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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Great week!

I kind of went off the deep end. Again with the ups and downs that I spoke about last time. I believe it was last week that I weighed myself and I was up 2 pounds. That meant since the beginning I'd only lost 2 pounds. The good news is that I've lost those 2 pounds so I'm back to my original 4 pound loss. I've decided to add some tickers on the side of my blog. One will show my progress and the other is to show the total progress of everyone following my blog. My goal is to have us hit the highest weight loss for any blog. I'll have to do some research to find out if anyone has a cumulative count going.

Unfortunately, I could only get the ticker that says exercise for total but that's okay. We'll know it's for total weight loss. So when you lose weight, let me know how many pounds and I'll add it to that week's total. If you gain, let me know that too as we want to have a true representation of how much is lost here. I hope you'll join me in trying to get rid of these unsightly pounds!

This week I've had some "issues." Most of them are related to lack of sleep. It's hard to maintain a blog when  you're in desperate need of sleep. I'm good now and that's probably why I lost those extra pounds to get back to where I was. The best part about this week came yesterday. I've had some problems putting on my pants and feel like I just have to get out of them as quickly as possible. And it's not because my husband is HOT - even though I think he's good looking. It's because they are so blasted uncomfortable! They just SCREAM - rip me off! So I listen and normally wear sweats or pajama bottoms.

Yesterday, I happened to grab a pair of jeans that I haven't worn in months. Guess what? They were comfortable. I know it's not because I've lost 4 pounds. I'm guessing I might have lost some "inches." I put that into quotations because in reality it's probably just a fraction of an inch but enough to make my pants comfortable. It really made me feel good. Then today, I decided to do the same thing. Grabbed a pair of pants that have been uncomfortable for months. Put them on and wore them all day! That just really bumped up the motivation level. I'm so excited! It's a small thing but I'm taking this road in small steps. Please let me know how you've done!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Good Days and Bad

We all have good days and bad, right? So I haven't been diligent about counting calories. But, I have done well with eating. I'm just watching to make sure I don't eat a lot of junk. I did blow it a bit tonight though. I had some milk duds. However, tomorrow I'm hitting the gym! Woo Hoo! I know I can do the treadmill and the bike. I kind of get bored after that! What I really want to do is buy some flippers and go swimming. I'm a bit weak on the swimming thing and was told by my daughter's swim coach to wear these as it will help to build my stamina. As it increases, I'll need them less. I'm good with that. I just need to get to a sporting goods store and buy some. I really don't want to walk out in the pool though with my fat flabbing all over the place. I usually wear swim shorts and a rash guard (with swim shirt underneath). Heck, if I could get away with it, I'd just wear this:

 

What I'd really like to wear though, is this:


But seeing that I'm 43 now and have 2 young children, I'm more likely to wear this:


 

Now if I could just get my husband to look like this in a suit, I'd be all set!

 

Okay! So off the subject of bathing suits.  But seriously, as winter starts to come to a close, don't you start thinking about those things and how much you hate going shopping for that and shorts? Anyway, I was thinking about recipes. A friend of mine sent me a fabulous recipe so it got me to thinking. I need to put some recipes up here for you. I am going to give you my cheap way of making Chicken Cacciatore. Seriously, this is super cheap!

2 large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1 can diced tomatoes
3 teaspoons garlic powder (or salt if you are out)
3 tablespoons italian seasoning (if you don't have this, use oregano, thyme, sage, basil and whatever other green leafy dried seasonings you have)
Olive oil
Spaghetti noodles (preferrably the thin ones as they are less in carbs)
1 can tomato sauce

Directions - Start water for noodles. Once boiling, add noodles and cook until you can throw them on the wall and they stick (just kidding, make sure they stick to the floor). Place can of tomato sauce in small pan. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of italian seasoning to sauce. Keep on low heat.

In frying pan, heat oil. Place chicken breasts in pan and cook thoroughly on medium heat. In order to speed up the process of cooking, you can place a lid on the pan to seal in the heat. Once cooked, add can of diced tomatoes, and remainder of seasonings. Continue cooking for about 20 minutes or until water from diced tomatoes is almost gone. 

Place chicken and tomatoes on plate. Add noodles to the side with about 3 tablespoons of sauce over the noodles for taste. This happens to be a very low carb dinner and low in calories. But don't overdo it on the pasta! Enjoy!

This recipe is cooked in my house often. I have a diabetic cookbook but find that some of the items are really expensive in ingredients. So I usually try to pare it down but make it taste similar. This simple recipe seen here accomplishes that and it's easy on the pocketbook! Let me know what you think!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Depressing and exciting

Okay, so how is that possible you ask, right? Well, the exciting part is that I surpassed my goal of losing 1 pound this week. I ended up losing 1.4 pounds. I was so proud of myself. The depressing part came in about 3/4 through the day when I hit a snag in my day and it just brought me downhill. I'm not an emotional eater, meaning that I seek food when I'm depressed or happy, or whatever. But today was so bad that I wanted to cry. So I was really wanting something sweet and ate some girl scout cookies. I even ate some turkey kielbasa - yikes!

With that said, I finally stopped counting my calories this evening. I didn't get in even half of my water intake and just said forget it to working out. What had me so down? My daughter is an ice skater. She's been doing this since she was 4 years old. We've been at the same rink for 2 years now (she's 8). The area around here is wonderful. I love it because people are so friendly. However, I have read and heard about ice skating mom's that just make you feel like you're an outsider. If you aren't part of the in crowd, you're nothing. I haven't been part of the in crowd the entire time I've been here and I'm fine with that. I don't care about being a part of a group. As long as my daughter loves what she's doing, then I will continue to do it. However, I'm starting to see it have an effect on her. She really doesn't have any friends at the rink and kids that have been there less time than she has have been widely accepted. It may have something to do with the fact that we only go 2 days a week vs. their 4 or 5 days but it's still a bit depressing.

So I spoke to my husband tonight about it. She may love to ice skate but she also loves to draw. We're thinking of having her quit skating once summer comes and start doing art classes at the YMCA. They have an awesome program there. She's already taking a homeschooler's art class but this would strictly be drawing. She can't do it right now because it's on a night that she skates. We've decided to let her make the choice but we're going to try and influence her decision by presenting her with the "cool" new things she could learn. It's heartbreaking because she loves it so much but I don't ever want her feeling like I do right now - an outcast or a freak. Am I being silly?