want to lose, and without too much trouble. The breastfeeding has no doubt helped. However, my pant size is disappointing me. I am going to try to find exercises to tone up around my legs. Vicky suggested yoga, and I might try it although I never saw myself as a yoga person.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Weigh-In Wednesday!

What would you do for a Klondike bar????? Cheat on a diet? Kinda....but I thought I deserved a treat this past Sunday....unfortunately that jingle keeps playing over and over in my head!! ANNOYING!

I lost 1.8 pounds this past week. Hurray! This weekend may prove to be a challenge. My youngest son is turning 2 and we have a small birthday party planned. You know....cake and ice cream. I figured I could get 2 1/2 gallons of ice cream. One regular and one that is non fat or sugar free. The cake will have to be a small piece. We may grill out hamburgers and hot dogs too. I'll have to get turkey dogs with whole grain buns. I THINK I can make it work that I don't veer too much off the course! Jenny will be there with Suzi and her hubby. She only has a few more pounds to lose, but she'll help me keep on track! I am going to invite Kelly too. We can support each other!

I am hoping by next weekend I can get my manicure/pedicure treat for myself. That means I'd be at the 15lb mark for weight loss. Then it will be another 5lb goal until I can get my haircut. Woo-Hoo!

On a more serious note, many of you know that I have Lupus and Sjogren's syndrome. Lupus is still in remission...I think. The sjogren's is being a pain in the _SS!! Ironically, the Lupus is the worse of the two evils to have, but for me it is the Sjogrens! It keeps messing with my kidneys and I still am classified as having Chronic Kidney Disease Stage IV. My creatine went from 3.2 to 3.4 the past 6 weeks. My metabolic acid is less/bi-carb up...which is good. Doc said that they would like to see the bi-carb between 20-25. Mine is at 18. He diagnosed me with anmemia too. has been borderline. If it is still low in 2 months when I see him next, he may put me on iron supplements of some sort. I see a new Rheumatologist May 7th. I am hoping she has a new perspective on things and I am looking for a second opinion. *sigh* I am not looking for a pity party......just keep me in your prayers! Thanks!
I found an interesting segment on treating and living with Lupus. It was on the news just last week.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Today is "TERROR TUESDAY" and i didn't lose any weight. Not even a stinking pound. UGH. I'm at the same weight I was a week ago. I'm frustrated. Maybe next week. :(

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Up and Down like a YoYo Part II

Before I was married, I weighed my lowest as a young 23 year old adult female, I weighed 118 pounds, (size 9-10 petite) I was very active, dancing on weekends, teaching Mon-Fri 8-5pm (I worked extra hours before school and after school, tutoring, and helping my students to be studious and get the A's and B's they and their parents wanted.

These photos were taken before we were married at my Parent's 25th Surprise Anniversary Party at the Falstaff in Seekonk, Ma.

On June 28,1969 at 11:00am at St Francis Xavier Church in
East Providence, RI the wedding of Kathleen AnnMarie Pacheco and John William Corbett took place. We became Mr. & Mrs. John W. Corbett.

We lived in a Ferland Apartment at 80 Ashburne
Street in Pawtucket, RI. This is where we had our first child, John Michael Corbett on August 1, 1971
Our first home was purchase in November 1972
7 Mulberry Lane, Lincoln, RI. John Michael was 16 months old and I was working partime on my Masters.
I began selling Avon on November 28, 1972 because my husband had torn the cartilege of his knee and was unable to walk and needed therapy. A close friend, Gail Lacombe, told me that a great way to get some extra income was to sell Avon. This would allow me to continue my classes and spend time with my son going door to door meeting my new neighbors and getting customers and making some money. It was just before
Christmas and we had just moved into our new home. Timing was not the best, but we made out okay and I am still selling Avon, just made 35 years.
Getting ready to go Avon selling
By 1981, I was adding on the pounds, this photo
was taken in 1981 in my kitchen, weighing in at about 168.

When my sister Maureen Jean got married in 1981, I was gaining some more weight, at 170 size 16 gown. Mark Age is age 8 and John Michael is age 10 (I am age 37)
My 40th Birthday, 1984 weighing in at 175
John Michael is 13 and Mark Alan is 11
It is now 1996 and I am at a high of 180 It is my son Mark Alan's College Graduation University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
My yoyo up and downs continue, I lost a substantial amount of pounds for my First born's wedding in 2000. That shall be another blog as well as when I became determined to change by way of eating for a lifestyle change due to a diagnosis that was unexpected.

Friday, April 11, 2008


I don't really have much to say for this post, other than I've been drinking a lot of water and watching what I eat. I've also started cutting back on the sweets. Oh..chocolatey goodness, oh how i love you! I will hopefully be at a smaller weight next Tuesday on "TERROR TUESDAY" which is my weigh-in day. Wish me luck!

Weight Watcher's Cookbook

My DH bought me a FABULOUS cookbook! It is the new weight watcher's cookbook with over 500 recipes. It tells you point, calorie, fat, and fiber counts. I will let you know when I come across an awesome recipe. Thank you John!

I also wore a shirt that I got for Christmas yesterday. It was too snug originally, and now fits!! WOO-HOO!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Weigh-In Wednesday!

I have lost 2.3 pounds the past week. :) Post your progress if you would like. Kelly lost 1 pound as of yesterday! :) I need to go WALKING this week!!!! Everyone get me if I don't...OK?

up and down like a YOYO, that's me

Growing up as a child I was rather skinny, except for my thighs, always had that problem even as I lost the weight through the years. My Mom always said I had large bones. Growing up as a child I walked and walked it seemed all over East Providence with my Godmother Isabel ( My Mom's older sister). As a family we would go roller skating, bowling, ice skating, and swimming.
AGE 7 at the Galilee Beach1955

At AGE 11, 1955- I began to add on some weight, I am with my first cousin, Donna Jean White. It was her First Communion, she was 7. I was the oldest in the family of all the cousins on both parents' sides.

Here is a family photo at the christening of my baby sister, Maureen Jean, January1958. Now I am a teenager and adding on the weight, age 14. My brother, Edmund is 10 years old.
We are 4 years apart. Being the oldest was tough, since I was told "you need to set a good example for your brother and sister."

Once I began Junior High, the peer pressure was on and I kept adding the pounds, I wanted to date but my parents were very strict and I could only go out with a group of friends or to school dances. I wasn't able to join scouting or even the band, since I was told we didn't have the money. All my teen friends were doing things that I could not. I ate to relieve my stress and frustration. I had strict curfews and could not wear even lipstick. My father was born in this country but had the old fashion ways of parenting. Children could be with adults and were seen but could speak unless spoken to.
My 1962 East Providence Sr High School Photo
Once I began the 10th grade and my High School years I lost over 20 pounds. I was very active in afternoon competitive Intermural sports, basketball, softball, soccer were my favorites. I was active in many clubs and took officer positions, I even ran for class secretary. I wanted to go to my Junior prom and Senior prom in a gown that was not for "chubby" heavy girls. I actually went from size 18 to size 12 during that time.

After High School I went to Rhode Island College and graduated in 1966 In the photo left to right, My Aunt Dudater (father's sister), Aunt Isabel (Mom's older sister), self and Aunt Dottie (Mom's younger sister)
This is my Rhode Island College class photo 1966.
I began my teaching career at Meadowcrest Elementary School where I taught 5th grade and was Safety Patrol Supervisor.
During that first year 1966-1967 I met my husband-to-be, John William Corbett. We met at a dance on February 11, 1967 and history was made, We fell in love.That is related in another blog. During the Summer of 1967, I attended Syracuse University where I was going to get my Master of Fine Arts degree, but I began to get homesick and missed my new lover. I returned to Rhode Island and became engaged, We were married June 28, 1969 (that is another story in another blog , too) Now I am really losing weight. I am in love, home sick and walking up and down the hills of Syracuse, New York, carrying heavy art portfolios. A really great workout. The art poster was one of my many creations, I majored in Art with specialties in Design and Ceramics. While I was in classes I received this special I love you and miss you bouquet from John. I went swimming in the Finger Lakes ( size 10 swimsuit)
Losing pounds after pounds, not eating much and constantly burning calories.

Returning to Rhode Island College in a Master of Teaching program at Rhode Island College, I enrolled part time. This is my Engagement picture 1968
I was now weighing my lowest in my adult life I was doen to 118 and my wedding gown was a size 9 Unbelievable.

To be continued.......once I am married and get pregnant twice, all those pounds begin to pile back on until I reached my highest during my first pregnancy of 188 pounds.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

On my way?

Okay..I weighed myself for the first time today, in like 3 months? Maybe is hasn't been that long. I lost a pound! Well...i don't really know if I should count. I guess we'll see next Tuesday! I guess since Vicky has Weigh-in Wednesday's, I'll need to come up with a Tuesday name. I would probably weigh myself more if I had a scale. At my house we have this really old scale that you slide the little bar to find your weight. That thing doesn't work! Any who...keep up the good work ladies and maybe this time next year we can ALL go shopping for bikini's. OK..I'll stick with a one piece, wouldn't want to make anyone jealous!

Monday, April 7, 2008

I finally broke down and...

Started making a list. I didn't want to do it, but then I thought about all the little things I pick up and eat during the day without even thinking. A cookie. Half a piece of bread Suzi didn't finish. A little bit of candy. It can get out of hand! So today I started with my cup and a half of coffee and wrote down everything. Here goes, if you really want to know:

1.5 cups of coffee with Splenda and skim milk (40)
1 bowl Organic Flax Plus cereal with skim milk (220)
1 yogurt cup (60)
1/2 cup of quinoa with 1/4 cup of cheese (420)
1 bowl of tomato soup with 1/4 cup of cheese (300)
1/2 of an English muffin (60)

And here's what I'm planning to eat for the rest of the night:
Another bowl of cereal, but a smaller one (180)
A couple of yummy walnut cookies (120?)
An orange (50)

That ends up being about 1450 calories (I guessed on some of these), which is weird because I actually need more than that. According to I need 1500-1800 because I'm breastfeeding. I don't feel hungry right now, and if I do I always get something to eat! Have I miscalculated something? If not I will probably be in need of a midnight snack in a few hours...

About my goals. I didn't put my feet on the pedals every night, but I've done better! Most days I either used my bike or took Suzi for a 15-20 minute, um, powerwalk? I try to walk fast and we have hills in the neighborhood so it's a little challenging. I am also trying to squeeze in a little DDR here and there even though I probably look like an idiot doing it. It's fun. I would never, ever do it if I didn't have my own PS version here at home.

I am now down to 138 though! Yay! And today, for the first time in years, I wore a skirt that only comes to above my knees. It felt weird but good.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

My Reward System

I have come up with my own incentive program for losing weight and reaching goals. I have decided to reward myself every 5 lbs. starting after the first 15 lbs. lost.
I am at 10.2 pounds lost right now.


15lbs- Spa Pedicure & Manicure
20lbs- Haircut (which I need soon!)
25lbs- Girl's night out
30lbs- I always wanted to get a professional spray tan...just a splash of color not oompa-loompa looking!
35lbs- Massage
40lbs- New Dress for Wedding to attend...maybe 2.
45lbs- Kameleon ring from Impressions
50lbs- Shopping Spree from Hubby, Part I!
55lbs- Shopping Spree from Hubby, Part II!
60lbs- A day at the spa...massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure! Ewwww sweet bliss!
65lbs- LONG weekend get-a-way with Hubby...maybe even a cruise!
65+lbs- switch gears on how to keep weight off...YMCA family membership would be awesome!

April's Fool...I mean food log ;)

So, I think I need to write down what I am eating to be held accountable. I don't know if I will do this everyday, but I plan on just adding to this post for the rest of the month instead of creating a new one everyday. Make sense? Probably not...I am rambling. I also got a new weight watchers is digital. I am not too sure on how correct or precise it is. I will weigh myself one minute and it will tell me a number and less than a minute later it will tell me something different. Sometimes up to almost a pound different. Any suggestions or is this normal with a digital scale? It measures pounds and even gives you up to a .2 difference. I think I have lost almost another pound. HURRAY!

April 1st Mood-Positve
skipped breakfast- NOT GOOD...I KNOW!
1 serving of naked juice
1 nonfat blueberry pomegranite yogurt
1 banana
4 oz. beef stir fry w/ about a tbsp. of sauce
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms
1 cup of rice
4 glasses of H20

April 2nd Mood-Tired and a bit hungry
3/4 cup Cinnamon honey bunches of oat
1/2 cup skim milk
1 apple
1 cup coffee
4 oz. Baked cod
1/2 stewed tomatoes and okra
3/4 bottle Sprite Zero
4 oz grilled chicken
1/2 cup green beans
2 croissants (weakness)
4 glasses of H20
shared an apple with my son before bedtime.

April 3rd Mood- HUNGRY, but positive!
8oz. glass of red grapefruit juice
3/4 cup Cinnamon honey bunches of oat
1/2 cup skim milk
1 small banana
1 chargrilled chicken salad with light raspberry vinegarette dressing
12 tortilla chips with salsa
1/2 chicken quesadilla with 1 tsp. of sour cream
1 diet coke
5 glasses of H20
1 pet light ice cream sandwich (140 calories..60% less fat...and yummy)

April 4th Mood- Suprisingly content and positive!
3 oz. grapefruit juice
1/2 cup total cereal with raisins
1/2 cup skim milk
1 Light fat free yogurt
1 cup coffee
Turkey and provolone sandwich on honey wheat (NO EXTRAS) :)
handful of pretzels
2 slices of ham & mushroom pizza
5 glasses H20
1 diet coke

April 5th Mood- happy it is saturday, but noticed I had a hard time NOT snacking!
2/3cup special K w/ strawberries
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 light ice cream sandwich
3-4oz beef tenderloin on bun
1 TBSP. barbecue sauce
2 baby pickles
1 serving baked lays
string cheese
Handful of grapes
4 glasses of H20

April 6th Mood- a bit guilty. I went to a baby shower and TRIED to be good!
Handful of grapes
1/2 chicken and cheese quesadilla
8 wheat thin crackers
2 Tbsp. of cheeseball
2 oz. of swiss cheese
1 cup of strawberries and pineapple
1 small chicken salad croissant
HERE GOES THE BAD THING....1 slice of this sinful chocolate cake with truffle in the middle. :(
1 bowl wonton soup
1/2 eggroll
3 crabmeat ragoons
6 glasses of H20 and NO SODA...hurray!

April 7th Mood-Tired, but I am looking forward weigh-in Wednesday
2 slices turkey bacon
2 slices whole wheat toast
1 pat of promise butter
1 large spinach and lettuce salad with little cheese
2 tbsp. balsamic vingarette
1 individual bag of pita chips with cinnamon
1/2 bottle sprite zero
1 open faced bun with small amount of sloppy joes
1 HUGE pickle
1 banana
6 glasses of H20

April 8th Mood Happy and Hungry
Nothing for breakfast....had to have bloodwork...drinking a H20 right now
6 inch turkey and cheese sub with tomato
1 bag baked lays
1 diet coke
4-5 oz. baked cod
1/2 cup cream spinach (the kind that is good for you)
1 light ice cream sandwich
handful grapes

April 9th Mood-Good!
wheat toast with egg beaters
slice of cheese
Turkey on wheat bread
sliced tomato
big salad with mandrian oranges and grilled citrus chicken
Fat free vinagerette
small rice crispy treat
5 glasses H20

April 10 Mood- BUSY! BUSY!
2/3 cup honey bunches of oat
skim milk
3 soft chicken tacos with lettuce and tomato (should of only ate 2, but was hungry)
diet pepsi
1 grilled cheese on wheat
1 large pickle
2/3 cup chex mix (YUMMY)
4 glasses of H20

April 11th Mood- HAPPY....the scale finally budged a wee bit!!!
2/3 cup honey bunches of oat
skim milk
salad with grilled chicken. It had apples and cranberries in it.
1/2 cup strawberry ice cream
grahm cracker with peanut butter (snack attack)
2 slices of pizza
diet coke
3 glasses of H20 (need to boost this up!)

April 12th Mood- Worried/my baby is sick
no breakfast (BAD>>>BAD)
100 calorie rice crispie treat
Salmon Stew (hubby made with 2% milk)
5 saltine crackers
chicken cacciatore
4 H20
light ice cream sandwich

April 13th Mood- In a cleaning mood!
1 glass grapefruit juice
1 banana
slice of left over pizza
100 calorie rice crispy treat
california salad with grilled chicken (has strawberries, mandrian oranges, & pecans)
light greek vinegarette
2/3 cup chex mix
diet orange soda

April 14th Mood- good and happy
1 cup honey bunches of oat
skim milk
1 coffee
2/3 cup chex mix
1 apple
3 small pancakes with sugar free syrup
a couple pats of smart balance butter
4 H20

April 15th Mood- not happy early in the day..
2/3 cup Honey bunches of oat
skim milk
turkey and cheese wrap with tomato
baked lays
8 wings....BAD BAD!
celery with blue cheese
4 H20
diet coke

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


This is my second blog, after my third one, I will stop counting for you guys. I'm sure it's annoying. Uh..let's see, I haven't been eating as much chocolate as I usually do, which is hard, given that I was born with a hershey bar in my hand. I LOVE CHOCOLATE> WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO BBBBAAAADDDDD!!!!!!!!!! AAGGHH! Okay much better. For those of you that don't know...I'm a S-M-O-K-E-R! Yes I said it. Hello my name is Kelly, and I'm a smoker. I have beening puffing for a year and a half now. I DO NOT feel good about it. So while this blog is about losing weight, it's also about regaining my life back. I'm trying to lose weight and try and stop smoking, which I have been told by my doctor is probably not the best way to go. Either try and lose weight first, or quit smoking. But don't do both at the same time. So hhmmm...smoke...or chocolate??? Should I really have to think about it. Yeah I do.