Archive | January, 2013

First Weigh-In of 2013!

9 Jan

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(found on pinterest under my motivation board)

My husband likes to say this a lot… he is one of my biggest inspirations. He works out a lot, sets fitness-related goals for himself, doesn’t let injuries set him back, eats fairly well (to be fair, it’s probably because I feed him healthy things!), is a great father and follows his dreams. Whenever people ask him why he is going to college for the first time in his 30s, he always says that he is going to be 40 anyway, and he might as well be 40 with a degree. I love that sentiment, and I think it’s so true. It would be so easy to be self-defeating. Either way, I’m going to be 25 this year. Either way, I am going to have to experience the summer weather. Either way, it will be time to go to the beach. I might as well make the most of the time I have and treat my body right.

Speaking of my husband, I think it is so important to have a support network. He is my number one fan, but I also have a loving family who want only the best for me, even if they express it in ways that I might not always want to hear. It comes from a place of love and concern, and I know I can always count on my parents to keep it real and tell me when they think I’ve gained a bunch of weight.

My husband turns 34 today! Happy birthday to the original reader and continuous supporter of this little corner of the blogosphere 🙂

Today is my first weigh-in since starting My Fitness Pal. Full disclosure: I am trying to eat 1200 calories a day and work out 3x a week, but I have been slacking on the working out (aka not working out at all). I have been cooking more this week, which is nice! My husband noticed the change in my cooking habits and is liking the fresh meals too!

I am down 2.1 lbs this week! Yay! I’m excited! I will be super happy to get out of the 160s (AGAIN). My goal for next week is to get close to 160, if not out of 160s entirely.

So far, so good 🙂 I’m loving this new motivation. I keep telling myself, it’s not how often I fall, it is how often I get right back up and do the damn thing!

First Week and Lots of Meal Planning

8 Jan

As I said last post, I want to find new ingredients to cook with — trying to keep things healthy and fresh!

Through all of my dieting and all of my ups and downs in weight loss, I’ve learned one thing pretty well about myself. If my tastebuds are bored, I’m just not going to stick with it. Indian food or Mexican food or just my grandma’s pasta will tempt me with its deliciousness. I used to wish I could be one of those people who just shovels down food, knowing that it is merely fuel for the body. I’m not one of those people (which is fine! Everyone is different) — I adore good food, I love to cook it, eat it, and I’m pretty sure it’s my love language. If you are someone I love, chances are I’ve cooked for you at least once.

So, in some ways it’s been somewhat liberating to just flip through old Cooking Light magazines or food I’ve pinned and instead of thinking “oh, that has flour so I cannot eat that” or “ughhh, how many Weight Watchers points is that?,” I get to just see how many calories it is and decide to make it. So simple!

One new ingredient I cooked with tonight is wonton wrappers, as part of a deconstructed wonton soup recipe. It was a huge hit, even for a not-super-into-wontons lover like my husband. Recipe is forthcoming, as I have a few more tweaks to make it perfect.

When I’m doing this thing, I know I’m doing a good job because my meal planning is on point and I’m looking forward to cooking some bad ass tasty dishes.

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This is from a few weeks ago, and my grocery store image isn’t great, but I love to really accomplish a great menu for the week (critical since Chris and I tend to eat leftovers for lunch), and I feel less stressed about dinner when I plan ahead.

Plus, the geeky foodie in me loves to spend Saturday night looking up yummy recipes for Sunday’s grocery trip.

My weigh in is on Wednesday, and I’ve done pretty well so far this week with my eating, with the exception of my grandma’s 80th birthday party (it’s progress not perfection), but even there, I didn’t eat til I was stuffed, which is a good thing.

I haven’t been feeling defeated recently, which is awesome. I know I’ve ate healthy, worked out and lost weight before, and I can feel it — I definitely will do it again. I’m planning on enjoying this journey, hopefully with more dinners like tonight’s delicious meal:

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I might pretend I am on The Biggest Loser on Wednesday — intense weigh ins going on this season ohmygoshhh.

Trying Something New

3 Jan

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(from pinterest… how I feel about New Year’s Resolutions right now.)

So, I’ve done something rather radical. I quit.

Yep, I quit Weight Watchers, after being a card-carrying online member since August 2011. I’ve seen great success on Weight Watchers. I’ve also felt unmotivated, uninspired, and just generally, underwhelmed with it recently. And by recently, I suppose I mean since the summer when I started trying different things — no white stuff included. I don’t track as much as I should anymore, and I haven’t been finding their recipes to be that exciting.

I really loved Weight Watchers originally, and it helped me lose a lot of weight. And who knows, maybe I’ll go back one day? For now though, I’ve decided to go back to counting calories. I am working with My Fitness Pal — I got the app on my iphone, and so far, it’s okay. I don’t really like their recipe builder, so I might switch to another calorie counting app.

I feel sort of free at this point. And a little uncomfortable. I guess it will take me a while to get over “how many points is this worth?!??” mentality. Hopefully this will be a good jump start for me this year.

(In my honest opinion– there is nothing wrong with Weight Watchers! I really loved the program at first, I just wanted something new. I still highly recommend it to anyone who wants to lose weight.)

My husband and I are trying to save money… I had the thought that trying to cook more frequently, no matter how tired I am, might help us save some money. We spend a TON of money on both groceries and eating out. It’s insane. Today I made a stir fry with baby bok choy — first time cooking baby bok choy, and it was delicious! I’m excited to find new healthy ingredients to cook with:)

Some things on my radar:
*cooking with quinoa or other whole grains
*making more vegetables
*making my own cheese (possibly a ricotta?)

End of 2012; Beginning of 2013

2 Jan

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I’m so grateful for 2012 — what a great year for me and my family! I had so many wonderful experiences (including traveling, getting a new job, getting married and having the most amazing honeymoon), and I learned a lot. I hosted parties, I took a few risks, I cooked new food, I got ALMOST DOWN TO GOAL WEIGHT, I messed up, I made mistakes, I fell in love even more every day — and I lived.

To ring in the new year, we invited some friends over and I cooked a ton of food… friends, food and lots of laughter meakes of an excellent New Year’s Eve celebration, in my book. I cannot wait to move to a larger place to entertain even more loved ones!

2013 should be even better than 2012 (I know, is it even possible?). I am a huge fan of resolutions, as I have usually been able to stick to them in recent years (if not for the entire year, than at least for most of the year). I also am OBSESSED with list making. I guess instead of pressuring myself to follow these “resolutions” (after all, human will is ever-changing, and when I “resolve” to do something, it is hard to stick with it for an entire year and not feel like a failure when I mess up one day), I will try to view these as aspirations for a healthier 2013.

I’ve divided these goals into physical, mental and spiritual goals for the next year:

Physical
* run a 5k (I tried to do this last year, and I never finished the Couch-to-5k program)
* get down to my goal weight
* try to workout 3 times a week
* try more recipes and cook more food (this is vague because I’m not sure how I want to accomplish this… meatless monday again? trying a new recipe every week?)
* no soda AGAIN! Got into bad habits after my honeymoon… for shame!

Mental
* finish grad school applications
* read a few classic books or books that really make me think — rereading doesn’t count either (I’m a huge reader, but I usually read for entertainment, and not necessarily for knowledge)
* STOP THE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK… I internally (and externally to my husband, I must say) bash myself and my looks a lot. This isn’t healthy and isn’t something I want to teach my stepchildren.

Spiritual
* meditate more
* read out of my daily spiritual meditation book every morning

And last, but not least — I would like to update this blog more. I know, I really say it all the time, but I get discouraged when I stop tracking and start eating everything in sight (ahem, most of the last few months).

I hope everyone had a joyous new year, and I hope you all are ready for 2013 and all of the new adventures!