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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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sat. 316.2
Sun. 315
Mon. 317
Tues. 316.4
Wed. 316
Thurs. 317

Well, had I not had a craving for pizza last night I might have been okay. But such is life and I guess I'll have to make up for that.

BK: Greek yogurt w/ tsp of flax, egg on l sugar bread w/ slice of ham.

L: Spinach, tomato, parmesan, bacon and....I will have to go see if I can buy some dressing at our subway b/c I forgot to mix some this morning.

D: Possibly steak and aspargus (finally got some) or Turkey breast cutlet and aspargus. Does anyone know a good way to cook the turkey breast cutlet?

W: I'm gonna reach for 40 mins on the ellipt. today. I'm gonna cut back on the tension a bit though. I've been slacking on making my workouts more challenging b/c frankly I haven't been able to be consistent in my workouts. We will see how it goes. I might have to just do 30 and then get on the bike and finish out, but it will still be more time in the gym.

I had a work event yesterday. I did better this year staying away from the food than last year, but I did indulge in these ham and cheese crossiant things...........which probably prompted the pizza "need" later. I was just so tired. I was mentally not willing to fight against my bad habits. I was up early to go to this event and I didn't sleep well b/c I had just put in that bid on the house and was worried about my decision all night (I should find out tomr.), then I plugged through being in front of people and having to be "on" for half the day and on my feet more than usual. I went home and just laid down to watch tv (we got off early) and I was out like a light.........I slept until about 5pm. Plus, hardly any water in yesterday...........ugh. April 30th is just around the corner (Dr. check up) and I haven't really lost anything. Just been yo-yoing. Its no ones fault but my own though. I know I can put more effort in. I know I'm still showing progress, but it just seems that I'm still at that 80% mark........not getting any closer to putting in 100%. I wish I knew if there was something underlying holding me back.

Anyway. Just one day at a time I guess. I will get there.

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Okay, just remind my self, that small steps count:



I may spike up a few times, but my overall trend has been down. This is good, nothing to feel bad about and I should know that.
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Congratulations on your downward slope and minus 14.6 lbs. is nothing to sneeze at!!! That's probably down a size (isn't it about 15 lbs equals one size?). Good for you and best of luck on the house! Fingers crossed your bid is accepted!!
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Congratulations on your downward slope and minus 14.6 lbs. is nothing to sneeze at!!! That's probably down a size (isn't it about 15 lbs equals one size?). Good for you and best of luck on the house! Fingers crossed your bid is accepted!!
Thanks. I just have to remember its not about other people's expectations, its about mine.
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sat. 316.2
Sun. 315
Mon. 317
Tues. 316.4
Wed. 316
Thurs. 317
Fri. 316.8

Well. lost .4lbs this week. I guess that is better than nothing and after the last weekend.........I can understand.

BK: Flax muffin

L: Leftover steak from last night and asparagus (brought them in one of those steam bags with some butter thrown in there and some lemon pepper. It was a huge steak and I was proud that I cut it down to a 3oz portion size last night and only ate that and the asparagus (though I might have used too much butter).

D: I think I might try the low carb lasagna tonight.

W: umm, I might try for 40 mins. on the bike today.

I did 40 mins on the ellpt. last night. Did I take the level down, yes. Did I have to slow down a bit towards the last 10 mins., yes. Did I make it........YES! So, I'm happy with that. I will trade off for the bike tonight b/c it was a bit rough on my lower back yesterday.

Can't give any news on the house yet for certain. They will email my agent so I will have to wait for him to get the email. Although, I went to the website this morning and it says it is open for daily bids now. So, I'm guessing they didn't get the amount they wanted and are fishing for higher bids. Eh, such is the game of life.........$ is always important or should I say more of it. Que Sera Sera.

If this means what I think it means, then I have some pressure off my back at this point. My brother and SIL booked a house at the beach for a week at the end of July for our 1st real family vacation in maybe a decade. Both sides of the family too (his/hers). I have to pay a portion of the cost for the house and then of course I'll need spending money. Today I'm making my final payment on the cruise, so that will be another financial relief. Everything happens for a reason and as much as sometimes life is disappointing...........it will soon be good again.

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Thanks. I just have to remember its not about other people's expectations, its about mine.
So true...you have to do what is right for you and lose at your own pace!

Went out to dinner with my mom last night to Outback. The wine was 2 for 1 and she wanted me to share one with her. I have given up sugar (except for some indulgences on the cruise), so really didn't want to have wine. I took a few sips and then left the rest. I find that I really don't like sugar anymore! Dinner was a healthy 6 oz. sirloin paired with a lobster tail and asparagus. The best thing for me about the low carb is that you don't get hungry! I cannot fuction if I'm hungry!!

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Old April 21st, 2012, 09:38 AM
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Sat. 317

Yea, my eating habits are horendous and I have to find my way back.


Didn't get the house, so maybe all this bad eating was just stress and now I can just get back to normal. We will see.

Gonna go get on the bike for a bit before we have to meet up with friends for lunch.
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Okay, just remind my self, that small steps count:
I really love the chart


I may spike up a few times, but my overall trend has been down. This is good, nothing to feel bad about and I should know that.
I really love this chart, nice job.
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Yay...quite a drop! Congratulations!
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Seems like I'm a slow track to gaining a little every week. I mean.......either that or its a maintaining trend again............Last Sunday I was 315........now I'm 315.8...........and 318 today.

I just haven't been eating right. I've been to easy on letting things slip. I know that. Increasing my exercise isn't a great achievement if I sabotage it by over eating again. I will just have to try again.

BK: Oatmeal 1/2 cup dry 1 cup 2% milk, 1 tbsp sugar

L: I let the weekend slip away and not plan, so I will grab some hamburgers out for lunch and ditch the buns.

S: Cheese stick.

D: Turkey cutlet pan seared with seasoning and some asparagus w/ butter and lemon pepper.

W: 40 mins ellpt.

I have another count down to get to first now. We are going to the beach with the family and the kids so that will be at the end of July now. So, I would really like to make a goal for that. I would really like to be another 10lbs lighter by then b/c that is 3 months out from the cruise and would leave me at 5lbs to lose by the cruise for my 25lb goal.

This means I'm gonna have to find the sweet zone for me to lose weight a little faster. I'm gonna to really put in a effort to be low carb this week. I've just been messing around lately. Let myself think it was okay to cheat here and there, that it wasn't making a difference, so why not. Well, if I never really tried then......I guess it wouldn't make a difference. More effort. Yep. that sounds about right.


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Do you like Italian sausage? One sausage is 2 g of carb (the Publix brand...check your own grocery store). That with a little spicy mustard (0 carbs) is a good lunch or dinner paired with a salad. If you really want to lose quickly, going 20 g of carbs/day or under is the way to jump start and then you can gradually add more in.

Good luck. Your beach trip sounds like fun and what a good goal!!
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As I previously posted, I tried the low carb thing. I found I do much better by upping the exercise to 60-65 minutes a day and stick to my no fried food/no junk food/no soda/everything else in moderation plan.

In one week, I lost 2 lbs doing low carb, plus exercising 30-35 mins a day. In one week of following the above theory I lost 6 lbs in a week.

Mother nature came visiting last week, and I am always good for a 3-5 lb gain, so I avoid the scale at all costs!!!!!!!! But, I am still getting up in the morning to exercise before work/school and exercising again at night. I will weigh in a few days and report back.

You are right, though Brooke, if you are exercising, but not following your plan, it won't work. You will more than likely maintain, but a loss may not happen. Another thing to consider...if you are sticking to the food that you outline here, is it enough food?
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I read an article last night about a couple of snack items that I'm going to try.

Better'n Peanut Butter is sold at Trader Joe's and can also be purchased online. It's only one point per serving if you're doing weight watcher's. It's supposed to taste really good, and comes in different flavors. A serving (two tablespoons) of the regular flavor has 100 calories, 2 grams of fat, 190 grams of sodium, 2 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, and 13 grams of carbs. The website has lots of yummy recipes. http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com

Yonanas is a cool appliance that turns frozen fruit into ice cream-style soft serve. http://www.yonanas.com/

I'll report back after I try them or maybe someone else who has tried them will share their experience(s).

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Do you like Italian sausage? One sausage is 2 g of carb (the Publix brand...check your own grocery store). That with a little spicy mustard (0 carbs) is a good lunch or dinner paired with a salad. If you really want to lose quickly, going 20 g of carbs/day or under is the way to jump start and then you can gradually add more in.

Good luck. Your beach trip sounds like fun and what a good goal!!
Will have to give it a try. probably can find something similar.
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As I previously posted, I tried the low carb thing. I found I do much better by upping the exercise to 60-65 minutes a day and stick to my no fried food/no junk food/no soda/everything else in moderation plan.

In one week, I lost 2 lbs doing low carb, plus exercising 30-35 mins a day. In one week of following the above theory I lost 6 lbs in a week.

Mother nature came visiting last week, and I am always good for a 3-5 lb gain, so I avoid the scale at all costs!!!!!!!! But, I am still getting up in the morning to exercise before work/school and exercising again at night. I will weigh in a few days and report back.

You are right, though Brooke, if you are exercising, but not following your plan, it won't work. You will more than likely maintain, but a loss may not happen. Another thing to consider...if you are sticking to the food that you outline here, is it enough food?
I know what you mean. I was doing 1lb a week without the low carb and now I'm just sitting here. Its perplexing. Although WW encourages a low carb diet.
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I read an article last night about a couple of snack items that I'm going to try.

Better'n Peanut Butter is sold at Trader Joe's and can also be purchased online. It's only one point per serving if you're doing weight watcher's. It's supposed to taste really good, and comes in different flavors. A serving (two tablespoons) of the regular flavor has 100 calories, 2 grams of fat, 190 grams of sodium, 2 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, and 13 grams of carbs. The website has lots of yummy recipes. http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com

Yonanas is a cool appliance that turns frozen fruit into ice cream-style soft serve. http://www.yonanas.com/

I'll report back after I try them or maybe someone else who has tried them will share their experience(s).

Good choices!
Interesting..........will have to look at it.
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sat. 317
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mon. 318
Tues. 317.2

Well, at least its going back down. I'm trying.

BK: Flax muffin

S: Skinny Vanilla latte

L: Fajitas deer meat w/ onions (no extra oil), brought some spinach leaves and a tomato to mix in too.

S: Cheese stick

D: I think I will just have the rest of the fajitas, but make a spinach salad this time.

W: 40 mins. on the bike.

I got in my 40 mins. on the ellpt. I had to stop in the middle for a bathroom break though, but it really helped me push through the last 20 mins. at a good speed instead of slowing down. Just about 1.5min. break. Got home and I cooked the turkey cutlet with just some seasoning salt, oregano, pepper and I had fixed an egg for my dad before so I just used what oil was left in the pan after to pan sear it. I steamed my asparagus w/ butter and lemon pepper.

I had 1/2 cup of ice cream that was left in my 1/2 gallon I had bought at the beginning of the week so that was out of my life. I had some crackers w/ butter and then 1 pop tart. Its the post snacking that gets me. Not to mention most of this stuff my parents buy. I try to stay out of the kitchen, but when I had to cook and then I came back and cooked the fajitas for today..........stuff is just laying everywhere and apparently my self control stinks. Doesn't matter today........b/c its all new.

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This is probably a stupid question, but how do you steam asparagus? Is it in the microwave? I usually boil it or roast in the oven, but would like to try steaming.

It's hard to stop the after dinner snacking. Maybe try keeping sugar free jello around for a "healthy" snack! Ricotta cheese with a little bit of splenda and cinnamon warmed in the microwave is also a good one!

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How I do it is with a steamer basket held in water for a few minutes. I cut the tips and also chop up the stems, except for about 1 inch of them.

Asparagus is a great supefood because it has a high water content so it's great for healthy eating.

I did read somewhere once if you have a problem with "snacking" in the evening it may be that you are not eating enough during the day, if indeed you are truly hungry.

A great "tip" I read in a magazine this weekend to determine if you are "hungry" or not..ask yourself "If this were a gigantic bowl of fruit would I eat it?" If you answer honestly "no", then you are not really hungry and maybe bored or something else. I thought that was a great idea!

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This is probably a stupid question, but how do you steam asparagus? Is it in the microwave? I usually boil it or roast in the oven, but would like to try steaming.

It's hard to stop the after dinner snacking. Maybe try keeping sugar free jello around for a "healthy" snack! Ricotta cheese with a little bit of splenda and cinnamon warmed in the microwave is also a good one!

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