Posts Tagged ‘points’

 

Andrew and I have been discussing what to do in the event that the Federal Government shuts down next Friday and I am temporarily out of a job. We’ve been discussing making payments for rent in May (we’ll have two rents due during the latter two weeks of the month due to moving), my Verna Butterer Loan being due in June ($3500 eeks), and a everyday expenses. As we’ve been discussing these things, I’ve also been thinking about my lifestyle… my exercising (sometimes lack there of) and my eating/cooking habits. I seem to do really well on the weeks- I enjoy cooking and eating fresh ingredients and have no problem with these things… until the weekend when we/I lose all control. We seem to eat meals out (well take out really) and just completely crash. This needs to change…and we know it and we talk about it, but we have yet to follow up on it. We’re hoping that getting out more to hike and kayak and explore will cut down on this unnecessary spending and eating.

Along with that, I’ve been thinking about food; my struggles with staying “on point” with Weight Watchers, my ability and happiness in starving myself so that I can go out and get a donut… it has finally hit me that this is dumb. I’m not sure why it took so long for me to reach this conclusion, but it did and I accept that. I think instead, the focus should be placed on eating fresher, healthier, (and more sustainable) ingredients and foods. Food as it was intended to be… will I splurge now and then on other types of junk? Probably, that’s part of life… at least my life :0). I am excited for our farm share to begin in May— fresh veggies every weekend and hopefully we’ll get back into canning and preserving!

Anyway, all of these things bring me to thinking that perhaps WW is not a necessary part of weight loss. There are plenty of programs and free tools out there that can do the same thing as WW- what it comes down to is me following a diet plan that will work for me and that I can be successful in following. That being said, I was reading some blogs yesterday and came across “life’s little epiphanies.” It’s a blog by a fellow ww-er who tested tracking on WW for a week along with tracking on MyFitnessPal.com. I was intrigued but didn’t think much of it since there are 100s of “tracking” websites out there. Well, I took a look around and it seemed pretty interesting and cool. The most appealing part of the site is that the database contains a lot of great foods- not just some foods, not just a pinch here and a pinch there— but a TON. Plus, users can vote on whether they think the nutritional info is accurate! So I created a profile and am going to try to follow it to see how it goes. I think this will be a good way at not getting hung up on “points” but rather what’s actually going into my body (fat, calories, protein, and carbs). I do wish it also calculated fiber, but I can do that on my own.

I’ll be sure to include a synopsis of how it’s going and what I’m seeing— just wanted to share.

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Well, it’s been a great week! I’m doing well on my challenges, I’m learning to eat less meat and more
vegetables, I’m loving cooking new dishes and I had a great weigh-in! We’ve gone running several times and our longest run was 2.75 miles which is the longest distance I’ve gone since pre-surgery. Tonight we head out to the parents house for Turkey Day, so baking prep was done last night. We made a Cherry Pie and put the starting steps together for Cake Balls and Cake Pops. Once they’re finished I’ll post some pictures and feedback on how it went as well as the recipe I used. We are planning on dipping them in fall colored chocolate and then arranging them as a ‘bouquet’ in the center of the table. We’ll couple this with some fruit and veggie animal creations that we will also be attempting, although not until tomorrow. Again pictures to follow.

Along with baking last night, we entered day 8 of eating environmentally responsibly.  Since we slept through the farmer’s market this past Saturday, we are still cooking/eating meatless, although if you check out our “menu plan” page you’ll notice that dinner tonight is Five Guys- Andrew’s choice, so I’m going with it and knowing that I will continue to improve my ways as life goes on. But a cheeseburger sounds so damn good! For dinner last night we had a stalk of brussel sprouts roasted with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and red chili pepper flakes. We coupled this with Wild Rice Sans Chicken Salad and Quick Fix Twice Baked Potatoes.

<— Here’s a picture of the salad and taters. Above is a picture of the brussels sprouts stalk prior to the addition of olive oil and spices. The dinner was tasty, filling and super healthy! I took leftovers for lunch today.

So tomorrow is the ‘dreaded’ Thanksgiving for most dieters/lifestyle changers, whatever you want to call it, so this is my small shout out to plea- please don’t be too hard on yourselves, we’re human, we make mistakes and everyone splurges at some point. I mean, come on, I ate PF Changs, Baja Fresh and ZPizza all in one day (last Saturday) and I still lost weight; 5.4lbs to be exact! You can do it, just remember, the more you move, the better off you are!

Tomorrow we’re going to try to go for a run or at least a walk in the morning before the feasting begins, but we have a lot of odds and ends to finish up- centerpiece, cake balls, napkin folding, rice krispie treat shape forming (it’s an art) and something else that I can’t think of right now!

Happy early Thanksgiving to everyone! I’ll try post again soon but no promises.

Challenges:
OP2OVERCOME: 9/21 days in C1
4WEEKS2THANKS: 61/50 Activity Points
90DAYS”MYWAY”: 10.3/15 pounds lost


Wow. I am on cloud 9. I feel phenomenal and fantastic and awesome and never happier. Today, I, Meghan Klasic, ankle surgery and early onset arthritis survivor ran 2.75 miles, the furthest distance I have run in over year (since surgery). I couldn’t be more pleased with this accomplishment. It may not seem like that much, but having gone through surgery recovery and thinking that I would never gain full mobility of my left foot back, well, it’s like Christmas come-early. I can do this. I can. And what’s even greater about this feat? Andrew ran it too! This is my personal shout out to Andrew- the guy who I started dating, whose path mine crossed several times before we ended up together. He was there for me through the surgery and the recovery, taking care of me and wheeling me to work in a wheelchair for over 2 months. Without him, I don’t think I would have made it.

With this completion of this run, I not only reached a new milestone, but I also smashed my AP challenge of 50APs by Thanksgiving (Started November 4). Tonight, I burned 450 calories and I ran the whole way without stopping. Take that body. Ahhh I just couldnt be happier right now, I’m smiling ear to ear. I got it back- that amazing runner’s high. I saw the end point (a traffic light at the corner of Potomac Yards Shopping Center) and the smile broke across my face and I felt like my old self once more. Hell yeah.

The photo to the right was taken with my iphone post running. I realize I look like a 14 year old boy and bald at that, but whatever. Figured I’d capture the moment :0)

Ok, moving on from the run. Sorry for going on and on but ugh, awesome. Anyway, foodwise, I was great today. I had my fiber one and coffee for breakfast and of course, leftover fajita veggies with rice/beans. I didn’t get a chance to eat much of my fruit salad- it was super super busy at work. I did get my water in though- I had 64oz. and plenty more tonight. For dinner we made a tomato-basil-Parmesan orzo and served it with a romaine salad and homemade garlic bread. It turned out really well and was very point-friendly.

Only two more days until Thanksgiving 4-day weekend! One more day until weigh in. Hopefully we’ll see good things! We are planning to run again tomorrow evening which may not be the best idea since it will be back to back long runs, but it will allow us to do a short walk on Wednesday before packing up and heading to PA to see my family.

Today marks 20 days until our Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis. I’m getting really excited but scared at the same time! It’s been so long since I’ve done a race and ran the whole way…but I’m ready to do it! I’m ready to start this off. I’d love to run a race every month of 2011 and budget permitting, I plan to do just that. Nothing can stop me now.

 

Challenges:

4WEEKS2THANKS: 57/50 APs

OP2OVERCOME: C1 D8

90DAYS”MYWAY”: 5.9/15 lbs.
Weight Left to Lose:

Last night was Day 4 of “environmentally responsible” eating… aka no meat that isn’t local and grass-fed, what have you.  I’m amazed that I was able to make it this long without meat. I miss it a lot but the meals we’ve been making have been fantastic. Last night’s menu was pasta and salad. The salad I made was similar to one I made before (post further down). The salad had romaine lettuce, pieces of baguette, tomato, fresh mozzarella and then a dressing of olive oil mixed with garlic and Italian seasoning. The pasta was made with the following ingredients: olive oil, pasta, lemon juice, artichokes, carrots, red chili pepper flakes, garlic, fresh thyme, Italian seasoning, and salt.

To make:

1. Make pasta according to box directions (just water and pasta- we made about 1 lb.)

2. Peel and dice as many carrots as you’d like to add (we used four large). Place carrots in a skillet with about 1/2 C of water. Cover and cook until slightly softened. Drain any excess water and return skillet to stove.

3. Mince 2 cloves of garlic and add along with 2t of olive oil to the skillet with the carrots. Mix and allow to cook on low for 5 mins.

4. While garlic/carrots are cooking, slice artichokes into slivers. Add to the skillet along with the rest and stir well.

5. Clean pieces of thyme off (we used about 3T fresh thyme) and add to the skillet along with 2T of lemon juice.

6. Season with Italian seasoning, salt and a few shakes of red chili pepper flakes.

7. When veggies are to desired taste, toss with pasta. When ready to serve, spoon pasta into bowls and sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves: This made about 12 Cups of Pasta, so- 12- 1 Cup Servings