Saturday, January 30, 2010
This weekend is the weekend of family birthday dinners. My older two kids decided they would like to have everyone over for their birthdays at one time. This was great for me -- only two events to host, not 4, all within two weeks of one another.
So the question is did I change my cooking for my guests? No. I did/will provide desert. The deserts will still be lower in fat/sugar than other alternatives. But dinner will have lots of choice, served with lots of veggies & fruit.
Last night, my dad & his wife came over. So what did we have? Was it healthy? Yes dinner was healthy -- salads (romaine lettuce & mixed greens), fresh made whole wheat croûtons, veggie plate, grapes, cooked carrots & cauliflower baked chicken and salmon, vegetable pasta sauce, and rotini (tri-colour & whole wheat mixed -- can't get the kids to eat only the whole wheat pasta, but can get them to eat it if its mixed in with "white", "red" and "green" noodles). And for desert, some pumpkin tarts, and pumpkin custard (pumpkin pie filling baked in a dish without a crust) and a little whip cream.
Tonight we are having a whole house full of people over (10 or 11 guests, for a total of 15 for dinner). We will be having green salads, cold veggies, roast pork, homemade (sugar free) applesauce, roast potatoes, cooked beans, carrots, cauliflower & some other veggie.
I may also make up a cauliflower & carrot lentil dish to use up the leftover cooked veggies that are in the fridge. If so I will put it out, and some may sample, but it would be my protein for the meal.
For desert, we will be making trifle -- we will make it lower fat/sugar by using skim milk and unsweetened strawberries. It will still be yummy and a great treat, we will plan my day so I have room left to enjoy it.
So what does this change from a normal family dinner? Just the quantity of food prepared.... We'll be cooking for 15 instead of 5!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I really haven't been "rewarding" myself along this journey. I never really felt the need to buy myself "stuff" just because I accomplished something.
I have been buying myself new clothes along my journey, trying to limit what I buy to as little as possible as my goal was to keep "shrinking". Now that I am nearing my final goal weight, I am buying new clothes more frequently. I have trouble spending lots of money on myself in general so this has been difficult to buy so many clothes all at once, and I'm picky - I want my clothes to fit nicely. Getting clothes to fit nicely is really difficult when you are losing weight! What is tight one week, may be perfect the following week/month, and falling off within another month or so....
First I'll start with, I don't really have anything from before that will fit. I have few items in my closet from skinnier years - I had two dresses from near my wedding plus my wedding dress and have some flying and Canadian Forces uniform pieces from my work with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. The dresses are now too big and I've been too chicken to try on my wedding dress. Its all nicely packed away in a dry cleaners box and I'm scared to unpack it! I have a few ladies tartan skirts that were my moms. One of them now fits (I tried it on last night), but its not really my colour (brown), the other two are a size to two too small -- maybe I'll get into those.
I currently have 3 pairs of jeans each in different sizes (one slightly large, one that is loose, and a pair that are snug), but now would like to get something dressy -- the dress pants I got from a friend no longer fit -- so I would love a skirt, a pair of dress pants and a dress. I will probably get the skirt soon, and possibly a "little black dress". My 13th anniversary is coming up next month, and it would be great to have a night out with my husband... I would love to make my dress but I'm stumped on the style! Not only do I have a smaller body, its a new shape -- I no longer have a DD bust (its rather non-existent now), and I can probably wear shorter skirts than I have been -- I'm still not into sleeveless tops (first they are too cold, and second the upper arms still aren't beautiful!). I really need to get out shopping sometime soon to look for a few new items in my wardrobe. I'd rather wait until I get to my goal to get pants as I dislike shopping for them. I spend most of my days wearing jeans (I'm a mom at home with the kids), exercise wear (preferably only for exercising in) and like to dress up for occasions that need it. I have enough jeans for now that fit, but as I lose the last bit
I originally had a goal of getting an outfit from lululemon when I reached 100lbs lost, as I figured that would be the end of my journey. But since I'm headed a little further, I think I'll either wait for spring, or to be at my goal weight of 135lbs (115lbs lost). Why am I waiting? I think my pant size may still change in the next 15lbs, as I'm carrying most of my weight below my waist. I don't need any workout wear at the moment, so I'd rather have something for spring/summer, as all my spring and summer workout wear is WAY TOO BIG.
As for other rewards - this Friday I'm going for a massage - is it a reward? Kinda! But more to the point, I need one, my muscles are sore. And I finally remembered to make an appointment!
Last night as a celebration we had desert, but even then it wasn't too bad. We had vanilla instant pudding made with skim milk (and split over 5 people instead of 4 servings) , topped with banana slices a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a little whip cream. Yummy, low fat, calcium filled treat that filled a chocolate craving, a 4yos need for desert and everyone enjoyed!
Reaching 100lbs weight loss doesn't change my goals or plans for the next year. It is just a stepping stone on this journey -- a rather large beautiful stepping stone, but just one step on the way. 100lbs really no different than 99lbs lost, its just a pound closer to my goal.
I WILL still be active on SparkPeople.
I WILL continue to eat healthy, and exercise daily.
I will continue to encourage my family to be active.
I WILL keep this weight off.
I PLAN to lose an additional 15lbs and keep that off too.
I WILL run an 8K race in March, a 10K race in the spring and a Half Marathon in Fall 2010!
I PLAN to run a Half Marathon at Disney World in 2011!
Thanks to everyone for their continued support, congratulations, and encouragement.
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