Back on track…at least so far.

13 Jul 2010 In: Uncategorized

Company left very early this morning.  After waking up to see them off I took a long nap on the couch.  I love summer!

Breakfast was greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, and almonds.  It was delicious as always.  The two cups of coffee helped me wake up after my early morning and nap too.  Lunch was half a turkey sandwich on 12 grain bread with jalapeño jack cheese and lettuce, and a cup of skim milk.  Dinner is yet to be determined, but it will be lean protein and veggies for sure.

Last night I felt gross, my stomach was out of whack and I just felt groggy.  I think it was the junk I had been eating.  Eating on plan today makes me feel better already.  I’m hoping to make my dance class this evening, then all will be right with the world again.

Having a set back

10 Jul 2010 In: Uncategorized

I am pretty disappointed in myself right now.

I went to New Jersey with a large group of coworkers for a conference.  Traveling from Texas to New Jersey took close to 12 hours, and we had a really quick trip.  So Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday–not on plan.  Came home to company–and while I started out well everyday–not on plan.

I am losing my willpower!!!  I have made it to the gym-once–and noticed a change in my legs, but I am really afraid of this bad eating.  I was so motivated.  I need to find that place again.  We have company until Tuesday and then I think it is back to phase 1 and hitting the gym pretty hard.

I guess I just need to get back in the right frame of mind and realize that this is going to happen.  I am going to have to realize that the weight is not going to magically drop off, and that trip ups in my diet plan are going to happen.  I just need to learn from it, and move on.

Vent over.  At least for now.

Feeling better today…

2 Jul 2010 In: Uncategorized

Good afternoon!

Feeling a little more positive today.  I just made the SBD protein breakfast cheesecake and it is SO GOOD!  I cut the original recipe by 3, since it is just me, and added a little lemon zest and lemon juice.  I cooked it in a muffin tin, so I got 12 little cheesecakes.  Already ate 2 🙂

Family is in town today, then I leave for another work conference Monday.  Get home Wednesday, and the friends coming into town are going to beat me here.  Wow it is going to be a busy.

Went to eat (Red Robin) and managed to eat on plan.  They have a burger called “Lettuce Wrap your Burger” and it was really good.  Not sure how lean the burger was, but it did keep the bread out of the meal.

Now I only have to survive two more days on phase 1…..I can do this!

Feeling a little blue today….

30 Jun 2010 In: Uncategorized

Today has been a rough day.

I woke up grumpy.  Okay, let me rephrase that-I was woken up, and that made me grumpy.  My dog Riley as this annoying habit of whining until someone gets up and gives her attention or takes her out.  This morning my boyfriend had to get up early, and he didn’t take the dogs out.  So instead they she whined and whined until I got out of bed.

Now why did this make me grumpy?  Because during the school year I get up at 5:30.  I get ready for work, make my lunch, and manage to take the dogs out EVERY morning, even when I am running late.  But he said “I just don’t have time.”  Whatever.  It annoyed me.

TOM is heading my way–in fact it is early.  And I am grumpier than normal, which is strange because I take BCPs.  I need to get over it–his family arrives tomorrow.  But that leads me to my second annoyance of the day.

I have explained that this is important to me.  I explained that I am going to be making healthy food for myself, and making better choices.  I explained that I need to know if we are going out to eat so I can do some research.  Phase 1 ends on Sunday–I am so close!  And he is supportive. Most of the time.

I asked what the plans were for dinner tomorrow.  He said, “Red Robin, didn’t I tell you?”  Red Robin.  Red Robin?!?!?!?  Have you ever checked the nutrition data for Red Robin?  Thousands!  Meals that have more calories than I eat in one day!  And more than likely nothing but a side salad that I can eat on plan.  REALLY?!?!?!

I know that my monthly visitor is the reason for these petty annoyances, but it is still frustrating.  Like I said, I am so close.

Otherwise today was a good day on plan.  I have found that I LOVE natural peanut butter.  I love it so much that I split up my serving so I can eat it twice in one day.  I also tried a kick boxing class today at the gym–wasn’t really my cup of tea.  The instructor was just boring and the music wasn’t upbeat enough for me.  Her encouragement during tough exercises was “c’mon guys.”  The other instructor is so perky it is almost annoying, but it isn’t.  It makes me work harder.  Okay, I made that negative again….need to take steps back to the positive.

Here is my positive–natural peanut butter. Greek yogurt.  Lettuce wrap “sandwiches” for lunch that taste just like a regular sandwich.  Being lighter according to my Wii Fit.  And the fact that I have a WONDERFUL boyfriend and my only complaint is he didn’t take out the dog and picked a fatty restaurant.  (By the way, as I typed this, he took the dogs out. )   Having a good workout.  Taking a nap during our rainy afternoon since I have summers off.  These are all good things.

Trying a new recipe tonight–spinach and artichoke stuffed pork tenderloin.  I will let you know how it goes…if anyone is reading this.

Another day and a minor victory

29 Jun 2010 In: Uncategorized

Good morning world!

I am off to a good start today.  Woke up around 8 again, coffee, took the dogs out, worked out on my Wii Fit–and it said I was down 2.9 pounds since Sunday.  Victory!

Breakfast was greek yogurt with almond slices, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla extract, with my wonderful coffee.  Now I am going to shower and head off to school to pick up my new books, and maybe hit the gym on my way home.

Lunch…not sure.  But I am going to make chicken with green beans for dinner.  Thinking about trying the mashed cauliflower recipe from the SBD book, but we will see.

Have a good day 3FC world! 🙂

A few things about me….

28 Jun 2010 In: Uncategorized

I have been on a “diet”  most of my adult life.  It has either been a time when I am trying to eat healthy and lose weight, or a time when I think I should be able to eat like some of my friends who, for whatever reason, don’t have them same issues with food as I do.  Sadly, I am about 50 pounds overweight, and despite a few good starts in the past, the weight just keeps coming back.

So my wake up call is here.  I am in a wonderful place in my life.  I love my job, teaching middle school history.  Yes, I know most people think this is crazy, but I love it.  The kids, the other teachers, the books, the time off. 🙂  I had a student tell me last year that she could tell I like history–because I get excited when I talk about it, “even the boring stuff.”  I work at a private school, which is nice because I don’t have to deal with a lot of the bureaucracy that comes with teaching today.  I am also in a great relationship.  My boyfriend is so good to me–funny, sweet, supportive, the whole package.  I am blessed to have found him.  We live together with our two dogs and have made our own little family.  Hopefully we will be official soon, but so far no marriage plans yet.  After a few years of realizing what a true friend is, and losing a few in the process, I finally have a good bunch of friends.  We may not see each other everyday, but I know they are there for me, and I am there for them.

The only thing missing in my life is being happy in my own skin–finally being the healthy person I know is inside.  So I am going to try this again, and instead of making it a “diet” I am trying to make it a lifestyle change.  At the advice of my doctor I am trying the South Beach Diet.  I bought the book and read it in one day.  It makes sense to me–but that doesn’t mean it is easy.  Because I love food, and I really love bread.  I know South Beach isn’t “low carb” but I am in phase one, and despite claims to end cravings I still find myself dreaming about things like pizza, bagels, or even a simple piece of toast.  In fact I have already decided that my first phase 2 breakfast will be a piece of muligrain bread with peanut butter, and I am counting down the days….

So today was day 8.  I have been pretty on plan, with the exception of a slice of Chicago style pizza when traveling for a training last week (come on, I had to try it!) and a piece of bread when my stomach was less than stellar and I couldn’t get anything else down.  Here is what my day looked like:

Woke up around 8:00, which is nice.  During the school year I get up at 5:30.  I also try to get at least 8 hours of sleep ever since I read an article about people who get at least 7.5 lose more weight than people who get less.

Boyfriend made me coffee with splenda and sf hazelnut creamer.  I love coffee.  LOVE it.  I then had cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes, and a second cup of coffee for breakfast.

I hit the gym for the first time in a long time, running for 20 minutes on the treadmill, then taking a class called soul grooves. The class is cardio based on dance moves from salsa to hip hop,  It was so much fun, I can’t wait to take it again.

Lunch was a salmon fillet with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and basil, along with a small glass of milk.

Cleaned a little, the took a short nap on the couch.

Dinner was a bun-less hamburger with lettuce and tomato, along with black beans and the leftover salad from lunch.  The bun-less burger was pretty good.  I didn’t even miss the bun (shocker!) but it was a little hard to eat.

So all in all, it was a good day.  We have family coming in town this weekend, so I will have to work to stay on plan….but I have too, so I can eat that multigrain toast with peanut butter.