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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yesterday's Stats:

BMR: 1528
Calories In: 1675
Calories Out: 314
Deficit: 167

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?

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A-NEW-PAULA 1/13/2011 1:17AM

    I will be curious to see what you actually at because the food at that place sounds super scrumptious! I would be having a "free day/ free meal" and have some cocktais too. It is a special occassion worth the extra calories!!!

I wish I had some right here and now! I would eat it all up!

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ANNASBF 1/12/2011 5:30PM

    After reading this I'm still reeling from immense guilt from teasing my husband about being older than I am, being my Old Man, um all kinds of snarklets.... thirty years in the making... um... he was born on Jan 16th.... me.... Jan 18th.... about one and a half days apart, same year. Yeah. I'm always saying... on Jan 15th.... that he is a year older than I am..... heheheheh.... JK.... still going for it!!! Old Dude's gotta deal, that's my position!

Happy Birthday to yours.... emoticon

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FINEFETTLE 1/12/2011 5:08PM

  This place does sound delish! Not being Jewish, I would go for the ever-so-lean grilled pork tenderloin. But, alas...

All of the other main entrees sound very high calorie, so a soup/salad combo might be safer. I would avoid curry soup if it contains coconut milk, I think most curries do. (You could probably just ask if the soups are broth or cream based and choose accordingly.)

It is a holiday, after all...maybe you could just call it a splurge day and eat lean the next few days to make it up?

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CARRKM 1/12/2011 3:49PM

  Wow! You are so lucky to have places like this to choose from! I live in a VERY small town (originall from Wash, DC) and we have nothing like this...

I would go for the Carrot & Thai Red Curry Soup, Roasted Baby Beet salad, and the mussels "small plate". That is probably way too much food, but just sounds delicious!

Have fun, and Happy B-day to Hubby!

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What do you LIKE about yourself?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yesterday's Stats:

Current BMR: 1528
Calories In: 1208
Calories Out: 387
Deficit: 707

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!

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KIMPOSSIBLE41 1/14/2011 1:58AM

    Great blog! We should all be celebrating our bodies whether we're at our goal or not. Congrats on finding part of you that you love. :)

Okay, I have to admit it...I love my waist. It has slowly emerged over the last few months, and I find myself putting my hands on my hips sometimes just so I can feel the curve of my waist. Over the last (I don't know, 15 or 20 years...eek), I have been just straight basically from chest to hips...sort of barrel shaped. Not anymore! Woo-hoo!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 1/11/2011 1:47PM

    You know, I'm starting to learn to love my butt, too. And it does have to do with the Booty Revolution that JLo and Kim K started. So to those of us with curves, let's be proud of them!

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ELFITZPA 1/11/2011 12:59PM

    I LOVE this blog!!

I've always been super self-conscious about my butt actually, as I've always been small-framed but carry any extra weight in my butt and thighs. I always thought I was so out of proportion. Now whenever I mention trying to lose a couple pounds to my fiance, he says he'll support me as long as the butt stays - LOL! So I suppose I love mine, too.

Glad you enjoy yours!!

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MINENA1 1/11/2011 12:58PM

    Oooooh girl, I LOOOOOVE my booty too! It's my fave body part. I'm glad I've got some junk in the trunk instead of no butt at all. EEEK! So blessed!! emoticon

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I did NOT eat my body weight in frosting.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Yesterday's Stats:

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!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 1/11/2011 1:48PM

    Wow, 3.6 pounds? Awesome!

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MIZZSB 1/10/2011 1:58PM

    WTG on that huge loss!!!
if you eat what you want saturday its not a big deal as long as you return to your schedule on sunday ;)

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KIMPOSSIBLE41 1/10/2011 1:38PM

    Somehow, you are having almost every one of my favorite foods at hubby's party. Thank GOD I'm not invited. emoticon

You're doing great! Keep it up!

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A-NEW-PAULA 1/10/2011 1:35PM

    emoticon 3.6 lbs!!!


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I'm wearing skinny jeans

Friday, January 07, 2011

Yesterday's Stats:

Current BMR: 1543
Calories In: 1385
Calories Out: 561
Deficit: 719

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

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SPOOKYTHECAT 1/8/2011 10:31AM

    AW~ you are so cute in those skinny jeans & boots!

I *had* a pair...& I donated them when I was at my heaviest, thinking i could never get in theme again.
I sure wish i had kept them!

PS: that chicken sounds yummy!

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ANNASBF 1/7/2011 9:32PM

    I love skinny jeans with boots! That looks really nice! That carpet? Gee, maybe they were trying to keep you awake while you work... it's so dern busy. Yeah, pretty ugs. The jeans, though, look really nice and I like the little toes touching action you've got going on there in the picture... something real cute about that! I copied the Chicken recipe to make so thanks for the suggestion, it sounds great. I hope you could hear me telling you that because that carpet is so loud I can barely hear myself think.... as if I could.

Have a great weekend. You sound so chipper lately. I bet you don't realize that makes us feel chipper as well! Have fun kicking some major butt. Sounds awesome! emoticon

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ELFITZPA 1/7/2011 2:15PM

    I was too busy admiring you and your trendy jeans/boots to notice the carpet!!

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    Yay! On the skinny jeans. It is awesome to find something you just feel great in.

And, yeah, that carpet is kind of terrible. =P

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I love starting a new diet

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Yesterday's Stats:

Current BMR: 1543
Calories In: 1449
Calories Out: 748
Deficit: 842

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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POLLKAT 1/10/2011 3:22PM

    Well you better be back honey child!!! I haven't been around much myself, but I have been doing quite well on my own and haven't had much time to do any logging. But I do have a handle now on my food choices and my portion control, so all is well with the world. Since going to Florida for two weeks, I started losing weight again and have managed to maintain all that I have lost. Would like to get another 20 off, but if I can do a pound a week or so, I'm fine with that. Glad you are again with us and determined to reach your goal. You CAN do it!! Keep it up!!

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ANNASBF 1/7/2011 10:44AM

    Sorry, can't reply with any sense, still laughing about the "that's probably how I ended up getting knocked up in the first place" crack. Hehehe. Blaming Sparking for that one!! You are a bona fide hoot. More hehehe.

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    Glad to see you back and perspective of looking at each day as a new one.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 1/6/2011 3:34PM

    What a great blog!

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THINLIN07 1/6/2011 1:38PM

    You definetly have the right idea. You are doing great.

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MINENA1 1/6/2011 1:33PM

    emoticon Starting fresh every day is a great idea. One day at a time girly! You got this! emoticon

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KIMPOSSIBLE41 1/6/2011 1:30PM

    Sounds like you're being realistic. My new approach is 80%. The only problem with the 80% rule is that I still plan to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. So, maybe I should wait for that plan and give it 110% until March. :)

Again, super glad to have you back. Have you set any short-term and/or long-term goals for 2011?

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ELFITZPA 1/6/2011 1:22PM

    I like that, starting fresh each day. Sometimes there's nothing wrong with taking it one day at a time.

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FOXYMOM319 1/6/2011 12:54PM

  way to Go!!!

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