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I've been doing pretty well with my weight loss, unintentionally. Down 14.6 pounds right now!

That's nothing to sneeze at.

I've been extremely inconsistent with my fat fighting lately. MB and I were doing well until we had to let our Skye girl go. After her death, we both spent several days stress eating. It's about the only thing we could do.

It's funny because we weren't over eating or anything. We were just eating very poorly. There was no meal planning. No calorie counting. It was pretty much just 'let's get the hell out of this painfully empty house and go get dinner'.

We have both been getting back on track the past few days. A friend gave us the Herbalife program to try. She sells it and wanted us to be guinea pigs. It involves two meal replacement shakes and supplements 2-3 times a day.

I tried it for two days and I'm not sure I like it. The supplements make me feel weird. I'm all hopped up when I take them and I don't like that feeling at all. I do like the shakes because it helps me to cut back on my meals. I like having one with soy milk in the morning and then having a healthy lunch and dinner.

It's been a good kick start for me, but I think I prefer eating healthy over skipping meals and taking supplements. It works for a lot of people, but I just find that I feel deprived and I feel hungry. I don't like that feeling.

I think it's back to daily tracking and healthy eats for me. I'll still be using the shakes, but I'm going back to what I feel comfortable with - calorie consciousness, portion control and exercise.

I do have a gown to get my fat ass into!

Weigh in.

Hey there!
I've been unable to keep up with my tracking, but I'm doing really well.

My weight is 188.2. I'm down 2.0 from last week's weigh in and 12.8 overall.

Woohoo!



This whole calorie counting thing is going well. MB and I are staying on track and seeing results.

Amazing how that works, isn't it?!?

So, my goal is to continue doing what I'm doing. Counting calories. Tracking my eats. Moving my fat ass.

Dress fitting is Sunday the 28th. After finally seeing results and breaking into the 180s (yay!), I'm feeling way less nervous about it.

Onward and downward!

Eats for Friday 8/12/11

I just realized that it's Friday the 13th, but then re-realized that it's technically now Saturday so it's not Friday the 13th at all.

Aren't you glad I shared that little moment of insanity with you.

Moving on...calorie counting is going well. Only one small problem.

Things are...ahem...not moving...ahem...in the belly region. I'm feeling really good except for the resulting bloat. Hopefully, a few fiber pills will...ahem...get things going again.

Again, aren't you glad I share these things with you?

You're welcome.

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Daily calorie goal: 1500

Breakfast:
1 smoothie, 170 cal - 1330
1 slice bread (80) with peanut butter (95), 175 cal - 1155

1 Lean Shake

Snack:
1 babybel cheese (50) and 1 serving pistachios (170), 210 cal - 1035

Lunch:
2 cups romaine lettuce (16), 2oz turkey (50), 1 tbsp bacon bits (20),
2 tbsps pepper parmesan dressing (80), 166 cal - 869

Snack:
2 clementines, 70 cal - 799
40 oz water with crystal light, 10 calories - 789

Dinner:
turkey sausage (392), peppers (18), onion (36), 1/2 cup couscous (115),
561 cal - 228

1 Lean shake

Snack:
1 serving chocolate covered pomegranates, 180 cal - 48

Eats and The Beast

I found myself snacking a lot today and I blame The Beast for that.

MB and I went for a bike ride in the late morning. He had a flat which detoured us to the bike shop and our ride ended up being a little after lunchtime.

I felt good when we started out, so I pushed myself a little. Big mistake. By the end, I was gasping for breath, dizzy and barfy. I was able to fend off the potential killer migraine (aka The Beast), but felt like I spent the rest of the day recovering.

Sometimes you have to eat weirdly when The Beast attacks. You never know which food may trigger the full blown Beast attack. I find myself snacking on little things to fend off the hunger and test what I'm able to tolerate before I eat a full meal.

Any other migraine sufferers out there with similar experiences?

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Calorie Goal: 1500

Breakfast:
1 smoothie a la MB (the smoothie master, who knew?), 160 cal - 1340
1 slice whole grain bread, 80 cal - 1260
1 tbsp peanut butter, 95 cal - 1165

1 Lean Shake

Exercise:
30 minutes biking with MB

Lunch:
1 babybel cheese, 50 cal - 1115
8oz soy milk, 100 cal - 1015
2 slices grain bread, 160 - 855
peanut butter and jelly, 175 cal - 680

Snack:
1 clementine, 37 cal - 643
20 oz water with crystal light, 0 cal - 643

Dinner:
1 small chicken breast with tomatoes and onions, 156 cal - 487
20 oz water with crystal light, 0 cal - 487

Snack:
Pistachios, 340 cal - 147
1 light yogurt, 100 cal - 47

Eats for Wednesday 8/10/11

I had a very stressful day due to the jerkiness of my dentist. In order to cope with this stress and the resulting depression that left me sulking on the couch, I took to the trails with the pup.

I also took to the cabinets in search of something chocolate. To my delight, I discovered that 1 tbsp of chocolate chips is only 70 calories.

Thank God for that.

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Calorie Goal: 1500

Breakfast:
1 smoothie with soy milk and mixed fruit, 170 cal - 1330
1 slice whole grain bread with 1 tbsp peanut butter, 175 cal - 1155

Snack:
1 Lean shake

Lunch:
2 cups romaine (16), 2 ox turkey (50), 1 tbsp bacon bits (25),
2 tbsp pepper parm dressing (80), 171 cal - 984

Snack:
1 Lean shake
1 serving pistachios, 170 cal - 814
1 Babybel cheese, 50 - 764

Exercise:
40 minute walk with the pup

Dinner:
2 links turkey sausage, 392 cal - 372
peppers and onions, 54 cal - 318
8oz soy milk, 100 cal - 218

Snack:
1tbsp chocolate chips, 70 cal - 148

Weigh in and eats for Tuesday 8/9/11

Well, hello there!
How are all of my fellow fat fighters?! Good I hope.

I'm doing well. Calorie counting is going very well.

I had a loss of 1.0 this week. That puts my total weight loss at 10.8.






I'm feeling really good about this whole BLitz thing again. MB is a great partner to lose with. We are kicking ass so far.

Of course, it's only been 3 days, but who's counting!

We stocked up on healthy, low calorie foods. We are both sticking to the calorie limit and we are both working out. It's so nice to have a partner in this fight. I mean, I know I have all of you, but you aren't in my living room. :)

I hope you are all doing well in your fat fights. I look forward to checking in with everyone.

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Daily Calorie Goal: 1500

Breakfast:
1/2 cup yogurt, 55 calories - 1445
1/2 serving mixed fruit, 35 cal - 1410
1 slice whole grain bread, 80 cal - 1330
1 tbsp peanut butter, 95 cal - 1235

Snack:
1 Lean shake

Lunch:
2 cups romaine lettuce, 16 cal - 1219
1/2 cup chicken breast, 115 cal - 1104
1 tbsp bacon bits, 25 cal - 1079
2 tsp grated parm (20) and 2 tbsp pepper parm dressing (80), 100 cal - 979
unsweetened iced tea, 0 cal - 979

Snack:
1 Lean shake with soy milk (100) and fruit (120), 220 cal - 759

Dinner:
Pork chop, 540 cal - 219
1 cup steamed cauliflower, 23 cal - 196
1 tbsp grated parm, 20 cal - 176
unsweetened iced tea, 0 cal - 176

Exercise:
1 hour of P90, arms, legs and yoga

Snack:
1 apple, 52 cal - 124
1 Babybel cheese, 50 cal - 74



Eats for Monday 8/8/11 and a new way of doing things.

So, MB and I have decided to be losers together. We've kinda always been supporting each other, but have never really been doing one plan together. He did a little research and decided that we should try counting calories together.

I know. It's such a wild and crazy concept!

Today is Day One of the Total Lean Program from GNC. It's not some radical, unhealthy thing. It's just a way for us to count calories with some structure. That's what we need. When left to our own devices, we tend to be...well, fat.

Day One has been pretty good. I had a mini-meltdown this morning because my brain is crazy. I've been doing points for so long, that my literal little brain couldn't wrap itself around the concept of counting calories instead.

MB is super patient with my insanity and he found a great website where I can look up calories for stuff. After our little brainstorming session about what to eat and what not to eat, I feel much better.

So, here we go with the calorie counting!

Do you have any insights for me? I know a lot of you count calories instead of counting points and stuff. How does it work for you?

Calorie Goal: 1500

Breakfast:
Smoothie - 1 cup blueberries (70), 1 cup soy milk (100),
1/2 cup OJ (55) - 225 calories spent/1275 to go

Snack:
1 Total Lean shake (calories aren't to be counted)

Lunch:
1 cup couscous jambalaya, 300 calories - 975 to go
2 clementines, 70 calories - 905 to go
8oz fat free skim milk, 90 calories - 815 to go

Snack:
1 Babybel light cheese, 50 calories - 765 to go
1 serving pistachios, 170 calories - 595 to go


Snack:
1 Total Lean Shake

Dinner:
1 cup couscous jambalaya, 300 calories - 295 to go
1 babybel cheese, 50 calories - 245 to go
1 serving chocolate covered pomegranates, 180 calories - 65 to go

Exercise:
Ramp it Up!, 45 minutes.

Update!

MB and I have decided to combine our efforts on this BLitz.

He purchased two of GNC's Total Lean packages for us today. It's a weight loss system that provides two weeks worth of vitamins and supplements, meal replacement shakes and a very thorough meal plan that stays at 1500 calories a day.

I was a little nervous about this because I don't always think these things are healthy. However, I just looked through the plan information and it actually looks pretty good. It looks like what we've been doing, or trying to do, already. The meals are very similar to what we've been trying to stick to.

The only difference is the meal replacement shakes, which I actually like the idea of. They actually only enhance your eating instead of replacing it because they are planned in as snacks twice daily. The idea is to suppress your appetite and help you stick to the planned meals.

I have no intention of starving my body of what it needs or neglecting nutrition for the sake of a 'fast fix'. I just think a little structure will be good for us. We really need a kick start! We'll be doing it together, which is a huge bonus.

I'll still be tracking daily and posting my weigh ins (and progress pics!), but instead of counting points - I'll be counting calories. I'm also going to pay close attention to what I'm putting in my body with regards to sugar, healthy proteins and fats. This is what I've been trying to do anyway.

I think it's going to be much easier with a little structure and the support of My Betrothed.

See you tomorrow for Day One!

Have any of you tried a similar program? How did it work for you?
Any other thoughts on this? I appreciate any and all input. :)

Eats for Friday 8/5/11

I went to the grocery store today to stock up on some healthy eats. You know, it's funny...I always try to use coupons when I grocery shop. However, it's really hard to use coupons when the majority of what you buy is from the produce section.

I have yet to find a coupon for lettuce.

Has anyone seen or tried these snacks?


They are little packs of freeze dried fruit chips - apple, strawberry and pear. The pear and apple packs are 1 point each and the strawberry is 0.


They really aren't bad. I sampled the pear. The flavor is great and the texture is somewhere between a rice cake and a marshmallow. I can't wait to try the strawberry ones.

I got some soy milk, which I never really had an interest in. The only reason I bought it tonight was so MB and I could make smoothies. He heard that soy milk was the best thing to use, so we thought we'd give it a try.



You know, it doesn't taste all that bad. It's kinda gritty, but the flavor is okay. I'm not going to be switching over completely, but I'll use it every now and then.

MB already has his smoothie ingredients in the blender in the fridge, ready to mix up in the morning.

Isn't that cute? It's really the perfect thing for him to take to work. He struggles with packing breakfast because he leaves at 4am to drive 2 hours to work and it's hard to plan a healthy breakfast. Smoothies just may be the answer.

I also stocked up on some tea to go packets to mix into my water...


...some dessert flavored yogurts to satisfy my sweet tooth...


...and some fresh fruits to nibble on.



I have very healthy dinners planned for MB and I for the week. We are both going to be exercising and are looking forward to seeing some progress on the scale this week.

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DPA: 25
WP: 10
*Points, not Points Plus

Breakfast:
2 oz mixed nut
1 serving vanilla chai tea

Lunch:
1 cup white rice
1/2 cup each chicken tikka

Dinner:
1 small slice cheese pizza
broccoli bites
diet ginger ale

Snack:
1 package dried pear chips

Eats for Thursday 8/4/11

I ate pretty well today, but didn't get any exercise in. A coworker called out so I had to go in early to help cover the day shift. I ended up working an 11 1/2 hour shift.

Tomorrow I will be working out and hitting the grocery store to stock up for the week. I can't wait to make some delicious healthy meals this weekend.

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DPA: 25
WP: 10
*Points, not Points Plus

Breakfast:
1 serving vanilla chai tea, 3 pts - 22

Lunch:
2 slices whole grain bread, peanut butter and grape jelly, 7 pts - 14
1 serving cheddar rice cakes, 3 pts - 11

Dinner:
2 slices cheese pizza, 8 pts - 3
1 diet soda, 0 pts - 3

Eats for Wednesday 8/3/11

MB and I were weak tonight. We had blizzards.

I know.

We also didn't exercise. The intention was there, but it just never happened. I think we were both just exhausted from work and we needed to chill out.

We ate out tonight also. Vietnamese food. It was very delicious and very healthy. The chicken curry was mostly broth with big pieces of chicken and rice noodles. It was difficult to eat so I ended up eating about a 1/2 cup of the broth with a few pieces of chicken. MB gets to have the rest for lunch tomorrow.

You're welcome, MB.

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DPA: 25
WP: 35
*Points, not Points Plus

Breakfast:
1 cup vanilla yogurt (2) with strawberries (1) and 1 serving Fiber One
cereal (1), 4 pts - 21
2 servings vanilla chai tea, 6 pts - 15

Lunch:
2 slices whole grain bread (2), peanut butter (5), grape jelly (1), 8 pts - 7
1 serving cheddar rice cakes, 3 pts - 4
20 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 4

Dinner:
Vietnamese spring roll, 2 pts - 2
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 2
1/2 cup chicken curry soup, 2 pts - 0

Snack:
DQ blizzard, 25 pts - 0/10

Cupcake induced psychosis, vain canines and a little exposure.

Holy cannolis! I've been slacking on my tracking!

I've had a really rough couple of weeks, mainly due to some serious dental pain.

It's pretty much made me miserable. I haven't been able to do anything because I've been grumpy, in pain and just all over sucktastic. No exercise. No chores. No nothing. The only up side was that I couldn't eat without severe pain, resulting in a loss.

I'm down 2.6 pounds!
Woot!



I'm so excited. It was almost worth all the pain and suffering.
Almost.

So, anyweigh, my teefers are all better and I can get back to the BLitz. I'm making my grocery list and menu tonight along with an exercise schedule that works around my work schedule.

I've got 4 weeks until I go in for my wedding dress alteration appointment.
4 weeks. I can totally do this.

Oh yeah...remember how I mentioned progress pics? Well, (gulp) here they are...

These are post-workout pics so I'm extra sweaty.

You're welcome.

I have to tell you that these were difficult pictures to take. I've made an art of avoiding mirrors and operating under the delusion that I'm not as fat as I think I am.

I feel good in my skin most of the time. Until I look in the mirror or someone takes a picture of me or someone makes a comment, or...well, you get it. Especially if you've lived it. You get it.

It's funny though. I'm not completely disgusted by these pictures.

Maybe it's wisdom that comes with age. Maybe it's psychosis caused by too much cupcake intake. I don't know.

I just know that instead of sobbing in a corner with a bottle of whiskey, I am able to maintain some composure and look at these pictures objectively. I can look at my problem areas (the protruding gut and the broad man shoulders) and realize what I need to do to attack them. I'm able to focus on how my body will be after I stick with the BLitz.

I'm also able to recognize the fact that I'm not nearly as hideous and disgusting as I think I am. Isn't that always the case, though? Aren't we always our worst critics?

Or is it just me?
Thoughts?

To counteract the image of my protruding gut, please enjoy the little face of my Siberian Princess...

She just can't stand to be left out.

Eats for Wed 7/20 and Thurs 7/21

Just updating my eats for the past couple days.
Nothing interesting. :)

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Eats for Wednesday, 7/20/11

Breakfast:
1 cup yogurt, granola and blueberries, 5 pts - 20

Lunch:
1 cup chicken with broccoli and white rice, 6 pts - 14
1 diet soda, 0 pts - 14

Dinner:
stromboli, 7 pts - 7
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 7
1 Edy's fruit bar, 1 pt - 6

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Eats for Thursday 7/21/11

Breakfast:
yogurt, granola and blueberries, 5 pts - 20

Lunch:
1 cup couscous, turkey sausage, peppers and onions, 5 pts - 15
32 oz water, 0 pts - 15

Dinner:
leftover stromboli, 7 pts - 8
1 Edys fruit bar, 1 pt - 7
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 7

Weigh in and wtf?!


193.8

I'm up 2.2 pounds. Wtf?!?!

I thought I did pretty well this week. I worked out 4 days and did pretty well with my eats. We did end up eating out a few times, but I didn't think I did that badly.
MB says it's all muscle. I say meh.

Although, I have noticed that my little muscles are tightening up quite nicely. I still have a fat gut and lots of other flab in various places, but things are definitely getting tighter.

I like it.

My goal for this coming week is to stick to my planned meals. I also want to do Slim in 6 every day.

Today, Wednesday, was kind of a loss because I ate out for both lunch and dinner. I also didn't work out because it was too damn hot. MB and I were going to ride bikes, but the heat still hasn't let up enough to get out there. Slim in 6 is out because MB was in bed at 7pm so he can get up at 3:30am for work.

(sigh)

Anyweigh, Tomorrow's breakfast and lunch have already been packed and I'm looking forward to Slim in 6 tomorrow night after work.

Oh yeah...about those progress pics. I took some with my crackberry and they were craptastical. I'm going to take more tomorrow and post them. I want to thank my peeps for commenting about my picture posting anxiety. I know the bloggy community is super supportive and I know I won't be judged for my flabtasticness.

At least, I hope not. Ugh. My stomach is queasy. I'm going to go rock quietly in the corner for awhile.

Later and lighter, peeps.

Eats for Monday 7/18/11

I had the best of intentions to go running or hit the trails or do something active. However, it's so damn hot here today that I did nothing. The pup and I spent some time inside, tweeting and surfing the interwebs. Also, updating some eats. :)

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DPA: 25
WP: 12
*Points, not Points Plus.

Breakfast:
1 cup cheerios, with blueberries, 3 pts - 22
4 oz fat free milk, 1 pt - 21

Snack:
1/2 pack raisins, 1 pt - 20
40 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 20

Lunch:
1/2 cup couscous, 2 pts - 18
1 link turkey sausage, 3 pts - 15
red and green peppers with garlic, 0 pts - 15
1 light yogurt, 2 pts - 13

Dinner:
chicken breast, 6 pts - 9
tomatoes, garlic and basil with parmesan cheese, 1 pt - 8
broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, 0 pts - 8
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 8
1 edys fruit bar, 1 pt - 7

Snack:
1 sugar free pudding, 2 pts - 5

Eats for Sunday 7/17/11

I spent most of the day being lazy. MB was at work for 24 hours, leaving me and Skye unsupervised. We watched some dvr stuff, some cheesy horror flicks and some Law and Order episodes. We also did laundry.

I ended up exercising at 10pm, but I still got in a great workout. I was happy with my self.

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DPA: 25
WP: 12
*Points, not Points Plus

Lunch:
tortilla chips, 9 pts - 16
fat free cheese, 4 pts - 12
salsa, 0 pts - 12
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 12

Snack:
ice cream, 12 pts - 0

Exercise:
Ramp it Up, +5 pts - 5

Dinner:
1 link turkey sausage, 3 pts - 2
1/2 cup couscous, 2 pts - 0
green and red peppers with garlic, 0 pts - 0
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0

Eats for Saturday 7/16/11

The pup and I took a walk on the trails today. It was pretty hot, but I had water for both of us. I was impressed that my little old gal kept up a pretty decent pace.

She's been struggling some so I relish the moments when she can be herself again. I think she does too.

Anywho, not the best day for eats, but not too bad.

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DPA: 25
WP: 31
*Points, not Points Plus.

Breakfast:
Yeah right! I sleep in on my days off peeps.

Lunch:
1 slice pizza, 7 pts - 18
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 18

Snack:
1 light strawberry yogurt, 2 pts - 16
1 iced black coffee, 0 pts - 16

Exercise:
45 minutes on the trail with the pup, +3 - 13

Dinner:
3 soft tacos, 12 pts - 1
nachos supreme, 10 pts - 0/12
diet soda, 0 pts - 0/12

Eats for Friday 7/15/11

So, MB and I tried to go biking today, but it didn't really work out.
It's okay though. We still got some quality exercise time together.

Of course, we also indulged in ice cream.

We are weak. What can I say?

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DPA: 25
WP: 34
*Points, not Points Plus

Breakfast:
1 cup light vanilla yogurt with blueberries, 3 pts - 22
24 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 22

Lunch:
2 slices whole grain bread with ham, chicken, lettuce and mustard, 5 pts - 17
1 cup Progresso chicken sausage gumbo, 3 pts - 14
1 light yogurt, Pineapple Upside Down Cake flavored, 2 pts - 12
24 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 12

Exercise:
45 minutes, 1/2 biking, 1/2 hiking - +5 pts - 17

Dinner:
1 pepperoni boli, 8 pts - 9
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 9
broccoli rabe, 0 pts - 9

Snack:
ice cream, 12 pts - 0/31

Weigh in

I know, my weigh in day is supposed to be on Tuesdays. Well, it actually was on Tuesday but I haven't had a chance to stop by and post it until now.

dun dun DUN...


191.6

I'm down by 2.8 from last week and 9.4 overall.

Woohoo!

Did you know that if you actually watch what you eat and exercise, you will lose weight?! Shocker!

Anyway...I have a new motivation. You see, I purchased this little dress awhile back. It's the one I'm going to wear when I become Mrs. MB, so it's kind of a big deal. When I bought it, it was off the rack and it's at least two sizes too big.

You know what that means...alterations! August 28 is the day I get my dress sized to fit and have my first alterations done. This means, I need to be dress ready by then. 44 days.

That's definitely motivation!

I know I can do it though. Honestly, I've needed the push. Knowing that I have 44 days to be dress ready is really getting me back on track.

Now, I don't expect to meet my ultimate goal in 44 days. Don't get all up in arms about that. I know what's realistic. My goal to be dress ready is to shed a couple pounds a week, the healthy way and to tone up some of my problem areas. My main goal is just to feel good when I put that dress on. Even if I'm not at my goal weight, I'll know that I'm on the right path. I'll feel much more confident in my skin and that's the most important thing.

I don't want to set a specific weight loss goal for the next 44 days, because I just don't want to get stuck on numbers. My goal will simply be to exercise every day, eat healthy and do good things for my body.

I'm doing Slim in 6. I'm doing exercises to tone my arms, strengthen my core, shape up my legs and tighten up my abs. I'm resisting the temptation to eat out, indulge in sweets and binge on bad foods.

I'm basically doing the BLitz I had started when I started this blog. I did well when I first started and then slacked off. Now that I have found new motivation, it's back on!

Oh, if you've been reading lately, you'll remember that I mentioned something new for this blog. I intended that to be progress pics. But, I'm kinda nervous about doing so.

I feel like I'd really be exposed then and I'm not sure if I'm ready for that. For those of you who share your progress pics, do you have any advice to offer? Was it an easy decision for you or did you hesitate? Any input is greatly appreciated.

Eats for Thursday 7/14/11

My mouth is still a little sore due to the recent dental work. I tried to eat granola again this morning, but it wasn't happening. It was too hard to tolerate.

This dental issue is actually a blessing in disguise though. It's making me evaluate everything I put in my mouth. It's also making me eat very slowly, meaning I often eat less. I'm still careful to get all of my points in though.

Today was a good day overall. MB and I walked to the pizza place around the corner for dinner because he was too hungry to wait for the chicken to cook. I had one slice of pizza and only a couple pieces of calamari.

When we got home, it was so nice outside that I had to take the pup out for a walk. She loved it! Then, I did Ramp it Up and went to bed.

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DPA: 25
WP: 34
*Points, not Points Plus.

Breakfast:
1 cup light vanilla yogurt with blueberries, 3 pts - 22
iced vanilla chai tea, 4 pts - 18

Snack:
1 adorable little box or raisins, 2 pts - 16

Lunch:
2 slices whole grain bread, 3 slices ham, 3 slices turkey,
mustard and lettuce, 5 pts - 11
1 light yogurt, 2 pts - 9
20 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 9

Exercise:
47 minutes of Ramp it Up, +4 pts - 13
15 minute walk with the pup, +1 pt - 14

Dinner:
1 slice pizza with broccoli rabe and bacon, 7 points - 7
3 pieces of calamari, 3 pts - 4
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 4

WP remaining: 34

Eats for Wednesday 7/13/2011

My eats today were pretty funky.

Not that I was eating crickets or anything. Ewww. I was just eating funky (funkily?) (in a funky manner?) because of my tooth issues. I had a new bridge put in on Tuesday on the left side of my mouth and a temporary bridge on the right side. So, I really can't chew on either side of my mouth.

In planning my meals, I didn't realize the difficulty I would have in eating on left side. Unfortunately, when I went to take that first bite of my granola, I found that my bite was off and needed to be adjusted. Luckily, they were able to adjust it for me after work.

It was better after that, but still sore.

I failed to get any exercise yesterday because I was at the dentist right after work and then I baked a cake for a friend. She's having a dinner party and wanted me to make a dessert for her. I was so flattered, I couldn't say no. :)

By the time I was done with that, I was too tired to do anything but crash.

Boo.

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DPA: 25
WP: 35
*I'm using the old WW points, not the points plus.

Breakfast:
1/2 cup light vanilla yogurt with blueberries, 2 pts - 23
iced vanilla chai tea, 4 pts - 19

Lunch:
2 slices whole grain bread, 4 pts - 15
3 slices turkey, 3 slices ham, 1 pt - 14
mustard and lettuce, 0 pts - 14
1 light yogurt, 2 pts - 12
20 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 12

Snack:
1 WW ice cream bar, 3 pts - 9

Dinner:
tortilla chips, 6 pts - 3
guacamole and salsa, 4 pts - 0/34
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/34

WP remaining: 34

Eats for Sunday 7/10/11

My goal for the day was to do the entire Ramp it Up routine, including the ab and leg workout at the end. However, I worked night shift tonight and had a bunch of stuff to do before going to work. I found myself squeezing in the workout right before I had to get ready for work.

I did manage to do 30 minutes, everything but the ab and leg routine and I rocked it! I worked up such a sweat! It was awesome.

For breakfast, I didn't eat all that healthy. I was just craving breakfast food, so I made some bacon, sausage and eggs. My dinner was super healthy and totally made up for it though.

Tomorrow, I'm going to talk more about my new goals for this site. I'm excited!
I may even be asking for some input...be forewarned.

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DPA: 25
WP: 24
*old WW, not the new stuff

Lunch:
2 sausage links, 6 pts - 19
3 slices bacon, 4.5 pts - 14.5
2 eggs with fat free cheese and Old Bay seasoning, 5 pts - 9.5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 9.5

Dinner:
2 cups spinach with radishes, green pepper, 0 pts - 9.5
1/2 serving chicken, 1 pt - 8.5
1/2 hard boiled egg, 1 pt - 7.5
bacon bits, 1 pt - 6.5
light pepper parmesan dressing, 2 pts - 4.5
1 cup watermelon, 1 pt - 3.5
1 sugar free chocolate pudding, 1 pt - 2.5
32oz water, 0 pts - 2.5

Exercise:
Ramp it Up, 30 minutes, +3 pts - 5.5

WP remaining: 24

Eats for Saturday 7/9/11

I think I screwed up the dates or something on my last few posts. I guess it's a good thing no one reads this thing! HA!

Anywho, these are the eats for Saturday, which is yesterday where I am right now. MB and I went out for lunch. We went to the Indian Buffet. I know. It's a bad idea to hit the Indian buffet when you are supposed to be BLitzing away the fat.

Trust me, I know. However, we haven't been there in a super long time and I watched my portions of everything. I think I had a very balanced meal without going overboard. Unfortunately, my WW Complete Food Companion is not very specific with the Indian food and I had to guesstimate. Don't worry...I guesstimated high.

I'm not that much of a slacker!

Oh. By the way, for anyone who may actually still be reading...I have a new goal and a new plan for this site and I'm pretty excited about it. More to come.

For now, on with the eats.

Also, MB and I tried to run when I got off of work at midnight. However, I was so tensed up after a stressful night at work that I just couldn't do it. I couldn't let go of all that negative energy just weighing me down. I tried, but I was only getting grumpier instead of running it off.

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DPA: 25
WP: 34
*old WW, not the new stuff

Lunch:
Indian buffet, best guesstimate rounded up, 27 pts - 0/32
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/32

Dinner:
leftover italian sausage with peppers and onions, no couscous, 8 pts - 0/24
1 cup watermelon, 1 pt - 0/24
1 sugar free pudding, 1 pt - 0/23

Exercise:
30 minute walk with MB, some running, +1 - 0/24

WP remaining: 24

Eats for Friday 7/9/11

I made myself a delicious lunch (that stretched into dinner) of italian sausage, fresh peppers and couscous. It was really good and super easy. A side of sauteed spinach gave the meal an extra boost of healthiness.


Yummy, right?

Yeah, I know I'm missing a burner. It's broken, like many things in our kitchen which is slowly falling apart.

Anywho, I had planned to work out before work today, but got busy paying bills and stuff. I could have just slacked off, but I didn't. When I got home from work at midnight, I pulled out the Slim in 6 dvd! I used it to guide me in doing some lunges, squats and ab work. Then I did some arm exercises and yoga on my own. It was a very good end to my day. I'm glad I didn't slack off!

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DPA: 25
WP: 34
*old WW, not the new stuff

Breakfast:
1 cup Great Grains cereal, 3 pts - 22
8 oz fat free milk, 2 pts - 20

Lunch:
Italian sausage with fresh peppers and onions, 8 pts - 12
1/2 cup couscous, 1.5 pts - 10.5
1 cup sauteed spinach, 0 pts - 10.5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 10.5

Dinner:
Italian sausage with fresh peppers and onions, 8 pts - 2.5
1/2 cup couscous, 1.5 pts - 1
1/2 cup watermelon, .5 pts - .5

Exercise:
30 minutes, +2 pts - 2.5

Weekly points remaining: 34
Goal for tomorrow: Ramp it Up! (the entire routine)

Eats for Thursday 7/8/11

My goal for yesterday was to do all segments of Ramp it Up from Slim in 6. Unfortunately I was unable to meet that goal because I didn't have time before work. After making lunch for us and doing some other things around the house, I was cutting it too close to do the whole routine. I didn't just slack off, though. I was able to do 30 minutes of the routine and I'm proud of that.

I have to share this recipe with you guys. It was so yummy! And super easy. I had never worked with tomatillos before so it was kind of a learning experience for me. The original recipe calls for no meat, but I added chicken. Just because I wanted chicken. MB and I both agree that it would be amazing with crab.

Cheese Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce

Cabbage salad ingredients:
2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
4 large radishes, halved and sliced
1 tbsp each chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

Tomatillo sauce ingredients:
1 lb tomatillos, husks and stems removed, washed
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp each minced garlic and lime juice
1/2 tsp each dried Mexican oregano and kosher salt

Enchilada ingredients:
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped red onion
8 corn tortillas

1. Cabbage Salad: Toss all salad ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate.

2. Tomatillo sauce: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place tomatillos on sheet and roast for 15 minutes or until soft. Transfer to a blender with remaining sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees.

3. Enchiladas: In a bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups cheese and the onions. Lay tortillas on a flat surface. Place a heaping 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture onto each tortilla. Roll up, burrito style and lay enchiladas in a row in an 8 inch square baking pan. Pour tomatillo sauce over enchiladas and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

4. Drain any liquid from the cabbage salad. Serve with the enchiladas and enjoy.

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DPA: 25
WP remaining: 34
*old WW, not the new stuff.

Breakfast:
1 cup Great Grains cereal, 3 pts - 22
8 oz fat free milk, 2 pts - 20
1 nectarine, 1 pt - 19

Lunch:
1 serving chicken and cheese enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, 4 pts - 15
cabbage salad with cilantro lime dressing, 0 pts - 14
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 14

Exercise:
Slim in 6, 30 minutes - +2 pts - 16

Dinner:
1 serving chicken and cheese enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, 4 pts - 12
cabbage salad, 0 pts - 12
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 12
1 caramel pudding, 2 pts - 10

Snack:
1 donut, 5 pts - 5

Weekly points remaining: 34

Eats for Wednesday 7/6/11

I had a great day yesterday.

It was my day off, so I slept in with the pup while we waited for MB to get home from his 24 hour shift the day before. It was too hot to do yard work or anything during the day so I watched a movie while MB slept. He usually crashes after a busy shift with no sleep.

I hit the mall in the afternoon to get some spanx and a strapless bra for the wedding dress. I bought a bustier and legging style spanx previously, but the more I think about it, the more I'm concerned about them. First of all, the full body spanx just feel more comfortable. Also, they are easier to undo than legging style ones. This will be important as I'm sure I will have to pee at some point while wearing my dress and all it's poof.

You have to consider these things.

After that was all done, MB and I went out to dinner. I can't wait to see how many points I ate! Omg. It's okay, because I earned a ton of activity points while doing Slim in 6 and then running with MB. Yeah. I stuck to my goal for the day!

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Daily Points Allowance: 25
*Remember that I'm doing the old WW points, not the new ones.
Weekly points: 35

Lunch:
2 small corn tortillas with pasta sauce and fat free mozz, 5 pts - 20
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 20
1 nectarine, 1 pt - 19

Dinner:
3 pierogies with andouille sausage gravy, 15 pts - 4
bowl crab bisque, 8 pts - 0/31
nachos, shared with MB, 5 pts - 0/26
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/26

Exercise:
Slim in 6 (all but 2 segments), +3 - 0/29
running with MB, +5 - 0/34

Weekly points remaining: 34

Goal for tomorrow:
Slim in 6 (all segments)

checking in

I told you I would be back today.

It's okay if you didn't believe me. I haven't exactly been dedicated to this whole BLitz thing lately.

Anywho, I had a decent day today. Great Grains cereal for breakfast. Chicken breast with barbecue sauce and 1/2 cup broccoli salad for lunch. For dinner, I had a pepperoni stromboli and some unsweetened iced tea.

I took the pup for a short walk in the park. It was too hot to go very far though. I kinda crashed after that. Work was busy. The humidity was getting me down. I'm hoping it's not as humid and heavy outside tomorrow so I can hit the trails. I think a little fresh air will do me well.

I'm looking forward to trying out a new recipe tomorrow. It's a chicken tomatillo enchilada recipe. Sounds delish, right? I'll let you know how it turns out.

My goal for tomorrow is to exercise times two. I want to do Slim in 6 and also either walk the trails or run with MB. I can definitely do it. We also have wedding stuff to do tomorrow but I am off from work so I should be able to work in the exercise goal with no problems.

It's a whole new week starting tomorrow so the tracking starts tomorrow too. I'm looking forward to getting back on track.

Yeah. I'm still around.

Sheesh. My last post was June 14. Wtf?!

I knew I had gotten a little stuck, but that's ridiculous. Obviously, my BLitz hasn't been going so well.

I've been trying to stay focused but it just isn't happening. Eating out has become the norm for us again. Running has fallen to the wayside. Vegetables? What are they?

Okay...it's not so bad that I don't recognize a brussel sprout when I see one.

My weight is 194.4 right now. Not too bad, but definitely not moving in the right direction.

I've done Slim in 6 twice this past week. I made a couple healthy meals, but we've mostly eaten out. I do have meals planned for the rest of the week, which is a good thing.

I really don't know what the problem is. I've just gotten stuck in a rut. Either I'm eating healthy but not working out or working out but not eating healthy. I'm only doing things half ass.

There is no good reason why. I still want this. I feel fat and disgusting in everything I wear and everything I do. I want more for myself. I want that slim, trim feeling. I want to put on my size 12s and not have a muffin top - really, it's more like one of those Big Top Cupcakes, but you get the idea.

(sigh)

I guess if I knew why I kept getting stuck in these ruts, I wouldn't get stuck in these ruts.

All I know is how to get myself out of them and that's all I can do.

I'm setting the same goals I always set: plan meals, stick to the planned meals, exercise, post my eats and stay within my points range.

I'm going to come by here every day and post my progress. That's really the one thing that has helped me consistently. Accountability.

Can I do this? Totally.

Will I do it? Tune in tomorrow to find out!

Weigh in.



I lost 3 pounds this week! Woohoo!

Let's see how I did on my goals:

-track points and post my daily eats...
Well, I did keep track of my points but I did not post my daily eats. It just seems that time got away from me again this week and I never had a chance to post anything.

-C25K Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or Sunday...
Well, I didn't do C25K on Tuesday or Thursday but I did do it on Monday. Part of the reason was the heat. Part of it was just slacking.

-Ramp it Up Wednesday, Friday and Saturday or Sunday...
I did Ramp it Up Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. I also did the Slim in 6 ab workout, Slim in 6 Pack on Monday after doing C25K.

-stick to my planned meals for the week...
MB and I did pretty well with our planned meals this week. We went out a couple times, but didn't over indulge. We both agree that this is the biggest area for improvement for us and our weight loss. The problem is that we really enjoy food. We love to go out to eat. We love to cook. We love to try new recipes. We just love food.

That's not a good thing when you are trying to lose weight. However, I think that if we try to focus our love for food in a healthier direction, it might work. We need to focus on trying out new healthy recipes. I think we can do it.

So, my goals for next week are:
-Eat healthy meals.
-Ramp it Up Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
-C25K Monday and maybe Saturday.

The challenge is that I'm going to the beach tomorrow for 4 days. I have wedding stuff to do with my Mom and we have celebrations planned for my brother's birthday and Father's Day. I also have at least one outing planned with my bridesmaids.

I won't have much control over my eats since I won't be at home and won't be preparing all of my meals. However, I plan to stay on track and do my best to control what I can. I am taking my Ramp it Up dvd with me and I plan on trying to run while I'm down there. I don't have the best time running without MB, but I'm willing to give it a shot.

I hope you all are doing well. Sorry if I haven't been able to stop by and say 'hi'. I'm really trying to keep up with the blogging but it's just been hard for me lately.

Weigh in!



194.6.

I'm down by 1.4 for the week.

Interesting tidbit? When I weighed in on Saturday, it was 193. I guess I ate 1.6 pounds of crap in two days.

Awesome.

I'm happy with my loss though. I feel great! I finally feel like I'm back on track and I'm motivated again.

I have really missed tracking my daily eats. That one little thing makes such a difference for me.

My goals for the week:
-track points and post my daily eats.
-C25K Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or Sunday.
-Ramp it Up Wednesday, Friday and Saturday or Sunday.
-Stick to my planned meals for the week.

4 months to go until I have to don that poufy dress and not look like a sausage!

I can totally do this.

How are you doing?

Eats for Monday 6/6/11

I found this salad dressing that was 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 everything. Sweet onion dressing. Sounds too good to be true, right?

It was.

I tried it on my salad and it was awful! The consistency was fine - creamy and satisfying. The flavor? Way too sweet. I could only stand a few drizzles on my salad and that was it.

Blecht.

When I got home from work, MB was starving and wanted to go to the bistro by our house. I am weak so I agreed. His powers of persuasion are way too strong. I think it's the piercing blue eyes.

Whatever. I ate too much bread in one sitting and found myself too stuffed to move afterwards.

Miserable. Fat Club Fail.

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Daily points: 25
Weekly points remaining: 2
*Remember that I'm using the old WW points.

Breakfast:
1 cup Great Grains cereal, 4 pts - 21
4oz fat free skim milk, 1 pt - 20
Vanilla chai tea, 3 pts - 17

Snack:
1 apple, 1 pt- 16

Lunch:
salad with chicken, feta cheese and bacon, 2 pts - 14
1 tbsp sweet onion dressing, 0 pts - 14
60 oz water, 0 pts - 14
1 cup watermelon, 1 pt - 13

Dinner:
1 slice stuffed pizza, 9 pts - 4
2 garlic knots, 10 pts - 0/-4
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/-4

Weekly points remaining: -4
Points earned: 0

Thought for the day:
I have got to learn to say 'no' to MB!

Eats for Sunday 6/5/11

I slept in for a little this morning. It's one of my favorite things to do when it's hot outside and I have the day off. I love snuggling up in the ac.

When I got up, I did some stuff around the house, made my grocery lists and headed out. I stocked up on some healthy eats, which is something I've needed to do.

My cupboards have been lacking.

In fact, they were so lacking that I ended up eating tortilla chips with fat free cheese melted on them for breakfast. Then, I was so hungry when I went out, I ended up getting a frozen pizza. My intention was to eat only part of it, but my hunger took over and I ate the whole thing.

Ugh.

MB and I did go running at night, so my day wasn't completely ruined. Plus, I made a very healthy meal plan for the week, so this won't happen again.

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Daily points: 25
Weekly points remaining: 17
*Remember that I'm using the old WW points, not the new stuff.

Breakfast/Lunch:
tortilla chips with melted cheese, 8pts - 17
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 17
1 edy's fruit bar, 1 pt - 16

Dinner:
1 frozen pizza, 35 pts - 0/-2
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/-2

Exercise:
Couch to 5K, +4 pts - 0/2

Weekly points remaining: 2
Points earned: 4

Thought for the day:
I got nothing.

Eats for Saturday 6/4/11

Today was Date Day for MB and I. He worked his 24 hour shift on Friday and got home Saturday morning. He napped a bit and then we went canoeing in the nearby pond. We spent an hour paddling around the pond. It was really fun.

We've pretty much decided that we are getting a canoe or kayak. We've talked about it before, but it's time to do it. It's part of our new 'Eff it, what are we waiting for?' attitude towards life.

We're tired of feeling held back by money, weight, etc. It's time to live our lives and have fun. Stop wallowing in all the negative stuff and all the stress.

Anyway, we worked up quite an appetite while canoeing. We decided to hit a nearby pub. I got a burger with blue cheese and some fries. We also shared some nachos, but didn't eat a lot of them. They had trivia too so we played that while we ate. We placed 305th in the national standings.

Not too shabby.

When we got home, I walked the pup who was super jealous that we left the house and she didn't get to go.

MB must've still been worn out from his 24 hour shift because he was in bed by 8pm. I decided to do Slim in 6. I moved on to the 2nd dvd in the program - Ramp it Up! It's 48 minutes and it's an awesome workout! I was so energized, I probably could've done it twice!

Well, maybe not. But, you get the idea.

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Daily points: 25
Weekly points remaining: 19
*Remember that I'm using the old WW points, not the new stuff.

Breakfast/Lunch:
Bacon, sausage and Cheddar Bay Eggs - 13pts - 12
8oz fat free skim milk, 2 pts - 10

Exercise:
1 hour canoeing with MB, +4 pts - 14
20 minutes in the park with the pup, +1 pt - 15
Ramp it Up, +5 pts - 20

Dinner:
nachos, shared with MB, 4 pts - 16
1 burger with blue cheese, 12 pts - 4
french fries, 6 pts - 0/17
2 unsweetened iced teas, 0 pts - 0/17

Weekly points remaining: 17
Exercise points earned: 10

Thought for the day:
I heart Date Day.

Eats for Friday 6/4/11

It was such a beautiful day outside today. Skye and I hit the park for a little exercise in the sunshine.

Then, I had to work in the crisis unit. I still haven't made it to the grocery store so I stopped at Wendy's to get a salad on the way to work. I got the BLT Cobb, which was really good. I only ate half of it though. It was mostly lettuce and filled me up quickly.

I'm actually enjoying counting points again. :)

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Daily points: 25
Weekly points: 24
*Remember I'm doing the old points, not the new stuff.

Breakfast:
nothing - slept in again (refer to the Bitz for my lazy morning recap)

Lunch:
2 bratwurst, 10 pts - 15
peppers and onions, 0 pts - 15
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 15

Snack:
1 Edys fruit bar, 1 pt - 14

Exercise:
20 minute walk with the pup, +1 pt - 15

Snack:
3 hard sourdough pretzels, 6 pts - 9

Dinner:
1/2 BLT Cobb Salad from Wendy's - 6 pts - 3
1/2 avocado ranch dressing packet - 1 pt - 2
20oz unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 2

Snack:
1 piece of Better Than Sex Cake, 7 pts - 0/19

Points used: 30
Points earned: 1
Weekly points: 19

Thought for the day:
I dare you to resist Better Than Sex Cake. I dare you.

Eats for Thursday 6/3/11

Today was not a good day for eats.

MB and I met someone at the local trail for wedding stuff so we got to walk around a bit and get some exercise.

We ate at Panera before our meeting and I had the Turkey Bacon Bravo sandwich, which ended up being pretty high in points. The chai tea latte was only 4 points. I figured it would be the worst part of my meal.

For dinner, I had the intention of going to the pizza place by work so I could get a grilled chicken salad. However, we got stuck out on a crisis call for 3 hours and I didn't get to eat anything. We got back to the office at 10:30pm and I was starving. I had a cup of watermelon that I had packed to have with my salad so I ate that.

When I left at 11:30pm to go home, I felt like I was going to pass out, I was still so hungry. I ended up stopping at McDonalds on the way home to get something quick and easy. I know it wasn't the best choice, but I honestly didn't care at that point.

This is the nature of my job sometimes and I try to prepare for it by taking portable snacks with me - fiber bars, apples, etc. - that I can take on a call in case we get stuck.

Since I haven't gone to the grocery store yet, I had nothing.

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Daily Points Allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35
*Remember that I'm using the old WW points, not the new stuff.

Breakfast:
nothing - I slept in.

Lunch:
Bacon Turkey Bravo at Panera - 16 pts - 9
chai tea latte, 4 pts - 5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 5

Exercise:
walking in the park with MB - +1 pt - 6

Snack:
1 cup watermelon, 0 pts - 6
60 oz water, 0 pts - 6

Dinner:
McDonalds chicken nuggets and fries, 17 pts - 0/24
diet coke, 0 pts - 0/24

Points used: 30
Points earned: 1
Weekly points remaining: 24

Thought for the day:
Sometimes other people's crises really interfere with my eats.

Eats for Wednesday June 1, 2011

I'm thinking about tracking points again. It's the only thing that really seems to keep me in line.

However, I have so much stuff in my head right now with wedding stuff. I'm not sure I can shove anything else in there. I just may have a breakdown.

I don't know. I'm going to try it for this week and see how it works. If it doesn't stress me out too much, I'll do it.

That may sound like a cop out, but you have no idea how insane this Nuptial Nonsense is making me. Seriously.

Anywho...it's been super hot and humid, preventing us from running this week. Plus, I've been on night shift this week forcing us to run in the hottest part of the day or not at all. So, we decided to try running at midnight when I got home from work.

You know what? It was nice. It was quiet, cool and the scent of honeysuckle filled the air. I really enjoyed my midnight run with MB. It was a pretty good run too. We both kicked butt!

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Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35
*Remember that I'm using the old WW points, not the new stuff.

Breakfast:
8oz Green Goodness, 2 pts - 23
1 Fiber One bar, 1 pt - 22


Snack:
1 tbsp pecans,5 pts - 17

Lunch:
1 chicken breast, approx 6 oz, 6 pts - 11
1/2 cup mixed vegetables, 0 pts - 11
2 ears of corn with 1 tsp butter, 3 pts - 8
16oz unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 8

Snack:
1 serving pretzels, 2 pts - 6
32 oz unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 6

Dinner:
2 cups salad greens, 0 pts - 6
1 tbsp bacon bits, 1 pt - 5
1 tbsp pepper parmesan dressing, 2 pts - 3
1 cup watermelon, 0 pts - 3
16oz unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts -3

Exercise: Couch to 5K, +5 pts - 8

Points used: 22
Weekly points remaining: 35
Points earned: 8

Thought for the day:
Midnight runs are really quite nice.

Weigh in.

I actually did weigh in yesterday. I just never made it here to post my weight. Not that I was doing anything exciting.

I was just inside, enjoying the air conditioning, trying to keep the dog from going outside and dying of heat stroke and trying to do Nuptial Nonsense stuff without my head exploding.

Good times.

So,



I gained.

I'm at 196. Again.

It's weird because I'm not even bothered by that number right now. I feel good and I've been making positive changes and that's what I'm focusing on.

Yeah. I hate that I gained. I hate that I can't seem to get back on that losing streak I had been on.

However, I love that MB and I are running again. I love that we are kicking butt on our second attempt at the Couch to 5K. I love that I did Slim in 6 and really enjoyed it. I love that I did it with added hand weights because I wanted a challenge. I love that I feel just a little bit more confident in my skin.

Those are all very good things to love.

Do I want to keep losing? Yep.

Do I want to make even more changes? Yep.

Do I want to feel even more confident in my skin, and particularly in that fabulous wedding gown that's hanging in my spare room? You bet your ass!

I may actually feel okay if I don't make it to my goal weight before the big day, 10/2/11. I know it's not a realistic goal and I'm not going to try and kill myself trying to get there. I am going to get back on track and do all the things that make me feel better - eat right, exercise, be more active.

This has been a rocky road for me, especially lately. But, I'm still here and I'm still in this.

Enough talking about it. I'm just going to do it.

See you in a bit when I come back to post my eats. Yeah. I'll be doing that again. :)

Eats for Wednesday 5/25/11

It's been an interesting day for me today. I'm coming off the high of buying a wedding dress yesterday! Yay!

It's currently hanging in my spare room, next to the scale. Smart thinking, huh? I have to get alterations done once I slim down a little more. It's excellent motivation for me though!

Eats were pretty good today. Bagel with cream cheese and 1 cup watermelon for breakfast. Salad with almonds, oranges and sesame dressing. I only ate half of it though because I found a bug in my lettuce. Ewww. Banana cream pie lowfat yogurt and some pretzels topped off my lunch.

I ate a fiber one bar before going running with MB. Then, I had a tuna sub for dinner. I drank plenty of water today, along with some unsweetened iced tea. Not too bad for a day's eats.

Tomorrow will be better. I'll be hitting the grocery store and the local produce stand for some fresh, healthy stuff.

Remember me?

Hey there! How are you?

Good, I hope.

I've been a little awol lately. Things are very hectic for me right now. I'm dealing with wedding nonsense and drama and work and all the usual stuff too.

As you already know, I haven't been posting my eats. I have been doing well though. I've eaten out a few times, but have really watched my portions and have stopped when I'm satisfied.

Except for the other night at The Melting Pot, the fondue restaurant. I did well until the dessert course. I couldn't stop dipping stuff in chocolate! MB pretty much rolled me out of there that night.

Also, I seem to have lost my favorite ring and I have a slightly metallic taste in my mouth. Weird.

So, MB and I have been sticking to the Couch to 5K and doing well. This will be week 3. We are feeling better. I think we are looking better.

According to the scale, I gained .6 this week. I'm okay with that. I feel really good and I can tell that I'm toning up again due to the C25K.

I'm feeling really good about my path. I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up with the regular posting, but I'm going to try. I'm going to make it part of my daily routine and see if that helps.

I hope to catch up with everyone soon, but I make no promises. I feel like I have no time at the moment. I promise to try though.

Updated eats

Okay. Okay. So, I haven't been posting my daily eats for the past couple days. It's just been a busy week for us again. I've been on day shift this week and then we've had stuff to do all week.

Wednesday, I worked and then MB and I did Day Two of the Couch to 5K. We kicked ass yet again! I was in absolutely no mood to get my fat ass out there because I had a stressful day at work and was just in a grumpy funk. MB made me get out there and of course, I felt much better afterward.

We had friends over Wednesday night and planned on making Tandoori Chicken with sauteed brussels sprouts and some sort of rice. However, I failed to take the chicken out early enough and it was still frozen.

Off to the local pub, we went. We walked there, which is really good. I had some sweet potato fries and a creole meatloaf, which was super good. Of course, I also had a cider beer and a slice of the berry covered angel food cake my friend made.

I wasn't counting points, but I was watching what I ate. I didn't stuff myself. I ate until I felt satisfied and then put the fork down.

Thursday was a quiet day at work. I had a bagel for breakfast. I had 1/2 cup pasta with 1 cup broccoli rabe for lunch. For dinner, MB and I were going to go to the bar and play trivia and eat. The goal was to meet up with our favorite dj to discuss wedding stuff. However, she was not there and the food there was not good enough to stay.

So, we went to another place where I had 1/2 portion of chicken chorizo etouffee and some chips and salsa. Not too bad. I wanted ice cream and was tempted to ask MB to hit the DQ for a blizzard. Instead, I ate a WW ice cream bar and was satisfied with that.

The pup and I also went to the trails and walked for 45 minutes. It was a nice brisk walk, except for the 27 times she stopped to sniff and/or eat something on the side of the trail. Still, I worked up a sweat and that's good.

I have my Maid of Honor coming up today and I'm sure we will go out to eat. I don't know what else we will get into. MB and I will be doing Day Three of C25K today at some point. I'm also doing yoga, because things are really tight and that's not good.

So, I feel good about my week so far. How are you doing?

C25K The Sequel

Remember when MB and I started the Couch to 5K program? We were pretty much kicking ass. I mean, it was hard as hell and I learned that I really don't know how to breathe. But, we felt great. We were getting lean and in shape and looking good.

Then, MB got injured. No, I didn't push him down during a run while he mocked me for spitting on him (running is super sexy, btw). Don't get me wrong. I was tempted. I would never do it though. There are too many spiders to kill in my house. MB is needed.

Anyeek, he ended up with an ankle injury and had to go to physical therapy and everything. It was pretty serious. He's all better now though and we were ready to run.

Well, he's been better for awhile but we weren't ready to run until now. It seems we really hung on to the 'hard as hell' parts of running rather than the 'getting lean and in shape and looking good' parts.

So, as we have been slapped in the face with the reality that we are going to have to squeeze our fat asses into tuxes and gowns and whatnot for the future nuptials, we decided we were ready to run again.

Call us vain. Call us shallow. Whatever.

It's not all about looking good in foofy tulle covered dresses (okay, it is all about that for MB, heehee). We also want to feel good again. We want to be healthy. We don't want to have to stop and sit down halfway through our first dance. We don't want to keel over from a heart attack after we get the catering bill.

Well, that might happen anyway. That sh*t is expensive!

Anywaitbaconwrappedscallopsarehowmuch!?, we hit the pavement for C25K The Sequel yesterday.

We are running based on times rather than distances. It's how we did it before and it worked out pretty well. Plus, I think we both enjoy being able to count down how many seconds we have left to run.

When we did C25K the first time, we kind of sucked. Our first day didn't get us very far around the neighborhood at all. We stopped a lot and may not have even run one full segment on that first day.

Yesterday? We kicked ass!

The first day involves walking a 5 minute warm up, then alternating 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

We ran every single segment all the way through. We didn't stop once. Neither of us even felt like stopping. We weren't bent over in the grass heaving and panting. We were running.

We were running like the wind.

Or more like breaking wind as we ran.

Yeah. We ate dinner before running because I was starving and needed food before doing anything else or I would've passed out. I whipped up some pasta with italian sausage, tomatoes, spinach and garlic.

Full bellies and a lot of jostling. Not the best combination.

I may have farted on some of the neighborhood hooligans and I don't even care. Until they retaliate by slashing my tires.

Then, I'll care.

Anywhydontwehavebeanointhehouse, we kicked ass. We got farther around the neighborhood than we ever dreamed of on day 1 of C25K Part I. This means we were running faster. Keeping up a good pace. Making great time.

Awesome!

I feel just a little bit leaner today because of it. I'm sure that's delusional since I didn't shed 37 pounds since yesterday. It doesn't matter. I feel good and that's what this is all about.

So, we are going to hit the pavement again Wednesday for Day Two of C25K Part II and I'm looking forward to it.

Foof and tulle? Here I come!

Note to self: Don't wear your spanx pants on Day Two. They only roll down as you run, making your fat belly seem even fatter as it spreads out over the spanx secured lower half of your body.

Weigh in and whatnot.



Weigh in day!
193.2. Woohoo!
I've lost 1 pound this week, 7.8 total. I have 33.2 pounds to go to meet my desired goal of 160 and look stunning in a wedding gown.

Now that we are finally and officially getting hitched, the reality of stuffing my fat ass into a gown is slapping me in my chubby cheeks. I don't want a sausage casing dress. I want to look...stunning.

Good motivation, right?

I had a pretty good weekend. I was so busy running around and doing stuff that food became sort of an afterthought. While doing stuff, I'd all of a sudden be hungry and it would just hit me. "Oh yeah. I should probably eat something."

You can read about my outings and adventures at the Bitz. This site is really more about the food anyway.

Saturday was okay. I ate fast food on the way down to my family's place because it was easy. Chicken nuggets and fries from Wendy's were easy to eat while driving. The pup also enjoyed them from her perch in the back seat.

Saturday dinner was a cobb salad at Bob Evans along with a cup of baked potato soup. Mom and I also had cake. It happens.

Sunday, I ate breakfast out with the family. I chose eggs and scrapple with home fries over the sausage gravy that I really wanted. I heart a good sausage gravy. It is so delish.

Sunday afternoon, Mom and I had gourmet cupcakes. I ended up getting a repeat of my Saturday driving meal while driving home Sunday because I hadn't eaten anything before leaving and was famished. When I got home, MB and I got blizzards from DQ.

It wasn't the best weekend for eats but I was pretty active, so I guess it worked out.

Yesterday, MB and I restarted the Couch to 5K! I'll post more about that later. It's worthy of it's own post because it's truly an occasion. :)

Goals for this week:
*Plan meals and stick to them!
*Exercise! Couch to 5K Wednesday and either Friday or Sunday.
Slim in 6 or walk the trails and yoga tonight, Thursday and Saturday.
*Find some freakin fresh strawberries! I need my fix! Grocery store berries are
just not cutting it!

So, I have a one pound loss under my belt, a new found motivation to make this work and a very successful first day of C25K Part II to help get me going. Not bad.

How was your week?

Eats for Wednesday 5/4 and Thursday 5/5

Wednesday was a busy day for me. MB and I went to look at wedding sites before I had to work the night shift. We ended up eating out at Joe's Crab Shack.

We split some crab dip with tortilla chips and I had a cobb salad with grilled chicken. It was HUGE, so I only ate half and saved the other half for dinner. I also got blue cheese dressing but used the 'fork dip' technique courtesy of WW.

Instead of drowning my salad in delicious blue cheese dressing, I dipped my fork in the dressing before each bite. It allowed me to eat approximately 1 tbsp vs the three or four I would've eaten via drowning.

I also did that when I had my dinner portion. It works.

Today (Thursday) has been another busy day. I had an eye doctor appointment this morning and then worked the night shift again tonight. MB and I did not prepare for our lunch today and ended up walking to the pub on the corner. It was definitely poor planning on our part.

I have to say that the food was delicious though. Worth every point, calorie and extra inch!

Of course, we did walk there and back. Then, I took a nice walk with the pup afterwards. Not too bad.

I failed to plan for my dinner also and did not make it to the grocery store. I ended up getting a chef salad from the local pizza place.

Tomorrow will be better planned. I will also be doing Slim in 6 tomorrow after walking the pup around the neighborhood to check out the neighborhood yard sale bargains.

Burning calories and bargain shopping. What a combination! :)

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*I'm not tracking points this week. Just tracking meals.
I've got too much going on to add 'point counting stress' to my plate.

Wednesday's eats...

Breakfast:
nothing

Lunch:
1/4 cup crab dip with tortilla chips (approx. 6)
1/2 cobb salad with grilled chicken a la Joe's Crab Shack
1 tbsp blue cheese dressing
2 16oz unsweetened iced teas

Snack:
1 portion veggie chips
32oz water

Dinner:
remaining 1/2 cobb salad with grilled chicken a la Joe's Crab Shack
1 tbsp blue cheese dressing
32 oz water with crystal light
1 light yoplait banana cream pie flavored yogurt

Thursday's eats...

Breakfast:
whole grain sandwich thin with 2.5 tbsps peanut butter
1 french vanilla flavored hot chocolate made with water

Lunch:
1 bowl Gumbo - the most delish gumbo I've ever had by the way
homemade potato chips with blue cheese and bacon
1/2 turkey and swiss sandwich on whole wheat with honey mustard
32 oz unsweetened iced tea

Snack:
1/2 portion sweet chili flavored brown rice chips
32oz water with crystal light

Dinner:
1/2 chef salad with 1/2 packet blue cheese dressing
32 oz water with crystal light

Snack:
1 WW ice cream bar - orange cream swirl flavored

weigh in and the insanity of weight loss



194.2

I'm up a little from last week. Only about a pound though. That's not too bad, considering that I haven't been tracking my meals. MB and I have also eaten out a lot this week. That's never good.

I walked with the pup a few times this week. I also did a significant amount of manual labor via yard work. That sh*t is hard work!

It's totally worth it though. My front yard went from a Jungle of Doom to this...


Now, we have to tackle the rest of the Jungle of Doom that is my back yard. Ugh.

Anyweigh, even with the gain and the rut that I've been in with my BLitz, I still feel pretty good. I know I'm fat and I want to lose the weight. However, I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I have in a really long time.

Maybe that's why I'm in a rut. I feel good so I don't feel the urgency to make those changes. It's a weird cycle, this weight loss thing. I want to be thinner and healthier so I can feel better about myself, but I'm feeling better about myself even though I'm not thinner and healthier.

I have to realize that getting thinner and healthier is only going to make me feel better. I can't get stuck because then, I will never get to my goal. Then, I will hit that wall that eventually comes when I realize that I'm still fat and haven't met my goal and what the hell have I been doing all this time...

...this journey is full of insanity. (sigh)

Anyweigh, I'm going to be tracking again this week, because it really does help me maintain focus throughout the week. I'm also going to make an exercise schedule for the week. There may only be a couple days that I can work out, given my work schedule for the week.

I'm on night shift this week and MB and I are looking at wedding places tomorrow. I have an eye appointment Thursday and I'm going to see my Mom over the weekend. I've got a busy week ahead, but I can do this.

Planned meals. Daily tracking. Slim in 6 on Friday, Saturday and Monday along with more manual labor in the yard when I can fit it in.

So, how has your week been?

I'm still here...

...in case you were wondering. :)

I've had a very up and down week. As you may or may not know, MB and I are getting hitched! FINALLY! It seems that wedding planning has taken over my brain, my life, my diet, my sanity...everything!

It has consumed me. But, in a good way.

There is just so much to do and my neurotic little, detail oriented brain is having a field day.

Unfortunately, this consumption has left little room for the BLitz. I've eaten okay this week. I just haven't weighed in, tracked or planned anything.

You'll be pleased to know that I did Slim in 6 this week! That's right!

I will be making an effort to get back on track because I really want to refocus and get my fat ass in shape for wedding dresses.

So, I'll be seeing you and checking in with you and doing all of those things that I used to do on a regular basis.

I'll save the wedding nonsense for the Bitz. I don't want to bore you all to death with talk of tulle and taffeta and whatnot. :)

Later, my fellow Fat Fighters. I miss you all.

Eats for Thursday 4/22/11

I think we are all at a point in this relationship where we can abbreviate things.
Don't you?

Just saying. It's a little tedious typing the same things day after day.
Especially when you are doing it at 12:56am following a shift in the crisis unit.

But anyway, about this whole weight loss thing...that is what the BLitz is all about after all. I had a pretty good day. I ate chips for lunch due to some wedding planning stress. I also had to go run errands related to that and didn't figure lunch into any of these errands.

Fat Club Fail.

No exercise, even though it was a gorgeous day. Errands took precedence today.
It happens.
MB and I will be hitting the trails tomorrow if the weather is nice.
Also, there is lots of yard work to be done.
Yay!

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DPA: 25
WP: 35
*Using old WW points.

Bkfst:
1 whole grain sandwich thin with peanut butter, 6 pts - 19
8oz Green Goodness, 3 pts - 16

Snack:
potato chips, 8 pts - 8

Dinner:
2 veggie samosas, 6 pts - 2
1/2 cup Palak Paneer (3) with 1/2 cup white rice (2), 5 pts - 0/32
64 oz water with crystal light, 0 pts - 0/32

Total points used: 28
Exercise points earned: 0
Weekly points remaining: 32

Eats for Wednesday 4/21/11

I got nothing.

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Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points: 35
*Remember that I am using the old WW points system, not the new one.

Breakfast:
1 bagel with cream cheese, 8 pts - 17
24oz unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 17

Lunch:
1 can Campbell's light Italian Wedding soup, 4 pts - 13
1 serving veggie chips, 3 pts - 10
32oz water with crystal light, 0pts - 10

Snack:
4 pieces of coffee candy, 1 pt - 9

Dinner:
1 cup pasta (4), sauce (1) and italian sausage (3), 8 pts - 1
12 oz unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 1

Total points used: 24
Exercise points earned: 0
Weekly points remaining: 35

Weigh in!



193.4.
I'm down 2 pounds!
Woohoo!

I did all the right things this week and I lost. Imagine that.

I won't dwell on that, because it's pretty simple. Do the right things and you'll see the right results.

Duh.

My plans for the week are to continue sticking to my planned meals. No eating out, unless it can't be avoided. Track all of my meals. Increase my water. Increase my fruits and veggies. Eat breakfast.

The most important goal: exercise! I plan to restart the Couch to 5K with MB. He's already started and I need to catch up. I still don't see myself running a 5k, because it just doesn't seem like fun. However, I felt great when I ran. Not while I ran, but afterwards. It is excellent exercise and that can't be denied.

So, running. Hitting the trails with the pup. Yoga.

I'm also juggling wedding plans and work and whatnot, so I'm not making any specific goals. I'm just going to exercise as often as I can and that's that.

So, how are you doing this week?

Eats for Saturday 4/17/11

I honestly do not remember what the hell I ate for lunch Saturday.

I have been sitting her trying to remember, but it's just not coming to me. I think it may have been risotto with vegetables, but I really don't know.

My dinner was a salad with lettuce, carrots, 1 tbsp blue cheese dressing, bacon bits. There was also a cup of light vanilla yogurt with strawberries.

Why the hell can't I remember what I had for lunch?!

This is really bugging me.

Oh well.

Nothing I can do about it now. My brain is fried from work and I'm not going to stress myself out further at 1:10am trying to figure out what the hell I had for lunch yesterday.

Maybe this is why I keep losing followers?

Whatever.

I'm going over to the Bitz and then I'm going to bed.

Eats for Friday 4/15/11

My day off today was a very active one.

I spent a couple hours cleaning out the fish pond pump, which is the nastiest, most disgusting chore ever. Ever. Don't get a fish pond.

No one should ever have green algae spray into their eyes as they disconnect hoses from an algae filled pump that hasn't been cleaned since September.

Yeah. That happened.

Ewww.

Anyway, after all that grossness, I needed a little relaxation. The pup and I took a nice long walk around the neighborhood. The weather was gorgeous and she was feeling very energetic. We started off with a simple stroll through the park, but ended up walking around half the neighborhood.

So, my fishes are clean and algea free (for now), my pup is all tuckered out and I feel pretty good about my day.

What did you do today?

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Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 24
*Remember that I am using the old WW points system, not the old one.

Breakfast/Lunch:
3 eggs (6), 1/4 cup fat free cheese (2), bacon (4), 2 pieces of whole grain
toast (2) with butter (2), 16 pts - 9

Exercise:
2 hours yard/pond work, +5 pts - 14
45 minute walk with the pup, +3 pts - 17
24oz water, 0 pts - 17

Dinner:
1 cup chicken with broccoli, 2 pts - 15
1 cup white rice, 4 pts - 11
1 egg roll, 5 pts - 6
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 6

Snack:
4 pieces of green tea candy, 1 pt - 5

Total points used: 20
Weekly points remaining: 32
Exercise points earned: 8
Fruits/veggies: 0
Water: 3

Thought for the day:
Don't ever get a fish pond. Have I told you that before?

Eats for Thursday 4/14/11

I had training today for work and was not able to pack a lunch. I also found myself getting up super early to get there. Since I couldn't pack breakfast either, I ate some peanut butter toast before I left and packed an orange to eat there.

The orange was to deter me from eating the donuts and bagels I knew were there. Apparently, they felt that Dunkin Donuts would be the best option for breakfast.

Don't we all work in the health care field, people?

Sheesh.

Anyway, we decided to go to a buffet across the street for lunch. It was quick, inexpensive and close. Thankfully, they had a pretty good salad bar with lots of healthy options. I think I did pretty good, given the other, unhealthier options.

It was also a gorgeous day. By the time we got out of training, I was ready to hit the trails for a nice walk in the sun. I loaded the pup up and off we went.

I'm really feeling good about being back on track. Maybe I'll actually see results this week.

Cross your fingers.

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Daily points allowance: 25
Weekly points remaining: 32
*Remember that I am using the old WW points system, not the new one.

Breakfast:
1 multi grain sandwich thin (1) with peanut butter (5), 6 pts - 19

Snack:
1 orange, 1 pt - 18
24oz ice water, 0 pts - 18

Lunch:
2 cups salad greens (0), mushrooms (0), peas (1), bacon bits (1), 1/2 egg (1),
1 tbsp cheese (2), 2 tbsps blue cheese dressing (4), 9 pts - 9
1/2 cup broccoli salad, 4 pts - 5
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 5

Exercise:
45 minute walk with the pup, +3 pts - 8
24oz ice water, 0 pts - 8

Dinner:
tortilla chips, 8 pts - 0
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, 2 pts - 0/30
salsa, 0 pts - 0/30
unsweetened iced tea, 0 pts - 0/30

Snack:
1 cup ice cream, 6 pts - 0/24

Total points used: 32
Weekly points remaining: 24
Exercise points earned: 3
Fruits/veggies: 3
Water: 6

Thought for the day:
Buffets are really challenging.