Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thanksgiving is Over

Hello everyone, I am having a hard time getting this post out this is my third time sitting down to write :) Wow it's been a busy one since I last posted. Monday I got the crud that has been going around. I  put some peeled and sliced ginger and lemons in water and left it on low all night. The result was a very gingery lemon tea which helped me feel a ton better at work on along with advil cold and sinus. From what I can gather any kind of cold or cough syrup contains an absurd amount of sugar but cold/flu tablets may only contain a small amount of sugar if they have a coating around them. I also made chicken and turkey soup.

I am so thankful that Thanksgiving is over! Even though it went smoothly it was a lot of work since I didn't feel 100% and hubby was busy with school and work. Our folks helped us out a ton getting ready, my Mom came over and helped me clean and last minute decorate, my FIL came over and helped finish painting our upstairs bathroom and installing a vanity. Long story short everything turned out nicely and with all our help I was able to stay out of the kitchen with my cold.

We had a pretty traditional meal: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn casserole, rolls and gravy. I think I did pretty good I filled up half my plate with turkey, and only had a dollop of mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry and green beans. It was just the right amount of all the carby side dishes I had several good bites of each thing without going overboard. I completely stayed away from the sweet potatoes since the bfc all that added sugar just tastes gross, and I've never liked gravy.

All in all I'm sure I had more carbs than I needed for the whole day, but I feel good about it. I didn't go crazy with appetizers before dinner like I have in the past, I didn't drink too much wine I only had two glasses after everyone left and we watched a Christmas movie and looked at the black Friday ads. Another thing I did which has helped us not to pig out in the days after Thanksgiving was to send our guests home with generous plates of leftovers...all these things paid off because my weight was 139.5 on my Sunday morning weigh in :) Have a wonderful week everyone :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Good things

Hello everyone, I must be doing something right because the scale was down to 140.5 this morning!!! I feel good and super encouraged to keep it up and stay on track. Yesterday I went to the mall and I found a cute sweater and fleece at Old Navy which surprised me because I haven't found anything there in forever. Even better news is that I didn't hate the way I looked in the dressing room mirror. :)

It's amazing what can happen when I just stick to what I know works. For me that includes drinking very little, this weekend I had one beer on Saturday, last weekend I had 1 glass of wine with dinner and the  weekend before that I didn't drink at all. And for the past month hubby and I have been good about not drinking during the week. I have managed to stay away from the work sweets, and if I ate any snacky carbs I counted them out....55 goldfish crackers is a satisfying amount of crackers. I have been getting whole grain carbs in with the ezekiel bread and lots of veggies. I have also been drinking lots of the celestial seasoning holiday teas with whipped cream.

Next on our agenda is hosting Thanksgiving. I feel good about that because I think it will be easier to sneak belly friendly options in along with the usual sugary carby fare. Have a great night :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Portion Controll

Hello everyone, it's a rainy weekend up here in my neck of the woods perfect for house projects, meal planning and cooking. Our first Halloween in our house was fun for me hubby missed it because he was at school studying. He is such a good man and a hard worker. He works full time and goes to school full time, which is hard for me sometimes because I hardly ever see him.  On Halloween I took a page out of Rosalie's play book and handed out bags of chips instead of candy. I wanted to hand out bags of pirate booty but I couldn't find any at costco or the grocery store, next year if I think of it in enough time I'm sure I could order them off amazon. The parents of a super cute little chick gave me the thumbs up on bags of chips instead of candy :)

Yesterday I started reading the original bfc again, and wow there was a ton of stuff that I had forgot, or that I have been pushing the line on. I think that is part of the problem too often we eye ball it or think that what we are doing is the right thing when it comes to weight loss and maintenance.

Another really simple and common sense thing I have been overlooking is lately is portion size of what we take to work everyday. When I make food and put it away in the fridge hubby takes whatever container it is in so if I put something away in a larger container he will take that container and eat it. I find that I have been taking a larger container with the thought that I will eat some at lunch and some at break, but I often eat too much at a time. Yesterday I talked to hubby about this and he agreed that sometimes we are just eating too much food even though it's not sugary or carby.

I guess that's all for now, I hope everyone is having a great weekend :)