Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Booze -1, Lisa-0

I had such a wonderful plan for Thanksgiving. And I stuck to it. Up until the point when I started drinking! I didn't even think about the empty calories in the glasses of wine I was drinking until I put away almost 2 bottles! Oy!

On top of all of the empty calories in the wine. Getting a little buzz on threw my inhibitions (and diet) to the wind. Which caused an avalanche of mindless munching! But I am determined to get back on the wagon. I will not let the holiday season beat me up this year!

The biggest issue that I am having right now is carbs. I love them, and they are my biggest downfall. I can't seem to lose weight if I eat too many. And let's face it, they are addicting.

Since I broke from the plan on Thanksgiving, I've been hitting the carbs hard. It might be the addicting factor of them, it might be the chilly overcast weather that is making me crave comfort food. But I made the CHOICE to eat them. So I am making the CHOICE not to eat them (or that much of them).

So here is my plan for the week. I'm going on a low carb "fast" if you will. For the next two days, I am going to be cutting my carb intake until I have the willpower to resist carb-filled sugary treats. Then I will readjust from there. Slowly adding back in whole grains etc. This technique has worked for me in the past, and I'm confident that it will work again. It's nice to see that I CAN do it, and it propels me to more forward once again.

Wish me luck!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mamavation Moday- Cutting Thanksgiving Calories

I'm getting back into the swing of things this week, after my stress fracture debackle. My foot feels better, so I'm going to start off light to make sure it really does feel as good as I think it does. :\

But my main concern this week is Thanksgiving. In years past, I have gorged myself on cake, pie, cream puffs (you can tell I love dessert), biscuits, green bean cassarole, you name it, I ate it. And, it was good. Really good. It's what lended to me being so large all of these years. But this year is going to be different. So I thought I'd share my game plan for the holiday eating season with you! With a little planning, I think we can all make this Thanksgiving a little skinnier! Enjoy!

1. Eat your veggies.
Load your plate with salad and a non creamy dressing. If you can, skip the cheese and the crutons.

2. What bread basket?
Pretend that the bread basket, or rolls, just don't exsist. EVEN if they are whole wheat. Just because they are whole wheat doesn't mean they aren't packing extra calories.

3. Lean Meat
When you are eating turkey, eat turkey breast. It contains fewer "bad fats" than the dark meat. And we all want to keep those arteries clean for a long healthy life!

4. Don't get stuffed on stuffing.
Stuffing is bread. Often times with lots of butter and fat to make it nice and squishy and fluffy. So if Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving without stuffing, be very careful about how much you indulge in.

5. Eat your veggies, AGAIN!
You don't NEED to have green bean cassarole. Try steaming veggies like green beans or broccoli as a low cal alternative.

6. You say potato, I say califlower.
Try steaming califlower, pureeing it, and preparing it like mashed potatos instead of serving them. I just tryed this for the first time the other day, and I could barely tell a difference! You'll save a bunch of calories and carbs!

7. Delicious Dessert
Thanksgiving desserts are yummy. I myself love some pumpkin pie. But if you can't prepare a light version of your dessert, your dessert indulgence is all about portion control. Try having just a "sliver" of pie or cake. You'll satisfy your sweet tooth, without killing all of your hard work!

I hope you can use these tips! This is what I intend to do, I let you know how it works out for me.

However, if you end up indulging, make sure you make up for it. Get in a good workout with some Turbo or some TaeBo. And resume eating healthy asap, maybe with a lil' subway! Yum Yum!

Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gycemic Index and Dieting

The importance of the Glycemic Index (GI) has been on the rise in the last few years. The GI of a particular food is calculated by the rate it causes your blood sugar to rise. The slower the rise in blood sugar, the lower the GI, the faster your blood sugar spikes the higher the GI. It is the foundation of the Glycemic index diet as well as at home delivery diets like Nutrisystem. But what many people do not know is that the GI is the foundation of many more diets and of easier weight loss in general.

All low carb-diets are based on the GI, even if it is not advertised. Low carb diets keep your blood sugar steady by consuming low GI foods. Protein and veggies are low GI naturally.

Eating a low GI diet and keeping blood sugar steady is also VERY important for diabetics. Keeping your blood sugar steady when you have diabetes is a matter of life or death. Therefore many diabetic diets are based around the GI as well.

As a connoisseur of convenience and a former diabetic, I wanted to share with you a fast and easy way to have a Low GI meal. It's also an excellent food for the weekends when you don't have your "weekends" on Nutrisystem! Best of all it acts like a salad (LOW GI) but tastes like dessert (HIGH GI)! Check it out!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Save Money On Baby Formula

I just thought I would share this with all of the new moms or soon to be moms out there. One of the things that has totally saved my life during this first year of baby care is "the formula check". I've been getting $5.00 off cans, bottles, whatever format you prefer of baby formula. Which is really nice, because if you don't know already, having a child is extremely expensive. And even more so if you don't qualify for government aid.

How to get the magical formula check-

Depending on what formula you decide to use, Similac has more offers than others. But you can get checks from multiple manufacturers.

Similac- Go to Similac.com and sign up for a Similac Strong Moms account. Fill out the info and soon you'll receive formula samples, and checks for formula.

Enfamil- Go to Enfamil.com and sign up for Enfamil Family Beginnings. You'll also receive samples of formula and checks. But you receive fewer than Similac.

Gerber (Formerly Nestle Good Start)- Go to Gerber.com and sign up to be a part of the Gerber Generation. You don't receive many formula checks, but they do send A TON of coupons for baby food, juice, etc. So this is still an excellent source of savings, particularly as your baby grows.

I personally think that it is worthwhile to sign up for all three. All babies are different and it's helpful to be able to save on different kinds of formula if you have to make many switches due to formula intolerance. That is what happened with my son, and it was very nice to continue saving.

My son needed to be formula fed, as my milk did not come in for several days and he lost a dramatic amount of weight. And once my milk did come in, it was inadequate. So for those of you that have difficulty breastfeeding, or just choose not to, I hope this information can be as big of a lifesaver for you as it is to me!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mamavation Monday! Down for the count?

Another week has gone by. However, I had to stop TurboFire in the middle of last week. I have a stress fracture in my left foot! Ouchie! I'm hoping it starts to feel better soon, because I've heard that it can takes months of rest to heal. Ahhh!

So far, I haven't gained any weight. But I haven't lost any either since this occurred. Which is discouraging. And since I'm at home being a couch potato because I am in pain, It's getting really hard not to binge eat. I swear when I'm not working out, I could eat the whole house. I guess this is further proof of the appetite suppressing quality of exercise.

I'm having a hard time coming up with ways to work out that don't involve me being up on my feet. The only things I can think of ab work and arm work. Any ideas?

I know the key to losing over this rest period is going to be watching my calories. Stay tuned to see how I do over the next couple weeks!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My New Addiction

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a Twitter addict. But there's more to that. Not only am I a Twitter addict, I'm a Twitter Party addict.

I've recently been spending my nights tweeting away with other Tweeps and @ResourcefulMom. In the past 2-3 weeks that I've been involved in the Twitter party phenomenon I've won 3 prizes! And there is nothing I love more than FREE STUFF!

My first prize was Anne Geddes new book Beginnings. I has never won anything EVER before in my life. Needless to say, winning created a monster. Since my first win, I have won custom Christmas cards and stationary. I now know how people become gambling addicts, so thank god there is no money involved in this!

If you want to follow me on Twitter my user name is @LisaVFitness See ya around!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mamavation Monday!

Happy Monday! Though some of you don't find Monday so happy...I was having one of those days today. I got a migraine from the blistering sunlight pouring in through the window of my "office" this afternoon. I wanted to VOMIT. I had my workout scheduled for when I got home, but the entire drive back home I was dreading it.

As soon as I got home, I knew that if I didn't suck it up, I would wallow in how crappy I felt and would never get my workout in today. So I did. And I was victorious. I worked out WITH a migraine. I'm not going to lie, the first 10 minutes were hell. But I persevered. I just kept thinking about my successes. I weighed and measured this morning.

Let me first start by saying that I finished the first 30 days of the TurboFire program yesterday. I lost 10lbs and 5.25 inches, 2.5 of those inches were from my hips/mama pooch alone! So that was what I thought about until the workout endorphins took over the migraine pain.

This further proves to me that if you focus on the positive, you can beat the negative!