Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Top Of The Muffin To You!

Does anyone else remember that from an old episode of Seinfeld? I swear, with as often as I reference TV and movies, you all probably think I'm a real couch potato, and you would be right. Anyway, in that episode, it makes it out to be that the top of the muffin is the only part worthy of eating. NOBODY wants to eat the stump. The stump, is for all intents and purposes, inedible. Why then, do I long to be the stump? Do you see where I'm going with this?
I'm joining up with
Shortmama, and several other fabulously...robust women to finally shred those extra pounds that we claim is "baby weight", but let's face it, you can only blame the baby for so long, before it becomes the donut's fault, or the dollar menu at McDonald's. It's not their fault, it's mine! I've gotten lazy, I've indulged too much, and my waistline and thighs have paid the price.
Boy, does that picture look all too familiar! Of course, I think the thighs are not nearly poochy enough! So, the first assignment, is to come up with 3 things we will commit to change to help us on our journey to have a body we're not ashamed to show at the beach. Not in a swimsuit! Heaven's no! Just one we can be proud to wear some comfy capris and a top, that doesn't leave us looking like the lady pictured above. Here are my 3 things, in no particular order.
  1. I will eat breakfast. I've always heard that eating breakfast is one of the most important things you can do to lose weight, but I have never gotten the hang of it. I usually skip it, which I know is a no-no. So, even if it means I have to get up earlier to get ready, so there is time for me to eat breakfast before we enter the radius of lunchtime, I will do it. I will eat breakfast.
  2. I will be more active. You may recall, that I set a resolution of sorts to exercise way back when and have done pretty well so far at sticking to it. I work out for 20-30 minutes a day, 4 days a week, using my Wii Active. The problem is, that the weekends become couch potato time, and you know that when you're being lazy, you are more likely to snack. Every Monday morning I get yelled at (not really yelled at, but informed) by the Wii, that I have gained weight since my previous weigh in. I want this to stop! Therefore, I will attempt to be more active on the weekend, whether it be by taking a walk, parking further away at the grocery store, doing yard work, or vigorously cleaning my bathtub. I will be less sit on my butt lazy on the weekend.
  3. I will plan/regulate my lunches. I was doing pretty well for a while with eating "Smart Ones' refrigerator meals for lunch, but that got expensive, and quite frankly was not always very appetizing. Not that the food was bad, but the ones that I liked, only filled up 2-3 days a week, so I got bored with them. I would buy whole wheat bread, intending to have sandwiches every day, but that got boring, and I HATE PB&J on whole wheat bread, and I'm a bit of a deli meat snob, so my options were very limited. In the end, I would stare into the fridge for a while, and then settle on Ramen noodles (so not good for you) or leftover candy for my meal. I've decided that if I create a plan for my lunches, purchase what I like (i.e. deli meat from the actual deli, non artificial cheese slices, etc.) and switch it up weekly, then I won't run the risk of getting bored. More likelihood for success! This week, I have "spicy turkey roll ups" which is a flatbread wrap with a teeny amount of mayo (like less than a teaspoon), some turkey, a slice of pepperjack cheese, and lettuce all rolled up. The spicey cheese gives it a zing that's not boring, and it serves as a motivator to drink my water. It's more than enough to fill me up when paired with some multigrain chips, and a string cheese. I will also add fruit to my plate normally, but my kids are absolute pigs when it comes to fresh fruit, so we were all out.

I would like to say that I can give up soda, but since I don't drink coffee or alcohol, my "drug" of choice is a "large caffeinated beverage" when I've had a hard day. I will cut back, but I cannot promise to cut it out completely.

Sound like something you need to do too? Head on over to ShortMama's, and link up to the motivation train...WOOT WOO!!


shortmama said...

Preplanning those lunches is a big deal! I often find myself standing in front of the fridge wondering what I should have and then it ends up being something junky. But with a little planning I can have something really great whipped up in a few minutes.

CJ Sime said...

I hate eating breakfast. For several reasons my diet has been nutrient deficient and my husband recommended I start taking slim fast for the protein, vitamins and minerals. the first time I drank it I almost threw it up because it was so disgusting. Now as long as I take the time to use the blender for it I am set.

I can't imagine using it as a meal replacement program as they suggest, but as far as breakfast is concerned, I think it is good enough - AND I have noticed a huge difference in my hair and nails.

CJ Sime said...

Top of the Muffin to you! Ha ha That is a great episode.

Amanda Marie* said...

i did not know that ramen noodles were bad for you.. i learned something new today! yay! im joined in on this too maybe since i actually have some support ill actually do something

Sara said...

I love your changes. I also need to eat breakfast, somedays I skip it and feel so yucky!
Have a great week,

Emmy said...

Love love your ideas! Totally all sound like things I need to do. I do always eat breakfast, but it is usually just something quick to tide mo over until I find something to snack. I need to work on better balanced breakfast's.

Good luck and great great changes, you can do it!!

Anonymous said...

Good luck, we can do this, right?
I do not want to be the top o' the muffin, anymore.

Connie Weiss said...

I love Seinfeld!!

I can't not eat breakfast or I feel yucky. I've been eating eggs and canadian bacon and it fills me up enough so that I'm not really hungry again until lunch.

Cara Smith said...

I have been known to make a last minute reach for the ramen too. It's not as bad if you just eat half the package.

I don't know if you can manage any dinner left overs, but that is my saving grace for meal planning the next day.

MiMi said...

It's weird that we women never eat breakfast! I swear, that is like the stupidest thing, but I never do and I know I should!