Days 5 & 6 and HAPPY BIRTHDAY and weigh-in day

July 19 - Calories - 720

Breakfast English muffin with slice turkey, dijon mustard, laughing cow cheese

Snack - protein shake

Lunch - honey almond flax bar (kashi), java monster

Dinner - grilled chicken breast and sweet corn on the cob

July 20 - Calories - 1,481

Breakfast - White chocolate mocha w/ nonfat milk and no whip (starbucks)

Lunch - doritos

Dinner - Spaghetti

Snacks - 2 cupcakes and 3 blow pops

* Started week 3 on c25k this week and so far have done that Wednesday and Friday. *

First off July 20th is my baby boy’s birthday! He turned 3. We enjoyed his birthday and of course bought him some elmo cupcakes! I also was busy making goody bags for the party guests for his actual party today. Hence the blow pops I ate! So of course I didn’t too so hot yesterday with my food. Also, I am done recording my food daily for now. Six days is enough for this procrastinator to record. :) I did get a good feel of how I eat though and how I can improve. I can definitely kick some bad habits like snacking for sure! I’m going to start going to the gym in August. I’m waiting for my older two kids to go back to school and then me & the little man will hit the gym atleast 2 times a week I hope. They have a daycare at the gym so he can play while Mama works out! I also plan on continuing my c25k and hopefully be able to run my first 5k this September!

So now to the scale…. I weighed in at 183 this morning which means a 5 lb. loss this week!!! I can not tell you how excited I am to finally see that scale move in the RIGHT direction. I’m thinking of posting a before and “during” photo at around week 4. I really feel like this blog is helping keep me accountable for what I eat and how I exercise so even though I don’t have any readers I guess the blog will stay. Now time to get busy for the party!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDE!

Homemade Yogurt Ranch Recipe

For all of those ranch lovers out there, this is an easy recipe without all of the bad calories and preservatives! Apparently they sell yogurt ranch in some grocery stores, but since they don’t in mine I had to make my own. I borrowed this recipe from food network, http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/ranch-dressing-recipe/index.html but there are many recipes online if you google “yogurt ranch recipe.”

1/3 cup plain greek yogurt

1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk

3T mayo

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp dijon mustard

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1T finely chopped chives

Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Food diary days 3 & 4

July 16th - 1,660 calories

Breakfast - iced white chocolate mocha coffee

Lunch - chicken salad mixed with shredded lettuce and homemade dressing

Dinner - chicken nuggets, 2 slices bread, mayo

Snacks - laughing cow cheese, starbursts, a few dark chocolate dove pieces

July 17th - 1,500 calories minus around 200 kcal for running/walking for 30 minutes

Breakfast - Protein shake

Lunch - Chicken wrap, green beans

Dinner - Small salad, 2 slices pizza

Snacks - Lemon ice chiller

I think I did better on July 17th as far as snacking goes. One bad thing about my in laws being in town is that we keep having candy in the house. Other than that, I think we’ve done a little better since they have been here. We haven’t eaten out or bought any fast food like we did in the past when they would visit. With the exception of ordering a take home and bake pizza last night. Also, me & the hubby were able to go for a run last night. That was much needed! I feel a little sore this morning since I am completely out of shape, but nothing too bad. We did the C25K week 3.

Food diary days 1 & 2

So last night was my cousin’s wedding. Needless to say I didn’t get home until around 11pm. And the in laws had arrived, so I am checking in a day late.

July 14 - 1,305 calories

Breakfast - mini whole wheat bagel with fat free cream cheese and a 1/2 slice of pepperjack cheese

Snack - instant strawberry oatmeal, two ritz crackers

Lunch - 2 slices cheese pizza with shrimp, green peppers, and onion

Dinner - (wedding finger food) roll, about 5 or 6 cheese cubes, strawberry, pineapple, melon chunks

July 15 - 1,741 calories

Breakfast - whole wheat mini bagel with ff cream cheese

Lunch - turkey and light miracle whip on whole wheat bun, about 6 doritos

Snack - rice krispie treat and bowl of cocoa pebbles

Dinner - 16oz coca cola, whole wheat bun with hamburger patty, light miracle whip and sliced cheese, corn on the cob

Dessert - bowl of vanilla greek yogurt, a few ritz crackers with nutella and peanut butter

To sum it up… I think I am doing better, but I can still use a lot of work on controlling my bad snacking habits. Also, I haven’t exercised in the last few days because of how busy we have been with the house. But, I think painting rooms all week plus countless hours of cleaning should count as some form of exercise! There were days when I woke up with sore arms! Speaking of, I need to get some before and after pics up of the rooms we painted.

On another topic, my MIL looks so good! She has lost around 43 lbs. since January! We were talking today about our weight loss stories, (or my lack there of ha ha!) and she is currently lifting weights at the gym. One of the first things I noticed were her toned arms. I have always hated my arm fat and am so proud (and jealous) of her arms! Apparently, lifting weights really helps you lose weight without the real bulky look. I think most women are worried if they lift they will look like a man, but it’s not true! You will look hot! I also found out that she is my height and started out at the exact same weight as me. So it was very inspiring to see and talk to someone close to me that really did it. She looks great and happy, and she deserves it. My goal is by the next time we visit them this December, to have lost as much weight as her. It can happen. If I can just stay focused, hence the blog. ;)

Is the pause button on?

So, Saturday’s are my weigh in days, and boy did I NOT want to weigh in this morning. I guess the good news is I didn’t gain anything. But, I sure didn’t lose anything either. I can’t even begin to describe to you the busy week i’ve had. Ok, i’ll describe it. Ha.. So, on July 4th around 3am our toilets decided to overflow. All over the bedroom! Of course we had carpet and that was officially ruined. The carpet stayed for another couple of nights which turned into the most stinky, old, mildewy, bitter smell. I figured when the smell took over the entire house and was making me feel ill I had to put my foot down. At this point I think it was safe to say the carpet was on a downward spiral and not turning back. Kind of like my old teenage dreams. ;) So, just like my dreams, it had to be replaced! By something much more awesome of course. Only problem is, we still haven’t bought the new flooring yet, so we are currently dealing with cold concrete. Funny thing is, because our carpet was ruined, I insisted we paint the bedroom since we had to take all of the furniture out. It needed paint so bad. Three years have gone by in our house and the bedroom still had the same white walls and shadows of 70’s wallpapaer left from the previous owners. So needing to paint the bedroom and replace the floors kind of turned into other household projects. Like, painting four other areas of the house plus our front door…. And our out of town family will be here in less than 24 hours. And guess what? Our bedroom still needs flooring and paint…. The plan is to get the paint done today before the family gets here, and the hubby and his dad will do the floors this week. Also, don’t forget we have three kids, four dogs, work, and school. So, I think you can see why our week has been so incredibly busy.

Even though it has been a crazy few days, that still doesn’t excuse my poor eating habits. Under stress I induldge more, so i’m honestly shocked I didn’t gain about 5 lbs! I’m getting so frustrated with myself lately, and my lack of motivation. I feel I can stay motivated until about the end of the day, and then the snacking demons take over. Why, oh, why do we feel so overwhelmed by life that we turn to things so temporary and unfufilling? Whether it be food, cigarrettes, alcohol, drugs, or whatever the poison may be. It only satisfies us for a brief moment! What is so exciting about that moment? It is very much like an adrenaline rush of some sort. Hey, i’m so angry/sad/happy/anxious right now so let me sabotage my body! What a wonderful idea! This doesn’t make since people! And by people I mean me. This. is. nuts.

But, guess what? It’s a new day. Yes, we have the power to keep beating ourselves in the head with a hammer, or simply putting the hammer down and saying to ourselves, “Ouch! I don’t like the way that makes me feel anymore. So I will put the hammer down.” You know what? I’m sick of leaving “bruises” on my body by shoveling in useless calories. And I will hold myself more accountable. I plan on signing in each night and putting it all out there on the internet what I ate. I don’t care if I did good or bad, it’s going on my blog. On that note, I have a lot of last minute things to do before my in laws arrive, so I will check back in tonight.

Freebie workout dvd’s

Did you know you can go to the library and check out dvd’s for free? I found the Jillian Michaels workout dvd at our local library and was so excited! They have a few more also, which I plan on swapping out every week. It’s a good way to try out new workout dvd’s without investing, and you can change it up every week! Plus, it’s free! Just thought I would let it be known in case anyone was out of the “library loop.”

4th of July madness

Ok, I know it’s not a great idea to start a new lifestyle of healthy eating right before a holiday, and I proved that to be true this week! I can say I had great intentions but when it came down to indepedance day there were definitely some slip ups. Ok the whole 4th and 5th were “all day” slip ups! We enjoyed chips, dip, coke, hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, potato salad, and some vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and blueberries on top. Of course I had to have leftovers the next day, hence the “slip ups” on July 5th. Why does it seem we always need a day or two or sometimes even a week after a special occasion, holiday, or big event to get back to the grind? It’s kind of scary how eating a few greasy and fattening (aka delicious) meals and not worrying about portion sizes and counting calories can get us so carried away. Enough of the non sense, it’s time to get my arse in gear! Let the games begin! Weight loss games that is…

So i’ve decided to run a 5k. I don’t know WHEN said 5k will take place but hopefully soon. I’m looking at maybe early September. That will give me around 9 weeks which should be enough time to prepare my poor out of shape body for race day! We shall see.

By the way, I have decided I will probably have to change my diet plan since I will be running. I previously mentioned cutting back on carbs as it’s a great way to kick start your weight loss, but if i’m going to be exercising more I should probably expect to be eating more carbs for my energy needs. As long as I don’t go crazy with that, I think i’ll be ok.

This is what my plans look like for the day eating/exercising wise:

B- 1/3 cup oatmeal with fresh strawberries

S- 2oz cheese

L- romaine lettuce, 2T light ranch dressing, 3oz chicken breast

S- mixed veges

D- tuna from water, light miracle whip, boiled egg, bun

Water, water, water!

Exercise - Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism dvd/ C25K http://c25kfree.com/

On a lighter note

I don’t mean to depress anyone with my previous entry. I just want people to know how serious this disease can be. So, for a refreshing change of pace, let me enlighten you on my plans, goals, and dreams in life. I am a proud Mom of 3 precious kids. Two daughters and one son. They are my life, my heart, my reason for becoming healthier. I am doing this for them, but also for me. I am about 60 pounds heavier than I was before motherhood. I know I may never get back to that weight but I would atleast like to lose around 40 lbs for sure. Right now I am a size 14/16 and about 189 lbs. I’m only 5′4. I would love to be at 140lbs and a size 9/10! My son’s birthday is July 20th and his party will be on the 21st. That is my first mini deadline. I would like to lose between 10 - 15 lbs by then. That gives me 19 days. So to say the least I think I have my work cut out for me! I am currently starting the couch to 5k program, and focusing on cutting mostly white bread and pasta. I am mainly getting carbs from fruits and veges. I have also been dabbling with Weight Watchers, but I haven’t been sticking to it like I should. Perhaps I will try to start that again to to record my points. Some vitamins and medicines I am taking include fish oil, pearls, water balance, magnesium, cranberry, and Humira injections for my Crohn’s. I also recommend oxyelite for anyone who is not opposed to taking energy/appetite suppressants. It’s an over the counter pill sold at GNC that is similar to adipex. Of course you should consult with your doctor before you start taking those! However, I am currenty on a doctor prescribed form of adipex. And I only take one half each morning to help with weight loss. For some reason they also seem to help my Crohn’s feel like it goes into remission. But, I think it’s only because i’m eating a lot less than normal which means my flared digestive system doesn’t have to work AS hard on all of that junk I usually eat.

http://c25kfree.com/ <-get the c25k app here free!

Another goal of mine is to finish nursing school! I attempted it once in 2008 and dropped the program. I have deep regret for that and hope to get into another LPN program in January. I have to apply to this school though and I won’t find out if I have gotten accepted until this Fall/Winter. If I don’t get accepted to that school I am on the wait list at another, but I won’t be able to start until next June. It will happen though, in time. And maybe I will be 50 pounds lighter by then! Here’s to dreaming big!

* I wanted to add that I am not affiliated with promoting any of these products I may blog about to recieve any monetary rewards. (I wish! lol) Whatever I blog about are the things that I have tried or am currently using to help me achieve my goals. Everyone is different and has their own way of doing things! =D

A day in the life of…

A mom.

A wife.

A daughter.

A nursing student.

A more than slightly overweight woman.

A Crohn’s patient.

Welcome to my new blog! I have to decided to document my life and all of the obstacles I face. Well, most of them. I’m on a journey to lose between 30-50 pounds, while living with Crohn’s disease. I hope to share some valuable information to anyone interested or may be dealing with some of the same issues. For those of you who don’t know, here is a little information on Crohn’s.

“The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. It is an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.

People with Crohn’s disease have ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). Crohn’s disease may involve the small intestine, the large intestine, the rectum, or the mouth. The inflammation causes the intestinal wall to become thick.

There are different types of Crohn’s disease. The type depends on what part of your body is affected.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001295/

I was diagnosed at age 15. I am 26 presently. I have struggled for years trying to figure out how to live with Crohn’s. The first few years I thought ignoring it and not taking my meds would make it go away. Heh. Guess that was the denial phase. Not a good thing though because that’s how you end up in the E.R. with severe stomach pain and vomiting caused by a bowel obstruction. After my second hospitalization including an NG tube to suction out my stomach for 3 days and an unpleasant 6 weeks on Prednisone which left me 30 pounds heavier, growing facial hair, and acne covering my body, I would say I finally realized just how serious my disease was. I had one even more serious hospitalization including a bowel resection and severe complications due to surgery. Again, the NG tube since I was violently vomiting for days and a couple of weeks with no food, only I.V. calories and too many meds to remember. I finally got to eat a little my third week of the hospital stay and get my NG tube removed. There were countless x-rays, CAT scans, tests, pain, and tears those 3 weeks that felt like a lifetime. I can’t even describe the emotional turmoil from being seperated from my three children at home and knowing they were being swapped around taken care of by others. One thing I learned from that experience would be to TAKE YOUR MEDS. Oh, and never take the “Capsule Camera Pill Test” they may offer you! It actually was “stuck” inside of me for 6 months and finally made it’s way to my small intestines where my inflammation is located causing bowel obstruction which led to surgically removing said capsule which led to complications of surgery! And they may tell you I am a rare case and that will NOT happen to you. Guess what, they told me that too.