Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nope, Nevermind, Failing

I'm sliding down a slippery slope today.  I was doing great until dinner today.  I took the PGX with my lunch today so I became fuller at lunch and I ate less. I was still hungry in the afternoon so I ate the rest of my lunch! Great! I had a small dinner consisting of 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes and 100 grams of roasted ham.  Unfortunately this did not fill me up.  I drank 16 ounces of water to try to fill myself a bit but I still wanted to eat.  I had a pepperoni stick (bad!) for some protein, but still wanted more.  I broke! I had a bowl of Doritos!  I am still under calories for the day though.

My "punishment" should be dragging my Big, Fat, Unmotivated Ass off of the couch and heading downstairs for some Gazelle time.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

As I said above, I took the PGX with lunch today instead of before.  It worked well for helping me to feel full and spread my lunch items through the afternoon so that I didn't want afternoon munchies.  I am thinking I am possibly going to try taking it at dinner also.  I'm still not sure if I do want to use the product on a continuing basis or not though so I may hold off on the capsules. 

Update: While I didn't go exercise on the Gazelle tonight, I did force myself to walk to the store to get a few groceries. Everything I bought was healthy!

I think I should have had chocolate instead of the Doritos tonight as I remember wanting that earlier. Maybe if I had pin-pointed the correct craving earlier I wouldn't have eaten so much!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Still On Track

Still on track, I know, it's only my second day back but I really was worried that the bad would be too tempting.

I went to the store last night with the thought of maybe purchasing and trying a soy protein powder for curbing my afternoon need-to-eat at work. I ended up purchasing PGX instead. I took one before lunch mixed in a fruit smoothie and although I initially felt full at lunch my afternoon munchies came anyway. I'm not sure if I should try it with breakfast and lunch then, or just increase my lunch dosage. I'm wondering if anyone has really had success with it also or if it's just another fad.

No exercise today, but that's okay with me. That's the motivation I'm missing, but I've lost weight by just eating well before, exercise will just help speed it up. I have a dress that I want to look good in at the end of September for a wedding so I suppose that should be my motivation...but we'll see.

I'm Back!

Well, I'm back and I only gained one pound! Yay! It's also time for Aunt Flo to visit again so that may very well take care of that one pound. I can't wait until next Monday to check again.

I had an excellent food day, and although I didn't exercise I vacuumed my living room and the stairs to the second floor (15 stairs) for approximately 40 minutes including moving furniture. I was sweating rather well just doing the living room, plus the stairs were a killer!

I'm not feeling the exercise vibe but I am hoping that is a side-effect of the visitor I mentioned above. I need to get some upper body options as well but for now it will be my regular activities presuming I can get my ass motivated. I haven't biked in ages either though but this week is looking way too hot for any outdoor exercising.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Vacation Update

Vacation dieting is hard.  I have been trying to control portions and not eat junk between meals but I'm not always making the best decisions with my meals.  I really do hope that I will not have too hard of a time getting back into the proper diet habits when I get back to reality.

On the plus side, exercise has been plenty.  Not intentional, so no muscle toning type of activities (I could really use some yoga for my belly is feeling quite flabby), but lots of walking and even a bit of swimming.  Did I mention LOTS of walking?  I feel good in that regard.  Again though, I will have to get back into the routine when I get home, I hope I will not fail.

One thing that is really missing on this vacation is my water intake.  I have not been doing so well on the eight cups a day that I try to take in to help fill me up. I have not been snacking though.  I have been pretty limited to just the three meals per day.

I wouldn't call my vacation diet a complete failure, but still, it is going to be hard to keep myself motivated when I get back.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Vacation Time

Just wanted to make a short update in case I don't get one here for a while.

I'm not going on a fancy holiday, just a 1200 kilometer road trip.  We will be staying with family so I hope to do a lot of "good" eating but I'm sure there will be bad eating too.  I was bad tonight already and I feel so guilty about it.  There will be more bad tomorrow because meals will all be eaten in the car.  I will certainly try to get some exercise in while we are there, even if it's just a walk around the neighbourhood.

I am down 16 pounds right now!!! It feels great!  I do feel myself sliding and knowing all these bad days are coming up isn't encouraging.  I hope to make a lot of good days when I get back though.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pants or No Pants

I had a really great workout last night but it was not easy. I really had to push myself through the last 15 minutes as I wanted so badly to quit. I don't know what's going on in my own head. I actually thought I was going to cry. I was right on the edge, I felt the tears wanting to come out. I don't know why. I want this, I really do, which is why I didn't let myself quit. It would have been so easy to just step off and walk away, but I didn't. Does that make me motivated or unmotivated? I can't even tell you. I feel down in all aspects of my life though, even work is a challenge. Not a lie - I actually like my job, but lately I just haven't wanted to do it. I don't want to talk to people, I don't want to be there. And it makes me sadder just typing this

On another note: My pants are loose! I had to wear a belt today despite not having belt loops, I hope it holds my pants up, but it was too big also! I don't want to buy new pants yet because I would hope that they would eventually be too big also, but I think I will buy a new belt and maybe find some fabric to make my own belt loops. That itself should be motivation, but sadly I see my failing so maybe I should just go buy pants.

I'm a little sad that no one is reading anymore. Not that it makes a difference, but it's nice to know that someone may read and relate I guess. However, I also imagine that it's not too interesting to read my pity-party-for-one blog either.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Buffalo Wings!!!

I made my "famous" buffalo wings on Saturday.  So yummy!!!  This certainly didn't help my food weekend, but they are totally worth the calories.  I didn't do the greatest on Sunday either but I plan to get back on track this week because Saturday is vacation time!  Tonight I'm thinking the Gazelle is in order and I might just let Tony coach me so that I know it will be a good workout!

I will share my recipe as promised.  These are cooked in the oven rather then deep-fried, but wings in general are very calorie filled whether they're deep-fried or not.  I have been extra descriptive on the preparation instructions but they are actually really easy to make.

Totally Awesome Chicken Wings

2 pounds chicken wings, split into drumette and flat
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup flour
2 large zipper bags
large cookie sheet
non-stick foil
oil sprayer (optional)
sauce (see below)

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Line the cookie sheet with non-stick foil.  Alternately you could use regular foil, dull side up, brushed with vegetable oil but the wings will still stick some.  With non-stick foil you don't have the added calories or frustration when turning them.

In the first bag pour vegetable oil and sea salt.

Place the flour in the second bag.

Place the split wings in the first bag, seal, and toss well.

Transfer the wings, by hand or utensil, to the second bag in batches of 8-10. Seal bag and toss well.

Transfer each batch of the wings, by hand or utensil, to the foil-lined cookie sheet until all are on the sheet.  There will be a small amount of flour left in the bag, just discard.

Place cookie sheet in oven for 20 minutes.  Remove. 

An oil-sprayer works well here to lightly spray prior to turning.  It is especially important to spray (or even brush) with oil if you are using regular foil.

Turn all the wings and place back in oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Wings are ready to be tossed in sauce.

Use your favorite store bought wing sauce.  Target sells a good one, Archer Farms Medium Buffalo Wing Sauce and they have other flavors as well.  Buffalo Wild Wings have fantastic sauces that you can buy to take home.  I love the Medium on these wings, my kids love the Honey BBQ.  If you don't have wing sauce you can also use Franks Red Hot Sauce.  Just melt a 1/4 cup butter or margarine and mix in 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce then toss wings in it.

I like to use sealable containers.  I place the wings in the container, add as much sauce as I want, put the lid on and toss.  I use separate containers for each flavour of sauce.

Time to eat! Enjoy!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Feeling A Little Down Tonight

I guess what happens when you stop writing for a week is that no one reads your posts anymore.  It was nice to know someone out there heard my thoughts but I guess it's back to writing to myself.  :(

Lower body workout tonight and I felt it way more. I didn't think I'd make it!  Still, with a six-minute warm up and eight-minute cool down I don't think I'm getting the most bang for my buck when I burn only 70 calories for the 1/2 hour I worked out.  It's time to get back to my Gazelle and maybe back to the bike [gulp].  Especially when the Wii tells me my weight has increased over the past two days when I've been eating well and exercising.  It's so discouraging!

Batteries Now Included

I got the batteries for my Wii Balance Board and had a good work out on Wednesday with the Wii Fit. Amazingly I had even lost weight! I am officially down 15.8 pounds. I do need to start alternating muscle groups though because most of the Wii Fit exercises target the same lower body area that the Biggest Loser lower body work out did so I didn't really recover. Last night I did the Biggest Loser upper body light workout instead. I am thinking of going back to the lower body workout tonight!

I made a trip to Costco last night. I haven't been going there often because I spend too much money! I stocked up on veggies and fruit for the weekend. Usually I'm out of that stuff because I shop on Sunday and I'm out by Friday. I'm glad to have some healthier choices in my house again. Apparently I should have bought more broccoli because my daughter is asking for cooked broccoli! I'm glad she like some healthy choices. . .although she asked to put cheese on hers!

I'm looking forward to a good weekend and I do plan to cheat. . .I'm making hot wings tomorrow. I am going to toot my own horn here and say that I make awesome wings. I will share that recipe too as I haven't shared a recipe in a while, but be warned. . .not at all healthy!!!

TTYL!     :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Hate Bob (Not Really)

Well, I finally dusted off the Wii Balance Board and exercised last night. . .or at least tried to exercise.

So I'm doing yoga, (or mid-evil torture as I like to refer to it as) and the batteries in my Balance Board go dead. What am I going to do now?!? I'm pumped up and ready to exercise and I don't have time to go for a walk or workout on my glider because I'm going out after. I decided to dig out the Biggest Loser Wii.

I'm pretty sure in a previous post that I mentioned how I disliked that "game" so I went right into choosing a routine without going into the program any further. I picked light lower body and it wasn't bad. . .at first. The exercises were simple and certainly raised my heart rate as intended but eventually I hated Bob, which is good because that meant I was working hard. It was a 16-minute workout and I could not believe how much I sweat and how much water I drank! I did the cool down also and when I was done I had burned only 48 calories. Those are the hardest calories I've ever burned! I felt good after though so the trick now will be to keep my ass in gear.

The best part about my workout is that my hips barely bothered me last night in bed. My hips usually cause me horrible pain at night. This makes me want to do it again! I didn't start feeling anything until this afternoon though. Now I can feel the tightness in my hamstrings (I did stretch, I swear), so I will do something different tonight and maybe face Bob again tomorrow. And for the record, I don't hate Bob.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Must Get Motivated

All right, it has been over a week without exercise and although I have tried to behave food-wise I have certainly not been very good at it. I did not weigh in this week because I just do not want to know! We went out of town from Sunday to Monday and I certainly ate horribly for those two days! I have a feeling that exercise is going to be a little harder now and I have tentative plans already this evening so I'm actually hoping those plans fall through because I'm not sure how I would get off my keester afterwards to exercise. I simply MUST do it tonight!