Saturday, January 31, 2009

10 Days

I have 10 days until my mini goal of 135 by February 10th, which also happens to be my first dress fitting. For the next 10 days I will...

1. Not eat a single thing past 9pm
2. Try to drink as much water as I can
3. Do cardio on 5 out of the 10 days
4. Lift weights at least 3 times
5. Say no to the sample meals at work
6. Not eat any chocolate (except Zone bar chocolate) or ice cream
7. Do push-ups daily
8. Do 100 crunches daily
9. Do the Shred Level 3 once
10. "Try" to get to bed before 11pm

These things may not sound too tough...but, I work a 7 hour shift tomorrow, I work 12 hour shifts on 3 out of the 10 days, I will be out of town on 4 out of the 10 days and on the one day that "seems" free, I have to find wedding shoes, which might take all day (if I don't, I can't do the first fitting). 135, here I come!

Day 53

Morning weigh-in: 137.4. I'm pretty happy with this number because I am beyond sore today so I know my muscles are retaining I didn't drink enough water yesterday...or maybe it was the salty pistachios. I am hoping I will be 136.something by Monday if I am good today and tomorrow.

BF: Cheerios (145), 2 oz fresh strawberries (16), Snack: Zone bar (190), Lunch: 1/2 turkey wrap (280), Activia yogurt (110), Snack: other 1/2 of wrap (280) 1021 before I got home from home I made guacamole for the Super Bowl so I ate a bunch in order to "make sure it was right" and after I had some baked Tostitos scoops with the perfected guacamole. I also had a non-measured bowl of Cheerios (It was bigger than my usual breakfast serving).

Friday, January 30, 2009

Day 52

Morning weigh-in: 137.3...a small loss, but still a loss.

This morning I went to the gym before my 12 hour work shift and did an intense upper body weight training session for 50 minutes or so. One of the trainers put me in my place by saying, "Haven't seen you in here for a couple of days". Dang it, now I have people actually noticing my recent slacking!

Post-workout protein: 1/3 c. milk (30), BF: Cheerios (145), Snack: Zone Bar (190), Lunch: grilled chicken (100), plain black beans (75), small bowl of mozzerella and tomato salad (300?), Snack: sample of food the grocery store was serving up (150), Dinner: vanilla cone from McDonald's (supposedly 150), few strawberries (15), small pigout on pistachios (??)...approximately 1155 before the pistachios so I dunno.

Very stressful day at work...I know this sounds stupid but it took all my power not to have a chocolate doughnut from the bakery due to the stress. Hopefully tomorrow will go smoother.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Day 51- "50 Days, No Excuses"

Wow, 50 days until my wedding. For the sake of not making excuses I weighed in this morning. Damage has been done but not as much damage as I thought. I honestly thought I was going to be 140...I was 137.6. I think I can still reach my mini goal of 135 by February 10th.

BF: Cheerios (145) with fresh blueberries (25), Lunch: salad (lettuce, tomato, black beans, grilled chicken, few croutons) (??), 1 1/2 scrambled eggs (120), Snack: Fiber One bar (140), 1/3 c. milk (30), Dinner: 1/2 grapefruit (60), handful of peanuts, kiddie-size ice cream from Marble Slab.

I went to the park today and covered 2.5 miles. I speed-walked a full mile, ran a full mile, walked 1/4 and then ran 1/4. Next time I go I am going to try to run a full 2. I haven't ran in a really really long time. I just don't like running in my neighborhood anymore. It is so boring. When I lived in St. Pete for a few months I would run a bridge that was so awesome words cannot express. I was surrounded by water, other runners and a cool ocean breeze. Everytime I ran there I felt thankful to be alive and I pushed myself so hard. I wish I had a place like that to go to now.

When I got home I attempted to do the Shred level 3. I was pretty tired from running but I told myself I could eat ice cream for dinner if I did the Shred. Well, I got about half way through it and had to stop. I was beat.

My eating wasn't ideal today. I work the next 3 days in a row so i will bring healthy meals to work and hopefully see some results by Monday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Day 50!

Holy crap I can't believe it is Day 50!!! Craziness.

OK, so here's the deal. I might know how to lose weight and as you can see through previous posts I am pretty successful at doing it when I work hard and eat right, but...I have a tendency to "get happy" with the way I look and just stop working as hard. Usually this happens at the 3 week mark. It is amazing to me that I made it through 40-something days without quitting. Well the last week or so I have been feeling the slippery slope of "getting happy". The next thing you know you look in the mirror and all of your hard work has gone down the drain. I am not going to let it happen this time.

I got to a weight that I hadn't been at in years...I bought new jeans that looked parents were telling me I look too thin...When these types of things happen, your mind begins to think that you can pretty much eat whatever you want to and stay the same. Um, not true.

I am going to turn this slippery slope around for the first time in my life...

I worked a 12 hour shift today. The day went great as far as eating goes.

BF: HUGE glass of water, Cheerios (145), Snack: Zone bar (190), Lunch: grilled chicken (100), 1/2 grapefruit (60), Snack: sample of pasta the grocery store was cooking up (overestimate: 400...just to be sure, it had beef in it), Dinner: WW meal (280), lemonade (5), Snack: 1/2 of grapefruit (60)...1240.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Day 49

No weigh-in once again...I feel so bloated and I am scared. I just wanna get a few workouts in before I step on. I haven't worked out since Friday and that workout was short.

BF: Activia yogurt (110), Snack: Cheerios (145), Snack: whole grapefruit (120), slice of wheat bread (50), WW cream cheese single (60), Lunch: 1 slice of wheat bread (50), 1 chicken patty (160), 1 hard-boiled egg (80), Snack: 1/2 Fiber One bar (70), 1/2 cup of milk (45)...890 so far...more to come... (I am planning on eating something healthy for dinner and having the other 1/2 of the Fiber One bar as a dessert).....

Confession: Umm...yes I ruined the day. I was so busy planning wedding stuff all day that I didn't want to cook. I figured I would order out for my fiance. I had about 2 bowls of cereal and a slice of wheat bread with Smart Balance and jelly (I really need to stop eating that) I went to Olive Garden with the full intention of not eating anything else that day. I ordered the unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks (which when you get take out, it is very limited). I ordered 2 servings so that my fiance would actually fill up). Well, I ended up having 1 1/2 breadsticks, a small bowl of soup and a small serving of salad. Nevertheless I thought I was going to throw up for the rest of the night. I went to bed feeling sick to my stomach. NOT worth it.

I did the Shred level 2 today. It seemed tougher than usual to be honest.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 48

Its gonna be a good day, I can feel it. I didn't feels like I have 10 pounds of food in my digestive tract.

BF: banana (110?), Snack: Zone bar (190), Lunch: 1/2 deli turkey wrap (280), bag of baked Lays (130), Snack: WW carrot cake (90), Dinner: other 1/2 of wrap (280), Snack: whole grapefruit (120?)...grand total: 1200. Not bad.

It was a good day. Stressful day at work, but good diet day. Tomorrow I am hitting the gym. Weights and cardio and maybe the Shred as well.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Day 46 and 47 Catch-Up

I am back from my exciting wedding planning weekend. It definately had its ups...I picked up our rings! They look beautiful! I love the way mine fits with my engagement ring!!! I tried my dress on! It is about 2 sizes too big but the lady reassured me that she will make it fit like a glove. I guess its better than it being too small. I tried on a veil that I really really like. Now I have to figure out if I wanna order it, and fast. I wasn't planning on having a veil, but it did look pretty fabulous. I went to the mall this morning with my mom to look at shoes and found a dress for my maid of honor! She ran over to the store from work, tried it on and it fit perfect. I'm pretty excited about that, one less thing to worry about. Also, my makeup trial today went great. The girl was so sweet and very professional. She did my makeup once and I really didn't like it too much so she re-did it and I love it! My fiance says it looks great. Only one very sad downer for the weekend...Frankie's ring is too small. =( I am going to call the store tomorrow and figure out the best course of action...whether we can give it back and order a new one or get this one sized. It really bums me out but my fiance is telling me it is ok so I am trying to be rational.

Anyway...back to the purpose of this blog...

Saturday: BF: Cheerios, Snack: banana, Lunch: caprese salad (tomato, fresh mozzerella, few olives, balsamic vinegarette and grilled chicken) was amazing (and a few fries off my mom's plate), Dinner: few slices of bread and perchutto, a serving of pasta, some fresh fruit and about 5 pieces of chocolate...I went to bed feeling like crap. I was really full and ate all those sweets. I haven't felt that full in a long time. I didn't workout.

Sunday: BF: few slices of grapefruit, Lunch: None, Dinner: 2 large slices of white bread, 1/2 hamburger patty, baked french fries, about 3 inches worth of sausage, 3 slices of grapefruit, 7 of my mom's tea cookies, 4 pieces of chocolate. Yes, again I feel like total crap. I am debating whether or not I want to weigh in tomorrow. I didn't workout.

Ok, so I scheduled my first dress fitting for Feb. 10th. My second one is Feb. 24th and the last is March 10th. This totally motivates me to get my body perfect faster. Before this weekend I didn't think I wanted to lose any more weight, I wanted to stay around 135. I tried on a short dress in the mall today and realized I am still not happy with my legs AT ALL. I think I am going to aim for the low 130s...maybe 132. I gotta kick it into high gear now. Cardio, I hate you, but here I come.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Day 46

Morning weigh-in: 136.5!!! Don't ask me how this is possible! I can't believe Day 50 is right around the corner!!! Maybe I can make it to 135.9 by then...who knows, by body has been behaving crazy lately.

I am going out of town now so I probably won't post till late plan for the day is Cheerios, Zone bar, light lunch, dinner with my parents...maybe I can get some push-ups, leg lifts, butt lifts, abs in before bed. I really hope I don't mess things up this weekend. =/

No excuses, right?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Day 45

So last night I was in a bad mood and I was hungry...this is a bad combination. If I had been in a good mood, I would've went to bed hungry. But I wasn't, so I ate 3 slices of wheat bread (150) with Smart balance spread and jelly (???). My morning weigh-in reflected a slight gain: 136.8. I'm still ok with that.

BF: Fiber One bar (140), Lunch: "Italian" wrap from deli (I am sure this was a million calories since it had hard salami, provolone and some sort of spread on it). I was very hungry and in a hurry to eat. The Italian wrap had been pre-made so I got it. Snack: whole grapefruit (120), Dinner: pasta with marinara sauce and grilled chicken (small/medium serving, homemade so not too fattening)...then I got possessed by a crazy cow of a woman and ate 2 bowls of Cheerios, a slice of bread with butter and jam and a bunch of pistachios. Now, it is no surprise that I feel like absolute crap right now. Tomorrow I will weigh in at 137 or 138.something. Ugh, some of it will be binge weight, not true fat obviously. I will need to shed it by Monday (my goal is to be 136.something on Monday morning, since I am going out of town for the weekend and food intake is always harder to control that way).

I went to the gym before dinner and had a pretty good workout...a little bit of everything...some weights, some abs, some lunges and 20 minutes on the stair master. I wish I had done the Shred today. Tomorrow I am going down south to see my dress and pick up our rings. On Sunday I have a makeup trial. I think that since the weekend is so packed with wedding stuff that I will be too excited/motivated to eat all the goodies my parent's house always contains. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Day 44

Morning weigh-in: 136.1. I slept in again today. It got down to 28 degrees last night. To some people that might not sound too cold, but to those of us that live in Florida, it is. I slept with 2 blankets and there was no way I was getting out of bed at the crack of dawn.

I did a few pull-up, chin-up attempts before my 12 hour shift.

Today wasn't ideal as far as eating goes. I didn't eat too many calories, but the food I ate wasn't exactly clean or super-nutritious. BF: Cheerios (160), Snack: WW muffin (180), 1/2 c. milk (45), Snack 2: 2 kisses (45), Lunch: sub from grocery store deli (360), few Combos co-worker had (60), Snack: WW carrot cake (90), Dinner: Smart Ones meal (280), another WW carrot cake (90), Snack: few chocolates (75)...1385 for the day. I hope this carb overload doesn't affect the scale too much tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Day 43

136.7! I didn't expect this at all since I had butter and sour cream and then bread and butter with that Outback dinner last night. Plus it was pretty salty.

Just an update on wedding stuff...I sent my invites out yesterday! I got a call that my dress came in on Monday! And our rings came in! I'm so excited. I am going to pick up our rings and see my dress on Saturday. And I have a makeup trial on Sunday.

I didn't workout this morning because it was so freezing outside. There was no way I was getting out of bed at 5:30am. I am working 12 hours today so hopefully I will be good.

BF: Cheerios (145), Snack: Zone bar (190), Lunch: 1/2 homemade wrap (145), lemonade (5), Snack: WW carrot cake (180), Snack 2: sample of a breadstick from grocery store (overestimate just incase: 200), Dinner: other 1/2 of wrap (145), 2 kisses (45), Snack: piece of cheese (70) in total it was 1125...then I had a vanilla cone from McDonald's (I heard they weren't that bad for you...the McDonald's website claims it is 150 calories, not sure if I buy it, hehe).

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Day 42

Morning weigh-in: 137.2...not too shabby.

I went to the gym this morning and they started a new program where they take your measurements and body fat % every 2-3 weeks for 8 weeks for free. I got mine done. I was 19.2% body fat. Not bad considering I was 10 pounds heavier and my body fat was 24-26% in September. I'll get my last measurements done right before the wedding so we'll see if I am make any progress. I'd love to get that body fat % down to 17!

I also weighed-in on the dreaded gym scale. I have gained a half a pound since my last weigh-in, which was before my "bad" week started. So I was really excited about that. I thought I had done a lot more damage than that.

I hardly ate anything today but we are eating Outback for dinner so I prepared myself. BF: Cheerios (145), Lunch: protein bar (230) was so nasty I still taste it and have acid reflux from it...ugh, Snack: few strawberries (30), Dinner: Frankie is picking it up from the Outback after he leaves the gym so I have already placed my order...I have included nutrition facts found on the daily plate: Chicken on the Barbie, without veggies, which are 80 calories, (320-80=240), plain baked potato (270), house side salad (265)...this puts me at 1180. I am sure I will add a little butter and sour cream to my potato...but I will stay around 1300-1350 for the day.

I am making some progress in the pull-up/chin-up department. I'll let you know what I can do them without jumping.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Day 41

I don't know if I was bloated yesterday or dehydrated today but I'll take it: 137.4!!!

I went to work for a few hours and then straight to the gym. I had an awesome workout. I did an hour long kickboxing class that includes 15 minutes of hardcore ab work. The I did leg extensions and hamstring curls (5-6 sets of each) and 10 minutes on the stair master.

BF: Cheerios (145), Pre-workout snack: Activia yogurt (110), Post-workout snack: Mojo sweet and salty bar in "peanuts and pretzels" (200), Lunch: whole grapefruit (110), Boca chicken patty (150), 1 slice of wheat bread (50)...765 so far...Snack: orange (60), hard-boiled egg (80), Dinner: bean salad, corn and lima bean medley, 2 scrambled eggs, pasta with parma rosa sauce, 2 cookies.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Day 40

I can't believe it is day 40 already!!!! I just got a knot in my stomach thinking about it! These past 40 days flew by! I only have 60 more!!!! So, the first thought that ran in my head this morning was: "I know I gained weight. I really don't want to weight in for another two days." If this ever runs through your brain, snap yourself out of it. If I hadn't weighed-in, I would've kept on gaining. I was 139.1. Ugh. I KNOW that by next Sunday I will be 137.0. My new mini goal is to be 135 by Feb 10th, the day my dress is supposed to come in.

BF: Zone bar (190), Lunch: 1/2 homemade wrap (145), lemonade (5), Snack: other 1/2 of wrap (145), Snack 2: Fiber One bar (140), 1/2 c. milk (45), Snack: few yogurt covered raisins and 2 pretzels (150), Dinner: 2 slices of wheat bread with Boca chicken patty (250), whole grapefruit (110), Snack: 1 slice of wheat bread (50), small amount of Smart Balance spread (50), jelly (60) for the day: 1340.

Tomorrow and Tuesday are getting slam packed with workouts. I might do a cycling class at 6am on Wednesday. I'm pretty excited. I got a new spurt of motivation talking on the phone with my mom tonight about my shower and bachelorette party. I wanna be able to wear a cute short dress or dressy shorts with heels.

A girl can dream, right?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Day 39

I worked out really hard today at the gym before work. I did upper body. I mixed things up and did exercises I often neglect. I am sure I will be sore tomorrow. I ate about 1100 calories minus dinner. For dinner I had some broccoli, cauliflower, scallops and a slice of bread with PB and J.

It sucks because I want to start weighing-in everyday again but now I am a little scared to. I was on such a roll and since my little slump, I have a feeling I put on a couple.

Its been a long day and I am exhausted. Hopefully tomorrow's post will be more interesting. =)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Day 38

I am not weighing-in till Sunday. I feel so bloated after this week and I know I haven't been perfect so I want to wait a bit. I worked my 12 hour shift today.

BF: Cheerios (150), Snack: small slice of employee's birthday cake (trust me, I adjusted my calories the rest of the day because of this). It was a peanut butter cookie cake, no layers (I will overestimate to 400), Snack 2: Zone bar (190), Lunch: 1/2 homemade wrap (120), Activia yogurt (110), Dinner: Other 1/2 of wrap (120), lemonade (5), 1 Wherther's Original (25), Snack: Zone bar (190), Snack 2: 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter (35) 1345. Not too bad I guess.

I plan on going to the gym before work tomorrow. I haven't decided which body part I will be doing yet. My legs are pretty sore from yesterday. Shred Level 2 really worked my quads, as did the cycling.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Day 37

I started the day doing the Shred Level 2 with my fiance. Its pretty funny to see our coordination weaknesses. He's no pro at the oblique twists and I am equally funny doing the ski move. I followed the Shred with 200 butt lifts, 100 on each side. I also spent some time last night and this morning working on the whole pull-up, chin-up thing. Not too much progress so far.

BF: (eaten at lunch time) Cheerios (145), hard-boiled egg (80), small peach (70?), Lunch: homemade wrap (275), Activia yogurt (110), Post-second-workout snack: a few tablespoons of natural peanut butter (300), Dinner: ziti again, 1 slice of white bread with Smart Balance spread.

I took a cycling class at 5:30. It was pretty intense. It wasn't with the lady I talked about yesterday. Unfortunately her class was at 4:15 and I missed it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Day 36 Follow-up

My fiance has been super-supportive since I started this blog. He always asks me if I blogged that day and so forth. He says he really notices a difference in my body. Last night he even mentioned that my legs look slimmer. Yay!

So I just told him about my day. I told him how I blame it on my period...yada, yada...and how I know I have been eating some things I shouldn't for the past few days, like krem snjita and the tea cookies and chocolates. So he looks at me and says, "I thought the name of your blog was No Excuses?"

Wow, I needed that. I mean, the truth is I haven't been that good for the past week or so. I have been writing down excuses regularly. Now, I feel that it is ok to treat yourself or cheat every once in a while but come on. I haven't had one good, clean, day in a long time. He totally motivated me back into seeing the real purpose of this excuses. One hundred days isn't eternity. I know I can finish strong.

I officially apologize for my recent excuses. I feel so empowered by his little sentence. I feel like it snapped me back to reality.


I don't believe there are any creams or pills or magic wraps that work against cellulite. Maybe treatments exist that diminish the appearance for 24 hours but nothing that makes it go away. I do, however, believe that using a cream regularly can help make the area look more flattering. If you rub a cream in every night in circular motions, you are increasing the blood flow and circulation to the area. A few years ago I used a cream by Nivea that I really think helped my legs look smoother. I rubbed it in pretty hard every day. I think it took about 4 weeks and I noticed a difference. I bought it the other day and used it this morning. Its called Nivea Reshaping Treatment. It comes in a tub, not a bottle. It is on the thick side but it glides on very easily. I try to let it air dry for a bit but it doesn't absorb fully. I wish I could test it on one leg and see if it really works. But I am not crazy, why would I risk having one leg look worse than the other? I'll let you know how it goes.

Day 36

I didn't weigh-in this morning. I don't like to see the number jump up too much when I know it is water weight.

BF: Cheerios (145), Snack: Zone bar (190), Lunch: grilled chicken (100), honey mustard (100), watermelon (100), Snack: um...I almost didn't blog this because I am a little embarrassed...then I figured I would only be lying to here goes...I am blaming it on my period...about 200 calories worth of chocolate and 1 chocolate brownie cream puff (1,000,000,000), handful of peanuts, Dinner: grilled chicken (100), honey mustard (100), Snack: about 10 bites of ziti dish from last night.

How will I make up for this day? I plan on taking a walk/jog first thing in the morning...I want to do 2 Shreds tomorrow, level 1 and 2, and I would like to lift weights at the gym and do 15 min on the stair master. Now...there is a kick-butt cycling class tomorrow evening that I might go to in place of some of this stuff. The lady that teaches it is ripped and CRAZY. You have to go through 2 bottles of water while doing her class. We'll see how my schedule is tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Day 35

Morning weigh-in: 137.2. I am very happy about this number. First of all, I ate really really late last night, second, I sodium-loaded myself yesterday, and third, I get my time of the month either today or tomorrow. =)

BF: Cheerios, 2 bowls, hehe (290), Snack: Zone bar (190), Lunch: slice of white mountain bread from grocery store bakery (150?), slice of cheddar cheese (90), another Zone bar (190), Post-workout snack: Activia yogurt (110), few spoons of natural peanut butter...

Well, we can call this a cheat day since I went all out for dinner...Dinner: ground beef ziti dish I made [I tried to make it as lean as possible (lean beef, no oil or butter, low fat cheese), but come on, its not exactly chicken and steamed veggies], salad with italian dressing, 2 slices of bread with Smart Balance spread.

I took a cycling class today. It kicked my butt. I think I burned 500 calories. I plan on doing leg lifts tonight while I flip channels between the Biggest Loser and American Idol. What an exciting life I lead. My back is killing me from all the pull-ups and chin-ups I have been attempting. At least I know I am using some muscle from just trying them.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Day 34

Morning weigh-in: 136.5 (Maybe there is some kinda magic weightloss solution in my mom's krem snjita pastery...if only I hadn't thrown them away)

I woke up early to go to the gym and have my first post-sick workout before my 12 hour shift. After I weighed in I tried again for a chin-up. My fiance said to try them with a little jump at first to get the motion down. I have been doing that and it hasn't been working. But this morning I jumped a tiny bit and pulled myself right up!!!!!!!!!! I was so excited I wanted to wake up my fiance. Still no luck with the pull-up though. I feel like I am going to reach my goal of doing them from the hanging starting position before the wedding!

My workout at the gym was nothing to brag about but it got me moving. I warmed up for a few minutes on the treadmill. I did a few alternating sets of deadlifts and bicep curls, heavy weight. Then I did a bunch of lunges, side lunges and wall sits.

I ate a really good amount of protein today. But I also ate A LOT of sodium...
BF: Protein shake (175), Snack: 2 hard-boiled eggs (180), lemonade (5), cookie from co-worker (75), Snack 2: Zone bar (190), Lunch and Dinner blended into one long meal that lasted 4 hours...I was nibbling all day because we were so busy at work: sodium-packed grilled chicken (220), a single serving container of honey mustard dressing (I don't know the calories but I am sure it was pretty bad for me), a small fruit salad made up of pineapple, kiwi and strawberries, After-work snack: Activia yogurt (110), handful of pistachios, Snack 2: (I stayed up kinda late) Fiber One bar (140) and glass of milk (90).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Day 33

I must be dehydrated because when I stepped on the scale this morning I almost fell off: 136.6. I think the Activia is working, LOL. I actually went to the bathroom yesterday.

Today I am going to my parent's house to work on setting up my invites with my mom. I will eat breakfast here, bring a Zone bar and hopefully only have one meal there before returning. Eating there always gets me in trouble.

I tried the chin-up this morning was quite comical. Everytime I try I feel like I stretch my shoulders out of their sockets and all my muscles get ripped apart. Not in a good way.

Very weird day as far as eating goes for me...BF: Zone bar, Snack: slice of, you guessed it, krem snjita, at my mom's house, Lunch (if you wanna call it that): a few grapes and about 6 tea cookies made with walnuts and raisins, Dinner: bowl of chicken noodle soup, 3 more tea cookies. Talk about carb overload today.

I think I will be well enough to hit the gym tomorrow morning before work.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Day 32

Morning weigh-in: 137.9. Not a lot of progress has been made in the past few days but I am happy that I am maintaining while I am sick. I need to gain some muscle though.

BF: Cheerios, bigger bowl than usual (240), Snack: Activia yogurt (110), Lunch: apple (90?), 2 hard-boiled eggs (160), Snack: I am embarrassed to post this: slice of krem snjita. My mom sent me home with five of these yesterday. I ate one and quickly threw away the rest. I hate wasting food but my fiance doesn't eat them and they are way too good to resist. Dinner: medium-sized bowl of pasta and beef marinara sauce (my mom sent us home with some of this as well).

I don't like working out when I am sick, I don't wanna bring on a fever. But I walked a mile this evening. It was a brisk walk and the weather was perfect.

My fiance bought the Iron Gym pull-up bar. It came in the mail today. Doing a pull-up is one of my many goals. No, I can't do one now for the life of me. He claims that if I try everyday that I will be able to. I am going to work on it, and chin-ups as well. Maybe if my booty didn't carry all of my weight it would be easier.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Day 31

Today was an action filled day despite my being sick. My fiance and I went down south to look at wedding bands and for an hor d'ouevres tasting at our reception venue. I think I have a sinus infection. Hopefully it will run its course and by Monday I will be hitting the gym.

I ate very little in the first half of the day. First of all I wasn't very hungry because of the head cold and second because I knew I would eat a bunch at the tasting and dinner at my parent's house afterwards. BF: small glass of OJ, Lunch: Zone bar, Snack: (6pm) hor d'ouevres, all bite size (1 1/2 vegetable spring rolls, 2 lobster quesadillas, 1 coconut chicken, 2 mushroom cheese puffs, 2 spinach cheese puffs, and 2 beef franks en croute, 1/4 glass white wine, Dinner: small serving of penne pasta with beef marinara sauce, small amount of salad (no dressing) and a slice of my favorite dessert of all time that my mom makes, "krem snjite", translated to "cream slices". Obviously my diet wasn't ideal today. But then again I don't feel like I set myself back.

My parents noticed the change in my body, even since Christmas. My dad told me to put on a few...I think only half joking. He is used to his little girl having more of a rounded face.

Oh by the way, we ordered our wedding bands! They match! They are each plain platinum, rounded and shiny. Mine is a 2mm and his is a 4mm. We got them for a really great price. I'm pretty excited about it.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Day 30

Ugh, full on sore throat. Ugh, ugh, ugh. And a 12 hour shift.

BF: Cheerios (150), 1 egg white (15), Snack: Activia yougurt (110), Snack 2: 100-calorie popcorn, piece of butterscotch (50), Lunch: 1/2 turkey sub on wheat (360), Snack: lemonade (5), wafers (150), Dinner: Lean Cuisine (300), more wafers (150)...1385. I got home tonight from a long day. As you can see I ate some sweets that I usually don't. I am sick and tired but excited to watch the Gators in the national championship. I just had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some milk. I am not proud of it because it hiked up my calories. Sometimes when you feel like crap all day you just don't mind mixing up the diet.

Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow. I guess in every 100 days a few sick ones are allowed. Trust me, I can't wait to get better. I am going to hit the gym like a crazy woman. Next week I plan on doing at least 2 cycling classes. I am also going to try for 100 push-ups in 10 minutes. Ahh, the joy of changing a body.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Day 29

I am working a 12 hour shift today and both my upper and lower body are really sore. I am taking the day off from working out. My weight increased to 138.6. Thank goodness...I would be worried if it stayed the same. I worked my muscles way too hard for them not to retain water.

BF: Cheerios (200), Snack: Fiber One bar (140) [I should have eaten a Zone bar. Today I realized just how much fuller I get from them. But I ate the Fiber One because I needed the fiber, I need to get more "regular", sorry if TMI), Snack 2: Apple (100?), Lunch: PB and J (305), 1/2 c. milk (45), Snack: 2 samples of what the grocery store was serving up. I was really hungry and we were too busy for me to take a break. The samples consisted of meatloaf and potatoes...few bites from each sample but I am estimating 300 calories, Dinner: Zone bar (190), Snack:Activia yogurt (110). Total: 1390.

I think I finally caught my fiance's cold. I have a bad headache and my throat is sore. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I feel better in the morning.

At 11pm I couldn't help myself. I did 40 "real" push-ups and 200 butt lifts (100 on each side). =)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Day 28

Ugh, I woke up so bloated and swollen (my engagement ring barely fit on my finger) and so extremely sore that I was expecting to be 140 at least. I was 138.0.

I didn't drink a gallon of water yesterday like I planned, mainly because I had forgot about my goal until about 5pm. I will try today.

So studies show that you should always have a protein shake within 30 minutes of your strength training workout. This prevents loss of muscle. A fairly new study showed that a glass of skim milk can produce the same results. I have been sticking to this rule for years. But I hate protein shakes. I usually go for the milk. Since I am so scared of getting too thin in my upper body, I have been putting up with the protein, thinking I'll probably get a little more out of it. My fiance (who is pretty built), says he read that you should also drink one the morning after a hard day of strength training. Ugh, the torture.

BF: protein shake (170), Snack: Cheerios (150), Snack 2: slice of rye bread and low-fat cheese (170), Tbsp of natural peanut butter (100), Lunch: homemade wrap (270), Dinner: big glass of skim milk, big bowl of bean stew.

Due to my soreness, I didn't think I would workout today but my fiance offered to do the Shred Level 2 with me so I couldn't say no. By noon we walked 1/2 mile to warm up and completed the Shred. It was tough. I was extremely sore but the soreness faded as my body warmed up. This level is full of planks, meaning lots of shoulder involvement. Yay for wedding dress shoulders.

Around 6pm I went to the gym and did legs. I lifted heavy weight, small reps, 4 sets of 4 different exercises. Then I did 20 minutes on the stair master. I broke a sweat like no other.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Skinny Jeans and Boots

My fiance (boyfriend at the time) and I were in Italy when I realized skinny jeans were not for me. All the Italian girls wore them. If you want to be surrounded with fashion, beauty and style, go there. You would think I would be intimidated or insecure around them, but I wasn't. I too admired their beauty. Everything they wore looked great. It seemed like their accessories were perfect and the way they carried themselves made me wish I was born and raised in Italy.

My fiance commented on how he loved the style in Italy. He said he loved the jeans. "Style!?!", I asked. "You just like the style because of the girls wearing it. You probably wouldn't like any of these outfits on the average American, even me for that matter. He admitted that I had a point. But what he said next cracks me up to this day. Before I reveal it, I must caution you. My fiance has never ever made a negative comment on how I look. He always tells me I look perfect the way I am and that he doesn't like girls that look too skinny. He has even said that he thinks Victoria'a Secret girls are WAY too thin and that he would never want me to look like that. Ok, now I can continue....So I said, "I could never wear those jeans!" He thought about it for a second and said, "Well, their legs are like sticks, straight up and down...(**deep in thought**)...I guess you are right, you would look like a heart."

A heart. Classic.

Now I am not a rocker-chick type girl and I don't like skinny jeans on certain people at all, especially when they accentuate legs that are way too skinny. But there is nothing I wouldn't give to wear a pair of skinnies with sexy high-heeled, just-below-the-knee boots! So the other day I thought I would go look at some of those boots. Since I am losing weight I thought that I wouldn't look like a plump heart anymore, I would look more like a deflated one.

Um...none of the boots fit over my calves!!!!!!!!! I was mortified. I knew I had big calves but come on! They wouldn't fit on my bare skin. How the heck am I supposed to fit a dang jean in there too?????? Ugh. I guess that look is not in the cards for me. Bootleg it is, for now.

Day 27

Morning weigh-in: 138.2, which I am happy about. Weight fluctuation is normal, especially since I had my kiddie-size treat last night.

BF: Cheerios (145), Snack: homemade protein bar (90), Lunch: I had a big lunch since it fell right after my workout and I was STARVING, protein shake (175), homemade wrap (290), last little bit of that ice cream from yesterday...about 4 wonderful bites (150 as an over-estimate???), Snack: fruit and nut bar (170), Dinner: It was a big one...I had a slice of mango before dinner (I was going to have a bunch for dessert) but something was wrong with it. It was very bitter and I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth. I had a little bit of juice, no help, milk, some help, slice of bread and Smart Balance...better. Then I had a big bowl of chicken and dumpling soup. I am a little too full but at least my workouts today make up for it.

Around noon I went to the gym and did upper body...chest, bi's, tri's, back and shoulders. I lifted as heavy as I could and I did a lot of sets on each body part. You know you had a good workout when you are sore right away. Recovery is going to suck, but the pain is almost rewarding at the same time. My legs are sore from those walking lunges yesterday. I am a little suprised about that.

This afternoon I got fitted for a bridesmaid dress. I am in my lovely friend Nicole's wedding in June and I am super excited about it. I have been thinking about revealing my measurements all day and I figure I might as well. My bust (of which there is extremely little) is a 34 (**clears throat and whispers**): a 34 with my padded bra on. Waist: 26.5 and hips: 38.5. It put me at a 6. Even though my bust was a 4 and the hips don't matter because the of the shape of the dress, the 4 called for a 25 inch waist so I got the 6. My waist doesn't have much fat on it so I am not going to risk it. I will have to alter it in the bust. If I recall correctly, my hips were a 42 or something along those lines when I got sized for my wedding dress in October. I will have to call the bridal shop and ask for my measurements.

Around 6:45pm I did the Shred. I also did leg lifts afterwards and spend 10 minutes stretching. One of my goals is to gain a little flexibility. I am as stiff as a board.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

First Rule of Weightloss

This is the simple version of my theory on how to lose weight. It is a priciple I try to follow as much as possible. I have preached it to friends in the past. It makes weightloss MUCH easier.

Magic Rule:

If you REALLY like it, don't eat it (at least not regularly).

This rule mainly applies to snacks, but also to all meals that are not considered "special". I honestly believe that success in weightloss is very difficult if you are surrounded with temptation. Now, you may be thinking I am talking about a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream or whole bag of Doritos. Nope, I am talking about something much more common...(**cue suspense music**)...the 100 calorie pack (or anything else you can think of along those lines). For example, you may be counting calories or watching your portions or eating small meals throughout the day...all those things lead to results but your efforts can easily be destroyed if you are reaching for a small 100 calorie bag of Cheetos. Chances are that you will not be satisfied with one. Maybe you will resist another, but you will still yearn for it. Why not eat something like one of my crappy homemade protein bars instead? You will still be full, and it is so gross that your appetite will go on strike.

Think about are making a sandwich. "Hmmm....should I eat it as dry turkey on wheat with a slice of tomato or should I put some mayo on it (I mean, it is only 60 calories or so)?" Put down that jar!!! If I ate a turkey sandwich with mayo, which I LOVE, I would want another. If I ate it dry, I would reach for some water and hope that I don't have to torture myself with another dry bite. But I am full, and satisfied and not craving more.

Don't even buy foods you love. When you "cheat" or treat yourself, go out and buy a single serving of the stuff. Like ice cream or a chocolate bar. Or save that special dressing or side of chips for a cheat meal. Why surround yourself with the enemy? Not to mention that 100 calorie packs are not nutritious. You are not doing yourself a favor by eating them. You could eat a large, juicy, fiber-full, filling, piece of fruit instead.

I know this because I have tried every diet in the book. And I know if I have a half-gallon of ice cream, whether it be low-fat frozen yogurt, regular, Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers, I will not eat just one serving. If I do...I will still want will consume my will drive me CRAZY!

Making the decision to make this kind of change in your diet is tough. It doesn't mean you have to eat stuff you don't like. It just means not keeping stuff you are tempted by in the house. One of the things I have done is replace my beloved chocolate Fiber One bars with Zone bars. I still like the Zone tastes pretty good, it fills me up, it has the nutrition I need, it kills my chocolate craving...BUT I don't want a second. One bar is 190 calories (dark chocolate almond). One Fiber One bar is 140. But I would finish the Fiber One bar (and glass of milk) with a smile on my face like a scary psycho and couldn't wait to have another. Out of taste, out of mind.

Day 26

Morning weigh-in: 137.6. My reaction: I don't know...but I do think what they say is small meals every 2.5-4 hours and you will notice a difference right away! I guess my metabolism was "on" all day.

This morning I covered 1.4 miles...a variation of walking, speed walking, 5 short sprints and 4 sets of 30 walking lunges.

BF: 9am: Cheerios (150), Snack: 11:20am: 1/2 homemade protein bar (90)-ummm, this was pretty gross, so I am not posting the recipe, and lemonade (5), Lunch: 2pm: 1/2 homemade wrap (145) and nectarine (65), Snack: 4:30pm: other 1/2 of wrap (145) before I got home from work, around 6:15, I had eaten 600 calories. Dinner: homemade chicken soup (my poor fiance is sick). I ate some chicken as I was shredding it and I was tasting dumplings as I was making them to check on the consistency (this is one thing I HATE about cooking, I get full before the meal is even finished). Then I had a small bowl with the fiance and a very small piece of bread with Smart Balance on it. I also decided to have a treat tonight and I got a kiddie-size ice cream from Marble Slab (sweet cream ice cream with Oreo mix-in). I ate about 3/4 of it and put the rest in the freezer (this was a very new experience for me, I didn't think it was humanly possible).

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Plans for the Days Ahead

Sunday: Tomorrow I work once again. Only 7 hours this time (10-5). I plan on getting in some sort of cardio but eating light all day. I just made homemade protein bars from a magazine recipe. While making them I ate some dried fruit and peanut butter and I feel kinda gross about it so I am not expecting a good weigh-in tomorrow. We'll see how they turn out. If they are tasty, I will post the recipe.

I have Monday and Tuesday off. I have been slacking on my weight training so I plan to hit the gym hardcore on those days. Monday will be upper body and Tuesday will be lower body/abs. I plan on eating a lot more calories on those days. I am going to make sure to get protein in pre- and post-workout. I want to feed my muscles when they are getting ripped apart. I will try to drink a gallon of water on each of those days. I expect high weigh-ins for the rest of that week. Not only will I be eating more but I will also be retaining water from the weight training. Hopefully by next Saturday my weight will return to the 130s.

Day 25

Morning weigh-in: 137.8 (yes, I shit you not) I recently switched my birth control back to Yasmin, which contains a diuretic. I know it kicked in yesterday. Not only did I pee 500 times but I always know when it kicks in...[Caution: do not the read the following if you have trouble with TMI]...I feel that every month, a few days into my pack, when the diuretic effects are at their highest it seems, my pee changes scent. Not like a bad odor or anything, just weird, more chemical smelling. Anyway, the point is, I blame Yasmin on my loss, haha. I am sure my weight will go back up.

So I slept in before my my 10 hour Saturday shift because I was lazy. I know, it sucks.

BF: Raisin Bran (185), Snack: 1/2 homemade wrap (120) and lemonade (5), Snack 2: Zone bar (190), Snack 3: sample of the grocery store stuff that was served up yesterday, "Lunch" (I call this lunch because it was bigger than my previous snacks, but it occured at 5pm): other 1/2 of wrap (120), nectarine (65?), Dinner: bean, veggie and rice salad from the other day, 5 scallops.

Not a bad day.

Oh, I might have forgotten to add one little thing...I bought a bag of Raisinets (**shame**). I was craving a huge bowl of ice cream SO BAD that I thought I was gonna have a binge. So I bought a 190 calorie bag. I ate 1/2 of it before dinner and 1/2 after. Ugh. Even with that I am guessing about 1400 calories for the day.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Day 24

Morning weigh-in: 138.9.

I woke up at 6am to go to the gym before my 12 hour shift. I weigh-in at the gym about once or twice a month on their doctor-style scale. I did this morning and I lost exactly 8 pounds since September 18th. I did 30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill: 5 min warm-up, 5 min high incline speed walk, 5 min run, repeat incline, repeat run, 5 min cool-down.

BF: Cheerios (150), Snack: Zone bar (190) and Tropicana Light Lemonade (5), Lunch: homemade wrap (255), small nectarine (65?), Snack: sample of salmon, white rice and asparagus that the grocery store was serving, Dinner: Cereal (240) about 1100-1200 calories.

My fiance is coming down with something so I really hope that I don't feel sick. I will go to the gym before work tomorrow as long as I feel good.

A quote I love: "Motivation is the key to success. Master it, and you can master anything." I guess it makes sense. If you are motivated enough, not even a doughnut or cheeseburger seem too appealing. All you want is to fuel your body with clean food that will make you look and feel hot. Not ones that will make you feel greasy, gassy and fat. The problem is mastering the art of motivation.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

One of My Idols

Wow, what I wouldn't give to look like Kim Lyons...a former trainer on the Biggest Loser...


Here are some pictures of me thoughtout the past few years. I'll have to take some recent ones. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures on my computer of me in the 160s and high 150s. I will have to scan some and post them. I feel that around 165 or so I looked like a completely different person.

Me in the middle at 150-152 or so:
Me on the right at 147 (notice the sexy tummy):
Me up front at 143 for my friend Meghan's wedding:
Petting a penguin at Sea World at 140:
My fiance and I in Switzerland at 139:
My sexy baby and I at 138:
Probably at my skinniest, 137 or so at a wedding in May of 2007: I have more muscle right now and my face isn't as skinny:

I hope I am not the only one that sees a difference, hehe. Hopefully 2009 will bring me more muscle and leaner legs. As you can see I never wear shorts.

Day 23

Happy New Year's Day! Even though I still feel bloated (I am manipulating my period to start a week or so later and therefore I will probably feel this way for another 2 weeks), I decided to weigh-in since it is the 1st: 139.6. Hopefully 2009 will be filled with lots of 130-somethings.

So I slept in till noon. My fiance actually offered to do the Shred with me this morning. I didn't feel like working out right away but I had to jump on the opportunity to see him do it. It was kinda funny...the windmill warm up cracked me up and his lunges definately needed some work but it was a nice little bonding session.

I ate BF at 1:40pm: Packet of low-sugar oatmeal and 2 hard-boiled eggs (320 calories), Lunch: Ham sandwich on wheat (250), Snack: thin slice sample of cheese at the grocery store, few sips of pomegranate juice, Dinner: 4 slices of tomato, boiled spinach mixed with garlic, 5 oz. salmon filet (plain), 1/2 c. bean, veggie and rice salad, 1 cookie.

It took all my power not to get frozen yogurt or ice cream tonight. Thank goodness I didn't. It would've been at least 200-300 calories. I had the 80 calorie cookie instead.