It is happening!

Hello everybody! How are you doing? I am thrilled to announce that struggling and all I’ve lost 10 pounds since I went and visited that horrible Natural Health Center in April…. I remember that as “the date” because it was a very low point in my journey… you can read about it here … If you’ve been following my blog then you know I started at 222.8  pounds (2 and a half years ago)… reached172.8 (50 pounds less) after a few months and then I didn’t seem to be able to go any lower… then it turns out I gained a lot of weight for what seems hormones/stress issues (December 2013) and then in April this year I found out I was 194 pounds!! horrible! I gained 22 pounds back! but Friday I weighed myself and even when I haven’t seen my weight go “dramatically down” I saw the number and it was 184 and that’s when it actually hit me! Yes… I am still heavier than what I had already reached… BUT… I HAVE LOST 10 POUNDS in about 5-6 weeks which is pretty good!!! Yes I’ve struggled but I am just happy to see some changes! I continue to not weigh everyday and I am happy I am at peace with it but it for sure was a nice surprise to see that!

I continue to do great and I am back to running in the mornings (just not as early and just making sure I eat something -a snack- before I run) … It’s harder to run but my friend and I are doing it and we’re planning on doing another 5k in September… today we went for 3.45 miles but ran only 1.3 miles out of those… Feeling good though!

Saturday I walked/ran in the morning and then it was an active day picking blueberries with my family… it’s been quite active around here in the pool and doing fun activities like that… I am sure that also helps reduce any stress/cortisol levels and in consequence aids my weight loss! Yeah! WIN/WIN!

Have a great week everyone!

The Thin Lady Inside

I can feel it…

I can feel the peace coming back after the weird emotional storm of the week… I am regaining control over what I eat and over the “anxious hunger” I get… Yesterday was a good day… I still couldn’t go run but I did my “walking in place” thing and I reached and passed the minimum of 10,000 steps for the day… I also went swimming and spent about 30 min. very active in the pool, unfortunately I can’t spend any more time in there because of the allergies to the pool water (maybe the chlorine, maybe all the chemicals combined) so of course I took the antihistamine and after coming out of the water showered immediately and “frosted myself” (LOL) with lots of a cream that the dermatologist gave me. I still feel a bit itchy and a slight burning sensation mainly on my cheeks, around the eyes and lips… but … I just can’t live in Texas and not be able to get in the pool! LOL!

So… my day ended like this:

I ate 1349 calories (it’s the best I’ve done for a whole week)

I burned a total of 2457 calories for the whole day… I feel proud.

Now… let me share with you a quick recipe for Sweet Potato Fries. These are very simple and they’re a much better choice when you are craving “French Fries” … plus you are not missing out in flavor, I’d say quite the opposite… These are simple and GOOOOOOD!

I don’t know if I’ve told you but I used to HATE sweet potatoes, but I didn’t know I didn’t hate sweet potatoes but the way many people cook them… Sweet potatoes for me are sweet enough and I don’t like them with any extra brown sugar or marshmallows (just the thought makes me shiver!) but I do like them with salt and butter and/or olive oil! So I had never made or tried sweet potato fries before but about 2 weeks ago we went to a fast food restaurant and I was left craving french fries (I LOVE THEM) so when I got home I decided to make my own fries… out of sweet potatoes (which are more better for you anyways), these potato fries are baked so you reduce the amount of fat A LOT by not doing any deep frying! so… here’s my version of easy and quick for those sudden “French Fries” cravings:

SWEET POTATO FRIES

This whole recipe has a total of 231 cal.  (yes for the whole recipe) vs 600 calories for fries at a fast food restaurant!

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • one large sweet potato
  • coarse sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • good quality olive oil (1 tbsp.)

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Directions:

Preheat the oven at  450 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel the potato (unless you like the skin, you can leave it). Cut the narrow ends of the potato off (only if they’re really thin). Since we are dealing with a large (very large) sweet potato cut it in half (not lengthwise). Take each half and cut them into large slices about   3/4 inch thick.

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  Cut those slices into fries and place them into a baking sheet (I use a jelly roll pan). Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste (I recommend to be generous with the ground black pepper) and drizzle with the olive oil (about 1 tbsp. should be good, you can use 2 tbsp. but if you use too much they can get soggy) Toss it all together making sure you get all the fries coated with the mix of salt, pepper and oil.

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I couldn’t use as much black pepper as I would’ve liked because I was sharing with my little ones

Now arrange all the fries on the baking sheet making sure they are all evenly spaced and not touching each other.

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Put them in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. (Make sure to leave them alone for this period of time without opening the oven, don’t cook anything else at the same time because they might turn soggy). After those 15 minutes take them out and flip each fry (use tongs to avoid burning yourself unless you’d rather use your hands if you’re used to the heat). Once they are all turned over place them back into the oven for an extra 10 mins. (Don’t keep them out of the oven for too long when flipping them). I hope you were indeed generous with the black pepper because spicy sweet potatoes are delicious (you can also add a touch of paprika and cayenne pepper to these!). Trust me, even sweet potato haters will love these!

IMG_7355[1]Enjoy!

The Thin Lady Inside

An unexpected reminder and push!

Hello everybody! Yesterday was a so so day… I fought all day long against temptation but when you are getting out of a deep hole is kind of hard to not slide back here and there… that’s the main problem when you allow yourself to have “bad days” … it turns out that it’s harder to go back to your healthy habits… hard but not impossible… anyway… in the evening we had the Choir Kick-Off at church (Choir was off for a month this summer, just to “rest”) and yesterday was our “kick-off party” this is the time when we receive new people into the choir and of course it’s a great opportunity to celebrate… and it seems we can’t celebrate anything without eating… the theme of the party was “Duck Dynasty” … I know, weird! It’s a church… I truly felt like we are in the “End of times” to be celebrating IN a church “Duck Dynasty Style” but… it was better than I thought… I have never liked that show but it seems that here in the South is particularly popular, a friend of mine told me that for many people here is almost like a Family Reunion… lol! I guess that’s why I can’t relate… I know nothing (or want to know) about hunting, etc (but our Worship Pastor knows about that and he came totally in style, Duck Dynasty Style with a whole mop as a beard!!!) …  as I was looking online about the characters they are surprisingly pleasant (not so much in the show but in interviews) … Anyway… so there was a lot of food… bbq’d chicken, meatballs, chips, dips, lots of melted cheese and … camo cupcakes with neon orange frosting… yes… I made those! Let me show you:

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Well, you get the idea, lots of food! And I was doing “ok” but ended up not being so ok… I started eating the “simmered frog legs” (they had those name tags by the food, of course it was chicken LOL) and all the chips and stuff… When all of a sudden… the worship ministry assistant came by me and put in my hands something… something I had ordered a while ago and didn’t remember about it… a “Choir Polo Shirt” … size… Medium! I am large and sometimes extra large when it comes to shirts! and the food just got stuck in my throat when I saw it! I remember when I ordered it I thought I’d be “at least” medium by now… but that’s not the case… and that’s never going to be the case if I keep having “bad days” and “slide backs” I just gave her a half smile while wiping the barbeque sauce from my mouth with a napkin …

Now… that was a great reminder… and a great motivation as well… It felt like a bucket of icy water that was thrown at me without me expecting it but I think it was the extra push I was needing… Today I got on the scale just to see where I am at and move on (I had to do this because sometimes in my head I am back at 222.8 and even more when I feel guilty for overeating) so I had to “see the truth” (182.0),  realize it’s not impossible (it never is… no matter what the number is) and keep on going… I feel extra determined today… It will have to be a good day!

By the way… just a quick update on my sister… she is doing great… it’s been exactly two weeks since she started… today she had her weigh in and she lost 2.6 pounds. I am very proud of her.

The Thin Lady Inside

Day 6 – 84 to go: The good side of a bad day

Hello everybody… If you were here around Saturday you know how hard that day was for me… You can see it here and here  … so… anyway… it was a VERY, VERY hard day but in the end I managed to stay in control and didn’t succumb to temptation! Well… let me tell you what good came from it… The next day was MUCH EASIER! Just having overcome all the temptations, not giving in to food and not falling into my very well known old bad habits made me feel powerful! While the struggle lasted I wondered if I would be able to do it… I felt weak, I felt helpless… But once the day was gone and the new day started everything looked different! I was ready to GO! I was ready to face the day! I felt strong and my whole attitude was like “I got this” … So… Sunday morning started with my early walk with my friend, it rained a little but not as much… BY THE WAY… is it possible for tennis shoes to shrink? If you read my previous post you’ll know I ended up walking in the rain… and then I threw my running shoes in the dryer (was that wrong?) and I feel like they shrunk!? They’re so tight they’ve hurt my big toe from my left foot and I got blisters on the back side by my ankle on my right foot… (OUCH!!!) … anyway… I still walked (almost limping due to the shrinking of the shoes… which still doesn’t make any sense to me) had a good breakfast afterwards, went to church and then went to Whataburger for lunch BUT even there I didn’t have fries, had a chicken sandwich without any mayo or cheese and drank lots of water with it… When I came home I started making a cake… we have a Bible Study here at home usually on Sunday nights and I always try to make some dessert… so, while the cake was in the oven I cleaned up my kitchen while hubby cleaned the carpets (if you’ve read this blog before you know I am married to Mr. Clean and he tries to clean the carpets at least once a week) … so, once the cake was out of the oven and as it cooled off I put on my small tennis shoes and went running (when I actually just wanted to take a nap!) I ran for 40 mins. on the treadmill (my feet didn’t feel too bad although the blisters didn’t get any better) and then came back home to do the frosting of the cake, give the girls a bath and put them in bed! Our Bible Study starts at 8 and it was 7:45 when I started putting them in bed, thankfully they fell asleep rather quick and I just jumped into the shower real quick and managed to still be soaking wet when our friends arrived (they’re our best friends, it’s just another couple, so, it’s ok if I am dripping, right? LOL) they oooh’d and aaaah’d  over my cake and then we just had coffee with it (don’t worry! I didn’t eat any cake… I just had my ice cream treat) so… My day ended like this:

Calorie intake: 1206

Calories burned from exercise: 960

Total calorie burn for the day: 2885

Total Calorie deficit: 1679

So… that’s it for now…  Thank God that even a bad day has a good side… of course it only works that way if you stay strong on that bad day! 🙂

What? Want to see the cake I made? Ok… here it is:

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You can better appreciate the color here because of the natural light outside

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Not the best picture, not the best lighting but here it is. I sure was in a hurry.

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Chocolate inside!

The Thin Lady Inside

More than one reason…

Hi! Well… Yesterday I knew it would be a day full of thankfulness… from the beginning I was thankful for more than one reason but had no clue what would happen later that would give me more reasons to have a grateful attitude!

Yesterday morning my girls and I went to church to help do something there (organize some songs in folders for the choir) and I had already promised we’d eat at Chick-Fil-A in the mall afterwards… When we got out of church I started feeling the shifting of gears in our minivan very “clearly”, but I didn’t pay much attention to it… it was a little weird but still “normal”, we went to the mall, enjoyed our meal (I did good, don’t worry, made good choices) and then when we got out, again, the car was acting up… but I thought it was because I was changing between the brake and gas pedal so much from being in a crowded parking lot… I just felt like the car was kind of “pulling” once in a while… Afterwards we went to wal-mart and when we got out of there I took a more of a “high-speed/less traffic” road hoping once I was “consistently driving at a good speed” the car wouldn’t feel so weird… well… oh my gosh! I was driving over 50 and then all of a sudden the minivan started acting up again but way stronger, there were these pulls out of the blue and then it was almost as if I was hitting the brakes, when of course I wasn’t… I should’ve thought things through, I guess I didn’t really think there was anything wrong with the car… and this road is not only faster but less traffic (usually) and shorter… I had cars right behind me… it’s only a two way road but no more lanes… I couldn’t pull over, there was forest on my right side and coming traffic on my left side… cars at fast speed driving behind me and me with my girls in the back over this “wild horse” that was pulling and pushing… I called my husband and told him “I am scared, the car is acting up” I explained to him and told him I thought I could get to church again and wait for him there but then all of a sudden I had a scare… it’s like if I had hit the brake hard and the car just slowed down tremendously … I could almost feel someone was going to hit me from behind… kept driving (thankfully re-gained speed) and then thank God we approached a Target store and again… the car came to almost a full stop and I just managed to quickly turn the steering wheel and get inside the parking lot… it was so scary! but THANKFULLY we were ok! Hubby arrived and our car got towed and will be getting fixed. I was so relieved we were safe, my 4 yr. old said: “it was scary and kind of fun” (yeah! RIGHT! LOL) The rest of my day stayed busy and I ended up walking a total of over 16000 steps for the day… I had over a deficit of over 1000 calories! GREAT!

The Thin Lady Inside

A whole new page

Thank God for nights… Thank God for sleep… which marks the “end of something” to open your eyes to a whole new day… yesterday … yes… yesterday was hard… But it’s not yesterday anymore… that day has been lived already… and it’s gone… Yesterday died already, giving life to today… Today I am here… Today matters! Today I have a whole new opportunity to write a better page in my book, yesterday can’t be edited, deleted, re-written or anything… it’s gone… And even when I made bad choices… and even when I might still suffer consequences from yesterday … Today I can decide how “much more” I let yesterday hurt me! Yes… I ate too much… but today I am in control… not on my own but with God, and with the wonderful friends who support and trust me! If I continue living in “yesterday” and dwelling in it my “today” will become a bad “yesterday” tomorrow… IYKWIM.

Today I ran already and felt good… I burned 630 calories… I have to have breakfast now! I am all motivated and thankful for a brand new day!

The Thin Lady Inside

+1.8

Hello everybody! today was my weigh-in day! I knew it wouldn’t be a good number, after such rough week like I had last week I was prepared to be strong whatever the number would be…. So… I got on the scale and it’s 180.1 so I gained 1.8 pounds… -sigh- I was even thinking about not weighing in today… but it’s my weigh in day and I have to face the consequences of my acts… so … there you go… 1.8 pounds that will burn away as I remain strong and fighting!

Now… my numbers for yesterday:

I ate 1541 calories and exercised for 1 hour and 15 minutes burning (only) 315 calories… but I did both strength and cardiovascular training 🙂

I think today will be a good day, I had Bible Study this morning and again I woke up early enough to have breakfast at home and not have to struggle there … I only had coffee with everyone else… Then took the girls to chick-fil-a for lunch and went a little higher on the calories there… I made great choices (it’s actually easy at chick-fil-a) and had my chargrilled chicken sandwich, side salad with fat free honey mustard dressing and a big cup of water, all that combined is only 360 calories, but of course the waffle fries my two year old didn’t eat were talking dirty to me (SNORT! I don’t even know how I ended up writing that! LOL! But I guess it’s the best way to describe it!) and I fell into temptation and ate almost half of those small fries (which is only like 3 fries when you think about it) but those 1/2 small fries added 150 extra calories (holy cow!)

Anyway… something I’ve been doing is registering everything I’m GOING TO eat ahead of time on myfitnesspal and it’s really helping me, because that way I KNOW ahead of time what I can eat and that I have to only eat that if I want to remain in my calorie count… it might sound to restrictive but it’s actually “freeing” as I don’t have to figure out if I can or not eat something and then later have the bad surprise that it was more calories than I intended to eat… like with those small fries! LOL!

Ok… that’s it for now… the dishes are not going to wash by themselves and I have to take advantage that my 2 yr. old is taking a nap to kind of clean my house!

The Thin Lady Inside