Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Well, yesterday I took a walk with a friend I used to work with and our sons. It was really nice since I haven't really seen her since she left work to have her baby at the end of September. We walked for about an hour and did a little over two miles... it was nice to get some exercise while catching up. I decided that that walk was going to be my frest start... after getting home and putting my son to bed I went to the grocery store. My hubby wants to lose weight as well so I stocked up on lots of healthy things. He likes protein shakes but the powder is so expensive, so I bought him Carnation Instant Breakfast pouches instead... hope he likes 'em!
Anyway, I made sure to stick to my list of "approved" foods with the exception of buying some Jimmy Dean D-Lights breakfast sandwiches... I wanted to try the turkey sausage muffin. I just ate one and it was yummy! Only 260 calories and 8 grams of fat... and 18 grams of protein! There's only 4 in a box so I'm going to save the last 3 for mornings when I am running late since I can grab one and make it at work. This morning I also made mini "quiches" to keep in the freezer for breakfasts...
I got the recipe from a South Beach cookbook and used to make them a lot... basically I just chop up a few pieces of canadian bacon, some mushroom, some spinach and occasionally some additional veggies, mix them with a cup of egg beaters, and bake them in a muffin pan for about 20 minutes. I top them with a bit of fat-free shredded cheese or mix the cheese in and they are a quick, easy breakfast. They only take a few minutes in the microwave since they're fully cooked so I eat a few and maybe some fruit and I'm set for breakfast. Since I have to be at work by 6:45 am every day but Tuesday, it really helps to have quick breakfasts on hand.
What do you guys like to eat for breakfast? I was never really a "breakfast food" person growing up but now usually eat eggs. Occasionally oatmeal. Never really liked cold cereal, I don't find it at all filling. Eggs work for me...totally versatile and good for you. And Egg Beaters are awesome. :)
I decided I've got to start counting calories again since it really works, but I'm going to do it by hand...entering everything online just takes too long! I've got a little notebook I'm going to keep with me so I can jot everything down... then on the weekends or when I have a free hour I can input everything for the week into my tracker here so I can monitor my progress and keep track of the fat and protein and carbs as well.
Right now I'm enjoying a lazy morning, I don't work until 9 am today so I have a few more hours to myself. My hubby is still asleep and my son fell asleep again after a bottle. I'm off to make lunch and maybe do a few ten minute exercise videos. If not this morning, then tonight- I have a Zumba dvd I borrowed from a friend that I want to do!
I'm not sure what my weight is currently... was at 190 the other day but I don't know how much I trust that. I'll probably weigh again tomorrow before eating anything (which is my usual time) and record that number, then go from there. Does anyone else constantly go up and down a few pounds?? I feel like I'm always regaining and losing the same 3-5 pounds. :(
Anyway, taco salad for lunch today... gotta go make it! This was a long blog, lol. More later!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
This is the list of foods I've approved for myself for two weeks to a month (see previous blog). Basically... I need to limit my options because I've been going WAYYY overboard. I've tried to stick to mainly a "South Beach" type of plan but added some fruit and carbs because I miss those the most when I "can't" eat them. I know I need to limit my carbs because I eat too many cookies, snack crackers, etc. at work so really all I've listed is whole wheat bread and crackers. I might end up adding a few more breakfast foods like low-cal cereal or oatmeal, I based the list off of foods we have in the house currently. I'll be printing this list off and planning all my meals and snacks according to it. In a few weeks I will certainly be adding more to the list but I just NEED something strict to break this horrible cycle I've been in. I think my list is pretty healthy and has a decent amount of variety. My idea is to have eggs for breakfast, a salad of some sort with protein for lunch, fruits and veggies and cheese for snacks, and a protein with veggies for dinner. Pretty boring I guess but it's what I need. So, here's the list:
•All vegetables; fresh or frozen
•Fruits: apples, oranges, grapes, melon, berries
•Low-fat turkey deli meat
•Lean hamburger or ground turkey
•Low-fat cheeses; string cheese, Laughing Cow cheese wedges, etc.
•Track calories for every meal, every day!
•Measure portions for everything eaten
•Avoid sugary foods like cookies, candy, etc. Sugar from fruits is okay!
•Eat carbohydrates in moderation
•Drink LOTS of water!!!
•Limit fruit servings to 2 per day
•Eat vegetables with every meal and snack
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Recently I reconnected with an old friend of mine from back home in Philly via Facebook. We'd stopped talking for a while, for no real reason other than we got too busy, I guess. I was absolutely stunned to see his updated Facebook profile pictures showing that he's lost over 115 pounds in only 6 months!!! He looks absolutely amazing and I am still in shock at what an achievement he's made in such a short amount of time.
Yesterday I chatted with him and got the scoop on how he lost so much. He told me that basically he realized he was addicted to eating and in order to break the cycle, he wrote up a list of foods he would eat and he stuck to it. Some examples he gave me were turkey and tuna sandwiches, Lean Cuisine meals, and a few more things that I can't remember at the moment. He added some healthier options in after about a month and started working out at the gym almost every day right from the start. He also started tracking calories- told me he used SparkPeople.com, too, whoo-hoo!
His list was a little extreme for me because I need variety or I binge like crazy, but I did realize something after talking to him. I'm dealing with that same cycle of being "addicted" to food. Yesterday I swear I was eating even though I was ridiculously full... just because the food was there. And this sort of behavior is a daily occurance for me, typically... I eat just because I like the sensation of eating, not because I need food.
I decided that in order to break my own addiction I'm going to try his method of limiting myself to certain foods. My list is quite a bit more extensive than his because, like I said, I need variety or I know I'll fail. So I will post my list to share, print it out, and start NOW. (well, not really now as it's 2 am and I'll be heading to bed again soon- but at my next meal!)
I also absolutely have to start exercising. I know I've said it before but I just can't make excuses for why I'm not fitting in exercise every day. I'm not THAT busy. If I have 30 minutes to sit in front of Facebook reading stupid status updates, then I have 30 minutes I could be spending working out. If I'm watching tv for an hour or two, I can be working out instead, or even during. I'm the one avoiding exercise because I don't like it, but I've got to just forget that mentality and realize that it needs to happen in order for me to lose weight.
I am the only one making myself fat. No one in my life is forcing me to eat unhealthy things. Yes, from time to time my husband might suggest going out to eat and I'll give in, but he doesn't order for me. There's nothing stopping me from ordering a healthy salad or requesting a healthier alternative to something on the menu (ie- no sauce on chicken, veggies instead of potatoes, etc). No one is forcing me to eat 4 slices of pizza instead of 1 slice when we bake pizza at home. No one is MAKING me do any of the destructive behaviors that I've fallen into the habit of doing like snacking at work or refusing to fit in exercise. Everything I eat, and everything I do to increase my fitness level...it's all MY choice. No one elses'. I can't complain about being fat when I'm the one refusing to take the necessary steps to lose weight. So I'm done complaining, I'm done relying on others to "do this with me"... this is MY journey and MY responsibility. Yes, it's nice to have the support of my hubby and my friends. But they can't lose this weight for me. It absolutely HAS to be my decision to get healthier and if they join me to make themselves healthier that's wonderful. But I can't keep waiting for everyone to jump on the "let's lose weight!" bandwagon so that I'm not alone. I know that the people I care about and who care about me will support me even if they're not losing weight too. And I can do it on my own without someone next to me.
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