Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trying New Things

My new favorite thing is butterball turkey bacon. I've never been a big fan of turkey bacon. My auntie is, however, and i've had plenty of slices that left more to be desired.

But I tried this out after my local grocery store was out of canadian bacon & I wanted a lower fat/sodium breakfast meat.

If you cook it crispy, it's very similar to the real deal.

Here's The Nutrional Info:

Serving Size 1 slice (14 g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 25 (Calories from Fat 15% Daily Value)

Total Fat 1.5g (3% Saturated Fat 0.5g, 3% Trans Fat 0g)
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 135mg
Total Carbohydrates 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Weight Loss Solution


This article asks: What have you done in the past week to help solve your weight problem? List 3 things.

Here are 3 things I did:

1. Choose water or low-calorie drink over a soda or other high calorie drink.

2. Went to an exercise class although I didn't feel like it

3. Bought and started reading a book about balanced living & healthy eating

What have you done?

Round 2

I'm gearing up for the next 10 (to 15) pounds of weight loss.

This past week has energizing - I vacationed in Miami, celebrated another birthday, and lost a good deal weight.

It's what I needed to kick off the second half of this weight loss.

I'm working to be at 135 by October 20th. (That's within days of my first 5k, a special event I want to participate in, and starting a 10 week weight loss/healthy eating group program with my nutrionist)

I'd love to start all of these events at "goal" or very close to it. Starting a new phase maintaing.

I have been reconsidering what my goal weight will be. I am thinking now it will be very happy at 135. It really matters how I look and feel. If not, that then 130.

As of today, here's What I Have Planned For the Next 8 weeks:


Sun - Run

Mon - Morning Walk, Run

Tues - Morning Walk, Zumba/Run

Wed - Pilates, Weights

Thurs - Morning Walk, Zumba

Fri - Off

Sat - Morning Zumba (every other sat.), Run, Weights


1600 calories a day.....Every 4 weeks or so, calorie cycling of 14oo/1700

Continue to count & track what I eat

Eat 3 servings of fruit, 5 servings of vegetables (starchy & non-starchy) a day, 6 servings of protein, No more than 7 servings of Carbs/Starchs, 2 servings of dairy, and No more than 3 servings of fat/oil, 6 to 8 cups of water

Weight Loss - Art or Science?

Just finished reading this blog.....http://www.wellsphere.com/weight-loss-article/weight-loss-for-women-is-an-art/768538.

What an excellent point made...there is a science to weight loss...more calories out then calories in = weight loss. But, there is an art to losing the weight...finding out what foods work well for you body or discovering which exercise routines are best for you to complete.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Drumroll Please

September 9th was my birthday.

In late May, I decided that I wanted to be in the 130 -135 range by that date after hitting a high f 160lbs. That would give me just 15 weeks (3 1/2 months) to do it. With an average of 2lbs a week, it was challenging, but doable.I lost 2lbs in 2 weeks with a little bit of exercise and a few changes to my diet. With some more effort, I could certainly make my goal.

So, I added exercising 4 to 6 days a week including cardio & strength training. I decided to meet with a trainer to put together a program for me to follow & workout on my own. After a month and a half of that, I added brisk hour-long walks 3 to 5 days in morning to the other exercise I was doing (above my trainer's recommendations). I also met with my trainer once a month. I also started working with a dietitian. The next month, I started working with my trainer once a week.

15 long weeks! AND AS OF TODAY, I am 144lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought I would be so disappointed to not have made goal yet. BUT, I am NOT, I am feeling GREAT!

16 lbs is not an accident, but a mixture of tears, countless fitness and health articles read, two a day workouts, sweat, extra salads, and fewer soda's.

Weigh-in Results

Week 1 – 7/16 - 157.6

Week 2 - 7/21 - 155.0

Week 3 - 7/30 - 154.6

Week 4 - 8/8 - 150.6

Week 5 - 8/11 - 151.0

Week 6 - 8/18 - 151.0

Week 7 - 9/1 - 149.0

Week 8 - 9/8 - 147.4

Although, I weigh myself everyday....I don't write it down. So I asked me nutrionist to email my progress.

In black and write, it seems so easy. Each week - progress is made. The weighs-in results don't show the struggle. It doesn't reveal the hours spent working out, reading health and fitness articles, planning menus and tracking meals. It doesn't reveal every coke refused, french fries skipped, timarisu un-ordered. That plateau felt never ending.

Lesson Learned: Write your weight progress down regularly.