Friday, January 27, 2012
I took some awkward "starting" photos of myself yesterday (awkward because we don't have a full-length mirror so I had to figure out how to get most of my body in the shot) and am hoping to remember to take monthly pictures (will just do the 1st of each month for simplicity's sake). I'm going to ask my hubby to help me measure tonight and compare to the measurements from when I first started reusing SparkPeople in August. I haven't done that great, but my weight is less than when I started, so that's something positive, and I'm in a smaller pants size, so that is as well.
Yesterday my friend couldn't make it to the gym so I went alone. I wasted 20 minutes waiting for her so from now on I'm just going to tell her to meet me in the fitness center so I can start my workout at 2:45 when I get done work. I did a half hour on the treadmill yesterday and walked a few laps before I realized she wasn't going to make it. I wish I'd stayed longer but I had to get home to the family... I'd like to go again today but it depends on the weather. Right now I can hear it raining but I'm not sure if it's sleet or not, the forecast does call for freezing rain until around 1 pm today. YUCK. I was hoping for a delay at work but no such luck...so time for me to start getting ready.
I haven't been counting calories that much this week for some reason... been eating things I don't know the calories for (homemade soup, mashed potatoes, etc) but I have still remained at around my daily limit I am pretty sure. Last night my hubby wanted Burger King for dinner...so I got it for him and our little girl but made myself a chicken ceasar wrap at home instead of having fast food. I did snack a bit last night but it was on rice cakes and other such stuff so...I think it'll be okay!
I weigh in today, in a few minutes, and I don't think I've gained or lost this week. We shall see! I really need to buy a digital scale, I have such bad eyesight that I can barely see the lines on the scale to tell what my exact weight is currently, lol! Pathetic but true.
Anyway, happy Friday!
Monday, January 23, 2012
This weekend was sooooo dull. On Saturday it snowed most of the morning and then we just didn't want to go anywhere, so we stayed in all day long. Joe spent most of the day in bed so I was super bored. Didn't really get much accomplished except for a bit of homework that was due. I snacked a little too much but as we didn't have much real food in the house I think I did okay.
Yesterday we managed to get to the grocery store bright and early and spent a hundred bucks on food. Of course, I totally forgot our WIC vouchers so I'll be heading back sometime this week to pick up some more stuff. My little guy is done with baby food through WIC so the vouchers are now just for real food, which is helpful. Of course, we're still going to buy him jarred food because he enjoys it with his rice cereal, which we have several boxes of. Heh.
Joe and I both had papers to write yesterday, so while he did his I just laid around and played with Spencer. After I did my homework I took a nap...I was so tired yesterday for some reason! I woke up around 4 pm (took a nap a bit after 1) and felt much better. I was going to make some meals for the week but decided to make some soup instead, since I'd been wanting to use up some of the canned things in our cabinet.
I have been taking this neat free at-home nutrition course that the University of New Hampshire offers and with the last lesson they sent an awesome cookbook- "Quick and Easy Meals For Less." There was a recipe for bean soup that I wanted to try, but I tweaked it to use ingredients I had.
I used chicken broth and a 1/2 can of tomato paste, a can of kidney beans, 1/2 a large can of chick peas, and a can of mixed veggies. I also chopped up some fresh spinach and tossed in a 1/3 of a box of stelline pasta (little stars) that I've been trying to get rid of. Seasoned it with a bit of garlic salt, regular salt, pepper, and italian seasonings. It's actually pretty tasty and nice and filling. My hubby won't eat it because he doesn't like beans, so I'll be enjoying it this week or freezing some. I'm definitely taking some to work with me today for lunch!
Anyway, I'm not working until 9 am today but I'm toying with the idea of going in early to work out, so I want to start getting ready for the day. Off I go!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
During my dieting life I have always shunned the idea of counting calories as it's too much work or too restrictive.. but since joining SparkPeople I've started counting, and I'm realizing that it's really what works for me. When I first got serious about slimming down (this time around) I weighed about 200-205. By counting calories I got down to 189, the lightest I've been since before my pregnancy. Then, I stopped counting for a month or so and over the holidays, and my weight crept back up to 200. Now, I'm ready to erase those mistakes and LOSE THE WEIGHT for good, so I'm counting again. I really only started counting again last week and already I'm at 194-195 lbs. This is without exercising, too, as I haven't managed to start that process yet.
I do find that tracking calories on SP.com is too time consuming. I don't have the time to log in all the nutrition info for everything I eat or search the internet for it. So what I started doing was keeping track in a little notebook. I don't track fat or anything although I do check nutrition labels and I've been trying to avoid eating anything with too much fat or sugar or sodium.
Some days, I don't even write down my calories in my notebook, I just keep a loose mental tab in my head. I rarely, if ever, track for dinner- just breakfast, lunch, and the snacks I bring to work. A lot of time I don't eat dinner because I'm not hungry and if I do eat it's something quick and easy, so I don't feel like I'm completely undoing my day by not tracking the meal.
I still eat a -mostly- South Beach styled diet. Lots of low-fat cheese, veggies, and chicken has been my meals lately, and some sort of fruit at least once a day. I've been indulging in Lucky Charms with skim milk- they are surprisingly low in fat and calories. A bit high in sugar but since nothing else I eat during the day aside from fruit has sugar in it I feel it's acceptable. And anyway, the bag is almost empty so I won't be eating them for much longer...I'll switch to a healthier breakfast cereal next time we go shopping.
I'm finding that even on days that I don't track, like yesterday, I'm more conscious of what I'm eating. Last night for dinner I had leftover fat-free refried beans with two 80 calorie wraps I cut into wedges and baked in the oven. It might have been a little high in calories but it was so low in fat and healthy that it was okay for me to eat, even later in the evening like it was.
I'm feeling really positive this time around, like I finally understand the importance and the impact that counting calories has and how I can chose to eat lots of low-calorie foods all day long, and never be hungry, or waste all my calories on one meal and be starved the rest of the day.
Today all I want for lunch is lentil soup, mm-mm-mm, but I'm packing some veggies and an apple and some cheese just in case. :) After work I'm going to work out, even if I don't want to! My goal is to weigh 170 by March 31st (my sister's wedding reception) so I still have a LOT of work to do and exercise needs to be part of my plan!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
It's been a tough few days...the stomach bug that's been going around New Hampshire hit us hard!
So, on Wednesday evening my little man started throwing up in his crib and couldn't seem to stop... even water make him vomit. He also had a bad case of the runs. :( Needless to say he didn't sleep very well. We called the doctor early in the morning and got some advice about how to deal with it and I stayed home from work. Basically because he was vomitting and having so many diarrheas, we were told he needed water every 10 minutes while he was awake to keep him from dehydrating. He was able to sleep for some of the morning and stopped throwing up but kept having dirty diapers... then we got too ambitious and fed him some bland food and the vomitting started again. It was a rough day. Things had calmed down by his bedtime and he was able to sleep.
On Friday I went to work only to check in with my husband at 10 am and hear that HE now had the runs and felt like he was going to throw up, and the baby wouldn't stop crying but had otherwise been sleeping most of the day. My stepdaughter was with us and she wasn't even out of bed yet at 10 am so my husband thought she might be sick as well. I ended up leaving work slightly early after a call from my hubby telling me he couldn't stop throwing up and using the bathroom.
Got home, gave the hubby some Pepto and some Gatorade, tucked him in to bed, and got Chloe packed up to return to her mom (she's with us Wednesday night to Friday night most weeks). Since Joe was sick and Spencer was asleep ALL day except for the one hour he spent crying, it was just going to be me and the little girl. She was very quiet in the car which is normal for her when her dad isn't around (she is 3 and sometimes shy still)...and then she started throwing up. I had to pull over on the highway, try to get her into dry clothes and clean up her carseat and not get killed since we were just on the shoulder of the highway. She got changed IN the car, no way I'd let her stand naked outside in the freezing cold! Luckily I had a tissue box and a soft changing blanket of the babies and a couple of plastic grocery bags in the car... I used tissues and the changing blanket to clean up the mess and put all her dirty clothes in the bag... gave her the empty bag to throw up in if she felt like she was going to...which she did.
We meet her mom at a Dunkin Donuts which luckily wasn't that far from where we where when I pulled over, but I felt so bad for handing over a sick kid. I just had to explain that both the boys had gotten it and I guess since Chloe was around them all day she picked it up. Her mom and I don't talk much but she seemed understanding. Later Joe called her to find out how Chloe was and she said it was the same thing with the vomitting and diarrhea. Poor kid... luckily the virus doesn't seem to last more than a day, at least with the vomitting.
Friday night I started feeling queasy myself and we ended up just all going to bed early. Yesterday I was horribly unproductive...Spencer and Joe were still very tired from being sick and Spencer slept a lot, Joe and I just sat around. No one was throwing up but we both had to use the bathroom quite a bit. I feel a lot better today and Spencer woke up three times in the night for a bottle so I'm guessing his appetite is finally back... he hasn't eaten much since Wednesday so I'm relieved. Today I have a lot to do but luckily work is closed tomorrow...we do have a staff training day but I don't need to be at work until 8 am, as opposed to 6:45 am... so that is a nice treat.
I still have a cold but it's not as bad as it could be, so this week I really want to try to get into the gym more after work. I have accepted that 3 pm is a busy time with a lot of high schoolers there (it is a YMCA after all), but I need to only worry about myself and not care about the other people in the gym. I'm not there to impress anyone- I'm married so it's not like I need to worry if guys are checking me out, I'm a mom to a young child so it's understandable that my tummy is my main area that needs work, and I'm trying to get healthy so who cares if the high-school kids judge me! Lol... yes, these are the things I worry about at the gym... I know it's stupid but oh well, I'm getting over it!
anyway, time to get some homework done...today is my last day of Geography class, thank goodness... I hated it!!
Monday, January 09, 2012
Well, I rejoined the Challenge on the 7th and although I didn't do the cardio video for Day 1 I got a TON of cardio exercise dancing at a work event- had a lot of fun, too! Yesterday wasn't a great day, I basically laid around all day and ate too much. Today I counted calories during the day but went overboard with a trip to the bakery AND the Chinese buffet... I really need to get my eating under control!! I didn't really get cardio today or yesterday unless you count going to work, but today I DID catch up on the fitness videos, I did Day 2 and most of Day 3 (except the push-ups, still can't do 'em!).
Over the weekend I treated myself to a haircut because I just couldn't take it anymore. I wasn't that pleased with the way it turned out so I went back today to have it fixed...and they had the nerve to charge me for another haircut!! I am so annoyed, I will definitely not be going back there and am telling everyone I know not to go there. I didn't have the girl blow-dry my hair or style it the way I usually wear it (straightened) so I'm just hoping I like it this time around. If it looks decent, I'll post a picture soon.
Tomorrow I'm going to a friends' for dinner... I think she's making lasagna... I will just have a salad for lunch (my usual) and try to avoid snacking! and maybe I will walk around the track at work for a while with my son after my shift ends... he is coming to work with me tomorrow because my hubby has two appointments. My friend that is having dinner was going to watch him, but forgot she has an appointment of her own, so my boss okay'ed him coming to work. I love getting to see him during the day so I'm happy...plus it's easier to just bring him with me.
Anyway, time to unwind and get ready for bed. Feeling like I CAN get a handle on my eating and do better for the rest of the week! Weighing in on Saturday...
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