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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Week In Review & Goals for Next Week

I had another pretty good week! I went over my calorie goal of 1,200 a few days, but not by too much. I have managed to maintain my weight under 180 for 5 days now, so that is exciting. Now if I can get it to start dropping again I will be thrilled! I started strength training this week, so I am happy about that. I feel like I am slow & steadily bumping up my exercise intensity. I made it to the gym 1 morning this week, which is an accomplishment in itself. I have noticed I am slacking on my water intake again, so I need to focus a bit more on it. Other than that, I feel like it was an overall successful week to be proud of. I do know I’m going to have to step up the fitness part here soon if I ever want to do P90X, but I feel like I’m getting there. I am really enjoying my time in the gym now and not dreading it so bad, so not it is time to start taking it to the next level.

I wasn’t able to do my usual ‘Prep Day’ this weekend like I have been doing because of the nasty weather. I am going to send Skyler to the store tomorrow to get a few staples that we are out of (milk, eggs, oatmeal, onions, etc.). And then I imagine I will try to make a trip to the grocery store on Wednesday (if I can’t make what we have stretch until Saturday). I have a couple of new recipes I am wanting to try this week, but other than that it is going to be a clean out the fridge/freezer/pantry kind of week!

Couch to 5K Complete Week 3 Day 3 (Monday)
Couch to 5K Week 4– Run 3 times (Wed, Fri, & Sun)
• Strength Training Back & Chest & Abs (Monday)
• Strength Training Arms & Shoulders & Abs (Thursday)
P90X Ab Video 3 times (Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday)
• Attend 1 Zumba class (Tuesday)
• Morning Workouts 2 times (Wednesday & Friday)
• Drink at least 64 oz of water a day
• Stay under 1200 Calories 5 days
• Stay under 1500 Calories 2 days
• NO eating after 7 – Minimal eating after 5

Saturday will be my rest day from working out next week. Since I have skipped my grocery store trip this weekend, I imagine next weekend’s will be a doozey! As you can see, I am budgeting a couple of days calories a bit higher, since that’s what I seem to be doing anyway. Especially with the Super Bowl this weekend, I imagine I will be needing a little more wiggle room on my budgeted calorie intake!

Productive Day

I have accomplished many random things on my to do list today! I sorted through a bunch of old pictures so they are more easily accessible when I’m ready to scrapbook them. I worked quite a bit on my “My Weight Over the Years” Blog series. I got caught back up on the laundry, and picked up the house a bit.

FOOD – 1,051 Calories
Today, and the next couple of days for that matter, is a left-over day. The fridge and pantry are pretty full, and the ice has prevented me from going shopping, so we will be eating what is on hand. Since I was oh-so-good and didn’t eat out at a Mexican Restaurant this week, I have been needing my weekly Mexican fix. In the spirit of eating left-over’s, I heated up some of the Jambalaya I made a couple of days ago and made nachos with it. It actually worked really well since it was too spicy to eat on its own (I have been known to over-spice from time-to-time).

Lunch 12:00 pm – 691 calories
1.5 oz Tortilla Chips, Chicken Sausage Jambalaya,
& 1/3 C Shredded Cheese (melted)
Topped with Shredded Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes,
Green Onions, 2 T FF Otts French Dressing, &
½ Avocado for Guacamole (+ Lime Juice & Tony C’s)
Served with my daily Diet Coke of course!

This certainly wasn’t the healthiest lunch ever, but much healthier than eating out. Also, since I slept through breakfast like I tend to do on the weekends, I have a few more calories to spread over lunch and dinner.

Dinner was left-over Turkey Chili.

Dinner 7:00pm – 360 calories
1 C Chili, 10 Crackers, 1/6 C Cheese, 2 T FF Sour Cream
My stomach was pretty upset all afternoon (possibly the spicy Jambalaya), so I pushed my run off until tomorrow and made today a rest day. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t complete a run right now with the way I am feeling at the moment.

Couch to 5K – run 3 min stretches at 6.0
• Strength Training: Back/Chest/Abs
• Drink at least 64 oz of Water
• Stay under 1200 Calories

My Weight Over the Years: Part 1

As a tribute to reaching my ½ way point through this weight loss journey, I thought it would be appropriate to think about and share what has led me to this point. This is the first of a 6 part series on “My Weight Over the Years.” I have also made the very brave decision to post my blog link to my Facebook page. Until now, I have only allowed 2 people that I know personally to read my blog: my sister, Laura, & my husband, Skyler. It is such a personal (and quite frankly embarrassing at times) blog, that this is kind of scary for me. But the whole point of creating this was to hold myself accountable and to hopefully receive and provide encouragement from/for others, and what better way than letting people that know me read it?! That being said, I’ll apologize now if you are reading this and see me on a regular basis. Just close your eyes when I post the Before-During Pictures. So here goes…

Growing up, I went through chubby stages of course, but was always pretty average.

(black eye from jumping on & falling off the bed)

1st Day of 1st Grade
(I’m the one in Purple)

1st Day of 3rd Grade

1st Day of 4th Grade

1st Day of 5th Grade

I hit my growth spurt in 6th grade, and pretty much shot up overnight to the 5’7” height that I am today. When this happened, I looked anorexic, but just because I grew so fast.

Spring 6th Grade

Throughout middle school and high school, I maintained a normal healthy weight for my age and height ranging from 115 – 135.

8th Grade

Winter Freshman Year

Fall Sophomore Year

Summer between Sophomore & Junior Year (I’m on the left)

Spring Junior Year

Summer between Junior & Senior Year

Senior Year

The sad thing is that I never felt thin or pretty and was always “dieting”. I always felt like I was too fat and hated that I naturally have big thighs. Now, I would kill to have that body back! :)  

Of course, body image is something that most (if not all) young women struggle with. What Caitlin is accomplishing with Operation Beautiful is absolutely amazing and wonderful. It is truly a beautiful movement, and I pray that it reaches all of the girls out there that need to be reminded that they are beautiful!

If nothing else, this will be one positive thing I take from gaining weight. It has made me appreciate my body so much more and accept that I’m NEVER going to be a super skinny girl, and I don’t want to be anymore! I just want to be at a weight that makes me feel pretty and comfortable and healthy. I have grown to love my curves (except for the one that hangs over the front of my jeans), and I really feel like that as I lose weight, I am truly feeling so much better about myself and am consciously trying not to nit-pick myself to death in front of the mirror. It is tragic that we are often our own worst critics, and I am really trying to change that about myself so I can enjoy my (becoming) thinner body instead of always feeling like there is something else that I need to ‘fix’ on it. God made me ME for a reason!

Kindergarten Graduation

8th Grade Graduation – 115 – 120 pounds

May 2002 High School Graduation 125-135 pounds

May 2006 College Graduation – 150-160 pounds

Other parts to this series:
Part 2: College Years
Part 3: The Gain
Part 4: Depression
Part 5: The Loss

Saturday, January 30, 2010

1st Day Strength Training

FOOD – 784 Calories Total
I definitely didn’t eat the lasagna tonight. Just the smell of it in the house was making me nauseous. I should have skipped dinner altogether tonight because I wasn’t hungry and nothing sounded good, but I didn’t. I just ate some random stuff because I hadn’t eaten in a while so I guess I felt like I should. It was way too late to be eating though. Oh well, luckily I didn’t make too terrible of choices. I am finishing the day with about 51 oz of water.

Dinner 8:30 pm – 471 calories
15 Wheat Thin Vegetable Crackers with
3 T Whipped Cream Cheese & Jalapeno Slices
1 C Sliced Cucumber & 1 C Cherry Tomatoes
with 2 T Hummus

And 2.5 oz Sweet Potato Fries

Billy came over tonight and helped me with an arms and shoulders routine. I really like working out with him because he pushes me, but yet he doesn’t push me too far. He also helps me on form and is always very encouraging. He has been wanting to work out more again too, so he said he would try to come over a couple of days a week to workout with me.

- 10 min Elliptical: Random – LV 1-3 – 1.21 mi – 132 calories
(after the warm up we did 2 circuit’s each with 4 exercises 2 times)

Circuit 1 (all free weights):
- Side Ab Machine: 40# - 10x’s each side (1st time)
                             50# - 10x’s each side (2nd time)
- Bicep Curls (Knuckles In): 5# - 15x’s each arm (both times)
- Tricep Extensions (laying down): 5# - 15x’s each arm (both times)
- Seated Dumbbell Press: 5# - 15x’s (both times)

Circuit 2 (all free weights except Triceps):
- Crunches on the Ball (feet together): 50 (both times)
- Bicep Curls (Knuckles Up): 5# - 15x’s each arm (both times)
- Tricep Push Down: 10# - 10x’s each arm (both times)
- Hitler Deltoid Raises: 5# - 10x’s (both times)

- 10 min Elliptical: Random – LV 1-3 – 1.25 mi – 136 calories

It felt great to lift some weights again. It has been over a year since I have done any sort of strength training, so it was a lot of fun, and I look forward to our next workout!

Couch to 5K – run 3 min stretches at 6.0 (I might die)
• Drink at least 64 oz of Water
• Stay under 1200 Calories
• Post my Blog Link on Facebook (kind of scary)

Italian Day

Ironically enough, today’s meals have turned out to be themed around Italian food. I am not even a huge fan of Italian food, especially lasagna. My husband will be happy for the change though!

I have been C-R-A-V-I-N-G pizza for a few days now! There is an amazing Chicago Style Pizza place here in town, Gusano’s, and we haven’t eaten there in quite some time. Sky and I both wanted to go there this weekend, but I really didn’t want to screw my calorie intake that bad (because it would be no-holds-barred
for me…ranch and all). So to compromise, I made myself a ‘healthy’ pizza for lunch, and it did the trick!

Lunch 12:00 pm – 313 calories
My ‘Healthy’ Hawaiian Pizza:
topped with ¼ C Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce,
1/3 C Shredded Cheese, 1.5 oz diced Ham,
& ¼ C Pineapple

I sprinkled the sauce with some dried Basil & Garlic Salt.

Then baked on 350* till it was melty, then broiled until it browned.

Then sliced it up and garnished with Green Onions & Red Pepper Flakes.

And enjoyed it with my beloved Diet Coke!
Must have soda with Pizza!

While my pizza was in the oven, I got started on dinner…Meatball Lasagna in the Crock Pot. Now, as I mentioned, I do not love lasagna, but Sky does. I planned to make this recipe over the weekend, because it is pretty high in calories. I substituted the Provolone & Ricotta Cheeses & Pasta Sauce for lower calorie options, but still, it’s lasagna and it’s high in calories.

One of the girls at work let me borrow her Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Recipes Cook Book, and I have been very pleased with the recipes so far. Usually when I try new recipes, we are less than impressed, but Sky has even liked these so far. The Tamale Pie & Mango-Chipotle Pot Roast recipes both came from this book.

Meatball Lasagna Recipe
2 #’s Frozen Fully Cooked Meatballs, Thawed
1 Large Egg
1 Container (15 oz) Ricotta Cheese (Part Skim)
1 T Dried Italian Seasoning
2 Jars (26 oz each) Pasta Sauce
1 box (9 oz) No-Boil Lasagna Sheets
1 lb thinly sliced Provolone Cheese (Reduced Fat)

- Slice Meatballs in ½, set aside
- In bowl, beat Egg w/a fork & stir in Ricotta & Seasoning, set aside
- Coat Slow Cooker with Cooking Spray
- Add ½ C Pasta Sauce to Slow Cooker
- Add a layer of Lasagna Noodles, breaking to fit
- Layer with 1/3 of the Meatballs
- Then 1/3 Ricotta Mixture
- Then 1/3 of the Provolone Cheese
- Add 1 ½ C Pasta Sauce
- Repeat Layers 2 more times
- End with Noodles & Remaining Pasta Sauce
- I saved some cheese to top with
- Cover & Cook on Low Heat for 3-4 hours

Friday, January 29, 2010

Late Night Snack

FOOD – 1,373 Calories for the Day
I was getting pretty hungry and tried to drink a bottle of water to get it to go away, but no such luck. So I made one of my favorite late night snacks. The difference this time was that I counted out 1 serving (15 crackers) and put the box away immediately. This ended up putting me over on my calories for the day, but I was seriously hungry. The good thing is that I am now at about 68 oz of water for the day.

Late Night Snack 10:30 pm – 180 calories
15 Wheat Thin Vegetable Crackers,
2 T Whipped Cream Cheese, & Sliced Jalapenos

Perfect Night...

Tonight was awesome! After my run, the neighbors let us borrow their sleds, so we walked out onto the golf course and tried ‘em out. The snow was a bit too thick and dry, but we had fun nonetheless.

 It was such a beautiful snow too!

After our sledding excursion we changed and hit the hot tub!

 Does it get any better than sittin’ in the hot tub watchin’ it snow sippin’ on a glass of wine (or Sky’s hot chocolate)? I think not! After the hot tub, it was dinnertime…

FOOD – 1,193 Calories
I finished the day right in line, and I even got to enjoy a nice glass of MO wine! Looks like I'm going to finish the day with about 51 oz of water.

Dinner 7:00 pm – 726 calories
Hawaiian Chicken & Pineapple Kabobs:
2/3 C Brown Rice, 5 oz Chicken, 1 C Pineapple,
2 T Hawaiian BBQ, ½ C Green Beans
8 oz Steinberg Red Semi Dry Stone Hill Wine
(I drank some of the wine earlier at the hot tub)

My run was pretty easy today. I even bumped up the speed a bit on the short stretches and still felt pretty good.

Couch to 5K: Week 3 Day 2
Treadmill - Manual - Level 0 – 23 min –
1.78 Miles - 267 Calories Burned

• 5 min Walk @ 4.0
Repeat 2 Times (18 min):
• 90 sec jog @ 6.0
• 90 sec walk @ 4.0
• 3 min jog @ 5.5
• 3 min walk @ 4.0

• Arms & Shoulders (our friend Billy is coming over to help me put together a good workout)
• Drink at least 64 oz of Water
• Stay under 1200 Calories

And one last pretty snow picture

Snow Day

I definitely got my 3 day weekend I was hoping for! It has been snowing non-stop since the middle of the night. Very pretty, but definitely not safe to get out in considering there is about an inch of ice under it all too. Here is a picture from this morning looking out off of my balcony.

I slept until about 10 this morning, so my meal times have been pretty random so far.

Breakfast 11:00 am – 67 calories
½ C Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt,
4 oz Unsweetened Almond Breeze, Packet Sweetener,
¼ C Blueberries, ½ C Strawberries, & ¾ Peeled Nectarine

I liked the Amazing Grass better this time. I think it helped to only use ½ of the packet and to be mixed with the fruit. The nectarine was an awesome addition to my fruit smoothie too! Such a great flavor mixed in with everything else. And it was one that was way too mushy to eat alone, so it blended perfectly!

I wasn’t really in the mood for a smoothie once I started drinking it though, so I only finished about 1/3 of it.

Snack 1:00pm – 100 calories
5 Mini Chicken Sausage Links

Lunch 2:00pm – 300 calories
Jambalaya with Chicken Sausage

While the Jambalaya was cooking, I prepped dinner for tonight and it looks so so good!

We are going to be having Pineapple & Chicken Skewers with Hawaiian BBQ Sauce served over Brown Rice. We haven’t had this since summer, so it should hit the spot!

They are ready to throw in the oven when dinner time rolls around!

We are a bit bummed, Sky was sent home from work early today so he stopped by Target to pick up a couple of sleds, but they didn’t have any. :( We really want to go sledding and there are a couple of great hills out here, but we don’t have anything that will work. We have used pizza pans in the past, but the snow is too deep this time. We are about to head over to the club house gym to get my run in for the day, and then maybe we can think of something that will do the trick! Nothing more fun than sledding like a kid on a snow day and then coming up to the house and enjoying a cup of Hot Chocolate (Sugar Free of course)!

Weigh In Success!

Yep! I have maintained 179.8 for 3 days running now, and I couldn’t be happier (unless I would have lost even more). I of course, am not going to make it to 175 pounds by Monday like I was hoping and probably not to 169 by my birthday, but I am well on my way to seeing those numbers on the scale soon. I am so glad I finally got past the 180’s hump I was stuck in, and I hope to keep the momentum going! Monday will be another before-during photo update, and I am excited to see the changes my body has made in the past month!

Catching Up From Yesterday

I didn’t post last night, because I was completely exhausted and just wanted a night to kick my feet back and relax. So here is how the day went down…

FOOD – 1,683 Calories
Yesterday went pretty well. The calories are a bit high because I had a few beers when I got home to celebrate the long weekend! Skyler and I were talking, and agree, there is nothing better than an ice cold beer when you have a taste for one. It just hits the spot so perfectly! Refreshing, relaxing, and so so yummy! Do you drink alcohol when you are trying to lose weight? If so, what do you drink? How do you make it fit into your calorie limits? Here’s how my day looked:

Breakfast 8:30 am – 302 calories
½ C Oatmeal, 1 T Carb Options Peanut Butter,
& 1 Banana (I didn’t quite finish filling)

Here is what I didn't eat:

Our “buffet” in the office is always packed with super nutritional food such as this box of Krispy Kreme’s…and the “buffet” room just happens to be right next to my office. We have turned a vacant closet in our office into a break room that we refer to as the “buffet”. I usually do a pretty good job of staying out of it though, and yesterday was no exception. I ignored the doughnuts and heated up my bowl of oatmeal.

With the crazy winter weather moving into the area, the perfect meal for the day was Turkey Chili!

Lunch 12:00pm – 425 calories
½ C Chili, 10 Crackers, 1/6 C Cheese, 2 T FF Sour Cream

It was so good for lunch that I had it for dinner too!

Dinner 5:00pm – 560 calories
½ C Chili, 1.5 oz Fritos, 1/3 C Cheese, 2 T FF Sour Cream

Beer 5-10pm – 396 calories
4 Corona Lights

I must say, my chili is pretty darn good, and extremely easy. Here is the recipe…

My Turkey Chili Recipe:
- 1 pkg (1 lb I think) of Italian Style Ground Turkey (cooked)
- 1 Yellow Onion, Sauteed
- 1 Can Tomato Sauce with about 1/2 Can Water
- 1 Can Chili Beans
- 1 Can White Kidney Beans
- 1 Can Light Red Kidney Beans
- 1 Can Dark Red Kidney Beans
- 2 Cans Chili Ready Tomatoes
- 1 Can Chili Rotel
- 1 Can Chunky Rotel
- 1 Big Can Diced Tomatoes
- 1 Pkg Hot Chili Seasoning (I like Spicy)
- Lots of Chili Powder
- Spoon full of Minced Garlic
- Garlic Salt
- Diced Jalapenos for extra spice
- Tony C's

Cook in Crock Pot all day or on stove for several hours (gets nice and thick).

That's pretty much it…lots of cans! :) The recipe changes every time I make it based on what I have on hand. I just like it to be thick & hearty. This makes a TON of chili, but you can freeze it in ziploc freezer bags and it microwaves wonderfully! This comes to only 130 Calories per Cup!!!

As I mentioned above, I relaxed last night and watched TV with the husband, so I skipped my workout. I ended the day with about 50 oz of water. Didn’t quite reach my goals for the day, but didn’t mess things up too bad either.