Kicking Off 16

Monday, January 04, 2016


It's January again, and like many, I am taking it as an opportunity to start fresh and renew a few promises I made to myself long ago.

2015 was a *mostly* blissful year. It was filled with good times, love, a new job, a new home, and new friends... But with that came good food, a bit of stress, social events, extra calories, and 12 extra pounds.

So here I am, back to the drawing board, getting it reeled back in.

The Game Plan:

emoticon Tracking Intake:
This has always been hugely helpful for me. It helps me stay focused and on track.

emoticon 1200-1500 Cals/Day:
I know from experience staying in this range will lead to success. And doing so will mean I have to make better choices. Our house is always to go-to hang out place for everything from a Tuesday Night to the Super Bowl. We are always hosting some event with friends, which means there is always too much food around. With tracking I can better plan for this and not go over board.

emoticon Less Sugar, More Water:
Nothing much has changed, I still LOVE Diet Dr. Pepper. But I know it doesn't love me. I'm going to reduce the sugar and cut the Diet DP down (allowing myself one per day)

emoticon Move More:
I have not been good at working out. No excuses, I have just put other priorities ahead of it, and it shows in my waist line. I let my gym membership expire (because there isn't one near where I live now), but I've purchased the 21 day fix videos. I intend to do 1-2 videos after work each day.

emoticon Portion Control:
I invested in one of these puppies to help us with the portion control. My BF and I both LOVE to cook (he is a Grill. Master.). But with that means we eat too much of said delicious food. So, to help with the tracking and trying to be more mindful of how much we are eating... Portion Plates (got this one on e-bay for $7.99, but they also sell them on Amazon)

emoticon Cook Healthier:
Going to work on incorporating more greens, less "bad" carbs, making smarter substitutions, and overall cooking better. I bought a spiralizer to make noodles out of veggies. Not super impressed with it, but it makes great zucchini noodles... (also bought on Amazon for under $20)

And here is a sweet potato, onion, kale egg white frittata I made over the weekend:

emoticon Plan Ahead:
Shop smarter, go with a list and a meal plan to the store, batch cook, and pack my food each day. Last night I grilled up a package of chicken to use with my lunches for the week. And this morning I threw pork chops in the crock pot for dinner tonight.

Today I started my day with a Mango, Peach, Banana, Rapsberry, BlackBerry smoothie:

And packed a salad for lunch:

I am not going to over-do it with too many goals for right now. These are realistic and attainable. I'll still allow for splurges here or there, but focus on practicing moderation. To make it interesting, the BF and I have challenged each other to a biggest loser competition. We both have the same weight loss goal, and the "winner" after three months, get all their dishes and laundry done for a month!

Today I "weighed in" and I'm sitting at 141.4... My first goal is 130lbs, and ULTIMATE goal is 125. Really, I don't care what the scale says, I just want to get back in shape and get rid of the flab that has accumulated on my midsection. If I could fit nicely back into my size 4 pants I'd be just as happy.

Toodles - from my desk

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