It's Windsday, Owl!

It is flipping windy here. It’s the kind of gustapalooza that has even a woman of large size like me hanging onto things in an effort not to blow away it’s the underarm flaps).

Mondays are excruciatingly busy at this moment,l so I apologize for my tardiness in writing.

Almost STOPS at TOPS

You know those weeks when you’re losing inches but you know you’re going to be squeaking by on the weight loss? Welcome to my world, honey! I was concerned about stepping on the scale this week and knowing I’m pretty close to either being exactly the same of gaining due to the usual pauses when the stall in weight occurs but while the inches are shrinking away.

Still, try explaining that to the ladies who want to be done with me so they can go and sip coffee and discuss whatever they were discussing before I slid into the room with my socks.

I managed to lose 2.25 pounds this week, even though my birthday was Saturday and I enjoyed some high-sodium fare. It was a good thing. It’s hard being the fastest loser because you’re trying to blend in (being the new person) and you don’t want to create any issues with folks who aren’t losing much–if any. So many of them are close to goal, but a few have some to pudge to budge, so we’re all working towards those same goals.


I was going to make some Wisconsin Broccoli Cheese Soup (On Wisconsin!), but when I was rummaging for the ingredients, I realized the broccoli was shaped like green beans and not at all like broccoli. I didn’t want to make cheese bean soup. Not that there’s anything wrong with alternate vegetables in cheese based soups…

More news from the TOPS front

I’m now the exercise chair. I am going to rename the position “Lazy-Boy Chair”.

And you?

How are you doing? Drop me a line and let me know what you like, what you want to see more of, that you wonder how some average schlub like me has over 26,000 page views, and what I should do with frozen green beans that were identified wrongly as broccoli.

In return, I’ll show you the photoshop that some friends made for my birthday. Because I know you care.

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  1. Happy birthday, Cleo!!!!!!
    My blog: Kimorexia

  2. I really like your blog and the oopsie rolls of course. This has made you an internet “sensation.” I have reposted your recipe with the link to your site and I’m sure others have done the same.

    As far as the green beans go, you can make LC green bean casserole using alfredo sauce and grilled onions.

    Your success is great – and inspirational – losing 30+ lbs in one monthish is great.

    I would love to see more of your recipes and Oopsie Inspiration. Of course, progress pics and daily musings are great, too. Good luck! Keep up the good work.

  3. Ok now you have me thinking that a cheesy green bean soup might just be good with a little bacon and onion added for flavor. Congrats on more weight lost. Me, still in a stall since Christmas…grrrrrr. But It’s happened to me before. Last time was almost 4 months the suddenly it started melting off for a week or two before settling down to a normal 1b or 2 a week.

  4. First off, you have hits on your blog because of your wit and fun look at life! I think sometimes we all get to wrapped up in ourselves to see the humor in each day – tank goodness your grounded – thanks for taking one for the team. 🙂

    Next – I have no idea what you going to do with the green beans, but speaking for all of us in Green Bay – thank you for not putting them in WI Cheese soup!

  5. I found your site on Sugar Free Sheila…I enjoy the recipes and food ideas. The roll is my fav! 🙂 Love the tips! THANKS

  6. Thanks, ohyeahbabe! I appreciate your kindness. It was a great day and I didn’t go off-plan. My kids wanted an ice cream cake… for me. I told them, “Good try!”

    I just have restless legs syndrome thinking about an ice cream cake!

  7. Hey, stella!

    Thanks so much for the kudos and the recipe cred! I still can’t believe that a kitchen mistake has been so popular. When I actually try things (I’m not even touching the time I tried making taco salad with sauerkraut), they tend to be a little gastronomically weird.

    I am going to Super Target today to get a hold of some broccoli. I also have to return the freak Bratz Doll and weird Alpaca horse I wrote about in December under the “Bratz Dolls are a Freak of Nature” entry.


    Thanks so much for your comments! I have new recipes coming soon, as well as new oopsie recipes from my very talented friends at!


  8. anonymous! Breaking that stall is tremendous!!!

    I am so proud of you for hanging in there. It really says something. Many folks stall out and quit– but you stayed there and kept fighting onward, knowing that weight was going to come off.

    That is really the success, right there. The weight loss isn’t nearly as important as the mindset.

    I am thinking about your and stella’s ideas regarding the green beans. I think you both have given me an idea!

    Keep up your hard work and keep me posted of your progress!


  9. dee–

    My Gosh, I think I love you. Thanks for being so kind.

    A good friend of mine this morning comes to me and says, “Girl, did you check your blog for typos?” and I came and reread and was laughing at how awful a job I did writing this yesterday. I was truly in the world’s greatest hurry.

    I guess that much shows. The truth is out– Usually I proofread before posting anything. You guys are probably thinking I smoke crack now.

    dee, I don’t think I could ever, in good conscience, put frozen green beans into anything Wisconsin-based, unless it was worth it. Being a Milwaukee girl, myself, I must be true to the Badger State.

    On Wisconsin!

  10. Hi gwen! thanks so much for coming over and for leaving a comment. I hope you’ll check back.

    Sheila is a GREAT lady, and she’s especially someone special for putting up with folks like me asking her questions.

    And she’s as cute as a bug’s bonnet. I swear she has to stand up twice just to make a shadow.

    The last time I stood up, the state of Utah asked me to sit down again.

  11. I have made the following recipe for a potluck. It was pretty good. I used frozen string green beans, because I just don’t like the cut green beans – they never seem to get tender for me! Leave out the fried onions for low carb.

    This classic side dish is updated in two ways. First, alfredo sauce is used instead of canned condensed soup, and the recipe is cooked in the crockpot. Easy!
    28 oz. pkg. frozen cut green beans
    1 onion, chopped
    1 cup roasted red bell pepper strips, chopped
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/8 tsp. pepper
    10 oz. container Alfredo cheese sauce
    2.5 oz. can french fried onions
    Combine all ingredients except half of the french fried onions in a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Cover crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring after 1 hour. Just before serving, heat remaining french fried onions in a small skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir beans and cover with onions.

  12. Thank you so much for that recipe!

    I just so happen to have some red bell pepper (I made Wisconsin Broccoli Cheese Soup yesterday (On Wisconsin!)) and have some sitting in my fridge.

    I’m going to try that recipe (sans the french-fried onion)!

    Thank you!


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