healthy |ˈhelθē|adjective ( healthier , healthiest )in good health: : feeling fit and healthy.• (of a part of the body) not diseased : healthy cells.• indicative of, conducive to, or promoting good health : a healthy appetite | a healthy balanced diet.• (of a person's attitude) sensible and well balanced : a healthy contempt for authority.• figurative in a good condition• desirable; beneficial• A conscious choice; A life-long commitment.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

120

120lb this morning.

Going away for the weekend to Banff. We are eating out x2 and eating CAMPING FOOD, my favorite :) so I will be seeing a gain on the scale when I return home.

Have a healthy Long weekend my friends.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Renewed Sense of Determination

To say that training for a half marathon is an easy task at this point, would be a lie. I have cruelly faced a sciatic/hip/low back injury now for the past month and a half, and my running has pretty much come to a stop as I didn't want to further aggravate what was going on. Throughout this time I have managed to stay active about 5 days a week, whether that be through going to the gym and doing the stepper and stationary bike, using my elliptical at home, and LOTS and lots of walking. All in all, it has been Okay.. I managed to get to a happy weight, and have maintained that since the beginning of July.

Today I stepped back into my half marathon training with a vengeance. I paid to enter this race. I am looking forward to this race. I want to run this entire race. Why am I giving up on myself so easily? I am able to stay active with other forms, I think that Running, done the right way, with a thorough stretch at the end, can easily fit back in this schedule.

I ran 10km this morning. My time was glacial... but that is Okay. With continued training I will get faster again, and I will build up my endurance and be able to run farther each time. I have never been a runner for speed. I have been a runner for freedom, for release, for fun. I will continue to hold that mentality and I know that I will be able to accomplish this goal.

49 days until my first Half Marathon.

I can do this.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sweet Summertime!

I want to apologize to all my lovely readers for not being more present during these last 2 months. I have had full meaning to be but I am not going to lie, Life has gotten pretty sweet, and I am enjoying every second of it. I will try to give a recap right now of how my summer has been going and then I will absolutely work on getting out a post about reducing dairy products in my diet.

Rosie
My sweet new addition to the family! With Tucker only being around about 40% of the time I was feeling lonely. I felt like I was in a position to bring home a new dog, a partner in crime. I knew that I didn't want to bring home a BRAND new pup, because they take too much work, but I wanted to give a loving home to a pet. I searched Kijiji and stumbled upon this little gem. She is an 8 month old Border Collie/Rotti cross. She came to me fully house trained, with 6 weeks obedience training, spayed and micro-chipped. Her old family couldn't keep her as they were not able to offer her enough attention (2nd baby on the way, husband working out of town) and they did not have a back yard. She has adjusted so well. We have been to the dog park and she loved it. My dad adores her. She is wonderful!
Work
Loving the maternity unit. I have learned so much about pregnancy and caring for new mothers. It is a great experience and after talking with my manager I am happy to announce that I am able to stay on during the year and pick up extra shifts! I could definitely see myself working in Maternity once I am done school.

My Back/Hip/Sciatica
... has not completely healed. I am at a loss. I am going to the Chiropractor 2x a week, and although it is helping I don't know why I am still having pain. I wonder if there could be a correlation between a Sciatic Flare Up and Menstration as it got worse the day I got my period? Sorry if that was TMI, but any information/opinions on this would be greatly helpful. It is so disheartening to know that I was once a dancer who could do the splits and now I can't sit with my legs straight out in front of me without experiencing discomfort. I have slowly started adding a morning stretching routine to help loosen me up, but it is painful.

Running
... has been a no-go. This makes me very sad. I am unsure at this point if I will be ready or even healed enough to run my Half Marathon in September. I will consult with Matthias and see if maybe we could change our entry to a 10k instead, or just do a run/walk and start at the earlier time (0830 instead of 0930). Either of these would be okay with me... not as good as being able to run the entire thing, but I think getting my Sciatica under control is more important at this point. I can always train over the Winter and run the Woody's Half Marathon next spring.

Exercise
Despite having pain after I am sedentary for too long, I have kept up my activity. I am exercising 5-6 days a week. My exercise is all low impact stuff - elliptical, bike, stepper. I have done some weights, not much, and I have taken 2 classes which were Ok (not as easy as before, but I attribute that to being careful because of my back). I feel better on the days I exercise. I have also been doing lots of walking, which I think has helped. I miss the intensity that I once had, but I know that when I am feeling better I will be able to up the ante a little bit and get back in to it.

Food(lover)
Over the last month I have reduced the amount of eggs and dairy I am consuming. I feel good so far, nothing really changed. I use Soy creamer for my coffee, and Soy milk in my Starbucks (which I actually prefer over skim! Tastes better to me, haha). I still eat cheese, but I don't add it to EVERY meal like I was before. I still eat Eggs but they are no longer a staple lunch for me. The reason for this was to reduce the amount of Animal proteins I am taking in, as I don't believe these proteins are necessary in the human diet. More on this to come when I write a post on this topic!

Weight
122.5lb this morning. Happily maintaining between 120 and 125. So freaking scared to gain it back. Exercising the healthy habits that I have established over the last 17 months and feeling good about it.

Keep it healthy!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Recipe: Baked Spaghetti Squash Veggie Primavera

Somewhere along the road...

... this became about living life, enjoying it, and not wanting to lose any more weight.

This is a super huge realization for me. I made it to a happy number (I would say anywhere between 120 and 125), a happy size (2-4, WOAH), a happy lifestyle, a healthy appetite, and a desire to cook good food for myself.

I want to share a recipe with you. I wish I would have taken a picture of this delicious casserole for one, but all I could think at the time was GET IN MY BELLY.

Baked Spaghetti Squash Veggie Primavera
This was my first attempt at cooking Squash, and let me tell you, it is one of my new favorites. The possibilities are endless. The calories are low. The taste is great. And its a vegetable !! How can you go wrong?!

Ingredients:
  • 1 small Spaghetti Squash
  • Your favorite assortment of colorful veg; I used Zucchini, Carrots, Onions, Orange Peppers, Broccoli, Peas, and Cherry Tomatoes - A rainbow!
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/2tbsp Olive Oil
  • Cheese; I used Marble
  • Spices; I used Ms. Dash Onion, Basil, Oregano, and Garlic
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Cut Spaghetti Squash in half using a large knife. It is quite difficult to do, so be careful. After it is cut open, scoop out the innards like a pumpkin (seeds and whatnot). Place Squash, "face down", in a baking dish with 1 inch water. Put in oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  2. Dice veggies and warm up a frying pan on Medium-Low heat. Spray frying pan with cooking spray and saute vegetables with spices. *optional; fresh lemon juice squirted on top.
  3. If veggies finish before squash turn heat to low. When squash is done, take out of pan (it is hot still, be careful!), and using an oven mitt prop squash on its side. Using dominant hand take a fork and use it to "scrape out the spaghetti" from top to bottom - Yields A LOT of squash.
  4. Add 2 cups squash, olive oil, and vegetables to casserole dish and mix. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  5. Stick back in your oven for 5-10min and let the cheese melt on top.
  6. Eat. Savor. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fun Weekend Ahead

With the discovery of being 122lb coupled with the loose-ness of my size 6 jeans, I figured it wouldn't hurt to head in to Old Navy and see if I could (FINALLY) find a pair of khaki shorts, as well as try on jeans and see if I have hit that "Goal size" of 4.

Get to the store and immediately pick out at least 10 size 4 item's that I wanted to try on. Head to the back... try on the first one... hmm.. this doesn't fit right, maybe it's fluke, lets try another... Nope. This one is baggy too. Maybe I will try the jeans. Certainly a size 4 Jean will fit properly... Look at the sag in the bum! That doesn't feel good... Exit change room. Um. Will these shrink? "No, they are pre-washed" Uhh... Kay, I am going to need to go get some different sizes.

Size 2's to be exact. wtf. When did that happen? Not only did they fit... They fit like a glove. They looked glorious. Jeans. Khaki Shorts. Capris. All. Size. 2.

I bought them as a birthday gift to myself for being awesome :)

I am starting 21 off right. I have a wardrobe that fits properly. A weight that I want to maintain. An almost education. A good job. A new car. 21 is going to kick some serious ass.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Upped my Cal's

After a few days of some pretty severe gastro upset, I stepped on the scale to see 122. Now I know that I am slightly dehydrated and that my intestines were completely empty while stepping on the scale, but I seriously have NO idea how I am still losing weight.... and at a rate faster than before. Being a health care professional, it is a little unnerving.

I changed my MFP goals today from "Lose 1lb per week" to "Lose 0.5lb per week". This upped my calories from 1200 to 1390. Usually I eat between 1300 - 1600/day, so I will try to up it about 200 calories and aim for 1500 - 1800/day and see if I can maintain my current weight.

If I continue to lose at an ungodly pace then I will definitely be seeing my doctor in the next few weeks for some blood work and other tests.

Have a good day Ladies & Gents,

Friday, July 1, 2011

Inches in a Month/Weigh In

Waist: 26.5in
Hips: 35.5in (-0.5)
Chest: 35in
Thigh: 21in
Arm: 11in (-0.5)

I lost 1 inch off of my body in the month of June :)

I also stepped on the scale this morning, curious to see if maybe I went back up to where I thought I was at 127ish. Nope. 124. This is getting a little out of hand. I mean, I am not complaining, but there is absolutely no way that I understand what is going on right now.

Will continue to monitor... and eat healthy.