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Weigh In

Last week’s weigh in and update on the purification.

So I started on the Monday before last at 265 and I weighed in on last Monday at 260.4 for a total loss of 4.6 lbs.

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-4.6 lbs

Not at all a shabby start to any diet.  However, it could have been more, and it was.  I’m sure you can all see where this confession is leading.

When I woke up last Saturday, I weighed in before my shower at 258.4.  Seven pounds down.  I was super excited and happy about it, but I knew that we were venturing into San Francisco that day to meet up with friends and colleagues of my husband for lunch and dinner.  We do this about once a year and of course it is always centered around food. 

I went in with the best of intentions.  I scoured the menu of the first fancy steakhouse (we weren’t paying) and found that the only thing that was on the purification was a small mixed green salad.  Okay, I would have that.  But by the time we actually got to SF and everyone had gathered, I was STARVING and was already starting to cave.  Rob and I decided to compromise and SPLIT the Asian skirt steak salad and an order of spring rolls.  The salad was more on my diet than not other than the meat and the peanuts.  It was greens and a cilantro vinaigrette dressing with oranges and of course the meat and peanuts.  It was also fantastic!  The spring rolls, were okay so I didn’t snack too much on those.

Having eaten “light” with our first meal, I was hungry again when we got to the second place to meet up with a high school friend of my husbands and her family.  It was a gourmet hamburger eatery and the while there were lots of salad options, I had slunk into the: “Well, I already blew it.” mode.  I’m not hard to convince of this when on a diet.  I am weak.  The good news is, Rob and I split the meal again.  We got a Western BBQ Bacon Burger that was almost more bacon than burger and curly fries, but we split it and I didn’t feel like a TOTAL pig after.

Sunday I hopped right back on the diet in full force and then on Monday we had arranged to get dinner and bring it to our friends Laura and Josh’s because we hadn’t seen them in forever and our schedules finally gelled. 

Please understand that my husband and I NEVER go anywhere or socialize.  We go to work and come home and then veg all weekend.  So the irony that all this FOOD socializing was taking place while I was on this diet is not lost on me. 

Anyhoo, the only place that anyone agreed on between our work and their house was a Mexican restaurant that didn’t serve any type of salad.  I opted for the fajitas because it was mostly just meat and veggies.  I did eat the tortillas, I was hungry and weak.

What I haven’t done is give up.  Normally at this stage in the game having cheated twice in less than two weeks, I would throw in the towel and bring on the fried foods, but I haven’t.  This week has been all about the fruits and veggies and today I get to add meat.

So I will take my 4.6 loss and keep moving forward.  Rob is out of town tomorrow and Saturday night.  That is usually grounds for me to get my favorite Thai food and eat on it all weekend, but instead I’m going to get a rotisserie chicken from the store and eat it with some brown rice and a sweet potato and it’s going to feel like cheating!  🙂

I will check in next Monday with my next weigh in.

1st Weigh In

So I’m effectively starting over as of Tuesday so I’m calling this my first weigh in.  Deal with it.

Beginning weight: 261 lbs
Today’s Weight:     256.4 lbs
Result:                     -4.6 lbs

Needless to say that I am really happy with this.  I know that every time I “start” a diet I lose quite a bit the first week, and I know that it is water weight, but I actually *feel* thinner this time.  I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, instead of just going through the motions.

I think the turning point right now is exercise.  I have worked out every day since the restart.  Nothing hardcore at all, just light aerobic activity.  On Tuesday and Thursday I did the “Burn” portion of the Learn and Burn Turbo Jam DVD, (more on TJ later) and on Wednesday and Friday (today) I did a simple brisk 20 minute walk on my lunch break.  It’s not like I’m burning a thousand calories, but Dr Atkins did state in his book that Exercise is Non-Negotiable!  I think every little step I take helps, and that is also something that has been missing from my diet every time I have restarted.

So now more about Turbo Jam.  This was a work out craze that came out quite a few years back led by Chalene Johnson.  It’s a lot like kickboxing I guess.  I bought the DVD’s years ago and I remember really enjoying them whenever I would use them.  They are intense but they FUN!  Plus they have this awesome timer thing that slides across the screen that really helps me to keep going when I see there are only a few minutes left of each “session”. 

I have no idea what became of the old DVD’s but I recently sought them out online and was able to obtain another set.  I’m happy to report they are just as fun as ever, and this time I plan on getting past the “Learn and Burn” and “20 Minute” workout to actually utilizing the more intense and longer workouts. 

I did learn how completely out of shape I am after just one session of the Learn and Burn.   I felt muscles I didn’t know existed!  

Anyhoo, that is my progress for now.  I’ll update more later.

*hugs*

 

Week Four Weigh In

251.4

-0

But wait!
Okay so there is a reason there was no week three weigh in.  Lemmie explain…

Once or twice a year I like to recharge my batteries. The way that I do this is to get a hotel room in a nearby city that has a pool and a hot tub, as well as nearby shopping and I, go there. By myself. I bring books, the laptop, my crochet and anything else that I have wanted to do but can’t seem to find the time in my busy day to day life.
I was really run down and burned out the last couple of weeks. I was depressed and angry a lot, and I knew it was time to take that trip to aloneland.
I told myself I was going to stay on my diet. With the bunless burgers and steak and eggs of the world, I would be fine eating out for my meals. I even brought some lunch meat and cheese to snack on since the hotel had a fridge.
The decision to stay on low carb that weekend didn’t even last until I got to the hotel. 
Friday night I had Pizza Hut deliver medium pan Ultimate Cheese Lovers Pizza and boneless wings. (You know the kind with the breading!) Also, I snacked on the Ritz crackers I had bought when I got gas earlier that day.
Saturday I woke up and ate leftover pizza for breakfast. I got dressed and went shopping at the local mall where I got a medium Peanut Butter Cup Perfection bowl at Coldstone and ate every last drop. I then proceeded to pick up some Panda Express for dinner when I got back to the hotel. In addition, I stopped on the way back to the hotel and picked up a bag of Cheese Puffcorn to snack on later that night. Sunday morning I hit up their continental breakfast and filled up on half an English muffin, eggs, country potatoes and a blueberry muffin that was more muffin than blueberry.
Yeah, I went a little crazy. I do NOT regret doing it though. It was part of my “let me do whatever I want and feel no judgement from anyone” weekend, and it was exactly what I needed to get my head on straight again. I also hit the hot tub and swam a lot which also helped. 🙂

I didn’t get on the scale again until that following Tuesday and what I found shocked even me, and I KNEW how much I ate that weekend: 258.6
I was very much taken aback and wanted to quit the diet, but I didn’t. Instead, I dusted off my old Myfitnesspal account and started logging everything I ate to make sure I kept my carbs in the 18-22g a day area.
Five days later and I am down 7.2 pounds!

So while there is no “Official” weight loss to report this week, I did in fact lose 7.2 pounds.

What does that tell me? I was way overeating my carbs without knowing it. When I log everything, I am held accountable. Previously I was writing everything down by hand and “guessing” at some of the carb counts. I shan’t be doing that again.

In other news, I found out that I am allergic to pumpkin seeds.
A while back I had an allergic reaction while eating a seasoned, raw sprouted seed mixture. I assumed that it was an allergy to one of the spices because I had eaten all of those kinds of seeds before with no problems.
I bought a bag of pumpkin seeds a couple of weeks ago, and I snacked on them one day last week, I had a handful in the morning and had a couple more early that afternoon.
As I was on my walk that lunch break when I felt my throat start to feel sore, and after lunch I could feel the back of my tongue getting itchy and swollen. Everything towards the back of the roof of my mouth was sore in the same way it was after I ate that other mixture.
That night I had a noticeably fat lip, and everything on the left side of my mouth (the side I predominantly chew on) was swollen and painful. I hopped on the Facebook to get opinions and was quite alarmed by my informative friends responses. I took a Benadryl, and it eventually went away. Took about two days to get back to normal, and it kinda scared the crap out of me. I’ve never been allergic to seeds before. As recent as six months or so I had some pumpkin kernels on the Autumn Soup and Panera Bread and never had a reaction. That leads me to believe that it’s the actual outside seed that I might have an allergy to.
I guess that food allergies develop as we get older, and things that never affected us before can be life-threatening as time goes on.   Scary stuff!

Anyhoo, here is a video I took of my AWESOME hotel room last weekend.  It was a Hampton Inn.  I’ve stayed in one in Bakersfield and one in Austin, Texas before and they are by far my favorite hotel chain.  Love them!!!

 

Week Two Weigh In

251.4

– 1.4 for the week

-3.8 total

Okay, so admittedly this hasn’t been the GIANT weight loss I usually get when I first start low carb.  But it is a LOSS so I am just going to smile and say YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I am proud to say I stayed on induction all week with the exception of adding nuts on the weekends.  I really did expect a bigger loss since I was getting off my period, but beggars can’t be choosers.
The big addition that we got to help our diet this weekend is we got our foodsaver back from my in laws.  You know, that little gadget that vacuum seals bags so you can freeze them and have them last longer without freezer burn?
I’m pretty excited to make up some bulk recipes this weekend and freeze them for the weeks ahead.  As I always say, the trick to this diet is being prepared.

The other thing that I need to start doing is exercising.  The book states plainly that exercise on this way of eating is NON NEGOTIABLE!  For whatever reason when I was in my 20’s and did the diet for two years I got away with it.  Must have had a high metabolism at that time I guess.  Not so much now. 
Having said that, next week I’ll be strapping on my sneakers for the first time since the 1/2 marathon in November.  Yeah, that’s four months that I’ve been a slug.  At first I used the excuse that my toenail had fallen off as a result of my poor planning for the marathon, but it’s already mostly grown back and it hasn’t hurt in about three months so yeah…no more excuses.
I’m not going to be doing any hardcore training by any stretch of the imagination, but I am going to get my butt moving.  A mere 20 minute brisk walk on my lunch break should get me back in the game.  Physically AND mentally.
While I have been feeling pretty good lately, I’m still lacking something to feel like my old self.  I’ve been using essential oils at work and home to perk me up or calm me down and those work pretty well, there is an underlying feeling of restlessness that I can’t quite put my finger on.  It occurred to me the other day that when I felt this in the past, going for a run helped out immensely.  One run would put that feeling at bay for a couple of days at least.  I need to get that mental stability back in my life in a big way.  I’m not feeling all together bad or anything, I just feel a bit… off. 
I’m pretty sure working out is the key to getting everything back together again.

 

 

1st Weigh In

Okay, I know that I started the diet on Monday but I want my weigh in days to be on Fridays so I decided to cut my first week on the diet short and just go ahead and weigh in today.
I lost 2.4 pounds.  Not bad for (technically) four days on the diet.  Not quite the dramatic loss I was looking for and usually get from low carb but given that I just started my period yesterday, I feel pretty darn good with the results. 
Not gonna lie, I was hoping for at least five pounds, and that still might be achieved on Monday which would have been an actual whole week but at this point I will take what I can get.  As long as I am not gaining and still show a loss, I can’t really complain.
Tonight would normally be my “cheat night” on any diet that I would follow.  The weigh in day was followed by a cheat day that usually morphed into two or three days.  The reason for that being that after a week of cooking and measuring, I just want to grab take out and come home where I can relax for one night where I don’t have to worry about what is for dinner.
Tonight after work I swung by KFC and got a bucket of grilled chicken and two large sides of green beans.  Problem solved.  I’m not caring as much about staying within my 20 carbs today but I’m not eating anything that isn’t on induction, so it’s KIND OF a cheat.

So earlier this week my boss’ wife had come into the office (she has her own office there and is in quite often) and I mentioned I was low carbing.  She got really excited and said she wanted to do it too.  That we could be our own support system.  I gave her my email and told her to go to the Atkin’s Website and since then we have been emailing back and forth.  I’ve been giving her different websites to look up recipes and such and we’ve been exchanging our progress.
This morning I got to work and there was a plate covered with aluminum foil and a card taped to the top on my desk.  I opened it and there was a plate of beautifully arranged smoked turkey roll ups with cheddar, cilantro and a dash of cayenne pepper arranged in a fan with a hard boiled egg in the middle.  I wish I had taken a picture, it was garnished with more cilantro and little flower blossoms.  So sweet!
The card told of her progress and that this was just a little treat for me.  How adorable is that?  Also, TASTY as all get out!

Tomorrow will be another challenge as we will be having an early dinner with my in laws.  I’m thinking we do our favorite Mexican restaurant and get the combo fajitas with no tortillas.  Just meat and veggies.  Sounds good to me!

 

 

Weigh In and Thoughts on Exercise and Depression

Weight on 6/12/14:                 255
Weight this morning:              250.4
Total loss:                                   -4.6 pounds!

For not dieting, I’d say I’m pretty proud of myself.
Like I said in the last entry, I’m trying to make better choices but I am by no stretch of the imagination counting calories/carbs/points right now.
In the weeks following my birthday(May 30th) I was making some very poor choices and, as a result, I gained those four pounds I just lost, but more than that I felt like total crap, and my blood pressure was the highest it has been in many many years. Like, since I was put on BP meds when I was 26 years old and 300+ pounds. That scared me. A lot.
The good news is that this week of working out for four consecutive days in a row(another mile and a half today!) have brought my blood pressure back down, and I have to say I feel pretty amazing.
This is not new information. I know how great I feel right after I work out. However, it has been well over a year since I exercised regularly enough for it to effect me even longer than the immediate endorphins.
This week I have been going to bed earlier and sleeping better than I have in a very long time. My mood has improved by leaps and bounds. I have been fighting depression a lot the last two years and it had gotten to the point where I just accepted it. I didn’t even notice that it was effecting those around me. I can’t even imagine being my husband and having to put up with me coming home in a foul mood every single day, not wanting to talk only shutting down and wallowing in my own self-pity.
I have felt like a completely different person since I have been exercising. It’s almost shocking. A complete 180 degree turn. I know this sounds like I’m gushing, and I guess I am – but if you have ever lived your life in the dark tunnel of depression, it’s amazing that all I had to do was get out and walk in the sunshine for a half an hour a day.
I’m sure that I knew that back when I was training for the half marathons the first couple of times, and that would make sense because I wasn’t struggling with the depression back then. Not sure if I connected the two things at the time because it’s been a long time since the depression was so encompassing as it has been lately.
I need to make sure I remember this. Hopefully, I won’t need to since I hope to keep on trucking with the exercise.

Week One WW Weigh In

Well I managed to crack the screen on my laptop last night so typing this entry should be interesting to say the least.

Anyhoo, so I started weight watchers on Monday but I wanted my weigh in day to be Friday so while yesterday was my official first weigh in, it was only for four days on the diet…it’ll all work out come next weigh in. 

So the grand total for my first week?  -4.6 pounds!!!!

I was pretty darn stoked to say the least. 

Yesterday was also my work holiday party so I used that as a cheat day.  The spread that my boss put on was nothing short of amazing and holy crap it was yummy!

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This was my plate:

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It was soooo good but today I’m back on the wagon.  Oatmeal for breakfast and a yummy 2 point butternut soup I made for lunch. 

I will go off for one cheat meal on Christmas with my family but I’ll take small portions.  Hmmm if I work it right it won’t even be a cheat…I’m off to go track some points!

I’d make this post longer but typing this on a broken computer is annoying.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

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Here We Go Again…

So yeah, I know.  I’ve not really been around this blog and there is a good reason for that. 

I gave up.

It all started when I gave myself permission to take the year off from the Vegas 1/2 marathon.  I had done it that previous three years and decided I would skip it for 2013 and give myself a break.  Apparently, I gave myself a break from EVERYTHING.  From exercise to trying to eat right, I have pretty much done NOTHING in the way of trying to get healthy. 

Sure, I would start a diet for a couple weeks but even then I was taking little cheats here and here and then complaining because I wasn’t losing any weight.  I’d overlook my cheating and get frustrated at my lack of results and quit the diet.  Well, you can only be in denial for so long.

My year of denial has cost me an extra 30 pounds, depression, mood swings and the inability to walk a mile without my lower back seizing up like it used to when I was 300+ pounds and I couldn’t walk more than a block.

I’m at 250 pounds.  That is the heaviest I’ve been in a darn good long time.  A tight size 22 with an uncomfortable amount of girth around my stomach.  I feel unhealthy. 

So here I go again.  I have rejoined weight watchers and started back on the points today.  I also took my first walk in forever on my lunch break.  I didn’t even make it a mile.  After fifteen minutes I had to call it and go inside. 

But it’s a start.  I want more than anything to get healthy again, definitely more than food.

I know that the holidays are a stupid crazy time to start a diet but I will allow myself to indulge on Christmas with my husbands family as long as I don’t go crazy and get right back to tracking the next day.  Working out will become a  necessity as I do no like how I feel mentally and emotionally when I don’t. 

So here we go again and I look forward to feeling better and hopefully shrinking once more.

 

Week One Weigh In

So the total for the first week on low carb as of yesterday was down four pounds.  I was hoping for more but Mother Nature paid me her monthly visit and sidelined me in two different ways.  The first is obviously water weight.  I was down six pounds as of Friday but gained some serious fluid when MN came knocking.  The other was that I had some monster cramps.  This is normal for me and I’m well aware that if I don’t take my Advil on time I will get sick.  Saturday I was on the cusp of being sick and the only thing I knew that would make me better was food.  The cramps were mostly gone but the nausea that I get with them was in full swing, but the last thing wanted to think of was eating meat or eggs or even cheese.  So I made myself an English Muffin.    That made me feel so much better I had another one.  Later, in full Well-I-Already-Cheated-On-My-Diet mode I had a handful of cheeze its but that was it.

Still a four pound loss in a week is nothing to be upset about.

The “Low Carb Flu” was relatively kind to me this first week.  I had some hot flashes, horrible bad breath and the detox headache but it wasn’t as altogether bad as I remember it.  I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.

One thing that I know I have been doing is eating more nuts than I should.  I need to reign that back in because that is the reason I usually stall.  It’s just so hard when you only have so many snacks, and I’m a snacky person.  Tonight I remembered cheese chips and pepperoni chips so hopefully those will keep me on a better track.

Not much else to report.  Still plugging away.  I need to make sure I track my carbs better on the weekends but that has ALWAYS been my problem on this diet.  I’m happy with four pounds down and hope to continue to see the scale move in the correct directions.  🙂

Weight In

My loss this week was a big fat zero.
Yup.
Not happy with that at all. Yes, I know that at least it wasn’t a gain, but I felt like I did fairly well this week and didn’t really deserve NOTHING.
I started my period yesterday so I know there is some water weight there and I’m hoping that I will see a bigger loss next week as a result, but dang.
I’ve forgotten how dieting can control my emotions so strongly. When I’m losing I’m over the moon happy, when I’m not I fall into a funk.
When I spent all week long ignoring all the treats and candy that have been coming through my office at an alarming rate and get no results to show for it, really pisses me off. I can’t help it.
It might be the PMS talking but I shed a couple of tears after getting off the scale this morning…and then I immediately jumped back on the scale to see if those tears made any difference in the weight. Not so much.
It just makes me want to eat a big old piece of chocolate cake!
I did NOT walk on my lunch break today. We have had unusually high temps here this week and after I walked yesterday I was a zombie for the rest of the day. Completely drained and felt like I was on fire. So not worth it for a 20 minute run.