Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesday

I wish I had better results to post this week, but I don't.  I took another step backward and gained another pound this week.  This puts my total weight loss at only eight and a half pounds.  I am disappointed that I did not have better results this week, but I did realize some very important things this week.  I realized that at some point in the last month I stopped praying about my weight loss journey and I know that has played a huge roll in my gain this month.  I know that at some point I stopped talking to God and asking for His help and that He is using my poor decisions and weight gain to get my attention.  How do I know this?  The entire time I was earnestly praying to God about breaking my bad food habits, staying on track, and asking God to show me what areas I needed to focus on, I was losing weight consistently.  Then I did the human thing and started thinking, I am off to a good start, I got this and I started praying about my weight loss journey occasionally and I started yo-yoing with my weight.  Eventually I forgot to pray about my journey at all and I started consistently gaining weight and falling back into old habits.  I truly believe that these things go together hand-in-hand and while I know some out there won't see it the same way as I do, I know what has been working for me and how God answers my prayers when I pray earnestly.  I also realized that I have been unintentionally dehydrating myself by having too much coffee and not forcing myself to drink water. So yesterday I limited myself to two cups of coffee and really focused on drinking the water.  I drank three and a half big bottles of water.  I made sure that I kept track of how much I was drinking by writing it down.  I also went back to my lunch of salads this week.  I love salad, but lately I have been being lazy and not taking the time to make one up for lunch.  On the  list of good things is today I will finish my 30 Day Challenge on my EA Active video game for the Wii.  I am excited to finish all 30 days and plan to have a rest day tomorrow and then re-start the 30 Day Challenge and set the intensity level to high.  I am excited because even though my video game has been trying to kill me with squats, lunges, squat jumps, and lunge jumps I have been keeping up.  The other good thing this week that I have really noticed is that even though my weight is up, my clothes are fitting better and looser.  Shirts that I bought back in October to cover up my belly, now just hang and the jeans that were tight this fall are getting looser and looser.  Also the best thing is that I had to tighten my belt and can even put it in the last hole and still be able to breathe.  So these are the pluses that I am focusing on instead of letting the negatives get me down.  I am going to work harder, drink more water, eat more veggies and fruit, and pray earnestly.  I knew my journey wouldn't be easy when I started it.  I knew there would be some speed bumps along the way, but I am devoted to my journey and completing it no matter how long it takes.  I can do this with God's help!


Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Finish first 30 day fitness challenge 1/30/13
Start 30 Day Fitness Challenge at high intensity 2/1/13
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 41.5 lbs.


*All opinions of the EA Active video game are my own and I was in no way compensated for this post, nor am I affiliated in any way with EA Active or Wii.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesday


I have to make a correction to my post about my weight-loss last week.  I guess I really shouldn't post when I am sick with a high fever because apparently that leaves me with an inability to do math.  I had not lost 13 pounds total last week.  It should have been only 12.5 pounds total lost.  I am not sure why 13 was stuck in my head last week, but it was.  I know it is only a little different, but I want to be honest so I had to make the correction.

Now on to this week.  This week I took giant steps backward and the scale reflected that.  I didn't get my water in, I didn't pay enough attention to what I was eating, and I gave in to my sweet tooth.  I paid for it on the scale and I am sad to report that I gained three pounds this week.  Trust me it was a low point for me this morning when I stepped on the scale.  I am not going to wallow in the pity though.  I am going to get right back up, accept the blame for sabotaging myself, and get right back on track.  I know that I didn't do what I was supposed to and I deserved to see a gain on the scale.  I know that I am not the kind of person that can slack when I am trying to accomplish something otherwise I have major setbacks, but I tried to do just that this past week.  I slipped a little with my goals and then I decided I could just relax for a day or two, but that kind of thinking backfired.  I have to be diligent with my choices, my workouts, and my food otherwise I will not lose the weight.  I know that and this will I will focus on being diligent instead of being relaxed.   My total weigh loss this week is only nine and a half pounds because I sabotaged myself.  Next week it will be better.

Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Re-start 30 day fitness challenge Week of 1/1/13
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 40.5 lbs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesdays

This week I am keeping my post short, sweet, and to the point.  For the last week Baby Bear has running a really high fever that the doctor has attributed to the nasty virus that is going around.  I knew the chances were good that I would catch it from her, but how can you not cuddle with a sweet little 4 year old who feels miserable?  So, yep, I finally caught her fever and today I feel lousy, I mean like really, really lousy.  I did manage to quickly hop on the scale this morning to get a weigh-in.  I was pleasantly surprised and as happy as a sick woman can be to see a loss on the scale.  I have been trying to eat better and get back on track with water and veggies and it is paying off.  I lost 2.5 pounds this morning for a total of 13 pounds lost.  I am excited to see progress.  I am excited that my clothes are fitting differently and I will be really excited when I feel well again.


Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Re-start 30 day fitness challenge Week of 1/1/13
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 37 lbs.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Menu Plan for January

This year I am trying to be more organized and on top of things.  I have had menu plan on my to do list for months.  Every week this little task pops up on there and every week I struggle through and fumble, bumble, and then eventually come up with something for dinner at the last minute.  It is a vicious and sometimes expensive cycle in our house especially when we are on the go because it means that I will give up and just pick up something for dinner.  That ends up blowing our out to eat budget and wasting food in our refrigerator.  Neither of which do me any good.  So the other day I wasn't feeling particularly motivated or good and I decided if I was going to sit around and rest, I might as well be productive.  I might as well get some menu planning done.  Then the thought occurred to me that I have about 70 bazillion things that I want to try on Pinterest, including a bunch of recipes, so I started sorting through my board on Pinterest called "Recipes to Try".  If you have never heard of or used Pinterest, I must tell you that I love it.  Pinterest is a place where you can pin all the great things you come across on the web in one place.  You can create separate boards for idea you run across and then you can go to one place and find all the cool ideas you have found on the web.  I pin recipes, desserts, crafts, beauty tips, homeschool ideas, and much more.  Then you can follow all your friends and see the ideas they pin and re-pin from the people you follow.  Pinterest is a little addictive (okay my hubby would say a lot addictive), but I truly love that I can put all the cool ideas I find in one place.  Feel free to come and follow all my boards (see the link that is attached to the P in my side bar) or just follow my board "Recipes to Try".  Here is the menu I came up with after sorting through my Recipes to Try board and deciding what would fit with our schedule.

  • January 13 - Forgotten Chicken - We had this for a late lunch today and it was DELICIOUS!  It will definitely go into our dinner rotation because it was E-A-S-Y and oh, so tasty.  I highly recommend it.
  • January 14 - Beef & Bean Taco Casserole
  • January 15 - Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup
  • January 16 - Beef & Broccoli
  • January 17 - Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • January 18 - Baked Cheddar Broccoli Rice Cups (which I intend to add chicken to)
  • January 19 - Sausage and Pepperoni Stromboli
  • January 20 - Lentil Soup (this recipe is not in my Pinterest board, I created it myself)
  • January 21 - Taco Pie
  • January 22 - Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
  • January 23 - Enchirritos
  • January 24 - Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • January 25 - Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
  • January 26 - Asian Turkey Meatballs (this is in a group of recipes called 100 Healthy Six Sisters Recipes)
  • January 27 - Creamy Garlic Pasta
  • January 28 - Fake Out Take Out Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • January 29 - Southwest Chicken Soup
  • January 30 - Smoked Turkey Cobb Wraps (this is in a group of recipes called 100 Healthy Six Sisters Recipes)
  • January 31 - Taco Roll-ups
I will update you with what recipes we liked, what recipes we will make again, and what recipes just are not for us.  Even though it took a little time to come up with my menu plan, I am happy that I did.  Grocery shopping was a breeze this week because I knew exactly what I needed and I didn't have to guess or forget something.  Grocery shopping will be easy the rest of the month too since I know the menu plan.  I intend to plan out February's menu soon too using a little bit different method, but once I get it planned I will share it with you.  Let me know if you try any of these recipes or if you start following any of my boards on Pinterest.  I appreciate all support and comments.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesdays

It is Wednesday again.  The weeks lately have just been a blur to me.  Ever since Christmas Eve when Buddy Bear got the flu and then on Christmas, I got the flu, time has just all ran together.  Last week it was my hubby's turn to get the flu, so just when I was starting to get back on track, I fell right back off.  This week I thought we were in the clear and then Baby Bear woke up throwing up, so AAAGGGGHHHH!!!!  The worst part about the flu virus going around in the area where we leave is that it leaves you fatigued.  I am so TIRED, all the time from this virus and that is exactly what the doctor said would happen.  The virus after the flu just has to run its course which means there are moments in my day I can barely keep my eyes open and other very brief moments I feel spurts of energy and the rest of the family is feeling pretty much exactly the same as me.

I know that I have not been eating as "clean" as I should be as we have struggled through the last couple of weeks and the scale has been showing that.  Even though Wednesday is my official weigh in day, I do weigh every day and the scale has been all over.  I know that I have not made the best choice for my body and I have been making do as we have been getting better and all getting sick at different times.  So today's weigh in didn't come as much of a surprise.  I know what choices I have made, I know that I can make better choices and that I have to get right back to most of the habits I created in December.  This morning I have gained 0.5 pounds.  It is not a lot, but I don't like seeing a gain.  So I am going to work really hard to get completely back on track so I can keep losing and not see another gain.  I also have restarted my 30 day challenge workout on my Wii.  I had missed too many days when I was sick to finish the challenge with in the 30 days that I had started in December, so the game asked me if I wanted to finish that challenge or restart it for a new 30 day period.  I opted to restart the game and start my challenge over again.  I am still loving (okay, mostly loving) my workout game.  I can't say I really love it on the days that I have to do squats, lunges, jump squats, and lunge holds on the same day, but overall it is fun for me and I know that it is quick and I can make it through the workouts.  I plan to complete this 30 day challenge and then restart the challenge again for another 30 days but set it at high intensity to see if I can complete it.  Getting back on track with my food and water means that I really need to focus on getting enough water in each day and making better food choices.  I know that I need to stick to whole grains and get more servings of fruits and vegetables in.  That was what was working for me and I just need to get right back to it.  I am hoping next week will be better and I will finally show a loss on the scale again.


Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Re-start 30 day fitness challenge Week of 1/1/13
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 40 lbs.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weight-Loss Wednesdays

Happy New Year!!!!  I hope that 2013 brings you all that you have been looking for.  I am continuing on my weight loss journey this year and I know that I will lose the rest of the weight I have been working on so that I reach my 50 pound goal.  This week I gained 2 pounds, but I am not upset about it. Last week my weigh in day just happened to be the day after I had the flu so I knew I would have a huge weight loss and then I would gain for this week.  I am not upset because my weight this week is consistent with where I should be if I had not had the flu (I hope that makes sense).  I have consistently lost about 2 pounds per week since I started my journey in the beginning of December.  So after I had the flu last week, I lost about 5 pounds, but I knew as soon as I was able to handle eating again the weight I lost would come right back and it did, then I lost a couple of pounds, but it still shows up as a gain for this week because the number is higher this week than it was last week....crazy I know, but somehow it still makes sense.  Anyway, the big thing I hoping for this week is to get back to exercising.  The worst part of having the flu last week is that it has robbed me of my energy and I have not been doing my workouts.  I decided that I am just going to start my workouts again and start rebuilding my strength and energy.  I guess the good thing that came out of having the flu is that I still don't have much of an appetite and some foods just don't taste good to me right now.  I am sure I will be completely back to normal soon, but for the time being I am just taking it one day at a time.  My total weight loss from December 1, 2012 to January 2, 2013 is 10.5 pounds which is still awesome to me and I know what works for me and what doesn't so I am going to keep going.


Changes implemented:
Reintroduce limited caffeine starting 12/21/12
Start 30 day fitness challenge 12/3/12
Increased water intake - 12/1/12
Reduced sugar intake - 12/1/12

Weight to lose: 39.5 lbs.