Long MIA, But Good News!

22 06 2010

Sorry for the long MIA everyone, I went back to school and work on the same day and its just been craziness!!!

I promise to be better about updating, especially since I have some good news to share.

I am officially in ONDERLAND!!! I weighed in at 198.7 on Saturday and I am NEVER going back to the 200s!  I am swimming in my old work clothes, so it looks like a shopping trip is in order.  To date I’ve lost about 25lbs and over 8 inches (5 of those from my waist!).

I’m so happy 🙂

Hope your week is going well!





The Last Supper

7 06 2010

Tonight marked the last dinner that my boyfriend and I might be able to eat together for the next 12 weeks (he’s doing a weight loss challenge at his gym and his trainer has him on a super strict diet) so I decided to make the fish that I was going to make last week (when I accidentally thawed the chicken instead).

Its a favorite in our house, super yummy and healthy (its from the Cooking Light, Fresh Food Fast cookbook)

Just pre-heat your oven to 425F

Line a baking sheet with some aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Place your fish on the baking sheet (I use 2 4oz filets) this week I used cod, but I’ve used tilapia and halibut before (any firm white fish will do)

Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and add sprigs of fresh dill (stems removed) to the top of the fish, return to the oven for another 5 minutes or so or until it flakes easily with a fork.

Mix together a couple tablespoons of reduced fat sour cream, lemon juice (just a squirt, about the amount from 2 lemon wedges) and capers.
The amount that you make of this sauce is really up to your personal taste and preference.

This is the final product.

This is my boyfriend’s plate, I only eat one filet.

Enjoy!

What are some of your family’s favorite dishes?





Monday Blues

7 06 2010

So I don’t know what’s wrong with me today, but I’m feeling kinda blah…

It could have something to do with the fact that I am super sore from extra hard workouts over the past two days (I overdid it and my back flared up, I had to take a muscle relaxer to fall asleep for the first time in over a month…).

But I don’t know, I just feel tired.  In fact, I just took a two hour nap and I’m STILL tired.

I really can’t afford to be tired today either I have a lot of stuff to do and get ready for tomorrow, it’s the first day of summer classes and its also my first day back at work since I went out for my spinal fusion!

Maybe its nerves?

I haven’t been to work in so long I was telling my boyfriend how I can’t even remember how to log into our computer systems at work…ugh.  But I’ll make it work.

It could also be that its that TOM (its early..boo) so I just feel kinda bloated and icky.

But I’m drinking my water and eating right, but I think today is going to be a rest day from workouts since I’m still sore I don’t want to hurt myself.

But anyways, I’m going to put on some upbeat music and work on picking up my apartment to shake off these Monday Blues!





OMG!

5 06 2010

So as you guys know I typically weigh in on Wednesdays…but I’m seriously starting to wonder if Wednesday is a bad day for me?  I weighed in Wednesday and I was down 0.8lbs and 1.5 inches…I’ve been having a pretty good last couple of days diet and exercise wise so out of curiosity I decided to weigh in this morning.  O….M….G!!!

As of this morning I weighed in at 200lbs exactly.  I was 202.4 on Wednesday, so that means I’ve lost a total of 3.2lbs this week!  I also decided to redo my measurements and I lost another 2 inches off my waist and another 1.5 inches off my bust!

What a great way to start my day!!!!

I seriously think that logging everything I put in my mouth on My Fitness Pal is helping.  It’s also giving me a visual tracker for my water.

I am seriously just 1 pound away from ONEDERLAND!!! Which puts me just 55lbs away from my goal of 145lbs!  That means that I’m already a third of the way through my weight loss journey 🙂

Most importantly I FEEL the difference, I wake up more energetic, I don’t feel lethargic throughout the day, I don’t get bloated anymore (other than when it’s that TOM) I feel healthier.  I went out to dinner with friends last night and I can be a hundred percent honest when I say that the heavily breaded, fried items that I used to love didn’t even get a glance from me 🙂

This is definitely a lifestyle change and not a “diet,” remember diet is a four letter word 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!





Strength Exercises

4 06 2010

So I’ve been slowly trying to add new strength exercises to the routine that my physical therapist has me on.

So far today I worked in push-ups, two sets of 10, I attempted a plank (I lasted 30 seconds…but I have to say my form was PERFECT) and I found a website that shows different strength exercises to do with your balance ball (YAY!)

I did this one:

I did 3 sets of 10.

And I plan on doing this one after I’m done with this blog (the plan is 3 sets of 10)

I tried to do this:

and almost DIED!  This move is way beyond my current fitness level…I’ll have to try again later…

What are some of your favorite strength moves to do at home?





Weigh Ins

4 06 2010

Question for you guys about weigh ins.  Do you have a specific day that you weigh in or are you a weigh in everyday type of person?

Several books I’ve read recommend getting a digital scale that measures weight including decimal points (which I have) and weighing in everyday.  As you guys know I’ve been weighing in every Wednesday with only so so results, well out of curiosity I weighed in Tuesday as well as Wednesday.  On Tuesday I had lost 2lbs, but when I did my normal weigh in on Wednesday I had only lost 0.8lbs…so I’m wondering what’s going on?  My diet hasn’t changed, I haven’t cheated, so what’s going wrong?

I’m thinking of switching my weigh ins to another day, either Friday or Monday, I’m also going to watch my carb intake more closely and my sodium in case its some sort of bloat effect.

Any ideas?





Yesterday

4 06 2010

Yesterday was kind of a boring day…I wish it hadn’t been, since my boyfriend was off, but he hung out in his “man cave” and played on the computer and watched tv until he went to the gym.  I asked to go with him to try out his gym, since he HAD gotten me a 7 day guest pass, but he adamantly said no.  I think he was kinda embarrassed to take me with, last night was his second appointment with his personal trainer and apparently during the first session he spent a lot of it dry heaving and almost puking.  But seriously, I didn’t want to go watch HIM workout, I wanted to check out the facilities and get MY workout on 🙂

Didn’t happen, bummer.

I did about 15 minutes worth of my physical therapy exercises (which include a lot of work with resistance bands and my balance ball) and then my mom called and asked if I wanted to go for a walk and a light dinner with her (after we swung by the mall real quick).  Well we never left the mall, its what usually happens, but I wore my pedometer anyways and according to it and MyFitnessPal.com my four hours of “walking at a slow pace” burned over 900 calories for someone my weight…hmmm…don’t know if that’s 100% right but it made me feel better.

Being on a limited calorie diet I’m used to eating 5-6 times per day, usually 3 meals and some snacks, however when I met up with my mom yesterday, thinking that it was just going to be a “quick mall run” I hadn’t eaten my afternoon snack and was only sitting around 400ish calories consumed since I’d had a light breakfast and lunch (I haven’t been hungry at all lately and its really bothering me…).  So needless to say, after several hours of wandering the mall with my mom and watching her try on clothes my blood sugar was running pretty low and I was starting to not feel so well (light headed, irritable…) so I kinda snapped (sorry mom) and said I needed to eat something now and that she could keep eating but I had to eat.

Well, she felt bad about it and for the sake of the diet we skipped the food court and headed to one of the restaurants attached to the mall called McCarthy’s.  I was a little worried about going an Irish Pub style place (bar food..eep?) but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of healthy options they had available.  I was set on getting a salad until I saw a burger that they’re apparently “famous” for, their Iri-Shroom burger (a burger with mushrooms sautéed in Guinness, havarti dill cheese and a herb garlic spread) so my mom and I decided to split the burger and the salad so we could try it and be healthy at the same time 🙂

It was perfect, and unlike a lot of restaurants, their portions weren’t HUGE so I was just the right amount of full without feeling bloated.  I stayed within my calorie count so that’s a plus 🙂

I also got my mom to sign up for MyFitnessPal.com!  It’s a great tool if you’re trying to lose weight, or just want a way to track your food and exercise.  Yesterday I used the message board on the site to join a June weight loss group where everyone has to set their weight loss goals for June.  Even though I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks I decided to be ambitious and set a goal of 8lbs for June.  This will put me well under 200lb (w00t) and is an average of 2lbs per week which is totally attainable.  Everyone who set a “mini” goal set up a corresponding reward, mine is a spa pedicure, I haven’t had one in so long!

Do you use goals to motivate yourself?