Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Bump in the Road

This week truly has been a bump in the road, but the bump has been caused by me.

As I posted about Monday, I had a little too much fun Saturday night. Unfortunately, since I had a little too much to drink I didn't notice my lovely leopard shoes leaving spots on my feet ...

These lovely blisters are healing slowly and have put a slight damper on my workout plans this week.

Sunday was my rest day since I did my long run on Saturday. Monday was supposed to be BodyPump and a quick 2 mile run. I did BodyPump but afterwords my feet were killing and I decided to take the night off.

Tuesday, should have been a 3 mile run but I decided to give myself one more day of healing.

Today, was BodyPump and I probably should have done a run since I missed yesterday but I decided to leave the gym after BodyPump. I am kind of mad at myself, my feet really aren't hurting and I could of ran. Old me won :(
NOTE: Today was our first day of BodyPump 73 ... this release is a killer! But in the best ways! The squat track is wicked and I loved it. Almost all the tracks have only a few breaks. I was sweating like crazy and I am so excited for at least two weeks of this music!!

So that wasn't the only bump in this road...


Monday: Breakfast was one of the Yummy muffins from my leader Krissy's muffin business. 2 points and so worth it. Lunch, a work friend asked me to go out and we decided to hit up one of the reopened golf course restaurants. I was excited I knew what I would order and I would have been fine... except the restaurant isn't open Monday's until April. Sooo... we stopped at the Silver Dollar where they have great sandwiches. We both ordered the Big Pig, it is a sandwich with shredded pork, ham and cheese... so not healthy. I didn't order fries but snuck a few of hers. Dinner, I was good and had some left over lasagna.
Tuesday: Breakfast and lunch were pretty standard and I was good. When I told one of my coworkers I was taking the night off from the gym she suggested we go grab a glass of wine. We hit up The Winery (love that place) and shared a bottle of Menage a Trois my favorite reasonable wine and Mediterranean Lavosh. It was so yummy but once again not good.
Wednesday: I was good for breakfast and lunch but this afternoon I had the worst chocolate cravings. I had 5 ... yes 5 Hershey's Special Dark Miniatures. Dinner, was broccoli with cheese, a half a piece of lasagna and 3 beers while watching a movie.
Tomorrow is a new day. I knew I had to own up to my downfalls on here and be honest. So there it is... my bumpy road.

By the way, I got my new Laptop and Tony joined in the fun ...

Ok, he loved the box more than anything!!


Monday, March 29, 2010

Slow Cooker Lasagna

I had a request for the Slow Cooker Lasagna I had mentioned in my earlier post.

This is slightly modified from the WW Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe on their site.

1 pound uncooked Lean Ground Turkey
1 Small Onion (chopped)
1 tsp Minced Garlic (or one small garlic clove if you prefer)
28 oz Canned Crushed Tomatoes
15oz Canned Tomato Sauce
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
1 1/2 Cup part skim Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
6 items dry lasagna noodles (no cook kind)
1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently. Cook 5-7 minutes or until meat is fully cooked. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

Spoon 1/3 of beef mixture into a 5-quart Crock-Pot. Break three lasagna sheets in half and layer over beef mixture. Top with half the Ricotta mixture. Repeat with another layer and finish with remaining 1/3 of beef mixture.

Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours. Remove cover; turn off heat.

In a small bowl combine remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan. Sprinkle over top of crockpot. Cover and set aside until cheese melts and lasagna firms up (10 minutes).

6 servings -- Each serving is 7 points


On Monday mornings, I always reflect on my weekend. Record all my eats and drinks and plan the rest of my week based on that.

Today … I keep thinking over-indulgence. Although two of my days I didn’t over-indulge I just didn’t eat the right foods (not enough fruits and veggies).

Friday: I was pretty good, had a VitaTop for breakfast and a veggie pizza for lunch. I had two high bran muffins (one right as I left the gym and one right before I ran out the door). Yes, no supper I was naughty!! I went and met Kelsey my wonderful friend who doesn’t believe in Social Networking (no facebook, blogs, or twitter for her) we had one beer at a little bar and were going to make a plan for our night. We got so caught up in talking we only had the one drink and just chatted until they turned the lights on. By this point (1:30 AM), I was starving! I rushed home and posted an Arnold Sandwich thin and smeared some peanut butter on there. So although I didn’t overindulge… I kind of under-indulged and that may have been the cause of Saturday’s issues.

I slept in till 10 AM (YAY for lazy Saturdays) drank coffee and had a ½ Bran Blueberry Muffin. Then about 11:30 I was feeling hungry so I made a breakfast sandwich with a toasted Arnold Sandwich thin, egg cooked in Olive Oil, three slices Canadian bacon and a slice of Skim American Cheese. It was so yummy!! I got ready for the gym packed my bag. Before the gym I hit up a used clothing store who sells name brand clothes (I got a pair of Joe’s Jeans in perfect shape for $40!!) Then went to the gym and put in 3 miles which was really tough. I don’t know what my deal was. A quick stop and Target and by the time I got home my friend Amy and her boyfriend were already at the Gastropub. I showered quick and met up with them but I was starving and didn’t get there till 8pm. I ordered a Philly Wrap with French Fries. I demolished the wrap and only had a few fries.
But…. I drank! I had a Bloody Mary and a Vodka Soda there then we went to another bar and I had a few more drinks and someone started buying shots. Ugh!! I got a ride home at 1 AM and I was FULL!!

Sunday: I woke up thinking I might not feel so well but after glass of water and a cup of coffee I was revived. I had a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin (amazing!) and watched a movie on the couch. I decided I was going to be ready for lunch and realized I needed to cook. I make CrockPot Lasagna, one of my favorite recipes. It is actually a Weight Watchers recipe but it doesn’t taste like it. After I threw that in the Crock-Pot I had a Yoplait Greek Honey-Carmel Yogurt (I found a flavor I like!!). Then when the Lasagna was done I had a huge plateful. My brother was a fan as always and he had seconds. I also made some steamed asparagus to try and add some veggies (since I hadn’t really had any since Friday).

Ok so after writing it down, my main overindulgence was the booze! It isn’t normal for me to drink that much (not since college at least). When I count the drinks I had (4) it doesn’t seem that bad but then throw the shots in the mix (4) and you understand why I was Full/toasted.

I am really hoping my new laptop arrives today! I can't wait to get it all set up!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring will make you .. JUMP JUMP!

I love the smell of spring. The smell right before it rains (and right after). Fresh grass and blooming things!!

I also love when I get that itch to be outside. Right now I would love to be outside enjoyings everything about this wonderful weather... but unfortunatly, it is still dirty and wet and melting outside. So what I am going to do... buy a bike!!!

Well at least look into what bike I am buying. I really want to get into biking this summer, not thinking I want to race but more for leisure. Another excuse to be outside??

Any suggestions??

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's Greek to Me!!

First -- it has been too long since I have posted. I live in Fargo, North Dakota and for the last week we have been battling a flood. It has been a long week but the river crested and at only 36 feet. Last week in our record breaking flood the river went a high as 41 feet.

Last year was the craziest thing I have ever experienced. The entire city shut down and we fought hard to save our city. It was the largest flood in the Red River's history and hopefully we don't see another melt like that in my life time .This year was nothing in comparison (Thank God!!).

Now on to a more interesting topic ...

Greek Yogurt.

I follow a lot Blogs, and I love trying new products. For along time, I was afraid to try it and continued to read about how great it was and yet I couldn't bring myself to try it.

About two weeks ago, I took the plunge. In my weekly visit to the grocery store, I spent my normal half hour in the natural food section looking for items that I might want to try and I decided to get some.

I was thinking, "I always try flavored yogurt... let's try plain" I purchased a large container of The Greek God's Greek Yogurt

Review: This might be a little biased since I haven't tried regular plain yogurt but it hasn't been my favorite. I have tried mixxing it with pumpkin, and that helped some but I think I would need to add sugar or Splenda. It just was tart and blah. I wish I had better things to say. I really want to like it.

Next, since I am convinced it is me not the yogurt... I tried another kind.

Yoplait Greek Yogurt - Strawberry.

Review: Although, it tasted better ... It was gritty and still not my favorite. Maybe I need to not compare it to regular yogurt or maybe I need to try mixxing it with things.

Next up: I am going to try Fage and Chobani since it sounds like every one is a fan of those. I am determined to like Greek Yogurt!!

Hope your Monday went well!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wish it was Sunday... that's my Funday

Monday Monday Monday .... Yes it is Tuesday but I am writing about Monday :)

Monday's is BodyPump, them some cardio. I love, love, love BodyPump. It is a great full body workout and it pushes you to the next level. BUUUUTTT... this not so smart girl pushed half my lower body harder than the other... Please note that I hate lunges and ever since I have been having some knee pain I really dread them. I had already decided that I was going to do lunges with no extra weight to try to save my knee for my run, then the instructor announced that we would be doing the most difficult Lunge song... sigh! So here I go on our 5 min song of lunges and working my left leg and then a break. I am pretty sure she says 'Ok now again with a couple more on the end'.... So I was thinking two sets... not switch legs. The song got over and I had way over worked my left leg and my poor right leg was feeling left out. Today -- a little sore :(
I have been trying very hard to cut more processed food out of my diet. I know that I will never be a completely clean eater but the less frozen meals the better!! So last night I had all intention of making some spicy chicken breast and sweet potato fries. Someone (me) forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer. On my way home from the gym, I decided to pick up some produce at the grocery store and maybe a new dinner idea. And there it, smelled delicious -- glistening brown!! Rotisserie Chicken!! The answer to my problems! It was a great big one and for $7 my lunches for the week were decided. So Rotisserie Chicken, Sweet Potato fries and steamed asparagus.

Sweet Potato fries -- Amazing!! I just cut up the sweet potatoes (the
hardest part), put them on a cookie sheet that I have already sprayed with Pam
Olive Oil and put in the oven at 375 degrees. After 10 min, I season them with
Chili Powder, Cinnamon, and a little salt. Then let them cook for another 3 min.
I then flip them over and let the cook for about 7-10 minutes. I like mine
crispy so sometimes I pull the smaller ones out and let the larger ones cook for a little longer.

Grocery Store Goodies:
I love trying new things but there are some staples I can't live with out.

1. Ziploc Zip n Steam -- I steam everything!! Asparagus, Corn on the Cob, Green beans, Potatoes !!!

2.Frozen Fruit. It makes smoothies so easy!! I buy frozen fruit with no added sugar! Perfect!

3 and 4 - Light Coolwhip -- I keep it frozen and drizzle a little sugar free chocolate syrup on top.

I am trying some new products this week too so I will let you know how I like them.
Happy Tuesday

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bucket List

This isn't really weight loss related but ... a few years ago I started a bucket list. I keep it updated and make it a point to accomplish at least on thing from the list this year. I have been watching The Buried Life and was thinking I should share my list with you.

NOTE: Things with dates after them have been completed.

Jess's Bucket List
- Do the Polar Plunge
- Run a 5k (5/8/08)
- Visit disneyland/world
- Skydive
- See Europe
- See Jack Johnson live (6/21/08)

- See Dave Matthews Live (7/26/09)
- Go to Ellis Island (8/22/09)
- Have a child
- Buy a House
- See a play on Broadway (8/24/09)
- Run a Half Marathon
- Parasail (1/7/2010)
- Get Married
- Read the entire bible

- Get to my goal weight
- Make a family cookbook
- Visit all 50 states
- Go backpacking

What do you want to do before you die... or grow up... or turn 30, or 40 ???

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Magic Weight Loss Pill

{Insert Billy May's voice here} I have found the magic weight loss pill!! I have had inches disapear (lots of them) and lost around 12 pounds in 9 weeks . I am two pants sizes smaller! I actually have curves in the right places...

What is this magic pill you ask??
Exercise -- A combination of lifting twice a week and running 3-4 times a week has very quickly changed how I look and feel.

And guess what ... it's free ... forever!!! (note: gym membership, shoes, and attire not included)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Weight Loss Quotes

Quotes!! I love quotes!!!! The list below is stolen... completely stolen!!! I have been keeping a list of quotes that motivate me in my Fitness/Weightloss journey for quite sometime and I love to share.

Many of them I have found on various sites and blogs, a lot of them are from my friends on WW boards, a very few of the are my own personal sayings.

Do here it is ... motivational sayings for you (and me)!!

  • Losing weight is hard. Being heavy is hard. Choose your hard.
  • Don't let a 'lapse' turn into a 'collapse.'
  • I've often said that food is an addiction, a love affair that is way more painful than the momentary delight it brings.
  • Half @$$ efforts yield half a$$ results and will never get you half your @$$!
  • We don't always have total control of our lives. What we do have control over is our reactions.
  • The day you don't feel like weighing in IS THE DAY YOU NEED TO DO IT THE MOST.
  • Don't be derailed by denial. Take ownership of your situation, forgive yourself and MOVE ON!
  • Positive thoughts for me cause negative results at the scale!
  • Who told you life wasn't worth the fight? They were wrong You will have plateaus and slight gains. It's going to be a bumpy ride. Just grab the rails and hang on! Eventually you'll get to the bottom, even if there are a few loop-the-loops along the way.
  • Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want.
  • If you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Almighty God ... you will make it to a place called Success!
  • Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else. ~ Samuel Johnson
  • Let your head be more than a funnel to your stomach. ~ German Proverb
  • We never repent of having eaten too little. ~Thomas Jefferson
  • There is a call to greatness, Sometime, somewhere, for all - And life's dimensions rest upon Our answer to that call.
  • If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner. ~ Henry Sambrooke Leigh
  • Take twice as long to eat half as much
  • In all your adversities, there lies the seeds of equivalent advantages. In every defeat, there is a lesson showing you how to win the next time.
  • Life is a climb - but look at the view!
  • Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip. ~ Arnold H Glasgow
  • Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. ~ Saint Francis de Sales
  • I wake up every day with the realization that this is it, that there's only one shot at this life and I can either enjoy the ride and live it to its fullest and to my highest potential or I can stay the way I am.
  • Never, never, never quit. ~ Winston Churchill
  • Victory belongs to the most persevering. ~ Napoleon
  • The tragedy in life doesn't life in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. ~ Benjamin Mays
  • If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.
  • I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you belive lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. -Marilyn Monroe
  • Nothing tastes as good and being thin feels
  • If hunger isn't the problem, then food isn't the answer.
  • Nothing in this life worth having comes easy
  • Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." ~ Nora Ephron
  • Even if your heading down the right track, you'll get ran over if you just sit there." Will Rodgers
  • Nothing Changes if NOTHING changes
  • It's never too late to start, but it's always too early to quit.
  • Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today, well-lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope." –Sanksrit
  • Do you want to EAT anything or WEAR anything?
  • What you eat in private, shows in public.
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -- Albert Einstein
  • Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child, Listen to the DON'TS, Listen to the SHOULDN'TS The impossibles, the WON'TS Listen to the NEVER HAVES Then listen close to me-- Anything can happen, child, ANYTHING can be.' -Shel Silverstein
  • Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels
  • ''You can tell me that you chose not to. You can tell me that you chose to quit. That you chose to be less than what you are and less than what God intended but don't ever tell me that you can't do it!'' – Jillian Michaels
  • Everything you experience today is the result of choices you have made in the past" - Jack Canfield
  • Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." - Og Mandino
  • It's not how long it takes to lose the weight, but how long you keep it off."
  • You can't un-fry things, Jerri." – Strangers with Candy
  • Letting go has never been easy, but holding on can be as difficult. Yet strength is measured not by holding on, but by letting go. It's time to start living the life you always imagined. the mind is everything, what you think, you become. we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
  • People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recomend it daily -- Zig Ziglar
  • Sweat cleanses from the places a shower will never reach - Dr.George Sheehan

And my personal favorite:

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go --
T.S. Elliot

What are some other great motivational sayings???

I wish I could eat whatever I want and be that skinny!

Guilty! I used to say this all the time. I would look at someone skinny eating a cheeseburger or a fried appetizer and think or say "It must be nice".

About a year ago a friend moved in with me, she is one of 'those' people. She eats out almost everyday and is tiny … Like size 0/2 tiny. I was so convinced that she had this amazing metabolism and could eat anything in site.

What I realized overtime was, she didn't eat like me. She didn't have to eat everything on her plate. She could eat one piece of candy and let the bag sit there and it didn't bother her. She rarely ate the entire meal, most of times just half! She also only ate a couple times a day... she never at breakfast (which I completely don't condone). Her eating habits were so different than mine, especially when it came to greasy … naughty foods!!

Since having this first revelation... I started paying attention to how 'those' people eat and low and behold... it isn't like me! I have issues with food, yes I said it. I can't let food sit on my plate; I can't let candy sit uneaten. You put a bowl of chips in front of me and I eat. These are my issues; I can’t be upset or rattled because someone else doesn’t have the same issues I do. I never had to be jealous of what they had... I just had to change my habits. Break the addiction!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Steak and Lobster and Wii … Oh my!

Sorry about the Wizard of Oz reference... I couldn’t resist. I love the shoes!! Especially these by Hollywood Heels!

Last night I ate dinner at a friend’s house, easy right. Not so
much ….

I was really excited to go, I have been trying to control my eating out so
this seemed like the perfect opportunity to socialize and remain healthy.
When she invited me she mentioned we would be having steak and lobster.
Meat, red meat… I am sorry did someone just say my middle name!! I
don’t eat lobster but steak, oh steak I love.

So I arrive last night and her boyfriend is cooking, which makes me even more excited … he is a fitness freak!! He works out twice a day and personal trains people as
well. My WW self starts thinking… perfect you are going to eat totally healthy.

He started to make the salads, romaine hearts, green peppers, onions, pepper… all good. Then the cheese came… and he loaded it on before I could say ‘No, cheese please’. Don’t get me wrong, I like cheese. I like cheese a lot! I like cheese more than I like meat so… I ate it. What’s a girl to do … it was just sitting there.

Oh and did I mention, he didn’t own low calorie or fat free dressing. I guess when you work out twice a day … you can kind of eat what you want.

I am happy to report the salad was the only obstacle at dinner. I easily turned down a beer and had water instead. I ate my steak and counted the points. For a side, he steamed asparagus and carrots … YUMMY!!!

All and all a win!! Thank you Brit and Dennis for an amazing dinner… even if the salad
was huge!

Tonight: Slinging drinks at the bar! And being a very good girl… weigh in tomorrow!!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Out with the diets ....

Diets aren't new to me. A lifestyle change is. I grew up watching my Mom eat peel a pound soup and grapefruits for a week. It was those observations that lead me to an unhealthy idea of diets and weight loss. Fortunately, my Mom was also the person who drug me with her to Weight Watchers the first time about 3 and a half years ago.

The first time on WWs: I wasn't committed fully; I stuck with it till I lost about 10 pounds then slowly went back to my old habits. As soon as I wasn't loosing I quit attending meetings and didn't go back.
The second time on WWs: Same is the first... a little bit louder and a whole lot worse. Ok in all seriousness, once again I wasn't fully committed. I was going through the motions but not making the lifestyle change.
The third time on WWs: December 2007, I was my highest weight ever 182 pounds. This time I drug my Mom to the meeting, I joined online and I started making positive changes. The first thing I did was rope a couple friends who were also not runners to run a 5k with me in May 2008. Second, I started sticking to the plan, I added activity, I tracked. I was beating the weight off of me!! Sometime in January my Mom quit attending meetings and I stuck with it. For the first time in my life I was motivated for myself. By about June 2008 I was down to 155 (10 pounds away from my goal weight)... I decided 'I know everything, I have learned it all, I can do this on my own.'

Boy was I wrong! By May of 2009 I had gained all but 8 pounds back.

Fourth time is the charm: In May 2009, I weighed 174, I rejoined Weight Watchers and.... I did just that I watched my weight... except I didn't add activity, and I kind of followed the plan when I wanted to ... it didn't work out to well. My weight was fluctuating from 168 to 174 depending on the couple week period I was in… but... I never quit.
Starting in January I have been On Plan!!! I started adding activity (I earned 32 AP's last week!!) I have been cutting out processed foods, lowering my sodium.

Guess what??? It is working... I weighed in at 171 January 15th. Last Friday ... 161.4.

That’s my journey so far... but stay tuned!! I am sure I have lots more to say!!