Awesome Primal Recipe: Guacamole Stuffed-Burger

This burger taste so amazing. Suggest you make your own guacamole so you can make it chunky style!

This burger taste so amazing. Suggest you make your own guacamole so you can make it chunky style!

Behold! The Guacamole-Stuffed Southwestern Burger.  It’s a thing of beauty and the first recipe I tried since starting the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge on May 1. Simple to make, healthy and low carb. And oh so delicious.  I ended up topping mine with some fresh salsa.

21-Day Challenge – Day 4
So far my the challenge is going very well. Like I mentioned before, I have the food down (although it’s always good to reinforce good habits!). This weekend I got in some moderate exercise with long walks. But I’m returning to my spin classes this week, so we’ll see if I can moderate my intensity.

As for the Challenge’s 8-hours of sleep, I’m not doing so bad there. I’m getting in 6-7 hours so far. I do need to stop drinking coffee after lunch so I can get to bed earlier.

It’s the setting aside play time that is alluding me. This weekend the plan was to use our hiking day reseeding our backyard. Yes, I consider working in the yard as play time. You got a problem with that!?!

But after loading and unloading a lot of bags of top soil, my husband pulled a muscle in his back. So my planned play time in the yard didn’t happen.

So now I’m doubling up on play time. Saturday is yard day. Sunday we hit Raven Rocks trail.

 

 

 


Weekly Weigh-In: Lost 1 Pound

I lost 1 lbs., putting my weight at 186.6. My total weight loss stands at 139 pounds. Time for the final push to lose those last 40 pounds!

I lost 1 lbs., putting my weight at 186.6. My total weight loss stands at 139 pounds. Time for the final push to lose those last 40 pounds!

Wow, nearly a month’s gone by since my last official weigh-in. I never really thought about weighing myself during that time while in Texas. I was just too busy. The good news is that I made more right than wrong food choices during my trip. When I weighed in on Saturday I was down a pound. That tells me I pretty much maintained my weight while visiting mom.

Well now that I’m back home, those maintenance weeks are over. It’s time to get busy working off those last 40 pounds.


Weekly Weigh In: Shed 3 Pounds To Close Out Great Week

I capped off an awesome week with a weight loss of 3 pounds. That pushes me into the 180s! The march to the 170s begins now!

I capped off an awesome week with a weight loss of 3 pounds. That pushes me into the 180s! The march to the 170s begins now!

When I stepped on my doctor’s scale mid-week, I was so happy I entered the 180s. But the next day I started worrying about my weekend weigh-in.  Ah…I hate the fact that damn scale still can do this to me. Since I talked with my doctor about setting a goal weight, I’ve got numbers on my mind. So it is understandable, but I can’t let it dominate (i.e., derail) me.

Anyway, I worried about today’s weigh-in. At 189 pounds I barely snuck into my new weight range. I could easily go back into the 190s if I didn’t keep my focus.

Well thanks to a lot of running, walking (the weather gods were kind to me), and listening to motivational podcasts this week, I kept that focus and tracked everything.  Thanks to that constant vigilance, I did some course correcting before potential problems hit (man, I love cream in my coffee). The result, I lost 3 pounds this week.

At 187 lbs., I am firmly in the 180s now…but don’t intent to stay their very long. My new mini-target is 179 lbs. Why? When my weight reaches 179, that means I’ve lost 45% of my total weight since this journey began. Just 8 more pounds then onto the next mini-target. Yay!

The last time I took an “after” photo, I was 30 pounds heavier. So I think it’s time to take new measurements and a new “after” photo. Nothing takes away the power of the scale like photography and a good old fashion tape measure.


Setting My Final Goal Weight – It’s All About Happiness

Just had my physical and decided to chat with my doctor about setting a weight loss goal. His answer surprised me.  Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhoto.net and hyena reality.

Just had my physical and took the opportunity to chat with my doctor about setting a final weight loss goal. His awesome answer surprised me. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhoto.net and hyena reality.

When I went in for my physical in 2014, I weighed 215 pounds. For my 2015 physical I tipped the scales at 189. I’m down 26 pounds in a year. I set a mini-goal of getting under 190 before I met with my doctor for my physical. Needless to say, I had a big smile on my face when I saw that number.

As for sitting down with my doctor, I had one thing on my mind:  finally nailing down my goal weight. What’s a healthy weight for woman my height and age?

But first up, the blood work.

For the 3rd year in a row all my health numbers were awesome. Giving up simple carbs (quick digesting carbs) truly turned my health around. I’m off the blood pressure meds, I’ve lost 136 pounds total, and I’m no longer at risk for type 2 diabetes or dropping from a heart attack.

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First Hike Of The Year: Manassas National Battlefield

Near the end of our first hike of the year. My hubby wanted a photo of me but I suspect he wanted a bit of a rest. As for me, I wanted to go another 5 miles.

Near the end of our first hike of the year. My hubby wanted a photo of me but I suspect he wanted a bit of a rest. As for me, I wanted to go another 5 miles…I settled for yard work after the hike.

My hubby recently started back up at the gym. I’m so happy he’s jump-starting his weight loss and fitness goals. As part of his new routine, we went on our first hike of 2015:  Manassas National Battlefield. The park is just a couple of miles from our humble, little love shack. Besides learning about history, the park offers a perfect hike to toughen up his tender feet.

Working Up A Sweat On The Trail
I love hiking. Not only does it get me outdoors, it’s a great exercise without the cost or noise of a gym. Yes, I love my gym. But with hiking you get a full body workout. Sharp inclines, scrambling over rocks, carrying a pack, river crossings – you work every muscle, test your balance and get your heart rate up. Read More


Hiking Fest ’15

Hiking Raven Rock in 2014 after climbing 1530 ft to the top of the 2nd peak. This trail defeated me last year, but I'll finish it this summer.

Hiking Raven Rock in 2014 after climbing 1,530 ft. to the top of the 2nd peak. This trail defeated me last year, but I’ll finish it this summer.

Spring starts tomorrow! So of course we’re expecting snow. Despite winter’s last grasp, I thought it was time to plan some day hikes for me and the hubby. Turning to my trusty Hiking Virginia guide, I’ve picked out 10 initial hikes (we’re so doing more than 10 this year!) that meet our agreed upon criteria.

Hiking Criteria
My hubby made some demands for these day hikes so that we BOTH enjoy these outings.

1. “Cannot be One Of Your Crazy-Ass Intense Hikes”
Translation: My husband recently kick-started his workout routine, so no trails so tough he can’t walk the next day. Fair enough. Only one trail listed rates as difficult (mwahahaha!). Read More


Dot’s Fabulous Weight Loss Bucket List

Yes, parasailing is on my weight loss bucket list. Why do I want to do this? Why not!?! Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Yes, parasailing is on my weight loss bucket list. Why do I want to do this? Why not!?! Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

During my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday, we started talking about the idea of putting together a weight loss bucket list — a list of things you always wanted to try to help you lose weight.

I’ve been thinking about putting together my own (not so) little list for the last few months. However, mine isn’t just about weight loss…it’s about confidence. You see there are things I’ve always wanted to try but never found the courage to do because of my size.

I can’t believe that I let my weight stop me from really enjoying life. Read More


My Legs Are Killing Me…But I Want To Go Back For More

My legs are killing me, yet I keep going back for more. Image courtesy of duron123 and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

My legs are killing me, yet I keep going back for more. Image courtesy of duron123 and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Well for the 2nd straight week my glutes, quads and hamstring are killing me. I went a little crazy in my Tuesday spin class and decided to really challenge myself. I upped my resistance level between 10-17. Normally I keep it between 6-12. Yikes!

Sure I got a great workout, but I’m paying the price. Walking isn’t fun. Standing is painfully slow. And don’t get me started on trying to sit down.

I followed up Tuesday’s spin class with a killer lower body workout on Wednesday. I explained to my trainer I was sore. She showed no mercy on me.

Yesterday I planned to take it easy in my cycling class – moderate resistance and speed. That didn’t happen. The class focused on strength building. That means high resistance. Again, I found myself at that 10-17 level. The first 5 minutes of class were excruciating. But my legs warmed up and felt great…until I hit the wall about 25 minutes later. My legs turned to jello. I stood for the rest of the class, using my body weight to help with the pedaling. Finishing class was a struggle. On the bright side, I burned 700 calories. Sure I couldn’t walk, but I burned half of my daily calories. Ugh!

So here it is Friday, and I can’t wait to hit my yoga class for some maximum stretching. Yet, as I spy my gym’s class schedule, I notice the spin class about an hour before yoga. Hmmmm….

What the heck is wrong with me?


2014 ‘Fatpacking’ Season Kicks Off With Raven Rocks Hike

I kicked off my 2014 fatpacking season at Raven Rocks. Here I'm resting after climbing 1530 ft to the top of the 2nd climb at Raven Rocks.

I kicked off my 2014 fatpacking season on Sunday. Here I’m resting after climbing 1530 ft to the top of the 2nd climb at Raven Rocks.

My husband and I love backpacking. We plan to do much more of it this year. Not only is it great exercise but it gets you outdoors to many beautiful locations. I’ve taken to calling it fatpacking as you burn off lots of fat and give your whole body an incredible workout.

To help us prepare for our fatpacking adventures, the hubby and I are launching into our day hikes — 2-4 hour hikes at nearby trails. These little day hikes prep us for the more challenging weekend trips where we carry a lot of gear — tent, sleeping bags, food, water, stove.

Yesterday was our first hiking trek of the season — Raven Rocks. We ended up hiking for nearly 3 hours. I was unable to do the full 5.4-mile trail. The hike includes 3 big climbs and 3 steep descents – in both directions. The largest vertical climb is 1530 feet. The smallest of the 3 big climbs is 1200 feet. I normally have to ease myself into a climb like this with more flat trails. But with the weight loss, my hubby convinced me to try something more challenging.

I shot up the first vertical climb with great ease. However, I didn’t pace myself. A rookie mistake.  I paid the price on the 2nd ascent — huffing, puffing and resting during the climb. I was so happy to make it to the top, until we started our steep, rocky descent to Raven Rocks Hallow Stream. As my ears started popping, I knew I was in for a rough climb on the 3rd hill.

We got about 3/4 of the way up the last climb before calling it quits. My legs were tired and I started stumbling too much. A sign of fatigue. I knew I needed what little energy I had left to make the two climbs to get back to my car.

I’m not disappointed we turned around. It was my first hike of the season, and the first time attempting something with so many steep climbs. But Raven Rocks is now on my radar and I’m determined to finish the hike when I revisit this trail later this summer.

A beautiful view of the Winchester Valley before descending to Raven Rocks Hallow Stream.

A beautiful view of the Winchester Valley before descending to Raven Rocks Hallow Stream.

The hubby and I did get off to a slow start yesterday. We hit the trail head a little late in the day and ended up hiking when the temperature hit over 80 degrees. Not hot by Virginia standards, but much hotter than I anticipated. Without much coverage from the trees (lots of buds but no leaves yet), the sun did beat down on us and we have the sunburns to prove it.

While we had plenty of water, I think I drank too little and dehydration set in. I ended up chugging a lot of clean, cold, high quality H2O when we got back to the car. I’m sure it would have helped my legs to pace my water intake better than I did. Lesson learned.

We ended up hiking over 4 miles and according to My Fitness Pal I burned an estimated 2,000 calories on my little excursion.

After a 3 hour hike, Five Guys bacon cheeseburger hit the spot. I treat myself to one of these puppies once a year. A good way to cap the first trek of my fatpacking season.

After a 3 hour hike, Five Guys bacon cheeseburger hit the spot. I treat myself to one of these puppies once a year. A good way to cap the first trek of my fatpacking season.

Starving after the hike, we ended up at Five Guys for the best damn burger in the world (no fries!) and water.

The hike was great, but what I loved was the hubby agreeing to a day hike every weekend (weather permitting). He is planning out next week’s trek to Great Falls.


The Blood Work Is In & I’m Awesome!

Results of my 3rd annual physical are in and my new routine helped I've turned the clock back 20 years!  Image courtesy of smokedsalmon and http://www.freedigitalphotos.net.

Results of my 3rd annual physical are in and my new routine helped I’ve turned the clock back 20 years! Image courtesy of smokedsalmon and freedigitalphotos.net.

Last week I had my annual physical and, unlike most people, I actually looked forward to it. I mean, who doesn’t like sitting on a tissue-covered examining table wearing a very large paper towel opened in the back? As fun as that sounds (and it does sound fun), I didn’t always feel that way.

When I went in for my first-ever physical, in 2012, I wasn’t the same tissue-sitting-lovin’, paper-towel-with-holes-wearin’, physical-takin’ aficionado I am today. I knew I wasn’t in perfect health, and I expected the usual from my doctor: lose weight, get more exercise, been there done that, please pass the ketchup. You know, like what doctors say to normal people.  Right?

Wrong. Unfortunately for me, I got what can only be described as a punch in the gut. I was well on my way to a heart attack and to becoming a diabetic. Only time would tell which would hit first if I didn’t change my life.

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