Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weekly Challange - Week Four

So with my vacation, my weight loss challenge has been stagnate. I will admit now I did not even weigh in last week and am seriously considering not stepping on the scale this week as I know I have gained. That being said, I think this weekly challenge was very timely - setting goals. First I am suppose to set my long and short term goals and then use small, non-food rewards to give you something to work for.

Short Term Goals

1. Being able to run 5 K again.

2. Exercise four times a week.

3. Actually record all the food I eat in

4. Avoid eating crappy for you food.

Short Term Rewards

1. Purchase a new itunes card to keep me motivated with new tunes.

2. If I do it for a month, I will splurge on a pedicure.

3. Seriously, if I don't start doing this, I will cancel my membership. I really love weight watchers online and keeping it is a reward.

4. I know this is stupid but the reward to this one is simply feeling good. Crappy food makes me feel icky.

Long Term Goals

1. Hit my goal weight. 135 pounds.

2. Finally be a size eight again (maybe even smaller).

Long Term Rewards

1. New clothes!!!

2. Feeling good in my own skin.

Now time to work towards my goals. Setting them is easy, obtaining them takes work. I start tomorrow, seriously. If anyone want to keep me in check, I encourage them to do so. PLEASE!!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Checking In

Hello to all. I am not even sure what to write today. I am still on vacation and the weather has been crappy so I have not done anything fun or exciting. Wait, I did one thing that was kind of out of the ordinary, I smoked a sheesha.

A friend of mine was home from Cairo and brought a sheesha home and some apple tobacco (awesome). Essentially, it is smoking flavoured tobacco through a water pipe. Yes, I smoked actual tobacco and not anything illegal.

Other than that I have been bumming around but not at the beach as I would have hoped. That will change tomorrow as I am going to the lake for the day and its even suppose to be nice out - hooray!!!

I have not counted a weight watcher point my whole holiday (we are on day 15) and really think there is something really wrong with the scale at my parents house cause when I stepped on it on the weekend, it said I stayed at the same weight as last week. Oh well, even if it is lying I love it for now.

I am off to do my anti-rain dance. If it rains tomorrow, I may just suck it up and drive home. If I am going to be stuck inside cleaning someones house, it might as well be mine. (Not that my parents force me to clean the house, I am compelled to do it by some sick voice in my head. Yes, I will come to your house if you want when its raining. When it starts to snow, I feel further compelled to bake and cook comfort food!!)


Friday, July 10, 2009

I Need a Vacation, Oh Wait

Yes, I need a vacation from my holiday!! It seems like I have been too busy to classify my holiday as relaxing, I have been working so much that I considered going back to work (humorously, my wonderful boss said if I showed up at work I would be taken out back for a boot to the ass). No going back to work for me but I will continue to put in time here and there to stay on top of things.

I would love to post pics of my holiday but I left me camera cord at home. Oh well, just missing my wonderful sunburn.

My 15 week challenge is not going so well. Hard to stick to the diet with all the great food around. Food I wouldn't normally buy cause I can resist. Oh well, to counter act this fact I have done this 30 minute outdoor workout twice this week.

1. 100 m sprint – Duck walk back to starting point
2. Pushups (10 per side)
3. 1 legged Squats (10 per leg)
4. Crunches (1 minute)
5. Bench Step ups (3 minute)
6. Chin ups (2 reps before failure), I totally suck at chin ups and can get one done if I take a running jump at it and then hang there for a while trying to pull my ass up.

I repeat about 5 to 8 times, depending on the time I have. I can usually get this done when I take my daughter to the playground and monopolize various equipment.

I have attempted to also run in the mornings but that is going so well. Maybe tomorrow, probably not though...

That is all for now, I need to get going. I bit more work before I get ready for the lake this weekend. Hope to write in again soon.


Friday, July 3, 2009

I Miss My Friends More When I See Them

Ten months ago I moved to a different city for an amazing job. I needed to move, to shake thing up and to stand on my own two feet (I was living very happily in my parents basement). I struggled with moving because it meant leaving all my friend and family behind but it was an opportunity I could not pass up.

The first couple of months I came back to visit a lot. I hate to say it, but coming back for a visit got old fast. I really hate the drive and it felt like I wasn't making my new town home. I put MJ in a few activities and have not visited since March. I didn't feel that bad about it cause other than the occasional phone call from my grandma, no one really seemed to miss me (okay that may be a lie, everyone says they missed me but no one took the time out to say it when I was away).

Anyhoo.... I am back for my summer holiday. I love summer and I love the beach. To help celebrate this, I took 20 consecutive days off to help celebrate this fact. I went home (as I always have and probably always will consider where I grew up home) for visit. The trip so far has been enlightening and I am only on day 3.

Honestly, I take my mother for granted at times. As a single mom, when she is around I rely on her heavily as a free nanny service. Not fair on my part, but she offers and loves it. So it was tragic when today she up and quit. My little sister's water broke so she hopped in her car for the 10 hour drive to be at her side. Okay, I know that me and my child are no competition for a new newborn grandchild but I now have to plan my events a little more carefully. On the other hand, I am totally pumped to have a new niece or nephew on the way!!

Today I spent the day with my oldest friend out at the lake. It was really weird cause we struggled with things to talk about. We never do that. We had not seen or talked to each other for so long that we didn't even know what to say. This is also compounded with my job not being the best job to share what is happening at work had many a lull in the conversation. I was a little hurt that she made plans to go out to have drinks with a bunch of her friends after I left without asking if I wanted to join.

Everyone I have seen since I have been back (and weirdly that has been a lot), I don't know what to say. After the obligatory, 'So, have you found a man?' question, the conversation dies. (Total side bitch but I have an AMAZING life, fantastic job, wonderful child and all everyone cares about is if I am dating seems a little pathetic. I seriously want to ask if they are having martial troubles or getting what they need in the sack. It is not so much the quest9ion but the utter look of disappointment on their faces when I say no that makes me want to make them as uncomfortable.) I feel like an outsider that no longer fits into the groups I so seamlessly used to fit into. That feeling makes me miss my friends more now that I have seen them than before when I had not even talked to them in a couple of months.

I know its a fact of life and it is hard to stay friends, especially over long distances. I know it is bound to happen with some people but it still hurts. Maybe my mood will brighten when the sun comes out tomorrow (please break into song here) but until then I am off to soak my sorrows in the bath and give myself a home pedicure.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Week One - Weekly Challenge

My challenge for this week for the 15 Week Challenge was to revamp a recipe. I must admit, I am constantly on the look out for new recipes and LOVE all types of food (hence the big ass) that I found it hard to chose the one that love the most. Recipes are easy to makeover into skinny recipes, its just if the taste is still there. This has to be in my top 5, I love breakfast (anytime of the day) and it is soooo delicious you would never tell that it is only 4 ww points for a HUGE piece. You can always add more veggies if you want. Sometimes I add mushrooms too.
Breakfast Casserole
3 cups croutons (I use balsamic vinaigrette croutons from Costco)
6 oz shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
6 oz cooked ham (you can also use imitation bacon bits or turkey sausage)
1 cup zucchini
1/2 cup onion
3/4 cup sweet red pepper
2 cups Egg Beaters Egg Whites
1 cup evaporated milk
salt and pepper
1. Cook veggies and meat in a skillet. If you are using sausage, brown sausage in a large first and drain fat. If meat is already cooked, just add to veggies once done. Only cook veggies for about 5 minutes.
2. Place croutons in a 9X13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle cheese over croutons; top with veggie/meat mixture.
3. Beat eggs, evaporated milk, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl, and pour over the casserole.
4. Cover baking dish, and refrigerate overnight.
5. The following morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (150 degrees C). Bake, uncovered, until browned and set, about 40 minutes. Let set for 5 minutes before eating.
Serves 8.
I am so in holiday mode right now but am using the Challange to keep motivated. Thanks Amy!