Long MIA, But Good News!

22 06 2010

Sorry for the long MIA everyone, I went back to school and work on the same day and its just been craziness!!!

I promise to be better about updating, especially since I have some good news to share.

I am officially in ONDERLAND!!! I weighed in at 198.7 on Saturday and I am NEVER going back to the 200s!  I am swimming in my old work clothes, so it looks like a shopping trip is in order.  To date I’ve lost about 25lbs and over 8 inches (5 of those from my waist!).

I’m so happy 🙂

Hope your week is going well!





My BMR

3 06 2010

So I’ve been playing around on My Fitness Pal (www.myfitnesspal.com), which is the site I use for my weight loss ticker, and for the first time I noticed that they have a BMR Calculator.  For those of you who are not familiar with what BMR is, it stands for basal metabolic rate and it is essentially the amount of calories your body would burn on its own even if you were just lying in bed all day.  For someone like me who is recovering from major surgery and can only undertake a limited number of activities I was quite curious to see what mine was.  Apparently for someone of my height and weight, my body burns about 1686 calories per day!  Thats pretty sweet, especially considering that I’ve been eating around 1000-1200 calories per day (I’ve consumed just shy of 1000 calories today) so I’ve burned more than I’ve consumed 🙂

I know that my calorie count may seem pretty low, but I assure you that I have eaten TONS of food today, 3 meals and 3 snacks to be exact 🙂

Here’s my daily food diary from My Fitness Pal.  The site recommends that I consume 1200 calories, 165g carbs, 40g fat and 45g of protein daily.  As you can see I’m way below my carb count (which is good because I’m trying to limit my carb intake due to my PCOS) and have exceeded my protein by 28g.  I also kept under my fat and calorie goals for the day and I’m totally fine with that 🙂

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Eas – Advantedge – Carb Control Protein Shake – Chocolate Fudge, 11 oz 100 4 3 17 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 100 4 3 17
Lunch
Homemade – Turkey Sandwich (4 Thin Slices) on Earthgrains Thin Buns With Light Mayo, 1 sandwich 185 23 8 14 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 185 23 8 14
Dinner
Chicken Breast No Skin (Baked) – Baked Chicken Tenders No Skin, 1 oz 59 0 3 12 Ico_delete
Chicken Breast No Skin (Baked) – Baked Chicken Tenders No Skin, 1 oz 59 0 3 12 Ico_delete
Tomatoes – Red, ripe, raw, year round average, 2 slice, thin/small 5 1 0 0 Ico_delete
Alouette – Crumbled Goat Cheese, 1/8 cup 40 1 4 3 Ico_delete
Fresh Express – Heart of Romaine Lettuce, 2 cups 15 3 0 1 Ico_delete
Apples – Raw, with skin, 0.5 cup slices 29 8 0 0 Ico_delete
Cranberries – Dried, sweetened, 0.17 cup 62 16 0 0 Ico_delete
Generic – Slivered Almonds , 1 Tablespoon 40 1 4 2 Ico_delete
Pork – Cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted, 0.5 slice cooked 22 0 2 1 Ico_delete
Trader Joes – Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette, 2 tbs 35 9 0 0 Ico_delete
Beverage – Red Wine (House Glass 300ml), 150 ml 111 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 477 39 16 31
Snacks
Dannon – Yogurt – Light & Fit Nonfat Vanilla, 6 oz 80 15 0 5 Ico_delete
Nuts – Almonds, dry roasted, without salt added, 0.3 oz (22 whole kernels) 51 2 4 2 Ico_delete
Earthgrain – Multigrain Whole Wheat Bread – Double Fiber, 1 slices 100 14 2 4 Ico_delete
Add FoodRemember Meal 231 31 6 11
Totals 993 97 33 73
Your Daily Goal 1,200 165 40 45
Remaining 207 68 7 -28
Calories Carbs Fat Protein




Better Than I Thought…

30 05 2010

As you guys know I’ve been fairly disappointed in my lack of weight loss lately.  Granted I’ve been happy to lose inches, but not seeing the number on the scale budge has been frustrating considering the amount of effort that I’ve been putting into this challenge.  However, I found out after going to the doctor this week that I’ve actually lost more weight than I had originally thought (happy dance).  According to my chart I weighed in at 223.5lbs before my spinal surgery, which was March 2nd of this year and now I’m hovering around 202-203 pound range, which means I’ve lost 20lbs since my surgery!  Which is pretty impressive considering that I could barely walk to the end of the street and back for the first month after my surgery, actually its pretty amazing how far I’ve come since then period.  Granted I still can’t jog (my doctor said that the impact is bad for my spinal fusion) so my activities are limited to walking, swimming and my physical therapy exercises (which in the capacity that I can do them don’t burn as many calories as I would hope).

So my weight loss is mostly controlled by my diet, which is also a challenge due to my insulin resistance (a by product of my PCOS…sigh) so I’m trying to limit my carb and sugar intake as much as possible to maximize my weight loss.

Oh, I am happy to report (since so many of you were kind enough to inquire) that my boyfriend has decided to jump on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon.  He’s been eating better, and has gone to the gym almost everyday for at least an hour (he even hired a personal trainer) and he bought one of those electronic cigarettes to try and help him quit smoking!

It made me so happy when he told me all this, but sad at the same time.  Apparently some guys can’t handle talking about their health and fitness with their significant others.  But when our mutual guy friend stepped in and talked about how he was worried about his health and how great the personal trainer he was working out with was they became instant gym buddies.

I’m kinda jealous that he would rather go to the gym with another guy than with me (granted I just work out outside, at home or at the fitness complex that’s included in our association fees) and I’m also probably a little jealous that since he’s not on disability (he’s receiving full paychecks, I’m only at 60% pay) he’s able to splurge on a membership to a fancy gym, a personal trainer that costs $50/hr and even a fancy Polar heart rate monitor ($250).    But I need to put my green eyed monster in check and just be happy that he’s making these changes.  And I’m glad that he decided to do it for himself and not do it just because I wanted him to.

I did find out that I’ll be going back to work next week (my doctor’s decision, my physical therapist thinks its a horrible idea) but I’ll only be working 4 hour shifts.  I’ve been trying to get a hold of my manager to work out a schedule but no one has gotten back to me, must be the long holiday weekend.  Hopefully their okay with it, otherwise I’ll continue to be out of work until I have the endurance to work a full 8 hour shift.

My physical therapist has some concerns other than the obvious ones for someone who is recovering from a spinal fusion, apparently my right leg is pretty messed up from overcompensating for my back pain (through my leaning walk) for so long.  To give you an idea, I cannot put my right foot flat on the ground, it looks like I’m wearing an invisible high heel.  I also have ridiculous muscle tightness up the back of my leg, even after her stretching my hamstring for an hour we couldn’t get the leg to fully extend, it was always still slightly bent at the knee.  Her biggest concern in the complete lack of flexibility in my right ankle.  She has someone coming to our session next week to fit me for a custom brace that she wants me to wear at least once a day for twenty minutes.  It will have a crank and I’ll have to use it to slowly stretch it out to try and regain some range of motion.

I’ve been pretty active this weekend though, I’ve walked about 2.5 miles each day and I swam laps for about 40 minutes on Friday.  I have also been doing my physical therapy exercises at home.

I made a KILLER dinner the other night too, I pan seared some chicken until it was lightly browned on both sides then brushed it with some marinade that I made from BBQ sauce and a mix of spices (black pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, parsley) put it in a casserole dish, covered with tin foil and baked in the oven at 375F for about 30 minutes.  While the chicken was cooking I sliced two ripe plantains nice and thin and pan fried them to make some nice, crispy, delicious plantain chips.  I served both with a simple side salad.  Oh, and I love to season my plantain chips with a liberal sprinkle of Adobo seasoning 🙂

Its nice outside so I’m going to go walk before I enjoy some more BBQ later.

Hope you guys are having a great Memorial Day Weekend!!!





Its Almost That Time

24 05 2010

It’s almost time for my local Farmer’s Market to start back up and I couldn’t be more excited!

Just the thought of all the local grown veggies and homemade cheeses and other goodies is making my mouth water.  I know that recent studies have shown that frozen fruits and veggies can be just as good for you as fresh, but there is just something about produce that was picked within 24 hours that just makes me go Mmmmmmm…..

Fit Sugar (www.fitsugar.com) posted a great article today about how many veggies you could eat before you hit 100 calories (like you needed more reasons to eat yummy veggies?)

Check it out below ( via Fit Sugar)

Food Amount Calories
Asparagus 32 spears 106
Avocado 1/3 of the fruit 106
Beets (sliced) 1 1/2 cups 94
Bell Pepper (green) 4 medium peppers 95
Bell Pepper (red) 3 and 1/3 medium peppers 103
Broccoli (raw) 10 (5-inch long spears) 105
Brussels Sprouts 14 heads 106
Carrots (baby) 28 98
Food Amount Calories
Cauliflower (raw) 30 flowerettes 98
Celery 18 (8-inch stalks) 101
Corn (sweet white) Kernels from two ears 118
Cucumber 2 (8 1/4-inch cukes) 90
Green beans (cooked) 2 1/4 cups 98
Kale (cooked) 3 cups 109
Lettuce (Romaine) 1 head 106
Mushrooms (raw) 20 large 101
Onions (raw) 2 medium 92
Peas (cooked) 3/4 cup 94
Potato (russet) 3/4 small 100
Potato (sweet) 2 small 108
Radishes (raw) 70 large 101
Spinach (raw) 45 leaves 98
Summer Squash (raw) 3 medium 94
Tomato (grape) 48 108
Tomato (Roma) 3 medium 105
Zucchini 3 medium 94

How awesome is that!?!?! I’ve always had a thing for bell peppers, but I had no idea that I could eat 4 whole bell peppers for less than 100 calories!

For those of us watching our caloric intake this is valuable info, fill up on those veggies so you don’t end up splurging on high calorie food, and since most veggies have a high amount of water in them it can help keep you hydrated 🙂

Dinner tonight was fantastic!  Super filling and tasty 🙂

I made Chicken Pomedoro from Trader Joe’s and put it over a bed of quinoa with some Green Giant Immunity Blend mixed veggies on the side

Sorry so blurry, its my camera phone

The mixed veggies was a combination of broccoli, bell peppers and carrots-YUM!

I give this meal two thumbs way up, Trader Joe’s never ceases to amaze me.

I had physical therapy today and I was talking to my therapist about Wii Fit and she smiled and pulled out a piece of paper that was a Wii Fit workout routine (with the activities I can do that are safe for my level of recovery), how AWESOME is that?!?!  I love my physical therapist, I really do.

So last night was the series finale of Lost and I really liked it, I have to be honest at first I was a little disappointed that Jack was the one to replace Jacob (too obvious) but I’m not going to say any more than that since I don’t know how many of you have seen it.

And tonight is the season finale of Chuck so I’m going to go watch that, and my boyfriend asked me to make him a workout playlist since he’s going to start going to the gym effective tomorrow (woot!) so I better get on that.

How was your weekend?





Weigh in Wednesday…Yes I Know It’s Thursday

20 05 2010

As I mentioned earlier, yesterday was kind of a bad day for me.  On top of that its “that time of the month” and I am SOOOOOO bloated!!! So while I didn’t lose this week, I didn’t gain either.  So thats a win.  And my measurements stayed the same from last week (including the two inches I lost last week) which I will take as another win since I feel like I’ve gained 10lbs of water weight this past week.

So we’ll just continue healthy habits, drink lots and lots of water (and cut down on the wine…) and be more active (my physical therapist finally cleared me to resume SOME of my Wii Fit activities YAY).

I’m going to share some cool articles I found with you guys…after dinner 🙂





Green Bananas

18 05 2010

I woke up this morning CRAVING some oatmeal and banana, however when I went to the kitchen I noticed that the bananas that we’d bought at the grocery store were still green.  I only recently started eating bananas (it was a texture thing, not a flavor thing) but even I knew that green=unripe.  But it was the only thing my body wanted so I sucked it up and peeled the banana (much harder than a ripe banana).  It only took one bite to taste the difference, the banana was definitely missing its sweetness, so I drizzled some  organic honey on top and that solved the problem 🙂

Weight Control Oatmeal with chia seeds, banana and organic honey.

I’ve been keeping up with my physical therapy exercises and sitting on my swiss ball while I watch TV and read my Kindle and my core is soooo sore (but sooo worth it).  But I need to step up my walking, the gloomy weather we’ve been having lately has given me and excuse to skip it (lame I know).

Grocery shopping was fun, we got a lot of produce and organic items.  I was so sad they were out of my favorite Larabar (apple pie) but I got another favorite:  banana nut bread and two flavors I haven’t tried yet:  peanut butter and jelly and pecan pie.  I also picked up a Kind Bar after reading about them on the blogosphere, I got the protein one thats mostly nuts, it looked pretty good.

I also finally picked up some popchips, I’ve been thinking about it for awhile and I am trying to do low carb as much as possible but I figured its better to have these around than some pringles.

So I have lots of healthy snacks and a set routine, I’m still nervous for tomorrow’s weigh in (because its that time of the month and I am BLOATED) but I’m sticking to my diet and drinking crazy amounts of water so thats all that matters for now 🙂

How is your week going so far?





Belated Weekly Weigh In and Updates!

13 05 2010

Sorry that I’ve been M.I.A. its been a crazy week, I think this is the first time I’ve been home for more than 5 minutes (other than sleep of course) in days!  My brother came home for a long weekend before heading back to school, he’s in a six year pharmacy program and he goes to school all year round.  I miss the kid.

Since he was home we went out for a celebratory sushi dinner, and as much as I love sushi I ordered Udon instead (cold rainy weather makes me CRAVE soup) since it was listed under their “healthier options” menu.  They did throw some tempura in there, so I don’t know how healthy that was.  But it was tasty.

Since we had everyone home we also went out for my dad’s birthday (my family seems to be big on dining out…much to the determent of my diet).  We went to a place just over the border in Wisconsin that specializes in BBQ and Friday Fish Frys (not the healthiest options…) so I got a roast chicken with vegetables (sorry I tried to take a picture, but it turned out too dark).

To continue my trend of dining out…Saturday I was out with my friends and everyone decided they wanted to go to an all you can eat sushi bar (yes I know that makes 3 times in one week that I was at a sushi establishment) and I kept it healthy by choosing veggie rolls, sashimi, seaweed salad and edamame.  The place was actually really good, and all you can eat was only $20 for dinner.

Sunday of course was Mother’s Day which meant more dining out….my mom was craving ribs so we went to Famous Dave’s for some BBQ.  This was probably my biggest splurge for the week I had some rib tips, cajun style catfish and green beans.  It was good though 🙂

Monday I got back into the swing of things, I had a banana with some almond butter for breakfast and for lunch I made a wrap with turkey, low fat swiss and avocado-YUM!!!! I love avocado so much.  Dinner was kind of a flop, I made stir fry with the faux beef strips I bought at Trader Joe’s.  My boyfriend is pretty much a carnivore so he thought the taste of the faux beef was a little bland, so I decided to whip up a sauce to give it a bit more of  a kick (and unfortunately I went a bit overboard).  So I don’t think that I’ll be buying those strips again 😦

Tuesday was great my breakfast was super filling:  oatmeal with chia seeds and banana

For lunch my boyfriend brought home a rotisserie chicken and made a light salad that he grew up with (cucumber, tomato, onion, salt, pepper and lemon juice) it was a nice light lunch but more filling than I would of thought.  By the time dinner rolled around I wasn’t very hungry so I cut up a sweet potato and had some yummy sweet potato fries to munch on during my favorite night of TV (Glee, Lost and V…yes I’m a total geek)

Yesterday was Weigh in Wednesday and AGAIN I was nervous due to all the dining out but my results were MUCH better than I anticipated.  I only lost half a pound, BUT I lost TWO INCHES off my waistline!!!  I actually wore jeans that I haven’t worn in almost a year 🙂  And THAT is better than pounds any day of the week.

I think all the core exercises I have been doing for physical therapy have been paying off, I’ve been doing a lot of work on a swiss ball, I even sit on it while I watch tv.  That and I’ve been walking 2-5 miles per day in my Sketchers Shape Ups, and despite my earlier hesitation I think they are paying off, my boyfriend thinks my butt looks firmer and I definitely feel a difference in my legs.

So again I feel bad for being M.I.A I promise to keep more on top of things 🙂 I even downloaded mobile WordPress for my Droid.

How has your week been going?