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What I Made Thursday Instead of Monday

I haven’t cooked the last couple of Mondays, but I had made this quiche a week or so ago and people at work were asking me for the recipe.  I had all the ingredients and it’s super easy to throw together so I made it tonight for the blog (well, and of course to eat!).

Southwestern Quiche (thank you, Emeals!)

1 C Southwestern egg substitute – this is great! It already has the peppers and onions mixed in the eggs!
1/2 C FF evaporated milk
1 C shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese
2 eggs beaten
1/4 tsp. salt (I omitted this and never missed it)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 deep dish frozen pie shell

(The egg substitute, evaporated milk, pie crusts and pre-shredded cheese I bought had enough in their containers to make the second quiche tonight – super easy & one shopping trip for two quiches? – double bonus!)

Let the piecrust thaw on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes while the oven preheats and you are mixing your ingredients.

Combine the egg substitute, milk, cheese, eggs, salt & pepper and pour into piecrust.

Bake 25-30 minutes at 325 (mine took more like 35 minutes) or until eggs become firm.  Divide into 6 servings.

Nutrition info per serving: 288 calories, 23 grams carbs, 16 grams fat, 13 grams protein

You could make this skinnier by omitting the pie shell and making it a fritata instead.  I served this with a simple salad. Mmmmm….. enjoy!

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Date Night

My husband took me out on Saturday for my birthday. We saw a musical comedy and it was hilarious!
We got dressed up for the night. Here’s a picture of my little family:

Week 15/52: Goals Check-in

I might as well title this: Up & Down, Up & Down.

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  I have logged everything – the weight of the weights I lifted, the length of time I walked, the foods I ate – everything!  Good & bad (but most of it is good anyway!).  If you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I cooked a lot this week. I can’t remember everything, but one particular meal we all liked was a Southwest Quiche.  We told the little guy it was egg pie, because we figured anything followed by the word “pie” would get eaten… and it absolutely did.  I’m sure I’ve given the impression that he’s a picky eater – he’s not, he’s just two and if it sounds unusual, he will act two and announce he doesn’t like it. I plan to post the Southwest Quiche recipe later this week on the blog, so stay tuned!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. This last week I’ve actually been more focused on tracking my sodium.  So many mornings I wake up and feel puffy and thirsty, so I’m trying to figure out where all this salt is coming from.  I’m sure I could make more foods from “scratch” and scratch out the salt that way.  Maybe that’s something I can experiment with this summer.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. YES! Yes! Yes!!  I made it to the gym all 5 mornings last week.  I strength trained three of those days.  And Friday I got the best self-confidence boosting compliment while I was there!  You really need to read my story.
  • Get more sleep. Nah – it ain’t happenin’. I think I would like to get 7 hours, but I never get more than 6.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I blogged several times. Check out my posts from the last week – here, here, here and here.
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. See all that awesomeness above?? 5 days working out, tracking my food, watching my sodium??? And for what??  Well, Friday morning I weighed in at the lowest number I’ve seen in years! Securely in ONEderland! And then I celebrated my birthday. . … My husband took me out Saturday to a dinner theater.  The food was excellent and even though it was a buffet, I was only able to eat one plate of food. I was so disappointed I got full so quickly!  I was able to sample everything, but had planned to get one more plate of whatever was my favorite, but I got full!  I also ended up with a huge tummy ache.  I imagine my stomach wasn’t used to all the rich foods.  Sunday our family went out for pizza.  I started with a salad and only ate two pieces of pizza.  We had ice cream from a local walk-up ice cream shop (I had a scoop of birthday cake flavor, appropriately).  The rest of the weekend I ate as I usually (healthfully) would. I even tracked it all.  So I went into my Tuesday morning weigh-in with high hopes – I figured it wouldn’t be as low as Friday morning, but still under the 200 mark.  And boy was I wrong!!  I gained nearly 3 pounds!!!  I am so frustrated with gaining and losing these same 2-3 pounds for the last few weeks, especially since there are more birthday celebrations and various parties scheduled in our next several weekends. I’m beginning to think my new weigh-in day should be Friday – I probably won’t do that though because I would totally slack off & overindulge on the weekend.  So of my last weigh-in this morning, I have lost 27 pounds, which leaves me with 25 pounds to lose this year!  I’m not so happy about that, but it is what it is.  I am really looking forward to saying “I’ve lost 30 pounds!” or “I’m in ONEderland and been there a whole week!”  Ups & downs…

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Eviction notice!

Dear Skinny Girl That Stole My House in Onederland,
I am back. Consider this your eviction notice. Please pack your bags and vacate the premises immediately! Wait, on second thought leave some of your skinny clothes behind, then leave.
Sincerely,
Dizzymomma

Joy!

I had the best workout this morning!  I wish I could say it was because of the actual exercise.  I used the weight machines to exercise my legs and then I walked on the treadmill at 3.0 varying my incline.  This pace seems so easy now, even with the incline.  But, that wasn’t what made my workout great this morning.

I’m one of the “regulars” at the gym in the morning and most of the time there are another 5-6 regulars I see. Mostly because there is a class that starts at 6, but since I usually have to leave the gym by 6:30, I don’t do the class.  I know I wouldn’t want to leave, the peer pressure would make me finish, and then I’d be extremely late for work!  Anyway, there I was minding my own business, reading a book on my Kindle, listening to the news through my headphones and pouring sweat down my forehead and back (that’s a beautiful picture, isn’t it?) when I see a lady standing just to my left.  She is one of the regulars as well, but I don’t know her name or anything really about her.  So I look over at her, and she says to me, “I just want you to know that what you’re doing is working for you.  I see you in here and not that I’m staring at your butt, but I can tell what you’re doing is really working for you!  Your incline is higher, you don’t hold onto the bars so much and I just thought you should know you’re doing great.”  And then she was gone.  I was teary eyed as she talked to me.  And I just couldn’t stop saying thank you. If I hadn’t been walking and she & I weren’t both dripping with sweat, I would have hugged her.  I beamed as I finished my workout.  It is so nice to have somebody that is not a friend or relative, but maybe has been on the same journey as you to acknowledge the work and changes that are taking place.  I was absolutely shocked and overjoyed at the same time.  By the time I finished working out she was gone, but the bubbling of joy she left in my heart has stayed with me all day.  So while I may not reach my 32-pounds-lost-by-the-time-I’m-32 goal, an unsolicited compliment from a stranger is a pretty damn awesome birthday present!

So I ask you to pay-it-forward: Give somebody a compliment or perform a random act of kindness. You have no idea what wonderful soul lifting you can do!

More About Me

This post has nothing to do with weight loss, but one of my other loves: Music! Unless you are one of my friends following my blog, you probably don’t know I play(ed) oboe. I haven’t played for nearly a year because I live in the boonies and the orchestra I used to play with is an hour drive by car. I loved playing, but the gas prices and time made it a lot less fun.

In the very recent past, a series of most fortunate events has transpired to bring me to a new band/orchestra! My husband and I started attending a church in a nearby small town and we’ve already become very active. We attend Sunday small groups, I assist in the nursery and then I got roped into the choir. I was hesitant to join (I don’t want to be the fat girl singing in front of the church and do I really have time? blah,blah), but last night I attended my first rehearsal. The choir director welcomed me to the group and one of the other members almost immediateliy blurted out… “I heard you play oboe!” me: “yeeeees?” Choir member: “I play in the local community band and we need an oboe and we rehearse on Sunday and do you want to play too?” me: “I DIDN’T KNOW THIS ITTY BITTY TOWN HAD A COMMUNITY BAND, YES I WANT TO PLAY!” And by the power of email, in less than 2 hours after choir rehearsal was over, I was a member of the band! I am so excited!!

Rant & Rave

Ok, so I knew today wouldn’t be a fantabulous weigh-in day with 5 pounds gone on the scale. I didn’t even expect to see a one in the hundreds place, but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by the 3 pound gain. There were no ones anywhere…. Not even in the ones place, which would have been great!   So now it is 4 1/2 days until I blow out the candles on my 32nd birthday cake and I need to lose 6.4 pounds to reach my goal of losing 32 by the time I turn 32. So while I am usually happy go lucky on my blog and all peppy and yay I can do this, I am irritated with myself!

Reasons why:

  • Too many mornings in the last couple of weeks I told myself that I could sleep in a little or skip the gym because I was going to clean house or vacuum or whatever. Argh!
  • I ate ice cream at my conference. Not just one scoop, like a whole pint.  Then the next night that is actually what I had for dinner. Ice cream. And it was delicious and I enjoyed every last bite. I probably won’t do anything like that again for a good long while.
  • Salt! I have noticed just through the way my rings fit and my ankles feel that I must be retaining water, so I’m guessing I’m ingesting too much salt. I should start tracking it on my fitness pal. But I am still drinking a LOT of water. I wonder if you can drink too much and it would cause bloating?
Rant over… Now, I still think it’s possible I could lose close to the 6.4 I need to lose.  My plan this week is to stick to my goals. I will exercise every morning (so far, so good), probably even Saturday to get an extra workout in. I will still follow my meal plan, which is probably lower in sodium anyway than the junk I ate over the weekend. I am going to log all my food, and hopefully only have yummy nutritious things to log. I will try to question the nutritional value and log my foods before I eat them. I will still drink lots of water. I almost always get my 8 glasses in, and sometimes it’s 10-12. I am going to chase my dream of sleeping more.

 

I do know things are going well, generally.  All of my clothes are loose. I am down to just one pair of jeans I can wear because the others are literally falling off of me. I have two pairs of pants to wear to work, but since I have all summer off, I really don’t want to buy new ones until August, so I just keep putting up with baggy pants. Even my underwear is getting big..haha, for once I’m not too big for my britches!  I even pulled out some t-shirts the other day that used to be too tight across my chest and tummy and they fit much looser.  Three months ago, I was wearing extra large shirts and this weekend, I bought a large. I cannot wait until I can buy medium sized shirts!  And, I even had to go buy a ring snuggie so that my wedding ring won’t fall off!

So, it probably won’t be the end of the world if I don’t lose 6 pounds this week, but it sure would be an awesome birthday present!!  I’ll let you know how I do!

Weeks 13 & 14/52: Goals Check-in

The major news from this week is I moved into ONEDERLAND!!

  • Log my food & exercise. These are the first weeks I haven’t logged every morsel. Part of this is because of Easter and I had already decided there was no way I would gain thirty pounds eating Easter dinner, so I decided I could eat whatever I wanted on Easter. So I didn’t log it.  And I lived. The world didn’t come to an end! If you use My Fitness Pal, look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! With the exception of Easter dinner, I cooked and followed emeals. Last Monday was a really yummy recipe that I hope you check out under my What I Made Monday category. The Monday after Easter? I made leftovers. 🙂
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. In progress!  Easter Sunday I ate whatever I wanted including candy. I don’t know that I will ever be fully cured of my sugar addiction, but I am beginning to lean towards an “all things in moderation” approach.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope! I tried, but I had no energy. I think I made it 3 days and did do some weight lifting. This last week I had a sick kid one morning. Then I thought I would be all “good” and visit the fitness center at the conference I am at right now, but guess what?  I forgot my dang socks! Yes, there is a Walmart, but I would have to drive quite a ways and just for socks?  Ugh… No thanks. I know, no excuses. It will be ok though. I will not gain 30 pounds in one weekend. Really. I swear.
  • Get more sleep. Nope. I was getting ready for Easter and cleaning, cleaning, laundry and more cleaning. And at my conference? Yeah, I stay up late talking to college friends and playing on the iPad and watching TV. There is no sleeping in either.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. I blogged a couple times. Check out my posts from the last week!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. I am in ONDERLAND! I refuse to weigh again soon though since I indulged on Easter. I am currently at a conference out of town and at the mercy of eating out and having food provided to me at the conference center. I am trying to make healthy choices, but when you have triple layer chocolate cake staring you in the face, what do you do? It’s not like I eat this all the time, so….. My next short term goal is to lose 32 pounds by my 32nd birthday, which is next Sunday. In 8 days. That means I need to weigh in at 196 in a week 8 DAYS! Ack! I am scared to weigh this Tuesday, because I have a feeling my house in Onderland was rented out this week. But as of my last weigh-in, I had lost 28.8 pounds, which leaves me with 23.2 pounds to lose this year!  Over halfway there!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Fortune

Found this old fortune cookie fortune in my car tonight when I was cleaning it out .

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And yes, as a matter of fact I can!

What’s that? Oh, you’re right, in the background are my “new” jeans (from Christmas) that are almost to big for me. It’s really unfortunate I will be spending this weekend a few miles from an outlet mall!!

What I made Monday

Absolutely nothing!

I cooked up a storm for Easter Sunday. I made ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls and fruit salad. My mom brought a corn casserole and cake for for our feast.

Today we were supposed to have dinner out with my dad and his wife, but my little man had a fever. The last time we were supposed to meet them for dinner he also had a fever. They’re going to start thinking we’re making it up! But I promise we’re not! We ended up having leftover whatever you could find in the fridge.

Maybe we’ll cook tomorrow!

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