Beautiful scenery of the desert where I live. This was just one evening out here, I was so amazed by how beautiful the sky was. In Indiana you didn’t always get to see the beautiful sky because of the trees or the clouds covering the night sky, out here you get to see everything for miles and miles which would normally not impress me but a view like this is breathtaking. I just had to share.
As many of you know last year I began my “lifestyle change” which meant cutting a bunch of crap out of my life. Probably wondering what I cut out right? Try fraps, coffee, soda and fast food. Oh and I did all but the last one cold turkey and boy did I suffer for it in the beginning but it taught me that you can cut out all the bad in your eating/drinking habits. Some of you will say that I must not have had a habit, but the truth was I was drinking I don’t even remember how many sodas or cups of coffee a day but I do remember drinking 3-5 (depending on how much I had on hand) of Starbucks Fraps a day. How did I do it? I replaced all of them with either tea or water. I even tried making flavored water, my favorite was Cucumber water.
Every day I would report back on Twitter or Facebook on what I was eating, the beginning was mostly salads, smoothies and Lean Cuisine meals. Every Monday I would post a weekly photo update, which I will do here as well for 2012. Last year I had lost 35lbs by the end of summer, but by the end of the year I would only walk out of 2011 with minus 25. I’m still happy though, looking at the picture I can see that I did good, that even if it wasn’t what my goal had been I had tried hard. Last year was a horrible year for us, first there were a lot of issues going on in the home then we were kicked out of our home and moved into a hotel for almost 6 months. We had moved into the hotel by the end of the summer and that is basically when I began putting the weight back on. So my goal, now that we are in an apartment and have a gym membership is to kick butt and get into the shape I desire.
Do you have any weight goals? Now I haven’t found my weight scale, but I will be looking hard this week and once I do I’ll update this and post a new post with my measurements. I do believe I am roughly at 200lbs, my goal is to get to 175-165lbs which would mean losing an additional 25-35lbs in 2012. Before anyone attacks me I lost that much weight last year and I was healthy.
- continue to lose weight (25-35lbs in the year which is 2lbs per month)
- lose more inches I want to get on the right path
- run 2 5ks
- eat better & drink more water
- Cut back on the sugar, instead use Truvia
- Make the gym a daily ritual (minus weekends)
I was recently asked if I would review the new steamers from Weight Watchers called “Smart Ones” which come in the freezer section at your local supermarket. I found mine at Walmart. As many of you know I have been on quest to lose weight and to eat better, of course there are times I do not wish to sit down and chop a bunch of food up and freezer meals come in handy, especially when I am running late. There were five choices but only three of the steamers at my store, I did purchase all three to try out: Ziti with meatballs and cheese, Chicken with terriyaki stir fry and Chicken with broccoli and cheese. There are also two others: Sesame chicken and Chicken with broccoli alfredo.
These meals are $3.18 there is a $1 off coupon right now when you purchase 5. (Click the link). The meals can either be steamed in the microwave for 4.30 minutes or cooked on the stove top, I chose the microwave as it is just easier for me with four kids.
The meal I am writing about for this was the Ziti with meatballs and cheese. I had half and then SoccerBoy smelled it and asked me for some. He ended up eating it all, I only got two forkfuls and one meatball. He gobbled it all up which means it definitely tasted good to me. Honestly to me, the noodles were a bit too soft for me but I did love the meatball.
SoccerBoy says “it tasted great, in a way it tasted like spaghetti and meatballs.”
For nutritional value:
These are 30% Larger serving
10 pointplus value
9grams of fat
25 grams protein
To read other review check out the thread on twitter: #Smartonesreview
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Okay, it isn’t that I had ever quit working out but since my life went into this chaotic life mode I kind of got lost in the shuffle. Thankfully I didn’t put on much weight, in fact my weight goes up and down but never goes over 200 but with that being stated it never goes under 190 either. I won’t be hitting the goal of losing 75lbs in a year but I did manage to hit 25-30 up and down. I’m patting myself on the back for not putting it all back on when everything went crazy.
So as you can see I haven’t touched those old habits and my oldest (he’s 14) followed with the no soda part and he hasn’t had any since Feb. Woo hoo! I guess with the cool air coming and me just wanting to work out and not doing it I started getting that itch to just do it, in fact told my husband I wanted to start walking at night. He didnt’ like the idea due to where we are right now so next thing I know is we were at LA Fitness center.
I’m signed up and so far I did go on Monday of course I was lost on what to do but I did do some sit up machines and some treadmill-like machines. Next I will be trying their classes out. My son plans on going in with me at night and doing the classes, the days his dad goes he’ll go with him and actually “workout” as he calls it.
I am going to try my hand at the following: cycling, aqua fit and Zumba.
I am thinking, but not sure of trying: Yoga, kickboxing and Latin Heat.
This is all in the hopes of getting back into some type of training mode and continuing on with what I was doing. In the meantime I am sorry but I did not get a picture yesterday but here is one from last week.
I know I’m late but I have had so much going on. Last week was all that dental work, which means Monday I was playing College homework catch up. You can imagine how that goes with kids in school and driving them back and forth. So I didn’t post my Mamavation post, however I did take some wonderful pictures. Now I had decided not to look at the scale for the entire month, but I just did and this has been the craziest last few months where I go back up to 200 and back down to 190 but I never break either. I’d love to see the 180s and that is my goal, originally I said I’d lose 75lbs by the end of the year. Honestly I don’t see that happening any longer, but I’m not going to stop, I do still want to get in shape and lose the weight so I’m just going to keep on going.
I’m 199, even though that is close to what I ended the Mamavation Campaign at I’m still proud of the number. I must admit I am shocked that it wasn’t lower because the fact I could only eat tiny pieces of food. But the catch was when we discovered I could eat beans and rice we ate out at Qdoba’s. Hopefully once all this dental work is done I can eat right once again and begin exercising again. In the meantime, I’m still staying away from sodas, fraps and coffees.