100 Pound Count Down

Monday, May 10, 2010

Walking Group




I have had a lot of requests from friends to go walking since moving down to Spanish Fork. Believe me I need the exercise. I decied that I want to go walking twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. So I set up a walking group...sort of. So far the group consists of Me. I know a few of you have said you want to come a long, and I really hope you will.
Time: Monday-Friday 6:30am
Monday-Thursday 8pm
Place: the walking trail down by the new ball parks in Spanish Fork.
Come walk with me!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Difference

Last Sunday Danny moved down to Spanish Fork (I won't be moving down until April 30th because of school). So I was by myself til Friday evening and I'll tell you what I learned in those 5 days without him.....I eat healthier and a lot less. I know, I know....I can't blame the weight gain of the past 2 years on him completely but it is true, it is mimic the eating habits of those you live with. Maybe it is not so much the eating habits of Danny because, He really does eat pretty healthy and doesn't tend to over eat. It is more of the eating habits of us as a couple. When we are together we like to go out to dinner or out to lunch. Sadly it is something to for us to do together and sometimes it is faster and cheaper.

While he was gone, I rarely ate out. I think I did once, to grab a quick lunch as I rushed from work to school (Quiznos...yum). Plus who eats out by themselves....ok, maybe some of you....but I just don't have the guts to do it alone. Sure, drive thrus are more friendly for the single eater but for those who know me, I don't really like fast food unless it is Barrys Drive Inn and Logan hasn't been graced with one of those yet. So I ate at home.

For those 5 days I cooked healthy lunches and dinners using lots of veggies, and fruits and stuck with fish or beans for my protein. I did gooCheck Spellingd to not over eat. I didn't eat after 8. I had no candy, sugar or pop. I stayed under 1800 calories. I went for at least a 2 mile walk each day...one day I did 4 miles. I felt so good. I didn't feel lazy or overly tired. I slept great a night. My stomach didn't hate me. I lost 2 pounds. I was feeling great.

Then came Saturday. McDonald's for breakfast. Arbys for lunch. Cafe Sabor for dinner. A Pepsi at lunch. No walk. And a long time spent in the bathroom. My stomach really hates when I eat such junk. I went from feeling fab to feeling flab. My body felt sluggish, tired, stuffed, bloated and uncomfortable.

There IS a difference you feel when you fill your body with healthy items that are prepared at home by you. I have felt it.

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm Back!

Yeah. I know. Your shocked to see a post. It has been awhile. No. I have not given up. Yes. I have not tried as hard as I could have the past, what three weeks. Has it been that long? But I will say...I have not gained any weight...I have not lost any weight. I will not list excuses as to why I have not been posting each day. None of them are justified. I've just been a little lazy. But I am back. I will do my best to redeem myself. Anyone else fall off the band wagon (as Oprah, puts it)?



My Goal:
Eat 1500 calories a day.

My Workout:
2 mile walk.

What I Ate Today

Breakfast:
Slim Fast drink= 170 cals
(No. I am not doing the Slim Fast diet, these are just easy to grab in the morning to take to school/work)

Snack:

Fiber One Bar= 140 cals
Spicy Tomato Juice= 30 cals

Lunch:

Tortilla chips= 300 cals
Homemade salsa
1 cup black beans= 150 cals
Half a small avocado= 140 cals
1 cup skim milk= 100 cals

Dinner:

Lemon pepper salmon= 300
Asparagus= 30 cals
1 small red potatoes= 100 cals
Garlic butter= 100 cals

Total Calories: 1560

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Food Revolution

As most of you know I have a love for food. Great food. Good food. I also have a love for nutrition, though it may not show through my unhealthy figure. I am passionate about food and nutrition. I have studied nutrition, food science and culinary arts through out the years at Utah State University. Through this my knowledge and understanding of food and its importance in our lives has grown tremendously.

Here is something else that I feel pasionate about as well. The education of youth about food and nutrition. This is an important part of what I study each day. It is sad to me that some kids go through out all 12 years of schooling and do not come away with the understanding of proper nutrition, and how to cook food. You will see from the following clip of Jamie Olivers speach that some elementry kids couldn't even name some common veggies. So sad. I hope that as I become a teacher in puplic school systems that I can change the food/nutrition programs and start my own Food Revolution. I remember learning how to make pastries and cookies in my junior and high school food classes. This needs to change. We need to teach healthy cooking and teach the importance of food and how it can benefit our lives if used right.


Jamie Oliver was the 2010 TED Prize winner. Here is his speech (it's awesome, worth the twenty minutes even Danny loved it). Danny says, "it makes sense".





Here is Jamie's new TV series called Food Revolution.
It is a great episode focusing on school lunch programs.




If you feel inspired by Jamie's campaign, he has created an online petition, promoting healthy food for children, that he will present to the White House. You can find the petition here:
http://www.jamiesfoodrevolution.com/petition. Pass it along!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Down 5 LB's

Yeah!!! I am down 5 pounds! Only 95 to go! It feels good to see some progress on the scale, just wish I felt it more in my clothing. I cant wait until I fit in some of my old jeans! Nothing gives me more motivation than seeing the numbers lower as I step on the scale.
I am also measuring my chest, arms, stomach, hips thighs, and calves. I will only be measuring these every two weeks, whereas I am weighing in each week. I think it is important to do both. I am hoping to gain some muscle and tone up my body. Fact is, muscle weights more than fat so the scale is not always going to be the best measurement of my success.
To help me continue to see more success I have decided to make some more long term goals. I am still doing my daily goals but I think these longer term goals will help me progress some more. Here they are
  • No Sugar: cake, ice cream, candy, soda, etc. (except on holidays, such as this Easter)
  • No Eating After 8
  • Stop eating when I start to feel full

Each of these goals will be hard for me. I have set them as a daily goal before but didn't set them as a goal the next day and went back to them. I am not a big sugar eater, I crave salty things more but lately I have been wanting a Pepsi everyday or something sweet after I eat. And that has to stop. I am a late night eater. Mostly because I stay up late. And I love cereal at night. That is my midnight snack of choice. It will be hard to give up. I love food and I really love good tasting food. I also eat out a lot and when I do, I feel like I have to eat it all heck I paid 10 bucks for it. This has to stop as well. Whenever I eat out I end up getting way too full and feel sick. I need to stop when I start to feel full.

So here is to the next 5 pounds!!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Working Out

My workouts these past few days have been great. I really enjoy working out. It makes me feel good. Don't get me wrong...it's not like I am always jumping to go, it just feels really great when I do. I like to go to the gym. I know some people hate it but I really love it. I like the atmosphere of a gym. Everyone is there trying to better themselves. OK. Almost everyone. The other night at the gym I saw two guys (oh and these guys did not have a six pack, by any means) talking about how they could get the girl over in the corner (the one wearing the skimpy shorts that happened to showcase her but cheeks hanging out) to look at them. I almost wanted to puke. But for the most part people who go to the gym are there for the same or similar reason, to get healthy. I like being a part of that. I like when my muscles feel worked. I like the burn in my chest when I push a little too hard. I like the accomplished feeling I get when I push through a tough workout. I like the adrenaline high, that makes me feel like I could go forever, I get about 15 minutes into my workout. I like the motivation I get when I see someone else running faster than me. I like the primetime tv I get to watch silently(we dont have it at home) while I listen to my music, its a good distraction. Needless to say, I like working out.

What I dont always like, eating healthy. I like to eat. I like to taste really good food. And I will admit, I do eat when I am bored. And that is a big problem. One I am trying to work on. One I haven't been too successful at yet. But I am not giving up. I'm staying positive. While I get my bad eating habits under control...I will just do what I like best. Workout. Plus working out usually makes me want to eat better.

Moral for the day: when your not successful at one thing...dont give up on the rest!!

What's on my workout playlist this week?
  • Take a Chance on Me (ABBA)
  • Mama Mia (ABBA)
  • S.O.S (ABBA)
  • Girls (Beastie Boys)
  • Santa Monica (Everclear)
  • I Will Buy You a New Life (Everclear)
  • Everything to Everyone (Everclear)
  • Hypnotize (The Notorirous B.I.G)
  • Going Back to Cali (The Notorirous B.I.G)
  • What's My Age Again (Blink-182)

What are you best at? Eating healthy, workingout or other?

What is your favorite workout song? I need more to add to my list.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Graduation

Today's Reason
  • To not look like a giant blue berry when I walk across the stage at graduation on May 8th

Yesterday's Accomplishments

  • Walked to and from all my classes
  • Almost No sweets/treats...we made ice cream in my food science lab and I had to take a tablespoon sample to be able to evaluate it....I dont count it as a failure.
  • Cooked and ate all meals at home
  • Did not eat after 8pm

Today's Goals

  • Go to the gym
  • No sweets/treats
  • Eat 5 servings of veggies and 2 servings of fruit
  • Cook and eat all meals at home

Thoughts

I am graduating May 8th. I am so stinkin excited to walk across that stage and get my diploma. It has been a long time coming. What I am not so excited about it wearing a navy blue graduation gown. Those things make the average person look like a giant puff pastry. I dont want to imagine what I will look like if I dont drop a few. So here is to my new reason.

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