Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ben asked, "Does the 30 for 30 challenge allow for chewing to be considered as aerobic activity?" I said NO! I decided I should put that on my blog for the record.
I was videotaped the other day at work. I am actually kind of excited to get the video back. I know that I didn't look horrible in it. This would have not been the case a little over two years ago. I remember being videotaped in graduate school and having to watch it played back in class...I was so embarrassed.
If you aren't using google reader, I highly recommend it. It is really helping me stay on top of the blogs I am interested in. If you want to see what I am reading/following, please check out my profile.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
1. Ben has to be moved out of his apartment by May 31st. (We just found this out today. He will be staying with a friend until we get married, but almost all his stuff will be here.)
2. Organizing my stuff so Ben can have his things moved in.
3. End of the school year crap (report cards, cum folders, etc.)
4. Two bridal showers
5. My second job (GED Center)
6. Other obligations that have crept in that we really can't back out on.
Ok, I could keep going, but I won't. I am doing this challenge!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ben and I after having Sunday lunch at the North End Cafe in Louisville.
Tonight, I was being silly after we left Outback. I climbed up on top of a lighting post, and Ben took my picture. I felt larger than life. :)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I know that I have "just as much time" as everyone else, but it really doesn't seem like it. After my nap today, I am working on a presentation that I will be doing at a summer conference. My dad said something like, "If you have time one Saturday soon..." and I was about to scream. My entire month of May is booked. This is mainly with school stuff, and trying to squeeze necessary wedding planning in on the side. It certainly will make the time of the wedding approach quite fast.
I have a new picture to post from today, which I will do after my nap.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I am almost finished watching FAT: What No One Is Telling You. One scene really resonated with me. It was between a man who was going to get gastric bypass surgery and his cousin (who by appearances looked as if he had never been overweight). The cousin was criticizing him for taking the easy way out, and saying how if he just hit the gym things would easily get better. For him, weight loss is a clear linear progression. There is a whole segment of the population (myself included) where weight loss was NOT a clear linear progression, but instead a wild roller coaster ride.
Another thing that I found interesting was the body's natural desire to maintain a certain body weight. Even when we decide that we want our weight to be ___ number, our brain may decide something very different.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
1. Fast food is no longer a constant in my life. I would almost always go once a day, and more often than I would care to admit, I would often go twice.
2. Coca-Cola has not been a part of my life for 26 months. Every now and again I get the strongest urge for one, but I have not given in.
3. I drink water like it is going out of style.
Sweetness Alert: Ben and I are staying pure until marriage. We have not seen each other naked, etc. Last night I pulled up my shirt (not to wear you could see my bra), and let him look at my "skin flap." He was so sweet. I have never felt so loved and reassured in all my life.
Today my kids totally rocked in creating "This I Believe" essays based off the NPR program essays. It was a great day in the classroom.
Ben is taking care of a new list for things that are wedding related. On Saturday we are going to look for tuxedos.
I will be watching FAT: What No One is Telling You online (a PBS Documentary) this weekend.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Ben and I want a salt and pepper shaker glued together on top of our wedding cake. Yes, I realize this is very odd, but it is OUR cake. This is what WE want. The cake topper is significant to the movie, "Fireproof." We are typing up a small write-up to tell why we chose that as our wedding topper. My mom tells us we cannot have it. I proceed to tell her that I will have that, no cake at all, or pay for my own wedding cake. I had her talk with Ben, and even as Ben stayed so even keel, she was still very upset. There were a few other things that she was edging to have a fight about, but I didn't engage her anymore. I called my dad and he said that he would take care of the situation, and although he thinks the cake topper is odd, if it makes up happy, he is fine with it.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
This afternoon after napping, Ben and I went to the mall to get him some shoes. We walk by a store, and Ben says, "Now there are some realistic mannequins." Ben didn't know that the store was Lane Bryant for plus sized women. This brought up an interesting discussion, as the mannequins really looked like normal healthy weight people you would see out in the world. I also explained to Ben not only do many stores have size 0 mannequin (or so it seems), but many times they have to pin the clothes so they can fit the unrealistically small sizes they portray.
Ok, I'm going to get off here. I am getting eight hours of sleep tonight.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I am setting up Google Reader. WOW! I didn't realize how nice it is to use this service. I have all my education blogs set up. Next, I will work to get my weight loss/ maintaining / and healthy eating blogs added. This service is going to make it easier for me to stay on top of the blogs I want to read. (I cannot believe how many I already have!)
I was telling my best friend Wendy about this. She gave me a good suggestion. She has one day a week where she can eat a special dessert. Outside of that day, things are off limits. She was right when she went on to say, it is not about "banning" certain items, but learning to find a balance with food.
Work was interesting today as fighter planes kept going over the school building all afternoon. They were practicing for Thunder over Louisville tomorrow. Ben stayed at my place to get the Direct TV fixed. We went for a really nice walk in the park, then to dinner at Tony Romas, and came back to watch Madea's Class Reunion.
Tomorrow I am going to Thunder Over Louisville for the first time. I am really excited about doing this. I told Ben that I had a few reasons I hadn't gone before (sad, since I am a Louisville native)....I want a real bathroom, and the crowds are rough, so I wanted a place where I could be and not be completely crowded. While those reasons are both true, I also think that I couldn't physically withstand the taxing demands of such a long day, and so much walking at 393 pounds. This is another new experience that I will savor!
Ben and I are going to do a slow dance for the traditional first dance, but I'd also love to do a fun dance that we learn that puts those people on Dancing with the Stars to shame. I was thinking of the song "Footloose." If we decide to do this, it is going to mean squeezing in weekly private dance lessons. I would love to "wow" our guests with something so fun.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The first few days will be the most difficult, but I can change.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Ben preached at both nursing homes Sunday morning. Then we went to my mom's side of the family to celebrate Easter. I really like spending time with these people. After visiting for some time, we headed back to Louisville. We were going to the mall to get Ben several pairs of shoes, since his are shot. I forgot the mall was closed due to the holiday. We looked into seeing a movie, but nothing really called out to us. We had dinner at an Italian restaurant. I had shrimp and lobster ravoli. This dish was so awesome! :) I savored every last bite. We went for coffee, then watched Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself."
I am taking in the majority of my Easter candy to give away to my students today. It's time to be back on the straight and narrow.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
For dinner, we made reservations at The Coachlamp Restaurant. The tab for this meal was $67 (with tip), for two meals and a dessert (no alcholic drinks). I was struck at the contrast of the size of plates our salad and entrees came out on. They were much smaller, yet neither of us left the restaurant feeling that we had not had enough food (nor did we clean our plates).
This makes me think about Dr. Ruby Payne's work on the hidden rules among classes:
Poverty: Did you have enough food? (Quantity is important.)
Middle-Class: Did you like it? (Quality is important.)
Wealth: Was it presented well? (Presentation is important.)
Though I don't have research to point you directly to (I know it has been done), we know that there is a big difference in the levels of obesity when you examine income levels.
That introduces the good ol' willpower into the equation. Since I don't typically frequent restaurants that require reservations, I have to be in charge of my portions. I have to decide that quality and presentation are much more important than the quantity of food that they place on my plate. I was reading on one blog the other day about portion control in the home for those who are really on a tight budget. Her biggest suggestion was to not put dishes of food out. It was to go ahead and put out the food on the plates, and bring them to the table.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tonight I have to watch the boys, and then go to the store to get Ben's Easter basket. Saturday will invovle a bit of sleeping in, then I'm not sure what else. Sunday will be two services that Ben will preach, and time with family.
Enjoy Easter guys!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I went to my PCP today, and have had labs ordered. I'll keep you posted on the results.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Ben. picked. me. up. Not the pick me up two inches off the ground, I mean scooped me up in his arms and picked me up! :) Like the, "Hey you are a princess, so I'll pick you up." I cannot tell you how happy this made me.
Next, he wanted to try giving me a piggy back ride (also on my list), but the whole leaning forward and rocking back for him to lift me kinda scared me. What was cool though was that I knew he COULD do it. I would love to have a picture of me on his back for some of our fun outdoor engagement pictures we will be taking soon.
Not so proud:
I ate until I was uncomfortably stuffed on Sunday evening. I felt awful for awhile. It has been a long time since I have ate like that.
Saturday afternoon, I realized that I was starting to get full. I still knew I was ok to eat a bit more, but just a "bit." I looked at my plate, and decided that I wanted to eat some more of the yummy broccoli salad. I only had that.
Realizing how uncomfortable I had been on Sunday evening, and that I didn't want a repeat of that on Monday: I ate very reasonably sized portions.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I didn't realize that Ben used to be heavier as a kid. Perhaps he told me before, but I really don't recall it. We were talking about little comments that people make that really stick with you. He was saying how he vividly remembers his father making fun of him for being fat. I told him about my one aunt who told her husband, "Be careful Donnie, watch your back, she is the size of an adult." (My uncle was helping me back into the boat on a weekend trip.)
Now it is time for a Sunday afternoon NAP!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Tonight Ben's brother Jeff calls to let us know that sheets are not disposable, and can be used again. :)
Registering was a task, and I am happy to have it DONE.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Chicken, Spinach, and Cannellini Soup:
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 (32 ounce) boxes chicken broth
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (10 ounce) bag fresh baby spinach
1 (15.5 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (8 ounce) packages of cooked diced ham, drained well
6 hardboiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 tablespoons parsley
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup mayonnaise
I made a really pretty beaded necklace yesterday. It has a butterfly on it. I will take a picture of it soon and post. I am hoping to have one more dinner to cook and post about, but we have a lot to accomplish in the next few days. Spring break is passing by much more quickly than I would like.
My eating has been so-so. I cannot wait to get back to "my" diet, and snacking throughout the day as I am used to doing. Routines are what I thrive on. I'm going to love me some routines in a few days.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Here is some of the low-down I discovered:
* Eat at least four 1/2 cup servings per week.
* Beans contain low-fat protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, and phytonutrients.
* In 1992, less than 1/3 of Americans ate beans during any three-day period. As income levels rise, bean consumption tends to decrease.
* Beans have many benefits: Heart Health: lower cholesterol levels. The fiber in beans helps keep blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal.
Beans and Obesity:
"The simple fact is that beans fill you up: they provide lots of bulk without a lot of calories. You are more likely to get full before you get fat. Beans high fiber content controls blood sugar and thus helps to keep hunger at bay while helping to maintain energy levels.
Beans may help prevent cancer, particularly pancreatic cancer and caners of the colon, breast, and prostate.
The other super foods are: blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, wild salmon, soy, spinach, tea, tomatos, turkey, and walnuts.
The super foods I regularly incorporate into my diet are: broccoli, salmon (about once a week), soy (getting better), spinach, turkey, and walnuts.