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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!

 

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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.

Yesterday was a fantastic day!  I felt like my day at work went quickly (which is strange, I usually find that my days go slowly when I am anticipating something fun) and that I didn’t have to work hard to follow my health plan.

After work, I came home for a quick change of clothes and to pack for our night out.  When we were ready, we went to Red Lobster.  We wanted to go there because we had a beach honeymoon and we ate a lot of seafood while we were there–eating seafood helped us to celebrate our first year together the way we celebrated our marriage originally.  We also liked that most seafood is in the TSFL “leanest” category, so we could feel good about what we were eating (as long as we ordered the right things of course).

I ordered Lobster, Crab, and Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, broccoli, and asparagus–all of which were delightful!  The only downside to my meal was that the Stuffed Mushrooms contained a high amount of sodium–1100mg!  To put that in perspective, those of us who do not need to watch our salt intake should get about 2300mg of salt each day.  Fortunately, I rarely add salt after my meal is cooked anymore, so I probably didn’t reach the limit for the day.  This is one more thing I love about Red Lobster (besides making me feel like I’m back on my honeymoon and being delicious), they are very transparent about their nutritional information and the nutrition facts for all of the dishes on their menu.  I am a big believer in transparency–it really is a must if we are to make good choices for ourselves.  For all of the seafood fans out there, they also have a lot of good looking recipes and tips for healthy cooking on their website; I look forward to trying one of their recipes at home!

I was also proud of myself because I didn’t have a single bite, nibble, or lick or their cheddar bay biscuits which have a smell and taste that used to get me every time.  We ordered a to go bag for them right away to help conceal the appeal of them while we were enjoying our meals.

Right after I was finished eating, I had a very intense hunger pang. I knew I wasn’t hungry, so until it went away I just kept drinking my water.  I hate when I finish eating a satisfying meal and then feel hungry.  Thankfully, it usually doesn’t last long, so if I wait it out I realize I don’t actually need to eat anymore.

Yesterday and today were great days for water–I easily got in all 80 ounces that I was shooting for each day this week.  This week I’m going to increase the amount of water by 8 ounces so I drink 88 ounces of water each day.

Today was a more difficult day at work, but it was a good kind of difficult–if that makes any sense!  I had a lot to do, but I would always rather be busy (the day moves faster and I get paid more when we are–both of which are always a good thing) than bored.  I did struggle to eat my meals on time, though, which makes things difficult.  Today, for example, I started one of my meals at 3:30, but didn’t actually finish it until close to 5!  Its hard to decide when to eat next when the window is so large!  It made me pay more attention to signs that I’m hungry or not hungry today since I didn’t have a definitive time to wait 3 hours from.  I also had to readjust my meal times twice today because I ate late twice.  I prefer to be in control of my meals and when I eat rather then just let them happen.

I ate my lean and green meal in two parts today.  I had the lean for breakfast (our hotel had free hot breakfast) and the green after work.  At the hotel I had a small piece of ham and a little bit of scrambled eggs.  I am always wary of scrambled eggs when I didn’t cook them, because they can have a lot of milk or cheese in them.  Later, I had an all veggie salad with a bit of vinegar and oil.

I had a fun, relaxing day yesterday, and a fairly good day today.  I hope my weigh in tomorrow goes as well as I think my week has gone!

Week 8 – Friday

Back to normal life today. I feel back into my routine quite easily today. I didn’t feel overly tired in the morning, and I had no trouble getting in all of meals today (and on time!).

I had my weekly check in with my health coach today and I learned a few things about water that I would like to share (and record so I don’t forget). 64 ounces of water per day is the bare minimum that we should be drinking. We should actually be striving for a number our ounces equal to 1/2 our body weight (I am 224 lbs so I should be drinking 112 ounces of water per day). In addition to drinking that much water, we should be drinking an extra 8 ounces for every 15 minutes of exercise! Knowing this, how many of us are dehydrated and didn’t even realize it? Dehydration is bad for weight loss for a variety of reasons. Did you know that being dehydrated actually can make you feel hungry? I am going to strive this week to increase my water intake to at lease 80 ounces of water per day so that I can work myself up to the 112 ounces that I need. I hope that once I get and keep myself properly hydrated, it will be easier for me to figure out when I’m actually hungry and stop mistaking my thirst for hunger.

Dinner today was the result of another kitchen experiment. A few days ago, my brother was eating crackers with (stay with me on this one) Frank’s Red Hot and peanut butter. I know there are a few people out there who’s stomachs are turning right now, but until you’ve tried the combo don’t write it off! I thought it was an interesting taste when I tried it, so I crafted a recipe around it.

“This” Shrimp and Scallops

6 Tablespoons of Franks Red Hot

4 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons of Reduced Fat Cream Cheese

2 Tablespoons of Light Margarine

42 ounces of shrimp/scallops (cooked)

Mix Franks, PB, Cream Cheese, and Light Margarine together in a small sauce pan on medium-high heat stirring constantly. Once the ingredients have combined (they need not be 100% melted) you can add it to cooked shrimp and scallops and let it cook over low to medium heat until the sauce is completely melted together and the flavor has soaked into the seafood (test a piece to find out). This should make 6 – 7 ounce servings (if you are making less shrimp/scallops be sure to drain off the excess sauce or store it for future use, you’re only meant to have 1/6 of it!).

As soon as I finish my recipe card, I will post the PDF on my recipe page. Believe me, I know it sounds strange…but it really is quite good! I call it “This” Shrimp and Scallops because that is what we named the sauce…”This”. I think “This” would taste good on chicken too if any one wants to give that a shot.

Our vegetable tonight was roasted cauliflower–a little extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and just a touch of parmesan cheese. Yum!

Since I am back from my mini vacation, its time to get back on my regular sleep schedule tonight. In bed by 10, falling asleep by 10:30, asleep by 11, up at 7. I am actually looking forward to getting back on schedule, it feels good to have a healthy bedtime routine. Over the next day, I’m going to pick another healthy habit to add to my night time routine.