Monday, August 30, 2010

South Beach diet menu planning of week of Aug 30th

Here is the meal plan for the week

Monday night
Buffalo Chicken casserole
2 cups cooked chicken
3 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 C. Ranch Dressing
1/4 C. Frank's Hot Sauce
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
Optional added in celery and stewed tomatos
Season chicken with Seasoned Salt, or salt & pepper. Sautee in oil till browned. Place in greased 13 X 9 Baking dish.

Tuesday Pork chops, baked spinach casserole

Wednesday Turkey Sausage, mushroom, peppers, onions
Thursday Meatloaf, veggie sides
Friday Clean out the fridge night
Saturday Pizza bowl pizza for the rest of the family

Saturday, August 28, 2010

weekly weight in success

Yeah I am down to 197 -3lbs down from last week and 1lb down from my lowest! I think I am really starting to see the bloat go away.
My cankles are starting to go away! I have visible calf muscles, you can see my shin bone along the front of my legs and hopefully in a few more weeks I am will be able to shout out to the world NO MORE CANKLES . I really need the top of my body to get toned and shaped up. I want to see able to see my feet when I look straight down. I want to wear a shirt and not worry about budges or how my arms seem.
My exercise this week hasn’t been great but food was well.

I would really like to continue the downward trend here is the plan for this week

Exercise 4 times this week
Water 80-100oz a day
Stick a strict phase 2 of South beach diet

Friday, August 27, 2010

Feeling good Friday

I am feeling good about my eating- had another birthday cookout for my Dad on Wednesday. I had a nice juicy burger with cheese and a hot dog with some nice spinach salad and just a little pasta salad. No one comments or notices what I am eating. I am not really worried about eating out too much anymore because I am in charge.

I am still enjoying all the veggies from my in laws garden-tomatoes and cucumbers. I have done tuna with fresh tomato and mozerella cheese baked on top . Kind of like a tuna melt but no bread needed!

This week with getting back to work filed in with some dentist appointments and middle school orientation has impacted my exercise routine. Next week when all 3 boys are in school it will be easier to get that time in before my busy work day.
I really want to make it to a new low this week and based on my pattern of staying steady and then going up a 1 or 2 I tend to have woosh. This week seems woosh worthy.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Get into the groove

You remember the old Madonna song Get into the Groove that is my theme song of the week. I am getting back into the groove with my lifestyle change.
Back from vacation and pretty darn proud of myself for not going into old binge mode! As a recovering bulimic , this is huge for me. I haven’t had a binge in months and I am not even tempted to.
This weekend could have been the opportunity to keep vacation mode on track eating a bit of track as I had two cookout birthday celebrations. One for my dear friend that turned 40 and another one for my father in law that is turning 80 years old. I find cookouts pretty easy to navigate for lowering my carbs-plain burger with cheese and any other meat plus some salad. People really do not notice that you are not having a roll. In the past I thought someone would ask why no bun, honestly no one cares. I also skipped cake as honestly I can care less about cake.

My sister in law made a great cucumber salad and she doesn’t eat sugar so it is low carb
1/4 cup rice vinegar1 Tbsp. olive oilSeveral splenda packages atleast 2-3 can have more if needed
1/2 teaspoon salt1 large cucumber1/4 cup thinkly sliced onion (red or white -- can be omitted)
Combine first four ingredients in a medium bowl. Peel cucumber, or score it if you prefer. Cut into thin slices. Add onion and toss in medium bowl with mixture. Cover and refrigerate for a half hour.

Exericse has been good
Sat Walk and shape up from exercise tv (great workout)
Sun Biggest loser last chance workout
Mon Walk and shape up
Tues Biggest loser last chance workout

Monday, August 23, 2010

South Beach diet menu planning of week of Aug 23rd

Here is the menu plan for the week-we have a huge bounty of vegatables from my in-laws garden including tomatos, peppers and cucumbers-those will be included in my meals as sides for both dinner and lunch. I am try to eat as clean as possible this week to lose my vacation weight.

Monday Chicken and Spinach Casserole
Tuesday Ground beef, broccoli stir fry mixed in with BBQ sauce
Wednesday Family birthday party-most likely pizza. I will take salad and pull off the topping. That is the best part of the pizza
Thursday Burger (no bun for me) black bean ,tomato,onion salad
Friday Clean out the fridge night
Saturday Pizza Bowl for me and frozen pizza for hubby and kids
Sunday Steak, fried egg and green beans

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back from vacation

Well I am back from my vacation! 7 days away and I am up 2lbs. Yes that evil 200lbs again. I will get past it.

Overall I did pretty well staying away from the carbs. When we went out to eat I got salad as my dinner entrée. I had several salad made with steak tips-such a treat. I also had a giant turkey Caesar salad that was the biggest salad that I ever had and it gave me some cravings. Breakfast except for the one morning that we went out was my usual 2 hard boiled eggs.

However while eating at the cottage I did succumb to some of the treats like brownies, ice cream social night and some chips. I didn’t binge as I have in past years.

One of my favorite things to do is walk down to the beach in the early morning and then do a loop up the hill. It takes about 45 minutes to walk and it really clears my head. I think that this was the critical part of keeping on track. I also walked to the beach instead of the 2 minute car ride a few times as well plus walking the dog. Overall I kept pretty active.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Melt it off Wedneday

3 days and I will promise you success yes I am in the middle of watching an informerical.

That is what the Melt if Off with Mitch says… well 3 days is nothing and makes such big promises. I think if you are brand new to exercise and eating clean you can lose 5-8lbs. I hate the commercials that make it sound so easy.

This week has been nuts. I have next week off from work so I am trying to get 10 days worth of work done in 5 days. Sometimes working at home isn’t as grand as people think in the work life balance. Depending on the projects I am working on I can often have 12-14 hours days just to get everything done. Oh well sometimes it balances it out and the kiddos have me here.
Food and exercise have been really good this week so I am hoping to lose the 2lbs that I gained last week. However my monthly friend has decided to show up.

We may be going away for a few days to my parent’s cottage home on the beach. I have a plan to stay on track as much as possible. I told hubby not a lot of snacky food that I like. I am going to be brining healthy snacks to keep Me on track. The hubby and the kids can have the ice creams and cookies but those really don’t tempt me. I am trying to make it a successful lifestyle vacation.

Monday, August 9, 2010

South Beach diet menu planning of week of Aug 9th

Here is the menu plan this week phase 2 of South Beach diet

Monday Grilled chicken and baked spinach casserole
Tuesday Layered ground turkey casserole in crockpot (simply ground turkey in layers with tomato sauce, brown rice, red and green peppers.
Wednesday Chicken and broccoli
Thursday We have a cub scout cookout-probably leftovers for me and hot dogs for the kids at the cookout
Friday Tipila
Saturday Pizza for the family and a pizza bowl for me

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Going in the wrong direction

Well I wish I could be doing a happy dance this week. However I gained two pounds this week. I know exactly what caused the eating-sloppy mindless eating. I had a potato chips on Sunday during my binge which are a huge weakness of mine and got a bit in the peanut butter this week.

So what do I need to do
I need to get my butt back in gear. We are heading on vacation for a few days next week so I want to keep this week as clean as possible. On vacation I may losen up but I asked hubby if he could keep the trigger foods out of the cabin such as chips and the local fudge. I told him that cookies and ice cream were ok. Those foods don’t typically call out to me. I am going to bring my nuts and I eat a lot of them that is ok.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just do it Wednesday

Just do it

Three good days in a row however I don’t think I am going to see a loss on the scale this week. I am feeling really puffy etc. I am still about 10 days away from that TOM so I don’t think it is that. I am guzzling the water with some lemon to see if that can help.
Overall a really good day

Exercise was Jillian Michaels Last Chance workout !Remember results do not come for free. A nice sweat.

Food was good hard boiled eggs, sirloin burger over salad with lots of cucumbers and carrots, dinner was tuna and tomato skillet over whole wheat pasta

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday thoughts

Two good days in row

Day by day or is it meal by meal when you are trying to lose weight. I want to think positive about this journey and what it means.

The planning for the Vegas conference has started. I get more nervous people thinking of the big fat chick in the room than actually what I am saying or do. Many of these people I talk to daily or communicate via email is much different than what they may think of me. And going to Vegas means some new clothes shopping. I have to buy a nice dress for a huge club type of party which I totally dread. I am not a club person at all. When I started on my journey last August I had hoped to be 30lbs lighter by now. Oh well I am not going to be losing 30lbs in 6 weeks but if I can be 10lbs down by then I will be jumping for joy.

Tuesday food
2 hard boiled eggs, huge salad with tuna and black beans, leftover spinach casserole and carrots for an afternoon snack, almonds (I was starving marvin). Dinner was Ham and broccoli quiche and some more carrots.

No exercise way too busy with kid issues and work

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Weekends Self sabotage

I am my own worst enemy when it comes to weight loss.

I didn’t have a good weekend food wise. Am I get a little too lax about being under 200lbs. There were some potato chips in the house that started calling my name and boy did I respond. I can’t have these things in the house. Last weekend was Doritos incident . Will I ever lose weight if I continue this self sabotage. I did get my act together on Monday for food. Weekdays I am so good!

Besides food Saturday was Turbo Scuplt I really like doing this workout. However I think I made my arm that was hurting any more hurt. Sunday I even up taking off from exercise. Monday night was my swimming and pool walking for 30 minutes.
Reflecting back for the month of July I had 600 minutes of exercise. I really think I lose better when I am at 700 minutes plus.

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