May 102012
 

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Yesterday at Slimgenics I officially hit the 40 lbs down milestone.

I’m not done yet, but I’m almost there. I’ve learned so much from Slimgenics about healthy ways to quickly prepare meals at home. I’ve overcome cravings and how to make healthy “treats.”

The foods I miss have changed since I started back in January. I was missing pizza, ice cream, mac ‘n cheese and chocolate.  It’s not like I will never eat those again…but what I’m truly hankerin’ for now are healthy foods that just aren’t part of the Slimgenics plan and I’m not worried about adding them back like avocado, melon, cheese, carrots, white onion, and whole wheat pasta.

I’m also excited to be able to run more and train to be faster once I can pre-fuel and re-fuel runs a bit better. Right now my carbs are limited so I run out of steam at about the 45 min mark. I don’t have to stop, I just slow down quite a bit. I can’t have Gu, Gatorade, Bananas, Chocolate Milk, or peanut butter on Slimgenics so you runners can see my difficulty.

Fortunately, due to my weight loss and training I have done I can get a lot further in 45 mins than I used to!  A 5K used to take me 50 mins, now its more like 37 mins! Woo!

Thanks for all your support everybody! Here, on Twitter, on Facebook and on Daily Mile!

May 052012
 

I told you guys about the jelly beans a couple weeks ago.  I made that decision..it was a few jelly beans…and it didn’t affect my weigh ins the following week…but even if it had..I was cool with it…I made a purposeful decision to have a few jelly beans.  My boyfriend made a decision to have some lemon heads…and we moved on….it was cool..and its in the past.

So, last night I was out to dinner with my girlfriends…at a mexican restaurant…we picked it as our version of a little Cinco De Mayo get together.  We went to A La Salsa at Midtown Global Market…great place, lots of choices…lots of authentic mexican food..you can have chicken, fish, steak, grilled veggies, cactus leaf stuff, tamales, rellenos, enhiladas…they have the stuff americans want..the mexican classics…and some fabulous traditional mexican dishes.

I made my decision….a mole covered 1/4 chicken (white meat) dish. It came with corn tortillas…I was going to have one (that is on my plan)…not eat any rice and have grilled veggies and no beans.

Well….then there was corn chips in front of me.  I went over the menu…looked at the corn chips…my friends can vouch for me, I didn’t dive into the tortilla chips as soon as we sat down…I stated “let me look over the menu and see if I can have some chips”.  I shouldn’t have even done that….fried, fatty corn tortilla chips DO NOT equal a fresh corn tortilla Meredith…WHY are you even thinking of switching them out….

..but I did…I haven’t had a CHIP since January..I decided I could have a few…instead of the corn tortilla…so I did…and I didn’t feel guilty..and I moved on.

Well…now its the next morning…I dunno if I’m guilty, or if I’m sorry that maybe the scale has “caught me in the act”.  I don’t feel like having a few chips..and honestly it wasn’t very many, my friends could tell you that…not even half of the little basket…I counted, I had maybe 10-15…honestly.

I think I’m just PISSED that the scale isn’t down like it normally is on Saturday mornings…UGH, I depend on my Saturday mornings as a nice loss as a push through the week….I lose  little during the week, too..but its Saturday mornings that are my big loss, the one I officially record, etc.

I’m the same as I was last night…and MORE than I was last Saturday…like by almost two pounds. I also have TOM coming up so that’s fighting me as well.  So I’m sitting here saying “why did I do that? why did I have chips?” but its not because I don’t think it was okay to have chips, but because its making me mad at my weight and the scale. YES, I’m still down just shy of 40 lbs…..but UGH…stupid scale.

I’m going to have some cleansing tea, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, drinking hot lemon water now..maybe it’ll take the “edge” off some of this bloating….going to weigh in at Slimgenics in about 3 hours…wish me luck…..

<3 Merbear

Apr 172012
 

….in my closet amd storage bins! Yeah baby!

This week I had to admit that another two pairs of pants were way too baggy. I know I shouldn’t complain….but that left me with just two pairs of work pants…and I thought I’d have to go shopping. I didn’t want to because I’ve still got about 25 lbs left….and a bunch of pants that I was sooo close to fitting in last week. Now, in actual lbs I lost 3 since last week….that doesn’t really sound like enough to be able to fit into pants in just a week! But….it was! I went from saying goodbye to two pairs of pants and hello to SEVEN MORE PAIRS OF PANTS!

Also, these pants are some of my favorites and they are average sized….12!! From some of my fav stores….Express, Ann Taylor Loft and NY & Co!

Onward and…downward? 🙂

<3 Merbear

Apr 162012
 

 

Bridesmaid's Toast April 2012

Look at these two photos….

Where am I?  What’s in my hand? How do I look, how do I feel outside?

How do I feel inside?

4 months ago, New Year’s Eve 2011….I’m in the back of the photo….I’m pretty darn happy…on the inside and outside….happier looking on the outside…concerned about how happy I look on the inside.  Holding a drink..okay its NYE gotta party a little…but worried about how much I should drink to not look like a party pooper but how little can I drink so I don’t overdo my calories….trying to weigh my options….fit in but try to do some of the right thing.  Happy to be hugged by my boyfriend, happy to be hidden in the back of the photo and have his arm around me, too.

Jump up a four months….to this weekend.  Trying on bridesmaid dresses for my best friend’s wedding. Where am I? IN THE FRONT OF THE EFFING PHOTO! I’m ELATED to be in a photo with my friends and to be toasting my best friend. I’m ecstatic on the outside and I’m pretty proud of myself, satisfied and happy on the inside, too. What’s in my hand? WATER….what was being offered to everyone at the dress fitting? Champagne, orange juice, mimosas and cookies. What was I happy to drink and it didn’t even phase me or worry me that I needed to “fit in”..WATER. Was I happy with the choice before, while and after I drank it? YES. Do I think its super fun, cool, and invigorating to be posing all funky with my WATER toasting my best friend in the FRONT of the picture. YES!

BAM!

That is all,

<3 Merbear

Mar 252012
 

Hi hi!

I’m halfway through my weightloss at 30 lbs down with another 30 to go.  I’m actually not halfway through my weeks at Slimgenics though! My program with them is 28 weeks..and I’m on week 10…but halfway done losing! Woohoo!

My jeans started really getting baggy and awful and so I used a Living Social deal for the House of Amore & Fede in Edina and bought two new pairs.  One pair fits now, yay no more saggy! I also bought a pair that is another size down 🙂  The 2nd pair I bought are Miss Me brand and Amore & Fede lets you exchange them back in for an in store discount if they are gently used.  So when I shrink out of those, I can go back and get more with another discount!

My new Cowgirl Tuff Jeans!

 

I just wanted to let you guys know about how I was doing and that I’m so happy to have new jeans! Oh, they are 2 sizes smaller than my previous jeans! YAAY!

I’m also training for a 10K because my next race is a 6 mile portion of the Minneapolis Marathon on June 3rd.  I’m using SmartCoach from Running World Magazine to plan out my training and I love that, too! Plus, per usual I’m lifting weights twice a week.

<3 Merbear

P.S.

House and Amore and Fede and Living Social have no idea that I mentioned them or that I’m happy with the deals, I just wanted to share with all my readers!

 

Mar 142012
 

The only thing I could think about yesterday all day was how badly I wanted to go home and get outside and go running!  Yeah, I’m officially a running dork 🙂 I may not be super fast, but I can run and I love it!

Instead of thinking about that I have to run or have to make an exercise plan or have to get minutes in…all I thought was…its beautiful out, its not windy, its sunny…I want to put on my sneakers and hit the pavement!  Woohoo.

I ran a 5K this weekend and it was OK, I think with Slimgenics I kinda run out of juice when I hit the 30 minute mark, just cause I can’t super fuel myself up due to having to spread out my food through out the day…I don’t get more food just for exercising. But, its okay I still finished, with a few hills and lots of wind in 40 minutes…I’ll take that 🙂

I have another race on Saturday, the Get Lucky 7K…to celebrate St.  Patrick’s Day this year I’m running a 7K instead of drinking beers! Woohoo! 🙂  I am actually going to bring water with me for this race and cut it with a tiny bit of G2 (that’s the no calorie Gatorade), so I don’t completely poop out at the 40 minute mark when I have another 20 minutes probably left.

I was up at my weigh in today, but I’m right on track with plan..so I think its just that lovely monthly water retention…I weigh in 3x a week so I’m sure it will rectify itself by Friday when I weigh in again 🙂 I’m still like 26 lbs down, so that’s nothing to sneeze at 🙂 I hit my 25 lbs down mark and rewarded myself with a manicure 🙂

Ooh…also I put on a pair of my smaller PANTS from my “smaller stuff” bin…YAYAYA! Size 12 baby! I have already been able to wear smaller sized tops, but this is the first smaller sized pair of PANTS!!! I also had to stop wearing my original weigh in khakis cause they were like falling off me…so its a good thing I had a pair to replace them with!

Alright that’s what I got!

Peace out 🙂

<3 Merbear

Mar 052012
 

I finally have a treadmill!!! No thanks to w00t.com for not providing my phone number to Fed Ex

Building the treadmill

who tried to contact them three times!  No thanks to Icon Service for packing my treadmill with THE WRONG USER MANUAL.  No thanks to ProForm for repeatedly trying to get me to download the same, wrong user manual over and over.  But THANK YOU to the other people on w00t.com in the user forums that bought the treadmill, figured out it was the wrong manual and how to specifically ask for the right from from Icon Service and THANK YOU to the supervisor at Icon Service who emailed me the right manual.  And HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to my boyfriend for putting it together!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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I’m down 23.5 lbs officially with Slimgenics….we just got done with a “Biogenic Week” which is 5 days of very low carbs (like only about 200 calories worth a day)…but larger protein servings than normal. Also no club soda, no clear diet soda, no mustard…no extras…just protein, greens, 100 calorie snacks (2 a day).  Then after that we had two days (over the weekend) of Fresh Start days which is a lot like Atkins…as much green raw veggies, fat free dressing, oil, butter and protein as we could eat!  During this Biogenic Week…most people lose basically nothing….well I lost 3/4 lb….and Ryan LOST 4 lbs! That bastard! LOL!

I’ve also been able to dig out a few more tops from my “too small” bin which is awesome, yay for more choices! NSVs baby! I’m enjoying wearing one of my favorite going out shirts again that has a bit of sparkle!

I had an AMAZING sashimi entree at Raku in Edina on Friday night with my girlfriends, check this out:

Tri Color Sashimi - Raku, Edina

 

Ryan and I are super into green monster shakes to get our veggies in!  Heck if I can drink a yummy shake with 2 servings of spinach in it, I’m all for it!  They are easy to make, pretty easy to clean up and TASTY.  Right now we make them with 2 cups of raw baby spinach leaves, a liquid like Diet Berry 7up or Diet Cherry 7up, and fruit like blueberries or strawberries. Sometimes when I want protein I use plain fat free greek yogurt. I also will put Stevia in there depending on the fruit or if I’m using greek yogurt.  Right now I can’t have bananas or peanut butter, but I can’t wait to incorporate those after Slimgenics.

Putting together a blueberry green monster shake

 

Ground Turkey Casserole

 

For dinner tonight I made Ryan and I a casserole so to speak.  I sauteed together celery, green onion and ground turkey.  Then, I combine that in a casserole dish with creamy chicken noodle soup mix and chopped up mushrooms.  That’s all I did for today, but sometimes I also, at this point add in 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.  Then, I bake it for half an hour to solidify it up!  This time since I didn’t put the rice in, Ryan ate his with a piece of toast to scoop it up!

 

 

 

 

 

Then, with the other half of the package of ground turkey I made sloppy joe for lunches tomorrow with some chili sauce mix and red peppers mixed in to ground turkey!

Sloppy Joe

 

So….other than that, my 5K class with the Running Room is over and we are finishing up with the 100% Irish for a Day 5K on Saturday (10th)!  Its over at Lake Harriet and I will be running the entire race at one of my slower paces because all this training I’ve been doing is ACTUALLY in preparation for the Get Lucky 7K on St. Patrick’s Day!  So excited for some running coming up!  I

That’s about it for me for now!

<3 Merbear

Aaah, the weekend and a yummy dinner recipe

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Feb 172012
 

Phew….glad that week is over..long weekend coming up, will include some running, weight lifting, sleeping in, dinner with my parents, cleaning and some..and I love the sound of this..doing NOTHING

I swear Slimgenics makes the weeks go by even faster….with meal planning and cooking in between everything else life has to offer. But as the weeks go by the weight goes down, too. I know I’m going to lose every week as I follow the plan, but I must let the time pass and I must follow the plan daily for it to work. No way to speed it up or anything…so go time go!

This week I was able to wear 3 items out of my “small clothes” bin to work…it made me feel so good! I lost another 1 lb this week but I think that’s because of girly stuffs and my body is just shifting around, which has gotta happen when you are losing weight quickly.  17 lbs down baby!

I wanted to show you guys a new dinner I cooked up tonight.  It was so savory and tasty, but fast, too. All of 15 minutes from start to finish!

Curry Green Beans and Broiled Tilapia

Meal for two

Curry Green Beans:

  • 1 steam bag (about 4 cups) of cooked green beans, drained
  • 4 TBS of minced onion flakes (soaked in a bit of water)
  • 3/4 TBS of curry powder
  • dash of salt
  1. Spray a pan with cooking spray and saute the soaked onion flakes for a few minutes on their own
  2. Add the curry powder and saute together for about 3 minutes.
  3. Finally add the cooked green beans and a bit of salt. You might add a maximum of 2 TBS of water so it won’t burn, but you probably won’t need it.  Saute all together another 5 minutes.

Broiled Tilapia

  • 12 ozs (two 6ish oz filets) of tilapia (or any other white fish like orange roughy)
  • dash of paprika
  • dash of dill
  • dash of salt
  1. Spray a broiling pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place the filets on the pan and sprinkle with spices…I like more dill than paprika personally.
  3. Broil for about 6 minutes…check halfway and maybe turn the pan around.
  4. Fish should be flaky, but not dry or fried, white through out and no clear spots

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Let me know if you try the recipes and if you like them! For Slimgenics this dinner was 2 vegetable servings and 1 protein serving per peson

Feb 142012
 

Hi folks!

Omigosh, besides my getting to know you I haven’t posted in awhile, that’s awful, so here’s my updates!

Weight/measurements:

I’m down 16 3/4 lbs!! I started Slimgenics on Jan 9th-ish so I’m into week 5, this is so awesome! I’m also completely out of Lane Bryant land. I can’t wear a stitch of clothing from there except a pair of khakis that I shrunk on purpose, heehee..and they are seriously giving me diaper butt, I refuse to buy new pants yet though!

This week I had two NSVs!  I pulled out a shirt that I haven’t been able to wear for 5 years..and even though 5 years ago I weighed about 15 lbs less, I’m way more fit now…and with the weight loss, it looked so awesome! I danced around the house..my boyfriend thought I was miss crazy, but he was so proud of me and so am I!  Also yesterday I was able to pull a shirt out of my “too small work clothes” bin…oooh yes yes yes! So happy!

Running:

I am halfway through my Running Room 5K class. We are doing 10 min x 1 min twice and then slowly adding on a 3rd set of running, this week its 5 mins.  I ran a bit over 2 miles on Saturday woohoo!

In general:

I kinda feel like my life is:  sleep, workout, work, make dinner, meal prep for the next day, sleep, workout..work…etc etc. But, the “meal prep” is shortening due to getting better on Sundays at making my weekly plan and getting faster at cooking and chopping, etc for the most part.  So I’m getting there 🙂  Our meals have been good and satisfying. My appetite is definitely shrinking, I find myself pushing food around my plate at dinner time…hah, I get such a limited amount of food that is so weird!

I’m finally feeling better, too..I felt like I was dealing with a cold or a headache or something for a whole month and now its all wearing off!

Well, I have to get dressed so I can go workout..hope everyone is doing well!

<3 Merbear

Jan 242012
 

Every time Jen of Priorfatgirl has a gathering, whether its a semi-annual conference with arranged speakers, a set schedule and goodies to take home. Or, just a coffee meeting for anyone who wants to come and feel motivated, supported and not-alone in the struggle to be lead a healthy life and make good, healthy decisions.

On Saturday, January 21st, Jen invited those of us who wanted to build community, to make new friends, to learn, to share and get motivated, to join her at The Beat Coffeehouse. We were lucky to hear Mary Sailors, personal trainer from FitThisGirl, Philly D from Moksha Yoga Studio and Elle, another Priorfatgirl (yay Elle!) share their stories, mantras, and motivation to get us on track!

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Mary talked about Making Lasting Changes and one item that really struck a chord with me was setting goals for YOURSELF. If you make changes for others, ones that didn’t start with your own motivation and your own reasons…then the changes won’t last.  Every goal must start with you and must be a lasting goal, not a goal with an end date…because we may achieve goals for other people or goals with end dates (like a wedding or a class reunion), but then if that other person is ever not around or you pass that end date….the goal fades, motivation fades…and all your hard work could easily deteriorate.  This definitely rings true for me….in my past out of anger, I lost weight to prove to someone I wasn’t fat..but guess what, as soon as that toxic person was out of my life…the weight came back. I didn’t have the anger or the other person, albeit for a mean reason, motivating me…so the goal ended and I was back to the way I was before.   What goals are working for ME now?  Lifelong health and longevity…I want to be healthy and yes, on a vain tone…beautiful..for a long time…for ME…so I know I can do this.  I want a better quality of life for ME.   Mary talked about how Goals lead to action items and action items lead to strategies. The strategies are like a check list…so the goal doesn’t seem as daunting.   Taking small steps every day can do amazing things! Every day I drink 100 ozs of water and log my food, that will lead to the action item of losing 60 lbs, which will lead to my GOAL of a long, healthy life!  Thanks Mary!!!!

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Philly D really moved us in sharing his experience and expertise around the theme of meeting the moments in your life. He calls it RISE UP. Everything that grows has roots, if you don’t have the right roots, you can’t grow.  Root yourself and RISE UP!

“To Rise Up You Have to Wake Up And Be Present”

Awareness of the moment, of where you are now, leads to better choices and thus a better life.

“I Will Tune In To What I Feel”

Be Vs. Do….we can do what we want to do or we can “be” who we want to be!  Don’t just do things that a good person or a healthy person would do…BE a healthy person…get in touch with what you want to BE.  One way to work on “being” is with controlling and learning how to use our breath. Yoga and mediation can help us do this. Breath is our life, choosing to change our life can be started by choosing to control our breath.. To choose to breathe deliberately is a choice to live deliberately.

“When Rising Up Don’t Forget To Reach Down”

“Be What you Love and Use What You Love”

Who we surround ourselves with…the people we follow and the people we bring along with us….are all assets to our journey. Make sure and surround yourself with people who you exemplify the qualities you are looking for or whom you feel that you can meld with and share your qualities.

“Life has length, and Width”

…days since we were born, months until your birthday, years until you are gone.  But also, how do use use those days, months and years. How much “width” does your life have…how much sharing, how much understanding how much “being there”

Identify who you are, what you want..establish those roots with deliberate breathing, focus and love….you will be who you want to be.

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The final speaker was a girl I consider a friend, but also someone I look up to, Elle. Unlike with Mary and Phil…I didn’t really take notes, I just wanted to take in her story, her thoughts and her feelings and just, reflect.  Elle is a wonderful story teller, you can see this in her posts that just suck you in and create images and feelings all in a big swirl, at least to me. But, I digress….on Saturday Elle talked to us about her journey…how she just didn’t think about being overweight, to her experience with hiding from facing the facts, her first few attempts at losing and then gaining back weight, to her family actually *intervening”…then finally, her finding her own way, with a bit of professional direction for a bit, and also just finding her own peace and balance.  I’m not going to recount her story because it is told so well in her blogging.  He story did motivate me though, I learned, through others in the room nodding their heads and recounting their own experiences, along with Elle’s own story, that I’m not alone…everyone has trials, doubts, and setbacks…low points..rock bottom points…..but with determination, accepting help from our friends and family..and a focus on the other side….the other side that people like Elle, Mary, Phil and Jen can tell us about….that its all worth it.

I am feeling motivated, encouraged, supported and loved…….thank you to Jen, Mary, Phil, Elle….for reaching down while you rise up.

<3 Merbear