Weighing Matters

my journey to b.e.t.t.e.r


I’m over at Weighingmatters.com now.

I love it over there. It’s so bright and cheerful! I thought I’d come back and visit this site a few more times, but it is getting increasingly more difficult to maintain two sites.

Granted this one is easier for me to navigate. I’ve been here for so long and I know my way around it, but the other one is where I’m going to be, so ultimately I need to learn my way over there.

Please bookmark my new home and drop by every once in a while.

Love to have you.

Love to hear from you!


February 7, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

calorie bombs

Food is information so what you eat and when you eat it is going to tell your body to either store fat or burn fat.

This is why the kinds of snacks we eat are so important! If we choose a sugary snack — say those little 100 calorie snacks presently flooding the marketplace — here’s what happens:

We raise our blood sugar, we raise our insulin, and the message we get for our body is, honey, store fat!

You say, but it’s only 100 calories! But I say, it’s 100 calories of garbage! And it’s trigger food which will likely prompt you to eat another, and then another of the little 100 calorie bombs, or go to something even bigger, say the carrot cake sitting on the cabinet.

Better, by far, to eat an orange, and apple, some strawberries drizzled with coconut oil [just a touch] and sprinkled with chopped walnuts.

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

egg-grapefruit day

My weight has been bouncing around. [Imagine the rubber ball bouncing across the words on a screen with the lyrics of  “A Big Fat Lady Sat Upon My Hat!”

Yup, that’s me — the big fat lady! I’ve had it with my eating the last couple of weeks so it’s egg-grapefruit for the day. I was up to 144 this morning and I’m ready to do something [drastic] about the whole situation. [I was 141 just three days ago!]

So far I’ve had seven hard-boiled eggs and three grapefruit and it’s 6:30 p.m. I’m not hungry in the least and think I’ll get through the evening just fine — this even with the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting masterpiece hubby brought home two days ago. I have no clue why he bought it. He KNEW he’d be in the hospital three or four days. So there it sits staring at me every time I go cut up another grapefruit.

I first started using the E/G day back when I worked at Diet Center in the mid eighties. Diet Center recommended it [not more than] two-three times a month for those who struggle with keeping it real, fibbing to themselves and just all-out binging — while at the same time paying someone or some company to help them lose weight. It’s a way to get off sugar, squelch cravings, and get a semi-fresh start. If you ever do this, be sure to take your multivitamin and drink plenty of water during the day.

There is absolutely no hunger associated with the E/G day. You can eat as much as you can choke down or want and you learn a lot about yourself in the process. For instance, you learn whether or not you are hungry or craving food. If you don’t want to eat eggs or grapefruit, chances are you’re craving. If you are able to eat only these two delightful foods when you feel hunger gnawing, you know you are only hungry. It helps clear my mind. It helps me focus and get perspective. It helps me remember how dang hard I have worked to lose this weight and how quickly it will all glom back on if I keep eating like I have the last little bit.

So, while I can’t really responsibly recommend you try it, I can say, for me, it’s what I needed to do today.

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

new titanium knee

Hubby just had a total knee replacement and is recovering nicely in the Evanston Hospital with his own personal pain pump. He’s known he needed knee work for about twenty years but has managed to put if off longer than he should have. He ripped up his knee in 1987 — clear last century! After four [count them!] scopes, he finally decided to get it done right. He was trying to talk himself out of the procedure on the way over to the hospital at 6 a.m. this morning!

Surgery was three and half hours, a full hour longer than expected, due to the huge amount of arthritis they had to carve out. Dr. Peterson explained it was so full of arthritis it slowed the process down and caused a few complications fitting the new titanium hardward into the joint area. He said three days in the hospital and we can get him home to his own bed and weeks of PT.

I truly believe anytime a man is having surgery, the wife should be sitting in a workshop learning how to deal with all the frustrations that are heading her way. Guys don’t deal well with pain.

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment


I’ve wanted a new web site I can access at work. I was able to use this site for six months but we got a new technology director and that all changed. Apparently any site using the words ‘wordpress,’ ‘blogspot,’ and a host of other “social networking” descriptive terms in their name are now taboo at our school. I can see why administration doesn’t want to encourage their employees to sit and blog all day long. On the other hand, I don’t understand why I couldn’t just occasionally check on things here and there throughout my work day, [big wide grin going on here.]

I could always access daughter, Tracy’s, site over at Wet Oatmeal Kisses. But mine was recently blocked by St. Bernard, an aptly named web blocker. I thought it was because I had used the word poop and pee in several posts. However, new Tech Guy explained it was because of the wordpress name.

So, Tah-Dah! After pulling an all nighter, Tracy and brilliant friend, Jessica, have stick-built me a new place over at the ‘dot com’ arena. I’m over at Weighingmatters.com and I’m here to tell you it’s a cute place to share my thoughts, frustrations, ups and downs, successes and failures, and my sometimes warped sense of humor.

I hope you’ll follow me over there. I hope you’ll stop right this very minute and click on the little link in the last paragraph and bookmark it for easy access. I hope you’ll continue to support and comment and email me with your thoughts and concerns. I hope, if you are on a similar j.o.u.n.e.y to improve your eating habits, your weight, your spiritual altitude, your emotional attitude or your mental aptitude you’ll join me at Weighingmatters.com.

I’ll still be here for a few more weeks, but really, grab my hand right now, and come on over!

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment


What’s the very best tip for losing those first five pounds? What’s the easiest and healthiest way to change in your eating and still lose weight? What’s the best plan for the long haul?

Eat a bigger breakfast!

It’s ironic. It may seem a little counter-productive. You may believe it will add pounds instead of help you lose them. But it’s the very best thing you can do.

There is a study of 200 women. The first group of 100 women ate breakfast with 600 calories every single morning. The second group ate only 300 calories for breakfast. The results will shock you!

The 600-calorie group lost an average of 40 pounds in eight months. FORTY pounds. OK. Wondering how much the 300-calorie group lost in the same period? Nine. 9 pounds.


If that’s not enough to convince you to eat a good hearty, healthy breakfast. I surely don’t know what will!

So what is the ideal breakfast? Something with clean, lean protein, healthy fats, high fiber and slow-release complex carbs. Two scrambled eggs, a whole sliced avocado, a whole sliced tomato and a few almonds is Tah-dah,  p.e.r.f.e.c.t!

Protein and fiber is a must for breakfast. They provide Staying Power, Sustained Energy, and Satisfaction.

Now go treat yourself b.e.t.t.e.r !

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

spirits up, weight down

I feel like a dang teeter-totter! My emotions are wacko, my weight is wacko and my brain is, you guessed it. I must be going through my second menopause or something . . . I have no other explanation. I’m craving chocolate [but am able to resist it the last several days,] I’m not sleeping well, I’m freezing cold, and have a sore throat. My immune system is probably not what it should be. I had two huge pimples erupt on my face last week just minutes after the candy bar incident, but they are gone now. And I was up those 2-3 pounds, but am back down to 141. I can feel my spirit strengthening and I’m more in the mood to pray. I’ve eaten completely healthy for two days in a row. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, skim milk [I even bought some coconut milk, Camille!] eggs, plain yogurt, healthy nuts and berries, and vitamins. My insides are getting much better, thank you.


What a learning experience! Hopefully I’ve got this figured out by now. I read this great quote and it seems to fit.

“I think forgiveness may be the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed. There is so much of meanness and abuse, of intolerance and hatred. There is so great a need for repentance and forgiveness. It is the great principle emphasized in all of scripture, both ancient and modern. Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way.–Gordon B. Hinckley, “Forgiveness,” Ensign, Nov. 2005, 81

Now, go make a difference!

Live Well, Love Life!

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

eilinus maginnis

My sister Eileen is rather famous. I’ve known it for years. But the older I get, the more I realize and recognize just how true that is.

You may not know her. But plenty of people do. It seems wherever I am, if I meet someone from any of the 13 towns in Star Valley WY, they inevitably know her well, know of her, or have only heard of her and want to meet her

She’s famous for her integrity, her kindness, her gentle spirit, her honesty, her goodness, her hard work and leadership, her teaching and of course, her cooking.

She has five boys and two girls, all grown, all responsible and incredibly decent people in their own right.

Just the other day, [again!] I met someone from SV and asked, “Do you know Eileen Hale?” He started to cry!!!! He said,”Oh my gosh, she is the most wonderful person I have ever known. In my entire life!!!”

I was amazed. I’m over being stunned, but I was still, simply amazed.

She makes me proud.

When we were growing up I was quite jealous of her. She was so much like my Mother. She cooked and sewed beautifully. She was popular and sweet and perfect, and, well, I wasn’t. Her nickname was Lambie Pie. Yup. Me? Dorabell!

But right now, right this minute I’m so happy to be her sister. I’m honored to share her family name and to have wonderful memories of us as we grew older, had families of our own and similar interests.

Blessings to you, Sister.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

Week’s End

a few things I’ve learned this week . . .

I learned life is ironic. The minute I started to heal emotionally, I got sick physically. I’ve had the startings of a tickle in my throat for about five days. But since it didn’t really grow into a big tickle and then a hurt, I pretty much ignored it. Yesterday, though, it went from a little tickle to a burning can’t-talk-above-a-whisper-sore-throat all in one day. So I stayed home from Church, gargled with tea-tree oil, warm water and salt and basically laid on the couch under two quilts with a hot rice pack. I have chills [of course our furnace still isn’t fixed so that adds to the chills — even with the four space heaters and the oven on all day . . .

I learned I could read my scriptures on-line this week. This after friend, Karen, sent me the great quote that got me turned in the right direction. I learned a lot from her. She said she had been thinking about my situation for a while and when she read the quote she immediately thought of me and was prompted to send it. [She found the quote after she had read her scriptures on-line for that day. As a reward, a great quote appears at the bottom of the page when you finishe the day’s reading!]

I learned when we are prompted to do something, to say something to a friend, to make a phone call, to send a note — just do it! Don’t wait! We really have no way of knowing how long that person may have been struggling — so when the feeling comes, take action right then. Don’t think it over too long or try to understand it. Don’t wait until the feeling passes.

A while ago Tracy told me she was prompted to give a friend some money. She saw her in a parking lot and just had the feeling she should give her $100. She later found out her friend’s husband had left her and things were really rough. Her power bill was late and was about to be shut off and. Tracy didn’t know any of this before she got the inspiration to approach her.

I remember one time in the middle of the night I woke up suddenly and realized one of my children wasn’t home yet. I was sick with worry. And I called my Mother. It was probably about 2 am and I knew she was asleep. But I was prompted to call her. We talked for over an hour about all the things that worry parents. All the things that teenagers do at 2 in the morning and we both cried. I cried for my child and she cried for me. We talked about when I was that age and she was worried. And we made such a special connection. She was the one person in the world I could call at that time of night and know she would listen, she would understand and she would counsel.

Another time I got an anonymous card from someone who appreciated a talk I gave in Church. I had to speak on the Atonement at Easter. I was the main speaker and scared to death, but had worked hard to study and prepare and say what was in my heart. I remember the feelings I had when I received a thank-you from someone who needed to hear the words I said that day.

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We, more than others, should carry jumper and tow cables not only in our cars, but also in our hearts, by which means we can send the needed boost or charge of encouragement or the added momentum to mortal neighbors. ~Neal A. Maxwell

I got some things out of my system this week and am grateful for a new week to learn and grow. It’s almost like the little magna-doodle my grandaughter has. I needed a good erasing . . . both emotionally and physically.

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | 2 Comments

run, jane, run

See the candy bar.

See the ketchup.

See me putting ketchup on the candy bar.

See the candy bar in the garbage.

143 yesterday morning. 142 this morning. Ugh.


Today. Sunday.

Eat healthy.


Pray. My last recourse. Maybe God will help me turn this around. It’s I’m way out of control the last few days. :[

[OK. There’s my honesty for the day … since it’s Sunday.] [Very painful to fess up.]

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Weight just a minute | 1 Comment