Tag Archives: weigh in

one month in

My charts on FitBit are all messed up, and it took me a couple of weeks to sync the account with MFP, so no pretty chart here.

After much deliberation, I ended up deciding to accept that my weight didn’t jump 4.4 pounds in just a few days, and that my actual first weigh-in since getting the Fitbit was 154.4. As of this morning, I weighed 149 even, which gives me a total loss of 5.4 pounds in one month.

This is great! Could I have done better? Yes. I have what amounts to 2 cheat days a week (friday/saturday) so I’m only dieting 5 days a week. I’m not doing any high intensity exercise (just lots of walking) and I’m not doing any weight lifting. These are all areas for improvement but I’m pretty pleased that I lost a very reasonable 5 pounds in four weeks.

On to the next four weeks.

well damn, i’m frustrated

So it’s been a while! Two months of ‘while’. Here’s what’s happened in between:

– I did, in fact, complete the week of Paleo breakfasts challenge. Hooray!
– I even sustained it for I think another week after that. Hooray!
– Then life got tough/the holidays rolled around/life, oh wow, LIFE and I stopped the challenge and stopped monitoring my calories and basically just let myself go for a while. Booooo.
– I asked for (and received) a FitBit Flex for Christmas. Yay!
– I got back on the weight loss wagon, started tracking again
– I started eating my lunch at my desk and walking 3+ miles each day during my lunch, plus miles on the weekend with R

Here’s where I got serious. As of the 1st of the year, I decided to give melatonin another shot. And this time, I found the right dose – 2 mg a night (in 1 mg pills) taken an hour before bed has me totally ready to sleep by the time I should be. I was still getting anxiety about sleeping each night, so to address that, I’ve been measuring out 2 glasses of wine each night and accounting for them in my calories.

Well, I’ve been tracking for almost three weeks with this technique. Here’s the problem.

weight

First of all, obviously weighing almost every day means that I’ll see the day to day fluxuations. But for the life of me, I can’t remember whether the 150 at the first day was something I was guessing before I set up my scale, or if I actually stepped on the scale for the first time and weighed 150. I’m leaning towards that being the case (which means then i’ve lost 4.4 pounds in 3 weeks – whoo!) but maybe I’m deluding myself to make myself feel better about eating less, drinking less, moving more, and losing literally no weight.

For me, who is finally giving this a solid shot including establishing an entirely new bedtime routine for myself to meet my goals and manage my stress levels, the chance that I’ve made no progress is very discouraging.

That being said, the only way to find out if it’s working is to keep doing it and see what happens. 4.4 pounds in 3 weeks would be super great if it were true, so I guess I will continue trucking on despite my frustration.

I’m also thinking about bringing back the daily eats – another goal of mine is to manage our food budget more wisely, so I’m planning on a lot more home-made food making its way to work. Later all!

just a quick weigh-in

I took upon a challenge this week – no beer, no alcohol, at all, until Friday. Monday through Thursday. I’m so attached to my nightly beer, even if it’s just a 55 calorie ultra light beer that can’t possibly get me drunk, and while it obviously doesn’t fit into paleo, it also is extra calories I simply don’t need. Liquid bread!

Well, I’m 2 days in and I already broke the plateau I was at – I weighed in this morning at 144.6, the lowest weight I’ve seen on a scale in a long time. Pretty exciting!

enter paleo

Day one of paleo went great! I honestly haven’t been struggling with the low carb thing at all – the emphasis on fats kind of throws me off, but I’m working my way there. Without a gallbladder, eating fatty foods is kind of a hit or miss, but so far I’ve been able to tolerate most of what I’ve made.

Without further adieu, yesterday!

The usual.

I got a little hungry before lunch and was pretty pleased that paleo allowed me some super low calorie, super tasty berries as a snack.

I ventured into the cafeteria for lunch and was able to scrounge up some salt and pepper and olive oil’d asparagus, giant meatballs, and toppings. I gotta say, those meatballs were PLENTY. I was stuffed by the end.

My kitchen is a mess so I threw in the towel and took us out to eat for dinner. I got the low carb chicken club from Carl’s Jr. with no mayo for only 270 calories. It was … okay. Something I’d eat because it fits into my diet, not because I particularly enjoy it.

Pre-lettuce lifting.

Post-lettuce lifting.

I did one of the exercise videos On Demand, a kickboxing-ish one by some trainer I’ve never heard of. It was only 24 minutes long but it was quite the workout for someone who hasn’t been working out lately! Lots of jumping squats – my butt and hamstrings are pretty sore today. But! I was down from 150.6 to 148.8 (i suspect that i was gaining so quickly on keto because of water weight) so at least the scale is validating my decision.

turns out, this is the end

So, R approached me last night about our diet. I say “our” because I’m the cook of the household, and we don’t have the resources for me to eat a completely separate meal from everyone else, so what I’ve been doing (as i have mentioned before) is making a keto-friendly meal and then throwing a carb on the side.

The problem with this, of course, is that the keto meals are fat heavy and ineffective without super low carbs. R has been maintaining a “normal” diet and was concerned that, longterm, joining me on only the high fat portion of the diet was going to .. well … make him fat! (he can’t participate in keto for a couple different reasons)

As a compromise, I offered to switch over to paleo, which is not necessarily lower fat but can be, and includes some carbohydrates so all my meals won’t be so drastically different than his. I changed my macros in MFP over to 20% carbs, 30% protein, and 50% fat and will be embarking on that journey starting today. But to close out my unfortunately short-lived experiment with keto, yesterday’s meals.

The usual breakfast. I think I’ll continue this as it’s quick, easy, filling, and cheap.

A (blurry, sorry) picture of lunch – chicken thigh, romaine, Kraft caesar dressing, and shaved parmesan.

I was pretty sure that I took a picture of dinner, but apparently not! We had more bacon-wrapped asparagus (i’ve already gone through our pack of bacon … oops!) along with sausage-stuffed mushrooms. It was tasty but oh man, the grease. 😦

Alright everyone, I’m off to do a little more reading up on the ins and outs of paleo. It’s worth noting that I gained another half a pound since yesterday, so I think I’m due for a session at the gym today!

day 2 of keto

Well, day 2 of keto went exactly as I had planned. I was sad to see that I ended up gaining 0.2 pounds since yesterday, this morning, but that is objectively so little weight I won’t be letting it get me down. A quick rundown of the meals for the day –

“Scrambled” (microwaved) eggs and two pieces of bacon. Never again, using a microwave to scramble eggs is pretty gross. :/

Some more of that steak … stuff. It hasn’t improved with age. I’ll probably be throwing out the rest – too much gristle!

I roasted some frozen broccoli in the same pan I had previously used to cook bacon, and tossed the broccoli in the bacon fat after it warmed up. I also threw in two chopped garlic cloves. Much tastier than the protein!!

I got a little fancy with dinner (hahaha) by roasting a whole chicken, doing bacon-wrapped asparagus, and then made crescent rolls for the non-keto members of the household. Totally delicious. I had two more of the asparagus after this was shot!

As planned, I had a 24 ounce Coors Light as I wound down for bed. I honestly felt fantastic all day, but I went to the gym and spent an hour on the recumbent bike and the elliptical and it really pushed me over the edge into feeling gross again. :/ Even with the Coors, however, I stayed within my target carb range for the day!! Tonight, I plan on buying a six pack of Coors Light and tapering down to 12 ounces of Coors a night. After that… something carb free. 🙂 See you tomorrow!

hi everyone!

I took about three weeks off of dieting/exercising and just basically let myself go. The rationale behind this was pretty poor – I had a trip coming up, wherein I didn’t plan on dieting, and so why bother for the three weeks prior? I didn’t gain any weight during the three weeks but I did gain 3 pounds on the trip, which was enough to jump start me back on track again. (can you say, yo yo dieter? yeesh) I was 149.8 this morning. 😦

In any case, I got it in my head to try the keto diet I’d read so much about on Reddit. I tried day 1 yesterday and let me tell you… they aren’t kidding about the “keto flu.” I felt miserable by the end of the day and ended up drinking a beer at 10 p.m. just so I could go to sleep feeling halfway decent. I’m trying again today, though, and hope that maybe easing into it a day at a time will be helpful.

I’m on my lunch but here’s a brief synopsis of yesterday’s food –

Two eggs and a “Quick n Eat” sausage patty. 340 calories.

A leg, a thigh, and about a cup and a half of broccoli steamed in vegetable broth with minced garlic and a splash of coconut aminos soy sauce replacement.

I couldn’t finish this. Steak, onion, zucchini, sharp cheddar, olive oil, garlic. By this point in the day, I was nauseous and had a headache. Plus, the cut of steak (it was pre-chopped – my first mistake) had a TON of gristle and even some bone! 1/10, would not buy again.

I nibbled on some soy-free beef jerky before bed but a 24 ounce Red Hook Long Hammer IPA was my huge failing of the day. I plan on scaling down to a Coors Light tonight, which I know is not at all within keto, but if I feel anywhere close to how I felt yesterday, it will be necessary. Until next time!

no losses, but no gains … not bad!

Weigh in this morning: 147 even. Not bad! It’s a good starting point for weight loss – I’m glad I’ve been able to maintain the 12 pounds I lost over the course of the last year (if slow and steady wins the race, i’m on track to win pretty much every race).

We had a freak sunbreak yesterday that had me all revved up to go hiking … and then today it’s grey again. I’m off to work on R and convince him to do it anyway!

10 pounds by Christmas

I’ve been on and off the wagon lately … I find myself taking pictures of my food, then running out of time to even upload them, much less organize them into a blog post. On the positive side, much of why I run out of time each evening is the fact that I’ve been trying to get in daily exercise. (we won’t talk about the much-needed cleaning that also takes up a bulk of my evenings)

I do find that I make better choices and have better results when I’m taking pictures and writing blog posts – so I will try to find a balance in my life that allows for it!

That being said, I was disappointed when I didn’t meet my goal of losing 5 pounds in the months of September and October. I need to have a sitdown with myself and rethink the use of, “Today is a new day,” to motivate myself to keep going – having that “reset” each day isn’t doing a lot for me, and although it may not have been mentally healthier to beat myself up over having a bad day, I’m starting to think that it might be more effective to hold myself more accountable and less “it’s okay to make mistakes.”

So my new goal is to lose 10 pounds by Christmas. I reset my goals in MFP to losing 1 pound a week, and was allotted 1270 calories per day because of that. Obviously, Christmas is a little less than 10 weeks away, but I feel like really pushing myself to get in exercise while eating more wholesomely and healthier can get me to 10 pounds in slightly fewer weeks than that.

One thing I’ve also been struggling with has been the type of exercise I do. I feel great when I do Turbo Jam (fat blaster and the 3T exercises make a great pair) but when I do elliptical, I get to watch Supernatural! It’s a hard choice – choosing the exercise that objectively feels like I’ve worked myself out harder, or staying on the elliptical for 80 minutes while I watch a couple of episodes. I’ve been leaning towards to elliptical as I work my way through season 3 of Supernatural on Netflix, but I am going to make more of an effort to get in Turbo Jam on the days when R doesn’t want to watch Supernatural with me. 😉

For the record, I weighed in at 148.6 this morning …. getting down to 138.6 would be amazing.

So that’s that!

doubling up on days again

You’d think I’d have more time for this on the weekends, but I end up getting caught up in other things instead … So Friday first:

001

Mmm, breakfast. It’s a shame that yogurt and granola doesn’t hold me over well – luckily, I ate this barely three hours before lunch time, because every time I use yogurt and granola as my main dish, I end up starving a few hours later, even with the addition of the sausage and the pluot to bulk up the meal.

I kind of find it a ripoff that Carl’s Junior charges an extra $1 to make any of their burgers into turkey burgers … but it’s still less than $5 and tasty as hell. This one is a jalapeno burger with no cheese.

004

This as another experiment with steak. I’m finding that it doesn’t agree with my stomach anymore. 😦 Tasty carne asada tacos from Muchas Gracias, though! Not pictured: a single chicken taquito with guacamole.

Saturday:

I highly recommend this low fat pumpkin oatmeal recipe. I left out the raisins, used half 1% lactose-free milk and half water, and added a few crushed pecans as well as 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Absolutely delicious and low calorie.

005

Another baked flying saucer for lunch …

007

And my own twisted take on Hot Pockets for dinner: Twin Dragon eggroll wrappers, chicken, broccoli, and jalapeno havarti Daiya. Mmmmm.

008

Not pictured: half a bag of Hytop kettle corn, and a Sharp’s NA beer.

I’m back under 150 again (149.6)! My weight has been pretty static at 152 so it’s nice that it finally dropped below 150 again … hopefully it stays under, and goes lower!