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Getting to 1derland!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Has proven to be more difficult than I anticipated. I have upped my exercise and water. I am dealing with TOM and am supposed to start any day. The cravings have been pretty bad this week. But, I have counted everything!

I am back on the Points system. I started to abuse the Core program and was not paying attention to how full I felt. This will back fire on the Core program. So, I am back to Flex. We will see how this goes. I have lost weight so far, about 8 points or so doing the program. I do admit that I missed one week. My mom had lap band surgery so that week was a bit of a scheduling nightmare. I stuck to my plan as much as I could though and maintained. The following week I lost another pound.

I am going to the LA County Fair this Saturday and WI on Sunday. I need to be very mindful of what I am eating and when I am eating.

Plan is to have one corndog, fruit and a beer if I feel like it. I want to avoid the beer if possible because it will make me retain water and that's not good! Maybe I will get a cup of really bad coffee instead. Less calories and I won't drink as much but can carry something around with me. Kristi, just stick to water, it's easier!


Challenging Weekend - But SUCCESS!

Monday, August 04, 2008

This weekend was a very challenging weekend for me, foodwise. Whenever I go to my parents house, I somehow make it okay for me to eat whatever they have. My dad is a candy and cookieholic, so they always have snacky types of foods that are just empty calories. I often fall prey to them. Also, my dad wants to give me whatever I want when I visit because he is just a sweetheart and says, "If you want it, eat it. That's what it's there for." Love him to death! I just needed to get a hold of my eating there. So, I went to bootcamp with my mom on Saturday morning and got my booty kicked. I am still sore today, but it's a good thing. We then went to pick out there theater seats, I bought them season passes for their anniversary. Following that, we went to eat at a really good little Mexican food place. Now, you know about Mexican food! It is fabulous, but when it comes to calories, it is the kiss of death!

Well, I am happy to say, I did great! I was very proud of myself. I also stayed a little for appetizers since my aunt and uncle were coming over. I did very well with the cheese trays, didn't eat the ranch dip (had FF Italian instead) and stayed away from the martini's and wine.

Yesterday, we all met for dinner for my mom. She is having the lap band surgery in 2 weeks and can only have Slim-fast shakes beginning tomorrow until her surgery date on the 19th. We went to Buca di Beppo, Italian food. Conveniently, they did not have nurtritional data listed. But, worked out well. I had 2 slices of the magarita pizza for 7 points and a garden salad. I had 1/4 of a glass of red wine and like 4 huge glasses of water. It was perfect. I happily passed up the meat lasagna, garlic cheese bread, fried calamari, lemon crusted chicken and gelato. I actually didn't feel like I was missing anything! Which is fabulous!

I was mindful of my salt in-take yesterday as I weigh in tonight. I am also going to have 1 cup of coffee and 1 bottle of water today until my weigh-in. I hope that my efforts will show on the scale this week. I will post after my weigh-in!


Back on Track!

Friday, August 01, 2008

I rejoined WW the week before last. I have not had a evening weigh-in in ages and last Monday I had gained!!! I was a little disappointed. But I didn't realize that I drank SIX glasses of water between 1p and 3p. It was a lot of water weight. I didn't tinkle much. I ended up gaining 0.6lbs. I continued thought because I know that I did very well last week, even with a broken toe!

This week I have done well. I have exercised Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thur. I am planning on going to the gym tonight and will take a belly dancing class. It's fun and it lasts about 1 hour, 15 minutes. The instructor is a little strange and never smiles, but whatever. I am there for fitness! I have boot camp in the morning and am doing a 5k on Sunday morning. That should be good. Also, I should cut out the salt on Sunday and Monday too so I don't retain water. I have to remember not to drink anything after 1pm on Monday. So weird! I realized today too that TOM is going to be next week. That may have something to do with the little gain.

So it goes. I am shooting to lose 1 lb per week. Since I gained 0.6 last week, I am hoping that I can lose 2.6 this week to remain on track. If I lose anything, I will be happy though. It is always better to lose the weight rather than to gain it. I will be sure to keep up with my blog a little better this month! I have been posting on the WW site, but I know that blogging has helped me through the mental process of weight loss.


4th of July

Monday, July 07, 2008

I completed my 5th 5K this year. I came in at 47:19. Although, I think I did it in less time. There were so many people at the starting line that when the gun shot went off, it took us like 5 minutes to get to the start line because it was so crowded. I was pretty stoked though and I ran a lot more than I normally do.

As for my eating plan, I learned something new about myself. When I am at my parents or relatives house, I somehow justify it as a right to eat what I want. It is not so! Despite the fact that I did not make the best choices, I did watch my portion sizes which is a huge step in the right direction.

Because of that, I was able to actually lose 1/2 a pound over the weekend! Very excited about that. I am back on track with my Core plan and this weight will be off for once and for all. My goal is to lose at least one pound a week until the the end of the year. That means my goal is to shed 25 pounds and be at 181 by New Years. If I can lose 1.5 pounds each week, that would put me at a 37.5 pound loss and I would be at 168.5 for New Years. Wow! I think I want to aim for a minimum of 1 lb, but a goal of 1.5 each week. That is very doable!


Jumping Back on the Core Wagon!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

So, I was at a point where money was super tight and I had to adjust my grocery budget. What I found is that cheaper foods and higher in calories. So, I decided to just count my calories. Well, I counted them and they went up and up and up.

My budget is still tight, but I will make some adjustments somewhere to make up for the grocery bill I expect going back to Core. It is truly a great program and I know it works for me. I went to the grocery store last night, coupons in hand and spent $98.18! I am the only one in the house and my jaw was on the floor. Note: Core foods don't really require coupons! I would say about 80% of my costs went to fruits and veggies.

I really need to see about going to a Farmer's Market around here. That would probably save me a bundle. I am always hesistant though because the produce doesn't seem to last as long as the grocery stores. Probably because it's fresh and doesn't have the wax, etc., etc., that grocery stores put on produce to make it shine. Confession: I like shiny fruit and I am more likely to eat it if it looks appealing!

Anywho, it is back to Core for me. I will try this for a month and see how it goes. If you have any tips on reducing the costs, please let me know! (I see Costco in my future!)

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DIVALINDA 7/3/2008 2:19PM

    Check out GreenBags - I haven't tried them yet, but they are supposed to dramatically increase the shelf life of your produce.
Fresh fruit and veggies are good - but frozen ones can be almost as nutritious and a good bargain at times.
Buy dried beans and lentils instead of canned. Cook up a crockpot full on the weekend, and then you've got them to add to recipes during the week. Check the prices on the bulk bins for grains and oatmeal.
I'm going today to pick up my veggie box from the CSA - the greens aren't as pretty as the supermarket. But they are already paid for (season subscription paid to the farmer in March gives me veggies now through September).
Some CSAs let you save money by donating your labor - you could help pick veggies, deliver to the farmers market or staff the market stand for an hour - your time traded for veggies instead of your money.
And check out who has a neighborhood garden. I know that in a few weeks, my neighbor will be leaving sacks of zucchini and cucumbers on my porch. He grows more than he can eat, and gives away the extras.
You might ask when your grocery store cleans out the produce - sometimes things are tossed just because they aren't pretty. Bring those home and cut and package up right away so you don't have to be reminded that they aren't so pretty and shiny.

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READYSETGOING 7/3/2008 11:45AM

    Great attitude. Do you have an Aldi's nearby? Great prices on fruits and veggies. If you do, reply to me and I will tell you what are great items to try.

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