Monday, July 30, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The best part of it, though I haven't lost a whole lot, is that people have noticed. It's almost making me feel like I was bigger than I thought I was but it's totally a confidence boost to walk into a staff meeting and have people tell you that you're looking great and what's the secret... The one thing I do tell them is that I cut out fast food. It's amazing what that decision can do to benefit your health!
Still going strong but still more to be done!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Total Calories Eaten: 2210
Empty Calories* Eaten: 959
Empty Calories* Limit: 266
Total Limit: 2200
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I can't get over this hump.. I've been stuck at 150 and am not gaining or losing. Tells me one thing -- STEP YOUR GAME UP, GIRL!
Last night, I put together some fancy water in a pitcher. In that fancy water was
1) Sliced Lemon
2) Sliced Cucumber
3) Fresh Basil
4) Grated Ginger
Let it chill all night and drink the whole pitcher the following day. I am trying to drink only this for the next few days.
I've been eating a lot of salad with grilled chicken, as well. (I made up a bunch so its ready when I need it.) You know what I love on my salad? Ranch dressing! I found the PERFECT ranch dressing. The first time I made it, I fell in love. It's really simple. In a jar, combine 1-2 cups of Greek Yogurt, a little milk to thin it out and a packet of ranch dressing mix you get at the store. Yum. Most ranch is made with mayonnaise which is gross and not the best for you. The yogurt replacement gives it an extra kick.
Getting my diet back on track, along with staying active in the yard should get me back in the losing lane!
Til next time, take care!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Here's what I do. Cook extra. Pretty simple but effective. If I know that I'm going to be making a dinner that we both really enjoy, I make extra. That way, if I'm running short on time, we have left overs that I know are delicious and healthy instead of grabbing something on the way home.
Another thing that helps on these busy days is my slow cooker. LOVE IT! I used to be a slow cooker snob. I literally looked down my nose at people who used a slow cooker like they were somehow cheating in the kitchen. WOW! That was until I was at Walmart and they had a slow cooker on sale for $15 that came with 3 different sized bowls to use with it. I thought "What the hell..." and I was in love from the very first time I used it.
If you have a slow cooker, I definitely suggest using it on those days when you know you won't want to be in the kitchen after a long day of...well...life..
I also suggest checking into Freezer Meals for slow cookers. I recently found a blog that has so many great freezer meals. Below, I will post a favorite of mine that I've found on her site, mamaandbabylove.com.
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons curry powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1.5-2 pounds chicken thighs, or breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces.
2 cups chopped peeled sweet potatoes.
2 cups baby carrots.
2 cup coarsely chopped mango. Or 2 cans of chopped mango.
1 cup chopped onion.
1 zucchini chopped, about one cup.
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 chicken bouillon, one per bag.
.5 cup raisins (for garnish)
.5 cup peanuts or cashews (for garnish)
Dump everything into two, one gallon freezer bags, shake it up, seal, label and put in the freeze.
To cook, take out of freezer and set on counter for about 30 minutes, then dump contents of bag into slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
That being said, I'm still making healthy choices in the kitchen for myself and my daughter. I'm down a couple of pounds too. I weighed in this morning at 149lbs! YEAH!
One big choice I made this week was baking oatmeal instead of cupcakes. I'll post the recipe below but first let me tell you a little about them. I enjoy Oatmeal. Always have. However, I do know quite a bit of people who don't like it...AT ALL! The texture is a little weird, I admit. Baked oatmeal is a little different. I made individual oatmeal cups instead of a large casserole dish of it. They've come in very handy in the mornings when I'm running late and can't have breakfast before work. They freeze well and take less than one minute to reheat!
The best part....NO SUGAR! Well, no refined sugar. There is applesauce and stevia in it. Making them individual sized means that you can personalize them to different tastes in your home. I highly suggest making them even if you aren't a fan of oatmeal. You might find this an easier way to get some oatmeal in your diet! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Til next time...
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Here's to starting over!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time to sign off for the evening and get my human to bed. Until next time, take care!!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Does it count as part of a workout if I just repin some motivational fitness pins?
But, if you are on Pinterest, feel free to follow me there -->Pinterest
In other news... I'm down 2 pounds! Totally awesome. =)
Current Weight: 151 lbs
Current Real Age: 25.5
Sunday, February 26, 2012
- Cut out the empty calories in drinks!! No more sweetened coffee! I do enjoy iced coffee with 2 sugars in the afternoon and it keeps me feeling more awake than the flavored coffee drinks with make me feel gross afterwards even though they taste soooo good!
- No more fast food! The stuff isn't real anyway. I've already cut out most fast food anyway but I do occasionally find myself in the taco bell drive through when I forget my lunch... I've decided that if I do forget my lunch, I can drive a few extra miles and stop at Starbucks for one of their Bistro Boxes. The protein bistro box is one of my favorites. It contains a hardboiled egg, muesli bread, peanut butter/honey spread and some apple slices and grapes. Love it! Gives me energy needed to get through the last part of my work day.
- Stay active!! Unfortunately, my hours got cut back pretty far at work so until they go back up or I find a more stable job, I can't join a gym. BUT, I can play with my 3 year old and dance the evening away with our Just Dance 3 game. It really is quite a cardio workout!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
OH MY GOODNESS!
Talk about a workout! I almost didn't make it through one song. ONE! ONE 3 MINUTE SONG! This is not ok. Since then, I've been playing along with her and sometimes play even longer than she does.
This afternoon, I took a break from chores to dance one song with her and ended up playing for an hour. HELL YEAH! I'm getting better (as far as stamina, not coordination...)
Just Dance 3 has definitely become part of my weight loss journey. I need to make it a habit and do it every evening.
I'm also thinking of getting Zumba for kinect. I don't have a whole lot of time to head to the gym being a single parent but that shouldn't be a reason for me to not work out. I think this has been something that I've struggled to get over. I need to make the time. I need my daughter to see that I'm taking time to take care of myself so she develops that habit as well.
Well, speaking of my daughter, I do need to sign off so that we can eat dinner.
In my next post, I will lay out a more detailed action plan for everything.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Here goes the first post of yet another blog that I'm doomed to forget about.. Ok, scratch that... This is very important to me. I consider myself to be a very health conscious woman but years of being not so healthy has taken it's toll and I find myself not looking the way I feel.
I feel great! I feel healthy. I don't look it, though. Bad food choices, a child, a love of baking cupcakes.... All these things caught up to me. Now, it's time to dust off my running shoes and get back on track. It's time to start looking the way I feel!
I don't know if anyone will read this and that's ok. I'm doing this for me. If you decide to read along, that's great. Maybe you're on a fitness journey as well?
Here's my plan and my starting numbers.
I currently weigh in at...gasp...153 pounds. I'm 5'2 so 153 is heavier than what my frame should carry. If you pay attention to BMI, which I don't exactly care about, I'm considered overweight and almost obese. My BMI is a 28 and should be between 18.5 and 24.9 which is around 125 lbs. That is not gonna happen. I'm shooting for 135-140. I took some before pictures but I'm still not super comfortable posting them. But they are date stamped so if I post them later, you'll see where I started at.
Ok, I'm rambling. Let me sign off for tonight cause it's getting late and I have to work in the morning. Thanks for following along. I hope you feel motivated right along with me to do what you need to do to feel comfortable in your skin. Let's do this!!!