Sunday, January 08, 2012
Dear World - 7.5 months post surgery I can now swim!!!!!! This is major to me!
I absolutely love to swim and that was one of the motivating factors to me deciding to have shoulder surgery. I didn't want to spend the rest of my life not being able to swim. One torn bicep repair later I can now do it.
I got in the pool tonight after not trying for 2 months. I've been doing my physical therapy and making progress. I didn't know what to expect. I pushed off the wall, kicked out and then went to make my first stroke. I was tentative and wondered if I would be like the last time where I could barely get my arm through the whole motion. I expected to reach that "point" where my shoulder just stuck and it was a painful decision to keep going around. That point didn't come and I thought wow can I get my arm around, so I did a second stroke and by the third one I was about ready to stand up in the pool, jump up and down, and scream to everyone in there "I can swim". I wonder what they would have done?
So here's the other news from the day:
This was lunch today. I showed you a picture of my fridge yesterday with all my chopped/prepped food and this lunch was done in 10 minutes. I sprayed a pan with sesame oil and sauteed, 1/2 sliced onion, 1 cup sliced mushrooms, 2 cups sliced baby bok choy, 2 diced chicken breast, 2 instant microwave cups of brown rice, 3-4 stalks chopped celery and sliced almonds with a little soy sauce.
Those few hours of organizing, and prepping will save me tons of time this week and make it easier for me to keep my streak of healthy meals going. I've seen the family eating more fresh fruit now that it's washed, and ready to go.
This was dinner: a new recipe from Eating Well Magazine February Issue page 54 called Firehouse Frito Pie. I give it 2 thumbs up. The recipe is spicy so if you don't like that you might want to cut down the 1/2 c chili powder and leave off the jalapeno slices.
You layer in the bowl: toasted tortilla strips, chili, scallions, jalapeno, romaine, tomatoes and cheese. I used weight watchers cheese. The recipe says each serving is 447 calories and it was a very filling meal. The chili was made with turkey and kidney beans. So you end up with low fat meat which you could leave out if you want to go vegan, and a couple of servings of vegetables. What was even better about the whole dinner was that my daughter made it while I was at the gym, and there are plenty of leftovers! The magazine says it was $2.50 a serving, but I didn't sit down and figure out if that is what I spent.
I got woken up too early this morning by someone texting me. I thought what the heck...it was my pastor who I've been trying to help with his healthy lifestyle. He was jazzed to report that he lost 3 lbs this week and apparently thought the earlier I knew this the better!
So that is basically my day - wholesome foods, good exercise, great church, and I smell like chlorine -
How was your day?
Saturday, January 07, 2012
These are two of the magazines that I got this week. Today I pulled four recipes out of them to try for this week and headed off shopping. Here's what we are trying this week if all goes well:
Firehouse Frito Pie - Eating Well Magazine page 54
Couscous Paella Soup - Eating Well Pg 41
Chiles Rellenos with Chicken - EWM pg. 54
Tangy Shrimp Cocktail - page 109 FatLoss (oxygen mag)
When I told my husband I had found a clean eating version of frito pie, his eyes almost bugged out of his head.
Morning Breakfast - less than 300 calories
1 orange and scrambled eggs - 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, red bell pepper, mushrooms, scallions, laughing cow cheese, jalepeno, and topped with 2 T avocado.
This filled me up so much I skipped my routine mid morning snack. I had lunch with my oldest daughter at Whole Foods salad bar:
Here's my salad. I also had a few bites of my daughter's soup/bread.
Going shopping with her is like taking Danika Kirkpatrick (the race car driver). She was driving and literally I have to divert my eyes and constantly ask her to slow down. She goes through stores like that too...impatient and racing. I was able to teach her a few things in the produce department because Whole Foods carries some exotic stuff.
We got cut short because she was called in to work. I do not think she will have any energy when she gets home. She works for a BBQ place that is within 1/2 of a stadium that today was holding a major championship for high school football and there were 15,000 people down the street from her BBQ place. #crazybusy
The salad did not hold me over, but I pulled out fiber bar #1 that I had stashed in my purse while we were driving home.
Shopping trip number two was to Costco. We have those cabinets full of mismatched tupperware that when you open the door it falls out on you like snow on a mountain from an avalanche. Today I decided to do something about it because I never had a good way to store stuff in the fridge that is organized.
Two large containers to hold it all so that when I open the door nothing falls out! I can pull out the bin and get what I want. I also bought two sets of plastic containers with lids that are in the dishwasher right now.
Second up - after a trip to one last store - was cleaning, prepping, and organizing the fridge:
I want my options for Clean Eating to be fast, easy, and portable within a few minutes during the week. Taking the time today to shop, chop, and store will help me continue to make wise choices during the week when things get crazy.
Two new items in my shopping cart:
Plum Amazins which is basically diced plums but has more fiber, less sugar, and fewer calories than cranberries and raisins. I'm going to use this on salads.
Love Crunch - Dark Chocolate Granola with dehydrated strawberries and raspberries - using this on top of greek yogurt and fruit. Tried it and it was love at first bite!
This afternoon while driving all these places, I had fiber bar #2 and 1/2 c of blackberries with water. Luna Bar - Chocolate Peppermint Stick - LOVE it!
this evening I was too dang tired to cook, so I grabbed a bunch of containers out of the fridge and had a mixed greens salad with sliced almonds, feta, strawberries, sliced chicken breast and baslamic vinegar. Fast and easy once the prep is done.
I'm off to do my hula hoop and arm weights and then crash in bed and read. Maybe hot bath if I can keep my eyes open. All my food is tracked and I'll have a yogurt, fruit, and granola snack before bed.
How was your day, and did you do anything to help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals?
Friday, January 06, 2012
Daily Motivational Poster:
Today is Day 6 for me of continuous healthy meals - somewhere between 36-42 meal streak since I eat 6-7 times a day. Trying to keep my streak alive and reporting daily to my January accountability partner from my team is really helping my mind slow down to consider what I eat more carefully.
So what was in my lunch bowl?
Two bowls actually - brown rice, chicken, mushrooms, red bell pepper, balsamic vinagrette and avocado. Desert was 1 kiwi, 1/2 cup raspberries and 2 T pomegranate seeds.
Walking the walk....tonight I ended up at the grocery store hungry post dinner time when I hadn't eaten. Since I just had a blog about knowing where to eat while I was out and making healthy choices I stopped and ate first:
I got a bottle of water, 1 roll, and a small serving size of green chicken chili. I normally go for the whole wheat rolls, but this sourdough one was 70 calories less so I opted for that and I have no idea how many calories the soup had.
So I felt better and was able to shop without picking bad stuff. I bought fixings to make homemade salsa, and a great salad for tomorrow. I picked up three magazines and I'll post some reviews tomorrow.
My new crack snack that I have to be very careful to measure and walk away from the bag:
I completed Day 6 of the January Jumpstart Challenge and I did 40 minutes on the treadmill.
As a testament to the fact that small steps over time add up to a big change, I was filing in my office today and found my measurements that my trainer did in 2010 - compared to what he took this past September, I was down
4 inches on my hips
4 inches on my thighs
3.5 inches on my waist
I was down in other places too, but these were significant to me since I tend to be more of a pear shaped size person. Guess I shouldn't be talking smack to him all the time huh?
My son asked me for help in getting in better shape then immediately told me he wouldn't do what I was saying....doh! He'll come around.
Next weekend my daughter, Rachael, and BFF Susie and I have our first race of the 2012 season. We're doing the Hotcake Hustle 5k. Hope the weather holds because it has be freaking awesome in Texas! Today we had a high of 72. In January. Shorts weather! But Lo and Behold the forecast has upper 40's next week. WTH - that is weather in Texas. They always say if you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes and it will change. Except in the summer where it stays above 100 for months at a time.
If you missed the blog yesterday - go back for the Brownie Oatmeal recipe. I made it today and with a few tweaks, it is something I'm going to keep. Also out today is my new blog for The Daily Spark called Scale Haters Unite! Come read it and post on it!
So how was your day today?
Thursday, January 05, 2012
I had you on the Brownie Oatmeal right?? I knew it. Anyway I saw this on my twitter thread today and anything healthy that tastes like a brownie...count me in.
I'm having it tonight before bed if I can convince myself to eat something else. I'm below my calorie levels but full right now.
My motivational poster for today that one of my friends got off Pin Interest:
If I thought about it, I probably could of come up with about 52 reasons not to go to the gym tonight...but I went anyway. Thanks to my strong support system and my accountability partners. Leg weights done.
A couple of observations - last year before my surgery in May, I was a regular participant in Zumba. There was a woman in class who was losing weight, and extremely dedicated to that class. Tonight I was using the Roman Chair which is positioned right by the aerobics room and who do I see teaching the Zumba class but the lady I just mentioned. What progress! I crept in to the back of her class and did about 12 minutes just to enjoy the music and watch her teach.
In the front row was someone who used to talk to me about her weight loss journey but who dropped from view for awhile. It was nice to see her back and trying again.
Okay maybe not very many people like creamed spinach but I used to. I found my own healthy way to have that and made it tonight for dinner post workout. I sprayed the pan with olive oil and threw in about 4 cups of fresh baby spinach. While cooking, add salt & pepper to taste. When it's close to done, I add in 2 wedges of laughing cow cheese and let that melt in all the spinach. Eating the whole thing is less than 90 calories and with that much spinach a whole lot of vitamins.
It's Day 5 of the Jumpstart January Challenge and as soon as I post this, I'm off to do my 10 minute video and then do a whole lot of stretching. Maybe a nice hot bath and some good sleep would be in order. Still not sleeping well.
Stress meter was on high today, but I was glad to find myself deep breathing, eating healthy, and periodically walking away from the desk to go run around for 5 minutes outside with my dog.
See loves to play chase with the ball out in the backyard. It gets me running and jumping around for a few which is a good mental break. Lucky for me I work at home most of the time. She'll be one year old next month.
other birthdays coming up...my son turns 20, and daughter turns 18, and our youngest daughter gets her license and can drive without anyone in the car. You can commence praying now!
Shout out to my Twilight challenge team that always keeps me motivated and to my close support group who help keep me on track.
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