Time to Get Serious

I can hardly believe that it is time to “Spring forward”. It seems like it was only last week that I was setting the clocks back. That, and the fact that I am starting to hear the birds’ early morning signing tells me that Spring is just around the corner. That also tells me that I have to get more serious about food and exercise.

So far, I have been VERY slowly losing weight. Now it is time to get more focused with warmer weather on the way and skimpier outfits to be worn.

So, for my first post of March,  I am also going to point you to my web site http://www.eatingevolution.com for a terrific Pecan encrusted trout filet recipe. Be sure to click on the Free Edition tab to view the recipe.

Pecan-encrusted-troutWe enjoyed this for dinner a few nights ago and it was absolutely fantastic and ridiculously easy to make.  I served it with steamed broccoli and boiled potatoes that I pan-fried to get the golden colour.

With respect to my goals, technically speaking, I think I skipped one week of blogging. I have exercised once this week and I can’t really say that my weight has gone down as it has been on a roller coaster ride the whole time.  As I have said already…it is time to get more serious about my goals. Ultimately, I want to lose 10 lbs and so far progress has been very, very slow. February did see some movement. Let’s see how it goes this March.

Have you set some goals of your own? What are they? Are they realistic and achievable? Have you written them down?

There is nothing like writing goals down to make them more real. Please feel free to share.

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Olympics Are Over Now It’s Our Turn to Get Moving

The Olympics are over so there is no more good reason to spend hours sitting on the couch. The many fine athletes should be an inspiration. They weren’t instantly great at their individual sports. They worked hard to gain the skills and finesse.

Changing how you eat and adding exercise to your routine is just like the athletes. You try one move, master it then move on to the next move. How does this translate to a workable solution? Start with changing one item in your diet. In my case, I started by switching from cow’s milk to non-animal milk – soy, almond, rice. Then I made my meat portions smaller and smaller.  You get the picture.

The exercise, at least for today, I did a 1 mile “Walk Away The Pounds”. It is a video where you walk, do several arm movements and part-way through add hand weights to increase the intensity of the exercise.  I like this one on mornings when I am in a hurry as it takes only 20 minutes.

I don’t have a menu planned for tonight. My husband got tickets to the premier of the Expendables II. Nothing like a bang ’em up, shoot ’em up movie to get the blood pumping. Well, I have never been to a premier so it should be neat.

Tomorrow is likely to be the grilled chicken on spinach salad that I never made last week.

So, keep moving, and watch what you eat.

Cheers,

Lorraine

Stay Away from the Buffet!

First, I will address why I am telling you to stay away from the buffet.  I went out for lunch with one of my work colleagues on Thursday.  She and I had decided on Indian food. We went to a restaurant that presented quite a variety of dishes. Since I have not had a lot of Indian food, I wanted to taste everything. This is a lovely idea if you only have tiny bits of each. However, it doesn’t take long that your first foray to the buffet fills your plate and you have realized that you haven’t tried some of the other dishes. Back you go…and then there is still desert. Normally, I don’t really eat desert but there were these little balls of pastry in a sugar syrup that were SOOOOO tasty.

Buffets are a terrible temptations and it is too easy to overeat. Partly because the sights and smells entice us to eat and partly because we want to get our money’s worth. From now on, I will do my very best to avoid buffets. When eating out it is far easier to control portions if it is a plated dish.

The result of my buffet lunch…I overate. By dinner time I still felt full. However, I ate dinner with my family, albeit a smaller portion but I ate all the same.  We had the Turkey Brochettes with Vegetables.

Turkey Brochettes with Vegetables

Having had the buffet on Thursday, my Friday weigh-in was disastrous! I decided to make this week’s weigh in this morning (Saturday) instead. Fortunately, Friday’s eating plan was much more reasonable and I am now down .6 lbs from my start weight.  It is weight loss rather than weight gain so I am happy.

The week has been very busy. I did manage 90 minutes of yoga on Tuesday night and 20 minutes of cycling on Thursday – despite early morning start on that day. Yesterday I went for a 20 minute walk at the end of the day.  Not bad for my overall plan to exercise 3-4 times per week. I hope to make this more over time but we’ll see how it all goes.

Monday and Tuesday we were on track. Wednesday we ate out. Thursday we were back on track and Friday my husband made a delicious soup.  So what was the overall meal plan?

Monday we had the Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Potato Salad in Vinaigrette and Steamed Green Beans.

Tuesday, I made the Salad Mexicasa.

It was a lovely idea and it looks pretty good. However, it is bland and therefore, I will be reworking this one before I post the recipe.

On Wednesday, we ate home-made sandwiches on our way to see a play so I don’t have anything to post.

As listed above, Thursday we had the Turkey Brochettes with Vegetables.

Friday, my husband made a lovely coconut corn and chicken soup. However, I don’t have the recipe since he sort of threw everything today. Suffice it to say that it was delicious and there is enough leftover for lunch today.
I will try to put together the meal plan for next week and continue with my goal to exercise 3-4 times per week.

I hope this inspires you to start your own meal and exercise plans to benefit your health.

Cheers,

Lorraine

p.s. For subscribers to http://www.eatingevolution.com, the recipes are posted. Enjoy!

Here’s The Plan

Latest update – Fridays is when I have decided is my weekly weigh-in.   I did lose some weight – but not a full pound.  We’ll see how it goes next week when I have a food plan in place.  I was not discouraged.  I went ahead and did 30 minutes of aerobics, got ready and left early for work. These early meetings are just AWESOME!

This is the Monday to Friday dinner plan that I have for next week.

Monday
Turkey & Vegetable Brochettes with tossed salad

Tuesday
Salad Mexicasa

Wednesday
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Potato Salad
Steamed Green Beans

Thursday
Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad

Friday
Grilled Salmon
Couscous
Fresh raw cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, celery

For subscribers to my online magazine http://www.eatingevolution.com, I will be posting the recipes and hope you enjoy them.

I am at the start of a long weekend and won’t be writing again until Tuesday.

Cheers,

Lorraine

The Good and Bad of Wii Fit

A few posts ago I wrote about the Wii Fit chirpily telling me “You’re overweight!” These are not words that you really want to hear but chirpy or not, it was right.  So there is the bad…which isn’t really the system’s fault because it is all your own perception.

The good of Wii Fit is when you reach your weight loss goal early.  The timeline is two weeks.  I set my goal to lose 1/2 pound; something achievable. I accomplished my goal within the two week period that is the smallest increment allowed.  Well! What a difference! You get a congratulations and flowers appear on the screen.  So this morning, I got flowers and worked out for 30 minutes.

I can’t write more for the moment because I start early on Thursdays.

Stay tuned, tomorrow I’ll share my menu plan for 5 weekdays. I will be making these dishes next week.  I need time to shop for ingredients.

See you tomorrow and cheers!

Lorraine

Motivation, will-power, which is it?

It turns out that yesterday I did more than walk around the neighborhood – I got my bicycle out and rode!  It was a split decision but it really did feel good.

I had a tossed salad for lunch along with soy milk and plums. I did have a snack part-way through the afternoon but it was baked with limited calories.  Evening was still something light.

This morning, the weigh-in was 1Y7.4.  It is slowly creeping down but it isn’t at the 1X5.0 – that would be at least 10 lbs less.  So, motivation…it isn’t to lose weight before a big occasion or to impress everyone with my new look.  It is about wanting to take care of myself along with taking care of my family.  It has been said before that women have a tendency to put everyone else first to the detriment of their own health.  What happens when the women get sick?  I prefer to avoid sickness and possible problems down the road.  That’s my motivation.

Will-power – today I don’t have very much.  There are residual aches and pains from the week of exercising and I have to go to work an hour earlier than usual for the regular Thursday morning meeting.  The will-power is that tomorrow I will do something to keep my body moving!

I will need motivation and will-power to keep this up next week.  It is always easy to change habits for one week…not so easy to keep it up.  Let’s see if I keep it up.

What are your challenges to eating healthy and to exercising?

Lorraine

It gets worse before it gets better

The worse…

Yesterday morning I hit the dreaded 1_0.2 pounds.  I have deliberately omitted the middle digit for privacy reasons. Gaaah.  I didn’t want my weight to go up into that particular digit.  I was still pretty motivated to exercise. Yesterday morning I went down to the basement to do some low impact aerobics with the help of Wii Fit.  It is a charming little program that starts up with a body test. I have had this for a few years so it was kind enough to tell me that I hadn’t entered any data in 245 days.  Well, sure, it’s been really busy. Then it lovingly told me “You’re overweight”.”You didn’t meet your last target.” “Would you like to set another one?”

Fortunately, I faced that humiliation alone and went on to do a 20 minute workout.  I knew that I had a Yoga class as well so I didn’t want to overdo it.

As for what to eat, I showed some restraint.  I had the multi-grain cereal that I tend to have on most weekday mornings. Lunch was leftover from the night before pasta with tomato and spinach sauce, glass of soy milk and some fresh yellow plums. Dinner was fresh corn on the cob and a tossed salad.

I wanted a light dinner before going to yoga.

The better…

This morning’s weigh-in was much better.  I am back down one digit at 1_8.4 lbs.  However, this is still a little too heavy.  However, today I am feeling the various aches and pains from yesterday so I think it will be a walk around the neighborhood to ensure that I am still moving.

Cheers and I’ll write again soon.

Lorraine