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Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm not a fan of weight-loss tv shows...

... but I caught an episode of MTV's show I Used To Be Fat.  I still don't care for it but I did find something super motivating about it:

the countdown calendar!!

Basically it's a desk-sized calendar that has HUGE BOLD numbers top with the words "days left" under the number and each day the top sheet of paper would be town off... just a simple countdown to whatever event the people on the show are working towards.  Well I want one!

I have my first class reunion coming up this summer - 142 days to be exact - so I need a simple, cheap, daily reminder that I need to get 'er done!  Nutrition and exercise need to be pounded out everyday if I even wanna think of going to the reunion.  Keep in mind that today I'm 35+ lbs. heavier than I was in high school so there's a lot of work to be done but it's doable.

I'm heading out to Kinko's today to see what they can do for me! YAY!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The numbers don't lie

Taking a look back at my calorie charts from 2008 - 2009, when I consistently lost 30 lbs., it's no wonder I've been struggling.. I'm eating a lot more calories and exercising WAY less.  The charts/numbers may look low but I felt 100% fine and got in intense workouts almost everyday... compare that my once-maybe-twice-a-week exercise sessions now and it's pretty sad.

So back when I first started my weight-loss journey...

... I ate between 1400 - 1600 calories and ended up with anywhere from 1000 - 1400 net calories (daily calories minus exercise calories).  I didn't have a heart-rate monitor or anything to track my exercise calories burned, so the numbers/estimates of burned calories were just pulled from the database I used to track calories.  Back then, my workouts consisted of a religious 6x a week schedule, made up of cardio 5x a week and weights 3x a week.  May have been too much to try and sustain for a lifetime but to know that I was capable of that kind of disciple is comforting.  Now look at my current numbers...

Over the last several months...

... I ate about 1600 - 1800 calories and usually ended up with a net calorie range of 1200 - 1600.  That's about a 200 calorie difference and probably even more because nowadays, I think I overestimate my calorie burn and underestimate my calories consumed.  Workouts over the last several months ranged anywhere from non-existent some weeks to 3 - 4x a week but on average you're looking at 1 - 2x a week.  And the workouts are WAY less in intensity level (I count walks as exercise now... I never did before) and WAY less often.

So this is me being accountable for my actions today.  

Workouts have to be no less than 3x a week and walks do count!  
Walking 3x a week is better than 0x a week!

Calories and nutrition have to be kept in check... time to bust out my measuring cups, spoons, and kitchen scale... and of course incorporate more home-made meals with my herbs!  

Working on them baby steps is the key!

Monday, January 24, 2011

'Q' is for Quinoa

... as in quinoa egg bake!

(this recipe makes 8 servings)
  • 0.5 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 8 eggs
  • 1.25 cups milk
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. chopped thyme (0.5 tsp if using fresh thyme)
  • 0.5 tsp. salt
  • 0.5 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • cooking spray

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.  Wash quinoa and drain well and in a large bowl, whisk together quinoa, eggs, milk, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper.

2.) Stir in spinach then pour into baking dish.  Cover tightly with foil and shake dish so quinoa settles on bottom of dish.

3.) Bake until just set, about 45 minutes.  Remove cover and sprinkle with cheese.  Return to oven and bake uncovered until cheese is golden brown, about 10 - 15 minutes.

4.) Cool about 15 minutes then slice and serve.

This was really good and even the boyfriend liked it!  Couple of things I would change next time:
  • I would soak the quinoa in water for about an hour or two before making this dish.  The quinoa was actually cooked perfectly, but I like my quinoa on the softer side so this is only a preference.
  • Before baking, I would use a spoon or fork to gently stir quinoa mixture around in the baking dish.  This should allow the quinoa to settle in a more even thickness on the bottom of the pan and disburse the seasonings more evenly.  Because I used dried thyme, it floated to the top and kind of massed together in the center of the dish so when you ate a slice of the quinoa bake, the pointed end of the slice had lots of herb flavoring, but not so much as you worked your way to the outside of the slice.
I'll definitely be making this again and probably add different kinds of veggies.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Very overdue recipes

 Does anyone even remember this?

I completely forgot about this project I had started back in 2009 and never finished so my plan is to finish it! My plan was to do 26 recipes in the span of a year (at most!): one recipe with an ingredient starting with each letter of the alphabet.  Jump forward a year and I'm barely half way through!

Recipes Q - Z coming soon!

Some (green) inspiration

According to my last post, I'm doing baby steps to help me get back on track so that's what I'm doing.  I'm starting small. Real small!  Instead of trying to change all the bad to good that I eat, I decided that I need to cut down on eating out.  I figure I eat restaurant/fast food at least 4 days a week so by cutting that down to just 2 days a week - 1 day if I'm lucky - not only will I be saving calories, but I'll be saving money too!

To keep me motivated in the kitchen Anthony and I decided to start a small herb garden on our apartment lanai (patio)!  This way - if the herbs survive and grow - I'll have to use them or lose them. Plus they make our lanai smell so good!

 From the top (going clockwise): sage, thyme, lemon thyme, sweet basil, and oregano. 
 Don't be fooled - this pot is pretty big and must be about 5 or 6 gallons!

Left to right: super chili pepper, Italian parsley, celery leaf, and garlic chives.

I bought these over the weekend and transplanted them into the pots and so far they have taken well.  The junk thing is I need to rotate the pots every day or two to keep the plants from leaning towards the sun light. They get about 6 - 8 hours of direct sun light (which I thought would be enough) but they still lean.  Oh well, the better flavors and tastier recipes that will come out of this will be worth it.

Now it's time to work on my baby steps to consistent exercise...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So sick of myself...

OMG it's been weeks since my last post and I was supposed to explain what my plan was for 2011.  Well I've been MIA because I had a plan, but it fell apart within days.  Then I had another plan and I've been working on it since but I've already faltered and fallen off-course. 

I'm having a really tough time getting my motivation back and I know it's just a matter of doing what's right but food has been winning out more times than I can count!  I'm lucky I haven't gained weight over the holidays but the pathetic news is I haven't lost anything either.  It's been half a year since I had my big gain over the summer and I haven't done crap to change anything. 

Over holidays, I was on an awesome role...

got my workouts in as planned
watched what I ate
counted the calories
even tried to get in more sleep

... all for nothing since it didn't result in any weight-loss.

I have so many things running through my head right now... goals I want to reach, things I want to accomplish and so many MANY things not even related to health/fitness. 

Right now I feel like I need to start my weight-loss journey from the very beginning, like I've never done this before, and take it day by day, one step at a time. After comments from different people about my weight gain, it's really time to focus again. Plus, can anyone say class reunion?!?!?!  Yup, that's coming up this summer so I need to get this done.

I'm not making any promises as far as blogging goes because I've noticed that just turns my blog into a chore rather than something I really enjoy doing.  I do promise to blog when I have a chance and when I feel like I have something worth talking about... until then, I'd rather not fill this space with complaints, wishes of pounds dropped, or rants about the regrets I had for eating that last bite of ice cream, or chips, or cake or what ever! So once again, to make things official, here is my current weight:

Yup, that sucks! But putting it out there can only make me do something about it, right?!