Friday, January 25, 2013
Karen, if you only knew what lay ahead for you, I know you would be much more confident! Know that God is walking with you every step of the way no matter what you do, and is ready for you to turn to Him for comfort, guidance, and security. You are healthy and at a good weight now, but the cigarettes and other bad choices have got to go! Find activities you enjoy that keep you moving, and be mindful of what you put in your mouth. Don't let Mom's legacy of a bad relationship with food be your legacy! Love yourself, respect your body, and give it the care that it needs. Oh -- and don't forget to wear sunscreen and sunglasses!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Since I am about to start a major renovation of my kitchen, I've been hesitant to post a plan, due to the uncertainty of how much time I'll have to work out (it's been very, very limited as I've been preparing to pack up 4 rooms worth of STUFF) or what I'll be able to cook with the limited prep area and tools that I'll have available. However, failing to plan means planning to fail, so here's what I'm going to endeavor to do to protect myself from falling into the trap that I did during the last break:
-- I joined SAC, which should help me stay on track.
-- Bought a new grill (for DH -- that's my story and I'm sticking to it! ), so we can make use of the courtyard (the only cooking/eating place that will be available in our house for awhile) and will plan our grilling so that we cook multiple days' worth of chicken, fish, and turkey burgers. Will keep up my freggie intake with green smoothies and microwaved vegetables. I also have a couple of fans, tiki torches, and plan to set up a mister to make the Texas summer days a little more bearable during this period.
-- Will try to maintain some semblance of an exercise schedule (wogging 3 miles or more 1-3 times a week, boot camp on Saturdays, maybe some water aerobics, get to the gym, and do some ST at home).
-- This time I will NOT -- I repeat NOT!!! -- treat the break as a break from my routine! I will NOT give myself license to eat all the junk I had been avoiding, and I will be a faithful friend on the Bombshell thread and my new SAC team.
I hope this does the trick, and that I can get back in gear and start losing weight again. I know I can do it, because I'm a blazing Bombshell!!!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
As promised in my BINGO blackout post, here is my recipe for Mock Guac, the perfect recipe for those who love guacamole (but not the fat), and/or hate asparagus (but want to check off that box on the BINGO card!):
24 asparagus spears, trimmed and halved (or try canned asparagus, but fresh is best!)
1/2 cup salsa
1 Tbsp cilantro leaves (optional)
2 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Dash of salt
1/2 cup fat free ricotta (as corrected)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
In a large nonstick skillet, combine the asparagus and 1/2 c. water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the asparagus is tender-crisp, about 5 minutes; drain and run under cold water to cool. (Alternative cooking method: microwave on high with 1/4 cup water about 5 minutes or so, then drain and cool under cold water).
In a blender or food processor, puree the asparagus, salsa, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Add the ricotta and scallions; pulse several times until chunky-smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled at least 1 hour. Serve as a dip with raw vegetable sticks or baked corn chips.
Let's see how many reluctant asparagus eaters turn into converts with this!
Monday, April 30, 2012
I've never been good at coming up with good plans that would fit the "S.M.A.R.T." parameters (at least that I've been able to stick to), but in the interest of getting full points for this weekend's challenge, here is my shot at a plan that I should be able to succeed at:
1. Track my food daily, making an effort to stay in range and control sweets, and follow the Herbalife plan that my DS has started me on
2. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day
3. Work towards a more normal bedtime (before midnight, at least!), and 7 hours of sleep nightly
4. Meet at least the minimum Bootcamp goals of 10 minutes of exercise daily, but shoot for a minimum of 20 minutes on "off" days, and 45-90 minutes at least on workout days (3 or more days a week)
5. Drop 10 lbs minimum as a result of the above work, get down to a size 12 or smaller.
Will I meet all of my goals? Well, all but the last one are goals that I can definitely control, so I intend to at least hit 90% perfection on those ones. If I do, then I'm hoping that goal #5 will follow. If not, I can only keep on keeping on, because the alternative is definitely not pretty! No matter what, I'm learning not to beat myself up about my shortcomings, but rather to celebrate my successes. As my sister (1TRULYBLESSED) has demonstrated in her SP journey, this is a process that can take awhile, but it can definitely be done! I intend to be a success story like her, but need to maintain the patience for however much time it will take to get there (I'm looking for about 40 lbs. overall, long-term). Thanks to my fellow Bombshells, this should be a much more enjoyable journey than when I was attempting it on my own!
Monday, January 30, 2012
As part of my BLC-18 team's weekend challenge that ends tonight, I'm offering this blog to discuss my transformation in health/fitness/wellness.
I've been struggling with my weight for years, especially recently as I've hit menopause, have thyroid issues, and now am dealing with arthritis. I've even been on SP before, but never joined actively in any teams, and kept falling off the wagon as far as tracking my nutrition and fitness. But my DS Ferne (1TRULYBLESSED) inspired me to try once again, with a renewed sense of purpose and determination after seeing her transform herself in less than a year, thanks in large part to the support she has gotten on SP -- and by becoming such an active member here.
So, I signed up at the end of December for both the January Jumpstart Challenge, and the BLC-18 Challenge, and joined my sister's Light Blue Bombshells team as I started my journey towards health and fitness again. I must say, the challenges have woken up a competitive demon in me! In the past I would always have an excuse for not exercising, or for eating that extra piece of cake, but with these challenges, and with the support of my fellow Bombshells telling their stories and encouraging each other every day, I have found that I am consistently making much better choices. I haven't seen much happen on the scale yet (except for possibly this week, since I've been fighting intestinal troubles that have me living on Saltines and Gatorade pretty much!), but I am generally feeling healthier and more able to get out and move on a daily basis.
One great motivation that I found had to be pointed out to me by a fellow Bombshell: I made it onto the top-10 list of the SparkDallas Team's fitness roster, at #8! I climbed as high as #6 before this bug took me down, but now that I know about it, I plan to get exercising again as soon as I'm healthy, and try to make it into the top 5! I've been doing a walk/jog combination around a 3-mile path near my home, aiming to get there 3 times a week or more. As I continued to get out there, I've found that I have been able to up the jogging quotient a little each week. I'm even toying with the idea of walk/running a 5k again, for the first time in probably 25 years or so!
I just started a new job, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up with the level of activity that I had achieved during the better part of January, but I've scheduled my work hours to take the best advantage of the workout times and classes that appeal to me the most. With the support and encouragement of my Bombshells and other SP friends (and more than a little dependence on God along the way), I hope to follow in my "little" (in more ways than one) sister's footsteps and become a healthy, fit, slender, confident new me by year's end. At that time, I hope to write a follow-up blog that will catalog the goals I will have reached. Stay tuned!
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