Sunday, April 29, 2012

Yet another reason to love my job

I work at a 6 radio station cluster in Northern Colorado owned by Clear Channel Entertainment and Media.  We have 2 AM stations and 4 FMs and I do a little bit on each one.  Of all the things I get to do, the most challenging, interesting, and as it turns out, the most fun,  is being Executive Producer of our morning radio show "KCOL Mornings with Al and Sue"  heard on 600 KCOL in Northern Colorado from 6am-10am M-F. (listen online from anywhere We are lucky enough to chat regularly with local and regional  political types, experts on many diverse subjects, national and international reporters for the latest news, authors and celebrities.

Just recently, we were able to have a nice long conversation with singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. (you may remember them from The 5th Dimension, their TV show and duet career)  They are bringing their 40+ years of performing to  the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse ( in May. 

Listen to the interview here:

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of talking to actress Angela Cartwright.  She was one of the Von Trapp kids in The Sound Of Music, played Penny in the TV series Lost in Space and has a long list of other acting credits to her name.  The Sound of Music Scrapbook (  just hit bookstore shelves and is a beautiful and in depth look at all the stars of that movie. We chatted about that, her time on Make Room For Daddy and my fave, Lost in Space TV series.  (I wanted to be Penny)

Here is a link to the interview:

Find out more about Angela and all her amazing talents!

I can't wait for our next celeb interview this coming of my favorite actor/musician/troop supporters.  Tune in Wednesday, May 2nd at 8:35a (MT) to find out who it is.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weight Updeight

Sheesh!  I should try reading my own blog once in a while to find out what I'm supposed to be doing.

After many stops and starts since I last posted, I FINALLY got disgusted enough again to start eating right. I weighed myself on April 15th (horrifying), started a food journal on April 16th, with a conscience effort to keep most of the sugar out and protein and veggies in.  

I wrote down everything (yep, even the 3 M&M's and 2 Doritos chips-they DO count)- knowing that I would show it  to my friend and "cheerleader" Robin ( on Friday, April 20th.  So, after being pretty  good all week, I bravely weighed myself on Friday morning.  Although I felt better from eating better, I had no gauge to judge whether I had lost anything or not.  What would the scale say?  Would I be rewarded quickly or frustrated by little or no change?

The scale was kind and said I lost 4.4 pounds!   Yes!  Some forethought and planning, diligence and discipline does work.  It also helps to say, "NO!" out loud as you walk by the bags of chips and chocolates vying for your attention. 

it's fun and challenging to make "good for you" meals as appealing  and easy as junk, so here is my fave Taco Salad-it feels like you are cheating but you aren't! 
Total calories about 330  (I used 6 oz canned chicken to average protein)

2-3 cups shredded lettuce ( I use iceberg or Romaine)
5-6 oz protein, cut up or shredded  (lean ground beef, chicken breast)
1 oz 2% sharp cheddar, shredded
2 T. Salsa
2 T. light sour cream
10 sprays  Salad Spritzers
Tabasco to taste
use prepackaged lettuce, cheese and canned chicken for quick and easy.  (alto prep doesn't actually take very long and can be part of the fun)

delicious and filling!

What's the plan for this week?  Add in more interval training and other exercise and  try to cut out processed sugar snacks completely.

Feel free to share what works for you!