Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Weightloss Wednesdays

As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, I'm committed to a healthier lifestyle. For me, that includes more exercise, more water and healthier food choices. To that end, I'm going to devote Wednesdays here at the blog for weightloss.

My idea is that we can cheer each other on, share tips and tricks, share recipes and discuss things on mind that go hand in hand with a healthier lifestyle.

I'll also start off with an update on how I did for the previous week. So, I drank my 8 cups of water every day last week but 1. I did well following my program on SparkPeople. I only went over on calories one day. It was the day that we went in town for the festival and I indulged in a couple of beers. I still managed to lose over 2 pounds, which brings my three week total to 7.8 pounds lost.

I also joined a class at the gym on post. It's called Sculpt & Burn and it's a combination of cardio and strength training. It meets Mondays and Wednesdays and I went both days this week. It's really kicking my butt and my muscles, particularly my triceps, quads and hamstrings are letting me know how hard they've been working. I'm also keeping up with the 2.5 mile walks 5 days a week with Peanut. She's loving it and I'm feeling darn good.

I've noticed the biggest difference in my energy levels so far. I've got enough energy to get through the day without that period in the early afternoon when I usually start dragging. At the end of the night, though, I'm whooped and have started going to bed a little earlier. I pass out until I hear my alarm the next morning.

Okay, so that's an update on my three weeks with SparkPeople. Email me with your username if you decide to join up and we can partner up.

Now I have to share a recipe that I just fell in love with this week. While in the States, I picked up the cookbooks that went along with the show on Lifetime called Cook Yourself Thin. I've since purchased the season on iTunes and have watched every episode. I'm sure you can probably catch it on reruns there in the States. Great ideas.

Anyway, I made one of the recipes Monday night for dinner and Oh My God, it was so good. It was Sauteed Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Pineapple Salsa and Spicy Black Beans.

To avoid copyright issues by posting the recipe, I'm posting a link to the recipe on the Lifetime website. I didn't have any tequila so I omitted that part. Some things I noticed.

Using a whole pound of shrimp, you can really get 8 tacos out of the recipe. So add 4 more tortillas and make 2 tacos a serving size. Also, I like spicy food, but 2 TB of red pepper flakes in the beans was just too much. Next time, I'm going to half it.

I wasn't too sure about the mango-pineapple salsa and no cheese (since I'm a raging cheese-aholic), but the salsa was a perfect compliment and I didn't even miss the cheese. From me, that's a bold statement.

So, try the tacos. They're great. Maybe poke around the website. If you'd like to talk about anything in particular here during Weightloss Wednesdays, drop me an email at Are you working on a lifestyle change? How's it going?


liana laverentz said...

I've been working on a lifestyle change all summer. It's going well, but slow going. Good luck with yours...looks like you're off to a great start!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Riley, you're doing great! My DH & I have agreed to get serious about losing the extra poundages we're toting around. Kudos on all the water. I've gotta up my intake. Have learned to drink diet instead of regular, but diet's not a good thing either. And that work-out sounds intense! Good for you!

Denise Golinowski

Marissa Farrar said...

Hey Riley, I am trying to lose the post-baby weight and finding it frustrating slow (especially as I have neither the time, nor the money, to join a gym). I've managed five pounds so far, but still have a good stone to go. And I love the Cook Yourself Thin - I am a brit so I've already watched the series! Good stuff.

Clark Stone said...

Great news, Riley, I am not actively dieting but have started an exercise routine that seems to help. I will cut out certain items that I know I do not need to be eating.
I also have increased the amount of fruits and veggies I eat. I use celery at times to help kill my appetite if I get hungry before lunch. Sometimes a glass of vegetable juice helps as well.
My exercising seems to help. I feel better and my blood pressure dropped some. I think the exercise I have been doing has made my thigh larger because the legs to certain shorts feel tighter now. (More muscle - I hope)
I will be cheering you on.

Dennis H. Clarkston
AKA Clark Stone

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