Woot Woot

Hit a new milestone last Thursday at my weigh in. Here are a few hints.

Just in case you missed my (ahem) subtlety…

Yippe! I'm in a new decade.

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Seven Pounds Skinnier

Today ends week two of my diet. Last week I lost 3/4 of a pound, this week I lost two pounds. All in all I am down 7 pounds since I started. Not too bad! I have started feeling the difference in my clothes, which is very encouraging and motivating. My fat clothes are a little baggier than they were before.

I already ate pretty healthy before this diet, so I have not had a huge shift in eating habits. I never eat chips and other snacky junk food. I never have cakes, brownies, ice cream or other desserts in the house. My basic problems are (1) portions, and (2) sugar. This week I have been working to re-frame how much I REALLY need to eat to be full, not how much I WANT to eat, or think I NEED to eat. It has been relatively easy because there is always something I can eat if I start to feel hungry – celery, an apple, a protein bar – so I never feel like I'm starving myself.

For anyone who wants to play along at home, here is what I ate this past week. See if it works for you.

DAY ONE (Friday)
BREAKFAST – coffee w/ sugar free Coffeemate, Egg Sandwich – 2 eggs, raw spinach, 1 slice cheese, on multigrain bread
SNACK – protein bar

LUNCH – 1 can tuna fish w/ mayo (By itself, no bread. Ate it out of a bowl with a fork.), can of peaches (in own juice)

DINNER – 2 veggie burgers – one slice of multigrain bread per burger
SNACK – protein bar

DAY TWO (weekend)

BREAKFAST – coffee w/ sugar free coffeemate, 2 packets of oatmeal

SNACK – protein bar

LUNCH – grilled tuna steak, brussell sprouts

SNACK – cottage cheese

DINNER – grilled chicken, apple

SNACK – protein bar


DAY THREE (weekend)
BREAKFAST – coffee w/ sugar free Coffeemate

LUNCH – salad (mixed greens, celery, cucumber, sautéed shrimp)
SNACK – protein bar
DINNER – hamburger on multigrain bread, 1 slice cheese, lettuce, onion, and mixed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)



BREAKFAST – 2 fried eggs, coffee w/ sugar free coffeemate

SNACK – protein bar

LUNCH – turkey wrap, lettuce, tomato, peppers

SNACK – apple

DINNER – 1/2 chicken breast, broccoli, cauliflower

SNACK – protein bar



BREAKFAST – coffee w/ sugar free coffeemate, 2 packets of oatmeal

SNACK – protein bar

LUNCH – turkey sandwich on wheat bread, lettuce, tomato

SNACK – can of mandarin oranges

SNACK – protein bar

DINNER – grilled mahi mahi, grilled asparagus
SNACK  – protein bar



BREAKFAST – coffee w/ sugar free coffeemate, 2 packets of oatmeal

SNACK – protein bar

LUNCH – 6” Subway Club on wheat

SNACK – apple

DINNER – Tossed Salad (raw spinach, tomatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds, raisins, and pineapple chunks)
SNACK  – protein bar



BRAKFAST – coffee w/ sugar free coffeemate, yogurt, apple

SNACK – protein bar

LUNCH – Small Quiznos Mesquite Chicken Sandwich on wheat

SNACK – can of pears in own juice

DINNER – Tossed Salad (mixed greens, ground beef, salsa, and tomatoes)

SNACK – protein bar

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Shrinkage Day Four

Ok, short update because I'm pooped…

Monday was my first official weigh in where the scale teetered dangerously at 159 1/4.

Tuesday – Thursday were my detox days where I limited my diet to proteins and green veggies. I weighed in today at noon at 158, so I've lost a pound and a quarter. Last time (2 years ago) I did this diet I only lost 3/4 in the first three days of detox, so I'm ahead this time. I weigh in again next Thursday.

What I have eaten:

2 eggs for breakfast
8/10 lb roast beef slices for lunch
10 celery sticks snack
4 grilled chicken strips (no breading) and a huge bowl of broccoli for dinner

2 eggs for breakfast
1/2 lb turkey slices for lunch
big salad and big salmon fillet for dinner

2 eggs for breakfast
1 cucumber sliced snack
2 tins sardines lunch (yuck – won't do that again)
10 celery sticks snack
1 cup chopped chicken with mayo dinner
10 celery sticks snack

I *should've* been eating snacks on Tuesday and Wednesday too, but I was too busy.

So, tomorrow I start the real plan. Each day I can eat:
2 proteins (but I usually do 3)
3 veggie servings
3 fruit servings
2 starch servings
1 dairy serving
1 fat serving
2 protein bars

Yummers… The protein bars are the best part because they are like candy bars. Mmmmmm…. Bonus is that they are made of a protein compound that is hard for your body to break down so it has work harder which kicks up the metabolism and burns more calories.

Alrighty… that's my update.

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Shrinkage Day One

Well, I am going to do it this time.

I really am.

This time, I mean business!

I re-joined the weight loss place and I am going to get off this lovely layer of blubber that has been accumulating for the past 11 months. I know it will work because it worked before. Absolute confidence.

Some of you may have noticed the little weight ticker in the menu to the left that has been sitting at 158 since forever. Well, good reason for that. I started at 158 then promptly ate my way through enough chocolate to fill the Grand Canyon and 158 was but a speck in the rear view mirror.

Yesterday I weighed in at 159. My goal is 135 by the end of June. I can do it!

Today was the first day of the detox part of the plan to get all the sugar out of my system and kick up my metabolism. I can eat as much protein and green veggies as I want. The dietitian said, and I quote, "the more you eat the more you'll lose". Now that's my kind of diet! But we'll see… Last time I only lost half a pound on this part.

So, since I have been sooooooooooooo bad at blogging lately, I think I will post updates about my progress and eating habits. I have to keep a food journal for the plan, so I will also record it here. I think that will help me stay focused.

Anyone want to do it with me? This plan really does work.

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15 Foods that are A-Ok for Holiday Snacking

This is from Lifehacker, a great blog about anything and everything tech-related, but apparently not always…

Fifteen Foods that Burn More Calories than They Contain

berries.pngWe need to scarf down plenty of calories in a day, but if you've got a nasty snack habit that's tipping the scales to heavy, weblog Bootstrapper's list of 15 foods that burn more calories than they contain might be the perfect addition to your grocery list. Called negative calorie foods, the following 15 treats actual burn more calories in their digestion than they offer, so you can fulfill your snack craving without the guilt of a bag of potato chips. From apples to zucchini, these foods make the perfect snacks. Hit the jump for the full list.

  • Celery
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Grapefruit
  • Carrots
  • Apricots
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Cauliflower
  • Apples
  • Hot Chili Peppers
  • Zucchini

Keep in mind that a diet limited to only these foods could lead to malnutrition (according to Wikipedia), so don't go getting all unhealthy on us. But when snack time hits, these healthy, negative calorie foods sound like winners. For more opitons, check Wikipedia's longer list of negative calorie foods, and for a glimpse at other low-calorie snacks, check out the 200-calorie gallery.

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Another cool site. You put in any food and it gives you the nutritional information.

The really neat thing is it gives you choices about foods. For example, you can't just say "bread" you have to be more specific. My nom nom nom from last night, artichoke, brings up the choices boiled, raw, or pizza artichoke supreme – ha! Check it out… http://www.calorieconnect.com/

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