Monday, January 28, 2013
Yesterday was a good day for me. I woke up early and did not eat breakfast because I had a weight watchers meeting and I never eat before I weigh in. In retrospect I should have packed breakfast to eat afterwards, expecially since I was planning on going to trader joes afterwards to pick up a few things. I did not pack something though so I ended up not eating breakfast yesterday.
My weigh in went really well though. I lost two pounds which is great because I expected to gain weight after being sick for the past few weeks and being on all sorts of medications. So happy dance for me :-)
After weight watchers I stopped by trader joes. I have really been missing that store. I havnt been in months and months because I live about 30 minutes away from it and I have not been in that area in a while. Luckly the sunday morning meeting at weight watchers is right next to trader joes. I got some organic apples (because the apples I bought from the regular supermarket taste like pestiside.... really gross) and some salad greens, pea shoots, rice pasta, black beans, gluten free oatmeal and gluten free buns.... all really good stuff. I love trader joes. I can get a big bag of quinoa there for like $3.99 when a bag that is smaller cost about $5.99 at the regular supermarket. Im going to start going to the sunday morning meeting in Charlotte from now on which will give me a good excuse to pick up a few things each week. :-)
I was tempted to grab some organic chocolate on my way out the door. I was getting kinda hungry... but I didnt.
I decided to stop by Marshall's on the way home but when I got there it wasnt opened yet. I only had about 25 minutes or so until the store opened thugh so while waiting I walked a loop around the super target parking lot for 25 minutes instead of sitting in the car on my iphone for that time. It was pretty cold but it was nice being outside.
So I was at Marshall's because I really need a new pair of jeans. I am wearing yoga pants right now because nothing else fits me. I went to walmart and got a few pairs of yoga pants two weeks ago so I wouldnt have to keep tugging up the maternity jeans I was wearing before. I have been feeling really bad about my appearance lately though and figured an outfit that actual fit me would maybe make me feel a bit better. Well I found out real quick that I am not a size 14 or a size 16... Turns out I am now a size 18! I did not perceive myself as being that big again. I know its a far cry from the size 26 I was a few years ago but my mind had finally adjusted to being a size 8. Even though I know that I will get back there fast and my new little bundle of joy was worth it, I still cant help but be a little sad about it.
Long story short, Marshall's had two pairs of size 18 jeans that were on sale :-( ... One pair was skinny jeans, which I didnt really want and the other pair was still like $30 on sale. Between $10-$15 is all I am willing to spend on a pair of jeans I dont plan on being in for very long. So I left empty handed and still in Yoga pants. Sigh.
I got back home around noonish and was starving. I made lunch for my family and then made myself lunch. After that it was pretty much just business as usual. Nothing really eventful happened just feedings and diaper changes and quite a bit of TV watching. I had a good day though, I got some stuff accomplished in the morning, I got some time to myself and some activity in which really helped with the stress level which means less yelling at the kids, and I did really well with my eating and tracked everything.
Only thing missing was a good nights rest. I have not had one of those in so long. sigh. small steps.
Lunch - Turkey sandwich on gluten free bread with pea shoots and cranberry mustard. 1 cup fresh pineapple. 1 mozzarella cheese stick. - 8 points
Snack: apple - 0 pts
snack: kozy shack pudding - 4 pts
snack: grape fruit cup - 0pts
Dinner: 3 gluten free crispy chicken tacos with light blue cheese dressing and lettuce, steamed broccoli, brown and wild rice with veggies - 13 pts.
After dinner I was really hungry and I knew what I had planned (a gluten free cookie with ice cream) would not fill me up so I decided to eat a plate of veggies before hand just to add something else to my stomach before eating the treat I had planned.
snack: veggies & 1 tbls light ranch - 1pt
snack: Fresh baked gluten free cookie topped with vanilla ice cream - 7 pts.
(I have come to the realization that I cant bake a whole pack of gluten free cookie dough or I will eat all 12 cookies within one day. I now keep the pack in a freezer bag in the freezer and only pull out 1 ball of cookie dough on the night I plan on eating it. This has worked really well for me and gives me the chance to eat something I really really like without going overboard.)
A good day!
Friday, January 25, 2013
This is just a general outline of my goal for meals and workouts for the next couple of days. I figure on Tuesday I will reassess what the food in the house looks like and come up with another few days worth of meals. I have not really planned meals in the past year because I find it to be time consuming. I have to say its one of my least favorite things to do but it also helps me a lot so I need to reintroduce it.
I am also planning my workouts for the next few days. I am going to try to be specific in not only what I am going to do but also when I am going to do it on that day. That way maybe I can avoid getting all the way to bedtime and saying "oh crap, I never worked out"... I am keeping my workouts light because I have yet to go to my post pregnancy doctors appt. Even though I feel pretty good I want to get the green light from my doctor at my appt. on Tuesday before I bump up the intensity.
Friday Jan 25th
Breakfast - 1 cup Quinoa with 1 fried egg topped with 1 tbls basil
Lunch - 2 cups tom yum soup with shrimp
1 cup plain greek yogurt w 1 cup fresh pineapple
snack - 2oz turkey breast lunch meat, 1 cheese stick, veggies & 2 tbls dressing
Dinner - eggplant casserole
(eggplant, cheese, tomato sauce, spinach, chicken sausage)
Snack - 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
workout: 30 min light elliptical after dinner
Breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal w splenda
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup skim milk
Snack: 1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup cottage cheese
Dinner: spaghetti squash w chunkey sausage pasta sauce
salad w lite dressing & bacon bits
snack: 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
gluten free cookie
workout: 30 min light elliptical before breakfast
Breakfast: egg white & turkey bacon sandwich
Lunch: Turkey sandwich on gluten free bread w cranberry mustard
1 serving tapioca pudding
Snack: chocolate pudding
1 tbls coconut
1 tbls pistachios
Dinner: Gortons fish fillet
Snack: turkey deli meat wrapped in lettuce leaves w sprouts
workout: 30 min light elliptical
Breakfast: oatmeal w peaches
lunch: veggie stirfry w brown rice
snack: greek yogurt w flax seed & honey
dinner: crispy chicken tacos, steamed vegetable, salad
snack: gluten free cookie & 1 serving vanilla ice cream
workout: 1 hour walking outside after lunch
breakfast: egg white & turkey bacon sandwich
lunch: large chef salad
snack: string cheese, fruit
dinner: bbq chicken breast, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetable
snack: peanut butter apple
workout: 1 hour walking outside after lunch
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Well last year was mostly filled with being pregnant and it actually went by very quickly. Here I am in 2013 and I am a new mommy again for the 3rd time and very happy. My pregnancy went well, better than the other two by 100%. I attribute that to starting at a healthy weight this time.
I was due to have my little one on Jan 5th 2013 but as it happened he wanted out early and I had him at 37 weeks on December 18th 2012. What a great labor and delivery! I did have about 4 days of prelabor symptoms but on the morning of the 18th when labor actually started it was quick. I started having contractions at 6am in the morning and by 11am I was pushing my little boy out. Everything went great, I hardly had any bleeding, I was up walking around in a few hours and home the next day.
Its now almost 6 weeks later and I am trying to get back to my healthy lifestyle. I did slack quite a bit during my pregnancy, especially during my 1st trimester because I had some pretty wicked morning sickness and wanted to constantly eat bread to settle my stomach. I ended up gaining like 25 lbs just in the first few weeks. Its been a pretty good 5 weeks. I have felt much better than I did after having my other two kids. I have been up and running around and havnt had the horrible mood swings and constat pain I had before. I am sooo happy I was at a healthy place before having little archer. :-) ... I have had some stress here and there. Breast feeding was going the best it ever had gone. Archer latched on like a pro, but he wasnt gaining any weight after all my best attempts. I ended up putting him exclusivly on formula and he started gaining weight. Made me sad and pretty stressed out but Im just happy he is good now.
Now I am just trying to get into a good routine again which is not the easiest thing with a new born.
I went back to weight watchers 4 weeks post baby and ended up losing 4.4 lbs the first week but then I got sick. I got really really sick. I have been sick for the past 2 and a half weeks with bronchitis. After two separate trips to the doctor and 2 different anti-biotics and a prescription of steroids I am finally starting to feel better. I'm still sick but I don't feel like I'm going to die at least. I haven't been back to weight watchers yet since I got sick but I am pretty sure I gained back everything I had lost and maybe plus some because of the medications I was on. The home scale has not been kind.
I have to just move past that though because there was nothing I could do about being on the medication and I am better off for it even though I gained some weight on it.
But anyway, I am hoping to be more active with spark people again. I miss my spark friends and the support I had before and I miss blogging... even though its an inconvenience to get on the computer. (I pretty much do everything I do online from my smart phone now).
I am also looking forward to winter being over! I hate winter so much. When will spring get here. I hate being in the house and its hard enough to get out and about with a newborn and a 4 year old, let alone go out with them when the high of the day is 33 degrees. Its too cold to be outside and I feel all shut up here in the house. I am so looking forward to spring!
For your viewing pleasure some pictures of my beautiful life which has gotten even better in the last 6 weeks. I am truly blessed.
Me a few days before having Archer
Archer Quinn ~ born at 37weeks @ 7lbs 5oz
New years eve with my new little guy
Aiden Xaviar, Lyra November & Archer Quinn. My biggest reason to stay healthy.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Good morning spark friends!
wow its been a pretty long time since I have blogged or really have been active at all on spark people. Its been a pretty rough few weeks. For all of you who don't know I am now nearing the end of my first trimester of pregnancy with baby #3. I found out that I was pregnant at about week 4 and had very high hopes, plans, dream ect to have the most healthy pregnancy in the history of pregnancy and only gain the recomended 20-25lbs or whatever. I felt great and had a ton of energy, drank tons of water, took my vitamin ate vegetables like they were going out of style. mushrooms, spinach, kale, salads, beans, fruits.... My plate was a rainbow! Unlike my previous 2 pregnancies I wasnt nauseous at all! It was so great.
Well fast forward to week 6 when the morning sickness (ie. all day sickness) hits and all I want to do is lay in the bed while I drink gingerale and eat nothing but white gluten free bread and mashed potatoes. Things were very bad and I was very green.
the thought of a fruit or vegetable makes me want to puke... in fact the thought of any food makes me want to puke so I stick to all things that are white and relitively odorless and tasteless.
Week 7-8... I am hungry all day long. I can eat more than white food but vegetables still make me want to gag. I am eating a lot of junk food! ::hangs head:: My stomach looks like I am 5 months pregnant all ready and I wonder if I am having twins.
I get my 8 week ultrasound and there is only one baby. I realize that my stomach looks the way it does because I am very constipated from lack of fruit and vegetables and an excess of junk food.
week 9... eating every 2 hours or I will get sick. I am trying my best to eat fruit. Vegetables are getting a bit less gross but Im loving fruit. Eating prunes and drinking tons of juice to try and keep my digestion normal. My stomach doesnt look 5 months pregnant anymore I just look fat now. Water tastes really weird to me even when its been through the brita so I start making lemonaid and tea with real sugar.... omg.
Week 11 -
well now I am currently in week 11. I feel much much better. I am hardly sick now and have a lot more energy. vegetables are seeming more appealing every day and I am really trying to fix the damage that has been done over the last few weeks. I look swollen and hate looking in a mirror. I dont look pregnant yet I just look fat. I am just bigger everywhere and I find it amazing that there can be so much change in such a short amount of time and really not that much weight gained. when I found out I was pregnant I was 4 weeks pregnant and weighed 162 pounds and currently I weight about 171. So 9 lbs. I know that is way more than I am suppose to gain in the first trimester but I wouldnt think its horrible.
I am really trying to get back to my original mind set of having a really healthy pregnancy. I dont want to gain so much that losing it afterwards seems like an impossible task... although I know I would not be where I started when I started losing weight after lyra was born.... I would like to not get over 200 lbs durring this pregnancy though.
I need to start exercising again and I need to start tracking my food again. Not to lose but just to stay on track and not get too out of control. When you are having chocolate covered bacon cravings you know you really need to watch yourself.
I hope to reconnect with spark people so maybe I can have some sense of accountability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I'm disappointed in myself for slipping back into old habits of over eating and eating junk. sigh. Its amazing how easy it is to slip back, especially when you are not in an actively trying to lose mind set. Every day is part of the journey though, even when you know the scale is destined to go up, for a very good reason.
my plans for a healthy day today are to workout for 20 - 30
drink at least 8+ glasses of water
eat lots of fruit and vegetables
& track what I eat
some pictures of the last few weeks
trip to myrtle beach w friends... this is obviously when I conceived. I guess its true about going on vacation and relaxing and letting nature take its course yadayada.
after only 3 months of trying ... yay
so cute... makes you wonder how you could love another when you love the first two so much. :-) ... but I wondered the same thing when I had lyra and found that love is not one size fits all... it just grows and grows.
seeing baby for the first time. ultrasound tech must have gotten better in the last 4 years because I dont remember them being this good with lyra. can see head, body and even a little foot. :-)
so happy. :-)
Monday, February 13, 2012
well its been a learning process the last few weeks and I think I am finally into a gluten free swing, which is good. I have a few go to gluten free meals and I am still also experimenting with new things.
Something that I think has really helped me with this is my kitchen is almost completely gluten free now. My husband and children have been really supportive of this (have not complained). I have been making my husband salads or leftovers for lunch at work and I have been making my son pepperoni and cheese quesadillas made from corn tortillas or sandwiches on gluten free bread (only a few days a week since it is pricey). I was making them both sandwiches on whole wheat bread every day and I noticed that the crumbs got everywhere and even when I tried to be really careful I would end up making my self sick by accident.
The only thing I bought this week that contains gluten was some crackers for my sons lunch which are prepackaged so I dont have to worry about them.
I think I have gotten over the grief stage of all of this. I was sick of feeling sorry for myself so I am glad that is over. Im sure it will pop up here and there again sometime but overall I feel pretty good.
I had a very disapointing appointment with a nutritionist the first week of this month. I figured that maybe she would give me some meal plans, or some helpful tips for shopping ect... but instead all she did was suggest I eat quinoa and give me a 3 page printout from e-how on celiac disease. OMG, that kinda made me mad considering that my insurance money (which I only get about 1000 for the whole year for my whole family) is going to get hit for over $100 for something on ehow! She dident even seem like she knew much about what was going on with me at all.
I asked her when I could add dairy back in because I was lactose intolerant on top of celiac and I had read that celiac disease caused lactose intolerance and alot of times once your intestines healed you could eat dairy again.
She said that cheese and yogurt didnt really have lactose so I could eat them now.
I added back dairy in the form of yogurt and cheese and felt like crap for about a week so I decided to cut them out again and now I feel better. I will try dairy again in 6 months or so.
Anyway enough ranting about crappy doctors. I have had a really great 2 weeks of meals. I havnt really been unsatisfied with anything I have eaten. although I dont know about last nights meal, which is not pictured here. It was polenta lasagna with soy cheese and tofu ricotta. it was .... interesting. Not bad but not great. I think it may take some tweaking.
lots of tastey sandwiches on gluten free bread. sucks that each slice is 150 calories a peice though. Gluten free baked goods are so high in calories.
reeeealy been loving the white chicken chili
my normal go to breakfast of gluten free oatmeal & berries has been replaced this week by ------------->
Quinoa topped with bacon bits, veggie mozzarella & fried egg.... OMG so good and so filling. You can make up a few servings ahead of time and keep them in the fridge in tupperwear.
tastey but super high in calories and very pricey. a weekend treat.
turkey and black bean tacos. I like this meal because I dont have to do much different then I did before I had to eat gluten free. I just have to make sure my taco shells and refried beans are gluten free and all of old el paso products state on the label if they contain ingriedents that have gluten. Their taco shells and refried beans are gluten free! yay.
cookies & chocolate chip blondies - both made from chick peas. They are so good and my husband and kids love them. I have even told my kids they are made from beans (3&6 years old) and they still eat them. You just grind up the chick peas in a food processor and then add the other ingredients and either roll into cookie shapes or spread in a pie plate and bake ( I lined my pie plate with parchement paper for easy removal and clean up ) .... I think I prefer the pie plate method rather than the cookie method now that I have tried both.
recipe courtesy of Chocolate Coverd Katie - chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/18
thai peanut rice noodles, asian veggies, & sticky rice balls. This was good but it made me really sick. The rice had been stored in a cabinet that had flour in it previously and I think it got contaminated somehow. it was good though.
grilled tilapia with dill, spaghetti squash & green salad with avocado & italian dressing
joes crab shack frozen meal - one of the only frozen meals I have found that is gluten free, good on calories, and does not cost an arm and a leg. This was only about 6 bucks for a 2 serving size meal. paired with Alexia sweet potato fries.
frozen banana ice cream - quick easy and good ... only problem is your eyes see vanilla and your mouth sees banana. .... I really wanted it to be vanilla but it was banana. lol.
just take 1 1/2 frozen bananas and blend them together with a small amount of almond milk or milk. yummy and easy and if you are on weight watchers you dont have to count it because fruit is zero points!
I ate a lot more food than this is the past two weeks but this is mostly all I captured on film. I will try and do better this coming week.
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