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24 Jan 2010 In: Weigh-In and Measurements

This is the beginning of day 5 on my period.  Despite this fact, I weighed myself in this morning at my usual time.  I went from 185.5 to 182.8 for a loss of 2.7 pounds in one week.  Yay!  I need to keep this up.  Really hoping that I will be less than 180 by the beginning of February, but it’s going to be a hard goal to achieve.  I haven’t been keeping the best journal of what I’ve been eating, but last night I had a gumbo that had plenty of vegetables and was only 300 calories.  I’ve been eating approximately 1200 calories per day.

Yesterday I did not workout on the arctrainer as long as I usually do because I felt so tired.  Of note, yesterday was the first day in weeks that I didn’t take a multivitamin.  I won’t be doing that anytime soon.

I didn’t gain this weight overnight and won’t lose it overnight, but I’m not given up at present and will continue this journey.  2.7 pounds is a decent amount of weight loss anyway, and I’m honestly only aiming for 2 pounds loss per week.

 

Bad Day?

21 Jan 2010 In: Diet and Exercise

I woke up this morning tired.  This is the second day of my period, so I used it as an excuse not to exercise this morning.  For lunch I decided not to eat the unappetizing sandwich that I had made and instead went to Subway and got a 6 inch roastbeef on Italian bread.  I also had a bag of barbeque Baked Lays.  After work, I did cardio at the gym for 1:15.  I was so proud of myself, and it was a very exhilirating feeling.  That’s when I went home and messed up.  I had plans to make sweet and spicy peanut soup.  Well, I did all the prep work but decided that it probably wouldn’t be spicy enough and I should add peppers.  Bad call.  It was so spicy that I couldn’t eat it.  Ad a result I had to fix a sandwich and eat a fruit cup a little after 7 pm.  I heard you aren’t supposed to eat after 7 pm, so I royally messed up.  Oops.  Right now I’m at my apartment alone waiting for my boyfriend to return from playing basketball for the last few hours with his friends.  So lonely.  I hope he’s ok; he said he’d only been gone 2 hours and it’s been 4.  He won’t answer his phone, and he knows I have anxiety.  This is no fun.  At least I had a good workout and can look forward to being completely back on track tomorrow.

Go Away Rain

20 Jan 2010 In: Diet and Exercise

I’m glad I was able to get in my morning workout, but unfortunately I didn’t go to the gym and do cardio this evening.  It’s been raining all day, and now it’s thundering and lighting.  There’s no way I’m going to the gym tonight.  Guess I’ll just have to take today off instead of tomorrow.  Oh well.  At least I’m sticking to my goal of exercising at least the majority of the week.

I’m completely bored by Slim in 6, but tomorrow I think I’m going to move on to the third anf final phrase of it and not give up on it until I’m extremely bored or my Chalean Extreme arrives.  *Sigh*.  It’s hard working getting in shape, but I didn’t gain this weight overnight and thus will not lose it overnight.

Oh no!

20 Jan 2010 In: Life as We Know It

I woke up this morning to do my morning workout to find that my monthly visitor had arrived.  I guess it’s good and bad.  The good is that I just had to go to my doctor because I had to be switched to another OCP due to abnormal bleeding, so I’m glad I can start Yaz again today.  I had been on Seasonale but was having trouble with it.  I actually lost weight on Yaz last year without trying and have last problems on it, so yay Yaz!  The bad thing is that because of my monthly visitor, I’m afraid that the scale on Sunday will not properly reflect how much weight I’ve lost.  I guess the next week would show those results.  Oh well.

Today is my long day at the psychiatric hospital, so I’m going to eat Subway for dinner and try to make myself workout later tonight.  Tomorrow will be my off day this week; I need to visit my aunt in the ICU.  This is week 2 of me exercising.  I usually don’t last more than 3-4 weeks.  Here’s to change and my attempt to exercise every week for the rest of my life.  :-)

Psychiatry

19 Jan 2010 In: Diet and Exercise

So today was my first day of my psychiatry AI, which basically means I’m being treated as if I’m a first year resident studying to be a psychiatrist.  I’m taking the course because psychiatry interests me in some ways but also because it is one of the rotations that offers me free time.  That said, I was disappointed that I did not get out until 2:30 and wasnt able to workout until 3.  Also, I have to be in court and admit patients until 7 pm tomorrow, so I haven’t decided if I should workout at 8 or 9 or just not go to the gym. 

I’ve had trouble sticking to 1200 calories per day.  I usually don’t eat much; most of my calories in the past were empty calories from pop and candy.  It has been harder for me to fulfill 1200 calories eating healthy, so I’ve been trying to tweek what I should eat.  Here’s what I had today:

Breakfast: Bowl of cereal with milk- 200 calories

Lunch: Sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwich from Subway- 400 calories

Snack:  12 tootsie rolls-130 calories

Dinner: Balsamic chicken with spinach and couscous- 400 calories

Dessert: Skinny Cow vanilla icecream sandwich- 140 calories

TOTAL: 1270 calories

I could probably do without the tootsie rolls, but it’s my treat if I work out in the morning and the afternoon.  Maybe I should eat an 80 calorie fruit cup or one of the pink lady’s in my kitchen instead.  Tomorrow I will probably have to eat at Subway since I won’t get done with my patients until it’s too late in the day to cook.  *Sigh*.  I hope I don’t use my psychiatry rotation and the occasional late days as an excuse not to exercise.  Wish me luck.

Nutritious Food

18 Jan 2010 In: Diet and Exercise

Over the years I’ve exercised and been able to lose weight.  However, I’ve never tried to eat healthy foods.  I remember losing weight by working out 1-1.5 hours 5-6 times per week while eating pizza.  Of course, I slowly gained that weight back.  Because of this, I went out and bought some healthy cookbooks to find a repoirtoire of recipes that are both healthy and delicious.  Last night I ate leftover sage-rubbed pork chops with apple slaw.  Tonight I plan on making another recipe from Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave.  It’s called Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach and Couscous.  It has 342 calories, 12 grams of fat, 32 grams of protein, 27 grams of carbs, 6 grams of fiber, 66 mg of cholesterol, and 336 mg of sodium.  Hopefully this will be a yummy dish.  I have plans to eat it with a side of corn if it doesn’t make me full.  I will be reporting later on if this recipe is delicious or not.  I’m really enjoying this cookbook, though, and looking forward to getting her other published one.

Concerning exercise, I’m already getting bored with Slim in 6, though it has been less than a week since I started.  Maybe I should alternate days with 30 Day Shred.  I’ve had 30 Day Shred for a month, but I’ve yet to attempt it.  Anybody have great success with 30 Day Shred?  I will continue my aerobic exercise in the afternoon.

Measurements

18 Jan 2010 In: Uncategorized

I woke up this morning and realized that I haven’t written anything about my measurements.  So here goes that with my other info.

Height: 5′4

Weight: 185.5

Arms: 15.5 each

Chest: 41.5

Waist: 37

Abdomen (lower pooch): 44.5

Thighs: 30 each

Hips: 44.5

I have decided to weigh in every Sunday, but I will only be taking measurements every four weeks.  Thus, my next time for measurements will be February 14.  That also just happens to be the day I plan on starting Chalean Extreme.  Once I figure out how to add pictures, I will be including my starting photos.  Warning: I’m embarassed and unsatisfied with how I look in my before pictures.  This is why I have decided that I need to be in better physical shape.

Sunday Weigh-In

17 Jan 2010 In: Uncategorized

For some reason I love to weigh in on Sunday.  It’s an old habit I’ve had for years, so here we go.  I started on this journey at 5′4 and 190 with a BMI of 32.6.  This morning I was 185.5 with a BMI of 31.8.  I also dropped from a body fat percentage of 38% to 36.5%.  My results from this morning are encouraging.  I’ve been doing Slim in 6 in the morning and an hour of cardio at the gym in the afternoon.  My New Year’s resolution was different from past years; I’ve decided that instead of setting a goal of losing weight, I would set a goal to exercise at least 4 times per week for at least an hour per day.  So far I’ve been doing well.

Concerning my diet, I’m no longer eating fast food or cooking tasty unhealthy meals.  Over the holidays I bought Weight Watcher’s New Complete Cookbook and Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life.  I’ve been using recipes strictly from these books.  For example, last night I ate sage-rubbed pork chops with warm apple slaw from Ellie Krieger’s book.  One serving was 330 calories and one of the best dishes I’ve had.  I will be eating the leftovers tonight and will make this dish again in the future.  One of the reasons diets have failed for me is that I LOVE junkfood and always break down and binge on it.  I love chips, and so I decided to control my need for junk food by eating a small bag of chips with a sandwich for lunch.  It seems to be working so far.

I’ve read that some people are successful if they treat themselves when they meet certain goals.  I think that since I almost lost 5 pounds, I’ll go buy a few pairs of workout pants.  When I get down to 180, I think I’ll buy myself a CD that I’ve been wanting for a while.  Once I get down to 175 I’ll use a giftcard I got for Christmas to shop at Victoria’s secret.  Ellie Krieger’s other cookbook seems like something I should get if I make it to 170.  I hope that incentives like these will help me keep up exercising.  I must say that just from the past few days of diet and exercise, I feel better than I have in years.

Chubby for Ages

16 Jan 2010 In: Uncategorized

Most of my life I have been overweight.  My mother was morbidly obese, weighing over 300 pounds before she underwent gastric bypass, so it should come at no surprise that I have trouble with my weight.  When I was in middle school, I was 100 pounds, but my obese mother kept telling me that I was fat even though I wasn’t.  As a result of this, I would listen to her advice on what to eat and try out weird diets including a peanut butter diet.  What ended up happening is that I would gain pounds.  By the time I was in highschool, I weighed 130.  I played soccer, which consisted of conditioning during the off season and practicing 5-6 days per week.  That was the last time I was truly healthy.  By the time I started college, I weighed 140 but was still unhappy with my weight.  I would exercise some days in my dorm room, but because of the 4 meals per day offered at my university’s cafeterias, I gained the freshmen 30 instead of the freshmen 15.  My waist continued to grow until I weighed 190.  Surprisingly, I didn’t have much of a problem being at this weight.  I enjoyed my life and at the time I started dating my first boyfriend.  When we broke up 6 months later, I was depressed and in the time that it took for me to get my life together, I lost 40 pounds.  I was able to stay at this weight for a while, but I slowly grew until I was 165 when I started medical school. 

Here I am in my fourth and final year of medical school, and my weight last week was 190.  One of the things we’re taught to tell our patients is to live a healthy lifestyle and exercise at least 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time.  Here I am telling people to live healthy lives and I’m 190!  I’m 5′4 and 190 which gives me a BMI of 32.6.  How can I tell people to be healthy unless I am?  That is the main reason why I’m trying to get healthy; I’m tired of being a hypocrite.  Also, I want to be healthy by the time I start having children.  This isn’t something I’m doing for a guy; this is all for me.  The plan is that I will keep track of weigh-ins and measurements on my blog and share my struggle.  I have been able to lose weight before.  This time last year I weighed 181 and was able to get down to 165 by the end of March.  The issue is that I didn’t make a lifestyle change.  Instead of continuing to eat healthy, I slumped back into eating fast food.  This time I’m making a lifestyle change.  It would be nice if somebody would read my blog and offer me advice.  I also need people in my life who are going through comparable struggles with me.  Hopefully I will not be completely alone on this weight loss journey.