Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wonderful News & Biggest Loser!

Many of you know that I stopped using Medifast to help save money to buy a house.

...drum roll please...

My husband and I closed on our home on 2/13/12!!!

We finally have room for our stuff! I am going to be setting up a home gym with my treadmill, Total Gym and place to do workout videos this weekend!

Now that we are all moved, I am ready to really focus on weight loss again.  Yes, I have gained back some weight but I need to move forward again!

Today was my week 1 weight in for the Biggest Loser contest at work.  We have a huge turnout this year, with 23 people participating.  I work fairly small company, less than 200 employees and under 150 people at this office.  I lost 3 lbs this week! That does put me at 12 out of 23 people, so I am going to really focus this week for a bigger number next week!  I am okay with 3 lbs though because I kinda blew it over the weekend.

As many of you know, I haven't used Medifast in sometime and regained weight when I stopped Medifast. My struggle is that I know Medifast works and I can lose weight on it, but that isn't how I want to live my life.  I want to find a way to eat, lose and maintain weight, in a way that is sustainable long term.

This week I have been attempting the Up Day, Down Day diet. In a nutshell, you eat a maintenance level of calories one day and the next eat very little.  On a Up Day, I could eat up to 2500 calories. On a Down Day, I could eat up to 500 calories.  On a weekly basis it averages to 1357 - 1642 calories per day (depending on if you have 3 or 4 Down Days that week) which is a great calorie defiect. This is a very similiar to intermittment fasting.  There are many people that eat this way for life.  I want to get a good grip on the Up Day, Down Day for another week and then I am going to add low carb eating to the equation.

Excited to see how my week 2 weigh in goes!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Inspirational Poem

When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town

When you want to give up just because you gave in,
And forgot all about being healthy and thin.

So What! You went over your calories a bit,
It's your next move that counts...So don't quit!

It's a moment of truth, it an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back to your range.

It's telling yourself, "you've done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow."

It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control.

To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.

But, often the strugglers, when losing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.

And learn too late when the damage is done,
That the race wasn't over and they still could have won.

Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow, But facing each challenge will help you to grow.

Success is failure turned inside out, The sliver tint in the cloud of doubt.

When you're pushing to the brink just refuse to submit. If you bite it, you write it...But Don't You Quit!!

-Author Unknown

"Never Again Will I Buy Enchilada Sauce" Recipe

My husband has some dental work done a couple of days ago and can only eat soft food until tomorrow. I think he is getting tired of overly done mac & cheese and cottage cheese, so I decided to make Enchiladas.  Typically I use canned Enchilada sauce, but I wanted to make this dinner special and really blow him away with my culinary genius! I decided that I would try making homemade Enchilada Sauce.

WOW it is amazing!!!!!!!  I will NEVER, EVER, EVER buy Enchilada Sauce again.

"Never Again Will I Buy Enchilada Sauce" Recipe

1/4 cup canola oil
2 TB flour
2 TB chili powder
8 oz tomato sauce
1.5 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

In a skillet, heat oil. Whisk in flour and chili powder.  Cook at medium until lightly browned.  Gradually whisk in tomato sauce, broth, cumin, garlic & onion powder.  Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Serve immediately, store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Yield: About 2 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 20 min

Nutrition Facts

  8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat7.3 g
     Saturated Fat0.7 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat2.3 g
     Monounsaturated Fat4.3 g
  Cholesterol0.9 mg
  Sodium389.5 mg
  Potassium220.6 mg
  Total Carbohydrate5.1 g
     Dietary Fiber1.2 g
     Sugars1.7 g
  Protein1.0 g