Pieces of Me

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Eating At Home – Healthily Week 1

So it’s not really week 1 in this weight loss adventure of mine.  It’s more like week 200+, but I’m thinking that if I start to post my weekly menus, and blog about my journey, in a more public setting, not just on weight loss blogs, I might get to see the results I’ve been praying I’d see for the past couple years.  It’s so hard for me to admit to everyone that I have not been 100% committed to this like I pretend I have been.  So hard for me to admit this.  When I joined WW in 2004, the plan was just so easy to me.  I gave up soda, just like that and only drank water.  I didn’t drink coffee, and now I’m addicted.  I had a weekly Starbucks date with Crystal in which I would order a Grande Mocha Frappacino with no whipped cream (this was before the days of nonfat or light frapps).  Starbucks, once a week, to chat about the ups and downs of the week. 

And each week, I ate pretty much the same thing for breakfast and lunch, and then cooked dinner.  EVERY NIGHT.  For all the adults (as we were living with Mom and Dad McIntyre).  And everyone ate better, everyone lost weight, and everyone was just healthier.

I dropped nearly 50 lbs in 10 months and was the healthiest and happiest I’d been in years.  And everyone noticed.

And then we got pregnant with Cayden.  And I thought it would be a breeze to go through a pregnancy and pick up where I left off.  And then, I was sooo sick, and the only thing that helped was drinking Coca-Cola.  So by the time Cayden was born, I had gained 50 lbs.  And to this day, I have yet to lose any of it.  done the yo-yo, on again, off again, lose 5 lbs, gain 5 lbs for the past 4 years.  And I’m sooo tired of it.  Cayden turns 4 next week.  And I’m finally to the point where I can’t take it anymore.  I’m tired of being fat.  There.  I said it. 

So. . . taking things one week at a time.  Weighed in this week at ______ (like I’d share that with you).  I will share my weekly weigh ins (up 1 lb, down 3 lbs), etc.  I’ll share my ups and downs with you.  Have my weekly Starbucks chat, on the computer.  Maybe I’ll treat myself to Starbucks and sneak away to the quiet of a coffeeshop once a week to have this conversation with myself (and whoever else is reading this blog). 

You may get tired of me.  Because when I have a bad day, I’ll let you know.  When I have a great day, I’ll let you know.  I need to do this.  I need to turn somewhere other than to food to get through this journey.

First of all, we are not going to eat out at all this week.  My personal goal is to have a 30 day fast from eating out.  I don’t know how possible this is going to be since Mother’s Day and Aunt Becky’s visit is coming up and she wants to go to the Salt Lick.  I may have to skip the Salt Lick and meet everyone at Lizzy’s for her birthday.  If I’m going to do this.  I really need to do it.  100% commitment, right?

As far as recipes are concerned.  I have lots of FB friends who post amazing looking recipes online.  Each week, I’ll go through their recipes and pick and choose the ones I think will be good for our family.  And then, I will check out the recipes and make substitutions where I need to.  I know that some may flop, but for the most part, I have really learned how to cook food without all the fat.

So here we go.  Join me??

Here is this week’s menu:

Breakfasts – Breakfast Boats (w/ substitutions), Choco Fiber Muffins, Apple Bran Muffins

Lunches – Sandwiches or Salads: Whole Wheat, Turkey, Provolone Cheese, Spinach

Dinners – Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie (with substitutions and extra veggies), Pepperoni Penne (with Quinoa Pasta), Spicy Crusted Salmon Over Spinach, and Green Chile Enchiladas (you’ll have to scroll down).  We will also have leftovers this week as these meals feed lots of people.  I haven’t decided what order we will eat these in, but we will be eating these meals and only these meals.  I’m so excited!  And I’m thankful for all those who have been with me for this 1/2 ass (yes, I said ass) journey.  Now I’m in 100%.  I will be exercising on my own for 6 weeks, and then I will start running (in the hot, no doubt) with Lesle.  She will be given the clear to exercise after having her beautiful baby girl, Ella Mae. 

So there you have it.  A new lifestyle, new outlook on life, and new friendships that are blossoming.  I am so blessed.

Oh, and if you follow me, will you do it publicly?  And will you leave comments??  I’d really appreciate it!


Traci said...

Well-said ... good for you for being public, honest, and transparent .... Here's to quick results!!

You can ... and WILL ... do this! For the health of all of you! It's so worth it!

Love to you!

Sarah Farr said...

I think this is a great idea! You have all of us to be accountable to. You are a strong person and I know that you can do anything that you set your mind to. I'm ready to be here with you and see how it turns out! Lots of luck to you! :)