Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Groceries and Meal Plan

Wow three days of a blog and three posts in a row.  Starting off strong!! woo woo.  So already, even though no one is reading this, I'm wondering if we can postpone this whole weight loss thing... What can I say I'm weak willed and lack motivation.  But today while I had some down time at work I made a list of all the food we currently have in the house.  It filled an entire sheet of a legal pad.
     It was kind of incredible considering we always think there is no food in the house.  I found that we have a stash of meat.  I knew we had some meat because we had just had a box from Omaha Steaks come in, a birthday present for Adam.  In the freezer I found tilapia, salmon, ground turkey, blue gill, ground chicken and lots of chicken breasts (Adam buys it when it's on sale), also lots of veggies and fruit.  I also found plenty of dry goods in the pantry.
    During our stint with the nutritionist she taught us that writing down everything we eat helped keep us accountable.  I find it's easier to write it down ahead of time.  So I wrote up a meal plan for the week and sent it to Adam.  It was all figured out until I found the two texts from my mom about upcoming plans.  So now we have plans for July 4th and July 6th.  So I revised our meal plan.  I decided that the only food we needed to buy for the upcoming week was just a little produce.  My goal was to spend $40 or under...and we came in at just $39.89.  Goal! Considering we've been spending $100 or more a week and spending money at work $40 is pretty good.  Of course then Adam dragged me to the butcher and he bought
$40 more in meat.  His excuse was we need to take meat tomorrow for a cook out, and Thursday and next Saturday too.  And of course how could we live without back up bacon.  We get our meat at Jamison Meats they have the best brats and thick cut bacon.

So here's this week's meal plan:

Coffee and Fruit
Cook out: Brats and veggies, and fruit
Salad with grilled Shrimp
Meatloaf and roasted veggies
Chicken/ Avocado salad
Fish and Rice & Beans
Oatmeal, and fruit
Meatloaf leftovers
Pork Chops, green beans, and sweet potatoes
Chicken/ Avocado salad
Pasta Tomato Bake
Cook out: Brats and fresh veggies and fruit
 cook out continued
Oatmeal, and fruit
Salad with shrimp or chicken
Wedding: dinner
A couple of blank spots, we only seem to eat two meals on Saturday and Sundays.

And snacks will include: fresh fruit, veggies and hummus (dip for Adam), and nut butters and Sami's chips.  They aren't made in a GF facility but they don't use gluten.  Adam and I both love them.

Smoothies include fruit, spinach, protein powder, and chia seeds for added fiber.  Adam will only eat spinach in a smoothie, it's strange but whatever it takes to get his greens in.

I'll post the meatloaf recipe later it's a modified version of a recipe found in Real Simple magazine.
My two new recipes for the week are the Chicken Avocado salad, and the Pasta Tomato Bake, more info on those later this week. 

So now this weeks goals are to stick to the meal plan and no buying any extra food.  No eating out and no buying food at work.  Also it's time to start exercising regularly.  I am starting Chalean Extreme.  I've read plenty of reviews about this exercise plan and I'm excited to start it up.  It's a 90 day plan so I have something to stick to for the next couple of months.  Adam is going to dust off (and remove all his tools) from his bench press.

It's a good start to our new healthy lifestyle.  We're spending tomorrow at Hamilton Lake at Adam's brother's lake house.  It should be a wonderful day, thank the Lord for sunny days!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Goals--why are we here?

Time to set up some Goals.  Maybe I should go back to the beginning.  Why did we decide to start this blog?  I mentioned that we've both gained weight.  And all this weight was put on in 5 years.  But along with the weight I have gained some major health issues.
        Last February (2012) Adam and I were planning on going on a mission trip to Haiti with our church.  It was our first one and we were both very excited/ anxious.  A month or two before the trip I noticed I was always sick to my stomach.  When you're headed to a 3rd world country you tend to notice things that will be more of a bother if there isn't in door plumbing.  So I realized that I often had an upset stomach in fact I couldn't remember the last time I wasn't sick.  So I went to the Dr, which is a big deal for me, I hate hospitals or anything medical.  I mean when the red cross comes to work I get freaked out every time I see a "kiss me I gave blood sticker".  After I listed my symptoms I was referred to a GI doctor  but that appointment was scheduled for after the trip to Haiti.  The morning we were leaving for Haiti I got sick, really really stinking sick.  I couldn't get off the bathroom floor.  My stomach issues were complicated with stress I was having at work and the stress of leaving the county for the first time.  At the last minute I had to make Adam leave without me.  It was the worst the day ever.  I knew Adam didn't want to go without me but I knew he was supposed to go. 
        The entire week he was gone I couldn't keep any food down.  I worried the entire time about him.  My digestive issues had just been magnified 100%.  I called the GI and had my appointment moved up after we met she set me up for a Colonoscopy and Endoscopy.  Remember how I said I hate hospitals...well normally when you get a Colonoscopy they give you a sort of sleepy time medicine.  I however was freaking out so bad they had to call in an Anesthesiologist to knock me out.  (side note have you ever spelled anything so wrong the spell check doesn't know what it is...I had to ask Adam how to spell Anesthesiologist because the only suggestion spell check had was...would you like to add this to the dictionary)  After the horror that is the hospital they found nothing wrong. 
    2012 had to be the hardest year I've ever had.  The doctor's could find nothing wrong.  It seemed no matter what I ate it made me sick.  I was constantly running to the bathroom or laying around because I was so miserable.  At the end of the year Adam and I decided to see a Nutritionist.  She really taught us how we should be eating.  We did really well with her and in a couple of months had lost 20/25 a piece.  And the greatest piece of advice she gave me was to get gluten out of my diet. I've learned when I eat gluten free my stomach pains go away and I seem to have more energy.  But after the holidays we started to slack off and we never lost anymore weight.  At this point this year we almost gained all our lost weight back.  We know what to do, and we have a lot of great recipes.  But what we really need to be held accountable.  So what would we like to accomplish? 

Goal Time limit: 1 year July 2013 - July 2014

Rachel Goals: loose 100lbs (wedding weight), run a 10k

Adam Goals: loose 30lbs, Bench press

Pepper Goals: sleep more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Introducing the Schaafs.

Welcome to our house. This is a place for us to share about our lives.  First let me introduce you to our family. 

This is Adam and I on Sept 8th, 2007.  Married outside in September it was hot and rainy, and we had a wonderful time. 

This is our only child Pepper.  She is a boxer/mix we adopted from the shelter three years ago, and she is extremely spoiled.  But look at that face how could you not spoil her?
This photo is an unrealistic example of my photo taking skills.  Usually my photos are blurry or my finger is over the lens.  Somehow the first time I took pictures of Pepper they came out looking very professional.  I've not been able to duplicate it since.
So now that you've seen what we looked like 6 years ago I will be brave and show you a recent picture.
As you can tell we're not the svelte couple we used to be.  We only take photos from the waist up anymore...Adam has gained like a handful of pounds and I have gained...a grand total of 100 pounds.  That was fun to post on the internet.  It's thoughts like that last one that makes me hope no one ever finds this blog (ha!). 

So here we go taking this first step to changing our lives.  Our first assignment will be to set our weight loss/ health goals.  Next post: Goals.