Monday, February 7, 2011

Getting Healthy

First y'all have inspired me ... I planned my meals for this week.  Here ya go:

Monday:  Andrew home
            -Andrew cook
Tuesday:  Andrew work
            -slow cooker greek chicken and pasta (recipe below)
Wednesday:  Andrew work
            -chicken pockets; green beans; pears
Thursday:  Andrew work
            -spaghetti pie; salad
Friday:  Andrew home
            -chili with grilled cheese
Saturday:  Andrew work
            -crustless quiche
Sunday:  Andrew work, but home for dinner
            -chicken (or fish) and rice

Greek Chicken:
6 medium-sized potatoes, quartered
3 lbs chicken pieces, skinless
2 large onions, quartered
1 whole bulb garlic, minced
½ cup water
3 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

1.  Place potatoes in bottom of slow cooker.  Add chicken, onions and garlic.
2.  Mix water with oregano, salt and pepper.
3.  Pour over chicken and potatoes.  Top with oil.
4.  Cover.  Cook on high 5-6 hours or on low 9-10 hours.

Sunday I sat in my bed feeling sorry for myself.  I didn't know what to wear to church.  Nothing fit and if it did fit it wasn't comfortable.  Everything made me look fat.  Can't I just wear sweats?

and then I said outloud: "I hate that I can't lose weight."

Red flags went off in my brain, and the voices that live in my head starting talking to each other.

"What to you mean you can't lose weight?  Are you even trying?"
"Well ... I mean ... I think about it ..."
"Seriously though, you can't lose weight because you don't try to lose weight."
"Oh whatever ... I'll start tomorrow"

I have been living in the land of 'I'll start tomorrow' for well over a year now, and I am about the same weight I was a year ago.

So, since you crazy wonderful people out here in bloggy land tend to inspire me; I'm not starting tomorrow ... I'm starting today slowly.  But, I have to do this realistically ...

The Deets
  • Height: 5'3" (and a half)
  • Weight:  223 lb
  • BMI: 39.5
The Goals
  • Height: Leah constantly tells me I'm growing just like her ... think I can get any taller?
  • Weight: 120 - 140 lb
  • BMI: around 20.4 (in the healthy reign)
Diet:  Portion control.  This week I really want to focus on eating with portion control and no seconds.  Also I tend not to drink while I eat.  Sometimes I'll notice I never even poured myself a drink.  So to help with portion control and feeling full without seconds, I'm going to consciensly drink during dinner.

Discipline:  Having to tell y'all I screwed up.  I don't like letting people down (but I can let myself down without blinking an eye)

Work-out:  Here is where I am having trouble.  I work full days and then go home three days out of the week to be a single parent until Andrew gets home aroun 8pm.  I have pretty much conditioned my body to wake up at 6:30 am everyday; with or without an alarm.  I can even set an alarm for earlier and I find myself waking up at 6:30.  I'm not sure when I can work-out ...

So ... do you have a weight loss or work out tip?  When do you work out?


  1. I exercise before bed and hop in the shower and loosen my muscles with warm water, stretch and go to's wonderful for me! I am so glad to meet you and happy that you're joining up!!

  2. Good luck with this. I think I might join. I am tired of being unhealthy.

  3. I am am in a bit of a pickle too with weight and working out! I also noticed that you must live near me!! AU is right up the road from here =)

  4. You are so good. I kinda want to join in on this and then kinda want to stay lazy!

  5. I'm glad you finally postponed the "I'll start tomorrow" and started today. I know we all have troubles fitting a work out in, I usually can't wait to get to work in the morning and leave a work out till the evening, but then am too tired in the evening. I figured out that if i do a workout either first thing in the morning or as soon as I have a free second ( even if i don't want to), I actually get it done that day. Otherwise, I get too tired. Also, don't think that you need to be at the gym for an hour to exercise. Most of the weight loss comes from cutting calories, and exercise just helps you be healthy, gain muscle and up your metabolism. You can do just 30 minutes a day broken up into 10 minute sessions and it'll be good enough for now. I use 10 minutes solutions Pilates to exercise and it kicks your ass if you do all 4 sessions at once, but you could always split them up.
    Good Luck and see you next Saturday!

  6. I don't know about the having time to work out thing (because, really, I have a membership to a gym I've barely seen lately) but I *do* have a tip for the meal planning! I used to come up with my own too (back in the days of the first shift job), but now I use e-mealz. It's pretty nifty, and if you're interested I'll tell you all about it!

    Oh, and is pretty good too :) And it's free!


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