Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

Happy clean the garage day!


What are your family traditions for clean the garage day?  Mine are filled with groans and bitching, until I succumb to the realization that someone needs to do it, and that someone is me.

Actually, cleaning the garage only took an hour.  We are now ready for the cold weather (the final prep prior to having the car in the garage for the winter will take probably 10 minutes).  After that I made a fabulous lunch (a stir fry with baby bok choy, green peppers, green onions, mushrooms, and an Ideal Protein chicken patty) and showered.

Next it was off to Dick’s Sporting Goods where I bough a visor and a new golf glove.  Checked out golf shoes, but didn’t want to spend $79 on a pair of shoes today.  I want to prove to myself I’ll really go out and play.

Then I went to the Buffalo Grove Golf Course and spent some time at the driving range.  After a few decent shots, and plenty of poopy shots and swear words, I went for a bike ride in my neighborhood.  Am I the only one that hates intersections, getting off the bike, and then restarting?  I feel so uncoordinated with that.  At least I went out, and enjoyed myself too.

I topped off the day by cooking dinner and watching some Northwestern football.  So far it’s been a pretty boring game.  I need to study, but I’m just not feeling it tonight.

Tomorrow I’m going to walk at the Botanic Gardens with my good friend Kim, out to lunch, and then some errands (Petsmart & Sam’s).  After that I will study.

Over and out, stalkers.  Over and out.

My first 100 days


Friday, September 7th, 2012 was my 100th day on Ideal Protein.  As of September 6th (and 7th and 8th) I’ve lost 59.3 pounds.


To celebrate my first big milestone, which I reached at 55 pounds lost (and reached a weight I had not seen in a very long time (as mentioned in earlier posts), I treated myself to a true luxury….a full day (4 services) at the Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge, IL.

So I took 9/7 off from work and spent the entire day in Burr Ridge.  My first service (the hollyhock ritual) began at 10am, but anyone with a service was welcome to bring a swimsuit and swim in the pool of tranquility…which was a hot tub you could practically swim in, with really neat water fountains and faucets (Kohler…duh) all around.  There was a cooler pool of water you could jump into, which of course I did as well before scurrying back to the hot tub.  So I hung out in the pool of tranquility for 30 minutes or so, all by myself (heavenly), before going back to the ladies locker room and taking a shower, with yes, the most beautiful shower I’ve ever seen with all sorts of spouts on the wall, etc….The tile was really nice too.

I spent the day in their comfy robe and sandals.  During the hollyhock ritual you get a full-body exfoliation, a luxurious bath in the most beautiful tub you’ve ever seen in your life (jets and lights, and just luxury), and then get wrapped in an avocado body mask.  Of course beautiful spa music was playing throughout.

Next came a massage, in the same room which was fabulous.  After that I spent a few minutes in the locker room eating half of my ideal protein bar that I brought (thankfully) for lunch.  By now it was noon.  Then I had a pedicure, which was fabulous, and was the most beautiful setup I’ve ever seen, and didn’t smell a bit of nail polish.

Then I had a 30 minute break which I spent eating the other half of my bar, drinking citrus water (I tried the cucumber water earlier….eh), and spending time in the “relaxation room”…where you spend quiet time in-between services.

Finally, I had my facial, which was also fabulous.  I ended the day with a final shower in the heavenly locker room.  I had to rinse out the deep conditioner that had been in my hair since the 1st ritual.

This was a special occasion spa only.  This is not the run-of-the-mill my toes are frightening I need a pedicure, or a massage is in order.  No, this is for the rich and famous.  What did it cost?  Let’s just say I spent $10/per pound lost.

And it was worth every penny.  And I am worth every penny.