Another year, another diet

I haven’t gained or lost any weight since my last update, as far as I know. Last I checked, I was in the low 380s. I’m getting married in September, I want to have kids in the next couple of years- it’s time to take my body seriously. Seriously. I’m tracking with SparkPeople- I now have a fast enough computer at work that I can sacrifice the clean and quick-loading interface at Fitday for the faster and easier interface at SparkPeople. I’m not going to try to get involved with any community- it never helps.

The plan, now, the current plan, is to eat five 300 calorie meals a day. Getting dinner under 300 calories is going to be a challenge. But I’m still holding out hope that I can be at my lowest adult weight (under 304 pounds) on my 30th birthday. That’s 79 pounds in six months- a lofty and scary goal, but I really want it.

I’m working out in the mornings. Today was day one- all I have to do is get up at 6 and play an active video game for half an hour. My fiance got me Just Dance 2 for Christmas, and it’s pretty fun so far.

Walks in to the room
Feels like a big balloon
I said, ‘Hey girls you are beautiful’

A Good Week

So, last week I was offered and accepted a permanent, full time job- something I’ve been looking for for the past year and a half. I also lost 4 pounds! Things are really looking up. (It’s not really four pounds in one week- I’m sure that I had pre-menstrual water weight last week, which is why the scale barely budged, so I’m really averaging around 2 pounds a week- which is so super! I’m so excited about losing weight- this is really going to happen. I hit my first mini-goal this week- more than 5 pounds lost! (Actually 8, so, hooray!)

I bought a bunch of new clothes for my new job this weekend, and I like them and I know that I deserve to have nice clothes that fit at any size, but I’m really looking forward to at least being able to shop in the plus size department of a regular department store. There’s only one store around here (Catherine’s) that regularly stocks clothes in my size. And I’m fine with Catherine’s, but I think I should be able to shop in more than one store.

I went to the gym once last week. I walked on the treadmill- I did a whole mile at 3.0 MPH. That might not sound like much, but I wasn’t even sure I could do it. I quit smoking the day after my birthday, and it seems to have really made a difference in my lung capacity. Unfortunately, I think I pulled my Achilles tendon with my exhuberance, because the back of my heel hurt and felt tight for a couple of days afterwards, so I didn’t go back to the gym so that I could let it rest and heal. I’m really pissed about this, because I really, really enjoyed pushing myself that hard, but I definitely don’t want to keep injuring myself. I might have to see if I can fit swimming into my schedule, because that’s the only thing I can do where I know I won’t injure myself. But I really, really want to run someday.

I was aiming for 2200 calories a day this week, and I hit 2450 instead, but it seems to be working so I think I’m going to keep aiming for 2200 a day with an expectation of 2200-2400 daily average for the week. I’m really annoyed that I went so far over my goal yesterday, but I couldn’t say no to either restaurant portions or my mother’s offer of ice cream and strawberries after dinner. I guess I’m not yet to the point where that matters if that happens once a week, as long as I’m careful the rest of the time, but I’d really like to learn to reject temptation- not all the time, but at least sometimes.

Recipe: Summertime Couscous Salad

I made dinner for my father and his husband for Father’s Day this year, and this was my favorite part. So many good, fresh vegetables, a light, clean dressing, and the chickpeas make it very filling. This makes a ton- about 10 1-cup servings.

Summertime Couscous Salad
Original recipe at Recipezaar

Ingredients
5 7/8 ounces couscous
2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
1 tbsp butter
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chickpeas
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
salt
pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 limes, juice of

Method
Briefly saute garlic in butter, and then add one cup water. Bring to a boil, add couscous, cover, and remove from heat. After 5 minutes, fluff with a fork. Let cool while chopping vegetables.

Combine all ingredients and toss.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled. Makes about ten 1-cup servings.

Calories 220; Total Fat 10.5 g; Saturated Fat 3. 8g; Cholesterol 16.5 mg; Sodium 300 mg; Total Carbohydrates 25.5 g; Dietary Fiber 3.4 g; Protein 6.8 g.

Have to try harder, it’s not going as well as I’d like

I know it’s not Sunday; I was busy with Father’s Day things. I made my father and his husband a delicious and healthy meal of couscous salad, grilled asparagus, and barbecued chicken. I was so busy cooking I barely touched the shrimp and goat cheese appetizers that I made. I would have been way under my calories for yesterday, but I also made key lime pie with real whipped cream. It was amazing, but 700 calories. Definitely a special treat.

This week, I tried upping my calories as people on the 3FC forum suggested. The highest suggestion I got was 2400-2600, so that’s what I tried this week (averaging 2547, but I guessed on Wednesday because it was my birthday and I ate a lot of weird stuff but I didn’t want to spend an hour trying to calculate the calories). I lost about half a pound. That’s just not good enough to keep me motivated. At that rate I will be under 300 pounds in September 2013, and at my goal weight in 2018. And I’ll be so old, having babies will be risky because of my age instead of my weight. So I’m going to try 2200 this week. Also, I have five full days of work this week, which I haven’t had in months, so I’m packing my lunch and planning to hit the gym after work every day.

I am still tracking everything, every day, so I should be proud of that.

This has to get better.

One Year Until First Major Goal Date

Things are going well, I guess. Fitday.com report for the first week- average 2099 2137 (forgot to add the gingersnaps and milk I ate right before bed last night) calories, 31% fat, 42% carbs, 21% protein. The helpful people in the 300+ 3 Fat Chicks forum are telling me that I have headaches in the late afternoon because I’m eating too many carbs and not enough protein, so I’m going to try to work on that, especially in the mornings.

I’ve made some delicious things to eat on the grill this week, but I’m also spending about $150/week on groceries for the two of us. That’s not really sustainable.

I turn 29 on Wednesday.

This week’s goal- I’m going to try to go to the gym at least 3 times this week.

I lost 3 pounds this week.

Recipe: Salmon Teriyaki Skewers with Pineapple

What has made this new beginning a heck of a lot easier is the fact that I recently bought a charcoal grill, and it is so easy to make healthy, tasty food on the grill. This is one of the first new recipes I tried. I ate about a serving and a half, it was so good (don’t worry, I planned for it.)

Salmon Teriyaki Skewers with Pineapple
Original recipe at Simply Recipes

Ingredients
Marinade
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar (recipe called for rice wine; I subbed part apple cider and part red wine)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup minced green onions
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Pinch chili pepper flakes (I used about 1/2 tsp red chili paste, but would double that next time)

1 lb salmon fillet, rinsed, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 lb fresh pineapple, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch chunks
2 green onions, cut into 1-inch segments

8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 20 minutes before using

Method
Mix together soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar, until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining marinade ingredients. Place marinade and cubes of salmon in a large plastic bag. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Prepare grill for high heat.

Remove salmon from marinade. Place marinade in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes, set aside.

Thread salmon, pineapple, and onion pieces on skewers.

Place skewers on grill. Baste frequently with reserved marinade. Turn after 2 to 4 minutes, then cook for 2 to 4 minutes more, until salmon is just cooked through.

Serve immediately with brown rice. Serves 4.

Calories 350; Total Fat 16.1g; Saturated Fat 3.2g; Cholesterol; Sodium 525mg; Total Carbohydrates 24.3g; Dietary Fiber 2.5g; Protein 27.0g. Calorie estimate based on actually consuming about 1/2 the marinade.

Change of Plans (re: blogging, not weight loss)

Ok. Not going to post food logs here- it’s too much work to type them out, and no one wants to read them anyway. The plan is still one weekly substantive post, on Sundays. If you really want to see what I’m eating, look here. (Fitday.com, username is quixotickate.)

Getting Started

Today I weigh 381 pounds. My weight goal is to weigh 175 pounds by May 27, 2012, just before my 31st birthday. I’m planning to post a food and exercise log daily, and a substantive post every Sunday. We’ll see how that goes. This is the second or third time I’ve tried to start a weight loss blog, depending on whether you count a private Livejournal, and probably the seventh or eighth time I’ve really tried to lose the weight. Today is really day one.