Goals for Next Week

I decided to do one new goal each week.

Baby steps! 🙂

My goal for this week will be eating based on meal plans and drinking at least 120 ounces of water each day.

As I started the goal of 120 ounces of water on Saturday, I feel like it can be part of the goal this week. I think it will be pretty easy.

For meals on Monday, I planned.

Without a plan, it’s just a wish.

So tonight, I went through my Nutrition textbook and made a plan for Monday. While I was doing that, I decided to document the calories for a variety of things I usually eat, so now I have a little list for each meal plus snacks and I can use the info for meal planning. It’s a good starting point.

I decided I’m not going to be rigid with it on Monday. I’ll just see how it goes.

In addition to the meal plan, I’m also going to write everything down so I can start tracking my calories. I added a tab to my meal/calorie spreadsheet just for tracking calories. It might sound obsessive, but I’m a spreadsheet gal 😉

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Here’s my plan for Monday (calories are in parentheses) —

note: I have a 24 oz water bottle, so that’s why it’s 24 oz listed below.

Breakfast: Blended coffee (149), whole wheat English muffin (120), plum (30), 24 oz water. Total calories: 269

Snack: Apple (95), 24 oz water.

Lunch: ½ turkey sandwich w/1 slice bread and 2 slices turkey and one serving spinach (total 180), and an apple (95), 24 oz water. Total calories: 275

Snack: carrots (52), hummus (246), 24 oz water. Total: 298

Dinner: ½ serving Atlantic Salmon (170), 3 cups baby bok choy (45), 1 cup white rice (242). soy sauce (0), seaweed (5), 24 oz water. Total: 462

Total for the day:  1429

The Weekender

Hi Friends!

I had a great weekend.

Yesterday, I made hummus in the Ninja. It was so good! It was fun making it too. I used a can of garbanzo beans, three cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, canola oil, and some cumin powder. It was SO YUMMY!

I also found this wonderful site that helps with counting calories, and it has a feature that will tell you how many calories you should eat each day. It also tells you how long it will take to get to your goal weight. The website is here. So it tells me I should eat 1,447 calories each day, and I will get to my goal weight on February 19, 2013. That’s not bad.

I also looked up my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), which is the number of calories you’d burn if you stayed in bed all day, and it says 1,873.25 calories. So theoretically, if I eat the recommended number of calories each day, I would have a 426.25 calorie deficit each day, which means I could lose one pound every 8.21 days just from changing the calories I eat. Sweet!

More than that, I know that I burn at least 100 calories a day just walking around. So, if I have a 526.25 calorie deficit each day, I would lose one pound every 6.65 days. I like that! 😀

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~ WATER ~ 

I decided that my next baby step toward a more healthy lifestyle is to drink more water. I found this thing online that helps you calculate how many fluid ounces of water you should drink each day.

  1. Find out how much you weigh in pounds.
  2. Divide your weight by two (your weight ÷ 2).
  3. That new number is X.
  4. Drink X ounces of water per day.
So for me, I should drink about 120 ounces of water each day. That’s almost two gallons. I have a Contigo water bottle that holds 24 ounces, so I’m just going to try to drink 5 of those a day. I drank two last night, one with dinner and one in the evening, and I could already feel the difference 😀
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Also, I went to the Healthy Life Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center today! Jen at PriorFatGirl had a contest in her blog to win tickets, and I won one of the pairs. Thanks, JEN!!!! 😀 It was fun to walk around. There were all kinds of booths. I bought some amazing all natural lotion.
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That’s all for today, friends! Have a great rest of your day.

Live Based On Your Own Best

Looking back is one of the most effective ways to motivate yourself. Looking ahead is even better. What do I want my future to be? What do I want my life to be like right now?

It’s no secret that a lot of people motivate themselves by comparing themselves with others. They look at people around them and think, “is she skinnier than me?” “Is she prettier than me?” “I wish I was like that.”

I’d like to think that sometimes this helps people bring out their best and motivates them to improve their lives. More often than not, it probably reinforces negative beliefs and reminds them that they’re not how they want to be.

The danger of this is that in that moment, their personal best is dependent on whoever or whatever happens to be around. What kind of life is that? Looking around just leaves you standing where you started.

It’s better to envision the life you want and take your own action to get there. At the end of the day, it’s better to feel satisfied with the effort you made that day.

It smells like winter

I walked out for a minute tonight and it smelled like winter for the first time. It’s a crispy cold, earthy, frosty, damp leaf kind of smell. It has been really windy here for the past two weeks, and it feels like change is coming.

Thank god I’m prepared!

I got a new winter coat, boots, and gloves.

Michael Kors!! Super great deal at Burlington Coat Factory. It has a hood, but you can't really see it in this photo

some hardcore gloves for scraping snow and ice off the car

and new boots! $40 from Costco. We'll see how they hold up.

It’s only a matter of time until winter, when you walk outside and it’s so cold the warmth in your body just DISAPPEARS. I don’t mind it, I just don’t like walking, driving, shopping, etc. in it. LOL

Will Do.

I found this image and it resonated somewhere in me.

The way we talk to ourselves is so important. The things we think to ourselves, about ourselves, are just as real as when we say it out loud.

100 Things that Make Me Happy

One of the things on my 101 in 1001 list is to make a list of 100 things that make me happy. Here it is –

  1. Fall
  2. Comfy sweaters
  3. Watching rain fall
  4. Pretty earrings
  5. Nice shoes
  6. Nice clothes
  7. Warm roasted fall vegetables
  8. Children
  9. Smiles
  10. The sound of laughter
  11. The sound of the wind blowing through birch tree leaves
  12. Personal letters in the mail
  13. Windshield wipers that work really well
  14. Music
  15. My iPod
  16. My MacBook Pro
  17. Anything Apple. I love the design and functionality.
  18. A good cup of hot tea on a cold day
  19. Swimming
  20. Hiking
  21. Being out in the wilderness and breathing clean air
  22. Seeing all the stars at night.
  23. Seeing the harvest moon
  24. Figure skating
  25. Skiing
  26. Travelling
  27. Dreaming about where I want to travel to next and figuring out how to make it happen.
  28. Seeing a good movie
  29. Bollywood movies, esp. ones with Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Madhuri Dixit
  30. Studying
  31. Listening to a great lecture in class
  32. Being a student
  33. Werther’s toffee candy
  34. Dogs
  35. Cooking meals with my family members
  36. Honeycrisp apples
  37. Wall calendars of islands and tropical beaches. It’s especially nice in the winter.
  38. Driving
  39. Getting good deals at Costco
  40. Getting the car washed
  41. Good lotion that works well and smells good
  42. Great makeup, i.e. BareMinerals
  43. Great hairdryers
  44. Great hair products
  45. Kickass apartments
  46. Cobblestone roads
  47. Beaches
  48. Beautiful sunrises
  49. Beautiful sunsets
  50. Pretty necklaces
  51. Vacuuming
  52. Organizing
  53. Playing mahjong
  54. Pretty desktop wallpaper
  55. Good heater and air conditioner in the car when it is needed
  56. City lights at night
  57. Making things out of clay on a potter’s wheel
  58. Painting
  59. Being creative and artistic in any way.
  60. Looking at all the baby clothes at Target, and Nordstrom when I shop there
  61. Creative new designs
  62. Walking around the lake when it’s nice out
  63. Laughing until my tummy hurts
  64. Dancing
  65. Having a great budgeting spreadsheet with lots of functions
  66. Paying things off / getting out of debt. It feels good to pay something off.
  67. Watching fish swim in fish tanks
  68. Decorating my apartment
  69. Putting things together
  70. Perusing library bookshelves and finding books I’m interested in
  71. Watching snow fall from the comfort of being inside.
  72. White Christmas
  73. Joyful Thanksgiving dinners
  74. Being with family
  75. L-shaped desks
  76. Technology that makes things more convenient
  77. Good smoothies
  78. A good blender that gives crushing ice a whole new meaning
  79. Food processors
  80. Iced coffee
  81. Iced tea
  82. Good juice
  83. Kombucha
  84. Making green juice at home in the juicer
  85. Great clothes that are slimming
  86. Seeing art exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  87. Seeing a play at the Guthrie Theater
  88. Going to a concert
  89. Parking in ramps
  90. Walking around malls and looking at things
  91. Eating sushi, and any kind of Japanese food
  92. Indian food, esp. good naan
  93. Trying new restaurants
  94. Reading books under a tree in a park
  95. Playing with babies
  96. Carrying/holding babies
  97. Playing with dogs
  98. Being cuddly
  99. Having a fire in the fire place
  100. Cozy blankets

Thinking about all of these things helped me have appreciation for all the things around me.

Helloooooo!

Today I had a hard time waking up. But somehow I made it to the coffee maker. Ahhh coffee. I didn’t have breakfast this morning, but I wasn’t hungry. For lunch, I had a yummy turkey sandwich on 9-grain bread, four little bread and butter style pickle chips, an apple, and a few salt-and-pepper kettle chips. YUM! Oh and a can of Coke. It hits the spot.

I’ve really been enjoying the cooler weather because I can wear sweaters and boots. I love seeing the leaves on the trees change color. It’s my favorite time of year. It has been a little on the cold side though. It’s been pretty windy and overcast, which is not so fantastico.

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Stream of consciousness

Frye “Jane” boots

I signed up to win a pair of $300 Frye “Jane” boots.

$300 boots…

Wow.

They’re so nice. Brown and comfy looking. I bet they’d last forever.

If I don’t win the contest, I would totally buy them myself, if I could.

It would contribute to the economy because it would keep the department store in business, which will help ensure the job security of all the people that work there. Americans need jobs.

It would also probably save me money in the long run, because I wouldn’t need to buy another pair of boots for a long time.

See how I try to justify spending that much money???

I’m going to do a blog post for one of the Personal Finance Fridays about the things we tell ourselves to justify buying things.

Anyway.

Today

Today, I found out I weigh 240 pounds.

I had weighed myself on the scale they’re selling at Costco, but it gave me my weight in kilograms, and I was like “eh,” not knowing what 109.1 kg is. So today, 3 days later, I decided to do an online kg-lb conversion, and when I saw how much it was in pounds, I was horrified and worried. I knew I had gained some more weight since I the last time I weighed myself, which was in May of this year, but I couldn’t imagine it had gone up that much.

Then, I started frantically playing a game of spider solitaire on my computer because I couldn’t focus on anything else. Click click click click…. Just so I wouldn’t really freak out. Then I decided to write.

And honestly, having just written only this much, I feel better.

I know I really have to take some action.

I’m going to look in my Nutrition textbook and figure out a meal plan for 1500 calories/day. One of my Nutrition assignments was to log my food for three days and keep track of the calories, time of day I ate, and what my reason was for eating, and then do a diet analysis. I realized at that time that just based on intuitive eating, I was eating around 2000 calories per day. And at that time, it seemed like a lot of food and I was surprised it was only 2000 calories.

Another thing my Nutrition class has helped me with is balancing meals. I’ve been making more effort than I used to as far as making sure there is whole grains (healthy carbs), healthy fats, protein, some veg, and some fruit with each meal and it has made a difference. Now I just need to take it a step further and REALLY figure out options for each meal that is do-able.

The other side of this is exercise. The thing I dread. The worst thing is going to the gym and feeling all flubbery on the treadmill. When I’m really determined about going to the gym though, I stay strong by reminding me I’m doing this for myself, and I don’t care what I look like. But I’m going to start by making a more conscious effort to move more. Fall is my favorite season, so I think I’ll go for a walk around the lake one of these days.

The important I need to keep in mind is to move more, and make each action I take with food and beverage a healthy choice that is good for me. Honestly, I think that healthy food is true comfort food.

Honestly, when I started writing this, I wasn’t ready to post it on the blog because I was so shocked by it. I was just writing to get my thoughts out. But I’ve been thinking about this for about 30 minutes, and decided I’m going to post this because the healthy lifestyle/weight loss blogs that have inspired me the most are the ones where the blogger is totally honest. Do you remember Jewlia Goulia? She posted her weigh-ins weekly, and she lost over 100 pounds. She was really inspiring to me. So since I’m going on this weight-loss/healthiness journey, I’m going to post it too and be totally honest, and hopefully inspire another person in the process. She used to do Monday Weigh-Ins, so I will too.

So here goes.

I’m ready this time.

A Letter

Hi friends,

I saw something like this on Prior Fat Girl and I loved it. I tweaked it for myself. For that post, click here.

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Dear Fat,

You are hereby notified that you are being evicted and you must vacate the premises as soon as possible. Please leave none of your remnants behind.

Failure to comply with the terms above will result in punitive measures to recoup the loss of enjoyment in life that your presence has caused. You have brought morale down for the last time.

In other words, pack your sh*t and get out.

Cordially,

The Management