Monday, March 12, 2012
Almost another pound!!!
My future sister-in-law Mary and I threw a bridal shower for our boyfriends' sister, Pam this weekend. Everything was beautiful and FUN! Mary was in charge of paper (invites, decorations, etc.) and I did food, booze, and games. The theme was San Francisco (where they are getting hitched), so I made standard luncheon fare, but with a SF twist. We had a cheese plate with central coast bleu cheese and dried figs, Chinatown vegetable egg rolls, Palace hotel Green Goddess salad (the dressing was the bomb (and I cut the mayo with light sour cream- shhhh!)), Fisherman's Wharf sourdough sandwiches, fruit salad, fortune cookies, almond cookies, cake, and sparkling wine from Napa and Sonoma. Here are a few pics:
I went OVER calories for the first time this year by almost 200 cals (oy!), but started the day with oatmeal, worked my behind off all day, and ended with fish. Last night I totaled my differentials this week and it exceeded 4,000, so I figured I came out unscathed. Whew... I was nervous.
Yesterday the bf and I went to Balboa Island with Mary and her bf Daniel to celebrate the culmination of this party, lol! Here is a photo I am pleased to share of Mike and I (thinner, yes, but I think we look so young!):
I must admit that one highlight of the party was hearing everyone talk about how much weight I have lost and ask about my secrets (HA!)... It was a very nice pat on the back.
This week will be great! Mike and I start... RUNNING! I mentioned last week that he signed us up for a zombie 5k for later this year, so we're starting the couch to 5k program tonight! I am excited to step it up. You all KNOW I'll let you know how it's going!!!
Love and luck to you all in this sparkly new week!
Monday, March 05, 2012
Good morning, Sparkles!
This week was really challenging with school and work, and even though I ate within my calories and walked almost everyday, I was nervous it wouldn't be enough... But it was. One pound- exactly what I worked for and wanted.
School: Oh man... Grad school is hard, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a lunatic or mass murderer, and you should run from them. It's just piles of reading and projects without much instruction. You have to jump into a lot of work acting as if you know exactly what to do and how to do it. I'm managing a group project where we develop a strategic plan for a library I've never visited, and our library liason is not great with communicating. Boo. My cataloging class is just... Tedious. Hard. Frustrating.
Work: I am teaching kindergarteners the difference between fiction and non-fiction, 1st-3rd graders are getting a library tour to prepare them for a book hunt, and I'm running a review session for my 4th-6th graders on various library skills that they SHOULD have picked up throughout the year *wink*
Life: Mike pulled his calf and neck this week- POOR BABY! This made working out almost impossible for him, and he didn't lose (or gain, I should note) any weight... We almost had to cancel ziplining on Saturday (which was SO MUCH FUN!), but he was having none of that. A few extra strength aspirin and a heating pad, and he was good to go. He's feeling much better this week, and his crazy behind even signed us up for a zombie 5k (he's never ran a lap!) in October... We're going to start that couch to 5k program next week. I love that crazy kid.
Things that are working:
-NOT GIVING UP (I had a real epiphany this week about past "failures" that taught me how to get here, so therefore, weren't really failures at all. Now I know what to do- this isn't some crash diet, now this is about longterm health and happiness. Even when the scale stays in one place for far too long, I know I'm doing the right things, so I have to just keep keeping on!)
Room for improvement:
-Strength training! I've only been doing it about once a week, I'd like to double that!
LOVE and best of luck to all of you in this new fresh week!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Holy moly... This is a no-brainer, but I had to share because it was so good. Like, real pizza good. The bf loved it. It was ready in minutes. I got the idea from Skinnytaste.com, which is a great WW recipe site. I get lots of ideas from that skinny lady.
Sauce- 32 oz. can of whole tomatoes with basil, 6 garlic gloves, 1 T olive oil
Ricotta mix- about 1/4 cup ricotta, a little finely shaved garlic, salt, and pepper
1 9x12 inch whole wheat lavash (the whole piece I had was about 240 calories)
Mozzarella- 1 slice (about an ounce)
Parmesan and red pepper flake- optional, but delicious!
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees
-To make sauce, sautee whole cloves garlic in oil until lightly browned, then add canned tomatoes with the juice, break up the whole tomatoes as they warm up, and let reduce until chunky
-Half a piece of lavash, spread a couple tablespoons of marinara on top, dollop with riccotta mixture, topwith broken up pieces of mozzarella
-Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown and the edges are crispy
For one whole lavash pizza (2 big pieces) it was about 340 calories, cheese and all. I served it with a light Cesar salad :)
Skinnytaste recommends spraying the lavash with oil before baking to make crispier, but these were plenty crispy without the spray...
I am having this again for lunch tomorrow.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I will avoid cliches entirely int his post.
Week 8 was hard for me, but I haven't a clue why. I had the week off of work, got a lot of schoolwork done, ate withing my calories all 7 days and exercised 6 days of the week. I blogged my about my food, pushed myself by doing more hikes (fewer flat walks), and I finally started a little strength training (with cardio as a Sparkfriend suggested- it helped!). I bought clothes in a SIZE 8 because my 10 and 12 work pants have been sliding off of my butt. I have NEVER bought a size 8 that really FIT.
All of these things make me proud, but dang is it hard not to obsess. I want to re-evaluate everything, but I have to trust that what I've been doing is working and just keep it up. I am an experienced quitter, but not this time.
Yesterday I went to a brunch for my best friend's birthday- and it was FUN. I ate a beautiful salad, fruit, crab legs, a glass of champagne, and a chocolate covered strawberry. It was all within my calories, so I'm thinking I need to incorporate more chocolate and champagne into my life, lol! Everyone said Mike and I look great, which I LOVED (I'm such a sucker for compliments!)...
Alright... Onward march. In week 9, I will keep it up, not stress about this little loss, and NOT step on the scale mid-week. I really hope that in my next weigh-in, that I feel like I'm really in the 140s, and not on the edge of the 150s. I'm ready for the next level.
Love and luck to you all in the coming week. Here's to a fresh start!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Day three of blogging was just as fun for me. My usual meals aren't too far off from this, but during work weeks I always repeat breakfasts and lunches (like oatmeal and yogurt/fruit/granola twice each, and a Greek salad Mon.-Thurs.). But having this week off, I could try out different things, which was really fun.
Breakfast: Quinoa with cinnamon, brown sugar, 1/3 cup light soy milk, and strawberries- I loved this, it was delicious, different, and kept me just as full as oatmeal (349 calories)
Lunch: Pork tamale I found in my freezer from the holidays over romaine lettuce with tomato, pickled jalapeno, cilantro, and salsa verde mixed with light sour cream (256 calories)
Snacks: First I sectioned a HUGE pomelo (it's like a grapefruit, but less bitter) and ate the WHOLE thing! It was great, but I needed another snack before our walk tonight... (113 calories)
2nd snack: half a pretzel rod with a piece each of ham and mozzerella cheese, a little mustard (126 calories)
Dinner: I've been dreaming of chicken pot pie (of all things), so I concocted a casserole by browning a large chicken breast (cut into pieces), tons of black pepper, a pint of mushrooms, and some onion, then deglazed with a splash of reisling, mixed in 2/3 of a can of 98% fat free Cammpbell's cream of chicken soup, topped with a little parmesan cheese, and baked... NOTHING like a pot pie, BETTER. It was like a really good chicken and gravy meets French onion soup. I'll be making this mistake soon again. A little steamed broccoli, and Mike got brown rice, too ;) (478 calories)
And the nutrition:
Thank you all for reading. I love reading other food logs and recipes for ideas and inspiration- especially all of you Bahama Mamas! Are you ladies doing this just for a week? Longer, I hope!
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