Thursday, January 14, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In January 13th, 2016

I found this Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In Linky over at From the Desk of Adena F last week. 

I have been fully on the Trim Healthy Mama plan for a couple of weeks now, and I am quite encouraged by the results. I have been eating 100% on plan. I finally found some Lavash bread, which is on plan and tried adding that into my meals a couple of times. Unfortunately, I think that is what caused me to feel bad on Sunday night. I was gassy and my stomach was hurting. I decided to stop eating it and go back to eating almost exactly what I ate the first week. I plan to add the Lavash bread in again in a couple of weeks to see if I have the same reaction. I'm sort of hoping not, because the wraps I made for lunch were delicious. 

I have exercised all but one day this week. I was going to exercise in the evening on Sunday, but as mentioned above, I wasn't feeling well, so I passed. We have been to the Y a few more times since last week. We went on Saturday, Monday, and again tonight. I have been using the treadmill for 20 minutes plus 5 minutes cool down, the recumbent bike for 10 minutes plus 5 minutes cool down, the hand bike for 5 minutes the first time, and 10 minutes this past time. I have also started some weight training, but don't ask me what all the exercises on those machines are.

The Winter Whiteout at the Y starts next week, so I will be able to share about that next week.

I know I promised pictures of my meals, but at this point I am a bit tired and want to get to bed and I don't really want to grab the pictures from my phone. I will try taking pictures with the camera this week, if I can find the batteries. 

Here is my beginning weigh in:

And my weight from last week:

And here is this week's weight:

Down 2.2 pounds from last week
Total weight loss from December 28th: 7.3 pounds

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Weekly Weigh-In January 6th, 2016

I found this Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In Linky over at From the Desk of Adena F. This fits in well with my other challenge in my one Trim Healthy Mama Challenge Facebook group, so I will be sharing my updates on Wednesday. 

I have been fully on the Trim Healthy Mama plan for about a week now, and I was thrilled when I stepped on my Wii Balance Board and discovered I had lost 5.1 pounds. That is 5.1 pounds in just one week! I couldn't believe it. I am not expecting that rate to continue, but it sure has given me another boost of motivation. 

Along with eating on plan, I have been exercising almost every day. In the morning I exercise on the WiiFitU using one of my routines, and at night I use the Free Step on the WiiFitU to step while we watch our show. The hubby has also gotten us a membership at the YMCA, so we went there to exercise this past Monday. I have to say, that was way out of my comfort zone, but I did end up enjoying it. I spent 25 minutes on the recumbent bike and 15 on the treadmill. Neither of which I had used before. I have also signed up for their Winter Whiteout Wellness and Weight Loss Challenge. It runs from January 18 through March 13 and I am looking forward to the extra motivation and help.

I will share pictures of some of my favorite meals next week. I am hoping to add a bit of variety into the dishes I prepare, as I have been eating a lot of eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, and a lot of salad for lunch and dinner. 

Here's a little looksie. 

I made this yummy meal tonight for dinner. Cheeseburger with sauteed mushrooms on a bed of lettuce and spinach leaves with green beans on the side. Doesn't it look tasty.

Here is my beginning weigh in:

And my weight from Monday:

Down 5.1 pounds!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Turning My Life Around in 2016

I can not believe it has been 2 years since I posted here. Poor neglected blog. Unfortunately, my last post was about turning my life around in 2014, and it didn't happen. It also didn't happen in 2015. What did happen is that I gained more weight. I am so upset and disappointed in myself right now. But, it is a new year. A new year means a new start. I am going to put the past behind me and start fresh. Not only that, if I mess up one day, or one week, I am going to remember that it does not mean my entire year is ruined. As the Bible reminds us in Lamentations 3, verses 22 and 23:

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."

The Lord is merciful and gracious. I need to remember that. He doesn't give up on us, and I can not give up on myself.

I also need to remember the promise in Philippians 4:13:

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

This year is about me getting healthy. "Healthy" is my word of the year.

There are some things I want to get back to and some changes that are going to be new. I have started reading the Trim Healthy Mama book that I was given early last year. I had read a small portion of it last year, after a friend gifted me the book. However, I tried to start without fully understanding the plan, plus I wasn't able to get all the different foods needed. It's not that there are a whole bunch of fancy foods needed. In fact there are those who follow the plan without any special ingredients. I just didn't know that at the time. This week I discovered there is a Trim Healthy Mama group for those who are following the plan without any special ingredients. I also found a Trim Healthy Mama who had a blog titled Gwen's Nest and shares a Quick Start Guide. I am hoping these new resources will help me to stay faithful this year.

Here are my goals for this year.

  • I am going to drink my green tea regularly. Just once a day for now.
  • I am going to make sure I drink at least 8 cups of water each day.
  • I am going to stay as close to on plan as I can when it comes to the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
  • I need to exercise at least 5 times a week.
So, what are your goals for the new year?

I will be sharing monthly updates on how my goals are going, plus I am hoping to share a weekly update, but I am not going to promise that. The weekly update will share what I have been eating during the week and what my weight has been doing (hopefully going down). My monthly posts will also share pictures.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Turning My Life Around in 2014

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Really? 7 months since I posted here? How can that be? I just reread all my posts from 2013 and am so disappointed in myself. I have stopped juicing and exercising and have just about reverted to my previous diet. I know I have gained weight back, I just don't know exactly how much as I haven't gotten on the balance board recently. I did get on it for a while a month or so ago when we got the WiiFit U and I was getting active again and losing weight. But I think I am back to where I was this time last year. So very frustrating.

The new year is drawing near and I guess it is time to refocus. There are some things I want to get back to and some changes that are going to be new.

Here is what I would like to get back to:

  • I am going to drink my green tea regularly, at least once a day, preferably twice.
  • I am going to make sure I drink at least 9 cups of water each day.
  • I am going to go back to eating eggs with veggies for breakfast with a half a grapefruit (or another fruit) on the side.
  • I am going to go back to eating salad for lunch.
  • I need to exercise at least 5 times a week.
  • I am going to try really hard to juice for my dinner meal at least 3 days out of the week to start with. In fact, I just found out about All About Juicing's 21 Day Juicing Challenge and I am going to attempt one juice a day from January 11th through the 31st. 
Along with bringing back these healthier eating goals, I am also going to be getting wheat out of my diet and keeping it out. I have been eating wheat-free off and on since the beginning of November. I slipped a bit at Thanksgiving and then the week before Christmas and Christmas itself was a disaster when it came to eating wheat-free. It was a disaster in two ways. First, I gave in to way to much wheat, a sub, pumpkin roll, cookies, sausage rolls, dinner rolls and I am sure there were more. Second, by giving it to these temptations I was painfully reminded of my big reason for going wheat-free in the first place. My tummy has been killing me. And I haven't seen to keep completely wheat-free since then (pizza yesterday, grrr).

I will be sharing some details about why I am going wheat-free later this week, but I will share that reading the book, Weeding Out Wheat by Luke and Trisha Gilkerson has made a huge impact in my life.

So, what are your goals for the new year?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet: J is for Juice Recipe

I sort of missed a couple of letters in the Blogging Through the Alphabet Challenge. Oops.
So, I'm going to try again, starting with J. I thought I would share the juice recipe I had come up with after reading about the benefits of cruciferous vegetables. 

Here is some very interesting information I found at
"The best juicing recipes for weight loss, should always include ingredients from the cruciferous vegetables list. By giving your body the tools it needs to fight against xenoestrogens, nudging detoxification in the right direction and helping with hormonal balance, cruciferous vegetables are uniquely positioned to promote fat loss in your body."

Here is a list of the recommended cruciferous vegetables:

  • Cauliflower (white or purple)
  • Broccoli (green or purple)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale (green or purple)
  • Bok choy (chinese cabbage or pak choi)
  • Cabbage (green, red or purple)
  • Collards greens
  • Watercress
  • Radish
  • Broccoli sprouts
  • Arugula (rocket)
  • Kohlrabi (white or purple)
  • Mustard greens
  • Turnip
  • Broccoflower
  • Daikon

I use some kale and brussel sprouts regularly and I have added cauliflower and finally found some arugula mixed with spinach. I could not find any on its own.

Here is the one recipe I have come to enjoy.
4 carrots 
2 celery stalks
1/4 red pepper
1 beet (or 1/2 large beet)
1 cucumber
3 brussel sprouts
1 apple (seeds removed)
1/2 head of romaine
big handful of spinach/arugula mix
1 tomato
couple leaves of kale. 

This makes about a quart of juice. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet: G is for Green Tea and Grapefruit

When I was a part of a different challenge a couple of years ago (back when I was losing all that weight before getting pregnant with baby Harold) I learned about the benefits of drinking green tea. When I was pregnant I decided to stop drinking it because of the caffeine and I just never started back up until recently. Even now I am not drinking it as regularly as I would like. The plan is to have a cup of green tea with my breakfast every morning, after two cups of water earlier in the morning. Additionally, if I can tolerate the caffeine, I hope to begin drinking a second cup in the afternoon. 

So, just what are the benefits of green tea?
Two years ago, Vera at Plus Sized Bloggers posted about how green tea can help you burn fat naturally.
  • As green tea is a diuretic it helps to flush toxins out of your body. Did you know toxins can cause your body to store fat? I didn't. So if you want to flush those toxins out of your body, in addition to drinking water, it seems green tea is a great addition to your diet. 
  • Green tea is also an appetite suppressant. This is another reason I would like to start drinking it in the afternoon. I thought it might help keep me from snacking, seeing as drinking water isn't quite working all the time. Hopefully my body can tolerate the extra caffeine. .
  • Lastly, green tea can help burn fat because it increases your metabolism. 
I also found some other health benefits of drinking green tea over at WebMD.
  • Green tea has powerful antioxidants which help to fight against cancer.
  • It also appears, that as a part of a healthy, active lifestyle, green tea can help improve heart health. 
  • Green tea also lowers bad cholesterol.
Quite a few benefits there. I think, after writing this post and having this reminder fresh in my mind, I will be more faithful with my green tea consumption from now on. 

G is also for Grapefruit. Why? Because I was trying to think of something that started with G that would be appropriate for this blog post and I thought of grapefruit. I remember when I was growing up and my mother tried to help me lose weight she would serve me grapefruit and grapefruit juice. Did I like it back then? Um, NO! Perhaps I would have if she had gotten me some pink grapefruit, I don't know, but I was not really interested in eating this pucker-up fruit for breakfast.

After thinking about it at the beginning of the week I had my hubby grab some from the store. I have been enjoying half a grapefruit with my eggs and veggies for breakfast. I have got to tell you, I am really enjoying it. I am also thrilled to have found out that it really does have some great benefits and can help you lose weight.  

Here are some of the reason I found, over at 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet, that Grapefruit helps you to lose weight.

  • Grapefruit is high in enzymes that burn fat.
  • Grapefruit has a high water content.
  • Additionally, it is low in sodium.
There are other health benefits to grapefruit.
  • Like green tea, grapefruit helps in cancer prevention. 
  • Additionally, grapefruit can help lower cholesterol.
  • It enhances immunity against infections. 
  • There are quite a few more benefits to eating grapefruit or drinking it's juice. If you would like to see them I would recommend following the link above. As a quick note, it was mentioned in the article that grapefruit can have a negative effect if you are on prescription drugs. 
So glad I have started adding both the grapefruit and green tea back in my diet. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blogging Through the Alphabet: F is for Frustrated

I am just so frustrated with myself. I can't seem to stick to any plan to get healthy. I start each week with high hopes and big plans only to sabotage them myself within the first day or two. The Biggest Loser Challenge with our Weight Loss Accountability Group has come to the end of round 1, but I haven't lost near as much as I had hoped for. 

Beginning weight Feb 1st: 262.6
March 2nd weight: 258.2
March 29th weight: 247.8
Final weight for BLC Round 1 April 27th: 246.3

I lost a total of 16.3 pounds. While I am happy that my weight is decreasing, I was really hoping for quite a bit more than this. The week that I had actually juiced every day, I lost 7 pounds. Granted that is a little too big when it comes to healthy weight loss, but I would love to see some bigger numbers.

I know it is not going to fall off itself. I have to get up early enough to exercise. I need to stop making excuses when it comes to not making my salads for lunch and my juice for dinner. 

I would have much rather have posted about how I was "fight[ing] the fat" as the boxing trainer tells me on WiiFit Plus. So, here is to another round of Biggest Loser Challenge Weight Loss Accountability Group version. Hoping for a good week with exercising, eating and weighing in.