Sunday, July 20, 2014
I don't know "why today" exactly, but it is today. Maybe because I got my cleaning around the house done and there was no one in the house to use as an excuse NOT to start today. I guess the forces just "aligned" right for me today. So today, I made a huge tossed salad, a homemade vegetable and bean soup (with ditalini pasta separately so I can add 1-2 oz. in per bowl as desired).
Before making dinner, I completed my very first True Beginner workout on my TV through my Roku with www.dailyburn.com. It was a 30 minute workout and since I am clinically obese (283 pounds) and have knee issues, my goal was just to get through five minutes...then ten...and before I knew it, I was pushing myself to complete the whole thing. And I DID!!!! I am so insanely proud of myself for those 30 minutes of my life that I just had to blog it.
Now...another glass of water and brushing my teeth so I won't want another thing to eat.
I don't know why today was the day for me to begin again, but it was and I am so so proud of myself.
Friday, January 10, 2014
My boss decided to take me to a nice restaurant as a late Christmas gift!
I did it and still stayed well within my allotted SP nutritional values for the day! I even came in under my sodium levels, which was a huge BONUS and something I have been very mindful of!
Salad Bar: 1 c. lettuce, 4 grape tomatoes, 3 cucumber slices, 3 beet slices, 1 TBS sunflower seeds, 2 TBS. Asian Ginger dressing.
DINNER: Grilled Cajun Salmon over fresh spinach and tomatoes with a Balsamic reduction and a side of rice pilaf.
When the entrée arrived, I immediately divided the rice and salmon portions in half and put them to one side of the plate (later boxed for another dinner). So I ultimately ate 1/2 c. of the pilaf and 4 oz. of the salmon.
I feel so amazing about my choices!! I CAN DO THIS!!!!
Sunday, January 05, 2014
I have been participating in a new challenge that runs from Jan. 1st through Feb. 12th. I am hoping to be at least 10 pounds slimmer by then. Hey--I know I have a LONG way to go, but it's a step in the right direction, right?
Today's topic: the staples that are keeping me on track with my eating this week. And what, pre tell, might those be, you ask. I shall tell you!
First, Sandwich Thins and Flat Outs. At just 100 calories per bun (the two slices), it is a great base for a sandwich, or rollup, these are my go-to carb with plenty of fiber in each serving.
Second, Hummus. I love hummus. I add hummus, lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber slices to my lunch rollup (on a FlatOut). Hummus is also the only dip I use for veggies like carrots, celery and snap peas. Sometimes if I'm hungry I'll grab a big 2 TBS serving size and that's it for a quick and tasty protein kick.
Third, Laughing Cow 35-calorie cheese wedges. I found these at Walmart for $2.50 a package of 8. The fact that they are individually wrapped is a plus! Sometimes I will eat one (3 bites) for an evening snack to get a creamy taste on my tongue. Last night I spread one wedge on the bottom of a Sandwich Thin. Total treat=85 calories! There are so many great flavors but I like the Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle. It's got a little kick to it!
Lastly, and I may get some flack for this, but Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. Why? Because one of my downfalls is that I come home from work and am starving! While I could forgo the sodium these often pack, it is perfect portion control for me at the moment. Not to mention the fact that I am a self-professed pasta and sauce addict. This allows me to have a certain portion of carbs and no more. If I made a whole lasagna, I would over-indulge without a doubt.
So there you have it. What are your eating plan staples??? Please share!!!
Saturday, January 04, 2014
You know you're doing something right when you spend more time on SparkPeople than you do on Facebook. I've been up for a full hour and so far have yet to open my Facebook...and let me just say...that feels GOOD. Why? Because I've come to realize that when it comes to keeping my spirits high and dietary temptations low, FB offers little.
On the flipside, Facebook, the King of Social Media, is a fantastic way to keep in touch with the family and friends you rarely see. It's also a great way to secretly spy on your former classmates from decades ago and see if their lives are laudable or laughable. Did all those summers of tanning at the local swimming pool to Brazilian bronzedom by the popular snooty girls come back to haunt them in the form of leathery wrinkles? Ha! In truth, I have accepted and later defriended anyone I wouldn't truthfully tell my troubles to and this has resulted in a few dozen family and friends I know love me for who I am--fat and all.
Back to my point about FB--despite the warm and fuzzy connections you can get from virtually snuggling up with your loved ones, it can often be a depressing and stagnant place. Here are my top three FB Irritants:
1. Those wonderful re-posts of high-fat tempting 'easy main dishes' and 'scrumptious decadent desserts' laden with fat, sugar, salt and calories. While they look UN-believable, they would NEVER fit on my daily nutrition tracker, even if I scaled them down 50%.
2. Other people's troubles. Listen, if you have major relationship, job or self-esteem issues or love airing your dirty laundry in public (yes, FB is public), please stop yourself. Don't expect me to be your free shrink, feel sorry for you or get sucked into your negativity. I have better things to do with my time...like blog.
3. "Re-post" if you agree, miss someone in heaven, have a heart, believe in miracles, want to have amazing good luck, be blessed with winning free money...you get the picture. Listen...let me just clear this up right here and now: I do agree, miss someone in heaven, have a heart, want free money, etc. etc., but I am not going to repost it because you say if I don't I will fall into some maddening state of unluckiness, break a leg, not get that free money (which is 99.999% a bulls*$% scam anyway) or prove to the FB world that I do not conform. News flash: I DO NOT CONFORM and will not re-post your dribble out of principle alone.
On the other hand, SparkPeople, though also a form of social media, has a purpose, and that purpose is to connect on a positive level through people in the same boat, rowing, rowing, rowing furiously to stay afloat while still remaining positive and hopeful. I love that its articles, recipes, posts and huddles are all heart-warming and don't require me to repost or suffer the imaginary consequences!! What do I get for my efforts of checking in, blogging, spinning the wheel? More positivity! It's all good here and that's why I'm logging onto SparkPeople more and FB less.
Now I have to go log into FB and see what my kids are up to...
Friday, January 03, 2014
A sweet co-worker came in today with a bag full of individually homemade blueberry muffins she and her husband had made. She handed one to me and I politely thanked her and went about my day. I looked at it a few times and my thought process was this: 1) there's no way I can accurately track that thing and 2) it isn't on my planned menu or even a selection I'm going to allow myself for today's meals. Now, I could have looked at this gift as a sign that I should have eaten it or perhaps it was "meant to be," but alas, I explained to another co-worker I was on a diet and doing well and I really didn't want to eat it. Luckily, she took it off my hands and no one was the wiser. Take that, sugary blueberry muffin!!
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