I Am Becoming Really Bad At This!

So, my consistency is one epic fail of late… in posting, exercising, and eating right.

I have succumbed to the sad days of eating every sweet treat in sight, making excuses for exercising, and being too tired/worn out to keep up with this blog, which has given me much of the accountability I needed in the past.

Well, I am going to try to get back at this now that the weather is warming up. I decided to give power walking a try, since my elliptical was causing repeat injkury/train to my right leg.  I picked up a pedmoeter, a water botle and holder to hook around my waist, and loaded my MP3 player with power tunes! I managed two days of long power walks – one even in the rain – before the weather turned nasty and cold again. At least I know I enjoy it though, and as it warms up, it will be my go-to exercise to try. I am also looking for a treadmill for at home on ngihts when I don’t get in until later and still want to do my walking. Can’t afford a new one at the moment, but hoping to find a manual someone wants to get rid of, or buy one off of Kijiji.

Now, that aside, I did try a couple of news meals/foods lately, and went so far as to buy myself new 9 oz. tall drinking glasses, some small lunch plates and a big salad bowl – with the hopes of keeping up better with portion sizes.

Two of my recent meals turned out delicious!

YUM - 2 egg omelet with tomato, spinach, cherrywood smoked (low sodium) deli ham, green onion, red pepper, cheese. Slice of Sobey's wheat-wise bread (55 calories) with sugar-free raspberry jam.

AND for dinner tonight… with my new plate/bowl:

Thin slice of marble rye with margerine. 1/2 c. mixture of white & whole wheat pasta, topped with alfredo sauce with steamed chicke and steam veggies (zuch, spinach, grn onion, mushroom, & some of a frozen mixed bag) ... served on my new small plates. One big honkin' bowl of mesclun/herbed salad greens, with a diced Roma tomato and 1/2 tbsp. light poppy seed dressing. :) My 4 yr. old boy ate the same stuff and loved it.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffin Cookies

So…. I was starving for something a little sweet, but didn’t have standard ingredients – so I went looking online for some inspiration, and then blended together a couple of recipes. What I ended up with was pumpkin spiced cookies that bake into perfect mounds, like the top of a muffin. MMMMmmmmm, so freakin’ good! Nice and moist in the middle, not too sweet, very spice muffin-like.

This little guy did not survive long after this photo was taken. His family disappeared too...

Here’s the recipe, for posterity, before I forget:

Blend wet ingredients:

1 & 1.4 c. pumpkin (make sure it’s plain pumpkin in a can, not pre-made pumpkin pile filling in a can)
1/4 c. margerine
1/4 c. unsweetened apple sauce (rather than a whole 1/2 c. margerine)
1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. white sugar and 1/4 c.creamed honey (I used Kittilsen’s wild flower honey)
Few splashes vanilla
1 egg white and 1 full egg

Add dry ingredients and blend in with rubber spatula or spoon:

2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. white flour (I actually used the easy blend Robin Hood stuff in the cannister, because it was all I had)
*If it seems TOO wet, add a bit more flower of either kind, whatever your preference – should be able to mash around with a spatula – it’s not the kind of cookie dough you could roll in a ball – if it is, you added WAY to much flour
3 tsp. pumpkin spice
cinnamon – to taste – I just found the pumpkin spice didn’t have enough cinnamon

Optional: Raisins or apple bits – I did a few with raisin, but tthe majority without. I think apples would be great in them though.

Chill in the fridge for an hour (or if you’re impatient like me, throw it in the freezer for 15-20 min.).

I put them on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam-type cooking spray, and baked for 10-14 minutes at 320 degrees. They turn nice and firm and rough, like a muffin (best part of the muffin!), and the bottom should be nicely deep brown. If you break one open, it will look like the inside of a nice, dense muffin. Makes about 2 dozen big cookies.

These are so freaking good.

I’m exhausted now – I think I probably shouldn’t have gotten so adventurous. Off to lay down…

Try these cookies… you will love them, I swear!

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And she’s back!

Well folks, I am back to a lower weight again, and feeling optimistic and motivated one more. Unfortunately my exercise for this week is at a halt, as I’m going through tests (heart, bloodwork, etc.) for a bad attack of vertigo, shakes, etc. and my blood pressue is up (something that’s not happened before). This happened once 3 years ago to a similar extreme, and they went over my brain with a fine-tooth come, so to speak, so now this time, we’re checking everything else. No driving for a week, and resting for a day or so.

It’s kind of mystifying, as I quit smoking two years ago, and have lost almost 40 lbs now, so I expect things like this NOT to happen.

Anyway, my current weight is 209 lbs, down from from 217 I weighed after Christmas. Close to 9 lbs in 3 weeks. Not bad for very little exercise.

Made a huge batch of chicken soup this weekend, to use up the crazy amounts of frozen veggies I had stockpiled, and this will keep me going for healthy lunches for a bit. Have been eating steel cut oats with apples, blueberries or raisins mainly for breakfast, with a few eggs on toast thrown in for lunches or breakfast. Definitely eating much healthier again.

Here’s hoping I can get back on the wagon and stay there! I’d like to get to 170 by the first of June – that’s roughly 10 lbs per month between now and then, and if I get back to exercising, I think it can be done. We’ll see, I guess! Wish me luck! ;)

Also, I’m on Twitter now – find me at @deemosher!

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I didn’t fall off the face of the earth! (Bonus healthy cookies!)

So, it’s true. I slacked off severely for the last almost two months. I still managed to eat healthy until Christmas season (December), but the exercise dropped to nothing. I haven’t managed to lose a single pound since November and keep it off, though I have dropped as low as 209, Christmas season food, lack of exercise, and a massive plateau brought me hovering back to the 215 mark! I’m not discouraged though, because I realize that I didn’t try to lose weight, and can’t expect results with no effort!

I injured my leg, a strained muscle on the inside of my lower right leg, and since I didn’t take care of it properly, it has continued to haunt me. I went to the doctor recently though, and he gave me a prescription for anti-inflammatory, and advised me to keep it wrapped for two weeks, which I have been try to do. Hopefully this issue will resolve itself and I can get back to exercising. I’m going to need it, starting the year – always the most stressful time of year. I’ll need to be super careful with what I eat too!

So, in the past couple of weeks, I started slowly getting back on track food-wise. In doing so, I discovered the following things:

  • I LOVE steel-cut oats. They are amazing. I was making single servings, and baking chunks of apple and cinnamong to go with it. Yesterday I decided to make a large batch and test out how well they reheat. I had my first reheated single serving this morning (which already had the apples mixed in), and it was fabulous. I bit of water and mashed it up to mix it and loosen it up a bit again, 2 minutes in the microwave and voila – amazing, healthy, breakfast on the go!
  • I LOVE Spicy Hummus by Summer Fresh. This stuff is AMAZING. Today’s lunch was a half a whole wheat pita, with a tbsp of hummus slathered inside, some Compliments Peppercorn Spice Turkey Breast (lowest sodium of the Sobey’s turkey deli meats at the counter), mushroom pieces,  light feta, and lettuce. DELICIOUS! I didn’t take pictures because, quite frankly, I inhaled it before I had a chance!!!
  • Cookies CAN taste good and be healthy! I found a recipe for wholewheat oatmeal cookies yesterday, and due to an INTENSE craving for sweets during a snow storm, improvised my own version, and went a step further to create my very first healthy cookie! Oatmeal Whole Wheat Jam Jams!

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Jam Jams:

Wholesome-y goodness!

(Please excuse my horrendous pan – I need new pans – this is actually a pizza pan!)

1. Combine 1/4 c. margarine, 1/4 c. applesauce, and 1/2 c. peanut butter.
2. Add to this 1 egg and 3/4 to 1 c. brown sugar (depending on your tastes) and combine until smooth.
3. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp baking powder, and mix.
4. Add 1 c. rolled oats, 3/4 to 1 c. whole wheat flour, a couple tbsp. cocoa, and 1/4 c. wheat bran.
5. Combine all together into a cookie dough that can be rolled into balls. I didn’t give exact measurements on the dry ingredients, as you can see, because I just added a bit extra oatmeal and whole wheat flour, then a bit of cocoa until I got the consistency I needed to be able to roll into balls – they were still a bit wet and sticky, but rollable.
6. Put the balls on an ungreased cookie sheets, press down the middle, and cook in oven preheated to 325 degrees (depending on how hot your oven is – mine’s very hot) for about ten minutes – the bottom should be brown and the cookies firm enough for you to lift to check the bottom.
7. Place a dollop of your choice of jam in the middle of each, and put back into the oven for another 3-5 minutes.
8. When you take them, out, let them cool and bit, and then enjoy! Even Brad likes them – they don’t taste good for you at all. They’re high in calories (I didn’t figure it out, but with margarine, and grains, it would be – but the ingredients are much healthier than other cookies, especially substituting applesauce for part of the margarine.

They’re just nicely crunchy on the outside and bottom! Delicious. You could add more peanut butter if you want stronger PB flavor as well – the PB flavor is fairly mild.

I figured out the calories – I forgot to count the cookies I made, but it was at least 30. If I split the calories in the recipe by 30, its about 85 calories per cookie (actually not bad, plus wholesome ingredients). The jam I used is 20 calories per tbsp, and each cookie has about 1/3 a tbsp. of jam on it, so that brings each cookie up to about 92 calories.

If you substituted all of the margarine for unsweetened apple sauce, it would drop the cookies to about 82 calories per cookie, with the jam. Cuts a lot of fat out too, since the PB on its own has a great deal of fat in it. I don’t know if there is such a thing as reduced fat/calorie PB, but if there is, it could be used without affecting taste much, and reduce calories per cookie further.

You could also mix the brown sugar with some sugar twin to reduce the calories while maintaining sweetness, as the brown sugar contributes the largest number of calories (627 to the whole recipe, or 21 calories per cookie).

Honestly though, if you’re going to eat a cookie anyway, this one is so packed full of good things, a cookie or two won’t hurt. Of course, in the name of science, I ate a huge bunch of these myself, since my first day back to work, and my first official day back on track hasn’t started yet. Hehe. I’ll regret it next time I weigh myself I am sure.
Eats for this coming week:
So, heading back to work after vacation, I picked up some healthy foods to get me started for lunches, snacks and breakfasts. Dinner is usually easy.
  • Gala and Pink Lady Apples to try – I love apples, and needed something new from the Honeycrisp I was hooked on
  • Green pepper, tuna (in the seal packages rather than cans – tastes much more fresh), fat-free mayo, and corn – mix the last three ingredients together along with whatever else I decide on, and pout in a cleaned out half green pepper. I may just eat this fresh, or I may heat it up, not sure yet.
  • Whole wheat pitas, spicy hummus, vegetable hummus, turkey, low-sodium wheat-wise bread from Sobeys (110 calories per two slices, light feta and low-cal cheddar mix,  for sandwiches
  • Chickpeas, lettuce, low-cal cheese mix, and salsa – to try SalsaChickpea Lettuce Wraps  from the Healthy Herbivore blog: http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/salsa-chickpea-lettuce-wraps/

Christmas Rundown:

For Christmas, I/we received two very awesome things that will (a) help contribute to my fitness goals, and (b) contribute to this blog!

My little family received a Nintendo Wii System, with Wii Fit Plus, among other things, from my mother. I’m excited to track my weigh tloss with it, though I think it’s a bit extreme in terms of healthy BMI – it automatically puts me at the lowest end of my BMI, telling me I need to weigh 136 pounds. I am 5’9″!!! My actual goal weight is 170 to get into a health weight range – and I most certainly don’t plan to be 135 – I feel liek that would be really pushing it.

From my husband, I received a handheld mini-camcorder, so hopefully, somewhere along the way, I may do some video blogs to share on here! We’ll see!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and wishing you all much success and happiness in the coming year! Welcome to the new decade!!!

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Weight Loss Update

I’ve been terrible at posting lately. I’ve just been so busy with other things. Volunteering with an election campaign here, working, crafting for Christmas, doing my pre-Christmas housecleaning (which equates to spring cleaning levels),  etc.

My weight loss has been slow recently, as I’ve not been exercising (well, not of the specific kind, though I think hardcore cleaning counts), and haven’t been eating as well, but am getting back into the swing of things this week.

Regardless, I’ve managed to lose… 31 POUNDS! In less than 3 months. November 17th will be the three month mark. I’ve been hovering around this current weight for about 2 WEEKS NOW. This is of course, based on my morning weight. I’ve gone as low as 214, but didn’t stay there.

So, my very first before and after pictures will be posted today (this one is for you Nanny – I saw your comment wondering where my updates had gone! :)).

On the left, is a photo taken by my four year old yesterday. On the right is a photo taken by a family member in early August, before I began my weight loss journey. As you can see… 30 pounds has already mad a tonne of difference.

It makes me cry to see this… to actually, really, finally…. see a difference. It makes it all worthwhile, and has be very motivated to get back on the exercise wagon!

Please ignore the mess in the background of the photo at left… I have a four year old boy who loves to play with boxes and make messes! :) In the photo at right, that’s my husband in the background making some weird face, and my son hiding in my arms. He’s getting way too tall for that! :)

Anyway folks, I’ll try to get back on track here soon, and start posting food photos and exercise updates again to help keep myself accountable. I’v also gotten into sewing and crafts recently, and hope to open an Etsyh shop soon. I’ll shar the link with everyone when I’ve got it up and running.

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Updates, Birthday Fun, and Recent Eats (Pictures!)

Updates:

All right, so I think I am back on track. My weight at home is showing 224 morning weight up to 226-227 evening weight now. I also went shopping in my closet and found my old(er) jeans fit, and a pair of capris I haven’t been able to wear in a long time (unfortunately it’s now fall and darn cold, so those aren’t much good to me).

My Birthday!

Yesterday was my 25th birthday, and while I had some emotional moments, it was wonderful. My husband had little pity for my moping over my 25th milestone, as he is 30+. However, my most awesome husband got the wife of a friend of his to make me a homemade chocolate cake with … A PENGUIN ON IT! I’ve collected penguins for years, and yet in all of our 7+ years together, he never thought to get a penguin cake. LOL

For dinner he asked if we could have, ‘fat food’ (a joke, of course) so I had nachos with cheese, green pepper, and green onion and salsa, and he had loaded nachos with pepperoni, etc. Of course, making them yourself at home and controlling the cheese and number of chips REALLY helps keep calories in check at the very least. I managed to keep a nice big plate of nachos surprisingly close to my 500 calorie mark for dinner. I DID however, forget to take a picture. Rest assured, they looked delicious, though had way less cheese than I would have put on 2 months ago. Even still, I never was one for too much cheese on nachos because it makes them too greasy and soggy. My husband, however, ahs a different theory on nachos. *laughs*

My beautiful birthday cake.... oh so sinfully delicious. Worth every calorie, I swear!

My beautiful birthday cake.... oh so sinfully delicious. Worth every calorie, I swear!

AND here is me with my cake... another year older, and 22 pounds lighter so far!

AND here is me with my cake... another year older, and 22 pounds lighter so far!

And now for some of my recent eats, to catch up:

Stuffed zuchinni boats (zuchini, Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb, Light Feta, mushroom, chive, green pepper, spinach), sweet potato baked withy olive oil and chili powder, and chicken breast baked with olive oil/rosemary.

Stuffed zuchinni boats (zuchini, Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb, Light Feta, mushroom, chive, green pepper, spinach), sweet potato baked withy olive oil and chili powder, and chicken breast baked with olive oil/rosemary.

Light Caesar Salad, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. With a bit of care, this was a surprisingly low calorie dinner. Well under the 500 mark.

Light Caesar Salad, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. With a bit of care, this was a surprisingly low calorie dinner. Well under the 500 mark.

Not my lowest calorie meal, but I was lazy. A spring roll, and pita pizza. Portion controlled though.

Not my lowest calorie meal, but I was lazy. A spring roll, and pita pizza. Portion controlled though.

Broccoli tossed in light Parmesan, President's Choice corn, and chicken breast with Classico Ren Wine & Herb.

Broccoli tossed in light Parmesan, President's Choice corn, and chicken breast with Classico Ren Wine & Herb.

Salad and low calorie tuna melts.

Salad and low calorie tuna melts.

Strawberry & Maple Oatmeal with a side of low calorie, low sodium toast with local honey. I was a hugnry woman that morning.

Strawberry & Maple Oatmeal with a side of low calorie, low sodium toast with local honey. I was a hugnry woman that morning.

Well, that’s everything I took pictures of! Enjoy! :)

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…Fell off the Healthy Wagon. Sort of.

All right, so my theory that stress causes me to exercise less and eat more junk has proven true this week. This past week was a bit more stressful than others recently, and I found myself resorting to wanting sweets, namely, and getting lazy with my regular eating and exercise.

I’m pretty disappointed in myself, and doesn’t look like I’ve lost any weight in the past week, sadly. SO, starting tomorrow, back on the wagon. I think I am going to need to keep up with the calorie counting, since it seems to keep me better focused. So here are my goals for getting back on track this week:

1. One glass of water per hour while at the office or during day at home.

2. While pushing myself to the one hour exercise every day makes me avoid it, I thinki setting a 30 minutes one day, 60 minutes the next, pattern might help me keep at it.

3. Need to buy some more fruit and yogurt, because I’ve resorted to sweet treats too much lately.

4. Cut back on breads/starches again… while I seem to be keeping my portion skzes in control still, I am letting higher calories foods, and perhaps too many breads/grains.starches creep back into my diet (ie: regular add water pancake mix because it’s just so easy, bread based foods like bruschetta, and pasta …. though I did stick to very small portions and whole wheat).

5. Get back onto a better schedule and try to eat dinner earlier again. I seem to do best the days I am in the office, though lunch was running late this week with some hectic things going on at the office.

I CAN do this. I just need to get focus again. I am not going to let this weight beat me this time. No way. Just because one week fell shiort and I got off track doesn’t mean I’ve lost all hope… I can get back on track. I can dot his. I want/need to do this.

I did make some meals and foods worth posting over the week, and will post them tomorrow night, as the first step of getting back on the wagon! Thank you to everyone reading – knowing I had to come back here and share my lapse in progress really gives me motivation to re-focus and concentrate on the goal ahead – accountability to friends, family, and internet strangers alike!

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