Friday, June 14, 2013

I saw a donut in the sky today...

Ok, it wasn't a donut.  But it was a donut-shaped cloud - which in turn made me think of a donut.  What is it with the donuts people?!?  Seriously ughhhhh.

So we'll call that the lighter side of this post, now on to the heavy.

Weight loss, getting fit, getting healthy, getting in shape, etc. - whatever we label it, why do I do it?  I mean REALLY why?  I think if I figure out what is truly motivating the change, then I'll be able to not only achieve it, but ultimately maintain it.  This "thing" that motivates me, it has to be strong, something very powerful, something so vital that all the temptations in the world won't sway me from my goals.

What is it?  To live longer?  To feel better?  To be able to do things I can't right now?  Sure.  Yes, all those things.  But what about... To be attractive?  To be desirable?  I think getting closer...

You see, if someone, anyone, were to tell me that I'm attractive, or beautiful, or pretty right now - I wouldn't believe them.  I know I need to get past that, but there it is.

I want to lose all this weight so that someone might be attracted to me.  One might say that if that's all they care about then they don't deserve me in the first place.  Well, true.  But if they aren't attracted to me, why would they even talk to me in the first place?  It's like the chicken and the egg, right?

Here's the thing - if I were still in my 20s, I'd agree that a relationship doesn't have to start with attraction.  But now, in my 40s?  It's gotta start somewhere and the attraction thing sounds like just the place, ya know?  It may sound superficial, but again, there it is.  I feel like if I don't lose this weight, I'm going to end up a very alone, old, bitter woman and that just doesn't sound like a life I want for myself.  I. will. lose. this. weight.

Well folks, sorry for the downer - just keepin' it real.

Anyway, on to the actual fitness stuff.  While I didn't meet a few of my goals this week, I feel good about the progress.  I can only do so much with what I have to work with - I couldn't control being busy at work, but I did eat well.  I could have had more water, but I did walk quite a bit.  So, I don't know what the scale will say, especially with TOM stopping by soon, but whatever it is, I've made progress.

Have a great weekend and I'll share the Saturday weigh-in on Monday!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Got ice?

Not my actual knee, but you get the point

Not busy at work (I know right?) and got to take a couple walks during the day.  Ate well too.  Then when I got home, I iced my knees.  And promptly fell asleep for 3 hours.  THREE HOURS?!? Seriously?  Ok, so I have to figure out a way to ice the knees that doesn't involve laying down.  On the bright side though, my knees feel so much better.  I'm gonna take some motrin before bed and hopefully keep up the icing/motrin schedule for the next several days.

Breakfast and lunch are packed are ready to go to work.  Looking forward to another great day!

Please continue to keep all those affected by the Black Forest fire in your prayers.  We are close to an evac zone, but it appears the winds continue to push the fire away from us.  Unfortunately, that still affects so many others.  Pray for the firefighters who are working 16+ hour shifts to stop this thing. Pray for the victims. Pray for no wind.  Pray For Rain.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It must be the busy season...

Ever since I started this blog, or at least the last couple weeks, I haven't been able to meet my daily goals at work with the exception of a couple days here and there.  I don't get it.  Is this one of those life lessons where you plan something and Murphy steps in and derails your plans?  Well, I'm not going to beat myself up over something which I have no control.  If it's busy at work it's busy - nothing I can do but enjoy the day speeding by and get a good night sleep.  Today, I did meet my water goal and my food goal, so I don't know what I'm complaining about and I managed around 6,000 steps even without the treadmill.  (Note this semi-positive spin I'm trying to do here?)

Anyway, I'm not trying to meet all my goals while at work, but it'd be a lot easier to have most of my water intake done before I get home in the afternoons.  It's nice to eat according to a plan throughout my day.  And it's nice to get away from the desk and walk around a bit.  Guess I just need a contingency plan for busy days.  Thoughts?  Ideas?  Suggestions?

Ok, new topic/no transition - I'm thinking about icing my knees.  I don't know if it will help, but they're sooooo stiff and sore!!  Some anti-inflammatories would probably help as well.  I know the doc will just tell me I'm getting old, but this is ridiculous!!

Finally, let's end all this whining on a positive note!!! Tomorrow is a new day.  What are some ways to succeed in drinking more water at work and get more steps?

-Park further away from the door
-Walk faster
-Bring ice to work to crunch on (though my desk neighbors may not appreciate it)
-Drinking more water = going to the bathroom more = losing weight = getting more steps with more trips to the bathroom = losing even more weight (I LIKE THAT ONE!)
-What else?
-No really?
-ECHO, Echo, echo...
-HELLO, Hello, hello, ello, lo
-Yes, it's getting late 

P.S.  Today was donut day at work again - VICTORY!!!! I didn't have one - yessssssssssah.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bountiful Baskets

Yesterday, I mentioned fruit and vegetable availability at CoOps.  I just recently learned of one in my area and I'm thinking about participating.  Problem is, you don't know what you're going to get before you order.  I can handle pretty much any fruit, but veggies?  I have a tough time with those.  How am I going to cook them?  How will I store them?  Will my family even eat them?  I guess we'll just figure it out.  Best case, I learn some new recipes - worst case, my friends have a few extra veggies on their plates.  Even that's not bad.  Good news is I don't have to shop for produce; bad news is I don't get to shop for produce.  Honestly, I'm thankful to even be able to participate in a CoOp.  If you're interested, check out Bountiful Baskets and see if they're in your area, or search for a "CoOp" in your area.  It's a great way to support our farmers.  They get more profit by participating and we get lower prices and an abundance of healthy foods - win-win!!

On to today... I'm starting to sound like a broken record with the whole "I was so busy at work" thing, but it's true!! I got to the bathroom once today and didn't get lunch until very late.  Needless to say, I didn't make 10,000 steps, nor did I get enough water and being hungry for an extended period isn't good for weight loss nor those around me when the hunger monster rears its ugly head!  I will make an effort to do better tomorrow.  Ah forget *effort* - I WILL do better tomorrow!!

Finally, praying for all those affected by the fire that started today in Black Forest, CO.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Meal/Training Plans and a LOSS!!

Final week of menus – yay!!  I now have a month of planned meals.  Next week, I’ll repeat “Week 1” for my meal plan.  Some substitutions may occur due to seasonal fruit, sales, etc.  But that’s what this is all about, right?  Fitting in the food that works for you, where you are – including what the grocery store (or CoOp – more on that tomorrow) has in stock or on sale.

On another good note – I lost 2 lbs this week!!  Woot!  Therefore, I’ve delayed checking into WeightWatchers until I plateau.  It always seems to happen, so they can be the change that helps me break through.  OR if I don’t lose weight 4 weeks in a row.

Here’s how it looks so far… I do love that downward trend =D


B Cereal/berries/2% milk / coffee
S -
L Leftover Skillet Tostadas
S -
D Leftovers from Sunday dinner

B Cereal w/banana/2% milk / coffee
S Homemade Trailmix 
       (Cheerios, peanuts, cashews, raisins, dark chocolate M&Ms)
L Leftovers from Sunday dinner (yes, there was A LOT!)
S Handful each almonds/berries
D Baked ziti w/meatballs w/salad

B Yogurt/granola/banana / coffee
S Nutrigrain bar / water
L Leftovers from Tuesday dinner
S Beef Jerky/ peach /water
D *Shredded Pork Soft Tacos w/fresh pineapple

B Cereal w/banana/2% milk / coffee
S Homemade trailmix /water
L Leftovers from Wednesday dinner /water
S Almonds/ fresh pineapple            
D Roasted Pork Loin w/mashed potatoes, steamed green beans

B    Yogurt/granola/banana / coffee
S    Beef Jerky/ peach /water
L    Leftovers / water
S Nutrigrain bar / water
D Parmesan Tilapia w/ rice & steamed broccoli 

B Biscuit & gravy /water
S skipped due to large/high cal breakfast!
L Leftovers / water
S bar /water
D Subway (Eat Fresh!)

*New Recipe - another one modified from my  “Anyone Can Cook” cookbook (see below)

Training Plan
Monday:  Walking the pups 30 min 
Tuesday:  Walk 10K steps
Wednesday:  Treadmill 30 minutes w/core exercises & stretching
Thursday:  Walk 10K steps
Friday:  Treadmill 30 minutes w/core exercises & stretching
Saturday:  Walk 10K steps or workout to Xbox for 30 min

*Shredded Pork Tacos
1 pkg Hormel Pork Roast Au Jus
¾ cup salsa
8 tortillas (or taco shells)
1 ½ cup shredded lettuce
¾ cup 2% cheddar cheese
1 tbs light sour cream (optional)
1 tomato, diced (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Wrap the 8 tortillas tightly in foil – heat in oven for 10 min.
3. Heat pork roast according to package directions.
4. Using two forks, shred the pork by pulling meat in opposite directions.  Drain.  Put pork in 2 qt   
        microwave-safe dish and stir in salsa.
5. Cover loosely and microwave on high 1 minute or until hot.  
6. Assemble tacos and top with remaining ingredients.

 Serves 4

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