Niki's Back on Track

{July 22, 2012}   A Hiatus…

Well, there has been a short hiatus in recording any intake of food or (lack of) exercise since the last post.  It has been a rough week or so.

First, we went out of town to visit my husband’s family in Wisconsin.  Visiting always makes it difficult to make healthy food choices or exercise.

I was prepared to get back on track Monday, but our cat Mage was very sick.  He was 16 years old and had been struggling with kidney failure.  The vet recommended we put him to sleep because we could no longer do anything to help him recover.  It was a very hard and emotional day.  This week has been extremely difficult for me because I have had him since he was a kitten.  So, needless to say, I have not been eating well or exercising.

Now, I’m going to try to get back on track AGAIN!

I did check out SparkPeople as was recommended.  I like it, but it will keep me more accountable than I originally expected!  😉  I am posting a screen shot of a day’s calories, fat, carbs, etc. from SparkPeople.  I was EXTREMELY surprised by how many calories it equaled despite the fact that I avoided so many “unhealthy” choices.




{July 13, 2012}   July 12th, 2012

Well, the day started out pretty good. Then, I went to zumba!! It was great & inspiring! However, I proceeded to eat 2 slices of cheese pizza, 1 cup of cookie dough, and caramel chocolate made by Brazilian foreign exchange students. I guess you could say I was caught up in the moment. 😦
By the way, my friend is housing 2 Braziian exchange students who are here to volunteer as camp counselors at the local YMCA. It has been fun to show them around and introduce them to American culture! Unfortunately, that seems to be centered around food!


Here is the Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip recipe so many of you have been asking for:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup yellow mustard

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Stir before serving.  Enjoy!

{July 11, 2012}   July 10th, 2012

Workout:  Just Dance 2 – 8 minutes

Breakfast:  Apple Toaster Struedel & 3 cups of coffee

Snack: blueberry mini muffins, 1 cup fruit, 1 gluten free rice bar

Lunch: 1/2 peanut butter and white bread sandwich, 1/4 cup pretzels and honey mustard dip, 1/4 cup cashews, 1 cup peaches, 12 oz. papaya juice

Dinner: 2 tacos – soft flour shell, 3/4 beef, 1 tbsp cheese, 1/2 cup lettuce, 12 oz. can of 7 up

Okay, these may not be the best food choices, but it is about progress, not perfection!

I thought about eating a whole lot worse!

Foods avoided today: McDonald’s breakfast sandwich, donuts, junior mints, cake, Hershey bar, and cookies.

{July 11, 2012}   July 10th, 2012

I am claiming the fifth today.  You really don’t want to know my diet yesterday! (I don’t think any calories count on your birthday anyway, so the point is mute.)

I didn’t exercise, but I did talk about it with one of my workout buddies.  🙂

She mentioned the YMCA has a Couch to 5K program.  I may be signing up for it!  They also have a Boot Camp program.  Now, I need to find the time to determine the best schedule.

I found this image.  It makes me laugh, but worry at the same time.  I pray we can encourage more healthy living rather than extreme weight loss!

This is more my motto!  Plus she looks like me when I was in basic!  😉

{July 10, 2012}   July 9th, 2012

I think it may be easiest to write the previous day’s meal once the day is over.  So, here is a continuation from yesterday.

Dinner: 6 oz. filet steak, 2 cups of seasoned potatoes, 1/2 cup of green beans, 2 small slices of italian bread, 1/2 cup of corn, 2 cups of soy chocolate milk

Dessert: 1/4 cup of cookie dough (I should have resisted!) 😦

Today is my birthday, so I am giving myself a little freedom today!  ;p

I believe weight is relative. I’m not particularly concerned with how many pounds I weigh.   I want to be able to feel comfortable in my clothing.  I weighed 100 lbs. soaking wet when I entered the military. When I came out, I weighed 120 lbs. which was mostly muscle weight!  I will weigh myself as another source of information, but I took some initial measurements as my primary data set.  Thank you mom for helping me take these!  I hope to keep track of this weekly.  My mom suggested I only measure my thighs once a month, so she can help me stay consistent.

Waist: 37 3/4 inches

Hips: 42 inches

Chest: 33 1/2 inches

Right Thigh: 23 3/4 inches

Left Thigh: 23 1/2 inches

Weight: 148 lbs.  (According to the attached chart, I am overweight.)

@Megan, I would love to have you help me work through the spark website!  Thank you!

{July 9, 2012}   Sunday, July 8th Update

Breakfast: Coffee & Apple Toaster Struedel

Lunch: 7-up, Plain Turkey Sandwich, Ramon Noodles, and 1 cup of popcorn

Dinner:  ?(Chicken or steak)  fried potatoes, corn (Hubby’s surprise for my birthday dinner.)

Workout: Just Dance 2 /Just Sweat/ 2 songs = 8 minutes


{July 8, 2012}   Why am I blogging?

Hello everyone!

Once upon a time, I was in the Illinois Army National Guard.  I went to basic training as all those in the armed forces do.  I really loved the military!   I was a distance runner and loved the miles we ran almost daily.  During and after basic, I was in the best physical shape of  my life!   Once I returned, I continued to run and exercise.  I had many running or exercising buddies who kept me accountable and motivated.

Needless to say, I have been out of the military for about 8 years now and I am in the worst shape of my life.  Loosing baby weight after two children has been difficult.  I live a very fast-paced lifestyle and tend to have difficulty planning healthy meals and sticking to a regular workout schedule.  My family and I joined the YMCA in January 2012.  I had a strong start to the year.  I was working out three times a week, but that tapered off once my workout buddy and I became inconsistent.

I am very disappointed in myself lately.  I have been eating a lot of fast food and I have not been working out at all.  My goal is to get back on track! I need to focus on eating better and exercising regularly.  If I have an audience, I will be able to have cyber-drill sergeants to keep me in line!!

HELP!  I need your support, encouragement, and advice.  I will be reporting about what activities I partake in and some of my dining choices.  I may even report about when I resist temptation!  I hope to lose some weight and feel better as I dive into my endeavor.

et cetera