Monday, November 01, 2010
October Progress Report:
Start weight: 221
End weight: 218
Weight lost: 3 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 39.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 80 lbs.
It was my goal to lose 6 lbs. again this month, but I only got halfway to that goal. I didn’t reach my goal of 13 lbs. for Halloween, but I did dress up as Marilyn and still looked pretty darn good.
However I did reach a total of 80 lbs. lost!!
My goal next month is to get to my wedding weight, 213, which is 5 lbs.
Grade for the month: B-
My V02 score went from “Poor” to “Good”!
I can now do the jumping jack kicks in Leslie Sansone’s video. I used to have to modify it, but now I can jump and skip rope.
A woman at my church said I was like the incredible shrinking woman and that the only other time she’s seen anyone lose weight that quickly was when her poor husband suffered a stroke and had to change his eating habits, losing 91 lbs.
My old boot camp instructor came up to me at the gym and said “Wow, you’re the incredible shrinking woman!”
I now look forward to doing things outside with my family and strive to make fitness fun.
Lucy commented on how sculpted my arms are and said she wants to be strong like me!
I did strength training one night while watching TV instead of cuddling under the covers like I wanted to. I knew I needed to get it in, and I felt better for doing it.
My “new” size 16 tankini bottoms were falling off of me in my water aerobics class!
My husband watched me without my knowing while I ran the track at the gym and he told me how proud of me he was – he said I had a power stride and I was so focused, he could barely tell it was me.
A co-worker asked me if I had run the Chicago Marathon and he wasn’t kidding.
Another co-worker that I only see twice a year said “Hey, you lost a bunch of weight! You’re, like, skinny now!”
I can fit into my lingerie from my honeymoon.
During a busy week at work there were these yummy gooey cookies after one of the meetings and instead of having one (I am sure that even 1/2 of one was 250-300 cals) I ate a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream cookie - which is still bad, but 170 calories, so I could count it and be confident that it wasn't some crazy 500 calories or something for a cookie.
I am proud of the fact that although I am so busy at work this week that I have found time (even if it's only 10 min) to work out and also have stayed w/in my calories.
I got hungover from ONE glass of wine...A girl loses 80 lbs. and then can't hold her liquor
I dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween and got lots of compliments, the best one being from my sister who said that I looked more like HOLLY MADISON (the Playboy Bunny) than Marilyn!!
My husband told me I was “getting’ tight”
One weekend it was pouring rain and I didn’t have an umbrella for me or Lucy – I was rushing to get her to dance class. We ran about ½ block to the building and then after dropping her off I ran back to my car. I would never have been able to do that just a year ago. I wasn’t even out of breath!
It was a challenge goal in the Sunny Gals team to pamper ourselves the last week in October.
I purchased some nice tea - Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie tea - this is fabulous! A nice hint of vanilla. I take time out of my day to have a cup and not do ANYthing else....I breathe in the aroma first, then sip...slowly.
I bought new bubble bath and plan to take a nice bath this week. I realized I haven't taken a bath in our bathtub since Lucy was born 4 yrs. ago!!! I used to always do this.
I purchased some really nice lotion and in the morning instead of rushing I take time to put it on and take time for me before I start each day.
I read a verse from the bible each morning to keep me on track for my day. I love the Bible in a Year for Women, it's all laid out for each day.
My hands at work get really dry and lotion alone doesn’t cut it. So I bought hand salve by Burt’s Bees, it’s an ointment in a small tin I can carry in my purse.
I’m also going to get my eyebrows threaded this week and get a haircut/trim.
THINGS I'VE LEARNED:
Don’t let one setback (a day or an entire weekend) literally “set you back”. Get right back on track and you will be fine. You may even still see a loss on the scale. I did, and I was ready to throw in the towel.
Never underestimate the call of Kraft Mac & Cheese. Stay away! One bite turns into two.
There isn’t such a thing as too much exercise. I used to think “Oh, I’m running later, so I’ll rest up now”. Lately I’ve been trying to do a mile with Leslie every morning, just 15 minutes of my day, but it makes a big difference. I can do that AND run later. I won’t collapse or anything.
Don’t let sodium creep in. One day of high sodium can ruin a weigh in day. Moderation in all things.
You can’t go back. Ever. Ever. Ever.
When you look back (because let’s face it, it happens sometimes) life can look sweeter, perhaps you’re missing out. You’re not. Life has changed and evolved, and so have you. You are a new person. I am a new person. So move it along, please.
A bad weekend CAN add 5 lbs. to your body. Relax, it will come off as soon as the sodium exits your system and the alcohol.
My October Spark Calendar. Yellow is good.
Down 47 lbs. from last October.
A comparison photo of myself at last year's horrorfest and this year's horrorfest. Not at my highest weight, but I can see a big difference still. This is showing a 47 lb. loss from last October to this October.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Food Blog for Saturday, October 23
(Small Tiger pumpkin was not consumed, only for the photo op, lol)
Eating Right - Multigrain Waffle
Agave Nectar, 0.5 tbsp
Pecans, 0.25 oz
Egg, fresh, 1 large
Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 3 serving
coffee creamer, International Delights, pumpkin spice, 1 tbsp
Pineapple, fresh, 1 slice, thin
Breakfast TOTAL: 356
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix - 1 small muffin
Morning Snack TOTAL: 188
Eating Right Chicken Chili with Beans (1c), 1 serving
Sour cream, light, 100 grams
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 1 tbsp
Lunch TOTALS: 446
snicker's mini - 1 serving
Affy Tapple (caramel apple w/nuts), 0.25 serving (hey, I split it, lol)
Apples, fresh, 1 cup, quartered or chopped (A Pink Lady apple, yum!)
Afternoon Snack TOTAL: 154
I felt like a hot wing salad, so I "faked" it with some veggie hot wings and romaine lettuce with low fat dressing. It was great!
Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1 cup, shredded
Lightlife Smart Wings (Buffalo) 4 wing serving, 1 serving
Salad Dressing, Caesar Yogurt, Reduced Fat, Eating Right 2 tbsp
Cheese, Mozarella, shredded low moisture part-skim
Dinner TOTAL: 222
Late Night Snack:
Ok...this is where it gets a little wonky...
So it was a Halloween kind of day for me and my daughter. We went trick or treating in our town at the businesses, and to my credit I only had 2 mini Snickers from her bag. I also frosted the pumpkin muffins I made for a party we're going to tomorrow and didn't devour one of them - OR the frosting.
Raw cookie dough, Raw Sugar cookie dough to be exact, is my cryptonite. My nemesis. I always tell myself I can handle it, and I never ever can. I am going to remember this and not attempt to bake them at home ever, ever again. Because I always have one (or two) raw...while baking them, and it's so not worth the calories.
Cookie Sugar Pillsbury 2 each Halloween, 1 serving
Ok. Weird, I know. The girls wanted mac & cheese and hot dogs (and to my credit I made a healthy salad and didn't partake in the cheesy goodness of the mac & cheese). BUT there was a hot dog left over and I was still a little hungry after my salad. I said I would just take one bite, but it turned into the whole dog. I usually honestly don't do this sort of thing. But my spidey sense is telling me that TOM is around the corner...
But...it could have been worse...
Hot Dog, beef, 1 frankfurter
Candy Chocolate Bar: Lindt, Extra Dark, 85% Cocoa, 2 squares
Late Night Snack TOTAL: 413
TOTALS FOR THE DAY:
CALORIES: 1,778 (Range 1,300 - 1,650)
I'm over my range by a bit over 100, but for a Saturday - and with TOM around the corner, I'll take it.
CARBS: 159 (Goal 174-252) Guess I didn't have enough carbs...I never usually do.
FAT: 86 (Goal 34-60) Yep too much fat.
PROTEIN: 67 (Goal 60-136) Yeah!
It's 8:30 here and I am DONE eating for the night. No wine, no popcorn...just some nice, hot...
...Tea! Get your minds out of the gutter, lol.
And here's a picture of the beautiful frosted pumpkin muffins (they like to be called cupcakes once they're frosted, lol). I was able to refrain from eating even one!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Here's my food blog for Friday, October 22nd.
Healthy Spinach Egg Tortilla with Avocado
(a link to the recipe is below)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 2 servings
Coffee Mate Creamer - Pumpkin Spice, 0.5 tbsp
Regular Coffee, 3 cup (8 fl oz)
Breakfast TOTAL CALORIES: 429
This is my go-to salad from the deli at work when I don't bring a lunch.
Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1.5 cup, shredded
Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing, 1 tbsp
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), 0.25 cup
Hearts of Palm, 0.25 cup
Spanish Olives w/pimento - 2 Olives,
Chicken Breast, no skin, 0.5 breast, bone and skin removed
Lunch TOTAL CALORIES: 308
Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie (YES, I KNOW...BAD...VERY BAD...BUT OH SO GOOD)
Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb 1 Wedge)
Snyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzels, small bag
Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes), 1 container
Afternoon Snack TOTAL CALORIES: 270
Bread, Healthy Life Double Fiber 100% Whole Wheat, 1 serving
Chile Lime Chicken Burger, Trader Joe's, 1 serving
Goat's Milk Dutch Cheese (1 slice), Trader Joe's, 1 serving
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.25 cup, pureed
Sushi - California Roll - 1 Piece, 2 serving
Dinner TOTAL CALORIES: 536
trader joe pumpkin ice cream 1/4 cup
Dessert TOTAL CALORIES: 125
Late Night Snack: Herbal Tea
AND I turned down a Dilly Bar! My DH is trying to fatten me up for the winter or something, lol.
CALORIES: 1668 (Goal: 1,300 - 1,650) - just a tad over, not too bad for a Fri. night
CARBS: 157 (Goal 174 - 252)
FAT 86 (Goal 34-60) I went over, but I find that happens on the FBD, it's healthy fat
PROTEIN: 86 (60-136)
And here's the view on my way home from work, the sky looked amazing!!! God is awesome!
Friday, October 22, 2010
My food blog for Thursday, October 21
Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz) (2)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes) (15)
(Official image from Leslie's website)
(How mine turned out, lol...with a side of applesauce)
Leslie's Pumpkin Pancakes (82) (for recipe click link below)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)
Mott's Healthy Harvest Applesauce, Granny Smith, 111 grams 50
Breakfast TOTAL CALORIES: 199
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.25 fruit without skin and seeds 72
Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans, 0.5 cup 101
Pine Nuts, 0.25 tbsp 14
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 1 tbsp (20)
Mission , 8" Low Carb Soft Taco Size Tortilla (110)
Bumble Bee Sensations Tuna Medleys, Sundried Tomato & Basil (110)
Lunch TOTAL CALORIES: 428
Milk Dud Mini Fun Size (1 box) (53)
Grapes, 1 cup, seedless (60)
Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Original (50)
Afternoon Snack TOTAL CALORIES: 163
Turkey and Cheese Quesadillas:
Mission , 6.5" Low Carb Fajita Size Tortilla, 2 serving (160)
Turkey- Boar's Head Premium Low Sodium Turkey, 2 oz (60)
American Cheese, 1 slice (3/4 oz) (79)
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.35 fruit without skin and seeds (101)
Hot Pepper Sauce, 1 tsp ( 1)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)
Sauteed Green Beans:
Garlic Minced - 1 tsp (6)
Green Beans (snap), 1 cup (34)
One a Day Women's Multivitamin, 1 serving
Dinner TOTAL CALORIES: 490
I made this for me and Lucy, my 4 yr. old daughter, and she said it was
Graham Cracker, honey, 1 large rectangular piece (59)
Aldi Fit and Active Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz (35)
Whip Cream - (Lucerne Light (Aerosal) 2 Tbsp, (15)
Pineapple, fresh, 0.25 cup, diced (19)
Dessert TOTAL CALORIES: 128
TOTALS FOR THE DAY:
CALORIES: 1,409 (range is 1,300 - 1,650)
CARBS: 155 (goal is 174-252)
FAT: 61 (goal is 34-60)
PROTEIN: 75 (Goal is 60-136)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So I've had a crazy busy week and I was so excited for the Win food blog challenge. I had a terrible eating day yesterday, and I thought this would be a chance to start again and document it in pictures. BUT then I read the challenge - you have to blog for 4 days of the week. Being that the challenge ends Saturday that means if I start today I will only have 3 days worth of blogs and won't get the points for my team.
SO...I am taking one for the team and actually putting down in a blog what I ate yesterday. I didn't take my own pictures, but Googled for images. While my food tracker is public sometimes when I have a bad day I hope no one clicked on my shared tracker. So - here it is in all its naked truth for the world to see. And I'm hoping that I will learn from this documentation!
I ate like crap yesterday, I knew it and wanted to stop it, but there it is. I brought a healthy lunch to the meeting, since I knew Giordano’s pizza was going to be served, but my boss insisted I get a piece, I said no about 3 times, and he felt bad since I was working so hard, so I was like “fine, I’ll take one small thin crust piece). And I ate it, although I was going to just throw it away. It was easier just to eat it. How sad is that? I did have my heathy tuna I brought…but still…then there was a whole stuffed cheese deep dish pizza left, and he wanted me to take the pizza home, but instead I shared it with co-workers BUT I did take 2 slices home for my hubby….well…I had ½ a slice for dinner. AND mac and cheese. Not a vegetable in sight. Not good.
So today is a new day, I’m dusting myself off and starting over. But here's what yesterday looked like....drum roll please....
Trader Joes Organic Cornflakes with Soy Milk Plain Light topped with Pecans
Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz) with 1 mini moo cream
Breakfast TOTALS: 319 calories
So far so good!
starkist chunk light Tuna in water with Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil (reduced fat mayonnaise)
and Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Original
Now it gets bad...(see note above)...
Cheese Pizza, 1 slice
Luna Bar, Lemon Zest, 1 serving 180
Morning Snack TOTALS: 180
Lunch TOTALS: 315
Still not too bad, I had only packed 1/2 a serving of tuna and the piece of pizza I took was thin slice just cheese. BUT mentally eating that cheese pizza wreaked havoc on me.
Luna Bar Nutz Over Chocolate, 1 serving 180
(I packed 2 luna bars so that I wouldn't have too many snacks. Typically I would only have one a day....but I wanted to be prepared. Later I ate the other one...not really out of hunger, but out of anxiousness).
At the train station there's a Garrett's popcorn and I purchased a small bag for my DH. I seriously had no intention of eating it. But when I got home I had one piece and that led to another.
Garrett's Popcorn Caramel and Cheese Mix, 0.75 cup 170
Chocolate Chip Cookie, 0.5 box 116
(To my credit I only had 1/2 the bag.
Afternoon Snack TOTALS: 466
Really terrible, my snack totals equal the calories of a meal.
Giordano's Cheese stuffed Pizza - 1/2 slice (at least I cut it in half)
Milk, 1%, 1 cup
Velveeta Shells and Cheese, 0.5 serving
Dinner TOTALS: 565
Still not too bad. Had I stopped here and not done all the snacking, I would have been fine. Not the best choices, but still fine.
Late Night Snacks:
Blueberry Cream Pie Ice Cream (5. cup), 1 serving 170
Kathy's Popcorn (1 cup serving), 1 serving
Late Night Snack TOTALS: 251
Total Calories eaten: 2,097.
My daily goal is 1,300 - 1650.
The snacks did me in.
Here's a note I wrote to myself yesterday after I realized I was right at my calorie range. BUT I still kept eating...
"OK, enough snacking. Enough! Your meeting is over with, just relax now and don't use food to comfort your stress like a blanket! Eat a piece of fruit, would it kill you?"
My Spark Breakdown (I went OVER almost all of my goals, the only one I didn't was fiber, which I was under):
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