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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?)

Journey Update

1 Dec

The holidays are a hard time to recommit to changing your life. Halloween hits you in October with its sweetness, and then there is Thanksgiving with its license to gluttony (my personal favorite holiday) and there is the holiday season (which somehow lasts for an entire month with cookies and cakes), followed by decadent new year celebrations. No wonder most people recommit to their health with new year resolutions — after a whirlwind of overindulgence, I always feel the need to too!

But here is the thing — I participated in a clothing swap right after I got back from Europe and got rid of all of my size 12 and most of my size 10 clothes. Getting ready for work is super difficult, and I’m not able to wear my cute new size 8 clothing because I’ve indulged to the point (with the wedding and honeymoon and holidays) that it can no longer be considered a cheat. I totally fell off the wagon, I hate the way I feel, and I also hate the way I look again.

I want to get back to the way I felt before the best events of my life happened.

So I’m recommitting, during the holiday season. I’m exploring my options — should I stick with online Weight Watchers?, should I start going to meetings?, should I start tracking calories instead?

One thing I’m going to do is make it to the gym three times a week. I went on Wednesday and felt good, and I’m getting ready to go today.

I’m also not going to beat myself up. This is a journey, and I floundered for a bit. Life got good and then it got crazy, and now I’m entering the holidays with a determination not to gain all my weight back. Journeys can take a lifetime and I’m starting to realize that this one probably will. There will be no miraculous point where I’ll need to stop watching — unfortunately, I love food too much for that.

It’s a matter of having one small moment of indulgence followed by resuming the healthy lifestyle, not just saying eff it and eating like a crazy person for a week because I overindulged at one meal.

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I want to feel the way I felt on this day — at peace, content with myself, and about 10 lbs thinner.

Here is to fighting the good fight, even with temptation all around me in the form of hot chocolate and Christmas cheer 🙂

New Joy

29 Aug

Sometimes, it is just all about the little things.

Recently I feel like I’ve just been breathing, trying to hold on until the honeymoon.

Going shopping for our honeymoon and feeling awesome for fitting into a middle size (instead of the largest size in the store or no size at all because everything is too small) is a great joy now. I’ve always loved to shop, but shoes used to be my favorite thing to buy because of my weight.

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I picked up some sexy lingerie in a size medium. I tried on dresses in size mediums. My pants are size 8s.

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Deep breath. Exhale. With all the stress recently, I’ve decided to stop stressing about the weight. Work, relationships, getting everything done in time… I just cannot be bothered about my weight right now. I guess just maintaining until after the honeymoon is the goal. Now onwards to the wedding!

Carb Attack!

21 Aug

It all started out with one tortilla chip. Fresh, hot, homemade. I smelled it. It smelled like sin. It called to me seductively.

Chris convinced me to eat it (ha! Love blaming the future husband!). And thus on Friday, after two months carb-free, I ate some carbs. Repeat on Saturday… And then on Sunday.

Chris was all, “Babe, I think you need to either do carbs or do no carbs, but you cannot do this in moderation.”

Understatement of the year.

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(me in some classy work attire, post-binge)

So, here I am, day two of no carbs… Again. Going to try to make it to the gym 3 times before Sunday… Again. We live to fail better, right?

The plus side? I get to eat healthy salads like this:

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Who needs carbs anyway???

And here is the ultimate plan– either track religiously through weight watchers or no carbs, but nothing in between. When I start eating carbs again, I will start tracking once more.

1.5 Months of No White Stuff

31 Jul

After 1.5 months of my strict diet (to recap: no flour, sugar, grain, starch), I have learned a few things.
A. I am clearly not a size 10 or a large anymore in most stores
B. Sometimes it’s about patience
C. I need some outside help sometimes

I guess this might be TMI for some people, but it’s a fact of my life so I wanted to share… Maybe it will help someone else.

I haven’t been going to the gym as much as I wanted to and my eating habits have been all off. I’m always full and I always feel bloated or queasy. I haven’t been losing as much weight as expected. The reason for all this? I have been having severe digestion problems, which has led me to not want to update. I’m doing the right things but I feel like I’m getting no where. (This is where patience comes into play.) This isn’t necessarily a new development — I think I’ve always had some stomach troubles but it was never continuous or pinpointed to one particular food (ie: not lactose intolerant).

Luckily, I talked to my aunt who is super into homeopathic remedies. She had a few suggestions, including an herbal tea to promote regularity (sorry again if this is oversharing). I’m starting to feel normal again, and even took a long hike on Saturday!

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This is my drug mug for my tea, bwahaha.

Anyway, my dress fitting (because I’m getting married in a few weeks!) is Saturday and I think I’ve lost about 10 lbs since I started this whole no white stuff diet. Hopefully the dress will fit beautifully!

One thing I’ve been enjoying as I’m losing more weight is the few clothes I’ve managed to purpose in the right size and how I manage to put together outfits for my very corporate work environment.

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(cropped black pants from Gap, top from NY&Company, black target wedge sandals and a blue junky necklace from an Eastern Market stall in DC)

Although it’s a corporate world, I still try to be young and fun with my clothes. I like how my butt looks in these pants and I think my arms and face look thinner than even how it looked in June! It’s good to fit into a size 8 again and feel like I look good.

Hopefully I’ll continue to feel better and will be able to get more gym time in this week! Starting to feel more normal — love that feeling!