Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dinner for Eight, or Two; whatever

Since this diet (WebWatchers) started 2 weeks ago I've been doing a lot more cooking at home. Mostly because it's just not as fun to eat out if you can't have what you wanna have anyways, but also because Zhaina enjoys it so. She is constantly asking how she can help, wanting to stir, or measure, or lick the spoon, you know all the real important cooking tasks. And so I indulge her and she becomes my sous chef.

Tonight we tackled a baked ziti recipe from my Biggest Loser cookbook. And let me just tell you, it's a good thing I had the day off today, I could have never made this after a long day at work, never. Tonight I entered the kitchen at 5:00 and exited at 6:55. Are you kidding me?! 2 hours to cook, eat and clean up dinner?! That is ridiculous! How do you other working mothers out there do it?!


We (me and Zhaina, count us, we are 2) had Baked Ziti


note. the recipe makes 8 servings, 8 HUGE servings


and a side salad with iceberg lettuce (so not my favorite), carrots, celery, radish, a splash of olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper, and a slice of Whole Wheat WeightWatchers toasted bread with a trace of butter and parmesean.




And because this is my favorite part of dinner (and probably yours), here is a excerpt from our dinner conversation:


Zhaina: "Preston said he doesn't want to marry me anymore."

Me: "Oh did he?"

Zhaina: "Yeah, so I decided I'm going to marry Isaac. But not until 6:30. And when he gets taller."




Monday, February 15, 2010

S'agapo

Zhaina has been looking forward to "Valemtime's Day" since, well, the day after Christmas. And hooray, it's finally here! This morning she gave me the best present and slept until 7:40am!!! (soooo not her usual time of between 6:30 and 7:00am, yay!) She went from a dead sleep to bolting out of bed exclaiming "Happy Valemtime's Day!"

In all of her preparation for today she's been making Valentine's Day cards in total Zhaina style. I have a hello kitty notepad that I use to make my grocery list, which she easily took procession of. For the past week or so she's been using a black pen, a pencil and various stickers to decorate her cards for her friends. She'll randomly bring one or another up to me and tell me what they say. One even contained a map of the world where she pointed out to me where was Greece and where was America, and went on to explain that we were in 'Merica now, not Afins." But most were just proclamations of her love for her various friends and family and invitations to come to her house to visit. It was all very sweet.




Zhaina's Valentine's, hand-made with love



She wanted me to bring her to all her friends houses to hand deliver them today, but I told her that although that was a nice thought, we didn't have nearly enough time, but we could put their names on envelopes and put the cards inside and send them in the mail instead. She seemed to like that idea until I had to break the news to her that the post office wasn't open today! So if you should be so lucky to receive one of these very special notes in the mail please know that she would have preferred to give it to you in person, but her mean mommy wouldn't let her.



And seeing how the post office was closed we spent the afternoon doing what I like to do best; shop! We headed to the mall and just hung out, roaming from one store to another, to the food court and back in and out of store after store, until she could barely drag herself around another minute. While having lunch in the food court we shared another one of those hallmark moments, when you just feel so lucky to be a parent. Zhaina was eating her round french fries (aka potato oles) and taco when she looked at me and said,

"MaMa, this food is wonderful, you're the best giver ever!"


And it just doesn't get any better than that.





It is a good Valemtime's Day indeed.



Monday, February 8, 2010

Week 1 Recap

As my first week of WebWatchers comes to a close I find myself, proud but impatient. After all, this first week was HARD and to think that I still have 19 weeks to go, is daunting. Thank goodness that new digital scale was good to me today, otherwise I don't know how I could keep doing this.


Highlights from this past week:

1. My food journal kept me accountable, thus I ate less than I normally do.

2. I made many meals from scratch, yummy!

3. Stepping on the scale to a 3 lbs weight loss!


Low lights from Week 1

1. Looking at the "before" pictures of me and not recognizing her

2. I made many meals from scratch, too many dishes to wash!

3. I gave in twice this week, once for a mountain dew, and once for a grape soda


but the biggest low light of them all is the humiliation of having to post this:





the dreaded BEFORE picture


all of the arrows point to areas that I hope to "re-shape" like I said before, I still want curves, just not such dramatic ones.




wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WebWatchers by Stacy

For this very special project of mine I decided it needed an equally special name and I hereby will refer to my personalized diet plan as WebWatchers.

You see, I'm not following any one diet, so I can't go around saying, "oh I'm on the atkins," or "oh, I'm doing Jenny Craig," or "I'm trying WeightWatchers." But I still want my diet to have a catchy moniker. And now it does. So when you are out in the world talking about me and my diet, please feel free to say things like, "did you hear Stacy is doing WebWatchers?" After all, I was thinking about you, my lovely readers, when I coined it. You see, you are all watching me on this journey. You, the web, are watching me. I have you to answer to. You ARE my meeting.


WebWatchers.


PS. I don't know how to "copywrite" but I hereby officaly declare this copywrited. Oh how I love you, internet.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

the diet. day 1

I'm getting closer and closer to becoming one of those women after all. Since I decided to take this "diet" seriously I can't stop thinking about ways to be successful. And you lucky readers will get to follow me throughout my entire journey. My newest idea is that will take a picture in the same outfit once a month to chronicle my weight-loss. The outfit is yet to be decided. Stay tuned for that.


Anyway, back to day 1



It all started with a trip to Barnes & Noble where I purchased a new diet cookbook (I need all the help I can get in the kitchen) and a pocket sized diet journal. I figured if I had an actual book (that I actually paid for) to keep my calorie count then I'd be more likely to DO IT! And so I did.


click photo to enlarge



I'll have to say when I added up my totals I was VERY pleasantly surprised 1,350!!!! BUT....I'll admit that even though I haven't officially started restricting my caloric intake I WAS very conscience of the fact that I was recording everything and most probably going to be sharing it with you, my lovely readers. However, it is quite possible that if the total would have been embarrassingly high I would NOT be sharing tonight.


Now for the difficulties.


As you can see my trouble spot seems to be my snacking, as I suspected. So I guess there is room for improvement :) Also, I broke down and had a soda. I know, I know, I said I'd be giving up soda all together this month, but holy-smokes mountain dew is good! I'll have to get every can out of this house, pronto! I obviously cannot resist temptation.


Day 1


Thank goodness that's over.


Oh shoot, I have to do it all over again tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that...for the next 5 months.





Shit.

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's official, I'm overweight!

I NEVER thought I'd be one of THOSE moms; you know the ones, the ones that obsess and obsess about their weight, and order SALADS when out to dinner (*puke). The ones that talk about fitting into their old "skinny" jeans, and try every diet known to man, oh, and buy "low fat" food products! I could go on and on....

And to be honest, I still don't fit into that category completely, but I'm sure as hell on my way! And as long as I'm being honest, I can't believe I'm writing this blog (*double puke).


But here it goes. It's official, I'm overweight. Okay, well not technically. I'm still within the healthy range for my height, but who wants to be healthy?! I want to be skinny. again.


Here, let me give you a visual, so that you can follow along.



On the left is a photo taken of me in Athens in the fall of 2006, and on the right you see a photo of me taken in the fall of 2009 on Samos(Zhaina too, how cute is she?!). Generally speaking I look pretty "healthy" in both, but I'd so prefer to look more like myself circa 2006. You see, within these 3 years I've gained
are you ready
30 pounds!

I've been telling people that I think that I'm "rockin' " these extra 30 lbs, but truth be told, I'd rather not have to. I mean, yes I like curves, but I'd like to be just a little bit less curvy. You know, not have to cringe every time I go to put on my jeans because they are just so TIGHT! And not have to continue to buy bigger bra sizes as the pounds add up and up and up. I actually like my chest smaller. Oh, and another thing. I'd like to be able to go out with friends and dance the night away like I used to. Last night I was out celebrating my friend Katie's 30th birthday and I had to sit out for so many songs just to catch my breath! I mean I know I said this isn't about being healthy, but jeesh, It'd be nice be able to stay on that dance floor all night long if I so choose!

So here's the deal. I'm obviously serious, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this very public blog. And I've made some decisions.

This is my goal:

To remove ALL 30 pounds by July 1, 2010

For those of you who are math challenged that means I'll have to loose an average of 6 lbs for the next 5 months, starting February 1, 2010.

and this is how I'm going to do it:

February
1. Give up soda (oh goodness that's gonna be a tough one, I currently drink 1 mountain dew in the late morning and 1 pepsi in the afternoon everyday, and occasionally more, but never less).
2. Start counting calories so I know how many I'm consuming (and obviously be more conscience about it)

March
1. Start working out (I have no idea even where to begin here, I used to go to the gym, but that was before I was a mom, now it just seems like so much work!)
2. Continue to count calories and stay below a TBA quota everyday.

April, May, and June need some brainstorming still, and I'm totally up for suggestions :)

oh yeah, and daily weigh in's charted in my bathroom on the new digital scale I'm going to purchase tomorrow.

There.

It's official.