I Am Not A Complete Vegetarian. I Eat Only Animals That Have Died In Their Sleep.

No post for 2 weeks…

Can only mean one thing…

I’m bored and not exercising and I’m making poor food choices.

Luckily, I’m still weighing regularly and I’m still the same weight.

Bad news though, is that I can’t seem to get motivated. It’s hard to exercise when it’s raining EVERY single day. It’s tough to wanna get out and do something when again, it’s raining EVERY single day.

I feel so blah when I don’t eat great or when I’m not active. I feel like a blob. Or a slug. I’m so over this rainy weather and I hope it goes away soon so I can go back to enjoying my turkey mountain hikes and my bike riding along the river.

Some good new for you though is that work is going really great for me. My boss loves me and other people notice it too and have called me “her favorite” which is true. Cause I’m just so awesome at my job. Haha. I mean, it’s true, so I’m gonna own it. I’m getting to try new things such as joining committees we have at work and also doing some new hire training as well as mentoring my fellow coworkers. I think exciting things are coming my way! Stay tuned.

Anyways, back to the healthy eating. As I said last time, I took a quick trip to Dallas to celebrate my nephews 2nd birthday and of course I made a Trader Joes run. I stocked up with some of my favorites like their vegetable fried rice, honey pretzel sticks, chocolate jumbles, pub cheese, and macaroni and cheese. I also got lots of new products to try.

So far, my favorite new product is their frozen meatless sausage patties. They can be heated up in microwave for a super quick breakfast side.

  
Another great new product is their freeze dried mango. Yum. I truly love mango so much.

 
Another new product is their peanut butter and jelly Greek yogurt. I loved this. It really did taste just like peanut butter and jelly. Wish I would’ve got more!

 
A couple other products I bought, tried, and liked were their chicken hotdogs, their frozen chile relleno dinner, and their frozen silver dollar pancakes.

  

 

 
I’ve still got lots more to try, but I haven’t been cooking as much lately. Unfortunately (for my stomach and my wallet) I’ve been eating out more often for dinner. I’m trying really hard to work on that this week though.

I have 2 goals for myself this week. Monday-Friday, I’m trying to not eat out. This really pertains to dinner, just because I NEVER eat out for breakfast, lunch, or snacks. My second goal is to eat vegetarian Monday-Friday for every meal.

My menu for the week looks like this:

Breakfast-eggs, cereal, meatless sausage, milk, mini pancakes, omelets, toast

I’ll pick 2-3 of the above and mix and match them to give my breakfast variety throughout the week.

Lunch-undecided right now but I’m thinking tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwiches on ciabatta bread

Dinner-meatless Orange chicken over vegetable fried rice or cheese and veggie quesadillas with guacamole and salsa

Snack-V8, Quest bars, chex mix, pretzels and dip, dried fruit

Speaking of quest bars, I’ve found 2 more flavors I’m obsessed with. I love the banana nut muffin and the chocolate chip cookie dough. Seriously, the 2 best flavors so far!

 

No picture of the chocolate chip cookie dough. It never stood a chance. I devoured it before a picture ever crossed my mind.

Before I go, I just wanted to talk a bit about how I’ve been feeling since cutting out so much meat from my diet. On days where I truly haven’t been eating any meat, I’ve felt better. I don’t feel heavy or weighed down and my stomach has stopped hurting. The whole reason I started this change was due to the fact that I kept getting upset tummies every day around the same time in the afternoon. Gladly, I can say those have stopped.

Also, I feel like I spend less money on groceries weekly due to not buying meat or deli lunch meat. I used to spend like $9 on a pound of sliced deli meat for sandwiches. Beans and cheese are so much cheaper!

I have to say, I’m happy with the changes I’m making, and I seriously do hope that one day soon, I can call myself a vegetarian.

 
I’ll leave you with a couple of cuties! First is Ethan at his birthday party. Second is my doggy, Pudgy. They’re both the absolute best!

 
  
   
 

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

TGIM!

TGIM!

Yep, I’m excited about Monday! Not because I have to go back to work after having 2 days off, but because The Biggest Loser comes on tonight. I decided to blog every Monday about the show because I think it’ll be good motivation to keep me on the right track.

I haven’t watched the past couple seasons, but I used to watch it religiously. I was THAT girl that used to get a pizza or a big bowl of macaroni and cheese and fried chicken, then I’d plop my butt down on the couch and watch the show. Yeah, I’d feel inspired as I watched, but nothing would ever change. I saw it more like a movie or an event. I felt like I needed to have the most delicious meal to go with the show I loved so much. It almost became more about the meal. Of course The Biggest Loser wasn’t the only show I watched, so eventually it turned into this pattern of needling a big and yummy dinner every single night that a good show was on.

I’m definitely glad to say that’s my past. By past I mean, four weeks ago I was still doing that, so I clearly remember my thoughts and emotions on living that way. But for the past four weeks, I’ve been looking forward to my healthy dinner at home. So I’m glad to say, this time I’m eating salmon, asparagus, cabbage, and a baked potato for dinner as I watch TBL.

TBL=The Biggest Loser…cause I’m already sick of spelling out the title.

Back to the show!

I liked this episode because one team had to spend 4 and 1/2 hours a day (for a week) in a room filled with TVs, video games, couches, and tons of junk food. This is only their third week on the ranch and all of them passed the test and didn’t give in to the pizza or doughnuts or pop. I know first hand how extremely hard that is. Just this weekend I was around someone eating pizza and I could smell it and it smelled gooooood! It’s hard sometimes to say no. But, the longer you go without, the easier it gets. I think it gets easier because you don’t want to waste the 4 weeks of all the good eating you put into it just to flush that away with giving in and eating a pizza. Although I must admit, I secretly like it when someone on the show gives in to eating the bad food. When their trainer finds out, they usually kill them in a workout which is always fun to watch. 🙂

So far this season, I don’t have one particular favorite yet. I do like someone I can relate to, so a female around my age, and right now I’m liking Dani. But really, I enjoy watching them all and learning about all of their stories because I relate to all of them in some way since they’re all like me; overweight and trying to get healthy.

I especially love the part of the show where they weigh in. It’s exciting and nerve wracking and just fun to watch. I go back to the doctor again tomorrow to re-test my liver enzymes because last time it was high, so I’ll be weighed tomorrow. Tomorrow is exactly 4 weeks since my first weigh in at 372 pounds. My goal for myself is to be under 350 pounds tomorrow. Either way, I’ll have a new weight to blog about and I’m excited to show my doctor that I’ve made progress, which I hope he sees!

December 2012 Weigh-In

I’d love to record my weight loss regularly to show progress. I don’t have a scale at home, which I love, so I’m not weighing myself every 4 hours. Yes, I seriously used to weigh myself after every bathroom break just to see a 0.2 difference.

When I went to the doctor on December 18th, 2012, I hadn’t weighed myself in at least a year. When they weighed me, I was at 372 pounds. The number didn’t surprise me, because obviously I knew I was heavy. But it was just an ugly number and I knew I was not going to keep going the way I was. Since then, I have started this change to get healthy.

My next weigh in came when I was at my moms house on December 30th, 2012. I thought, hey, it’s been almost 2 weeks, I’ve been trying extremely hard to follow a food guideline that my doctor gave me, I wanna know if it’s working. I weighed in at 357.2, for a 14.8 weight loss. I was so happy! I felt pretty good about this. I felt like this time, just maybe, I can stick to this and finally lose the weight I’ve so desperately wanted to lose.

Since I enjoy seeing a good number, I think I’ll try to weigh myself every couple weeks or monthly, just depending on circumstances. I do go back to the doctor on the 15th of January, so I’ll hopefully have a new weight to share soon!