Goodbye 63 – Hello 2012!

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First of all – I’d like to say thank you to everyone for all their encouraging words and advice. I am truly grateful and wish every one of you the best in 2012!

Wow – I can’t believe it’s only 2+ hours away from the New Year! This year has been full of challenges and battles, but more importantly – full of joy, support, and success. When I fist started dieting after I gave birth – I was at 228 lbs! (Down an automatic 12lbs from labor & delivery). Then, I started with eDiets at 218 lbs and today I weighed in at 164 lbs! Wow – that’s 53 lbs gone with eDiets, and 63 lbs down all-together! If that’s not something to celebrate – I don’t know what is?! Only approximately 10 pounds to go and I’ve reached my goal! I’m so excited for what 2012 has to offer. I am finally over being sick and I’ve added ‘juicing‘ to my eDiets meals, which has given me a ton of get up and go in the morning! I never thought to ‘juice’ before, because of all the sugars from the fruit, but there are tons of juicing recipes that are full of vegetables too! I have to say, that I was very nervous at first. I’ve seen the ‘green juice’ that people drink and the sight of it literally made my stomach turn. But, I had a friend tell me how great it made them feel – so I thought I’d give it a try. I headed down to my local farmer’s market, bought all the ingredients and made my first drink. Slowly, I brought it up to my mouth…I let the tiniest droplet touch my lips and to my disbelief – it actually tasted good; almost great! So, down the hatch it went and now it’s my morning ritual. One week into juicing and I feel like I have more energy and concentration during the day then ever before. I feel like I have a new confidence now – and that these final 10 pounds won’t beat me. I’m determined, I’m healthy, and I’m rearing to go.

Bring it on 2012! ;)

Holiday treats and workouts

It’s impossible to say no to ALL holiday treats and you shouldn’t have to!  So, if you do decide to indulge … here are some workouts (based on an 180lb person) – to help burn off those calories.   Happy Holidays!  (and remember – breaking even can be a good thing) ;)

Chocolate fudge (3 ounces, a 2-inch cube) – 370 calories

Activity: Walk briskly for an hour.

Peanut brittle (1.5 ounces) – 207 calories

Activity: Run for 15 minutes at 6 miles/hour.

Iced sugar cookies (Three medium one-ounce cookies with icing) – 530 calories

Activity: Ice skate for 56 minutes.

Gingerbread men (Two medium) – 330 calories

Activity: Walk for an hour singing Christmas carols:)

Eggnog (One cup) – 224 calories

Activity: Do household chores for 47 minutes.

Hot chocolate (One cup made with 2% milk) – 210 calories

Activity: Do yoga for 44 minutes.

 

 

Motivation

OK – So, the past couple of weeks I have been sick (over and over again) and trying to keep up with a proper diet and exercise.  It has been very difficult, but I am motivated to shed the rest of this weight and not fall victim to all the holiday treats and goodies.   I’m so close – I just have to get there!

Some people; however, have even more reasons to be motivated…..Check this post out by ‘The Baby News':

If only we could all be so lucky. While most moms struggle with finding the motivation to start exercising after the baby, Jessica Simpson has an awesome incentive … $3 million!!!

According to the New York Post, the pop star will be paid $3 million by Weight Watchersto drop the baby weight after she gives birth this spring.

Rumor has it she’s also in a rush to drop the baby weight so that she can marry her fiance, Eric Johnson, soon after the birth.

OK – well who wouldn’t want to look fantastic on their wedding day?!  Me, I was 7 months pregnant, but I think I pulled it off  OK :)  

I don’t have $3 Million as in incentive, but I do have my personal motivation, and the support of my family, friends, and the nutritionists at eDiets, and that’s enough for me!  :)

 

 

7 best tips to keep losing weight during the holidays

#1 – Drink LOTS of water…it helps control your appetite.
#2 – Eat lean protein with every meal.  It helps speed up your metabolism. (And it makes you feel full without increasing your blood sugar levels which regulate insulin in your body).
#3 – Skip the alcohol. I know – this one sucks, but it’s full of empty calories and has ZERO nutritional value. If you do want to indulge – keep it to a minimum and drink a glass or two of water after each cocktail.
#4 – Chew, chew and chew some more. Chew slowly, chew your food up to 20 times before swallowing, and enjoy each and every savory bite.
#5 – Bring your own dish.  Heading out to a holiday party? Bring a healthy dish that you love and it may keep you away from the pigs in the blankets!
#6 – Eat BEFORE you go. Eating a healthy, dense meal before you get to your destination will help you steer clear of the fatty foods.
#7 – PORTION CONTROL! This is EXACTLY what eDiets has been teaching me from day one. Eat small meals throughout the day so you don’t pig out or wait for the BIG meal and then beat yourself up after stuffing yourself full. Eat until you are comfortable and NOT beyond.

Good luck! and if you need a little help – do what I do…carry around a cheat sheet like the one above.  It can’t hurt!  :)

By week

My definition of a by-week: A week where any weight gain or weight loss does not count for or against me.

 Normally, I would reserve my ‘by-weeks’ for such occasions like vacations or holidays; however, coming down with a nasty illness stole it’s place. I was so sick…couldn’t eat, couldn’t keep food down, and could barely move! So, of course curiosity got the best of me and I stepped on the scale. 5 POUNDS LOST! Wow – unfortunately, I have a feeling that at least 4 out of those 5 pounds will come back on this week as I start to get better, but it was sure nice to see those lower numbers!

So, by-week it is and here’s to hoping that next week’s a winner!

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