Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day 4 and Feeling Groovy...

Matt has a job interview this morning.  Matt has been out of work since March.  We've had to blow through one savings and are about to have to take out our 401K if he doesn't get this prayers are appreciated!  Of course, I am just thankful we have that money if we need it.

We were both up at 7:30, and I made easy mini breakfast frittatas and some sugar-free oatmeal for him. He took his vitamins and off he went.  He's in the middle of his interview right now, and my prayer is that it is everything he needs and more; also that the company recognizes his talent and ability, and wants him right away!

Anyway, I've noticed I've been hitting the bathroom more than usual, so I guess I am losing some water that I have retained over the last three weeks.  Hurray!  My goal with this challenge is to lose 15 lbs--Matt's is 25 lbs.  I know that both of us can meet our goals.

Here's what I ate this morning at 8AM:

1 mini frittata- 105 calories
1 Atkins protein shake- 160 calories

At 10:30AM I had:
8 oz plain yogurt with 1 tsp blackberry jam, 1 tsp agave nectar, and 4 whole blackberries 215 calories

Here's some pics of the fritattas.  They were really good.  I posted the recipe and how-to below as well.

Easy Mini Frittatas

4 eggs
1/4 c. half-and-half
pinch of salt


cheese (preferably not pre-shredded. American or colby-jack is good for melting purposes)
diced ham
green onions
green/red peppers
whatever you like!

Using a 12-muffin tin is best, because you are only using 6 tins and the other ones can be filled with water to provide some steam.  If you don't have a 12 cup, don't worry about it.
PAM your muffin tin.  Mix your egg base up, and pour in 6 tins evenly. Drop in mixin fixins. LOL.  Bake in a preheated 350*F for 20 to 25 minutes.  Let rest (deflate a bit) and then use a knife or spatula to pop out.  You can let them completely cool and put in a freezer bag to freeze them and just pop in the micro for 30 seconds at a time until hot.

Bon App├ętit!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Did We Make the 5K?


Why?   Well, to be perfectly were LATE.  Very late.  And I have to be honest here, I was glad.  I didn't intend to be late, but once we got the girls in the car and we were on our way, in evening traffic, well...we showed up 10 minutes late and our group of walkers/runners were gone.

I got in the locker room and was both angry with myself and relieved at the same time.  I was mad because I was late--I hate being late.  Hate it!  However, I was relieved because I was very worried we were not going to be able to finish. A 5K on a flat surface in 85*F would be a challenge enough for each of us, but it was 102*F, with the sun beating down, and that part of San Antonio is very hilly.  I was concerned about both of us.  It was a battle in my mind, but ultimately, it was resolved, because Matt and I decided to go upstairs and see how far we could get on the treadmills!  We got up there and jumped on.  Matt stopped after a mile at 3.0 mph (20 minutes) to use the weights, and I stayed on and did 2 miles at 3.0 mph with a 6 on the incline; it took me 43 minutes.  I might have been able to do 3, but I didn't want to push it, and I knew it had been a long time since I walked or ran.  I have to tell you though, I felt really good.  I almost wanted to start running but I didn't dare.  The treadmill I was on was very bouncy and the gym was far too busy for me to change treadmills!  Tuesday nights are the pits there. I like weekday mornings MUCH better!  My legs felt like Jell-O when I got off the treadmill, so I know I did a good job.  Jell-O is good. lol.

I ended up going to the grocery store last night to get a few things.  I bought kale to make kale chips; kale is supposed to be a kick-butt superfood, so I'm going to try it. I also bought my beloved plain yogurt.  Got some raspberries and blackberries, dark red cherries, and a cedar plank for the salmon I'm about to defrost to eat tonight.  I wish my kids would eat what we do; it would make life SO much easier.  Well, Paige actually will eat most of what we do, but I doubt I can get her to eat salmon.  Phoebe has autism and is a VERY picky eater, mostly because of textures and sensory issues. That's a whole other post for a whole other time... :-)  The goal with my grocery shopping is fairly easy:

The less processed, the better
Avoid HFCS products and any GMO produce
Avoid gluten-heavy products (breads, rolls, tortillas, cookies, donuts, etc)
Spend more time in the produce section than any other section of the store
Choose produce from all color groups: Purples/Blues, Reds/Oranges, Yellows/Greens
Fish must be wild-caught and preferrably from the US or Canada
Beef is great, but preferably grass-fed
Chicken and pork: avoid soy-fed poultry and pigs (practically impossible. *sigh*)
Eggs should be free-range at least...vegetarian is subjective (soy)

You may be wondering what the deal is with soy...despite it being touted as a superfood, for me it is not.  I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and soy is a big no-no for me.

As I have Hashimoto's, gluten intolerance can be a problem.  I have not had an upper GI to definitively diagnose celiac disease, but have had bloodwork that does not show I have it, even though that is not really a reliable tool.  In any case, I am trying to avoid gluten products.  Matt always does better when he avoids flour-laden foods.  Both of our inflammatory tests were elevated to show high retention of water; of course this was done right after our two-week vacation. LOL.  We're both puffy, fat, and entirely unhealthy.  And now we are working to change it, but we are working to change it on our own terms; our own realistic goals that will ensure a solid lifestyle change.

Prayers are, as always, appreciated and needed.  We can't do any of this the right way without the Lord's guidance.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

So It Begins...

We got weighed and measured yesterday at the gym.  It was absolutely mortifying for me and Matt was embarrassed to find he's gained 8 lbs since he lost his job in March.  There's something about feeling like you've hit rock bottom that makes your heart shout, "WAIT! I'm not finished yet!"  I think it's God telling us not to give up, and to have faith.  Keep trying, no matter how many times you fail.  So here we are...not giving up, having faith, and trying.  When you get to be in your 40s, you've no doubt tried many diets and types of exercise over the years. For us as a married couple (10 years), we've tried Atkins (successful, but not long-term realistic), an elliptical that set us back $1K, Weight Watchers, Diabetic diet, and finally, for me--lap band surgery and a personal trainer.  None have been very long term solutions, save maybe for the personal trainer, which would be great if I had a million dollars a year to spend on him.  We are trying to find a balance for the rest of our lives that lets us work within our own set of flexible rules, enjoying without overdoing, and incorporating some form of physical activity for at least one hour, three times a week.  When we went to the gym (Lifetime Fitness at the Rim) yesterday, we signed up for the 90 day challenge, got measured for fat and weight (ugh) and here are our completely humiliating results:

Polly--height 5'10" weight: 262  BFP (body fat percentage) 43%
Matt--height 5'8" weight: 248  BFP: 36%

I am almost half fat.  There's reality for you. I am made up of 43% fat fat fat fat.  It nearly made me cry.  I think Matt went into a semi-state of shock when he saw his weight.

When we finished induction on Atkins in 2004, I was down to 236 and Matt was 199.  So you can see, I've never been "svelte", but I was a size 18, and a 1x.  I felt pretty good, actually, and at 5'10" I think I looked okay.  Matt was down to a 36 waist and large shirts.  We still have some of our clothes in our closet from those days.  Can't seem to let that go, you know what I mean?

We signed up late for the challenge by a few days, so technically, we are starting on:

Day 3...

Breakfast: Protein shake for Polly & 1 cup of coffee
2 fried eggs, 1 strip bacon, 1 piece of buttered toast, small bunch of grapes for Matt, 2 cups of coffee

We are supposed to walk a 5K tonight--ohmigoodness!  6PM.  Pray for us!  I will post pics tomorrow!