OMG!

5 06 2010

So as you guys know I typically weigh in on Wednesdays…but I’m seriously starting to wonder if Wednesday is a bad day for me?  I weighed in Wednesday and I was down 0.8lbs and 1.5 inches…I’ve been having a pretty good last couple of days diet and exercise wise so out of curiosity I decided to weigh in this morning.  O….M….G!!!

As of this morning I weighed in at 200lbs exactly.  I was 202.4 on Wednesday, so that means I’ve lost a total of 3.2lbs this week!  I also decided to redo my measurements and I lost another 2 inches off my waist and another 1.5 inches off my bust!

What a great way to start my day!!!!

I seriously think that logging everything I put in my mouth on My Fitness Pal is helping.  It’s also giving me a visual tracker for my water.

I am seriously just 1 pound away from ONEDERLAND!!! Which puts me just 55lbs away from my goal of 145lbs!  That means that I’m already a third of the way through my weight loss journey 🙂

Most importantly I FEEL the difference, I wake up more energetic, I don’t feel lethargic throughout the day, I don’t get bloated anymore (other than when it’s that TOM) I feel healthier.  I went out to dinner with friends last night and I can be a hundred percent honest when I say that the heavily breaded, fried items that I used to love didn’t even get a glance from me 🙂

This is definitely a lifestyle change and not a “diet,” remember diet is a four letter word 🙂

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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Strength Exercises

4 06 2010

So I’ve been slowly trying to add new strength exercises to the routine that my physical therapist has me on.

So far today I worked in push-ups, two sets of 10, I attempted a plank (I lasted 30 seconds…but I have to say my form was PERFECT) and I found a website that shows different strength exercises to do with your balance ball (YAY!)

I did this one:

I did 3 sets of 10.

And I plan on doing this one after I’m done with this blog (the plan is 3 sets of 10)

I tried to do this:

and almost DIED!  This move is way beyond my current fitness level…I’ll have to try again later…

What are some of your favorite strength moves to do at home?





Weigh Ins

4 06 2010

Question for you guys about weigh ins.  Do you have a specific day that you weigh in or are you a weigh in everyday type of person?

Several books I’ve read recommend getting a digital scale that measures weight including decimal points (which I have) and weighing in everyday.  As you guys know I’ve been weighing in every Wednesday with only so so results, well out of curiosity I weighed in Tuesday as well as Wednesday.  On Tuesday I had lost 2lbs, but when I did my normal weigh in on Wednesday I had only lost 0.8lbs…so I’m wondering what’s going on?  My diet hasn’t changed, I haven’t cheated, so what’s going wrong?

I’m thinking of switching my weigh ins to another day, either Friday or Monday, I’m also going to watch my carb intake more closely and my sodium in case its some sort of bloat effect.

Any ideas?





Yesterday

4 06 2010

Yesterday was kind of a boring day…I wish it hadn’t been, since my boyfriend was off, but he hung out in his “man cave” and played on the computer and watched tv until he went to the gym.  I asked to go with him to try out his gym, since he HAD gotten me a 7 day guest pass, but he adamantly said no.  I think he was kinda embarrassed to take me with, last night was his second appointment with his personal trainer and apparently during the first session he spent a lot of it dry heaving and almost puking.  But seriously, I didn’t want to go watch HIM workout, I wanted to check out the facilities and get MY workout on 🙂

Didn’t happen, bummer.

I did about 15 minutes worth of my physical therapy exercises (which include a lot of work with resistance bands and my balance ball) and then my mom called and asked if I wanted to go for a walk and a light dinner with her (after we swung by the mall real quick).  Well we never left the mall, its what usually happens, but I wore my pedometer anyways and according to it and MyFitnessPal.com my four hours of “walking at a slow pace” burned over 900 calories for someone my weight…hmmm…don’t know if that’s 100% right but it made me feel better.

Being on a limited calorie diet I’m used to eating 5-6 times per day, usually 3 meals and some snacks, however when I met up with my mom yesterday, thinking that it was just going to be a “quick mall run” I hadn’t eaten my afternoon snack and was only sitting around 400ish calories consumed since I’d had a light breakfast and lunch (I haven’t been hungry at all lately and its really bothering me…).  So needless to say, after several hours of wandering the mall with my mom and watching her try on clothes my blood sugar was running pretty low and I was starting to not feel so well (light headed, irritable…) so I kinda snapped (sorry mom) and said I needed to eat something now and that she could keep eating but I had to eat.

Well, she felt bad about it and for the sake of the diet we skipped the food court and headed to one of the restaurants attached to the mall called McCarthy’s.  I was a little worried about going an Irish Pub style place (bar food..eep?) but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of healthy options they had available.  I was set on getting a salad until I saw a burger that they’re apparently “famous” for, their Iri-Shroom burger (a burger with mushrooms sautéed in Guinness, havarti dill cheese and a herb garlic spread) so my mom and I decided to split the burger and the salad so we could try it and be healthy at the same time 🙂

It was perfect, and unlike a lot of restaurants, their portions weren’t HUGE so I was just the right amount of full without feeling bloated.  I stayed within my calorie count so that’s a plus 🙂

I also got my mom to sign up for MyFitnessPal.com!  It’s a great tool if you’re trying to lose weight, or just want a way to track your food and exercise.  Yesterday I used the message board on the site to join a June weight loss group where everyone has to set their weight loss goals for June.  Even though I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks I decided to be ambitious and set a goal of 8lbs for June.  This will put me well under 200lb (w00t) and is an average of 2lbs per week which is totally attainable.  Everyone who set a “mini” goal set up a corresponding reward, mine is a spa pedicure, I haven’t had one in so long!

Do you use goals to motivate yourself?





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




Perfect Summer Dinner

2 06 2010

Soooo YUM!  I made the PERFECT SUMMER DINNER tonight!!! My boyfriend rated it a perfect 10 and asked me to make more for him to take for lunch this week.  It all started with a bit of a debacle…I THOUGHT I was thawing fish for dinner, but when it was done thawing and I reached in the freezer bag to pull out the filet’s I found CHICKEN instead of fish.  I was upset for about a minute but then I remembered that I had a chicken recipe that I had been DYING to try!

The recipe is actually from Devin Alexander’s book I Can’t Believe it’s Not Fattening! Devin Alexander is actually the mind behind The Biggest Loser Cookbook and also has several other cookbooks published under her own name.  The recipe is SUPER simple and takes about 15 minutes TOTAL to prepare!!!

Preheat your oven to 350F

Take a skillet at drizzle a little EVOO on the bottom and turn to medium heat.

Take your trimmed, boneless chicken breasts and season with a little salt and pepper.

Sear the chicken in the pan for a few minutes on each side (a few minutes on each side).

Remove from the heat and top with either tomato slices or canned diced tomatoes (her recipe calls for the canned, I didn’t have any so I used fresh) and crumbled goat cheese.

Put the skillet in the oven for 5-9 minutes until the cheese is melted and the chicken is no longer pink.

Top with chopped herbs (optional…I forgot this step)

Here’s what it looks like fresh out of the oven!

To compliment the chicken I decided to try and replicate a yummy salad that I had recently at Champps, with a few changes.

The salad that I had was their Chopped Salad Americana and it was chopped lettuce, dried cranberries, sliced apples, candied pecans, bacon, chicken and blue cheese tossed in honey mustard dressing.

Well I was missing the dressing, the blue cheese and the candied pecans (and omitted the chicken since we were having it as the main course) but I made it work and I actually liked mine better!!!

In the mix:

romaine lettuce, torn not chopped

dried cranberries

slivered almonds

thinly sliced Pink Lady apple (about half the apple)

1 and a half pieces of well done bacon, crumbled

goat cheese

all tossed with….

Let me tell you, this salad was OUT. OF.  THIS..WORLD!!!!!!!!!

Check it out

Close up!

And the finished plate

Another close up!

So yes..the perfect summer dinner 🙂

You’ll notice that the quality of my pictures have improved (hopefully) right?  I busted out my DSLR…I figured I should start taking my food photography a little more seriously 🙂

For those of you that are curious the nutritional info for the chicken (courtesy of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Fatting!)

171 calories, 29 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 72 mg cholesterol, trace fiber, 198 mg sodium

Not bad!!!

If you want to check out her book you can order it here

Oh by the way, since it’s WEIGH IN WEDNESDAY, my boyfriend weighed in and he lost 2 POUNDS!  I’m so proud of him, he’s thinking of starting a blog too, I’ll make sure that I link it when he does.

What are some of your favorite summer dishes?





Another Weigh In Wednesday!

2 06 2010

Wow look I’m actually weighing in on time!  I stepped on the scale and looked down…..and I lost 0.8lbs.  Almost a pound, I’ll take it.  Measurements were next.  My “natural waist” came in at 36.5, down half an inch and my “middle” (aka the fatty pooch area) came in at 41, down 1 inch since last week for a total loss of 1.5 inches!

I notice small differences in the way my clothes are fitting, but my friends and family have been commenting a lot lately about how great I look.  Its been a nice boost to my self esteem 🙂

I noticed that today the people over at Fit Sugar added to the list that I posted last week.  In last week’s post I talked about how many veggies you can eat for 100 calories or less, and now they updated the list to add fruits!  Fruits and veggies are my favorite summertime (or anytime) snack, they are super tasty and refreshing and are chock full of vitamins and nutrients.

Fruit Amount Calories
Apples 2 extra small 105
Apricots 6 whole 101
Bananas 1 medium 105
Blackberries 100 berries (or 1 1/2 cups) 100 (93)
Blueberries 125 berries (or 1 1/4 cup) 97 (103)
Cantaloupe 2 cups, diced 106
Cherries 20 103
Clementines 3 whole 104
Cranberries, raw 2 1/4 cups 98
Dates, medjool 1 1/2 whole 100
Fruit Amount Calories
Grapes, red or green 30 101
Grapefruit, pink or white 1 1/4 whole 95
Honeydew 1 3/4 cups, diced; about 35 pieces 98
Kiwi 2 whole 93
Mango 1 cup, sliced (or 3/4 whole fruit) 107 (101)
Nectarine 1 1/2 medium 94
Orange 2 small 90
Papaya 2 cups, cubed 109
Peach 2 1/2 medium 96
Pear 1 medium 96
Plum 3 whole 91
Pluot 2 1/2 medium 100
Pineapple 1 1/4 cups, chunks 103
Pomegranate 1/2 whole 117
Raspberries 100 berries (or 1 1/2 cups) 99 (96)
Strawberries 25 medium 96
Tangerine 2 medium 100
Watermelon 30 balls (or 2 cups, diced) 110 (91)

Thats a lot of fruit for not a lot of calories (but make sure you check the sugars) so eat up!!

What’s your favorite fruit? I like pretty much everything, but I haven’t really been a fan of some of the melons (I LOVE watermelon though).