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Goals for 2011

I don’t like the word “resolution” when it comes to the new year. Let’s face it, you resolve to do something and the resolution gets thrown out the window by the second week of January. There are several things I would like to accomplish in the next year. This year has been a pretty good year (I did start my blog this year, after all). But I have a feeling that next year will be even better. :)

1) Control sugar cravings. I am all for having things in moderation. But lately, my sweet tooth has gotten a bit out of control. I am trying to lose weight and I need to eat foods that are more nutritious. Plus, when I start to eat something sweet I have a hard time stopping. Maybe it would be nice to work on that as well. :)

2) Eat more veggies (and try new things). I have a hard time fitting veggies into my diet. Fruits are easier (maybe because they are sweet). I also didn’t grow up eating fresh veggies (or many veggies at all), so it can be hard to step out of my comfort zone. This year, I did try some new veggies for the first time: I tried fresh green beans, roasted asparagus, and even a rutabega! Now I just have to keep that momentum going.

roasted green beans

3) Push myself in my workouts (try new ones). I get bored easily with my workouts. That happens when you do the same workout over and over again. I need to try new workouts and more importantly than that, I need to try workouts that will challenge me. I haven’t done level 2 of 30 day shred since the first time I tried it. I think it’s because part of me doesn’t want to fail at a tougher workout. I want to push myself and really see what my body can do.

4) Travel more. My husband and I did hardly any travelling this year. There was a trip that we took to Los Angeles for my birthday in May. As fun as that was, I have been to Los Angeles about five times. I would like to go somewhere new, maybe Italy. That may be a bit optimistic, but we will see. My husband and I are determined not to use credit cards EVER, so the only way we will go on a trip is to save enough money for it. We do have a plan. I want to go to Italy very badly, but if we don’t save up enough money for that, I’m sure we will go somewhere else that is exciting. And to be honest, this may be the last year we are able to take a nice trip without having to worry about a baby. :)

5) Run (or walk) Peachtree Road Race (10K). Corey and I did this race in July of this year. It was our first time and I had a great time. Even though we finished, I really dragged through the race and had an awful time. I am not the fastest runner at ALL, but the reason I dragged was due to lack of training and improper nutrition. I haven’t been running much lately, but I intend to change that. I have had some issues with my knees this year, so this goal is contingent upon how my body reacts to running. I plan on downloading the Couch to 10K app to ease back into it.

at the starting line for my first (and only) 10K!

6) Do 20 real push-ups. I can’t do even one real push-up. I can barely do 20 “fake” push-ups. But I intend to build up my arm strength and change this. I want to feel empowered next year!

7) Cut back on T.V. Caitlin had an awesome post yesterday about how much TV she watches and why she wants to cut back on it. My husband and I DVR so many things and sometimes it seems that catching up on the DVR is more important than spending time with each other. There are some nights in which we need to cut off the TV and just talk to each other . . . or maybe read. I haven’t decided which. ;) But seriously, I want to improve my relationship with my husband in the upcoming year and I think this is a great place to start.

8) Improve my photography on my blog. Believe it or not, my pictures have improved dramatically since I started the blog in August. But I want to improve upon them even further. Maybe a new camera for my birthday in May would help. ;)

9) Take cooking classes. I am not a great cook. I like it fast and I like it easy. I also lack creativity, as well as technical skill. I would love to discover new recipes and new ways to cook. Plus, it would be a great way to spend time with Corey that doesn’t involve the television.

10) Learn to like myself. Okay, maybe this one should have been first. But I guess I’m saving the best for last. :) I don’t like myself. There, I said it. I realized today while my husband and I were shopping, that I don’t even like looking at myself in the mirror. I actually avoid it. I had gotten better at it, but I find that lately I use the “f” word more and more. I also negate every single compliment that my husband gives me, whether it’s about my appearance or not. Yes, I am trying to lose weight. But I have realized that if I don’t start to accept myself for who I am, then the weight will just creep back on. It happened before and it can happen again. But if I start to like myself again, then maybe once I lose weight I will actually be satisfied. Last time I reached my goal weight, I kept wanting to lose more and more. Looking back, I know that I was dependent on the number on the scale to make me happy. Once I realize that my happiness isn’t contingent on the number on the scale, then I will probably be a lot happier.

I suppose those goals will do for now. What are your goals for 2011?

Out with the Old

After all the sugar and junk food I consumed this weekend, I was determined to get back on track as soon as possible. And I believe I succeeded. :)

For breakfast, I created a deliciously filling (and nutritious) dish. I have been craving rice pudding for a while. I have talked before about the fact that I detest oatmeal. Most mornings I will eat eggs and bacon for breakfast. As much as I love that breakfast, it doesn’t fill me up for very long . . . plus, it can get boring after a while. So I decided to make a dish out of brown rice that was sure to be nutritious and filling.

Rice Pudding (serves 1)

1 cup cooked brown rice
3/4 cup skim milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
dash of vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook on low (stirring frequently) until thick and creamy, about 5-7 minutes.

My husband went to get a haircut this morning and on his way back, he surprised me with a Starbucks Gingerbread Latte. How sweet is that? I didn’t even think they would have them past Christmas. And he knows exactly how I like it, which shows he has been paying attention. ;)

After breakfast (which filled me up for hours), my husband and I decided that the house was in desperate need of cleaning. I am so glad that my husband and I don’t have to be at work again until next Monday. Today, we declared it “cleaning day.”

We have gone through every single room and every single drawer. We made a trash pile and a donate pile. Anything that I know I did not use or need, I put in one of those piles.

 

This is the donate pile!

 

I feel like this cleaning was a great way to declutter not only my house, but my life. Believe it or not, I have clothes that are too big or too small. I decided to make it my mission to only keep clothes that actually fit.

These are pants that are a size 9. At one time, these were my favorite pants. However, I haven’t been able to fit into them in roughly five years. I am trying to lose weight, so I kept them for the occasion when I would fit into them again. Then I realized that these pants were also a reminder. They were a reminder of a time when I lost weight by eating under 1000 calories a day and exercising constantly. Do I really need a reminder of that time in my life?

Hopefully, there will come a time when I am a size 9 again. But if (and when) that time comes, I will buy new pants that are a symbol of my new healthy lifestyle.

I had breakfast around 10:00, so I didn’t actually get hungry until after 2:00. I was also quite busy cleaning. Since I wasn’t starving, I still had to force myself to eat something. I ended up with a simple plate of whole wheat pasta, some pasta sauce, and cooked chicken.

I must have been hungrier than I thought because I ate every bite!

The rest of the afternoon was spent with more cleaning. Corey had plans to have dinner with a friend, so I used that time to work out, enjoy watching TV shows (like American Dad) that he doesn’t like, and of course . . . more cleaning. I actually tried to tell myself that as a “reward” for cleaning, I didn’t have to work out. Every time I tried to make that excuse, I rejected it.

My body was craving a work out and cleaning just didn’t cut it. I hadn’t done a strenuous workout in about a week. If I made excuses why I didn’t have to work out today, I would do the same thing tomorrow . . . and the next day, and so on. Operation: Get Back on Track required some exercise, even if it wasn’t a full hour. I ended up working out for about 40 minutes, which made me feel great. I did a couple of Exercise TV On Demand workouts. I did Jillian Michaels’ Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism and Kim Kardashian’s Ab Sculpt workout. It was a first for the Kim Kardashian ab workout and I will definitely be doing it again. It was an awesome mix of cardio moved and floor work.

During our afternoon of cleaning, my husband and I made a big pot of chili. It simmered on the stove for roughly two hours. Everyone knows that the longer chili simmers, the better it tastes. After my workout, I had a big bowl of chili.

I also had a buttered piece of organic multigrain bread. The dinner was delicious!

Now it’s time to relax a little and finish up our cleaning. We are almost finished and we would like to get it done today so that we don’t have to worry about it for the rest of our break. Good night everyone!

Home Sweet Home

I’m back from Alabama!

While I had a great time, I am glad to be home.

There is just something about resting in my own bed and getting back to a routine. Over the past several days, I have eaten too many sweets.

I spent time with my family.

 

me, my dad, and my grandmother

My niece playing with Callie

 

We played games.

 

Playing Scrabble Slam with my husband and my sister. Awesome game!

 

I also ate small portions of all the fabulous food.

I ate veggies when they were an option.

 

Subway sandwich with lots of veggies

salad with broccoli, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, and raisins

 

I even took walks with my husband and my dog and admired some beautiful scenery.

Over the last few days, I have experienced very little food guilt. But now it is time for Operation: Get Back on Track. The holidays are over and the real world beckons. My waistline will be very happy.

Merry Christmas!

Yes, I know Christmas was yesterday but I still wanted to get that out of the way.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! I am in Alabama with my husband, celebrating the holiday with his family. I will be back to my normal blogging schedule on Tuesday, when we get back.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Today has been a good day.

My husband offered to make me breakfast this morning. I didn’t take a picture, but he made me a tasty breakfast sandwich. The sandwich consisted of multigrain bread from Whole Foods, one “fried” egg, bacon, and some cheese. Oh, and hot sauce of course. ;)

Corey and I decided to exchange presents this morning since we were going to be with family for the rest of the weekend.

We didn’t want to get each other anything big because the iPhones we bought ourselves recently were our Christmas gifts to each other. But since my husband just has to get me something for Christmas. we decided to get each other something small.

My wonderful husband got me 2 gift cards.

Itunes and Starbucks, here I come!

I am so excited to use the Starbucks one. I see a Gingerbread Latte in my future. :)

He also got me candy that I can actually eat!

He said it was unbelievably hard to find me candy that I can eat. Since I can’t eat chocolate (due to migraines), that cuts out most of the Christmas candy that is available. But these white chocolate covered pretzels look delicious . . .  and very festive! :)

Best of all, he got me a new lunch tote for work! I carry my lunch to work every single day and my old lunch bag was feeling the wear and tear.

I love my new bag!

Corey loved his gifts. I also gave him an Itunes gift card. I gave him some Reese’s peanut butter cups in the shape of Christmas trees (he loves those things). I also gave him a funny T-shirt.

He hates pickles . . . really, he despises them. So when I found this shirt, I knew I had to get it for him. And he loved it!

We also gave Callie one of her presents too. I think she was feeling a little left out of the Christmas fun.

Callie's new toy!

After the joys of opening some gifts, we decided to watch Elf. Neither one of us had seen it. We both thought it was really funny.

The rest of the day was spent in a mad scramble to pack for our trip. We are spending the night with my family tonight. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be leaving for Alabama to see his family and we won’t be back until Tuesday.

Yes, I know this is a lot of stuff . . . and this is just for me and Callie! I have my suitcase for my clothes and the blue duffel bag has food and toys for Callie. I also have a bag with the candy Corey gave me, along with a couple if books for the road. Also, I packed a bag with some water bottles (because our filtered water really is the best) and some healthy snacks to take to Alabama. Last time we went to Alabama, I was not happy with the fact that I ate junk food the entire weekend. This time, I am being proactive and taking along some grapes and pears. I need some fruit to balance out all that junk food! :)

And what day would be complete without a stop at Whole Foods? That place was packed! Yesterday, I tried their pecan pie cookies for the first time and I had a major craving for them. Since I had a sneaking suspicion they would be gone after the holidays, I wanted to get my fill now!

These cookies are so freaking tasty. Believe it or not, I took a picture of the ingredients.

Sneaky, I know. I’ve never created a cookie recipe before but I think I will have to recreate this as best I can when I get a chance. They are so good!

My husband and I now have to leave for my family’s place. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with them (and eating the steak that is on the menu). But first . . . I have to try out my new gift card for a Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks. ;) I hope everyone else is having a great Christmas Eve!

I should feel bad . . .

I should feel bad that I did not have one piece of fruit today.

I should feel bad that the only “vegetables” I ate today were the ones in my leftover Pizza Pot Pie . . .

as well as the baked fries I had with dinner.

I should feel bad that I bought some Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Chocolate because eating it may or may not give me a headache.

I should feel bad that I used two Pecan Pie cookies from Whole Foods as shopping fuel.

I should feel bad that I did not exercise today.

But it’s hard to feel bad when the gifts are all wrapped.

And the stockings are filled.

And I FINALLY found Gingerbread Spice tea!

And it’s Christmas Eve Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! What do you refuse to feel bad about today?

Wordless Wednesday

New isn’t always better

I tried a new workout today. I have spoken before about my cardio boredom. Since today was my cardio day, I wanted to try a new workout. So what do I do when I want to try something new? I turn to Comcast On Demand of course. :)

Has anyone heard of a new workout called Piloxing? The description said it was a combination of Pilates and kickboxing. Sounds interesting, right? Wrong. Now maybe it was the instructor. I don’t know. What I do know is that the instructor went really fast in her moves and even worse, the moves weren’t making me break a sweat . . . . at ALL. The people doing the exercise with her also made these annoying sounds. They were supposed to be sounds of excitement, but they were just annoying. Granted, I only did about 7 minutes of the 20 minute workout, but there was no Pilates, just kickboxing. When she did a move that she called “driving a car,” I knew I had to get out of there. I stopped it and moved on to something else. Yech. Has anyone ever tried Piloxing? Maybe you had a better experience than I did.

But one new workout that I did enjoy was (surprisingly) Kim Kardashian’s Ultimate Butt Body Sculpt workout . It was a 20 minute workout in which she (along with an instructor) performed a LOT of squats and lunges. I love that the instructor took the time to point out correct form for the exercises. This workout KILLED. My thighs are screaming right now. The only issue I had was that Kim was wearing a low cut shirt and the camera kept doing weird shots at her chest or her crotch. Do they think guys are watching this? But it really was an amazing workout!

That’s all for now. So excited because Christmas is almost here . . . :)

Operation: Get Back on Track

After this weekend’s sugar binge, I had to start today on the right track. I know that I have to force myself to start eating better again. The fact that I haven’t worked out since last Thursday is not helping. :( So this week will officially be Operation: Get Back on Track. Catchy name, yes?

I started the day with a healthy breakfast of eggs, all natural bacon, cheese, and 365 Organic Mighty Multigrain bread. Of course, I couldn’t forget the hot sauce. ;)

This breakfast was tasty, filling, and healthy. Loved it!

I continued my healthy eating at lunch. I had Jason’s Deli (I LOVE this place!). I had half a whole grain wrap with marinated chicken, sautéed onions and peppers, and low-fat honey mustard.

I had some of their delicious Southwest Chicken Chili with my wrap.

This evening, when I got home the last thing I felt like doing was working out. I was tired from work and just tired in general. But I remember a good point that Julie made recently. There are 168 hours in a week. Seven hours dedicated to exercise is really not that much in the grand scheme of things. So I did a (very intense) 40 minute strength training workout by Exercise On Demand, followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical. I felt so much better after the workout! I am going to repeat this to myself when I am not motivated to work out.

After my workout, I played with my dog a bit and my husband made a delicious dinner: whole wheat pasta with organic pasta sauce and some cooked chicken breast as well. Yummy!

The highlight of my day? Receiving my very first Christmas gift, courtesy of Amazon. My very good friend, Luke sent me a few items off my Amazon wish list. This was a total surprise, which made it even better!

In the package was Seduced by Bacon: recipes an lore about American’s favorite indulgence, Pumpkin: a super food, for all 12 months of the year, and A Reliable Wife. I have to admit that when I saw the books about pumpkin and bacon, I was drooling a little. I can’t wait to go through all the recipes! And the third one, A Reliable Wife, will be perfect reading material for my upcoming trip to Alabama to visit Corey’s family. Thanks Luke! :)

It occurred to me today that it is going to be difficult to schedule in time for working out this week. Difficult, but not impossible. There are a million things to do in the days leading up to Christmas. There are last minute gifts to buy, presents to wrap, baking to be done, an oven that needs replacing, and of course I will have to pack for a trip to Alabama to visit my husband’s family.

With all of these items on my to-do list, the stress is going to be higher than ever. I will probably feel like skipping workouts to do other things (or just relax and watch TV) and I will probably feel the urge to binge on sweet snacks. I need to focus on my goal of losing weight and remember how incredible working out makes me feel. I may not be able to lose very much weight this holiday season, but I can certainly do my best to maintain it. And if I stay active, maybe I won’t feel so guilty if I have an extra cookie (or four). :)

How are you planning on staying fit this holiday season?

Sugar Coma

This weekend was fun . . . and also made me sick a little bit. But I will get to that part.

Last night, Corey and I drove to the middle of nowhere to see some Christmas lights. We went to Calloway Gardens’ Fantasy of Lights. These lights are awesome! Plus, they really got me in the Christmas spirit, as if I didn’t have plenty of that already.

At Calloway Gardens, there were lights (obviously).

We shopped a little . . .

And bought a new Christmas ornament.

We also ate. And by “we,” I mean me. :)

That, my friends, is a funnel cake with blueberry topping. Believe it or not, I ate the whole thing. :(

I don’t know what I was thinking because I felt so incredibly bad afterwards. Seriously, my husband says he wishes he had gotten me on video. I was freaking out a little. My chest got tight, my entire body was warm, and I felt as if I had swallowed a rock. I had not eaten that much sugar in a long, long time. And my body was punishing me for it.

Corey took an amusing picture of me on the ride home. This is what I looked like after I crashed from all that sugar.

I am pretty sure that I will never eat a funnel cake again. I thought I would never be hungry again . . . but today I was feeling much better and I lived to eat another meal. :)

Today, Corey and I were going to spend the day with my family. We were planning on making Mama Pea’s Christmas cookie dough balls. However, our oven broke. D’oh! We prepared the balls and took them to my parents’ house to cook them there. I don’t know what happened, but the cookies totally flattened out. They spread (maybe a little too much) and were a little too thin.

After last night, there was no way I was going to eat a lot of cookies. I did try a bite of one. Even though they didn’t look pretty, they tasted good. I just want to know why they spread like that. Maybe we added too much liquid? Or maybe the dough got too warm when we were transporting them from our place to my parents’ place.

We had a great time at my parents’ place. My niece and nephew are adorable and I loved playing with them!

Connor and Abigail - my adorable niece and nephew

On our way home, we stopped at Starbucks, where I got my new favorite coffee: Nonfat, no whip, decaf Gingerbread Latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. I’m sure it’s shocking, but I love this flavor more than Pumpkin Spice!

I also saw that they were selling the Pumpkin Scone. After last night, I should have stayed away. But believe it or not, I had never, ever tried one before so I couldn’t resist.

It was sooo good. But once again, a lot of sugar. After this weekend, I feel like the unhealthiest healthy living blogger ever. I just ate way too much.

I made up for it a little bit at dinner. Since our oven was broke, we ordered some takeout. We got some chicken fajitas. Best fajitas ever.

The pumpkin scone had made me a little on the full side. I just had one fajita with some chicken, onions, salsa, and guacamole. I also kept my cool with the chips and I only ate a small handful of chips and salsa.

I feel like this is a small victory. Usually, I do not stop eating until I am so full I feel like throwing up. However, I recognized when I was full and stopped myself. Hence, only one fajita. I felt myself being pulled towards the tortilla chips, despite the fact that I knew I was full. So I asked my husband to take the tortilla chips out of my sight before I ate anymore. Success! It really is true that you need to take things one meal at a time. I feel like I will get myself back on track.

Okay, now that I am feeling super sluggish due to all the sugar, I need to rest. And my husband and I need to figure out the oven situation. What did you do this weekend?