I've been feeling kind of depressed lately about how long it's taking me to get nowhere with this whole weight loss thing. I've been losing and gaining the same 10 pounds since January of 2005 when my youngest daughter was born. That's depressing. Seriously depressing.
The real truth is, that I haven't been trying to lose weight all this time though. I'd lose a few, coast, gain a few, get frustrated and give up. Over and over again. But I have been actively trying to lose weight since December 2007 and in that time I've lost a grand total of 8ish pounds. That's a 1 pound per month average. Depressing.
In case you couldn't tell, I've been feeling sorry for myself. I've been wondering why I even bother when the weight doesn't want to leave anyway. And then I read Gwynn's blog and for some reason, I was filled with the energy to keep going. I can't explain it except to say that inspiration comes in many forms. And for me, apparently it's Gwynn's boney knees!
Onward and downward, my friends. Onward and downward.
These aren't mine. I'm rarely brilliant
- "Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you won't do anything with it." ~ M Scott Peck
This has really spoken to the core of my issues lately. Some days I feel like I get nothing done - not for the house or the kids or for ME. But there are other days when I'm hopping and getting a lot done. Those are usually the days when I'm feeling good about who I am and what I'm doing. I never think that I have self-esteem issues, but then there are times when I realize that I do. When I realize that I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror and hide away from meeting new people. The truth is, I DON'T value myself most of the time. I need to change that negative self-talk so I'll find the value in doing good things for ME and for everyone else.
- "If you don't change what you do every day, every day will pass with nothing changed."
Well ain't that the truth?!?!? Some days I just need to be hit over the head with such simple truths LOL
Life and Spinach Pie
I've been having a fairly good week, but I'm feeling all bloated and yucky. This does not bode well for tomorrow's WI. I took a sneak peak this morning and was up a full pound. Which sucks. Lovely TOM is in town though, so I suppose a gain was partially expected. I hate feeling this way though *blech*
I've been working out semi-regularly. Yesterday I did a 2 mile walk with Leslie (WATP) and The Firm's Hi Def Sculpt Express. Not a bad way to spend 60 minutes. Today I'll be doing some yoga, but that's about all I feel up to.
I made a deliciousspinach pie for breakfast. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've eaten spinach, but this was actually pretty good:
- 5 oz frozen spinach - thawed and drained
- 1 cup FF ricotta
- 1/2 cup FF shredded cheddar
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
Preheat oven to 350*. Mix all ingredients and pour into a PAM sprayed pie dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until set.
***I can't find my pie pan so I used a 9" round cake pan and it took about 30 minutes to set. This was really good topped with slices of fresh tomato.
Sushi success, salad bars and shredded cheese
We went to a new Chinese restaurant last night and I did gooooooood. I made my plan of attack before we left the house, so when we got there it was very easy to fill my plate with salad and sushi and just skip all the other goodies. This place was more expensive than our usual haunt, but it had such a great salad and fruit bar that I think we'll be back.
Is it just me, or are good salad bars really hard to come by? Even our local Pizza Hut has backed off it's already-too-small salad bar and now it's just a bowl of lettuce a few toppings and some pudding. My middle daughter and I really like a good salad, so I'm always on the lookout for a decent bar. Maybe I'll just have to get better about doing all the salad prep at home. Maybe.
Speaking of salad, does anyone have a FF dressing that they looooove? I have yet to find something that I can handle. I thought about making my own, but I have no clue what I'm doing. I keep thinking that I should just make a vinagrette, but I'm an old-fashioned ranch girl at heart. I'm not sure a skimpy vinegar dressing would do it for me. Do you have any good recipes?
Right now I'm getting ready to enjoy a delicious Core breakfast of a ham, broccoli and cheese omelette. I've found that I like the soy cheese (Veggie Shreds) as long as it's melted in something. I can't stand them as salad toppings though *blech* The other day I melted them under the broiler with brown rice, chicken chunks, broccoli, cauliflower and 98% FF cheddar broccoli soup. Not Core. But really, really, REALLY good. Total comfort food. It's too bad that the shreds are sooooooooo expensive because I could really enjoy them. On second thought, maybe it's better that they cost so much as it'll keep me from eating all the cheesey goodness that helped me get to this weight in the first place.
Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
I made this for dinner tonight and it was sooooo good. I would probably call it UNStuffed Cabbage - but since I didn't create the recipe, I don't suppose I should change its name. Anyway, it was very simple to make and an awesome comfort food and CORE too. Can't beat that with a stick!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup instant brown rice (I used bulgur)
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1/4 cup water (use about 1/2 cup if you use bulgur)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400*
Brown the beef and drain. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into an ungreased casserole, cover and cook at 400* for 45-60 minutes.
****I boil my ground beef ahead and freeze it in 6-8oz packages and I also have chopped onions in the freezer - so I just defrosted everything, tossed it in a biig casserole, mixed it up and threw it in the oven for a great one dish meal.
A good loss...FINALLY!!!
I ws down 2.2 this week for a grand total of 9.4 pounds!!!! (**Pay no attention to the totals on the right. I had a health crises after I started the blog and was up from my starting weight listed, but EP won't let me change the SW and doesn't count from the HW....)
I still have a long way to go, but I'm soooooooo happy to finally see some decent losses after 6 months of up and down craziness.
I have to say that I LOVE the WW Core plan. I am eating so much better than I ever have and I adore not having to count Points or worrying about what I'll do if I'm hungry and out of Points. Right now I'm enjoying a bowl of my couscous salad and it's heavenly. Later today I'm going to make some unstuffed cabbage and I'll post the recipe if EP will let me.
Couscous Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Fets
This is the cold salad recipe I mentioned above. It's quite tastey.
- 1 cup couscous
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cucumber, chopped
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- parsley to garnish
1. In a bowl, mix cucumbers, vinegar and garlic
2. In a second bowl, add boiling water to couscous and chicken bouillon. Mix and let cool.
3. Once couscous is cool, add cucumber mixture, tomatoes, onions, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir in feta. Garnish with parsley.
Cruising right along
So I've been having a fairly good week. Sure it's only Tuesday - but I can still celebrate LOL I reorganized my kitchen over the weekend. It was a pain in the neck, but it's so nice to have the cabinets cleaned and organized. I even made a list of all my spices and which shelf they are on so I don't have to dig through ALL the bottles just to find the ground nutmeg.
Today I took my measurements and I'm down a total of 3.5" from January. I realize that doesn't sound great, but with all the thyroid trouble I've been dealing with - I'm actually 3 pounds heavier since January so a loss in inches is AWESOME in my book.
I've been working out fairly regularly lately and I'm sure that helps with the measurements. Today I did a 2 mile walk with perky little Leslie and 30 minutes of yoga. I'm on day 46 of my 100 day exercise challenge. Go me
I made a fabulous cold salad today. I'm not sure if the kids will eat it, but hubby just had some and thought it was quite tasty. Next time I think I'll use a little less oil and more tomatoes, but it's really good as is too I'll try to post the recipe in a new post...EP gives me fits over posting recipes. It keeps complaining that I have an invalid format Whatever.
Core Sloppy Joes
I found this recipe in the Core recipe section at www.healthdiscovery.net but it's also on allrecipes. It's on the stove right now, but I've had a few taste tests and it's sooooooo good.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 chopped green pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup water (optional - use it if you think it's too thick)
- 1T brown sugar (I used lite granulated brwn sugar and it worked well)
- dash of red wine vinegar (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion and green pepper; drain off liquids.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
I don't know Points for those not following Core. Sorry!!!!!!!
It's like, TOTALLY Tuesday!
OK, I'm nearly 38 years old and my FIRST wisdom tooth is trying to push through. Where's the fairness in that? Wasn't that supposed to happen in my late teens to early 20s when I was covered under dear old Mom's insurance plan? Right now it doesn't hurt, but if it does and if I need surgery, I think I'll have them send the bill to my mom who thought she got off easy!
Last night's unstuffed peppers? Fabulous. Beyond fabulous (whatever that would be called). Definitely a new family favorite and a keeper.
Tonight's dinner? *wah!* Do I have to cook AGAIN??? There aren't enough leftovers from last night (did I mention how good it was? LOL) so I'll have to cook something new. I'm craving seafood tacos, but it's kind of heavy and I'm already pushing the envelope for tomorrow's WI.
Which reminds me....The flipping scale is showing a 3# gain! Talk about unfair. I've been OP, working out, taking my thyroid meds, drinking lots of water and it's not TOM. I know the scale lies, but it doesn't mean I have to be happy about it.
Today I did Cardio Party (The Firm) and a fun workout designed by my oldest daughter. She is a skinny little couch potato, so I was thrilled when she made a list of 20 exercises that she wanted to lead. She kicked my hiney too! My favorite had to be snow angels. It's been a looooong time since I did that and it's amazingly taxing on the muscles if you go all out.
So I suppose I should figure out what to make the brood for dinner. I'll post it once I make a decision.