Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pathetic

I ended up heading back to WW AGAIN!!!

Yes, I am pathetic.

Does anyone have some extra motivation I can borrow???

I want to look cute in my clothes again.
I want to be able to run again.
I want to not jiggle in front of the mirror.
I want to feel accomplished again.
I want to feel more in control.
I want to look at a picture of myself and smile.
I want to buy a new dress for the Inauguration Ball, in a size 10 or smaller (without being stretchy)
I want to fit into my "cute butt" pants again... hehe!
I want to not feel self conscious having sex with my husband!!
I want to not have to wear a body smooth whenever I dress up.
I want to show my kids a good role model.
I want to practice what I preach as a PE teacher
I want to sleep better again.
I want to be an inspiration to others.
I want to want to get on the scale and see my accomplishments.
I want to be excited to buy clothes - not just shoes.
I want to be a HOT First Wife ;)

These are just a few of the things I want... so why does "But it tastes good" always seem to keep winning lately??

So sad :(

Monday, September 5, 2011

We finally freaking did it!!!!

This morning we did 5.3 miles which means that we officially completed the Summer 2011 Run Challenge with 101.5 miles completed between Memorial Day and Labor Day!! Woohoo!!

Our plan had to be modified a little and we ended up walking several of the miles, but we kept going. We didn't stop even though we had plenty of excuses.

We kept getting up WAY too early to speak of during summer vacation... oh and weekends! Man oh man, the sleep lost in finishing this damn challenge.

Oooohhh... and pain! Lots of pain.

YUP - my legs hurt so much that one night I actually woke up because I had to pee and tried to convince myself that it wasn't that bad, so I didn't have to get up and walk to the bathroom. I have taken more advil this week than after any surgery. uh huh! We worked for this!

BTW - I haven't been blogging much lately, but in case you didn't notice - we did 28.5miles THIS WEEK!!

So, yes, this challenge rocked because it showed us...

We are stronger than we even knew

How much we can accomplish

That even when we think we can't make it to that stupid gate, or tree, or pole...
we can actually surpass it!

That getting out and away from the kiddos, and hubbies, and housework
just plain helps
 
We deserve it!!

We can do anything, as long as we have our friends and family to support us :)

Thank you guys! And especially Elizabeth :)  This summer has been amazing! I feel like our friendship has grown even more... lmao - if that was even possible. You rock lady!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wanna Cry...

I pretty much gave up about a year ago. Occasionally I would start watching what I ate and maybe do some running, but for the most part, I've been going through the motions.

I'm sooo frustrated with myself!!

I'm almost ashamed... ok, I AM ashamed!!

Why did I throw away all of my freaking hard work??

What was I thinking??

SERIOUSLY!!

This morning I got on the scale. I looked down and I saw something frightening. I saw the number 170.0. 

A year ago... ok, closer to 15months ago, I saw 151.8. I remember that number. I was sooo proud of that number. That meant that I had worked hard, eaten well, and I felt awesome!! Not just because of the number, but because when you are working out and eating well, you end up sleeping better, feeling better about yourself, feeling better about life.

Right now, I feel like the Pillsbury Dough Girl. 

I HATE getting dressed! I HATE looking in the mirror. 

I feel like such a hypocrite when I tell my athletes about good nutrition and fueling their bodies. So today I need to change. I need to start making better decisions. I need to start moving more.

Today is the day! 

So, I have to go figure out what we will be having for lunch and dinner, because planning is the key! 

The 6 P's:
Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance!!!

I was almost going to say "Wish me luck", but I don't need luck. I NEED to work at this. 

I NEED to make ME a priority again! 

When I make myself a priority, everything else works better. So, once again - I'm pulling out the Nike Quote:

"Training is the Opposite of Hoping" 


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Frustration

I've been having some issues with injuries lately. Elizabeth and I signed up for a 5K on July 17th. I was excited and terrified.

I HATE hills!!

There was a big hill in the middle of this race.

We started the run strong. We ran up the hill, and then we ran DOWN the hill... it was much bigger running down. I felt great!

The rest was flat and easy going. We were going to finish in 30mins or less!

We were a little under 20mins at the 2 mile and that was WITH the HILL... then...

I stepped down and felt my calf cramp up. I couldn't put my heel down!

It was a balled mess :(

Elizabeth ended up finishing on her own and I got to walk the rest. I didn't want. I cried a lot. I was so frustrated... annoyed... bummed... ANGRY!!

So I gave it a week's "rest".

We did some trail hikes and swam in the pond while we were camping, but no running. So Monday when we got back. We headed out to the same route... I was going to finish this time!

NOPE!!! WTF??!?! My other calf cramped up and I was in pain AGAIN... seriously??!

We tried to run again yesterday and my leg was NOT going to let that happen.

So this challenge is seriously becoming  a CHALLENGE and I'm the reason we are so far off our goal. Between gall bladder surgery/recovery and these stupid injuries, we've already lost almost 5.5wks!

Anyway, I am resting the area... feeling like crap and mentally preparing to seriously crush some pavement as soon as I feel better. Even if that means a short run in the morning and then a slightly longer run in the pm... we will finish this!

We started a goal of running the half marathon... and nothing is going to stop that!

So, wish us luck and watch us go. This isn't the end.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The 99/100 Challenge! Still Going Strong!

We have been busy, but staying strong as far as our mileage. I have to say... Elizabeth is one strong Chick!  We went out for a run yesterday, knowing that we have a 5K on Sunday. That meant that no long run today or tomorrow, so she decided we were kicking ass. I totally agreed and mapped out a run that was 3.7miles. Hell, it's longer than we've ever done, so I figured "Why not".

Well... she knows we can do better.

I get paid lots of money to push other people through their potential. Pushing them past the hurt, and the whining, but I can't seem to make myself work that hard. BUMMER!!

BUT - I have Elizabeth :)  Yeah, we were running my "mapped route" and then she kicked it's ass to the curb and made us keep running! We ran 4.6miles (she ran 4.67 miles) Yes, I'll admit. I wimped out. I didn't know when we were going to finish and I thought I couldn't make it and I gave up. WHY!??! I have no idea.

I think too much!!

I totally had it in me. How do I know?? Because after we run, we always do a "Dunbar Dash". Basically, we walk back to the street we start at and run the .13 miles to the house. I was almost sprinting! That makes me so sad :(  

Why did I stop myself??

Why can't I push myself??

It makes me sad.

So for now, I am just going to run however long Elizabeth tells me I have to keep running and I'm not going to stop. We have that 5K on Sunday and the hill in the middle scares the crap out me, but we're going to do it! We are going to be strong and we are going to finish it.

I can't wait!!

Thanks Elizabeth!! I couldn't do this without you :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I know I've been awful about posting, so I figured I would write an update regarding our progress on the Summer 99/100 Run Challenge. We had started running again a couple weeks back and we were both VERY sore... and tired... and well, it was hot and we used it as an excuse... ok! lol

So this week we decided we can't do that anymore because, well, it's summer! It's going to continue to be hot and get even hotter, so the running commenced. We have run for the past 2 days... 3.12 miles on Tuesday and then the longest, hottest, most miserable 2.5 miles EVER yesterday. Actually, we were told by 3 individuals throughout our run that "we were crazy", "we were insane", and "it's too hot to run". I totally agreed with each one of them, but Elizabeth (my super motivator) kept saying, "Hey, how about instead you give us a cheer or something??" To which, they looked at us unamused.

BUT there was one set of ladies walking a dog who called us "Troopers". That was kind of cool :)

I did learn some lessons...
1. NEVER ever ever run without my mp3 player... it's miserable to run without music!!
2. NEVER ever ever ever run when it's so hot you can feel the pavement through your sneakers and socks, and think your skins burning off your body.
3. ALWAYS hydrate very well... especially when running in previously stated circumstances... lol
4. Finally, no matter how bad a run is... walking directly into a pool immediately after makes everything OK!

So that's what I learned yesterday. We are almost a quarter of the way done or challenge, which sounds awful since we only have half the summer left BUT we lost about 4wks between post surgery and our little running avoidance week. When you look at it that way, this is going to be cake!

We actually signed up for a 5K this Sunday AND we plotted out a 5 mile route to do soon :)  If we can do it, so can you!! It's not too late... OR you can help us raise some money for The Shepard's Pantry by clicking the "donate" button on the upper left of the blog!

 I am off to complete another item on our summer list!

Friday, July 1, 2011

I'm freaking running again!!!

I was cleared this week!!! YAY!!!

So Elizabeth and I kick started our return to the 99/100 Summer Run Challenge and we've run a little over 5 miles in the past 2 days back. Woohoo...

Here is today's run:



Can I just say... my legs are killing me!! 3wks off kicked my ass... ugh! But we started again. We didn't give up :)  I would totally tell you the Cadence that Elizabeth came up with except, I cannot remember for the life of me what it was. It was AWESOME, I remember that much.

So excited! We're running again... oh, and I'm eating healthier again. Feeling so much better, now hopefully the pounds will start dropping again. Hey, at least I have an entire year before I have to look cute in my bridesmaid dress :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Woohoo!!

Worked out again this morning... but I have to admit, I stretched the doctor's recommendation just a little. I did the treadmill again - at 3.0 mph which never seems like anything, but hey, I'm moving, right?! While I do the treadmill, Elizabeth does the elliptical. We did this for 30mins. THEN we switched!!  Yup, I got on the elliptical for 15mins... woohoo!

I did NOT push it. I was going slow. I kept the ramp down. I held onto the stationary rails (we don't have the moving arms) and I felt it! Boy oh boy, we are dying to get back to running. We keep talking about it. I have my follow-up with the doctor in less than a week. I am wishing, and hoping, and thinking and praying that he will clear me!

I know, I know. it's only been 17days, but I feel perfectly fine. No pain. No digestive issues. No anything!! I am fine... hear that, Doc?? Let me RUN!

I am soo signing up for the Spooner 10K this year. I canNOT wait to complete my first 10K and then I will be conquering the New Bedford Half Marathon. Yes, I might die. BUT a girl needs a goal and 2 chubby chicks can do anything... lmao :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

2 Weeks!

Tomorrow make 2 weeks following the surgery to remove my gallbladder. I feel good.

I thought I tore something the other day when I sneezed.

Now, I feel better.

BUT - now I have this stupid itchy rash... that the doctor says sounds unrelated to the surgery. YAY!

Man, oh man. I can't wait to run!!! I want to run and run and RUN!! I want to finish the 100 miles... hehe :)

I have a list of things to do this summer but I've decided that the biggest thing is to have fun!! I have to figure out how to stop eating the stupid things I've been eating!! UGH... I swear, I'm so excited that I'm not having pain anymore with food, that I've been trying EVERYTHING that used to cause pain. I mean, seriously, I have had Ben and Jerry's, mixed drinks, fried foods, whatever I feel like.

This is definitely not the way back to the healthy lifestyle I was aiming for. I've decided that I will be making small changes this week and gradually returning to the good life. Next week,  I will returning to my weekly WW meetings. Next week, I will hopefully be given the OK to start jogging. Next week, I should be able to start doing normal stuff again - even lifting more than 20lbs!! woohoo.

But RIGHT NOW... I have to stop eating like crap. It's something that I can do! It's an achievable goal. It's something that will improve the way I feel. The way I look. The way I experience life.

So why is it so hard??

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thinking Back...

I haven't been on the computer much this week since the surgery. I was too drugged (me and my 1/2 a pill) or too tired laying on the couch, or just too damn lazy to just read anything. But today I got up started catching up on some of the blogs I read. One of the blogs I've recently started to follow is The Anti-Jared. He is very similar to my husband in many ways and I love the passion in his words.

Today he wrote about another blogger's post and it was soo interesting to me. This is what he copied:

Last week, she asked a question…..
What do you think… what do you *honestly* think… when you see a very obese mother with her very obese young child? What do you think? Do you make any assumptions? How do you feel towards the mother? Towards the child?

I thought about it for a minute and I felt a little sad. I think that I would feel bad for the mom. I've been obese. Actually, at my current size 10, 160 lbs, I'm still technically obese by BMI standards. Although, most people, especially those who've known throughout my journey feel that I look healthy and should be proud of my accomplishments, I'm still worried everyday when I get dressed.

I get a twinge of fear when I am folding my clothes and they look too small for me to possibly fit into them and I'm amazed each time that I pull one on and it isn't bulging. I'm afraid that I will pass that awful pain of being overweight to my children.

I hate the stages that they go through when the first grow "out" then "up". I'm constantly comparing my daughters to their classmates hoping that they never become the 'big girl" that I was. I've had conversations about eating in moderation. Discussing healthy snacks and choices. Trying to workout out and play with my kids to get them excited and active, but it scares me.

I remember my mom putting me into modeling school in 8th grade. I was 141lbs and maybe about 5 feet tall. That was the year that I started my slim-fast diet. I would bring a thermos to school each day and say that I was just drinking chocolate milk and that I would eat when I got home. It worked. I was down to 126lbs and looking pretty cute... even got myself a boyfriend. lol

I remember Terry - the program director- telling me I still had to get down to 108. There was no way! I was already down to an 8 and I am not a small framed girl no matter how you looked at it. It was never enough. When I got to high school, I stopped the Slim-Fast and the 7day diet that had me eating spinach salad, and a cup of cottage cheese with 6 saltine crackers. Or even dry tuna fish on a piece of dry toast. Aren't you tempted to try this one??? I was 13 yrs old!!

I was up to 162 lbs by the time I graduated high school and then I started working out with my brother. I was running, lifting, sprinting, plyometrics, all the good stuff and lost almost 20lbs before entering undergrad. I was once again, HOT. I scored another boyfriend and once again, started my journey back up to 160lbs.I was still comfortable because he loved me and no one ever said anything.

When we broke up, I spent all of my time in the gym - studying, avoiding the dining the hall, trying not to just sleep the day away. I lost the weight and we started dating again. Damn it! Then I stopped going to the gym, started eating again, and building up to 160lbs - when I graduated I was 164lbs. Isn't it amazing I can tell you all of these weights?!?! I remember them all... they are burned into my brain.

I graduated grad school a whooping 181lbs and met my hubby when I was 185. Now, I wasn't trying to impress. On our first date, I wore my overalls with a t-shirt that had a pocket on my chest big enough for a quarter. But he loved me... instantly :)

He was a chef and in that first year I gained 35 lbs!


It's embarrassing now to think about it. I can remember ordering my dress for my brother's wedding and calling my SIL and telling her that they charged my for a plus size dress even though I wasn't that big. I can only imagine what she was thinking on the other side of the phone.

I remember feeling angry that these people were trying to make me bigger than I was. What was I thinking?? I was over 200 lbs and couldn't see how big I was. 

I remember about this time, my husband (soon to be, at the time) and I were walking to the Chinese Restaurant near our apartment and a car drove by and someone shouted out the window "Fat Asses!!". I was hurt and embarrassed, but never said anything. I pretended like I hadn't heard them.

6 months later it was my turn to get married. We had decided on a Medieval Wedding, which was great. I had my grandmother make my dress and it was beautiful. It was satin and velvet and layers upon layers. It was a BIG dress! 

I'm still so sad that I was never able to try dresses on for my wedding. I wanted to have her make it and I found the perfect one, but I think I was always afraid to not fit into any. I never got the opportunity to have people ooohhh and aaahhh. I never got to have the girls go with me to try to help find the right one. 

I don't get much joy looking at my pictures anymore. I look and see the memories and LOVE that feeling, but I feel bad for the girl I see when I look at me. 

I never felt big that day. I did feel like a princess... with my prince who loves me no matter what. 

I am going to lose the rest of the weight I need to lose.

I am going to make sure that my kids never have to go through what I went through. I will make sure that they understand how to avoid that. I will help them LOVE their bodies... no matter what! 

I've already told my husband (who's already lost 60lbs) that we will be renewing our vows and I WILL be trying on dresses... even if I will be renting it for the day. I will be the beautiful bride (with only 1 chin) and I will be healthy!!

So to that obese mom with an obese child... I am thinking... Don't give up! You aren't alone and it's not impossible. To that mom in the spandex with an obese child... you need to find balance, and to that mom who appears to be "normal" and struggles everyday, just remember that it's a journey with ups and downs. As long as you love yourself and you teach your child to do the same, you can overcome anything!!

***BTW - Payton asked me the other night who that person was in the picture. The picture of me for my brothers wedding. That tells me that I'm still on the right path... and I am not going to give it up!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Speed Bump

Yup, that's what we're calling it.

I had a little surgery yesterday. Nothing major... just had my gallbladder removed. Apparently, the procedure went well and I should be feeling better soon. BUT I was given the awful news of vigorous activity for 6wks. I talked the nurse down to 3-4wks based on pain, etc. But that still means we will be losing 21-28days from our 99 day challenge!

Thankfully, we kicked ass last week and managed to log 14miles in 7 days. If we get back into that rhythm when I'm cleared we should have no problem completing our "challenge"! It's just going to be more of a challenge.

So that gives you even more incentive to join us, right?? You can start now and let us know how your challenge is going. Remember we are doing this to help the Shepard's Pantry... we can't let them down! And heck, I'm not ready to let myself down.

We will be walking together. Plus I will be biking at home and Elizabeth will be jogging with a friend to keep up (but we aren't counting any miles until we can run together again). It's not too late to start!! Let us know how you doing :)

Right now, I'm under doctor's orders though... so nap time it is :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

First Week - 99/100 Summer Run Challenge


Today was day 7 in the 99/100 Summer Run Challenge. That's right... one week down and 92 days left to go before Labor Day. We worked our butts off and logged 14 miles this week. That's almost twice what is required to meet our goal, but with surgery, camping trips, and the general unknowns, we are trying to get pretty ahead of the game to ensure victory over this challenge!

Here's our running map for today. It was actually not that bad. Elizabeth mentioned while we were walking home, that I didn't even grunt once! lmao. Yes, I literally run and say stuff like "AAAaaahhh" and "Ggrrrr". It's better than swearing, or even worse... walking, right?



Part of this journey is funny to me because I make a living getting people into shape. I am an Athletic Trainer. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I am also OUT OF SHAPE!! I hate to have to say that.

I hate that I worked so hard with a personal trainer and got pretty darn fit... and abandoned it. Why? Because it was hard! So now, I am working to get strong again. I am working to get in shape, and be happy, and make a difference.

I am DONE!

I am done settling because it's easier. I am going to start proving to myself that I am worth it and I am going to get this done.

Ok - before I do all that, I will go settle down with hubby and watch some tv and go to bed. I have surgery on Tuesday and figure by Thursday I should be ready to at least walk again. I am not going to let this be another excuse to throw in the towel.

Who else is going to step up to our challenge?? Come on, there are 92 days left and even if you are starting from the beginning, that's only a little over a mile a day. It's an easy challenge. You can do it with your kids. You can bike, walk, jog, swim, rollerblade... whatever! Just get moving and let me know how it's going.

Good luck!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Another amazing run

4 days of running and we have completed 11.2miles!! That's pretty good for chubby chicks, huh?? LMAO. Sorry, we were running today and a nice guy was walking. We passed him once and he said "Good Job, ladies". Then we crossed and went our separate ways. On the top of the hill, we met again and said "Looking good". To which I replied (under my breathe) to Elizabeth "AKA, wow, they're not dead yet" and she replied "Yeah. Or 'Not bad for 2 chubby chicks'". Love it!!

Sorry, the chub isn't going away, but I have no one to blame but myself. I will be getting my gallbladder out on Tuesday and started reading stuff about what my diet should look like following the procedure.

It's AWFUL!!!!

It says no ice cream, no chocolate, no cauliflower....

OK... so maybe I'm not upset about the cauliflower, but CHOCOLATE and ICE CREAM!?! That's like wiping out 2 Food Groups?? No??

So I quickly texted (I'm not sure if that's a word, but I'm using it!) my hubby and had him bring me ice cream. He did NOT disappoint. He brought me home a pint of Ben and Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. Uh huh, the worst possible ice cream for you! It has 4 servings in that little container with 24g of fat and 350 calories per serving... see... chub is sticking around for a while. BUT I made him share it. hehe. 

Funny thing is, after eating that I had a little stomach discomfort, that's it. If had eaten the non-fat cottage cheese in the fridge though, I would have been curled up into a little ball. Suspicious, that's all I have to say.

Anyway, so we ran again today and did 3 miles... after doing 3.1 miles yesterday! Yay :) We are trying to get some mileage in fast because I will be down and out for a couple of days and don't want to get behind. Remember 100 miles in 99 days... for a cause! We are raising money to donate to the local food pantry, The Shepard's Pantry! So if you would like to help us, please feel free to click the little donate button on the top side bar... any little bit counts :)

Also, it's not too late to join us! It's only 100 miles and there are still 94 days left which means you still only have to walk, jog, run, bike, swim, or scoot a little over a mile a day to complete the challenge by Labor Day... and feel amazing while doing it!!

So check out the information and join us for our 99/100 Summer Run Challenge! Yes, I think I caught Elizabeth's exclamation addiction today... hehe :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The 99/100 Challenge!


Day 2 is done and we were able to complete a little over 2 miles today. I'm not going to post a new map for every run... unless you want me to. LMAO

This means that we've completed 5 miles in the first 2 days! We aren't anything amazing... well, maybe Elizabeth is :)  She's the one who gets me out and running. I have to be honest, I HATE to go workout. I love the feeling of working out and like when I'm actually doing, but GOING to do it... not!

Anyway, we upped the ante AGAIN! Now we have a donation button. We wanted to make this mean something. We wanted to make it more important than us getting out and running. She we decided to run to help our community. We will be having a fundraiser for the Shepard's Pantry in Fairhaven, MA.

So, please, join in the run at anytime... there's still time to catch up. It's still only a little more than a mile a day to reach the end. Remember... 99 days between Memorial Day to Labor Day and only 100 miles to complete! Have a fundraiser for something you believe in.

We are also doing a 5K with our friends and family on a little path we know on Labor Day weekend to kind of make a big deal of the whole thing :) Face it, it would look really bad if after all this running, we couldn't run our very own 5K, right?

Check out the details here. I hope that we get you inspired! I hope that we get you moving! Get the kids out on their bikes. Get on your roller blades, heck get in the pool... whatever you want to do :)   If you'd like to help, click the donate button. Thanks!

Oh and like Elizabeth always tells me "It doesn't have to be fast. It doesn't have to look good, but you can't stop!"  Isn't that inspiring?? You don't need fancy clothes or cute outfits... hehe. Just look at us!

Monday, May 30, 2011

The 99/100 Challenge!

Anyone up for a challenge?? Actually, in terms of challenges, this one is rather small.

There are 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and in that time me and Elizabeth will be running 100 miles. Yeah, yeah, yeah... I'm sure all you runners out there are thinking this is a pathetically small distance to complete in 99 days, right? Well, not for us! It works out to be a little more than a mile a day... 7.14miles per week actually. However, when you factor in jobs, kids, vacations, dogs, and well... just about anything else; getting out to run everyday is tough. I know, I feel better when I run and I know I like the results of toning my body, BUT seriously, it's just EASIER to do nothing!!

So we are going to be posting about our runs, distances, epiphanies (ummm... yeah), and maybe a little whining... but we're hoping that you might join us! So grab the link at top and post this challenge on your blog. In the end, we will be wrapping it all up Labor Day weekend with a 5K for our family and friends to help benefit a local food pantry... more details to come :)

I will set up a sidebar so we can all keep track of each others' progress, because seriously, isn't a lot more of a challenge/motivation when you aren't doing it alone??

Now, for those of you still hesitant about this challenge... you don't have to RUN! Heck, get the kids involved and walk to the park everyday. Break out the roller blades, scooters, or bikes. The idea is to get moving and you never know, maybe your friends have been looking for a reason to get up and going as well.

Good luck and let me know when you decide to join the challenge! We're starting tomorrow at 7am... who's in?!?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Weight Loss Challenge

Doing it together! Now I'm on a mission... I'm up for the challenge :)  I am officially entering into a Weight Loss Challenge with some of the other parents at the kids school. We have approximately 100days til the end of the competition and I am going to win. hehe

Our Rules are simple. We weigh-in each week and send it our "secretary" who will be keeping track of our progress. We are using percentages to keep it fair and we're using measurements as well as weight. The men will be doing the percentage weight loss plus the percentage of loss on their waist size. The women will be doing the percentage of weight loss plus the average of the percentage of loss from both the hips and waist. Face, we've got junk in the trunk and that needs to be accounted for :)

So I started back at Weight Watchers at 163.6. I lost 2 lbs in the first week and now I have even more motivation to keep it going. I've been trying new foods to try to make sure I get in all of my Healthy Guidelines (ie, water, milk, lean protein, fruits and veggies, healthy oils, and exercise!) and not hit a rut. I'm still sooo excited that Hubby is joining me in the journey. We are both getting healthier and hopefully passing that attitude on to our kids.

On your mark. Get Set. Goo....

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Week 2

Today was the 2nd weigh-in at Weight Watchers and I'm down 2 lbs!! Yay :)

This is the first time that I'm doing WW with my hubby on board as well, and it's awesome! He gets it... he really really gets it :) Before if I wanted him to bring home "bad stuff" he would. Now he brings home something that's healthy but will get me by. Now don't think that I'm making him do all of the work. We are definitely doing this as team.

Some of the "treats" I've been going with this week...
1. cottage cheese with jell-o powder in it mixed with fresh strawberries
2. "fried" bananas - toss a chopped banana in a nonstick pan with cooking spray and cinnamon, then when it gets all soft and yummy, throw in about a tbsp maple syrup. Doesn't even matter what kind
3. Vegetable spring rolls from Market Basket... OMFG!! awesome isn't even the word
4. whole wheat pasta with a low calorie sauce made with love... added olives, peppers, garlic... yummy!
5. Frozen broccoli with cheddar - anything! Even mixed it with egg whites and peppers for an omelet.
6. Taco Meatloaf. Have a small slice but put it with a full salad and salsa can be the dressing.
7. Dannon light and fit yogurt. I love this stuff!
8. Biscotti!! I bought a box of these things. I got the "Decadent" kind... dark chocolate "cookie" with dark chocolate on the bottom and almonds. WOW - that's all I can say. Low in points and oh sooo worth it :)

I am going to make it to my goal weight this time!! Right now I am about 29 lbs away. Gonna get it done!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Once again

I've gotta to the point where I need to start doing something... AGAIN!! Why is it that I can't just keep going and maintain a healthy lifestyle like so many other people. Why is it that I feel so good and can't imagine myself not taking care of my mind and body and then all of a sudden I jump off and can't see how to get back on track??

I'm not in a good spot right now. I'm sooo proud of my hubby right now. He's begun his journey to get fit and in about 4 wks he's already lost almost 25lbs! Isn't that amazing?!? So if he's doing so well, how come in that same time have I lost 2lbs?

Yesterday, I worked out and I tracked for a full day. Today I started tracking again and I think I'm going to head down to the basement to jump on the elliptical soon. I have to just make the effort. I have to put me first - ok maybe second... right now I am making DESSERTS, of all things! I have to make a variety of desserts for my husbands campaign fundraiser tomorrow night. None of them will be points friendly... lol

OK- I'm signed up for a 5k in May and I am debating on signing up for the one in April. I need to do this. I need something to focus on. I need a reason!! ugh.

Is anyone else struggling??

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wicked Light Sausage and Egg Bake

It was a success!! The egg bake came out AMAZING yesterday, if I do say so myself. And 1/4 of the 8x8 casserole dish is only 5pts... it doesn't get much better than that :)

Recipe:
1 3oz link turkey sausage
1 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic
1 medium red pepper
1 cup mushrooms
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
2 frozen hash browns - crumbled
3 wedges laughing cow cheese
2 cups liquid egg whites (approx 8 egg whites)
1/2 cup 1% milk
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Put the oil in the hot pan over med-high heat. Add the garlic, red pepper and sausage. Break or chop up the sausage as much as possible. Once the sausage is browning and the pepper is softening, add the mushrooms and then the tomato. When these are looking tender, add the hash browns and then chop the cheese wedges. Turn off the heat. Mix the milk, basil, eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl and add to heated mixture. Stir until mixed. Pour into a greased 8x8" casserole dish.

In 350 degree oven, cook covered for 40-45 mins. Remove the cover and cook for another 20 mins. Make sure that it is firm when you remove it. Replace the cover and let stand 5-10 mins to completely set. ENJOY!! I added some fresh fruit to make it even better. Hope you like it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

And Away We Go....

I've become involved in a lot of things this year... one of which is Bookclub. Now, we do discuss the books, but for the most part it's a way to get out and chat and drink wine and basically have fun!! I think that every woman should be in a "bookclub"!

Well, we are each other supports, as well. We keep each other sane, share laughs, cries, oh and did I mention the FOOD?!?! Yes, we do a meal that is associated with the book we choose. It's so much fun. This year, however, we've decided that we should also help each other reach the goals that we've all been putting off... the weightloss goals! So, enter the Bookclub Weightloss Challenge!! heehee

The initial weigh in is today and I got on the scale... wow guy, it was worse than I thought. BUT let me be honest, I earned each and every one of those 165lbs :( It wasn't a sad face when I was doing it though. Oh no... it was AWESOME!! But now that I think about it, was it really 13 lbs+ awesome?? I'm not thinking so.

So today is Day 1 of getting back on track. I'm still doing WW, but only online. My girls are going to be my support group this time. I am only using the website. The cool thing about the website... anyway can use the message boards! They are sooo useful. They have boards based on age, amount of weight loss, challenges, recipe reviews, etc. You just have to register to enable you to post to them. Check it out.

Now, I don't know about you, but I LOVE breakfast! It is my absolute favorite meal... ok, after dessert, maybe. But seriously, I love to eat breakfast. So I just made my "light sausage egg bake" into a "WICKED Light Sausage Egg Bake"... hehe. It's in the oven right now, but I will post the recipe if it tastes half as good as it smells :)

Now, gonna go do some exercises from my "Couch Potato Workout" while I wait. Next weigh-in is only 7 days away.