Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Life is kinda intense right now and even though I just picked up Winning by Losing, I'm seriously wondering when I will have time to read it. Anyways....I am still reading blogs like crazy and wanted to share a few gems with everyone.
Jack is always inspiring and motivating in his own way. Sorry, Carrie Underwood
I don't watch The Doctors but they just had a show on Weight Loss Secrets Here is a link to the pdf for 52 Ways to Lose Weight All Year Long
Lastly, if you haven't seen Tyler and his amazing progress. Go now!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Here's the important stuff from the article!
Take a look at our 25 tips below for eating healthfully, fitting exercise into your busy day and revamping your daily routine. Start by picking five changes that you're sure you can tackle and practice them this week. Then try another five next week.
Not every idea is right for everyone, so experiment and see what works for you. Lots of little changes can yield big weight-loss results-and a healthier new you!
1. Good things come in small packages.
Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are
2. Get "water-wise."
Make a habit of reaching for a glass of water instead of a high-fat snack. It will help your overall health as well as your waistline. So drink up! Add some zest to your six to eight glasses a day with a twist of lemon or lime.
3. Herb it up.
Stock up your spice rack, and start growing a small herb garden in your kitchen window. Spices and herbs add fantastic flavor to foods without adding fat or calories.
4. Slim down your soup.
Make a big batch of soup and refrigerate it before you eat it. As it cools, the fat will rise to the top and can be skimmed off the surface.
5. Doggie-bag that dinner.
At restaurants that you know serve large portions, ask the waiter to put half of your main course in a take-home box before bringing it to your table. Putting the food away before you start your meal will help you practice portion control.
6. Listen to your cravings.
If you're craving something sweet, eat something sweet-just opt for a healthier nosh (like fruit) instead of a high-calorie one like ice cream. The same goes for crunchy cravings-for example, try air-popped popcorn instead of high-fat chips. It's just smart substitution!
7. Ease your way into produce.
If you're new to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, start slowly. Just add them to the foods you already enjoy. Pile salad veggies into your sandwiches, or add fruit to your cereal.
8. Look for high-fat hints.
Want an easy way to identify high-calorie meals? Keep an eye out for these words: au gratin, parmigiana, tempura, alfredo, creamy and carbonara, and enjoy them in moderation.
9. Don't multi-task while you eat.
If you're working, reading or watching TV while you eat, you won't be paying attention to what's going into your mouth-and you won't be enjoying every bite. Today, every time you have a meal, sit down. Chew slowly and pay attention to flavors and textures. You'll enjoy your food more and eat less.
10. Taste something new.
Broaden your food repertoire-you may find you like more healthy foods than you knew. Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had plantain, pak choi, starfruit or papaya?).
11. Leave something on your plate at every meal.
One bite of bagel, half your sandwich, the bun from your burger. See if you still feel satisfied eating just a bit less.
12. Get to know your portion sizes.
It's easy to underestimate how much you're eating. Today, don't just estimate things-make sure. Ask how much is in a serving, read the fine print on labels, measure your food. And learn portion equivalents: One serving of pasta, for instance, should be around the size of a tennis ball.
13. Don't give up dips.
If you love creamy dips and sauces, don't cut them out of your food plan completely. Just use low-fat soft cheese and mayo instead of the full fat stuff.
14. Make a healthy substitution.
Learn to swap healthier foods for their less-healthy counterparts. Today, find a substitution that works for you: Use skim or low-fat milk instead of whole milk; try whole-wheat bread instead of white.
15. Bring lunch to work tomorrow.
Packing lunch will help you control your portion sizes. It also provides a good alternative to restaurants and takeaways, where making healthy choices every day can be challenging (not to mention expensive).
16. Have some dessert.
You don't have to deny yourself all the time. Have a treat that brings you pleasure, but this time enjoy it guilt-free be-sure you're practicing portion control, and compensate for your indulgence by exercising a little more or by skipping your afternoon snack.
17. Ask for what you need.
Tell your mother-in-law you don't want seconds. Ask your other half to stop bringing you chocolates. Speak up for the place with great salads when your co-workers are picking a restaurant for lunch. Whatever you need to do to succeed at weight loss, ask for it-make yourself a priority and assert yourself.
18. Improve your treadmill technique.
When walking on a treadmill, don't grip the rails. It's fine to touch them for balance, but you shouldn't have to hold on. If you do, that might be a signal you should lower the intensity level.
19. Simon says... get fit.
Here's an easy way to fit in exercise with your kids: Buy a set of 1 lb weights and play a round of Simon Says-you do it with the weights, they do it without. They'll love it!
20. Make the most of your walks.
If your walking routine has become too easy, increase your effort by finding hills. Just be sure to tackle them at the beginning of your walk, when you have energy to spare.
21. Shop 'til you drop...pounds!
Add a workout to your shopping sessions by walking around the mall before your start spending. And try walking up the escalator-getting to your destination faster will be an added bonus.
22. Walk an extra 100 steps at work.
Adding even a little extra exercise to your daily routine can boost your weight loss. Today, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or stroll down the hall to talk to a co-worker instead of sending an email or calling.
23. Brush your teeth after every meal and snack.
This will be a signal to your mouth-and your mind-that it's time to stop eating. Brushing will also give your mouth a nice fresh taste that you'll be disinclined to ruin with a random chip. At work, keep a toothbrush with a cover and toothpaste in your desk drawer.
24. Clean your closet.
First, it's great exercise. Second, it's an important step in changing your attitude. Get rid of all the clothes that make you look or feel bad. Throw out anything that's too big-don't give yourself the option of ever fitting into those clothes again. Move the smaller clothes up to the front to help motivate you. Soon, you'll be fitting into those too-tight jeans you couldn't bear to part with.
25. Take your measurements.
You might not like your stats now, but you'll be glad you wrote them down when you see how many inches you've lost. It's also another way to measure your success, instead of just looking at the scale. Sometimes even when the numbers on the scale aren't going down, the measurements on your body are.
I did horribly when my cousin was in town. We ate out every night and went out on the town on saturday. I had my fair share of alcohol and then some. Ugh.
This week I'm all about getting back on track. I need to really buckle down and do this program the right way. I know it works!
So here's to a new week!
Current weight: 244lbs. :(
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
1/4/10 = 173.5
So I have lost 8 pounds :) I'm really happy that I am keeping up with the food journal and starting to work out. Its not much of a work out just because I'm taking it slow because of high blood pressure,but I will get were I want to be very soon. I can't wait to see everyones results of your hard work..
Robin, AKA hkprettyinpink
Monday, January 18, 2010
"Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the Courage to change the things I can
and the Wisdom to know the difference."
Friday, January 15, 2010
I bought a book last night called Change your Food, Change your Mood and bought some vitamins. So far it's pretty interesting. I bought some little packets of almonds at Trader Joes (200 cal) that I plan to keep with me at school for snacking - a little high in points though, not so sure if I should have those but if I mix them with fresh fruit and keep lunches "light" I should do ok. I need to start making wraps for lunch at school for 3 pts and not resort to a quick taco salad which I am sure could easily exceed 8 points, its just not smart. I am also going to focus on not eating after dinner at all, just keep it to water and hot tea. That's one of my biggest challenges & where I think I get into the most trouble.
I need to develop some more hobbies, yet I know studying will keep me busy until the middle of March. After that maybe focusing on hobbies & taking one class will be a good mix. Sometimes just juggling school & the kids can be stressful...I just need to learn to deal with it in a healthy way and not overeat.
Some ideas on dealing with stress:
- Take a short walk with the dog.
- Go to the gym and do 30 min on the elipitical
- Take a bath
- Go to bed early
- Find time for fun :) - play cards with the girls, play with the dog, listen to music.
Any other ideas on dealing with stress in a healthy way???
Please share your ideas and thoughts...How are all of you doing??? Roll Call?????
Good Morning and Happy Friday
Julie (in Oregon)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Lunch: Smart One Three Cheese Mac =6 points
snack: spiced tea with suger free creamer= 4 points
Dinner: Chicken breast on whole wheat with lettuce and pickle and spicy mustard.=10 points
I bought The Biggest Loser for the Wii today and did the warm up and it kicked my butt! Hope to do more tomorrow.
I have almost drank all my required water. No Milk for today and I will take my Vitamin tonight before bed.
I really want to kick the work outs this week into high gear to make sure I keep losing weight and a nice pace ;) I can tell you I am sore from the warm up, thats so sad to admit..lol..
How is everyone doing on their plans? love to hear from you guys.. what your eating and what kind of work outs your doing.. have a great week all.
Robin , Aka HKprettyinpink
I turned on Lady Gaga on my itunes computer...she's kind of crazy but her music is lifting my spirits a little already! What do your do to lift your moods? For me weight gain seems to follow those feelings of depression....so I have to fight this, I have to begin again to appreciate each day and make the most of my life.
What uplifting music do love?
What do you do to lift your spirits?
I was just reading about the earthquake in Haiti - I think a prayer would do me some good as well!
Enjoy your day. Smile. Give someone a big hug today.
Off to the orthodontist with my youngest.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I'm really hoping I'm not hitting a plateau. Not this close to hitting 100lbs lost. That would suck.
All I can do is continue to stay on plan. Later this week, my mom, sister, and I are supposed to be getting Y-passes. So, that should be nice. I don't work out near as much as I should!!
Well good luck this week ladies! Skinny vibes to all! <3
I am not going to wiegh my self daily this week. when I get on the Wii I will not do the body test just the exercise section.
I hope that everyone has better results than I did week one.
YEA Robin for the for the 6 lbs lost.
Sharon aka Wyfie4eva
Today I'm at school from 8 am to 1 pm but plan to get out to do a 3 mile loop by 2pm...that's my plan :)
What's will you do?
Let's GET MOVING!!
Monday, January 11, 2010
I was aiming high this week, but since it is the first week I really didn't consider my 3 pound goal an impossibility. So I'm just hugely depressed about the whole thing and have somehow not taken out my frustration with chocolate and french fries.
I promise to stop whining about it.....tomorrow. I'm getting ready to try out FatSecret on the iTouch.
Total Calories: 1010
This is some of what I ate
This is exactly what I ate
Wanted to drop in and spill a little bit. Well I have to confess I have not walked, play the Wii fit all week like I said I would! Aunt Flow come a calling and she is killing me, hence the reason for not wanting to move. I really hope in the next day or so I can get my fat ass on the treadmill and start walking because just the watching what I eat is not going to cut it. I have done great all week with staying within my points :) thats a big plus. Tomorrow is weigh in day but I'm pretty worried the scale will not move because of Aunt Flow and her stupid water weight game we have going on.But thats ok, because I know I have been working the plan :) and really trying hard to eat very healthy. I did get a scale so I have been weighing my food and I use measuring cups for food portions. In fact I am becoming OCD with it. I also have cut out all sugar and next is the evil white processed flours and such. It will be a whole wheat or i'm not eating it. As I write I am cooking a 14lbs turkey i;m going to cut up and freeze the meat for when I need it, well of coarse the family will want some tonight,but im using the meat for my WW meals. I am really trying to be prepared with my meals and it really working. making two shopping lists, one for me and one for my super skinny family. Freezing food,meal menus a day in advance helps alot. and fat free popcorn is a god send :) I eat it if I am running out the door in a hurry and have not had lunch. Let me hear from everyone here and how you are doing .
Robin, AKA Hkprettyinpink
Saturday, January 9, 2010
- 1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup diced celery
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 small can diced green chilies
1/4 cup chopped raw onion
1 can Kidney Beans
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
3 tsp ground Cumin Seed
6 tsp Chili powder
Brown ground beef and drain.
Add all ingredients to crock pot and stir. Set on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours so the spices have a chance to really stew.
Serve hot with cheese if you would like.
Weight Watchers: 3 Points
Number of Servings: 8
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SCRAPPYMOMMY.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
1 package Green Giant Family Size Cauliflower & Three Cheese Sauce (freezer aisle)
2 cups uncooked Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Blend Rotini Pasta (or another whole-wheat or whole-wheat-blend pasta)
3 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
Optional: salt and black pepper, to taste
Directions: Prepare pasta according to the instructions on the box, and then drain well and set aside. While pasta is cooking, place contents of the cauliflower & sauce package in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave for 12 - 16 minutes, until sauce has melted and cauliflower is hot.
Once the bowl is cool enough to handle, remove it from the microwave and add cooked pasta. Set aside. Unwrap cheese wedges and place in a small microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 30 seconds.
Stir until smooth, and then add to the bowl. Mix thoroughly, ensuring that the Laughing Cow cheese is evenly distributed and the pasta and cauliflower are coated in cheese sauce. If you like, season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1 cup Calories: 202 Fat: 4.5g Sodium: 825mg Carbs: 36g Fiber: 5g Sugars: 6g Protein: 8.5g
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
- In a medium bowl beat butter for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour.
- Cover and chill dough for 30-60 minutes
- Preheat oven to 375. Combine sugar and cinnamon.Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake 9-11 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.
Makes 36 cookies
WW Points: 1.5 per cookie
GottagetShrunk made awesome progress in just a year. You must look at her progress pics on the side bar. She looks amazing!
RecipeGirl is heading up a Ten in 10 Challenge and posted this WW friendly Chocolate Cake. It looks delicious.
Jackfit has lost a lot of pounds and looks great! You hafta read his milestone rewards....too funny.
GetInTheHotSpot isn't about weight it's about life. Great post on 33 Things life's too short for
Get your January Motivational Calendar at thewwchick.
Lastly, I moved my daily journal to a blog here
keep on keeping on
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Motivational Things for Weight Loss
1) I deserve this!
2) I can do this and I will do this!
3) If I give up, I'm only letting myself down
4) I can lose the weight!
5) I want to be healthy
6) If I keep up with this, I'll be happier in the long run
7) I will track everything I eat
8) Fast food is NOT the answer
9) If I'm not hungry, I shouldn't be eating
10) I will NOT give up!!
There's my list! :o)
Also I forgot to post my starting weight yesterday!
Starting Weight: 242lbs
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Starting Weight: 202.8Starting BMI: 36.5
Ten Percent Goal: 20.2
These numbers don't really surprise me. I gained 17 pounds last year....so not good. I did change my goal by a few pounds and may change it a little more when I get closer to goal. No big rush I'll be here for a while =)
I did about 30 minutes of Boxing on the Wii Fit and I am Exhausted. Maybe on my days off work I just need to space it out do 15 min here and 15 min there and another 15 min somewhere else. I don't want to lose the desire to work out on it by overdoing it.
I am excited about this journey I am taking with all you Ladies. I look forward to seeing your success more so I think than my own. I love seeing people succeed. Have a Blessed Day!
May GOD give us each the stength to with stand the pressures of Life that cause us to loose the desire and will power to become healthier women. May HE stand by each one of us and help us through this journey we are undertaking together. May HE bless us this week with all our goals for the week not just in our weight loss journey but in all areas of our lives.
In JESUS name I pray AMEN.
Well I weigh this morning and the scale said 171.5 for my official number for the first day of our journey . I am really excited to finally start on the Weight Watcher road. We will be doing weekly weigh ins every Tuesday so come on ladies and step on those scales :) its a wonderful day in the with WW world.
Robin, AKA hkprettyinpink
Monday, January 4, 2010
So I am starting this journey with a starting weight of 173.5 ...... Ready to see my old body.
Robin, AKA hkprettyinpink
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
Just wanted to Introduce my self. I am Wyfie4eva on BB however my Name is Sharon. I am 37 years young and I have been overweight my whole life. I am Happily married to a wonderful man who loves me just as I am and we have a 12 yr old son who also loves me just as I am. In 2008 I weighed 220 and made the decision to really try and loose weight. I lost weight however I didn't really do much. I went from drinking a lot of regular soda to a lot of diet soda, the caffeine helps the migraines I get. I actually went down to 185lbs just by switching. WOW that's like 35lbs right? Well I am slowly gaining back, my scale says 188lbs, My Wii Fit says 183lbs however the last time I went to the Dr. the scale said 192lbs so....guess what I'm still not healthy which ever weight is correct.
Thought I had sleep apnea so went to a sleep specialist and found out I don't have sleep apnea, I actually have Restless leg Syndrome and that I am not using but 80% of my lung capacity. The weight I carry is all in my stomach, kinda look like I'm pregnant, I'm not :(. Dr said my fat is pushing up on my lungs and making it hard for me to breathe esp at night. Which is why I have trouble sleeping.
All that said I need to loose about 30lbs, however I would like to loose between 40lbs and 50lbs. which would put me some where between 130lbs and 140lbs.
For the last 3 years I have had a job where I walk a lot sometimes up to 20 miles a day think my average is 10 miles a day though when I work. So I have been getting excercise all along just think my eating habits aren't what they should be. I also due to my sleeping problems have no desire no energy to do any exercising other than what I do at work.
My son got a Wii Fit Plus for Christmas and I've been on it every day this past week. Some days I do more than others however I am going to get rid of this weight so I can be heathier for my family.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
1 can pure pumpkin
2 cups skim milk
2 packages fat free, sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
1 small tub fat free cool whip
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Mix milk and pudding together, let set up a bit. Add rest of ingredients and refrigerate.
5 Can Soup
1 can creamed corn
1 can minestrone soup
1 can mixed vegetables (drained)
1 can rotel
1 can ranch style beans (drained)
Combine all cans together in big bowl. You may cook now or keep it in the fridge and warm up each time you want it.
1 box sugar free devil's food cake mix
1 can pure pumpkin
Add pumpkin to cake mix. DO NOT ADD ANY INGREDIENTS LISTED ON BOX!! The mix will be really thick, this is okay. Fill a papercup lined muffin pan with mix. Cook according to box.
Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken
2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut up into 1" chunks (if they're large I use two)
12oz jar salsa
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 small can of mexicorn
Add all ingredient, except corn into a crockpot. Cook on low for 8hrs or high for 4hrs. Add the corn during the last hour of cooking. Enjoy by itself or in a tortilla topped with light sour cream and cheese.
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The Wendi plan is something that I learned about from girls at Weight Watchers meetings many years ago and found it to really work when I had stopped lossing weight. I shows how you need to eat a little more sometimes to get your body to burn fat. Let me know what you think about this plan.
Robin , AKA Hkprettyinpink
less than 150 pounds- 20 Points per day
150-174- 22 Points
175-199- 24 Points
200-224- 26 Points
225-249- 28 Points
250-274- 30 Points
275-299- 31 Points
300-324- 32 Points
325-349- 33 Points
350+ 34 Points
(Adjust your points as you loose weight)
Chris had posted how to calculate your daily points on a previous post which is fantastic because I always love to know how things work. I ran across this information in my old WW books and wanted to post it for anyone that needed it. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Robin, aka Hkprettyinpink
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Well I went online and bought my 2010 WW books at 4am this morning , so I am hoping they will be here by our start date of Jan 5,2010. I also decided I will go ahead and sign up for the online and may pay per use to go to a couple meetings just to see what it is like. I think I should really try all my options at this point Just to make sure I have all the tools I need.
I have bought a new journal to write down my food,points,grocery list,food menus to put in my knitting bag . I know that my kit will come with the Journal but I always have to have a back up , in case I forget one at home . I'm still looking for a food scale and may have to go into the mall to a cooking store to find one I like. Is anyone else using a food scale for portions? I'm so excited that we all our doing this together and encourage everyone to put of helpful links if you find them. We all need any help we can get. I will be putting stuff on my personal blog too if you want to check there also. It is www.prettyinpinkknittykittypalace.blogspot.com
Sitting here the other day I was thinking about my rewards system for myself for my weight loss. And I have decided that it will be a new charm for my Brighton Bracelet that my honey got me for mothers day this year. it will be a visual reminder of my hard work.
well I'm off to clean house and wait for my parents to get here . Talk to you ladies later.
Robin, aka Hkprettyinpink ;)