Monday, April 30, 2012

Lentil Soup

Yesterday, I tried a new recipe as a part of my 25 by 25 list.

1. Try 25 new recipes

Recipe 11 of 25:

Lifesaving Lentil Soup

Serves 6 - 2 cups each
Nutrition per serving: 226 calories, .1 fat, 39 carbohydrates, 17 protein


1 onion, finely diced
1 - 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, juice included
1 - 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cups diced carrots
1 cup bag brown lentils
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp basil
1 tsp red pepper flakes
5 cups of water
salt to taste


1. Place the onion, tomatoes, tomato paste, celery, carrots, lentils, and seasoning in the slow cooker. Add 5 cups of water.

2. Set the cooker on low and slow cook for 4 hours.

Recipe is a modified version of the lifesaving lentil soup recipe from the Sparkpeople cookbook. If I could do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have used the full bag of lentils. If I make the recipe again, I will definitely follow the original recipe!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge - Week 16

Big Bridesmaid Challenge Update - Week 16

The Plan:

I'm setting weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11th. That is the date of my best friend's wedding and I want to feel good about myself in my bridesmaid dress!

The Terms and Conditions:

~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week

Weekly Weigh-In:

Start Date: 1/11/12
Starting Weight: 245 lbs.
Current Date: 4/29/12
Current Weight: 235.8 lbs (-.6 lbs from last week)
Total Loss: 9.2 lbs.
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.
Goal Date: 8/11/12
Pounds to Goal: 35.8 lbs.

Dinner Plan for the Week:

Sunday: Lifesaving Lentil Soup
Monday: Buffalo Chicken Spinach Salad
Tuesday: Baked Fish with Vegetable
Wednesday: Steak with Potatoes and Green Beans
Thursday: Sesame Chicken with Rice and Broccoli
Friday: Taco Night
Saturday: White Chicken Chili

Exercise Plan for the Week:

Sunday: Gym
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Gym
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Gym
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Gym

Recap of the week:

Last weekend was absolutely horrible. Between the 104 temperature and ranging chills I ended up missing my week 15 update for the Big Bridesmaid Challenge. I went to the ER on Monday, where the doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia. I battled that all week and just started feeling more myself, yesterday. After a week off of work, cleaning, exercising, and cooking, I am ready to get back in to my routine.

My shirt from the 5K that I missed.
The worst part of being sick last week was that I had to miss the 5K that I had been training for. My husband picked up our shirts that we were to receive from our donation for the race the day before. He informed them that we would not be attending the race due to my pneumonia. When I first saw the shirt, I wanted to cry. This was the shirt that I was suppose to earn by running my first 5K. It was bitter sweet to be able to keep this shirt. I will look at it as a dream that I have yet to reach. Something to keep me reaching. Something to keep as a reminder of who I want to become and what I want to accomplish.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Not Everyone Loses Weight When They're Sick

I'm feeling 90% better today. Pneumonia is nearly gone and I am happy to get back to normal myself, again.

Our furbabies, bathing in the sun.
While I was down and out this past week, my husband got a big project done. We decided last weekend that we would create a computer desk that could double as a cabinet in our living room.

Max helped, too.

Computer desk by day...

...Cabinet by night.

I took the picture of the cabinet doors before my husband was finished with them. He has since put door knobs on each door and adjusted the left side to match the right. It is everything that I wanted. He did a great job! Right now, I am using a chair from the dining room as I blog. My husband is working on a custom stool that can be hidden in the bottom of the cabinet when we are not using the computer.

My new blogging space.
Now that I am feeling better, and now that I have a brand new space to blog, I will be doing so more often. Thanks for sticking with me! Updates on my weight, tomorrow. Let me just say that not everyone loses weight when they are sick.


I just finished decorating the outside of our new computer cabinet. Now you can see the knobs that my husband added, as well. It feels good to finish a project!

Our complete masterpiece.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Forced to Give Up

As you may have read in my last post, I have been battling pnuemonia. Because of my illness, I have had to miss this entire week of work. I am also being forced to give up on my dream of running my first 5K this Saturday. I am completely defeated right now. I'm dizzy, can barely read the screen and my hands are shaking from how weak my body is as I am writing this right now. I can barely walk to the bathroom, let alone a 5K. I trained for this 5K, I spent weeks and weeks sweating for my first 5K. Now, the dream that I thought was so close to coming true, is now farther than ever. I do not even know if there will be another 5K in our area before I turn 25. I wanted to finish my first 5K as a part of my 25 by 25 list. Now, I do not know for sure if this will be possible.

I am forced to give up on this 5K, but I refuse to give up on the goal. I will keep this on my 25 by 25 list.

Monday, April 23, 2012


The title pretty much explains it all. I have pneumonia. I have been bouncing between 102-104 temperature all weekend. I should have gone to the ER sooner than I did, but it actually took passing out and falling straight to the floor this morning before I agreed to go. That was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.

When I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. to use the bathroom, I started to feel my heartbeat slow and my ears were ringing. I started getting tunnel vision and thought to myself that I needed to get to my husband because something was horribly wrong. On my way to the stairs I dropped to the floor faster than I thought possible. I was conscious enough to scream to my husband for help. I yelled in a panic that I was dying because I really didn't know what was happening to me. I can still hear how pathetic my voice was when I yelled. I was so defeated. I thought, I need to yell to him to come find me now instead of letting him find me unconscious later. I think the panic and screaming made my heart start to beat faster, keeping me awake. He came running down the stairs, asking me what happened. I started crying as I was flat on the floor and said "I don't know, I don't know. I just lost all control of my body in an instant." That was when I agreed to go to the ER.

This weekend was full of dizziness and chills which felt like a million needles all over my body. When I arrived at the hospital they took my blood work, gave me an EKG, gave me a chest X-ray and put an IV in my hand to get some fluid in me. The IV made me feel a lot better. That feeling didn't last long though. After all of the tests, the doctor wanted one more; a CT scan of my chest. Apparently, my bloodwork made the doctor think that I may have a blood clot in my lung.

The good news was that there was no clot; the bad news was that I have pneumonia in my right lung. The only explanation that I have for getting pneumonia so fast is my MS. The neurologist sure was right that illness was going to hit me faster and harder with MS. This was a scary wake up call.

I left the hospital without a fever, but after I got home it spiked back up to 103.5. The doctor wants me out of work all week. I don't have enough vacation time for that, so hopefully I feel well enough to go back in to work on Wednesday.

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately, but now you're up to speed. I promise to start back up as soon as I am feeling better!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Dear Ate Chocolate and Gained 3 Pounds

I was looking at some of the search words and terms that people are using when they come across my website and I couldn't help but laugh when I saw one in particular last night.

Dear Ate Chocolate and Gained 3 Pounds,

Believe me when I say that I am laughing with you and not at you.  I am laughing with you because I have been there. I don't know how much chocolate you ate (actually, I don't know anything about you) but unless you literally ate pounds of chocolate, you can rest assured that you didn't gain 3 pounds just from eating chocolate. I trust that you know this, too. I feel like this search was done in either frustration or defeat; both of which I've experienced a time or two throughout my journey. My advice to you, Ate Chocolate and Gained 3 Pounds, is to keep your chin up. The scale can be a dirty filthy liar. It can be your best friend one day and your worst enemy another. Don't rely solely on the scale. Daily weight fluctuation can be caused by many, many things. Also, if you're out there reading this, send me an email. I'd love to hear about what you're going through. It sounds like we have a thing or two in common.


Next step for me: take my own advice. I check the scale almost daily. This can be a bad habit to have. In most cases, as in mine, the scale use to rule my mood for the day. It would either make me or break me. I wish that I could say that never happens anymore, but it does, occasionally. The majority of the time, however, I use the scale as motivation. If I have a gain, I don't punish myself, I strive to do better that day. My next official weigh-in is on Sunday. After writing this post, I have deciding not to weigh myself again until then. I am hoping for good results because I have been eating within my nutritional ranges and had some great workouts this week. If results aren't what I expect, however, I will just try harder next week!

Never, never, never give up!

Yesterday's nutrition range results.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

One New Adventure at a Time

Yesterday was filled with activity! After work, I went to my first softball practice. As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I have joined in on the office softball team. I haven't hit nor thrown a ball in over a decade. After an hour long practice, I learned that I can't throw very far but I am a decent hitter. I hit about 80 percent of the balls that came my way last night. The balls didn't go far, but at least I hit them!

By attending softball practice last night, I managed to cross an item off of my 25 by 25 list!

21. Try a new workout.

After the softball practice, I felt energized! The gym was on my way home and since I was already dressed in "gym clothes" I decided to stop in. I jogged and walked on the treadmill for about 15 minutes. By the time I was done at the gym it was about 7:30 p.m. I would have stayed at the gym longer, but I really wanted to get home to be with my husband and, who am I kidding, by that time I wanted to eat dinner!

Dinner was a large bowl of spinach with grilled steak and a roma tomato. It was filling and super fresh! My husband also had made stuffed mushrooms, so I had to try one of those. He is an awesome cook and really good at making up his own recipes. He really did a great job with the stuffed mushrooms. I would have ate another one, but I was seriously stuffed from that salad.

For the most part, I am looking forward to the next softball practice we have. The only thing that I didn't like about the practice was that the girls who were at practice were clearly friends outside of work. I felt like an outsider, but it should get better once my friends from work are able to make practice, too. I was really proud of myself for going to practice in a place that I was unfamiliar with and with people that I didn't really even know. Even though this is a "work team" our office building houses about 100 people. In addition to that, I work as a paralegal in the legal office, which is separate from the majority. Needless to say, I don't get out of the office much, therefore, I know less people than most.

We will know when our first game is after a meeting on April 24th. My first 5K is on April 28th and then my first softball game will be the following week. I am very happy with myself for branching out and trying things that I never would have tried 30 pounds ago. I still have 70 more pounds to lose, but I am working my way down; one new adventure at a time!

Yesterday's nutrition range results.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Crazy Sexy Diet Lessons

My favorite place to read on a warm day.
Here are some things that I have learned while reading "Crazy Sexy Diet" by Kris Carr:

Recipe for Success: Eat lots of high fiber foods, as many raw vegetables as possible, and limit animal products and processed junk.

Excess animal protein and fat clogs our cells, bloodstream and colon. As a result, you absorb less nutrition from your food. Poor quality food leaves us still feeling hungry. So when we feel hungry, what do we do? Eat more, get less and gain wait.

Being overweight is inflammatory. Fat cells, especially the ones that sit around your waist, are the most dangerous because they actually produce inflammation. (This was scary information for me since I have multiple sclerosis which causes inflammation to the central nervous system.)

The only time milk is essential for good health is when we are babies. Cows milk contains more than three times as much protein as breast milk. While the protein in human milk is designed for human bodies, much of the protein in cows milk is difficult for humans to digest. Excess estrogen from milk that has been from hormone induced cows makes boys mature later and could cause "man boobs".

Meat often contains the cow's "fight or flight" hormones that were released from their time in the slaughterhouse. When we eat these hormones, it can cause us to unusually demonstrate feelings of rage.

Some medical researchers say that the next generation will be the first to die younger than their parents.

Up to 80% of premature heat attacks and strokes are preventable with diet and lifestyle changes.

According to a 2009 study by the American Institute for Cancer Research, excess body fat alone causes more than 100,000 cancers every year.

I am a big dork and take notes when I read books. Sharing my notes with you makes me feel like my note-taking habit finally showed it's purpose. I hope that you gain some new information from my notes. If you are interested in learning more, I definitely suggest that you get a copy of the "Crazy Sexy Diet" by Kris Carr. It's a great read!

After reading this book, I have started to buy more vegetables and I am phasing out milk. We are going to try soy or almond milk, and limit our intake of cow's milk. My husband was excited and added his own comment, "I never understood why we are the only mammal who drinks another mammal's milk. It's not natural." What a smart guy! I don't think that we will ever be completely vegetarian or vegan (Oreo's and soy milk just isn't going to do it for me), however, limiting our intake of meat and dairy will do nothing but good for us.

On a seperate topic, as I indicated the other day, I am trying to post snapshots of my daily nutrition range results. Here are the results from yesterday:

Yesterday's nutrition range results.
Did any of the information from my notes shock you? Did you already know some of this information? Do you already limit some of your meat or dairy intake?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Early Bird Makes Jam

Bare with me today as I am a little sleep deprived. I have a sore throat that is making it impossible to sleep. I woke up at 4 a.m. this morning and decided to take full advantage of the "extra time". So, I made my first-ever batch of strawberry freezer jam!

Freezer Jam.
Making freezer jam was quite simple and it left me feeling super accomplished at 4:30 a.m. The recipe called for 4 cups of sugar, however, I only had 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar in the house. I figured that using raw cane sugar wouldn't make too much of a difference, so I added 1 1/2 cups of that to the mixture, as well. It turned out great! I didn't even notice the missing cup of sugar when I tasted the finished product.

New Recipe #10 of 25:

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Serves about 30 tablespoons.


2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups raw cane sugar
1 (1.75 ounce) package dry pectin
3/4 cup water


1. Mix crushed strawberries with sugar, and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the pectin into the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 1 minute. Stir the boiling water into the strawberries. Allow to stand for 3 minutes before pouring into jars or other storage containers.

2. Place tops on the containers, and leave for 24 hours. Place into freezer, and store frozen until ready to use.
After making the freezer jam, I decided to suprise my husband and make him a great breakfast for when he woke up at 6:00 a.m. I made french toast with fresh strawberries and a side of turkey bacon. He was very surprised and happy with the breakfast. I made a small plate for myself, as well.

My husband's breakfast.

My breakfast.

After waking up so much earlier than usual, I have a feeling that today is going to be a long day. Sore throat or not, I am resolving to make the best of it!

Have you ever made freezer jam before? Do you have a different recipe to share?

Monday, April 16, 2012


So, in order to maintain some more accountability in my food choices, I have decided that I will try to post my daily nutrition range results. As you can see in the iPhone snapshot from my Sparkpeople app, today was a great day! I met just about all of my nutrition goals for the day.

We had some beautiful weather in our area today. Once I got home from work, I made a large buffalo chicken salad over spinach leaves. It was delicious! I didn't stay home for long as I wanted to take full advantage of the warm sunny day. I took our dog, Max, for a walk. We also visited my mom and my mother-in-law. It was great to be outside and I can't wait for our next nice day!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge - Week 14

Big Bridesmaid Challenge Update - Week 14

The Plan:

I'm setting weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11th. That is the date of my best friend's wedding and I want to feel good about myself in my bridesmaid dress!

The Terms and Conditions:

~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week

Weekly Weigh-In:

Start Date: 1/11/12
Starting Weight: 245 lbs.
Current Date: 4/15/12
Current Weight: 236.4 lbs (+1.8 lbs from last week)
Total Loss: 8.6 lbs.
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.
Goal Date: 8/11/12
Pounds to Goal: 36.4 lbs.

Dinner Plan for the Week:

Sunday: Lifesaving Lentil Soup w/ Tuna on Multigrain Roll
Monday: Buffalo Chicken Spinach Salad w/ Multigrain Roll
Tuesday: Baked Fish with Asparagus
Wednesday: Steak w/ Tomato/Cucumber Mix in Balsamic Vinaigrette
Thursday: Simple Salsa Con Queso Chicken
Friday: Chicken Sausage with Onions and Peppers over Rice
Saturday: White Chicken Chili

Exercise Plan for the Week:

Sunday: Gym
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Gym
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Gym
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Gym

I've been reading the "Crazy Sexy Diet" all week and it has been a motivating and fun read. After reading this book, I want to eat more vegetables. My grocery list for this afternoon contains more vegetables than usual and my dinner plan for the week includes some new additions such as lentil soup, multigrain rolls, asparagus, tomatoes and cucumbers. My husband and I were DJing my sisters birthday party last night and after eating five too many cupcakes and two many cups of soda, I am definitely ready to eat healthy for the week ahead. I love the way eating healthy makes my body feel! Not to mention, hopefully by eating healthy and exercising according to plan, I will lose what I gained and then some for the next weigh-in! Yeah, you read that correctly. I gained this week. The birthday party wasn't the only culprit. I went out on my 2nd date of 12 with my husband on Friday night as a part of my 25 by 25 list.

Photo of us before date #2 of 12 - Dinner at Olive Garden
I didn't make healthy choices there, either. Let's just say that the evening started with breadsticks and ended with cheesecake; somewhere in the middle of that was a carb loaded pasta dish from Olive Garden. All of those good bad foods that I ate last week definitely makes me crave those veggies I was referring to. I'm excited to go grocery shopping today!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Video Blog - Zuppa Toscana Recipe

Last night, I worked on another item on my 25 by 25 list.

#6 - Post 5 Video Blogs Recipes

I decided to make a low calorie version of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana to freeze for lunches and Saturday night's dinner. In the video below, I share with you the recipe that I use with my own modifications:


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Office Lunches

As I hinted in yesterday's post, I am going to discuss a big challenge of mine today. That challenge being office lunches. I work in a wonderful office with about 12 people and we all have one big thing in common; we love food!

At my office, we have monthly scheduling meetings where I am always tempted to order for lunch along with most of the others who attend. However, these past few months, I have had enough self control to decline ordering out and I have brown-bagged it, instead. This is a challenge that makes me feel empowered when I accomplish it. I use to feel deprived when I would sit through the meeting with my packed lunch while everyone enjoyed their fries and burgers; but once I started seeing results from my healthy choices, my decision to bring my own lunch to these meetings has made me feel better about myself. By bringing in my own lunch, I feel more in control. I use to be, and still have my moments, where I am such a slave to food. I celebrate any occasion where I am able to choose the healthy route even when others around me are not.

At work today, there was to be a office party over lunch that included pizza, chips, cake and other treats. This would have been a challenge for me, however, I was not able to go to work today. This doesn't necessarily mean that I am off of the hook, though. The monthly scheduling meeting that I referred to previously is occurring tomorrow over lunch, as well. The orders for lunch will need to be in by 10 a.m. I will be in attendance at the meeting, and I will have my brown-bagged lunch in hand. No ordering out for me. I am strong and I have goals to meet.

photo from
Do any of you have certain food temptations at work?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Candy

I should know better. We can't have Easter candy in our house. I have been eating so much candy, I don't even know where to start! I'm sending my husband away with all of the Easter candy tomorrow. He's such a good guy for taking this candy off of my hands! (It's not like he's complaining about taking ALL of the Easter candy with him to work!)

Well, it's late and I need to get some rest. Tomorrow is a new day and I promise that it will be free of Easter candy. Pizza for lunch at the office, however, is another story and I'll save that one for tomorrow.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge - Week 13

Big Bridesmaid Challenge Update - Week 13

The Plan:

I'm setting weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11th. That is the date of my best friend's wedding and I want to feel good about myself in my bridesmaid dress!

The Terms and Conditions:

~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week

Weekly Weigh-In:

Start Date: 1/11/12
Starting Weight: 245 lbs.
Current Date: 4/8/12
Current Weight: 234.6 lbs (-0 lbs from last week)
Total Loss: 10.4 lbs.
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.
Goal Date: 8/11/12
Pounds to Goal: 34.6 lbs.

Dinner Plan for the Week:

Monday: Sesame Chicken w/ Broccoli and Rice
Tuesday: Pork Chops w/ Salad
Wednesday: Homemade Calzones
Thursday: Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken over Noodles
Friday: Chicken Sausage w/ Peppers and Onions
Saturday: Zuppa Toscana
Exercise Plan for the Week:

Monday: C25K W4D3
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: C25K W5D1
Friday: Rest
Saturday: C25K W5D2

Last week was a struggle to maintain my meal plan as we ate out for dinner a couple of times and visited with two sides of family for the Easter holiday. Needless to say, there was no weight loss this week. I am actually up a little on the scale this morning. I am hoping that by recommiting myself to my meal and workout plans, that I will be able to get back down to where I was yesterday morning, and even lower for next weigh-in!

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Do you have any specific goals for this week?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Crazy Diet Reward

As a part of my 25 by 25 List I have made it a goal to read 5 books regarding healthy living before I turn 25 on February 4, 2013.

When I began my current journey through weightloss early last year, I created a reward system as an extra incentive to reach my weight-loss goals. At each 5 pounds lost, I would reward myself. The weight-loss reward for reaching 235 lbs. was a new book. Since I also have the goal to read 5 healthy living books, this worked out perfectly in my favor. I am rewarding myself while working toward a goal, all at the same time!

Last night, after work, I went to the bookstore and scanned the diet and lifestyle section. After being a part of Sparkpeople (a healthy living website that I use for tracking nutrition) for so long, I have become a big advocate for "healthy living" vs. "dieting". Dieting doesn't work, for me. I need to work toward a healthy lifestyle; something that I can sustain past the weightloss. With that being said, you may wonder why I chose the "Crazy Sexy Diet" by Kris Carr as my next healthy living book and weightloss reward (not to be confused with "the Crazy Diet" as my blog title state, which I laughed about because I actually do think that diets are crazy). I am not intending to start a diet by reading this book, I just want gain some new information and learn about what works for others. For example, I read "Why we Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. The book taught me a lot, however, I didn't agree with everything that it contained. It was basically a no-carb lifestyle (something that I could never do, myself).

Since joining Sparkpeople, I don't think that I have ever agreed 100% with any diet book that I have read, but I definitely take some new and useful information from each one. In the past, way before being a member with Sparkpeople, when I would read a book I felt like I had to agree with everything in it (i.e. the "South Beach Diet" days). Now, I am allowing myself to read these diet books with an attitude of "take it or leave it". It's my choice. I will take what information I agree with and use it in my life. As for the information that I don't agree with, I am allowing myself to leave it behind.

This book looks like a fun read. As I read this book, I will share some of the information that I agree with. I am sure there are some new tips that I have never thought of before. That's what is so great about this goal of reading 5 new healthy living books. The more knowledge that I obtain, the more successful I become in my weightloss journey.

Have you read this book, or do you have any suggestions for my next "healthy living book"?

Thursday, April 5, 2012


So, I have been feeling such a difference in all of my clothes lately, that I just had to share these pictures. Even though the scale has yet to come down since Sunday, I am celebrating that my clothes are getting very loose!

Yesterday I was out of town for business. I remember a time when I would use being out of town on business as an excuse to eat poorly. I had the mentality that since I had to eat out for meals, I might as well get something "good", which of course meant something bad-for-me. While I was out of town yesterday, I choose subway for lunch without feeling as if it were a sacrifice. I wanted to eat the healthiest option out there for me. The more weight that I lose, the more drive that I have to maintain my loss and therefore treat my body better! I'm finally experiencing a cycle that isn't "vicious" for me.

Have you been experiencing anything similar to what I am talking about? I'd love to hear about your experiences, as well. Sound off, below!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

From "Not Gonna" to "Can't Stop"!

I was extremely tired at work yesterday. My throat was sore and I was just beat. I was relieved when it was finally over. I had decided on the ride home that I would not be doing W4D2 of the C25K program, as originally planned. The last thing that I felt like doing after the day that I had was exercising. I felt good with my decision and went on with my evening. When I got home, I made fish for dinner with a side salad. I started tracking my food on Sparkpeople when I decided that I would give W4D2 a shot, after all.

I went to the gym and I completed W4D2 with minor difficulty. When I was finished, I had gone just under 2 miles. I was feeling good, and didn't want to stop just yet. I went from "not gonna" to "can't stop"! I decided to run/walk for an entire hour which brought me to 3.11 miles. I completed a 5K on a night when I had decided that I wasn't going to work out. Not too bad!

Please bare with my blurry iPhone pictures.

Sweaty, red, and happy after completing 5K in 60 minutes.

Today, I've got a meeting out of town and I'm planning on eating at subway for lunch. I am a little sore after my workout from yesterday, but feeling good for the most part!

How often do you workout? I try to work out at least 3 times a week.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tomato Mozzarella on Flatbread

I probably have gone in to my love affair with tomato mozzarella on caibatta in the past, but we just had these again the other night, so I must reiterate; these things are amazing!

Usually, we have tomato mozzarella on caibatta bread, however the grocery store was out of caibatta so we decided to try something new! Flatbreads!

These were really good on the flatbread, however, nothing tops tomato mozzarella on caibatta. You just have to try it for yourself! I use Roma tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for this recipe. You just pile the ingredients on the flatbread or caibatta roll, season it with a little basil, throw it in the oven until the cheese is melted and then viola! The yummiest sandwich, hands down! Oh, I almost forgot... balsamic vinaigrette is must on these sandwiches; it brings all of the flavor together. Try it! You won't regret it.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Yesterday morning, I completed the C25K's Week 4 Day 1! For those of you who do not know, this is what W4D1 looks like:

Run 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Run 5 minutes
Walk 2 1/2 minutes
Run 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Run 5 minutes
Walk 2 1/2 minutes

I tried twice last week to complete my first 5 minute run before I finally did it on Sunday. I felt very motivated to complete it after trying and failing twice. I didn't want to have to start over a third time.

Stretching after my run.

During my first 3 minute run, I was mostly focused on my breathing. I was running uphill the entire time so towards the end of the 3 minutes, my breathing started to get erratic, which made me nervous. I began thinking that I wouldn't make it through my next run. I quickly calmed myself down and before I knew it, it was time to walk for 90 seconds.

My first 5 minute run was downhill for most of the run. I took it very SLOWLY. By the time that I was jogging back uphill, I just kept telling myself that I've come farther than I have before, and I can't give up now. Just PUSH! During the last 10 second of my run, I smiled. I knew that I did it!

My next run was 3 minutes long at which point I turned down a new road, not originally marked for my run. Between the change of scenery and the level ground, this run flew by! My breathing was regular for the duration of this run; it almost felt as if I were walking!

My last run of 5 minutes began and I felt like a warrior. I took off, knowing that nothing was going to stop me. However, that feeling wore off about one minute into the run. That is when my inner cheerleader kicked in. If it weren't for that, I don't know if I would have made it. My mantras were “you can do it; you’ve come this far, don’t give up now; you can’t give up; you need to keep going because it will feel so good when you finish; after completing this, you can truly say that you've worked hard for your weight loss; you are in the process of earning the phrase “I worked hard”. During the second half of that 5 minute run, I could see those words in my mind in all capital letters, "I WORKED HARD" and that is what kept me going throughout the last minute. When I heard that I only had one minute to go, I was smiling with tears in my eyes as I ran. I DID IT! I worked hard and I finished it!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Big Bridesmaid Challenge - Week 12

Big Bridesmaid Challenge Update - Week 12

The Plan:

I'm setting weekly goals/plans for myself until August 11th. That is the date of my best friend's wedding and I want to feel good about myself in my bridesmaid dress!

The Terms and Conditions:

~ Weigh-in's will be every Sunday morning
~ Dinner plans are to be posted for each week
~ Exercise plans are to be posted for each week

Weekly Weigh-In:

Start Date: 1/11/12
Starting Weight: 245 lbs.
Current Date: 4/1/12
Current Weight: 234.6 lbs (-3.4 lbs from last week)
Total Loss: 10.4 lbs.
Goal Weight: 200 lbs.
Goal Date: 8/11/12
Pounds to Goal: 34.6 lbs.

Dinner Plan for the Week:

Sunday: Tomato Mozzarella on Flatbread
Monday: Fish w/ Broccoli and Rice
Tuesday: Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken over Noodles
Wednesday: Steak w/ Green Beans
Thursday: Sesame Chicken w/ Broccoli and Rice
Friday: Homemade Calzones

Exercise Plan for the Week:

Sunday: C25K W4D1
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: C25K W4D2
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: C25K W4D3
Friday: Rest
Saturday: C25K W5D1

This was an awesome week for me! I had a pretty good weekend, as well.

Mushroom and cheese omelete with a side of bacon and coffee. Yum!
Yesterday morning, my husband and I woke up early and made ourselves a delicious, yet healthy, breakfast. We got a lot of work done during the day, and relaxed the entire evening. As for today, I woke up early again and gave W4D1 another shot (I'll blog more about that tomorrow!); we colored easter eggs with my in-laws and bought all of our groceries for this upcoming week. It's 4:30 p.m. right now, and all of my errands are finished for the day. I am feeling great, and I plan on enjoying the rest of my evening curled up on the couch while watching netflix. Enjoy the rest of your night, everyone!

Sometimes, I feel guilty for relaxing on the couch for an evening. I only do this 1-2 times per week, sometimes not even that much. Am I the only one who feel pangs of guilt when relaxing on the couch?