Amy . . .

What would you like to know? I am fun, but crazy. I have a most perfect husband, and 2 cats named Samson and Delilah. We are presently working on adopting a little girl from China and have a separate blog for that. I am a Christian and am working on a better relationship with him. I live in the Atlanta area and love sharing stories with people. I am also a pediatric nurse and I love it! I love to talk and meet new people and I love Disney Cruising

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Weight loss, Quilt square, need your advice

As you can see from the photos in the post below, Michael and I had a good time with his brother, sister in law and nephew.That IKEA store was a nice walk.

Lets see, 2 new quilt squares were added..Click here to see them!

Working tonight and really hope to make it to church tomorrow. We have actually been quite a few Sundays in a row! It feels really good.

Time to lose weight. I say that 12 times a year..But really its time. I am in my 30s and need to lose this weight before we go to China. Need suggestions peeps. Obviously, we do not have the money for any "program" so I will just have to go back to the eating less and exercising more strategy. A lot of you have been successful at this and I need your motivation. I am a very mental person so I need things like that to work on. For instance on my days off, if I want to play on the computer and blog for 30 minutes than I will need to do 20-30 minutes of exercising or moving around.

Do you have any healthy dinner suggestions? I have a nice scale at work and I don't want to start weighing every night or I will get depressed.

So, in other words, HELP!!! You guys are my free counseling!! HeeHee! I appreciate you more than you will ever know!


Southern Girl said...

Amy, here are some suggestions based on what helped me lose 72 lbs in about 19 months --

-- Cut out all sodas, even diet. Drink water and lots of it.

-- Always eat breakfast. A bowl of oatmeal, some sort of cold cereal with skim milk, an egg or two (or Egg Beaters), a piece of whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter on it and a piece of fruit.

-- Lots of lean protein. Have some sort of protein with every meal -- skinless chicken, unbreaded fish (tilapia, flounder, salmon, cod), ground turkey, or once in a while very lean ground beef. Your serving of meet should be about the size of your palm.

-- Measure your food to make sure you're not eating more than a serving.

-- Avoid white pasta, white bread, white rice, and white potatoes, though a baked potato once in a while is okay. Just be sure and eat the skin and use a fat-free butter spray and a reduced fat sour cream. Better yet, use salsa and avoid the other. Instead, use whole wheat pasta and bread, brown rice, and sweet potatoes.

-- Michelina's Lean Gourmet, Smart Ones, and Lean Cuisine are good and very handy to take to work with you and heat up.

-- A small handful of almonds (about 12), when eaten slowly and one at a time, will help curb between meal hunger.

-- Use olive oil for cooking

-- Keep cut up veggies around for snacking. Fat-free ranch dressing makes for good dipping.

-- Get some hand weights, about five pounds, and use them every day. There's nothing better for losing weight than strength training.

-- Walk for 30 minutes a day for at least three days a week.

-- If you think you're going to be too tempted by bad choices if you go out to eat, don't go out. Take a two to three month vacation from eating out. I went seven months, and it helped tremendously.

-- Remember, if you don't buy it, you can't eat it. ;)

You can do it! I'm looking forward to reading about your progress, and no, don't weigh yourself every day. It's counter-productive. Once a week, always at the same time of the day is more than enough.

Cyndi said...

she had alot of good ideas.
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Michelle said...

a lot of great ideas from southern girl! I think the big one is soda because it's a lot of empty calories...good luck!

I love seeing the different squares on the quilt!

Looks like it was a fun time visiting in the pictures below!

We are CJ, Donna, Caleb & Travis said...

My favorite saying is:
If you bite it, you must write it!
You should start a very detailed journal of everything you eat everyday. You will be amazed at the different thoughts you have about food when you have to write everything you eat down. What you don't know about me is that I have lost 75 pounds and have kept it off for over a year now. Ask me for a "before" picture next time you see me :)

Lyndy said...

I don't have any great ideas but I can pray for you. Weight loss is hard that much I know. Won't it be wonderful to not have to worry about dieting in Heaven?

Have a blessed Sunday.


Anonymous said...

sign up at It's free and a helpful motivator. Best wishes!

Amy said...

Southern Girl and we are...have the right ideas. Definitely write down everything no matter what you eat. It gives you a good idea where your problem areas are. SG has done great with her weight loss and all of her ideas are right on!

Personally it helps me to eat something small every few hours all day long. I stick to the food pyramid (which has changed) and to 1600 calories a day. Right now I am unable to exercise in any way and I am still losing weight! And lots of prayer Amy! I'll be praying for you too. I know it is not easy, but it can be done.

LynnMarie needs a healthy mommy. She is worth every hunger pain and every sore muscle!

Marcia said...

Hi Amy

Southern Girl's comment is GREAT. I have one more to add - only use fat-free milk and use light margerine or cottage cheese on sandwiches instead of butter. I have some healthy recipes on my Take Charge blog. CLick on the In the Kitchen label

Organising Queen blog and
Take Charge blog

annb said...

Amy, I think you have just given me the motivation I need to implement a regular exercise routine! This is something I've been working on for awhile - yes, I'm a bit slow! I started a second blog to post only about my journey to fitness and health! I actually sent you an invite when I first started the blog, but have now set aside my inhibitions about my weight problems and have made this blog public as well as my original blog. I would love to have any ideas you come with to help me in my efforts as well. Hope you'll visit soon.

Shannon S said...

Wow, Southern Girl knows her stuff! I'm right with ya, though...many of us are! We soooo can do this! =)

Erin said...

Hi Amy!
I read your post on HEather's website about you being a nurse at Scottish Rite! That is awesome! We'll have to email sometime!