Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 14 of 30

Today's Tip:
If you are struggling with not feeling full when you finish a meal (because you are observing proper portions) try drinking a full glass of water a few minutes before sitting down to eat. The extra water will not only help you meet your water consumption for the day but should fill up your belly enought that when you add your meal into there you feel more full.

Today's Foodie Tip:
Try a sweet potato. Sweet potatos are much more healthy for you than your regular russet or white potatoes. You can bake them or mash them just like regular potatoes.

SP (Sweet potatoes) are full of vitamin C, potassium, and beta-carotene.

Today's Exercise Tip:
There's a lot of controversy over this next tip. Many people in the fitness world do not encourage or endorse crunches or sit ups. There's mixed findings in studies over whether or not they make any sort of progress in the the belly flattening department.

But, again, I said I would tell you what I do. And I do perform crunches at least twice a week. I've noticed a flattening of my waist and tummy pouch and although it's likely that all of my new healthy behaviors have made this happen I am not going to discount the crunches either.

There are different ways to do crunches. I like doing the regular ones and then doing some with my legs up on a chair. I also have been doing some where I bring my knees toward my waist at the same time I do the crunch.

So contrary to some people's beliefs I really think it helps tone. But like any exercise it may not work for you. You can also use other core exercises to build and tone your abs.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 13 of 30

Today's Tip:
Allow yourself to splurge or indulge occasionally. If you don't learn to eat the things you love in moderation you will one day go on a calorie bender from so much restriction. For me I'd say my indulgence or calorie splurge is Coke. I love Coke. Before I started being mindful of what I was putting in my body I would drink several Cokes a day. Now that I understand more about my body Coke is not a staple of my diet. In the beginning it was hard. If I was at a party or get together and there was Coke I would never be able to restrain. Now I'm able to abstain from it on a regular basis. If I've had a particularly good streak of maintaining or losing weight and I know I've been pretty strict with myself I will allow myself one can of Coke as a treat. Luckily my corner store sells Cokes by the can so I don't have to trust myself with a 20 oz. So whatever your vice is, whatever you've restricted yourself from, let yourself have it every once in a while as a treat. I probably only have 1 can of Coke every 4 - 6 weeks or so. And that's quite an improvement from multiple 20 oz's a day.

Today's Exercise Tip:
I thought I would give you a couple more ideas for cardio-esque workouts. Try incorporating jumping jacks or jumping rope into your workout. They are both great at getting your whole body involved and getting your heart rate up.

Today's Foodie Tip:
Eat WHOLE GRAINS! I'll admit this was a hard one for me when I started out. I loved my carbs made from bleached flour! Okay, well not really, but you know what I mean. There is a distinct difference in taste from products that are not whole grain to products that are.

Start with a whole grain bread. This is probably the easiest switch to made. Make sure the whole wheat flour is the first ingredient on the package. I've also made the change over to brown rice, whole grain English muffins, and I'm currently working on the change over for my family to whole grain pastas.

Whole grains have so many positives. They most importantly help reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also great for cholesterol. Whole grains can help lower triglycerides (they are part of the bad part of your cholesterol). They can also slow buildup of plaque in the heart (thus the reduced risk of heart disease). They have been shown to help lower blood pressure and also reduce the risk of stroke (due to the slowing of the buildup of plaque. They are usually higher in antioxidants, folic acid and fiber.

If you're brought up on whole grains it will be an ingrained part of your diet. I, however, was not brought up on anything other than bleached or enriched grains. Our son is being brought up on whole grains. He eats whole grain bread, brown rice, and oatmeal. And I'm happy knowing I am doing everything I can to protect his, my husband's and my own heart.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 12 of 30

Today's Tip:
Plateaus are inevitable if you are losing a large amount of weight. They will happen. Your body likes to keep its stores of body fat and is amazing at adapting. So you if you do the same exact workouts and eat the same exact foods and the same exact calories every day, your body will adjust itself to function under those conditions and not lose weight.

Your body wants to keep those stores in case of a famine. It's a survival tactic. Your body doesn't take into account the fridge and pantry full of food. It just assumes that since you are constantly dipping into your stores there must be a famine.

I hit a plateau at 25 and around 50 pounds lost. I'm just now breaking through my second plateau. They can be discouraging and push you off track of your new healthy lifestyle. My suggestion for them is just to hold your ground and change things up a bit. For me I just ate my allowed calories for maintenance (caloriecount can help you figure out your number) for several days and took a couple days off of working out. That seemed to encourage my body into thinking it is no longer needing to store everything instead of burning it off.

But the point is they will come. Hold your ground. Just switch things up a bit. Zig zagging your calories (eating a different number of calories every day) can help keep your body guessing and keep the plateaus away longer. Just don't give up!

Today's Foodie Tip:
I talked about fast food a few entries back. I want to tell you about a restaurant called Chipotle. They use organic food and locally grown meat, dairy, and produce at all of their restaurants. Because everything is made in their restaurant you know it's fresh and free of preservatives. They do use a ton of sodium, so you shouldn't eat there every day but they are a good, healthy alternative to the normal fast food.

Again with any place you need to check out their nutrition facts and find what fits into your diet. I get the steak fajita bowl with no rice and double veggies at 480 calories and it's extremely filling! But be careful if you don't think out your meal you can spend well over 1000 calories in a blink of an eye.

Today's Exercise Tip:
This tip applies only to the adults reading my blog!

Kiss! Passionate kissing can be a great, fun way to burn calories. Kissing burns over 6 calories every minute. That means if you have a make out session of just 10 minutes a day, every day for one year you will burn over 21,000 calories or 6 pounds a year.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 11 of 30

Today's Tip:
Okay, so I know a lot of people that read my blog probably will not agree with this, but I said this would be things that I've tried to incorporate for my weight loss. That being said, unless you have a metabolic, hormonal or thyroid disorder losing weight can be accomplished with diet and/or exercise. For those of you who may have injuries and think that you cannot lose weight, you would be wrong. While my husband has been gone most of my weight loss came from just calorie counting. I would try to workout occasionally but with raising a toddler and running a home on my own it was nearly impossible to find a chance to get it done.

If you've tried calorie counting and are not seeing any progress (and are legitimately doing the calorie counting and portions properly) then it's time to see a doctor. If your body cannot lose weight by creating a calorie deficit there may be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

It's my opinion that there are no short cuts to becoming healthy, fit and losing weight. Yes, there are pills, supplements, surgeries, and such that can help you shed pounds quickly, but most of them do not require you to change your habits so you will either stop losing and begin gaining as soon as you stop taking the magic potion or you will have to be on it for the rest of your life to avoid weight gain. To me that isn't a solution.

So I'm here to tell you, it can be done with diet and exercise. Please don't fall for the gimmicks that the weight loss companies bombard you with. There is no easy way out of obesity. It's going to take time and hard work. And a hell of a lot of dedication.

Today's Foodie Tip:
Try kale! It's delicious. Seriously, try it! I hadn't tried it until recently so I understand your hesitation. It's great it soups or just sauteed with a little bit of garlic and oil. Give it a try! You won't be sorry you did.

Today's Exercise Tip:
Clean your house! Did you know that a 150 lb person can burn about 4 calories a minute doing housework? Spend 30 minutes doing it and you've burned 120 calories. Just one more reason to clean your home!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 10 of 30

Today's Tip:
Eat your dairy. Now I know a lot of dieters try to stay away from the milk products because they can be so high in fat and calories. But it's important to consume enough calcium every day. The plus side is there's been studies of people dieting and those who consumed the recommended 3 daily servings every day lost most weight than those who didn't. If you're worried about the fat content just opt for lower fat options. We drink 1% milk in our house and I really don't mind the 2% cheeses out there. I personally am not a fan of the fat free options but if you like them then go for it.

Today's Exercise Tip:
If you have access to a pool then I would suggest trying swimming as one of your workouts. Swimming is a full body workout and to me always seems more like fun than working out. You would want to spend as much of your workout time swimming laps or jogging in the water. They both will get your heart rate up.

Today's Foodie Tip:
Fruit is a great snack. It's portable and doesn't usually have to be kept refrigerated, and there's so many different options. My personal faves are: bananas, grapes, canteloupe, strawberries, apples, and kiwi. Once you've changed your lifestyle around fruit can satisfy your sweet tooth as well.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 9 of 30

Today's Tip:
Get some sleep! Seriously! For your body to operate properly you need to be well rested. That means you need to be getting enough shut eye every night. Now, the average is 8 hours. But everyone is different. I feel the best when I get about 9 hours of sleep at night. Some people may need 8, some may need a little more and some may need a little less. But regardless, the point is, get some good sleep every night!

Today's Exercise Tip:
When you workout try to push yourself further than the last workout. If you're a jogger try to go further or shorten the amount of time it takes you to go your normal distance. If you're a walker same thing, try to walk further or do the same distance in less amount of time. If you like using the Wii for some of your workout time always push yourself to beat the high score. No one else is going to be pushing you harder or further doing your workouts, it's up to you (that is unless you can afford a personal trainer).

Today's Foodie Tip:
Try to find alternatives to salad dressing. This one is easy for me. I personally do not truly care for salad dressing (only very rarely do I ever use it). Find things you can add to your salad that will give it flavor and make it enjoyable without all the excess calories and fat of dressing. I like shredded cheese (I use only 1/8 of a cup of cheese at about 40-50 calories depending on the cheese). As long as my salad has either onions or cheese (or preferably both) I'm good and don't need the dressing. Here are some other suggestions for salad toppings that may help you cut down the empty calories in that dressing.

  • Real Bacon Bits

  • Tortilla Strips

  • Deli Meat

  • Toasted Sunflower Seeds

  • Craisins

  • Raisins

  • Strawberries

  • Pitted Cherries

  • Olives

  • Almonds

  • Salad Seasoning (Found on the spice aisle at the grocery store)

  • Lemon Juice

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 8 of 30

As you noticed I didn't blog yesterday. During really hectic times it may be necessary for me to take a day or two off to focus on life in the real world. But I will try to keep it minimal so I can get these 30 days done as quickly as possible.

Today's Tip:
I'm a planner by nature so this next tip is easy for me to follow. It may be harder for you spontaneous, fly by the seat of your pants people. My suggestion is to plan your meals out. Know what you're eating for dinner throughout the week. Know what you are planning on eating the next day. And know what you are planning on ordering if possible before you go to a restaurant. This will give you a chance to plan your calories out for the day and also will allow you to follow a plan and stay on track in case you are really hungry by the time you get to the restaurant. It's really hard for me to eat well and healthy when I get to a restaurant hungry. But I've found that if I plan out my meal before I get there I'm more likely to follow my plan and eat an appropriate amount of calories.

Today's Foodie Tip:
I love ice cream. Who doesn't? I have a really hard time following the portion size on the side of the ice cream carton. I mean who only eats 1/2 a cup of ice cream? So I want to give you some suggestions of how to satisfy your ice cream urges while not sabotaging your day (calorie wise that is). First of all, try frozen yogurt. You will find it right next to the ice cream. Frozen yogurt comes in many different flavors and has only a fraction of the fat and calories that ice cream does. Therefore you can have a small bowl of it and not ruin your diet. I also really like the Weight Watchers individual cups of ice cream. Yes, I know it's a proper serving of ice cream but I guess it doesn't feel like it since it's in its own container. Sorbet is a really good alternative too. I love Hagen Daas raspberry sorbet! One more suggestion is the Weight Watcher ice cream bars/snacks and Skinny Cow's ice cream bars and snacks. Since they come in single serving portions it's easier to stay on track. Plus they taste really good. Be sure to read the labels though and only purchase the ones with sugar in them (unless you're a diabetic of course).

Today's Exercise Tip:
Unless you are able to afford and get your money's worth out of a gym membership, you need to have ways to train at home. I've tried the gym membership route and I don't get my money's worth. Of course the last time I had a membership was years ago and you couldn't do the pay as you go like you can today. But anyways, I would invest in a couple hand weights (get at least 5 pounds) or some resistance bands. This gives you the tools to do some strength training every week and not have to even leave your living room.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 7 of 30

Today's Tip:
Cut out all unnecessary and empty calories. I'm talking about pop and I'm talking about those coffee drinks. They are chocked full of empty, useless calories. And I've found that on the strict calorie intake I'm on I would much rather be eating my calories vs. drinking them in sugary drinks. For example if you drink one can of Coke every day you are consuming 140 calories extra. If you cut out just that one can of Coke and change nothing else with your diet (assuming you are eating the exact amount of calories you need to maintain your weight) you will lose about one pound every 25 days. That's more than 14 pounds a year.

Today's Foodie Tip:
If you are a choco-holic and have to have some on a regular basis I suggest getting a bag of Hershey's kisses. I also love my chocolate. But if you eat just one Hershey's kiss that's only 20 calories. And I've found just eating one or two can totally satisfy my craving without totally wrecking my calories for the day. Also, try dark chocolate. It has a lot of antioxidants not found in milk chocolate (so technically it's better for you).

Today's Exercise Tip:
Don't work your body too hard everyday. I'm going to assume that none of us here are training for an Iron Man competition. It's good to have at LEAST one day off a week from your workouts. It gives your body a chance to rest and regroup. I would say the same for the calorie counting. I wouldn't go over your maintenance calories but especially if your body is getting a huge calorie deficit on a regular basis it's good to eat up to your maintenance calories every once in a while. It reminds your body that you are indeed not starving.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Weigh-In (8/18/11)

My last weigh-in blog was on 7/3/11 so all these stats will be in comparison to that day.

•5 lbs lost (for a total loss of 52 lbs)

Inches lost: 3 inches (since 7/3/11)

•1/2 inch from hips

•1 1/2 inches from waist

•1/2 inch from each thigh (totalling 1 inch)

Onto the pics. The top pic is from 4/20/11 (the start of this 'goal' outfit). The middle pic is from 7/3/11 (last official weigh-in). The bottom pic is from today 8/18/11.

Day 6 of 30

Today's Tip:
If you're really serious about losing weight and/or calorie counting, you have to start reading labels. You need to know what is a proper serving of the foods you love to eat. You will be sadly surprised at how small most of those portions are, but you need to know it. Most of us eat something because we think it's healthy or low in calories but little do we know we're eating 2, 3, 4, 5 times what the actualy portion size is. So read your labels and know your serving size. Also if you are calorie counting I would suggest measuring your foods, just don't eyeball it. Even though I've gotten good at the calorie counting there are still several times a week that I measure out my food so I know exactly how many calories I'm eating. If you have the money invest in a good scale for measuring and weighing your food. I don't have a scale but I know there's been several times I wished for one (knowing it would come in handy - I mean how does one measure meatloaf with a measuring cup?!?).

Today's Foodie Tip:
One of my favorite late night snacks is an array of veggies (I like cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, pepper, onion) and a serving of cheese. I can take a paper plate and fill it with tons of cut up raw veggies and a cheese stick and still have way less than 150 calories. It takes away the hunger pangs and I don't feel guilty eating super late.

Today's Exercise Tip:
If you are like me, and are losing weight you will begin to notice some floppy skin. Mine is on my upper arms. I'm using push ups as one of the ways to try to tighten and tone that area. However, I still cannot do a proper push up. So if you can't either I suggest doing them either on your knees or in a standing position using a wall or door as your "floor".

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day 5 of 30

Today's Tip:
It is my opinion that calorie counting is the way to go as far as dieting is concerned. Especially if you use a website like, Truly they make calorie counting easy. They have a huge data base of foods and they also grade your day nutrition wise and let you know how you're doing. I think this is why Weight Watchers works for so many people (because that's all they do in weight watchers is count points - which is counting calories in a different way). I would suggest starting with caloriecount if you are interesting in losing weight. Their website is full of so many resources and there is also tons of support groups.

Today's Exercise Tip:
Get that old bike out and take it for a tune up. Why? Because bike riding can be a great form of cardio. It's one of those cardio workouts that you can do and forget that you're even working out!

Today's Foodie Tip:
For a quick protein packed snack take a low sodium Sargento colby jack cheese stick (80 calories) and wrap a slice of Dietz and Watson honey bbq chicken deli meat (35 calories) around it. You're looking at a 115 calories. Dietz and Watson is one of the only brands of deli meat that are endorsed by the American Heart Association as a hearty healthy food.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 4 of 30

Today's Tip:
The best way to boost your metabolism and stave off hunger during dieting is to eat several times throughout the day. If you don't eat often you will allow yourself to get too hungry and may have difficulty controlling your portion size come the next meal. I try to always eat within an hour of waking and then continue to eat every two - three hours throughout the day right up until bedtime. Here's a sample schedule:

9:30 - breakfast
11:30 - snack
1:30 - lunch
4:30 - snack
6:30 - dinner
9:30 - snack

This isn't exactly how my day goes but it's pretty close. Just because you are dieting doesn't mean you have to be hungry. I honestly eat more often than I ever did before dieting.

Today's Exercise Tip:
Video games can be a good way to get yourself up and moving. I personally love the Wii Fit Plus. It has several games that allow me to get my heart rate up and get sweating. It makes working out a little less tedious and a little more fun. I've heard the Kinect for the Xbox is good as well but I've never personally tried it. There are all sorts of workout games out there. I tried a Wii Zumba game not long ago that was pretty good too.

Today's Foodie Tip:
I will be telling you how to make this tasty dish!

This dish is one of my favorite dinners. I call it fajita salad. It's my copycat version of a salad from Jose Muldoon's in Colorado Springs. If you make it the way I do you are looking at 418 calories. And it's very, very filling!

Here are your ingredients:
- 12 oz. of Top Round of London Broil, 1 - 1 1/2 inches thick (I use a 12 oz cut but I am cooking for two people - the serving will be 6 oz of beef per person)
- Shredded Cheese
- Romaine Lettuce (chopped)
- Tortilla Strips
- Cilantro
- Radish (sliced about 1 1/2 radish per salad)
- Cucumber (sliced about 1/4 cup per salad)
- Tomatoes (I like cherry tomatoes) (sliced and about 1/4 cup per salad)
- Bell Pepper (any color)
- Red Onion

First preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Put beef on broiling pan and season with your choice of seasoning. I use Lawry's and the original Mrs. Dash.

When the oven has reached 350 degrees put beef in. After 5 minutes flip beef and season other side. Then bake for another 5 minutes. Once beef has cooked for 5 minutes on each side remove from oven. Then turn broiler on. Once the broiler has reached temperature put beef back in. This time you want to cook about 3 1/2 minutes on each side. We prefer our meat medium - medium rare (so if you like it done more you just need to broil a little longer on each side).

While the beef is cooking or the oven is heating you can work on the fajita veggies or salad part.

For the fajita veggies you want to slice you onion in strips as well as your bell pepper. For two people I would use one whole pepper and 1/2 of one large onion. Place those in a non-stick saute pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. You want to cook these until they are soft but still firm and have evenly browned. Set them aside to cool down.

To make your salad use a large bowl for each person. First layer in the cut up romaine lettuce. Next is the cilantro (use to taste - I like a lot but not everyone does). I don't chop the cilantro I just rip it from the bunch. After the cilantro comes the sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and radish. On top of that layer your cooked peppers and onions. Next I sprinkle on the shredded cheese (I use an 1/8 of a cup).

Once your beef is done cooking let it sit for a couple minutes. Then move it to a cutting board and begin slicing. Remember you are eating this as a salad so make your slices accordingly. Once the beef is sliced layer it on to the top of the salad and then sprinkle with tortilla strips.

I hope you all enjoy this meal as much as we do!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 3 of 30

Today's Tip:
Say NO to 'diet' food. It is my opinion that unless you are diabetic you should NEVER consume artificial sweetners. It's my opinion that they are unhealthy for your body. I've read many studies about healthy risks and I've also read many papers from personal trainers who believe that these artificial sweetners confuse the body (because it isn't quite sure how to break them down) and cause your body to store. Eat real sugar, if you can't afford the calories then maybe you should NOT be eating whatever it was to begin with. I will not buy ANY food with 'diet' sweetners in them. My child does not consume them either. If a food boasts that it has less sugar, or uses to the words 'lite' or 'diet' be sure to read the label. More often than not it is full of artificial sweetners. And I'll reiterate my earlier point, if you are eating these to cut calories than perhaps the best thing for you is to not have it at all.

Today's Exercise Tip:
Alternate your workouts. You don't want to do all cardio and you don't want to do all strength training/weight training. You need a bit of each. Think about it this way, yes, cardio does burn more calories - but- strength/weight training tones and builds muscle. A pound of muscle burns a hell of a lot more calories throughout the day than a pound of fat. So the more muscles on your body the more calorie burning will be happening without you even thinking about it. Personally I alternate at every workout. My workout schedule is something like this (I've altered it to fit my week): Mondays - off (this is primarily because I do much of my cleaning, shopping, meal planning, check book balancing, and such on this day and I would just stress myself out if I knew I had to fit working out in there ), Tuesdays - cardio, Wednesdays - strength training, Thursdays - off (this is laundry at my parent's house and I also take care of the church bulletin - meaning I don't get home until after 11pm some Thursdays and I usually haven't even eaten dinner at that point), Fridays - cardio, Saturdays - strength training, and Sundays - off (as of right now I have this as an off day, further down the road I plan on adding cardio to it, unfortunately right now it's hit and miss depending on my husband's work schedule and what else we have planned that day).

Today's Foodie Tip:
Fast food is okay in moderation. But you have to know what's best on the menu and again - USE MODERATION. If you are leaving a meal stuffed, you have eaten way too much. Now as a former fast food junkie I know what you're saying, "So, I can still eat at McDonald's and lose weight? Yeah, right." It's true though. I still eat fast food on a semi - regular basis. I just eat it differently. You can conveniently check out most fast food restaurants nutrition boards online before you even head there to buy. That is what I suggest. I will give you some of my personal favorites and their caloric totals:

McDonalds: Cheeseburger and a small fry at 530 calories total.
Burger King: Whopper Jr. (Minus Mayo) and small onion rings at 490 calories total.
Taco Bell: 2 Chicken Soft Tacos (Fresco Style) at 340 calories total.

So those are just some options. It's possible to eat on the go, you just have to be wise about it. Of course it's better to not eat fast food at all, but I'm a realist and I know in this day and age it's nearly an impossibility.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 2 of 30

Today's Tip:
Drink TONS of water! Seriously, start drinking water when you get up and do it as often as possible through the day. I read some where a long time ago that you should take your weight in pounds - divide by 2 - and whatever number that is you should drink a minimum of that in ounces of water. For example, let's say you weigh 184 lbs. 184 divided by 2 is 92. Therefore you should drink at least 92 ounces of water every day. No - juice, milk, pop do not count towards your water tally. If you really dislike water try drinking unsweetened iced tea. There are no calories in teas that aren't sweetened. Plus there are so many different flavors of tea that you can make it at home in a big jug and refrigerate. You will never get bored if you try a different flavor of tea every week. Watch out for the caffeine though. I would personally try to choose caffeine free teas but that's because I have a bad reaction to too much caffeine now that I don't drink it on a daily basis.

Today's Exercise Tip:
Hopefully you've all taken my suggestion to start walking yesterday. That being said, for heart health it's recommended that you exercise 20 minutes five days a week. My life is a little chaotic so I do it a little differently. Five days a week at 20 minutes is 100 minutes a week. My goal is to workout at least 100 minutes a week and I always try to surpass that. For example I worked out 175 minutes this week. I am averaging about 4 days of working out a week. I'll speak later this week about what exactly I do for some of my workouts. But the point is to get up and get moving above and beyond your daily routine and make sure you are doing it for 100 minutes a week. Now if you're just starting out aim for a smaller goal and then work your way up. Maybe try 25 minutes and then the week after try to do 30 minutes. Each week keep adding time and eventually you'll be up to 100 minutes a week.

Today's Foodie Tip:
Yesterday I shared one of my favorite lunches. Today I'd like to share one of my favorite breakfasts. I call this a breakfast sandwich. I like to use Aunt Millie's Whole Wheat Lite bread (this is one of the only foods I eat with the word 'lite' in it). I take one slice (35 calories) and toast it. Then I bake one Morning Farm veggie sausage patty (80 calories) according to the directions on the package. Once my bread is toasted I cut the toast in half and then put 1/2 slice of American cheese (30 calories) on one side of the bread, then I cut the sausage patty in half and place it directly on the cheese. You can always get the sausage baking while you're getting ready in the morning and by the time you're ready your sausage should be cooked. If you make it like I do you are looking at 145 calories. Then you can choose to add some fresh fruit to your plate to round out the meal. I also sometimes make these breakfast sandwiches as a snack since they are so low in calories. Joseph loves them too!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 1 of 30

Let me start by saying I am in no way a health professional, fitness expert, or dietitian. What I want to do is share things I've learned, tried, and do that are helping me on the road to a healthier body. Take what you will and leave what you want, but I've been asked by a lot of people what I've done to get the lose weight and keep it off. So I hope the next 30 days will give you some motivation and inspiration to begin on the road to a healthier you.

Today's tip:
Take a vitamin, every day! This is so important especially during weight loss. You want to be sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Your body cannot burn fat and calories efficiently if it's lacking in multiple nutrients. I personally take a prenatal vitamin every morning since we are trying to conceive. But a normal multivitamin should be perfect for the rest of you.

Today's Foodie tip:
Although I like to stay away from a lot of processed foods there are a few that still are a part of my diet. The truth is there just isn't enough time in the day to do everything I need to do and create every single piece of food I eat from scratch. So today I'd like to share one of my favorite lunch foods. I really like Healthy Choice split pea with ham soup. I like to split the can into two bowls (a serving is a 1/2 can at 160 calories) and then take a can of veggies (no salt added are the best because you don't need the extra sodium) and split that between the two bowls of soup. You can of course use fresh cooked veggies or frozen veggies too. You basically want to add 1 cup of veggies. I did this today and added 1 cup of green beans for 40 calories. Then you warm up the soup as you normally would and take the extra bowl of soup and veggies and refrigerate. Now you have a lunch for tomorrow as well. If you did it the way I did you have a meal for 200 calories. There are not many lunches out there that you can have for only 200 calories and still be filled up.

Today's Exercise Tip:
You've got to start somewhere. Don't put it off any longer. Even if all you do is take a brisk 5 minute walk. Do it. Now! Start today. I lived very long with the idea that I would start working out/dieting tomorrow. That tomorrow will never come. Start today, make the choice. Don't be embarrassed if all you can do is 5 minutes of exercise. You will increase your stamina the more often you do it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Blog Challenge

I said I had a new idea for a challenge when the other finished. But I've been trying to work it out in my mind and find a way to make it feasible. I'm not sure how well it will work out or how many of you will be interested, but I'm going to give it a shot.

My plan is to do 30 days of blogging all about weight loss, working out, or being healthy. I will try to either share a tip, idea or what I'm currently doing. I will also try to occasionally give you healthy meal ideas. The plan is to inspire people to lose weight and get healthy. Trust me, if I can lose over 50 pounds you can do it too.

I'll do my first blog tomorrow. I hope you all and enjoy and I hope I can help at least one person become a little bit healthier.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day 30 of 30

Day 30- Your favorite song:

'Open Arms' has been my favorite song since I was a pre-teen. It's a beautiful song, and I love it. There have been many different renditions of it and I can't say I've ever heard a cover that I didn't like. For this entry I've included the original by Journey. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Be sure to pause the music player at the bottom of the page before playing the video (so you can hear it properly).

This ends the blogging challenge. I hope you've enjoyed learning more about me. Like I said previously I have another idea for a blog challenge that I will put into use in the upcoming days. So be on the lookout!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 29 of 30

Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned:

This is by far not everything I've learned but here's a few I thought you'd enjoy.

I've learned that potty training has been the hardest parenting obstacle thus far. But even as difficult and frustrating as it was - it is possible to complete.

I've learned that if the pool is green even though the maintenance people state the water was just checked and chemicals adjusted, do not trust them. Swimming in a bottle of bleach isn't fun and that's about as close as I'd like to come.

My toddler dislikes underwear and would prefer to spend most of his day completely nude.

I'm far less patient than I should be for 27 years old.

I am still ovulating. This is something many women take for granted, but as a sufferer of PCOS it's a good thing to have confirmation of. With that being said, if you are a woman and have never struggled to get pregnant or stay pregnant without miscarriage or complication, please praise God for that blessing. It is not something all women can do.

Life isn't fair. This is something I have to repeatedly learn over and over again. It sucks, but it's the truth. Life hardly ever makes sense, let alone is fair.

I've learned that although it's cheaper to buy most things at the commissary, canned tuna fish and milk are not cheaper. Odd huh?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 28 of 30

Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

The top picture was taken in May of 2010. The bottom picture was taken in July of 2011. The difference? I've lost 50 pounds since that top picture was taken.