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Victory is Mine

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I am excited to announce that I am victorious! I weighed in on Tuesday at 258.0! That means I won my diet bet of losing 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks! If you remember my Redemption post, then you know I was actually aiming for 255, but I’m just happy I won after losing the first time.

So I’ll let you know how much money I won with my Diet Bet as soon as they give me word. There ended up being 3,241 players participate with a total pot of $100,500 that has to be split amongst the winners after the site takes their percentage. The real great thing about this game was that the 3200 people that played the game lost a total of 17,351 pounds! Isn’t that amazing? That comes to a little more than 5 pounds per person! I’m torn between being excited for all the participants that shed pounds and hoping that at least half of the people didn’t so I can get a bigger share of the pot! My friend that won last time only won her initial pay in back and $30, but hey I’d definitely take that!

Ok, so what now?!? I don’t want to gain any of that weight back, so I’d be more than happy to continue this downward spiral. I am happy to be in the 250’s, but I don’t want to get comfortable here at all! Next stop— 240’s!

I would be more than happy with losing 8 pounds a month, so that’s my new goal. But I’m secretly hoping to drop 35 pounds by mid-September. That would be closer to 10 pounds a month. If I make it to there I’d be elated. You wouldn’t be able to tell me anything! To see the 220’s again would be fabulous. Yes that’s the dream… to be reunited with the 220’s in September. It’s a lofty goal, but I think I can do it. Well I hope I can do it.

I was supposed to write about what I’ve been eating for the past 4 weeks, so I’ll get to that… It seems posts that require lots of pictures take a while for me to put up. I have a case study that I’ve been trying to avoid all week and writing this allows me to feel productive without having to do my homework! Ladies and gentlemen I call that a win-win situation!

 

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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.

daily workout plan

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!

Something’s missing

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So I had this great post all planned out and written in my head, but I didn’t quite get time to finish it. I had certain pictures that I wanted to have on it and guess what? I didn’t get a chance to take those either.

So instead of putting up a post that wasn’t exactly how I wanted, I will put it up Monday instead. But I can share what it’s about…

So you may or may not have noticed that I haven’t mentioned how much I actually weigh yet on here. As terrifying as that number may be I’m finally ready to announce it. I’m at the point where I don’t feel like I am being honest and taking this weight loss blog seriously if I can’t even share the ups and downs of my weight.

Therefore, I’ve decided to insert a page that will record my weekly weigh-ins. And a post every Monday may or may not go with the weigh in updates. So look forward to that new page and post on Monday.

I’ve been super busy with work and home life this week and I haven’t exercised once! I know shame on me. But I can’t hide that from you all because come Monday you’ll see the numbers for yourself…. Do I really need another reason to dread Mondays?

Happy Friday to all, have a good weekend! I’ll attempt to get some exercise in so I don’t blow up the scale on Monday!