Sunday, July 31, 2011

So Excited!

Hehe! So I cheated on the scale yesterday and then again today :) Even though I've gained weight during this injury, going to the gym this week and straightening out my eating a little has totally turned it around! I'm not going to spoil the official weigh in for Tuesday but it's safe to say you can expect to see some positive results! I can't wait to find out how many calories I burn at work on a light day, I will upload the data from my BodyBugg tomorrow. :) I have been taking it easy at work and only working at the counter because of my arm.

Speaking of... I am happy to announce I have about 95% of my arm function back! Still taking it easy though. I'm done with my anti-inflammatory prescription and haven't taken any pain meds since Thursday, and I only took 1 that day! :)

Anyways, time to finish my breakfast and get my lunch ready for work.
God Bless!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's Official!

I'm so excited! I am officially a member at 24 Hour Fitness again! I love my boyfriend. He gave me the green light as long as I could rearrange some of the things I pay for (mostly fun stuff, not necessities) out of my salary so the membership will not affect our ability to pay our necessary bills (aka, rent, electricity, car...). He said I can have the membership so long as I keep going. If I stop going, he's canceling my membership. Understandable.

I started my 7 day free pass Monday night and have gone every night thus far this week. I have really missed going to the gym and having ME time. I worry about going out by myself to some random place either super early in the morning or really late at night to go for a walk/run. I feel much safer working out with someplace to go. Plus, Aaron will always know where I'm supposed to be. After school starts back up I will be able to go to some of the classes (as long as I'm not working) during the day because I will just have Eli to worry about care for. One kid is so much more affordable to find care for than three!

There are a lot of changes coming in September. Aaron's hours will be changing (which mean mine will too) just for starters. Although, with both of the girls being in school, it will definitely open up my schedule to be able to work during the week. I need to figure out my work schedule and possibly getting a second job (somewhere open 24 hours). This is probably boring to you, but writing it down helps me sort out my ideas and writing this down also helps me remember my brainstorming ideas :) Even if my random thoughts make sense, lol.

I had my first workout as an official member tonight. I only made it an hour on the treadmill tonight, my legs started to get wobbly so I decided to call it good for the night. I killed my legs on the weight machines again though :) Plus, I did a little arm work. I haven't used my shoulder sling all day today, hadn't taken any advil, only took one pain pill after running a couple errands so I figured I could work my muscles a little bit. I was very gentle, and went very slow paying close attention to my injured shoulder so I could stop if it started hurting.

I see great things for this Tuesday's weigh in and it is still four days away :) Anyhow, it's late and I'm tired. Time for bed.

God Bless!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Weigh-In

This week wasn't a weight loss week either. With my shoulder hurting so badly I haven't taken the time to prepare healthy meals and I haven't been able to exercise. Plus, I've been in so much pain that I ended up going to the ER Thursday night. Verdict? Tendonitis in my shoulder with a calcium deposit on it. I guess calcium deposits are your body's way of trying to fix inflammation. Well body, it didn't work! You only made the problem worse! So I was ordered to take it easy and given pain meds. Sunday rolled around and I was still in pain and almost out of meds so I went to the Urgent Care clinic. This time the Dr. told me to NOT have my arm in the sling the ER gave me all the time because my shoulder could freeze up. He gave me a new prescription for pain meds, a list of exercises to do for my shoulder (none of which really burn calories, just work on the shoulder muscles to help relax them), a prescription for a better anti-inflammatory (because advil wasn't helping), and ordered me to see an Osteopathic doctor :(

I had fully intended to make an appointment with the Dr the ER referred me to (the on-call dr) but yesterday and today my arm is actually feeling better! I still can't use it fully but it is soooooo much better than it was. And no, that isn't the Vicadin talking.

Last week I jumped the gun a little bit and went online to get a 7 day pass for 24 hour fitness because I got the green light from my hunny to get a membership if I could find one for $20 a month that is open during non-traditional business hours. The pass had to be redeemed by today or it expired so I decided last night I would go check out the gym. I had intended to walk on the treadmill for an hour and a half, but my shoulder had other plans. I almost made it to an hour, but I couldn't get the last 4 minutes in. My shoulder started to bug me and I didn't want to risk injuring it further so I stopped and called it good. I plan on going again every night this week to walk on the treadmill.

So... since I haven't been eating the best AND have pretty much been sedentary and planted on the couch since Friday, it isn't a surprise that I've gained weight since my last weigh in. Official poundage this week? 224.2

I also haven't been wearing my BodyBugg because I have to hold my arm out at a weird angle (well, weird for an injured shoulder) to get it on. I did wear it last night during my workout though so we'll see how accurate the calorie counter on the treadmill was. According to the treadmill I burned about 400 calories.

I also haven't been doing my 100 Days Challenge because I haven't been able to sit at the computer and type very much. I am surprised that my shoulder has lasted long enough for me to type this up. It probably helps that I'm laying on the couch with my laptop on my lap though :)

Okay, enough work for my shoulder. It's starting to complain.
Stay safe, listen to your body, and take care!
God Bless!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Weigh-In

Well, weigh-in day is here and this weekend hurt. Stupid pizza. When will I learn? Well, at least I'm only up ounces and not pounds! This week's number is an even 219. I just realized that I haven't been posting my weight in here even though I've been tracking it on SparkPeople.com. I will start doing that more regularly.

I got my 100 Days Weight Loss Challenge book today :) Mailman supposedly tried to deliver it yesterday (got a notice in my mailbox). I was home all day and never once heard anyone knock on the door. I am wondering if he rang the doorbell and then walked away when nobody answered. Our apartment has a doorbell ringer outside, yet it isn't hooked up to anything. Would be nice if we had one that worked :) Oh well, I can usually hear when someone knocks. Not like our other apartment when the only time I could hear the door was when we were in the front part of the apartment. Now, the only place I can't hear someone knocking is when I'm in the bathroom, our light switch also turns on the fan and it's uber loud.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pizza?!

Well, I was doing really well following my 6 Week Body Makeover plan, and then someone brought in pizza. And it was just sitting there! Taunting me! I remembered I have been a little under on calories and fat lately so I though I would be okay to have a slice and I wouldn't be going over my target ranges on SparkPeople. I would have been. That is, until I came home to find that my well meaning boyfriend (who ordered my absolute favorite kind of pizza and side) had ordered pizza and breadsticks! I was 'good' though. I had a slice of taco pizza, a slice of pineapple and sausage, then just one of the texas toast style breadsticks. And of course, you HAVE to have soda with pizza (or at least I do anyways) so I had only half a can of Barq's Root Beer (the only kind I drink) that happened to be hiding in the bottom drawer of the fridge. I hid them on purpose, out of sight, out of mind! If they sit on the shelves in the fridge they taunt me until I drink them! So, today started out as a great nutrition day only to fail completely. I have yet to track all the pizza so I don't exactly know where my calories lay for the day. Alas, I am pooped so I'm going to bed and I will find out tomorrow.

Also, I am noticing that the activity part in this 100 Days Challenge is usually challenging you to do something that day, so I'm going to start journaling my entries in the mornings so I will have a chance to implement them that day.

On the flip side, I'm soooo soooo soooo happy that my hunny got his car running yesterday! Yippee! We have two vehicles again! Now I can be more active with the kids during the week instead of sitting at home with the computer chair tempting my butt to fuse with it! I will be spending some time in front of the computer tomorrow getting caught up on tracking my food and also setting up some things to go do with the kids this week and next week. I am part of a few groups on Meetup.com, so time to check out what they're up to! :) And time to get my fitness on! I foresee a looong walk in the kids and my very near future :) Most likely it will be in a park setting :D Now if only the rain will let up, it is summer after all. This summer has been pretty dreary. We've only had a few hot days up here.

Okay enough rambling, time for sleep.
God Bless.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Recipe: Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Time to cook: 30-45 minutes

Serves 5
Nutrition Facts (located at end of post)

Ingredients:
  • 15 oz Chicken Breast
  • 3 small Yellow Bell Peppers, sliced
  • 3 small Red Bell Peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup Onion, diced/sliced
  • 30 Green Beans, fresh, cut to bite size pieces
  • 12 Brussel Sprouts, chopped
  • 1 cup Mushrooms, fresh, sliced
  • 1 cup Zucchini (or any summer squash), diced/sliced
  • 3 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 4 Tb Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tb Garlic Powder
  • 3 tp Garlic, minced
  • Dash of Chili Powder (to taste)
  • Dash of Pepper (to taste)
Directions:
  1. Pull out two frying pans and a sauce pan.
  2. Cook rice per directions on packaging to make 3 cups (or use some leftovers you have in the fridge) in sauce pan.
  3. Place 2 Tb Olive Oil and 2 oz Lemon Juice in each frying pan.
  4. Place chicken breasts into one frying pan.
  5. Cover chicken and cook on Medium-High heat. Keep an eye on the liquid level in the pan. Always have at least a 1/4 inch of liquid in the pan. If you need to, add water.
  6. Place the minced garlic in the second pan for the veggies.
  7. Prepare veggies.
  8. Place chopped Brussel Sprouts, chopped Green Beans, and sliced/diced onions into second frying pan and cook on Medium to Medium-High heat.
  9. Stir frequently to avoid burning. And watch your chicken.
  10. After they start to brown, toss some water into the pan. Just enough to keep it sizzling. You may want to turn the heat down to Medium-Low or Medium.
  11. Toss in the sliced bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, and diced/sliced zucchini.
  12. Sprinkle on Chili Powder and/or Pepper to taste.
  13. Keep an eye on the moisture level. Don't let the dish dry out, but don't have any standing water in the pan either. Add water as needed.
  14. Stir frequently to avoid burning. And watch your chicken.
  15. When mushrooms are just about finished, toss in the cooked rice. If you are using leftover rice from your refrigerator, toss it in when the mushrooms are about half cooked.
  16. Let cook for about 5 minutes.
  17. While the veggies and rice are cooking, take the chicken out of it's pan (it should be finished by now) and chop it up into smaller than bite size pieces.
  18. Voila! Enjoy!
To serve, you can either stir the chicken bits into the veggies and rice or toss on top.
CAUTION: Not a kid favorite, my kids hardly touched it, lol!

I discovered this yummy recipe by accident. I started out with the intention of making sauteed brussel sprouts and green beans (with onions) and decided it looked too bland. So I added some sliced bell peppers and discovered it looked more like a stir fry than sauteed veggies so I decided to add mushrooms, zucchini, and some leftover brown rice to finalize the dish. I was already making chicken to go with the veggies so when they were finished I decided I would chop up the chicken and throw it on top. I devoured mine! And my hunny really enjoyed it too. Although, the kids only took a few bites and decided they were finished with supper. If you try this dish, post a comment with feedback please!

Nutritional Facts (per serving):
  • Calories: 291.5
  • Total Fat: 2.5 g (Saturated: 0.6g; Polyunsaturated: 0.3g; Monounsaturated: 0.3g)
  • Cholesterol: 49.3 mg
  • Sodium: 72.5 mg
  • Potassium: 646.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 37.8 g (Fiber: 7.2g; Sugars: 1.4g)
  • Protein: 27.1 g
  • Vitamin A: 27.7%
  • Vitamin B-12: 5.5%
  • Vitamin B-6: 32.8%
  • Vitamin C: 120.3%
  • Vitamin D: 2.7%
  • Vitamin E: 1.3%
  • Calcium: 4.6%
  • Copper: 8.9%
  • Folate 9.4%
  • Iron 10.3%
  • Magnesium: 11.8%
  • Manganese: 12.5%
  • Niacin: 53.6%
  • Pantothenic Acid: 9.8%
  • Phosphorus: 22.3%
  • Riboflavin: 12.7%
  • Selenium: 24.6%
  • Thiamin 9.9%
  • Zinc: 6.1%

Thursday, July 7, 2011

LOOOOOOOOOOOng Weekend! Lol

Well, I have to admit. Even though I worked Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, I enjoyed my weekend! It was crazy busy on Saturday. Not as bad Sunday. Monday was UBER slow! Everyone was either busy enjoying their 4th of July festivities and/or thought we were closed.

After work Monday (I picked up some extra hours since my hunny had the day off, so I got to pick when I got off work), I headed straight home to have dinner and get the kids ready. A friend of mine invited us along to see the fireworks at Cascade Locks. Funny enough, we got there before she did! She thought I was going to be at least 30 minutes later than I was so she was planning on leaving a little later than originally planned. It was nice to just go and hang out, to be able to enjoy each other's company without any time constraints or expectations. When my friend got to the park she called me and we all went over to where her sister and her family had already set up 'camp'.

The kids had fun being able to run around and play with other kids. Belle even knew one of them from her old school. When it got dark I broke out the glow bracelets and all the kids had a renewed sense of fun to have. They had a variety of ideas ranging from drumsticks to swords. I even played along looping a pair over the top of my ears. I was very fashionable with my earrings. Until my son joined in and needed his bracelets, lol.

The fireworks started shortly after. They were AWESOME! This was Eli's first show of fireworks, he was completely mesmerized cuddling with his Daddy (my bf). Desi pretended to be afraid of the noise. Belle oohed and awed right along with me.

Afterwards I made a mental list of things to bring along with us next year. That list consisted of the following:
  1. Tarp to lay underneath the blanket, the grass was a bit soggy and I ended up with wet knees and a wet booty.
  2. Flashlight to find missing shoes, to make sure we've grabbed everything, and to find our way back through the park to the street we parked on.
  3. Bubbles, and lots of them. This park doesn't allow for private fireworks. Works for me! Much cheaper!
  4. Spark! I forgot my Spark at home :'( thus I was very tired driving home.
We finally walked through the front door a few minutes after midnight. Desi walked straight into her bedroom, sat on her bed to take her sweater and shoes off, then promptly rolled over and went to sleep. Eli didn't put up his normal fight to lay down, instead he laid down very willingly and went to sleep. Belle actually got her pajamas on and brushed her teeth before plopping into bed.

I was grateful to be able to sleep in a little the next morning.

Tuesday night I promised the kids we could do our fireworks since we weren't allowed to at the park. So as soon as it was nightfall we got our sweaters on and made our way out to our apartment parking lot. Thankfully I made sure to not get loud fireworks. Just really bright and pretty ones :) We alternated between Pop-Its, Sparklers, and some ground fireworks Aaron and I took turns lighting. This was also Eli's first experience with fireworks. He got the hang of the pop-its very fast and did quite well with them. I foresee him touching the flame on the end of a sparkler here in the next couple of years. I barely caught his hand when he tried to touch it this year. He got a kick out of waving the sparkler around. I did save a few sparklers and a box of pop-its for New Years though. :)