Monday, October 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday {10/29/12 ~ 11/04/12}

Monday ~ Tuna Noodle Casserole 8 points+ (I made this tonight and it had a 50/50 pass rate. My youngest daughter and husband did not like it at all and ended up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches)

Tuesday ~ Chicken Pot Pie (5 points+)

Wednesday ~ Leftovers

Thursday ~ Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and cream corn

Friday ~ Chicken Chili w/white beans (8 points+)

Saturday ~ Mexican Casserole (9 points+)

Sunday ~ Ham and potato au gratin (6 points+)

Today's grocery trip:

PointsPlus® Tracker entries

Monday, October 29, 2012
provolone cheese - Quick-added food
diet mt dew - Quick-added food
Breakfast burrito
Subtotal 7
1  bun Sara Lee Hamburger Buns
4  oz Kroger Beef Patties
1  slice Kraft Cheese Product
1  oz Lay's Potato Crisps
1  tbsp Heinz Ketchup
Subtotal 14
1  Tuna-Noodle Casserole
Subtotal 8
1  item(s) Giant Fudge Bars
1  bar Special K Protein Meal Bar
1  pouch Nature Valley Granola Thins
Subtotal 10
Food PointsPlus values total used 39
Food PointsPlus values remaining 2
No entries for activity.
Activity PointsPlus values earned 0
Check off these important items daily:
Milk & Milk Products
Fruit & vegetables
Healthy Oil

Notes: Need to work on the fruit and vegetables and exercise.

Today's weigh in: 276.4 pounds

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Plan: Project Kristy

Well, it's happened...I turned 40! I was hoping that by the time I turned 40 I would be at my goal weight, living and loving life.  Instead, I've gained back the weight that I lost and am again back at 270 pounds.  I love reading blogs of people that put themselves first and reach their goals, and I would love to be one of those people. I want to be a runner one day and a role model to my girls. I'm setting up a challenge for myself.  To document each day on my blog good or bad.  I will be pouring out my heart on this blog and I will post every day....regardless!  I joined WW online and am doing Xyngular.

Here is my plan.....

Monday (Menu Plan Monday):  I will be posting my meal plan with WW points.

Tuesday (Tasty Tuesday): I will be sharing a new Weight Watcher recipe I will be trying that week. Check out my Recipe page to check out all of the recipes.

Wednesday (Weigh-in Wednesday): I will be weighing in each week.  Check out my progress page to follow my weight loss.

Daily: I will be posting about my day. I will be sharing my successes, challenges and my daily WW menu.

I started a Twitter page awhile ago and am not really familiar with Twittering but I'm willing to learn.  I also started a Facebook page.  I hope to have supporters to follow along and we can support each other on losing weight and getting into the best shape of our life.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's been an extremely busy week. Between working nights, sleeping days, 4th of July and ball tournaments for my girls I've been a real slacker on getting on keeping up with my blog. I'm still adjusting to working night shift.  Most of the nurses take smoke breaks during the evening and since I'm not a smoker I'm able to take 30 minutes and go down to the gym and get a good workout in sometime during the evening, as long as the floor is covered. I've been bringing food from home and of course the Xyngular, which I am loving!!  I lost 14 pounds during the 8 day challenge and feel amazing. A couple gals at work are doing it with me now.  I gave them some Xyng capsules because they were getting so tired in the evening and after that night they were hooked.

My obstacles this week:

My husband works at the sale barn part time and every 4th of July they do their Christmas party. Their sale barn is right under the highway where the city shoots off fireworks and it's quite a view. We all get together in the parking lot and shoot off our own fireworks and wait for the evening show. Needless to say, everyone brings a covered dish and the sale barn provides the burgers and hot dogs. It's a huge buffet of food that is there for anyone to piece on all evening long. When it's all said and done they break out the desserts and homemade ice cream. I tried my best to stick to fruit and salads, but I did break down and had a bowl of homemade ice cream. I only get it one time a year and just couldn't resist.

2nd obstacle is the ball tournaments. We're constantly running with ball games and the problem with that is that we're never home and that usually means picking up something to eat on the go. It's a lot of eating on the run. I'm doing my best with bringing fruit along in the cooler and plenty of water and gatorade for the girls. One advantage/disadvantage is the heat. Can you say "HOT"! These temperatures are almost unbearable and my poor girls are just trying to stay cool enough to avoid a heat stroke. Why do they have games in the hottest part of the day? I wouldn't mind waiting for the sun to go down and have games all evening long. It would be so much better for the girls. The sad thing is some teams have to play 2 or 3 games right after each other in this heat and they're exhausted. We've been pretty fortunate and haven't had to do that. The thing with the heat is it helps me get in tons of water and I just don't feel like eating anything.

3rd obstacle is just working nights. It's true that at nights at work I can get so exhausted and it makes me want to eat so that I don't fall asleep. I love my job but it's not the best for my health. When you go from working nights and trying to get your sleep pattern to adjust for your days off, the body has a hard time adjusting. I haven't been working nights long, but I'm slowly getting used to my new schedule and I really believe that Xyngular is helping with the energy and I'm sleeping so much better in the morning.  I transitioned much easier this go around to my days off then I did last time.

It's been a pretty successful week and I'm slowly learning what's working for me and what's not working. I hope that when things slow down a little bit I can take more time for me and do some more blogging.  I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and are staying cool!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Xyngular ~ Day 1

This morning I woke up exhausted!! I am now working night shift at the hospital and my body is having a hard time adjusting to the new schedule.  I'm finding on my days off that I spend my time up all night and taking naps during the day.  This is really not the way I want to live my life. I was talking with some gals at work and they told me it took time for them to adjust, but they are able to live a normal life now on their days off.  Fingers crossed that it will happen really soon.

I started the Xyngular challenge this morning and they claim that this will help with, not only weight loss, but with energy.

I woke up early to take my girls to Vacation Bible School and then came back home to start the Xyngular regime.  I stepped on the scale this morning and the dreaded numbers 262.4 stared back at me.  I also had my daughter take some dreaded before pictures.

I have a long ways to go, but I need something to give me that kick start to finally get to goal. 

Here's a little recap of my day:
Xyng Capsule (This is for energy and appetite control)
1 oz global juice ( antioxidants) I had a glass of water near by just in case it tasted nasty.  It was actually pretty good.  I also took the Axion multivitamin.

After coming back from taking the girls to VBS I made my protein shake, which I mixed with 8oz unsweetened almond milk.

The mid-morning snack called for 4-6 oz of protein.  I didn't prepare very well today and decided to cook up 2 eggs and then I took a wedge of the laughing cow light herb and garlic cheese wedge between the eggs and ate it like a sandwich.  It was really good and I was hungry.

Lunch was another protein shake with almond milk, but this time I added a few drops of vanilla creme stevia...much better.

I'm still waiting for the energy to kick in, but I wasn't feeling it.  I realize I didn't get any sleep last night so I decided to go lay down and take a nap.  I slept until about 4:00 p.m., hence my pattern of sleeping during the day and up all night.  ugh!!

When I woke up I called my sister and told her that the Xyng isn't working and I wanted my money back.  She told me that I need to give it some time and that I can't blame xyng for not getting any sleep last night, which she is right.  I went ahead and took 2 accelerate capsules, which is also to help with energy and metabolism.  I've felt pretty "blah" today and I guess I was hoping for that miracle of feeling on top of the world.  As my sister told me that the first three days are the toughest because you're going through detox and that the energy and the mood lifts will kick in.  She also said that if one xyng doesn't work I can take another one around 2:00 pm.  I know a couple of her friends have to take 2 because 1 just doesn't do it for them. 

Now it's time to do another protein snack.  I took some shredded turkey and wrapped it around some string cheese and then nuked it for a few seconds and it was so good.  I do have to admit that my hunger isn't too bad, and I'm not hanging out in the kitchen dreaming of eating everything in site.  I ended the day with another protein shake with almond milk, but I wanted something different so I added some unsweetened cocoa and vanilla creme stevia.  

I just got done taking two flush capsules with some hot cocoa, which is supposed to clean out the gut.  I suppose that now that it's 1:00 in the morning I probably should go to bed and see if I can get back on a schedule before I return back to work on Thursday night.   All in all I had a pretty good day as far as not being hungry and drinking over 100 oz of water.  The energy is still not there and I'm feeling a headache coming on, but I will give it a few days and see how I feel by Thursday.  I'm off to bed and hoping that I can get some sleep and I'm not up all night in the bathroom from all of that water I drank today.  Good night and I'll be back tomorrow with another update.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Xyngular and an 8 Day Challenge

Life has been crazy and in fast forward around here.  I can't believe how much time has gone by since I posted last.  I guess I should fill you in on where I've been and what I've been up to.  The last time I posted I was weighing in at 270 pounds and this morning I stepped on the scale I was at 260 pounds.  I graduated from the Nursing Program on May 18, and have been spending the last few weeks studying for State Boards so that I can finally put R.N. behind my name.  My test is Wednesday, June 20, so my time is all about studying and working. I've been working full-time at the hospital (night shift) and my body is having a really hard time adjusting to the new sleep schedule.  I find myself eating junk and drinking caffeine just to stay awake, which I know is bad for my health, not to mention the lack of sleep and energy.

I was talking with my sister and she started taking a product called Xyngular.  I've been pretty hesitant about learning anything about it, I have always been against taking pills to help me lose weight.  It's all about calories in and calories out and that's the only way it will work.  I finally gave in and watched the video, you can check it out here if you're interested. I was really impressed with the ingredients that are in these products, I especially love the amount of antioxidants.  Being a nurse, you better believe I looked up every single ingredient in every product that they offer.  The ignite pack plus, which is about 260 some dollars, is the first product that you buy.  This is the kit that has all of the products to get me started on detoxing and losing weight.  I then can pick and choose the products that I love and that will work for me. In order to get this price I automatically become a distributor.  Don't get me wrong, I have no intention on making a business out of this. If it works I'm thinking the gals at work might be interested, and it will help pay for my product. I'm really interested in the juice with the antioxidants.  The older I get the more I worry about disease and less about looking hot in a swimsuit, and this sold me more than anything else that they offer. I also liked the Xyng capsules that give you energy and lifts your mood.  There is a 30 day money back guarantee, and you better believe I will be taking advantage of this if it doesn't do what they claim.

So I'm taking a leap of faith and will be putting in my order today.  As soon as it gets here I'll be starting an 8 day challenge and can't wait to start feeling 100% again.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

RFSC ~ Week 1 Recap & Week 2 Goals

Week 1:  Weight 269.4 (-3 pounds)

Weight Loss:  Yay! Goodbye 270's! I met my goal of 2 pounds and will continue with that goal for next week.  So, by this time next week I will weigh 267.4 pounds or less.

My Non-scale Victory (NSV):  My ultimate goal is to fit into my size 18 jeans.  I plan on taking another picture in my jeans in a month, which is April 22, to see how I’m doing with the weight loss and losing the inches.  I said that I was going to clean out my hall closet, well that didn’t happen.  It’s been a crazy week and I never did get a chance to even think about it until now.  I will try to do it this week. 

Exercise:  I did really well with exercise last week.  My friend Linda is getting back into running and even though we don’t run together we make plans and know that the other one is out running and we don’t want to let each other down.  It’s a great motivator. I walked everyday and ran/walked every other day. It was a great stress reliever and I plan on doing the same thing this coming week. 

Nutrition:  I really slacked on counting calories this week.  I tried to make good choices and would eat every 2-3 hours.  This week I’m going to concentrate on getting in at least 2-4 cups of vegetables and fruits a day.  I did really well on getting in my daily water intake.  I carried a bottle around with me all day and drank a good liter of water when I exercised.  I will continue with the water and stay with my goal of 96 ounces this coming week.

For the mini challenge I tried a new type of healthy salad.  My friend Linda brought a salad using a different kind of lettuce from her garden, strawberries, walnuts and a tomato based Italian dressing.  I was really hesitant to try it because I “hate” tomatoes and the thought of tomatoes and strawberries sounded really gross, but to my surprise is was really good.  The dressing tasted more like Italian dressing and I didn’t taste the tomato at all.  I put just a tiny amount of dressing but the strawberries and walnuts tasted really yummy in the salad.  I will definitely do this more often.  It was filling too.

I tried to post to everyone’s blog last week.  I’m so excited to see everyone’s progress and how everyone is doing, but there are so many people in the challenge and it’s hard to keep up.  I will do my best to see how everyone is doing this week and check out how last week went for you.  Good luck this week in the challenge and meeting your goals.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

School, Challenge and Juicing

Wow...I have been a real slacker with the blog this week.  It's been a long and stressful week at school.  We had 2 simulations, a mom hemorrhaging and a baby going into respiratory distress.  We have the simulators, which is a mom and baby who have all of the vital signs and we need to find out what is wrong with them, and play it out like it is happening in real life.  We assess, call the doctor, administer medications and then we’re graded on how we handled the situation. The teacher sits behind the one-way mirror and is the voice of mom. The entire time the simulation is recorded and then afterwards we watch the video and critique what we did and how we handled it and what we should have done differently.  The entire thing is very stressful, and now that it’s the end of the year there are quite a few more that we need to do. 

Disclaimer: No mannequins were hurt or killed in the simulations mentioned above, Yay me!  

We have a pediatric fracture on Monday, neuro on Tuesday and a code blue on Wednesday.   I also have to take my Med-Surg ATI on Thursday, which I need to get an 80%.  Talk about a stressful week, so I may not be around much.  We'll see how I do with stress and avoiding the junk food.  Now that's the real test for the week.  All I have to say is I'm so thankful that Friday is a holiday.

WARNING: The next paragraph is me unloading and complaining about a certain teacher.  It's my own therapy to keep me away from the box of Oreos in the kitchen.

This last week I’ve been an emotional mess. We received our grade for our mental health rotation, which started after the first of the year and ended at Spring break.  Now, I have no problems with my grade.  I have a problem with the way our mental health teacher handled everything.  This is her first year teaching the subject. She handed us our guidelines on what we needed to do for each clinical rotation, and talked about how we should pick one person and do a SimChart, which is basically doing an assessment and care plan on an individual.  Most teachers tell us exactly what we need to do, like how many care plans, or do a psychosocial evaluation, but this teacher did not.  I spoke with an individual for a short time and got just enough information to do my charting.  I got it back with a 92% and she wrote a note that said, “I know you were only with this person a short time and you did excellent charting, but you could of included more information like a care plan, nursing diagnosis, and objectives.”  Now this confused me, because I had all of the above, so I emailed her.  She replied, basically saying that other students had 3-4 care plans and other assessments and I didn’t have as many as them.  This ticked me off!  Their experience was different then mine.  One of those students sat and talked with an individual for 4 hours, I talked to my guy for maybe 20 minutes and his answers were “yes” and “no” to all of my questions.  How can you compare my experience with anyone else. If you wanted us to do certain assessments or a certain amount of care plans, she should of told us and I would have done it, but because someone did more than I did? So, if I did 2 and someone else did 3 does that mean they get a better grade?  This was just one thing.   

Then she grades my journal entry and gives me an 80% because I wrote about my experience, but didn’t go into what I brought away from the experience and putting myself in their shoes.  If I would have known that’s what she wanted me to do I would have wrote about that.  She put write about your experience at …….!  I know this seems petty, but it’s just dealing with this person the last 3 months and the way she handles things have just irritated me.   

Okay, she gave me a 90% over all for my Mental Health Clinical and I couldn’t figure out how she came up with that grade.  All of my journal entries were 100%, one was 80% and my two Sim Charts were 92% and 98%.  How did she come up with an overall grade of 90%?  I emailed her about this also and she said that each assignment carries different weights and that’s why it doesn’t even out.  She never did give us the breakdown because she was afraid that we may do more work on the assignments with the higher points and blow off the lower point papers.  I’m so glad she has so much faith in us. For all I know she pulled that grade out of the air.  I’m sorry to be writing all of this, but I just need to unload and get it off of my chest.  The rotation is done, the grades are in and I just need to move on.  Okay I feel better now.  **stepping down from my soap box.**

As far as how my week went with the challenge. I started out strong with keeping track of my calories, but by the end of the week I started to slack. I exercised and it helped me to stay away from the junk food while I was stressed.  It’s amazing how wonderful walking feels and how it relieves the stress so much more than eating the junk food. 

I started following the calendar on running and walking and it was so hard to keep looking at my timer, because I don’t have an alarm.  I had a stopwatch and would run a minute and walk a minute and it was really stressful, and I couldn’t really enjoy the run.  My friend, who has been an absolute life saver this week with everything that has been going on, told me that what she always did was set landmarks and would say that she was going to run to a light pole or a bush and run and walk until she was eventually running the entire way.   

The route I run/walk is a country road that is never really traveled much, but is really beautiful. You can see pictures and read about it here. It’s a 2-mile route. The way country roads work is that each road is 1-mile long, so if you go around the square section it is about 4-miles.  I go down and back this 1-mile road, which ends up being 2-miles.  I figured that from now on I will walk ½ a mile, run/walk 1-mile and then walk again the last ½ mile, until I’m eventually running the entire thing.  It just seems less stressful. 
I found on a blog I read an interesting film, which is free to watch until midnight tonight.  If you haven’t seen it I would really urge you to watch it.  There is some great information and I’m even thinking about purchasing the film. It also has convinced me to buy a juicer and start juicing.  Here is the link to the film.

The friend that I talked about above, her husband grows lots of different veggies and I may join the CSA coop and start purchasing fresh vegetables, meat and eggs.  Do any of you juice?  If so I would love to hear your favorite recipes.  Also, do you have any opinions about a good juicer?  I have $100 at Amazon from selling books and I’m thinking about using it to purchase a juicer.  Let me know what you think.  I know this is long and hopefully I can eventually post more during the week so it's not all in one post. Thanks for putting up with my rant!  

Monday, March 26, 2012

RFSC ~ Week 1 Goals

Day 1: Weight 272.4

Today is the first official day of the challenge.  We were asked to take our ultimate goals and break them down to small bite-sized goals. So this week:

Weight Loss:  My ultimate goal is to lose 20 pounds, which would mean that I need to lose at least 2 pounds this week.

My Non-scale Victory (NSV): My ultimate goal is to fit into my size 18 jeans. The best way to meet this weekly goal is to follow the exercise and nutrition weekly goals.  I did see some other challengers put in some Spring Cleaning on their weekly challenge and I thought that was brilliant….so I’m going to put that I will clean out and organize my hall closet. That’s if I can get the door open, it’s stuffed full of junk.

Exercise:  I’m training for a 5k, which I signed up for on July 1. I need to start training for this, and plan on following the Women’s Health Magazine Running Calendar.  I plan on doing week 1 of the calendar, which is clickable here or is under my workout tab above.

Nutrition:  I was figuring last night, which I did see some of my fellow challengers doing the same thing, how many calories I would need to consume, and how many calories I would need to burn in order to lose 2lbs for the week.  I figured if I ate 1300 calories a day and burned 330, which is 2310 calories in a week that I should lose 2 pounds.  I plan on keeping track of this on  I also said that I would drink 120 ounces of water a day, what was I thinking? Right now I’m going to concentrate on drinking 96 ounces a day.

We also have a mini challenge to try a new vegetable, fruit or other healthy dish that we have never had before.  This should be fun. I'll have to go and look through some recipes or scout out the grocery store for something interesting to try.

Well, those are my weekly goals for the Ready for Summer Challenge.  I look forward to checking in with everyone to see how you are doing.  Right now I better get out and do Day 1 of my exercises.  I’ll be back tonight with my daily update.  Good Luck everyone and we’re going to Rock this challenge!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sticker of Approval

I was getting ready for the Ready for Summer Challenge and was cleaning out the fridge and pantry, when my daughter saw a container of strawberry yogurt sitting on the counter top.  She got really excited and yelled, “mom! I know what we can do with that container of yogurt.”  She ran into her room and came back with a calendar. She brought it home from school and for every month it had a healthy recipe to try.   She flipped to the month of May and said, “See mom.  It’s a strawberry smoothie.” It just so happened that I had all of the ingredients on hand, considering it only called for three ingredients.

Bug and Stinker (these are my girls’ nicknames since they were babies…..I blame their father) came into the kitchen so excited to help mommy make a smoothie.  They both got out the ingredients, measuring cups and the scale.  According to Bug we have to be exact on the ingredients otherwise it might not taste right.

Bug started dumping ingredients into her cup.

I tried to help Stinker, but she’s a big girl and didn’t need my help.

I gave their smoothies a mix on the bullet, and it was time to see if they would pass the taste test for two very picky eaters.

The suspense is killing me.....


Yay!!  Four thumbs up.  We’ve decided we’re going to try each recipe on the calendar for that month and if it passes the taste test than it will get the sticker of approval.

It looks like the Smoothie recipe gets a very special princess sticker!

Both of my girls are hopping on the bandwagon of eating healthy and exercising.  I figured that if they start learning at this age then they will not have the same problems as their mommy.  Bug is going to go running with me in the evening, she ran a 10 minute mile at school so she's already way ahead of her mom.  I just know that she will help keep me on track, because both of them want to see me succeed.  I have to say that I'm really lucky to have some pretty special cheerleaders on my team. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Beginnings

I can’t believe it’s been close to a year since I’ve posted on this blog.  Wow, how time flies! I have to admit that I haven’t lost any weight since my last post, and I know that I’m even more out of shape.  What have I been up to, you ask?
Let’s see.  I passed my state boards and I’m currently an LPN working at the local hospital. I’m going to school to finish my nursing degree and plan on graduating in May, then it’s one more big test (RN state boards) and then I’ll be done with school for awhile.  So the past year I’ve been spending a majority of my time doing this….

Now that Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner I figured what a great time to concentrate on getting healthy.  I still want to learn to run a 5k and I’m the first to admit that I’m a huge procrastinator and I need something to motivate me to keep up the training.  A friend of mine told me about a 5k run that is coming up July 1 and it peaked my interest.  It’s the Color Run and you can walk or run.  Every Kilometer they throw some sort of colored powder substance at you as you run by.  It’s a different color for each Kilometer you run.  It sounds like a lot of fun, so I signed up.  I figured this will be enough time to lose some weight and eventually run my first 5k.  I have my work cut out for me, but plan on using this blog to keep me accountable in meeting my goals.  Here’s the website for the Color Run if anyone else is interested.

While losing weight you need that accountability and there's no better way to get it then by joining a challenge.  I found the Ready for Summer Challenge while surfing the web and knew this was exactly what I needed. It's 10 weeks long and starts March 26.  It's a challenge where you set your own goals....How cool is that?  Check it out below and join with me so we can keep each other accountable.

Challenge Goals:

Weight Loss~  I would love to lose at least 20 Pounds by the end of the challenge.

NSV~ My non-scale victory would have to be to fit in my size 18 jeans.

Exercise~ Be able to run a 5k, which is scheduled for July 1.

Nutrition~ Keep my calories between 1200-1500 calories and drink 120 oz of water daily.

I'm so happy to be blogging again and looking forward to catching up with all of my fellow bloggers. Good luck and let's make the rest of this year count!
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