Friday, January 29, 2010
I've found a favorite new tea. Of course I heard all about the health benefits of drinking green tea...the powerful antioxidants that can help lower your risk of diseases, and the assistance in weight loss. I tried several brands of green tea, and most were pretty good. Now though...I have found an absolute favorite.
I hung out at my local Borders bookstore for a little while before meeting some friends for dinner. I decided to read a magazine in the cafe and have something to drink. When I came upon a bottle of Tazo Diet Mojito Green Tea, I was intrigued. Now, I love actual Mojitos, but rarely drink them since I'm staying away from as much alcohol as possible for weight loss. I figured I'd give this a try, so I paid at the counter and sat at a small table with my American Songwriter and my drink. I opened the magazine, and then the tea.
It was love at first sip. All I could do was stare at the bottle as I was drinking it. (I'm sure the other people in the cafe thought I had lost my mind.) This tea is absolutely amazing, with all natural ingredients and just a very tiny amount of sweetener (less than 2%). It tastes exactly like a mojito, and is completely satisfying without the alcohol. What a great way to be refreshed without derailing your diet and having a non-alcoholic treat! I will recommend this to everyone, and this is one love affair I never have to feel guilty about. Long live my relationship with Tazo Diet Mojito Green Tea...may you always be in my life!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
This past week has been an emotional one for me...stress in all forms kept coming down on me. My husband is waiting to hear back from two different job interviews. I had a misunderstanding with a good friend that I'm in the process of working out, but we are on the right road. I'm busy with writing and editing, which I love, but the other stresses threatened to make me anxious while I wrote.
Thankfully, I was able to focus on the writing after some prayer and quiet time...which in turn helped me deal with the other situations. Writing in any form really helps me handle my feelings and work things out in my mind. Speaking of workouts, I kept up my exercise, which also cleared my mind and helped me see things in a new light. I will say that my eating was pretty good, but not perfect. I did have a few pieces of pizza yesterday while cheering on the Saints. I got on the scale this morning, and I did lose .4 pounds. Maybe not much, but still a loss, and with the week I had I'm proud of that .4!
My motivational person this week is Lisa Lillien, who is better known as Hungry Girl. She has lost 30 pounds and kept it off, and finds ways to make favorite comfort foods healthier. She has written several books and has a website at www.hungry-girl.com. I get her e-mail newletter, which is filled with recipes and tips, plus healthy foods that she has discovered.
I know this week will be a much better one. I've learned a lot about myself and others, which only makes me a stronger person. Yes, I am strengthening my body through exercise and eating well, but my mind, heart, and soul are also getting stronger. This is my own quote for you: "Every person you meet on your life's journey is there for a reason...to lift you up, teach you a lesson, or both." Learn from everyone and everthing in your life...and become stronger from head to toe, inside and out!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
What are you accomplishing this weekend? A lot of times we are catching up on stuff that needs to get done that we didn't have time for during the week. Other times we just need to take a break and slow down...get some rest, or go out and do something fun. It all depends on just what you're in the mood for, or what needs to get done.
I'm spending my weekend getting more organized. I know that having everything in its place will save me time in the long run, since I won't be wasting precious minutes searching for something I need when I need it. Plus, not being able to find something only causes stress, and who needs any more of that?
I am also planning for the week ahead. I'm looking at healthy recipes, and figuring out what I need so I can eat properly for the week. I'm scheduling my workouts along with all of my other appointments, and my writing and editing time. Sure, things sometimes come up out of the blue, but the more prepared I am, the better the week will go. You know what they say...if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Whatever is on your agenda for the next two days, I wish you a wonderful, blessed weekend. Let's make our plans to succeed!!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
If you watch Biggest Loser, I'm sure you have seen the clips about the Pound For Pound Challenge. For every pound you pledge to lose, 14 cents will be donated to your nearest local food bank. So many people are hurting right now and could really use the donations, plus making your pledge to help others can help you stay on track with your weight loss goals.
I have started a group on Facebook for those in my state of Ohio that want to do the Challenge, at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=app_2373072738&ref=nf&gid=264983342151#/group.php?gid=264983342151. Also, please sign up nationally at www.pfpchallenge.com for your pledge to count toward the food bank. The maximum pledge per person is 50 pounds, but just think how much money will be raised if we all take a moment to pledge. If you are not from Ohio, there are groups for several other states on Facebook as well.
Let's do good for others as we take care of ourselves. There's nothing better than that!!!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
I wasn't sure what to expect when I got on the scale this morning. Since I didn't get to weigh in last week while I was sick with my lovely sinus infection, this was going to reflect the past two weeks, which include Christmas and New Year's. I stepped on and held my breath. I gained 3.2 pounds over the holidays, putting me back up to 196.2.
Now, I did indulge somewhat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but otherwise I haven't. For the past week and a half, I've actually hardly eaten anything, because it was hard to swallow and I really didn't even have an appetite. I was too sick to go to my New Year's Eve party, so I definitely didn't have any goodies then. I drank a ton of water, as much for clearing out the sinus infection as for weight loss.
Of course, the flip side of this is that I was so sick that I was in bed most of the time, and exercise was out of the question since I was weak and constantly coughing. Lack of exercise didn't help, even though I didn't eat much. (Although I still think the coughing counts as a workout...my chest, stomach, and back muscles are sure feeling it!) So...I just have to take it for what it is and start again from here. I am now feeling much better, so I have a date this evening with my treadmill. Back to getting the job done. It was driving me crazy having to just lay around all of that time; a day or two isn't bad, but once I got past that I started going stir crazy.
My motivational people for this week are the cast of Biggest Loser Season 9, which starts tomorrow night. As we follow their journeys, let us be inspired and move ourselves forward on our own journeys. I can't wait to kick butt in 2010...how about you?
Friday, January 1, 2010
Well, we are not only at the start of a new year, but a new decade as well. Last year was full of its ups and downs, but still filled with so many blessings...more than I could ever have dreamed of. Here are some of my goals for 2010:
1. Lose the last 70 pounds by eating clean and working out regularly
2. Get my novel published
3. Get more organized
4. Choose the healthiest options whenever possible, which is most of the time
5. Re-learn Spanish, I was fluent for years but haven't used it so I need to retrain my brain
6. Delve into more writing opportunities
7. Finally have ballroom dance lessons!
I wish all of you a Happy and Blessed 2010...this is going to be an awesome year for all of us!!! xoxoxo