Monday, February 25, 2013

I finally have a direction for my blog and I am hoping that this will keep me faithful. I'm going to be focusing on recipes for a single lifestyle and journaling my weight loss. Sometimes cooking can be discouraging because the leftovers last forever and I don't get home til later. It is so much easier to just stop and grab something. I am working on breaking my eating out habit. Why does food have to taste so good!!? Specifically, why do the foods I really shouldn't eat taste even better than what I should eat?!? I know, I know...rhetorical questions. Just like so many things in life eating has to be done consciously. I am learning to eat consciously which is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I've decided to work on my weight loss eating the South Beach Way. Have you heard about the South Beach plan? What I like about it is that it is more of a life style change than a "diet". Diets tend to only work for so long before you put the weight back on. South Beach helps change the way you think about food which is something I really need to do. I made a great spicy chicken soup the other night from the South Beach cookbook. It was very filling and lasted me for about 5 meals. The recipe says it will 4. Spicy Mexican Chicken Soup: Ingredients: 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional) 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 cups mild refrigerated fresh salsa (I used habenero salsa and omitted the jalapeno) salt & freshly ground black pepper cilantro (optional) 1 can black beans (my choice to add...not part of the recipe) Directions: 1. Cut your chicken breasts into small strips about 2 inches long. 2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and jalapeño; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. 3. Stir in garlic and cumin; cook 30 seconds more. 4. Add broth, increase heat to high, and bring to a rapid simmer. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Stir the pan making sure to get all the bits of onion, jalapeño and cumin are well mixed into the soup and not stuck to the bottom of the pan. 5. Stir in salsa (don't drain), bring back to simmer, season with salt and pepper to taste and top with cilantro if desired. The first phase of South Beach calls for No sugar, carbs, and starches and is supposed to last for 2 weeks. The no sugar thing is the most difficult for me to follow and I am weaning myself off this week. I'm going to extend my phase 1 to 4 weeks since I am struggling with the no sugar aspect. I've been freezing blueberries and eating those for my snack. They really work to crave the sugar cravings! If you're also on your on weight loss challenge let me know! ~JL

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Giving it a try again

As you can tell by looking through my lack of consistent posts I am not very good at blogging. However, I am going to give this a shot again and do my best to be consistent. I really want to start focusing on "healthier" living. I have struggled for several years with my weight. I just don't have enough self control to keep the weight off. I know that I have got to start doing it now if I want a lengthier and happier life. I have started two major overhauls of my life this year. I am excited, nervous, anxious, eager, and "desperate" to see results!! This is going to be my year or so I keep telling myself. Have you heard about Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University? If not, you should look it up. Several of my friends have gone through the classes and it has made a significant difference in financial state. It teaches great principles in building a budget, basic investments, and avoiding debt. I am on my third lesson and have a long ways to go. Definitely excited to learn some great principles and put them into practice. The second overhaul is in my eating and weight loss. Have you ever heard of the South Beach program? I really like it because it is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. Another friend of mine has been doing it for a while and she has seen some great results. I did it for awhile last year and lost 10 lbs in a little over a month. Sadly I jumped off the bandwagon and went a little food berserk. :( I've just started back with it and can't wait to see the results. I love the extra energy and better sleep I have when I'm disciplined with food. Have you ever thought about how much better you actually feel when you cut out sugar? It is difficult when you first start, but if you can make it past the intense cravings you will feel better! I am also about to join LA Boxing! I've gone to a class and absolutely love it! Can't believe how good it feels to punch and kick a bag for about an hour. Talk about some serious stress relief! Can't wait to have updates on how the class is going. An item on my "bucket list" is to run a 5k. The kicker is I DISLIKE running! I found the Color Run last year and thought what a perfect way to get started. Sadly, the races were either too far away or filled up before I could sign up. The race has a lot of fun mixed in so I'm hoping that will help me get through it. The 5k isn't until September so I have PLENTY of time to train. (Which I'm going to need...) The plan is to do the Couch to 5k program and tomorrow am will be my first day. I really like the fact it starts out so slow. You should definitely take a look at the Color Run website. Next time I post I hope to have several updates on my exercise and weight loss progress. I've got about 35-40lbs that I want to lose. I am down about 4lbs so far. (Definitely have a ways to go!!!) Why does sugar have to taste so good!?!? LOL My plan is to use my blog as an accountability partner. I'll also be posting some of the South Beach recipes I find. Let's see how this goes. J