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Week 12 Weigh-In

I had a great week–I’m down 4.4 pounds!!!

Weight: 213.6

BMI: 36.7

Waist: 36″

Hips: 47″

This week went really well.  I had a lot of successes throughout the week–I made a lot of good choices because I wanted to and I was rewarded for those choices.  I was faced with some challenging decisions over the last week.  Since I am now on Weight Watchers, I can technically eat anything as long as I track in and stay within my points.  To the old me, that meant that I could have a Steak, Egg, & Cheese Bagel from McDonalds as long as I tracked it.  I could have Doritos, as long as I accounted for them.  I could have a much too large side of mashed potatoes made with full fat butter, sour cream, or milk–as long as I counted those points or exercised for the points.  This week, the new me, knows better.  Sure, I was faced with the freedom to choose any one of those things (or things much worse), but I also had the freedom to choose things that were healthy for me and in the right portions.  I chose health this week and was rewarded for it.  I feel like I finally have the control over my eating habits and desire to keep that control.

Hopefully next week goes as well as this week!

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Hello Everyone!  You may have wondered why I haven’t been posting this week and there are a couple of reasons for that.

1. I have been really busy (and will continue to be really busy for a while).

2. I have been reflecting on my journey and considering what direction I want to go.

3. I have been experimenting.

For any of you who are looking at the above and thinking OMG she’s giving up! please don’t think that–that is the furthest thing from the truth.  I will explain shortly–but first, my numbers for the week:

Weight: 218.0

BMI: 37.4

Waist: 36″

Hips: 47″

Another great week! I’m down another 0.8lbs.  Which I have decided I am 100% happy with.

So this new direction I was talking about…

I am so very happy to have taken part in the Take Shape for Life program.  It gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to make healthy food choices and to make them without feeling deprived.  Because of Take Shape for Life, I know how to make those decisions for myself and I want to make those decisions for myself.

That being said, I want to do what I have learned to do in the program.  I want the control in my life to decide how to eat throughout my day without having to purchase food from one source (though I highly recommend the Medifast food and Take Shape for Life program for those who are like I was and need the strict plan and strict list of food).  Because of this, I have decided to go back on to the Weight Watcher’s program.

Some of you know that I have not had success on the program before and are probably confused or worried for me.  Don’t be.  Take Shape for Life has given me some things I didn’t have before confidence in myself and knowledge that I CAN make healthy decisions for myself.  It also gave me more knowledge about how often and how much to eat at once (I will still be eating 5 small meals and 1 Lean & Green, I will just not be ordering the Medifast meals anymore).   The only reasons I want to be on the Weight Watcher’s program, is there are a wide variety of tools I can use to figure out just how healthy what I am eating is when I go out to eat, it offers a quick way for me to compare how healthy certain foods are (Points Plus), and my husband is also on this program (with great success btw 70+ pounds lost!!!)  Don’t think of this as me messing with a system that was working or giving up, think of it as me embracing a healthy lifestyle and having the knowledge and confidence to do it on my own.

Onward to a new life of health and happiness!!

Yesterday and today have been much better days for me–I have been able to relax and have some fun.

Thursday  my family went out to dinner with my mom for her birthday.  We all went to Eat n Park, where we all ate healthy.  I had the salad bar with my usual salad, a spoonful of cottage cheese, and I ordered a piece of grilled chicken with a slice of american cheese on top (it’s so simple but so yummy!).  I didn’t order any side veggies, because I wanted a larger salad.

Today, I was off and had a dentist appointment.  Right after I was done at the dentist, my husband and I went out for a breakfast date at Denny’s.  I had a western omelet (ham, peppers, onions, cheese) and a side of …broccoli!  Something else I had this morning was coffee–I haven’t had coffee in a long time and it tasted great/felt good.

I have been very good about getting in all of my Medifast meals and eating on time today.  It rained all day today, so I didn’t get to go for a walk with my husband like we wanted to.  Hopefully we can get one in tomorrow before I head in to work.

A day of work tomorrow and then 2 days off in a row!  Hopefully, after Monday, I will be refreshed and begin feeling better (I’m still pretty tired today)!!!

Thank you for the encouraging comments (on my blog and otherwise)!

Week 10 Weigh-In

Weight: 218.8

BMI: 37.6

Waist: 36

Hips: 47

I have had a VERY rough couple of days.  I just haven’t felt like myself and have had a lot of stress at work.  My post tonight will be brief, as I am beat from the past few days.

Yesterday, I ate the right foods, but ate two much of them.  I knew I was only that hungry because of how my day went, but I still went ahead and ate too much.  After dinner, I didn’t eat my last meal and I most definitely did not get in enough water.

Today, was about the same as yesterday–tired, ate too much, and didn’t get enough water.

As you can probably guess, I was pretty disappointed with my weight loss this week.  I lost 0.6 lbs, but lost 2 more inches off of my waist and 1 more inch off of my hips.  That indicates to me that my week was still successful (and that I either gained some muscle (all of my muscles have been sore the past few days since I have been using them more) or am holding onto water or something); I can’t help but be disappointed with the number on the scale though.  I knew this would happen at some point, I just hoped that it wouldn’t.

Looking forward to a better week next Wednesday…

(picture to be attached whenever I  get a chance–too much to do tonight)

Week 10 – Monday

Today was a very inactive and boring day in the world of weight loss.  It was just your average day, doing things right and doing them with ease.  I guess that counts as a success?

I got in all of my water and Medifast meals and got them in on time today.  For dinner we had pork chops.  With one set, I poured a can of baked beans over them and baked for 50 minutes at 325 –these were for my brother and husband.  The other set I made with classico light alfredo sauce, pace medium salsa, yellow mustard, garlic, and ortega reduced sodium taco seasoning–also at 325 for 50 minutes.  50 minutes was too long for both, they came out really dry :-(.  I’m not sure how my sauce worked out with the pork since most of it was gone when I took the pork chops out of the oven.  For the green, I microwaved some green beans with salt and pepper.

I didn’t do much in the way of activity today, but I did some more future planning, which makes me really happy.  I also have my husband back after a weekend of testing so it was nice to spend some time with him today after work :-).

Only one more day and then a weight in.  I have been trying to take better care of myself all around this week and develop morning and night routines.  I hope it goes well this week!

Week 10 – Sunday

I slept in again today (I actually didn’t mean to, the first (and only) time I got up this morning it was already 11:15).  Because of that I had to eat some of my Medifast meals together in order to get in all of my nutrition.   I also struggled with my water today since I got up so late.  Tomorrow is another day I suppose…

Early in the day I spent some time thinking about definitions, robots, and consciousness (my husband and I talk about this a lot–I studied philosophy in school and he is a grad student in psychology so we both enjoy these kinds of discussions).  Later I played a little N64.  Around 2 we went to Hoss’s for lunch.  I got a piece of grilled chicken, broccoli, and the salad bar.  I made a my usual salad–lettuce, egg, green pepper, bacon bits, cheese, and light ranch.  I also had a little bit of low fat cottage cheese and a pickled egg.  The weather when we got back suggested rain, so I didn’t go for my bike ride or play basketball at that time.  I came in and browsed the web for a bit.  I got bored around 6 and decided to go shoot hoops and play around the world with my brother.  Since I decided not to go for a bike ride, we made sure we played longer.  We were at the park shooting around for about an hour and we were sweating when we were done.  We didn’t play one on one or anything, we just did a lot of chasing after the ball (no fence at this park) because we are both terrible (I used to be decent (really!) but I haven’t played in years) at this time.

Overall today was okay.  I got in some activity and did a good job of sticking to my plan.  I hope I can get my water in tomorrow!  Off to thaw our pork chops for tomorrow so we don’t have to go out to eat again!

 

Week 10 – Saturday

Today was a busy day.  I slept in a little bit (9:30 am) and had breakfast.  I had the Medifast Cinnamon and Brown Sugar cereal with Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Flavored Almond Milk which was quite yummy!  I love having cereal in the morning, it makes me feel like I’m eating like everyone else.  I spent the morning doing some educational research.  I graduated with a BA last spring and I still want to further my education, so I did a little browsing and made a few plans to help me get to where I want to be.  I’ve become very fickle lately over what I want to end up doing with my life–I guess because I just haven’t found the right thing yet.  I’m taking my time and looking around.  While I look, I’m going to prepare myself to be a better applicant when I finally get the chance to apply.

Around 11 I made whole wheat pierogies for my husband and brother and I ate a smores Medifast bar.  After lunch, I went to the grocery store and got in a little NEAT.  It wasn’t our weekly trip, so I didn’t get a lot in, but it was some (and I parked really far away)!  While I was there I decided to pick up a few things to help me take care of myself a little better, and to make me feel better about myself.  Among other things, I bought some hair dye.  I dyed my hair a couple years ago and really enjoyed the change so I decided to do it again.  I thought it was fitting too, since I am changing so much lately.  I bought a more subtle color than I did the last time (for those of you who remember), but I think the next time I do it, I will buy the one I used before.  The dye I bought this time just doesn’t seem like as much of a change (though I do like it).

After I got home I started prepping for our lean & green…well the lean portion anyway.  I knew it was going to take some time so I started it early.  I have really missed breaded chicken and have seen multiple websites with ways to use different Medifast products as breading.  I crushed up a bag of the new parmesan cheese puffs, added some extra parmesan/romano/asiago grated cheese blend and Ortega reduced sodium taco seasoning, and used that as my breading.  In another recipe that I LOVE but can’t have until I’m back in maintenance, melted butter is used to make the breading stick to chicken.  I rolled my chicken in light margarine instead and then rolled it in my breading mixture.  After I placed it into a glass baking dish, I put it in the over for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.  It isn’t my favorite recipe, but it was definitely good.  It was nice to have some texture on my chicken too.  The recipe card for this will be posted on my recipe page as soon as I finish it.  If you aren’t on the Medifast program, I’m sure you could substitute your favorite cheese puff instead–just be sure it isn’t loaded with fat or carbs (the Medifast puffs have 3 grams of fat and 14 grams of carbs, (plus lots of nutrients that you would never find in standard cheese puffs) so you could use that as a comparison).  We decided to make our green portion later in the day, since I felt like I had not done anything for myself yet at that point.

I got to play a little bit of N64 today.  I did not get any EAT in, but tomorrow I am going for another bike ride and heading over to the park to shoot some hoops (we have some leftovers from tonight so hopefully I won’t have to cook tomorrow).

Our green tonight were a variety of veggies.  We didn’t have enough of one type for anyone so we made few different kinds.  I roasted cauliflower with oil, salt, pepper, and just a touch a parmesan cheese, sautéd green beans with light margarine, garlic, salt and pepper, and heated up some peas for my husband with light margarine, salt, and pepper.  I love cauliflower, so that is mostly what I had, but I also had the green beans which were quite good–thanks to my sister-in-law for that recipe!

Something else that made my day was a short conversation with a friend.  I don’t get to talk to her much anymore, but its always nice when we get to catch up.  Little things like that brighten my day :-).  I need to start checking in on my friends more often, as I’m sure it would brighten their days too.

Last night I went out with some friends and got back late; I decided to skip the blog post and go to bed as soon as I got in, since I work in the morning.

After I got off work, I met up with my friends at a local pizza place while we waited for everyone to arrive.  While I was there, I ate a buffalo chicken salad with lettuce, cheese, peppers, and light ranch.  The salad had breaded chicken tenders on it (looking back I should have figured that) so I asked them to bring me a piece of grilled chicken breast and gave the tenders to one of my friends.  I diced up the grilled chicken and put it on my salad–which of course, was quite tasty.

Once we were all ready to go we headed out to the local WingFest where a few local restaurants compete to see who can make the best wings each week.  It was a really good time getting out and walking around listening to the band play not to mention getting to spend some time with friends.  I haven’t done anything like that in a while so it felt good!  I was generally pretty good health wise, especially since I had eaten before we went so that I didn’t have to stare at all the food on an empty stomach.  I expected the wings to be breaded, which is one more reason I wanted the salad before I went.  The wings were not breaded though so I decided to try a couple flavors.  I tried garlic parmesan, spicy ranch, sweet garlic, and honey bourbon (my guess is the last two were most damaging and highest in carbs).  I know the wings still had skin on them, but I thought about it and decided to try some anyway (my thinking was that the skin would be more of a fat problem than a carb problem–when given the choice between the two I usually opt for the fat because too many carbs can take me out of ketosis, or fat-burning).  I am happy that I decided to try them because they were great tasting, but I was able to control myself and not eat multiple of each kind–I still got the enjoyment without the overeating.  Next week when I go, I am not going to try any.  I have had enough to satisfy me for a while (I have never been a huge wing fan) and I don’t think I can justify eating any more carb rich sauces or fatty chicken skin.

After the band was done playing and wing fest was over we decided we weren’t quite ready to go home so we went to Denny’s.  I knew I had plenty of protein for the day, so I ordered my standard side of broccoli.  It always tastes so good–I probably like it even more because I can rely on restaurants to have it and have it taste almost identical no matter where I order it.

Today was a little bit of a different story for me.  Whereas yesterday I was able to get in all of my nutrition and water, today I didn’t even come close with the water and my meal times were a little off.  I ended up staying at work late tonight so my lean & green was late (I could have eaten another Medifast meal but I really wanted to eat my lean & green so that I didn’t have to wait until 8:30).  I also didn’t feel like cooking after a longer day at work, so we stopped by Sheetz to get a salad for me and subs for my husband and brother.  I got my usual grilled chicken salad with lettuce, cheese, egg, green pepper, bacon bits, and light buttermilk ranch–YUM!  I know I will get in my last Medifast meal before I go to bed tonight, but I also know I will not get in all my water.  It’s just too late to be drinking another 44 ounces of water (like I said I drank no where near enough water today).

I am really excited to be off for the weekend!  I can get to bed early and plan some activity (and cooking!) the next couple days.

219.4lbs

Weight: 219.4

BMI: 37.7

Waist: 38″

Hips: 48″

This week’s weigh in was both a success and confusing.  Somehow, I managed to gain 1.4 lbs from they day when I weight 218 (and I know I was much stricter with myself after I saw that number on the scale).  However, I am still down 2.6lbs from last week, which is a big number (and still under 220)!!!!.  This week I lost 2 inches off of my waist and 1 inch off of my hips which is something I haven’t seen in a couple weeks so that makes me feel better about the difference in weight.  One thing I have been doing differently in the past few days is exercising–maybe my body was doing a little redistributing and I gained some muscle?–or maybe my scale is old and inconsistent…I’m happy to see 219.4 regardless.

I had a very strange day.  Early in the day, I couldn’t hear out of the left side of my ear for 10-15 minutes (thats what it felt like so as someone who has worked in retail I know it probably didn’t last near that long).  Shortly after I began hearing normally I started to feel strange.  Just sitting there felt like work and if I moved at all my head hurt and I felt off balance==I was really warm most of the day.  I made it through work and am feeling better now, I just don’t know why I felt the way I did.  I ate all of my meals and got them in on time; I also drank all of my water today (88 ounces–since it is a new week I am adding another 8 ounces to my goal), so I really don’t know what would have caused this.  A friend had mentioned it could be blood pressure related (I forget if she said low or high.  Odd as it may sound, I have never had a problem with high blood pressure).  Hopefully I won’t feel like this tomorrow, I really do not want to have to go to the doctor.

We didn’t cook today.  Instead we made a trip to our local Subway.  I ordered a steak salad with cheese, green pepper, mild pepper rings, and some light mayo (I opted for a small amount of fat today even though steak doesn’t require an additional healthy fat because Subway’s dressings are loaded with carbs).

Tonight I played 2 songs on Just Dance 3 on the Kinect.  After the second song I just couldn’t do any more because our house was so hot (We only have air conditioning in our bedroom and computer room).  I wanted to play for 45 minutes to an hour because it usually flies by when I play that game, but I just couldn’t bear the heat.  Tonight will be one of my days to relax and I will plan an outdoor activity for tomorrow.

Last day before the weigh-in!  Hopefully it went as well as I think it did.

I was successful with eating all of my Medifast meals on time and getting all of my water in for the day.  For dinner, we decided to go the quick route and made some tuna melts.  We wanted a bit of a change so we made up our own recipe Zesty Garlic Tuna Melts.  For our vegetables, we roasted red, orange, and yellow peppers and asparagus.  We will definitely be roasting peppers more often!

I have tried to be extra careful the last couple days with my snacking and condiments.  Sometimes I get a little too relaxed, but if I have an extra snack, I know that is slowing down my weight loss.  In addition to making a sincere effort to get in some sort of activity at least 5 days per week, I am going to try extra hard this week to stay in control of myself and not have any extra tablespoons of peanut butter or have 3 pieces of gum and another snack later (my typical day).  One snack per day (especially if I choose peanut butter) is all I need.  I feel like the optional snack portion of this plan is the thing I struggle with the most because I can have it at any time.  Its even harder to tell myself no when there is no specific time for me to eat it.  It’s just one of those things I am going to have to decide to do and do it.  I have decided–now I just need to get it done this week.  One thing I am going to do to help myself out a bit and go on a peanut butter fast.  I think avoiding peanut butter for a week will help me focus on the number of snacks per day.  Once I have that down, I will add my peanut butter back in (cause I really enjoy it).

After dinner, we went for a 15 minute bike ride around the neighborhood again.  We both really enjoyed it, but neither one of our behinds can handle it for too long yet.  Like it would be for anyone who hasn’t biked (or exercised much) in a while, it was also quite a workout, even at 15 minutes.  I hope to just get a couple more minutes in each time we go so that we can eventually get a bike rack for our car and take them somewhere.  It would be so nice to get out and spend some time together away from our normal environment–I can’t wait!