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Mary Ann vs the Carbs

Posted on June 21, 2011 by

For the love of Strawberries! Photo by ilkerender

For the love of Strawberries! Photo by ilkerender

Wow, has it really been over a month since my last blog? Sounds a lot like confession doesn’t it?! So much has been happening lately. It’s so true that once you break a routine, it’s harder to get back on track. I am happy to say that the sun has finally decided to shine in Ohio! However, we had to go to Tennessee in May to get a jump on warm weather and sun. We visited with Mark’s brother and his family and were treated to some great southern cooking. I was marginally able to stay on track. I swear everything that tastes good is high carb and sugar! At least it did there. I was able to offset not so good food choices with lots of hiking in the mountains and some exercise at the fitness center where we stayed.

Once home, I was amazed at how just a few days of eating foods I have avoided brought back hunger and cravings that I had previously conquered. Dr. Clark speaks the truth about carb sensitivity, (no surprise there)! Then there was my birthday, which included a yummy strawberry cream cake from my “friends” at work, followed by Mark’s birthday and his favorite ice cream cake and then Memorial Day with the first cookout of the season with grilled hot dogs, brats and hamburgers which don’t taste the same without a bun and all the “fixins”! Do you see where I’m going with this? I was doomed!

Fortunately my next Weight Loss University chapters were on Carbohydrates and Behavior Modification: Stress and Self Talk. So it was time to hunker down and refocus. Did I add that I was also in the process of interviewing for a new position at the same time? Talk about stress! It was hit or miss with my food journaling and exercising was sporadic. I needed my phone consultations!

Hunger was the hardest to overcome. Chromium helped but I still have weeks where I want carbs. So I put my big girl panties on and dealt with it. The positives are; I reaffirmed my goals, did my homework and reconnected with a new counselor. Dawn has been great and I was amazed at how much I relied on those phone consults to help me over the rough spots. She’s my lifeline to staying focused and problem solve. I am happy to report I am down to 155.6#. Can you see me doing the happy dance?!

On to my next challenge. We are leaving tomorrow for the Philippines to visit my husband’s mother and family. We’ll see how well I can follow the advice Dawn gave me.

Hope you all are having a good summer and look fabulous in your shorts and bathing suits! Off to bed……Mary Ann

Mary Ann takes on the “Peeps”

Posted on May 07, 2011 by


Happy Easter to all our “peeps”!

Happy Easter to all our “peeps”!

Ok, I’m a bit late; you’ll have to forgive me as I have had computer issues and had to solve them by getting a new laptop. So now I’m better, faster and poorer!

The good news is that even after indulging in a bit more Easter candy than I should have, I got back on track and have at least maintained my weight at 159 pounds. Instead of chastising myself for knowingly buying and eating my favorite Easter treats, I hung my head in shame for a short period of time and “put my big girl panties on” and dealt with it. (That’s one of my favorite sayings!) I hope all of you fellow dieters had a good Easter and did the same; either stuck with your plan or recognized the indulgence and moved forward.

Since my visit to Virginia, I have been a tad wishy-washy with food journaling,exercising and sticking to my plan. I am in between counselors and have lost some discipline. Luckily, I had 2 chapters to review from the Weight Loss University and the newsletter from the Center with expert advice on preparing for events.

Once again this is just what I needed! The chapter on “Behavior Modification: Stress/Self-Talk and Goal Review” put me back on track. I am at a point where I have lost just enough weight to be noticeable, and it is too easy to cut myself a little slack in food choices. So, I took to heart the positive self-talk and gave myself some “tough love”!  That’s kind of like hugging and slapping yourself at the same time. In other words, I have gotten this far (down 15 pounds), and I don’t want to stop now. I am almost halfway to my goal weight, time to pick up the pace and get back on track and reaffirm my goals. I can’t say enough about how helpful the tools and information have been for this old dog to learn some lifetime lifestyle changes!

By the way, how was the grand opening celebration? I am sure those of you who attended were glorious in celebrating your successes with Dr. Clark and his great staff. I can’t wait to see pictures so I can enjoy it from afar!

Think spring, think thin and I hope to God this rain stops soon and the sun shines!

Mary Ann meets the CFWLS Staff!

Posted on April 06, 2011 by

Mary Ann visits Virginia

Mary Ann visits Virginia

Well, we are home after a wonderful visit to Virginia last week. Even though the weather was not as dry and sunny as I had hoped, being able to visit the Weight Management Center and spend time with my sister Karol and her family was all I needed to brighten my days. Being away from work for a week didn’t hurt either!

I received an overwhelmingly warm welcome from Claire the day of my in person counseling session. In fact she just about knocked me over with her enthusiastic greeting! You can see our picture posted on facebook. Not my best look, but hopefully with continued diligence to eating right and exercising, my face won’t look so “rounded” when I reach my goal weight!

Claire gave me lots of information to help keep me motivated and on track. Along with the next two Weight Loss University chapters, I have lots to do. Before our visit I had asked Claire to put together an exercise program to help me tone and reshape. We spent over an hour in the fitness rooms, and boy did she deliver! I now I have an organized and tailored exercise program that will help me achieve my goals. I am a people person and really enjoyed the face-to-face consultation. Thank you, Claire! Now I don’t have any excuse not to exercise!

One of the tools I have not been able to utilize living in Ohio is the body composition analysis. I was able to get this done and had an appointment with Dr. Clark to review the results. Being able to discuss my report, ask questions and affirm my plan were invaluable to me. Thank you Dr. Clark.

After meeting most of the staff, now I can put faces to the voices over the phone. I have to say that Dr. Clark and Karol have a wonderful team. (They even let me take their picture!) I stocked up on shakes and protein bars and was glad to have them for the 8 hour ride home. I didn’t lose any weight while vacationing, but I didn’t gain either, so I am OK with that, and now back to work!

As with every visit, I feel I didn’t get enough time with my sister and the kids and it’s always sad to have to say goodbye, but I hope to come back when I’ve reached my goal weight, so you aren’t rid of me yet!


Mary Ann is lucky on St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted on March 21, 2011 by





An Irish Blessing to all! Hope you had a low carb, low calorie, high protein day. I was surprised to find that corned beef has no carbs and 15 grams of protein in 4 oz. So I skipped the green beer and had this instead and celebrated a weigh in at 163.0 lbs. I don’t consider a drop in weight for real until I have seen it on the scale for 3 days in a row. The sun was shining today and this was my third consistent day at this weight, so I am happy to be able to share some good news!

Once again my consult with Claire and the next Weight Loss University topic were right on target with where I am at: Eating In/Out. (How do they do that?) Since we are driving to Virginia soon, staying on track while vacationing is a big concern for me. Along with Dr Clark’s latest webinar, I feel I have some good tools to help me make good food choices. Some of you probably already know these tips, but I must share one or two!

  • When eating out divide a meal into quarters: food choices on the plate that are ½ protein,¼ vegetables and ¼ carbs.
  • Take sips of water in between bites, pick foods that I know are “safe”; fish, chicken, egg substitute and lots of colorful vegetables.
  • I am also going to get the Dana Carpendar’s carbohydrate gram counter Claire suggested in order to try to keep my carb intake to 50 grams–good luck with that one!

My biggest challenge will be to control snacking in the car.

I found out I have a torn medial meniscus in my knee, but the pain is decreasing, so it’s back to some exercise. Claire has promised to help me with an exercise plan as my next consult will be in person at the Center! I can’t wait to try out some of the great equipment that you all get to use regularly. Only 9 more sleeps!

One last Irish toast to all:


Mary Ann vs. the Ides of March

Posted on March 05, 2011 by

Skies are gloomy, but Mary Ann reviews her goals.

Skies are gloomy, but Mary Ann reviews her goals.

The Ides of March are upon us! Ohio has been dreary and rainy and my moods have been the same. I have not been able to exercise due to knee pain and swelling. A trip to the orthopedist and an MRI next week hopefully will give me some good news or at least a recovery plan.

I also have made some poor food choices in the past week; pizza, pie and ice cream for our son’s birthday equaled 2 lbs of weight gain, add a week of horrendous work hours, drug rep lunch and overtime…if I let it, I could really get depressed and fall back in to old habits.

This is where the change occurs. Before I joined CFWLS, this would be enough for me to give up and start looking for a new diet plan after indulging myself. I remembered Claire’s words to me: positive self talk, pick up the challenge at the next meal. So I recognized these as temporary set backs; it is what it is, now get back on track! I reviewed my goals, broke down my weight loss weekly to reach my goal weight of 140 lbs. in 6 months. It is a pound of weight loss per week. This is doable!

Now some exciting news! We are planning a vacation. The end of March will find us in Virginia. I am looking forward to seeing my sister Karol and her family, visit the new weight loss center, get some exercise in, and meet the wonderful support staff in person, especially “Grandma Claire”!

I always perform best under pressure, 3 weeks to get back on track, drop a few pounds and be successful!

See you soon! Can I order some sun while we are there? I need light therapy!


Posted on March 03, 2011 by

Cat Reaches her gooooooooaaaallll!

Cat Reaches her gooooooooaaaallll!

Congrats to Cat who made her weight loss goal this week. Here’s what she’s thinking:

YAHOOOOO !!!!!  I’m almost at my goal.  Now just to tone up, and continue healty eating.  Yippie!  Will start BACK next week at the CFWLS Fitness Center, and Dawn has promised to work with me a bit on equipment…..Europe here I come, “In Shape” and ready to keep up on tours (and in my bathing suit).

Committing to your goals and working toward them DOES work.  We’ll keep following Mary Ann as she works toward her goals.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 25, 2011 by

Yes, it’s a little late but wanted to say it just the same.
Call me Irresistible!

Call me Irresistible!

I must admit, my saboteur, Mark (husband) just had to celebrate the day with chocolate! He said “it’s tradition, one piece won’t hurt, and you can exercise extra today)! I could have passed up anything except Godiva white chocolate! Thanks babe?! So yes, I treated myself to 2 pieces, one in the morning and one that night and he ate all the rest. My indulgence cost me 105 calories, 1 gm protein and 11 carbs. I won’t beat myself up about it, just recognized it and moved on. Hope all of you had a loving and happy day.

I can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks already. Had a phone consult with Claire and now we will move to every 2 weeks. I must say, I will have a lot saved up in 2 weeks to discuss, but she is always available by e-mail and phone, so I am comforted.
I have gotten in to a routine now with food choices and exercise. This is a good thing, as I have lost 8 lbs. in the past month. Yea me! But, (there’s always a but isn’t there?) routine for me leads to boredom and with boredom comes diverting back to old habits. Remember that wiggle room I mentioned before? I’ll wiggle those 8 lbs. right back on!

So I tapped into Claire’s wealth of knowledge. This week we discussed emergency food choices that are safer than my grazing habits. For one, I have not been eating fruit and I miss it. Claire reminded me of the site to look up fruit choices and to have a protein with fruit in order to prevent those carbs from being stored as fat. (Claire, did I get that right?). For example, have peanut butter with apple slices. She also told me to focus on high protein snacks to increase satiety, like almonds, peanuts, pecans, etc. So I followed her suggestions and made baggies ahead of time with snacks that are measured so I don’t go hog wild! I made the trail mix recipe and it is very yummy and satisfying.

My other questions regarded exercise. I was wondering if I was doing the right kind of exercise, the right frequency and duration. I want the biggest bang for my buck! Claire to the rescue with another pneumonic: The FIT principle. Frequency, number of days; Intensity, how long; and Time, duration of workout. Her sage advice was to change one principle at a time.

Unfortunately this advice came too late! I increased the frequency and intensity of my workouts at once and hurt my knee. Now I gimp through a workout and it makes me mad and frustrated. So I will see an orthopedist and modify my exercises. I don’t want to slide back. I WILL REACH MY GOAL!

PS, I love your support and comments Ken, I hope to meet you someday! Mary Ann

Demolishing our excuses!

Posted on February 20, 2011 by

Thank you for all who came out to our Graffiti your Goals, Demolish your Excuses event!
Click on the photos to see the bigger picture! 🙂

Graffiti your excuses

Graffiti your excuses

Crazy CFWLS staffers

Crazy CFWLS staffers

Dr. Clark vs the building.

Dr. Clark vs the building.

The beginning of the end.

The beginning of the end.

Mary Ann puts a HALT on her Fridge.

Posted on February 10, 2011 by

Well, week 2 is complete. I have diligently kept track of my food and exercise activity in my journal. I had high hopes for more weight loss-I didn’t weigh myself every day-but on Monday morning I was still at 169. Argggghhh!

I must confess, I ate a cup of ice cream and 2 oreo cookies. So much for changing behaviors!  I did measure the ice cream, and I thought about keeping it out of my journal (just for a nanosecond), but I stayed honest.

Oh, I had 2 small 2×2 squares of pizza at work on Superbowl Sunday. There, now it’s all out there!

How do I deal with this setback? Why did I do this? Some honest self-talk took me through reaffirming my goals. Can I do this and will it be worth it? The answer is still yes! I was disappointed in my slow weight loss and insecure about the next week. I was finished with my 2 weeks of planned diet, out of product and wasn’t clear on my next steps.

Claire to the rescue! She didn’t chastise me; she validated my emotions and gave me good information to understand my slow weight loss. I learned 2 things.

First, I now get that “where sodium goes water flows.” I learned that it takes 2-3 days to lose the water salt holds (my pizza).

Second, I now understand when you eat food higher in sugar (cookies & ice cream), you should have protein with it so it is metabolized and not stored. Good to know!


So, I have a food plan for this week, increased exercise and H.A.L.T. on the refrigerator.

  • Am I Hungry?
  • Am I Angry?
  • Am I Lonely?
  • Am I Tired?

Here’s to a new week and better results!

PS:  I weighted 167.6 this morning….YEA ME!

Graffiti Your Goals – Demolish Your Excuses!

Posted on February 03, 2011 by

You will not want to miss this!   How often do you get to watch a building knocked down?

Hear about it on the nightly news, radio and from all your friends…but once it’s gone it is gone! We can’t keep blowing up buildings just because you couldn’t make it! 🙂

The event is full of fun for the whole family! The day kicks off with you as a graffiti artist. Grab a can of spray paint and spray away! What ever your weight loss struggles have been, just paint them on the wall and watch them demolished as the building turns to rubble.

All those who register will get:

1. To Graffiti!!  You’ve always wanted to!
2. Participate in the demolition.
3. Tour our brand new state of the art facility.
4. Meet our amazing staff.
5. Get a FREE body composition.
6. Meet some of our “success stories” that made this event possible!
7. A chance to be chosen to act in one of our videos!

It is never to late to become a better YOU!

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