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Day 11...No More Comparisons!

Friday, June 06, 2014

Despite being excited about my breakfast this morning, I couldn't get out of bed! Hopped out just in time for work and luckily, my exciting breakfast was already packed in a to-go container (because it needed to be in something airtight), so I just took it with me to work! This morning was Overnight Oatmeal Attempt #3...and it's getting a little better each time around! I added some strawberries to the mixture of greek yogurt, oats, bananas and chocolate chips and they definitely helped add some sweetness. However, the meal isn't quite where I want it, so next week I'm going follow advice from my Sparkpeeps who commented on my blog and try adding another sweetener and also try melting the chocolate chips on top, yum!

AM snack was a Peach & Greek Yogurt- this time I tried Honey Flavored, and that was too sweet! I can't seem to win with this yogurt! I need to try adding my own honey, then maybe i can better monitor the sweetness.

Lunch was a catered buffet at my soda! And I didn't have a sip, woot woot! I had a steak taco, some house made potato chips, a few bites of pasta salad, and then I took the caesar salad and some more steak that was intended for the tacos and made a steak caesar salad! I also had some watermelon for dessert! For me, this was eating pretty darn light! I was really proud of myself and my resistance, until I looked around a table full of skinny people who's plates were piled high with a Hamburger or a Hot Dog AND a Taco...all packed with condiments! I got really frustrated, seeing their packed plates made me feel deprived and jealous that they can all eat so much and be so skinny! I went back to my desk and started calculating my calories, and it was at least 600, and that was after I skipped the soda, had fruit for dessert instead of cookies or brownies, passed up a hot dog or hamburger, and pretzels as well! At that point, I also made the decision not to eat my afternoon snack, or else I would've only had 200 calories left for dinner! It was a small consolation this afternoon that while everyone was moaning and groaning about having ate too much and feeling uncomfortably full, I wasn't in that category for once! Per advice from fellow Sparkmember,
CRAZYWRITER, next time I'll wrap my taco in lettuce instead of a tortilla to shave off the calories- it's a great idea!

At dinnertime I was out and about running errands with a friend and picked-up an Italian Chopped Salad for dinner, it was super yummy!

Today, I was in a not-great mood...I have a lot on my plate this month and I think the stress is catching up to me. I felt good about most of the food choices I made today, but frustrated when I looked at what everyone else was able to eat, which has happened to me before, so I'm making a commitment to myself to stop comparing! I need to do what is best for my body and stop comparing it to everyone else's- it's isn't going to change, I won't wake up one day with crazy amazing genes that make me ultra skinny or a super fast metabolism. I need to focus on me, so at mealtime, I'm going to start putting on blinders, it doesn't matter what my friends eat or how their bodies make food magically dissolve away, I need to focus solely on my body and what it needs.

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CRAZYWRITER 6/8/2014 12:10AM

    It's good that your not going to compare any more. If you catch yourself comparing remember this, They are probably maintain so if they are tracking their food they are eating 2000-2200 calories a day. Which is 500-800 more calories than someone who is losing weight. Also you don't know what kind of exercise regimen they are on. Swimmers eat tons of food and lose weight simply from the calories they burn practicing. My fiancÚ weight lifts and forces himself to eat lots of high protein foods so that he can gain muscle mass. Everyone is in a different boat. So remember you don't always see the whole picture.

Thank you for mentioning me in your blog. I have to admit reading your blog really motivates me to stick to my goals. You are doing so well and thinking of things I would never think of. Keep up the good work. Together we can get there :)

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Day 10..Going Strong!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Despite the ups and downs I've been experiencing emotionally the past week and a half, today was really good!

Even though I wasn't getting up extra early to exerise, I needed to actually wake up at the time my alarm went off instead of hitting snooze for 30min so that I'd have a chance to eat breakfast. The alarm clock went to the other side of the room last night and this mooring when I get out of bed to turn it off, I didn't take it back to bed with me to continue sleeping, yay!

Breakfast was attempt #2 at the Overnight Oatmeal trend (last's week failed 1st attempt was a pumpkin pie version). This recipe consisted of oats, greek yogurt, 1/2 a banana and 1tbsp of chocolate chips...I happen to find greek yogurt incredibly sour and this morning was no different- the banana & chocolate just didn't add enough sweetness, however I would rate this attempt 'okay', it was far more edible than my oatmeal last week! I made the same one for tomorrow with the addition of strawberries, hopefully they'll provide the extra sweetness I am looking for.

For my AM snack I returned to an apple and cheddar cheese, but my apple was a little mealy, so that was a bummer!

Lunch was a Southwest Salad in a mason jar, I'd been dying to try this out, unfortunately I wasn't overly enthused with the end result. The salad looked beautiful, but it was a bit sweet for me, I also tried a Chipotle Ranch Yogurt Dressing that I picked up at the store and I wasn't a huge fan of that either.

PM Snack was greek yogurt and a peach...I tried my first flavored greek yogurt- I'd only had plain up until now. This yogurt had a vanilla flavor...and while i find the plain greek yogurt too sour, this was way too sweet!

Dinner was supposed to be at Outback Steakhouse with a friend, but since we also wanted to squeeze in a movie and some shopping, we decided to go to Panda Express instead. Luckily the decision was made while I still had access to my computer and come to find out, Panda has a fantastic nutrition calculator on their website and I was able to come up with a meal that cost me far less calories then Outback would! I had Orange Chicken and their Mixed Veggies, the veggies were completely bland, but the orange chicken was delicious and I felt good about my choice.

My favorite thing about not drinking soda is the money I am saving, approximately $2-$4 every time I eat out, it's fantastic!

Despite not really enjoying a single thing I ate today, except my orange chicken, I still feel positive and upbeat, I think this is due in fact to eating the right things and not going to bed feeling overstuffed and uncomfortable.

Tomorrow's lunch will be a challenge, my office is catering tacos, hamburgers & hot dogs- we shall see how I do!

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CRAZYWRITER 6/5/2014 4:23PM

    I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your food. It might be helpful to add a little sugar or sweetener to the greek yogurt. I know that doesn't sound healthy but what the point of eating healthy if you don't like the food. I have tea every once in a while and I let myself add one packet of natural sugar cane. It makes the tea way better for only 20 or so calories. Just remember moderation.

It sounds like you did a great job today though!

With the hamburgers, hot dogs and tacos, if you can, try and replace the buns/shells with lettuce. This will lower your calorie intake and make the food a little healthier. you can wrap a burger in lettuce and eat it the same way. I find this yummier than the starchy bun. Also instead of adding mayo to your sandwich reach for the mustard, this can lower your calories immensely. I was surprised to learn the some of my favorite sandwich places put 200 calories worth of mayo on the sandwich.

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PICKIE98 6/5/2014 5:32AM

    Maybe next time you could wait and melt the choc chips in teh micro on top of your oatmeal to sweeten it?? Just a thought.. I agree with you on the sour Greek yogurt,,it is sour cream!!

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Day 9...Making the right choices

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Today I felt a little pressure to make the right decisions regarding food while I was at work since I hadn't gone food shopping and didn't have my lunch and snacks packed, and I think I did okay!

Breakfast was a shake, not very exciting

AM snack was a bunch of grapes that managed to get me through the morning, barely! Luckily I went to lunch early!

At lunch, I picked from the salad bar and was proud of myself for resisting ordering diced chicken fingers to top my salad. And yes, I tried to sprinkle my dressing all fancy just for the picture!

I had a small potato roll as well.

I may have made my salad a bit too small in fear of turning it into a calorie bomb because an hour after lunch, I was starving! So out of my desk drawer came the snacks - 2 kinds of potato chips, some pretzels and a bag of raisinettes...I read all the nutrition information and debated for a while if I wanted to risk a lot of sodium, a lot of sugar or a lot of fat- each option had something particularly nasty about it, but I eventually settled on the pretzels.

Dinner was a homemade chicken fajita on a giant tortilla- someday soon I will switch out tortillas for a piece of lettuce!

Already added my food tracking points for tomorrow, unfortunately dinner at Outback Steakhouse with a friend is going to put me a bit over my range, but I'm not too worried- I may be eating a lot tomorrow, but I'll be filling up on a lot of healthy things instead of junk, and I can tone it back down on Thursday.

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CRAZYWRITER 6/4/2014 11:23PM

    I think the pretzels were probably the best choice. I've taken to replacing buns and bread with lettuce and it normally cuts my calories in half. I actually find it tastier than the carbie original. I'd be careful with your dressings. Ranch is really tasty but it's high calorie and high fat. There was some pretty delicious vinaigrette out there that are better for you and still yummy. Just a suggestion for you. You doing a great job.

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Days...6, 7 & 8!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Well I only meant to lump the weekend together, but Monday is getting thrown in as well! It is only June 2nd and this is shaping up to be the busiest month of my year!

Saturday morning I woke up and had a fruit salad (consisting of grapes and strawberries) mixed with Greek Yogurt for breakfast...

I immediately left after breakfast to attend a large scrapbooking convention with my Mom! We had been wanting to attend for years and this year they changed the days & city it was held in, so we finally made it! We spent the entire day shopping the exhibit hall, it was a lot of fun and truly inspirational. I have been scrapbooking for about 14 years, but although I keep buying supplies, I barely scrapbook anymore because I've come to hate the pictures of myself and how I look- falling in love with scrapbooking all over again reminded me why I need to lose this weight! I want to be in pictures and preserve memories!

Needless to say, the food options were slim pickings! There was (1) outlet open, so I went with a Taco Salad, and after all was said and done, it probably was just as bad for me as a platter of chicken fingers and fries would be! I also broke my 'No Soda' goal and decided to get a Diet Pepsi.

After the convention, my mom and I were exhausted, so we picked-up my Dad and headed to Chili's for dinner, where my absolute favorite meal is their Chicken Crispers and Fries...well the LAST time I tried to lose weight, I printed nutritional information for the restaurants I go to, so I ran in the house and grabbed that before heading to dinner. My favorite meal there is approximately 1400 calories, and I typically take half home, but that doesn't make it healthy, so I got a Chicken Caesar Salad & some water, and I only ate half of that! I wanted to save room for a small dessert when I got home :)

Sunday, I got to sleep in, and it was great! Ended up having a couple tablespoons of guacamole and some tortilla chips for brunch.

Lunch was the other half of my Chicken Caesar Salad

I ended up snacking throughout the day, which isn't a great decision as I wasn't having the healthiest snacks. Eventually I had soup and a small piece of bread for dinner.

Sunday I focused on cleansing the 'junk room' in my house, getting organized and looking ahead, which left me no time to meal plan or go food shopping. I went through my stash of about 6 bins of clothes that I don't fit into anymore, but hope to again someday...I was happily surprised to see I had a variety of sizes in there, so some things I may be able to get into sooner than I expected.

Today I had a shake and grapes for breakfast...

I had a small applesauce for a mid-morning snack, followed by a caprese salad at lunch and a white peach for my pm snack.

Dinner tonight was spaghetti & meatballs and a glass of wine since I needed to cook for a friend that was coming over

Tomorrow my goal is to go food shopping, no excuses! Except, that won't happen until AFTER work, which makes me nervous about making the right choices in the cafeteria at lunch. My emotions have been in flux, I go from positive and upbeat to actually crying and feeling like I just can't do this and that I'm never going to lose the weight. Saturday morning I weighed in and the scale said I was down 3lbs, but I weighed myself before breakfast and last time I had weighed after breakfast, and I'm still 1lb above what I consider to be my heaviest weight (even though I started higher this time around) so I don't feel like I've accomplished anything yet.

The next month is going to be...insane! Between birthday celebrations for friends and a trip to Chicago for a wedding, I have next to no downtime and will be eating out a lot. I feel like I'm starting this journey at a challenging time, but I will just have to make do! I've decided to put exercise on the back burner for the moment, I was falling asleep at my desk last week and that just isn't a good thing. I'd rather focus on one component of my health (eating right) and once I have that going well and it has become routine, I can rock the boat a bit. I usually try to make all the big changes at once- both diet and exercise, maybe taking things one step at a time will set me up for success!


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CRAZYWRITER 6/3/2014 5:28PM

    Don't give up! You are making progress! Picking a healthy menu item at chilli's is a great step. So is packaging half the food up. I sugest that you try to weigh yourself at the same time of day. Keep looking at the positives and keep working. You are doing great so far.

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Day 5...A Little Bit Better!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Last night I went to bed frustrated, this morning I hit snooze and kept sleeping instead of working out, but when I finally shot out of bed to get ready for work, I felt as if I had mentally regrouped and was ready to continue this journey! Best of all, my headache was finally gone- the extra hour of sleep turned out to be exactly what I needed!

Left in a hurry, so grapes for breakfast!

Lucky for me, a co-worker had some extra oatmeal that she'd picked up at Jamba Juice for breakfast, so I got to try that, it was delicious!

Snack time! Last day of cheddar cheese and apples, although I might buy more...

Last day of chopped greek salad! Packing food in a mason jar really works! I packed this on Tuesday night and it was still fresh and tasty today! I re-thought my meal plan for today- originally was planning on having 2 pieces of pizza at dinner, but that seemed like too much even though it fit in my calorie count, so I decided to have a potato roll at lunch and 1 piece of pizza at dinner...

PM Snack...

Dinner- yum! I got excited and started eating it before I remembered to take a picture!

For dessert I had a 'Peanut Butter Banana Smudgie', I discovered it on Pop Fitness- you just mash up bananas and peanut butter, spread it between graham crackers and freeze it- it's like an ice cream sandwich! I have 11 more, so I'll eventually take a picture!

My highlight today was not having a headache! And I was proud of my choice to have a small roll at lunch instead of a second slice of pizza at dinner!

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CRAZYWRITER 6/2/2014 12:12PM

    The food looks so good. Good Job at listening to your body about the roll. Sometimes if your craving foods it might be good to listen to those cravings and plan the rest of your food around them. Just don't over indulge.

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