My Weight Loss Progress

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I really try to limit my fast food but sometimes it is absolutely necessary. At least once a week I work until 5PM and then teach a CPR class in Knoxville (30 minute drive) at 6PM and I need to be there a little early to set up. This means either eat at fast food, pack my dinner or wait until 9PM to eat. I pack occasionally but usually I end up at fast food. I found this article to be some good tips for eating at fast food when you dont have any other options. The article gives you your 11 best fast food post option workout snacks under 200 calories.
Here is the intro:
Some protein bars can be more like candy bars, providing sugar and fillers rather than actual healthy nutrition. While a fast food restaurant may not be the best choice for a quick bite after your workout, these options are good. They provide protein, carbohydrates and, most of all, satisfaction for fewer calories than a Snickers bar.

The articles gives you some ideas for the following:
  • Best in-hand option
  • Best breakfast option
  • Best open 'till 2 a.m. option
  • Best drive-thru hand held
  • Best high protein option
  • Best filling sandwich option for early risers
  • Best sides as a snack option, plus a high-protein treat
  • Best protein splurge option
  • Best sweet treat option
So, when you are absolutely on the run...give these a try. I love Wendy's Chili and I can always enjoy a skinny Starbucks latte.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Surprise!!! We're leaving on a jet plane......

Wow..I am so tired today. I really need to go workout but I just can't get motivated to do it. As soon as I do this post I am going to bed. But first, I wanted to see how many people in East Idaho are still reading my blog. I feel a lot of pressure to meet this goal of being at 185 by Thanksgiving. I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME!!! Wonder why I feel the pressure? Because we are making a surprise trip to Idaho for Thanksgiving. We get there on November 21st and come home on the 30th. It should be a fun trip. Last time we were there I was 7 months pregnant. We haven't told anyone about the trip up until this point and wanted to wait and just show up at the door step but then decided with the trip only being 2 weeks away, we better tell them. So....SURPRISE!!! See ya in 13 days!

Another exciting thing happened girl Reese (we call her Sissy)...started to crawl. I am so proud of her. She is so cute and to watch her determination to learn how to move that body keeps me motivated. It is so cute to see her crawl across the room and then kind of collapse cause she is so tired. I'm sure she will build up some stamina soon.

Well, my diet has to be PERFECT and I have to do cardio at least 5 days a week to meet my goal. The problem is that I am tired and getting burned out. Not burned out from my diet and working out but just burned out. Seems like we always have something going. Between work and the kids I stay busy and then this week for example, I have a CPR class tomorrow morning, need to go to my workout class on Tuesday night (cause I can't go Thursday), Wednesday night I have a meeting and I can't get out of it cause I am the president of the chapter, Thursday night I am teaching CPR...and the list goes on and on. It will be hard to get in those 5 workouts but I am going to try hard. We leave two weeks from today and I have 7 pounds to lose! I know that I can do it! Wish me luck and for those of you in Rigby....See ya soon!

Stir Fry

Tonight I am making Stir Fry for dinner. It is so easy and so yummy!

Clean & Cut the following in bite size pieces:
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell pepper
  • Snow Peas
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Water Chestnuts
Cook Shrimp, Steak or Chicken with 1-2 tsp olive oil until done (tonight I am using shrimp). Add vegetables to skillet and cover allow to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don't over cook; I try to keep my vegetables a little on the crunchy side. I have bought a variety of different sauces to add; you can find these in the asian section at your local super market. Tonight I am adding a General TSO sauce. Just be aware of the sodium content and get one with no MSG. You can serve with brown or white rice. I know that brown rice is better for you but for a special treat, pick up a bag of jasmine rice. It is very tasty.

I just googled the nutritional differences between brown and white rice and this is what I found:

Many health fanatics automatically choose brown rice when selecting a side dish to accompany their meal. The fact is, however, that both varieties of rice are good for you. A cup of white has about the same amount of calories as brown, but far less fat. (.8 grams per serving vs. 2.4 grams per serving) However, brown rice is much higher in fiber than the white variety, with 2.8 grams of dietary fiber per serving versus .6 grams. Most other nutritional values are similar.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shocking Food Industry Secrets

I read an article on yahoo yesterday and found it to be interesting so I thought I would share. Some of the article was no surprise and some of it was shocking. Feel free to read the entire article from the link but here are a few things I thought I would share:

1. The average American has easy access to 2,700 calories each day, versus just 2,200 in 1970. If 500 calories a day doesn't sound like much, consider: that’s 52 pounds a year.

2. The average American drinks 450 liquid calories a day. That’s twice as much as we consumed 30 years ago.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables cost 10 times more than junk food. A thousand calories of nutritious food cost $18.16, while a thousand calories of junk food cost a mere $1.76.

4. Your food can legally contain maggots and rat poop.

For more shocking secrets...check out the article


Weight Watcher Results: Week 29

A solid 2 pound loss. I was expecting a little more but I am still proud of that. I did good this week with my points; plus I did 3 sessions of cardio, 1 session of strength and drank my water pretty well. I need to do better about my water. My trainer Tammye encouraged me to try and do faster intervals on the treadmill. Last night as I was doing them, I increased my speed to 6.5 for 10 of the intervals. To be honest, it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. My legs work just fine, it is my heart and lungs that feel like they are suffering..but they feel like that at 5.0 so I may as well be going 6.5. I am going to try and continue to increase the number of faster sets this week; seems like I needed a little longer period of time to recover though.

Looking for a 3 pound loss this week. Going to increase my cardio sessions to five. It will take some time and dedication but I know that I can do it.