Weigh-in: Through Week 12

I thought I would take this opportunity to do a video blog of my progress. It’s been about 8 weeks since my last update for my “Eating Restructuring Plan.” This is a new thing for me doing the video on my computer – so bear with me. It’s good to know that my vocal tic is the word “um,” so please don’t flog me for that. I’ll work on that before the next video post. 🙂


Here’s my roundup through week 12:

  • Weight: 172.8 (-4 pounds overall)
  • Waist: 34.5 inches (-2.5 inches overall)
  • Hips: 40 inches (-2 inches overall)

Things to watch in the next two weeks:

  • Get to the gym 3 times a week. Zumba at least one.
  • Watch the carb cravings. No more biscuits!
  • Stay positive!
Foodie Destination

Foodie Destination: Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty

Babe the Blue Ox greets visitors at Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty.

When I was a wee little girl back on the farm, we used to have the annual “Lumberjack Breakfast” at our elementary school. For one morning out of the year, we’d dress up in flannel shirts, don some old jeans, and enjoy a hearty breakfast of flapjacks, sausage and cold milk in tin mugs.

Ok, I didn’t grow up on a farm. But, the rest of that was all true. When I went to Madison Elementary in Wauwatosa, Wis., each year we’d have a lumberjack breakfast for the entire school. Some of the PTA moms would get out their griddles (and these things must have been ginormous to feed all of us kids) and they would cook us up some great breakfast food. For some reason I remember a llama one year but I guess that means Babe the Blue Ox just wasn’t available for photo ops.

Harking back to that earlier time of my childhood, we made the two-hour drive to Wisconsin Dells to enjoy their famous logging-camp style breakfast. For those of you not from the midwest, the Dells is like the Orlando of Wisconsin. It’s the waterpark capital of the US with a kitschy Main Street feel, old motels, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, stores that sell T-shirts for 20 for $10 and more. One of the best restaurants…er, attractions…in the Dells is Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty.

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