Weigh-In Wednesday (a day late) plus yummy food porn

It’s Weigh-In Wednesday, Thursday edition because I didn’t get a new battery for my scale until today… drumroll please…..

272.0…for a total of 2.2 lbs lost in one week.

HOLLER! That’s even WITH my not-so-good weekend.

So before I do a li’l celebration dance, I have a few more things to share.

First, I bought Jillian Michaels’ 30 day shred DVD today at Target (bonus $2 off coupon = $8 investment, not too shabby). I did level 1 today. It’s about a 20 minute or so workout… and boy am I feeling it. But I know I done good… so I’m happy about that. Hopefully I won’t have to stay at the level 1 “easy” stage for long.

Second, I found an awesome app for my Droid that will help me keep track of weight loss, calories, etc… AND it has this cool barcode scanner feature… which will look up your food item in its database. I’ll have to do a video blog about it someday, but until then, check out Calorie Counter from Fatsecret.com.

Third, we have food porn.

I sauteed a chicken cutlet from Whole Foods in some Wildtree Grapeseed Oil and Garlic & Herb Blend… along with a shredded zucchini. Then I added some cherry tomatoes and some fresh mozzarella. ZOMG. Soooo good.

Weekend away not so great for the new me

I got back from visiting my friend Holly in St. Louis late last night. I had a great time catching up with her and all my STL friends, but the weekend was not necessarily kind to my new lifestyle.

I tried to eat as healthy as I could (getting a salad instead of fries, a grande latte instead of a venti, etc), but I still made some poor choices. I was on vaca though, so I get a free pass, right? Right?

So I’m home now and working on my food/exercise plan. I’m hoping to join a gym this week and today I spent a small fortune on veggies and other healthy goodness from Whole Foods.

Here are some of my ideas…

  • Go vegetarian or vegan approximately 1/3 of every month (just to switch things up a bit)
  • Eat mostly organic or natural foods (no artificial fillers, preservatives or other yuck)
  • No more fast food
  • Cut back on eating out
  • Pack lunch the night before
  • Meal plan a week at a time
  • Make better choices
  • Still enjoy my favorite foods, just less of them (PORTION CONTROL)
  • Continue drinking lots of water
  • Do yoga with my #fitmke #wlc buddy at least twice a month
  • Go to the gym 2-3 times a week (working up to 4-5x/week by April 15)
  • Workout with a partner 1-2x/week
  • Try some workout dvds (yoga, pilates, 30 day shred)
  • Run a 5k in 2010 (RUN… not walk)
  • Keep a food diary and work hard to have a balanced diet
  • Buy new gym shoes and workout clothes
  • Not be afraid of the scale… which means I need to change the batteries.

I’ve also joined DailyMile… you can follow me here. I tried SparkPeople but I think it might be too much for me to keep up on.

How did I just realize this?

I bought my winter coat last year during an after winter clearance sale. It was a steal at $13.

Well I just had a li’l punch to the gut.

Imagine my surprise to see it is a maternity coat. Shiz. No wonder it fits so nicely. Omg. I am sitting at the airport right now both mortified and highly amused.
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Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Alfredo

Last night I made the most amazing meal. It wasn’t SUPER healthy, but it wasn’t SUPER unhealthy either.

To repeat this fabulous meal, this is what you’ll need:

Pasta, milk, cider vinegar, butter, chicken and the following Wildtree goodies: Buffalo Wing Marinade, Natural Grapeseed Oil and Alfredo Extraordinaire. (you can click on the links to view the products on my Wildtree site. For nutritional info, click the product profile card link on each page).

First thing’s first: Line a pan with foil.

Next, get your chicken marinating. I mixed about 1/2 cup of the cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil and 1 TBSP of the Buffalo Wing Marinade. (I made a half recipe).

Mix it up good then add your chicken. Then put it aside for at least 20 min. For more flavor, prepare this the night before and let it marinade all night in the fridge.

Now you should start getting your water boiling for the pasta. Sorry, no photo because after I did the chicken, I forgot to take pics until the end. Deal.

At this point, stick the chicken in the oven at 400. I think I cooked them 15-20 min a side.

Once the water is boiling, add your pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Then, get a little saucepan and prep the Alfredo. Depending on how many servings you need (or how thick you like the sauce), adjust the recipe on the package. Melt the butter, add milk and then add the mix, stirring until completely mixed and the sauce is full of creamy goodness.

Drain your pasta, throw it in a bowl, top with some alfredo and then… OMG add the chicken. It’ll look something like this and it will taste HEAVENLY.

Disclaimer: I am an Independent Representative for Wildtree. But I can assure you, even if I didn’t sell the stuff, I would be eating it all the time. I <3 my discount.

Putting on a brave face but crying on the inside

Right now I feel like jumping off the bridge anyway.


Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannyman/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

But I won’t. Well not this weekend anyway.

I digress.

Tonight was the #fitmke Weight Loss Challenge kickoff and official weigh-in. And BOY did I weigh in. LIKE WEEEEEIIIIIIGHHH in. Before I post the numbers, I would like to mention the following:

  1. He made me keep my big winter boots on
  2. I’m fat
  3. I was a bit dehydrated (apparently, if you’re not well hydrated, it throws off the body fat % number…)
  4. I’m fat
  5. It was a PM weigh-in and you typically weigh more in the evening (or so I’ve been told)
  6. I’m fat
  7. I have a thyroid condition that has definitely contributed to a massive weight gain over the past year.

That said…. I weighed in at 274.2. Holy !@#($!#$%@$!#*(&! I wanted to cry, but I stayed strong. THEN, I was dragged kicking and screaming had the privilege of getting my body fat percentage taken. It was 45. I am almost HALF FAT. !@#($!@(#$$%&^%^&*%@#$!@#$. But, please keep #3 in mind.

The trainer didn’t take measurements, so I did that when I got home. My sister helped me cuz I could not measure my arms for the life of me.

I’m going to keep track of everything on the Stats page… so if you want to see the damage, click on over. WARNING: content may not be appropriate for the young or faint of heart.

What has this taught me?

I am in need of some SERIOUS changes in my life. Y’all need to keep pushing me, because all I want to do right now is to drown my sorrows in large amounts of alcohol, ice cream and deep fried goodness.

Did I ever mention I’m an emotional eater? Cuz yeah, I am.

I seriously SERIOUSLY want to give up. But I know y’all have my back (all 274.2 pounds of it) and instead, I’m going to steam some veggies. It’s time to say a big ol’ EFFFFF U to the fat.

One more thing. If we’re on a plane and it crashes in the middle of nowhere, I give you permission to eat my fat ass when I die.

Inspiration Board

I am a visual person. I need to see a visual representation of my progress and, well, one of those tickers just won’t do the trick. I’ll still have some type of “scientific” ticker/chart/etc posted here, but I wanted something more pretty for my home.

So, I created an Inspiration Board. It’s a 12×12 inch piece of cardboard I decorated with papers, ribbon, chipboard (and packaging) from Cosmo Cricket‘s Earth Love line, some vintage ribbon and ric rac, some Thickers alphabet stickers, glitter, Pink Paislee brads and some other goodies.

My plan is to add a sparkly gem for every pound I lose and I have li’l chipboard lovlies to represent various milestones (5 lbs, 10lbs, 5%, 10%, etc). And yes, if you see in the images below the li’l butterfly with the “100 lbs – goal” and thought “oh, Amy doesn’t need to lose 100 pounds” well, for 1) I love you. Marry me? and 2) get with the program. I weigh 264 pounds. At least that’s what I did at the beginning of December. If I weigh less than 264 (oh gosh that is painful to type) at the Fit Milwaukee Challenge weigh-in Wednesday, I will give reward myself on the board accordingly. If I weigh more than 264 (oh please God no) then I will readjust my goal weight to whatever 100 less than that number is. Of course when I hit my goal weight, I may change it to a different number, but I’m 5’8″ with broad shoulders and I don’t think much less than 165 would be good for me.

If you’re viewing this blog in a reader, you’ll probably have to click through to the site to see the gallery below.

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Learning to live with hypothyroidism

It’s been about two weeks since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My TSH level was a 10.2. The normal range is 0.4-5.0. In a nutshell, the higher this count is, the less your thyroid is doing. From what I’ve read, there are many people with hypothyroidism who don’t have an elevated TSH… but this is often the biggest tipping point to the diagnosis… along with a myriad of symptoms (bold=my symptoms):

  • Poor muscle tone (muscle hypotonia)
  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance, increased sensitivity to cold
  • Depression
  • Muscle cramps and joint pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Goitre
  • Thin, brittle fingernails
  • Thin, brittle hair
  • Paleness
  • Decreased sweating
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Weight gain and water retention

And these are just a few of the symptoms… So you can imagine how I’ve been feeling lately… especially if you add in the anemia.

There’s a lot of debate out there over taking drugs like Synthroid or something like a natural dessicated thyroid supplement. Right now I’m taking Synthroid and seeing improvements. I’m not cold all the time anymore and my energy levels are slowly on the rise. If you have any research or information on thyroid treatments, please share in the comments below.

Fit Milwaukee Weight Loss Challenge

Later this week, I’ll be measured and weighed by a trainer from WAC as part of the Fit Milwaukee Weight Loss Challenge. Can you say heart attack? YAY!

I am totally freaking out about it, even though I obviously need to know where I stand… (which is ginormous, so bleh). It needs to be done. I had a physical in December (where I found out about my current health problems) so I know about where I stand weight-wise… just not with the measurements. Luckily, my weight was about 10 lbs or so lower than my highest weight ever (a number I hope I NEVER EVER see again… unless it’s from a slot machine).

I haven’t decided if I want to post the numbers here or not. I’m leading towards yes, as mortifying as that will be. It’s all about accountability.

As for health goals… I plan to give myself little goals along the weigh way along with rewards such as new clothes, a new book, new workout attire and the occasional splurge. Let’s be honest. When you lose weight, you want to reward yourself with a 1500 calorie piece of cheesecake. Am I right people? Be honest and I know you’ll agree. Unless you’re one of those skinny beyotches. And in that case, you can stick it.

I plan to mark the following milestones:

  • weight loss in intervals of 5
  • % of weight loss in intervals of 5
  • inches lost (combined)

Fat Fotos

You know those fat photos you hope never see the light of day? Well bring on the sunshine… cuz I’m sharing. If you’ve met me in person, you know what I look like… so why hide it? Consider this my before or “I never want to be this fat again” inspiration.

Be Prepared

I am a nerd. I love to learn. I love to research. And, I’m pretty darn good at it.

So when I decided to make this life change, I started searching for the tools to help me succeed. Recipes, cookbooks, gyms, workout dvds, apps for my new phone (a droid), books, blogs, web sites, etc.

Do you have any favorites of the above? Please share! I want to fill my head with knowledge, support, inspiration and determination.