Wednesday, January 19, 2011

No time, never enough time...

Did anyone else picture the Saved By The Bell episode where Jessi is all doped up on caffeine pills so she can study into the night? I think SBTB has a special place in many gal's hearts my age...

I thought it fitting to use that as a funny intro to the timeline I am attempting to accomplish. Losing weight is hard. No ifs, ands or big but's (pun intended) about it. What's harder is finding the time to get it to happen then sticking with the amount of time it takes to get to the desired end result.

END RESULT=Over 100 lbs lost by October 19th.

There it is. I want it. I am ready to get there. DAMN! That seems like a million days away (275 to be exact). the whole scheme of things, IT IS NOT that far away. I mean, I didn't gain all this weight in 275 days so how can I expect to lose it all that fast?

It is a pretty healthy rate actually considering I am needing roughly 65 lbs to go to get there. I lost 25lbs in 2010 and that was really about 4 months of dedicated work. If only I wouldn't have stayed off the booze train once I returned from Florida....IF ONLY!!!

Don't get me wrong, I love the juice/booze/hooch/moonshine/the sauce, I love the parties when I'm drinking the stuff. The poison leads me to make a whole plethora of not so good decisions when it comes to the END RESULT.

Let's me break it down for you:
  1. The first drink is consumed. Thus the first cigarette is smoked eventually.
  2. FAST FORWARD, past most certainly lots of ridiculous moments.
  3. Make poor eating decisions, for example: death will ensue if I don't eat an entire box of pizza rolls, chips and dip, peanuts, anything I can get in my mouth.
  4. The last morsel of full fat goodness is consumed/pass out.
  5. The next morning. NOT bright eyed and bushy tailed (unless still intoxicated). Headache & sore throat from smoking.
  6. Eat more bad food for breakfast. Not usually able to get "satisfied" from any type of food.
  7. Nap/half watch TV.
  8. Eat more bad food.
  9. Bedtime. Sore throat in the morning again.
The above series of events DOES NOT LEAD to the END RESULT!!!

Where in those events are the keys to my success outlined with my plan of attack?

So what am I doing about this? No alcohol until Superbowl Sunday when my vacation starts, on vacation going to go the fitness center for at least a half hour, presumably before the boys/sister wake up. Then when I return, I am not going to just go get sloshed/shit canned on Fridays/Saturday/any day just because. Now I will partake in bigger social events that have a good meaning behind them (birthdays, etc.).  So far this is what I am forecasting:
  • Feb 6th-Feb 10th: Vacation in MEXICO!
  • Feb 26th: 30th birthday party (80s theme) for a high school friend!
  • May 5-8th: Wedding in Florida!
That's not really a lot of events to partake in imbibing so will work out the best for me. I am sure that there will be some random things that come up that I want to go. So I'll deal with that when that comes up but until now, sorry Anheuser Busch, you're going to have to get another sucka for a time being.

No why don't you just go to parties/events and only have a few/not drink. Not my style. Sorry, the truth hurts. I can go to the party with all good intentions but as soon as I get hit by the party animal, I can't stop it! You guys have seen it. Whats the saying "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." Mine should be "You can take her to a party but you can't keep her sober!" Just kidding!

Until then, sober Sally for me and I'm more than happy to partake in sober game nights, fun movie nights, etc.

PS: I'm not a raging alcoholic, I just like drinking and it shows :)
PSS: I would have had great pics with this post but my laptop broke . FAIL. and I don't have new drunk pics since I got the new camera because IM NOT DRINKING!! FAIL!
How about you??

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Is there anyone out there?!

Hello to all!!!

After a couple of months off with intermittent posts, I am back to blogging folks!

November and December were of course jam packed with ugly sweater parties holiday parties, social events, and extra time needed to get prepared for all of family Christmas celebrations.
Hubby with nephew on his first Christmas
The gang on NYE!
Sully all in his Christmas spirit!
Mom and I bowling on NYE!

Things that you can expect from the 'Goodies' in 2011:
  • 3 times a week posting
  • Updates on weight loss and how the exercise is going
  • What I've been eating
  • Nutritious recipes that I've concocted
  • Fun social events that I've attended
Let's get back into it!

PLAN OF ATTACK TO LOSE THE 20+ LBS by February 26th:

I started back, balls to wall, on January 3rd (after a alcohol induced new years) and now I weigh in everyday but will be updating the progression chart on the left side of the page on Mondays only! UPDATE: This morning was almost 10lbs since Jan 3rd, less than I want as my visit by Aunt Flow should be starting here within the next few days and that can wreak havoc on my numbers! What can we do but keep on pluggin' away?

I also started back into really planning everything that I am eating for my mini goal of losing 20 lbs before Feb 6th AKA day we leave for STL for the Supberbowl (hopefully to root on our Bears!) and Cancun! This means I spend a good hour or more most of the time Sundays coming up with all of my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks that can be made in advance and ready to go in the fridge for my workdays as well as make sure the menu on the calendar fits our palettes for the week.
 January's calendar with the dinners filled in (minus a few days)
The week's breakfasts, lunches, snacks for the work week.

This week's work day menu:
Breakfasts: Canadian bacon and broccoli frittata with kiwi
Lunches: big salads with chopped veggies(cherry tomatoes, celery, onion, carrots, green pepper, cucumber, snap peas) & different dressings (raspberry, sesame, and 1000 island)
Snacks: either yogurt w/ light babybel cheese wheel or celery/ranch w/ mini babybel

This should run me roughly 600ish calories for the day, perfect for a 400-500 dinner and 100 calorie bedtime snack. PREPARATION IS KEY!!!

I also joined a gym, which I have access to 24 hours a day, so that is good. The only downside is that there are no structured group classes, except Pilates, which costs extra . BOO! I would like to try BodyPump and spin, possibly.

So far, I have been everyday, usually for an hour of cardio, and most recently threw in some light strength training to build muscle mass 3x a week. I am such a foolio when it comes to weight lifting so I google'd a plan and hope to get more into that once I feel like I am at a place when I can let up on the intense cardio to devote more time to that. I mean, I'm not a gym rat folks! I do go for less on Sundays, which is my designated rest day but still aim to hit the BodyBugg's calorie target.

To sum it up:
  1. PLAN and be PREPARED when it comes to eating.
  3. NO ALCOHOL or RESTAURANTS (hardest one!!)
  4. WATER! WATER! WATER! I'm trying to put down at least 150oz per day. Clear pee is the goal!
So that being said without further ado MENU PLAN MONDAY!!
  1. Monday: Chicken Parmesan with garlic toast and roasted Brussel sprouts (hubby gets pasta too)
  2. Tuesday: BBQ Chicken paninis with steamed mixed veggies (fries for hubby)
  3. Wednesday: Panko breaded cod sandwich with mini tater tots
  4. Thursday: Green Chile Chicken Soup w/ Naan bread & fresh veggies w/ dip (Friends for BL)
  5. Friday: DATE NIGHT! Chicken strips with roasted Brussel sprouts (green beans for the hubs)
  6. Saturday: TRIVIA Fundraiser event, bringing a cream cheese/turkey/cranberry puff pastry app for the table
  7. Sunday: PLAYOFFS! I will be taking a healthified buffalo chicken dip w/ veggies dippers & rolo stuffed chocolate cookies (hey, the kids will love them & you only live once!)

Off to start the chicken Parmesan and watch The Town, courtesy of Redbox. Gotta love a flick for a buck!

AGAIN! Thank you for your patience and welcome back!

PS: Welcome new follower Sarah Davidson! Thanks for reading!