Friday, August 30, 2013

Scale Frustration

There is only one more day left in August, and I'm feeling a little pressure.

I am SO close to reaching my goal of getting out of the 230's. I feel good knowing that I can honestly say that I worked really hard this week. I ran, even when I didn't want to run. I ate within my calorie range, even with a carton of ice cream in the house. I said no to Chinese for lunch, even when all of my co-workers said yes. I have been drinking water like crazy. I have been going to bed early. I have been doing the right things, and now the scale needs to give me a little credit.

As of this morning, I am down one pound from last week, bringing me down to 232 lbs. I know that the scale isn't the only way to check your progress, but getting out of the 230's has been a big goal of mine for about a year, now. Some other things I have noticed lately is that I have felt better, my clothes have been getting looser but now I'm ready to see the number! Is that too much to ask?

Scale frustration. It's aggravating; but I'm not giving in! I've got one more day to give it all I got.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Running While Being Overweight

Did I ever tell you that I love reading your comments, and getting emails from my readers. It’s simply the best! My day was brightened because I received an email from a reader this morning. She told me about how she is also trying to lose 100 pounds. She and I seem a lot alike. She spoke about how she had been waiting for her “ah ha” moment to come to start her weight-loss journey.

I remember a time when I was waiting for my "ah ha" moment. I would read blogs of people who had this life changing moment when everything came together and they lost all their weight. I would think, "When is that going to happen for me?" 

There was never a single event that made me start working toward losing weight. My "ah ha" moment wasn't really an "ah ha" moment as much as it was a moment when I realized "Oh hey, I've been doing well for a while and I'm seeing progress!" Sometimes I'd slip up, but the important thing was that I got back on track.

Photo of me from this summer; ready to run!
The reader who emailed me also decided to stop waiting for her “ah ha” moment, and instead just started working toward her goals. She went on to tell me about how she found her love for running about 4 years ago. I learned that this woman had some serious determination when it came to running. Her first race was actually a ½ marathon! After her first race, she gained some weight. She went on to say that because of all of the extra weight that she put on, it made running extremely difficult for her.

It’s completely true. Running is hard. Running while being overweight is harder. We can’t, however, let that fact intimidate us; rather let it motivate you. It motivates me to know that I'm doing something that takes courage. I also like a challenge, and running at any weight can definitely be a challenge.

I use to be intimidated to run in public, which is why I never thought I would run in a race at my current weight. Then, the way I thought changed. It wasn't easy, and it doesn't happen all the time, but I constantly try to make myself think more positively. Instead of wondering if people are thinking bad things about me when I'm running at this weight, I choose to believe otherwise. While I'm running in a race with some very athletic people, I now wonder to myself, "Would they be courageous enough to be running in this same race if they were at my weight?" 

I feel like I'm doing more than others might have the courage to do. It takes courage to run and not worry about what your weight looks like while you're running. It takes courage to work on something that seems to be so much easier for people who aren't at your weight. It motivates me to know that what I doing takes courage. 

Tonight, I was scheduled to run a mile. Julie, another reader, recently suggested that I change up my runs a bit to help my weight loss efforts. So, instead of running my normal mile, I ran two miles in intervals with some slight hills. I was ready to pass out by the time that I finished, but I finished.


Wanting to pass out after my run was not an exaggeration, either.

I accidentally forgot to eat lunch today (who forgets to eat, seriously?). I ate my breakfast late (155 calorie egg white omelet with spinach and cheese), I had a grande skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks (130 calories) and a string cheese this afternoon for my snack (60 calories). I meant to eat my lunch around 1:00 p.m. but I got busy with work and completely forgot. When I grabbed my string cheese around 3:00 p.m., I wished that I had more to eat; not realizing my lunch was still sitting there in the fridge.

I realized that I didn't eat my lunch today once I was finished running. I couldn't figure out why I felt so dizzy. Reason being, I burned 372 calories during my run but had only consumed 345 calories for the day. Don't ever do that. It took me about 30 full minutes to recover. The entire world was spinning around me. I will not make this mistake, again.

The status of my love-hate relationship with running, as of today: maybe we should just try to be friends.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Persistence and Determination

Yesterday was a pretty awesome day for a Monday. Mostly because I had a great run, with a great guy. (my husband, of course!)


Sorry for the blurred picture; I was still a little shaky from my run. Just in case you can't read the time, or in case you can't believe it, I will confirm that I ran a sub-13 minute mile yesterday! I am so happy to be back in the 12-minute range. I've worked hard for about 6 weeks, going from a 17 minute mile back down to 12-something minute mile. Running is hard, but it's worth the reward! Running seems so impossible sometimes, so when I accomplish my running goals, I feel like I'm on top of the world! Running is the perfect example of how persistence and determination can get you anywhere you want to be.

We really lucked out with our run yesterday. We finished right before the rain came pouring down in buckets. Buckets, I say! We heard the thunder as soon as we got out of the car, and we knew it wasn't going to be long before the storm hit us. Maybe that's why I ran so fast?


Once we were finished running, we went to the grocery store to pick up beans for our dinner. We had the Skillet White Beans dish that I planned on having for dinner last night. I forgot how delicious that meal is; we really enjoyed dinner last night! Even better, I have enough leftovers to eat for lunch each day this week!


While we were at the grocery store, we may or may not have picked up buy one get one free container of ice cream and ice cream cones. OK. So, we did buy the ice cream and ice cream cones. The important thing here is that we only paid for one of those containers of ice cream. The other one was FREE. AND even though we had ice cream in the house, I still stayed within my calorie range yesterday. Right on!


Being on a high from running helped me stay motivated enough to stop at just one ice cream cone. Another reason why running is so great.

Love-hate relationship with running status as of today: LOVE.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Good Running Week and Advice

Last week was a great running week.

After my run last week.

I made a minute and a half progress in my timed mile. I don't expect to make that much progress this week, but I am going to work on maintaining my progress as much as I can.


This is the last week of August, and I have 3 more pounds to lose before reaching my weight loss goal for the month. I am determined to make it happen! Here are the rest of my goals that I made for August:

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (3 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week 
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week 
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily 
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day


To keep myself on track, I am going to share my dinner and exercise plans for this week:

Dinner Plans:

T - Chicken with Mushrooms, Peppers and Rice
W - Melt in Your Mouth Chicken with Corn and Green Beans
T - Grilled Chicken Salad
F - Rehearsal Dinner
S - Dinner at Wedding

Exercise Plans:

M - Run
T - Yoga
W - Run
T - Yoga
F - Rest
S - Run

As I mentioned last week, I have been trying to get out of the 230's for quite a while now. I questioned if my running could have anything to do with the scale not budging. I asked my readers for some advice and received a very detailed comment from a reader named Julie:

"5 years ago, my neighbor got me to join a running group with her. We walked that first half marathon because she was recovering from a knee issue. Now I have 12 half marathons, one full, and many 5 and 10K races under my belt. I've learned that if I want to lose weight, I need to mix up the runs. That means hills, speed intervals, etc. Sure enough, if I look back on weeks that I didn't lose weight, my runs were my typical, normal pace runs. So I try to pick 1 day a week to do speed work or a day to tackle hills. Ideally, I would like to do both every week but sometimes that doesn't happen!"

My husband was very happy when I showed him this comment, because he had been suggesting that I change up my running routine in effort to make the scale budge for a little while now. He didn't say "I told you so" when I showed him Julie's comment, but he really did. 

Julie goes on to say this:

"Sounds like most of your runs are at night and you are probably eating dinner soon after. People recommend eating no more than 30 minutes after you finish a run. The magic number for me is 20 minutes. I usually don't want to eat but I also know that if I don't, I won't be able to stop eating later. They recommend a 2:1 ratio of carbs:protein. My favorite post run "meal" or at least until I get breakfast or dinner ready is chocolate milk. It has the perfect combination of carbs and protein and why you can find it at the finish line of many races."

I am usually not hungry right after my run, so I've been known to wait about 2 hours before eating. This advice from Julie was definitely needed! The following advice was also a nice reminder because aside from some occasional yoga, my strength training is non-existent.

"Strength training too is a way to lose weight while running. This doesn't have to be at a gym-core work, using your body weight as your weights and/or yoga works too!"

Thank you Julie, and all of my readers for your comments on my blog posts. While I don't always get to respond, please know that I read each and every single comment. Your support is such a big part in what keeps me going, so thank you!

Friday, August 23, 2013

My Crazy Side

It's been an every-other-day kind of blog posting week for me.

I have been busy spending my time intently enjoying our last days of summer; some of which, I have been running. Last night, for example, I felt super good about shaving off another 30 seconds from my mile run. I really couldn't have done it without my husband. I actually wouldn't have done it at all if it weren't for him already being dressed for our run when I got home. I tried to bail out of our running plans as soon as I walked in the door from work, but once I saw he was already dressed, it guilted me in to getting out there and doing it!


I was surprised that I managed to ditch another 30 seconds off my mile just after shaving off a minute of my time from last week on Tuesday. This is also due to my amazing husband. He runs at a much faster pace and I was just trying to keep up with him. During my runs I hate his long legs, and after, I am grateful.

I think that I said that I hated running about 12 times last night before my run, and about 4 more times during it. I really hate that I love running. The feeling afterwards makes you forget how much you hate it. That feeling is what keeps me going. I felt like I was on top of the world. It makes me sick to think that after only 10 minutes of finishing my run last night, I wanted to run again.

I am starting to think there are two sides of me; the side who appears after not running for a while (sane and reluctant to run), and the other part who appears shortly after a run (crazy and wanting to sign up for more 5Ks, and even thinks about entering a 10K one day). The crazy side is who wants me to keep running, and I've been feeling very crazy this week.

I'm not sure if the running is helping me lose weight, but I'd like to think it is (since this thought makes my crazy side have even more fuel to keep running). I have only lost a pound so far this week, and I'd like to think that if I wasn't running, I wouldn't have seen that loss. Sometimes my not so crazy side is wondering if running is keeping my weight on, any thoughts on this, readers? I have had comments from people recently that I look like I'm losing weight, but the scale isn't proving it. Maybe running is giving me more muscle, and that's why I'm not seeing the loss? Or maybe it could be the pasta that I had two helpings of last night. I need to stay focused on my goals:

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (3 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday - Thursday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Tuesday & Thursday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Sunday - Thursday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Sunday - Thursday done!)

Only 8 more days of August left. Breaking out of the 230's is something I've been battling for quite some time, now. I am hoping to make this the month that it happens!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hard Work Pays Off

Hey! Guess what.

I totally shaved an entire minute off of my mile from last week.



I started running again sometime in July after a two month break, which forced me to start completely over in the running department. I've slowly been making progress (trying to get back down to my 12-something minute mile) and last night I saw a huge improvement! It feels good when hard work pays off.

With all of the excitement from my first Color Run this past weekend, I slipped out of my new habit of posting my goals daily. Just to remind the both of us, here's what I'm still working toward:

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (4 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday & Tuesday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Tuesday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Sunday, Monday  & Tuesday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Sunday, Monday done!)

I'm slowly seeing progress on the scale, and I think that posting my goals more often is definitely helping.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cheesy Vegetable Goodness

Cheesy, vegetable goodness. That's what crossed my mind when I took my first bite of this "lasagna".


I put lasagna in quotes because it tastes nothing like lasagna to me. It did, however, taste pretty darn good. It was filling, bursting with vegetables and so very tasty!


The "sauce" in this dish is a cauliflower alfredo sauce. It was pretty easy to make, and I felt good about it being relatively healthy. New recipe number 11 of 26 was a success!

I found this recipe here: http://pinchofyum.com/veggie-alfredo-lasagna

Ingredients
 
For the cauliflower Alfredo sauce
  • 3 heaping spoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
For the lasagna
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups cauliflower Alfredo sauce
  • 5 cups frozen veggies
  • 3 cups mozzarella shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. For the cauliflower sauce: Saute the garlic with the butter in a large nonstick skillet over low heat until the garlic is soft and fragrant. Boil the cauliflower in the water for 7-10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Do not drain. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cauliflower pieces to a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup cooking liquid, sauteed garlic/butter, salt, pepper, and milk. Blend or puree for several minutes or until very smooth.
  2. For the lasagna: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Boil the lasagna noodles for a few minutes until they are just starting to soften but still stiff and cool enough to handle.
  3. Spread a spoonful of cauliflower sauce on the bottom of a 9 inch square glass baking dish.. Layer lasagna noodles, ½ cup sauce, one fourth of the veggies, a good sprinkle of salt, ½ cup cheese, and ¼ cup sauce. Repeat layers 4 times, ending with noodles. Cover the top noodle layer with ½ cup sauce and the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  4. Cover with greased foil and bake for 25 minutes. The liquid should be bubbling along the sides of the dish. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown to your liking. Cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.
 

 
 
I tested this lasagna on my in-laws last night when they came over for dinner. They both said that it was pretty good. My father-in-law and my husband both had seconds! Men eating more vegetables, that's what happens when you make this dish!
 
 
 
 
Last night, we ate dinner by the pond. My awesome sister-in-law gave me her patio table and chairs, so my husband and I ended up spending most of our day and evening on the patio. It was the perfect way to spend our Sunday. It was the perfect way to recover from running the Color Run the day before, too!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Color Run 2013

My friends, sister, husband and I all had a blast at the Color Run in Buffalo yesterday!

My husband and I (yes, he was wearing a mullet wig all day)
To my readers who warned me, you were right; it was SO MUCH FUN! I really hope we get the chance to participate next year.


I think that we finished well under an hour but didn't get a chance to actually time myself (I was too busy partying in the starting line) and didn't even think about time afterward (because I was too busy partying then too).



It was a giant party from 7 a.m. until well after we left.



My sister, husband and I walked from time to time throughout the run, but not as much as I think I have in previous races. There was just too much to see, too much going on; I didn't even think about 'how hard it was' to keep running. I was so distracted, I just kept running!



I am really glad that we did walk at times though because it made the experience last longer. Toward the end of the run, I was totally a little bummed when I found out that the next station was the finish line and not another color station.



I quickly got over my bummer fest, however, when I saw the colorful party going on at center stage.



Here's a short video of the massive Color Run after party. You may want to turn your speaker volume down before playing, otherwise you could jump a foot in the air like I did when I first played it.


My first Color Run was amazing! I am so glad that I tried this new experience.



I definitely think this qualifies as me reaching my of goal of "doing something I've never done before" as part of my "6 Goals to Accomplish by 26" list.


If you haven't participated in a Color Run, do you think you'll ever want to try it? If you have participate in a Color Run, do you think you'll ever do it again?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Color Run Weekend

TGIF! I'm off work today, so that makes Friday even better!

When my husband gets out of work, we are heading to Buffalo, NY. Color Run weekend has arrived! I am going to start packing for our trip shortly.

photo from www.thecolorrun.com
My sister is coming with my husband and I, and two of our great friends are meeting us there! The plans for today are to have fun exploring Buffalo, pick-up our Color Run packets, check in to our hotel and meet up with our friends for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory!

photo from 2011
I think that I'm a little too excited to be going to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight. The nearest Cheesecake Factory is about an hour and a half away from where we live and we still make it a point to go at least a couple times a year! My husband and I love everything about that restaurant. The cheesecake, however, may be our favorite part!

photo from 2011
I just realized that it has been years now, and I am still ordering the same slice of cheesecake. Nothing can break me away from their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake. Seriously. It's a little taste of heaven. Something that has changed, though, is that I can't eat an entire slice in one sitting anymore. The last few times I've gotten a slice, it has lasted a few days in the fridge. It's very rich and just a (large) bite will satisfy me for quite some time. I'm actually not even sure if I will get cheesecake tonight, or if I will just beg a bite from my husband to satisfy the craving!

Is anybody else going to the Buffalo Color Run tomorrow?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Kick in the Face

I'm a lucky girl.

My husband is a pretty awesome guy. Yesterday, I was worried about not having enough time in the hour I had after work to fit in running, showering, making dinner and eating dinner before my in-laws came over for a movie night. Not to mention, my house needed a serious scrub down. I was pleasantly surprised when I came home after work to find freshly mopped floors, candles lit, laundry done and my husband standing at the sink doing dishes. See what I mean? I’m a lucky girl.


 I asked my husband what I could do to help and he said to go for a run (what a great guy). So, I did.



After my run, my husband was making chicken salads with his homemade ranch. The salads were amazingly delicious, and I was done eating dinner before my in-laws came over! My mother and sister-in-law and I had a great time last night! We watched Mama Mia, drank wine, ate popcorn and giggled the night away.


Today at work, somebody might as well have kicked me in the face. We have this treat box and it is stationed next to the drinking fountain. It was always a challenge to walk by it or fill up my water bottle without purchasing a snack. I usually succeeded at ignoring the treat box, but there were days when I would give in. This treat box is a daily challenge of mine, and this challenge just got a lot harder. This afternoon, the treat box got moved. Right now, it is literally three steps away from my desk at work. Now, anytime I turn around in my chair, the treats are staring at me. It’s not fair! I have self control, but there’s only so much one person can take!


I may be acting a little dramatic about this situation, I realize that. But, I honestly did feel a slight panic when I first saw the box outside of my office space. I now have a choice to make. I can either look at this box and think about what I’m missing (Twix, Milky Way, 100 Grand bars, Hershey bars, chips, M&M’s, muffins, Reese cups, etc.) or I can look at this box and think about what I’m overcoming. It’s just another obstacle to overcome now, and I made it through this afternoon.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tips for Tuesday: Positive Thinking

It was a beautiful summer morning! Not too many of those left for us, so I am enjoying them while I can.

Fresh picked flowers from my garden this morning!
Last week, I started sharing "Tips for Tuesday". I received some positive feedback on it, so I wanted to give it another shot for you today.

As you may know, I am very familiar with the word plateau when it is used in the context of weight loss. I have lost about 35 pounds, and have been stuck around that number for over a year. I go down, then up, then down again. Minor fluctuations, but no steady loss. This can be seriously frustrating. One way that I cope with this frustration is to think positively.

Positive thinking is a huge key in losing weight. One of the very first steps to losing weight, in my opinion, is to believe that you can do it! Positive thinking has helped me to think of this plateau in a more positive light. Instead of feeling bad about this challenge of being in a plateau, I'm trying to look at it as an accomplishment. Instead of referring to it as a plateau, I try to refer to it is "maintaining" my weight loss. When you start to think positively, even your greatest challenges may seem like accomplishments!

Last week, I shared the tip of keeping your goals in mind. Since then, I have been sharing my August goals with you in each post.

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (4.5 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Sunday & Monday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Monday & Tuesday done!)

Tonight, I am scheduled to run. I must admit that I have been dreading my runs lately. It's all mental. Once I am running, it feels right. It's just hard to get started. It's going to be extra hard to get started tonight because I've got a busy evening. I will get home from work at 6:00 tonight. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law are coming over for a movie night at 7:00 p.m. That gives me an hour to run, shower, make dinner and hopefully eat before they get there. It would be so much easier to not worry about running, but I've pushed that on to the back burner way too many times this summer.

With my 5K only 4 days away, I owe it to myself to fit this run in tonight!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Old Waffles

Last week was a super successful week! I lost 4 pounds, bringing me back down to 235 lbs. The first full week of my August challenge was a success!

In keeping with my routine, here's a refresher of the goals I am working toward:

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (5 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Sunday & Monday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Monday done!)

This morning, I woke up early for some Wii Fit Yoga. It was a great morning for Yoga because I was feeling pretty stiff. I really limbered up afterwards, and I felt good for starting the day off with some exercise.


I didn't go grocery shopping yesterday like I usually do on Sundays, so I am fairly proud of myself for finding some things to eat today. I managed to find and eat two frozen waffles (after I put them in the toaster, of course) for breakfast. I think those two waffles had been in our freezer for nearly two months, regardless; they filled me up and didn't make me sick. Win!



I had half a package of ramen noodles for lunch with a side salad and cantaloupe. Not so bad for not having any groceries! My husband and I will be grocery shopping immediately after work. A home without groceries is a recipe for disaster. It would end up being an excuse for eating out.

Speaking of eating out, we don't have groceries so we have to eat out for dinner tonight. (See what I mean?!)

Here's the rest of our dinner plan for the week:

M – Subway
T – Fish with Corn and Zucchini
W – Grilled Chicken Salad
T – Pizza and Salad
F – Pasta
S – Color Run in Buffalo

I am pretty excited for our color run this weekend. I'm not quite sure what we're doing afterward so I'm not quite sure what dinner will be that day. Pasta on Friday, though, is a must. We will be meeting our friends out at the Cheesecake Factory in Buffalo that night. I have been dreaming of their pasta ever since the decision was made. I absolutely love everything about the Cheesecake Factory!

As for my workouts, this is what I have planned for now:

M - Yoga (done!)
T - Run
W - Yoga
T - Run
F - Rest
S - 5K!!!

This Saturday will be my first ever Color Run! Experienced Color Runners, please give me any tips you can share! :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Anniversary Ideas

My husband and I will be celebrating our four year wedding anniversary next month. Thinking back to how we celebrated out anniversary last year, I am not quite sure how I am going to top it. My husband blindfolded me and brought me to this beautiful set-up in the woods:


My husband truly pulled out all the stops and gave me one of the most romantic and memorable nights of my life, as we celebrated three years of married bliss. The original post from that special night can be found by clicking here.


He put a lot of time and thought in to a night that I will never forget, and I would love to give him the same this year.


I am in need of ideas, friends! I can't give you much of what I have already planned for this year's anniversary because my husband is a reader of my blog, but I can tell you that I am working on a special custom bakery request; just waiting to hear back to see if it can be done!

My friend is getting married this weekend, so naturally I am thinking back to our own wedding day and how lucky I am to have my husband, Nick, in my life. In knowing that we have a lot of weddings to attend this month, I'll try to keep the sappy love posts to a minimum!

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Now, in keeping with my August trend, I can't forget to post the goals that I have set for this month.

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (5 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday-Wednesday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Monday-Tuesday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Monday-Wednesday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Monday-Wednesday done!)

Last night we had fish with green beans and corn for dinner. So far, I have done well with my dinners this week. 


I've been following my meal plan from earlier this week, which definitely helps my weight-loss efforts. So far, I have lost 3 pounds this week! I'm hoping to keep that loss over the weekend. It will be a challenge with the rehearsal dinner tomorrow night and the dinner at the wedding on Saturday, but I am not going to worry about it. Events will come and it's important to have fun and not stress about the food. 

My goal is to be able to lose weight while having a life. Sacrificing enough to get me to where I want to be, but not giving up everything to get there. I'm down about 35 pounds and I've been having the time of my life these past few years. So far, mission accomplished!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Starting Over Stinks

Did I ever tell you that I love my Garmin?




Well, guess what... I do! I love, love, love it!


Last night, my husband and I ran on the track after work. I ran a half mile, walked a quarter mile then ran the last quarter mile. I finished my mile in 15 1/2 minutes. Better than I was a couple weeks ago, but still not down to where I use to be. I actually wanted to cry after running a half mile straight, but I was simply too out of breath to do so. I felt defeated, but walked the feeling off. I can't expect to go back to where I was this spring, after months of not running. Starting over stinks!

With my Color Run 5K in 10 days, I'm not expecting a PR by any means. I am looking forward to this "fun run" and will try not to time myself. I say try not to because it will be hard; I run because I like trying to beat my time. I'm addicted to it, in that sense! If it weren't so hard, I'd be running all the time!

In yesterday's post, I wrote about how important it is to keep your goals in mind each day. I decided I would do this by posting my goals with each blog post. So, as yet another reminder, here's what I'm working toward:

August's Goals
  • Break out of the 230's (6 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday-Tuesday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Monday-Tuesday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Monday-Tuesday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Monday-Wednesday done!)
Last night, I followed my new dinner plan and had chicken with zucchini and pasta. We made up a new chicken recipe last night, too! It was very tasty, especially with the sides we had! It was a fresh, summer meal!


I shall call this dish, "Dry Ranch and Onion Chicken". This is new recipe number 11 of 26 as part of my 26 by 26 list. Only 15 new recipes to try before I turn 26 in February, 2014!

The chicken was simple to make! We threw it together in 5 minutes and it was ready to eat only 25 minutes later. We baked the chicken on 350 for 20 minutes, but you may need to cook them longer depending on the size of your chicken and your oven.



Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken tenders
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dry ranch
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp parsley
1 medium onion, cut into pedals
pinch of fresh ground pepper

Toss all of the ingredients together in a bowl, then bake! Simple as that.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Goal of Losing's Tips for Tuesday

After losing about 35 pounds, I have gained a little insight that I'd like to share with you!

An important key to losing weight, I believe, is to keep your goals in mind each day. One way I am going to try to remind myself of my goals is by posting them daily.

August's Goals:

  • Break out of the 230's (7 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Exercise 4/7 days a week (Monday done!)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (Monday done!)
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (Monday-Tuesday done!)

I also posted my dinner and exercise plans for the week in yesterday's post, but I need to make a couple changes. This actually brings me to another important key to losing weight!

Don't be afraid to change up your plans. Your plans aren't set in stone! I've come to find that changing your plans to make them more realistic can actually help your weight loss efforts in the long run. Sometimes when we set certain expectations that we just cannot meet. Maybe something has come up, or your goal just doesn't motivate you like it use to. Once your goals start to become more intimidating than motivating, it may be time to re-evaluate. Make goals that motivate you! If they aren't motivating to you, don't be afraid to change it up.

With this idea in mind, I am going to change my dinner and workout plans to the following:

Dinner Plans:

M - Chicken Tortilla Soup (done!)
T - Chicken with Zucchini and Pasta
W - Fish with Corn and Green Beans
T - Chicken with Zucchini and Pasta
F - Rehearsal Dinner for Wedding
S - Dinner at friend's Wedding

Workout Plans:

M - Yoga (done!)
T- Run
W - Yoga
T - Run
F - Rest
S - Run

Last night, I made Chicken Tortilla Soup. I made some changes to the original recipe I posted here, and it turned out even better! I didn't add as much garlic and I made it in the crockpot. I had plenty of leftovers for lunch, so that is what I will be having this week.


I feel like I haven't made soup since last fall. Our weather has been a little wacky these past few weeks, and it seems like fall is arriving early this year. I've got some pros and cons for this change of weather; one of the pros being fall food! The con that I'm missing right now is the warm summer nights. I need just a few more of those before I'll be officially ready to welcome fall.

What's your favorite season? Has the weather in your area been typical or wacky this year?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Not Impossible

This weekend my husband and I got to DJ a very special event, my friend's wedding. We had a great time and everything went well. I could have done better food wise, but overall I'm happy!


I started this Monday morning off right with some Wii Fit Yoga. I was feeling very stiff this morning when I woke up, and yoga was the perfect solution.


I woke up a little early this morning not only to fit in some exercise but also to plan ahead for dinner. Tonight we dinner we are having Chicken Tortilla Soup (recipe can be found under the recipes tab, above). I plan on using the leftovers as lunches for the rest of the week, too!


I usually use Monday or Sunday as my day to figure out my plans for the week. This week, I am going to work on following these plans:

Dinners:

M - Chicken Tortilla Soup
T - Fish with Rice and Zucchini
W - Chicken Salads
T - Fish with Rice and Zucchini
F - Rehearsal Dinner
S - Wedding

Workouts:

M - Yoga/Run
T - Yoga
W - Run
T - Yoga
F - Rest
S - Run

We have our second wedding of August this weekend, with only one more after that. For this upcoming wedding, I will be reading a poem during the ceremony. I picked our meals months ago for this wedding so dinner will be a surprise since I can't remember what I picked! I was also invited to attend the rehearsal dinner on Friday, which will also be a surprise meal.

It's definitely hard to lose weight when you don't know what to plan for meal wise, but it's not impossible. I'm going to work hard to meet my goals this month!

This will be my first official week of August, so I will begin monitoring myself with the following goals:

August's Goals

  • Break out of the 230's (8 lbs. to go!)
  • Track calories for 6/7 days a week (working on it!)
  • Exercise for 4/7 days a week (1/4 days done)
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily (working on it!)

  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day (1/7 days done)
  • Friday, August 2, 2013

    Messy Pan Teriyaki Chicken

    Last night didn't go as planned. I was supposed to go to a family game night with my in-laws but had to cancel because we had too much going on. I had to meet somebody for work and then had to meet with a friend to discuss the wedding this coming up this weekend. I may have neglected to mention that my husband will be DJing our friend’s wedding, so we ironed out most of the details last night.

    Despite the last minute changes to our plans last night, I did have an awesome first day of August! 



    I ate dinner at home and stayed within calories for the entire day. I ended the day at 1,519 calories and my max is 1,550. I was happy with my results, especially since I got to have a treat while still being within calories. I believe that knowing I would be holding myself accountable for my dinner choice really helped, too.

    I made a new recipe that I sort of just "threw" together. I have decided to call this recipe "Messy Pan Teriyaki Chicken". If you decide to make this recipe, you'll know why I am calling it that.



    The mixture for the chicken involved this:

    2 tbsp Hickory BBQ sauce
    3 tbsp honey
    3 tsp soy sauce
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp onion powder
    pepper to taste

    The chicken turned out great, the pan... didn't.


    Tonight, we will be attending the rehearsal dinner for the wedding. I heard the bride mention pizza and wings for dinner. That’s going to be a tough one, but I’m going to do my best. So far, I've been tracking all of my food intake for the day and water intake. Day 2 of August and I’m on the right track!