Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Did you know you can cook your meat in water? I just started it a little over a month ago, and now I'm addicted! Before, I would cook chicken breasts, for example, in a little oil on the stovetop or in the oven, seasoning it right before cooking, and the results were usually a dry breast devoid of flavor. I've never been good at cooking meat. Now I marinade the chicken breast overnight in pepper, sea salt, basil, etc. Heat up some water in a pan (not enough to submerge the chicken at all (i.e. not to boil it), but enough to produce some steam to cook the meat), put the chicken in when the water starts steaming, and place a lid over the top while it steams and cooks. You have to watch it closely, adding more water as needed, but the results are surprising. For the first time, my chicken breasts are moist. And you don't have all of the fat from the oil! I find that this method doesn't work well with chicken strips, narrow in width, but with full chicken breasts, it comes out incredibly moist.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Well, I have not drunk pop in over a month (which is huge for me). However, I have replaced it with copious amounts of teas (and I DO mean copious). I find the tea to be so soothing, but of course it is a diuretic. That would be ok if I were drinking tons of water....but I'm not. Here it is 9:25pm and I'm just not cracking open my first bottle of water. What's wrong with me?! I walk around with a dry mouth all of the time. It's not good. I betcha if I actually got 8 cups of water or more in per day, I would probably be able to think clearer. I usually don't think about getting my water in until the end of the day, maybe getting a bottle or two in before going to bed. I really need to work out a better plan for getting my water in during the day. It's not like I hate the taste of water....it's just that I get so busy at work and school that a whole day goes by before I even think about it. Does anyone else struggle with this?
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Well, I completely messed up today. I not only fell off the bandwagon, but it backed up and ran me over a couple times. So I'm a medical student, on my surgery rotation. I started with a new surgeon today, and let me tell you he is a psychopath...he's a great surgeon and man does he know his stuff....but nonetheless he is a psychopath. All he does is scream in the operating room...no one is safe. Not the nurses, not med student (me), and especially not the resident. During the 5 operations today, I heard the 'F' word more times than in my entire life added together. After the first surgery, I took off my surgical gown and my scrubs beneath were literally drenched in sweat. The operating room was freezing cold, but I was so tense and even shaking the whole time that I came out soaking wet. Well, the whole day went like that and in between surgeries I took to sedating myself with chocolate and other sweets. A brownie here, cookie there, banana pudding, another brownie and another cookie....then off to salty snacks like a bag of peanuts and two bags of chips. It was just awful. In one day, I likely set myself back a whole week or two's worth of weight loss. Mind you, up to this point, I've been doing pretty well. In another two weeks I will be at my one year mark of my weight loss journey, and I have reached 70 lbs down. I'll be darned if I let this stress detour me from my goal. Ughhh!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Took me 5 mins to do a rush job of scraping the ice off of my car windows. Pulled out onto the semi-plowed street, and headed onto the highway. Cars are driving slow, passed a car that had slid off the road. But no matter how bad the roads are, how cold the wind is, or the fact that I could be sleeping in this Saturday morning, I'm going to the gym! Got there safely, by God's grace. Walked in and looked around for my trainer....but I can't find him. Finally, I asked another guy who works there. "Oh, he's not coming in today, because of the bad weather. He couldn't get into his car this morning." Oh, rats! Well, I'm already here, I might as well work up a good sweat.
In the past, if this had have happened, I probably would have been upset, disappointed, and self-pitying. I would have left the gym, without working out, and driven through McDonald's drive-thru to get a hot fudge sundae. I know it sounds childish, but I'm just being honest. I was so proud of myself today. I just shrugged it off, and went to working out. Did 30mins on elliptical, and 1 hour of weight lifting, lunges, crunches, planks, leg lifts, etc., and then 15 mins in the sauna to wind-down and relax.
I reached the 60 lbs-down (since May 2011) mark today. I just want to remind everyone out there, and to remind myself, that losing weight is doable. We don't need to rely on others (trainers, workout buddies, the spouse or family) to keep us motivated and on track. Of course, they are all great when they're there, but if something were to happen and we lose that external accountability, we need to stay accountable to ourselves. We have to be determined and willing to work out even when there's bad weather, we're tired, we fell back on our old eating habits the day before and are now feeling depressed, or any other excuse our brilliant minds can effortlessly come up with. Obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a commitment we need to make for life. We will mess up from time to time (Life happens!)....but longterm consistency is the key! Good luck :) It's worth it!!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Got on the scale today, and I am officially 51.5 lbs down since May 2011! Praise God!! I remember yesterday, I was so upset, because I saw a cousin of mine that I haven't seen in so long....we got to talking about exercise and health and I shared with him that I've lost 49 lbs since May....and he was like," You mean you were 49 lbs heavier than you are now?! You're still big....I can't imagine you being 49 lbs heavier! I was talking to my brother the other day, and he was telling me how big you are now. I can't imagine you even bigger." Then my dad piped in," Yeah, when she came to my church, I saw the looks on peoples faces. They didn't say anything, but I knew exactly what they were thinking....They were thinking 'She's too fat to be becoming a doctor!' "
Needless to say, I was really hurt. I try not to worry about what others say or think about me...but it still stings...especially coming from family! Aren't they supposed the be the ones to be the most supportive?! Anyway, I was so teed-off that I went for a 2-mile walk in the freezing cold rain and bitter wind! People probably thought I was crazy! I am soooo proud of myself, though, b/c in the past, I always turned to food for comfort. But this time, I actually chose a healthy alternative to burn off some steam :) Anyway, I've come so far that I can't get detoured now. and this morning made it all worth it. I jumped to 51.5 lbs down?! Oh, I had a grin from ear-to-ear! (I still do! :) My goal is to lose 150 lbs total, and now I am officially 1/3 of the way there! God is good! and today is a wonderful day! :D
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