“I’m On That New Diet Where You Eat Everything And Pray For A Miracle”

First things first… I have a weight update! I went to the nutritionist Friday and I was down 3.6 pounds from the last time I saw her 4 weeks ago. That’s 30 pounds lost since I started going to my nutritionist. Currently I’m at 326.4 pounds.

My eating this week was the usual. Breakfast was great. Snacks were great. Lunches were great. Dinner was crap.

My food schedule is so structured during the day. I have perfected doing the healthy eating all day until dinner. Breakfast is always something quick, like a microwaved Jimmy Dean omelet with toast and milk or bran flakes cereal with microwaved scrambled eggs.

   
   

I pack two snacks and a lunch to take with me to work, so those three meals are always portioned out and easy for me to control. Snacks are usually low sodium V8’s, peanut butter and crackers (with frozen cherries), almond thins and dip, bananas, or bread and cheese, this week being roasted garlic focaccia with brie cheese.

   
 

Lunches this past week have been leftover steak and Brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes, tuna sandwiches, and fat free refried black bean tostadas.

  
   

The steak was leftover from grilling out with my dad last weekend. He bought 2 filet mignon steaks because he thought they were small and that it wouldn’t be enough. For someone who’s trying to reduce their meat intake, it was the perfect size. So, I got leftovers!

The Brussels sprouts were leftover from Sunday cooking with the BFF. We decided to workout and cook a healthy dinner. We made roasted Brussels sprouts with a light garlic aoili, a “risotto” using a mix of couscous, quinoa, lentils, and garbanzo beans with chicken broth and Parmesan cheese, and we bought a rotisserie chicken for our protein. As for the workout part, we did 20 minutes of turbo fire. I would say it’s a mix between jazzercise and tiebo. It was fun and I definitely was sweating my butt off. I even took a picture because I had sweat dripping down my face.

  
The refried black bean tostadas I made this week were amazing! I bought a Mexican brand of the canned beans and just layered them onto oven baked corn tortillas with guacamole, shredded low fat cheese, and diced Roma tomatoes. Sooo good! I’ll be making these again for sure!

I forgot that one day at work they had free sandwiches, so of course I’m cheap, so I took advantage of the free lunch. I had two sandwich pieces, one was italian and the other a ham and swiss.

  
I also had a lemon poppyseed muffin (not pictured).

For dinner this week, I ate out twice, and cooked at home 3 times. At home, I had baked fish with mashed potatoes and green beans, frozen macaroni and cheese from Trader Joes, and a random assortment of things in my freezer one night which included a scallion pancake, a chicken tender and the small pieces left at the bottom of the bag, crispy curry potstickers, and some asparagus.

   
 

The nights I ate out, I had a lot of food at Taco Bueno (it was cinco de mayo and Mexican food was calling my name) and I had Raising Canes chicken and fries. And I had Dr. Pepper with both meals. Speaking of Dr. Pepper….I love a good meme.

  

I wish Dr. Pepper wasn’t so similar to crack cocaine…

Anyways. I’m really going to work on my dinner choices this week. I bought EASY options for this week. Like, E.A.S.Y. Like, open up the bagged Caesar salad kit and open the dressing packet, easy. And open up the cooked grilled chicken strips and throw them on the salad, easy. Seriously, if I get lazy and eat out this week, then there’s seriously something wrong with me. I literally (I can’t say this word without giggling anymore. Thanks SNL!) could not be more prepared or set up for success this week.

Completely unrelated, but here’s a link to why I giggle at the word “literally” every time I say it. http://youtu.be/Ef_33wIEeds

I’m not a huge SNL fan, but I was cracking up during this skit. Ugh, love it!

There’s just one last thing I wanted to share with you guys.

As you know, I’ve been going to the gym with my friend Demi 2-3 times a week. Almost every time, we run/walk on the treadmill. Well, recently we’ve been adding in some running, before it was mostly walking. Anyways, I started at a 17 minute per mile pace, then brought that down to 15 and a half, and then today my pace was 14 minutes and a half for a mile. 14:36 to be exact.

It’s always exciting to keep shaving time off your pace, so I was excited about that!

Well, it’s late so I better get some sleep. It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and I’m spending the day with my momma, yay! I think I’ll do a Mother’s Day post tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that tomorrow night some time.

Big Girl Biking

Being a big girl, sometimes exercise can be difficult or uncomfortable. For example, when I’m at the gym and I decide to ride the stationary bike, it’s difficult for me because a lot of my extra fat is in my stomach area. So when I pedal, my legs/knees move up into my stomach, making it sorta miserable and uncomfortable.

So when my best friend Megan decided she wanted to go biking on riverside here in Tulsa, I was a little skeptic. I was nervous that it would be hard for me to bike without my knees going into my chub. Also, I feared that I’d be too heavy and the bike would just break into a million pieces. Other than those 2 slightly major fears, I was excited about the biking.

As I think I’ve said before, I am loving getting out on the weekends and doing stuff, fun stuff, exercise stuff! If you know me, you’d know that up until recently, I always said I “hated the great outdoors.” Well, I don’t feel that way anymore. I love being outside and doing fun things now. I just hope (fingers crossed) that when summer comes and its 120 degrees outside, that I’m still enjoying being outside and being active. Fat girls and hot as hell heat don’t mix.

As for yesterday though, the weather was perfect, about 85 degrees, clear skies, and sunny. We rented our bikes on Riverside in Tulsa at a place called Tulsa Townies (http://www.tulsa-townies.com). Basically, you use your credit card to rent the bikes, and if you return the bike within 24 hours, you don’t get charged, so it’s free!

  

You can see the bike rental area behind me. The trail we took started when we crossed the white bridge behind me, and then keeps going all along riverside, a trail that is exactly what it says; along a river. We rode for 2 miles one way, then turned around and came back for a total of 4.13 miles biked. We stopped a few times along the way also. Total it took us 32 minutes.

   

I was pretty exhausted and my legs were worn out. When we started, I think in our minds we thought we’d go farther, but it was a good, tough workout. There were hills along the way, so our legs had to work hard. Either way, it was such a blast! I hope we go again soon and maybe next time, we’ll ride farther.

I wanted to tell you also about my other exercise this week. I worked out 6 times total this week, all doing different things! Here’s what I did this week.

  • Hiking on turkey mountain last Sunday
  • Walked around apartment complex on Tuesday
  • Walked after work on trail near my job
  • Walked on treadmill at the gym Friday night
  • Went bike riding Saturday morning
  • Walked around track at the gym and did arm exercises at the gym Saturday evening

I like variety. It just makes exercise more fun! Here in about an hour, Megan, my friend Demi, and I are going to go back and hike turkey mountain, then go grab lunch.

Yesterday, Megan and I went to Freebirds for lunch after biking. I’m now obsessed with that place. Their website is GREAT if you’re looking to count calories. You just click what you’re adding to your burrito, and it adds up your calories. We’re going back again today for lunch. So easy and so good!

Speaking of food, my eating has been pretty great this week. I had one mess up yesterday where I decided to go get Chinese food, but other than that, I feel like I’ve made great choices. Here’s some of what I ate last week.

   

The first day, I made black bean tacos for lunch but the beans made the tacos soft and fall apart. So the next day, I decided to eat the beans on the side and just have avocado tacos with diced Roma tomato and cotija cheese. Sooo yummy! I served the tacos with either carrots or green beans.

Breakfast was omelets with toast OR cereal and scrambled eggs.  

  

  

I had tuna salad sandwiches for a couple lunches and once for dinner. Tuna is such an easy go to for a quick meal. Tuna even saved me from going to Taco Bueno one night after working out because I was tired, but I knew I could make a really fast tuna sandwich so I didn’t end up getting fast food.

   

For dinners last week, I had pizza toasts with a side salad, PF Chang’s frozen Mongolian beef with fried rice, mini chicken tacos with guacamole and a side salad, and baked fish with mashed potatoes and carrots.

 

     

I wanted to be able to give a weight loss update, but I don’t have one for this week. Even with all this exercise, I’ve actually gained a pound. I’m going to tell myself that it’s muscle so I don’t get discouraged from continuing to exercise and eat healthy.

Even without weight loss, it has been a great week! Now I must go so I can go hike turkey mountain with my friends!

S.H.I.T. – So Happy It’s Thursday

This week has been a great week! I’ve exercised twice on my own, my eating has been good, and I’m seeing results! My weight has gone down and I’m also starting to feel better overall.

As for the exercise, I’ve walked twice this week (so far) on my own for 30 minutes each time and went 2 miles each time. I was sweaty and tired afterwards and it felt like a great workout, even though I was just walking.

I normally had an excuse to not exercise during the week. For example, “I get off work late” or “It’s too dark outside when I get off work” or “I don’t want to get up early.” I could go on. But for some reason as I was driving home on Monday, the sky was dark but I could still see the very tail end of the sunset, the weather was just right, and I was motivated to get outside and move. Also, walking outside is free! And I’m cheap so that’s a double bonus.

My eating this week has also been good. I’ve been eating vegetarian for my lunches almost everyday. I’ve had black bean nachos and brown rice spaghetti with marinara and Parmesan cheese for lunch this week, both with a small canned veggie such as green beans or carrots.

  

I’ve found that cutting out some meat out of my diet has helped my stomach. I used to get an upset tummy after eating almost any meal, and now I don’t have that problem. So, I think I’ll stick with vegetarian lunches. I’m excited to share with you next week what I’ll be eating for my vegetarian lunches. It’s going to be good!

Dinners this week have consisted of PF Chang’s frozen Chinese food over some vegetable fried rice from Trader Joes. Seriously, it’s sooo easy and tasty. Love that dinner! Also, I had some frozen precooked chicken tenders and frozen mashed potatoes from Trader Joes. Are you seeing a theme here? I love easy and frozen foods that are convenient for me to just heat up after work. Everybody has what works for them!

  

Doesn’t that look good? That’s the sweet and sour chicken from PF Chang’s. It’s 336 calories for 1/2 of the bag. That’s awesome for delicious Chinese food! Yum!

The last thing I wanna mention is my weight. I’m down to 330.9 pounds. That’s almost 5 pounds down this week! Is it weird that I wanna be all old school here and say “raise the roof!” I think I have been watching too much “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Well, that’s all I have for you today! I go to my nutritionist tomorrow morning so I’ll definitely be blogging about that this weekend. She’s always got something new to teach me that I can share with you.

My Food This Week

My days off are Wednesday and Thursday right now. I utilize those days to do my meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal prep. I like to make something new every week. I dislike having to eat the same thing over and over but as a single person, sometimes that can be hard, and in order to cut down on my grocery bill, I’ll eat the same foods over and over all week long.

So around Wednesday, I start looking at recipes and getting ideas on what to cook and eat for the next week. This week I decided on strawberry smoothies for breakfast, hummus and pretzels for snack, laughing cow cheese wedges for snack, jambalaya with a side of roasted brussels sprouts for lunch, thai ground beef over rice with mixed vegetable soup for dinner, and multi-grain Cheerios for a late evening snack if I’m feeling hungry later in the evening.

My food schedule for today looks like this:

Saturday
Breakfast-smoothie
Snack-pita chips, salsa
Lunch-jambalaya, roasted brussels sprouts
Snack-laughing cow cheese wedge, saltines
Dinner-thai ground beef over rice, mixed vegetable soup

Every Wednesday, I will write out each days food schedule for the week so that I know exactly what’s planned. That way, there’s no, “I’m hungry, and tired, what should I make for dinner?” Every meal is literally planned out a week in advance. Obviously things happen and it could change, but I try to adhere to the food schedule as best I can.

Right now, I’m shooting to be under 1900 calories. This is a little high, but I’ll slowly work on getting it down.

Here are some pics of my delicious food from this week!

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I couldn’t help myself. I had to sneak in a doggy pic. 🙂

My vegetable soup was fantastic. It has celery, onion, zucchini, squash, carrots, corn, tomatoes, and green beans. It also has lots of water, some beef bouillon cubes, salt and pepper, and some garlic powder.

Unfortunately, the Thai ground beef over rice wasn’t a success. It was ok but definitely not my favorite. I think I’ll sorta rinse off the ground beef and add it to my vegetable soup for the next couple days to make a hearty filling soup. Improvise. It’s what I do best.

Anyways, that is the latest update. Things are slowly getting better each day. Hopefully soon I’ll see or feel some results! Until next time!

This Is Harder Than I Remember

Getting back into the healthy lifestyle has been harder than I thought. I kinda took it on and went full force and it’s not going well. After doing some reevaluating, I’ve decided to change things a bit.

But first, let me tell you about the changes I’ve made. First, I’ve decided to drink a protein packed smoothie for breakfast every morning. My mid morning snack is something around 150 calories. Lunch is filled with a healthy carb, lean protein, and lots of veggies. Dinner is basically the same as lunch.

Unfortunately, the above plan is not working. Although I love the smoothie for breakfast, I’m already hungry on my first break at work. So by lunch, I’m starving. Lunch isn’t filling me up because I’m used to eating so many more calories. By the time I get off work at 4:30, all I wanna do is eat something and it better be fast. Therefore, the setup of baking chicken and roasting veggies is just not going to cut it because that takes too long. Instead, for dinner, I find myself eating a whole bag of baked chips. Yep, the whole bag…

As for right now, I’m going to try to focus on making healthier choices while trying to come up with a system that works best for me. I’d love to continue to do smoothies in the morning, but I’ve got to get a good mid morning snack in that will help me make it to lunch. Also, the protein powder I bought, called Amazing Meals, only has 90 calories and 10 grams of protein. I’m thinking I might need to switch to one with more protein and calories to keep me feeling full.

Since I’m on this kick right now to be super cheap, I was able to find a company online with great reviews on their protein powder/meal replacement. I sent them an email asking for a sample and being the great company they are, they sent me 2 samples of their protein powder: one vanilla and one chocolate. Their protein powder includes lots of great ingredients such as flax seed, chia seeds, probiotics, healthy greens, healthy fruits, oats, brown rice protein, etc. The brand is called Ka’Chava. Right now, it’s only available online. Hopefully this switch over helps curb my appetite a little better.

I’ll follow up with you once I give Ka’Chava protein powder a try, which will be tomorrow and I’m excited! I’m making a strawberry vanilla smoothie with spinach. Yum!

I DO want to share with you guys a great smoothie recipe I received from the BFF. I made this smoothie my first day and it tasted great. Here’s the recipe!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie
1-2 cups ice
1 frozen banana
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs ground flax seed
2 tbs oats
1 tbs unsweetened cocoa
1 scoop protein powder (I used Amazing Meals Vanilla Chai)
1 and 1/2 cups spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 to 1 tsp extract (I used chocolate hazelnut)

In my amazing New Wave Blender, I first added the ice to get a crushed up texture. I then added the chopped up frozen banana, the almond milk, spinach, and then all of the dry ingredients. Last, I added the extract. Blend until smooth. Well, smooth-ish. Personally, I don’t mind it a little chunky. I like the texture.

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After this amazing smoothie result, you’d think I probably would repeat that same recipe the next day right? Nope, I decided to try something new and it turned out horrible. Horrible is being nice. It was un-drinkable. I put mint extract in it to make it taste like mint chocolate chip. Instead it tasted more like liquid Vicks vapor rub. Gross! So that day’s breakfast turned into a frozen pre-made breakfast sandwich that I keep in the freezer for mornings where there isn’t enough time. Not as healthy as a smoothie, but not terrible.

Once I get breakfast under control, my next plan is to work on lunch. I typically find it easier to eat healthy for lunch at work. I always bring my lunch and never eat out, so lunch shouldn’t be too hard. Dinner is my biggest challenge. I will most likely have to start precooking my dinners at the beginning of the week and just reheat all week. We’ll see! I’ll focus on that once I get breakfast and lunch on track.

Anyways, I’m enjoying this whole “blogging” thing again so I hope to keep up with it on the regular. Here’s to hoping for better results this week!

Remember Me?

I’m back!

I’ve been on hiatus for months now and I’m glad to say, I’m back.

So much has changed!

First, I have a new job. With that job, there are pluses and minuses. The pluses? I now get to enjoy a normal lunch break like most of the world gets to enjoy. I have specific set work hours. I’m no longer living in my vehicle during the work hours. The minuses? I make less money. Eating healthy is more of a struggle now because I’m on a very strict budget. But considering the pluses and minuses, I’m much happier now at this job than I was at the last one.

So since I dropped off the face of the Earth, a lot more has changed. I was once down to 286 pounds and vowed I’d never go back to being over 300 pounds. Well, I lied. I am. In fact, I’m 350 pounds as of today. For a long while, I just stopped weighing myself. I’d given up. Again. Which I’m used to. I’ve given up many times before.

It’s hard getting back into the healthy rhythm. But it’s soooo easy to fall off and go back to your old ways. I’ve gone back to eating lots of carbs, drinking sugary drinks, eating only vegetables that come on a cheeseburger, etc. I still watch those motivational shows such as Biggest Loser and Extreme a Weight Loss but instead of using those shows for motivation, they’re back to being my nightly entertainment as I stuff frozen pizza and pop into my mouth as I watch.

I’ve been contemplating making the change to be healthy again and I know that I have to be ready and want it or it’s not going to work. I’ve been slowly inching closer to that moment where I decide “ok, I’m going to change.” And that moment, is today.

So here I am, confessing all my bad habits, confessing my disappointing weight, and everything I’m doing to change that. I’m not going to be upset with myself. This isn’t a sad journey anymore for me. I’ve changed a lot mentally and gotten myself healthier. I don’t want to be upset that I put back on weight, and I’m not. I just know that I deserve to be better, to live better, and to enjoy life.

Here’s my new journey and I’m glad to be sharing it with you!

Day 1 starts July 11th, 2014.

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%!