Monday, September 26, 2016

Cucumber Chips (review) and My Next Conquest....

I am so excited!-- This weekend I was in "SNACK MODE" and my usual go to consists of salt and crunch.  This for me can be detrimental since it is sooooo easy to crunch right through a bag of chips.  I mean, really, chips chew down to nothing.

Hence, I was at Sprouts and saw a new-ish item.  I have tried the Okra chips, and they are delectable.  The Veggie chips are so~so.  The green bean chips will do in a pinch.  But let me introduce you to my new favorite pinch hitter!  Cucumber chips.  I love cucumber.  They smell clean!--and refreshing.  They are great for weight loss because you can eat alot for next to no calories.  They help to hydrate you from the inside, and flush out toxins.  Albeit, fried cucumbers may not keep this ability.

Yes, they are fried... but I still had to just try them.  And as far as fried goes... WELL these are not the end of the war.  Really, I could have done much worse!  I did find several recipes for baked ones and I think I might try them.  I love Kale chips.

So home they went and what better way to test them out then with my favorite Garlic Hummus.  The texture is light and airy.  The taste, well they actually taste like cucumbers!  SO I dipped to my heart's content.  I will definitely buy again!

Time to update on progress.  This is the 3rd week without HCG and I am fluctuating.  My results are down overall however I am the same weight as when I stopped the HCG.

WEEK 1 NO HCG 288 lbs.  
WEEK 2 NO HCG 291.4 lbs.   
WEEK 3 NO HCG 288.8 lbs. (TOM)

Which brings me to my next conquest.  I have started a DietBet and committed to losing 10% of my body weight over the next 6 months.  I will write more in-depth about it later.  For now, you can see my first goal and the date I must achieve it by.  Not only do I need to be 282 lbs. by 10/19, I have to maintain to surpass it for the next round.  This will be a real journey, as I have only been losing 5 lbs or so monthly.   Check in on my often; let's see if I can make this a reality.  ~~Jennifer

Monday, September 19, 2016

StepBet and the Hunny Prize Pot

HMMMMM... Hunny Prize Pot!-- This was sweet when I found it; and bittersweet as I write about it.  Back in July, I stumbled upon this app/game that was sure to increase my movement.  StepBet had me put up my $40 bucks and in return I was now committed to walking.  At first, the goals seemed very high to me and I struggled as I tried to adapt.

I needed this weekly to stay in the game and not lose my money:
2-Stretch days at 14,028 steps
4-Active days at 10,428 steps and
1-Rest day

I was not sure what to make of it but I was determined I would not lose my money I had put in.  I watched as the pot grew to over $50k and visions of "winning it all" began to entice me and encourage me to do better than my very best.  Especially tasking was at this time I was hitting the 10k goal M-F with next to no movement on the weekend and feeling pretty darn good about it.

So, I am off... the race begins.  Over the 6 weeks for the contest I sweat, cried, hurt, and did it again.  Week after Week.  By the 4th week I began to notice that it was not as hard as it had been.  In fact; I was no longer concerned about making it. I realized that HEY you!-- Your moving!  And you’re doing it every single day!-- YOU Go!-- and other people were noticing too.  An old co-worker asked me if I slept because my "fitbit challenge" results increased, and I picked up a very valuable GYM Buddy.  So thankful for my redheaded friend.

Along the way I figured out the money thing is rigged.  -- WE went from 1365 players to 903 finishing.  The winners were to split the pot.  But at the end of this rainbow is the realization that this was never about the money.  The App developers keep 25% (12.5% during the beta testing) and will forfeit their cut ONLY in the event that the winners do would not get their original investment back.  I DID WIN...My payout was $52.91.  A bit over 30% ROI and let's be honest!  When it comes to investment vehicles that is a great return!  Even better because I invested in myself.

NOW.  Quite honestly... I loved this and it motivated me.  I am glad for the winners because it means they made their goals to.  I did see many comments about not winning more and I really was saddened by them.  Because that means that person failed to meet the goal they set for themselves.

And, the game/app makers know this!-- It is set up for 6 weeks to discourage those who need money quick or the gambling type.  It is intentional.

Fast-forward to today.  I am currently in my second challenge doing the same as before.  Bittersweet because the Plantar Fasciitis and Bone Spur have ended my time on the treadmill.  This morning I resolved to bike for 50 minutes and I did complete it.  To my dismay it only gets around 3k in steps.  But so are the life choices.  I do not want foot surgery so I am minding what the Dr. says.  I have this week and the next to finish this second round.  I will decide if I can do anymore based on how well my feet are responding to treatment.

The same company has another app/game that is actually their first product.  DietBet.  I have joined and will write about it next week.  This one concerns me; because I continue to go up and down.  But I am hoping the thought of losing my funding will keep me on track like it did above!

I will tell you why there is a "word" next week!
Quick update--because accountability is everything!  I figure, even when I am disappointed with the gain I need to be honest with myself.

WEEK 1 NO HCG 288 lbs.  
WEEK 2 NO HCG 291.4 lbs.  

Every minute, every hour, every day, every week just keep moving forward!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Emotional Eating Roller Coaster and 10 lbs lost pic...Week 1 NO HCG

The heart walk was amazing.  I had my best day ever.  Over 22k in steps.  I did feel everyone one of them in my left heel.  It is not responding as well as the right did to the cortisone injection.  Hopefully at my next appointment with the podiatrist there is another alternative for treatment.  

I am a very emotional eater.  I just feel better with food.  Always have and I do not think any drug will ever take that away.  Right now I am focusing on really staying faithful to myself.  See I will never entirely eliminate life's roller coasters.  My GF's mom passed this week.  Since they are mourning I wanted to do what I do.  Provide food.  Therefore; this weekend ended in Lasagna and Enchiladas, and a fresh homemade chocolate cake, neither of which were even close to low carb.  I was supposed to be dropping this off for her and her family in their time of need--but I never made it over and had to stick the extra trays in the freezer. 

I will say this.  I much rather have that moment then stay there.  That's what I used to do; start eating and just stay there.  Instead of making super gigantic trays like a I normally do for a family of 4- I made what we would eat in one day.  Mind you though, for the family side of things, the servings were still too much.  I am looking for a way for them to be satisfied with one serving instead of 5.  We are not there; very-very far from it.  This really is a win/loss/loss/loss/loss and I blame myself for that.  AFTER ALL I am the one that made it. 

I think being honest about it is helping me.  See for so many years I have hide this from everyone.  Even those closest to me.  Did not want my husband to see that I just ate $20 worth of junk that I just bought from the corner store.  He seen that one time when I was pregnant with our son, and I was so ashamed I never let him see me do it again.  The problem is that was 17 years ago and I have not stopped.

I would like an accountability partner.  Someone that you can "snap" a pic and shoot it to before eating.  I think that might help.  Because the guilt and shame would keep me from indulging in secret.  

Drum Roll please.....
Today's statistics are:
WEEK 1 Round 2 298 lbs.
WEEK 2 Round 2 293 lbs.
WEEK 3 Round 2 296 lbs.

WEEK 4 Round 2 292 lbs. 
WEEK 5 Round 2 293 lbs. 

WEEK 6 Round 2 294 lbs.

WEEK 1 NO HCG 288 lbs.

Above you have my 10lbs lost pictures.  I really am not interested in playing with the angles to produce results.  That's why I wore the same outfit.  Truth is with the 48 lbs gone all my clothes are too big.  I do not see a difference in the pictures themselves.  But I feel the difference in how things fit; and in the way I carry my weight. I will hire a photographer (My daughter just got drafted) and get a new "START" pic where we can see the difference.  Not going to pick these pictures apart because I see a difference even in my areas that need the most work.  Slipped into these jeans with no issue.  Just what I needed to meet Darren Woodson.... One of my favorite players from when it was more then just fun to be a Dallas Cowboy Fan. 

Welp... here's to visions of cupcakes that are virtual and not physical!  See you next week.