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SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/19/10 9:55 A

Jo,thanks for that thoughtful post! I am so sorry to hear about your husband being sick, but happy to hear that the healthy lifestyle is helping so much. 10 pounds in 10 weeks is amazing!

I am losing 1/2 pound a week or so, I think. The fresh vegetables and fruits make me feel great. I am on disability from work because of a back injury, but losing weight has helped me be able to exercise more without pain. I don't know if it is the healthy diet, but I have stopped taking a lot of the meds my pain doctor gave me. He had me on fibromyalgia meds, and they were making me forgetful and I gained 25 pounds in the past year. Now that I am off the meds, it is much easier to lose weight.

I am 5 ft. 1 and 130 is my goal. I had 140 as my mini-goal by 4/2, my birthday, but it's okay if I don't make it until the summer. I am feeling good at 149, and when I look in a mirror, I no longer see an obese person! :)

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3/19/10 8:34 A

SANDY: My only concern about the calories is that you not eat too little. Your weight right now is my GOAL weight!! I have about 75 more pounds to go to get there! Are you short? I'm 5'9" and have put weight on pretty evenly all over my body until the last 20 lbs. or so (which landed mostly around my middle). The good news is that I didn't really look "fat" for most of my overweight years....but the bad news is I was in denial, not so much about being overweight, but about HOW MUCH overweight I was. I did the crash-low caloried dieting and for many years managed my weight doing that, but as I hit my 40s I regained it plus more every time until I just could hardly get it off anymore. About 5 years ago, after taking off 40 lbs. with Atkins and then regaining it plus another 10, I swore of "diets" forever. I got on eDiets first an then here, looking for a lifestyle of eating that I knew I could LIVE with forever. It has taken a really long time to convince myself that I can do this and to find the determination and motivation to really CHANGE life-long bad habits.

Last fall I began with an Atkins-like plan (really, more like South Beach) and was going nowhere, even with walking 2+ miles a day. I lost a whole 3 lbs. in two months. Then in mid January my dh and I began working with a trainer. He has stage IV kidney cancer and has already outlived his prognosis by over a year. He has had a lot of back pain and that has been compounded by his LOSS of way too much weight. IN the fall, he began to work with a physical therapist to try to strengthne the little bit of muscle he has left and was doing pretty well. Since he has been able to eat better lately, I got him a trainer for Christmas to carry on where the physical therapist left off. I decided that I needed to start taking care of ME, too, so I go with to the trainer.

Since beginning work with her, I work out there 2 X a week, do Pilates for an hour 2 X a week and am trying to learn to do interval cardio on my own 3 to 5 X a week. I have lost 10 more lbs. in as many weeks. We are eating very similarly to you but more calories. We eat all organic, fresh fruit/veggies. brown rice every day almost. She wants us to eat MORE protein. Of course, we are trying to build muscle and you cannot do that without protein and other nutrients Americans are often lacking. Our chicken and fish are free range or wild caught (Pacific ocean) and meat is antibiotic and hormone free. We are not measuring (except that I am measuring the rice b/c I tend to crave carbs.) She did give us the "freedom" to have one HOUR a week to eat off plan. She limited it to an HOUR rather than a day so we don't get carried away but it allows us to celebrate and socialize with friends a little easier.

Although I"m impatient with the slow loss, at least I am losing and I'm hoping that as my muscle mass increases, the weight will come off just a little bit faster but not so fast that I would be likely to regain it.

We just spent a week at Disney World with our kids/grandkids eating out EVERY day. I tried to eat as close to how we would at home and did pretty well the first half of the week. But the choices there were very limited for the "Quick meal" (which are half of your meal plan) and I got really tired of the same salad and began taking liberties. But I did not go crazy and by the 3rd day after we were home, I had lost anything I'd gained plus another pound. (we did walk a LOT while there).

All that, to say that really, our eating philosophies are really similar. I'm encouraged that you are finding success eating this way and it gives me hope that I can continue long term. Jo

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/19/10 2:23 A

Two bad days and a 1.5 pound gain to 149.6, followed by one good day. Today I am back on track.

My BFF from when I was little has been in town with her daughter and we have been eating Chicago goodies. Chicago is one delicious town.

Today, the good day:
Exercise: 1.5 mile walk in beautiful spring weather.
Meal 1 - 9:00 - Steel cut oatmeal. Apple
Meal 2 - 12:00 - Salad with light western dressing
Snack 1 - 2:00 - Raw cabbage. Baby carrots with hummus.
Meal 3 - 5:00 - 4 ounces broiled chicken breast. Salad with western dressing. 5 pecan halves.
Meal 4 - 10:00 - Salad with light western dressing. Orange
Snack 2 - Popcorn, 2 bowls with fake butter spray and salt

Meal 1 - 6:00 - Honey Tangerine. Brown rice
Meal 2 - 11:00 - Apple. Hard boiled egg white. Steamed asparagus
Meal 2 - BAD - 1:00 - Pizza
Meal 3 - BAD - 6:00 - Ethiopian Restaurant. No idea what it was that I ate, and 2 glasses of yummy honey wine
Snack 1 - 10:00 - Honey tangerine

20 minutes Dance and Be Fit Salsa
20 minutes floor exercises, weights, and Abs 100

Day before yesterday:

No exercise:
Meal 1 - 7:00 - Oatmeal
Meal 2 - 12:00 - Salad. Hummus. Chicken. Asparagus
Snack 1 - Honey tangerine. Almonds.
Meal 2 - BAD - Al's Italian beef sandwich with fries. Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/18/10 11:28 A

Thanks, Skidee! I hate counting calories so I don't know how many I eat. If I had to guess, maybe 1200 - 1500? I learned a lot about how I am eating from reading Fat Smash Diet and Extreme Fat Smash by Dr. Ian Smith. A lot of it is hooey to me, with detox phases, but a lot of it made sense. I guess I would call the way I am eating "the fresh as possible" diet.

Here's some of the features:
1. Keep salad greens torn up in the fridge for a quick salad whenever I feel hungry.
2. Keep baby carrots, cucumber and jicama slices and other crunchy vegetables in the fridge for snacks when I open the refrigerator and need something for a quick pick me up.
3. Have 4 - 5 meals a day so I know that more food is always coming soon. Eat every 3 hours or so.
4. Allow myself to eat whatever I want once in awhile and not beat myself up about it.
5. Shop for fresh fruit and vegetables frequently.
6. Keep fish and poultry sizes small; 4 ounces if possible, broiled, boiled or baked. Avoid red meat.
7. Eat hard boiled egg whites chopped up in salads for extra protein without the fat of the yolk.
8. Unlimited fruit and vegetables.

I'll add more as I think of it.

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 3/18/2010 (11:31)
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3/18/10 5:59 A

I am impressed with your continuity. That is what I'm struggling to achieve. In looking at what you are eating, it doesn't seem like a lot of calories. Have you measured it at all? I am determined to learn how to eat so that 1) I don't need to count calories all the time 2) I can eat enough so that I am never hungry and never send my body into believing it is starving b/c that is how I got where I am now 3) I can live like this the rest of my life. Jo

3/15/10 6:55 P

Amen, sister! :)

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/15/10 2:23 P

Mmmm, I love popcorn!!! It probably sabotages my weight loss but the truth is, I eat it almost every night. I have one of those air poppers, and I use 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels. I promise myself that if it is not enough I can have more. Usually it is enough, but if I want more I make it again. You know those cans of butter flavored spray you can buy in the grocery store? It is not the greatest, health-wise, but I figure if I use it lightly it is ok. I just spray the popcorn with that and it tastes buttery. Then I sprinkle it with salt.

Yesterday no exercise, I had too much homework again. Bad excuse, I need to exercise more!

Food yesterday:
Meal 1 - 9:00 - Steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon. Fresh blueberries. 5 almonds
Meal 2 - 1:30 - Jicama. 1 hard boiled egg white. Large orange.
Meal 3 - 3:30 - 5 grilled shrimp. Edamame in shell.
Meal 4 - 7:30 - Cucumber. Brown rice. 3 ounces broiled chicken breast.
Snacks - 10:00 - 2 glasses red wine. Apple slices. Orange slices. 6 almonds.

3/14/10 5:57 P

That's awesome, just about 20 lbs in 3 months!!! Your plan seems to be working just great for you. I'm having an off day today and I just HATE that feeling you get when you eat something you shouldn't. Butter Lover's Popcorn. The thing is, it was good when I was shoving it in my mouth, but it just isn't worth the guilt! :)
Gonna pay for it on the treadmill later, oh well!
Thanks for the tips on the yogurt, going to give it a try if I see it at the store.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/14/10 2:02 P

Yesterday I had too much homework to workout. I know, bad excuse. Today I have a lot of homework too, but I will workout later, I promise!

148.2 Sunday, today, is my official weekly weigh in day. No cheats this week. I think the big binge a couple of weeks ago did me good. 148.2, making it almost 20 pounds since I started 3 months ago, 12/12/09 at 167.

Yesterday's food:
Meal 1 - 9:00 - Steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon. Fresh blueberries. A large orange
Meal 2 - 11:30 - Salad with light western dressing. 4 grilled shrimp. Jicama to crunch on.
Meal 3 - 1:00 - Baby carrots. Greek yogurt. Small amount brown rice.
Snack 1 - 2:00 - Apple. Graham cracker
Meal 4 - 7:30 - Salad with western dressing. 4 oz. broiled salmon. Steamed cabbage.
Snack 2 - 9:00 - 2 almonds. Large orange.
Snack 3 - 11:00 - Popcorn with spritz of fake butter and salt.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/14/10 12:19 A

Hi Dazed, I would be honored if you would use my meal plans! I started out doing the FatSmash diet, then found out it was pretty unrealistic to stick to, so I used the principles of that diet and started inventing my own diet. I hate counting calories, but for me it is important to write every morsel of food that I eat down. It really keeps me honest.

The basic premise of what I am doing, is lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, pretty much unlimited.

The other main piece of this is that I eat 4 - 5 meals a day. So if I am slightly hungry, I always know that I will be eating again soon. So there is no need to overeat. At least, that is the philosophy of it.

I recognize that there are going to be days when I go out to dinner, or have friends over and am going to eat whatever I want. The important thing is to get back on this as soon as I am done free for all eating.

The food: Brown rice or other grain, 1 cup a day, and steel cut oatmeal, 1 cup a day. No red meat. Chicken or shrimp or fish, 4 ounces a day. Whole almonds for snacks. Greek yogurt. Now that I found out how many calories are in it I may cut down. I found out it has 250 calories a cup. It is very thick and is made from whole milk. It is thicker than regular yogurt, and has a delicious tangy taste. I love putting frozen blueberries in the microwave for 30 seconds, then topping them with Greek yogurt, but it is also delicious plain. The texture is like sour cream.

The no-no's are no red meat, no bread, no cheese. No cake, all because those are trigger foods for me, I can't just eat a little. I am surprised that I am able to keep graham crackers in the house for when I want something sweet. Regular crackers, forget it, another trigger food. That's about it.

3/13/10 2:41 P

You are doing great, I am actually going to steal some of your meal plans. I've heard so much about greek yogurt and have never tried it. What is the difference between that and plain Yoplait? Please tell me it tastes better?!? :)
Anyways, way to go girl, you're kicking butt!

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/13/10 12:46 P

Holy guacamole,could I have gone from 149.6 yesterday to 147.6 today? I'm sure it was a scale glitch. Nevertheless, it felt great!

Exercise yesterday:
30 minutes floor and weight bench
30 minutes Bollywood Dance Workout Playful Dance and Hot hot hot

Food yesterday:
Meal 1 - 8:00 - 2 mini tangerines.Oatmeal
Meal 2 - 12:00 - Cabbage.2 salads with light western dressing. 6 almonds. Hard boiled egg white.
Meal 3 - 2:30 - Can of chicken noodle soup (whole can).1/2 graham cracker. Cucumber
Meal 4 - 9:00 - Salmon, broiled, 4 ounces. Salad with light Italian. Seamed spinach and celery. 1/2 glass red wine.

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 3/13/2010 (12:47)
SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/12/10 3:02 P

Today's weight,149.6
I bought a Size 12 pair of jeans yesterday. Way cool, I thought I was a 14. The 12's are actually a bit baggy! I like what I am seeing in the mirror. I am able to wear knit tops. For the whole last year I wore woven button shirts, because knit tops made my round belly look pregnant!

No exercise yesterday, back was hurting
Food yesterday:
Meal 1 - 9:00. Oatmeal.Honey tangerine
Meal 2 - 12:00 -Salad,6 almonds
Meal 3 - 3:00 - Honey tangerine, Greek yogurt, cucumber
Meal 4 - 5:00 - Steamed cabbage,7 grilled shrimp, homey tangerine
Snack 1 - 9:00 - Apple
Meal 5 - 10:00 - Edamame. 2 shrimp. 2 almonds. Popcorn with spritz of butter

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 3/12/2010 (15:03)
SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/10/10 9:25 A

Whee, new decade! The scale says 149. Why oh why does that feel ever so much thinner than 150? emoticon

Yesterday's Workout
20 minutes Bollywood Dance Workout Playful Dances
20 minutes floor exercises and P90 Abs 200

Yesterday's food
Meal 1 - 9:00 - Steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon. Pineapple. Strawberries
Meal 2 - 11:30 - Salad with baked tofu and hard boiled egg white. Light Italian dressing. 1 chunk pineapple. Brown rice.
Meal 3 - 2:30 - Orange. Strawberries. Greek yogurt. Baby carrots.
Meal 4 - 4:00 - Broiled salmon (4 ounces), broccoli,
Snack 1 - 11:00 - Salad with light western dressing. Popcorn with spritz of fake butter and salt.

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 3/10/2010 (09:27)
SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/9/10 3:19 P

Amazing that the 3 pounds I gained from goofing off are almost gone. This morning the scale said 150.6. Almost back to 150.

Yesterday's food:

Meal 1 - 7:30 - Steel cut oatmeal
Snack 1 - 9:00 - Pineapple cubes and 6 almonds
Meal 2 - 1:30 - Salad with baked tofu, Light Italian dressing, 2 hard boiled egg whites.
Meal 3 - 4:30 Green beans, steamed. Orange. Strawberries.
Snack 2 - 6:00 - 6 almonds, baby carrots
Meal 4 - 9:30 - 4 oz. broiled salmon, steamed asparagus, red wine (1 glass)

Exercises - 20 minutes floor exercises & Abs 100

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
3/7/10 8:37 P

Golly gee, I haven't been here in well over a week. I've been farting off, and have 3 new extra pounds to show for it. Today I decided to go back to my routine. No more ice cream. No more pasta shells stuffed with ricotta. No more pizza. Back to the healthy eating. I realized that I have to log my food or I won't feel accountable. I'll miss you, Ben and Jerry.

Today's exercise:
Weights - 10 minutes
Floor exercises -15 minutes
Bollywood Dance Workout - 45 minutes

Meal 1 - 8:30 - Steel cut oatmeal.Large orange
Meal 2 - 1:00 - Salad with light western dressing. Steamed broccoli.
Snack 1 - 3:00 - Fresh pineapple, blueberries.
Meal 3 - 6:00 - Tofu marinated in light Italian and baked. Cauliflower. Brown rice.
I'll probably have popcorn later for Meal 4

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/25/10 4:48 P

Food and exercise last two days:
Scale back to 150.4 today: But I need to step on it to be 140 by April 2, my birthday

Meal 1 - 8:00 - brown rice with cinnamon. an orange
Meal 2 - 12:00 - Salad with Italian dressing, 2 hard boiled egg whites. Steamed broccoli. 4 almonds. Greek yogurt
Meal 3 - 2:00 4 oz. broiled chicken. 2 graham cracker
Snack 1 - 5:00 - an orange
Meal 4 - 11:00 - Beans, cooked

Exercise - 15 minutes floor exercises. 20 minutes Bollywood Dance Workout - Removing Obstacles

Meal 1 - 8:00 - Oatmeal. Honey tangerine
Snack 1 - 11:30 - 6 almonds, baby carrots
Meal 2 - 3:00 - Salad with light Italian. Beans with rice. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
Snack 3 - 7:00 1 cup asparagus, steamed
Meal 3 - 9:00 - Homemade chicken soup

10 minutes floor exercises

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/23/10 10:55 A

The 1 pound came back. I may need to cut down my calories since I am weighing less. Back to 151.2 today.

Yesterdays food and exercise:
Meal 1 - 8:00 - Steel cut oatmeal, cinnamon
Meal 2 - 1:00 - Broccoli, steamed. Cucumber. Cooked beans, 1 cup. 4 ounces broiled chicken.
Snack 1 - 4:00 - Large orange, baby carrots
Snack 2 - 7:00 - Apple
Meal 3 - 10:00 - Beans and brown rice. Salad with light Italian dressing. 1 graham cracker.

10 minutes back exercises (back was hurting!)

Sunday's food and exercises:

Meal 1 - 8:00 - Peach. Oatmeal with cinnamon
Meal 2 - 11:00 - Cooked beans, 1 cup. Salad with light western dressing. 2 grilled shrimp. 3 chunks pineapple.
Meal 3 - 2:30 - Greek yogurt. Large orange.
Meal 4 - 4:00 - 1 hard boiled egg white. 9 grilled shrimp.
Meal 5 - 7:00 - Salad with light western dressing. Cooked beans with brown rice. Steamed broccoil. Steamed spinach.
Snack 1 - 11:30 - Large orange

Exercise - Pick your level fat to firm fast - 45 minutes. 20 minutes floor exercises and P90 abs.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/21/10 10:45 A

Just did monthly measurements. Everything FINALLY went down one inch. I should have known that because some of my pants feel really baggy. I also lost 6 pounds in a month. I am happy with that, even though it is not an extreme loss. I have found out what works for me!

I lost 1 pound this week, from 151.6 to 150.4

Yesterday's food:
Meal 1 - 11:00 - 1 peach, 6 almonds, 2 pineapple chunks
Meal 2 - 1:00 - Salad with light dressing
Meal 3 - 5:00 - Big bowl of popcorn with spritz of fake butter spray
Meal 4 - 8:00 - 9 grilled shrimp. Salad with light Western Dressing. 1/2 cup beans.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/20/10 2:16 P

Thanks, Jen! It means a lot to me to have your support.

Well, do you want the good news first? Or the bad?

The good news was that I exercised really well yesterday. I did 20 minutes of floor exercises and a little weight lifting. I tried Zumba for 10 minutes, still too hard for me. Then I did 20 minutes of Bollywood Dance Workout.

The bad news was that I went to see the Sherlock Holmes movie with a friend, and did not eat much yesterday, so I was starved when we got to the movies. I didn't want any of the junk food there, like nachos and the other crap they have at the movies, so I waited until after the movie. We went to a restaurant and by that time I was FAMISHED. I ordered a glass of wine. I ordered a great entree, a grilled fish sandwich, and I told them to skip the bun. There was a side of veggies.

Ok, so now I am still hungry. My friend orders me another glass of wine, which I didn't touch. Yay me! Partly because I knew I had to drive, and I didn't want to drive drunk. Here's the bad part. I ordered dessert. It was a huge brownie topped with ice cream. We did share it, and we didn't even finish the brownie. I guess it wasn't terrible, at least the meal I ate was perfect.

Here's my food from yesterday:
Meal 1 - 7:30 - Oatmeal, 2 chunks of pineapple, blueberries
Meal 2 - 12:30 - Homemade chicken soup, a peach
Snack 1 - 4:00 - A large orange. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with baby carrots to dip
Meal 3 - 10:00 - Fish, vegetables, wine, ice cream and brownie.

I can see where I went wrong. I waited far too long between meals, and I did not have enough meals. I need to have at least 4 meals and 1 - 2 snacks per day to make this diet work.

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2/20/10 1:38 P

I'm so impressed! Keep up the great work!

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/19/10 5:01 P

150.4, going down. Shouldn't that tell me something? That if I stay away from the booze my weight goes down.

Real good past couple of days.

Thursday 2/19
Meal 1 - 9:00 - Steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon
Meal 2 - 1:00 - Homemade chicken soup with brown rice. Steamed cabbage. Salad with lo cal western dressing. Large orange
Snack 1 - 3:00 - Mmmmm, a peach! 6 almonds
Meal 3 - Salad with lo cal western dressing and broiled salmon
Meal 4 - 9:00 - Popcorn with spritz of fake butter spray. Salad with lo cal western dressing.

Exercise - 15 minutes floor exercise

Wednesday 2/18

Meal 1 - 7:30 - Brown rice with cinnamon. Strawberries. 6 almonds. 1 apple
Snack 1 - 11:00 - Honey tangerine
Meal 2 - 2:00 - Homemade chicken soup with brown rice. Salad with lo cal Italian dressing. Greek yogurt.
Meal 3 - 7:30 - Steamed cabbage. 4 oz. broiled salmon. Sauteed red peppers, garlic and mushrooms on top (in minimal olive oil)
Snack 2 - 10:00 - Blueberries (I nuke the frozen ones until they are warm, very yummy). Popcorn.

Exercise - 10 minutes of floor exercises

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/17/10 6:33 P

Yesterday was pretty good. Still managing to stay off the sauce, and the scale is showing it. Still 151.2 this morning, and jeans are getting baggy!

Meal 1 - 8:30 - Oatmeal. Honey tangerine. 2 shrimps
Meal 2 - 11:00 - Salad with light western dressing , homemade chicken soup
Meal 3 4:00 - Small tangerine, strawberries, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt. Salad w/ light western dressing
Meal 4 - 11:00 Late, huh! Salad with 1 hard boiled egg white, 6 shrimp, light italian dressing. Homemade chicken soup. 2 cups popcorn. 1 orange.

Exercise - 10 minutes floor exercises. 20 minutes Bollywood Dance Workout, removing obstacles

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SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/16/10 1:28 P

151.2. I thought I was on a stall, but today I was down to 151.2. The scale never makes a lick of sense to me, I can't have lost 1 1/2 pounds overnight. But one thing I do know, no wine and no popcorn. So maybe I am better off without them until I get to my goal, 140. I have 6 1/2 weeks to lose 11 pounds. I am afraid I may not make my goal of 140 by my birthday 4/2, but even if I get to 145, I will be happy!

Yesterday's exercise was great. I had no school, so I kicked butt. Did 15 minutes of floor exercises, 30 minutes of Crunch Cardio Salsa, and 20 minutes of Bollywood Dance Workout, episode Hot, Hot, Hot.

Meal 1 - 7:30 - Brown rice with cinnamon. Frozen blueberries, nuked to warm. Yum!
Snack 1 - 10:15 - Salad with Light Italian.
Meal 2 - 1:00 - Salad with 4 grilled shrimp, spray dressing (not to self, that stuff is yukky). Steamed spinach. Steamed green beans.
Snack 2 - 3:00 - Large orange
Meal 3 - 5:00 - Homemade chicken soup with brown rice.
Meal 4 - 9:30 - 7 grilled shrimp, steamed spinach, a salad

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/15/10 11:06 A

I think I can, I think I can.....

I am on a bit of a stall. 152.6 today. That's okay, I will keep plugging along until I figure out what to do. I am sure my boozing had something to do with overeating and gaining weight. My clothes are feeling tighter, too.

I look at some of the gals here who are so disciplined about what they eat, they plan their meals, their shopping. I admire that. But it's just not me. I am off the cuff and spontaneous.

No wine for the wicked yesterday, even though it was Valentine's day.

Food was good:

Meal 1 - 9:00 - Steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon, an orange
Meal 2 - 12:30 - Cucumbers, red peppers, cauliflower, an apple, leftover beans with tomatoes from dinner last night
Meal 3 - 4:30 - Salad with 2 hard boiled egg whites, 3 almonds. Lo cal Western Dressing.
Meal 4 - 6:30 - 8 grilled shrimp. Steamed cauliflower. Roasted barley
Snack 1 - 9:00 - Large orange, 1 graham cracker.

Exercise - 15 minutes floor exercises. 30 minutes Pick your level Fat to Firm Fast.

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2/14/10 6:36 P

Happy V Day!!! Let's make this a great week :)

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2/14/10 10:57 A

Brownies. Wine. No good!

I did go back to 151.8, Saturday, but then last night I over ate and woke up back at 153. I need to NOT DRINK. That is my number one downfall. When I drink, I get hungry and munch on everything. Last night it was brownies. I have half a bottle of merlot left from my little dinner party, and I think I should pour it out.

Meal 1 - 8:00 - Oatmeal. Large orange
Meal 2 - 11:30 1 egg white. Salad with light Italian. Homemade vegetable soup.
Meal 3 - 3:00 Omelet with 2 egg whites, 1 egg yolk, fried in a spritz of fake butter spray.
Meal 4 - 8:00 Salad. Tofu with stir fried vegetables. Kale. Asparagus
Snack 1 - 9:30 - Grapes.

No exercise.

Meal 1 - 8:30 - Brown rice
Snack 1 - 11:00 - large orange
Meal 2 - 1:30 - 5 almonds. Cucumber slices. Apple. Leftover veggies and tofu from last night. Kale.
Meal 3 - 3:00 - Salad with light Italian. Grapes
Meal 4 - 5:30 - Salad with light western. Cauliflower. 3 almonds.
Meal 5 - 7:30 - 2 glasses merlot. Roasted barley. Kidney beans and tomatoes. 3 slices bread! Cream of broccoli soup. 6 BROWNIES!!

But exercise was great
Bollywood Dance Workout - Celebrate - 20 minutes
Floor exercises and P90 Abs 100 - 45 minutes, including some upper body exercises with weights. Ended with stretch section from Namaste Yoga.
65 minutes total!

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/12/10 12:08 P

I'm mad. When I am MAD I want to eat. WTF? How could I weigh 151.6 yesterday, and 153.4 today. This makes me want to eat everything in the house.


I think, is that how I have sabotaged myself throughout the years? Does that make sense, to go on an eating binge because the scale went up?

Well of course it doesn't, but I am furious with myself. Analyzing this, I am sure it was water weight. What did I eat last night at 9:00?

Ding ding.
#1. I had a bowl of vegetable soup that I made with boullion cubes. Probably high in salt
#2. I had popcorn. Only 2 cups or so, but salted
#3. I had a glass of wine.
#4. I ate a lot of fruit yesterday
#5. I had graham crackers yesterday. High in sugary junkfood value. (The label says they aren't even whole wheat! WTF, I thought graham flour was whole wheat flour.

Either I need to not drink wine or not eat popcorn, or both. Maybe I need to be more careful. Graham crackers are not on my diet. Or maybe the scale needs to go back in the closet for awhile.

Yesterday's Exercise:

8:30 - Bollywood Booty Workout, 35 minutes. 15 minutes floor exercises

Yesterday's food:

Meal 1 - 8:00 - Steel cut oatmeal, 2 hardboiled egg whites
Meal 2 - 11:00 - Salad with Light Italian, large orange
Snack 2 - 2:00 - Large orange
Meal 3 - 4:00 - Homemade vegetable soup, 3 ounces broiled chicken, 2 almonds, 2 graham crackers
Snack 3 - 5:00 - 7 alomonds
Meal 4 - 9:00 - Homemade vegetable soup, 2 cups popcorn with spritz of fake butter spray and salt, 1 glass wine, an orange

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 2/12/2010 (16:13)
SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/11/10 10:34 A

Snuck a peek at the scale, and it said I lost a pound since my Sunday weigh in. Scale said 151.6 this morning! I need to lose 1.5 pounds per week to make my goal of 140 by my birthday, April 2, seven weeks away. I think I can do it if I step up my exercise. Hmm, what can I do to make myself exercise more?!!!

Yesterday's food and exercise:

Meal 1 - 8:00 - Steel cut oatmeal with cinnamon
Snack 1 - 9:30 - Large orange
Meal 2 - 3:30 - Brown rice. Broiled chicken breast ~3 ounces. Steamed spinach
Snack 2 - 6:00 - Large apple
Meal 3 - 8:00 - Edamame in shell, Chicken breast, salad with Italian dressing
Meal 4 - 9:30 - 1 graham cracker, 1 soy burger, 4 cups popcorn with butter spritz
Snack 3 - 11:00 - large orange

Exercise - Only did 10 minutes of stretches in the morning.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/10/10 11:00 P

Ustream? Whatever that is, it sounds cool! I haven't done Jazzercise in years. It was kind of boring when I tried it but that was in the 80's when I was much younger. Maybe now it would be a challenge.

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2/10/10 9:40 P

I love Zumba!! With all the snow here, class was cancelled but my instructor did it tonight on Ustream so we all watched and exercised from the pc :) Jazzercise is also supposed to be a good way to burn calories and has some dance in it. I haven't tried it yet!

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/10/10 5:24 P

No exercise yesterday, hope that doesn't break my spark streak. Just didn't feel like it. Even though I have made myself a planner, I am getting lazy about exercising. I know it really kicks weight loss into gear. Maybe I can find a Zumba class that isn't too jumpy. I did Zumba once, and it was a sweatfest! I bet we all burned off tons of calories.

Food yesterday
Meal 1 - 5:00 - Honey tangerine, 5 almonds
Meal 2 - 10:30 - Brown rice with cinnamon. Two hardboiled eggwhites, blueberries
Snack 1 - 12:30 - 7 almonds
Meal 3 - 3:00 - Asparagus. 6 ounces broiled salmon. Salad with light Italian dressing. 1/2 graham cracker (32 calories). 1 large orange.
Meal 4 - 10:00 - Brown rice, Salad with low cal western dressing. An orange

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/9/10 11:46 A

Thanks, Miss Lady and Anney and Hannah! Much apreciated! Whee, it looks like a Christmas card here in Chicago. Everything is covered with snow.


2/9/10 9:23 A

Keep up the work - it pays off!

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/9/10 6:50 A

School was good. Had my Business and Creativity class today. Totally fun class!

I wanted to work out again last night, but just managed one 25 minute workout in the morning. Bollywood Dance Workout from FitTV.

My hip and back feel much better now that I have stopped doing the treadmill. In fact, I sold the danged thing! I put an ad on Craigslist, and within hours someone picked it up. Gotta love Craigslist! My thinking is that repetitive cardio machines are not good for me.

Something about the rolling hip movement of Bollywood Dance Workout really helps loosen me up. Also, the Interferential Unit my pain management doctor got for me last month really helps, too. It's got four electrode pads that send out alternating patterns of current.

Tuesday's Food and Exercise:

Meal 1 - 7:30 - Brown rice with cinnamon, an orange
Meal 2 - 2:30 - Greek yogurt, blueberries. 3 ounces chicken grilled with mushrooms and onions. Salad with light Italian dressing
Meal 3 - 5:30 - Edamame in shell, apple, blueberries, small tangerine.
Meal 4 - 10:15 - 2 cups Popcorn (1/8 cup unpopped), spritz of fake butter spray, salt. 1 hardboiled egg white.

Exercise: 8:00 - Bollywood Dance Workout

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 2/9/2010 (06:51)
MISSLADY09 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/8/10 5:22 P

emoticon keep working hard!!!

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/8/10 9:21 A

Super Bowl Sunday -
I Tivo'd the Superbowl just to watch the commercials, for class! Since I am taking advertising and marketing, those fantastic ads are right up my alley.

Food was good, excercise was good, too

Meal 1 - 10:00 - Honey tangerine, steel cut oatmeal
Meal 2 - 2:00 - Salad with Italian dressing, 6 grilled shrimp
Snack 1 - 4:00 - Greek yogurt dipped with carrots and 1 tablespoon taramasa (salmon caviar)
Meal 3 - 6:30 - 8 grilled shrimp. Salad with Italian dressing, 1 beet. Steamed green beans, steamed broccoli.
9:00 - Snack 2 - 2 cups? (1/8 cup unppopped) popcorn with spritz of fake butter spray and salt. Large orange. 1 glass of wine.

Exercise: 4:00 - 10 minutes back exercises. 20 minutes Bollywood Dance Workout

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/7/10 11:41 A

Yesterday was a mixed bag. Exercise was good, diet was oops. It just boils down to that I am human, and needed a goof off day. I forgive myself and am ready to move on, back to healthy eating.

Weigh in: 152.6 from 154.2 last week, down 1.4 pounds

4:00 - 45 minutes:
15 minutes floor exercises, 15 minutes Crunch Cardio Salsa, 10 minutes 10 Minute Solution Yoga

My daughter came over to watch Rue Paul's Drag Race. That show cracks me up, a reality show for drag queens. I had not shopped, and just didn't feel like cooking, and really had a taste for pizza. No excuse, but I haven't had bread (or pizza crust) since November, and cheese, probably since December.

My inner voice is saying things to me!
Pros: emoticon
1. All this dieting has shrunk your stomach. You did not snack after dinner, until 11:00, and then you just had an orange!
2. You tossed the rest of the green pepper pizza in the trash.

Cons: emoticon
1. Bad Sandy, very bad. What are you doing eating pizza? I mean, you could have limited it to one slice, and not eaten an entire individual sausage and mushroom pizza and three slices of bruschetta.
2. Before you threw the rest of it away, you ate three small slices of the thin crust green pepper pizza. You HATE green peppers on pizza!

Here's my food diary:
Meal 1 - 10:00 - Oatmeal with cinnamon. Honey tangerine
Meal 2 - 2:00 - Large green salad with, light Italian dressing. Roasted barley and black beans, 2 grilled shrimp.
Snack 1 - 4:00 - Large apple
Meal 3 - Sausage and mushroom individual pan pizza, bruschetta, thin crust green pepper pizza, Diet Coke (I love Diet Coke and have been avoiding it, I think it makes me crave sugary food. Since I was going for broke on the pizza, what the hey, I decided to have the Diet Coke, too)
Snack 2 - 11:00 - Large Orange

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 2/7/2010 (11:42)
SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/6/10 12:53 P

Wow, Seaglassqueen, I read your profile, and then went over to your blog! I am honored to have you post on my blog. You were on the same weight loss show on Oprah as Jared, the Subway man! I am impressed not only that you were able to take of 155 pounds, but more, that you have been able to maintain.

I have a little blog, mostly to post pictures.

On the weight loss front, it looks like my weekly weigh in tomorrow will have netted me only one pound. It's better than no pounds, for sure, but I think I need to step up the exercise. I have been really lax about exercising, and I think I have an idea. I will write out my exercise for the week in advance.

Day 12 of My Way - (the idea is to have small, frequent meals)

Meal 1 - 9:30 - Brown rice with cinnamon
Meal 2 - 12:00 - Salad with low calorie Western Dressing
Meal 3 - 3:00 - Pineapple. strawberries. Greek yogurt and baby carrots.
Snack 1 - 5:00 - Small tangerine
Meal 4 - 9:00 - 1 glass red wine, grilled shrimp, roasted barley, fresh asparagus.
Snack 2 - 11:00 - Large orange

Exercise was good, finally!
45 minutes Pick your Level Fat to Firm Fast workout.
15 minutes floor exercises for my back

2/6/10 7:10 A

Yes you can! I believe in you!

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
2/5/10 7:09 P

I started school a couple of weeks ago. Me, who hasn't set foot in a college in, well, YEARS! It's fun. It's stimulating. Mostly, my life is all changing for the better, so losing weight fits right in.

I've been tracking my food over in the Fat Smash forum. But I am not exactly doing the Fat Smash diet anymore. Sorry if it is boring, but I need somewhere to track stuff.

This is loosely based on Fat Smash Diet.

My old thread where I posted food:

Day 11 of doing it my way:

Meal 1 - 7:00 - Oatmeal with cinnamon. Strawberries. Blueberries.
Snack 1 - 11:00 - Pineapple
Meal 2 - 3:00 - Chicken soup (homemade)
Meal 3 - 7:30 - Chicken soup. Two bowls salad with black beans, light Italian dressing.
Meal 4 - 10:30 - Popcorn with butter spray and salt. Homemade lemonade.

Exercise - Bollywood Dance Workout DVD. 15 minutes back exercises and floor exercises.

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 2/5/2010 (19:10)
SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
1/30/10 2:02 P

I haven't posted much on this page, but am going to start now. I can't ever remember being this determined to lose weight. In the past three weeks, I have made a very serious effort, and it is paying off! emoticon

As of this morning I am 154 pounds. When I started Spark People in December, I was 167, so 13 pounds total. I am feeling great. The only thing I should be doing more of is exercising.

Can we post pictures in these forums?

Edited by: SANDYJAS at: 1/30/2010 (14:15)
JESUSLOVEME27 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/2/10 6:56 P

yes you can

NKONZ53 Posts: 256
1/2/10 6:08 P

This is exactly the place to move forward with losing weight. Do you have access to a swimming pool. I have bad knees and the pool gives me the opportunity to do exercises that I can't do out of the water. Good luck.

1/2/10 4:56 P

Hi there. I understand the frustration you feel because of your injury. I had been right on track, then my back took over my life. Sciatic and spinal stenosis. I am determined not to be defined by my condition. It's a new year and decade. I intend to find my joy.
Good luck in your journey. We are all here to support each other.
Stop by any time to visit my page. Together we will get healthy and lose weight.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
12/30/09 9:30 P

Thanks, Nonnie and Jibby. I appreciate the support!

Good news, since I made that post two weeks ago I have dropped down another 4 pounds :)
I am thrilled to be here. I really want to make this a lifestyle change and not a diet. Hopefully I will not have to log my foods forever, which is BORING! But it is the best tool for me to lose weight.

I was never really heavy until 2001 when I quit smoking.


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12/30/09 1:46 P

Bravo! Just take it slow and steady, and focus on making lifestyle changes rather than temporary changes to improve your health. Congratulations on taking the first steps!

JIBBIE49 Posts: 73,076
12/30/09 9:43 A

emoticon Happy New Year 2010, as this begins a new DECADE, so we need this: emoticon an endless gift of SELF-LOVE - use it daily.

Let me say this: STARTING - S T A R T I N G - is the hardest thing to do. Set five minutes as your exercise goal. Give yourself that as your WooHoo! Why? Because it is a GREAT accomplishment just to START. If u want to do more then go ahead.

Try EFT (Tapping) as there are clips on YouTube. ROBERT has many good ones. Paul McKenna in his book "I CAN MAKE YOU THIN" recommends the technique. I don't know if it helps, but it does make me STOP emoticon and think before I give in to night cravings.

SANDYJAS Posts: 1,238
12/15/09 11:48 A

I think I can do this. Spark People seems like the right place for me, to come for support. It seems much easier if I have you all to cheer me on, and for me to cheer you on.

In the last year, I put on over 25 pounds. I was not thin to begin with, but I hurt my back, and have been off work since April. I am serious about losing 1 to 2 pounds per week until I get to 130. I started last week at 167, and am now 165,and 5 ft. 1.

My frustration is that I am not really allowed to work out, other than walking. I love working out to burn calories, but everything seems to injure my back more.

I can. I think I can, therefore I can, right?
I can do this, as long as I stay positive and focused on the good things.

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