Whole30 a day in food.

I am not doing the perfect Whole30. I am as close as I can be. 2 weeks in I finally gave up the old habit of tracking in my Weight Watchers tracker #scary #gasp And I’m still working on my scale addiction. And I can’t seem to only have the 3 large meals a day. I like a little snack. But I’m getting better about that also. It isn’t everyday and I try and make sure it’s actual hunger and not bored at my desk eating. I don’t think that anyone has the perfect Whole30. But that’s OK. This (for me) is about learning about myself and losing weight. (I’m very happy with the scale this far. But don’t tell Melissa Hartwig because she #legit scares me when she gets into her #realtalk)

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PS. Mellisa Hartwig liked my photo #dying

Anyway I’ve started everyday with a hash of some variety or another. I big heart eggs. They are my favorite thing so I’ve been putting an egg on top of a hash for years. Whole30 makes me experiment a little more (more freedom, honestly then I get with Weight Watchers.) My favorite thus far was shredded potato, brussel sprouts, onion, garlic and some leftover chicken fried up together. Two eggs on top and I was set for HOURS! #putaneggonit
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Best lunch so far was leftover chorizo, sweet potato nachos. #nomnomnomnom #sogood I cooked chorizo low and long and got  this lovely ground beef texture. I sliced sweet potato into thin coins and roasted them at 400° for around 45 minutes with coconut oil and salt. Then assembly. Lots of lettuce, coins on top, chorizo, gaucamole, really good salsa. NOW EAT IT ALL!! It was amazing. Chorizo is something I don’t generally eat when I’m tracking because it is #allofthepoints BUT I love it. So I’ve enjoyed having it while on this plan.
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Favorite dinner was probably the Seared Salmon Benedict from The Whole30 cookbook. I have the book and read it BUT they happened to post the recipe on there website. Mine was not as pretty. I used mixed green instead of arugula. My hollaindaise was perfect and then it separated. But it still tasted good.

Notable other moments. New Years day dinner was Whole30 compliant. Other then the rolls a guest brought and the ice cream that I served but did not eat for dessert. Also, homemade mayo is the easiest thing to make. And delicious. Suddenly chicken salad not that gross. And my new favorite dessert our dates and almond butter. Get ready for a tutorial on that. Because super easy and YUMMY!
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I’m almost 20 days into Whole30 and I’m thrilled with the decision to try it out. I’ve decided to do another longer round going from February 17th until Easter. I had initially planned to start on Ash Wednesday but I have a few short trips planned that I don’t want to stress so much about food. Also, February 1 I am going to have sushi. Lot’s of sushi. If you’d like to join I’m happy for the company. It will be a very expensive dinner though. ha.
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It’s a new year.

I have never been much for resolutions. When I was a child and it was the thing to do I of course made them (and never kept them). As an adult I joined Weight Watchers 2 years ago  January 4th. But that wasn’t  a resolution it was just time. 100 (ish) pounds later and it was a great decision.

Last summer around when my Mom got really sick for the last time I decided it was time to get my shit together. I pay all my bills on time and I’m working on my student loans (sigh) but there always seemed to be more week then money and I really wanted to start having a real savings. So when the Sebring breaks I can fix her. (Or in this case of Mom dies I can drop my life and run to Ohio and maybe give a tiny bit of money to help with expenses.) I was doing pretty well and feeling confident in my abilities. At the same time I kicked butt at weight loss. I cleaned and organized my two rooms at home. I felt like I really had my shit together. Fast forward to Mom dying.

Now 4 months later my room is disorganized. All my drawers are full of junk. I don’t have any savings. And I gained a lot of weight over the holidays. (My favorite jeans don’t fit.)

So I’m slowly getting my act together. I restarted the Dave Ramsey envelope plan and I also started the 52 week savings challenge. I’m hyper organized with this which is good. Accounting for every dollar of money spent.  So far (a whopping 1 week in). I’m doing really well. I have a tiny bit of money paid. I’m ahead on my bills and I’ve got enough spending money to get me through the week. If in a month or so I’m still doing well I’ll check back in and explain more about what I do. wpid-20150109_105149.jpg

Today is the first day that I started my new schedule at work (work Monday-Thursday and Saturday). So I’m off today (Friday). I did all my laundry this morning and I organized one of my dressers. I feel good about that.

Before and after.

Before and after.

It’s also Friday and although I haven’t eaten wonderfully I have tracked every bite since Monday morning. The scale is moving in the right direction and I’m hoping that I don’t look like a cow at the wedding I’m going to at the end of the month.

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Have a great weekend and look out for my link post. It’ll be up Sunday and I have some great articles.

Atlantic City

I’m pretty sure that if I was a random stranger reading this blog (Hello Random Stranger) I would think that I was a globe trotter. Well I’m not. I’m just lucky that living in Scranton means I’m very close to a lot of fun things. (I’m also lucky to live in Scranton because good things happen here to but that’s a blog post for a different day.) A few weekends ago I worked the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and drove down to Atlantic City to spend the weekend with some awesome ladies!

As I’ve said (here, here, here) I am a member of Weight Watchers and I found a wonderful place on the messages boards where I get to talk about myself, complain and generally just talk to people who get what losing a lot of weight is like. Anyway, a fairly large group of us went to Atlantic City to get together and just talk. group

It was wonderful to sit in random hotel rooms and talk about all the issues I have losing the last 20 pounds, or why people gained weight to begin with, the daily struggles. It was just good. I felt energized when I got back and happy. These women are my support and are awesome. (This also includes the many who weren’t in AC that weekend.)

Thanks Boardies. I love you!

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As always to many pictures. I also want to say I don’t gamble and because of that I don’t really recommend Atlantic City. I would much prefer a quieter place with less people and less of the depression I think gambling brings. (The homeless sitting at the slots are a lot for me to handle. People bathing in the sink at Trump.)  The weather wasn’t great so I did spend a lot of time sitting in Starbucks or peoples rooms BUT that’s OK because I got to meet and see these women.

Weight Loss

wpid-cymera_20140722_075811.jpgI’ve mentioned Weight Watchers in pretty much every blog post since I started so I thought now was as good a time as any to talk a little bit about my weight loss trek journey.

I joined Weight Watchers in January of 2013 with Burke. He had been at Boscovs looking for a winter coat and couldn’t find one that both buttoned and that he liked. I mentioned that I had been thinking about going on a diet and asked if he wanted to join me. The rest is history!

We joined online (meetings are MUCH more expensive and weren’t in the budget at the time) and both had over 100 pounds to lose. it was a daunting number but Weight Watchers broke it up into small attainable goals (5%, 10% etc.). Burke learned about cooking (there is life past boxed mac and cheese!) and I really enjoyed helping him learn more about cooking. Early on I discovered Skinnytaste (Gina has NEVER led me astray. I also talk about her like we’re friends. We aren’t.) for recipes and Weight Watchers has a lot of recipes on there site. I also purchased a food scale (best 15 dollars I’ve ever spent!!), and I stopped eating fast food and drinking. wpid-cymera_20131117_213736.jpg

You don’t have to stop eating certain things (or drinking them) with Weight Watchers which is why there program works. I decided to give up those things to help myself be more successful on the program.

Burke lost over 100 pounds and joined the US Navy (I’m so proud of him). As of today I’ve lost 115 pounds and like to buy new clothes.  It’s not all been sunshine and roses (I’ve been hovering where I currently am since March) but it’s all been worth it. I’ve made new friends, discovered a new personality and I FIT INTO WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET!!! Which was a major goal for me. I’ve got about 25 pounds left to lose and I promise I’ll be having a blog party if I ever get there! 🙂

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** If you are going to join Weight Watchers online I recommend either having someone in your life who already knows the system or joining meeting for 12 weeks first. Online is great if you’ve got a good support system BUT it is HARD if you are going at it alone.

If you have any questions about Weight Watchers and don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment you can reach me at Lookingaheadto30@gmail.com. 😉

Coney Island

When I joined Weight Watchers 18 months ago the first day I went to the message boards to try and meet some people who I felt would understand what I was going through. There are message boards for all sorts of people. 100 pounds to lose, 50 pounds to lose, maintenance, young moms, runners etc. It’s wonderful because no matter what your goals are you can find someone who understands. I found a home on the 100+ pounds to lose board. The people there were welcoming and kind. They cheer your victories and could probably be trusted to solve all of the worlds problems. I’ve been VERY lucky to meet some of the people on the board. One of which was Erin who lives in Brooklyn. We met last summer around this time an bonded over a deep love of pizza and I’ve seen her a handful of times since. She is one of the kindest people I know and she also recently became engaged to another really nice person Ken. Anyway, I’ve spent a lot of time in NYC but like most people who travel into “The City” I really only go to Manhattan. (The bus drops me off there so it’s convenient!!) But I can be bribed out of Manhattan (The Met is there it’s hard to make me want to leave!) by baseball, beach and amusement park rides! So a few weeks ago Burke and I got up REALLY early and took the bus into New York City and found ourselves getting on the subway and HOPING that we picked Erin and Ken up at there stop and heading for Coney Island! When we got off the subway I REALLY did not know what to expect (other then HEAT because it was hotter then I can even tell you!). Clean and pretty like Hershey Park, sketchy like Atlantic City or somewhere in the middle. Well it was somewhere in the middle. Some of the rides looked like they could use a coat of paint but that (for me) was part of there charm. Burke and I rode the Cyclone first (which is a wooden roller coaster) and I’m not going to lie a BIG part of me just kept think YOU ARE TO FAT FOR THIS RIDE. But lo and behold I fit and I loved it. I walked away unharmed save for a few bruises which were totally worth it. roller coaster swing After another few rides it was LUNCH TIME and what would a trip to Coney Island be without a trip to Nathan’s Famous hotdogs?! I don’t really like hotdogs so I had a burger and we all split some AMAZING fries. Afterward we headed to a baseball game. wpid-cymera_20140717_214653.jpg The Brooklyn Cyclone’s are a Met’s farm team who just happened to be playing an Oriole’s  farm team. Now what you probably don’t know is that Burke and I were born in Maryland so this was VERY exciting for us! The game was SUPER HOT (we hid under the roof where the concessions were!) but a lot of fun. Baseball for me is perfect, I can bring knitting, have conversation with my friends, eat ice cream. It’s awesome. Now it was adding up to be a pretty banner day roller coaster, french fries, baseball, ice cream are all of my favorite things so what really could have topped it off?! wpid-20140706_130134.jpg wpid-20140706_134740.jpg   If you guessed walking in the molten lava sand and sticking my toes in the water you are correct!! Coney Island was a lot of fun and if you live in NYC for a $2.50 subway ride WHY HAVEN’T YOU GONE?! If you don’t live there and are looking for something fun to do for a day I would put this on the short list (but did I mention The Met!? You should check that out first!) What really made the day special was chilling with Erin, Ken and Burke who all make the list of my favorite people! wpid-20140706_153941.jpg beach PS: Poor Burke was EXHAUSTED after I dragged him all around Coney Island. On the way back to Manhattan this happened ….  wpid-20140706_183325.jpg

Life is an odd thing

A few years ago in July my Brother and I were visiting my Mom in Ohio (where she is from and lives not) and she was admitted to the hospital for an infection in her foot. She subsequently had that leg amputated. The following summer in June Burke and I went to visit and she was in a physical rehab center after another near death infection. And this year she is back in the hospital with another infection, a blood clot and a few other problems. I’ve never really liked the summer but I think that next summer I may just skip it all together. I’m telling you all this to explain a little bit about why Burke (and myself in a way) joined Weight Watchers.

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After hearing all the problems that my Mom has you probably think that she is dreadfully old but in fact she is only 51 years of age and had her leg amputation when she was only 49. She has had diabetes since she was a teenager and only did a marginal job taking care of it during my life. That coupled with some depression are how I think she ended up where she is now. Growing up no one in my family ate well and as we got older (and I could make my own food choices) this got progressively worse.  Because of the poor eating, hard living and depression my Mom’s health has been pretty bad since I was in high school. As I said this all came to a pretty serious head when she had the leg amputation. It was early the following winter that Burke couldn’t find a coat that fit and it was the first week of January that we both joined Weight Watchers to try and grab control of our health while we were still fairly young. Burke has said more then once that seeing our 49 year old Mother sans leg and almost dead is what scared him into joining. For me it was a lot of things. I had already joined once so I knew what it was going to take but I was worried about joining alone because it is very hard to be on a weight loss plan without some sort of support. When Burke decided to join it seemed like the right time and I am sure somewhere in the back of my mind I was thinking about my Mom and what she was going through.

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I’m sure that I’m going to say this whenever I talk about weight loss but if you are thinking about losing weight don’t think. Find a program that you think will work for you and CHANGE your life. In the last 18 months I’ve lost 115 pounds and it has changed my life. I feel better, I don’t get sick as much, I enjoy my cheat meals SO much more,  I enjoy traveling more, I enjoy buying clothes more (it’s actually become a bit of a problem), I don’t dread looking in the mirror, and I walk around with more confidence then I have ever had. Weight Watchers is what works for me and I am so wildly grateful for the program but all you need to do is find what you love and embrace it.

wpid-20130603_151556.jpgBurke and I hadn’t planned this trip to Ohio but we went to check in on my Mom, who is luckily doing much better then she was last week. We were lucky enough to see a lot of our family out there and spend some time with my Mom. I’ll write a happier post about that later in the week!

 

Fun links Week of 6/29

Another week of links:

My friend Nezka sent me this fabulous article mixing flowers and knitting. This womens attention to detail is astounding! Here

The Carnegie Museum solved the mystery of who a women in a portrait is and it will shock you! (Let’s just say the story involves MURDER!!) Here

Hilarous YouTube video promoting New Castle ale and July 3rd. “How great it would have been if we’d won” Here

I tried 2 new recipes this week. Skinnytaste NEVER fails me. Cream of Zucchini soup (I ate this cold!!)  Lamb Khema with peas Go make them RIGHT NOW!

And some fun pictures from my week:

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Chicken alfredo “zoodles” I highly recommend.

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