Friday, February 25, 2011

Weigh Day!!

I'm up 1 lb, back to 223. It looks like I need to pay attention to my food a little more closely. I'm really excited because I put a shirt on this morning that I wore 2 weeks ago and it fits much better. It's loose where it wasn't before. Yeah!! That means the inches are coming off. Maybe I'll see it on the scale next week. I'll really focus on my food this week and keep the workouts going. I have a feeling this is my plateau. I haven't hit one like this before. My body's saying it likes it here and I'm saying no way!

Focusing on my worth this week has really helped. There have been moments where I wanted to indulge. In that moment I stop my thought process and tell myself that I'm worth more than that. It's helped! I'll continue to do that this week. I WILL see the scale change soon.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Celebrate The Small Things

Olive Garden's Grilled Chicken Spiedini

I had a friend call today and ask me if she could take me to dinner tonight.  Of course I said YES!!  As soon as I knew where we were going I went on line to look at the restaurant's nutrition information.  I had two different items in mind and figured I would choose at the restaurant.  When we sat down I started to look through the menu and found it too tempting so I closed it and set it aside.  I asked the waitress about the two different items I had looked at and settled on one.  It was fabulous!  I think it tasted so good because I knew I had made a good choice.  I was so glad I had done my research because it really helped my will power.  Once I was home I jumped into my circuits and then rode the stationary bicycle.  I sure hope all this hard work shows up on the scale this week. 

Thank you friend for taking me out.  It was so good to get away and talk about things other than the drama going on in my life.  You are a GREAT friend!!! 

Monday, February 21, 2011

How's your self worth?

How’s your self worth? Have you taken inventory lately?

I struggled this weekend, again, and it forced me to take inventory this morning.  I am continually amazed at how my weight gain or loss is directly effected by my self worth. With everything that’s been going on in our little world I have seen a slow digression in the self worth category. I’m not sure how this changed. I was so focused. For the first time in my life, I saw myself as worth it. I saw myself as someone who could do anything I set my mind to. But life was good. Things were looking up. Why is it that a circumstance can dictate what I think of myself? What’s going on around me shouldn’t change whether or not I think I’m worth this effort. What’s going on around me should make me more determined to succeed. These circumstances are not WHO I am. WHO I am is an amazing person, friend, wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister, etc. I have been given a life that is worth living to its fullest. I am a child of God. I was created for a purpose. I have so much to live for. . . not just exist for. Are you living or existing?

I’m not writing this to solicit praise. I’m wondering if this is what so many people with addictions and weight problems go through. If you have a weight problem. . . do you see yourself as worth the effort to change? Do you see yourself as someone who deserves the best? Are you experiencing the best? For most of my life I have not thought of myself as worth it. I haven’t thought that I deserved much of anything. Through this weight loss journey my perspective is changing. I have moments. This past weekend was one of them. In fact this past 3 months has been very difficult in this area. I have let my circumstances decide my self worth. I need to stay aware. I need to stay present and in the moment. This way I can tell myself that I am worth the effort. I deserve the best. I deserve happiness and you know what. . . so do YOU!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weigh Day!

I finally did it. I broke through to 222. I have been fighting tooth and nail to stay on track. The war within is sometimes, too big. These past 4 weeks have been hell. We moved 3 weeks ago, into my sister’s home. There are now 8 people and 2 dogs in her 1800 sq ft home. I started a new job 2 weeks ago. I’m working part time at a bank now. I’m still home schooling Larissa. Along with all of this we have been fighting the unemployment office for Jason’s benefits. They have decided to deny us back to November of 2009. We have no idea what that’s going to mean as far as “overpayment” is concerned. We are now waiting to hear. With all of this going on, trying to focus on weight loss has been, to put it mildly . . . hard!

Four weeks ago I put on 7 lbs which put me at 230 lbs. The following Friday I weighed 223.5. The next Friday I didn’t weigh because I just couldn’t face it. So by the time I weighed this past Friday I had, what I like to call, scale anxiety. I wanted to be, at the most, 223.5. When it read 222 I was thrilled. I’m hoping to be in the teens next week.

I’m not going to meet my goal of having 30 lbs off by March 4th, but I’m still moving forward. I’m learning that this really is a Marathon. It’s not about how fast you finish . . . it’s about finishing! I may not meet all of my goals in the timeline I want to, but I’m still going to set goals and I’m still going to move forward. Life is full of surprises. It’s how you come through those challenges that matter.

My new goal is to weigh 209 by Spring Break.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MIA & Menu Tuesday

So sorry I've been MIA. When I get an opportunity, in the next few weeks, I'll post a blog telling you everything we've been going through in the last 3 months.

Menu Tuesday:

I made this recipe last night for dinner and had forgotten how much I LOVE it! My children even gobbled it up. (I was shocked.) There are so many yummy flavors that mask the vegetables they didn't seem to mind eating broccoli, asparagus and mushrooms. I love it when that happens! I made apple buttermilk muffins to go along, so the family didn't feel too deprived, and I had a piece of whole wheat toast with organic strawberry spread.

Cheese, Vegetable and Bacon Frittata
(From Cook Yourself Thin on Lifetime)
Serves 6
Calories per serving: 209

6 large eggs
1/4 cup low-fat (1-percent) milk   I used Skim Milk
1/4 pound bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
Olive oil spray
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup white onion, diced
1/2 cup asparagus, sliced into 1/2-inch sticks
1 large zucchini, sliced into half-moons   I used Broccoli
1/2 cup assorted mushrooms, sliced thinly
1/4 cup tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

1. Turn broiler on to low setting. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, bacon and grated Romano. Set aside.
2. Heat a medium nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Spray with olive oil. Add the minced garlic and chopped onion, and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add asparagus and zucchini to pan. Saute 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Add mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, and freshly chopped basil, oregano and thyme, and saute for another 2 minutes. Add the egg mixture and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the bottom has set and browned.
5. Place the frittata into the oven and broil until golden and fluffy. Remove from pan and cut into 6 portions.

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