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Friday Night

Saturday, February 17, 2007

So I never truly had a celebration for reaching my initial goal of loosing 143 pounds...So last night we decided to celebrate! My family and I (my mom & dad, twin sister & her hubby, aunt & uncle, and cousin & her hubby) all went to Charlottesville and ate at TGIFridays. Omg it was so good! I know they say when you reach your goal, not to reward yourself with food. Well screw "them!" LoL. I really didn't overdue it, and since I'm not weighing myself I really don't know the damage. (Though I doubt there is any with the way I workout lately!) I had the zen chicken pot stickers (low fat menu), the grilled mahi mahi (low fat menu) and the cinnabon cheesecake. It was delicious! I also had 3 mixed drinks and felt really great when we left. LoL.
We headed to the Jason Aldean & Rascall Flatts concert afterwards. It was a blast! My very first concert. So needless to say my celebration was fabulous!

  
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BIANCALEIGH 2/17/2007 8:25PM

    It sounds like you had tons of fun! I know you're not supposed to reward yourself with food, but my mom and I go out to eat every Monday night after we weigh in at Weight Watchers....lol. Well...we don't want to eat BEFORE we weigh in! Look at it this way, it's probably normal to go out to eat on a Friday night anway, right? So maybe you could say the reward was the concert. Anyway, I think Jason Aldean is hot....just had to throw that in there. Congrats again on your tremendous loss. Good for YOU! :)

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Veggies!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I eat a TON of veggies, but I am always looking for new ways to cook and prepare them. Lately I've been eating mostly steamed veggies. I love pretty much anything too! So if anyone has some ideas, as to how they cook their veggies let me know please!!!

  
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BIANCALEIGH 2/17/2007 8:28PM

    I really like to cook cabbage in the oven. You can do it on the grill too. Just quarter a head of cabbage and put some spray butter or Pam butter flavor in there and add salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash. In the oven I think on 350 for 1-1.5 hours. It's totally yummy and I could eat a half a head of cabbage cooked that way alone for a meal. Every time I eat this on a weekend I have a really good weigh in the next week...lol. I think I'm going to have to cook some cabbage soon.

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MOTGAM 2/16/2007 11:37PM

    Wow Gina!!!! You are doing amazing. It's no wonder you have lost so much weight. Keep up the great job.

I love to roast my veggies in the oven. I just mix about 2 tbsp low fat italian dressing on them and spread on a baking sheet. I also grill, bake, and stir fry my veggies. There are so many options out there. I hope this gives you some new ways to prepare your veggies.

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MOMO2WB 2/16/2007 10:01AM

    Gina, I think you need to give up the recipes on your menu OR tell me where you got them, and I'll look them up. They sound yummy and I love to try new foods. -tonya

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Recipe Websites

Thursday, February 15, 2007

So I'm always looking for new recipes, as I'm sure you can tell, I love to cook and try new things. Was just curious if anyone has any websites I don't know about!

These are the ones I love:

www.recipezaar.com
www.cookinglight.com
spark people of course!
www.ediets.com
www.mayoclinic.com
www.aha.com
www.calorieking.com
www.foodnetwork.com (particularly Healthy Appetite by Elie Krieger!)
www.kraft.com

Hook me up with new sites please!!!

  
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MOMO2WB 2/15/2007 9:36PM

    I'll have to go searching I know I love www.allrecipes.com and http://whfoods.org/index.html is a great site. -Tonya

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Mission:Possible

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Write a mission statement. Describe your ultimate fitness and weight loss goals. Be as specific as you want. But ALWAYS be realistic. Be honest about what you want to do for your body and pick a time frame that makes sense.
Write down your statement and put it somewhere. Somewhere you will not loose it. You can revise it if you need too, but the general idea is to pick a goal, stick with it and reach it.
Stop a second. Is this the right time for you to go into the weight loss business? Take time to decide. A person・s decision to lose weight is usually an emotional one. A lot of times overeating is the biggest problem, and that・s usually masking some other issue. Do you consider yourself an emotional eater? Do you have issues you need to deal with other then your weight?
Make sure you have the time, energy, clarity, and focus to turn your desire for weight loss into a reality.
Now if you don・t have any clue where you are weight wise, you need to know to help determine what your mission statement should be as well what your short term goals are. I would recommend weighing yourself and measuring. Both are of equal important.
Also keep in mind that you・re ideal weight shouldn・t be what some chart says, or what someone else tells you. If you・re 5 foot 10 you shouldn・t aim to weight 110 pounds. Once again MAKE SURE YOUR GOALS ARE REALISTIC. Don・t set yourself up for failure. Set realistic expectations. I can・t emphasis that enough. And don・t expect perfection. You will have speed bumps, hell you might even have mountains. You may hit a plateau. It happens to just about everyone. Expect it. And don・t feel as if you・ve let yourself down if you do.
Now back to weighing and measuring yourself. Sometimes people prefer to only measure their waist, bust, arms and hips. I prefer to measure more, so I know what I・m doing is working or not working for that matter. You・ll also be able to tell what areas need more work. The numbers will be honest, numbers don・t lie. Now most people think loosing weight is just about the pounds. Not true. Inches lost are equally as important. One week your scale may not budge. But you could・ve lost an inch in your waist as well as a 1/5 an inch around each thigh. Then you don・t feel like you・ve failed, in fact you know you・ve succeeded. How does that happen? Well you could be retaining water for one. (Meaning the scale may not be showing your true weight, but measurements will show the facts. You could also have lost a pound of fat and gained a pound of muscle (a great thing). Muscle weighs more then fat, but we will delve into that topic a little later.
Not only do you want to write a mission statement but you should probably set yourself short term goals. I would suggest getting a notebook to keep track of what you do and don・t do. I would also recommend buying a notebook that inspires you, in other words something pretty! Some people prefer something small so they can keep it with them at all times. This notebook could not only be useful for your goals but any thoughts you may have throughout the day (good or bad). It can be a type of diary if you will. It could also be used as a food diary, where you could keep track of everything you digest on a daily basis as well as keeping track of your workouts. Writing down as much as possible helps you out a lot. It could make it easier to identify what・s going wrong if you hit a plateau. You can reexamine and reevaluate.
Back to short term goals. Goal setting is a fantastic way to keep you motivated. When you achieve a goal you get excited and want to make new goals. Working towards loosing 6 pounds this month makes your 100 pound total loss not seem so much. You focus on something much more within your grasp and attainable. And don・t only make weight loss goals. Make goals to change your eating habits and exercise routine. For instance, if you have a problem with eating late at night and you strive to change that, make it a goal to eat nothing after 8:00 pm the whole week. Or if you have a serious chocolate problem, aim to only eat it once that week. Baby steps, always. Make goals to step up your workouts. Like doing 25 extra crunches everyday.
Keep in mind, not only do you need to set goals but make a strategy or plan to meet those goals.
You need an exercise routine. Whether it is going to the gym, walking, exercise videos (did I mention turbo jam rocks!!! ) you must begin to exercise on a regular basis. And you need a combination of cardio and strength training.
You also need a plan for your eating. Obviously you・ve been doing something wrong and you need to change it. I・m sure you・ve heard of a million different diets. Most diets don・t work. They ask you to rid yourself of carbs or maybe cut out fats altogether. Low carb diets tend to cause serious health problems, and you should never have to say no to something you love forever.
The only diet that I would ever advocate is the South Beach Diet. I would also not be opposed to programs like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. Those two are too pricey for me, but if you feel comfortable having a structured meal plan and can afford it, but all means.
But come on, why not just learn some guidelines for eating healthy on your own and do it forever? Don・t cut out anything completely, don・t torture yourself eating grapefruit or fasting all day. Learn to eat good, nutritious tasty (yes, healthy foods can taste good, not like cardboard to popular belief). Be happy and not poor doing it.
Satisfy your taste buds, exercise and make yourself have more energy and loose weight all at the same time, without being miserable. And keep that weight off FOREVER.
When you loose weight you LOOK BETTER, FEEL BETTER, SLOW THE AGING PROCESS, BOOST YOUR ENERGY, INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY, INCREASE YOUR MEMORY LEVEL AND DECREASE STRESS AND DEPRESSION.
ARE YOU READY FOR THAT?

  
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BABYSTEPS... 2/17/2007 11:29AM

    Once again, you have managed to inspire me. I finally had the chance to read the information on your page. You have done so well.
I read the statement, "boost your energy", and I was wondering, how do you boost your energy on those days that you are simply fatigue?
Also, do the recipes you use have the nutrition facts listed? I like to try new recipes, but some of them call for a lot of items. I get confused shopping for it all.

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Menu for Next Week

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Well due to the weather I couldn't try a few of the recipes I had in mind for this week, so I've been reevaluating my menu for next week. So this is the plan. :)

Monday: Grilled Eggplant Panini (so excited about this, I've never had eggplant before!)
Tuesday: Stuffed Flounder & Cucumber Salad
Wednesday: Turkey Burger & Roasted Garlic Asaparagus
Thursday: Low Fat Salsa Chicken

Also trying: Grilled Bananas & Taco Salad Dressing at some point during the week!

I'll let you know how it goes!
So that's what 8 new recipes, I think that makes up for next week!! Booyah!!!

  
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MOMO2WB 2/15/2007 9:41PM

    I have an eggplant(instead of noodles), spinach vegie lasanga I do, so good...I don't like the skin to much even though I know it's good for you, sometimes I peel it off too. -Tonya

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