Monthly Archives: January 2013

Happy Monday Peeps

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I have to admit I had a really rough weekend, but I’m up and working so there’s a reason to be happy. Every new day is full of endless possibilities. And boy I’m hoping for some good ones. But enough of the sob story… I’ll leave that in the past where it belongs.

I woke up this morning with AWESOME sheets, food in my fridge and gas in my car. For all of those small things I’m grateful. I can’t take for granted the little things in my life. But I am ecstatic that I stepped on the scale this morning and I’ve lost 7.2 pounds! 20 days and 7 pounds, I’ll take that. I’ll take it and keep running with it. Or actually nowadays I do a lot more walking than running. (Truth: I don’t run, EVER!) But hopefully one day my fitness level will improve so that I can start jogging again without feeling like I am dying.

Now that I have some success with my methods, I plan to continue to forge ahead and tweak my program a bit so I can continue to see results.

I have been cooking a lot more. I cook 3-5 meals a week. It just depends how much I like something and if I want to eat the leftovers or not. This week I’m really craving spaghetti and I think I may do real noodles (whole wheat) instead of tofu noodles. That’ll be a real treat! Today I’m having leftover pot roast, potatoes, and carrots.

This week my menu will include shrimp and grits, cauliflower crust pizza, lentils and sausage, and a pasta and veggie bake. I am consciously keeping my red meat consumption to a minimum this week because last week I kind of got out of hand. Hopefully I can fit all that in but it does seem like a bit much for one person to eat. I may take off the shrimp and grits if I’m craving leftovers from another day. I love my pasta bake. It’s basically a baked ziti with whatever veggies I have on hand, ground turkey, pasta sauce and cheese. Super easy and so delish!

And as far as exercise goes, I plan to have at least three workouts this week. Ideally I’ll be able to do four: two walks and two strength exercise days. I’m so proud of myself that I was normally doing between 2 & 2.5 miles as my norm but now I’m doing 3.25- 3.75 each time. I like this new normal. I just have to work on doing them a little faster but I’m more than happy with this mileage. When I get down to a strict 3 walks a day then I’ll be at about 10 miles a week. My goal is to comfortably do 12-15 miles a week. But all in due time, I’m quite happy with my progress.

I hope you had a great weekend, but if not let’s just prepare for a great week! I’m just going to claim it in advance.

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Falling in Love

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You never can quite pinpoint the exact moment it happens but you just gradually feel a change within yourself. Some time between the holiday season and this past week I noticed that my days are a bit brighter, the world seems friendlier and I’m smiling more. I sit and think what happened to me? I thought maybe the world has become a kinder place, but one look at the news will show you that’s not the case. The change is not external, it’s internal. I fell in love with myself.

The world seems a lot different when you’re different. I’ve had a great year and have been blessed more than I could have imagined. I have accomplished a few of my dreams and I don’t want to take any of that for granted. I have built a wonderful support system for myself. I feel so blessed to have great people surrounding me and I love each of them dearly for what they bring to my life. I fell so loved and so alive. Every moment isn’t happy and peachy but I have way more good days than bad. And for that I’m thankful.

I celebrated my 28th birthday and my housewarming last week. I am the type of person that over thinks everything and stresses about details as small as the color flowers not coordinating with the napkins. But you know what? For my party Saturday I was totally Zen. I had no worries and just sat back and let the day unfold. Well correction, I was a bit worried when my grass didn’t get cut until 1pm when it was supposed to be cut at 8am. But even that was a brief worry because I knew it’d get done. It was a good day and I was surrounded by good people and I had a great time.

I was worried that living in a house alone would leave me feeling lonely all the time and I wouldn’t be able to handle all the emptiness. But it has actually been great. I do have times I get bored but nothing like I imagined before. My house is often full of friends and family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just had to relax and knock down the walls I’ve built over the years. When you surround yourself with brick walls, you’re bound to be cold and lonely. You have to knock them down and let the sunshine in. Loving myself makes it easier for others to love me and I’m really enjoying this feeling.

As I reach towards my health and fitness goals I will try to do so in love and not in hate. I want to be motivated by the love I have for myself. I am only a mere human and I will get angry with myself at times but I hope a lot less than in the past. Love is contagious and I hope you catch a little of it from reading this.

If you are in my little circle I want you to know that I love you and I appreciate you. The quality of people I surround myself with is mind blowing and each person in my life is an amazing human being and I’m a better person for knowing each of you. UI have several names that come to mind but I won’t make this a list of shout outs! If I’m as good of a friend to you as you are to me then you already know exactly who you are.

If you’ve never met me I love and appreciate you for sharing my journey with me. It’s been a rough ride but I’m not giving up yet and I hope you don’t give up on me.

I see that I’m getting emotionally in my old age haha.

Here are some pictures from my week. Enjoy.

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I can feel the love, thanks everyone!

Only some of the desserts Smh

Only some of the desserts Smh

 

Patio setup

Patio setup

 

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Champagne punch, LOVE this stuff

With Love,

Carnisha

YUM!

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Update: Welcome all those from Pinterest! Try out the pizza, and make sure to let me know how it goes! Happy eating!

I had a great week. I was able to follow my meal and workout plans very closely.

Six workouts in seven days, I’m pretty proud of that. Although I didn’t get to do any walking because the weather has been absolutely horrible here, but that’s a minor detail. I have to look at the progress here. I did not workout on Friday night, I split Friday’s workout up between Saturday and Sunday.

Exercising was great and all but the standout of my week had to be the cauliflower pizza. I was excited to try but I had to admit I was a but skeptical about this dish at first. But there was no need to worry, it was really good and I was absolutely surprised when the cauliflower was comparable to actual pizza dough.

I spent my Friday night at a friend’s house making pizza. Well truthfully I watched and snapped pictures as she prepared our meal. I LOVE having a good meal without having to cook.

This recipe was inspired by a few I had seen on Pinterest, including this one. But for those of you who want my personal step by step, here it goes.

The first step was to gather a head of cauliflower, an egg, Italian blend cheeses, olive oil, seasonings for the bread and your desired toppings for your pizza. You will also need a grater, (we used a cheese grater), parchment paper, a pan, and a microwave safe bowl. The original recipe calls for Mozzarella cheese but I always substitute an Italian bled instead because that’s what I keep at my house.

You take the cauliflower and grate it.

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Then we put about a half of cup of cheese in the cauliflower so that it would make a more “durable” crust. And we sprinkled seasonings into the mixture to add some flavor. We used Italian seasoning blend, sea salt, onion powder and garlic powder.

Then you put this in the microwave for 3 minutes so it becomes easy to mold. Then you mix an equal amount of cheese and the egg with the cauliflower. We used one and a half cup of each for our pizzas, but I’m sure you can make it two cups or more so you can have a bigger pizza.

The next step is to place your parchment paper in your pan and mold your “dough” into a pizza shape and sprinkle so olive oil on top of it (so it can brown).

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Place it in the oven on 425 degrees for 15 minutes and it’ll come out looking like this…

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And now take out your pie and load it with your desired toppings and then place it back in the oven for three minutes and then you’re ready to eat!

This pizza is topped with sausage, bell peppers, black olives, and chicken. That night we made two and the other one had bell peppers, grilled chicken, and onions. Just make sure all your meats are precooked before you put them on the pizza. Another time I’ve made a pizza with just broccoli and cheese and it was still delicious. I’m getting hungry y’all!

20130115-100622.jpgThis recipe was much easier than I expected it to be and it tasted better than I thought as well. This is definitely going into the rotation in my kitchen! Have you ever made this dish before? And if so how did you like it or do you have any suggestions to improve it?

Let’s Make a Plan

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I really enjoy cooking so meal planning is something I can definitely do. I hate blindly going to the grocery story and making $100 of purchases then going home and not knowing what to cook. That makes no sense! And then I end up wasting so much food. So meal planning is not only good for my waistline, but it will also benefit my wallet! I’m all for that.

My meal planner was under $10 and purchased from Target. It’s a simple dry erase board with spaces for lunch, dinner and notes each day. And it also came with a note pad for a grocery list. I really like it and I hope he and I will get to know each other much better!

Meal planner

This week’s meal plan consists of cooking four meals and making tuna for lunch a couple days.

Monday I made a beef stew/stroganoff type of thing. It had a base more like a stew but I can’t call it a stew because I didn’t put other vegetables in the recipe. I know I really should have. But I paired it with a nice sized salad.
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I know you’re looking and this and thinking what’s healthy about this? Well…

It’s not real pasta, it’s tofu noodles! That’s a big fat, carb and calorie cut right there. Two servings of these noodles only contain 40 calories, 6 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fat and 30 mg of sodium. So much better than pasta! You can check out my post about Shirataki tofu noodles here. 

My salad including Creamy French dressing and a serving of olives was only 220 calories and my main dish was only 280 calories thanks to my pasta swap. That’s a hearty, filling and tasty meal for 500 calories! Now that’s a nice start to my week.

My other meals planned for this week include baked fish and veggies, pizza with a cauliflower crust and a homemade chili. I’m not sure what I’m most excited about… I’ve always wanted to make a homemade chili, but if I like this cauliflower pizza then that’s a great way to get my pizza fix without the carbs and calories of traditional pizza. I’m excited about this…. I’ll definitely let you all know how it goes.

You also may notice that I have juice at the top of my calendar. I ordered my juicer last year and really enjoyed it. It got packed up and brought to the new house and I haven’t pulled it out since. But that’s about to change! I want to have juice for breakfast at least twice a week and I will share my favorite recipes with you all.

If you stumbled yesterday, guess what? You were blessed with another day to get it right! Let’s all make today a good one and vow to give it our best shot.

Happy Friday eve

Xoxo,

Carnisha

No Mercy

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Things just got real for me. I stepped on the scale this morning and put a number to my fears. The scale read 260.8. That’s quite terrifying and frankly hard to swallow, yet alone type.

It’s very disheartening to know with that number all the work I have done over the start of my journey has literally been done for nothing. My highest known weight was 262, which is only one tasty treat away. All the fighting and tears shed loosing over 40 pounds is all for nothing now. It’s a tough pill to swallow. None of that matters anymore. Now I am back to almost exactly where I started.

I knew I was gaining weight. I could lie to myself all I wanted but a closet full of clothing doesn’t all shrink at one time… I knew it was getting bad. I tried to get happy about every new clothing purchase I made, but the truth is a pretty new dress is no consolation for no longer being able to fit into the pretty dresses hanging in your closet. Shopping may be fun for most women, but for me clothing stores were the one place I couldn’t hide what I was doing to my body.

But now its become crucial. this number means so much more than anyone could ever know. 260? I was in the 260s when I realized my weight was really out of control and I had to get serious about it and then to let myself hit that mark again? What can I say? What is there to say? It’s time to stop saying and start doing.

I found a 7 day workout plan on Pinterest a week or so ago that I pinned and have been just looking at for a while. I thought it looks good, but now it’s time to put it to action. I started yesterday. The first exercise was 100 jumping jacks. You know I got winded by 14? Wow. That was shocking. I struggled through the whole thing but I finished. I completed everything on the list for Monday. I did omit the lunge split jumps because WTH is that anyways??? Lol. I think that is the only exercise I’m leery of. Well that and Saturday’s bird dogs. What?!?! That doesn’t sound enjoyable.

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My goal to turn this whole thing around is to start with this plan for this week. And get at least a few miles in as well. I don;t want to put a number or timeline on things now but I want to just say that the upward climb of my weight MUST STOP NOW. I’m putting myself at risk of so many diseases and so many unnecessary challenges. And all why? Because I’m too busy lazy to work out or I want to eat anything and everything that is placed in front of me?

I have to make the choice that I love myself more than that. I have to love myself enough to make time and properly care for my body. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I have to take advantage of this month or two when I’m not traveling every week and take care of my most prized possession.

  • This week I WILL complete this 7 day regiment.
  • I WILL plan my meals weekly.
  • I WILL make juice at least twice a week.

This is my commitment to myself. Wish me luck!

Action

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I didn’t want to say it because I think its super cliché, but last year was the best year of my life. It’s so rewarding when you can see why things happened the way they did and appreciate that.

I know 2012 was nowhere near my last fat year but I have to be grateful because it was an amazing year for me. I’m not a person that forgets all the bad and just remembers the good; many people would actually describe me as the opposite. But in 2012 I decided to start looking at the bright side of things. I have to say when you start doing so it’s quite life changing!

I’m still overweight but I have so much to be thankful for, including another chance to get this weight thing right. I will not make any promises or resolutions for 2013, but I will say I will keep thinking positively, growing spiritually and never be caught at a standstill. Why focus on the downfalls of yesterday while today is passing away? Time waits for no one, so either I can jump on board and make things happen or wallow in my sorrow as I let it pass me by.

Happy 2013 to everyone and I hope all of your dreams become reality in this upcoming year. Let’s do this! The only difference between a dream and reality is action.