Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Food & Activity Post

I'll skip yesterday altogether because it will be too long and it's a pretty boring food day anyhow. Sometimes I separate the food items that go together, but I get them in during the day in one way or the other.


Breakfast - South Beach Diet peanut butter and chocolate bar. Not happy with my decision on this one as it didn't keep me filled like other breakfasts so I won't do this again. Plus, coffee with creamer.

Lunch - NS Hearty Minestrone Soup over 1 cup of broccoli.

Lunch Protein - I had this one separate today. 1/4 cup of eggbeaters with 1 Tbsp of light chive and onion cream cheese.

Afternoon Protein - 2 oz of grilled chicken breast with lemon.

Afternoon Fruit - 1 banana (covers morning serving too) and a cracker with 1 Tbsp of light cream cheese.

Dinner - Sushi it was. It is definitely my weakness. I ended up having a spicy tuna salad with about 1 Tbsp of the dressing, 4 oz of salmon sashimi, and 4 oz of yellowtail sashimi. Also a mini croquet that I gave myself a 50 calorie penalty since I don't know what it really is (it was really tiny).

Dessert - No room for this one.

Exercise - 40 minutes on the eliptical.

Drinks - Approximately 17 cups of water, 1 can of coke zero, 8 cups of tea, and 2 cups of coffee.

Total calorie intake at about 1414 and calories burned were 732.

Never Enough Time

Why is it there's always a ton of things you want to do and never enough time to do them all? I love reading but I end up having at most a 1/2 hour to do so on any given day and that's because I'm choosing it over 1) sleep or 2) playing EQ2. Last night I got really into my book and didn't go to sleep until 1 am and I'm soooo tired. I always go to sleep around midnight anyhow, but that extra hour makes a huge difference. Ah well, I'm just complaining because I feel so blah today LOL.

Sunnye asked me to continue my F&A posts, so I've decided to give them another run. I hope they are of some use to people :).

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 27, 2006

The End of F&A

Since I haven't received responses from the food and activity posts, I've decided to stop posting them. I hope it has been useful to someone :). Anyhow, I'll continue on with my varied posts as usual.

Have a great Monday all!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Food & Activity Post


Breakfast - Breakfast sandwhich made with 2 whole wheat slices of bread, 1 slice of low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, 3 slices of tomatoes, 1 oz of chicken breast, 1 tsp of butter and 1/2 Tbsp of low-fat mayo.

Lunch - 1 cup cauliflower mash, 4 oz of chicken breast, 2 slices of whole wheat bread, 1/2 Tbsp of low-fat mayo and lemon.

Mid-Afternoon Snack - 8 oz of Danon Light 'n Fit fat-free, sugar-free yogurt with mixed frozen berries.

Dinner - Ground beef "revuelto" with veggies and a whole wheat pita with 2 Tbsp ketchup and 1 Tbsp FF sour cream. I made the dish with 4% ground beef, garlic, onions, diced tomatoes, baby bok choy, and eggbeaters.

Dessert - Coffee with creamer and a 100-calorie pack of Peanut Butter cookies.

Exercise - I got in 40 minutes on the eliptical and 50 sit-ups.

Drinks - About 14 cups of water, 6 cups of tea and 3 cups of coffee.

Calorie intake total of 1209 and 757 burned.

I Don't Know How To...

Shop! It's been a decade since I've been in anything but plus sizes and it's been at least 5 years that even Lane Bryant's largest size didn't fit me so I have been shopping online. Well, now I'm in a 14/16 top and 14/16 pants so I can shop other places and I'm clueless! I went looking for some new shirts Friday and it's just weird. I'm so used to looking past clothing that it's odd to have so much selection. Needless to say I still only found 2 shirts I liked but I'll get better at it I'm sure!

Tomorrow I weigh in and I already know the scale says either the same weight or that I gained a pound, but on the upside I fit into the jeans my sister gave me in a size 14 that were too big for her. It's a pretty awesome feeling and compensates for the lack of weight loss LOL.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Food & Activity Post

Today I was off from work so my days aren't as structured but here goes.

Breakfast - a 1/2 portion of Christina Grey's Breakfast Bowl with added mushrooms. Coffee with creamer.

Lunch - 3 oz of pork tenderloin on a slice of whole wheat bread with some low-fat mayo and hot sauce along with 3 cups of baby spinach and spring mix salad with roasted pepper olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Afternoon Snack - 6 oz of Danon Light 'n Fit vanilla yogurt with 2 Tbsp of raisins.

Dinner - 6 oz of chicken breast and 3 oz of ribs plus salad with avocado and condimented with olive oil and vinegar.

Dessert - none today.

Exercise - Another 1 hour Tae Bo Ulitimate Fat Blasting Cardio

Drinks - About 13 cups of water and 4 cups of coffee.

Total calorie intake was 1268 and calories burned were 816.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Food & Activity Post

Not much to report today except I'm not too proud of myself. But here goes.


Breakfast - NS pancake mix with some FF whipped cream and SF jam. Coffee with creamer.

Mid-Morning Snack - 1 Banana and coffee with creamer.

Late Afternoon Lunch - Salad with 1 Tbsp of roasted pepper dressing, 3 oz of tri-tip and about 4 oz of chicken breast. The downside is the meat was apparently cooked with with butter so that adds about 1 Tbsp of butter to my day :/.

Dinner - Christina Grey's Breakfast Bowl with mushrooms.

Dessert - Coffee with Creamer.

Exercise - 1 hour Ultimate Fat Blasting Cardio tape (Tae Bo).

Total calorie intake at 1326 and calories burned at 816.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Food & Activity Post


Breakfast - 1/2 an onion bagel with 1/2 oz of liverwurst and 1 Tbsp of light cream cheese. Plus 1/4 cup of eggbeaters with 1/2 cup of mushrooms. Also, coffee with creamer (a must for me). Yummy stuff :).

Lunch Salad - Repeat from yesterday: 3 cups of spring mix and baby spinach with 1 tsp of olive oil, 2 tsps of vinegar, salt and pepper.

Lunch - NS black beans and rice with 1 Tbsp of nonfat sour cream. Also, an NS flame broiled hamburger patty as my protein.

Mid-Afternoon Treat - Super special treat of carb control hot chocolate made with coffee instead of water :).

Afternoon Snack - The last of my strawberries with 6 oz of Danon Light 'n Fit fat-free and sugar-free vanilla yogurt. Love this one!

Dinner - We went to dinner tonight for our anniversary and I wasn't quite on plan. I had a dinner roll, tuna tataki, chicken breast, kale and grits.

Dessert - I plan on skipping this one altogether due to dinner. Will probably end up having some coffee with creamer.

Exercise - None planned today because I expect to be home late.

Drinks - About 15 cups of water, 3 cups of coffee and 3 cups of tea.

Total calories for the day end up at approximately 1594 and 0 calories burned.

Happy Anniversary!

Today my husband and I celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary so it's a very happy day. In a couple of weeks it will be 9 years together for us and it just feels great. We were reminiscing the other day about what we were doing the night before the wedding and then the morning of and I feel very lucky to be just as, if not more, in love with him today as I was that day. Even though not all has turned out like we've planned, we have always had a wonderful relationship and enjoy each other immensely.

Tonight he's taking me out to dinner to a recommended place neither of us has been to. Should be fun :).

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Food & Activity Post

Well, I've had some emails asking me what I do, in terms of food and exercise, to lose at the rate I lose, etc. So, at least for a week, I will try to post my daily foods and activities in an effort to help those who want to know. Those that don't please skip to other posts that I will write in addition to these. All of food and activity posts will have the same title.


Breakfast - French toast with sauteed strawberries and whipped cream and coffee with cream. I made the French toast with 1/2 cup eggbeaters, cinnamon, SF simple syrup, and SF German chocolate syrup and 2 whole wheat slices of bread. Then I used frozen strawberries and sauteed them with simple syrup in a pan and put them in between the 2 bread slices with 2 Tbsp FF whipped cream. Delicious!

Lunch Salad - I had 3 cups of baby spinach and spring mix (10 calories) condimented with 1 tsp of olive oil, 2 tsps vinegar, salt and pepper.

Lunch - NS Pasta Parmesan with broccoli and 1 Boca burger (70 calories).

Mid-Afternoon Treat - Nestle carb control hot chocolate (25 calories).

Afternoon Snack - SF, FF Danon Light 'n Fit vanilla yogurt and strawberries. This is my new favorite snack! It was delicious.

Dinner - I made asparagus sautee with some soy sauce and lemon pepper and the NS cheese ravioli dinner stuffed in a bell pepper and put in the oven with a little cheese on top.

Dessert - I made a peanut butter cup out of some SF milk chocolate I picked up from the grocery store that has 95 calories for 1/4 bar and 1/2 Tbsp of crunchy PB. This I paired with coffee with creamer and SF flavored syrup.

Exercise - I got in a 1-hour Tae Bo Total Body Fat Blasting Cardio tape in tonight.

Drinks - I've gotten in roughly 13 cups of water and about 6 cups of tea and 2 cups of coffee.

Total calorie intake for the day is 1165 and total calories burned is 816.

People's Reactions

I find it ever amusing how different people react to the same situation so differently. Specifically speaking about people's reactions to how I look now. I've gotten many of the "You look great! What are you doing?" followed by the "Of course, you've always looked beautiful, I don't mean to imply..." to which I answer "Don't worry, I'm not that sensitive and I understand what you're trying to say." This is one of the more common conversations. One that is more rare is "Wow woman! You look great but stop there! You don't want to get too thin, you're perfect where you're at!" to which I just laugh and thank them for the compliment. There's also the precious comments from my mom that contains congratulations plus the ever present worry not to get carried away because she thinks my goal weight of 160 is a bit low but I reassure her that my goal is a flat stomach more than a number. Then there's the even rarer comment that takes the prize. I had this happen yesterday with one of our vendors where he tells me "You're looking really good, losing weight right?" the conversation goes along as normal and he asks how much I've lost and asks if I don't mind telling him what weight I'm at. Well, I'm not ashamed to be at 222 lbs versus the 341 lbs I started out at so I did answer and he replies "well you're doing very well, keep up the good work to get there dear." LOL, in other words, good going but make sure you keep going! I think I even chuckled to his face when I heard that one. Even better, let me describe the man it's coming from. He's very thin, about mid 40s but looks older, very nerdy and unfortunately (for him) ugly. At any rate, I don't really care about what others think or say anywhere near as much as I care about what the mirror tells me. I'm happy, I'm not there yet, but I'm definitely a hell of a lot more sexy and better looking than when I started!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Lets Salsa!

Last night was salsa night and we had a lot of fun. Definitely something I want to learn to dance well with all the extras! My husband and I just know some basic steps, so at times we felt funny LOL. Overthinking it a bit IMO but we want to learn. Just watching some of these couples go! I had a lot of fun though.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

What Decade Do You Identify With?

Few Days in One Post

On Sunday I planned on getting on here while at work but we got so swamped I'm still amazed. I felt like I was working in Ikea it was so crazy. I started off helping people at 10 am and did not stop until after 5pm. I loved it though! Couldn't think straight most of the day, but I love success. Saturday wasn't much different but definitely not as bad as Sunday.

On Monday and Tuesday I had the days off and got a chance to do a lot of things for me. Felt great and spent the day with my aunt doing girly things.

Today I'm feeling a little down. I had a spectacular dinner with my husband last night and I truly loved it. It's just a bit of selfishness that has me down I suppose, he can't read my mind LOL. I looked and felt incredibly sexy last night. I'm happier every day when I look in the mirror. Great feeling.

That sums my days up in a nutshell ;).

Saturday, February 11, 2006

A Whole Lot About Nothing

I'm at work this weekend which is fine but I'm very sleepy. I think I have a back-logged sleep deficit that needs to be taken care of soon LOL. The good side is that I'm still energetic, go figure. The Pink Panther is out today and I would like to take my hubby to see it, I know he's been waiting for it to come out. I'm hoping to have the energy to go and have some yummy sushi while we're at it ;). The sushi part is, of course, for me LOL.

Next Saturday we're going to go Salsa dancing with my sister, aunt and whoever else comes along. I'm looking forward to it even though I can't dance salsa (yet). I really enjoy dancing and it's been a while since I head out to dance so it's about time to start again.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

What To Do?

I've been pondering the question of what I really want to do with my life, in terms of a career, for a few years now. The funny thing is that I have no clue. I'm at a loss on how to figure it out too. When I think of it all I know is I want to make a great living. I'm thinking maybe managerial in a high-end store, but then there's the retail hours that I currently hate. I need to come up with a way to narrow it down and focus on a path that I think I'll love to do.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I Feel Little Now

Wow, just wow. This morning my mother brought me some pictures from my birthday in 2004 in all my huge glory and wow. It's sad to see the person I was, but it definitely puts how much I've lost into prospective and it amazes me. I'm half the person I was before. It makes me cringe, but I actually pity the person in the before picture. I'm never going back. That's my biggest fear, that somehow once we start having kids I won't be able to realize my dream body. It terrifies me to think I could lose control of my weight like before. I'll have to figure it all out and get over that fear. I just don't want to ever be that person again.

Friday, February 03, 2006

People Suck

I have to say, being in retail, more often than not people suck. Why would you go anywhere with your one terrorizer, or multitude of them, if you don't know how to control your child(ren)???? Leave them home or control your darn kids! It drives me insane that people expect you to be their babysitter and meanwhile their kids are breaking items in the store. I just don't get it. Other things have annoyed me to no end, particularly today, but that's the main one I must say.

I'll, of course, get over it really soon, but it's always an issue and it just boggles my mind.