Christmas Prep and a Marathon

Well, I was doing great following Weight Watchers again until a 5 pound box of chocolate showed up at work. I’ve been a disaster the past week. I need to just throw that stupid thing out. I am now telling myself after the holidays I am for real getting back on track. I kind of have to now; I signed up to run a marathon in April. The weird part is I was sober when I signed up. Regardless, I’m excited and I am running as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. This is a great cause and I hope that everyone reading this can find an extra $5 , or whatever you can spare, during this holiday season to donate and help me reach my goal of raising $1,600 for  the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can make your donations at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nc/rnrrlegh14/toreyschaefer

Thank you in advance!

As for my holiday preparations, I don’t really have much to do in the first place so I am way ahead. My family isn’t much for getting together or exchanging gifts so I have bought the necessary cards (I swear I am putting them in the mail tomorrow) and wrapped my cat’s presents. Christmas Eve night we will be joining Victor’s family for a fiesta de Navidad. We are scheduled to go to my dad’s Christmas morning at 10 am to give the boys their gifts and spend some time with them but, I see that ending approximately around 10:07 am, if it even happens.

Otherwise, my life has been creeping along at a steady pace. I did read book I really liked the other day. I couldn’t put it down; I read it in less than a day. That usually doesn’t happen. The book is called Lie Still by Julie Heaberlin. The book follows a woman as she deals with the lingering effects of a date rape that happened to her in college and the subsequent murder of the date rapist . It is not an overly serious book; the topic is presented in a palatable manner. I highly recommend it.

I hope everyone has a happy holiday and I will leave you with some pictures from our vacation to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.

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So bad at blogging and Weight Watchers

Seriously, I am really bad at this. I get very excited and tell myself I’m going to keep up with a blog then I just stop doing it. I think about it but just don’t do it.

Anyway, the last time I posted I just got back from skiing. We are now gearing up to head back to Asheville this weekend but not for skiing. We are going to visit the Biltmore Estate for their Candlelight Christmas. I am very excited. Asheville (including the Biltmore) is my favorite place.

We have our daytime tour scheduled for 1pm so we will head up Saturday morning for that. We will do the tour and wine tasting then head back after dark for the Candlelight Christmas.

The fact that I have been a terrible Weight Watcher has held my excitement for the weekend at bay. I have knowingly avoided the plan as well as the gym. I actually ate half a pumpkin pie yesterday. About 3/4 of the way through, I realized what I was doing and still didn’t stop. I went to the gym today and have never been so scared to step on the scale. Luckily, I hadn’t gained as much as I thought but, I have gained over 10 pounds and I am miserable.

I don’t know why I punish myself like this. I was so close to my goal and I just give up. I have done this with so much in my life and I need to make a change! I actually sucked it up and decided to get back on track after watching (oh, this is hard to admit) The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Yolanda Foster was at her daughter’s photo shoot. She told her daughter that she knows it’s hard to eat salad everyday when you want something else and it’s hard to go to the gym 6 days a week. I liked hearing this because it is hard work and sometimes I don’t think people understand that. I feel they think I’m “just a gym person” or “just a healthy eater”. It frustrates me and I appreciate Yolanda saying that and giving her daughter that credit and acknowledging her efforts . She then asked her daughter if she felt it was worth it and she said that it was difficult but when she was in front of the camera enjoying what she does she felt it was worth the work. Even though I’m not a model, I have to stand in front of the mirror everyday and I am definitely happier when I am in shape.

Anyway, enough of this episode of “How Reality TV Influences Me”. They dryer has just stopped so it is now time for me to be a real housewife.

PS. Here are some pictures from that ski trip I said I would post.ImageImageImage

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

I had some left over ground turkey I needed to use last night. I found this recipe for turkey stuffed cabbage leaves and thought it was worth a shot. I am so glad I tried the recipe. They were AMAZING! I finished off the left overs for lunch today. I got the recipe from the Weight Watcher’s website. The picture is of the ones I made. The white specks you see on mine is the left over turkey I couldn’t fit in the leaves that I browned and threw in the sauce. The sauce was so good I used a slice of bread to soak it all up.

Here is the recipe…I highly recommend them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head green cabbage (medium)
  • 12 oz uncooked ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup uncooked onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, regular or instant
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup fat-free chicken broth

Instructions:

  • Remove 8 outer leaves from cabbage; place leaves in a large stockpot. Add enough water to cover leaves; set pot over high heat. Bring water to a boil; boil until leaves are pliable and soft, about 10 minutes. Drain; when leaves are cool enough to handle, cut off thickest part of vein from bottom of leaves, leaving leaves intact.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine turkey, onion, rice, egg, garlic powder, cinnamon, salt and black pepper; mix well.
  • Place a small amount of turkey mixture (enough to fit in the palm of your hand) onto center of each leaf. Fold in sides of leaves and then roll up tightly from one end to other, making sure filling is fully covered by leaf.
  • Pour a small amount of tomatoes into stockpot so a thin layer covers bottom of pot. Place cabbage rolls in pot, packing them tightly to prevent opening during cooking; pour in remaining tomatoes and broth. Set pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer 45 minutes more. Remove from heat and serve hot. Yields 2 stuffed leaves and about 1/4 cup of sauce per serving.

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Tonight I try tofu!

New Snack

I am a huge fan of Corn Nuts. So when I came across this recipe I made it immediately. I was too anxious to make it that I don’t think I let the beans dry out all the way first so they are a little chewy but still good. I love spice as well so next time I think I will add more seasoning or maybe use ranch dressing power…oh the possibilities!

I took the time to count every bean (230) so I was able to calculate the Weight Watchers points per serving.

Enjoy!

I came crawling back to Weight Watchers

I joined Weight Watchers two years ago (with a little more than necessary encouraging from my mother). After losing almost 30 pounds, I cancelled my membership. I continued to work out and eat properly in the beginning. However, I saw my weight was remaining pretty steady and I started slacking on working out and watching what I ate. I eventually stopped working out completely and began eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. This was bad news because I am an emotional eater. I eat whenever I feel any emotion: happiness, sadness, anger. You name it; it makes me want to eat.

My boyfriend, Victor, likes to work out and is pretty dedicated when it comes to going to the gym. When we began dating I used to go to the gym with him often.  I stopped going as often but he continued to go at least three times a week.  Despite saying no to going to the gym made me feel like a lazy bum, I continued not to go. Even though Victor was working out regularly, he was gaining weight. He voiced his concern about the weight gain and his desire to start eating better.

This made me take a look at myself. I have put back on some of the weight I had lost. I have gained about ten pounds. It may not seem like a lot but I figured that if I could let myself put that weight back on it wouldn’t take long for me to put the rest of the weight I had lost back on. I was time to get back on track.

This past Friday I rejoined Weight Watchers.

I am familiar with the point system and the tracking system; my food goal is to find healthier alternatives for things I already like to eat and find foods that I enjoy that are zero points.  I went grocery shopping on Saturday. I got ground turkey, lettuce, sandwich meat, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, and other foods recommended by Weight Watchers. I went four dollars over budget but think I made good choices. I went back to the grocery store with Victor the other night and we picked out a few other things to help us to eat well. We even got a thing of tofu to give that a try (it was his idea!).

My fitness goals are to do 30 minutes of cardio exercise every day. I prefer to jog intervals on the treadmill. I also want to get stronger and tone my body. I started today with this leg/butt workout that I saw on Pinterest the other night (http://pinterest.com/pin/90494273734574105). I was not prepared for what I was going to do but I am proud of myself for pushing through and finishing all the exercises. I am going to look for abdominal and arm workouts to do because I will definitely not be able to do that leg routine again tomorrow. I already feel the burn.

I really want to do this to be confident with my body and to be healthy. I also think sharing this common interest and goal will bring Victor and me even closer.

I’m very excited to have health and fitness as a part of my life again.

This is the picture from 2 years ago that made me finally realize I was overweight and needed to so something about it. I'm in the white shirt, that is my sister with me.

This is the picture from 2 years ago that made me finally realize I was overweight and needed to do something about it. I’m in the white shirt; that is my sister with me.