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Sunday, June 26, 2011

FMM - 2nd week in a row!

I can't believe it.  I am participating in FMM 2 weeks in a row.  Luckily, Kenlie at All TheWeigh just posted the FMM questions as I finished up my last blog post.  I have a few minutes to kill before bed :)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. I would love to see you all participate and encourage you to post your comments and link on my blog as well.  The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!


FMM: What’s in Your Fridge?

1.)  List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge.
       Milk , eggs, cheese, celery, carrots, cereal (yes, I like my Raisin Bran chilled) and tons of condiments.

2.)  What kind of milk do you drink?
2% for the adults and whole milk for Holly.  I just can't handle the skim stuff yet.

3.) Do you prefer fresh or frozen vegetables? I love the fresh, but eat my fair share of frozen.  Mostly the frozen steamer bags, because it is one less pot/pan to clean and they are quick and easy for weeknight

4.)  What do you currently have to drink in the fridge?
Diet Coke (my mom's), milk and juice (for Holly).  The tea and water is out on the counter because we usually don't have room in the fridge for the pitchers.

5.)  How often do you clean out your refrigerator?
It usually cleans it self out, but every two weeks or so to make sure we don't get any funky smells.

6.)  What’s the healthiest thing in it right now?

Grapes, strawberries, apricots, nectarines, plums, collard greens, spring mix, salad fixins. (We just went to the grocery store on Saturday night.) 

7.)  What’s the most unhealthy thing in it right now?  
Full fat cream cheese.   (All the unhealthy stuff is hidden in the pantry.  LOL) 

8.)  What do you wish you had in it that you don’t have now?
A full week of lunches and dinners prepared.  lol! 

9.)  How often do you shop for groceries?
Once a week.  We will pick up stuff we forgot or need fresh on the way home from work.  The grocery store is right down the street.  

10.)  What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge right now?

Nothing weird this week.  The only new item I bought this week was apricots.  Oh, I have a few artichokes that I have to cook tomorrow.  Does that count?

Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to answer the questions and come back to post a link in the comments section at www.alltheweigh.com and here my comments too! Happy Monday!

A new workout

My last post ended with me on a quest to find a workout or class that keeps me interested and engaged in exercise for a change.  Enter:  Slimmons, Richard Simmon's very own exercise studio in Beverly Hills, CA.

In the past month or so, I started following three bloggers who have been talking about working out at Slimmons and making it sound like the most fun sweating could ever be. ( Alexa, The Curvy Nerd, Heidi, Finishing The Hat and Kenlie, All The Weigh)  Not only do these incredible bloggers love Richard, everyone who has ever been to his studio love him too.  I looked up reviews of the classes on yelp and all reviews were 5 star rave reviews about the intense workout plus the a show, with an American weightloss icon, all for the low, low price of $12.00, and a drive out to the West Side.

So, to make good on my goal of stepping out my comfort zone and joining a class, I did, this past Saturday.  The first awesome part of my visit to Slimmons, was meeting Alexa and Heidi.  These are two really cool chicks, who were helpful and super supportive.  Giving me the low down of what to expect, how it works, and little tips and tricks to not collapsing during your first workout with Richard Simmons and how to recover afterward. And it didn't stop with just them.  Everyone was friendly, kind and welcoming.  I had never had that experience before at a gym.  I was caught a little off guard by it. (In a good way.)

I did two sessions, the first was a discussion group lead by Richard and the second was the actual Sweat aerobic class.  The discussion group was considerably smaller than the 100 or so group that shows for the Sweat class.  Richard greets each and every person with a hug and a kiss wants to know your name and if there was time, probably your life story.  He is engaging, genuine and all around fantastic person.  I was completely comfortable in the group and eek, was called on to explain why I was here and why I was finally making this commitment to myself. 

Immediately after the discussion ends, the music comes on and the Sweat class begins.  Everyone scrambles to their places while the doors open and the 60+ people standing outside waiting for the class to start comes flooding in.  I grabbed a spot in the back next to Alexa and NEVER STOPPED MOVING FOR 45 MINUTES.  That was just the aerobics part.  We break for a little water while we grab hand weights for toning and then follow that up with the floor exercises for abs and chest.  I had to modify  A LOT but I am happy to say, I made it through the class in one piece.  I couldn't do all the arm work with the weights and could only do 1/4 of the floor exercises because my arms were like jello by that point.  But I felt so good about my performance.  I am uncoordinated and had some trouble following the steps, but I did what I could and if I was totally lost, I just did my own thing so I could keep moving.
 
 I am not going to give away all the secrets of what happens at the class, because I want you to join us one day.  I will say this, check out the videos on You Tube.  They are clips of the classes he teaches and will give you an idea of the treat we experience in class.  Here is the link to the class I attended

I was happy I went.  I loved the people, Richard, and the whole experience.  I was excited to get there and thrilled when I left.  I want to make it a regular thing.  I am going to try my best to make the Tuesday and Thursday classes as well as the Saturday class.  Not sure how the weeknight classes will work out with traffic and Holly, but I am going to give it a whirl.  For sure, I will be there each Saturday.  Plus, I got to meet some uber cool people.  I could really get used to this.

PS - I wore my Body Bugg and burned 1100 calories from 9am - 2pm.  Which are the times I left and came home.  YES!  And I was only mildly sore the next day. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Big Fat Maintain!

Just got back from my occupational therapy appointment and my weigh in was disappointing.  I had a big fat maintain.  327.  No loss for a two week period.  At least it is not a gain, but I should have seen some scale movement.  I was hoping for 2lbs each week for a total of 4. 

We have identified my culprits:

1.)  I am not drinking my water.
2.)  Not consistent with the exercise.
3.)  Not consistent with wearing my Bodybugg.

Why are these barriers for the past two weeks?

1,)  Water - I am not drinking enough period. I know this because my lips are super chapped and my skin is very dry.  I am not drinking much at home either.  Maybe half a glass of water or tea with dinner, that is it.  At work, I have been in so many meetings and/or engrossed in projects that I am not paying attention to my water bottle.  That big green bottle and I have been a little distant lately and that relationship is about to change.  I promptly filled him up before I sat down at my desk to write this post.  I am nearly half done with 32 oz.  My renewed goal is to drink 3 of these big green bottles, which equals 96oz of water a day.

2.)  Exercise - Getting out to walk these days have been a little difficult.  Between the pure lack of motivation on my part, Holly's teething mood swings, late work nights, etc. the fun family walks have been kicked to the curbside.  Well, tonight, it is a no brainer, after dinner, we walk.  We are going out to eat, but it should be an early night.  (Assuming, Holly let's us.  LOL!)  I am going to talk about my lack of exercise motivation more below.  It was the topic of my appointment today.

3.)  Bodybugg - My bodybugg has been absent from my daily routine.  I relied heavily on that little watch monitor to tell me how close I am to reaching my daily targets.  Well, the watch battery died and so did my attention to the Bodybugg.  On days that I would wear it, I wouldn't download the stats until the end of the day and by that time it was too late to work achieving any missed targets.  So Saturday, I get the watch battery replaced and the Bodybugg back to it's permanent position on my arm.  I really do need that visual status of where I am to keep me motivated.

 One of the reasons why I like going to this occupational therapist is because she dives deep and helps me realize my barriers with weight loss.  I just assumed I was too lazy to exercise and ate whatever I wanted and that is why I am overweight and not successful with weight loss.  She has helped me open my eyes to the fact that it is not just laziness, but barriers that I need to work around to be successful.  So today's topic was exercise.

We determined the main barriers are parenting, work and yes, lack of motivation.  Parenting and work are the biggies.  Not much I can do to get around the work barrier other than trying to sneak a quick walk or stair climb between meetings.  Not very realistic though.  My hours are my hours and if I have to work late to meet a deadline I am going to do it.  Parenting barriers relate to the beauty that is mommy hood.  Holly is still unpredictable when we get home.  If she is teething, or didn't have a good nap, she is moody and cranky, which does work well if we need her to sit in a stroller for 20 -30 minutes.  On good nights though, no issue. 

The other barrier is lack of motivation.  On the good nights (I am home at a decent time, Holly is in a good mood), then it is up to me to get out there and go.  I don't sometimes.  Why?  Because it is a chore.  It is not fun.  I had an exhausting day and all I want to do is relax and enjoy my baby.  So to combat that lack of motivation, we needed to find something fun and challenging so I will engage.  We agreed that the Bodybugg stats have been a very successful motivator in the past and it is fun to achieve the daily targets.  So I will get back on that bandwagon as mentioned above.

I also need to find other sources of exercise, besides the walks, to keep me interested.  We take different routes, we time ourselves, we check step stats, and try to improve on them each time, but even that gets a little boring.  So I have decided to get out there and start doing some of these exercise classes that I have been avoiding for so long.  So this week, I shall participate in an exercise class and see if I like it.  Will it be something that I will love and want to come back to every few days or will be it a one hit wonder?  Or will I feel totally awkward and hate it?  I have no clue, but I am going to find out.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weigh In Tomorrow

I missed my appointment last week, so tomorrow's weigh in will reflect two whole weeks.  I am looking forward to it for a change. I haven't been as diligent in working out, because I have been working late most nights, but I am sneaking in activity when I can.  I am feeling good and think the scale gods will smile on me tomorrow.

Have a good night all!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friend Making Monday

I am actually catching up on blogs tonight while watching Drop Dead Diva and am able to participate in Friend Making Monday.  (I am usually 3 days late.)

Here are the rules:
Take a moment to answer this week’s questions on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at :www.alltheweigh.com so that everyone can see your FMM questions and answers.


FMM: Yes or No?
  1. Do you use coupons? Oh yes!  I go through phases when I am more dedicated to it than others, but I am one of those binder toting gals at the grocery or drug store.
  2. Do you like football? Yes, Miami Dolphins, please :) 
  3. Are you in a relationship? Yes, married to my Daniel for 4 years.
  4. Is your phone always within arm’s reach? Only at work.  I rarely have charged when I am at home. 
  5. Do you like thunderstorms? Yes, I love them.  It's one of the things I long for since we moved to Cali.
  6. Can you cook? Yes, but I must follow a recipe or else disaster.
  7. Are you – or have you – lost weight? Yes, especially the same 20lbs in the past 18 months.
  8. Do you know how to read a map? Yes, but I depend way too much on my GPS, Jill.
  9. Do you wear makeup? Yes, but not everyday.
  10. Do you read regularly? No, but I want to.
  11. Are you publicly affectionate? Yes, Hubba Hubba! ;)  Only since I met Daniel though.
  12. Do you like picnics? Yes, but haven't been on one in a while.
  13. Do you have a/c? Yes! I can't live without it.
  14. Have you ever been out of the country? Yes! But mostly to the Caribbean and Mexico.
  15. Do you know how to ride a bicycle? Yes, but I am terrible.  LOL!
Now, it is your turn.  Don't forget to link your answers in the comment section at All The Weigh :)  Have a happy and healthy week!
Patty

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meal Planning

I got a request from my old, dear friend, Stacy, to start posting my meal plans.  So, Stacy, this one's for you....

First off, here is a picture of the lunch I am eating while typing this blog.




This is a cobb salad from our "cafeteria".  It has romaine, tomato, avocado and bacon with a balsamic dressing.  I almost always eat this same salad on the days I buy lunch at work (like today).  Other days, I have lunch meetings, which are usually turkey sandwiches, with either chips or fruit (comes in the boxed lunch), or another fancier cobb salad from our exec dining room.  If I am really good, I bring something from home.

For dinners, I try to follow a formula of  1 chicken, 1 pork, 1 beef, 1 pasta and one big salad, snack or leftover night, which cleans out the fridge for grocery shopping the next day.  We go out to eat once a week, usually on Friday night or the night the cleaning lady was there.  (I hate to use my kitchen after she made it so sparkly clean :)   I don't eat seafood, so no fish or shrimp dinners, but the hubby and my mom are welcome to make it anytime they want.

I get bored with the same meals week in and out so I use Gina's Skinny Recipes, or my Clean Eating cook book or anything else that tickles my fancy, to inspire me with new ideas.  I like trying different marinades, new spices, etc.  The idea is quick, easy meals, that use as few pots or pans as possible.  For sides, we always have a rice, potato or pasta side on the meat nights and at least two veggies, which includes a salad or just two prepared vegetables.

This week's meals were/are:
Monday - Big salad and pizza night. (I wasn't home for this dinner, but I made up for it on Tuesday.)
Tuesday - Out to dinner (cleaning lady night woo hoo!)  I had a salad and a small personal pan pizza.   :)
Wednesday - Oven fried chicken tenders, mac and cheese, broccoli and salad.  (Gross chicken tenders.)
Thursday - Pork Fajitas (lots of peppers, onions & mushrooms), Mexican rice with mixed veggies and avocado.  (I can't wait.)
Friday - Pasta with squash, zucchini, eggplant, onion and any other veggie I can throw in it.  Topped with tomato sauce and a salad.
Saturday - Snacky night with won-tons, egg rolls and left over veggies.  Or French onion soup.  I haven't decided yet.

In the mornings I am sticking to my Starbuck's Perfect Oatmeal and in between snacks are usually fruit or cheese and crackers.   So there ya have it.  Not the most super exciting meal plan, but manageable for us during the week. 

What is your favorite go to week night dish?  How long do you usually take to prepare dinner?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kitchen Disaster

I tried my bag of whole wheat panko bread crumbs.  I made a batch of oven fried chicken tenders and used the new bag of whole wheat panko bread crumbs.  They were so gross.  I don't know if it was the brand I used, but it was a major tastebud disaster.  I will be tossing that bag and going back to panko original.  LOL!  Lesson learned. Tomorrow's kitchen adventure will be pork fajitas.

 

Friday, June 10, 2011

4 Down, 26 To Go

I kicked that scales butt this morning.  Last week's disastrous weigh in:  331, this week: 327 - Oh yeah!  That's Right!  Or as my husband would say "In Your Face, Scale!"

So I am 4 pounds closer to my new goal, with 26lbs to go. 

This week, I committed to the exercise.  I walked with the hubby and baby each night, with the exception of last night.  I had to work late and then I had to watch the Heat break my heart for one more loss. 

My goal of doing the 5 minute meditation each morning was a total fail.  Holly woke me up every morning this week, with the exception of Monday.  I did that one morning and that was it.  I am doing more deep breathing exercises during the day, but not 5 minutes at one time.  I do them before we start walking, and I am still feeling stronger,  more alert and that I have a better power walk.  So I will be keeping that up this week.

I am feeling good and motivated.  Plan for this weekend is a lunch and movie date with the hubs on Saturday, I am truly looking forward to it.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Working out again and a revaluation of goals.

Let me start off by saying that I had my highest registered calorie burn this past Saturday, Woo Hoo!!!.  I burned 4700 calories.  That was with me taking off my armband once we got home from Disneyland at 8pm.  Yikes and Hooray all at once.  (I still don't know how to post the screen shot of my Bodybugg page, but will figure it out soon, I hope!)  3,600 of those calories were burned during our time at Disneyland (17,000 steps there too) with the rest from sleep, and activity before and after visiting the mouse house.  I was stiff and sore on Sunday, and didn't wear my bugg, but I did do lots of laundry and ran errands.  So the day wasn't totally movement free.

This morning started my new routine of 5 minute meditation followed by exercise.  I did the meditation first, which for me was a lot of deep breathing, eyes closed and trying to push out all the nonsense from my brain.  BOY DID THAT WORK WONDERS FOR ME!  I felt like a new woman.  It also gave me the extra little pep in my step to get through my workout.  I noticed in the past that my am workouts were never as strong as my evening ones, and this was the total opposite.  I am hoping it is due to all the oxygen flowing to my brain beforehand.  I did a 2 mile walk with Leslie Sansone and then the baby woke up.  She likes to have a bottle and cuddle right away, but at least I got in that 25 minutes.  I am going to work late tonight, but am actually hoping to squeeze in another walk tonight when I get home.

During my drive to work, I had a little talk with myself and decided on a new mini goal of 30 lbs.  That is my new focus.  I have to lose this 30lbs to be under 300.  30lbs sounds manageable and I know I can do it this summer so my goal date will be August 31st.  It's approximately 10% of my body weight and the goal date still gives me a 2 - 2.5 pound per week weight loss rate.  Reward?  Not sure yet.  I don't have any material wants or needs right now.  I am thinking maybe a half day off from motherhood or wife duties?  A little R&R time or a nice hike?  Or a quiet beach day, reading and walking in the sand?  Something that gets me out of the house and moving.  Do you have any thoughts?

Friday, June 3, 2011

It is Time!

I admit, one of my issues with weight loss is managing to combine both nutrition and exercise in my day to day routine.  I have been doing one or the other this entire time.  I just couldn't manage to swing both.  I can honestly tell you sometimes, it is just impossible, other times, I am too tired or just plain lazy. Tell me, ladies, how do you manage full time jobs (at home or outside of the home), commuting, kids, chores, shopping, meal planning, getting a decent nights sleep, blogging and still manage to squeeze in exercise?  

Well today, at my Occupational Therapy session, we talked about how it is now time to do both.  I have pretty much mastered my nutrition, meal planning, etc.  Now I have to start incorporating the exercise.  No more excuses, no more delays.  It is time.

We learned that I have a hard time relaxing, which isn't relieving my stress, which triggers those cravings, which leads me to a battle of wills between me and that little voice telling me to eat cake.  My approach of jumping up for a quick activity to relieve the stress and walk away from the craving wasn't working.  She also suggested I take 5 minutes each day, to start, and do some meditation, followed by deep breathing and stretching. 

So my new plan of action this week:
Wake up, and meditate for 5min, followed by 5 minutes of deep breathing and stretching.
Walk/exercise for 30 minutes, eat breakfast and dress for work.
I need to reflect and see if those cravings disappear with regular exercise.  If not, then back to the drawing board.