Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 7 of 25: Goodbye, 240's!

You better believe I was doing the happy dance this morning! I grabbed my dog and we danced around the bathroom, danced our way in to the kitchen and around the island. There was singing and a few weird looks and laughs from my husband. Why all of this celebrating, you ask? Well, my friends, I have officially entered the 230's! I have not been in the 230's for at least 3 years. This is a great feeling!




Another reason to celebrate this accomplishment is because with only one more pound lost, I will have lost a total of 30 pounds!

238... I'm coming for ya!




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Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 6 of 25: So Long Tight Pants

Like most people, I have a pair of work pants that my husband and I know as the "tight pants". These are the pants that I avoiding wearing at all cost. They're the pair that I'd do a midnight run of laundry just to get out of having to wear them the next day. They are the pair that I'd try on, then quickly rip off in disgust before searching for an alternative while rushing my way through the morning routine. These are the pants that I put at the bottom of my folded laundry pile. They are the pants that I am relieved to unbutton when I take a bathroom break, and the ones that make me think, "who needs to wear pants anyways?" when it comes time to button them back up. Okay, okay... maybe they aren't THAT bad, but you get the picture.

These pants that I refer to are the enemy of all pants. Or maybe I should say that they 'were' the enemy of all pants, because I have been wearing my "tight pants" all morning without noticing which pants I actually had on. My tight pants are no longer tight! They fit perfectly now! No longer do I have an enemy in my closet, but instead a new best friend. No more frantic searches for the pants that fit. I can officially wear any of the pants in my closet without worry! What a relief... so long "tight pants"!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 5 of 25: What a ride!

Yesterday was such a beautiful day! The sky was bright blue with big fluffy white clouds. The sun was shining and it was about 75 degrees. Complete bliss!

My husband and I wanted to take advantage of the great day, so we did a little research on bike trails not too far from where we live. We found an interesting trail that use to be railroad tracks. It's called the Western Reserve Greenway, one of Ohio's rails to trails projects. We decided to give it a try and I'm so glad that we did!
















We ended up riding the trail 7.25 miles before heading back. By the time we were done, we rode 14.5 miles in 2 hours. It was such a peaceful and beautiful ride. One that we will not soon forget!

After biking, we decided to go to a pizza shop not too far from the trail. We were being a bit counterproductive by ordering a medium super deluxe, but we felt that a couple of pieces of that was well deserved.







My husband was especially happy with this choice! :)

I'm happy to say that despite having two pieces of the super deluxe, I still managed to weight in a half of a pound less than on Wednesday. Not a major accomplishment, but I'm still happy to see a loss!

The dinner plan for the week is as follows:

Monday: Chicken Stir Fry
Tuesday: Fish w/ Rice and Broccoli
Wednesday: Pot Roast w/ Veggies and Potatoes
Thursday: Salsa Con Queso Chicken
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Date night
Sunday: Hot Dogs and Salad (picnic)

Starting Weight: 241 lbs
Goal Weight: 231 lbs
Current Weight: 240.4 lbs (-.6lbs)
Total Loss: .6 lbs

Looking forward to the next week of my Anniversary Challenge! Hoping to be in the 230's in a few days!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 3 of 25: Insecure

I experienced a feeling that I haven't felt in a long while. I felt insecure today, out of nowhere. I'm sure that just about everyone has that feeling at some point in their life. I remember feeling a little insecure throughout high school. I haven't really experienced it much, if even at all, since then. Today though, I felt it.

My office is in a city where a college is spread throughout about 10 blocks. College is back in session and as I was walking to my office, I was surrounded by college kids. I felt really insecure and I have no idea why. I've worked at the office for 3 years now and college kids come and go; I'm not sure why today, I felt insecure walking around amongst them. I have many reasons why I shouldn't be insecure:

1. I'm happy
2. I'm married to a wonderful guy
3. I've got a really good job
4. I've got a house in the area that I always wanted to live in
5. I'm on a journey to better myself and my health

I'm thinking that the insecurity might have something to do with my 5 year high school reunion being just last weekend. My only regret at the reunion was not weighing less. I feel like I've accomplished every single other goal that I had for this point in my life, with the exception of the weight-loss. This is why I am so happy that I am working towards that goal now. This is why I am not going to stop.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 2 of 25: Low Calorie Range

Well, it's 9:30 p.m. and I've still got 50 calories to eat before I even reach my low calorie range. Not sure what happened today. I was so hungry this morning. This afternoon I was pretty busy at work, and then the evening went super fast; I didn't even get a chance to think about food. I think that I'm going to drink some milk to take care of those calories and then it's off to bed for me!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Anniversary Challenge: Day 1/25

Now that my high school reunion is over with, I’m ready for my next challenge. I really like to challenge myself. It helps me to stay on track and it pushes me to reach further than I thought possible. My next challenge is going to have the goal date of my two year wedding anniversary, September 19, 2011. This date is about 25 days away. The mantra for this challenge is going to be one of my favorite quotes: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.” ~ Brian Littrell. The goal weight that I have chosen is the reason behind my challenge mantra. I’m currently at 241 lbs and I want to lose 10 pounds by my anniversary, bringing me to 231 lbs on September 19th! I know that this is a big expectation, hence the mantra!

The goal weight isn’t the only goal in this challenge. I am also going to give myself three other goals to shoot for throughout the next 25 days:

1. Daily Blogging: Even if I don’t have much of anything to say, I have to admit that daily blogging holds me accountable throughout a challenge!

2. Weekly weigh-ins: Although I tend to weigh myself daily, I am challenging myself to continue with posting my weigh-in’s each Sunday throughout this challenge.

3. Weekly Dinner Planning: This not only helps me nutritionally, but it also helps me financially! It is always easier to save money when I go grocery shopping with a list.

Considering that I am starting this challenge in the middle of the week, I will post my dinner plans for the remainder of it.

Dinner Plans: 8/24 – 8/28

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with Potatoes
Thursday: Shrimp with Rice and Broccoli
Friday: Steaks with Baked Beans
Saturday: Homemade Pizza
Sunday: Pineapple Pork with Rice

I’ll also be using the following stats for each week:

Starting Weight: 241 lbs
Goal Weight: 231 lbs
Current Weight: 241 lbs
Total Loss: 0 lbs

Anniversary challenge starts.... now!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Saturday Without Plans

This past weekend was just what my husband and I needed! We are going through a very stressful transition right now, as he is beginning a new field of work. We layed in bed on Saturday morning, trying to remember what plans we had for that day. The weekends lately have been busy, so we knew there had to be something we had to go to. After a few minutes of thinking about it, we were so thrilled to find that we had nothing planned! We started to make some plans of our own, which included a day at the beach with our dog, Max. This wasn't just any day at the beach, however. We ended up taking our bikes and rode 8 miles down the shore. It was absolutely amazing.



Here is Max resting on our backpack, on our way to the beach!

Saturday was such a beautiful day for a bike ride. The sun was shining, and it was the perfect temperature.



After biking 4 miles, we stopped to eat the sandwich, chips, and grapes that we packed for lunch.



We made sure to pack lunch and water for Max, too!




As we ate our lunch, we looked out to the view of many sailboats, some motorboats, and the occasional jetski. The sound of birds and the water was so relaxing. We truly felt like we were on vacation!



^ Our view from the bench.



^ the two of us... utterly happy with our Saturday without plans!



^ Photo of Max and the nicely paved trail we rode our bikes on.



After enjoying a nice relaxing lunch, we made our way back to the car. The bike ride was fun, and it is something that I'm looking forward to doing again and again!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Low Calorie Blueberry Scones


Low Calorie Blueberry Scones

Servings: 12
Nutrition per Serving: 152 calories, 4.8 fat, 23.8 carbs, 3.6 protein

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
1 egg lightly beaten
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.


2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
 

3. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives until it resembles a coarse crumbs. Add egg, buttermilk and vanilla.
 

4. Stir with a fork until a dough forms. Fold in blueberries.
 
 
5. Drop by large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.
 

 6. Bake for 12-14 minutes.


Recipe credit: lowfatcooking.about.com

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Total Loss: 25 Pounds!!


Starting Weight: 268 lbs.
Current Weight: 243 lbs.
Total Loss: 25 LBS!

Earlier this year, in March, I had reached my all-time highest weight of 268 lbs. A lot was going on in my life that was out of my control at that time. I was experiencing vertigo symptoms, bouncing/double vision, extreme fatigue, and slight depression from it all. In March, I was about mid-way through my journey of finding out what was wrong with me. I had been through a slew of tests, including a spinal tap, yet there was still more waiting. One thing that I decided to stop waiting on, though, was my weight-loss. If there was one thing that I could control, it was what I ate and when I would exercise. Since March, I have lost 25 pounds. I have also received my answer as to what is wrong with me, that being multiple sclerosis. That's still one factor that I can't control in my life, but; I am not letting it stop me from working on the things in which I can control.

I've reached another milestone today. I have never lost 25 pounds at a time before in my life. The most that I have lost at a time was probably about 15 pounds, prior to this current journey, but then I went on to gain it all back. When I would try to lose weight in the past, I would reach a point where the weight would stop coming off and I would quit. This time I am not giving up, no matter what!

~25 Reasons That I Lost 25 Pounds~

1. I am enjoying what I am eating!
2. I am having fun with exercise
3. I am not depriving myself
4. I have the support and love of my husband
5. I am motivated to be healthy, not just "skinny"
6. I haven't pushed myself too hard too fast, baby steps
7. I can really picture myself at a lower weight, and want to get there
8. I want my dog to be healthy, so I take him for walks which helps us both
9. I force myself to let go of perfectionism
10. If I go over calories, I accept it and MOVE ON
11. I feel empowered when I make healthy choices
12. I've realized that I can forgive myself
13. I've realized that I can love myself
14. I believe in myself
15. I trust what my body "tells" me when it comes to exercise
16. When I "indulge" I actually WANT to make up for it in exercise
17. I keep my journey fun and fresh with challenges
18. I reward myself for little accomplishments
19. I dream of what it will feel like to be at my goal weight
20. I let go of obsessing over the numbers, it will happen eventually if I keep going
21. I've banned the "all or nothing" mentality
22. I track nutrition on Sparkpeople
23. I've read books about nutrition
24. I want to feel comfortable in cute clothes
25. I want to be able to wrap a normal size towel around me after a shower

Those reasons are in no particular order, but they have all helped me to lose this 25 pounds. I hope that you can relate to at least one of those reasons, and in turn I hope that it will help you to reach your goals, too!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Simple Salsa Con Queso Chicken

Simple Salsa Con Queso Chicken

Servings: 8
Nutrition per Serving: 392 calories, 7.25 fat, 47 carbs, 33 protein

Ingredients

16 oz. Penne Rigate
3 cups Cooked Chicken
1 jar Salsa Con Queso

Directions

1. Boil chicken and cook pasta as directed.
2. Drain pasta once fully cooked. Return pasta to pot. Cover pasta with salsa con queso, mix well.
3. If using chicken breasts, cut in to bite size pieces. Spinkle chicken with salt before adding to pasta and salsa con queso mixture.



Recipe takes about 30 minutes total. It my own version of a family friend's recipe, and yes... it is just as simple as that!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Down another pound!

I've been weighing myself daily lately. I know that for some people that doesn't work. I know this because I use to be one of those people! I've got what I believe is a healthy relationship with the scale, now. We were actually best of friends this morning when I saw that it was down another pound! That brings me to 243.8 lbs. I'm only .8lbs away from that 25 pound mark... I am so excited!

The lowest weight that I was able to get down to when I tried losing weight for my wedding two years ago was 242 lbs. I can't believe that I'm only 1.8 lbs away from that point! This time around has been very different. I am not really losing weight for any specific event; although, I will use events as goal markers from time to time. I am actually losing weight now for my health and overall well-being. When I eat better and exercise, I feel better inside and look better on the outside. Win-win! :)

Here's to hoping that the weight loss stays where it is at by my actual weigh-in day on Sunday! Weekends are always tough, but I'm feeling determined!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stress Less

I decided to download blogpress for my iPhone, that way I can write blogs on the go and easily add my photos from my phone. This is my first blog with blogpress, so hopefully it works! :)

I've been making a conscious effort to take a lunch break away from my desk at work this past week. This seems to be helping with my stress level, so I'm going to make this an ongoing goal. So far I've done this for a week as of today.

I almost didn't leave the office for lunch today because I was on a roll with my work, however, I'm so glad that I did! My office in only 2 minutes from the lake. Sometimes I forget how great that is! What a peaceful place to take a break midway through the work day!




It was an overcast day, and very warm. Not too warm, but just the right temperature to be wearing my new tank top from yesterdays post.




I walked along the pier and sat at a table, looking out at the lake. There was a guy fishing, and I heard music playing behind us. The wind was just perfect and I felt like I hadn't been working at all at that very moment. I felt like I wasn't on my lunch break, I felt free.



I walked along the pier some more and rested at the spot above. A couple was hugging while looking out at a boat passing by. The warm breeze was still so nice and the music kept playing.

I looked around to find the source of the music.




A lady was playing her instrument for everyone down at the pier. It was beautiful. I wish that I would have had cash on me because I would have loved to give her a tip. The music was lovely.

After work, my husband and I grilled steaks and ate baked beans on the side.

I almost failed to mention that before dinner, my husband helped give me my copaxone injection. Tonights area was the stomach, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm starting to feel like, while it's not fair, I could potentially get use to these daily injections. It's much better than risking my life in the hands of my multiple sclerosis.

Anyways, after dinner, I decided to go for a walk. It finished raining and the temperature was a little more bearable.



I parked my car on a back road that is about .25 miles from my house. I put a leash on my dog, Max, and off we went.



The walk was so peaceful! I was so relaxed. It was the perfect end to a good day! The crickets were singing after a nice summer rain. It was a walk to remember, that's for sure!

I've been aiming at stressing less lately and I feel like I accomplished this goal today. When I do things for myself, such as taking a break from work or going for a walk with my dog, it seems to make the rest of the day go better than if I hadn't done so. I need to keep this in mind the next time that I think about taking my lunch break at my desk!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Honeymoon Weight"

I peaked at the scale today and much to my suprise, I am down to 244.8 lbs! I've been wanting to get back down to where I was at during my honeymoon nearly two years ago, which was 245 lbs. Also known as my "honeymoon weight". I guess this could be considered my wedding weight, too... but I specifically remember coming home from my honeymoon and weighing in at 245 lbs. Considering that we went on a cruise for our honeymoon, I'm sure that I was at least a couple of pounds lighter at the time of my wedding. Either way, I've finally made it to that "honeymoon weight" and I am thrilled!

Total weight loss so far is 23.2 lbs. Getting really close to that 25 lb. mark!! Can't wait for that!

So far throughout my weight loss journey, I've been rewarding myself for every 5 pounds lost. My weight loss reward for when I reached 245 lbs. was suppose to be a book about nutrition. I wasn't 100% sure whether or not I wanted to buy this particular book, but decided to go to the book store to give it a closer look after work today. The book store didn't have the book in stock, and I didn't want to wait for it to be shipped. (I wanted a reward, today!) Lucky for me, one of my favorite clothing stores was just a block away. I found a cute top on clearance and decided to go for it! $13.00 later... here I am wearing my new reward!




I'm really starting to feel the results of my weight loss. My clothes are starting to fit so much better in general these days. 23 pounds later, I don't think that I should be as suprised as I am!

For tonight, I'll leave with you with a picture that my husband snapped right after taking the pictures of me in my new top. This is our cat, Isabella... and she's watching you ;)



Monday, August 1, 2011

Quotes

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." ~Og Mandino


"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." ~Og Mandino


"To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead." ~Og Mandino