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Weight Loss

Friday, September 26, 2008

Losing Motivation???

So I have been thinking that was unconsciously losing motivation, if that makes any sense. I am always talking positively about how I am going to lose weight, and that I am going to do it and I am going to succeed, but then I seem to not put the full work in.

I started noticing this after I weighed in last night. I said to myself "I am going to have a good number, I worked hard this week, I did more activity, I ate my flex if I felt hungry, I journalled everything, this will be good". It wasn't so good.

Don't get me wrong, I did lose and I am glad that it was something, but I was kind of expecting more. I lost 0.6lb. I thought back and realised that maybe I am not putting as much effort in as I thought I was putting in.

So I have decided that for October, I am going to work harder at this. I am going to do a minimum of 30 minutes of activity EVERY DAY!!!! Even if it is just a walk, it will be done. I am going to put in a better effort at following all 8 healthy guidelines, especially since this is where i struggle the most and in more than one area.

I CAN and WILL do this!!!

**ADD: I just realised that for the month of September I have not lost any weight. That is horrible and makes me even more angry with myself. It shows me even more that I need to get my act together**

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tueday's Plan

Breakfast: 3
3/4 cup apple cinnamon cheerios (2)
1/2 cup 1% milk (1)

Snack: 2
Chips Ahoy Thinsations (2)

Lunch: 7
1 cup tomato soup (made with milk) (3)
1 cup grapes (1)
goldfish crackers (2)
Turkey Pepperette (1)

Snack: 3
Slim fast Muffin snack bar (3)

Dinner: 10
Banana Pancakes (8)
no sugar added syrup (2)

Dessert: 4
Vanilla frozen yogurt (2)
Crumbled All bran bar (2)

Points Used: 29
Points Left: 3

Activity: 60 minutes DDR (4)

Friday, September 19, 2008

My First Meeting

Well I went back to meetings last night and it went pretty good I think!

First off, my weight. I gained, technically, but It doesn't bother me this week and this is why.
I used to weigh in Friday mornings, first thing, after I went to the bathroom. This time I weighed in late afternoon on a Thursday, and gained 1.8lb. I have read many posts/blogs where people freak out when they WI and they have a gain and it is not their WI day, I have decided to test something out.

Last week I weighed 250.2lb. I got on the scale at my meeting at 430pm and weighed 252. When I got home around 630, I still weighed 252. This morning when I got on the scale at 615 (which would normally be my WI day) I was 250.2lb.....which is a STS compared to last week.

This really shows that you your weight really can fluctuate from day to day. In less than 12 hours I had lost 1.8lb. Last night I didn't even do any exercise. I ate chips and watched TV. Goes to show you that you need to wait for your WI to get an accurate result.

So I am going to take my 1.8lb gain (which is most likely going to make
Jordanna beat me to the first 10lb loss) because I want my WI to be accurate each week. Since I am going to be weighing in at meetings from now on, I am not going to try to cheat myself and the program.

Now for the meeting.
The meeting went pretty good. It was a very small group to what I am used to (only about 10 people).
The meeting was about Positive thinking and talking. Pretty much just that we need to catch ourselves when we are talking negative about our weight loss and turn it into something positive.

Like when you are down on yourself because you only lost 0.5 this week. That is still 0.5 pounds gone from your body. If you were to lose 0.5lb a week for a year that's 26lb gone! It doesn't matter how fast you lose it, just that you are :)

We were told to try to turn out negative thoughts around and turn them into something positive.

Next weeks meeting is about Dancing it off, which I like since I use Dance Dance revolution to help with my weight loss.

I really think that going to the meetings are going to help me a lot. I can be competetive from time to time and I think that part of me comes out when I go to meetings. It's like I want to prove to them that I can lose the weight and do it weekly.
I have a friend of mine that is going to join me at meetings starting next week. She had done WW before and lost 50lb. She never got her lifetime (even though se was a couple pounds away) because with University and money she couldnt keep going, and now she is slowly putting weight back on. I am really happy that she is going to do this with me!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday's Meals

Thursday's Meals

Breakfast: 3
Apple Cinnamon Cheerioes w milk (3)

Lunch: 12
egg (oil) & bagel sandwich (6)
2 turkey pepperettes (2)
grapes (1)
yogurt (1)
100 cal Ah Caramel! (2)

Dinner: TBD

Points used: 15
Points remaining: 17

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tomorrow is the day.....

..................... I go back to meetings.

So last week I was thinking about joining meetings again. I have been doing great on my own, but the first time I did WW I did awesome. I think I need to be with others doing it, actually seeing others going through the same things I am, face to face. So I bought the 16 week membership!!!

I am actually excited to go. The weigh in starts at 430pm, it is about a 15 minute walk from my work, and I am done work at 4pm. It all just works out.

I will still be recording my success from when I re-committed. Even though WW will have a different 10% and what not I will still celebrate my overall success from when I started in July. It the end I am trying to reach the same goal, whether I get the recognition or not ☺

Boston Pizza

So last night I went out for dinner and did pretty good!!!! John and I went out with a couple friends of ours to Boston Pizza. Before we went I looked up the NI and decided on a couple dinners that would be ok to eat points wise for what I had left.

I ate the Chipotle Chicken Caesar Wrap with a garden salad. This was really good and was 12 points. Next time I go I will get the Thai Chicken Wrap which is 9 points.

I love when restaurants have their nutritional information available to the public. It makes going out so much easier.

Wednesday's Food

Breakfast: 6
Smoothie (3)
WW bagel w jam (3)

Lunch: 13
BBQ Pork (4)
Roast potatoes and carrots (3)
grapes (1)
crispers (2)
granola bar (3)

Snack: 2
100 calorie ah! caramel (2)

Dinner: 12
Meatball wrap w cheese (10)
broccoli (0)
1 glass milk (2)

Dessert: 2
Frozen yogurt (2)

Points Used: 32 + 3AP
Points remaining: 0

Monday, September 15, 2008

Food....thats it

Monday's Meals

Breakfast: 6
Weight Watchers bagel w PB (4)
1 cup 1% milk (2)

Snack: 2
Fiber One bar (2)

Lunch: 9
Pancakes w no sugar added syrup (4)
Rice pudding (2)
Green apple (1)
goldfish crackers (2)

Snack: 3
Slimfast Bar (3)

Dinner: 10
BBQ pork chop (6)
Roasted carrots & potatoes w oil (4)

Dessert: 4
Snack cakes (4)

Points used: 32 + 2 flex
Points remaining: 0

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Weigh In

So today I weighed in and lost another 1.2lb (yay me). It seems low since last week I had a small gain but there is a logical reason to why its low. I WI in the morning so I get up, go to the bathroom and then WI in what I slept in. Usually that is just a tshirt and underwear. Today I WI after I got dressed.

The only reason why I did this is because I am going to start going to meetings soon, and I really don't think they would enjoy it if I walked in wearing just my panties LOL. So I thought I might as well start now weighing in with my clothes on so it's not a big shock when I go in and be shocked with a gain due to clothes.

That's about it for today! at least for now....

Friday's Food

Smoothie (4)
(1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup ff vanilla yogurt, 1 banana, few frozen berries, 1packet splenda)
2 slice ww Toast with homemade jam (2)

Lunch: 16
1 whole wheat wrap w 2oz chicken breast (4)
salsa & mayo (1)
2oz sweet potato fries (2)
20g goldfish crackers (2)
Sugar Free Jello Rice Pudding (2)
Sweet & Salty Peanut bar (3)
Ketchup (0)
1cup juice (2)
Dinner: TBD
Points Used:22
Points Remaining: 10

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thursday's Food

Thurdays food

Breakfast: 5.5
1 cup 1% milk (2)
1/2 green apple (0.5)
WW bagel with homemade jam (3)

Lunch: 12.5
1/2 cup white rice (2)
1 sticky chicky (3) - ESBM
20g goldfish crackers (2)
1/2 green apple (0.5)
Slim fast muffin bar (3)
yogurt with frozen raspberries (2)

Snack: 2

Thinsations (2)

Dinner: 8
40z chicken (4)
Whole wheat wrap (2)
sweet potato fries (2)

Dessert: 2
Frozen yogurt/sorbet (1 each)

Points used: 30

Points remaining: 2

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Hump Day..... Meetings?

Today is going pretty darn good!!!

I used my laptop lunch box today and I really like it!
It comes with a 12oz water bottle, and already today I have drank 32oz (4 cups so far). I am going to fill it one more time before I go home from work.
I wasnt 100% sure if the compartments in the lunch box would hold enough, but they definitely do. You can put enough in them so that you have just enough food for the day; not too much and not to less.

So I have been thinking about it for a couple days, and I am thinking about maybe going to meetings after work on Thrusdays. The meeting will be about a 10minute walk from where I work, and then I can bus home (or even walk on nice days). Right now WW is offering no registration fee, and if i commit to 16 weeks, I can go for about 11$ a week. I haven't made my final decision yet, but I am leaning towards doing it. My online membership is paid up until October 28th and the deal WW has has to be used before October 25th (which would be the 23rd) so it would work out nicely.


Hump Day Food

Breakfast: 4
3/4 cup apple cinnamon cheerios (2)
1/2 cup milk (1)
1/2 banana (1)

Lunch: 13
Spaghetti w ground turkey sauce (6)
1/2 yogurt w frozen fruit (2)
8 crispy minis (1)
Caramel Slim fast snack bar (3)
Carrots w 1 tbsp dip (1)

Snack: 1
Green Apple (1)

Dinner: 10
4oz chicken breast (4)
Whole Wheat Tortilla (2)
Salsa (0)
1/2 cup rice (2)
1 cup milk (2)

Dessert: 2
1/4 cup Orange sorbet (1)
1/4 cup Vanilla frozen yogurt (1)

Points Used: 30
Points Remaining: 2

Water: 48oz (32 done)
Activity: 30 minute video

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Goal Rewards!!

I have decided that I need to reward myself for goals that I have reached!!! I am not sure what the Specific goals will be, or what my gifts to myself will be, but I am definitely going to reward myself. I think it will help me strive to achieve.

Time to think now I guess...

Another day.....

So after my small gain and my lack of activity... AGAIN, I have gotten myself back on track. I have pre planned my meals for the entire week (except for a couple dinners that I need to figure out). It makes life so much easier. I plan my entire day except I try leave myself 2-3 points for mistakes, or so I can add a little snack in the middle if I am hungry. By the end of the day I do end up using those points, for dessert, or larger portion for dinner.

My laptop lunch box came yesterday.....except of course I wasnt there to get it. John was sleeping so he didn't hear it come to the door, so it is sitting at the post office right now. I really should send things to work since I know someone will be here. I am really excited to start using this lunch box. Since I have some better lunches planned, I am using many mis-matched containers that I have to kind of squeeze in my current lunch bag some how. I hope this lunch bag makes my life that little bit easier :)

Tuesday's Food

Breakfast: 7
2 slices WW bread w 1 tbsp Peanut butter & banana (5)
1 cup 1% milk (2)

Green Apple (1)

Lunch: 11
Turkey Tacos w 0.5oz cheese (7) - i forgot my salsa :(
carrots & dip (2)
Sugar Free Jello Rice Pudding (2)

Snack: 2
Fiber One Bar (2)

Dinner: 8
Tongue Thai's (ESBM turkey burger) w mango salsa (8)

Dessert: 6

Orange banana milkshake (4)
Pudding (2)

Points Used:32 + 3FP
Points Remaining: 0

Activity: No Activity
Water: 2L

Friday, September 5, 2008

ESBM Review

Hi all. This is just going to be a quick little review of some of the recipes I have made from Eat Shrink and Be Merry so far.

Sticky Chicky
Very very easy to make. You literally throw everything into a bowl, mix, and pour over the chicken. I didn't use the bbq sauce it suggested as I did not have that flavour, but you can use any flavour you want, even change it up each time you make it.
The only problem I had with this recipe is that its huge. It makes 8 servings (2 chicken thighs per serving). Next time I will half the recipe and cook it in a smaller dish.
I made this with some rice and steamed broccoli

Tongue Thai'd
These were the best turkey burgers I have ever had!!!! Well I think they are the only turkey burgers I have ever had, but they were really good. The thai flavour with the turkey was amazing.
I did not have all of the ingredients that were listed so I had to improvise. I did not have any peanut sauce, so I mixed some peanut butter with olive oil. Because of this I did not have enough sauce to baste the burgers so it all went into the actual patty mixture.
The recipe says to make 6 burgers. Because they don't shrink when you cook them (because there is pretty much no fat in the meat) I think you could get away with making the burgers smaller and maybe doing 8 or more.
I ate 2 of these burgers. One I only put a litte bbq sauce on top, the other i put mango salsa on it which compliments the mean nicely.

One Loaf to Love
Another good and easy meal. The flavour that this meat was is wonderful. There is a lot of different things added to this meal to give it great flavour. I had to modify this slightly as I did not have fresh parsley, so I added 1/2 the amount of dried.
The only issue I had with this was that it was too moist, kind of a little mushy. This very well could have been my fault as I forgot to add the egg (oops!). I also did not cut up the onions small enough so they were not cooked fully through. I will definitely make this again and make sure I do it properly.

Friday's WI

Well it's friday and I think Jordanna has got me this week. LOL
I am up 0.2lb, but honestly, it doesn't bother me. Not only is TOM here, I didn't stay OP during my extra long weekend.

This week I am going to do a hell of a lot better. I need to get back into being active every single day! Today I am doing my cardio video after I take my dog for a long walk (well as long as he will go as he's little and can't always walk far).

I'm actually getting excited for my lunch box!!!! I got a conformation email last night saying that it was shipped. I wish I ordered it a day earlier though as it will probably not make it to me today, and it's the weekend tomorrow.

Friday's Food

Breakfast: 6
1 cup 1% milk (2)
2 slice WW toast w PB&J (4)

Snack: 2
Fiber One bar (2)

Lunch: 7
All you kneed is Loaf - ESBM (6)
1/2 cup Boiled potatoes (1)
1/2 cup Cooked Carrots (0)

Snack: 3
Thinsations (2)
yogurt (1)

Dinner: TBD
I really don't feel like cooking tonight so I may get take out....or see whats lurking in the freezer.

Points Used: 18
Points Remaining: 14

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Laptop Lunch

After reading Jordanna's blog I realised that I need a better lunch system. I have a lunch bag but its kind of bulky, and I have to find containers that fit properly in it.

Jordanna has the Mr. Bento which is what I was looking to get, but the shipping to get it here is too expensive. She suggested to me the Laptop Lunch Box and I purchased it today :) I am hoping that this will help me with my lunch choices and organization.

This is the exact one that I ordered.

This lunch box is BPA free which is a good thing since BPA found in plastics has been shown to be not so good for our health. I also work for the School of Environmental Studies at a University, and they are very big on recyclables and reusable items so now I will fit right in. I hope it arrives in soon.

Thursday's Meals

Breakfast: 5.5
1/2 cup cinnamon Life cereal (1.5)
1/2 cup milk (1)
Raspberry Smoothie (3)

Snack: 3
Kashi Granola Bar (3)

Lunch: 10
Thai Turkey Burger on Whole weat bun (8) - ESBM
Mango Salsa (0)
apple (1)
Source Dessert Yogurt (1)

Snack: 2
Fat Free Tapioca Pudding (2)

Dinner: 7
Meatloaf (4) - ESBM
boiled potato (2)
cooked carrots (1)

Points Used:27.5
Points Remaining: 4.5

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Extra Long Weekend

So this weekend was 4 days for me as I took Tuesday off as well. It went....well.....blah!!
I didn't do very well at all. At first I was trying to eat good, but I never tracked a thing. I haven't tracked since Friday and it is now Wednesday (EEEEK!).
I did not ride my bike and I did not work out.

John and I went to Sandbanks yesterday (it's a beach for those of you who may not know), and it was WONDERFUL!!!!! Because it was the first day of school, the beach was pretty much empty and I loved it. The weather was great! It wasn't too hot, there was a nice breeze, the water was a perfect temperature. John and I did play Frisbee on the beach and in the water so I did get a small amount of activity there, and I finished it off with pizza. I know it wasn't the best choice, but who wants to cook after a day at the beach? Right? RIGHT????...... well at least that's the excuse I'm using.

So I have 2 days before I weigh in and I have to get my act together, quickly. I was doing so well the last couple weeks and I don't want its to go to waste. I am back to tracking and back to eating right. I also have to beat Jordanna at this weight loss :)

Wednesday's Food

Breakfast: 3
Fruit Smoothie(3)
(1/2 cup strawberry banana yogurt, 1/2 cup 1% milk, 1 cup frozen raspberries)

Snack: 4
Fiber One Bar
Green Apple

Lunch: 5
Apple Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal(2)
Blue Menu Ranch Dressing(2)

Dinner: 18
I want to make turkey burgers but that would mean going to the store after work.
2 Turkey Burgers w Mango Salsa (16)
Juice (2)

Points Used: 31
Points Remaining: 1