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Weigh in day.

I really wasn't going to weigh in today. It's been a holiday full of food and booze and really poor tracking. I know this has been the case for a lot of my fellow fat fighters out there.

Plus, it's my birthday today (YAY!) and I didn't want to have a gain ruin my birthday fun.

But, for some reason, I decided to get on the scale anyway.

You know what happened? A birthday miracle!

I lost 1 pound. Happy Birthday to Me!! Woohoo!

Not sure that I deserve to see that loss, because I really haven't stepped it up. I have been more conscious of what I'm eating this week, but I've still been eating a lot of leftover party food and whatnot.

It's okay though. All the party food is gone now and I actually went to the grocery store. There is actually healthy food in my house. Yay!

There will still be some diet debauchery though. I absolutely do not intend on tracking, counting points or doing any exercise other than walking from bar to bar on my birthday.

Tomorrow, I have a happy hour with my work peeps. Then, MB and I will be dining out thanks to his Mom's generosity. We are going to a fondue restaurant and again, there will be no tracking, etc. Okay, I may track. But, my focus will be on having fun, recovering from my birthday hangover and just enjoying some time out with friends.

My goals for the week are to get the heck back on track. I have meals planned (after tomorrow's outings of course) and I have the desire to feel less fat again.

The BLitz has been on a little Christmas vacation, but it's back on now.

Eats for Thursday 12/23 and Friday 12/24

I think my fridge is finally clear of all party foods. Thank God.

MB and I had a date day at the DMV on Thursday which included subs from one of our favorite sub shops. It was a nice little lunch date. Totally worth the points.

On Friday, I found myself traveling to my cousin's house for Christmas Eve dinner. Since there is no food in the house right now, I had to stop and grab lunch on the way down. Wendy's was convenient.

For big dinners, my family always has way too much food. My cousin didn't disappoint. I managed to limit my dinner to one plateful, which is pretty good. I also managed to skip the gravy and make sure the largest side on my plate was the broccoli casserole. It had cheese in it, but it was still the healthiest thing on the table. God bless my cousin's wife for making it every year! And for having a super adorable daughter with super curly hair that is just precious.

I skipped dessert at my cousin's house also. Yeah, you read that correctly. I sat in front of a chocolate cake, carrot cake and pumpkin pie and I resisted. I'm pretty sure that makes me some sort of bionic fat fighting super hero.

Anyway, my eats aren't that good, but it's the holidays and I'm cutting myself some slack. At least I'm tracking. That's something.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 30

Thursday breakfast:
semi stale crackers eaten for the sole purpose of not passing out at the DMV,
3 points - 22

Thursday lunch:
1 roast pork sub with broccoli rabe, 12 points - 10
1 cup broccoli rabe, 0 points - 10
1 unsweetened iced tea, 0 points - 10

Thursday snack:
1 large and very delicious orange, 1 point - 9

Thursday dinner:
1 slice french bread cheese pizza, 7 points - 2
veggies with light ranch dip, 1 point - 1
water with crystal light, 0 points - 1

Total points used: 24
Weekly points remaining: 30
Fruits/veggies: 3
Water: 4 glasses
Exercise: Walked the pup for 20 minutes.

Friday breakfast:
I slept in yet again. Night shift does that to me.

Friday lunch:
Wendy's chicken nuggets and french fries, 16 points - 8
diet soda, 0 points - 8

Friday dinner:
1 plateful of a traditional Maryland Eastern Shore Family Dinner, minus
most of the really bad stuff, 20 points - 0/23
*specifically: turkey, ham, mac and cheese, corn pudding, broccoli
casserole and 1 sweet potato.

Friday snack:
crackers and cheese, 6 points - 0/17

Total points used: 43 (ugh)
Weekly points remaining: 17
Fruits/veggies: 1
Water: 1
Exercise: none

Thought for the Day:
Imagine how high my points would've been if I caved and had dessert after dinner.

Eats for Wednesday 12/22

I'm baaaaack!

This is the first day of tracking in a couple weeks. I haven't really improved my eating habits yet. This is mainly because I still have a fridge full of party food leftover that I have to eat. I don't plan on restocking the fridge until that stuff is gone.

I know. Stupid plan.
My wallet thinks it all makes sense though.

So, here goes. Remember that I am still using the Weight Watchers points plan. Don't shun me because I'm not on the new plan.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35

Nothing. I slept in because I'm on night shift this week.

2 slices frozen french bread pizza, 14 points - 11
1 glass diet soda, 0 points - 11

meatballs, 6 points - 5
baked pineapple, 7 points - 0/33
water with Crystal Light, 0 points - 0/33

1 Stella Artois, 3 points - 0/30

Total points used: 30
Weekly points remaining: 30
Fruits/veggies: 0 servings
Water: 32 ounces
Exercise: none

Thought for the day: I really need to get rid of all this party food.

Weigh in.

I'm at 192.6. Ugh. Up 3 pounds from last week.
I've gained a total of 4.4 pounds since 11/30/10.

I am really struggling.

The holidays can definitely be blamed for some of this. In the spirit of Christmas, I always bake for my friends, family and coworkers. For the past two weeks, I have been baking cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes and other various unhealthy foods.

Over the weekend, we hosted a Christmas party for MB's firehouse shift and a family dinner. There was a lot of food in our house and still is. Our fridge is packed full of meatballs, crab dip, mashed potatoes, baked pineapple and lunch meats.

MB and I both have a similar problem. When there is food in the house, we eat it. It's like a sickness. He's been scarfing down Creme de Menthe Brownies. I've been scarfing down everything else.

It's awful.

Today, I ate a total of 5 cupcakes. Five. Why? Well, it's simple.
They were there.

I packed up most of the cupcakes the day before and took them to work. One box holds 12 cupcakes and I packed up two boxes full - one for both of my work sites. Unfortunately, there were 5 cupcakes that didn't fit into either box.

So, there they were. Calling to me. And I ate every single one of those bastards today.

I seriously have a problem. It was 5 cupcakes today. It was 7 caramels yesterday. It was 2 slices of carrot cake the night before.

I just can't stop myself.

After that diet debauchery with the cupcakes, I decided to purge everything from my counter. My coworkers received a tray full of fudge, blondies, chocolate chip cookies and caramels today.

The only sweets left in my house right now are the sugar free pudding cups in my fridge. I refuse to bake a single cookie, cupcake, cake or brownie again for a very long time.

Obviously, I just can't be trusted.

MB is also feeling the 'ugh' of his diet debauchery. He handed me the box of Creme de Menthe Brownies and told me to take them away.

We probably need therapy.

We definitely need to get back on track. We both feel gross and fat and disgusting.

So, the BLitz is back on. I'm planning meals for the week and will be staying on track. I will also be walking at least three days this week for at least 1 mile each time. I also hope to do some yoga, but I'm not going to stress if I don't. I'm working night shift all week, even the weekend.

My big obstacles to overcome:
-Christmas Eve dinner at my cousin's house.
-Christmas morning breakfast with MB at the firehouse.
-The Birthday Bar Crawl we are planning on the 28th. That's next week's obstacle
though. I'll worry about it then. :)

Does anyone else have a problem with the binging? How do you control yourself? Seriously, I need help!

I really suck at this.

I'm still here! I promise!

I've just been very busy. I planned on posting all of my eats while at work since I was in the office this week and it is notoriously slow in the office. However, I got busy with stuff and never got to do it.


I've been doing pretty good with planning meals. I've been bad at sampling. You see, this week has been all about preparing for MB's firehouse Christmas party which we were hosting tonight at our house and my family Christmas dinner which we are hosting tomorrow.

I've been baking and cooking and it's got me a little sidelined. I mean, I have to sample my cuisine before I serve it, right?

Plus, there is booze. Lots of booze.

I am definitely eating, drinking and being merry this week and plan to for the week to come.

I'm not sure how the scale will treat me on Tuesday. But, I'll be there. Checking in. For better or worse.

I WILL get back to posting my daily eats. I WILL get back to running and getting in shape. I WILL do all of these things.

Right now, I'm just too busy to do it.

After this weekend of playing hostess with the mostess, I will be back on track. Or at least, I will be back to daily posting. :)

Weigh in

Well, hello there!
Long time, no post.

I didn't want to jump on the scale yesterday, but I did it. Well, I didn't 'jump', because I don't think that really works out too well. But, I did plop my fat ass on there and see how much damage I've done.

I was actually surprised. 189.6. I'm up a little, but it's not as bad as I thought.

This little lull is over. I'm back on track this week. I've decided to continue counting points using the old Weight Watchers system. Joining at this time is just not in the budget. So, I may be confusing some people and pissing off the WW community in general for not taking part in their new plan...but, I don't care.

I need structure and the points plan works for me. Once we have a little money in our pockets and MB's employers decide to lift the furloughs and whatnot, maybe I'll rejoin and start the new plan.

Until then? Just support me, peeps. I know that you will. :)

My goals for the coming week:
1) Post my eats every day using points.
2) Curb my desire to overindulge at the work party and family dinner I will be hosting this weekend.
3) Try to exercise. I'm not sure if I can fit this in with my schedule this week or not, but I'm going to try. That's the best I can do this week.
4) Enjoy myself!

checking in

HI peeps!

I didn't fall into a crevice somewhere. I promise.

I just really haven't had a chance to get on here and post my eats. It's been that kind of a week. I haven't even really been writing them down elsewhere because I really planned on getting on here and doing it.

Fat Club Fail. I know.

This week has been okay, eats-wise. Not great. But, I have been trying to stick to some sort of a planned meal schedule. There have been some slips though.

Exercise has been nonexistent. It is so freakin cold in our house that by the time I get home from work, I am in my pajamas under the fuzzy blankets, trying to get feeling back in my toes.

Not kidding.

Our heat sucks. Most of the time, my toes are blue.

It's awesome.

It's sucking all of the motivation right out of me. I'm trying to get into a routine again, but I am seriously struggling.

It's not over, though. I will get back on track.

How are you guys doing?

Weigh in?

Hi peeps.

It's weigh in day. Well, it's supposed to be weigh in day anyway.

My heart just isn't in it this week. I've been absent from the BLitz this week because of some family issues.

I haven't really done what I need to do this week. There was stromboli, cheese fries, chinese food and some other unhealthy stuff.

I did walk 2 miles with the pup one day. That's it for the exercise though.

I didn't track anything, as you may have noticed. I didn't plan anything. I didn't really do anything I needed to do.

So, I hope you will forgive me for avoiding the scale this week. I know it's not really what we do around here, but it's what I need to do this week. I just can't face the scale. I can't do it.

I'm sorry if that offends some people or if you think I'm a bad fat fighter. I just can't do it.

I need a break this week. I need to get my head back in the game and get my fat ass back on track and I don't think seeing a gain on the scale is going to help me do that.

Daily tracking starts again tomorrow. Exercise starts again tomorrow. I'm tired of this funk I've found myself in and I'm getting myself out of it. Stat!

Hope you all have had a good week. I'll be checking in on everyone in the next couple days.

Eats for Wednesday 12/1/10

I feel like I may have to change things up a little because of this new WW plan.

As most of you may know, I am not actually a WW member at this time. This is primarily due to financial reasons. I have been an active member 3 times in the past and I have tons of materials for the points program, so I've just been doing it on my own using this blog as my support system/virtual meeting.

Now that things are changing, I feel like I should no longer be using the points program because everyone else will be doing the points plus program.
I know. I know. If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would I do it too...I get all that. This should be about what works for me, not about what the new trends are.

What works for me? Points. But more importantly, tracking. Just coming here and being accountable for what I eat every day is what works for me. It doesn't stop me from eating bad stuff, because that still happens. It does make me think twice about it and eat a lot less of said bad stuff when I do eat it. That's definitely a good thing.

So, what am I going to do? Rejoining WW is not in the budget right now. That's out. I'm hoping to get a peek at some of the new materials from a friend who might be kind enough to share it with me.

Until then, I think what I'm going to try this week is just tracking. No points. Just tracking what I eat and drink and trying to incorporate all of those good health guidelines. Let's just see how that works out until I figure out if I'm going to keep using the old points system or not.

After all, doesn't it really just come down to eating less, eating right and moving more? As long as I'm doing that, I'll still get the results I want. That's what it's all about - results.

1/2 cup Special K fiber cereal
1/4 cup yoplait light yogurt
hot mandarin tea with 1 tsp sugar

PBJ with 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp sugar free strawberry preserves on
white bread
1 cup canned peaches in light syrup
1 serving whole grain Sun Chips
water with Crystal Light

Pepperoni stromboli
fries with old bay
unsweetened iced tea

No exercise. :(

Weigh in

Well, it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I'm down 0.8 for the week, 12.8 total. I can deal with that. I mean, I haven't done a damn thing to meet my goals for the past week or so.

My eating has been okay, but as you may have noticed, I haven't tracked a thing. I even took pretty pictures of our Thanksgiving meal but never got around to posting them.

I have actually been trying to straighten myself out for the past several days. Literally. My lower back seems to have tightened up on me and I've been crooked. It happens sometimes. A flare up hits and I find myself unable to stand up straight without a lot of pain and a lot of muscle spasms.

So, that's been fun.

Exercise has been out of the question aside from the occasional quick walk around the block with the pup. Yoga has even been hard because I just can't bend enough to really do anything other than a couple stretches.

I think the main reason for this flare up is my lack of running. I was doing so well and feeling so good and then I just stopped for 2 weeks and I'm crooked. If I needed motivation, I sure have it now.

I just have to get out there and hit the pavement again. I'm going to start out slow this week, just to get back into it. Yoga will also be a big part of my routine this week now that my flare up is starting to ease up.

My goal for the week is to track, track, track and get my fat ass out running again. I can do it.

So, how are you doing?

Eats for Thursday 11/25

Well, today is officially Thanksgiving.
Of course, I am spending Thanksgiving in the crisis unit.
Yay! (not so much)

MB and I will be having our turkey dinner tomorrow since we are both off. Sort of. He has to go in at 7pm to cover for someone. Boo.

My family had their usual Thanksgiving feast, but since I was working, I couldn't make the two hour commute to partake. Boo again.

Oh well. It's probably for the best. I know our meal tomorrow won't be full of butter and cream and salt and all that good stuff like my Mom's dinner. It'll be the healthier thing in the long run.

I do love her Banana Cream Pie, though.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 35

I slept in. There was no breakfast to be had.

1 porkchop, 4 pts - 20
1 cup sauteed cabbage, 0 pts - 20
1 cup mushroom bacon risotto, 6 pts - 14
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts, 14

1 piece of Yum Yum Cake made by my coworker, 6 pts(?), 8
24oz water, 0 pts - 8
1 clementine, 1 pt - 7

turkey chili with fat free cheese, 8 pts - 0/34
saltines, 2 pts - 0/32
24 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 0/32

Total points used: 27
Weekly points remaining: 32
Exercise points earned: 0
Fruits/veggies: 2
Water: 7

Thought for the day:
There is no way anyone could resist that Yum Yum Cake. It's just not possible.

Eats for Wednesday 11/24

I didn't use up nearly all of my points today. I had packed a nice filling salad along with some fruit and a yogurt for my dinner. However, I didn't have a chance to eat anything but the salad because I had a call to go out on at work.
Fat Club fail.
I did manage to get my fat ass into the spare room to do Burn it Up. Of course, my back was already tight and all those squats just made it worse. I'm pretty much crooked whenever I try and stand up after sitting for any length of time. If I stand, I'm fine. I may have to remain standing until I go see the chiropractor again.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points: 35

1 nutri grain bar, 2 pts - 22

2 cups pasta, 8 pts - 18
1 serving sauce, 1 pt - 17
1/2 portion ground beef, 2 pts - 15
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 15

Burn it up, +4 pts - 19
8oz water, 0 pts - 19

2 cups romaine, 0 pts - 19
1 serving light french dressing, 1 pt - 18
1 slice smoked ham and 1 slice gouda, 3 pts - 15
bacon bits, 1 pt - 14
water, 0 pts - 14

Total points used: 18
Weekly points remaining: 35
Exercise points earned: 4
Fruits/veggies: 2
Water: 2

Thought for the day:
I feel like I'm a hundred years old.

Weigh in

It's that time again.
I lost .2 of the 1.2 pounds I had gained last week. I can live with that.

My goals for the week were to stay on track with my meals, run at least twice and do Burn it Up at least twice.

I did run twice. Once with the pup and once solo. They weren't great runs though and I know I can do better. I also did Burn it Up once.

I'm not sure where my motivation went over the past two weeks. I think it's been a combination of stress, a super long visit from TOM and the fact that MB is out of commission as my running partner. Plus, the cold weather makes me want to hibernate.

I will really need to fight these obstacles in order to get back on track and keep losing. I'm still feeling pretty good about my progress overall. In fact, I just bought some new (to me) jeans that are a size 12! Woohoo! You can check them out here.

I will get back on track this week. I will be challenged by Thanksgiving, but I will still get back on track. I want this. I want to be looking really good for my birthday this year. That gives me 35 days. Hopefully, I'll be able to wear my size 10 jeans when I go out and booze it up this year. I think I can do it.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! That is, if you are celebrating. If you aren't, then I hope you have a Happy Thursday!

I'll be stopping by to see how everyone is doing.

Eats for Saturday 11/20

I tried to run solo today since MB is out of commission and running with the pup didn't really work out. It was a beautiful day. A little windy, but really pretty warm for this time of year. I started out okay. My goal was to try and run 3 5 minute segments and then more if I was able. I ended up doing 4 minutes, walking, running 4 minutes, walking then running 2 minutes and walking the rest of the way home. Overall, I ran 10 minutes out of my 40 minute walk.
Not bad, but not the best.
I really feel like I'm falling behind without MB there to motivate me. Plus, it's kinda boring without a partner to run with.
There is no one to laugh at me when I start to hyperventilate; tell me how sexy I am as I spit like a cowboy; smack my butt when I actually run the whole segment without issues. I miss these things.
I miss running with MB.
I'm not going to give up though. I can't wait 3 weeks while MB gets better. I need to maintain my motivation somehow.
This means I'll be hitting the pavement on my own again. Hopefully I can be my own motivator. It might be difficult to smack my own butt though.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 23

1 fiber one bar, 1 pt - 22

2.4 miles/40 minutes, ran 10 minutes, walked 30 minutes, +4 pts - 26

1 cup spinach rice soup, 2 pts - 24
pineapple slices, 2 pts - 22
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 22

1 wawa pretzel, 7 pts - 13
1 diet soda, 0 pts - 13

6oz sirloin, 10 pts - 0/20
1 baked sweet potato, 2 pts - 0/18
1 small caesar salad, 2 pts - 0/16
1 beer, 2 pts - 0/14

Total points used: 31
Weekly points remaining: 14
Points earned: 4
Fruits/veggies: 3
Water: 1

Thought for the day:
I really need to find my feet, so to speak, with running solo.

Eats for Friday 11/19

My running partner is out of commission for at least 3 weeks due to an injury. Today was my first day running solo. I was actually pretty nervous for a couple reasons. One is that I know that I am someone who needs that push. Without my motivator there, I tend to let my negativity take over and I give up too quickly.
The other main reason I was nervous today was that it was almost dusk and it was getting kinda dark outside. Running around the neighborhood alone gives me the willies sometimes. So, I took the pup. She provides absolutely no protection at all, but people may not know that. Also, she was twitching with anticipation once she saw me put my sneakers on and so I caved and took her.
I know she has the stamina to run with me, but she lacks the attention span. As soon as I finished the 5 minute warm up walk and was about to run, she squats. Yep. She pooped. I now had to carry a bag of poop with me for the next 2+ miles. Awesome.
Then, we start off and we are doing pretty good except that she wants to run on the grass instead of the road. I think it's easier on her feet. Fine. I ran on the road and she ran on the grass. The problem is that she didn't realize she had to stay on the road side of the mailboxes and not the house side. We both got jerked a couple of times because she decided to go around the mailbox instead of just running beside it. After approximately 4 times, she still didn't really figure it out and I ended up running on the sidewalk with her.
We were at a good pace until she would see a patch of grass or a flower or a piece of paper and 'investigate' and then I'm running in place looking like a jackass while she sniffs to her heart's content.
She got a little huffy about not being able to 'investigate' like she wanted to but she made up for it on the walking portion. She stopped at every little thing. Every. little. thing.
Overall, it wasn't too bad. We ran 5 together. Then 3. Then another 3. I felt like I could do more, but I didn't want to push her and it was getting pretty dark. We cut through the park and headed home. Tomorrow, I'm running solo. Wish me luck!

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 2

1/2 of my leftover bagel from yesterday, 5 pts - 19
32oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 19

raisins, 1 pt - 18

2 cups salad greens with light french dressing, 1 slice ham, 1 slice gouda,
and bacon bits, 5 pts - 13
1 cup spinach rice soup, 2 pts - 11
24oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 11

kashi bar, 2 pts - 9

1/2 tuna sub, 7 pts - 2
chips, 3 pts - 0/23
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/23

Thought for the day:
Do they make ADHD medication for dogs?

Eats for Thursday 11/18

I got a pedometer. Yay!

It's nothing fancy, but it was free. It was one of the rewards available through our credit card points. We figured it would come in handy on our runs.
Did I mention that it was free?

I tried it out today while doing Burn it Up.
According to my little pedometer, I took 566 steps during my workout.

Not too shabby, considering they were all taken in the space between my recliner and my tv stand.

I also traveled a distance of 0.21 miles.

Huh. Interesting.

I also burned a total of 24.4 calories.

There is no way that can be right.
I really feel like I burned at least 237 calories during the lunge portion alone.

Do you have a pedometer/calorie counter? What role does it play in your exercise routine? Do you think 24.4 is accurate?
Remember that I did like a hundred lunges.
Two hundred squats.
Just saying.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 24

1/2 bagel with cream cheese, 5 pts - 19
1 unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 19

1 Kashi bar, 1 pt - 18

1 ham and gouda sandwich on a kaiser roll with spicy brown mustard and
spinach, 7 pts - 11
1 cup salad greens with bacos and light french dressing, 2 pts - 9
1 serving honey wheat pretzels, 2 pts - 7
32 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts

popcorn, 2 pts - 5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 5

1 hour total with 45 minutes Burn it Up and 15 minutes yoga, +3 pts - 8

1 cup homeade beef stew, 5 pts - 0
canned peaches in light syrup, 2 pts - 6
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 6

hot chocolate, 2 pts - 4

Total points used: 20
Total points earned: 3
Weekly points remaining: 24
Fruits/veggies: 2
Water: 6

Thought for the day:
I just burned 327 calories typing this post. Maybe I need a new pedometer.

Eats for Wednesday 11/17

We hosted game night at our house tonight. One of the guys bought his wife who just happens to be a baker. Hmmm. What do you think she just happened to show up with? That's right. Cupcakes! Yay!
I mean, NO!
I can not resist cupcakes. It is scientifically impossible.
So, I ate two.
I wanted to eat five.

Daily point allowance: 24
Weekly points: 35

1 cup banana walnut oatmeal, 2 pts - 22

1/4 cup raisins, 2 pts - 20
32oz water with Crystal Light, 0 pts - 20

1 cup spinach rice soup, 2 pts - 18
1 ham and gouda sandwich on a kaiser roll with spicy brown mustard and
spinach, 7 pts - 11

chicken breast, 5 pts - 6
risotto with spinach and garlic, 5 pts - 1
salad with light French dressing and bacos, 2 pts - 0/34
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/34

2 cupcakes, 8 pts - 0/26
fruit candy, 2 pts - 0/24

Total points used: 36
Weekly points remaining: 24
Fruits/veggies: 3
Water: 6

Thought for the day:
I heart cupcakes.

Weigh in.

Hi peeps!

It's weigh in day again. Well, it was actually yesterday, but I didn't get my internet back until last night and I was too tired to post anything then.

So, here I am today.

I gained 1.2 this week.

I can't really say I'm surprised. It's been a bad week for MB and I with regards to eating and exercising. We ate out almost every night this week and only did 'meh' with the exercising.

MB was struggling due to some foot pain which he went to the doctor for yesterday. Apparently he has a problem with the tendon in his ankle (a pretty serious condition that I can't remember the name of) and could've done some serious damage. He is now unable to run for at least the next 3 weeks while he does physical therapy.

He is super stressed about gaining weight and I am super stressed that I am losing my running partner. He motivates me and pushes me and I am afraid I can't do it on my own. Or really won't do it on my own.

It's going to be a challenge.

So, anyway, I've been weird all week because TOM has now been visiting for 14 days and counting. 14 days. This is also his second visit of the month. It's got me a little on edge. Just a little.

Throw in the stress of spending money we don't have to eat food we shouldn't be eating. Add the stress of getting a mammogram and now having to go back to get more films of my one boob because they want more diagnostic tests. It just doesn't make for a good week.

This whole mammogram thing is probably just routine and whatnot. Still. It has me stressed. There is a LOT of cancer in my family. A LOT. Cross your fingers for me.

So, this week I plan to get back on track. I will be sticking to my meal plan and posting my eats every day. I will be hitting the pavement to run on my own at least 2 days. I will be doing Burn it Up at least 2 days also.

I've got this. I may be having a bad week, but I've still got this.

How about you?

Eats for Wednesday 11/10

I spent the day slaving over the slow cooker (teeheehee). Actually, I rolled out of bed around 10am, remembering that I had wanted to make the slow cooker taco beef today and it takes 9 hours to cook so I had better get my lazy ass out of bed right now and get it started.
Then, I realized that I forgot to buy the white wine that I need for the recipe. The last time I tried to make this recipe I had forgotten to buy the white wine, cilantro, green onions and hot sauce. Pretty much everything but the meat.
So, I had to make an impromptu trip to the grocery store at 10am, which is not as embarrassing as you might think.
By dinnertime, MB and I were starving and the meat was nowhere near being done so we got takeout.
I am basically a poor planner. That's what MB kept telling me all day anyway. He's so supportive.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points: 35

1 multi grain sandwich thin, 1 pt - 23
2 tbsps peanut butter, 5 pts - 18
8oz fat free skim milk, 2 pts - 16

small chicken breast with bbq sauce, 3 pts - 13
WW au gratin potatoes, 3 pts - 10
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 10

1 stromboli, 8 pts - 2
french fries, 6 pts - 0/31
diet coke, 0 pts - 0/31

1 Edy's mini ice cream, 2 pts - 0/29

Total points used: 30
Weekly points remaining: 29
Fruit/veggie servings: 0
Water servings: 2

Thought for the day:
The liquor store really should sell 1 cup size bottles of white wine. You know, for 'recipes'.

weigh in

It's weigh in day once again!
Well, actually it was yesterday. I just didn't have a chance to post it yesterday. So, here I am today.

I lost 1.6 this week for a total loss of 13! Woohoo!

I had a pretty good week as far as my eating. MB and I did go out a couple times, but I counted my points for each meal. I tried to stick to my meal plan, and did okay with that. I will definitely do better this week. I hate spending money that we don't have so we can eat food we don't really need.

Anyweigh, my exercise was okay this week. MB and I were really struggling with our runs this week. We probably did half of what we were supposed to do each day.

MB is getting frustrated because he's kicking butt on the couch to 5k and his runs but he isn't losing any weight. I think it's because he isn't eating enough, especially of the right things. He has to eat out at work - we have accepted that in his life.

When he is home though, he often eats a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and fruit and then will either eat nothing all day long or just snack on stuff. He's definitely not getting what he needs.

I'm trying to be really supportive but I understand his frustration and his self confidence issues because I've been there. My plan is to keep making healthy meals for us to eat so we don't go out. I also plan on keeping us motivated with the running.

Hopefully, with some diet adjustments, MB will start to see a difference. We are in this together and I hate that he is not getting the results he wants.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom that I can share with him?

Meanwhile, my goals for the week:
*stick to my planned menu.
*have at least one serving of fruits or veggies with each meal.
*complete 25 minutes straight of running (that's a big one).
*do at least 2 days of Burn it Up.

Eats for Sunday 11/8

I cleaned out my closet today and pulled out my winter stuff for the year. Last year, I had a pretty big stack of clothes that just didn't quite fit. They were way too tight to wear and just remained in the crate for the whole season. This included some of the brand new sweaters I received as gifts.
I ended up wearing the same things over and over, mostly stuff that I could 'hide' in.
Today, when I tried on those sweaters, they fit! Yay!
Now, I still have a stack of sweaters and jeans and pants that don't fit. Of course, those are my size 10, 8 and 6 clothes and I will be in them again!
It feels really good to put clothes on and actually feel good about how they look. I'm not at my goal weight yet, but I'm getting there and it makes me feel really good about my self.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 21

1 whole grain sandwich thin, 1 pt - 23
peanut butter, 5 pts - 18
8oz fat free skim milk, 2 pts - 16

Kashi chocolate coconut bar, 2 pts - 14

1 chicken taco, 5 pts - 9
tortilla chips with ww cheese and salsa, 6 pts - 3
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 3

leftover chicken chorizo ettouffee with rice, 6 pts - 0/18
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/18

Total points used: 27
Weekly points remaining: 18
Fruit/veggies: 0
Water: 3

Thought for the day:
I feel like I have a whole new wardrobe!

Eats for Saturday 11/6

MB and I spent the better part of the day lounging around in fuzzy blankets, napping on the couch. We were contemplating just skipping our run today. However, we decided to haul ourselves up off the couch and go hit the trails.
Unfortunately, once we got there and the reality of running 25 minutes straight actually hit us, we lost our momentum. We put in a good effort, but I think we only ended up running 10 minutes. That might even be a little generous. We did walk the whole trail and still got some exercise, but this was the second day in a row that we sucked on our C25K goals.
Our next run will be Tuesday because of our work schedules. We are going to have to bring it big time!
My plan is to do slim in 6 and/or yoga for the next two days just to keep myself motivated.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 23

1 whole grain sandwich thin, 1 pt - 23
peanut butter, 5 pts - 18
8oz fat free skim milk, 2 pts - 16

1 package of nuts, 3 pts - 13

Day 18 of couch to 5k, +3 pts - 16

chips and salsa, 3 pts - 13
chicken chorizo etouffee, 8 pts - 5
1/2 cup white rice, 2 pts - 3
1 margarita, 5 pts - 0/21

Total points used: 26
Weekly points remaining: 21
Fruit/veggies: 0
Water: 2

Thought for the day:
It was just not a good day to run apparently.

Eats for Friday 11/5

MB and I did day 17 of the couch to 5k today. It was kinda sucky because we were not really feeling it. We were still out there though.
Afterwards, we were kinda being lazy around the house. It was getting close to 8pm and neither of us wanted to make dinner. We ended up ordering a pizza. Apparently, TOM, who is visiting me for the second time this month already, likes pizza. Alot.
Ugh. It wasn't pretty, people.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 28

oatmeal, 2 pts - 22

1 serving honey wheat pretzels, 2 pts - 20

brown rice, 3 pts - 17
cauliflower with cheese sauce, 3 pts - 14
1/2 cup green peas, 1 pt - 13
1 yogurt, 2 pts - 11

Day 17 of couch to 5k, +4 pts - 15

pizza, 20 pts - 0/23
diet coke, 0 pts - 0/23

Thought for the day:
TOM is such a jerk.

Eats for Thursday 11/4

MB and I were supposed to go running today but he had a really stressful day and neither of us was in the mood. He got rear ended by someone on his way home from working a 30 some hour shift. Then, he had to arrange to get our car towed and get a rental car to get home in and deal with all the insurance stuff. That tends to ruin your day a little bit.
So, running was postponed for tomorrow.

Daily points allowance: 24
Weekly points remaining: 28

oatmeal, 2 pts - 22

1 serving honey wheat pretzels, 2 pts - 20
32 oz water with crystal light

brown rice, 3 pts - 17
turkey chili, 6 pts - 11
ww cheddar cheese, 2 pts - 9

1 pork chop, 4 pts - 5
cauliflower with cheese sauce, 2 pts - 3
sauteed cabbage, 0 pts - 3
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 3

Daily points used: 21
Weekly points remaining: 28
Fruit/veggies: 2
Water: 5

Thought for the day:
I'm getting kind of tired of plain old pork chops. I think it's time for a new recipe.

Eats for Wednesday, 11/3

I owed a meal to my friend who dog-sat and house-sat for us a couple weeks ago. She wouldn't let me pay her so I told her I would take her out to dinner. We went to the local brewery because she had never been there. Plus, I wanted to go back and have the beer that tasted like a milkshake that MB had earlier this week.
My friend and I both had the burger with gorgonzola and mushrooms. Let me tell you, it was the best meal I have eaten in a really long time. The flavor of that burger with the cheese and the mushrooms (which were chopped almost like a relish) paired with the sweet, rich beer...Omg.
It was well worth the points.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35

oatmeal, 2 pts - 23

30g cheddar rice cakes, 2 pts - 21
1 fiber one bar, 1 pt - 20
1 cup pasta, 4 pts - 16
1/2 cup sauce, 1 pt - 15
cheese, 1 pt - 14
1 yogurt, 2 pts = 12
32oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 12

1 burger with gorgonzola and mushrooms, 15 pts - 0/32
1 bourbon porter beer, 4 pts - 0/28

Total points used: 32
Weekly points remaining: 28
Fruit/veggie: 0
Water: 4

Thought for the day:
That burger and beer was sooooo worth the points. Omg.

weigh in 11/2/10

I'm down 1.2 for the week and 11.4 total.

In case you hadn't noticed, I've been a little absent from the BLitz this week. I meant to post my daily eats but I got tied up in some home maintenance issues on Thursday and Friday and just never got the chance to stop by and catch up.

Since I knew that I wasn't going to be able to post my eats, I did write them down each day. Overall, I did pretty well this week. My goal was to plan my meals each day and stick to the planned menu. That didn't work out too well for me.

I did okay the first day. I made chicken tacos at home, but then I ate a slice of unplanned pizza at work for dinner. Hey, it was free!

On Thursday and Friday, I found myself in the middle of an unexpected home repair disaster. I had a flood in the basement and found myself running back and forth to the hardware store all day long. By the time I was on my 3rd trip, I realized I hadn't eaten yet so I hit the drive through. It was either that or pass out in the middle of my flood.

I could've drowned. That would have been super embarrassing.

I did manage to eat a healthy dinner that night and the next. MB and I went out to dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant Saturday night. I ate half my meal and bought the rest home. Sunday, we went to a friend's house to watch zombie movies and we ate pizza and just a little bit of candy for dinner.

I resisted the peanut butter cups in favor of twizzlers and 2 jawbreakers. Impressive, right?

MB and I also did our run for the day and we kicked butt! I definitely earned my 2 jawbreakers!

We also went out to eat last night with some friends who came into town. It was at our favorite local brewery and MB had the most delicious porter. It tasted like a beer milkshake. Seriously. Yummy.

So, my week was definitely unplanned and I definitely ate all of my points by going out for the past three nights. But, I was wise in my food choices and was very active each day and I ended the week with a loss.

I also wore my jean jacket on Friday, which I have not been able to wear comfortably in 4 years. I also wore a pair of jeans and a sweater that I could not wear last year.

I'm pretty happy with my week!

For this coming week, it's the usual: post my daily eats; plan my meals; stay active.

So, how was your week?

Weigh in 10/26/10

I did it!
I reached my 10 lbs lost!

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I feel like I should celebrate with a hot fudge sundae!
Just kidding. :)

Seriously, I feel really good about this. I finally broke that 10 lb barrier.

I was hoping for a bigger loss this week, but .8 is still a loss and I'm okay with that. It puts me at 10.2 overall.

TOM really messed with me this week. The Beast also had a little fun with me. Between those two jerks, I really didn't stick to my goals of eating all my points or planning meals carefully, etc.

This week I plan to do much better. I plan to eat all of my points for the day, every day. I plan to incorporate a lot more fruits and veggies and protein (lentil soup, anyone? Yum). I plan to stick to my exercise routine of C25K every other day with Burn it Up on 2 of my off days and yoga on my other off day/s.

The only thing that has the potential to hinder me is the absence of MB. He is away for training for the next 5 days so I am on my own with all of this. This means I will have to be trusted to do the runs on my own.

I can physically manage it, but the mental won't be so easy. MB is my motivator. Without him there, I have to find my own inner motivation in order to push myself. I think I can do it. It might be a struggle though. It's a lot easier to give up when no one is there to give you the stink eye.

I won't give up though. I will do it.

I also have to stick to the meal plans while MB is away. I have a tendency to stray from that also when no one is around to give me the stink eye.

A whole week without supervision. This might be hard!

I know I can do it though. I want to keep that 10 lb loss and work towards 15.

So, how are you guys doing this week?

Eats for Sunday 10/24

Today was a really weird day for me.
I got up with MB and we did Day 12 of C25K. We kicked butt! It was awesome. We had to run 2 5 minute segments and 2 3 minute segments. I ran all of them, all the way through. Woohoo! It felt great!
We got home and showered to get ready for my parents who were coming up for a visit. I thought I had plenty of time to eat a little breakfast or something before they got here, but I was mistaken.
When they got here, they wanted to go over to my cousin's house right away to visit her. I rushed to get dinner in the crockpot so that would at least be done and scarfed down an apple. I could already feel The Beast (my migraine affliction) coming on.
I popped a migraine pill and tried to fend it off, but it was futile. I'll be posting about it more at Girly Bitz, if you want the gory details. Just know that The Beast is the reason that there is no lunch on today's posting. I had lunch, but The Beast stole it from me.
Moving on, I was able to eat dinner without incident and all was right with the world.
Such a roller coaster of a day for me. I kicked butt on my run, spent quality time with my family, suffered through one hell of a bout with The Beast, then had a nice dinner with MB.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 33

1 banana, 2 pts - 23
1 pack of nuts, 3 pts - 20

Day 12 of C25K, +4 pts - 24

1 apple, 2 pts - 22

slow cooker ginger pork, 7 pts - 15
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 15

Total points used: 14
Exercise points earned: 4
Weekly points remaining: 33
Fruit/veggie: 2
Water: 3

Thought for the day:
I really despise The Beast.

Eats for Saturday 10/23

Today was a very lazy day for me. MB was gone for most of the day, so it was just Skye girl and I and we took advantage of the quiet. I stayed in bed most of the morning reading. TOM was making me crave cupcakes so I had those for breakfast. I know, it's not what I should've been eating. Sometimes you just have to have a cupcake.
I more than burned them off with my Burn it Up workout. That is one heck of a workout!
When MB got home, we decided to go out for dinner since he had been gone for 2 days and was going to be away all next week also. He wanted Italian, so we hit the local Italian place we love and tried to have a nice meal.
The food was pretty bad, which is unusual for them. Our cream of crab soup was definitely made with imitation crab. When you can tell that it's fake by the texture, it's pretty bad. I ordered broccoli rabe with sausage and it was awful. I could only eat a couple bites. It tasted bitter like it does when I try to make it. Sheesh. I could've stayed home and eaten my own crappy version. The waitress actually took it off my bill. That's how bad it was.
Of course, I felt like an asshole for even telling her how bad it was, but I had to explain why I barely touched it. Hey, she asked! MB says we can't go back there now for awhile...until they have forgotten us.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35

2 cupcakes, 8 pts - 17
8 oz skim milk, 2 pts - 15

2 slices leftover pizza, 8 pts - 7
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 7

Burn it Up from the Slim in 6 series, +4 pts - 11

cream of crab soup, 6 pts - 5
broccoli rabe with sausage, 1 pt (that's all I ate) - 4
2 rolls, 6 pts - 0/33
2 unsweetened iced teas, 0 pts - 0/33

Total points used: 27
Weekly points remaining: 33
Exercise points earned: 4
Fruit/veggies: 0
Water: 4

Thought for the day: That dinner was just about the most disgusting thing I have eaten in a long time.

Eats for Wed 10/20 - Fri 10/22

Yeah. I've been slacking.
You can pretty much blame TOM for that. He officially stopped by on Thursday but he's been making his presence known all week.
I've been grumpy and schlumpy (it's a word) and just generally icky. I've been in bed by 9pm every night and I haven't been trying to plan meals and stick to the points like I said I was going to. The first day was pretty good, but it's been downhill since then.
The exercise has been okay though. We did Day 11 of C25K on Thursday. TOM actually made me want to curl up on the sidewalk in a ball of tears and quit. The first running segment was okay. I walked most of the second running segment. MB pushed me out of my funk and I was able to run the full 3 minute segment and then a straight 4 1/2 minutes of the 5 minute segment.
That's the most I've run at one time so far! Woohoo!
I still felt pretty sucky, but I did it.
So, on with the eats. I'll spare you the lengthy, detailed rundown of every single bite I ate. I wrote it all down separately so you can just get the quick, condensed version.
You're welcome.

Wednesday 10/20 -
Total points eaten: 14 out of my 25 daily allowance.
Exercise points earned: 4 - I did 20 minutes of Burn it Up and also cleaned the

Thursday 10/21 -
Total points eaten: 22 out of my 25 daily allowance.
Exercise points earned: 4 - Day 11 of C25K!

Friday 10/22 -
Total points eaten: 20 out of my 25 daily allowance.
Exercise points earned: 2 - Skye and I hiked the trail.

So, as of Friday, I have all of my weekly points intact. As you can see, I have not been eating all of my daily points. That is what I was supposed to be working on this week, but obviously I haven't.
Now that I've taken the time to tally things up, I will be paying more attention to what I'm eating.
Having said that, I hope you all will forgive me for the cupcakes I may or may not have consumed today.
See you tomorrow for the full shameful report.

Weigh in.

Let's just get right to the good stuff, shall we?

Today's weigh in: 191.6 :)
I'm down 1.6 from last week and 9.4 overall!

I have to say I'm really happy with those results. I know that I'll reach 10 pounds lost by next weigh in. I know it!

I may have gotten there this week if it hadn't been for the 29 point sandwich at Chili's and the blizzard at DQ. If I can avoid those temptations this week, I'll be just fine.

Lori left me a very helpful comment too (Thanks Lori!) about my daily points. I sometimes eat way less points than I'm supposed to for the day. Sometimes it's poor planning. Sometimes it's because I'm just not hungry.

I know I need to work on this though. I need to make an effort to eat all my points and really eat healthy foods that are going to help fuel me for running. That's my project for the week - planning healthy, filling meals that insure my body is getting what it needs.

Yesterday, I made up an exercise plan for myself. I will continue doing the C25K three days a week. In order to help beef up my cardio and my endurance, I will be incorporating step aerobics on the off days. I will have one day 'off' where I will do something active, but fun. This may include hiking with the pup or yoga or biking. Something low key, but still active.

I've kinda been struggling mentally with the C25K program. Go here to read more about that and offer me some much needed encouragement. It would be appreciated.

So, I plan on returning here next week with another loss that puts me at my 10 pound mark.

How are you guys doing? I'll be stopping by to check in with everyone.

Thanks to all of you for your comments! I really appreciate all the feedback. :)

Eats for Saturday 10/16/10

I was on my own for dinner tonight since MB was away for training. In the past, this has meant that I would 'sneak' off to Taco Bell or get a stromboli or some sort of caloric monstrosity.
I was very tempted to go to the take out Indian place and get some yummy vegetable samosas, but I didn't feel like putting pants on. So, I sucked it up and made some risotto with what I thought was chorizo. Apparently I defrosted the wrong sausage and ended up with sweet italian sausage. It was still good.
The craving for Indian food hasn't gone away though.
The buffet may be in my future.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 0

1 packet apple cranberry almond oatmeal, 2 pts - 23

2 cups romaine with 1 tbsp shaved cheese, 1 pt - 22
1 1/2 tbsp bacon bits, 1 pt - 21
1 serving light caesar dressing, 2 pts - 19
48 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 19

1 fiber one bar, 1 pt - 18

1 cup risotto with mushrooms, garlic and 1/2 link sausage, 12 pts - 6
1 cup sauteed cabbage with garlic and spices, 0 pts - 6
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 6

Total points used: 19
Fruit/veggies: 3
Water: 7
Weekly points remaining: 0

Thought for the day:
Always label the freezer bags before you put them away.

Eats for Friday 10/15/10

MB and I hadn't seen each other since Tuesday morning and wouldn't be seeing each other all weekend. After doing C25K, neither of us felt like cooking and we kinda needed some date night time. We tried to hit the Border Cafe, which we love, so we could get some chicken chorizo etouffee. Tried. They were super busy and neither of us felt like waiting for 45 minutes.
Chilis was right next door, so that's where we ended up.
I figured a pulled pork sandwich couldn't be that bad. Boy, was I wrong. 29 points!
You'd think I would know by now to check points before eating.
To make matters worse, MB and I decided to splurge and have blizzards.
I know. We are horrible people.
What can I say? We are weak.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 25.5

I slept in. There was no breakfast to be had. :)

1 multi grain sandwich thin, 2 pts - 23
1 serving peanut butter, 5 pts - 18
1 cheese stick, 2 pts - 16

1 apple, 2 pts - 14
1 cheese stick, 2 pts - 12

Day 8 of C25K, 45 minutes total, 20 heavy cardio, 20 moderate, +4 pts - 16

Pulled pork sandwich and french fries from Chilis, 29 pts - 0/12.5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/12.5

DQ blizzard, more points than I have left - 0!

Total points used: more than I have!
Weekly points remaining: Yeah right!
Points earned: 4
Fruit/veggies: 1
Water intake: 3

Thought for the day:
29 points for a freakin sandwich? Seriously?

Eats for Thursday 10/14/10

So, I wanted to add a little cardio to my weekly workout routine and tried some step aerobics. I had done it before after I got a step for $5 from a yard sale and a free step tape (yep, it was vhs) when I bought a pair of sneakers.
It was actually a cool workout, except for the super cheesy people on the tape. Ugh. The jokes they were making...brutal!
This time, I dvr'd a step workout from Fit tv. I start it up and after the first 5 steps, I find myself frozen. My feet had stopped moving because I couldn't figure out where the hell they were supposed to go! 5 steps in and I was completely lost.
Rewind. Let's try this again.
5 steps in and once again I'm frozen.
Screw this. I'm doing Slim in 6.
So, I did Ramp it Up, the 2nd level of the Slim in 6 program. Instead of doing the 3 minute squat segment though, I jogged around the family room for 3 minutes. Squats hurt my back and I figured 3 minutes of jogging would be good to prep me for my run the next day.
It confused the pup, but it was a good workout.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 25.5

1 fiber one bar, 1 pt - 24

Turkey chili with low fat cheese, 8 pts - 16
saltines, 2 pts - 14

1 cheese stick, 2 pts - 12

Slim in 6's Ramp it Up, +2 pts - 14

2 cups romaine, 0 pts - 14
1 serving low fat mozzarella, 2 pts - 12
1 1/2 tbsp bacon bits, 1 pt - 11
1 serving light caesar, 2 pts - 9

Total points used: 18
Total points earned: 2
Weekly points remaining: 25.5
Fruits/veggies: 2

Thought for the day:
Step aerobics is hard!

Eats for Wed 10/13/10

It was such a busy night in the crisis unit that I didn't get to eat my dinner until 9:30pm. Even then, I scarfed it down so quickly that it didn't satisfy me at all.
I had to have comfort food when I left, so I hit the Wendys drive through and got some fries and a frosty.
I know.
It's bad.
I don't how what else to say about it. It is what it is.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35

1 fiber one bar, 1 pt - 24

turkey chili with lowfat cheese, 8pts - 16
8oz fat free skim milk, 2 pts - 14

30g cheddar rice cakes, 2 pts - 12

2 cups romaine, 0 pts - 12
1/4 cup low fat mozzarella, 2 pts - 10
1 serving light caesar dressing, 2 pts - 8
1 1/2 tbsp bacon bits, 1 pt - 7
64oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 7

french fries from Wendy's, 10pts - 0/32
coffee toffee Frosty, 6.5pts - 0/25.5

Total points used: 34.5
Weekly points remaining: 25.5
Fruit/veggie servings: 2
Water servings: 8

Thought for the day:
I can feel TOM approaching. Ugh.

Weigh in

Weigh in day again.

I maintained this week. That's okay, considering that I didn't track or count or measure a single thing for the past 4 days.

I'll take a maintenance weigh in. :)

MB and I did C25K again today and I sucked again today, just like I did on Saturday. I'm really struggling mentally with this whole running thing. I've had two bad days where I couldn't catch my breath and couldn't push through the pain. Now, I'm getting frustrated and upset and I want to quit.

Today was the day that we were supposed to do 1 90sec run and 2 3 minutes runs. I ran maybe a minute at the longest run. MB did them all. I tried, but I just couldn't push through it. Then, I started getting all frustrated that MB was going to be so far ahead of me in his progress and I would never catch up, so what's the point in even trying anymore...Yeah. That's how my brain works.

I don't want to quit. I want to do this. I know I can do this.

My plan right now is to incorporate some more cardio into my week, so maybe I can build up my stamina. I also want to incorporate some yoga into my daily routines to help with learning to control my breath.

MB and I will be doing the C25K 3 days a week. I will be doing cardio in the form of step aerobics, a hike on the trails or a bike ride 2 on my days off from C25K. On the
6th day, I will be doing yoga only with maybe a leisurely walk around the park or neighborhood.

This will allow me to increase my cardio and still have one day off to recuperate. I think it will help improve my running.

We are also sticking to the healthy eating. I'm going to the Farmer's Market tomorrow to stock up on fresh veggies and whatnot.

I'm really trying to stick with the C25K. I don't want to quit, but if I don't see some serious improvement, I know that I will.

Help me, peeps. I need your support and encouragement. I need to hear what motivates you to keep pushing yourself.
So tell do you keep yourself from giving up?

Updated eats

Sorry I haven't been checking in daily. MB and I went out of town this weekend for a wedding. I took Alfreda (my laptop), but didn't really have time to do a lot with her.

We spent the weekend in Pennsylvania. Considering the fact that we didn't plan a single meal or prepare a single meal, I think we did pretty well.

Friday, we hit the road right after I got off work. We snacked on some rice cakes while sitting in traffic. A lot of traffic. I was still hungry so I ate an apple that may or may not have had a worm in it.

Extra protein.

We stopped at Chick Fil A on the way up there. Then, we drank a lot of beer and snacked on some Honey Wheat pretzels while playing games until 4am.

Saturday, we found a little bistro and had Guiness onion soup. Yum. I also had an open faced crab melt with french fries and unsweetened iced tea.

After lunch, we decided to hit the local park and go for Day Six of C25K, especially after MB got some awesome running shoes for 1/2 off.

I have to tell you that I absolutely sucked. I was struggling right from the start. I couldn't catch my breath.
Usually I can push through that initial chest pain that hits me when I start running. That was not happening. I just couldn't push through it. I was stuck.
I know it was mental and I really tried to push myself and get past it, but I just couldn't.
We ended up walking most of the little trail, which was still good exercise.
I felt like a failure so I hit the hotel gym and did 10 minutes on the elliptical.
When my heart rate got up to 170, MB told me to stop. He said I had enough.
I agreed.

For dinner on Saturday, we had soup - scallop bisque. It was the best soup I've ever had. Sooo good.
That was followed by a salad with walnuts and some sort of vinagrette. The entree was sauteed skate wing over a pomme puree with cauliflower and artichoke hearts.
It was...meh.
The chocolate cake covered with a chocolate ganache more than made up for the meh meal.
Best cake ever.
I could've just had the soup and the cake and died a happy woman.


Sunday morning I ate scrambled eggs with salsa, bacon and home fries.

The wedding was Sunday afternoon. We had rice pilaf, asparagus, roasted potatoes and carved turkey breast with a light gravy.
And of course, wedding cake.
And a few beers. Really only two.
MB had quite a bit of Scotch, but neither of us got super drunk.

Today, MB and I had to eat out because we had nothing prepped in the fridge. We found a little take out Indian place. I got the chicken curry special and two vegetable samosas. There was enough to split it and have lunch and dinner.

Tomorrow is weigh in day and I don't really know what to expect. I would be okay with a gain, because we did spend the whole weekend on vacay.
I'm prepared for whatever the scale says.

See you tomorrow peeps.

Eats for Wed 10/6/10

I was being pressured at work today to eat a sub.

Apparently there is a local place that has $3 subs on Wednesdays. Since I was the only staff person officially allowed to leave the unit, I was being pressured to go and pick up said subs for everyone else.
I resisted.
Bargains are hard to resist, but I did it.

Then, I came home and cleaned my entire house after cleaning the fish pond pump. That is the most disgusting job ever.
Seriously, it's like I'm manufacturing algae in that little pond. I've never seen so much green gunk in all my life.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35

1 Activia light vanilla yogurt, 1 pt - 24
1 serving Special K cereal, 1 pt - 23

2 cups romaine, 0 pts - 23
1 1/2 tsp bacon bits, 1 pt - 22
1 serving light caesar dressing, 2 pts - 20
1 tsp parmesan cheese, 1 pt - 19
1/2 cup chicken, 2.5 pts - 16.5
64 oz water with Crystal Light, 0 pts - 16.5

30g honey wheat pretzels, 2 pts - 14.5

20 minute walk with the pup, +1 point - 15.5
1 hour cleaning the house and yard, +3 pts - 18.5

Leftover pizza, 12 pts - 6.5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 6.5

Total points used: 22.5
Total points earned: 4
Weekly points remaining: 35
Fruit/veggie servings: 2
Water servings: 9

Thought for the day:
How the heck can fish accumulate so much gunk. What are they doing in there?!

Weigh in!

Oh, where to begin.

Let's start with the scale, shall we?

I have to say that I am slightly disappointed with the numbers this week.
I'm down .8 from last week. 7.8 total.

I worked my ass off this week. I stuck to the Fat Club Plan. I stuck to the C25K plan. I drank oodles of water.

Yet, the scale shows a .8 loss.

Well, you know what...I don't even care about the numbers on that stupid scale this week. Wanna know why?
Don't worry, I'm going to tell you.

I have had a wonderful week, full of non scale victories and positive changes and esteem boosters and all of those things that I have really been needing.

I successfully started and completed four days of the Couch to 5K plan.
On Day Four of the C25K, I was even able to talk to MB, not hyperventilate and run an extra few minutes at the end.

I hiked the local trail with the pup without running out of breath on the really hilly part.

I was active every single day last week, except Saturday when I went grocery shopping instead of working out.

I have had more energy than I remember having in a long time.

I feel so much better in my clothes than I have in a really long time. I even wore my size 12 work pants, which have been in the back of my closet for the past year.

I got several compliments from friends and coworkers (and even MB), telling me that I am looking good. They have said I look like I'm losing weight.
One friend even said I was looking svelte! She also teared up a little because she was so proud of me, but that may have been because she was on hour 14 of her 12 hour shift in the crisis unit.

I have regained that self confidence I lost somewhere under all the flab. I have found my motivation. I have regained my mojo.
And I am loving it!

I owe a lot of it to MB, who has been super supportive in getting me out there, even when I didn't want to. He encourages me when I feel like I can't do it. He pushes me to try just a little harder.
He even said I was sexy when I was running with my breathe right strip on my nose!
That's love, people.

Anyweigh, those numbers may not be what I was hoping to see, but I'm more than okay with that.
I have accomplished so much in this past week and I am feeling great.
I know that I can keep this momentum up because I love how I'm feeling.
I want this.
I'm out of the rut.

My plan for this week is to continue sticking to my points. I will be doing C25K as scheduled. I will also be doing something active on the off days. This may include taking the pup to the trails or riding my bike or yoga or some combination thereof.

My obstacle for this week is the wedding of a friend this weekend. MB and I will be spending the weekend out of town for the event. This means lots of temptation, lots of eating out and probably lots of booze.
We're already planning on running while away and I think we'll do just fine.

I'd like to say 'Thanks' to my peeps for the supportive comments on here. You are so much a part of my success. I heart you all.
Can't wait to check in with everyone.
Hope you are all hanging in there. :)

Eats for Monday 10/4/10

MB and I did Day Four of C25K today and we kicked some serious butt. It was raining and cold but we were out there anyway. We rewarded ourselves with dinner at Applebees. I don't know the points values of the dessert we had or the appetizers. Yeah, we had both. I just assume I used up all my points and all my flex points. It's the last day of the week anyway.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 24

Yeah. I slept in. It was my day off.

1 cup WW vegetable soup with 1 tsp parmesan, 1 pt - 24
10 saltines, 2 pts - 22
8oz fat free skim milk, 2 pts - 20

Day Four of C25K - 2.4 miles in 40 minutes, 20 minutes high cardio, 20 minutes
moderate cardio, +4pts - 24

Applebees WW steak and portobellos, 7 pts - 17
1 wonton taco, ? pts
1 steak quesadilla appetizer roll, ? pts
brownie sundae, ? pts
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts

Since I'm assuming it's all been used up, there's no point in tallying.

Thought for the day:
We totally earned our dessert today!

Weigh in tomorrow! See you then.

Eats for Sunday 10/3/10

I chose to hit the trails before work and then realized I was running late for work and had no time to eat lunch. I planned on eating my salad at the beginning of my shift then having soup later. However, I wasn't hungry until 10:30pm and it was too late to eat dinner so I just had popcorn for an after work snack.
All this exercise is really changing my appetite. In a good way.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 24

1 bagel thin, 2 pts - 23
1 serving peanut butter, 5 pts - 18
1 8oz glass apple cider, 2 pts - 16

1 apple, 2 pts - 14

45 minutes on the trail at a moderate pace, +3 pts - 17

Late Lunch/Early Dinner:
2 cups salad greens, 0 pts - 17
1/2 cup chicken, 2.5 pts - 14.5
1 1/2 tbsp bacon bits, 1 pt - 13.5
1 tsp parmesan cheese, 1 pt - 12.5
1 serving caesar dressing, 5 pts - 7.5
1 fiber one bar, 1 pt - 6.5
48 oz water with Crystal Light

30g cheddar rice cakes, 2 pts - 4.5

popcorn, 2 pts - 2.5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 2.5

Total points used: 22.5
Weekly points remaining: 24
Fruit/veggie intake: 3
Water servings: 6 glasses

Thought for the day:
The trail is really peaceful this time of year.

Eats for Saturday 10/2/10

I had a lot of points left over today. When I first tallied it up, I forgot to count the chicken in my salad so I had 10 points left over. Wow! 7.5 is still pretty high.
I really was full after I ate my dinner though.
I could've probably snacked on something while catching up on SVU at midnight.
But, I didn't.
And that's okay.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 24

I slept in. There was no breakfast to be had.

1/2 cup white rice, 2 pts - 23
1/2 cup chicken and broccoli, 1 pt - 22
1 unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 22

1 large Honeycrisp apple, 2 pts - 20

1 cup WW vegetable soup with 1 tsp parmesan cheese, 1 pt - 19
10 saltine crackers, 2 pts - 17
2 cups salad greens with 1/2 cup chicken, 2.5 pts - 14.5
1 tsp parmesan cheese, 1 pt - 13.5
2 tbsps caesar dressing, 5 pts - 8.5
1 1/2 tbsp bacon bits, 1 pt - 7.5
4 glasses of water with Lipton tea mix in, 0 pts - 7.5

Total points used: 17.5
Weekly points remaining: 24
Fruit/veggie servings: 5
Water servings: 5

Thought for the day:
SVU is a really good show. This season is kicking some serious butt!

Eats for Friday 10/1/10

I had a blizzard today.

I know. I'm an awful person.

I won't even try and explain it to you. If you want to know what led to the diet debauchery, go here to read all about it.

I'm only human, peeps.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 34

1/2 activia light yogurt with blueberries, 1 pt - 24

1 lean cut of steak, 5 pts - 19
1 cup mushrooms, 0 pts - 19
1 unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 19

Day Three C25K: 2.4 miles covered, 20 minutes heavy cardio, 20 minutes cool
down walking at a light pace, +4 pts - 23
1/2 cup white rice, 2 pts - 21
1/2 cup chicken and broccoli, 1 pt - 20
1 egg roll, 5 pts - 15
1 unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 15

1 large peanut butter cup blizzard from DQ, 25 pts - 0/24
1 glass ice water, 0 pts - 0/24

Total points used: 39
Total exercise points earned: 4
Weekly points remaining: 24
Fruit/veggie servings: 1?
Water intake: 3

Thought for the day:
Sometimes you just have to give in to the craving (sigh).

Eats for Thursday 9/30/10

Daily points allowance: 25
I have to tell you that MB and I both really wanted ice cream last night. It was raining it's buns off and we both got home late (midnight) and were craving something sweet. I'm so proud of us for resisting. I should probably thank the weather, in all honesty. Neither of us wanted ice cream badly enough to get soaking wet for it!
It's still a victory in my eyes.
I've been known to brave a blizzard for a really good sundae.

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 34

None - I slept in today. :)

1 cup pasta, 4 pts - 21
1/4 cup light alfredo sauce, 3 pts - 18
1 cup asparagus sauteed with garlic and butter, 1 pt - 17
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 17

1 apple, 2 pts - 15

Salad greens with caesar dressing and grated parmesan 6 pts - 9
1 yogurt, 2 pts - 7
56 oz water with Crystal Light, 0 pts - 7

popcorn, 2 pts - 5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 5

Total points used: 20
Weekly points remaining: 34
Fruit/veggie intake: 4
Water intake: 9 8oz glasses!

Thought for the day:
I'm feeling really good about my progress right now. :)

Eats for Wednesday 9/29/10

MB and I did Day Two of C25K today. Then we finished the walk around the neighborhood. Then, I took the pup for a walk in the park because she was feeling neglected.
We had such a delicious lunch. I knew it was going to be high in points, but it was totally worth it! I heart chorizo!

Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35

1 Thomas bagel thin, 2 pts - 23
1 serving peanut butter, 5 pts - 18
1/2 cup vanilla Activia yogurt, .5 pts - 17.5
1/2 serving blueberries, .5 pts - 17
*I was full from the bagel thin and could just not stuff myself with
the yogurt.

Exercise: Day Two of C25K (hell yeah!) with a total of 2.4 miles, 5 minutes of which
were spent running. Plus, a 10 minute walk in the park with the pup.
Exercise points earned: +4 - 21

1 porkchop, 4 pts - 17
1/2 cup brussel sprouts, sauteed with carrots, garlic & garam masala, 0 pts - 17
1/2 cup risotto with onions, 5 pts - 12
1/4 link chorizo, 3 pts - 9
unsweetened iced tea

1 honey crisp apple, 2 pts - 7

*leftovers from lunch!
1/2 cup brussel sprouts, 0 pts - 7
1/2 cup risotto with onions, 5 pts - 2
1/4 link chorizo, 3 pts - 0/34

Total points used: 30
Total points earned: 4
Weekly points remaining: 34
Fruit/veggie intake: 2 servings
Water intake: 6 glasses

Thought for the day: Running is hard, y'all!

Don't forget to visit Girly Bitz for my tales of C25K.

Weigh in and a plan.

Weigh in day.
I had done a preliminary weigh in on Sunday when I got back home from the beach. I knew I had gained, but I was dying to know how bad it was. It was 196 then.

Today was the official weigh in. 194.
I gained 1.4. Or 3.4 depending on which weigh in day you go with.

I'm going with today since Tuesdays are my official weigh in, update the weight tracker turtle day.

There was no way I wasn't going to gain over my vacation. I already planned for it. I'm okay with it.

The good news is that I am motivated and back on track. I am tired of feeling uncomfortable in my clothes. Tired of constantly tugging on my shirt. Tired of feeling out of shape. Tired of hiding from the camera. Tired of hiding in general. Just tired of being a fatty.

MB and I have started the Couch to 5K plan. Tomorrow will be day two. I'm kinda excited about it. I struggled the first day but survived. Can't wait to see what day two brings.

My plan is for us to do the C25K Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will be doing Slim in 6 and yoga on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Now, I missed doing that today because I had to go to the grocery store and farmer's market. Our cupboards were bare!

They have been stocked now with fresh veggies and greens and we are ready for a week of healthy eating.

My goals for the week are:
*stick to the exercise plan.
*don't give up on the C25K, no matter how hard it is.
*drink lots of water.
*eat lots of veggies and fruits.

Daily tracking begins again tomorrow.
I will be posting about my running adventures and all of the accompanying drama/angst on my other site, Girly Bitz. Be sure to check it out.

I ran.

Hi everyone.

Guess what I did today?
I ran!


I won't bore you with the humorous details of my run (you can click here to go to Girly Bitz and read all about it).

That's right. MB and I are doing the Couch to 5K plan. Today was Day One. It was okay. I survived.

I would love to solicit advice from all the runners out there. This is really the first time I am running (MB too) and I could use all the help I can get.

My biggest discomfort today was with breathing. I found it really hard to maintain even breaths. I was able to do it while walking, but once I started running it fell apart.

I would start hyperventilating and then felt like I had to stop. I didn't want to stop, because my body was feeling okay. It was just trying to catch my breath.

I know it's my first day and alot of this will come with practice. I'd still love to get some advice if you have any.

We'll be back out there on Wednesday and Friday. On the off days, I plan on doing slim in 6 and yoga.

I have to tell you that MB is a wonderful motivator. He really pushed me today and kept me moving and I appreciate that. He's a great coach. A great partner. And he looks pretty good in his running shorts!

I'll be back tomorrow with my official weigh in and the beginning of daily food journaling again.

Can't wait to get back on track and get my fat ass into those skinny jeans again!

The BLitz is back on!

I'm baaaaaack.

I am back from my little vacation and I am avoiding the scale like it's the plague. Actually, that's not true. I'm fighting my urge to get on the scale. While I know the number will be large (much like my ass - teeheehee), I am dying to know what it is.

Don't be alarmed if I take a pause from this post to get naked and do a little preliminary weigh in.

Thank God I don't do vlogs, huh? :)

So, anyway...I haven't tracked a damn thing this whole week.
The healthiest thing I ate all week was the fried calamari I had at the bar Friday night.


Why have I been so far off track? Well, there are many factors:
*I spent the last 4 days with The Feeder (aka my mother).
*The Feeder's house is stocked with junk food and not one single rice cake in
*I have been spending the week with my lovely companion, TOM.
*I have been super stressed and usually feed during times of stress.
*I have been in vacation mode which = relaxation = very little exercise.

So, I totally stripped and weighed in. 196. Ugh. That's up 3.4 pounds from last week's weigh in.


So, here's a recap of what I have been consuming in the past 5-6 days while on vacay, in no particular order.
It isn't pretty, people.

*2 bowls vegetable soup with ground beef
*2 handfuls peanut butter filled pretzels
*3 slices pineapple upside down cake (made by The Feeder)
*2 handfuls candy corn
*2 vanilla milkshakes
*2 orders of french fries
*1 piece of scrapple
*1 order hash browns
*1/2 plate of calamari
*5 diet sodas
*4 chocolate chip cookies
*2 slices bread with peanut butter
*7 beers
*1 grilled cheese sandwich
*1 beef chimichanga

That about sums it up.

I made absolutely no effort whatsoever to eat healthy. I could've brought food with me. I could've skipped the desserts. I could've done a lot of things. But, I didn't.

I just didn't.

And, now I'm paying for it.

Tomorrow, MB and I are back on track. We are even contemplating the Couch to 5K plan. The plan is to hit the trails tomorrow and get our fat asses moving.

I know we can do it. I know I can do it.

This little setback is just that - a little setback. It's not the end of the world. It's not the end of my journey.

It's just the beginning...again.

Checking in.

Hi peeps!

I'm on vacay until Sunday. That means I'm at the beach, enjoying some sunshine and whatnot. I'm staying with the parental units and can only sneak onto the computer at certain times.


I'm not tracking a damn thing!
Probably not a good idea, but see my previous posts for further explanation.

I am facing a lot of temptation and I'm seriously struggling due to TOM. The combination of TOM and The Feeder (aka my mother) is bad.

I entered her house on Wednesday to find that she had stocked up on all kinds of snacks. Not a single one healthy.
Cookies. Cookies. Doritos. Cookies. Chips.

She also made a cake.


Weigh in day may be a little troublesome for me.

Hope you are all doing well.

Weigh in.

Hi peeps!
It's weigh in time again.
I actually lost this week.
I'm down .6 for the week. 8.4 total.

Not too shabby!

Remember how I was taking a break from tracking points? Yeah. Apparently, that worked out okay.

I have to tell you about my biggest accomplishment for the week. You are not going to believe this.

I. said. no. to. cake.


But, it's true. I went to a birthday party Sunday evening and I actually passed on the birthday cake.
I also did really well on the buffet. I had a big portion of salad, some potatoes and a small piece of chicken cordon bleu.
Of course, I made up for all of that with the booze. There was a lot of booze.

I'm on vacation though. Woohoo!

So, I really don't know what to expect for the coming week. I'm headed to the beach to hang out with family and friends tomorrow and I'll be gone for 4 days. There will be lots of temptation.

I haven't decided whether I'm going to count points this week or not. I plan on checking in here daily either way, just to stay accountable.
That may be a challenge because I have to sneak onto my parents computer while they are gone.

I plan on enjoying myself. I really don't want to be counting every little point this week.
I'll still be aware of what I'm eating. That stays with me.

I also plan on being somewhat active. Skye girl and I will be on the beach and she loves to walk the dunes with me. She also likes to walk the block with me in my parent's neighborhood.

I don't know how my next weigh in will go. I do know that I plan on having a relaxing, stress free few days. Trust me, I need it.

So, how are you doing?

I'm struggling. But I'm still here.

Hi peeps!
No, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth.
Thanks for asking, though. :)

I'm still around. And still round (teeheehee - fat chick humor).

But seriously, I haven't tracked a damn thing since my weigh in on Tuesday and I'm loving it.
At first, it wasn't intentional. I was just slacking. But, I realized that after missing the first 3 days of point counting, I wasn't going to catch up for the week. So, I just decided to take a break.

I'm not really eating all that badly. I'm just not tracking anything. I haven't counted a point since Tuesday. However, I have been aware of how many points I've been eating. No matter how hard I try, that information is just burned into my brain.

I know this is probably going to come back and bite me in the ass. I'm probably going to have a gain on the scale when I weigh in on Tuesday.
You wanna know something though?
I'm kinda okay with that right now.

I've been struggling with a lot of stress and emotional stuff and it's been taking a toll on me. I have enough to fret about right now without adding food fretting to the mix.

Plus, I can't even really focus on meeting my food and weight goals while I'm carrying around all this extra stress. It's distracting me from doing what I need to do to lose the pounds I want to lose.

Does that make sense to anyone?

I'm not giving up on my journey. Far from it. I'm actually just taking a little vacation in order to refocus and find my mojo again.

I'll be back on here daily starting today, but don't expect me to be counting points until after my Tuesday weigh in.

I'm struggling, but I'm going to be okay.
How about you?

*If you care to read about my stress and what I'm doing to get my brain back on track, visit me here.

Weigh in.

Weigh in day once again.
I've been feeling pretty 'blah' about this week. I've been tracking, but not really. I've been watching portions, but not really.

The one good thing I did was exercise. I managed to get two days in on the local trail. That's not a lot, but it's a start and I feel good about it.

Apparently, the scale did not agree. I gained .2 pounds this week.

I know. I know. 2/10ths of a pound is nothing to get down about.
Trust me, I'm not going to let it get me down. I'm just going to try harder this week and make that a bigger loss.

That may be easier said than done though since I am on vacation next week (woohoo!). I will be unstructured for a whole week, which can be a bad thing.
Plus, I'll be heading to the beach where I will be faced with the temptation of crab dip, orange crushes and lots and lots of beer.


It's okay. I can get through it.

What temptations are you facing this week, if any?