Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Creating New Habits

I am thrilled to say that I'm noticing it's becoming easier and more natural having these healthier foods in my everyday diet. It definitely helps that my kids love vegetables and my boyfriend is super supportive and helps to remind me of why I'm doing this.

I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this journey of discovery.

Tonight is a short post because it is late and I've had a very long day. I took my three kids, plus another 7 year old and 2 year old to OMSI today. We ran around and had a blast for three hours and consequently had no naps. I am impressed at how well my OmegaPlex and Clear Mood helped me with my crowd anxiety. It was extremely overly very very very (get the picture?) crowded today as it is Spring Break for all the local school districts yet I did not get anxious over it at all. Nor did I get stressed over all the rude kids that are let loose to run around like idiots and jerks because their parents are too lazy to be parents.

Good night for now. God Bless :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Confusing Calorie Burning

I didn't do well at tracking my food this past week and I honestly only exercised on Monday (although it was an amazing day of exercising!). I am excited to say that I still lost 2 pounds and 2 1/2 inches! I didn't eat very well either (compared to how well I was eating on the cleanse). So now that I've had a week off (thanks to my not so favorite visitor, I really dislike when she so rudely shows up unannounced), I'm back and on track! The sun decided to grace us this morning (even though it was quite chilly) so Eli and I went for a walk.

We went on the same walk as we did the other day but without Desi along with us (the girls are at their dad's house this weekend), I could make my own pace. What took Desi and I nearly an hour, took me 40 minutes. According to the calorie estimator on SparkPeople, I burned LESS calories in 40 minutes (even though I worked much harder and actually sweat this time) than I did walking for nearly an hour! How does that work? I don't understand.

Anyways, I'm off to put my son down for a nap and then I think I'll pull out my cello for a bit. Did you know that (according to SparkPeople) you can burn 343 calories by "Playing an Instrument" for an hour? I'm in! Burning calories AND releasing stress? WOOT! Sounds like my kinda exercise! :D

God Bless!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Splurge

Well, I had a huge success when I weighed in Friday morning. I'm not sure what went on emotionally with me the rest of the day. I was ecstatic and I wanted to scream it to the world. Then I just plummeted. I have a history of depression and I haven't taken my vitamin that helps to stabilize those hormones in a couple of days, I'm hoping that's what the problem is.

Yesterday was a very enjoyable day. Aaron decided we should go to the craft store and get some supplies to do a craft. I had already told Larabelle I would make pancakes that morning so we got the dishes under control and made pancakes together. We put dried blueberries into the batter and instead of using syrup we cooked some peaches and used them to top our pancakes. YUMMY! :)  We had some scrambled eggs as well.

After breakfast we headed out and got some much needed craft supplies and a couple extras for our special craft (have I mentioned lately that I have the best boyfriend ever?), our family is a huge huge huge fan of arts, crafts, and music. Well, really anything that requires creativity we are fans of! Which is why we don't miss our TV. When the kids really want to watch a movie we pop a DVD into the computer or find a movie on Netflix.

I digress. After the craft store, we went to Learning Palace because Michaels didn't have the craft book I was looking for nor did they have the color of construction paper we needed. Then, Aaron treated us to sandwiches at Quiznos! Yum :) It's been many years since I've been there. Now I remember exactly why, lol....it's hard to not choose something entirely wrong for you but oh so gooey and yummy, lol. I splurged and had a Turkey, Bacon, and cheese sandwich. I paid for it later though, my poor tummy is not used to eating garbage anymore and boy was it mad at me.

I'm back on track today though. I started my day out with a Yoplait Smoothie made with Vanilla Soy milk (instead of fat free cow's milk) and a couple scoops of AdvoCare's Muscle Gain to balance out all the carbs with some much needed protein. For lunch I made the kids some noodles with low fat cheddar, cream of mushroom soup, and tuna fish with a big helping of steamed veggies on the side. I had some of the mac'n'cheese and some veggies as well plus a hard boiled egg.

For snack I was really wanting a salad (I just got a bunch of super yummy veggies Friday) but I was feeling lazy and I didn't want to make it so who volunteers? Yep! My super awesome and totally amazing boyfriend (I love him). Iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers! :D I've had two bowls for snack and I'm stuffed. Now for my multi-vitamin and Clear Mood* for my depression. Let's see if I can sneak in a few minutes of pilates before the younger kids wake up from nap.

Crossing my fingers :)
~Steph

*Sorry, Clear Mood is no longer available, it has been replaced with Amplify A.T. which happens to be on sale right now saving you $12 on two bottles!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Success!

Oh ya! 11 pounds and 10 inches GONE in 10 days! I love the results I get from AdvoCare products. They work EVERY time!

AdvoCare's 10 Day Herbal Cleanse

This is just the beginning of something beautiful!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Herbal Cleanse - Day 10

I'm so excited!!!!!!! I've cheated quite a bit on the scale this week (only once on measuring) and I can't wait to share my final results tomorrow after the official weigh/measure in! This herbal cleanse has sure been a blessing. I'm more determined than ever to 'go for the gold'.

I recently (as in yesterday) joined the Pound for Pound Challenge hosted by Biggest Loser. I'm a huge fan of the show! It is such an inspiration to me when I see how much success these people have! Most of them have more weight to lose than I do, so to see them hit their goals is so amazing! Sorry, I just realized how many exclamations I'm using, but I'm seriously that excited and pumped up about this stuff, lol. Anyways, the PfP Challenge is donating a pound of food ($0.11) to your local food bank of choice for every pound you pledge to lose! You can pledge up to 50 at this point because the deadline is May 31st. When the promotion started you could have pledged 100, but there isn't enough time now to lose 100 pounds in a healthy way and Biggest Loser is ALL about becoming healthy. They ran this promotion last season too so I'm hoping they will do it again next season so I can pledge again because I have about 100 pounds to lose. How awesome is that to be able to donate food (at no personal expense) while you're getting healthy! If you don't have any weight to lose, there is an option to 'maintain your weight' which is the equivalent of 5 pounds of food.

I've been doing okay on the eating, I'm really struggling at keeping my calorie count down while making sure to at least hit minimum of fat and protein. Carbs don't seem to be a problem. At this point the only thing I can think of is to eat more lettuce and more eggs. Lettuce as a no calorie filler so I feel fuller and eggs for my protein and fat (as long as I eat the yolk too). I just worry that I'm going to get burnt out on 'salad' and start grazing on other foods when I get hungry. Speaking of, I should start planning my next snack so I don't get tempted to graze when I get hungry. I need to make a trip to the produce market because I'm out of fresh veggies. Ooh, I'm thinking frozen veggie mix with a side of orange slices (fresh orange of course, not the candied kind). And an egg white? Doesn't sound like it tastes good together....

I could have a baked potato with tuna, egg white, broccoli, and fat free feta again. I've noticed I don't eat a whole lot of fruits because I'm afraid of all the carbs that go with them. I know fruits are essential, BUT they aren't exactly a great weight LOSS food. They're more of a weight maintenance food. I had to explain that concept last night to my oldest. We had burritos last night and she was confused why I wasn't having a tortilla and instead was having my 'burrito' in a bowl with lots of lettuce (ie, a salad). I told her that tortilla shells have a lot of carbohydrates which are great for maintaining a healthy weight but are not good for losing weight. I told her the carbohydrates in there are very important because they give her brain the energy it needs to think and learn. She noticed I wasn't having any colby cheese either. So we talked about the amount of calories and fat in the cheese that are, again, not good for weight loss, but good for maintaining weight. Then we went on to talk about the rest of the foods (burritos were buffet style) on the table. We talked about which foods had protein (beans, chicken, and cheese) and which had the most. We also talked about fiber (beans, lettuce, and tomatoes) and a couple other nutrients we were getting in that meal.

During dinner conversation I mentioned to Aaron (my bf) how much I really wanted to just grab one of the tortillas (which were sitting next to me so I could help the girls with them). He dared me, "Grab one." So I tentatively reached for one and he says to Belle (who is sitting next to me, he is sitting across from me), "Get her." Belle tickled my side and then he says to me, "That's how we help you."  Later, as I was pulling up an episode of Biggest Loser he says to me, "You really like that show don't you. Because it inspires you." I love him.

Anyways, TTFN! Kids will be up from nap soon and then Belle will be home from school so I need to get my strength training in for the day! :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Woot! Goal met! On track for meeting another by the 14th!

I'm so excited! I cheated this morning with the scale again and I'm so excited! I'm not going to say how much weight I've lost just yet, but just know I'm going to knock your socks off when I tell you on the 11th! I'm on Day 6 of AdvoCare's 10 Day Herbal Cleanse and feeling so amazing! I feel so vibrant! What supplements am I taking?
  1. 10 Day Herbal Cleanse
  2. CorePlex after I eat lunch
  3. 1 OmegaPlex after lunch
  4. 1 Clear Mood (sorry, these are no longer available for purchase, but you can try a couple extra OmegaPlex and/or Amplify A.T.)
  5. Spark Energy Drink first thing in the morning
  6. Post-Workout Recovery Shake, only after I exercise and strength train
What exercises have I done? Well I did 15 solid minutes of strength training on Wednesday and Friday, plus 10 minutes of aerobic dancing on Friday.

I've also made a conscious effort to drink at least 8 cups of water each day (1 cup = 8 ounces). I haven't yet reached 8. I got 7 yesterday, but most days has been 5 or 6 which is a huge increase over what I typically drink. I will probably drink 8 today because I just finished cup # 7 and I'm about to refill my glass (which holds 16 ounces).

As far as eating, you can look for yourself and see on my SparkPeople nutrition tracker that I've gone over on calories every single day (although today I only went over by 2!!!!). Also, I haven't stayed within my 'fat loss' ranges on carbs, fat, or protein. Protein has been pretty steady though, I've really been focusing on making sure I get enough. AND my carbs aren't as high as they normally would have been, I've been focusing on cutting those down as well. I haven't paid attention to fat at all and only a smidge to calories. I'm starting to look more at calories now that I've got a good idea of where to get my protein in a healthy way. Also, I'm really trying to eat every two to three hours. I know if I wait longer than that, that I either eat wayyy too much or my blood sugar drops drastically and then I eat wayy too much trying to compensate and get my body back under control (I have hypoglycemia).

Anyways, I think I've made this post long enough :)
TTFN! God Bless!

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Mission in Life!

Well, I've come up with a new mission in life :) One that is healthy for not only myself but my family as well. Here goes:
Mission in Life: Pursue Christ; love my family & friends; teach my children to be God fearing, caring, and respectful adults; make healthy lifestyle choices.
As for how I did yesterday with healthy choices? I did okay. I learned some more foods I need to eliminate from my menu (Rice a Roni = tons and tons of empty calories!). And I was pretty unmotivated to move out of this chair to do housework/exercise. I didn't sleep well at all Wednesday night so my body was pretty tired even though my mind was wide awake.

I weighed in today though! :) 3 pounds and 5 inches in 3 days! What have I been doing? Watching portion size, not eating garbage snacks, drinking more water, 10 minutes of strength training (I only did this yesterday), using AdvoCare's Herbal Cleanse as directed. Are these typical results? YES! The average lost during the 24 Day Challenge (the first 10 days is the cleanse) is 10 pounds AND 10 inches!

What have I been eating? Check out my SparkPeople food log and don't pay attention to the fitness tracker, I think it's bugged. I did track housework though because I worked harder than I normally do on Wednesday. The extent of my activity since Tuesday morning: light housework Tuesday, 'heavy' housework Wednesday, and 10 solid minutes of Strength Training on Wednesday.

Okay, I'm off to do my strength training and then run errands with my two youngest kiddos. Take care of yourselves! God Bless

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Back on the Wagon!

Wow, has it really been 7 months since I last made a blog post? Well, here goes. My journal of my journey to that healthier me with the help of a good 'diet' (not dieting, but healthy eating), regular exercise, strength training, and nutritional supplements from AdvoCare. Plus support from my friends and family this time around.

I've gone through my cupboards (well, really I let them go bare and only bought good for you food) and most of the garbage snacking foods are gone. All I have left are puddings (fat free) and snack size bags of chips intended for my very active daughter's lunches.

So how exactly am I going to get healthy? Well, I've set a few goals that I'm working towards right now to establish some good habits that are going to help me.
  1. Drink at least 64 ounces of water each and every day.
  2. Eat eggs, tuna fish, chicken, nuts, and peanut butter for my proteins.
  3. Eat at least 2 servings each of fruits and vegetables every day (to be increased after I reach this goal).
  4. Do my personalized 18 minute workout (strength training) from the 6-week body makeover (which worked the last time around, I just didn't stick with it). 
  5. Get at least 10 minutes of aerobic exercise every day.
  6. Be consistent with my AdvoCare supplements.
  7. Track my food and exercise on www.SparkPeople.com. (view my profile)
  8. Weight and measure myself (at the same time of day wearing the same clothes) every Thursday.
Okay, so what started this new fire to finally get rid of this fat suit? I turned 30 on Monday. I have decided enough is enough. It's time for me to get serious. My kids need me and I want to be around to at least meet my great grandbabies. I started AdvoCare's 10 Day Herbal Cleanse on Tuesday (also the day I re-started the journey) and I am still going strong! I just know this time around I will finally break the bad health habits and the good health habits will stick. My kids deserve better than what I'm doing to myself. They deserve a mom who is actually involved in their life instead of always being depressed and wanting to be alone.

I probably won't post every day. I work from home now and tracking my nutrition and exercise on SparkPeople (referred to as SP from here on out) will take up enough of my computer time. As it is, I started this post about 7:00am this morning. We'll see when it actually gets posted, lol.

Okay, enough babbling on I guess. My plan for today: eat healthy, eat often, drink lots of water, do my strength training and aerobic exercise, play with my kids, do some housework, go to the store to pick up more fruits and veggies. Suggestions on sites with healthy recipes are openly welcomed! :D

God Bless!