Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day4 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 4 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method 

Down 3 lbs already! So far this diet is working, however I am super hungry. I'm a little concerned that the weight-loss is too fast so I'm thinking of adding some calories to make it 1000. I'm crazy hungry and super tired all of the time. Not sure if I can totally blame the diet portion but around 800 calories seems to low for me.

Today I actually stuck to the program almost 100%, OK for like 80%. Yay me! I'm very proud of myself. For breakfast I had the grapefruit, lunch tofu vegetable soup, and for the dinner the shrimp salad.  I didn't have time to make my snack so I got an odawalla juice.


I did my outlawed jogging (week 5, day 1 of couch to 5K) and my mat work. One problem I'm noticing is that the mat work is getting super boring. I totally dread doing it. I will be glad when the mat work changes on Day 11.


Day 4 - Meals (With My  Variations)
Breakfast - Grapefruit
This is sooo not enough for breakfast. Can we stay starving!!! 
Grapefruit

Lunch - Tofu Vegetable Soup
Yummy! Probably one of my favorite recipes so far. Moreover, it was relatively easy to make.
Tofu Vegetable Soup
Dinner - Shrimp Salad
<y husband was nice enough to make this for me tonight. It was OK. Nothing special. When I make this again will probably make some changes. I would have preferred plain lettuce over the snap peas.
Shrimp Salad
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 3 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 3 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method 

I'm not sure if this is real because it seems pretty unbelievable, but I weighed myself this morning and I am now 144.2 which means I lost 2.4 lbs. I'm sure a lot of it is water weight from junk food/salt detox. Whatever the reason I will soooo take it. 

As with the last three days my thought of the day is "HUNGRY!!!!" I have tried sooo many different diets over the year and this is the hungriest I have been by far. As a bonus I am in a total foul mood. My only motivation carrying on to continuing is that I have lost 2.4 lbs in two days. Yee Haw!

Today I pretty much stuck with the Tracy food plan. I had my planned lunch for breakfast which was the minestrone soup. For lunch I knew I was going out so I ordered an egg white veggie omelet with none of the good stuff that I would normally order. I did stray on the snack. I was supposed to have the choco chestnut pudding but didn't have time to make it before I had to pick up my daughter from preschool so I had the my famous Siggi's yogurt. Dinner was poached tilapia with steamed broccoli. And yes as I type this I am dreaming of jumping cupcakes and skipping sugar cookies. 

I have not done a bit of exercise today. I'm about to do the cardio component because in her book Tracy says that for weight loss cardio trumps the mat work. Hopefully tomorrow I will get both the meals and the exercise back on track while writing three (yes 3!) essays for nursing school! But this is day to day life so I need to learn to adapt better.

Lessons from Today:  Hunger makes you willing to do almost anything for a satisfying bite of something delicious! I now truly believe that food can be addictive. Maybe I need food rehab!

Day 3 - Meals (With My  Variations)
 
Breakfast - Tomato Minestrone Soup
This is a repeat for me. It was surprisingly comforting as a breakfast food! May have to switch my breakfast and lunches more often. 
 
Tomato Minestrone Soup
 
Lunch - Egg White Veggie Omelet from The Egg & I
This was really good. I tried to make it as pro Tracy as possible. I asked for little oil to be used and it seemed like they listened. 
 
Veggie Omelet from The Egg & I
 
 
Snack - Siggi's Yogurt Pomegranate & Passion Fruit

Are you noticing a trend here?
 
Siggi's Yogurt Blueberry
 

Dinner - Poached Tilapia with Steamed Broccoli
This was easy to make and really good. Fairly filling although it doesn't fill the cravings that I am having.
 
Poached Tilapia with Steamed Broccoli
 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 2 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method

Monday, November 28, 2011
Day 2 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method 

I weighted myself this morning and I am now 146.6. Down 0.2 lbs. Hey, I will take it. Today has been rough in terms of the eating plan mostly due to the error of my own ways. Basically my diet was low in calories and fat but totally not Tracy approved. I woke up late and didn't have time to make my breakfast as I had to drop off my daughter to preschool. So I improvised and had one of my Siggi's yogurts. I realize Tracy wants you to eat the Kefir yogurt, but to me it is yucky. For lunch I met a friend at the uber fab Freebirds which is a local burrito place. I was really good and had a salad with 4 oz chicken, a few black beans, and tomatillo sauce. It was really good, but the temptation was really hard. My snack was a banana and dinner was a lean cuisine. We were actually going to make the turkey burgers tonight but we had a mishap with the food processor. Tomorrow I am striving to plan my day better so that I can eat my correct Tracy meals!

My exercise was actually as written! Yay me! I'm finally following one rule for the day. I did my 20 reps of the sequence one muscle design moves. I also did the dance cardio for 20 minutes with the jumping part included. One frustrating thing I discovered is that each cardio segment is only 10 minutes. So to get the 40 or 60 minutes you are supposed to build up to you have to watch the two cardio segments twice. Hmmmm! Not loving this part so much. Also the black and white DVD really bothers me. During the dance part there are times when the screen suddenly splits into two parts and shows you a move totally not related to the previous move. I'm just doing the best I can. I think I need to order another of her videos as I can see how this will get old quick.

Lessons from Today:  Plan my meals better! Moreover, I need to have some pre-made Tracy food in my fridge or freezer. Tomorrow I have to meet my sister and mother out for lunch. I think the smartest thing to do is to flip-flop my lunch and breakfast. So for breakfast I will have the minestrone soup and for lunch I will have egg whites with veggies. I will tell them little oil and hopefully get the calories down as much as possible. This exercise and diet regimen requires strict planning which is funny because I thought I had already adequately planned. Ha!


Day 2 - Meals (My Totally Non-Tracy Day Variations)
Breakfast - Siggi's Yogurt Pomegranate & Passion Fruit

My improvised non-Tracy breakfast. But it is fat-free and only 100 calories. Plus it has agave nectar as opposed to cane sugar.
Siggi's Yogurt Pomegranate & Passion Fruit
Lunch - Salad with Chicken, Beans, and Tomatillo Sauce from Freebirds

I think this was a smart choice considering the other options that they had.
Freebird's Chicken Breast Salad 
Snack - Banana

This was something I had in the house. The picture shows a bunch but I only ate one. (Or did I??)
Banana
Dinner - Lean Cuisine Cheese French Bread Pizza

This was not a good choice at all! I will readily admit this. However after our debacle with the turkey burgers I had to look for something in the freezer. This seemed the best option of what we had on hand which is mostly kid food.
Lean Cuisine Cheese French Bread Pizza
 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 1 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method

Sunday, November 27, 2011
Day 1 - Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method 

My official starting weight is 146.8 which is super high considering that like last week I was 3 pounds lighter! WTF? I'm sure most it is water weight from bloat after my Thanksgiving's Day feast. 
 
Day 1 was definitely a tough day. I did OK with following my menu with some minor modifications because I didn't go to the store until this evening. Breakfast was sweet potato silver dollar pancakes. These were surprisingly filling and took an insane amount of time to make. Lunch was tomato minestrone soup. The snack was supposed to be the choco-chestnut pudding but I didn't get to the store in time so I substituted 100 cal low sugar yogurt. I went off the grid for dinner as well. We went to Ruby Tuesday and I ordered salmon, zucchini, and mashed cauliflower. So I tried my best but need to do much better!

In regards to exercise I did my couch to 5K jogging (Week 4 Day 3 - yay me!) but didn't get to do my muscle design moves. Not to sound all Scarlett O'Hara, but again tomorrow is another day.
 
Like my first attempt at this diet I can tell you that I am HUNGRY! And GRUMPY! My family is ready to vote me off the island. I checked out the calories using my fitness pal and I have eaten only like 866 cals today. Maybe too low but I'm sure that is how you get the super awesome results she talks about. This is a boot camp so it's only 30 days of this. Hopefully I will make it all the way this time and lose the 10-20 lbs I really need to lose. Frankly, I would be thrilled to just go down two sizes. 
 
From my past attempt at this I know that tomorrow will not be easier, but I am hoping to take it one day at a time. I'm thinking (OK praying) that maybe, just maybe after week this diet and exorcize plan will become easier! 

Day 1 - Meals (My Menu Variations)
Breakfast - Sweet Potato Silver Dollar Pancakes (218 cal w/out syrup)

As I mentioned above these took to long to make for a breakfast dish. They were not to bad and were very filling, especially compared to her other recipes which tend to leave me starving. 
 
Sweet Potato Silver Dollar Pancakes




Lunch - Tomato Minestrone Soup (103 cal)

This soup I have made before. I do not personally think it resembles minestrone soup at all. It is really just a veggie soup. It's not bad tasting but the 8 oz serving does not fill me up. 
 
Tomato Minestrone Soup
 
 
 
Snack - Siggi's Blueberry Yogurt (100 cal)

This yogurt is a very lightly sweetened (with agave syrup), high protein  Icelandic yogurt. It took me awhile to get used to the taste, but now I love these! 
 
Siggi's Blueberry Yogurt
 
 
 
 
Dinner - Ruby Tuesday's Salmon (445 cal)

Definitely not on the diet, but I tried to pick the best choice possible. The calories were listed on the menu. Dinner was literally half of my calories for the day.
 
Ruby Tuesday's Salmon
 
 
 
 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method - Prep Night (Take 2)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method - Prep Night


 I bought this book from Amazon.com because I had heard about it in one of my many magazines (I can't remember which one). I had originally bought this from Half-Price Books, but it was missing the DVD and you sooo need the DVD. The reviews were for the most part positive and 30 days seems like a reasonable amount of time to see some real body changes. Most importantly, I can see the evidence of her work in Gwyneth Paltrow who she trains and has a hot body. Listed below is the link on Amazon.com 

http://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Andersons-30-Day-Method-Weight-Loss/dp/B005ZO4V4W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322360475&sr=8-1


So now that Thanksgiving is over I am going to officially start my second attempt at Tracy Anderson's 30 day method. I quit pretty early during my first attempt because Thanksgiving was coming up and that was obviously not going to be the best time to start a new diet. Although the holidays are still technically here I'm hoping to lose some serious chub before Christmas. 


Although Tracy says to not make any changes at all to her method I am making a few significant ones. First of all, I will not follow her meal plan exactly as written for the 30 days. It is too hard and seems wasteful as most of the recipes has a yield of two and the repeat for that dish maybe a week or more a way. I am instead opting to chose some daily menu's that I like and repeat those throughout the 30 days.


My second change will be in regards to the cardio component. Jogging is forbidden and you are only allowed to do her dance routine. I'm breaking this rule and will be jogging three days a week for cardio. The main reason for this is that I am half way through the Couch to 5K program app on my iphone. I really want to see if I can finish that.


I am going to spend the rest of this evening planning my meals for week one and making the all important shopping list. Tomorrow morning it is off to the grocery store after my jog (weather permitting).


On to meal planning....

I am attaching a pic of my meal plan. I'm going to see how this works out. As I continue on this journey I am sure I will learn little tricks and tips that will help with this as I am not following her meals exactly.

My Meal Plan for Week One


 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Back to Day One After Thanksgiving!!!

As this is the week of Thanksgiving I have decided to put my 30 day method on hiatus. I plan to start off again the day after Thanksgiving. Although I have been doing OK, I have to be realistic and admit that this holiday it won't happen. So back to day one on Friday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method Day 2

So I weighed myself this morning and I lost 1 pound after one day. YAY!!!! I realize this is probably water weight, but it is still motivating. Despite this day 2 was really hard for me. I am struggling with extreme hunger. I tell my self that this will probably be gone next me once my stomach shrinks. However, all I think about is food, real food not Tracy Anderson food.

Food Portion

As mentioned in an earlier post I am switching some of the days around menu wise. Today I had the mango smoothie for breakfast X 2, puree of broccoli soup, and minestrone soup from a resteraunt. I'm getting tired of the amount of prep and cooking time required to eat on this diet. There aren't any tips (at least that I saw) for when you have to eat out.

Mango Smoothie - was soooo not my favorite. The kefir yogurt made it taste like buttermilk. As I was STARVING, I slurpped it down despite thinking it was gross.

                                                           Breakfast:  Mango Smoothie



Puree of Broccoli Soup - this was my lunch today. Not bad at all. I wish the serving was larger that one cup.

                                                        Lunch:  Puree of Broccoli Soup



                                                            Snack: Mango Smoothie


                                                Dinner:  Minestrone Soup (Dinner Out) 



Exercise Portion

I did the complete exercise regimen today including Tracy's cardio dance. I was able to complete 30 reps (yay me) and plan to increase my reps to 40 tomorrow. The cardio portion was a bit confusing to me. I am so not a dancer (in this life or past ones) so I stumbled through the steps. I'm pretty sure that this improves I continue this boot camp. Only 28 days more to go! (LOL)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tracy Anderson' 30 Day Method Day 1

I completed day one of the Tracy Anderson method. Well, mostly. I completed the diet with no cheating (which is amazing in itself) and the muscle design sequences. The only variation I did was I jogged as opposed to do her dance sequence cardio. This is forbidden as Tracy says in her book "it's my way or the highway". She says that you must not jog and most only do her cardio during the 30 day boot camp period because jogging can result in bulking. I debated along time about whether to only do her cardio, but I had spent the previous weeks doing the couch to 5K program. Basically I am afraid that if I totally stopped I would lose all of the progress I have made. My compromise is to jog (using couch to 5K) three days a week and using her cardio dance program the remaining days.

The other main change I have made this week in the program is to change around the order of the menu. Tracy forbids making any changes in the food options day to day. However, it seemed wasteful as the recipes often make two portions and the repeat day isn't until several weeks later. As such, I am strictly keeping with the whole menu for a certain day but am changing around the daily menus as I see fit. For example, I am repeating the same daily menus twice this week to save on cooking and food prep time. So Monday and Wednesday I am having the same foods. Likewise for Tuesday and Thursday.

So far this biggest challenge has been hunger. I am STARVING!!!! This morning I had strawberry mint salad which was easy to prepare (thank God!). This was pretty good but not filling enough for me. For lunch it was tomato minestrone soup. This was pretty good tasting, but not the 8 oz serving just wasnt enough. I had choco chestnut pudding for snack and poached cod with asparagus for dinner. The choco chestnut pudding was soooo good despite me not putting any chestnuts in it. At my local store chestnuts are seasonal and won't be in until for a few weeks. The fish was what you would expect with out any added fat.

Today's Menu:

                                                    Breakfast: Strawberry Mint Salad



                                                        Lunch:  Tomato Minestrone Soup


                            Snack: Choco Chestnut Pudding (without chestnuts b/c couldn't find em)



                                              Dinner: Poached Cod and Roasted Asparagus


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tracy Anderson 30 Day Method

After reading rave reviews about Tracy Anderson's 30 Day Method I bought the book and am starting dat one tomorrow. unlike most workout and diet regimens this plan offers no flexibility. Tracy says that to get the guaranteed results you must exactly follow her menu plan, muscle work, and cardio seven days a week. I'm going to try my best to stick with the plan. My goal is to get the lean body she is known for! Wish me luck.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Trying to Get Into School

As part of my quest to find a recession proof job I have started to think seriously about going back to school. I have applied for PA school and nursing school. As part of the application process of getting into the accelerated BSN program you must take the TEAS test. I just did this yesterday and already have my results. Of course they are as clear as mud. I got a score of 81.3. According to the test this is in the 90% percentile for the nation. However the average of the students accepted was a 84. I definitely didn't hit it out of the park but at least I'm in the ballpark.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Unemployment Brings Unwanted Side-Effects

As you can probably tell from my previous postings, like most American women I am obsessed with my weight. Despite my best (or not best) attempts I seem to hover around the same weight which is 15 pounds more than I would like to weigh. This problem has only become worse not that I have joined the ranks of the jobless.

At first I thought exercise would be my ticket to finally making it to my ideal weight. Ha! I exercise five days a week most weeks and have not lost an ounce. In fact, I have gained weight. It turns out that having all of this extra time to exercise means that I also have lots of time to eat. And boy do I eat! Junk, junk, and more junk. Hey, I have a 3 year old and the kid food that comes with them. I just happen to have a very unsophisticated palate which means that I like processed foods.

What's the solution? I have no fricking idea! It has been suggested by those who know more than me that my new found love affair with all things packaged stems from the sudden lack of structure in my day. Logically this makes since so my goal is to instill more scheduling my day and to sit down for meals. This means I must say farewell to eating while watching my DVRed shows. Hopefully I can soon say I have the exercise AND the healthful eating down and am on my way to being a skinnier me.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Diet frustrations!

I realize that my attempt to exercise or diet have been a large part of my past blogs. I think this proves that I am a typical American gal. I seem to lose a few, gain a few, and then gain extra! Very frustrating. Tonight was date night and we went to Alamo drafthouse, which is a movie theater that has a resteraunt. I went with all intentions of ordering something reasonable. However, it was not to be. There were no sensible options on the menu,not exaggerating. I ended up getting a pizza and list of guilt. But as Scarlett O'hara says "tomorrow is another day!"

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Big Furniture in a Little Room

Although we have been in our apartment for 3 (count 'em) months I have only now become motivated to make this tiny space more homey. First step is rearranging our living/dining room combo. When we saw the model it looked so spacious. Considering we had put the majority of the stuff from our 2856 square foot house in storage we could makes this work!

Ha! My husband and I apparently have no concept of scale because our monster couch is currently taking up 2/3 of the dining room/ living area. To get this monster into our apartment the movers had to hoist up over the balcony. The smallest of our two tables ( which seats 6) is Against one wall.

The plan is to swap the furniture into the two areas. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this works because not tripping over the coach will definitely go along way to making the next six months more bearable.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Completed Week 2 of P90X

Vanity is a good motivator for me. That and shame of course. Because of these two factors I have actually dragged out the ole' P90X workout for a crash-get-in-shape extravaganza. My family is going on a cruise next week so I no that I had to do something drastic or be forever shamed by the super fit people that seem to cruise on the same ship as I.

So far I have mostly stuck with it with the exception of yoga X, my least favorite workout. I just can't stand working out for 1 hour and 45 minutes. I honestly don't know how others do it. So I skipped that this week. As this coming week is my last before the cruise I am pulling out all of the stops and will do the vegan diet low fat diet (Ornish diet), P90X, and Sassy water (flat belly diet). This is especially necessary considering the bargain $17 dress I bought on clearance from Dillards. This bad-boy shows every curve (and incidentally chub roll) and is not forgiving. I will definitely need the spanx and my super sonic crash diet workout plan. With any luck I will triumph.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Trying to Get Used to Being Unemployed

Now that I am no longer taking my summer college classes I am trying to get in the habit of being a stay at home mom/trophy wife. This has been really hard for me because I have essentially worked everyday of my life since I was 17 years old and now I'm not. Let me make this clear, it is not easier to stay at home. In some regards it is harder because I take my child to and from pre-school which is 45 minutes each way and it is still summer. I will find out next week how  much more trafficky it gets when school actually starts. In addition I am doing P90X. Essentially once I finish this and eat lunch it is almost time to pick up my kid.

My hope is that once I get in the hang up stuff I can come up with a more efficient schedule so that I am able to accomplish more. It seems like I got more done when I had a job. Probably because I knew that I had no margin for error and really kept a tight schedule. Hopefully this phase in my life will  come together and I am able to make it all work: housework, shopping, errands, exercise, and child transportation. Millions of moms do this so there is just some missing ingredient that I haven't figured out yet. But, I know I will triumph!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Had An Interview Where They Interviewed Two of Us

As I have mentioned, I am currently unemployed and have been looking for jobs and applying to schools. On Friday I had a job interview which was a bit unorthodox in my opinion. When I showed up and was waiting to be called the other person in the waiting room leaned over towards me and said, "Oh you must be the other girl I'm interviewing with?" My  expression must have told her that I had no idea what is Hades she was talking about because she then explained to me that she had been told this was an interview where they were interviewing two candidates at the same time. Is this normally done? I have never had this experience before and thought it was soooo not kosher. Beyond awkward. What really made me mad is that I had to move mountains to get to this interview, dressed up, filled out another application, and brought my brag book. Would it have been too hard to grant me the courtesy of giving me my own time slot? Moreover, why was this other chick informed about the dual interview while I was not? We will see if they consider me I tried to go with it but I definitely but the top of the salary listing as the lowest I would take so I'm assuming they will go for the less experienced but more flexible gal who isn't me. I want to be compensated for my work. OF course this is still the early stages. In a few months when I get desperate I may have much lower standards.



Sunday, August 7, 2011

What To Do With Too Much Shampoo....

Now that I am officially a trophy wife (unemployed) I have taken up couponing as my hobby. I'm not really sure if I am saving money or spending money on a stockpile that will last us for quite a bit. For instance, the most common deals I see are on deodorant, body wash, shampoo, and other personal care items. So I have faithfully clipping my coupons and matching them specials. The result is a stockpile (horde) of these items. It has come to the point that my husband is starting to nicely question whether or not I should buy him any more deodorant, body wash, or shampoo. Surely, a years supply is enough. And of course there is my own stock which includes various brands of shampoo, conditioners, razors, and shaving cream. I have enough shaving cream to last me over a year. And shampoo....I hope I end up like pantene because I have a shelf full which bring up my question...what do you with too much shampoo. To I wash my hair twice daily? But then that would jack with my color which I bought with a $2 off coupon. Or as my hubby suggest donate to charity? And what about the specials that inevitably keep coming up. Its hard to pass on 25 cent shaving cream or 50 cent Pantene but then again I really have more than I can use.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What Do I Want to Do When I Grow Up?

Normally this wouldn't be a strange question until you take in the fact that I'm 34 years old, have a BS, and an MS. When I mention my situation most just look at me like I'm crazy. And to be honest, I'm use to people thinking this. Most common comments include "so what why all the schooling if you weren't sure", "don't worry you'll figure it out", and my favorite "does it matter". If I'm honest with myself there is truth to all of these statements. Why spend so many years in school to decide to try something else? The answer is very complicated. I luv me some Biotechnology, but I don't like working with carcinogens and getting paid really low wages. And for those who think I'm being a snob let me give you an example. I was looking at research jobs in San Antonio. The position I held 11 years ago has the exact same pay listed. Moreover, this pay ends up being around $23,000 per year. Mind you this is a position that requires a degree (preferably a master's degree) and many technical skills.

Right now the best option is to go back to school. Could I make a living as a career student? I have seriously been in school almost continuously my whole life. The longest sabbatical has been the last four years. And yet, here I am again. I'm thinking of going into applying for Nursing School or PA school. Originally I thought PT school. However, I'm currently shadowing PTs right now and I'm not 100% sure. At this stage in the game I think I need only proceed if I'm really sure about this. Unless I want to be a 38 year old who still doesn't know what she wants to do when she grows up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Good Ole' Coupon Clippin' Katy

Now that I am unemployed I have decided to try out the whole coupon thing. I have always refered to myself as coupon clippin' Katy because I am known to love a deal. And yet, I'm also known for having very expensive taste in handbags. "They" say frivelous. I say fashion investment. Let's just say I have had the same Louis Vuitton for 4.5 years (and probably will for quite a while). But I digress as this has nothing to do with coupons! OK back on subject. So in an effort to save money I have decided to try the whole coupon thing.

Now for the kids at home, it is not possible to get the values and savings seen on A&E's Extreme Coupons. We have essentially one major grocery store chain, HEB, and Super Walmart and Super Target. HEB does not have member cards and do not double or triple coupon values. So my dreams of getting $500 of groceries for $50 is unattainable. So what I have decided to do is try to stick to shopping list and use coupons when I can.

Today I ventured into CVS and used their Extra Care card. I also got some Extra Care bucks. Still unsure if results in true savings because the Extra Care bucks pretty much ensures that you will come back into CVS. Still undecided.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I'm Sooo Realities Bitch!

Being unemployed has its own challenges. I'm trying to be positive here. In terms of timing it really sucked. And yes I know that there isn't ever a wonderful time to get fired, I'm mean laid off. (I put this in because everyone tells me it is sooo much better to have been laid off than fired. Ummm not to my ego. I do get unemployment a wopping $415 a week with a max of $10K. and of course I can tell everyone I interview with that I wasn't fired, I was downsized, but I digress). We had literally just sold our house and had passed the opt out period. Originally we were going to sell our house, rent an apartment, and build our dream house. We are still proceeding with the plan. However, much more frugally. And apartment searching in San Antonio Texas is sooo not fun. First off every single apartment complex we have looked at are 99% occupied. For the kids at home this means that if you don't sign while you are there and come back a few hours later the one apartment in the worst location in the whole entire complex is gone. And no I'm not exaggerating. Trust me, I wish I was. Add to this the 106 degree Texas heat, again no malarkey here, and a 2 1/2 year old who is hot, tired, and constantly hungry. Not to mention long waits to even get to see the model. Basically we still don't have an apartment and a closing date of July 14th (we think). WTF? I'm trying to think that everything will work out and they by Christmas we will so be laughing at all of our "adventures" (read tantrums, crying, fights, panic attacks, and bad language (from me of course)). Let's hope it does. We went to church today to get some inspiration that God takes care of us. Right now I really need to believe this because I feel like my world is coming apart at the seems.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So My Company Decided I Should Stay at Home and Become a Trophy Wife

Yep it's true. I have now officially joined the numbers of those who are currently unemployed. Technically I was laid-off and not fired. I assure that this is little comfort. Ultimately it means that I may get a reference, probably not, because I pointed out the inequality of who they chose to keep, and unemployment. I have hated this job for the last two years. What is super entertaining is that I actually quit this job two and half months ago and they refused to take my resignation. All things considered I guess I brought this on myself. But what I can't wrap my head around is that I'm actually hurt. When I quit I almost euphoric. Probably because I was in control of the siutation. Now my ego has taken a hit. So I have given myself until next Wednsday to mope around and grieve. After that I will have to start figuring out what I want to do when I grow up and start getting in shape. My last excuse, too much work, has been taken away from me. What is really weird is that I haven't not worked a day in my life since I was 17 years old. I am truly out of my element. Obviously this is supposed to be a learning experience I just pray that I don't have to hit bottom before I learn what it is.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Staying on track with weight watchers and exercise

So far I have able to follow my diet and exercise routine. I'm using the "one day at a time" approach. This werks weight loss was 0.8 lbs. I
One of my main goals is to get back my lost muscle tone. I have lost tone and have gained some chub which I will be happy to lose. Unfortunately at 34 getting toned and in shape takes much longer and requires more work. Tomorrow is zumba so I'm excited about that. Its really a fun way to burn some fat cells.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Zumba and Krav Maga

In order to further motivate my fitness and weight loss efforts (I'm talking about you 7 lbs gained during Christmas) I have signed up for 6 weeks of zumba and krav maga. Zumba, which I go to once a weak with my sister Kassy, is crazy fun and high energy. I definitely sweated more than I had in awhile. For those unfamiliar with zumba it's a dance based exercise class that combines several different dance types like samba and belly dancing. It's crazy fun. I'm actually looking forward to the next class. Krav maga, which I take with the hubs, is israeli self-defense. This class was also fun and you learn practical self defense skills. What really impressed me about krav maga is that you actually get to punch bags that your partner/opponent holds. This way one can get the feel for throwing a punch or a kick. Taking these classes is definitely a great motivation for me to consistently work out and will hopefully help me reach weight loss and fitness goals.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And for Tonights Entertainment: Hip Hop Abs

Today has been a fairly good day. This morning we took our daughter for her teacher visit for preschool. If you take out the kicking, screaming, and rock throwing the visit went without a hitch. Hopefully tomorrow, her actual first day of preschool, will go smoother. And this is for both if us. Although I know this is a good step for her, I'm also sad that my offspring is growing up. One positive aspect of school will be the structure it provides. As my daughter has all the sins of her mother (strong-will, stubborn, etc) maybe they can teach her what I can't.

Another great thing is that we hot an offer on our house. I should have prefaced by saying after 82 very long days. For this who have never had the joy ( lots of sarcasm there)of selling a home let's just say this is an experience that would try the patience of saints. For one, keeping you house immaculate 25/7 sucks. Secondly having to corral the pets and then leave the house for two hours is almost inhumane. Especially with 3 back to back showings at two hours a piece, a toddler, and a cranky me. Not fun! But god willing and the creek don't rise this contract will hold.

And tonight I did hip hops. I have decided to try to be more consistent with my workouts which is why i ordered hip hop abs. Let me start by saying that the first workout was super fun. In terms of cardio benefit, i'd say this is moderate. However, i'm trying to stop being so perfectionistic about working out. Any exercise is progress I say.

Friday, April 22, 2011

I wish i could quit you cupcakes

One of the truths that I have to except is that I am an emotional eater. There I said it! My name is Katy and I am an emotional eater! When times are good, let's go celebrate with food. When life turns difficult I say seek comfort in the yumminess of cupcakes or brownies. However, my ego can't take the shame of my increasing pant size. Truth be told, I refuse to buy a bigger size so I squeeze myself into my garments, bulging seams be damned.

Of course with work and home selling all of my usual comfort foods are singing their siren songs to me. And what's worse, is that half of the time I give into temptation. Hell I run to it with open arms. Of course I realize that my toxic live affair with junk must stop. I plan to be stricter in my food selection. I am also planning to track my ww points and weight

Here's to new beginnings.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Back to weight watchers

After much deliberation I have decided to go back to weight watchers. As much as I wanted to succeed with the slow carb diet my success was ver minimal. Maybe it's because I'm only 8 lbs from my goal weight. I don't know. I will not miss eggs or eating beans three times per day. I will miss cheat day. This just means I have to plan mesls differently and get back into the weight watchers mind set. Will keep updating my blog. On Saturday I will post new stats.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Work Confusion

So this post has nothing to do with diet or cupcakes ( other than for comfort eating). Mostly it's a forum to vent my frustrations and confusion about where I work. Recently one of our senior team members left, which is sad because he was awesome. Our upper management said that they were going to hire an entry level person. Instead they are hiring a senior level. What frustrates me is that they don't move from within. There are two us who are awesome employees and have stayed at this company during tough times. Why not give us this opportunity? I realize that this is how business works.... But it hurts because I realize I'm in a dead-end job. Basically yo move up at my company I have to leave and then come back? WTF? Now that i have vented I will try to move. Maybe god is telling me to pretty up my resume and get the he'll out of dodge.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

4-Hour Body Mostly Slow Carb Enchiladas

So the interesting slow carb recipe this week was slow carb enchiladas. I actually based this recipe on re one from the Primal Blueprint where they used crepes as tortillas. So I took this concept and made crepes. Let me just start by saying that this is supposed to be a simple process. Ha! After literally 10 attempts I got 4 crepes that were usable. I used chopped chicken breast mixed with canned enchilada sauce (I looked for the lowest carb one I could find) for the filling. I rolled those delicate little crepes up with the filling and topped with sauce, green onions, and cheese. Yes, I realize that the cheese breaks the "no dairy" policy. That is why I am considering this a "mostly" slow carb dish. It was actually really good! Will definitely make again. I served this with organic canned refried beans and topped with some more illegal shredded cheese. Yummo!
                                                    
                                                       Mostly Slow Carb Enchiladas

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Back on the Horse

Now that I am back from business travel and vacation it is time to recommit to the 4-Hour body. Yes, I realize that many are able to successfully diet while on vacation. Unfortunately, I am not one of those gals. I am holding off on weighing in until Saturday which is my normal weigh in day. I'm hoping that this will put me right back in the swing of things...and speaking of swings...time to get back to my kettle bell swing. I totally thing it works. Considering the bare bones work outs that I have been doing, my body is remotely toned. Of course fake mystic tan spray helps with this as well.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Moving Sucks!

My husband and I, being apparently crazy, have finally gotten serious about putting our house on the market. We bought a wonderful lot last year in Timberwood Park and have been dragging our feet about getting our current home on the market. The rule of common sense being that it is more financially prudent to sell our existing home before we start building a new home. Thus we have been working like fiends to get this house in shape while working full-time jobs and watching a 2 year old.

As fun as this has been, we finally decided to part with some of our hard earned money (thank you bonuses) and are paying experts to paint and do some repairs around the house. My super optimistic dream is that we can whip this house into such fab shape that it will sell within 2 weeks. We definitely are relying on prayers to help with this.

Obviously working on the house has made keeping up our diet difficult. I have mostly been good this week. That is until tonight. What can I say, I'm an emotional eater and apparently a working eater. Whatever, that means. The next two weeks will be challenging as well. Next week I go to Boston for business and the following week is our cruise vacation.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cheat Day - 4-Hour Body 3rd Cheat Day

So yesterday was my 3rd cheat day! All I can say is YAY! For me, this is what makes this diet liveable. During the diet portion of the week I look at my food pics and remember that on Saturday I can eat what ever I want. Unless it has corn, because I have a corn allergy. But that is for another blog entry.

So after weighing myself I started my fabulous sugary eating. So the hubs and I took the offspring to the movies to see Gnomeo and Juliet. It was actually really cute and she did such a good job of sitting through the movie. There we shared peanut butter fudge, dark chocolate fudge, and mexican vanilla gelato. Yummo! For lunch, I had clam chowder soup. (forgot to take pics of these....)

For an happy hours went out with the girls to StoneWerks which is a bar grill chain. So I had a super fab extra dirty martini and a baked crab dip with pita strips. Then I went home and had a romaticish dinner with the hubs while watching inception on video. This was fettucine alfredo and zuppa toscano from my fav the Olive Garden! I wish I could quit you Olive Garden! And of course had to end the day with cupcakes. This time we got the cupcakes from a place we had never tried before called Gigi's. I was pretty impressed. So I got a red velvet cupcake, kentucky bourbon pie cupcake, wedding cake cupcake, and midnnight chocolate cupake. The kentucky bourbon and the weddding cake cupcakes were fab squared. However, the other two were just average.

                                                                   Dirty Martini


                                                          Hot Crab Dip with Pita Strips


                                                                   Fettucine Alfredo


                                                 Cupcakes from Gigi's (2 Fabulous Views)

 


4-Hour Body 3 Week Results

So this week I lost only 0.2 lbs. I'm trying not to be disappointed with this. I mean ultimately it is still progress and I am still losing weight. Yet, I see other people's amazing weight-loss and get a bit jealous. I am trying to remember that this is a journey and that next week is another week. Plus, per the book for women it may take longer than men. As suggested by another gal's blog I think I need to take out the big guns and am trying the ice packs. I am not desperate enough to try the ice baths. God alone knows if I will ever hit that low. But ice packs for 30 minutes 5 days a week I can manage. : ) I posted my results in the tab named 4-Hour body results.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

4-Hour Body Staying Strong

For some reason this Wednesday has been easier than most. I even went out to dinner did OK. It was italian so no beans, but I did a shrimp salad. My hope is that this is a sign of things to come. That this diet will become automatic, and dare I say it, a lifestyle. Others who have been on the diet, let me know if this is true. On Sunday I was soooo over beans. As I am from Texas, that is saying a lot. We normally eat beans in quite frenquently. Here is where I do my imiatation of Bubba from the movie "Forest Gump...there is borracho beans, refried, cajun red beans (as in with ricce), black-eyed peas, black beans, .....and so on. And trust me we have tried them all...vegan, seasoned with salt pork or bacon, canned,  or made from dried. But today I seem to be accepting my fate and am trying to get my inner bean chef on. I'm thinking of taking out the crockpot and making some sort of bean soup over the weekend. Maybe that will rekindle my luv for the humble bean.

In terms of exercise, I am happy to report that I have gotten myself up and have worked in the morning. Yay me! Wishing all of my other 4-hour body slow carbers the best the rest of this week.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A New Week on 4-Body Slow Carb Diet

So Sunday not only starts a new calendar week, but also starts a new diet week for the hubs and I. So we did our weekly pilgrimage to Whole Foods and spent a crazy amount of money for one week of food. At least for us it is. I gather we could eat out every dinner for the same. That said, this is about health and not economy.

I picked the brain of the author of another blog that I read on the 4-hour body (this is the link to her blog http://slim4life.pbworks.com/w/page/34786781/My-Diet-Log) bout whether to the second lunch/snack was an important part of the diet. I honestly have not been hungry for it. AND let me be clear here I am sick to death of BEANS. BEANS three times a day is hard enough, but four times a day??? But, missing the fourth meal could be why my weight loss numbers are lack-luster. This weeks goal is to eat the second lunch and to pick up the workouts. I am continuing with my kettlebell three days a week and am hoping to get my bootie up to do cardio before work.

BTW - tonights dinner was chicken cacciatore, with lentils, and cauliflower rice.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

2 Week Results and 2nd Cheat Day

So this week I lost another pound and am down to 139lbs. However, my body fat has only gone down 0.5%. WTF? That is really what motivated me to do this diet was to lose the body fat. I'm tired of seeing my arm chub wiggle when I wave. And lets not even get into my wide (birthing hips). Shizzle! I'm trying to stay positive. In the 4-Hour body book the author notes that if you are over 40 (I'm not but I physically feel like I am - does that count) and have had children (which I have) then it could take 4 weeks to see dramatic results. Ultimately, I'm going to keep working the program and keep up with my kettlebell exercise. Although, I think I'm going to include my cardio in an attempt to restart my daily exercise routine. See my tab titled 4-hour results for more detailed measurements.

Now on to the favorite part of the Saturday edition of my blog, cheat day and of course the food porn pics. So today we went to BJ's roadhouse and I had a bowl of clam chowder and a strawberry martini. For dinner cheese soup and a baked potato with butter/sour cream. And would for my late night snack - cupcakes! I know shocker, but it would it be Katy's cupcake obsession without them?


                                                                    Clam Chowder



                                                                      Strawberry Martini


                           Red Velvet Cupcake (with hand for scale - This is a BIG cupcake)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday - Keeping Strong on the 4-Hour Slow Carb Diet

So today was a better day in terms of both work and diet. I'm not going to say that I'm still not fighting temptation but I seem to be obssessing about the food I can't have left. One side positive side effect that I have noticed from this diet is the ability to sleep. I have had problems with insonmia since last year. Suddenly, I find myself sleeping deeply through the whole night. So much so that am having a hard time waking up. I'm super excited about this bonus benefit to the slow carb diet.

Tonights slow carb dinner was salmon with lentils and green beans. See pic below.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tonight's Dinner - Meatballs with Shirataki Pasta

For tonight's dinner I decided to be a little adventurous and try organic spaghetti sauce with grassfed beef meatballs. For the pasta (drum roll please) we were brave and tried the tofu shirataki noodles (aka miracle noodles). I realize that in the 4-Body Tim Ferris doesn't really care for tofu, but we decided to give it a try and look at it as a rare cheat.

For the kids at home that wondering just how the tofu shirataki noodles were: Hmmm! Let's just say that the texture of this product brings to mind rubber bands. That said, if you can get past the weird texture it's not bad. Like most tofu products it really doesn't have a taste of its own. Instead it picks up the flavor of what is served with it, in this case tomato sauce. Would I eat it again? Absolutely! But keep in mind that I'm the gal who has made black bean brownies and black bean fudge.

Here is a pic of the leftovers from our dinner

Getting Back Into the Workout Habit

Before Thanksgiving, I would wake up every morning at 6:45 and workout. My workout at the time was the 5-Factor Fitness and then 30 minutes of cardio. Just before Thanksgiving I got sick and had to keep going to my job and to do the whole Thanksgiving thing for 20 people. Fast forward to Christmas and it was the same story. I was literally sick for 6 weeks and and to take oral steroids in order to get better. This of course means that my well-established workout routine was no more.

Now that it is February I am struggling to re-establish my workout habits. So far I have failed miserably. I have never been one of those people who enjoyed working out. It has just been a necessary evil to help me manage my anxiety. The 4-Body's kettlebell routine is super easy. However, I think I need to do more. Its not all about weight loss for me, better overall fitness and mental well being is really what I strive to attain.

I'm think the solution is start fresh on Monday and to set goals. Babysteps. My first goal will be to get up, get dressed, and do something. They say it takes 30 days to establish a new habit. I wonder how long it takes to re-establish a lost habit. I guess I will know in the coming weeks.

My question for my two followers and anyone else who wants to comment: How do you successfully establish a new habit? Any tricks to successfully working out every day? Any fun new workouts anyone has found?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Just Another Manic Monday

OK maybe I'm being overly dramatic, but today was a sucky Monday. In terms of my diet I was faced with constant temptation and gave in twice. At work today we had vendors come in for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. Among these (cue music) was Godiva chocolates! And guess who was giving out free samples! I could not resist a piece of smooth, dark Godiva chocolate. This is another one of my weaknesses. And there frozen chocolate drinks...are pure heaven. It tasted yummo, but now I have the typical guilty feeling that follows a food cheat. Oh to be one of the lucky gals who can eat what they want and be the perfect weight.

So on top of my guilt from cheating on my diet with one of my old lovers Godiva, I also had a sucky work day. I realize that this is not the smartest forum to air such issues...so I want but I am working on trying to find the positive and move on. And let me stress that this is a work in progress. In a book I recently read it recommended praying for the situations/people who cause you anger/strife. Again, I'm working REALLY HARD on this.

Anyways, as Scarlett O'Hara said "After all tomorrow is another day". Here's to hoping for a smooth work day and no cheating on my diet.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day After First Cheat Day

So today is the first day after a cheat day. Ultimately, Ryan and I are both super hungry and tired. From reading other blogs it appears that this is a common occurrence after the massive eating of carbs and sugars that occurs on a cheat day. I am working hard to stay the course and to not cheat!

So far today's main course we are having beef cabbage soup which I adapted from several recipes found on the internet. It really hit the spot. It won't replace the chips and dips we would normally be having on a Super Bowl Sunday, but it is pretty good.

Katy's Slow Carb (4-Hour Body) Beef Cabbage Soup
- 2 lbs grass fed ground beef
- 1 large onion
- 1 head cabbage, chopped
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 2 boxes of 32 oz beef broth
- 1 - 28 oz can of diced organic tomatoes (I like Murglen)
- 2 -15 oz cans of kidney beans
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- pepper
- tablespoon olive oil

Brown ground beef and onions in the olive oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until done, about one hour.