It Takes Time.

I guess I can be a bit impatient sometimes.  After a week of consistent exercising and staying away from my beloved wine, I thought I’d wake up yesterday feeling. . . thinner.  But I didn’t.  In fact, I just felt fat.

Mind you, I know my last weigh in was at 170 pounds, and I told myself I wasn’t going to weigh myself until after my 21 day challenge, and I won’t.  But how I thought a magical transformation would happen in just one short week, is beyond me. 

So when I stopped by Brooke’s blog yesterday, her post was exactly what I needed.  Here is a girl who’s lost over 150 pounds doing it the right way, with diet and exercise.  Yes, it’s taken her four years, but she’s stuck with it.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I have to know that if I string more good days together than bad, that I will eventually reach my goal.  Thanks for your post Brooke!

Check out her post here on her weight loss secrets. Open-mouthed smile

One of my favorite lines of the post was “telling that inner negative voice to shut up.”  I know a lot of us have that voice in the back of our heads, just tell her to shut the f_ck up! Open-mouthed smile

I have Tony to thank for my breakfast yesterday.  While I was up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning and he slept in, the roles were reversed on Sunday.  He ended up making me a fruit compote, for lack of a better word.  He put frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries and fresh chopped apples in a small baking dish and baked it for about 30 minutes in our convection toaster oven.  I couldn’t eat it Sunday morning after eating his delicious eggs and hash browns, so I saved it for yesterday.

I think because the fruit was frozen, it got so juicy.  My co-worker asked if I was eating beets when she saw the red juice – nope, just delicious fruit juice!  I had it over a container of plain Chobani and a couple tablespoons of granola.  Amazeballs.  Perfect balance of sweet and tart.  This comes in at 318 calories, 3 fat, 53 carbs, 9 fiber and 22 protein.

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I ended up doing the 30 minute Classical stretch before work and it felt amazing.  After my rest day on Sunday, it makes all the difference when I stretch out – I know I don’t do it nearly enough.   So my legs felt good on my 5k at lunch:


It’s funny, I spent so much time in my kitchen on Sunday making things for other people, that I realized yesterday morning I never put anything together for my lunch!  So I kind of threw this together – I cooked up 1 hamburger patty that was frozen.  My plan was to have a sort of Mediterranean lunch with a whole wheat pita, hummus and cucumbers.

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While this looks pretty (the red is pickled cherry peppers!), the burger tasted like ass.  Tony likes these frozen burgers, but they were pretty tasteless, and I think the fact that I reheated the burger again at lunch, they tasted just like rubber. Steaming mad  This plate comes in at 369 calories, 11 fat, 30 carbs, 6.2 fiber and 14 protein.

So remember last week I bought these sirloin/blue cheese burgers for a steal?

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I put the two patties together to make my Company Salisbury steak.  I ended up weighing out the meat since I had too much – the dog appreciated it in his bowl.  Not bad for $1.80 worth of meat!  Winking smile 

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I love the crispy top of the Salisbury steak – I start it out at medium high heat to get a nice crust on it.  And I know my Mom will say something, but I know this plate is lacking veggies – I will eat more today Momma! Open-mouthed smile

Stats for the Day:

  • 1441 calories, 45 fat, 164 carbs, 21 fiber and 80 protein Pizza
  • 30 minute stretch before work Turtle
  • 45 minute treadmill, included 5k run Bunny
  • average blood sugar 161 Birthday cake
  • no alcohol Martini glass

My mantra for the rest of my 21 day challenge?

The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”
Vince Lombardi

Make it a great day!


38 thoughts on “It Takes Time.

  1. Great quote!!! So true. Sometimes we do have to remind ourselves to keep pushing. Lunch definitely looks pretty- bummer the burger was a bit rubbery. What a fantastic breakfast though

  2. I’m with your momma – you need to eat more vegetables! Cucumber slices and mashed potatoes don’t count!
    Are you doing your 5Ks on a treadmill or some other machine?

  3. Love the quote!! Had to steal for FB this morning 😉

  4. I too loved the quote. It is going out in our monthly newsletter.
    What a shame your dish tasted bad it was very photogenic. I bet if it was a plate full of veggies it would have been delicious!

  5. You (we) can do it Biz! Only 4 short months until our birthday – so let’s make every day count. I already decided to ban myself from the food table at work for the holidays – that will save me at least 10,000 calories!

  6. Brookes blog is great, I needed that this morning! Thanks!

  7. Glad my post spoke to you. It’s super hard to remember sometimes that this isn’t going to be an over night transformation! Thanks for sharing it too. 🙂

    • You are truly an inspiration Brooke – keep up the great work!

      • Nice read, I just passed this onto a fnried who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. by Carl W. Buechner.

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  8. You quoted Vince Lombardi? Bizmoto, you amaze me!

  9. That negative voice has been talking to me a lot lately. It needs to shut up!

  10. That sweet/tart breakfast is the kind I could really go for. One thing I miss about August is going outside and picking blackberries right off the bush. That was breakfast. The dogs pick them too! 😉 Your doing great on the exercise Biz! I always think that about you. You have a lot more motivation than I do!

    • Thanks Suzie – hope you are feeling better too!

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  11. You can’t go wrong with more veggies!! Especially with options available right now. Do you like winter squash? I love it–so good. Hang in there–you are really rockin’ this challenge, and some days it may not feel like it, but focus on the bigger picture. In the grand scheme of things, how do you feel? Better than a year ago? Stay positive!

  12. I’m really impatient, too. And when you’re waiting for results, I swear that time passes the slowest. Keep at it, Biz!! Your breakfast looks amazing, by the way! Before I read what it was I thought it was pomegranate juice and I think that sounds good, too!

  13. I remember when I was about three weeks in to my diet, I was all, why the hell don’t I look skinny yet!?! I feel your irritation. 😉

  14. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hang in there my friend, your hard work WILL pay off!!!!!! And favorite line of the post? “It looks pretty but tastes like ass”. You have a great way with words Vat. Sending hugs

  15. oh I love that Vince Lombardi quote! I tend to let that inner voice get contol of me too often!

  16. What a great idea for the pita. It looks delicious!

  17. I know what you mean! I have been trying to buckle down and be good…well I guess it’s been more with exercise, and feel fatter!! I need to work on positive thinking. that’s for sure!
    I love your Mediterranean lunch! YUM!

  18. i know exactly what you’re feeling. i’m trying to stay away from the scale for the exact same reason. we’ll prevail!

    LOVE the steak!

  19. Great quote! Yup, gotta beat down that inner negative voice, thanks for the reminder. 🙂 Your breakfast bowl reminds me of the one I used to eat daily when I was at my thinnest-yogurt with fruit and Fiber 1 cereal (that was kinda like my granola). I loved it and so filling. I’ve never made salisbury steak but I obviously need to. That looks so good!

  20. Thanks for mentioning Brooke’s blog, she’s very inspiring but so are you, that’s why I keep coming back here.

  21. I can totally relate to this! I’m running regularly again and lifting weights but this baby weight is taking too long to come off – must try to be more patient… 🙂

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