Mystery No More…

Well….I’m sad to say our mystery dinner will not be featured tonight   :(


Before the tragedy occurred, I had a Gnu bar while heading to the gym.




I ran for 30 minutes on the treadmill, and it actually went by somewhat fast! It’s definitely not the same as running outside, but I tried changing my speed every 4 minutes and that kept my mind off the total time.


So – to dinner.


Beadie was right!  It was going to be an awesome pot roast. 


I had a sirloin tip roast with the chopped carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms in the crockpot this morning with some beef broth, onion soup mix, and a couple splashes of sherry. We were SO excited about having it tonight!


We got home from the gym around 6:30 tonight to find out that the crockpot wasn’t on anymore! I know I set it this morning simply because ours doesn’t just have an on/off switch. I have to turn it on, pick the way I want to cook it, set the time I want, pick high/low, then hit start – which triggers this horrible beeping sound – and it did that this morning! It was on and ready, but apparently, it did not want to be our dinner tonight  :(


Since we were too scared to finish cooking it, we went to one of our favorite local places, The New River Grille.




I had my usual here: Buffalo Burger, no cheese, with Onion Rings. Yum!!!





I ate all the onion rings, all of the burger, but only 2/3 of the bun. My burger fell off near the end, so I just took off the rest of the bread to make room for my onion rings  :)


I’m sad about the roast, but this dinner was really tasty.




Happy Weight

So, SELF has been talking about this “Happy Weight” for a while, and after reading Caitlin’s goal for her new blog as a Mrs  :), it got me thinking.


In the newest SELF, Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, had this to say:

…you’ll learn how to find your happy weight – a number that isn’t so low you have to obsess over every morsel, or so high that it’s unhealthy. Usually when I finally manage to lose pounds, they creep back, but I’ve been at my happy weight for a year and a half now. How? This time, I decided to be healthy from the inside out. Cheating on my diet was never a big deal, but cheating on my heart feels like a betrayal of my commitment to living healthy. So now I eat not to maintain a number on the scale, but to fuel my body to do the sporty things I love.


This really resonated with me, especially after my year this past year.


Working with Weight Watchers always has me kind of focused on the scale. I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing to weigh yourself and keep track of where you are, but it should not be the controlling factor.

This past year, I finally realized that I am more than a number. Running really changed my thoughts about myself, my weight, and my health. Once I was really able to run more than just a few minutes at a time, I just always thought of how strong my legs were getting and how my lungs were getting used to breathing this way.

I tried really hard to get the “good food, bad food” thoughts out of my head and quit freaking out if I ate, say onion rings, one night.   :)  

I want to focus more on enjoying my life, my family, my friends, and my food rather than what I should/shouldn’t be eating or how much I weigh that day.

I love this idea of “happy weight” – it encompasses everything that I’m trying to do now:

  • eating healthy and balanced most of the time
  • exercising on a regular basis
  • taking time for me (bubble baths, reading, etc)
  • enjoying everything – including onion rings and chocolate!


Everything has a place in life – the key is making sure you find your balance.


That’s all my rambling for tonight  :)


LOST is on – and I may have a few no bake cookies and a glass of milk while we’re watching.


What do you think about the “happy weight” idea?


  1. I also love the idea of the “happy weight”. We are not a number, and that really pinpoints that! Plus, now and then you do need some tasty onion rings, and yep, you got that right – chocolate!

    Anyways, sorry to hear about your roast!

  2. Good for you for balancing your healthy mindset with healthy weight! Have you had the Clif Zbar Brownie flavor? I’m wondering if the Gnu bar is anything like Clif… Maybe I’ll just have to try!

    • Ashley:
      I HAVE tried the Zbar brownie one – it’s pretty good, but they have a little bit different texture from the Gnu bar. Similar flavor though!

  3. Thanks Sharon – we were sad, but the onion rings made up for it a bit :)

  4. I like the idea of “happy weight”. I hope to get there someday!

  5. yes i have read the happy weight article. i calculated my happy weight and my maintenance weight is apparently my happy weight, so that’s good! i was suprised to see that when i changed “works out 5 days a week” to “works out 1 day a week”, my happy weight only went up 2 lbs. guess that means that my workouts count more towards my mental sanity than my waistline!! :)

  6. That’s interesting! Mine was pretty close changing the workout days, too.

  7. Beadie – you will! ;)

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