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100 Pound Anniversary – 3 Years

On September 22, 2006 I started a life changing journey. I stepped on the scale at 250 pounds and decided I’d had enough. I was tired of being fat. I was tired of being unhealthy.

250+ Pounds

I had high blood pressure, I was dizzy all the time, my body ached from carrying around the extra weight and I was developing diabetes. That meant I would have to inject myself with insulin–something horrifying to me.  I wanted a change.

About 230 Pounds

I had set backs. I had struggles. I experienced many plateaus in my journey. I gained about 15 pounds and had to re-lose it.  I clocked in many hours at the gym. But I never regretted a single moment of it.

Less than two years later, on August 10, 2008 I stepped on the scale at 150 pounds.

I had reached my goal of losing 100 pounds! It was one of the happiest days of my life. I’d been determined to lose the weight and I did it. Then I kept going! I lost about 10 more pounds.

I am happy with my journey. I did not have surgery. I did not do fad diets. I did not join any “clubs” to lose weight. I did it all on my own. I counted calories religiously every day. I wrote them down by hand in a small notepad. Eventually I upgraded to an iPhone App that tracks my calories and exercise.

The day I weighed in 100 pounds lighter, Michael took me out to dinner to celebrate. I’d stopped eating pizza for almost 2 years (one of my trigger foods) and he took me to the best pizza place in Portland. That slice had never tasted better!

When I was 250 pounds, I NEVER thought I’d become an athlete.

Hood to Coast Relay
  • I ran my first 5K race (Run Like Hell) and the Shamrock Run (8K).
  • Michael and I participated in the Reach the Beach bike ride. It was a joy to train for it. It was an exciting adventure the day of the race. And I completed 55 miles on my bike–even though my bike broke the last 10 miles!
  • I wanted to challenge myself further. I ran Hood To Coast (a 200 mile relay race). I was excited that I was able to participate and complete Hood to Coast without walking!
  • I swam 2 miles!

Plus I’m training for a Century bike ride. The training is going well and I love commuting to work on my bike.

Not only did I become an athlete that loves fitness (hiking, biking and running) but my story was published in a magazine.

I was even on the cover of the magazine. I was shocked when the magazine told me that they loved my story so much they wanted me on the cover. I excitedly bought many many copies of the magazine.

Now, three years later, I weigh about 145 pounds, over 100 pounds less than I used to weigh. I’ve had some ups and downs in those three years, but I feel like I can confidently say, “I lost the weight and kept it off.”

My hope is that this blog and this post inspires other people to lose weight and get healthy. Here’s to another year of weight loss! Thanks for reading!

QUESTION: How are you going to change your life for the better?

Mexican Crockpot Chicken

Crockpot cooking is one of my favorites because it’s so easy. I tried a new recipe this weekend: Mexican Crockpot Chicken

(adapted from Spark recipes)

2-3 chicken breasts
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can mexican chili beans
(Do not drain tomatoes or beans)
1 Package Taco Seasoning
1 can black olives
1 can chopped green chiles

Layer chicken in bottom of crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order written. Do not stir. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Take out chicken and shred. Return chicken to crock pot and stir well. Serve with tortilla chips or on a flour tortilla. Serve with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese if desired. Extra ingredients are not included in nutritional facts.

Number of Servings: 6

Calories: 220 (before adding extra condiments)

I washed and dried the chicken fillets and then laid them in the bottom of the crockpot.

I had to have Michael open the cans for me because of my gimpy thumb. 🙂

I altered the recipe a little. I omitted the Black olives — I think they would have just gotten mushy and gross. I also added a can of drained corn. (One less can in the pantry!)

I followed the instructions and layered each item. I bought a can of Mexican tomatoes instead of plain.

Next I layered the rest of the cans (not draining the beans or the tomatoes).

I picked up some Taco seasoning for chicken and topped the corn with it.

The last ingredient added was the diced chilies.

I turned on the crock-pot to low and let it cook for 7 hours.

I checked on the crockpot periodically and was worried about how much liquid was still in it. It looked more like chili than what I was imagining. I took the lid off and turned the heat to High to see if that helped–which it did not.

I decided to just led it ride and hope it turned out. About 30 minutes before it was supposed to be done, I took the chicken out and shredded it.

It was really easy to shred the chicken with two forks.

I shredded it all and put it back in the crockpot.

As I added more and more shredded chicken, I saw that it was soaking up the liquid. Mystery solved!

Michael was in charge of the guacamole–this time using just one avocado.

We spooned the shredded chicken mixture into small tortillas and added toppings like sour cream, a little bit of cheese, lettuce and olives.

Because the tortillas were the small ones, it was impossible to put too much in them.

Dinner was delicious! I loved the flavor. I’m not sure what exactly did it but the meat was sweet. I couldn’t tell what was sweet, but it was good.

Oh and I also won the lottery. 😉

$12! WOO HOO! 🙂 Winner!

When I was at the store earlier getting the ingredients for dinner I cashed in my hefty lottery winnings. I noticed in the checkout line that my magazine is gone. 🙁 It’s onto the new month, with a new cover. Oh well…it was cool while it lasted!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite crockpot recipe? And have you ever won the lottery?