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12 Apr

So I started South Beach Diet at the beginning of January and my last update had been at the end of February and now we are in the middle of April and my weight has not moved an inch since my last posting.  Some might call this a plateau while others {like myself} call this a BIG.FAT.FAIL.  BUT I didn’t want to just say see ya to South Beach diet get really discouraged and eat back those pounds I did lose–but I also knew I didn’t want to go on a fad diet all willy nilly. {what is a girl to do??!!!}

First off let me give you my Pros and Cons of the South Beach Diet and perhaps it will work better for you…


  • see BIG results pretty quickly
  • allowed me to eat foods I really did enjoy
  • didn’t feel as if I was on a “diet”
  • helped curb my carb addiction
  • motivated me to lose weight
  • helped remove unhealthy snacks at night
  • more concious of our grocery shopping
  • haven’t put back the weight after 3 months


  • plateau pretty quickly
  • hard to ease carbs back in
  • hard to know what carbs to ease back in
  • hard to make meals for both my husband and I
  • didn’t see great results after first month to keep me motivated
  • very rigid at first and then loosey goosey
  • only when I kept with phase 1 for the entire month did I see results {only suppose to be 2 weeks}

On the flip side of being discouraged about the South Beach Diet I am very excited about my workout progress and sticking with a 3 day a week regimen since November.  I do want to increase the amount of exercise and the length, but at the moment I am really happy about finding the motivation to slip on those sneakers and get to the gym or outside for an entire 6 months straight!! BIG.FAT.SUCCESS since normally I go like a mad woman for a month and then stop going.  

Sooooo where do I go from here since I am not happy about the size/weight that I am at the moment but I am not seeing results???

Well I have called on Jillian Michaels to help me out {haven’t signed up for her online program though}.

I bought two books written by her called Winning by Losing and Making the Cut.  I have read through the entire Winning by Losing book {which is about losing weight gradually and at your own pace} and I have found a ton of helpful information in this book! Including what calorie intake I need to be eating in order to start losing and also information about what triggers my eating, foods I need to be eating, my oxidizing level, not all about weight–inches matter too, and tips on how to control the eating. I also learned something profound in my exercise program that with all the work I have been doing I am really only working out enough to be maintaining. seriously?? With all the sweating over the past 6 months I am just maintaining? But it is starting to make sense that although I am working out hard I am not working out long enough or enough times to see the weight loss results.  Plus I find the days I do workout I eat more, which then just balance each other out.  So when I thought I was stepping it up I was only at the beginning stages of working out…YIKES! 

This doesn’t seem like a diet although what calorie intake I was eating and what I actually need to be eating to lose weight needs adjusting and so less food will be eaten and the types of foods will change.  Also, way more water will be consumed…ugh.  I just started to read her newer book Making the Cut and this is a 30 day intesive program and with Las Vegas coming soon I am contiplating the tougher regimen in order to get the results I want for our trip.  {Book reviews and program reviews to come in the near future}    

Bottom line I need to increase my exercise and decrease my calories to look like THIS…easy enough, right? RIGHT? HAHA. yea right.

Anyone else try Jillian and have success?? Any words of wisdom??

Taking the Plunge: Week 5

1 Feb

Okay so really I have been a bad blogger for the entire month of January BUT February is a new month and I am very excited to be done with January.  With all of the crazy work I had to do and unfortunately a death in the family last week I am very thankful for February 1st to be here! yipppeeee!! So I have a ton of posts up my sleeve now that I have a moment to breathe and think about something other than work and death {really depressing I know}, but first up my weekly weigh in. 


Okay for not being home for an entire week and not having a gym next to my apartment I was still able to get my body moving and I worked out in the cold! Plus I have been doing a running routine and so I had to run on the road with a ton of hills and I did it {twice!}.  I was really proud of myself that I kept my eye on staying healthy even during a difficult time and got out in below freezing temperatures.  It got me out of the house, getting my body pumping, and releasing some pent up energy.  I really would have loved to have had one more outdoor run during the week, but we had 5 inches pound our neighborhood on Thursday and then a funeral on Friday. 

When a death occurs in the family it turns into baking and cooking sessions non-stop.  I am not sure if it is the stress reliever, staying busy, or just in need of comfort food but the kitchen was non-stop in the house we were staying in.  I was very pleased that I was able to stay away from all the treats and heavy foods that were being made–but it was so difficult to smell and be around all of those delicious treats.


So even though I stayed away from all the brownies, cheesecakes, cupcakes, applecakes, cornbread, garlic bread, etc. I still ate more than I usually do since I was eating craisins or fruit while others were eating treats.  Normally it is 3 meals a day {eggs, then a salad, and then whatever I make for dinner } with a small nut snack during the day and night.  Well not so much this week.  I did a bit more snacking and although I was able to have my eggs in the morning almost every day the lunch and dinner was a bit heavier than I was used to.  I stayed away from breads and carbs–but a lot of the meat had sauces and other additives. I drank my coffee with regular sugar and half and half rather than splenda and skim milk.  My eggs were prepared with butter, and I didn’t really get in any nuts as a snack.  So although I did stay away from carbs and the treats I wasn’t being as strict being away from home and realized the little things are what adds up. 


Okay so this weekend was almost all ugly.  I drank on Saturday night, had a small piece of chocolate cake–but a small victory that night was drinking and not eating one chip and dip that was on the table.  I had oatmeal pankcakes on Sunday morning {although no syrup with them} and then for lunch had curry with..uh oh RICE. I then had leftover chicken with the curry sauce for dinner and stayed away from the carbs. BUT then I had strawberries dipped in chocolate.  SERIOUSLY?!! Where did my will power go??? This weekend was really a low part of this diet and perhaps the week just wore my will power down to nothing but I made all this progress then BAM I go and try to screw it all up.  I know that I am being hard on myself and I definately just brushed this weekend off and got up this morning ready for a new week but really lets not have a repeat of last weekend again please will power. I beg of you.

Oh and a different “ugly” side note I was watching Keeping up with the Kardasians last night {poor husband} and Rob Kardasian did a boxing charity event and had to get weighed in.  He weighed in at 191lbs and his father Mr. Jenner made the comment “wow you are a real fatty Rob.”  I know that I am not 191.8 anymore, but seriously I was mortified that I weighed as much as Rob {and .8lbs more than him!} and his father thinks he is a fatty…what would he think of me?!! Totally stupid of me to think but thought I would share the story. 

Beginning Weight: 191.8lbs

{End of} Week 1 Weight: 185.2lbs {6.6lb weight loss!}

{End of} Week 2 Weight: 184{1.2 weight loss!}-did not meet 5 lb weight loss

{End of} Week 3 Weight: 181.0 {3.0 weight loss!!}-went over my 1lb weight loss

{End of} Week 4 Weight: 182.4 {1.4 lb gain!}

Week 5 Goal: 3.4 lbs {I want to see the 170’s again!}

Total Weight Loss: 9.4lbs

Ultimate Goal on May, 30, 2010: 150lbs

And here is proof of my stupid weekend slipup!

Taking the Plunge: Week 4

25 Jan

So another week has gone by and without a little bit of agony.  So normally when I am on a diet I try to keep the kitchen as healthy as possible {minus a few snacks for the hubby}.  BUT this week I had to eat with staff members for every meal and what was at every meal? Delicious cheesecake, apple pie, and carrot cake! AHHHHH.  I thought I was going to lose.my.mind. The first day was the toughest because I forgot their would be delicious treats staring at me for a good hour.  I knew it was coming every day and one day I walked by the dessert table probably oh 5 times.  In the end I won because well I never ate one of those desserts!!


Not touching one of those delicious desserts. go me. I also did not have my favorite food mash potatoes or any of the bread, hashbrowns, pasta, etc served at the meals.  I knew since they were pre-made dinner and weren’t the healthiest meals so I knew it was even more prudent that I stay away from the carbs. 

I got to the gym this week.  Not as much as a normal week but I still got in a couple which is really a miracle with the week that I had.  Plus I had a great workout on Saturday that is motivating me for this week!

Well with the crazy week I had I wasn’t on the scale like a maniac.  I only checked it once to make sure that I was maintaining with the lack of meals I was able to make.  A vast improvement from the week before!


So yes I didn’t eat theh dessert that was from the staff meals BUT I did have 2 scoops of ice cream with m&ms on top.  It was a small price to pay for my sanity this week.  HAHA. Once in a while not so bad, but I need to make sure that I don’t make it a habit since it was my go to lovely snack recently. 

We were lazy yesterday and didn’t go to the grocery store so we are the last items in our kitchen.  I am trying to keep it healthy without going to the easy/unhealthy meals.  So we need to get to the grocery store pronto!! I need more eggs!


No ugly this week.  I really tried hard to stay motivated and focused on the goal of not gaining any weight back even with an increbily hard week.  I maintained all my habits and even started to bring a water to get more liquids throughout the week.  I am proud of how I managed the week and my cravings are starting to slow down, which is wonderful.

So the results of last week….

Beginning Weight: 191.8lbs

{End of} Week 1 Weight: 185.2lbs {6.6lb weight loss!}

{End of} Week 2 Weight: 184{1.2 weight loss!}-did not meet 5 lb weight loss

{End of} Week 3 Weight: 181.0 {3.0 weight loss!!}-went over my 1lb weight loss

Week 4 Goal: 2lbs

Total Weight Loss: 10.8lbs

Ultimate Goal on May, 30, 2010: 150lbs

And the proof….

Taking the Plunge: Week 3

23 Jan

Okay so this is a couple days late, but really this week was really tough and all I did was work and sleep.  I really missed blogging and I am glad I will have some extra time again and really glad to be getting back into the swing of a routine again.  So with life being so busy how did I do last week?

Results in a minute.  Here is the good, bad and ugly of last week.


I really stuck to trying not to eat carbs even though a good amount of my meals were given through work.  I stayed away from all starches and made sure I was eating salads and meat. I was pretty stressed out all last week and I felt that I didn’t binge on eating to make myself feel better.  There were a couple tears and venting sessions but I made it through. 

I also had date night and had to go out to eat a couple times last week and when I went to eat I ate salads!! Really this is a first for me.  I love my pasta, mashed potatoes and sauces like no ones business, but I stuck with salad!! Some were more healthy than others (like the southwestern salad, and some in the middle like a taco salad without eating the taco, and then there was the bad salad but at least it was a salad-right?? like the buffalo chicken salad. ) Overall though I am really proud of this and I didn’t feel like I was missing out.


Well I would have loved to gone to the gym more and there were a day or two where I had the time and I chose to sit on the couch.  I did get to the gym last week but it was only 2 times and my goal is 3 or more days a week (including weekends) so I didn’t meet my goal last week in the workout department.  But even with a stressful and busy work week I got to the gym twice which is great that I got out there and kept myself moving

Well I was beat, had a bad day and got home and looked at my husband and said I need a date night.  So off we went to Chilis and I had that southwestern salad and started to destress and then we went to go see Avatar and at the movie I had skittles.  Now the goal was not to eat the entire bag of skittles and I made sure I had a water with the skittles.  I knew it was wrong and that I shouldn’t be eating skittles but let me tell you I savored every skittle I had that night. Plus I made my goal and didn’t eat every skittle in the bag. YES!


I weighed myself every day like a maniac.  I turned into one of those people.  A good amount of meals were through my work and I just wished I could have known how everything was cooked and be a bit more healthy.  So since I couldn’t really control cooking the food last week I controlled the scale and checked it every morning.  And sometimes re-checked it.  Oh it was bad and I swore starting this week that I wouldn’t be that person anymore and to not live by what the scale says. {stay tuned if I met this goal}

 So the results of last week….

Beginning Weight: 191.8lbs

{End of} Week 1 Weight: 185.2lbs {6.6lb weight loss!}

{End of} Week 2 Weight: 184{1.2 weight loss!}-did not meet 5 lb weight loss

Week 3 Goal: 1 lb

Ultimate Goal on May, 30, 2010: 150lbs

And the proof…

South Beach Diet Recipe: Phase 1

11 Jan

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese

Okay so I should have taken a picture of my husband’s face when he took his first bite of the meal rather than the chicken to help you decide to make this.  It was unbelieveable.  Probably one of the best meals I have ever made–resturant worthy.  And once again I have this lovely blog to thank for my healthy meals. Not oh I can be a chef resturant worthy more like we could have paid 24 dollars at a fancy resturant for this meal worthy.  If you even slightly like pesto you will LOVE this meal.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Seriously I was shocked and pleasantly surprised. wow.  (pat myself on the back).  It didn’t even taste like a “diet” meal and it was yum-o! So although this is one for all phases it should be more of a special treat rather than a weekly meal.  It has a higher fat content than other recipes (yet still in the range of phase 1).  It is a wonderful recipe that should not be skipped over.  Go down to the tips section to find out how to make it less of a “fatty” meal! Bon Apetite!


6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (use the biggest ones you can find)
1 cup purchased or homemade pesto
1 cup packed finely grated white cheese such as mozzarella or Monterey Jack
1/3 cup low fat sour cream (do not use fat free)
about 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup chicken stock or canned chicken broth
1-2 tsp. Flour (optional)


Preheat oven to 375.

In bowl, combine pesto, grated white cheese and sour cream until well combined.

In a flat bowl put the 1 cup grated parmesan. Spray 9X13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Pound chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness, or as thin as you can get it, the thinner the better.

As each piece of chicken is flattened, turn chicken over to “ragged side” and spread 1/6 of pesto cheese mixture evenly over that side of chicken (use a rubber scraper to do this).

Then roll up each piece end to end, starting with the widest end, rolling as tightly as you can.

I found these held together well and did not need a toothpick.  (I used a toothpick for each one and it worked like a charm)

Tuck in any loose pieces, and they will stay that way when it cooks.

Put each stuffed piece of chicken in the bowl with the Parmesan cheese, and press Parmesan into the surface of the chicken so it is well coated.

Put chicken into casserole dish. (You want to arrange the chicken pieces in a row, with the pieces almost touching on the sides.)

After all chicken pieces are in casserole pour in enough chicken stock to barely cover the bottom of the dish (less than 1/2 cup) and cover casserole tightly with foil.

 Bake chicken for 30 minutes, then take out of oven and remove foil (The Parmesan will be melty looking, but don’t worry, you’re going to brown it.)

Increase oven to 425, put chicken back in oven and bake 15-20 minutes more, until the top of chicken is slightly browned. (I kept chicken in the oven while it heated up to 425 and kept it in for 20 minutes)

Don’t overcook, but be sure chicken is firm to touch.

When you take the chicken out of the oven you’ll have a delicious looking combination of stock, bits of pesto, melted cheese and chicken juice in the bottom of the dish. You can serve this over the chicken just like it is and it will taste fabulously!  


If you want to make a sauce out of what is left in the casserole dish here is a how! (I did not make a sauce)
Skim off as much fat as you can from top of the mixture, then pour it into small saucepan and add rest of the cup of chicken stock that you did not use. Bring to simmer for 10 minutes or so, until sauce is slightly reduced and cheese is well melted. Mix flour (depending on how much liquid you have but I used 2 tsp.) with small amount of cold water, then whisk it into sauce and cook until sauce thickens slightly. Pour around chicken and serve.


Okay so to make it a less fatty I used fat free sour cream (it says no but it tasted amazing).  Also when pesto is cold or thawing out from being frozen the oil rises to the top and you can scoop out the oil prior to making the mixture.  Not making the sauce is a great way to lower the fat and not putting the left over at the bottom of the casserole over the chicken will help too.  I didn’t have a pounder (thought I bought one!) and so I had to use my crazy intense potato masher and it did the trick.  Also having the chicken completely thawed out helps out the thinning the chicken because half of my chicken was completely defrosted and the other not so much and it seriously took me forever for the second half.  (put oh so worth it when the chicken and cheese and pesto melts in your mouth!)

Also, the pesto and cheese on top of the chicken was the left over the mixture.  There is not a hole in the middle of the chicken that makes it spurt out.  False advertising on the picture.  So if you have no mixture on the top at the end of baking it didn’t go all wrong. haha.


4 Jan

It is a ugly four letter word that every girl hates. diet{shudders}  I know that the the more friendly word is getting healthy, new life style and being more active, but for me I have hit a number on the scale that I have never seen before and so for me it is a diet first. Never even seen this number at my all time high when I truly wasn’t healthy in grad school and never cooked a meal in 2 years.   There are so many excuses that I told myself when I got off the scale saying we moved quite a bit in the past 6 months, too many changes, needed a break after the wedding craze, marriage weight, stress weight, etc but no excuse is going to change what the scale says.  I can only make the changes on the scale and me alone.  Although I have been to the gym over the past 3 months I have not pushed myself and have not been diligient about what has gone into my mouth. 

Now I have tried good amount of the diets out there when I was losing weight for the wedding.  Weight Watchers was too flexible {i will always choose 5 potato chips over 40 carrots anyday}, Green Faces was too intense {plus I had an ER visit xand frantic fiance at the end of that diet}, the I am going to eat as little as possible {which lasted only 4 days}, among some other diets.  Finally I picked up an old book on the bookshelf that I bought when I didn’t really need to diet.  South Beach Diet.  I opened it up and said that for the amount of carbs I do eat this could be life altering and it truly was.  I had to rethink everything I put in my mouth because normally it was smothered, covered, and folded into a carb.  As my good friend said when I told her about the diet…what is there to eat? {both of us are carb lovers and a bit baffled}.  So I followed the plan and what do you know IT WORKED! It was hard, it was work, but in the end I got the results that I wanted and more…

So tomorrow is the day {after the holidays and my birthday weekend} that I will start my south beach diet and hopefully a year filled with healthy and active living.  But before this big step in the right direction I am going to have myself a bowl of vanilla and icecream with m&m’s on top tonight and say goodbye to old friends of bad night eating with a promise of seeing them again when I have better control.  Now I am still up in the air of whether I will be posting about my struggles/triumphs of weight loss on a weekly or monthly basis and if that will include a picture of the scale and/or myself.  It is a way to be honest and perhaps motivate and help others out there to share the dreaded number {but it completely puts me out there in the open}.  It will be a game day decision. 

Speaking of game day.  Dolphins season ended today and as a die hard fan I say thank you for making my sunday and monday’s more interesting, heart thumping and unfortunately cut short of the playoffs. 


Happy {New} Day!!