Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It hasn't been a secret I have been struggling this month. I have lost only around 5 lbs which is really disappointing to me. I know some people will think "I would be so happy with 5 lbs" but at my weight that is not good. It should be at least 10. I have been doing a lot of thinking about why this is happening and I think I am falling victim to the 3 month curse. So many times I see people be so focused the first 2 months and have amazing results and then you start to let things slide. A few mindless bites here you don't record, 2 glasses of water less than normal, not tracking dinners and then all of the sudden the weight loss slows. Then people quit. Since this is a new life, not just a temporary fix, I have been putting a lot of effort into finding a balance that works for me. Baked goods and sugar are my downfall and I have been trying to find a way to incorporate healthy items into my normal diet that will give me that satisfaction I used to get from a donut or candy or other garbage. Even when healthy I find it hard to control portions. All I want to do is eat that entire loaf of pumpkin bread at home but I have been forcing myself to eat the right portion. I really wish I could understand why I lose all my self control in the face of these items.
My goal for myself this week is to figure out why I have this problem and a solution to work on fixing it.
I am going to be more conscious of the water
I am going to be more conscious of mindless eating
I am going to be more conscious of my portions
Then I will see how my weight loss goes from there. I still haven't found a local gym I like, the ladies gym was too small and yuppie for me, so I am seeing a privately owned gym this week that I have heard mixed reviews. You either love it or you hate it. Hopefully I love it. My fiancé is going to come with me some days, which I like, it makes me work harder when I feel like he is watching me. I am so competitive lol.
On the work front. I was talking to a lawyer friend of mine at the gym, he specializes in real estate law, and he was telling me that home sales are finally picking up again and he is so busy with closings that he is overwhelmed. Then he asked if I had reconsidered finally getting my real estate license. My line of sales, events for catering, took a really hard hit in the recession and about 25% of the people I knew in the industry got laid off. (I was one of them) Unfortunately, we still haven't recovered to the pre-recession levels and I am just not making enough money. I frankly don't think we will see a return to prior levels in the near future. I had been considering looking in a new direction in for awhile and had been hesitant with real estate because it has so many risks. The guy who sold my house for me, whom I loved, just opened his own company and he is doing quite well. The work as a team instead of individuals and if 2 people take turns showing a property they split the commission. Apparently they feel I have the personality and skills that they would be looking for in a new associate and I could do it around my current job. I got really excited because the money can be great in real estate and with part time there really is no risk. When I mentioned it to my mother last night, we have weekly check in chats, she immediately shot me down and was completely negative. She literally never leaves her house, eats out, goes on vacation etc because she doesn't want "to waste money" and she will never take any risks. I am exactly the opposite of her. You can't become wealthy by huddling around your nickels. It takes risk and hard work. Very few people acquire wealth through their 9-5 job. Her father was a CFO for a fortune 500 company and he invested very well. It makes me laugh that she she's him as her conservative financial example because the investing he did was very risky. I guess I am more like him than she realizes. It hurt me to hear her be so negative but I have come to realize that is just who she is and it isn't going to stop me from doing what I want to do. My fiancé is fully behind me and I am going to give this a shot. I can get my license in a weekend and I have an appointment to chat with the owner of the real estate firm this week. I love houses and I can't wait to get started. I know it won't be easy but I like the idea of some day not being tied down to an office and a 9-5 job. Anybody who is a real estate agent or a broker, I would love to hear from you. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Last week I made Pumpkin muffins with the intention of blogging about them and frankly, they sucked. One of the things I hate about healthy baked goods is that chewy texture they get. These muffins had very little pumpkin taste, chewy outside, spongy dry middle, and they really weren't worth the 164 calories. So I decided not to bother to blog about them once I made this next recipe.
I used to bake wedding cakes professionally and baking is something that has always been close to my heart. The thing I miss most about eating healthy is pastries and muffins etc so I am determined to find some recipes that I can enjoy. Some people have emailed me and told me they really want to learn to cook so I am going to use a lot of detail. Baking is a precise science so be careful in your substitutions if you decide to change the recipes.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
Yield:2 loaves for 32 servings
2 cups sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin (if you can't find pumpkin near you mashed sweet potato or butternut squash would work)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup fat-free vanilla pudding ( I used fat-free greek yogurt)
4 large egg whites
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon (I used more like 3)
1 tsp ground clove (not in original recipe but I think it really added something)
1 tsp ground ginger (also not in original but again added something)
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate (I left them out but the recipe had amazing reviews with them so if you are a chocoholic try it out and let me know how it is)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees bake
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
When you first put all this stuff together it looks really oily. Do not leave out the oil to lighten it because it will affect the crumb of the cake and make it really dry.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, clove, and ginger in a medium size bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make sure to mix the dry ingredients it makes for even distribution throughout the batter. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist. (Do not overmix it will make the bread tough) Stir in chocolate chips if you want to use them.
Spoon batter into 2 (8X4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Different ovens can run hotter or colder so keep an eye on it when you get close to finish time) Cool for 10 minutes in pans on wire racks, and remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.
Doesn't that look amazing?
Calories per slice 152, fat 5 g, Iron 1 mg, cholesterol 0 mg, Calcium 10 mg, Carbs 26.5 g, Sodium 137 mg, Protein 2 g, Fiber 1.1 g
Taste- 5, absolutely delicious. Seriously this is the best low-fat baked good I have ever had
Visual appeal- 5, it tastes as good as it looks.
Time to make-2 at slightly over an hour baking time it isn't quick but it is all waiting time so no biggie
Difficulty-1 all items are easy to find and other than a boxed mix it doesn't get much easier
Texture-5 moist, delicate, exactly like a full fat version
Portion Size- 3 a little on the small side so it can be easy to overeat this item.
Overall, this is so worth it. I adore pumpkin items in the fall and with the dunkin donuts pumpkin muffin weighing in at 560 calories I haven't been able to enjoy them. This is definitely my new replacement. If you make it let me know what you think!
Monday, September 20, 2010
I headed home from work today a grumbly angry mess ready to unleash the rant of all rants up all of you. I have been bottling up my feelings for awhile and I had just about boiled over. Then a friend posted this on facebook. Please watch it before you read the rest of my blog
I sat in the bathroom, yeah I don't know why I like to cry in the bathroom, and I bawled hysterically through the entire 5 minutes. I cried because it reminded me how hard I have been working and why I am doing this. How far I have come. This past weekend I didn't eat out of control, I ate out but I controlled my portions and made good choices, I only drank 2 glasses of wine, and I still got up this morning and had gain 2.2 lbs. Now, I know all the reasons why this can happen, but it just sent me over the edge. Then add some personal problems, financial issues, work problems and I just lost my mind. I was ready to just give up. Then I got all of these awesome messages, spark goodies, texts from MADEMCHE (thanks girl, I love you) and then I watched that video and all the stress melted. I am doing this to be happy, to be inspired, to change my life and eating and quitting is not going to give me that life. SP is as important in this journey as the water, exercise, and eating right. Even on days when I am stressed I need to log on and blog it out and support my friends and it will keep me going. Thanks guys, I really need all of you today and it means a lot to me that you rallied to the occasion. I have to get over this need to be perfect and not admitting when I need help. Hugs, Ash
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