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 :)