Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why hello stranger!

Yikes, it has been a long time since I have blogged! I guess I have been putting off wanting to report in over the summer as I haven't been on a roll.

A lot has happened in life since I last posted! 

I lost my mojo around Mother's Day actually, and have been yo-yo-ing ever since. I am 3 lbs from my lowest but I keep gaining 2, losing 2, gaining 1, losing 1, and so on. 

It could be worse. I could have said screw it and put the almost 25lbs I have off back on but I don't want to do that!! I have high hopes for September! 

I finally had my first echosclerotheraphy done August 18th. 

        The procedure itself wasn't horrific, but I was sore and swollen and bandaged to hell.
 
Next week I go in for my recheck. I was just getting into working out on a regular basis when I developed bad plantar fasciitis. I have been fighting with it for months. It is very painful. On top of that I already had issues with the veins and swelling in that leg. After treatment for my veins, I was not allowed to bend my knee or lift over 20lbs. That pretty much put me out of work for the past month as well. I'm hoping my first treatment was successful and I will be given the go ahead to workout and be normal again.

I am back to work the last week of September. I will be working my one job Mon-Wed again which means no A.M. WW meeting. I had to make a choice, but I need the hours. We had a really bad hail storm the beginning of August.
 
We had both our vehicles written off, and $10,000 damage to our house/yard including our roof. 

After our huge deductibles we ended up with one newer vehicle and our roof being done in the Spring.(Other issues are still pending with insurance!) With that though brings added expenses ie: I NEED to work!

I know I could do the evening meetings but to be honest, I really don't like them. I hate doing night weigh-ins, having to eat dinner at 8pm or right before, and I don't like the evening leader nearly as much as the morning one I had. It also saves me a chunk of money if I just follow WW online. I also have terrible night vision. The time change will be happening soon and I won't be driving to meetings in the dark. It sucks, but that is my reality right now.

I'm just going to get support through WW online chat, blogging, my WW IG family and doing the WW Twitter group Wednesday evenings. I really want to get another 30lbs off before my birthday in December. It is totally do able! 

We are going away to the mountains for a few days, for our Anniversary. We leave in a couple weeks. We planned a trip with a cabin that has walking paths up to beautiful waterfalls. I am hoping we will be able to explore this a bit. 

We planned, and booked out trip months ago, but since my foot issues and hubby has been having issues the past couple of months. He has a low heart rate-too low. He has been experiencing some light-headedness, feels exhausted easily and just over all not well. Everything else has been tested. His sugars, cholesterol, BP, ECG, chest xray, etc is all normal. The doctor has no idea what is causing it. We are waiting for an appointment with a cardiologist. In the meantime he has been told not to overexert himself. We may only be able to do some light strolling and otherwise take in the views with the car :( I'm still looking forward to a little get away but it's a bummer. 

It's been a tough few months, but I'm trying hard to make lemonade with the lemons we've been handed. To top it all off I was happily baking yesterday, then went to make dinner and when I went to grab a frying pan I felt something in my back pop/yank and I yelped! I have been in horrible agony ever since. I went to chiro this morning and she did a very little adjustment and told me to go home and ice. I have to head back to see her again this afternoon :-/

That pretty much summarizes the past several months. I am recommitting to weekly posts, so if anyone is still around reading, thank you, and please stick around. I will be back!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Whoop-Whoop!!


Hiya friends! I know it's been a while, but if you follow me on Instagram (my favorite form of social media because it is fast and collects my world in pic's) you know I'm around daily!

Well, I am 7 wks into rejoining Weight Watchers and going to meetings. I must say that it has been the best decision I have made in a while. I finally feel like I am in a place where I am in control and each day my strength is increasing. When I'm having a bad day I just keep to my points and stick to the program and it gets me to the next day. 

Over all I'm not struggling too much really. I am eating the food I like and the only real thing I'm doing differently (as I ate pretty healthy before) is altering a few things for less point items, reducing portions, and eating at home almost all the time. 

So I have exciting news today! Today was the final weigh in for my Dietbet hosted by Chris and Heidi Powell and I made my goal by .1lb!! I'm so flippin' happy and proud that I stuck to it!! I had a total of 12.5lbs I had to lose. That brings my total for the year to 13.6! My other exciting news? I finally said by to the 300's today-fully dressed!! I reached my first big goal. Two more lbs and I have reached my 5%, which is my next goal! A great way to start a fresh new week!

I've decided, with the convincing of a friend ;), to join another diet bet today! It is a longer one (6mth). There is still monthly goals and pots of $$ to win but the grand prize is the biggest, and in total you need to lose 10% of your body weight. 

I wasn't sure about going right from one bet into another but I figured it will keep me in line and on program right through summer and into Fall and hopefully help me reach the goal I have set for myself to reach by December. I really hope I can feel the difference in my body the next 15lbs. I do not wear snug clothing at all so up to this point, I'm not physically seeing a change, and I am eager to lose enough that I can see my hard work paying off!

A few quick tips I thought I would share of things that are making it easier for me when it comes to tracking, meals and being satisfied. I hear others in my meeting talk about how difficult they find being consistent with tracking. I have been a tracking pro! I have tracked every.single.meal. for the last 49 days, and don't plan to stop. It is the one thing that truly makes me stay accountable!!

My suggestions to make things easier; 
  • When you get home from the grocery store figure out and label all items that you don't know the values of, off the top of your head. When you are looking for a snack or putting a meal together it will help you make choices within your points available and will make putting a meal together easier to roughly figure out in your head.
  • Take the time to do some meal preparation. I know weekends are precious but this really does help!! I make a huge batch of pancakes to freeze, hard boiled eggs, potatoes, oatmeal squares, wash and cut carrots, etc. You don't have to pre-make your entire meals of the week but by having some basics ready, it will speed things up and keep you on track!
 
  • If you are like me sometimes you just need butter!! For the times I feel this is a must I measure out my 1 or 2 tsp, melt it then brush it on your bread, veggies whatever. It makes it seem like it goes so much further!
  • Eat your fruits and veggies!!! It shocks me how many people eat with no color. I mean, meal after meal it is beige and processed unhealthy. It is the #1 reason I will stop following someone trying to get "healthy" and lose weight. They are almost all FREE, FILLING and HEALTHY!! Eat up!! I add veggies or fruit to almost every single meal. I snack on fruit in smoothies, or with a little nut butter, or try veggies and hummus. If you are having a cheat meal at home fine, but add a cup of broccoli to that burger and fries! Corn dogs? Sure, they go great with a big salad or some steamed asparagus! Eat the rainbow...everyday!!
 
These are a few things that are working for me. I'm sure I will have more to add along the way. One of the members at my meeting suggested eating popcorn with chopsticks. That is my goal this week. I am going to eat everything possible with chopsticks to force me to slow down and really enjoy my food :-)

What are some things you do to make eating healthy easier?
What do you struggle with most?

Have a wonderful week my friends, I will keep you posted with my new goals and dietbet!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Baked Oatmeal Squares/mini muffins

A few weeks ago I took a stab at making baked oatmeal. I've seen some that have been done in small jars, or baking pans, but I wanted something I could take to work, my weight watchers meetings, and eat on the go. Well turns out they are the bomb! I have made 3 batches now, adjusting ingredients and points. I took some to work, and shared with family, and posted on IG. Since, I have been asked for the recipe so many times! 



I guess everyone thinks they are a hit ;) I have listed,my point friendly, top 2 versions, but the possibilities are endless!! (Different fruit combo's, you can add P.B or butterscotch chips, you can add chia seeds, or hemp hearts, etc, etc!)

This is the basic "base"...

Ingredients: Makes 24 cupcake size or 16 brownie pan squares, or a lot of mini muffins!
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 banana, coarsely mashed
  • 2 cups of fruit of your choice-frozen or fresh. (for frozen large fruit like mango's and cherry's I coarsely chopped (pulsed) in my processor).
  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups soy or almond milk
  • 1/2c mini chocolate chips(optional)
My top 3 thus far;
  1. I used 1c frozen mango and 1c frozen blueberries with original soy milk. I also added 4 drops of french vanilla liquid Stevia, no chocolate chips. I did them in the brownie pan and they are 5pp based on 16 squares.
  2. I used Dark Chocolate Almond milk, 2 cups of frozen cherries(coarsely chopped), and 1/2c of Enjoy Life Dairy, soy, nut free mini chocolate chips and 4 drops of dark chocolate liquid Stevia. (optional) They are 6pp each based on 16 squares or 4pp for 24 muffins
  3. I used Dark Chocolate Almond milk, 1.5 cups of fresh diced strawberries and 1/2 cup of the Enjoy Life chocolate chips. For 24 muffins, they are 4pp :-)
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a large bowl, mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce
  • Add banana's, sugar and fruit
  • In another bowl mix together oats, flax seeds, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • Pour dry mix into the wet mix, and mix until well blended
  • Add milk and mix until combined
  • Thoroughly spray your tins with cooking spray (or you can use liners)
  • Scoop mixture into tins so that it comes just to the top of the tin.
  • Bake brownie tin muffins for 40-43min (or until set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean)
  • Regular muffin tins are approx. 35min, and mini muffins take 20min.

    Let me know your thoughts if you try them out :-)

    Tomorrow is my third WW meeting and I'm in a really good place!! I've started working out, I've been tracking everything for 2 wks, and I'm losing :) I'll check in after my meeting. Have a great day!

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    When fail, try, try again...

    Hiya! How is February going for you? I can't believe it's almost over already!! 

    I have to say mine didn't go as well as I expected.

    I started out the beginning of February in a good place. I signed up for my first ever dietbet and was half way with a chunk of time to complete it. Then I got sick. I started antibiotics and kept at my eating plan, but I wasn't able to workout with my bronchitis. No biggie, I thought as I lost the first 7lbs without.

    Well after my 3rd day on my antibiotics I was up my entire 7lbs in one day. WTF??! The logical part of me knew this was not possible and had to be my meds, but I just felt SO defeated. I looked up my meds online and there was a fair number of articles where others had experienced the same thing. I had another 7 days on them to go.

    So I had two days of not really tracking, feel sorry for myself, eating more slack and then I thought enough! I'm not doing this again. I'm sticking with it come hell or high water!!

    I decided to check online for Weight watchers meetings. I have been to them 3 times over the past 7 years, but I really didn't like the leader, and it was always the same person. The other meetings were in another city, a bit too far for regular meet ups.

    Turns out they are in the process of bringing in a new permanent leader! My first meeting went really well. I was recognized by other members as being the new person, and asked to come sit with them. The ladies were very friendly and we seemed to have a fair amount in common.

    The meeting was lead by two provincial district people one representing AB and BC. It was a WAY better meeting then my previous experiences and I left feeling like I may actually have found a place to get the support I'm feeling that I'm lacking. I have fully tracked every morsel this entire week and even managed to earn a chunk of activity points.

    Tomorrow will be the beginning of week 2. I'm actually looking forward to going to my meeting and starting a new week.

    I never did make my dietbet. I did lose, but not my 4%. I was REALLY bummed about it but now I'm just thinking, Oh well! Life threw me some lemons, and I'm doing my best to make lemonade with them. I may not have won a portion of the pot or earned my investment back but I won in the battle with myself. I held my self accountable, recognized I was starting to slip, and took the measures I needed to find support. That in itself is a NSV :-)
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