Weight Loss & Vegetables


1. I really don’t think I was ready to workout again yesterday, although I’m still glad I did.  After I finished the Shred, I had to lay on the floor for half an hour so that I didn’t throw up, and I felt pretty rotten for another half hour or so after that.  I did finish the night feeling fine, so I guess it’s not such a bad thing that I ended up working out.

2. Eating Journey is hosting a FANTASTIC giveaway.  Check out her blog to enter… all it requires is a comment from you to enter to win some fantastic HAPPY stuff!

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3. We booked a flight to go and see my parents in Florida in September.  It probably wasn’t the best financial decision, but it’s going to do wonders for our stress levels.  We’ll just have to be extra careful, and hopefully I can also find some extra freelance work to make up the cost of the flights.  We did get a good deal at least.  My new goal is to lose as much weight as possible before we go down in September.  We leave thirteen weeks from Saturday, so I’m only aiming to lose twelve pounds by then.  That makes my goal less than one pound per week, so hopefully that leaves me room for bad weeks, sick weeks, etc.  In the past I’ve really messed myself up by setting goals too high and setting myself up to fail.  This way, I’m pretty likely to reach my goal, and if I lose more… than awesome!  I’m sticking with the 30 Day Slimdown and trying to dial down the eating a little bit… I’ve been a little lax in the eating, and I’d really like to get things back under control.  I’m trying to eat a lot more fruit and vegetables to help fill me up for less calories.  For instance, I’ll be having a bunch of watermelon for breakfast.  It’s a great way to fill up for no calories.  So I’m looking for your suggestions for cheap, easy meals that are super low calorie.  I’ll also be stocking up on some easy things like Progresso Santa Fe soup (one of the only ones I like the taste of) just so that I have quick, easy lunches ready.  Every time we go to the store (about once a week) I stock up on veggies too, and twice lately I’ve had nothing but roasted veggies for dinner.

4. We have a serious Farmer’s Market issue around here.  We live in a relatively open area… sort of suburban, but with a lot of open land that until not so long ago was all farmland.  When we moved here I was excited because I was sure I’d have a million awesome farmstands and farmers markets to discover.  Unfortunately, we’ve gone to three farmers markets nearby that were all a let down!  One only had three vendors and super high prices, one turned out to be missing entirely when we showed up at the day/time listed by the county (and we’ve had no luck finding out if it’s ended or just moved), and the most recent and most convenient had two vendors and almost no fresh produce.  It’s irritating, and it means buying produce shipped from all over the world instead of the cheaper, better tasting options from local places.  If we have time this weekend, we might try checking out a local farm in the hopes of finding some better choices.  I am now totally jealous of my friends who live in the city.  How does it make sense that my city friends have the best farmers markets when the cities have the least land to dedicate to farming?

5. Couch to 5K is still on hold right now.  Between a ton of extra hours at work for the husband and the heavy summer weather (although yesterday was really nice) I am just not finding ways to make it work.  I feel sort of bad and pretty embarrassed about it, since I made such a huge deal out of getting it done.  I really would still like to run, and I know I can do it, but I just don’t think now is the right time… so I’m just hoping that all of the strength training I’ve added to my workout will help me when it comes time to add running back into my workout routine.  And keep an eye out for a cheap treadmill for me, okay?  That would solve everything!

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6 Responses

  1. Best of luck on your goal, Heather! Make sure you’re throwing some protein in with all those fruits and veggies though; if you’re anything like me, a bowl of watermelon fills me for like a half hour, then I’m starving. That’s b/c it’s all water, so it’ll literally go right through you. Something I like to do for breakfast is yogurt with cereal/muesli. Even a slice of toasted bread with some peanut butter and a banana is good.

    Something else you could try for brekkie if you’re not a big eater at that time is a healthy smoothie. I made one yesterday with banana, coconut yogurt, some lowfat milk, and ice and it held off my hunger for a few hours. They don’t do protein powders here that I know of, but I’m sure you could add that for an added push if you wanted.

    I hope you don’t mind my suggestions; I’m trying to eat lots more fruits and veggies this summer too, and I found really quickly that if I don’t eat enough protein with them, I’m just starving all the time, and that’s not good for anyone 😉 Beans are another excellent way to get full with great health benefits too…can even save money on them if you buy them dried and reconstitute them yourself. We just had chicory and beans for dinner last night–yum!!!!

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  3. I have managed to lose about 2 stone in a few months as a result of cutting down on quantities of carbohydrates and fat and eating more fruit and veg. I have just found out I am type 2 diabetic and my change of diet combined with exercise has made me feel like a new person. Cycling, walking and gardening work wonders and I have loads of energy, I was very lethargic before. Plus my blood sugar level is now normal and I take no meds.

  4. more fruits and veggies is a great idea! That’s currently what I’m trying to do and I think it’s really helping. And I hope you find a good farmer’s market soon!

  5. I agree about the protein thing..if you don’t add that in the mix it can leave you hungry pretty quickly after a meal.

    I REALLY need to start eating more green veggies, I’m just lazy and don’t want to put in the work of making lunches and buying storing veggies..but I gotta get over that.

  6. Don’t be embarrassed about c25k. It’s not like you are laying on the couch doing nothing. Think of the slimdown as a way to get your fitness level and endurance up. Like your training for c25k. There’s no way I could have gone this far if I hadn’t done the majority of the slimdown before hand (I switched to c25k after 3 weeks with a few repeated weeks in there). Plus you are dealing with some pretty gnarly heat and a full family/work schedule. There is nothing wrong with shelving c25k until cool temperatures return and when you are all ripped and fit from Jillian’s beatings. I think if you started it again after that it would be a lot easier and you’ll get addicted to running!

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