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Week 2 Menus - Week 1 Recap and Thoughts

Monday, January 09, 2012

First of all, thank you for all the birthday wishes! I really appreciate the love, support, and encouragement! :)

Weight Last Week: 306.4
Weight this Sunday: 304.4
Loss/Gain: -2 pounds!

Total SP Loss: -111.8
Total Overall Loss: -162.2

RECAP OF PHASE III: WEEK 1
emoticon 5 for 5 on my workouts last week!
I have yet to run again, but I did all my mileage this week - even dragging Hubs with me on Saturday for my 3.0 to end out my 30th. :) I did both of my Zumba routines at home this week for 2 reasons: 1) I didn't know how it would go and I didn't want to walk out of class crying again, and 2) I had early days this week (got off at 4:30pm instead of 6pm) because of the holiday, so I got to be home with the boys more. Everything went pretty well, actually. Still a little tight in my back and my hip can cause problems here and there, but I got through every workout well, so I have no problem thinking I can again this week.


emoticon I made healthy meals at home!
We tweaked the menu a little bit, but I still cooked healthy meals at home for the family. Granted, I did go over my "eat out no more than 2 times a week" rule, but only by one - Subway after my 3 miles with Hubs on Saturday. We didn't expect the alone time, so it was nice and I was good that day and was within my goals. :) Honestly, this one is already going to the crapper since all my friends have invited me out this week for my birthday. I ate out yesterday with the fam, I go out Wednesday night with an old friend from the paper, I go out Thursday night with the newest bestie, and then I'm going out of town this weekend with growing up bestie. So, yeah...this one's going to hell! I'm still trying to stick to cooking at home every other night and making sure there are healthy lunches packed for work.

emoticon I've been drinking my water and, other than Saturday, I remembered my supplements every single day! *proud*

emoticon I packed my lunch every single day but one, and that day I ordered a somewhat healthy sub from Jimmy John's and really enjoyed the "treat" that didn't break the calorie bank.

- I have yet to buy my supplies for my first craft project, but I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I want to get started on.

FOOD REVIEW:
* Cassoulet - even without the Herbes de Provence it still turned out good
* Swedish Meatballs - needs something, but pretty darn good
* Brown Sugar Chicken - NASTY! Not making that again. Logan and Shane liked it, but they like everything.
* Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole - It's pretty yummy, actually. I'm going to cut out a little bit of cabbage next time (I used almost 2 full heads), but it's pretty yummy and after a few tweaks I'll be adding it into rotation. It's filling and super healthy and 3 out of 4 of us like it and the other one refuses to try it.
* Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie - worked out better than I expected. Once I perfect the recipe, I'll share. Basically, it was a little too soupy, so I need to cut back on some of the liquids and then we should be good...and this time I will be adding peas, salt and pepper. (forgot last time - I think this is on the menu for tomorrow).

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WEEK 2 PLANS

* Uhm, confession? I don't exactly have my menu together yet. This weekend was a little nutty and I've been gettng those calls from my friends that keep changing things for me. I even went grocery shopping without a list (*gasp!*), but I do have a bit of an idea of what we'll be doing.

- Chicken Pot Pie: going to perfect this recipe
- Pork Chops: probably will fry these up tonight

I also still have split chicken breast and ground turkey in the freezer, as well as more chicken breast and chicken breast tenders. I'm going to spend some time today figuring out a plan.

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FITNESS MENU FOR WEEK 2
Sunday - OFF
Monday - 1.5 miles & 30DS (L1:D3)
Tuesday - Zumba
Wednesday - OFF (STRETCH!)
Thursday - Zumba
Friday - Nike Training Camp*
Saturday - 3 miles

* Nike Training Camp - I've talked about this before (and am too lazy to go look through my blogs to find it), but it's an application on my iPhone, which provides prompts for circuit exercises for a circuit routine that is either 15, 30, or 45 minutes long. It's intense, but moves fast, and seems to be QUITE effective. Plus, it makes me feel that super woman feeling following a good workout. (I think there was a small fee for it, but not more than 10 bucks...probably not more than 5 bucks because, well, I'm cheap. *lol*)

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BIRTHDAY RECAP

Okay so, my birthday day kinda sucked. There, I said it. I suck without a plan and while I figured we'd just go to the movies after lunch, well, there wasn't crap playing that I 1) I wanted to see and 2) the boys could watch with us. So that was out. And there wasn't much else left. I didn't feel like hiking as my back was still tight from the 3 miles the day before. And most everything else was closed for the season or shut down or whatever. I got frustrated and stressed and considered just staying home. In hindsight, I probably should have. No, strike that. If I knew how it would turn out, I would have stayed home PERIOD.

We did go to lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube. I did order my cheeseburger. It wasn't that good. Dumb hookers overcooked the stupid thing so it was a dried out mess. Next year if I want a cheeseburger I'll make my own because I *hate* it when the restaurant overcooks it! (I've totally stopped ordering anything well, because even if you tell them medium, you will get it well done. Unless you go to a fancy place, the "cooks" in the back can't cook. I know that now.) My fries and onion rings were okay, but nothing great. It was a bust, a major bust. And the stomachache that followed? Didn't like that either. *pouts* Put that down as a lesson learned, mkaythnxbi!

After that? Well, after Hubs complained about the cost of lunch and I started to feel super guilty for making him pay for it, and with nothing really else to do...we ended up running errands. *bangs head on desk* I promise you, when I thought of all the things I might like to do on my birthday - running errands didn't make the top 100. *sigh* I stopped by Cato to check my pants size. I then walked down to Bath & Body Works because I needed new foaming soap (thank goodness I caught the clearance sale, though!). And then I headed to Petsmart, got the puppy a new collar once he grows out of the current one (it was on clearance), a harness, and then 2 engraved tags, one for each of our dogs with my information on the back. I've been meaning to do this for a while but never got the chance before. After that, I stopped at Kroger for my extra firm tofu and for a soda treat for everyone. And then off to the mall to get a watch battery replaced.

Yeah, not the best birthday, if you ask me. I went home pissed off that we wasted the day with this crap and I wasted calories on crap food and then I took a nap. Later, we did the whole cake thing, and I clipped coupons and did laundry and went to bed. I did finally get to watch some movies - One Day and I Don't Know How She Does It from the Redbox - but it just wasn't my ideal birthday celebration.

So, yeah. That was Sunday. There you go.

And about this high calorie day thing? OMFG I'm struggling with this one. Struggling with the guilt and fear that I just undid everything I did all week. I weighed in at 307.4 this morning, and even though I know I'm bloated and need to flush with some water today, well...I'm terrified. Yes, it's an experiment, but I'm scared, like always, of "wasting time" and that my body won't respond to this like it is supposed to. I'm trying to push those concerns away and just wait and see what happens. Either way, I doubt any other HCD will end up that crazy the rest of the month.
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Anyhow, maybe this weekend will make up for it.

This weekend I'm going here:

www.greenbrier.com/

Me and my friend Andrea will be checking in on Friday and checking out Sunday. It will be two blissful days of girl talk and drinks and whatever else. Almost everything is on site so if we want to gamble or bowl or watch a movie or swim or even play laser tag or ride a horse or play croquet, we just have to walk to where that is (and probably pay a huge fee) to do so. I'm a little worried about the cost of the "activities" but we found a special deal on the room and both of us really need this. (Andrea is the same friend I went to Vegas with for my birthday last year. We see each other about once a year so we try to make it special. And Hubs gives me a bunch of crap about spending too much money - which he did again yesterday, on my birthday...but anyhow...) So, yeah, I expect some laughter and maybe some tears and (if I can afford it) a friggin' massage or something! I need some downtime, honestly, so I'm hoping to have a great weekend.

Of course, that means that once again, my "don't eat out more than 2 times a week" rule is in the crapper, but I'm trying to be smart.

Wednesday - dinner with newspaper friend. I haven't seen her in over a year, so I'm super excited! I've suggested sushi, so that's healthy enough.

Thursday - dinner with bestie. She's suggested two local places which both offer the healthiest fare available around here - mostly organic, WV-grown, and lots of vegetarian options.

And then Friday and Saturday I'll be eating at expensive restaurants with my growing up bestie, so I have no friggin' clue there. *lol*

My goal? Control what I can, make the smart choices, and then let go. Plus, I need, more than before, to make sure I get every single workout in.

That being said - I doubt I'll have as much success as I did this week next week. *sigh* Makes me a little sad, but I won't let it keep me from enjoying my time with friends. This is life. I have to enjoy it - even if traveling leads to weight loss for me every single time.

Okay, y'all. That's all I got. Recovering from this weekend. Gotta get some work done, walk my 1.5 miles at lunch, and then go home and make dinner and do 30DS before bed. Gonna be a busy day. Also trying to spend the next few days catching up on laundry and getting it folded and put away because I'll have to pack and be ready to go after Ethan's eye doc appointment on Friday. Check-in is at 4pm.
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  • SARAWALKS
    Happy belated birthday and this weekend will make up for last! Have a fabulous time! emoticon
    3293 days ago
  • JEREMY723
    I've read a few blogs in a row and you're the second to make Brown Sugar Chicken. Was it a featured recipe or something? Other SparkFriend liked it. I just mentioned it to my wife, she made a face. I'm fine to pass on it:)
    3294 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Happy birthday, a little late! Your upcoming weekend plans sound fabulous, maybe you should consider that your bday celebration. :-) Hang in there!
    3294 days ago
  • KKINNEA
    Gah, I knew I forgot something on Sunday - happy belated birthday!!!

    Man, it sucks when you use your calories on a special meal and then it isn't good.

    I think you need to do virtual birthday this week - get your week 3 plan set up, then do everything in moderation like you have planned above. The place you and your friend are going to looks great - hope you have a lot of fun!
    3295 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    emoticon emoticon You are doing great.
    3295 days ago
  • LILY_SPARK
    You're doing so well, continuing planning. I need to plan better!
    3295 days ago
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