Monday, December 26, 2011

Another week gone by...

Last week I did not exercise the amount I should have. I had PT two nights - Tuesday & Thursday, and I was outside Thursday and Friday which equates to a lot of walking. My goal this week is my one night of PT (Wednesday), and knock out 8 miles on the treadmill. I also want to do two days of cardio with my TurboFire. So the schedule:
M - Run (that'd be like, now.)
T - Turbo Fire
W - Run & PT
T - Walk
F - Turbo Fire
Sat - Run.
Between the Runs and the Walk, I need to knock out 2 miles each. It's not hard, just need to get my butt downstairs to do it!

Christmas was wonderful! I got a lot of great workout gear including a Bosu Ball. I've already got it blown up and in the workout area. I also got some Punch Mitts so I can break out the boxing gloves and Jason can help me with my cardio.

I got a new crockpot. Much larger then my old one, with a timer. Very excellent gift from my FMIL. I'd been drooling over it at Sam's Club for a while, so I'm really glad it's in my possession now! I need to find additional vegetarian slow cooker recipes. The tortilla soup was AMAZING and I can't wait to make it again. Of course, I'm still eating it, one week later. It does last awhile! 

I need to put some thought into meal planning. The Holiday throws me off. We have leftovers for tonight, and we'll probably have a veggie lasagna tomorrow. After that the week is a blur. I have leftovers and a freezer full of food to work with.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Meal Planning

Only 7 days until Christmas!!

Today my plan is to make more cookie dough. I've only baked a few dozens cookies and haven't prepared any cookies for friends or family. Some cookies will probably get baked after Christmas - especially the ones that get mailed.

I also need to clean up the guest bedroom. Between the HUMONGOUS stack of Christmas Presents, wedding things, and my summer clothes, it needs some major work if it's going to be usable in a few weeks for a visit from Aimee.

I also need to get in 30+ minutes of Cardio.

This week's meal plan includes.
Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Beef Wellington (for Jason) and Stuffed Sole (for Meghan) with Twice-Baked Potatoes
Tuesday - Crock Pot Tortilla Soup
Wednesday - Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops, Stove Stop Stuffing, Salad
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - something from the freezer -- like a Lasagna

Exercise this week -
M-W-F = Running
T & R is PT with Dave.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

200 Days!

Today is 200 days until the wedding. And this post is total filler.

Less than two weeks until Christmas!

I had a great workout on Monday. I know it was fucking amazing because Tuesday I couldn't walk. I think it was the mountain climbers. And squats. And more planks.

So I didn't workout Tuesday. And Wednesday I managed to run a mile (I still hurt a little) and had another round of PT. A little lighter.

Next week I have PT on Tuesday and Thursday. And then it's Christmas! Where has this year gone? How fast will next year fly by? And what should my resolutions be?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A vegatarian who eats meat

So I'm vegetarian. I stopped eating meat in order to tackle my cholesterol issue. Becoming Vegan is the best way to tackle it. But um. I love cheese. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Cheese. So Vegan is not an option, but giving up meat, cutting back on cheese & dairy are feasible options to tackle a health issue. I could be SOL and wind up on cholesterol medication anyway. Both my parents have high cholesterol and are on medication, so the odds are stacked against me.

Aside from wanting to avoid being on medication, you are discouraged from becoming pregnant while on the medication. AND, once on the medication, it's hard to stop the medication to work on becoming pregnant. So since I do want to bear children someday (after the wedding of course), I want to avoid  becoming the medication.

So in summary, I'm a vegetarian. And about twice a month I eat meat. Usually it's something that's super bad for you - like Wendy's Spicy Chicken, a Big Mac... um.. yea, those are my biggest splurges with Weight Watcher Points and my Meat Craves. However, I have a lot of meat in my freezer, including things I put together long before I went veggie.

One of those was this dish. It wasn't a 30-minute meal, but back when I made it I made 18 of them at once so I could freeze some, give some away, and have future meals. This was the last 3 in the freezer and I cooked them up tonight. My only additional to Rachel Ray's dish is to add a little chicken broth in the pan to keep the chicken moist.

Florentine Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Recipe

Depending on the ingredients used, it's 7 WW points. It's a decent meal, very filling, and if you are trying to entertain company, it's a loving dish that looks like it took all day to put together!

I was discussing meal plans with Jason, and decided that I'm going to make a list of meals that I can make and keep that as a reminder of what to pick and choose from for meal planning. I'll probably post a list here at some point, with links to all the recipes. Mostly for me, a little for ya'll.

For 25 Days of Fitness -- It's day 11. I've done something every day except 2 (the 8th and 9th). While I don't think I can exercises 14 straight days (OMG! TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!), I know I will try and it'll get me in the habit of exercising everyday.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Week & Crab Quiche

So after these past couple of days and yesterday's awful depressing post, it's time for change!

Today is a new day. I've made some general changes. I've changed my weigh-in day to Saturday. I did this because lately I've been weighing-in on Fridays, and then eat crap on Friday and Saturday. A weigh-in on Saturday will mean I have to give attention to what I eat on Fridays.

I stopped creating weekly menus. I used to spend Friday evening planning my menus and grocery list. This tool is the best way to stay on track. Since I'm able to eat lunch at home every day, I also plan that out. Though usually it's zero-pt veggie soup and/or a salad. My splurge with my soup is bread.

Today I made a Crab Quiche. I had to grate the Swiss Cheese (Thanks Ninja!), and it turned out well. The only downside, point wise, is the crust. The recipe is different from my normal go-to Broccoli Mushroom Quiche recipe, and most Crab Quiche Recipes I looked at used half-and-half or evaporated milk instead of regular milk. Since the crust is such a waste of calories/points, I found this Crab Quiche recipe I will try next time. (Note, the crust less recipe is 4PP for 6 servings, the crust one is 9PP for 6 servings or 7PP for 8 servings.) However, I do not have a Quiche Pan. So I added it to my Registry and will hopefully get it soon.

So this week's exercise schedule.
Saturday - Knocked out a run.
Sunday - Video (30 Day Shred or Turbo Fire) & Walk on Treadmill
Monday - Run & PT
Tuesday - Yoga/Stretch/Rest
Wed - Run & PT
Thursday - DVD
Friday - Run

Tentative Menu Plan -
Saturday - Possible dinner out
Sunday - Salad, Quiche
Monday - Dinner: Soup
Tuesday - Dinner: Beef Wellington (For Jason), Stuffed Fish (for Meghan), Potato's
Wednesday - Leftovers? Kinda at a loss. I'm usually not that hungry after working out. I might just have a Protein Shake
Thursday - Pork Chops (for Jason), Stove Top Stuffing
Friday - Leftovers/Soup.

I just realized I need to plan even better. Grrr...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Crash and Eat. And Eat some more.

This week I crashed. Not only did I fall off the WeightWatchers Wagon, but it kinda hit a bump, threw me off, and ran over me. Twice.

I know what happened - I stopped tracking. Then I stopped measuring. Then I stopped trying. I do this about every 10-11 weeks. This won't be my first post on this subject. I'd say every 2 months I hit a wall, lose a week, and have to practically start over. I don't know why I can't just Lose One Day. Maybe that's a myth?

Work was really hard. Especially Thursday and Friday. Not hard as in difficult work to handle, but hard as in Hard to Swallow. I messed up on a project. The budget of the project. I had to write off $4,700. It slowly accumulated over the past 12 months, and about half of it in November. The upper management (another office, not my Boss) was ZERO help. He blew it off, blew me off, kinda blamed me for not asking for a Change Order from the client right away. This client is difficult and time consuming to begin with. Back in November I had to drop everything I was doing to respond to this client's demands. It cost me 12 hours of time -- that I just wrote off. The project was probably doomed anyway. And my Boss is ok with what happened, he understands part of the write-off was not my fault. I had to fill out a form, hang my head in shame, and do the hokey pokey, and while I would like to say I have picked my head back up, I haven't. I'm still embarrassed on this erroneous error I should have caught in July. It was poor project management on my part.

In other work related news, my yearly write-up (as in, how much money my projects have profited), is $30,000. With the above write-down, and the last billing cycle, I should have about $32,000 write-ups for the year. For my job, and the 10-12 projects I manage, $32k is awesome. The other E-team members are not doing that well. Some have write-downs, some have write-ups. I lead the pack though.

Goal for the week:
Keep the run on. I had some great runs this week. I really worked hard to hit 25 Days of Fitness and took yesterday was my first rest day in 8 days.
TRACK TRACK TRACK. Starting with tomorrow. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

25 Days of Fitness

The new trend this year (for adults) is a 25 Days of Fitness. You can download your own Advent Calendar here and post it on your fridge to remind you to do some sort of exercise each day until Christmas. We're only a couple days into December, but it's worth catching up and doing. And remember that some form of movement is better then no movement. You can knock out 20 Situps, Pushups, a plank or two, and repeat that during each commercial break of your favorite TV show.

Personally, it's hard to work out everyday. Mostly, I don't wanna do it. And I know my body can't. Or well, my body cannot run everyday, and I like to forget that frequently, like this past weekend. I got in a great run Friday. I followed the running program I previously listed and knocked out all 6 Repeats. I felt amazing. If I wasn't in a time crunch, I would have knocked out a couple more intervals. Saturday, I tried to repeat this amazing feeling and progress. Not so much. I crapped out after 16-minutes. I walked until 20 and then did a 10-minute stretch from my TurboFire DVDs.

So today, my plan is to knock out some push-ups and sit-ups and planks because I need to rest from running. I am not a Daily Runner yet. I need to remind myself sometime that one good run doesn't mean I can run that well less then 24 hours later. I need to vary my workouts.

Weight update - 206.5. I need a scale that does better than 0.5 increments. I have this one on my Amazon Wish list. I research everything, even scales. :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Running Program

So everyone in the world and their alien counterpart has heard of the Couch to 5K program. And I've done it, or tried it. But I hit week 4 and it's so confusing and I'm tired of running and following a plan. So I found a NEW plan. I have some great running books and this plan is from one of them. It's a lot more straight forward with 1 min or 2 min. I've already started and aside from this run this morning, it goes great. I have it available in excel format and some cheat sheets for a 5 minute walking warm-up and run or walk interval. No thinking involved!
At noted, the program is from the Run for Life book. It's a good book for women.
Very informative. I have other amazing books I love. I'll post those again.

Tortellini Soup & Cookies


This is my all time favorite soup to throw together. It doesn't take much time, it's 4 ingredients and so simple!
 
10-12 Ounces of Tortellini (this is Trader Joe's Spinach Tortellini. I like using fresh, not frozen.)
64 oz Vegetable Broth (Chicken broth works too.)
One or Two cans Tomatoes. I like diced, they are easier to eat.
3 handfuls of spinach leaves OR one frozen container of spinach. Fresh is better, but not always an economical option.


Cook 1st three ingredients to boil. Cook tortellini until cooked. (Yea, I said that.)
Add spinach, simmer until wilted.
You can make this Italian style or Mexican style depending on tomatoes used and additional spices.
I get 6 servings, around 3-5 WW points each, depending on the tortellini and broth combo. (This one is 4 points.)
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Tomorrow is another weigh-in, and for all fat girls everywhere, it's one of the most important ones -- the weigh-in after Thanksgiving Feasts. I'm doing great so I'm not worried. Whether I post a loss, gain, or stay the same, I am confident with the food choices I have made and the cardio workouts I have completed. Yes, sure, I can work out more, I can choose wiser foods, but it's a lifetime of change and I can't do it overnight.
I started making cookies for Christmas. Jason helps me roll them into balls. As in, I'm sitting on the couch typing this Blog and Jason is balling the cookie dough I mixed last night. He's a great help! I actually have a lot of willpower when it comes to cookies and cookie dough. My trainer told me I shouldn't make them and shouldn't eat any of them. I explained that I will eat cookies and that I have the willpower to not eat all of them. We were discussing Thin Mints. Jason will put Thin Mints away by the sleeve. And I'll eat two. I like sweet things, but honestly, I like bread more. A LOT more. So my PP goes to bread, not cookies.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Breakfast Burritos

I found this website a few weeks ago and decided the breakfast burritos were worth making. Jason had been buying the QuikTrip ones and even though they are $1.50ish, they are still loaded with sodium and bad cholesterol. So on November 4, Jason and I made 30 breakfast burritos. I put italian sausage in his.

So I ate my 10 burritos over the past few weeks and needed to make more. I made sure this time to get lower point tortilla (2 points each) and used more egg beaters then eggs (32 ounces of egg beaters + 4 eggs), and the healthier, 2% cheese.

My recipe made 19, 3 Point Plus Burritos.
$4 Tortillas
$4 Egg Beaters, Eggs
$1 Milk
$3 Veggies
$2 Cheese
Total = $0.75 cents a burrito.

The recipe I used:
1 Cup of Mushrooms
1 Green Pepper
1 Small White Onion
Saute in 2 tablespoons of butter.
Mix eggs/egg beaters (Supposed to be 18 eggs), with milk, salt & pepper to taste. Cook in large stock pot to "scramble"
Mix egg and veggie mixture together.
Chill in fridge for a while.
Mix in 2 cups of cheese. (I like mild cheddar.)

Have Jason roll you 19-21 burritos. He's an expert now.

I put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen I put them in ziplock bags. The best way to heat them (everything is already cooked) is to take one out the night before and put it in the fridge. Then heat for 45-seconds or so on each side. If you forget to take one out, I leave it to defrost on my desk from 7-9am then heat it 60-seconds or so on each side.

Edit - My Comment. Because for some reason I can't comment on my or friends blogs!
The first time I made these, I added too much milk and they were running. This time I also drained the fluid from the veggie mix that accumulated while cooking.
These were perfect this time. They are a bit hot to hold so I wouldn't recommended these while driving.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

219 Days - Wedding; Lifetime to go for weight loss though.

Today, another Thanksgiving Dinner. Ugh. All the food was yummy. And I figured out that Pumpkin Pie is a migraine trigger.

Yesterday I got to the gym to meet up with Dave. My back and "tonkles" hurt. (Tonkles = Talus area, Deltoid Ligament) I called it a tonkle because when I described it to Dave, we didn't know the correct body part name of the thing that hurt. It's the point where my foot connects to my leg, and it's above my ankle, or the Top, so Tonkle. :) And they both hurt. Yesterday and this morning. It was from all the miles I logged since that ligament is not used to walking so much. It hurts often - sometimes if I spend too much time in my steel toes for work it'll hurt.

Since my back was aching, we did lighter weights and a few planks.

The great thing about Dave is that I don't give him BS and he trusts me when I tell him that something aches. I have a tendency to tense up my neck with doing bicep curls. I don't know if it's my form or too much weight. Dave's working with me on it, but he's stumped too. But it's good... since I was aching from all the miles logged, he didn't make me stress it any more. :)

Today was a break from working out. Tomorrow I plan to do some DVDs and log a mile or so. I don't want to stress my body and I know I need to ease into it so I don't continue to have an ache in my deltoid.

Schedule for the week:
Sunday - DVD work out
Monday - PT with Dave
Tuesday - Rest Day (but lots of streching)
Wednesday - PT with Dave

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving

Ahh, the day that begins 6 weeks of Holiday eating. Cakes, cookies, pies, candy... it's the means to end all diets! But not this year! Not for Meghan!

I do have two Thanksgiving's this year, one today (Thursday) with Jason's mom, brother, and sister-in-law; and one Saturday with my family. Then it's a 4 week strict WeightWatcher plan and tracking before Christmas, New Years, and my Birthday!

Jason and I went to church today, and since it was such a great day, went to Creve Coeur Lake to get in our own Turkey Trot. Jason knocked out the full 3.7 miles, running Monday (my dog), around the lake. I got in 3 miles in the hour we were there. My legs are on fire now since I've spent the past two evenings on the treadmill.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Every day is a good day when you run

The treadmill has arrived!!!

I really am that excited to be running in my basement. I'm not much of a runner anymore and it'll take some training to get back into a solid groove. Last night I logged 1.2 miles in about 20 minutes. Tonight I knocked out 2.3 in 38 minutes.

We purchased the NordicTrack Commercial 1500 from Sears. I thought we were going to purchase it from the NT website since it offered free shipping and I found a 10% coupon. However, upon talking with the Sears' representative, we found out the C1500 was part of their Friends and Family sale and on sale for $1169. It was 10% off, and shipping, AND ASSEMBLY would be $70. SOLD. Note - NordicTrack wants $249 to move it to any room and assemble it. I should add that I already knew the unit weighed 315 pounds and was trying to figure out how Jason and I (and his techs) would get it to our basement. And yes, Jason and I are more than capable of putting a treadmill together -- but then I wouldn't have this picture of me running last night, instead I'd have a picture of 8,000 parts spread out on the floor.

What you don't see is that about 10 feet in front of the treadmill is a TV w/ Cable and DVD player. And two layers of gym mats for exercising to the TurboFire and other workout DVDs and of course, stretching after running.

Dinner tonight was the 6 pt Parmesan Breaded Tilapia (Sam's Club item.) They are very yummy. I don't eat it with Tartar Sauce though. Had a nice big salad too. I didn't eat all my points today. And I really really really really really want pumpkin pie. Am trying to figure out how I can have pie for breakfast.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Other Man in My Life

Dave's the other man in my life. I started seeing him in June. Twice a week. Yes, Jason knows all about Dave. Tonight was workout number 32. The weight loss hasn't been there, but the inches have dropped off. You can see the difference, when I'm naked, in the dark. :)

Dave is great, he pushes me, sometimes I cry, sometimes I yell, sometimes my body shakes from doing so many planks. But it's good. I'm getting stronger. Since I am a vegetarian, I drink protein shakes too, at Dave's request.

Came home and had some battered (baked) cod (oh yea, I eat fish) and tartar sauce. Tartar sauce is 4 weightwatchers points for 2 tablespoons. It was worth it. I ate light all day preparing for yummy fish for dinner. I had a salad too, but that's a normal thing.

Next PT - Friday at 2pm. It's perfect. I can't overeat on leftovers for lunch! And since there's Thanksgiving dinners on both Thursday and Saturday, a Dave workout is perfect.

Treadmill delivery tomorrow at 8am. Treadmill run tomorrow night, and a Sam's Club run.