Update on the C25K App!

    A while back I stated that I wanted to get into shape.  The Dr. gave me a high cholesterol diagnosis at my yearly and basically said I needed to get it down or go on meds.  I hate meds.  So I decided to start running every other day, and started using the “Couch to 5k” app, which puts you on a program for 9 weeks to safely prepare you to run 3.1 miles.  I am proud to say that I finished the program and consistently run 3.1 miles every day, in fact I am in the process of increasing that distance.  This is one of the few things that I have completed exercise-wise.  I’ve tried so many things to get into shape, workout videos, Nintendo Wi, exercise bike-all of which I found to be insanely boring which was followed by me quitting.  Running unexpectedly became an addiction.  I had heard people say that it was addicting in the past, always wondering to myself how anyone could ever find it enjoying.  It’s actually amazing, and very addicting.  Why?  Because you start seeing results in a very short time.  It’s not 100% about weight loss, in-fact, most people start running thinking that they will lose weight.  You do, don’t get me wrong, but if you’re like the type of person that reads about the newest extreme diet guaranteed to shed off 10 pounds in 2 days, or whatever, it’s not for you.  Weight-loss, real weight loss, is a slow process with big rewards.  You don’t have to go to extreme measures to lose weight, you just need to change a few things and get into portion control.  When you run, you burn a lot of calories, but most people quit when they run for a week or two and then barely see the needle move.  Truth is, after your finished running, your muscles repair themselves and you retain water.  You can’t get into this worrying about moving the needle a pound or two hear and there.  You have to not pay attention to the needle, and pay attention to your workout.  Focus on the program, and focus on your running.  I’ve followed this since I started and have now lost almost 20 pounds.
    2 years ago I did weight watchers and lost almost 30 pounds.  The program is amazing and it teaches you how to eat good foods, how to maximize the amount you eat, all while learning correct portions.  It’s an amazing program that I am still on.  The difference between when I lost 30 pounds back then, and the 20 I have lost now, is that my body is different.  Running completely transforms the way you look and it gets more and more addicting.  Pretty soon I will look like this:

    
Ok, maybe not like this…but probably a little better….
I’ll keep this topic updated as I continue my routine!  If your thinking of getting into running, give this app a chance!

Tuesday Dinner: Grilled Salmon with Mustard-Herb Crust

   Last nights dinner was a more simple dish to make but a good reminder that you don’t need some elaborate recipe to have a great dinner.  We decided to make Grilled Salmon with Mustard-Herb Crust.  This is another Weight Watcher Recipe so it has the point value included in the recipe.

PointsPlus Value: 7 per serving
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 8 min
Cooking Time: 12 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients
3 Tbsp rosemary , leaves, fresh, chopped
3 Tbsp fresh thyme , leaves, stemmed
1 tsp black pepper , freshly ground
2 spray(s) cooking spray
1 1/4 pound(s) uncooked salmon fillet(s), with or without skin , though skinless recommended, Atlantic-variety (four 5-ounce pieces)
4 Tbsp Dijon Mustard , regular or grainy-variety
Instructions
1. Prepare the grill for direct, medium-heat cooking.
2. Mix the rosemary, thyme and pepper in a small bowl.
3. Spray the bottom of the fish fillets with cooking spray (that is, spray the piece of the fillet where the skin would have been, usually with some gray or brown mottling on it).
4. Spread 1 tablespoon mustard on the top of each fillet. Sprinkle about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the herb mixture on top of each.
5. Place fish herb-side up on the grate directly over the heat. Cover the grill and cook until the fish flakes when gently scraped with a fork, about 12 minutes. Transfer to plates with a wide spatula. Yields 1 fillet per serving.

    The side just consisted on asparagus and cherry tomatoes with some fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and some lemon juice.  Just a random thing Nicole whipped up to go with this salmon.  
    When grilling the salmon, we cooked at low heat because the salmon doesn’t get flipped, it cooks all the way through on one side.  When it was finished, it looked and tasted great.  This was one of my favorite recipes so far.

Week 5 weigh-in

     I crushed it this week.  After a disappointing weight loss of .2 pounds last week, I strolled into the bathroom this morning, hopped onto the scale and looked down at a “196”, a loss of 6.2 pounds.  I had reached my initial goal weight.  When we first started, I gave myself a “realistic” goal to reach.  I was going to get down from 212-196.  This morning I set a new goal of getting below 190.
    This is the biggest weight loss week I’ve had so far which makes me sit back and wonder what I did different this week.  What I had done this week was simply eat more of my weekly bonus points and I stopped eating anything of substance after dinner.  I pretty much have a routine down now where my breakfast is the biggest meal I have of the day.  Usually hovering around 16 points, I have two cups of coffee with two servings of creamer, a sausage, egg, and cheese English muffin, and maybe some granola mixed in with some yogurt and fruit.  Between breakfast and lunch, I may have an apple.  For lunch I usually have a sandwich with rye bread, turkey, lettuce tomato, light mayo, mustard, turkey bacon. and fat free swiss. Sounds like a lot?  Its a pretty big sandwich. 6 points!  I may have a weight watchers ice cream between lunch, or some other 2 point snack, but I always have my serving of V-8 low sodium vegetable juice. Then for dinner I keep it around 3-6 points.  I love eating fish because its so low in points usually.  Then at the end of the night, I may have some fruit or a tomato w/ balsamic.  I also usually have a beer or glass of wine.  One thing Nicole and I like to do is have some Tea right before bed, its become sort of a ritual.
    This program is awesome.  Its not really a diet as much as it is just getting healthy.  I eat more on this diet then I did when I wasn’t dieting, it just helps you eat the right combination of foods to boost your metabolism.  I am sure next week I will lose almost nothing again (seems to be a pattern, every other week), but this week I’m feeling pretty good!

Week 4 Weigh-in

    A slow week for me this week.  I went from 202.4 to 202.2.  Not much of a loss but according to weight watchers, I am right on track.  My average weight loss for 4 weeks has been 2.6 pounds a week and weight watchers says the average should be around 2.  That being said, I’m not frustrated at all.  2.6 pounds a week is a healthy rate of loss, I’m just super eager to get below 200!  This weekend, I’m going to try to stay active.

Week 3 Weigh-In!

    Today is weigh-in day for week 3.  I lost another 1.6 pounds.  It’s a loss, but I would’ve liked to have lost at least 2.  This brings my weight to 202.4.  I’m so close to being under 200, I can taste it!  Pretty soon when I walk down the street, women will get light headed and have irregular heart beats because my new look.  Nicole is super lucky.

“Would you like to go for a bike ride back to my place for some Sangria?”

   

Week 2 Weigh-in!

    Two weeks into Weight Watchers and I’m down from about 211 pounds to 202.4!  This plan has been pretty easy, I’m able to eat comfortably, even though I’ll always miss over eating! Giving up bourbon and beer during the week is tough.  I love those two things. I love them.  Nicole is having really good luck with it also and is losing weight too.  Its nice wearing fit shirts and not looking like a sausage.
    Last night was the first weight watchers dinner that I failed at making.  The recipe listed was for chicken marsala.  Everything was going great until the final step.  I was to “pour marsala mixture into the pan” with the sauteed mushrooms.  As soon as I did this, it looked like I blew an alien’s brain up.  It turned into a disgusting, coagulated, purple sloppy mess.  It looked like something from a 90’s Nickelodeon game show.  So we had to toss that mess and just have chicken and veggies.
    We have been babysitting my parents dog all week.  She is an amazing dog, but a total diva.  She doesn’t go outside when it rains.  I have to push her into the yard.  She also needs me to season her healthy dog food with a few morsels of my dogs food or she wont eat.  She is super ridiculous, but we love her and it’s nice having a big dog around.

Izzy (right) really likes Ric (left), but she hates being away from my parents.  This looks like a wedding picture from a fixed marriage.

Dieting…

    Nicole and I started dieting.  I hate dieting.  I love food, but I’m about 10 pounds overweight.  We decided to try SparkPeople.com.  It’s a free dieting site that has pretty cool Apps for recipes and calorie counting.  I’m on day 2 and it hasn’t really been all that bad.  I went running yesterday which was sort of brutal but I made it out alive.  If I can get back down below 200 I’ll be happy and celebrate with huge bag of candy.

This will be my reward if I reach under 200 pounds.  The prize at the end of the rainbow.

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