Halloween candy shocker!

Okay, it’s Halloween and of course, I had to indulge in some candy. Was it worth it? Yes, I have to say it was…kind of. If nothing else, I had one heck of a sugar high for a couple of hours!

I had one of each of the following: a fun size Snickers bar (2 WW pts.), a Reese’s snack size peanut butter cup – that’s one cup (3 WW pts.), a fun size bag of peanut M&M’s, which had about 10 M&M’s in it (2 WW pts.) and a snack size Kit Kat bar, which was basically two pieces (2 WW pts.).

So really, was it worth it? Okay, not really. That was nine Weight Watchers point I wasted on four lousy pieces of candy. I can eat an entire dinner (or supper as I typically call it) for less than that. But, it was Halloween and I just to indulge.

Today, I received an e-mail from Hungry Girl (www.hungry-girl.com) that had calories, fat and WW points for some of the Halloween candy. Here are just a few of them (some are quite shocking!):

3 Musketeers Mini Bar – 24 calories, 0.7g fat (POINTS® value 1)

3 Musketeers Fun Size Bar – 63 – 70 calories, 2 – 2.25g fat (POINTS® value 1 – 2)

Almond Joy Snack Size Bar – 80 – 85 calories, 4.5g fat (POINTS® value 2)

Butterfinger Miniature – 45 calories, 1.75g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Butterfinger Fun Size Bar – 100 calories, 4g fat (POINTS® value 2)

Hershey’s Kiss, Milk Chocolate – 25 calories, 1.4g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Hershey’s Kiss, Pumpkin Spice or Candy Corn Flavor – 23 calories, 1.3g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Hershey’s Miniature Bar, Any Flavor – 42 calories, 2.5g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Snack Size Bar – 67 calories, 4g fat (POINTS® value 2)

Milky Way Mini – 40 calories, 1.5g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Milky Way Fun Size Snack Bar – 75 – 80 calories, 3g fat (POINTS® value 2)

Nestle Crunch Miniature – 30 calories, 1.5g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Nestle Crunch Fun Size Bar – 60 – 70 calories, 3 – 3.3g fat (POINTS® value 1 – 2)

Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cup – 44 calories, 2.6g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Reese’s Snack Size Peanut Butter Cup – 90 – 110 calories, 5 – 6.5g fat (POINTS® value 2 – 3)

SHOCKER! Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin – 170 calories, 10g fat (POINTS® value 4)

Snickers Miniature – 45 calories, 2g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Snickers Fun Size Bar – 80 calories, 4g fat (POINTS® value 2)

Twix Mini Caramel Cookie Bar – 50 calories, 2.6g fat (POINTS® value 1)

Twix Fun Size Peanut Butter Cookie or Caramel Cookie Bar – 80 calories, 4 – 5g fat (POINTS® value 2)

York Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pattie Pumpkin – 60 calories, 1.25g fat (POINTS® value 1)


When I was a larger gal, I used to love wearing sweatshirts because I could hide beneath them. Now that I am not as large, I am starting not to like sweatshirts. That is very strange to me.

This summer, I had a garage sale and got rid of a lot of my larger clothes…which I had tons of. Now, I actually don’t have that many clothes that actually fit because everything I did have was way too big. I have done a little shopping, but not enough. For once, I actually need clothes instead of want clothes…at least in my mind anyway. My husband would probably beg to differ!

For work, I have to wear dress clothes, which I love, by the way. I have enough to get me by, for now. But when it comes to the weekends or for casual wear, I really don’t have anything. Yes, I have a few sweatshirts, but I really don’t want to wear them. See, it’s kind of weird and I feel weird saying it, but now that I am actually starting to like what I look, I don’t want to "hide" beneath a sweatshirt anymore. Seriously, that is so weird. I never thought I wouldn’t want to wear a sweatshirt. Strange. Weird. 

I actually like to wear clothes that fit me the way they are supposed to and that make me look like I have lost weight. Isn’t that odd? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I like to wear tight clothing to show off my figure, because I don’t. I don’t like my body that much. YUCK! I have no intentions of ever of wearing skimpy clothing or for that matter, a two piece swimsuit. The thought of that sends shivers right up my spine! I just like to and want to wear clothing that shows that I have lost weight.

I have worked hard throughout this journey, which I have no intentions of ending at anytime, and I, as maybe conceited as it sounds, want people to notice. Is that really so bad? I hope not.

Tweaked logo

After several comments about the title of my blog, I have decided to change my logo…slightly. (By the way, thanks to Nichole for my awesome looking graphic!) The title itself hasn’t changed, just the logo. 

As I have said in the past, the name "Fat Girl" isn’t meant to be derogatory. I have never meant to insult anyone or make them feel bad in anyway, shape or form. At a very low point in my life, I needed a username for something and at that time, "Fat Girl," was what I felt like. I had gained tons of weight, my self-esteem was nil and I just didn’t feel good. Since that time, the name has kind of stuck.

Plus, it kind of reminds me of Batman. You know the theme song, "Da na na na na na na na na BATMAN!" Well, take out the Batman and replace it with Fat Girl! See, it kind of makes me think that I am a superhero!

So, now you know. I am slowly starting to like my body again and look at myself in a different light, but I still have days where I still feel like a F-A-T girl. I hope it will change and I really think it will…someday. 

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Personal trainer assessment

So last night, I met with my new personal trainer, Kristy Loomis. She is a second-year student at ATC in the health and fitness program. I am her "practice client." It was awesome. I was excited about some things and a little disappointed in others.

One of the first things we did was do a body fat analysis, BMI (body mass index) and checked my weight. I was actually pleasantly surprised by all three. Earlier this year, I had a body fat analysis done and I was at about 40 or 45 percent. Not good…at all. In April, I did it again and it was closer to 35 percent. Better, but still not great. Last night, Kristy put in a target of 30 percent for body fat because we didn’t really know where I was at. After stepping on the scale, we found out my body fat was at 28.5 percent. Much, much better. I was happy with that, although I would like it to be less. She was okay with it. My BMI was at 23.4. I think your BMI should be 25 or under, so I guess I am okay with that number.

My weight was at 145 pounds, which I know was not quite accurate…at least according to the Weight Watcher scale, which this morning read 148 pounds. OMG! I was ecstatic, especially with everything that has been going on and not exactly eating the best. So, I’ll take the 148…it sure the heck beats the 190 pounds I was at nearly a year ago! 

After doing the assessment of the scale, we started doing some exercises. She was pleased with my form while doing squats and happy with my numbers while doing a front bridge (I held the pose for nearly one minute) and a reverse bridge (I held this pose for nearly three minutes). I totally think those may be the wrong terms for what I did, but close enough. the front bridge works your core and the reverse bridge works your glutes and thighs. I was so close to doing a pull up, but didn’t quite make it…even a second try didn’t result in doing on. I felt better about this when she disclosed to me that she isn’t able to do one either! 

We found out that I really need to work on my upper body strength…I tried to bench press, which resulted in only four and a half lifts of 65 pounds. Not great by any means. But Kristy was okay with this because now we definitely have something to work on. 

As for push ups….well….I did 20 of them!!!! Okay, they were "girl" push ups, but regardless, I DID IT! I seriously didn’t think I was going to be able to do one and I did 20….yes, that’s 20 push ups. For those who are physically fit, I know it’s nothing, but for me….it’s HUGE!

Overall, I think Kristy was pleased with my assessment. And I have to say I was, too! She is now going to take all my information and work out a program for me. We are meeting again next Wednesday for one more test. She might have my program ready for me then, but if not, it will be soon after. I can’t wait to get started. In the mean time, I think I might dust off the weight bench down in my basement and start doing some lifts! I might even add in some push ups now that I know I can do them!

I will keep you posted on my progress. Thanks for reading!

I’m back!

Well, it seems that life is maybe starting to get back to normal…maybe. My father-in-law’s funeral was last Friday and my mother-in-law is now all settled in her new digs at the nursing home, where she will continue to receive rehab for her stroke. She is doing quite well and we, her family, are quite pleased.

Over the course of the last week, my eating hasn’t been the best, but it also hasn’t been the worst either. I don’t think I have gained, so I guess I am okay. I think. I guess I’ll find out how okay I am at my Wednesday Weight Watchers weigh-in. This weekend, I had the munchies…real bad. No matter what I ate, I couldn’t get full. I started out eating healthy, good-for-me foods, but by the end of each day, I said, "Screw it!" and ate whatever I wanted. Not a good attitude, I know, but after the last couple of weeks, I didn’t really care. Shame on me. Some of the foods I enjoyed (kind of, anyway) included a doughnut, a small bowl of ice cream (I actually measured out one cup and ate it out of the measuring cup), about a third of a bag of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, two small bags (like the kind you pack in a kids’ lunch) of plain Lays potato chips and a bunch of other crap. 

Although I wasn’t happy with what I ate, I still logged each and every morsel. And yes, each day, I went over my WW points. But, I still logged everything and for that, I am happy.

As for exercise, well…since I ran the 5K back in September, my exercise routine has been, oh, shall we say…nil. As in there hasn’t been any. None. Zilch. Zero. Unless, of course, you count the 800 times I have gone up and down the stairs to do laundry! Thank goodness my laundry room is in the basement!

BUT…and this is a big but…I am starting a new program tomorrow, Tuesday, that I am really excited about. Actually, I am more than excited…I am ecstatic, thrilled, elated. I get to have my first session with my new personal trainer tomorrow. She is a student at the tech school here in Alexandria. I am her "practice client." Each year, students in the health and fitness program at the tech school are paired up with practice clients and this year, I got the opportunity to be one of those clients. Yeah for me.

I met with her briefly last week so that she could give me the paperwork to fill out and then we set a time to meet tomorrow so that she can do an assessment on me. Kind of nervous about that. I may be able to run a 5k, but don’t ask me to do any push-ups! Yikes! I will keep you posted on how that turns out.

I am happy to be writing my blog again (it is so therapeutic for me) and hope you all continue to read it as I continue my journey to a healthier lifestyle!