Holy Moly..It’s been WAY too long.

Ok guys…I cannot believe how busy I have been lately!!  Since my last post, I’ve run ANOTHER half marathon, done some traveling, made it through Halloween AND Thanksgiving, and have lost 7 lbs!

I had a come to Jesus meeting with myself.  I looked back at where I was weight-wise 1 year ago…guess what…ABOUT THE SAME.  That wasn’t so much fun to realize…but I will say, although my weight has stayed the same, my clothing size has gone DOWN and I am feeling great.  That being said, I am in the zone, have lost 7 lbs and can officially say I am 21 lbs away from my goal weight!  Me, Grace Goodman is ONLY 21 lbs over weight!  That’s like a regular person who just needs to lose 20 lbs. Very surreal.

Running is going very well.  I finished my THIRD half marathon!  Although my time isn’t where I want it to be…I didn’t feel like death was approaching me during this one so I will take that as a victory!  Crossing those finish lines just never gets old.  Around mile 8 I always think to myself  ”Self, why did you do this?  Never again.” And then I cross and am filled with happiness and all of the pain and tiredness leaves my body and I start planning for the next one!

Another great thing happened since we last spoke…My mommy joined Weight Watchers!  She doesn’t have much to lose (she has lost 100 lbs too!) but wants to get about 20-30 off.  It has been so awesome having her on plan.  We are always asking each other what we are eating and comparing activity points.  She has the same leader as me, but goes at a different time.  I really think her joining will be my final push to 150.  I cannot wait!!  I am trying to be at goal by March 1.  I know I have always said don’t set dates…but I’m using winter to get these 20 lbs off, so when spring and warm weather are here…I can feel confident in less clothing =)  For any of you struggling to get motivated…this spring goal really helped me.  Everyone is covered up and staying inside during the winter…So I am using this time to get this last bit of weight off!

I think those are the major things going on with me.  I promise to get better about posting regularly! Lots of fun stuff coming up!!!

It’s Race Week People!

Image: From my first half marathon!

Wow. I have been MIA in FromFattyTo world! Well at least on the blogging level…Still eating on plan and working out (Kind of!)

I’ve been dealing with an injury that is kind of guided me off track and not allowed me to workout in about 10 days…But 13.1 is happening in 6 days people.

Yes, I’ve crossed a 13.1 finish line once before.  You can read about it here.  In that post I talk about the emotions I went through crossing that finish life, but more importantly crossing a major emotional finish line as well.  I ran that race for Fatty Grace.  For the girl I used to be and for the things she always admired people for doing, but “would never be able to do herself.”

This time it’s different.  Fatty Grace is no longer.  (Yes I’m still not at goal) but mentally and emotionally the girl I used to be crossed that finish line and is still off running somewhere far, far away.  This 13.1 is for me, the new version of myself.

Every runner has their own “science” to the process of preparing for runs.  Mine starts about a week out where I mentally put myself on the course.  I imagine all of the people on the sidelines cheering for everyone who is running and think about what I will remind myself of when my body is telling me in anyway possible that it’s ready to be done.  My process also includes lots of Powerade zero and water, lots of power foods, stretching…oh and of course, making a brand new playlist.  (I salute people who can run without music…I need the music for distraction)

Speaking of distractions…I will be Tweeting my way through the entire race and would LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your encouraging Tweets along the way =)  You can find me: @FromFattyTo. I will also use #FromFattyToRunner with each Tweet so you can find me that way too! Everyone who I’ve ever connected with through FromFattyTo.com reminds me why I do the things I do and how far I have come and I can’t think of a better group of people to ask for encouragement from!  I will do a recap post after I cross and will post all my new photos from the race!  For now, I shall continue to channel my inner Forrest.  Tweet ya on raceday!

Asparagus and Poached Eggs over Pasta

Another skinnytaste.com find! (Can you tell I love her site?!) Original recipe: http://bit.ly/NMDGkU

8 PointsPlus per serving

What you Need:

8 oz uncooked pasta, I used Ronzoni Garden Delight Linguini
2 bunches mediumasparagus, tough ends removed (about 4 cups)
4 large eggs, I used cage free
kosher salt and fresh pepper
2 tbsp freshly shaved Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggianio

How to Make it:

Cut asparagus on an angle to one-inch pieces.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to instructions for al dente. TWO minutes before pasta is done, ADD asparagus. RESERVE 1 cup pasta water before draining pasta and asparagus in colander.

Meanwhile while pasta water is boiling, poach eggs in an egg poacher or if you don’t have one follow these steps for poaching eggs.  

Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.

Drain pasta then add back to pot along with some of the reserved pasta water. Divide pasta among four bowls, top with poached egg, shaved cheese, fresh cracked pepper and salt if desired.

To eat, break the yolk and mix well with pasta, top with additional cheese if desired and enjoy!!

Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad



Found this on SkinnyTaste.com, here is the original recipe: http://bit.ly/PXOGQZ

1/4 of the recipe is 5 PointsPlus I also added 2 corn tortillas to make tacos for 2 PointsPlus for a grand total of 7 PointsPlus!

What you Need:

1 lb jumbo cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, chopped*

1 medium tomato, diced
1 hass avocado, diced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 limes, juice of
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt and fresh pepper to taste

How to Make it:

In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. Let them marinate at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor of the onion.

In a large bowl combine chopped shrimp, avocado, tomato, jalapeño. Combine all the ingredients together, add cilantro and gently toss. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Weight Watchers Friendly Taco Salad

Ok, so…I kept seeing the commercials for the Perfect Tortilla maker and wanted it immediately! I found it at a store and decided to give it a try.  It’s pretty awesome!  I used La Tortilla Factory 3 PointsPlus tortillas to make mine and it worked great.  Total is 7 PointsPlus!

What I use: (Obviously you could add grilled chicken, steak, or ground beef/turkey!)

Trader Joes Fire Roasted Fajita vegetables (0 PP)

1/2 Black Beans (2 PP)

1/4 C Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese (2 PP)

Lettuce (0 PP)

Lime Juice (0 PP)

1 Tbsp lite sour cream (0 PP)

1 serving Chipotle tomato salsa (0 PP)

1 serving Chipotle corn salsa ( 0 PP)

*I literally go to Chipotle and buy 1 serving of each…Cheaper and easier than making my own salsa!

Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

So good! Really easy to make and a great side dish.

Skinnytaste.com: http://bit.ly/PK3Lm8

What you need:

12 oz green beans, trimmed (make sure they are dry)
2 tsp olive oil
kosher salt + fresh cracked pepper to taste
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp shredded parmesan

How to make it:

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum for easy clean-up.
Lay green beans out on the baking sheet and drizzle oil over them. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and toss to evenly coat.

Spread them out on the sheet so that they all lay flat and place on the lower third section of your oven. Bake 10 minutes, shake the pan to turn; bake 5 additional minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with grated cheese.


Weight Watchers Italian-Grilled Chicken Sandwiches


Weight Watchers Recipe! Here is the actual recipe: http://bit.ly/ReOcSi

What you Need:

2 spray(s) cooking spray

1 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), four 4 oz pieces

3/4 tsp table salt, divided

1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground (or to taste)

1/2 small uncooked red onion(s), sliced into four 1/4-inch-thick slices

4 item(s) reduced-calorie hamburger roll(s), toasted

2 Tbsp reduced-fat pesto sauce

12 leaf/leaves basil, leaves

1/2 cup(s) roasted red peppers (packed in water), drained, chopped

How to Make it:

Coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high.

Pound chicken until 1/4-inch thick.  Season both sides of chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper. Coat onion with cooking spray and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper.

Place chicken and onion on grill. Cook chicken until browned and cooked through, flipping once, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cook onion until softened and grill marks appear, flipping once, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Slice each piece of chicken in half so it fits better on buns.

Spread each bun bottom with 1 1/2 teaspoons pesto sauce; top each with 2 pieces chicken, 1 slice onion separated into rings, 3 basil leaves, 2 tablespoons roasted red pepper and a bun top. Yields 1 sandwich per serving.

It’s Time.


Before I go into this lengthy and long overdo post, I want to comment on the images in the post. The photo of the doctor’s office room is where my consult was done. Yes, I got stand naked in front of the blue paper while being photographed (SUPER FUN, not) But, seeing the after photos compared to the before photos will be amazing… Now, onto the important one.. As most of you know, with my weight loss I am an open book.  You all know I used to be a fatty…So why should I pretend that part of my life just never happened! The most common question I get is about extra skin after weight loss and if I have it and what it’s like, etc. Although I am open, showing people what I am most embarrassed about is hard for me.  But I know by being open and showing what I deal with, I could help even 1 person to get healthy…So for you, my arm. ehhhh.

So, I met with a plastic surgeon several days ago…It’s surreal to think I am almost to the point in my weight loss journey to discuss plastic surgery.  Losing weight is fantastic. It’s not something I would trade for any other situation.  [yes, that is correct…If I got to start my life over again, and could be “skinny” for the entire thing…I wouldn’t.] This journey has taught me too much, proved me wrong (thankfully) too many times, and ultimately has shown me, I’m a freaking badass.

That being said…Weight loss also has its major down side (yes it’s singular, because so far…it’s the only one I’ve found!) The skin that used to shell my once large body didn’t disappear with the jiggly stuff [damn.]  It’s on my stomach, my arms, and my legs. For a long time, I’ve looked at it as a reminder for how far I’ve come (clearly it’s there…Might as well try to find a positive about it, right?)

But soon, it will be time for me to forever let go of Fatty Grace.  She’s mostly gone. Really. But as I get closer to my goal weight, that extra skin becomes less of “look how far I have come” to “look at what is holding me back.”  And because of that, It’s time.

It’s time for me to buckle down and get to my goal weight of 150. I’ve been fighting these last 25 lbs for literally almost a year. I’ve been in the same 10 lb range for MONTHS.  The doctor who will be doing my surgery will not operate until I am at goal weight and I am sick and tired of lugging around this extra 25!

My surgeries would take 2 completely separate operations. I sat down with the doctor and told him everything I want done: skin removed from my stomach, love handle area, and back, (the tire, haha) skin removed from my arms (so I can see my guns!) skin removed from my legs (so my thighs will actually see day light, one day) and lastly, a breast augmentation (because when you join the Itty Bitty…Club and you used to be the President of the Large and In Charge Upstairs Sisters Club..The girls need some work!) And yes, lipo accompanies those surgeries as needed.

So wow…yes, that is a lot. I know it is a lot. But the reason I am ok with it is because just like my weight loss, these surgeries are for me.  It’s not for anyone else who will look at my new body or so I can impress people.  I put in the hard work and damn it, I deserve to wear sleeveless tops and dare I say it [a bikini] because [I WANT TO].

My first surgery will be my stomach (tire) area and my arms.  Round 2 will be breasts and legs.

The next steps are getting to goal weight and seeing if I can get any of the surgeries paid for by my insurance.  It’s expensive. Really. Really. Expensive.  So, as I learn more and have a date set…I will be sure to let you all know, it’s time.




2 years…115 LBS Gone.

I made an incredible discovery last night. I knew I started my Weight Watchers journey for the last time in August of 2010…But I didn’t really realize that was THIS MONTH!  I went to my etools to check my exact start date…And wouldn’t you know…it’s this week! August 16, 2010. At first I was like woah I can’t believe it! And then it hit me…Its been TWO years and I’m still not at goal.  This was is a rush of so many emotions. The past 6-8 months has been one of success and set back, success and set back…I’ve never been “off plan” in two years, but like everyone I too, have my “off” times. But after really thinking about the past two years this is what I realized…

What have I done in 2 years:

[Lost] a lot of weight (obviously, ha!) [Gained] a lot of confidence.

[Changed] my body shape.

[Evolved] my mind.

[Left] the plus size section.

[Walked] my first 5k. [Ran] my first mile without stopping. [Ran] my first 5k. [Ran] my frist 5 miles without stopping. [Ran] my first 10 miles without walking. [Ran] my first half marathon.

Did my first [real] pushup. Did 70 [real] pushups in a row.

[Saw] my abs. [SAW] MY ABS. (i like this one.)

[Lowered] my cholesterol. [Lowered] my lipids. [Gained] energy. [Stopped] weight related painc attacks.

[Quit] eating fast food (Not becuase you have to, remember you can eat ANYTHING!)

[Shared] clothes with my [healthy] sized friends.

[Learned] to ENJOY healthy food. [Learned] moderation.

[Experienced] true happiness.

[Left] an undesired statistic group. [Became] a statistic not many people become.

[Proved] anything is possible if you are willing to work. [Accepted] anything is possible if you are willing to work.

And lastly, [learned] to [BELIEVE] in [MYSELF].

So while I am not at goal weight yet, what I have done for myself in two years is forever life changing and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.

Skinnytaste’s Eggplant Panini with Pesto

7 PointsPlus per sandwich

I am going to link to Skinnytaste’s version of this (mostly because it’s prettier!) But mine is just a bit different.

What you need:

  • 1 large eggplant, about 12-14 oz
  • kosher salt to taste
  • olive oil spray (I used my misto)
  • 12 oz french bread, cut into 4 pieces
  • 4 slices part skim mozzarella cheese (Sargento ) I actually used 1/4 C shredded
  • 1 tbsp store bought pesto 
  • 8 thin sliced tomato
How to make it:

Slice the eggplant into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place the eggplant slices on a paper towel and season with salt; set aside about 30 minutes. This will help draw some of the moisture out of the eggplant. Pat the eggplant dry with paper towels.

I used a grill pan to grill the eggplant. Lightly spritz eggplant with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. When the grill is hot, grill eggplant about 7-8 minutes, turning once half way through. Set aside.

Slice the bread open and place 3 slices of grilled eggplant, 1 slice (or 1/4 c of shredded) of mozzarella, 1 tbsp of pesto, and 2 slices of tomatoes on each sandwich.

Close and lightly spray the top of the bread with oil. Place on a panini press and close until the cheese melts and the bread is toasted. Cut in half diagonally and eat immediately. (Side note-I don’t have a panini press, so I used a George Foreman grill and it worked great!)