Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Cold weather seems to have come and does not look as if its leaving until spring again, this is my favorite time of the year. Last night I took a walk instead of riding my stationary bike, 1.6 miles in 28 minutes equates to just a tad over 3mph. upon walking through the door when I was through I noticed that I was wearing the same hoodie that I had taken some pictures back in Jan in and asked Wify to take a pic of me to compare it to the one taken in January, man what 10 months can do to a fella! The jeans in the before pic are 6 whole sizes too big for me now! and the jeans in the after (the ones I am wearing) are 4 sizes too big and cinched up with a belt, the hoodie and hat are the same. I remember taking the before picture very clearly, it was when I had just began walking for exercise and we took the kids outside and were going to walk to a small playground thats only about 2 blocks from our house and I remember saying to Wify once we got to the playground "looks like I got my exercise in for the day" I had walked a total of 2 blocks! and felt that was exercise! have a look at the side by side for yourself.
My intake was at 1685 total calories for Monday with dinner being turkey burgers cooked outside on the grill with sweet potato fries on the side which is pretty much one of my favorite meals since starting to eat better. Tonight I am planning on making BLT's with turkey bacon and whole wheat bread and meal planning comes naturally now. Exercising just happens and I feel bad if I miss a day, this is such a change from how things were for far too long.
Since today is election day my son is home from school and I have two kiddos to deal with so I will keep this post short. Everything is on track and were still trucking along with the eating better and living healthy and I am hoping that I can report a big drop this week. The last thing I will leave you with today is, Go Vote! it doesn't matter who for, just do it.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
I just wanted to plop a quick post down to let all who responded to yesterdays post adding to the push up tally for today that I did in fact do the 70 push ups for the 7 comments where people drank their water. I did 2 sets of 20 and 2 sets of 15 with about a minute rest between sets this afternoon and then we were off to my Mother in laws house for dinner, we had Salmon, butternut squash, seasoned baby red potatoes and steamed broccoli with a Halloween cake for desert, it was a good solid meal that I only went slightly over calories on because of a pumpkin beer and the cake. We walked for more than 2 hours last night trick or treating and the kids had a blast, we had a Mad scientist and an Ice princess that ended up with more than 7 pounds of candy combined! I weighed it on my salters scale, not a bad haul for a family that includes two people on a low calorie intake plan, one child with diabetes and the other is just three, we will be donating the candy at my wifes job where they do a collection each year.
We just got in and like I said I thought I would pop up a quick post letting anyone that cares enough to read that I made good on my push up challenge. I did et too many candies and I will admit that up front but hey its once per year and I am after all only human right? tomorrow (Sunday) I am back on track 100% and no more candy unless it goes onto my Excel sheet and even then I am planning on limiting what I eat, that concludes tonights update.
Thanks for following.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
A funny thing mirrors can be, This morning as I was getting into the shower I took my shirt off and looked at myself in the bathroom mirror and I am unsure if I just don't study myself or if it was just unnoticed but my collar bones are very prominent now as well as my shoulders and traps are starting to look closer to how they looked 10-12 years ago, meaning visible. Good news often brings a bit of bad with it and this time is no exception, while looking at myself and feeling good about what I am starting to see I noticed the skin and how it seems to be moving southward on my body and the higher up the body part is the better it looks, from the weight of the extra skin pulling down keeping the upper parts taught no doubt. I would be willing to bet that I would lose a whole shirt size if the skin was not loose, and I wish I was exaggerating! and because this is not something I wasn't expecting I will not feel bad about it because it is what it is and worrying about something that has no answer makes little sense to me, but man! does it bug me and it has far worse to get before I am done.
Enough about the skin, let me tell you about my new favorite sandwich that I made yesterday, I took 2 slices of light rye bread and put 3oz of deli Turkey breast on it then added 1oz of Hormel Turkey pepperoni, some sliced tomato and miracle whip and bamn! a new favorite for me. The entire sandwich has 305 calories and really is a LARGE sandwich, I honestly thought it was going to be more calories than it turned out to be and all of the flavors compliment one another perfectly, it is sweet, spicy and hearty with lots of protein and is little calories so it gets added to my arsenal of "good foods" to keep on the list. Have a look at yesterdays menu which was actually pretty heavy while still maintaining the calorie level compared to what it has been lately.
2 slices light rye bread 100
3oz deli turkey 90
1oz turkey pepperoni 70
1 T miracle whip 35
sliced tomato 10
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95
1oz doritos 140
1 can Progresso soup 160
8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 calorie rolls 160
6oz sweet potato fries 150
condiments Ketchup/sliced pickles/mustard/red onion 45
8oz Dannon light and fit yogurt 120
Grand total of 1600 calories for the day but let me tell you that I did have a bite off of my daughters Turkey burger that she did not finish at dinner time so its slightly higher but definitely still under 1700 calories. Honestly take a look at that days worth of food and ask yourself if thats not enough to fill you up for a day, would you believe that a person could eat those foods and still be down 164 pounds if you weren't seeing it? I am doing it and don't believe it sometimes myself! in fact I think I am eating better now than ever before and the difference is empty calories vs nutrient filled healthy calories, barring the doritos of course but those are more of a treat and eaten not often. Weigh in is tomorrow and with it comes Halloween and candy I will do my best to NOT eat any! we all know thats not going to happen so I will just record what I do eat and count it in my calories for the day which will likely keep me from munching away because seeing the numbers add up are always a good deterrent for me, so thats the plan.
Random insertion, If you read to this point you deserve a big glass of water so get up and go get yourself a glass or bottle and drink it down, you know its a good idea and you also know that the effort to go do so is not very much and your body will appreciate it and probably needs it, so go!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I have been playing around with my green tea recipe and have struck gold as far as flavor goes, anyone that reads my blog daily knows that I drink green tea every day and as much as I can get into my cup! but buying the pre-made gallons of Arizona Diet Green tea was starting to get expensive at an average of $3.00 per gallon and the price has creeped up to $3.19 per gallon locally in many stores so I went back to brewing my own again to save a few bucks. I make the tea right in the Arizona tea bottles that are 1 gallon, I fill the bottle with hot water straight from the tap and I use 3 different kind of tea bags to get the flavor that I like, here is my secret recipe. I use 2 Arizona green tea w/ginseng tea bags, 1 generic green tea bag bought from a local Chinese market (this tea has a strong flavor compared to the Arizona brand bags) and 2 Black tea bags, thats it! put all five bags into the mouth of the gallon bottle and place the cap back on and leave it alone for about an hour to an hour and a half and bamn! a gallon of fresh green/black tea, and last night I stumbled on something that makes this blend nothing less than exceptional to the pallet. I usually cool the tea on the counter until its slightly more than room temperature and then into the refrigerator it goes until cold and to drink it I pour it into a large glass and add splenda to taste but as I said last night I figured out something simple that adds so much to the flavor! ready for this? lime, thats right plain old lime juice squeezed into the splenda laced tea. We had some limes left over from a six pack of Guinness that we bought (I have a recipe for that too) and rather than let them go bad I decided to slice one in half and squeeze some into my tea, now this might not seem like a ground breaking idea or recipe but man if I could bottle this stuff for retail I know it would sell! lime will be going into all of my green tea from this point forward and I think anyone out there that drinks green tea should give this a try.
Yesterday I rode my stationary bike for 35 minutes total and I did 40 push ups, I mentioned in my last post that I was upping the exercise again and I am doing just that. I want to start off slower than full on and thats why it was only 40 push ups and the bike ride is what to expect as I feel that 30 minutes is enough for cardio, especially since I am going to be adding more ST. I wanted to get a walk in this afternoon but its decently windy outside or as the man in the plastic box says "blustery" and still low 40's and having my daughter to bring along I am not sure its a good Idea today for her sake, I will ride the bike for sure and there is a possibility that I will get in a solo walk when wify gets home and can keep the kiddo cozy inside.
This week started off rocky where intake is concerned, I ate that chicken parm grinder on Saturday and I had pizza for lunch on Sunday but even with that said I expect to have an ok week this week where a loss comes into the equation, why? because its what I want so its what I am going to have and next week will be better! my last entry mentioned that I need to lose an average of 4 pounds per week if I am to hit that new goal I set for myself of losing 200 pounds in 2008, that 4 pound average does not include this week so whatever I get this week is extra and ort of like bonus poundage towards that goal and I am going to work for that edge. somehow I have become entirely driven to hit this goal and lost that 200 pounds by years end and I am unsure where the push came from but I am glad its here and know that I will do whatever I can to hit that mark.
To sum it all up, Green tea plus black tea with a shake of Splenda plus lime equals nectar of the gods, I am going to be one sore and sweaty individual in the next couple months and I am going to need every ounce of determination to hit my goal of 200 pounds gone in a year. compare that to last year at this time and you get, Cherry coke equals nectar of the gods, the sore and sweaty part was probably still true but for different reasoning and 200 pounds gone was a pipe dream as I was believing about a surgery to cure my ills. My oh my what a year can do.
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