Argh

Ok, this is not working.  Vacation, family visits, party, party party. I am not doing well at getting back on track at all. My workout time has mostly been spent being “productive” around my house/yard.. which is work, but deweeding a flower bed, installing closet shelves, and cleaning off patios doesn’t get my heart rate up like running.  Last week, all I managed was my 4 mile walk with my mom. That was it! Terrible! It is definitely on my list to go today. I will be slow, but it is better than nothing.

My meals haven’t been much better. We made one of our standby healthy meals last week, and that was it. Unfortunately, it is one that I don’t really have a definite recipe for. My husband puts the seasonings in, and he never measures. It is good though, so maybe I will still put up a guideline post for it.

It is so hard to plan good menus when I am trying not to fill up the fridge.. I am going to need the space for a big party coming up (which is why I’m spending all my free time doing other stuff too).

So, since I’m not posting my real recipe posts, I’ll at least leave you with this link.

Creamy Spaghetti Squash Primavera

I’ve made that recipe a few times now, and it is so healthy, and versatile. You can use all kinds of different veggies for it. If you don’t have the nutritional yeast, you can always use parmesan. I actually use both. Also, I think I put a little red wine vinegar in it, but I like my hummus dishes a little zippy.

Sooooo Hot

Goodness. It feels like just yesterday I was whining about 40 degree nights.. and now we are in full swing 80+ degree days. I am used to that for the most part, but it is extremely hard to get back into running in the heat, especially when I have lost so much endurance in my slacking off in the past month.

My house guests are back to their state now, so I have no more excuses to make homemade cinnamon rolls and fettucine alfredo with garlic breadsticks (bad Christi!). Unfortunately, the fridge is still crammed with leftovers, so no new healthy meals this week either. However, next week, I am DEFINITELY doing it – no more excuses!

I just finished a short run, but at least I gave it more speed than usual to make up for the shorter distance. Yesterday I also walk/jogged and did more yardwork, so I am at 2 workouts down for the week. I guess that is not terrible since it is only Wednesday. I will definitely do more tomorrow and Friday.

Anyway, sorry for the once a week updates, I will try to be more frequent with my posts (and more interesting!).

April

How is it April already? I definitely have not been very good at remembering to check in here lately. I guess it just sucks to not really have anything positive to say. I did manage 3 workouts last week, for about 15 miles total, so I guess it wasn’t a terrible week, but I still feel bad for missing the other days. I also did lots of yard work. Between the yard and house cleaning, that is probably going to make up most of my activity this week too. I really have so much I’m trying to get done, and it is almost summer already (Florida summer weather anyway).

I finally weighed again today and it said basically the same as last week. I’m sure I can thank the back to back family Easter dinners (and candy) for that. But it’s better than another big gain.

It is such a challenge with all these leftover cookies and candy in the house. I will have house guests staying with me Friday-Wednesday, so I’m sure my eating will not improve much.

I also didn’t make it to the grocery store since Publix was closed and we were busy on Sunday, which is our standard shopping day. Next week, I am definitely making a new recipe. It has been forever! Tonight we are just making steak fajitas with some steak from the freezer. Not the healthiest, but so yummy…

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…

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?