Monday, November 05, 2012
Okay... that was rough... kinda hard. But what a difference resolve makes! I am on a journey to lose over 200 lbs! And today I just got below that 100 lb mark! 100.5 to be exact!!! WOOHOO!
I'm so excited!
Saturday, November 03, 2012
The title of this post pretty much says it all! This past month has been a rough one... Basically I've been struggling a bit with saying no to certain foods... I started the 17 Day Diet and then pretty much went FULL STEAM AHEAD since March 19th and lost 93.5 lbs... but then... around the 2nd week of October (just before I was thinking I'd hit my 100 lb victory)... my schedule and routine drastically changed.
My son started acting a while back and his first part was "ensemble" in RENT... that ran back in March I think... anyway, then in his 2nd production ever, he got cast as Brad in Rocky Horror. That's not THE Lead, but it's A LEAD... so proud mom here goes to ALL performances... volunteers to work the box office, etc... 3 shows a weekend, 3 weekends straight... takes me from my routine of exercising every night... I would come home from work and grab something, then I was out the door to get him to the theatre... then I'd stay there for HOURS... Oh and did I say that the director's g/f makes the absolute BEST cupcakes EVER??? So, I'd indulge... (only in 1)... but still... oh and then the cast would go to a diner after the show, so then I was eating egg white omelets and giving the potatoes and toast to my son... but once had nachos... fully loaded. By the third weekend, I made a burger/fry run... and then we've been snacking on Indian snacks... fried chickpeas... full of salt... VERY good, though! So, my weight just stayed... I'd exercise when I could... but I wasn't eating right... I wasn't eating completely off... I was still sticking to some sort of a structure during the day, but I had gained 2.5 lbs back... 91 lost... and I'm thinking... DO NOT DERAIL! DO NOT GO BACK! I had come SO FAR!
So, this past week, I say.. NO, that's it! I'm going to jump back onto Cycle 1 and be STRICT... and then Tuesday night came and we had KFC... hey, I think we've all been there... just hard to get that taste for those foods out of our system... Wednesday, BACK to it... and even have more resolve to GET BACK TO IT.... did I say that my hubby and I were disappointed... the chicken didn't even taste as good as it usually did for us... Oh, and he's gotten down to 70 lbs lost, too... so the guilt we felt was terrible... I cleared out my desk at work of Indian snacks and I'm not the biggest snacker at night... so I was doing my best to get rid of the temptations and just get back to plan...
Well, it's like week one, way back in March of this year... when you have just junk in your system and you start eating clean and then you drop HUGE amounts of weight, due to water... WHO CARES! I just lost 7 lbs since Monday! I'm BACK on track and I'm soooooo excited!
Now, I'm only 2 lbs away from hitting my first 100 lbs lost and couldn't be more stoked... I leave to meet up with a friend to walk around a local lake in a bit... I've kept up with this since about May... and I'm not going to stop... I know it was the exercise that kept me from gaining 15 lbs with all those cupcakes and nachos and burgers and fried chicken! So, lesson learned... when things go a bit crazy... keep the movement going on... and then try VERY hard to get back to it! It WILL be all worth it...
How exciting to know that I'll be posting another blog here any day now... saying I've hit that first 100 lbs and can then proceed on to the next 100... (whew... ) Exhausting, but I'll do it... I know I will!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I felt this past week that all my skin seemed to detach from my body. I know it didn't lol but, I'm feeling ultra flabby lately. I have mainly been working on cardio, so I think I need to start conditioning and maybe that will help. It's bothering me a bit.
I may look into surgery after all this is said and done. In the meantime, I'll just wear clothes that will "contain" all this and hope that it's only "my little secret"... as I won't be showing EVERYONE my "goods"...
How are all of you dealing with the sagging skin from major weight loss?
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Wanted to share a recipe we tried today... it was soooo good! Not at all expensive, either. We are really getting good with changing how we eat and a huge addition to our diet now is vegetables. With my son just recently choosing to be a vegetarian (he's 15, so it's something new every day)... I am on the lookout for things that we all can eat and enjoy and if I can keep the cost down, I love it even more!
Ivan is a Brit... so he's very familiar with Indian food and got my son and I into it as well... well, we've always said that if we were to go vegetarian, Indian cuisine would be the way to do it... we just love all the spices... you don't miss the meat when the food is so flavorful. Anyway, we all watch the Food Network all the time and one of my favorite chefs on it is Marcus Samuelson... his food always looks so good and recently I checked out one of his cookbooks from the library, and it seemed to be full of spices, like Indian... In this months' food and wine magazine, there is an article on Ethiopian food and this recipe is one that stood out. We cooked it today and although, labor intensive, it was amazing! Hope you all enjoy it as well!
Saute'ed Cabbage and Carrots with Turmeric
Active: 35 min; Total: 1 hr 20 min (8 servings)
Cooking onions until softened, then stirring in spices and aromatics like garlic and ginger is the foundation of many Ethiopian recipes, from vegetables and lentils to meat and chicken. In this delicately spiced vegetarian dish, chunks of carrots and cabbage are added to the base and cooked until the cabbage is sweet and silky. Turmeric, the main seasoning, lends an earthy flavor.
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 medium red onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
10 garlic cloves, minced
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons ground turmeric
1 pount carrots, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
5 lbs green cabbage, cored and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and a generous pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and turmeric and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are fragrant and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the carrots to the casserole along with 1/2 cup of water and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the carrots are just starting to soften, 7 minutes. Stir in the cabbage in large handfuls, letting each batch wilt slightly before adding more. When all of the cabbage has been added, cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, 40-45 minutes. Season with salt and serve.
Make Ahead: The cooked cabbage can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat gently before serving.
Monday, October 08, 2012
I've been asked alot what I'm doing to lose this weight...
I loosely follow the 17 Day Diet... Not so much the cycles as given, but I pretty much eat from the three cycles and occasionally outside of that. I have my lemon water first thing in the morning and it's not always hot water. I get to work and have a greek yogurt and a green tea (hot). I tend to graze all day long... so if I'm still hungry, I tend to have more protein... either a hardboiled egg, or some meat from the night before, or a cheese stick. 1st break is my fruit, whether it be red grapes, or an apple or an orange or whatever else and usually only from Cycle 1. Lunch is veg and protein and a hot green tea. Then my 2nd fruit by 2 pm. More protein if I'm hungry (not always).. and 2nd break is my 2nd greek yogurt. When I get home, I exercise. Most nights, 5-6 nights a week. I usually do minimum 2 miles with Leslie Sansone, tonight I did a bit over 3 miles. Then I have dinner which is veg and lean protein (meat)...
Lately, I've been cooking more things for my son to eat (he told us he's vegetarian now)... so couscous or whole wheat tortillas, sweet potato or squash... but if I have some, I almost always take it for work the following day so that I have that carb at lunch and not for dinner. I drink a cold green tea with dinner and always a huge bottle of water (I finish at least 1 large, 33.8 oz water at work, sometimes 2, max 3 and yes I go to the b/r alot)... then at home, almost always 2 more bottles (I drink ALOT of water)
Weekends are hard... as I'm always running around... but I get my 2 greek yogurts in by 5 pm (one in morning, one usually before dinner)... grab an apple or two for the road, or raw carrots and eat those while driving around. I will grab an hard boiled egg or turkey hot dog, anything portable, while I'm out and about. Always grab a large bottle of water and usually fill a bottle with cold green tea for the road as well. The lemon water is still cold in the morning.
I go and walk outdoors on Saturday mornings... usualy 90 min walk... and sometimes on Sundays as well, or Ill do the Leslie Sansone tape sometime on Sunday.
That's pretty much how I've adapted to my lifestyle. I think it's a bit heavy on Cycle 1 but Mon-Fri, I tend to have a bit of chocolate... not much and first thing in the morning.. but I've been on this since March and I think that my metabolism works with it fairly well.
As for the detox.. I've never really felt it. As for introducing other carbs, I haven't discovered any allergic reactions either.
I went to an engagement party on Saturday... if I'm out and about, I dont' freak out about it, really... but gravitate towards the protein (any) and vegetables and just stay away from the carbs. It seems to be working for us.
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