Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's been a while

Not sure what my deal is lately but I just haven't been blogging - maybe it's because I am so incredibly swamped at work right now since Sandy is off on sick leave. That's my excuse I guess. To be honest, I make time to read all new blogs from my list of fellow "weight" losers I just for some reason haven't blogged myself. I have been doing fine, until the Columbus trip. After that weekend of eating crap, I still lost weight - I am giving credit to the aerobics classes that I had done prior to leaving. Then, last week, I ate better (during the week) but I only went to class one day last week and did no other workouts. No excuse other than being lazy. This past weekend was a train wreck with pizza (only two slices) and wine (two glasses) on Friday and then God only knows what on Saturday at our wine tasting. I drank over a bottle of wine and ate tons of cheese, dip, chips and chocolate. Sunday wasn't too much better. I gained almost 3 pounds over the course of last week. I am happy to report that I have lost almost all of it already this week so I am sure it will come off fast. Went to aerobics last night, burned almost 500 calories which isn't bad since we were just learning the routines. I don't think I like the new routines as much as last session, but that could be just because I don't really know them yet. I feel like I just finally got the other ones down pat and could focus on intensifying them and now I have new ones to learn. Oh well. We (Mom Fellows) and I are going again tonight and tomorrow night. I hope to go on Saturday as well, which will give me 4 days of working out. I also am going for a bike ride on Saturday and hopefully some swimming - yeah, Saturday will knock me on my butt!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I promise I will do an update post soon. J and I went to Columbus over the weekend and had a blast. I have pictures to share, just need to sit down and do it! I will let you know though, we ate like crap while there and did no workouts, however, my weight is going down as you can see on my ticker, which makes me nervous that the weekend just hasn't caught up with me yet. I am afraid that one of these mornings I am going to step on the scale and it will say 190. I guess we will have to weight (haha) and see!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Weigh In

I had a good weekend. I probably ate a few too many calories but I definitely kept it reasonable and I don't think I went over my "maintain" calories. No exercising :( I am not sure why it is so much easier to do it during the week but it is. Saturday morning I was all prepared to go to aerobics and was actually in the car driving there when my stomach decided that it didn't want to go and made me turn around and head home. It was all downhill from there. I will go to aerobics Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week and do 30 day shred on Tuesday and Saturday. We are going to Columbus this weekend and maybe I will even get up and hit the hotel gym on Sunday morning while Jason is sleeping. I am going to try to find a hotel with a pool so we can get some exercise in that way too. We are also going to pack as much of our food as we can, especially breakfasts. Now onto the important stuff: my weigh in

Last Monday's weight: 188.6
According to my calculations based on my calorie deficit for the week I should have lost .842 pounds
Weight this morning: 187

That's a loss of 1.6 pounds and I will take it! It's not a ton of weight but anything is good!

It was brought to my attention that my last post did not include the recipe I promised. I apologize, I completely forgot to post it. I have edited that post and the recipe now resides at the bottom for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Couple things I wanted to mention today. First was my "small" victory yesterday - and I would say a victory for J as well. Last night for dinner we tried a new meatloaf recipe, as many of you know, meatloaf is one of J's most fav dinners. This was a turkey taco meatloaf from a Hungry Girl cookbook. 1/6th of the loaf is only 127 calories and it was dee-freakin-licious! I am going to post the recipe below in case you would like to enjoy it as well. We also had boiled red potatoes and sweet corn on the cob. I expected the corn to be ehhh, okay since the corn that my mom had on Sunday was not very soft or sweet and corn just isn't in season right now, but this corn was guuh-hood. So what is the victory you ask? J and I only ate only the pre-measured portions that were on our plates. That consisted of 1/4 of the loaf for me and 1/3 for J, 1 small red potato for me and 1 medium one for J, and one ear of corn each - even though there was more of everything left in the kitchen! Now, I don't think that neither J nor I have ever eaten just 1 ear of corn, especially when it is this good. And J, well when it comes to meatloaf, he can devour 3/4 of it with no problem. Even though neither of us were actually full, we both stopped because we weren't actually hungry - of course we saved room for some fat free frozen yogurt though!

Yesterday's food log:

fruit and yogurt parfait
spaghetti with dirusso's turkey sausage
zucchini/red peppers/onions
English muffin with low sugar jelly
meatloaf, potatoes, corn on the cop
fat free frozen yogurt
100 oz water

calories consumed: 1250
calories burned: 2360 (560 from 60 minutes at aerobics)
calorie deficit: 1110 (0.32 pounds)

Now for a little story: Isn't it weird how we feel scared in certain situations? I am (was) in need of a new pair of workout shoes. My shox hurt my feel very badly when I jog and do my 30 minute shred dvd. J and I went to Shoe Carnival on Sunday but they just didn't have a good selection, and to be honest, I don't know exactly what I need. I know there are certain shoes that support different things during running that help you depending on how your feet are shaped and how your feet strike the ground. So I decided that I needed to go somewhere that specializes in athletic shoes and talk to someone who knows what they are doing. I found that Second Sole in Boardman does just that. So that was where I wanted to go. But I was scared. I was scared to go in there because after looking on their website I saw that all of their employees were thin, athletic types and I was afraid that when I walked in there they were just going to look at me and laugh and say, "What is she doing here? She probably meant to go into the bakery next door." I surely could not want to purchase shoes that are meant for physical activity. I finally got the nerve to go in yesterday, well I guess I was more forced to do it than anything else. Since it was raining, I really needed to wear different shoes than what I would be working out in because if I didn't I probably would have slipped and ended up on the ground. So I pull into the parking lot and out walks these two high school guys that probably ran track. I waited until they left the parking lot before I got out of my car - how freaking pathetic is that? But I did because I was embarrassed. After they were gone, I went in. There was a kid, probably about 17 that asked me if he could help me - that was good because I didn't want to walk over to the wall of shoes and stare at them, looking like a buffoon. I told him that I needed shoes but I had no idea what kind or anything about them really. He showed me over to the wall, had me take off my shoes and walk the catwalk - ok, not a catwalk, but across the store and back. He and some other guy (owner?) decided that I needed a higher support because me feet are rather flat and my ankles tend to roll inward. Okay, great, I got past that awkward moment and on to the next. As he was showing me a few styles on the wall, I noticed that they were $110 to $130! I decided to tell him what kinds of workouts I am doing and then let him know how much I wanted to spend. So, awkward moment #2 - not only am I fat, but I am poor too. He was as nice as could be though and he and the other guy went into the back to see if they could find older styles that were left over and could be discounted for me. He brought out 3 different pairs, I tried them on and decided on the Asics. At the register he took my name and then asked for my address, when I told him what it was he laughed and said that he used to live there, about 7 years ago! What a small freaking world! Anyway, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought, even though the entire time I felt completely out of place. I just can't wait to get to the point in my life that I am not embarrassed by my body any more. It really is pathetic that I am embarrassed to go into a store because of my weight.


Taco Turkey Meatloaf

1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup canned corn
1/4 cup chopped green pepper (we skipped)
1/4 cup chopped onion (we skipped)
1/2 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa (we puree ours so it's not chunky)
1/2 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375. Cook onions and peppers over medium-high heat for 3 minutes in a pan coated with non-stick spray. Mix turkey, corn, onions, peppers and taco seasoning. Spread mixture in a 9x5 loaf pan. Top with salsa. Bake for 45 minutes. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake another 15 minutes.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Well, as most of you know, the results of my May plan were devastating - a mere .4 pounds lost in the entire month. I did a lot of thinking about it yesterday and I think I know why this happened. First of all, not weighing myself for a month was not a good idea. I need to weigh and post a minimum of once a week, to keep me on the right track. I need to know where I am and when so I can make any necessary adjustments. Next, my exercising wasn't where it should have been. The first week of May I did a little treadmill - but only averaged about 17 minutes when I did it which isn't good. Second week - not too bad, did aerobics 3 times, but that was it. Third week was terrible and only did aerobics once and the last week I did aerobics twice. Not exactly the exercise needed to burn the calories I want to. My final observation of last month was the "free" days I gave myself. There was too much alcohol consumed - an average of 5 drinks per week I would say. I also had probably 7 days of eating WAY too many calories and the rest of the days were eating the right amount of calories or just a little above. All of these things added together equal failure in the weight loss department.

So, what can I do about it? I HAVE to start tracking every calorie that I put in my mouth rather than just the big meals or guessing. I will start weighing my food more often to be sure my calories are accurate. I am also going to try to stick to places that have calories posted on their website when eating out. I know this isn't completely possible, but I am going to do it as best I can. I was going out to lunch with people from work on Fridays a lot and I have no idea how many calories I was consuming in their food. I am going to stick to Subway because I know what I am getting. I have bought a heart rate monitor that will show me how many calories I am burning during my workouts and it also links to a website that will show me minutes, calories, etc. during the week so I will have a true record of what I am doing workout wise. Each day, I am posting in a spreadsheet how many calories I have consumed as well as how many I have burned from normal activities (I get 1800 a day just for my normal daily activities) plus my workouts. I will subtract my burned calories from the consumed to get a number. The goal is to have a deficit every day - and hopefully a significant one. We are going to Tokyo House tonight so I am trying to keep my calories low during the day and hopefully not end up too terrible at the end of the day. After that, my week will consist of healthy foods including lots of veggies, and I hope to go to aerobics on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and do 30 day shred on Friday and Sunday. Also - no alcohol this week.

So, we'll see how this goes - it can't get too much worse than May!

Oh - and I have decided that when I get into the 170's - I am going for a 1 hour massage at my spa! That is my treat to myself!

100 oz water
Fruit & yogurt parfait
zucchini & onions
1/2 can soup
English muffin w/ jelly
Panera Turkey sandwich
Panera broccoli cheddar soup
french baguette
ice cream sundae

1500 calories in
2360 calories out (560 at aerobics)
860 calorie deficit (.2457 pounds)