Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Weight struggles

Well i havent been very good at posting lately simply because i am out searching for a job. It has been really difficult and the economy is not helping matters. I have gained some weight but with the beautiful weather here in Oregon I am trying to still get out and walk. I think as soon as I can secure a job the weigh issue will not be as bad since I am an emotional eater. So here is to getting back to it! I hope everyone is doing well....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wednesday Weigh-in for Feb. 4th

Ha! By definition it is still Wednesday- so I'm not late yet! I did lose a pound this week! I saw it go even lower than that but to be more conservative, I will just say I lost a pound. This is part of the extra weight that I need to get off from New Years celebrations, but I only have three pounds left to get back to where I was at Christmas. I still could cut out quite a bit of snack foods and then I would loose faster. Or I could exercise- what a novel idea=} I still lack the motivation to set up a routine of exercising. I have since been reading books on AD/HD and found that lack of motivation is a huge part of having it. Often people who have AD/HD will put off the things they know they should do in order to do something more thrilling/exciting. For some it's shopping, blogging, etc. and for others it's more extreem. I just have to plug through and do the best I can. Maybe one of these days the motivation will be found! Until then, I will keep trying to adjust my diet.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday Weigh-in for Jan. 28th

Hello! I'm excited that I'm actually writing this on Wednesday and not a couple of days late. I didn't do very well this week- gained a pound- but I wonder if it is me gaining muscle since I've been lifting more at work. Or not! Any how I'm not too worried and I will need to just watch my calories closer. I think I've been so busy that I forgot to watch what I've been eating. Also, reading books three and four of the Twilight series has made me sit around more. I'm almost done so then things can get back to normal. how have all of you been doing? Angie- have you moved to Oregon yet? I should just check out your blog. I've been so busy that I haven't been checking other peoples blogs for a while. Thanks for hanging on with me even if I haven't been the best at keeping tabs on everyone. Take care guys and know that I am trying to get back into the routine of blogging!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Recipe of the week

Easiest Crock Pot Recipe Ever

1 beef chuck roast (about 3lbs)
2 cups of water
1/2 cup soy sauce, low sodium is fine
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 bay leaf
3-4 whole pepper corns

8 french rolls

Place roast in crock pot. Add water, soy sauce & seasonings. cover and cook on high for at least 6 hours until beef is tender. Remove beef from crock pot and shred with forks. Keep warm. Strain broth and skim off fat. use broth for dipping. Fill rolls with beef and enjoy! There are buns at walmart made by courelain that are only 2 points if you are doing weight watchers!

Together after 20 years! Angie and Julie

We are the contributers to this blog and so it is only fitting that we got a picture together. Only, this photo is special because we haven't been together for over 20 years! Boy does that date us!

Angie and I knew each other when we were in elementary school and we used to play together. We were/are both LDS and so our families knew each other as well. In fact our Moms kept in better contact than we did. I think that I was the one that dropped the ball on that. I never did like to write/send letters- but I sure loved getting them!

Somehow, Angie found my blog and started to comment on it suggesting we keep in touch. Blogging is much easier for me to keep up with and so after she began her own blog, I was really excited. I decided to start my second blog about my weight loss and eating healthier. This inspired her to loose weight as well. She was such a good commenter and so after learning that she is a professional Chef as well as knowing about weight watchers, I asked her to join my blog as a contributer. She really has a wealth of knowledge in these areas and is a great compliment to this blog. You really haven't seen all of her skills yet unless you frequent her blog. She is a down-to-earth, caring person who is sensitive to others.

After blogging together for a while, we decided it was time to meet and renew our friendship. We set a lunch date for January and planned on meeting in Brigham City at the famous Maddox restaurant. They are known for raising the beef just beyond the parking lot on a ranch and using locally ground flour in their breads. It's interesting seeing the cows graze so close to the restaurant. When I got there I made sure to snap a photo of the huge turning sign that marks this impressive restaurant.

We had a great time together talking about all that has been going on. Only, it wasn't like we were starting from scratch since we knew quite a bit about each other from blogging. It was also neat to reshare stories from our past. We remembered different things about it and it was neat to hear her views of the same events. I will have to dig up some pictures of us as pre-teens. Hope you enjoy seeing us together since it may be a while before we can meet again. She is moving to Oregon! I just got my parents to move here from Oregon and now my friend moves back! I guess we can't have everything! Have fun in Oregon Angie- and keep us posted on your weight loss goals!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A New Year Update on My Progress

I know that if you are reading this, you probably have been following my weekly weigh-ins and are wondering "What are you up too Julie?" I've just been busy trying to get my home in order, develop a routine for my new work schedule, helping my parents settle in to their new home, and playing "nurse" at home to sick kiddos. I guess that is all really great excuses for not keeping up with the blog for a few weeks. I think things are settling down now and so I can be more diligent on blogging!

I have really not been happy with myself for gaining three pounds during the New Year festivities since I had been on a great loosing streak- it's a good thing- before the New Year. I really have been down on myself for gaining after working so hard during the first couple of holidays. I do try to comfort myself by pointing out the fact that I gained less than most Americans during the holidays. But it hasn't sunk into my brain yet. I just look at the scale and wonder when I will get back down to the 169.5 lbs that I was not too long ago. Then I can concentrate on going below that.

I guess I may just be one of those people that find it hard to be happy during the winter months. I don't think I have the full-blown disorder (SAD- Seasonal Affective Disorder) but I certainly don't get the amount of vitamin-D from the sun that I need during the winter months. Since starting my new job, I do drive more since I have to commute to Bountiful were my clients are. That may be helping to get me in the sun more. I know milk has vitamin-D in it, but I'm not sure how readily our bodies absorb it in that form.

Back to the weight issue, I have found it benificial to be working away from food during the day. I only work three days a week from about 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. It has been great so far. I take healthy snacks with me as well as a light lunch, so I don't eat bad while I'm away from home. I have been more anxious as I started the job, so I ate more when I got home. I am seeing that it is keeping me from my goals, so I am trying to focus on not being so anxious. It's a little more stressful when peoples lives are on the line if you don't keep them clean, and so I have to focus on just doing my best, utilizing the things I learned in training, following protocal and not getting too worried about every little thing. I just need to remember it takes time to get used to new things. I hope me bearing my feelings helps someone with whatever they are going through in their lives! Good luck to all of you in your daily life and the battles you face!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

lowfat treat

I tried to copy a recipe from my blog to here but it wouldnt work so please go see it on my blog. If you have a sweet tooth like me then you will love them and they are lowfat! I am trying to start the new year out right but that can be very difficult. My blog is angelinas kitchen corner and I think julie already has a link if you look at her profile. I hope you all enjoy.