Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekly Weigh In

Well, I will be honest- I had a rocky start.  I thought I had it all together, I had a plan, a menu (did anyone else try the chicken salad recipe? OH MY GOODNESS!!!)

I did not, however, account for getting sick (I actually went to the doctor, and needed a horse-pill sized antibiotic twice a day).  Oh well, best of intentions right?

Just to review, my goal was to just eat better and exercise at least 5 days in the last week.  I did overall eat better and was much more conscious of what I was eating, and in spite of being sick I still exercised 4 of the 5 days I had planned to do so.

I wasn't expecting much this morning on the scale, but was pleasantly surprised to be down 1.5 lbs! So, only 68.5 pounds to go!

This weeks goals are much the same - eat the right things and exercise 5 different days for at least 30 minutes.

(Did anyone else know that Netflix has some exercise videos on there right now? Just found that today!)

Check back later in the week for a post on my new favorite snack!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Recipe Alert - Goodness Green Chicken Salad

Here is one of the new recipes that I have tried, and it is one that is on my permanent list!  It was so good, SO GOOD, that I could have eaten the entire batch myself.  I didn't, I shared.
A lot of times when I cook, I take a basic recipe and modify it to my liking.  That is what happened with this one, you can find the original recipe here.

Goodness Green Chicken Salad

1 Large or 2 small cans chicken (Or about 3 cups diced, cooked chicken)
1 Medium Avocado
4 green onions, diced
A large handfull of chopped cilantro (or more, or less, to taste)
1 lime

If using canned chicken, open and drain well.  In a medium bowl mash the avocado, onions, and cilantro.  Mash until well blended.  Add the juice of the lime, and some grated lime peel. (The lime juice will keep the avocado from turning brown)
Adjust the seasonings as you like, you may need to add a little salt and pepper.

That's it.  I ate this with some multi-grain taco chips, and my hubby had his on whole grain bread.  Both were delicious.  I cannot wait to make this again!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Better - Part II

I am taking a leap out of my comfort zone here - I am going to share with you some of the specific things I am trying to be "Better" at in 2012.

The first one is mostly because I would like some public accountability - I am really trying to loose weight.  I am not going to share what my starting weight is, or what my goal is, just share that I am trying to loose 70 pounds.  Yikes.  I hate that I have to even type that number.  (And no, the goal weight isn't a number I just pulled out, it is actually within the range that my doctor and I discussed based on my health and body type.)

For however many weeks it takes, I will be updating you on how I am doing with this, if I have lost weight that week, and what I have done to reach my goal that week.  I will share new recipes I have tried and loved, and any other successes I have had

What brought about this new found determination - let me tell you.
I was looking through old pictures of myself, and I didn't recognize myself in two of them.  Because I was so much closer to a healthier weight than I am now.  I seriously had to take a second to realize it was me in the photos.  I realized that I want to be the fun Mom playing with my son at the park, not just sitting on a bench watching.  I wanted to be a part of my life, the life God has blessed me with, and not just sit on the sidelines.

Here is the plan - I am seriously watching my portion control (Hello Measuring Cups) and following a fairly low carb diet, not no carbs, just low carbs.  (Like a Low GI diet) and I have set goals for myself for the next few weeks regarding exercise.  This week my goal is to use our treadmill for at least 30 minutes 5 times in the next 7 days.

I'll be back next Monday to share how this week has gone.

(If you would like to join me in this journey by starting your own, please leave me a comment! I would love to know I am not alone out there!)