Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
So, I talked about how I was learning to push away from my plate when I'm full, regardless if the plate's empty or not.
I'm not the only one that's surprised by my changes in eating habits. Other people are too. I've always been the type of person that makes fat jokes at my own expense. I rub my buddha belly and make jokes about it. Sometimes it just really is funny. Sometimes I'm using the "I joke about it so you won't" tactic. And sometimes I'm just fat and hungry. I don't make those jokes so much anymore. Because I'm not eating or acting like a fat person anymore. You can't say, "I'm gonna lose weight and get healthy," then eat an entire cheesecake. Or stuff your face to get your money's worth. Or make fat jokes. It doesn't work that way.
Yeah, I still make jokes sometimes at my own expense, but not just because I'm fat. It might be because my flabby arm got caught in the headset while I was jogging which pulled the phone off the platform and it nailed me in the crotch, which in turn, almost sent me tumbling off the treadmill. And yes, that happened today. And yes, you can laugh. It's kinda funny.
So, today for lunch it was just the hubby and me. We went to the Diner. I love the Diner. Everyone loves the Diner. It rocks. After looking over the menu I realized there's not a lot of super-healthy choices on there. And it's the Diner!!! So I ordered my fave --- bleu burger with sweet potato fries. I was a little peeved with myself, having done so good the night before, to lose it at the Diner, but it is honestly the best bleu burger and sweet potato fries on the planet.
You know what? The burger's not that big. And I didn't put any mayo on it, just the burger, bleu cheese, tomato, lettuce & bun. Plus, the fries aren't greasy. And I ate less than half of them because I was full. Previously I would have shoved ever single one of those fries into my face. Today? Nope. I was full and happy.
There's that phenomenon again! Recognizing when you're full and stopping eating. Apparently it wasn't just a fluke last night. I am capable of doing this. It's a nice feeling to have that control. To be able to say, "That's enough" and to stop.
Tonight I made Curried Vegetable Stew. It was a recipe Jeff gave me a couple weeks ago. Drew loved it! I was so-so about it. Maybe because I wasn't really in the mood to cook and kinda had to. Drew offered to go get something for dinner, but I knew it would be bad. I'm glad Drew liked it though. Gives me hope that my cooking might really be improving. Or the recipes are. :)
Here's the recipe Jeff gave me:
Incidently, tomorrow there's a cardmaking workshop at my house. I'm making some recipes that are diet-suicide. I know it's bad to say, "I'm gonna eat it and I don't care," but that might be how it goes down. It's my ONE party a year. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
Whatever happens --- I hope everyone has a great weekend and works towards their goals!!!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Despite being an energy-deficient zombie (metabolism...metabolism...), I got up and got on the treadmill. Normally after a couple minutes, I'm chugging along to the tunes and a happy little camper. (Ok, maybe not so little. It's just a phrase people, don't take it so literally!) But I still wasn't happy today. Oh no. I was tired and miserable thru the whole thing. I didn't cheat either. Despite my mood I walked at a fast pace and even made myself do the 2-tenth of a mile jogging stints. (By the way, that plan worked very well today.)
I went thru the rest of my morning routine in much the same mood. Even the sight of Drew the Nudist (that's the time between his shower and him getting dressed) was of no help.
Get your freakin' bare butt out of my freakin' way...NO I DON'T WANNA SEE YOUR NAKEDNESS TODAY!!
All that came out of my mouth was, "Move." That was enough for him to know that he should.
Freakin' shower...there's no freakin' heat in the freakin' bathroom...freakin' shower curtain just tore off that freakin' shower curtain holder thingie...WHAT'S THE FREAKIN' WORD FOR THAT?!
Trudge downstairs, avoid kicking the cat, avoid kicking the husband, head to kitchen.
Freakin' sandwiches...with freakin' mustard...get in the dang baggie...freakin' baggie won't close...CLOSE YOU FREAKIN' DOLLAR-STORE GHETTO BAGGIE!!!
All that came out of my mouth was, "Lunches are made."
It was at that point that Drew the Former-Nudist said to me, "You're tired." I explained my concerns that my miserableness wasn't temporary and would lead to the downfall of what has been a successful month of healthy eating and exercise. He said, "You'll be fine." But I'm sure what he was thinking was...
A bit overdramatic...Pet the cat...I gotta poop...Did she see my butt?...Pet the wife...Smile...I wonder when the next Doctor Who will be on???
"You'll be fine."
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
My all-time favorite music to listen to are soundtracks. This can be a film soundtrack, tv soundtrack, game soundtracks or even stuff that sounds like it should be on a soundtrack. And that is exactly what I’m currently listening when I’m exercising...
Groove Worx (formerly known as Groove Addicts) creates music for movies, tv shows, commercials, video games...you name it. If it needs music, they make it. They excel in it! Their album “Full Tilt Rising” is my current fave. It’s exhilarating! The songs are so appropriately titled that you know exactly how it’s going to sound before it even starts.
My sister pointed them out to me when she heard Interstellar. She was immediately transported into another world and came out feeling refreshed and ready to take on anything. Or as one youtube commenter put it, “I listened to this during breakfast. I almost conquered the world.”
Turns out it was used in Starcraft II.
I loved it so much I went on a hunt to find the entire album, which I eventually did. My favorite selection from it is Conviction. I’ve been told it was used in the trailer for the 2010 movie Robin Hood (with Russell Crowe). The song is amazing! It’s what I run my tenth of a mile to. It’s probably part of the reason I now look forward to that run instead of dreading it as another reason to fail.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Now I'm DEFINITELY getting up on that treadmill tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
16 oz bag frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis, undrained
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
8 oz package light cream cheese or neufchatel
2 chicken breasts, uncooked
Pour black beans, corn, tomatoes and dry seasonings into a crockpot. Stir. Add the chicken and push to the bottom. Place the cream cheese on top. Cover with a lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When done, stir it all up. You should be able to break the chicken up with the spoon while stirring.
Tip: I put everything in the crockpot the night before and tossed it in the fridge. The next morning before work I pulled it out and plugged it in.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
For starters, I've got a standing desk at work. It's called a Geek Desk. It's got a motor on it and I can raise or lower it as much as my co-worker Pam can stand. (The sound drives her insane.)
At a doctor's advice, I stand two hours, sit two, stand two, sit two. And when I sit it's on an exercise ball. That's fun! It's supposed to help with posture, but I tend to bounce on it without knowing it.
I've had my Geek Desk for two weeks and I'm in love with it! My back & neck pain is gone! And with it...THE HEADACHES!!! HOORAY!!!
I'm not the only one too. Several people have standing desks. Some people don't get one because of the price. I'll be honest --- it's $1,000. But my company is letting us pay for it weekly out of our checks. A whopping $5. So, for $1 a day, I have the greatest desk in the world and I'm pain free. A bargain!!! And as for the people that complain about the price...I don't smoke, I don't buy fancy lattes, I don't have kids. I don't have annoying, costly habits that are bad for your health. I stopped buying the one soda a day I was drinking and that was $1.50. Tada! Desk paid for and $0.50 change!
And the desk is just for starters. I'm getting up in the mornings and walking on my treadmill. I'm eating a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch and a healthy dinner. Ok, dinner is sometimes not-so-healthy. But I'm trying and getting better all the time. I'm not going to deprive myself completely because that's fatal to any diet. And there are times when I'm just going to say, "Screw it. I'm eating it." As long as I work it off and don't do it daily, I'm doing just fine.
Besides the obvious reasons, I have a more personal reason for wanting to get healthy and lose weight. Drew & I want to go to London in September. My parents are trying to plan a trip to the U.K. for a few weeks to visit penpals and they've asked if we're interested in meeting up with them in London for a week. (There's no way we'd have time for a longer trip this year.) We agreed! The last time I went to Britain I was fat. I'm not doing that again. It was a great trip & I wouldn't trade those memories for the world, but this time I want to be more comfortable on the plane & in my own skin.
Let's have a reminder of England 2008...
Yep! That's about the only pics of me from that trip. I'm not really photogenic. Which is a shame since I take up about 80% of the photo.
Me and my family at last year's reunion. Why's everyone gotta put the fat chick in the front!!!
That is me and my sister Amy. I know what you're thinking. And the answer is yes. We really are sisters. She's not adopted. The photo is not a fake. Well, not all of it. (HA! Love you sis!!!)
So, week one of the New Year is over. I've made some fantastic changes that have improved my life a hundred-fold. And I've lost seven pounds so far. I have many to go. But at least I'm going!
Good luck and well wishes to everyone doing the same thing. Maybe I'll see you on the path to wellness. Be sure to wave and say hi.