I’m at 178 this morning. That’s another half pound. That makes 1 1/2 pounds this week. Sometimes it seems like it goes sooooooo slowwwww but I was just remembering how shocked I was on June 3rd after the colonoscopy when I weighed 177. I was thinking, “Man, I wish it was true and I really was down to 177.” So here I am, a few days down the road and I’m almost there and that’s without having another colonoscopy prep! (smile)
Now, the question is, will the weight stay off or will it pop back up tomorrow. I ate some calories at dinner last night. Thanks to all who looked over the menu and made suggestions but I decided to do a “sensible” splurge. I love Hot Browns and haven’t had one for a couple of years so I decided to go with it. In preparation for dinner last night, I only ate a salad yesterday and I burned more than 600 calories on the treadmill so I decided to go for it. I looked up “calories in a hot brown” on google this morning and found two examples. One of them listed it at 1,060 calories and the other said 1,108 so I guess I’m safe to go with 1200. Here’s how it went…ate a salad yesterday, gave it 200 calories but it was most likely less. Worked out on the treadmill and burned 600+ calories. Went out with the girls and skipped the before dinner drinks in favor of club soda and lime. Passed on the appetizers and sent the plates right on by to the next person. Ordered the hot brown with a side of tobacco onions and Asian slaw. I was surprised to see that the tobacco onions were onion rings. Didn’t expect that. I thought they’d be some kind of sauteed onions or something. Passed my plate around like an appetizer and told everyone to help themselves. With 24 women in the group, what came back to me was a greatly reduced portion of which I ate just a little bit. The Asian slaw was wonderful. Wish I had the recipe. I’ve had that slaw they make with raw ramen noodles that a lot of people call Asian slaw and I don’t like that at all. This slaw was made with jicama, peapods, and carrots and had a nice vinegar dressing that was a little bit tart and a little bit hot and lots of cracked peppercorns. I’m going to try to find a similar recipe. Ate every bite of my hot brown and would have licked the plate but the “girls” wouldn’t let me. Had club soda with the meal and skipped dessert. So, I think I did okay. Yesterday’s calorie count would be the salad (200), the hot brown (say, 1200?), Asian slaw (50), and a couple bites of tobacco onion (100). Figuring the count and being generous, it comes to about 1,550. I feel pretty good about it.
Menopause, the Musical, was great! Joy, you would have loved it! Four women from different backgrounds meet at Bloomingdale’s and bemoan the agonies of menopause as they drift from floor to floor looking for sales. I can really identify with that! It was a riot! In fact, I felt so silly after I got home around 11:00 last night that I went out and skinny dipped in the pool. Did 15 minutes of jogging! Take that, middle age!
Alright, what’s on the agenda for today? Still working on Manny (the RV). I got the bed made yesterday and cleaned the bathroom. Checked all the sheets for the beds and decided to wash them. They were clean but they’ve been sitting in the closet out there for almost 8 months so they needed some freshening. Good thing I went out there because I discovered that the air conditioner in the bedroom isn’t working and that’s not a good thing when you’re heading for the desert in June and July. DH, who is a genius when it comes to anything mechanical, thinks it a capacitor (whatever that is) and is easily replaced. Started making a list (checking it twice!) about what Manny needs: dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, soap, toilet paper, etc. After I work out today, I’ll go back out there and continue getting ready for vacation.
12:00 - Okay, the workout is done. 95 minutes at 3.0mph. All the way up the incline and all the way back down in 5 minute increments. Burned 610 calories and went 4.75 miles. Strange, a couple of weeks ago, I was so proud to have done this workout and now it seems like it’s the routine. At that time, I was really reaching to get through it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still hard but I know that I can do it and I pretty much expect it of myself. I think I’ll start referring to this standard routine of 95 minutes, 610 calories, 4.75 miles as the “3 more miles” workout. That way, I don’t have to keep writing up the mileage, speed, incline, etc. I know how lucky I am to have this amount of time to devote to myself right now. Between getting ready, doing the workout and then cooling down, it takes up almost two hours. I also know how lucky I am to have so many wonderful, encouraging friends on this blog who respond to my rambling and encourage and support me. Thanks, girls! Maybe we could make our own musical. Let’s see…what would we call it?
I used the new Reeboks on the workout. My ankle that hasn’t had surgery yet gave me a lot of trouble in the beginning. I thought I’d have to run downstairs and grab the old Reeboks but I decided to give it 30 minutes and see if it eased off. It got better after the first half hour so there’s hope that I might be able to throw out the ratty old tennies one of these days. I would love to make my goal of 175 by the 15th but I realize that’s just about impossible. Still, if I can, I’m going to try to jog in the pool this afternoon.
8:3o - Put on a bathing suit and went out to jog in the pool. As soon as I went out back, it started pouring rain. I know it shouldn’t matter. I mean, I’m jogging in the pool. Still, it kind of puts a damper on things. (Hee, Hee!) So, I gave up and sat in the spa. I don’t like to be in the pool in the rain but I do enjoy being in the spa when it’s raining. If felt good to sit there in hot water up to my chest and let the cool rain come down on my head and shoulders. I thought about jogging in the spa but it would be difficult (Hee, Hee, again!)
Fixed a good dinner. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts in Cream of Mushroom soup and white wine. I know the soup has a lot of calories but DH and the boys love it and I figured I could just scrape it off my chicken. I fixed brown and wild rice with toasted almonds and sauteed onions for the guys. They always miss their carbs so I have to give it to them occasionally. Also had blanched green beans and Asian slaw which I got to eat. The Asian slaw wasn’t as good as what I had last night but I experimented until I came up with a pretty close approximation. I’m going to write down the recipe so I won’t forget and then I can play with it next time. I like it because it’s a sweet and sour dressing and I can eat all of it that I want. It has like no calories to speak of and that’s always a dish after my heart.
I didn’t eat all day. Don’t know why…I just got busy. Funny, this is how I used to be before I had weight problems. I know it’s not good for me but sometimes I just don’t get hungry. I seldom eat breakfast and I just got busy and then realized I was getting hungry around 6:00 this evening. Not a good habit.