Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I have decided that I need some hobbies in addition to my volunteer work at the Library. I need something to take up the time I used to spend on eating. I used to plan my entire day around food, and now I need something to fill those spaces. I also need to find hobbies that are going to get me to be more active.
I have decided that going to the gym is a hobby. Of course, I aim to do this on most days. When I work on weekends, exercise is almost impossible. That is only every other weekend though. I have a good system of packing along my clothes, going to the gym, and then coming to work to get ready. That is one awesome thing about working for a large trucking company. We have awesome facilities available to use. I will take a private shower room over the gym any day!
I have also decided that I am going to try my hand at growing some things. I am going to get some cherry tomato plants and some herbs and start a little pot garden. I can't till up a space in my yard, but I am able to work it using some pots. I will give it a try, and if they do well, then I will expand the following year.
I go to my support group once a month, and have plans to attend another support group with a friend of mine. That would be two meetings a month. I recognize that there is a need for me to attend these groups.
I need to find another hobby besides spending money... that is for sure!!
I think that is all for now
Monday, May 28, 2012
This is the first week since I have had surgery that I have not lost a significant amount of weight. I went from 220.8 to 220.6. I am wondering what is going on? Or if nothing is really going on, and it is just normal?
I am taking a close look at my logs to see if there is anything that needs to be changed, but that is hard since my medical team won't give me a calorie/carb/fat range to work with. They only give me a protein range, which isn't very helpful.
I then worry if my Implanon might have caused it.
I guess the only thing I can do is continue to follow my diet, track my food and exercise. I realize I need to drink more fluid... It is just something I am bad at. I always have been. I am not a big drinker.
If I don't lose next week, I am going to make an appointment with the RD to go over things, or at least I will fax her my food logs and she can look at them and get back to me.
It is seriously bothering me... I mean, I didn't gain anything, but I can't understand why I didn't lose weight. Like I said, we will see what happens next week, and go from there.
I know there are going to be weeks when I don't lose. I know that there are going to be weeks when I might even gain some, but I didn't think it would happen this early out...
well, time to exercise, the gym is closed, so I am going to do a Walk Away the Pounds DVD, then I am going to get ready for work.
That is all for now
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Today turned out to be a productive day. After a yummy breakfast of an egg, 1/2 piece of whole wheat toast and 1/4 cup of mango (sorry, I didn't take a picture of it) I went to the gym. I did 60 mins of cardio. 30 of it I spent on the bike working through a weight loss setting, which varies resistance. Then I did 10 mins on the elliptical. I was very pleased with myself for that. It has been a long time since I have been on it, and I was happy that I could do 10 mins. Then I upped my game on the treadmill, taking my 22 min mile down to a 20 min mile. I was also very pleased with that.
After my workout, I was totally craving/jonesing an iced coffee. Since the nearest Starbucks is about 15 miles away, I decided to get one from Sheetz. I had to stop at Sheetz anyway because I was out of milk. I was hoping they had a quart of skim since I just threw almost an entire 1/2 gallon out, but they didn't so I ended up buying a 1/2 gallon, which I am sure will get wasted.
I took a nice sip of it, and it tasted very sweet to me. I had it made with skim milk (decaf espresso of course) but didn't really think much about it. My taste buds are a little off anyway since surgery. When I came home, I needed to look up the stats online so I could record it in my tracker. The small that I got was 184 calories. That was pretty puzzling to me since skim milk has about 80 calories a cup and espresso has none... I did the breakdown of nutrition by ingredient and came to find out that they used "espresso extract" which was 90 calories and 20g of sugar. No wonder it tasted so sweet to me!!! Needless to say, I tracked what I drank (about 1/2 of it) and threw out the rest. It didn't adversely affect me, but I still don't want to be drinking all of those empty calories and sugar. Next time I will either make mine at home, or just wait until I can go to Starbucks where they use straight up brewed espresso and skim milk.
For lunch I had a wonderful salad. I am so happy I can eat salad again.
1/2c of greens
1 oz of chicken
1 tablespoon reduced fat blue cheese
1 tablespoon of dried cranberries
1 tablespoon of Strawberry Balsamic dressing
I also made a salad for Monday and Tuesday for work
I then decided I wanted Turkey Meatloaf, so I made one. Holy crap! It was HUGE! I got 12 servings of 2oz each out of it. I am having 1/4 cup of carrots and 2 tablespoons of mashed sweet potatoes with it.
Dinner for the next 3 days
and of course... who could forget snack? Greek yogurt and fruit cocktail!
I am going to spend the rest of the night relaxing after I finish cleaning the kitchen and putting away the laundry.
I think that is all.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I got a new mini herb garden at Lowe's tonight. I really hope it grows! I am a little worried because I can't keep it anywhere in direct sunlight... there really isn't anywhere in my house that gets it, and I am not sure about outside... I guess we will see
Ohhh, and why can't I live in a country where women don't shave? Seriously... I hate shaving. Of course, when I was a hippie chick in high school, I didn't shave.... but you know...
Friday, May 25, 2012
I am going to my grandmother's for a cook out tomorrow, and I volunteered to make a desert to bring along. Obviously, my choices for deserts are very limited, so I wanted to make something that everyone (including myself) can enjoy
1 16oz container of 2% cottage cheese
1 box of sugar free jello (orange - but you can use any flavor you like)
1/2 a container of sugar free cool whip thawed
1 can of mandrin oranges
blend cottage cheese in food processor until smooth, then transfer to bowl. Add jello powder and mix together using electric mixer. Once it is mixed, add the cool whip and continue to mix until everything is mixed well. Drain oranges and fold them in.
I am not sure of the exact calories or anything since my serving size is very small. My taste buds (and more importantly my little pouch) enjoy this desert. Since it is made with cottage cheese, it helps get in some extra protein.
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