Baby Steps for 2012


I am a complainer, I am a dieting mess, I like to eat, I am out of shape and have knee trouble, I’m 42 and really if I were a horse I’d be shot by now.  Fortunately, I’m a Bovine so my risk of being shot is slightly lowered.  I have not melted away as a Weight Watcher so obviously I am not as dedicated a dieter as I like to imagine myself and overall I am debating whether or not a fat farm is in my foreseeable future.

I just read a post by Jason at 52weeks52pounds and it really got me thinking.  I am too much of an all or nothing sort of cow.  I will eat nothing but fruit for 2 days, feel deprived and then eat like the Bovine I am for the next two days.  Obviously this doesn’t work for me as I have just a few pound  loss in as many months to show for it.

I like Jason’s approach of focusing on small steps, celebrating the minor changes, and not being in such a hurry.  So, I have compiled a list of small changes I am going to focus on for 2012.  Changes that I think I have a good chance of  accomplishing.  I am going to track my successes with these changes weekly and I’m going to let the chips fall where they may.

  1. Drink 64 ounces of water a day
  2. Drink my fiber wight loss drink before each meal
  3. Take a multi-vitamin daily
  4. Walk my dogs at least 1 mile 6 days a week (they need that at least as much as I do actually)
  5. Attend a water workout class 1 day a week (I hate that class since it makes me feel so old but it is good for my knee and both the rheumatolgist and orthopeadist say that is the way to go)
  6. Do my little 25 minute weight workout 3 days a week
  7. Avoid white flour foods at least 50% of the time.
  8. Avoid sugary foods  at least 50% of the time.
  9. Focus on eating fruits, vegs and lean proteins but understanding that I will not eat this way 100% of the time- hoping to eat this way 70% of the time.
  10. Weigh in at Weight Watchers every Friday no matter what unless I am out of town.

I am going to make a chart of the above and tick off what I accomplish and we’ll see how I do.  I am going to celebrate each success instead of focusing on my failures and I am going to have a rockin’ and healthy 2012 and I hope you do too!

Here I go……

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Back on Track…


I was right (a rare state of affairs for me when it has to do with my weightloss)…I needed to turn myself around….I stuck with it yesterday and was yet again a Weight Watchers savant and you know what?  I lost a pound and for the first time since before Christmas I am headed back in the right direction.  I feel happy this morning and more motivated than I have for days.  In fact, when I’m done babbling here, I’m going to take my dogs for a walk.

For the sake of full disclosure I will mention that I am skipping my official Weight Watchers weigh-in today.  I know I should go but to have the weight gain show up officially in my little handy, dandy Weight Watchers weight tracker booklet is more than I can handle this week.  I will weigh-in next Friday no matter what.  I promise.  I know I will still show a gain as there is NO WAY this Bovine can drop 5 pds in a week but it will be a smaller gain and I have a week to mentally prepare for it.

I hate that I went so crazy over the holidays and set myself so far back.  BUT I am happy that I am now back on track.

M O O,

My Inner Bovine

 

 


Turning Around Sucks


I was a Weight Watchers savant yesterday.  I counted points.  I drank so much water I peed every 5 minutes.  I literally had to pee as soon as I was done peeing.  And do you know what?  I lost NOTHING overnight. Not an ounce. Bubkus.

I am telling myself it is because my momentum was heading directly toward the fatsville at 100 mph.  That can’t be turned around in a day.  One has to put on the brakes to slow the momentum.  By not gaining anything when I have been gaining so much so fast ,I was successful.  I have essentially slowed the momentum, stopped it even.  So now, I need to turn it around so that it is speeding toward slimtown at 150 mph.

So I will be a Weight Watchers savant again today and the scale gods better be kind tomorrow or I swear I am going to do something drastic…I”m not sure what yet but it will be something…and it will be drastic.

Hope you are doing a better job at weight loss than I am.

M O O,

My Inner Bovine


Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life


Well, not only was my 5% goal by Christmas an epic fail, I  got on the scale this morning for the first time in days only to discover I have gained 6 pounds.  6 pounds!!!!   I was almost too embarrassed to post about it but then I decided that if I cant be honest here, I cant be honest anywhere.  So here I am coming clean; admitting to my holiday gluttony.

I did enjoy the holidays, obviously a little too much.  I did a great deal of cooking and I am a taster.  I check as I am cooking and probably eat an entire meal as I cook.  Then I sit down to enjoy the meal with my family and then I eat another meal as I clean up….that’s a whole lot of eating.  Its weird though because some times I can cook and clean without all the extra eating and other times its like I’m possessed by the Inner Bovine from hell who only wants to eat, eat, eat and is never satisfied. My Inner Bovine was out in full force this holiday season and I have a 6 pound gain to prove it.

I am hopeful that the weight will come off quickly as I gained it quickly and am seriously back on Weight Watchers today.  I am not giving up because I cant stand being fat anymore and because this extra weight is effecting my health.  So, today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I will lose these 6 pounds and more.  I will be at my goal by New Years Day 2013….if I have to get liposuction dammit, I will be at my goal!

M O O,

My Inner Bovine


Cheesecake Recipe for My Inner Bovine


In my last post I made my affinity for Cheesecake known.  Cheesecake is my kryptonite.  If I’m in the right mindset I can resist chips, I can resist cookies but it is physically impossible for me to say no to one three piece(s) of cheesecake.  I can eat cheesecake until I feel sick…so sick that I, Ima Bovine, never want to eat again…which is a rare state indeed.

So, I went trolling around the Weight Watcher’s website and look what I found….a recipe for Classic New York Style Cheesecake….I know, I know, I still can’t eat 3 pieces but at least I can have one piece guilt free!

Classic New York–Style Cheesecake

Weight Watchers Recipe

4PointsPlus Value

Prep time:  15 min

Cook time:  55 min

Serves: 24

To crush the graham crackers, place them in a large zip-close plastic bag, squeeze out the air, and seal the bag.

Ingredients

10 whole reduced-fat graham crackers, crushed to crumbs (about 1 1⁄2 cups)
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 cup(s) fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup(s) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz low fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel), softened
1 1/4 cup(s) sugar
2 large egg(s)
2 large egg white(s)
1 Tbsp lemon zest, grated (about 2 lemons)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch springform pan with nonstick spray.
  • To make the crust, combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl until moistened. Press the crumb mixture firmly onto the bottom of the pan; refrigerate.
  • To make the topping, whisk together the topping ingredients in a medium bowl; cover and refrigerate.
  • To make the cake, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until very smooth, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the sugar, beating until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Beat in the egg whites, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla until blended.
  • Pour the batter over the crust. Bake until the edge of the cheesecake is set and the center jiggles slightly, 55 – 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack 15 minutes. Spoon the sour cream topping over the cake; spread evenly with a narrow metal spatula. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 2 days. Yields 1⁄24 of cake per serving.

Notes

  • Use a rolling pin or the bottom of a heavy saucepan to turn the crackers into fine crumbs.

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Moo Appetit!

My Inner Bovine


So close…and yet so far!


My weigh-in Friday went well…down another 1.8….putting me at 208.6….I am hoping to get to my 5% goal by my weigh-in next Friday…that is 205.8, slightly less than 3 pds. 2.8 to be exact.  I know it is possible for many people but an almost 3 pd loss in one week is not something I have accomplished in many a year.  I am excited that I have been averaging 1 pd a week.  A 2.8 pd goal is setting the bar a little high if I must say so myself.  Add the fact that it is Christmas time, meaning I went to two parties this past week-end, and I am wondering if I may have to re-set my goal a bit.

I actually did well on Friday night at Party One.  I brought  delicious roasted brussel sprouts to share.  The Bull made fun of me…”Who is going to want to eat brussel sprouts at a Christmas party?” he chided….But you know what?  There was not one left…those babies went.  I filled my plate with turkey, brussel sprouts and cabbage salad; a plate right off the pages of Weight Watchers magazine.  Yes, I did have some dessert but just a few bites.  So I was pleased with my Bovine self.

Saturday evening’s Party Two…well, that’s another story.  Closer to a disaster really.  I probably ate 3 pds of potato chips and at least 1/2 of a cheesecake.  (Cheesecake is my Achilles heel.)  I did not get on the scale this morning but I was up most of the night with indigestion and an overall feeling of bleech and I am certain any scale tipping will not be pretty.  So being the sort of Bovine in Denial I am, I just walked past the scale altogether this a.m.  You know, if you don’t actually step on the scale, you still weigh what you did the last time you stepped on the scale, right?

Where does this leave me?  I am not quite sure.  I am going to get back on plan today and be a  Weight Watchers Bovine goddess the rest of the week.  I have no more parties or big social meals until next week-end so I have 5 days to stay on plan and get to my 5% goal.  I am not sure if it’s possible but I am going to give it my all.

M O O,

My Inner Bovine

 


Ounce by Ounce, Row by Row…..


211.4….okay it’s moving in the right direction but if I move by ounces well, my Christmas goal will soon have to be revamped to be my Valentines Day goal.  I thought I was a Weight Watchers phenom yesterday even sticking to the plan at dinner with my herd at the Golden Corral.  I guess if I can survive an evening at the Corral down a few ounces the day was a success of sorts.

Today I am going to up my water intake, try to move more, and avoid salt like the plague….I’ll let you know where that gets me tomorrow.  I’d hate to weigh in at my meeting on Friday and have a gain, especially while I’m supposedly upping my game to reach a challenging goal.

I know, I know, no one said weight loss was easy….except for the Weight Watchers people who say all you have to do is stick to their plan and the pounds will melt away, and all the celebrities who loss all their baby weight 2 days after birthing a baby, and my Miraculously Melting neighbor.

However, it is not easy for me.  Woeful Moo.  I am going to show my age and quote Cher here – “If a good body came in a bottle, everyone would have one.”

M O O,

My Inner Bovine