My Weight Loss Progress

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dust of the Bicycle

Last night I decided to dust of the bicycle and go for a ride. Anyone that knows where we live or who has been to Tennessee knows that cycling is not easy here. There are lots and lots of hills even in the neighborhoods so it is never really just leisure riding. I left at 8:30 so I didn't have a lot of time. I didn't go far; I was only able to do about 2.5 miles before it started getting too dark. I did those in about 16 minutes and burned 100 calories. I figure it was better than nothing. It felt good to be outside and pumping my legs. Fall is a great time of year here so hopefully when the weather cools a little we will be able to go on some family bike rides. We have a trailer where we can pull the kids behind us.

When we are in Idaho, I am hoping to go on some rides and take advantage of their flat terrain.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

3 weeks, 7 weeks

3 weeks exactly until we leave for East Idaho to see my husband's family and enjoy a vacation. We are planning to take the kids to Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole, WY which are both close to his parents house. Then after we get home I will have 4 weeks until I will fly back to Idaho to sing in my cousin's wedding and to see my mom and lots of fun friends. Only I will be going to Boise with the kids. Trav doesn't have enough vacation time to take two trips to Idaho within a month. I am a little scared to have both kids on the plane with just me but I will just pray that it goes alright.

I am kind of freaking out cause it has been a long time since I have seen a lot of these people. I really want to be able to wear a cute dress to my cousins wedding. Her colors are watermelon & orange! Orange is seriously my best color :)

I don't want to set a bunch of unrealistic goals either. I am just shooting for 2 pounds a week. Every week! Even during vacation. I am at 170 on the dot....right now. I talked to my trainer last night and we are trying to come up with a game plan. She gave me 5 compound movements that I can do in my home gym 2-3 days a week and then I will workout with her and the girls 1-2 times per week. I am also trying to convince her to call me while I do my 20 minutes of cardio intervals, 2 mornings a week and then I will continue to take my high intensity zufu class on Tuesday days.

I wish I could be with her more. It is just hard with the kids. Travis watches them a lot at night and I don't have a ton of options in the day. Wish I could find someone that lived by the gym that could just watch them for an hour or so while I went. I'll post a weigh in next Thursday...please hold me accountable to this!

Crab Cakes

I made crab cakes for the first time and they were pretty easy. They were a little juicy and didn't want to stay in perfect patties real good but they held up pretty good. This is another high protein meal. They were really tasty too. I served them with steamed artichokes.
Crab Cakes
1-1.5 pounds crab meat
1/3 C panko bread crumbs
1 Lg egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp lemon
1.5 TBSP mayonaise
2 TBSP chopped chives
1 TBSP chopped flat parsley
olive oil spray

I just put all of the ingredients in my kitchen aid and mixed it up good. Then put the mixture in a 1/3 C measuring cup and packed it in. Heat skillet and spray with olive oil spray. Empty packed measuring cup into skillet and smash with a spatula. Cover and cook for a few minutes, then flip and cook the other side until brown.

Spinach Cheese Chicken Roll Ups

I made the best recipe last week. It looked like a chef made it but it was actually really easy and delicious. It is low calorie and low carbohydrate. I served it with a side of whole wheat spaghetti and marinara.

Spinach Cheese Chicken Roll-Ups
Chicken Cutlets (very thin chicken breasts)
6 TBSP Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
6 oz Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 C Parmesan Cheese reduced fat
Box of Frozen Spinach
3 Eggs (split)
Italian Bread Crumbs
Marinara Sauce (I used my spaghetti sauce with no meat)
Fresh Mozzarella
Olive oil spray

Mix the Ricotta cheese, mozzarella, spinach and one egg in a bowl. Put mixture inside chicken breast and roll up. Dip entire chicken roll up in 2 beaten eggs and then roll in breadcrumbs. Cook at 400 for 25 minutes. Cover Chicken with marinara sauce on each roll up. Add thin slice of fresh mozzarella on each and put back in oven till sauce is warm and cheese is melted.

This recipe is 5 WW Points, approx 200 calories, 7 gr fat, 24 gr protein, 7 gr carbs. Makes approx 8 servings.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Size 8

I am contemplating going to my cousin Brooke's wedding in Oct. It will be in Boise. While we will just be getting back from East Idaho in September to celebrate Travis's parents 50th anniversary; it might be a little hard to make it. I would like to though because it has been a long time since I have been to Boise and I have lots of friends and family there. The hardest part would be how to take my kids with me. 2 kids on a plane with one adult sounds pretty scary.

My mom lives in Boise though and it has been about a year since she has seen them. I also have tons of friends that have never seen my kids. I haven't visited since I had Hudson. We have made several trips to Idaho Falls but not to Boise. So..I feel like I need to take them and also for the reason that they could see all their DeLuca cousins. To add to it, my cousin Brooke has asked me to sing at her wedding and my cousin Kelsey is having her baby shower (for her twins) a couple days before the wedding.

(Here is Brooke and I; July 2010...I have lost a lot since then but still have a ways to go)

We all know that I have not made my goal of being 150 in time for our Labor Day trip. Could I do it in time for the wedding? I have a little extra motivation. Have you seen my family? They all look like a bunch of super models. All of my cousin's wives are beautiful, Brooke and Kelsey are beautiful, even their moms are beautiful. It is hard being the only chubby one! Maybe I can do it. It would be hard. Maybe I don't deserve to go unless I weight that much?

My friend Liz came and visited a year ago and gave me a pair of size 8 capris. I am dying to fit into them. I am going to hang them up and look at them every day! Is it possible. My hips and butt are the biggest problem. That is where I will have to lose if I am going to fit into them.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Getting the fire again

So I would be lying if I said that everything diet wise has been great the last month. It just hasn't. I have just been caught in a funk and not motivated by anything. I would look at foods and tell myself, "don't eat that", "you will feel guilty if you eat that", "that isn't even real food" and then still eat the stupid fruit snacks. Why? I don't have an answer. I wish that I did.

Last night I was talking to Travis about all of this. As many of you know he struggles with chronic tendonitis in his hands which was caused by years of computer programming. He still hates to click a mouse. If we went to a doctor and they told me that we could cure this forever if for 3 months we would eat certain foods, do specific stretches and do special massages.... then I would do it all for him. I asked for his help last night. I feel like I have a disease that can be cured in 3-6 months and I need help. I am so close yet so far away.

My kids love snacks and I find myself eating their fun foods. I don't want to deprive them of everything they eat. They can easily burn off a popsicle or cookie. BUT I CAN'T. My trainer Tammye says that I should buy them snacks that I don't really crave & love. Allow myself a cheat but get the cheat somewhere and eat it there. Order a portion, eat it and leave. Don't bring tons of goodies and gallons of ice cream home. I think it's a good idea.

This week I hung out with one of my friends. She has a very good figure and after hanging out with her I can see why. Through out the day she snacked. She had some deli lunch meat and a cheese stick, a little later she had a handful of almonds, then a clementine orange. In the afternoon she had a cracker with a little peanut butter but for the most part she just grazed and ate pretty healthy. All the foods that she ate I love. That is the funny thing. I love healthy food! So why do I still crave the unhealthy stuff too.

This week my goal is to find balance and to get the fire burning again. I have asked Trav for help and I am getting motivated. I know that I can do this. I know that slow and steady wins the race but I have to at least be slow and steady! I have to get the needle moving in the right direction even if it is a slow process.

I also talked with several of my workout partners. They all pack a lunch daily and eat the same breakfast every day. I think I'll get myself a lunchbox (they are all on sale right now for back to school) and try this!