Monday, September 1, 2014

I'm BACK!

Hi y'all!

After a long hiatus from tracking, and eating well as well as exercising, I am back.  I had a great physical last month.  Deep down inside, I was hoping she would tell me something that would help to jump start my motivation to do this again, but she didn't.  Blood pressure was good (as usual), cholesterol excellent (as usual), sugars very good (as usual).....EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL!

She didn't bring up the issue of weight, I did.  I told her, as if she didn't know, that I REGAINED all 48 of the pounds that i'd lost and that I was trying to get back on track.  She told me that while I am healthy, I know what to do.  I did it once, I can do it again.

So today is a new day....new month!  I am off this week from work as it's my daughter's first week of kindergarten and we have so many activities with the school this week.  This is my perfect opportunity to get going again.

Before, I lost my weight using weight watchers.  While I LOVE weight watchers, it's expensive (monthly/weekly fees.)  It's also time consuming (weighing, tracking foods.)

I have decided that I am going to try something different.  I'll still have to weigh and track, but I think I need something different.  So I have chosen to use the Lose It app for iPhone.  In addition, for workout motivation, I have the Polar Ft7 Heart Rate Monitor.

So this morning, I got up and cooked breakfast.  For hubby and daughter, I fixed pancakes, eggs and bacon (their request).  For myself, I had a spinach, tomato and cheese egg white omelet with two slices of low sodium bacon.  I also drank a cup of herbal detox tea as well as water.

 

And it was delicious!  Now I have to plan the rest of the day....including exercise!  I've got this!





Saturday, September 7, 2013

I CAN RUN! (and nothing was chasing me...LOL)

OK...I'll get back to the running part in a bit.

I have had a few rollercoaster weeks!!!

First of all, my grandmother took a fall in her bathroom.  Luckily she is fine.  But I had the chance to talk with her in great detail about this horrific event last weekend and she actually said to me that she thought that was it.  She thought she was going to die right there.  Thanks to the life alert she wears around her neck AND the fire alarm that someone stupidly pulled, SHE IS STILL HERE.

Secondly, while I was at home last weekend visiting my Granny, I learned that my dad (stepfather...but he practically raised me since age 9 so I shall refer to him as dad) wasn't feeling well.  We were a the house, he came in and didn't even recognize that Maya and I were in the living room. My mom had to alert him of this TWICE.  Well on Monday evening (Labor Day) I got the call that he had bleeding on his brain and would most likely need emergency brain surgery.  I called my boss and told her of what was going on and she gave me the following day off so that I could be there for the surgery.  Well let me tell you....I thought I was looking death in it's eyes!  He was nonresponsive, just incoherent....out of it!  Thank you God, his surgery went well and HE IS STILL HERE.

Thirdly, I got home from visiting dad and got a message that my aunt (my bio dad's sister)
 had a heart attack.  Upon speaking with my uncle, I learned that she is gravely ill.  She has had some medical issues but this particular evening she wasn't feeling well and asked to be admitted for testing.  While she was being checked in with the nurse, she had her attack.  She was in cardiac arrest for 20 minutes...TWENTY!!!!   So right now, she is and has been basically sedated to keep her heart from working too hard.  The extent of the damage is unknown at this time but SHE IS STILL HERE.

Fourthly, my boss' daughter, who is healthy, young and vibrant, felt like something wasn't right on Wednesday afternoon.  Well my boss, I will refer to as Dr. B, took her pulse ox to her daughter and realized that her daughter was in atrial fibrillation.  Her heart was beating at 190 beats per minute.  Well off to the hospital they went where her heart stopped beating once.  She received the appropriate treatment and thankfully SHE IS STILL HERE.

AND LASTLY, my husband called an uncle to help his son with a computer issue he was having.  Well he was on the phone briefly when my uncle said that my cousin had taken herself to the hospital because she wasn't feeling good.  SHE IS STILL HERE.

SOOOO having said all of that.  I have to get right!  Ever since seeing dad in the hospital on Tuesday, I have been tracking my foods and doing much better.  I downloaded some recipe books and went food shopping yesterday and am making the commitment.  I started by watching the entire season of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition  between Wednesday and Friday.  Boy, if that show doesn't motivate....WOW!

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY!!!!

This morning I got up and tried the first of two recipes that I found in a book.  This recipe was Chicken Apple Sausage and Asparagus scramble.  OMG!  This was DELISH!!!   25g of protein and 5 points for the dish.  It was soooo good!  My husband tasted it (I made him and my daughter something different) and I think he'd rather have that.
Here it is!!


Total for this breakfast was  8 points.  And took about 10 minutes to make!!!
Sautéed 2 oz of Chicken apple sausage with 8 skinny asparagus spears (chopped).  While that was cooking I microwaved 3/4 cup of egg whites.  Then topped the egg whites with the sausage mixture....YUMMY to my tummy!
Then for lunch I decided to try yet another recipe that I found.  Stuffed portabella mushrooms! 



Basically, I sautéed the peppers in a nonstick pan.  I added 2/3 cups of sausage and diced tomatoes.  Meanwhile, I steamed the mushrooms for 5 minutes to start the cooking process.  I then placed the sausage mixture into the mushrooms and topped each with 1/4 cup of cheese.  Baked it in the oven at 375 until the cheese was melted.
This was the delicious result!   Tasted like pizza!  Added a small baked potato for a total of  9 points! And took maybe 20 minutes total!!!!





OK...now about the running....
I went to the gym this afternoon and decided to try the Couch to 5K app.  At first, I chickened out and didn't run when prompted.  But after about 10 minutes in, I was like, WHAT THE HECK....I'LL TRY ANYTHING ONCE!  I already had the girls double secured with two exercise bras so there was no chance of them knocking me out.  LOL
I did it and it was fun!   I'm gonna try it again tomorrow!  I also worked my upper body.  I'm sore.  But no pain, no gain, right???
I have no clue what I weigh right now since I haven't stepped on the scale in 3 weeks or so.  But I am committed to stick to this once and for all. 
I'M BACK!!!!  


**Original recipes courtesy of the Biggest Loser Quick and Easy Cookbook** (but I altered the mushroom one slightly)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

No excuses!

I had an entire post ready yesterday but decided against it!  Why?

Well, someone in a group I'm in posted this...


This guy goes to her gym....she said he's a regular there and he was getting it!

I was trying to come up with every excuse NOT to workout yesterday when some of my WW buddies started talking about getting it going again.  At that point I decided it was time for some body pics!


well there ya go!  I'm almost back to my starting point!  Ugh!  Why?  Not consistent with tracking.....not working out!  Simple as that!  

So I start seriously again now (well last night)....got my meals right, got my exercise in....worked through a major backache (which was going to be my excuse)....and now I feel great!  A bit sore but no pain, no gain!

Elliptical workout 30 mins, 25 mins weight training (shoulder press, biceps curls, tricep extensions) then 5 straight minutes of crunches!  I'm on it!

Highest weight: 284. Lowest on WW: 212
Current weight: 254
Goal weight:199

Short term goal: 244

NO EXCUSES!





Monday, May 20, 2013

Feeling some kind of way today......DAY ONE!

Ok....why oh why does it take FOREVER to lose the weight but takes no time at all to gain it back???  Well I have gained!  I am 14 lbs away from where I started (started at 263)!  UGH!  So embarassing! 

What happened???? 


LIFE!

I've been dealing with an ill husband for the past year (still dealing with it)...So a lot of my responsibilities at home have changed/increased which has in turn, left  me extremely tired.  So what do I do?  Get take out....or just grab something to eat.....No workouts happen because....I am too tired!

Well I am 14 lbs away from where I started on Jan 1, 2011.  I shall not get back to that number!  So I restarted by shopping this weekend.  Got lots of fresh fruits and veggies as well as boneless skinless chicken breasts, and fish.

 
I tracked everything I was going to put in my mouth before dinner last night, so I am prepared with my road map for success today!
 
Everything is listed here except breakfast....which was an egg puff which is 3 points.  So I have 19 allotted for dinner.  Also, I changed my weigh in day BACK TO MONDAY....Always go back to what works....and that does!  With Wednesday weigh in, my thoughts were, if I over did it on the weekends, I would have a couple of days to make up for it.  Well guess what, I didn't make up for it and I am paying the price for it.

My ultimate reason for getting back on the straight an narrow....MY DAUGHTER!  She loves me....I mean, really really loves me.....I mean, I know you are reading thinking, well duh she does. But she hates for me to be out of her sight!  I can't even go to the potty by myself!  or take a shower by myself.  I always have two little bitty eyes looking in at me (glass shower doors...LOL)  I can't bear to know what would happen if I were not around for her.  She is my motivation!  So I gotta get with it!  So far, great!  If it's not raining at lunch I might take a walk.  But I will definitely work out this afternoon.  Gonna pull out my Kickboxing DVD again....

Have a great day!  I'll update again later.


 
 

Monday, April 1, 2013

My Confessions....

Yep...these are my confessions!

It has been an up and down few months....having an ill husband and taking on more responsibilities has allowed me to neglect to keep up with my journey....but after today's weigh in, I am more determined than ever to get going again....

I have gained back about 18 of the 48 total pounds that I lost between Jan 2011 and now. I'm embarrassed by it but motivated, definitely motivated to get back into it. Feel like I've let my WW friends down...I've let myself down.

Went to the movies today....shared medium popcorn with my hubby....no butter but still....wasn't hungry but that smell drew me in. I'm weak when it comes to two foods.....popcorn and cookies!

Please support me in this effort to turn this back around! I am changing my weigh in day to Wednesday....hopefully that day will work better for me.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Where have you been?

OK....I have been away from this for too long.  Again, I do best when I blog because it helps me get my thoughts down and keeps me accountable.

Having said that, I have not tracked a bite since Thursday so I KNOW what to expect on the scale tomorrow.

But tomorrow IS a new day and the start of a new week for me.  I have already tracked tomorrow's meals and I purchased new workout clothes today.  I'm ready to get this going again....tomorrow.


Until then....

Monday, January 7, 2013

Starting again!

Well last week was a success. Lost 1.2 lbs. Tracked everything. Didn't work out though. Gonna add that soon! Hopefully starting today got tons on my plate right now so not sure time wise. But it's great to be focused on what goes in me again!

Until later.