Nikki-Smoothie recipe!

Pineapple Banana Yumminess 

1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple

1 banana

1/2 cup greek yogurt (use any flavour your want)

1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

1/2 cup ice

1/2 cup pineapple juice or water (I used water for less calories)

This is what mine looks like and man is it good! This is a tall glass, I would probably make this amount in to at least 2 servings if not 4, since I usually only like a small amount of smoothie but today it’s my lunch.  It’s high in sugar, but I think it’s better than me scarfing down some ice cream or chocolate so I’m really enjoying it!  I’ve posted the nutritional facts below

Serving per 2 people

Per Serving:

Total Calories: 135

Total Carbs: 28

Total Fat: 0

Total Protein: 7

Total Fiber: 4

Total Sugar: 19

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Nikki-New week, new recipe!

Whoops my I dropped something on my keyboard and this post published before it was supposed to! So here’s the real thing!

I’ve had a good week so far, got a good ass kicking at training and have been eating pretty good except for a birthday dinner with Megan.  My trainer asked what diet food was at the Canadian Brewhouse, I told her Light Beer. 

On Sunday I made a new meal for my roomie Orion and myself, since Ryan doesn’t like fish I don’t eat it as often as I’d like.  I found this recipe in a Biggest Loser newsletter, it’s from Curtis Stone.  Can’t believe how quick, easy and delicious it is!

Baked Cod with Asparagus

 

 

 

 

4 oz cod filet

1/2 bunch asparagus

1 bunch scallions

1 tsp Parmesan cheese grated

1 lemon

Pepper

Garlic powder

dill (preferably fresh)

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to  400.  Spray baking dish with cooking spray.  place scallions on bottom of dish, making a bed for the cod. Season cod with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1/4  lemon juice, 1/8 tsp pepper, sprig of dill.  Tent baking dish with foil.Place asparagus in baking dish and spray with cooking spray.  Season with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1tsp parmesan, 1/4 lemon juice, 1/8 tsp black pepper.Place both dishes in oven and bake 7 minutes.In meantime, slice the other half of the lemon and caramelize the slices in a pan. 

Remove asparagus from oven, remove tent form cod and bake another 3 minutes.To plate, place cod on plate and top with fresh dill and a caramelized lemon wheel. Place asparagus on plate and sprinkle with remainder of parmesan.

Calories 170

This meal was so good I can’t wait to make it again.  It’s so simple I wont forget how to make it either.  Well here’s to healthy eating and working out this week, weighing in on friday!

Nikki-Christmas Party Month

When I say Christmas Party Month, (I think “Sabotage” could have been a word I used as well) I do mean that sometimes it feels like Christmas is here only to add another challenge to those of us trying to lose weight!  Why else would there be a full month where it’s acceptable to celebrate one day?  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, I love the parties and times spend with friends and family but it’s going to be a tough month to lose weight and here’s why:

I’m off to my first Christmas Party tonight, have my actual Staff Christmas party this friday, have a Ball Hockey Lunch on Sunday and a Christmas get together with friends Sunday evening…. That’s a lot of opportunity to eat poorly, drink high calorie beverages and gain weight!  And there’s only more to come later in the month!  Oh Christmas time, how I love and hate you!

I know for myself it can be a struggle to make great decisions regarding food during the holidays and I think it’s ok to indulge as long as I get my workouts in and work hard at eating well the remainder of the time.  In my last post I mentioned I love to bake, that baking multiplies at Christmas.   I feel the need to bake for my kids at work, for friends and family, and to just have for when we entertain, but having all sorts of cookies and sweets around isn’t truly the smartest idea.   I think, that when someone else bakes for me, I feel bad if I don’t sample some in front of them and well it’s just easy sometimes to continue sampling when they aren’t around.  Especially when there are so many treats this time of year. 

Of course I am still working at losing weight this month, still working out at least 5x a week and trying to eat well, but if it turns into a maintaining my weight kind of month then I will be happy with that as well. 

Good luck to all of you over Christmas!

Nikki-Oh Evenings

I’ve really come to realise that evenings are my downfall. 

At work I don’t have a ton of control of what’s being made for dinner.  I could bring my own dinner to ensure it is a healthier option, but I feel bad when I don’t eat the what my kids make.  They often chose high calorie/fatty options, such as on Monday-Pizza and wings.  Omg I love pizza and wings.  So I stayed at the gym an extra 30 minutes to make sure I burned enough calories to eat dinner and not have to worry about it too much.  I have also had conversations about healthy meals and portions sizes with my kids as well since I do want to lead by example.

At work I also bake and when I bake I mean that I bake but mostly I eat cookie dough like no body’s business.  I enjoy baking though, so I guess I need to learn to have some willpower and limit the cookie dough I eat since I know for a fact I can’t say no. When I’m at home I seem to just be making some poor choices in what I should make for dinner or evening snacks.

Anyone have any tips on how to curb your cravings? or where you get your willpower from?

Breakfast and lunch are the easiest meals to stick to.   I have been making low cal, high fiber/protein choices and am full until dinner on these choices but it seems as of lately I am craving sugar and high fat meals or evening snacks, I can’t seem to convince myself to have fruit or veggies-see above photo.  My other issue with evenings is that I get bored.  At home, at work, mostly when I’m alone! So the easiest thing to do is find food to fill my time!  I know I already mentioned that I am going to be working at staying busy, and so far I’ve done well at being busy this week.  I’ve done some more organizing around my house, done some crafts at work to pass time, and just found little things to do.  Fingers crossed my efforts pay off on friday!

 Well this week has been a bit better than last week, but I still haven’t done my weigh in, figured it’s not a huge deal so it can wait till this Friday! Speak to you all soon!

Nikki-Whoops it’s weigh in

I totally forgot that I was working this friday so I can’t report my weigh in.  I will talk about my week and goals.  I’ll either weigh in monday or just wait until next friday since it’s not a huge deal!

 I really thought going totally meatless for 2 days would be easy for me.  I thought I didn’t eat a lot of meat.  I don’t eat meat at breakfast (the odd time bacon but it’s been months) and I often just have sandwiches without meat , but shit it was a struggle and a half this week.   I was craving chicken and tuna every time I made a salad or sandwich.  I did manage to hold off on meat one day until I got to my new relief job and there was just not enough of anything to make a decent meal without meat.   So this meatless goal is going to be one that I have to work towards, but I am working on it!   I think it will be easier to plan it out and shop accordingly to do it. 

Yoga I’ve only managed to do it once so far this week but it really felt great when I did do it.  It’s a yoga strength video so some of the poses are very challenging and others aren’t since I’ve been working those muscles.  I think it will be very interesting to work my way up from the beginner/intermediate level to difficult.  

The rewards I’ve come up with have really been helping my motivation to get a work out in, but I’ve also been struggling with the afternoon wanting to munch out on anything and everything.  I’ve found this week that I need to find something to do between 2-5pm otherwise all I want to do is eat.  It’s been especially bad certain days where I’m feeling a bit down.  I really do turn to food to cheer me up which is totally unhealthy and unnecessary.  It’s hard to find something to do between 2-5 because this is when Ryan and I often hang out and spend time together, but this time has turned into TV watching time which I find boring to do for 3 hours.  Another reason eat, I get bored.  It’s frustrating because I sometimes feel like I have to choose between spending time with Ryan or making a better choice and getting out of the house/being busy so that I don’t eat.  Right now my choice is to now stay busy until work because it keeps my mind off of eating, and obviously if you’ve been to my new place you know there’s still a TON of work to do.  I don’t need to leave the house to stay busy I have pictures to hang, the basement floor to paint and then re-organize, the craft/office/spare room to finish setting up and of course there’s cleaning that can be done every day (seriously I would never tell anyone that 2 long hair cats is a good idea). All of these things will keep me busy, keep my mind off of being bored and wanting to eat, will help me burn a few extra calories and help my house be organized. 

Anyhow to sum up this week, I struggled a lot but I’m not giving up.  I’ve got a lot to look forward to and am so thankful for all the support and encouragement! Love reading you’re comments and ideas.  Did anyone else check out http://www.stickk.com/ that cultfit.wordpress.com suggested? You should check it out and check out Cultfit, some great stuff on there!

Nikki-Final Photos and Weigh in

Wow I can’t believe it’s the end of October and the “final” weigh in.  I am only going to refer to it as “final” since I’ve still got some work to do!  I had my last personal training this morning, and I’m sad.  I wish I could afford to have a trainer all year-long as Danielle really kicked my butt and has toned me up (way easier to tell when I’m wearing close to nothing or gym clothes :))  I do hope to save up and workout with her again.  I will miss my hour-long sessions of being told what to do and being amazed at what I’ve done.  Some of the weights/reps she’s had me use/do I never thought I’d make it through and now I can go to the gym by myself and do that torture to myself.  Ok it wasn’t really torture, the only thing I still hate are burpees, but they work everything so they’re so good for you! Danielle even made me do them this morning as my very last exercise!

Ok so lets just get to the info and pics everyone’s been weighting waiting for (I just can’t stop writing about weight!)

 June 2011  October 2011  Total Lost
 Weight: 171   Weight: 154  17lbs
 Bicep:12.5   Bicep: 11  1.5
 Chest: 39.5   Chest: 37  2.5
 Waist: 34.25   Waist: 32  2.25
 Abdominal: 39   Abdominal: 37  2
 Hips: 42.5   Hips: 40  2.5
 Thigh: 27   Thigh: 25  2
 Calf: 14.75   Calf: 15  +.25

Now the funny thing is my trainer Danielle did measurements this morning (they are slightly different areas that are measured) and I have lost 13.2 inches since I started working out with her.  Just so you all know 4 of those inches were from my neck! holly shit, did I have a rippling beast of a steroids man neck before?  For real, If I ever get fat again I’m requesting now that EVERYONE who reads this has an intervention with me!

                                                     June/August/October

You can see how unhappy I was when you look at the first photo in both sets.   Looking at the current photo’s you can see just in my posture how much more confident I am.  I’m so much happier, healthier and am way leaner!

Thank you to EVERYONE who has given their support, read the blog, worked out with me or forced me to do burpees, passed on recipes, and just continual encouragement, because of you I found it in myself to stay motivated these past few months.  I worked on being active 5 days a week.  I counted calories, I set goals for myself and met many of them such as fitting into my target dress and I still have goals to work on (come on 14 lbs),  I’ve learned to enjoy jogging-at least when I’m running with buddies and learned to love going to the gym again. 

I will be continuing on my weight loss journey over the next few months.  I would still like to get down to 140 lbs which is only another 14 lbs so I know I’ll get there but the biggest goal for me is to have defined arms and continue working out 5x a week.   I’m so much more confident in my skin now that I don’t think there will ever need to be an intervention.  I will be coming up with some new goals in the next few weeks to continue working on fitness.  Hope everyone will continue to read my posts then!

Nikki: Weigh in Day-Week 19

Whoops I totally forgot yesterday was weigh in day.  It’s probably because I slept in and was racing around trying to get ready to get myself to the gym for my 9am appointment. So lets check it out now

Current weight:155 lbs

that is +1 lb. 

I did not work out while I was in Jasper!  The only time where I could have fit in a run, I decided to nap instead since I’d hardly slept.  We did however walk for 2 hours while we did a scavenger hunt all over jasper.  My team did cheat and drove for at most 10 minutes but I don’t think it was that much since Jasper is so small.  So back on track yesterday morning by hitting the gym first thing in the am.

It was one of those weeks where life gets in the way of achieving all the goals you set out for yourself.  Let me refresh your memory on what my goals for last week were:

1) to run 25km

2) to pack and have ready to grab quick 100 calorie (or less) snacks

3) to exercise for at least an hour

I only managed to fit in time to run 19km, but hey at least I got in 19km.  I did pack up a bunch of 100 calorie snacks such as canned pears, grapes, hard-boiled eggs and containers of veggies.  My last goal was to exercise for an hour a day and I didn’t really keep track of if I achieved this or not!

This week I am setting some different goals since my running buddies Aline and Jill are both out-of-town and I’m not sure if I’ll get in as much running with out them.

1.) To attend 3 different fitness classes at Spa Lady.  I haven’t check out a few and would like to see which ones I’d enjoy

2.)To run 15km.  I plan to just do my run in the trailer park 3 times this week to reach this goal.  Maybe I can get Ryan to join me again!

3.)To make the yummy Veggie soup that Kira taught me how to make! It’s super healthy and so good.  It’s also easy to freeze and nice to have something filling and healthy that’s easy to grab and eat!

This could also be a hard week to count calories… today I turn 27.  Does that mean my metabolism slows down even more today? shit. Any who I know Birthday (Week) means dinners and lunches out with family and friends, and usually a couple extra bevies here and there.  So it’s even more important for me to get to the gym every day and get a good workout in.  It’s early-ish, 8:25am, I’ve been awake since 7:30am… who the hell gets up that early 1) on their bday 2) on a day they can sleep in? yes, it’s obvious the answer is me, but it’s cause I needed to pound out this blog and get my smaller sized ass to the gym asap so I can have dinner at the Pasta Kitchen this evening! 

  I have a few weeks until Jill and I are done with the “set” time of this weight loss journey.  I have more pictures to come: before, during and current. Me in my target dress and who knows what else! I also plan on continuing this blog after October 31st because I do find that it helps motivate me to get to the gym and work towards the goals I set since I tell all of you about them.