Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Clear Liquid Diet = No Fun!

So all day yesterday I was on a clear liquid diet. No this isn't some kind of fad new diet. It was doctored ordered for a procedure I had this morning. Luckily everything looks good from the procedure and I'm back to eating regular foods. Yay!

Yesterday my diet consisted of apple juice, chicken broth, beef broth, orange jello, and lots of G2 Orange Gatorade. I think it will be a long time before I go near Orange Gatorade. I wasn't allowed anything red or purple. When I'm limited to things like jello and popsicles I want cherry or strawberry. No go on that though.

Of course at home yesterday I'm drooling over any commercial on tv that has food in it. I was hungry most of the day but it wasn't as bad as I thought about it would be. When the hunger got bad I would have some chicken broth. Even though it was only 30 calories it seemed enough to take the edge off. Thinking back on yesterday seeing that I can get by on very little calories makes it seem like eating a healthy diet day to day should be a piece of cake. Not that I would voluntary do a clear liquid diet again!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Change is Coming

With the new year comes New Years resolutions. I have never been been big on New Years resolutions. I am not really sure why but I have never really set a serious New Years resolution. This year is no different. My goal to lose weight and get healthier is still the same, nothing magically changed because it was January 1, 2011. Over the holidays though I did realize I need to step it up and make some changes. It really has hit me how close my wedding is. I'll be a Mrs. in 4 months 2 weeks and 2 days (not that I'm counting)!

Of course I want to be smaller and look amazing in my dress when I walk down the aisle. Also if I can not get the motivation together to lose weight for my wedding then when will I be able to?  So I need to change something to get real results. I am sick of the numbers on the scale yo-yoing every week. I am still contemplating what changes I need exactly. So far this is what I'm thinking.

1. I am sticking with the Weight Watchers plan and still logging all my food and exercise.

2. I will start going to Weight Watchers meetings again. I just need to figure out what day and time will work best for me.

3. I am going to take a month off from recording my weigh-ins on the blog. I don't want to keep saying on here that I am going to lose weight and then it not happening, or at least not happening consistently enough.  I feel like I need the next 4 weeks to prove it to myself that I can do this. I want to do it for myself and not because people are going to be able to see my weigh-ins. After a month though I will share my progress. Also right now I'm going into my craziest time at work. With work, wedding planning, working out, and Duke basketball season in full swing (seriously I love going to the games but it's time consuming) I do not want to commit to posting on any particular day of the week consistently.

4. I will work out a total of at least 5 days a week getting an hour of cardio in. I will work out a 6th day but that workout can be 30 minutes if needed (when I need to do lunch time workouts).

Monday, January 3, 2011

Slow Cooker Sunday (well Monday in this case)

I used my last day off from work today to come up with a game plan on how to take my weight loss to the next level. One thing I knew I needed to improve on were my lunches during the week. I found myself in a pattern of  bringing sandwiches to work and not being very full. In return I would snack too much in the afternoon.  I then would try to bring a Lean Cuisine in and have a small salad with it. Those would work but they are so full of sodium and preservatives that I don't want that to be a regular habit. Lean Cuisines are great to have on hand for last minute meals and backups.

I was looking through the Recipe Finder on when I came up with the idea to make a chili or stew today to take for my lunches this week.  I searched my Fix it and Forget it Lightly cookbook and found a recipe for a low fat beef stew.  It was super easy to make. All the work that was involved was browning the beef and cutting up carrots, onions, and potatoes.  I put all of that in my crock pot with low sodium fat free beef broth, Mrs. Dash, and a little bit of salt.  An added bonus was getting to smell it deliciousness for 6 hours today while it cooked.

I have some packed up for my lunch tomorrow and of course had to do a taste test. It was pretty good! It's also really hearty so I know it will be filling. I have decided for the winter I will make a different recipe every Sunday from my Fix it and Forget it Lightly to take for lunches.