Archive for January, 2009

Tonight’s dinner

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Tonight Mike and I made homemade “healthy” coleslaw with yogurt and apple cider vinegar dressing.  It was very good and as you can see… colorful!  On the side we had pasta and fish.  It was pretty darn good.

January 29th, 2009 – 150.8lbs

Menu – black coffee, yogurt, granola, grapefruit, cucumber, celery, apple, almonds, baby tomatos, left over chicken burger, 2 soy beef wraps

Exercise – walked to and from work, gym for an hour, took the stairs at work

January 30th, 2009 – 151lbs

Menu – smoothie, black coffee, red pepper slices, baby tomatos, carrots, apple, 1 tuna sandwich with only a little mayo, carrots, sidekick pasta, fish and homemade coleslaw

Exercise – walked to and from work, one hour at the gym and I took the stairs at work

I think the scale hit 151 because the restaurant food was catching up to me!  Nevertheless, I am confident my progress will only continue.

This weekend I am going to brainstorm some new foods and/or meals to eat, so that I don’t get bored of what I am eating.  I think I will also do some new exercises at the gym.  Don’t worry about inspiration because I’ve got healthy cook books and fitness magazines all over the house (well mainly in the kitchen and bedroom).

The other day at work, cupcakes were present to celebrate a milestone and I didn’t even try one!  Usually I can justify things like that to myself but not this time!

I am thinking about taking more pictures of my meals.  Let me know if you like seeing them! 

Thanks,

Kathy.

January 30, 2009 at 7:35 pm 6 comments

Went to a restaurant…

I went to a restaurant last night and I ate more than usual but the scale didn’t reflect my small misstep.

In the last post I didn’t finish all of January 26th, so here it is in entirety:

151lbs

Menu – coffee, 1 grapefruit, granola with yogurt, cucumber, cheese and tomato sandwich, raisins, fish with rice and steamed broccoli/carrots, 1 piece dark chocolate

Exercise – 2 loads of laundry and I did the dishes (I choose to count that as exercise :p)

January 27th, 2009 – 151lbs

Menu – black coffee, smoothie, half grapefruit, cucumber, apple, celery, almonds, leftover fish, rice and veggies, a pasta from Boston Pizza (I chose it from the “healthy” part of the menu so it was a half portion and apparently healthy) and I also splurged and had a piece of garlic toast.

Exercise – Walked to work

January 28th, 2009 – 150.8lbs

Menu – black coffee, smoothie, cucumber, celery, baby tomatos, apple, almonds, cheese and tomato sandwich, 1 chicken burger, unsweetened apple sauce

Exercise -Walked to and from work, took the stairs at work instead of the elevator

I am very excited about weighing 150.8lbs because it feels like forever since I weighed 150lbs! 

Blog to you again later,

Kathy.

January 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

10.4lbs gone!

Hi Everyone,  I am happy to tell you I’ve lost over 10lbs!  Here is my weight, menu, exercise info for the last few days:

January 23rd, 2009 – 152.4lbs

Menu – black coffee, yogurt and granola, carrots, brocolli, apple, baby tomatos, left over chicken curry with rice, 1 cracker, raisins, 1 chicken burger with cabbage instead of lettuce, 1 unsweetened apple sauce

Exercise – walked to and from work, hour at the gym

January 24th, 2009 – 152.4lbs

Menu – black coffee, yogurt and granola, half a grapefruit, apple, celery, cucumber, carrots, 1 chicken burger with cabbage, 1 piece pineapple, 1 cracker, 1 bun, stew, 1 small piece plum cake

Exercise – walked to and from work, went to the gym for an hour

January 25th, 2009 – 151.8lbs

Menu – black coffee, smoothie, apple, stew with 1 piece of bread, unsweetened apple sauce, 2 pieces plum cake, cheerioes with skim milk

Exercise – browsed stores for furniture, undisclosed activity

January 26th, 2009 – 151lbs

Haven’t completed the day yet so I don’t know exactly what I’ll eat.  So far I have had black coffee, 1 whole grapefruit and yogurt with granola.  In regard to exercise I’ve started two loads of laundry. 

Losing weight is weird because I wonder where it is going, you know?  I mean I know it is being burned off and used for energy but it is still strange.  It is like part of me is gone.  I think thoughts like this are my mind trying to stop me from doing something new and different.  Sometimes my brain even tries to make the argument that losing weight is working against feminism!  Of course I don’t truly believe this.  In fact, I believe I am empowering myself with health.  Plus I have more muscle than ever.

According to the BMI (Body Mass Index) once I hit 141lbs I will be a healthy weight.  At the moment I am considered overweight, which I find surprising but by the end of February I will be a healthy weight!!

I’ve tried to post some pictures but they are too small to see, so I’ll keep trying and eventually post pictures here too.

Thanks for reading!

January 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm 2 comments

7.8lbs gone!

To reach my goal I need to lose 7.85lbs per month and so far I’ve already lost 7.8lbs in 22 days!  I’ve read that it is safe to lose 8lbs in a month and I feel that I am eating enough food each day, so yay!

January 21st, 2009 – 153.8lbs

Menu -yogurt, granola, black coffee, celery, carrots, apple, cheese and tomato sandwich, 1 cracker, 1 sip pop, whole wheat pasta with soy chicken tomato sauce

Exercise -walked to and from work

January 22nd, 2009 – 153.6lbs

Menu -black coffee, yogurt, granola, celery, carrots, baby tomatoes, apple, leftover pasta, 1 cracker, chicken curry with rice, 1 piece dark chocolate

Exercise -walked to and from work, spent 1 hour at the gym

For the sake of it, I thought I’d let you know that the walk to work is roughly a kilometre and it takes about 10 minutes.  So that’s 20 minutes of easy exercise on most days.  What do I do at the gym?  I usually warm up on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes, then I do 3 sets of 10 full push ups, 3 sets of 10 lunges, some squats, some bicep curls and an overhead lift (don’t know what its called), several ab exercises and some lower back exercises.  Lately I’ve taken to using the elliptical machine for 10-15 minutes after my workout to get a better sweat.   I’d like to start running on the treadmill but I have to get some shoes that don’t hurt my feet first.  My workout has made a difference to my abs, arms, chest and legs for sure!  🙂

In regard to portions of some of the foods I’ve listed in my “menus” know that I pack the carrots, baby tomatos, sweet peas and celery in fairly small tupperware containers (maybe a cup worth).  The yogurt I have most mornings is plain and the granola is organic, yum yum.  I really enjoy my daily apple because I buy a new kind of apple every week. 

I want to post some before and after pictures as well as some pictures of my journal.  Perhaps on my weekend I will get the chance to do that.  Oh ya, since I am reminding myself of things to post, I also want to talk about my feelings (hehe) about weight loss too.

See ya later,

Kathy.

January 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm 2 comments

The 3rd of January till now…

Right before your eyes you will find my weights, menus and exercise from January 3rd until today!

Date: January 3rd, 2009 – Weight: 161lbs 

Menu: yogurt, granola, orange, coffee with no cream, carrots, apple, baby tomatos, turkey sandwich with a little bit of mayo, soup, 1 cracker, juice, buns, stew

Exercise: walked to and from work, gym for an hour

Date: January 4th, 2009 – Weight: 159.6lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, toast with jam (no margerine), noodles with soy chicken, 3 baby oranges, pizza, 1 piece dark chocolate, small glass sherry

Exercise: 4 hours snowboarding, 1 hour Wii Sports

Date: January 5th, 2009 – Weight: 158.2lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, orange, cheese/onion sandwich w/no sauces, 2 baby oranges, rice and beans with hotdog wiener, popcorn with no butter

Exercise: 1 hour or more of snow shoveling and laundry

Date: January 6th, 2009 – Weight: 158.4lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, rice and beans with hotdog wiener, apple, carrots, tomatos, 6-inch sub no sauce, sherry

Exercise: Walked to work

Date: January 7th, 2009 – Weight: 158.4lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, apple, carrots, tuna sandwich, tomatos, 1 cracker, 2 soy beef tacos

Exercise: Walked to and from work

Date: January 8th, 2009 – Weight: 158lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, apple, carrots, tomatos, tuna sandwich, 1 orange, 1 cracker, veggie stirfry on rice

Exercise: Walked to and from work, 1 hour at gym

Date: January 9th, 2009 – Weight: 157.2lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, apple, carrots, tomatos, veggie stirfry on rice, 1 cracker, prunes, chicken nuggets with rice, green beans and salsa

Exercise: Walked to and from work, 1 hour at the gym

Date: January 10th, 2009 – 157.2lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee (only had time for 2 sips according to my journal), apple, carrots, tomatos, chicken nuggets with rice, green beans and salsa, 1 cracker

Exercise: Walked to and from work, 1 hour at the gym

Date: January 11th, 2009 – 156.2lbs

Menu: scrambled eggs on toast, black coffee, carrots, prunes, baby orange, 1 cracker, 1 chicken breast, steamed veggies, pasta, 1 piece dark chocolate, baby oranges, cereal, crackers (all of this extra food at the end of the day was followed by many exclamation marks)

Exercise: An undisclosed activity twice

Date: January 12th, 2009 – 156.2lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, leftover pasta meal, sandwich, 4 crackers (which = 100 calories), soy beef spaghetti, one glass wine

Exercise: Snowboarding

Date: January 13th, 2009 – 156.2lbs

Menu: berry/banana smoothie, black coffee, apple, tomatos, almonds, spaghetti leftovers, subway sandwich (6-inch, no sauce), one bite of chocolate bread and it was delicious!

Exercise:  Walked to work

Date: January 14th, 2009 – 156.2lbs

Menu: smoothie, black coffee, apple, tomatos, almonds, red pepper, spaghetti leftovers, 4 perogies (this is the serving size and it isn’t outrageously high in calories), salad, one piece dark chocolate

Exercise: Walked to and from work

Date:  January 15th, 2009 – 156.2lbs

Menu: black coffee, yogurt, granola, apple, almonds, perogies/salad leftovers, tomatos, peas, 1 cracker, few raisins, potatos, chicken nuggets, veggies, salsa, peppermint tea

Exercise: Walked to and from work, 1 hour at gym

Date: January 16th, 2009 – 155.2lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, apple, almonds, potatos, chicken nuggets, potatos, carrots, brocolli, tomatos, sweet peas, cheerios, raisins, noodles with tomato soup sauce

Exercise: Walked to and from work

Date: January 17th, 2009 – 155lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, apple, almonds, cheerios, carrots, peas, 1 cracker, cereal for din dins, bad for me party food (I managed to control myself a little bit at the party we attended but I knew I’d eat some bad stuff and that it would affect my progress)

Exercise: Walked to and from work, 1 hour at the gym

Date: January 18th, 2009 – 155.4lbs

Menu: raisin bran cereal, cheerios and raisins, black coffee, 1 cup soup, soy chicken wraps, salad

Exercise: Walked around superstore, laundry

Date: January 19th, 2009 – 156.2lbs

Menu: smoothie, grapefruit, black coffee, half sandwich, cheerios and raisins, 1 cracker, celery, 4 perogies, salad, popcorn, 1 piece dark chocolate

Exercise: Snowboarding, laundry

Date: January 20th, 2009 – 153.8lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, celery, perogies/salad leftovers, sweet peas, apple, huge pita

Exercise: Walked to work

Date: January 21st, 2009 – 153.8lbs

Menu: yogurt, granola, black coffee, celery, carrots, apple, sandwich, 1 cracker, 1 sip pop, whole wheat pasta with soy chicken tomato sauce

Exercise: Walked to and from work

WHEW!  That was a lot to type and I imagine a lot to read.  Hope it was relatively interesting.  It certainly has been interesting to me.  I cannot believe how a little bit of thought and self-control can affect the weight on the scale.  I do want to fit more exercise in on the days that I don’t regularly hit the gym.

Until next time…

Kathy

January 21, 2009 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

Where I began and where I am

On January 1st, 2009 I weighed 161.4lbs.  That means I am aiming to lose 31.4lbs by April 30th, 2009. 

So far, I’ve lost 7.6lbs by adding more cardio to my workouts and limiting fat in my diet.  For instance I no longer have cream in my coffee or mayonnaise on my sandwiches.  I will admit, a proper tuna sandwich cannot be made without mayonnaise, so I only use a little.  I am also very conscious of portion sizes and calories.  This sounds more complex than it is though.  I simply won’t eat more than a portion size of most things and if something is particularly high in calories I won’t eat it.

To hold myself accountable and to track what works and what doesn’t I write down my meals and exercise in a journal.  On January 1st, 2009 I helped Mike clean out all the delicious holiday foods from our house by eating chocolates, chips, soup, toast with no margarine, one wrap, juice, water and coffee with cream.   As for exercise I walked at the park, shoveled snow and did laundry.  Note: During many or most of these activities I was with Mike, which means he probably shared the shoveling load.

Needless to say, when I weighed myself on the 2nd I found I had gained 1.6lbs.  So, on the 2nd my true diet began.  I ate proper portions of plain yogurt with granola, an orange, coffee with no cream , carrots, an apple, baby tomatos, turkey sandwich, soup, 1 cracker, juice, buns and stew.  I burned off that food by walking to and from work and by spending an hour at the gym.

The next day (January 3rd, 2009), I discovered I’d lost 2lbs!  Now, I know weight isn’t the best indicator because of water retension and muscle mass etc… but it works for me and having a scale that weighs within .2 of a pound is extremely motivating. 

I’ll share more later!

Kathy.

January 21, 2009 at 9:20 am 6 comments

My goal

Hi family, friends and guests,

On January 1st, 2009 I made a resolution to weigh 130lbs by April 30th, 2009.  In this blog I plan to share my strategies and progress.

Feel free to root me on or let me know of your weight loss successes and strategies.

Kathy.

January 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm 4 comments