Working Out

Well, the weight loss here is slow going (or practically nonexistent). The holidays were a particularly hard time to start up a weight loss program. Plus, I wasn’t really exercising. This week, I feel I’ve finally mentally started. It does help that 50% of my classmates seem to be in the same boat. Many of them are participating in their version of The Biggest Loser. I’m not taking part in it (I don’t want to pay the $25 fee that creates the prize fund – I’m cheap). I figure losing this last 20 pounds will be my reward. Oh, and being able to confidentially wear a bikini for the first time in over 10 years.


A friend of mine let me borrow one of her many workout DVDs yesterday: Personal Training with Jackie: Power Circuit Training. It recommends you use hand weights, which I don’t have at the moment. My friend said I could still do the workouts without them. When I got home after class yesterday I popped the DVD in and went with the 15-minute Total Body Circuit workout. Good Lord. I knew I wasn’t in the best of shape, but I still didn’t expect the urge to vomit after certain exercises. It is intense! I really liked it, but my quadriceps are definitely sore today. I decided a quick 15 minute walk was all that I needed this morning.

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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar
On Saturday Wes and I visited with family at his sister Maggie’s home. She had a delicious spread of things for all of us to munch on, including her version of Cowboy Caviar, served with tortilla chips. It was delicious! I think I may have had 3 helpings (maybe even more). I just kept going back for more! There are many different versions of Cowboy Caviar out there, and they are all relatively simple to make. On Sunday I came up with my own version:

Cowboy Caviar
1 can of black-eyed peas, drained
1 can of sweet kernel corn, drained
1 can of black beans, drained
6 grape tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup of red onion, chopped
Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup of Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate. Within 20-30 minutes the mix will have had time to marinate. Serve with tortilla chips. Let me know if you try it out!

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Here We Go Again

It has been approximately 4 months since I ended my subscription to Weight Watchers and decided to work on maintaining my weight while I was enduring the extremely stressful first semester of ADN school. Dieting was feeling like another stressor that I just wasn’t able to deal with at the time. Now that I’ve gotten to winter break, and have started to feel a wee bit more confident in my mastery of the difficult content (knock on wood), I think it may be time to start up my diet again to lose the final 20 pounds I need to get rid of to be considered in a healthy weight range for my height. I’ve purchased more healthy food options to snack on and instructed my husband to hide any donuts, cookies, or peanut butter crackers.

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