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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I forced myself to get out of bed today. I woke up around 9, then promptly went back to sleep. I woke up again at 11, and forced myself to get up. I was up until almost 4 reading The Spark. It is a pretty good book. Well, anyway, I forced myself to wake up, and get moving. I put on my walking threads (sexy green capri pants that say SEXY BACK on the butt and an old black shirt) and got my laundry together took it down and threw it in and headed out for my walk. The mp3 player makes it really nice. I don't know why, but it was really difficult to walk today. My legs hurt. I mean they burned from my toes to my hips, but I kept going. I did my mile, and I will wake up and do it tomorrow too, but I want to know when it gets easier? Holy crow...

I did a lot today, which would explain why I am so dead tired right now.

Breakfast:
I skipped it. I know, I know... But I figured I would eat when I came back from my walk, and I got busy with something else and by the time I realized I was hungry it was after 1pm, so I ate lunch

Lunch:
1 lean pocket

Dinner:
2 c whole wheat pasta
- green pepper, carrots, tomato
- 2 oz extra lean ham
- 4 tbs of ff italian dressing

snacks:
1 apple
cherries
sugar free/ fat free pudding
laughing cow cheese triangle & special k crackers
(the light stuff is like 35 calories, and the crackers were 90 - it was soooo good!)
** I might eat a fiber bar if I get the munchies later **

I have learned though that skipping breakfast is a bad idea. I was so hungry later on in the day it was unreal.

It is supposed to thunderstorm tomorrow. If it does, I don't know what I am going to do about my walk. I don't mind walking in the rain, but where I walk is pretty open and there are lots of trees and power lines, I don't want to get struck by lightning. I guess we will wait and see.

  
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ABSOLUTZER0 6/3/2010 3:36PM

    No breakfast would serious kill me! I usually wake up ready to eat! Hehe!

Walking in the rain is some serious dedication! Go for it!

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STINKYBICHEZ 6/3/2010 2:35PM

    I think your walking clothes probably look super hot! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 6/3/2010 3:45AM

    Skipping breakfast IS bad, I cannot ever do that!!

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so... I am a little strange...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A lot of people would find it odd, strange even, that every night before I go to bed I write a "To Do" list. I have several reasons why I do this.
1. I can look at all of the things I have to do, judge appx how long it will take, then plan my day accordingly. What time I need to get up, do I have time to watch the news, or call a friend?
2. So I don't forget.

on tomorrow's list
- walk
- call my financial adviser
- make pasta salad for my dinner for work
- call my boyfriend
- laundry
- get ready go to work

obviously, I can throw the laundry in, go for my walk, come home, put it in the dryer, make my pasta salad while talking to my adviser - they way I have it figured, if I am out of bed by 1100, I should be good.

I have been so hungry for pasta salad lately. I have some whole wheat pasta, some 98% fat free ham cubes, some veggies, and some fat free Italian dressing I am going to throw together. I think it sounds awesome. I did something like that a few weeks ago with chicken and pasta. It was really good too.

So, I haven't given up on my walking. I keep pushing myself to do it. Yesterday was tough, today was tougher. I would think it would be getting easier? Not rougher? Oh well, I am still going to push myself. With last weeks results, I can't help but want to keep on keeping on.

Breakfast:
1 c raisin bran
1 c skim milk

Lunch:
1 lean pocket
1 banana

Dinner:
1/4 of a medium stromboli w/ sauce
* they use a 14inch pizza crust for this, I had 1/4 of it. I took the end, which has the least amount of cheese and meat*
HUGE Salad
- lettuce, tomato, onion, 98% fat free turkey (1 oz), 1/3 cup shredded cheese, bacon bits, fat free crutons, and fat free raspberry pecan dressing -

Snacks:
1 cup sugar free/ fat free ice cream
(more on this in a few)
banana

Every night my boyfriend and I are home together we always have ice cream. We used to go to the local soft serve stand, but that got a little expensive, so I started buying us half gallons. Which saved a lot on the pocketbook, but... was not so good for the waist line, since I had no concept of portion control. After I started my new lifestyle, and set my goals, I realized that "ice cream" time had to change. I remember from back in the day (circa 1995 weight watchers) they had fat free/sugar free frozen yogurt. I looked at Walmart and low and behold, there was fat free/sugar free Brownie Delight ice cream! w00t! I bought it, and when we had "ice cream time" i measured myself out a cup and tried it. It took me a little bit to get used to the weird texture and taste, but after a few bites, it was good. I also read the a 1/2 cup serving has 5 grams of fiber! soo... if I have a cup, I am getting 10 grams! That makes me happy, because I try to eat a lot of fiber. I rationed, that this treat a few times a week (since we don't get to be together most evenings) would be acceptable.

** goal this week is to lose 3 pounds **

  
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MAJOOD85 6/2/2010 4:30PM

    Walking would get easier! believe me... i started off doing only 30 seconds of running... now i can do one mile in 12:30! Keep at it... and it will get better! u are doing great so far! keep it up!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/2/2010 10:16AM

    Strange??? No.....Organized??? Yes! I make lists just like you do and it helps keep me on top of things. No matter how good of a memory you may have, it is very easy to forget something. I find that writing it down as soon as I think of it, is the best way to go. Keep making your lists and keep getting things done!

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-POOKIE- 6/2/2010 3:30AM

    Not strange! Making lists and being oragnised keeps you on control of your life and thats what you need!

Well done on the food swap, thats something to remember, we need to be happy as well as eating better!

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MUSHCAT 6/2/2010 2:23AM

    You don't sound strange. You sound organized. emoticon

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9 pounds

Monday, May 31, 2010

Today was my weigh day....

Starting Weight: 250.2
Today's Weight: 241.8

I am really happy! I worked very hard this week. I know that I can't always expect a 9 pound weight loss every week, but I had set my goal for the week for 3 pounds, and I ended up tripling that. It just reinforced what I have been doing. Once I weighed myself, I thought I might just skip my walk for the day, but then I thought about it. I didn't lose 9 pounds from skipping my walk, I lost 9 pounds because I went out and walked. It was 84 degrees outside when I left! Since my work schedule is so screwy, I have to walk in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday through Sunday I can walk in the evenings when it is cooler. Also I don't get out of bed until at least 11:00 am (I work 4pm-2am and don't get home until 3am) so I am usually walking out the door around noon time. Right when the heat is sweltering!

My boyfriend is so supportive! When I got up this morning, I grabbed the scale out of the closet, and weighed myself. When I went back to the bedroom...
he said "well?"
I said "9 pounds"
and he said "good job baby, give me a kiss for 9 pounds"
He didn't want to go walking with me today, but he did. When I started to slack he put his hand on my back so I would keep pace and he kept encouraging me. It is so comforting to have him encourage me. With my ex, everytime I attempted to lose weight he made fun of me, and was horribly negative. D is awesome.

I am having a co-worker issue. I posted this in the Done Being the Fat Girl forum, but I thought I would post it here too. Every Sunday my supervisor buys us breakfast at McDonalds. I know they are gross, but I adore the sausage burritos. Yum! Double Yum! Well, since she found out I am living a New and Healthy lifestyle she bought me a fruit and yogurt parfait. The problem is I hate yogurt. I don't know how to ask her not to get me anything without offending her. I mean, I REALLY appreciate that she took my dietary needs into consideration and got me a nice low fat option. I mean who does that? It was so nice of her, but I really dislike yogurt.

so lets look at today's menu

breakfast:
1 c raisin bran
1 c skim milk

Lunch:
1 lean pocket
banana

Dinner:
4 oz extra lean hamburger
1 roll
Salad
- Lettuce, onion, mild pepper rings, 1/3 c of shredded cheese, 2oz lean turkey, fat free dressing.

Snack:
Banana
and my coworker brought me in a piece of Better than Sex cake
*if I get the munchies later, I have some grape tomatoes*

Tomorrow, I told my boyfriend that we could order a stromboli. I plan on stopping at Walmart and grabbing a bag of salad, filling up on that, and having a small piece of the stromboli. That seems to be working really well for me. I make a pretty mean salad and for some reason, I just seem to be in the salad mood. I am really craving them.

I started my Spark book, and I have to say I am really impressed so far. In the beginning he talks about Streaks, and I think that is part of the reason I didn't ditch the walk today. I have been on a "streak" since Wednesday and why break it?

  
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EVILKLOWN 6/1/2010 6:00AM

    WOW! Nice week. I think the biggest week I EVER had was five pounds (in my first week) and I only had of of those.

About your supervisor ... tough one. You either have to tell her that since you started your diet you have breakfast at home so you will be unable to eat if she brings your food ... or ... you could ask her to please bring you something other than yogurt.

Good luck to you!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/1/2010 1:55AM

    You blew that 3 pound goal out of the water! Yes!!! Great job! I know you have been putting in work, so to see this type of result is great positive reinforcement! What is the goal for the next weigh-in?!

Let's keep those streaks going?! It is the small goals that help us reach those huge goals!

As for your co-worker, I think if you tell her that you do not like yogurt she will understand. Do thank her for acknowledging your lifestyle change. Giving her a nice thank you card may also be a nice touch.

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STACEY96 5/31/2010 11:59PM

    Way to go! It is always exciting to see the hard work pay off! emoticon

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I cut myself...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

So, I am sitting here at my desk... it is afternoon snack time. Today I brought a can of pineapple chunks. They are so yummy. So anyway, I am using the new super convenient pull top lid and it gets stuck... I cut my thumb while trying to pry it off, and pineapple juice gets in my cut... OUCH!! Double OUCH!! Didn't feel good AT ALL!! However, the pineapple is fantastic.

So, I did buy an awesome new mp3 player. It was super cheap, like $21 and it is pretty easy to use.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605
_05710060000P

That is what it is, and honestly for the price I am down with it.

So tomorrow is weigh day. I set a goal for this week of three pounds. I don't think that is unreasonable. I have been doing really well I think.

I am not going to write my menus down for the last four days on here, I have them in my food journal. What I am really working on is portion control and eating less. I am still eating the foods I love, but I am eating less of them. I figure it is best not to deprive myself, as that may lead to over eating in the future. I am still enjoying them, just enjoying a lot less of them. For example, on Thursday night I made my boyfriend his fave pizza with ham, bacon and TONS of cheese. Normally, I would have shared half of the pie with him. Instead I made a HUGE salad with lots of goodness to fill me up, and had one piece that I actually cut into two smaller pieces. My Boyfriend still ate his half of the pie, and finished it up the next day for lunch.

I have been walking too! I have walked every day since my last entry! That is a very big accomplishment for me. I made a list of simple goals I would like to accomplish in the first three months.

1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (for me this is a big thing, I am totally addicted to Mt Dew and other sugary drinks)

2. Walk at least 1 mile per day. (I sit all the time and do nothing. I am lazy)

3. Be more conscience of my food choices

4. Lose at least 20 pounds. (I don't think that is unreasonable for 3 months. I think it is a realistic goal)

5. Not to get discouraged

6. Celebrate the small victories (even if it is only a 1/4 of a pound, that is less than I weighed before, and it is a "stick of butter" gone from my body)

Tonight for dinner we are having chef salads. I am going to stop and get lean meats, cheese (lo fat for me - regular for him) and some other veggie goodies that I don't normally buy like green pepper and cucumbers. Also, I told him I would pick up some good bread too.

While I am at the store, I am picking up some chicken, brown rice, and canned fruit to have on hand at his house - for a quick lunch to make.

Oh, before I forget, I also got The Spark book on my NOOK - I am going to start reading it as well. I also purchased Women, Food and God which I saw on Oprah. It can't hurt to read ;)

  
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STINKYBICHEZ 5/31/2010 6:15PM

    I was so worried that the title of your blog post meant that you were cutting yourself on purpose! I think your weight loss of 9 pounds is very impressive. You've done good work... keep it up! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/31/2010 12:40AM

    You some realistic goals that I know you will accomplish! I know giving up Mt. Dew can be tough. I am a computer geek that survived on it, so I know what it is like. You can do it though!

Congrats on the progress you have made and I look forward to hearing great things about the future accomplishments. Tomorrow will be a victory on the scale. I can feel it!

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SLIMMERME82 5/30/2010 11:25PM

    Hey! Sorry about pineapple accident - had those myself yesterday, pineapples not an accident.

20lbs in 3 months sounds great! You can do it, I would love that kind of progress as well, especially now that it's so close to summer again.

I emoticon #6 and whole heartedly agree with it. :D

Have a great week and TONS of loosing power to the weight in!

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I want an mp3 Player

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

So, I have been obsessing over getting an mp3 player. While I was out for my WALK today (yes I got up and MADE myself go) I thought it would be really awesome to have some music. Something to motivate me... like a little Ronnie James Dio or something.

I woke up today around 1030 and was tempted to go back to sleep, but I forced myself to stay awake, and get something accomplished. I threw some laundry in, ate a bowl of raisin bran and headed out the door. Granted, I only walked a mile, but it was 1 more mile than I walked yesterday. So I am pretty happy about that. I am sure if I had a new mp3 player I would walk even more... at least that is what I am trying to convince myself of.

Since I got myself up and moving today I had time to cook an awesome lunch.

Breakfast:
1 cup raisin bran
1 cup skim milk
*I know that is what I have been eating everyday, but I really, really like it. I will get something new when it runs out*

Lunch:
1 Philly Steak Lean Pocket

Dinner (Pretty proud of this one)
3oz chicken
1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup salsa
1/3 cup shredded cheese
2 tbs light sour cream

Salad - lettuce, tomato, onion, carrots 2tbs light dressing

Snacks:
1 apple
1 Banana
carrot sticks
1 cup sugar free/fat free pudding

I realize that I am eating a lot of the same type of food like fruit and pudding, but it is because that is what I bought for this week. The pudding is like yogurt to me though. I don't eat yogurt.

Looking forward to a few days off. It is going to be nice. I have a carefully planned menu for the next few days and if I stick to it, I think I will be ok

Hoping my boyfriend will get out and walk with me too. It is nice when it is both of us

  
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STINKYBICHEZ 5/30/2010 9:51AM

    You should post a link to your new mp3 player for people to see. It's super cute! emoticon

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IMPRETTYGIRLFIT 5/27/2010 1:49PM

    Get one, it makes things go by so much more quickly.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/27/2010 1:25PM

    Only 1 mile? You should be proud! As you mentioned, it is one more than yesterday! Keep up the good work!

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SBATES63 5/27/2010 6:12AM

    I obsessed over and MP3 player for a long time before I got one. I found myself humming tunes in my head while I was walking and jogging to help pick up the pace. I finally got one and I never felt bad once. I have tons of great songs on it, plus I used it for the podcasts for the C25K. If it's in your budget, get one. You won't be sorry.

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