Monday, November 19, 2012

Nov 9th-18th, 2012

We're on vacation in Florida right now, staying with our fabulous friends who are taking such good care of us. They're feeders, like I am. "Let me show you how much I love you by feeding you REALLY good food." Our diet isn't holding up so well. we are however getting extra exercise with beach walks and just enjoying the summer weather. We're having salad tonight...I swear ^_^

I'm just going to summarize my numbers and I'll say that they are missing some bits. The drive down here was 16 hours after working for 6 hours and packing the car for 2 hours before work. By the time we laid down Saturday night, I had been up for 42 hours straight with about a 20 minute nap. To stay awake, I had lots of Diet Mountain Dew and skittles, popcorn, and pretzels. 

That disclaimer aside, we haven't been completely awful. Here's my numbers:

Friday, November 9th, 2012:
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 1800 calories
Exercise: 115 calories
Net Calories: 1685 calories
Results: -225 calories

Saturday, November 10th, 2012:
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 1472 calories
Exercise: 123 calories
Net Calories 1349 calories
Results: 111 calories under

Sunday, November 11th, 2012:
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food Eaten: 2032 calories
Exercise: 390 calories
Net Calories: 1642 calories
Results: -182 over

Monday, November 12th, 2012:
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 2196 calories
Exercise: 326 calories
Net Calories: 1870 calories
Results: -410 calories

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012:
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 1970 calories
Exercise: 0 calories
Net Calories: 1970 calories
Results: -510 calories

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 1929 calories
Exercise: 0 calories
Net Calories: 1929 calories
Results: -469 calories

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 2020 calories
Exercise: 593 calories
Net Calories: 1427 calories
Results: 33 calories under

Friday, November 16th, 2012
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 2036 calories
Exercise: 788 calories
Net Calories: 1248 calories
Results: 212 calories under

Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 1991 calories
Exercise: 0 calories
Net Calories: 1991 calories
Results: -531 calories
We were driving for 16 + hours, I'm sure my calories were higher than that, but just the meals were bad enough.

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
Calorie goal: 1460 calories
Food eaten: 1875 calories
Exercise: 886 calories
Net Calories: 989 calories
Results: 417 calories under

Looking back at the week, I definitely could have done better. We were on vacation and I didn't want my diet to impact our hosts who were so gracious and accommodating. Yesterday was our first day back and I did do a better job. I spent 3 hours scrubbing the shower and bath and definitely burned those 900 calories. That allowed me to have a steak for dinner :) Good times.

Here's to a better week although I started it with donettes. In my defense, with Hostess going out of business, I've only got so many more donette breakfasts!

Make good choices

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nov 8th, 2012 End of Week 1 and weigh in

Day 8 of the diet and our first official weight/measurement check. Time to see if it's all worth it!

Breakfast: dad did me in with a Frisch's sausage biscuit and coffee: 557 calories

Lunch: I did me in with lunch. Craving a huge hamburger doesn't do anyone any favors today :( Five Guys burger with 1/3 of a small fries: 595 calories. I didn't eat the buns and mom and I split the fries and threw about 1/2 of them away.

Dinner: Trying to be good after my bad day I had 1/2 of a cranberry chicken salad from Frisch's.

Exercise: I packed for 3 hours Thursday night and was up, active and walking a hundred miles. I called it light cleaning and My Fitness Pal called it 247 calories.

As a reward, I had a tiny piece of Heather's German Chocolate Cake and a cup of coffee: 306 calories.

Goal: 1460 calories
Breakfast: 557 calories
Lunch: 595 calories
Dinner: 185 calories
Snacks: 306 calories
Exercise: 247 calories
Total: 64 calories under goal

Measurements after one week of dieting:

                              Week 1:             Week 2:           Change:
Weight:                    220.8                  218.0               -2.8
Waist:                       47.75                    47.0              -0.75
Chest:                        48.5                     47.5               -1.0

Hip:                           47.0                     47.5                -0.5

Bicep (left):               14.0                      13.5                -0.5
Bicep (right):             14.0                      13.75              -0.25
Thigh (left):               24.5                      24.25              -0.25
Thigh (right):                                          25.5              

So I didn't think I was doing so well. I was over as much as I was under and I didn't make the healthiest of choices. However, the bit of exercising I did and cutting back my midnight snacks must have worked a little bit. It's a start.


Nov 7th, 2012

Breakfast: Low fat Jimmy Dean sandwich with coffee and creamer: 337 calories
Lunch: Steamed chicken with broccoli brown sauce on the side and steamed rice, egg roll & a fortune cooke: 335 calories
Dinner: Olive Garden's lasagna primavera with salad, breadstick, and fixings: 704 calories
Snacks: Coffee with creamer: 70 calories
Water: 5 cups

Calorie Goal: 1460 calories
Breakfast: 337 calories
Lunch: 335 calories
Dinner: 704 calories
Snacks: 70 Calories
14 calories under goal.

Finding a chinese place that I can get the sauce on the side is great for both calorie counts and my sodium levels. I usually don't eat Chinese because I get a throbbing headache from it and my high blood pressure.

Nov 6th, 2012

Got up and started early today. Had a cheesy bagel for breakfast with coffee.

Salad and leftover fajita chicken and veggies with celery and con queso as a dip.

For dinner, we were at my mom's. Not so good there. Macaroni & cheese, fried chicken tenders, fried potatoes, fried potato pancakes.

I did drink 6 cups of water today.

Goal: 1460 calories
Breakfast: 450 calories
Lunch: 308 calories
Dinner: 600 calories
Snacks: 60 calories
Totals: 42 calories under.

I think that may be off because I'm sure I drank coffee during the day and there was none on the list.

That's the problem with getting behind :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 5...Nov 5th

Calorie goal: 1480 calories
Food eaten: 1701 calories
Exercise: 0
Over by 221 calories

Long day. Mom made Heather a German Chocolate Cake for her birthday...nuff said.

Packed lunch, but it was a big chunk of calories. Would have been ok without the German chocolate cake and fried potatoes :-/

Decision between doing exercise and doing laundry, laundry had to win. We're leaving for vacation Friday. Do I burn calories doing 17 loads of laundry in three days? Probably not enough to count.

Tonight's plan: better choices, less or no cake and some kind of work out before bed.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Trying to succeed...

So, I've tried this before, this diet thing. The only time I successfully lost weight was during my divorce. It wasn't a diet so much as an emotional, gut-wrenching, fast where I would throw up if I at more than a cup of food from a bleeding ulcer. I dropped 25 pounds over the two months following my now-ex's confessional and the resulting trying to fix things that came after. Obviously, although that diet was effective, I'd like to never go through anything remotely like that again.

I gained weight after each baby and no amount of nursing helped slim me back down. I nursed Matthew for most of 2 & 1/2 years, but still ended up heavier than before I got pregnant.

Mark & I are great together. We share so many interests and love being together. One of our interests is in good food. Not healthy food, but rich and tasty food. This hasn't done us many favors lately.

My doctor's advice last year was to cut to 1000-1200 calories per day with three 300 calorie meals and two 100 calorie snacks. Cold turkey, just like that. I'm never going to achieve that at least not starting out. I told her that too. She basically told me that I wouldn't be able to lose weight otherwise. I have decided that setting an attainable goal makes me more likely to stick with it. So, I'm starting by cutting to 1500 calories per day. According to my app, that nets me a pound and a half per week. I think I can do that. As time goes by, I think I can better that or at least add in more exercise to bring that down. But starting a 45 minute work out 5 times a week is a sure way to kill me and my trying to get healthy.

I worry a bit because honestly, I'm not cutting out that much food. Why does that worry me? Well, because I haven't been "over-eating" to get to this point. I have cut the hot melty cookie thing that Matthew and I shared at night out, the blt's, and my afternoon candy bar. Other than that, I apparently was doing ok with modulating the food I take in. If that is the case, I wonder if I'll actually be able to lose much weight via the diet. I guess I'll have to break out the zumba tapes soon...maybe I can find one led by Ricky Martin...livin' la vida loco indeed ^_^

Diet Day 4...Nov 4th

Better day today, kinda feel like I'm almost on track.

Breakfast: Breakfast sandwich & coffee w/ creamer: 560 calories
Snacks: 1/2 cup of pineapple, a few pretzels & nachos: 305 calories
Dinner: Chicken soft taco w/rice, black beans, mixed greens, Organic blue corn chips, and queso: 637 calories
Water: 7 cups
Exercise: Walking, 1.18 miles in 17 minutes.

Goal: 1480 calories
Food: 1502 calories
Exercise: 178 calories
Net: 156 calories UNDER

I might even go find my zumba dvd...well, maybe not. I have another blog to write tonight ^_^

Good night