Monday, January 18, 2010
Met up with Deb (S318830) and her kids at the Wild Animal Park this morning, saw a giraffe tussling with a big antelope from the tram, watched gibbons, watched human children, and finally took a photo at the "park" her kids like.
Pictured (from left to right):
4A-HEALTHY-BMI, HAVASUROSE, their sister, S318830, and her two kids.
Afterward my two sisters and I did some more consignment store shopping, investigated a Carhart retailer (for our sister who needs work pants with lots of pockets), and a Chico's where some of us got shells on sale. Then we had dinner with HAVASUROSE's friend Dotty (and her daughter and granddaughter) at Soup Plantation, shipped a 20x20x20 box of clothes to NY via FedEx, and did cardio in the hotel fitness room for an hour.
Now we're wrapping up the evening in the hotel room with some wine (yes, mine is measured out, LOL) and logging stuff on our computers and checking email, etc.
They will drive home tomorrow and I will move to a hotel downtown tomorrow night and fly home on Tuesday. Back to the Land of Cold.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
My initial goal has been 150 lbs or 25% body fat, whichever came first.
My Tanita scale has been indicating anywhere from 22% to 26% body fat for the past week or so.
UPDATE: In "athlete" mode it says 19.7% Thanks to S318830 for advising me on that! (And also for finding the DXA place in San Diego.)
I suspected I was close, but wouldn't know until I had it measured by a more accurate method.
On Thursday through a DXA scan I found out my body fat % is actually 19%.
Are you freaking KIDDING me?! That's actually in the "athletic" category. Last year at this time I still weighed over 300 lbs...
This means, technically, that by at least one measure I am done. I have been processing this information for the past couple of days - I actually cried a little in the car on the way back on Thursday, because I was just so overwhelmed. I wasn't expecting this. I wasn't really ready for it.
If you've been following the thread where STEVIECAT4 and I are trying to reach 150 you'll already have read some of my mulling over this issue. tinyurl.com/race2onefifty
Anyway, I have been lightening up on the calorie restriction but continuing with the heavy exercising, with predictable results. This morning I'm up to 158. So I'll be pushing back down on the restriction a little more.
In the meantime, realizing that I'm probably going to be close to this size for a while, and having my two sisters handy, I've been indulging in SHOPPING. Me. Who has historically H.A.T.E.D. shopping. With a Passion.
In the interests of public service, here is a rundown of the thrift and consignment stores we've investigated:
1) American Cancer Society Discovery Store, Rancho Bernardo
16787 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego - (858) 385-0479
Small store, Salvation Army-type prices & selection. Found the sparkly $18 dress on sale there that day for half off.
2) Girlfriend's Consignment Boutique, Poway
12222 Poway Road, Poway, CA - (858) 679-1222
Upscale. Lovely selection. Found a really nice workout top and leather pants ($26).
3) Plato's Closet, Escondido
1220 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA - (760) 233-0002
Geared toward 20 year olds. Found some really nice workout gear there. Lots of colors and styles and the ability to be picky.
4) Deborah's Next to New, Escondido
1624 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA - (760) 743-8980
Large selection. Similar items scattered throughout the store. Quality ranges from Salvation Army to upscale. Found an awesome lined suede long skirt there for $29.
I'm going to have to get a box and ship this stuff home...
Friday, January 15, 2010
My sisters and I met with Deb (S318830) for lunch today at the Soup Plantation near the hotel. So, since there were three SparkPeople (TM) there, we're calling it a "Spark Rally" LOL.
Here are the photos afterward, taken by the one sister who isn't (yet) on this site.
OK, photos don't seem to be uploading properly, so I'll add 'em later.
...Looks like I need to use IE instead of Firefox.
S318830 smiling for the camera while 4A-HEALTHY-BMI tells HAVASUROSE to put down the rabbit ears. LOL
HAVASUROSE giving attitude.
4A-HEALTHY-BMI giving attitude.
More pics together at the Wild Animal Park on Sunday morning, when we'll include the other sister!
Then afterwards HAVASUROSE had a dentist appointment, S318830 went back to work, and 4A-HEALTHY-BMI and her eldest sister (not pictured) went to consignment stores and thrift shops and played in clothes...
NEW fully-lined LEATHER PANTS! ($26) and jacket from a skirt suit ($11)
[I was intrigued by S318830's account of HER new leather pants, both in the original blog and at lunch today. Not just intrigued. Jealous. LOL]
New dress ($9) that I saw on the manniquin and thought would be fun to try on. My boss retired on the 30th and his dinner is coming up.
Then we tried re-staging the "fat pants" photo with HAVASUROSE from November, and this time they ZIPPED UP! LOL
This is the SAME EXACT PAIR OF PANTS in each photo.
4A-HEALTHY-BMI with her eldest sister in "the pants."
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
1. Dixie diners crunchy apple soy rocks protein bars
I've written about protein and mentioned protein bars before.
This is my new go-to favorite bar and has one of the best protein / calorie ratios at 10 g protein and 81 calories. They are crunchy and satisfying and at less than half the calories of most protein bars they are suitable for a snack to get you by until a real meal will be available.
You can also get a version with flax seeds in it that has 90 calories and 10 g of protein. I prefer to just get my omegas via capsule.
There's no weird melty chocolate layer that will go funny if it gets hot in the car, so you can stash them everywhere for emergencies. I have them in my glove box, my life vest, my desk at work, my gym bag, etc.
I buy them online directly from Dixie Diners' Club:
2. Freeze-dried fruit
Most "normal" dried fruit has added sulfates, sugars, and even sometimes oil. Freeze-dried fruit has none of those additions and is fantastic with breakfast cereal or yoghurt (or just about anything else to which you'd add fruit). I even like just snacking on it - it's crunchy and has a nice tart / sweet kick.
You can get freeze dried blueberries and strawberries at Trader Joe's, or you can order a bunch of different kinds from nutsonline.com - they have a referral incentive so if you want 10% off your first order, contact me with your email address and I'll have them send you a code. (I would get 10% off my next order, too)
You can also get freeze dried vegetables - the broccoli has the highest protein / calorie ratio of any of the fruits and vegetables. Of the fruits, the freeze-dried sour cherries win the nutrition contest with the boysenberries a close second. (Boysenberries resulted from crossing blackberry, loganberry and raspberry and are the basis of the Knott's Berry Farm empire.)
3. Wasa crisp n' light crackers
I found these while visiting a friend recently in Alexandria, VA. At 20 calories and 11.7 mg of sodium per cracker I think they actually taste pretty good, and are a great alternative to more fat and sodium laden crackers. I plan on bringing some to the New Year's Eve celebration I attend every year.
It turns out you can order a case of ten online from Amazon.com cheaper than you can get them from the store:
4. Laughing Cow Cheese (Extra Light)
I discovered this spreadable low-fat cheese while visiting LAFAGG in England.
In one wedge (17.5 g) there are:
0.6 g fat
131.3 mg sodium
2.6 g protein
Compare this with the Laughing Cow Light available in the US:
(21 g per wedge)
2 g fat
260 mg sodium
2.5 g protein
I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to eat the UK version. Or TWO of them, since that's about the equivalent in calories to ONE of the US wedges - and more than TWICE the protein... To me it tastes just as good. On my Wasa Crisp n' Light crackers, LOL.
For this one, unfortunately, you have to either know someone in Europe who can send it to you, or know people traveling there who can bring it home in a suitcase.
I emailed Laughing Cow and asked why they don't sell Extra Light in North America. They replied that it is because they're marketed here as a "specialty cheese" and don't think there would be a market for it.
I think they're wrong and referred them to www.hungry-girl.com/girls/biteoutdet
ails.php?isid=1012 as an example.
5. Kauffman's fruit butter with no sugar added
If your tastes run more to sweet than savory for your cracker or toast toppings, here's something I recently discovered in the local Mennonite store. The pumpkin butter in particular stands out, at 5 calories per tablespoon and a short list of ingredients (pumpkin, apple cider, lemon, cinnamon, citric acid).
If you can't find a local store that carries it, you can order it direct from the Pennsylvania:
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wow. This place is AMAZING.
With the help of the nutrition tracker, the motivational tools, and most especially THE PEOPLE, I've managed to remove 166.8 lbs since last December. (176.2 total)
What I wanted most of all for Christmas this year was a BMI under 25.
And this morning, what was waiting for me on the scale? A number that put me there!!!!!
To get there has taken a lot of perseverance and support from too many people to mention here, but it includes pretty much everyone who has ever commented on my page, or a blog, or sent me an email, or shown up to a Finger Lakes Team Spark rally... (As well as so many friends and family in my AFK life.)
I want to especially thank STEVIECAT4 for joining a contest with me after Thanksgiving to race to our goal weights by Valentine's Day. Her spirit of friendly competition has definitely helped me stay on track and make progress this month.
Here's hoping her back heals soon so she can continue to push me (and herself) toward our goals!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my (now much healthier) heart!
P.S. I am already planning out my meals and exercise for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
I'm using "Lean Me Pro" on my iPod Touch to track exercise and nutrition.
The advantage over the SP tracker is that I can do it anywhere, any time, even when not connected to the internet. Which means I always know how many calories I have left for the day, and what proportion of them needs to be protein.
Thurs and Fri I will drop down to a -6 lbs per month diet plan which will give me a bit more flexibility in the eating. Saturday it's back to the stricter -8 lbs per month regime.
As I ramp down to goal I will experiment with -8, -6, -4, and "maintenance" diet cycles to see what works.
I WILL have a plan, and I WILL stay on track.
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