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Sailing Through Wednesday...

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I consumed 1030 calories today - and I am eating all day long!

Hopped on the scale this morning, lost another pound. I am coming up to a weight I always get stuck on when I am losing. I will not give up!! I have 12 pounds to go!

I made my husband and two sons one of their favorite meals tonight. Mexican chicken. It's chicken breast coated in chili powder baked, then topped with queso cheese and salsa, I served it with mexican rice. The only thing I could eat out of what I made them was the broccoli and grapes. I had nutrisystem bbq beef, beans and rice along with them.

We talked about balancing our meals (protein, grains, dairy, fruits) tonight at the SparkPeople live meeting. I got some ideas on other foods to add for my proteins. I add an extra protein to my breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. I have been eating morningstar veggie sausage, shrimp, and veggie dogs. I am going to start drinking protein shakes for some of my afternoon snacks. I am doing good with my dairy intake. I figure that it is good for healing my toe too.
For next week, we have to take pictures and talk about our packed lunches for work. It is nice to share ideas!

Well, I am going to go enjoy the Country Music Awards! Have a nice evening!

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THISISIT-PA 11/10/2011 8:45AM

    Not to worry, those pounds will run away screaming this time. You are a fierce Sparker! emoticon

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INFLATED 11/9/2011 11:33PM

    It sounds like you will get past your weight hurdle this time. I used to get to 165 and then each time I got there, I found out I was pregnant, lol. I'd be in trouble if that happened now.

I have started to look at Spark Recipes when I have the ingredients on hand to make the recipe. I had some broccoli and came home from church and had planned on barbecue chicken breasts. My husband took a shower and went to bed. He said he thinks he is coming down with something and he didn't want supper.

I cooked the breasts with Sweet Baby Ray's honey barbecue sauce and now I am cooking a recipe "roasted broccoli" for my son. He takes fresh asparagus and puts olive oil on it and lightly salts it with kosher salt and pepper and roasts it. It is very good. He cuts potatoes into wedges and does them the same way on the grill, sometimes he adds more seasonings. So I am waiting on the broccoli to cook. I stuck the broccoli back into the fridge when hubby said he was going to bed. I have 4 breast halves cooked, so it looks like I won't have to cook supper tomorrow night. The problem is it is 11:29 at night and I didn't exercise today. It looks like I won't get in my exercise for today.

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Day 25 of Recovery and Dreaming of Running and 30 Year Reunion Coming Up...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Yesterday I consumed 1164 calories and today I consumed 1050 calories. I am staying on track. I am working full-time again - getting rides to and from work from my son and husband. I make sure to allow time to eat breakfast before I leave and pack my lunchbox with a balanced lunch and afternoon snack. I still have 1/4 case of bottled water in my office. I drink 2 per day at work. My husband is doing a great job at picking up fresh fruit, yoplait light yogurt and Breakstone's Cottage Doubles for me while I can't grocery shop. I did manage to make my family a ground turkey meatloaf in the crockpot yesterday and a roast chicken in the crockpot last Thursday. I am using the crockpot for their meals because I have to elevate my foot when I get home from work. Actually, I am used to using it almost every day during the work week - makes it a lot easier when I get home.

Last night I had a dream that I was running up the road in my development. I didn't realize I was running at first and then realized what I was doing and stopped. I really miss it and worry that I am not going to have the stamina to do it when I am healed. I know it's a crazy thought, but it still is there. Tonight my husband is at a meeting. I am so tempted to sneak and just walk on my treadmill - but I won't because I don't want to mess my foot up. This recovery is definitely a test of patience!

I have my 30 year high school reunion in 3 weeks. I was in charge of our 20th reunion. It was a lot of work! I didn't volunteer for this one. It is going to be casual dress which is nice. We don't have to go out and buy dresses. I am going to go shopping for a top to wear with my favorite jeans when I can drive again next week. By then I should be able to wear shoes! A friend from high school - who I have known since first grade called me today to make sure I was going. She lives in Ohio now and is really funny. I am trying to get another close friend from high school to go. She is Greek. I loved going over her house in high school. Their family is just like the one on "Big Fat Greek Wedding". I worked at her family's restaurant for five years. I haven't seen her in a long time - found her on facebook last year. My best friend who lives in Texas can't make it up. My husband knows a few husbands who are going so he is happy.

Boy, I really rambled tonight! I am signing off now to watch Biggest Loser.
Hope you had a good day!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 11/10/2011 10:24PM

    Maybe you could sneak and hop on one leg on your treadmill?? emoticon
Seriously, though, once your foot can handle the running, I think the rest of your body will catch right back up to pre-surgery condition very quickly.

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Cholesterol Numbers Are Lower...

Monday, November 07, 2011

Just got a call from my Doctor's office. The nurse told me to keep doing what I am doing - my bad cholesterol went from 137 to 115! My total cholesterol is now 174.

Yayyyy!

  
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MICHIGANLORI 11/7/2011 9:37PM

    Great! I'm going in for my 3 month blood work on Friday. Keeping fingers crossed that I get some good news too!

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INFLATED 11/7/2011 5:56PM

    YAY!!!! I have to take a pill for mine. I take 13 pills a day. My Mom was on 14 pills a day when she just quit taking them. She survived. She was told she needed heart bypass surgery and refused it and she is still going some 10 years later.

You are doing so well at achieving your goals! Keep up the good work.

I don't run because of having only hard surfaces to run on like the sidewalk or street. When I lived at home, I ran on a gravel road and on overgrown roads through the woods which were grass-covered. I used to run my races barefoot, except while in the military where the track was macadam. When I get closer to 220 pounds, I may join from the couch to 5K team, I think that is the name, I would have to look it up.



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DETERMINED_SOUL 11/7/2011 5:45PM

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SABLENESS 11/7/2011 4:35PM

    Woot! That's great news. You're doing great! emoticon

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Three and a half Weeks into Foot Recovery and Eleven Pounds Gone...

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Yesterday went very well. When I first got up, I weighed myself and found I had lost 11 pounds in almost four weeks! I grabbed a pair of corduroys that were too tight last Spring and they fit! - Yayyy. My plan post-surgery is working! The first thing my mom said when she walked in was "You lost weight". YES!!

Yesterday, I consumed 1222 calories and was in NYC for the day. I went a total of 14 blocks on my knee scooter. It turned out to be a nice little workout on my arms and upper body - the roads and sidewalks are on the bumpy side up there! My mom and I went to our favorite french restaurant for lunch (Pergola Des Artistes on 46 Street & Broadway). I enjoyed salmon with dill sauce - which was a very light sauce- and string beans and baby carrots. One of the things I love about french restaurants is the fact that they serve small portions. I did enjoy 4 ozs of red wine with my lunch, and did not eat any bread. Yayyy!

We saw "Sister Act" on Broadway. It received the 2011 Tony for Best Musical. The music was excellent and it was pretty funny. We also saw a lot of NYC marathoners walking around Times Square. I found myself imagining how it would feel if I was getting ready to run it - so exciting...maybe I will make it a 2013 goal after I complete the Disney half marathon next fall!

We then had 45 minutes to grab dinner to go and get back on the bus. We went into a Food Emporium. They have every type of food imaginable for every type of appetite and diet. Lunches and dinners were made up in to go boxes - from sushi to chicken and potatoes to casseroles. It was amazing! I knew I had extra cals at lunch, so I bought a ReadyPac spinach dijon salad (which I take to work quite frequently) and a container of fresh cut pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi. I felt a great sense of control and excitement that I had hit on all the nutrients I needed for dinner and had stayed in my calorie range. I scooted by all the desserts - AND they did look good.

We got home around 8:30 PM. It was a long day out for me, but I did really good. My foot never swelled up or hurt.

So ... I am so thankful that I planned ahead. I joined SparkPeople in February 2011. I have read countless articles on focusing, planning ahead, eating in moderation, and healthy foods. I have logged all of my running miles, exercise minutes and consumed foods. I think all of this, with the support and inspiration of all of you, is helping me to reach my goals.

Thank you!

  
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INFLATED 11/7/2011 11:00AM

    I agree with the comments made. I am neither disciplined nor consistent.

You are doing an excellent job of reaching your goals. I like to fell like I am competing when I set a goal. I get on a kick to do something, then fizzle out.


I haven't made any close friends since moving here, so getting to know my neighbors better was a real treat for me. I understand that people are busy with their jobs. I am home alone all day and miss hearing the phone ring or having a chat across the back fence.

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THISISIT-PA 11/6/2011 4:44PM

    I love New York! But I haven't been there for years. I'm only 3 1/2 hours away so there is no excuse. I think I'll make a Broadway show one of my rewards.You've inspired me. emoticon

I continue to admire your planning skills and your ability to stick with them! emoticon

Kathy

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 11/6/2011 4:25PM

    WOW!! You really are doing a great job! You have definitely learned alot from this site, but continually keeping up the practice is key. You are very disciplined!! Congrats on your weight loss too, I hope I can be even half as disciplined as you have been. But you really are an inspiration! You definitely don't have to backslide just because of surgery and down time!! Thank you!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 11/6/2011 4:24PM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I admire that you were able to stick to your eating plan despite all of the temptations. You are amazingly disciplined!

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Quick blog...

Friday, November 04, 2011

My mom is coming over to visit and I do not want to be on the computer while she is here, so I am writing this half way through my day. I am getting excited for NYC tomorrow, it should be crowded with all the marathoners. I wonder how many of them are Sparkers!

Calories are going well -- 713 right now. I have eaten a good breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. I still have dinner and a night time snack left for today.

I worked 6.5 hours today, got an early ride home with my son when he was done classes. I picked up the house a little bit when I got home. My husband is doing a really good job with it, I just have to get one of my boys to sweep this weekend. I am keeping up with my husband and my wash. The boys do their own - their wives will thank me some day!

My foot was a little sore on top today, I don't think I wrapped it right after my shower this morning. I re-wrapped it this afternoon, it is doing better.

So, that's it - nothing exciting - which is fine with me - I like it calm!

TGIF!!

  
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GMAN1952 11/5/2011 9:01AM

    Enjoy her visit, mine is gone and I miss her very much.

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INFLATED 11/4/2011 5:54PM

    Have a good time!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 11/4/2011 5:19PM

    Enjoy your moether's visit. I wish I could visit with my mother again for even five minutes.

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