Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Week 5 update

My loss for last week was 1 pound not great but I'll take it. Every pound counts. I saw bigger changes in my measurements this week than in my weight, and for me that's what really counts.
My total loss is now 17 pounds.
Overall I did really well last week but I didn't workout as often or as hard as I should have.

My biggest accomplishment for the week was that I jogged for the first time, probably since high school. Granted it wasn't far just the last couple of blocks of my walk, but I did do it. It may very well have been the first time I have ever jogged/ran of my own free will. I have always thought that running was an activity without purpose unless you were being chased by something or someone who wanted to do you harm. But I've been watching all these weight loss shows on Netflix and you see these people with even more weight to lose than I and they run. I just wanted to see if my body was even capable,and it was. I didn't enjoy it but I did it. The distance may have been laughable to some but for me it was a challenge, and I was proud when I reached my driveway.



Friday, January 6, 2012

Fried "Rice"

This was my dinner tonight. It was delicious! I have seen a recipe for cauliflower fried rice on several low-carb websites. I didn't follow any set recipe. I made the fried "rice" the way I normally do just replacing the rice with grated cauliflower and omitting the diced carrots and peas I would normally use. This really did taste very similar to fried rice. The cauliflower takes on the flavor of the soy sauce and doesn't taste like cauliflower at all.
To go with it I sauteed some shrimp and green beans and tossed them both with a sauce made from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, a little water,and Splenda.
Seriously the best dinner I have had in the past several weeks.
This meal is induction friendly if your on Atkins but make sure your carbs for the rest of the day aren't too high.
Also, watch the soy sauce some brands have up to 5 carbs per Tbsp. I chose La Choy because it has 1 gram per Tbsp.

Ingredients for Cauliflower Fried Rice

1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ginger
1 cup grated cauliflower
1/4 cup green onion
1 large egg
2 tsp minced garlic



Directions

    1. Grate the cauliflower using either the largest holes on a hand grater or with the grating blade in food processor. The results should almost resemble the size of cooked white rice.
    2. Heat oil to cover the bottom of a small skillet on medium-high.
    3. Quickly stir-fry the white of the onions and the garlic. Watch closely so as not to burn.
    4. Add the cauliflower; fry about 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly until it begins to color a bit. Don't overcook or it might get mushy.
    5. Stir in the soy sauce. Push the cauliflower to one side of the pan; pour in the beaten egg.
    6. Lightly scramble the egg briefly then mix into the cauliflower.
    7. Add the green onion tops and toss.

Enjoy!



Monday, January 2, 2012

Month 1



I have finished the first month of my new diet. My total weight loss for the month was 16 pounds.

I'm pretty pleased with that number. I think I could have lost more, but the month had some major challenges. My grandmother died and I fell into the habit of emotional eating that week, and then there was Christmas. The scale showed an 8 pound gain after three days of holiday eating. I know most of that was water weight and it came off fast. The Monday after Christmas I weighed in at 268 and today one week later I weigh 259. So I not only lost the Christmas pounds but lost an additional 2 pounds this week. yay!

The most exciting thing about this week for me is knowing that I was able to splurge on the holiday but get myself right back on track. A few bad days doesn't mean I give up anymore. I am in control of me.

I felt really lousy for the first few days after Christmas. I felt completely run down, moody, and achy. Now that all of the junk I ate is out of my system,I feel great. I'm feeling happy and energetic. That alone makes me want to stay on plan. So far Atkins is definitely working for me.






Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Resolutions

I have never actually accomplished any New Years Resolution that I have ever set. In fact, for the past several years I didn't even set any goals. I got tired of failing. In theory, I like the concept of New Years resolutions. It gives people the opportunity to step back and assess their lives, think about whats working in their life, and make vows to change the things that are holding us back.
Everyone starts off with the best of intentions, but soon life gets in the way, the enthusiasm fades, failure seems eminent, and we give up.

My resolution this year is to lose weight, and more specifically get below 200 lbs.

So what is going to make this year different?

1. I have set myself up for success.(I have a plan, a gym membership, a support system, and accountability.)

2.I'm being honest with myself. (I'm facing my issues with body and food head on. No more blaming or excuses.)

3. I forgive myself. (I forgive myself for being fat and for the times I will stumble.)

4. It's no longer optional. (If I don't change this now when will I ever? My happiness and my health are at stake.)

How about you? Whats your resolution and what makes this year different?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holidays

This will be a short post because like most people I'm super busy doing lots of things I should have done weeks ago. Today I have cleaned my house for company that will be here tomorrow, went grocery shopping for a Christmas eve dinner I am preparing, wrapped presents, and made cookies with my daughter. I am exhausted! After such a busy day today, I was starving on my way home from the grocery store this evening. I was so tempted to stop at McDonald's and get a cheeseburger and fry. After a long good angel/bad angel discussion with myself I did stop at McDonalds but I ordered a salad with grilled chicken instead. I'm always proud of myself when I overcome those moments of temptation.

I've been good all week knowing that Christmas will be my undoing. I don't plan on going crazy; I'm going to eat the things I enjoy the most with moderation. I know one of my biggest challenges will be the pressure I feel from others. Food is sort of like alcohol; when other people are are indulging they want you to join them. They try to convince you that one day won't hurt, that you deserve it. I also don't want to seem rude to family who have spent so much time preparing the food.

The important thing will be to enjoy that day and then put it behind me and get right back on track Monday morning.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

week 3 and counting

I had a great week! I lost 4 more pounds for a total of 15 pounds lost. I worked out consistently and drank all my water everyday. I've lost and inch off my hips, 1/2 inch off my thighs, and 1/2 inch off my upper arms. I'm feeling great!

The biggest change this week is that I decided to do the full Atkins plan and started the induction phase. This means keeping my total net carbs to 20 per day. The major benefit of induction is that it really stops your cravings and decreases your appetite. Because I have a lot to lose I plan on staying on extended induction until I get much closer to my goal weight. I'm not having any problems finding things I enjoy eating and so far I haven't really been tempted to cheat. Last night we all went to the movies and I got a bottled water while everyone else ordered popcorn, candy, and giant sodas. The weird thing was I was ok with it. It didn't make me feel mad or cheated. I fact I felt empowered because I knew I was in control of my own choices.
Hoping the coming week goes as well.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Why am I fat?

I can't go through this process without really taking a look at the reasons why I have a weight problem. I'm sure this will be the first of many post on this subject, because I expect that the more
weight I lose the more I will learn about myself. But here's what I've got so far.

I've been lazy. I haven't exercised the way I should, I've eaten bad foods out of convenience, I watch too much TV, look for the closest parking spot, etc.

I really liked bad foods. My weaknesses have always been starches. I love bread, pasta,potatoes, and of course sugary sweets. My diet was probably consisted of about 75% carbohydrates. I could have lived on pizza and pasta alone.

I drank lots of calories. I have been a Soda addict for the last 20 years. On average I probably consumed 32-48 oz. a day. That alone probably accounts for a large part of my problem.

I centered relationships around food. A date with my husband meant our favorite Mexican restaurant, dinner at my Mom's equaled fried chicken, a day out with my daughter had to include ice cream, and meals with friends always included overeating at various restaurants.

I'm not placing blame on metabolism or genetics. Though I'm sure they play a part. I have had a low functioning thyroid in the past and that certainly hasn't helped. But the truth is, the blame is all on me. I did this to myself. The weight crept up and I chose to, for the most part, ignore it.

I'm not fat because I'm trying to bury my feelings, or build a buffer between me and the world, I'm not suffering the side effects of some horrible trauma. I'm just fat. I've mad bad choices and obesity is the consequence.

Notice I used past tense when talking about the reasons I got fat. That's because I am going to change all of these things. No more excuses. No more self-destruction.