Monday, January 31, 2011

I've made some changes..

I was a little frustrated with my lack of weight loss this past week, so I decided to make a change. I decided to cut my calorie intake back, WAY back. I started this on Friday and weighed in this morning and I lost a total of about 6 pounds over the weekend, SIX POUNDS!! How did I do it? Well, here is a quick rundown of an average day of meals:

3 Egg Whites (scrambled)- approx 15 calories/egg white
1 piece of whole wheat toast w/ spray butter - 50 calories

1 cup of Progresso Light Soup - around 80 calories(depending on which you choose)
1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light cheese - 35

Repeat Lunch!

I had a snack between breakfast and lunch(if needed) and between lunch and dinner. I either had half of a Fiber Plus bar (60 calories) or a wedge of cheese with crackers.

I am so excited about my weight loss this weekend! I tried to stay under 1000 calories/day but as you can see, some days were under 500 calories! This may seem extreme(and it really is) but I wanted to see if I had enough willpower to do it, and I do! I don't know if this would work on a long term basis, I have seen online some plans that run 12-24 weeks doing something very similar to what I'm doing. I couldn't have so few calories for a week straight, but I believe that if you let yourself have one day that you eat a little more than the other days, while still staying under 1000 calories, this may work. We will see if I can stick to this!

Weight Today - 359 !!!!
Next Goal - 349

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm in a rut!

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I started a part time job and haven't given myself time to blog, or exercise, or really pay close attention to what I'm eating.

I haven't lost anymore weight. I didn't go to Zumba Tuesday night. I am trying to motivate myself to go tonight though! I work nights mostly and I find that I don't really have time for dinner and my last snack of the day. The problem is that I don't pay attention to my stomach and then I clock out and realize that I didn't have anything to eat in the 5 hour span I worked, not so good. I even brought something to eat!

I received an email the other day for a free week at Curves. I keep seeing the commercials for their Zumba circuit and really want to try it. My local Curves, however, doesn't have it, yet.

I also canceled my order  for the Carb Lovers Diet, it said it would take 2 weeks to get here...TWO WEEKS!! I am not patient enough to wait 2 weeks for a diet book. I do have the Biggest Loser cookbook in my storage unit, I may have to go dig that out and give that another shot. You all know how much I love/envy the Biggest Loser!

So here is to a new re-start! I need to keep myself motivated and start really caring about my body and health. I have done this before, I lose then I quit. Doesn't quite make sense, you think losing would motivate me to keep going but since I am so overweight it is hard for me to notice the results of my hard work.

Here we go..again!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I love carbs!

I have a slight love affair with carbs. I have been told by society that carbs=baaaaaaad. I feel like I am sneaking around with carbs, cheating on my healthy food. Apparently, society lied! I was watching the Rachael Ray show the other day and was surprised to see a book featured call "The Carb Lovers Diet." I was intrigued! The writers were on and were saying that you just need to eat the right carbs. There is a carb called "resistant starch" which resists digestion and acts like fiber. Fiber!! We all know that fiber is good for us and we should be eating more of it. I haven't bought this book, yet, but I plan on doing so tonight. They also say you can lose about 6 pounds in the first week on this diet. That is a pretty impressive claim, especially when carbs are involved. While featuring their book on Rachael Ray, they did say that you need to go with whole grains and greener bananas(which I love both) so you can't really go crazy with the white pasta, though I have found that I love whole grain so much better.

I am going back to work on Monday. I am excited to be able to get out of the house for a few hours and interact with someone who actually can say a full sentence, but I am also nervous about where I am going to work. I will be working at a restaurant and have worked at the same restaurant previously and I know how hard it is to resist the food, especially when you get a discount. I think I am going to start drinking shakes or something simple for my meals while I work and bring something healthy to munch on.  I hope I can continue my success and resist the mac n cheese!

Current Weight - 364 (whoohoo!)
Next Goal - 359

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Zumba and Cookies!

I went to Zumba last night! Oh, how I forgot how much I love it! Great music, fun dancing, and you sweat like crazy but don’t even care because you are having fun! I have read that you can burn up to 1000 calories per hour doing Zumba, 1000! That is another reason why I love Zumba so much. I am lucky in the fact that a local church has the classes 3 times a week and it is a free will offering. So much cheaper than going to the YMCA. I remember the first time I went, I was about 60 pounds heavier and I didn’t know how I was going to make it through class. My leg started to go numb and I had a hard time walking back into my house. I remember thinking that something must be medically wrong with my leg. I would always blame something else on my aches and pains and never my weight. It took me losing the weight to realize that my weight was the problem, seems backward right? Sure I get sore and tired after going to Zumba, but this a good sore. My muscles are toning up and fighting off the fat (thank you muscles!). Zumba isn’t going to be for everyone but I think it’s worth giving it a try, you should go at least twice to find out if you like it. It does take time to learn the dances and moves and you may be nervous about the first class, thinking you are going to fumble around and people are going to stare at you. They won’t even notice if you are messing the dance up because they are watching the instructor the whole time!

Okay, now I’m going to move onto something sinfully good, chocolate chip cookies!!! You may be wondering how I can eat chocolate chip cookies on a diet and not feel guilty about it. Well, if I stuck to the normal recipe I would feel guilty, but I have found ways to tweak ingredients to make them healthier. No chocolate chip cookie is ever going to be “good” for you but these are so much better and I let myself eat 2 or 3 as a snack. I am going to warn you now, there are ingredients in these cookies that you wouldn’t think to put in as well as ingredients that you may think are missing. Just try these and even tweak them!

                                      A Better Chocolate Chip Cookie

½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup of flour (I use whole graham whole wheat)
¾ cup of applesauce (Sometimes I use grated zucchini or pear puree)
½ to ¾ cup of chocolate chips(depending on what you like)
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 320°. Mix the sugars, applesauce, and vanilla until well combined. Sift in flour, salt and baking soda until mixed through. Fold in the chocolate chips. The mixture will be a little thicker than a normal chocolate chip cookie recipe, but they don’t spread out like the normal version.

Lightly spray 2 cookie sheets and drop by rounded spoonful(or cookie scoop if you have one) onto the cookie sheets. Put both sheets in the oven on separate racks for 6-8 minutes. Switch racks and turn the pans and cook for another 6-8 minutes. Cool, then eat!

You read the recipe right, no oil, butter or eggs! I have tweaked that recipe so many times using granola, oats, cinnamon and different amounts of the ingredients. I recommend you do the same and make them to your liking. Cinnamon is a great addition to these cookies, it gives them a hint of something different. So good!

Have you ever tried making a not so healthy recipe, healthy? How did your experiment turn out?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's been a baaaaaaaad week for dieting!

It has been a few days since I last posted and to be honest, I am a little ashamed at my lack of weight loss this week. I have maintained my weight but nothing extra has come off. Hurumph! My husband and I have been trying to buy a house and it looks like it is going to work out *crosses fingers*.  I haven't spent too much time worrying about my diet OR exercise so it isn't a shock to me that I haven't lost any more weight. Also, certain womanly things happen that make your body crave carbs like none other don't help! I'm not going to blame anything on my unsuccessful week, except myself. I hold myself accountable, plain and simple.

To rectify my mistakes I am going to reinstate my attendance at the local Zumba class. I love to exercise with the ladies there and it is just so easy, because you are dancing!

Don't think that one bad week breaks a diet and exercise plan, you just need to work through it and never give up! Most likely, if you give up, you will make horrible decisions and be even more angry with yourself.

Weight Today - 368(still...)
Next Goal - 359
Mid Goal - 300 or less by June!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Give Yourself a Break!

I know that most people think that taking a day off from diet and exercise is a bad idea, and it can be if you have the wrong mindset. Over the weekend my husband and I went to Applebee's for "date night." I wasn't on my best diet behavior but I still ended up losing weight over the weekend. I think that if you deprive yourself of what you are wanting you will never succeed. The cravings will get more intense and you will finally cave and possibly binge. I let myself share and appetizer AND dessert with my husband. I also didn't even order off of the diet menu or even get a salad! I probably could have lost more weight if I hadn't let myself eat what I wanted, but in the long run it probably saved me from gaining all the weight I have already lost back! Now, I'm not saying to go out and eat pizza and Doritos every night because you want to, that isn't the point. The point is to give in to your cravings every once in a while and not worry about it. You will be surprised with yourself when you only eat half of what they bring to you and only take 3 or 4 bites of the delicious maple blondie(drool)! You still need to listen to your stomach and know when it's full. You don't want to feel miserable!

Taking a break even works with exercise! Working out 7 days a week sounds great in theory, but your body can get overworked. You need a day off to let your muscles recover and rebuild. I try to get in a 30 minute cardio workout at least 3-4 days a week. I am wanting to start going back to Zumba class twice a week as well. Zumba is such a fun way to work out! You sweat like crazy but you are having fun, so you don't even notice until it drips down your face.

What are some things that you "break" your diet for?

Current Weight - 368
Next Goal - 359

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year, New Fitness Trends

With it being the beginning of the New Year, many of you probably have made a resolution to lose weight. Your resolution could range from a few pounds to hundreds of pounds or even just to make better, healthier decisions. I was watching the show “The Doctors” today and they had a segment on the new fitness trends for 2011. Some of the trends looked like they would work and others were insane (literally!) I am going to pick out a few that stood out to me:

Kymaro Rhythm Rocker- It looks like a stool with handles off to the sides and you sit on it while bending your core muscles. The infomercial claims, with a  30 day money back guarantee, that you can lose 7 pounds in 7 days. I don’t know. I think I would fall of off it and it looks like they got the idea from a broken computer chair, haha! I can see how moving your core like that would exercise your abdominal muscles but I don’t think that I’m completely convinced.

The Fitness Trampoline- This one we have all seen. A miniature version of the big trampolines we all have bounced around on when we were kids, marketed as fitness equipment. They say that 10 minutes of working out on the trampoline is equal to 33 minutes of running. This one I can believe. I remember how much work it was to get bouncing on the trampoline and I was exhausted, sweaty, and tired when all was said and done. I would think that this would be better than running when it comes to your knees and joints.

The Insanity Workout- This is truly something I could not make myself do. This is a set of workout DVDs that push your body to its max and even further in 60 minutes. I definitely do not have the will power for such a workout (I can barely make myself work out) let alone push myself to beyond my limit.  If you do have the willpower I do believe this will work. The high intensity workout keeps your heart pumping and the sweat pouring. You just have to get yourself to do it!

What do you think about these fitness trends? Have you tried any past trends? Or are you chomping at the bit to try one that was listed?

Weight Today - 369 (I made my short term goal!)
Next Goal - 359

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Diets and Colds

I have come down with a cold! Swollen glands, draining sinuses, and lack of energy. Blah! Along with a cold, I’ve noticed that I have a loss of appetite. My stomach never growls and I could probably go without eating, but that is  NOT good for weight loss. My dear sweet husband wanted to get my usual sick supplies: lemon lime soda, chicken noodle soup and crackers. I was quick to tell him "NO!" As much as I love those sick foods I simply cannot have the soda and I usually eat way more crackers than necessary. I did, however, send him to the store for some Progresso Light soups. I have never tried them before and was afraid that they would taste bland and be mostly broth. Boy was I wrong!  I tried the Italian Style Meatball version for lunch and it was full of big chunks of veggies, penne pasta, and cute little meatballs. Alright, I will stop sounding like an ad for this soup, but it is REALLY, really good!

Now, if you are like me you may think that half of a can of soup isn’t enough to fill you up. It wasn’t for me, but with only 80 calories per serving, you have plenty of room for having things on the side. This was my lunch:

1 cup of the Progresso Light Soup -              80 calories
1 piece of whole grain whole wheat bread - 110 calories
3 or 4 sprays of Spray butter for bread -         0 calories
1 Babybel light cheese -                                25 calories

                                                               = 215 calories

I think that is pretty fantastic! This meal also hit my carb count on the nose.  I may repeat lunch for dinner!

I also want to go back to why I said no to soda. One day I decided to scan the back of a regular soda can to see how bad it really is. One of my favorite sodas was Cherry Coke. When looking at the calories, sugars, and carbs it quickly became my enemy, 150 calories,  42 carbs, and 42 sugars! It has more carbs than one of my meals! Even diet sodas make me question if they are really “ok” for you. They are made from chemicals and things I have problems with putting in my body.  There are also studies that show that the artificial sweeteners don’t really fool  your body. Your body figures out it didn’t get the calories it thought it did and it starts craving the calories it missed out on with the diet soda. So basically your body retaliates and makes you eat more. Not good.  I know some people that can’t switch to water overnight like I did. And I’m not trying to say that you should. I just want you to be aware!

I think a nice mug of unsweetened green tea is calling my name!

Weight Today - 371 (a few tenths away from 370!)
Next Goal - 369

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Easy Snack and Weight Loss Update

I mentioned in my last post that I snack 3 times a day and I wanted to share with you all an easy and healthy snack that I really enjoy. The only ingredients that you need are almonds and dried cranberries! I put 1 ounce of lightly sea salted almonds and 1/6 cup for dried cranberries in a little zipper snack bag and shake until combined. I don't know what it is about the combination that I love, I'm sure it has something to do with the sweet and salty! Mmm, too bad snack time is over!

I decided to step on the scale today to see how bad my weight had gotten from spending the weekend with relatives to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. To my surprise, I lost 2 more pounds!  I don't know how I did it, but there it was! It just goes to show that eating 3 meals with 3 snacks really works(even if the snacks are the best choice *cough* peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes *cough*). Too bad you can't lose weight vicariously through the contestants on biggest loser, drat!

Weight Today : 371
Next Goal: 369

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Here we go!

I just finished watching the new season of "The Biggest Loser" and with every episode I watch I feel a little disappointed in myself. I know that it isn't realistic to expect to lose 15+ pounds in a week, but I wish I could. I don't have the time or enough energy to even try! I have been working out 3-4 times a week with fair results but the task I have put myself up to seems like it will take forever

Let me give you a little bit of my back story. I have never known a day in my life that I have been at a normal healthy weight. I don't even know how or when my struggle with my weight started, I just know that it is a BEAST that has fought back with a vengeance. I remember getting teased as early as 4th grade by a kid named Frank. I had a great way to deal with Frank, sit on him. I remember getting in trouble(Frank got in trouble too) and I didn't feel ashamed. It felt great to have faced my bully. I don't remember ever going on any diets at the time but my weight just  kept climbing higher and higher as time went by. Many years passed, many good intentions came and went with no result. At my first heaviest I weighed 381 pounds. I remember going to the doctor for a checkup and telling him that I have been trying to lose weight with little results(and little drive.) He decided to run some blood work to see if there was something else causing me the difficulty and said something about my thyroid but saying that it probably wasn't the issue. I remember getting a call saying that I need to go back in to talk with him. I remember being nervous, diabetes kept creeping in my head. He sat me down and told me that I have a disease called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism basically means that the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormone, which regulates your metabolism. They started me on medicine and they had to keep increasing my dosage until they got it right. I remember starting 50mcg and I am now at 250mcg. I started to lose some weight, but nothing substantial. Around that time my sister asked if I wanted to got to Thailand and vacation for a couple weeks. I remember feeling anxious about getting on an airplane and having the seat belt fit. How embarrassing it would be for the flight attendant to have to bring me and extender! I said yes, but took action regarding my weight. I ordered NutriSystem and when the UPS man dropped off that giant box I yelled out "Thank you!" as he drove away. This was my start, this was the first day of the rest of my life. I lost about 80 pounds in the course of 6 months. I hopped on a airplane and the seat belt fit! YES!

That same summer I met my husband. I fell in love instantly and I got comfortable. I started eating whatever he ate and didn't even notice my weight climbing again. After a year and a half of being together I decided to start another diet. The pounds started dropping again and then I learned I was pregnant!! We were trying to get pregnant so it wasn't a shock. I worried about how my obesity would affect my growing baby. After I gave birth to a healthy son my diet went out the window again. I started eating whatever I could grab in my "free time." My husband and I had to make some tough decisions and moved in with my parents. As stressful as the move was, it was best for us. One night I stepped on my mom's digital scale and it came up with an error message. I was in denial and just kept thinking that there is something wrong with the scale. This happened for a few weeks. My mom invited me to go to a Zumba class with her and I loved it! Finally, a workout that I like! I finally got the scale to work after a few weeks of Zumba and I was shocked to see the number..406 pounds...406!!!!! I felt horrible, ugly, disgusted, defeated, sad, angry and I cried. I never thought I was that heavy. I didn't think that I looked that heavy when I looked in the mirror, but there it was...406 pounds. My life changed that night. I started working out more often and I made myself diet.

I learned that breakfast is an absolute must. It gets your metabolism started and sets the mood for the rest of the day. I used to struggle with eating that early, I was never hungry and I figured I was saving calories not eating it. Everyday I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks. It is so important to keep your metabolism going. I watch my carbs, trying to stay close to 30 carbs per major meal and 15 for snacks. Following this diet and exercising I have lost over 50 pounds. I can't be positive on the exact number but I'm sure that it's close.

My goal with this blog is to help me be accountable for what I eat and what I do. I make a small goal for myself, usually to be at the next lowest 10 pound range, a medium goal, to be under 300 pounds by June, and a long term goal, to be around 150 pounds and keep the weight off. I hope you all can give me words of encouragement and maybe even take something from my blog.

There is more to come, and hopefully less of me!
Weight today : 373
Next goal : 369