Happy Saturday!

Well, it’s a beautiful (if hot!) Saturday here in Virginia Beach. I don’t have to work today, so I made a big yummy (off plan) breakfast for hubby and I. Waffles with blueberries and whipped cream, scrambled eggs, and sausage patties. Breakfast was 1100 calories! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ wow! Gonna keep it super light for the rest of the day, get a good bit of exercise in and chug down that water! I might not win, but I’m gonna try to combat the unhealthiness of breakfast with good choices the rest of the day.

I will for sure do 30 minutes of exercise. Probably not with Leslie Sansone, but I MIGHT do 2 miles with her as an addition to 30 minutes on the Wii Fit. We’ll see how the day shapes up and how my ankle feels.

Other than that, it looks like it’s gonna be a simple domestic day at home with the hubby ๐Ÿ™‚ Life is good!

My husband is a magician!

Today was my first day fully back on plan after my honeymoon. I do intermittent fasting, sort of. My window for eating changes daily based on my work schedule. I allow myself an 8 to 9 hour window starting, most frequently, 2 hours after I get to work, and ending about an hour after I get home from work. I try to keep it closer to 8, but occasionally I leave work late, and so my dinner ends up a little bit beyond the 8 hour mark.

Well today, my eating window was from 2pm to around 10pm. At around 11:15 I was getting the munchies. And I saw that my husband had a crumb cake muffin from a charity bake sale. I suggested we split it. I wanted to eat some of it, but somehow, magic man that he is… hubby somehow got me to workout instead of snack. I DON’T KNOW HOW HE DID IT. But somehow he turned my craving for empty calories after my eating window into a 30 minute brisk walk workout with one of my Leslie Sansone DVDs.

Now that I’m done with my workout, he’s doing some strength training exercises on the wii fit and I’m sitting here puzzled as to how he talked me into exercising when I was determined to eat.

HE’S A MAGICIAN!

Changed the ticker!

I am down to 271.8! meaning just a measly 2 pounds until I’m out of the “Morbidly Obese” category. I CAN’T WAIT!! I’m sitting here eating my dinner (of spaghetti + chunky garden ragu + seasonings, no meat!, a plain piece of bread, and brussel sprouts) thinking “oops, probably should have worked out *before* stuffing my face”… but that’s okay! I’ll hit up the workout in about an hour or so. And “stuffing my face” is accurate. OH MAN. SO much food in front of me for less than 600 calories. And SO much better for me than the ramen noodles I was craving. Much lower on the sodium, in any case. I think I’ll finish it up with a granola bar so I can have a taste of something sweet, and then chug down some water.

8 more days until the wedding! 2 pounds in 8 days? 1 pound every 4 days.. I can do that. I CAN *SO* DO THAT!

Weekend over.

My weekend this week was Monday and Tuesday. So, as of now, the weekend is over for me. I generally love having days off of work, however, days off of work mean lots of free time and eating. Yesterday I went over on my calories because I ate for comfort after a fight with the significant other.ย  I didn’t do a horrible horrible binge. Just a spoonful of peanut butter with a bunch of Special K mutli grain crackers. I didn’t even see a gain this morning. So yeah, I like to think I controlled that better than I actually did, but I know I shouldn’t have done it at all.

Anyway, today I went to mom’s. Always a food challenge. While I was there I consumed 8oz light cranberry juice and a small amount of beef jerky, a small plate of spaghetti, a bunch of baby carrots (like a cup), a banana, and a fiber bar. As well as drank almost 1.5L of water. I was there for about 8 hours, so i guess that’s not too awful. A meal and a small snack. I came home and had a half PBJ and a granola bar to end my day, as well as the first 2 miles of “Walk Your Belly Flat”… I would have done more, but my stomach started rolling, probably not good to exercise with a lot of food in the tummy, eh?

Oh well. Day’s over, and I’m tired. Four days of work, Sunday off for church and a Jack & Jill shower for the fiance and I (given by his grandmother and a friend of hers from church) then Four more days of work, and then my vacation time starts for wedding and related festivities. Rehearsal dinner, the main event, honeymoon, and movin the new hubby into my place.

Early days…

It’s so difficult for me to stay within my calories on the days my work schedule shifts me to the beginning of the day! When I work 2-11, I basically do intermittent fasting, with calorie counting. I don’t eat before work, I don’t eat at all until 4pm, when I have something small, usually trail mix. Then a sizable meal at 6 and again at 11, no more food after I eat at 11, bedtime at 2am. I get meals where I feel full, I don’t stress much about ‘bad’ foods because if they sneak in, they usually fit, and my weight has been going down.

When I work early shifts, like today’s 8am – 5pm, or yesterdays 6am – 3pm, fitting my food into that same type of window just isn’t possible! my window for food is usually about 7 hours, with a slight adjustment up sometimes if I get out of work late. I can’t do those hours when I’m working so early! I’m on my feet all day moving around, and if I don’t eat during that time, I get really dizzy or I get a bad headache. My window, when I work the late shift, is slightly offset from my work schedule. It opens 2 hours after I get to work when I take a break, and it closes shortly after I get off work, after I eat my meal at the end of the day. On 6-3 days, that would mean my window to eat is only open from like 8am to 3pm-ish. or 10am to 5pm-ish today. NOT going to work for me. So I suspend my IF type rules, and then eat a little more spread out. So I can’t eat the meals like I’m used to. I try to do a large lunch meal, mid work shift, then have a graze type meal when I get home, and a larger meal later. So far, it’s been working, but it hasn’t been super easy.

Luckily for me, I don’t seem to be as uber sensitive to carbs as some people, but I am pretty sensitive to sodium, so I try to keep that under 1800mg (MOST OF THE TIME I succeed). Today I went over 1800 by a little bit because I didn’t realize there was so much sodium in the BBQ sauce I put on my chicken. I’ve been drinking extra water to see if that helps. But I wouldn’t be surprised at a gain on the scale tomorrow.

Had a good workout today with my Leslie Sansone DVD! I decided to stop after mile 2, because my ankle was starting to protest. (I’m currently using 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk DVD), then later after some ice and ibuprofen got up and did mile 1 again. It felt good to get up and move, and I LOVE how the 12 minutes seem to just pass in a blink during the workout. ๐Ÿ™‚

Got my DVDs in!

Well, 2 out of the 3, and I’m so eager to give them a shot! I think I’ll try a 2-miler first, I think I could easily get through 1 mile… but I’m not quite sure if I could handle the 3+ miles yet.

I’m really interested in seeing how well I can do with these. I hope they are a bit more challenging than some of the wii exercises I’ve been doing. I don’t think it’s exercise if you’re not feeling it somehow.

Let’s see if I can walk away 4.6lbs before the wedding! ๐Ÿ˜€

Leslie Sansone

Last night I decided to order a couple “Walk Away the Pounds” DVDs… 3 actually, and one is a combo of 3, so it’s actually like 5, and it was only 26 dollars! I thought that was a great price (check amazon for it HERE) and the 2 recommended with it, and because it was over $25, it shipped free! My walk-it-out game on the wii just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore, I barely felt like I’d exercised when I was done, and felt like “what’s the point?” and just started skipping it. Now I’ve got some options for exercise! I’ve got the various aerobic exercises on the Wii Fit, the Gold’s Gym “shape boxing” game on the Wii, that’s like a more advanced, full workout version of the rhythm boxing on the wii fit, and now I’ll have the “walk away the pounds” option as well. I can exercise to suit my mood!

This makes me happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

C25K

I am very interested in trying this. Not at my current weight of course, I would like for my knees to stay intact. But I’ve talked to my husband-in-3-weeks, and he told me that he would be willing to do this program with me, once I get to a weight where I feel comfortable putting that kind of pressure on my knees and my bad ankle. He’s a lot smaller than I am, at 185, however, we could both benefit by getting into better shape. At hisย  height and with his build, he is considered overweight, but not by much. I’ve checked it out, and I like the fact that the program can be completed on a treadmill. Allergies are bad for me, and running outside isn’t a viable option. Wanting to do this, I think, will only motivate me to get more weight off so I can actually run.

This excites me!

Punching air!

I forgot how much fun rhythm boxing is! Ohmigosh my arms burn like whoa the next day but it’s a super fun work out (at least to me!) I can pretend I’m beating the fat monster back! Cheesy I know, but I can’t let it control me.ย  Not if I want to get down to a healthy weight to have a baby. And I am expected to have at least 2, possibly 3.

The moms at the bridal shower were going on about being excited to be grandmothers and “you need to have one soon”…ย  Yeah, well, I’d rather not have a baby at near 300lbs, and I’d rather not move all around the country a couple times either pregnant or with an infant. I’ve accepted the fact that I will not have children until I’m in my early 30s, and that’s okay. Women do it all the time.

Today the little wii man surprised me, and showed me 276.0, which is a pretty significant loss from yesterday. My goal today is just to maintain that, I somehow skipped 277 all together, and am not sad about it. Today is a fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal day, and I’ll make sure to have some cashews or peanut butter to get the necessary healthy fats in. Extra exercise to help fight off the sugar calories from yesterday, and LOTS of water! There isn’t anything a little hard work and determination can’t accomplish ๐Ÿ™‚

oh, and a bonus! picture of me opening presents at the shower last night… trying to untie knots that the lady behind me made difficult, because apparently however many ribbons you break is how many children you’re going to have… (inside the bag was a pack of amp for energy on the wedding night (lol), a gift card to applebees, and a generic visa gift card) ๐Ÿ™‚

Excited to be back on track!

Yesterday I was sad to think about not eating anymore of the junk food i’ve indulged in over the weekend, and the leftovers through yesterday. Today I woke up and could barely pull my ring off (my test of bloatedness), then saw a gain of .4 to 279.1 on the scale. After seeing that, it made me happy to know that today I can be 100% back on track because all the junk food and salt that makes me bloat is gone! It’s out of the house, and I’m back to my regularly scheduled healthier foods.ย  My ankle is feeling less broken today too, so hopefully that means I can get some time in with the rhythm boxing later.

I love me some rhythm boxing! I’ve got a whole game from golds gym based solely on boxing, and I LOVE it. I think I will eventually cycle back and forth between boxing and free step to focus on upper one day and lower the next, but for now the boxing seems to be the smarter choice since my ankle is being wonky again (stupid tendonitis). I’m wearing my brace to work just in case.

Even with my slight gain (up almost a pound from my low!) I’m still feeling good today, and know that going back on plan will see that pound gone, plus some. I can’t give up, not yet. It’s only been six weeks. I’m definitely learning new things about my body (like how I tend to gain during ovulation, not my actual period), and how sodium seriously affects my weight, but carbs don’t seem to have a horrible effect. Sugar in moderation seems to be okay, but really super processed stuff (like diet candy) tends to not work out so well. Lunch meat (which I had for dinner last night – turkey on whole wheat), with all of it’s processed saltiness is the worst. I almost always show a gain the next day if I eat something like that for dinner. Even with almost a gallon of water yesterday, I couldn’t flush the sodium out.

So the plan for today is: oatmeal + fruit or yogurt + skim milk for lunch, and tilapia fillet + brussell’s sprouts for dinner. snack at work will likely be a bag of raisinettes or trail mix. breakfast right now is a piece of toast with a little peanut butter and jelly and an apple. snack later will likely be a fiber bar. and all day long WATER WATER WATER! i need to get back on track with my water. this weekend really threw me off!

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