Carnivorous Delights

September 27, 2011

PhotobucketNow that I am officially back on my old diet I have had the pleasure of working meat back into my life. This past weekend Sam cooked us up the most delicious steak with bleu cheese melted on top. The cuts of beef we bought were so big mine actually was Sunday dinner and Monday breakfast.

I’ve also been trying to prepare large quantities of things that will keep through the week for easy meals. These include hard-boiled eggs and baked chicken breasts.

One of the biggest focuses I have now is to make sure I am consuming enough greens to balance out all this protein. I really enjoy putting sliced chicken, or tuna over spinach. Buying and pre-cutting broccoli and other veggies and portioning them into bags so they are ready to go is also something I need to start doing.

Here’s to a new week of delicious meals and to keeping things balanced so my cholesterol continues to lower.

Measurement Monday

September 26, 2011

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Despite changing my diet drastically, I lost a bit off my waist. Yay body, good job. I’m back on my usual low-carb diet but with a heavy emphasis on getting lots and lots of greens.

  • Waist: 33.5″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 39″
  • Thigh: 25.5″
  • Calf: 16.5″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

Unvegan!

September 21, 2011

PhotobucketWell the time has come when I am back on the meat. You heard it here first (unless you’re my Facebook friend and you had enough time to stop complaining about the Facebook changes to read my status last night).

It started with sushi, and I’m going to be watching the amount of red meat and cheeses (almost no cheese) and focusing on making sure I still get tons of greens and veggies, but I am back to eating all the things, and I am super excited.

With all the stresses I’ve been having in my life lately, I realized that restricting my diet so dramatically was me trying to exert control over some part of my life. Instead of punishing myself, I am going to be better to me, and also start talking to a professional about stress management and coping in a healthy manner.

I predict eggs, fish and chicken will slowly ease their way back into my life, via my stomach, throughout this week. Also, I will at some point post a review of Why We Get Fat, the book Sam reviewed in his fitness profile. He lent it to me and it’s very in-line with the diet I followed to drop the majority of my weight. The most important difference being that I need more vegetables and less grains and cheese in general.

Book Review: The Skinny

September 20, 2011

PhotobucketMy neighbor Jessica lent me The Skinny: What every skinny woman knows about dieting (and won’t tell you!). Basically, the two authors took every thin woman they knew and interviewed them, then compiled all their ideas, rituals and habits into one comedic book.

I wouldn’t recommend this book seriously if you are someone who is researching to start a weight loss program based on healthy diet and regular exercise. But, this book is hilarious and perfect for ladies who have been working at it for awhile and have a sense of humor.

There is a chapter on how to use divorce or breaking up as motivation. There are clothing tips, crash dieting jokes, tips for eating on vacation and more. It’s a good, quick read, if you’ve got an hour or so to kill, and it helped me keep in mind that while diet and exercise are a big part of my life, they aren’t my life. I’d definitely suggest reading this book, just remember to take it with a grain of salt.

Dieting and Anxiety

September 19, 2011

PhotobucketI’ve posted before about feeling down while dieting, and I’d sort of like to revisit this topic. Not so much feeling depressed about your own body image, but other things influencing your life that can affect your motivation to eat well and take care of yourself.

This post is going to be very personal, and I’m sort of unsure how to go about sharing, so I’m just going to write and I may edit this later. I’ve not had great relations with my immediate family in the past few years. My dad moved to the Midwest for work almost three years ago, which sparked a separation and eventual divorce between my parents. My sister and I are in very different places in life and don’t support each other or relate well right now. I haven’t spoken to my mom for over a year due to some personal issues. I don’t speak to my sister right now out of her choosing, and things between my dad and I are strained.

Most days these things don’t bother me and I just accept that this is how life is right now. It’s healthier for me to just focus on the immediate things in life: work, paying bills, seeing friends, playing with my dogs, etc. But, lately, family affairs have been on my mind a lot. Part of this may be that I got hurt recently and realized the people that care about me aren’t my family members. I am EXTREMELY thankful to have good friends in my life that care, but it was sort of hard for me to face the reality that my family isn’t really in my life anymore.

This relates to my blog because I’m finding the worse I feel, the less inclined I am to make healthy choices in my eating, and I have zero desire to get outside and exercise. I’m not exactly sure what to do to make it better. My little experience in this area tells me to push myself to get outside and move around and to keep eating well and those things will help my overall mood. I’m trying to schedule time with Sam and my friends that involves a commitment to exercise, whether it is walking or a bike ride, just something active. I also believe it’s very important for me to surround myself with people I love and that I need to open up and share how I’m feeling instead of bottling it all up.

Things may never change with my family, but my coping skills will get better with time. I just need to stay focused and know that it can’t feel this bad forever.

Measurement Monday

September 19, 2011

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No changes this week. If anything my bust (rib cage) is swollen and a bit larger from my accident. There won’t be a whole lot of movement this week either as I am still quite bruised and sore.

  • Waist: 34″
  • Hips: 41″
  • Bust: 39″
  • Thigh: 25.5″
  • Calf: 16.5″
  • Upper Arm: 11″

Wrinkle Prevention 101

September 16, 2011

PhotobucketThis post is dedicated to preventing wrinkles. Why? Because 1. I’ve definitely noticed that in losing weight my skin is less “doughy” and elastic and more susceptible to showing age, and 2. because Sam keeps telling me I am going to be old and wrinkly someday and it makes me sad.

There are few things in life that make me truely delighted but one of them is having a wrinkle-free face, another is proving people wrong. So, until my face looks like a handbag I am going to fight and gloat accordingly.

Based on this article from Discovery Health, two of the biggest causes of wrinkles are the sun and gravity. I already spend a lot of time laying down (I wish I were kidding) but I could do a better job avoiding the sun. Luckily, my makeup has SPF 17 in it. I also try to moisturize regularly (I’m a big fan of Kiehls). Smoking is a big reason people wrinkle, which I already don’t do, but quitting side-sleeping is probably not going to happen. Lastly, sunglasses can help a lot which is awesome cause they make you look super cool, even at night, right? RIGHT?

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