Sunday, January 28, 2007

Not starving today...It's my birthday!

Pancakes...


A glass of milk...


Does it get any better than this?

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Day 14

So on Wednesday last week I got sick. Really sick. Well sick enough to forgo the diet and the gym. So yesterday was the first day I felt well. So off to the gym I go, tomorrow. I'm thinking about starting a new routine. But more about that tomorrow. But today I'll get back to the diet...

Day 14: Hit the Drive-through. Yeah, like I could with the ice. Actually Friday night I went. And I didn't get something healthy. Most of the time I do though. I usually get the kids meal. Or I get salad. Or something...healthier. But Friday I was still not great and I was weak and got chicken strips. (Kind of like what's in the picture only they didn't look as good, and I still ate them.)

And they were good.

And they were worth it.

Until I weighed myself today.

I AM AT MY ALL TIME HIGH!

EVER!!!!!

So in summary, I have now gained 20 pounds in 6 months. Explain that to me? 20 pounds in 6 months. I feel like screaming. Christ. No wonder my fat jeans were tight on me yesterday.

So today...I've eaten one bowl of soup, a fiberone bar, and a banana. In a complete state of panic I've eaten almost nothing. Who knows what I'm having for dinner. Probably some more soup or a boiled egg with raw carrots or something. I'm so flustered by this gain that I can't even think.

So I go to my husband today, who started his little routine the same time as I did, and asked him how much he had lost. Yeah...I was itchin' for a fight after that weigh-in. He's lost, of course, 4 pounds in two weeks. What has he done? Gave up beer and started exercising 5 days a week. (Woooooweeeee. Like I don't already to that.) And he had to admit that he really hasn't done much as far as the food is concerned. (And for those of you out there he eats only brown food...yeah that's right. I said it. Only brown.)WHAT?!?!?

Hey all you men out there.

YOU SUCK!!!!!
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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Day 13

Eat more beans: So we've been hit by an ice storm and have been trapped in the house for 3 days. I think tomorrow will be the same. So I had an idea for today...chili! Thank goodness I had some chili beans to fulfill this goal. If you think about it, Chili really is one of the perfect meals. You have lean meat, tomatoes, onions, vegetable juice, and last but not least, beans. If you add a little low-fat cheese and eat it with a few saltines, you have every food group covered. And besides that, YUM!!!

In recent years, however, I have not cooked with beans. Don't get me wrong. I love them. In fact the first year my son was alive I went vegetarian. And believe you me; I had a lot of beans. But then I discovered that my son was allergic to legumes, i.e. beans. That kind of killed the plan for me. Anyone who has children knows that it's a ridiculous concept to prepare two separate meals for every meal. So, back to meat I went. When I eat out, I do try to go vegetarian though. But at home, I have to go with meat.

But today with the cold and ice the idea of Chili seemed to take the edge off and fit today's requirement perfectly. And my son? Well he had leftovers from the night before. I guess it's not impossible to get a few beans.

Exercise: So iced in and the gym is closed. CRIPES! I decided to try to shovel the driveway to get some cardio in. However a couple of inches of solid ice really doesn't shovel to well, or crack, or hold me in a standing position. As I was sliding towards the street seemingly unable to stop I realized these facts.

Hopefully the gym will be open tomorrow. I can't imagine the exercise fanatics out there letting the gym get away with more than 3 days of closure. We'll see...

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Day 11 and 12

Day 11: Put salad in your sandwich: Already do this. I LOVE tons of veggies on my sandwiches. But I don't really eat that many sandwiches because I've gotten totally spoiled by the awesome bread that I get a local bakery. Any other bread and the sandwich to me is totally sub-par.

Day 12: Fill up on Fresh Stuff: OK, OK, OK...I'll try to find some veggies for lunch today. Actually I was thinking of making broccoli/beef for lunch. And broccoli is one of the best. And then maybe I'll have an apple for dessert. See...not so hard!

Exercise: So I'm iced into my house right now. I'd try to venture out, but everywhere I've called is closed! Perhaps the kids want to slip/slide around with me. I'm kind of panicked because I had to skip the big gym workout yesterday (heavy weight with my friend/cardio) because school was cancelled because of the weather. I knew, I knew, I knew when my husband showed up yesterday at 4 (his office closed) I should have drug myself on over to the gym. But I thought I'd do it in the morning. This morning...yeah the morning that everything closed because of the ice storm! Sound like a big whiner full of excuses don't I?

I'm a little worried to lose my rhythm concerning exercising though because in the past a two day break is all that it would have taken to get me to stop exercising...period. Perhaps now that I know that that is my pattern...I won't do it.

On a more positive note...I haven't weighed, but I'm losing that bloated look which usually means I'm losing weight. The bloated look is usually the sign that I've gone over the eating edge. Now...I just have to drop a size!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Day 9 and 10

Day 9: Order soup and salad
Day 10: Pump up the protein

I did day 9 on day 10 and 10 on 9. Well actually I already do 10. I find that I stay full longer if I do 10, and so I have...for a long time.

Actually I've lost no weight so far and seem to be plumping up in my clothes. Of course, that's what always happens every time I start a new exercise program...I gain 5 pounds. I thought this time though, because I'm dieting, that I would just stay the same for a while. I'm a little too scared to get on the scale, but I can tell I'm bigger by the way the clothes are fitting me. ERRRRR I hate this part! Hopefully I can keep myself from quitting.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Stay away damn mirrors!

Day 8: Brown-bag your lunch...done! And this one was hard as I was exhausted by lunch time and really wanted to go out. I know that eating out is a problem I have as I hate to prepare food for myself. I'll be working on this task daily.

So when I signed up for the gym I got this brilliant idea to blend days together. Today was my big day. I did my cardio, weights, and then went to a yoga/pilates class for a stretch. Every muscle on my body hurts...including my FEET! I certainly won't be doing that again. I'm going to have to come up with a better solution.

On a side note. The Pilates/Yoga class's room was almost entirely covered with mirrors. Now I know that I am incredibly out of shape and am over-weight, but looking at yourself in every direction really brings that home. For some reason when I work-out and can't see myself I feel better after the workout. When I see myself the entire time I get discouraged as it seems like it's going to take so long to get to the point of a healthy looking body. It seems like almost an impossible task to complete. I'm thinking that perhaps I need to stay out of that room until I get to the point where I'm not totally dismayed and shocked every time I look into a mirror. What that point is I don't know. And I feel a little bad because I promised a friend I'd do that class with her. Perhaps I'll try it one more time. If I have the same reaction then I'm definitely going to have to forgo the classes for a while.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy De-lurking Week

Per Paper Napkin it's De-lurking Week through January 12th in our little blogger world. So what do you think? Should you end your commenting fast? Should you break through the lurker/non-commenter anti-finger exercising barrier? Should you leave an actual comment?

If you do, I'll spread the love as well! And I promise. It will all be with minimal caloric intake and maximum burn!

Come on, you know you want to!

Nemesis

There's a big debate going on in my head today. To go to the gym or not to go. Today I designated as my day off. But now I'm feeling the need to go. I think it is because I'm a totally compulsive personality. When I start something I go at it full force. My fear about not going today is the second part of my personality will kick in. It's called the "if I don't keep going a hundred of miles per hour at this task and take a break from it, I'm going to have too much trouble at getting it going again tomorrow" trait. What usually happens is that I eventually quit because I have either burnt myself out or my nat like attention span causes me to get bored and I quit.

Here's a little story. When I was 5 I desperately wanted a Baby Alive doll. So, my Mom made a chart and told me that if I made my bed every day for a week she'd take me to the store to get the doll. So, day one...no problem, I made the bed. Day two...made the bed. Day three my Mom came into my room and said, "Kelly! You didn't make your bed. Don't you want your doll?" I replied, "It's too much work."

See what I'm talking about? I quit things at the drop of the hat. With the weight and exercising issues what usually happens is that I see a drop or an improvement in my stature and that's it, I'm done. I never reach my goal! So now, I'm afraid that if I take a day off today, I'm going to see a weight loss or something on my scale tomorrow, and I'm not going to be able to make myself go to the gym even though I'm meeting 3 friends there!

What a nemesis this lazy streak is. I hope to soon be able to get past it!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Day 4, 5, 6, and 7 in the Testoterzone

Day 4: Pick hearty grains...already do this...EASY!!!

Day 5: Crack some eggs...no problem...Easy!

Day 6: Do lunch at breakfast...good, I have left-over chili. Was a little hard to eat in the A.M.

Day 7: Sleep In: Well it's really for tomorrow, but I did it today. It is Sunday after all! Monday's would be just a little impossible to sleep in.

In the workout arena: I joined a gym this week. I've been talking about joining for a year now and have finally done it. I went yesterday at 8am, and all I have to say is this. If you want to see a bunch a middle-aged men sporting around the testosterzone area of the gym, Saturday at 8a.m. is your time to go! I had to look down on the eliptical machine at my feet because I was trying not to laugh. Good thing I was alone as a friend looking with me would have caused my utter collapse. You men at the gym...so funny!;)

Today I'm supposed to meet my ex-trainer friend at the gym. She's going to show me how to work all of the equipment in testosterzone. I guess that area could use a little estrogen!

Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Days 2 and 3

Day 2: Breakfast on Veggies: So I added veggies to breakfast, specifically sweet potatoes. They were good, but I found that that with the eggs they seemed to increase my appetite. It was either that or my time on the elliptical this morning got my metabolism going. So, I only did OK yesterday. I had a little stint with the last of the Christmas candy. I knew I should have thrown it out!

Day 3: Cut back on sugar: Well now that all of the Christmas candy is gone...shouldn't be a problem. I don't really eat sugar much. Just not my thing. I think I'm going to go back to the first days as well and have a huge breakfast. I'm really hungry this morning!!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

One month to slim!

Yeah right! But I'm going to try it anyway. What am I talking about? This little plan by self.com.

Today: Eat More. Wha???? Now don't get too excited. You're just supposed to eat more...at breakfast. Their suggestion was 2 eggs, 8 oz. lowfat yogurt and healthy carbs like a piece of fruit. So I ate two hard boiled eggs, 1 piece of lean skim milk cheese stick and a Clementine. MMMMM I love Clementines! But boy was it hard to eat that much food in one sitting, especially in the morning.

On a side note, my friend and I finally picked a gym to join. Bonus...she's going to quit her gym, join with me, and help me wip my butt into shape! I'm going to have to teach her to be mean though as I'm weanie when it comes to working out. I'm hoping we can both learn something from each other.

Wish us luck! See you tomorrow.