Friday, January 29, 2010

F-F-F-Friday!

Back up to 237, though the scale was wobbling between that and 236. (237 yesterday too, though I didn't get a chance to post it)

Going to dust off my Yoga Booty Ballet DVD tonight, and try to give it a whirl tomorrow. I'll let you guys know on Monday how things came out!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday Weigh-in

236! *fist pump*

Some good news on a day when I woke up with a caffeine withdrawal headache. I've stuck to my guns with water and juice, plus a few ibuprofen. So far the headaches haven't been too bad, but I am hoping that today will be my last one. I get very cranky when my head hurts!

I brought cauliflower to work today instead of Wheat Thins. I noticed that a lot of the food I eat is carbs, so I'm trying to cut down on that. I tell you what though, if someone would package fresh pre-cut vegetables, they'd make a killing. I know that stores sell veggie trays, but I have yet to go to the store and see a package of cauliflower. Broccoli, yes, but not cauliflower unless it's frozen. Oh well. I can live with cutting it up myself I suppose. :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Weigh-in

Blargh. Still 237.

I need to remember that the important thing is that I HAVE lost weight. And I WILL exercise this weekend.

I'm gonna Yoga my Ballet Booty off, yes I am!

Rawr.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Weigh-in!

Still maintaining 237.

I'm not gaining, but I'm not losing either. The weekends seem to be where I have trouble. At work, it's easy. I don't use the vending machine, and just eat what I've brought with me. But when I'm home for the weekend, it's a lot easier to give in and go get McDonald's. The best I can do is put more veggies on the grocery list, which I did this week. We have no chips or snacks in the house except some broccoli and cauliflower, and stuff for the kids lunches.

Today is my first day at work without pop. I got a bottle of water from the vending machine, and that's what I'm going to drink from here on out. I also need to buckle down with the exercising and actually start doing some. I know what I need to do, but I really don't want to. Time to rustle up some more of that willpower stuff and put it to work, eh?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday Weigh-in!

Back down to 237, yay!

Stuck to the usual regimen yesterday, with spaghetti and corn for dinner. We both got a little hungry later in the evening, so we each had an apple and a piece of bread with some peanut butter on it. It did the trick, but I was still tempted to go grab some Doritos from the bag that's still on the counter! I didn't though.

I am, however, snacking a bit today. We make liverwurst about once a month, and one of the managers always brings in some crackers, so I've had a few crackers with liverwurst on it. The key is not to overdo, right? :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday Weigh-in

239.

Perhaps the weekend just caught up to me, I'm not sure. It's a little frustrating to be almost back to where I started, but I have to remember that I'm just starting all of this, and the difference between where I was when I started and where I am now is still not that much. Not trying to coddle myself, but just be realistic.

I have to say also that so far I prefer the vanilla Atkins shakes. I still have to try the chocolate, but in the future if it's a choice between vanilla and strawberry, vanilla will win. Also... veggie burgers... we'll give a rating of "interesting". We had them over the weekend. The best comparison I have is that they're egg rolls flattened out into a patty. There were carrot shavings in the patties, which was pretty odd. Not bad, really, but not really in the category of "let's make this a regular menu item" either.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Weigh-in!

237.

I expected a gain. I splurged quite a bit over the weekend, and I am not ashamed to admit it. Emily's party was on Saturday and we had Little Caesar's pizza and cake. Then hubby and I went out to eat on Sunday and I could not resist a New York Strip and a baked potato. It was amazing and I do not regret one bite! The only surprise for me is that it's only one pound. I guess it reinforces the thinking for me that one doughnut will not make or break a diet. It's one doughnut (or more) every day that makes the difference.

I'm back on the wagon today. I had my half-a-bagel and peanut butter for breakfast and brought my vanilla Atkins shake and usual snacks. That bagel half looked so small this morning, it was hard to not just eat a whole one. But here it is almost 10AM and I'm still not hungry. I forgot my pop too, so that's out for today. After I finish the week's two-liter I might swear it off altogether, at least until I have to do more super-long days. We shall see!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Fridaaaaaay!!!

Still 236! It wasn't a fluke after all, yay!

I am pretty happy with how well this is going so far. I feel so darned good about myself that I actually organized my locker this morning. The top shelf was full of old magazines and stuff that I'd brought to work and forgotten about, even though I look at it two or three times a day. I've been working here for ten years, so you can imagine the clutter. So I pulled everything out and threw away what I didn't need, and put the rest of the stuff back in an organized fashion. There was suddenly room for the scarf I'm working on for Andy to replace the one he left at school before Christmas and hasn't been able to find since.

It was a beautiful thing.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thursday Weigh-In

236!

I think that might be a bit of a fluke, I'll be checking it again later this afternoon. I can't believe that I dropped three pounds in one day, especially when Emily wanted Burger King for her birthday dinner, and I got a double cheeseburger and fries for hubby and myself. Not to mention the cupcake! Apart from that though, I was good yesterday. I had my sandwich for breakfast, and my Atkins shake for lunch with my packet of wheat thins.

Maybe this weekend I'll be able to exercise some, I think that would help quite a bit.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday Weigh-In

Holding strong at 239!

The jury is still out on the veggie burgers, we had sub sandwiches instead at my son's request, with fries and pasta.

Tonight we have a special dessert, as it's my daughter's birthday and I'm going to be picking up some cupcakes on my way home. I'll try to only have one!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday Weigh-in!

Maintaining at 239.

Last night was pork chops, baked with apples and bbq sauce, also steamed broccoli (with a bit of cheese) and mashed potatoes. A scoop of Edy's frozen yogurt (cookies and cream, omgyum) for dessert, and some popcorn just before bed.

I had a very hard time with the mashed potatoes. Luckily the kids wanted seconds, so there weren't really any left for me to have after I ate what was on my plate. I did clean the spoon though! The ice cream was difficult too. That one scoop looked so small in the bowl! Normally I would have given myself three times as much. But a scoop is a serving, so that's what we had.

I had a strawberry Atkins shake yesterday at lunch. It was... ok. I will be able to finish the package, though they're not the best things I ever had either. But I'll take your advice on the vanilla ones when I get to them, Linda! Vanilla extract is a really good idea.

On the menu for dinner tonight is veggie burgers. I've never had one before, so I'm a little worried, but we've got plenty of ketchup if I need it, so I think it will be fine.

Thank you everyone for your supportive comments, you're helping to keep me going!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Weigh-in!

239, with some wobbles to 238.

And this after a weekend that included pizza and McDonald's and no exercise whatsoever, even though I probably would have had time to do some.

I am still trying to make healthy choices and exercise portion control when I can't. So far it seems to be working, but it takes a lot of willpower! The slow drop of the numbers on the scale is helping quite a bit though.

Yesterday we went grocery shopping. I wanted to get Slim Fast to have for lunch, since breakfast is going to be peanut butter bagels. Imagine my surprise to see that all of the Slim Fast was gone! Apparently it's been voluntarily recalled by the company that makes it. Something about a microorganism that can cause vomiting and diarrhea and stuff. Yikes! And to add further insult to injury, the other available products had no chocolate versions in stock, which is the only flavor I really like. Grrr, they just have to make this even harder, huh? There wasn't much to choose from, but I got some Atkins shakes anyway, in strawberry and vanilla. I haven't had my first one yet, but I hope they're better than the Slim Fast versions of those flavors. And I hope that Slim Fast gets their act together and gets their product back on the shelves!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Finally Friday!

240 again this morning, huzzah!

I actually got to have lunch yesterday, so I ate my salad. I'm also having peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast, in lieu of a bagel, until we go to the store this weekend. We had homemade chicken tenders and potato skins (which were left in the freezer from New Year's) last night. Usually I make a pig of myself when hubby makes them, but I limited myself to two and a half pieces of chicken and about the same amount of potato skins. It was not easy though, he can do miracles with a pan of hot oil!

Tonight is pork chops, and I am looking forward to that! :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thursday Weigh-in

240. It's probably not a loss that will stick, but it was nice to see the scale go down a bit this morning!

Eating was hit or miss again yesterday. The job I'm covering this week leaves me very little time to even go upstairs for ten minutes and try to eat something. Dinner was good though, baked tilapia with steamed vegetables and rice. Yum!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wednesday Weigh-in

241 without the radio again this morning.

I hardly ate anything yesterday, which was completely not on purpose. I didn't get a chance to eat breakfast, and I was kept busy enough at work that I didn't really have time to eat. So when I got home for dinner, I was starving!

I tried to be good though. We had mini subs, and I had two, with ham, a slice of provolone cheese, some lettuce, and a small amount of mayo. Then I had some potato salad and a couple of handfuls of Doritos.

So far today I've had a chocolate chip granola bar. I have some salad with a bit of shredded cheese and some ranch dressing for lunch, and another granola bar and a 100-calorie pack of wheat thins for a snack. I've got a 20 oz of Diet Coke for caffeine purposes, and a 2-liter of Coke Zero to refill it with for the rest of the week.

So far, so good! :) Except for my sense of time, apparently. It's Wednesday, not Tuesday! XD

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesday Addendum

I just hopped back on the scale at work without my walkie-talkie radio thing on. As it turns out, it weighs about two pounds, and without it I'm at 241. So that's where my ticker is going, and I am going to try to stick to checking it every day. I feel that some sort of constant reassurance is the only way I'm going to be able to keep up with what I'm doing. If I stop checking, I'll lose focus, and then before you know it, a few months have gone by and anything I've lost has returned and brought a few friends along for the ride.

I can do this, gosh darnit!!

Morning Weigh-in

The scale at work today read 243. Yesterday it was actually 245, not 249. I'm debating whether or not to change my ticker, because it would look like I've lost quite a bit, when really I don't feel like I've done anything different. I don't know how much my work scale is affected by things like my radio or my clothes in general, since I often wear multiple layers at different times of day. Ideally I should be weighing myself at home when I get up in the morning, but we don't have a scale since our last one broke. So I'm stuck with work. At least if I use the same scale every day, it should remain consistent to itself, right? Let's hope so.

Last night was my first step toward eating better. I stopped at Burger King to get dinner, but I got myself a salad. It was smaller than the picture on the menu made it look, but I wasn't hungry when I finished it, which is the goal anyway, right? And I got grilled chicken on it instead of fried. Of course, it came with a huge packet of ranch dressing, and I used the whole thing, which I probably shouldn't have done. But I can't nitpick myself too much right now, or I'll get discouraged. I'll just settle with being happy I had salad, and that I ate the whole thing, including the tomatoes, which I would usually not eat. Yay for me!

Monday, January 4, 2010

I have returned!

It's a new year... did I really stop posting here two years ago? Sigh.

Things have taken a turn for the worse in the weight department in those two years. I'm skirting around 250 now (according to work scales), and that really needs to stop. The name of the game now is portion control. Dinner will be smaller (one serving spoon of dinner and two of veggies and that's it), and I will watch more carefully what I put in my lunch box.

Of course, nothing will work perfectly without a bit of exercise, so I've decided that my weekends will include at least one YBB workout. I still have the DVD's, and there is no excuse for me to not use them. I'd like a Wii Fit, but without a Wii, well, that can't happen. And there's no way we're getting a Wii when we already have so many video game things that we don't use.

So... here we go again. With luck and a bit of stick-to-it-iveness, this time next year will see a much happier and healthier me!