Mexican Shrimp Tostadas

The healthy eating is getting a bit easier, but I’ve still got a weakness to go out and buy 4 cookies that I don’t need. And because of that, my weight is holding pretty steady at just under 300 pounds.

I was able to go to jazzercise twice last week, and probably twice this week also. I know….I could have definitely gone 4 times this week since I get off work so much earlier now, but yesterday I went and baked cookies with my grandma after work and Wednesday is MY BIRTHDAY so I deserve a couple days off from exercise. I DID go today, so that’s all that matters. 🙂

Anyways, I’ve got a super simple “recipe” to share with you that I made for dinner last night. It’s so simple that I wouldn’t call it a recipe. It’s more like a “put these things together” and you’ll have a great meal, recipe.

Shrimp Tostadas

(Makes 1 serving)

-2 tostadas
-3 oz of peel and deveined raw shrimp
-1 teaspoon minced garlic
-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
-1/2 teaspoons Mexican spice mix of choice
-1/2 cup fat free refried beans
-1 individual 100 calorie guacamole cup
-1 and 1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
-1/3 of a large tomato, diced
-1 oz queso fresco, crumbled

Vinaigrette (optional)
-1 teaspoon olive oil
-1 teaspoon flavored vinegar (I used Serrano honey infused vinegar)
-juice of 1/2 a lime

Calories=600 (Which might seem high but it works for me to keep me feeling full after dinner)

Instructions:

Mix the shrimp with the garlic, chili powder, and Mexican spice mix. Sauté in a sauce pan until shrimp is done.

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While shrimp is cooking, heat up the refried beans in the microwave. When beans are warm, spread the beans evenly onto the two tostadas. Next, spread the guacamole over the beans. Top each tostada with half of the shrimp.

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Load the tostada with lots of shredded romaine lettuce and diced tomato.

Mix the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice to make a vinaigrette. Pour over the tostada. Top with crumbled queso fresco. Eat and repeat until all the tostadas are gone.

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The vinaigrette is optional, but I just really love a sauce any way I can get it. I used this new vinegar and olive oil my sister bought me for my birthday.

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The Serrano honey infused vinegar was perfect to make this vinaigrette but any vinegar would work!

I have noticed that I tend to use a lot of Mexican flavors when I cook. Luckily, I have found out how to make Mexican food healthy instead of making Mexican food the way I used to it eat…..covered and smother in cheese.

I made a great Taco Twist Soup this week that I’ll have to share with you all next!

P.S. The shrimp tostadas are great to eat while watching The Biggest Loser. I’m so excited for this new season of the show! I remember watching TBL back in January when I first started my journey. Watching the show really helped motivate me. I’m hoping this season does the same so I can get back on the right track 100%!

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Day 2 Of Back To Eating Healthy

Day 2 went well…….most of the day.

It’s hard. I feel like I’m back at square one. I’m having to retrain my brain to think how I used to when it was easier to eat healthy all day long.

I had a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch, a healthy afternoon snack, and then BOOM, my self control went out the window and I went to Panda Express for dinner.

I’m not sure why it’s harder to control myself for dinner, but it is. I tried to have willpower, but I got lazy.

I’m not going to beat myself up too badly over it. I’m just going to try and get better and stronger mentally everyday.

One positive thing I did have going for me is that The Biggest Loser came on tonight, so it was nice to feel that fire of motivation. If only The Biggest Loser was on TV BEFORE I went to Panda Express! Either way, it definitely is a motivating show to watch. I remember it was on TV when I first started my journey, so I think it really does help push you and encourage you to eat healthier and exercise. I’m even feeling motivated to go walk right now.

I’m getting back into that mindset (slowly but surely) of feeling guilty for the bad foods I’ve eaten and needing to exercise to work that food off.

Alright, so I paused the episode of The Biggest Loser to write this post because I just felt inspired to write my thoughts down on exactly what I’m feeling in this moment.

I’m going to go walk on the treadmill, even for just 15 minutes, but I’m going to go. Right now! See what I mean about this blogging holding me accountable?!

Alright, I hope for a better update tomorrow!

Now I’m off to go exercise!

My Weight + Some New Food Rules

My last weigh in was on April 23rd where I weighed in at 310.6 pounds. It feels like I’ve been around that same weight forever.

I weighed in today at 306 pounds. At first I thought, “Well bummer, I’m stuck.” Then I realized, that’s 4.6 pounds lost in 13 days. I’ll take it!

It is definitely an adjustment getting used to losing the weight slower than I did in the beginning. But I’m so close to my short term goal of hitting 299 pounds that I am going to do whatever it takes to get there.

I’ve recently been reading this book by Bob Harper (one of The Biggest Loser trainers) called The Skinny Rules. He has 20 basic rules that he says you should follow if you want to lose weight and keep it off. I’m going to try my best to follow as many rules as I can. In my current diet plan, I’m actually following many of his rules already.

Here are some of the rules I wasn’t doing, but I am now going to attempt to follow.

First rule is drink a full glass of water before every meal. This one should be pretty easy. I bought some bottled water for my car so I’ll always have water handy.

Second rule is eat apples and berries every single day. I’m really not a huge fan of fruit so I haven’t been eating any. So to get my berries in, I’m going to eat plain Cheerios for breakfast with 1/2 a cup of sliced strawberries in my cereal. For the apples, I bought pre sliced individual apple packets and I’ll have those for my snack everyday.

Third rule is no more added sweeteners, including artificial ones. I’m already on day 6 of no diet pop or artificially flavored beverages, and I’m surviving just fine. I’ve been drinking unsweetened tea, water, and milk. With my food choices, I’m trying to choose fresh meats and vegetables, and cut out any processed foods so that it will be easier cutting out artificial sweeteners.

Fourth rule is eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day. I haven’t been adding up how much fiber I’ve been eating, but I’m going to start this week just so I can see how much fiber I am eating and adjust it from there.

Fifth rule is no carbs after lunch. I’m instead going to go with no carbs after afternoon snack. I like my skinny pop popcorn for a snack because it keeps me full until dinner. For dinner, I will load up on veggies, protein, and a little healthy fat.

The Skinny Rules is a great read with a lot of good information. For the most part, I’m going to be following all 20 of Bob Harper’s rules. I’ve learned quite a few things so far from the book. After reading the section about artificial sweeteners, I instantly decided to stop drinking diet pop. Maybe the book will help you out as well, so I highly recommend everyone read it!

The Biggest Loser: Finale

The season finale of TBL was tonight and guess what? My favorite contestant won!! Dani lost 121 pounds. She lost 47% of her body weight! That’s almost half! How insane is that?

I go to the doctor tomorrow morning and I’m hoping to have hit 50 pounds lost tomorrow. If I hit 50 pounds, I’ll have lost 13.44% of my body weight. I like that on TBL they put the weight loss into percentages. It gives you a better understanding overall of what you’ve lost.

After watching the finale and seeing how great everybody looks now compared to their before pictures, it’s given me more motivation. I want that to be me. I am more motivated than ever to get to my goal weight.

I’ve been stuck in the 320s in weight for what feels like forever now. I’m tired of being in the three hundreds anyway. I’m determined to break through and hit “twoderville.”

Twoderville- When one who weighs 300 pounds or more loses enough weight to reach between 200-299 pounds.

Of course my end goal is to be in onederland.

Onederland- When one who weighs 200 pounds or more loses enough weight to reach 199 pounds or less.

But that’s still a ways off, so for right now I’m setting a goal to get to twoderville.

I’m not working out or exercising very often right now. I work long days and get home late most evenings. Today I got home at 8:15. I’ve realized that weeknights are just not the best time for me to exercise. So I’m going to set a schedule for myself and plan out my exercise on days that are good for me.

Recently, I’ve been getting together with the BFF on Wednesday evenings and exercising in my apartments gym. So far, this has been working out for me because it’s just one night a week of eating dinner late. Also, I prefer having a buddy to workout with, so working out on Wednesdays has been great.

Friday nights are also good. Even if I get home late from work, I can still go exercise and then have dinner and not have to worry about getting up early for work the next day since I’m off on weekends.

Since I’m off on weekends, I’ve got plenty of time to fit in some exercise. Saturday afternoons, Saturday evening, Sunday afternoons, all are times I could be getting in some exercise.

So that’s my plan, to get in 3 forms of exercise a week! If I do that, I’ll be in twoderville before I know it!

~There are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.~
– Mario Cuomo

The Biggest Loser: Makeover Week

Ah, makeover week! The week every contestant REEEEALLLY wants to make it to. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a good makeover?

They’ve been on the ranch now for 10 weeks, plus 2 weeks at home. The contestants have lost a lot of weight. The girl around my age, Dani, has lost about 84 pounds. One of the big guys has lost 120 pounds. That’s crazy!

Tomorrow will be 11 weeks into my journey, and I’m at just a little over 45 pounds lost at home. That’s with very minimal exercise compared to what they do on TBL. I can’t wait to get down closer to my goal weight so that I can give myself a makeover.

After losing all the weight and becoming a new person, the makeover symbolizes changing the outside to fit what the inside feels. You really do become a new person after tremendous weight loss. You become more confident, you become happier, you have more energy, you become full of life. I’ve seen all of that first hand with my mom who lost a lot of weight. She too became just a more confident, better, and amazing person. Not that she wasn’t great before, cause she was, but now others could see it too. 🙂

My goal throughout my journey is to become a better person on the inside and out. I want to be a confident woman. I want to exude happiness. I want to have goals, lots of them, and reach those goals. I want to live life to the fullest. Notice how it’s all about me? Because for once, I need to be selfish. I’m going to focus on me right now. And then eventually, after I’ve accomplished all of that, I’ll need an outside to match. When I get down to my goal weight, I’m going to get a makeover just like the contestants did on the show. It gives me that “something” to look forward to. 🙂

TBL: Facing Your Fears

I liked tonight’s episode of TBL because it was “face you fears” week. Each contestant had to face a major fear of theirs. One was claustrophobia, one was fear of sharks, another was fear of singing in public, etc. And of course EVERYBODY there has the fear of going home. If they go home, it means no trainer, no fully stocked kitchen with healthy foods, no support from the other contestants, no gym, and most of all they don’t have the ease of focusing purely on weight loss because they’d be back at home.

Two of the contestants ended up having to face that fear of not being on the ranch this week. They had to go grocery shopping for themselves. They had to find ways to workout without the gym. They had no support except the support from each other. And the great thing about it was that they succeeded! I think that shows just how helpful it can be having a buddy to push you and help encourage you.

Going back to their fears, as they were talking about their biggest fears, it made me think of my own fears. I have a fear of being alone, I have a fear that I’m not good enough, I have a fear of not succeeding in life, and I’m sure there are many more things I’m afraid of. In the show, the purpose of bringing up their fears was to face them. As one contestant said, “Let go and experience.” Don’t let the fear discourage you from doing something that you want to do.

My fear definitely holds me back from things I want or want to do. It’s tough to let go of control and just go for it. This is a great lesson that I’m currently trying to overcome in my life so that’s why I found tonight’s episode so great. It made me want to face my fears, to overcome them, and to conquer them once and for all.

TBL and My Habits

As I was watching The Biggest Loser, I started thinking about how far they’ve come on the show and how far I’ve come in MY weight loss journey. At this point, after exactly 2 months, eating healthy has become a habit. It’s so much easier than it was when I first started. It’s like second nature to me. It’s routine.

I’ve always heard it takes 21 days to make a habit. So for example, if you tell yourself you’re going to wash your hands everyday at 8pm then it takes 21 days of washing your hands at that time to form a habit that will stick. Being two months into this, I’ve realized how many new great habits I’ve started.

I eat cereal every morning for breakfast. Sometimes in the past I’d be too busy to eat breakfast some mornings. So now I’m not only making a habit to eat breakfast, but I’m also eating a healthy breakfast.

Another habit is that I don’t drink any pop that’s not diet. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit pop for many years. I couldn’t get past 2 days without it because I would get horrible headaches. Now, I don’t even miss “real pop” as I call it. I’ve replaced the pop drinking with either diet pop or water. That’s pretty much all I drink now at home.

The habit I’m most proud of is cooking dinner at home almost every night. I’ve actually started to enjoy cooking again. If you recall from earlier posts, I hardly ever cooked because I was eating fast food or take out pretty much every meal. Now I look forward to meal planning for the week and deciding what I’ll have for dinners this week, which leads me to my next habit.

I am in the habit of planning now. I plan out my meals, my snacks, my time, my exercise, etc. I like knowing what I’m going to eat for dinner before it’s even dinner time so that I don’t get lazy and stop to get something unhealthy on the way home. I like planning out when I’ll exercise so that I’ll actually do it. I like planning out my time and what I’ll be doing so that I can therefore plan my meals or snacks around that too.

For example, Sunday night was Church at 6pm. After that was Bible study. Eating at 5:30 was too early, but waiting until after Bible study at 11:00 was too late too. So I planned it out and brought my dinner with me. After Church, one person usually goes and grabs some Arby’s or something close by for everyone. I wasn’t even tempted to eat with them because I had my delicious dinner packed with me ready to eat. 🙂

These habits that I’ve created are really important to me and I don’t want to break them. I want to continue to create better habits for myself. I want to continue to move forward, to be better. And just like they try to teach the contestants on TBL, I’m worth it. I want to live. There’s an alive person under all this weight just trying to get out. 🙂