Thursday, January 29, 2009

Blah...

Basically, that's how I feel. I don't know why but yesterday I kind of just felt non-motivated and really just blah. I'm not sure how else to describe it. It's like everything pushed me into a bad mood, which caused a fight between me and my boyfriend that got blown way out of proportion. Everything's fine now but that really didn't help lift my spirits. I've been doing good on my eating but I know I can do better. I wasn't able to work out yesterday and I think that kind of pushed me off balance as well. Having an interruption when you are just starting to get into the groove of things doesn't do any good. I know this is life and I know that these things have happened before and will continue to happen for the rest of my life. I'm going to weigh myself tonight, I finally found my scale but it's not working right. I weighed myself 3 times on it and I proceeded to "gain" weight each time. My mom has a scale and I'm going to try to use that for now until a get a new one. I have thought of a couple more goals that'll hopefully get my mind in the right place again. First, I would like to be at least 12-15 pounds lighter by my brother's confirmation in April into the Catholic Church. I have to dress up and it would feel amazing to feel good in whatever I wear. Second, I would like to be at least 25 pounds lighter by the time my family takes a trip to lake Michigan at the end of August. Hopefully I can go above and beyond with these goals. Toodles, have a wonderful day.

XoXo

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ready...

"Think Of Where You Would Be Now"

My brother would say that to me when I would tell him about starting a new diet or exercise routine. He would say, "You know if you sticked to the last diet you started, think of where you would be now." It's the truth. If I had stuck to my first diet/workout routine ever back in sophomore year of highschool, I wouldn't be fighting my weight right now but instead maintaining it. Things are different this time, I don't know why but they are and I can feel it. I'm not sure if it's because I'm writing on here nearly every day so it's keeping me accountable and I can see my progress instead of trying to remember it, or if it's because I'm ready. Im truley ready to be a different person. To change for the better. I realized that until you're ready to change, you never will. You may start out good but eventually you will go back to how you were. Not only do you have to be strong physically but also mentally. Ironically enough, the weight loss battle forces you to be stronger mentally than anything else. You may be able to run a 5k and do 200 crunches but until your mind coaxes you off the couch, it'll never happen. I know that I'm ready, I feel it. I've revised my exercise plan and I hope it's not too much starting out, but I think I can do it, I have faith in myself. I will be going to the gym 6 days a week. I will do 35 minutes of cardio (riding a stationary bike and maybe try a stair stepper eventually) Instead of doing all the weight machines every day, I will focus on one area of my body a day. I will alternate between 3 groups: Legs, Arms/Shoulders and Abs/Back. That way I will have 2 days a week focusing soley on one area. I figure I will do about an hours worth of work on each area for their day. I hope a can do it and maybe incorporate more than an hour eventually. My only hesitation was that maybe I should be doing a little bit of abs everday since you really don't need to rest your ab muscles. I think I might to a couple reps on the ab machine on the arms and legs days but do a full hour of abs on the abs day. Hmm I'll think about that one :-) Happy Tuesday!


Breakfast:
- Chicken (about the size of a deck of cards)
- Refried Beans (about the size of two 50cent pieces0
- 1 glass 1% milk

Lunch:
- Lean Cuisine Chicken w. Basil Cream Sauce: 290 calories
- Water

Snack:
- 1 hard boiled egg white
- 1 piece of cheese

Dinner:
- 1 small bowl of goulash (macaroni noodles with beef and spaghetti sauce)
- 1 piece of Italian bread
- 1 strawberry yoplait yogurt: 100 calories
- 1 glass 1% milk

Water:
- 3 liters!!

Exercise!:
- 30 minutes on a weird stationary bike thingy: 130 calories :-(
- leg machines (squats, inner/outer thighs, front and back of thighs)
- 3 sets of 15 reps on the ab machine

Monday, January 26, 2009

Back In Action

So me and my grandma went to the fitness center today and I love it. I joined a fitness center about 2 years ago and I would go almost every night, use the machines and ride the stationary bike for 45 minutes. This fitness center is much much smaller than the one I used to go to but it was never crowded. I'm not sure if no one really knows about it yet because it's so new or if everyone that wants to work out is already stuck to a contract at another fitness center, but hey it's fine with me. Me and my grandma went at 4 and we were there until about 5:30 and at most there were 7 people in there at once. They had every single machine that I wanted, a nice stationary bike and free weights. Basically it's a dream come true and I only have to pay $2 each time I go. It felt very familiar to be back in a gym and it actually felt really really good! I'm excited, what a jolly monday! :-)

XoXo

Breakfast:
- 1 taco salad
- 1 cup 1% milk

Lunch:
- Lean Cuisine Pesto Chicken Pita: 330 calories

Snack:
- 1 hard boiled egg white
- 1 piece cheese
- 1 handful grapes
- 1 glass water

Dinner:
- Chicken (about the size of a deck of cards)

- Refried Beans (about the size of two 50cent pieces)
- Salad (lettuce with a touch of bleu cheese dressing)
- Fruit Mixture (1 apple and 1 orange)
- 1 glass 1% milk

Exercise!
- 30 minutes on stationary bike: 220 calories
- Various weight machines after bike

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fresh Start

So tomorrow I'm doing a much needed "do-over". I got off track with eating so I'm starting again and revising some of my goals. I've realized that cutting soda out of my life completely is not realistic. The reason is because when I'm on my way home from visiting my boyfriend at night and I am tired I need something to keep me awake. Pepsi Max does the trick and since it does I'm sticking to that. That doesn't mean, however, that I am going to re-introduce myself to soda. I am only allowing myself to drink soda when I am traveling home from his house and that's it. Also, I need to find a way to get me to stop diving into temptations when I'm with my friends. When I'm with my boyfriend I'm going to start packing snacks for me to eat because every time I go there we eat out. Now he can eat out and I'll eat my healthy snacks. :-) When I'm with my friends, however, we shop for hours or go to a movie or whatever and then we're hungry. Restaurants and fast food seem like the only options. Not only is it expensive, it's very unhealthy and I need to find a way around it. On the plus side though, my grandma told me about a fitness area at the local community center that is open for the public to use for only $2 per visit and you don't have to sign any kind of contract. We are going tomorrow when I get off of work to see if I like it. I was planning on joining the YMCA tomorrow but if I like this then that's what I'll be doing because hey $2 and no contracts?! Who can beat that? :-) I feel positive and I hope this week is better than last. Toodles

XoXo

Friday, January 23, 2009

Temptation vs. Convenience

Ugh.. so my diet went south. Like south pole south. I was doing really good and honestly not really having any cravings. It was more that the bad food was just there and it was easy and convenient. For dinner on Wednesday I had a piece of pizza and 6 breadsticks with a glass of hawaiian punch. When I look back on that I see that I could have easily cut that piece in half and only ate one breadstick. Oh yeah, and how about water? I really need to learn how to drink that stuff. The real problem came later. My boyfriend lives an hour away and I didn't get on the road to drive home until 1am. Now usually I stop at a PDQ on the way home and grab a Pepsi Max and something with sugar, usually a doughnut, to keep myself awake. Well I banned soda from my diet and doughnuts are definetly a no-no. Well about 10 minutes into my drive I was feeling rather sleepy and I knew that for my safety and the safety of others that I needed to get something in my system. So what did I get? Oh yes, a Pepsi Max and a doughnut. I really didn't plan out my trip well enough and I need to find something else to stuff my face with on the way home. I was thinking some crunchy vegetables, maybe carrots or celery? And water of course, even though I do love my Pepsi Max. I might have to make a once a week exception on the soda, to ensure that I stay awake, I'm not sure yet. Now if you thought that was bad I'm not done! Yesterday I was home sick from work with a terrible migrane/dizzy spell. Well about 3 o'clock one of my friends asked me to tag along while she did some errands and I was in desperate need of some out of the house time so I obliged and tagged along. Since I didn't get up until 3 I really didn't have a breakfast or lunch. When I woke up I had a hard-boiled egg and piece of cheese and I was quite proud of myself for those selections. Well my friend and I ended up at her sisters art show where there were excellent munchies and treats. For the most part I maintained my urge to binge but I did have a cookie and a homemade eggroll ( <--most delicous thing ever!). We then proceeded to go back to her house to watch the "Sex and the City Movie" ( <--best movie ever!) and of course stopped at McDonald's on the way home. I got a 10 piece chicken nuggets with a diet coke. Ugh Ugh Ugh. What else do I say? And the worst part was that I wasn't even craving any of it and none of it really tasted that great, it's just the simple fact that it was there and it was easy, bleh. Well today is a new day, and it's going to be a great one! A friend from highschool is coming home and we're going out to eat but I know that if I cut everything in half I can come out of there w.o totally murdering my diet.

Wish me luck!

Breakfast:
-1 apple sausage
-1 peach yoplait yogurt: 100 calories
-1 glass 1% milk: 150 calories

Lunch:
-Lean Cuisine Chicken Ranch Club: 330 calories

Snack:

Dinner:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Purely Satisfied...

So until now, I forgot how satisfying it is to just be purely satisfied. I never truely realized how miserable it felt to be stuffed so full that if you tipped on your side you could roll down the street like a basketball. But that was me, everyday, every meal. I would eat and eat and eat until I felt like I could pop. Then I would go sit on the couch because it was too uncomfortable to move around. When it gets to the point where you can no longer 'suck in your tummy' and you have to just let it all hang out for the world to see, it pure embarassment. I am happy and truley proud to say that I haven't felt that full and bloated since Sunday. Now I know that 3 days doesn't seem like much but it is, it really is. It's a start and it's proof that I can do this, one step at a time. And heres a little something my co-worker shared with me reminding me that no matter what, to never ever take anything for granted.

Enjoy:

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible. Thank you, Lord , that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.
Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced.
Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

My President's Black

Yesterday was a relatively good day. I still need to get my butt in gear on the exercise but the eating is going well. It was a big test for me because my mom had the brilliant idea of going out for dinner. Usually I would be more than thrilled to overindulge in a huge pile of fried delicousness but it was the thing I was dreading the most after newly starting my weight loss journey. We went to a Mexican restaurant and I was oooh so tempted to get a huge burrito or a chimichanga. Instead I was proud of myself and opted for a fried chicken caesar salad with water instead of soda. The salad was delicious with lots of vegatables (even though I know the yummy avacado spiked up the calories). I did well and only ate half of the salad, just enough until I started to feel full, and kept the other half for breakfast this morning. The only thing I wish I would've done differently was look at the salad dressing packet before I put it on. After I put the dressing on my salad I glanced at the calorie content on the packet: 340! Oh my goodness, are you kidding me?! 340? These people must be out of their minds! Hopefully splitting the salad in half helped to reduce the calorie content significantly. Ugh.

Breakfast:
- 1/2 grilled chicken caesar salad (lettuce, avacado, asparagus, green olives)
- 1 glass 1% milk

Lunch:
- 1 Lean Cuisine Butternut Squash Meal: 350 calories
- 1 bottle Dasani Water: 0 calories

Snack:

Dinner:

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nothing tastes as good as it feels to be healthy

So yesterday was pretty good. I didn't overeat and luckily I didn't have the urge to. I didn't exercise though, like overeating, I didn't have the urge to. Haha I guess I don't get out of it that easily, huh? I know what I have to do I just get so lazy when I'm at home. It's so comforting to just curl up in a chair with my blanket and watch episodes of Friends. Really now, what is better than that? :-) I think I am going to just break down and join a gym. I know that is my only option. I have tried working out at home and it just doesn't work. It's too easy to just say no and go watch tv. If I have a specific place to go separate from the rest of my life where I can work out I know I will actually do it. I am thinking of joining the local YMCA. They are reasonably priced and pretty close to my house. And wouldn't you know that the day I start my diet my boyfriend (who is in awesome shape and just has the natural mega man-tabolism we all wish we had) called and told me that he's joining a gym to 'maintain his figure'. I wanted to laugh and cry all at once. If anyone needs to work on their 'figure' it's me. So I'm just going to take that as a sign from God to get off my fat behind and do something. I'm thinking of enrolling in a 6 week Bellydancing class and a 6 week fitness pole dance/strip tease class. I think they would both be loads of fun and I heard that they're both really good exercise. I'm not really sure but I'm going to do something very soon!

"Nothing tastes as good as it feels to be healthy"

Breakfast:
- 1 meatloaf muffin
- 1 strawberry yoplait yogurt: 100 calories
- 1 glass 1% milk: 100 calories

Lunch:
- Lean Cuisine Salisbury Steak w/ Mac & Cheese: 280 calories
- 1 can Welch's Apple Juice: 160 calories

Snack:
- 1 handful grapes
- 1 piece lowfat cheese
- 1/2 cup popcorn

Dinner:
- 2 glasses of water
- 1/2 grilled chicken caeser salad (lettuce, avacado, asparagus, green olives)
- 1 packet caeser dressing - 340 calories!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Journey of 100 Miles Begins With One Step...

So I haven't taken any pictures yet or even weighed myself, as I am still trying to find my scale. Seems I may have hid it sometime in my past so I never had to look at it again. Unfortunately now I need it and I may just succumb to buying a new one this afternoon. I figured I would start blogging what I ate today before it's the night and I forgot what I had earlier. I woke up late since I have off work today therefore I didn't really eat breakfast.

Lunch:
-Handful of grapes
- 1 Lean Cuisine Pesto Chicken Flatbread - 330 calories
- 1 glass 1% milk - 100 calories

Snack:
- 1 piece low-fat cheese

Dinner:
- 2 meatloaf muffins
- 1 yoplait yogurt
- 1 glass 1% milk

...Here I Come

So it's late and I'm about to go to bed but I felt the need to write quick about how I'm feeling about tomorrow since I officially start my diet and workout regimen then. I'm excited but also pretty nervous. I think it is more a fear of the unknown and just doubting myself on whether or not I can do it. I had my last meal tonight. It was pretty embarrassing and really made me realize that I not only want this but I also need it. My last meal was an order of Mozzarella Sticks and a Chocolate Malt. WOW. I'm not sure what else to say about that. I feel like burying my head in my hands and hiding. Thankfully, those types of meals are in the past. I will weight myself tomorrow before I eat anything and take some 'before' pictures to post. So hopefully with the help of this blog I can finally make this dream a reality. Tootles and Goodnight.


XoXo

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Let's Try This Again...

So I'm back and ready to redeem myself from the atrosity that was my previous post. So as I stated in my last post, I am here on a weight loss mission. One that will be accomplished, no if's and's or but's (although mine could use some help). Now a little about myself, I'll try not to bore you. I've been overweight my entire life and like everyone else I've tried many times and many different things to 'battle the bulge'. And obviously nothing has worked. As I wrote that post last night I realized what my problem really was: I'm lazy. Plain and simple. I mean for heaven's sake I couldn't even stay online long enough to write a decent blog. A task that merely asks that I sit on my fat behind and let my fingers do the talking (of course my beauty sleep was far more important). Which brings up another issue, I'm lazing my life away because being overweight sucks the energy out of your pores. I sit around all night, doing a little task here and a little task there but mostly my night consists of watching tv, taking a shower and eating dinner. Now don't get me wrong, that would be a wonderful relaxing evening on say maybe a Friday or Saturday night. But almost everynight?! I do spend a couple nights out with my boyfriend or a couple of my girls but if I'm not with them I'm on the couch with food. (Hmm I wonder how I got so overweight?) I'm only 20 years old and I plan to start living now. No more excuses. I need to not only do this for me but also for my loved ones. I've really started to realize how much my loved ones deserve an active, happy, outgoing Jenny. Not a fat, lazy excuse for a girl. I've started to see it the most with my boyfriend. He is the most amazing man that I've ever been blessed enough to know. We have a ton of fun, he makes me so happy and we're very much in love. He has clearly expressed that he could care less what my weight is but I still feel that I am being unfair to him as well as myself. He treats me like a princess and he deserves to have the 'smokin hot' girlfriend that you see in movies. So I'm going to sculpt a nice new body and an amazing new life. I will officially be starting January 19th, 2009 and hope to be 'maintaining' my new weight exactly one year from now. My next step is making goals and figuring out what my rewards I will get 'when' I achieve them (ha I'm trying to start off with a positive attitude). That'll be in a new post, probably tonight as my lunch break is over at work :-/ and I feel guilty already. The office ordered chinese for lunch and of course I caved and got some as well. Wow was it good though! I guess I better indulge while I have the chance right? (wrong, that's what got you looking like this you moron) Now if I could just listen to my head instead of my stomach. :-)


XoXo

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

To Begin

Well hello, this is going to be short and somewhat sweet :-). Basically I'm making this blog because I am ready to begin a new life, a new me. Yes, this is another weight loss blog but I promise you it will be worth looking at. By Christmas of next year I would like to be at least 80 lbs. lighter and I know that by keeping this blog it will keep me accountable to stick to it. When all is said and done I don't want my loved ones to say "wow she really changed her weight", I want them to say "wow she changed her life". And that's exactly what I plan to do. So toodles, goodnight and I promise there will be more to come. (Let me put an end to one of the lamest posts in blog history)

XoXo