Learning the Art of Eating Like a Skinny Person

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Learning the Art of Eating Like a Skinny Person

I thought it would be good to start a journal where I can record my daily food intake, and journal my thoughts and feelings on my journey to the new skinny me. Not only do I want to learn how to "eat" like a skinny person, I want to learn how to "live" like a skinny person in my activity/exercise level.

Height: 5' 8"
Current Weight: 178 lbs.
**Goal Weight: 145 lbs.**
(They say my ideal healthy weight is 147 lbs., but a healthy range is between 131-160 lbs.)
Pounds to lose: 33
Would like to lose this by: October 18, 2010

My Weight Loss Ticker with current stats:

I started on a new challenge yesterday, so I am counting 33 weeks from then. That will allow me to lose an average of 1 lb. per week. Yes, that is low and boring, but I am trying to be realistic. I am 41 years old, and in June will turn 42. The older you are, the slower your metabolism, so I am trying to give myself an attainable goal so as not to get too discouraged. If I do better than 1 lb. per week, I will have reason to celebrate. Smile

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Monday (yesterday)
B - Egg sandwich made with 2 scrambled eggs, 1 slice cheese, and one slice whole wheat bread, with a little lowfat mayo (made with olive oil) and a teensy squirt of spicy mustard.
L - Ham & cheese panini from Starbucks, Frappaccino Light w/sugar free caramel (Grande)
AS - Chips & cheese from Taco Bell (which is about 5 nacho chips with a small container of cheese for dipping)
D - 5 whole wheat & berry pancakes, the first two with a little pure maple syrup and peanut butter, the last 3 with peanut butter and artificial pancake syrup (ran out of maple syrup).

Exercise - 40 min of mall walking, plus 10 min of running during play with my DD at home.

I'm not sure what happened with yesterday's dinner. I went overboard with the pancakes. I should have stopped at two pancakes and had something else after that, something much lower in calories. I guess I talked myself into thinking "Well this is dinner, so 5 pancakes can't hurt, right? Normally you have more at dinner anyway." :rolleyes: I so did not have my thinking cap on.

I made up for it today, though. I have been carefully counting calories, and don't plan to go over 1600 cals for the day.

Today
B - 1 cup Raisin Bran with 15 almonds and 1/2 cup of 2% milk
L - 2 small bean & cheese burritos, 1 yogurt
AS - 1 measured cup of nonfat frozen yogurt, 1 cup decaf green tea
D - Homemade chicken & vegetable soup (made with chicken breast, fat-free organic chicken broth, mixed veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots; and salt, pepper, and garlic--all put in the crock pot and cooked on high for about 4 hours--the chicken breasts [from frozen] & chicken broth first, then the veggies [from frozen] for the last 2 hours). YUM!

Exercise: - 30 minutes of brisk walking, with Hannah in the stroller

I still had 595 calories left before eating dinner, and with my best estimation for calories for dinner being about 250 to 275, I think it's safe to say I came in under 1600 calories. Probably closer to 1500 which is even better. I've tried only doing 1200 - 1400 calories in the past, but wound up being way too hungry and miserable. I think it's a matter of what my body can get used to. Once I can stay at 1500-1600 per day for awhile, I will try to cut back even more, and if that doesn't fly, I'll try increasing my exercise/activity level.

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Thoughts/feelings today: I have come to realize over the past several weeks that I tend to be a stress-eater. When I'm feeling particularly stressed, I tend to eat more - sweets in particular. It's a self-defeating habit, really. When we are stressed is the very time we need to treat our bodies well; yet, I tend to take an "I don't care" attitude when stressed and eat what I want, when I want. I need to find other outlets for relieving stress - a good book, a nice long hot shower, a walk in the park, etc.

I also need to work hard on eating slower. This is something I have to make myself think about, because I've already woofed down my food before the thought even crosses my mind half the time. I don't know how or why I developed this habit, or even when it started, but I did take notice of it one day. I used to wonder why my DD would take such huge bites of food--for example, shoving half a large banana in her mouth--until one day I realized, she's been copying me!!! I am a SAHM, so she's with me pretty much 24/7, so who is she going to be the most like? Me, of course. Scary thought. I might not eat half a banana at one time, but I do take big bites, and I eat pretty fast most of the time. And toddlers tend to exaggerate their mimicking, so if I want her to eat smaller bites, then I need to be eating teensy weensy ones!

I think what I need to do is make myself a sign: WHEN EATING REMEMBER TO SLOW DOWN & TAKE SMALLER BITES! and put it where I'll see it more than once a day - the refrigerator is probably a good place to start.

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Wednesday
B - Slim Fast meal bar, 8 oz. 2% milk
L - 2 small burritos, 1/2 cup green beans
S#1 - 1 granola bar
S#2 - 1 apple (didn't finish)
D - About 1 cup mashed potato mixture (cheese, bacon bits, green beans & corn)
Dess - 1 cup nonfat frozen yogurt

Exercise - 30 min of brisk mall walking + 30 min workout at home

Total Calories: 1,280 Smile

Thoughts/Feelings: Today didn't seem too hard, because I haven't had that much of an appetite today. I did have a "moment" when I got into our mini-van to drive us all up to the mall and my DH had some chocolate chip cookies sitting there on the console. But I was prepared - I had brought a banana and an apple with me, which I set down on TOP of the plastic container of cookies (covering them up). Bam! So there! Smile On the way there, I was a little hungry, so I had one of the granola bars that was also sitting on the console. On the way back it was around dinnertime, so I was a little hungry again, and I had the apple. My DD wound up having the banana. My DH had also brought an apple and had one, too, but he also ate one of the cookies. I was tempted for a moment, but then looked away and concentrated on driving. Go me! Smile

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I figured out that my total calories for yesterday were only about 1,280. Wow, didn't think I had come in that far under my goal of 1600 or less.

I noticed this morning I was hungrier, though. Usually a bowl of Raisin Bran w/nuts sprinkled on fills me up, but this morning I was still hungry afterward. So I made myself a protein shake. I had a late breakfast, so figured the protein shake could count as a mid-morning snack since it was around the time to have one anyway Smile

I make my protein shakes using Slim Fast High Protein mix, 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries (instead of ice), and 1 cup of 2% milk. It's very yummy, and healthy, too.

Thursday
B -
1 C Raisin Bran cereal with 15 mixed nuts (mostly almonds & cashews) and 1/2 C 2% milk
MMS - Homemade protein shake
L - Grilled chicken & sausage gumbo soup (Campbell's Chunky), 5 saltine crackers, caffeine-free Diet Pepsi, 4 oz. grapefruit juice
[I'm eating the soup right now, and don't think I'm going to be able to finish it. It's "okay" I guess, but not something I'd choose again when selecting soups. It's filling me up pretty fast, too.]
[SIZE=2]AS#1 - 1 cup nonfat frozen yogurt
AS#2 - 1/2 Slim Fast meal bar
D - Egg sandwich made w/2 scrambled eggs, 1 slice Amer cheese, 2 slices 100% whole wheat bread, about 1 T lowfat mayo, squirt of Dijon mustard. Eggs were cooked in 1/2 T Smart Balance spread.
LNS - 1 yogurt w/15 nuts, 1 mozz cheese stick

Total Calories: 2,025 Sad

UGGGH - I goofed on my calorie count yesterday! :doh: I was keeping track of it by writing it down, but totally forgot to write down the grapefruit juice or the nonfat frozen yogurt, so I didn't add those calories in -- if I had, I would not have had the Late Night Snack! Which means I went well OVER my maximum allowance of 1,800 calories, and I didn't get any exercise to boot! I wasn't feeling well yesterday, so I mostly just lazed around all day. I'm hoping that the fact that I only had 1,280 cals the day before will help "balance things out."

I need to do really well today! That shouldn't be a problem because I'm feeling better and have lots of cleaning to do to prepare for watching my baby niece tomorrow for a few hours. My SIL is going to drop her off here. I haven't been coughing nearly as much so far today, just mainly sneezing and sniffling and blowing my nose, so maybe I am finally starting to get over this chest cold I've had?
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Friday
B -
1 packet low sugar oatmeal (made w/water), 15 nuts (mostly almonds)
MMS - Mozzarella cheesestick
L - Chicken sandwich (made w/2 slices 100% whole wheat bread, one slice of cheese, 1 T lowfat mayo, a squirt of dijon mustard, and leftover crock pot chicken & veggie soup with the 'juice' drained off. Used chicken breast, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots for the soup)
Dess - 1-1/2 cups nonfat frozen yogurt
D - About 2 cups split pea soup, 2 cornbread muffins
LNS - 1 apple, sliced w/1 T Jiff peanut butter (which is low in sugar) smeared on

Exercise - 1 hour of fairly strenuous housework

Total Calories: 1,769

(Saturday): Once again my calorie count was a little high yesterday. It doesn't bother me too much as long as it's under 1,800 calories, because I can still lose a little weight at that level, but once I start to lose more weight, that will no longer hold true (the more you weigh, the more calories you can consume and still lose weight). So I really need to aim for 1,600 cals or less right now. Hmmm, what can I do to do that? I need to go back and look at the 1,200 calorie day I had to see what I ate that day, because it seemed to satisfy me - however, I think it may have been because my appetite was down that day. My appetite seems to have picked back up the past couple of days.

Yesterday I struggled with wanting something sweet. The resee's cups my DH has in the refrigerator drawer were calling my name. But I resisted! I just kept telling myself.. just make it til Sunday, just make it til Sunday... then you can eat whatever you want that day (I'm allowing myself one cheat day per week).

Thing is, I'd better do really well today if I don't want tomorrow to sabotage my entire week's worth of effort! I need to get in more exercise and eat less calories today. I think I will shoot for between 1,200 and 1,400 calories and at least 45 min worth of exercise.

This morning I've been feeling pretty nauseated, though, and have already had one bout of the runs (sorry if tmi to whomever might be reading this). I really hope it's just some passing thing and not the beginning of some type of stomach virus. I'm not even completely over this cold yet. I wasn't hungry at all for breakfast and was tempted to skip it, but I am part of the PO Biggest Loser Challenge and don't want to lose the point, plus eating breakfast is important to jump start your metabolism, so... I decided I could probably get a protein shake down my neck.

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Saturday
B -
Homemade protein shake: 1 scoop Slim Fast High Protein shake mix, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1 cup 2% milk
MMS - 4 oz. grapefruit juice
L - 1 Hormel Compleats meal, 1/2 cup peas
AS#1 - 1 cup nonfat frozen yogurt
AS#2 (closer to dinner) - 1 mozzarella cheese stick
D - 2 chicken hot dogs w/a little over 1 T lowfat mayo, squirt of spicy mustard, and appx 1/2 cup chili on whole wheat bread (1 slice per hot dog - didn't have any hot dog buns)
Dess - 1 container chocolate sugar-free pudding
LNS - 2 dill pickles

Total Calories: 1,645

Exercise: 30 min of brisk walking + 30 min workout at home

At least I stayed closer to 1,600 calories today and got in an hour total of exercise. I would have been happier if I had been able to stay closer to 1,400 calories, but if I make myself too miserable, I'm less likely to stick to it. Eating less and changing bad habits is hard enough without feeling hungry all the time on top of it.

I think my daily dose of nonfat frozen yogurt helps keep me sane, too. It's not the usual rich ice cream I "used" to eat, but it is close enough, and has a lot less calories. I could cut back to 1/2 cup, and eventually I may wind up having to do that if it means losing that last 10 lbs. to get to my ideal weight, but for now, I'm going to allow a full cup in order to give myself a fighting chance to win this battle to lose the weight.

Tonight I really wanted something else to eat for a late night snack, but I wasn't truly hungry plus I didn't want to add any more calories, so I had water instead. A little later after that I did get truly hungry, though, so I allowed myself 2 dill pickles, which is only 10 calories. Smile

ETA: The nausea from this morning stayed with me most of the day, but I didn't have any more bouts of the 'runs' and I pushed through the nauseated feeling and exercised anyway. It got better this evening, then after dinner it went away. So apparently it wasn't a stomach virus. Phew!

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Sunday - CHEAT DAY: Didn't keep track of food or calories
Exercise: 45-min workout video (aerobics/weights combo with ab work)

Yesterday it was so nice to take a day off from counting calories. I treated myself to 2 cookies at breakfast, an ice cream treat after lunch (though it wasn't that great - tasted really funny to me), and pizza and cheesecake for dinner, which I really enjoyed. Despite getting home late, I decided to do a 45-min workout video, because I was so afraid my one day of eating more would sabotage my efforts this past week. It was a good workout, and I'm glad I did it.

This morning (Monday) was weigh in day! 176 lbs - 2 lbs lost this past week Smile

Not exactly something to jump up and down and spit nickels over, but I'll take it!

Monday
B -Oatmeal and 2 eggs (sunnyside up) cooked in 1/2 T Smart Balance spread
4 oz. grapefruit juice
L - 1/2 bag peanuts, 1 small cheeseburger, 1 peanut butter cookie
S - 1 protein bar
D - Appx. 6 oz. turkey sausage, stir-fried with about 1/2 T stir-fry sauce, garlic, salt & pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, & 1/2 cup brown rice (used Olive Oil Spray)
Dess - 1 cup nonfat frozen yogurt (oops)

Total Calories: 1,815

Exercise:30 min of brisk walking at the mall

I would have done better had I not had the nonfat frozen yogurt (it would have put me closer to 1600), but I was really really craving it tonight for some reason. Funny, I was eally craving the peanut butter cookie after lunch, too. Makes me wonder if the workout yesterday is making me crave carbs more today. Or... it could be because I had more sweets than usual yesterday, so it made me crave them today, too. Hmmm. Maybe it wasn't worth it to have so many sweets on my Cheat Day.

Tomorrow night I have a birthday party to go to. I plan to allow myself a small sliver of cake. To me, personally, it just doesn't seem right to share in someone's birthday celebration without sharing in their cake as well. It's part of the "celebration" or "feast," as it were. No worries, though, I plan to do that 45-min workout video tomorrow.

Maybe tonight I can find some type of activity to do to burn some more calories, without doing "too much" so as not to give my muscles a chance to recover from yesterday's workout.

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Tuesday
B -
1 pc. whole wheat toast w/1 T peanut butter, 4 oz. grapefruit juice
L - Hormel Compleats Turkey & Dressing meal, appx 3/4 cup NF Froz yogurt, Diet Sierra Mist
S - 1 resee's cup & 1 resee's stick (my DH just HAD to leave them sitting there in the fridge, didn't he! :lol:)
D - Meatball sub from convenience store (it had the cals listed on it), Diet Pepsi
Birthday Party for a relative - 1 small cupcake and 1 small scoop ice cream, water to drink
LNS - 1/2 of a large banana, 1/2 T peanut butter, water

Total Calories: 1,758

Exercise: 45-minute workout video

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Wednesday
B - 1 cup Raisin Bran, 1/2 cup 2% milk, 15 nuts
L - Hormel Compleats Chicken & Dumplings meal, 1 cornbread muffin, diet Mtn. Dew
AS - 8 oz. grapefruit juice
D - 6 oz. ham steak, appx 1/4 C spinach, appx 2/3 C sliced new potatoes & cheese, diet Sierra Mist
Dess - 2 cups nonfat frozen yogurt (I knew I had enough cals left Lol

Total Calories: 1,515

(Thursday): I did well on my total calorie intake yesterday, and it's a good thing since I didn't get any exercise in. My body seemed to be telling me that I needed to take a day off from exercise anyway.

Thursday
B - Atkins protein bar, diet Pepsi
MMS - 1/2 slice of egg casserole (at M.O.P.S. meeting)
L - Cheeseburger, appx 1/4 C mashed potatoes, 2 fries (eaten off husband's plate)
AS - Kid's size ice cream (at mall)
D - 1 Hormel Compleats meal
Dess - 1 cup nonfat frozen yogurt

Total Calories: 1,620

Exercise:
30 min of brisk walking at the mall

Once again I did well on calorie intake, and even got in 30 min of exercise! Biggrin I had to estimate what the calories were for my lunch, so I "over-estimated" at 500 cals just to be safe. I was proud of myself for only getting the kid's size ice cream at the mall, which is the equivalent of about 1/2 cup. I estimated 200 cals for that, even though that might be a little high, but it was dark chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cup mixed in.

I am starting to get used to the calorie-counting now, something I thought I'd NEVER get used to, but I don't think I ever got beyond a week of doing it in the past before I gave up. I'm now getting close to two weeks of doing it faithfully. It's so true how things start to become 'habit' after awhile.

Yesterday morning when I got dressed, it felt like I might have lost a little more weight as my clothes were a little looser. However, by yesterday afternoon I started to feel quite bloated. Today I've been bloated pretty much all day long. Not sure what could be causing that as it's not "that time of the month" yet. I do know that if I drink too much milk, that can cause it, but I haven't been drinking much milk lately. There may have been a little milk in the Hormel meal I had at lunch yesterday, but I wouldn't think it would be enough to cause the problem? That's why I like recording my food, so I can try and change things up and see what might help.

I've been concerned about something the past couple of days -- I've been feeling quite lightheaded (today is the 3rd day I've had it) and I just haven't felt right. My blood pressure tends to run low and I've had this problem before, but it has been worse lately. At the mall today, I bent over to stop my DD from putting another little girl's shoes on her feet, and when I stood back up again I got so lightheaded and dizzy that I thought for sure I was going to faint. Everything started to go black-- I stopped and steadied myself, and thankfully didn't faint, but had to sit down. Then every time I'd get back up I'd feel it again, except not quite as bad as when I had knelt down. I took Hannah and went to get a bottle of water out of the vending machine and after drinking that I seemed to feel a little better. It's not like I don't drink enough water - I drink 10 cups a day on a regular basis! It's not that hard for me because I'm usually thirsty enough. Then on the way back home from the mall, my DH (who had dropped us off at the mall to go get some supplies from Lowe's and then picked us back up) was driving, and I started to doze off, and had to lie down and take a nap once we got home. I slept for an hour and a half and it only seemed like 20 minutes to me. I did feel at least a little better after the nap.

(I should say here--for those who might be reading this--that I forgot to put in the exercise I got on Tuesday, so I went back and put it in.)

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Friday
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.

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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.

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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? Smile

Will have to come back tomorrow morning and put my food in... have to go now and babysit my baby niece Smile

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Saturday
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.

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Monday morning weigh-in: 175 lbs. (1 lb. lost this week) Smile1 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.

Monday

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! Biggrin 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!

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Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
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

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Thursday
CHEAT DAY
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! Smile

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:

Friday's Food:
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!

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Saturday
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!

Sunday's Food
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.

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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:
Today:
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)

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I'm still here! Smile

Let's see, I think the last weight I posted here was 175. I'm now down to 172.5! Biggrin 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 Biggrin

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 Biggrin

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Well I goofed today. I had no idea that a McDonald's Mocha Frappe, a SMALL, no less, had 450 calories!!! :eek: Crapola. That put me at 2,100 calories today. If it hadn't been for that, I would have been well under my limit.

Sigh. Live and learn. Don't order something if you don't know the calorie count. No wonder I felt so strange this evening when I got ready to do my workout video. That thing had to be LOADED with fat and sugar.

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I weighed myself this morning and just got frustrated because it wasn't on zero and when I tried to adjust it to start at zero it was being very temperamental. Then I weighed, got off, and weighed again and it gave me two different weights. I need a new scale. If the first one was right, I haven't lost any more weight this week so far. But the second had me gaining two pounds. I don't see how that's possible. I guess I'll go more by how my clothes fit until I can get a new scale. Gotta get a reliable digital one.

I think one of the hardest things I'm dealing with right now in the battle to lose weight is getting used to eating less. Tonight I wanted a pimento cheese sandwich so badly, but after totaling up my calories, I decided not to. I really want to start staying closer to 1,600 calories at least on some days during the week. So I just had a little sugar-free banana pudding instead, and was surprised at how satisfying it was. Finding proper substitutions is the key. I need to stock up on more low-calorie snacks that are also filling.

I heard something on the radio today that really inspired me. I'm repeating this from what I typed in my post on the Biggest Loser Board: It was about Bruce Jenner - apparently he didn't start out as this great athlete, but he had mental strength and determination. His attitude was that he was "Not going to lose." The team coach said, "Look at that short guy over there. He's not a great athlete, but he's going to win." The person he was talking to said, "How can he win if he's not a great athlete?" and he said, "Because he is mentally strong. He believes he's not going to lose." Sure enough, he got first place that day.

I decided right then and there when I heard that to adopt that same attitude. I am not going to lose the battle to lose weight and get in great shape. There will be many uphill battles and struggles to come, I'm sure, but I refuse to lose :grin:

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(Copied from my ttc journal and added to)

I gained 2 1/2 lbs. this past week. :eek: I honestly don't see how. I worked out 6 days out of 7, and one of those days it was 2 hours of exercise. Mon, Wed, and Fri I did my 45-min workout video with weights. Tues, Thurs, and Sat, I jogged/walked (mostly jogged). I might think 'muscle gain' but usually you don't lose any weight or gain a little when it's muscle gain (since you also lose fat), but 2 1/2 lbs.??? I don't get it. Talk about frustrating Sad

This week I'm going to try something different. Cutting back on carbs again. There is much controversy over the low-carb deal, but the things is, bodybuilders have been doing it for years to build muscle and lose fat. There are some who claim a low-carb diet will cause you to lose muscle. If that is the case, then why was/is it so effective for bodybuilders???

I don't like doing low-carb, I'll be honest. I love me some carbs. But if it's a choice between fat and unhealthy vs. lean and healthy, then I'll make myself get used to a low carb lifestyle. And when I say low-carb, I don't mean Atkins' style. To me that is a bit on the extreme side. I'm talking more like South Beach diet style of low carb, which is more of keeping carbs in balance and sticking to mostly good carbs. Not that I'll be following their diet exactly (it's too expensive, imo), but I'll do something similar to it.

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PS: It seems like since adopting the attitude of 'refusing to lose' the battle to lose weight that something, somewhere said, "Oh yeah? Let's see if you're serious about that." And then I gained 2 1/2 lbs after a week of busting my butt. Okay, that's fine. I guess it's good to be tested, to see if you really mean it. So I guess I need to prove now that I really mean it.

Also - I tried doing low carb before (more than once) and failed at it. But at this point I don't know what else to do but try it again.

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OK, started my first full day of the lower-carb deal yesterday. Good thing, too, because yesterday and the day before my appetite was ferocious. Tuesday after lunch I was still so hungry that I caved and had two donuts (leftover in the fridge from my Cheat Day). I made sure to workout extra hard that day, though - did a 30-min brisk walk PLUS my 45-min workout video with weights. I also did well on the food the rest of the day. So I recovered well, at least. Gone are the days of "Well I cheated so I may as well enjoy the rest of the day." I got right back on the bandwagon this time.

Yesterday my appetite was insane again, but doing the higher protein/lower carb diet helped some. Then this morning I wasn't quite as hungry for breakfast, and even had a hard time finishing it.

I think I will start keeping track of my food again, at least for now.

Today (Thursday):
Breakfast -
Egg omelet (2 eggs + 2 egg whites) with 2 slices cheese (one 2% and one fat-free)
2 turkey sausage patties
1 cup of 1% milk

I should have added veggies to the omelet, but it didn't appeal to me at all. I need to get some low-sodium V-8 juice to have with breakfast.

Lunch -
1 Burrito Supreme from Taco Bell
1 Atkin's Indulge Caramel Nut Chew Bar (that I had in my purse)
Diet Pepsi

Snack -
1 Special K Protein Meal Bar
Snapple Diet Peach Tea (with green and black tea)

Dinner -
1 cup bean-less chili w/2 slices 2% cheese
2 chicken hot dogs, cut up and mixed into bowl of chili

After-exercise snack -
1 protein shake made with:
1 scoop Jillian Michael's Natural Whey Protein (Triple Chocolate)
1 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

I was hungry again closer to bedtime, but chose to ignore it and just go to bed Smile One real motivator for me not to have late night snacks anymore is when I caught part of the show The Doctors where someone (an audience member maybe?) was playing a game where they were trying to guess on a chart how many years you take off your life when you eat after 8:30 pm. and the answer was 2 years. I didn't catch if that meant eating after 8:30 p.m. every night for a certain number of years, or what - but either way it can't be a good thing.

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Ok I couldn't resist and weighed in this morning. I've lost 2 lbs. back already this week! :woohoo: So I guess the change in my diet is making a difference Smile

Now to go back and add in the rest of what I ate yesterday (Thurs) in the above post...

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Friday's Food

Breakfast -
1 Atkin's Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
1 cup 1% milk

Snack -
1 Atkin's Indulge caramel nut chew bar

Lunch -
2 chicken hot dogs on 1 whole wheat low carb wrap (1/2 for each hot dog)
Lowfat mayo & Dijon mustard
Leftover meat-less chili (w/2% cheese mixed in)
"Dessert" - Protein shake (made with frozen berries)

Snack -
A few cashews

Dinner -
1 chicken breast (from chicken cooked in crock pot w/olive oil, dijon mustard, & parmesan cheese)
Spinach w/cheese

Snack -
2% cottage cheese w/3 Laughing Cow cheese wedges
Atkin's choc pnut butter bar

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Saturday's Food

Breakfast (9:45 a.m.) -
Atkin's choc pnut butter bar
2% cottage cheese w/3 Laughing Cow cheese wedges
(It was so good last night just had to have it again for breakfast, LOL)

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I had a lot of temptations yesterday - when I was in the dollar store, the candy bars looked so appealing. Also while I was out running errands, I had the thought of stopping somewhere for an ice cream cone. But I didn't. I just kept thinking of Monday - my Cheat Day, when I'll be able to eat what I want.

The Atkin's bars really do help when I'm wanting something sweet. They are by far the best low-carb, higher-protein "bar" out there, at least of the ones I've tried.

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Yesterday I decided to try starting Phase One of the Atkins diet from the book, "The New Atkin's for a New You."

Phase One obviously isn't for me.

I wound up really irritable and fatigued, despite following the recommendation to eat a little more salt to make up for the salt loss when the body began to dump the retained water along with fat stores. I also had a nice headache. This morning when I woke up, I weighed in an had not lost one single solitary ounce. When you start Phase One you are supposed to lose something like 1/2 to 1 lb. per day or even more. On top of that, I was SUPER irritable this morning - it was scary, and I just felt awful. I knew it was from lack of carbs. Sure enough, after I had some oatmeal with my eggs for breakfast, I felt MUCH better and overall today have had more energy and feel like my old self again! Smile

So I decided I will just continue with a low-ER carb diet, but not that low.

Something I found very interesting in the book is when it pointed out the fact that the American Diet is very HIGH carb, much higher than how our ancestors ate. So when you reduce your carbs from the typical American diet, it is considered "low" carb when in actuality it is simply controlled-carb.

I guess that means I should call it a 'controlled-carb' diet, one that is rich in "good" carbs in reasonable servings sizes, with bad carbs being kept to a bare minimum. That is what I will be doing to lose the rest of this weight. It may come off slower by not doing Phase One first, but oh well, at least I will stay sane and my family will stay safe. LOL.

I had a bit of a challenge at lunch today, but used the art of flexibility. Something one must do to live and eat in the United States in any typical town. I went to visit my dad and step mom today, and my brother was also there. My step mom watched my DD and my brother's DD so we could go have lunch with my dad. They planned out ahead of time where they would go, because my brother had a coupon.

The coupon was for the "Family Feast for 4." It had pre-determined sides of coleslaw, garlic bread, fries, baked beans, and fried corn on the cob. All high-carb (restaurant coleslaw tends to have a lot of sugar) and mostly bad carbs on top of that. I got them to trade out the fried corn for green beans at least, and I simply had very small portions of everything (except no garlic bread). I literally only had 3 of the fries, since they are usually fried in a vegetable oil that is bad for you (with trans fat). Most of the meat was so dry and tasteless that I HAD to add some bbq sauce, but I used the 'tangy mustard' flavor and used very little.

Thankfully I had had a good breakfast and mid-morning snack, so I wasn't ravenous to begin with, which made it easier to eat less. Whew.

I wonder if I am learning the art of eating like a skinny person yet?

I 'think' I might be - today's lunch proved that out. I had smaller portions, which I ate slower, and stopped well before my brother and dad. My dad asked,
"You sure you don't want more? There's plenty here!"
"No thanks, I'm fine. I had a good breakfast," was my response. Smile

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I was pleasantly surprised when, at a doctor's office yesterday (my friend was the one seeing the doctor) I weighed on their digital scale, and it read 2 lbs. less than my scale at home, and I had weighed at home yesterday morning. I will definitely be buying a new scale as soon as I can.

I decided to make yesterday my Cheat Day instead of Monday, since I was taking my friend to the doctor in another town and knew we'd be eating out for breakfast and lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and since it looks like AF is on the way, it gave me that little 'break' that I needed.

It's possible doing the Cheat Day yesterday will affect my overall weight loss this week, but I'm okay with that. I'm hoping to do well enough today and tomorrow to make up for it. Tomorrow will be harder, since we usually go out to eat with a friend after church, but hopefully I'll do okay. Weigh-in day is Monday. AF should be arriving tomorrow, so I don't expect to show much of a loss for this week, if any.

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Well the week that AF began, I was right - didn't lose any weight. But this past week, I saw the Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred workout DVD in Walmart and that it was only $9, so I thought I'd give it a try. I watched it first, and there were 3 levels, Level 1 being for beginners. I watched that one while doing dishes and thought, "Oh that looks pretty easy - I bet I'll be able to start at Level 2. After all, I've been doing a 45-minute workout with weights for a few weeks now. Oh how wrong I was. I went ahead and started with Level 1 anyway, and maybe it's because I started with the 5-lb. weights I was already using, but it was not easy. When I actually did the exercises, it was harder than it looked, especially some of the strength circuits.

I was pretty sore the first few days, but I hung in there, and apparently it was worth it, because....

Drum roll please......
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I lost 4 lbs. this past week! :boogie:

Thing is, I was taking a break this past week from being so strict with my diet because we had a week off from the Biggest Loser Challenge here on preg.org. In fact, the day before I weighed in, I had 2 donuts that were 350 cals each and later in the day a vanilla milkshake that had to be at least 800 cals!!! So I really wasn't expecting to see a loss. What a nice surprise! Biggrin Makes me wonder what kind of loss I would have had if I hadn't had the donuts and milkshake! I am excited to see what I will lose this week as I return to a better diet!

I'm afraid to get my hopes up, though. It is also very possible that I had gained some water weight due to AF and that's what I was mostly losing. Still, 4 lbs. in one week is pretty good, even if it was mostly water weight.

I've now lost a total of 10 lbs. since starting the BLC. I had already lost some when I started this fitness journal. The actual weight was wrong, though, because come to find out, my home scale shows 2 lbs. higher than a good digital scale at the doctor's office. So right now I'm down to 169 (home scale shows 171). That's the first time in a reeeeally long time that I've been below 170! Only a little over 20 lbs. to go. I think this is doable!

The Jillian workout hasn't gotten a whole lot easier yet, but I'm noticing little improvements. Oh, and I've been trying to do it 6 days per week, but this past week I only managed 5. I think in about one more week I'll be ready to move to Level 2.

Something I find interesting about her workout is that it's only 20 minutes long, and yet it's much more intense and more of a workout than the 45-min one I was doing before. Go figure. Less time, better results. Perfect for this girl, who, despite being a SAHM, stays pretty busy with housework, errands, and a demanding, high-energy 3-yr. old.

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Well I think I got a little too confident last week after the 4-lb. weight loss. I didn't try to keep my carbs lower, and I didn't keep track of even an estimate of total calories. So this week I paid for it dearly by gaining 3 lbs. back. *Sigh* Two steps forward, one step back.

This week, I'm going to try a 1200 calorie diet from the Woman's World magazine that is high in fiber and water content to try and make up for it. With this diet, you also drink 16 oz. of chilled water 30 min before eating each main meal, and you are allowed to have two snacks per day as well (from a list). I looked over the menu plan, and the carbs that are included are all healthy carbs, and it doesn't appear to be "high" carb, so I'm going to give it a try. Last time I tried a 1200 calorie diet, I was hungry all the time, but this one promises to make you feel full with the water and fiber content.

I also want to do this so I won't have to worry about counting calories - all I have to do is follow the diet. The one exception will be that on Sunday I will probably do a Cheat Day. And of course I will be doing my usual exercise - mostly the Jillian workout, with added brisk walks/jogs or other exercise. I am also hoping to develop a menu plan that I can stick to every week and not vary from it much at all (except on Cheat Days). The dinners on this diet look like something I could easily cook for my DH and DD as well, I'll just fix a little extra for them.

This morning's Breakfast:
Smoothie made with 1 cup frozen fruit and 1 cup lite yogurt
1/2 whole wheat hamburger bun with 1 tsp. peanut butter

For the smoothie I used two of the 4 oz. Dannon chocolate raspberry parfaits I had on hand (100 cals each), and 1 cup of frozen mixed berries. I think they wanted you to use fruit with a higher water content, though, because I had to add water in order to be able to blend it. The diet plan has 3 selections to choose from for each meal. The one I chose for breakfast this morning called for "whole wheat toast" along with the smoothie and I decided to use one half of a whole wheat hamburger bun instead of a slice of ww bread, because 1 tsp. of peanut butter isn't very much, and it spreads better on half a bun. It was pretty tasty (I checked the calories and it was the same, if not less, than a slice of bread).

How I felt after eating it: It was pretty filling. The smoothie was very thick and tasted pretty good. I think I will experiment with using other type fruits with it, such as frozen peaches. I actually drank a little more than 16 oz. of water beforehand (two 12 oz. glasses, so 24 oz.). I also drank another 12 oz. glass afterward. The plan says you can drink as much additional water as you want. I've been drinking 10 cups per day (sometimes more, especially with the warmer weather here in FL), so the water part is nothing new for me. It's not that hard - for some reason I have a healthy thirst that makes it easier for me to drink all that water. Maybe it's because I haven't been getting enough water-rich foods in my diet. Who knows.

The plan says you can lose up to 10.5 lbs. in one week. That's "up to" of course - that is probably the one person in the trial that was the "exception to the rule." I'd be happy with just 5 lbs. It would certainly make up for the 3 lb. gain and then some. With the exercise I'll be doing, I'm a little skeptical that I'll be able to get away with only 1200 cals, but we shall see. I may have to add a couple hundred cals on some days.

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I keep forgetting to post over here when I come on the computer! Ugggh. I always seem to think about it afterward :roll: Anywhoooo....

The new diet has worked great! I added a little to the diet to make my calories about 1300-1400 and lost 6 lbs. last week! Yahoo On my weigh-in day, Sunday morning, I was 166. It's been a long time since I've seen that number Biggrin

Unfortunately, I gained 3 lbs. back that same day! :eek: Sundays are my Cheat Days and I obviously overdid it! So Monday I made sure to stick right at 1200 cals, and Tues I lost 2 lbs. of it back. Then Tues (yesterday) I 'thought' I had done okay, but this morning showed a 1 lb. gain again! Grrrrr. So today I've tried to stick as close to 1200 cals as possible again, AND, I plan to get in the Jillian 30-day shred workout today (didn't yesterday).

I never thought I'd be able to stick to a lower calorie diet, but the water you drink beforehand plus the fact that the diet is water-rich and has good fiber makes it pretty filling. I do usually get hungry about every 2-3 hours, but once I eat, I'm fine most of the time. Smile

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Well another week has passed, and I never lost that 2 lbs. back again, but this was the week AF was due (she's due today, actually), so it doesn't surprise me. There's the water weight, but also I am always more hungry the week of AF, and then there are the cravings...

Hopefully this coming week I'll do better.

By the way, for those who 'might' be following this journal, I no longer have my weight ticker in my siggy. I had to make room for a pic of my DD, so I put my weight ticker at the beginning of this thread.