Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mamavation Monday... Pick Me!

First off, I love the Wii. Not the average video game I grew up with. I hope it will become a fun tool in my current weight loss journey. My only problem is with the Wii Fit and the balance board.

It has hurt my feelings. Now, I don't mean to whine, but I hate hearing the truth from strangers. When I was setting the Wii Fit up just after my birthday it was brutally honest with me. It weighed my stocky self and declared me, quite rudely, obese. Yeah, yeah... I KNOW that. But, how dare a game be so blunt. A game a barely know! I can only imagine what would happen at a party if someone I just met said that to me. I do hope the balance board, Wii Fit and I can become friends... but for now I feel like it is mocking me from its place near the tv.

Speaking of shocks to the system... my persnickity and ancient scale is being replaced. Far too often lately have I saw a fabulous number, only to find out it was far too kind. This old friend has been with me since college and now I think it is time to move on. I mean, this fantasy land has to stop. I am not under 200 lbs, no. In fact I am just over at 202 lbs. That is a place I hoped to never return. In it's place is coming an EatSmart scale. I can't wait to give it a whirl. I know I might not enjoy the news it has for me, but at least it will be honest.

So, how is that for fickle? I hate the Wii for being brutally honest about my current weight issues, and angry at the scale for whisping sweet little lies to me all these months.What will make me happy? Well, I am sure that thinner thighs would be a mighty fine start. Speaking of thinner, remember that I have applied to be a Mamavation Mom for campaign 7 and I need your help. Show your support by tweeting for me:

"Hey @! I want @ to be the next Mom. She has my support! "

Speaking of my scale, here is hopefully the last pic of my antiquated metal monster...

Do you see that? Back to 190!... or should I say 200 lbs. Yes, the nasty little liar is off by 10 lbs. Jeepers. That means folks, I lost 2lbs!!! Happy Dance... My pants have felt slightly better, and I am on an exercise high.

And more on the fitness front, two big home improvements. First we got an under sink water filter and can stop buying jugs of water. We are on well water and when we had it tested, it had some traces of not so nice things. Now I have no excuse to drink up and stay hydrated. Good thing, Leah (aka @bookieboo) just declared that Mamavation candidates should abstain from soda and alcohol. Whew. Tap water for me.
We also cleaned off, dug out and got the good old treadmill ready for duty. Can you say, no more excuses? The Nordic Track was a hand-me-down that I plan to really utilize. If I don't get outside for a walk, I can at least use this after the kids have gone to bed. I plan on starting the C25K training on this bad boy.

New Goals:
  • I started a quick 2 week yoplait light shape up. It will be over before Mamavation Boot Camp and hopefully will help me re-examine my breakfast habits.
  • Continue the EA Sports Active workouts for the week (4 total)
  • Plan each meal carefully for balance, whole grains & eat appropriate portions
  • Get 30 - 45 minutes of walking, jogging or running a day
This Week's Recipe Share: (drum roll please...)

Armenian Lentil Soup
you will need: 

1 1/2 c. lentils (rinsed)
10 c. water
1/2 c. brown rice (rinsed)
1 c. diced onions (I like yellow for this)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos - look in the health food section. Less sodium than soy sauce.
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp Chicken-like seasoning (for non-vegan use chicken or vegetable stock)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dill weed
2 tsp. cumin
1 package of chopped spinach (thawed)
1 - 15 oz. diced tomatoes

Add all ingredients to your soup pot, except the spinach and tomatoes. Bring it to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for 1 hour. Lentils should be tender. Then add the spinach and simmer for an additional minute. Add the tomatoes right before serving. Makes 12 cups and freezes beautifully! Bon Ape-tit!

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What are ways you can work out without having to leave the house?

 This week I had to answer just that question. I kicked my workout up with the Wii Fit, EA Sports Active 2, various dance and pilates DVDs as well as my treadmill will be used
I feel like I have put my game face on. I am serious about losing the weight ladies. I am now ready to take orders and have bookieboo kick my behind with her boot camp. Please help support me in my quest to be a Mamavation Mom.
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