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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Busrt Weight In


I'm up half a pound, and it's always disappointing to see a gain but this is great for just spending a weekend at my aunt's.  I'm so ready for this challenge, I'm ready for a healthy me.

As all the challenges this year on the Sisterhood, there are mini-challenges during the week; this weeks mini-challenge is to be hydrated.  I have this one in the bag, I have been doing the 3 liters a day since the Survivor challenge; okay I don't do it every day but it's more on than off on this one.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Burst Into Summer Challenge
I'm on Team 23!  So excited to get this challenge going :)

Mentally I have been preparing for this challenge for a bit now. AND I'm hoping that I'm finally mentally capable of sticking this out and changing my relationship with food and exercise. Hopefully this past weekend is a testament that I am mentally there. I didn't make the best eating decisions but I am proud/astonished to report that I only had 1 can of coke, I rode the stationary bike for a bit and drank lots of water. This are all a HUGE accomplishment for me.  During a typical stay at my aunts, I can easily drink a case of coke, eat tons of ice cream and just stare at the stationary bike thinking that I should use it but just end up walking away.

Also another eye opener was that my sister, who is studying to be some sort of medical nurse assistant, took my blood pressure and it was okay for now, but the reading showed that I was in the prehypertension category - that means that if I don't change my ways I can end up with High Blood Pressure.  I already was diagnosed with high cholesterol a few years ago but never took the medicine because I was in denial of being too young for it. I can't live in denial anymore.

A is for Apple ...

A is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?
Don't really have a fav type

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)
D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?
glazed twist

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?
hard boiled specially in a salad or sunny side up in huevos rancheros

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?
umm, nothing fat free really taste good, there's always an after taste
G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?
Vallarta's or Superior
H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?
Coffee with a lot of creamer

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
vanilla with caramel sauce = yum!
J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?
Strawberries and Cream

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?
I'm not a fan of any

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?
Subway; Turkey on wheat with the inside bread removed :) provolone, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, jalapenos, light mayo, mustard, oil, vinegar, salt & pepper
M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
Campbell's chicken with dumplings

N: is for nutrients, do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?
Carbs, love pasta
O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?
Olive oil

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?
Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?
Love Quaker Weight control maple & brown sugar
R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?
chicken drenched in butter with carrots & celery

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?
Turkey, I know I can make one at home but I prefer my bought either at subway or trimana

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?
Typically not that well.  What ever is available and normally high in calories
U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?
I'm a picky eater so I doubt I have any weird combos.
V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?
Calcium, multi-vitamin & omega 3
W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?
Yay, wasabi peas :)

X: is for XRAY. if we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?
Turkey, bread - oaky 2 mexican birotes, lettuce & chilli covered dried mangos 

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?
fresh hand made flour tortilla with sugar - there are days I miss my abuelita so much.
Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?
hardly eat it, and never really cook it 

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

I'll start on Monday


The challenge officially starts next week, but I’m starting today. No time like the present, and I so didn’t want to fall into the trap “well the challenge starts next week, I can splurge until then.” The mentality of “I’ll start on Monday” or “what the heck I cheated anyway” has added a lot of extra pounds on me.

Hopefully I have come to understand that I will have a lot of obstacles / stresses in my life and even though I do allow most of them to affect me, I just can’t throw my health to the wind. I need to start preparing myself now, as I know this will be a challenging summer. My uncle’s health is declining, and my aunt is in her 70’s; she’s by herself as they never had any kids. I’ll be traveling quite a bit this summer, and she always has A LOT of food with the fridge stock with goodies for the kids. I’m weak and can’t say no to certain foods or desserts.

There are many other stressors in my life – my son starting college, my daughter spending a lot time home alone during the summer – I just have to learn that just because I have them doesn’t give me the excuse to seek out comfort food.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

New Challenged Annouced

New Challenged announced with the Sisterhood Burst into Summer!
June 15th – August 11th. That’s 11 weeks of bursting, shrinking, or both!

I vow (have I done that before?) to stick through this challenge till the very end.  On the last challenge I missed the deadline to submit my weight ( family issues with a sick uncle in another state.) AND I remembered that this is the 2nd time it's happened, I just forget until about 11 pm  PST.  That's just inexcusable.  I need to make this a priority and if it's priority the weigh in deadline needs to be engraved in my brain or at least set up a weekly alarm on my phone.

I'm up a bit from my last challenge weigh in, but it's still down from the starting weight - 212 lb as of yesterday, that is still as 4.5 loss :)