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Sunday : Relaxing Day !

Posted by Susan on August 23, 2009

Today was my idea of a perfect Sunday ! Since I got so much done yesterday, today was pretty easy. All I needed to do was workout, and get our lunches ready for tomorrow. I did all of that before lunch, and that left the rest of the day free !

I got to sleep in a little this morning, so when I got up I was starving. I decided to make something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I made an omelet with Laughing Cow Cheese filling ! It was sooooooo good ! I also found the secret to the perfect omelet……. I put the filling on the eggs and then stuck the whole frying pan under the broiler for a few minutes. ( I am sure more than a few people are saying DUH! , but I am new to this cooking thing and I was thrilled to figure this one out !)

The omelet was fluffy and perfect and the filling was perfect ! I will be making more omelets in the future ! I also had a toasted sandwich thin with a light smear of butter.

For snack before working out I had some yogurt and a 100 calorie granola bar.

Lunch rolled around and I was in the mood for a PBJ sandwich ! I made one on another sandwich thin , and had it with some lite pretzels and a peach.

About 3:30 I was dying for some chocolate ! I had 9 dark chocolate kisses (180 calories) and that hit the spot !

Dinner was not too inventive tonight ….. it was a repeat of last night. A 4oz. chicken breast, HG spinach bake, and some rosemary potatoes. I cook once a week, so for the most part my dinners are pretty repetitious. I know myself, and if I don’t have food ready to go at the end of a work day , I will end up eating junk instead of a balanced dinner. This works best for me, and as long as it is yummy, I don’t mind eating it a few times a week !

For dessert I had a piece of the FF pudding pie I made last night ! I added a dollop of lite whipped cream to it and it was awesome. Perfect sweet ending to my meal !
This week is going to be relatively painless. My boss is on vacation, and I only work 4 days this week. I have a four day weekend next week. I am off Fri. , Sat. , Sun. , and Mon. ! I always take a long weekend the last week of summer , because all of September i have a house sitting job. It is a last hurrah for me. I am really looking forward to it ! I am hoping for great weather because the plan is BEACH !
Have a great Monday !

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12 Weeks Of Successful Maintaining !

Posted by Susan on August 23, 2009

Today marks 12 weeks of maintaining my weight loss goals ! There have been many ups and downs, more than a few meltdowns, and some stressful moments. Through it all, some valuable lessons learned.

  1. Weight naturally fluctuates anywhere from 1-5 lbs. daily, depending on where your body is at any given time. Anything from stress, salt intake, PMS, they all play a part in the daily number on the scale. I usually find that I can be close to 145 lbs. one day and the next 141 lbs. I’ve learned not to go crazy over this anymore. It is just my body adjusting to life. Most importantly it is NORMAL !
  2. Daily exercise is an absolute must. If I want to maintain this loss, I need to exercise 6-7 days a week. There is no way around it , it just is.
  3. My daily calorie limit on a normal day is 1800. Tracking what I eat, weighing and measuring what I eat is necessary still at this stage of the game. I may come to a point in the future where I will not need to, but for now it keeps it clear in my head exactly what I am eating.
  4. A splurge now and then will not kill me weight-wise, but it does kill me stomach-wise ! I am not able to eat like I once did without paying for it physically ! Nothing is worse than feeling so full that you feel sick ! Better to keep a splurge under control, in reasonable portions , than to be sick to my stomach. There is nothing worse than a “food hangover”. The day after over doing it on food I feel like I partied hard the night before ! My workouts are torture the next day, and I feel sluggish and gross all the next day ! NOT WORTH IT !
  5. Balance is important ! I could never limit my diet. I am not the type of person that could sustain a lifestyle where I could never have meat, or never have sugar or anything else. For me , a little of everything works best. I eat fresh clean foods, I eat some processed foods here and there. As long as I mix it all up, and not eat too much of any one thing….. this works best for me.
  6. The things I once loved and craved are not so tempting anymore. I am not sure if it is that my taste buds have changed or what. The one thing that hasn’t changed is my chocolate obsession ! I love it and always will I guess ! I try to keep it dark chocolate because I like it but don’t love it ….so it is easier to keep the portions limited !
  7. I love my life at this weight. I love that I can wear what I want, I love that I can wear a bathing suit and not feel embarrassed about it. I love knowing that I accomplished something I’ve wanted for so long. It is worth all the work I have to do to stay this way.
  8. Most importantly, and it ties in all of the lessons I’ve learned is that this is that I am always “on plan”. And I always will be if I want to sustain this weight. This is the way I will be living FOREVER ! It is hard to wrap my head around that, so I just think of it in terms of a day at a time.

I am really proud of myself for making it this far, but I must admit, I will be happier when I am posting that I’ve successfully maintained for 1 year ! 2 years ! But it is a step at a time. Foe now I will just be satisfied with celebrating the small victories !

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Productive Saturday

Posted by Susan on August 22, 2009

Today I got so much done ! I wanted to go to the beach but the weather was not going to cooperate.

Last night, because of the “snit” I was in, I ended up with a lot of nervous energy, so I cleaned my entire house and did a load of wash.

This morning I got up and got my workout done first thing. I did 30 min. circuit training and 30 min. HIIT on the spin bike. Then I had some breakfast.This is my absolute favorite cereal. I can’t always find it, but I got lucky last time I went to Big Lot’s so this morning I broke into it !

I had it with oatmeal and 1 T. of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. It was so good, I could have eaten 2 more bowls ……. but of course I didn’t !

I also had a cup of green tea.

About 10:30 I was hungry again. Half of it was probably boredom, but I decided to give into it anyway. I had 1 hard boiled egg on 2 Rye Crisp crackers.

Lunch was a whole grain sandwich thin, with a Laughing Cow Cheese wedge, some baby carrots, and whole grain crackers.

With an apple for dessert.
Then I decided to get to work ! I decided since I had extra time today , I would just do some cooking for the week.

I made Rosemary New Potatoes.

I cooked up some chicken breasts.

I made a Hungry Girl Recipe : Spinach, Mushroom, Mozzarella Supreme.
And then last but not least, I threw together a fat free / sugar free pudding pie made with a reduced fat pie crust …….. Whew ! A whole lot of cooking going on in my kitchen today !
At about 3:30 I had a handful of peanuts, before running out to do some errands.

When we got home I put together my dinner. It was delicious ! After dinner I folded the wash I did throughout my afternoon of cooking , and took a shower.

This is how I plan to spend the rest of my evening ! I love when I get a lot done in a day. I have no idea what the weather will be tomorrow, but no matter what it is, the only thing I need to get done is my workout. Other than that I am free !!!!!!
Have a peaceful and relaxing Saturday night my friends !

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Posted by Susan on August 21, 2009

Typical Friday, typical Friday stresses and frustrations, but I lived through it ! I went to bed last night at 6:30 pm ! I slept like a baby, and ended up having a great workout this morning. Amazing what a difference a day of eating well, and a night of good, sound sleep makes !
This morning I had some protein pancakes for breakfast. I love them because they are filling and I find that I am not hungry for hours after eating them !

Since I was still sort of full from breakfast , I just had a peach around 9: 30 am. ( I had the pancakes at 5 am)

Around 11:00 am I was hungry so I had 2 Rye Crisp crackers and a wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese , and a small apple.

At 2:00 pm, it was time for some lunch. A veggie salad with sunflower seeds and sesame sticks.

Dinner was the last of the chicken breasts I made at the beginning of the week, rosemary potatoes, and a veggie salad.
After that it was all down hill ………………. Some personal issues sent me running for the food ! I ate quite a few sugar free cookies, a dark chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, and half a bag of Snap Pea Crisps ……… As you can see , in spite of all of the things I’ve conquered, and learned during this weight loss / maintenance journey, I am still not above some emotional eating.
I still find comfort in food when I am feeling certain emotions. I am in no way using this as an excuse. I put the food into my mouth, I made the choice to eat . But it is done. It is what it is , and all I can do is move on …………
Tomorrow is another day.
And it is Saturday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It will definitely be good!

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A Day Of Detox And A Promise To Myself

Posted by Susan on August 20, 2009

Today was not so great. Because of my “movie & popcorn night” last night , I did not sleep well. First off I went to bed waaaaayy too late and second , eating crap before bed always makes sleeping difficult if not impossible. That is why I always save all food splurges for the weekend !

When the alarm went off this morning I got up , had my usual PB toast , put on my workout clothes and got all the way downstairs, got on the spin bike for some cardio and decided I just could not do it ! I felt not only tired, but sore and bloated and still queasy from last night.

I got off the bike and went back to bed for an hour and a half ! My philosophy is usually, you play you pay, but I just could not exercise. You know it is bad if I skip a workout ! I was so angry with myself ! It is not like this was something that happened to me at random. I brought the entire thing on myself !

I spent the entire day detoxing …….. or at least trying to !As much of this as I could …………………… (water)

And numerous cups of this ………………………… (green tea )
My stomach was turning all day. I didn’t take pics of food because I hardly eat anything ! The thought of food made me sick ! It was hell !
I am making a promise to myself right here and now, you as my wittness ! I need to wrap my head around the fact that things have changed. That my body has changed in so many more ways then just weight loss.
I can no longer eat like I used to. In order to stay energetic and comfortable, in order to sleep well at night and have general well being , I can NOT eat like I used to. My body does not want it. It makes that fact very , very, clear !
I promise myself that I will not do this anymore. I will (finally!) learn from this situation, and make it my mission to never allow it to happen again !
No one needs a huge mound of popcorn, with gobs of synthetic butter ! No one needs any of the stuff I over do.
I hated how I felt today and I vow to do everything in my power to nake sure it never, EVER happens again !
I am so tired right now, so I am off to bed ! Hopefully I will be able to sleep off this stooper once and for all !

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Movie Wednesday !

Posted by Susan on August 20, 2009

OK, it’s way past my bed time, and I feel like total (excuse my french ) shit ! So this will be a quickie post !

As I mentioned last night , The plan for today was to eat light because I was going to the movies and wanted to have movie popcorn.

I got up this morning, did 30 min. of circuit training , 10 min. of Ab circuits and 30 min HIIT on the treadmill. I had my usual whole wheat toast with a smear of peanut butter before working out. When I say smear I mean just enough to taste it , but not a thick coating.

After workout and shower I had my version of an Egg McMuffin …….. 1 egg ( made in the microwave , so it is the perfect size to fit the English Muffin) a whole wheat English Muffin , and a sprinkle of reduced fat cheddar cheese. I also had an apple.

Snack mid-morning was another apple with 1 T. of peanut butter.

Late-morning snack , a peach ! It was so good, cool and sweet !

Lunch consisted of a veggie salad with some sunflower seeds and sesame sticks.

I had some more M&M’s from yesterday for dessert ….. I can’t wait for these to be gone !!! Too tempting for me !
I did something not so healthy and pretty stupid in hindsight. I skipped dinner all together so that I could indulge in my beloved movie popcorn !

We took my mother in-law to the 6:45 showing of Julie and Julia ….which I loved ! I found myself smiling through almost all of the Julia Child parts ……… What I loved most about her was her total acceptance of who she was. And her willingness to do what she wanted , without care of what others thought of her. I really admire people like that, because so often I am caught up in what others think of me, and I feel like it holds me back from doing things I really want to do.
Anyway I thought it was a great movie and would recommend it highly.

OK, about the popcorn ………. why is it that when I am really craving something, and then finally have it , it is never as wonderful as I remember it ?
My lips are chapped from the salt, I can not wash the gross butter smell off my hands not matter how many times I scrub them, (makes me wonder about the chemicals the “butter”!) and my stomach is literally turning from all the nasty fat I just ingested !
Sometimes I just have to torture myself in order to learn a lesson, I guess. Obviously my love affair with movie popcorn is OVER !
Note To Self : Next movie, bring portion controlled, healthy snacks and hide them in my purse. Feeling like I do right now is NOT pleasant or fun !
I can’t wait to sleep this stuff off and get back to normal food tomorrow ! How did I ever eat all the crap I used to eat and not feel sick every night ? I guess it is all about what you train your body to become used to.
Off to bed , because when 3 AM rolls around I am going to be crying the blues as it is ! Sleep well my friends !

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Back To Work :(

Posted by Susan on August 18, 2009

Well, real life resumed today after a wonderful day of sun and sand yesterday. I was wishing, as I got ready for work this morning that is was yesterday morning all over again …… sigh……

I forgot to set the alarm last night and ended up getting ups a little later this morning so I had to cut my workout session a little short . ( 20 min. short to be exact !) I did 20 min. HIIT on the spin bike, and did a 20 min. elliptical program. I also banged out a 10 min. Ab circuit.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I forgot to set the alarm. Must have been my subconscious mind trying to forget that I had to work for a living. No work no house and no beach rights ! When I got up this morning I had my usual PB toast. After my workout and my shower I had what was left of my box of Go Lean Crunch mixed into my oatmeal, with a spoonful of chocolate peanut butter.

I also had a hard boiled egg for some protein. (it looks gross close up like this , but it tasted fine)

Around 9:30 am I had some Fiber One mixed into yogurt, and an apple.

For some reason , by the time 11:00 am rolled around I was hungry again so I broke into my lunch and had a peach.

For Lunch (around 2 pm) I had a tuna salad sandwich, and wheat sticks.

Some time during the afternoon, one of our past resident’s family members brought us in the massive bag of M&M’s as a thank you . I was dying for something sweet so I allowed myself to indulge in just a little bit.

I poured myself as few in the bottom of this cup, and ate them slowly so I could savor them. The small portion really hit the spot !

For dinner tonight I had a nice raw veggie salad.

And a repeat of Sunday’s dinner. A 4 oz chicken breast and some left over Rosemary Potatoes. I ate dinner tonight out on the deck. Summer is almost over and I have decided to eat there as much as possible before weather changes make it impossible.

Dessert was once again , ” cookies and ice cream” made with Fat Free Frozen Yogurt and sugar free cookies.
I am glad that my first day back at work is over. Since today was my Monday, it was rough. Especially rough after the great day yesterday ! But I made it through !
Tomorrow night we are attempting to make up for the movie we missed Friday night and have my mother in law over for dinner and go to see Julie and Julia . I will be keeping tomorrow’s eating light because I am absolutely having popcorn with my movie !
I am off to bed, at least to read now, because tomorrow night will be a late one for me ! I hope everyone had a great Tuesday !

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Best Day Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Susan on August 17, 2009

If I could manufacture the perfect day, today would have been seriously close to it !!! My sister and niece are off this week and were planning a day at the beach. I live in a lake community, as I mentioned before, my sister lives in one also about 1 mile down the road from me.

I was feeling really bummed about the prospect of going to work today after the crappy Friday I had last week, so I decided to ditch work, fake a migraine and go to the beach today ! I rarely call in because I am always afraid I will get sick and won’t have the paid time, but I think I was in need of a definite mental health day , so I went for it !

I got up early this morning, had some whole wheat toast with a smear of reduced fat peanut butter, then did my Monday workout. I did 30 min. circuit training, 10 min. ab circuit, and 30 min. HIIT on the treadmill.

Since I had extra time this morning, I decided to make protein pancakes ! I haven’t made them in a long time, I forgot how good they tasted and how filling they are. They’re made with oats, egg whites, and fat free cottage cheese, a little vanilla, and a little cinnamon. They are amazingly good. I usually have them with a few spritzes of Olivio butter spray.

By 10 am we were off to the beach ! It was gorgeous today ! Although it was hot and sunny the breeze off the lake made the heat bearable. So did jumping into the lake every now and then !

I snacked on an apple between sunning and swimming.

My sister and niece , playing in the lake.

Around 12:30 pm we decided to have some lunch. I shared most of mine with my niece ! I had a whole grain sandwich thin, with a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese inside, and some wheat stix.

A peach that I shared with Kate (niece).

A 100 calorie bag of chocolate marshmallows , that I shared with both Kate and my sister.
Around 2:30 pm the beach was getting crowded and we’d had enough sun, so we took one last swim and headed back to my sister’s house for a treat !

My sister made us all ice cream cones with Edy’s Sugar Free Cookies and Cream Ice Cream ! It was the perfect ending to a fun day !

Here’s my cone, I only had one serving ( 1/2 cup ). It was just enough ! I had a treat without over doing it !

I finally got home around 3:00 pm, tired and happy ! I took a shower and did some things around the house. I wanted to take a nap, but I was afraid it would interfere with tonight’s sleep so I just relaxed until dinner.

It is so warm tonight I was not in the mood for anything hot, so I made a big veggie salad and added some reduced fat cheese, and a 4 oz. chicken breast. It was perfect for a hot night ! I ate it out on my deck. ( I also added some sesame sticks and and some sunflower seeds to my salad to give it a little kick )

Dessert tonight was a throw back to my childhood. We always had cookies and ice cream for dessert on summer nights. So I made a more figure friendly version tonight. I had 1/2 cup of Fat free frozen yogurt, a drizzle of chocolate syrup. I took 4 sugar free chocolate peanut butter cookies and crushed them on top. ( the cookies are the size of a quarter , so 4 cookies probably equaled 1 average size cookie )
Amazing how some flavors can transport you back in time. This dessert definitely did the trick!
So my ditch day turned out to be just what the doctor ordered ! I feel relaxed and calm. I had fun with my two favorite ” girlfriends”, chatting and laughing , sharing lunches and swimming and sunning. I feel like I can go to work tomorrow in a much better state of mind.
I also felt very bold today ! I must be getting comfortable in my new body. I even walked to the bathroom in my swim suit ……. not shirt , no shorts , just me ! I never EVER would have done that a year ago !
All in all this was in all ways …….. the best day ever !!

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The Pity Party Has Come To An End !

Posted by Susan on August 16, 2009

Yesterday , I found myself in the midst of a massive Pity Party ! I was allowing the upset of Friday bleed into my Saturday. I ended up grazing all day, some healthy things, some not so healthy. Nothing like the huge binges of the past, but still. Grazing all day and not actually eating good balanced meals at scheduled times is dangerous for me !

At 8:00 last night I realized I hadn’t eaten a real meal all day and finally had an egg on whole wheat bread. I made the decision that today would be different. I would get back on track and stay there !

Here are today’s eats : For breakfast I had oatmeal, Go Lean Crunch, and 1 T. of Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Plus I had a hard boiled egg.

Lunch was tuna, broccoli slaw,carrot salad on a whole grain English muffin, baby carrots, Snap Pea Crisps (love these things !) and a small apple.

Around 4:00 pm I was kind of hungry so I has a handful of peanuts.

Dinner was a 4 oz chicken breast, Rosemary Potatoes ( these were super yummy and really easy to make!) and a veggie salad with a little sprinkle of reduced fat cheese.

Dessert tonight was awesome ! A slice of Diet Coke Cake ( the last one ) with 1 cup of fat free frozen yogurt and a drizzle of reduced sugar chocolate syrup. Perfect sweet ending of the food day !
New Toy !

Yesterday I bought a food scale ! I’ve been wanting one for a while now. I found this one at Ocean State Job Lot , a store that sells over stock from other stores . I got this baby for $15.00 ! It is easy to use and works great. Now I can be more exact with my portions.
I took a rest day today from working out. I felt my body needed a rest. We slept in this morning and had a nice lazy day ! Now I am ready for the week ahead ! Hope everyone has a good one !

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Ever Have One Of Those Days ?

Posted by Susan on August 15, 2009

Today was one for the record books. It was the WORST ! On Friday’s I am not usually easily rattled. Maybe it’s the promise of the weekend ahead. At any rate today I had to use every thing inside of me not to blow up and have a tantrum or just sit on the floor and cry !

First off I get to work to find out that 2 therapists were on vacation and one called in sick. That left us incredibly short handed. I ended up having to be the one to go to the daily morning meeting that was a whole lot of nonsense that took almost 2 hours ! That put me way behind and had me running like a mad woman to catch up plus do all the extras that come with being short handed in the first place !

On top of it all I am having a conflict with one of my more difficult co-workers. I have been working since I was 16 years old , and I can honestly say that I have never ever met anyone like her. Yesterday we had issues and she spent all day today getting even with me ! Being passive aggressive , and abusing her position over me. ( she is technically my “superior” because she is a therapist and I am just a lowly assistant ) The only good thing about it was that I was not alone, she pretty much pissed off the entire facility today !

I finally get home and Matt and I meet his mom out for dinner and a movie for her birthday. We had dinner and were in the parking lot of the theater when Matt’s beeper goes off ! He is on call this week, and guess what ! He needed to go 2 hours away for an emergency call ! We had to cut the night short with his mom and go home so he could pick up his truck and leave again !

I am now sitting home alone on a Friday night. I ate a bunch of chocolate cookies and I feel like crap ! I forgot my camera when I went to dinner so I not only didn’t get pictures of my meal, I also didn’t get any of the birthday girl !

I am so glad for this day/night to be over ! Tomorrow will be much better , I can feel it !

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