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Old 03-13-2012, 03:14 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Health / Fitness ...
1. 100 oz water daily M: Yes,
2. No Diet Coke (still hanging on for lent) M: Yes,
3. 30 Day Shred Level 2 - 6 days of the week M: Yes, T: Yes,
4. Walk on lunch when I can (not Weds due to sonogram appt) M: 40min - 2miles,
5. Log it! M: Yes,
6. Carbs under 50% M: 57%,
7. Weekly deficit of 5000 M: -854, Deficit this week: -854
8. Weigh and post it daily M: 261.4lbs, T: 261.6lbs, Weight change this week: +.2lbs

Life Goals ...
1. Don't get frustrated. He isn't doing it just to make me upset. M: Awesome day! ,
2. Do full body measurements...putting tape in my purse to take home right now!M: Nope,
3. Read something that is not on the internet x3 this week M: No,


Yesterday was good for health goals until late in the evening. I made strawberry cupcakes last night with just a can of Diet Sierra Mist instead of eggs, oil & water. Topped them with Cool Whip and a 1/4 of a fresh strawberry. Then I ate 2 of them! I did up the math on them and thank goodness they are only 110 calories plus the 1/4 of a strawberry. There may have also been a Cool Whip incident in my kitchen that involved repeatedly dipping my finger in the remaining half a tub of sweet fluffy goodness.


Tori ... How awesome that you are inspiring your cousin! That is the best compliment ever IMHO.

Luv ... Your goals look good yesterday, from what I can tell, LOL! I have trouble reading your list too. But as long as it works for you, that is all that counts. I usually scan for the colors to know how you are doing.

Hope ... Good for you on resisting the Chinese. I had some 2 weekends ago and honestly it wasn't what I thought I wanted. ... Your reward for that resistance is 2 lbs dropped! ... I hope that things are going well at home for you. You seem in a more positive attitude this week. Things seem to be looking up on my homefront as well.

Nobe ... I love to be sore from a workout. I hate to hurt though. For me there is a difference. Right now I have some slight twinges here and there but not hurt. So that makes me happy.

Mern ... My PITA is a good bit better. I still did my workout with the Shred this morning. My hubby suggested I was doing too much and I told him that I was working through it and if it wasn't better in a few days I would call the chiropractor. ... I say stuff all the time that mom's shouldn't! LOL, my kids are used to it and I think that they are more comfortable with me because of that relaxed attitude than always preaching at them to do the right thing. Not that you are a preachy momma either!

Pam ... You've got me wanting to try mashed cauliflower now too!

Mike ... You are too quiet! Hopefully you are just busy.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:28 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Health Goals:

1. Calories 1,400-1,500 or lower. 1,562
2. Water 100 oz daily. 50
3. Workout 5 hours total. 0 min, 45 min (total 0:45)
4. Protein 25% or better. 22%
5. Calorie deficit 3,500 or more. -418
6. Log everything and post daily. Y
7. Do not be a weekend slacker. So far so good.

Other Stuff:

1. Call and get booth cookie sales arranged and make sign-up sheet. CALL MADE.
2. Type up new G.S. calendar and note about parade. N
3. Call 4-H office about mandatory meetings. N
4. Call guy about the elliptical. N
5. Call dad about wagon for Friday. N
6. Call Dr. about appointment. N
7. Housework 45 min daily + 1 load of laundry. N

Lenten Goals:

No white flour N
No white sugar N
No skipping workouts, and no more than 2 consecutive days off. N
No cheating Y
No profanity Y

I don't have much time to chat today. Yesterday doesn't look too terribly good, but it was the first day back on the wagon, and I almost hit my calories and protein, so it was very nearly a win, right? And silly me made banana blueberry bread on Sunday, since I started this journey I've had a real problem with baked goods. I don't really remember having bad cravings for baked goods before, but it could be that I've had this trouble all along and only noticed it once I tried to cut down/back on them? I feel sort of like Joan Rivers and exercise, "if God wanted me to exercise he would've put diamonds on the floor". Well if God wanted me to be skinny he would've made me a terrible cook. But that is not the situation here, I can whip up a tasty calorie load and graze on it all day long. I even put healthy stuff in the banana bread, but still a thick slice of it is 200 calories, and then there's the butter and blueberry jam on top, and you can't eat just one right? Ugh. I have to get going, my piles have piles, and although I believe in the cleaning fairy (I do, I do, I do, because if you don't believe she won't come right?), never once has she actually shown up here, not once EVER (darn her that beefstick).
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:45 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Amy ... This is for you...

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Old 03-13-2012, 04:26 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Trying to catch up here!!!

On fried foods: I have actually had a deep-fried Oreo. The deliciousness is hard to describe in words. It's amazing. The batter for frying sort of fuses with the shell of the Oreo and the cream gets a crust on it so it's almost like it's crunchy on the outside and then liquid in the middle, like a poor man's creme brulee. BF also likes to make what he calls "double cookies" which is an Oreo wrapped in chocolate chip cookie batter and then baked. Everything sort of oozes together in the oven. They are delicious, but DENSE. I can only eat one just because I feel like one is enough to fill me right up. Sorry for the food porn >.>

Mary: I'm with you on the 10% challenge, I've barely lost a thing since New Year! Very frustrating. This is definitely a week to get butts in gear, I'm rooting for you!

Mern: I'm in favor of cheat days and planned cheats, they always work for me. Calorie cycling has also worked in the past, where I have days where I eat "up" (1600-1700) and then "down" (1,000-1,100) calories. It was the first thing I tried on this current plateau because it worked in the past, but it seems to be no dice. My body apparently doesn't care what I'm doing with the food as long as I'm not going completely crazy, so it's boiling down to changing my exercise, it appears. I've been trying that too but nothing has stuck yet. However, I'm more stubborn than my body, so I'll just keep throwing things at the wall until SOMETHING sticks. It's just really frustrating. Thank you for keeping my Dad in your prayers - if you could sneak in a word about him keeping his willpower, that would be awesome too Good luck to you this week!! It's interesting what your doctor says about the avocado, I suppose you'll see if it pans out, you're alway so careful in your recording that I am sure a pattern will emerge that's undeniable.

Ama: It really is amazing how logging every little thing is an eye-opener. It's one of the last things I log every day - the EVOO, the butter, the little adds to food (like a squirt of lime juice) and see how they add up. Sometimes it adds 100-200 calories to my log and I always just go WOW and remind myself to figure them in beforehand. Congrats on the weight and good luck this week!

Happy: Soda addiction is a tough nut to crack. Sometimes it helps to just cut it a little at a time, half a glass per day or even per week, whatever works for you. I wasn't extremely addicted but I tended to drink it with certain foods, so what I said to myself was "I'm only going to drink half a glass this time" rather than a full glass, then I skipped it every other snack, and so on. I got rid of it entirely within a month. Maybe something like that might help for you?

April: Woooohooo on your loss, look at you! You will break that 260 plateau before you know it. Thanks for the advice about the interview. I will take a deep breath and count to three!

Mike: Down almost 3 pounds, you're a stud dude, good job!

Hope: Resist that chinese food! I understand the siren song of chinese oh-so-well, but you DID it, good job! High-five!!!

Tori: We all go through spats of being unmotivated, I was there like 2 weeks ago. You can kick it. Sometimes just meeting your food goals helps and the exercise will come - quinn gave me the good advice to "just eat clean" if that happens. We all know you can do it, you are a BEAST when you step it up! Sometimes Saturday nights and fuzzy liquid calories just... kinda happen, lol. Although now you've got me thinking of Waffle House, mmmmmm.

Luv: The Plateau of No Sense has been going for three months strong now. I started the new year at 163 and now I'm hovering around 160-ish. I think it's just a really "comfortable" weight for my body. I WILL bust through someday and keep marching, I just have to figure out what my body wants. Good job on a great Monday!!!

Nobe: DEEP FRIED MARS BAR?! Mmmmm...


Health and Lifestyle Goals

1) Keep calories under 1500 every day, weekends included. M: 1,313
2) Exercise for a total of four hours or more (I like Amy's way of adding up the minutes, so I will do that, maybe it will help) and post the TYPE of exercise M: 0 (Total: 0 minutes)
3) At least 80 oz. of water daily, shoot for 96 M: 80
4) Calorie deficit of at least 3,500 M: -493 (Total: -493)
5) Protein average for the week of 25-30% M: 32% (Average: 32%)
6) Weigh M, W, F and post M: 160.3
7) In bed by 11:30 M: No
8) Post what I ate yesterday. Every single little thing.

M: Breakfast - One container of 0% fat greek yogurt (vanilla flavor) with a multivitamin (One-A-Day Women's Active Metabolism)
Lunch - Leftover chicken and dumplings (I estimated 1.25 servings), 1 medium/large green apple
Dinner - Grilled tilapia (4.5 oz fillet), seasoned with a Weber grill mixture (no salt), with a side of cilantro-lime flavored basmati rice.

I was only at 12% fat yesterday, which is probably why I was starving come dinner. I resisted the urge to snack, however, as I knew I had a calorically dense lunch. Same thing is going to happen today, I hate wasting the leftovers.

Other Stuff

1) Get BC application in M: No
2) Prepare for phone interview Thursday (nervous!!!!!) M: Confirmed people I will be interviewing with and scanned their profiles
3) No more than 30 minutes daily on non-work related websites at work, other than FD. Yes, I'm timing it. I have been a procrastinating procrastinator due to stress. M: It was more like 50 minutes
4) Call Dad on Wednesday after eye surgery M: N/A
5) Make an effort on my appearance every day M: yes, no makeup (breakout)
6) Buy new workout clothes and underwear!!!! M-F: Weekend goal

For Mike -- I am not wearing full makeup right now as I'm going through a breakout. But I am otherwise making an effort and wearing lipgloss and mascara I blame the breakout on stress.

I think posting my food is going to help me. I was never good at just journaling my thoughts about food to myself - I'm the sort that needs to "say" (type! haha) it to others to make me really think about it. I'm going to be having dense lunches for most of this week as I finish off the chicken-and-dumplings that I cooked over the weekend, so I need to think hard about my dinners. I usually have a light breakfast of yogurt or something else mild because my stomach hates eating a lot in the morning, though sometimes I will eat and egg and a little bacon. I might want to do that a couple of times this week to keep my fats up, though low-fat is one of the things I *haven't* tried to do in the Plateau Of No Sense. I'm not sure being hungry is worth it, though. I was about ready to chew on my shoes before dinner yesterday.

We've also been eating dinner late because BF works until 7:30 or so most nights. By the time he gets home, showers, etc. it's getting on 8 or 8:30 before we eat. I'll figure it out, though, I always do eventually!

Happy Tuesday all,

~Terri
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:26 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Yesterday I did not meet a single goal except for not snacking before dinner… and that is because my hubby had stopped for fast food on his way home from the gym and a big load of French fries were sitting in front of me when I walked in the door… grrrr… so much for making soup and salad for dinner.

[u]Today’s goals[/U
1 - ]Drink lots of water
2 -Go easy on lunch, decide what I am going to get before taking my lunch break instead of walking into the store without a plan.
3 -Charge through, focus, and complete several difficult tasks at work. The stuff does not go away by procrastinating!
4 -Go to the gym at 4pm. Treadmill, stairmaster, and free weights.
5 -Make soup and salad for dinner. Don’t snack before dinner!!!
6 – Try really really hard to stay up late – was up last night from about 1-3am watching documentaries, again.

I am reading all posts, and love to read all your wonderful goals! I am pressed for time this morning (see #3 above) so just a few notes...

April – Nice to meet you too! I like your goals for the week, especially the giving up soda for lent. I did that one a few years back, and though really tough at first it turned out great!

Mern – Way to go on the treadmill! 180 cals takes a while to burn so you must have gone a long ways! Sorry to hear about your Mom and her dementia. My Mother takes the load of responsibility for Grandma, bless her heart, and bless yours as well. Keep up the good work! PS – I shall try mashed cauliflower – I love cooking and trying new recipes, especially with veggies!

Luv – I am really working on building up good habits! Some weeks it is harder than others, but overall it seems to balance out. Thanks for your nice words!

Tori – Glad you and your cousin are sharing the journey, so great to have family on your side. I wonder if there is a low cal recipe for funnel cakes… I plan to look that up!

Terri – I know how you feel about having a light breakfast, I can’t take much either besides yoghurt, fruit and coffee. Lunch on the other hand is always a struggle as I am super hungry by about 11am and over do it. I’ll try adding some protein mid-morning though, may help me keep from having a huge lunch – thanks for the idea!

Best always! Ama

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LOL, thanks for the sign April.
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Lunch on the other hand is always a struggle as I am super hungry by about 11am and over do it. I’ll try adding some protein mid-morning though, may help me keep from having a huge lunch – thanks for the idea!
For years (at least on work days) I've had about half a cup of cottage cheese with maybe some fruit on my morning break, and that makes life so much easier. It seems to keep the hunger away until lunch better than anything else.
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I don't think I posted my Monday report

Other than my allowed SF chocolate and pork rinds, I ate cleanly.

Clean Eating Pact YES
Calorie limit 1600 1387
Saturated fat average 12% of total calories 8%
Cholesterol average 300mg 162mg
Carbs less fiber limit 25g 24.7g
Fiber average 25g 42g
Protein average 120g 130g

Exercise 5 days YES
Water 48 oz. YES
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Goals (week 4 postpartum!):

1) walk every day at least 30 min (Y 3 mi, Y 2 mi)
2) super light strength training 2x (Y = sort of squats while baby was fussy/rocking, Y = arm weights)
3) try not to crab at DH esp when I don't get any sleep (teeny bit better, does cooking and dishes and laundry help?
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Pam, I'm glad you enjoyed the restaurant's mashed cauliflower. What did it have in it?

April, I'd say you did a fantastic job yesterday. Kudos on your 854 calorie deficit after those yummy strawberry cupcakes! I got a good chuckle out of your "cool whip incident" and the smiley. So glad you had an awesome day with DS. Glad you're PITA is better and hope it continues to improve. See now, I COULD have just SAID the four words, but I'm such a lady that I didn't. LOL

Amy, I was thinking as I was reading through your Monday report that you did a pretty darned good job your first day back on the wagon after NO and that you almost hit your calories and protein targets. I got a good chuckle out of God's gift to you of being a great cook. I still cook things for my family that I know is not the best for them, but MOST of the time I'm able to resist those things. Keep believing in that cleaning fairy, but don't hold your breath while you're waiting. LOL

Terri, I certainly have nothing against planned cheats and planned cheat days. Whatever works or whatever one can get by with is just fine with me. There's no way I'd go on vacation and stay totally on the wagon and give up experiencing regional cuisine. I hope you keep finding new things to throw at the wall and that something easy to follow that helps will stick. No problem with adding prayers for your Dad's willpower. Well, it'll be hard to tell whether giving up the avocado makes a huge difference. Luckily, though, it's not totally taboo, so I CAN enjoy it on occasion. Great Monday report! Of course, I'm no expert, but your food looked really good and healthful and didn't seem like anything in there was "plateau-retaining" as long your body is accustomed to the apple carbs. (Too many carbs for me, but you're not me.)

On fat and protein to help avoid hunger: 1 1/2 oz. almonds (I eat unsalted) has 249 calories, 9.3g protein, 18.8g fat (with 14.1g being monounsaturated fat and only 1.5g saturated fat) 9.3g total carbs and 4.7g fiber. Full fat cheese is another thing with more fat and protein that helps get me through. When doc said "Low fat cheese, right?" I just said something like, "I hear ya." (Shh, don't tell. LOL) I do eat SOME low fat cheese, though, like shredded cheddar and shredded mozzarella, Laughing Cow.

Ama, we all know that life simply gets in the way of our best-laid plans sometimes. When that happens, we just start fresh the next day. I sooooooo wish my DH would quit stocking the pantry with cookies and snack cakes for the grandkids... it's a source of temptation for me--not all the time, but often enough. Thanks for your kind words about the treadmill. I walk at 80-85% of my maximum heart rate and the heavier one is, the more calories one burns. So at 216 lbs. it takes me only half an hour. My doc's instructions are 5 days a week for 1/2 an hour and hating exercise, once I get it in, I'm ready to hop off. Aw, thanks for your kind words and blessings. I hope you enjoy that cauliflower.

Oh, that reminds me, for anyone trying the mashed cauliflower, cook till pretty tender and drain it very well before mashing (I used the food processor.) You may want to reserve some of the cooking water in case you want your finished dish a little thinner.
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