18 Jan

No Posts January 21 through January 28

No Posts January 21 through January 28

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No Posts January 21 through January 28

I will be out of town, visiting family, January 21 – January 28.  I won’t be posting during this time as I’m just going to be enjoying time with my family and I don’t want my mom to worry about what she’s cooking and what I’m eating LOL.  I’m going to do my best to stick to the diet.  My mom is an AMAZING southern cook but she’s also healthy conscious.  So some things she cooks will be diet friendly but other things won’t.  I’ve told them that I’ll need to go to the grocery when I get there just so I know I’ll have some diet friendly foods to munch on but…*sigh*

20 Jan

Day 19

Day 19

Day 19

Day 19
 Steps
 Miles

Just a reminder that this will be my last post until January 29.  I’m heading to Kentucky to visit family for a week.

I’m going to do my absolute best to stick to the diet but it can be so hard when you’re staying at someone’s house.  You feel rude if you don’t eat everything they serve or tell them you have a diet “restriction” that isn’t a restriction due to an illness such as diabetes, allergy, etc. but is a restriction because you’ve made poor food choices for years.  I’m going to focus on portion control and will pick up a few things to snack on that will keep my hands, literally, out of their cookie jar.

So here are my plan and realistic expectations…I’m not planning to gain weight but I expect to gain 5 pounds.  When I get back, I’m hoping I can be proactive and do 5 – 7 days of eating nothing but ham, chicken, fish, steak, shrimp & eggs.  That’s what Dukan refers to as the Attack Phase.  If you stick to it, you’ll drop a huge chunk of weigh in those days!

Eating
I’m so busy running around like mad doing my packing, last minute errands, etc. that I’m forgetting to get on here and post.  I’ve had some baked chicken and a piece of ham.  Sorry that this is a boring post LOL.

Dinner
We went out for dinner last night and tried Vietnamese for the first time.  I don’t really remember what it was called.  It has rice noodles, shrimp, lettuce, cucumber and fish sauce.  It was so-so until I mixed it up and then it was amazing!

Dinner

Exercising
I got my weekly stats email from FitBit.  My day of least steps (it says January 13) was “only” 12,327 LMAO.

FitBit Weekly Stats

20 Jan

Day 18

Day 18

Day 18

Day 18
Today’s Weight:  188.6
Starting Weight:  196.1
Down Since Day 1:  
7.5 pounds
12,008 Steps
5.09 Miles

Optimist:  SO glad that having a fail weekend didn’t cause me to gain very much weight.

Pessimist:  How has walking a gazillion steps a day not caused me to lose half of a gazillion pounds?

Realist:  If you hadn’t had a few fails this week those steps could have helped LOL

Breakfast
Woke up famished this morning!  I figured I’d get a nice big breakfast in before heading out for my morning walk.  I made us all eggs over easy, 2 slices of bacon and 1 crepe from IKEA.  I divided 3 strawberries between our plates, we each got 2 black berries, I used Walden Farms 0 carbs, sugar, fat, etc. syrup, fat free Cool Whip and I divided 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar between our 3 plates.

Breakfast

 

Morning Snack
I had this yesterday and loved it!  Just some Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt, vanilla, with a couple of tablespoons of Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds.

Snack

 

Lunch
YUMMY!  I had a Weight Watchers Three Cheese Ziti, some celery with a little of the French onion dip I posted about yesterday and a piece of Land O Lake cheese.

Dinner
It’s kind of chilly and I’m mega hungry today!  I’m typically like this when it’s getting close to my period but it’s nowhere near that time.  I’m enjoying a can of Progresso Light Chicken Vegetable Rotini.

Snack
Steve & I had some popcorn and I had a piece of ham :)

 

18 Jan

Day 17

Day 17

Day 17

Day 17
12,857 Steps
5.45 Miles

The last weekend of NFL until Super Bowl Sunday!  I’m a Colts fan and Patriots hater so today is a stressful day for me!  LOL  I have no excuse so this is a do as I say and not as I do…I drink beer when I watch football.  I only drink Michelob Ultra, which still isn’t good and I really shouldn’t do it.  But I enjoy it and I’m a firm believer that if we deprive ourselves of everything, we’re setting ourselves up to fail.

Today is day 2 of taking those Fiber Choice Chews.  Working like a champ!!!!

Breakfast
I’m not hungry for breakfast this morning so I’m just enjoying some coffee with fat free half and half :)

Walking
We had said that we were going to take Sundays off for making sure we get our 10,000 steps but Steve and I just couldn’t do it so we got our steps this morning :)  WOO HOO!  Andrew did take the day off.  Steve walked outside but I stuck with my inside path at Walmart.  Andrew and I always talk the entire time.  Since I was alone today, I put in headphones and opened Pandora on my phone.  I opted for some good ol’ hippy 70s music.  I ran out of thumbs down (Train?  On a 70s channel?  Really?) so I scrolled through to find another channel to listen to while I walked.

Here’s what everybody needs for walking music!  Do a search for the Disney ride song of It’s A Small World and walk and bebop to Disney music!  Holy smokes!  That was so much fun and really put an extra spring in my step!  Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast was the best to listen to while I walked.  It was great!  Kind of gives you a bit of a march because you pretty much instinctively walk to the beat of the music.  What song was this nearly impossible to walk with the beat?  Supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus!

Seriously!  Give it a shot!  Let me know what you think!

Morning Snack
Got back from my 10,000 steps at Walmart and was hungry!  I mixed together some Dannon Light & Fit Greek vanilla yogurt with about 2T of Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds.  I’ve been missing oatmeal like mad!  A serving size of this granola is 1/2 cup.  I  wanted to try adding a couple of tablespoons to see if it helped with my oatmeal craving.  Worked like a champ!  I highly recommend it!  Just watch your serving size and I’ll probably only have it 2 or 3 times a week and won’t have it twice a day.

Break1 Break2 Break3

Lunch & Afternoon Snack
HUGE NFL fans over here and it’s the last playoff games today so we’re just grazing.  I made a relish tray with broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber and carrots.  I found some sour cream dips at Walmart that have 2T of carbs per serving.  They’re by Meadow Gold.  As long as we dip and try to avoid scooping, I’m good!  Not as good as it could be but it sure beats sandwiches, chips & cookies like we’ve always had :D

Snack Snack2 Snack3 Snack4

 

I also made burgers, on the griddle, that weren’t very good HA!  I bought 4 patties at Walmart.  They were on Manager’s Markdown for $4 and some change.  I put them in a bowl and added an egg, diced onion, if diced a slice of that 0 carb Land O Lakes cheese and added about a teaspoon each of the jalapeño and the chili dips I mentioned above.  Seems like it should have had a lot of flavor…yeah, not so much.

Lunch

 

Dinner
I’ve been so proud of myself today, not having beer and then, and then, and then…we remember that we have 2 free large pizzas at Dominoes from them taking almost 2 hours to deliver our last order.  Yep, glad I have a diary to admit all of my sins.  We have 1 pizza with garlic parm sauce, white meat chicken, onion, green pepper, bacon and spinach and the other with “regular” pizza sauce, bacon, ham, green pepper and onion.  Go ahead and judge…I am :( 

18 Jan

Day 16

Day 16

Day 16

 

Day 16
15,196 Steps
6.44 Miles

Breakfast
I had a Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt (vanilla) and a Cripps Pink Apple.  I also had a cup of coffee with Fat Free Half & Half.  I haven’t done my walking yet.  On weekends, we’re still figuring out the best way to do this…especially days like today where there is something we want to do (or, we go with one another because there’s something one of us wants to do LOL).  Today we’re heading to Loveland, CO for a ham radio thing…ham fest…for Steve.  I’m hoping to get some steps in there.  What I don’t get there, as of now, I plan on getting at Walmart later.

Break Breakfast

Morning Snack
On our way to Steve’s nerdy (said with all of the love in the world) ham fest, we popped in Starbucks.  I had a Skinny Vanilla Latte.

Latte

Lunch
Well, Steve won a door prize at the ham fest.  We won a $10 gift certificate to a restaurant that was right around the corner.  It was BBQ place.  We grabbed some turkey (sauce on the side) and ASKED for green beans.  We got home and opened up the bag and it was baked beans instead of green beans.  I had like 4 spoonfuls and they’re amazing!  But not good for the diet :(  I also had a Michelob Ultra while we waited for our carry out :P  The restaurant isn’t a chain so they aren’t built in to FitBits menu :P

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Afternoon “Snack”
We ran around and then went to Walmart to get the rest of our steps done.  While there, we grabbed beer for tomorrow’s playoff games.  Came home, yeah, had a Mich Ultra ;)

Dinner – Well, Kind Of
Crazy, crazy, CRAZY day!  We didn’t really have a “dinner” but just kept nibbling on the turkey from lunch.  But then we made a late night (late for us anyway) drive to IKEA.  It’s about an hour drive.  It was about 6:30pm when we left and it looked (and felt LOL) like 10:00pm.  I’ll be so freakin’ glad when winter is over!  Anyway, we got there around 7:30pm, spent an hour picking out a new desk and table for Andrew’s room.  We were all so tired when we got there that, before we shopped, we popped up to their cafe to get an caffeine fix.  I had a coffee with a bit of half and half.  What’s bad?  They had these lovely impulse brownie looking things at the register.  Steve ate one and Andrew and I were better bad people and split one.  Then we shopped, walked, shopped, walked, shopped, bought Swiss candy bars, shopped, paid…see how I tried to hide that in there.  *sigh*  At least this is a diary and place where I can post my deepest darkest secrets, right?  :P  I didn’t eat the whole thing but I ate all but one row.

Over Sharing
We’ve hit that healthy eating point where our sex life is picking up again.  Two nights in a row!  Woo hoo!  Don’t give me that look!  I marked this in the “Over Sharing” category LOL.  Why do I share this?  Because an increase in sex drive is something to look forward to when you start eating better and feeling better!  

Digestion
While I was at Walmart, I picked up some Walmart brand of Fiber  Choice.  I think I’m going to need a little something to keep me regular.

16 Jan

Day 15

Day 15

Day 15

Day 13
12,867 Steps

5.45 Miles

Found this cool thing that you can do with FitBit online.  It tracks your calories that you can burn based on just an average day and with the exercise you do.  I tracks the nutritional information for what you eat!

Morning Snack
My favorite cookie on the planet, and probably 1 of my top 5 favorite foods?  Oatmeal raisin cookies.  OMG, I freakin’ LOVE those things!  Walmart had samples of those out this morning.  Their samples were 1/4 of a cookie.  I had intensions of chewing it up and spitting it out by, nope, ate that bad boy!!!!

Morning Snack

Breakfast
We had a crazy morning and it got started late so all I had for breakfast was a cup of coffee with fat free half and half.

Breakfast

Lunch
I had my last 2 hamburger patties that were in the package of 4 I bought yesterday.  I put a little A1 on them.  I also finished the leftover green beans from yesterday and I had a slice of Land O Lakes Co-Jack cheese.  I guess not having breakfast made me hungry!  I also had a dessert.  I had a Jell-O Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.

Lunch

Lunch1 Lunch2

Afternoon Snack
Cripps Pink Apple and a tablespoon of PB2.

Afternoon Snack

Apple

 

Dinner
I picked up a rotisserie chicken (under $5!) during my walk today.  I ate the white meat and gave Steve and Andrew the dark meat.  I loved dark chicken meat as a kid but hate it as an adult.  I also had 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese and another piece of Land O Lakes Co-Jack cheese.

 Dinner

Dinner

 

Snack
I had 1 container of Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding, 2 Land O Lakes Cheese and a piece of ham.

15 Jan

Day 14

Day 14

Day 14

Day 14
Today’s Weight:  188
Starting Weight:  196.1
Down Since Day 1:  
8.1 pounds
15,823 Steps
6.71 Miles

I know, I know, it isn’t weigh in day but I wanted to weigh because I pooped yesterday.  Oh hush, I categorized this as over sharing LOL.  I’m glad I did!  8 pounds in 2 weeks!  I’ll take it!

Breakfast
Just got back from getting our 10,000 steps at Walmart (LOVE that this is done by 10:00am!) and today is also the start of our $70 grocery shopping!  We each get $70 a week to buy our foods.  Just a fun thing to try!  I didn’t eat before walking.  I had a coffee and that was it.  For breakfast, while shopping at Walmart, I grabbed a Cripps Pink apple.  MAN!  Those things taste like candy!

Lunch
93% fat free hamburger patties.  These were on Manager’s Markdown at Walmart :)  A good thing about walking early is that you’re there when they markdown the meat :D  I also had green beans.  Being a southern girl, I made my green beans with a strip of bacon in them.  I cook the heck out of canned green beans.  I pour the can in to the pot, salt, pepper, slice of bacon, throw the lid on it and then turn it on high.  Once the lid starts to “spit”, I turn it down to about medium low and will cook them a minimum of 30 minutes.  An hour works best!  This takes that “canned taste” out of them.  I also had a 1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese.

Lunch

 

Dinner
We ran around like mad and didn’t have lunch until almost 4:00pm so I wasn’t too hungry at dinner.  I just ate 1 more hamburger patty.  The patties I purchased were in packages of 4.  I cooked them all in 1 pop.

Snack
I had a vanilla Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt with 1/2T of mini chocolate chips mixed in.  About 2 hours later I had 2 slices of 1/4″ thick ham.

14 Jan

Day 13

Day 13

  Day 13 

Day 13
13,567 Steps
5.75 Miles

I forgot to post this!  One of the many things that I like about FitBit is that it reminds you of how you’re doing.  Below is a picture of an email I got from them for a week of walking.  Makes me feel proud of myself :D

Fit Bit

STILL haven’t used the restroom.  I might end up taking something for it.  Magnesium Citrate is about $2 a bottle, can be purchased at Walgreens and works WONDERS!  I buy the cherry flavor and mix it with Diet Dr. Pepper.  The faster you drink it, the faster it works.  There’s NOTHING lady like about it once it kicks in and don’t sneeze LOL.  If you take it, make sure you take it when you’re going to be home for about 24 hours.  DO NOT MAKE A HABIT OF THIS and check with your doctor.  I never drink it more than once a month and I only take it if I’ve gone about a week without going.

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs…that’s all LOL.  I like to have something in my stomach when we go to walk but I don’t want to feel loaded down.

EggsJust got back (11:00am) from doing our 10,000 steps at Walmart.  We each got 1 donut hole, again.  This time, I chewed it up and then spit it in the trash.  I just want the taste…not the calories, fat or carbs ;)

AND, walking moved “things” around :)  I used the restroom! 

Lunch
We ran errand after errand, came home, grabbed a quick bite (scrambled eggs) and ran more errands :P  Yeah, I had Andrew’s leftover scrambled eggs for lunch.

Dinner
Nothing exciting or worth photographing HA!  Just some of the Golden Platter All Natural, Gluten Free Chicken Tenders we had a few nights ago.

Snack
Ham, I had ham, just ham LOL.

13 Jan

Day 12

Day 12

  Day 12

 

Day 12
12,327 Steps
5.28 Miles

Still no luck in the bathroom.  I can’t believe the salads are failing me :P  You would think between the salads and walking so much that things would be moving right along.  *ugh*

Breakfast
Finished our 10,000 steps at Walmart.  We bought 1 donut hole each LOL.

I have 3 dozen eggs in the oven right now…preheat oven to 325, put 1 egg in each “compartment” of a cupcake pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Easiest eggs to peel EVER!  I’m going to make tuna salad and eggs salad…diet friendly versions :)

Easy, Easy, Easy
One of the things to make dieting easier is to make foods that you can eat as easy to grab as the foods you can’t eat.  It’s easy to grab a bag of chips or a handful of cookies.  Make things that are easy to grab.

Just finished my deviled eggs :)  I use Kraft Light Mayo, a little dijon mustard, green onion and 3 slices of bacon (crumbled).  I used a dozen eggs which makes, obviously, 24 deviled eggs.  I think they turned out pretty.  It’s so much easier to pipe the filling instead of using a spoon.  Go to Michael’s or somewhere near you that sells baking supplies.  Buy a large tip (make sure the opening is large enough for crumbled bacon to fit) and a box of piping bags.  You’ll pipe the filling in all the eggs in less than 1 minute and they look pretty :)

Eggs

 I also made egg salad and tuna salad.  Want an easy way to dice eggs for salads?  Get an egg slicer, slice the egg, take it out, turn it and slice again :)

Egg1 Egg2 Egg3

Lunch
I’m being bad because I didn’t really have breakfast and I’m really not hungry for lunch.  I’ve eaten 3 deviled eggs :P  My fingers and face feel like I’m retaining a ton of water so I’m probably just full from drinking water, water, and water to get rid of whatever salt my body feels the need to be wanting to keep!

Dinner
We had egg salad and deviled eggs.  YUMMY!

Dessert
This was thrown together and just eyeballed.  I didn’t measure anything so, if you try this, you might want to tweak it a bit.

This made about 5 servings the size shown in the photo:

About 3 cups of plain fat free Greek Yogurt

About 1 or 2 cups of Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt, vanilla

About 9T unsweetened cocoa powder

Splenda to taste

About 1 1/2 cups fat free of sugar free whipped topping

Combine everything but the whipped topping.  Once it’s combined, fold in the whipped topping.  Top with a small scoop or two of whipped topping.

Dessert

Snack
A slice of ham about 1/4″ thick.

12 Jan

Day 11

Day 11

  Day 11

 

Day 11
Today’s Weight:  190.1
Starting Weight:  196.1
Down Since Day 1:  
6 pounds
13,466 Steps
5.76 Miles

I feel “backed up”.  Maybe I’m eating too much salad.  Is there such a thing?  LOL

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs

Breakfast 7.53.31 AMSnack
Had my 10,000 before 10:00am!  LOVE IT!  My lower back is really bothering me so I walked slowly around Walmart but Andrew and I got them in!  When we finished walking, we shared a container (the plastic is divided in half) of pomegranate seeds and we each got a diet soda.Steps

Snack

 

Lunch
Progresso Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup and a Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt, vanilla. 

Snack
Nothing exciting, just a slice of 1/4″ thick ham :P

Dinner
Steak!  So yummy!  I’m telling you, Steve makes the best steaks!  We also had Golden Platter All Natural, Gluten Free Chicken Tenders.  I did NOT eat all of that steak!  I ate about 1/4 of it LOL.  I got full on chicken and salad.

 Dinner

Dessert
I used an ice cream scoop to get these even and portion controlled.  The bottom layer is Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt, vanilla, then 3 blackberries, more yogurt, strawberries and then a scoop of Fat Free Cool Whip.  I put a dash of cinnamon on top.  When I serve these, after dinner, I’ll put a little Target brand of sugar free chocolate syrup on top.

Dessert1 Dessert2 Dessert3

Dessert

 

Snack
I finished the rest of the salad and Andrew & I split a bag of microwave popcorn.