Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Weekly Weigh In


How do you spell "weigh in" over the past two weeks? R-E-V-E-R-S-E.  Yes, my friends, I have gone in reverse.  Last week, I was all set to report a major milestone.  Well, that will have to wait.  After a week (or two) of indulging on burgers, wine, chips, more burgers and yes, wait for it—NO exercise, I have gained back plenty of weight in the past week. Sigh. Nevermind the fact that Nicole, Asher and I are supposedly doing a 5K in less than 3 weeks that I am utterly unprepared for (especially with the heat).  Double sigh.  
In any event, I am trying to get back on track.  I'm watching my food intake again.  One thing that is keeping me hopeful is that unlike other times when I have tried to lose weight, I have no milestone event to reach for. So, no pressure to lose “X” amount in “Y” days. 

I hope that by next week I can report a loss of some sort.  We shall see.  As for this week’s recipe, unless you want something fattening – I have nothing.  Just kidding.  Williams Sonoma's Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage is a favorite of mine.  Omit the sausage or use chicken or turkey sausage to lower the calories (which, as you can probably tell, I did not do this week). I stuck to the tasty fattening stuff! 


I'm in the last week of this whole Six Week Grind thing and I averaged about a pound a week. Not amazing but not too shabby. I feel healthy and strong, and I've lost several inches overall. I'll share the full report next week when the program is officially complete.

You'd think I'd be up for some nice low impact (think Richard Simmons) aerobics and a break. BUT NOOOOOO!!!!! Instead, I am jumping into another fitness challenge thanks to Robyn. Months ago, she said "Hey, let's sign up for another 5K." I happily agreed since I still felt a need to redeem myself from HoBOOken. Now that Color Me Rad is just around the corner, I fear I am WOEFULLY UNPREPARED!! You must think I'm crazy after all the exercise I've logged in the last 5 weeks. I am in good shape. I can spin, dance and jump with the best of them. But running (much like burpees) is my Achilles heel. No matter how I try to breathe and pace myself, I feel overcome every time I switch from walking to running--even if my jogging is at the same pace as a swift power walk. So, I'm nervous, but if I can't run, I can always walk. I will get through it.

This week's workout is an great one for first thing in the morning, hence the name. Neila Rey's Rise & Shine routine even includes a little stretching. You don't need anything but a little space to get it done. You'll be energized for the day but not worn out.

As for the recipe, I've been big into stone fruit lately-especially peaches. When I was a kid, my mom used to make a number of deserts using them in the Summer. My favorites were her homemade, slow churned peach ice cream and peach cobbler. She hasn't made either in years but my love for peaches has persisted. I did grow up in Georgia, after all. Anyway, since I'm loving peaches, I thought I'd share a couple of healthier peach recipes. You can try Grilled Peaches with Prosciutto and Balsamic Vinegar (I skip the prosciutto), Fresh Peach Salsa, Grilled Peach and Mozzarella Salad, and a Vegan Peach Tart for desert. Not into eating peaches? What about drinking them? Try the Summer Greens and Peach Juice from this week's meal plan or you can fall into vacation mode and try a Peach Mojito. Ok, I'm starting to sound like Bubba from Forest Gump. Time to go. 

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