Backwards Trend

I am not doing so great this week. Ugh. I am just in such a slump. I don’t know why I keep doing this. I think I am just stressing myself out so much, it is hard to really be motivated in anything. Instead of getting off the vacation gain, I’ve probably added to it. I don’t even want to know. I started out ok and got in a 4.5 mile walk on Monday, but that was it so far for exercise.  And my food weakness has been candy this week.  I feel so crummy.

I really need to plan some good meals for next week. Something I actually have to cook, so I can post a new recipe here. I am tired of using up freezer/pantry stuff, it is hard to do that in a healthy way.

So, sorry my posts have not been inspiring lately, but I’m trying to keep myself accountable by checking in here, even if I’m in a blah state of mind.

Today’s goals (one day at a time): Don’t overeat and cover 4 miles.  That sounds so simple…

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Fabulous Vacation

Ok, I’m back! Still don’t have a lot of time to write, but I did want to say the main reason I had to take some time off was for vacation. I don’t like to pre-announce online when I’m leaving, but now that I am back, I can say I spent a lovely week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was great, and I actually did a lot of “exercise”, mostly involving what may as well be mountain climbing to this flat-land Florida girl. Part of it actually was hiking in the mountains in between zip-lines. The rest was just tons of steps and high slopes around the hotel, and lots of walking around towns and to the bus stop.

Here’s one pic for you. Los Cabos is really a beautiful place and all the rocks on the beach make it feel like you’re in another world from Florida.

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So, I definitely gained weight, and it is hard getting back to my healthy eating/workout routine, but I’m working on it. I’m actually going for a walk shortly after I post this, but not quite up for running because I am still super tired from my almost 24 hour travel day (thanks to airline delays/missed connection).

P.S. How is it going to be 40 degrees again this week? It is FLORIDA and almost April, what gives? My pool is never going to heat up!

Hiatus

I just wanted to do a quick post to say that I am taking a bit of a blogging break. Probably 2 weeks. I just have so much going on right now, I don’t have time. I am still trying to eat better and work out, but things are crazy. Most of my workouts right now are actually landscaping yard work, but man is it exhausting. I definitely want to start doing more new recipes towards the end of the month. Anyway, I will be back soon!

Biggest Loser Comparison Photos and an Update

So I posted these on my photo page, but no one really looks at that, and I probably won’t leave them there forever, so I thought I’d also make a regular post as well, for me to look back on.

Biggest Loser Competition Comparison Photos

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Biggest Loser Start Photo, January 4, 2013

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Biggest Loser Finale Photo, March 1, 2013 (down 17 lbs)

I don’t really think 17 lbs makes that much of a difference on me (at that high of weight anyway) since my weight is pretty evenly distributed, but if I take honest, full body, multiple angle shots like this, I can see the progress better. My face is definitely different in these photos. I don’t know what it is about a certain weight but I swear as soon as I hit that evil number, my face gets so much puffier. Ick. I would love to stay away from that forever. I do think if I can get off another 17, that will show much more.

Staying on Track

So, Monday I broke down again and still ate way too much. I get in this mental slump and it is SO hard to break through. All or nothing, I tell ya. It is a curse!  I didn’t work out except for some yard work, hauling pavers, big bags of soil and rocks, and digging.

Tuesday, I struggled terribly to keep control, but I had a great day compared to the previous several. I kept things up yesterday, so I think I am on a roll again. I worked out both days, although most of it was walking, and I have not run nearly as much as I was doing. I feel better, both physically and emotionally, but I also still feel fragile. Like I could easily slip back at any moment if something sets me off.

Part of me is wishing I did that 4 week March challenge I saw some bloggers doing. The goal of that one was to lose 4% of your weight to win part of the pot you contributed to. So if everyone met their goal, you would just get back your $20. I think I like that style of competition since you’re essentially competing against yourself, but I just wanted a break from the pressure, especially since I did not make 4% in February. If I see one in April, I am totally doing it.

I am still terrified to see what the scale has to say in the morning. I don’t think 3 pretty good days will be enough to offset 3 terrible days. All I can hope for is that I didn’t gain [very much?]. I do think it will be good for me to stick with once a week weighing, even though it sometimes drives me crazy not to know. I let the scale affect my mood too much, so I may do better if I don’t see when it’s not moving despite my good efforts.

One day at a time, right?

Recipe: Brazilian Fish Stew (Moqueca)

So I’m a little late posting this. I just haven’t been in the swing of things lately. I am doing my best to keep up with everything and not disappear. Here’s one of our regular menu items. Like most things, this one grew on me. I am not crazy about fish, but this recipe is light and has a good combo of flavors. We serve it with garlic toast on the side.

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Moqueca – Brazilian Fish Stew Recipe

Adapted from Simply recipes

Ingredients:
12 ounce swai fillets (or other similar fish), cut into large portions
3 cloves garlic, minced
juice from 1 small lime
salt
pepper
dash of olive oil
1.5 cup chopped white onion, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 green and 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1 Tbsp sweet paprika
1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
Pinch red pepper flakes
cilantro, chopped, to taste
1 14-ounce can lite coconut milk

Directions:

  • Place fish in a bowl, add the minced garlic and lime juice and lots of salt and pepper, and mix so that the pieces are well coated. Set aside
  • In a large covered pan, add a little bit of olive oil (spread it around) and heat on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook a few minutes until softened. Add the bell pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes, and at least 1 tsp salt. Cook for a few minutes longer.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes and onion greens. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, uncovered. Stir in the chopped cilantro.
  • Move about half of the vegetables to the side of the dish, leaving a layer on the bottom. Arrange the fish pieces on the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then spread the vegetables from the side back over top of the fish.
  • Pour coconut milk over the fish and vegetables. Cover and cook 15 minutes on medium.

The yoyo’s not broken

I’m a broken record every Monday. Terrible terrible off-track weekend. I didn’t even get to do the kayaking I was planning thanks to the wind, so no working out to speak of. And more eating than I could even list.

Time to snap out of it. I am not getting on the scale until Friday. I don’t feel like focusing on past mistakes. I just want to move forward, or at the moment, at least not move backward.

Biggest Loser Finale

Well, today was the day. It was actually a bit stressful. I delayed my weigh in until after my morning walk this morning, but was really happy with the results.  Despite my gain over the weekend, I lost more this week than I have since January.

Weigh In

Down 2.4 lbs this week, 17.4 total for the 8 week competition. Not nearly as good as I was hoping for, but I will take it.

And the winner is…

Not me. But I did hold out for 2nd place, winning $99. That is probably the biggest thing I’ve ever won besides scholarships.

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I pretty much already recapped how I was doing this week, so I don’t really feel like talking about it again. It was a bad weekend, but a great week. I’m really hoping to keep things going.

Stay tuned for my 8 week comparison photos. I still have to take the after, even though I’m not really looking forward to it since 2 months is not long enough to show much difference on me.