Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gone and Done It

I signed up for WW yesterday. I lied about my current weight, I gave them my weight on February 8, cuz I want credit for my work so far, so it will look like I lost more weight than I actually did when I weigh in on Sunday. After that, WW will know the whole truth.
I have taken advantage of the last two days of being sick to really get to know the site. It's pretty cool, my only complaint is it is a bit slow to respond.
I haven't felt up to exercise the last two days, but I feel like I might be able to do 15 minutes or so later tonight.
Thanks to Jamie's prodding and good example, I had my meal's recorded since Monday and got them all entered in to my food tracker. I've been doing good with points, thanks to Trish's posts on WW Dinners.
I am headed to Walgreens for a cold remedy and a seamstress measuring tape. I am so motivated to lose this weight and become a healthier me once and for all!

Body Bugg Yourself!

If the pedometer idea sounded cool to you, Save Your Money!!! No really, save and save. My pedometer is cool, but the BodyBugg is so much cooler. Way more expensive but WAY MORE COOL. Popular Science wrote THIS ARTICLE about it. For now, I am satisfied with what I've got going on for my eating and fitness plan. But if I wasn't going to do Weight Watchers and I didn't JUST get a pedometer, I would seriously consider the BodyBugg. If you go to THEIR SITE you can see what your calorie requirements you have based on your resting metabolic rate and read all about it. Weird (and Cool) science for sure. You go to their website and track calories that you've eaten. This is the tool to make sure you are burning more calories than you eat, which is how we all lose weight, or don't.
I heard about this cool thing on a WW message board. Apparently some are trying to use a BodyBugg while on WW. Looks like it is a bit of overload trying to track your meals in two places, though.
I won't be getting one and I'm cool with that. But still, I did get excited that they have come up with something that is 92% accurate, for a fairly reasonable cost. I think they are about $200 and they come with 6 months membership on the website. There are cousins to this product as well (SenseWear and GoWearFit). This isn't a commercial, after all.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Jamie, I'm trying!

Here is the Meal Plan Worksheet I'm attempting to fill out with Jamie. I'm having such a terrible time getting it done, though. I'm a terrible planner. I think I'll have to fill it in as I go!
(I borrowed the template idea from Gayle at the Grocery Cart Challenge but have expanded it to add snacks.)

A Few Other Measures

I have been reading my The Best Life Diet by Bob Greene. I'm liking that his approach seems to dovetail with what I've seen of the WW plan. (I think his cookbooks suck, but the how to type book is good!) I have been reading on activity levels and what they are and ideas for taking it up a level. I bought a pedometer to see where my current activity level is and help me measure improvement.
I'll probably be sharing this tool with Dennis. He's pretty curious about steps per day while he's working... Today was the first day with my pedometer that I wasn't feeling sick. I'll be wearing it all week to get a good average of steps I take in a day. It's a nice Reebok watch style pedometer and a cool Techno gadget that appeals to me a lot! All kinds of cool measurements I took with it. (I ran for a short time at 4.2 miles per hour today, lol, a very short time.)
Resting Heart Rate: I woke up checked my resting pulse rate before I even sat up in bed. It was 90 beats a minute. This is not a good resting heart rate. It's pretty awful, actually. I've always had a high pulse rate, 15 years ago I was 85-95 beats/minute sitting restfully in Anatomy and Physiology class. Athletes are usually around 60. Fit people 70ish? Resting heart rate is just one indication of your fitness level, and I figure that I can bring mine down with exercise and dropping some weight. I don't have a specific goal around this measure, I just want to compare in 6 months or so...
Steps Per Day: Today I walked 6828 steps. This puts me in the upper realm of Activity Level 1 according to Bob Greene. 5999 is the top end of Level 1, but Level 2 has aerobic excercise 3 times a week, at least 90-150 minutes a week. I hope to be a strong Level 2 next week and not dip below this as a matter of lifestyle. Right now I'm focusing on getting my 125 - 150 minutes a week. If I do that I'll be a strong level 2, (25 minutes a day 5-6 days a week. I was very very surprised that I almost am a Level 2. It seems that I don't do a lot of activity, but the steps do add up. To make it to Level 3 I have to add strength training. But lets not put the cart before the horse...
The following is from Oprah's site:
The Activity Scale
Before you get moving and begin exercising for the Best Life Diet, determine your activity level. If you are new to a fitness routine, Bob encourages you to try going up a level or two after checking with your physician.
As you familiarize yourself with the Best Life Diet and your activities start getting easier, challenge yourself by going up a level. Reach your goals!
Level 0
Any activity beyond what it takes to get through your day is accidental.
Aerobic Exercise: none
Strength Training: none
Steps: 3499 or less
Level 1
You see value in activity, so you look for creative ways to move throughout the day, but you don't formally work out.
Aerobic Exercise: none
Strength Training: none
Steps: 3500-5999
Level 2
You have a moderate but consistent exercise schedule.
Aerobic Exercise: three times a week, at least 90 minutes total
Strength Training: none
Steps: 6,000-9,999 (This is my initial target level .)
Level 3
You make sure to exercise at least five days a week, usually the same workout.
Aerobic Exercise: four times a week, 150 minutes total
Strength Training: at least two times a week, a minimum of six exercises
Steps: 10,000-13,999
Level 4
You work out almost every day, cross-training with multiple activities.
Aerobic Exercise: five times a week, at least 250 minutes total
Strength Training: at least three times a week, a minimum of eight exercises
Steps: 14,000-17,999
Level 5
Exercise isn't just how you stay healthy; it's a way of life.
Aerobic Exercise: six times a week, a minimum of 360 minutes total
Strength Training: at least three times a week, a minimum of 10 exercises
Steps: 18,000 or more

Weekly Weigh-In (#2)

Last Week: 194.2
Today: 190.2
This Weeks Loss: 4 pounds
Loss since Feb 8: 3.6.

There's only 10 minutes of exercise added to my tracker this week. I think I can still meet the February goal though. There is 6 more days to get 195 minutes, so if I do 33 minutes a day, .... hmm... well I may fall just a bit short, but I'm going to give it a shot. I can see what kind of a percentage I can get for the month, huh?

And my weight loss??? Well I'll have to see. Be right back....

Yay!!! Weight loss!!! 190.2. Happy Dance!!! Celebrate!!!
Now for some good healthy reflection to help with the week to come:
OK, so the week could have been better. There were a few times I was eating when I wasn't hungry anymore. There were a couple of times I could have picked something more healthy off of the menu, but I had waited until I was more hungry than I was reasonable.
I also could do better to get my exercise in...
Overall I'm happy with my progress of getting these good habits worked in. If I can put the exercise of week one and the eating of week 2 into this next week, I'll have found the beginning of getting my groove for this plan. I still want to get some inches measurements... I'll get a measuring tape sometime this week and when I go to sign up for WW in a week or so, I'll be ready to give my initial measurements.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Can't Sleep

Every once in awhile I get a night like this... doesn't happen very often, luckily. Sure makes the next morning hard!
Sandie Kittie got up with me and is purring away, lying in her usual spot between me and the computer keeping me company. Here's a snapshot of Dennis and Sandie Kittie being scary monsters!Scared? (say yes, it will make them happy.)
I have not exercised at all since my update on Sunday. I haven't made the time, I guess. The days are going by so fast and they are filled to the brim with all kinds of things.
I made a weight watcher dinner tonight that Trish put together from a couple of cookbooks. It's a Keeper! It was for Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sauce, a Roasted Broccoli with Cumin-Chipotle Butter, and a fresh fruit dessert. Click HERE for all the details. I had to use Rib-eye steak (darn it all) instead of Flank Steak, but other than that I did it just like the recipe. I even made the Chimichurri sauce.
I started eating before I thought about pictures, Oops!, you can see the chimichurri sauce clinging to my fork, lol. My mouth was so SO happy with all the different tastes going on in this meal. My tongue was definitely NOT bored.
So good!

See my new "bun pan"? It's part of a birthday present to me. Trish gave me a gift card to a kitchen wonderland called Orson Gygi and this is one of the items I picked. I also got a plastic cover for it and nifty liners that fit right in. I LOVE it. Many more uses I'm sure. It's the size of a 1/4 sheetcake. I was originally thinking I would use the bun pan for cinnamon rolls, but this purpose fits my current goals better, right? Oh, and I got another cookbook holder, because I am impulsive and just had to see if I like this one better than my other one. I actually used them both tonight. I am glad I'm impulsive, I like them both, lol. Thank you for my presents!! The shopping trip was awesome, and I'm very happy with my new bun pan and cookbook holder!! Perfect Present!
Well, I shall try to get some rest before morning. I'm feeling like I might actually sleep now.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekly Weigh In (#1)

Last Week: 193.8
Today: 194.2
Up: 0.4 pounds
Well, this isn't too bad considering how many times I had Cilantro Cream Chicken with Lime this week, lol. I took it for lunch three times. I cooked this before I realized Trish, Amy, and Jamie were all getting fit and I wanted to join them.

I'm moving in the right direction even though I gained this week. Let me explain.
I expect that I will get better this week. I have some WW meals planned, and I'll be getting in more exercise this week. I'm not discouraged at all. I can see plenty of room for improvement and I'm making the plans needed to make sure improvement happens.
I will likely start a WW subscription at the beginning of March. I couldn't see paying for it until I get a bit more organized around this goal.

Trish has said that their website is UBER helpful and thinks I'll like all the technology they have on their website. I'm excited to join, but for right now, I have some behavior modification that I can work on.
I need to adjust my portion sizes, plan some tweener snacks and plan some healthy meals. Also need to switch off my medium sized lattes to Celestial Seasonings White Pear Tea. That will help with the budget and with the fitness plan.
Looking Forward!!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Initial Weigh In (#0) Everyone is Getting Healthy!

I am so lucky to have such positive influences in my life. I am very thankful for that.
So Amy, who jumped on her treadmill for 25 minutes today, and Trish, who started her WW program today, and Jamie who has very good exercise habits formed is working on the healthy eating, thank you. Thank you for not leaving me here and for sharing with me all the good things you are doing for you.
You are all moving forward on your healthy goals and I am certainly not going to feel very good if I just keep doing what I'm doing and keep getting what I'm getting. I'm getting on board this train... don't want to be sitting on MFA watching everyone sipping their lemon water and playing with their kids... I want to play to!
I want to be able to feel good and be able to be involved with activities and have a healthy body so I better get going. You have to take advantage of the momentum when it comes along, right?
So I'm doing it with you, even though I haven't really figured out how to balance everything I've got going now... but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
How about "Before Pictures"? You can thank me for not doing this in my underwear in the comments... nothing more motivating than being able to see your progress right?
(deep breath)
This was the best I could do. Had to get Husband to help...
He asked me, "Are you sure you want to stand sideways like that?" Read, "That is not the most flattering pose..."

Okay. This is what I've got to work with.
I'm going to be really glad I did this when I'm hot, right??
I am setting a goal of 120 minutes of exercise /week in February and 53ish pounds will be gone by .... Valentines Day next year. That is 4.5 pounds a month. I think being 25 pounds lighter by August sounds like an AWESOME thing.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Just a reminder...

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Today was one of those Sparkly days. Just happy. I think my two Zen Massages I've had have really helping to get rid of the pain I've been having through my neck and shoulders. It's been 2 weeks and I feel pretty great! It's been a LONG time since I felt this good at the end of a work week. Pain really gets in the way of sparkle, you know. I'm past all that now and ready for the next 11 months to see me feeling better and better.
In case you missed my earlier post, I probably sound a bit silly. Well, I am, but my silliness makes more sense when you understand that I picked a "word motto" for the year. It's a new month, so I thought a reminder to myself was appropriate.

Free Night!


My friend Trish at My Daily Sahm Life has a sidebar on her blog where you can read what she's made/had for dinner. She really switches it up and makes some yummy stuff. So I check it out every so often and noticed not to long ago she reported that they had CORN for dinner at their house. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night) I hadn't ever heard that, and thought that it was pretty cute.
Tonight Husband made a CORN dinner. He plated it up real nice and said, "Take a picture of that!"
So I did. He did a nice job and most importantly, I got the night off. Sweet!
Oh, see the Potato Casserole? That was for the night we interrupted the meal plan to "have steak".
Something I learned with this first meal plan is that I need to make sure Steak is on the menu every third day or so. Dennis starts to go into withdrawals, especially when we move through a meal plan as slowly as we are moving through this one. Deep down I knew I should have steak in there somewhere, but we were out and I was trying to plan around what we had on hand.
Oh...the Quesadilla thingie? I can explain. It was late and we had done so good taking lunches, we decided a night out was in order. We went to Goodwood and had a very yummy very filling dinner and we were glad to have it. Next day though? No leftovers for lunch. Note to self: Dinner out actually cost us lunch the next day too. We did pretty good overall. Relatively speaking this was probably the best two weeks yet for meals prepared at home and lunches packed!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Big Things Happening!



Here's a couple of pics of Miss Heather and Maveryk, (see belly), Miss Tucker, and Daddy David from around Christmastime. Heather went to fetal photos and I just spied some pics of our newest G-Baby. He's got a bit longer to go, but sheesh!! Maveryk's already cute as a button; those fetal photos are amazing things!
So if you haven't seen him yet, you need to go to Heatherslifestories and check it out!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Philly-20 Minute- Skillet-Salmon

My version of this recipe was a keeper. ... I actually intended to alter this recipe when I found it to accommodate what I had on hand. If you want to follow the original recipe, which probably is a bit more healthy, (skim milk, light flavored cream cheese) by all means, feel free. I won't be the least bit sad.
If you want to try it like me, then you will need some of this super yummy Herbed Seafood Rub from Costco.

Use a Tablespoon or so with a full package of cream cheese. You will want to double the yummy cucumber sauce and then will be enough for 4 salmon steaks.
INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon EVOO
4 salmon fillets
½ cup whole milk
One (226 gram) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
1 ½ tablespoons Herbed Seafood Rub
1 cup chopped cucumbers
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 heaping Tablespoon Dried Dill
DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add salmon; sprinkle with Seafood Herbed Rub and Fresh Ground Pepper; cook 5 minutes on each side or until salmon flakes easily with fork. Remove from skillet; cover to keep warm.
2. Add milk and cream cheese and Herbed Seafood Rub to skillet; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in cucumbers and dill.
3. Return salmon to skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve salmon topped with the herbed cucumber cream cheese sauce


Dennis thought it was very yummy and said he could eat salmon everyday when it's made like this. I'm glad, since we're eating it for our lunch tomorrow too!
I'm a fan of The Grocery Cart Challenge and put this recipe in Gayle's recipe swap for this week. Visit her site for frugal fun!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Coupon Update... and other stuff

or... Where's My Friggin Papers???
I got back from my Wyoming trip about 4:30... no coupons. They didn't deliver my 5 papers today.
The upside is I get to blog and kinda watch the Superbowl with my Husband... which is a NICE way to spend the evening.
Still, it's buggy. I thought about calling to ask Dennis if they came this morning. If you call them by 10:00 am they will run them out to you. Guess I'll call first thing tomorrow. I'm hoping they will replace them tomorrow.
It's important to my well being that my collection of coupons is whole. I don't want to wonder when I see something on sale whether those coupons were in a paper I never got.
Show and Tell
Friday, I took my "awesome coupon binder" to work for Show and Tell. Cathy thought I was crazy to spend $75 on something I could have made lots cheaper. I told her it was worth it to me in time saved shopping for all the pieces and parts. Plus this one is exactly how I would want to have made it...so sturdy and nice quality!
I showed them my grocery lists which led to telling them about PinchingYourPennies.com and Utah's Grocery Smart list and how you know what's on sale and what coupons you might have.
Later that day when the mail came, my friend Sara had put all five of the Costco fliers in my mailbox at work. I have multiple Costco coupons, because she knew I'd like them!! So nice, huh? My sister Jamie thinks they will limit the number of coupons I can use with my membership card, though. So I guess I'll just have to see how it goes.
Chase
Chase has raised our interest rate on our credit card. They said that the primary reason for their decision is so that they can remain profitable on the account. Our interest rate was 9.99% and they want to raise it to 13.99%.
We owe a hefty amount on this card so paying them off isn't an option... We will have to opt out. If we write them a letter they will close the account and let us pay it off at the current interest rate.
Our plan was to close the account after we paid off the balance anyway, so it's not really a huge deal. Just another example though of how once you owe "THEM" money, you are at their mercy.
We are lucky they didn't decide to charge us the monthly fees that you can't opt out of. They did that to a bunch of people that had low introductory rates. People could get out of those if they agreed to a higher interest rate of 7.99% instead of the 3.9% that they were paying.
I can not wait to get out of Debt Bondage! I was listening to a Dave Ramsey Podcast on the way home today... it was a Friday. I was imagining our Friday phone call as the callers announced that they were Debt Free. I thought about how happy we would be to not have those worries anymore... I thought about screaming FREEEEEEEEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I cried. It's gonna be sweeter than sweet.

Meal Plan Update

I am getting a lot of mileage out of my first Meal Plan.
I made Tuna Casserole not from scratch
before I went shopping, cuz I was craving it so bad. Now I'm over the craving, but maybe I'll be ready for it by the time I get to the end of the meal plan.
To start things off, I cooked a massive (over 5 pounds) Pork Roast and shredded all of it. I used half for the
BBQ Pork Sandwiches and froze the other half for the burritos. We ate these for two nights, took it for lunch once and froze about half of it so we could move on to something else.

Dennis helped me with the mise en prepe (fancy french phrase for preparing all the ingredients before you start to cook) for Chili Sweet Potato Hash, which for me, is ULTRA important in this recipe. Things happen too fast if I don't have it all ready ahead of time.

We had the Smothered Sweet Pork Burrito's for dinner tonight and will be taking it for our lunch the next two days. I made a non-sweet version for Dennis, so he would know I love him and really do pay attention when he says he doesn't like something. I love the stuff and so I made mine sweet.

That's all the further I've made it. It is so nice having a meal plan! I especially love having everything I need to make the meal and not having to decide EVERY day what we are eating... I love that there is still plenty of meal plan left to take me through this next week...
Philly 20 minute Skillet Salmon
Cilantro Cream Chicken with Lime
Chicken Noodle Soup and Rolls
I am definitely going to meal plan again... should be ready to do this next week.

Helping with Sammi's Cake...











Amy showed me how she makes the cakes for her kids...
I tried it just a tiny bit,...
I'm responsible for Ariel being a bit cross-eyed. This was fun...

The big plunge...

Starting Weight 193.8
Week 1 194.2 - +.4
W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
August 30, 2009
W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
W- 39 150.1 +0.3
W- 40 156.3 +6.2
W- 41 153.3 -3.0
W- 42 152.6 -0.7
W- 43 152.6 -0.0
W- 44 150.7 -1.9
W- 45 152.4 +1.7
W- 46 153.0 +0.6
W- 47 152.3 +0.7
W- 48 150.1 -2.2

W- 49 147.5 -2.6
W- 50 146.3 -1.2
...
...
W- 53 151.0 +2.0
W- 54 149.3 -1.7
W- 55 144.9 -4.4
W- 56 144.1 -0.8
W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!