Facing the Scale {3}

Starting weight: 250 pounds

Last week’s weight: 206 pounds

This week’s weight: 207 pounds

“When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, so true. I gained another pound this week. Most of the problem was not having a meal plan this week. And almost no exercise.

Successes:

  • I did get one walk in this week.

Struggles:

  • Not having a plan in place.

Non-Scale Victories:

  • I worked on my list of goals for next month to get me back in focus.

Focus for the new week:

  • Discipline. Just do it.
  • Tracking, tracking, tracking.
  • Working out more often and consistently.
  • Reining in my eating before I get too far off track.
  • Getting a loss next week.

How did your week go?

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Facing the Scale {2}

Starting weight: 250 pounds

Last week’s weight: 205.3 pounds

This week’s weight: 206 pounds

I did gain a little bit this week. I also meant to post this on Sunday. Oops. There’s a lot that contributed to this gain. Mainly – stress and being busy all the time. We’re still in a financial crisis at this point in time. We can’t really afford much at all. We’re learning to cope with an extremely limited income. Thankfully, my husband’s new job is amazing, and he just got his first paycheck this week.

Another contributing factor for the gain is the day before I weighed in, we went to a wedding. They had a hot dog buffet, chips, and the most delicious cupcakes in town for their wedding cake.

Successes:

  • I tracked on My Fitness Pal – 6 out of 7 days.
  • I did a fairly good job keeping up with my meal plan, for the most part.

Struggles:

  • I kind of fell apart with tracking after the day of the wedding, as did my food choices. I did make some fantastic triple chocolate fudge cupcakes with caramel buttercream, caramel drizzle, and heath bar crumbles. And I may or may not have consumed too many to count.
  • I found it difficult to get almost any workout in. I only went walking twice.
  • I never made a meal plan for this week! I’m paying for that now. Eek!

Non-Scale Victories:

  • We did move the treadmill into the living room! Now all I need is some TV shows on dvd to watch while I walk!

Focus for the new week:

  • Discipline. Just do it.
  • Tracking, tracking, tracking. My Fitness Pal told me I haven’t logged in for 3 days now.
  • Working out more often and consistently.
  • Reining in my eating before I get too far off track.
  • Trying to stay positive, even though I’m fairly positive this week will be a gain as well.

How did your week go?

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Recipe: Whole Wheat Orange Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup

I love love love this recipe! These pancakes are delicious. The syrup is even better!
What’s even better is they are healthy, and they are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, calcium, iron, and folic acid! Plus, they have lots of fiber and protein!Orange Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce
*adapted by me from Betty Crocker Cookbook for Women

Makes 8 servings (two 4-inch pancakes with 2 generous Tbsp syrup each)

Ingredients

Pancakes:
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons Splenda no calorie sweetener
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons grated orange peel (I use the whole orange)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

Syrup:
1 1/2 Tablespoons Splenda Sugar Blend
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2/3 cups orange juice
12 oz frozen raspberries, unsweetened
1 Tbsp light corn syrup

Directions

1. In 1-quart saucepan, mix Splenda Sugar Blend and the cornstarch. Wisk in orange juice, raspberries, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.

2. Heat greased (with cooking spray) griddle or 12-inch skillet over medium heat or to 375 degrees F.

3. In large bowl, beat eggs with wire wisk until well beaten. Beat in remaining pancake ingredients until just smooth.

4. For each pancake, pour an even 1/4 cup batter from cup or pitcher onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbly on top, puffed and dry around edges. Turn and cook other sides 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with syrup.

For each serving, there are (rounded):
203 calories
2 g fat
40 g carbs
8 g fiber
8 g protein

Full stats:

I really hope you make these and enjoy them as much as I do!

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Menu Plan Monday {2}


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I did fairly well with my meal plan last week. I switched things around as needed, but in general it was so nice not to have to stop and think about what I would eat. Having a plan really helps!

Here’s mine for this week:

Monday
Breakfast: homemade egg McMuffin, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, grapes
Lunch: spinach salad, split pea soup with chopped ham
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: fried rice, pineapple

Tuesday
Breakfast: cheese & turkey bacon omelet, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, apple
Lunch: tuna sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, spinach salad
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: honey bbq chicken, baked potatoes, green beans

Wednesday
Breakfast: whole wheat orange pancakes w/raspberry syrup, coffee
Snack: turkey, spinach, & avocado sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, yogurt
Lunch: chicken & broccoli stir fry
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: leftovers

Thursday
Breakfast: homemade egg McMuffin, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, apple
Lunch: turkey, spinach, & avocado sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, veggie soup
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: Wedding!

Friday
Breakfast: whole wheat orange pancakes w/raspberry syrup, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds, grapes
Lunch: leftovers
Snack: celery w/peanut butter, kiwi fruit
Dinner: lentil burgers, salad

Saturday
Breakfast: whole wheat orange pancakes w/raspberry syrup, coffee
Snack: yogurt, grapefruit
Lunch: BLT’s
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: leftovers

What’s your meal plan? Any new recipes?

One Year Anniversary (& photographer review)

I realized recently that I never shared about our one-year anniversary! We celebrated our one-year anniversary together in the same place we spent our mini-honeymoon (before we left on our cruise) – our family cabin that’s tucked away in the Sierra Nevadas. It’s a quiet, relaxing place with not a lot to do.

We shopped for the food essentials at the local grocery store – DiGiorno Pizza & Cookies, Sun Chips, IBC rootbeer, Dr. Pepper, Caesar salad, biscuits, nutella, jelly, eggs, strawberries, portobello mushrooms, and Eggo waffles. =)

We lounged around and played lots of games.

We took a walk in the woods.

We went back to Sarafina’s Italian Kitchen, an adorable and popular restaurant tucked away in Arnold, CA.

I had the Involtini del Pollo, which was prosciutto & asparagus stuffed chicken, panko crusted, pan fried & topped with a four cheese sauce, served with garlic mashed red potatoes & grilled veggies (red onions, zucchini, yellow squash & carrots). It was magnificent!

After dinner that night, we were in the middle of a game of Scrabble when all of a sudden, a BAT started swooping around the room! We then spent the next hour or so trying to get it out of the house. We weren’t 100% sure if we were successful, so just in case we kept the bedroom door closed that night.

After we came back, we shared the top tier of our wedding cake with our friends & family. It was white cake with strawberry buttercream filling and a vanilla buttercream on top. It was still delicious one year later!

My husband’s gift to me was a silk flower rendering of my wedding bouquet. He didn’t know this at the time, but the woman who made it was actually the same woman who did the bridesmaid bouquets and pew decorations!

One of the things I really wanted to do for our anniversary was get some professional photos taken for us to be able to frame around the house. We hadn’t had any good pictures taken of us since the wedding. So I called up our new friend Scot and asked him if he could do some anniversary pictures for us.

Here are the beautiful images that we got!

Scot is seriously such an amazingly talented photographer, and he’s such a genuine guy. I really appreciated the time he took to capture such beautiful images for us. I would highly recommend him for ANY event, especially weddings. To see more of his work, go to Scot’s website, check out his blog, or like Scot Woodman Photography on Facebook!

Thanks for reading!

Facing the Scale {1}

Starting weight: 250 pounds

Last week’s weight: 208.3 pounds

This week’s weight: 205.3 pounds

I lost exactly 3 pounds this week! It was a tough week. I’m trying to re-learn how I used to eat when I was losing weight for the wedding. I’ve now lost a total of 44.7 pounds!

Successes:

  • I tracked every day on My Fitness Pal to the best of my ability. It definitely helped me to make smarter choices, even if I had an occasional indulgence.
  • I did a fairly good job keeping up with my meal plan. I mostly used it as a guideline, switching things around to fit my schedule.

Struggles:

  • I went to bed hungry a lot. It was really hard to fall asleep when all I could think about was my growling tummy, even if I had a protein-packed dinner.
  • I didn’t get the chance to do scheduled workouts this week. I need to make this part of my regular routine.
  • I hosted a bachelorette party on Friday night. It was definitely fun, but the food was lacking nutritionally.

Non-Scale Victories:

  • I stayed within my calorie total almost every day.
  • I was able to squeeze into my old jeans for the party instead of wearing the ones that fit but make me feel frumpy.
  • For most of my exercise I did things that had a purpose to them, like housecleaning the day before the party, walking around the mall with a friend, and dancing in the club when we went out (not my usual thing).

Focus for the new week:

  • Tracking, tracking, tracking. This still isn’t a habit again, and it needs to be.
  • Moving the treadmill into the living room to be in front of the TV. I think it will help to see it every day instead of it hiding in the spare room.
  • Eating more veggies. I’ve got the fruit part down; now it’s those leafy greens that I need.

And just since it’s been a while, here are some before and in-progress pictures, just for fun.

Here I am two years ago at 250 pounds (September 2009):

And this was taken just a few weeks ago:

How did your week go?

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Menu Plan Monday {1}

One of my September Goals is to plan out my meals every week. This week, I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into it. I pulled my resources from Spark People and my Biggest Loser books to throw something together. In the future, I want to do a more detailed plan (which has worked well for me in the past).

Here’s the rest of the week’s plan:

Tuesday
Breakfast: hard boiled egg, Kashi cereal w/milk, coffee
Snack: Greek yogurt, raspberries, honey, granola
Lunch: tuna sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, peach
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: honey bbq chicken, spinach salad

Wednesday
Breakfast: hard boiled egg, 1 slice whole wheat toast w/peanut butter, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds
Lunch: split pea soup, 1/2 grilled chicken breast, apple
Snack: peach, sliced ham
Dinner: petite sirloin steak, small baked potato, spinach salad

Thursday
Breakfast: egg mug, 1 slice whole wheat toast w/peanut butter, coffee
Snack: Greek yogurt, raspberries, honey, granola
Lunch: vegetarian fried rice, pineapple
Snack: celery w/peanut butter
Dinner: chicken alfredo w/whole wheat pasta, Caesar salad

Friday
Breakfast: homemade egg McMuffin, coffee
Snack: yogurt, almonds
Lunch: tuna sandwich on 1 slice whole wheat bread, apple
Snack: celery w/peanut butter
Dinner: lentil burgers, grapes

Saturday
Breakfast: cheese omelet, coffee
Snack: turkey apple salad w/raspberry vinaigrette
Lunch: homemade cheese pizza, grapes
Snack: chocolate peanut butter protein shake
Dinner: salmon, homemade glaze, brown rice, pineapple, salad

September Goals

Hello there. I just looked at the last time I blogged. It’s been about 3 months. Ouch. A lot can happen in 3 months.

Let’s see, in the past 3 months…
We suffered through our second miscarriage.
My sister-in-law experienced a miscarriage.
I finished my school semester.
We celebrated our one-year anniversary.
I took a 10-week summer math class (and passed with flying colors).
My husband got laid off from his job.
My husband got a new job (which he starts tomorrow).

Lots of stressful things have happened. I haven’t made time for myself or for my health. I went on and off the wagon several times. I’m tired of it. I’m going to try again. This time, I want to finish.

Here’s a list of my goals for September:

  • Lose 8-10 lbs this month
  • Do the 30 Day Shred 5 days a week
  • Walk on my treadmill or outside 3 days a week
  • Get back to meal planning every week
  • Track my eating & my exercise on My Fitness Pal every day
  • Blog at least 2 times a week to start

I’ve definitely eaten far too many cupcakes, treats, and just junk in general lately. It’s going to take a lot of discipline to get back in the habit of doing things right. Pray for me. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. I promise to share the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.