Sunday, January 30, 2011

Checking in with my RD

So last Wednesday I had an appointment with my RD, and to be honest I was very excited to go to see her. Last time I was in her office I was in a low place, very frustrated with myself and just not in a healthy state of mind. I had been reverting back to some of my binging habits, I felt out of control and it took all my will to not break down in tears in her office.

This visit was different, I am back in control and things have been great since the start of the new year. My RD told me she could tell from my face expressions that I was doing better, she knows by the look on my face whether I am struggling or kicking ass and taking names. She weighed me in and the scale said I was down 6 lbs since the last time I saw her which was in December. I was pleased with that, of course I would like to have seen a larger number but after getting down to 387 lbs and then sabotaging myself back to 416 lbs I was just happy to see the scale moving in the right direction again.  

So my official current weight is :

407 lbs 
After I weighed in we discussed how my eating was going and I showed her a copy of my food diaries that I have been tracking through MyFitnessPal, she loved them! I have never been able to write down what I eat in the past, I would always stop after about a week. MyFitnessPal makes it so easy and I would highly recommend everyone check it out. I told her since I was finally back on track I wanted to jumpstart my weight loss a little bit by cutting my calories some and she agreed that we could do that. So we changed my meal plan and took my daily calorie intake from 2300 to 2000 calories. 

Overall it was a great visit. I walked out of her office confident and ready to hit it hard. I go back to see her in 6 weeks, I got some work to do between now and then!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pizza Adventure!

So I have a confession.......... I confess that I LOVE pizza!! I could eat it everyday!

After I left work today I decided I was going to get all my grocery shopping for next week done tonight. While I was at Trader Joe's I got the craving for pizza and the last thing I wanted to do was order a pizza from a chain restaurant, I REFUSED to do that! 

So I decided I was going to make some homemade pizza. Luckily Trader Joe's sells dough, I opted to go for the wheat. I picked up some sauce, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, and turkey pepperoni. Let the pizza making begin!

First thing I did was roll the 16 oz dough into a ball and get it in some flour.

Wheat Dough
Next I started to flatten the dough out. Now what most of you don't know about me is that I paid my way through college by slapping dough in a pizza shop, yes I can spin the dough on one finger and thrown it in air  ;-)

Gotta get all the big air bubbles out
Then I stretched it out and got it into the pan.

Next I added a 1/2 cup Trader Joe pizza sauce.

For toppings I used 1/2 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese, 34 slices of turkey pepperoni, and some mushrooms.

Then I popped it in the oven at 375 until it was nice and golden.

The pizza was pretty good! I will say I am not a huge fan of the wheat dough, the taste is overpowering. I will probably go with regular dough next time. Or actually I need to find an alternative to dough. While I was making the pizza I logged all the ingredients into my MyFitnessPal application on my phone to track the calories, the dough accounted for 960 calories of the 1340 calories the pizza had in it. To make sure I didn't go over my daily calorie target I only ate 3 slices and added a salad to top it off.

The calorie breakdown was as follows:

16 oz wheat dough: 960 calories
1/2 cup pizza Sauce: 80 calories
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese: 160 calories
34 pieces of turkey pepperoni : 140 calories
Total: 1340 calories

Overall this was so easy to make and alot more satisfying then ordering pizza from a restaurant. You don't have to give up your favorite foods to eat healthy, you just gotta find ways to make it work.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2010 done...2011 starts..LETS TURN IT UP!!

Its officially 2011 people!! The last year has been quite the roller coaster for me. It was a great year overall. This time last year I had alot of unknowns in my life. I was unemployed and searching for a job in one of the worst job markets and to top it off I was searching for this job in one of the most damaged industries by the recession. Health wise I was doing good, I was spending my time off from work in the gym and was down to 440 lbs from 480 lbs. At the time I was under alot of stress from my job situation, I really had no clue where or what I was going to do, but no matter what I knew I had to keep pushing myself in the gym. I think one of the most important things I learned from last year was that you cant always control every aspect of your life but there will be aspects that you can control and you should concentrate on those instead of always worrying about the ones you cant.

I eventually found a job in August and it turns out that I really enjoy it. The atmosphere is nice and I work with some really cool people. A few months after I started my new job I bought my first house! The whole home buying process went very smooth for me and I am very excited to have my own place to call home.
My First Home
Weight loss wise last year for me was pretty good with a few bumps in the road which I have learned to accept as something normal. Like I said earlier I started off 2010 weighing 440 lbs. when July came around I weighed in at 387! Breaking into the 300's was such a great feeling! But sadly after I started my new job I started to struggle a bit. I had figured out how to live a healthy lifestyle while being unemployed but I had no idea how to do this with a busy work schedule. To be honest it really took me about 4 months to figure things out again, and during those 4 months I fell into old habits. I started overeating again, I binged some, I skipped some workouts, and ultimately I gained some weight back, and to be completely transparent with you the amount of weight that I gained back was 30 lbs. Was I down about? Yes.  Did I give up? HELL NO.

So here we are and its 2011. Whats in the past is in the past, we live and we learn. I have started off this year great and I am looking forward to TURNING IT UP this year. I don't personally do the whole "New Years Resolution" thing anymore but there is something I did do. The other day I was watching my friend @Fitarella's show on the pulse network called Fitarella TV and she mentioned Chris Brogan's idea of choosing three words to guide the rest of your year instead of making new years resolutions and that's what I decided to do.


Honesty - Because I want to be honest with myself in all situations of life. I spent so many years of my life lying to myself and living in denial. No matter what happens, whether its a moment of success or a brief moment of failure I want to be able to be honest with myself.

Resilient - Because no matter what, no matter how bad it gets, now matter how far off track I happen to be, I can and will always bounce back. I choose to bounce back.

Madness - Because when you see me in the gym you are going to think I am a mad man! I am going to do things that nobody thinks I can do, I am going to push myself to limits I didn't know existed.

And last but not least I have crafted a motto for 2011:

When you're tired, keep going!
When it burns, keep pushing!
When you quit, try again!

Thank you for all the support in 2010! Let turn it up and make 2011 unforgettable!