Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Great recipes!

In my never-ending quest for healthy, delicious and budget friendly meals, I was recommended to skinnytaste.com I have looked over several recipes and all seem to be easy to make, ingredients I would normally use and healthy! I also love that the nutrition information is included in the recipe. What a great resource. I haven't tried any recipes yet, but I am anxious to see how they turn out. The crock pot recipes caught my eye and I am going to make the sante fe chicken sometime soon. Yum.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Too soon for a setback!

Uh, Hello? Didn't I just barely start my diet? Yep. And yet here I am blogging about my frustrating setbacks. Already. This does not bode well for future success. I started to get a little too comfortable with my progress so far and allowed myself to get a little too lazy. My son had a birthday and I used that as an excuse to pig out! I didn't even think about portion control. So this week was an epic FAIL!

Now I can let myself become frustrated over this experience or I can look at is as a mere speed bump in my road to success. I can't think of my journey to my weight loss goal as a linear coarse. I will have ups and downs on the scale. Sure. I didn't think I would have them this early, but I suppose now is as good a time as any to take what I can learn from it and give a better effort in the week to come.

Some things that hinder my progress are:
  • Lack of Meal Planning
  • Waiting too long to eat
  • Not having healthy snacks to curb hunger
Some things that help me succeed are:
  • Eating several small meals a day
  • Planning ahead and packing lunches for work
  • Eating breakfast!
  • Having a well stocked fridge
I need to stick to my healthy goals and recognize the things that help as well as hinder my progress. Weekends are hard for me to stick to my diet. A large part of the reason for that is not having a meal planned out and then waiting until I am too hungry to cook. That's when I hit up the drive-thru. Not eating breakfast contributes to that as well. I HATE grocery shopping and then when I run out of healthy fresh produce, I don't eat as well. I eat far too much processed and sugary foods when I am running low on other things. I need to stay ahead of the game and make sure I get my groceries.

Goal for this week: Plan out 5 days worth of meals, buy some groceries, exercise 3 times, and get 8 hours of sleep at least 4 times this week. That seems reasonable. Hopefully my next post will be a more positive one!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oven Fries

Recipe from weightwatchers.com 3 points per serving.

Ingredients:
  • 2 large uncooked potatoes (cut into 16 long wedges each)
  • 1 TBS canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions:
  • Place oven rack on top third of oven and preheat to 400F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray
  • Place potatoes on prepared cookie sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss to coat evenly. Spread potatoes into an even layer, sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of salt and bake for 20 minutes
  • Remove from oven and turn potatoes and sprinkle this side with remaining 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • Return to oven and bake until golden brown (another 15-20 minutes) Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and serve. Yields about 8 fries per serving.
Since this recipe is only 3 points, I usually double up on my serving size. 8 fries? Uh huh. Sure.

That wonderful monthy visit

People wonder whether or not gaining weight when you are about to start your period. I did a little online research and found that most of it is water retention and drinking lots of water and avoiding salt can minimize the weight gain. Uh . . . OK? What about my monster appetite and crabby mood that can only be cured with CHOCOLATE?! (and anything deep fried) For me I think the combination of craving (and then eating) horrible foods and retaining water make a pretty sizable difference in my weight. We aren't talking 1-2 pounds here. I end up gaining around 6 pounds. Thankfully it usually drops right back down once I am a few days into my period and not crampy, crabby, and starving.

Thanks again mother nature. I get to feel crampy, irritable, bloated and FAT!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Resolutions

New Year. New Start. 2011 is going to be the year I actually reach my goals. I'm doing it differently this time. I have enlisted the help of friends and so far they have made a big impact on my resolve to continue toward my goal. Jeannine, Wendy and I have challenged each other to drop 20 lbs by April 2nd, exactly 12 weeks from when we started. That's an averages of 1.66 lbs per week. Totally doable, but will require hard work and unwavering dedication.

When you hear about people who transform their bodies and lose weight they all say the same thing. "This time it was a lifestyle change." Well, this needs to be MY lifestyle change. I am focusing really hard on meeting my 20 lb goal, but more importantly incorporating healthy habits that lead up to that coveted lifestyle change. It's not going to be easy, but I am certain it will be worth it.

My lifestyle change will include eating the right foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep. I am going to put a lot of focus on those 3 things so that on days when the scale isn't my friend, I can at least find comfort in the fact that I am making progress in other areas.

I plan to update this blog at least once a week to report my progress and more often when I feel so inclined. I want to document my lifestyle change. I want to write the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of weight loss and keep myself motivated to see my goals through. So get ready, world. I'm comin' and I gonna show up skinny.