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The Long Day Is Over

Have you ever experienced a Monday that never seems to end?  That was my day.  I woke up before my alarm went off and breathed a sigh of relief that it was Sunday, then after basking in the fact that I could sleep in I realized it was Monday.  That reality would have been harsher if I hadn’t been looking forward to the day.

My attempt to go back to sleep for half an hour was thwarted by my desire to workout before facing the day so I got up and completed Level one of  30-Day Shred.  Monday isn’t typically a workout day, but after two workouts yesterday I felt compelled to continue in a healthy way.  The half hour I spent working out set the tone for my day, and I’m glad I did it.  (Don’t worry.  I showered and brushed my hair after that!)

You may recall that Monday is my new weigh-in day, and I’m happy to report that I lost 3.8 pounds.  After two weeks of working my way back into a healthy groove I’m down 11.6 pounds, and for the first time in a long time I feel like I can do this again.  Sure, I have a long way to go, but it feels great to be on the right track!

Monday meetings seem to work well for me because I’m more conscious of my weekend eating.  I found myself looking forward to attending again too, and that makes a huge difference!  I like this meeting and the people in it, and I want to succeed with everyone else there.  I can’t say that I love this meeting as much as I loved my New York meeting, but it’s possible that I will eventually.  I’m comfortable there, and that’s one of the most important factors to consider.

After my meeting I stopped at Whole Foods to pick up something delicious for dinner, and I made a new friend.  We had ample time to talk as we waited in line, and we continued our conversation outside.  He’s from New York and seemed rather brilliant and friendly so it was easy to talk to him.  I love making new friends so I’m glad I made that stop.  During our talk he suggested that I season my next batch of kale chips with chipotle, and I plan to do that before the presidential debate.

When I got home I considered working out again, but I opted to wait until today.  Instead I began practicing recipes that I plan to make for the holidays (because it’s important to do that while others are around to eat it.)  Now I’m ready to tackle Tuesday!

My confidence is on the rise again, and it feels good.  I feel like I’m in control of my health today, and I’m keenly aware that it’s up to me to make good choices.  I’m feeling strong in my workouts again too.  I plan to hit the pavement after I sleep, and I’m already looking forward to continuing my healthy week.

What will you do to make this a healthy week?

 

 

Any Ideas?

Last week I decided to see what life would be like if I cut out processed carbohydrates for a week so I cut out things like bread, cereal, wraps and processed snacks.   I liked the results I saw on the scale, and I also liked feeling the way I did so I decided to limit carbs again this week too.

Throughout the week I kept noticing that I didn’t miss junk food as much as I thought I would, and after losing nearly 13 pounds in a week I was thrilled.  I know I won’t see a loss that big next Sunday, but I also recognized that eating this way will help me shed pounds.  I’ll be thrilled if I lose 2-3 pounds before my next weigh-in.

I’m not counting calories or points (even though I’d like to find a new meeting in downtown New Orleans,) but I am being mindful.  When I’m hungry I eat, but I’m not snacking between meals as I was until last week.  I’m eating foods that are high in protein and other nutrients like egg whites, chicken, leafy greens, nuts, etc., and while nuts and veggies have some carbs they’re healthy and energy-inducing which is what I need.  I think I mentioned that I do measure the nuts and leafy greens because I don’t want to overdo it on the nuts which is easy to do, and I want to make sure I’m eating as many greens as I think I am.

I’ve also been making Caesar saladsusing 14g of light dressing, and the few carbs I consume from the dressing is worth because it’s enough to make a giant salad enjoyable.  I’m eating watermelon too, though it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a sweet one.  (Does this mean Summer is almost over?)

Last night I marinated steak, onions and green peppers to make fajitas tomorrow night with The Suit.  I hadn’t eaten dinner yet so I cooked a serving, and it was fabulous – even without the tortilla.  I had a little sour cream (about 2 carbs worth) and found it easier to eat with a fork than a tortilla anyway.

I can’t say that I’m on a low-carb diet because there are days when I will eat carbs.  There are just many more that I won’t.  Weight-loss is about balance, and I’m trying to find mine by eating satisfying foods that won’t offend the scale.

What are your favorite low-carb foods?  I could use some snack ideas.  An ounce of nuts is fine, but I don’t like to eat that much fat in a snack regularly.  Any ideas?

 

 

Sex and Cupcakes

I spend a lot of time reflecting on my relationship with food, my daily habits and my self-worth.  I constantly remind myself that I’ve come a long way…that I’m strong enough to do this…And yet, after all this time, I still don’t understand why (or how) food consumes my mind so much from day to day.

I constantly crave cupcakes – constantly. Sometimes I want to look at them (cupcake shaped items like candles, cookie jars, etc.)  Other times, I want to wear them (note my apron or the Tiffany cupcake charm on my bracelet.) Sometimes I want to bake them, but I always want to eat them.  I do not eat cupcakes (and/or other sweet snacks) nearly as often as I day dream about them, but I do want to figure out how and why my mind lusts after  rich, decadent, cream cheese frosted mini cakes of deliciousness on such a regular basis. (See? I’m doing it again!)

I love this little charm...:)

Is it my love for new York (the place in which I developed my cupcake habit?)  Is it because cupcakes are so often associated with happy events like holidays, birthdays and parties?

For many years, I assumed that my love for sweet treats and other junk food came from a lack of romance and physical affection…I assumed that I was using food to compensate for the things I wanted and didn’t quite have, but I had a realization recently (yep, facing facts again) that it’s not true.  These days, I’m struggling with my food intake.  We all know that.  But I’m not eating because I’m sad…I’m not eating because I’m stressed or because I feel like something is missing.  I don’t really know why I crave more than I need, but I still do.  I’m still chasing my personal “a ha moment!”

Since I started dating Cal a few months ago, I’ve been showered with attention, compliments and kisses. (Don’t worry Cal…I won’t go into too much detail after this post.)  I know he thinks about me, misses me when I’m not around, etc.  He’s not afraid to show affection for me in public, but he’s happy to show affection privately too.  In short, I know our feelings are mutual which means that my cupcake lust theory (craving food because I lack a mental and physical connection with someone who matters to me) is completely off base.

I crave physical affection (yes, I’m talking about sex and everything that goes along with it in a serious relationship,) but I still crave cupcakes too.  When I think about Cal – how excited I am to see him…how much fun we’ll have – I sometimes find myself thinking that it will be even better if we stop at Menchie’s for fro-yo or Whole Foods for salad, brie and a baguette.  I don’t understand why my mind reacts that way, but I hope to figure it out at some point.

Life feels pretty damn good right now.  I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time.  But I still have goals, and I still have some hurdles to cross.  I’m thankful that the man I crave wants me today, but I’m also thankful that he willingly offers his support (by making healthier choices himself and creating healthy and satisfying meals for me from time to time.)

I have some habits that I need to change, but I’m an intelligent, capable person who doesn’t quit so I’m going to keep fighting this personal battle with food.  I am determined to win it so today I’m going to focus on enjoying things in life that matter reminding myself that I don’t have to understand my cravings to control them. 

How do you handle intense, recurring cravings?   Am I the only one who has ever experienced food lust?

 

 

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Recipe Exchange

Last week I experimented in the kitchen, and the results were fantastic.  I made stuffed peppers, roasted vegetables and tried a new chili recipe (courtesy of Whole Foods) which prompted this week’s topic!  If you know me, you know I love Fall.  You may also know that the cooler weather makes me want to spend time in the kitchen which is great for my weight-loss efforts so check out this week’s topic…

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Recipe Exchange

Let’s share one or two of our favorite Fall recipes this week!  It’s always fun to mix things up in the kitchen! 

 

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Photo Credit: Whole Foods

This recipe has quickly become one of my favorites because it’s easy and delicious! And though I typically only cook one one, I can easily freeze the rest to have a healthy and satisfying meal for lunch or dinner even when I’m in a rush.

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground white or dark meat turkey
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained


Method

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, jalapeños and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomatoes, pumpkin, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes more. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.

Nutrition

Per serving: 280 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 23g total carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 20g protein

Now it’s your turn to share one of your favorites! Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! Happy Monday!

Guys, Good Food and Inspirational People

Yesterday was a busy day for me, and while it was a good day overall, some parts were better than others.  After I accomplished what I had to accomplish in the afternoon, I spent some time with Cal.  We shopped for groceries (well, he did while I bought only vegetables and Brie) then he created a lovely meal for us at his place.  I had never been there before, but I’m going to go often if he prepares a healthy and delicious spread like last night. 😉

Check out the fresh veggies that he chopped and drizzled with Turkish Olive Oil from Whole Foods and the savignon blanc which is my favorite white wine…

I decided to have wine after I declined initially so I drank about half of what you see in his glass. 🙂

While we were at the store, Cal willingly took time to peruse every aisle.  (I like the way this guy shops!)  And I found some interesting fruits and vegetables which, of course, led me to explain my love of oddly colored produce – courtesy of KeepItUpDavid.  Cal knew the origin of every fruit and veggie that I found interesting so I learned a lot.  And while he knew what it was called, he didn’t know how to prepare this…

Ideas? Anyone? The packing peanut leads me to think it's more delicate than it looks.

Yesterday was a good day, and last evening was great.  And while I ate pretty well until the end of the night, I didn’t exercise so I plan to double up today by riding my bike and going to the gym.  I also have a healthy day of eating planned out for today, and I’m going to make homemade turkey pumpkin chili for dinner!  It’s always fun to try new pumkin recipes in the fall! 🙂  If it tastes as good as I think it will, I’ll be sure to share the recipe soon!

I’m looking forward to seeing Cal again later in the week, and I plan to see Uncle Wesley as well.  This is the longest I’ve gone without seeing him since I arrived in Louisiana, and I’m ready to hug him and sing to him.  We’re making some progress on his upcoming cancer benefit, but I hope to make a big push for it tomorrow so wish me luck!

He still seems to be doing well though some days are much harder than others, but something happened yesterday that really bothered our family (and Uncle Wesley, I’m sure.)  Hospice is supposed to send a nurse to his house once a week, but for some reason they chose not to send a nurse yesterday.  Instead, they sent a chaplain which was disheartening.  Regardless, Uncle W still believes that God has a plan, and he’s committed to helping others see it as long as he’s here.   He is such an incredible example of someone who has every reason to give up and doesn’t.  He is faith personified, and I’m so thankful for him.

The last several weeks has reminded me that my problems are nothing compared to the problems that many people face (and overcome) everyday.  And as I spend time looking , I’m finding inspiration in people who really do believe that they can make a difference in our world, and two of those people are Rhonda Sapirstein and Ellen Stohl.

Ellen, who has spent most of her life in a wheelchair became the first disabled woman to appear in Playboy (take that disability!) and has inspired others to live life fully as a professor, a wife and mother – and as someone who doesn’t acknowledge the word “limitations.”   And it seems that she inspired Rhonda to create an organization to make life a bit easier for those who are active in spite if their disabilities.  I just love this story!

Most of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but did you know that October is also Disability Awareness Month?  I had no idea until I heard about it through friends recently, but I think it’s important to get the message out!  I’ve learned about some awesome things in the last few weeks that are happening to help people in wheelchairs.

Check out this Cozee-On-The-Go!  It’s an adaptive garment that makes it easy for people in wheelchairs to stay warm.  And I think this is a spectacular idea because while I may not benefit from one personally, I can think of many people like Uncle W who could greatly benefit from something warm and easy.

I’ve been so inspired over the last few weeks by people who are facing obstacles and overcoming them, and I think we should all take a moment to be inspired by them.  If you’re interested in learning more about the Cozee-On-The-Go, or how you can donate to people who need them check out at http://www.revmoradaptive.com/.

I hope everyone enjoys today as much as I enjoyed yesterday.  Will you workout today?  Do you have healthy meals planned?

 

Okay, Maybe Not…?

I’ve been thinking about my eating habits and my newly found desire to explore vegetarianism.  And after some thought and some incredible insight from some of you, I think my focus should be on scaling back on the amount of processed foods I eat.  I definitely eat processed foods less than I did two years ago, but I’m ready to take it to the next level.  (I’m also a little nervous about eating too much tofu so I need to learn more about that first.)

Obviously, I know that I should avoid high fructos corn syrup.  That feels like common sense, but in my mind, eating processed foods means eating 100-calorie snack packs, chips, frozen dinners, poptarts and other foods that I try to avoid these days.  And while I may be late to the party, it has never really occurred to me that bread is processed.  Nor have I ever really considered the affects of eating too much soy – something that I believe I’m allergic to.

So I have a lot to learn, and I don’t want to live on vitamin supplements so instead I’m going to work earnestly to learn more about fueling my body with what it needs.  I feel so much better when I limit the amount of junk that I put in my body, and I want that light, not-so-bloated from artificial crap to become my new normal.

I’ve decided that I probably don’t need to become a vegetarian for that to happen though I think I could live comfortably without meat most of the time.  Instead, I’m going to try replacing frozen dinners with vegetable-dense replacements.  I’ll let you know how it goes…

How have your habits evolved since you became aware of your intake?  Are you conscious of the amount of processed foods you eat?