First off I would like apologize for missing my last blog. I honestly am not sure how I did it except to say life got carried away on me.
Out with the old, in with the new. This is what I finally decided to do with my scale. After having different weight readings each day and feeling very frustrated I decided to buy a new one. The only bummer about a new scale is that it is more accurate so of course my weight is higher than it had been. I decided that this is fine. I want an accurate measurement and we will start fresh and move on from here.
I still very much like my menu plans but have found I am not as consistent with them as when I first started. This along with the new scale will be a turning point for me. I am still very committed to gaining health and energy so I will get back to the basics as they say and move forward.
With achieving the 10,000 steps on a daily basis now I am feeling more energetic so I know my body is making adjustments. Just changing where I park at work and taking the long way around the parking lot has been really helped with this. I am constantly surprise at how little changes can really add up. My measurements are getting better and I am loosing inches so I know my body is changing.
This last week we tried a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust. Most people know I am a pizza junkie, good or bad I love the stuff. I tried this recipe and was pleasantly amazed at how good it was. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
· ½ head cauliflower (about 2 cups riced)
· 1 clove garlic, minced
· 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
· 1 egg, beaten
· 1 teaspoon basil
· 1 teaspoon oregano
1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
2. Prep a cookie sheet or pizza stone by grease it with oil. You can grease the cookie sheet or use greased aluminum foil. It will stick if you don't grease it properly!! (I used a Pampered Chef baking stone, and made sure to spray it before putting on the crust.
3. Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor (I used my Vitamix) and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. If you don't have a food processor or Vitamix, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it.
4. Sauté cauliflower "rice" in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook until translucent, approximately 6-8 minutes. (You can use the microwave for this as well. Just place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 8 minutes.)
5. In a bowl combine the cooked cauliflower with all remaining ingredients.
6. Spread dough out evenly over foil (or stone) - about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
8. Remove the crust from the oven.
Recipe from Eatbirdfood.com
As my journey continues, so does my love/hate relationship with my scale. I love the story I recently came across in a book. A lady was talking about a sign that was posted by the scale at her doctor’s office it read, “The scale measures weight, not worth. You are worthy and beautiful”. After reading this I thought what a wonderful saying this was and I applauded the doctor who put this by his scale.
I know for myself the scale has always been my mark of success when it came to weight loss. However, as I go along in this journey I am starting to realize it is not a true indicator of all of my success. I need to remember to look at all the things I have been able to accomplish already. A huge success for me already has been getting 10,000 steps in each day and sticking to my calorie limits. Even if this may not show up today on the scale it will help me achieve my long-term goals and success.
As I have mentioned before I had hoped for faster results then I am experiencing. So, I decided to reevaluate things, keep those that are working and revamp those I am struggling with. One area that I am going to change is my exercise program. I believe it is time to get some form of weight training included in this program, this will not only change things up but it hopefully will also get things moving along a little quicker.
With all this being said I was able to lose another pound off that dreaded scale, so all is not so bad. :) One pound at a time… just like success starts with the first step. Love it or hate it some days, I am on a Quest to be My Best.
I sure did enjoy the warm weather we had just a few days ago and the beautiful sunshine, it made me so wish for spring. Sunshine sure has a way of boosting my mood. Not only have I been able to get a lot of things done I still found time to get on the treadmill and exercise. It just seems so much easier when the days were feeling nice and sunny.
That is a stark contrast to today. As I look out the window into a sea of white, watch the wind blow, and look over at my treadmill. I honestly have zero desire to get on it and exercise right now. Here is a picture of the lovely thing just sitting there calling my name “Michelle, Michelle”, waiting for me to jump on and get started but I would much rather just walk away and ignore it.
Staying motivated through the winter has been hard. I know that my vitamin D level is low which can have an effect on one’s mood but there are just times I would rather curl up in the chair with one of my favorite books and not think about doing any more exercising.
Even with this motivation challenge I have, I do generally feel more energetic than I have in a long time. Even with it not showing on the scales I can tell I have a little more energy to complete everything on my list. This has helped me remember that eventually that scale will catch up to how I am feeling and looking.
Oh, and I did listen to my treadmill that day. So I went for my walk!
I am forty-seven years old and overweight. Food is where I find comfort - happy or sad…it does not matter. What I really want is to learn how to use my own strength and confidence to handle situations, not food! I have decided to make a commitment, a commitment to being healthy! Join me in this journey to good health, as I blog about my successes and struggles along the way. Each week I will share with you my ups and downs, recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, workout ideas and more. Join me on my “Quest to be the Best.”