Besties Battling the Bulge

Well, I am still working my way toward my goals. I have suffered a minor setback (gaining 7 lbs after receiving some *very* unwanted male attention) but am well on my way to rectifying that issue. I have realized that by gaining weight to try and force men-I-am-not-interested-in to keep their distance, I’m not really hindering them and am, in fact, only doing myself a disservice. If a man wants to forcibly kiss/touch a woman, a few extra pounds won’t keep him from it; but you can be damned sure that a few extra pounds will keep me from being as confident a woman as I actually am, and that lack of confidence might keep me from attracting someone who may be worth my time. So it is past time to stop wallowing self-pity, get my butt in gear and lose the rest of this damned weight. So here we go:

Weight: 191.2 lbs.
Goal weight: 120 lbs.
Pounds to lose: 71.2
How I feel about that: slightly more optimistic than in November

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So it’s been a long time since I have posted here, but I guess we have to restart somewhere. This past year, I’ve ballooned up again. I weighed almost 235 in April of 2011. I’m happy to report that I have made some headway in losing a few pounds. I’ve gotten into bluegrass music again, reopened myself to dating, and gotten myself a healthy group of close friends. These developments have done remarkable things for my well being and weight loss. I haven’t been dieting and have gone from 235 to 197 from June to November. That’s pretty good if I do say so myself. So here we go again, Heather once more trying to keep to a routine of accountability.

Current weight: 197 lbs.
Goal weight: 120 lbs.
Pounds to lose: 77
How I feel about that: slightly daunted 

**Drumroll!** Today is the final day of my personal Green Monster Challenge! Let’s get to today’s GM and then I’ll give you my wrap-up rap.

Vanilla Pineapple Green Monster

  • 1c. pineapple, frozen
  • about 1c raw baby spinach
  • 1Tbs flax seed
  • contents of one gelcap: Hawaiian Spirulina
  • 1c vanilla rice milk

Place all ingredients in your Magic Bullet cup & blend away. This one is not as thick as some of the others, but it has a delicious vanilla flavor, thanks in part to the spirulina.

What is spirulina, you may ask? Answers.com’s experts explain it better than I ever could: Spirulina is “a traditional food source in parts of Africa and Mexico, spirulina is an exceptionally rich source of vitamins, minerals, and protein, and one of the few nonanimal sources of vitamin B12. It is now being widely studied for its possible antiviral, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties, and has been used for such medical conditions as allergies, ulcers, anemia, heavy-metal poisoning, and radiation poisoning. It is also used in weight-loss programs.”

I take one spirulina gelcap supplement every day, at least (I use the Hawaiian Spirulina. It cane be purchased from any GNC store). My main reason is that it curbs my appetite. I find that when I take one, I just don’t get that gnawing hunger feeling that sometimes creeps up on you & will not allow you to ignore it. I love the stuff & I find that the one I take has a subtle vanilla flavor. How do I know? I wanted to know if it tasted fishy (cause the bottle smells that way when you open it. After all it is an aquatic product) so I dumped one in a glass of water and presto… blue-green vanilla water. Didn’t dissolve too well, but it’s great in smoothies. And now on to the run down for the GMC.

After 14 days of drinking Green Monster smoothies of all varieties I can give you the following summary:

  1. My hair is now healthier and more able to withstand daily blow-drying & straightening
  2. My nails are so strong! I have not broken one since I started drinking them (previously 2 or 3 a week, at least)
  3. While I didn’t set out to drink them as meal replacers, often I didn’t feel the need to eat for 4 hours or so after finishing my GM
  4. I started looking forward to them & it renewed some of my lost creativity in the kitchen
  5. I have another reason to love my Magic Bullet, lol
  6. My skin is clear & it is starting to even regain a new texture (similar to what I had in HS)
  7. By taking this step to live as the thin woman I want to be, it has inspired me to take better care of myself in other ways too
  8. I kind of felt like I was getting a little treat everyday: cold, creamy, almost milkshake-like, but loaded with nutrients & at least a full serving of fruit & veggies in every glass!
  9. I got to use up some of the items in my pantry that had probably been there a little too long, though they were shelf-stable
  10. I introduced so many new and existing friends to Green Monster & may have started a little nebulous GM Movement of my own 🙂
  11. I realized that healthy doesn’t have to mean “tastes like cardboard” and that it can be fun & creative
  12. My craving for sweets has dropped drastically. When I get a craving for something sweet now it’s a smoothie. Awesome!
  13. My mood has been great for the most part (though whether that’s due to having a week off from work or the GMs I may not ever know.) And I haven’t been getting as aggrivated by stupidity on the road and in my life as I had been.
  14. These GMs are one thing in my life that I am proud that I eat. Sometimes I hide what I eat or fib about it because I don’t want to admit, even to myself, that I eat poorly but these I can share with the world!
  15. I’ve gone a long way toward developing a healthy habit. Each small habit that I can form or change is just one giant step closer to being the me I know I am beneath all the fluff.

So there you have it! 15 conclusions from my personal Green Monster Challenge. Want to do another 14 with me? 🙂

Since I ran out of milk yesterday, I had to try something really different today. And I must say, I am absolutely pleasantly surprised. I think I may use orange juice more frequently (if not all the time b/c of the sugar content).

Peachy Pineapple Green Monster

  • 3/4c peaches
  • 1/2c pineapple
  • 1c raw baby spinach
  • 1Tbs flax seed
  • 6-8oz orange juice, no sugar added

Place all ingredients in Magic Bullet cup and blend away.

And here is an action shot in front of my computer as I blogged this 🙂 Not the best pic… the cell phone kind of bled out the colors a bit. This one comes out vibrantly green, citrusy and delicious!!

Today was a sad day in my home. I have exhausted my supply of shelf-stable soy and almond milk. Which means… I have to fork over some serious cash to replenish it. Cash I won’t have until October (since I got my last paycheck for summer school and we will work the entire month of September before we get paid). Sometimes I really dislike working for the public school system. But I was able to use the last of my soy milk in today’s Green Monster. Tomorrow I may have to resort to trying orange juice as my liquid. Hmm… I’ll let you know how that goes.

Red, White & Blue Green Monster

  • 1/2c strawberries, frozen
  • 1/2c blueberries, frozen
  • 1c raw baby spinach
  • 1Tbs flax seed
  • 1c unsweetened soy milk

Place all ingredients in your Magic Bullet cup in this order & blend away. I enjoyed mine with a spoon since it turned out rather thick.

Now, this obviously turns out a purple color, but the ingredients came out to be rather patriotic. Lol. It was not as sweet as I would have liked. Next time I think I will add a shot of skinny vanilla latte coffee creamer. Just the right amount of sweet, without all the sugar and fat of adding cream and vanilla simple syrup.

  • Previous weight: 217.4
  • Current weight: 216.8
  • Difference: -.6lbs.

Not a terribly successful week, but at least I lost something. I lost 2 1/2 sticks of butter, actually. That sounds better than .6lbs. doesn’t it? Lol.

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Today I’m back to GMs for breakfast. I miss drinking them in the mornings… when I go back to work in a couple of weeks, I’m going to have to start getting up earlier just so I can drink mine before work. They give me energy and keep me full for a good while. So today I was craving chocolate and figured out a way to add all the great chocolate flavor without any of the sugary guilt.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Green Monster

  • 7-10 frozen strawberries (should work out to about a cup depending on size)
  • 1c raw baby spinach
  • 1 Tbs flax seed
  • 1 tsp dark cocoa powder (use up to 2 Tbs if you don’t use chocolate milk)
  • 1c chocolate soy milk

Place all ingredients in Magic Bullet cup and blend away.

This drink winds up being really thick. I had to use a spoon instead of a straw but I loved it! It was like ice cream 🙂 If you want it to be thinner, just use more soy milk.