costco. overnight oats. snacks.

The first thing I need to address: did you know that Costco’s brand of shampoo and conditioner are vegan? Seriously, best day of my life.

And yes, I did go to Costco again this week. I may be slightly obsessed.

The real reason I wanted to write a post (besides my endless want to get better at being regular about updating this blog) is to talk about my What I Ate Wednesday. Because it was really good. I ate a lot of really great stuff and I want to look back at this post as a reminder, a motivator, that eating healthy is awesome and delicious because I still need to remind myself of that when I stray and cave into cravings.

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I started out the day with some green tea with lemon and sugar. I used to drink this almost every morning, and for some reason when it gets hot out I gravitate to coffee. The mornings have been kind of cold, but cold enough that tea is wanted.

I also made a really awesome overnight oats jar.

It’s super simple:

  • 1/4cup of raw oats
  • ~1/8th of a cup of almond milk
  • 1 Silk Fruity and Creamy soy vanilla yogurt cup (my new love!)
  • strawberries
  • raspberries

Throw it all together and put it in the fridge for the night. The oats soak up all the liquids and it has a cake batter type taste to it. I like it much more than I like regular oatmeal.

I had some coffee with Silk creamer while I was at my desk Photoshopping. The guys leave the a/c on a ridiculous temp so when I sit at my desk for a while Photoshopping I get cold.

For our mid-day break, I had some of Trader Joe’s nut mix that I had per-portioned out into small Tupperware cups.

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Lunch was my new favorite. I had a mixed greens salad with avocado, grape tomatoes, and raspberry vinaigrette I got at Whole Foods which is probably one of the best dressings I’ve had and it’s only 45 calories a serving. I had a serving of the Earth Balance cheese puffs, an apple, and the only bad thing: Diet Dr Pepper. Please don’t judge, I know. I know.

Second break I had a banana. I met and exceeded my fruit quota for the day.

Dinner was roasted spaghetti squash. Super simple, I just halved the squash and put 1/2 tbsp of Earth Balance garlic and herb spread on both sides, added salt and pepper, and some minced garlic and roasted until soft. I mixed it up with some sauteed mushrooms.

It was a really good day.


Weight Goals

I was asked a couple of days ago on what my goal weight was. I made a video about it while I was going through my old Weight Watchers bag. I won’t embed it here just link to it since I feel that the majority of my posts are just videos, but the bag had all of my old journals, recipe cards and other paraphonalia from Weight Watchers meetings, but most importantly it had my weigh-in cards. It kind of inspired me to look back at what my weight was then, and what I accomplished through the program, and come up with some weight goals for myself. I’ve never really sat and thought about a weight goal, other than to be in my healthy weight range for my height, 5’6″ (115-154), and to be at a healthy BMI to not be considered overweight.

I remember in high school (when I started Weight Watchers) I had the number 150 in my head as the weight I wanted. I really don’t know why I had set my sights on that number. It probably was the weight of someone on T.V. or even in a magazine and I thought they looked fine. I’ve kept that as my goal weight for a while, but not really because of anything more than I’ve just always had that number in my head. I’ve spent some time thinking about this, and researching what weight I should be striving towards as my goal weight. I’ve come up with some goal weights, that vary in pounds. I think having smaller goals that are achievable is a great plan for anybody trying to work up to something. Since I’ll have goals through each step of my journey, it will continuouly give me something to look forward to, almost a mini prize, and not just get discouraged that the ultimate goal seems so far away and I will never achieve it.

-My first goal is to get back to or below the weight I was back in February which was 298 lbs. This goal is super achievable since I my last weigh-in was at 300, but I have wanted this goal for a while since I had fallen off and gained those 6ish pounds.

-My second goal weight will be 270 lbs. In true Weight Watchers fashion, 30 pounds 10% of my current weight. I figured I would follow WW because the goal is substantial enough to make me feel like I have shaved off a dent of my weight, but not overly to hard to achieve.

-My third goal is 250 lbs which is my highest weight recorded in high school, and where I was at the begining of WW

-Fourth is 224 lbs, my lowest weight on WW. Once I hit this, I know that it will give me an extra push to be healthier than I was in high school, and that will be fantastic.

-Fifth is 200 lbs because its just seemed fitting 🙂

-And sixth is 150. The biggest jump from any of the previous goals, but I feel that I need it. This is also, for the time being my dream goal. It will always be that because of my constant love of that number since high school, but also because I want to know what I feel like as a 150 pound woman. I don’t want a dream goal that is not right for my body, and the only way to know that is to get there. 150 pounds will be towards the top of my weight class, and I am fine with that. If my body thinks it should be lower after this point, I’ll gradually get to a weight I feel is safe, healthy, and something I can sustain for the rest of my life. The only way to do this is to get there and be that person, not a 300 pound woman speculating.

If you notice in all of my goals I don’t set any sort of a guideline in time. I don’t want to. I feel pressured when I put those restraints on myself, and then feel crushed/defeated/mentally bruised when I don’t make it. It’s what has put me off from sticking with weight loss before, and I don’t feel the need to do it again. I don’t want to rush this, I want my body to naturally get into the rhythm of weight loss and eventual maintain. Rushing only helps the eventually triggering of a relapse, and this really is a day by day thing. I also want to live life. I don’t want to be down on myself for enjoying a party with friends, or a trip where I gain a little bit. As long as I don’t keep that up, I am perfectly fine with gaining every once in a while and getting back on track. If this journey only makes me hate life each day that I do it, I’ll give up or miss a ton of precious moments because I’ll be in a bad mood. We only live this life once, why not make it a fun experience.

Resolutions; They’re Not Just For New Years

I decided that I would extend resolutions into every week or two goals to give myself an extra push into the better me during the week. I’ve decided to break them down into three categories: Health, Food, and Life.

I am making it my mission to find one goal for each category to continue through the week. Some weeks I might have more than one, but one is the minimum. I hope that I continue to do this, because I feel it will really help me balance out things.

On to the list!

Health: In addition to the gym, workout on the Wii Fit Plus at least twice this week

Food: Go at least 50% vegetarian this week

Life: Go through magazines, get rid of things I don’t need/want. Make a posting schedule for blogs/videos/exercise/food