Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Haven't posted in a while. This is mainly because I've been falling out of my weight loss regimen. One reason for this is an increase in the workload with school, the other is the adoption of Dubstep. My time is precious, AND I usualy can't really leave the house. I don't feel like anyone should ever have an excuse not to be healthy, so I felt bad about lapsing to this degree. My weight went back up to 148 pounds, which goes to show that it's much easier for me to gain weight than lose.

My husband Joe has also wanted to get back into shape (he's already in much better shape than I am) and he wants to get fit so he can play soccer for a sponsored local team he's recently joined. We agreed to buy the workout DVDs known as Insanity. They came in about a week ago and due to his schedule, today was the first day.

I decided this time I'd follow the meal guidelines, which is always something I've been against in the past. My argument was always that I was a foodie, I loved to cook healthy home meals, which is true, and that everything I cook is just as healthy as the quick fix meals they provide in these types of programs. I don't need to buy tomato soup with preservatives because I can make my own and it tastes better, for example. I've also always said that a meal plan pushed the boundaries of how much weight loss can be healthy and make you happy. Many meal plans are low carb, no meat, the caveman diet, or some other unnecessarily restricting system. After looking through the meal book for Insanity, I realized I eat most of these things already. It was all fully balanced meals that have everything, there's pasta and meat and lucky for me lots of fish (which I love.) I do plan on making my own dinners sometimes, I'll just have to watch the portions, because some meals I'm too attached to. I love my brazilian fish stew, which is very very healthy, I love my shakshuka, which is always very very healthy. So I don't see that as a problem. It's really the  middle of the day and the evening when I start to break and snack on food that's bad for me, so this meal plan will help with that.

The workout today was a fitness test which lasted about 25 minutes. It was intense and difficult. The main thing I'm worried about is actually my left knee, which seemed to have some trouble with some of the moves. I called my rheumatologist today to see if I could get some advice since it's been swelling again, but I may have to make an appointment. There's no pain and I can use it, but it's swollen. We'll see what happens.

Anyway I'll try to post a status update about where I am which will have my weight, my measurements, a photo and stuff like that. I'll try to update more regularly from now on.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Food solution

Hello weightloss blog. I haven't been here in a few days. I'm currently at 146.6 pounds, and I think that small bit of loss is due to better eating habits. As far as my workout/diet regimen, it's changed a bit lately. Why? because I got a puppy!

Isn't he adorable? Little border collie, definitely looking forward to all the tricks I'll be able to teach him. Also, he happens to be a huge pain in the ass as well. Well I say that but it's really not so bad. He is the first baby anything I've really taken care of on my own, so my life has been consumed by his needs for the past three days. Luckily he's getting good enough that I'm not really having to give him my undivided attention 24/7 anymore.

The main thing, however, is that I can't leave the house right now. I'm kennel training him, which is going pretty well, but I just can't justify leaving a 2 month old puppy alone. I should wait until I absolutely know he'll be ok.

How does this relate to weight loss? Well I can't run, swim, or do anything outside of my house. This has been a real challenge. I'm not that worried about it since he'll eventually really help me with working out, but also my husband and I will be doing the Insanity dvds very soon. I should be getting them on friday. I want to combine that with my hiking and cardio. Hiking will probably happen on the active rest days.

So, regarding my main issue which is my diet. I've decided to try making meals I've never made before, or experimenting and cooking meals that would be very healthy. I would call them super meals, since they contain a large amount of nutritional value and consist of mostly very healthy food. I want to try this experiment until I reach 100 meals. Each one has to be different. I will include current recipes that I make, but I'll run out of those very quickly. So here's my first meal:

Meal 1. Portabella mushroom with egg baked on top. Sweet tea to drink

It got a little messy, ended up sticking to the foil in the oven. Forgot to oil it :P   Anyway, hope I can keep it up! I'll post more meals today as I make them.