Can I share a secret? Skinetrin

Appearance wise, I don’t think I look any different than I do in June. hallu forte Рецензије

I have evidence which supports the fact my body IS different than seven months ago. men solution plus

I am down 25ish pounds.  I have lost a total of 17.65 inches. You would think I would notice.

But I really haven’t. I have had some negative body image talk roaming around in my mind.  Mean things, like feeling bad about where I can go clothing shopping or not feeling normal. Being the largest girl in the room. This way of thinking is starting to hurt me. My mental voice is making me feel bad right now. This illogical part of me wants to just give up.

So, let’s put some positives in there. skinetrin

I do look different from the girl I was seven months ago. Some physical changes such as weight and hair loss. As last summer progressed, I have been feeling more and more happier about myself.  The combination of accomplishing professional goals as well as maintaining relationships with my family and friends, has caused me to have grown up a lot. So, I need to kick my negative voice regarding my weight insecurities to the curve.

Here is how I am going to do it. I am setting an appearance goal to look forward to. Once I reach my healthy weight zone, I am going to try to convince Dyanna Joy from Dyanna Joy Photography to let me hire her for a photo shoot. She does beautiful work in the State College, PA area. In her most recent blog post, she suggested that woman should just have photo shoots to “celebrate who she is, no matter what stage in her life she is in.”

I plan on keeping that mantra in my head to get through this winter instead of negative self talk.

That, and browse Dyanna’s cute pictures of her cat Penny.

Shhh.. don’t tell Casey!

This week has been a little rough on my activity.  I had a couple long work days, and didn’t make it over to Planet Fitness.  Honestly, I think putting over 20 miles in a week messed with my mental mojo.  My left knee was beginning to ache every time I thought about walking.

Lesson learned.  Even though walking for 30 minutes each day might not seem overwhelming, this rigid schedule was too much more me to maintain.

As always, running and walking for me is a mind game.

Last night, a group of my friends had plans to go this delicious restaurant in my area, Bill Sell’s Bold.  As I walked home from work, I thought going to the gym would probably be difficult.  I had less than two hours to drive out  to my gym, get a 30 minute work out in, drive home, shower and then pick up my friend.  But, then, as I was pretracking my dinner, the big 0 for weekly Activity Points on my tracker stared back at me sadly.

So, I threw on some work out clothes, and made my way to the treadmill.  My work out was tough to begin with.  I increased my pace to a 10 minute per hour pace after one work out song.  I figured I could alternate between that pace with a 12:00 per hour pace as the music changed on my Iphone.  However, as the songs changed, I realized the faster pace wasn’t killing me.  So, I slowly increased it.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if I could maintain this faster pace longer than 10 minutes.  10 minutes became 15.  15 became 20. So on and so forth.

I ended up running the entire time.  A total of 3.1 miles in less than 31 minutes.  That is a new record for me!

Last Sunday, my body screamed when I tried running that fast for 10 minutes.  I guess it pays to let my body rest.

On a more important note, I was able to go out and enjoy my 8 Activity Points on delicious tapas!

I enjoyed a seared tuna with maple drizzled sweet potato fries along with a French Martini. Worth every second I ran.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Look what healthy foods I could buy for 16 bucks.

Weighing in early this week has lead to a startling event: my first gain.  I am up .4lbs this week.

Was this a surprise?  Not necessarily.  As the number popped on the scale, I thought of all the reasonable culprits.  It’s just days before TOM.  Surely its bloating.  Or, I did move over 21 miles this week. So it can also be my sore muscles retaining water.  Additionally, I normally don’t weigh in on Mondays, so maybe it is my natural weight change.

I won’t lie.  The less than half a pound gain did make me feel bad.  But you know what?  I am more than those few excuses.  I just have to realize that gains do happen to good Weight Watcher people.  Now, it’s more important what I do because of the gain.

I  can throw the program out the window, because being on point has lead me to increase (even though ever so slightly) in weight.  Or, however, I can focus that I accomplished lots of good activity this week including group trivia and cooking good German food with friends.

I am choosing to focus on the positive and stay on program.  As I said yesterday, the only alternative is to keep gaining weight.  That is why I marched myself out of my meeting and picked up some stables that were missing from my kitchen.  I have been slacking in getting my good health guidelines.  Now with a stocked fridge, getting my good health guidelines will at least be attainable.

To treat myself and fulfill my good health guidelines this week, I am checking out Chobani’s new flavor Apple Cinnamon. Greek yogurt is a great way to get in dairy that is also loaded with good protein. Chobani’s line of greek yogurt always tastes good.  Can’t wait to try this flavor out for breakfast tomorrow.

My lesson today is that my health is much more than what the scale says. I can’t let it be the end all and be all of how I manage my eating behaviors. I need to focus on fueling my body with good foods. We will see how my week goes.

What do you do after a gain?

Ok, you may be asking what is the deal with the Disney Princess Youtube video. It is no secret that I am a Disney fiend, especially with princesses, so it is always appropriate for a blog post.  But, besides this salient fact, this song’s basic premise is that if you can dream something then it will happen.  This isn’t too far away from this past week’s meeting topic.

Weight Watcher’s urged it’s members this week to make “2012: your year to believe.”  Not a surprising topic considering it was the first week of January. The meeting was packed with people joining due to their New Year Resolutions. My leader went around the room and asked us why we believed we could lose weight this year.  My contribution to the discussion was that I didn’t like the alternative.

The alternative for me would be to overeat and gain weight.  I know I am a smart women.  I should have an intuitive and friendly relationship with food.  However, I don’t.  I currently attribute this to the fact I never feel full.  So, if I don’t keep track of my portions, I gain weight.  In fact, in late October- early November, I gained 6lbs in less than 3 weeks.  All by not following the program.  My propensity to gain weight isn’t good for me. My family history includes Type II diabetes and heart disease.

So I believe I can lose my unhealthy excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle by utilizing my amazing support system and focusing on numerous non-weight goals, including training for the 2013 Disney Princess Half-Marathon to benefit a women’s charity.

In sum, I will dream, believe, and sweat these last 29 pounds off.

Now sing it JHud!

Do you believe you can lose weight this year? Tell me why!

When I avoid a problem, I tend to want to overeat.

Yesterday, I really wanted to eat a jar full of peanut butter.

Doesn’t that seem strange, considering I was just boasting how proud I was to have lost 26 pounds?

Well, I became overwhelmed with other things in my life.  I am a stress eater.  In 2008, I actually lost the majority of my excess weight. I was doing fine until the pressure of graduate school got to me.  So I went on an Oreo and Ben & Jerry diet.  This happened mostly because, as a perfectionist, I think I can’t talk to others when I have problems.  Yesterday, eating a jar of peanut butter and going to sleep at 7 seemed like the best idea.

But, I snapped out of it.  Took myself to the gym, and just walked off my stress.  While walking, I recognized that like with my weight loss, I couldn’t see it a s a problem that I relied on others for help.  I spoke to my mom yesterday as well as Josh.  I also broke what was bothering me down into a plan, and prioritized what was important.  It was nice to realize that asking for help was far from a failure, but instead a success.  Hopefully I can keep working on not using food to solve problems where hunger is not the issue.

Thanks for reading.

I just got back from weighing in at my local Weight Watcher’s center.  I am down 2.2 pounds this week, which gives me a grand total of 6.8 pounds lost since Thanksgiving.  That’s a consistent weight loss over a six week period.

This means I hit the 25 pound mark this week for a total loss of 26 pounds.


The best part is that I didn’t deprive myself over the season. What I did to lose was measure all my food, exercise for 30 minutes most days, and  concentrate on my hunger signals.  I also filled up on power foods for when I just had to have a cupcake.  I thought I would put a photo gallery of all the delicious foods I ate this season to show you what foods I enjoyed this season (and the people who were along for the ride).

Here is what our January Spread Sheet looks like. Who knew that this math-challenged blogger and maintain all these numbers. Thanks Google docs!

I am moderating a fitness challenge on the Weight Watcher’s message board this month.  This challenge pushes us 20 somethings to get miles in through out the month, while also leaning on each other for support.  Miles are accumulated from either running or walking. At the end of the month, the top milers get bragging rights.

Since one of my goals this year is to keep running/walking 30 minutes most day, I like this challenge because it give me a non-scale reason to work out.  I admit to being competitive, so I strive to get as many miles I can safely accumulate. Also, I have been able to ask fellow runners for tips such as what kind of  running clothes to buy and how to increase my time.

My goal for the month of January is to gain 90 miles. I will keep a spreadsheet on this blog to show you how I am doing. Let’s see if I can do it!

Leave a comment with what your January fitness goal is.

If you couldn’t tell from my the tags on my blog, I love comfort food.  My philosophy is to balance foods that I enjoy with foods that are rich in nutrition.  This recipe, when tracked, shows that no food is off limits. I learned how to make this dish when I took a cooking class while in Florence, Italy.  Traditional Chicken Parmesan is made with fresh Parmesan cheese and is baked without tomato sauce.  Paring this meal with a salad will leave you satisfied.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

WW PP (without pasta): 8


1lb boneless, skinless, chicken tenderloin

1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs

1 egg

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

1 pinch black pepper

3 oz Parmesan Cheese

8 oz dry spaghetti

1 cup tomato sauce

Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a 9 x 13 glass baking pan with cooking spray.

Cut chicken into four 4 oz strips.

Pour bread crumbs into a small bowl.

Whisk egg with spices in another small bowl.

Dip first piece of chicken into egg mixture and coat both sides.

Cooking Tip: To prevent breading your fingers while coating the chicken, designate your right hand as your egg hand and your left hand as your bread crumb hand.

Dip this piece into the bread crumbs and coat both sides.

Repeat breading process with remaining chicken pieces.

Bake chicken for 20 minutes.

Slice paramsan cheese into small pieces.

Remove chicken from oven, and place Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake for about three more minutes or until cheese is melted.

Cook spaghetti according to package instructions.

Toss drained spaghetti with 3/4 cup of tomato sauce.

Plate 1 cup of spaghetti per serving.

Top with one peice of baked chichen.

Top each serving with remaing tomato sauce.

Nothing helps me more in the kitchen than some furry helpers. They approve this recipe too.

Buon Appetito!

The cupcakes I made for New Year's Eve. I only ate one!

Happy New Year everyone.

I have no resolutions for 2012. Resolutions are made to be broken (at least according to Wikipedia). I think it’s expected. Placing pressure on yourself to do the things you haven’t been able to do since the beginning of 2011 seems unrealistic. A future me who is active and healthy isn’t going to magically appear.

Present me needs to take the small steps each day to maintain my health.

  • I will continue to get some sort of activity for 30 minutes most days.
  • I will continue to track what I eat using the Weight Watchers Point Plus Program.
  • I will continue to learn to incorporate different foods into my diet.
  • I will continue to practice positive self-talk.

I have been maintained my plan at to keep working out at Planet Fitness. I have switched from the early morning work outs because it is difficult for me to get out of bed when its dark outside.  Typically I have been going before dinner.

For the months of December and January, my fitness goal is to go to Planet Fitness three days a week, minimum. Two of those days I run  on the treadmill for about 30 minutes, slowly increasing my speed.  The third day I work out on the elipicacal for about 40 minutes.

The treadmill is not my friend.  I literally count down every minute I am on it. (30… 29… 28… oh so boring).

My current motivation is to allow myself the treat of Chipotle if I run the full 30 minutes.  This means that most of the APs I earn go towards my meal.  My favorite is the steak burrito bowl with guacamole. Very point friendly and stuffed with some filling foods.  The Chipotle website even let’s you customize your nutrition information so that it is very easy to track.

Num num num num!

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