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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 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.


Daily calorie goal: 1500

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

1 Lean Shake

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

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

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

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

1 Lean shake

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?


Calorie Goal: 1500

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

30 minutes biking with MB

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

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

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

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.


Calorie Goal: 1500

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

1 Lean shake

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

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

40 minute walk with the pup

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

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.


Daily Calorie Goal: 1500

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

1 Lean shake

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

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

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

1 hour of P90, arms, legs and yoga

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

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

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

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

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

1 Total Lean Shake

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

Ramp it Up!, 45 minutes.


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. :)