Trader Joe’s Spiral Ham

A few days ago, I wrote about my decision to purchase a spiral ham from Trader Joe’s.

The Trader Joe’s “uncured” ham was a compromise between the Smithfield supermarket brand and high-end humanely-raised Whole Foods offerings.

Anyway, EVERYONE at Easter thought the ham was absolutely delicious. DELICIOUS! Scrumptious. I was really surprised how good it tasted. It was a little fattier than supermarket brands, which are loaded with salt. The TJ’s ham was almost half the sodium, and it had a smokey flavor. I’m actually tempted to get another one just for us. LOL

See You Next Year

It’s New Year’s Eve! We’re going to splurge. Our last dinner of 2010 is going to be Italian, I’m thinking I’ll pick up take out from the Macaroni Grill. Something extravagant and yummy!

So, what about New Year resolutions?

I don’t recommend general “weight loss” resolutions. Why? Because weight loss starting in the winter, right after the holidays, is difficult. The weather is colder, so it’s difficult to become active and start exercising. Metabolism is down, way down, and depression is up due to the lack of sun. It’s difficult and expensive to find fresh seasonal produce, thus making it harder to eat healthier.

Winter, in my opinion, is not the optimal time to start a whole ‘gung ho’ weight loss commitment!

“I want to lose weight, I want to eat healthier, I want to exercise more” are all too broad and general, and sadly bound for failure.

Weight loss requires a lifestyle change. And that requires baby steps, gradually making small changes, leading to larger changes.

How about one of these baby steps instead:

I am going to stop buying processed food (Lean Cuisine, Campbell’s Soup etc) for lunch.
I will start eating 100% whole grain/wheat bread
I will limit my sodium intake to under 2500mg per day
I am going to start drinking 8 glasses of water every day.
I will eat one meatless dinner per week
I will exercise at least one time per week
I am going to start eating homemade meals at least 3 times per week
I am going to sign up for a local CSA share.
I will eat an apple or other fruit once a day.
I am going to start taking a multi-vitamin every day.

Baby steps lead to real lifestyle changes!

So, what are MY New Year Resolutions?

  1. I would like to read and clean up my email inbox. That would be a nice challenge, for the new year. I also need to unsubscribe from a lot of newsletters and lists that I don’t ever read. They are just clogging up my life and my inbox.
  2. I also would like to commit to be nicer to others. I can be so hot headed sometimes, and I speak before I think. I would like to make up for some mistakes in the past. KARMA baby!!!!

Final Thoughts

My health is good. I feel terrific! I don’t remember feeling this good EVER. My energy is up and so is my metabolism! The 60 pounds that I’ve lost has lead me to a wonderful new appreciation of myself, and I’m looking forward to 2011 as being another healthy happy year.

I wish everyone reading this a Happy Healthy New Year. I hope my words haven’t discouraged anyone from starting on their weight loss journey! I wish only success to those that are yearning for a healthier lifestyle!


Happy Merry Christmas To All

It was a great Christmas! Just relaxing and hanging out today! Trying to get back to normal eating! I think I’m on sugar overload! LOL

Didn’t do too horribly badly eating this weekend. Friday night we were at the inlaws for Christmas Eve, eating comfort foods I eat probably only once a year. Hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, scallops wrapped in bacon, chicken teriyaki, pecan pie. We brought braised beef with onions, and gingerbread cookies.

Saturday wasn’t as great as Friday night. Carando spiral ham, potato kugali, shrimp with cocktail sauce, taco dip with corn chips, raw vegetables, egg nog, and a whole bunch more sweets, like cookies, chocolate truffles, lemon meringue pie, but I am back to basics today. Feeling good!!! Eating so much processed food makes me feel unhealthy, so I am really happy to be coming back to eating clean again! Funny how that works!

I was actually down to 138.2 on Thursday morning! I keep losing more weight. I don’t know why exactly, but hopefully it’s normal. I visited my doctor a few weeks ago, and my blood work was normal. I’ll be seeing her again in January, so we’ll see what she says.

It was a very Merry Christmas! I enjoyed seeing my family and having a great time together!!!

157.6 – Happy Easter!

I am thrilled! 157.6 pounds, that’s 42.4 pounds total! whoo hoo!

Having the family over for Easter today for a spring BBQ. I have a turkey burger for me, with a piece of whole grain bread. I will probably even have a Coleman Non Cured hot dog, but we’ll see. I might save the calories for dessert! Homemade Boston Cream Pie!

My mom is bringing her famous potato kugel and I know I will have some of that too! My sister is bringing salad and I am looking forward to that! Yum, it’s going to be a delicious day! Healthy too!

Happy Easter! :)

ETA: did okay today! It was a fantastic day with the family and I ate a nice piece of boston cream pie (which is actually cake) and after it was all said and done, I went over about 400 calories, but if you count my calorie deficit, then it was actually only 150 over. So I did alright! I feel pretty stuffed right now but tomorrow is a new day and I’ll be back on track!

Christmas 2009 Woes and Joys

Yeah, I didn’t do such a wonderful job on my food choices during the holiday, but it’s okay. I am back on track today (Saturday, Dec 26) and will continue to stay on track!

It was a bit scary, because I got a wake up call. It’s so easy for me to revert back to my old ways! But I just have to forget the past, and move forward. You can’t dwell on mistakes too much. Just learn from them, and try not to repeat them!

Christmas Eve, we went over to my sister in law’s home, as usual.

Lots of high calorie appetizer foods, mini hot dogs in pop-n-fresh dough, little hamburger meat pies, shrimp, and calzone (which we brought, with keilbasa & grape jelly – I only had one piece of calzone and didn’t have any keilbasa). I remained fairly in control.

Thankfully there was veggies and dip, which I LOVED. Probably shouldn’t have had so much dip, but I loved the veggie sticks. That saved me.

Desserts, I did okay as well. Not too bad. We made gingerbread cookies with homemade frosting. I had a couple of different cookies. Didn’t pig out too badly.

I think my big downfall was Christmas Day, when my family comes over. I did eh, okay with dinner. We had all natural Wellshire ham (from Whole Foods), taco dip w/ tortilla chips, smoked salmon w/ whipped cream cheese & crackers, cheese, pepperoni & crackers, shrimp with cocktail sauce.

Dinner was okay, I tried to limit myself. I ate a lot of shrimp, but I did have some of the other foods too.

Desserts! My sister brought a cute frosted birthday cake made from a bunch of cupcakes. I had one cupcake, and a couple of cookies we brought home from the night before.

My mom brought her famous magic cookie bars, which are to die for. I saved us a big hunk of the bars, and I had a big piece last night, and again this morning for breakfast. Thank God they are all gone now….and I can try to get back to healthy choices.

It’s good to splurge once in awhile, but this year, I did go a bit overboard. And like I said, it was a bit scary that I could revert to my old bad ways soo easily.

It just goes to show, you are NEVER safe! NEVER! I can never take it for granted that I have it all completely under control. I must always remember that I always must remain on guard, but I also can’t beat myself up too much. When I fall backward, I must forgive myself!

Oh but the good part of Christmas was my presents!

My wonderful husband gave me the Wii console, along with the Wii Fit Plus. And my mom gave me the Cuisinart 7 cup Classic Food Processor. I thought it over, and she said it is okay if I upgrade to a larger model. I am thinking of the Cuisinart Elite Collection Food Processor, either the 12 or 14 cup. The Elite model includes a mini bowl insert, and the larger model, also includes a 3rd medium sized bowl. It will be great for pastry, bread dough, cookie dough, veggies, grinding meat, making dressings, etc.

I am happy! Happy that I am back on track, and happy that I have such fun presents to play with.