Thursday, May 31, 2012

Losing too fast?!


Today was a weigh in day.  Since I do Weight Watchers online, I just weigh myself first thing in the morning on Thursdays.  I stepped on the scale and saw yet another 2lbs gone.  Two pounds…in one week!  Again!

WW says that on average people lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week.  To me, that says that some people lose more than 2 pounds a week.

I officially reached my short term goal of 10% lost (I’m about 11% down now).  That’s so crazy to think about.  I am literally (more than) 10% smaller than I was just 14 weeks ago.  Take me and just shrink me by 90%.  WOW!

After I put that number into my little WW iPhone app it did the "Congratulations you’ve lost 2lbs and reached your short term 10% goal!” and proceeded to tell me that I’m losing weight too quickly.  They said that while losing 2lbs a week is ok, averaging that for 4 weeks is to fast.

Say whaaaa?!

Since this is a long term thing.  I’m not losing to get into a wedding dress, bikini, high school reunion, or anything like that.  I’m losing the weight because it’s time, I’m ready, I’m committed, and I will keep up with my goal weight FOR LIFE.  Because of all that, I’m not looking for a quick fix.  That’s why I’m not crash dieting, taking pills, fasting…nothing like that.  I’m losing by working my ass off in heat + humidity and eating healthfully.   When I hear: “you’re losing weight to quickly” – to me that means “You won’t be able to maintain this and you’ll gain it all back”.

So, I took a step back and looked at what I’ve been doing over the last month.

I’m not hungry.  Ever.  When I am hungry, I eat.  In between meals, if I’m hungry, I usually cherries or carrots or some other kind of veggie.  Sometimes I reach for chips or popcorn, but usually fruit or veggies.  I use my daily points every day and usually dip into my weekly points every week, but I almost always have weekly points left (that disappear if they aren’t used).

I am working out 3 days a week for an hour each day.  Sure they are really hard as hell workouts, but I’m burning fat and toning muscle.  My trainer is certified and he knows my goals.  I’m not doing anything wrong there.

I just went to the nutritionist last Thursday.  She did a body comp.  The results yielding what I was hoping for: all the weight I’ve lost has been fat.  Not a single once of muscle was gone.  To me, that means I have the perfect diet/exercise ratio.

So – what I’ve gathered from this is: keep doing what I’m doing! I think some people on WW still don’t get it.  They don’t understand that this is a lifelong thing (like with any “diet”).  They start starving themselves and not using all their points.  And those people should be warned to either eat differently or stop losing so fast because it’s not sustainable.  At this point, the only way I could slow down is if I stop working out or eating when I’m not hungry – neither of which are healthy.

That’s my plan.  Just keep doing what I’m doing.  PS – I just bought a size 8 for the first time – EVER!  I wasn’t even an 8 in high school.  Smallest I’ve ever been as an adult is a 10.  Looks like a 6 or 4 is totally attainable!  Can’t believe I just wrote that down.  It’s exciting!


Start Weight: 191lbs 
Weight Today: 170.4lbs 
Goal Weight: 145lbs 
Weight Lost: 20.6lbs 
Pounds to Goal: 25.4lbs 
Height: 5’8”


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hello, Beautiful

I am a photographer.  One of the types of photography I do is boudoir.

It's true.  And I love it.

I'm hosting a Campaign & Giveaway called "Hello, Beautiful".  Below is the information from my boudoir blog.  If you don't want to read it, and just go straight the the goods and enter to win: CLICK HERE.

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Boudoir is amazing.  I have ladies ask me all the time if I enjoy it.  My answer is always gushing with excitement!  Truth be told, if I had to pick a favorite type of photography, it would be boudoir.  Don't get me wrong, I love families, engagements, maternity, seniors, brides, and so on.  But there is just something about boudoir that is unmatched in any other type of photography for me.

What's so amazing about it is that I get to see women transform and become beautifully confident right before my eyes.  And then when all is said and done, I get to share the photos with them to prove just how beautiful they are - just the way they are!

Boudoir isn't about being a certain size.  Or certain age.  Or certain shape.  Boudoir is about embracing who you are, and loving it!  You are beautiful.  You are sexy.  And I can prove it!

So, without further ado, my:

"Hello, Beautiful!" Campaign & Giveaway!


The campaign part: each day for the duration of the campaign (8 days) I'll be posting a new photo to the "Hello, Beautiful" album on Facebook as a reminder that each and every one of you is beautiful!  Album linked here.

The giveaway part: This giveaway includes a $25 gift certificate to Victoria's Secret, a Sweetheart Boudoir Session*, and two 4x6 prints.  The more entries you do, the more chance you have of winning**!

End date: midnight EST May 31
Winner will be announced June 1

Bonus points!
Below you'll see a bunch of ways to earn entries.  Do as many as you'd like.  For bonus points, tweet about the giveaway campaign from the widget below each day.  For even more points, share the "Hello, Beautiful" photo on your Facebook wall (just look for the new photo posted daily).  Each tweet and each share is worth 1 extra bonus point (each).


Visit my boudoir blog post for the details on how to enter to win! 

If you're not interested, at least like the Fabcebook page and share the "Hello, Beautiful" photos.  It's my mission to make sure every woman knows she is beautiful!

Won't you join my mission in making sure that every woman knows she's beautiful? 



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Burrito Soup - OMG YUM!


I made this on Tuesday night and it was a HUGE hit!  “How can a soup taste like a burrito?” my hubby asked.  My response, “Just try it.”  He did and was hooked!

I have a feeling we are going to wear this out in the winter!  This recipe doesn’t call for meat (I don’t think it needs it), but you can easily add shredded chicken for just a few extra points to make this a much heartier meal.  Even though it’s meatless, it’s filling.

Enjoy!

Bean Burrito Soup
PointsPlus® Value: 5
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 9 min
Cooking Time: 16 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
2 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
16 oz fat-free canned refried beans
1 4oz can of diced green chiles
2 clove(s) garlic clove(s)
1 Tbsp chili powder
4 Tbsp low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp cilantro
1 cup(s) uncooked bell pepper(s)
1 cup(s) cooked frozen yellow corn
4 Tbsp fat-free sour cream
4 oz tortilla strips (or crushed tortilla chips)

Instructions

  1. Bring the broth and beans to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the corn and pepper, chilies, garlic, and chili powder; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until
  2. the flavors are blended and the vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
  3. Divide the soup evenly among 4 bowls. Top each bowl with about 2 tablespoons tortilla strips,
  4. 1 tablespoon each of cheese and sour cream, then a sprinkling of chopped cilantro. Yields 1 1⁄2 cups soup with toppings per serving.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Hot damn!


I was getting dressed this morning.  I was in the bathroom, completely clothed, putting the finishing touches on my hair, when I saw my husband look at me out of the corner of my eye.  Immediately he yelled out:

“Hot damn, you’re hot!”

To switch I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear.  He is always so good about telling me “You’re beautiful”, “You’re sexy”, “You’re hot”.  Honestly, I hear at least one of those 2 or 3 times a day.  He’s so good at reminding me of that.

But for some reason today, I responded with, “Hell yeah I am!”

I think it’s my confidence boost that is making me seem “hotter”.

Today was a weigh in.  I didn’t quite reach the 175 I wanted, but I still lost 1.2 pounds this week.  This morning, I weighed in at 175.4.  I’m very happy for that.  I’m going to try not to focus so much on losing such high numbers each week and just focus on eating right, staying on plan, working out like I’m supposed to, and being happy.

Right now?  I’m very happy!

My confidence grows on a daily basis!

Start Weight: 191lbs 
Weight Today: 175.4lbs 
Goal Weight: 145lbs 
Weight Lost: 15.4lbs 
Pounds to Goal: 30.4lbs 
Height: 5’8”