Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 17

Short and sweet today....I did go to a movie yesterday, and I did eat popcorn and have pop. (The movie was GREAT, by the way! The King's Speech...go see it!) I did not go to the gym and we had Chinese take out for dinner. I am itchy, and plan on staying in the house all day today. Don't worry about me, though...I'm not diving in to despair. I am doing lots of self talk to keep me from heading that way!! I can do this, even with a rash :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 16

I'll have you know, that as I typed up my blog entry yesterday, I was already setting myself up for a less than stellar day. It's so crazy that I can seem to want something so much, and yet I can't stay on the track to get there. I know we all flub up here and there...and I want to allow myself to do that without sinking into the depths of despair. However, this was something much different yesterday when I set out on my voyage for the day with an attitude of, "I don't give a s*#t what I eat or what I don't".

Breakfast: Starbucks oatmeal, nonfat vanilla latte
Lunch: Sonic cheeseburger, tots, DP
Snacks: an insane amount of Goldfish crackers, marshmallows
Dinner: Microwave popcorn

I didn't completely dive off the deep end and eat everything in sight yesterday...nor did I eat constantly all day. Hey, I'm trying to point out the positives....I'm surprised I didn't drink myself silly or something...Not sure what's wrong with my head, but something is off! Again, a complete lack of consumption of fruits or vegetables, except the dried fruit in my oatmeal. Also lacking lean protein yet again. And the kicker, I didn't get my butt to the gym. I made that conscious choice too, early on in the day. I knew I was going to take one day off this weekend, but I had thought it would be Sunday. Instead, I gave the finger to exercise for the day too.

Ok, so I really do hate being so bitchy...but there are a couple of things going on here, I think. Back in October, I was laid up for the entire month plus some of November with a terrible rash...I was sick, lethargic, and ultimately pretty dang sad (not to mention itchy!) After being free of it of a few weeks, it returned in December for a shorter amount of time and less severe, and again in January...even less time and less severe. About three days ago, I felt the beginnings of it again. It is the strangest thing....And I am terrified of getting it full blown again...that was one of the worst times I've experienced back in October, and I am scared of going there again. So, I freak out when it starts to happen...which I'm sure doesn't help anything. It consumes my thoughts, and I somehow start to feel sorry for myself...and look for food. :( The other thing, and I don't know if it's related to the rash or not, is that about 3 pm every day, I feel like I'm coming down with the flu or something. This has happened since last weekend. I thought I was just worn out from a fun filled trip...but it has continued every day. I get severely tired, and my body aches...sometimes I come out of it after laying down for a bit..but a few days this week, it caused me to just go to bed at about 8 pm. Unfortunately, when faced with physical challenges like this, instead of putting on the attitude of wanting to consume what is best for my body, I go the opposite direction and I want to eat junk. It's a terrible cycle really, because then eat the junk and get mad at myself for being that way. I have even refrained from buying junk, only to continue to find it in any way I can. I mean, marshmallows? Who sits down and eats marshmallows? They didn't even taste that good :( I'm reminded of a story Oprah told once about not buying any sweets, and being so desperate for something sweet that she found frozen hot dog buns in the freezer and ate them with syrup. I feel like that sometimes! I can keep out the 'bad' stuff, but it makes me just settle for stuff I don't even like that much that is just as bad for me. I have been sore from starting on resistance training again, and I don't know if that is contributing to the aches or what...I'm just thankful that I make it to the gym when I have the energy. I am used to the exercise giving me energy for the day, the dive I keep taking is really bumming me out.

Ok, lots of stuff rolling around in my head...wondering if I lack the proper motivation....if my goals are wrong...if I'm superficial...I can be pretty tough on myself but I didn't realize just how much until a friend challenged me to do an exercise and express the things I love about myself. I thought that would be easy...I love being a mom, after all...that is what has defined me for almost 21 years now. As we were challenging each other, my friend went ahead and said about herself, "I love my hair" and "I love that I'm silly". When I saw her answers (and I hope she doesn't mind that I am sharing this story...), I sat there and tried really hard to form a statement like that that I truly believed. I stole hers, and said that I too love that I am silly. I couldn't express anything else. I AM NOT telling you this story to get you to feel sorry for me. Instead, I am letting you know something I learned that day...that I've always thought it was because of my weight that I couldn't look at myself and love me because of how I LOOKED....that if I was happy with how I looked, the rest of my life would go smoother...because then I would have it 'all together'. As I continue this struggle with weight loss, I uncover more and more issues that are not just food (although I do think food is an issue in itself). So, it isn't just about how I look, but about what's inside, and the fact that I struggle to love myself. I can only hope that maybe by sharing this, that I can finally start to figure out how to start fixing that 'little' problem. Then maybe, just maybe, I will be able to express many things that I love about myself.

Oh how I wait for an epiphany that will make everything clear as to why I struggle with emotions and food. It seems I have had many...and each one seems to be the answer, until it doesn't seem to be the answer anymore. I really don't know if anything I've typed today really makes any sense. I know it's a lot to read, and for those of you who stuck with it, I applaud you! I'm gonna go see a movie now...and I'm probably gonna eat popcorn and have some pop. But I may not. Tune in tomorrow to see what happened :)

Day 16: Really? 16 days gone already, and no real progress? Hmmm....the progress may just be going on in other areas....

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 15

So, maybe I wasn't really ready to take on this challenge.

Two years ago when I started working out at my gym, and making changes in my diet, I started dropping weight pretty easily, with what seemed like minor changes. The biggest change was starting to exercise regularly. For the last year, it has been much harder to see results. I hate that I've gained back 20 pounds, but what I'm hating even more is that I am making changes again after months of reverting back to bad habits and inactivity, and I'm not seeing results. I mentioned yesterday that I'm maintaining now, whereas I was gaining before. I do realize this is progress, but I wanted to see rewards immediately, like I did before. And I know we can poke holes in what I'm eating...I know I can do better, and worse yet, I know what works....but there is some reason that I'm not doing it. Is there a therapist in the house?!

Ok, the bitching is out of the way for now...Here's yesterday's food consumption:

Breakfast: 2 egg whites, 1 whole egg scrambled with 1/2 green pepper and a sprinkle of italian cheese blend, whole wheat toast w/ 1 T. peanut butter, 1/2 apple, 4 oz skim milk
Workout: 30 minutes resistance/weight training, 20 minutes on the treadmill
Post Workout: Protein shake w/ blueberries and skim milk
Snack: dark chocolate covered pomegranate things (10)
Snack: pepsi (good choice, don't ya think?...sheesh...)
Dinner: Steamed Rice along with sample portions of pad thai, sesame chicken and royal chicken, 2 crab cheese wontons, Coors Light
I think I got about 70 oz of water in.

Not enough food, too much sodium, not enough water....blah blah blah....I apologize to anyone looking for inspiration today. Kari is FRUSTRATED with herself. Somehow I have to think of the positives. I continue to keep my portions on the small side. The take out last night tasted so good. I took a little of each, and I was satisfied with that. I listened to my body telling me it was full, and didn't eat some more just because it tasted good. There....I found a positive. Another positive is that I've experienced a couple of good nights of sleep. I have been struggling with sleeping well, mostly because of the musical beds we play with our 5 and 3 year old kids during the night. I realize sleep is just as important to this weight loss thing as the other changes I'm making, so I hope this trend continues. It stinks being ready for bed at 8:30, but I gotta go with what my body is telling me!

Day 15: Gorgeous day outside, tumultuous one inside of me. Maybe it's PMS. ;)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 14

Hello....ah, you know who it is by now, don't you?!!

Let me get a little bit of frustration out of the way first. Two weeks of working out nearly every day, and trying hard to watch my food intake...and I am not seeing a difference on the scale. It's like my little weekend trip wiped out all of the good I had done, and now this week has been a mental and physical struggle to do anything right. I know it isn't all about the scale. I do pat myself on the back for eating only half of an apple cobbler or getting all of my water in for the day. But dang it, I just want to see the results on the scale. Maybe my scale is broken. I think I should buy a new one.... ;)

Breakfast: 2 egg whites plus one whole egg scrambled with 1/2 chopped green pepper, 1/8 cup Italian cheese blend, 1 slice orowheat 100 % whole wheat toast w/ about 2 tsp of honey, 6 oz skim milk
Lunch: Chick Fil A (8 nuggets, waffle fries and Dr. Pepper)
Snack: 6 dark chocolate covered pomegranate things (size of blueberries)
Workout: 45 minutes on the elliptical...HARD (The machine said I burned over 500 calories...)
Dinner: Homemade soup (chicken, chicken broth, tomato sauce, corn, black beans, green chiles, a sprinkle of cheese), four saltine crackers
Dessert?: 1 Coors Light
Snack: about 20 gummy bears
I think I got about 70 oz of water in yesterday, so a little below my goal of 80 oz.
I'm sure most everything I had today was loaded with sodium, so I would imagine I'm retaining water like a sponge....

Yes, I went to Chick Fil A yesterday. And yes, I know they have salads and grilled chicken and fruit. Somehow, I have a hard time resisting those nuggets and waffle fries. Gee, I wonder how I got overweight? Fast food is definitely a weakness of mine. Best plan would be to stay away. I do know this. And for the first week of this challenge I did pretty good with that. I should go back and look, but I think maybe I didn't have any fast food at all...oh wait, I forgot...I had a little drop in to McDonald's. Well, anyway, once a week is quite an improvement over the several times I would find myself going through a drive thru. The kids had a blast playing at Chick Fil A and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal :)

Day 14: I seem to be doing a good job of maintaining my current weight...and this is much better than continuing to gain....Now, on to the dropping of it!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 13

Hello. My name is Kari, and I sometimes wish I hadn't decided to do this little exercise of putting my food consumption out for the whole world to see.

Food for yesterday consisted of the following: (I don't think I even need to try to categorize into 'meals'....ugh)

pop tart, pizza, microwave popcorn, gummy bears, chocolate chips, chicken tortilla soup, spinach, Coors Light, apple cobbler and ice cream (The portions were not bad of each of these things...except maybe the popcorn. Probably ate 3/4 of the bag)

I did manage to get a veggie in yesterday via the raw spinach...and a fruit via the apple cobbler HAHAHAHA. I did consume 80z of water, and I took a brisk 1.25 hour walk outside.

I don't have much to say except that this week I have been LAZY. Thank goodness I have managed to get exercise in instead of blowing that off. But I've been too lazy, or tired or something to get to the store and purchase the stuff that I need to eat healthy. So, I am grabbing whatever...not so mindlessly...I am very aware of what I'm grabbing, thanks to this little blog. And I curse every time, because the thought always goes through my mind that I will just conveniently forget to mention something, like the handful of chocolate chips, or the half a bag of gummy bears. Then I tell myself, what is the use of doing the blog, if you aren't gonna own up to what you are doing and what you are struggling with? There wouldn't be much point in that. So, I continue to tell it to you like it is!

Day 13: Trying to remember to look at the positives and not beat myself up. I did exercise, I watched my portions, I drank my water. :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day 12

Hello. My name is Kari, and I made it through another day.

Yesterday was just kind of a 'blah' day. I've already forgotten what I ate...oh wait...maybe I'm remembering some of it....

Breakfast: about 3/4 cup Cheerios w/ about 1/2 cup 1% milk
Workout: 5 minute warm up on the treadmill, 5 minutes of a straight jog, 20 minutes of intervals (running for a minute, walking for 2 minutes), 20 minutes on the elliptical
Post Workout/Lunch: Egg white sandwich from Starbucks, Tall nonfat vanilla latte (I really need to get to the store!)
Snack: 1/2 waffle, plain
Dinner: Green Giant Healthy Weight frozen veggie (black beans, edamame, carrots, green beans), 1 slice leftover thin crust Pizza Hut sausage pizza, water
Dessert: 2 white chocolate macadamia nut cookies
Snack: Microwave popcorn
I got 80 oz of water in throughout the day.

The only thing I really grabbed mindlessly was the waffle while I was making them for the kids. I am still greatly lacking in the fruits, veggies and good proteins. This will be remedied by a trip to the grocery store, which I just couldn't quite get to yesterday. I am encouraged that I didn't really go overboard on anything.

Today I started off less than perfect with a pop tart, and approximately 2 hours of sleep last night....but I'm not going to keep shooting holes in my tires. That's over and done, and I'm gonna do my best to make it a day of good choices.

Day 12: Meh...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day 11

Hello. My name is Kari, and I am not good with flat tires.

I posted the following on my facebook about a week ago: "Remember that you don’t have to be perfect to lose weight. If you get off track, you just get right back on. Don’t let yourself sabotage the rest of the day or week or month. It’s like getting a flat tire—you fix it and move on, you don’t poke holes in the rest of your tires."
Oh how I wish I knew how to take to heart these things that I pass along!

I took a wonderful little trip to San Diego this weekend. I watched what I ate, and did not go overboard on anything. The alcohol was kept to two drinks the whole weekend. I did not do a whole bunch of snacking. We walked a lot, and I even rode a surrey for a while. (It did not have a fringe on top, for those of you that might be wondering). And even though I know that I didn't get enough water in over the weekend, and that flying causes all kinds of strange things in the body, I was so bummed to see a gain yesterday. I should have stayed off of the scale, but I have weighed myself on Monday mornings for 2 years now. I am keeping track, and I wanted to continue with that. But what it did to me yesterday was deflate a tire, and I poked holes in the rest of the tires all day long. I did get a workout in first thing...and it was a tough one. There was some good, but definitely a lot of bad that went on yesterday. I guess what I get so discouraged about is how long and hard I have to work to get the weight off, and how easily it comes back on in such a short amount of time. Ugh.

Breakfast: protein bar
Workout: 10 minutes elliptical, 30 minutes weight training, 20 minutes recumbent bike
Post Workout: Starbucks oatmeal, non fat vanilla latte
Lunch/afternoon snack: microwave popcorn and water
Dinner: an insane amount of Pizza Hut pizza....I could not stop eating, Pepsi
Throughout the entire day: Laffy Taffy...I just kept grabbing from the bag...why did I buy this anyway?!!!

Obviously, I was missing things like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins yesterday....just your basic good and healthy food, really. And these are the things that would have filled me up so I wouldn't have felt the need to gorge myself on pizza at the end of the day. I know better!

I haven't eaten yet today, but am deciding if I will be good or bad. Yes, I am actually sitting here and it's like a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, trying to persuade me. The devil is saying, "Go ahead and make the pancakes your son is asking you to make, and enjoy many as you want." The angel is saying, "Go scramble up your egg whites and some green peppers, and get back on track today." Then the devil says "you can get back on track tomorrow...enjoy one more day of crap have to eat the leftover pizza for lunch anyway so it doesn't go to waste." And the angel...."Don't put it off, seize this moment". Gosh darn it, I wish they would both just shut up!!! about I just aim for that today? As I transition back in to what I need to do, I will choose moderation. And I'll get to the gym and grocery store today. Such simple little goals really...I can achieve those :)

Day 11: Disappointing, but today's a new day! Blowing the tires back up, and gonna try my best to keep them inflated...or at least patch them up really well!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Days 7 through 10

Hello. My name is Kari, and I will not be blogging about Days 7 through 10. I'm having an adventure!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 6

Hello. My name is Kari, and I am sore!

I actually did a workout that was not just cardio yesterday. And boy, do I feel it today. I had a session with a trainer. As he was trying to assess where my fitness level was, he asked me to do push ups. I warned him that I've only done 'girl' push ups, as that is all I've ever been able to do (those are pushups from the knees, not the toes). Well, I proceeded to enter in to my first girl push up, and was unable to get back up. I guess six months of doing nothing has really set me back :( What a bummer! I am thrilled that I worked some muscles yesterday...and even excited that I'm sore.

I didn't have the best day of eating yesterday, but not the worst either.

Breakfast: protein bar
snack: apple
Workout: 5 minute elliptical, 30 minutes weight training, 20 minutes recumbent bike, 10 minutes elliptical
Post workout: Protein Smoothie (with skim milk, blueberries, banana, spinach and protein powder), 2 graham cracker sheets
Lunch: McDonalds cheeseburger, small fry and Dr. Pepper
Snack: 10 chocolate covered pomegranate things, 2 single bite Butterfingers
Dinner: Chicken tortilla casserole and a large romaine lettuce salad with fat free dressing
Dessert: 1 graham cracker sheet

I find it ironic that I use a facebook status yesterday that mentions not resorting to McDonald's and Dr. Pepper and I do both yesterday. Wonderful! Here's my excuse....I was running late to meet a friend at the mall, and I grabbed McDonald's and ate it on the way. How's that? You might say, "Practice better time management, Kari", and I would have to agree with you.

I did get a little extra exercise by walking the mall, and then spending some extra time in a blizzard in the parking lot afterwards. Ah, good times....Love it when you head to your car and can't find it... And then you realize you're looking for the wrong car. Maybe I need to be exercising my mind as well as my body, to try and get a little sharper. Holy cow!

I am seeing a pattern that I am hungry in the afternoon before dinner, or even while I'm making dinner. Today I will try to sit down and have a pre-dinner salad instead of grabbing candy off of the counter.

Day 6: Bummed that I am weak, but glad to be on my way to getting strong.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 5

Hello. My name is Kari, and I am not sure that I can continue starting my blog this way every day. It seemed like a good idea at the start.....

Here's what yesterday looked like:

Breakfast: Protein Bar
Snack: orange
2nd Breakfast or Early Lunch, Pre Workout: 1 whole egg, plus 2 egg whites scrambled with 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 piece of Orowheat 100% whole wheat toast with honey
Workout: 50 minutes on elliptical
Post Workout: Dark chocolate covered pomegranate things(about 1/4 cup), 5 potato chips
Another Snack about 45 minutes later, or lunch...I don't know!: bowl of Cheerios
Dinner: soup (homemade w/ chicken, green chiles, tomatoes, black beans, corn, chicken broth, a bit of light sour cream stirred in and a small pinch of cheese)

I would normally be having something other than a protein bar for 'breakfast'. Right now, however, my body wants me awake early. Since I read that you should eat within an hour of getting up, and everyone else is still sleeping, I grab the bar instead of making a ruckus in the kitchen. I was a little too light on my veggies yesterday. I fully intended to make a smoothie with spinach again, or to have a salad. Instead I grabbed things after my workout that I didn't really intend to grab. Well, I did buy those pomegranate things at Costco because I thought they would make a good alternative to the chocolate chips I've been grabbing. After all, they are dark chocolate and pomegranate...there's good stuff to be had in that, right? Anyway, they were sooooo good, but sweet. So, I cut the sweet with a few potato chips. Nice. Wonderful vicious little circle that I could have been caught in and have been caught in before. But I stopped at 5! Those 5 were plenty to do the trick. Anyway, I ran out of time to make a smoothie as I had to get ready to go to the dentist.

I didn't snack in the afternoon, but I can't really take credit for that. I can thank my dentist's office. I was there for three hours while my kids got fillings. I did not plan on being there that long, so I endured a bit of a headache, but I was glad to have brought water along. I put soup in the crock pot in the morning, and it seemed pretty healthy....A lot of canned stuff, though, so I'm sure the sodium was a bit high. But it sure tasted good for dinner! Eating dinner at 7 pm made it so that I didn't need a snack in the evening.

I started taking Vitamin D in addition to the multivitamin, fish oil, joint support, and Vitamin C that I'm taking. As two doctors over the last year have recommended it, I finally thought I better give it a go. I'm not sure if it will have any effect on my appetite or anything. I'm hoping that the lady at Sprouts who rang it up for me was on to something when she said she began losing weight when she started taking her Vitamin D.....

Day 5: A good one :) I'm thankful that I'm more aware of what I'm eating and why, even if it is chocolate and potato chips.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 4

Hello. My name is Kari, and I sometimes don't have a lot to say.

I know you all are just dying to see what I ate yesterday...and I feel like I should just go ahead and blog about today too, but I won't. I have a little girl whispering in my ear as I'm sitting here trying to craft a wonderful blog entry. It is pretty darn cute...she's telling me she loves me so so so so so so so so so much, to the moon. And that the noise I just heard is her tummy. And as she is playing with my hair, she's asking if it's making me happy. Now I know why I haven't started on the novel I intend to write. But I am getting way off track here. Here's what yesterday looked like:

Breakfast: protein bar
Workout: 35 minutes on treadmill, 10 minutes on elliptical
Post workout: 2 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 2 chopped green onions, 1 slice orowheat 100% whole wheat toast w/honey, orange
Lunch: eating out at Hoffbrau: I chose a wrap that had grilled chicken, lettuce, red and green peppers and pineapple...I asked for the teriyaki sauce on the side that usually came in it, and a salad w/ dressing on the side, vodka and soda to drink, along with water. I ate one half of the wrap, then took all of the insides out of the other half and ate just those without the tortilla thing.
Snack: Smoothie with banana, bluberries, spinach, skim milk, and some protein powder.
Dinner: Salad, chicken in spaghetti sauce, tiny bit of spaghetti noodles, water to drink.

I came home starving from my lunch and trip to Costco, so I made the smoothie while I prepared dinner. Never thought I'd be putting spinach in a smoothie, but by golly, it was good!! Great way to get in some more veggies! By the time dinner was ready, I wasn't really very hungry. I have to admit it was nice to not feel hungry for a bit. I am really struggling with the hunger thing. I'm probably gonna have to look at everything and see if I'm getting enough calories in for the amount that I'm working out. I intend to log everything in to haven't gotten to it yet!

Day 4: Seemed to make decent choices out to eat again, and I didn't do any grabbing of random crap. Progress?!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 3

Hello. My name is Kari, and I am human.

It's Day 3 and I flubbed up a bit. I had already been thinking that it might be a no workout day, since I had worked out four days in a row. And then there was brunch/lunch with a friend...Having been successful at eating out the night before, I was prepared to do my best to order the right thing. I think I did until I said, "what the heck" about a couple of things. I did a little homework ahead of time, as far as choosing a drink to order. My research indicated a few lower calorie alcoholic drinks. I decided on a Bloody Mary, since it has tomato juice in it after all...kinda healthy right? Um, ick. Switched to beer after that...yikes! But my biggest mistake, was taking a look at the brunch menu, even though we were there at 11:30, and it was clearly a suitable time for just lunch. I did choose the soup and salad option off the lunch menu, which was a small cup of chicken tortilla soup, and I asked for the salad to be spinach with fat free dressing on the side. But darn it if I didn't fall prey to the side of pancakes that were only $1.50. I only ate half but I shouldn't have eaten them at all...they weren't that good. I need to be a little pickier about my calories...and not use them up on something that I'm not enjoying, like a Bloody Mary or mediocre pancakes. So, here's what all of yesterday looked like:

Breakfast: Protein Bar
Lunch: 1 large pancake, cup of soup, 2 saltine crackers, spinach salad, water, 3/4 of a Bloody Mary, beer
Snack: 10 Natural Cheetos (I know, how in the world can Cheetos be natural? And yes, I finally gave in to them)
Snack: Cinnamon roll, while I was making dinner....oh my goodness, what is wrong with me?!
Dinner: salmon, 1 1/2 roma tomatoes sliced with Balsamic Vinegar drizzled on them, 5 bites of a sausage stromboli thingy I made for the rest of the family.
Snack: 10 pieces of microwave popcorn

I again had 80 oz of water. I missed out on fruit for the day, but got a pretty decent amount of veggies in. I don't show a loss this morning, but I can look and see workout plus alcohol, Cheetos and sweet doughy things does not a good combo make.

Day 3: An enjoyable day...and I'm not gonna beat myself up about the 'mistakes'. Just gonna keep on keepin on today!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 2

Hello. My name is Kari, and I seem to have very little will power.

I think one of the hardest things about my struggle with weight has been my husband. The poor dear just doesn't know how to help me. And as I've mentioned before, he doesn't understand the pull that food has on me. He is able to take it or leave it, whether it's dessert, or chips, or whatever! As I started writing this, I noticed someone had left a bag of snacks in here, and as I was pulling them up to go put them back in the pantry, I was very close to just grabbing some. It's 8 o'clock in the morning...Just the sight of a bag of salty puffed crap makes me want to grab them and stuff some in my mouth, and I'm not even hungry. My husband doesn't understand that....Heck, I don't understand that! He has tried for 20 years to be supportive as I try and fail, try and fail. So, I guess after 20 years, he has decided to resort to drastic measures. And so here is a scene from yesterday. I came home from my workout, made a protein shake with fruit in it and sat down to watch Despicable Me with the family. It was about 11:30 so one of my teenage sons was making a frozen pizza for lunch. I had already inhaled a handful of chocolate chips as I was making my shake because I was starving after my 45 minutes on the elliptical. But my shake tasted good and I was enjoying it. When I went to put my empty cup in the sink, the remainder of my son's pizza was on the stove...and it smelled and looked darn good. I grabbed a piece and took a bite and walked back in to the family room, fully intending to eat the entire piece of pizza. My sweet dear stood up out of his easy chair, grabbed the pizza out of my hand and chucked it back on the pan. He actually did the same thing with a bag of chips the other day. Now, I am a grown damn woman, so initially I was pissed that he would do such a thing. I should be able to choose what I want to eat and when. BUT, he has seen how I mindlessly do these things, and has decided he's tired of hearing me complain about how I feel and look. So, I guess my husband may be a snack Nazi for a while...I did thank him after the initial shock wore off from being denied the hot bit of oozy melty cheesy pizza. But I have to wonder, why is my will power so weak at the moment? At other times, even just a couple of months ago, I wasn't tempted by these things at all. Oh the mysteries of the body and mind....I wonder if I will ever get them figured out?!


Breakfast: 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg, scrambled with 2 chopped green onions, 4 oz skim milk to drink, 1/2 piece of orowheat 100% whole wheat toast w/ a dab of honey
Workout: 45 minutes on elliptical
Post Workout/Lunch: protein shake with 1/4 cup blueberries and a banana, a bite of frozen cheese pizza, handful of chocolate chips
Snack: Oops...3 mini Baby Ruth...they're the little tiny square one bite ones....I'm allowed, right?! Now if I could just stop at one....
Dinner: At Chili's, salad with dressing on the side (dipped my fork in the dressing about every other bite), 1/2 portion salmon, about 1/2 cup steamed broccoli, one bite of lava cake, water to drink
Snack: About 10 pieces of popped microwave popcorn
I drank approximately 80 oz of water yesterday. I am taking a multivitamin, fish oil, and joint support daily, as well as an extra Vitamin C to ward off the cold that my son has. I'm down some more on the scale today, which helps me to stay motivated since the changes I've made the last two days have made a difference already.

Day 2: Over and done! Difficult but eye-opening. When I cut out so much crap from my diet, it's like a numbness is wearing off and I can sense more of what my body is telling me it needs. Now if only my brain won't get in the way of what my body is saying.....

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Day 1, Take 2, or 3 or 4 or 5.....

Hello. My name is Kari, and I start weight loss journeys and don't finish them on a regular basis.

So here we go...The body transformation challenge at the gym is on again. I weighed in yesterday morning and let me tell you, it was not pretty. I am beginning this year's challenge 10 pounds heavier than last year's. This means that not only did I gain back the 10 or so pounds I lost on last year's challenge, but another 10 I had already lost before the challenge began. What the heck?! Just when I think I have things under 'control', I apparently lose all control!! Here's how Day 1 of this challenge looked:

Breakfast: Protein bar
Workout: 45 minutes on the elliptical
Post-Workout: Two eggs, mixed greens salad, 1 orange
Lunch: A Whole Foods salad bar salad...spinach, mixed greens, blueberries, strawberries, almonds, chicken, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, balsamic vinagrette
Snack: about 20 chocolate chips
Dinner: Mongolian Beef (Homemade) (strips of steak, in a sauce of soy sauce, garlic, water, cornstarch, red pepper flakes, over brown rice)
Dessert: small piece of chocolate cake, two wheat thins w/ some dip

I will admit I was hungry all damn day. It took me 1.5 hours to eat that salad at Whole Foods as I was chatting with a friend while I was eating. And it was a BIG salad! As I was walking out to the car, I thought to myself, "crap, I'm hungry". I drank water like crazy to try and ward off the 'hunger'. My husband was less than sympathetic as I was lusting after every food I saw on TV. He just doesn't understand because he doesn't snack, like ever. Food is not the enticing lover to him that it is to me.

I attended a Pampered Chef party last night. If you don't know, they make food at these parties...I was proud of myself for passing on one of the recipes that was made, and only indulging in a small piece of the cake. (Truth be told, I got a very small piece and it was so darn good, I went and got another very small piece....) I also only had a couple of munchies the hostess set out. And here is the BIG news....I passed on any drinks too. I had my water bottle with me, full of ice cold water, and sipped on that all night. Yes, this is Kari, for anyone who may think they're reading the wrong blog after that tidbit of information.

The results so far? Down 2.5 pounds today. I am not gonna go crazy over this because it's one darn day. But I stepped on the scale because I had to make sure I saw that the changes I made yesterday made a difference. And they did. Gonna try my best to stay on track today.

I'm getting ready to head to the gym. I'm focusing on just cardio at the moment. I'm staying with the elliptical for now to keep everything low impact. For anyone that struggles with joint pain, I really encourage you to try an elliptical. It really does help to get you moving without pounding on your knees or hips....I had to back off the treadmill for now because of those issues.

Here is what I need from anyone reading this blog....Help me, and help me to help others!! Last year, I was incredibly encouraged by the people who read it and shared with me their struggles, or told me they forwarded the blog on to a friend, or just gave me a word of encouragement. I'm writing the blog again so that I can again be held accountable, but also to hopefully strike a chord with someone. Perhaps they can see that I am struggling with similar things they may be struggling with. We are in this together, everybody!!!

I am trying to keep my food consumption in the front of my consciousness, instead of mindlessly grabbing whatever smells or looks good, or is staring me in the face. Yes, it takes some extra planning and some extra work. But again, I have to tell myself that it's worth it. That I am worth it.

Day 1: Difficult but invigorating. And so the journey begins....again.