I have been getting the house Christmas ready this past week. I was going through one of my many paper bins when I found something...interesting.
I joined Weight Watchers three weeks ago, but was not in a good frame of mind. I decided Tuesday that I was going back Wednesday morning and really get back! Then, I found my old Weight Watchers weigh in booklet from years ago in the paper bin. On it was the date I started the year I lost over 50 lbs. on Weight Watchers. It was Wed. November 3, 2004.
I went back yesterday...Wed. November 3, 2010.
I have to tell you, I AM PUMPED!
I walked in and told them I did not want to know how much I gained...That today was truly a fresh start. Guess what???? I had lost a 1/2 pound! Not huge, but it just added to my day!
So, I was in charge of my child's Halloween school party on Friday. As I was walking past a sitting child, I knocked into the back of his head with my big butt! I was SO embarrassed. Of course, perfect mom was standing in the doorway, laughing under her breath. I laughed it off, but really...it is time to take a good look at my life!
WHAT AM I DOING???? WHAT AM I THINKING?????? ugh.
I went BACK to WW two weeks ago...gained .40 of a pound the first week. Skipped the second. I am HEAVIER than EVER!!!!! I feel SO unhealthy.
You know what I want for Christmas...MORE THAN ANYTHING????
To lose weight. That would be the best gift of all. Now, do I have it in me to love myself enough?
I am not sure.
I need to lose 80 pounds total. I would LOVE to lose 15 before Christmas morning.
2/3 cup crumbled cotija anejo cheese or Queso fresco
extra cayenne pepper of chile powder, for sprinkling
fresh finely chopped cilantro for optional garnish
Soak corn (in husks) in cold water for 25-30 minutes. Prepare a medium-hot grill. Peel back the corn husks leaving them attached at the end. Remove the silk. Pull the husks back up and tie with a spare piece of husk or a small piece of cooking twine. Place the ears on the grill. Cook 20-25 minutes, turning several times to ensure even roasting. The kernels should be soft when fully cooked.
If you’d like the kernels more charred, then simply follow the above instructions, but cook in husks for 15 minutes only. Then cool ears slightly, pull back the husks (to use as handles) and place the ears directly on the grill (with husks overhanging the side) for 5-7 minutes, or until they reach desired level of charring.
Place crumbled cheese on a plate large enough to fit an ear of corn. In a small bowl mix the mayonnaise, lime juice, cayenne pepper or chile powder, and salt. When the corn is cooked, brush each ear with some mayo sauce then roll in the cheese. Serve with lime wedges, additional cayenne pepper or chile powder, and fresh finely chopped cilantro.
If you are unable to grill outdoors, then you can oven roast the corn. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place corn in husks (no need to soak first) directly on the middle rack of the oven for 30 minutes, or until corn is soft to the touch. Allow to cool slightly, then remove husks and silks, and add toppings.
Also, I have also decided to go back to Weight Watchers for the time being. I find I am having a VERY hard time just eating healthy. I need a way to track. Please pray that WW works for me this time. I hope I am not disappointing anyone, but I really think this is where I need to be at this time.
I will now take my pictures on Tuesday. (Weigh-in day...but, I will not tell you what I weigh! haha ;) I will still post my day of food, exercise and water. Pot luck Wednesday is still on...feel free to mention the points per serving! ;)
A few weeks ago, I wrote about some of my favorite books. There was one book I left out...simply because I could not remember the name of it! ;) So, after surfing the Internet...I FOUND IT! The name of the book is Scale Down: A Realistic Guide to Balancing Body, Soul, & Spirit by Danna Demetre. It is not really a "diet" book in the normal sense. It is inspiring and thought provoking. The author was on a talk show years ago and I found her story amazing. A week later, I bought the book at Wal-mart. I read a lot of it (did not finish...kids! ;) in the late summer of 2005. I somehow lost the book, but I am so excited I remembered the name and found it on Amazon. So, I am going to start it as soon as it arrives! If you would like to join me, that would be great! (Just leave a comment below!) Even if not one person wants to join my "book club", that is fine! I am so excited to finally read Danna Demetre's wonderful book!
I hope you can find the book (free!) at the library, or you can find it at Amazon!
Minor.... my husband...wink, wink (maybe that should be major! ;)
dancing The Beach Boys a clean house flowers the smell of my children's hair after a bath a good book the "Footprints" poem old pictures and videos taking a wave...and riding it! the beach Thanksgiving to New Year's Day! music surprising people (especially with little things!) giving to St. Jude (that might be major, too!)
I guess you can say I am always pretty happy. It is about the little things...they do add up quickly!
Life is too short to not celebrate everything...even a great Diet Coke with crushed ice!
I read in a magazine that celebrities are starting a new diet trend...Baby Food. Mostly noted, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. I have NO clue if it is true. Sounds a little strange. The article stated it is about perfect portions...I guess for a size 0????
According to The Huffington Post, "Jennifer Aniston is rumored to be the latest celeb to try the baby food diet, created by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. The diet involves eating 14 servings of baby food a day followed by a healthy adult dinner, and Jen has reportedly lost 7 pounds in the past week as she films 'Just Go With It' in Hawaii. "
"I developed a cleanse where you can still eat and it's a lot of puree foods. I was very careful about the foods I chose to put in it," Tracy told Hollyscoop.com. "When you do these liquid cleanses I felt a responsibility to come up with something. Liquid cleanses do help you lose weight but you will gain more the next week. I wanted something where you can eliminate toxicity, break bad habits but still have your digestive system going. That is when the baby food cleanse was born."
So, what do you think?????
Would You? Could you eat baby food to lose weight?
Keep in mind, gals...Guys LOVE curves and can't stand it when a girl orders a salad...let alone pulls out jars of baby food! lol ;)
1 slice deep dish sausage (very little), onion, mushroom
8+ cups water
no planned exercise
I am so bummed about this past week. I have been sick...a virus in my lymph nodes. I always get the weird stuff! ;) Anyway, it has been SO painful and I have been very tired! I am going to workout tomorrow! I do not think I always made the right choice, but I did not eat way too much...which is a good thing! The pizza today was WONDERFUL! I have not had it in weeks!!!! I think that is why it tasted SO good!
I need to keep things EXCITING! Healthy eating should NOT equal boring! So, I am making every Wednesday a Pot Luck Wednesday!
What will you bring to the table????
To keep it fun, I will give it an Iron Chef spin...a SECRET ingredient! All you have to do is write a post that contains an awesome, healthy recipe that includes the secret ingredient. (I will share the secret on Tuesday mornings to give you enough time to type!) Please use the Linky Tools found below.
HELLO???Promote your blog!
And, if you could please put a link back to this blog in your recipe post, that would be wonderful!
So, this weeks secret ingredient is....DRUM ROLL!!!!
Wow...that was hard! LOL I thought I would make the first challenge an easy one!
So, to use the Linky Tool, write the name of your blog and your blog's address...Then write a Pot Luck Wednesday recipe post that contains a link back to this blog! Have fun!!!!
blueberry tea brie swiss olive oil bread grapes and apple slice ice cream 1 T. magic shell (I know!;) milk chicken corn on the cob 1T. honey mustard roll ************************************* 8+ cups water ************************* no planned exercise
I hope you do not think less of me...gotta keep it honest...
Let me tell you, Facebook is great when you are flying high, but not so good when you are low. I find it mostly gives you a very one sided snap shot of a "friends" life. They should call it Bragbook. ;) Google, Zillow and Linkedin are not much better. It is for this reason that I TRY to stay off the computer, but I am SO darn nosy!
So, how do you define success?
I am in my 30's. I have friends with 6 children. I have friends that are having their first child. I have more than one child. I have friends who have yet to marry or are on a second marriage.
Is it about money?
Is it beauty? Is it about looking 20 when you are over 30? Looking 70 when you are 90? I feel like I look about 47... ;)
Is it about weight? I have to admit, I find it VERY hard to be happy for certain people and their weight loss. But only certain people...not you! ;)
I hate when I get in this mood. I KNOW I am blessed.
I need to start counting my own blessings, instead of counting others....and then getting jealous.
The Green Eyed Monster...
It does not happen every single day...more like 4 times a year. I KNOW what really matters.
"Don't you see? I'm talking about us finally having a life...that other people envy."
"Oh, Jack. They already do envy us."
I can't say I am all that materialistic or vain...but every once in a while....
We all have different lives with different roads traveled. I love my life and family. But, every once in a while, I "find out" things, via the internet, and I start comparing (without true knowledge of the other person's life.)
Now, don't get me wrong, I wish no ill will to those and their blessings. But, before I judge someone as "perfect" or getting everything "I want", I need to step back. Nothing is perfect. But, I do need to pray that I am not jealous when good things happen to people...even people who I think do not deserve it...Wow, I really need to pray.
So, what are your thoughts????? I REALLY want to know!
Well, this was not a good day. I am sick...bad sore throat, fever...TIRED! I am SO mad. Every time I start exercising, I get sick. I know the two are not related, but it is very frustrating! To make matters worse, I did not eat well. You would think I would not want to eat with such a sore throat, but NO, I had to shove food down my red throat! What was I thinking?!?!?!?
Warning: this is BAD!
1 Mr. Goodbar
1 king size Take Five
lean cuisine (6 points)
1/2 cup beef au jus
1 cup twice baked mashed potatoes
1 cup corn souffle
1 T. potato salad
3 T. whipped cream 2 cups gatorade ****************************************** 8+ cups water *********************** no planned exercise
This past week was nice. I exercised, ate pretty healthy and drank my water...no complaints here! I do wish I LOOKED thinner! Wow, this is slow. Years ago, I would have lost more...getting older is not as much fun as I thought it would be! ;)
coffee w/ cream and sugar 2 hot dogs 2 wheat buns 1 serving kettle chips five bean salad pickle
8+ cups water
no planned exercise *** Also, I wrote everything down from last week while my computer was broke...I am going to post that and the pictures from last week ASAP! Plus, I will get up tomorrow and take more pictures! I have been doing so well...I hope it comes through the pictures!
So, what do you for exercise?
How do you deal with weekend "eating"...I find it SO hard! :-)
Have you seen these portion plates? Wow, TOO cool! (Why didn't I think of this?????)
Over three years ago, I was on vacation with my family. After swimming in the hotel pool, we all went back to the room to get ready for bed and to settle in for the night. The kids wanted to watch the show, "That's So Raven." I was so excited to see Candace Cameron (from Full House) playing a teacher on the show. (I loved Full House as a child!) I could not believe how THIN and HEALTHY Candace looked...she was always known as the cute, chubby teen when she was younger. So, with my exhausted husband fast asleep next to me and the kids watching t.v., I jumped on our laptop to Google Candace. As it turns out, I found she was married with three children and living (at the time) in Florida. She also had an email address on her website. I wrote her an email, never expecting a response, about her weight/ diet and exercise. Much to my surprise, she responded in a day. What she shared with me changed my thinking...and has haunted me for years. I thought I would share some of the emails that were sent!
Her first reply:
"My secret to staying slim and healthy is (drum roll please!)…eating well and staying active."
"OK, I know that was a pretty simple answer, but it’s the truth. Over years of being on a weight roller coaster, I finally got to the point where I wanted to stay fit and feel good ALL the time. I always feel healthier and prettier when my weight is lower, and of course my clothes fit better. I had to change my eating habits and lifestyle once and for all. Luckily, my husband was 100% on board and was probably the biggest encourager to our family in this area. So, eating habits changed not only for me, but for my children and my husband."
"As I’ve said here before, consult your doctor before choosing any diet or fitness routine, then consider what’s best. For me, the key has been eating fresh, healthy foods and not over eating. I’d prefer to eat more of the yummy foods I enjoy in smaller quantities, rather than eating large portions of ONLY healthy foods that I don’t really enjoy. For me, eating is about the taste and not the quantity. A lot of woman I know are just the opposite, where quantity is important, rather than quality. You have to figure out what is important to you and get into a new way of eating from there."
"Include your whole family. If you just try to diet on your own, it’s not going to last for very long. If you change your whole family’s eating habits and fitness/sport routine, you’ll have a better chance at sticking to it."
"I take pilates about 3 times a week as well as play tennis, and I walk about 1 1/2 miles every day (around my neighborhood). The kids either walk with me or ride their bikes. This turns into family time not only to share and laugh, but also exercise. (When the kids whine about walking the circle… telling them “no desert” usually quiets them up pretty fast.) And FYI… desert is usually fresh fruit. They have ice cream or something sugary sweet once or twice a week. (And we keep that to a small portion). Trust me, this makes the once a month trip to Cold Stones–for whatever they want–all the better!"
"Ultimately, I had to give my “food issues” over to God. There are bad habits I’m prone to repeating, but they never make me feel good for long. That’s when I ask myself, “Is food or God more important to me?” This usually stops my bad habits as well."
"I hope this helps and encourages you."
I then wrote her back about "giving up her food issues to God"....
"By “food issues” I meant some unhealthy eating habits I’d acquired in the past. For me, the only way to get past my abuse with food was getting serious about it with God. I needed to constantly pray that I’d stay away from unhealthy alternatives, and that I’d eat right, and exercise instead."
"This sin was one that I loved and didn’t want to give up. I was scared. I constantly wrestled with it. And I knew it was keeping me from a closer relationship with God, and that I had to give it over to Him."
"I said to Him, “I can’t do this on my own. I’m willing to take a step in faith to stop doing it the wrong way, knowing with all my heart that You will provide me the willpower to say ‘NO’ or give me a way out”."
"That was the last time I was ever going to pray it. I didn’t want that struggle for the rest of my life. And while my view of food is not problem for me anymore, it’s an area I always have to keep close at heart, and pray about. I know the enemy is lurking, waiting at the door to creep in."
"I think going on a diet like Weight Watchers is GREAT to learn portion control and to retrain yourself to eat properly. Food is a hard battle for most American’s since we have such an abundance and it’s so readily available to us. Stick to a plan and keep God close by your side."
I really love her reply. It makes so much sense! How many times have I allowed food to get in the way with my relationship with God? How many times have I skipped church because I looked fat and had nothing to wear? I was blessed by God with wonderful friends and family, but have (at times) chosen to push them away or not be with them because of my weight.
Up until she wrote back, it never occurred to me that I was worshiping food. That I WAS allowing food to get in the way with my relationship with God. I had never thought of it as a false idol...but it can be! I am mad at myself for allowing food to take first place. I am done. NOTHING sneaks in and gets in MY way of MY LORD! I am sorry that I sinned...that I did not change my ways... right away. But, I am human. Enough is enough. I am going to pray that God comes into my heart as I turn away from my false idol. Lord be with me.
Hello! I will be posting pictures tomorrow. Week 2 is over!!!! ;-) Also, I am working on a post that I think many of you will find very interesting. It is an emotional one, not sad, but I am taking my time putting it together. I am hoping to get it out before Sunday! I hope everyone is having a great day!!!!!
(This is such a great picture. I love the look of sailboats in the morning...and in the evening as the sun goes down! How beautiful! Summer is almost here!)
Today we are going to take a look at THE PYRAMIDS. No, this is not a history lesson on Egypt. I am talking about food pyramids. I am amazed by how many there are out there on Google. Here are some of my favorites. When you are looking at these, think of the people in that part of the world. Is the typical person overweight?
(You might want to click on the image to make it larger. Also, if I missed any pyramids, and I am sure I did, please let me know in the comment section.)
The Classic American Food Pyramid. (I love how next to the healthy oils we have a cupcake and a sundae.) This pyramid has been replaced by:
The new American food pyramid. What I do not understand is why they got rid of the healthy oils???? Where is the water and exercise?
Here is another pyramid used in the U.S. I think this is more realistic for our everyday life and culture.
The Canadian Food Pyramid. It is very similar to the American Food Pyramid. It does not give a lot of details.
The Australian Food Pyramid. I really like this one...especially the "no salt" and more water. I do not think this one would work well in America. The breads, beans, fruits and veggies are in one group...which one do you think we would eat more of....BREAD!
The British Plate. I think this one is pretty realistic. They have a place for sugar and fat. It is absurd to think that most people do not consume these items...you might as well give them a guide as to how much they should be allowed to eat in a healthy diet.
The Latin American Pyramid. VERY different than the United States. I really like how they are telling you to have certain foods at every meal.
The Mediterranean Pyramid. I find it so interesting that some food items should only be consumed a few times a week or for the entire month.
The Japanese Spinning Top. I LOVE it! I really do believe that food, exercise and water are the key. My grandfather would have liked this one, too. It really backs up his diet theory.
The Asian Food Pyramid. I really dig the fact that you can have sweets weekly, but red meet monthly! I am moving to Asia! haha I also like the daily physical activity that is at the base of the pyramid.
The Vegetarian Pyramid. This one is great. It does not work for my life, but they are spot on!
I am not sure where this one is from....But, this is my favorite. (Although I do wish they mentioned less salt, more water and daily exercise.)
So, what do you think? This is just a nice little sample, but it does make you ponder food. Which one is your favorite? Please share your comments!
Who am I? How can I tell you when I do not even know.
I do know this much. I need to lose 60 pounds. I know I am fat. I know I eat too much and exercise very little.
I know I am not alone. Join me on this journey. I will post pictures, but you will never see my face. I will tell you my deepest thoughts, but you will never know me.
When I reach my goal...then I will reveal who I am...
Hold on to your hats, the winds of change are here!