Back on track

I have been, well…kind of, a little bit…um, okay…really, really not making the best choices lately for food. And to be honest, I have been, well, let’s say…lazy, when it comes to exercise.

Not sure what my problem is. It could be because I have been extremely busy or it could just be I was in a slump and honestly, didn’t much care. I haven’t gained weight, which has been shockingly wonderful. Although to be honest, I keep waiting. I weigh myself every morning and I have stayed about the same…maybe a pound or two jump here and a pound jump there, but then within a couple of days, it’s right back where it should be at.

Let’s start with Thanksgiving, although it goes back a little bit further. To put it bluntly – I. Pigged. Out. Plain and simple. I was doing well, actually, until dessert. My sister-in-law made this to-die-for pumpkin dessert, which by the way, I asked her to bring (yep, basically sabotaged myself). I had one piece, not too big, not too small with a little dollop (okay, a BIG dollop) of fat-free Cool Whip. It was sooooooo good. I had to have another one. HAD TO. I couldn’t resist. I don’t know what came over me.

Well, it all went downhill from there. For the next three days after Thanksgiving, I have done nothing but eat. Non-stop. Non-healthy foods. For instance, on Friday night, my husband and I actually went to the movies – I have been avoiding the movie theater because of the popcorn. Well, we went and yes, I ate popcorn. Half a large bag and it was FULL of butter. Believe it or not, my husband didn’t want any butter, but I told him, “If I am going to the movies and I’m having popcorn, it’s gonna have butter on it. LOTS of butter!” And it did.

Then, on Saturday, I think I finished off the rest of the Cool Whip (two containers which were both about three-fourths full). I can’t even remember what I ate it with, but I know I ate it. I also made these really good ooey-gooey chocolatey brownies that were so-not-good-for-me. At all.

On Sunday, I ate a half bag of Doritos with an entire can of Frito Lay cheddar cheese. Yep, the whole can. And I didn’t even care. I also ate some pizza and almost all of the rest of the brownies. And I ate tons of cheese and crackers and other stuff, too, but I can’t even remember.

All I know is that it felt like something came over me. Someone else took over my body…and my mind….and I just kept eating. And eating. And eating. It was crazy. Kind of fun, but not really. Kind of stupid, really.

But I am over it. I started back on track on Monday and oh, my, goodness, I can already feel a difference. I feel sooooooo much better. Not sluggish. Not lazy. But healthier. And, I am back to tracking my food. I have been really, really bad about that lately and I actually miss tracking. So, on Monday, it was back to tracking. And back to make healthier choices.

Now, if I could just get back into the swing of exercising!!!!

Thankful

Two years ago on November 19, I embarked on my healthy living journey. Numerous people thought I was nuts for starting before the holidays, but for me, the timing couldn’t have been better.

If I was going to do it, why did I want to wait until after the holidays? Knowing me, I probably would have packed on a few extra pounds anyway, so I thought, why not get ahead of the game and start losing then instead of gaining the extra pounds and have even more to lose come January 1.

On November 19, 2008 I joined Weight Watchers. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. Honestly, I can say that Weight Watchers changed my life. And I am not just saying that because I am now an employee of the company. I wholeheartedly know and believe in my heart that had I not joined WW, I would not be where I am today. I believe I would be miserable and unhealthy.

So where I am at today? I am at the healthiest place I have probably ever been at in my life (well, okay, except for probably junior high!). I no longer have to take high blood pressure pills, I don’t have high cholesterol anymore and I am no longer a borderline diabetic. All three of these run in my family. But I didn’t want those things. I wanted control and I got it.

I took control. Of my life. Of my health.

Being healthy, to be honest, is something I never really expected to be. Or at least, I didn’t expect I would stay that way. I had tried so many ways to lose AND maintain my weight, but the difference between then and now is that then, I relied on other things – pills, shakes, pre-made food, easy (stupid) diets – to lose and keep my weight off. I never learned or took the time to learn how to eat, as in what and how much.

I know I have talked about this before, but sometimes, it’s just a good idea to bring it up again. People can’t DIET and expect to live a normal life. Does that make sense? People have to be ready and willing to change their LIFESTYLE if they want to lose weight and then maintain their weight goal. People need to be realistic about their weight loss goals. Really realistic. Yes, sometimes, it is great to shoot for the moon, but sometimes, it’s okay to shoot for the next town instead. Little by little, inch by inch, pound by every little stinking pound. As the saying always goes, “Slow and steady wins every time.” And I wholeheartedly believe that.

This Thanksgiving, as I reflect back over the last two years, I am grateful and thankful for who I am and where I am at. I am thankful for the people I have met in the past two years. I am thankful for those who have inspired me and for those who I have inspired. I am thankful for my family – my son and my husband – who have been behind me 110 percent on this journey. And I am thankful for all of you who take the time to read my blog. You all inspire me more than you know.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you and may your healthy living journey be filled with fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, lots of activity and so much more! (And of course, a little sweet treat once in awhile…we ALL deserve a little chocolate every now and then!)

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Fast Food

I do not like to eat at many fast food restaurants. If I do, I typically tend to choose Jimmy John’s or Subway. Before my healthy lifestyle journey began, I was probably what one would call a fast food junkie.

Quick and easy, that’s why I liked to go there. Not necessarily because the food was all that great and definitely not because it was cheap. Seriously, eating out at fast food restaurants frequently can be expensive…I don’t care if they have a budget menu, it’s still expensive. Period.

Jimmy John’s, which is on the spendier side, has the super fantastic Unwich, which is a sandwich wrapped in a lettuce leaf instead of on a bun. Here’s how I always order my sandwich: “I will have the #4 Turkey Tom Unwich with no mayo, no cheese, add cucumbers and avocado spread.”

This is a totally awesome, fresh tasting sandwich. Absolutely superb.

At Subway, here is what I order: “I will have the six-inch wheat with ham and turkey, no cheese, not toasted.” Then, I add lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, pickles, olives, green pepper and cucumbers. NO mayo. NO dressing of any kind. And you don’t need it with all those awesome fresh-tasting veggies.

My sandwich at Jimmy John’s is 2 WW pts. and my sandwich at Subway is 5 WW pts. Subway is higher because of the bread.

Well, guess what. The other day I was extremely rushed, hurrying from one job to the next and I didn’t have time for Jimmy John’s or Subway. I had to eat something in my car and I forgot to pack my lunch. YES, if I know I need to be eating in  my car, I PACK A LUNCH. Way cheaper and WAY, WAY healthier. I recommend to everyone who eats on the run to pack a lunch.

And don’t tell me you don’t have time because the time it takes you to run through the drive-thru of a restaurant is about all the time it would take you to pack a lunch that morning.

Anyway, I went through the McDonald’s drive-thru and all I ordered was a grilled chicken sandwich plain…as in no mayo, no cheese, no nothing. It was a piece of meat and a bun. That’s it. I also ordered a bottle of water because I am not a pop drinker and I knew I was going to be thirsty.

First off, I was shocked at the total. It was nearly 6 bucks – yes, $6 for a lousy sandwich and water. But I guess that’s what you pay for convenience. I finally figured out my points for that plain, ol’ boring sandwich, which to be honest, didn’t taste very good. It definitely didn’t have that fresh taste like the other sandwiches I eat. At any rate, it turned out to be 7 WW pts. SEVEN. For a piece of meat and bun. Ridiculous, I thought.

I guess I learned my lesson about remembering to pack my lunch. I will definitely do that from now on!

Saturday night “date night”

I love Saturdays. They are my favorite day of the week. Not only because I don’t have to work, but because it is the one day my husband and I truly have quality time together. We talk, laugh, joke around, shop, cook and eat! It’s the best kind of date night ever. At least for me it is.

I can’t remember if I have wrote about “Saturday Night Date Night” before; I know I have posted it on my Confessions of  Fat Girl Facebook site, which by the way, you can find here.

So, on Saturdays, my husband usually browses the Internet (more often than not, allrecipes.com) in search of a new, fun, interesting recipe. He will also page through the numerous cookbooks we own. He will typically try and pick out a healthier recipe…and if not, he looks at ways he can tweak it to make it healthy. By the way, we are both adventurous when it comes to trying to new foods, which is way cool. This obviously wouldn’t work if we weren’t.

After the recipe is chosen, he will make a grocery list and then we had to the grocery stores. Yes, I said stores. We usually end up going to both of our grocery stores in town – Elden’s Food Fair and Pete’s County Market – and sometimes, we even hit up Walmart (although that doesn’t happen as often). And, if we don’t have the right wine at home, we will make a swing into the liquor store, as well.

We typically try to be home by 6 p.m. because that is when the blues show starts on one of our local radio stations, KXRA 92.3. We love listening to blues music! Once we are home, then the preparing and cooking begins. He usually starts chopping and I usually get the wine ready and if by chance, we are having some type of appetizer, I get that ready. Our appetizers are pretty much the same…kalamata olives (the purple ones) and some type of cheese – fat-free feta, reduced-fat cheddar or regular sharp cheddar, Dubliner or some other fun cheese we decide to try. We don’t eat tons of it, just a couple of pieces to try with whatever wine we happen to pick out, which by the way is 99 percent of the time a red wine.

Sometimes, we eat by 7 p.m. and other times, we don’t end  up eating until 9 p.m. Yes, it takes that long to cook. But it’s so much fun. Both of us in the kitchen, talking, laughing, bonding, having the best time. We both really look forward to Saturday Night Date Night and miss it when we don’t have it.

So, here is a look at what some of our meals have been through just a small sampling of the numerous pictures I have taken over the last year:

Chili cocoa rubbed pork with grilled peppers and onions

Chipotle raspberry mahi-mahi with couscous

Flank steak with avocado salsa

Best ever brisket (a recipe from allrecipes.com)

Mango and lime couscous

Fondue night

Greek pizza

Mojo pork chops with grilled bell peppers

Ocean perch with fruit salsa

Lamb (sorry, I can't remember what the seasonings were..it was two different types)

Ahi tuna with mango, papaya and pomegranate salsa and couscous

Yes, this is what our kitchen looks like on Saturday Night Date Night!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. If there are any recipes you would like, just send me an email at confessionsofaformerfatgirl@gmail.com and I will see if I can find it and email it to you!

We all have “those” kind of days, don’t we?

Seriously, could I shovel anymore into my mouth today that is unhealthy? My goodness, you would think I haven’t eaten ANYTHING in days…or months, really, with as much as I have shoveled in today.

I think maybe it’s stress. Although really, I don’t necessarily feel stressed, I am just really, really, really busy. Did I mention I am busy? I can tell that Wednesdays are going to be my busiest days and I think I need to start planning better. Really. I do. Plan and prepare. Yep, that’s what I need to do.

Because, and I know this from past experience, that what happens when I don’t plan…I eat. I eat a lot. I eat whatever is there. I eat things that are not healthy. I get carried away. Swept up in the moment…in the unhealthy moment.

I eat mini Kit Kats. I eat fun-size bags of M&Ms. I eat rootbeer floats made with really good creamy vanilla ice cream and diet (really, why bother) A&W Rootbeer. I eat three bowls of cereal. Yep, I did. Me. Cereal. Three bowls. And not healthy cereal. Crap cereal. Sugary cereal. Honey Combs and Cocoa Pebbles. Seriously, what is wrong with me? I know better than that. Really, I do. But, you know what? I had a weak moment. A weak day. Okay…a weak couple of days. You know me, I am honest. Too honest?

But, AND THIS IS THE BEST PART, so pay attention….I am not going to let my couple of days of weakness turn into a week, a couple of weeks, a month or the next year. So what, who cares…I had a couple of “bad” days. Does that mean I am going to go backward from here? Does that mean that I am going to give up? Does that mean that I can’t continue on my healthy living journey? NO WAY JOSE! Not a chance.

Tomorrow, when I wake up, it’s new day. A new start. The past is the past. We all have these days. We just shouldn’t let these days turn into anything longer than that. A couple of days. That’s it.

So, tomorrow, here I come. Back to the new me. The healthy me. The exercising me. The runner. Yep, that’s right. My healthy living journey continues. Want to join me? Want to come along? I’d love to have you! Go ahead, jump on the healthy living journey train  - it’s a ride you won’t regret taking. I promise.

Remember, you can find me on Facebook, just click here and if you want to chat or have a question, feel free to send me an email. Keep in mind, however, that I may not respond immediately, but I promise I will respond. Email me at confessionsofaformerfatgirl@gmail.com.