Weekends: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

I don’t know why weekends are so much harder to eat healthy. I guess it’s because I don’t have a set routine on the weekends. I sleep in later. Or I am out and about running errands. Or I’m hanging out with my family. I eat out more on weekends, and this weekend was no exception.

I had BBQ on Friday night. I got the beer can chicken with vinegar based slaw. I decided since those 2 items were pretty healthy, I could have one unhealthy side, and I chose the house made chips with peach ketchup.

Saturday, I took my mom out for lunch for mothers day after we enjoyed facials at the salon. We went to an Asian fusion restaurant where I had Pho. I had been wanting to try Pho for a while now. It’s a delicious broth filled with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef. It comes with a plate of add ins such as bean sprouts, cilantro, basil, lime, and jalapeños. You can also add hoisin and sriracha. Pho is amazingly delicious! The broth is super flavorful and it’s definitely something I can’t wait to have again.

Since I felt like I’d eaten a lot on Friday and Saturday, I made myself a taco salad for dinner Saturday night, filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, a little cheese, salsa, and ground turkey taco meat.

Sunday, my step-dad made lunch for mothers day. We had ribs, green beans, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, small baked potatoes, and my Asian coleslaw. I felt like for the most part, this was not too bad of a meal choice.

For dinner on Sunday, I was tired and knew I had a long Monday ahead of me, so I picked up some pre made sushi to have for dinner.

Monday’s eating wasn’t good. I had a spicy turkey with cranberry crepe for lunch with a side salad. I also had a Thai flavored gelato. It was mango, pineapple, and coconut. It was delicious and tasted like I was on the beaches of Mexico.

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For dinner I had a pizza from Top That Pizza.

After all of this eating out over the weekend, I was dreading the scale this morning. Even though I spent about 6 hours cleaning my apartment yesterday (which I’d say was a good workout) I still gained weight. Not that I was expecting to lose weight or anything, it just showed me how easily the weight can go back on. And by easily, I mean EASILY. That was definitely a wake up call, one I desperately needed.

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Weigh In, Schway In

So I finally went out and bought a scale, because I don’t have another dr visit scheduled for a while which is where I normally weigh in, so I can now weigh myself at home! I purposely got up this morning and didn’t eat or drink anything until after I bought a scale and came home and weighed in.

The last time I weighed myself, which was January 30th, I weighed in at my moms house on a Wednesday EVENING. I had only lost 3.4 pounds in 2 weeks. I thought that number seemed low, so I wanted to weigh myself in the MORNING which is when all my other weigh-ins were taken.

My new weight as of today, February 2nd, is 341.9. That’s a total of 30 pounds lost in 6 and 1/2 weeks! This number gives me new motivation to keep going on this journey. This is officially the most weight I’ve ever lost while attempting to lose weight. It’s also the longest I’ve ever stuck to a healthy eating diet plan. 🙂

Today while out buying my scale, I also bought a small 2-quart crock pot. I figured I could use it to give a little variety to my meals, maybe make some soups or shredded chicken or even some roast. If anyone has any healthy crock pot recipes I’ll take them!

Tomorrow should be another great day like today. It’s super bowl Sunday, which I don’t really care about (haha) but I am going to a super bowl party. I’ve gotta find a good healthy recipe of something I can make tomorrow and bring so that I’ll have at least one healthy food option there. I’m also meeting a couple friends from work at Jamba Juice for smoothies and gossip. I’ll let you know how it all goes! 🙂

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

What do you do if you hate apples?! I guess you have to go to the doctor, which is what I did today.

The appointment was just to recheck my liver enzyme level because last time it was high. So, they took blood and I should get the results back in about 10 days. The good part of the visit was finding out my new weight. I started at 372 pounds exactly four weeks ago, and today I weighed 351. That’s 21 pounds lost and I couldn’t be happier. My goal was to be under 350, but hey, I’ll take 21 pounds!

The doctor genuinely seemed proud of me and cared that I had made some good changes, which is exactly what I wanted. I also had a lower blood pressure number, so I’m glad I can SEE my diet working to make things better.

When I was talking to the doctor about my weight loss, he mentioned how sometimes when losing weight you’ll hit a plateau. He said that your body has to get used to the new weight and then it can continue to lose weight. In times past, I’ve lost maybe 15-20 pounds, hit that plateau, then given up…multiple times. I was really glad to hear him say this. It felt like a little extra boost I needed to hear because if I do hit that plateau, I’m prepared to face it and not let it get me down.

Even if I don’t see a smaller number on the scale, it matters that I’m making healthy changes in the right direction to get healthy. A very wise woman once told me, “The number on the scale doesn’t matter. Weight is just a number and nobody around you can see it. They only see what’s on the outside.” Thanks for that mom! 🙂

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!