Thursday, December 04, 2014
My inspiration is....
I've gained 15 lbs since July, and I want this girl back.
Here's my plan:
Monday rest day
Wednesday walk 3-5 miles + core
Friday walk 3-5 miles + core
Sunday yoga + long walk
* aim to walk 1-2 miles every day, 10,000 steps
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
On Sunday, 11/16 I started the 100 day challenge, I saw the video on Spark of the mother and daughter, and it inspired me. So for the next 100 days (I'm on Day 4), I will try to stay in my calorie range, workout for at least 10 minutes, get my freggies and water in. And I know I won't be perfect, but my goal is to be healthy.
(Ready to be inspired? Video of mother/daughter team here)
Well, I weigh myself mid-week, and with a 5 lb. gain last week due to TOM, I was hoping for a big loss since I'm on Day 4 (because everything happens overnight, right? lol).
Well, I lost 3 lb. from the 5 lbs. of water weight, however from my weight before that, I'm up 3 lbs. This was depressing. It reminded me why I didn't step on the scale for a few months. But for me, the scale is a necessary tool. I believe that without it is how I gained 15+ lbs., because I lost focus. Also I am frustrated because of the 2 yr. plateau I was in after losing 100 lbs....even during marathon training I didn't lose one pound. But I didn't expect the scale to go up. I think it's safe to say that I gave up. Thus, the 15-20 lb. weight gain.
Now, the scale does NOT define me. It's a tool. But it sure can make me feel bad.
But then I asked myself -- would I do this anyway, even if I never lost weight?
And the answer is a resounding YES.
I FEEL better when I'm healthy.
And health is the ultimate goal. Not a pants size (though I won't lie, that would be nice)....NOT a number on the scale....I am ME no matter what. But I want to be the BEST me, and what that looks like is someone who takes care of themself, who takes the time to get workouts in, who takes time to plan healthy meals, who takes time out with their family in a healthy way.
SO I am in it to fight.
And I am a walk leader, a running coach. This is the perfect opportunity to see what works for ME - yes, I lost over 100 lbs., 3 yrs. ago and kept it off for 3 yrs. I do remember what I did, but this is an OPPORTUNITY to REDISCOVER how to heal myself, how to motivate myself, and through that, I can relern how to motivate others -- everyone could use a refresher in that! And the injury to my back from running has me on the sidelines, so I'm only walking right now, and I am re-learning all of the benefits from that. It's a win/win. It's all in how we look at things. I am going to choose to look at the positive side. What's the alternative? Continue down the slope into depression, be back where I started 5 yrs. ago? No. That is NOT an option. I am choosing to love myself instead, as I am now, and making the changes necessary to transform myself.
I AM a super hero, I am my own super hero. We all need to motivate ourselves, and I am going to be the best cheerleader for myself. No negative self talk. Only positive vibes here.
And I know it will take time. And that is OK. Because it is ME time. Time spent well. And I am WORTH IT.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I LOVE this day of the year. The day that Starbucks releases it's Egg Nog Latte. It is SO good. But also SO bad for you.
Did you know that Eggnog lattes that have more calories, fat and sugar than a food court cinnamon roll!!
Here's the "skinny" from www.blisstree.com:
"Other seasonal latte flavors like peppermint mocha and gingerbread are named after candy and dessert; you should walk into one of those knowing that youíll incur some damage. But eggnog? Itís just another kind of milk! Right? Not really. A A 16-ounce Starbucks eggnog latte without whipped cream is so full of fat and sugar that you might as well be eating a Minibon from your mallís food court: It has more calories, sugar and fat than a cream cheese frosting-drizzled, buttery round of dough. "
Check out the nutrition facts:
■Minibon Roll: 350 calories, 14g fat, 7g saturated fat, 51g carbohydrates, 24g sugar
■Eggnog Latte: 460 calories, 21g fat, 12g saturated fat, 53g carbohydrates, 48g sugar
Shocking, I know.
Here are some tips from Blisstree to lower the fat:
■Size it down. Sixteen ounces sounds nice in theory, but really: who wants all that milk?
■Skip the whip. Always. We know you really like it. But those nutrition facts above are already assuming that youíve foregone the sugary whipped cream topping.
■Remember the Minibon. If youíd rather have an eggnog latte than a cinnamon roll, half pint of Ben & Jerryís, or other dessert, thatís fine. But just remember that nutritionally, itís no better for your body. Itís still a load of sugar and fat that you should consider a special treat instead of a daily reward. If holiday shopping or end-of-year deadlines are stressing you out, come up with a way to de-stress and reward yourself that doesnít involve close to 500 calories, 21 grams of fat, and 48 grams of sugar.
Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/2011/11/29/food/n
However...my plan is to revamp it. I found a recipe online that I plan to execute this week.
This is so easy to make. If you have an espresso machine, make espresso with good strong coffee and steam your eggnog with a little milk to make it frothy and hot. Top with a dash of nutmeg and even some fat free whipped topping if you wish. If you don't have an espresso machine, no worries. Make your coffee a little stronger and heat your eggnog over the stove or in the microwave, then whip it in the blender.
Skinny Eggnog Latte
Servings: 1 ē Calories: 73 ē Points: 1.5 pts
2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup of strong concentrated coffee
1/4 cup skinny eggnog
1/4 cup nonfat milk
additional sugar or sweetner to taste (extra pts)
*optional reduced fat whipped topping
Brew coffee or espresso.
Heat eggnog and combine with milk. Use frothing wand slowly up and down, side to side until eggnog and milk is thick and foamed. (Or put in blender if you don't have a frothing wand).
Pour coffee or espresso into mug, sweeten to taste and pour hot eggnog mixture over the top. Sprinkle with nutmeg and enjoy!
Monday, November 17, 2014
I've been wanting to try these, as I typically am running out of the house in the mornings, no time for a hot breakfast. These came out wonderful! I made spinach for me and my husband, and plain for my daughters. A success, and better for you than McDs!
I did the scrambled option, as she said they came out better. I had it open face with a mini bagel and a smear of cream cheese vs. adding a slice of cheese. You could also do on an English muffin, toast, etc. I recommend it.
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