Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What I'm Working On

Holy Wednesday! I cannot believe we are halfway through the week! I feel like I have gotten nothing done that needs to be done! Although on Monday I was able to complete a couple of errands before work, only to get a text from my boss letting me know I didn't need to come in (for the dinner shift at the restaurant). So I was able to go back out and do some grocery/necessities shopping. I dropped a whopping $200 bucks at Target between groceries (for the week plus tons of staples), and some clothing type things. We haven't been grocery shopping in over a month, so we have been living on freezer, and pantry meals (an a few to many meals out) lately. I also found some brown loafers that I think will be good for work, but they were $25, and that's a little steep for Target shoes, so they may go back.That and Boomer thinks they are "old-lady-ish," I haven't made up my mind yet.

Are we ugly?

I've been thinking about this post for a long time. Ever since I decided that this was it. This is the time I was going to lose the weight, and stick to it, no matter how long it took. And I resolved that it was going to take a while, and I was going to be ok with it. I figure the best way for me to do that was to start slow. Especially because right around the time I was examining my behaviors, and habits, I was offered a new job. And seeing that I am a creature that thrives in a routine, and with structure I was very wary that my efforts would be thwarted by the new stresses of a new job. What I didn't expect was that it would help!

I decided to start with small goals instead of overhauling my whole lifestyle. In the past I have said ok, on Monday I'm gonna start working out 5 days a week, eat 10 servings of veggies, and only chicken breast, turkey breast, seafood, whole grains, and no sweets. That may work for some, but not for me. So I started with the things that I thought would have the greatest impact.

1. Eating Breakfast
You hear it all the time. That breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I knew that, you knew that, pretty much everyone who has ever thought about losing weight has read it somewhere. And what they say is true, it fuels the fire. It breaks the fast. It jumpstarts your metabolism first thing in the morning so that your body doesn't think you are starving it, that way it can efficiently burn calories, instead if storing them as fat. On Friday, I mentioned the fact that I was never a breakfast eater. And that I am making a more conscious effort to eat within and hour of waking. And that even though I still don't wake up starving, due to the fact that I can sometime eat pretty late at night, I am drinking my breakfast via protein smoothies. It doesn't feel like I'm eating a big meal when I am not hungry, but it is enough calories that my body knows I'm eating.

I am loving on this particular smoothie that I've been eating about 4 mornings a week. And it legit tastes like a chocolate peanut butter milk shake! And clocks in at about 384 cals, and 36g of protein!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie

-1/2 of a frozen Banana

-1 Tblsp Cocoa Powder

- 1 Tblsp Creamy Peanut Butter

-1 Cup skim or unsweetened non-dairy milk

-1/2 tsp Xantham Gum

-3 Ice cubes (add more if you like yours icier)

~Place everything in the blender, and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!~

2. Eat Every 2-3 hours

This is another one of those things that I knew I should be doing, but didn't. I just didn't understand how eating every couple of hours would help me lose weight. I understood that it would keep my metabolism going, and burning, but I didn't understand how my body knew what it should be burning. Until I saw this video about Jamie Eason's Live Fit Trainer. She basically goes on to say that when your body is fed consistently throughout the day your body releases the stored fat it's been holding on to "just in case." And if you eat too little, and burn to much your body goes into fat-storing mode, thus, weight gain. I have been doing a much better job of eating every couple of hours, especially when I am at work because I make sure to pack all of my snacks. Believe it or not it is harder for me to eat every few hours when I am at home, because I don't want to leave my cozy basement to go up to the kitchen for food. I know it's working because when I do eat breakfast, and my snacks, I find that my body is hungry every 2 hours or so. Which makes it easier!

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3. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night

The truth is I am a sleeper. But I am also a night owl. Which doesn't always go hand-in-hand. Sometimes I am up until 3 in the morning, only to have to wake up at 7am. And then when I have a day off, I will sleep for 11 hours. I know it isn't the best for me, and so I am making more of a conscious effort to go into my bedroom, turn off the lights, laptop, and phone 8 hours before I need to be up. Inevitably I will fall asleep within 30 minutes or so. I have found that 7 is a good number of hours for me, and so I usually end up getting right around that, sometimes a little more. Now I just need to work on not hitting snooze 3 times!

4. Drink More Water

My new CamelBak water bottle is a savior! I bring it EVERYWHERE! And I LOOOOVE the bite valve, there is something so convenient, and soothing about it! My water intake has increased exponentially since getting it, it still isn't as much as I should be drinking, but it's a lot better than it was, which is def a small win!


So those are the 4 things I have been working on last week, and this week! I would say that I am doing pretty well, and having lost 5 pounds is definitely motivation to keep going. I plan on adding on a few more mini goals every two weeks, and compounding my new healthy habits until I am the ultimate, healthy, strong, She-Woman!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Birthday Cake and Routines

Ugh.... I am Sooo tired it ain't even funny. I feel like I've been up for days.
I am currently at the restaurant waiting for my shift to start, after working the 7-3:30 shift at the rehab. I am going to crash hard tonight. I am tempted to go drink a giant latte, but I've already had one today, and even though caffeine doesn't have that much of an effect on me, I don't want to risk not falling asleep tonight!

So I'm just gonna tough it out for now. I'll probably get off around midnight, if all goes well. And I still don't have a set schedule at the rehab yet (for the next couple weeks), so I have yet to figure out my routine. Which is proving to make meal planning more difficult, becausr I don't know what days and times I will be home for cooking and prepping. Which means that my eating hasn't been nearly as good today as it has been most of the week.

Also go listen to Chris Brown and Rihanna's song "Birthday Cake." It is nasty, and catchy, and dirty, and nasty. I love it, and I hate that I love it. It leaves me with a moral dilemma. I hate Chris Brown for laying the smackdown on Ri-Ri, but I really like most of his music, especially his older stuff! Do I stand my ground and never listen to this nasty gloriousness again, or do I judge the man by his work and not his character?

Eats from the last two days
The last of my delicious winter grapefruits, Smoothies, Turkey muffins/Brown rice,/zucchini! ** This is obviously not all that I've eaten in the last 48 hours, just all I have pictures of.

Friday, March 2, 2012

That Time There was No Post

Would you believe that I had a whole post written up on Monday, that I thought I posted... but didn't?

And would you believe that this silly program I write from (Ecto) is supposed to save my post every two minutes, but it didn't?

I didn't realize until late Monday night that it posted the title but not the post. And then life got in the way with training for my new job, and I wasn't anticipating how exhausted I would be from it all that I have yet to have time to sit down and write another post. I am off tomorrow evening, and I have a post in my head that I want to write about what it is I am doing differently this time to lose weight, and stick with it. And what are the things that I have a better handle on, and what are the things I need to reeeeally work on.

But one of the I am going to quickly mention is that I need to work on eating more often. You will always hear weight lose, and nutrition experts saying that if you are trying to lose you weight you must, must, must eat breakfast to jump-start your metabolism first thing when you wake up, and keep fueling the fire every couple of hours throughout the day. This is something that I need to work on in a serious way. I have never eaten breakfast. Never, in my whole life have I consistently eaten breakfast. I'm a night owl, so back in my primary school days I was up late at night, and would wake up at the last possible minute for me to be on time to school. That, and the fact that I would eat late at night before bed, I never woke up hungry. So I would be up at around 6:30-7a.m., and not eat until lunch time around 12:30-1p.m., and then because I always had extra-curriculars after school, I wasn't eating dinner until around 8p.m. I would then go to my dance lessons, get home around 10:30p.m. and need a snack around 11 p.m. because I was hungry after 4+ hours of exercise, with 2-3 hours of homework ahead of me! And things have continued in that pattern after high school, and after college. And now that I have been working nights mostly, my eating schedule is still confusing, I can't wrap my head around calling it "meal 1, meal 2, meal 3" and not breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

But with my new job, and working more days, I have gotten more of a handle on my meals. So as much as my week has been absolutely bat shit crazy, I am doing so much better with my eating this week. I'm still not very hungry when I first wake up (although I am definitely hungrier than I have been, and I need to eat within an hour of waking), I am remedying that by having a protein smoothie for breakfast. It feels less like food, but I am making sure they have enough calories that it feels like a meal, and keeps me full for a while. Also the plus to that is I put it in my to-go tumbler and drink it during my new 45 minutes commute to work, so I can only need to get up an extra 5 minutes to measure, blend, pour, and rinse!

I have lost 4 el bees this week, and I am really happy about. I'm taking this one step at a time. All I've done differently this week is focus on what, and when I am eating! And it works!

This Weeks Eats:

I'm finding a bit of a routine with my food, which is just fine with me! Especially with breakfast, lunch, and daytime snacks it takes the guess work out of it, which makes it so much easier for me with meal planning, and ensuring that I am eating enough! Smoothies for breakfast. Apple and nut butter (preferable Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter) for a.m. snack. Some kind of green salad with chicken, or salmon or tuna salad with carrots and crackers for dipping for lunch. P.m. snack is usually veg with hummus, or yogurt and granola. And then if I'm home for dinner I am at the mercy of Boomer, and whatever recipe I am dying to make, or if it's a late night, take out (Papa Murphy's deLite pizza, or something from the restaurant I work at).

I did enjoy an epic night of bingo, and (a very) happy hour with my coworker/lover/friend, and more friends! It was phenomenal! And an indulgent lunch, and dinner while helping a friend move on Thursday! But I was working hard! I deserved it!

I am planning on focusing on my food again this coming week, and reigning in my cheat day to, well.... 1 day. And then adding in exercise the following week. I am still trying to figure out what my schedule is going to be like with the new job. And especially because it is spring break at the restaurant it is getting crazier every week.

That's it for now, hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a short(-er than this) update! If not, have a great weekend!