Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday May 25, 2009....Havin Fun and Workin Hard!

Hey All!!

I hope everyone is having a nice Memorial Day. My vacation has officially started as of last Friday. I am off work the whole summer until school starts back up in August :) Go Me!! I have a couple things planned this summer. One is coming up in a couple weeks, we are taking our youth group to Branson for 3 days, starting June 8th. I am really looking forward to it. Then, in July, my sister, her daughter (my niece), and I are going to the American Idol concert in Little Rock!! Woo! I am excited about it. Since our new Idol is from my home state of Arkansas, it makes it even better.

Okay, well, onward I go. I lost 1.2 lbs this week, which is great. Last Saturday night, we went and ate Chinese food. I only ate 1 plate of food, which is an accomplishment for me. So, I have been guzzling water all this week to get rid of all the sodium I ate. On Saturday, we went to my sister's and ate steak and watched a movie. So now I have to work on getting rid of all that food.

However, we made a new investment this week. We bought a Wii!! It is so so so much fun. I just have a few games right now, but they are very enjoyable. One game that we got is called EA Sports Active. There is one good word to explain the game: OOOWWWW!!! There is a 30 Day Challenge on there that you can choose to do. I have done Day 2 so far, and it has kicked my butt....seriously. Today is thankfully a "rest" day. My leg and butt muscles are so sore, I am walking around like Frankenstein and groaning like an old lady every time I have to get up. The workout is a really good one, though. It is a different workout everyday, so it doesn't get boring. You get to design your own person, and I made mine kinda look like me, chubby and all LOL. The trainer on the TV demonstrates all the exercises before you do them so you know what to do, and the trainer also lets you know when you aren't doing a workout correctly. I have griped at her (you can pick a male or female trainer), flipped her off (yes I did...bad me...hehehe), and called her numerous names (nothing x-rated). However, I continue doing the exercises anyway, even when I whine and say I can't do it.'s torture, but I almost like doing it. With me hurting so badly, I know its working. I realize I may not lose much weight this week, but hopefully next week will show a good loss. I have heard that when you start a new workout, the first week, you might not lose much b/c your body is getting used to the routine. I sweat like a pig and I love it. I really feel like I am accomplishing something good. I used to want a Wii Fit, but I think the Sports Active game is much more cardio-intensive. It comes with a leg strap to hold the nunchuck, and a resistance band to do some of the exercises. Thats all you need. If you have a Wii Fit board, you can use it for some of the exercises, but its not necessary. You put your weight, height, and gender it too. I guess that is where it bases your workouts from. The calories you burn are on the screen so you know how many you've burned (even though I've heard you actually burn more than it says). My 2 workouts so far have been 20 and 30 minutes, so it isn't some little namby pamby joyride. And that is where the inspiration for the title of my blog comes from today, because the Sports Active game is hard work, but its fun too!

So now I am off for the rest of the day to play the Wii :) Hope you have a grand and glorious day!!

Starting Weight: 233 lbs
Current Weight: 194.8 lbs

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 16th 2009...I'll Take That!

Geez Louise! I have been so bad the last three weeks. I fully admit that LOL. I have been pretty busy, and just plain lazy too I will say. Its like when I have time to actually sit down and write, I just wanna relax and do as little as possible. Today, I AM getting off my butt and doing something...LOL.

Anyway, I guess I'll start with my weigh in this morning first. On May 2nd, I had lost .8 oz. Not the number I really wanted to see but it was better than a gain. Last Saturday, I gained 2 lbs!! Yes, gained. Now, there was a reason for this that I won't go into (and it wasn't because of overeating), but its a little too TMI. Most of you ladies can probably guess though :)

So today, I got on the scale and I had lost 3.8 lbs. Yeeaa!! I am totally happy with that. Its means I lost the 2 lbs from last week and another 1.8 lbs. So its a 37 lb loss for me so far, since late January. I know I am doing really well, it just seems longer than that. Some days are still a huge struggle for me not to eat down the house, last week especially. Sometimes I still think about a food that I love to eat, and am disappointed that I can't really have it any more, unless I want to gain some of my weight back the next week. Pizza, for instance, is something I love. I could have a piece or so, but really...who wants to eat just one measly slice of pizza?? Not me LOL! And since I don't like salad, one piece of pizza and a salad wouldn't cut it for me either. So, pizza is one of those foods that I just have to eat and take a gain (probably) the next week, or stay away from it altogether. Some days I just wanna buy a big back of Doritos and eat every stinkin chip. I have to almost physically force myself out of the store without a bag, but I do it. However, I know this is just the life I will have to live if I want to be healthy and be at a healthier weight. Some people can shove whatever they want in their mouth and not gain weight...I will never be one of those people. I just have to accept it, deal with it, and move on. Some days I resent it, but most days I am okay with it.

We finally started our Foster Parenting classes; they are actually called Foster PRIDE. We have been to 2 classes so far. Not really learned anything productive, but the classes aren't so bad. We have to turn in alot of info, so I am working on all that: we have to have physicals, pet immunizations, floor plans, escape plans for the house in case of fire and where to go for a tornado, safety features added to the house (smoke alarms, fire extinguisher, outlet covers, etc), car insurance, house insurance, drivers license...and the list goes on. We have til the end of the classes to get it done, which is the last day of June. We are going to have alot of responsibility. Its almost scary to think about having kids in the house all of a sudden. I know how to take care of kids, but to have all the responsibility of caring for them is kind of daunting. I am ready for it, but its a little nerve wracking to think about.

Well, I'll leave it at that for the day. Hopefully, I will be back next week with another loss. I will put 2 recipes on here today, since I have been lacking in that as well.

Starting Weight: 233 lbs
Current Weight: 196 lbs.

Fudgy Fruit Dip

1/3 cup fat-free sugar-free hot fudge topping
1/3 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1-1/2 teaspoons orange juice concentrate
Fresh strawberries

1. In a bowl, combine fudge topping, yogurt and orange juice concentrate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve with strawberries.

NI: One serving (2 tbsp) equal: (1 WW pt)
67 calories
1 g fat
1 g saturated fat
1 mg cholesterol
32 mg sodium
15 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
1 g protein

** I have not tried this yet, but it sounds ever so tasty!! And since you can now get fresh strawberries, I figured this would be a good one to try.

Southwest Lasagna Rolls

1 can (15 oz) fat-free vegetarian chili
1 carton (15 oz) reduced fat-ricotta cheese
1 cup (4 oz) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1 jar (16 oz) salsa

1. In a large bowl, combine the chili, cheeses, chilies, taco seasoning and salt. Spread about 1/2 cup on each noodle; carefully roll up. Place seam side down in big enough baking dish to fit all the rolls, coated with cooking spray.
2. Cover and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Uncover; top with salsa. Bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through.

NI: 1 lasagna roll: (5 WW pts)
259 calories
6 g fat
3 g saturated fat
23 mg cholesterol
648 mg sodium
31 g carbohydrate
6 g fiber
15 g protein

** I have made these, and they are pretty tasty. This is a vegetarian meal, so it could also save you from having to buy meat for one of your meals at home :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

April 27, 2009.....I'm In Onederland!!

Hey all!

Its been a couple of weeks I know, but the week before last I was just plain lazy, and this past weekend I have been really busy.
Alrighty, so I worked hard last week, and this week it paid off. I lost 3.6 lbs, which put me below 200 lbs!!! I have lost 35 lbs total, since starting my weight loss attempt. I will confess and tell you that the week of Easter I gained .6 oz...hehehe.

So, I had to drop down 2 pts, which puts me at 24. I totally don't think this will be a problem for me, since last week I didn't eat all my points. For some reason, every time I tried to eat meat, it made me feel sick. Also, with my sinuses draining, that also makes me feel kinda sick to my stomach. Hopefully, this week will be better, but I think I will be okay with 24 pts.

My mom and sister have decided to give WW a try. I made them copies of all my stuff, and they seem to like it. My mom lost 3 lbs in about 5 days, and my sister lost 5 lbs in a week!! Go them!!

One bad side affect with Charles seems to be this: now whenever he eats a large meal, his gallbladder hurts. It has happened 3 times in the past month. Before that, it has never hurt. Everytime it hurt was when he overate: fried catfish and french fries, Easter, and yesterday at a big meal we had at church. Now, my gallbladder used to hurt me, but since starting WW, it has only hurt maybe once or twice which is great for me. I think Charles' problem is that he has lost the weight SO fast. I mean, he has lost 60 lbs in 3 months. That is ALOT of weight to lose in such a short amount of time. Now, I know that it isn't good to pig out on meals, but my personal motto is that it doesn't hurt to cut loose every now and again as long as you have the control to get back on the wagon, and we have been able to do that. I would hate for Charles never to be able to cut himself a little slack on holidays. My hope is that eventually his brain will catch up with his body, and he'll be able to eat on holidays again. We don't have insurance and if Charles has to take off work, it would devastate our finances. So...I am hoping my theory is correct.

Now, still depressing mood: I still can't fit into size 16 jeans. I mean, come on, I am under 200 lbs, and I've lost 35 lbs, but still the 16s aren't comfy. Ggrrr...its b/c my belly isn't shrinking as fast as other parts of me. I know belly fat is the last to go, but it will be really nice to fit into some smaller clothes. My current pants are too big, but 16s aren't small enough...sigh...oh well, at least the 18s are too big; thats a good thing at least.

Okay, well thats all for now. I am continuing my lazy streak this week, and not posting a recipe. I am not feeling too chirpy still (Charles' gallbladder attack last night made ME tired), and I feel a little drug out. I will continue my recipe posting next week. Sorry.

Starting Weight: 233 lbs
Current Weight: 198 lbs

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday, April 11th....Are You Sure??

Hi All!! Hope everyone is having a great (and blessed) Easter weekend. I certainly started the weekend off in a good way when I got on the scales this morning, and saw a 4.8 lb loss!! Yep, you are reading that right, 4.8 lbs gone. How this happened, I don't even know. I only walked twice this week, and my little fried catfish supper last Saturday...well, I weighed myself two or three times, and waited a coupe of minutes between each weigh-in, so I am saying that its correct. I was just surprised to see that much of a loss. I was expecting at most 1-2 lbs, and would have been happy with that. I really don't know why I lost so much this week. I am definately at the stage where I should only be losing 1-2 lbs a week, max. We have been on WW now for almost 3 months. Now, I ain't complaining, it just seems unreal to be able to drop that much in a week. I am just gonna except it and move on.

I have another theory on why I lost that much. I think the Good Lord knows I am gonna throw down on some food tomorrow for Easter, and maybe he let me lose alot this week cuz he knows I am gonna gain some of that back next week...hehehe. My mom wanted to have grilled hamburgers for Easter...GRILLED HAMBURGERS!! I was like "Are you kidding me???" Then, I felt bad for whining cuz my mom cooks most of the food for the holidays, so I told her that if she really wanted to do hamburgers, I'd be okay with it. However, she went ahead and decided on REAL food (thank goodness). That means: ham, chicken and dumplings, chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, pecan pie, chocolate pie, cheesecake...sigh...and the list goes on. How am I going to avoid falling into this evil pit of food, you ask?? Well........I'M NOT!! Easter is one of the few days of the years I am gonna eat whatever I want. I am going to try, TRY, to not totally go overboard. I am definately gonna have me a piece of good ole cheesecake mouth is watering just thinking about it. Yummy!! After we eat, the kids will hunt Easter eggs. All of my nieces and nephews are prolly actually too old to hunt egss, but who really cares? I think think the Easter Egg Police will come to the house and arrest them. I love dying Easter eggs, even though we don't have any kiddos, and my mom dyes some too. The kids like to hunt them and we like to dye them, its a win-win situation. So next week, if I don't gain any weight, I will be extremely happy. It won't bother me not to lose weight, I won't even care too much if I gain a little, but not more than a pound. I am definately gonna have to exercise more next week to help work off that food.

My husband is on his way this week to a 50 lb weight loss. He is gonna weigh in tomorrow morning instead of Monday afternoon. I told him it would be best to weigh in before eating all that food :) If he gets to a 50 lb loss, he said he is gonna enjoy a piece of pecan pie. Somehow I am thinking even if he doesn't lose 50, he will still eat some pie LOL.

So, now with me losing that much, I have lost a total of 32 lbs!! However, I can still not really tell I have lost when I look at myself in the mirror. And I still haven't moved down a pants size. I can fit into the next sized down jeans, which are 16s for me, but they aren't comfy yet. That is kind of disappointing. There is my thoughts on that. I am currently wearing 18s, but I think most of them are 18 stretch jeans. So I might have actually been in a bigger size jeans if they would have been just regular fitted jeans, and not stretch jeans (and no, I don't mean they have stretchy elastic. I'm not that old...yet). However, the day I can comfortably fit into some 16s will be a happy day indeed. I actually think I need to lose about 10 lbs more to fit into them well. I am waiting anxiously for that day :)

I will soon be moving down 2 more pts....gah....I realize its necessary to keep losing the weight, but just the thought of its hard. I know I thought that too, when I went down to my current 26 pts, so I am hoping to adjust just as well with 24 pts. I need to lose 2 more pounds to get to 24 lbs a day. That will put me below 200 lbs!! That will be a great GREAT day indeed. Do you know how long its been since I've been below 200 lbs??? ...................................Well, I don't either but its been a very long time. I would say at least 6-7 years. I got close a couple of years ago when I was taking Adapex (bad me, I know), but I never got there, and of course, after I stopped taking the pills, I gained back all the weight I lost and then some. This time around, I am doing it the healthy, and long lasting way. Sometimes I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around the idea that I won't be able to eat all my beloved junk food all the time like I used to, but I know I will be able to resist my trigger foods, and just treat myself occasionally. I am totally okay with that, as long as I will have a decent looking body and a healthy body :)

I wanna give a shout out to my sister, Dana. She is doing LA Weight Loss, and doing fantastic!! She has a blog on here too. Its called "My Weight Loss Story". You can see it under my list of followed blogs, if you wanna check it out. We are actually close to the same size now, so we can look hot together!! Hehehehe. We're gonna have a Prom when we lose all our weight. Its Prom time here, and we've been talking about having a Prom of our own! LOL. Its a nice though anyway. I would love to dress up in a nice skinny, formal dress.

I bought a new cookbook at Wal-Mart. Its not a WW cookbook, but it is a healthy cookbook and it has all the nutritional info with the recipes so I can still figure out my points. It has some good recipes in it, and I'll be trying them out soon. I'll let you know how it goes. Also, I am looking into buying a (or some) workout DVDs for cardio, so if anyone knows some good ones, let me know. I am kind of interested in Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred, but she scares me on The Biggest Loser, LOL, so I am thinkin she will scare me on the DVD too. I have heard some good things about her DVD, but also that she kicks your butt, so if anyone has any thoughts about that one, or any other good one, please let me know. I know there is someone's blog I am following that is doing the 30 Day Shred, so I have been checking her blog to see how she is making out.

Starting Weight: 233 lbs
Current Weight: 201 lbs

BBQ Beef Cups

1 cup diced onion
1 lb extra lean ground beef
1/2 cup bbq sauce
1 can diced potatoes, drained
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
16 Pillsbury Biscuits, reduced fat if possible
1 cup Fat Free shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Cook beef and onion, until beef is browned. Add bbq sauce, potatoes, pepper, and chili powder. Cook until hot. Stir in the cheese and remove from heat. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Flatten each biscuit with the palm of your hand and place each biscuit into a well of the muffin tin. Place 1/4 cup of the meat mixture into each biscuit. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.

Pts per serving:3 pt/muffin

** I don't have access to the recipe builder, so I don't know if using regular biscuits would add a point or not. The person I got this from didn't say they used reduced fat biscuits, so I don't know. I went ahead and added a pt just to be safe. So for me, I said 4 pt/muffin, instead of 3.**
** Side note: Be careful when you use bbq sauce. Its not all the same. I had some where 2 tbsp was 110 calories!! I checked a different brand I had and it ws only 40 calories for 2 tbsp, so checking NI on labels is very important!!**

Sunday, April 5, 2009

3 Make-Up Recipes

Alrighty folks, so here they are. My three recipes that I owe you!

Hearty Shepherd's Pie

1 and 3/4 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2/3 cup fat free milk
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 pound ground lean beef (5 % fat or less)
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas and carrots
1 cup reduced sodium beef broth

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. To make the topping, place the potatoes in a large pot with enough cold water to cover; bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain; return to the pot. Add the milk, butter, 1/2 tsp of the salt; and 1/8 tsp of the pepper; mash and set aside.

2. To make the filling, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the beef, breaking it apart with a spoon, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Return the skillet to the heat. Add the onion, garlic, and oregano; cook, stirring, until the onion is lighly browned. Add the wine and tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Add the peas and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables thaw. Stir in the broth and cook until the mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in the beef and the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp of pepper.

3. Transfer the filling to the baking dish. Spread the potato topping over the filling and bake until the filling is bubbly around the edges, about 20 minutes. Remove the pie from the over. Increase the oven temperature to broil and broil the pie, 5 inches from the heat, until the topping is lightly browned, 1-2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Serves: 6
Pts per serving: 5 (1 and 1/3 cups per serving)
**This recipe is an actual WW recipe, so the point info should be correct. Also, I have never put red wine in my meal when I make it, and it still turns out fine.**

Salsbury Steak

1 and 1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 regular sized can of Fat Free Cream of Mushroom soup
1/3 cup water

Mix throughly beef, bread crumbs, onion, and egg; shape firmly into 6 patties. In large skillet, brown patties; pour off fat (shouldn't be much fat). Blend soup and water. Pour over patties in skillet. Cover; cook over low heat 20 minutes or until done. Serving is one patty and about 1/4 cup of gravy.

Pts per serving: 6
**Not an actual WW recipe, so you might want to check yourself, if you can**

Blackened Catfish

2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper
4 (6 oz) catfish fillets
2 tsp olive oil

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of the fish with the paprika mixture. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add fish; cook 4 minutes on each side, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serving: 1 6-oz fillet
Pts per serving: 5
**Not an actual WW recipe, but the person I got it from is pretty reliable, so check if you want to. I used tilapia on this recipe b/c I didn't have catfish at the time, and it wasn't so great. It was too much of a fishy flavor. I am going to try it again with catfish, and I'm sure it will be much better.**

Okay, folks, so there is the recipes. Hope you enjoy at least one or two of them :)

April 5, 2009.....Not Quite There Yet...But So Close!

Alright, so I had had high hopes this week for weighing in. If I lost 3 lbs, then it would put me at the 30 lb weight loss mark. I was going to "fall off the wagon," so to speak, on purpose, and go eat Chinese food. Chinese food is the one thing I miss being on WW. I know that there are healthy options at Chinese restaurants, but if I went, I wouldn't want to be healthy, so it has been best to avoid that temptation :)

However, I wasn't sure how good I would do since I've had good weight losses the past couple of weeks. Plus, I still haven't gotten in my exercise mode...I still haven't recovered completely from being sick. Not that that's really a good excuse, but I did try to go walking one day, and my chest hurt so bad, I barely got home. I had to stop for a few minutes and take a breather.

Okay, so back to the story finally...I got on the scale on Saturday morning, and lost.................1 lb. Not the 3 lbs I needed, but I am happy with 1 lb, since I have all the conditions listed above. I just gotta keep reaching for that 30 lb mark a little longer :)

And as I mentioned up above, my sickness hasn't left me completely. I am still coughing, but not nearly as much, which I am so thankful for. I really don't even have to take cough syrup any more. However, now, my sinuses are acting up. The pollen around here is killing me..ggrrr...I haven't been able to taste anything since Wednesday night. Which makes me very sad, because Thursday I bought some Skinny Cow ice cream that I've never had before (it looks DELICIOUS!!) but I haven't tried it b/c I can't taste it. Every time I open my freezer, it's there, just staring at me...sigh...just today I have started getting my tastes back, not completely, but it gives me hope...LOL. Last night we went to my mom's to eat, and I totally went off points anyway, even though I couldn't really taste it...hehehe. We had fried catfish and fried french fries. Sigh...I could catch a glimpse every now and again of taste, and it was SO good. I don't feel at all guilty for eating it. That's the first time in a little over 2 months that I have had an unhealthy meal. I think I deserve it. However, now even if I lose 2 lbs this week, to bring it up to 30 lbs, I still won't be able to have Chinese cuz Easter Sunday is this weekend, and that is definitely not gonna be a good, healthy day for me LOL. I already admit that freely and fully. I am gonna try not to get too crazy on eating, but I know I am gonna have one or two good desserts. The good thing is, my weigh in day is Saturday and Easter is on Sunday, so I will have almost all week to recuperate and get the weight off. I am still hopeful I am gonna lose 2 lbs this week, even though I ate the fish. I am gonna start walking again, and doing my arm exercises, even if I fall over.

Oh, I received my first issue of the Weight Watchers magazine, and I really like it. It has a LOT of recipes in it. I don't know if I will ever use most of them, but their still nice to have. I wish the magazine would come every month, but its every two months. I will deal with that.

Well, I think my long post today will make up for last week's not so great post. I also have 3 recipes to make up for. I will follow this blog with another one with the three recipes on it.

Starting weight: 233 lbs
Current weight: 205.8 lbs

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday March 28th 2009....Back Again :)

Okay, so I'm back again. Its been a couple of weeks since I last wrote. I have been sick :( I'm better now, but I have a horrible cough; I have self-diagnosed myself with bronchitis. Hopefully, I'll get over it soon. Last week, it was something else, I had a fever and felt like poo. Now it's just the coughing.

Okay, so last week I lost 2 lbs, and I got on the scale this morning, and it said 5 more lbs gone!! I almost have a hard time believing I lost 5 lbs this week, and I mean that. I mean, by now, I am expecting a 1-2 lb weight loss every week, not 5!! I was very shocked. I even got on the scale 2 different times and it was the same number every time, so I guess I'll accept it LOL.

My husband has lost about 42 lbs altogether. He is looking mighty sexy these days!! Hehehehe!! I am very proud of him. He's working very hard on getting healthy. I call him my skinny man :)

Well, this is gonna be a short one today. I have somewhere to be in about 45 minutes, so I don't have time to write some recipes right now. I will be be back later to do that. I will try to put two on here, since I skipped last week.

Starting Weight: 233 lbs
Current Weight: 206.8 lbs