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If it works, do more of it, but only until it no longer works.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

So, I'm starting a new challenge: the 8-week battle! There are lots of things to do and track during this battle.

Things I can track on twitter: Quickfire Challenge, glasses of water drank, minutes of exercise, steps (need to wear my pedometer!!)
Things I can track using spark: water, exercise, steps, sparkpoints earned, posts to support board, posts on people's sparkpages, huddle on team page

Other things I could do: buy new equipment, start a C25K-type program, sign up for a 5K or a swimming/biking event, start a virtual walking tour and track it here.

BTW - if you haven't been to catharticgrumblings.blogspot.com to read all about Terminator Salvation, you should, I thought it was great! Unless you have a phobia of killer robots, then maybe not.

Ok, today was good, I stuck to my portions, and had some yummy food. I had some Food Should Taste Good chips to use up, and I had some with salsa and greek yogurt and cheese, and then I had some with chopped tomato, parmesan, basil, and garlic powder (like bruschetta!). I also made an Italian noodle kugel, more or less. It was a mix of potato noodles, zucchini, summer squash, green pepper, onion, and egg cooked on the stovetop and topped with mozzarella cheese like a fritatta. Then I topped it with bolognese. Yummy! More Italian than kugel, but gotta start out slow with my husband. I'll make a real kugel at some point. especially now that I know I can use potato noodles (kosher for passover = gluten-free!).

I also started this week's turbulence training. I figure I'll do tonight and Tuesday, and sometime between Thursday and Saturday I should be able get one more 30min workout in! However, I may need to find the real bodyweight only ones, because the gym at Allegheny may be hard to get to.

Ok, onward with the transformation!!

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Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent

Saturday, May 23, 2009

So, Philly definitely hit me hard, whoops!

Weight: 159.6 -- 157.2
Should still come down though from bloat etc. in the next couple of days

smallest part of my waist just above belly button: 33.5 -- 32.5, barely any increase, whew!
hips at hip bone bump: 36.5 -- 38
widest part of my belly: 38 -- 36.5 hips and belly, so weird! Maybe I'm finally storing fat in the appropriate location, hehe!
bra strap location: 33 -- 33
widest part of my bust in a loose bra: 41.5 -- 41
center of bicep with arm outstretched: 12 -- 11
thigh, one span higher than my kneecap: 21.5 -- 22 -I measured this standing for the first time, I think that made a difference. Thighs are hard to get consistent
neck just above collar bones: 13.5 -- 12 - umm, I lost neck?

Body fat online 29.2% -- 31.64% it has to be the wierd hip thing! Maybe I just need to measure better, and first thing in the morning and today it is nearly dinner time, whoops!

I won't get to this stuff next Sat, maybe I'll update Wed. before my next trip and hop for better numbers. Oh well, at least I'm being accountable and posting right?

Pics anyone? I did side again finally.

Well, I still look better than the initial pic!

This one is hard to tell. I think it's better, my belly doesn't quite stick out as much.


Assume the opposition is better than you but also know you can beat anyone

Friday, May 22, 2009

I'm back!

I had a great time on my trip. I connected with people, saw some great Philly landmarks like the Liberty Bell, the Franklin Institute, and the Mutter Museum, and ate some good food.

On that last note. I may not have stuck as well to my plan as I wanted to. Here are the trip pros/cons.

I'll start with the bad: ate too much overall, grabbed chocolated from vendors without thinking, drank too much at dinner (every night), indulged in a few wheat containing items and high fat items, had ice cream three times
The good stuff: walked everywhere (at least 0.7 miles between hotel and conference center), worked out every morning plus Turbulence Training two afternoons, plus intervals one afternoon, many of my snacks were things I brought and the food was kept to meals, never stuffed myself, left food on my plate at dinner/lunch 3-4 times. Those last two are important for me. I tend to chow down on my whole plate until I feel stuffed, and completely miss the "just full" point. This time, I looked at the plates, determined there was too much, and left it. That is new, and I will take it as a major improvement!

As of this morning, the scale said I had gained 7 lbs to 159.8, I suspect that will drop dramatically between this morning and tomorrow. Especially since for most of today I ate vegetables with some protein bits thrown in, and I intend to continue that trend through Sunday. Low-carb plus tough workouts should bring me back to normal quickly.

However, we are leaving Thursday morning to drive 8 hours to PA for my reunion/seeing Bill's family. This trip won't have as many food-related events though. In Philly I had to eat chopped liver and a cheesesteak (in a bowl, but still whiz with!) and go to Morimoto's restaurant (which was AWESOME!). For the reunion, I just have to sing and have heart with Bill's family. I can have heart and a salad no problem I think. Not eating wheat should also keep me in the clear since I will be drastically limited at the reunion meals. Workouts might be tougher on this trip, but I'll just have to make a plan, and stick with it!

Ok, I am off to clip some coupons and get some sleep.


Transformation update 5-16-09

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sat = weigh-in day!

Weight: 159.6 -- 153.2
No change from last week, but it happens.

smallest part of my waist just above belly button: 33.5 -- 32.0 - woohoo! Lost another inch!
hips at hip bone bump: 36.5 -- 36.5
widest part of my belly: 38 -- 37.5
bra strap location: 33 -- 32
widest part of my bust in a loose bra: 41.5 -- 40.5
center of bicep with arm outstretched: 12 -- 11
thigh, one span higher than my kneecap: 21.5 -- 20.5
neck just above collar bones: 13.5 -- 13.25

Body fat online 29.2% -- 27.6% --> totally realized I had been using the wrong inches for my hieght, whoops! Fixed both numbers

Okay, here we go, April 26th on the left, May 16th on the right

Hey, I'm starting to look good! From the front anyway, I should take a side picture next week.

Ok, gotta pack for the convention. Gonna be crazy busy with packing and prepping and stuff. Watch the twitter for updates, much more likely than blog entries this week.

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DAKOTASMOMMY_07 5/17/2009 10:58PM

    emoticonu really look great! i can see a big difference in just that little amount of time.u go girl!!god bless.

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VILLADINORAH 5/17/2009 5:35AM

    Wow, I love this post! I had to get a calculator to compute the inches lost. You look great Melissa, keep us posted on your progress.

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LEEPFROG95 5/16/2009 8:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
that is wonderful
you are doing great
have a sparkling weekend!!!

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Love what you do because one day the results will fade but the memories of the journey will live on

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I am a miracle worker -- tonight I had Green Bean Casserole -- gluten-free!!

Here's how:

step 1: make the crispy onions

Slice onions into thin strips (it mostly comes apart this way)
Batter with egg yolk and cornstarch (I used 1 egg yolk and 2 tbsp cornstarch for about 1/2 medium onion)
Bake at 450, moving often (I charred a few, watch carefully!)

step 2: make the "cream of something" soup

I went for onion/celery - processed them into tiny pieces, classic would call for mushrooms, but my husband hates mushrooms and I only slightly tolerate them
melt 2 tbsp butter/margarine/buttery spread, and add 2 tbsp flour (I used millet) to make a roux (thick paste)
add 1/3cup nonfat dry milk and 1 cup chicken/veggie stock (preferably homemade!) and processed veggies of choice
heat over medium until thickened, season (I use sea salt and Mrs. Dash)

Now: mix everything together, the soup, the crispy onions, and 2 cups of green beans (this recipe is for 2 people, double it for a family) and bake at 350 for about 15-20min.
It was perfect! I served it with mashed red potatoes and parmesan chicken (chicken baked with parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic salt on it)

Tonight it is raining, so we won't be walking outside, so I will do a Leslie video instead, perhaps Walk and Jog or Walk and Kick, I have some energy to burn off! today for some reason!

Keep following me on twitter for a minute by minute account of my fat loss journey! @Ivory1825

I can't believe it is onlyThursday, this week has been going so slowly. I think it is because I am excited to go to Philly on Sunday! I have a whole list of snacks I need to bring with me to survive without eating junk (or wheat!): Greek yogurt, cereal, low-carb shakes, peanut butter, fruit, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, soyjoys. I think i'll make it!

Ok, off to exercise and burn more fat ... yay!


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