Saturday, February 28, 2009

Weight Loss Stalls

They happen... I feel like I've been stuck at 275 for a month now. I started at 296 on January 7th. Today is only February 28. I have lost 21 pounds in two months. That is a success... but it isn't success enough for me. I am working out 2-3 times a week at a minimum, eating no more that 1500 calories a day. I'm suppose to be eating less from what I read on the boards. My doctor never really said a hardcore calorie limit- the nurse discussed the range in class, and it wasn't 600-800 calories. It was 3 meals a day, protein first, veggies second, and as few carbs as possible. I'm doing that. It's not moving.

So, I am trying to be patient. My best friend and I are going to start working out together. She is tiny and in much worse shape than me. There are unhealthy skinny people in this world, Jayne isn't--- okay, she is out of shape. Blaine, her hubby said, "Jayne got winded walking up the stairs at Cabela's." She doesn't deny it. I will run circles around her. I've been working out for 5 years now.

Nick tells me the stall is from age. I told him I feel like it shouldn't be... but 30 is where the body starts to slow down. Still, I feel like I should be able to beat those odds. I've done Jillian Michaels 30 day shred two days in a row now. It kicks my ass. I hope though, by the end of the year, I can do all three workouts without getting out of breath. That's my goal. I guess I better start hanging with Jillian and making it happen.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sweet & Creamy Desserts

I've been developing these recipes out of necessity. I'm going strict by the rules. Low low carbs, no sugar, and high protein.

Blueberry Buckle

1/2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
1 T chopped pecans
1/4 c. Vanilla Cream

Vanilla Cream:
2 scoops of Vanilla Protein powder (no carb, preferably)
2 cups unsweetened vanilla Almond Milk (Almond Dream or Almond Breeze)
1 package sugar free vanilla Jello Instant pudding

Blend almond milk and protein powder in a shaker. Add pudding.

Serve 1/4 cup of Vanilla Cream, 1/2 cup of blueberries, and 1 tablespoon chopped pecans or walnuts together.

Strawberry Cheesecake

1/2 c. fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
1 T chopped almonds
1/4 c. Cheesecake Cream

Cheesecake Cream:
2 scoops of Vanilla (or Muscle Milk Light Cake Batter Flavor) Protein powder (no carb, preferably)
2 cups unsweetened vanilla Almond Milk (Almond Dream or Almond Breeze)
1 package sugar free cheesecake Jello Instant pudding

Blend almond milk and protein powder in a shaker. Add pudding.

Serve 1/4 cup of Cheesecake Cream, 1/2 cup of strawberries, and 1 tablespoon chopped almonds together.

Chocolate Raspberry

1/2 c. fresh or frozen raspberries
1 T chopped hazelnuts
1/4 c. Chocolate Cream

Chocolate Cream:
2 scoops of Chocolate Protein powder (no carb, preferably)
2 cups unsweetened chocolate Almond Milk (Almond Dream or Almond Breeze)
1 package sugar free chocolate Jello Instant pudding

Blend almond milk and protein powder in a shaker. Add pudding.

Serve 1/4 cup of Vanilla Cream, 1/2 cup of blueberries, and 1 tablespoon chopped pecans or walnuts together.

Farmer's Market Shopping

These urban markets have been repopulating themselves into big cities and towns alike. They are a great place to shop if you're trying to be healthy and eat local. Purchasing vegetables at a Green Market on a Saturday can save you a lot of time during the week. Choose 3-4 types of vegetables to prepare and 1-2 kinds of meat you want to eat during the week. Prepare foods and store them in the fridge for fairly quick fixings.

Meats:
Turkey burgers (you can buy them in bulk)
Turkey hot dogs
shrimp (pre-cooked, just thaw!)
breakfast sausage, cooked
roast beef (shredded)
chicken salad (light version)

Vegetables:
broccoli (steamed and stored in the fridge)
califlower mash (steam a head of califlower and mash two teaspoons of yogurt butter and two wedges of laughing cow cheese into it. Store this for use in recipes)
squash
zucchini
tomatoes
cabbage (shredded, great replacement for pasta style dishes)

Cheeses: (Use sparingly! No more than 1 tablespoon per serving in a meal)
Bleu Chese crumbs
Feta crumbs
Colby Jack
Swiss
Guryere
Gouda
Goat's milk

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Getting better at this!

I'm definitely doing much better. Since my last doctor's appointment on Wednesday, I have lost 4 pounds! Woohoo! I've been eating only 3 small meals a day and that's about all I can handle. I had my first fill, and it seems to be successful so far. Next one is March 11th. It's a slow and steady race to get to goal, I know this.

Right now, I have gone through some phases of exhaustion and exhilaration. Friday I thought I was going to pass out at one point while walking the dogs. Then it started to rain, so I went into the bar. After a few minutes Jolie got me some juice and I felt better. When I got home, I felt so much better than I hopped on the elliptical for 15 minutes. Last night, I worked my abs and I can see a noticeable different because there are new stretch marks giving my waist some definition. That reminds me, I didn't take pictures this past Friday, so I should do that in the next few days.

At the farmer's market yesterday, I purchased heads of califlower, broccoli and some strawberries. I steamed the califlower and added two tablespoons of yogurt butter and two wedges of garlic and herb Laughing Cow Cheese then roughly mashed it. It's delicious. I steamed the broccoli to be eaten as florets, and then I cut the strawberries and marinated them in Blush Wine Vinegarette. I have a little two cup bowl of roast beef my mom made and some chicken salad I through together that I've been picking on. I eat about 2-3 tablespoons of meat and about 1/2 cup of veggies and I'm totally satisfied.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Frustrations!

My doctor told me no more protein shakes. He said they have too many carbs. And he also told me no drinking 2-3 hours after the meal now! WTH! He's changing it up on me. I don't know what to believe anymore. I'm guessing the rules change so quickly when you've just had the surgery. 30 minutes before and after seemed to be the rules for once I'm at my goal weight?! He said I can drink up until the meal, and then I can't drink for 2-3 hours after because I'm getting hungry too soon after the meal.

Color me confused. Has anyone figured out the magic formula? What kinds of things were you eating for meals one month out? two months? three months? He told me absolutely no carbs if at all possible. And no more liquid meals, and try not to use protein bars.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cake Batter Light!!!

This has been a BIG ordeal. I ordered two containers of it two weeks ago, and when I went to pick it up the dumbass clerk at GNC insisted that they did not make a LIGHT flavor. He told me you just use one scoop instead of two of the regular. OKAY, so I buy two BIG containers that cost close to $70 thinking, this is not right. I saw it online as LIGHT. One container was for me, the other for my sister. My sister opened hers.

Fast forward, I come to Austin. I go to GNC here. THEY HAVE MUSCLE MILK LIGHT IN CAKE BATTER FLAVOR. IT IS AMAZING. I JUST TRIED IT. LOVE IT. MAGIC BULLET MADE IT INTO THE MOST CREAMY AND DECADENT SHAKE EVER!

Now I'm stuck with an unopened regular muscle milk container while my sister opened hers. I am going to go to the Mackie Shilstone GNC on Magazine Street and tear that guy a new one. I SPENT GOOD MONEY ON THAT, and it wasn't what I wanted and he lied to me. He didn't know any better probably, but the website had LIGHT. Anyway, even though they were BOGO, I am going to try to get the full amount back because I am NOT a happy customer. He better hope he's not working when I go on Monday or I may hurt him.

I have decided to switch solely to Muscle Milk light Cake Batter flavor. I'm going to have it for every meal now. It's fantastic. I want to make another one and drink it. I'm going back to liquids.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Emotional Eating

I had a bad day today. I ate cookies... I knew I shouldn't, but I did and I felt terrible after I ate them. It was bad. I was doing so well and then I came to Austin to take care of some business.

I need to be good and not overeat. I need to exercise tomorrow, even if it's just to bring hefty Carmella for the walkies-- she is getting chunky.

But right now, I just need to go to sleep.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Colds and Workouts

I can't seem to shake this cold. It started last week on Thursday, but it didn't get nasty until Saturday night. Now I'm all congested... it didn't stop me from working out tonight. I spend 20 minutes each doing pilates, boxing, strength training and stretching and 45 minutes of walking. If that doesn't kickstart the weight loss, then I don't know what will. I also upped my water intake today to 120 ounces. I finally started keeping track of my food on Sparkpeople again as well. It's so much more accurate than my glittery purple journal. Paper and pen doesn't calculate the calories as accurately. Hopefully, I can keep it going while I'm out of town this week in Austin. I'm leaving Wednesday morning and coming back on Sunday. I have to pick up my container of Muscle Milk Light in Cake Batter flavor for the trip. I'm going to do protein shakes 2-3 times a day to save on eating out. I know the boys will cook for me and wait on my hand and foot as usual.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

This is my new favorite thing to eat that I can have. The RN at my doctor's office reprimanded me for not moving from soft foods to flaky fish on day 12, so now I've incorporated this into my diet. I had this last night for dinner and today for lunch with some steamed veggies. It was fabulous!!!!!! Super quick and easy too!

tilapia filets
salt
pepper
paprika
garlic powder
1-2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

Pam cooking spray
Season filet evenly with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder (in that order.) Coat filet with parmesan cheese, pat down cheese so it makes a solid coating. Spray microwave safe dish with Pam. Microwave filet on high for 3-4 minutes. (It cooks quickly, so if it's a 1/2" thin filet it'll only take 2-3 minutes, 3/4" thicker will take 3-4)