Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Back on the Wagon!

I am so happy to say that I am back on the dieting bandwagon. The last few days have gone pretty well for me. Saturday I was successful in having a good workout at the gym. Those darn fiber bars were not so nice to my stomach during the week. I gave the last two away to a co-worker today, who agreed they were delicious. Hopefully they agree with her stomach!

Sunday FI and I went out to breakfast. I was reluctant to go at first because it is so hard to make good choices when tempted with so many tasty options, but I promised myself that I would order something 'good'. I spotted an old favorite, Eggs Florentine. Basically, it's an English Muffin with spinach, sunny side up eggs and hollandaise sauce. I even asked for fruit instead of hash browns. It was delish and I thought I had made a healthy choice (despite the white bread). Calorie King says that it is almost 900 calories and nearly 60g FAT!!! I guess it is not as bad of a choice as other items, but I was amazed at that. The rest of the day on Sunday I tried to stay with the plan:

Lunch: Lentil Soup & 60 cal Jell-O snack
Snack: fruit leather
Dinner: Quinoa with venison, peppers and onions (FI cooked!)

I had every intention of going to the gym on Sunday but the heavy breakfast caught up with me in the afternoon and I ended up taking a nap instead. Oh well- that's what Sundays are for, right?

Monday I had off work, but did very well for a day of sitting around at home.
Breakfast: 2 whole wheat low cal waffles with peaches and lite syrup- 5 WW points

Snack: coffee 2 WW points
yogurt- 2 WW points

Lunch: Veggie pesto pizza (okay, not so great) 8 WW points

Snack: banana- 2 WW points

"Dinner": Vanilla protein shake- 3 WW points
Cherri-Os cereal- 2 WW points
60 cal Jell-O- 1 WW point

Total: 25 points

Exercise: 20 minute run, 10 minutes on the 'hard' elliptical (this is the kind that is not on a 'track' and is truly difficult to operate!)

Tuesday was quite successful, as well.
Breakfast: 1/2 whole wheat lite English muffin, almond butter, banana slices- 3WWP
Skim milk- 2 WWP

Lunch: Dried cranberry and chicken strip salad, no dressing- 4 WWP
60 cal Jell-O- 1 WWP

Snack: 90 cal raspberry chocolate bar- 2 WWP
banana- 2 WWP

Dinner: Caprese Salad- 8 WWP (I'm guessing because I can't find the info)
1 Wasa cracker & lite laughing cow cheese (yes, I know that is a lot of cheese in one sitting but you must know that I love cheese and I was very excited to have just brought the Laughing Cow home from the store!)

Total: 25 points
Exercise: 40 minutes running, lifted shoulders

I am hoping that I can continue to be consistent with my blogging- it helps me stay on track. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Back after a long hiatus!

Finally! I thought I would never see the day! Our computer got a virus some time ago and we just kept trying to use it like always- until one day it just stopped all together! She was out of commision for about 2 weeks total- including the week that the IT guy had her. She just came home this morning and I have been giving her some well-deserved attention! It is so nice to feel 'connected' again!

Now for the dieting updates- things have been going, well.....just okay. I have been trying my darnedest but I think that the new Fiber Plus bars that I introduced into my diet on Wednesday have thrown me a curve ball. At the store on Tuesday I thought- how can one go wrong with a nice, filling, fiber bar of only 120 cal, 5 g fat and 9 g fiber!?!?! (All only 2 WW points- and delish!) Well, I guess when one already has problems with fiber (I was diagnosed with IBS a few years ago- sorry if that is TMI) processed, tasty fiber bars can wreak havok on one's internal systems!!! Luckily, I was feeling well enough to get a good workout in on Wednesday afternoon, but Thursday and Friday did not turn out as well. Yesterday I tried running for about 10 minutes and my stomach was so cramped up that I had to stop- so I tried the eliptical for another 10 but had to get off. I am going to try again today- but so far my stomach is just so-so this afternoon- it has been a little sketchy to say the least, although not as bad as yesterday, so I am hopeful!

Today's diet
Breakfast- 2 Kashi whole wheat frozen waffles with berries and low-cal syrup on top, glass of skim milk
Snack- Teavana tea
Lunch- Lentil soup, 1 small apple, 2 peices dark chocolate
Snack- Teavana tea & banana

I am back on the bandwagon now. Three books that I have been reading that have been VERY helpful are "How the Rich Get Thin" by Dr. Jana Klauer, "Making the Cut" by Jillian Michaels (from Biggest Loser) and "The Daily Fix" by Alexa L. Fishback.

I have read the first two cover to cover but I like to keep them around for reference. "How the Rich Get Thin" is very inspirational and is mostly a nutrition- based book. "Making the Cut" includes more exercises and suggestions for losing the 'last few pounds', whereas "The Daily Fix" is more of a book on how to be healthy and make good choices every day. I recommend them all to anyone interested in losing weight or simply good health!

Only 58 days to go! WOW!