Archive for December, 2014

Monday Musings: Looking Back and Seeing I Can

I won’t be able to publish anything on Wednesday, and I already wrote what I wanted to say for the very first of the year. Firstly, I want to thank you all for jumping on this wagon with me and putting up with my strangeness, rants, joys, and all the other feelings that I wrote about. I hope that I didn’t write about anything sad, but I hope that I was able to keep you entertained and give you a little hope in your life journey as well. I know for me, I’m still getting used to this whole “blogging” thing, so hopefully in this upcoming year that will be something that I’ll get better at. (so thank you for putting up with me 😛 ) I entered Christmas week at 152.6 and I ended it at 158.4. I would have to say that even though I was down to 148 at a time, only have a 6 pound weight gain from the holidays is pretty good in my eyes. I thought it was going to be a lot worse. Of course, I didn’t weigh today because we had one more family dinner yesterday, so I didn’t want to completely get mad at myself. And today I’m going to have to be good because I’m going out with my 4-H group for pizza and then to the annual Doniphan County 4-H ice skating party!! (I love this time of year!!!) But I’ve already told myself–no more then 4 slices (or even that, if I’m full at 2, I’m full at 2. Even if it is CiCi’s.) And then they have treats at the party–so if I have one slice of dessert pizza, only one thing at the party…..that’s a plan right? Considering that I’ll be skating for almost 2 hours?? Then Tuesday and Wednesday I’m off to help my best friend get married, Friday going over to a friend’s house all day and then she’s coming over to my house for Saturday (yes….girls my age still have sleepovers) and then my birthday comes up the next Thursday.

It’s weird to think that the new year is almost year, as is my birthday, and as in the end of my break and the start to my last semester of college (O_O) But I’ll write about that later, for now–I do a short write about my fitness in 2014. I started 2014 at 186 pounds, I’m ending it about 155-156 (though I need to get back down to 150 before the 10th…at least that’s my goal, under 155). I would say that’s quite an accomplishment. When I started this year, I was so mad at myself and I wanted to give up. I kept telling myself that I would never get down to 155. It was a number that was impossible for me, it was never going to happen, and I should just resign myself to that fact and just start eating how I want and stay fat. I can’t remember who told me to keep pushing (most likely it was my mom), but I’m glad I did. I kept going even when I wanted to quite, kept pushing, and I kept, as Shaun T. always says, digging deeper. I admit, that looking back now there were some things that I probably weren’t the smartest (eating wise anyway), but in this next year–I’ll be starting off new and fresh. I hope that over this break, my body has come to realize that it’s not under any real stress, that this is a lifestyle change, and that I’m not going to be gaining that body fat back!! Now that I’m down to the 150s, my goal for this year is to tone and tighten, and any weight that comes with it will be an added bonus. So I don’t know if I should set my weight goal for 140. I think I might just to see what happens, but ultimately now I’m just looking to lose inches and gain muscle.

I’m starting this new year out on a new foot and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!! I hope that y’all will be doing the same, keep on pushing and keep going, because those results will come before you know it! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and you have an amazing new year! Thanks again for putting up with me, and if there’s anything you would like to talk about or for me to address, don’t be afraid to message me or add a comment! I would love to hear from you!!!! So until next year for a fitness post, this is the Farmer’s Daughter, Merry Christmas!!!!

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Monday’s Musings: Belly Fat Cure 1 Week Challenge

Hey everyone! Last Sunday I talked about a 1 week challenge that my parents and I were going on last week. We did it, and I wish I could tell you the results for myself–but we had Christmas last night so I didn’t weigh this morning because….well you can figure it out 😛 However, I loved it. People in Denver often ask me why I go back to Kansas for so long, or why I’m going to return there after graduation. The reason, I love it here! I love home–the openness, the freedom, the ideals, the people, the environment, and most importantly–my family! This is where my roots are set and actually where I would like to raise my family, but that’s a different conversation. Maybe for Christmas 😉

Anyway, to the 1 week challenge. It was actually a lot simpler then I thought. We did the carb week, and that actually had me worried because I was going to eat more carbs then then I had in a LONG time. Going into this (like I said on Sunday) was that I was worried about gaining weight from all this, but I was surprised when I started going down in weight. Ounce by ounce, but an ounce is an ounce. For last week, I lost 2 pounds. Started out at 152 and ended on Sunday at 150. This was surprising that I even lost that much, because I was actually expecting to gain weight.

I didn’t realize how much sugar I personally eat in a day, even when I watch it very carefully. I went over 15 grams every day, but I did try to keep it as low as possible. Friday was crazy cause I went on a sweet binge, where I needed chocolate and peanut butter and I wanted it NOW!!! (Today was a sweet binge day too because I made some fudge for gifts….off to do total body workout 😛 )

Even with that binge I dropped some pounds and I laughed because I realized that this is the lifestyle I should have all the time. With such an intense workout like T25 or Insanity, it’s important to up the calories (even if it was from too many sweets….oops…) but this is a plan I think I can follow. It’s definitely something that I’m going to do at the start of the new year after all this craziness ends. Help get myself started on a good note. Here are some of the recipes that we did. (I forgot to take pictures of all of them, but they were all really good recipes):

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This is a Greek type of salad with a Greek pizza. Instead of tomato sauce, it was Fettuccine sauce. I really liked it, Dad on the other hand……..really need to get his taste palate to grow.

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Tried two different whole wheat pancake recipes, broke down and just bought some mix 😛 but on the right it has homemade blueberry/blackberry/raspberry jam with berry topping and then the left is just plain original.

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Salad and then a Sage sausage tomato penne dish. Again, mom and I enjoyed this but Dad…… 😛

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I’m not a veggie pizza person, but this pizza was actually quite delicious. Had black olives, mushrooms, red onions, broccoli, mozzarella cheese, and red pepper flakes. Next time I want to try fettuchine sauce on it!!

That’s all I got for the 1 week challenge!! I really liked it, so we’ll just have to see what happens when I use it to get back on track (if I need to get back on track) after Christmas! I’ll let you guys know how this week goes with the multiple Christmas dinners and we’ll get back on track with our weight journey in the new year!! Enjoy life with your family. Eat, live, love, and be merry!!!

Merry Christmas from the Farmer’s Daughter!!!!

Sunday Seasonings: Starting a One Week Challenge

To start off, here is a recipe that I found very tasty after a good hard workout. I call it chocolate blueberries 😛

Take a scoop of chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

and a tiny bit of water to give the powder some smoothness (ice cream consistency with the frozen-ness of the blueberries)

HEAVEN!!!!

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I wonder if you blend it up a bit if it would BE ice cream 😀

Here’s to letting you guys in on something that my mom, me, and (at least for some of it) my dad will be undertaking this week. A while back, my mom bought this book called the Belly Fat Cure. I was in high school and didn’t think that I would like it, it would be too hard, or I just couldn’t do it. I wasn’t into that whole “health” thing. Getting my dad to do something like this–yeah…..right….but as I was talking about Friday: enjoying Christmas, food, and such it was great until that cursed scale started to inch itself back up (much to my dismay).

So mom pulled down this book again, looked at it, and then handed it to me.

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As I looked at the book, and read through it–I realized that what he was saying the same thing that THM is saying. Jorge however runs his system through a S/C system. No more then 6 servings of carbs (120 grams) a day and no more then 15 grams of sugar a day. In this book, he talks about the harm of sugar (especially refined sugar) and how it causes problems with belly fat. (This is what I’m struggling with right now with these last couple of pounds and inches). He uses a carb swap system and believes that insulin is the cause of all problems. He does say that exercise is optional while following this plan, which…….in my case, increasing calories and then lowering the intensity of my workouts in order to balance my hormones, (and get Mother Nature to get back to running), this sounds good.

He talks about how you can lose up to 4-9 pounds in a week. Now, while this sounds amazing–I’m wondering if it’s actually true. (I really hope it is though….at least so that way I can lose what I gained back 😛 ) The book gives 5 one week plans to follow, so we’re following the “carb lover” week, and we’ll see how this works. However, if that scale starts to inch toward 155 and over then we’ll have to do something for the rest of the Christmas season, and then start this back up at the start of the year.

Ironically, he does tell you to stay away from fruits that have high sugars (but once you get to your goal then you can add back in 2 servings of fruit). But I’ll be adding in some blueberries and banana with the blackberries and raspberries because…..every where I look they say–blueberries: the weight loss fruit. The book also gives a bunch of recipes along with some carb swap products he suggests and a carb swap food list that gives you a series of food items with the S/C for each.

(This will be hard for me considering there is fudge in the fridge, cookies in the cookie jar, and I want to make more 😛 )

Now here we go people, let the one week challenge begin!!! I’ll let you know what’s happening on Wednesday and we’ll see how this goes right before the holidays 😛

Merry Christmas!!!!

Fitness Friday: IT’S CHRISTMAS!!

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It’s Friday!!! And luckily it’s been 3 days since I’ve been home and I have to say, I LOVE IT!! Made the fudge and cookies for gifts for roommates/teachers, but luckily I got to bring some home with me. 😛 Most of you are probably like, “uh…sugar cookies and fudge? I thought you were working on weight loss here Lisa?” Oh I am, don’t get me wrong. But it’s Christmas time, and who says you can’t have some fun with it. Even Shaun T. says you can splurge a bit during the holiday season.

But let me set some things up since I’ve been gone awhile. Getting back to school after Thanksgiving, I decided to stop T25. Reasons why:

1) To try a little muscle confusion and see if that helps with that little bit of fat that I have around my love handles still.

2) Help get over this athletic amenorrhea and get back to my regular schedule “lifestyle” (though some people have asked me why, they think it would be great not to have that monthly visit—but I really want it back LOL)

3) Needed something new.

I’ve gotten to my goal of 150 by Christmas break (though I’m sitting at 150.6…which I would like to see the 6 be a 0, or even 145 and high 40s would be okay 😛 ) but I was so worried that I was going to gain weight like I did at Thanksgiving. I think about this and I I’m seriously like, “I’m tired of being frightened of food and that I’m going to gain weight every time I eat.”

My purpose of losing weight wasn’t to be worried about food, (and don’t worry friends–I enjoy sweets, pasta, bread, milk, peanut butter, and everything else to become anorexic. Pinky swear!) but for some reason–I’ve let myself become afraid of it. I look at food and all I see is “weight gain, weight gain, weight gain,” that’s not right though. I do eat healthy. I’ve gotten into this mentality of life where I can look at sweets and not want them, I like eating salads, I understand portion controls, I can tell you what a serving of certain foods are, I switch out fruits for candy, I have on my dresser right now 2 mini bags of mini Reece’s, 2 Cherry Mash’s, a small fun size bag of peanut butter M&M’s–and I haven’t touched them–my self-control can be great sometimes.

It’s other food though, I want to eat pizza, mac and cheese, chicken enchilada’s, eat Chinese, etc, and not be scared.  It’s an interesting concept if you think about it–but here’s what I think. (And I could be wrong, just personal belief). When you want something, you’re going to crave it until you get it, and if you keep yourself from eating it then you’re more likely to go hog-wild when you do. (I’m not quite sure if I haven’t mentioned that before in a post or not, but I think it’s worth repeating 🙂 ) As my mom has told me, with me being who I am and having the genetics I do, I may not be able to ever just get down and then stop. I’m going to have to watch and be mindful of everything I put in my mouth. Not that that’s bad, but just because I probably will have to watch doesn’t mean I have to be “scared of food”. I’m to the point now where I’m looking to tone and become more defined. I’m worried about inches now and not so much about weight– so I’m trying to tell myself–make those enchilada’s and see if dad likes them, eat some pizza, but do it smartly.

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With being home, I want to help my dad lose some weight because he needs to for his health as well. To help with his bad back, knees, cholesterol, blood pressure–it would be good for him. Like father like daughter though–he LOVES to eat! So it’s up to me to find healthy recipes that he will like (he’s actually really picky), and easy/simple recipes that my mom can make since both of them work. I’m thinking about adding a few of the THM concepts to my eating as well. That’s my goal while home, and I also think that this will be good for me too because I can also start EATING again. Like real food eating. This way I can teach him what he needs to do, and lets see if I can help him lose some of that weight

Back to my schpiel about Christmas: in my mind, it’s okay to do a little splurging on the Christmas sweets, just don’t go crazy. For me, I brought some cookies and fudge home. But I only have a piece of fudge (just 1) or a cookie at lunch, or I space it out–cookie at lunch, fudge at supper or vice versa. Enjoy the season guys, that’s what it’s all about. Just be smart, use your head, and remember that you need to eat healthy but it’s okay to have some fun!

And here’s something I thought was a bit cool:

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These were my favorite pair of jeans. When I first got to Denver, they were skin tight, and even after Thanksgiving (probably can’t tell) but they aren’t so skin tight anymore 😀

 Enjoy Christmas everyone and I’ll be back with some new recipes I’ve tried…or will try….getting to it 😛

Rural Wonderings: Breathe…and slow down

In today’s society, we are in a constant state of going. And in a season where everybody is going and going, sometimes we forget to stop and slow down. We, as adults, during this time of year are so focused on making sure that we have the most perfect parties, the perfect meals, the perfect trees, getting the lights up, getting the perfect presents, getting here, getting there–it’s tiring just writing it all down.

America has become driven by greed and consumerism. We are driven by this philosophy of buy, buy, buy because we “need, need, need.” This causes Thanksgiving and especially Christmas to be the most stressful time of the for many people. Every where you look, from magazines and newspapers, to the internet, to TV commercials–every where it’s “YOU NEED TO BUY THIS BECAUSE YOU DO!!!” Our need to have the perfect everything has blocked out and made us forget what Christmas is all about.

In our constant state of running, we forget to stop.

 

 

Breathe. And slow down.

 

Even though there are a thousand things that need to be done, stop–sit beside the tree with a cup of hot coco or some egg nog. Take in the silence, take in the season, and remember what Christmas is all about. Advent is the season of waiting, preparation, anticipation, and expectation. Just as Israel waited for 400 years, so do we wait for His returning. We’re in a state of waiting; however, it’s not the question of when you wait, the question is how you wait.

 

So just breathe, and slow down–take a moment to enjoy Christmas, because life goes by fast enough without you rushing it along. Take as much of it in as possible and enjoy.

Weight Loss Wednesday: 2 New Recipes and the Thanksgiving Aftermath

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IT’S FINALLY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! How did everyone do over Thanksgiving? I’ve heard amazing things from many friends, some actually lost weight (which….made me slightly jealous….) some didn’t gain anything, and me–Saturday at the Elder’s didn’t end as badly as I thought. Sunday I was going to do a “Sunday Seasonings” and talk about some other recipes that I made and then what to do in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, but due to driving back to Denver and trying to deal with the death of a friend, I just couldn’t do it. So I’m going to kind of mash it all into one.

2 new recipes: so the week before Thanksgiving break, I made a Southwest Chicken Salad and then a recipe I saw on Rachel Ray.

The Southwest Chicken Salad was a new experience for me with the “increase my calories” salad. Usually my salads are very low in calories, (even with everything in them), but this salad was 208 calories for this whole bowl. And I loved every minute of eating it–while watching the Chew with the roommates. My recipe looked like this:

  • 1.00 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 Tbsp sweet corn
  • 2 Tbsp Green Onions
  • 2 Tbsp Canned Black Beans
  • 0.88 oz., Roma tomato (I used half of a little one)
  • 3 oz, Boneless/skinless Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 oz(28g), Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-2 Tablespoons, Light Fiesta Salsa Ranch Dressing

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Here it is before and then halfway through. Look at all that goodness. And yes, it tasted as good as it looked.

The other recipe that I tried was Kristie Alley’s Parmesan Chicken. I might have to try this one with the full recipe, because I don’t know if it’s just caused I did it for one–but I didn’t really care for it……might have also been the mustard. So I’ll have to try again but you should try it and see what you think.

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http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/17836_Kirstie_Alley_Parmesan_Chicken_and_Veggies/

Ok, so now that Thanksgiving done, I have to say that I think I followed through with the plan I talked about pretty well…….kind of. I did attack the desserts, but I feel like I went for the healthier stuff more then anything. Ate a lot of veggies, only had my one plate of food and dessert during lunch, and I didn’t munch all day till I ate again at 5. I then went home and did some Rockin’ Body Disco Fever dancing and that probably helped a bit. But I have to say that I truly just sat with my family, enjoyed good food, played games, watched football, and just enjoyed being able to be with my whole family.

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My cousin/sister Hayleigh             I love my family time (they all cute)               Our games get pretty intense y’all

Surviving the Thanksgiving Aftermath–> this can work even for Christmas, but Christmas will be different because there are a LOT more sweets involved, but here’s some good advice that I had to take in order to survive my first Thanksgiving while truly working on weight loss.

1) Don’t beat yourself up

This is a hard concept for me still, you can ask my mom as I through a fit as I went into the Elder Thanksgiving at 153.6. I had gained 2 pounds in 2 days without eating really anything, so I was upset. But when I got to the grandparents, and I ate what I did–I just said you know…..maybe this will help me get over any hump I might be at. Yes, I was trying not to gain weight, but hey–it’s about good food and family. So you might gain a few pounds and end up at 156 or 160, but you can lose it just like you did before. As I attacked those desserts a bit more then I should have, I stopped beating myself up–but I did also stop myself a lot when I wanted sweets, and instead turned to veggies. What I’m trying to say, you’ll bing–just get over it and move on.

2) Do some sort of exercise afterwards

Get your cardio up. At my grandparent’s, most of my cousins and I sit downstairs to eat. This means that we have to go up and down when we want to get food. (This probably also helped because it kept me downstairs, away from the food, and I ran those boys every time I did go up.) But even with running stairs, and getting chased by my baby cousin a bit, I went home and did a good dance workout to get my cardio in. This also helped take off my mind that I had a few more sweets then I wanted too 😉 😛

3) Don’t weigh the day after

Like I’ve mentioned before, sometimes that scale can be a cursed thing. There will come a day when I will only step on that thing once a week or once every who-haw week, but until I get toned, have a flat stomach, and get to my finished weight–I still need the scale. However, after days you bing heavily, don’t weigh. It’s only going to make you upset and then go against the first thing I told you not to do–you’ll start beating yourself up. I had a drive to Denver on Sunday and so I just made sure that I didn’t eat any carbs (breads and such), made sure to eat veggies, had lots of protein, and just ate much lower. I also did another dance workout Sunday.

4) Do a cleanse

These past three days I’ve done a “3 day cleanse”. Basically following the 3 Day slim down that Rockin’ Body talks about, so I have a smoothie for breakfast, an apple or celery with peanut butter for my morning snack, a smoothie or protein bar for lunch, a protein shake (with water) or something small for my afternoon snack, and then a salad for supper. During this I also drink lots and lots of water and then green or detox tea through out the day. I’ll see what my final results will be tomorrow, before I go back to eating “real” food again. 😛

But that’s all I got for this Weight loss Wednesday. My brain is almost fried from school—(I HAVE A WEEK LEFT!!!!!!!!!) And due to other things that happened over break, I’m just emotionally drained. I’ll be back Friday if I can and let you know how my “Thanksgiving Recovery/preparing for Christmas” is going.

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That in mind, this is the Farmer’s Daughter signing off!! Wish me luck on finals–I’m going to need it 😉