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Learning to be healthy and fit!!

Review of Goals and maybe some additions! October 7, 2010

Filed under: Goals,Uncategorized — gonnalooseit @ 3:28 pm

 

I set goals in the beginning of September (my NEW goal should be to check them EVERY month!!) I want to check and see how I am fairing???

  • Three out of five lunch breaks will go to the parks and recreation department and fit in a lunchtime one mile walk. (in addition to my normal daily workout)

This was a great goal but I learned that if I was walking at lunch, I would cheat on my evening exercise!! I felt like I had an excuse to not do it!! So I have cut back on the lunch time walks and I am using them for days when I know I will not be able to exercise in the evenings!!

  • I want to have no meat dinners 3 times a week. I will use other protein sources.

This has been a fairly easy goal to stay with!! I enjoy Morning star products and I have made some soups that have beans in place of the meat.

  • Try to not be a slave to the scale, and get on it only once a week. (a tough one for me)

Believe it or not this has been easier than I thought it would be. I moved my scale so I don’t pass it as much and you know what they say… out of sight out of mind!!

  • keep track of my blood pressure (i am not looking forward to this) any other time I have lost weight, my blood pressure has gone down and I was able to be off my blood pressure meds. This time it started out good and I was able to go off. But, at my last two appointments at Dr.Zarif’s my bottom number was in the hundreds. He put me an a diuretic in hopes of helping the situation. I am supposed to check my pressure every day to see if this will help. But for some reason I have an emotional block about this process.

YEA!! the medicine has helped with my blood pressure. My numbers are much better!

  • This is going to sound strange, but I need to look at myself in the mirror everyday and see and admit to some kind of positive change. I struggle with looking in the mirror and always seeing the old Kelly. Anyone who has lost weight before knows exactly what I’m talking about. Body image is a crazy thing and a friend of mine told me it takes the mind a full year to really recognize changes in your body.

I am working on this, I’m not going to lie I’m still struggling but there is progress.

I think all in all I stayed on target with my goals. The new goal I would add would be to remember to eat protein first, veggies second and if I’m still hungry what ever is left ( a pasta or potato) I usually kind of “circle” around my plate. So this will be something new for me to get use to, but this is do-able!!

Have you been sticking to your goals???

 

Can you say Hernia?! October 3, 2010

Filed under: Exersicise,Hernia/Bertha — gonnalooseit @ 4:54 pm

I have a hernia in my belly button area and it is giving me grief!!

I have had it for a while and the dang thing keeps growing! I have been thinking about it since yesterday and I have decided to name it. Not just any name will do…it has to be something with meaning. I have decided on Bertha…when you think of a Bertha, what comes to my mind anyway is a large, old lady that is a pain in the butt!! I think that describes MY Bertha perfectly! It is large and getting bigger, it has been with me for at least two years (that I know of) so that makes it old and it is a literal pain in my belly (not in my butt)

I started noticing Bertha giving me pain when I worked out but not all the time, and I could never figure out what the trigger was that was making it hurt. In the beginning it was so sporadic it didn’t really bother me much but now I often get the pain when I’m doing something as simple as walking around the track at lunch!

My new fitness class starts tomorrow and I’m a little worried that it will give me fits. Speaking of my new class, this one is a core class and is supposed to be really good! It’s not to late to sign up at the Worcester County Parks and Recreation Department ask for Myro, he is in charge of the class and he will get you all set!

 

Did you say Pumpkin?!?! September 20, 2010

Filed under: Agave Nectar,Pumpkin — gonnalooseit @ 5:51 pm

In my last post I talked about trying to find some great fall recipes, well I have been hitting pay dirt!! I just wont post them until I personally try them first!!

This one is BANGIN!!

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

8oz.- 1/3 Fat cream cheese

1/2 cup Pureed pumpkin

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

2 tbsp. Brown sugar

1 tbsp. Agave nectar

Add all ingredients together. Beat until smooth.

LIP SMACKIN GOOD!!!

Now i will say, I used Splenda Brown Sugar to save even save a few more calories and there couldn’t have been any taste difference. Agave nectar is becoming more and more popular to see in my local grocery stores. Depending on where you live this may be a common site already. Here are some interesting facts

What is Agave Nectar?

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While agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay) is best recognized as the plant from which tequila is made, it has also been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in food. The nectar made from the plant is known in Mexico as aguamiel, or “honey water.”

The Aztecs prized the agave as a gift from the gods and used the liquid from its core to flavor foods and drinks. Now, due to increasing awareness of agave nectar’s many beneficial properties, it is becoming the preferred sweetener of health conscious consumers, doctors, and natural food cooks alike.                  

I also found out this is great to use for people who suffer from diabetes. Check out the site if you are interested in more information. http://www.allaboutagave.com/index.php

I’m telling you this stuff is great, give it a try with apples!!

Let me know what you think!!!

 

I’m getting that feeling…. September 12, 2010

Filed under: Fall,Healthy Recipes — gonnalooseit @ 9:32 am

Fall is in the air big time, and something strange happens to me in the fall. I don’t know if I can explain it and make sence….it’s kind of like a kid looking forward to thier birthday maybe…I get a little….(I can’t believe I’m going to put this in writing) GIDDY!!

I really love the fall season. I can enjoy the outdoors so much more than when it’s 90 degrees and humid. My yard calls my name to come out and work (and actually enjoy it) I love having my windows open and feeling that little bit of crispness to the air at night when I climb into my bed. This may all sound like a pile of crap to you if fall is not your time of year, and I hate that for you because your really missing out!!!

With all of these good feelings, comes the desire to cook.I’m not sure why this happens to me but I want to cook up a storm when the cooler weather comes. I know you see my dilemma, Everything that comes to my mind to cook is a comfort food. Pot roast, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes. I wont go on, my mouth will start to water!!!

I am on a search to find healthy versions of my favorite comfort foods!!! I will NOT be beaten by this!!! ( that’s big talk, I’m weak. If pot roast was in front of me I would dive in, I KNOW MY WEAKNESS!!) As I find healthy versions of all time favorites I will post them. If you know of any please pass them on to me!!!!

My hope is to get through each holiday coming up with a plan! My favorite way to celebrate is to eat seasonal/holiday foods. I plan on finding ways to eat healthy and still celebrate and enjoy the months ahead. Im sure as the months roll on we will be talking more about how to carry out this plan….stay posted!!

Do you have any good seasonal recipes to pass on?? 

 

Good Times!! September 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — gonnalooseit @ 9:38 am

This Labor Day extended weekend thing is the way to go!!

I have had time to sleep late, relax, learn to crochet (yes you read that right!)Go to dinner with friends, and even pig out on steamed crabs!!! Man if only more weekends could be like this!

My dinner out was at one of my all time favorite mexican resturants…if you have been with me from the beginning you know it’s La Tolteca!! I have a major love affair with this place, the food and the staff are fabulus! Anyway, I usually stuff myself senseless becouse it is just that good. This time was alittle diffrent…Remember, I’m in “The Zone” right now and stuffing myself is out of the question. The good news is I still had a blast!! The chips and white sauce were still flowing and we all sat and talked for quite awhile, so I had plenty to satisfy me. When My dinner actually came I wase’t really hungry. I ate a couple of bites and brought the rest home to eat over the next coulpe of days. To me that is a win, win situation!! I am slightly tight in the fingers and toes, probubly from a higher sodium count in thier food then what Iv’e been trying to eat at home..Oh well you win some you lose some!!!

On saturday I went to my local craft/fabric store in town. If you love to sew, knit/crochet ect.. you should check out The Fine Needle. When I got there a mini class was being held and my friend Kristen encouraged me to join in on the fun! I have to say I was a bit leary..teaching me to knit/crocht has been attempted before without much success! This time was diffrent, Stacey the owner of the store is so patient and she stayed with me untill I had it!! Now I’m a crocheting fool!!….does anyone need a scarf?!?!http://www.fineneedle.com/info/index.html  

My family got together on Sunday for the wonderful Eastern Shore dinner of steamed crabs! Man if you have never had steamed crabs before you are missing out on something yummy!!

Nutrition Facts
 
Amount Per 1 cup, cooked, flaked and pieces
Calories 119.36
Calories from Fat 18.64

Picking crabs is a tedious thing to do, you can sit and pick for quite awhile and maybe get a couple cups of crab meat. In case your wondering…you can eat a heck of alot of crabs and NOT have alot of calories.

  We did sit around and talk and actually enjoyed playing some game that you through golf balls on a string at a pole. Your suppose to get it wraped around one of three poles. Each pole has a point value and you play until you reach how ever many points you esablish at the beginning of the game. 

It was also our day to celebrate my sister in laws birthday. You cant have a birthday celebration without some kind of yummy that is a calorie blow out! My mom made a brownie that she then covered with fudge topping and whipped cream and topped it with a cherry! HELLO!!!! could she have somehow made it with something else on it? I mean there had to be one more thing she could have put on it to add just afew more calories!!! As delisious as it was, I was proud of myself…I took three good bites and passed the rest to my all willing brother! I had the best of both worlds..I ate some and didnt feel deprived, but I didnt eat the entire thing and feel guilty and stuffed later!

 

September Goals September 5, 2010

Filed under: Exersicise,Goals — gonnalooseit @ 1:12 pm

I can’t believe it’s already september! Time is flying by this year and I don’t want to even think about the fact that Christmas is only a couple of months away!

Anywho..I think it would be really helpful to me to have specific goals to strive toward during the month. Plus I LOVE to be able to reward myself when I reach or even exceed a goal!! I have thought long and hard about what my goals should be…they shoulnt be unattainable but also shouldnt be too easy or with out challange.That being said, my goals for this month are;

  • Three out of five lunch breaks i will go to the parks and recreation department and fit in a lunchtime one mile walk. (in addition to my normal daily workout)
  • I want to have no meat dinners 3 times a week. I will use other protein sources.
  • Try to not be a slave to the scale, and get on it only once a week. (a tough one for me)
  • keep track of my blood pressure (i am not looking forward to this) any other time I have lost weight, my blood pressure has gone down and I was able to be off my blood pressure meds. This time it started out good and I was able to go off. But, at my last two appointments at Dr.Zarif’s my bottom number was in the hundreds. He put me an a diuretic in hopes of helping the situation. I am supposed to check my pressure every day to see if this will help. But for some reason I have an emotional block about this process.
  • This is going to sound strange, but I need to look at myself in the mirror everyday and see and admit to some kind of positive change. I struggle with looking in the mirror and always seeing the old Kelly. Anyone who has lost weight before knows exactly what I’m talking about. Body image is a crazy thing and a friend of mine told me it takes the mind a full year to really recognize changes in your body.

 

I think that is a great list for the month of September!! Have you made a goal list???

 

Weekend..a day early!! September 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — gonnalooseit @ 10:21 am

I can hear the hallelujah chorus !!! It’s friday and I am at home in my livingroom typing on the computer!!

This week has been a challenge for my mental stability! The first week of school, kids adjusting to new schedules, trying to juggle staff at work not really knowing what we really need from day-to-day, my work out on Tuesday kicked my butt to the point that I told my shadow (my exercise guy) there was no way I could run on Wednesday, and my work partner is slightly stressed because her daughter is leaving the country to go to school next week! I think that should paint a really clear picture of my crazy week.

The great news is…I think I have finally gotten a glimpse of the coveted “Green Zone” Eating has not been a problem and the scale is being my friend! I am seeing numbers on the scale I have not seen in so many years that I can’t tell you the last time I weighed that amount!!! That feeling is something I can’t put into words…it makes my heart want to leap for joy! I am trying not to be a slave to the scale, today is the first time i have been on since I had my fill and I was surprised and happy with what i saw. I also know it could change and I’m not getting my hopes up just yet..

I’m off to enjoy my “free” friday!!

Is it just me or is stolen time off better than a regular weekend day? What do you think???