Monday, December 17, 2012

Accountability Monday Week 2

How did I do this week???

I can proudly say, not bad!

On Thursday my book club had their Christmas party and cookie exchange. And while that brunch was a complete crossover meal, I managed to keep my mitts off the cookies. That, to me, was total success. In the past, these types of events did me in, as I took liberty to gorge myself on all the sweet treats. The other day, I took a more sensible approach as I enjoyed the meal, while passing on the cookies.

The rest of the week, I ended up with one full E day and several full S days with a few Fuel Pull snacks and meals thrown in for more weight loss. I don't know about any of you, but I find it much easier on S days than E days. I may try to have more E and Fuel Pull breakfasts and lunches and my family meals will be primarily S. This way, I don't have to try to devote full days to E style meals, yet I'll still keep that good ol' metabolism guessing away.

As for exercising, I didn't fare quite so well. I got off my booty 2 times this week and worked that SPEW and Body Resistance Max. A far cry from my goal of 5 times. I. Will. Exercise. Over. Christmas. Yes. I. Will.

Now for the good stuff. Let's get a visual on my progress.

Last Week

This Week

So, the angle is a bit different in these photos, but hey, I can tell a difference in my stomach, especially in the way my pants fit! 

Here are my stats:

Weight: 177 (4 more pounds, for a grand total of 15 pounds!)

BMI: 30.4 I've added this because it gives a better picture of my body composition than just the weight number. I'm almost out of the obese category! 

Jeans size: 14. Yep. Still a 14. I've noticed a lot of loss around my midsection, but my hips and thighs haven't budged. Until those hips fall in the weight loss line, I'll keep tightening the belt around those 14's.

Next week I may not be able to post on my progress as I will be celebrating Christmas on the farm with my family, about 30 minutes away from any sign of urbanization. My goal over these next two weeks will be to exercise 4 times each week. I do plan to cheat Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I hope I'm not a total rebel in this. I can almost see Serene giving me a glare, but I hope she's not! :) There is just too much to celebrate and so many food traditions that I don't foresee myself passing up, even as my lifestyle continues to improve.

With all that said, I hope everyone has a very blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our most wonderful Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Calgon...Take Me Away! And Creamy Spiced Chai!

Have you ever found yourself remembering that old commercial slogan? Calgon! Take me away! Stressful moments get the better of me more often than I'd like to admit and I find myself wishing my day away on some imaginary solitary island. Or at the very least, I fantasize about locking myself in the bathroom while the children go mad in the house and I soak in a warm, relaxing tub with some of this:

Ok, back to reality! While my husband regularly helps me make time for relaxing moments, it's just not possible in the heat of the day, when the toddler is begging for a snack and the baby has figured out how to eat the paper that the preschooler put in his face.

But today, I enjoyed an S snack, right at that 11:00 hour when the pre-nap crazies ensue, that truly took me away to foreign seas. No need for locking doors and aromatherapy! I paired the Rustic Eggplant Dip, page 404 Trim Healthy Mama, and Joseph's Crackers with an adapted recipe of Green Chai Tea to fit within S guidelines. Oh, wow, was it amazing! 

I felt as if I was enjoying my meal in an outdoor cafe on the Mediterranean coast. While the dip and crackers were truly wonderful, what sent this meal over the top was the creamy Green Chai Tea I adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. If you get around to making this dip, you really must spend a few extra moments making this chai. It's super easy! 

Creamy Green Chai Tea

  1. Boil 3/4 C water and add 2 tea bags. Remove from heat and steep 5 minutes.
  2. Add a small pinch each of Cardamom, Ginger and Nutmeg. Return to low heat and simmer for a couple minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk and a generous splash of Heavy Cream. Add plan approved sweetener to taste (I added 2t Truvia and 2 shakes Nunaturals because I like my tea really sweet).
  4. While simmering, whisk in just a small pinch of Glucomannan Powder to make this tea delectably creamy. But, not too much or you'll turn your creamy tea into chai sauce!
  5. Top with stevia sweetened whipped cream and Nutmeg if desired. 
Now, sit back and enjoy your tea, dip and crackers. With this treat it won't matter what kind of havoc your lovely children may be wreaking in the background, because you'll be basking in salty Mediterranean breezes! 

So, I had to include this photo of my three adorable boys. To look at them it is easy to wonder how I could possibly find myself longing for reprieve! Thankfully, I was able to enjoy my moment in their company...and those are the BEST moments of all!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Accountability Monday

As painful as it is, I'm just going to let the cat out of the bag in a very straight forward way...

I did NOT fare well while out of town. There. I confessed. I feel better now.

I don't know if it was the grief that clouded my resolve. Or if it was the over abundance of food that was delivered to my aunt's house at every meal. Or perhaps it was because Southern cuisine is notoriously lacking of much that isn't breaded or sweetened or thrown into a casserole that contains who knows what. Seriously, for those of you who may be unaware of the culture down there, sipping sweet tea is a regional past time!

I spent the entire plane ride home devising excuses and reasoning with myself as to why I allowed this crazy time to get the better of me. And then I got back to my internet. And I visited the THM fan page. And I read Serene's encouragement, "How to Choose Health When Life is Crazy". Her words, "mute the excuses and take action" truly touched my heart and I knew exactly what I had to do. And so, in spite of an illness, I made my next meal "on plan". I am neither excusing myself nor beating myself up, I am determinedly moving forward.

Now that I've cleared the air, I can get on with.....


Every Monday I will post a photo of my progress, my weight and my jeans size. I will also give an account as to what days I exercised and whether or not I went off plan during the week. The accountability of our community is so key for me!

Here goes nothing!

When I began Trim Healthy Mama about six weeks ago, my stats were:
Weight - 192
Jeans Size - 14 ... ok, so maybe I should've been wearing a 16. Those 14's were awfully tight, but I would rather have died than have to go shopping for size 16 clothes. The snug jeans were a good reminder as to why I was starting this plan in the first place!

Unfortunately I don't have a good picture of myself from then. So here are my first progress shots, taken last night:

Today my stats are:
Weight - 181
Jeans Size - 14 ... but a much looser 14. I'm almost a 12!

Last week, I did not exercise at all. This coming week my goal is to do the SPEW and Body Resistance Max 5 times.

Would anyone else like to share their progress? Let's encourage each other to stay the course!