Month: November 2013

Day 123 – The Second Annual Misfit Thanksgiving

This year was the Second Annual Misfit Thanksgiving.  It consists of all my friends here in Louisville who don’t really have traditional Thanksgiving plans.  Maybe their family is too far away, or they don’t celebrate the holiday, or they just don’t want the drama that comes along with it.  Whatever the reason, those hungry “misfits” are always welcome at the Bailey household for dinner.

There’s only one drawback.

I’m exhausted.

Physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.

3 days of cooking and cleaning (and 72 deviled eggs) and I’m feeling a bit zombified.



I spent the majority of Wednesday doing all of the prep work.  I got up when Cliff got up for work and immediately started cooking.

And didn’t stop until 10PM.

I have no idea how I ever cooked Thanksgiving dinner without taking off work the day before.  By the time I was finished Wednesday night, all I had left was starting the crockpots and an hour(ish) of cooking the next day.  Cliff came home around noon and helped me finish cleaning the house.  I “taste tested” quite a bit throughout the day but the real gorge fest problem didn’t happen until today…more on that later.


I weighed as soon as I woke up Thursday morning, feeling sure that I had gained all my weight back because I licked the spoon that I stirred everything the cheese ball with.  How awesome did I feel when I was down 0.2 pounds!  It was definitely the kick in the @$$ that I needed to get to the gym.  Our gym was open until 4PM so we went ahead and knocked out 45 minutes on the elliptical before we did anything else.

It was the best decision I could have ever made.

Because it was things like this that were awaiting me at home:


I did snack a bit throughout the day, but not terribly so.  However, 5 o’clock was the moment of truth.

Time to make a plate…

Of all my favorite foods…

In the middle of trying to lose 100 pounds…

I expected to lose all self control, to just start dumping scoops of mashed potatoes and corn casserole over every square inch of my plate.  I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from going back for seconds (possibly even thirds!)  Everything was so delicious, how was I ever going to stop eating?!


I couldn’t even finish my first plate.  I took one small scoop of everything, grabbed a bottle of water, and sat down to devour my dinner.  I was huffing and puffing before I even finished my turkey.  I had to throw away about 1/4 of the food on my plate.  I did wind up going back later in the evening for a small piece of cake, but that was it.

I really hate to say this…but I was kind of disappointed that I couldn’t eat more.  It. was. just. so. deliciou.  I don’t really mean to toot my own horn and all that, but there are few things in the this world that I do better than cooking.  I especially love to cook for a crowd.  I only get to do it two, maybe three, times a year (and even less this year because of some seriously hard classes in school) so I really go all out at Thanksgiving.  Everyone left stuffed and with their own, personal, pan of leftovers.  All in all I would say it went pretty well.

Friday A.K.A “Today”

Ashley had to work today so she spent the night last night and I watched her daughter for the day.   Most of the day was spent  with me doing homework and her entertaining herself.  I hated to be such a boring host but, unfortunately, my Networking teacher thought she would punish us all with three times the normal amount of homework…over a break.  Since I’m going to be in Cincinnati all weekend, today was really the only day I had to finish it up.  I was able to take a few breaks and played Barbies, made some music videos, and made a card for her Mom when she came by the house for lunch.

I made it through the entire day without snacking on anything.  I had toast for breakfast, an egg white and turkey sausage muffin for lunch, and nothing but water to drink.  I was so incredibly proud of myself.

Until around 6 tonight.

And then, completely out of nowhere, I lost all control of myself.

Luckily, I had sent home over 90% of the leftovers.

Unluckily, the 10%(ish) that I had left were my weaknesses.

I ate I have absolutely no idea  way too much beer bread dipped in this amazing (I.E. full fat) sour cream and fiesta ranch dip.  I don’t even want to think about how many cookies I ate.


Not to mention dinner…which consisted of a frozen pizza, chips, and cucumbers drenched in Zesty Italian dressing (at least I had a veggie!!!)

However, I refuse to look at tonight as a failure.  Yes, I overdid it.  Yes, I’ll probably see the damage on this week’s weigh in.  No, I don’t regret it.  Things could have been A LOT worse.

Back on the horse tomorrow.  I have plenty of healthy(ish) snacks for the trip and I’ve already proved that I can still stay on plan while I’m out of town.  I’ll get plenty of activity in with all the shopping, but I still plan on exercising while I’m there.  I’m sure I’ll be able to spare 45 minutes at some point.

Believe it or not, I still haven’t packed, so I’m going to go take care of that.  Sorry for the gaps in posting this week, but it’s been super busy around here (with no end in sight.  Maybe next year, we’ll see.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey

Day 120 – 100 Pounds Lost (Again)

I hit a huge milestone today. 

I’ve lost 100 pounds (again)!

This morning when I stepped on the scale I weighed in at 275 pounds (a 5 pound loss from last week), which was my goal to reach by the end of November.  I’m a week early!  It was certainly a great way to start a busy Tuesday.

For a brief moment this morning Cliff thought that he was going to be off today because the network at work was down.  We decided to wait until 7:30 or so before heading out to the gym to get our workout out of the way.  The network was still down at 7:30 so we left.  Halfway there Cliff realized that he had forgotten his headphones so we had to turn around.  At the stoplight before our house he got the text that the network was back up.

An hour later start to my day for nothing.  Thank goodness for that great weigh in!

After Cliff left for work I started working on the living room and laundry.  I had to meet Ashley at RxCrossRoads at 12:15 to drop off a few bags from her Initial’s Inc. party and lunch afterwards.  I got to see a few old friends (all who commented on the weight loss, so another score for me today!) and then we swung by Wendy’s for lunch.  Turns out, their chili is delicious!  Especially on a baked potato.

After we picked up our food we rode over to her office to eat.  While we were there a garbage truck smashed into a car in the middle of their (only) entrance.  Everyone was ok, but the entrance was blocked for over an hour.

Yes, the entire day was like this.

Once the wreck was cleared I was able to ride over to the gym.  I also needed to pick up a little something as a thank you gift for Ashley’s mom.  Luckily Hobby Lobby is right beside the gym, so for once I caught a break today.

I finished up my errands and came back to the house to finish shampooing the carpets.

Did I mention that I LOVE shampooing carpets?

The rest of the day was spent cleaning up and getting ready to host Thanksgiving on Thursday.  This year has been significantly different than last year.  My stress level is nonexistent and my house was already mostly clean.  I’m actually really looking forward to this Thanksgiving dinner – just not the calories that come with it.

I know I can have anything I want, as long as I have it in moderation, I’m just not sure how I’m supposed to moderate Thanksgiving food…

“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals!”  ~Booker T. Washington

Day 120


Day 120

Day 119 – Wicked in Indy Recap

There are no words to describe this weekend.

Which doesn’t bode well for a blog post, does it?  Well, I guess I’ll do my best to put it into words anyway.

Friday:  First thing’s first.  I decided to get in a workout Friday morning because I know my weakness for road trip snacks and I wanted to be prepared.  Ashley got to the house around 9 and we decided to stop at the store to get snacks so we would have a more healthy variety.  I decided on jerky, 100 calorie snack packs, and a Diet Coke.  After we finished at the store we hit the road.  I love road trips, especially with someone like Ashley.  We talked and talked and before we knew it we were in Indianapolis.

We decided to head straight to the hotel and see if we could score an early check-in (which we got as well as a late check-out the next day!)  Everyone at the hotel was super helpful and even gave us a room on the top floor with a view (it was a gloomy, industrial view, but a view nonetheless.  It’s the thought that counts, right?)  I really need to pop over to Trip Advisor and leave a review.  After we checked in, we decided to head to Circle Centre Mall to browse the shops.

Almost as soon as we went up to the top floor of the mall THIS happened…



My first ever Cinnabon store.

It was hell…

The smell was absolutely unbearable…I had to leave the food court immediately.  I knew that more than 5 minutes in the area would be more than my willpower could take.  We did decide to compromise and get a couple of Godiva chocolate covered strawberries (only 40 calories!)


The mall is right in the middle of everything so it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly.  After we walked through the mall we decided to try  funny looking place for lunch called Dick’s Last Resort.


It was such an amazing experience!  The food was subpar (however, the margarita was huge and delicious) but the service more than made up for it.


Their MO is to act like “Dicks” to all the customers.  They were very sarcastic, but in an extremely funny way.  They also put huge paper hats on everyone’s head that said things like, “Ask me about my rash” or “For $5 I’ll show you my Wookie” (yes, I was wearing my Star Wars shirt).  Our waiter was fantastic!  He was telling us about their t-shirts and other souvenirs and he brought over a really cute pair of panties.  Ashley told him that we really needed him to model them to get the full effect, and he DID!  Priceless!


After lunch we went back to the hotel to relax and decided to take a swim.  After about 45 minutes of swimming (the only reason I was able to earn enough calories for slice of pizza!)  we decided to get dressed and head back towards the Circle Centre to get dinner and stop at the Hard Rock Café for my trademark t-shirt.  Ashley spotted a quaint looking little pizza place that had the best crust I’ve ever had.  Ashley got a Stromboli that looked amazing, but I stuck to just one slice and a pepperoni stick.


We had taken a cab to Hard Rock but we decided to walk back.  The National Convention for Catholic Youth Ministry was in town and there were hundreds of teenagers everywhere we turned.  As we were walking back to the hotel a large group came out of the mall singing “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” and then broke into “Hakuna Matada.”  It was so much fun!  We did get a little lost on the way back, which was less fun, but we finally found our way.  We finished off the evening listening to prank calls from Tom Mabe and Ron. D Mercer.

Saturday:  We got up semi early on Saturday and went down to the bistro and had breakfast.  I kept it light with a banana, cereal, and some apple juice.  After breakfast, Ashley headed back to the room to study up on her management training and I hit the gym.  I finally watched the episode that was dedicated to Cory Monteith and tear jerker doesn’t even begin to describe it.  I’m sure I looked like an idiot huffing and puffing on the elliptical while I cried over a sitcom.

After I finished working out I headed upstairs and started getting ready for the show.  Ashley had brought her hot rollers and she was nice enough to fix my hair and I loved it.

Me and Ashley

The hotel had given us a late checkout which timed it perfectly for us to arrive at the show 30 minutes early.  The parking was a pleasant surprise (and I mention this because it was brutally cold – as in 20 degrees – brutally cold).  We decided to stop at the merch stand before the show started.  We got matching sweatshirts and I picked up a paid of socks that I adore!  When we checked our coats we asked the attendants to snap a quick picture before going in.


The theatre was gorgeous and our seats were unbelievable.  We were in the Orchestra center, five rows back from the stage.  It was a dream come true to see the performance from that angle.   I can’t wait to see it on Broadway!  The show was absolutely amazing and Ashley seemed really excited.  It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’m so glad everything went off without a hitch.

After the show we had dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse (which I had just found out was actually on Ashley’s Bucket List) and it was delectable.  We started the meal with a shrimp cocktail (well, Ashley had it, I’m not a fan) and something called Lobster Voodoo (which was AMAZING!).


The steaks were cooked to perfection and the sides were super tasty.  Again, the service was superb and the ambiance was indescribable.  I absolutely love that place and already can’t wait to go back.


We got back into town around 10 Saturday night and I was sawing logs less than an hour later.

Sunday was pretty uneventful and filled with homework.

Today, I haven’t stopped since I got out of bed this morning.  I had to go to three different grocery stores to get everything for Thanksgiving.  Once I had finished shopping and picked up the ham I came home and cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom and started cleaning the bedroom.  So much for being on a vacation…

This weekend was definitely one of those life moments that I know I’ll never forget.  Ashley was so surprised and happy and I will always remember the look on her face when the show started.  I’m very lucky to have a friend like her and I’m ecstatic that we were able to finally do something like this together.  I can’t wait to do it all again in a new city!