Tuesday, May 31, 2011

20 Years Younger: 30 Day Results


Starting weight: 215
Week One       : 212
Week Two      : 208
Week Four      : 208
LOST:             7 pounds


Starting weight: 208.6
Week One      : 207
Week Two     : 207
Week Four     : 207
LOST:              1.6 pounds  

We slacked off a little bit there at the end but I'd also like to report that we both lost one inch from our hips and waist. ONE inch in each spot!

We are committing to another 30 days and will be adding in walks at night with our children now that the weather is getting nicer and the days are getting longer.

I'm also committing to NOT weighing myself for the entire month.  I think it really messes me up mentally.

I will continue to try recipes from the book and post them on The Rookie Foodie.  We're really enjoying the fresh vegetables and we tried a new kale recipe last week that the kids actually ate!

I'll also be posting more about the notes I took while reading the book.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Week Two: Stress


Starting weight: 215
Week One       : 212
Week Two      : 208
LOST:             7 pounds


Starting weight: 208.6
Week One      : 207
Week Two     : 207
LOST:              1.6 pounds   

I did really poorly this week.  I ate poorly,  didn't exercise and my weight reflects it. I've discovered that I'm great at packing food for my husband...but I don't follow through with myself.

For me...this is all a result of stress.  Drama that I keep trying to avoid stuck again this week.  I really do need to find a better way to deal.  This is my mission for this upcoming week.  Eating my emotions is hurting me.

How do you deal with your stress?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sleepy Head & Quinoa

I was planning to post about one of the four pillars of the 20 Year Younger lifestyle plan today.  I thought things were going well in that department.  I know I am doing better.  Since changing our diet, I've been getting really good sleep...even waking up fairly early and feeling rested.

I was informed today that my husband is not experiencing better sleep.  He claims to be having trouble and his shoulder hurts.  He has adjusted his sleep number and changed his pillows around.

I found it difficult to believe that he was having trouble....because the guy can sleep ANYWHERE.

So...not sure what to think of his sudden problems with sleeping.  If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

What is your sleep number?

I have been going to bed between 10-10:30.  I have been forcing myself not to lay in bed playing Word with Friends and turn my phone face down on the end table so that the light doesn't wake me up during the night. I getting anywhere from 7-8 hours of sleep. And I'm not getting sleepy at 3pm anymore.

I haven't been using an alarm clock...just waking up when my body wakes up.  Next week, I'll be setting the alarm to get up for a morning walk.  I had planned to start that this week but Mother Nature hates me and decided to snow.

Colorado....you never cease to amaze me.

I have some recipes posted on my food blog and you can find them all in the tab at the top of my blog.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Week One: Fruit and Veggies ROCK

I stopped my daily updates because I got tired of complaining about *my dieting partner*.

He got better.  I changed his food up a little bit AND he liked some of the things I made later in the week better.

We kind of made a bad choice for Mother's Day Dinner (PASTA) because we were trying to please our hungry picky kids.  I'm thinking eating out is going to become a thing of the past unless we can find a babysitter.

Coming up this week:

  • Recipes for the meals we ate last week.  I've decided to post the recipes on my food blog since this is going to be a lifestyle change.  Go to The Rookie Foodie for the recipes.
  • Our skin care routine.
  • Beginning exercise!!

So...results for week one.


Starting weight: 215
Week One       : 212
Lost:                     3 pounds

*also....One week without taking a acid reducer, sleeping better and more alert at work.


Starting weight: 208.6
Week One       : 207
LOST:                  1.6 pounds

*Also....one week without taking an acid reducer, sleeping 7 hours a night without waking up, more energy.  AND this was TOM week!

Yes, you read that correctly.  I LOST WEIGHT DURING TOM!

Praise The Lord!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day Two: Stumble

*Someone* complained about the food all day yesterday. I must really love him because I did not enjoy torturing him.  But something amazing happened....

He didn't have heart burn last night and he didn't wake me up snoring. 

That seems pretty great for one day of eating REAL food.  Hmmmm....

He also appears to have lost 5 pounds overnight.  I'm sure it's not really weight...just water but still.


I stumbled today.....had a McDonald's breakfast burrito.  I didn't mean to order one when I got one for my kids but out of habit I ordered three.  Then I ate it.  I made it my lunch and I'm still under my calories so I guess I'm okay.

TOM arrived today.  I don't know why I wasn't expecting him.  This is going to be interesting....dieting while he's here.  I want ice cream soooo bad.

Must resist!

I made another 20 Years Younger Recipe today.  Tuna Salad and it was great!  I can see us eating this frequently.  Hubby even liked it!

Tuna Salad

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day One: One of Us is Grumpy

Stocked Up!

Hubby and I weighed and measured this morning and then put the scale away.  We'll bring it back out in 30 days.  I want to focus on how my clothes fit and how I'm feeling and NOT how the scale makes me feel.

Our breakfast this morning was Steel Cut Oats with cinnamon, apples and walnuts and a side of cantaloupe.  I think it was very filling but hubby seemed to want more.  He's going to have to adjust to eating less food.

Oats and Fruit
We had breakfast at 8am and by 11:30 we were hungry so I whipped up lunch.  We had Sardine Salad, a wheat roll with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and a cup of grapes.  It was a huge amount of food and it took me 40 minutes to eat it all.  Husband is complaining about how long it takes to prepare each meal and that a sandwich is quicker. I tend to agree with him....this is labor intensive.  AND I can't send this meal in his lunch.

I really enjoyed the roll (from Whole Foods) with the olive oil but I had to force myself to eat the grapes.  I was full by then and I'm not a big fruit eater.

Sardine Salad

After lunch...I had my husband take BEFORE pictures of me.  They were....horrible.  I'm shocked that I look like that.  I won't be posting them here because I mortified.  Instead I'll give you a picture I took yesterday.


I have to say that our Chicken and Grapefruit Salad was my favorite meal today!! I don't like grapefruit...at all. I hate grapefruit. But...a bite of chicken thigh, grapefruit and romaine with a light dressing of olive oil and cider vinegar....is fabulous!! My picture does not include the two Wasa Crackers that we were allowed. I only ate one. MY KIDS EACH ATE ONE and liked it. HOLY COW!

Forgot the Wasa Cracker

DO NOT TELL BOB OR MY HUSBAND...but I got a little treat for after dinner. This is not BOB approved unless you are exercising your ass off but I thought if we made it through the whole day without quitting then we deserved a treat.

This will not be a daily treat. Perhaps only on Sunday Nights. I bought this faux ice cream made with raw agave and cashew nut milk. It's actually gelato and it's raw, vegan, organic, low glycemic, low in saturated fat. It's also free of dairy, soy, gluten and cane sugar. It's a freakin miracle from Cashewtopia.

Happiness in a Cup

My kids loved it! I even told them it was healthy and they still loved it. Happy Mommy!

All in all, the food was pretty good and I'm not feeling dissatisfied or hungry.  I'm liking it a lot better than my husband who is a little grumpy with the changes.  I hope he lightens up about it in the coming days.