Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday, 1/31

Weight: 194.5

Breakfast: cheerios & almond milk (150c), banana (60c)=210c
AM Snack: granola bar=150c
Lunch: turkey (60c) and cream cheese (35c) on wheat (90c), soup (100c) and crackers (100c)=385c
Pre-Workout Snack: 2 PB cookies=130c
Post-Workout Snack: granola bar (150c), PB cookie (65c)=215c
Dinner: salad (150c), veggies with rosemary (50c), scalloped potatoes (150c), broiled sirloin (300c) with gravy (50c)= 700c

Total: 1790

33 minutes on the elliptical, varying intensity, burned 360c

The Week in Review, 1/24-1/30

started out blogging with the scale reading: 196 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reads: 194.5 lbs
Total Weight Lost:   1.5 lbs
This is worse than last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 4 days of exercise.
This week, I ran, strength trained, and biked over 4 days.
This is less than last week.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1600-1700 per day.
My best day logged 1565 calories and my worst day logged 2340 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1776.

4 of 7 days were within my calorie range; 2 of 7 were only slightly over my calorie goal range.
This is worse than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week an 8.  I'm happy with how I'm doing.  Peter and I celebrated my beating the 200lbs mark on the scale last night with dinner at Bocelli's.  Even though I ate more in one meal calorically that I normally do in a day, I didnt eat to fullness.  I ate until I was satiated and then, I was finished.  And I was rewarded by the scale not moving. :)  I'll take it. :)





Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday, 1/30

DATE NIGHT!!!

Weight: 194.5

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), banana (65c), 1/2 cookie (50c)=245c
Pre-Workout Snack: granola bar=150c
Post-Workout Snack: luna bar (180c), banana (80c)=260c
Dinner @ Bocelli's (estimates, of course): appetizers- house specialty bruschetta and ricotta stuffed zucchini (350c), 2nd course- carpacio di carne(180c), entree- spagetti alla carbonara (700c), white wine (150c), flourless chocolate cake (300c) and espresso (5c)=1685

Total: 2340c

Ran 4 miles (plus some walking) over 51 minutes (averaged 11.5m miles on the run): burned 525 calories


***
Tonight was a real test of my self control with eating and I'm really proud of myself.  I ate one piece of bruschetta and stuffed zucc and, although I ate my entire appetizer, I only ate half my dinner.  I was satiated and I stopped.  Funny enough, I dont recall ever not finishing...  But I did tonight.  And I didnt want anymore.  Peter and I shared a dessert and, funny enough, 3 bites and I was finished.  It was out of this world good, but that's all I wanted.  I'm really proud of myself.  I mean, really REALLY proud.  It was a great date and I feel good about myself afterwards.  It doesnt get much better than that.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday, 1/29

Breakfast: blueberry pancakes (200c), maple syrup (20c), yogurt (45c)=265c
AM Snack: SF bar=100c
Lunch: soup (160c), crackers (100c)=260c
Dinner: homemade Mexican dinner = est 1200c

Total: 1825c

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday, 1/28

Weight: 194 (YAY! Crossed the 1/2!)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), banana (60c)=190c
Snack: SF bar=200c
Lunch: bagel w/ cream cheese & turkey (250c), crackers (100c), cheese (45c), soup (100c)=495c
Snack: caramel (30c), cookie (110c)=140c
Dinner: crabcake (260c), herbed veggies (45c), mashed cauliflour (35c), salad (100c), cookie (100c)=540c

Total: 1565

Does running around, chasing the kids at music class count as exercise? ;)

More Than Halfway There (MLAL)

(Originally posted here)

As I type these words, I've just gotten off the scale... 194.   46 lbs lost in a 4 months; 44 lbs to go.  Will it take 4 months?  5?  10?  I dont know; it's not important to me.  Slow and steady wins the race.  But, I'm over half of the way there!  I have less to lose than I have already lost!  

I have to be honest.  When I started my weight blog in October and, even before that, put out my feelings in September, I wasn't sure where I'd be, come the new year.  If I am really honest, then I'll admit that I didnt think I'd be here (or anywhere close).  I thought that maybe, just maybe, I'd lose a few pounds but it probably wouldnt last or, if it did, it wouldnt be very much.  I felt like I'd tried in the past to diet and nothing.  And that, I realized, was my problem.  A diet wouldnt work, but a lifestyle change would.

And it has.  And I'm so excited!  I cant believe that I've lost half of my goal so far.  I havent weighed this since the early years of our marriage (when I got pregnant the first time, at the end of 2000, and miscarried Feb 2001, I had gained quite a bit and the weight just kept coming on).  When I was training for the triathlon last year, I thought the added exercise would help... and was really disappointed when, at the end of several months, a 5K, and a sprint tri, I had lost... ZERO.  Nada.  My weight was still 240.  No up, but no down.  Now, the argument of "muscle weighs more than fat" not withstanding, I was still 240 pounds, still had a BMI of 37.6, and that BMI still registered as "obese" on the charts.  

It wasnt until I really evaluated my plate (and my glass) that I saw my problems.  It really blows my mind when I think about how much I ate just a mere 4 months ago.  The piled high plates, the (God only knows how many) glasses of Coke or Dr. Pepper, the 20-30 ounces of designer coffee...  500 calories in a 20oz Starbuck's mocha.  Really?  Now, dont get me wrong... There's nothing wrong with one of those every now and then.  But I was drinking them a lot (and not always at Starbucks... I make my own high caloric coffees pretty well!).  

It wasnt until I realized that what I ate (and how I felt) wasnt just going to weigh my down; it was going to weigh on Bobby and Maya, too.  

4 months later, I feel better.  I'm lighter, but not just in weight.  My personality is lighter.  I find that I'm finding new joys in the every day little things.  I actually enjoy figuring out healthy meals that are not just delicious but also things Bobby and Maya can share in completely.  There was a time where I would give them the "healthy" versions of what I was making.  And that led us to establish a household rule: If you wouldn't give it to them to eat, then you probably shouldn't be eating it either.  There are exceptions, of course, but they are the exception rather than the rule, and it really promotes mindfulness in eating.  (This rule joins If you wouldn't eat it, don't expect them to eat it either.  I mean, have you tasted some of the nasty stuff marketed towards babies! Yuck!)  That's why feeding the kids from the table is so easy...  The choices are positive.  I've always liked to cook and this has encouraged me to cook with portion control in mind (it wasnt what I was cooking... it was really how much I was eating).

What is really something, to me anyway, is how, even now, cooking in proportion, I find myself "full" before my plate is empty.  And I can tell!  There was a time where I couldnt. I remember, in the beginning, talking to Peter and telling him that I couldnt tell if I was full or not.  That the whole "shutoff" valve of my brain saying "HEY! STOP EATING! MAXIMUM CAPACITY REACHED!" wasnt working.  Now, it doesnt just work, I know when I'm satiated.  And that's when I stop eating.  It's not about being full anymore; it's about not being hungry.

I didnt realize that our bodies were meant to be satiated not stuffed...  That the whole "full" feeling after a meal isnt the way our bodies want to feel.  It's not an endorsement of a good meal, it's a sonata to obesity. And, now that I know that, I find myself practicing not just mindful eating, but eating until I'm satiated and no more. The other night, I made some seasoned mixed vegetables (we each had about a cup) and then stuffed a portobello cap and tomato (each).  I ate all my veggies but after having half of my mushroom and tomato, I was done.  I had been hungry beforehand and, looking at my plate, I easily thought I'd be hungry after dinner!  But, no... I was done.  Satiated.  My tummy didnt want to bust open at the seams and I didnt feel like I needed to just go to bed because I couldnt fathom doing something else.

Some nights, I do have seconds- and that's okay too.  As long as it is done mindfully and I'm not eating to that popping point, I just tally the calories and move on.  I'm all about enjoying my food and my lifestyle; if it became some sort of deprivation chamber, I'd be miserable and 194 would be the lowest the scale would ever see.  If I want one of Peter's homemade cookies, I'm going to have it.  If I want to make cupcakes, I'm going to.  (And I'm not a proponent of making it "healthy" at the sacrifice of taste.  I dont mind healthifying recipes, but they have to taste like perfection in a slice!)

But, I'm rambling... Because I'm really thrilled...  I'm at my half-way point!  No, I'm over half-way there!  I'm 194 pounds!!!  Peter and I are celebrating my "crossing the 200 threshhold" on Sunday.  (He wanted to do something special and was so sweet as he agonized over whether I'd be upset by his making reservations at our favorite- and I'm sure VERY caloric!- Italian restaurant ... Far from being upset, I'm super excited!  Delicious food, wonderful wine, outstanding company... And we're going to a concert first!  Even better!  I cant wait to enjoy every single second!!!)  It really warms my heart that he's so excited for me and wants to my milestones :)  

Well... If I dont stop, I'll keep rambling because I'm bursting with excitement. :)  So, I'll go... For now...

HALF-WAY THERE!!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday, 1/27

Weight: 196

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), banana (60c)=190c
A.M. Snack: SF bar=200c
Lunch: HC meal (250c), choc covered pretzels (100c)=350c
Post-Workout Snack: banana (75c), 4 rice husks (30c), grande skinny vanilla latte (130c)=235c
Dinner@P's parents: mashed potatoes (120c), roll (70c), mixed veggies (75c), mushroom gravy (20), meatloaf (400)=685c

(1660)

Ran 2.76 miles in 33 minutes (speed intervals of 5.0-5.6mph/alternating incline intervals of 0% incline and 3% incline): burned 404.5 calories

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, 1/26

Weight: 195.5

Breakfast: eggs (140c), fried potatoes (120c), toast (80c) with whipped butter (15c) and jam (30c), and V8 (50c)=435c
Lunch: bagel with cream cheese and turkey (160c), 100c pack (100c), banana (60c)=320
Early PM Snack: cookie=110c
Late PM Snack: snacks with the kids=150c
Dinner: stuffed portabella cap and tomato (425), asian seasoned veggies (75)=500c
Dessert: SF bar=100
Total: 1615

Shoveled and snow blowed snow for 90 minutes, burned 400c

It's a snow day for Peter, so I made us a "big" breakfast.  It's funny that this is what I consider now to be "big" at 435 calories... I used to eat that in one helping of 2!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday, 1/25

Weight: 195.5

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (30c), banana (55c)=195c
Mid-AM Snack: granola bar=150c
Lunch: bagel with turkey and cream cheese (155c), 100c pack (100c), fig newton (45c), SF bar (100c)=400
Post-Workout Snack: SF bar (100c), snacks (puffs and PB crackers) with kids (150c)=250c
Dinner: (I did all of the calories together when I was planning the menu, so I dont have the independent numbers) mashed yams, bay scallops, squash & carrots, salad, and wine=665c
Dessert: cookie (110c) and coffee (30c)=140c

(1800)

24 minutes on the bike, 8.64 miles (21.6mph), burned 425 calories

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, 1/24

Weight: 196


Breakfast: cheerios (110c) and almond milk (20c), banana (70c)=200c
Mid-AM snack: granola bar=150c
Lunch: bagel w/ cream cheese and turkey (170c), half a cheese stick (45c), 2 animal crackers with 1/2tsp peanut butter (60c), 100c pack (100c)=375c
Mid-PM Snack: SF bar=100c
Dinner: celery dijon chicken (250c), shrimp pilaf (165c), peas (110c)=525c
Dessert: 2 cookies (220c), pudding (60c)=280c


Total: 1630


10 minutes of crunches (ExerciseTV): burned 65 calories

The Week in Review, 1/17-1/23/11

  started out blogging with the scale reading: 201 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reads: 196 lbs
Total Weight Lost:   5 lbs
This is better than last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 4 days of exercise.
This week, I ran, strength trained, used the elliptical, biked, and did yoga over 5 days.
This is better than last week.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 per day.  (mid-week, I changed the goal to 1600).
My best day logged 1260 calories and my worst day logged 2060 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1667.

3 of 7 days were within my calorie range; 2 of 7 were only slightly over my calorie goal range.
This is worse than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 9.  Even though my calorie average was worse than last week and I had 2 higher-than-average days, my average is a good number and, on those high calorie days, I worked out hard and needed to replenish with post-workout food.  It cant- and shouldnt be- just about my numbers.  I have to remember that it is a combination of activity plus food in to equal the right numbers for me.  Which is why, when I was eating last night (my highest calorie day), I didnt really worry about it.


I started this week with a 2 at the front of the scale; I'm ending it with a 1 there.  Not just a "hey, that one made a guest appearance" but a real, stable "1XX".  It feels great.  I'm very proud of myself and my hard work.  I'm proud of the lifelong changes I've made and the better understanding of how food impacts my life.  It's really a great achievement.  When I had a few days of stagnant weight gain/loss, it was tough.  I knew there would be a place where the same old, same old would need a quick shake up in order get going again.  It seems that adding in even 10 minutes of strength training a day helps, as well as being a little more mindful of getting snacks throughout the day.

All in all, a great food week!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday, 1/23

Weight: 197.5
(I actually weighed myself twice because I couldnt believe the number... Hopefully the plateau has been broken!)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), fruit juice spritzer (35c)=165c
Mid-AM snack: SF bar=200c
Lunch: raw veggies and sour cream dip (125c), homemade BBQ boneless skinless chicken breast (255c), salad (150c), and 2 pieces chocolate (100c)=630c
Post-Workout Snack: 2 of Peter's delicious (wholewheat & coconut flour) chocolate chip cookies (220c) and small piece of chicken (40c)=260c
Dinner: piece of BBQ chicken (85), sweet potato fries (160c), green bean casserole (200c), salad (150c)=595c
PM Snack: cookie (110c), 4 animal crackers (60c) with 1tsp peanut butter (40c)=210c

Total: 2060

Ran 5 miles in an hour on the treadmill at varying paces (5.0-6.0mph, with 3.5-4.0mph walking for warm-up and cool-down), burned 675 calories

***

As I sit here, prebreakfast and ready for church, I am in an outfit I havent been able to fit into in years.  I've worn it, although I cant tell you when, but the jacket wouldnt button and the skirt was so tight I couldnt breathe (not flattering!)  Right now, it is so loose...  I probably shouldnt bother and should just donate it, but I needed to be able to fit into it.  I was keeping it in the hopes that I could wear it again.  Now that I've done that and it is really too big, I should pass it on to someone else.  But it's a great feeling...  A great feeling.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday, 1/22

Weight: 199 (yay!!!)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c)=130c
Late-A.M. Snack: SF bar=200c
Lunch: minestrone (100c), bagel (110c), cream cheese (70c), chicken (60c)= 340c
Mid-P.M. Snack: caramel (30c) and SF bar (100c)=130c
Dinner: BBQ country-style ribs (430c), green beans (40c), and couscous (230c), salad (110c), dark choc kiss (25c)=835
Dessert: 2 pieces of chocolate=100c
Late Night Snack: 2 kiffles=220c

Total: 1955

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday, 1/21

Weight: 200.5 (going back in the right direction!)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), 2 animal crackers (30c)=160c
Mid-Morning Snack: SF bar=200c
Lunch: (Ruby Tuesday's) Creole Catch (196c), zucchini (42c), mashed cauliflower (137c)=375c plus salad bar (est. 150c)= 525c
Mid-Afternoon Snack: granola bar=120
Dinner: salad with chicken (200c), tomato veggie soup (90c), crackers (100c), 6 animal crackers (90c)=480c

Total: 1485

One hour of yoga: burned 250c

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Plateau

I think I'm here... The dreaded "P" word... Plateau...  No, not a flat land mass somewhere (unless my ass qualifies as its on landmass... so, maybe...)  It's sounds so nice, so... French.  It's as nice as a greasy french fry though, when it hits me in the gut- literally.

The last few months have been hard work, but, relatively speaking, they've followed a plan: exercise 3x/wk + 1700 calories a day = losing 2-3 lbs/wk.  Apparently, once I hit the 200 lbs mark (and dropped 40lbs- that's like Bobby and Maya- together!), my body decided that the "old" way wasn't worthwhile anymore!  Damn- I'd just gotten into the swing of this one!

So, it looks like I'm going to have to make a change.  I'm not excited about it...  I've struggled to get my eating and portions under control, but I think I can point to a couple of things I can improve with.

Mindless Snacking: You'd think that, at 1700 calories a day, there wouldnt be too much mindless snacking but I still find a way!  I think it's because I think I have the calories that I'll use them even when I dont need to.  For example, I was full last night after dinner, but I wanted something sweet so, instead of eating 1 M&M (which, funny enough, helps!) (11c), I had a frozen fruit bar (60c), then before bed, even though I wasnt hungry but "had" some extra calories for the day, I had a 100c choc-mint bar.  Did I need it?  No.  Was I hungry?  No.  I just wanted the taste and felt like I could have it.  But mindless snacking is something I've been striving to get as far away from as possible.  So, it's time to start asking the hard question- ARE YOU HUNGRY???- a little louder!

Portions (yes, still): Sometimes I find that I make my meals larger because I feel like I have the leeway, since I "have" the calories.  Breakfast is a good example of this.  I'm full on a bowl of 29g of whole grain cheerios (110c) with 1/3c almond milk (20c).  But, because I know I "can" get away with more calories, I'll toss in some yogurt (45-50c), fruit & yogurt bites (80C), and juice (50c).  Now, 320 calories is NOT a big breakfast count.  And, when I make a "big" breakfast, like pancakes or waffles, I'm closer to 400 calories! But, even though I'm not hungry for the yogurt and fruit and juice, I'll still have them.  I'll feel more stuffed than satiated and, I still eat lunch between noon and 2pm (a lot depends on when the kids go down for their nap and when I get hungry).  So, I think what I need to go back to is stopping with the thought of eat more and eat fewer meals, and get back in the hang of smaller meals and snack (mindfully!) more.  Today, I ate cereal for breakfast at 8:30, and, my guestimate is that I'll have a 100c snack around 11-11:30 or so.  We'll see if I'm right!!!

I already exercise 3x/wk, but perhaps I need to increase it to 4x/wk (which was my ultimate goal and one I actually meet on a regular basis) but make sure that one of those workouts is, indeed, a workout and not more cardio (like running or biking).  I've been debating taking a kickboxing class.  The gym that I used to go to (it's still part of my membership, but it's in my old town) has two offerings:  Tuesday at 9:30am, which, due to having the kids with me, I can't do (we dont do the whole gym daycare thing at this point) or Wednesday at 6:30pm, which wont work because we go to my in-laws for dinner on Wednesdays after my day of cleaning, which is a nice break.  So, not sure if, right now, taking a KB class will work for me.  But, it was an idea!  We'll see...  I actually dont mind doing the Fit TV exercise classes that are On Demand, so maybe I'll work on fitting some of those into my week (at least once/week) until group class schedules and my schedule better work out!

I'm trying not to be thrown off by a few days, but it's hard.  I know that a game plan will help me feel more in control, so that's what I'm going to try.

1) Stop the mindless snacking
2) Keep an eye on portions and hungry=satiated, not stuffed
3) Exercise 4x/wk, where at least 1 is a strength training workout (not 4 cardio's)
4) New calorie goal: 1600/day (instead of 1700/day)

We'll see if I can turn this week around and make it a weight LOST week instead of a gained or stayed-the-same week!

Thursday, 1/20

Weight: 201.5  WTF!?!?!?!

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c)=130c
Mid-Morning Snack: granola bar=120c
Lunch: shrimp scampi=250c
Early-Afternoon Snack: 100c pack (100c), 15 grapes (30c)=130c
Post-Workout Snack: bagel (110c), cream cheese (70c), chicken (60c)=250c
Dinner: Morningstar riblet (220c), potato with skin on mashed with 1/2tbsp butter & 1/8c milk (200c),  mixed veggies (green beans, carrots, yellow carrots, peppers) with olive oil and herbs (60c)= 480c
Snack: 2 fig newtons=90c

Total: 1450

10 minutes of crunches (ExerciseTV): burned 65 calories
3.38 mile run in 43:34, burned 450 calories

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday, 1/19

Weight: 200.5  (BUMMER!)

Breakfast: bagel (110c), cream cheese (70c), fruit and yogurt pack (80c), yogurt (45c)=305c
Snack: WW bar=100c
Lunch: snow crab sushi roll=400c
Dinner: spaghetti and (vegetarian) meatballs (700), slice of Italian bread (50c)=750c
Snack: frozen fruit bar=60c
Snack: WW bar=100c
Total: 1715

30 minute Piloxing and crunches workout, burned 280 calories

I WANT CHOCOLATE

Or something sweet.  At this point, I dont care what it is.  I'm just tired and hungry and emotionally drained... hence the desire for food, and bad-for-me food no less.

Honestly, I dont feel that way about chocolate, that it's bad for me.  Everything's good... in moderation.  It's more the fact that I want an entire tray of cupcakes that I'm thinking is a bad sign today...

Part of it is that Bobby and Maya opted to take a morning nap yesterday but no afternoon nap.  So, by 8 o'clock last night, they were out.  For the count.  Now, some people may say, "Great! An extra long bedtime!"  But these kids took one trait from Mommy: 8 hours of sleep is not the recommendation- it's the max.  So, while we were hoping for an 11 hour stretch, that is not what we got...  They were up... at 4:30am...  And they weren't going back to sleep.  Which, had we gone to bed at 8pm, might have been fine.  But, after they went to bed, I went to the gym for a bike ride (which was great, by the way), and then came home and we chatted until well after midnight.  I didnt doze off until almost 3am.  So, when you add in the 4:30 dual alarm... Nice.

Peter took Bobby duty and I had Maya.  Both were happy to be awake.  We tried snuggling, nuzzling, even  a bottle!  I'm not sure when Mr. B. eventually crashed again, but Maya decided to fall asleep around 5:30, then wake up at 5:45 as soon as I got up (so I quickly returned because, at that point, I just wanted to sleep and I didnt care where).  Of course, just shy of 7am, Peter woke me up to tell me he was showering and, five minutes later, Bobby was up and ready to go.  Of course he was...

So, up I was and up I've been.  I tried to snuggle him back and that worked for all of five minutes before he decided he wanted to P-L-A-Y!!!  And, a little later, Maya joined him.

And here we are.  With me wanting to eat a pan of brownies... or an entire chocolate cake... Or just SOMETHING!!!

Part of it is that feeling control.  I can eat and eat if I want- I CAN!  I cant do that!  Last night... early this morning, rather... no control.  The other part of it, as any food addict knows, is that feeling of "mmm...delicious" that comes with that first bite.  (and, no doubt, the fact that I'm pissed that the scale didnt show me what I expected and wanted to see isn't helping!)

The thing is, I have desserts in the house.  In fact, I'm standing next to the M&M bowl and candy dish right now.  I have some chips in the pantry, and a variety of other 'eat the whole box' treats.  I know I'd have instant food regret the second I gave in to the "evil monkey".

It's strange, the pulling in two directions.  The one that says "Just eat it... It'll be okay... You can always get back to normal tomorrow."  The one that says "It's okay.  You don't need food to satisfy an emotional craving.  Kiss the kids.  Write a blog post.  Call Peter.  Call Sarah.  Food is fuel...  Right now, it would just be emotional baggage.  Walk away."  I know what I'll do.  I'm already doing it.  And it's the right thing, on all counts.

But, it doesnt deny that those old urges can still come back- and with a vengeance.    It's strange, too, though...  I dont feel commanded by them.  I dont feel enslaved.  They are there.  I want (fill in the blank) but, at one time, I would have felt like there was no other option but to give in.  Now, not so much.  That's something...

A big something...

I'll put this one in the win column.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday, 1/18

Weight: 200lbs YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hopefully, this is the last day (or at least one of the last) that there will be a "2" at the start of my weight! :)

Breakfast: turkey (30c), cheerios (220c), almond milk (40c)=290c
Lunch: HC meal= 270c
Snack: 100c pack=100c
Dinner: homemade chicken noodle soup=250c
Dessert: WW cake (90c), pudding (60c)=150c
Snack: chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels=200c

Total: 1260

Went to the gym and hit the bike for the "hill" course at level 6 (of out 12).  Biked 8.65 miles in 24 minutes (average: 21.625 MPH): burned 580 calories!

I just bought clothes at Victoria's Secret.  I havent been able to shop there for years.  Is it funny that I want to cry?  Who thought a new swimsuit (mine is DYING), new panties, and a pair of jammies could bring a girl to tears?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, 1/17

Weight: 201 lbs

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), chicken (150c), 100c pack (100c)=380c
Snack: 100c pack=100c
Lunch: HC meal=310c
Snack: 100c pack=100c
Post-Workout snack: granola bar=120c
Dinner: bay scallops (275c), risotto (420c), green beans (40c)= 735c

Total: 1745c

Ran 3 miles in 35 minutes~5mph!  This qualifies me to move from "jogging" to "running"- WOO HOO!  Burned 450c.  25 minutes on the elliptical; the machine gave me 325 calories burned but my app says 430.  I'll go with the machine, but if it was the larger number- awesome!  Total burned: 775!

The Week in Review, 1/10/11-1/16/11

 started out blogging with the scale reading: 204 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reads: 201lbs
Total Weight Lost:   3 lbs
This is the same as last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 3 days of exercise.
This week, I ran on 1 day and biked on 1 day.
This is worse than last week.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 per day.
My best day logged 970 calories (0 calories due to illness one day) and my worst day logged 1880 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1205, factoring in my 0 calories day; without that day, the average is 1406.

6 of 7 days were within my calorie range.
This is better than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 8.  I am really happy that I am learning how to eat without going overboard, even in group situations.  I went over due to the food choices at the tea, not because I "overate", although my stomach didnt need dessert and I feel that I should have abstained.  But I am making better food choices and am finding myself making excellent choices as they relate to portion control because I am getting more of a feel for it.  I am really happy about that.  Today, I ate a serving of chocolates (4 pieces).  I regret it, although it tasted good and, honestly, I wanted to see if I could do it and not fall apart. I did.  It was awesome.  I ate the portion and walked away.  I'm glad I could do it. :)  It makes me feel better to know that I can portion control myself.  I wish I'd worked out more.  Being sick this week really took that out of me, and the extremely cold weather is making it impossible to run outside.  I'm debating buying a treadmill so that I can run indoors at home when the kids are napping.  We'll see how that thought peculates.

I saw a "1" as the first number on the scale.  It was after I was sick and I knew I would "gain back" the weight that was lost due to water/puking/living in the bathroom for 24 hours.  But seeing it was still such a feeling.  I cant wait until I have it for real. :)  It will be a great day.  I am so close.  I keep telling myself that I shouldnt rush it; it needs to come when it comes so that the weight will stay off.  But, it is tough when you REALLY want to see that number!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday, 1/16

Weight: 201

Still not feeling right in the tummy dept.

Breakfast: egg (70), pork (200), yogurt (110)=380c
Snacks: AKA the moment of weakness- coffee (150c), 100c pack (100c), chocolate (200c)=450c
Dinner: 4oz roasted chicken (200c), 2.5oz oven roasted potatoes (100c), 1oz oven roasted carrots (50c), 1/2 roll (80c), stuffing (240c), salad (40c)= 710c
Dessert: skinny cow bar=100c

Total: 1640c

Thanks to the freezing temps, I didnt get my long run in today :(  Guess that means it will have to happen tomorrow!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday, 1/15

Weight: 202 (I'm getting tired of this!)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), yogurt (50c), V8 (50c)=230c

Lunch: "lunch with the girls @ Tilly Mint's" (calories are estimates)- pot of tea (0c- no cream or sugar), quiche and salad (200c), assorted tea sandwiches (250c), 2 scones (600c) with cream and jam (100c), 4 petite desserts (500c)= 1650c

Dinner: No dinner... Stomach not feeling well at all :(

Total: 1880

My calories are going to be WAY over.  I had a lovely time with the ladies for lunch, but eek!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday, 1/14

Weight: 200.5

Breakfast: fruit yogurt bites (80c), cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c), yogurt (45c), V8 (50c)=305c
Lunch: fruit yogurt bites (80c), 1/2 bagel (55c) with cream cheese (35c), soup (60c), V8 tea (50c)=280c
Snack: granola bar=120
Dinner: chili (500c), crackers (100)=600c

Total: 1305

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday, 1/13

Weight: 202

Breakfast: yogurt (45c), cheerios (110c), almond milk (20c)=175c
Lunch: bagel with cream cheese and turkey (270), salmon (50c)=320c
Snack: cheese puffs (125c), SF bar (100c)=225c
Dinner: quorn cutlets baked with california blend veggies and cream of celery soup and served with italian flavored rice (405c), salad with light ranch dressing (100c), V8 fusion raspberry green tea (50c)=555c

Total: 1275 calories

Ran 3 miles in 38 minutes, burned 400 calories; stretched for 15 minutes, burned 90 calories; total burned=490 calories

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday, 1/12

Weight: 201 (I actually expected higher, but the week is young... recovering from illness is never fun for weight...)

Breakfast: 1c multigrain cherrios (110c) with 1/4c almond milk (30c), 1c V8 (50c), and fruit & yogurt pack (80c)= 270c

Lunch: bagel (110c) with cream cheese (70c) and 3oz turkey (90c), 100c pack (100c)=270c

Dinner: (@P's parents) 12oz homemade beef stew (350c), 2 small pieces of sourdough bread (150c), french vanilla coffee (105c), orange creme cake (120c)=725c

Snack: yogurt=100c

Total: 1365c

biked 10 miles in 28 minutes, burned 450c

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday, 1/11

Weight: 199.5 or 200.5 (not exactly the way I'd hoped to see those numbers!)  I'm sure they will go up once I've actually eaten today, since I'm getting over being sick.

Breakfast: coffee (130c), bagel (110), cream cheese (70)=310c
Lunch: 2slices of pizza=400c
(didnt really eat dinner)
Snack: granola bar=120c
Snack: smoked salmon (40c),  yogurt (100c)=140c

total: 970c

Monday, 1/10

Weight: 205 or 204, depending on how I stood on the scale I guess

Was very sick with stomach bug.  Didnt eat a single bite of anything and could barely hold down water.  :(

Total=0 calories

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Week in Review, 1/3-1/9/11

 started out blogging with the scale reading: 207 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reads: 204lbs
Total Weight Lost:  3 lbs
This is the same as last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 3 days of exercise.
This week, I ran on 2 days and biked on 1 day.
This is the same as last week.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 per day.
My best day logged 1425 calories and my worst day logged 2260 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1781.

3 of 7 days were within my calorie range, but 2 out of seven were within 25c of my range.
This is better than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 7.  I splurged on 3 Kings Day and Choir Party dinners, but otherwise was fairly happy with my progress.  I saw the scale hit 203, which was a nice wake-up surprise.  I was happy to get in a little cross training and a 5 mile run (even though it was FREEZING).  I'll be happy when the weather gets a tad warmer and I dont feel like my face is going to freeze off on my long runs!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday, 1/9

Weight: 204

Breakfast: 2 4-grain pancakes (270) with 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (30) = 300c
Lunch: 2 spanokopita squares (180), HC meal (340) =520c
Snack: baked doritos (130c), chocolate pearls (25c)=155c
Dinner: 4oz general tso's tofu (360), 1/2c veg fried rice (180), 1/4c white rice (60), 1 spare rib (150)= 750c

Total: 1725

Ran 5 miles, 1:18, burned 840 calories

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday, 1/8/11

Weight: 203 (now that's more like it!)

Breakfast: 2 eggs (140c), 2 pieces of bacon (120c), 2 pieces of toast (90c), strawberry jam (50c)=400c
Lunch: 2 pieces of spanokopita (180c), corn-rice puffs (130c),  dessert plate (295)=605c
Dinner: ziti with quorn cutlet parmesean, asian salad, carrot cake=1255c

Total: 2260c EEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really shouldnt have eaten the carrot cake with dinner (425c).  That is what pushed me over the top.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday, 1/7/11

Weight: 206.5 EEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Breakfast: bagel w/ cream cheese and turkey=250c
Lunch: HC meal= 270c
Snack: yogurt=110c
Dinner: (choir party) spoonful of ziti (75c), spoonful of potato au gratin (80c), 12-15 shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce (100c), raw veggies (50c), 3 spanokopita triangle packets (240c), a bite of cheesecake (60c), pie (90c), carrot cake (55c), and fudge (45c) = 795c

Total: 1425c

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thursday, 1/6/11

Happy Three Kings Day!!!

Weight: 206 (bummer... up a pound from yesterday... I think a sign of my "late night snack")

Breakfast: bagel w/ cream cheese and turkey=250c
Snack: SF bar=100c
Dinner: empanada (250c), 2 pieces of sopa (300c), rice (150c), beans (200c), fruit drink (300c), coffee (250c),  stuffed mushrooms (400c)=1850c

Total: 2200c

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wednesday, 1/5/11

Weight: 205

Breakfast: bagel w/ cream cheese and turkey=250c
Post-Workout Snack: fruit juice frozen bar=60c
Lunch- Healthy Choice meal=270c
Snack: 100c pack=100c
Dinner: pork tenderloin (245c), wild rice (220c), asparagus (20c), and salad (150c)=635c
Dessert: dark chocolate cupcake (130c) with whipped chocolate frosting (15c)=145c
Late night Snack: bagel (110c) and tuna salad (150)=260c

Total: 1720

Ran 3 miles in 35 minutes, burned 380c

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday, 1/4/11

Weight: 206.5

Snack: tuna with mayo=150c
Lunch: LC meal=250c
Snack: 100c pack=100c
Post-Workout Snack: bagel w/ cream cheese and turkey=250c
Dinner: baked flounder (40c), mashed potatoes (165c), peas (70c), yeast roll (100c), salad w/ dressing (150c)=525c
Dessert: tea and WW cake (90c)=90c
Snack: strawberry yogurt (110c) and pudding (60c)=170

Total: 1535

Stationary Bike for 13.4 miles in 37 minutes: burned (almost 22mph): burned 610 calories

Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday, 1/3/11

Breakfast: bagel (110) with cream cheese (80) and 2oz turkey (60c)=250c
Lunch: LC meal=210c
Snack: SF bar=100c
Snack: piece of hard candy=30c
Early Dinner: bagel (110) with cream cheese (80) and 2oz turkey (60c)=250c
Snack: 100c package and 25c of a brownie package=125c
Dinner: lasagna=435c
Dessert: cake=200c

Total: 1600

The Week in Review, 12/27/10-1/2/11

 started out blogging with the scale reading: 210 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reads: 207lbs
Total Weight Lost:  3 lbs
This is worse than last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 3 days of exercise.
This week, I ran on 3 days
This is better than last week.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 per day.
My best day logged 1445 calories and my worst day logged 2485 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1825.

4 of 7 days were within my calorie range.
This is worse than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 7.  I would have liked to have worked out/cross trained better.  However, 4 of my 7 days were within range with 2 of the remaining 3 being get-togethers (New Year's Eve with Meg and Nick and Lucy, and the 2nd with our new neighbors).  While I could have made better choices (like not having had my sparkling fruit cocktail on those two nights), I had a good time with friends and I dont regret that at all.  I am still able to fight temptation with people and eat in moderation and, for that, I am very proud of me!  I also didnt get a "long" run on Sunday (3 miles instead of 5+)


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday, 1/2/11

Weight: 207

Breakfast: 3/4 bagel (80c) with cream cheese (80c)=160c
Lunch: lasagna (500c), salad (100c), crudite (150c), sparkling drink (400c), bread with dip (200c)=1250c
Snack: 100c pack= 100c
Dinner: lasagna (390) and 3oz steak (180)=570c

Total: 2080

Ran 38 minutes, 3 miles: burned 415 calories

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January 1, 2010

Weight: 208

Breakfast: crab cake (150c), bagel (110c), cream cheese (80c)=340c
Lunch: leftovers=660c
Dinner: Wegman's bar=640c
Snack: 100c

Total: 1740