A young Michigan gal's journey to lose the final 25 pounds.
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Trail walk

I coordinated a long trail walk with some friends and all our dogs last night - it was great!

We went to Hawk Meadow Park, where there are ample trails, nature, ponds, and bridges to explore. It was a balmy 80 degrees, but we enjoyed the first “nice” day.

Here’s Mira (one of my two dogs). Isn’t she adorable?

Anyway, what weight loss has taught me the past 15 months is that it’s all about small changes. Two years ago I wouldn’t be giddy planning a 5K Thursday night walk with my dogs & some friends. I’d be at home on the couch snacking (something I still love, don’t get me wrong). Activity has become a fun and exciting piece of my life, and I hope it just gets better.

Dress fitting

EEEEEK. I just realized I’m exactly 11 weeks away from my wedding dress fitting!

I would really love to lose 7-10 pounds in that time frame. I was initially hoping to be at my goal weight at that time, but, as I get closer, the more slowly the weight comes off.

Also, adding heavy lifting into my routine has stalled the scale going down, but I have seen changes in my body.

I can’t wait for my wedding dress to fit me like a glove. It’s so awkward right now (loose in some spots, tight in others).

Zumba tonight! My best friend (who lives in Indiana) is coming up to visit & join me at Zumba.

So I had a breakfast scramble for lunch because we had some goodies. It was delicious. I love doing this because you can just use whatever you have laying around!
INGREDIENTS
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 oz Eckrich smoked turkey sausage 
1/2 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese 
Handful of white onions, diced
Handful of cherry tomatoes, diced
DIRECTIONS
I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and added the onions. I let them sit on medium heat for about 5 minutes. 
I added the sausage, let cook about two minutes, then added the egg/white mixture. 
I added the tomatoes last, then topped with cheese and some hot sauce.
Tonight was my NROLFW S1 WA #5
Squats (3x10)
Set 1: 100 pounds
Set 2: 105 pounds
Set 3: 105 pounds
Push ups (3x10) @ BW
Seated rows (3x10)
Set 1: 70 pounds
Set 2: 75 pounds
Set 3: 70 pounds
I felt like I was sacrificing good form when I upped it to 75, so I went back down for the last set.
Step ups (3x10) @ 40 pounds
Prone jackknife (3x12) @ BW
250 calories burned.

So I had a breakfast scramble for lunch because we had some goodies. It was delicious. I love doing this because you can just use whatever you have laying around!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 oz Eckrich smoked turkey sausage 
  • 1/2 oz reduced fat cheddar cheese 
  • Handful of white onions, diced
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, diced

DIRECTIONS

  • I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and added the onions. I let them sit on medium heat for about 5 minutes. 
  • I added the sausage, let cook about two minutes, then added the egg/white mixture. 
  • I added the tomatoes last, then topped with cheese and some hot sauce.

Tonight was my NROLFW S1 WA #5

Squats (3x10)

  • Set 1: 100 pounds
  • Set 2: 105 pounds
  • Set 3: 105 pounds

Push ups (3x10) @ BW

Seated rows (3x10)

  • Set 1: 70 pounds
  • Set 2: 75 pounds
  • Set 3: 70 pounds

I felt like I was sacrificing good form when I upped it to 75, so I went back down for the last set.

Step ups (3x10) @ 40 pounds

Prone jackknife (3x12) @ BW

250 calories burned.

Chicken strip deliciousness

So I had a craving for chicken fingers last night so I came up with this little recipe to curb the craving.

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into long strips (I cut mine into 4 strips, if that gives you perspective)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs (in a small/medium bowl)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking

Coating:

  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium non-stick skillet (on medium heat)
  • I mixed the ingredients for the coating all together in a small dish (large enough to fit a chicken strip, though) with a fork.
  • Then, I took each of the chicken strips and rolled them in the mixture, then transferred it to the bowl of panko and rolled until coated.
  • Repeat for all pieces, then transfer into skillet and cook until brown on the bottom, then flip. Allow chicken to cook until fully cooked through.

I wish I had taken pictures - but it was very yummy! I served it with a side of roasted broccoli and a small amount of quinoa/brown rice blend.

Goals

I was just reflecting with my fiancé last night about my goals and how I never thought I would get this far.

My initial goal weight was 155, and I’ve already passed that. It’s so incredibly hard to believe that I actually have lost weight for real this time. I tried so many other times before, but never stuck with it.

Now, as I continue to set new goals, I have no idea what my goal weight will be. I have it set at 135 currently, since that’s in the middle of the healthy BMI range for my height, but I want to be fit & strong, not just skinny. The closer I get, the more the number doesn’t seem to matter. I do know I want to see the 140’s though :)

Happy Monday! I’m back to NROLFW tonight.
This weekend was very active! On Saturday, Ron, my friend Zack & I took the dogs for a 2+ mile adventure around the neighborhood, through a park & some trails. It was fun to just explore. Ron & I are looking at buying kayaks, so we checked out the river access, too. Yesterday we began the day with a dog “walk,” where I alternated dogs and did a series of sprints back and forth to Ron. The dogs loved that and it was a fun workout. We spent the rest of the afternoon raking and cleaning up the yard (#adults). Raking is such a killer workout - I wore my HRM and I burned over 700 calories in 90 minutes of raking.

Hope your weekends were wonderful.