Archive for January, 2011

Well, this week was something different. VERY challenging. After a week of really struggling to make good choices, my inner ‘fat girl’ finally made an appearance on Friday night. Just a little appearance, but an appearance nonetheless. I indulged in a granola bar, crackers, chips…well, the list continued. It wasn’t pretty. But, after reflecting, I understand why. My protein content for the week was not where it should be, which caused me to crave those ‘not-so-good’ carbs.

A lot of people have been asking what my ‘diet’ is, so here is a typical day…

am – cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit.

mid morning – almonds, fruit, cheese

lunch- salad with chicken breast or tuna

mid aft snack – protein bar (200 cals or less)

dinner – grilled or steamed veggies, steak, fish or eggs, high protein pita, avocado

bedtime snack – apple with a small piece of cheese.

This RARELY varies. I also drink BOAT loads of water and tea, and try to stay away from caffeine wherever possible.

Like I said, this week was tough. We went to the hockey game last week, which was challenging…my boys were snacking on licorice, m and m’s, while I sipped on…nothing…lol. Later that week, I went to the movies with a girlfriend, and sipped on a HUGE soda water, when what I really wanted was an extra large salty popcorn. To add fuel to the fire, I hosted a dinner party on Saturday, and sat through dessert, with my glass of wine, making every last sip count. Making these choices are still always going to be difficult for me, but the end result is what I try to keep in mind. This doesn’t mean that once at goal, I won’t ‘treat’ myself occasionally, but it definitely has to be once in a while, and not on the regular.

So, feeling a little pleased with my 2 lb loss this week. 1 more lb to go. Hopefully I have happy news to share next week.

I am ALWAYS looking for a great new protein bar, shake, meal ideas, so please, if you have a few extra minutes, share them with me!

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Monday update!

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

This week was challenging. Especially this weekend. Two dinners out at restaurants. Not having control of what is being added to your food, can pose a challenge, but there are some simple things you can do.

Most restaurants usually have an online menu…I usually go online ahead of time to pick something that is diet friendly.

If you do not see anything that is diet friendly, you can call ahead and ask for something that is diet friendly. Most restaurants are happy to oblige.

Be sure to ask for sauces and dressings on the side. That way, you have control over how much you add to your meal.

Planning what you are going to eat ahead of time, gets you in the right frame of mind to stay on track.

Sick kids and a traveling husband last week, so only managed to make it to the gym twice, but by watching my food intake, and journaling, I was able to lose another 3 lbs this week!

…signing off, with 3 lbs to go!!

Please continue to share tips and tricks!

Week 2 was VERY successful, but required HUGE conversations with my inner fat girl. Down 4 lbs this week…YUP!! 4 lbs.

My strategy this week was very calculated…NO sugar…NO crap, and writing down EVERY SINGLE THING that I put into my mouth….no more BLT’s (bites, licks, tastes)…which was especially difficult when baking peanut butter chocolate chip cookies this week, and making french toast casserole!! But I did it!!

This took huge talking to my inner self…it’s funny how eating sugar is actually NOT necessary…I know some of you may laugh at that, but I have SUCH a sweet tooth, cutting sugar out of my diet is pretty tough, except when I set my mind to it.

Other tricks that helped this week:

Drank 2 HUGE glasses of water before each meal…and a HUGE cup of tea after each meal.

Ate a fruit and vegetable with every meal…

Cut out MOST bread, all rice and pasta. (Still have pita bread)

Gym this week – notsomuch. Wasn’t able to fit it in this week, as my schedule would not allow, but I look forward to getting back to the gym at the end of this week…

….signing off, with 6 lbs to go! (and feeling skinny already)

Share your tips!!

Making radical changes might work for a little while, but if you can’t stick with a change for 5 years, it’s not worth it.

Here are some easy things, that I sometimes do, that cut calories dramatically, without sacrificing taste or nutritional value….and sometimes the kids can’t even tell.

Instead of mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower. Texture is very similar, way less starch, and a low-calorie alternative.

Instead of rice, try cutting cauliflower into small pieces, microwave for a minute or so. It has a similar texture to rice, and again, cuts calories dramatically.

Instead of pasta – baked spaghetti squash

Instead of tortilla wraps – use romaine lettuce leaves! Makes a great tuna or chicken wrap!

Do you have any great alternatives? Please share, always looking!

January 1 was a bust. Did well with eating during the day, and then had a burger, french fries, ice wine, and a bag of sour candy for dessert….not great, but I guess mentally I wasn’t prepared to give up the ‘Good Life’ I had been living over the holidays.

This week was a bit of an eye opener. I guess when you are used to eating a lot, your body craves all that stuff. This week, I am down 2 lbs. Not too shabby for a week lacking willpower.

It was especially difficult not to snack every single minute. I had 6 planned meals for the day, and still found that I was snacking, or picking at stuff during the day. This week, my goal will be to work on that.

On Friday, I was down 3 lbs, and then I kind of relaxed a bit on the weekend….burger and fries, pizza, wine and candy…not so good. This weekend, I plan on sticking with my regular schtick.

This week, I am giving up sugar. Yup. Time to bring in the big guns!!

Signing off, with about 10 lbs to go!

Just thought I’d check in to share a little bit before my official weigh in on Monday. Down 3.2 lbs, which I ‘hope’ to maintain over the weekend. Weekends are always tough with all of our family and other social engagements. The reason I chose Monday for weigh in day, is to keep me on task at the weekends. The reason I have posted my current weight loss total for the week, is to give myself some accountability. Small thing, but it works for me!

Share what works for you!

Things that I am proud of this week? I think I managed to stay on task pretty well, managed to drag my butt to the gym 3 times this week, which is spectacular, considering it was my first week back.

I managed not to berate my self too much, and did find some positive things to hold on to. I already feel stronger than I did last week, and am slowly building back up to lifting the amount of weight I did before Christmas.

What things are you proud of? I’d love to hear them…

….stay tuned for my final weigh in on Monday, and ‘adventures’ in eating last week!!

Goodbye Fatgirl…

Posted: January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well, it’s January 1. I try not to do resolutions, because personally, I think they set you up for failure. I am however, going to set myself up with some achievable goals….January 1 always feels like a good place to start.

My goal for over Christmas was to stay below a certain weight, and I did manage to achieve that, however, my inner ‘fat girl’ had a little too much of a visit, and instead of just seeing her on the inside, she’s peeking out a lil bit, in the form of ‘muffin top’. lol.

On a serious note, I am blogging about my ‘inner fat girl’ because I fight with the same 10 lbs every year. I suppose fighting with 10 lbs is better than fighting with let’s say 50, but this year, I am going to try to decrease my 10 lb variance to a 3 lb variance.

Through my 37 years with myself, the last 11 years have really been an eye opener to the miracle of what is my body. Here is what I have discovered helps me reach my weight loss and fitness goals.

Accountability – hence the blog. I am going to share the good, the bad and the ugly. I WILL NOT post my weight, but I WILL post my +/-. My current goal is to lose 12 lbs. Yup. I gained 9 lbs this holiday season.  I need to lose 9 to get back to my happy place, but my personal best is 12 lbs away.

Food intake – I cannot stress enough that this for me, makes up 95% of getting to my goal. Eating clean is what works, and being honest about what I put in my mouth. Those BLT (bites, licks and tastes) are a killer. Having 3 boys who eat what they want….makes this a challenge. One of the things I plan on doing to counter this, is to try to buy/make foods that they like and I don’t. Sounds silly, but really works.

The other thing I plan on doing is NOT DEPRIVING MYSELF. I have fallen short in this area, and I know that this is one of the things that keeps me off the ‘proverbial’ wagon. I am going to try to include a  small indulgence for myself daily. Not sure what this will be yet, but I’ll definitely blog about it!

Positive Self Body Image – Watching television, looking at other people, all of these things, though I hate to admit it, make me envious. I am actually quite happy about my body. It works, I can keep up with my boys, and hubby, and through this last year, have been able to change the shape of my body considerably through weights. My workout routine consists roughly of 30 minutes of weights, and 30 minutes of cardio Monday to Friday. I do not work out on the weekend, but try to fit in something physical with the boys, which is quite easy, they are quite busy. So every morning, corny as it sounds, I try to pick one or two positive things about my body, which I then try to focus on during my morning workout, or throughout the day.

The dreaded ‘SCALE’ – I weigh myself once daily, in the morning, first thing. Some mornings I try to talk myself out of it, especially if I have had a nice cozy visit with my inner ‘fat girl’ the day before, but this is the single most accurate measure of the damage I have done (or not). Some people like to use an article of clothing as a measure. This does not work for me. By the time my pants are too tight, it’s 7 lbs. Too much.

The GYM! – Working out does not particularly help me with weight loss….I know…GASP!! But it doesn’t. It helps me shape my body, and feel better on the inside, look better on the outside, but really doesn’t help with weight loss. That’s all about diet. It’s been about 6 months now since I have been a gym rat, and has done wonders for my self esteem, energy levels, and general well being. So even though it does not help with weight loss (for me) working out accomplishes so much more than just weight loss, and I could not imagine my day without a workout.

I really believe that life is better together, helping each other. I definitely need help, and I know that there are SO many of us out there with the same struggles. Please follow me, post tips to help me say goodbye to ‘fat girl’…and if you need help with accountability, I am here. Whether it be working out, weight, diet…I can pass along what I know, and what works for me, and PLEASE pass along all your little tricks that work for you!! 

Thanks for reading, I am looking forward to my next blog post, where I can report that I am ‘less’ of me.