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Thanksgiving!

So this year we have decided to have Thanksgiving at our house.  It is just going to be my husbands parents and us so it was either go out for dinner, burden the in laws with making a huge fuss for four people or having it at our house.

We decided since we were going to take it into our house, we would keep on our diet and make it a low carb thanksgiving.  So I have been researching the last few days what we will serve and here is a rough menu…

Turkey–Duh!

Green Bean Casserole

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Mashed Cauliflower and

Pumpkin pie.

A couple of these I already have episodes on but the rest I will film and upload sometime before thanksgiving.  I will have to try out several recipes before I figure out which ones will work best but I promise to make episodes of LCC on the ones that turn out the best.  I might even interview my in laws on what they liked the best…  :-)

Stay tuned for updates!!!

Low Carb Lasagna

I haven’t made this in a long time because it is a rather involved
process.  The good news is that it is delicious and so worth the
effort.  One of the low carb recipes I have come across in a while. 


Servings: 9 slices
Author: cvkelz

My fourth annual RLS 5K is finished

So on Friday, you know the day before the 5K?  I forced myself to walk the loop at work on my lunch break.  It is about a mile and a half and has a couple of hills in it.  I had been putting it off, only walking the flat part by my office because I was afraid of what it would do to my back .  However, Rob made a very good point the night before about wanting to know if I wouldn’t be able to walk hills before I got to the actual race and got stranded at the two mile mark or something.

I was able to walk the loop.  My back hurt but not as bad as I thought it was going to.  The muscles in my lower back were still very much locked up when I was done but the fact that I was able to power it out was encouraging to me.

So Friday night found me starting my period and down for the count with some really horrible cramps.  Great, now my back and my front hurt!  :-D

The reason I mention the cramps is because it had me loading up on the Advil on Saturday morning which I believe was the key factor in my back not hurting at all for the race.  I know that may sound like a dumb statement.  Well, of course Kelly, why didn’t you think of just taking some before the race anyway?  But I don’t work that way.  I don’t like taking medicine at all.  I’m kind of paranoid about it.  I will only do it if absolutely necessary and I’m in pretty bad pain.  Like cramps.  I’ve had them bad my whole life and if I don’t load up on Advil, I will be throwing up from the pain in no time.  But for things like headaches and back pain that goes away once I stop walking…meh.  I’ll stick it out without any meds.  In my opinion if my body is giving me pain it is something I should feel.  It’s a warning sign and I need to feel it in case it gets worse and results in me needing to seek medical help.  Yeah, I’m weird that way.

So anyway, with the help of advil and walking every day this week I was able to do the 5K with relative ease.  I brought the dog with me and we had a nice little 3 mile walk in the forests of Pebble Beach.   This was the 4th time I was walking this particular race but knowing my back situation my goal this time was just to finish.  I really didn’t think I would even be able to match my time from last year let alone beat it.

It was a very pleasant surprise to me when I got to the finish line and found out that I had cut off four minutes on my time from last year.  🙂   I was quite proud of myself.

Today however, I am feeling it.  With no Advil left in my system I awoke to very sore muscles in my back and surprisingly in my hips and inner thighs.  I guess that makes sense since my pelvis had been tilted for so long and now that it is corrected I am using muscles that hadn’t been used in a while, but it just feels weird the way things are hurting.  I expected my shins and calves to hurt but my hips?  Odd.

The diet went out the window yesterday as there was a pancake breakfast after the race and I do like me some pancakes.  🙂  Followed it up with Pizza last night because I was totally exhausted and didn’t want to cook(totally an excuse by the way since I have tons of leftovers that I could have nuked and stayed on diet).

Today I am back on thanks to my hubby that just made me steak and eggs for breakfast.  I’m off to get a mani/pedi as my reward for yesterday and then grocery shopping so I can cook for the week when I get home.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!

Walking=Pain

So ever since the wharf to wharf I have had a nagging pain in my left side when I walked for any real distance.  To be fair, I had it before the wharf to wharf but I “walked through it” and sometimes it would fade.  After the race I couldn’t shake it.  Especially when I walked on the treadmills in Vegas.

I have since seen a chiropractor who has told me that my pelvis had tilted and that my right leg was shorter than the other.  That was probably while I was feeling the pain.  My left side was working overtime for the short leg on the right.

I have had three adjustment sessions.  I have not really walked much since.  Well…I have a five K coming up on Saturday so in true “me” fashion I decided to start my walking training only a week before.

I walked on my lunch break Monday.  OUCH!!!  My lower back seized up like it had hot pokers jabbing at it.   I stopped several times in the 15 minute walk to stretch out my lower back and every time it seemed worse when I started up…hurting in the front of my hips after.

I had a chiro appt that night so I asked him and he told me that it was my muscles having to readjust to my new pelvic alignment.  That makes sense but damn…I have a five K in less than a week…can you put my pelvis back to crooked???

Yesterday I walked again and it was still painful but I was able to walk for 20 mins.  Today it was a tad less painful and I was able to walk for 22 mins.

I’m sure it will just take a little time to get my back muscles back to where they should be but…I don’t have the time!  I have to walk 3 miles on Saturday morning and I’m not sure I am going to be able to do it!

Humph.  The only thing I can do is hope and keep walking.

What I bring to work for food

So I know I haven’t filmed an episode of Lo Carb Cafe in a while and there are two reasons for that.  One is that I have upped my carbs.  I’m not going crazy with them and trying to keep them to “good carbs” but I average about 100 carbs a day now.  The second reason is that I have been going a lot more for simplicity than making recipes.   I like to keep my time to meal making down to a minimum, but I still want to be prepared so I don’t go running for Jack In the Box because I didn’t bring any food.

At any rate, since I just prepared my work food for tomorrow, I thought I would show you what I typically bring in a day to the place that likes to give me a paycheck.

lunch

1) Afternoon Snack: 1 serving of Progresso Soup Roasted Chicken Rotini

2) Breakfast: 1 serving of Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley

3)Lunch: 1 frozen Pilgrims Chicken Breast(thawed) and 1.5 servings of Green Giant Baby Vegetables Medley(hidden underneath the chicken

4) Breakfast: 2 servings of liquid egg whites and 1/2 wedge of Laughing Cow Light French Onion cheese

5) Snack before my walk: Usually a sports bar of some type.  I like the Pria Light bars but I ran out so I used a Zone bar.  The alternative would be an apple with a TBLS of peanut butter.

It looks like a small amount do to the little box I use to pack it all in but it is really a good amount of food.  And Since my morning break(when I eat my breakfast) isn’t until 10:40 I usually use some of that Special K protein water to get me by until then.

For dinner when I get home it’s usually Chicken Breast or Fish with a non starchy vegetable.  If I’ve had an extra workout that day I might add a half a cup of jasmine rice or just have a frozen dinner instead.

Not the healthiest way I could be going but it is all about convenience for me right now and I can cook/assemble the above lunch and breakfast in about 15 minutes the night before, stick it in the fridge and just pull it out as I am heading out the door.

It’s been working so far…now if I can only eat better and exercise on the weekends I might be getting somewhere a lot faster.  :-)

Oh, and Lo Carb Cafe isn’t cancelled…just on hiatus.  I will get back to it eventually.

Seriously…long time no post

But would you believe I have been working out fairly often??

I wouldn’t either but it’s true!

Ever since we purchased the Wii Fit, I have been reminded how much I actually love working out. Well, not while actually doing it of course but that wonderful feeling I get afterward.

So, I’ve been walking almost every day at work on my lunch. I’ve also been working out on the Wii Fit at night. And just recently I broke out my balance ball and have been doing my The Firm core workout.

When I work out I feel so good I just want to burst! But I was reminded today that when I don’t, I tend to want to fall into a depression(for personaly reasons I am going through that I would rather not share right now).

I didn’t workout yesterday and I didn’t do much of anything. I didn’t shower, I didn’t read, I didn’t do anything but watch the entire Kill Bill series and then go to bed super early because I could think of nothing worthy of keeping me awake.

This morning the depression kinda held on and since I had gotten my period the day before(something I blame partially for the depression). I didn’t get up to do my core workout, I slept in instead.

Once I got to work I didn’t feel like doing much else either. I wondered to myself why I didn’t fake sever cramps and just stay home. Around 11:30 I realized I had to go for a walk. At that point I would rather gouge my eyes out with a dull spoon than go for a walk, but I knew myself and I knew that it had to be done or I would be bawling on the floor under my desk by two.

So I promised myself I’d just go for ten minutes or so. 20 minutes later I was done and feeling better. Tonight when I got home I did 20 minutes on my step machine and felt very much better. I still feel like I am on the border of depression but it’s better than feeling in the full swing of it like I would have if I hadn’t worked out.

I also know that I will be better once my period is done. Last month I fell prey to the no working out, full on period depression and my husband had to call me out of it. I won’t make that mistake this time.

I may not be perfectly sane, but working out helps to keep me in a much better state of mind.

WII Fit

My husband and I recently purchased a Wii.

With his declaration the other day that he wanted to get serious about his fitness we decided getting the Wii Fit was the best method for us homebodies with a limited amount of space in our house.

It arrived on Thursday night and Rob went home early to put it together.  When I got home we bowled, played tennis and baseball and then we switched to Mario Cart because it is my husbands favorite.

We created our Wii Fit profiles that night but it was too late at that point to get into exercise so we left it for the next night.

Friday night I got home and hopped on the balance board.  In total I did 31 minutes of various aerobic and strength/yoga exercises before I even knew it!

Today after we went grocery shopping I got back on it and had done 33 minutes of aerobic again before I knew it!  I LOVE this thing.

Time will tell, but right now I am stoked and coming off an exercise high after whooping my husbands ass at boxing!  :-D

Wednesday is looking good!

Scale as of this morning: 248 lbs <—I know it is still water weight but I’ll take another 3 lbs down!

Exercise: 20 minutes of aerobics this morning! I rock!!

Breakfast: One Hard Boiled Egg

Lunch: 1/2 Chicken Breast, 2 cups steamed Cauliflower and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 slices roast beef, 2 slice Turkey, 1 slice ham, 1 tsp ranch dressing, 1 black olive

Snack: 3 egg whites and 1/2 cup red bell pepper chopped

Dinner: 1/2 cup marinara sauce, 1 chicken breast, 1 pkg Shiritake Noodles

Snack:
Zucchini slices grilled and sprinkled with Mrs Dash

We worked today a half crew so our boss bought us sandwiches at Quiznos. I had brought a chicken breast and cauliflower but the chicken was still a little pink inside and after microwaving it it was a little too tough to eat so I ate the innards of two small sandwiches with my cauliflower. I didn’t eat the bread so I am very proud of myself.
Working out in the mornings has proved quite rewarding already. I am more productive at night when I get home, less likely to sit on my butt in front of the TV or computer. I go to bed earlier and sleep better, therefore waking up earlier to work out…lather, rinse, repeat.
Everyone have a Happy New Years Eve!! I’m sure I’ll be in bed sleeping long before the ball drops. Have fun and be safe!!

Tuesday’s Progress

Scale as of this morning: 251 lbs <—water weight I’m sure but two pounds down!

Exercise: 20 minutes of aerobics this morning! Gooo me!

Breakfast: One Hard Boiled Egg, 1 TSP Peaunut Butter

Lunch: Bunless Burger w/ Swiss Cheese from Phat Burger, 1/2 slice onion & 1 TBLS Mayo

Dinner: 1 chicken breast, 2 cups of steamed cauliflower and 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese

Snack:  5 Chicken Vienna Sausages.

woke up this morning around six when my husbands alarm went off and found I wasn’t instantly ready to go back to bed like usual. I’ve learned that sometimes it is better to get up a little earlier than to fall into that comatose sleep for one more hour and really not want to get up. My husband was excited for company and brought me some coffee. I figured since I was up I should at least attempt some sort of movement that might resemble exercise.
A little while ago we bought a Roku. If you have a netflix subscription, you might know what that is. It is a little device that you can put on your TV so you can watch select Netflix videos live on your TV without having to wait for them to come in the mail. I have discovered that they have a pretty good little section of workout DVD’s for the Roku so I added a bunch this weekend.
This morning I put in one figuring I would last about five minutes…usually once it gets past the warm up I’m done, but to my surprise I kept going and finally had to stop 20 minutes later to get in the shower. It felt very empowering. It’s been a good long while since I was on a fitness kick and I really do need to get back into it. The videos now all seem to have different fitness levels that you can follow. Usually there is one person doing low, one doing medium and one high at the same time so an out of shape heffer like me doesn’t feel like too much of an uncoordinated loser when first trying out a video.

Restart Again

Scale as of this morning: 253 lbs <—eeks, that is almost ten pounds gained since Vegas!

Exercise: 12 minutes on my airstepper

Breakfast: Two Hard Boiled Eggs

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast and Green Beans w/ Butter Spray

Snack: Green Beans w/ Butter Spray

Dinner: 2 Grilled Fish Fillets w/ Spaghetti Squash and Parm Cheese

Snack: Yellow Squash slices

Today was the first day back on the wagon. Not doing too bad so far.

:-)

Tomorrow I will test my willpower with a trip to Phat Burger. Normally I wouldn’t dare do something so tempting this soon into restarting the diet but our friend Jenn wants to meet up to regale us with talk of her crazy Christmas experience and who can deny that? I’ll stick to a bunless burger w/ bacon. I will have to resist sneaking some of Jenn’s sweet potato fries…that is always my downfall.

I exercised tonight. That made two days in a row and that made me very happy.

I finally found my measuring tape yesterday so I’ll take my measurements tonight. If I really stick with this exercise thing I’ll want to make sure I am not just tracking weight. Plus I’ll be able to judge better when to start trying on smaller clothes. That was part of the house cleaning this weekend. I removed some clothes from my closet that I can’t quite fit into. I don’t want to get rid of them…that is accepting defeat. Besides, I did that once when I gained all that weight. I threw out all my “skinny” clothes and ended up needing them later as I finally took the weight off.