The Road to One-derland!!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Eating, Drinking, Moving!!!

I've got nearly two weeks in to my new and improved healthier living, more active lifestyle.  I'm losing weight, enjoying more energy, overall just feeling awesome.  I've been trying some new foods and doing more exercise....lots more exercise.  It's been a great couple of weeks.
Here are some things I've used in the past two weeks that have been helpful:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/  I've signed up for e-newsletters of interest and have been enjoying the positive tips.  I love that they have healthful recipes and cannot wait to give them a try.  I just started logging my exercise daily and will start making weekly exercise goals.

http://www.cookingquinoa.net/  I had  heard of quinoa for ages and ages.  On a previous go-round on WW, people were always talking about it.  I just kept ignoring the recommendations.  Well, I finally tried it....I've been adding it to my soups for a while now.  Today, I was wanting to use it in the place of rice to go with the  Thai curry I'd made.  I googled and found this site with tons of quinoa info.  It's a SUPER FOOD....give it a try.

Greek style yogurt!!! OMG, I don't really like regular yogurt, but this stuff is great.  It's thicker, more like a pudding.  It's loaded with protein and comes in great flavors.  Trader Joe's has it with added fiber as well.

  http://www.thelaughingcow.com/  now this is a WW staple and it's something we often have around the house.  But this is different..... I found it in a bleu cheese flavor.  I enjoyed it on a whole wheat toasted english muffin this past week. OMG sooo good. 

I'm looking forward to another busy week ahead leading up to A's 8th birthday party on Friday and his family birthday celebration on Saturday.  Good times!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Two workouts....

Yep, I have done two workouts today....and it's not even my usually workout time yet.  This a.m. I ran over to Target to pick up the Zumba for Wii "game".   O goes to school on Thursdays and I'm trying to exercise while he's gone.  Soooo, today I thought was perfect for Zumba.  It was such fun and a GREAT workout.  I was dripping with sweat afterwards.   I can't wait to try it again tonight after the boys go to bed.  Since it is a game, you do earn a score.  I'm a bit competitive, so I cannot wait to see how I do for round 2.  Oh and for my 2nd workout of the day, I road the stationary bike while watching a show.  You know it sure makes it easy to ride a boring ol' bike if you have something interesting to watch or perhaps a magazine to thumb through.   

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I did it!

I went to bed before MIDNIGHT last night. (11:50 to be exact!!!) All my evening tasks had been completed.  I worked out and showered.  I did not give in to the fb gaming temptation.  I headed up to bed by 11, finished a show I was watching on dvd, and even read for about 15 min.  I was tired and didn't push myself past tired like I usually do.  It felt great.  Now, I did wake twice to a screaming kiddo (in need of covers and/or comfort), but it was a quick cure.  I got nearly 7 hrs of sleep.  Wow that's like sleeping in on the weekend. :)  I woke in the a.m. feeling pretty refreshed.  I worked in A's classroom this a.m. and didn't even need a nap.  I am realizing  my desire to nap during the day has gone down quite a bit.  I love a good nap, but I know it also ate into my night time sleeping and fed into the cycle of late night bed times. 

So tonight, I'm going to head upstairs and do a lil workout then shower.  I'd love to read again and enjoy the cozy bed with stacks of pillows.  YEAAAAAA sleep!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"That was EASY"

First week under my belt...and as they say at Staples, "that was easy!"  (the boys just love that dang button, thanks Aunt J!) Had a great week if I do say so myself.  While I'm not officially doing any sort of plan, I still weighed myself.  Yes, I am a slave to the scale and know that can be dangerous.  I am happy to say, I'm down over 5.5 lbs!!! (gotta love digital!)   YES! 

While I say it has been EASY, it really has been about making good choices for myself and sticking to the changes I want to make for my life. I am motivated and want to make this happen.   I have gotten some sort of intentional exercise every day. WOW  I swear I feel the burn in my legs each time I go up/down the stairs in my house.  I have not had a nibble after 9pm.  SERIOUSLY!!!?!?!?  Wow !!!  One thing I've noticed, even though I'm keeping the same late hours (one change I haven't been able to totally make), I've not felt the need to nap much in the afternoons.  This can probably be attributed to a variety of things....exercise, eating better, and staying hydrated.  Anyway, I love it. 

I went through my closet a bit this weekend as I needed to free up some hangers.  I pulled down several items that no longer fit and that I hadn't worn in a while.  I'm not parting with them.  I'm going to put them away for short term keeping.  I'm hoping they will soon fit and I can enjoy them again.  It's a good thing they are spring/summery clothes.  :)  I look forward to seeing them again. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

One thing I've noticed this week....

I was a late-night snacker....BIG TIME.  I always knew that I liked my treats....sweet then savory then more sweet....probably equating to another meal.  All this occurring when I should have been in BED.  This week, that has ended.  I'm no longer eating after 9.  It's difficult.  I know what's in that pantry over there....but I won't open the door.  I can't.  I know if I do, I'll make excuses for why I can have this, that or the other thing.  I honestly think I can attribute at least 25 lbs of my excess weight to eating late at night.  UGH!   This week, I've rattled  things up a bit.  After the boys go to bed I get in my exercise.  Then the rest of the night is my own.  Ideally, I would like to exercise, shower, watch something, then go read in bed for a while.  How long is it going to take for me to get this hammered out???

I'm looking forward to a nice weekend with the family.  I'll need to do some meal planning so I have foods I like on hand to make nice dinners for me and the boys.  This week's soup was great.  Maybe I'll make another batch of soup next week. 

So far my little changes are easy for me....breakfast, water consumption, exercise.  I feel good, have energy and it's all do-able for me.  YES!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cookies....yes, COOKIES!

Damn them! I made the very best chocolate chip cookies the other day and they are still here in the house.  I had a few of them today.  Thankfully they are not huge cookies, so having several isn't as bad as it could be....but it's still bad.  You know like Lay's potato chips...you can't each just one.  So I guess I'll be on a bit of a baking hiatus unless I can find someone to share the goodies with. 

I have to say I'm feeling great.  Is it the water?  The exercise?  Is it mental?  Perhaps a combo??? I'll take it! 

I had a great chat tonight with an old friend.  We worked together nearly 10 years ago.  God, I love how technology has brought so many people to my life (or back to my life) and made it so much easier to keep in touch.  We hadn't chatted in a while and were able to catch up for about an hour.  So awesome!   And now here I am sharing with you all (and talking to myself). The internet has opened up a variety doors for so many.  Hell, I met S online.  So again, thank you for being out there for me...giving me feedback and your good vibes. 

Well, I got most of my night time work done, so I think I can turn in.  I'm actually 30 min earlier than yesterday.  Perhaps I can get to bed by midnight tomorrow.  I just can't do it cold turkey.  Is there a patch or gum for night owls to kick the addiction? 

Happy Thursday!
Love it!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I'm doing it!!!

I feel so accomplished.  I've been following through with my plan. Well, aside from the bed by midnight thing. But that's going to be a toughy.

I ATE BREAKFAST this am.  A whole wheat english muffin with a wedge of laughing cow on top. Not bad.  I've had about 72 oz of water.  I worked out....TWICE!!! Crazy, huh?  I rode the stat bike while O attempted to nap this afternoon and then again tonight after the boys were in bed.  YES!!!

One thing  I know for certain, is the food piece is going to be the most challenging.  I've tried to make more healthful choices the last two days, but know that I have a major love affair with food and a problem with portion control.  I love food....I love cooking....I love reading recipes and imagining how they will taste.  I don't think that's anything I'll be ever to eliminate. It is who I am.  So I just need to figure out a way to work it into my life in a more healthy way. 

Tonight for dinner, I had some left over pasta that I'd prepared over the weekend.  I paired it with some green salad and the yummiest sesame green beans.  I've made them before and loved them.  They are even better the next day for some reason.  Anyway, they are from on of my favorite recipe sites, Allrecipes.  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sesame-Green-Beans/Detail.aspx?prop31=1   I love green beans, so love finding some new ways to prepare them.  O eats them and A tolerates them, so that's a winner to me.  :) 

So far, So good....this feels good and I like where things are heading.  Thanks for reading, watching, supporting me. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Feeling the love

Thank you so much for the comments and messages.  You guys are the best. 
Yes, I am posting after midnight....after my curfew.  Oops!!!  It will be a big adjustment for me.

So, how did my first day go???  Not to shabby. I dusted off my old Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds dvds and did a mile walk.  http://www.lesliesansonevideos.com/  You basically walk in place with some side steps, knee lifts and kicks.  The dvd I did tonight also used an exercise band.  Boy did I feel the burn.  I'll definitely be trying out my other dvds this week. 

I really feel energized....like I have gotten a shot in the arm as I take on these changes.   I love this feeling of starting fresh in the new year.  It makes these gray dreary winter days more bearable  as we head towards Spring and Summer.  So much is possible.  I'm looking forward to being a better ME. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Okay, this is it

I've had it! I've reached my breaking point.  The time is now to do something about my weight and unhealthy lifestyle.  Turning 40 this past fall was a milestone and an eye opener.  Am I officially middle aged?  will I even make it to 80 if I continue my current way of living? Probably not!  That's a scary thought.   I need to do this now for me and for my family that needs me.  I am heavier now than when I was pregnant with my boys...FULL TERM.  How did I let myself get like this?  Why did I let myself get like this? 

I've had a life-long weight problem.  I have been fortunate, so far, that I've not had to deal with any health issues attributed to my weight.  I know it is just a matter of time.  I am a ticking time bomb.  Why have I been waiting to do something so important? 

So, I'm making a plan.  A wise man once told me, Proper Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance....so this girl has gotta make a plan.  I know if I go great guns and make too many changes at once, that I won't be able to stick with it.   I'm going to do the following:

1)  eat breakfast.....something quick and healthy with some protein and "good" carbs
2)  drink more water
3)  cut out snacking after 9pm
4)  add more steps to my day
5)  Join WW online (Feb 1)
6)  add intentional exercise 3-5/days per week
7)  get to bed before MIDNIGHT!!!
8) blog about my day, food intake, meal plans,  make/celebrate goals, confess "failures",make myself accountable by putting it in PRINT for anyone out there to see.