Monday, June 11, 2012

Well here it is, one week check in. current weight: 199 loss of 5 pounds :) Here are the pics to prove it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It has been 3 days on my fat2fit journey and I was thinking I would only update my blog weekly, but after making it thru my first work out and first spinach shake I had to show you some pictures!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fat2fit The Journey Begins

Wow... it has literally been one year since I set finger near this blog! So much has happened, so much hasn't happened. As I look back over my last blog I see my goals are still the same, unmet. I am more determined to lose weight - at least for today. I start my journey out knowing I cannot do this alone. God will help me through this next 6 months, as well as my family and friends, Amanda P., I'm counting on you to nail my feet to the floor when it comes to my long list of excuses. The first story on Yahoo news that I saw this morning read, fit2fat2fit prompted me to pull up the ole blog and think about my goals. Fit2fat2fit is this story of this personal trainer who decided to take a journey to the fat side and then work his way back to fit. His site offers the full plan, get this, for FREE. So of course that got me thinking, hmmm, if he can do this in 6 months and all of the folks on his site offering testimonials are doing the same, then maybe, just maybe I can too. SO here goes, this is me...                                                                                                                                
All 204 pounds  of me. bleh.

My Short Term Goal: To give myself a healthier body in 6 months.
My Long Term Goal:  To maintain above mentioned healthier body for years to come.
My Plan:  Eating controlled portions of healthy food, drink LOTS of water, and excercise. 
Sounds simple enough, right? 

Well at 5'4 and 204 pounds, simple or not, I have to do something.  I am a prime candidate for a wide range of illnesses and diseases, not to mention, fat is not attractive, and I would like to be in that category - attractive, not fat, I've already got the fat thing going. 

As I said before I came to this decision based on an article I read, what I failed to mention was that while reading, I was eating a monster size cinnamon roll, had already eaten some cheese, a few grapes and a piece of maple sausage and was working on my 2nd cup of coffee with cream and splenda.  Oh boy, and I wonder why I don't lose any weight?!  After reading the article and finishing the cinnamon roll, yes I did finish every bite of it, I weighed in.  I should have just glued the food to my butt before getting on the scale, I haven't ever weighed this much, outside of pregnancy. 

Now's as good a time as any to start.  I dumped out the rest of my blonde colored coffee and got myself a big glass of ice water.  Lunch was a small piece of the kiddos pizza - their request - and a small handfull of carrots with less than a teaspoon of ranch dressing.  I won't be able to stick to the diet outlined on the fit2fat2fit website, but I will be attempting to portion controll and eat similar products.  The other part of the equation is exercise.  I've been outside playing with the kids and plan to go take a 40 minute brisk walk while the baby is asleep.  I'll also throw on a zumba dvd and see if I can get the kids to look silly with me.  I believe that'll be enough for day one.  Don't wanna over do it and through my body into shock.  I'm scared to post this blog for fear of ANYONE seeing how huge I am now, but I guess that's part of the process.  So here goes, wish me luck everyone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

summer and weight loss

Well, so here goes! I'm going to actually TRY to lose some weight over the next month.  I'm shooting for 10 pounds by June 30th. So here's my plan, back to the diet lifestyle change for food, no more soda, and maybe the most important change, no eating after 8pm.  I'm terrible to go and eat practically an entire meal at 9pm... and that has to change! I'll also be jogging/walking 4 days a week.  I have come to the realization that this will not be easy, it will in fact SUCK at points, however the end results should be well worth it.

All that said, the following is my meal plan for the rest of the week:

Wednesday ~ Quesadillas

Thursday ~ Turkey Burgers

Friday ~ Slow cooker chicken and Couscous

All of these dishes I plan to serve with fresh fruit and/or salad.  We'll have lots of fruit, granola and low fat cheese sticks to snack on throughout the day.  Breakfast will be cereal, toast, oats, and breakfast tacos. Lunches I plan on salad, chicken salad and turkey sandwiches.

I hope to be able to stay on blogger as well - it helps me stay accountable. I'll be logging into on a regular basis just to keep track of how much I'm eating a day, it seems to help when I keep a food journal.  If you decide to follow along with me on this journey, good luck!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

I jogged a mile... and didn't die.

I suppose it's obvious my blogging days came to a skreeching hault after I posted a start to get healthy deal.  I won't offer any excuses, I just lost interest in it for a while.  I am back now, and excited to meal plan and share with you some very exciting news!  I participated in the Women Can Run 5k walk/run clinic and this past weekend actually gave myself the Mother's day gift of driving to Conway with my little family and staying the night.  During the clinic the longest I jogged was for 7 minutes and I thought I was really pushing myself in that, but I was wrong.  I was able to jog for 13 minutes during the 5k, the entire 1st mile, I finished the 2nd mile by 27 minutes and the entire race in 40 minutes, 14 seconds!   It was very exciting and I was thrilled the rest of the day.  Here is a picture of me and my good friend Amanda (who ran it in 26 minutes) running me in and encouraging me to go as fast as I was physically able.

So there you have it, the WCR 5k clinic works!

I'll have more on my meal plan later in the week.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

trying to stick with it...

Well so my blog is late - again.  I'll just make it short and to the point, I have stayed the same weight wise as I have cheated on my health(ier) eating lifestyle a bit too much this week.  I'm going to get back on it today.  Water, healthy food, or at least healthy portions and back to logging my daily food intake as well.  My menu plan is a bit scattered this week since we have family in from out of town, but here it is.  For more great menu plans and other fantastic ideas go to orgjunkie, for some terrific recipes and reviews try and for great ideas for food, photography, home and garden and home schooling try the pioneer woman! 

Sunday ~ Fending for ourselves
Monday ~ Out to eat
Tuesday ~ Out to eat
Wednesday ~ taco salad
Thursday ~ Out to eat
Friday ~ something with eggplant and zucchini... I didn't make it last week.
Saturday ~ something with turkey or chicken and sweet potatoes

I hope this week finds you all as blessed as I am, remember God has a purpose for you, you were born for his purpose, and He will make you aware of it in His time if you seek Him.  

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

eating doing my regular mommy activities and losing wieght!

So last week I blogged about trying to lose weight, and this week I am very happy to report that I have lost 6 pounds!!!  I feel like doing cartwheels, I won't because I'd break something, but that's how happy I am!  I posted some recipes last week that were as close the ones in my cook book as I could get, and I'll post the modifications I made to make them healthy and reviews of each.  I have to note, I was told about a website live strong that helps me keep a food/activity journal and I have cut soda out of my life.  I believe that with these changes I will be able to be successful... now if I can just STICK WITH IT!  My plan to stay motivated is to try to be a lead communicator for the women can walk/run 5k to my friends and family that might be interested in training for a 5k.  This may sound like a lot of change, but I have been over weight, actually if you want to get technical, obese, for 10 years now and I am tired of being fat, pray for me ya'll.  Part of my success in sticking to the healthier eating is due largely to a cookbook my Aunt Pattie put together for me at Christmas. I have been going through the "main meal" section for my meal plan ideas and making each recipe and writing down how well we like each one.  This weeks plan is simple, follow 4 more recipes out of the book!  I'll post reviews of last weeks recipes after my menu plan.

Sunday ~ Turkey burgers and fries

Monday ~ Taco Soup (I added 1 can of beef broth instead water)
Tuesday~ Broccoli quiche  and fruit

Tuesday ~ Eggplant quesadillas and black beans

Wednesday ~ Zucchini two ways crispy zucchini and potato pancakes & sauteed zucchini

Thursday ~ Vegetarian tortilla chili served with chips, cheese and sour cream

Friday ~ C.O.R.N.*

*C.O.R.N. - clean out refridgerator night.

So there  you have it, my menu plan for the week, hopefully I'll continue to see some weight loss.  Something else that has amazed me is my new found energy, I always assumed that once I quit drinking soda that I would see a lack of energy, but it has been the opposite!  Now onto the reviews of last weeks meals.

Chicken artichoke pizza ~ from this recipe I omitted the garlic, roma tomatoes and olives, I added yellow and red bell peppers.  My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe, but my 9 year old wasn't a fan.  I think the next time I decide to make pizza, I will do a mini pepperoni just for her, but I will for sure make this again!

Black bean and couscous salad ~ from this recipe I omitted the red wine vinegar, corn and cilantro.  As it turns out this recipe is a little dry.  My hubby has suggested to me the next time I try it out to leave the spinach as is and add in more lime.  We really like couscous so we'll try this again with more liquid.

I posted this rice recipe but actually the recipe I followed is this:

Green Chile-Black Bean Chicken
cooking spray
chicken (I used one boneless skinless breast I roasted earlier in the week and one can of chicken)
1 cup chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste
1 can black beans drained
1 cup grape tomatoes halved
1 can chopped green chiles
1 cup reduced fat sour cream (optional)

heat large skillet over medium heat.
spray with cooking spray (I added a bit of olive oil too)
add chicken and onion to the pan
sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
cook 7 minutes stirring occasionally, until cooked thru.
add black beans, tomatoes, and green chiles to chicken.
cook 2 minutes stirring until everything is thoroughly heated.
garnish with cilantro, hot sauce and sour cream if you like! 

This was a big 2 thumbs up from everyone in the family! This was by far the best recipe of the week. 

Turkey Picadillo the only thing that I added to this was a package of taco seasoning and it was great!  I added the left overs to some taco soup and it was fantastic, even the kids ate it up!

Well there you have it, new recipes, and hopefully by summer, a new me!!!