No Pain No Gain

Hey guys! Still sitting at 266, but I’ll take it! When I lose about 10 more pounds I’ll be at my lowest high school weight (freshman year). Crazy, right!?

In my last post I talked about how I’m going to step up my game. I’ve been going to the gym more (4-5 times a week consistently), and I’ve been meal planning all week to a tee. I’ve been doing much better with carbs, and getting all of my water and protein in!! I still have problem area’s though. The biggest problem area is weekend’s. On Friday night’s Alex and I have a date night and do dinner out. This Friday we ate at Bonefish Grill. I made healthy choices (shrimp and scallop dinner), and I didn’t do too bad on calories that day. Then Saturday rolled around. We decided to order Rosati’s on Saturday and I got chicken parmesan with angel hair. As you can tell, this was already a horrible decision. The good news is it seems like I’m tolerating chicken much better now (but I’m still scared of rotisserie chicken). The bad news is, I’m making horribly poor decisions on the weekend. So Saturday and today (Sunday), I’ve spent finishing the chicken parmesan. Again…. HORRIBLE DECISION. Weekends are super difficult for me because I’m busy taking care of stuff during the week and because I’m so busy it’s easier to avoid eating in excess or getting tempted by bad foods. On the weekend, temptation is everywhere. This is something I will need to work on- now.

And now for the big news- drum roll please- I have decided to get a personal trainer! I already went for one evaluation at a place I really liked, but I’m trying to decide what I want to be doing right now. I know I want a trainer but I’m not sure at what capacity. People have recommended Crossfit, Zumba, Yoga, and private personal training sessions. Ok I’m getting ahead of myself. On Tuesday night after I did interval training on the Arc for 45 minutes I realized that it was getting easier for my body each day I did it. The problem is I really never know what to do when I’m at the gym. I see all the machines and I’ve even tried a bunch of them but I have no clue how much weight to use, how many sets, how long of breaks between sets, etc, etc, etc. I decided that I need a trainer or some sort of professional to “show me the way”. So I go onto Yelp (my favorite site in the whole world 😉 ) and look up personal trainers. I found a place which has incredible reviews- 5 stars out of 5. It’s called XDef and it’s right by me. The next day I went in for an evaluation. The evaluation was only 35 minutes and it kicked my butt!! It’s obvious they REALLY know what they’re talking about. They explain everything in great deal, they’re great motivators, etc. The problem is I have been in pain ever since that day and that was just the evaluation. I wake up every hour at night from the pain. Finally today I’m starting to feel better but I’m scared that it might be too much for me. The program I would be doing is $200 a month for a comprehensive meal plan and once a week training sessions (so four sessions a month). Obviously that’s a lot of money to pay which is another reason I’m unsure about doing it. Any advice you guys have for me is welcomed!

EVEN BIGGER NEWS!! I started a Weblog! I know, I’m over 3 months post op. I wish I started it sooner, but oh well! I got a lot of requests from people to start weblogging and to my surprise I actually really like it! I think it’s something I can only do every couple of weeks or so, but it’s kind of fun! Here’s the link to my youtube channel: (COMING SOON)

By the way, I received a lot of love this week! I got a few emails, Facebook messages and friend requests, and comments on Facebook and Pinterest. I’m really feeling the love and support from you guys! Someone said I was helping them not feel so afraid (they are in their pre-op stage right now). That literally made my day. I realize that this is a blog started to help other people, but I never realized how much it would actually help me. Love you all!

Dimand Girl

“Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.”- Robert Tew

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The Long Stall

Stall update!!!….. Stall. Officially. Broken! Woohoo!

So basically I fell off the bandwagon for a while. I stopped counting water intake. I stopped counting calories. I stopped going to the gym as much. I stopped losing weight. Not anymore! Over the weekend I did a lot of thinking about why I did this in the first place. I did this for a new life. A life of energy and good health. Something just snapped in me. I’m not going to sabotage myself with my old ways. I have said that (and thought it) before, but this time is different. For the last 3 days I have gotten 68-70oz of water a day. I have meal planned every snack, meal, and drink. I have worked out every day. I have lost 3 pounds in less then a week!

I have definitely realized what my problem areas are. Snacking and carbs. I have decided to cut sushi out of my diet (unless it’s a once in a while splurge, not weekly like it’s been). Actually, I’ve decided to cut rice in general out of my diet. I also don’t eat pasta. I rarely eat bread (when I say rarely I mean about twice a month), but when I do it’s whole wheat and only one slice. I don’t think it’s possible to avoid snacking, so instead of making myself miserable and cutting snacks on, I’ve just decided to snack smarter. I bought Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps (lightly salted and Caesar flavor), Mary’s Gone Crackers (herb flavor), and Simply 7 Quinoa Chips (lightly salted and cheddar flavors) from Whole Foods. Those are for when I need salty or crunchy foods. I also bought some Quest bars because they’re super high in protein and low in carbs, but they also fill in for sweet snacks. I’ve been snacking on shelled pumpkin and sunflower seeds as well. Having delicious snacks (that are much healthier then other options at the super market) have really helped me maintain my carb, calorie, and protein limits. I have also decided that after a certain time of night, no more snacking! By the way, for those of you that have emailed me requesting my exact nutritional standards on myfitnesspal, here goes: I limit myself to under 150 carbs a day (which once in a while I go over), 1200 calories, and I make sure to get 70 grams or more a day of protein. The carbs seem high to some people, but my nutritionist said it’s perfectly fine with my calorie intake. Also, I’m not watching fat right now. My nutritionist said it’s not necessary yet and to just look out for protein and fluid intake.

I feel like my mindset has been completely renewed and restored. Here is a promise to not only all of you, but to myself: I will do this process and do it right. I will meal plan from here on out. I will count my fluid intake every day. I will exercise at least 4 times a week every week. And if I fall down again, I will stand back up immediately. No more sabotage.

Since this week has been somewhat uneventful otherwise, I’m gonna skip the usual flood of photos and just put up a couple of motivational ones I found on Pinterest that have really helped me. I love the “WLS Transformation” chart because for me it’s very on point.

Love, peace, and plenty of water to everyone!

Dimand Girl

HW: 330

SW: 310

CW: 266

“Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat.”- Unknown

“If there is not struggle there is no progress.”- Frederick Douglass

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.”- George Bernard Shaw

So Delicious They’re Scary!!

So I wanted to post a Halloween related recipe in honor of my favorite holiday. I made three batches of pumpkin seeds for my friends and family, and they were a huge success!! They were all gobbled up right away!

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Standard Pumpkin Seeds: 

-as many seeds as you want (I used around 2 cups)

-olive oil

-sea salt (regular salt is fine)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and dry the seeds. Thrown the seeds into a bowl and drizzle olive oil over them. Grease a baking pan with butter or cooking spray and lay the oily seeds in a single layer. Sprinkle salt all over the seeds and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. 

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Pumpkin Seeds with a Kick: 

-as many seeds as you want (I used around 2 cups)

-3 tablespoons of melted butter

-2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce

-3 shakes of garlic salt

-3 shakes of onion powder

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Rinse and dry the seeds. Combine melted butter, worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and onion powder in a bowl. Add the seeds and mix well. Grease a baking pan with butter or cooking spray and add the seeds in a single layer. Cook for about 50-60 minutes or until brown and crispy. Let sit for 10 minutes (at least), and serve!

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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds:

-as many seeds as you want (I used around 2 cups)

-1.5 tablespoons of melted butter

-2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar

-5 shakes of nutmeg

-pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Rinse and dry the seeds. Combine melted butter, cinnamon sugar, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl. Toss the seeds in and mix around so they are fully coated. Grease a pan using butter or cooking spray. Add the seeds and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes (or until the seeds are browned). Let sit for 10 minutes before digging in! 

Trust me, these pumpkin seed recipes are frightfully delicious! Okay, enough of the cheesy Halloween jokes!

Happy Eating!

Dimand Girl

“Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends.”- Unknown

Christina Newman

I need to address something that’s been on my mind the last few days. For a couple years I have been following a beautiful soul on Youtube named Christina Newman. For years she had been battling against triple negative breast cancer. She did everything she could (chemo included) to extend the amount of time she had left on this earth with her family. On the 26th on October, she lost the battle and passed away leaving behind a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. She documented her battle with cancer to help people. No matter how sick she was, she continued documenting everything and updating everyone so that anyone going through this doesn’t feel so alone. To me, she is a hero. Here is her Youtube channel in case you want to see this beautiful person shine. Everyone please send prayers, love, and positive thoughts to her family. This is a very dark time for them, and they could use any light they get.

Donations can be made at:

http://christinasfund.chrishasms.com/

http://www.winterbooks.net/ava.php

Love, peace, and good health to all,

Dimand Girl

“God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you, and whispered “come to Me”.- Unknown

“The song is ended but the melody lingers on.”- Irving Berlin

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This Is Halloween

For those of you who don’t know, “This is Halloween” is the title of a song from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. My favorite movie of all time! A movie I have seen more than any other movies in the history of movie watching.

Halloween was a complete success, BUT we are completely Halloween-ed out. I’m actually glad that it’s a new month! So happy November everyone! This month I have gone to three pumpkin patches, went to five Halloween stores, carved a pumpkin, went to a haunted house, had a Halloween party, watched a billion Halloween movies, and went trick r treating. I might even be forgetting some! It’s been a long, fun month, but it’s time to move forward! Trick r treating yesterday was fun but freezing cold. It was around 30 degrees and even snowed yesterday. We went to downtown Arlington Heights and got candy from each shop. Then we went for a little while longer in our neighborhood. When we got too cold we got dinner out and went home.

The pumpkin patch with my brother, Helen, dad, and Autumn was super fun! It was really nice to have a family day and Autumn had a blast! Today we’re doing some “fall cleaning” and tonight we’re having friends over to watch our last horror movie of the year- Sinister. In terms of weightloss, no updates 😦 Still stalled at 269.

Also, I’m really considering starting to video blog on Youtube also. I think it might be a nice way for people to get to know me more personally, and I have had a couple requests for videos as well. We’ll see!

Love, peace, and happiness to all,

Dimand Girl

HW: 330

SW: 310

CW: 269

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^^Family pumpkin patch day^^

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^^Trick R Treating^^