7/13/10

Before and Afters part 3: Shan and Tom

Here is their lovely wedding day:




















And again, 10 months later:

















I mean seriously.  How skinnie can you get?  So impressed with those guys.

Before and Afters part 2: Shan and Moe

Here are the ones you have all been waiting for.  I am going to post a few from last weekend.  None of them are really full length pictures so you can't get the entire "picture", but its good enough.  To jog your memory:














And now, 10 months later:

















Moe is on the left, Shan on the right.  (in case you couldn't tell)
Now don't you go thinking that just because we threw up some before and after pictures on the blog that we are done with it.  I still need to lose more, and I need motivation!  In fact, tomorrow I am re-starting weight watchers.  If you couldn't tell from my lack of posting, I haven't really been sticking to it.:(  But trying on bridesmaid dresses reminded me that I still have a while to go before I can look as good as my twinnie!

7/11/10

Before and Afters part 1: Moe and Chris


Over July 4th weekend, the family went to St. Louis to visit family and meet my little sister's inlaws.  We went to a St. Louis Cardinal's baseball game, and it was a blast.  In September, after Shan got married, we were lucky enough to get pictures taken at the Cardinal's stadium.  So here we were just about 10 months ago:

And here we are, on our anniversary, July 3rd:


I think you can really tell in Chris.  He is about 50 lbs lighter in this pictre, while I am about 20 lbs lighter.  I have a before of Shan and I at her wedding and she has an after so we just need to get those together so you can see the difference in us!


6/16/10

Its been 2 weeks

I took 2 weeks off.  2 weeks off of dieting, and consequently, blogging.  I felt a little guilty eating ice cream and then thinking, shoot!  I need to go post!  I didn't pig out all day, everyday.  But I wasn't writing anything down or really looking at nutritional information as I usually do.  So when I weighed in this morning, I was a little nervous about what my weight was.  But I only gained 3 lbs!  I know that is a lot, but I figure, if I put it on quick, I can take it off quick.  My goal for next Wednesday is to be 3 lbs lighter.  I got a nifty 3 month weight watcher tracker that I started today.  So my goal for the end of the 3 months is to 22 lbs lighter.  Pretty hefty goal, I know, but!  My sis asked me to be in her wedding and I would prefer to look good in it compared to looking like a cow in Shan's wedding.
I found a black, one piece swim suit at Old Navy ($19, score!) and thanks to it being black, its not too bad.  I have been taking my girls to the pool quite a bit in the past 2 weeks, so I am getting a lot of use out of it.  Thats all for now, later!

6/3/10

The Results are in...

Congrats to Tom and Shan!  They lost a combined 68 lbs (17.32%) in 4 months.  My hub won biggest loser male (outside of the bl couple) at 17%.  My SIL Jenny won biggest loser female at 14.69% weight loss.  There were 4 couples in the competition, and in 4 months, we lost a combined 236lbs.  How awesome is that?
I was 2nd place for biggest loser female- 1.4 lbs separated 1st and 2nd place!  Chris and I lost the most combined weight- 72 lbs!

Sorry for all the boring stats, but I was excited to see it all out on the blog. Chris wants to keep the competition going, which I am totally game for!  We will see what happens.  So yesterday was the last weigh in.  Since then, I haven't really been weight watching.  I made this for dinner last night, and it was soooo yummy!  I think after a few days of cleaning out my pantry (eating pasta and a lot of other things in there that I have been avoiding) I will get back on the horse.  I'm keeping up the walking in the meantime.  I'm glad I still have Skinnie Twinnies to keep me motivated!  That, and durn swim suit season.  I have tried on quite a few and am not too happy with the look.  Catch ya later...

5/27/10

Birthday

YAY for us turning 28 today! Wish the skinnie twinnies could be together today. :( There is always next year!!

5/26/10

Picking up the pace...

I lost 3.5 lbs this week!! I am on cloud nine! This might be my biggest loss in a week yet. I even beat out the hub, who lost a not-so-shabby 2.4 lbs. How did I do this you ask? I cut out as much processed foods as possible and I did extra cardio. I really did it for the biggest loser competition, since we only have 1 week left at this point.

I am so excited! This should keep me going for the next week, although it's going to be tough since there is a skinnie twinnie birthday tomorrow and vacation this weekend! Happy dieting!
Woo hoo!!

5/20/10

Newest obsession...

Lettuce wraps.  Marinate some chicken in some yummy sauce, cook it and throw all sorts of grated veggies together and serve in a romaine lettuce leaf.  Yum yum.  A true light delight!
I have 2 great recipes from my fave food blog, http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/
PF Changs Style Wraps
Spicy mango Wraps

Enjoy!

Crunchtime

My hub is totally being the biggest loser police.  Have you worked out today?  Want to work out again?  What did you eat?  How many calories is that?  Did you write it all down?  Want to work out again?  Again?  Again?  
Ok, maybe thats a bit of an exaggeration, but like my post says, is is crunchtime!  And he is making sure we are both on track.  Each day is precious- we have to lose as much as we can each day.  If I were this focused from the very beginning, I might be in a size 6 right now.  Harhar.  That hasn't happened since high school!  I am getting my teeth professionally whitened for the next 2 weeks.  That means that for 2 hours a night I have to keep my trays in my mouth without eating or drinking anything!  And then there shouldn't be any eating 2 hours after that.  So that will help me avoid all late night snacking.  Late night snacking is my biggest weakness.  I can go all day eating right and on track.  After the kids are in bed and the tv goes on, I just want to raid the pantry!  We don't really have a lot of snickysnacks around the house, so I resort to ridiculous combinations of food.  I have been known to eat a the rest of the bag of marshmallows.  
On the exercise front, I am not going to any fancy workout classes like Shan, but I am managing to get out and walk for 40-60 minutes per day.  I am in the process of starting a walking group with my nearby mommy-friends, so that should pay off.  Today, my sweet little E turned 1.  Sniff sniff.  How time flies.  See ya!

5/19/10

2 weeks left...

until biggest loser is over! My hub and I are winning, but almost neck and neck are Moe and her hub. My husband has almost lost 50 lbs, and I believe he will get there in the next two weeks. That is amazing. When this is all over, I will post a before and after picture of us as a couple. It's amazing the difference, especially on him! He looks great and feels great.
I did lose 1.1 this weigh-in, which is good, but not ideal for a weight loss competition. It's getting harder! Not only am I facing a plateau, we are delving into summer! And we all know that summer means going out more, drinking more, etc.
On the workout front, my hub and I have been doing really well. We started doing a boot camp on the rooftop of our apartment with the trainer. We are still sticking to those classes that are twice a week. I think we are building a ton of muscle. Which is good, because the Warrior Dash is this weekend! How exciting is that? I'll definitely post pictures of that.
Ooooh, and tonight I get my haircut, do you think that will help me shed some pounds? :)

Keep it coming

Weigh in was ok today!  I lost 2.8 lbs in this 2 week time frame.  We are still in 2nd place with the Biggest Loser.  The hub is totally talking it up that we can win this.  He is saying that I "only have to lose 7 lbs till next weigh in (June 2nd)."  Hmm.  ONLY?  I have never lost that much in 2 weeks, or even really in 3 weeks so I hate to break it to him but I just don't think I can do 7.  MAYBE 5 if I try really hard.  And I will try hard.  Today I have already taken a 2 mile walk in the hot Dallas sun.  This is going to be a tough weekend to get through with the birthday party bash on Saturday.  We shall see, we shall see!  Shan lost 1.1 in this 2 week time frame, and she is really only about 8 lbs away from her goal!  I am halfway to my goal.  I have lost 25 and would LOVE to lose 25 more.  Here is an interesting fact for ya:  right now I weigh what Shan weighed when we started this blog.  Skinnie Twinnies unite in July again so we will see how we measure up again...

5/13/10

Broken Scale

We have a digital scale, so I guess its not technically broken, just out of batteries.  But we don't have any lying around our house, so its broken in my book!  When I weighed myself yesterday, it said I gained 4 lbs.  Then I got off and then on again and was 8 lbs lighter than the first weight.  Throughout the day I would take my weight (just for fun) and it was hilarious to see what my weights were!  I lost as much as 13 lbs and gained as much as 6.  Who knows what my real weight is!  We will get it fixed by the next weigh-in, never fear.  I just didn't want anyone thinking, wait, why hasn't Moe posted her weekly weight loss?  (side note, why hasn't Shan, haha)  
I made cookies for playgroup last night and they were evil.  Half of my points are all used up and its only day 2 in my week!  Have a great weekend guys!

5/12/10

Competitors or twinnies?

This is in response to Moe's last post. You are going down!!!!! :) My husband and I are also going to buckle down these last 3 weeks and try and shave off the extra lbs. Actually, it needs to be me more than him. I know I haven't posted in a while, and it's mostly because I have been maintaining. I lose a half of a pound, then I gain half of a pound. Meanwhile, my now sveldt husband is still losing 2 lbs a week, at the least! He is looking awesome! And so healthy!

We have been taking some "body sculpting" classes at the apartment gym that are quite the workout! Those classes, plus using the personal trainer and training for the Warrior Dash in a week and a half has kept us busy. Which is why I have probably been maintaining- I feel as though I can eat more! But, the next three weeks, I'm sticking to it.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! Come on twinnie, let's get skinnie!!

5/11/10

Biggest Loser is winding down...

So the results from last week's BL weigh-in are in, and the hub and I won!  My percentage alone beat out any other couple, so that was quite exciting to see.  Next Wednesday is the next BL weigh-in, and then 2 more weeks and that is it.  SO the stakes are pretty high.  Shan and Tom are in the lead- they have lost around 27% of their weight combined.  Chris and I are in second place with losing almost 24% combined.  So, if Chris and I continue to lose and IF Tom and Shan gain or maintain, we might pull it off.  In an effort to squeeze every last ounce off of us, Chris and I made a deal.  I will exercise everyday if he does weight watchers with me everyday.  That means I am going to keep track of everything he eats and he is going to make sure I do some sort of exercise EVERY day.  Thus far, Chris has really only been eating healthy (which is awesome) but its time to step it up and start counting his calories(points).  And its going to be REALLY hard, because in these next 3 weeks, it is jam-packed with family coming in town and I am throwing a huge birthday bash for us girls.  (Our birthdays are May 20- E, May 24- G, and May 27-Me!)  Aside from that , we literally have family staying with us for like 18 days straight.  And you know when family comes into town, well at least for me, I tend to let calorie counting slide.
And in other news, my older sister (you know, the one who is practically perfect in every way) has joined this weight loss train.  She has 2 little ones and wants to get rid of that last 5 or 10 lbs that tend to stay on after those sweet babies are born.  So I have been trying to help her out with counting her points as well.  SO good luck Meg!  And good luck to us!  Later!

5/10/10

Bison Burgers and Barbecues

Our family is a little obsessed with barbecuing.  We pretty much grill out 10 months per year.  And when we have people over, its always going to be a barbecue.  And why not?  I don't think I have met one person who doesn't enjoy a burger, hot dog, brat, etc!  On Mother's day, we tried out Bison burgers.  I don't think in a  million years I would have bought them, but I saw Jamie Oliver serving them on his Food Revolution.  So when I saw them at cost-co, I couldn't pass them up!  They are very, very yummy!  I found this little comparison from http://bisonburgers.net/nutrition/ in case anyone is curious:
Bison Nutrition Comparisions


Interesting, right?  I read through that website and they talked about how Bison are healthier animals because they eat grass and are not subject to commercial feed/grains and also drugs and chemicals.  SO all around, its just a healthier cut of meat for you!  Yum!

5/5/10

I Lost My Baby...in pounds!

Before you read this post, go take a gander at my weight loss ticker.  Are you amazed?  I have lost 22 lbs!  I am so freaking pumped!!  The other day I weighed my dear baby E, and that sweet little porker weighs 22 lbs!  I feel like my arms have some pretty good muscles lately since i have been carrying her around more often due to her constant teething-tantrums!  So now, when I pick her up, and have to heave her up onto my shoulder I can think, WHOA.  I used to carry this around on my body!  Kind of weird to think about.  And kind of exciting to think that is off of me!  Still got a ways to go though folks.  Right now I am thinking about swimsuit season.  And although I look ok in my regular clothes, I don't look ok at all in a swimsuit!  What am I to do?  I want to be poolside everyday this summer and there is just not enough time before the pool opens for me to lose it all.  So I guess I need some advice on some mom-figure friendly swimsuits that are also cute.  Any ideas?  Lata!

5/1/10

Glass VS Water Bottle

This past week, a high school friend of mine, K, came to visit.  We had a lovely time catching up, playing with the girls and she was just giddy to be outdoors since it is so nice here in Dallas compared to St. Louis.  It is always interesting when you have a new person in the house- you can really learn a lot!  She cooked a healthy dinner for us one night and it was sooo yum!  She is a really healthy person, and knew that the hub and I are trying to be really good too.  So instead of bringing me Gooey Butter Cake (STL's best coffee cake EVER), she brought me a box of No Pudge Fudge Brownie mix.  It is a brownie mix that is fat free, and all you add to it is fat free yogurt!  Mmm mmm good.  Each serving was just 2 points!  She got hers at Trader Joe's, but if you live in one of those really unlucky cities that doesn't have a TJ, then you can go to the No Pudge website and they have a list of locations by state.
Anyways, one thing that I noticed right away about K is that she drinks a TON of water.  She was constantly filling up a glass of water, all day.  It was actually very impressive that she could keep up such an amazing pace, all day long.  I always start out so good, but by the end of the day I can't even remember when the last time I took a drink was!  So on the last day that she was here, I challenged myself to drink as much as she did.  I had my trusty water bottle with me all day long.  Some bottles were full of just ice and water, others had crystal light in it.  She also had to constantly remind me and I think in the end she still ended up drinking more than I did!  But!  I still drank 5 bottles of water in one day.  And at 32 oz per bottle, that is a whopping 160 ounces(over 1 gallon!) I drank in one day.  You are supposed to drink at least 64, so I was pretty well covered.  So thanks K, for inspiring me.  I have my 1/2 full water bottle next to me as I type!

4/28/10

Getting my Groove Back!

I lost 2.6 this week!  I wrote down everything I ate, and didn't go off the diet at all this week.  I have been walking a lot lately.  The weather in Dallas is PHENOMENAL!  I have been taking the girls to a park or a duck pond almost everyday.  And G is kind of obsessed with riding her own little bike so I usually put Elia in the stroller and we just go wherever Gianna can ride to!
I hope that my last post wasn't too soap box-y.  I didn't mean to come across as a perfect eater.  Because I am NOT!  I would wolf down a McGriddle right now if it were in front of me even though I know it is one of the most unhealthy meals ever created.  Grease and fat taste good!  I just try to avoid at all costs.  I know I can also attribute my recent success with losing weight (like the past few weeks) with the fact that I am, ahem, on a normal , womanly cycle, if you catch my drift.  I have heard that nursing kind of makes your body store more fat than it truly needs since you are responsible for being able to produce so much food for another human being.  I am weening little E right now, so I know that is helping.
I am really excited because I am only 1.2 lbs away from losing 20!  That is quite a milestone.  I would love to have lost 30 by the time Biggest Loser is over at the end of May.  We shall see.

4/27/10

Jamie Oliver and Juice +

I'm sure every wellness/exercise/diet blog out there has in one way or another talked about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.  I DVRed the entire series because I didn't want to miss an episode!  For those of you who haven't watched or heard anything about it (are you living under a rock?) I will give you a little synopsis:
Jamie is a celebrity chef and health campaigner in the UK.  He came over to America, specifically Huntington, West Virginia.  Huntington is statistically one of the unhealthiest cities in the country.  He started a grassroots movement- he first went to schools, then churches, and in the homes of the community.  He opens up a kitchen to teach people how to cook healthy.  He goes to an elementary school and completely changes their menu, and then the entire district adopts his change.  He talked to families and helped them learn to eat better.  And people all over the country, the world even, were watching this revolution unfold.  He made so many people aware, and for that I am so thankful.  He kept quoting a statistic through the whole series that is shocking and scary.  The statistic is that in the year 2010, children with obesity will not outlive their parents.  How scary is that?
Last weekend, I went to a Juice + party.  And it really opened my eyes to what I feed my kids.  There was a lot of talk about nutrition labels and ingredients that I had never looked at for my children.  When I looked at the apple sauce I have been feeding G for the past week or so, I saw that one of the first 3 ingredients is high fructose corn syrup.  Never mind that on the front of the package it says a healthy snack for kids!  A lot of what Juice + is all about is exactly what Jamie Oliver is trying to convey to the world.  Eat healthy things.  Eat fresh produce as much and as often as you can.  Eat things that come from the farm, not a factory.  I know how hard it is to make kids (esp 2 year olds) eat healthy.  But it is our obligation as good parents to do it!  I think I have come a long way in my dieting process.  I used to buy all the "diet" goodies that would satisfy my sweet tooth.  The Skinny Cow, the 100 calorie packs, etc. etc.  Now I am really more about eating natural, fresh, foods.  And if I fall off the wagon, its ok!  I just get back on and try to avoid them.  Weigh in is tomorrow, and I am pretty sure I did well.  We shall see...

Some good links:
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/
http://fedupwithschoollunch.blogspot.com/
http://dinnergarden.org/

4/21/10

Blah blah blah you get the point!

Hi everyone.  I have had some serious problem with blogging.  I have signed in and started to write a post so many times and then I just get writers block or something.  I just feel like right now I have nothing to write about!  Except that Last week I lost 2 lbs and this week I lost 1.6.  I know this looks exciting, but for some reason I feel very apathetic towards it all right now.  I have been pretty good about writing down what I have been eating and sticking to that, its just the fact that I haven't exercised!
I have not done a P90X video in at least a week.  Now that the Hub can't work out with me at night, my work out time is during nap.  But nap time is SO precious to me.  That is when I clean the house, make dinner, fold laundry, etc. etc. and if I am lucky, catch a nap or sit down to watch one of my favorite shows ever, Color Splash.  So I am thinking about doing an exercise class that would get me out of the house when he is home and then I would have other people (even if they are strangers) to work out with.  My rec center offers a jazzercise class that looks like a lot of fun.  I will keep you updated on that though.
Here are some other "issues" I have been wanting to talk about:
Vegetable fiber bread.  Has anyone out there tried any?  Its pretty good.  2 slices is only 70 calories, so I can pile on a little extra meat or cheese without feeling guilty.
Earth Grains: 35 Reduced Calorie Vegetable Fiber Wheat Bread, 16 oz
The Dukan diet. My husband found this on the internet and it is definitely a fad diet, But!  We might try it just to kick-start some quick weight loss for us.  It is very similar to South Beach, with its own "phases."  It says if you follow it, you can lose up to 11 lbs in 2 days.  What the what?  I will let you know if and when we do it.  Looks like a lot more work than I would prefer, but if it could help us win biggest loser, than I might consider it.
Speaking of Biggest Loser, Shannon and Tom won again last weigh-in, those jerks!    We will see what happens this week!  Ok, I must go.  Go to our page on facebook to offer us some motivational tips- we NEED it!!!

4/20/10

So, neither twinnie has written in a while,

and I know you have missed us! Not much new to report here, just plugging along. I'm still working out with the personal trainer and trying to eat healthy. My husband and I had some friends in town this past weekend, and it was really nice. Since we don't know that many people in the area, we had big plans of going out, shopping, and just hanging around. We went to a brewery and out to dinner and we barbecued and watched baseball. It was great! It made me realize that I have really cut the social drinking out of my life, and this alone is probably helping contribute to my weight loss.

I digress. I went shopping with my girlfriend that was in town, and I think I realized that I am now a size 10. Which, ladies and gentleman, hasn't seen my body in many years. So I am excited. But you know how sometimes different stores sizes run differently. But still. To feel very comfortable in a 10 was quite encouraging. So that is my motivation for the week- stay in those size 10 jeans and dress I just bought! Woo hoo!

4/9/10

Another engagement! Another motivation!

Besides my skinnie twinnie Shan, I haven't talked much about my family.  I am the 2nd oldest of 5- Meg, me, Shan, Col, and Ry.  Meg is the typical older sister- perfect in every way.  She is hard-working, beautiful, skinny (even after having 2 kids) and one thing that I really aspire to- organized!  Then there are the twins- Moe and Shan.  We are quite obviously the cool sisters.  We (and especially Shan) are the funny ones that everyone wants to be around at family get-togethers and other social events.  (I am totally embellishing here).  Col is next(I am going to skip over her real quick).  Then there is the lone brother, Ry.  He is a typical high schooler, except that he has 4 older sisters (not a fate many would envy).  So he isn't really all that typical.  He loves to play with his 4 nieces and nephews and he is just a great guy.
Ok so back to Col- she is probably the sweetest person I have ever met.  There is just not a bad bone in her body.  Kids LOVE her, they just sort of are drawn to her.  I would say she is kind of like the apple of our family's eye.  She is a little shorter than the rest of us and so my dad quite appropriately nicknamed her "Mouse."    Well, our little Col, our mouse, is all grown up and this past weekend she got engaged!!!  Another one bites the dust!  But seriously, we couldn't be happier for her.
So why am I talking about this on my weightloss blog?  Well, for one it is really exciting I can't not talk about it, but also, it is a great motivation for me to keep losing weight so I can look good at her wedding!  Woohoo!
Congrats Col!

The Ugly Truth

I gained weight while in Atlanta.  Since the birth of this blog, I have never gained.  I can't say I am surprised or anything.  I had all the best intentions to exercise and write down what I ate while in Atlanta, but it just didn't happen.  I would start out eating healthy and in small portions, but by the end of the day, my bro in law Ed would open up the bar and I was like putty when he would shake out a margarita for me.  Then there was the Easter candy that seemed to last all week long.  Reese's eggs=EVIL!!!

Shan got food poisoning the night before our scheduled personal training session, so that got nixed.  My husband has gained as well, so we are a little depressed about it.  BUT!  We are getting right back on the wagon.  Take a look at the latest skinnie twinnie pic:











You should see Shan.  She is HOT!  I haven't seen her this skinnie in a long time.  I am so jealous proud of her!  I will post more about ATL later, but I just wanted to send out an update to the blogosphere!

4/2/10

Cleaning Out My Closet

So I have been packing ALL DAY LONG.  I really hate packing, and I procrastinate by doing ANYthing else.  Organize my sock drawer, clean the bathrooms, paint my nails, you know, the usual procrastinating activities.  Well today I decided to organize my closet.  I basically tried on all my non-maternity clothes on, and most of them all fit!  How exciting is that?  Now they don't all look stunning on me, but the fact that I can zip up pants and skirts is quite the accomplishment!  So I moved almost all my maternity clothes (ecxept for some smaller sizes I used in my first and second trimester) to the back of my closet with all my bridesmaid dresses and winter clothes, and moved most of my other clothes to the front!  Yay!
The hub took today off and we started out with a bike ride.  We had done this same route a week ago and it was so easy!  But today was so, so windy (like tornado weather) and so it was MUCH harder.  I counted it as my cardio.  Getting so excited to unite with my skinnie twinnie soon!!!

3/31/10

Priceless

Days I worked out this week: 0
Days I wrote down what I ate (tracked): 0

Getting a stomach bug 2 days ago which leads to the biggest weight loss in a one or two week period: PRICELESS

I lost 3.6 lbs in ONE WEEK!!!  WOOOOOOHOOOOOO

Now I don't want anyone getting huffy with me, thinking that I am promoting bulimia or anything.  I would rather not have been up until 1:30am, sick and watching G get sick too.  That goes for the cleanup and the laundry the next day(and the day after). Especially considering I have to pack to go to Atlanta to see my family and SKINNIE TWINNIE!!!!  Life would have been easier if I didn't have to do all that.  I had to cancel a playgroup I was hosting, and opted out of a Juice + party I was excited about.
So maybe this huge weight loss will get me back into gear, especially now that I have a personal training session coming up!  Woohooooooo

Family family!

This week, the McHugh clan is taking over Atlanta. I can't describe how excited I am. My parents and brother got in Monday, my little sister gets in Thursday, and my skinnie twinnie and family gets in Saturday! It's going to be a LEGENDARY reunion!! :) I can't wait.

Today was weigh in, and I lost .2 lbs. That isn't much, but I consider it a victory considering my trip to Florida this week, and lack of exercise since last Thursday. I think my hamstring is fully healed, and the only exercise I did get was swimming in the ocean. :) Spring training was amazing! The picture is just the most exciting thing about the spring. Cardinal baseball. Love it!

So, this morning bright and early, I was back with the trainer. He kicked my booty, but I feel great today! We are going again tomorrow at 6am! Woop! And, my skinnie twinnie is in for a surprise- I scheduled an appointment with the trainer for the both of us while she is here! Get ready to have P90X challenged! :)

Happy Easter everyone!

3/29/10

I'm Loving....

Thomas Bagel Thins!
Did you think that once you started dieting you wouldn't be able to enjoy a bagel anymore?  Well, these 110 calorie "bagels" aren't bad!  They are great with cream cheese, but even better for a bagel sandwich!  I couldn't find a picture to show you, which tells me these are REALLY new.  SO go out and get some, I found mine at Albertson's!

3/26/10

Still slowing down...

So last week I didn't weigh in because I was afraid of the amount of weight I had gained. But, I summoned the courage, and I weighed in on Saturday (3 days after normal weigh-in). I had gained 1.8, which is my first gain since we started doing this whole blog/biggest loser competition, etc. So then when I weighed in on the following normal Wednesday, I had lost exactly that- 1.8 lbs. So really, over the two week period, I maintained.



I was bummed, but I guess it's not horrible, considering the amount of times we went out to eat with the family in town. But, the worst is not behind us! This weekend I am headed to Florida to catch some Cardinal baseball, and then the 2 weeks following that I have all sorts of family in town. I am excited for the change of pace, but this can only mean more meals out at restaurants, and of course less exercising. So here is to maintaining over the next couple of weeks!!



On a side note, injuries have plagued this side of the biggest loser competition, too. My husband pulled up on his leg yesterday and probably pulled his quad muscle. He was a trooper though, and pitched our whole softball game and went 4 for 4 at the plate! MVP! Hopefully with our time off of working out over the next week or so, it will improve. I think I may have "tweaked" my hamstring legging it out to first base as well. It already feels better today, but again, I think some time off will help. Time will tell! Have a great weekend everybody!

3/25/10

Winner!!!!!

Chris and I are the biggest loser winner for this weigh-in!  Yay!  It was a very close race this week, including one team that should have won but didn't (sorry Jenny!), but!  I will take this victory and run with it!  I am especially proud of the hub because even though his foot is killing him, he is still managing to go do some low foot impact exercise.  How is that for dedication?  (In case you forgot/missed it, he has a bone spur that is rubbing against his ankle and he has to wear a boot to walk around).  Its a nice motivation to keep us going.  I have switched to working out during nap time since Chris doesn't really work out in the evening.  That is the reason for my infrequent posting.  Keep it up out there everyone!

3/20/10

My "unofficial" review of P90X


I have gotten a lot of emails and blog and Facebook comments asking me about P90X.  Is it effective?  Would you recommend it?  Is it hard? And on and on.  So I decided to write my own little review on the workout series.
There are 3 levels of difficulty in the program- Lean, Classic, and Doubles.  There are 12 different workout videos- some that focus on the different muscle groups, along with yoga and some stretching.  The 3 levels interchange these 12 videos in three 1-month blocks.  Lean level focuses more on cardio and yoga and less on the different muscle groups.  Classic has an even amount of cardio, yoga, and the muscle groups.  And then Doubles, obviously is double the videos.
Each video is at least 60 minutes long (yoga is 90 minutes!) so it is quite a commitment.  When I started P90X I was dead-set on doing a video every night.  But if you are a normal human being with a job and/or kids, it is almost impossible.  On a good week, I do 6 videos.  My absolute favorite is Yoga X.  I can't do half the moves, but I feel sooo relaxed and limber when it is all over.
After using this program for about a month and a half, I still cannot do some of the moves- especially the different kinds of crazy push-ups.  But!  I can now do 10 push-ups in a row, and a total of 25 in one minute, and I consider that a GREAT accomplishment.  P90X is not some crazy miracle workout program that would transform an overweight person into a slim, ripped person.  An already trim person will get ripped.  So at the end of my 90 days, I am not expecting a six pack.  I will have some muscles in my arms and back, and be pretty flexible from the yoga.  I will continue to be able to do lots of push-ups, and have a TON of energy.  That, so far, has been the best side effect- the fact that I have more energy!  I am more likely to get the girls piled in the stroller or the bike carrier and get outside and exercise with them.  And if you have little ones, you KNOW how important that is.
So, would I recommend P90X to anyone?  Yes and no.  I mean, if I can do it, you can do it.  But it is a lot of time- at least 1 hour every day.  And I don;t think I would do it if my husband wasn't there with me along the way.  A workout buddy is always key.  And then there is the cost.  We borrowed the videos from Chris' brother and we already had most of the workout equipment needed.  All we needed to buy was a second yoga mat for the hub and a pull up bar.  So it was virtually very low cost for us.  You at least need a yoga mat, 10-20 lb weights or resistance bands, and a pull-up bar.  I hope I answered any questions anyone has- let me know, I am happy to answer any other questions!

3/19/10

Blog = Motivation, No Blog = Lazy

It is amazing how motivating this blog is!  The more I blog, the better I diet and exercise.  Unfortunately, the less I blog then the diet kind of goes out the window.  Since Wednesday I have not written down anything I have eaten, and that is a horrible way to lose weight!  It's not like I ate ice cream everyday or got fast food or anything, I just haven't been vigilant and that has made me not blog and feel very, very guilty!  I have also stopped working out everyday.  Part of the problem is that my husband was just diagnosed with a bone spur on his foot and it is rubbing against his ankle.  So he is in a lot of pain and obviously cannot work out.  So now that I don't have a workout buddy, I am just less likely to work out.
Besides feeling guilty, another reason I have not blogged lately is that it has been absolutely GORGEOUS in Dallas for the past 2 weeks.  Sunny, in the upper 60s and 70s, flowers are blooming, you get the point, right?  So instead of staying inside where the computer is and blogging, I have been getting the little ones out and about.  So there is some exercise in the walks we take, but its not as hard core as if I were working out everyday.  So instead of ranting about how guilty I feel, I am going to go ahead and get off the computer so I can work out while my girls nap.  Hope you are all staying motivated out there!

I lost .4 this week, and Shan has yet to weigh in.  Stay tuned!

3/18/10

Slooooooowing down...

I feel like my weight loss is at a standstill. I haven't weighed in yet this week, mostly due to my husbands family visiting and the fact that I am scared to see how much weight I most likely have gained! We went out for so many meals, and I cut back on the exercising to spend extra time with the family. It is of course, worth it, but the results could be discouraging.

One tip I can give that I received from the personal trainer, is to eat a grapefruit before every meal. Most likely, you have heard of the grapefruit diet, but he gave me some insight to why it works. Besides all of the health benefits, it also speeds up your metabolism. I went ahead and googled this, and I got results saying you could lose anywhere between 5-12 lbs in a month! Now, this of course should be consumed in conjunction with a healthy diet. So I have been eating half a grapefruit at every meal. Good thing I love it!!

I hope everyone else is doing well on their weight loss! Good luck!

3/12/10

I'll scratch your back f you scratch mine!

Or rather, I will follow you if you follow me!  Happy Friday Follow!
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3/11/10

Late weigh in

Sorry I didn't post yesterday!  It was a busy day since it was so gorgeous here in Dallas.  Instead of staying in and blogging, I went on two walks with my daughters and ended up at our park.  (I mean, can you blame me?)  This week's weigh in was much better, I lost 1.4 lbs.  I wish I could just be more consistent, but what can you do?  This was also biggest loser weigh in so I was at a total of 1.8 in 2 weeks and my husband was at 5+ for the 2 weeks.  It makes me crazy that men can lose so much so fast.  We are going to take some more walks today, as it is just as gorgeous as yesterday!

3/8/10

It has been such a long time...

and I apologize. Especially to Moe, and that she didn't bug me all that much to get on and write something. I got an iPhone the first week of February, and it has nearly eliminated my use of the Internet on a computer. Who needs to wait for a computer to boot up, when I have the Internet and great apps at my fingertips on my phone? So that is my excuse for not writing, and again I apologize.

I hope the weight loss train is going well for all. As Moe had mentioned on our Facebook page, I signed up with a personal trainer. Now, before you go thinking that this is crazy, just listen. We have an apartment gym that is included in the cost of the apartment. I have noticed a personal trainer there working with different people from time to time when I am on the treadmill. So, I sauntered up to him next day, and asked what his "deal" was. Turns out, he focuses specifically in women's training, and he said the first session is free, so that you can decide on your own if you want to continue. So, I tried it the first time, and I loved it! It made me realize that just running isn't really getting that great of a workout. So I signed up for 13 sessions, and we'll see if I continue after that. The cost is less than a normal trainer, plus we aren't paying for the gym, so I feel as though I can justify it.

I have had 3 training sessions, and everyday, I wake up sore. It's kind of annoying, to be honest. According to my trainer, the pain never goes away either, especially if you continue to push yourself with different exercises. Whew! I have another one tonight, I hope it goes well! Happy Monday!

Girl Scout Cookies


They are absolutely evil.  Yesterday I went to the store to grab a few things for our very low fat dinner, and as I was walking out the grocery store door, I had to pass a Girl Scout troop that had set up a little booth.  Chris and I's favorite is Tagalongs.  I mean, seriously.  Chocolate.  Peanut butter.  On a cookie!  It is just so good!  But I had some will power left in me and just got Thin Mints.  After reading the labels a bit, you can eat 4 Thin Mints for the price of 2 Tagalongs.  When I got home, I looked up the fat content on all Girl Scout cookies, and it looks like Daisy Go Rounds win in the low fat department.  Daisy Go Rounds?  What the heck are those?  So if you want a more traditional cookie, ya know, one that you remember from when you were a girl scout yourself, you can also go with a Do-Si-Do.  One serving is just 110 calories.   However, I will be enjoying my Thin Mints in moderation, thank you very much!

For more details: http://www.girlscoutcookies.org/
I also found a site where you can make your own!!!: http://bakingbites.com/2008/01/girl-scout-cookie-season-and-trans-fas/

3/7/10

Workout Weekend

The hub and I did a lot of exercise this weekend- and it better will show in this weigh-in on Wednesday.  On Saturday morning we did some good ole' P90X in the morning while E was napping.  G did puzzles, read books, and tried to join in a few times during out hour of kicks, punches, and yoga stretches.  We were going to be all ambitious and do another workout during the girl's afternoon nap, but we nixed it.  Watching 2 episodes of Dexter and munching on our 100 calorie popcorn was so much more fun!  Then after nap we decided to go for a walk.  And we went on a loooong walk.  And wound up at a park.  Which made the girls very happy.  So we were feeling pretty good about ourselves.  Then today (Sunday) we did2 more hours of P90X during their afternoon naps.  Right now I feel so sore and tired, but I also feel GOOD.  So what am I doing awake?  G'night!

3/5/10

Friday Follow!

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3/4/10

Wyler's Light

Sometimes water gets boring.  I was getting sick of Crystal Light and the "off brand crystal light" from Kroger and Walmart.  I came across Wyler's light at Albertsons.  I am totally digging them!  I researched them a bit more and they are not available at every store where Crystal Light is sold.  Check them out!


3/3/10

Eh?

This week, I lost .4 lbs.  Not sure why exactly, because I stuck to the diet for the most part.  Little E is nursing less and less, so I took a point away from my daily intake last week and am going to take 2 more away this week.  We will see if that makes anything change!
I got this recipe called Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Cups from the South Beach Diet Cookbook, pg 49, and tweaked it a bit.  G calls them egg cupcakes.  They are a little less than 2 points per cup, and they are so yummy!

Egg Cupcakes
6 oz your choice low fat lunch meat, diced (I have used ham and turkey)
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 cup your choice shredded cheese (I have used pepper jack, cheddar, and parmesan)
7-8 eggs
Optional: cilantro

Preheat oven to 350.  Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper baking cups.   Saute the veggies (except the spinach) for 3 minutes and then add the meat for another 2 minutes. Evenly divide this mixture into the 12 cups.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and cheese together.  Pour this mixture into the cups, and top with a touch of parm cheese if desired.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until the egg is set.

In this picture, I made 6 turkey and cheddar plus the veggies, and 6 ham and pepperjack with the veggies and a bit of cilantro.  I put all of them in a gallon size ziplock and microwave a cup for 40 seconds for breakfast.

Wordless Wednesday: Egg Twinnies



These 5 yokes came from 4 eggs- can you find the "twins?"
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3/1/10

Excuses, Excuses

I battle with putting off exercise EVERYDAY.  There is always something else I could be doing.  Laundry, TV, reading, talking on the phone, to name a few.  I came across this article from the ELFF blog.  Completely inspirational- a busy, work at home mom of 6 that somehow makes it a priority everyday to work out.  Here is the article: Accountability

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Dear Readers,
I am so sorry it has been sooo long since I have blogged!  My computer broke and didn't get fixed for a whole week.  One whole week of no internet- no facebook, no blogs, no checking emails, and what felt like no connection with the real world!  I sure did get a lot of stuff done around the house- I even considered maybe giving it up for lent, but ha, there is no way I can go there!
So to kind of recap what has been going on around here, I lost 2 more lbs this week, and Chris and I got 2nd place in the biggest loser weigh-in.  Shan continues to lose as well (and I know, you might ask, did her computer break too?  Where are her posts?  hmmmmm).  Our official losses are below on our tickers.  We now have 50 followers, which is an AMAZING feat, so keep it up!
My husband I are continuing with P90X, and ladies and gentlemen, it is HARD.  I am so sore right now!  Yesterday was an our and a half of yoga, and I can't do half the moves.   But I feel so good at the end of it all and so relaxed!  Makes me a little obsessed with yoga.  Tony Horton, the guy who made all the videos, is a BAMF.  He was 45 years old when he made this video (currently 52 years old!) and he hardly breaks a sweat while doing all the moves. He is a little corny and obnoxious too, but you gotta hand it to a 45 year old for doing all those really hard push ups.
So, if he can do it, then I can do it, right?  I'll keep you updated.  See you soon.

2/19/10

Another Friday Follow

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2/17/10

Weigh In Wednesday for Moe

Alright, back to the same old, same old.  I lost 1 lb this week.  I hope that doing a week's worth of P90X will make me lose waaaayyyyy more a week from now!
Since I "celebrate" lent, I am not eating meat today or on Fridays.  Tonight is Hot and Sour Soup, yum yum.  I made some earlier this week and froze the rest.  Thank goodness, because my slow cooker broke yesterday!  That there is a tragedy.  I hope to go out and get a new one tonight!  It is so very hard to live without that thing after using it at least 4 times per week!
It is still pretty cold here in Dallas (and by cold, I mean below 50) so I have been making quite a few soups.  Here are a few that are pretty low in fat, and pretty darn tasty!

Tortilla Soup
Vietnamese Pho Soup
Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup

2/16/10

Ow.

I just completed my first workout for the P90X series, Core Synergy.  Wowser!  It put all my dinky little Wii personal trainer workouts to shame.  I hope it burned away 5 lbs for weigh in tomorrow!  Stay tuned to see if I can get out of bed tomorrow- can already feel the soreness setting in!

I guess you could call Core Synergy our Mardi Gras celebration!

Valentine's dinner

My husband and I made the best dinner on Sunday. And it was weight watcher friendly! Without further adieu, the menu:
Creole Style Stuffed Mushrooms (0 points)
Shrimp Scampi (5 points)
Spinach Parmesan Pesto (o points, plus pasta)

Doesn't that sound delicious? We went shopping on Sunday, when you can't buy alcohol here in GA. Grrrr!! So we had no wine with dinner. That was a bummer, but it did save us some calories, on the bright side. Here are the recipes, in case you would like to try sometime.
Creole Style Stuffed Mushrooms
1 spray olive oil cooking spray
1 lb button mushrooms, about 24 large
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 1/2 slices whole-wheat bread, chopped into bread crumbs
1 tsp Creole seasoning, or Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp ground turmeric


Preheat oven to 350. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove mushroom stems from caps and finely chop stems, reserve caps and set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. Saute mushroom stems, onion, pepper and spinach until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients.
Stuff each mushroom with 2 tablespoons of mixture. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Yields 2 mushrooms per serving.

Shrimp Scampi

1 1/2 tsp olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp shallots, finely chopped
1/4 cup wine, divided (we did not use because of our faux pas with the grocery store. instead we used extra water and lemon juice)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
2 tsp parsley, fresh, minced
1 tsp fresh tarragon, minced
1 tsp thyme, fresh, minced
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 lbs shrimp, jumbo-sized, shelled and deveined (we bought regular sized, still good!)

Warm a large skillet over a medium-low heat; add oil and heat until shimmering. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add shallots and saute for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons wine and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, stir. Cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.

In small bowl, combine shallot mixture, parsley, tarragon, thyme, salt, and pepper with butter, refrigerate until it hardens. (can be made a day ahead of time)

Preheat oven to 475. In casserole dish arrange shrimp in a ring, tails up and touching one another for support; place bits of chilled herb butter around shrimp. Pour remaining wine and lemon juice in bottom of dish. Roast in oven about 4-5 minutes.

Spinach-Parmesan Pesto


1/2 lb fresh spinach, cooked and drained.

1 cup tomato, chopped

1 cup Basil, fresh

1/2 tsp table salt

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

5 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients in a food processor then pour over pasta. This can also be used as a dip or sauce for chicken. The possibilities are endless!!

All of the recipes were good, but the shrimp scampi we voted was the best! And that was even without the white wine! I hope everyone had a wonderful calorie-friendly Valentine's day! Oh, I also had a milestone on the treadmill that day, literally. I ran 3 miles without stopping. I was really excited, and I think I learned what that "runner's high" really is. :) My inspiration came from watching those cross country skiers in the Olympics. Amazing!

2/13/10

Snow Days=Lazy Days

Dallas had some record snowfall- some areas got up to 12.5 inches from Wednesday night to Friday morning.  I'm not sure how much we got in my actual county, but it was quite a bit.  Both Thursday and Friday the hub went to work late to avoid the crazies on the road.  That somehow translated into me not working out in the morning for 2 days in a row, for the first time in 3 weeks!  I am pretty dissappointed in myself. 
And what is it about cold weather that makes one want to eat more, fatty foods?  It is probably because we are cooped up inside and boredom sets in, but I had a lot of trouble saying no.  Chris and I just got into Dexter, and of course we are watching the Olympics.  Hopefully that will start to motivate me some more. 
Here is a picture taken on Friday evening.  We each did a snow angel- even 9 month old E!  All of the snow is melted by now.

From left to right, G's angel, Chris' angel, Moe's angel, and E's angel.  That is G in the purple coat.

Earlier tonight, we did these animal exercises in our living room.  They are exercises where you have to walk like different animals.  We tried to get G into it but she just wanted to watch.  It was probably really funny to watch- especially doing the monkey! 
I can't wait until it gets warmer around here.  (I will be eating my words when it is sweltering in July) I need to start running, and I don't want to join a gym.  I am going to wake up and work out tomorrow though, I promise!

I am so excited that we have 30 followers now!  We are thinking about doing a giveaway if we get to 100, so tell your friends!

2/12/10

Happy Friday Follow!

Another day of following, let's get some more followers!  Could we get to 40 today?

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For those who are new, hi!  So glad you could join us.  Shan and Moe are twins trying to lose weight.  As of right now, we are doing great!  You can join us on facebook as well- skinnie twinnies.

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And the winners are...

my husband and I! We won the biggest loser challenge this week, our combined percentage lost was the most out of everyone! I am so proud of my hubby, he has lost 15+ lbs already! I am at 7lbs, which isn't as exciting, but us women know that men lose it a lot faster than we do. So we are very pumped about this. It gives the motivation to keep going and try harder as well. There is money on the line!

I really have to attribute a lot of my success to my husband. Having him not only be supportive in the weight loss journey, but being a part of it, is so helfpul. Losing weight is hard work! If you have never tried to lose weight or don't need to, it's hard to understand. If you are trying to eat healthy/excersise more regularly, and your significant other or family members are not on board, it can be discouraging.

Maybe I'm just getting into the Valentine's spirit here. Or maybe I heard our Wedding song on the radio today. (sniff, sniff, 'Lucky; by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat) It's gotten me all sentimental. :) Since we are trying to save money and be healthy, we have decided to stay in and cook together instead of go out on the 14th. I'm excited about it though, we found some gourmet weight watcher's recipes. I will share them next week. I hope everyone has a great Valentine's day, I know we will.


Our wedding this past September

2/10/10

Skinnie Twinnies Unite!

We had such a fun weekend together!  We tried really hard to not eat too much, which is hard considering we went out for drinks and I had a party!  I stayed the course though, and this week I lost 1.2 lbs.  Not as great as last week, but combined that is 4 lbs in 2 weeks.  So I am pretty happy with that.  We went hiking on Saturday and then I worked out twice on Sunday after Shan left.
My husband and I are going to start P90X very soon, and I am kind of nervous for that.  That means I am going to have to be really good at a push-up, which I am NOT.  It also means I am going to look awesome after 90 days, so I will have to do whatever it takes to get good at a push-up.  I will let you all know when that starts. 
Tonight will be another test- the fam is all going out for ice cream to celebrate my little G being potty-trained.  And I plan to get ice cream, because even though I am dieting, I don't want to suck the fun out of my life!  So I will eat pretty light all day to prepare for tonight. 
Up next: I will post a few of the recipes I have been cooking for the fam!

2/9/10

It's been a while...

and I apologize!! Things got busy last weekend with my trip to Dallas to reunite with my skinnie twinnie! My husband and I also attended the Black Eyed Peas concert last week- which was AWESOME! They put on a great show. We also booked a trip to go see our favorite baseball team in spring training- the St. Louis Cardinals! We are beside ourselves with excitement. And, it's just an added motivator to trim down, because it's in Florida.

So to recap my week, I lost another 1.2 lbs. This is exciting in itself, but I am a bit fearful of my next weigh-in. Between the travel and the concert, I ate a little more than I should have. Those margaritas on Friday night were totally worth it, though. You just can't beat a margarita in Dallas.

There have been articles and commentary stating that the Super Bowl is a day that Americans overeat, second only to Thanksgiving! Can you believe that? It makes sense, though. Think of all those yummy dips and fatty meats we devour on that day! I was fortunate that my flight back from Dallas was during the first half! Where did I watch the second half of the game, you might ask? On the treadmill! I was quite proud of myself for that one.

2/5/10

Happy Friday Follow!

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2/3/10

My hard work is paying off!!!

So weigh in was this morning, and I lost 2.8 lbs!!!!!  I was so excited this morning when I looked at the scale.  This week I increased my workout time from 25 minutes a day to 40-50 per day.  And I have been going to bed hungry every night!  The munchies start to hit me around 10, so I try to just go to bed instead of raid the frigerator- and that helped a lot!  Last night I made these- they were so yummy and very low in fat!  Ev en the hub liked them, which is always a good thing :).  Right now we are all gearing up for Shan's visit this weekend- its going to be legendary!  We plan to get a margarita for sure- but we are also going to play Dance Dance Revolution and Personal Trainer for the wii.  And weather permitting, we will go hiking at our nearby Nature Preserve!  So excited!!
XOXO

1/29/10

...And Lots of Drops to Drink

I just thought I would "piggyback" on Shan's post by telling a little story.
I have had the same obgyn for both births.  When in labor, my doctor advises that the woman in labor cannot drink any water, only ice chips.  WHAT an inconvenience!  First of all, labor is not really one of my favorite things to do. Second of all, not being able to drink anything while in the middle of the hardest workout of your life?????  That is crazy, and so very tortuous.  I remember distinctly both times when my doctor walked into the delivery room for the first time while in labor.  He brought in the most beautiful thing I had ever seen- my hospital water bottle:












This bottle gave me the motivation  to carry on through all the other pain that I endured that day.  (I guess technically the water bottle is the 2nd most beautiful thing my doctor brought me that day.  My 2 daughter are the best!  and the most beautiful ever!  But I digress)  What a wonderful feeling to have that cool, delicious water go down my throat for the first time in what felt like ages!
And today, that water bottle is still helping me out.  I fill and refill that thing countless times per day- and Shan, I feel ya on the water thing- nothing beats St. Louis water!  Right now the straw is stained pink because I have been drinking crystal light with it.  My favorite right now is the pomegranate immunity, it really does satisfy the sweet drink craving.  I am lucky that I never really liked soda, just don't like the taste!  Drinking water is so key in losing weight.  There are times when I catch myself about to go through the pantry to see what munchies I can eat, and then I remember to just drink water- it helps fill me up!  Here is more on water's role in helping lose weight!

PS. The skinnietwinnies will unite next wekkend in Dallas!  So excited!  We will be saving our points so we can go get a margarita or 2!

Water water, everywhere...

Another huge tool in losing weight is monitoring your beverage intake. To all soda drinkers out there: stop! There are 100-150 calories, depending on the soda, in each can. That is a lot for something that isn't going to fill you up or contribute to a healthy lifestyle. About 2 years ago, I altogether switched from drinking regular soda to diet soda. So while this did cut down on my calorie intake, it was still not healthy for my body. There are actually added sugars and chemicals that induce hunger in some diet sodas, which is not good.

So, I try and drink as much water as I possibly can. At my job, we have bottled water readily available. At our apartment we have a Brita filter that is always full and ready to go. If you live in say, St. Louis, you probably don't need Brita- the water is excellent there. If you live in say, Atlanta, you might notice that the water tastes a little bit like dirt. But I digress...

I also have bought the Crystal Light packets and imitation packets that go very nicely with a bottle of water. That helps chug it down when you need a bit of a sweet fix. My favorite is pictured (Wild Strawberry). I have tried to limit my diet soda to weekends only, and hope to eventually phase it out of my life completely. We shall see.


Alcohol is a whole other story. My only advice- if you want that beer when you get home from work, fight it. If you are just sitting around the house, drinking a beer, where is the fun in that? Save the calories for the weekend, or a girls night out, when you can drink with friends. Easier said than done, I know. But, I have to say, since this biggest loser competition has started, our refrigerator has been low on the Bud Lights. And that is totally fine with me!
Oh, and a small aside, I lost one more lb, putting me up to 5.2 lbs total. I think next week I will have a bigger loss, based on the fact that I drank A LOT of water right before I weighed in this week. So here is hoping!

1/27/10

Disappointed, again!

I lost 1.2 lbs since my last weigh in.  Woop-di-doo.  This week I worked out 5 out of 7 days, and one of those days I worked out twice!  I stuck to the diet, I did not go over my alotted calories, so why am I not losing more?  I started weighing in for this blog the same time my hub and I started Biggest Loser.  So I have officially lost 2.2 lbs in these two weeks, and he has lost 8lbs.  8 POUNDS!!!  It drives me crazy to think that I have been busting my behind to see results and get hardly anything.  Good thing I have this blog to motivate me.  If it wasn't for Skinnie Twinnies and Biggest Loser, I would have thrown in the towel today.  I would have driven straight to McD's and bought a mcgriddle- or maybe 2.  Instead, I worked out this morning, I wrote down everything I ate all day and then my hub and I worked out again tonight.  So here's to another week of buckling down, and hopefully seeing better results! 

1/24/10

Wii Personal Trainer

It is really hard to work out when you are a SAHM with little ones!  (actually, I feel like it is hard no matter what your situation in life is;)  For my birthday last year, my hub gave me the wii personal trainer.  I LOVE it!  The workouts take 20-30 minutes, it tells you how many calories you are burning, and best of all, you can do all of it from the privacy of your own home!  I always feel kind of self-conscious when I am running on a treadmill at a public gym with lots of mirrors and lots of people!  I have been trying to do it during naptime so I don't have any interruptions- however on Saturday I decided to do it while G was awake (and hub was at work).  She watched me workout while eating her lunch.  Between bites of chicken nugget, she said "mom, after you are done working out, do you want to be skinny like me?"

If only!

1/23/10

Get your activity on!

So besides learning to eat well, the best way to become a Skinnie Twinnie is to exercise. Right now, my husband and I are working out everyday at our apartment gym. It's become a habit, and we both feel great! But, I realize that not everyone can do this. Whether it's the cost of a gym (ours is included with the apartment) or the time you can't commit on a day to day basis (kids, work, etc.). But there are plenty of alternatives!

If you have a wii gaming system, there are many different sports/fitness game you can play. To name a few, wii fit, wii fit plus, dance dance revolution. The last one I mentioned is really fun! It can be addicting- I once played for 6 hours on a Saturday! I think I lost almost 4 lbs that particular week.

Tonight, my husband and I are going ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. I am really excited. It's a fun way to exercise! Depending on how many times I fall, I am counting on being really sore tomorrow. :)

My husband and I actually met through mutual friends playing in a sand volleyball league. We played for a whole 3 years or so before moving to Atlanta. I loved it- it's a way to be social and to obviously meet other people! We also played on many softball teams. So, naturally I want to continue this trend in our new city! But I don't know anyone here who is already on a team. I found a website called http://www.sportsvite.com/ . I would equate it to the sports version of dating online or craigslist or something. On my profile, I specified which sports I am interested in playing and then people can contact you for needs they might have on their own teams. I am happy to announce that we just officially joined a softball team! Now we just have to wait on volleyball to come through.

So to all- happy exercising- in whichever capacity you choose!!

1/22/10

Starbuck's Skinny Vanilla Latte

As I was waiting for Costco to open today (I am never early for anything since having my second child, so this was a first) I saw across the parking lot a drive thru Starbucks.  It has been a loooooooooong time since I have gotten a coffee there, and for many reasons.  1) I don't really like coffee.  I need lots of sugar and syrups put in my coffee in order for me to drink it. 2) Budget 3) Diet
But I decided to kill some time and pull on up to the drive-thru.  And what do you know, but it was as if they knew this "skinnietwinnie" was coming, because there was a beautiful sign on the intercom that said Skinny Vanilla Latte, just 90 calories!  I had to get it, and it was pretty yummy(for a coffee).  So later, I went on their website and found that they have quite a few drinks for under 100 calories!  Have a look and see what you think: Starbucks low cal drinks.

1/20/10

My Weigh-in and a delicious beginning

I am a bit disappointed to report that I only lost 1 lb this week.  I can blame some of it on my disastrous weekend, but I have to see where else I can make some changes.  I am going to cut my daily intake by 2 points (100 caloris) and exercise more.  If I keep this up I am going to have to start calling this blog Skinnie Twinnie/Fat Twinnie!
I start this week with new devotion.  My breakfast was amazing- my mother in law gave me this idea- she made it for me when she visited last year.  This was about 5-6 points (about 300 calories).













Ingredients:
Nonstick spray
Sandwhich Thins
Slice of cheese
Slice of turkey (or ham, or whatever is low in fat)
1/2 cup Southwestern style eggbeaters
Little bowl, about the same size circumfrence as the bread (in pictures later)


1. Toast the bread.  I like putting them back to back in the same slot.  If you put one in each slot, they tend to bend.


2. Spray the bowl with nonstick spray, and pour 1/2 cup of the eggbeaters into it.  Microwave on high for a minute, until it looks like this:


I took this picture as soon as the timer went off- it won't stay this high for long!


3. Once bread is out of the toaster, top each side- one with cheese and one with your choice of meat, and microwave on high for 20 seconds or so.  Then add the cooked eggbeaters and....................


4.  Try your hardest not to scarf it down in 1 bite!  Yum yum, can't wait for my next one for breakfast!  From start to finish, this probably took me about 3 minutes to make.  Perfect for a crazy morning, and so healthy!

Enjoy!

The other white meat..

is pork! As Moe had mentioned before, chicken does get old. So, I have a WW recipe that was pretty tasty! It's called Smothered Pork Chops with Onion Gravy.
Ingredients: 4- 6oz bone-in pork loin chops, trimmed, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp olive oil, 2 sweet onions- thinly sliced, 1/4 cup water, 2 tsp all-purpose flour, 1 cup reduced- sodium beef broth, 1 tsp whole-grain dijon mustard, 1 Tsb chopped fresh thyme
1. Sprinkle the chops with the salt and pepper. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chops and cook, turning occasionally until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate.
2. Add onions and water to the skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered. Stir occasionally until onions are tender, 12-15 minutes.
3. Sprinkle the onions with flouir, cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add broth, mustard, and thyme, bring to a boil until sauce thickens.
Return chops to skillet. Reduce heat and simmer until chops are heated through.


253 calories, 11g fat, 6 points

I served with broccoli. It was yummy! As you can probably tell, the plate looks small. It's actually a salad plate. I find this helps with portion control. The plate looks really full, so it's easy to "trick" your mind that you ate more than you did.
Anyway, I have good news to report from this week's weigh-in. I lost 2.8 lbs! So that brings my total to 4.2. Slow and steady wins the race, right? At this point, I am exercising everyday for a half hour, eating healthy and enjoying it! It has turned into a habit, which is nice. Anyway, until next time- happy dieting!

1/19/10

A disastrous weekend makes for a very nervous girl!

This weekend was disastrous!  I used up all of my extra points on Friday and Saturday night(not uncommon), and then Sunday night happened.  One of my hub's friends came over for dinner and we all got to drinking wine and beers, and it went all downhill from there.  Here is the problem with drinking alcohol: it lowers your inhibitions.  Duh, right?  I'm talking about food inhibitions!  I had 2 glasses of wine, and all of a sudden I turned into this crazed food-foraging idiot that ate anything in sight.  Tortilla chips, white chocolate chips, and then er, more beer.  I have been an angel since then, I even worked out tonight!  But it still makes me really nervous for my first weigh-in tomorrow.  I am anxious to see how it goes!

1/15/10

Yesterday's Meals

I am excited to report that we got our first email!  Thanks Deb for the advice and encouragement! 

In other news:
I get so sick of chicken and vegetables when I am dieting (and by I, I mean my husband).  So I have got to venture out and find other recipes that are low in fat, but high in flavor.  Last night, I started out with a childhood favorite- Turkey Pie.  Its easy to make and so, so yummy.  So yummy in fact, that my husband requested me to make it for his office potluck a few weeks ago!

Turkey Pie
2 T Olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1/2 # ground turkey
1 small tart apple, unpeeled, diced
1/2 tsp. dried sage, crumbled
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 frozen pie crust

Heat oil in skillet. Saute garlic, onion over medium heat @ 5 minutes.  Add ground turkey; break up using wooden spoon.  Brown turkey; spoon off fat. Remove from heat. Add apple, sage, cinnamon, s & p to taste.  Let cool. Add egg and stir.  Spoon filling into pie crust. Bring up excess dough, folding it in toward center to create a wide border.  Bake pie in 350 degrees 30-40 minutes. Remove and let stand 5 minutes before serving.



I made it during naptime, but didn't bake it until later.  I popped it in the oven right as Chris started his commute home.  I calculated the caloric intake, and one serving is 6 points, or 300 calories.  This pie has 8 servings. 
Also, yesterday I slow cooked a bunch (like 12 lbs) of chicken after reading this.  After it was all done, deboned, and shredded I froze the cooked chicken and now I can pull it out when I have a recipe that calls for already cooked chicken.  After that I made stock with all the left over juices and bones-perfect for soups.  I forsee a lot of soups in the near future- becasue they fill you up and are usually low in fat!  Yesterday was a food making frenzy!  Now I am on to my biggest challenge- the weekend.  I can always stick to the diet plan during the week, but weekends are just so hard!  Until then, keep those emails coming!