Saturday, January 31, 2015

Got My Ish Together!!!

Wow I can honestly say that this week has been a really good week.

I joined in on an accountability, Get Your 'Ish Together Facebook group with Nanci and Caitlyn and it was the best group I have ever been apart of. We had challenges, such as water intake, which was hard but fun all at the same time. Each day, Monday-Friday we had ounces were were to drink, one of which was drink your weight. The water intake part for me was very eye opening. I thought for sure, I drank a lot of water, but I really didn't. While I wont be drinking my weight in water every day, I am really shoot for that 100-120 ounces of water a day.

I felt great. We also took part in receiving points for a prize at the end. Our points were given from posting a video, updating throughout the day, food pics and selfies. It was so great to interact with other ladies throughout the day, see what everyone was eating, etc. Sounds like my Instagram feed, but this was just such more personal. We weren't eating carrots and lettuce every day but real food and we vented about our day, or troubles we encounter. I, seriously wish the group could go on forever. I set a small goal for the week to get my water intake in, which I did and work out either in the gym or running 3-4 days of the challenge.

I actually ran 3 days this week. 3 days!!! I know small potatoes from what I had done before, but it has been a really long time since I have gotten some runs in fully in a week. I ran Monday 3 miles, Wednesday 4, and yesterday, before work, hello BIG WIN, 1.56 miles. Not much for the week, but what a difference it made for me!!

I really have been struggling since the marathon to get my groove back per say. Not just running, but in eating and life in general. It has been such an adjustment to go from being so involved in something for 6 months, I am fully dedicated and devoted to no longer having anything. I don't have any big races or anything going on this year. I have some half's I want to do and I want to run a sub 5k, but no forth set goals, except 1000 miles in 2015. So my motivation and drive and routine has been off.

I love structure and with training for something for 6 months non stop and then beginning running the last 3 years and training for all kinds of things, to not, it is a huge for me. So I have realized though, through this week, is that I may not be training for a race or anything, BUT I am training to be better, faster, stronger ME.

I am training to be a Bad-Ass!! So while yes, I don't have any big goal for the time being, doesn't mean I just cant get out there, fall in love with just the run again and make a routine and just have fun with because the beauty of the training for me, the finish line is never there, I can always push it a little further.

And besides my water intake this week and running, my food has been really great too. The Facebook group really helped a lot and got me right back on track. Except for last night, I did have a little cheat meal with some chips with Chipotle and Brookside Chocolate Covered Clusters ( I knew I shouldn't have bought them). But hey, I owned up too and today I got right back to it and it was just that, a cheat meal and not a cheat week, day, etc.

I am so pleasantly surprised this week and it has light the fire I needed!!

Hope everyone had a great one too!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baked Chicken Parm and Zoodles

I really need to go grocery shopping, but I am truly trying to use everything in our fridge and freezer before I have to go on Sunday. And I am trying to only have us eat out once this weekend, which might be either Friday or Saturday. And I am really trying to do some more cooking like I used too. Being at the WW meeting yesterday, really put a fire under me.

But the cooking fueled on Monday. We had some thin sliced, boneless chicken breasts. Usually I just bake them or put them in a skillet. I had one packet left of Shake and Bake original coating also. So I came up with making a baked chicken parm.




I took the chicken and coated with the shake and bake. Baked it as directed. Then just before taking it out, used 1 tablespoon of light Ragu Pasta Sauce and then topped with 1 tablespoon of mozzerella cheese and baked it until bubbly and melted.

Then came my "pasta"!! I used my favorite Veggetti







And there was my pasta side.

This was one of the easiest meals I have ever made and I am so proud of how creative it was. The zoodles were great, I even used it for left overs and used yellow squash and still came out great. The chicken was juicy and tender and so much better and lower in calories than regular chicken parm.

Cooking lighter is easy, just get a little creative and you can create all your old favorites again!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My 4 Year Lifestyle Change Anniversary...

Okay so if you haven't downloaded the app, TimeHop, do yourself a favor and download it. If you are a social media Queen, self proclaimed I may add, like me, then it really is quite amazing. Every day it sends notifications of posts, pictures, tweets, Instagrams I have done of the years, I mean sometimes it goes back to 6 or 7 years ago. I tell ya, Technology.

The best part was the one I got today...


This gave me chills...because to this day, I remember that meeting, that first weigh in, the feelings, the emotions, what I ate and how I felt afterwords. I remember, I didn't even tell James until after I weighed in and joined. He smiled and said okay. I remember getting on that scale and seeing that number of 234 and not realizing how I let it all kind of get out of control. Now I was not an excessive eater, I didn't hide food, I wasn't ashamed of food or fear it, I was just lost in it.

I didn't eat food to fulfill my emotions. Okay, maybe that was a lie. Growing up, food was everywhere and never healthy. My mom would buy we anything and everything I wanted at the grocery store, if I wanted the most sugar infused cereal, I would get it, the juice, candy, etc. My dad and grandparents did the same thing. Just to make me happy. And I loved them for that, but I never realized how it was damaging me and maybe they didn't either. Making some happy and love, truly blinds you. So growing up, I guess you can say I associated food with happiness, joy and I guess getting what I wanted.

That phased out and then portion control came in. I don't think I had an off switch, when it came to certain foods. Now I can say no at meals, or drinks, BUT snacks, yeah...that was my weakness. I could eat a whole bag of chips and salsa and not feel a bit sorry. I loved anything and everything sweet and salty. Portions were not a discussion and I never even knew what a serving size was on foods. You know those frozen meals you can make it skillet, they serve almost 4 people, I could do the whole bag.

But I wasn't sad, or depressed or angry. I was just lost. I was lost in sea of food, bad choices and portion control. I would try you know by ordering the Whole Wheat Pretzel...with the cheese dip. Or the Fast food...with the Diet Coke. Or the cookies, lots of them...with the Fat Free Milk. I would justify one with the other. Not seeing what was cleary wrong. I would order the salad...the one drenched in dressing, croutons, etc..BUT I had lettuce and tomato with it. I would order the Turkey burger....with cheese and a mound of fries.

I was lost....

Then I just had enough. I noticed, I just wasn't feeling like me, even though I didn't know what "me" felt like. I needed to find a way to find who I was, who I was meant to be. Like I posted, I loved everything, but I needed to LOVE ME! So I joined WW and it has been a crazy 4 years.

4 years I have been committed and dedicated and driven to change my life for the better, find myself and not be lost anymore. 4 years is a long time and I have never given up, some people don't stay with the same job or the same person for that long of a time...

I am not going to post a picture of my before and after because honestly I have showed so many of those over these years and I have a ways to go, so it is always evolving. But in these 4 years, I can honestly say, I found me.

I found out, I really do like veggies and not just veggies dripped in ranch or blue cheese, I love all kinds of veggies actually now and fruit. I love it fresh and cut up. I love to measure it out with hummus and other low calorie dips. I love Powdered Peanut Butter. I love water. Yup, that's a big one for me. I love chicken and pork and lean meat, turkey meat, and fish. Another big one, I eat fish now.

I love to cook and find better options. I enjoy food now even more then before because I understand it fuels me and makes me better, not just happy, but it adds to my life. I take my coffee with splenda and skim milk, it doesn't have a pool of sugar on the bottom anymore. I never go and get a pretzel and cheese dip, yeah not for me. I eat things like Kale, and Quiona and make Protein Shakes and LOVE IT.

I respect food now and I make good choices when I go out to dinner. I get dressing on the side and dip it with my fork. I get water at every meal. I look for the best, and healthiest  item and I ask nicely to the waiter or waitress to modify for me. I look at serving sizes and measure my food and sometimes drinks out to get it right. Yes, I measure my wine, at times :0)

I have changed my taste buds and am willing to try new things. But here is the thing too...

I have mistakes and I get the chocolate cake, or the pizza, or the chips and salsa. I treat myself and reward myself, BUT I DON'T DO IT ALL THE TIME.

I allow myself to let go, once and awhile, I have fun and I enjoy, but I know the second I do, the next meal or day, I am right back to where I was. I crave the apples, and tuna (without mayo, that was a big one) and the salad, etc. I want it in my body because now those foods, make me feel good.

I don't beat myself up or feel guilty. Sure, times I feel regret for that pizza, like this weekend, but I know I wont turn back. I don't want to be like that again. See, I didn't say that girl, I have always been the same girl, just enhanced a bit more, I don't want those choices, I don't want to feel the way I did. I love waking up and feeling better, looking in the mirror and seeing changes, changes that the scale cant give me.

In 4 years, I have taken up running, I think you heard I ran a marathon, you know 26.2 miles!! Hahaha..well I would NEVER have thought to do that before. Now 13 miles seems like a walk in the park. I don't think 20 ever will haha. But now it is part of my vocabulary. Coming home from work, I can't wait to get my running shoes, feel the pavement, have the release. Before I couldn't wait to have a snack and take a nap.

I mean, I still do now, but after a good work out or run!

While I won't be with Weight Watchers forever, I will carry what I have learned with them for the rest of my life. I will constantly remember how it changed my life and opened the doors for me. Yes, I did this all my own and I did it all for me, just like with running, but the guidance and support came from all of them. I am not sure what I want to do next, but I know I am never going back. My life is healthy, I am happy and I will continue to grow and loose the weight. I am determined and driven and seeing how far I have come in 4 years, I know I will get to my ultimate goal!! I was a girl who wore a size 22-6, close to 70 pounds lost remains off of me in 4 years, I fall back down and get back up, I stand tall, I run and I am stronger and better than ever before.

My life has completely changed in 4 years. I didn't know what to expect or how it was all going to play out. I never thought I would have a blog or meet the people I know. I never thought I would inspire others to do the same. I never thought I would love to be active and healthy. I never knew who I truly was. Underneath it all, here I was waiting....

I am no longer lost...But found.


Frosty Vox Box Review from Influenster




















I received the Frosty Vox Box for free through Influenster to taste products and give feedback.

When I received the Frosty Vox Box, I was extremely excited to try all the awesome goodies. The Eco Style hair brush, Rimmel Eye remover and Scandalous eye liner, No7 hair serum, Celestial Tea, McCormick Thyme seasoning and Fruit Vines.

Probably my favorite item out of the whole box was the Fruit Vines, they are delicious. Once I saw them in the box, I knew I was in trouble. The tea was my second favorite because I love the candy cane flavor and this was received right around the holidays, perfect!!

The EcoTools Style brush was new too me and I have short and curly hair and was so impressed. When styling my hair straight, it left it silky and no frizzy, which living in Florida is a plus. The No7 hair serum, I was not impressed with mainly because it is not something I use often on my hair.

The Rimmel products were nice, the scandalous eye liner was a dark black and I could make my eyes, casual or smoky, BUT the make up remover, while it was gentle, it did not take off my make up on my eyes at all. It always left the eye liner, especially the Scandalous one.

The Thyme is a staple in my household cupboard from now on. So easy to use to just add a bit more flavor to meat, chicken or veggies.

Overall, this was really fun box. Tons of different products and a little bit of everything. It helped great through the stresses of the holidays. You can try these products for yourself, I have pinned them to my Pinterest account here

Monday, January 26, 2015

I am NOT 21 Anymore...



Happy Monday!!! And I am off and running to a great start this Monday. But man oh man did I have a rough day yesterday. I was excited that it was Monday, so I could start fresh and new.

I'll back it up a bit...

Saturday night James and I both got out at a decent time from work and decided to do something fun for the night. We both were going to be off on Sunday, so it would be perfect to go and just unwind and chill out and let loose a bit. We ended up going bowling, which was such an awesome date night.

We had a freaking blast!!!







I made a comeback!!



Hoping for a strike....



And got it!!!



We BOTH did back to back!!



And I kicked his butt again..


It was all because of the pink ball!!



Even though he lost, I'm gonna keep him..

After a fun 4 rounds of bowling, James's friend Rich came and met up with us. We were enjoying pitchers of beer and the Miller Lite was tasting like heaven to me. I don't know if it was the atmosphere or really the beer, but it was going down like water and tasted great. We were hungry and didn't order dinner, so we got food, which was surprisly good. I got a grilled chicken sandwich and James got tenders and fries. I munched a couple ;0)

Once we were a bit tired out from bowling, we figured the night was young and went downtown with his friend. Well, this little lady, rarely goes out or stays up pretty late, but we were having a great time and truly did not want the night to end. We ended up at a couple of bars downtown, more beer and then the boys introduced some shots. See shots always seem like a great time at the time, but ugghhh.



Before leaving and heading home and got pizza at probably one of the greatest pizza places in St. Pete, Fortunatos. OMG such good pizza and even though being drunk, yes, I can say I was drunk, anything really taste good, but the pizza was on point. Now, remember too, I do not eat or drink like this ever, so my body was in for a shock.

And boy did I get it..

Yesterday, I woke up with first the biggest headache of my life. I mean literally I felt like some cut my head right open and then well you can guess it...
Everything I ate and drank, well came right back to haunt me..
NUMEROUS TIMES!!

It was horrible and I felt horrible, looked horrible, just HORRIBLE.

Thankfully, I was off and James took care of me all day. He never gets sick from drinking, damn him. I went pretty hard on Saturday  night and shocked the hell out of my system and this seriously is a ONE time of year event. I never get crazy, or drink or eat like that in one night and this is why...
I am not 21 anymore lol.

I can not handle those drinks and shots and food. Back when I was 21 I could and felt okay and I had no problem the next morning and I would probably make even more bad choices, but yesterday, ughhh. I couldn't even keep down water at one point.

I spent the day, completely and without a doubt hungover. BUT you know what, I had an amazing time out with James and his friend. We really had so much fun, it was really nice to just let loose, not care about anything and go a little crazy, but mainly together.

BUT next time, yeah I am sticking to what I know.

The funny thing is how much you realize you have changed. I mean I used to eat and drink and all of that up until 4 years ago. And I had no problem with it. The next day, I would be hurting a bit, but I would just lay around, probably order some burger and fries to soak it all back up and party hard again. Yesterday, first I was like the walking dead, and I was mad that I felt so bad and couldn't run, or the idea of eating fruit or veggies, made me gag. I was upset that I wasted the whole day away, when actually it was so nice to do nothing, despite the feeling of hell.

I am glad I am on the path I am on. BUT I am also glad that I can reflect back on how far I have come and EVEN more glad, that I can have nights like this and bounce back the following, following day and be right where I was, with lots of water and healthy living.


And I am glad he is along for the ride.

So today, I started back with my breakfast and lunch...



AND



Even though my stomach was feeling a bit wacky!!

So lesson learned, I am NOT 21 anymore, I am glad I am not, BUT respect and happy, I can still have a good time like no other, just no more praying to the porcelain God lol


Friday, January 23, 2015

Cheese-Filled Mini Meatloves By Hungry Girl

Okay, so I couldn't wait to post this recipe about the meat loves I made for dinner tonight. They smell and look so good and I have about 15 minutes before I have to get ready for work, so here ya go!

I got this recipe from Hungry Girl off the Weight Watchers website. I searched mini meat loaves and this one was the best one. Each one comes to 3pp each. I am having two for 7pp. Instead of the of the chopped onion and mushrooms, like it is called for, I used mixed veggies because it is what I had in our freezer..

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups finely chopped mushrooms
1 1/2 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef ( 4% far or less )
3/4 cup fat free liquid egg substitute
3/4 cup of quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup of ketchup
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 sticks light string cheese, cut into 4 pieces

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with non stick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion and mushrooms until softened, 5-7 minutes. I used mixed veggies and just cooked them in the microwave to get them soft.
Transfer veggies into a large bowl, and bolt away excess moisture. Add all remaining ingredients except string cheese. Mix thoroughly with your hands.
Evenly distribute meat mixture among the muffin cups. Press a piece of string cheese into the center of each cup, and enclose it within the meat mixture. Bake until firm with lightly browned edges, 20-25 minutes.



I will drizzle with some ketchup because that's how I eat my meat loaf.



I paired it with a simple macaroni and cheese mixed with light butter and fat free milk. The beauty of this recipe is you can use turkey meat, veggies, how ever you want and they make plenty of leftovers!!

Dig in and enjoy!

Celebrating Small Victories

Happy Friday!!!!

While I have to work this weekend, I do have Sunday off, I am totally okay with it, after the awesome days off I just had. Plus, I have a lot planned for my day off on Sunday, such as housework, running, reading and laundry and I am so okay with that because I truly have had a great couple of days.

Today, was a rest day for me, one because I am sore from my awesome work out yesterday and my skin is still on fire from the sun burn. But I am not just laying around, I have our dinner tonight already done. See, James and I both close tonight, so we don't get home from work until 930. I know, crazy to eat that late at night, but it's what we have to do and our bodies are both used to it.

Now, normally we would order Chipotle or something else, quick and easy. Chipotle isn't bad at all, especially how I order mine, but buying food can add up and considering we had two dates in a row, we need to scale back a bit.

Now, here is where my good friend Nanci, posted the other day about celebrating small victories and I was inspired. I think celebrating the small stuff, adds up to the big stuff and me prepping dinner for tonight is small BUT it is big for us, especially on a weekend.

I decided to make our dinner now before I have to go to work, so all we have to do is make our salad and eat up our dinner.

I made mini meat loves, with macaroni and cheese and a steamed veggie. We will pair it with a salad, we can throw together last minute. The meat loves are in muffin cups and it took less than 15 minutes to put together. I will post the recipe tomorrow, I promise. And well the macaroni and cheese is from the box, but hey moderation AND I measured out my serving size.

AND, I had another small victory. Last night at Happy Hour, I ordered only 2 drinks and just munched on 3 pieces of the little pizza we got, it was a true mini size. I didn't order anything else and even though we were eating early, usually I would get home and eat something later on. BUT I kept myself busy, I drank my water, didn't have anything else and had a small bowl of strawberries for dessert!!!

Two small victories back to back. Celebrate those little moments, those little changes and take pride in it. YOU DESERVE TO CELEBRATE THOSE LITTLE MOMENTS!!

And make sure to take a look at Nanci's post on celebrating small victories. She had some really great ones, that I will be using too for the upcoming week!

Have a great weekend!