General Diet Plans and Questions - Dedikayted's New Journal - "by Any Means Necessary"




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DEDIKAYTED
09-01-2010, 07:54 AM
I received my P90x and have reviewed the plan and even tried out some of the dvds already. I think I am going to start out doing the P90x Lean Version because it involves more cardio and I know cardio helps me drop weight. I will try to get in as much cardio as I can..

The plan right now is to start off with the Orginal Fat Smash Detox with the P90X. Eventually I will start tailor my food plan to accomodate the 50% protein 30% carbs and 20% fat which is recommended.

I must include my past motivational excerpts from my old fat smashing posts. I like to include these because it helps me to remember how great I did when I adhered to the plan the first time around... and how INCREDIBLY happy I was...



Here we go.

… When I was on Regular Fat Smash

"I loss 9 pounds in the 9 days on Phase 1 though. I was PUMPED! I did not cheat AT ALL..but that's just how I am when I am on a mission. I actually stayed with the original fat smash until I got 15 pounds off. I threw in a Phase 2 day here and there ( to add in a lean meat) and that worked great. Now I am doing the Extreme Fat Smash to bring me "home." I am really pleased with my progress. I have been stuck for YEARS between 153-160 range and no matter what I did ( and I DO EXERCISE).... I just couldnt break the 150's. I lost pretty much 40 pounds doing a low carb diet and then just could not get the last bit of weight off. That's when I just decided to take a leap on faith and switch to Fat Smash. I used to be totally afraid of carbs, but now I am fine. I am so glad that I tried this because I have not been in the 140's in years and I'm just so damn happy I could scream!"



… When I was on EXTREME

"I acutally like the idea of having all my foods planned out. I am really aiming to lose 12 pounds during this 3 week cycle...and now that I have bust right past my plateau... I feel like ANYTHING is possible!!"

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*End of Week 1 and the beginning of week 2
"Well, Cycle 2 begins today. I am pretty much down the 4 pounds that was promised in the book and I am pumped! I have been doing all my workouts, trying to rest as much as possible, and sticking with my 3 hour rule for eating my meals. I will be totally ECSTATIC when I lose the next 4 pounds this week!
Cycle 2!!!!"

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"When I started Extreme I was 149.7... I told myself that I would be really happy if I got below 145.. 142 would be GREAT... Well, I have until next Tuesday before I finish (today is Thursday)....and guess what??? 142 TODAY, BABY!!! So in the 5 days that I have left, if I break the 130's, I dont know what I will do."


"Did I mention that I was stuck in the 155-165 area for YEARS???? omg. I am just so happy that I found the way to get the last bit of the weight off. I can't express my excitement the way I want.

Finally, I have peace. "

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"I am currently on the Extreme program too and it is awesome. My body is transforming so fast. Thank God I have taken pictures so that I can truly see my progress.

Stay with the plan! It works!"




So that's the plan.. starting p90x and Original Fat Smashing right now.

Stay tuned.


DEDIKAYTED
09-01-2010, 08:06 AM
This is a great time to start my plan because my "friend" is out of town and this means that I wont be going out to eat for at least 2 weeks! Perfect time to do a detox.

So I ate like a pig this weekend.. and as fast I as I can make the scale move down.. I can make it go up just as fast..


Fried calamari
Bread
butter pecan icecream
crab cakes
french fries
McDonalds
cookie
chocolate

That is just a few things I remember indulging in over the weekend... So yes, I expected to see the scale jump waaaaay up... I know my body.. I can gain 5 pounds in one day.. No, its not all fat, but I will bloat up like a cow if I go haywire and eat food that are not on my normal plan.

So here's the honest deal with the weight after the pig out session.

Sunday - 159
Monday - 157

and mind you --just under a week before this - I was hanging around 150! It was just like being on vacation.

So there's the whole ugly truth. I wasn't going to post that at all because I didn't want to see it in black and white. I honestly was just going to wait until I was back down to 150 before posting my weight.. but.. whatever. This will just be even more sweet as I knock this weight down. I can see where I came from and see where I dont want to be again unless pregnant!

So my main focus now of course is to first get out of the 150's.

I will weigh in whenever I can, but preferably not on days where I get up extra early in the morning.

The party has officially started.

Watch what I do ;)

DEDIKAYTED
09-01-2010, 08:44 AM
7:45
1/4 cup (dry measured) Multigrain oatmeal
1/2 apple & 1 peach

* 1 cup of coffee w/sugar free creamer
* 1 bottle of water
* 2 - Lessman's Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamins

10:45
brown rice (frozen bag with spinach & tomato..and its low sodium!)
egg beaters (prepacked 60 cal portion)
black beans (canned. organic.)

other half of my appple from breakfast and peach
2:45
1/4 cup oatmeal & peach


*******************4:30 - workout ***************

6:30
veggie salad w/ lowfat dressing.







Today's Random Thoughts:

8am:
**So I previously went on a rant about the plan not letting you have coffee.. Blah, blah, blah.. but you know what?? F that! I forgot! You can have it on the Extreme Plan!! And you still lose weight! My friend just sent me a list of things he can have on the Original Plan (during detox) and forget that! A cup of coffee with a tablepoon of sugar free creamer is not going to kill you.. Gosh! He says he can have nuts and some other items... and I'm like WHAT? Is he reading that right? So whatever.. I am having coffee or teechino (which tastes like coffee, but is not real coffee..made from nuts/berries) if I want to.

As long as I adhere to the food list, I am fine with that.
And will STILL lose!

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10:40 -
So I am going to try to be as detailed as possible on my posts. I think this tends to work best for me.. The more dedicated I am to logging everything the better results. And I want to see results. Plus, its always good to be able to go back and see EXACTLY what you did...and what worked for you :)

The plan is to get off work at 3pm. Make a pit stop to Best Buy and Sports Authority or Walmart.

Bestbuy - I need to buy a new dvd player. I have a playstation 2 that I play dvds on but sometimes that thing just doesnt read the disks well. So I think I need to invest in a real player.

Sports Authority/Walmart - I need to get some 5 or 8 pound weights for my workouts.

I plan to workout today around 4ish.. So I may need to go straight home and get the workout done first.. and then handle the rest of my business... I hate leaving workouts for the night time. My energy level is extremely low in the evenings.. and I am just not as hype. I love working out in the morning, but some days, I want to be able to get off work early... So its hard to workout in the morning and make it to work by 6am. I really would like this schedule:

Wake up: 4am
Workout: 4:15 - 5:30
Leave the house no later than 6:15.
Get to work by 7am
Get off by 3:30pm.

That looks good.. Hmmm.. Maybe I will try that tomorrow. :)
Ok.. Time to get this next meal in the microwave and down the hatch! Really want to stay on time with the meals!

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P90X - 40 minutes of KenpoX (my stupid playstation is not playing the dvds)
20 minute walk

Tomorrow morning I will have to go to the gym. I have to do that until I buy a new dvd player because I have to have my COMPLETE workout! ...at least 45-60 minutes.


DEDIKAYTED
09-02-2010, 10:17 AM
I saw that my weight was still 157 this morning.. so I am going to have to do something drastic to make my weight drop. Sorry, but I can't stay at this weight, and I need to push my body a little.. Now, if the scale had said 155, I may have been ok.. but damn that!

So today I am starting my tuna, eggwhites, veggies concoction. It should work wonders for dropping a few pounds quickly..and that's exactly what I want. I can't allow my weight to sit in the 150's.... My body may think this weight is acceptable.

Anyway... did 35 minutes cardio in the gym this morning.

So far.. I had coffee.. But today will just consist of eating my weightloss concotion.

--By any means necessary! I went out and ate like I didn't care.. so now I have to pay for it.

Tomorrow's weigh in WILL be under 155! Best believe!

DEDIKAYTED
09-02-2010, 10:19 AM
Oh! And after I get out of the danger zone (WHICH FOR ME IS THE 150'S) I won't feel this since of dire/need urgency and will resume my normal meals.


Note to self: Buy dvd player! I want to be able to do my P90x!

natamars
09-02-2010, 10:43 AM
Hi, Dedikayted, how are yiu? Looks like you're going full steam ahead. Curious to hear how you like the P90X - read some good reviews online.

So I finished the 9-day detox and lost a whopping .2 lbs. Yes, that's a decimal before the 2. I was really surprised, because not only did I follow the plan well, I was PMSing when I started, which I figured would eb good for at least a lb. Anyway, the next day the scale was down 1.5, so I may have had some water retention from a strength workout the night before. I am desperately trying to break 130. I finally gave up over the summer and let myself just maintain, but now I want to be at goal by the holidays.

I'm still going to stick with the 4-6 small meals/day. Will let my calories go to 1500 if I'm hungry. Starting this w/e, will add more protein - lots of egg whites and grilled chicken salads. Also going to focus more on cardio than on strength training for the next 2 weeks and see if that gets me under. I'll probablyu just do the sculpting class once/week but get in five days/week of cardio.

Good luck w/ the scale!

DEDIKAYTED
09-03-2010, 12:47 PM
Now, that's better. I'm still not loving life until I get out of the 150's though. And I definitely DESPERATELY want that by next week! That means stay on track this weekend! And with my friend out of town, my life is back normal. Its just amazing how hard it is to focus on concentrate on weightloss with him taking me out all over town. Sigh. I have another week before he returns so I gotta take full advantage as well as come up with a plan for when he gets back. We have the best time when we go out, *I* just need to go back to my old "stiff" ways and have myself some lettuce and grilled chicken when we go out... and bring my OWN dressing in my purse! LOL.

Anyway.... just got 50 minutes in on the treadmill...

I will figure out what my meal plan will be today shortly. I am determined to keep this scale moving. I was not playing around when I said I have to move this weight! ...and I couldnt wait for the slow loss either..

Slower weightloss is ok when I'm closer to goal...but not now. A girl's gotta do what she's gotta do.

I will update my meals later!

DEDIKAYTED
09-03-2010, 01:05 PM
Hi, Dedikayted, how are yiu? Looks like you're going full steam ahead. Curious to hear how you like the P90X - read some good reviews online.

So I finished the 9-day detox and lost a whopping .2 lbs. Yes, that's a decimal before the 2. I was really surprised, because not only did I follow the plan well, I was PMSing when I started, which I figured would eb good for at least a lb. Anyway, the next day the scale was down 1.5, so I may have had some water retention from a strength workout the night before. I am desperately trying to break 130. I finally gave up over the summer and let myself just maintain, but now I want to be at goal by the holidays.

I'm still going to stick with the 4-6 small meals/day. Will let my calories go to 1500 if I'm hungry. Starting this w/e, will add more protein - lots of egg whites and grilled chicken salads. Also going to focus more on cardio than on strength training for the next 2 weeks and see if that gets me under. I'll probablyu just do the sculpting class once/week but get in five days/week of cardio.

Good luck w/ the scale!

Natamars!!! (.2) pounds! Grr! I know that's probably not what you wanted to see after doing the detox, but at least you saw an additional 1.5 so thats cool. So you are around 131 now? You are RIGHT there at your goal! Maybe you can do something a litle different like... go 1 or 2 days with no fruit... veggies ok --along with whatever else you are eating.. Sometimes one small change can shake up the body and create a drop.

That's why I had to just do what I have to do to get my weight down. Its totally my fault, so I just have to be strict for a while until I am back in my comfort zone.

So I just toy around with the plan (still usually fat smashable foods) to make my body stop holding on to weight. Maybe just have days where I cut out fruit but still do veggies or have a lower carb day by not having the brown rice or beans...

We just have to make the plan work for us! And that's exactly what I plan to do! Sometimes I will go straight from the book (like on extreme) for simplicity, but there are times that I just may NOT want to have a 1/2 cup of damn beans and veggies for dinner! Maybe I'd rather just have an egg white omelet or a salad or ...whatever.. but my point is - as long as we dont go totally OFF plan - I think its fine.

Well I am leaving to go to Chicago on October 8th so I have a month to get as low as I possibly can. I will be meeting some very close friends/family of the guy that I am dating, and I dont want to feel the way I am feeling NOW when we go.. so the plan is to get out of the danger zone NOW so that I can feel great and not be a total party pooper when we leave. I hate to even say a particular weight.. but I would love to be around 145 when we go. So thats a whole 9 pounds. It doesnt seem like much when I think about it but we know how much effort each pound can take!

I remember once I lose 15 pounds in 30 days before a cruise - that was awesome. I felt great! So, its not like I cant do it... I just have to put my mind to it and not feel bad when I just have to tell folks - NO, I cant have this or that.. I am on a mission!

Ok. Its shower time. I will post again later!

You will be under 130 by your anniversary. Change something up for a day or 2 and let's see what that does! :)

DEDIKAYTED
09-06-2010, 08:23 AM
I'm about to go jogging shortly. If its nice outside, I wanna try jogging outside. Haven't done that in a while. I neeeeeed the cardio. Did I mention that I tried my new dvd player out...and it works? Well it does!! I am very happy about that!

Since I am off today (like every one else) I decided that I guess I'b better cook some things for the rest of the week. "Winging it" throughout the week just doesn't work the best for me and I dont feel like going to work wondering what I am going to bring, etc. Things work much better when I am prepared. Sometimes I get lazy and dont feel like cooking or thinking about what I'm going to eat, but you know what -- it drives me just as crazy to be hungry and have to figure out what I'm going to eat with no immediate options in sight.

I have 3 week full weeks... well I guess 4...until I go on my weekend trip..and I really want to use these weeks WISELY as far as weightloss is concerned. I certainly dont want to flip flop between diets until then...

So I was figuring out the easiest thing to do until the trip.

I could continue to do the ORIGINAL FS detox, but I really dont think I will lose as much as I could on that because its not restricted enough. Even too much fruit can make me potentially not lose as much so unlimited fruits is probably not a good idea.

So... what to do? The Fat Smash Extreme Plan of course because it limits my food AND requires a certain amount of exercise. The only thing that I thought about that I *may* modify on certain days - is the beans for something else. I may NOT do it.. but I just remember thats one thing that gave me some issues (being gassy..haha). Other than that I modified a few things the first time around (to help myself with portion control... like cold cereal for instance... I LOVE it...and 1 cup normally seemed crazy to me... so I think I swapped that with oatmeal) - but anyway as close to plan as possible..and only changes that won't hurt me.

Sometimes I need restriction, other times I dont want to be told what to do and need the freedom. Right now, thinking about doing the plan sounds easy because I dont want to think of what I am going to eat next.

So anyway, the first time around I did three weeks and lost 12 pounds... Haha..you know how I am, I like to drop 8 pounds in one week, but sooner or later you have to get out of that mindset. And shaking up your diet for a couple of days is fine..but to do something very extreme for a long time just doesn't work.

So thats' what I am going to do. Fat Smash Extreme until its time to go on my trip. Let's see if I can lose the 12 pounds like the first time around.

Will log in later.

Oh! Since today will be Day 1 on the EFS - Cycle 1 --this will give me a whole week out of the way until my friend come back in town. So that means a week before things get complicated!! Haha... but he did tell me on the phone last night that he wanted to lose some more weight before we go, so if I keep his eating plan "TIGHT" until the trip, we may not have too much trouble.

The only thing I am kind of worried about right now is this Saturday 9/11. I have drive to my friend's house (out of state) to discuss a vacation we are all taking in December...Its great because I havent seen him in a while, but he already informed me that is going to be a PIZZA party. This is the kind of thing that I would normally just say "screw it" and not go. Yes, the old me would rather not go and jack up my diet. Yes, I used to be that strict, but I am trying my hardest to find balance with CONTROL! And let me tell you --its hard.

So I have been thinking how I am going to handle that on Saturday. I will figure out something... The best thing that I have came up with so far is to fill myself up with veggies right before I get to his house and then when I get in there, I won't want to eat much. I think that's a pretty good idea. I just dont want to mess up this week with this damn party! We'll see, but I think that's a good idea... NOT going there HUNGRY!!!

Alright. time to throw my clothes on and see how the weather is --- time to go. I will be back later.

DEDIKAYTED
09-06-2010, 11:47 AM
OK. So I am happy with the 5 pound loss from last Monday when I was at 159. Downward from here.

You know what? It makes me happy to think that I can be only 3 weeks away from being 142 if I just stick with the plan!

Let's do it! No more wasted weeks, please! Cycle 1, here I come.
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Exercise:

1 mile jogged outside. That was a lot off *** and thighs jogging out there. Sheesh! Please let this weight go down. lol

45 more minutes at the gym - Elliptical trainer
So that's 60 minutes of cardio so far today. I think I am going to start with Day 2's menu because I have more free time today to get my 2/day out of the way.
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Meals

Meal 1: 11am
yogurt & mango
1 cup calorie countdown milk - 45 cals 0 fat 3 carbs (the best) Also a great way to sneak protein in

Meal 2: veggie salad w/ low fat soy dressing

Meal 3: plum

Meal 4: lean sirloin, sweet potato, salad w/ veggies

Meal 5: (in the middle of the night: lettuce and 2 veggie meatballs) ---> What the heck is that about? C'mon! The middle of the night?

natamars
09-06-2010, 04:05 PM
WTG, Dedikayted!

I was off plan on Saturday because I had to go to a funeral, and it was a relative, so afterward we all went to lunch...well, we're Italian, so this means never-ending platters of food. Luckily, most of it wasn't stuff I liked! I had one piece of bread, a half-portion of pasta, some vegetable salad, three pieces of fried zucchini, and a potato croquette..oh, and a sliver of cake. Kind of sounds like a lot, but I looked around at what everyone else was eating, and it was actually pretty light, especially considreing we were there for almost 3 hours. Been on plan since then except for just now at the beach, I had a Good Humor bar(240 calories). We took my son because school starts tomorrow, so in honor of that, I let myself have one. Back on track now. The good news is, I made my veggie egg white cups for the week, my husband grilled chicken and made turkey chili, and I made an enormous salad that should get me through the week. Focus this week:

1) Lower carb/more protein
2) 1000-1500 calories/day, depending on hunger/activity
3) More cardio

DEDIKAYTED
09-07-2010, 11:31 AM
WTG, Dedikayted!

I was off plan on Saturday because I had to go to a funeral, and it was a relative, so afterward we all went to lunch...well, we're Italian, so this means never-ending platters of food. Luckily, most of it wasn't stuff I liked! I had one piece of bread, a half-portion of pasta, some vegetable salad, three pieces of fried zucchini, and a potato croquette..oh, and a sliver of cake. Kind of sounds like a lot, but I looked around at what everyone else was eating, and it was actually pretty light, especially considreing we were there for almost 3 hours. Been on plan since then except for just now at the beach, I had a Good Humor bar(240 calories). We took my son because school starts tomorrow, so in honor of that, I let myself have one. Back on track now. The good news is, I made my veggie egg white cups for the week, my husband grilled chicken and made turkey chili, and I made an enormous salad that should get me through the week. Focus this week:

1) Lower carb/more protein
2) 1000-1500 calories/day, depending on hunger/activity
3) More cardio

Your plan sounds great!!! I bet that'll knock you down below 130! Just keep plugging along! I know it gets hard when "life" happens.. but we gotta just keep pushing! They key about fat smashing is that its lowfat and teaches you to make healthier choices. When you calculate the meals it always runs anywhere between 900-1300 calories.. more at the lower end... So, I think what we should take from that is that we work best when we keep our calories in check. Of course, if your exercise more, than you adjust your calories, but I think that's the plan. Keeping your calories in check and your proteins and carbs somewhat balanced. So each day I look at the menu from the Extreme book, and try to keep my portions/calories around the same. Even if I dont eat the EXACT thing the plan lists, I should still lose. I think the key is training your stomach to eat smaller portions and not want that STUFFED feeling to be satisfied.

Keep pushing!

DEDIKAYTED
09-07-2010, 11:33 AM
Got up this morning and wanted to go ahead and get a jog in.

Exercise:
Morning:

40 minutes cardio - Jogged 2.5 miles.
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I will try to start keeping a better track of my calories if I can to determine what works better as far as my weightloss.


9:00
Go raw flax bar - Not so great tasting, but good for you.

12:00
0% Greek yogurt
Mango
[YUM! I wanted more, but I will be calm for the next 2 hours.]


3PM
veggie salad... w/ soy dressing.

5PM
more veggie salad and mango

900PM
chicken breast
4 oz sweet potato

natamars
09-07-2010, 07:53 PM
Screwed up today. Ate planned big lunch, but then also ate a Milky Way, and felt full and sick. Then I came home from work, still feeling full and sick, and ate a chocolate coconut Kashi bar and some orange juice. Then, still felling gross, ate some cookie dough ice cream. OK, I'm done. Digesting a bit and then off to the gm. Tomorrow will be better.

DEDIKAYTED
09-08-2010, 07:45 AM
Got up at 3:45 am.. Went to the gym.. Pounded out 60 minutes on the treadmill. Walked at incline and did some HIIT as well.

At work by 630, so today will be an early day.. GREAT!
Feeling a little bloated. Probably because I haven't went #2 in 2 days.. so today better be the day! :mad:

Plan to keep pushing on.. Keeping my thoughts focused on how happy I was whenI followed this plan before. Low fat is what gets me at low weights... I gotta keep saying that.

So here we go!

Will update my meals soon.

DEDIKAYTED
09-08-2010, 07:46 AM
Screwed up today. Ate planned big lunch, but then also ate a Milky Way, and felt full and sick. Then I came home from work, still feeling full and sick, and ate a chocolate coconut Kashi bar and some orange juice. Then, still felling gross, ate some cookie dough ice cream. OK, I'm done. Digesting a bit and then off to the gm. Tomorrow will be better.

Hey!! C'mon! Dust yourself off and let's get under 130 by your anniversary.. You still have time!!!! Keep it moving!!!!

DEDIKAYTED
09-08-2010, 08:26 AM
Cardio: 60 minutes

Meals

1.
big ole bowls of mangoes
milk

2.
shredded lettuce w/ 2 tb hummus and 5 veggie meatballs
lowfat soy dressing

3.apple


4.1/2 cup of oat bran

5. pretzels.



09/09 - Just finished updating my meals from yesterday.
I keep forgetting that even on Extreme Fat Smash you get 2 - 100 calorie snacks a day. I guess I am just not used to it.. So when I first ate the pretzels I was so sad.. And I didn't remember to this morning that it was ok! Thank God.

DEDIKAYTED
09-09-2010, 11:13 AM
Happy Birthday Jon Jon! I love you!

No cardio this morning.. Shoot. I slept in. I was really exhausted despite going to bed early (I think it was around 9pm).

Drinking a cup of coffee and chewing on some gum here because I dont have an appetite yet. I packed my gym clothes so that I can get some exercise in once I leave work. You know how I HATE working out i the evenings but it has to be done! I do want my 4 pounds off that the EXTREME plan promises.. So that means 150 should have been my goal for this week.

Hey,I still need to get a GOOD PLAN for not overeating on Saturday. I am excited to see my friends but I'm just being honest when I say I worry about the food way more than I should. I hate being the black sheep and always go against what everyone else is doing.. but it must be done. I haven't came up with anything else yet.. but I think that this is a fairly good plan.. to almost stuff myself with veggies/salad right before I get to his house. I have never tried this before. Usually when I have something to go to, I will eat very minimal amount of calories before I go so that I can allow for whatever I eat.. For instance, I would normally eat some eggwhites or maybe some dry tuna during the day and then that way I got protein in and very minimal calories.. this can work sometimes, but if you allow yourself to go into a carb/sugar frenzy -- that's when it gets out of control. So, I am thinking of doing something similar with my calories (not have a lot before I go) but definitely fill my stomach up with so that I am not salivating at all the stuff they have when I get there.

I think a decent plan would be:

maybe an eggwhite/spinach/stuffed veggie omelet for breastfast :)

nice ole' salad for lunch right before I get there!

I think that will work! I dont like feeling stuffed in the belly, so I think this will help my willpower/control when they are inhaling pizza and homemade chocolate covered marshmallows, chips, and whatever other sinful treats they will have.

I just dont want Monday to roll around and I am sitting at 154 still. No friggin way. I dont want to give back any pounds I have lost this week!!!

Ok. enough for now... I will be back with my meals and exercise for today :)

DEDIKAYTED
09-09-2010, 01:00 PM
MEALS

Start: 12PM

coffee

lettuce/beets/lowfat soy dressing...yum

GO RAW flax bar

1/2 cup dry oatbran

more shredded lettuce (because for some reason I love it with that miso dressing)

GO RAW flax bar

Cardio - 20 minutes plus some light weights

2 veggie patties

DEDIKAYTED
09-11-2010, 01:09 PM
Decide to do a low carb day

breakfast
low carb wrap.
2 low fat sausage patties


lean siroloin with brocolli and cauliflower

sf vanilla pudding with unsweetned coconut

DEDIKAYTED
09-11-2010, 01:27 PM
Ok. 1 more pound down for my 4-pound goal this week

Today is the party and I am kind of concerned about it. I had a low carb day yesterday becauswe sometimes I think I need to give my body a break from even the natural overload of sugar from fruit. Plus, after consideration, I thought it would be easiest to deal with the party today being low carb. The key is to deal with life as it comes. So I am going to pray that I just stay low carb today and will be rewarded by Monday with 150! Then that means I am back in my regular weight range - the 140's. So I am happy about that. I even have a low carb drink in mind that I am going to make so that I dont take in any sugary drinks there. I dont want to be anti-social. I just plan to accomodate myself and do what I have to do.

I will stay on track!

They are having pizza at the get together today. When you are low carb, the only thing you can have from a pizza joint is wings, salad, and pizza toppings. I will deal. But I still plan on not going to the party hungry. Let's see how this works out. I will keep thinking about what my post will be like tomorrow.

I owe this to myself! I just hate people who get offended when you dont at least try their food! grr!

Ok. Enough on that.


35 minutes of cardio this morning.

Breakfast.
eggs/sausage/bacon - 0 carbs
coffee - 1 carb
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DEDIKAYTED
09-14-2010, 11:18 AM
Quick update on the party.. I stayed low carb the entire time. Thank God!! I kept thinking about what I had wrote on this page and how I didnt want to have to come back here and say that I cheated.

So..that's cool.

Uh... right now, continuing to lowcarb it out until I get to the store. My refrigerator needs to be stocked with food. I work best when I have my meals already cooked, measured, and sitting in containers..

Anyway, I plan to go to the grocery store tonight :)

We're still stuck in the 150's folks. I will keep pushing along.. My next goal is to see 149!!!!

DEDIKAYTED
09-14-2010, 11:10 PM
YAAAAY! I made it to the grocery store with re-upped on more fat smashable foods... I was in desperate need. I just boiled some lima/black beans. To take the guesswork out of my meal planning, I will go ahead and follow the extreme plan a little more closely by the book. The best time to do it is when you feel lazy and dont feel like thinking about what to cook....and I AM THERE! Whew! I am tired of thinking about what to eat next! So now is the perfect time to use my book a little more. I am glad I switched over to lower carb during the weekend to get thru the party. It worked really well, I was still sociable, not out of place and didn't overeat at all. So at least I know I can do that if I think that things may not go my way with the lowfat/fat smash lifestyle! The last thing you want to do if you are having a fairly high amount of carbs (as on Fatsmash) is to add something high in fat to your meal plan for the day. You will be sure to gain. It may be temporary, but you will gain.

Anyway, we're keeping it moving...

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Jogged 3.5 miles this morning outside! :) Trying to get up to 5 miles or jogging for 60 minutes... either way.

Plus, I need to stay with my P90x. Tomorrow morning will be P90x before work.

Back to plugging my meals in tomorrow.

DEDIKAYTED
09-15-2010, 10:59 AM
I"m not going to whine. I haven't had a period in months, so I just need to suck it up, deal with it and let it go. I could feel the pain last night.. sooo sore... and NOW....soooo bloated... Cramps... Great. Hopefully I wont torture myself and get on the scale.. because I already know I gain 5-7 pounds when I am on my period. BUT it does come back off. slowly.. Patience. Lets just try not to let the weight go over 156 pounds, please. Since I left off at 151....

Anyway, sore or not, I popped in my P90x workout and kicked butt for the whole plyometrics dvd which is 55 minutes long. Got in done and over with.


Meal 1
2 egg whites
1 small peach & 2 handfulls of grapes ( should have saved the grapes for meal 2)
No more fruit today.

Meal 2
12:15 --
My God.. I am starving..
veggie salad w/low fat soy dressing
(microwaved a bag of those steamable veggies and through it on some shredded lettuce)

SNACK 1
GO RAW BAR

SNACK 2
YOGURT

MEAL 3
2 cups spinach
1 cup beans

DEDIKAYTED
09-16-2010, 07:56 AM
Work early. No exercise this a.m. :( But I did bring my clothes to get some in this evening.

Whew.... those daggone beans...... last night........wow! :dizzy:
The gas is back. I used my beano and everything. I think that the beans along with the soy dressing was probably just too much.

I am here early but my plans are to wait until I am hungry to eat breakfast. You know that I hate breaking my fast too early in the morning because then naturally I end up having more calories for the day.

I will log back in to update today's meals. Hopefully I will start posting calories too.
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Meal 1
1 packet of low sugar oatmeal
coffee w/sugar free creamer

Snack
rice cake

Meal 2
I forgot my beans and my veggie burger. I have a big lunch bag but no food.. I hope I didn't leave it out on the counter at home. I did have my lettuce and I just rmembered that I have a smart one in the freezer here for emergency purposes here at work... so that will be lunch.

smart ones and lettuce w/lowfat dressing

Total Daily calories so far
576 calories 17.4 fat 86.4 carbs 20 protein

I have a 0% Greek yogurt and some fruit in the fridge for a snack so I should be fine with that. Gosh! I hope I didn't leave that food out on the counter this morning. But I have a feeling I did. Oh well :(

You know.. something that I dont care for on EFS... The serving sizes are so small you are never really satisfied..and that can get irritating if you are sitting at a desk watching minutes go by...waiting for your next meal. Who wants to think about food all the time? During my journey, I have to keep on finding what works for me... what is satisfying.. what is going to keep me "on plan" and not drive me crazy. I was just talking to one of my girlfriends and she was saying how she eats 5-6 times a day too but 3 of her meals are regular size.. they others are the small snacks just to get by to the next meal. But the bottom line is - she is not thinking about food all day long because her stomach is satisfied with her regular meals.

I just finished eating the smart one and my lettuce... and you know what? I She's right. I am not sitting here trying to compute what time my next meal will be because I actually feel pretty good. She asked me what I would have had if I didnt have the frozen entree and I told her my yogurt and a plum. As I said this I realized..and thats the exact reason you have to think about food all day long. My girlfriend is 30 pounds less than me, eats way more and is not starving herself all day to maintain her weight. Just has me thinking.

I really do want to get to the point where my calories are a lot higher...more in the normal range...somewhere around 1500 at least for my weight but instead...right now I try to keep close to 1000-1200. I know this isnt a lot but if you calculate the food in Fat smash extreme, that's what it comes out to. No onder you are supposed to lose 4 pounds a week! Don't forget that you also EXERCISE... and the exercise on plan is always around 60-90 minutes, so you are darn near buring all your food calories.

Anyway, I am just rambling, but before I end up in someone's eating disorder clinic, I better figure this out. I'm tired of all the fluctuating.

I do think that counting calories is good though. Its great to know where you are and how your body responds to certain calorie levels. So that's why, as I am following along EFS, I am trying my best to count calories as well. Believe me, the menus on EFS are great when you dont feel like planning what to cook, but after a while, it can get booorrrring. So establishing what works for you is really important. You dont want to lose the weight..and then just be "up in the air" because that's a sure way to probably gain your weight back easily

DEDIKAYTED
09-17-2010, 09:55 AM
Crisis Situation.

Seriously. How in the world do you balance out trying to diet and have a social life? I know it can be done, but its mind boggling to me right now.

My friend is back and he sends me a beautiful message this morning that he's trying to decide where he's taking me tonight. Don't get me wrong.. I love that someone is in my life now, and I am not just sitting at home.. But let me tell you --- IT WAS MUCH EASIER when I was not dating!!! It may have been a boring life, but it was DIET FRIENDLY!

He is not forcing food on me or anything its just that with the "low fat / fat smash" style eating, its kind of hard to stay on plan when you go out to eat! ...unless you just get salad everytime I guess. Gosh, I want to scream. I have to be able to balance him in and not get stressed like this. I dont want to be the crazy diet-chick but dayuuummmmm!

This reminds me of a conversation that my ex and I had recently. This was an ex from high school... Anyway, he brought up how crazy I was EVEN BACK THEN about food/calories/etc. I had to laugh because ..oh my goodness.. nothing has changed! I am just as crazy now as I used to be.

I have to figure this out. I have my friend on low carb because I believe in low carb, loss the majority of my weight with it, and I know it will work for him. He's been doing great... and losing.. so he is happy. Plus, I knew that it would be easy for him when we go out to eat because he can always order a big juicy steak (which he loves) and a vegetable and be fine.

But since I am trying to do low fat.. its scary when I go out because there is always going to be some fat in food.. heck! Even if I order a veggie burger - come on.. its still going to be fattening.

So ...........WHAT THE H E L L is a girl to do? The only thing I know to do when doing the lowfat thing is to try to have very LITTLE calories during the day... and then pick the lowest calorie thing I can get my hands on when we go out..and then my total calories for the day stays somewhat in check.

-or-

Do I switch to low carb and just do that with him? The thing with low carb is -- yes, I lost about 45-50 pounds on it.. (thanks) but then I got stuck for a long time in the 150's... That's when I changed to Fat Smash and finally made the scale move and crept in the 140's. So, all I am saying is -- if I do low carb -- is that going to get me in the 140's?!!??

Decisions, decisions.

Life was a lot easier when I had no one.

DEDIKAYTED
11-08-2010, 04:26 PM
I decided to dust off the old journal and start tracking again. Life has been soooo different (but in a good way) this year. I am still dating the same great guy that started seeing in May so things are going pretty well. I also have been pretty much maintaining the low 150's for a while now. I actually havent weighed myself in a while because I was trying to slow down weighing daily because I started getting depressed about it.

Yesterday I had a talk with my friend and I told him that I needed us to cut back on eating out for a while. Though I have been doing ok choosing healthy choices when we go out, I just really want to go on a strict plan (like I used to do) for at least a month.. I have been doing very good at not making him think that I am in the diet maniac... but to be honest.. I am! We are going away in December, and I meet his parents for Thanksgiving so I really would like to get a few pounds off. 10 pounds is not a big difference to some people but when you are closer to your goal weight, each pound makes a difference.

I feel sooo much better that I talked to him yeserday because I was driving myself crazy trying to be "free" and just eat healthy. I never stopped working out this whole time. That is probably what keeps me sane and not gaining, but to be honest - I am a lot happier when my weight is lower than it is right now. I dont need to get on the scale, its the love of the "lean" feeling that I get when I am in the low 140's. Like I said, it may be just a matter of 10-15 pounds, but I want it!

So he's going to think of some other things for us to do for a while... shows, music events, movies, etc. I told him that we can eat out sometimes (I can get salad) but for the most part we will eat before we go out... (at least I will!)

So here I am once again.

My first goal is to journal things until Thanksgiving because that's a great goal date... (when I fly out to meet his parents).

I have a little less than 3 weeks. I know I definitely can make a change during this time. ;)

So far, today:

1 egg
1.5 cups mango

Go raw flax bar (120 cal)

**had to go to jury duty so it threw my meals off.. **

dannon 3 carb yogurt

1.5 cups of black beans
4 tb light sourcream
kale

Will workout in a hour or so.. and will input that as well.
So far, I think I tracked around 1000 calories so far...
Once I go to the gym arouund 4:30 or 5 and get back home, there will be time for just about one more meal so that will work out perfectly

As far as my meals are concerned... I still love fat smash. I prefer to normally eat more vegetables, beans, fruit....
I haven't turned vegetarian per say but I definitely prefer not to eat to much meat.. My taste buds have definitely changed over the years. I am much happier not having meat. So my protein comes from egg, greek yogurt/dairy...

This is why fat smash works out pretty well becaue it naturally makes you eat this way anyway. OH! one more thing.. My dr suggested I may have gluten intolerance so I have been paying attention to that as well. Luckily fat smash type eating works with that as well. So anyway, my plan is my normal extreme fat smash eating...along with calorie counting.

I have said enough for now. :)

DEDIKAYTED
11-09-2010, 08:46 AM
So for my official Day 1, I will start with menus out of the cycle 2 portion of the extreme version… just to mix things up….then follow week 1’s menus.. then week 3.

Workout will be tonight with the girls that I train.

Exercise Required: 55 minutes of cardio.

Meals for today:

coffee

(10am)
1/2 cup egg beaters.
1 cup kale

(1pm)
6oz fage w/low carb yogurt mixed in
sliced apple/plum

(4pm)
goraw bar

(7pm)
veggie salad w/lite ranch


45 cardio / 20 minutes weight training

DEDIKAYTED
11-10-2010, 09:57 PM
55 minutes cardio


green smothies

rice chex w/ almond milk


p.s 152

DEDIKAYTED
11-14-2010, 02:19 PM
ooh Lawd! The last couple of days I have been stick with the following:

fruits
veggies
lowfat yogurt
oatmeal

Basically from the fat smash original menu. Havent had a lot of time to cook my beans. I also have been drinking my veggies (kale and apple....yum).

I have been doing at least 1 hour of cardio a day. I am SO hoping to see the 140's by weeks end.. Most definitely before Thanksgiving.

I am working from home today. I have so much work to get done.
Brunch will be veggie omelet with a side of turkey sausage. Dinner may just be salad. I will be happy if I can get some cardio in today. I am not worried about rest days right now. I want to really push it to the limit this week!!!!!


I plan to do at least 2-3 TWO-SESSION days this week!

I also can't wait to start jogging again. My knee has been having some sharp pains on and off lately. So the bottom line is stick to the diet up the cardio (intensity) and not eat close to bed time. :)

DEDIKAYTED
11-15-2010, 01:36 PM
Yesterday's egg white veggie omelet and turkey sausage didn't work out so well. I won't go into detail but it didn't stay in my stomach for long.

So yesterdays food ended up being:

6 oz low carb yogurt & fruit
2 wingettes.

I dont know why I force myself to eat meat when I really prefer not to. I just need to find other ways to get my protein in and I'll be set.


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Today

A.M
Greensmoothie (kale & banana)
Go raw bar & peach
coffee
total - 300
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Lunch
veggie salad with fat free feta w/low fat ranch w/tomato rosehip dressing

gluten free veggie burger 120 cals

total - 300
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apple & 6oz low carb yogurt
go raw bar
total -270 calories
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workout - 60 minutes cardio // 45 minutes weight training
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brown rice/lima beans
cottage cheese.....remembered I can eat that for protein

I CANT WAIT TO START RUNNING AGAIN!

DEDIKAYTED
11-17-2010, 09:56 AM
Ok. I am feeling great today.. I got in 2 whole hours of cardio last night.
1 hour treadmill
1 hour bike

Its so much better when you have a partner :)

I was feeling yucky an bloated yesterday, but I am glad I pushed through and got that cardio in because I felt so much better this morning.

Yesterday meals consisted of

1. salad with beans and rice (ate mid morning close to noon so that kept me good and full all day

2. apple before my workout

3. (6 oz low carb yogurt and a couple of spoons of greek yogurt with a bag of frozen cherries after the workout). I just didn't feel like anything too heavy like oatmeal or beans... The yogurt worked out well!

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Today I woke up feeling good. I haven't weighed myself but I was very happy because I *felt* smaller and was able to fit into some slacks from last year when I was in the 140's so that makes me hella happy!

Not weighing has been going good. I will weigh eventually, but I can do without those mood swings!

Today -(sipped on coffee this morning)

I have been worried about getting enough protein since I dont care for too much meat. I finally had a light bulb moment and remembered that I can use cottage cheese! Its the perfect protein! I usually don't use it too much because of the sodium, but I picked up some no salt cottage cheese the other day from the store.

Now let me tell you - the no salt kind is yucky if eaten alone, but if you pair it with something else... voila! And with 14 grams of protein for every half cup and...

80 calories
fat: 1.5
Sodium: 45 (as opposed to 450)
carbs: 4
Protein 14grams

It works for me..

So what I did was.. I brought in a can of no salt spinach, 1 cup lima beans, some left over brown rice from yesterday, and a veggie patty and mixed it all together and nuked it.. I seperated it because the spinach stretched it out for 2 servings...

Then I proceeded to add about 1/4 cup of my no salt cottage cheese to my concoction. Now, let me tell you, it may not have looked pretty, but it tasted fine.. (OH! I forgot to mention that I threw a lil hotsauce on it) But anyway, my point is - that I plan to sneak the no salt cottage cheese into my meals for the protein, so that solves my issue. I dont need excessive amounts, I just didn't want to have a diet of all carbs... So done! With fat free and low fat greek yogurt, my low carb yogurts, and cottage cheese, the occasional egg whites, I will be fine with the protein!

75 - can of spinach
180 - small can of limas
150 - 1/2 cup of brown rice
120 - veggie patty (really adds flavor to the concotion)
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525 calories

*split in half - 265 calories... plus the cottage cheese around 310 calories total and it was VERY filling! I am so glad I used my noggin on this one!

--That's the name of the game... GETTING THE MOST FOOD FOR EVERY CALORIE!

That's all for now..

DEDIKAYTED
11-22-2010, 12:10 PM
Ok. I have to update because there are only a couple of days left til Thanksgiving. I am OUT of the 150’s!!! Thank you Jesus! For some reason they are extremely hard to get out of that zone!

What I have been doing:

Last week I up’ed my cardio to between 90 minutes (straight thru) and 120 minutes on certain days. It must have been the shock that my body needed because I felt the weight coming off again when I did that. My diet has pretty much been vegetarian, except for tuna/salmon. I have been cooking low fat/fat free so naturally my calories aren’t beyond what I should be taking in. I don’t county every single calorie, but I try to stay somewhere in the neighborhood of 1200.

I am still not taking in products that have gluten. I also start concocting some “casseroles”
This last one I mixed spinach, cottage cheese, cheese powder, albacore tuna, beans, and some left over brown rice….mixed it all together and baked it. Its so much better than eating things separate because my meals tend to get boring when I do that.

It makes it a lot easier to sneak in the protein as well (when I use cottage cheese).

So… I feel GREAT!!!!!!!! My smaller clothes are fitting from last year. I still have 3 pounds to make it to my goal of 145 pounds. (weighed in 148 yesterday and today). At this point EVERY SINGLE POUND starts to make a huge difference in my size, so I am extra excited.

OH!!!!!!!!!!!! BEFORE I FORGET!!!. Another thing that I think has helped is the fact that I am no longer eating close to bed time. It has only been 2 real days of going to bed with a near empty tummy, but boy does it make a difference. I already knew this but it just takes a lot of willpower to really break that habit. When/ if I start feeling snacky laste at night, I will throw a piece of the Mint Chocolate Chip dessert gum made by EXTRA. Its been a life saver.

Well… gotta get ready to run. I’ve been working out with the girls and I am so excited because one has lost 10 pounds since she has been working out with me (2 weeks) … No workout with them today.. but I DID get in 90 minutes of cardio this morning. Unlike before, I don’t plan to change things up right now because what I am doing is working for me! I’m not going to go and start trying to eat 5-6 times a day, etc etc. I have been watching calories, sticking with fat smashable foods (just happens that gluten free diet tends to be fat smash type foods) and its been working out.

So I am staying the course, being patient, but giving it all I got.

DEDIKAYTED
11-23-2010, 07:34 AM
Wow. These casseroles are a life safer!!! Yum yum yum!

Today, I am at work bright and early, so that means GYM this evening!! I plan on getting at least 2 hours in at the gym. Gotta push it to the limit!!!! I want to see that scale move again. I’m probably going to jump out my panties when I see 145 again!!!! Oh yes!

Trying my best to work on an official time to try and start cutting off my meal when I know I am going to get to bed around 10-11. I think 6pm is looking good right now. I think I am going to try to definitely eat NO less than 3 hours from the time I go to bed. I think 4 is excellent. Now, I am not going to lie… you will wake up with your tummy burning, but you also wake up with a flat tummy. Bring on the burn..and the tums! LOL

Not eating close to bed time is making a world of difference. I will get home late tonight from the gym, so I am sure my meal afterward will be yogurt and cottage cheese.

OK. Time to get to work!

DEDIKAYTED
11-25-2010, 08:35 PM
I"M IN THE ZONE!!!

Every since I got back in the 140's I am feel sooo much better. My old clothes are fitting again and I'm feeling wonderful!

I have been pretty much having NO meat, eating my veggie burgers and caseroles, yogurt, salad, and fruit. I love it.

Today is Thanksgiving and I ate oatmeal/cottage cheese, spinach/ bean caserole, and an apple. Packing and sipping on a little red wine. Yep, I gave up having REGULAR Thanksgiving dinner. I just don't want to mess things up. Food is just not more important to me at this time.

I leave tomorrow for Atlanta to meet my friend's parents/friends. I am going to prove to myself that I can stick to my diet while on vacation. I am very motivated. This feeling is too good to give up for a brownie, pie, stuffing, macoroni and cheese, etc etc etc. I'd much rather wake up with my "thin" feeling! OH yes.. I love it.

I'm packing now. I have included 2-3 workout outfits so I can workout at the hotel. I. AM. IN. THE. ZONE!!!! And I will push through! I deserve this! When I get to Atlanta I will have my friend take me to the grocery store to get some fruit. I packed some gluten free oatmeal. If we go out, I will only have salads. I will pick up some of my own salad dressing from a store while I am down there. Oh yes, I am going to do this!!!!!!!

I need to be at the airport by 11:00 a.m. I plan to get up and go to the gym around 5:30 - 7:00a.m. Get my exercise in, come home, have a bite to eat so that I will not be hungry at the airport (no nuts please)...

I may weigh in tomorrow before I go just so that I know where I am at before I leave. I know I have been hanging around 148, so that may be where I am still. It would be awesome if I could see 147 though!

Happy Thanksgiving!

DEDIKAYTED
11-30-2010, 11:31 PM
Ok. I am back... Meeting the parents went well and I pretty much stayed as close to plan as possible. When I got to Atlanta, my man took me to the store and I bought my staple items: beans, brown rice, spinach, tuna, fruit. :)

My flight was for 12:30 on Friday. I got up and went to the gym bright and early. 5:45 to 7:45 ;) oh yes.. I was not playing around. Saturday morning (at the hotel) I worked out for 90 minutes. Sunday is the only day I went off plan and I had cheese burgers from McD's and fries ( and that was only due to desperation of being sick and not knowing what to eat... the funny thing about it was that i made me feel better.. wtf? ) But anyway.. I got back yesterday (Monday).. After the 10 hour drive, I still managed to get home and work out for 2 hours at the gym... oh yes..

Today - made my caserole = spinach, brown rice, limas, lite sourceam, powder cheese.

Got in 70 minutes of cardio around 11am...

Got in 60 more minutes at 5:30 pm.

I am on a mission. I am NOT playing around! I will get in the low 140's soon!!!!

I am just feeling so much better. Yes, I had to shake things up to get the weightloss moving, but you have to do what you have to do. So lately, I up'd the cardio for a few weeks.. and then I will bring it back down and add more weight training. Its my way of shocking the body and its working for me :) When you have a sedentary job - 2 hours of exercise a day is not too much. (its just boring if you are doing it alone)

Well tomorrow - back to work. I may get up in the moring to get my 1st hour in. Its supposed to be raining cats and dogs so I will decide in the morning on what I want to do. Either way, I am working out with my girls around 5:30pm.

I am ready to go!! I will probably weigh myself again on Sunday. I will keep pushing as much as possible. I fly out to Puerto Rico next Friday so I need to look my best in a bathing suit. There will be no eating at night!

Note to self: No eating at night combined with extra cardio works for me!

Thank God I'm back! :)

DEDIKAYTED
12-01-2010, 08:28 AM
At work bright and early and hopefully leaving before 3 pm. Straight to the gym I go.

Let me tell ya -- Whew! Its hard to break that night time eating thing, but I am doing it. I didn't have the BEST of sleep last night and I know its because I didnt have food in my stomach. I woke up one time and got a piece of Sugar Free Dessert Delight gum and laid back down.. Now that's crazy! Anything I can do to break that nasty ole habit. Its not like you're going to starve before morning. The main reason I was probably hungry last night is because I really didn't eat a meal after the gym.. Had a small snack, a glass of red wine and that was it. If I had had at least a 1/4 cup of oatmeal, I would have been better off. But anyway, I survived. However, at 5:00 this morning I was eating on some spinach caserole!

OK... So I will get my 2 hours in at the gym as soon as I get off. My clothes are packed in the car and all I gotta do is GET 'ER DONE!

...and that's exactly what I plan to do.

What I brought in my lunch bag:

spinach caserole
1 apple
2 plums
cottage cheese
yogurt
I always have oatmeal here at work

My meals for today will come from the above list.

Chat later!

DEDIKAYTED
12-01-2010, 11:17 AM
Today is a hungry day.. That always happens when I start my meals early.. But I will go with it. I have been pretty much eating intuitively, still watching my calories, with the fat smashable, gluten free food items. But boy, oh boy.. First meal was at 5am and I just another big helping of spinach caserole at 10am. I keep eating until I felt satisfied and not a bite more. Now I am content. I realize with upping my exercise, there will be days like today "hungry" days and I will listen to my body and go with it. I do know though that on days when I eat a lot of my calories in the morning, I am sure to eat less in the evening. Balance!

So I plan to be good and full for the next few hours. There will probably be one small meal before the gym (apple or yogurt.. or something of that nature). By the time I work out for 2 hours and then get home, there will only be time for one more meal (maybe oatmeal) and then that'll be all for the day, so it all works out. :)

Just an update.. I just like to keep track of these thoughts for later. I always want to remind myself of what does and doesn't work for me.

DEDIKAYTED
12-02-2010, 02:55 PM
Ok. My late workout yesterday (a little over 2 hours..1 hour on the treadmill and 1hr 15 on the elliptical.. WITH GIRLFRIENDS) of course made me hungry last night. I had 9 oz yogurt plus 3 small plums... Then later my stomach was hurting so bad I had to get some spinach casserole. I don't mind taking the hunger, but the burning / pain makes me realize that maybe I had gone too long without eating or I really needed something. I also had to pop a few tums to calm down the burn. I just dont want a darn ulcer!

Basically I as long as I eat around 7pm (of a decent portion) I have to realize that I will be ok. On nights where I have some oatmeal/cottage cheese it keeps my belly much happier.

Just thoughts that I want to keep track of...

I wanted to wait until Sunday. The last time I weighed in before I left I was 148 and I was really praying to see something lower than that by this Sunday. I hadn't weighed in before this because I just didnt want to see anything over my last weigh in.. I know that traveling as well as eating any off plan foods makes me retain water so I just didnt want to see the aftermath. This morning I bit the bullet. Thank God I saw 148! That made me ABSOLUTELY HAPPY because I know that anything that needed to be taken off since Monday (when I returned) is off and I'm back on course!

The bigger picture for me is that I am only 3 little pounds away from 145!! Kinda also made me think that if I hadn't eaten late last night that I could have possibly been 147 today. But its ok, I am feeling pretty good.

I am debating whether I will just do my Callenetics tape today. I have been really pounding the cardio out so I do want to get some good stretching in and give my joints some rest as well. I just am so motivated that I cant wait to see 145!!!!!!

At some point ih the future, I will add my P90x back in (probably when it gets really cold outside) becasuse I definitely want the nice TONED body!

Thats all for now. I am feeling wonderful!

OH!! I am going to Puerto Rico next week so I must figure out a few things that I can take with me that are on plan that I can snack on when hungry. I definitely dont want to endulge 3 days with yummy Latino food so I have to have a plan. Pretty much just like I did while in Atlanta. I can pretty much get fruit from anywhere so that is my saving grace.. but I still would like to have something else that I can carry with me. I am sure that I will probably bring a few Go Raw bars because they are really good and will definitely Keep well.

I can definitely tell ya - between oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, and cottage cheese - I could survive for days!

DEDIKAYTED
12-04-2010, 06:11 PM
I tested my will power yesterday. Mom and I went to the store and I picked up some gluten free ginger snaps. 5 cookies for 160 calories. I have been feeling pretty in control lately and even when I go over to her house I can just eat a very small snack and not be out of control... so I said to **** with it, I can keep this gluten free ginger snaps at my house.

Ummm... NOT! Not right now.. When I was bigger and low carbing I could keep a pantry full of junk food in my house for when I had visitors, but now.. oh **** nah! Last night I ate 2 and then closed the bag, but before I knew it I was munching away on more... Lawd! Finally I just threw the bag away because they just cannot live here! Luckily I had only had around 900 calories before the munching began so it shouldnt have done too much damage. The it was a lesson learned..l just want to stick with real food until I get to goal. And even then I dont think I will keep junk in the house. Treat days/meals will have to be portion controlled. But enough of that. I wont see any cheats/treats any time soon though so we won't worry about that. AND YES, I mean including Puerto Rico. I haven't been doing all this work for nothing!!!

So anyway, yesterday I took a rest day but today, I pumped out 2 hrs 10 minutes at the gym. Now just relaxing.

I had some salad with lite italian dressing w/some spinach casserole for breakfast.

Lunch was GYM. Its around 5pm and I'm not hungry yet, but the latest I will go is around 7 before I eat. I think I want a big ole bowl of oatmeal and cottage cheese. YUUUMMMMMMY! I sprinkle a little splenda/brownsugar blend on it and its the best!

Well just giving my update. I am feeling so much better lately. My goal jeans my size 28 True Religions are all the way up ;) I will wear them out once I lose a few more pounds... I think I wrote about these jeans before. But I have had them for over a year. I bought them way too small on purpose so that I would have to get in them.. I am not in the business of buying expensive jeans but I got these originally priced 329.00 jeans and there is no way I am not going to get into these things!

So anyway, I will feel a huge sense of accomplishment whenever I get to take the tag off those babies and put them on!! :)


Enough talk for now. I'm keeping it moving!!

Later

DEDIKAYTED
12-05-2010, 10:20 PM
I really want to get as close to 145 as possible before week's end. Still seeing 148. Can I get 147? LOL! I'm still pushing though. Thinking of another change up soon for my exercise routine. You didn't think I was going to do 2 hours of cardio forever, did you? LOL. My plan was to just shock the body every 4 to 6 weeks. I'm thinking about incorporating some circuits into my routine to really tackle my legs so I will come up with a definite plan this week for the next change.

Today I got in 50 minutes of cardio.

Had 3/4 cup oatmeal and cottage cheese.
I went ahead and made another caserole... It has spinach, brocolli, cauliflower, cheese, lima beans. Baked and delicious. :)

So I will eat off of that until I leave Friday for Puerto Rico.

My mom asked me if I was tired of oatmeal yet? HECK NO! I LOVE the stuff! and it is soooo filling. Actually I had my first meal at 2 today by the time I got home from the gym. I had to force myself to go ahead and eat some spincach caserole around 6:30-7 because I didnt want the oatmeal to be the only thing I ate today (1) because I didnt want to be hungry as **** at bed time and then mad because I didn't want to eat before bed (2) I'm getting up tomorrow morning and going straight to the gym, so that's another reason I didnt want to go a whole day with only 500 calories in my belly.

Anyway. Its around 9pm now and oddly enough, I am not stuffed at all. I feel fine, but I just wish I was sleepy right now so I could hit the sack. So funny. Sometimes I want to get sleepy before I get hungry!!

Anyway, I will do what I have to do to try to move 1 or 2 pounds before Friday.

This is random - but I just love when I dont eat in the morning. I much rather have my coffee and chill out until lunch time to eat my first meal. I was always like that, its just that sometimes I can't help myself but to be starving first thing in the morning... Its just much more freeing to me when I haven't eaten 300-500 of my daily calories before noon. I feel like the later you start eating the more chance that you have of eating less calories for the day. ****My own opinoin about ME... If I eat a super bowl of oatmeal and cottage cheese at noon, I am probably not going to be hungry again for hours.. Throw in maybe a workout and theres just not that much time left in the day to stuff tons of calories down my throat. I know some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day...yadda yadda.. but no one said what time breakfast has to be.. If your body is not hungry for breakfast at 7am... screw it.... listen to your body and wait until it says its hungry for food. ****.. maybe its still processing food from the day before or something. No worries. You are not going to starve. At the same time, on days I wake up hungry as heck, I will eat. I'd prefer to wait until close to noon as possible, but I'm not going to torture myself if I am truly hungrier.

Just a rant... But I can say that my coffee in the morning is what TRULY gets me thru :)

Ok.. Yes that was random.. But I just think and type as I go.

Good night.

DEDIKAYTED
12-06-2010, 12:05 PM
Don’t have a lot of time to talk, but……. Drum roll please.

147.2.. yea yea.. I saw 146.8 for a second but 147.2 is what I’m claiming!!! Yaaay! No more 148. KEEPING IT MOVING! I guess something I am doing is working.

Got up and met my friend in the gym. Worked out from 6 – 8am, so this is great. No gym tonight!! Yaay for that as well.

So anyway. This morning my coffee is yummmmmmmy.
Had a 45 cal/3 carb yogurt and 2 plums around 10.

Feeling good! Maybe 145 is possible before I leave on Friday!!!! Just keep pushing.


P.S. I am glad that I did eat last night (6:45) even though I wasn’t really hungry at the time. By 9pm, I definitely did not feel overly stuffed and I wasn’t dying of hunger before I went to bed. Plus if I just ate oatmeal/cottage cheese for the whole day, I may not have had the energy to really work it in the gym this morning!


So there you have it. Gotta go!!!!!!!!!!

GO ME, GO ME, GO ME!

Also noted...my homemade sangria with red wine and sugar free flavor concoction is great. My tolerance is pretty low right now, but an occasional 5 oz glass is not hurting me.

DEDIKAYTED
12-06-2010, 08:46 PM
THE KEY

I just want to document that the key to weightloss (FOR ME) s -

Finding food items that you ENJOY that are filing and low calorie.

This is really what has been working for me. Eating things that I enjoy takes the stress out of eating. Why force myself to eat things that I simply dont want? I have done this numerous time because I may have been following a particular plan.. The problem is you aren't really satisfied and is torturous and stupid! LOL! I used to be a person that could eat the same thing every day... but as time went on, I found that it was hard to do that. Now, I know why ---its because I had started eating things that I really didn't enjoy. Now that I am back to doing my own thing I have no problem eating the same things daily. When I get tired of eating something, I will definitely change, but as for now, I look forward to my meals.. So yummy!

My staples have been....

Coffee w/my sugarfree Safeway creamer (hazlenut or vanilla) 15 calories 1 gram of fat per tbsp

and then whatever time I get hungry - spinach caserole.. maybe salad

..then maybe before I workout -- yogurt & fruit :)

Then dinner - oatmeal, cottage cheese, splenda /brownsugar blend

That usually does it for the day. It may not be exactly the same every day. I can tell you that the oatmeal meal as well as the spinach caserole meal keeps me full for hours... and I love it.

I'm no longer sitting here watching the clock every second, counting down to my next meal. Thank God for that. I eat until I am satisfied and that keeps me fuller for longer than 3 hours and I like that MUCH better! I guess some people like their stomach feeling empty all the time, but not me. With my stomach feeling content, I dont have to watch the clock.... and that makes me ****-A-HAPPY!

DEDIKAYTED
12-07-2010, 10:03 AM
Up early this morning… Its around 7 and I am sipping my morning coffee.
I was upset this morning because on one of my many bathroom breaks last night, I wandered into the kitchen and got out a plum, ate it in the bed, and went back to sleep. Why oh why? And where did that habit come from. I was reading about certain prescription sleep aids causing people to eat in the middle of the night and they wake up and not remember. I do take sleep aids on the days maybe 2 -3 times a week and sometimes I wonder if they play a role in that weird night time eating thing.

Anyway, I resolved the problem by bringing the rest of the fruit I have to work, so at least I wont be able to get up tonight and eat that. The thing is – besides me not wanting to eat at night, it makes my tummy feel yucky in the morning.. I guess from the sugar sitting in there. Even though its such a small amount it still makes me not feel well in the morning… So anyway, I have to pay more attention to it and work harder to stay out the fridge. I actually bought some lowcarb milk for days that my stomach may be burning due to cutting off my meals earlier. I don’t feel bad drinking a little 3 carb/fat free milk, but I don’t think its ok to eat at night. Period!

So anyway… that’s that..


Today I have the same items.. I brought some casserole. I have some lettuce, beets, lowfat cheese, and salsa for a salad… Lite Italian dressing. Hmmmm.. what else? Oh yea.. I bought a few of my Dannon lowcarb yogurts that I froze. When they start to thaw, they will be like soft serve frozen yogurt.. I ate that before and it was so yummy but you have to wait until its thawed just enough. I always have my oatmeal here..and then there is an an apple and 2 plums in my bag… That’s about all folks. So I will eat off of this stuff through out the day.

Gym time will probably be from 430 to 630…. 

Tonight will go much better, darn it!

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9AM update : Just ate a little of my shredded lettuce and salad fixing with 2 tb of lite italian... and a small portion of the spinach caserole. I was hungry a little hungry and was going to hold off but I remembered that I dont mind eating early on days when I work out in the evenings becuase if I only have 1 meal before the gym, my calories end up super low and my energy in the gym is low as well because I have not ate enough to fuel my 2 hour workout.


Whenever I get hungry again I will have fruit and yogurt. Then 1 more small meal before hitting the gym if there is enough time.

After the gym.. there is not much time but for one more feeding because I dont want to eat too late.

The great thing about it is -- my calories stay in check and I'm not starving all day.. Yaay!

Ttyl!

DEDIKAYTED
12-08-2010, 08:53 AM
OH MY GOODNESS.

I killed it in the gym last night. I did:
60 minutes on the elliptical..
1o minutes treadmill (walking)
15 minutes treading (running my a** off!!!.. to my music)

I was going to do 30 more on the bike, but I realized that I used up all my energy running. I literally couldn’t even pedal on the bike!

I left there.. went over my mother’s to visit her and my sweetiepie nephew, and we ate broiled tilapia and greenbeans.
It was so yummy. Partly because I zapped everything I had in me and was in desperate need for nourishment… lol.. But anyway, I took spaghetti/tomato sauce nuked it and threw some powdered parmesan cheese in it and smeared it over my fish as well as my greens. It made the meal extra tasty.

I was so tired I just decided to spend the night. NOPE, no going to the kitchen over night! LOL! I was very content with my dinner though it was extremely light, plus her house is 2 stories so I wasn’t about to go downstairs in the middle of the night to get a snack! Haha.. So anyway, I am back on track.

I took out a couple pieces of flounder to throw under the boiler when I get home tonight. I think I was so impressed last night with our meal that I wanted to do the same tonight. It doesn’t make me as full as my beloved oatmeal, yet equally satisfied. I woke up this morning with the “I’m getting small” feeling so I am happier than a pig in poop!

Gym time will be when I get off work. Got my good ole spinach casserole, yogurt, oatmeal, fruit of course to eat off today.

Well, gotta go now. I will weigh in tomorrow because that will be my official pre-vacation weight. I am determined to stay as much on track as possible.

OH! I even decided that I need to go to the store and get some gluten free prepacked instant oatmeal to take with me. I’m going to whip that stuff right out on the plane as well. When the stewardess comes around for my drink order, I am going to order some hot water for tea, and dump it right in my bowl and have my oatmeal! It should be pretty easy as well to have hot water at the hotel, so I will be safe!!!!!

Oatmeal – check
Fruit – there should be plenty of fruit available.
Go raw flax bars – I will pick them up tomorrow.
I also plan to bring a few on-the-go bottles of merlot
Crystal light packets

If you can think of anything else to help me stay on plan, let me know…
I’m just that determined about my weightloss/health!
I am getting it done and over with this time… I will reach my goal (whatever that is).

Have a great day!

Rosinante
12-08-2010, 09:16 AM
Your workouts are absolutely amazing! I am very impressed!

DEDIKAYTED
12-08-2010, 11:18 AM
Awww! Thanks! Switching things up and going beyond my comfort zone has made the world of differnce these past 2 weeks!

Congrats on your loss as well! Now THAT's something to feel great about!

I sometimes have to remind myself of how far I've come. Though I am hard on myself, I have to realize that when I was tipping 200, I swore that I would be happy if I could see 150.. then I got to 150 and though I am proud of myself... I wanna see 130!!! LOL! When does it end? hahaha.

Thanks again for dropping by!

DEDIKAYTED
12-08-2010, 11:27 PM
Just wanted to document my exercise.

40 minutes elliptical
30 minutes bike
5 minutes treadmill

I was tired :(

Tomorrow morning's workout will be pushed to the limit! ;) Its my "last chance" workout before Puerto Rico! I plan to get it in as soon as I pop my eyes open in the morning...
Got a lot of errands to run,, but the workout must be done!

Oh. I ate the rest of the spinach casserole tonight. The flounder that I took out was toooooooooo fishy! I only like MILD fish! Its weird because I know I have order stuffed flounder before while at a restaurant and it wasnt fishy... but this stuff I have here ------YUCK!!

Tomorrows meals must be simple. I dont want to go buying anything to make. I have some gluten free veggie burgers so I can eat that.... as well as oatmeal, apple, plums.... So that'll be enough to get me thru tomorrow.

I do plan to go to the store to pick up the instant oatmeal and a couple of snacks for the trip.


THANK GOD FOR OATMEAL!!! ITS MY LIFESAVER!!

DEDIKAYTED
12-09-2010, 04:20 PM
Worked out this morning
1 hr treadmill
30 minutes bike
20 minutes elliptical
upper body strength training

...Feeling a little.. um... constipated... oh well.. there is nothing I can do it this point..haha. Can't take anything because my flight is first thing in the morning.

My pre-vacation weight - 148.

I will do my best to at least keep it there. I am one of those people who retain fluid when flying but by the time next Thursday comes, I'd better be still at 148!

I am feeling pretty good. Finishing up my last minute packing and about to run errands.

See ya soon!!

DEDIKAYTED
12-14-2010, 03:16 PM
Friday - got up bright and early that morning... At the airport I ate some of those granola bars I packed in my bag. This is not something that I would normally have. These are things that I chose to bring in the event that I have an option of having something really bad or just in the event of an emergency.

I did the oatmeal on the plane thing and it worked out great!!! Brought my sugar free instant oatmeal, threw it in some hot water and voila!!

Friday night I had shrimp fajitas

Dessert - chocolate cake
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Saturday - Wedding Day...

Wedding was at 1pm. It was really nice. I forgot my gluten free breakfast bars so I was out of luck. On the way back to the hotel, my friend pulled over at one of the meals on wheels places and got a Spanish version of a beef patty. You know that there was no way I was partaking in any of that. I always always always had my diet on my mind and not royally screwing it up. I just didnt want to come back home and be in the 150's!! :(

Got back to the hotel and made myself some oatmeal and had half of a brekfast bar to hold me over til dinner at the reception. That didnt happen until 6-630. I had salad, yuka, rice, chocolate covered marshmallows and wedding cake! I found out where the heck the cardio room was so I knew I was going to hit the gym first thing in the morning!
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Sunday

2 hour cardio session

Lunch - big ceassar salad with blueberry vinagrette dressing and shrimp

Late night - brownie and strawberry icecream
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Monday

90 minute cardio session

1 and half pack of sugar free oatmeal

salad at the airport with chicken breast and no dressing... so I was starving. Grabbed me a bag of granola mix and downed that... 480 calories for the bag.

That was all for the day; By the time we got home it was late.
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Tuesday
got up this morning and went to the gym... another 2 hr cardio session.
The earliest I wanted to weigh in was Thursday but I actually felt SMALL in the gym. I went ahead and bit the bullet and weighed..........


O=M-G!!! 147.0!!! I weighed in at 148 before I left. You cannot imagine how happy I am right now. I guess the exercise ishelping alot!!! Thank you Jesus! I just didnt want to go back to the dreaded 150's.... and I DIDNT!!

It is SO on right now!!! I am more pumped than ever to get to 145 (next minigoal)

As I type I am baking a caserole. Stocked back up on the things I had been eating so I am back and ready to get this thing done!

147.0.... wow!

DEDIKAYTED
12-14-2010, 03:19 PM
I want to add: this is the first time ever that I have loss after a vacation. I guess the name of the game is - if you want to have things that are off your normal plan, have them, but make sure you make up for those calories some place else...

Just like on the days that I had dessert, I wasnt feeding my face all day just because I was "on vacation and should do that" ...

Just jotting stuff down so I can remind myself of these things later.

DEDIKAYTED
12-14-2010, 09:49 PM
Tuesday, December 14th

Weight: 147

Exercise: 2 hrs in the am (cardio)

Came home, baked spinach caserole...while sipping on my good ole coffee!! I never want to give that up again! hahahaha!

My girlfriend wanted to tell me about everything I missed while I was in Puerto Rico, so I met her at the gym -- We talked for about 1 hour 15 minutes and then I left her there to finish the rest of her workout. So all in all.. I pumped out 3 hours and 15 minutes. That won't be a norm of course, but I didnt do anything to strenuous for the pm workout. Just an easy hour on the elliptical and 15 on the bike.

Came home and made some vegetarian chili. Extra spicy just like I like :)
So this means I have a couple of things to eat of of fora while. I think what I've cooked will last me til Xmas.

I ate a small bowl of my chili for dinner with some lowfat sourcream. I also ate half an apple. I'm full so that'll be all for tonight.

Cant wait to see 145 :)

DEDIKAYTED
12-15-2010, 09:31 AM
Wednesday, December 15th
Mortgage due! LOL

Its about 8:30, had a cup of coffee and now eating oatmeal. Workout will be around 4pm so on days like today, I start my meals a little earlier especially if I am hungry. On days when I work out in the morning, my first meal falls closer to noon ( I like it that way).

I brought some homemade veggie chilli and spinach caserole for my meals.

So today
oatmeal
low carb yogurt
spinach caserole
chili


EXERCISE
60 minutes treadmill
30 minutes elliptical

DINNER
oatmeal/cottage cheese
low carb yogurt

DEDIKAYTED
12-17-2010, 03:17 PM
Yesterday it snowed.. Only a couple of inches but we Marylanders don't know how to drive in snow so I didn't get to the gym yesterday.

Also realized that I will need to start readjusting my portion sizes at times. I had probably 3/4 cup oatmeal with my cottage cheese and felt uncomfortably full all day. I guess the gym would have helped if I could have went... but that was not the case. Later I had an apple, chili w/cheese for dinner.

That uncomfortably full feeling just reminded me that as I get smaller, my portion sizes will change. First of all I need to slow down when I am eating my food. And 2nd of all, I need to pay more attention to how my stomach is feeling *while I am eating and STOP when I can feel the food in there. I hate feeling stuffed!

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Today - Friday

1 hour of cardio this a.m

Coffee waiting for me when i got back home.

Just had brunch - 1:45 pm. It was soooo good. After stuffing myself with oatmeal yesterday, I dont want any today. Today I'd rather stick with lighter foods, which will probably mean less carbs. I still don't really eat meat except for seafood occasionally, so I stopped at Giant and bought 2 bags of individually wrapped/frozen tilapia.

Sprayed the pan and fish with cooking spray and sprinkled some Garlic & Herb Old Bay on them and threw them in the pan. I made sure that I let them cook very well on the first side so that they dont fall apart. It worked great. I steamed some shrimp as well. Also steamed was some green beans.. Not the frozen kind... these are found in the produce section, more like fresh green beans, but still packaged in a steamable bag. They are 2.99 a bag but dayyyyuuuummm they are worth it!

So anyway, I ate 2 piece of tilapia and greenbeans and I am very content. Yes, I feel the food in my stomach but not overly stuffed.

I cooked 4 pieces so I have 2 left for later if I choose to have that. So looks like today will be an unintentional low carb day.. :)

Last night I ate 2 pcs of rice flour w/ some chili and called it a night.
Oh yea - and a glass of white zinfadel.

Total exercise time was only 1 hour today

My next weigh in will probably be Sunday.

DEDIKAYTED
12-18-2010, 01:15 PM
I got up and went to the gym from 7:30 to 9:30.


Came home did my hair really nice and now sipping on coffee. Its about noon. I dont know what i want my first meal to be yet. I am not sure what I have a craving for. I will wait til my appetite kicks in.

Yes oh yes... Its the real deal - 146!! ;)

Only 6 ounces away from 145 -----yaaaaay!!!!!

Keeping it moving!!!! - Im so happy!!:carrot:

DEDIKAYTED
12-19-2010, 05:42 PM
Got up bright and early this Sunday morning - 530 am. Cleaned the kitchen from my black bean brownies last night and then went on to the gym at 7am.
1 hour elliptical
20 minutes treadmill
20 minutes bike
10 minutes cybex machine
10 minute elliptical
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120 minutes total


Came home and had black bean muffins for breakfast and then went to church.

Lunch - spicy shrimp over 2 slices rice bread
1/2 cup spinach caserole

Snack
6 oz blueberries w/ low carb yogurt.

Its about 430 now and my stomach is full from the blueberries. I plan to make tilapia and mashed cauliflower tonight... oh and some more spicy shrimp. If I get hungry I will have a little of that I guess. But anyway, I'll have that to eat off of this week as well as some more chili that I took out of the freezer today and some spinach caserole that I froze last week. So meals for this week will be taken care of :) !! Its very important for me to prepare my food ahead of time for the week because I really dont have time to cook. By the time I get home I am usually eady to EAT; definitely not cook!

I am going to try and take a nap now ;)

Oh yea --- still 146.6

DEDIKAYTED
12-19-2010, 10:30 PM
The plan for tomorrow is hit the gym at 5am.. so I guess I'd better pop my natural sleep pill right now! I will get in at least 90 minutes so I will have to up the intensity. I guess this means that i need to hit the treadmill first and do some sprinting and jogging!

I will be sure to pay attention to my portion sizes this week. I dont think they are bad at all, but like I was telling myself ---If I am getting smaller, my stomach is getting smaller as well. I simply do not need the same amount of food that I did 5+ pounds ago. I am not big on the eat 5 or 6 times a day. Whatever. Right now, I just eat when i am hungry and try to make sure I dont eat close to bed time. That seems to be really working.

Now that I have had a few days without oatmeal (because of being absolutely stuffed th other day) I think I will be able to eat it tomorrow... Other eats for this week include: tilapia, green beans, spinach, chilli, shrimp, oatmeal, yogurt, apples, peaches -- Yes, everything is ready for consumption!

DEDIKAYTED
12-20-2010, 01:39 PM
MONDAY MORNING --

Ok. Hard time sleeping last night. NO gym this morning. I will workout this evening. When I go to work early, that always changes my eating schedule around.. but anyway..

around 9 - 1/2 cup oatmeal and 1/2 cup cottage cheese

12:30
tilapia
parmesan herb mashed cauliflower ( I am still impressed with myself on this one) I never need mashed potatoes again! Wow!

Who knows what time I will leav work. Right now it looks like 5pm, so that will mean that my workout will be from 6-8.. :( That doesn't leave a lot of time between the workout and bed time so I am not sure what I will choose to eat post workout. The bulk of my calories will need to be in before workout time.

I guess the best thing will probably be tilapia and maybe some greenbeans. That way my tummy wont be carb heavy before bed. Hopefully I will have a taste for that when I get out of the gym. I have 2 pieces in my lunch bag here and I have some steamable greenbeans in the fridge at home. I love a plan! We'll see if it all works out.

Let's see.. what else? Umm. I guess there will be 1 more meal before I hit the gym at 6. I am not sure yet what it will be. What do I have left in my bag:

small container of spinach caserole
small container of lowfat black bean soup
apple & yogurt
...and of course there is always oatmeal around.

So I will choose something from this list before working out. :)

I will update more later.

C'mon 145 this week!

DEDIKAYTED
12-20-2010, 01:40 PM
OH!!! and I HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO do something about the insomnia. Its really irritating. I do have a lot on my mind, so I guess that last night it may have just been that. I pray that tonight I will have restful sleep. Amen!

joyfulloser
12-20-2010, 01:43 PM
OH!!! and I HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO do something about the insomnia. Its really irritating. I do have a lot on my mind, so I guess that last night it may have just been that. I pray that tonight I will have restful sleep. Amen!

I used to suffer with terible insomnia. Melatonin..3 mgs/1/2 hour before you want to sleep. It's natural, it really works...and no side effects. Google it.:cool:

BTW, love your enthusiasm...keep up the good work!:carrot:

DEDIKAYTED
12-20-2010, 10:20 PM
I used to suffer with terible insomnia. Melatonin..3 mgs/1/2 hour before you want to sleep. It's natural, it really works...and no side effects. Google it.:cool:

BTW, love your enthusiasm...keep up the good work!:carrot:

Joyful,

You are so right! The Melatonin works... well it depends on the brand though. I do take pills called Sleep n Restore. It has 3mg of melatonin, vitamin e, and glutamine. I had ran out of them and just re-up'd a few days ago. The only time they dont work is when I take them and then dont lay my behind down! I guess your body will fight if it it has to. The thing I love about the Sleep n Restore is that you dont wake up groggy at all. Even if you only got 5 or 6 hours of sleep! :) I will let you know how it goes tonight. I actually took 1 and a piece of another one. I swear, I just want to sleep well. I feel bad for my body when I push it in the gym and then dont sleep well for recovery.

Thank you so much for your compliment! I try to stay as positive as possible. I feel a lot better this time around. I just want to keep doing what I am doing. I have learned alot from issues that I had before with my hip, knee, and back problems.

OH!!! I swear, I think another thing that keeps me up too is the fact that I havent been allowing myself to eat too close to bed time. I actually didnt get home until late tonight so my last meal will end up being closer than I want to bed time, and I am totally ok with it because I kknow my body needs to rest. I felt very tired at work today. I was going to push through anyway and still get a work out in but I officially called it a rest day when my friend told me that he could fix my ipod for me. My poor lil ipod konked out the other day and I have no idea why. 2000 songs and tons of tv shows.. gone. Its the weirdest thing. Anyway, I can workout without it because I can look at tv shows in the gym, but WHAT I DO NEED IT FOR IS ---RUNNING! I dont want to use the word "CAN'T", but I can't run for a long time without listening to music. Sprint - yes, run for long duration - no. Its just too boring and I just find it challenging to keep my mind focused.

Sorry, I am all over the place. I really should have started a new post for my recap of the day I guess.. :dizzy:

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Anyway meals for the day ( more meals on my recovery day.. "refeed")

9am - 1/2 cup oats w/ 1/2 cup cottage cheese
1230 - 6 oz tilapia with parm herb mashed cauliflower
330 - nasty flax gluten free "****" chips w/spinach caserole
715pm - 6 oz tilapia with parm herb mashed cauliflower
815 - 1 peach & 1 low carb yogurt

There you have it!! I told you guys I end up with more calories when I start my breakfast early morning. lol. But that's ok. Its all good. I think I may have been a little hungrier too because of not getting enough rest. Your body needs to recharge somehow -- -and since I haven't got enuf sleep, it wanted the next best thing. I just thank God that I didnt take a 2nd look at any of the holiday cakes, cookies, pies that they had out on the table. I have to say - my will power is off the charts!

I froze the rest of the smashed cauliflower. I like to save things and not let them go to waste if I can help it. I didnt want to eat more of it tomorrow since tomorrow's calories would be a little less/ meals probably wont be as frequent either. I have no more fish. So back to my normal meals---spinach caserole, oatmeal... OH --and I have more of the left over chili in there. I can't believe I allowed myself to run out of yogurt but somehow I did, so I will have to go and get some more of that soon. I like it better when I am sticking more to the basic meals that I dont mind having everyday (for now) that way its much easier to keep track of exactly how much I am getting (as far as calories are concerned).

I guess I have talked enough for now.. Hopefully the Sleep N Restore will kick in soon.



P.S. Thanks again Joy for stopping thru.

Sorry I am so random but its late. ;)

DEDIKAYTED
12-21-2010, 09:03 AM
Soo.. yes, I did sleep pretty good last night. Fell asleep AS SOON as I got off the internet which makes me sure that the not eating close to bed time has an effect on my sleeping. If I eat something – I can fall asleep.

No, this doesn’t mean that I am going to start having a snack. No! My body will have to learn to adjust. Yes, I may make sure my meals are not too far from bed time whereas I am hungry, but I definitely am not going back to having a small snack around bed time. This is one of the changes that has made a big effect on my weightloss. There is no turning back now!!

On to today.

DEDIKAYTED
12-21-2010, 12:55 PM
Today.

Coffee

11am
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup cottage cheese
*just the right amount

8 gluten free flax chips

215pm -
1 packet of 100 calorie sugar free oatmeal
1/2 cup cottage cheese
apple


4:45 - GYM
75 minutes of cardio

630 -
spinach caserole. 2 good servings.

-- I wanted to get in 2 hours of cardio but I was too tired. I guess I had burned all my calories up! I may do some dancing in here tonight as I clean ;)

joyfulloser
12-21-2010, 06:41 PM
Glad you finally got a good night's sleep!;) It's soooo important to our progress (more important than I knew).

I don't think you need to spend alot of money though. I use the walmart brand (I think Spring Valley or something like that). I take 2-3mg about 1/2 hour before I lay down. I used to have terrible insomnia and wouldn't fall asleep sometimes until 4am!:o I started taking 1 pill and then upped it to 2. You can take up to 10 mgs safely, so if 3mg is not working, try upping it to 6 mgs!!!

Seems your on point/track with your workout and diet. Hope to catch up soon! haha!

DEDIKAYTED
12-21-2010, 08:00 PM
Joy,

I am glad you told me I could up it to 6mg! I kept meaning to look up the maximum dosage on that. Sometimes I was already taking 1.5 pills anyway!! haha.

I'm not even going to tell you how many times I get up at night to go pee... That's a whole other story but I will say that I definitely get up a lot less if I get into a DEEP enough sleep! So now I am attempting to treat myself like a little kid and cut my drinks off by 730 or so. Sheesh!!!!... What a woman has to go through! :)

Loving Life!

DEDIKAYTED
12-22-2010, 11:55 AM
Wednesday

Got up this morning with a slight headache. I went to the gym and got 50 minute of cardio in. I wanted to do more but the headache was not letting up. I figured I would go home get something to eat and take some excedrin.

On the way home I had a taste for tuna sandwich on toast. One thing that I love about what I am doing now (as far as my food is conerned) is to eat what I WANT. And since I had a crazy taste for tuna --- TUNA IT IS!! :)

I stopped at the store to get some gluten free bread. I also found some gluten free wraps as well. Picked up some more yogurt, cottage cheese, black beans, fat free cheese light sourcream, and spray butter. These seem to be my staples these days.

Anyway, I was going to have tuna sandwich and some of my left over veggie chilli on the side, but instead I just had the tuna sandwiches :)

2 pcs + the 1 hunch back piece of bread.. lol. toasted.
Tuna and 2 pcs of fat free cheese

I took just 2 cans of light tuna and mixed in cut up celery and onion (lot) and fat free mozarella. I ony used 2 tablespoons of light mayo for the entire bowl of tuna, so I was happy about that. Keeps the calories down :)

So let's see...
70 per slice of bread x 3 = 210 (the end pc of bread was a lot smaller but I'm still counting 70 calories anyway)

100 cals for the tuna (probably less)

35 for the mayo

35 x 2 = 70 for the cheese
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415... I like rounding, so I will go with 450

The bread really hiked things up... Im cool with it though because I ate what I had a craving for and I'm ok with that. :) But, thats also why I don't eat bread much... I know they have bread that is way less calories available these days, but unfortunately its not gluten free so... oh well.

OH! But the wraps that I bought are like 140 or so calories and they are large so that will be great for when I want a wrap!

Well my official weigh ins have been on the weekends but I do periodically check on my weight during the week -- still holding at 146.6. Trying my best to see 145 for Christmas ;)

Went back to the gym and bust out 40 minutes on the elliptical.

I had packed a pack of low carb yogurts, 2 peaches and the left over veggie bean chili to my moms.

I got there and dropped the darn chilli right n the kitchen floor. GRRRR..

Then my baby nephew was over there asking for my yogurt!!! lol. I got about 4.5 ounces out of the 16 ounces. So of course I was hungry.

My mom had some gluten free brown rice cereal so I had that but I wasn't happy about it. Cold cereal is not one of the things on my "approved weight loss" list. There are certain things that I dont like to have because the just add your calories up but dont put your hunger to sleep... Cold cereal is one of them. I love cereal but NO. Granola is another one.. I love, love, love granola, but 120 calories for 1/4 cup.... uh no.. I had bought of these things because I was spending the night and the only other thing she had was a fried fish platter she had bought.. So no way on that!!!

So -- the best thing is to always always alway pack your food... and maybe a little extra.

DEDIKAYTED
12-23-2010, 12:11 PM
Thursday -

Baked a LOAD of spinach caserole this morning. I was geting down to the last small container out of the freezer so I wanted to re-up. I love having my food already prepared and not having to worry about cooking up something when I'm hungry. When I'm hungry, no one wants to come in the way of me and my nourishment! hahaha.

So anyway, I think I probably made enough for at least 2.5 to 3 weeks. Awesome. I usually dont have it more than once a day so yea.. I think the gigantic portion will last me for a little while. I have it all cooling and packed away in tupperware containers so I can freeze most of it.

No workout this morning. Added my extra fiber last night with my meals so I can GO this morning. My workout will be this afternoon around 230 or 3pm. Hopefully for an 2 hour session.

I already ate some spinach caserole this morning around 930. I probably wont be eating again before the gym... If so, I'll update.

DEDIKAYTED
12-23-2010, 03:10 PM
GYM

I am about to get dressed for the gym and its funny because I remembered that I have been meaning to write about something... lol

The gym. Now, I know this is what I MUST do to get where I want to be, but please don't think that I am different than anyone else. The last few times that I have been on the machines at the gym, I curse the machines out in my head.. hahahaha. Oh yes, sometimes, I just dont want to be there. A LOT of times. Don't get me wrong, I always try to be highly energetic and motivating for others, but darn it, yes sometimes I wish that I was one of those people who could just lose the weight with minimal exercise and eating right.. But oh well. I am who I am. I need exercise and I WILL DO IT. Funny thing is -- I have 1.3 days to go Christmas shopping and most people at this point would go ahead and take a little break to get things done..but me ?? I will get the exercise done first, and then I'll run around town getting the gifts. The exercise is a priority - like brushing my teeth, bathing, eating. It just has to be done.

The time that I enjoy exercise the most??? -- When I'm leaving the gym! Its the best feeling :)

Alright.. well let me go and get dressed now. But I had to post this quickly but its funny as I pump those hours out in the gym, I think about my journal here at 3FC and just want to scream my head off and say - CAN SOMEONE FINISH THIS LAST FREAKIN 40 minutes FOR ME?

OK. I'm calm now.

Let's get 'er done!
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Final Update:

Around 1 ate a gluten free wrap with the left over tuna and fat free cheese.

Gym - 1 hour elliptical & 1 hour treadmill

went shopping afterward until I got hungry. I came home and ate 3/4 cup oatmeal and cottage cheese for din din


So total eats for today.

Spinach Caserole this morning
Large Tuna wrap
Oatmeal & cottage cheese

DEDIKAYTED
12-24-2010, 12:05 AM
Plan to get up tomorrow morning and get the last minute shopping done... Then meet my friend at the gym around 9. I would call it the last chance workout before Christmas, but if its up to me... uh... I will workout Christmas morning. My gym is 24/7 and I have access to get in even tho there will be no staff there..

Now, its about 11pm and I need to finish cleaning so I guess I will do that now! ;)

DEDIKAYTED
12-24-2010, 03:08 PM
FRIDAY - DEC 24th

Got up this morning and pumped out 60 minutes of cardio. I wanted to do more but a back spasm that I had from last night was still there. So elliptical, stretching, and done!

Shopping and more shopping. Back home by 12:00, then had my first meal ( I did have my coffee this morning though).



Meal 1 - coffee w/diet hot chocolate (my version of a mocha)

Meal 2 - oatmeal - 3/4 cup and approx 3/4 cup cottage cheese
**glass of blueberry wine with mom and sister

Meal 3 - spicy shrimp & 1 pc gluten free toast

Thats all for today. Just finished wrapping gifts and guess what ??? I'M SLEEPY!!! :D ME! On my own! I'm freaking sleepy... no melatonin pills either. Wow!




Merry Christmas

DEDIKAYTED
12-26-2010, 12:32 PM
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I WAS 2 OUNCES AWAY FROM MY CHRISTMAS GOAL OF 145.X. My scale flickered but the final weigh in was 146. I was ok with that.

Ok - Christmas recap.. Bust out my cardio in the gym yesterday morning. I was happy to be in there by myself. :) Had some bean "muffin" for breakfast and then "throw down" at my moms. Ate whatever I wanted. It was fine but still stomach so stuffed last night it could have burst. ---Yea -- calling the colon cleansers! hahahaha!

Anyway, trying to detox myself today. Getting the water in and retraining my taste buds to let go of the "rich" food taste. I'm craving it this mornng! Umm..mac and cheese... ?? Lord.

My man has 2 plates stashed in the fridge but I am REBUKING those damn things. I hear them calling my name. Stuffing and mac and cheese. Waah!

Anyway.. one day of splurging is ok --- more than 1? --NOT. Sorry. Its not worth undoing all my hard work this month. I enjoyed that pumpkin loaf las night & ice cream.. but no more. Sorry.

Back to my oatmeal, veggies, yogurt, and the usual. I wont weight for a while.. well at least until I feel "normal" meaning I have cleaned out my digestive system of all the garbage and I feel light again. :)

I was going to call today and official rest day but my man is supposed to be taking me to a running store today to get some new running shoes, so I may be itching to go workout by this evening. If so, I am totally OK with that :) I wouldn't mind busting out 60-90 minutes to just help the detox process along.

We'll see.

So far today I have had coffee w/diet hot chocolate and that's about it. Meals - I plan to keep them as light (calorie wise as possible...) this is what you must do after going buck wild with eating!!! haha! ....and the biggest thing -- DONT FALL PREY TO YOUR TASTE BUDS CRAVING MORE JUNK! ...HAHA. LIKE MINE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW!!

DEDIKAYTED
12-26-2010, 12:52 PM
Ok. I just wanted to say that I am so glad that I wrote out that I was going to be right back on track... For some reason it made me feel alot better..like empowered that yesterday was ok - but its time to move on. I stopped obsessing about those plates in the fridge and immediately starting planning what I may eat today...



So.. moving on. In order to return to "normal" the fastest. I need to:

1) not eat many carbs/sugar today.
2) eat veggies
3) protein
4) drink plenty of water
5) keep sweet-tasting stuff to a minimum. (even if its artificial sweetner)

So----------- What do I have to eat? Well..... I have some tilapia and shrimp that I made the other day left over in the fridge. I wouldn't mind having that with steamed veggies or with a salad.

The name of the game is -- Get yourself re-grounded ASAP!
Have a plan!
Stick to it!

I know your house may have left overs.. and those cakes and cookies sceam so loud.... BUT its simply not worth it! You have to keep telling yourself this. I am definitely not going to intentionally create more hours tht I need to workout in the gym to get any holiday weight off.. No freakin way.

So -- allow a few days for your body to return to normal.
Sip that water all day long.
Definitely cut your food intake off early....Meaning - GO TO SLEEP A LITTLE HUNGRY. Not starving, but yes - a little hungry is ok.

This is how I will re-invoke the "weightloss mode" ......

TOUGH LOVE FOR MYSELF..

BUT WHEN I WENT OFF PLAN, I SIGNED THE CONTRACT THAT I WOULD DO WHAT I HAD TO DO TO GET RIGHT BACK ON....

DOING WHATEVER I HAVE TO DO!

ITS ON! STAY TUNED ;)

DEDIKAYTED
12-28-2010, 08:28 AM
The holiday is officially over.

100% back on plan and ready to roll! The rest of the holiday food should be officially out today! Hahaha. The green bean casserole was sure good. So was the apple sauce cake and butter pecan icecream.. But enough of that.

Who knows when the next splurge will come.. But I can definitely say it will probably be no time soon. New Years is usually not a big deal as far as meals are concerned so I am not worried about anymore cheat days.

Bought my gym clothes today for a really good cardio session this evening. I do plan to continue to keep my cardio high until the New Year and then I will decide what’s going to happen next. I do want to incorporate some circuit training into my program to switch things up a bit. So this will mean cardio mixed with low to moderate weight/high reps. I wanted to keep the cardio high at least until I either couldn’t take it anymore or until I at least was under 145.. Definitely til I am under 145. Like I said before, I will weigh again whenever I get the “small” feeling, but definitely not until I can feel my fat furnace burning strong. ;) May be this weekend, but we’ll see.

I made some more chili yesterday. I am trying to come up with some more things for me to eat during this weightloss journey. Things that I WANT to eat that keep me full but not full of calories.. Although I love my spinach casserole, I know that I will need a break from that soon, so I have to think of something quickly. For now, its chili until I come up with something else.

Oatmeal, fruit, and yogurt will always stay in my menu. I will probably just need to devise a new casserole for me to eat. Most definitely I will figure out something! :)

I will update as I go later.

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A.M – coffee w/ diet hot chocolate.

9:45 -
1/2 cup oatmeal w/ 1/2 cup cottage cheese
small peach

2:00 - salad w baked onion and champagne pear vinagrette *
small cup veggie chili

**Gym - 90 minutes cardio**

After the gym I went to get my nails and feet done.. Headache! I was starving by the time they got done. I had a low carb yogurt and a small peach in the car so I inhaled that on the way home. My head was hurting sooo bad by then. I came in, made 2 veggie-fake chicken patty thingies (by Quorn)...had 2 sammiches for dinner. Took some ibuprofen. They really need to make gluten free bread that is a little less in calories. 2 slices is 160 calories... Sheesh.. There is bread out here that is 35-45 calories a slice! But oh well. I try to keep my gluten to a minimum so it is what it is.


Hopefully I will wake up with no headache! If so, I think I will go to the gym in the morning to get it out of the way for a change. I am kind of sick of the evening thing.

DEDIKAYTED
12-29-2010, 11:35 AM
I gotta see 145 soon. Now granted, I know I am dealing with the holiday splurge, so for me that’s probably at least 3 pounds.. So at my last weigh in I was 146… so let’s go with 148 now.. I need, need, need to see 145 really soon.

I got up this morning and went to the gym and worked out from 6-8. I’m not going to lie, I really have to push when I get to 50 minutes on one machine unless I am watching Law and Order or something.. That helps with the boredom somewhat. I really want to get under 145 soon. I was hoping I would see it before the New Year, but definitely would love to see it by Sunday.. What’s a girl to do? 2.5 pounds or so. My clothes are still fitting but I can still feel a little bloat on me, so I need to keep up the hard work and really push before I change up my program.

I was trying to get some more ideas of things that I could cook to keep me happy with my foods. I like the casserole thing because I can make huge amounts at one time, freeze, and then take it out/thaw as I go. It save me a lot of kitchen / cooking time and I love that.

So anyway – I was thinking last night, and what I’m going to do is – still use my spinach casserole, but I am going to use that as a base for stuffing tomatoes or bell peppers. I will throw some diced tomato / fat free cheese in the peppers and layer with my casserole and then bake. That will spruce my casserole up some and provide a change.

As you can probably see I am totally becoming somewhat of a vegetarian..and I am ok with that. I just have been eating what tastes good to me and it just so happens that I could care less if I eat meat. If I want some – so be it. I am not against eating animals or anything.. I just want to eat what I crave.. and for the most part – its not meat. I just try to make sure that I get my protein in (which I do with the cottage cheese especially) and I’m good. If I ever get the urge that I want to eat some meat – I am ok with that too.

Oh… I forgot to mention, I did have a tomato in the fridge so when I got home from the gym.. I gutted the tomato, threw in the spinach casserole with diced tomato/onion and fat free cheese.. Put under the broiler for a few minutes and then threw SPEED BAKE at 400 degrees on until I got dressed and was ready to go out the door. Stuffed tomato – done. I have some Light Sour cream at work – so I’m set for lunch. I also packed some fixings for a salad, along with my Champagne Pear Vinaigrette dressing (YUM! 45 calories for 2 tbsp)… So I’m good to go….

So back to my goal of seeing 145 soon.
1) Keep up the gym time.
2) No night time eating. A slight sense of hunger is what I am looking for.
3) Shake things up at the gym by maybe doing fasted cardio in the a.m (like this morning)
4) No more cheats/treats (that’s a given)
5) Stay satisfied but not stuffed with my food
6) Continue to track my calories in my head.
7) Keep the calories low.. in check.
8) Keep the fluid intake up.
9) Wine – occasionally. (I swear I think this helps with my fluid retention also)
10) Keep your eye on the prize, and NEVER stop pushing. 1 bite does hurt sometimes.

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So tracking things for today…

2 hours cardio (burned around 1000 cals)

Coffee w/sf creamer

Stuffed tomato.. 250 (I try to overestimate the cals. This was just hollow tomato with spinach/lil beans/fat free cheese)

chili w/ lite sour cream - 250

yogurt & 2 small peaches 170

Dinner (lil this, lil that) lol
1.5 wrap -195 calories
soy chix patty - 150
.25 cup oatmeal - 85
cottage cheese - 90
sour cream - 50
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So dinner was a little under 500 calories

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That will be all for today. Gym in the morning :)
Let's keep it going!

OH!!! These rice flour tortillas are 130 cals and 2.5 grams of fat.. They crisp up so well in the pan, I can break em up like little fake doritos and scooop with a fresha salsa. Can you say low fat low cal chips? yaay!

I have been trying my best to be creative with the foods that I allow myself. I am always trying to think outside the box. That little chip treat is a great change.

ok. Well that will be all for now. No more eating tonight. Its 8:30 so if the munchies come along... oh well. Sleep it off. Gym will be from 7 - 9am.

DEDIKAYTED
12-30-2010, 06:06 PM
Feeling kind of blue today. But I'm trying to snap the heck out of it immediately... TRYING


Gym this a.m -
1 hour elliptical
30 minutes treadmill
30 minutes bike

Feeling kind of bloated. I cant tell if its from the gluten or pms. I hope its not pms!!!! Anyway...

Logging my meals for the day now.


1.5 wraps w/ fresh salsa (cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, onion) - 190
2 tb lite sour cream - 40 cals

6 oz yogurt - 90
apple -80

2 small peaches

2 packs of sugar free oatmeal - 200
1/2 cup cottage cheese - 90

spinach caserole - 400 (guess)

That should be all for the day. I will update if anything changes

DEDIKAYTED
12-30-2010, 06:15 PM
Concentrating on getting the bloat down. Maybe tomorrow I will change things up and have fish. OH.. and also making sure everything is gluten free. Of course this week is detox from having gluten last weekend as well.


Tilapia and mashed cauliflower .... yea!!!!.. Maybe I can have a "lower" carb day :)

I need to sleep in as well!

joyfulloser
12-30-2010, 06:25 PM
Hey there Dedikated!:D

I've got a great low fat/cal recipe for spicy garlic shrimp over w/brown rice w/steamed brocolli...YUM! Let me know if you want it?;) I've ordered some new cookbooks and have been a cooking fool over here!:p

DEDIKAYTED
12-30-2010, 10:04 PM
OH HECK YEA..

... let me go find Joy!!!

DEDIKAYTED
12-31-2010, 11:32 AM
Cooked up 2 pieces of tilapia this morning along with a 100 calorie steamable bag of cauliflower

So breakfast calories - 400 total

We are supposed to hanging out tonight. Will probably be going to dinner.. :( Sad face because I just dont want to go off plan. Its sad to feel like that but I just want to get where I am going and be done with it. Sheesh!

I am going to look up the place where we are going. I already thought about what I'd eat wherever we went and I have already decided on:

Green salad with grilled shrimp. aka Ceasar salad w/shrimp.Hold the dressing.

I will bring my own Champagne Pear Vinagrette dressing with me. That's the safest think that I feel comfortable with right now when eating out other than fish or just a veggie salad. So I need to really save my calories ...well not starve all day but just eat very low calorie things until tonight.

No workout this morning. Woke up starving since my last meal was around 4-5pm yesterday.

My man brought new Reebok Zigs over so I guess that gives me a good reason to go to the gym and do a little running today :)

joyfulloser
12-31-2010, 11:49 AM
We are supposed to hanging out tonight. Will probably be going to dinner.. Sad face because I just dont want to go off plan. Its sad to feel like that but I just want to get where I am going and be done with it. Sheesh!

Totally UNDERSTAND this feeling!:p How I deal with it is that I decide that I will focus more on the "friend/company" factor than the food. I'll choose low cal foods like salad with a little meat and pick at that so as to not STAND OUT by eating nothing...haha! While my friends are going back for seconds and possibly thirds...I'm still nibbling on my salad! Have fun!!!:D

DEDIKAYTED
12-31-2010, 12:05 PM
Totally UNDERSTAND this feeling!:p How I deal with it is that I decide that I will focus more on the "friend/company" factor than the food. I'll choose low cal foods like salad with a little meat and pick at that so as to not STAND OUT by eating nothing...haha! While my friends are going back for seconds and possibly thirds...I'm still nibbling on my salad! Have fun!!!:D

Yes! That why I love places that give you a nice huge salad!!!! Just bring on the lettuce!! I don't mind at all :) I tend to try to throw on some shrimp just for the protein but it works for me! My salad dressing is only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons and I have absolutely no problem carrying my own dressing in my purse..

With my lower carb count today... I will hopefully push towards my 145b soon! At this point, no food is worth setting me back. I enjoyed Christmas but that was more than enough going off-plan for me. I know my man likes to take me out and I do miss that but let me tell you - it has been MUCH easier for me since we cut down a bit on going out. Even with choosing healthier meals, its still hard sometimes especially if you are hungry as heck and someone is in front of your chomping on stuffed mushrooms, fried calamaria, bread/butter, desserts, etc. LOL!

I'm ok with it.. It just strengthens my willpower but sheesh

DEDIKAYTED
12-31-2010, 12:12 PM
My gosh. My brain is always churning, churning, churning about ways to get through the 140's. I am going to go re-read some of my journal now because my mind is kind of spinning and I am getting anxiety. I haven't felt this way ina while but I think my phantom period is kind of messing with my bloat at this point. I remember the last time I felt "fat" like this is when I first started doing 2 hours cardio a day. I remember going to the gym and not feeling like working out at all, but my friend met me there and I told her I was feeling heavy and we pumped out 2 hours that day. I remember it was the weirdest thing because when I left, the HEAVY feeling was gone.. and it made me hella happy that I went ahead and worked out. So right then, I knew that when I feel this way, I shouldn't get discouraged. If I workout and work through it, the bloated, yucky feeling will more than likely go away.

I am going to go through my journal now to just get some motivation.

My hunger is somewhat elevated so that's another reason I feel like my hormones or doing their thing right now. I need all the low calorie food sand sugar free gum I can get.. haha..

DEDIKAYTED
01-01-2011, 03:57 PM
MY NEW FAVORITE THING:

Rice wrap toasted and salsa. i am officially in love

Today -
2 wraps - 260
sour cream 60
shredded lettuce, tomato, onion

So brunch today was about 350 cals and soooo filling. I will have to wait to see if my body tolerates these in weightloss mode, but I sure hope so because this is what I've been craving and its a nice change from spinach caserole!

gym- 60 minutes cardio(12 - 1pm)

Hopefuuly today will be a nice, low cal day :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-01-2011, 04:55 PM
So its New Year and I want to challenge myself to get out of the 140's. Got to light a fire under my behind. I will have to start some weekly challenges for myself once I weigh myself again... Hmmm.. When will that be?? Probably sometime this week coming up. I would like to wait until I get into my regular gym routine... (not just an hour) and get a little further away from my normal "period" time (which usually falls around the 30th)... My bloated feeling is going down somewhat but its still there. Blah. So, if I can wait until next Saturday / Sunday to weigh in - I'd be happy with that but we'll see if I can really wait that long. I want to really up the ante this week and do what I gotta do because I still never got to see the real 145 on the scale yet and I SOOOO want to see it!!!

DEDIKAYTED
01-01-2011, 04:57 PM
I would really like to concoct something to just do a few days to really shake things up (but not extreme) ... Just something to eat that helps with water retention. I will be thinking today because seeing under the 145 mark is my plan for the month of January.

Ok! Let me go drink some water now :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-02-2011, 11:35 AM
Still thinking of changes of things that I will do to push myself under the 145. Hmmmmmm... I will probably have to keep things simple for a week or so. Keeping things simple always seem to workout a lot better. The more variety you give yourself, the more complicated things sometimes get. Like last night since my cals were low anyway I decided to finally open my air popper that I bought 2 years ago and have some air popped popcorn. I know its low calorie but for some reason I felt like I was going to bloat up. I dont know. Was it the seasoning (sodium)? Or did I just feel guilty for eating popcorn? I dont know. Regardless, I will just leave it out for now....at least while I am really trying to kick things up.

It about 1030 am and I'm sipping on my coffee. Just finished making my man a sausage egg and cheese omelet.. whatever.

I was thinking last night -

He asked me if I wanted to get food from TGIFridays (a salad or anything) and I said no I will just go make some oatmeal.. but in the back of my mind I was thinking..., You know what? I feel like everytime I give up having something that I really want (food from out) I belive I should wake up rewarded with a 2-3 pound loss.. LOL. I know its silly but really. I mean, dammmmmmmmm! I give up all sorts of foods, snacks, etc and eat my freaking oatmeal, lowcarb yogurt, etc. Give me a my prize, darnit!

Haha! I guess the prize is the fact that I dont wake up with a GAIN in the morning!! LOL. Ok. enought of that. It just gets on my nerves sometimes.. that's all. :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-02-2011, 12:44 PM
Sunday's Eats:

Coffee -

1130 -

2 rice wraps w/fresh salsa and lowfat sourcream.
*I think I love this a little too much. The wraps aren't high in sodium and I use fresh salsa, but it still feels like I am cheeating or something.. LOL!
I tend to stop eating things if I start loving them tooooo much. I dont know why.. but I just do. I think I may have 2 or 3 wraps left, so after those are gone, I will probably not buy anymore for a while. I dont know. I'm silly like that.

So brunch - 400 calories.

I want to definitely work out today. Sometime later, so I'll burn a good 600-700 calories.

Dinner - Not sure yet. I'll update that later

DEDIKAYTED
01-03-2011, 09:55 AM
Dinner did not go well last night. My mother and I were cleaning out her cabinets so that she could start her calorie counting last night and somehow some off plan items jumped right into my mouth... and before I knew it, they landed it my stomach. :(

Moving on.

***I plan to be EASY on the digest system today***
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Today

coffee - 30
Go Raw Flax Bar - 120 cals
8 oz low carb yogurt - 90 cals
2 plums - 60
==========================
300 calories by 9am.

joyfulloser
01-03-2011, 10:19 AM
Hey Dedikated!:D

Have you ever tried "allowing" yourself a "cheat meal" once in a while? You seem so driven (which is great) and your calories are so low, I was just wondering? If not, maybe you should go out to your favorite breakfast spot once in a while...it may jar things up and break your plateau. Just a suggestion.

BTW, I "allow" myself one cheat meal (prot/carb/fat), not license to snack all night...lol) once per week. I actually take that "cheat meal" about once every two weeks. But it's nice to know it's there if I need/want it;) What I notice is that it always breaks a plateau or revs my metabolism when weight loss is slow. This week was supposed to be my week, but the holidays messed me up (with everything being closed and all). I LOVE Jamaican food, so that is my designated CHEAT MEAL since the beginning for me (Sept 2010). It's the only food that I actually CRAVE every now and again. Knowing that I can have it regularly is also good for psyche.

Just something to consider.:)

DEDIKAYTED
01-03-2011, 02:23 PM
Hey Dedikated!:D

Have you ever tried "allowing" yourself a "cheat meal" once in a while? You seem so driven (which is great) and your calories are so low, I was just wondering? If not, maybe you should go out to your favorite breakfast spot once in a while...it may jar things up and break your plateau. Just a suggestion.

BTW, I "allow" myself one cheat meal (prot/carb/fat), not license to snack all night...lol) once per week. I actually take that "cheat meal" about once every two weeks. But it's nice to know it's there if I need/want it;) What I notice is that it always breaks a plateau or revs my metabolism when weight loss is slow. This week was supposed to be my week, but the holidays messed me up (with everything being closed and all). I LOVE Jamaican food, so that is my designated CHEAT MEAL since the beginning for me (Sept 2010). It's the only food that I actually CRAVE every now and again. Knowing that I can have it regularly is also good for psyche.

Just something to consider.:)


Funny that you mention that! I was thinking of the same thing.. I think that I get so strict on myself that when I do eat one little thing that's off plan, I just get so excited that before I know it, I have a mini-binge because who knows when the next time I will allow myself something.

Last night for instance, after I ate a few things, I was thinking to myself -- I would have been better off just going to one of my favorite restaurants and just have a nice meal which I would enjoy more than just eating things that are "off plan" but not really even satisfying to me. For instance, if I eat a few sweet potato chips and more than a serving of sugar free icecream, and then say...too many ritz crackers ...yea I will feel guilty.. And to me... these are things that I really dont even want.. Like wasted calories. If I am going to waste calories, let it be on something that I actually want. When I visited my mother last night and realized she wasn't making any dinner and I realized my calories were kind of low for the day.. I should have went with my first instinct which was I wanted to go to Ruby Tuesday and get a salad and tilapia. That would have been much better, I would not have been deprived.. Yea. I may have went over my calories still for yesterday BUT the food would not have been junk and I would not be feeling sluggish. Not to mention, I would only have to deal with a little guilt of not being perfect with my plan.. Rather than feeling guilty that I ate junk food. Junk food is really not that important to me. Heck.. I'd rather have a crabcake dinner or something of that sort.

So, I am thinking of what I will do. I already know that I am probably a little to strict to allow myself a cheat meal every week, but maybe I will do my cheat meal like I do my excercise. As you may notice, I do not declare certain days of the week "rest" days. I just exercise until my body actually calls a rest day. I just figure - I have a sedentary job so if I have the energy - just go ahead and get exercise in. When I am tired, then I just call it a day of rest... So I dont want to be looking forward to a cheat meal per say, but if I know that my last cheat meal was a month ago, go ahead and have one.

Its just funny that you mention this because I was sitting here thinking of how stupid it is to eat things that aren't even what you are craving. I could have actually ate something I really wanted last night.. but instead I just grazed on a bunch of items that weren't even scrumptuous! ...now that's just plain silly.

DEDIKAYTED
01-03-2011, 08:58 PM
coffee - 30
Go Raw Flax Bar - 120 cals
8 oz low carb yogurt - 90 cals
2 plums - 60
==========================
300 calories by 9am.

12:30ish- fresh salsa (tomato,onion,cilatro,cucumber w/1tb of lite sourcream)
50 calories

2:00 -
Go Raw Flax Bar- 120cals
1 apple- 70
8 oz low carb yogurt- 90
1 plum -30
===========
310 calories

3:30 - 5:30 - 1 hour treadmill/ 1 hour elliptical (120 total minutes cardio)

6:45 - 10 small shrimp ( why do they shrink so much wonce you cook em?)
1 - 4 oz tilapia
1 bag of steamed cauliflower (which I turned into fake mashed potatoes)
=============================
400 calories

I would like to have a few ounces of red later.. help with my fluid retention and maybe help relax me for bed. Today is a low calorie day but you have to remember that I am making up from my bad choices last night.

I probably burned darn near all the calories in the gym. I know when I hike on the treadmill I burn 500 calorie in one hour.. Then I do another hour on the elliptical so if I burn another few hundred calories...

Needless to say, I am at a deficit :)

I am nicely full. My stomach is VERY content. If I had eaten a bite more, I know it would have been too muchl
------
Add Another Go Raw Flax bar and yogurt - 165 calories to todays total.

Somewhere around 1230+cals/day altogether I believe.

Random -
Wow 253 to 163 in 111 days - This show "I used to be fat is amazing! :) This is this girl's stats.

DEDIKAYTED
01-03-2011, 09:22 PM
As I sit here mustering up all the motivation I can get, I was reading thru my old posts.

This one inspired me today from October 2009:

-------------------------------------------------------
When I started Extreme I was 149.7... I told myself that I would be really happy if I got below 145.. 142 would be GREAT... Well, I have until next Tuesday before I finish (today is Thursday)....and guess what??? 142 TODAY, BABY!!! So in the 5 days that I have left, if I break the 130's, I dont know what I will do.

Did I mention that I was stuck in the 155-165 area for YEARS???? omg. I am just so happy that I found the way to get the last bit of the weight off. I can't express my excitement the way I want.

Finally, I have peace.
-------------------------------------------------------I love it.

Just a great reminder of how this all started and that if things get boring or I get caught up on "what I should eat next" -- just go back to my EFS plan and follow that for a while. :)

Hey, actually with all the friggin exercise that I am doing right now.. EFS would be a piece of cake.. Hahaha.. Hmm... Thinking :)

=======================================
MY EFS Timeline in 2009

149.7--day 7----------->145------day 16---->142

========================================
I want to make January a great month. So we'll see how my weight is doing after TOM and the bloat is gone but this may be an option to change things up.

joyfulloser
01-04-2011, 09:58 AM
WOW...down to 142!!! Gotta luv those WHOOOOOSHES!!:p :congrat:

Oh yeah...I meant to ask you...what EFS stand for? Is it a program? Do tell!:D

DEDIKAYTED
01-04-2011, 10:04 AM
WOW...down to 142!!! Gotta luv those WHOOOOOSHES!!:p :congrat:

NO NO NO.. HAHAH.. I WISH!!! I was just reminiscing back to 2009 ........... October 2009 before I had my hip bursitis/knee injury/ etc..

I was just going through my old journal last night getting myself highly motivated and pumped up for this month :)


But I will be racing through these 140's this month though!

joyfulloser
01-04-2011, 10:07 AM
NO NO NO.. HAHAH.. I WISH!!! I was just reminiscing back to last year.. October 2009 before I had my hip bursitis/knee injury/ etc..

But I will be racing through these 140's this month though!

Ooops...:^:

Well...I save my "smilies" for a little later this month!;) I must say....you mention the term "my man" before. The only place I've ever heard this term is in my hometown. R u by chance a NYC'r?:cool:

DEDIKAYTED
01-04-2011, 10:08 AM
Oh yeah...I meant to ask you...what EFS stand for? Is it a program? Do tell!:D

Oops, sorry.. Extreme Fat Smash

DEDIKAYTED
01-04-2011, 10:10 AM
Ooops...:^:

Well...I save my "smilies" for a little later this month!;) I must say....you mention the term "my man" before. The only place I've ever heard this term is in my hometown. R u by chance a NYC'r?:cool:

Nope... I'm a Marylander :) Hahaha.. Sometimes I feel weird saying my new "boyfriend" .. that's why.

When I am speaking, I usually just say, "my sweetie." :)

joyfulloser
01-04-2011, 10:14 AM
Nope... I'm a Marylander :) Hahaha.. Sometimes I feel weird saying my new "boyfriend" .. that's why.

When I am speaking, I usually just say, "my sweetie." :)

Oh ok...close enough!:p haha! I'm in VA, so not far from you at all. But originally from NYC and we have our "own language" it seems. Certain terms I use always give me away! And yes, after you pass a certain age, it sounds weird saying, "my boyfriend"..haha! I know..I'm 43 (soon to be 44).:dizzy:

DEDIKAYTED
01-04-2011, 01:08 PM
Tuesday

Up bright and early for work
Starving -

Meals

1. Tilapia and smash cauliflower - 200 calories.
spinach caserole w/ light sourcream.

2. Go Raw Flax Bar & yogurt - 165 cals
bag of shredded lettuce w/ fresh salsa & lite sc/pear vinagrette - 100 cals

3. Spinach caserole

Gym - 85 minutes & suffering indigestion

4. oatmeal & cottage cheese (dont feel like eating shrimp)


I hate when I have indigestion! I need to monitor heavy meals a little better.

DEDIKAYTED
01-04-2011, 09:02 PM
Though I have been absolutely loving getting off early, it all works out the same. If I get off around 3.. Work out from 4-6pm... Eat dinner around 7 - its the same friggin thing as working out in the morning... The difference is - I LOVE working out in the morning to get it over with!!! I hate leaving work when its late but its either one or the other. Another big reason that I like working out in the morning is - my meals are more normal!!! When I workout in the morning I start eating my meals later and that is when I feel most comfortable. Sigh. Decisions, decisions. You can't have it all!

I'm going to chill out on the spinach caserole after it gave me indigestion today. Plus, I would just like to keep a better account of my calories throughout the day.. Sometimes guessing drives me crazy.

DEDIKAYTED
01-05-2011, 12:57 PM
Wednesday

Worked out this morning.. I feel sooo much better.

90 minutes of cardio.. I think I am going to change my exercise up now..
The plan will be 90 minutes.. 30 minutes of which is intense.. meaning a 30 minute run, or sprints or cirucuit training.. Time to shock the body. Plus, it will be great because its less time.. 30 minutes less. That way I wont be in the gym bored. I can pump out the same or more calories in 90 minutes. Just pick up the pace :)

Cooked up 12 oz of tilapia this morning and some shrimp and smashed cauliflower.

Picked up strawberries and some cherries.
Picked up dandellion for any fluid retention I may have.

Its on! January is the month I will be under 145!

I have to look for my EFS book as well... Stiill thinking on that one. :)

3oz tiliapia/shrimp/spoonful of cauliflower - 150 calories

bag of shredded lettuce - 25
salsa - 25
dressing - 135

coffee - 60
=============395 so far (12:30)

will update as the day goes on.

3/4 cup oatmeal w/cottage cheese
low carb yogurt - 45

==================425

820..

low carb yogrt - 45
strwbwerries /apple - 135

995... lets say 1000 cals so far

2 rice wraps and a few shrimp (I lost the taste to chew any more"meat" for the day thats why I just ate the wraps instead.
======
1300 calories and a glass of red :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-05-2011, 06:47 PM
I am saving this for Joy's journal. For some reason I can't post to her journal right now

Oh yes.. definitely freeze those dinners! That's what I do with my dishes that I make. I hate cooking daily, so I definitely freeze my dishes so they dont go to waste. Plus, sometimes I think that I am going to eat xyz on MOnday, and then if I dont feel like eating it, its just sitting there about to go to waste in the fridge and I hate that. I never know what my stomach is going to want, so I don't play around with it anymore. Some days all day long I think I am going to eat a certain, premade scrumptuous meal thats waiting in the fridge.. and then I get home and just want to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal ... Crazy, I know...

Woman!!! You are rolling on the weightloss!! Keep it up!

DEDIKAYTED
01-05-2011, 10:29 PM
I plan to workout in the morning again tomorrow. I love, love, love COMPLETING it in the morning!

I'm going to look over my EFS book now to see if I wanna get some idea out of there for my meals. I was even thinking about following it or the Original Fat Smash for a while to change things up (make it even easier) for my meals.

Let me take a look at the books tonight :)

One thing that I would substitute is the eggs. I haven't really been eating eggs for a while. I think I ate so many eggs, I dont care if I have any for a loooooooooooooooooonnng time! So I would just substitute another lean protein - like my cottage cheese, tilapia, or shrimp.

Anyway.. I will update what I decide to do. I am ready for the change from the spinach caserole and chilli...and my creative juices aren't flowing well right now.

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:19 AM
Its 1am and I can't sleep....

Fat Smash Phase 1 Pizza Recipe

Crust:
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 egg white
>1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, italian seasoning, garlic salt, to taste

Blend ingredients in blender/food processor until smooth. You may add a little water to loosen up ingredients. However, make sure to keep mixture like a dough-like consistency.

Bake in oven at 400 degrees until edges lift off from pan and the crust looks cracked.

Remove from oven and add:
1 sliced tomato as a base (like pizza sauce)
green peppers
mushrooms
pineapple
hot peppers
(you get the idea, any toppings that comply with phase 1)

Next top with "Veggie Shreds" Mozzarella Flavored Shredded Cheese. I found it at Marc's, but I'm sure other grocery stores have it. It is a soy based product so it's good for Phase 1!

Sprinkle some more basil, oregano, italian seasoning and garlic salt/powder.

Put back in oven until cheese is melted and is beginning to turn brown.

Remove from oven, cut into slices, and ENJOY!

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:22 AM
I think I should pop another sleeping pill

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:23 AM
Banana Bran Muffins (Phase 1)
2 cups oat bran
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teapsoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup skin milk
2 egg white
2 tablespoons light olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 425. Spray muffin cups with cooking spray
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl
3. In another bowl, mix the banana, milk, egg whites, and oil together until well blended
4. Add the wet to the dry and mix well.
5. Put into muffin tins (i used the pan that makes 6 large muffins)
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:25 AM
Mock Cornbread (excellent, goes good with chili)

-1 can great northern beans drained and rinsed
-4 eggs, eliminate the yolk for Phase I
-1t salt
-1t baking powder
-2T olive oil
-1/3 C sugar substitute

Combine all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.Pour in a 11x7 pan and bake at 400 until toothpick is clear when inserted in the center(25 min in my crazy oven.)Works well as muffins too!

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:26 AM
Smashing Oatmeal Pancakes (Phase 1)
Prep Time: Approx 5-10 minutes.
Servings: 2 (3 pancakes each)

Ingredients:
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp. unsweetened apple sauce (optional. I just like the added sweetness. Bananas or berries might be good too.)
3 packets splenda or stevia
3 oz. milk (6 tbsps)
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions: Grind the oats in a coffee grinder or food processor. Combine oat powder with all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix well until a batter forms. If you use large eggs you may find you needs to add a spoonful more of oatmeal to keep the batter from being too runny. Spray pan with Pam or lightly oil the pan. Spoon batter into pan and cook over medium heat just like regular pancakes.

Topping suggestions:
Warm crushed pineapple - my favorite!
Applesauce
Fresh berries
Yogurt

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:28 AM
Compiling some recipes from the fatsmash cite.

Guess we know what I am gearing myself up for.. :)

Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients:
2 1/4 Cups Dry Oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup skim milk
1/3 cup Splenda
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon to taste

Optional additions:
blue berries (frozen or fresh)
Banana (mashed or cut into small pieces, you can use less applesauce if you add banana)
Any small diced fruit of your choosing!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or add cupcake liners

3. In a big bowl, mix oatmeal, baking powder, salt and cinnamon

4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until incorporated (t resembles slightly runny oatmeal)

5. Fill each muffin 3/4 full, bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

use one of those flexible silicone mini muffin pans for this, makes about 30 mini muffins (probably 12-14 regular sized muffins). Very moist, and cake like. Great change of pace if you're craving a bread like substance.

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:29 AM
oatmeal cookies


1 c oatmeal
1/4t salt
1 ripe mashed banana (the black ones add the most flavor)
1 egg white
1 T Splenda
1/2t cinnamon
A few apple chunks and/or applesauce-optional

Mix and pat onto cookie sheet
Bake at 350 for 9 minutes for chewy cookie (for crisp cookie, turn off oven and leave in for about 5 more minutes).

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:30 AM
Oatmeal Pancakes (Phase 1)
Tastes great with non-calorie pancake syrup.

1 cup dry oats (oatmeal)
4 oz egg whites (about 4 but play around until you find what texture you like; more egg whites = thicker pancakes)
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
water


cook oatmeal in microwave with water for 1 minute.

blend with all other ingredients and spray frying pan with nonstick spray.


Top with Berries or whatever you like. (Note: these pancakes turn out more like crepes but are really tasty.

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:31 AM
Sweet Potato Fries! (Phase 1)
2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
tsp. salt
tsp. freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450F. Halve potatoes and cut into inch wedge. Toss with the oil, salt and pepper in medium bowl.
2. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake, turning once until browned and crip. About 35-40 minutes. Serves 4.

** This tastes great with plain yogurt mixed with a squirt of lime juice for a dip.


================================================== ====

Easy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) (Phase 1)
• 16 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or dry garbanzo beans, soaked, drained and rinsed)
• Cooking spray (I have been using Olive Oil flavored cooking spray)
• Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Spread chickpeas on baking sheet.
3. Season to taste
4. Roast chickpeas on bottom rack of oven, shaking the pan every 15 minutes, until brown and crunchy, about 45 - 50 minutes. Maybe longer. They should feel kind of hollow and crisp.
5. Cool before serving.

Variations: Chili powder or other seasonings that you like

NOTE: lightly spray the peas and pan fry them on medium heat for 10 mins before baking and that helps them to crisp up.

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:42 AM
Thank God for the person that posted this recipes at the old FS forum...

I think that I may do Extreme just because I am going through my phase where I dont want to worry about what I am goiing to eat. When I go through these phases its easier to actually go by fat smash books because you already know what you're going to eat.

The reason I am leaning more toward Extreme for a bit is for the portion control, the meals are already planned out.. and the exercise is pretty high, even though I got that part downpacked anyway.

Anyway.. it will pretty much be a combination between original and extreme just so that I can live and be happy with the plan. This should give me the break that I need right now. I already planned my exercise change earlier, so this will go right along with that.

The best part is -- following the plan results in weightloss!!! Duh! :)

This is what I love about doing what works best for me - NO STRESS! Go by the book when I want.... when I get tired of that - go on my own while counting calories. I love it. As long as what you are doing works for you - you are doing the RIGHT thing ;)

Muah!

Goodnite!..morning.....sigh

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 11:25 AM
oK. So today I will start the new plan EFS style

I worked out for 50 minutes cardio this morning...so far.
Remember I said I was feeling bloated... well 149.. I dont know.. Luckily I feel good, I can feel muscle in my leg, so I'm ok. Normally if I dont sleep, I won't weigh in because you lose weight when your body recovers from sleep, but I weighed anyway so I can have the day 1 weigh in on the plan...

I am about to have my coffee but I am switching to decaf so let me go get that now :)

I'm happy about the switch because I need it. My smaller clothes are still fitting though the scale has been all over the place but with everything that I have been doing, I deserve to have the scale go down down down, so a tighter hold on my plan will do me good ;)

TTYL! Umm??? When I am going to see 145... Hello? Is this still period bloat or what?

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 12:12 PM
1 ounce left over tilapia... 3 or 4 small shrimp ( didn't want to chew meat again... lol)
smashed cauliflower
coffee
=========
250 calories.

rest of shrimp / shredded lettuce / fresh salsa salad
======================================
200 calories

3/4 cup oatmeal- 300 cals
cottage cheese - 125
banana - 105
=========================
530

Total so far: 980.
That'll be all before the gym. I should be going to burn another few hundred cals.

Dinner tonight will be small once I leave the gym. I am tired from not sleeping too well last night. I wouldn't mind just having yogurt at this point but a small lettuce salad would be fine as well.


I realized for the fat smash menu - I need to go to the store and beans and brown rice.. Actually I have rice in there but I got spoiled with the steamable freeze bags. I guess it just boils down to me having to do a little preparation like I normally do if I want to follow the menus.... and I dont feel like it! LOL!

joyfulloser
01-06-2011, 01:36 PM
Sometimes my TOM bloat and subsequent weight gain can last for as long as a week after it's over!:( Your doing great...I'm getting jealous with all the working out your doing...I'm startin to feel like a slacker..haha!

DEDIKAYTED
01-06-2011, 02:43 PM
Sometimes my TOM bloat and subsequent weight gain can last for as long as a week after it's over!:( Your doing great...I'm getting jealous with all the working out your doing...I'm startin to feel like a slacker..haha!

It totally sucks because I want to see my reward from all of this hard work!!!!! I another 45 minutes to do (hopefully a jog) at 4pm... Hopefully tomorrow with a good nights rest this bloat will go away!!!!

You have been doing grrrreeaat so you have nothing to worry about... :carrot:

DEDIKAYTED
01-07-2011, 10:20 AM
FRIDAY

Slept 12 hours last night ;)
Thank goodness for that!!!! I have a hankering for a tuna sandwich but no tuna. LOL. I dont even have the things I need to successfully follow the EFS program.. I guess I will need to go to the store. I was really trying to eat what's here until I go grocery shopping. I think I spend too much money in the store. I do have food and its not off plan food but its just not exactly what I need for FS or EFS. I think I used all the beans the last time I made spinach caserole. Guess I will have to break down and go shopping this weekend.

Last night's dinner was all over the place.
veggie burger sandwich
serving of gluten free pasta with fat free cheese.

dessert/snack - banana & yogurt

Even though it wasn't bad, I felt guilty. I was just so tired from not getting much sleep the night before I just wanted to go to sleep and hit the sack.

My body needed that sleep.. but not all those carbs !

Anyway... moving on
I have a little headache this morning. Today may be a rest day at the gym, but I'm not sure yet. I definitely am not exercising this morning. We'll see how I feel throughout the day

joyfulloser
01-07-2011, 10:43 AM
mmmmmm...now you got me thinkin "tuna wrap" with a nice low carb wrap, fresh dill & other herbs, onions (yup...lots of onions..lol), fresh spinach and lettuce, sprouts, and maybe a nice side salad with raaaaasberry vinegrette!:D

DEDIKAYTED
01-07-2011, 11:04 AM
mmmmmm...now you got me thinkin "tuna wrap" with a nice low carb wrap, fresh dill & other herbs, onions (yup...lots of onions..lol), fresh spinach and lettuce, sprouts, and maybe a nice side salad with raaaaasberry vinegrette!:D

Uh oh! I think I am definitely going to have tuna now!!!!! Thanks Joy..
;)

DEDIKAYTED
01-07-2011, 03:22 PM
Friday's eats

Coffee this morning - 60
small apple - 55
----------------------
115 calories

1pm
gluten free bread - 160 calories
pounch tuna - 70 calories
1 tb mayo - 35
2tb dressing - 70
==============================
335 + 115 - 450 total

Snack
1 small apple & yogurt = 100

=550 total

Dinner.
2 turkeyburgers = 320 ----------yaay!! I ate a lil meat today!! WOW
3 oz sweet potato = 65
light mayo = 70
fatfree cheese = 70
======================
525??

1075 total....plus redwine = 1200 :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-08-2011, 12:15 PM
SATURDAY

1) black bean "muffins" + apple


2) tuna with salsa + 1 pc gluten free bread
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755 total before gym


Gym - Burn 700 calories :)

3) Dinner - To be determined.


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That's pretty much how my meals will look today.

DEDIKAYTED
01-08-2011, 12:18 PM
Yes I will have to go grocery shopping soon so that my meals dont get boring and so that maybe I can follow FS or EFS.

Here goes another 100.00 at the grocery store. oh well. It must be done.

DEDIKAYTED
01-10-2011, 08:11 AM
I believe I have enough stuff to go ahead and follow EFS as close as I possibly can. I think just to change things up a bit, I jump in with menus from Cycle 2 and then do Cycle 1 maybe next week.. Then Cycle. We’ll see how this goes. 

My “creative light bulb” is unscrewed right now.. and since I am “casseroled out” I will see if this suits me for a second.. On any day that I cannot follow EFS down to a T, I will keep my menu OFS / Phase 1 friendly so that should keep things on track. Now that my bloat week is over, I really would like to see results again. I haven’t gotten on the scale.. The last time I weighed it was 149.. I really wanted to not weigh this week to keep my emotions on an even keel but we will see what happens.

I am starting a new weightloss initiative next Sunday with my family and friends, so our first weigh in for that is also this weekend coming up. So no matter what, the latest that I would be weighing in would be next weekend.

My reason for doing this is because I felt kinda smaller this morning and it was a good feeling. Yesterday I had a rest day from the gym, but not at home because I was packing/lifting stuff for a few hours… yea to the point where I had back spasms.. Plus, I took my auntie/best friend out for her 50th birthday and we went dancing, so I should have been dead tired…

But anyway.. back to my “good” feeling this morning.. I don’t like weighing in early in the morning because I believe that your official weight is really not until close to 12 hours from your last meal.. So if you have dinner at 7pm.. You can weigh in a 7am and that’s your true weight. Your body has had time to digest your food, and with a good nights sleep, your weight is at its lowest. That’s just my theory, so when I wake up at 4 in the morning with just 5 hours or so of sleep, I don’t go jumping on the scale.. So with all that being said, I wanted to really take in the fact that of my true feelings this morning.. The fact that my stomach was feeling light, and my legs were not feeling as heavy as they have been feeling lately. I was feeling pretty good. Why risk ruining that feeling by jumping on the scale? --So I didn’t. The fact is – I’m feeling good and my clothes were fitting good. I got up early, no gym this morning.. straight to work I go. I will get my workout in tonight.


My January goal is still before me – which is definitely under 145. I would like to be no more than 144.x come January 31st. Period. So Technically if I was to start EFS TODAY – January 10th ----add 21 days ---- What’s that?? JANURAY 31ST! I can do this! Though I love EFS, it does get a little crazy sometimes because your meals are already set for you, so when LIFE HAPPENS – things can get hard with staying on plan. But anyway, I am going to do my best to just get a cycle of it done so that I can start the month of February off at a new weight. I just don’t want to let January slip by and still be in the same place. I just don’t want to do it.

I want to see progress. I work hard. Its time to claim my prize.

joyfulloser
01-10-2011, 11:02 AM
Just dropping by to say "hey"!:D Glad to read/hear you're feeling lighter. I know this sounds crazy, but when I feel lighter, I always am. I have become very "intuitive" with my body...perhaps you have as well. Since this journey is so very "individual", it's important to listen to our own bodies. I say all that to say...GREAT JOB...KEEP GOING...and WOOT!:D

P.S. - Thanks for the tuna suggestion last week. It actually inspired me to make a great big ol heep of it for tuna wraps this week...lol! So good...I found a great recipe in one of my low fat books. It included plain yogart, lowfat mayo, ground seeded cucumbers, fresh dill and parsley, relish, mustard, fresh garlic, chopped onion, chives, brown mustard, salt, pepper. Haha...sounds like a lot..right? It is...but it turned out F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S and is really low in calories as I found these wonderful 50 calorie FLAX wraps at Walmart.;) Gonna have some for lunch w/spinach salad w/walnuts, cranberry & low fat/carb rasberry vinegrette!:)

joyfulloser
01-10-2011, 11:25 AM
Thanks Dedikated!:hug:

I've been doing this "CHEAT MEAL" testing since early December. Here's the original thread showing my journey out of the 180's:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/general-diet-plans-questions/219490-cheat-meal-great-way-break-plateau-2.html#post3614061

Although I've been given alot of "slack" around deeze here parts (LOL) for calling my off plan meals...cheat meals...the results speak for itself. My cheat meal usually and totally PREFERABLY Spicey Jamaican curry chix, rice & peas, cabbage. An otherwise HEALTHY meal, if it were not for the tons and tons of saturated fat and sodium it contains..LOL! Not to mention the higher levels of carbs. But for some reason, when I shock my body with this 800+ calorie meal...it always responds favorably. Not sure how it would work with sugary sweets, so can't comment there.

Anyways...thanks for your support and encouragement. Your NEXT to get your WHOOOOOSH...I can feel it!;)

DEDIKAYTED
01-10-2011, 11:47 AM
Thanks Dedikated!:hug:

I've been doing this "CHEAT MEAL" testing since early December. Here's the original thread showing my journey out of the 180's:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/general-diet-plans-questions/219490-cheat-meal-great-way-break-plateau-2.html#post3614061

Although I've been given alot of "slack" around deeze here parts (LOL) for calling my off plan meals...cheat meals...the results speak for itself. My cheat meal usually and totally PREFERABLY Spicey Jamaican curry chix, rice & peas, cabbage. An otherwise HEALTHY meal, if it were not for the tons and tons of saturated fat and sodium it contains..LOL! Not to mention the higher levels of carbs. But for some reason, when I shock my body with this 800+ calorie meal...it always responds favorably. Not sure how it would work with sugary sweets, so can't comment there.

Anyways...thanks for your support and encouragement. Your NEXT to get your WHOOOOOSH...I can feel it!;)

Hey, I read that thread and I think its a great idea.. Especially since you actually had the patience to see how your body responds.

With formerly going through muscle/bodybuilding stages, it sounds pretty normal to do a cheat/refeed meal every once in a while.

I think the KEY thing that you said in your posts was that you thought it was a good idea for someone who is REGULAR UNDER THEIR MAINTENANCE CALORIES... I think that is why it doesn't work for some people.

Now, as far as I"m concerned... THIS whole idea really fits me.. I keep my calories pretty low, so 1 refeed/treat meal would probably do me good. Its probably also the reason why when I went to Puerto Rico, I came back a pound lighter.

I think they key is to stick with your exercise (as I did in Puerto Rico).. don't go too crazy on sugar/fat combos.........and I think it will work. :)

Maybe after my cycle of EFS, I will document and give this idea a whirl!:carrot:

DEDIKAYTED
01-10-2011, 11:48 AM
MONDAY (Gym this afternoon)

Yes, I mixed my meals around. It depends on what I am craving at the time. :)



1.
coffee - 60
lettuce/fresh salsa/lite champagne & w/lite scream dressing.
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160 calories

2.
small apple - 55
1 packet oatmeal - 100
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155 calories

3.
plum - 30
lc yogurt - 45
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75 calories

>>>>390 so far but I will eat again before the gym of course. I wil have to go to the store since tonight's dinner is supposed to be brown rice & veggies. blah. No actually, I think I do have some brown rice at home gosh, its so much easier when you get the steamable bags. We'll see if I feel like going to the store once I leave the gym. We are expecting a little snow tomorrow so I plan for the stores to be kind of crowded unfortunately :(

4.

joyfulloser
01-10-2011, 01:39 PM
think the KEY thing that you said in your posts was that you thought it was a good idea for someone who is REGULAR UNDER THEIR MAINTENANCE CALORIES... I think that is why it doesn't work for some people.

I keep my calories pretty low, so 1 refeed/treat meal would probably do me good. Its probably also the reason why when I went to Puerto Rico, I came back a pound lighter.

I think they key is to stick with your exercise (as I did in Puerto Rico).. don't go too crazy on sugar/fat combos.........and I think it will work.


YESS!!!! Finally...somebody who GETS IT!!!:bravo: LOL! This^^ is EXACTLY what I've been tryin to say...and you've managed to spell it out the way I probably should have in the past!

One thing I failed to specify is EXACTLY what you said...I always ALWAYS EXERCISE the day after my Cheat Meal. It's almost as if my body tells me this is what is needed, then I follow that up with a REST day. Also, I used to take my cheat meals once a week, but now I just take them when I get MAD CRAZY cravings/urges (which is about 1-2 times a month...prolly around PMS time..haha). As I get closer to goal weight, my body tells me it doesn't need cheat meals as often. AND FINALLY, I prolly should have stressed the importance of eating UNDER maintenance for EVERY SINGLE day prior to your CHEAT day. This would never work if I were taking little cheats here and there. The point is to SHOCK my body...

Thanks for understanding where I'm coming from and helping me to "lay it down" proper!;)

DEDIKAYTED
01-10-2011, 02:03 PM
I thought I tried doing this before.. but I really want to sit down and count how many calories are in each daily menu on EFS. I know its low. It shouldn't take too long to do. Actually, I thought I did this before and found that it totaled around 1000 or so calories. Now, that I think about it, I know I did run a few of the menus through fitday. Anyway, I think I will do that again so that on days where there is a food listed that I can't have - I will still make sure I stick with the exercise and the caloric totals for that day.

For instance, tomorrow I could have cold cereal since it is on the menu BUT though I would love love love love to have cold cereal - I dont have any that is gluten free AND**** cold cereal makes me want more. It sets off cravings for me :( So just like before when I was doing EFS, I will just replace it with something else healthy. (Probably oatmeal of course).

Like I know I mentioned somewhere before, there are no magical foods that you MUST eat for weightloss. Its the total effort you put into it. Are you following your plan as far as calories / exercise and doing what works for YOUR body?

One of the reasons why EFS works is because its low calorie and it REQUIRES exercise.. and I am not talking about a little bit of exercise either ..lol! So, the bottom line is if you can stick with this for 21 days as the book says, you should lose weight.. period!

So anyway. When I get a chance, I will calculate tomorrows calories / exercise....and we'll go from there :)

I WILL be under 145 by January 31st! Enough said.

DEDIKAYTED
01-10-2011, 02:15 PM
YESS!!!! Finally...somebody who GETS IT!!!:bravo: LOL! This^^ is EXACTLY what I've been tryin to say...and you've managed to spell it out the way I probably should have in the past!

One thing I failed to specify is EXACTLY what you said...I always ALWAYS EXERCISE the day after my Cheat Meal. It's almost as if my body tells me this is what is needed, then I follow that up with a REST day. Also, I used to take my cheat meals once a week, but now I just take them when I get MAD CRAZY cravings/urges (which is about 1-2 times a month...prolly around PMS time..haha). As I get closer to goal weight, my body tells me it doesn't need cheat meals as often. AND FINALLY, I prolly should have stressed the importance of eating UNDER maintenance for EVERY SINGLE day prior to your CHEAT day. This would never work if I were taking little cheats here and there. The point is to SHOCK my body...

Thanks for understanding where I'm coming from and helping me to "lay it down" proper!;)


OH it makes total sense to me. I can understand why it wouldn't for some people. Some will go off plan and it means eat everything in sight before going back on plan... But you are just talking about eating something that you wouldn't normally have that is not an official food on your diet.. Its just give your body a "recharge"... For some people its I"m either ON my plan or there is no plan.

But I totally know this works only because there have been times where I have went days on end being super strict. My body starts heavily craving an off plan meal... Now, it may be something that not terribly unhealthy.. for instance... I may just simply crave a nice tuna sub with cheese from Subway (instead of my ultra low calorie tuna from home).. with a lil extra mayo ;) ---OR--- a nice meal from a restaurant (uh...hmmmm.. maybe crabcake, plain baked potato, salad w/regular dressing)----Anyway --- I will eat that and get a very odd...somewhat..euphoric feeling afterward... Not one in which I am stuffed, sluggish, or anything... Its kind of hard to explain but it almost feels like my body is just burning the meal right afterward. Usually on the drive home, I just feel..... good.

But this is a major differnce between days when I would leave a retuarant feeling overly stuffed and guilty... and that every thing I ate was in the process of forming more fat cells on my hips and thighs.

I guess the difference was the times when I just felt satisfied (and no guilt..which is a weird thing in itself for me) ---> It was probably due to the fact that I had been eating below maintenance for a while and just giving my body the RESET that it needed.


I know. Its kind of hard to explain when you type it out but I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. Period. And like I said. I will be CONSCIOUSLY trying it out. Every other time that I have done it, I didn't document things, I have just woke up with an unexplainable whoosh! This time around, its all about finding what works for me :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-10-2011, 02:21 PM
Spicey Jamaican curry chix, rice & peas, cabbage

MMMM... Maybe I should finally try out this little Carribean restaurant called the Muffin Man and get that! YUM

joyfulloser
01-10-2011, 07:02 PM
I will eat that and get a very odd...somewhat..euphoric feeling afterward... Not one in which I am stuffed, sluggish, or anything... Its kind of hard to explain but it almost feels like my body is just burning the meal right afterward. Usually on the drive home, I just feel..... good.


That's EXACTLY what I feel like after my cheat meal. You soooo nailed it! The funny thing is this same food I ate when I was "pigging out" back in the older days..lol, but it never tasted soooooo good AND I'd end up feeling bloated and lousy. Now it feels like the food is digesting faster than I can eat it!!!:o It's like I need a "moment" alone with just me and my Bob Marley spicey special! :D

I'm going to keep doing my own "case study"...as I'm curious if it will still work as I get closer to goal, especially when I get down to the FINAL 10!!!

Oh and yes, do have the Jamaican...you'll thank me later!;)

DEDIKAYTED
01-11-2011, 07:31 AM
That's EXACTLY what I feel like after my cheat meal. You soooo nailed it! The funny thing is this same food I ate when I was "pigging out" back in the older days..lol, but it never tasted soooooo good AND I'd end up feeling bloated and lousy. Now it feels like the food is digesting faster than I can eat it!!!:o It's like I need a "moment" alone with just me and my Bob Marley spicey special! :D

I'm going to keep doing my own "case study"...as I'm curious if it will still work as I get closer to goal, especially when I get down to the FINAL 10!!!

Oh and yes, do have the Jamaican...you'll thank me later!;)

AWWW! I guess we do speak the same language! Well let's keep our momentum going. :) As soon as I feel the deprivation/low energy/cravings kick in, I will be sure to do my refeed :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-11-2011, 07:40 AM
ok... Day 2

Calculated the calories for the menu today: 1000 -1200
Exercise Required : 75-90 minutes...
Therefore if I make any deviations, I need to stay around 1000-1200

Its time to go and get the coffee! I really need to use the uhm.. bathroom.. I can't put any more food in, until something comes out! LOL. So coffee only until I go.

Oh. Not too much sleep last night.. Roughly 4 to 4.5 hours. Bleh! Anyway. They day must go on!

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DEDIKAYTED
01-11-2011, 07:41 AM
MONDAY (Gym this afternoon)

Yes, I mixed my meals around. It depends on what I am craving at the time. :)



1.
coffee - 60
lettuce/fresh salsa/lite champagne & w/lite scream dressing.
========================
160 calories

2.
small apple - 55
1 packet oatmeal - 100
==========================
155 calories

3.
plum - 30
lc yogurt - 45
==========================
75 calories

>>>>390 so far but I will eat again before the gym of course. I wil have to go to the store since tonight's dinner is supposed to be brown rice & veggies. blah. No actually, I think I do have some brown rice at home gosh, its so much easier when you get the steamable bags. We'll see if I feel like going to the store once I leave the gym. We are expecting a little snow tomorrow so I plan for the stores to be kind of crowded unfortunately :(

4. apple - 55
dry oatmeal - 90
shredded lettuce/salsa - 90
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235 calories
Gym - 30 minutes elliptical & 1 hour treadmill (30 minutes over EFS recommended for the day)

5.
cauliflower (smashed) - 100
spinach caserole ( fit the veggie /rice requirment for the meal) - 300
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400 calories

6. apple- 55
Red Wine - 1 glass - I guess I'll lay off that until the weekend. Luckily you get 2 glasses a week on Extreme :)


Approx 1200 calories today. I went ahead and did an extra 30 minutes of cardio to accomodate anything extra I wanted.. like the red wine (though you can have it in the book)

DEDIKAYTED
01-11-2011, 07:42 AM
ok... Day 2

Calculated the calories for the menu today: 1000 -1200
Exercise Required : 75-90 minutes...
Therefore if I make any deviations, I need to stay around 1000-1200

Its time to go and get the coffee! I really need to use the uhm.. bathroom.. I can't put any more food in, until something comes out! LOL. So coffee only until I go.

Oh. Not too much sleep last night.. Roughly 4 to 4.5 hours. Bleh! Anyway. They day must go on!

DEDIKAYTED
01-11-2011, 09:06 PM
Home with a headache :( The little sleep made today the absolute worst! OMG! Work dragged. I had planned to leave early so I only brought a little food and I hate not being prepared.

So let me see if I can remember...

spinach caserole/cauliflower
shredded lettuce - ok. I think I will have to stop buying this for a while. I have no idea why I like eating it so much but there are no vitamins and the only calories come from whatever dressing I use. But its not like it keeps me full for hours or anything. So anyway, after I eat whats in the fridge I will lay off of it for a while. Real nutritious veggies - yes. Shredded iceburg lettuce - no.

oh... oatmeal.... low carb yogurt.

and then dinner - gluten free rice pasta w/veggie burger

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DEDIKAYTED
01-11-2011, 09:39 PM
Ok. My rant.

Why I love Fat Smash? - It is the diet that got me to my all time lowest weight.

What I dont like about Fat Smash? - The gas it gives me.

Ok, look, I am just going to say it. The friggin gas that I get is just awful. The first time around when I did Fat Smash I remember using BEANO all the time. Sometimes it worked great, sometimes it didn't. But I remember having the worst gas sometimes. And I am sorry but its pretty bad. When I am at the gym, I jump off the machine all the time so that I can go and let some of this gas go and so that the girls that I train don't suffocate from my gas. I mean... its just not good.

For the most part Its not too bad if I am losing weight :( ... I guess...., but I think I just wish I knew what exactly causes it. When I was eating loads and loads of spinach caserole a couple of weeks ago, I didnt have this problem. So what exactly is it?

It makes me want to do something else but I really wanted to do 21 days / 1 cycle of Extreme. Right now while my cardio has been high anyway, I just figured it would be easy to get a round of EFS out the way. Let me think, let me think. I mean, is it the combination of foods? I remember journaling during my first time around about how bad my gas was then as well. Sigh.

The only thing that I can think of is if I do what I had mentioned before and just count the exact calorie amount of each days' menu... and just shoot for that calorie amount with my own foods on a daily basis for the 21 days. I can still eat certain foods from the plan (since most of the foods besides the meat) are foods that I eat anyway.

While we are talking about calories.... yes it crosses my mind that my calories are low. But its just that - thats what the EXTREME plan entails. I definitely realize that you want to be able to lose on the maximum amount that your body can handle. I mean..really. No one wants to be maintaining at 1000 calories a day. I understand this. I guess that is why plans like EXTREME should probably be for short term use. People who just need to lose the last 15-20 pounds.

So as I sit here thinking about my plan, as I always do, and of course, what I would be doing next, I remember when my doctor performed a metabolic test on me, they told me that I needed to eat around 1600 calories to lose. Though the paper says this - well, I never really followed that advice. With the amount of exercise I do, I know I should be able to eat way more calories than I do now. So what will be next?

I think I need to be working toward upping my claories to at least 1400 calories a day. I like calorie counting, I do.. so that should not be a problem. I mean..in the end I definitely want to be healthy and not feeling deprived.

I am all over the place with my thoughts right now. I am just typing as I go. Its easier for me to get everything out here, and then maybe I can read back over and clear things up for myself. I just need to talk things out and I like having a plan. Things were working great for me for the past couple of months when I changed things up, upped my exercise and just kept a mental track of my calories. That really didn't stress me out and I think I liked the fact of being free, eating whatEVER I wanted (which happens to be healthy ;) ) --- Now its like I am getting stressed for some reason. And I am going to get to the bottom of this.

I havent went shopping yet, so that may be a bit of the problem too. Following an exact plan involves me needing to have the foods available. OMGoodness. My mind is just racing. I used to get so crazy and lost when I wasn'[t being regimented and following a plan.. that I guess the last few monts felt great that i was doing what i wanted and it was working...

It seems like as soon as I so-called called myself following a plan again... I'm getting that weird/crazy feeling again. Gassy and crazy because I am an anal and not following it to a T because i dont have all the foods available.

Let's not forget I only got a few hours of sleep last night and I may be just spazzing out because I am tired as well.

I'll just end now, but you never know -- in another 15 minutes, I will probably have more to say.

DEDIKAYTED
01-11-2011, 10:49 PM
Uhmm...

Joy??? Since you are the only one that really talks to me... WHERE ARE YOU WOMAN? :(

U THINK I MAY BE GOING CRAZY? :dizzy:

i need lots of :hug: right now.

joyfulloser
01-11-2011, 11:38 PM
Uhmm...

Joy??? Since you are the only one that really talks to me... WHERE ARE YOU WOMAN? :(

U THINK I MAY BE GOING CRAZY? :dizzy:

i need lots of :hug: right now.

DEDIKAYTEDDDDDDD!!!!!:hug:

I think it's normal what you are feeling. There are so many things out there, it's confusing!:?: I think you hit the nail though...whatever you do, you should have fun while doing it....whether it be "FS, EFS, Calorie Counting, Atkins (yes, I had lots of fun on that one..haha!), etc. Rest is underrated. Getting 8 hours of sleep is soooo important to us in this journey. Sometimes getting too little calories is worse than getting too much...so if you decide to up your calories, it may be just what you need to jolt that darn scale!

In any event, I'm here!:hug:

Oh..btw I LOL'd at the "gas" comments..aaahahahaha...your not alone...my daughter wants to kick me out of the house with the DOG!!! I'm personally not offended by myself (amazed maybe), but it's everybody else I feel sorry for..lol!:rofl:

DEDIKAYTED
01-12-2011, 08:48 AM
DEDIKAYTEDDDDDDD!!!!!:hug:

I think it's normal what you are feeling. There are so many things out there, it's confusing!:?: I think you hit the nail though...whatever you do, you should have fun while doing it....whether it be "FS, EFS, Calorie Counting, Atkins (yes, I had lots of fun on that one..haha!), etc. Rest is underrated. Getting 8 hours of sleep is soooo important to us in this journey. Sometimes getting too little calories is worse than getting too much...so if you decide to up your calories, it may be just what you need to jolt that darn scale!

In any event, I'm here!:hug:

Oh..btw I LOL'd at the "gas" comments..aaahahahaha...your not alone...my daughter wants to kick me out of the house with the DOG!!! I'm personally not offended by myself (amazed maybe), but it's everybody else I feel sorry for..lol!:rofl:


GAS!!! --Well at least someone else is experiencing it too! LOL -- I mean, hey,I dont mind a little gas but WHOA!!! this is just a bit much at times.


I am still trying to figure out exactly what I am going to do / when I am going to do it. If I continue on the exact FS plan, I guess I'd better go and get some more BEANO. OH! I recall using the pills and the liquid drops last year.. Maybe I should get the liquid drops again? Well - I will figure out something TODAY for sure. For now I will just continue on with the plan. I am still interested in seeiing how many calories the book has me eating. I will do that today for sure.

I just had a light bulb moment as well. Depending on your body type the book kinda customizes your portions. If you are a really slower loser your calories are MINIMAL, if you lose easily, of course you get bigger portions, and of course the plan I follow is right in the middle. Maybe just maybe..by eating the amount of calories that it allows for the "easy" loser - I could effortlessly get myself to a better calorie level.

I guess I never thought about changing things up because I wanted to just follow the plan as I did the first time around... But even then I remember days where I'd sneak fruit at night and also have days where I'd binge on puffed rice or puffed wheat cereal because it was 60 calories a cup!!! LOL. So my point is - it was probably not enough calories back then either!!!

***Now-a-days -----Factor all of my exercise in - and it just makes since that I am probably following the wrong meal plan. :dizzy:

Whew!! Lawd!!! Sometimes you gotta just talk these kind of things out... and all of a sudden things will start making sense.. Even if I am confusing everyone else.

No matter what, as long as I am under 145 by the end of January I will be happy :) --Calorie counting... EFS.. FS... My own thing... I dont care... Just let that scale say the right number by February 1st!

DEDIKAYTED
01-12-2011, 09:17 AM
I had to go back to went I first started back journaling in November for advice from myself. I read my posts.

This one stuck out:

THE KEY

I just want to document that the key to weightloss (FOR ME) s -

Finding food items that you ENJOY that are filing and low calorie.

This is really what has been working for me. Eating things that I enjoy takes the stress out of eating. Why force myself to eat things that I simply dont want? I have done this numerous time because I may have been following a particular plan.. The problem is you aren't really satisfied and is torturous and stupid! LOL! I used to be a person that could eat the same thing every day... but as time went on, I found that it was hard to do that. Now, I know why ---its because I had started eating things that I really didn't enjoy. Now that I am back to doing my own thing I have no problem eating the same things daily. When I get tired of eating something, I will definitely change, but as for now, I look forward to my meals.. So yummy!

My staples have been....

Coffee w/my sugarfree Safeway creamer (hazlenut or vanilla) 15 calories 1 gram of fat per tbsp

and then whatever time I get hungry - spinach caserole.. maybe salad

..then maybe before I workout -- yogurt & fruit

Then dinner - oatmeal, cottage cheese, splenda /brownsugar blend

That usually does it for the day. It may not be exactly the same every day. I can tell you that the oatmeal meal as well as the spinach caserole meal keeps me full for hours... and I love it.

I'm no longer sitting here watching the clock every second, counting down to my next meal. Thank God for that. I eat until I am satisfied and that keeps me fuller for longer than 3 hours and I like that MUCH better! I guess some people like their stomach feeling empty all the time, but not me. With my stomach feeling content, I dont have to watch the clock.... and that makes me ****-A-HAPPY!
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DEDIKAYTED
01-12-2011, 09:21 AM
Another that stood out...

Not gaining in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Recap

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Friday - got up bright and early that morning... At the airport I ate some of those granola bars I packed in my bag. This is not something that I would normally have. These are things that I chose to bring in the event that I have an option of having something really bad or just in the event of an emergency.

I did the oatmeal on the plane thing and it worked out great!!! Brought my sugar free instant oatmeal, threw it in some hot water and voila!!

Friday night I had shrimp fajitas

Dessert - chocolate cake
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Saturday - Wedding Day...

Wedding was at 1pm. It was really nice. I forgot my gluten free breakfast bars so I was out of luck. On the way back to the hotel, my friend pulled over at one of the meals on wheels places and got a Spanish version of a beef patty. You know that there was no way I was partaking in any of that. I always always always had my diet on my mind and not royally screwing it up. I just didnt want to come back home and be in the 150's!!

Got back to the hotel and made myself some oatmeal and had half of a brekfast bar to hold me over til dinner at the reception. That didnt happen until 6-630. I had salad, yuka, rice, chocolate covered marshmallows and wedding cake! I found out where the heck the cardio room was so I knew I was going to hit the gym first thing in the morning!
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Sunday

2 hour cardio session

Lunch - big ceassar salad with blueberry vinagrette dressing and shrimp

Late night - brownie and strawberry icecream
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Monday

90 minute cardio session

1 and half pack of sugar free oatmeal

salad at the airport with chicken breast and no dressing... so I was starving. Grabbed me a bag of granola mix and downed that... 480 calories for the bag.

That was all for the day; By the time we got home it was late.
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Tuesday
got up this morning and went to the gym... another 2 hr cardio session.
The earliest I wanted to weigh in was Thursday but I actually felt SMALL in the gym. I went ahead and bit the bullet and weighed..........


O=M-G!!! 147.0!!! I weighed in at 148 before I left. You cannot imagine how happy I am right now. I guess the exercise ishelping alot!!! Thank you Jesus! I just didnt want to go back to the dreaded 150's.... and I DIDNT!!

It is SO on right now!!! I am more pumped than ever to get to 145 (next minigoal)

As I type I am baking a caserole. Stocked back up on the things I had been eating so I am back and ready to get this thing done!

147.0.... wow!

DEDIKAYTED
01-12-2011, 09:23 AM
AND. RIGHT BEFORE I DROPPED TO 146

12/14 - 147 ----3 DAYS LATER --- 146

Today - Friday

1 hour of cardio this a.m

Coffee waiting for me when i got back home.

Just had brunch - 1:45 pm. It was soooo good. After stuffing myself with oatmeal yesterday, I dont want any today. Today I'd rather stick with lighter foods, which will probably mean less carbs. I still don't really eat meat except for seafood occasionally, so I stopped at Giant and bought 2 bags of individually wrapped/frozen tilapia.

Sprayed the pan and fish with cooking spray and sprinkled some Garlic & Herb Old Bay on them and threw them in the pan. I made sure that I let them cook very well on the first side so that they dont fall apart. It worked great. I steamed some shrimp as well. Also steamed was some green beans.. Not the frozen kind... these are found in the produce section, more like fresh green beans, but still packaged in a steamable bag. They are 2.99 a bag but dayyyyuuuummm they are worth it!

So anyway, I ate 2 piece of tilapia and greenbeans and I am very content. Yes, I feel the food in my stomach but not overly stuffed.

I cooked 4 pieces so I have 2 left for later if I choose to have that. So looks like today will be an unintentional low carb day..

Last night I ate 2 pcs of rice flour w/ some chili and called it a night.
Oh yea - and a glass of white zinfadel.

Total exercise time was only 1 hour today

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NEXT DAY - 146

DEDIKAYTED
01-12-2011, 09:29 AM
I am just reminding myself of the fact that I was happy just a month ago doing my own thing --and losing --- so I dont want to get myself crazy now. Stressed out dieting is not fun at all.

I am officially releasing myself to be mentally under any "plan" right now. I am back on the DEDIKAYTED-BE-FREE PLAN.. and that's that. And I will lose. Period.

:)

Manic episode over.

DEDIKAYTED
01-12-2011, 03:00 PM
Wednesday

Gym - this evening with my girlfriend (Plan: at least 90 minutes)

E A T S
1.
Before Noon:
Coffee :) - Cals: 60
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2.
NOON -
3 oz tilapia - 75
green beans - 20
home made tartar - 55
rest of the lettuce w/dressing (no more lettuce shreds!) - 50
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3.
8 oz yogurt w/ apple = 170
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Running Total: 430 calories

4.
banana & yogurt/pb2 = 200

Gym - 60 minutes treadmill. Wasn't feeling great but worked it anyway ;)

5.
rice wrap/corn"bread" - 350 calories
cheese - 70
tomato soup - 50
=============470 cals + 200 + 430 = 1100 calories
Still working on getting my calories up. I actually thought that would be a little higher but its cool. I'm full. Yesterday was a "high" day so today is a low day and I am ok with that.

joyfulloser
01-12-2011, 08:03 PM
YOU GO GURL!!!! Here's to being STRESS FREE!!!:carrot:

BTW, I finally made that Picadillo dish...YUM! (pics on my blog/thread):D

DEDIKAYTED
01-12-2011, 09:38 PM
STRESS FREE and loving it :) It is always a great feeling to eat what you hae a taste for (especially if its healthy! )

Feeling much more back in control again. :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-13-2011, 10:02 AM
WEDNESDAY

Working out this afternoon. Tomorrow will be an a.m workout for sure :)

Coffee - 60
GoRaw Bar - 120
Large Apple - 100
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280 cals

Spinach caserole ( I think I am almost to the last of it)
shrimp
greenbeans
*****************Maybe 500 calories??


*The only problem with freezing the caserole is that I really can't tell how many calories it is when I just take a hunk out and eat it. If I made individual portions when I first baked it, then it would be easy to tell. I hate underestimating my calories, so I tend to always guess HIGH when I have to guestimate a meal. Thats why when this portion of the caserole is gone - from now on I will bake things in a way that I know exactly how many calories I am getting.

*I had to feed the best just now -- It was about 11:30 and I was working..but couldn't stop thinking about food. I had the GoRaw flax bar this morning and the apple, but I guess that was just not enough. I know that eating small portions works from some people (eating throughout the day) but this doesn't work for me. I think I wrote about this before, but being content with my meal and not having to think about when I am going to get to eat again is a lot more satisfying and freeing to me then eating every 3 hours.. counting down.. LOL. I have did it numerous times and it can work but I am just not happy when I eat that way.. Then on top of that, mentally I just feel bad because I feel like I have been eating ALLL day long. So today just reminded me that something else that was working for me was the fact that I ate until I felt satisfied but not stuffed and that seemed to keep me full for hours and I really like that.. Not having to THINK about food because my tummy was happy.

So anyway.. I am happy right now.. Had a good portion of the spinach caserole and a bunch of greenbeans and I am content. Not stuffed but I definitely would not want any food if someone offered me something (not even my beloved brownies). With this being said, eating this way of course makes your meals more calorie dense because you are not eating so many times a day but that is fine with me! As long as I dont have to countdown to my next meal and embrace hunger, I'm good ;)

Be back later.

DEDIKAYTED
01-13-2011, 01:18 PM
What works well

Coffee in the morning.

Heavy lunch

Snack before Gym - piece of fruit / yogurt

Dinner - lovely oatmeal :)

joyfulloser
01-13-2011, 02:04 PM
Just wanted to make a quick suggestion for finding the calories of each portion of casserole. Go to calorie count dot com or google the exact site address. Enter all the ingredients. It will give you total calories for that dish. If you enter "4" or "6" servings (or however many), it will give you the calories of each servings and how many grams each serving is. Just weigh out that much in grams and there you have it!:D

DEDIKAYTED
01-14-2011, 09:40 AM
Just wanted to make a quick suggestion for finding the calories of each portion of casserole. Go to calorie count dot com or google the exact site address. Enter all the ingredients. It will give you total calories for that dish. If you enter "4" or "6" servings (or however many), it will give you the calories of each servings and how many grams each serving is. Just weigh out that much in grams and there you have it!:D

Yep! That exactly what I used to do except that I use fitday :) I did it on the first casserole and the calories were so low for that big casserole that when i started makimg additional ones I just didn't worry about it. :p

That may work for maintenance but right now I do need to have my calorie count a little more accurate ;) So back to the drawling board. :)

I need to pick up some more muffin pans.. I like baking in those because it gies you easy portion control ;)

Don't worry, I am going to get this thing together and make things easy at the same time... The least amount of confusion - the better!

DEDIKAYTED
01-14-2011, 03:51 PM
FRIDAY

45 minutes of cardio this morning

Coffee in the a.m

Lunch time - Cooked up a whole bag of tilapia. Also cooked/steamed a head of cauliflower ;) I usually buy it frozen but there were no frozen cauliflower to be found in the store. I think its because its the NEW YEAR and which all the weightloss shows on giving people recipe recommendations, I am sure mashed cauliflower is probably top of the list.

Anyway -- the fresh turned out perfect and it made so much more. I think I will do fresh cauliflower from now on

Today, I've been letting go of some ummmm..waste and I am feeling much much much better. I dont want to put anything heavy back in my system right now (like beans, rice, bread, oatmeal) so I will just stick with a lower carb day. Veggies and lean protein. My system is feeling a lot better and I wanna keep this feeling for a while. I am praying for my "light/skinny" feeling by Sunday. I am trying to hold on my REAL weighins until I wake up with "the feeling". :) ... ( I ended up sneaking on the scale .... yea.. still 149...sigh)

On a good note. I tried my size 28 jeans on today and they fit pretty good. Still they would fit better if I were under 145 I am sure but its just good to know that some of the bloat is finally going away. I just wanna get back in "the zone" where I can almost feel my body dropping weight. I love that feeling. It takes some crazy maneuvering for me to get there but when I get there - its a great high. The problem is - making sure I stay in it.. Not letting anything like holidays, get togethers, or whatever to kick me out of it. When I get to it this time - I WILL OWN IT and hold on to it for dear life. I am going to ride it out, stay focused.. and at the same time BE HAPPY!

I am feeling so much better. Its just funny to see how TOM can totally mess up a girl's journal for about 10 days or so. Wow. I dont get PMS bad every single month, but when I do get it, my hormones are used wacked for 2 weeks. (As you could see in my most recent journal entries... lol... I get bloated, hormonal, and then desperate to change my plan, do something different, restrict, etc.. ALL inthe name of hormones!

Well thank god I'm stable again.

:)

DEDIKAYTED
01-15-2011, 02:51 PM
FRIDAY - weight - 149.8 (flickering at 150) wtf!

EATS

coffee

Brunch - 4 oz cooked tilapia and smashed cauliflower w/homemade light tartar. ----------------YUMMY!

celery /w yogurt honey mustard dressing

6pm - bunch of mashed caulifower and 1ozlow fatcheese cube

My sweetie took me out last night.We went to an Asian bar/restaurant..really nice. I ordered a green salad with a vinagrette dressing and they threw 4 jumbo shrimp on top. No croutons or anything. NO bread. It was fine. I wanted to choke down my sweetie's cheesecake dessert, but I kept my mind focused on the "light" feeling I was looking for. If we hadnt went out, more than likely I wouldnt even have had any food after the 6pm meal.. but since we were out until 1am... it was ok. OH yea.. and 2 glasses of MERLOT. ;)

Didn't count my calories.. Just being me. and FREE :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-15-2011, 03:03 PM
SATURDAY

First....Let me just mention I was proud of myself.. I resisted tasting my sweetie's cheesecake. It looked soooo good, so thick, and it had a lot of crust just like I like. Anyway, we made it home and had a little diet 25 cal hot chocolate -- I guess thats my desssert! LOL

After eating lighter yesterday and not eating at bed time.. I woke up this morning with a somewhat "light" feeling. I told you that when I get the light feeling, I probably would run, right...


Went to the gym around 10:30.
Treadmill - 30 minute incline
Then did a 30 minute jog -- Told ya :)
Added a little elliptical and bike... Foot started getting sore so I ended the cardio session

90 minutes total
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YEP! THAT'S RIGHT !! A WHOOSH. Yesterday the scale flickered at 150/149 and today it flickered 145.8/146.0 :)

O-M-G! THANK GOD MY WEIGHT IS BACK DOWN! NOW LET'S KEEP IT MOVING!


I was starving - got back home I guess around 1 to have brunch.

4 oz Tilapia
lite home made tartar (lite sourcream, and sugar free relish)

Green salad with fresh salsa
yogurt honey mustard dressing
1 oz low fat cheese white sharp cheddar (60 cals for 1 oz)
1.5 tsp walnut

Not writing down exact calories, but keeping a running total in my head like before. It just feels natural and stress free. :)

Yaay. I am so happy.

DINNER
Repeat Meal 1
Merlot

joyfulloser
01-15-2011, 03:11 PM
Glad you enjoyed yourself!:D

Do you realize...we're on the same CYCLE? Hahaha! This could be dangerous!:o LOL!!

*EDIT* - Just read your new post...:congrat::bravo::congrat:

I'm soooooooooooooo happy for you!:D

DEDIKAYTED
01-15-2011, 03:56 PM
Glad you enjoyed yourself!:D

Do you realize...we're on the same CYCLE? Hahaha! This could be dangerous!:o LOL!!

*EDIT* - Just read your new post...:congrat::bravo::congrat:

I'm soooooooooooooo happy for you!:D

thanks!! I couldn't wait to hop on the PC to report some progress!!!! I'm ready to push, push, push myself further into the ZONE!!!! See, if I had ate that cheesecake last night - I probably wouldnt have seen such a whoosh. I will remind mysel of this tomorrow when I go to my friends house for a get-together. He alwyas has desserts and some kind of fattening but YUMMY meals there.. Once again, I will not stress about it. I will eat before hand, and save some calories just in case I want some wine or something.. But I am so excited to be getting back into the ZONE that I dont wanna mess things up!!

HAPPINESS :carrot:

DEDIKAYTED
01-16-2011, 12:26 PM
..and I. AM. IN. IT!!!!!!

GYM THIS A.M
RUN - 30 minutes
Incline - 30 minutes
Cloud stepper - 15

145.8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great. Now all I gotta do is keep pushing and get under this weight!!!
I will be under 145 by the end of January.
I will be under 145 by the end of January.
I will be under 145 by the end of January.
I will be under 145 by the end of January.
I will be under 145 by the end of January.

That's right!!! Push it!
Still keeping the calories in check.
Still trying my best not to eat close to bed time.

I have a get-together to go to tonight. Everytime I get in the zone there is always a get-together, party, birthdday, dinner, SOMETHING to test my strength. And it most certainly will be tested tonight. I am ready. I will eat well today and not get myself stressed or worried about the get together.

My appetite changed a couple of days ago so I just went with it. I havent had a taste for too many complex carbs so incientally my daily carbs have been a little lower. I just havent want that heavy feeling in my stomach and I went with it. It didnt change too much though because I still dont want any real meat - chicken, beef, or turkey.. but I have been eating my tilapia and getting my protein in.

My appetite for salads (real GREEN salad..not the iceberg shreds) has went up, so my salad yesterday was AWESOME.

I will see what I want today. I will just figure things out as the day goes on...but I definitely feel like there will be more spinach/green salad on the menu.

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EATS

10:30 -
8 oz low carb yogurt (90) w/1 tbsp of walnuts (50)
2 tablespoon cottage cheese (25)
Coffee
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approx 200 cals --

DEDIKAYTED
01-17-2011, 08:33 PM
MONDAY & MLK DAY

Get together didnt go too bad last night. I said no to those gourmet cupcakes and Pomegrante Martinis. Brought my own Merlot. Had regular food, but said no to the desserts/junk. I watched as everyone else partaked and told myself that I only needed to wait 5 minutes and everyone would have scarfed their cupcakes down and the torture would be over :) LOL. And it was...

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I'm sure there may have been a little fluctuation on the scale just because it was't my normal - oatmeal, yogurt, or veggies that I tend to eat all the time...LOL. but its fine.

I RESTED ALLLLL day today. Made a lowfat crabcake earlier and then had some oatmeal w/pb2 concoction and apple... what else??? oh.. yogurt and walnuts today.

Its about 7:30 now and I had to drag myself off the couch. I really wanted to day to be a rest day because I could feel it last night that a rest day was coming up.. BUT we have an icestorm coming tonight which messes up my gym plans for tomorrow.. SOOOO - Here's to my dedication -- I am going to just drag my azz in there right now and pump out 60-90 minutes cardio because tomorrow will be a forced rest day due to ice. I dont want to do it.. BUT I also didnt want 2 rest days.

Yesterday started my - 5 POUNDS / 30 DAY CHALLENGE that I made up and have about 9 people doing it with me. Weighed everyone in yesterday. So its just another thing to motivate me to push.

More later.. Gotta go.

joyfulloser
01-18-2011, 10:11 AM
Heck...gourmet cupcakes? Who needs em!:p Pomegranite Martinis...blah blah blah!!! Ok...well...maybe just one..haha! Anyhoot....:congrat: on resisting temptation!!!:D Your body thanks you too!;)

I just went for my physical yesterday, and since losing the weight thus far, my health has drastically improved...118/68 Blood Pressure, last year (this same time) it was 160/100!!!:o

Glad to hear you had a rest day...sometimes its ok to take 2 days...the 3rd day your performance usually will see all time peak!! It's TOM here for me...so yesterday was me, my couch, and my pumpkin muffins..aaaaahhhh...the good life!:D

DEDIKAYTED
01-18-2011, 07:37 PM
Helllo !!!!

Yes, today is a rest day. Not much to log for today. Trying to kinda figure out what I want to eat for the rest of the week. I'm kinda spent with even the tilapia right now.... so I'll be meatless for a while :) I bought more cauliflower the other day so I can eat that. I also brought some more salad fixings so I guess I will have that as well. Veggies, veggies and more veggies. :)

I would love to do 2 rest days but we SHALL see. We have more wintery mix coming tonight so that will probably mess up going to the gym in the morning. I would love it if I did one of my p90x tapes, but I have to be in the mood to do home exercise videos...and the right now... I am really just not feeling that.

The bottom's of my feet have been sore. ...Its hard to describe but I would say the cushion/padded areas of your foot. I figure it has to be from repeittive compression in the gym. Like elliptical... and treadmill.
So hopefully the rest day will help it heal :)

Guess I will go and look up some vegetarian recipes...maybe a lightbulb will come on. Lately I just like it when my body feels "light".. not weighing my stomach down too much with heavier stuff.

DEDIKAYTED
01-19-2011, 11:43 AM
OMG. I had the best sleep that I’ve had in months last night. Thank God for that! So I guess the rest day was a success! I am thinking of taking Joyful’s advice and having 2 rest days in a row. So today will be a rest day too. I am hoping that the 2 rest days will do my body GOOD and also heal my feet !! So, here’s to another rest day!

Last night I made a new little meal that I may start having for a while. Nice and light.. but good. I took zucchini and mushrooms, diced tomato, tomato paste.. baked that all together.. threw some fat free feta on it in the end… and voila.. new meal. Lowfat zuchhini parmesan. I used 2 bags of frozen zucchini. 65 calories per bag… So about 200 calories for the whole pan that I baked.. hahaha. That’s awesome. So you know, I will just build on this recipe and make others as I did with my spinach casserole.

Yep back on my veggie kick. No meat for me PULEEZ!

No coffee for a few days.. My stomach was super sore yesterday and then felt worse after I had coffee so I will lay off of it. Switching to peppermint tea until it feels better. I guess that will save a few calories as well. Probably at least 60-100 ;)


Eats Today

Nut Thins – 130 cals

Oatmeal and cottage cheese - 500 cals

GO RAW BAR - 120

Celery w/honey mustard - 100

veggie salad with honey mustard - 70

mashed cauliflower - 100
lowfat zucchini parm - 50
2 oz yogurt and 10 blackberries
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a little under 1200

**middle of night - yogurt and a few more blackberries. ** :(

natamars
01-19-2011, 09:41 PM
Hey, dedikayted, how's it going? Just wanted you to know that I've been following your thread ever since we were both doing Fat Smash. I got down to 130 lbs. last spring and then got frustrated because for months I kept gaining and losing the same 2 lbs., so I pretty much gave up food-wise over the fall and now I'm up 10 lbs. Would love to be back @ 130 now! Because now I'm having the same problem with 140 - can't get below it. So I'm starting fat smash again on Saturday and doing the detox phase. I'm also going to add some more cardio in the form of running and spinning and some more weight training instead of the elliptical and body sculpting classes I've been doing. I need to shake things up!

I've been calorie counting and staying between 1200-1500, but the scale is not budging. Like you, I'm just trying to figure things out.

Talk to you soon!

DEDIKAYTED
01-19-2011, 10:11 PM
Hey, dedikayted, how's it going? Just wanted you to know that I've been following your thread ever since we were both doing Fat Smash. I got down to 130 lbs. last spring and then got frustrated because for months I kept gaining and losing the same 2 lbs., so I pretty much gave up food-wise over the fall and now I'm up 10 lbs. Would love to be back @ 130 now! Because now I'm having the same problem with 140 - can't get below it. So I'm starting fat smash again on Saturday and doing the detox phase. I'm also going to add some more cardio in the form of running and spinning and some more weight training instead of the elliptical and body sculpting classes I've been doing. I need to shake things up!

I've been calorie counting and staying between 1200-1500, but the scale is not budging. Like you, I'm just trying to figure things out.

Talk to you soon!

Hello! Of course I remember you, I looked for you when I first came back on because Fat Smash is what worked for me to get to my lowest weight piossible. Whats funny is the foundation of fatsmash is so near my real style of eating that I naturally eat "fatsmashable" foods. I love, love, love veggies, oatmeal, yougrt, and fruit so it just works out well. And with keeping a head count of my calories, I could go forward from "detox" phase and just go with what feels natural.... Now, that I think about it, I may just have moved through the next phases in the book without even knowing it. I'm going to have to look at the OFS book now. :)

Thankfully, after my TERRIBLE pms... I am emotionally stable again and hopefully things will keep moving along. I believe the lowest I got the last time with fat smash was 142 before I started doing muscle building, so I will defiitely be ecstatic when i see under 145 again. OMG. It almost seems unattainable, but as I surf around 3FC, I see so many people who started from weights even higher than mine and they are now 120's and 130's. I can do this! WE WILL DO THIS!

We are doing things at a great time(winter). If we put in the work now,we can definitely be happy this summer!!!!yaaay! We have plenty of time, but its not alot of time when you think about actual weightloss! So I just remind myself to stay the course, stick with my plan, and keep it moving. Finding what works for us is so important. I can do strict Fat Smash wheneever I just feel tired and not know what I want to eat but its good to really be able to eat a variety of foods and be able to feel comfortable with our plans. I guess if I think about it - I basically just moved through the plan that's all. Just didnt stay with detox phase forever :)

You know, I was attempting to do the extreme plan again, but after being stress free about what I eat, I'd rather not go day by day, page-by-page following meals right now. LOL. If I did follow anything, it would be the Original Fat Smash and definitely not EFS. Not to mention the GAS that I had was HORRENDOUS.

I'm here for you to talk / support/ motivate...whatever you need! Let's just do it this time!

DEDIKAYTED
01-20-2011, 08:04 AM
Yea - not too happy about eating the other 2 oz of my yogurt in the middle of the night.. I hate that. I dont care if its only 20 calories or not. That's not the point. I just hate that I do it. Gotta get my mind back set on no night snacking. Sometimes I wonder if its the sleeping aids. I do know that prescription ones can cause night snacking (in your sleep) but these aren't prescription. Well either way, I will have to fight fight fight and buckle down to tell myself NO! Maybe if I start closing my room door, I wont go out there. Ugh! ..and yes, I realize that it possibly could be from my calories being on the low side but I really dont think thats it. I just think that I carry a lot of things on my mind, so I dont get into a deep sleep... Add going to the bathrooom at least 3 times a night.... one of those times, I make a LEFT in to the kitchen, instead of going STRAIGHT back to bed. I will concentrate better tonight. I guess if I have to I will get more gum. This is crazy.


UP bright and early today. Going to go and make me a cup of peppermint tea... trying to lower my caffeine intake a little and I dont have any decaf here. So peppermint tea - it is! I plan to workout this evening, hopefully it will be a SUPER workout since I allowed myself 2 rest days. I almost went to the gym this morning, but I didnt want to have to rush my workout so I will go this afternoon.

I am really loving the zucchini/mushroom dish I made. I want to make a big pan of that. Its so low calorie and delish! Last night, I through it over some my mashed cauliflower and I was literally in heaven. I am definitely going to go buy some more of those ingredients today. Especially while the bagged zucchini is 1.00 this week. I have that today, along with my yogurt, 2 apples, and of course my oatmeal - so today's meals are set.

I will be back later to log.

DEDIKAYTED
01-20-2011, 11:01 AM
Yes, this is the reason why I hate starting work early in the morning.. Eating early..

10am -
blackberries/ small apple/yogurt - 145
oatmeal & cottage cheese - 190
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335... and still not full! What in the world!

BOTTOMLESS PIT!! I know what it is --NOT DRINKING COFFEE!!............Yea.. well that may change in a little bit. This is craziness.

Mashed cauliflower - 100
zuchini - 40
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140... but this meal was ALOT.. That mashed cauliflower is the bomb!

apple & yogurt - 115

100 calorie popcorn
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690... seems unreal

I feel bloated today. Probably because I am wearing jeans and everytime I wear jeans, I feel like a stuffed sausage. I cant wait til I change my clothes and go workout. I feel like I ate a ton today..and guilty too. Strange.

I have to find a way to switch my workouts back to the morning hours. Hopefully switching to decaf completely will help rectify my sleep problems and I can start getting to bed earlier at least 3 days out of the week. I used to get up at the crack a$$ of dawn to workout and I didn't mind it at all. So I think I may need to start doing that again. I dont know. Sigh. I just have "off" days when I start work really early because it messes with my eating schedule and I hate it. I will figure out something and see what works for me.

joyfulloser
01-20-2011, 11:06 AM
Ya...coffee definitely helps!;) LOL @ bottomless pit!:p That was me the past few days...and I drank coffee!:o

DEDIKAYTED
01-20-2011, 01:07 PM
Coffee most definitely helps! I so wish I enjoyed tea...but I just don't. I'm drinking it nevertheless to get me through...but soon... my coffee will be back! Since I have been doing so well with no caffeine, I will just stick with decaf coffee for a while. I am experimenting with my sleep patterns. I can say that my sleep has been a little better as far as actually FALLING asleep, so I'll keep going. I got some good ole' Dunkin Donuts decaf at home, so I'll just stick with that. Man! I just cant believe how much coffee really helps! Its about 12:00 now and I got through without stuffing more in my mouth so I'm ok now. hahah. I'll eat again before I hit the gym of course.... MMM>. I brought my mashed cauliflower and zucchini today.. Yummy!

DEDIKAYTED
01-21-2011, 02:23 PM
After 3, yes 3, rest days.. I will make it to the gym tonight. The headaches have been crazy this week. Maybe its the caffeine detox. I dunno. But my butt will be there today!


FRIDAY

Coffee - 30


1pm
Blackberries - 40
Yogurt - 90
================
130

GYM 4PM
1 hr elliptical
15 minutes bike.
5 minutes tread :)

Trader Joes chicken salad - 200 calories total

yogurt - 45

zucchini and mashed cauliflower - 120
======================================495

celery & pear champangne dressing

2 glasses of red wine... My tolerance is getting low because this was a bit too much.
Total calorie hoarder today. LOL>!

natamars
01-21-2011, 02:36 PM
Dedikayted, are your headaches as bad today as they were the first day? It should start to get better soon if it's caffeine withdrawl.

The scale was down to 139.2 this morning. So happy!!! I really hope this means I'm done with the 140's for good!

DEDIKAYTED
01-21-2011, 07:16 PM
Dedikayted, are your headaches as bad today as they were the first day? It should start to get better soon if it's caffeine withdrawl.

Actually yep... the headache is MUCH better today. Just faint... So maybe it was the caffeine! Hopefully this will mean tomorrow = NO HEADACHE :carrot:
I did just buy some decaf from Trader Joes so I can keep this up!!! And another thing I noticed was that I didnt have a "low" at work. I pretty much stay constant throughout the day.


The scale was down to 139.2 this morning. So happy!!! I really hope this means I'm done with the 140's for good!

That's AWESOME!! I can NOT wait til I see the 130's!!! I dont know what I would do! OMGoodnesssss! Just thinking about it makes me :carrot:
We just gotta keep it going!!!!! :) Have you been just calorie counting or have you stared OFS?

DEDIKAYTED
01-22-2011, 12:42 PM
Oh YES your girl ran 4 miles this morning!! That’s right! Go ME. I used to run but just got out of the habit.. started doing more sprinting that long distance running.. But today… Yes yes… 4 miles. Ran the baby straight thru!!!!

Tomorrow is the official weigh day normally, but if I sneak n Saturday.. its fine.. I was still holding at last weeks weight 145.8-146.0..yea flickering.. So that’s cool, especially since I did have that party that I went to last Sunday and also had Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar the other night for dinner. I don’t know. I definitely just felt bloated this week. BUT, I have to say that yesterdays’s low calorie day probably helped stable me out as well. Regardless, I haven’t weighed all week and FELT like I was heavier, but I’m not! I’m really not! NOT TO MENTION 3, YES 3 REST DAYS AND MY WEIGHT IS STILL 145!!!!!!! YAAAY! So that has me super pumped because now that I am back in the gym, I feel like its time for another drop on the scale. I got a new mindset this morning when I weighed in..like a clean slate.. No more going up on the scale… Now I am only focusing on the BIG picture now. I. AM. ONLY. 5. POUNDS.AWAY FROM GETTING IN THE 130’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT’S THE BIGGER PICTURES FOLKS! And I am going to do just that.. So from here on out, down, down, down, down. No parties or anything coming up so this is great. Yes, me and my sweetie still go out but I have been doing great with just ordering salad (and bringing my OWN dressing…like I did the other night at Ruby Tuesdays… OH.. I brought my own fat free cheese too!! LOL...yep.. believe it).

So anyway, back on my natural high.. feeling good.. This week coming up is going to be a wonderful week. I will keep pushing and reach January’s goal of being UNDER 145. I appreciate that I’m here but I need to see the LOW 145. Heck.. just forget the low 145 and give me 143!!!!!!

I am going to be good tonight and watch my night eating. I did make a deal with myself yesterday that if I did eat something at night, it had to be a negative calorie food = CELERY. Munch if you want. So to me, if I am TRULY hungry then I should not mind having the celery. If I don’t want it and would prefer something else.. .well guess what?? Its not real hunger anyway. Wait til the morning.

So there you have it.. from 146-200 pounds no longer exists to me.. Now, I am focused on what’s below. This will be easy. I am claiming it. Just continue to do what I know is right, stay the course even when the scale is not moving as fast as it should. Win the war.

DEDIKAYTED
01-22-2011, 12:44 PM
SATURDAY

GYM IN THE A.M
Elliptical - 30 minutes
Treadmill - 60 minutes
Walked for 10 and then 4 miles straight!!!! YAAY

EATS
6 egg whites and 2 smart beat fat free cheese - 100 Cals

DECAF Coffee - 60

1 extra small apple - 50
yogurt - 90
2 tbsp pb2 - 45
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345 cals and counting....

1 small apple - 70
yogurt - 90
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505

Will have my Country salad from Trader joes.. 100 calories
Dressing - 45

============================650 cals

Still got my headache. Popped 3 ibuprofens and have to keep it moving. Not as bad as the first day though. At least they aren't getting worse. Drinking tons of water..
Will be back to post more later. :D

joyfulloser
01-22-2011, 12:56 PM
WOW...that's great..4 miles running AND 30 mins on the eliptical? You are making me feel old!:( LOL!

Ya..I need to cross train on eliptical, but it makes my feet go numb...hurts my feet too...so I know what you mean about that. I have to to keep alternating my weight and flexing my toes to keep my feet from tingling.

Sprinting is excellent...I MEAN EXCELLENT!!! Maybe changing up your style of work out is just what the doctor ordered!

Cheering you on!!!:bravo:

natamars
01-22-2011, 02:58 PM
Hey, Dedikayted - I have been calorie-counting. Started OFS today. I'm already craving sugar! I'd been having bits of it throughout the day - for example, Trader Joe's makes these cookies shaped like cats, and they're only 7 calories each. Actually now that I type that it sounds too low. I'd pack 7 of them for the day and whenever I felt a sugar craving, I'd eat one. I'd also have one or two small pieces of dark chocolate a day. And I'm really going to miss my wine tonight. I always have a glass or two on the weekends. I'm going to weigh in every day - not going to wait until the end.

Right now I'm trying to get motivated to go to the gym - it is SO cold outside! I could stay in bed all day!!

DEDIKAYTED
01-22-2011, 04:19 PM
Hey, Dedikayted - I have been calorie-counting. Started OFS today. I'm already craving sugar! I'd been having bits of it throughout the day - for example, Trader Joe's makes these cookies shaped like cats, and they're only 7 calories each. Actually now that I type that it sounds too low. I'd pack 7 of them for the day and whenever I felt a sugar craving, I'd eat one. I'd also have one or two small pieces of dark chocolate a day. And I'm really going to miss my wine tonight. I always have a glass or two on the weekends. I'm going to weigh in every day - not going to wait until the end.

Right now I'm trying to get motivated to go to the gym - it is SO cold outside! I could stay in bed all day!!

NO wine? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :( That is one of the things I liked about the Extreme plan... you get at least 2 glasses a week! :) Yes, do weigh every day so you dont start stressing out/feel like you aren't losing. Plus, if you dont see the weight coming off, you can always just change up. Its good to know ahead of time if you are taking in too much fruit etc. No need in waiting the 9 days to try and figure out what went wrong! Well keep pushing and get to the gym, woman! Just go and get it over with. That's what I did this morning and I am sooo glad that I did. I know I wouldnt feel like it tonight.. Yes... it is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEZING out there!

Day 1 almost down. 8 more to go!

natamars
01-22-2011, 04:38 PM
I made myself go - just did 35 minutes on the elliptical, kind of pathetic, but even that was a struggle. I'm trying to do Spin Saturday mornings @ 8, but I had a 9AM appointmnet to get my hair cut and colored - hadn't been to the salon in 6 months!

I agree about tweaking if I see this isn't working. Last time I tried OFS to get through a plateau, I lost .2 lbs the whole 9 days! But my eating's been getting a little sloppier, so this will force me to eat clean.

DEDIKAYTED
01-23-2011, 04:31 PM
I made myself go - just did 35 minutes on the elliptical, kind of pathetic, but even that was a struggle. I'm trying to do Spin Saturday mornings @ 8, but I had a 9AM appointmnet to get my hair cut and colored - hadn't been to the salon in 6 months!

I agree about tweaking if I see this isn't working. Last time I tried OFS to get through a plateau, I lost .2 lbs the whole 9 days! But my eating's been getting a little sloppier, so this will force me to eat clean.


Hey, at least you got your workout in!! That's what matters! I remember your last go around and thats why I agree that if you weigh yourself daily or even every other day.. that would be great!

No worries! You WILL lose more than (.2) this time!

DEDIKAYTED
01-23-2011, 04:38 PM
My meals will be on the lines of OFS this week... well they pretty much are most of the time.. but I will be down to the basics because my mother and her friend want me to join this challenge with them. I'll have to list the details later, but basically I will have to live off of $30.00 worth of groceries for a whole week. I really don't feel like doing it, but my mom's friend is part of my weightloss challenge and he REALLY wants me to do this - so FINE. I guess I will. So I need to take 30.00 and go to the store tonight and figure out what I will eat this week.

Right now I am thinking:

oatmeal - 2.00
milk - 4.00
peaches - 3.00
apples - 3.00
yogurt - 3.00
salad mix - 2.00
eggs - 2.00
beans???--- I am not sure about this yet..
spinach - 2.00
bag veggies - 2.00
coffee - 2.70

I'll give updates later.

Have to get ready to get out of here and go to the gym.

I want to do between 60-90 minutes of cardio.

DEDIKAYTED
01-23-2011, 04:44 PM
SUNDAY

Breakfast - 390
Made my own oat pancakes out of oatmeal.. just ground up the oats, added low fat cottage cheese, egg white, blueberries
egg whites and fat free cheese on the side

Lunch - 600
Rice wraps - w/ 1 cup cream of mushroom gluten free soup
sour cream / cheese -

==================990 so far...
So I will go to the gym and burn around 400-500 and then there will be dinner. :)

Did a weak hour of cardio in the gym.

add 1/2 cup oatmeal and the rest of my soup that I had in the fridge.
I probably ended up with approx 1400 cals for today.

Tomorrow starts this 7 day / 30.00 challenge, so I still need to figure out what exactly I am going to be munching on.

Right now, it looks like - oatmeal, yogurts, peach, apple, egg whites, veggies - Can you say Fat Smash? LOL.

OH yea.. and I'm cooking some dry black beans now. They have been boiling for 2 hours, uh.......I hope they get done soon because I'm ready to hit the sack.

Hopefully tomorrow I will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go to the gym. I am attempting to change my schedule starting this week. Cardio in the morning :D

DEDIKAYTED
01-24-2011, 11:19 AM
MONDAY

AM Cardio 60 minutes. Yep. Getting back in the habit of hitting the gym early. Got there at 7. Need to get there earlier tomorrow.

Time to get coffee!

4oz yougrt - 45
necatine - 60

TJ spinach salad w/dressing -300
==========================================415

nectarine - 60
yogurt - 45
1/4 cup cotttage cheese - 45
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150 calories =============================565 total @330pm

apple - 60
Oatmeal - 3/4 cup - 225
1/4 cup cottage cheese - 45
=============================================895

Dinner will be eggwhite/spinach omelet!

natamars
01-24-2011, 01:37 PM
Dedikayted, you are doing so great! What is the challenge you're doing?

OFS is going well. The first day the sugar cravings were awful - after I would eat I would have this gnawing feeling in my stomach like I just HAD to have some sugar. I've been ending my meals with a 1/2 or whole banana when this happens and it seems to be helping somewhat. I've also got my oatmeal "muffins" and soy milk - just something about the flavors satisfies sweet cravings.

Today is day 3 and I'm down .8 so far. I'd be really happy to get down 3 lbs. for the 9-day detox, and then I'll decide what to add back in. It is nice to know that all my calories(~1160 a day) are quality foods.

I'm doing a V-Day challenge and my goal is to be under 135 by then.

Talk to you soon!

DEDIKAYTED
01-24-2011, 04:38 PM
The Challenge

Participants in the Challenge pledge to use the average food stamp benefit for an individual – $30 a week in Maryland – as their total budget for groceries for the seven days.

Can you survive off of $30.00 groceries for 7 days? AND you cant use food you already have in the house.

DEDIKAYTED
01-24-2011, 04:49 PM
Dedikayted, you are doing so great! What is the challenge you're doing?

OFS is going well. The first day the sugar cravings were awful - after I would eat I would have this gnawing feeling in my stomach like I just HAD to have some sugar. I've been ending my meals with a 1/2 or whole banana when this happens and it seems to be helping somewhat. I've also got my oatmeal "muffins" and soy milk - just something about the flavors satisfies sweet cravings.

Today is day 3 and I'm down .8 so far. I'd be really happy to get down 3 lbs. for the 9-day detox, and then I'll decide what to add back in. It is nice to know that all my calories(~1160 a day) are quality foods.

I'm doing a V-Day challenge and my goal is to be under 135 by then.

Talk to you soon!


Well at least you are going down... Keep weighing! I was thinking of weighing more to help me with my night - hunger. If I know I have to face the scale in the morning, I may stay my behind in the bed! hahahahaha!

As my food dwindles, I will probably be right on track with the OFS menus. I am hoping that my body stops fluctuating and go DOWN. I really want to see under 145 soon! Actually this is the PUSH week because the end of January is Monday.... so by next Tuesday I better be no more than 144!

DEDIKAYTED
01-25-2011, 08:52 AM
So for the remainder of the month, in my effort to get under 145, I think I will cut down on some of my heavier carbs. I have started feeling a little snacky, yet at the same time bloated, so I think I will just cut them down a tad. Not following a plan per say, but I know how to just reduce the carbs and keep a monitor on my blood sugar levels as well.

Today

Coffee - 75

Meal 1 - Tuna & salad mix - 225
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300 calories

1/2 egg white omelet - 95

celery sticks - plain

1/3cup cottage cheese - 75
lc yogurt - 45
pb2 - 70
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TOTAL - 585 calories so far and no heavy carbs

Turkey burger – 160
spinach - 135
light mayo & mustard - 70
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365 calories

Running Total: 950 calories

Dinner
Got some ground turkey breast and make some "taco" meat out of it, threw it on some shredded lettuce w/lite sourcream an fat free cheese.. voila! taco salad.

It was good..

BUT

I dont wanna eat meat anymore! I guess I should not say that but I deinitely can only take an ounce or so at a time if at all. At least I tried again. I thought I wanted and could handle it, but no thanks... I want NO MORE, thank you :)

natamars
01-25-2011, 09:13 AM
Dedikayted, sounds like a plan! We need to keep mixing things up. 145 was a big sticking point for me as well - I even got a new notebook dedicated to getting under it where I wrote down all my food/exercise/water etc.

I'm almost back where I was just before Thanksgiving, and am really hoping I can meet my Valentine's Day goal. Then I'll start looking at the next challenge. I reallly want to be at goal by the summer, but I'm already thinking 130 will be the plateau againthis time. That's when I got sloppy last year and started gaining again. But this time I will not let it beat me!!!

Have a great day.

DEDIKAYTED
01-25-2011, 11:39 AM
Dedikayted, sounds like a plan! We need to keep mixing things up. 145 was a big sticking point for me as well - I even got a new notebook dedicated to getting under it where I wrote down all my food/exercise/water etc.

I'm almost back where I was just before Thanksgiving, and am really hoping I can meet my Valentine's Day goal. Then I'll start looking at the next challenge. I reallly want to be at goal by the summer, but I'm already thinking 130 will be the plateau againthis time. That's when I got sloppy last year and started gaining again. But this time I will not let it beat me!!!

Have a great day.

Really? 145 was a sticking point for you too!???????????????????? Tell me more! Its funny how our body have these set points. Half the time, I dont know if its a mental thing or what but it just seems hard to get to the low 140's. When I did the last time, I believe I was doing a lot of running outside at least 45-60 minutes with a running partner. Can't do that now.. I have started running on the treadmill. I want to get a long run in at least twice a week for now..more is fine as well.

So do you remember what you did to get out of the 140's in your journal. Was that when you did fat smash? See, I have had to change things up during my whole entire journey. When I first started and loss the first 40+ pounds, I did low carb/moderate to high fat and the weight came flying off.. then I got stuck in the 160's for what seemed like forever. I refused to switch from low carb because I just believed in the plan so much that I was afraid of carbs. I tried manipulating the plan, adding carbs, going to zero carb, this and that.. and finally when I went on Protein Power (restricted low carb) I lost down to the 150's..

OMGoodness then I stayed in the 150's for so long, I almost claimed that as goal. But I refused because I was just not comfortable there. So then after, flip flopping through every low carb diet, I bit the bullet and did something totally opposite and thats when I tried fat smash. And voila... I got the heck out of the 150's for the first time in a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time.. I was 145 in high school.

So fast forward with the ups and downs and here I am again... around 145, fluctuating but not seeing under that weight. I realized that my body may fight again because like I just mentioned 145 is my high school weight and any lower would really be a major shock to my body! The lowest I got down to last time was 142 I believe (Extreme Fat Smash).

Here's the scoop with my body. I gotta keep it guessing. I have to be mentally PUMPED about whatever I am doing.. AND BELIEVING that what I am doing is going to work. I find that very important! Every time I have started a new plan, and TRULY BELIVED that it was going to work, my attitude was positive and I was so focused on the plan, I had the patience and the willpower to stick to it because I BELIEVED that If I did what it told me to do, then I'd lose. With that being said, that means that I did not deviate from the plans... AND I PRETTY MUCH WOULD ALWAYS LOSE POUNDS.. 1st low carb, Then OFS, then EFS. They have all worked..

NOw that I have been calorie counting and eating the Fat Smash way, sometimes I feel like I need to get that HYPE FEELING again but its hard for me to find it because I'm comfortable with the plan now. I guess I could take a trip to the book store and investigate something else but I dont know. I have been eating healthy but sometimes, even eating healthy is not the key.. something else may need to be changed. For example, eating too many heavy carbs, or not exercising enough, or exercising too much, or.....well the list goes on.

So.. here I am cutting back the carbs somewhat as I do from time to time, especially when I get that "heavy" / "bloated" feeling I hate so much. It always helps.

I know that I am going to try the treat meal thing soon as well.. Which means that I want to keep my calories at a constant level and then shock the body with a treat meal and see how my body reacts--just like Joyfulloser.

I am also thinking about just looking at some new books or plans to try to shock the body if need be. I know my body is used to FS now so, we'll see.

Whew! I have talked your head off, but definitely let me know how you got out of HERE (140'S)!

I search a lot of posts/journals around here to see what has worked for people, but I can't always follow exactly what worked for them. So maybe you can help me!

:D

natamars
01-25-2011, 08:21 PM
Yes, OFS helped me break my 145 plateau. I went from 145 to 139 during detox. Oh, it was wonderful!!

To be honest, I'm sure I was getting a little sloppy with my measurements since I was so discouraged. So 9 days of clean eating and the enthusiasm of starting a new program where you're so careful with everything helped a lot.

That's why I'm debating what to do next time I hit a plateau - seems like maybe I should totally switch things up. I've tried to do low-carb but I don't do well with it - I barely eat any meat anyway. And when I've tried it I've gained back any weight I lost as soon as I added carbs back in. So maybe I'll just focus on exercise and stick with calorie-counting.

You seem like you're REALLY careful with your calories though, and you eat very clean. I'm sure you'll break through soon!!!

DEDIKAYTED
01-25-2011, 10:39 PM
Yes, OFS helped me break my 145 plateau. I went from 145 to 139 during detox. Oh, it was wonderful!!


That's what I WANT!!!!!! That would make me sooooo happy to see 139! Hd you already been there before? ---- See for me, I'm just afraid that my body will rebel because of me not seeing 139 since maybe middle school :?:



To be honest, I'm sure I was getting a little sloppy with my measurements since I was so discouraged. So 9 days of clean eating and the enthusiasm of starting a new program where you're so careful with everything helped a lot.


I think you are getting exactly what I was talking about! The enthusiam and momentum of starting a new program works great! I LOVE that feeling but haven't had it in a while. I went to the bookstore tonight just to see if I could find anything similar to fat smash... a plan that actually lays out all the meals but I couldn't find one! I looked and looked and was ready to report my findings to you but I simply could not find one that was simple, yet detailed plan of food/exercise to lose X amount of pounds.

So I guess FAT SMASH it is... If I could just find that ole' enthusiasm again!

Today I cut back the carbs and actually ate some ground turkey and turkey burger. Well, I talked about finding what really works for us... and once again the meat just isn't sitting well with me. It tasted ok eatimg it, but now I feel blah. I can do the seafood. I think I can even do very SMALL amounts of meat, but actually trying to eat 4-5 oz of it in one sitting = NO GO!!!

So I will suffer the consequences tonight, and still continue to cut back on the heavy carbs until my bloatedness goes away, but I'm not going to experiment with no more turkey, chicken, etc. I just can't do it. Thats why fat smash always works for me!

Now.. with that being said... how to get that EXCITED FEELING back? How do we get it back? I really do believe that the mind is a powerful thing and that if you really are determined, committed, and truly believe that you will lose the weight - your body WILL cooperate! That is why that I like to make challenges as well with friends and family members. Any extra motivation or incentive just makes me stronger and adds fuel to my fire. SO I am thinking HARD of how to get myself PUMPED. I know it will boil down to me just DOING IT... but I'm still thinking...

I actually dont mind calorie counting but my weightloss is definitely not consistent. I admire the people who can lose 2 pounds a week steadily. As much as I work out, you would think that I could lose weight pretty fast. But the only times that I have really seen weightloss come off really fast is when I have done very restricted and controlled diet/plans. Things like EFS or 6 day diet makeover, tuna diets.. and more.. When I just do the right thing.. it seems to come off "whenever" and I never really get the REAL formula to my own weightloss. Its really important to me for me to find this though. Yes, I have been losing.. No, not as fast as I would like but I am thankful of where I am. Its just seems like everytime I get a drop, I will stay at that weight for weeks at end.. sometimes a little over a month... and then all of a sudden I may have another drop. Its weird. But I need to find why this is and what works for me...

Original Fat Smash - That's the easiest plan ever for me. Its basically includes everything I love. The only problem I can say that I have is that sometimes I would feel like I was eating too much fruit or feel carb overloaded. I dont know how else to explain the feeling but its that "bloated" feeling that I have right now.. I remember that tho I got that feeling, I was surprised when my weight still dropped.

***1 more thing about OFS. ---I will do it, but I just don't want to give up the coffee! I think that would have to be the 1 added addition.. C'mon! I at least changed to decaf!

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EFS - I was thrilled the first time that I did it because it was new and I couldnt wait to see if I was really going to lose the pounds the book promised.. I lost the pounds and was thrilled!! Now when I look at the plan, I dont feel like the book telling me exactly what to eat today or tomorrow. I guess I would just need to suck it up and deal with it.
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Calorie counting w/the occasional treat meal - that's what I want to do ultimately. That way I still enjoy life and not get freaked out when I want something "more." So basically it would be my normal semi-vegetarian lifesyle (fatsmash/calorie counting) with the treat meal every now and then.. So its everything in one.. :)
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So what to do now?

Once again, not force myself to eat anything I dont want. Do what I have been doing but GET HYPE again! Whether its OFS or EFS, just do it and get it over with! One of the 2 of these plans HAS to get me in the 130s!!!! Which one?

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I am thinking that maybe the Original FS using the EFS exercise recommendations (which as you probably know are 55+minutes of exercise) may do the trick. I am actually ready to start adding back weight training as well. I'm cardio'd out!

And to be honest with myself about the "bloated" feeling.... even with Original FS, you dont have to be sugar heavy.... meaning, I dont have to have grapes, bananas, mangoes, and pears ----all in the same day.. I can have more vegetables and control the amount of fruits I have. So thats a thought as well.

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I think I have totally talked your head off but this is what I do. I have to talk through this issues with weightloss. Learning "ME" has been a journey in itself. There is no question about my dedication and my will to do this, I just WANT TO DO WHAT WORKS! and not waste a second more of my time!
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I can most definitely say that the thought of EFS makes my eyes roll in the back of my head. Stresses me out. I like being free :) right now.




We will do this... and i will see the 130's this time! I will end now before I give anyone eyestrain, but do not fear.. my motivation is in IT to WIN IT.

Never giving up.

DEDIKAYTED
01-26-2011, 08:52 AM
SLURPEE DAY around here. We have sleet, rain, a big slushy mess outside so I am at home until it turns completely over to rain. I am trying to motivate myself to start back my p90x. I dont know why its easier for me to go to the gym, but with the boredom that I have been experiencing lately, I know its time to change things up. I took the p90x out over the weekend, so I guess I just need to get out this bed and do it. Once I do 1 workout, I am sure that it will get easier.

I think a great thing to do is to start P90x and then just go to the gym 2 or 3 times a week for RUNS. I just gotta motivate myself to do it!!!! Yea.. that really does sound like an idea!!

natamars
01-26-2011, 09:12 AM
I was in my 120's for most of my adult life. I gained the weight as a result of a move and a new, stressful job where I worked a lot of hours. Before the move I had worked part-time and been home with my son a lot. It was great - lots of time to go to the gym and make healthy foods. Then the move - the stress of not enough time with my son and an EXTREMELY difficult boss. I ended up with a stress-related health condition, limited diet, no time/energy for exercise, and some medications that may have contributed to extra lbs(I gained 30 in total). Now I have a new boss who is fantastic and much more flexible, and my son is in 2nd grade and doing great.

Maybe I should go to the library when I hit a plateau again and look for a very strict diet but where the foods make sense to me. I have seen studies where they say people who switch up their weight loss methods lose more weight, so you and I are definitely on to something!

Have you cycled your calories or done the cheat day/meal thing? I've done it but I'm not sure whether it's helped me or not. It does make sense to me though.

I took the night off from exercise last night - still sore from Monday. Now the snow has started here and I'm not sure I'll make it tonight - may do Jillians 30DS video instead. Hope your day is going well.

DEDIKAYTED
01-26-2011, 11:37 AM
After the meat fiasco last night, I guess I could freeze the rest unless my sweetie comes over tonight. Maybe him some taco salad. :) I hate to waste money like that!

Right now I am baking since I have the day off!!! :) I am making lowfat oat blueberry muffins :) Making them in my muffin top pans so they will be like those vitamuffins they sell at the store. Can't wait to see how many I bake so that I can get the calorie count of each one. I will freeze them.

DEDIKAYTED
01-26-2011, 01:54 PM
Just made another spinach caserole. This is what I dont understand...
I have 2 seperate cans of spinach by to different companies.

Can 1: 60 cals for the whole can
Can 2: 135 for the whole can.

How the heck is that possible? the cans are the same size and they are both just whole canned spinach. UGH! Whatever. So, that just doubled my calories. Its not seasoned spinach or anything.. just spinach and water. I really want to go with the lower calorie but whatever. I calculated everything by what the label said. So my whole caserole is approx 1200 cals. I will see how many servings I seperate so that now when I eat it, I will know how many cals I am working with. GREAT. Glad I got my cooking mojo back. Once I'm finished this --- its over. Time to clean cup. I was very care free and happy when I was eating my spinach caserole, oatmeal, and yogurt...and I will be happy again. Of course, its all FS friendly so cool.

joyfulloser
01-26-2011, 06:20 PM
Hmmm..muffins sounds interesting...do they come out cakey? PLEASSSSSSSSE post some pics!:D Glad to hear you got your cooking "mojo" back on!:p I just made yet another batch of pumpkin raisin muffins...

always good to keep some goodies in the freezer!;)

DEDIKAYTED
01-26-2011, 10:01 PM
not really "cakey" .. maybe I will do that on the next batch! I used to make protein muffins when I was body building so I kinda wanted the oat-y chewy texture because it seemed like they stuck with me for a little longer because it takes your body longer to break those oats down ( when I used to use whole oats).... this time I ground half of my oats into oat flour. Next time I will grind them all into oatflour and check out the consistency.

OH and the next time I will have my regular small muffin pans. This time I did it with the muffin top pans.. kinda reminds me of those vita top yummy little muffins that I see in the freezer section. I am freezing them but the great thing about them being like this is - I can throw them in the toaster to defrost and warm up. :)

So if I have it with my yogurt and a pc of fruit or these blueberries.... I add a little more protein (from yogurt) and breakfast (or snack) will be around 200 cals.

joyfulloser
01-26-2011, 10:15 PM
Mmmmmm....it looks like a cookie!:D Is it like an oatmeal cookie? If so...I'm making it...I used to LOVE to make those oatmeal raisin cookies from the recipe on the box of quaker oats!:p Hmmmm...just gave myself an idea...I could replace the blueberries with raisins...YES!:D Thanks for posting the recipe on my thread btw!:hug:

DEDIKAYTED
01-27-2011, 02:35 PM
Snowed in... froze all my food for next week... or shall we say for the downhill slope of under 145 :) Please God let that be next week!!!! I dont want to keep holding 145-146 forever!!!!

A few interesting plans that I have seen here on 3fc:

Amy's Kitchen Diet plan -
...and I forgot the other one...

But anyway... right now... I'm banned from the grocery store (well only to buy cauliflower) or if I am spending under 10 bucks at a time (lol. I have to discpline myself and stop going grocery shopping) .... So I have to stay on course with what I am doing.. fatsmash / calorie counting mixed :) Besides not wanting to have the bloated feeling (which is feeling alot better, I am trying to keep it as simple as possible and hopefully kick things under 145 by Tuesday.

Believe it or not, I didnt even have coffee today! Its not that I need it but I just like having it before or between meals.. to hold me off from food sometimes.. not to mention ...its so good to me.. But whatever. The first time I did OFS, I followed it exactly which means I gave up coffee so its not like I cant do it.. Whatever. Haha

So far today

1/2 cup rolled oats -

1 peach

1 cup mango

small head of mashed cauliflower

1 cup lc/lf milk

spinach caserole w/lite sour cream (fs allows 3 tbsp lowfat dressing)

We ate early tonight. Little after 6. I dont plan on eating anything else tonight so we may see a little struggle... But we should definitely see a FLAT TUMMY tomorrow!! Gotta get back in the habit of not eating near bed time!
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So lets see ... 5 more days til the 1st... Can 5 days of OFS get me past the sticking point???? Please allow it to do for me what it did for Natamars when it took her from 145 - 139! :D

natamars
01-27-2011, 03:32 PM
Hey, dedikayted - you sound determined!

I'm on Day 6 and snowed in today too, and all I can think of is sugar! I'm due on Monday so not surprising. I'm hoping that's why the weight's not coming off so fast. It's odd, I don't think I suually gain much at all during TOM, but when I'm actively trying to lose, I will often see a stall.

So far today I've eaten oatmeal with banana and blueberries, chick peas, rice, black beans, and salad. There are these Kashi chocolate coconut bars I bought for my son's lunch sitting in the cabinet calling my name!! So I thought I'd log in and see if you'd posted.So thank you for saving me from them!

This is the point at which I get bored with the same foods and start thinking of something completely different like a peanut butter sandwich. And tomorrow is normally pizza and wine night, so that will be tough. Three more days, I will get through this, and then decide what to do next.

I'm hoing my Zumba teacher makes it in despite the snow - I could really use a class tonight. Don't feel like another night on the treadmill or elliptical...

DEDIKAYTED
01-27-2011, 04:31 PM
Awwwww! Hang in there! I am glad my post helped you. Believe me, I log in here often and it helps alot to talk through things. I keep telling myself..."its just food" hahahaha. It makes it worse when we are in the house all day though. I have been home all day and been on plan, not too many calories, but that what "keeping things simple" like OFS does. You really dont get any real fat, so most the of the calories comes from rice/beans.

You are doing so well. Day 6 is huge. 3 more days! And actually day 6 is almost over!!! I know, I know.... letting wine go is HUGE as well.. Probably just as huge as my coffee right about now... haha.

Do you have the old or new OFS book? Its funny because I bought my friend a book and it was DIFFERENT than mine. I think the new book actually allows approved snacks during phase 1. Mine didn't allow that. Plus there was some other additions like lowfat cheese, etc. I was telling him that I better just stick with the old version because thats what worked before. But I was very surprised to see the additions. However, coffee was not one of the additions. I only still dont think that it would affect things, but I can definitely say I save at least 60-100 calories not drinking it.

My friend says -- Well you can just make that your snack! ........hmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

Well anyway. I hope you are doing ok and staying away from anything off plan. I really need to get out or do something becaus just sitting here paying bills is probably what made me snacky in the first place!!

natamars
01-27-2011, 08:12 PM
I have the old book - no cheese or nuts. I did actually use 1/4 cup of cheese in an egg white omelet that I ate over 2 days. Cheese is fairly easy for me to give up in general, but I LOVE nuts. Trail mix is a huge trigger food for me!

Did some searches online looking for a potential new plan, and I didn't really find anything. Since TOM is coming, I'll stick with OFS through my 2/4 weigh-in, but I'm going to try to cycle my calories more. I've been at almost exactly 1150 every day this week, so today I went up to 1400. Next week I'll try to vary a lot more.

Zumba! is canceled tonight b/c of the weather - so bummed! Heading to the gym in a few to do some elliptical.

Do you track your weight on a spreadsheet or anything? I've started tracking my calories, exercise, and weight to see if I spot any patterns. Then I highlight every Friday as my official weigh-in day.

Talk to you soon!

DEDIKAYTED
01-27-2011, 09:07 PM
Funny you mention that because I bought a new 2011 planner and today I decided to start writing down my food and weight in there because
1) I really want to actually USE the planner this year for finances and overall organization
2) If I am using this for EVERYTHING including my food journaling, it will keep me actually using thing, unlike last year when I hadgreatintetnions but stopped using it after a month or 2.
3) Since the calendars are right there, its easier to track my weight patterns.

I kind of miss weighing daily but I normally try to weigh in on days when I have had adequate sleep and have worked out.. that way everything stays consistent.

But its a great idea. I am attempting to do a better count of my cals too fjust so I can understand the pattern as well as when I start my "treat" meal experiment...

Like you, I had been really searching for things to shake up the diet and more and more I think I am going to do the Amy's Kitchen diet plan once I run out of food in my house. They have a 14 day plan and reading it makes me gets me the "excited/new" feeling that I was mentioning before so I know that I will be all ready to do that when the time comes.

Plus, I see some people have had good sucess with the prepackaged time meals plans... like JOYFULLOSER... I think she was on BistroMd. So anyway, I've been checking out Amy's meals which are vegetarian (like I like) they also have gluten free meals / meal plan as well. I understand that the plan could possibly be expensive (3 or 4 dollars per meal) depending on where you buy your meals. I read someone say that bought theirs from Target which I am sure is cheaper. I would just see who sells them the cheapest and go from there. As much as I have been spending in the grocery store lately, I am sure it will be no more than what I've been shelling out.

All the reviews that I see say the food tastes pretty good as well... So GREAT! It gives a gal like me a break from thinking of more menu ideas for a while. That will be absolutely great to me!!! I am going to print the whole plan out tomorrow. On their site it even gives you the nutritional breakdown of each of the 14 days... Looks like calories range from 1100-1500... so it seems to fit my bill!

So that will be what the next "shake up" is.. It will be 14 days so that'll be a nice change. I just cant say exactly when I will do it yet. I am thinking that it will be the middle of February.... but whenever this pantry gets empty again ;)

just google Amy's Kitchen Diet Plan if you want to read more about it... I first started reading about it off a member's post here on 3FC...

Today turned out to be a rest day for me. I did AB Ripper X from P90x but I really wanted to do the 30 minutes of exercise thats required on OFS. So tomorrow morning's workout will include today's :) I will up the intensity or just do a little extra.. But I am not worried because I have been working on giving myself some more rest days, especially when I'm killing 90 to 120 minutes of exercise in the gym...I would like tomorrow morning to be a nice run. Since I ran 4 miles last week.. I want to do the same this week. My legs are super sore right now from P90x yesterday but tomorrow morning, they should be ready.. and if not - I will push anway!!!

DEDIKAYTED
01-28-2011, 10:48 AM
FRIDAY - wanted to exercise this morning but will this afternoon instead.

Still proud of myself for not drinking coffee. Boy oh Boy I better see that scale drop by Sunday!

EATS

1/2 cup oatmeal - 150
1 cup nectarines - ok. these are awesome for sweetening my oatmeal! - 100
8 oz yogurt - 90
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approx 350 and nice and full.. So this means I should be able to do a long cardio session for lunch ! :)


Worked out - 65 minutes cardio - 30 minutes elliptical / 35 minutes bike

Dinner
spinach caserole
small salad (just lettuce & fresh salsa)

Oddly enough, I have a taste for peppermint tea :) Alright.. go me! No coffee AND I am drinking tea? Who knew?

If I make to the first with no coffee and no wine, I DESERVE TO BE UNDER 145!!! ;)

joyfulloser
01-28-2011, 11:03 AM
I bought one of Amy's bean burritos for backup lunch. It seems her foods are primarily Indian. I LOVE Indian food...so...

I also heard it was quite delishous!:) I'll let you know about the burrito once I try it. If or WHEN I can no longer cook for myself (currently home all day), I would definitely do a less expensive Bistro MD and mix it up with some lean cuisine (also bought the 4 cheese lasagne - still waiting to try it though), amy's and even maybe some kashi frozen meals, etc. You can always add more fresh veggies or lean proteins to it if you need more calories...or then again, there's always healthy snacks to boost your calorie count.

One thing I wanted to ask you though...how many grams of protein are you getting daily? I ask because I just noticed that you don't really post that you eat alot of meat/poultry/etc. For an active individual it is recommended to get .8g per lb of body weight or about 100g/day for someone your size (larger woman have a slightly different equation)....so although your protein does not have to come from meat/fish/fowl, I find it EXTREMELY important to fat loss/weight loss.:)

DEDIKAYTED
01-28-2011, 11:19 AM
I bought one of Amy's bean burritos for backup lunch. It seems her foods are primarily Indian. I LOVE Indian food...so...

I also heard it was quite delishous!:) I'll let you know about the burrito once I try it.



GREAT!!! Please do.. I did a little cooking this week. I think I overcooked my spinach caserole though.. Booo.. but I still have food left in the house to eat before I can go and try this plan. But I welcome the CHANGE! :)


One thing I wanted to ask you though...how many grams of protein are you getting daily? I ask because I just noticed that you don't really post that you eat alot of meat/poultry/etc. For an active individual it is recommended to get .8g per lb of body weight or about 100g/day for someone your size (larger woman have a slightly different equation)....so although your protein does not have to come from meat/fish/fowl, I find it EXTREMELY important to fat loss/weight loss.:)

OH!! Remember.. I was worried about this as well :smug:.. That's why I started buying the no salt added (as well as regular) cottage cheese. Its 15 grams of protein per 1/2 cup so I throw that in my spinach caserole mix before cooking. I also eat it with my oatmeal!! YUM!

Other protein comes from yogurt ( I will be adding some greek back in as well (15 grams per serving). The rest just comes from beans, cheese, and the milk that I drink.

If I feel really low, that when I make myself eat tuna or tilapia :)

Good observations!;)

natamars
01-28-2011, 01:31 PM
Dedikayted, what's the recipe for the spinach casserole? Sounds like it is mainly spinach and cottage cheese? Like joyful mentioned, I have to work on the protein also since I eat very little meat, and I know cc is a great source. I get most of mine from Greek yogurt, beans, and soy milk.

I had checked out the Amy's thing as well and it looks good, although a bit expensive. I've had some of the Amy's stuff and like it - some great vegetarian options(I love Indian food also!). Right now, though, my freezer is stuffed full of WW and LC entrees from when they were on sale right after New Year's :-)

On Day 7 of OFS and down 1.6 lbs. Should know by next Friday's weigh-in whether TOM, which is just starting, is impacting this. Since I've been back at this whole calorie-counting thing, I've dropped a lb. a week. And I'm good with that. I looked up my BMR and I'm coming up with about 2000 cal/day based on all my factors, and putting myself as "moderately active". So if I'm eating 1200-1400/day that would be 1-1.5 lbs/week expected loss. A pound a week would put me at goal by mid-May. Wouldn't that be lovely! Just trying not to be scared about hitting that plateau at 130 again. I'm glad I tracked a lot of my weigh-ins and hope that I will remember what happened last year when I got frustrated and hit the plateau.

Happy Friday!

DEDIKAYTED
01-28-2011, 01:43 PM
Hey Natamars... I dont have a particular recipe per say.. but I just take whatever size dish I want to bake it in... sometimes I want a huge portion so I use a longer pan and other times I may just bake it in a pie pan :) but all I do is take spinach (frozen or canned, preferably no salt added)... I add whatever beans I have in my cabinet (if frozen, I do boil them first to cook) but lately I have been used canned (rinsed).... then I add cottage cheese, and a pack of the powdered cheese that you take out of the box of macoroni-n-cheese and depending on the size of my caserole, I will use half or whole packet... I will add a few tablespoons of lite sourcream if I have it, otherwise I sometimes pour in a little of my fatfree milk... mix everything together....and then that's it!! I never make the exact same. It depends on how much of each ingredient I have. So when I make it, I just write down how much of each item I am using so I know the calorie count of the full caserole.

Bake it and eat!

OH! sometimes I will add brown rice as well, but I haven't been doing that lately....

I made it for my sister and threw some tuna in it since she is doing low carb and she liked it like that....

DEDIKAYTED
01-29-2011, 01:11 PM
OK.. I better see a change soon.. OMG. still 145. What in the world. Dont get me wrong, I am happy to be here, but c'mon! Move scale, move. I am so ready to try something different.. Amy's plan is looking good to me right now.. Maybe sometime next week. I just dont want to keep doing the same thing over and over again if its not what I need right now to kick start the loss. It could be a number of things. Too bad our bodies don't give us syntax errors and just tell us what it needs. Maybe I need more fat, maybe less carbs, maybe less exercise, maybe more......... well you get what I'm saying... So the bottom line is - a change will be coming soon. I have some tilapia in the fridge so I think I'll have that tonight and eat that, my cauliflower, and the rest of my spinach caserole (which happens to be no much more) before I start my new plan.. But its in the making. I will go whenever I get a chance to see where I can buy what I need at the cheapest price this weekend. Just when I say that I dont want to go to the grocery store and spend more money.... LAWWWWWWWWWWWWD! But I can tell you this -- I AM GOING TO LOSE MY MIND IF THIS SCALE DOESNT DROP SOON.. so as I was driving home from the gym this morning, I thought to myself.. Well its not like I am going to actually waste any of the food I have so its not that big of a deal if I go shopping for my new food plan soon. All I know is - results its what I am here for.. and I WILL GET THEM.

By any means necessary.

natamars
01-29-2011, 05:15 PM
dedikayted, do you have a specific calorie goal? You're working incredibly hard - you deserve better! Forget if we've discussed calorie cycling at all, or a cheat/off meal? Lots of people are finding both options helpful.

I was down another .8 lb. this morning, so 2 total since I started OFS. We'll see if it sticks - as I'm weighing in every day and recording it I'm seeing that a lower weight will hit once, then I'll bounce back up before it settles down.

Very proud of myself for getting to the gym for an 8:30 spin class. Very enjoyable. This teacher loves to do "jumps" where you change positions in the "saddle". At one point we were moving through them really quickly, and my brain kept telling my quads to lift myself up, and my quads just didn't want to move. But I made it through.

Been running around all day and finally sat down to my beans, rice, and salad about an hour ago. Trying not to look at the M&M cookies on the counter I got for my son and his friend, who are outside playing in the snow.

Thinking it's going to be a low calorie day since I've only had about 700 so far and I don't like to eat much at night.

I've had a few small cheats on OFS the last two days: 1/2 a cup of coffee this morning, 2 T of chocolate syrup in my Greek yogurt(Trader Joe's Midnight Moo - yumm!!!) and 2T of almonds. I'm going to eat some flounder tomorrow since it was on sale and I found a reasonable recipe.

Hope your day's going well!

DEDIKAYTED
01-29-2011, 05:41 PM
dedikayted, do you have a specific calorie goal? You're working incredibly hard - you deserve better! Forget if we've discussed calorie cycling at all, or a cheat/off meal? Lots of people are finding both options helpful.

Hope your day's going well!

That's what I"m saying!!! Can you tell my body that? Sheesh! I'm going nutz over here!

Yes I am supposed to be embarking on the cheat meal soon, but I really wanted to try it when my weight was a little lower.. or when my body was actually yearning for something more (which is a great time for the cheat meal). I just hadn't got to that point again as of late.. but ya never know.. It could happen at any time. I think that I am so so worked up about being 145 that I'm a tad scared to try a good ole' cheat right now because I'm scared my body may have not gotten the memo and it not break my plateau. LOL! I guess I just need to roll the dice.. :)

Well wait.. I can't say that I haven't tried that because there ABSOLUTELY has been a few times where I have had a HIGH calorie day since being in the 145-147 ball park and I'm still here. The only difference is, those times were not "planned" but nevertheless, they have occured.

Well let's just hope that those Amy's meals do it for me. I'm going to print out the list and start picking up a few days worth of food so I can start asap.

hmmmmmmmmmm. I have been thinking about pancakes today... :devil:

pizza? :devil:

Heck.. I'd just settle with a RESTAURANT veggie burger and sweet potato fries..:devil::devil:

We'll see.

Oh.. My cals.. They range from 1200-1400.

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P.S.. Great job on that spin class. Sounds like fun!!!!! And please please please stay away from those candies! You'll thank yourself tomorrow! :D

OH!!! I guess this means that you made it through pizza night! I was thinking about you last night I hoped that you would!

DEDIKAYTED
01-29-2011, 10:07 PM
SATURDAY

90 minutes cardio

Spinach caserole - 200
Mango - 100
4 oz lc yogurt - 45

spinach caserole (again) - 300

yogurt - 45
Go Raw Bar - 120
apple - 60

tilapia - 50 ... I just couldnt eat anymore.
zucchini & tomato paste & sprinkled fat free parmesan - 150
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So... looks like around 1100 for today

DEDIKAYTED
01-29-2011, 10:16 PM
You know what? I think its weird that I am leaning toward the "vegetarian" lifestyle. I don't care to have the label "vegetarian" but whatever.. I'm saying that I can't believe my body these days. I can't believe that I really just dont want to eat meat. I was sitting here thinking about it as I cooked 3 pieces of tilapia that I didn't know if I could stomach.

..and I didn't.. I took a bite and just dont want it. Whatever. I will take the rest over to my mom tomorrow. I'm going to stop wasting money buying ANY type of meat. If I have it.. fine.. But once again, I just need to accept the fact that I just dont want it. Until then, I won't be completely vegetarian per say but it looks like that's the way things are going. I am fine with it, I just would have never thought that I would be.

I started thinking about my childhood and how I ate growing up.. And now that I think about it.. You know what? Its NOT so weird at all! When I was a kid I didnt like things like fried chicken, fish, steak...NEVER any meat on the bone.... well actually I just didn't like any REAL meat. The only meat I actually liked was processed stuff. I wouldn't eat real chicken, but I would eat chicken nuggets... Hated steak. Period. However, I could eat McDonald's hamburgers... lol... I just thought I was a "lazy" eater. Didn't want to chew meat.. but anyway. When my mom would make beef stroganoff.. I woulld only eat the noodles an sauce.. The peppered steak dish that she would make.. with white rice.... I would only eat white rice and then add milk and sugar to it.. No meat... So duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe this is the REAL me!

Ok. Just had to get that out. If I become vegetarian, then... I'm just vegetarian... and that's that.

ok. I'm done.

natamars
01-30-2011, 09:16 AM
Down 2.8 total since I started OFS. Was hoping for 3 total, so I should be close unless there's a sudden jump on the scale, which does happen. Suprised I've been down the last few since TOM is officially here and my cramps are terrible right now.

I only had 955 calories yesterday and did an hour of Spin. I did get thru pizza night on Friday, but I did indulge in the chocolate syrup that night. I figured 45 calories was better than several hundred!

Looking back to my food and weight journal, I seemed to do better when I would have some very low calorie days in my week, like 800-900. This is not something I can do often, and it would usually happen because, like yesterday, I was on the run and couldn't easily get to any food that was on plan. That's the good thing about follwing FS strictly - I just deal with the hunger for a few more hours. So this week I'm going to try to vary my calories more and have some low days and maybe one high one. And if on a low one I do feel hungry I'll only allow myself FS foods. If I'm really hungry fine, but if it's just a craving I'll pass.

Curious what kind of scale you're using? I think I've only seen you record whole numbers. When I was struggling to break 145 I bought a digital scale that records in .2 increments. It may sound stupid, but I wanted to get a better idea of even the tiniest progress.

Hope you have a great day!

DEDIKAYTED
01-30-2011, 01:46 PM
HELLO!!!!

80 minutes cardio with sauna suit..

Well its OFFICIAL. We have a plateau. Scale this morning - 145.6... I dont understand it.. But its ok. Its time for a change. I can't keep wasting countless days of exercise and same style eating to stay at this point... The Amy's diet will be sooner than we thought. Yea.. I technically have one more 1.x more days until Feburary first to meet my 144 goal.. but honestly dont think it should be this hard. I could see if I didn't exercise or something.. but that's not the case.. and I'm tired of this. I understand that I am only 8 ounces away from seeing 144.. AND believe me, I understand that SOONER or later, I would break the plateau...but even so.. Once my body finally gives up and gives me 144, I dont want to hold at THAT weight for another 30 days. I need a plan that is a little more consistent with the weightloss. So time to shake things up.

joyfulloser
01-30-2011, 02:04 PM
Hey there DediKayted! Just stopping by and read your post today.

I notice you track your calories...but it may also help you to start tracking your sodium and protein counts. I suspect this is where you will find the culprit of your stall. Just a suggestion.;)

**EDIT** Oh and if you do decide to take my suggestion, please post it here...this way you may be able to get some helpful suggestions on how to "tweak" your "macros" to better help you break this plateau.

Plateaus are just our bodies way of letting us know we need to change something...so no worries...you'll get this figured out! Stay DETERMINED!:D

DEDIKAYTED
01-30-2011, 03:57 PM
Today's meals

Day 1
Meal 1 - 1pm (got up late and worked out)
Tofu Scramble
1 tangerine

Snack
1/2 oz almonds
1 miniature box of raisins

Meal 2 - 430
Brown Rice and Veggies

celery & tbsp of light honey mustard dressing


Meal 3
veggie lasagna (should have been roasted veg tamale but 3 stores did not carry it. The veggie lasagna was the closest to the calorie/fat/carb/protein counts so I ate that as my substition...
salad greens
1 tsp olive oil and red wine vinegar


Dessert
Peach



Todays totals will end up to be

1207 calories
51 grams of fat 38%
145 carbs 47%
45 grams of protein 15%

Every day is different with the current plan that I am doing so there are days where the calorie are a few hundred more.. The plan does a little zig zagging.. So anyway... It looks like the my calories will still be around the same, but now I will be getting other things that my body may have need more of... like dietary fat especially. I know how much good fats are important to your health as well. I see the protein is low for the day as well.. But like I said, the plan varies by day. So we'll see how this works out for me!! I'm ready to work it!!

One thing I will say about protein. My body may be a TAD weird. I used to get PLENTY protein because I was a low carb chick for almost 40 of the pounds that I loss. but when I plateaued at 160, and a friend told me about fat smash.. I looked at the plan and was way concerned about the levels of protein. But I bit the bullet because of my 2+ year stall and said I may as well just try it.... and THAT'S what got me out of the 150's. A LOT less protein than I used to get.. Who knew? And every time I attempted to do low carb for a week or two to spike things up, the scale would move in the wrong direction. Now I dont know if this is because of my huge thighs (from powerlifting) or what.. I started thinking that I was a little protein sensitive and if I ate too much of it, my body/muscles would stay at that bulked state. Really.. I'm just guessing.. but that's what happened to me. I know after reading Protein Power, I remember needing around 81 grams a day. When I was body building/leaning out, I needed 129 per day. Numbers, numbers, numbers. Make a woman go crazy.

At least this plan is written out.. Everything is here before me, and if it works, i will know exactly what got me there.

I'm EXCITED!!!!!! I am so happy to be trying something NEW and I am so happy to get some different meals in. I'm not a cooking machine like Joyful (with those AMAZING meals) so this is the next best thing!!!

Now.... let's get under 145!!! :)

DEDIKAYTED
01-30-2011, 04:14 PM
Down 2.8 total since I started OFS. Was hoping for 3 total, so I should be close unless there's a sudden jump on the scale, which does happen. Suprised I've been down the last few since TOM is officially here and my cramps are terrible right now.

I only had 955 calories yesterday and did an hour of Spin. I did get thru pizza night on Friday, but I did indulge in the chocolate syrup that night. I figured 45 calories was better than several hundred!

Looking back to my food and weight journal, I seemed to do better when I would have some very low calorie days in my week, like 800-900. This is not something I can do often, and it would usually happen because, like yesterday, I was on the run and couldn't easily get to any food that was on plan. That's the good thing about follwing FS strictly - I just deal with the hunger for a few more hours. So this week I'm going to try to vary my calories more and have some low days and maybe one high one. And if on a low one I do feel hungry I'll only allow myself FS foods. If I'm really hungry fine, but if it's just a craving I'll pass.

Curious what kind of scale you're using? I think I've only seen you record whole numbers. When I was struggling to break 145 I bought a digital scale that records in .2 increments. It may sound stupid, but I wanted to get a better idea of even the tiniest progress.

Hope you have a great day!

So when does TOM leave? I bet that after he is gone.. you will get a drop!! I say 1 to 2 days after.. I always say that 2 to 3 days after TOM leaves is when your body normalizes and you'll see your true weight.

So is the plan to go to the next phase of FS.. So i guess that would just mean that you get a little bit of meat as well as some other added items...or are you sticking with the same foods but tracking cals?

natamars
01-30-2011, 05:55 PM
TOM will be here though Thursday or so, but I don't know if I'll have more of a drop. I've been pretty lucky so far.

For this week I am going to somewhat follow FS, but I'll have a frozen entree for lunch every day. I have a freezer full of them. I already made enough baked oatmeal "muffins" for the week and egg white scramble with veggies and a little cheese. So those will be b'fast and snacks. Then for lunch I'll have a veggie frozen entree and a salad. Other than that mostly fruit. I don't really eat much of a dinner - that's been helpful to me I think. I tend not to make the greatest food choices at night.

I had a late lunch/early dinner of flounder stffed with crabmeat and a huge salad. It was noce to have something other than rice and beans!

How's the Amy's thing going? Have you tried any of the meals yet? I think you'll like them - just keep an eye on the sodium and drink some extra water to compensate.

DEDIKAYTED
01-30-2011, 08:55 PM
So far so good on the meals. They are actually pretty tasty. I was missing a few of the meals so I went to one more store today and I found them all but 2.. so I substituted tonights tamale for veggie lasagna which had almost the same macros. I SO wanted to eat the enchiladas which I figured would be comparable but since they were 60 calories more.. No way. I want to do this as close to the plan as possible and see my results.

I have been drinking water and peppermint tea all day today to flush the sodium. Oh and my lunch (brown rice and veggies) was available in REGULAR or LIGHT SODIUM so of course I bought the light... The bowl only had 260 mg of sodium so I was really surprised...

I know my body may fluctuate while it adjusts to the new plan so I know I need to give it til day 3 or 4 until its on track with the change in plan, sodium, etc.

I just hope and pray that this is the change I needed. I'm so tired of working so hard for the scale to c-r-e-e-p so slowly.. I feel good about things though. Got some good fats in today (almonds, olive oil) so.... we'll see. :)

If this goes well, I may take a week or so off and then do the vegan version of the plan. I never really have been long without dairy, so that would definitely be a big change as well. Alot of the meals on this plan are vegan anyway, so the major difference that I see at this point is the "non dairy" items.

We'll see. I'm just happy to be trying something different. Tomorrow will be a little better as far as meal planning because my first meal wont be so late.

I was also thinking that I may have been holding fluid because of me doing p90x legs and back.. I had DOMS like nobody's business for the last few days..

Your plan for this week sounds pretty good. I still think you will get another drop on the scale. This is OUR WEEK!!

DEDIKAYTED
01-30-2011, 09:04 PM
Gym first and thing... plan to be there around 5am... then work tomorrow. 60-90 minutes... I want to get some upper body strength training in as well. I have to tell ya.. This peppermint tea has really grown on me. It helps alot with digestion and just something to keep ya going in between meals.


I feel pretty good about the plan so far. Tomorrow the meals will be better spaced apart because my first meal probably wont be at 1pm. Today I was eating my snack darn near with my meal.. So yes.. it will be better tomorrow, but I did want to make sure I got my calories in. I did get tempted to skip one of the meals, but i am glad I didnt. I want to do the plan the right way.. Its not a whole lot of calories so there is no reason to not eat anything thats on the menu.

See ya tomorrow.

DEDIKAYTED
01-31-2011, 11:21 AM
Day 2

2 hours cardio this morning..
1 hour on Cybex machine - whew
1 hour on treadmill - sprints, incline, and then long distance run :D

Got to get it in before the snow comes tonight/tomorrow and I will have to do inside workouts… Feeling good though. Tomorrow is the first and we’ll see if I made the goal (as long as I work out in the morning). I did see some great things this morning when I looked in the mirror and also the way my clothes were fitting. 1 day on the plan.. Today saw 145.0/145.2 flickering.. so I do feel that great thing are about to happen with my new plan!! Psyched about that! OH let me add that I did have 10 saltines and 1.5 low fat cheese though.. yes, in the middle of the night. But it got me through my SUPER INTENSE cardio session this morning so its ok. Though I did take all the snacks I had out of the house and brought them to work. I definitely plan to save my dessert meal for the later hours (and then if I need it, its on plan, if not, then I just won’t eat it.) Yesterday the dessert was a peach but I ate it with dinner because I didn’t think I was going to get hungry later on.. Now, see.. if I had just left it off, I could have eaten that when I got up and would have been fine. Like I said, I’m not going to stress over it because I am sure the plan doesn’t call for 2 hours of cardio either and I’m burning way more than the average person…. So.. on to the next.

Clothes are feeling super loosey goosey today and I should have worn a belt. Yes!! The inches are coming, the inches are coming… That means the scale MUST FOLLOW!

I will fill in the times that I eat each meal as the day goes on.

Meal 1 - 11:40 a.m.
cup oatmeal
cup milk

Snack - 1:45
1 apple
1 ounce low fat cheese

Lunch
Cream of Tomato Soup - 2:30
Mixed salad greens w/1 tb light dressing

Snack -5:30PM
8 oz yogurt
cup blueberries

Dinner - 745
Shepherds pie
1 pc gluten free bread
1 cup cauliflower

Dessert - 915
cup yogurt
1 small pear

extra - 1 tsp almond butter / cucumber w/ honey mustard - 1015

Totals for today:

Cals 1269
Fat: 30 - 22%
199 carbs - 62%
53 g protein - 17%

The plan says today's meals were supposed to be around 1400 so I didn't mind having the extra snack at the end. Still didn't make it to 1400 though.
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Plan looks balanced and like I said.. the best part is it makes me allow myself a little more than I would normally have and not feel guilty. I will definitely be saving the dessert for the late night BEAST. Such a good idea!!! .. Because I swear, I think it may be a hypoglycemic thing or something. I think my blood sugar may drop at night so I wake up needing something. I don’t know.. So we’ll see if this works out better.
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joyfulloser
01-31-2011, 11:47 AM
WOW...I LOVE your new plan!!!:D I think you are going to be very happily surprised at your next WHOOOOOSH!!! One thing though...I think your body is holding on to water weight due to high sodium (i.e. lots of canned stuff = extremely high sodium). I'd drop all high sodium snacks like the salteen crackers...maybe get the lower sodium crackers!:p

Anyhoot...looks great!!! Let's DO THIS!:carrot:

Hmmm...snow? I'm in VA...r we getting lots of snow?

natamars
01-31-2011, 12:01 PM
The food on your plan looks really good and varied! 2 hours of cardio - wow! What did you do? I KNOW you are going to break that plateau this week!!!

Up a little on the scale yesterday, so my total for 9 days of OFS was 2.4.

Interesting thing I noticed - I ate a few things off plan last night and felt a little overly full. So now I'm wondering if I have some type of dairy or gluten sensitivity. I don't think it was the sodium - the counts didn't seem high at all. It had been about 3 hours since I'd eaten, so I was hungry, but not starved. In the course of an hour I had:
7 pita chips(100 cal)
14 baby carrots(35 cal)
2 T hummus(50 cal)
5 oz Chardonnay(120 cal)
1/2 cup light ice cream(140 cal)

So total calories of 445 - prior to that I'd eaten 990 for the day. I hadn't had any bread products for the prior 8 days, so wondering about the pita chips. I had some Greek yogurt and was fine with that, but I know sometimes yogurt is better tolerated than ice cream. Unfortunately all my frozen meals are some type of pasta with some dairy in them! Will see what happens this week and may think about cutting out the wheat and dairy again.

DEDIKAYTED
01-31-2011, 12:56 PM
WOW...I LOVE your new plan!!!:D I think you are going to be very happily surprised at your next WHOOOOOSH!!! One thing though...I think your body is holding on to water weight due to high sodium (i.e. lots of canned stuff = extremely high sodium). I'd drop all high sodium snacks like the salteen crackers...maybe get the lower sodium crackers!:p

Anyhoot...looks great!!! Let's DO THIS!:carrot:

Hmmm...snow? I'm in VA...r we getting lots of snow?

Virginia... yep.. you are close to me.. Wintry mix tonight, ice tomorrow morning .... :( That mess last week was ridiculous.. It took people soooo long to get home!

About the sodium.. Yea, I dont buy crackers, especially saltines. They were just some individual packets my boyfriend brought over with his Wendy's chili.. Actually I was going to ask you about sodium. Did you ever worry about that when you were doing Bistro MD? I'm choosing the "Light in Sodium" options when I can. If anything, this would probably be the most sodium that I have had in a while (since I normally dont do prepackaged stuff.... heck, I was even doing half "no salt added" cottage cheese at times).

I just make sure that I drink a whole lot of water. But you're right, I think that my legs hold a whole lot of water in them. That's why I'm on a mission to make those things sweat it out!!!

DEDIKAYTED
01-31-2011, 01:01 PM
The food on your plan looks really good and varied! 2 hours of cardio - wow! What did you do? I KNOW you are going to break that plateau this week!!!

Up a little on the scale yesterday, so my total for 9 days of OFS was 2.4.

Interesting thing I noticed - I ate a few things off plan last night and felt a little overly full. So now I'm wondering if I have some type of dairy or gluten sensitivity. I don't think it was the sodium - the counts didn't seem high at all. It had been about 3 hours since I'd eaten, so I was hungry, but not starved. In the course of an hour I had:
7 pita chips(100 cal)
14 baby carrots(35 cal)
2 T hummus(50 cal)
5 oz Chardonnay(120 cal)
1/2 cup light ice cream(140 cal)

So total calories of 445 - prior to that I'd eaten 990 for the day. I hadn't had any bread products for the prior 8 days, so wondering about the pita chips. I had some Greek yogurt and was fine with that, but I know sometimes yogurt is better tolerated than ice cream. Unfortunately all my frozen meals are some type of pasta with some dairy in them! Will see what happens this week and may think about cutting out the wheat and dairy again.

Well... when the scale is up just a few ounces, I dont really count that as real weight gain. It may just be a matter of undigested food..needing to go to the bathroom... maybe you had more water.. maybe less sleep, etc.. But a consistent trend upward... and yea -- we have a problem.. I think you were ok.. You didn't go overboard as far as cals are concerned.. you workout, so like me -- we have to keep pushing along...

Another example.. when you have a "whoosh" and you wake up and are a pound or more lighter... its NOT just from what you do the day before, its a process that has been building up. Because in that case, everytime we have a whoosh, we could just repeat whatever we did the day before and we should continuosly have whooshes, right?? -- :) Yea unfortunately, it doesn't happen this way. So I'd say just give it another day or so and see where you average out. I bet that scale will move back down soon! :hug:

joyfulloser
01-31-2011, 01:34 PM
Did you ever worry about that when you were doing Bistro MD? I'm choosing the "Light in Sodium" options when I can. If anything, this would probably be the most sodium that I have had in a while (since I normally dont do prepackaged stuff.... heck, I was even doing half "no salt added" cottage cheese at times).

Actually it was BISTROmd that taught me what too sodium was doing to my body! The pre-packaged meals are all low in sodium (all 3 meals averaged about 900-1,000mgs of sodium). At first, it was a little hard to get used to, but after a couple of weeks, my tastebuds adjusted and I couldn't believe how satisfying those low sodium meals were and how delishous they tased. I just continued with what I learned!;)

Doing Amy's will make it even easier to track your sodium. Even if each meal had 600mgs of sodium, that would still be only 1800 mgs, just make sure your snacks are natural and/or low sodium and you WILL see a big difference...especially in how you feel and how you read your body!;)

DEDIKAYTED
01-31-2011, 02:17 PM
Actually it was BISTROmd that taught me what too sodium was doing to my body! The pre-packaged meals are all low in sodium (all 3 meals averaged about 900-1,000mgs of sodium). At first, it was a little hard to get used to, but after a couple of weeks, my tastebuds adjusted and I couldn't believe how satisfying those low sodium meals were and how delishous they tased. I just continued with what I learned!;)

Doing Amy's will make it even easier to track your sodium. Even if each meal had 600mgs of sodium, that would still be only 1800 mgs, just make sure your snacks are natural and/or low sodium and you WILL see a big difference...especially in how you feel and how you read your body!;)

OK. Thanks for that.. I have no problem with low sodium meals because I"m usually a Ms. Dash or "no seasonings" person. I guess because when I was following competition -type diets, we never added any sodium to our food/meat.. nada. Ms. Dash and that's it. So I always get paranoid about sodium. Never add tablesalt to my food or any recipe that calls for it. So this is a GREAT thing and a big change.. Having food that have REAL TASTE! Lovin it!

I will keep plugging away and keep picking the lower sodium options when I can ;)

DEDIKAYTED
02-01-2011, 08:31 AM
We’ll have to wait til tomorrow for the official Feburary weighin. I never weighin at 4am because I think that’s still your “night” weight. I try to keep things consistent and weigh around the same times… Had to leave extra early this morning due to the threat of freezing rain. So tomorrow should be a normal morning and hopefully I will get to weigh in then. Thursday would be absolute latest.

Gym will be this afternoon when I get off work.

Will update meal times later.

Snack - 830am
1 tbsp almond butter
1 pc gluten free bread

Meal 1 - 11:15
Tofu Scramble
4 oz orange juice

Meal 2 - 130pm
1/2 of my Brown Rice & Veggie Bowl

Gym - 330pm - I only plan to do 60 minutes of cardio today, unless I'm pumped to do more.

Meal 2.5 - ?? Post workout
1/2 of my Brown Rice & Veggie Bowl
cucumbers

Dinner - 7
Cheese Enchilada
2 cups spinach / 2 tbsp light salad dressing

Dessert
cup blueberries

*Instead of adding the extra tbsp of almond butter and extra blueberries and milk, I had:
peach
zuchhini
celery

and now my tummy is full!

30 minutes of cardio only at the gym.

I am loving this peppermint tea lately! It has helped my indigestion tremendously :)
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1494 cals
65 g fat -17%
169 carbs - 44%
70g protein - 38%

Tomorrow - back to gym in the morning. I can't stand my appetite on days like today!

DEDIKAYTED
02-01-2011, 08:37 AM
OH! I bought the book Eat to Live last night and will be reading that.. I read some good reviews on it..

natamars
02-01-2011, 09:25 AM
Good morning! We have the sleet et all here too(I'm in NY). Made it to the gym last night and did 35 min. on the treadmill. Ran 1.5 miles straight. I decided to run a 5K in April - I haven't run in anything since the Corporate Challenge in Boston many years ago...

My weight is up but I think it's because of TOM, which always messes with my bathroom habits. Hopefully both things resolve themselves by my official weigh-in on Friday.

Hope you have a great day and a great weigh-in tomorrow! I'm the same way - if I'm up too early I still think it's my night weight!!

DEDIKAYTED
02-01-2011, 09:59 AM
Good morning! We have the sleet et all here too(I'm in NY). Made it to the gym last night and did 35 min. on the treadmill. Ran 1.5 miles straight. I decided to run a 5K in April - I haven't run in anything since the Corporate Challenge in Boston many years ago...

My weight is up but I think it's because of TOM, which always messes with my bathroom habits. Hopefully both things resolve themselves by my official weigh-in on Friday.

Hope you have a great day and a great weigh-in tomorrow! I'm the same way - if I'm up too early I still think it's my night weight!!

Good job on getting that exercise in. You know what? Maybe I should sign up for a 5K as well!! That sounds like a great idea. I have done the Avon Breast Cancer walk - 39 miles.. twice.. but I have never ran a 5K.

Never weigh when TOM is here!!! :devil: And never weigh too early in the morning. You have to be well rested to lose that night weight ;)

You have a great day as well!!! Keep trucking along.. Keep the exercise up especially. You will be rewarded when TOM leaves!!!

natamars
02-01-2011, 01:59 PM
Definitely sign up! I am going to reward myself with a pair of good running shoes - I'm actually going to go into a specialty store and be fitted instead of grabbing whatever's on clearance at Marshall's or Kohl's!

My town has a big 10K in September, so if the 5K goes OK I may talk to a neighbor about running it together. She's new to running also so hopefully I won't be intimidated. I'm VERY SLOW now - going to get my distance up to the 5K and then work on speed.

DEDIKAYTED
02-01-2011, 02:34 PM
Definitely sign up! I am going to reward myself with a pair of good running shoes - I'm actually going to go into a specialty store and be fitted instead of grabbing whatever's on clearance at Marshall's or Kohl's!

My town has a big 10K in September, so if the 5K goes OK I may talk to a neighbor about running it together. She's new to running also so hopefully I won't be intimidated. I'm VERY SLOW now - going to get my distance up to the 5K and then work on speed.

I think its a GREAT idea. I am going to see if I can find a few options in my area for the spring as well and sign up!! I was debating on whether to do the 60 mile Susan G. Komen walk but.. ummmmmmmmmmmm.:dizzy: I just can't get motivated. Plus it tears your body up! LOL

But a 5K or 10K.. That sounds doable!

DEDIKAYTED
02-01-2011, 02:42 PM
My day is all out of whack because getting to work early as always. So meals started earlier and I'm hungrier. I hate that. For some reason, when I get my workout in in the morning it keeps my appetite more controlled. Can't wait to get to the gym and get that over with!

That will take a chunk of time out of the day that I can't think about food! :)

Then when I get home, I will have the other half of my lunch probably around 5, and then dinner at 7:30-8ish. That works for me!

DEDIKAYTED
02-02-2011, 10:38 AM
:carrot::carrot:PLATEAU BROKEN!:carrot::carrot:

90 minutes cardio this a.m.

144.0!! That’s right. Not 144.8. That means I am RIGHT at 143! Yaaaay!! Go me.


Meal plan for today: (will update meal times as the day goes on)

Meal 1 - 11am
cup oatmeal

Meal 2 -2pm
Black bean vegetable soup
added cauliflower

Snack 330
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 yogurt
1/2 cup blueberries


Snack - 5pm
Celery ...more than 1/2 cup.. I do know that

Snack - 7pm
1 apple
1 yogurt

Meal 5 - should be around 8.
**amended**** Amy's burrito instead
fresh salsa w/ 2 tbsp lite sourcream

Calories: 1,339
Fat: 28.9
Carbs: 211.5
Protein: 66.7

I divided up the snacks today to stretch my food out throughout the day. That's why I wholeheartedly believe in breakfast later in the day (closest to noon as possible) That way I am sooo less likely to go to bed hungry!!

I didn't do the mac and cheese for dinner because it was 400 calories and when I looked at the plan, today's cals were suppposed to be 1320. So I still stuck with Amy's items but just had one that was less. I want to be as consistent as I can with the plan!!! :)
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I knew something was going on because last night I started feeling the “I’m smaller” feeling so I started trying on clothes I couldn’t fit. And I’m starting to get into them nicely! 

Have a great day!

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Hungry today.. Must be that 90 minute workout this morning.. Inclines!

joyfulloser
02-02-2011, 11:01 AM
YEAHHHH!!!! I knew it!!! The pounds will be flyin off now!:D

natamars
02-02-2011, 11:15 AM
Woo-hoo!!!! You must be so excited!!!!! You wil be more dedicated than ever!!!

Slim CB
02-02-2011, 11:26 AM
Time to update the ticker!!!! WTG!!!!!!!!!!!

DEDIKAYTED
02-02-2011, 12:21 PM
Time to update the ticker!!!! WTG!!!!!!!!!!!

You are right!! I have to do that tonight!! Thanks for stopping by!! I am so pumped!

DEDIKAYTED
02-02-2011, 12:23 PM
Woo-hoo!!!! You must be so excited!!!!! You wil be more dedicated than ever!!!

You got that right!! Stay the course! That's exactly what I intend to do! Thanks!!

See what I mean about trying something new? It works every time!! LOL! I believe in the plan, so my body's believing too!!!

Yaay!

DEDIKAYTED
02-02-2011, 12:24 PM
YEAHHHH!!!! I knew it!!! The pounds will be flyin off now!:D

Fly on!!! Let's keep this ball rollin'!:carrot:

DEDIKAYTED
02-03-2011, 10:41 AM
:carrot::carrot::carrot: 1 pound away from my lowest weight :carrot::carrot:

100 minutes cardio
40 minutes incline
30 minute run
30 minute incline

decaf w/sf creamer
peppermint tea

Meal 1 - 12pm
Amy's Mexican Tofu Scramvle

Snack 3pm
nectarine
1 cup yogurt
2 tsp sunflower seeds

Snack 4pm
celery

Lunch 5pm
Bean & Rice Soup
1 slice gluten free bread
1 cup kale

Dinner - 815
Indian vegetable korma
1 sm corn tortilla
fresh salsa w/ light sour cream
1 cup kale

cals:1,497
fat: 51-------30%
carbs: 201 ----54%
protein: 59 -----16%

No going to bed hungry.. and still drinking my peppermint tea all day :)

joyfulloser
02-03-2011, 12:30 PM
Your menu looks delishous!:D WOW..143...your COOKING with FIRE now girl!:p GO YOU!!!:carrot:

Oh yeah...about the pull-ups. I started doing them when I was close to 200 lbs...so..uhhhh uhhhh..you can start at this weight...lol...not letting you off the hook that easy!:p Here's how to build up to your first pull up:

grab a chair to put in doorway. step up on the chair, grabbing the handles and hang there as long as you can...then try to slowly lower yourself. repeat as much as possible. basically you will only be using your strength to lower, since you are not yet strong enough to lift your bodyweight. Keep doing this every other day (you NEED that day of rest in between and your arms WILL be sore the next day). You will be surprised at how fast your strength increases!;)

My skinny lil 11 yr old daughter's been doing this and she just yesterday did her first REAL pull up...momma so proud..haha!

DEDIKAYTED
02-03-2011, 09:48 PM
oh yea!!! NEGATIVES!! I forgot all about doing those!!!! THANKS!!!!!!


I love the new menu too!!! I'm so happy right now! :D

natamars
02-04-2011, 09:29 AM
New low weight?? WTG!!!

DEDIKAYTED
02-04-2011, 11:46 AM
Rest day from cardio because I felt a little something in my right hip area and I MOST DEFINITELY dont want to see no hip bursitis issues. So today I may just do some upper body work with p90x and some stretching/callanetics.

Next day to weigh will probably be Sunday or Monday.. depending on how my rest days

Its killing me not to go to the gym because I FEEL HIGHLY ENERGETIC but I dont want to hurt myself either.

Meals for today

Meal 1 - 1130
3/4 cup oatmeal
1 cup yogurt
1/2 oz sunflower seeds

Meal 2
1 apple

Meal 3
Chili with Vegetables
slice gluten free bread
1 ounce cheese


Meal
Rice macoroni
2 cups greens
fresh salsa

Meal
1 cup frozen berries

Left my raisins at work so I have to amend the menu. May add extra blueberries or a peach/nectarine. We'll see.

DEDIKAYTED
02-04-2011, 02:17 PM
I have to say.. The day I see 13X , I am going to call President Obama and ask if it can be a National Holiday. Whatever day it is - I am NOT going to work that day. Period.

OMG! I am so close! I want to go to the gym today!!! waaaaaah. I have been putting some heat on the hip just in case its just a tight muscle. I would love to just get in a 60 minute walk on the treadmill.

joyfulloser
02-04-2011, 02:55 PM
Rest...relax...I know...I know...stinks...

Look at it this way...pain is our bodies way to sayin, "SIT DOWNNNNNNNNN and RELAX a MOMENT WOMAN!!!!" LOL!:D

Reality T.V. helps in times like this.:)

DEDIKAYTED
02-04-2011, 06:54 PM
Having a HUNGRY day today... Whats funny is I recall this happening before.. my HUNGRY day being on a rest day.... Like my body KNOWS that after rest comes more hardwork and it wants to take full advantage of the day..

This is the first day since starting Amys that I had to take advantage of the extra calories that the plan offers. Every day it gives you an additional "meal" which amounts to an additional 300 calories .

Whats funny is, as I was eating I was searching for the "full" feeling and it took a while before I could even feel the food on my stomach...so strange, indeed.

So... here are the totals for today.. as of right now..

Cals: 1,506
Fat: 53.0 ----31%
Carbs: 208 ----56%
Protein: 51.0 ------ 13%

After I calculated everything I was actually surprised that it didnt turn out to be more.

DEDIKAYTED
02-05-2011, 12:06 PM
Looking a little bloated today. Probably too much sodium yesterday I am sure...

Gym -
75 minutes cardio.. All treadmill.. Got a great run in as well. Glad I took the rest day yesterday.

Will update my meals later.

Meal 1 – 2pm
Enchilada Meal with beans and rice
Kale

Meal 2
counce of raw cashews
Miniature box of rains
1 tbsp of sesame seeds

Meal 3
1 cup yogurt
1 cup blueverries
cup oatmeal
2 tsp almonds

Meal 4
1 can of creamy tomato LOW SODIUM soup
1 pc gluten free bread
Salad w/light dressing

I mix the order of my meals or break them down to have more “feedings” aka snacks..

My sweetie is taking me out tonight to a birthday party. The restaurant is an Italian/pizza joint..and then bowling afterward. Well.. I saved my salad from my meals, that way I can have that at the restaurant (and I will bring my own dressing).. that way I don’t have to completely starve it out. :)

I may save something off of today’s menu for when I get home tonight, or I will bring my lunch bag with me.. and put my snack in there. There will be NO offplan eating at the bowling alley or the restaurant.

I am in it to WIN it.

Enough said.