Sunday, January 31, 2010

Walk It Out for Wii Review

The idea behind this game is that you walk in place, burn calories and have fun doing it. It's supposed to be a way to get the entire family off the couch and more active.

You can use either the controller/nunchuk combination, dance revolution pad or balance board. I've tried all three.

Controller: this burns the most calories and gives you the option of walking around the room instead of just walking in one spot. Walking in one spot can start to wear on you after a while. I think I burned a little over 300 calories per hour doing this. Don't trust the calorie burn the game tells you. ;-)

dance pad: easy to use but it tends to move a little and you have to walk in one place

Balance board: you can only lift your heels while using this. I burned hardly any calories even when doing this for an hour according to my Bodybugg. Also, your hip joints start hurting after a while. Not the best option. My Bodybugg barely showed me being active at all with the balance board.

In the game, you have to walk around an island in beat with the songs being played. You gather "chips" for each correct step. Those chips are then used to buy items for the island (benches, street lights, etc) or new paths. The goal is to add new routes and completely furnish the island.

It is pretty fun but not a great workout. My calorie burn was much greater with Just Dance. If you want to use this to burn calories I would suggest using the controller option instead of the balance board.

Rachel has really enjoyed the game though. At least she's being more active even if it's not exactly the workout you'd get with 30 Day Shred. :)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Bootcamp Results

I'm going to make this short and sweet. :)

Today was the last day of Bootcamp on Sparkpeople. I loved it!!! Each day we had a 10 minute strength training video, a bonus challenge (which was usually pretty easy), and 5x a week we had to do 30 minutes of cardio.

I am proud to say that I did every single exercise and bonus challenge and cardio workout! Woohoo!

Results:
  • I'm much happier
  • can definitely see more muscle definition
  • lost 8.2 pounds
  • can fit in a smaller size
  • wearing size 16 pants today!!
  • I feel stronger
  • I tried new things (Zumba)
  • can finally do side planks
  • enjoyed exercise
  • looked forward to weigh in days!

It was a great experience. I'm kind of sad that it's over. Hopefully the February challenge will be a lot of fun as well.

I'm looking forward to challenging myself to do even more. I have definitely found a love for strength training. It just makes me feel so good afterwards!

I wish I had taken measurements because I can tell that I've lost inches. I even had to tighten up my Bodybugg arm strap. January was a great kick start to "thin in 2010!"

PS: I got the cookies shown in the post below at HEB. It's a Texas grocery store. Go to Immaculate Baking Co. web site to find a store near you.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Photo Journal of Thursday Eats

Breakfast: reduced sugar brown sugar & cinnamon oatmeal; WW vanilla yogurt; blueberries. Tastes more like a dessert than breakfast. :)

Took Charlie to the Y for PE. I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes at 5% incline. I guess it was 5%. I clicked the little incline button until it said 5. :)



On the way home I had to stop by the grocery store for a few essentials. I was hungry and they had samples everywhere. I had a few nibbles and counted it as 100 calories to make sure I covered everything.



Look what I found while I was at the store: cookie dough!!! All natural cookie dough. :)

And only 80 calories per cookie.

Yes, 8 of them were baked when I got home. I only had one!

Lunch: low carb 80-calorie tortilla with turkey, mustard and cheese; a Fuji apple, 2 egg whites stuffed with garlic roasted hummus. I think I like the regular hummus better.
Worked out for 45 minutes doing Just Dance. Love that game! Also did my Bootcamp workout. Only 2 days left!
Dinner: burgers made with 98% fat free ground beef, cheese, mustard and pickles; baked Ore Ida steak fries (3 oz is 120 calories). Burgers served on sugar free whole wheat bun

I also found Attune chocolate bars at the grocery store. I've seen Lori mention them on her blog a few times and was intrigued. They have 5x the live cultures as yogurt and are found in the yofurt aisle of your grocery store in a small box. Go to the web site to find out which stores near you carry it or order online. It's really good. It doesn't taste like "health food"! Oh, and it's only 80 calories. Yeah, a chocolate bar that's good for you AND low in calories. You're welcome.

Later I had a snack of Just Fruit Munchies. 1 0z is 100 calories and you get a large serving. I love these things. They're not like the usual dried fruit. They're crunchy!
Calories Burned: 2705
Calorie Intake: 1328
Deficit: -1377

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weigh In Day (drum roll please....)


Down 2 pounds!!!!!

Woohoo!

PARTY!!!

Who lost 2 pounds this week? I did!

Whose shorts keep slipping down while she's walking? That would be mine!

I'm just a little excited to have lost 8.2 pounds this month. Just a little. I'm just a little thrilled that I only have to lose 5 pounds before I leave Two-ston for Onederland. :)

Couch 2 5K Progress

Wednesday I was a lot like I was Tuesday. Sore! But it wasn't as bad. I did have a headache most of the day that progressed to a pretty severe level by the time I went to bed. I'm guessing it's a hormonal headache. I took an Advil PM and slept it off though. :)


Did my Bootcamp abs video which was actually very easy this time! Yeah, for progress!! There was also a bonus back extension video. Feel the burn, baby!

Time for Couch 2 5k (also known as C25K). I did week 2 for a little longer than a week because I wasn't ready to progress yet. Wednesday was Week 2 Day 3. Last day. You know what? It was actually a little easier. I didn't feel like giving up and a few times the little 90 second run session seemed to go by quickly. One day I will run all over that mile then go back for more. Can't wait!!!

I'm a little intimidated by week 3. Walk 5 minutes, jog 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, jog 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes. Repeat but without the warmup. I can do it!

Chuck got home early and wanted to go to the range to practice shooting. I rode along to keep him company. :) By the time we left we were both hungry and neither wanted to cook (he was going to cook burgers) so we went out to Red Robin.

Now Red Robin is not exactly a friend to folks trying to lose weight. But they do have their nutritional info online and you can edit their stuff and see how it changes the nutritional values. A great tool! I find I do better if I view menus online before going out and decide what I'm going to have before I even leave the house. If I wait until I get to the restaurant I'm tempted by other things.

Made up my mind and went out. I stuck to what I had decided and got the fish sandwich (no tomatoes with tartar sauce on the side), a side salad (no tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette on the side) and some apple slices. 784 calories. (sorry the pic didn't turn out...it's from hubby's cell phone)
Then we walked to Swirll for dessert. Yum!!!! Even better: Guilt-Free Yum!!!
I had the mango fro-yo with some chopped mangoes, a few blueberries and a couple of palm seeds. I'd never tried palm seeds before but they were very good! They're clear, kidney bean shaped and are kind of gummy and sweet. Very unique. One of my goals is to try something new every month. I think trying palm seeds counts. Well, that and zumba. So I exceeded my goals!! :)
Nutritional info: only 25 calories per ounce and so good. I love this place!

My headache was pretty bad by the time I got home so I was a vegetable the rest of the evening.
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Not sure I'm going to weigh in on Thursday. Hormonal issues are going to make the scale say ugly things to me so I might just wait on the weight.
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Calories Burned: 2433
Calorie Intake: 1421
Deficit: -1012
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**Cream of Wheat is giving away free samples! You can even choose your flavor! I'm getting healthy grain maple brown sugar!**

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ouch!!!!

Yikes! I woke up Tuesday so sore from that Zumba class. My legs are ok. My arms are ok. My entire core feels stiff and sore. Rolling out of bed was even a painful experience. LOL

And for those of you who think you could never take a Zumba class because you can't dance or you're not coordinated, think again. I couldn't dance to save my life. I have no rhythm. You do what you can at Zumba. There are people going different directions and modifying moves to make it doable. You do what you can. No one is paying attention to what you're doing because they're only focused on themselves and having a good time. Trust me. I was very nervous about going. If I can do it, YOU can do it. Try it. If you don't like it you don't have to ever do it again. But at least you can say you tried it and you burned some calories. :)

Dragged my poor abused body to the kitchen and toasted a CarbCheck bagel and topped it with some FF strawberry cream cheese. Washed it down with the daily SF Rock Star. Only 200 calories and I got a ton of protein and fiber in!

Logged on to Sparkpeople to get my Bootcamp video. I was nervous. I knew I was going to be in for a world of hurt if the exercises had anything to do with abs or the core in general. *whew!* It was the arms workout.

Oh wait! There is the daily Bonus Challenge! And today it's pushups. Why?! :( I pushed through 20 pushups. Yeah! Feel the burn, baby.

Had lunch: Amy's Fat Free Vegetable Alphabet soup and a few multigrain crackers. Very tasty and the soup is only 160 calories of yummy goodness. The taste always reminds me of Spaghettios. :)

For grins, I checked out my fortune on the scale. Gained 3 pounds? LOL I knew it before I even stepped on. Sore muscles plus some hormonal issues were going to cause a momentary weight gain. No worries. I know it's temporary and will go down. Chuck has been telling me that he can really tell I've lost weight. As long as my clothes are fitting better I'm happy! (stupid scale...doesn't know what it's talking about)


Took the kids on a field trip to see the Chronicles of Narnia exhibit at the museum. It was really pretty cool. You step into a room that looks like a set from the movie and the wardrobe opens by itself and you walk through the coats and then there is "snow" falling. There was an ice throne to sit on and LOTS of props from the movies.

Before we went in we went out to a playground that the kids wanted to try out. I got on one of the little spinning things that you stand on. Charlie thought it would be fun to spin me. I kept asking him to stop but he kept spinning me faster and faster. At this point I couldn't let go or I was going to get hurt. Finally we bonked heads. His head is made of stone. Mine tends to be a little softer and I started bleeding at my temple. Nice.

Got home and had a pear. Then it was time to do cardio. I'm still very sore and stiff. I did 33 minutes of Just Dance and burned about 300 calories. Woohoo!

Dinner was 98% FF hot dogs on sugar free whole wheat buns with some turkey chili. Served with some baked fries.

I still had 300 calories left in my daily calorie goal! So I had a small FF Greek yogurt with honey and stirred in some blueberries. Yum! Then an ice cream sandwich. Low cal of course!

Watched Biggest Loser while folding clothes. What is up with red team?! And why is green team so angry and moody all of the time? Hate the drama. I do like watching the weigh ins. I always imagine what number I would be at if I lost as much as each contestant. "OK, he lost 10 pounds. If I lost 10 pounds I would weigh ....." Wow! Can you imagine having a weigh in like that?!

I munched on a piece of sugar free angel food cake while watching the weigh in. Irony.

I'm hoping I won't be sore on Thursday. I'm either going to take Zumba again or go to spin class. Not sure which. Which one should I do? Is there a class you've wanted to take but haven't yet?
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Calories Burned: 2492
Calorie Intake: 1244
Deficit: -1248

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Zoom Zoom Zumba!

Whew! It was a busy day hitting that "reset" button.

First thing, had my SF Rock Star. Priorities, you know. Then I did my BootCamp workout. I've noticed quite an improvement since starting. It used to be very hard for me to do the Monday exercises.

Then there was a challenge video: Butt Blaster. Just the name sounded frightening. It brought up thoughts of Colon Blow cereal. Any one remember that commercial from SNL? No? Ok, moving on. Finished exercise and I did feel the burn!

Breakfast: Kashi Go Lean and some skim milk

Time for school with the kids. They did great. I'm really proud of them :)

I made kale chips to go with my lunch. They're so easy and quick to make and you get a load of healthy stuff in them. Gotta get those veggie servings in!

First, you take a bunch of kale, wash it, then cut it into pieces removing the tough stems. I just tear mine apart into pieces.

Second, massage it with 1.5 tsp olive oil and about 1/4 tsp salt. I also add some Italian seasoning herbs. Spread out on cookie sheet. You don't want the kale to overlap.

Last, place in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Check it at 10 minutes. You want it crispy but burned.

Here's our massaged kale ready for the oven. Doesn't it look relaxed after its rubdown with olive oil?
And, tada! Kale chips all nice and crispy!
Lunch: about 3 cups kale chips with a turkey, mustard and cheese sandwich.
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For half of the entire batch of kale chips it's about 2 points or 102.6 calories. And it's good for you!
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After lunch we finished up school and then I did 90 minutes of Just Dance for my cardio portion of the day. Burned 763 calories!! Woohoo!
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Everywhere I turn Zumba keeps popping up. I took it as a sign that maybe I should try it. I talked Rachel in to going with me to the Y. I had a Fiber One bar for a little energy boost.
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When we got to the Y, there was a huge crowd waiting for the class. The place was packed! There were a lot of first-timers besides us.
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Our instructor's name was Arthur. Class got started and we got right to it. Wow! oh WOW! I don't think I've ever shaken my hips that much. LOL It was a LOT of fun but a tough workout at the same time. Sweat was pouring off of every one in there. There was clapping and stomping and jumping and shaking. It was great! I really enjoyed it.
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Arthur mentioned that they're having a Zumbathon this Saturday for two hours. For $15 you get food and a tee shirt. I'm all about the tee shirt but I don't think I could survive two hours of that. It was pretty tough for me. Will I go back? You bet!
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Got home around 8ish and had chili con carne!! mmmmm I added 1/2 cup brown basmati rice and 5 multi-grain crackers. So good! Just follow the link if you want the recipe. You'll have to scroll down some but it's there. :)
For dessert I had a Blue Bunny Aspen bar (frozen strawberry yogurt and granola) It was sinfully delicious and only 150 calories. I found them at Wally World.
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The Numbers:
Calories Burned: 3279
Calorie Intake: 1295
Deficit: -1984 (!!)
Guess I burned off those extra calories from Sunday night!
Steps: 13993
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Have you tried Zumba? Have you ever heard of it?
Here's a video as a little introduction:


Monday, January 25, 2010

Reset Button


Who's done this? You go out to eat and chose the "wrong" things and the next morning feel guilty about it? Raise your hand. I know I'm not the only one who's done this!

Yesterday (Sunday) I was tired the entire day. I had big plans to go to go on a hike but we just never got around to it. We were all feeling lazy and sleepy. I did get my Bootcamp video done. It's an exercise that requires a lot of jumping which is very hard on my joints. I did the best I could but kept moving the entire time and got the heart rate up pretty good!!

Speaking of Bootcamp, this is the last week of the January Bootcamp!!!! I'm so happy to have done every single day plus the bonus challenges. Yeah!!!!

OK, back to what I was talking about. So yesterday I was very tired but I had to get grocery shopping done because I was not going to have time Monday. Got the shopping done (it always takes forever!) and came home to unload groceries. I was getting pretty hungry while shopping so I called my daughter and asked her to put the rice on to cook. Brown rice takes so long! When I got home there was a horrible terrible smell in the house. The rice had burned! Not just a little bit, I'm talking charred! Of course, my daughter felt terrible about it so we just decided to go out to eat. Mexican food. Not the healthiest of options, obviously. :)

Here's where things got ugly and yet tasty. You ready?
*chips and salsa
*queso dip
*1/3 of a chimichanga with grilled chicken
*some rice and beans (maybe half of the serving)
*two large Hurricanes (yes, I said two)
*two and a half sopapillas with honey

I calculated my calories as if I ate the entire meal just to be sure I wasn't missing a hidden calorie somewhere. They're sneaky, you know.

The morning after: wondering what I was thinking. LOL I'm not really upset because I have a RESET BUTTON. Oh, you haven't heard of those? They're absolutely fantastic. I'll share mine with you. All you have to do is exercise to burn off those extra calories and it's like they were never there. RESET!

Overate? Don't fret. RESET! Work those calories off! Go on a longer walk. Do some imaginary jump rope. Take a spin class. Try Zumba. Do an exercise DVD. Get active. Clean house. Everything you do burns calories. Pretty soon, you've hit RESET.

Of course, you don't want a lot of surplus calorie days. I'm just saying if you do slip or overindulge, you don't need to have a pity party or feel like "what's the point". Use your RESET and work those calories off. It's like it never happened. :)

Today I'll be working to get rid of a few surplus. I will NOT feel guilty. It's food, for crying out loud. It's not like I went and kicked somebody's dog. I just had a little too much fun last night. I'll pick right back up today with a good breakfast and lots of activity. No de-railment. No falling off the wagon.

Calories Burned: 2328

Calorie Intake: estimated 3260 (I counted high to make sure I was covered)

Calories Surplus: +932 (it'll be burned off today!)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Voices From the Past

Sometimes I'm guilty of something called "negative talk."

Some statements I've been guilty of either saying out loud or in my head:

  • "My ass is taking over the world."
  • "If I jumped off a bridge I would fly because of my bat wings."
  • "You're never going to lose this weight."
  • "You'll never be able to run a mile."
  • "You've really let yourself go."
  • "I don't like who I am."
  • "I bet every one looks at how fat I am when I walk in a room."
  • "Why can't you be like X? She/he lost weight so easily."
  • "I'll never be able to (fill in the blank)."
  • "Why bother putting on make up or getting dressed up? It's not like it will help you look any better!"

I'm not proud of the things I've said/thought. I'm just being honest with you. I've been making an effort to change negative thoughts for a while. But sometimes......well....they come back.

Just last week I was trying so hard to run. Others seemed to do it without much effort. Why is it so difficult for me? I give it my all and I mean that. I work hard. I push myself. It's still hard.

I have apparently forgotten how far I've come. I found my journal from when I first started to lose weight. I was 250 pounds. By the time I started keeping my journal I had lost about 10-15 pounds. I can't remember and I was too ashamed to actually record my weight.

Here is a picture of me at about the time I started keeping this journal. Some of the words from my journal:

  • "I've lost 7 pounds! Doctor says blood pressure is high."
  • "Today I blew it and went to IHOP. Feeling really bad about that."
  • "Lazy and not feeling like dieting or exercising. Semi-trying to stick with it. Worked out to Biggest Loser #1. Still can't do a lunge or jumping jack. I'm going out to eat."
  • "Paddled 8 miles today. An alligator growled at me!"
  • "Today the scale is my friend: 10# gone. Feel good but am a little tired."
  • "Jumped on trampoline a little. Didn't do any cardio like I should have."
  • "I feel big and heavy today."
  • "No exercise. I feel heavy, big, depressed and sleepy. Chuck ordered a Bodybugg for me!"
  • "Someone commented that it looks like I lost weight!"
  • "not much strength in legs. Struggled w/cardio."
  • "went camping. walked 2 miles. My thighs chafed so bad on the hike and they hurt."
  • "really tired today. Why haven't I lost my tummy yet?! Ate a Cafe Adobe. Oops."
  • "Feel so fat tonight. Will the weight ever come off?"
  • "weight creeping back up!! Did Biggest Loser #1 cardio. Still can't do a lunge or squat or jumping jack. Gotta lose this darn weight!"
  • "actually had some energy today"
  • "Woke up early from panic attacks. better now. Very tired today."
  • "weighed in at 234 for 16# lost. Not bad!"
  • "it hurts to ride a bike. will I ever be in shape?"
  • "Why am I so bummed? Is it because the weight is suffocating? The road seems so long? The weight loss so slow? Oh and xxxxx lost 30#. My weight better come off! Tired of being fat!"
  • "The exercise is really good for my energy and mood."
  • "Blew it!"
  • "OK so the past couple of days I have eaten poorly. Today it caught up with me. I gained 3#"
  • "I did 5 min. walk, 32 min. walk/jog at 12 sec jog/1-2 min. walk. I have to lose that weight!" That was my last entry.

Wow. The depression. The self hate. The negativity. It makes me sad. I wish I could somehow go back in time and comfort that person. I don't even feel like that was me. But it was. I remember writing those words now.

Look at how down I was because I could only jog for 12 seconds!!! Last week I jogged .3 of a mile. It's progress. I've lost 44 pounds. I'm happy. I love me for who I am right this minute....not who I'll be when I lose the weight.

(I need to post a more recent pic. This is from May 2009)

Please don't use negative talk with yourself. Only positive. Keep pushing and never give up. Progress may be slow but it is progress.

I'm keeping my journal. It is a precious reminder of how far I've come and of a place I never want to be in my life again. I'm happy with how far I've come and look forward to pushing myself to progress even further.

I think blogging has been important in the journey as well. I can put my feelings out there and you guys are so supportive and offer suggestions. Thank you!!!

I think I'll go for a nice long walk with my family today and enjoy life. The journey is just as important as the destination.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Old Eating Habits Hurt Now!

Yesterday was gorgeous here in the Houston area. The temp was near 80. The sun was bright and shiny. The sky was blue without a cloud.

I did my BootCamp video then hopped on the treadmill for the C25K Week2Day2 walk/run session. It was easier than the first time I did it. Yeah, I still felt like giving up a couple of times but I didn't. After sweating all over the place I did my Shake Weight workout for the arms. That thing cracks me up but I do feel a burn in the arms if I shake it long enough. (no comments, please. LOL)

Breakfast: oatmeal with a banana and a SF Rock Star (Rock on, Houston!)

Lunch: homemade tomato soup and cheese toast mmmmmm Ultimate comfort food

Then it was time to take the kids to their 4H meeting. Rachel is in the Vet Tech Science program. I have to find a vet who will take her as a volunteer so she can watch and learn. Any one know a willing vet in the Houston area?

After the meeting, it was time for dinner. I was so hungry. I had a No Pudge brownie as a quick snack.

Once a week we go out to eat. At that meal I have whatever I want and don't count a thing. Some people call it a cheat meal. I just call it living. I never feel deprived that way. I never have to think, "Gosh, I'll never be able to have X again because I'm changing how I eat forever." It has worked for me.

Tonight we went to T-Bone Tom's in Kemah. It was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives on TV. Just for kicks I decided to order whatever I wanted but count the calories.

First we shared some fried pickles with Ranch. I had a few. Then I had the chicken fried steak finger basket. It had the steak fingers, steak fries, cream gravy and Texas toast. I had the toast, 3.5 fingers and some fries. To be on the safe side, I counted it as if I had eaten an entire chicken fried steak meal from Chili's.

After the meal, we all started feeling heavy and bloated. Guess our bodies have adapted to eating healthier foods. It wasn't food poisoning or anything like that. It was just a greasy, salty meal. It doesn't even sound good now. If I had it to do over, I would have ordered something else. Something a little healthier? Gasp!!

Perhaps my tastes are changing. My body sure is! When I woke up this morning (Saturday) it felt like I had a hangover. Can you even have a food hangover?

I don't feel guilty about going out. That's just something we do. But I did learn a lesson. :)

After our tummies settled a little last night, we had a family Wii tennis tournament. Chuck won. Then we had a Just Dance dancing tournament. OMG, that was hilarious!!! Rachel won! Then we all watched a movie together. A very nice evening.

This morning I got on the wicked scale just to read my fortune and it said +3 pounds. Now, I know that's just from the greasy, sodium-filled meal. It'll drop back down. But it is a good reminder.


Calories Burned: 2558

Calorie intake estimate: 2662

Calorie SURPLUS: +104 (I'll work it off)

I found my old weight loss journal from when I weighed 250. Wow. I didn't realize how far I've come. I'll share some quotes from it tomorrow.

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Winner of The Spark!

And the winner of The Spark is......
whose comment was "My goal is to develop healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle so that my husband and I can have children and they'll learn to live healthfully too!"
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Congratulations! I hope you find the book as motivating as I did. Email me with your address and I'll get the book out to you: das.schus@sbcglobal.net
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Thursday I worked out my lower half with floor exercises. I'm ever-so-slightly stronger than when I began BootCamp. It's just going to take time to get to where I want to be. I have a mental picture of a strong chick who isn't afraid of anything. I picture her hiking through Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. I see her taking self defense classes. She's the girl version of Jack Bauer except she doesn't have her ass handed to her each week.
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Started my day off with a SF Rock Star (my poison, literally) and a leftover piece of the Rosti Casserole which was awesome!
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Charlie had PE today so I took him to the Y. While he was doing his thing I made out my grocery list.
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Got home then had lunch: homemade tomato soup and a grilled cheese with ham, dijonnaise, and some WW mozzarella cheese. Yum!
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After lunch is when I decided to run and see how far I would go. Mentally I had prepared myself for 1/4th a mile. I wanted to do a half but I was being realistic. I did .3 of a mile! 30% to my goal of running a mile. I can't tell you how excited I'll be to finally reach that mile.
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After running my nose went crazy. I was sneezing and my nose wouldn't stop running. Well it carried on into the evening and I was feeling kind of bleck. I don't know what happened! Allergies? Getting a cold? No clue but it started as soon as I finished running. Exercise is bad for you! LOL
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Chuck was really sweet. He told me not to worry about going to the grocery store; he would take us out to eat. So we went out for Chinese!
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I tried something called Amazing Chicken. It's all white meat chicken sauteed with a ton of veggies (bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, red & green bell peppers, snow peas, etc) in a spicy sauce. I had about half of it over about a cup of brown rice and also a cup of egg drop soup.
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They don't have the nutritional value so I found some other calorie counts for Chinese dishes online and used whatever sounded closest to my dish but used the highest calorie count. Same thing with the egg drop. I've read it's low in calories but on SP it showed it being higher. I went with the higher count just to be safe.
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After dinner we got our fortune cookies. I LOVED my fortune.
So true. :)
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I didn't have a big calorie burn and I ate at the high end of my calorie intake goal. But it's ok. I still had a deficit. I just wasn't feeling that great as the evening wore on. I'm hoping Friday is better but I did wake up still sniffling.
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Hope you all have a wonderful Friday!!! I'll be having another giveaway soon just because I like it.
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Calories Burned: 2343
Calorie Intake: 1584
Calorie Deficit: -759

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I DID it! 30% to Goal!!

I literally have dreams of being able to run a mile without being out of breath or collapsing. In my dreams, it is effortless. It's as easy as if I am taking a leisurely stroll.

Then I wake up. Reality is quite different.

Today I was reading so many posts about people running and how far they go and how good they feel. I want it so badly. I know that I will get there but sometimes I don't see the progress. That is until I think back to when I was 250. It hurt to just live. It hurt to walk to the end of the block. We would try to go on family walks at the state park but have to cut it short because my back would hurt. I'm not that person any more.

But after reading those posts about others running I got up, laced up the shoes, warmed up and ran (jogged) for .3 mile. At first I was disappointed that that was all I could do. But today's bonus challenge on SparkPeople BootCamp is NO NEGATIVE TALK. SO I changed it to: Yeah! I just reached 30% of my goal to run a mile!!!!! And I felt so much better. It's amazing how we talk to ourselves changes our attitudes to positive or negative.

I'm really happy to have ran that distance. Maybe in a couple of weeks I'll be at 50% of my goal. Each little bit is a "step" in the right direction. :)

Thanks for celebrating my victory with me. I look forward to making my dream a reality. It'll happen this year. It will.

Weigh In Results...check it out!

This morning I was actually looking forward to facing the scale. I knew I had been keeping my calorie intake within the guidelines and I had burned a LOT of calories.

The scale said:

-3.1 Pounds!!

Excited is an understatement. I'm so happy to see things moving in the right direction. In 11 more pounds I'll be back to where I derailed last summer.

Did my SP BootCamp video twice since it was only 5 minutes long. It worked the abs which is my weakest area.

Did my C25K Week2Day1 run. I tell ya, I felt like I was going to die. Does this get any easier? I really want to be able to run but right now it is so difficult. I'm not going to give up but it is frustrating sometimes. I don't feel that I am any closer to running 1 mile. I'm sure I'll get there in time. I just want it NOW! :) I also want to be able to cross the finish line for my March 5k. It seems pretty daunting.

I also danced for an hour to Just Dance. I love that game. I cna't help but laugh and smile while doing those goofy moves. I have no rhythm which makes it even funnier. But it's fun and I burn calories.

Rachel made up a batch of No Pudge Brownies. LOOK! I found them in raspberry flavor. Oh yeah. They're good. Reeeeeaaaaal good. For dinner I made a recipe from the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Cooking Light: Rosti Casserole with Baked Eggs. With 5 oz of Gruyere cheese it's absolutely delicious. Even my potato hating son ate all of his. Loved it. After dinner we went out to Swirll fat free frozen yogurt. It's all self serve. You get a cup and fill it up as much as you want with whatever flavored yogurt you want. It's all soft serve. Then you add whatever toppings you want from the topping bar and then they weigh it and charge you based on weight. The kids love going here. I chose snickerdoodle flavor then added kiwi and strawberry. YUM! And it was only 28 calories per ounce. I got 4 oz. Don't know what the deal is but I was starving yesterday. I stayed within my calorie intake guidelines but I felt like a bottomless pit. I was also exhausted from the run. So instead of being tempted by leftover rosti casserole I just went to bed. :)

Calorie Burn (including BMR): 2930

Calorie Intake: 1318

Calorie Deficit: -1612

Reminder: The Spark book giveaway is tomorrow!

http://happytexans.blogspot.com/2010/01/spark-book-giveaway.html



Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday--Just a Day in the Life of a Girl on a Mission

Nothing really exciting to share with you today. I'm still motivated and still sticking to it. My goals are to eat about 1250 calories per day (sometimes it's 1400) and burn 2750 calories per day. That's the goal anyway. :)

Did my BootCamp challenge video first thing so it would be out of the way. Fortunately it was the arms workout which is my favorite. I think I like it because I can actually do it!

Breakfast: Sugar Free Rock Star & Reduced Sugar Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal

Took the kids to their Junior Master Gardener class. They get to do some really cool activities and learn all about plants (which I can kill pretty quickly) but it takes an hour for me to drive there and then the class is 2 hours long. It's only twice a month though. The things we do for our kids.

Got home and had a very late lunch.

Lunch: leftover Creamy Cheese Soup; Country Time Lemonade mix for my water

For cardio I danced for an hour to Just Dance for Wii. I burned 578 calories!

Dinner: baked potato with leftover pulled pork, cheese and some FF Ranch; big salad

Snacks: 100 calorie Klondike bar; 100 calorie popcorn; no sugar added peaches cup

Before I got my shower I made Rachel dance some more with me. I think we did 8 songs. It was fun. She's so much better than I.

Watched Biggest Loser. I was disappointed with how lazy Michael seems. He's really going to have to step it up or he'll be going home. I was also amazed that the lady threw her last two weigh ins! Then lied about it! She ticked off both Bob and Jillian. I bet you anything she has a big loss next week.

Did you know there is a Biggest Loser Resort? Don't expect a relaxing spa experience. noooo. You pay $ 1995 for 1 week or $ 7200 for 7 weeks. Part of me is curious and the other part says, "don't even think about it!" My checkbook sides with the latter. :)

Calories Burned: 2793
Calorie Intake: 1232

Deficit: -1561

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Biggest Loser for a Day

I'm sure you've heard of The Biggest Loser which comes on tonight. I know. I know. Some folks can't stand the show saying that's not realistic to lose 13 pounds in a week or they just don't like the gaming aspect of the show. I don't like the game part but that show has motivated me time and again to keep moving forward....even after I've slipped backwards. It was the motivation that made me look at myself at 250 pounds and decide enough is enough. I look at those people doing things that us larger gals aren't supposed to be able to do and I think, "If they can do it then so can I!" It empowers me. So don't be a hater. ;-)

And Tara is still my homegirl. I'd love to meet her. She can do anything she tries! Remember her?

(Abby pictured below)

I recently read a blog of someone who got to meet Abby and Shay from last season's Biggest Loser. She asked them about their calories while on the show. Both of the ladies said they ate 1200 calories per day and had to burn 5000 calories (for Abby) and 6500 calories (for Shay) per day! That's how they get those great numbers! They also work out 4-6 hours per day. Yikes!

My calorie burn target per day is 2750 which is very reasonable but sometimes difficult for me to reach. A couple of times last week I got into the 3000s.

I've always wondered what it would be like on the Biggest Loser. I've wondered if I would survive. I know Jillian would be perched on a treadmill ready to pounce on me like prey and yelling.....which I'd probably find funny. It always cracks me up when she starts yelling. She would hate me. I've seen the contestants crying from exhaustion and throwing up on their first workout.

I think I'm ready to bring the pain. I want to know what it feels like for one day to burn 5000 calories. I already eat about 1250 calories per day. I just want to know....just one day. I'll have to plan in advance because that will definitely be a "me" day. It'll take time to get that kind of burn. You can be certain that I'll let you know as soon as I do it. I'm sure it'll be soon.

Monday I had to brave the grocery store on MLK Day. All of the kids were home from school and folks were home from work. I guess they all decided to go grocery shopping at once while I was there. It was pure madness.

I did my 10 minute strength training on SP and a bonus challenge video of pilates for the lower body. I could feel the burn in my bum. It is so sore today. Glad to share that with you. :)

Then I did my Week 1 day 3 of C25K. For some reason my legs felt very heavy. I felt like a T-Rex from Land of the Lost running. *boom* *boom* *boom* with each step. With the walk/run combo I got in 2 miles in 30 minutes. I'm wondering if running ever gets easier. Each 60 second jog was tough. I don't get it. Shouldn't I be improving a little?

My goal is to be able to run a mile. I actually have dreams that I'm running that mile and I'm not winded at all. Another goal is to run a 5k with Shelley in March. It'll be great to meet her. Things are going to have to pick up the pace around here if I am to reach either goal!

For fun, here is a picture of me coming up to the finish line of my first 5k in the summer of 2007 when I was 230 pounds. I thought I was going to die. A policeman asked me if I wanted a ride even though I wasn't the last person in the race. I must have looked pretty bad. LOL But I did it and I got a tee shirt and a popsicle. :) I still have that number tag.
After running I did 30 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii. A fun way to boost that calorie burn!

I'm always looking for the 4% fat ground beef but I have trouble finding it. It used to not be a problem! Well look what I found: 2% fat ground beef! It only has 120 calories per 4 oz and 2g of fat. That's practically like having chicken! I used it to make spaghetti last night. Paired it with a big salad and a piece of New York Texas Garlic Toast Lite. That garlic toast melts in your mouth and is sooooo good.

Forgot to mention: found the ground beef at Randall's (a Houston area grocery store). For dessert, I made Hungry Girl's Red Hot Apple Pie in a Cup (2 pts; 140 cals).

That is a big soup bowl. You get a very large portion and the taste is terrific. Love it! Even Rachel and Chuck cleaned theirs. Charlie didn't want one. I'll definitely be making these again. They're super easy too.
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1 med. Fuji apple, cored and cubed
15 red hot candies
1/2 sheet (2 crackers) low fat cinnamon graham crackers
2 Tbs fat free reddi-whip
dash of cinnamon
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Place apple in a microwaveable cup or mug or bowl. Top with red hots. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well. Microwave an additional 1-2 minutes until the apples are soft.
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Once cup is cool enough to handle, mix contents well. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
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Top with 1 of the crushed graham crackers followed by Reddi whip. Sprinkle remaining crumbs of crushed graham cracker on top then a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!
Oh, and it's good.
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1 serving (140 cals; .5g fat; 44mg sodium; 47g carbs; 3.5g fiber; 24.5g sugars; .5g protein) 2 pts
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Calorie Burn: 2971
Calorie Intake: 1408
Deficit: 1563

Monday, January 18, 2010

Just the Stats, Ma'am & Sharing Blogger Love

I feel so loved today. It's like I just got a great big cyber hug.

It made my day today to get a couple of awards from my blogger friends (maybe Froggers for short? Friends+ Bloggers=Froggers). You know how this works. I'm supposed to follow the rules and then pass the award to another blogger. Do you know how many of you have inspired me and given me great tips? LOTS! Look how many blogs are on the honor blog roll on the right of the screen. Yeah, it's a lot.

So instead of following the rules (because I'm really a rebel at heart anyway), I'm giving these awards to all who come here and comment and wish me well and celebrate my victories and encourage me when I'm down. YOU know who you are!

I will be hurt and offended if you don't take these awards and display them proudly on your blog. I MEAN THAT! Do it! Pass the blogger love around. Then let me know so I can read your post. OK? Don't make me come over there! I will! ;-)

I received this beautiful award from the beautiful and amazing Darci at My Road to Weight Loss. I read her blog for about a month before I finally got off my rear and started this journey. She and Marisa at Loser for Life were both very important in getting my rear off the couch. I owe a lot to them. Hugs to you, Darci!!! Thanks for the award.

The Rules:
The rules are that I need to tell you all 7 things you may not know about me, then pass on the award to 7 more beautiful bloggers. (You already know that I've passed this award to YOU if you are reading this!)

1. I have an auto mechanics degree with honors. I was tired of mechanics taking advantage of me and trying to charge me too much. Not any more!

2. I've been married to Chuck for 19 years. Oct. 27th will be 20 years.

3. I'm a terrible housekeeper.

4. I got bit by a copperhead when I was 9 and almost had to have my hand cut off.

5. I've had two C-sections and can't have any more kids. Blessing or curse?

6. I homeschool my 9 year old son and 14 year old daughter.

7. I'm terrified of heights.

8. I plan on taking a pole dancing class when I lose a little more weight.

9. I grew up in the country with horses and a pond and woods and all kinds of creatures.

10. I used to have over 100 chickens when I was kid. They were all named and I would give them parties and put up a Christmas tree for them with gifts.


Your turn! I went over 7 didn't I? Oh well. Let's read your list! Post it and let me know. K?


And thanks to my buddy Anne and fellow Texan at CarbTripper for this "sweet" award. It looked so good that I almost licked the screen when I saw it. Pink icing?! Who can resist?! I love Anne's blog. I really do. Go check it out for yourself.

The rules:
1. Copy the image and display it on your blog.
2. List 10 things that make you happy.
3. Try to do at least one of them today.
4. Pass on the award to 10 (+/-) bloggers who brighten your day.

Are you reading this? Then please accept this award from me. I'm not joking. If you are here, then you're my buddy and I want you to take this award and smack it on your blog for all to see. K?

Happy Texan List:
1. My husband, Chuck. Really, he's just a fantastic guy.
2. My kids. They keep me young at heart and I love them so much.
3. Hiking. Being in the woods recharges my batteries.
4. Watching the scale drop. From a 10 story building.
5. Bloggers. I get laughs, inspiration, motivation and great tips from you guys.
6. Camping. I love my hotel in the woods.
7. Canoeing. It's kind of creepy scary fun. Something about being in murky water where you can't see the bottom. But I love it!
8. The Texas Hill Country. I feel like that was where I was meant to be. So pretty.
9. Reading. I have a thing for books.
10. Margaritas. Period.

Thanks for the awards, guys. I hope to see some people posting these on their blogs. Come on, it would make me happy. :)

The Stats for the week Monday-Sunday: (does not include Saturday because I had a "cheat" meal that I didn't track)

Total Calories Burned: 15662

Calorie Intake: 7856

Deficit: -7806

I did all of my Bootcamp exercises plus the bonus challenges; did all of my cardio plus started the C25K program; burned off a LOT of calories with Just Dance for Wii.

Saw a 3.5 pound loss. I feel happier and very motivated. It was a good week. :)

I'm giving away The Spark book. Just see the post below for details.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Spark Book Giveaway

Have you heard of SparkPeople? It's a FREE web site that has all of the tools you need to lose weight and get in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. There you will have a nutrition tracker with optional meal plan, fitness tracker that plans your workouts and lets you input your own workouts, message boards to get help and inspiration, and Teams where you can join based on location or interest. There are also monthly Boot Camps to motivate you to exercise. All they ask for you to do is 10 minutes of strength per day and 30 minutes cardio 5x a week.


I started using it and joined the January Boot Camp a couple of weeks ago. I lost 3.5 pounds this week! I feel great. I'm happy! I feel like I am reaching my goals. The best part about it is the community. You meet such marvelous folks who cheer you on and want you to succeed. You can even find a "buddy" so you can keep each other accountable.

The book, The Spark, is based upon all of the great advice from the web site. But it's more. It's motivational and it takes the road to a healthy lifestyle one small step at a time. You rejoice in each goal reached. And you can do it!

No matter what plan you are on to lose weight, you can use this book. The motivation alone is worth the price!

Part of the Spark philosophy is to "spread the Spark." In my effort to spread the Spark, I'm giving away THE SPARK book.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me at least one of your goals for yourself.
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Winner will be announced on Friday, January 22, 2010.
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PS: If you join SparkPeople, look me up. I'm DASSCHUS

Weigh In Results....because I'm weak

I know, I know. I wasn't going to weigh in until after the BootCamp Challenge on SparkPeople because the scale can be very discouraging. It doesn't always match the effort that you are giving and that can be depressing!

This morning I got up after having Mexican food and Mexican Hurricanes last night and got on the scale. Why? I have no idea. Maybe because I'm weak for the scale. Whatever the reason I did it.

So I'm down 3.5 pounds!! Yeah, I know. I couldn't believe it! That's a heck of a loss. Now I'm down to 209.2. I'm looking forward to getting down to 195 which was my weight before I derailed in July.

I've been faithful to tracking my calories in and calories burned. I make sure to create at least a 500 calorie deficit per day. I will not lower my calories below 1250 because I just don't think that's reasonable or healthy. At least for me.

I think doing the SparkPeople Bootcamp has been great for my loss as well. We do 10 minutes of strength training per day (doesn't seem like much but I am living in a constant state of soreness so something is getting worked out!) and 30 minutes of cardio 5x per week. I don't feel hungry or deprived.

Well, I'm a happy camper today! :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Creamy Cheese Soup (6 pts); Crockpot Pulled Pork (3 pts); Broccoli Crunch (1 pt)

Yesterday I got in my Just Dance for Wii. OMG! This game is a freakin' blast. I love it! You just need your regular Wii controllers. Up to 4 people can play together. You can't helped but laugh when you are doing these dances. It's a lot of fun and it's a great cardio workout. I was sweating and breathing heavy.

After about an hour I had burned 665 calories. I'd rather burn my calories using this than an exercise DVD! Loads of fun. Really. I'll have to post a picture of us doing this. I had to force the kids to do it with me but I think they enjoyed it too. They were self conscious about dancing. :)




The healthy life is going great. I've been tracking everything and watching my calorie burn. I've been faithful to the SparkPeople BootCamp and have completed all workouts plus the bonus challenges plus the cardio.

I've also started the Couch25K program. I'm on Week 1 Day 2 right now. It's tough for me. I don't think I'm a natural runner but I really want to be able to run a 5k. I keep having dreams that I run a mile without breathing hard or struggling. I know I'll get there eventually.

I have some YUMMY recipes for you! The Crockpot Pulled Pork is my favorite. Oh it's so good. It really tastes like it should be high calorie and high points but it's not!

Creamy Cheese Soup (6 pts; 272 calories) It may seem a little high in points but you get a HUGE serving: 1 1/2 cups. It's very filling and good. I served it with some crackers and a salad. Follow the link if you'd like the recipe.



Crockpot Pulled Pork (3 pts; 219 calories) The calorie/point count does not include the bun. It's just for a 3 oz serving of pork. That's it.

This stuff is so incredible. Do yourself a favor and make this! It would be heavenly on a baked potato. It makes a lot but you can freeze half of it. Incredible flavor. It really doesn't taste low point! My favorite BBQ sauce to use for this is Cattlemen's Steakhouse BBQ Sauce. That's what I used to figure out the calories/points. Cattlemen's is 60 calories per Tbs. If you use something else you will need to take that into account. Follow the link above for the recipe.


Broccoli Crunch Casserole (1 pt; 103.7 calories)

This is a lot like a broccoli cheese casserole but light on the cheese. It's very good and looks pretty plus you get a large serving. This recipe makes 8 servings. Whatever size casserole dish you use, just divide it into eighths. I think it tastes best with a little more salt. A very good, easy side dish to make. Follow the link above for the recipe.


I've been good about NOT weighing in. I want to wait until the end of the BootCamp because the scale can be such a downer. I did sneak a peak though. It was early. I had just woken up so my eyes weren't working right just yet and I don't have a digital scale. I could see that there was a loss though!

Yesterday I burned 3292 calories and only consumed 1302 calories! That's a deficit of 1990 calories. If science is correct, that means I lost over half a pound yesterday. :) Very happy about that.

Here's a list of the calorie deficits for the week thus far:

Monday: 982
Tuesday: 1169
Wednesday: 908
Thursday: 901
Friday: 1990

TOTAL: 5950
That equals 1.7 pounds. :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I think we're going to go bowling since the weather is so nasty and we can't go for a hike.

FYI: Leslie Sansone's Walk At Home-Walk Your Belly Flat (2009) is on sale at Amazon for only $7.99!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Shake Weight Winner

And the winner is.....
AMANDA!!!!

Congratulations to Amanda. Thank you to all who entered. There will be another giveaway in the very near future.

Amanda, please email me your address: das.schus@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Goal

Things have been going great with the Bootcamp workouts. Wednesday I started my training for the 5k in March that I plan to run with Shelley. Hi, Shelley! I figure I'll be on week 7 of the 9 week Couch 2 5k prgoram by then so I should be ok.

I am NOT going to weigh myself until the end of the Bootcamp. The scale just depresses me anyway. I can tell you that I feel a lot better! Thursday is my normal weigh in day and I'm having a tough time staying away from that scale for a sneak peak.

It's probably better that I don't peak. Today I went into a dressing room to try on some clothes. It didn't go well. I feel like I need a hug after that experience. It was quite traumatic for me. Hello?! Dressing room designers: please make the lighting friendlier. I swear those rooms were designed by the devil.

New Goal: make the dressing room my friend.

Glad I got that off my chest. It was bothering me.

Last night I made a really good and easy dinner. Took some Pilgrim's Pride grilled chicken and put it on top of some brown rice that I mixed with Laughing Cow cheese and spinach. Also topped the chicken with some Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce. SO good! I also found some fresh veggies in a beg at Kroger int he produce section. All you have to do is toss the bag in the microwave! I added some spray butter and some garlic powder. Added a slice of bread because I just wanted some. :)
Wednesday:
Calories Burned: 2358
Calorie intake: 1450

Deficit of 908.

Why is it soooo easy to gain weight but soooo difficult to lose it? *sigh* Oh well. We're worth the effort. :)

PS: Don't forget about entering the Shake Weight Giveaway. I'll announce a winner tomorrow, Friday Jan. 15, 2010.

Sex is Good for You

Let's explore some of the more fun aspects of living a healthier life. Shall we?


Sex as an anti-depressant:
"Research has suggested that semen may have anti-depressant properties. In studies, women who did not use condoms but instead absorbed semen vaginally sustained a better mood. Research has not demonstrated that the semen is the cause or simple correlates with the ultimate cause of the difference in mood between women who use condoms and those that do not."


Low in calories:
"The average ejaculate contains about 3-5mL of fluid, is comprised of mostly sugars and various proteins. Overall, each ejaculate is between 5 and 7 calories. " from wiki answers.
"The components of semen come from two sources: sperm, and seminal plasma. Seminal plasma, in turn, is produced by contributions from the seminal vesicle, prostate, and bulbourethral glands. Seminal plasma of humans contains a complex range of organic and inorganic constituents. The seminal plasma provides a nutritive and protective medium for the spermatozoa during their journey through the female reproductive tract. "


Relieves Stress:
A big health benefit of sex is lower blood pressure and overall stress reduction. In a study, 24 women and 22 men kept records of their sexual activity. Then the researchers subjected them to stressful situations -- such as speaking in public and doing verbal arithmetic -- and noted their blood pressure response to stress.
Those who had intercourse had better responses to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.


Boosts Immunity:
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections. More than three times a week and you lose that immunity boost. Sorry.


Burns Calories:
Thirty minutes of fun can burn 85 calories or more. My bodybugg says a 45 minute session burned 91 calories. May not sound like a lot but it can add up over time. 42 half hour sessions would burn about 3570 calories: enough to lose a pound!


Better Cardiovascular Health:
Researchers found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half for the men, compared with those who had sex less than once a month. Some older folks may worry about stroke but frequency of sex was not associated with stroke in a study of 914 men who were followed around for 20 years.


Boosts Self Esteem:
"Boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex, collected by University of Texas researchers. Those who already have self-esteem say they sometimes have sex to feel even better and great sex begins with self-esteem, and it raises it. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it."


More Feelings of Intimacy:
"Having sex and orgasms increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps us bond and build trust. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of North Carolina evaluated 59 premenopausal women before and after warm contact with their husbands and partners ending with hugs. They found that the more contact, the higher the oxytocin levels."


Reduces Pain:
As the hormone oxytocin surges, endorphins increase, and pain declines. So if your headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms seem to improve after sex, you can thank those higher oxytocin levels.


Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk:
Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life. Men who have five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third. It was also found that frequent ejaculations, 21 or more a month, were linked to lower prostate cancer risk in older men, as well, compared with less frequent ejaculations of four to seven monthly.


Better Sleep:
The oxytocin released during orgasm also promotes sleep, according to research. And better sleep leads to better moods, maintaining a healthy weight and better blood pressure. At least you know why he falls to sleep instantly.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What Does Bootcamp Look Like? & new product to try

The SparkPeople BootCamp is going great! I can tell by the exercise which body part is going to be sore the next day. Thursday my abs will be sore. :)

Curious what a week in bootcamp looks like? Well, even if you're not I'm going to tell you anyway.

Sunday: do exercise video for 10 minute cardio (it was tough for me. see if you can do it!)
Monday: do 8 minute lower body with ball workout plus 30 minutes of cardio of your choice
Tuesday: 8 minute upper body with ball workout plus 30 minutes of cardio if your choice
Wednesday: 5 minute core workout with ball (I do it twice) plus 30 minutes of cardio
Thursday: 10 minute lower body workout plus 30 minutes of cardio of your choice
Friday: 6 minute upper body workout with ball plus 30 minutes of cardio if your choice
Saturday: 15 minute abs workout

Each day has a different bonus challenge. It can be as simple as eating more fiber for the day to eating a salad to doing an extra workout video. The exercise routine repeats weekly for the month of January.

I've decided not to weigh myself until after the challenge. The scale can be cruel even when we are putting our best efforts out there. One thing for sure is that I am feeling great!

At this point in my weight loss journey I have lost 37 pounds. Yesterday I had to get 30 pounds of ice to take to Rachel's chemistry class. I was thinking how heavy those 30 pounds were while carrying them to the van when it hit me like a ton of bricks: this is how much weight you have lost! Actually, I've lost more but still. I can't believe that was hanging off of me. And I still have a long way to go. I can't imagine how much lighter I'm going to feel.

When you start to feel bad about not losing enough weight, try picking up something that weighs as much as you have lost. It's a real eye opener. Think of a box of butter. That's a pound! I've lost 37 boxes of butter. LOL

I have also been tracking my food religiously. I know me and I know that I will not track in the future. So why even start? Because I am using this as a tool to get to my goal. If I ever need to cut back on some pounds I can pick up that tool (tracking) and get right back to where I need to be. It will also teach me about portion sizes and what healthy eating looks like. It should become second nature to me.

Yesterday, right before dinner, I almost had a binge happen. I was really hungry but didn't want to eat anything because dinner was going to be ready in 20 minutes. I ate a small piece of chocolate (and tracked it) and that was almost it for me. Then I grabbed a handful of cereal (tracked it lol) and was so ready to go berserk in the pantry. But I remembered something I saw on Biggest Loser once. They said to eat a piece of gum to help curb cravings. I did and, sure enough, it worked!! I was shocked. Disaster averted.

Speaking of dinner, I picked up some Gorton's Grilled Lemon Peppercorn Tilapia at the grocery store yesterday. They were really, really good! Even the kids ate all of theirs and would have eaten more had I bought more. They are only 80 calories each or 2 points. I paired it with a salad with some spray dressing and some Green Giant steamers corn in butter sauce. Also had a Sister Shubert whole wheat roll. They're found in the freezer section at the store. They are 140 calories so beware.

Go to the Gorton's web site to see the nutritional info and print out a coupon to get some of your own.


Not only have I been tracking my foods religiously but I have also been wearing my trusty bodybugg again.
Here's the math for Monday and Tuesday:
Calories burned: 4650
Calorie intake: 2499

Calorie deficit: 2151

If I need to burn 3500 calories to lose a pound, I have 1349 calories left to burn. I love science!

Hope you are doing something each day for you because you are worth it RIGHT NOW, not when you reach a certain number on the scale.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feeling Meh

"I'm not sick but I'm not well." Lyrics by Lit. That pretty much describes how I'm feeling today. I'm not exactly sick but I just don't feel so great. Hard to explain. It makes it where I don't want to do anything but sit around but I have so much to do. Enough complaining. :)

I've been a little obsessed with these breakfast sammies lately. Take 1/4 cup egg substitute, 1 Laughing Cow cheese wedge and 1 Tbs of bacon bits (25 cals per Tbs) and put in bowl. Microwave for about a minute and put on 100 calorie english muffin. SO good and so filling! And it's done in less than 5 minutes.

A couple of weeks I got eyelash extensions done at Ulta. The chick took 5 hours to put them on and they just weren't as full as they should have been. Yesterday I went to a different place and had her fix them up pretty and she only charged me $30! No mascara and I have beautiful full lashes. I LOVE them. :)

Each day I want to do something for me. I'm bad about taking care of myself. I wear the same thing day in and day out. Doing something for me doesn't have to be anything major. It can be something as simple as shaving my legs or putting on eye wrinkle eraser or something like that. Even whitening my teeth or trimming my toenails!

Yesterday I had my eyelashes done. Today I am whitening my teeth (actually doing it while I type this entry) This is besides doing the bootcamp at SparkPeople.com which is the biggest thing I could do for myself!

Bootcamp is going great. I haven't missed a single day. Today I really don't feel like doing the cardio but I am going to do it anyway. I know I would be disappointed in myself if I didn't do it.

I've been staying on plan and watching what I eat. I've also started wearing my Bodybugg again and monitoring calories burned. And tomorrow I am starting the Couch 2 5K program because I want to run with my buddy over at My Journey to Fit.

That's about it for today. Sorry but I'm just not feeling the blogger vibes right now. I'm going to bed early and getting rest. Hopefully I'll feel back to the same old me tomorrow.

Stay tuned for a fun little article about the benfits of sex for your health and don't forget to enter the Shake Weight giveaway posted below. Winner announced this Friday!