Monday, April 26, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

We did much better this week following the menu. However, we ate out for 2 nights and so I still have not tried the taco pasta. I am going to put it here one more time.

Monday: Chicken lettuce wraps

Tuesday: Taco pasta

Wednesday: Pesto topped Mahi Mahi

Thursday: Crockpot Fajitas

Friday: Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Chicken and Veggies

Saturday: date night

Sunday: Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Check out organizing junkie for lots of great menu ideas

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mile times

My fastest 5 mile run so far.

Mile 1-12:27

Mile 2-12:36 Total 25:03

Mile 3-12:22 Total 37:26

Mile 4-12:44 Total 50:11

Mile 5-12:41 Total 1:02:52

The Mind

The mind is so very powerful. It tells us what to do every second of every day. From my experience, there are many ideas we hear in our mind that simply are not true. They may have come from others, or we may be creating them ourselves. Whatever the case may be, we can control our thoughts and bring about amazing results in our lives.

Just the other day, I cooked my shrimp with the skin still on. In my mind I could hear the thought, "You are such a moron!" However, I stopped it by speaking outloud, "It's no big deal. I was anxious to cook this and I didn't look as I dumped the shrimp into the pan." Then, it was over. I could have continued to berate myself for the rest of the evening and into the next day. But I didn't.

So, what stopped me? I have been reading a book called, "What to Say When you Talk to Yourself." I have had this book on my shelf for at least 15 years and never once cracked it open. I have learned the information many times over in my Mary Kay training, but reading the book is really helping me. I highly recommend you find yourself a copy.

I can't state enough that this journey is about much more than eating the medifast meal replacements. The name of the company is TAKE SHAPE FOR LIFE! Look at those words. I am changing my whole life forever. This is not a short term success for me. This is what I want to live for a lifetime and pass on to my family. I love my better health. I love how good I feel. I love how much better I look.

I hope you are in a place where you can take your health and wellness seriously. This is your life. You've got to treasure it. It is your most precious possession. You are the one responsible for what you do every day. I am passionate about inspiring you to be your best. It is a lifelong process and journey. But it is one of the best I have been on.

Am I too harsh? Have a said too much?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

After only planning 4 meals last week, we only made one, and that was the left overs. So, we'll move everything to this week.

Monday: Grilled shrimp w/bell peppers
Tuesday: Taco pasta
Wednesday: turkey burgers
Thursday: Cheesy Zucchini Bake
Friday: spaghetti squash with marinara
Saturday: date night
Sunday: some sort of fish

Check out organizing junkie for lots of great menu ideas.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

At Last

I finally have a new picture to show. At this point I am down 64 pounds from where I started. I am really proud of myself. I can't remember the last time in my life that I felt that way. Most of the time I felt like a failure. Isn't it funny that when you feel so bad about yourself that it filters down into every area of your life.

I must say, though that there are times when I look in the mirror and I still see a big girl. That programming may take a while to overcome. But, it is important to overcome! There are plenty of skinny girls who think they are fat. But, as I keep reminding myself, this is all about health and longevity. I need to look in the mirror and see someone who is healthy. That is my goal and my passion to share with others.

Are you healthy?

Here we go:

220 pounds

156 pounds

Monday, April 12, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

This weeks menu will be short since we are headed to San Diego to see Nathan compete in the Regional gymnastics championship. I promise that before I leave town I will have my new before and after picture posted. It is totally worth the wait.

Monday: leftover pork roast

Tuesday: Grilled shrimp w/bell peppers

Wednesday: Taco Pasta

Thursday: Cheesy Zucchini Bake

Remember to check out organizing junkie for a ton of help with your menu.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easier or Harder?

Today I did my second five mile run. I knocked 3 minutes off my previous attempt. I did it in an hour and five minutes. My fifth mile was actually my fastest at 12:38. It was easier this time. My knees and hip ache a little, but I feel good while I'm running. I felt pretty tired for the rest of the day. It's interesting how easy 3 miles seems now. I don't know that 5 will ever feel that way, but we'll see. I don't know how often I'll push myself that far. I'm getting close to 10K length, though, and that might push me onward for more.

However, I find my weight loss is getting harder. Mainly because I don't feel as driven as I did in the beginning. I look and feel so different now. (I promise to post a picture in the next week)
I just bought a pair of shorts in a size 6. (Down from size 18) I find that now I tend to put extra in my mouth, or slack off on my exercise. In talking to my health coach yesterday, I was reminded that this is my life. This is my health. It is something I have to work on every day of my life. If I don't care about it, who will? There will always be good and bad choices around me. I just have to make more good ones than bad. I really don't want to sabatoge myself and fool myself into thinking that this weight is okay for me. It's not the healthiest place for me to be. I have 26 more pounds to lose to reach my goal. I know it will be slower, but I need to make sure I don't slow it down more than necessary. I am going to finish this goal and continue on this journey and pass it on.

My desire is to help those who want better health. If I can do it, anyone can.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

What a great Easter we had. I took the entire day off from my healthy eating plan for the first time in 6 months. I don't know how I used to eat like this on a daily basis. The aftermath is so not worth it. I feel bloated and I felt like falling asleep after dinner. I can't wait to get back to basics tomorrow. My body will thank me. We are going to keep it simple this week.

Monday: barbeque at park (hot dogs and turkey burgers)
Tuesday: turkey pot pie
Wednesday: tilapia
Thursday: spaghetti squash marinara
Friday: crock pot chicken
Saturday: date night
Sunday: pork roast

Remember to check out organizing junkie for a ton of help with your menu.