Thursday, 31 May 2012

On a roll!

Back down to 217.6 this morning.  I have been hovering around the 220/221 mark for the last month, so seeing 217.6 made me ecstatic!

I've had my head back in the game all week, and making pretty decent choices.  I'm sure in other people's eyes they could be better, but I have to be ok with doing the best I can with what I have at the time.  I'm tired of trying to live up to everyone else's standards.

On the MyFitnessPal and Facebook communities there are so many different opinions on what the "best" diet or lifestyle choice is.  Low Carb, Low Cal, Clean Eating, Raw, Vegan, Low Fat, and the list goes on.

To be quite honest, my goal is just to live MY OWN VERSION of a balanced life.  One that doesn't eliminate certain foods, or label them good or bad, but where I have less of some (baked goods especially), and more of others (fruits, veggies, lean proteins).  I want to exercise because I like how is makes me feel. I want to set fitness goals and achieve them and in the process feel happy and confident in my own body.

From now on I am re-focussing on finding my version of balance and moving forward in my lifestyle.  I am going to try to let go of what I think other people will agree with and do my own thing.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Game on!

Today is day 2 with my head back in the game!

Yesterday I wasn't perfect with my food choices, but I kept it in check, and kept active so that was a win for me!  

Today I planned out my day.  It was a slow daycare day so I was able to head to the gym for a decent burn.   I can't tell you how much I missed the endorphins that come from working up a sweat.   Even though I have been keeping active with walking throughout the last month+ while I have been dealing with this injury, I haven't really gotten a good "workout" in a long time!!

Today I got my workout!  I did 3 minutes of intervals on the stationary bike, followed by weights and finished off with the elliptical and some stretching.  I can't wait to do it again soon!  I'm so nervous that I will re-injure my hip. I am trying to take it a little easier than I had been to keep me in healing mode!

When I was finished at the gym I made this awesome steak and guacamole salad!  So delicious!

I don't want to get overzealous and tell everyone that everything will be peaches and buttercups from now on, but I feel really good about my mind-space and where I am heading.   Finally I am getting back on track and even though I won't be 199 for my birthday in 3.5 weeks, I will be over 70lbs lighter than last year and 90lbs lighter than my heaviest, and THAT I can live with.  

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Loving Summer! Except it's still spring!

This is beginning to look like an awesome summer!! (And technically summer hasn't even started yet)

Today my kids and I headed over to Quadra Island to the May Day celebrations with some friends and then out on their boat! 

So much fun and we are all tired!!

I neglected to share with my blog community the fact that I have decided to get serious again with losing weight.  I have committed to Monday!  I'll be grocery shopping tomorrow to prepare and then its back to balanced healthy eating!! I'm excited to make progress again, and running shouldn't be TOO far behind!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Holding steady...

5 weeks into my injury.

5 weeks of no running.

4 weeks of maintenance and some over indulging.

I haven't been writing much because I'm not too sure what I should report.

There is a big part of me that feels like a gigantic failure for going into maintenance.  I have given up on reaching 199 by my birthday because I found I was stressing about it TOO much and was having all these anxious obsessive thoughts about it.

I feel weak for admitting that I needed wanted a mental break.

I also had a bunch of stuff go on in a short amount of time which proved one thing.  I'm not cured.  I used food to comfort myself.  My husband changed jobs, I got injured, I've been sick and sick again, laryngitis and then gastroenteritis, and my plantar fasciitis is acting up a lot.  Guess what?  Its really just a whole bunch of excuses, and I accepted them.

Regardless of all that, I still feel strong.  I know I'm not done, and  I KNOW I will be back on track shortly.  I am 100% confident that I will not backslide, and that I will be back to making progress in the very near future.

I'm not completely off-track either, just not making any progress and enjoying not restricting myself!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Enjoying Life!

Sometimes I get lost.  I had been feeling bad about pausing my weight-loss, while at the same time trying to be happy about maintaining and trying to wrap my head around my injury (hip bursitis), my new body and being happy with it right NOW, changes in my personal life, and giving up my 199 by 30 goal.  

Today after my own adventures and seeing pictures of other's adventures, I realized something.  I haven't abandoned anything.  My lifestyle still IS different than it was before Sept. 13 2011.  I'm getting out and getting active as much as possible.  I have a few new loves in my life called running and hiking.  I am still different and I am still 87lbs lighter than I was 2 years ago, and even 1 and a half years ago.  

I'm simply taking some time to let it all sink in, realize how much I have accomplished so far and get my bearings before I get my head back in weight-loss mode.  The idea being that mentally it will help me adjust to my improved body and health and lead to a smoother longer lasting transition.  I guess we'll see how that works out for me.  

A few more weeks in maintenance and I will be back running and everything else that goes into losing weight, but for now I will maintain and try to be ok with it! 

Here are some pics of me out enjoying life today!

Thursday, 10 May 2012


I've been laying low the last while.  Still not 100% sure what my next move is, but I am taking some steps.

I've been getting active again this week.  Just low-impact walking and hiking but it feels good to get back at it.  I've hiked the Canyon View trail twice this week, and gone for one or two walks a day!  

My eating has been better than it was last week and I am trying to feel positive about that but its hard.  I can't say I'm 100% back on my game because I'm not sure what my game-plan will be yet.  What I am doing right now is eating my maintenance calories, but not all my exercise calories.  I really just wanted to give myself a mental break and gain control over my food again.  

I finally got an answer from my Doctor about my hip and I have bursitis.  He said it should be better in 6-8 weeks, which means I have 3-5 weeks before I can try running on it. The good news is that he encouraged low-impact exercise so my walking and hiking is good and I'm hoping to go to the gym a few times to use the bike and elliptical.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Spaghetti Squash Deliciousness

1 Spaghetti Squash
2 Chicken Breasts (frozen)
1 Tomato
5-6 Mushrooms
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 tsp Crushed Garlic
1/4 cup Feta (I used Goat Feta)
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Basil

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees.  

Put frozen chicken breasts in oven and cook for 35 min total

Cut Spaghetti Squash on half and scoop out seeds.  Place on a lightly oiled pan. Place in over to cook for 30 min total.  I put mine in about 5 minutes after I put my chicken in so they would be done at the same time. 

Chop up your tomato and mushrooms.  

When time is up, remove squash and chicken from oven and set aside.

Then in a frying pan on medium heat add your oil and garlic and allow it to heat. Then add your mushrooms and tomato.  Add your lemon juice, basil and salt.  Cook for 7-10 minutes until your veggies are softened.

While your sauce is cooking scoop out your spaghetti squash into a large bowl.

Combine your sauce and your squash and toss it.  

I put the mix onto two plates and topped each with 1/8 cup of feta and 1 chopped chicken breast!!

It was delicious, and I was sceptical at times when preparing this!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Sick and checking in

I've been crazy-sick this week.

My head is spinning a little bit in regards to my journey.

I feel like I have let people down by losing steam.  I've been injured, stressed and sick, and a few other excuses I'm sure I could pull out.  I'm still up at maintenance calories and figuring out if I want to go back to "normal" with MyFitnessPal or switch it up a bit.  I have a few things I am pondering.

  1. Use MyFitnessPal as it was intended and set my goal to lose two pounds per week, and then eating back my exercise calories.
  2. Stop using MyFitnessPal temporarily and focus on having fun trying new healthy foods regardless of calories and workout.  
  3. Use MyFitnessPal at a moderate restriction (-1lb per week) and only eating exercise cals on special occasion.

Each of these options have benefits. I think number one would good to help me feel rewarded, and help me balance food and exercise.  Number two would take the pressure off and focus on lifestyle.  Finally, number three would probably allow me to lose the most weight once I can exercise again.

I'm going to take a few more days in maintenance before I make my decision and enjoy relaxing.

My hip is just starting to improve. I have an appointment for Wednesday with my Doctor to get some more answers.  I saw a runner the other day, and it made me REALLY miss running. I wonder how much endurance I will have lost.  It's been almost 3 weeks since my last run, and its killing me!!!  

So, although my journey may be in a hiatus, it is most certainly NOT over, and I WILL be back on my game shortly.

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