Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Major Milestone!

So, remember that time last Friday when I was pouting like mad that I couldn’t get to the 100 pounds down point? Well, I hope it’s not too late to take it back because when I weighed on Saturday morning, I was down exactly 100 pounds! It’s so funny how that one pound, that silly number on the scale made a world of difference in my attitude on everything. I’d love to say that I will never be obsessed with numbers or that I will never get upset prematurely without allowing my body the time it needs to get to the number I want…but I know me better than that and my depression over my brief plateau won’t be the first or last time I overreact. I am very satisfied with the weight loss I have accomplished so far because I have done it in a healthy and manageable way. For two years, I have gotten progressively better every few months in that I push myself little bits at a time in the exercise I do and the food that I eat. I think the key to sticking with a diet is to basically not be on one…you HAVE to teach yourself how to live and make better choices. If you do decide that you want to lose weight and/or become more healthy, my OPINION (I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist but I do have some experience) is that you should NEVER drastically cut your calories or increase your exercise all at once. I started with a lot of points which meant that I was still eating a good bit but I was making better choices and I was only walking 5-10 minutes 4 or 5 days a week. Now, I have worked out a system where I eat three balanced meals a day and give myself a bit of play room on the weekends but I don’t eat half of what I used to and I exercise every day. It’s all about changing your life forever and I think I have…I definitely have bad days but once you do something for 2 years, it kind of takes root. I’ve said before that my goal for the next month is to not gain more than 5 pounds as I embark on birthdays, vacations and other miscellaneous celebrations. I’ve already marked in my calendar the exact days and meals I am allowed to cheat so I will know to be good the rest of the time. I am very proud of myself and everyone is being so kind and supportive…I am so blessed to have people around me that give me the strength I need. If you don’t have as many people…please know…I am supporting you…even if I don’t know you. If I can do it, you can too! I included my down pictures below and they are also on the side and will stay there for the next 15 or so pounds. I expect things to slow down considerably so it may be awhile before I get a new, 115 down picture…but stay tuned…it WILL happen!





I have what I call a “sort of” recipe to share with you this week. I am showing you in steps with pictures.









I have mentioned more than once before how much I love Moe’s. Well, even though I can go there and have healthier options, my favorite meal to have there is kind of high in points and now that I don’t get as many, my days getting cheese and a tortilla are numbered. It is my opinion that pretty much anything you make at home is going to be better for you. I saw these tortillas and rice and thought I would try my own Moe’s burrito at home. It wasn’t nearly as good and it’s still a work in progress but all I did was take my pre-cooked chicken strips and I heated them with the microwaveable minute rice and some taco sauce and put that mixture in the tortilla, topped it with cheese and because I have seen a Moe’s burrito wrapped no less than 5,000 times, I rolled that thing up and it wasn’t bad! I could make it taste better by cooking everything up in the skillet and possibly using fresh rice and chicken with maybe some Rotel tomatoes but for a 3 minute dinner…it was filling, cheap, tasty, different, healthy and EASY!

I had a great weekend! I ate WAY too much on Easter but I was totally predicting that. If there is a world record for the amount of hard boiled eggs eaten in one day, I might have come close to beating it. Jordan and I had fun seeing Avenue Q on Saturday and Sara Bareilles was AMAZING on Friday night. I know I went in reverse order there but you get the point. It was an extremely busy but fun weekend!!! I included pictures below of some of the activities.









I hope you enjoyed the pictures and that you have a great week!

Talk to you soon!

Bye!

“Cut the strings and let me go
I’m weightless, I’m weightless
All the things I hold in my fist
If I don’t let go, I don’t exist
They’ve become the things that define me
How I look and love, things can buy me
That’s not important anymore
I feel me writhing on the floor
Light as a feather, I’m carefree

I’m weightless
The sky is the limit
And I just wanna flow
Free as a spirit on a journey I’ll go
Cut the strings and let me go
I’m weightless, I’m weightless
A million dark balloons heading to the ground
Weight of the world tries to hold us down
Cut the strings and let me go
I’m weightless, I’m weightless.” Weightless-Natasha Bedingfield

5 comments:

  1. congratulations heather, what an amazing accomplishment. i have been keeping up with your blog, and you are a big inspiration to me. i lost 70 pounds a couple of years ago, and then fell off the wagon and have slowly let more than half of it creep back on. i am trying really hard now to get back on track, and your success reminds me that it is possible!

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  2. Thank you so much for the kind words! Do I know you personally? Whether I do or don't...good luck on your journey! You can do it!!!

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  3. no, we dont know each other - i cant remember how i actually stumbled on to your blog the first time, but im just a fan! :)

    glad to hear you and yours are all well after the tornadoes. blessings,

    jennifer

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  4. I wanted to congratulate you once again! You have accomplished something really amazing and I'm very proud of you! You're awesome!!!

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  5. Thanks Jordan!

    Jennifer-thanks for reading and the well wishes!!!

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