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*

03 Feb

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I’m now officially out of excuses of delaying the diet! The holidays are over, visiting family is over (for now), Super Bowl is over…it’s time!

I think I’m going to drop the actual website and just stick with Facebook.

Instead of 1 post a day on this site, I’m going make individual posts on Facebook.

30 Jan

Day 21

Day 21

Day 21

 

Day 21

Breakfast
I had an eye exam at 8:00am this morning.  I didn’t even get to finish my first cup of coffee let alone have breakfast.  I got up at 6:30am thinking that would give me plenty of time to shower and get ready but…nope.

Lunch
I’m now home and I just made a “chicken salad”.  I used white meat chicken (like pulled chicken), somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 of an onion (diced), 3 slices of bacon (crumbled), and about 1/2 of a container of Meadow Gold Green Chili Dip.  I mentioned these dips on my Day 17 post.  It’s crack in a bowl!

For lunch we had the “chicken salad”, a slice of cheese, 2 small sweet pepper and some Dannon Light & Fit Greek (yup, vanilla) yogurt with 1 tablespoon of granola mixed in and 3 blackberries.  I also cooked some zucchini.  I slice it while my griddle (400 degrees) preheats with just a little butter or non-stick spray.  Put pepper right on the griddle.  Then lay the sliced zucchini on top and sprinkle with season salt.  Flip them over once they slices turn brown.  Cook them on the flip side until they are also golden brown.

Lunch

Dinner
We had more of the “chicken salad” that I made for lunch.  I’m telling you, this stuff is good!

Snack
We finished off the “chicken salad” and had some cheese and an Amberlyn candy bar.

29 Jan

Day 20

Day 20

Day 20

Day 20
194.3

Lori194.3 Pounds

We got home last night safe & sound.  It was GREAT to see my family and friends and visit but it’s always nice to be back home.  I wish I could have packed up my friends and family and had them come back with me.

Can you tell my looking at my weight that I didn’t even remotely watch what I ate?!?!?  UGH!  So much amazing cooking from my mom and so many amazing meals in restaurants!

So, today, back on the diet.  I’m not going to go back to religiously getting my steps in until after the weekend.  I have unpacking to do and, well, Steve was alone in the house for a week so I have plenty of cleaning and laundry to do LOL.  But I’m totally going to watch what I eat and am going to be doing the Dukan Attack Phase all over again!

I can feel that I’m retaining a ton of water.  I can feel the pressure in my face, my hands and my feet.  I used to spend a ton of time in the hospital (with asthma) and they would always check my legs for swelling.  They would press their thumbs on my shins and would see if it stayed indented.  My legs are staying indented.  This weirds me out now because I REALLY watch my salt.  I rarely salt my food.  I know when I eat a lot of ham (Dukan) that I can feel it but I drink so much water that…well, I’m not the brightest Crayon in the box so I don’t know LOL.

Breakfast
I’m not too hungry so, as of now, all I’ve had is coffee.

Water Retention
I’ve mentioned on a few posts that I tend to retain water and it’s really bad right now.  One natural diuretic is green tea!  My favorite is the green tea that Starbucks carries!  Zen!  It’s green tea with lemon grass and peppermint.  You can buy it at Starbucks or pick it up at the grocery store or Amazon.  I’m going to drink a ton of this over the next few days!  For what it’s worth, when I get it at Starbucks, I order it iced, unsweetened (they use delicious simply syrup that dieter have to suffer without :( ) with 4 Splenda.

Tea

 


Lunch
I had some Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt (vanilla) with 1 tablespoon of Kellogg’s® Low Fat Granola With Raisins Multi-Grain cereal

Yogurt

Goin’s On
I’ve been gone for a week and groceries are LOW!  I haven’t had time (getting caught up around the house) to hit the grocery yet and I’m mega hungry!  I have fish thawing for dinner (cod loins).  I “had” a hotdog…chewed it up and spit it out.  Yeah, it’s gross but it didn’t go in my belly!  LOL

Dinner
I never did make it to the grocery today *sigh*.  I ordered Chinese delivery and am anxious to see how it looks (and tastes) when it arrives.  None of these items said “fried” so I’m HOPING that they’ll be grilled, stir fried…something not too horrible.  I’ll post pictures after it’s delivered.  The 3 of us will split these:

Dinner

 Chinese

Snacks
My parents got me a box (15 bars!) of those Amberlyn chocolates that I LOVE!  I had one of those.  If you’re going to indulge, do Amberlyn.  They’re the closest to diet friendly that I have found.

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.