Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Goals Revisited

It sure doesn't feel like fall with these temps nearing 80 degrees and I love it. Long live summer! Despite what the weather is doing, it is October. October! Where is this year going? Before I start with my goals for October, lets take a look back at September and see how I did. 

1. Do the 21 Day Fix. I've done diets for over ten years. The newest diet hits the market and I'm excited to give it a try. Now, I'm not bashing The 21 Day Fix. It is working for people and that is always a good thing. We all have to find what works for us because that is the only way it will last. The day I was going to start is the day I started reading Naturally Thin and everything just clicked for me. It wasn't take out or wine or garlic bread that made me fat. It was TOO MUCH of any one thing that will make you fat. I was done eliminating foods or restricting things that I loved. I just had to watch the portions more carefully. Learn when I was satisfied. Learn when the food wasn't tasting as good as it once was and stop eating. Fill up on veggies first. I have eaten the foods I loved, drank wine and still lose consistently each week without feeling an ounce of deprivation. That is success to me. That is something I can do forever. No more deprivation. No more starvation. Freedom!!!

2. No take out. Fail. This lasted a week. We do eat out considerably less. I cook at least three times a week now and leftovers a few nights as well. I'm really into green smoothies in the morning and I get at least 3 servings of veggies a day and 2 servings of fruit so if I don't feel like cooking or don't get around to it we get take out and it's not the end of the world. It's something I enjoy. The main reason I set this goal was because I was planning on doing the fix and it advised against it. But after reading Naturally Thin I realized if it's something I love I can still have it. The trick? I measure out a portion (usually a cup or a cup and half, sometimes I go back for another cup if I'm still starved), eat slowly and take sips of water or wine between bites, and eat a big bowl of veggies before. Following that advice I can get four meals out of Chinese or Thai food and that is $7 well spent. I don't feel deprived and I'm not famished because I ate mindfully and enjoyed every bite and filled up on veggies first. 

3. Blog three times a week. Check! I'm really enjoying only blogging when I feel inspired to blog. It feels like a hobby again and I love that.

4. Read three books a month. Check! I read The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel, and #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. Naturally Thin was by far my favorite. Life changing, even. If you struggle with food and weight I really recommend this book! The Wedding Night and #GirlBoss were fun reads, but they weren't can't-put-my-book-down-it's-so-good. 

5. Go to church. Check! It's so nice to be back!

6. Lose ten pounds this month. That week long vacation the first week of September really ruined me. But I'm back at it and ready to lose the weight once and for all now. You can read here why this time it will stick. I did lose 3.6 pounds this month and I'm happy with that. Since I got serious about it I've been losing every week so I know what I'm doing is working.

7. Go to the Farmer's Market. MAJOR fail. October is the last month so I better get to it!

What are your goals this month?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tired pup.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fit Friday!

The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 1 pound

To Go: 54 to go

As I like to say, a loss is a loss is a loss. I'll call that a success! Especially because this week has been insanely busy with an off site retreat, some really early mornings and not much time to work out or walk on lunch.

Tuesday I did take a lunch and instead of walking around the sub near work, G and I went to the River Walk Trail and enjoyed a peaceful walk on the river. It was so nice and such a great break from a busy day.

I don't know what it is about water, but it instantly calms me. I love it so much. That was definitly my workout highlight of the week. Since I'm in between Alpha and Beta my workouts were pretty random this week:

Sunday - T25 Cardio
Monday - Walk Manny 45 minutes and The Shred on lunch
Tuesday - Walk Manny 45 minutes and 45 min walk on lunch
Wednesday - T25 Speed 1.0 and walk an hour on lunch
Thursday - Walk Manny 25 minutes
Friday - Walk Manny 25 minutes

We didn't eat out at all this week. I meal planned again this week and did a lot of cooking. I really think I spend more money when I cook than if we get take out everyday. It gets really expensive! I do love how the Produce section of my shipping list is overflowing. You know you're eating healthy when that happens!

A favorite has been bagel and avocado with a Sargento Light String Cheese. It's a filling, delicious breakfast. Or I will share this bagel with G and have two hard boiled eggs. It's a nice change from the eggs in a mug.

Another food success this week was beef stew in the crock pot. It was such a hit! For more of my eats this week check this post out

I start Beta next Monday and I'm excited! I can't wait! I got this cool planner to start getting my life in order, meal plan, and schedule my workouts. I get excited about little things like this. 

How are you guys doing?
What are your meal planning tricks and tips to not spend so much money?
Anyone else plan their workouts?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scenes from the Week

Thursday night I had to be chauffeured home from work due to G's building supplies. Ahhh the price I have to pay being a woodworker's wife. He is still hard at work on the bar in the basement and it's coming along quite nicely. I can't wait to show you the final product!

Friday night we made tacos for dinner, took Manny for an evening walk and then I read while G watched baseball.

For some reason I was up at 7:30 on Saturday morning so I worked out, took Manny for a long walk and read while drinking my coffee.

We took Manny to the vet for his yearly check up and to get up to date on all his shots. The poor guy has allergies (I didn't know dogs could get allergies!) and had a few red bumps on his belly from an allergic reaction. He also had a ear infection so he is on meds to get rid of that. We haven't even been giving him the medicine for a week and he is already feeling so much better! It was an expensive trip to the vet to say the least.

We came home and made pizza (with chickpeas, life changing!) and G worked on the bar. I cleaned the house, did some laundry and caught up on a few shows. It was so beautiful outside I read on the deck for a while and G mowed. That evening we drove out to see friends we haven't seen in ages. They made steak and asparagus and it was amazing. It was so nice to catch up. Even though we haven't seen them in years it was like no time had passed. I love that. We got home around midnight and crashed.

Sunday morning I had the craziest craving for cereal. HAD TO HAVE IT. I poured a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with almond milk and it was so good. I took Manny for a walk, gave him his med and headed to church. After church it was pouring rain which made me want to be lazy. We ate leftover tacos and G watched soccer and football while I did some reading and CSI watching. After the sun set G had to take care of a huge hornets' nest on the side of the house we discovered earlier. I think when G was mowing a hornet landed on his sweatshirt because Sunday morning when he was taking the sweatshirt off the hornet stung him! Then we found a hornet on his shorts and in the bathroom so G started looking for the hive. Luckily it was on the outside of the house and thankfully we have not seen a hornet in the house since he sprayed. Scary!

In other news, Sunday was exactly a year to the day that we adopted Manny. I can't believe how tiny he is in that picture. It gives me puppy fever until I remember how much it cost at the vet and I'm good with just one.

I made my usual smoothie Monday morning. I didn't take a picture, but on Saturday I was really craving a Starbucks Frapp so I went on Pinterest and searched for a recipe. I found this recipe and decided to make it. It tastes EXACTLY like a Starbucks Frapp and filled me up for quite some time. Def a new fave!

Monday night after work G had soccer again with the guys. I can't believe soccer season is starting again. Where does the time go? It was fun to see all the wives and kids again and watch G play. After soccer G and I decided to use left over brats from our dinner Sunday night to make a stir fry. Genius! It was delicious and I've been enjoying leftovers for lunch as well. We got home late from soccer so we didn't eat until 9. Yikes. I watched RHONJ and love that Jacqueline is back!

Tuesday morning I threw in all the ingredients to make a pot roast. I love that I found my cooking rhythm again! It's so nice to eat fresh, healthy meals and seriously, this recipe is so easy. Tuesday night we enjoyed this dish and I'm excited to eat it again for dinner tonight!

So not too much new with us. Enjoying the nice fall weather. Cooking again. G is building a bar. Life is slowing down. Lots of reading. Seeing friends. Perfection. What are you guys up to?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fit Friday

I just finished my final week of T25 Alpha. With vacation and trying to get back into my routine after vacation it took a bit longer than it should have. But that's not the point. The point is I finished Alpha! Woohoo!!!

The stats this week:

Pounds Lost: 3 pounds

To Go: 55 to go

Yeah... Vacation wasn't kind to me. I don't know what it is about vacation, but I throw everything out the window and eat ALL THE FOOD. I was pretty active on this trip so it surprised me how much I had gained.  

I know it's not all about what a scale says, but it was a wake up call. I need to get back to my goal and there are no future vacations or holidays or any excuse that will trip me up. I'm in it to win it. I'm in such a healthier state of mind this time around. I know I'm truly ready to start this journey and FINISH this journey once and for all.

So! Here is what has changed that will make this reboot this time around the time I do lose the weight once and for all. What I'm about to share are personal preferences. There isn't a one size fits all way to lose weight. You have to do what works for you and this is working for me (3 pounds lost this week!! YAYAYA!). A lot of what I'm about to share is coming from Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel. I didn't expect that book to have such a heavy influence on me, but it did. It revolutionized my thinking. It was light bulb moment after light bulb moment and I think it will end up being the key to my success. Without further ado:

  • Calorie count. I know, I know! It is not ideal and cannot be done long term, but I love it. It keeps me accountable. It helps me really watch what I'm eating. I mean, clearly, not counting hurt me! I gained 6 pounds not counting so I think it's just best for me to count right now. MyFitness Pal makes it EXTREMELY easy and there is no greater feeling than sticking to tracking for 11 days and consistently eating 1700-1800 calories a day of feel good food.

  • Nothing is off limits. This was huge for me. I always felt to lose weight I had to restrict myself. No eating takeout. No carbs. This just set me up for failure because as soon as I can't have something I desperately want it. Sure, I can go a few days, weeks even without carbs or takeout but eventually I'll cave and then I'll overeat and feel gross. This time around I know it's all about moderation, eating slower, and eating a plate of veggies before I eat the main course. Even eating out is okay! It's about filling up on veggies, ordering what you truly want and stopping when the food doesn't taste as incredible as it once did. 
  • Eat slow and truly savor. This was probably the biggest revelation I had. I didn't realize how much mindless eating I would do in front of the TV. Once I turned off the TV, sat at the table, and truly enjoyed and savored each and every bite I found myself eating a whole heck of a lot less. I was shocked at how full I was after one cup of pasta once I savored it and took sips of water (or wine!) between each bite. I also ate sugar snap peas before and didn't feel an ounce of deprivation.

  • Plan ahead. I always thought I was too busy to plan ahead, but that was just an excuse. It really didn't take all that much time. I made a huge batch of chili Saturday and put it into mason jars for us to eat for lunches during the week. On Sunday I made a big batch of pasta for us to eat for the next few dinners. I also started making protein shakes the night before so we could grab them and go in the morning. 

  • Look at pictures of where I want to be. This has been HUGE for me. Weekends are always the hardest for me and when I'm tempted to have a second glass of wine or snack out of boredom I'll pull up this picture and the craving instantly subsides.

  • Be consistent. One of the main reasons I have failed in the past is because I get discouraged that I have 55 pounds to lose and give up. ARGH. That is the worst thing I could do. If I kept with it I'd be at my goal by now! It's all about consistency. It doesn't happen overnight. Just keep swimming. In 6 months I could be at my goal if I keep following these guidelines and in a bikini on a beach celebrating my anniversary. That helps keep me motivated!

  • Eat more fruits and veggies. I eat a fruit and/or veggie with every meal and at least one fruit or veggie with one snack. It really helps with feeling full and fruits are just so dang delicious. Last week we went grocery shopping and I stocked up on spinach, blueberries, apples, strawberries, blueberries, sugar snap peas and carrots. I'm happy to report we have finished almost all of them without them being even close to expiring. Success!
I know these may sound so obvious to you guys, but they really have been life changing and I truly believe they are the keys to my success this week and in the weeks to come. Do you have any tips or guidelines that have helped you lose or maintain? I would love to hear them! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eats Last Week

Last week I wasn't prepared as I would have liked to be, but the first week back from vacation is always the hardest so I'm giving myself grace. I still did pretty good all things considered. Here is a snap shot of some of my eats last week:

I replicated my favorite Greek Salad with romaine, feta, onions, chickpeas, chicken and Light Greek salad dressing. YUM! I made a huge batch and enjoyed a couple lunches and dinners with this.

Cup o' berries for a morning snack.

I've been eating my usual egg in a cup in the mornings with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese. An oldie but a goodie.

I made a big batch of Italian Chicken in the crock pot and it made a few great lunches and dinners as well. Versatile too. I could eat chicken with veggies and brown rice or with sweet potato fries. 

My sweet coworker brought me a nonfat Caramel Macchiato and it HIT. THE. SPOT. Also, I have never had my beloved Caramel Macchiato iced before and it was magic.

I've been eating KIND bars for months and in fear of getting sick of them I switched it up and tried a Larabar. They are a bit higher in calories, but really delicious. A nice change for sure. Sometimes I would have two hard boiled eggs instead which was also a good choice.

Over the weekend I made a big batch of Cooking Light Chili. Bonus: It made great leftovers!

A new favorite lately is a cup of cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken with Greek Yogurt Dip. YUM. 

Post workout Sunday I made a nice protein shake to recover. It hit the spot!

What have you been eating this week?