“I’m On That New Diet Where You Eat Everything And Pray For A Miracle”

First things first… I have a weight update! I went to the nutritionist Friday and I was down 3.6 pounds from the last time I saw her 4 weeks ago. That’s 30 pounds lost since I started going to my nutritionist. Currently I’m at 326.4 pounds.

My eating this week was the usual. Breakfast was great. Snacks were great. Lunches were great. Dinner was crap.

My food schedule is so structured during the day. I have perfected doing the healthy eating all day until dinner. Breakfast is always something quick, like a microwaved Jimmy Dean omelet with toast and milk or bran flakes cereal with microwaved scrambled eggs.

   
   

I pack two snacks and a lunch to take with me to work, so those three meals are always portioned out and easy for me to control. Snacks are usually low sodium V8’s, peanut butter and crackers (with frozen cherries), almond thins and dip, bananas, or bread and cheese, this week being roasted garlic focaccia with brie cheese.

   
 

Lunches this past week have been leftover steak and Brussels sprouts with mashed potatoes, tuna sandwiches, and fat free refried black bean tostadas.

  
   

The steak was leftover from grilling out with my dad last weekend. He bought 2 filet mignon steaks because he thought they were small and that it wouldn’t be enough. For someone who’s trying to reduce their meat intake, it was the perfect size. So, I got leftovers!

The Brussels sprouts were leftover from Sunday cooking with the BFF. We decided to workout and cook a healthy dinner. We made roasted Brussels sprouts with a light garlic aoili, a “risotto” using a mix of couscous, quinoa, lentils, and garbanzo beans with chicken broth and Parmesan cheese, and we bought a rotisserie chicken for our protein. As for the workout part, we did 20 minutes of turbo fire. I would say it’s a mix between jazzercise and tiebo. It was fun and I definitely was sweating my butt off. I even took a picture because I had sweat dripping down my face.

  
The refried black bean tostadas I made this week were amazing! I bought a Mexican brand of the canned beans and just layered them onto oven baked corn tortillas with guacamole, shredded low fat cheese, and diced Roma tomatoes. Sooo good! I’ll be making these again for sure!

I forgot that one day at work they had free sandwiches, so of course I’m cheap, so I took advantage of the free lunch. I had two sandwich pieces, one was italian and the other a ham and swiss.

  
I also had a lemon poppyseed muffin (not pictured).

For dinner this week, I ate out twice, and cooked at home 3 times. At home, I had baked fish with mashed potatoes and green beans, frozen macaroni and cheese from Trader Joes, and a random assortment of things in my freezer one night which included a scallion pancake, a chicken tender and the small pieces left at the bottom of the bag, crispy curry potstickers, and some asparagus.

   
 

The nights I ate out, I had a lot of food at Taco Bueno (it was cinco de mayo and Mexican food was calling my name) and I had Raising Canes chicken and fries. And I had Dr. Pepper with both meals. Speaking of Dr. Pepper….I love a good meme.

  

I wish Dr. Pepper wasn’t so similar to crack cocaine…

Anyways. I’m really going to work on my dinner choices this week. I bought EASY options for this week. Like, E.A.S.Y. Like, open up the bagged Caesar salad kit and open the dressing packet, easy. And open up the cooked grilled chicken strips and throw them on the salad, easy. Seriously, if I get lazy and eat out this week, then there’s seriously something wrong with me. I literally (I can’t say this word without giggling anymore. Thanks SNL!) could not be more prepared or set up for success this week.

Completely unrelated, but here’s a link to why I giggle at the word “literally” every time I say it. http://youtu.be/Ef_33wIEeds

I’m not a huge SNL fan, but I was cracking up during this skit. Ugh, love it!

There’s just one last thing I wanted to share with you guys.

As you know, I’ve been going to the gym with my friend Demi 2-3 times a week. Almost every time, we run/walk on the treadmill. Well, recently we’ve been adding in some running, before it was mostly walking. Anyways, I started at a 17 minute per mile pace, then brought that down to 15 and a half, and then today my pace was 14 minutes and a half for a mile. 14:36 to be exact.

It’s always exciting to keep shaving time off your pace, so I was excited about that!

Well, it’s late so I better get some sleep. It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and I’m spending the day with my momma, yay! I think I’ll do a Mother’s Day post tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that tomorrow night some time.

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Food Favorites

I love seeing what other people eat. I’ve always been curious about that. I’m especially curious about what people who are dieting are eating. It’s interesting to see the food choices people make everyday, something I’m consciously aware of all the time for myself. So, I thought it’d be fun to share a list of some of my favorite foods right now.

I tried choosing a mix of different items, but items that I’m eating regularly.

Here are my favorite foods right now!

Olive Garden Light Dressing

  

As you can tell, it’s almost gone. It’s only 30 calories for 2 tbs of deliciousness. Makes eating a salad easy! I serve this over butter lettuce with a sprinkling of low fat grated Parmesan cheese with some diced tomato and diced red onion, just like Olive Garden.

Kind Bars Of Any Flavor

   

  

 

These are the perfect after lunch snack! Keeps me full until well after I get home from work, which is perfect if I’m going for an evening walk.

PF Chang’s Frozen Meals

  

Even though it’s sideways, it’s still important! These things are awesome. Most of them are under 350 calories for half the bag. I love that there are vegetables in this as well. These help curb my hunger for Chinese food. I’ll take 350 calories over the 1500 I would have eaten for Chinese takeout any day.

Fried Rice

   

 

Speaking of Chinese food, I love serving mine over these rices. Just heat and eat! I’m seriously obsessed with the Trader Joes vegetable fried rice. I’ll be stocking up next time I go!

Jimmy Dean Frozen Omelets

  

I have no words….. Yeah right! I could talk about these omelets for days! They’re 240 calories each, go perfect with toast and milk, and they take 2 minutes to heat up. Oh, and they’re delicious! I’d eat them every morning but they’re high in saturated fat, so my nutritionist has me limit them to a couple times a week.

Low Sodium V8

  

I drink one of these everyday on my first break. Filling and only 70 calories!

Mango

  

Sprouts had a sale (4/$1.00) on their mangoes a few weeks ago. Sooooo good and a great snack! One of the very few fruits I actually love.

Nut Butters

  

The perfect after dinner snack if I’m craving something kinda sweet or a perfect addition to breakfast to get me to my breakfast calorie goal. This flavor has pecans and chocolate chips in it.

That’s the end of my list! Hope you enjoyed some of my favorite things!

It’s Called Diet Because All The Other 4-Letter Words Were Taken

Ok, it’s about time I started blogging again. I have found that blogging keeps me motivated, it keeps me honest with myself and those who read my blog, and it holds me accountable for my actions.

My actions as of late have been downright horrible. For the past 2 months, my diet has been back and forth. I’ll eat healthy for breakfast and lunch. Then when snack time rolls around, I’ll go buy 4 cupcakes and eat them all. Or I’ll go to this popcorn place near my work and I’ll buy a large bag of salty delicious popcorn and eat it all.

Dinner is even worse. I’ve been to Panda Express for dinner too many times to count, just this month! And I’ve eaten from Raising Canes almost as many times. Nothing good can come from Raising Canes… All they sell is fried chicken tenders, fries, and creamy coleslaw.

THIS HAS TO STOP! I’ve gained back a little weight (10 pounds), and I’m sitting at just under 300 pounds. I got down to 287 and just kind of quit. I quit exercising, I quit caring as much about what I ate, I quit blogging… I just got busy and lazy.

BUT, that all changes today! Today I’m back to my healthy lifestyle again!

-NO more sweets
-NO more pop or sweet tea (I probably had about 5 sugary drinks in the past couple months, so that hasn’t been too horrible)
-NO more fast food
-NO more popcorn (unless it’s healthy popcorn)
NO more food binges

I’m nearing my one year anniversary of the day I started this journey and I want to end the year on a high note. I started December 18th, 2012. I’d like to have lost 90 pounds by that date this year, so this is me officially setting that goal.

Wish me luck! I’m going to need lots of it! Oh and willpower, I need lots of that too. I can and will do this!

Since I’m trying to hold myself accountable, here’s what I ate today.

Breakfast- 1 and 1/2 cups of Cheerios with 1 and 1/4 cup skim milk.

Lunch- Ham and cheese sandwich on low calorie bread with fat free mayo, can of low sodium tomato juice, and a banana.

Snack- Homemade turkey meatballs and spaghetti soup, handful of cashews, and a small bowl of Kashi 7 grain puffs cereal with skim milk.

Dinner- Scrambled egg and egg whites, turkey bacon, toast, asparagus, sliced tomato, and 1 tablespoon of low calorie butter.

After dinner snack- Cherry cobbler fruit bar.

All together it was 1803 calories, just 3 calories over my goal.

Today was hard since I’ve gotten used to eating more calories, but I know from experience it gets easier after you get used to it. So I’m hoping to get past these next couple weeks quickly!

My Weight + Some New Food Rules

My last weigh in was on April 23rd where I weighed in at 310.6 pounds. It feels like I’ve been around that same weight forever.

I weighed in today at 306 pounds. At first I thought, “Well bummer, I’m stuck.” Then I realized, that’s 4.6 pounds lost in 13 days. I’ll take it!

It is definitely an adjustment getting used to losing the weight slower than I did in the beginning. But I’m so close to my short term goal of hitting 299 pounds that I am going to do whatever it takes to get there.

I’ve recently been reading this book by Bob Harper (one of The Biggest Loser trainers) called The Skinny Rules. He has 20 basic rules that he says you should follow if you want to lose weight and keep it off. I’m going to try my best to follow as many rules as I can. In my current diet plan, I’m actually following many of his rules already.

Here are some of the rules I wasn’t doing, but I am now going to attempt to follow.

First rule is drink a full glass of water before every meal. This one should be pretty easy. I bought some bottled water for my car so I’ll always have water handy.

Second rule is eat apples and berries every single day. I’m really not a huge fan of fruit so I haven’t been eating any. So to get my berries in, I’m going to eat plain Cheerios for breakfast with 1/2 a cup of sliced strawberries in my cereal. For the apples, I bought pre sliced individual apple packets and I’ll have those for my snack everyday.

Third rule is no more added sweeteners, including artificial ones. I’m already on day 6 of no diet pop or artificially flavored beverages, and I’m surviving just fine. I’ve been drinking unsweetened tea, water, and milk. With my food choices, I’m trying to choose fresh meats and vegetables, and cut out any processed foods so that it will be easier cutting out artificial sweeteners.

Fourth rule is eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day. I haven’t been adding up how much fiber I’ve been eating, but I’m going to start this week just so I can see how much fiber I am eating and adjust it from there.

Fifth rule is no carbs after lunch. I’m instead going to go with no carbs after afternoon snack. I like my skinny pop popcorn for a snack because it keeps me full until dinner. For dinner, I will load up on veggies, protein, and a little healthy fat.

The Skinny Rules is a great read with a lot of good information. For the most part, I’m going to be following all 20 of Bob Harper’s rules. I’ve learned quite a few things so far from the book. After reading the section about artificial sweeteners, I instantly decided to stop drinking diet pop. Maybe the book will help you out as well, so I highly recommend everyone read it!

Diet, I Cheated On You

So…….I had a cheat meal. Like full blown, deep fried, covered in gravy cheat meal. Literally. And it tasted so dang good. Here’s a picture of what I had. Caution! If you’re dieting and easily tempted, don’t look, just keep scrolling! Ok, you’ve been warned.

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After the cheat meal, I sure was full. I expected to feel disgusting and possibly sick to my stomach, but I didn’t. In the past when I’d eat heavy, fattening foods, my stomach would be upset and I’d feel like blah. This time, I felt ok. I felt satisfied. I guess if you consume more fattening foods only occasionally it’s not so hard on your stomach. Either way, after I ate the cheat meal, I was already back to thinking about healthy eating.

I know on a lot of diets, people are allowed cheat meals, and now I see why. Sometimes, you just get that craving of wanting something. If you deprive yourself, you’re going to end up with cravings ten times worse. My craving that day was the fried something and mashed potatoes. The meal came with 2 sides so instead of having 2 unhealthy sides, I chose the cabbage to get at least a little bit of veggies in. 🙂

So what does one do after they fill their self up with a cheat meal? Well they go clothes shopping of course. My sister’s baby shower is in less than 6 weeks and I really needed an outfit for it. Since I haven’t been buying clothes in the past year, I don’t have many clothing options that fit me. I seriously dread clothes shopping, but it really wasn’t so bad this time. Since I’ve dropped some pounds, the clothes actually fit a little better. Here’s what I ended up picking out.

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I am in love with the periwinkle blue color of the cover up and shoes! And even though I’m obviously still very overweight, for the first time in a LONG time, I actually felt good about how I looked. It’s nice to SEE the progress and I’m excited for it to continue.

To continue with the great weekend, I made some super delicious homemade chicken noodle soup tonight! I’m seriously a soup-makin machine. It was just what I needed since I’ve been feeling a little sick all weekend.

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Mmmm, it definitely warmed my tummy!

The great weekend continues tomorrow with Church, then lunch with my dad (we’re making healthy shrimp and grits!), grocery shopping, relaxing, dinner at my moms (Allan’s making spaghetti and homemade meatballs!), and then I’ll finish the Sunday off with The Oscars. Ah, life is good! 🙂

TBL and My Habits

As I was watching The Biggest Loser, I started thinking about how far they’ve come on the show and how far I’ve come in MY weight loss journey. At this point, after exactly 2 months, eating healthy has become a habit. It’s so much easier than it was when I first started. It’s like second nature to me. It’s routine.

I’ve always heard it takes 21 days to make a habit. So for example, if you tell yourself you’re going to wash your hands everyday at 8pm then it takes 21 days of washing your hands at that time to form a habit that will stick. Being two months into this, I’ve realized how many new great habits I’ve started.

I eat cereal every morning for breakfast. Sometimes in the past I’d be too busy to eat breakfast some mornings. So now I’m not only making a habit to eat breakfast, but I’m also eating a healthy breakfast.

Another habit is that I don’t drink any pop that’s not diet. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to quit pop for many years. I couldn’t get past 2 days without it because I would get horrible headaches. Now, I don’t even miss “real pop” as I call it. I’ve replaced the pop drinking with either diet pop or water. That’s pretty much all I drink now at home.

The habit I’m most proud of is cooking dinner at home almost every night. I’ve actually started to enjoy cooking again. If you recall from earlier posts, I hardly ever cooked because I was eating fast food or take out pretty much every meal. Now I look forward to meal planning for the week and deciding what I’ll have for dinners this week, which leads me to my next habit.

I am in the habit of planning now. I plan out my meals, my snacks, my time, my exercise, etc. I like knowing what I’m going to eat for dinner before it’s even dinner time so that I don’t get lazy and stop to get something unhealthy on the way home. I like planning out when I’ll exercise so that I’ll actually do it. I like planning out my time and what I’ll be doing so that I can therefore plan my meals or snacks around that too.

For example, Sunday night was Church at 6pm. After that was Bible study. Eating at 5:30 was too early, but waiting until after Bible study at 11:00 was too late too. So I planned it out and brought my dinner with me. After Church, one person usually goes and grabs some Arby’s or something close by for everyone. I wasn’t even tempted to eat with them because I had my delicious dinner packed with me ready to eat. 🙂

These habits that I’ve created are really important to me and I don’t want to break them. I want to continue to create better habits for myself. I want to continue to move forward, to be better. And just like they try to teach the contestants on TBL, I’m worth it. I want to live. There’s an alive person under all this weight just trying to get out. 🙂

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

What do you do if you hate apples?! I guess you have to go to the doctor, which is what I did today.

The appointment was just to recheck my liver enzyme level because last time it was high. So, they took blood and I should get the results back in about 10 days. The good part of the visit was finding out my new weight. I started at 372 pounds exactly four weeks ago, and today I weighed 351. That’s 21 pounds lost and I couldn’t be happier. My goal was to be under 350, but hey, I’ll take 21 pounds!

The doctor genuinely seemed proud of me and cared that I had made some good changes, which is exactly what I wanted. I also had a lower blood pressure number, so I’m glad I can SEE my diet working to make things better.

When I was talking to the doctor about my weight loss, he mentioned how sometimes when losing weight you’ll hit a plateau. He said that your body has to get used to the new weight and then it can continue to lose weight. In times past, I’ve lost maybe 15-20 pounds, hit that plateau, then given up…multiple times. I was really glad to hear him say this. It felt like a little extra boost I needed to hear because if I do hit that plateau, I’m prepared to face it and not let it get me down.

Even if I don’t see a smaller number on the scale, it matters that I’m making healthy changes in the right direction to get healthy. A very wise woman once told me, “The number on the scale doesn’t matter. Weight is just a number and nobody around you can see it. They only see what’s on the outside.” Thanks for that mom! 🙂