Monday, June 6, 2011

Sick of the Scale

Seriously.


I’m just so tired of it! I’m tired of it being the gauge of whether I had a successful week of exercise and eating right. I’m tired of it being the source of my good mood on Fridays. I want to cut the rope!

How do I do this though?

The scale is super important when you’re trying to lose weight. Sure I can take my measurements but that doesn’t tell me if my weight has decreased. In fact, I could measure myself and have lost inches but then step on the scale and be the same weight I was for the past few weeks.

But should the number on the scale really matter? Should I really let that number define me?

Of course the answer to both of those questions is no. I know this but I don’t necessarily know if I agree. It’s true that no matter what I weigh if my clothes fit and I feel good, that’s what should matter but I want to be a healthy weight. I want to go to the doctors and have him tell me I now have a healthy BMI, and in order to achieve that my weight has to decrease.

I continue to eat well and workout hard. I am loving the way I feel lately, healthy and strong but I have been stuck between the same 4 pounds since February and that is frustrating! This is the reason I am sick of the scale, because no matter how hard I work lately, it isn’t giving me what I want and know I deserve. I feel as though I am fighting an uphill battle and the scale is winning.

Have you cut the rope between you and the scale or how have you learned to control your emotions in regards to the scale?


PS: I tried to add pics but the photo uploader wouldn't work.  Sorry! 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Torn

I love WeightWatchers and all of the benefits of the program. It works for me and for many many others but here’s my issue, tracking gets very mundane and overwhelming.

This isn’t me being lazy either. I am good at tracking and I make sure to do it Saturday – Thursday (I give myself Fridays off) for every single meal, every single bite and every single day but I don’t know if I want to do it forever.

WW has a program that you can eat specific foods from a list and then you do not have to track but I do not want to limit myself to those foods. I want to be able to eat anything I want and not worry whether I have the points for it.

No, I DO NOT want to go back to my old eating habits of binging and eating greasy foods constantly. What I DO want is to be able to have that extra corn on the cob or a few extra potatoes and not worry about whether I’m going to start dipping into my Weekly Points or Activity Points. I just want to eat them.

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It is a continuous struggle for me. I see others who just eat their food. They make their healthy choices, eat it and there’s no guilt or worry about whether they’re going to be over their points. I desperately want that.
I know that WW is all about eating whatever the heck you want and I do enjoy pizza or Chinese food (etc). Those are things I have no problem tracking, where I really go back and forth is with the healthy food but I think I really need the structure of tracking.
Last time I stopped tracking and just ate healthy, my eating started to slide. I started out fine but then slowly but surely I ended up going back to the greasy, bad for you food. I want to believe I’ve taught myself better eating habits but I don’t know if I can trust myself.

Does anyone have any advice or experience with this?


How do you feel about tracking for the rest of your life or do you plan on stopping at some point?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What Motivates You?

I started my journey back in September and prior to that, I had been really struggling with finding any sort of motivation to get moving. I was on the WW boards but was just not paying attention to my eating and I most certainly was NOT working out. It was sad but I just couldn’t find a single thing in me that made me want to be healthy.

Then S proposed and everything changed!


Yep! That's my ring.

I immediately started caring about what I put into my mouth and it mattered that I couldn’t walk up the stairs without breathing hard. I made a change! I started shopping and loading my house with fruits and veggies and I began a bootcamp workout.

When I shared with people that I planned getting healthy and losing some weight for my wedding, a lot of those people said that I didn’t want to go crazy and get too skinny for my wedding. Their reasoning was because they didn’t want me to look back at those pictures and always wish to be that weight again and hate the way I looked in the future. That I should aim for a healthy, sustainable loss.

Initially I hated this advice and ignored it but after thinking about it for awhile, my whole outlook changed. Yes, I definitely want to get in shape and I want to get to a healthy weight range but I don’t want it to be solely because of my wedding. If that’s why I do it, as soon as my wedding is over, I’ll go back to my old eating habits and that is NOT what I want.

I decided that I was going to make this a lifestyle change that would be made for a lifetime. I started thinking about the children I hope to have after getting married. I want to be as healthy as possible when I’m carrying them and then I want to be able to keep up with them once they’re born. I want to live a long enjoyable life and I want my children to learn from my new formed healthy eating habits.

This is a more sustainable goal and has become my main focus!

What motivates you to keep on eating right and moving?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers

S and I made this recipe tonight for dinner and it was amazing! I highly recommend making it for yourself!

1/4 cup low-fat mayo
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons finely chopped shallot, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 pound ground chicken
1/3 cup diced ham
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 slices Swiss Cheese
8 small slices pumpernickel bread
12 large leaves spinach, tough stems removed


1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 
2. Combine mayo, mustard 1 tbsp shallot and 1/2 tsp thyme in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Place the remaining 4 tbsp shallot, remaining 1 tsp thyme, chicken ham, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gently combine without overmixing. Form into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
4. Oil the grill rack. Grill the burgers, turning once, until an instant read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165*. 4 to 5 minutes per side. Top each burger with cheese and cook until melted.
5. Assemble the burgers on toasted bread with the herb mayo and spinach.

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Mine looked pretty much like that but unfortunately, I forgot to take pics of my own food.  Ugh!


Seriously...  These were amazing! We made some small adjustments to the recipe above. We did not include the mustard in the mayo mixture because S hates mustard and it was still delicious! I also did not use bread for mine, I just ate it with a little of the mayo mixture on top and I didn't miss a thing.


For the ham and swiss cheese, if you live near a Wegmans they have 97% fat free ham and light Swiss Cheese that we used to lighten up the recipe. 


I actually got this recipe out a new magazine that I recently fell in love with, Eating Well.  It's chock full of different recipes, I'm actually considering subscribing. I recommend leafing through it if you're at book store, who knows you might also fall in love.  


And for those of you who are doing WW, I've figured out the points for the burger with our adjustments (see above) and no bread.  

It is 9 P+ per burger. That might seem high but it is very filling and paired with some veggies, it's the perfect meal!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fail.

I fail as a blogger. 

I apologize to my readers for being away and promise I'll post more frequently and then I don't.

I create a fun new weekly post to inspire me to post at the VERY least weekly and I don't.

Ugh.  I need to post because when I post I am much more accountable to me.

Enough with the BS & excuses -- I need to just post!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wacky Wednesday

Today's Wacky Wednesday!

What IS Wacky Wednesday, you ask?

Well, I'm going to start reviewing products, food, recipes and other things of interest.  These are things that I've tried out and either love or hate. 

And yes, I do realize that Wacky Wednesday doesn't quite scream PRODUCT REVIEW but I wanted some form of alliteration and this is what I came up with.  Feel free to offer other suggestions! If I were to choose something someone else suggested, I'd be sure to credit them and their blog.  But until then, Wacky Wednesday, it is!

So for my first week, I thought I'd start with my favorite new sock and sock brand, Feetures! 

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When it comes to socks I'm really picky and I'm sure a lot of runners are, but I have really low arches so I'm exceptionally picky.  If a sock doesn't wick the sweat from my feet and they start to sweat, I get crazy blisters and MAN! do they hurt. The beauty is that these socks have "iwick" fibers that keep your feet dry.  Perfect!

I also love the band around the center for arch support. It keeps the sock in place and gives me the slightest amount of extra support that I need. 

I could go on and on about these but you really need to try them for yourselves. I prefer the original quarter height but they have a bunch of others, that I will eventually be trying.  If you want to learn more about Feetures!, click here.

Also if you have a Fleet Feet near you some of their locations are having a sale on Feetures! Buy 3 get 1 free. This is only going on during the month of May, so be sure to get there before the end of the month.  I will be going this weekend! 

So what do you think about my Wacky Wednesday feature?  Would you like it to continue?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Crawling Back

Hi readers, it is with much regret that I need to come crawling back, with my tail between my legs.  It's been several weeks since I last posted and I feel pretty horribly about that.  How can I keep the readers I have entertained if I'm not posting? 

Maybe a cute little kitty picture will help you forgive me?
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There! Are we all better now?  Good!

I want you to know that just because I haven't been posting here, doesn't mean that I've fallen off track or gained any weight.  Nope, I sure did not!  I have actually remained completely on track with eating right and exercise.  The only reason I haven't been posting is that work life has been busy and when I get home I just feel like relaxing and not thinking.  And I have to be honest, writing a blog and not thinking is pretty difficult, believe it or not.

So, I'm back and I am going to give it my all and post more frequently.  I have a few new ideas to bring to the table (more to come on that) and I have a backlog of ideas to write about.  Hopefully both will keep me coming back. 

Till next time...have a great start to your week!