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February 2009

25 random things about why I haven't lost weight lately

J0422209 In the spirit of the time-sucking meme spreading through Facebook, here are 25 random things (excuses, really) why I haven't lost weight lately.

1. I've been nursing an arthritic big toe (shooting pains that woke me up at night, that's how bad).
2. Too much time on Facebook.
3. The 36-pack of Popchips that I ordered from Amazon.
4. The 18-pack of sugar-free Healthy Choice fudge bars I bought at Costco.
5. Four hours of the Today show.
6. I love ketchup.
7. Skipping entire days of journaling my eating.
8. The inability to stick to just one plan.J0406482
9. The damn e-mail from Papa John's.
10. Not drinking enough water.
11. Too much writing about success stories, not enough being a success story.
12. Staying up too late blogging and not getting enough sleep, which affects weight loss.
13. Working at home in my pajamas (ooh, stretchy, comfy!).
14. Not going to the gym more than once a week.
15. Tripping over the giant stack of workout DVDs instead of DOING them.
16. The can of Batter Blaster aerosol pancake batter -- fun!
17. Not scheduling time to exercise like I can schedule haircuts and lunches.
18. Driving my son to school instead of walking him.J0342001
19. Rebound headaches from taking so much Aleve for the damn foot.
20. Pretty much anything I order from a restaurant, even if it's supposed to be healthy, probably isn't.
21. Boysenberry jam.
22. After-dinner grazing.
23. Peanut butter.
24. Finishing my son's dinner.
25. ... No more excuses!

Free Denny's Grand Slam breakfast: How to make it healthier


In this economy, people are looking for a deal, and what better deal than a free meal. Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Denny's restaurants across the country, plus Canada and Puerto Rico, are giving everyone a free Grand Slam breakfast.

The good news? It's free. The bad news? The meal (2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 sausages, 2 slices of bacon) has 795 calories, 50 grams of fat (14 of that sat fat), 65 grams carbs and 34 grams protein. And that's not including the condiments or your coffee or juice.

So how can you take advantage of the free meal and not have it take advantage of your diet?

  • See if you can swap the eggs for egg whites or egg substitute -- that'll slash the egg calories in half.
  • Eat one of the pancakes and skip the syrup (the pancakes are plenty sweet without it). And scrape off that blob of butter.
  • Now, onto the meat. Which would you choose, the sausage or the bacon? If you picked bacon you'll be making the better choice, since 2 slices of bacon are around 70 calories, while 2 sausage links have twice the calories.

To find a Denny's location, click HERE.