A Big Week!

This is a really special week for my family.  This week my baby sister turns 18 and graduates from high school and my brother graduates from management school.  I am really looking forward to being back home and supporting my siblings on their special days.

The Sibs (a few years back)

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Extreme Weight Loss

Tonight, ABC aired the show Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but based on the previews, here is what I expected to see…

1.  One contestant per episode

2.  Each contestant has a couple hundred pounds to lose

3.  Each contestant will be under the supervision of trainer, Chris Powell

4.  Each episode will show the contestant over 1 year (365 days)

5.  An extreme transformation

Trainer: Chris Powell

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Mission 1: Deep Creek Lake

Well, it’s official…. “The Dean has authorized an early release for staff to get a start on Memorial Day weekend, for those who are able. Employees who are working may leave at 2:00 pm without charge to annual leave”.  YAY!! At 2 PM I will get in my car, pick up my BF and head off to Deep Creek Lake for the weekend.  

We are staying in a beautiful house right on the lake with 5 of our friends (including Wizard and Rosco). 

Our House

The Living Room

Here is the game plan….  Each couple is in charge of one breakfast and one dinner and we’re all chipping in for lunches.

Friday Dinner-  Create your own pizza
Saturday Breakfast- ??
Saturday Dinner- Burgers!
Sunday Breakfast- Waffles, eggs, bacon, etc
Sunday Dinner- Orzo, Salmon, fresh veggies!
Monday Breakfast- Monkey bread and bagels just in case.

I lost 2.4 pounds this past week after switching to the Simply Filling plan and I couldn’t be happier.  My Mission:  To have an amazing time at Deep Creek Lake this weekend while making wise choices (eating and with exercise) with the goal of losing weight this next week!

I’ll be away for the weekend, but I can’t wait to share pictures and stories on Monday!

What are you doing this weekend?

The Instructorless Class

Tonight is my first weigh-in after starting the Simply Filling plan!  I am really excited and hope to see a loss on the scale.  This week has gone well for me, though I can see some of the changes I’ll need to make over time.

  1. Prepare for “that time of the month” and the cravings I will have.  Last week, all I wanted was salt and this week all I want is sugar.  Neither are bad to have, but I know that I can make wise choices and satisfy the cravings with healthy choices.
  2. Protein, Protein, Protein.  With my workouts, it is so important to have a good intake of protein each day.  Last week I added hard boiled eggs to my mornings and this week I have tried to add various proteins to each of my meals. 
  3. It’s OK to say no to eating out!  Last night, I was SUPER hungry after running errands with my BF.  I had a snack around 4:30 pm, but by 8 pm I was really hungry.  I was hoping that my BF would say “lets go to Chili’s”, but he didn’t bite.  I of course got internally angry because I was hungry and I had to deal with the inward battle of ‘to eat out or not to eat out’.  I’m so glad we didn’t eat out and the lesson learned is ‘it’s OK to say no to eating out’!  
  4. I’m not perfect and never will be.  I’ve got to stop beating myself up!!  It’s so easy to get down on myself when I “slip-up”.  One day at a time… no, one moment at a time! 
  5. Give myself a day off from the gym!  Over the past few weeks I have worked out Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday… burning out by Thursday.  This week I decided to rest on Wednesday and I’m feeling great today!  I’m thinking of resting Wednesdays and either Saturday or Sunday.

So this morning I got up at 5:30 am and headed to the gym for spin.  When I arrived, the class was pretty full but there was no instructor.  By 7:15 am, we all assumed that she was not going to show up so I figured “well, it’s off to the elliptical for me”.  Before I even had a chance to get off of my bike, one of the ladies in the class got up and said “no worries, I have a spin class on my I-pod”.  She plugged her I-pod in, pushed play and a voice came over the speakers instructing us to begin our warm-up.  I had never heard of these pre-recorded workouts, but it was a fantastic way to get a good workout in without an instructor.  The first thing I thought of was “THIS IS GREAT!  When I get a home I am going to buy a stationary bike, upload these recordings, and save myself $90 a month in gym memberships”.  Today I burned 646 calories, woop woop!

Well it’s off to work for me… stay tuned as I have another post coming this afternoon!

Feeling Great!

I fought the urge to snooze this morning and hopped out of bed at 5:30AM.  I headed strait for the kitchen and had a bowl of honey bunches of oats instead of my planned bowl of oatmeal.  By 6AM I was out the door and off to ride the metro to the gym. Throughout my metro ride I thought of all the ways I could get out of spin today.

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Opposite Day!

Now that the Bachelorette is on, I can officially say that it is summer!  I love the Bachelorette, even more than I love the Bachelor.  I just love seeing the crazy dates they go on and the lengths these guys will go to to win this woman’s heart.  Though it may be a little more lust than love, it is one of my “must watch” for the summer months.

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Archived Food Log

Well I switched over to the Simply Filling Technique so I will no longer be tracking my daily points, woop woop!  I will still long my workouts and my non power foods.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

B- 2 eggs (4 p+), grapes (0 p+) = 4 p+

L- burger, 1/4 cup pulled pork, potato salad, and corn salad (work BBQ)

D- tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich from Cosi with FF dressing

Workout- 20 minutes elliptical

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

B- 3 sister’s oatmeal (4 p+), 2 tbsp PB2 (1 p+), coffee with half and half (3 p+)= 8 p+

L- Buffalo chicken pasta (15 p+), raspberries (0 p+)= 15p+

S- special K bar (4 p+), strawberries and grapes (0 p+)= 4 p+

D- turkey burger with fat free cheese, onion, jalapenos, BBQ sauce, a few chips, and carrots

Workout- no workout

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