Monday, June 29, 2009

BOTH feet

That is I am jumping back on the healthy, healthy, healthy bandwagon with both feet. I did so well during the Biggest Loser Blog Edition, I actually came in 3rd on my team...but then life hit me square in the face, with my family in town, graduation, five weeks of summer school and stress, stress, stress. I didn't journal, eat enough fresh fruits or vegetables, drink enough water, take my vitamins, or exercise like I should have. Don't get me wrong, I didn't completely revert to my old ways, I did manage some healthy, some days, for a little bit. But now, finally, my head is in a good spot, and I am ready, willing and able to ramp it back up.

Good news is that over the 10 weeks of craziness, I am down .2 lbs. I know that doesn't sound like a good weight loss for that amount of time, but knowing what I know about myself and my prior patterns of weight loss and gain, I am definitely pleased. I am in this for the long haul, and unlike other times I have started this journey, I just took a small detour that ran along the main road, not completely in the opposite direction.

To help get re-energized, I have joined Amy's 15 Week Challenge. Today was Day 1, and for my first weigh-in, I was UP .6 pounds. This means I am 100.25% of my starting weight, not the most auspicious start to say the least. BUT, I did a 5K this morning (in 45 minutes, apparently, not running for 3 weeks is NOT the best training method), bought healthy groceries, and a new bottle of vitamins.

As an added facet, Amy challenged us to re-work a favorite recipe, so I took pictures of what I cooked tonight (my version of Olive Garden's 5 cheese marinara*), but I reworked that awhile ago, and it felt all cheaty, so I am going to think about something NEW to do for the challenge...that is the true spirit of the challenge, to have something NEW to put in the food repetoire.

And now, all today's healthiness has Thus, I must sleep.

*Mix 3/4 cups of Prego Chunky Vegetable with a 4 ounce container of low fat cottage cheese, microwave for 30 looks sort of gross, but is so delicious and filling. Tonight I had it over wheat pasta and sauteed carrots, green pepper, onion and mushrooms. If you like spicy, add in 1/2 a jalapeno.


Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Oooo. I saw that the cutoff for Amy's 15 Week Challenge was Saturday so I am going to do it unofficially. You can do it! You are motivating me!

Anonymous said...

Ha! That's funny. I had thought about using a meal I had already lightened up (traditional English breakfast with eggs, turkey bacon, toast, and Heinz baked beans) and decided that was cheating, too.

Also, you've now got me saying "healthy, healthy, healthy" in my head. It's catching.

Jenn said...

I think it's great that you went through all that craziness and didn't gain! That is hard to do when we're busy and stressed.
Glad to see your jumping back in the pool!

Jen L. said...

Pretty much gonna need you to come to my house and make that. YUM.
Congrats for jumping back on the bandwagon!

20somethingfatty said...

I liked that - "ready, willing and able." A good thought to keep in mind when tempted to skip a workout or overindulge.

Good luck on the challenge!

andrea. said...

Yumm, that sauce DOES sound good!

I joined Amy's challenge too, I think it's going to be fun! Healthy, healthy, healthy!

Fatinah said...

I can't believe you did so well over the 10 weeks. You realize that means that you've adopted healthy habits and are now using them as your own!! Seriously think about that for a minute! That is freakin AMAZING!! It also means you're going to rock Amy's Challenge!!

DAVs said...

I like that sauce idea. Lately I have been looking for things that are mucho-fast because I just don't seem to have any time to actually cook things that require multiple steps.
Hooray for getting back on the bandwagon!
Not that you need any more motivation, but when I don't want to exercise lately I think of my Dad, who would KILL to exercise. Of course, he's my Dad so it's a big motivator for me. Sigh.

Thanks for all your support, HP!

Shelley said...

The fact that you maintained during that stressful time shows that you have changed your habits for the better!

Losing weight IS such a mental thing - sounds like your head is back in the game! Love how you casually dropped the "I did a 5K this morning" in there...I am in awe!!!

Good luck with the challenge!

Marmite Breath said...

I'm just in awe that you're all, "Oh yeah, I ran a 5K this morning, blah blah" and I haven't ran for about a month and 2.5 miles is the furthest I've ever gone. It's so hard for me to get to the gym with the kids home for the summer. Running outside is Insanity!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! I think this will help me get back into it as well. I haven't been doing BAD but I haven't been doing GOOD either, I need to get back on the horse, or in the wagon or something. tracy

Fatinah said...

A Tim's is a coffee from Tim Hortons. The best, dreamiest, tastiest cup of awesome ever.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I can't believe I'm *this* behind in reading blogs. So sorry! But, it's great to see that you recognize you do best when you have goals to reach or are accountable to others besides yourself. I hope Amy's challenge is the right fit for you!

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