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Monday, October 22, 2012

2 years later?

I stopped blogging because I lost a lot of motivation. Now I'm back! Sometimes I find that as a woman, we just take on so much that we forget about ourselves and get overwhelmed. So now I'm doing things for me. I've put on weight and quite honestly have wondered why no one has asked me when I'm going to have my baby. Nope! I'm not pregnant! Want to see what I look like?

 
 
Yes, all my photos are of me sitting down or hidden behind those silly looking children. Okay, they aren't my children - they are really 80-year old aliens that have come down to possess my life. And possess is what they do! My daughter is now 11 and my son is 8. They keep me super busy. They are both into gymnastics and swimming. We are on the run most days! So getting in exercise has been a challenge. But I have lost almost 10 pounds recently (okay, so it took me about 3 weeks to do it!). But I have maintained the loss!
 
The one change I made in the past two months was make a friend who loves to work out. We don't work out together because our lives are so filled with different things. But we made a bet. We had to commit to a workout for a specified amount of days per week. She's been trying to get me to do crunches. 100 of those bad boys a day! I thought she was nuts when she mentioned that. But she told me to break it down. 25 in the morning, 25 in the afternoon. 25 in the evening, and 25 before I go to bed. I thought, "Hey! I think I can do that!" You know what? I can too!
 
My other part of the committment was to walk 3 days a week. Last July I fell and sprained my ankle. Kind of wish at this point that I'd broken it because it was a 3rd degree sprain. If you don't know about sprains, know this - 3rd degree is about as bad as it can get. I severed one of my ligaments and tore my achilles tendon. It's now more than a year later and I'm still having problems. So I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on the 31st. So what does that mean for me? In the past year it's meant no real workouts. It's also meant a 20 pound weight gain! And now that I'm starting to walk with some gusto, I'm finding that I am losing weight by watching what I eat and swimming!
 
My son takes lessons at a local gym so my daughter and I have been swimming laps each week while he's in his lesson. Okay, she's swimming and I'm just dog paddling. MAN I'm out of shape! I've never huffed and puffed so much in my life! I seriously thought I would drown! I've been swimming now for about 3 weeks but always try to make up some excuse why I can't get in the water. My daughter didn't want to have any of it today. She saw me walking out of the door and ran up to me and said "uh mom? You're getting in right?" I always feel awkward getting out my ugly shorts and rash guard and flopping into the water. Then I'm waddling through the lane and barely making it to the other side. So I finally relented and jumped in today. You know what? I made it without so much as a puff. I did huff though. I think I might be getting used to this working out thing! If not, well then I will just have to pay off my bet. Unfortunately for me it would mean a lottery ticket to my friend and with my luck it will be the million dollar winner! So I guess I'll just have to keep at this!
 
By the way! Since I've been gone for awhile, I noticed some spammers making their way onto my blog. Know this people! I will delete your comments so go harrass someone else. I love my peeps and plan on eating you alive - even if it means I gain 10 pounds doing so!
 
 
~Denise

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

On target...Dessert Pizza

I did really well with calories today but need to make sure I hit at least the minimum mark from now on. Did you know that if you deprive your body of calories, it feeds from the rest of your bodies nutrients. This includes from your bones and muscles. I believe I heard that one on "Dr. Oz," but don't quote me. It does make sense though. Think about it, if you're used to getting 1800 calories a day, to lower it some really isn't a big deal. However, if you're still as active as you were or more so, and you only get 1200 calories, you're going to have to feed your body somehow, right? So here's how I did today:

Total Calories: 1,030 (admittedly, I am a bit hungry and it's almost midnight but it's just recently happened)
Total Carbs: 126 (oooh! Better!)

I managed to get in all of my water today which is another bonus. I'm feeling pretty good today about what I've done! I feel like I need to take it up a notch - maybe work out now. However, I said I was going to take things slowly. I have noticed that if I jump in full force, I quit full force. So I will continue to just monitor what I eat and make sure I get in my water. It's getting easier as I go along.

So guess what I did today? I ate at Panera Bread. It's a HUGE downfall for me. I love that place. I'm originally from San Francisco and just LOVE soup in a bread bowl. I used to go down to Pier 39 and buy it. In my opinion, the only good bread is the kind you have to rip apart with the jaws of life. I think that's why I fit so well with Europeans. I lived in Germany for awhile and traveled. Each place I went to had the same kind of bread that you had to rip apart. Yummy! I need to find a recipe for that. Anyway, I had a full Asian Chicken Salad. It's a large salad but only 400 calories (or so they say!).

So how about a wonderful recipe that I made for my son's class earlier this year? It was a hit with his entire Kindergarten class. You can use whatever fruit you want. But I am writing what I used.

Dessert Pizza
Ingredients:

  • 1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup sliced plums
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, sliced
Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Spread out cookie dough on either a pizza pan or cookie pan. (This doesn't have to be round, I made mine rectangle). Cook the dough for 15 - 20 minutes, or until it's just starting to get slightly brown. It's important that you don't overcook it or the "crust" will be hard.
  2. Remove from the oven and cool the dough completely.
  3. Spread out whipped topping on cooled cookie dough crust. This will act as your sauce.
  4. Layer fruit on top in no specific order. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I will look through my pictures and see if I can find a copy of my pizza. I can't remember where it's at right now. The greatest thing about this sweet dessert is that it's healthy and the kids love it. Enjoy! ~Denise

Monday, October 11, 2010

My day with a Breakfast Egg Sandwich

Well, it's the end of the day for me. I know it's only 7 in the evening where I'm at but I'm going to call it a "food night." I'm hoping to not eat anything else for the rest of the evening. With the way that I'm feeling, I'm guessing that I should be alright. So how did I do? Well, let's see:

Breakfast - Egg Sandwich
Lunch - Leftover Olive Garden Spaghetti with 5-cheese Marinara (can you say YUMMY?)
Snack - Chips
Dinner - (biggest mistake) I went to Taco Bell. In case you don't know it, my daughter is an ice skater. She spends 3 days a week on the ice - right near dinner time! Then I have two other days where there are activities around the same time. One is for gymnastics for my son and the other is swimming for both kids. Yeah, bad timing but it's not available any other time!

Overall I ate a whopping 1792 calories and 198 carbs. I'm not supposed to take in more than 135 carbs. My goal is 120 in carbs. Why do I have to worry about this anyway? I'm pre-diabetic. So what does that mean? I'm not diabetic. However, for years I have suffered what's termed "glucose intolerance." It doesn't matter if I eat good or not, about an hour later I run the risk of having my sugars bottom out. The lowest I've seen is 34. That's close to passing out. Not good. There really isn't anything the doctors can do. They have told me to watch what I eat and exercise. I also watch my levels periodically. So that's where the whole carb thing comes into play.

Then I have the other end of the spectrum. I can eat really good and find that my after dinner reading (usually 2 hours after) can be really high. The highest I've seen is about 207 but it's normal around 183. Yep, not good. However, none of these readings are consistently the same. Other times I will just run normal. So they gave me that poppycock term to throw around and I have an excuse to not worry about what I eat because my glucose levels will do what they want. LOL.

So how would you like to have my Egg Sandwich recipe? It's really simple.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 slice bread of choice
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise (or as I prefer to call it - Miracle Whip)
  • 1 slice American White Cheese (or other if you prefer)
  • 1 Slice Turkey or Ham
  • Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Place bread into a toaster to brown. If you don't have a toaster, put your oven on broil but leave it cracked open a bit so the heat doesn't become too much for the bread. Watch for browning so you can flip to get the other side.
  2. I always buy cooking spray that doesn't have any calories or carbs. My favorite is Pam. Spray a little in a pan and heat it up.
  3. Crack open the egg and put it in the heated pan. After the whites start cooking, you can break the yolk so it cooks better. (I'm not a fan of sunny side up even though I'm from California where the sun always shines!). Flip egg until almost done cooking.(about 5 - 10 minutes).
  4. Add slice of cheese on top of egg to melt.
  5. After bread is done toasting, remove and add Miracle Whip (or mayonnaise). Remove egg and cheese from pan and place on top of the toast.
  6. Add meat to pan and cook on both sides for about 2 - 3 minutes, or until browned. Add on top of sandwich.
This is actually a very low carb/calorie breakfast and it fills you up. Depending on your bread choice and mayonnaise, you could end up with a sandwich that has about 200 calories and only 18 carbs. My personal sandwich had 246 cals/18 carbs. If I were to purchase low carb bread it would be even lower. Since I'm not a huge fan of the bread I've seen on the market, I just get Price Chopper's 99 cents a loaf bread. Works for me! Hope your day went well. Remember, if you want to share what you ate you can do it in the comments area or click on my Facebook link and come over to share in the discussion area! ~Denise

Today is a new day!

I'm making good on my promise - a little later than I had a desire to but I'm still doing it. I wanted to make sure I was going to be committed. No, not to the mental institution - at least not at this point. I've tried to make things as easy on myself as possible. I also want to make sure I'm going to lose this weight. So I've stepped it up a notch. I created a Facebook account for the blog. You can join by clicking on the fancy new icon on the right.

A few friends are already there but I'm creating discussions so we can keep track of all the progress we make. I also need someone to KICK MY **S into gear. That's where you come in. When I was in the military, you had people at basic training (or boot camp) that would wake you up and make you exercise. It was a forced buddy system. Well, I need that in order to get my tail into gear. So we don't have to hold back our support any longer. Join me over there and keep track of your food and exercise. If you don't get the chance to work out or just say forget it to keeping track, then just come over for the extra support. We all need it, right?

I'm also putting down what I eat and drink/exercise in my SparkPeople account. In case you don't know what that is, it's a free site that allows you to keep track of everything. I'm trying to do things right. I've given myself a goal of 1 year. The last time I actually weighed in at SparkPeople was in March of this year. Guess what I found out? I've gained 10 pounds since doing that! HELLO! That means taking charge of my weight really does help. So now I have to do this. Tell your friends we all need to help each other. Ask them to join my Facebook page and share their woes with me! I'll be posting here later tonight once I've eaten all of my meals.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Well, well, well

It's been a long road to nowhere! So it's time to get back on the fat band wagon and get to work on hijacking the skinny band wagon. Who's with me? I have been homeschooling for about 2 years now. In addition, I have been working on my Master's degree. So how's that working for me? It's not! The homeschooling was taking more time than I imagined and my own homework was suffering. So this year I'm going to attempt to send both kids to public school (ack! shutter the thought). The good news is that the teachers where both kids will be going are good. I'm also a "hands-on" mom so my children will never be the type who have low math or reading skills. The scary part will come if my daughter has to go to the middle school here next year. No one in my area likes that school - not the parents or the kids. Kind of makes me sick to think about it!

So now that the kids will start school on September 7th, I have decided that's the day I will begin my hardcore diet. What does that mean? Going to the gym 4 days a week. As a minimum, I want to get on the treadmill and do 30 minutes. That's an attainable goal. Anything else over that will be the icing on the cake. I would have said gravy but I hate gravy! I've also decided to take my blog to the next level and change the way it looks before that date. I will have recipes for low carb and low calories. I have to do something to keep myself motivated! My initial goal is to lose 10 pounds. That will just be a start. My overall goal is to lose 50 pounds. I really need it! But the 10 pound goal is just a mini-goal. Start slow and continue, right? Hope you'll work with me to get this weight off! See you back here soon!

~Denise

Friday, April 23, 2010

Day 2 - No Soda

Whew! Today was rough. I woke up this morning craving a soda. Instead, I drank an Ocean Spray Peach Tea - caffeine free and only 5 calories. Now that it's nighttime, I started craving another soda and BAD! Grabbed another tea and was good to go once I grabbed a piece of sugarless gum too. Now it's close to bedtime and I'm doing pretty good. But it was not easy by any means!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Day 1 - No Soda!

I'm feeling good and my motivation is working its way back up! So I woke up this morning with a goal in mind - no sodas for a week. It seems lately that I've noticed that I never drink water anymore. From the time I get up in the morning, to the time I go to bed, I'm drinking Diet Dr. Pepper. That's not right in so many ways! It's now 7:30 at night and I haven't touched one - yet! It was hard going by McDonald's and not ordering a soda. Then again, not really because I hate Coke! If it had been Burger King or Wendy's, it would have been a lot harder. So now I'm at the end of the day and I'm hoping for a great achievement. So I'm keeping the fridge closed so I don't grab anything! Wish me luck!