Monday, April 29, 2013

Week #3 results

 

  Week #3 and how it went :

I lost an extra .3 (yes that's a point three)

We are doing very good on the menu plan and sticking to it. According to MyFitnessPal I have been under 1200 calories every day. I'm doing great on my portion sizes and have not been craving any sweets. The candy dish in the main office downstairs is probably missing me.

Monday was my oatmeal day. For years I would have oatmeal on Monday night and it feels great to be back in that habit. Lately I have been adding chopped up apples to spruce it up a little. Tonight I went all wild and crushed up some nuts and added a few raisins.

Tuesday I made the crock pot orange chicken that someone posted on Facebook. It was pretty good, but I don't see myself rushing to make it any time soon. It's one of those recipes that will be brought out once every 3-4 months. We did enjoy the leftovers the next day. 

Wednesday was a challenge for me, because the luckiest man in the world wanted sloppy joes. I can't blame him, because I make them so good. Not only did I serve mine on a bed of lettuce (that sounds so fancy, doesn't it?), but I measured it out so that I only had 1/4 of the dish. Back in the day (two months ago) I would have eaten half of the dish and used one or two hamburger buns. I also topped my meal with some mandarin oranges, which added a nice flavor.

Thursday I searched online for a recipe to make a pot roast. You will find the recipe here on my blog. It turned out so good and will be a big hit in our home for many years to come, I believe. I posted the recipe and so many of my friends said that they wanted to try it. Even my mom wants to make it when I visit in July. I like sharing my recipes with my friends and family. We still have some leftovers of this and I will have a lot of gravy waiting in the freezer for another day.

Friday was pretty easy. I had a beer brat, baked beans, and home-made potato salad. Again, I was very careful with my portion sizes and I opted for no bun.

Saturday I broiled pork chops and served them with stuffing and corn on the cob. One little serving of each. Dang I'm being so good !

Sunday was probably the most calorie day with my chicken nuggets. I had planned on having a salad, but decided to finish the package of onion rings that were in the freezer. They weren't very good at all, which is probably good because I only ate a few.

My biggest problem now is trying to figure out how to work my leftovers into meals without it being boring. I think that Tuesday will now become my day to prepare the menu for the week, since it is my day off slash "get everything done that I didn't get done in the past 6 days" day.


Things to consider going into week #4:


Do I feel like I am where I want to be going into week #4?

Yes ! I am very proud of my progress up to this point. For a long time I watched the scale go up and it's nice to finally see it moving the other direction.

What has worked for me the last three weeks?

Logging my water really helped me to get back on track and it keeps me away from the diet coke. I wasn't a big diet coke drinker, but drinking even less is good. Last week I mentioned how hard it was for me to log my food and that has become so easy with MyFitnessPal. Things are so much better for me when I am keeping track.

Am I getting the support I need?

The luckiest man in the world has been awesome and has even started watching portion sizes along with me. There have been a couple of nights when I would ask if he wanted a snack and he was quick to remind me of my rules of no eating past 7pm. He is helping to keep me on track.

What foods have I been eating that I need to leave behind in week #3?

  Sometimes when I visit my friend Ding Dong I will grab a mini candy bar out of her candy dish. I was happy to see grapes there for the past few days. Those candy bars are evil! Earlier I said that I wasn't craving sweets, and that is true, but I have a weakness when they are in my face.

Am I pushing myself enough and getting enough exercise?

  I still need to add a few things to my day, like ab work and leg exercises. I am getting tired of saying this.


Where am I mentally, physically, and emotionally?

HAPPY, HAPPY, AND HAPPY


I WALKED 1000 MILES SO FAR THIS YEAR. WATCH FOR THAT BLOG POST SOON.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

POT ROAST ON THE STOVE - recipe



Stove Top Pot Roast

1 1/2  tablespoon vegetable oil
3 pound beef chuck roast
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 stalks celery, chopped
6 small red potatoes, quartered
4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Place the roast in the pot, and quickly brown on all sides.

Fill the pot with enough water to cover half of the roast. Add the cream of mushroom soup and bouillon cubes. Add the onion, garlic powder, and celery. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Add potatoes and carrots; simmer for an additional 1 hour, or until roast can be pulled apart with a fork. Taste, and adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.

note : since I used the soup I did not add additional salt, but I did add a Chinese 5 spice that I have.

I removed the roast and vegetables, thickened the juice into a gravy, and returned the vegetables to the juice/gravy while I cut up the roast.

Crockpot Orange Chicken - recipe

THIS WAS PRETTY DARN GOOD.



Here is the original recipe. I will add my changes at the bottom.

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Ingredients:
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/2-inch thick
2 large red or green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 ounces orange juice concentrate
2 cups Mandarin orange segments or fresh orange segments
2 Green onions, chopped
hot cooked rice

Directions:
Put carrots, peppers, garlic, then the chicken, ginger, salt, pepper & frozen orange juice in Crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours. Serve chicken on hot cooked rice on platter. Top with orange segments and green onions. Serve chicken liquid in gravy boat, if desired.

Note:   I cut up the chicken, coated it with breadcrumbs, and fried it a little before adding it to the crockpot. I don't know if it made much difference.

 This makes about 4 servings

Week two weigh in




 As I mentioned in my last post, week #2 of the 100 day weight loss challenge has come to an end and here we are zooming right through week #3. Time sure flies !

Things are going really well for me, although I have yet to do a darn workout. It is going to happen though as soon as I figure out when I will do it. Yes, I do walk, but I need to do more. I haven't even done more than 10 squats per day. Right now I am not stressing, because I am doing so well at all of my goals.

  We have been doing great with our menu and portion sizes. During week two I averaged about 94 ounces of water per day. Right now I am chugging another 24 ounces, which gets me to 84 for the day. Guess who is going to be up in the middle of the night now? TMI??

  My happy little feet have still been making their rounds and dancing on the beautiful beach. Last week I walked another 70 miles. As of this writing I have walked 961 miles for the year. In April I have logged 246 miles already and I am super excited about that.

  I did mention that the scale came last week. I have named it Simon, and Simon says that I have lost between 3-4 pounds during this journey. I remember commenting last week about my weight loss and assuming it would be temporary. It pleases me to see the numbers are still going down. For months and months I have watched it fluctuate so much that it didn't really register in my mind that it was going up more than it was going down. Before I knew it I had gained more than 20 pounds.

  The other day I was talking to a lady at work and we both mentioned the "age thing". You know the one I mean right? Women hit a certain age and they start gaining weight. It might be true, but that just means I will need to work harder to keep the weight off. This group has really helped me to finally get moving and I can't thank 
Nicole
enough.  Julie really should get the credit because her blog post is what got me started. THANK YOU LADIES !!

As much as I enjoy rambling, I am going to end this post, because it's getting late here. Another goal that I have been sticking with is bedtime at 11pm, and I have a few more things to finish up so I need to scoot.

I will make the rounds to everyone's blogs and start leaving comments, I promise I will.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day 14 - my update

 


 Things have been so different here at my home over the past couple of week. Part of me feels like things are spiraling out of control and yet I have more control than I have had in years. Figure that one out.

We have already come to the end of week two for the 100 day challenge. Today is already day number 14. I have not done one workout during the past two weeks and I would say that is the only goal that I haven't met.

I have raised my water goal to 72 (or was it 84?) since I was doing so good and then all of the sudden I stopped keeping track and I don't even know how much I drank yesterday. I am pretty sure I filled my water bottle three times, and it is 24 ounces, so I should be good. It's just odd that all of the sudden I lost track.

Speaking off losing track, I also noticed a huge drop in the participation on the facebook wall. I am the type of person who will avoid posting if it looks like I am the only one doing it. Every day I would love to comment on my step count, but since very few others ever leave a comment on that thread I feel that I will come across as bragging. Trust me, it is far from bragging. For me, walking is a normal thing. Some people are great at preparing low calorie foods. Some people are great at organizing their time and getting their blog posts done on time. My thing seems to be walking, and that's what I do.

Can anyone explain to me why people aren't posting on facebook anymore? Did we all just get so busy with other things so early in the challenge? Are people thinking that what they did wasn't enough so they just don't post it? I know that the facebook page is just an extra place for us to go, but it baffles me. I suppose I can understand if people don't want to post their fitness/activity if they feel that they haven't done anything, or they don't want to be seem like the only person posting every day, but certainly we are all eating dinner. Anyhow, this is just me rambling my thoughts.

Last week I mentioned how I was using the app called Lose It. It was pointed out to me that there is another app called My Fitness Pal and it is what most people are using. I could have sworn that I had used it before, but I must not have. I absolutely love it! Not only can I scan the food items that I eat, but it is also synced to my FitBit, so the walking that I do is automatically being recorded on the app and the calories are being accounted for. This has made things so easy for me. The hardest part of keeping track for me was always logging the foods that I ate. It was always such a hassle and hard work to look things up and to do all of the figuring. I have not scanned one item yet that was unrecognized and that is so awesome. I probably jinxed myself now. (laughing)

Thanks to My Fitness Pal I know that I have stayed under my calorie count for the past week. The only negative thing I noticed is that it was doubling my water after I logged it through my FitBit, but that was an easy fix. I am happy to be connected with a few people from the group. It doesn't feel like I am taking this journey alone.

My guy (the luckiest man in the world) has been awesome as I have talked his ear off about the challenge. He has followed along and made healthier choices. We have done very well on our portion sizes and I have traded out the white bread for wheat bread on most occasions. Last night I made blueberry muffins and I was so proud of myself for eating only one. Those darn things have a lot of calories ! This morning he heated one up for me to eat instead of my normal piece of toast. I ate the whole thing before my brain had time to do the calorie math. It sure was good.

We pretty much followed the menu plan this past week, with just a little juggling of items. The fish and rice just keeps getting pushed back a day, but I am shopping tomorrow, so I will be able to create a tasty meal with it very soon. Plain white rice just seems like torture.

I won't be posting any numbers here because I plan to come back tomorrow or Tuesday with a weekly update. The new scale arrived and it's accurate. And it sucks that it's accurate. And ... yeah that's all. It sucks. 

On a different topic I want to fill you in on my home life a little bit.

About two weeks ago I was approached at work and offered a different position for more hours. I will be moving from the maintenance team into the laundry room. Working on the maintenance team has given me the opportunity to get so many steps during the day. I average 6 miles by walking back and forth between the condos and going up and down the 7 flights of stairs. Once I am in the laundry room I will be moving in a 10 foot area. The only time I leave the room will be to deliver laundry and most of that traveling will be either on the elevator or in a golf cart as I move them from one building to another.

It will be an adjustment for me, but I am starting to feel good about it because now I am challenged more to get the steps in. I am confident that I will be able to work this out and still stay on track. Right now I am in training mode and still doing my job in the maintenance department. It has been a little bit exhausting as I adjust and I am not complaining when it is time to for bed.

~ added note: I worked 6 hours today in laundry and logged 4430 steps. I will be searching for ways to get more steps in, and I am confident that I will be able to figure something out.

There is one more thing that I have not mentioned in my blog.

I am going to be a grandma again !! Little Mister is due July 4th. It has been a tad bit stressful for me during her pregnancy, and I will not be going into details, but I will be heading back to Nebraska for 3 weeks in July to help greet this new guy to the family. I am happy to have my trip planned, because it was causing me a little more stress than I am used to. Babies are supposed to bring happy moments, so I am ready for those.

I'll be back after my weigh in to post how things went. Tonight we are going out to dinner, so the scale may scream at me in the morning.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Week one results - plans for week two

 
 
Some of my numbers changed since my last post , because I had to add the rest of the weekend totals, so I am posting the end totals here.
 
SUCCESS
 
 Averaged 90 oz of water per day, so I think I can raise the goal for next week. 
 
I stayed within my coffee allowance, avoided Oreos, didn't grab any candy from the office, and made our menu plan for the week.
 
Steps walked last week =  124,097
 
 
NON SUCCESS -
        No fitness plan done for week one.
 

  Weekends are not my problem days, because I work on Saturday and I usually spend Sunday out walking. My bad days are Monday and Wednesday. One reason for that is because my guy is home on those days and I enjoy spending time with him. Another reason is that I am usually catching up on my online activities, like checking emails, entering contests, and working on survey sites. Sometimes I think that I have way too much going on. (Don't tell my guy I said that)

  Today I sat on the couch, watching TV and doing things online until after 2 PM. Finally, I headed out for a walk and it was so hot when I did. I was overdressed and at one point I figured that I could just come back home and call it a rest day. After about 40 minutes I did come back home, but instead of sitting back down on the couch I changed into shorts and went walking for another 30 minutes. It always frustrates me when I spend the day inside only to find out that it is a GORGEOUS day.

  At around 5 my walking buddy called and asked if I wanted to go with her so I went out for our normal route. We usually get in about 2.5 miles a day. It was a really good walk tonight and I am glad that she called me. 



   WEIGH IN


This morning I got on the scale and was very surprised to see that I had lost 1.5 pounds. As much as I would like to be happy I just don't think it will stay that way. I see the number on the scale go up and down all of the time. I have stayed within the same 5 pound area for months now.

Today I downloaded an app called Lose It and I love the fact that you can scan the food products to log them. This will be very helpful to me in logging my food and I think that it is going to become a very good tool for me. In the past have tried multiple ways to keep track of the calories that I take in, but I was always discouraged when I had to look up the foods. This could very well be the key to my weight loss success. 



GOALS FOR WEEK TWO


Wednesday I will take an early walk so that I don't end up beating myself up over it like I did today.

Raising my water intake goal to 80, but I will be aiming for 100 to see if I can do it.

Walking goal is 100,000 steps (10,000 non-work days and 20,000 on work days)

Continue to have dinner finished by 7 with no eating after that.

Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday  I will do a fitness workout.
 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Closing in on week 1

 


Today is day six into the 100 day challenge and it has been going very well. We started with 13 people and I don't know exactly how many have joined, but I see that there are 21 members on the Facebook page. Giving a shout out to everyone that I have been chatting with this week. What a great group !





As I said earlier this week, I wanted to join for the accountability and the Facebook page has been a great help in doing that. I have also been keeping track on paper so that I can take a peek at my progress as the week ends.

  Here is an update on how things went for me.

I already know that the scale has not budged, and I believe it won't budge for quite some time. For a long time I used the excuse that I had thyroid problems, but I know that if I lowered my calorie intake and raised my fitness that I will indeed see a change on the scale. Time will tell. There was an email recently saying that the new scale should be here very soon, and I am excited about that.

Goal #1 was 10,000 steps on non-work days and 20,000 on work days. I am into the weekend here, so I will include what I have done today, up until this posting. Anything else will be included in my weekend update on Monday.

   Goal for the first 6 day = 90,000 
   Steps logged as of now = 95,302


Goal #2 was 64 oz of water daily and 2 cups of coffee with one extra cup allowed per week.

    Goal for first 6 days = 384 oz
    Water drank as of now = 512 oz

     I stuck with my 2 cups of coffee per day and actually only had 1 cup on Friday.




Goal #3 was to make a menu for the week and that went real well. It wasn't all the healthiest foods, but we did great on our portion sizes. Dinner was started at 6pm and we were finished by 7pm every night, with no eating after that. When I make the new menu I will try to post it here.



Goal #4 was to create fitness plan for arms/legs/ and abs.

Other than doing some squats occasionally I did not follow through with any daily workouts. This will be the main focus on my goals next week.




I did not eat any Oreos and I did not take any candy from the office. I even found a piece of candy in my coat pocket and I threw it away.


I'll come back Monday and do an update on how the weekend went and share results of the scale. I think I am going to name the new scale when it comes so I can just say something like "Simon says". Heck, we name every other gadget in our lives, I may as well name the scale too.

   
And now I am taking my happy self down to the beach for a walk since it is 75 degrees outside and I could use some sun.


 




Have a great day my new friends. If you see me on the Facebook page and would like to friend me, that would be awesome!

Monday, April 8, 2013

The slacker is finally posting March photos

Apparently I suck  am not very good at blogging. Here are the final pictures for March.


 
 
March 15 -  Keepsake
March 16 - Doorway
March 17 - Lucky
March 17 - Something green
March 18 - Sleeping
March 19 - Starts with "S"
March 20 - In the kitchen
 
EMBRACING BEAUTY
 

March 15 - Someone you love
March 16 - Your street
March 17 - Green
March 18 - Something old
March 19 - A pair
March 20 - Something new
March 21 - Black&white
 
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Yes, there are more
 

March 22 - Friendship
March 23 - Natural
March 24 - Listening to
March 25 - Perspective
March 26 - Walking away
March 27 - Pet Peeve
March 28 - Lunchtime
 
EMBRACING BEAUTY
 

March 22 - Stripes
March 23 - Rings
March 24 - Water
March 25 - Telephone
March 26 - Floral
March 27 - Mail
March 28 - Circle
 
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THE REST OF MARCH
 
 
March 29 - Silhouette and Tiny
March 30 - Pastel and Cold
March 31 - "I spy" and green
 
THE END !!!
 


 


 

100 days to a better me



   I have joined the 100 day weight loss challenge at Colie's Kitchen with 12 others. The challenge will begin today, with the ending date being July 16th.
YAY TO US !!

 The main reason that I wanted to join in was for the accountability. There are a lot of things in my life that used to be very scheduled and my health and fitness was one of them. I I used to eat oatmeal every Monday night. I used to plan out my menu a week in advance, and I used to be very strict about not eating after 7 pm. I don't know what happened exactly, but all of those "rules" vanished from my life.  I liked it the way it was, and this is one step in the right direction to getting things back in order.

  As far as the other group members, we are not in competition with each other and I think that is important. I can't wait to get to know the others and to read about their journeys. Hopefully we will be able to inspire and motivate each other to achieve our individual goals.

 Some people may not understand why I think that I need a group like this because I am not heavy, but I am overweight by at least 25 pounds. Even my Wii Fit tells me that I need to lose weight. I use a diet application on my phone and the BMI number that stares at me daily is not a friendly number.

  Speaking of BMI, I recently won an awesome Omron scale that will actually tell me my BMI and I am anxious to get it in the mail. I just hope it doesn't make me cry when I see the flashing screen. When I won it I told myself that the day it came I would really get moving. Of course I knew that it would almost take two months to get here, so I pretty much set myself up to continue on the same path that I was on.

  I have always had muscular legs, but they are now out of control. A big goal for me is to lose at least 3 inches in each thigh. I know that I can do it and I am going to get it done.

  Those of you that are new to my blog will soon learn that I am an avid walker. I walked almost 2500 miles last year. (no kidding) This year I have already walked 796 miles. My body is now used to all of those miles and I really need to add other workouts to my week. Every time I try this I get about two week in and then I stop. It's time to be consistent.

I will save the rest of my ramblings and end here with a few goals, but don't worry; I'll be rambling again.

GOALS FOR THE WEEK

1 - 10000 steps a day on non-work days. 20,000 steps a day on work days.

2 -  64 oz of water a day - no more than 2 cups of coffee per day. (allowing myself 3 on Monday or Wednesday, but not both)

3 - Write out my menu for the week. No eating after 7pm

4 - Create a fitness plan for arms/legs/ and abs


In addition to this I will :

Step away from the Oreos, after I eat just one more.
Stop grabbing a piece of candy when I walk past the main office downstairs.
No more than 2 Diet Cokes per week.

 FITNESS CALENDARS THAT I WILL BE WORKING WITH: THESE ARE NOT MINE... CREDIT IS POSTED UNDER EACH ONE.


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