Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Calories In: 1675
Calories Out: 314
Today is Hubby's 30th birthday. Yay! Now he can stop teasing me about him being in his twenties while I am in my thirties (I'm a whole 6 months older than him, and believe me, I hear about it allll the time.) Anyway, to celebrate, we are going out to eat with his parents and grandma. It also happens to be his parents' anniversary - yes, he was born ON their anniversary- and one day after his grandparents' anniversary although his grandpa passed away in 2010. So anyway, we're all going out together.
Now, I love my in laws. I sincerely could not pick a nicer family to marry into. But I have to laugh at the restaurant that they chose. Hubby's favorite meal is a steak and baked potato. He's not into foofoo food, and he's really not into vegetarian food. But his parents and grandma keep kosher, so they only eat vegetarian or fish when they go out to eat. So the restaurant that they picked to take us to this year? Root Down, which does serve (some) meat but is definitely more focused on vegetarian/vegan type food, and looks uber foofoo. Poor Hubby.
I'm guessing that whatever I get there will be more healthy than if they DID take him to a steakhouse, so that's good for me I guess. But I was looking at the menu, and honestly, I don't even know what a lot of the stuff even is. And, since of course no nutritional info is available, I have no idea how to log this stuff.
So, here is the menu. What do YOU think that I should eat? What would you order if it was you?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Current BMR: 1528
Calories In: 1208
Calories Out: 387
I have a confession. I really, really like my booty.
I know, I know, it's not cool to brag. But hear me out - I spend a lot of time thinking about the ways that I want to improve myself. I want to be able to run further, I want to be able to lift more weights, do more squats, do more crunches without crying. When I catch sight of myself in the mirror, I automatically suck in, lift my chin, smooth my clothes, trying to look fractions smaller. My eyes are drawn to the pieces of me that aren't yet where I want to be. The roundness of my face, the poochiness of my tummy, the width of my shoulders.
So it's refreshing to sometimes take a moment to enjoy a part of me that I think is actually kind of nice. And my friends, my booty is nice. Like, in the right pants (like the ones I'm wearing today), when I walk through a room a beam of light shines down and illuminates the booty just so, while choirs of angels sing.
Part of this has to do with pioneers like JLo and Kim K (and Sir MixALot). My booty is not some little tiny flat butterbean of a behind. I remember when I was growing up, "Your butt is so big.." was a terrible insult. Tiny non existant butts were the fashion. But then came JLo with her Big Butt Pride, and slowly the tide started to turn. I was on an airplane recently and saw an ad for silicone butt pads in SkyMall. Padded butts are in? Well haha SkyMall, I got me some butt padding, and I didn't have to pay $29.99 for it either.
Since I'm wearing my Amazing Butt Pants (just an old pair of size 8 Old Navy black trousers, whodathunkit?) I spent a little bit of time this morning admiring my hind quarters. It felt silly, but again, it also felt...nice. I highly encourage you to do the same. So ladies (and I guess gents, if there are any out there that read my blog) what do YOU like about yourself? Brag to me! Got killer legs? Great shoulders? Gorgeous abs? Tell me all about it. I want to hear what makes you the hottest mamas (and fellas) on your block. Go!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Current BMR: 1528
Calories In: 1717
Calories Out: 0
Deficit: +189 (no deficit)
S'okay. Sundays are my rest day. And I'm actually super proud of myself. Next Saturday I am throwing hubby a surprise party for his 30th birthday. To that end, I went over to my MIL's house yesterday to bake all of the cakes (we froze them so that they will stay good until Saturday.) I baked a lemon pound cake, and my MIL baked a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. I took tiny bites of the icing (and cake batter) to taste, but I didn't go nuts licking the bowl or anything like that. And I ate a TINY little piece of lasagna for lunch, and part of an apple. So, portion control saves the day.
Of course, next Saturday is going to be the real trial, when we are actually at the party with all of that cake and hors d'oeuvres and alcamahol. I have pretty much accepted that I will try not to go overboard, but next Sat is probably going to be a "cheat" day. On top of the afore mentioned cakes, we are going to be making polenta squares with goat cheese, stuffed mushrooms, spinach and feta spanakopita, and artichoke bruschetta, as well as guacamole, thai peanut dip, spinach dip, and all of the veggies and chips and crackers you could hope to eat. Plus pitchers of cosmos and margaritas, and wine, beer, and cider. So, yeah. Very little hope of staying within my calorie range next Saturday. But I'll try not to go nuts. :D
Ummm, what else? Oh yeah, lost 3.6 lbs last week! Like I said before though - if past trends hold true, I *may* get one more week of fairly rapid weight loss (although, haha, now that I think about it, I doubt it. What with the party and all...) but then I'll be scraping by and .5 - 1 lb a week. Which is fine. It's just not as exciting. LOL
Anyway, hope that everyone has a great week!
Friday, January 07, 2011
Current BMR: 1543
Calories In: 1385
Calories Out: 561
They're not, like, "skinny jeans" in the sense that you have to be skinny to wear them. They're a size 10 Old Navy, which is pretty normal for me. What I mean is that they are the "skinny" cut, which is really only noteworthy because 6 months ago I would have never NEVER thought that skinny jeans would look okay on me. Nevernever. But, I've relented on that topic in recent months, and actually found a couple of pairs that, when I'm not feeling chunky, I kinda like. I even tucked them into my boots. How trendy am I?
I'm planning on kicking some major butt today. I'm going to check out of work a little early and go for a run, and then I'm going to make some Honey Balsamic Chicken from SparkRecipes for dinner.
I hope that everyone has a great weekend!!!
PS - How hideous is the carpet at my office??? LOL
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Current BMR: 1543
Calories In: 1449
Calories Out: 748
My love affair with the Mysterious Crispini (aka my scale) continues. I got on the scale today, and it reported a light-as-a-feather 161.2. For those of you that are keeping track, that's down 3.2 lbs since Monday morning. "Water weight!" I hear you sputtering out there in Sparkland. And, I'm sure you're right. I've been eating healthier and exercising, but I certainly haven't done anything drastic that would indicate a real drop of 3.2 lbs (as in, 3.2 lbs of fat, which is the only kind of lbs I'm really interested in dropping) in 3 days (like, I don't even know what would make you lose 3.2 lbs of fat in 3 days - fasting maybe? Heroin? Anyway, nothing good for you, I'm sure.)
That's why I love starting a new diet. Everytime I start fresh, for the first week or two, the weight drops off in buckets. And while I know in my heart that this is water weight fleeing my bloated tissues and really has very little to do with my body composition or the way I look in a bikini, it still makes me happy and motivates me to keep kicking butt.
Inevitably, the "losing weight with both hands" phenomenon slows down by about week 2. By week 3, I'm doing extremely well to lose a pound a week, which is a very healthy rate, but less exciting than the whirlwind romance of losing a pound a day. And that's when the real work starts - staying steady in the face of very slow but very real progress.
And that's my challenge. I am great at starting new diet and exercise routines, but I always eventually have trouble sticking to them. Last July I started a streak with SparkPeople that lasted until about the beginning of October. I did great! I was (mostly) consistent, and I lost about 20 lbs and started getting kind of toned and nice looking. Haha, that's probably how I ended up getting knocked up in the first place. So then, the whole pregnancy thing happened, and then the whole losing the pregnancy thing happened, and before I knew it, it was December. And I swore that I was back, but I lied.
So now I'm back again, and I'm looking for a way to get back to steady and consistent. I always marvel when I look at the pages of people who have lost 100 lbs, and they say "I have exercised every day and not cheated on my food even once in 395 days" or whatever. WOW. I can't even promise for sure for sure that I'll be on track next week, let alone 395 days from now.
And the only thing I can think is that I have to just start fresh every day. Make yesterday Day 1, and today Day 1, and tomorrow Day 1 too. Start my new diet today, and tomorrow, and every day until that's just the way I live and I eat.
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