The importance of making yourself at home

by Christine on January 27th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I started a new job after new years in January, so I’ve been working here for almost a month.  This week I brought in some photos to hang on my office walls. I hung six pictures up, and my office is starting to look a little more like home. I still need a little greenery and maybe a coat rack, but it’s a little more cozy than before.

Hanging up photos in my office makes me smile, because it’s an indication that I like my job, and I plan on being here for a long haul. I hated my last job, and it’s really no wonder that it took me about 7 months to hang a picture on the wall. I think I knew, subconsciously, that the last job wasn’t for me, and similarly I think I know now that this job is a really good fit for me.

In the same vein, I think that for the weight-loss game, it’s important to “make yourself at home,” too.  Remember that this is a long journey, and a long haul. Just like work, you’re going to have good days and bad days. If you make yourself at home in your weight-loss journey, it’s going to be a more comfortable experience and help you remember that this is a long-distance journey, not a metaphorically short sprint to the finish line.

So how can you make yourself at home in your weight loss journey?  Here are a few ideas:

  • Post pictures of you at your thinnest on the refrigerator for constant reminder.
  • Hang up a “goal weight dress” (or suit, for you men) on the back of your bathroom door
  • Post inspirational quotes on your bathroom mirror once a week. (You can write on your mirror with a dry/erase marker easily)
  • Ask your friends to help encourage you and keep you on track.
  • Bring a lock to the gym and leave some items in a locker there. That’s your home-away-from-home now.
  • Get to know a grocery store cash register check-out person on a first-name basis. Tell him/her about your weight-loss journey. Then, when you go to the grocery store and check out with your new friend, it’ll be a little more cozy, and your new friend will be checking out your food purchases to make sure you’re staying on the diet.

 

Do something a little silly, a little fun to keep your weight loss journey fresh and new. And remember…if you slip backwards, it’s not the end of the world! Remember, you’re at home with your new badassed self now, so give yourself a hug, then get up and get back on track.

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Steelers Sunday

by Christine on November 28th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Today we wanted to watch the Steelers game, but of course it wasn’t televised in our area so we had to finda bar to watch it. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the game and we were there for four hours!! Yikes! I was pleasantly surprised to see a healthy option on the Buffalo Wild Wings menu….four baked chicken tenders (170 calories) with a side of any wild wings sauce on the side (30 calories maybe), and salad instead of french fries, with fat-free balsamic dressing (50 calories)! Delicious and low-calorie!

Oh yeah, and the Steelers won in overtime HOORAY!

As if four hours in a restaurant wasn’t enough time sitting, I then I met a friend for dinner at Chilis.  Chilis has numerous healthy options on their menu, but today I found another one! I got a side order of black beans (100 calories) and a side order of 3 shrimps (80). What a great deal!  I confess that I really wanted the Quesadilla Explosion Salad because it’s one of my favorite! This is a really high-calorie monster though. I asked the waitress if I could only order a half-portion and she told me no, that wasn’t possible. I didn’t want to pay $10 for a salad that I would only eat 1/4 of, so I opted for the beans and shrimp instead. (That dish cost me $4, by the way.)

What today’s lesson reinforced for me was that it is possible to spend time–lots of time!–at your favorite restaurants and still make healthy eating choices.

Tonight I have a lot of paperwork and bills to get through. Blah! Maybe I’ll throw some situps in the mix.

Today’s total calories:

Breakfast: 1 eggo waffle (70) and some maple syrup (70)
Lunch: 3 grilled chicken strips (130) and some sauce (30, I didn’t use much) and a side salad (50 at most), 1 beer (200)
Dinner: Shrimp (80) and black beans (100), 1 martini (150)
Snack: 1 cookie (50)
Total calories: 885 calories

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Tuna Recipe & 95 pounds lost

by Christine on October 13th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Howdy Revolutionists!

The other day I made a really yummy Ahi Tuna recipe, and it turned out fantastically. I thought I would share it with you guys in case you had any interest in giving it a try.

Seared Ahi Tuna with Ginger Soy Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 (6-8 ounce) ahi tuna steaks (3/4 of an inch thick)
  • 2 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or 2 teaspoons of wheat-free tamari for gluten-free option)
  • 1 Tbsp of grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion (scallion) thinly sliced (a few slices reserved for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Method

1 Mix the marinade ingredients together and coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

2 Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high to high heat. When the pan is hot, remove the tuna steaks from the marinade and sear them for a minute to a minute and a half on each side ( even a little longer if you want the tuna less rare than pictured.)

3 Remove from pan and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle with a few green onion slices.

Can serve plain, with white rice, or over lettuce or thinly sliced cabbage or fennel. I served this with a few slices of avocado, and it was delicious. I also added just a smidgen of wasabi in the ginger soy mixture; I recommend doing that, but only use a pinky-nail of wasabi unless you know you like a lot of heat.

In other news

Alan gave me an award, thank you Alan!

Today, weight was 130.2. So close to the 120’s…I’m almost on the final leg of this journey! I’m at 95 pounds lost total now; only 5 pounds to go.  Yesterday I was hungry all day, and I ate and ate. Too much coffee (with cream and sugar).  Leftover ahi tuna (about 1 oz), a few bites leftover grilled chicken (about 1 oz), a few spoonfuls of leftover rice. I don’t really eat at all anymore; I graze. Nibble. I never DINE, I never sit down for a real meal.  My advice to you, dear dieters: Only eat until you’re not hungry. Don’t eat until you’re FULL.  Put the fork down the minute you’re not hungry anymore. You’ll probably need to pick your fork back up in an hour, and that’s fine. Don’t stuff yourself. Keep your hunger levels firmly in check.

My closet is waning. I now have four pair of pants that sorta-kinda fit me (2 jeans, 2 work slacks), only one pair of sweat pants for lounging around the house.  Very few t-shirts that fit, no long-sleeve tshirts that really fit (they are all XL or larger), only one sweatshirt that fits. I might make a run to Walmart for some cheapie long-sleeve tshirts. I’ve been freezing my ass off for the last few days.

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First chapter down!

by Christine on October 5th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

I have received the sweetest, most supportive messages with my last post that I’m taking the plunge and trying my hand at writing! Thank you all so much for your kind words. They definitely encourage me and made me write with a smile on my face yesterday, feeling confident that I am making the right move.  After all, this is what I’ve always wanted to do, and right now…I’m doing it.

Yesterday I managed to put down on paper the first chapter of my book, 8 pages in total. Not bad for one day (7 nonstop hours) worth of work. I don’t imagine for a minute that I’ll be able to whip out an entire book in a week. I know that this will be relatively painstainking because I’m writing about real places, real historical events, and real people that existed. That involves a great deal of research, and fortunately I have done a lot of the background research needed over the last two years.  More research will be needed, too, as I delve into this book, so I will need to factor in some hands-on research into my timeframe for getting this book written.  It’ll all work out; I feel really good about this.

When I got home last night, I gave my chapter to my hubby to read. He is by far one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and while I can’t say that he’s a well-rounded reader, he’s a voracious reader and has read more books than everyone else that I have ever met, combined. He can read two regular novels per day. I think he swallows the books whole and spits them out, and somehow in the digestive process the words sink into his head.  At any rate, my hubby read my chapter and said that it was good, that I wasn’t wasting my time, and that I need to keep on going. (He suggested that I start adding some action and plot, pronto. Then again, he’s a plot-driven kind of guy.)  This encouraged me!  I sent the chapter to my friend Peter, and he said, “I think you can do well with this.”  Hmm!

Today, I am back at the library for another 7 hours of writing time.

I digress! This is a dieting/wellness/fitness/weight loss blog, is it not?! So, how am I doing on that front?  While I think my swelling from my last fill is going down, I also can’t eat as much as I should be.  Food yesterday was:

9 a.m.: 1 glass of skim milk (120 calories)
11 a.m.: Crackers and cheese (150 calories), a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee (100)
2 p.m.: Almonds (100)
7 p.m.: More skim milk (120) and half a thin-sliced chicken breast (with cheese on top) (60); barfed perhaps two bites of that up.
9 p.m.: More skim milk (120) (hey, it sounded good)
Total calories:  770, which is on target, but too much milk and NO veggies = unhealthy combination.

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137.0 pounds (88 pounds lost): Hefty workout!

by Christine on August 18th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

Good morning Revolutionists!

I admire all of you that do your weigh-ins once per week. I admire the restraint needed to do this! I am not one of those people, however. I weigh twice a day typically — once in the morning for a “real” weight, and once in the evening only because I’m neurotic.  I’d love to tuck the scale away in the closet and weigh once every 2 weeks or once a month, but that’s just not going to happen. My willpower is not capable of that.

This morning I stepped on the scale, and oh! It flickered at 136.8, but ended up at 137.0. I’ll take it! Every single pound is an utter victory and should be celebrated! I jumped off the scale and did a happy dance, twirling around my bathroom like a maniac.

The numbers are due no doubt to the butt-kicking workout I gave myself yesterday. I did 4.2 miles on the treadmill (I’m working on amping up for the 10K in December, courtesy of a Miz Fit challenge).  This workout wasn’t about time; I did it in just under 50 minutes…I’m not winning any awards with that time. No, it was about messing with my incline and speed to really mess with my heart rate. I ranged from an incline of 1.0 to 5.0, and I ranged in jogging speed from 5.5 (my comfort jogging speed) to 7.0 (sprinting). I’m only 5’2, so my legs only go so fast, ya know?  At mile 3.75 I felt like I was going to barf all over the machinery, but I had Biggest Loser’s Bob in my ear going, push past it! You can do it! I forced myself to continue.

The workout maybe went something like this:

  • Walked 0.2 miles to warm up (3.6 mph, 1.0 incline)
  • Jogged 1.4 miles (5.5 mph, 2.0 incline)
  • Walked 0.2 miles (3.6 mph, 3.0 incline)
  • Jogged 1.0 miles (5.5 mph, 4.0 incline)
  • Walked 0.2 miles (3.6 mph, 5.0 incline)
  • Jogged 0.5 miles (6.0 mph, 2.5 incline)
  • Walked 0.2 miles (3.6 mph, 2.0 incline)
  • Ran 0.5 miles (7.0 mph, 1.0 incline)

I followed the jog up with 100 situps. More barf-a-dilly-iciousness.

Pics of my sweaty beasty self!

My eating yesterday was right on target, again. I treated myself to a small can of SunnyD. I hadn’t had it in ages, and it sounded so good! I know it’s pure sugar and very little real fruit, so I consider it a treat, rather than a health drink.At 60 calories, it’s not breaking my calorie budget but still allows me to have a treat! I always have nuts for a snack at work. Yesterday I had a handful of pistachios.

Does it help anyone out there to see what foods I’m eating? I have no idea. Here was yesterday:

8 a.m.: Cheerios (100) and some skim milk (25)
10 a.m.: Pistachios (75)
Noon: Leftover ravioli (120??)
3 p.m.:  SunnyD (60) and some almonds (60)
5:30: More almonds (pre-workout food) (40)
8 p.m.: 3 oz pork loin chop (100), some asparagus sauted in butter and garlic (30), a little cous cous (70), 1 beer (100?)
Total Calories:  780, right on target!

Yesterday afternoon I took another walk around town. It was a beautiful day, and it was so nice to get out of the office for a little stroll. I think I’ll do the same today.

Tonight I’m going out on a date with my hubby! I’m so excited! I honestly don’t remember the two of us went on a date together — it’s been months! We have both been very busy lately and haven’t seen much of each other. Our plan is to go to a restaurant that hubby has been raving about for weeks now (just a pub, but with awesome hamburgers apparently) followed by a movie. I want to see The Expendables. Anyone seen that? Is it any good?

I would like to do something sweet for my hubby. You know…like guys bring girls flowers on a date? What can I do for my hubby to make him go “awe!” and make his heart go pitter-pat? Hmmm. Suggestions needed! (Patrick? Allan? Shane? Clyde? C’mon my guy-friends…help a sistah out!)

I can’t wait!

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