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211.5… And other stuff.

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This weeks weigh in, 211.5 lbs. Proof that even when you slide backwards a little, mess up from time to time, you can still be rewarded! This helps to strengthen my resolve and really reminds me what I am struggling for.

Breakfast:

Two eggs over easy, one slice of Silver Hills Mack’s Flax sprouted grain bread and a spoonful of organic salsa. Delicious breakfast. And of course there was local KBC coffee to wash it down!

While running around, had to get an afternoon pick-me-up:

Kaladi’s skinny tan white chocoloate mocha. Yea, I love my coffee! ūüôā

For a quick lunch we split an order of sushi. My wife and I LOVE sushi and this lunch hit the spot.

So after lunch we headed to Eklutna Lake for the afternoon and enjoyed (a little) sun and (a little) rain. Walked for a good hour and a half enjoying mountain views and a gorgeous lake shore.

My wife and our two adorable kids:

And some gorgeous views:

iPhone camera close up:

And as for dinner my wife and I split half  of a half chicken quesadilla (1/4) and topped it with fresh made guacamole, salsa and lettuce and a spoonful of sour cream.

So, that was my day in a nutshell. Very good day. Hope everyone else is doing good too!

Bye for now!

No More Excuses!

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Excercise is hard! Really, I’m serious, it IS! But I’m not talking about the physical aspect of exercise (although this IS hard). I’m actually talking about the motivation¬†required TO exercise. I find it SO hard to get off my lazy behind and actually get to the gym, or go for a run, or do a cycle class in the morning. Why is this? Why can’t I just wake up in the morning and go exercise? Why can’t I go to the gym after work on my way home? This is a long time problem for a lot of people and I have come to realize that while, yes, I am losing weight, I am losing it a lot slower than I should be. So today I wanted to present a few tips that may assist in conquering the “endless list of excuses.”

First, people are good at making excuses. No, really! We are! We will find or fabricate an excuse to get us out of any situation we aren’t comfortable with or simply don’t want to deal with. “Well, I didn’t eat a lot today so I will just exercise tomorrow,” or “It’s raining out so I’ll do my run when the weather is better.” These are all to common. So if you find yourself making excuses frequently, try writing them down. Look at them and then see if you can actually justify it. If you write down that you got hit by a car and are laying in a hospital bed then¬†you’ve probably justified it. If you put down that you had a big dinner and are tired then you’re just making excuses!

Second, it is good for people to plan ahead. That is, don’t just show up at the gym not knowing what you intend to do. Many a failure has come this way. I have failed this way! I showed up, didn’t know what I wanted, got on a treadmill for 2 miles and left unsatisfied. Planning out your routine, what days you intend to exercise and so forth can definitely improve your chances of exercise success.

Lastly, write out a list of goals. What is it you really want, what is your prime goal and what are your smaller goals. Reward yourself when you achieve those goals (i.e. go on a small shopping spree, allow yourself a sweet dessert that is out of your normal diet, etc…). The goal system is a boost in motivation and confidence for anyone trying to change themselves. The reward system is also a good way to push yourself. This concept helped me quit smoking and I am trying to make it work for my exercise routines as well.

Always remember that little things can add up to big results. Replace the sugary coffee in the morning with a simple “skinny” latte or a plain coffee. Ease up on sugary foods, eat more fruits/veggies, etc… Every change you make for the better is one small step closer to your ultimate goal.

So, that is all I have for today’s post. Sorry but I have no¬†food to show¬†unless Moose’s Tooth Pizza is consumed later. We’ll see! ūüôā Goodbye for now and good luck for tomorrow!

A quick update…

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So just a quick update for anyone following my journey… Current weight is 212.6 lbs and my mood is optimistic. Today’s food was great and I’m thinking Friday night Moose’s Tooth pizza, the BEST in Anchorage!

So, breakfast was usual oats and berries, cottage cheese and OJ today instead of coffee.

Lunch was last nights dinner: Pesto pasta minus the onion and tomato. Had some blue corn chips and salsa for a snack as well.

I’m also keeping up with my water intake as this is a major player in weight loss. In fact, maintaining adequate hydration and eating a proper breakfast are quite possibly the MOST important players in losing weight. It works for me, but is also the two hardest things to remember to do when years of my life went by with those items skipped.

So anyways… Hope everyone has a great night and hopefully I start posting more again soon!

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August 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm

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Today is a good day!

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Well, aside from the rain, today is a good day. My current weight: 212.9 lbs! This is encouragement for me to keep on eating clean and pushing myself to exercise! My goal weight for Monday is 210 or less. For all you other bloggers trying to lose weight, making small goals really helps keep the motivation high!

Lunch:

Sorry, no pics today. Lunch is what I like to call enchilada lasagna. In the mix is fat free refried beans, brown rice and ground turkey layered between corn tortillas lasagna style. And of course we have low fat cheese and enchilada sauce. Top it off with homemade guacamole and salsa and this is one delicious lunch!

On the agenda for tonight is some running and a full body weight circuit. The wife and I are going to hit the gym tonight because we are tired of this dreary Alaskan weather and don’t feel like getting wet. Hope everyone is having a great day and achieving there goals however big or small.

And a question! What is your favorite type of exercise and what are your tips for keeping exercise interesting?

Update:

I got hungry… Yep, it happened. Soooo… I had to go get a snack.

Ebi Maki rolls with ginger and wasabi! Chips on the side… Two cravings for the price of one!! And of course, working on my third bottle of water which I have found to be a key ingredient to weight loss!

Ok, hope everyone has a great evening and a healthy dinner!

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August 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

The Last Frontier…

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So, I have a new found dislike for the home I missed for two years and came running back to last summer: Alaska… The Last Frontier. Home to the great outdoors and wonderful outside activities. So what the @#$% is up with all this DAMN rain?!?

But of course, the sun wants to come out at some point… while I’m at WORK!!

The thing is this: I don’t mind getting out in the rain and doing my thing… Cycling, running, hiking, whatever! But I am constantly being thrown obstacles that require money. Like my bike needs fenders otherwise my face becomes the target for every square inch of water that my front tire can throw up at me. Or if I want to run, I need new shoes otherwise my knee, calfs and ankles give up by 1.5mi and if by some chance I push to 3mi or more I can barely¬†walk for two days. And any other outdoor sport that I want to do (paintball, skiing, etc…) I need contacts because my glasses fog so bad I can’t see my hand in front of my face!

So I know I am just complaining right now, and things may get better eventually,¬† but I was so looking forward to running today. I tried my hiking shoes but apparently that was a bad idea because my shin is a mess now. Oh well, second job here I come! But wait, that means NO time in my already MINIMAL amount of time to do pretty much ANYTHING! Ahhh, life… just keeps raining on me… LITERALLY! ūüôā

On a plus note… I weighed myself this morning. My starting weight was 220.1 lbs.

Current weight…

(drum roll please…)

Here it is…

(continuing drum roll…)

215.2 lbs!!

So maybe I am doing something right after all? Or maybe it’ll all come back by monday. WHO KNOWS!! I guess we all have to wait and find out!! lol

But for now, I’m off. And sorry, no food pics today. Breakfast was healthy but lunch was eaten in the¬†privacy of my car… Can anyone guess what evilness I was eating today? Go ahead, I dare you!

Bye for now!

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July 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Mostly success… and a recipe!

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Well, lately I have been having a mix of success and failure in my attempts at self-improvement. Firstly, I have eaten many clean meals and I’ve even been exercising. Sadly, I worked out so hard on Monday that I chose only a mild walk Tuesday morning and have been so sore I haven’t done anything since. Hopefully I recover by Friday and I can do some workouts this weekend. So, I’ve been trying to watch what I eat and have been adequately¬†successful¬†except for a sliver of cheese cake yesterday (horrible, I know!) and some Costco pizza (even worse!). For those of you who frequent Costco (especially their food court), please check out this website¬†and follow the PDF link to see the nutritional information. It shocked me at first and (until yesterday) I haven’t eaten there since. Unfortunately,¬†I haven’t learned to navigate a social gathering’s buffet table.

But, overall, I’m voting it a job well done which is hard for me to say and harder to write because¬†I am, naturally, a negative person. And believe me… I kicked myself hard for it! But looking at all the pictures of the good, clean food I DID eat, it is hard to say I haven’t been successful.

BREAKFAST:

I tried a new cereal today:

It wasn’t bad, but I think I prefer my Kashi¬†Autumn Harvest. I topped it off with banana and strawberries and a delicious cup of Kaladi Brothers coffee!

Eating breakfast like this really has made a difference in the way I feel everyday. I now drink less coffee, more water and I’m not tired from the minute I wake up.

The finished product:

I had a simple snack during my day of an apple and some cottage cheese and a later snack of veggies and humus. And now for my favorite meal of the day…

DINNER:

Mexican Pinto Beans and Brown Rice (with a flair!):

2 Tbsp EVOO

1 tsp each: ground cummin, coriander, cinnamon

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 med. onion peeled/chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups cooked brown rice

4 cups pinto beans

1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock (low sodium)

3 Tbsp chipotle peppers, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp sea salt

1: heat oil in Dutch oven (really big frying pan?) over med. heat. Add cummin through chili powder and heat until fragrant.

2: add chopped onions; cook until soft. Add garlic; cook 1 more minute.

3: add cooked rice, beans, stock, chipotles, tomato paste and salt. Mix well, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

So, I didn’t have chipotles, coriander¬†OR chili powder so I nixed¬†the coriander¬†and subbed¬†cayenne pepper for chili powder and Tabasco¬†sauce for the chipotles. Also, I used small red beans instead of pinto (I hate pinto beans!).

On top I fried some steak meat and red pepper in garlic, pepper and cilantro and served that over top with a fresh pico de gallo.

Overall, a little mellow at first, spicy near the end and oh so delicious! The recipe was modified from The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, pg. 354.

Also, I have been thinking about posting my weights and measurements soon so that I can better track my progress. My last weigh in was 220 lbs and hopefully I have lost something. But if nothing else, eating healthy and drinking lots of water (more water info in later posts) has leveled my moods and made me a much calmer and self-confident individual. Ahhhh the power of FOOD!

And for the question of the post: What foods in your life are your vice (the ones you can’t “live” without)? For me, it’s chips and pizza. So I decided healthier chips dipped in salsa (veggies in disguise) and I try to “clean” my pizza as much as possible! And now, off to bed!

Not feelin so good… sort of…

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OK, well mentally I’m feelin’ GREAT! After last nights workout and only 6 hours of sleep, I am surprisingly awake and eating my post exercise breakfast! YUP! I pounded out another 1.75 painful miles this morning on a day I should’ve rested (last nights workout really kicked my @$$). Leme tell you, NOW I’m sore!

But strawberries make everything better! Like this mornings oats (which I haven’t eaten in a LONG time):

My Oats:

1/3c oats

sprinkling of chopped dates

boiling water

1 heaping tbs each of:

wheat germ

ground flax seed

soy protein powder

and of course: STRAWBERRIES!

Add the cup of cottage cheese, fresh brewed kaladi brother’s peru blend coffee, and water and we’ve got a nice healthy breakfast (with no sugar required!). Now hopefully my muscles will heal by tomorrow from all the many, MANY squats we did in that Group Power class last night.

And speaking of the class, it was kinda weird being the only guy in there. I don’t know, but I think I might need to go back to my normal weight lifting routines. I guess we’ll see come next monday!

OK, well I’m off to get ready for work!

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July 27, 2010 at 7:44 am