*22 raw almonds in snack bags - 164 calories
Saturday, March 31, 2012
*22 raw almonds in snack bags - 164 calories
I put on 60 pounds when I was pregnant with my son, lost 40, gained that 40 back when pregnant with my daughter (at least I didn't gain 60 again!), lost 35, and started the 2010 school year around 165.
My major barriers to making it further with my weight loss (which has been a constant struggle) are emotional/stress/boredom eating as well as a hypothyroid condition, which I take medication for daily. I know half the world has low thyroid and I refuse to make that an excuse, but it does seem to make things harder.
Making time to exercise has also been a difficulty (I mean, I already get up at 5 to work every morning!) but I realized this week that my youngest is now 3 and can be told, "I'm going to exercise right now, why don't you watch Dora or look at books or play a game with your brother" and this usually works. I am proud to say that I have worked out on the treadmill 5 out of the last 7 days since my husband helped me move it out into the office/playroom. I CAN and WILL exercise after work each day!
So my new weapons in this fight are MyFitnessPal and a new commitment to exercise. Friend me on MyFitnessPal-- my username is Mooneymer.
I am confident that journaling plus working out are going to give me good results. I am also on my feet nearly all the time at work, since I am an elementary music teacher, so my metabolic profile is "Lightly Active."
I am 5'5" and a size 12 or 14 depending on the brand. I want to be a 10 and eventually an 8.
I also hope to go down a cup size in all this. Hope that's not TMI! :)
Friday, March 30, 2012
1 bag Jiffy Healthy Pop 94% Fat Free Kettle Corn
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
Pop popcorn in microwave and dump into bowl. Combine sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon in separate bowl. Spray popcorn with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray and sprinkle with sugar, cocoa, cinnamon mixture. Mix chocolate popcorn with spoon until thoroughly coated. Divide into two equal portions and share!
Only 80 Calories per serving!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
In 2008 I got married and became instant-mom to 3 beautiful children from my husband's first marriage as he was a widower. Shortly thereafter he was laid off from his job and we moved cross country. Again the emotional and stress eating took over and I saw the weight start to creep back on and I had soon added another 30 lbs.
2010 brought a welcome surprise when I found out I was pregnant with the child we'd been trying for for more than two years and whom doctors had told us was virtually inconcievable without medical intervention but at the end of my pregnancy in May 2011 I weighed in at 250 lbs. I knew I had to do something. I began moving more and just watching a little more closely what I ate and the pounds started dropping off. I plateaued at about 215 in January. I was a size 16/18 and even some of those were still tight. I started counting calories with LoseIt!. It's an app available on both Iphone & Android. I lost another 25 lbs between January and March and again plateaued at about 185 and a size 12/14. So I bought a fitbit activity tracker. It's an amazing device that tracks your movements and converts them to calories burned, tracks your sleep and works as a pedometer counting your steps and floors climbed in a day. I'm using my fitbit to keep me even more motivated and moving to get to that size 10!
- 4 zucchini
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- Jarred marinara of your choice. I like Bertolli or Barilla, all natural.
- Reduced fat provolone slices
Shred zucchini into long ribbons with a vegetable peeler and place in 9" x 13" baking dish. Salt and pepper. Next, arrange chicken on top, and pour sauce over all.
Finally, top with one slice of reduced fat cheese on each chicken breast.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove foil at end for extra-melty cheese. I don't know the calorie content here but it's pretty healthy! Just don't eat bread with it :)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
1 medium russet potato (roughly 5 oz)
1.75 oz pre-cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 TBSP BBQ Sauce w/ 70 calories or less per serving
Poke holes in potato and place in plastic grocery bag. Tie top of bag and put in microwave for about 4 minutes. (or if you're lucky like me, you'll have a baked potato setting, just push the button and go!) Check potato for doneness with a fork- if it slides in easily it's done, if not continue cooking 1 minute at a time until desired firmness is reached.
Add shredded chicken to a bowl and top with 1 TBSP bbq sauce. Microwave for about 1 minute or until heated through.
Split potato & season to your liking- I sprayed mine with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray & seasoned with salt and pepper. Stuff potato with warm chicken and garnish with green onions!
230 calories, 14 grams protein, 42 grams carbs
A less scientific observation I made was that "My Fit Foods" here in Houston has no items that contain wheat on its menu. Well, then.
Tonight I had breaded
I have been logging everything that I eat. There is a free online weight loss journal called Fit Day that I have been using. There are other online weight loss journals, this just happens to be the one that I'm using. Anyway, Fit Day tracks my food, activities, weight, measurements, and they have a journal for me to write anything else that I feel is relevant.
I'm never going to get to a size 10 I'm only dieting. After 3 weeks, I'll get sick of the food I'm eating and quit. Therefore, becoming a size 10 is a life style change. I will eat foods that are healthy, but I have to make sure that I like eating them. In other words, I'm not going to be eating rice cakes and celery all day. Also, I have to give myself room to eat whatever I want to every once in a while. I love my Tex-Mex, so I've got to have fajitas with guacamole from time to time.
The goal is to become a size 10 by the end of the summer of 2012.
I was a size 10 for most of my 20's. I swear that the day I turned 30 I started gaining weight and I've been consistently getting a bit larger. I've finally reached a point where this is completely unacceptable. I'm almost 200 pounds and a size 16. I'm self conscious and my clothes don't fit as well as I would like them to. I don't like buying clothes because when I'm trying to hide trouble spots. Personally, I would like to walk into a clothing store and have the option to buy whatever I want without the limitations of size. (Of course, I'm still a poor college student, so price will still be a limitation ) Also, someday soon (I hope), I'll get engaged, and I want to pick out an amazing dress, not something that will hide a tummy or butt.
Last fall, I was very good about watching what I ate and working out at least 3-4 times per week. I actually lost around 8 pounds and I was very happy because some of my clothes were starting to fit better. However, over the holidays, my entire daily routine was interrupted and I quit eating healthy and working out.
I made a goal to get back to my healthy eating and working out routine. I am currently on day 9 of the new healthy Bonnie. I've been logging everything I eat and making sure to get some excercize in every day. This blog is going to help me connect with friends that are also trying to get back to size 10.
Here are a few pictures of me back in the day when I was a size 10. I can do this. I am going to be a size 10 again.