One Year Blog Anniversary, How did that happen???

by Alison on July 10, 2010

Where did the year go?  I have been absent most of the week trying to pretend I am not hurting, but my shins have been killing me, who knew one day could do so much damage, they are finally feeling better a week later.  I am taking one more day off, a day where they don’t hurt at all then I will go for a short run tomorrow and see what happens.  I have also been enjoying the sunshine, although I might wish it hadn’t hit the 90s the sun was a welcome sight!  My garden is thriving but now the cool weather plants are fading, which I am totally fine with, I am ready for my tomatoes and peppers and squash, and all the other heat lovers!!!

In the past year I have lost almost exactly 40 pounds, 1.25 inches from my neck and arm, 6.5 inches from my bust and hips, 5 from my waist and 4.75 from my thigh (I only measure one thigh and arm).  Pretty damn good!  I have also really adopted changed eating habits.  Do I still indulge in high fat, sugary foods, absolutely but not often and they are a treat not the norm.  The norm is very healthy, tasty meals and snacks made at home, with fresh organic ingredients whenever possible.  I still use butter and cheese but in very small amounts, a little goes a long way.  Do I miss the way I used to eat, surprisingly NO, not at all, I love what I am cooking and so does my husband.  In the past year I have gone from morbidly obese (BMI of 36) to overweight (BMI of 29.5).  I’m pretty damn proud of that too.  I picked up running this year, starting with couch to 5k.  When I started I was running a minute at a time. Since then I have run 3 5k races and 3 10k races and run 8 miles without stopping, who would have thought I could come so far, so fast.  More importantly I realised I really liked running!  So it’s been a great year.  I have also found a ton of support in the blogging community.  New recipes, support when I struggle, new friendships.  Blogging has opened me up to a much larger community of support and I know I could never lose weight without support.

Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta over Linguine and Spinach

Wow so I missed 3 days, crazy!  Wednesday was too hot to cook so we got take out we got 2 dishes to share and I had a bit over a quarter of each, ben then took the leftovers to work the next day, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been :P.  On Thursday I went up to Trader Joe’s it totally sucks that there are none near here!  I stocked up on fresh fruits again.  I think that is probably the best part of summer the fruit!  In winter I get bored of apples, plums, pears etc, summer brings so many delicious options!  I also picked up more of their Baked BBQ chips, so good, really crunchy for baked and nice and low fat without tasting it and not overdone with BBQ flavour.  For diner I used up the leftover mashed potatoes and turned them into mashed potato pancakes as well as making a dressing of shallots, white wine vinegar and dijon for green beans, it was delicious.  Friday I made baked shrimp with feta and tomatoes and I decided to serve it over spinach as well as linguine, I was craving green veggies 😛  It worked well the heat of the shrimp and tomatoes wilted the spinach nicely.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mashed Potato Pancakes and Green Beans

July 7th

Earned 0 activity points.

  • Breakfast –peanut butter, banana, toast
  • Lunch – cannot remember, this is why I should journal at the time!
  • Dinner – Chinese take out

Earned 12 weekly activity points.

Weekly Mileage Count 6

July 8th

Earned 0 activity points.

  • Breakfast –Nectarine, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt
  • Lunch – Peach and Yogurt smoothie
  • Dinner – Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Green Beans with Dijon and Shallots and mashed potato pancakes
  • Snack –piece of dark chocolate

Earned 12 weekly activity points.

Weekly Mileage Count 6

July 9th

Earned 2 activity points.

  • Breakfast –poached egg, english muffin, strawberries and blueberries, yogurt
  • Lunch – Shrimp salad, toast
  • Dinner – Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta over whole wheat linguine and spinach
  • Snack –chocolate yogurt

Earned 14 weekly activity points.

Weekly Mileage Count 6

Green Beans with Shallots, White Wine Vinegar and Dijon Mustard

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Kerrie @ Mom vs. Marathon July 10, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Congrats on one year! (Mine is coming up, too.)

You have done so much in just one year. Can you imagine what’s going to happen in the next one? So exciting!

Oh, and I”m with you on TJs. We neeeeed one down here.
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Biz July 11, 2010 at 6:29 AM

Hooray for one year! You have accomplished so much this past year – you should be so proud of yourself!!

I am glad we found each other and have become friends (even if my husband thinks its weird that I call my blog people friends even if we haven’t met!)

Enjoy your Sunday! 😀
Biz´s last blog post ..Artichoke Ravioli

Learning to be Less July 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM

As always your food pics make me hungry!! Looks so awesome. How do you make mashed potato cakes?

Sorry about the pain. Hopefully it will go away soon. Congrats onthe blog anniversary1
Learning to be Less´s last blog post ..Took me by SURPRISE-

Alison July 12, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I had made mashed potatoes earlier in the week so I basically just added an egg and some salt and pepper and pan fried them in cooking spray, totally easy and felt very different than mashed potatoes. Glad the pictures make you hungry 😛

beej July 11, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I know it was a long post, and I read it all, but I wanted to let you know how amazed I am of what you’ve done–and you should be very proud. Heep up the incredible life change!
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Alison July 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Thanks BJ, lots of changes coming up!

Nicole, RD July 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM

What a BUSY, wonderful, productive year! You should be so proud! You are doing so well and you really provide me with so much motivation and inspiration. You are awesome, girl!

Sarah July 13, 2010 at 7:04 AM

It’s so incredible to see all your accomplishments spelled out here. I hope you remind yourself regularly how far you have come, how much success you have had, how proud you deserve to be of yourself. Way to go!

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