B - 1 granola bar, 1 Atkins protein bar, half-caffeine coffee
L - Sweet n' sour chicken, fried rice, and sauteed veggies (Chinese)
S #1 - 1 cup nonfat frozen yogurt
S #2 (closer to dinnertime) - Mozzerella cheesestick
D - 2 cups black-eyed peas (with spinach, green beans, and bacon bits added), 1 cornbread muffin
I'm a little worried about how many calories my lunch may have had today, since Chinese dishes tend to run pretty high in calories (at least the "Americanized" versions do). I will have to look it up online to see if I can get an estimate. I'll come back and report here what I find.
**EEK, it isn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it's still bad. I found a dish that looked almost identical and it was 680 calories, so I'm going to estimate it at 700 calories. Yowzers. I haven't added up my total calories for the day yet, but it's probably a good thing I'm planning to do my workout video after dinner settles tonight!
**Okay I added up my cals and it came to 1,790. Just under my maximum allowance of 1,800. I hope that workout video burns a lot of calories, because I really want to stay closer to 1,600 cals. This morning when I woke up, my stomach felt flatter and I definitely felt like I had lost some more weight. That was after two days of staying under or right at 1,600 cals, so that must be a good level for me.
I have still had the lightheadedness today (which is also accompanied by fatigue), but it hasn't been 'quite' as bad, and in fact this evening about 30 minutes after I took my multivitamin, I started to feel a little better. I have suspected it could be an iron deficiency, so when I took my vitamin I made a concerted effort to take note of how I felt afterward. I also added spinach to tonight's dinner, which was a black-eyed pea dish, hoping that the high iron content in the spinach will help as well. Monday, I plan to call and make a doctor appointment. Last night I needed 9 hrs of sleep again to even start to feel like I could function.
I feel much better today! Like a new person, LOL! I'm not sure what changed. Maybe my body is just trying to get used to more exercise and less calories? Maybe because I added spinach to my dinner last night? Maybe because I prayed that the Good Lord would just heal me? Maybe all the above? :)
Will have to come back tomorrow morning and put my food in... have to go now and babysit my baby niece :)
B: 2 whole wheat pancakes w/1 T honey, 1 scrambled egg with 1/2 slice cheese, 8 oz. 2% milk
L: Hormel Compleats Italian Sausage & Pasta with 1/2 slice cheese, CF diet Pepsi
Dess - 1 cup nonfat frozen yogurt, water
D - 1 pc. Chicken Cordon Bleu, CF diet Pepsi
S#1 - 1 whole wheat bagel with about 1 oz. cream cheese, water
S#2 - Turkey & cheese sandwich, water
Total Calories: 1,895
Exercise: 35 min of brisk walking, pushing Hannah in the stroller against a very strong wind
(Sunday): I went a little over my maximum calorie allowance yesterday. I'm hoping that the 30-min walk, plus chasing after my one-year old niece helped burn off some of those calories. For some reason I was feeling very hungry while at my brother's taking care of my niece.
Today was Cheat Day, and I'm finding that I have no longer have the desire to overeat. I think my stomach has shrunk from eating less food, because I can't eat as much, even when I want to. I did indulge in a Wendy's frosty after lunch today, and then after dinner I had some regular ice cream. Another thing I'm finding interesting is that I no longer find the higher-calorie, less healthy foods all that appealing anymore. That has to be a good sign!
I really want to do my workout video tonight, even as late as it is (we just got home about 45 minutes ago), but am not sure I'll be able to as I am pretty tired right now. I hope that it won't affect the scale too much tomorrow when I weigh in.
Monday morning weigh-in: 175 lbs. (1 lb. lost this week) :)1 lb. is not that great, but it at least meets the goal I set for myself of losing at least 1 lb. per week. Another good thing is that it has been a pretty long time since I've been down to 175. I always seem to go back up after reaching 175. Let's hope this time I keep going down all the way to my ideal weight!
I've been looking at a book in the bookstore and reading through some of it and have gotten some great ideas for making permanent changes in my life. I look forward to implementing those ideas.
B - 1 CRaisin Bran, 1/2 C 2% milk, 15 nuts, half caf coffee, water
S - 1 mozz cheesestick
L - Small cheeseburger sub at Larry's Giant Subs (on ww hoagie), diet Pepsi
S - Chocolate-almond biscotti at Starbucks, water
D - BBQ baby back ribs (half rack), baked beans, green beans, 2 slices garlic toast
S - 2 dill pickles
Total Calories: Appx. 1,650
(Tuesday): I really enjoyed lunch and dinner yesterday, something that's not normal when I'm eating out because I rarely like restaurant food all that much. I just like not having to cook or do dishes! :D I was proud of myself for staying right around 1600 calories total for the day, despite eating out.
I decided yesterday to make 2 new rules for myself, starting today:
1. I absolutely MUST stay at 1600 calories every day of the week except my Cheat Day, until I reach my ideal weight (this may need to be adjusted later on as I lose more weight). NO EXCEPTIONS and not ONE CALORIE OVER. Period.
2. I MUST do some form of exercise every day (30 min minimum) for at LEAST 5 days each week. NO EXCEPTIONS and NO EXCUSES unless I'm sick or otherwise debilitated in some way.
So today, that is going to prove a bit difficult to stick to, but I must do it. I ate more calories than usual at lunchtime today, and I haven't exercised yet and it's 2:45 p.m. and I still have LOTS to do around the house. Better get busy!
B - 2 ww pancakes, 1 T honey, 1 over easy egg
L - 3 slices pizza (2 small, 1 regular), 2 cups NF sugar-free ice cream
D - 2 chicken hot dogs, 1 low-carb flatbread wrap, 1/2 T lowfat mayo, dijon mustard, 1/2 C mac & cheese w/peas added in
After-workout snack: 1 protein shake
Total cals: 1,788
Exercise: 2 one-minute sessions of running, 10 min of walking, 1 one-minute session of running up and down stairs, 45-min workout video w/3-lb. hand weights
Well I broke my rule yesterday and went over 1600, but it's because I forgot that I would need a protein shake after my workout (the protein helps repair the muscle). If it hadn't been for that I would have been under 1600. Hopefully the workout burned enough cals so that it didn't matter.
B - Low-sugar oatmeal w/15 nuts
Early lunch - 1 serving of cheese grits, 2 scrambled eggs
Today is my brother's b-day and we're having his party at Outback Steakhouse at 4:00 p.m. I went online to get the nutrition info so I could find a dish with a reasonable amount of calories, and found a couple. It's a good thing I did that because most of their meals were over 1,000 calories!!! :eek:
Dinner - 6 oz. steak, seasonal veggies, half serving of garlic mashed potatoes, slice of birthday cake
LNS - Turkey & Cheese sandwich, 2 dill pickles
Total Estimated Calories: 2,097
Exercise: 30 min of mall-walking, 3 min of walking up and down stairs, various aerobic moves with DD throughout the day, 45 min workout video w/3-lb. hand weights
(Saturday): I decided on Thursday to switch my Cheat Day to Thursdays instead of Sundays because I think I will be able to enjoy my Cheat Day more on Thursdays, plus I usually rest on Sundays and not exercising on a higher-calorie day is probably not a good idea, not to mention the fact that I weigh-in on Monday mornings, so I'd rather not have my Cheat Day the day before.
After switching the day, I realized that our wedding anniversary is next Thursday and we'll probably go out to eat that day. Perfect! :)
On Wednesday, I went over my maximum calorie allowance, but I have to wonder if the calorie count for the dinner was too high. I tried really hard NOT to eat anything else when I got home, but I was sooooo hungry that I just couldn't ignore it any longer. At any rate, I'm hoping it won't affect my overall weight loss this week.
Last night I had another incident where I was ravenous again, this time on the way back from taxi-ing a friend who can't drive. I mean, I felt like I could eat a horse I was so hungry, LOL - and I was specifically craving a quarter-pounder w/cheese and fries from McDonald's. The craving was BAD. I tried to ignore it, but there is a McDonald's right around the corner from where we live, so I went through the drive-thru and got it and then sat in the parking lot to eat it. Oh how it hit the spot! It was soooo good. I don't think I have ever had a craving for something so specific like that even when I was pregnant with my DD. Makes me wonder if I could be pg again - I just don't think my chances are that great this cycle. PMS can cause cravings, too, so maybe that's what it is.
I just hope it didn't sabotage my weight loss efforts this week! I did get a 30-min walk in yesterday, depsite being so sore from the workout the day before, plus I got in some other exercise during the day, including dancing around with my DD last night, so hoping beyond all hope it helped burn off those extra calories.
Here's my food from yesterday:
B - High fiber oats and chocolate granola bar, 8 oz. 2% milk
S - Sweet & salty granola bar
L - Turkey-bologna sandwich, 2 dill pickles, 1 cup NF sugar-free ice cream
S - 7 almonds, 1 cheesestick, 4 oz. orange juice
D - 2 C tuna casserole w/peas
S - McDonald's quarter pounder w/cheese, few fries
Total Calories: 2,268 :shock: oops!!! :oops:
Exercise: 30 min walk, dancing w/Hannah, other various aerobic-type exercises with her throughout the day
EEK! I just went to look up the cals for that little McD's excursion, and it was about 625 calories! I knew it wouldn't be pretty, but didn't think it would be that high. I tell ya what, though, that was one of the best-tasting 625 calories I have ever had! LOL! Guess today and tomorrow I need to be on my best behavior if I want to see a loss this week!
B - 1 C Raisin Bran, 1/2 C 2% milk, 1 slice toast with about 1-1/2 T peanut butter
S - Sweet & salty granola bar
L - 6" Subway meatball sub, 1 bite of cookie
D - 2 chicken hot dogs, 1 sl ww bread, 1 T LF mayo, mustard, Steamed Veggies (brocc, caul, carrots) w/cheese
Dess - 1/2 C NF sugar-free froz yogurt, rest of cookie from lunch
Total Calories: 2,017
Exercise: 45-min workout video using 3 lb. hand weights
(Sunday): I was surprised when I looked up the calories for the Subway cookie and found it to be 220 cals! I was thinking it would be closer to 100 maybe. Live and learn. :rolleyes: That, combined with miscalulating calories for other food, put me way over my maximum cal allowance of 1,800. The good news is that I found a great website for calculating the amount of calories burned for different types of exercise and figured out that I burn about 399 calories when I do the 45-min workout video!
B - High fiber oats & choc granola bar
L - BBQ: smoked turkey w/a lil BBQ sauce, baked beans, sweet potato, couple bites of garlic toast
S - Special K meal bar
D - Philly cheesesteak on ciabatta bread, light mayo, mustard, cheddar cheese, carmelized onions; salad w/mixed lettuce, cucumber, tomato, red onions, ranch dressing
Dess - 1 C lowfat frozen yogurt
Calories - not yet calculated
Exercise: 45-min workout video, no weights
I think I am going to have to change Rule #1, which is:
"I absolutely MUST stay at 1600 calories every day of the week except my Cheat Day, until I reach my ideal weight (this may need to be adjusted later on as I lose more weight). NO EXCEPTIONS and not ONE CALORIE OVER. Period."
With my new higher activity level, I'm just not sure if 1,600 cals is enough. Either that or it's too unrealistic for me right now. I'm thinking I should re-set the rule/goal to 1800 cals.
Tomorrow is weigh-in day so we'll see what the scale has to say about it.
UGH there are days when I so don't feel like posting all my food and such. I've got it written down on paper, just don't feel like typing it all. Think I might take a break from that for a couple of days.
I only lost 1/4 lb. this past week. Must.do.better.this.week.
I'm not off to a very good start. I went over 1800 cals yesterday and today as well. I didn't get in any exercise yesterday, either, and today looks like the same thing is going to be true unless I can get something in before bed.
Tonight after dinner I was celebrating when I totaled up my cals, only to wind up eating more because I got soooo hungry again. I'm talking that gnawing type hunger that DEMANDS you eat. Blegh! It probably has something to do with PMS as I'm only 3-4 days away from AF showing. I doubt that I'm pg, I just didn't have much of a chance this cycle.
The rest of this week, I'd like to focus on 2 changes:
1. Exercise at the beginning of the day, rather than the end (and risk not getting it in)
2. Make more healthy food choices that are lower in calories.
I'd also like to list the things I did RIGHT every day:
1. Got in all my water
2. Ate breakfast (a healthy one)
3. Only had one pimento cheese sandwich instead of two like I really wanted
4. Had Special K cereal in place of the 2nd pimento cheese sandwich (which was less calories)
I'm still here! :)
Let's see, I think the last weight I posted here was 175. I'm now down to 172.5! :D This past week I lost 2-1/4 lbs., which is the most I've lost in one week since starting this newest quest to lose weight.
The main change I've made this week is exercising more, and I've started jogging. The first time I went out to jog (not the first time in my life, LOL, just the first time in a long time) I really surprised myself by doing jogging/walking intervals for a whole HOUR, and most of it was jogging. I guess I was in better shape than I realized, and it was a great feeling. Up to that point I had only been doing brisk walking and my workout video (which is a combination of aerobics and weight-lifting with hand weights).
It's gotten a little easier to resist the sweets, and as for calorie-counting, I'm still doing that, too - though there are times when it's a bit difficult to estimate how many cals I'm getting when I eat at a restaurant that isn't listed online. That doesn't happen too often, though. The eating out, or eating at a restaurant not listed.
I am still doing a Cheat Day once a week on Thursdays, except this past week I didn't because I had a goal to be the Pg.org Biggest Loser this week in the Weight Challenge and I didn't have any one day that was low enough on calories to allow myself a whole cheat day. I'm not sure that I will be the Biggest Loser only losing 2-1/4 lbs, but we'll see.
I did meet one goal this week, though, and that was to get 2 Perfect Point days, which means you get the maximum points allowed in each category in the Pg.org Biggest Loser challenge :D
The other day I saw myself in a mirror when walking in the mall and almost didn't recognize myself - my body shape is definitely changing! On the days when my old habits are screaming to be satisfied, I remember how my body is changing for the better and how my clothes are getting looser and it keeps me going on the path to permanent changes in my eating and exercise habits. And you know what? Sweets and junk food don't taste as good to me anymore. I admit, it is still hard some days when I really want that third slice of pizza or that pasta piled high with meat sauce, or garlic bread galore, or a big ice cream cone or big slice of cheesecake. But I just keep telling myself that my Cheat Day is coming and then I can eat what I want that day.
I have also changed my way of thinking about myself and the way I treat my body. I used to not care what I ate or when, or when or if I exercised. Now I want to do those things because I think my body deserves to be treated right. Why am I going to mistreat my own body? It's the only one I have while still on this earth. I best be treating it pretty good or it's going to give out well before it's time.
I've seen so many positive things starting to happen. A couple that come to mind is when I was scrubbing my bathtub and shower a couple of nights ago. I used to dread this chore and so I'd put it off longer and wind up having to scrub harder. This time it wasn't nearly as hard! I mean, there was still plenty to scrub, and it took just about as long, but I didn't tire out like I used to! It actually wasn't bad at all! My back didn't hurt from it, either, like it always had in the past!
Then there was last night - I was much more energetic and was able to be very active in play with my 3-yr. old daughter and not tire out from it. We had so much fun. What an amazing feeling! I am really starting to see some amazing benefits of eating less and exercising more :D