Drip, Drip, Drop Little April…Goals

(You probably have that song from Bambi in your head now. You’re welcome.)

Things That Would Be Super Magical And Wonderful If They Happened In APRIL:

  • Ralk 20 miles
  • Get 60,000 steps each week
  • Lose 5 pounds
  • FEEL BETTER AND STRONGER

I’m fully aware that the last one isn’t exactly quantifiable, but I was telling WRG tonight I just feel weak lately. Back when I was losing weight the first awesome time, I got to a point where I was doing Nike Training Club a few times a week. (At first I typed “all the time”. Hahaha – false.) Now, I’m Flabby McFlabsalot and it’s just freaking annoying. I tried running part of my 2 miles tonight, and it was bordering on hilarious. Things were flying everywhere. I’m sorry to all of the cars driving by in Steiner Ranch who got a glimpse of that awesome.

These goals are meant to be realistic and achievable. Notice I did not mention clothing sizes – I refused to buy a size bigger anyway, so all my pants are too small. (Seriously – the idea of going up that ONE pant size makes me irrationally angry and eye-gougy. Like, I want to gouge out people’s eyes. It’s violent, but true.)

So we’ll see how this goes. I promise to keep you posted on my progress!

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Up 0.2 Pounds

This is what I like to call “maintaining my weight”.

(I call it maintaining because that sounds way better than “failing miserably”.)

I’m doing my best this week to stay positive.  That’s an incredibly difficult thing to do when you look at my “Weight Tracking” page.  On April 14, 2012 (approximately THREE MONTHS AGO), I weighed in at 200.6 pounds.  That was 35 pounds lost, 15% lost, and THREE EFFING MONTHS AGO.  (An incredibly exciting 3 months in my life, but annoying nonetheless.)

However, if you look at my first weigh-in on November 19, 2011 (approximately 8 months ago), I weighed in at a whopping 235.8 pounds.  The fact that I weighed in yesterday at 201.8 pounds doesn’t seem quite so terrible.

STATS
Weight gain this week: 0.2 pounds
Current weight: 201.8 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 34.0 pounds

We talked a lot about plateaus at the WW meeting yesterday morning, and here I am, wrapping up a 3-month plateau.  I’ve been maintaining roughly the same weight for 3 months, which is not my favorite thing in the world.  If I had kept losing weight at the pace I was going at the beginning, I would have lost all 75 pounds I needed to lose by now. Unfortunately, this is not real life.  And I wouldn’t want it to be real life.  My body needs time to recover from these big changes.  I know it doesn’t need three effing months, but I always need a second to adjust to healthy eating habits and a more active lifestyle.  Plus, every once in awhile I needed to just stop obsessing over food and live.

That’s a hard balance to strike with Weight Watchers.  At the beginning, I obsessed over every little thing because it was new and exciting, and I was seeing pretty kickass results.  I thought about food and points and new ways of working out and recipes and choices and points and food and food and points every second of the day.  This made for some pretty killer weeks at the scale, but it wasn’t something I could maintain for 8 months.

I need to find a balance between Past Obsessive Liz and Current Lazyass Liz.  I know that the former gets great results but won’t last, and the latter is the reason I have so much weight to lose.  Somewhere in the middle is Slightly Less Crazy But Still Conscious Of Her Choices Liz.  I’ll let you know when I find her.

So this week I’m housesitting, and I just went to HEB to load up the fridge with healthy goodies:

I also discovered the most delicious snack: an English muffin with WW cream cheese and sliced strawberries.  It was 5 points, and absolutely delicious!

Another awesome moment from this week: I tried yoga for the first time!  I have wanted to do it for an extremely long time, but I was always too scared to go to a class.  My friend Victoria has been studying to be a yoga instructor, so she kindly offered to help me out. It’s the perfect thing for me – working on strength and flexibility of both the body and mind.  I suggest it to everyone ever.  In the world.  We met at Butler Park, right by the Long Center, and yoga-ed (yep, it’s a word) outside.  It was sweaty and difficult – and I loved every minute of it.  This was our view:

Beautiful.  Here’s to a new week!

Love for Lettuce

Because I promised – here’s the food I’ve eaten since my post on Tuesday!

Dinner Monday night: “Oriental Express Turkey Lettuce Wraps”!  The recipe actually calls for beef, but we wanted to keep it a little leaner.  My sweet friend Metta asked for the recipe, so here it is!

ORIENTAL EXPRESS TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS

1 and 1/2 pounds of ground turkey
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup Asian peanut sauce
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves
salt and pepper
cooking spray
12 large lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)

  1. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray.  Brown ground turkey skillet over medium heat, 8 to 10 minutes, or until turkey is not pink, breaking up into small crumbles.  Drain the liquid if you would like, but leaving it makes it juicier.  Stir in hoisin sauce and peanut sauce: heat through.
  2. Just before serving, add cucumber, carrots, and torn mint leaves: toss gently. Season with salt and pepper.  Serve turkey mixture in lettuce leaves.  Bring lots of napkins because it’s a little messy.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS.  Per serving: 320 calories; 38 g protein; 26 g carbohydrate; 9 g fat (small disclaimer – these numbers are a guess, because we used turkey instead of beef)

It is one of the easiest things we’ve ever made, and it’s positively yummy.  The mint added incredible depth of flavor.  (Ohhhhh yeah – I’ve been watching waayyy too much “Chopped” lately.)  This just strengthens my new-found love for lettuce.  (Jimmy John’s makes a mean “unwich” with lettuce instead of bread.  It’s delicious!)

Yesterday’s food involved a little less cooking, but I still tracked everything.

  • Breakfast: Fiber One Shredded Wheat with almond milk and raspberries
  • Lunch: Chipotle Burrito Bowl – brown rice, chicken, veggies, salsa, guac, & lettuce
  • Snack: fruit cup and pop chips (snack of friggin’ CHAMPIONS up in here)
  • Dinner: Papa John’s thin crust pizza.  Yep.  4 slices.  Because we’re doing full honesty here.

We went to the gym last night, and I did TWO Nike Training Club workouts.  I hurt juuuuust a bit this morning.  Started the day with a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and apples:

Doesn’t that look delicious?  (It was.)

So now you’re caught up.  Thanks for reading all about my boring food habits this week. It’s really helping me stay on track!

Up 0.8 Pounds

I’ll bet you guys thought I didn’t go to Weight Watchers this week, didn’t you?  You were all “Liz gave up, she’s such a bad weight loser” and I’m all “Yes, I’ve been sucking it up lately, but I did still go to Weight Watchers on Saturday morning.”

STATS
Weight gain this week: 0.8 pounds
Current weight: 202.4 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 33.4 pounds 

In the past 6 weeks, as you can see on my Weight Tracking, I have gained weight every week but one.  This is a little depressing, but I’m not at all surprised.  I’ve been quarter-assing it (yep, that’s a thing) – only thinking about eating healthy and working out every once in awhile, instead of making consistent changes in my lifestyle.  So yeah.  Quarter-assing it over here.  Probably even eighth-assing.

I’ve now been going to WW for 30 weeks this time around.  This week was definitely the hardest to motivate myself to walk in the door and step on that scale.  But I did.  And now I’m writing about it.  For you guys.  If any of you are still reading this slightly-less-motivational-than-it-used-to-be blog.

The biggest news from this week – I got a job!!  I know, I know – two weeks ago I was so excited about being funemployed, but this is what I’ve wanted all along.  I will be an assistant band director at Running Brushy Middle School in Leander ISD!  (For those of you who are not Austinites, this is still in the Austin area, just a little northwest of the city.) Everything worked out in such an awesome way, and I am so incredibly excited to work with the amazing team up in Leander ISD.  They are absolutely wonderful.

My first day isn’t for a little while – so I’ve still got some time to hang out and be funemployed!  In my future?  Some babysitting, catching up on my favorite shows, working out, cooking meals I’ve never cooked, and a short trip to Nebraska!  We ended this weekend with a badass meal of yummy tacos:

Oh yes – they were delicious.  Pre-marinated chicken fajita meat from HEB (really quite yummy), WW cheese, pico de gallo, and rice and fat-free beans.  Absolutely delicious.

I did a Nike Training Club workout yesterday, and I’m certainly feeling it in my quads/inner thighs/rear end region today.  We’ll see if I make it back to the gym today.

Off to another week – here’s to a little more stability and….well…..effort. :)

Cake for Breakfast

That’s right, folks – I ate cake for breakfast today.  I figured that meant it was time for a blog post.

Welcome to my world of stress/emotional eating.  I won’t bore you with the shitty details of my stress/emotions, but I’m not in the best place this week.  I’m really, REALLY excited about living with my totally awesome boyfriend – but other stuff is a hot mess of suck.

How did this affect me this week?  Oh ya know, free buffet food yesterday for both lunch and dinner brought out Crazy Liz.  Crazy Liz is the one who goes back to the buffet multiple times, and is only fueled by carbs.  And sugar.  And more carbs.  (I actually wrote “crabs” first.  It was way funnier.)

So I ate cake for breakfast this morning.  And even though the cake was incredibly delicious, it wasn’t satisfying.  A nap would be satisfying.  Or a workout.  But definitely not cake.

This afternoon, I am celebrating the birth of my very dear friend Aren with a lovely happy hour.  I will need help being good, so I’m grateful that both Walter and Bev (you remember Bev, right?) will be there.  Thankfully, I was much better at lunch, so I hope to carry that trend into the evening.

Thus ends my lament.  That’s just my day today.  Would you like to see something that totally made me feel better?  It combines two things I love so very, very, VERY much: The West Wing and exercising.

**In other news, if I ever write a book, it will be entitled “Cake for Breakfast”.

**HILARIOUS UPDATE: when I searched “Cake for Breakfast” to see if anyone else had written a book with the same title, I found this: Cake for breakfast? Study says go for it  NOT KIDDING FOLKS.  Apparently, people think this is a good idea.  Really, the article is telling you to have a well-balanced breakfast, but that title is SURE to get some people on board. People will believe anything.  Yikes.

Phoenix

I feel rejuvenated, inspired, and on fire.

When I was asking Walter what I should title this post, he said, “It’s like you’re a phoenix rising from the ashes of a fatter phoenix!”  I laughed out loud, so I had to include it here.

The further I get on this weight loss journey, the more I realize that ups and downs are absolutely inevitable.  There are days where I really just can’t remember why I would EVER want to work out, let alone go on a walk/run for 3 miles in 85-degree weather.  Gross. There are also days where all I want to do is cook and track and talk about being healthy and run around in the humid, Austin weather.  I am, very slowly, learning to accept the differences in these days, embrace the good ones, and figure out ways to push through the bad ones.  It’s a steep learning curve, friends.

Since my kickass weigh-in on Saturday, I’ve been rocking it out.  We had a REVEL event on Saturday evening that involved lots of delicious, free, buffet-style food (the absolute WORST for a weight watcher), and I only went 11 points over my allowance!  (In previous free, endless food excursions, I faired much worse.)  Yesterday, Walter and I cooked Mushroom Herb Chicken from my WW magazine for dinner.  It was DELICIOUS and mega easy!  I would have taken a photo…except I was too hungry.  There was absolutely NO time for photos.

Walter also made this amazing Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich!  (Another WW recipe…)

First of all, holycrapilovepesto.  My mom makes it from scratch, with basil from the garden, and it honestly should be illegal, it’s so good.  This little ditty totally satisfied my pesto craving!  And it’s just chicken, pesto, a little low-fat mayo, fat free plain yogurt, and roasted red peppers.  Brilliant.  (In fact, WRG is making it AGAIN for our lunches tomorrow…he’s such a good cook.)

On top of all of these things, I ralked a total of 6 miles yesterday and today!  Like I said – I’m rejuvenated.  And on fire.

Like a phoenix.

Down 0.2 Pounds

Yep.  I am down 0.2 pounds this week.  And I could not be happier about it.

Weight loss this week: 0.2 pounds
Current weight: 207.2 pounds
TOTAL weight loss: 28.6 pounds 

I’m happy just because I didn’t gain.  It hasn’t been an easy week, but I’ve been trying as best as I could.

This is short because we’re on vacation, but I just had to share that Walter had Runza today.  Lincolnites will know what I’m talking about – it’s a magical fast food place in Nebraska, and I’ve loved it for years.  The food probably isn’t that good, but it tastes like home.  Here’s a photo of WRG with his first Runza:

He knows what’s up.  Oh, and no – it’s not healthy at all. :)

We’re spending St. Patty’s day in Kansas City, and then it’s back to Austin tomorrow!  This week there is almost NOTHING on the calendar (besides the midnight showing of “The Hunger Games” – that’s right), so it’s time to work out and cook and go to the grocery store.

On to another successful week!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!