Sunday, January 2, 2011

January 2, 2011

So I've decided to change things up a little bit.  I know there were some of you who still looked at this even without coming to the meetings we were having.  So I'm going to still find topics on weight loss, yummy healthy meals, and inspiration to help you keep going.  Please leave me a comment with any topics you'd like to hear more about.  I've discovered that if it's left to me all I search for is motivation because I have a REALLY hard time keeping with anything.  So here's this weeks thought.  It comes from

Weight Loss for The New Year!

Are you determined to meet your weight loss goals this year? If healthier habits and weight loss are among your new year's resolutions, give yourself a pat on the back for making health a top priority.
The hard part is actually sticking to it and making real changes! Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.
Write your goals down
If you want to truly do something, write it down. Journals, food diaries and to-do lists are extremely important to your weight loss plan. Brainstorm all of your goals onto one piece of paper and then rewrite each one as a contract with yourself. Put your contract somewhere that will keep you reminded of the promise you have made. The fridge is a great place since this is the main area which will make or break your resolution. Refer to your contract daily to remind yourself of your long-term goal.
Set a definite date
If you just say you're going to meet your goal sometime within the year, that will not work. In fact, you will probably fall into the "I'll start next week" trap. Instead, mark your calendar for a certain date for each goal that you want to achieve. For example, by March you want to be walking 3 miles a day. Setting a definite date is a great way to make sure you stick with your plan!
Remove the temptations
Go into your kitchen and remove all bad foods from your refrigerator and pantry. This includes all snack foods such as cakes, pies, cookies, chips, sugar colas, crackers and any "empty calorie" foods that will impede on your weight loss goals. This step is very crucial step since the temptation to cheat will be increased 10-fold if you have cheat foods lingering inside your home. If you don't remove these tempting items, it will only be a matter of time before you breakdown and dive head first into the cookie jar at 2am in the morning for a binge! Fill your kitchen with healthy, nutrient dense food, such as:
  • Lean protein (chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, egg whites)
  • Fresh fruits (oranges, apples, grapes, strawberries)
  • Raw vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli, squash, green beans, red peppers)
  • Healthy snack foods (non-fat cottage cheese, sugar free jello, protein bar)
  • Bottled Water
Meet mini-goals
Make small changes every week and they will add up in time. It's easier to move little pebbles than an entire mountain, right? Here are some examples of weekly changes you could incorporate into mini-goals:
Week One: Drink 10 glasses of water per day.
Week Two: Take the steps at work instead of the elevator.
Week Three: Switch to diet sodas.
Week Four: Eliminate fried foods.
Week Five: Begin eating one vegetarian meal per week.
Friends for ever
You don't have to go it alone! Tell your friends and family what you want to accomplish and tell them how they can help you (and warn them of what doesn't help). Telling someone else your goals will probably make you feel that much more dedicated to reaching them. Who knows, maybe you'll even find a weight loss buddy among your peers who will join you on your journey to weight loss. Two heads are always better than one, especially when it comes to staying motivated!
Document everything
Keep a detailed record of your weight loss, dietary intake and how your feeling. By keeping this
diet diary and journal, you will be able to truly see what your consuming, where your problem areas are, how your emotional state is.
Photograph yourself
Pictures don't lie. Buy an inexpensive digital camera and take a pictures of yourself every week in your bikini or swimsuit. Snap 3 pictures ever week including a profile shot, frontal shot and rear shot. Include these with your diet diary and journal so you can see how your body looks each week while you make changes to your diet and exercise program. Remember, sometimes the scale does lie. Even though your scale may read that you have gained 2 pounds over the last 3 weeks, this could very easily be 3 pounds of lean muscle. Lean muscle is an extremely metabolic tissue and the more you have, the more calories you burn even when you’re just sitting around! By adding photos of yourself, you will be able to reference your physical appearance from week to week. This basically takes the guess work out of losing weight and is crucial for any permanent weight loss plan.
Set realistic goals
Remember, it did not take you 2 weeks to gain those extra 25 pounds so it definitely will not take only 2 weeks to lose it all! You gradually gained the weight over several months and even years, so always remember that you're in this for the long haul. Its a marathon not a sprint and with this mind set you will be able to create new healthy habits which will eventually turn your "diet" into a truly healthy lifestyle to last a lifetime!
By incorporating the important tips above, you will have a better road map to succeed with your new year's weight loss resolution!

I also wanted to give an awesome recipe that is good for you too.  This is from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook.  SO yummy!

Jam-Packed Chicken Soft Tacos

4 (7 1/2") low-fat, low carb multigrain or whole wheat tortillas
Olive oil spray
1 lb. extra-lean ground chicken breast (I just use chicken breasts and break it up while I'm cooking it in the skillet)
1 Tbs + 1 tsp. salt-free Mexican seasoning (I used Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle)
8 tsp fat-free sour cream
4 oz. finely shredded light cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded romaine lettuce
1 C. chopped seeded tomatoes
4 Tbs. red taco sauce, or to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Stack the tortillas on a large piece of foil and roll into a tube to encase the tortillas.  Seal the ends.  Place the tortillas int he oven for about 5 minutes, or until warm.

Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  When hot, mist with the olive oil spray.  Add the chicken and sprinkle with the seasoning.  Cook, breaking the chicken into large chunks, until no longer pink.  Remove from the heat.

Unroll the warmed tortillas.  Place a tortilla on a place and spread 2 tsp. of the sour cream in a 3 " -wide strip down the cneter.  Spoon one-fourth of the chicken over the sour cream, followed by one-fourth of the cheese, 1/4 C. of the tomatoes, 1/4 C. of the lettuce and 1 Tbs. of the taco sauce.  Fold the tortilla in half to form a taco.  Repeat with the remaining ingredients and serve.  Makes 4 servings.

Enjoy!  Have a great week!

Friday, December 3, 2010

And the winner is. . . . . . . .

Our competition has been over for a couple weeks now, but Kevin is our winner!  He lost a total of 9.5%.  Great job Kevin!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 16th Meeting

Tonight's topic was about changing your mindset to help you succeed with weight loss.  Follow this link for the article.  Have a really great week!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Broccoli and Cabbage Salad

2 cups of cabbage
1/2 cup broccoli
2Tablespoons of sunflower seeds
Chop cabbage and broccolli. Toss in roasted sunflower seeds. The dressing is balsami vinegar, oil and Italian Good seasons dressing.
I mix up the dressing and then put in on the cabbage until it looks like all the cabbage has dressing on it.