Tuesday, January 26, 2010

So, after today, I will be only recording my exercise on my original blog, Life With the Carey Gang, on the sidebar towards the bottom.

I will probably be back to post on this blog again, but for now, I will stay on track that way...

see ya there!

55 min Tae Bo

Monday, January 25, 2010

This week I WILL do better!

Weigh - In: 140.5
Even though my weight is slightly up, my measurements were slightly down...

Had some good days and bad days last week, obviously.

This week I will do better!

3.2 miles 31:31
55 min Tae Bo

1165 calories/25g fat/ 70g protein
plus... 2 snickerdoodles (grrr)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Today was my day of rest from my standard workout, but those of you who know what a workout it is to get kids ready for church and out the door by 8:30 am, know what kind of a workout that is! :~D

Good day with my diet, until evening, that is. Noelle is to dang good of a cook!

1073 calories/34g fat/80g protein
Lemon squares
2 Snickerdoodles
(don't even want to think about how many cals those are!!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A breakthrough....

Today, for the first time since I pulled that silly little muscle, I ran more that 2 1/2 miles. I think that I had a phobia a little bit about pushing it farther...

Ran 3 miles 31:34

62 min Tae Bo

Total Exercise for the week:

5 hrs 43 min

It was also pointed out to me bya good friend that I haven't been eating enough protein....

So I am also going to keep track of that, too.

(Thank You, Laura - I feel much better tonight, and I ended up eating fewer calories!)

1090 calories/ 39g fat/91g protein

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Better Day!

Today I managed to stay on track...

Calories 1209 /18.2g fat


2 miles 19:23

48 min Tae Bo

It's feels great to get back to running again, even though it feels like I've run 6 miles when it's only been two. What a difference those extra pounds make, and not in a good way!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ok, so yesterday was a complete bust . . . again

I didn't exercise, and I ate a ton of homemade caramel popcorn. So now I have two goodies that I must stay away from: Brownines and the before-mentioned popcorn.

So I have decided to do what I know works -
In addition to exercise and journaling what I eat,
I will not have any sweet treats until I reach my goal. (130 lbs).

I say "sweet treats" because I don't feel the need to hunt down and throw out of my diet everything that has a little sugar in it.

I will just stay away from the items that are mostly sugar, that make my appetite for more go wild and crazy.

I am not one that can eat good stuff like that in moderation. It's a good thing that I like to exercise, because that has held off a lot of cellulite (but unfortunately not all of it!)

So, starting today, I will not eat those yummy goodies that I've mentioned, nor others like them, from now until I can shed the lbs.

Wish me luck!

2 miles 19:42
20 min Tae Bo

1297 calories/15.5g fat

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yummy Fajitas!

Yesterday I had the yummiest fajitas imaginable. I found the recipe on http://mykitchencafe.blogspot.com/2010/01/best-chicken-fajitas.html
. . . so if you are craving a good meal, it's one I would definitely give a try!

60 min Tae Bo

1463 calories /29g fat

Monday, January 18, 2010

Weigh In! 2 lbs Lost! And - #5!

Along with about an inch lost - collectively - off my ribs, upper arm, waist, abs, hips, and upper thigh, I managed to shed 2 pounds this week. I have to temper my exicetment though, because I realize that the first 2 lbs comes off the quickest for me. So, this week if I want to do a repeat of that, I'm going to have to buckle down and stick to the plan!


2 miles 20:05

63 min Tae Bo


Here is the last installment of Top (5) Skinny Foods For 2010
By Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

5. Shrimp Cocktail: At around 8 calories a piece, shrimp are a fabulous source of lean protein, which helps rev your metabolism and keeps you feeling full for hours. Next time you dine out, start your meal with a shrimp cocktail appetizer. When you're eating at home, dunk your shrimp in this could-not-be-easier cocktail sauce recipe: simply combine 1 tablespoon ketchup with 1 teaspoon bottled horseradish
from Joy’s Healthy Bite

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Eat THis and Stay Slim!

4. Fiery Chicken Salad: Adding a few dashes of fiery hot sauce to your food slows down your eating big time so you're less likely to eat past the point of fullness. For a simple lunch, whip up a chicken salad with diced chicken breast, 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayo, hot sauce to taste, and any diced veggies on hand. Serve over a bed of lettuce (and have a glass of water handy!).

Sundays are my Day of Rest from exercise

Calories eaten: 1028/26

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ok, a New Strategy Here...

I am finding that trying to post my entire menu that I ate for the day is too overwhelming.
Writing down everything I eat, and then having to type it up in a daily post it just too time consuming. Doesn't sound like that much, but it's becoming a burden that is causing me to not want to post at all, and so then I slack off!
Not the way I want it to go, so I will instead just post a daily number of calories/fat eaten, exercise, and maybe a recipe or weight loss article here and there.
I think this approach will get me back on track - and that's the whole point, right?

So, Friday and Saturday, I didn't keep track of what I ate, only my exercise

Friday's Exercise
Ran 2.6 miles - 27:27
60 min Tae Bo

Saturday's Exercise
Ran 1 mile - 9:44
62 min Tae Bo

Workout Time for the Week:

6 Hours 17 Min

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday: I Tanked Today... I WISH I Had Some Cucumber Tomato Salad on Hand!

. . . I started out the day OK, but my high-starch, sugary snack blew me off course. I don't even know my calorie/fat total for the day, but for sure I need to eat healthier tomorrow!

37 min Tae Bo

Protein Smoothie - 270/0
Corn puffs w/skim milk - 200/0
Polenta w/creamy tomato sauce - 252/9
Baked sweet potato fries - 150/2
Sweet & sour dip - 100/0
Fruit Smoothie - 160/0
Rice crispy treats ???/??

3. Cucumber Tomato Salad: Thanks to their high percentage of water (95%!), cucumbers are low-calorie, high volume, and top-notch for weight loss! Slice up one whole cucumber plus a medium tomato, then toss with light vinaigrette or unlimited vinegar (balsamic or red wine is delish) plus 1 teaspoon olive oil. The entire salad has only 125 calories!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Slimming Food #2, and Day Three. . .

2. Vegetable Soup: Studies have shown that just by starting a meal with a fiber-rich bowl of broth-based veggie soup, you can reduce your total calorie intake by 20 percent. That's because this "veggie first course" helps to fill you up, so you wind up eating less at the main meal.

I agree with this completely. One veggie soup that I love is Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, which at 145 calories and 4.5g fat per cup makes it the perfect dish to curb my appetite! And it is super delicious.

EXERCISE - 60 min upper body strengthing and toning

Protein Smoothie - 270/0
1 slice whole wheat bread - 90/1
2 kiwi fruits - 92/0
Polenta w/tomato cream sauce - 252/9
1 med orange - 65/0
Crispy Chicken - 310/12
1/2 cup peas 75/3
baked sweet potato fries - 100/1.5
fruit dip - 25/0
1279 Calories/26.5g Fat

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day Two, and "Top 5 Skinny Foods for 2010"

I found this article online and thought would use it in my weight loss efforts. Maybe it will be useful for you, too! (It originally had 6 foods, but the sixth "food" was Green Tea, and since I stay away from caffeinated products, I chose not to include it here).

By Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. - Posted on Wed, Jan 06, 2010
Joy’s Healthy Bite

If you're looking for creative (and delicious!) ways to enhance your weight loss efforts, here's a fresh collection of six slimming foods you should add to your repertoire. I'm a firm believer that dieting and losing weight doesn't mean you have to subsist on bland, boring cardboard. With that in mind, I've put together a list of strategic skinny eats, each of which has its own unique way of satisfying your taste buds while blunting your appetite. I encourage you to peruse my list and use these tasty bites to your advantage!

Here is the first "Skinny Food"
1. Pumpkin Pudding: Decadent, creamy pudding for less than 150 calories--and it helps you lose weight! Just combine a 6-ounce container of nonfat vanilla yogurt with ½ cup canned 100% pure pumpkin puree and a dash of cinnamon. The pumpkin bulks up the yogurt--already a protein-rich, nutrient-packed food--and adds a hefty dose of fiber. This winning combo of protein and fiber expands in your stomach, keeping you full long after you finish, so you're not looking for more munchies an hour later. (Yum!)

Come back here tomorrow for #2!

WORKOUT - 57 minutes toning and stretching

Day Two Menu
Protein Smoothie - 0/270
1/2 Granola Bar - 5g fat/105 cal
Baked Sweet Potato - 2g fat/150 cal
1 cup nonfat milk - 0/90 cal
Taco Salad - 13g fat/422 cal
Fruit Smoothie - 0/160

Totals - 20g fat/1197 calories

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day One of Week One - Exercise, Diet, and a Recipe For Roasted Butternut Squash Soup!

Here on this blog, I am going to record EVERYthing that I eat. I promise! I may cheat at what I eat from time to time, but I will always record it all to keep myself accountable. I will also record the time I spend on exercise and what I do. My weekly weigh-ins are an important part of the process, so I will record them as well.

And, if I have a low-fat, low cal recipe that I especially enjoy, I will share it here, too!

Weight - 142

64 minutes of Tae Bo, using 2 lb hand weights and 1.5 lb leg weights for the main part of the workout. And when I way the "main part" I am talking about 40-50 minutes of my workout, which excludes the warm up and cool down time.

16 OZ Fruit Protein Smoothie
0 fat, 270 calories
veggie sticks - 25 calories
1/2 T ranch - 3g fat, 30 cal
1 cup Roasted Butternut Sq Soup
4.5g fat, 145 cal
1 slice WW bread
1.5 fat, 110 cal
8 oz fruit smoothie
80 cal
3/4 c spaghetti sauce
4g fat, 185 cal
2 oz. ww noodles
1g fat, 190 cal
2T grated parmesan cheese
2.5g fat, 36 cal
16 oz fruit smoothie
160 cal
5g fat, 250 cal

Totals - 21.5g fat, 1481 calories

1 three pound butternut squash
1 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 C chopped carros
1 bay leaf
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
1 Granny Smith apple - peeled, cored, cubed
2 C apple cider
2 quarts chicken stock
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 T brown sugar

Put squash in the oven at 350 and bake until soft. Let cool, then peel & remove seeds. Cut into chucks and put back into the oven to roast until very tender.

Combine olive oil, onion, celery, and carrots in pot and saute until soft. Combine remianing ingredients (except for evaporated milk and brown sugar) in crock pot and cook on high until apple and squash are very soft. Puree with immersion blender and then add evaporated mild and brown sugar to taste.

Yield: 16 one-cup servings
4.5g fat
5.6g protein
145 calories
I put individual servings into small freezer bags and thaw them when I'm ready for lunch or a snack
Recipe Courtesy of SparkPeople.com)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why The Heck Am I Doing This Blog?

Early in the morning, on the first day of the kids going back to school this past fall, I was running and pulled a muscle on the backside of my groin area.
Yeah. Ouch.

(This is not me, by the way...)

A few days earlier, I had been doing some stretching that was beyond what my 45-year-old body could and should be able to handle. I felt just a tiny pop in "that" spot, but it didn't hurt, and I didn't think anything of it. Just kept up my normal routine for the next few days, jogging and stretching and Tae Bo. But on that Tuesday after Labor Day, about 2.5 miles into my planned long-run of 8 miles, I felt IT. I pushed on to the end of my lap, then called it a day.

I was limping around in pain that morning, trying to get Tanner ready for his first day of Kindergarten, and by the time we got back from the 2ish-hour-long orientation, I was done.

I had my hubby go and get some crutches for me.

I knew that I needed to just go easy on it so that it would heal quicker and without further damage.

And a couple of weeks later, just as I was thinking I could go out and run again, my naked big toe had an encounter with the razor-sharp edge of a step-stone just outside our back door. Didn't do any real damage, just sliced through the thick skin on the end, but it did stop me from trying to run.

And a few weeks after that, I kicked the bench at the kitchen table, my littlest toe taking all the impact. Again, just an annoying injury, but enough to keep me from my workouts again.
In the meantime, I was reversing all the physical progress I had made over the previous six months or so. By the end of September, I had gained back 8 pounds. I started working out again, doing Tae Bo barefoot in my basement, because the pressure of my athletic shoe hurt my baby toe. So the weight gain slowed.

I "only" gained 2 more over Halloween, and another 2 over Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years. What was I blessed to learn through this experience?

That if you consume more calories that you burn, you gain.

That's a "duh" lesson, I know, but it was vastly proven to me by my quick weight gain. It also showed me that I have not been eating properly.
And that weight loss is 20% exercise, and 80% what you Eat.

So, I am starting this blog, as a kind of kick-in-the-pants to get myself motivated to eat right. I'm going to record everything that I eat, how I exercise, and maybe a few tips and recipes that I learn along the way. I've had a version of this on my sidebar on my original blog since March 2009.
So come back here if you what to cheer me on, or jeer at me and kick my butt back into business if I go off track!