Monday, September 20, 2010
Something happened and I couldn't connect to Sparkpeople for a few hours today. :( I wrote this earlier, then the connection broke and I couldn't post. So here it is now...for your reading enjoyment. :)
I'm back from Canada. I went on a trip with the students to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. We saw 5 plays, ate great food, got to spend some great time in the beautiful town...and we had amazing weather! A great fall weekend.
I weighed myself this morning, 193.6. I'm happy. :) It could have been much worse. Plus, I have a feeling that since I didn't drink as much water while I was away, and I had a lot more sodium, I'm probably mostly retaining some water. But either way, 193 is great!
I had steel-cut oats with my raspberry sauce, a bowl of asparagus and peas with feta cheese, and a scrambled egg with green onion, italian seasoning, feta, salt and pepper. I wanted, and tried TWICE, to have a soft-boiled egg. But my eggs failed me! Last week I tried soft-boiling and ended up with it not done enough. So today, I cooked it a bit longer. It was hard-boiled (and I don't like it like that...too dry and crumbly). So I tried again. It was underdone and plus the shell stuck to the white so much, if I had eaten it I would have lost most of it to the shell! I'm so confused. :( So I gave up and scrambled. I'll have to try again tomorrow. But I'm wasting my organic eggs I spent so much more money on! :( Maybe I'll just go back to the normal eggs so I can actually eat them...and cook them perfectly.
I wish the weather here was just like in Canada. It was upper 60s all weekend. Fall! Here in Indiana, I'm back to 80s. :( Tomorrow's supposed to be 89?! Ugh. Fall will come soon enough. And leave us too soon, I'm sure. I'm dreading the snow....
Okay, I should probably do something more with my day. I'm all caught up on my Sparkpeople emails and thread posts I think. Spun the sparkwheel, entered my breakfast. I'm off to a good start for my Monday. :)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Woke up this morning, and went back to bed. Haha. But then when I finally got up for good, I did my ritual of going potty and then a daily weigh. I'm at 190.8 today! Still headed in the right direction! Seeing that totally motivated me to jump rope for 20 minutes before doing anything else! :D
I broke my perfect soft-boiled egg streak today. :( First of all, I dropped my raw egg into my water and it broke. So that was one down. Then I cooked my next egg. It was underdone, but the white split so the heat left it and it couldn't keep cooking. So it was still a bit too runny for my perfect taste. I tried throwing it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, but that was too long. I ruined it. So I chunked it. :( No egg this morning. Maybe I'll try again at lunch.
But, that's not going to get me down! I'm feeling good! I'm glad that I'm on such a great path right now since I'm going out of the country tomorrow. Yup, headed to Stratford, Ontario for the weekend. The school I work at has a trip every year, and I've chaperoned for the past two years. This makes three! And I'm happy that Matt will get to come this year! Also, on top of that, a good friend of mine is meeting us half way and spending the weekend with our group too! It's going to be a great weekend...I'll just have to be really conscious of my eating. I don't think it will be a problem though. I'm loving the way things are going already! :D Only one week down and I'm already at 190.8! Yay!
Hope everyone else has a happy day. If you're not, change your perspective a bit... Everyday can be a happy one!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
As I sit here, eating my breakfast of steel-cut oats, strawberries, raspberries, and a soft-boiled egg and cup of tea on the way, I am ECSTATIC!
Today is my weigh-in day. I wasn't dreading this day. I was looking forward to the day I could record my weight all week. You see, in the past, I talked the talk all the time. I did the motions, but not really to my fullest. I used to obsess over the scale, weighing myself several times a day. I'd get excited when the numbers were down, and upset when the numbers when up or stayed the same. It got to the point where I had to hide the scale each week (and sometimes each month), but it never did any good because my attitude about eating and exercise didn't change.
This time around I've been weighing myself everyday to stay accountable, but it's only been once a day, in the morning. I can see my progress through the week and be excited no matter what, since I know I'm doing everything right. And I only record my weight on Tuesdays. And that's today.
All week I've been steadily decreasing. I started the journey again last Tuesday at 195.4 pounds. A few days my weight went down, a few days I stayed exactly the same. I never got discouraged though. I know that I'm doing things right. Before, I'd try to eat as much of whatever I wanted and weigh myself all day long to see if I could keep getting away with it. This time, I'm doing things right, and it's working.
Yesterday I was 192.8 pounds. I don't remember the last time I was below 193. I was so happy to be at 192.8...I would have been more than satisfied with that.
Today I'm 191.4 pounds! I'm so happy, and feeling so encouraged about what I've been doing all week. I feel good (except when my stomach hurts from too much garlic!), and I know all of the stuff I'm eating. Eating clean, real food. I love it!
Hope everyone else is having a great day too!
P.S. Another PERFECTLY cooked soft-boiled egg today! I'm on a roll!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I took a sick day today.
I went to Scotty's for lunch with my colleague and Matt. I got a flatbread (that was a lot more crispy than fluffy, so that's good). It had olive oil, parmesan, tomato, fresh garlic, and herbs. It was really tasty, but I think the garlic did a number on my stomach.
I had to use the bathroom about 20 minutes afterward. Luckily it wasn't bad...but my stomach just never got better. It was sour all day. I took a nap before I was supposed to start work, and when I woke up, I just couldn't get up.
I called in sick. I went back to bed and slept for another 3 hours. When I got up, I still didn't feel so hot...but I decided to go grocery shopping. I got a ton of really great things! I'm super excited about it all! Unsweetened, organic coconut so I can make some homemade granola bars. Black-eyed peas that I just made a great, lemony salad with. Raspberries that I just made into a reduction with freshly squeezed orange juice and some lemon peel (I'll put it on my oatmeal tomorrow probably!). Kale that I just made kale chips with for the first time. And lots of other exciting stuff that I can't wait to cook with! (By the way, you can always check out my recipes on sparkrecipes!)
I still hadn't eaten dinner when I got home around 9:45p, but I couldn't tell if I was hungry or my stomach just hurt. I had bought some Okinos chocolate yogurt to try for the first time, so I ate one of those and had a banana. I also had a couple sips of fresh oj from Jamba Juice (Matt brought it to me earlier this evening :D). I've still got about 400 calories to reach my calorie range for the day (and it's already tomorrow!). I might eat something else small before bed, but I'm not sure yet.
Tomorrow (today technically) is my first official weigh-in since I've been back to Sparkpeople. All week I've been weighing in the morning, but I only record it a week at a time. I've been doing great all week. Today I was at 192.8 which I haven't been at since...I don't know when! When I first started SP in January, I was at 205. Before that, I either wasn't paying attention to the numbers, didn't have a scale, and/or just hovered around the upper 190s for TOO LONG. I'm very excited about how well I'm doing even just after 1 week! I'll definitely meet my goal of 179 pound by Christmas! Yay!
Okay, time to wash some dishes and relax before bed. Maybe I'll eat a snack too...
Good night, friends!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Help! Tomorrow I'm going out to lunch with a colleague to talk about the school trip we're chaperoning this upcoming weekend. But we're going to Scotty's Brewhouse. I looked up the menu and the nutrition. First of all, there's about 2 entrees that are vegetarian. But beyond that, the vegetarian entrees are smothered in cheese or sour cream or fried or something... I swear the average fat grams was around 45g!!! Also, I have a good feeling that some of the nutrition facts are wrong. For example, there is NO WAY that a side of mac and cheese only has 4g of fat. No. Way.
I'm trying to make a plan of attack. Obviously I'll either be getting something small or else I won't be eating everything. I'm kinda thinking the South of the Border salad with black beans instead of beef and guacamole instead of dressing... We'll see. Maybe I'll just get a flatbread or something...
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