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Getting prepared for 2014

Just wanted to give a little update as to what I am doing so far to prepare for 2014. I am hosting a biggest loser competition at work. I also joined an accountability group on facebook with some of my friends. I even joined a couple of challenge groups on myfitnesspal!

My mom helped me out and took some before pictures, front, side and back views. I took them in some shorts that are too small in the hopes that I can continue to have my picture taken in those shorts to show my progress until they truly fit.

Going grocery shopping after payday to get some fresh fruits and veggies and whole foods again. And, there will be a purging of all the crap foods that tempt me to much…hubby..if you’re reading this..hide your candy and treats from me! Lol.

Hope everyone had a happy new year’s! Let’s make 2014 our year! ~Charity 🙂

And…here we go: Day 1

January 29, 2013 Summary:

Weight: 278 😦

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes every day for 90 days straight: Done-Completed the video “Total Body Burn” for 41 minutes of aerobics.
  • Get up and exercise in the morning every day for 30 days straight: Did not do-slept in 😦
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water a day: Done-Drank 10 cups of water=80 oz.
  • Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day for 90 days straight:Done-Lunch had 8 servings of vegetables (cucumber, carrots, spinach, broccoli, yellow bellpepper, green leaf lettuce, and avocado); Dinner had 5 servings of vegetables (squash-2 servings, asparagus-2 servings, and cauliflower). Total=13 servings for the day! 🙂
  • Take the stairs every day at work for a month: Done! Took the stairs 3 times yesterday inside the building. I have a plan for this…when I need to use the restroom from drinking so much water, I take the stairs up a floor and use the restroom on the floor above. 🙂

Hopefully today will have just as healthy of choices if not better. I hope you all have a great day! ~Charity

Learning to Love Myself

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would make a post about love. 🙂 Yes, totally cliché, but hey, my name even means love, so here we go.  I have a wonderful husband and I know he loves me as much as I love him. I just have a problem with loving myself as much as I love my husband. I do not loathe myself. I do have qualities about myself that I do love. But, I’m trying to learn to really love myself again.

When I really loved myself, I was so confident, happy, adventurous, fun to be around, etc. I’m starting to get some of these back, but they’ve been lost for a while now. I’ve felt just kind of stuck in this unhealthy boring rut in life. I’ve been at the same job, and though I work for an awesome company the work tends to get monotonous. And then I just didn’t want to cook so we were eating out a lot or I’d just pick up something on the way home-not healthy at all.

But, the tides have changed. It’s been a lot easier to eat healthier now that my hubby has committed to becoming a vegetarian. It helps me to eat more vegetables and fruit and less meat. I’ve gotten now to where I really only eat meat on the weekends and that is my “splurge” now, instead of the high carb, fried foods that I “cheated” with on the weekends. 🙂

I’ve still got a long ways to go to be at my healthiest. I know I need to step up my exercise and get active again. I have a wonderful co-worker that is going to let me borrow Turbo Jam, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m hoping to get started later this week with that program in preparation for when I’m able to get Turbo Fire, which also looks like a lot of fun.

I’m starting to feel better about myself and excited to see what all I can accomplish.  I love my valentine very much and I want to love myself so I can be the happy confident loving woman he fell in love with. I hope everyone else has a Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Charity 🙂

Paying for bad choices…along with 3 dogs and a cat :)

I’m pretty sure I paid for some bad choices yesterday. I thought I did so good planning ahead last Sunday. I bought plenty of fresh vegetables, cut them up, and put them in containers to take to work. However, I’m still not where I can just pass up a free good meal..sigh.

Tuesday we had this big convention thing at work, which is why I haven’t been on here lately because I’ve been so busy. Well we ordered bbq sandwich stuff with all the fixins and sides. After the bigwigs ate their lunch there was plenty of leftovers and we common folk were told we could partake in what was left in the break room….Did I eat my cut up veggies like I had planned????!!! Um, that’d be a no! I had an openfaced sandwich with pulled pork on one side and chicken on the other, as well as a cup of beans and probably 2 cups of potato salad (the kind made with sour cream and ham). So, not only was that not very healthy choices, but that was more than a serving of pork. Which, if I haven’t mentioned every time I have bacon of any sort makes me sick. But, I thought this meat would be ok. And, granted I haven’t really had any meat other than tunafish salad in over 3 weeks (with the exception of Genghis Grill which was divine and healthy..but I digress).

So, the end effects? Bad trips to the bathroom til midnight Tues and then again Wed morning and practically no sleep for me! When people will I learn my lesson?!

  1. Lesson #1: No pork of any kind will be ingested if at all possible!!!
  2. Lesson #2: I will stick to my planned lunch!
  3. Lesson #3: Oh, yeah, NO PORK OF ANY KIND WILL BE EATEN!!!

On a positive note though, I have been eating very healthy today. And, staying on track. Now, I just need to get my booty in gear and get some cardio done! 🙂

Ok, well on a whole non food related post…I’m a complete animal lover, but if I had to choose between cats and dogs..dogs would win hands down. I’ve never had a cat because my dad was allergic. And, every time my husband would ask I’ve always said no when it comes to cats. We have 3 dogs though! I got my first dog right after we bought our house, Duke a male mini dachshund.

Then, I wanted a female companion, and I’ve always wanted a piebald. So, I got Pixie a female piebald mini dachshund.

Well, the hubby decided those are not “manly” enough dogs..so we also now have Lucy who is a lab mix and is our “guard dog” outside.

I tell you all this because yesterday afternoon it started to storm. When my hubby got home he opened the garage door to come in through that way. Well a couple of hours later it stopped raining and we decided to get out and run some errands. When we returned I opened the garage door to park my vehicle and after parking to the right in my husbands military supplies and extra uniforms was this little cat. Probaby only 6 months old. He meowed just once and stole my husband’s heart. Of course I said we needed to make sure it didn’t belong to anyone else in the neighborhood. And to no avail did anyone claim him. Of course my husband’s conscious along with my cousin who lives with us couldn’t abide letting roam around (which, ok I couldn’t either because we live close to a busy highway and I didn’t want him to get run over). So, now, I have eaten my words of sayin I will never own a cat. Because before I knew it he stole my heart, and has been named Jasper. Oh, please help me, now we have 3 dogs and a cat!!! We might as well apply for grants as an animal shelter. But here is Jasper….

So, now you see my dilemma.

Anyway, I hope everyone else is have a great day and making healthy choices!

~Charity 🙂

Yes…It’s Cabbage Again

I’m sure this is what I will be saying when the hubby sees me cooking cabbage again tonight. This will be the third time this week. Umm…well.. I don’t know why, but I’m a little in love with my “fried” (sautéed) cabbage. Yes it’s totally cliché that a person from the south would fry cabbage…but this is actually healthy and not deep-fried, just sautéed in a little butter…don’t worry. 🙂 And, yes I know it’s totally weird…

Well, let me explain. You know how sometimes when you smell something it reminds you of a memory or a happy place? I had forgotten about how my great-grandmother loved to make “fried” cabbage almost every Sunday after church.

I cooked some sautéed cabbage Monday night and immediately thought of those great memories. And, when I tasted that wonderful taste when it was nice and cooked down soft and browned…well it took me to a happy place.

 Cabbage on the right cooking it down…yum..with some carrots and asparagus! That’s how we do it here in the south!

I know I sound crazy, and that’s ok. I’m just happy to have an obsession with a healthy food. If I’m not going to eat very much meat any more, this is one veggie dish I think I could eat every night. No, thankfully for my husband I won’t cook it every night…but the cabbage was on sale at our local grocery store for .38 cents! So, it might be every other night until next month…hehehe. 🙂

And it must be doing something good for me because when I weighed this morning I was down another pound. Bam! Heck Yes! Is there something in cabbage that promotes weight loss? I know I’ve heard of a cabbage soup diet for weight loss. I might have to make up a “fried” cabbage diet…uh no…don’t worry folks I won’t do that. But, seriously, it’s amazing, cheap, easy to fix, and tastes so good! I would take my “fried” cabbage over any french fry! (And I used to have a super obsession with french fries!!!) Yet again, so glad this obsession is with something that’s actually good for me.

Are there any foods that y’all have become obsessed with since you started eating healthier? Or am I just crazy…? -a definite possibility… Better question is does anyone else have foods that takes them back to a happy memory or place?

~Charity 🙂

Chocolate cake you say???

TGIF!!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday! Well, once a month we have a potluck for the month’s birthdays at work. I tried…I TRIED to do a healthy themed potluck. And, this has been the worst turn out for a potluck at work.

I did however try something made with soy for the first time…have to say I am not a fan. But, it was worth a shot. So, what did we have you ask? Well, I’m sure the title gives it away what my one weakness was today: Chocolate cake! Which, I shall harp on that in a little bit. Before I get all the fingers pointed at me, can I at least plead my case on what healthy foods I did eat??!!

Ok, here we go. We had a fruit tray, which I had some pineapple and grapes for breakfast. Someone also brought a raw veggie tray. We had homemade Mexican Chicken casserole, not all that healthy, but very tasty. Someone else brought a veggie goulash thing with zucchini, tomatoes, squash, and onions…it was ok. And, then I also tried Soy sausage wontons..not a fan of this either.

And then there was the chocolate cake! Well, want to know the worst part? No one else signed up to bring a dessert. So, I asked the January birthday folks what kind of cake they wanted. And, they all said chocolate. Therefore, last night I went to the bakery at the local grocery store and bought a chocolate cake and vanilla cupcakes. I drove home with that sweet chocolaty goodness in the car. Then drove to work this morning. It smelled wonderful. It has been taunting me and calling me since 9:00pm yesterday. I will admit it…I’m having a piece as I write this. It’s a lot smaller piece then what I would have gotten in the past. Sigh, I did cave and have a piece. Can I whine like a child and say “But, I want a piece really bad”? And it is so yummy, but I notice a lot sweeter than I am used to.

In conclusion, I admit I am not strong enough to resist chocolate cake altogether. Uh-oh. However, I will only have this one piece. I will also be walking on my break this afternoon.

I understand my eating habits won’t change over night and I’m working on it. Hopefully, by next month, I will be able to resist whatever cake they have. 🙂

Anyone else have problems resisting certain foods? It’s ok, you are not alone in this. 🙂

Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend. ~Charity