Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers – Oprah Can Eat Bread…..




So I haven’t posted about Weight Watchers only because …. well partly because I didn’t want to and secondly nothing has really changed…. weight stayed the same…. lost some weight, gained some weight back… pretty much my cycle  since on the Devil’s Tick Tacks…. weight is still higher than I would like… but you know what… that’s okay…

Good news is since the last time I’ve done a TTOWW I’ve tapered down to a lower dosage of Prednisone, and the less steroids I take on a daily basis the better things are for me in the long run..

So last week I didn’t;t  attend a Weight Watcher meeting, which is odd because I usually go every week, there were a lot of contributing factors…. I have recently taken up knitting. and I was deep in a project, the day before I spent all day at a 10 and 12 year old roller skating party (and I only feel super old, and super weak, when I am around children with an abundance of energy.) and was dead tired, and when you spend a lot of time around  small children (whom I lovingly y refer to as germ magnet a girl with a compromised immune system (ME!) is bound to catch something nasty. So I spent Sunday laying in bed, feeling like death was near while my cat sat on my head while I struggled to breathe,

And because I tend to “slide” when I don’t feel well… I sought out foods that used to hit me in my happy place thinking they would make me feel better….. things like corn dogs, ice bream, chips….. chocolate.. anything that I could grab… and while I was eating these dangerously delicious foods I realized Sunday and Monday had passed and I had not tracked one single thing…. somehow I made the decision that this was how my entire week was gonna go….. so I didn’t track on single thing.

By Wednesday I started to feel guilty…because I track religiously… and I knew this was out of the ordinary… I felt like a kid who had a tiny little taste of freedom…. I didn’t know how to act…. so naturally I ate more junk…. and I ate bread!

Which leads me to the title of the blog. Sandwich bread, I can take it or leave it, I don’t normally eat it because  one of two things will happen, I sit it out and it will get moldy or I put it in the freezer, forget that its there and several months later when digging in my freezer I find something that resembles a wheat brick. But beautifully baked bread. (PANERA) is the Devil’s Playground for. Let’s just say there were two French bread loaves, I took one home, it was demolished within 8 hours of entering my house.

I cute the bread in tiny cute portions, one or two pieces would have satisfied a normal person, but damn it I have no self control, I wasn’t tracking, and it was a carb free for all…. did I mention that I actually woke up out of a dead sleep to eat bread…I’m not sure if that’s hilarious or seriously sad….

And like divine intervention Oprah appeared….over and over again…. I don’t know what it is, but I have seen that commercial more in a week than I have seen any Weight Watchers commercial in my entire life.



Shut It, Oprah!!



So after watching that commercial here are things that I know… Oprah has lost 26 pounds! And she can have bread everyday…. yeah the problem was that she probably has self control (more likely someone preparing her meals and gives her a 24 grain roll) and I have no and ate a freakin’ loaf….. okay I get it!!! I can not have bread in the house…

So Saturday rolls around and before I go to bed I have decided in my head that I am not going to a meeting on Sunday … once again divine intervention happened. I dreamt of my former Weight Watchers leader Leslie. who is currently living the life in Madrid. anyway we were sitting and talking after a meeting, not about weight loss just about life and how sometimes it gets in the way of things you really want to do….. I didn’t think anything of it, seemed totally real to me… then at 6:15 my feline alarm clock woke me up demanding to be fed (naturally she followed me while I filled her bowl, ate a few kibbles then got back into bed and stared at me). Sometimes Tsuki has the ability to give me the most fantastic bitch face… some combined with my Oprah revelation, a dream of my former Weight Watchers leader Leslie, and Tsuki’s bitch face I knew I had to go to a meeting.

Apparently a lot happens when you miss a week, there were so many new people at the meeting…..so many people decided that they wanted to change their lives and lead a healthier lifestyle (wow, I should like a commercial). Naturally I talked about my struggles, what brought me back, and I listened to other people and their struggles, and how they are working through them I say this all the time, but for me that’s the beauty of Weight Watchers, I can go to a meetings and know that I’m not the only one…. I’m not the person still trying to figure out how to handle this.  And this week more than anything reminded me that I NEED to go to meetings, they help keep me grounded.

Since I have to weigh-in next week . I’m doing all the things that I need to do, I’m tracking EVERYTHING, I’m drinking water, trying to get enough sleep, and (UGH!!!) I guess I can go to the gym a few days this week (no promises.. since I still feel like crud).

And if noting else, I gotta get my crap together…. I’m trying to me cute this summer!!




If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7,Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16, Week 17-20,Week 21, Week 22-23, Week 24, 25, 26, Week 27, Week 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 331 Year and a Restart Later, Prednisone Sucks, Oprah, Getting Talked Off the Ledge, Smart Points and Surviving It All, Oprah Can Eat Bread


Until Next Time,

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Writing Prompt: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.








Wait, What exactly is it that you want me to do? Leap as in jump, well that’s not gonna happen. I don’t feel great, It’s 7am and I’m still on bed…. maybe next leap day. You want me to write about how I leaped into action and saved the day? Well that’s not gonna happen… I don’t feel great; it’s 7am and I’m still in bed.

How about how I promised myself that I would go to the gym today (who promises themselves that) which is stupid because I don’t feel great, it’s 7am and I’m still in bed. But I would leap out of bed for coffee (which I totally need to make… because as I have repeated several times ) I don’t feel great, it’s 7am and I’m still in bed!!!

So for those of you who feel great, where it’s not 7am and totally being productive and NOT in bed…..


Why do we have leap years?

A leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian calendar. A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. So leap seconds – and leap years – are added as means of keeping our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons.

Why does the extra day fall in February?

All the other months in the Julian calendar have 30 or 31 days, but February lost out to the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Under his predecessor Julius Caesar, Feb had 30 days and the month named after him – July – had 31. August had only 29 days. When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to ‘his’ month to make August the same as July. So February lost out to August in the battle of the extra days.

Technically, a leap year isn’t every four years

The year 2000 was a leap year, but the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. The added rule about centuries (versus just every four years) was an additional fix to make up for the fact that an extra day every four years is too much of a correction.

Julius Caesar vs Pope Gregory

Pope Gregory XIII (1502-1585) The Roman calendar used to have 355 days with an extra 22-day month every two years until Julius Caesar became emperor in the 1st Century and ordered his astronomer Sosigenes to devise something better. Sosigenes decided on a 365-day year with an extra day every four years to incorporate the extra hours, and so February 29th was born. As an earth year is not exactly 365.25 days long Pope Gregory XIII’s astronomers decided to lose three days every 400 years when they introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. The math has worked ever since but the system will need to be rethought in about 10,000 years’ time. Perhaps mankind’s robot overlords will think of something.

What if you’re born on February 29?

The chances of having a leap birthday are one in 1,461. People who are born on February 29 are referred to as “leaplings”, or “leapers”. In non-leap years, many leaplings choose to celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, while purists stick to February 29 for the occasion. Some suggest those born before midday on February 29 should celebrate their birthdays on February 28, while those born in the afternoon and evening of the 28th should celebrate their special day on March 1  (source)

So there you have it peeps, I’ve actually written absolutely nothing because I don’t feel that great, it’s 7am and I’m still in bed…. strange… I feel like I keep repeating myself…

Until Next Time,

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World’s Best Widget



Writing Prompt: You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do you build?



Without a doubt I would try to recreate the replicator from Star Trek. Could you imagine having a widget like this, and what it could do to ease world hunger?

So According to Star Trek  a replicator works by rearranging subatomic particles, which are abundant everywhere in the universe, to form molecules and arrange those molecules to form the object. For example, to create a pork chop, the replicator would first form atoms of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, etc., then arrange them into amino acids, proteins, and cells, and assemble the particles into the form of a pork chop.

This process requires the destructive conversion of bulk matter into energy and its subsequent reformation into a pre-scanned matter pattern. In principle, this is similar to the transporter, but on a smaller scale. However, unlike transporters, which duplicate matter at the quantum level, replicators must be capable of a large number of different materials on demand. If patterns were to be stored at the quantum level, an impossible amount of data storage (or a set of original copies of the materials) would be required. To resolve this, patterns are stored in memory at the molecular level.

could you imagine the possibilities, no more late night runs for Taco Bell (if that’s your thing)…. want that awesome tropical drink you had on your honeymoon 25 years ago and was never about to recreate it…. the replicator has your back…..

Until Next Time,

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25 Random Things About Tyra



Here are a few things in no particular order.

So this is the 2nd in the series of stuff I wrote on Facebook Notes, that I found amusing…. this was originally written in 2009 and I wanted to see if anything had changed…. recent comments will be in red…. enjoy a little randomness….
1.) I left my heart… and all of my belongings in Las Vegas. (I did, but my heart is here in Chicago, Las Vegas was nice, but it’s nice being closer to my family)
2.) The man I’m seeing I’ve known since I was 14 and is also an ex (does that make that a double negative)…? (Well now he’s a double ex)
3.) I can’t stand being in a house alone at night. (It’s not that I feel unsafe…. but I always hear every single sound and it slightly freaks me out. )
4.) I always wonder what people’s first impression of me is. (Thank goodness, I got over that nonsense…. what’s the saying, “What you think of me is non of my business” I can care less what people think of me,)
5.) All of my bestest friends live in other states…. (Not so true anymore)
6.) I love to watch stupid people… that’s why I watch reality shows (I always tell people, if you ever want to feel better about your life watch a reality show)
7.) I’m not pregnant… I swear…so stop asking me…. (Ouch, that hurts…. nobody ever asks me if I’m pregnant…maybe because I’ve been too open with my infertility issues)
8.) You find out who your real friends are when you’re lying in a hospital bed thinking your about to die. (Still true…)
9.) I think I’ve lost and gained about 400 pounds in my lifetime ( We can add another 80 or so that I’ve LOST)
10.) I think I cry about something at least once a day… I can’t help it I’m sap (YEP)
11.) I’ve had 3 livers … far more than anyone I know… (3 is my limit……no more liver transplant for Tyra)
12.) I don’t think I’ve had any job that incorporated any of the degrees I’m getting
13.) I confess… I am addicted to Facebook and Pogo ( Now its Facebook and Tumblr)
14.) What in the world possessed me to go back to school for my Ph.D.??? Seriously at 31 you would think I’d have enough of school. (That didn’t exactly work out… several years later, I’m wondering if I have the brain capacity to do it, I love learning but I’m sitting here with a Masters Degree and doing nothing with it, Seriously what’s the point of getting more indebt to pay for yet another degree I probably won’t ever use….. )
15.) Lots of the people I have befriended on Facebook have impacted my life in ways they will never know (yeah….)
16.) I used to imitate people I work with…especially my bosses…doing Donna was the best! (Oh My Goodness, she had this super WASPy New England accent….)
17.) There are a lot of people planning to come and visit me over the next three or four months…(Please I no longer liver in an exciting place, no one is coming to visit me)
18.) I used to belly dance… it’s really fun and entertaining…(It was fun, and as soon as I find another class I’m taking it… it’s excellent for the core)
19.) I’m afraid large bodies of water (See that’s the weird thing, I love the water, I find it very relaxing and centering, but at the same time I respect and fear it. I’m not a strong swimmer and I know that if I get distracted it will sweep me away… and I don’t want to die due to drowning)
20.) My favorite show on TV is Lost…. (Even after all this time, that show has left me f*cked up)
21.) I don’t say, “I Love You” nearly enough to the people I love (I say it all the time, it’s important to me, if they died tomorrow I want to know that they knew that I loved them. People always know unless you tell them…. so I do.)
22.) I get up and pee at least 4 times every night… which is probably why I don’t get a lot of sleep. (YES, this is still true…)
23.) I am so proud of my two younger brothers… they have turned into such fantastic men. (One is, well he’s okay, he’s in the awkward ManChild phase…. and it’s time for him to man up, and the other one will be a father this summer )
24.) I want to go back to Puerto Rico… who wants to come with me??
25.) I’ve lost and gained a lot of friends, but the ones that left weren’t here to stay and only made room for the ones who did.. (I think that will remain true for the rest of my life)

Until Next Time,

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