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01/10/2011

Oh, how I've changed

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 If you could sum up the Slimdown in one word, it would be change.  We've all changed -- from the great big changes (no more coffee!) to the smallest changes (choosing Greek yogurt instead of regular), each thing we change has an impact.

I don't know about the rest of you, but it sure seems like I spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen learning ways to make my old favorites healthier.  My latest project is granola; I just LOVE granola on some yogurt (or frozen yogurt!), but it's so calorie-dense, and the store bought stuff is overly sweetened.  My big project of the week is to tackle homemade granola!

And if you're curious as to how that's going to turn out, you can check out my other blog here, where I'll be posting after our Slimdown wraps up over the next few weeks.  I'd love to see you all there -- and sharing your recipes, of course!

--Beth Reesink, down about 8 pounds

01/03/2011

My New Year's Eve

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I've been gone again for a little while -- we had some crazy overtime at work, and I've been fighting a lovely sinus "thing" -- so no time for leisurely surfing the web! 

Because of my little sinus bug, I have managed to drop a little more weight before the end of the year!  I don't know about the rest of you, but when I get sick, I completely lose my appetite for a while.   Luckily, I've been able to get back to my normal eating habits for the last couple days, and I feel soooo much better!

Unlike millions of Americans, I won't be making any New Year's resolutions this year.  I've already made great strides toward a healthier lifestyle, and I know it's a never-ending and ongoing change.  So I'll just keep making my baby steps in the right directions, and not be too hard on myself if I take a step back.  Perfection is boring!

--Beth Reesink, down about 7 pounds

12/13/2010

I'm back!

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You may have noticed I've been gone for a week -- it happens this time of year around here.  Some of us refer to it as becoming a hunting "widow" for a few weeks each winter, but when your husband's a hunter... well... you sure don't see him much for about a month.

This year, I went out to help my husband (and his fellow hunting buddies) process their deer.  I was told this would mean I would have nice clean hands and would just be wrapping up packages in butcher paper.  Instead, I did actually trim up a little venison along with wrapping packages and providing a few meals for the guys.  It was (literally) freezing cold, but it was a heat wave compared to this week!

With my husband being home only to shower and sleep for a week straight, I took the opportunity to eat some things that I like -- turkey chili, big caesar salads, and my favorite "brownies" -- which Matt doesn't even like!  The recipe can be found over at Hungry Girl and it's only two ingredients!  I'm going to make some for my family Christmas gathering, and I'm even going to fancy them up by piping them into mini-muffin pans with a fun tip on the pastry bag.  I'll post pictures, I swear!

--Beth Reesink, still down around 5 pounds, but no longer a soda addict!

 

12/01/2010

December begins!

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We had some snow here in Iowa yesterday -- and I LOVE snow.  Most people around here don't, but I do.  I don't even know why, really, I just love this time of year.

I'm happy to report two bits of good news to all of you: 1) I have health insurance again! and 2) I will be off my anti-depressants by the end of next week!  YAY!  That pretty much took care of my Christmas wish list right there.  Two wonderful things that will enable me to be a healthier me!

Now that I'm going to be off my meds, I am hoping my weight gain will turn around.  Unfortunately, a pretty common side effect to a lot of anti-depressants is weight gain, and since my dosage increased at the beginning of September, I definitely experienced it then.

With a renewed look on my health, I'm taking my Slimdown adventure back to Step One next week when my meds are done.   In the meantime, I'm ramping up my salad-making efforts, and I've discovered that I make one mean caesar salad!  YUM!

--Beth Reesink, down 5 pound since the start (15 pounds lost, 10 pounds found)

What new recipe have you discovered you are fantastic at making; or recipe that you wouldn't think you'd like but you now love??

11/22/2010

it's Thanksgiving week!

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I don't know about the rest of you, but Thanksgiving isn't just a day in my family.  In fact, there are three separate Thanksgiving dinners for my husband and I to attend.  Unfortunately, two of them are at the same time, so we'll only get to a total of two.

Our first turkey dinner was Sunday afternoon with my mother-in-law's family.  Oh, the potatoes and rolls and pies!!  I am pretty proud of myself though -- I only had ONE plate.  I didn't even have dessert!  I did have a roll (only one, they were small) and a scoop of potatoes.  But I also had some raw veggies, and a salad my sister-in-law makes that's full of lettuce, cabbage, almonds, sesame seeds and some sort of vinegar dressing.

Saturday night, we celebrated my husband's 33rd birthday by having my in-laws over for some homemade pizza.  I did have some pizza, but since it's homemade, I have a lot more control over the amount of cheese (and grease!) that goes into it. 

Thankfully, my health is looking a little better now than it did a week ago.  I had some problems with my medication last week where I was experiencing heart palpitations -- so scary!   Luckily, I was able to see the doctor, and the palpitations have subsided; I'm just down to some off and on dizziness, and I can't have caffeine for a while.   Missing my morning coffee is a small price to pay for heart health!

So for Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my health.  It hasn't always been the best, but I know that I'm healthier now than I was last year or the year before. What are you thankful for?

-- Beth Reesink, down about 10 pounds

11/15/2010

A little good news

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After several months of uncertainty, I finally got some good news today -- I've been offered a full-time position!  I came into the company as a temp in August (a week before the Slimdown started!) and have been fingers-crossed ever since.

The company I now officially work for is a third-party vendor that handles tuition reimbursement.  Basically, companies that offer tuition assistance to their employees contract with our company to process the paperwork and wrangle for volume discounts. 

Now that I can stop worrying about whether or not I will have a job next week, I can finally take a big deep breath, and focus on the rest of my life.  The timing is really great, because it's only 40 days until Christmas, and I've got quite a bit of crafting and baking to do.

And I get to focus a little more on my food, too.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner -- seriously, it's next week! -- I definitely need to be more cognizant of what I'm eating.  I'll be breaking out the Vanilla Pumpkin Pudding to curb that pumpkin pie craving!!

-- Beth Reesink, down about 11 pounds

11/08/2010

Where did the time go?

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  We're something like 60% done with the Slimdown project now.  YIKES!!!  My goal when we started was to lose 90 pounds -- I've only lost around 11 so far.   That's only 12% lost!!

Okay, it's a little disheartening.   I'm a little -- no, a lot -- disappointed with myself.  I started out SO strong, and then I slooooowly slid back a few pounds.   Was it the first time I slipped and had a cheeseburger?  Or was it the chicken strips I had this weekend?

Whether the first or the last, I really need to step my efforts up.  The weather is turning colder around here, which is making it perfect for a brisk walk now.  It won't be long til it gets too cold though, so I've got two yoga DVDs and a Pilates DVD -- not to mention you can get some workout DVDs on streaming Netflix these days!  I love technology!

So now it's time to buckle down and start shedding the pounds again!   I'm going to start with the small steps approach.  I'm not gonna lose 79 pounds overnight, after all.    I think 9 pounds is a reasonable goal -- so my personal goal for December 1st is to lose 9 pounds.  After all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step!

-- Beth Reesink, down 11 pounds

11/01/2010

Halloween is over!

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  Yay!  The temptation for Halloween candy is over.  Granted, since we don't have kids (yet), it wasn't thaaaat hard.  We live in an apartment with weird access, so we don't get trick-or-treaters, so we didn't buy candy. 

Now that the first hurdle of the holiday food season is over, it's time to stare down the next one: Thanksgiving.  It's time to start formulating my game plan.  Have a sliver of pie?  Or skip the pie altogether just in case the sliver isn't enough??  Load up on the raw veggie tray and have a teeny scoop of mashed potatoes?  I think the last one sounds like a winner. 

Of course, looking forward to non-food aspects of the holidays is another way to get over the hurdle.  I've got to start making my Christmas cards and gifts, since I'm trying to go almost completely handmade/homemade this year.   I can give away at least this much to you readers: there will be an Iowa Hawkeyes tree skirt in our home. 

-- Beth Reesink, down about 12 pounds

What are you doing for holiday gifts/shopping this year? 

10/27/2010

The definition of stress

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I know I talk a lot about stress.  Each time I bring it up, it's because I was POSITIVE I hit a new low in the stress barrel.  Alas, I was wrong.

My dad is in the sky right now -- on a flight to Atlanta -- but he will miss his connecting flight to my sister's town.  His first flight was delayed FOUR HOURS so he'll be stranded for the night.  I just got off the phone booking a flight on a different carrier for first thing in the morning, so he can get to my sister and her two sons (under two years of age!) and spend some time with his grandbabies. 

Wow.  I thought the temptation of fast food on a road trip was stressful.  Yikes!  I can't imagine being stranded at the airport tonight.   I'll be in the comfort of my own home (with my dad's voice growling over the phone once he lands), but at least I know where I'll be sleeping tonight.

-- Beth Reesink, down 12 pounds

10/20/2010

Words to ponder

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Ok, I'm not normally a philosophical person, or even terribly keen on introspection.  However, this week, a phone call I received this week brought back some things I haven't thought of in a while.  The phone call turned out to be in error, but it still got the ball rolling in a hindsight direction.

While I won't get into all the details, the call was someone looking for an ex-boyfriend of mine.   We haven't spoken in years, but it wasn't the ugliest of break-ups.  We've just gone our separate ways, living our separate lives.   In light of this phone call dredging up some things I haven't thought of in a while, I updated my Facebook status to something that reflected my mood.   Since it's fitting for more than just one situation, I thought I'd share it with all of you:

I'm happy with the choices I've made in my life.  After all, those choices led me to where I am today.

Granted, not every choice in my life was the "right" choice, or the "better" choice.    But each choice I made, no matter how small, led me to exactly where and who I am today.   At 27 years old, I'm finally happy being... me.   

-- Beth Reesink, down around 12 pounds

Knowing what you know today, would you go back and make a different choice in your life?

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