Thursday, September 30, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 2 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese and
            honey mustard on 2 slices whole wheat
            bread
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 plum

Dinner- 2x2 inch piece meatloaf
            1 cup pinto beans
            1 cup broccoli
            1 cup yellow squash
            1 ear of corn
            water (16.9 oz)

Another good day of eating.  I have to say I made the best dinner tonight.  I made a pot of pinto beans and then I roasted broccoli, yellow squash and ears of corn in the oven.  I will never again boil any of these vegetables and I could have totally went without the meatloaf and not even missed it.  I meant to take a picture of my plate of food before I started to eat but before I knew it I had scarved it all down.

I just finished walking 2.1 miles in 30 minutes.

Now for my goals that I set for the week:
1. Water- 85 oz
2. Sugar- not a problem today
3. Fruit- 2 servings today
4. Vegetables- at dinner
5. Carbs- stayed within limits
6. Exercise- 2.1 mil/ 30 min.
7. Soda- none
8. Fast food- none

Gettin Sexy Challenge Goals


Katie from http://katie-fttw.blogspot.com/ is hosting this challenge for the month of October.  As part of the challenge I have to come up with a goal that will make me feel sexier by the end of October.  So here are my goals and I'm choosing more than one because they all kind of go together.

1.  Exercise:  I'm going to walk 50 miles.

2.  Food:  I'm giving up soda and fast food.

3.  Weight:  I'm going to lose 10 lbs.

Beginning weight for this challenge: 232.6 lbs
So there ya go my three goals for the next month.  If you would like to be part of this challenge I think you have to sign up by tomorrow so you may want to go visit her blog today.  Good luck to everyone who is participating in this challenge.

Photography Photos

I bought a used Canon 20D camera a couple weeks ago but I haven't had much time to really try it out so I went out this morning and took some pictures.  I thought I would share some of them with you.  I know a few of my fellow bloggers are photographers so if you have any critique don't hold back.  I am always willing to get advice and tips.  This is my first class in photography this semester and I'm loving everything I'm learning.  All of these pictures were taken at the place where I got married, its called Christian Tours and it located in Denver, NC.  Just click on any of the images if you would like to see a bigger version.






Blog Hop Time Again




Hot 100 Challenge Goals Update


Steve from http://logmyloss.com/ is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge. The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010. If you would like to join in on this challenge just visit the blog above before October 1, 2010 and sign up. You can also find all of the rules for participating in this challenge on his blog. One of the rules of participation is to set 3 realistic goals that you can try to accomplish before the New Year. Here are my goals:

#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.

When this challenge started on September 23, 2010 I had already walked 17.8 miles of the 160 miles I needed to accomplish this goal by New Years.  In the last week I have completed another 10.2 miles so as of right now I only have 132 miles to go to make my goal.  I plan on walking at least 12 miles this next week so I know I can make this goal by New Years.

#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years.

Since I began this challenge last week I have lost 1.8 lbs and when I stepped on the scale this morning I was down another pound so I see no reason why I shouldn't be able to accomplish this goal in the next 13 weeks.

#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.

The holiday season isn't here yet and its definitely going to be a challenge but I'm confident I can make it through without overeating.

So there you have it my update for the last week that wasn't so hard.  Only 13 more weeks in this challenge and remember if you want to join you need to visit Steve's blog by tomorrrow and sign up.  Good luck to everyone who is participating in this challenge. 

Update:  I  just visited Steve's blog and he only needs 7 more people to join to hit 100 participants so if any of you would like to join now is the time.  I would love to see him get 100 people in this challenge since it is called the Hot 100 Challenge.  Good luck to you all.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 2 egg omelet w/ 1/3 cup mexican cheese,
           mushrooms, onions and topped w/ salsa
           water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 small bowl chicken pie
            water (16.9 oz)

My eating has been really good today and I haven't been hungry at all. 

I know I need to exercise but once again its raining here and I face the dreaded treadmill so I will let you know what happens with that.

Now for my goals that I set for the week: 
1.  Water- 85 oz
2.  Sugar- not a problem today
3.  Fruit- 1 serving today
4.  Vegetables- at lunch and dinner
5.  Carbs- stayed within limits
6.  Exercise-  day off
7.  Soda- none
8.  Fast food- none
                                                           

The Best Feeling

I was just looking over my blog when I saw I had a new follower so I clicked on her link to visit her site and to my surprise this is what I read.

"I owe the inspiration for this blog to Christina at Never The Skinny Girl. It was the middle of the night last week when I discovered her blog while spending yet another sleepless night surfing the internet. Her postings inspired me to take the first step towards regaining my health - acknowledging that I am the only one who can change my life.


I've spent the last week debating whether or not I was really ready this time. I've started so many "Monday Morning" diets and I don't want to go back to that pattern. But over the last week I've read not only Christina's blog but many of the blogs she follows. And, I am bursting with enthusiasm! Thank you to everyone who has posted their struggles and their triumphs. You have touched my life and made me believe that this time I CAN do it!

Let the journey begin!"

This has to be the best feeling in the world that my blog among others have inspired Kaye to begin on her own weight loss journey.  She has only today begun her blog and this is her very first post but I would appreciate it very much if you would just drop by and wish her good luck.  I have left her a comment telling her how wonderful and supportive this weight loss community is and I want her to feel right at home with all of us.  Her blog can be found at the following link http://onmywaytohealth-kaye.blogspot.com/ .  Thank you so much Kaye for making my day and good luck with your weight loss goals.

Where are you from?

I got the idea for this post from a fellow blogger at http://alltheweigh2009.blogspot.com/.  Thanks so much and I hope you don't mind me borrowing your idea but I would love to know where all my blogging buddies are from.  So where is everyone from and what do you like or dislike about where you live?  If you don't want anyone knowing who you are or where you live you can leave an anonymous post if you like.

I live in Lincolnton, North Carolina.  I love living here most of the time because its a small town but sometimes that can also be annoying to because there is not much here to do.  I live one hour from the mountains and five hours from the beach so thats nice.  Other than that its just your typical small town, nothing exciting here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts

Lunch- 2 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese and honey
           mustard on 2 slices whole wheat bread
           diet coke (16 oz)

Snack- 1 banana
            1 cinnamon toast crunch cereal bar

Dinner- 1 bowl of chicken pie
             water (16.9 oz)

Today wasn't a very good day as far as my water goes and I definitely shouldn't have eaten the cinnamon toast crunch cereal bar because it had 16 grams of sugar, but at least I am aware of that now.

I just finished my walk around the neighborhood and I did 2 miles in 28 minutes.

Weekly Goals (9/29/10-10/5/10)

I think I'm going to add a new weekly post to my blog entitled weekly goals.  I'm doing pretty good at my eating but there are still things that I believe I could improve on.  By setting weekly goals I hope to challenge myself to accomplish them.  I have found that smaller goals in a shorter period of time help me to keep from getting overwhelmed.  If I think of my weight loss journey as taking months or years to accomplish then I already want to give up but when I think that all I have to do is lose a pound or two each week then that seems more realistic and attainable.  So here is my list of goals for this week.




1.  Water-  My goal has been to drink 128 oz of water a day but I still have not managed to accomplish this so that is my first goal this week.

2.  Sugar- I posted yesterday about my sugar intake and how I was eating more than I should be and I got alot of feedback from fellow bloggers.  Their recommendation was to watch the sugar content in the processed foods I eat so that is my next goal.  I hope this next week to greatly reduce how much sugar I'm eating.

3.  Fruits-  I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal this next week is to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day.

4.  Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead.  I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up.  So my next goal for this week is to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in.

5. Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So this next week I plan on really watching my intake of carbs.

 
 
 
 
 
 6.  Exercise- I have been doing really good at exercise but I am adding that as one of my goals so that I make sure I continue to get all of my exercise in.  I am challenging myself to walk 5-6 days this week and at least 12 miles.
 
 
 
 
I think thats all my goals for this week if I think of any others I will add them later.  I'm hoping by changing all these things I increase my weight loss next week but even if I don't its still something I need to do for my health. 

I thought of a couple more goals I forgot to put on here.  Here they are:


7.  Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to set a goal to not drink any sodas this next week.








8.  Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy.  I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up.  So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food this next week.



Once again here is my revised list of goals for the next week and I'm sure I will think of more things but I don't want to pile to much on myself or I will end up disappointing myself.

Weigh In- Week 7

I got up this morning thinking that I wasn't going to lose anything this week; not because I didn't eat good or exercise enough just because I figured it was about time for me to have one week where I didn't lose but luckily I was wrong.  I got on the scale praying that I would see some kind of loss and when the screen finally lit up with the number it said 233.6 lbs.  Thats a loss of 1.8 lbs this week and a total of 13.4 lbs in 7 weeks.  I think thats pretty good, thats just about 2 lbs a week which I would be completely satisfied with.  My goal for this next week is to lose 1.6 lbs so that I can hit 15 lbs lost.  I can't believe I'm already that close to 15 lbs and then my next goal is to hit 20 lbs lost and then my 10% lost which would be 24.7 lbs.  I'm trying to set lots of mini goals so that I don't feel like I have so far to go between each milestone and I can celebrate my weight loss all along the way.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sugar Intake

On a earlier post I did here http://nevertheskinnygirl.blogspot.com/2010/09/recommended-daily-allowances.html I listed my recommended daily allowances of nutrients and on this post here http://nevertheskinnygirl.blogspot.com/2010/09/fruit-and-vegetable-nutrition-info.html I listed fruits and vegetables and how much of each nutrient they have.  I have really been trying to watch how much sugar I eat but I still feel like I'm not doing to good.  My problem isn't adding sugar to my foods its all the sugar I am eating that is naturally in foods.  According to what I have found the most sugar I should have in one day is 40 grams.  Does this mean added sugar or the sugar that is naturally in a food?  If it includes sugar in anything I eat then I am definitely going over this amount.  As you can see from the list below things that I thought were really good for you turn out to have alot of sugar in them.

Banana (1)- 14.4 grams sugar
Watermelon (1 cup)- 9.5 grams sugar
Cantaloupe (1 cup)- 13.9 grams sugar
Grapes (1 cup)- 23 grams sugar
Apple (1 medium)- 19 grams sugar
Applesauce (1 cup)- 23 grams sugar
Peaches (1 large)- 15 grams sugar
Pineapple (1 cup)- 26 grams sugar
Raisins (1 miniature box)- 8 grams sugar

Green Beans (1 cup)- 2 grams sugar
Broccoli (1 cup)- 2 grams sugar
Brussel Sprouts (1 cup)- 2 grams sugar
Cauliflower (1 cup)- 2 grams sugar
Corn (1 cup)- 5 grams sugar
Potato (1 large)- 3 grams sugar
Sweet Potato (1 large)- 12 grams sugar
Tomato (1 cup)- 5 grams sugar
Cucumber (1 medium)- 3 grams sugar

I know there are many more fruits and vegetables than what I have listed but these are the ones I like.  As you can see fruits have alot of natural sugar in them and with only having 40 grams a day to use 1 or 2 servings of fruit takes all of that.

Floriana from http://sugarlessdiet.blogspot.com/2010/09/bye-bye-tomatoes-see-you-next-year.html has a post today about eating sugar that you might find interesting and she listed a site called http://sugarstack.com/ that shows how much sugar is in some of the food we eat.  Here are some examples:

Coca cola (20 oz)- 63 grams sugar
Jello Gelatin, Cherry (1/2 cup)- 19 grams sugar
Craisins (40 grams)- 26 grams sugar
Yoplait, Light Yogurt, Strawberry (6 oz)- 14 grams sugar
Carrot sticks (8 sticks)- 4 grams sugar
Nutrigrain cereal bar, Strawberry (1 bar)- 13 grams sugar
Chocolate pudding, lowfat (1 cup)- 15 grams sugar
Reeses cups (2)- 20 grams sugar
Oreo cookies (4)- 14 grams
Fat free fig newtons (2 cookies)- 12 grams sugar
Ketchup (1 tbls)- 4 grams sugar

As you can see from this list I tried to pick out some things that had alot of sugar and some with not much.  If you really want the true impact of this site you need to visit http://sugarstack.com/ and you will be shocked by just how much sugar is in what we eat each day.

Just how important do you feel it is to avoid sugars that are naturally in fruits and vegetables?

I'm going to list some of what I have eaten today and how much sugar was in it just so you can get an idea how quickly it adds up.  Here it goes:

1 banana- 14.4 grams
1 cup broccoli- 2 grams
1 cup green beans- 2 grams
1/2 cup corn- 2.5 grams
1/2 cup jello- 19 grams
1 cup skim milk- 12 grams
1 1/2 cups bran cereal- 15 grams
1/4 cup mixed nuts- 7 grams

Now that isn't even everything I ate and that is already 73.9 grams of sugar.  How in the world do I decrease my sugar when I have to eat?  If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it very much.  I am definitely not eating anymore regular jello, now I know why it tasted so good, because of all of the sugar.  I may have to start skipping the banana to but you are suppose to get in fruit daily so how do you do it without eating to much sugar?  All opinions welcome.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 2 fresco ranchero soft chicken tacos (Taco bell)
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cups mixed nuts
            1 cup strawberry jello

Dinner- 1 riblet
             1 cup broccoli
             1 cup green beans
             1/2 cup corn
             1/2 cup baked beans
             1/2 cup broccoli cheddar rice
             water (16.9 oz)

I tried to watch my sugar intake better today.  I think I ate pretty good.

I'm not going to exercise today because I'm am sore from the 4 miles I did yesterday.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A kick in the butt

Earlier on my Food and Exercise Journal post I put that it was raining here and I hate walking on the treadmill so I was going to skip exercising today.  Well I was gone for awhile and when I came back online this was the comment I had:

"For us to suceed we must do things we dont always want to do. So get on the tread and get moving, you know you want to, you know its what you should do. I am just here to help and I wish someone would tell me what I need to hear more often. So I am telling you and I will also get my butt moving today just for you."

This comment came from Becki at  http://becki-myweightlossjourney.blogspot.com/ and this was the very first time that she had ever commented on my blog.  I immediately thanked her for leaving this comment and for giving me the kick in the butt I needed to get moving.  Lucky for me the rain had decided to take a break and I got ready and tackled my walk around the neighborhood.  At first I thought ok I can do 3 laps which would be 2.1 miles but then I wanted to go for more so I decided to go for 4 laps but still that wasn't good enough so I pushed myself to do 6 laps which was 4 miles.  When I got home I sent Becki a message thanking her again and dedicating those 4 miles to her. 


I know that I can't always depend on someone else to give me that extra push and most of the time I can find in within myself but not today.  I could have walked on the treadmill but I took the rain as an excuse to get out of exercising and Becki saw right through my excuse.  This is the wonderful weight loss community I have found that reaches out and gives support, encouragement and even a little nudge if need be to keep each other going.  Thanks to a stranger and hopefully a friend now I finished 4 miles toward my New Years goal that I wouldn't have done otherwise.  What a great feeling to know I have people rooting me on, I won't fail you.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1.5 oz raisins
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts
            1/4 dried fruit
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 2 riblets
            1 cup broccoli
            1 cup green beans
            1/2 cup corn
            1/2 cup baked beans
            1/2 cup broccoli cheddar rice
            1 deviled egg
            water (16.9 oz)

I skipped lunch today because I got to sleep in this morning and since I got up late I didn't need to squeeze in that extra meal but as you can see I made up for it at dinnertime.

I was suppose to exercise today but its raining here and I hate getting on the treadmill and the bad thing is its suppose to rain all day here tomorrow to.

Update:  Because of a fellow bloggers comment about me not exercising I changed my mind and went.  I ended up walking 4 miles around my neighborhood in 50 minutes...yay for me.... Thanks Becki.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

You have such a pretty face

I will give you a little background on this story.  Growing up my grandmother use to watch us while my parents worked and then when I got alittle older we lived right next to her so we were always seeing her.  My grandmother wasn't a bad person and she took good care of us but of all the people in my life that have made me feel bad about myself my grandmother was the worst.  She would always make the dreaded remark, you know the one....."you have such a pretty face if you would just lose weight".  Why is it people act like thats a compliment or that they are doing you a favor by pointing out how fat you are.  I assure you we already know and we don't need to hear it from anybody else.

About 10 years ago my grandmother moved away from here so I don't get to see her that often now.  Well she is staying with my parents for the next three months and this is her first night here so they decided to take her out to eat.  My kids went with them and my husband and myself stayed at home.  I ended up going to pick us up some take out at the same place my parents were going out to eat with my grandmother and as I was walking out from picking up my order they were getting out of their vehicle.  Now I haven't seen my grandmother in probably 6 months or more and when she saw me today you would expect her to have said hi and hugged me or something like that but what did I get?  The first remark out of her mouth was "Oh Christina"....I knew what was coming after that but luckily so did my mom and she said momma don't.  I went right back to my childhood of my grandmother making me feel like the ugliest duckling in the pond.  In that one second all the hardwork that I had done over the last 5 or 6 weeks was gone.  I was that same insecure person I have always been.  I couldn't wait to get in my car because I felt like I was a giant blimpe standing in the parking lot with everyone staring at me.

As soon as I got in my car I called my husband and he got to hear an earful about what had just happened.  Rest assured that as awful as it sounds my grandmother will not be seeing me much during this visit.  She has been called out on this many times before by mom who has told her if she doesn't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all.  And in her defense she does have alzehiemers and dimensia but I can't deal with the feelings she brings out in me.  I'm going to strong right now to let someone tear me down and possibly sabotage my weight loss journey.  I have to think about myself right now.

Well I better get to my exercise before it gets dark outside.  I'm sure alot of you have people that bring out these same emotions in you, what do you do about?  Just stay away from that person? 

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup trail mix
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 banana

Lunch- lettuce, 2 slices turkey, 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
           cheese, mushrooms, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds and
           2 tbls ranch dressing
           water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 fiber one bar
            1 apple

Dinner- small order shrimp fried rice
            water (16.9 oz)

Eating wasn't so great today but I will make up for it through my exercise tonight.

I plan on exercising here in just alittle while, I want to do 4 miles tonight.  I will update later to let you know how it went.

Update:  I had planned on walking 4 miles but on my second lap I seen a strike of lightining and thats all it took for me to kick it in high gear and get back home.  So I ended up only walking 1.4 miles which I'm not happy about but I will just have to walk tomorrow and make it up.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcome!!!!

When I first started this blog I never thought anyone would read it, I just figured it would be my own personal diary of my journey to lose weight.  Now in only alittle over two months I am one away from having 40 followers.  That is so incredible to me and means so much that anyone would want to take their time to read what I say and wish me luck and I just want to say thank you to you all.  I try to visit each one of your blogs and comment as often as I can or when I can relate to a topic you have wrote about but my time is kind of limited so don't think that I don't care or I'm not cheering you on because I am.  I know how much it means to have someones encouragement and support even if it is a stranger.  All the well wishes and good lucks from everyone that visits my blog is what keeps me going and I truly mean that.  If it wasn't for this blog I'm sure I would have given up along time ago and probably gained back the few pounds I have lost plus some.  I am happier and healthier right now and thats thanks to all of you.  I hope to make many more friends on here and one day return the wonderful gift that each one of you are giving me.  Thank you and I wish you all the luck in the world with your weight loss.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup trail mix
                 1 cup skim milk
                 Diet Dr Pepper (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 fiber one bar
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 grilled breast (KFC)
             1 grilled wing (KFC)
             1 ear corn (KFC)
             1 spoonful mashed potatoes & gravy (KFC)
             1 spoonful mac n cheese (KFC)
             3 bottles water (16.9 oz each)

Not the best eating day but I did skip lunch which really wasn't my intention but I got so busy I just didn't have time to eat.

I just finished walking 2.8 miles around my neighborhood, it took me 44 minutes.

Weight Loss Contest

Stephanie from http://unveilingthediva.blogspot.com/ is hosting a weight loss contest where you have to post a picture of yourself weighing in each Friday and at the end of 6 weeks she is giving a prize to the winner.  Here is what my scale said this morning
This isn't my official weigh in day, thats not until Tuesday but for this contest I have lost 2.2 lbs since last Friday.....yay for me.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Inspirational Weight Loss Quotes

I thought I would just list some motivational quotes that may help some of us get through the rough times. 

David Viscott
You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.

Eleanor Roosevelt
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Ralph Marston
Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.

George S. Patton
You're never beaten until you admit it.

Lee Iacocca
You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.

Unknown Author
You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.

Vince Lombardi
It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.
 
Thomas A. Edison
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas Jefferson
The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.

Carl Sandburg
The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Plato
The first and the best victory is to conquer self.

Vincent Lombardi
The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince.
 
Winston Churchill
Never, never, never, never give up.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix

Lunch- 2 egg omelet w/ mushrooms, onions and
            1/3 cup cheddar cheese
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 4 lowfat devils food cookies

Dinner- 2 fresco ranchero chicken soft tacos (taco bell)
            water (16.9 oz)

Looking at what I ate today it doesn't look to bad.  The scale is still going down so I guess thats a good sign.

I don't guess I'm exercising tonight I still have homework to finish for school tomorrow so I'm going to spend the time doing that.  I'll make up for it tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Hot 100 Challenge


Steve from http://logmyloss.com/ is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge.  The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010.  If you would like to join in on this challenge just visit the blog above before October 1, 2010 and sign up.  You can also find all of the rules for participating in this challenge on his blog.  One of the rules of participation is to set 3 realistic goals that you can try to accomplish before the New Year.  Here are my goals:

#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.

#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years.

#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.

There ya go my three goals and I have 100 days to achieve them.  Good luck to me and anyone else joining in this challenge

Giveaway

Jessica at http://pudget1.blogspot.com/ is hosting an awesome giveaway.  Vitalicious sent her a Supersampler pack to taste test and now they are giving one away to one of her followers.  Here is what you will receive if you win. 
Supersampler Pack (100 calories brownies and muffin tops)

Assortment of 100 calorie natural muffin tops and brownies:
4 Low Fat Deep & Velvety VitaBrownies
2 Low Fat Chocolate Mint VitaTops
2 Low Fat Banana Nut VitaTops
2 Low Fat Triple Chocolate Chunk VitaTops
2 Low Fat Deep Chocolate VitaTops
2 Low Fat Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaTops
2 Low Fat Golden Corn VitaTops
2 Low Fat CranBran VitaTops
2 Low Fat Apple Crumb VitaTops NEW
2 Low Fat RaisinBran VitaTops
2 Low Fat BlueBran VitaTops

If you would like to have a chance of winning this yummy prize just visit her blog and do one or all of the following to increase your chances of winning.  

1. Visit Vitalicious and come back and leave a comment telling me what you would like to try.
2. For a second entry "Like" Vitalicious on Facebook by clicking here and then leave me a comment telling me you did so.
3. For a third entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.
4. For a fourth entry become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave that in the comment section.
5. For a fifth and sixth entry follow me on twitter or facebook (leave separate comments).

The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 2010. For U.S Addresses Only.

Good luck to everyone.

Blog Award


Stephanie at http://unveilingthediva.blogspot.com/  gave me this wonderful blog award and I just want to say thank you.  The only thing I have to do in return is explain my blogging philosophy, motivation and experience in five words and give the award to ten other bloggers.



Now for the hard part explaining my philosophy, motivation and experience in five words........ok it took me awhile but I think I got it.....here it goes.......Improving my life each day.  I have made so many changes in my life in the last year and this is just another step in my transformation.  I'm working on bettering not only the inner me but the outer me to which will not only improve my life but my families life also. 

As for my ten nominees here they are:

http://sugarlessdiet.blogspot.com/
http://alltheweigh2009.blogspot.com/
http://pudget1.blogspot.com/
http://aperfectversionofmyself.wordpress.com/
http://266-twosixtysix.blogspot.com/
http://notryingjustdoing.blogspot.com/
http://katie-fttw.blogspot.com/
http://imshrinkingblubeari.blogspot.com/
http://mywalkfromflabtofab.blogspot.com/
http://meltingcandybegins.blogspot.com/

Congratulations to all of you and can't wait to see what  your philosophies are.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 oz raisins
                 1 cup skim milk
                 orange juice (12 oz)

Lunch- 2 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese, lettuce and
            honey mustard on 2 slices whole wheat bread
            1 banana
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 baked bbq chicken thigh
             1 cup roasted brussel sprouts
             1 cup roasted green beans
             1 cup roasted butternut squash
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt

I tried to eat healthier today and I think I did pretty good.  I made a trip to the grocery store and bought fresh brussels sprouts, green beans and butternut squash which I roasted.  My kids loved all the new veggies I fixed.  I will never eat brussel sprouts anyway but roasted again.  The green beans were ok but I think I prefer them boiled and the butternut squash was ok, it was kind of like eating pumpkin, the kids ate theirs with brown sugar and cinnamon. 

Well I thought I was just going to be lazy again tonight and not walk but I got up and got ready and hit the road.  I'm so proud of myself and now remember why I like walking so much.  I walked 3.5 miles in about an hour I think......I forgot to time myself.  It felt so good to sweat and just keep walking and pushing myself, you would think I would be tired right now but I feel so energized.  Walking is also a good stress reliever, I just turn my mp3 player on my favorite songs and tune out the whole world.  I love walking, now if I can just remember that on the days when I want to be lazy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 small box raisins
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- peanut butter and jelly sandwich on 2 slices
            whole wheat bread
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 banana
            1 cup lowfat yogurt

Dinner- small bowl of cheeseburger hamburger helper
             w/ 1 tbls lite sour cream and cheddar cheese
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 fiber one bar

Dinner was so good I could have eaten the whole pot but I just ate a small bowl.  I did go to the store today and tried to get some things I haven't tasted before but I didn't know if I would like them or not.  I did get kiwis and bananas and I was going to get some plums but I didn't know what they tasted like and they had something else called pluots does anyone know what they taste like.

I plan on exercising in alittle while once it cools down outside.

Weigh In- week 6

I am very happy about my weigh in this morning.  I lost 2 lbs this last week which is a total of 11.6 lbs in 6 weeks so I'm not that far behind my original goal of 2 lbs a week.  My next mini goal is to hit the 20 lbs lost mark, maybe by Halloween I will be there.  I would love to be under 200 lbs by Christmas which is 85 days away.  That would be 12 weeks to lose 35.5 lbs I don't think I will make it because that would be like 3 lbs a week, maybe by Valentines day then.   I think I'm going to list some goals and rewards in my sidebar soon I just have to take the time to sit down and come up with them.  It will help me to have something to aim for.  Thanks everybody for your support its what has gotten me this far. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- Veggie Burger w/o cheese and mayo (Burger King)
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 fiber one bar
            diet mt dew (20 oz)

Dinner- 2 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese, 2 slices tomato, lettuce
             and honey mustard on 2 slices whole wheat bread
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt
            1 cup jello

Maybe not my best eating day but not that bad.  I'm just not that interested in food or eating right now so I'm just eating for the sake of eating.

I'm taking today off of exercising because I have already exercised 4 days in a row.

Random Thoughts

I was thinking I can't believe that alittle less than a year ago I was 205 lbs and now I'm having to work so hard just to get back down to that point again.  I want this to be the very last time in my life that I have to lose weight.

I was thinking how lately food has become a second thought.  Its really not that important to me anymore and I don't get that hungry.  I was questioning whether I should even have dinner tonight or just eat a snack later.

I was thinking how great it feels to be so in control of my life and finally not let food rule me.  Why can't everyone else be as happy for me as I am?  Why does it feel like people set out to sabotage you?

I was thinking how proud I am of my son because he has started to exercise with me and he may grow up happy and healthy instead of always struggling with his weight like I did.  It feels good to set a good example for my kids.

I was thinking what is making me so strong and determined to lose weight this time?  Can it really be blogging that is keeping me motivated or was I just that fed up with being overweight?

I was thinking what if I wake up one morning and my motivation is gone and I fail once again?  Nah.....forget that not going to happen.

I was thinking where I will be a year from now.....two years from now....three years from now.  Hopefully at my goal weight....finally accepting and loving every inch of my body and never allowing anyone to make me feel bad about myself again. 

I was thinking how good its going to feel when I've finally accomplished my weight loss goal and I can use all of this energy focusing on improving something else in my life. 

And lastly I was thinking how wonderful its going to feel to let the real me shine and not have to hide behind my fat anymore.  I have grown so much in the last year and I feel like this is just the beginning....from losing weight to going back to school I am starting my life over and making the most of it.  I am a beautiful butterfly emerging from my cocoon.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 2 grilled honey mustard wraps (McDonalds)
            snall wild berry smoothie (McDonalds)

I woke up late today so I skipped lunch, I may have a snack afterwhile.  I know my eating wasn't good today at all but I'll be back on track tomorrow.

I walked 2.1 miles in 28 minutes around my neighborhood, thats the fastiest I have walked it so far.  Walking with my son is really encouraging me to push myself and we even jogged some of it.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Updates

Well I had a big surprise this morning.  I got up early to get ready to go to the Apple Festival in our town and after I took a shower and dried my hair I decided to just step on the scale to see how I was doing, even though I just weighed yesterday.  To my surprise I had dropped 2 lbs since yesterday, from 237 lbs to 235 lbs.  I think changing up my food alittle has really shocked my body into letting go of the weight.  I'm just hoping that by my official weigh in day, which is Tuesday, that my weight is still down because if it is I will have dropped 2.4 lbs this week.  Woooooohooooooooo.



I need suggestions.  Last week I came up with a challenge for myself, to walk 160 miles by New Years.  Well I'm doing really good, I've already walked 12 miles of that in the last week and a half.  As a reward for accomplishing my challenge I was going to buy a pair of Skecher Shape Ups.  Well after I went to the Apple Festival I went shopping with my mom and guess what, I bought my Shape Ups.  I just couldn't resist so now I have to come up with a new reward.  Any suggestions?  I'm thinking maybe a new piece of photography equipment but I would appreciate any ideas you have.  I will eliminate a few things, I don't get manicures, pedicures or massages so those things are out.  I feel kind of guilty about getting the Shape Ups when I was suppose to have completed my challenge first but I just couldn't resist the price and they are so cute.  I walked in them tonight and its definitely going to take some getting use to.  When I first put them on I felt like I was off balance because the bottoms aren't firm they are like a cushion which I guess is whats suppose to make them work your legs and butt out.  I could feel a difference walking in them, especially going up hills.  Lets hope they help firm up my legs and they make my butt firm enough to bounce a quarter off of....lol. 
Here is the pair I got I just love pink.



Well I guess thats all for tonight.  I hope everyone is eating right and working out hard we are all going to ring in the New Year alot healthier and this will be one year where we don't have to make a weight loss resolution because we have already started our journeys.  Good luck to all of you and have a great night.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix
            1/4 of a funnel cake           
            water (16.9 oz)
          
Lunch- 5 oz rotisserie chicken breast
            1 roll
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 lowfat mozzarella stick

Dinner- Turkey Wrap w/ turkey, tomato, bean sprouts,
             ranch and guacamole on a whole wheat tortilla
             from Jasons Deli
             1 cup of cantaloupe and strawberries w/ fruit dip
             water (16.9 oz)

I ate pretty good today considering I went to a local festival with lots of yummy food. 

I'm getting ready to do my usual 2.1 miles right now.

Apple Festival

Today has been a very busy day.  I got up this morning and my oldest son and myself went to out local Apple Festival.  I was worried about how I was going to get through not eating any of the yummy food there but it was really easy.  I ate my usual breakfast and some trail mix before I went so I really wasn't hungry.  When we got there we walked around looking at all of the crafts and then as we were leaving my son wanted a funnel cake which was fine with me.  I did have about 1/4 of the funnel cake but I do not feel quilty about that at all.  It was very good and I was proud of myself for not giving into temptation.  Here are a few pictures from our fun day out together.
This is the main street they have the Apple Festival on.

A fun area for the kids to play in.

All the yummy stuff I couldn't have.

Lots of music and fun.

My oldest son Brandon eating his funnel cake.

A close up of his yummy funnel cake that I got to eat some of.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Festival Food

I have a new challenge tomorrow, our town is having their annual Apple Festival.  I'm hoping my willpower holds up because there is so much food at this festival.  Everything from barbeque to turkey legs, burgers to hotdogs and then there are the sweets; chocolate covered bananas, funnel cakes, candied apples and cotton candy.  I wasn't planning on going but my husband has to work in the morning and my youngest sons are with their father this weekend so I'm taking my oldest son with me.  Hopefully I will be so busy taking pictures that I completely forget about the food.  I've tried to think of healthy alternatives I can have at the festival but there really are none.  At least alot of booths give out free bottles of water so I should get plenty of that.  I also plan on buying a big bag of apples but other than that there is nothing healthy there.  Its kind of like going to the fair, the same kind of food.  What do you recommend me do?  Just have willpower and eat before I go?  Take a snack with me to get me through until I get home?  Just give in and let myself have one thing?....which I don't really want to do because it will just make me feel bad. 

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 3 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese, 3 slices tomato,
            lettuce and honey mustard on 2 slices whole
            wheat bread
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 lowfat mozzarella stick
            1 fiber one bar
            diet dr pepper (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 5 oz rotisserie chicken breast
            1 roll
            water (16.9 oz)

I know I needed to add veggies to dinner but when I went to the store to get the chicken I just couldn't find any veggies that I wanted tonight.  I really didn't want to cook so thats why I bought a rotisserie chicken already cooked.

I just finished my 2.1 miles around the neighborhood.

Weight Loss Contest

Stephanie from http://unveilingthediva.blogspot.com/ is hosting a weight loss contest where you have to post a picture of yourself weighing in each Friday and at the end of 6 weeks she is giving a prize to the winner.  If you would like to be part of her contest you can find the details on her blog but you have to post your first picture by tonight at midnight.  Here is my first picture weighing this morning when I got up and I'm very proud because even though its not my weigh in day I'm down .4 lbs since Tuesday. 

Good luck to everyone who decides to participate in this contest.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Photography photos

I know this has nothing to do with weight loss but I thought I would post the pictures I developed today.  I'm still learning but I'm proud of what I've learned so far.





Sorry for the quality I had to scan them.  Tomorrow I am suppose to be getting a digital camera and I can't wait.  We only learn to process black and white film at school but pretty soon we will start working with a digital camera so we will be able to do either black and white or color. 

A New Life

I was sitting here thinking about how much my life has changed since the beginning of the year.  January 1st, 2010 I was seperated from my husband, no job, wasn't going to school, gaining weight, just going through the motions each day.  Now here it is September 16th, 2010, only 9 months later and I'm back with my husband, still no job but that will come after I finish school, I went back to college majoring in photography which I absolutely love and I'm finally eating right and exercising and losing weight.  It almost seems to good to be true; noone pinch me and wake me up. 

The New Years is only 3 1/2 months off and I want to be a new person when I ring in the New Year.  I will be starting my third semester of college with only 2 more semesters to go after that until I graduate and I hope by the time I graduate and walk across that stage that my transformation will be complete.  Its so hard to explain how hard life has been for me and how I never had any hopes for it changing but I'm making it change.  I think positively now and I make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen.  I see a whole new future for me, one where I can be anything I want to be.  I hope this feeling never goes away,
watch out world because here I come

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 3 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese, 4 slices tomato,
            lettuce and honey mustard on 2 slices whole
            wheat bread
            1 cup lowfat yogurt
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 fiber one bar

Dinner- 1 honey mustard grilled snack wrap (McDonalds)
             diet dr pepper (12 oz)

Snack- 1 lowfat mozzarella stick

My eating was pretty good today but I am going to have to ease up on the fast food.  Its just hard because life has been so hectic lately that its easier to stop and get something for dinner then to come home and fix dinner.  I do have to say though that while everyone else in my house is eating burgers and chicken nuggets I'm eating the healthiest thing that the restaurant has so I am still doing good.  Its really becoming a habit to eat healthy and its not even something that I have to struggle with, lets just hope it stays that way.

I just finished walking 2.1 miles with my hubby around the neighborhood, it took us 32 minutes.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 2 packs of instant oatmeal
                 1 banana
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts
             water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- veggie burger no mayo or cheese (Burger King)
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 fiber one bar
            diet dr pepper (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 5 oz roasted chicken breast, 1 slice cheese and
            honey mustard on 2 slices whole wheat bread
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 lowfat mozzarella stick

I was so busy today that eating was a second thought, I like days like this.

I didn't exercise today only because I just ran out of time.

Big Surprise

I had a very pleasant surprise this morning.  I got up as usual and got everyone off to school and took a shower and started to get ready for school myself.  I layed out my clothes and got dressed and to my surprise the blue jeans that were tight on me a couple of weeks ago were now lose.  It felt so good to not be stuffed into a pair of pants and by the time I got to school they were even loser.  Of course the first place that I would notice weight loss would be in my butt and thighs.   I have only lost 9.6 lbs but I guess that all came off of my butt.....lol....I'm not going to complain though because at least I'm losing.  I walked around at school all day feeling like my butt wasn't filling my pants, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about so I won't be wearing these pants again.  I wish I had taken measurements of myself before I started just so I could see the difference number wise but its still nice to be able to tell a difference in my clothing.  Next I hope I start seeing the weight loss in my stomach area because thats where I really need it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1/4 cup mixed nuts
            1 cup cinnamon applesauce
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 1 slice turkey, 1 slice cheese, honey mustard,
            lettuce and 3 slices tomato on 2 slices whole wheat bread
            1 lowfat cheese stick
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 2 slices pepperoni pizza
            1 bread stick
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt
            water (16.9 oz)

I did eat pizza for dinner tonight because I have alot to do once the kids get home from school and I didn't have time to fix dinner today.  Other than the pizza my eating was pretty good today.

For my exercise I walked 2.1 miles in 31 minutes around my neighborhood.

Weigh in- week 5

After all my worrying and complaining last night I got on the scale this morning and I had lost weight. Its still not 2 or 3 lbs but I will take it. I lost 1 lb so thats a total of 9.6 lbs in 5 weeks. That puts me .4 lbs behind my goal of losing 2 lbs a week. I think I'm going to have to adjust my goal to 1 lb a week at least until my I figure out why I'm losing so slow or my weight loss picks up. Here are my new goals if I lose 1 lb a week from here on out for a year.



August 10, 2010- 247 lbs (starting weight)

September 7, 2010- 239 lbs

October 5, 2010- 234 lbs

November 2, 2010- 229 lbs

November 30, 2010- 225 lbs (24 lb loss for Thanksgiving, thats a lot to be thankful for)

December 28, 2010- 220 lbs (27 lb loss for Christmas would make it a very merry Christmas)

January 25, 2011- 215 lbs

February 22, 2011- 210 lbs

March 22, 2011- 205 lbs

April 19, 2011- 200 lbs

May 17, 2011- 195 lbs (it would be nice to celebrate our 5 year anniversary with me under 200 lbs)

June 14, 2011- 190 lbs

July 12, 2011- 185 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)

August 9, 2011- 180 lbs (67 lbs is alot to lose in a year)


I would be pretty happy to be at 180 lbs by this time next year.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hopeless

What do you do when you are starting to feel like losing weight is hopeless?  I'm not at that point yet but I keep asking my husband how come I'm not losing much weight when I'm eating right and exercising.  I know its better to lose the weight slower because then you have a better chance of keeping it off but it just feels like the scales not moving.  I'm still determined to lose weight so I'm not giving up but I do have that fear that one morning I'm just going to wake up and say screw it I'm tired of working so hard for nothing.  I read other peoples blogs and I know I should not compare myself to them but they are losing 2 or 3 lbs a week.  My weigh in is tomorrow and right now I don't even think I'm going to have a loss this week.  I just don't get what is stalling my weight loss.  I know as you get older your metabolism slows down but just a year ago I dropped 40 lbs doing Weight Watchers.  I compare how I eat now to how I ate 2 months ago and it is a tremendous difference.  Could it be the medicine I'm on, my doctor did do some blood work to make sure everything is working right but I haven't gotten the results yet.  I'm going to call her tomorrow and see if I can find out.  Its never been this hard for me to lose weight before.  I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome years ago but once I got down to a certain weight that didn't seem to be an issue anymore but I'm wondering if its not back now.  I haven't had my period now in a couple of months but there is pretty much no chance that I'm pregnant because I got my tubes tied over 7 years ago.  Maybe my PCOS is back and that can make it harder to lose weight.  If I could just figure out what is standing in my way then I can change it but I have no idea at this point.  I know that I'm not exercising as much as I should be but I've lost weight before without exercising at all.  Its like trying to find a needle in a haystack as to what is going to work for me.  I feel like I'm just being such a complainer but never in my life have I put so much into to losing weight only to get so little in return.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 cup frosted flakes
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 granola bar
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 2 slices turkey, honey mustard, 3 slices of tomato
            and lettuce on 2 slices whole wheat bread
            1 cup nonfat yogurt
            1 cup grapes
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 lowfat mozzarella stick
            1/4 cup mixed nuts
           
Dinner- 1 cup cauliflower
             1 cup green beans
             1 cup corn
             water (16.9 oz)

I tried really hard to watch what I was eating today and stick to my eating plan.  I decided to eat just vegetables for dinner because I had already gone over the amount of sugar, protein and sodium I was suppose to have for the day.  Any suggestions on how to improve what I'm eating would be appreciated.  I know I should have avoided the granola bar but I was so hungry this morning in photography class and I mentioned it to the girl sitting beside me and she offered me a granola bar; I think it was because I cut my cereal I ate for breakfast in half.

Well I was going to walk but I got lazy, why do we make excuses to get out of doing the things that make us healthy?

Black Bean Cookies

I posted a recipe the other day for black bean brownies and everyone in my house loves them.  When I first heard of putting black beans in brownie mix I decided to experiment with other recipes to see how it worked and I came up with these.

Black Bean Cookies

Ingredients:
1 pack Double Chocolate chip cookie mix
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
3/4 cup water

Drain and rinse black beans and puree beans and water together.  Add pureed mixture to cookie mix and stir until combined.  Spoon onto baking sheet.  Bake as directed on box.  I thought they were just as good as the original recipe.

Eating plan

I've been eating the same way for about 5 weeks now with not much weight loss so I have decided to make a few changes.

First off my breakfast, I've been eating 2 cups of cereal for breakfast and I've even tried cutting the sweetier cereal with another kind thats not so sweet to reduce the sugar content but now I've decided to just eat 1 cup instead of 2 cups because I still believe I am eating to many carbs.  I may add a piece of fruit or a cup of yogurt to my breakfast to keep me full. 

Secondly concerns my snacks, I've been eating alot of sweet fruits and cereal bars and I've already chosen to give up my favorite fruit, watermelon because I just believe I was eating to much of it and if its in the house I'm going to eat it.  I think I'm going to reduce my fruit intake to 1 1/2 cups which is what the food pyramid recommends.  This amounts to about 1 banana, 1 small apple and 1 large peach.  If you want to determine what is the appropriate amount for you then click on this link http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/fruits_amount.aspx

Next I've been eating a sandwich for lunch most of the time and I've already switch from mayo to mustard and from white bread to whole wheat bread.  I think the only improvement I can make would be adding veggies to my sandwiches such as lettuce and tomato.  The food pyramid recommends that I get 2 1/2 cups a day of vegetables which I can definitely get between lunch and dinner.  If you want to determine what is the appropriate amount for you then click on this link http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/vegetables_amount.aspx#

The food pyramid recommends that I get 3 cups of dairy which I don't really get in on an average day so I will have to work on this.  I need to start replacing some of my snacks like granola bars and cereal bars with a cup of yogurt which would count toward my dairy.  If you want to determine what is the appropriate amount for you then click on this link http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/milk_amount.aspx

Now for my dinners; I have improved alot on my dinners from reducing my carb intake to increasing the amount of vegetables I try to get in.  I do need to start watching my serving sizes though because you can still over eat on something good for you.  I think I need to start using a measuring cup to determine the right portion size at least until I can eyeball it. 

As for what I drink, I only drink water and maybe once a week a diet soda but I do need to increase my water intake.  I have been trying to do this for awhile with not much success.  I think I need to make a daily chart where I can mark off my water as I drink it.  This may sound extreme to you but you have to understand that I plan out everything I'm going to do everyday of my life so this isn't really out of the usual for me.  My recommended daily intake of water for my weight is 120 oz.  If you want to determine what the appropriate amount of water to drink daily for you is click on this link http://espring.com/English/home.aspx

I'm going to the grocery store tomorrow and stock up on some foods that I want to try and I need in the house.  I have a list on my blog of low fat, low calorie, high fiber foods which you can find by clicking on this link http://nevertheskinnygirl.blogspot.com/2010/09/bored-with-my-eating.html  .  This is my grocery list for tomorrow:  water packed tuna, canned peaches and pineapples, pinto beans (I may throw them in the crockpot), bran cereal, raisins, mixed nuts, jello, applesauce, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, cucumbers, yellow squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, grapes, cantaloupe, low fat yogurt, broccoli, ground turkey and sunflower seeds.  By having lots of stuff to chose from I'm hoping to stick to my healthy eating plan.

If you have any suggestions to improve my eating or weight loss effort please feel free to comment.  I hope some of these links can help you determine the proper amounts of food to be eating daily.  Good luck with your eating plans.