Sunday, January 31, 2010


This morning I hit the mall with Sarah and her sweet mom, Linda. We did an hour, and a few laps in I was in pain. Yeah, how sad does that sound. Well I started getting a "dull" but painful pain on the middle of the outside of my right foot, and my heel. Thankfully the heel went away, but I kept feeling the outside, and when I stopped, and got in the car, boy did I feel it. I took my shoe off, and utilized the T-reg's cruise control (and hoped I didnt have stinkly (sweaty) feet! When I got home, I felt like a 92 yr old, and hobbled in. :)

So, while I LOVE the mall walking (umm cheapest trip to the mall... in forever! HOLLER)... I now know that sticking to the elliptical is probably my best bet for now. Now, you worriers out there, I have been to the Foot Doc, about my foot pain. A few years back, I had a hair line fracture which was more on the interior (near my toes) But I am attributing this to my foot being wide. Yes I did buy Asics which are wide width, but apparently I either have a fatty wide, or I am walking funny.

So -- we put our hour in, and we both kind of lost track, but I am thinking maybe 10 for sure, but maybe more like 12 laps. My guesstimation is about 3 miles? I figure this based off the track I walk at (my old middle school HOLLER! and suuuuper close to my casa). 4 times around = mile, and with the mall its about the same, when you include cutting down by Von Maur. So, GO US.

Once I got home, I finally sat down and ordered my supplements (which I have been meaning to do since I ran out in... (embarassment) NoVEMBER. I really like Swanson Vitamins. They have GREAT prices, and quick delivery. If you look online there are normally coupon codes for free shipping. Here is what I ordered:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Fat Burner

Chromium Picolinate


Multi Vitamin Energy Plus For Women


Folic Acid

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Gymnema Sylvestre Leaf

All of this, including expidited shipping for: $63.29! Some of the items are under their bonus sale, which includes an additional FREE!

Well.. this has gotten a bit wordy. Hey imagine if I had waited until the end of the day to blog... omg... its only 11:30 AM!!!!!!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Meal Planning

So, I've decided to search out healthy recipes. I was at the library and found a great low fat cook book, with nutritional info, holler! I also perused the world wide web for recipes too, here's what I plan for the week. You'll notice some have larger servings than, umm 2. Well fear not, this girl will eat left overs. :)

I plan to make this a weekly habit, make a meal plan (dinners) and adhere to the recipes! Here are some I found!


Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Salad

3/4 Cup fat free Sour Cream
3/4 Cup fat free mayo
1/3 Cup Sugar (or Splenda -- but that's not good for you!)
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 3 1/4 ounce) container of imitation bacon (Bacon Bits)

1 quart cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 Medium Heads cut into bite size pieces

To make the dressing, mix together the sour cream, mayo, sugar, liquid smoke and bacon bits, until well blended.

Gently toss the dressing with the tomatoes an lettuce.

Keep chilled until ready to serve.
*If you prefer a thinner dressing add 1/4 cup skim milk.
*Don't put dressing on salad until you are ready to serve!

Yield 10 servings

Calories: 110, Fat 3g, Carb 15 g, Fiber 3g, Protein 7g

Easy Beef Gyros

1 lb lean ground beef
8 small pita pocket bread (4-inch diameter) , cut in half, warmed
4 plum tomatoes, cut into thin slices

2/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
1/3 cup cucumber, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients, mixing well. Cover and refrigerate.
2. Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef with the seasoning ingredients, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
4. Divide the beef mixture into 16 equal portions and shape into 2-inches diameter patties.
5. Place the patties on a rack in the broiler pan.
6. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes (or until no longer pink) or on the grill over medium heat.
7. To serve, place equal amounts of beef and tomato slices in each pita bread half, and top with the yogurt sauce.

Servings: 8

Nutritional information for one serving:
Calories: 198
Calories from fat: 57
Total fat: 6.4g
Cholesterol: 38mg
Total carbs: 19g
Fiber: 1.1g
Protein: 15.3g
WW points: 4

Salsa & Cheese Casserole

1/2 cup chunky salsa, mild or medium, drained
3/4 cup egg substitute, equal to 3 eggs
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup evaporated skim milk
6 oz. (1 1/2 cups) shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
2 oz. (1/2 cup) shredded Monterrey jack cheese
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce

recipe directions
Spray an 8 or 9 inch glass pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine eggs, milk, and flour in a bowl. Beat well until smooth. Combine cheeses in another bowl and reserve 1/2 cup for topping. Stir remaining cheese into the milk mixture.

Spoon a small amount of drained salsa on bottom of pie pan and spread around. Ladle half of the cheese and milk mixture over salsa. Spoon remaining salsa over this layer then top with remaining cheese-milk mixture. Carefully top with the tomato sauce. Bake at 350* for 30 to 35 minutes, until set and puffy. Top with reserved cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes till melted. Serve with salsa, if desired.

Calories 202, Fat 6, Fiber 0.5 Protein 15, WW 4

Southwest Chicken Soup

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces.
1.5 quarts of water
6 chicken bullion cubes
1 cup salsa
1/2 box of Spanish Rice

In a large pot, mix ingredients, bring to a boil. Boil 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, serve hot.

Calories: 110; Fat 4g, Carb 10g, Fiber 0, Protein 13g.

Yields 9, 1 cup servings


Italian Turkey Meatballs

1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg, beaten (or equivalent of egg beaters)
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1. Mix all the ingredients together and shape into 30 meatballs.
2. Lightly spray a nonstick pan with vegetable oil.
3. Cook the meatballs for about 5-6 minutes (or until cooked through and nicely browned on the outside).

Servings: 6 (5 meatballs)

Nutritional information for one serving:
Calories: 166
Calories from fat: 68
Total fat: 7.6g
Cholesterol: 94mg
Total carbs: 8g
Fiber: 0.7g
Protein: 15.7g

I plan to serve this with whole wheat spaghetti and a healthy sauce which is TBD!


4 tablespoons sliced green onion
1 tablespoon chopped or minced garlic
olive oil spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound peeled raw shrimp, medium
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

recipe directions
In wok, over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil spray 1-2 minutes, adding oil half way through. Add shrimp and stir just until pink. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper when shrimp are done, or sooner if becomes dry while cooking. Cook until juice is warm. Serve alone or with rice or pasta.

Calories 159, Fat 5, Fiber 0, Protein 23, WW Points 4

Lastly - I am leaving you with this FABULOUS website I found. Click here

Friday, January 29, 2010


Yeah baby, 9.2 lbs in one week! I am super proud of myself. I think it will only get better from here too!! So, I have decided (per Jons suggestion) to treat myself to something special when I hit goal benchmarks. So...

25 pounds lost

50 pounds lost
Massage, New shoes

75 pounds lost

My Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 I have been DREAMING about... no replica's here sisters!

100 pounds lost

Designer Sunglasses, some Chanel's perhaps? Exact style TBD -- gotta be with the "in trends!"

135 pounds lost

I am hoping for a nice vacation = pre kids. One last hurrah!

Once I reach this, I will be happy. :) However, who knows maybe then I will want to go lower!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Can you hear me squeeling?!?!

Yeah, it was a good day! :)

I have been consumed this week. Haha... as details ;)

I have had an exceptional sales week. I also have a handle on tomorrow too. I am pretty amped. Healthy wise. I had 1024 calories, got all my water in, and was perfect on protien! I got a work out in, got love the elliptical.

Now, Friday I am excited for. It's my first weigh in, I really "feel" like I have lost. I am anxious to find out. I havent cheated..!

Ok -- well I have an early Friday morning! My weigh in is 6:30-7:50, which means I need to be up and at it. I would like to work out before, but I KNOW that just isnt happening. Well who knows, maybe a miracle would happen but... I am not counting on it!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Where do I buy time?

Please let me know, I would be happy to pay a mint fee. :)

I think this is why I am a phatty. No joke. I would eat quick fast food meals, or go out. Crazy as it sounds, my stomach does feel "looser". I feel better too.

So Jon found a cool app on his droid, so he is tracking now too! Kinda neato.

Today was interesting for me. I had a networking luncheon, which was my very first (ever!) and I was HOPING they'd have a healthy option. Thankfully they did, salad, cooked broccoli, and sliced beef. Now, I didnt have my scale, and I didnt ask (or shall I say demand) the calorie content --- but I made a good educated selection on the ounces I took.

Thats one thing I need to check with TD on, lets face it I am balsy... but not that ballsy.

Ok. Well ending on a good day. Hopefully tomorrow will be even better. :)


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I need about 3 more hours in the day, hell I'd be thrilled with ONE.

It's 10:47, as I type. I just finished editing photos for a client, I have to hit the elliptical (just to get back at it in the morning... errr 6am. Ugh.)

I have so much going on, and so much I want and need to accomplish. I am frusterated because I AM busy. Making a healthy lunch dinner ect and counting the calories is easy, because it takes just a few minutes here and there.

Sarah mentioned that she hit the mall on her lunch hour. What a novel idea, I might do this when I can get near one on my lunch. I normally work thru my lunch being the workaholic I am. Seriously --- admitting I am a workaholic isnt easy.

Well. Thats enough I NEED to hit the gym.

Oh on a positive note, I was at 1300 calories and like 30g of fiber and 8 glasses of water today. yeah... something is going right atleast.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Good day mate!

Today was a good day.

I couldnt get "in" to work until 10:30, so I got to sleep in (ha 8am!) which I promptly had a date with the new elliptical. I have these preset programs based off of what I want to do. So, I did todays program --- 20 minutes, and I went at it hard. I was a hot mess. But it felt great.

Today I received my ummm broad and generious (IMO) calorie range. Which is 1000-1700. I like to stick in the 1300-1500 range, which is what I will shoot for. Of course my daily requirement is at least 30 minutes of measureable exercise. So, like this morning, I did 1865 steps, on level 4. So tomorrow, I would need to do at LEAST one step better, I want to obviously set the bar higher! I also need to have at least 8, 8oz glasses of water daily, and 25-40g of fiber.

Well, I need to finish up some emails and get some ab work for my last 10 min of excercise in for the day!

Happy living. Healthy living.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekly Photo

Weekends are rough for me. Especially the busy ones. Ugh.

I love weekdays because I can make my lunch, and come home and make dinner. :) While I love the weekends -- weekdays are my healthy friend!

So -- part of my plan on this is to take a weekly photo, to view my progress. Let me say, when I loaded this up-- my UN POSED, UN SUCKED In, UN EDITED (yah this includes color correction and red eye! -- hey thats tough for a photog!) photo I was disgusted. So dont laugh :)

Well I am off... early morning work out awaits!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


My good friend Sarah told me about the FAST Diet. The funny thing it isnt really a diet, its healthy living. Anyways, Thursday evening was the first meeting, more of an informational meeting, what to do and what have you. Yesterday was the first day of "tracking" and let me tell you, its SCARY! Scary but good.

Yesterday was insane for me. I had two photosessions, had some work to get in as well. I started my morning with a bowl of Oatmeal, ps I learned not to microwave for 2 min, the package said 1-2 min and I now know 1:30 is perfect. :) Anyways 1/4 of it bubbled over.

Come 5:15, I got home and I sat down and realized I was starving! Now I didnt want to stay in, I felt like going out so the mission was to find somewhere healthy but not a salad (I had those for lunch this week!) So I found a great meal option at Olive Garden, and they had a 55 min wait. I was hungry! So we decided to do Mimi's -- I had found some decent options there too. So, by the time I got everything tallied up... the dinner was 1040 calories. Sounds nuts huh. Thankfully, I had just had oatmeal for breakfast! So, here is how it broke down -- 1/2 turkey sandwich 336 calories. Salad w/ no fat basalmic vinergarette 173 calories, the rest is the 1/2 of a roll and 1/2 carrot bread w/ 3 tsp butter, and pineapple! CRAZY.

So lesson of today -- look at your calories. You will learn a lot.