Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Back on Weight Watchers

I've lost over 5lbs. and getting back into the groove after having my baby 3 months ago. My eating plan is basic. Whole grains, vegetables and protein. I'm avoiding the fruit at this time. Not in the mood for it I guess. Happy to report that my energy levels are slowly improving. Most likely since the baby sleep longer through out the night now. Here she is with Santa:
Talk to you soon and take care.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A month early but here she is!

Cassandra Irene at 35 weeks was born on September 15, 2011, weighing in at 5lbs. 15 oz., 18-1/2 inches long. She is so precious! <3

Saturday, August 20, 2011

31 Weeks and Counting...

With a big belly and swollen feet it is hard to keep my balance these days. LOL She definitely is an active baby. I feel her constantly move more and more with each passing day.

I am not at all happy with the swollen feet though. I think nixing the sugar and flour for a few days may help me in that department.

We will see how that goes!

Today also marks my One Year Wedding Anniversary! What a year this has been! :D

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Remember a month ago when I posted a picture of myself at the gym?

I sure don't look that way anymore. :) It's because of the little one below.

As Gomer Pyle once said..."Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Today's Menu - June 29, 2010

Same as yesterday. I am in the mood for 1/2 grapefruit right about now. Just so happens I have one of those lovely beauties in my bag. YUM!

For today's workout: A bit of plyometric training involving a 20lb. barbell in which I worked on all the major muscle groups. My whole body felt like one mass of jelly. Definitely worth it! I am happy not to do the same things over and over again. Muscle confusion? Umm..yeah! Good gravy!

I don't need to kill myself with cardio that got me no where fast. Don't be afraid of weights! I swear it works! I can see it in the mirror!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today's Eats - June 28, 2011

B: 1/2 cup of egg whites scrambled; whey protein shake
S: Almonds and blueberries
L: Rotisserie Chicken, lettuce, balsamic vinegar
S: Almonds and blueberries
Post workout snack: whey protein shake with l-glutamine
D: Turkey burger, 1/2 cup of egg whites

I have started to incorporate fruit but very sparingly right now. I want to see how well my body adjusts to it.

I must tell you that I am real happy with doing more weight-lifting, less cardio. My body is responding well to the new program.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Last evening did not go so well...

Dusted myself off and returning to the gym for some upper resistance weight training. I even bought some new Nike Training shoes. Very happy indeed!

Since I had a few extra carbs last evening, I feel more energy today. Of course it is obvious that I need to eat more. I am eating Paleo. I can eat!!

Happy it is Friday!

Take care all..

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Discussion Time.

My trainer and I have been chit-chatting for the last 20 minutes, trying to figure out my macros, (roughly 55% Protein/25% Carbs/20% Fat) calorie intake and the amount of strength training and HIIT for the next 2 weeks of getting to my 1st major goal by the week of July 11th.

I will continue eating at a deficit but mostly strength training. My HIIT sessions will be twice a week only. I also need to rest my weary muscles and give myself a break when I can.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It is becoming clearer!

Good Morning!

Breakfast: 1/2 cup of eggs whites cooked in 1T of olive oil, Whey Protein Shake mixed with water
Snack: 15 almonds
Lunch: Chicken Breast, Lettuce, cucumbers, onions, balsamic vinegar
Snack: 15 almonds
Post Workout Snack: Whey Protein Shake mixed with water and 1 teaspoon of l-glutamine powder
Dinner: 5 egg whites with 1oz. of avocado, cholula sauce and hot mustard for taste

Water and tea all day.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Week - Full Steam Ahead!

Had a wonderful weekend! My Dad enjoyed his Father's Day breakfast and later, my husband and I took the motorcycle out for a nice ride. So beautiful! Today, we are celebrating our 10 month wedding anniversary! Time is flying by. LOL

Eating wise? Doing great!

Working out? Wow, my muscles are sore! LOL My trainer told me we would be concentrating on weight lifting. She wasn't kidding!

Today's Workout: Chest and Legs

Today's Menu:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup of egg whites, hummus; Chocolate Whey protein shake mixed with water
Snack: 15 almonds
Lunch: Chicken thighs, lettuce, balsamic vinegar
Snack: 15 almonds
Post Workout Snack: Chocolate Whey Protein Shake mixed with water and l-glutamine
Dinner: Cup of egg whites, hummus and avocado

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Today - June 15, 2011

My menu

Breakfast - 1/2 cup of egg whites; Chocolate whey protein shake mixed with water
Snack - 15 almonds
Lunch - Roast chicken, 1T of oil, lettuce
Snack - 10 almonds, 5 walnut pieces
Post Workout Snack - Chocolate whey protein shake mixed with 1 teaspoon of l-glutamine powder and water
Dinner - 5 egg whites with hummus and avocado


Arms and back along with 20 minutes of HIIT


Very tired this morning. I must have gotten up at least 5 times last night to go to the bathroom. Drinking a gallon of water daily will do that to you, I guess. I'm feeding my body well, working out hard, keeping up with my written journal as well as here and trying to stay focused on the prize.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

7lbs. LOST!

I am getting closer to my 1st illustrious goal! YAY ME!

Sticking with clean foods and staying away from the fruit,dairy and grains is helping me tremendously along with my weight training.

My trainer recommends another protein shake in the evenings after dinner since weight training continues to burn calories during rest periods.

I am very happy!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Just a thought...

I don't see any difference between Kimkins and HCG in my opinion. They are both dangerous and yet people linger on in the hope of losing numbers on a scale. I'm shaking my head because it is ridiculous. Every single person I have come across at my gym thinks these people are insane for doing it.

Please people! There are no quick fixes to weight loss! Otherwise, why would we bust our humps at the gym?

Find a sensible lifetime plan, get moving and get on with life!

Today's Menu June 13, 2011

Good Morning!

B: 1/2 Cup of egg whites; Chocolate whey protein shake (mixed with water)
S: 15 almonds
L: Roasted chicken, lettuce with vinaigrette dressing
S: 15 almonds
Post workout snack: Chocolate whey protein shake (mixed with water and l-glutamine powder)
D: 5 egg whites with hummus, avocado and tuna

Cardio, chest/arms workout today/

Take care!

PS - I'm feeling great!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Sunday!

Some have asked me.

What am I doing?

The plan I am following is a kind of clean paleo. I still eat according to my WW PP 29 dpt or I should say, I try to.

My trainer has had years of experience with fitness and sports nutrition. What I eat and the workout plans I follow are based on what my body requires. Below is a sample:

Lots of protein such meat, leafy greens, egg whites, olive oil, avocados, apple cider vinegar, almonds and walnuts. I also drink a protein shake at least twice daily. Not a big fan of eggs and I usually toss the yolks or buy cartons of egg whites instead.

I do not eat fruit (fructose inflames my appetite), flour or sugar. Other than the shakes I do not consume dairy. I am not to be trusted with cheese. I tend to overeat it. No grains.

After last night's carb debauchery, I finally know how my body doesn't appreciate the unneeded simplex carbs and sugar. I feel as though I have a hangover.

Once I become closer to goal, I am sure I will slowly add in the complex carbs but I seem to manage pretty well.

Word to the wise. Snacks help! Especially hard-boiled eggs. Don't be afraid of good fats and protein.

My workouts include 20 minutes of cardio to start. She likes to get this portion out of the way and my whole body is full of energy to complete my weight training routines. Some say, it's better to do cardio after but I feel great doing it first. YMMV. And I do abs two to three times a week. Abs really do start in the kitchen!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Happy Friday!

Have a flu induction type headache this am due to my cutting down on certain grains, fruit, and dairy.I feel better after eating my almonds though. For lunch it's my favorite meal of roast chicken!

Dinner is egg whites and my turkey burgers with some avocado on top.

Today we'll be working on my back muscles.

Take Care!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Supplements for my weight training.

My trainer recommended I mix one scoop of l-glutamine powder into my water or protein drink and consume after every workout.

The creatine caps will give me a pump to my muscles and for a couple of weeks may bloat me. (It's important I stay away from dairy, sodium, olives, and processed foods as much as possible. Also this means no booze is allowed during the first 2 week period.)

My Bodytech chocolate whey protein contains the amino acids I need and I no longer have to take as many BCAA's.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Today - June 8, 2011

My husband and I went out to dinner last night and I wound up having a cup of clam chowder and broiled scallops with broccoli. The food was "meh". I did not get to drink my protein shake. I felt very guilty not eating what I should and really wanted to go the gym too.

Today is not off to the best of starts. I drank my protein drink for breakfast along with 1/4 cup of egg whites was just a touch of avocado. I did not feel hungry at that moment but a couple of hours later I was starving. Drank my water and tried to keep busy until 10am or so when I usually have my snack. Wow! My almonds never tasted so good! A little fat is exactly what I needed to make it through to lunch.

My lunch today is roasted chicken with lettuce, a drizzle of dressing. (My trainer wants me to buy creatine with l-glutamine for after my workouts. Supplementation is important to my weight training.)

Snack: Rest of my almonds, Peppermint tea

Post Workout Snack: Bodytech Chocolate Whey Protein Mixed with water

Dinner: Dinner will be tuna or white fish with green beans, 1/4 cup of brown rice, mustard, avocado and some Mrs. Dash, green tea. (This time I plan on eating exactly that!!)

Workout today: Shoulders

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Today and the week ahead #2

I baked some chicken breast last night for my lunch to go along with my salad. I did not have time to make my Old Wessex 5-Grain oatmeal this morning so wound up eating my 5 egg whites instead.

Dinner will be tuna or white fish with green beans, 1/4 cup of brown rice, mustard, avocado and some Mrs. Dash.

Snacks are 4oz sweet potato, almonds and my protein shake.

My diet has changed. We'll see how well the clean eating week goes. There is no fruit or dairy listed other than the protein shake.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Today - June 4, 2011

Next time, I'll go with the whey protein shake or egg whites if I want a snack.

My body did not like the extra ham/cheese and I could barely sleep.

Had breakfast this morning of ham, egg whites with one of those small Joseph's low-carb pita breads with 1/2 t of hummus on top. Yummy and filling. I'll have to keep those pitas in a sealed air-tight bag for next week since I'll be waving them adieu from Sunday to Saturday.

I am working out this morning on cardio and legs only. Abs will be done 1 to 2 times a week for less bulkiness around my obliques and front. My post workout snack - Bodytech Chocolate whey protein shake mixed with water.

Lunch is one more small pita with 1/2 t of hummus, Laughing cow cheese lite wedge, 2oz. of ham and a bit of lettuce, 1/2 an apple.

Snack: Banana, almonds

Dinner: Prime Rib, Broccoli. (Fruit salad as my dessert. We are gong to the movies tonight.)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Today and the week ahead.

Oh, and she decided for me to try something new this week (starting this Sunday) since she noticed I am not eating enough protein or good fat. She said stop with all yogurts and cottage cheese for one week, too.

Here is a quick shopping list.

Egg Whites
Tuna, Cod, Salmon or Tilapia
Brown Rice
Oat Bran (I already have this.)
Sweet Potatoes (divided into 4oz each over 6 days)
Balsalmic Vinegar
Romaine Lettuce/Mixed Greens

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today's Eats - May 26, 2011

Good Afternoon!

B: 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of ham, 2 ounces of cottage cheese
S: 1/2 apple, 5oz. of plain yogurt with cinnamon
L: 3 small roast chicken thighs, lettuce, drizzle of vinaigrette
S: Not really that hungry but need to eat. Banana and 6 almonds
Post Workout Snack: Whey Protein Shake
D: Same as breakfast

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

There are good days and bad days. Say hello to a bad day....

I guess I still have a long way to go after all. :( Some jerk asked if I wanted to try a food sample after he said "you look hungry...must be eating for two..." WTF??? My stomach is always the LAST thing that goes down when slimming/exercising. :( Ugh! I just want to hide.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yes, I'm back!

Yesterday's workout was a doozy!

I always...always begin with 20 minute HIIT cardio on the elliptical. Why? My gym becomes crowded after a certain time and if I finish my strength training, there is a chance I won't be able to get on the equipment. I get it done and out of my way. I do not feel fatigued to the point where I can't do my training. In fact, I feel pumped and ready to go!

Chest press
Huggy Bear
High and Low Rope Pulls
Biceps (Barbell Curls)
Biceps (Dumbbell Curls)

4 sets each with 10 to 15 reps each at varying weights. I was impressed I could do a barbell curl with each arm using a 20lb. weight! Yes, I grunted and yes, the guys were looking at us. Sweet!

After, I did a few reps using an ab machine. WOW! I felt it right after!

Eating was great.

Breakfast, Snacks and Lunch were the usual fare and dinner was the buffet. Now before you comment, I ate smart this time. Protein such as lean ham and chicken, chopped egg with spinach, peas, shredded parm cheese, drizzle of low-cal dressing, carrots and green beans. Not a huge plate by any means. Just enough for me.

'Today's Workout:

Cardio and abs with weights for flexibility.


Breakfast: Low-carb pita, Laughing cow creamy Swiss wedge cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, 3 turkey slices

Snack: 1/2 apple, 5 oz. of plain non-fat yogurt with cinnamon

Lunch: Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, 3T of balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Snack: Banana, 6 almonds

Dinner: 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of ham, grapes for desert.

I feel good!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Today's Eats - May 20, 2011

I was starving during lunch! I think all that cardio and weight training caught up with me. I ate a 14-16 point meal for sure!!

Today's Menu is looking like this now:
Breakfast: Low-carb pita, laughing cow cheese wedge, teaspoon of hummus, 3 turkey slices (5 Points)

Snack: 1/2 apple, yogurt (2 Points)

Lunch: Whole wheat wrap, stuffed with ham, swiss cheese and lettuce with mustard
(I'm guesstimating 14-16 points)

Snack: 1/2 apple

Dinner: 2 fried eggs, non-fat cottage cheese, on top of a handful of mixed greens, some grapes for desert. (6 Points)

Oh! I guess I am okay! I thought I was way over my dpt today! I do have activity points that I never used up this week. I deserved a good lunch this week, but I know it is important to plan and prepare ALL my meals to avoid pitfalls.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It is a learning experience #2!

Yesterday's Eats:

Breakfast: 2 whole eggs scrambled (cooked in microwave), teaspoon of hummus, mustard (4 points)

Snack: 6oz. of non-fat plain yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon, 1/2 green apple (2 points)

Lunch: Low-Carb Pita, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese wedge, mixed greens, 2 turkey slices (5 points)

Snack: Banana, 6 almonds (2 Points)

Post Workout: Lean Body Chocolate Milk Shake Protein Drink (5 Points)

Dinner: Same as lunch but with 10-12 red seedless grapes for a treat (5 Points)

I am guesstimating I am eating between 23/25 points day.

Workouts: 20 Minutes of HIIT cardio on the elliptical
Weighted abs with 25lb. weight.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It is a learning experience!

My trainer said I should not bother posting a dinner plan anywhere if I keep changing it at the last minute even if it's on plan or not. It confused her when I said after my protein drink last night, all I was hungry for was 4oz. of baked chicken breast and a handful of mixed greens. Once again, I did not eat enough points.I'll post my dinner plan after from now on.

I don't know what to say. There are days when I have no desire to eat, others I will bounce way over the 29 and into the 49 with little to no thought.

What was suggested and highly recommended was to stay within the same routine for the weekend.

Wake at the same time.
Prepare food to place into cooler.
Eat at same times if possible.
Remember to take supplements.

My body will begin to adapt and I will see the results!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Today begins a new week with a tweak! :)

My menu today is different from what you've all been used to seeing. And will include supplements.

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 2 Boca sausage links (mustard for taste) - 6 Points

Snack: 6oz. non-fat plain yogurt, cinnamon, 1/2 green apple - 2 Points

Lunch: Low-Carb Pita, 1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, mixed greens and 2 chicken breast slices (1/2 green apple) - 5 Points

Snack/Pre-workout: 1 banana, 6 almonds - 2 Points

Post-Workout: Lean Body Chocolate Protein Shake - 5 Points

Dinner: Mixed greens, Boca Burger, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, 1 egg white and 2 whole fried eggs. (A few grapes.) - 6 Points

If still hungry, a few almonds and a whey protein shake - 5 Points

26 Points. and with the -3 Points deficit and 8 activity points I'll earn today, I am far under the 29 dpt. I'll add some more protein during dinner to help things along.

Cardio and chest/back to earn my high activity points.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kimkins Ordered to Pay $2 Million

Posted on 5/13/2011

Riverside Superior Court has ordered Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz, owner of Kimkins, to pay $1,824,210 in damages as restitution to those who paid subscription fees to her diet plan and participated in a class action lawsuit against her company in October 2007. The court also awarded punitive damages of $500,000.

Diaz started a website in 2006, on which she posted photos of herself before and after she lost 189 pounds using the Kimkins diet. She offered permanent weight loss, without exercise, and a lifetime membership.

The lawsuit alleged that Diaz never lost weight, but remained at 300 pounds, having posted a false “after” photo. She's also alleged to have posted 41 false testimonials and pictures, the pictures obtained from a Russian mail-order bride website, to promote her website.

Plaintiffs say they suffered such health damages as loss of hair, arrhythmia, nausea, confusion, loss of lean muscle tissue, and more, after they used the diet plan.

Information in the Better Business Bureau's file on this company is that the lifetime membership costs $59.95 and entitles the subscriber to diet food lists, sample menus, a recipe library, support forums, an online personal journal, and direct access to Kimmer. We've received four complaints about Kimkins, none more recent than July 2009. One complainant felt “sick all the time” she was on the diet, but she and another complain because they never received the refund they requested after they learned about the Kimkins fraud. The other two complain because they were locked out of the website after paying for a lifetime subscription.

Kimkins was and is rated “F” by us.

The judgment against Kimkins also ordered payment of attorneys' fees, still to be determined, and injunctive orders.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Today's Eats - May 12, 2011

Today's Workout plan:

20 minutes of HIIT elliptical, abs with weights for flexibility, work on my core with some much needed stretching and maybe get on the hip abduction machines. There is always a couple of ladies on them when I want to use it! BOOOO!

Today's Eats:

Breakfast: Low-Carb Pita, Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss Wedge, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, 2 slices of turkey meat (5 points)

Snack: 1/2 an apple, Dannon - plain, non-fat yogurt with a cinnamon sprinkle (2 points)

Lunch: Low-Carb Pita, Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss Wedge, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, Boca Burger - 1/2 an apple (5 points)

Snack: 1/2 grapefruit, 6 almonds (2 points)

Dinner: Rest of yesterdays salad. (Tuna with mayo, feta, lettuce with 2 egg whites and one whole egg.) I'm guesstimating about 8 to 10 points for this meal.

If I am hungry, I will eat 1/2 cup of non-fat cottage cheese and some grapes.

My trainer recommends I eat no grains of any kind in the evening for right now.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Today's Eats - May 11, 2011

Breakfast: Low-Carb Pita, 1 Wedge of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, 2 slices of cooked ham

Snack: Dannon Plain Non-Fat yogurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/2 apple

Lunch: Low-Carb Pita, 1 Wedge of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese, 1/2 teaspoon of hummus, Boca Burger and 1/2 an apple

Snack: 6 Almonds and 1/2 Grapefruit

Dinner: Will try once again for the tilapia! LOL!

Second Day of Strength Training with my Personal Trainer -

Shoulders, Arms

Shoulder Overhead Press
Dumbbell Lateral Raise
Dumbbell Rear-Delt Raise
Barbell Curl
Hammer Curl
Lying Triceps Extension

Begin with Cardio for 20 minutes and end the workout with a quick abs and stretch.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today's Eats - May 10, 2011

Today's Eats

Breakfast: Low-Carb Pita, 1 Wedge of Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb cheese, teaspoon of hummus, 2 slices of cooked ham

Snack: Dannon Plain Non-Fat yogurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/2 apple

Lunch: Low-Carb Pita, 1 Wedge of Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb cheese, teaspoon of hummus, Boca Burger and 1/2 an apple

Snack: 6 Almonds and 1/2 Grapefruit

Dinner: Mixed Greens, Tilapia, cottage cheese, 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites

Water, Green Tea and I brought a small can of Diet Schweppes Ginger Ale with me.

Workouts will consist of 20 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical, abs and maybe some hip abductions for fun.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

And it begins...again!

The other night, my trainer and I took a nice little walk over to the Vitamin Shoppe and looked around for some supplements I need for my workouts. Along with the multi-vitamin I already take, she suggested these:

Green Tea Extract

She suggested I consume carbs such as oatmeal and low-carb pita bread in the morning and at lunch. And make sure I eat fruit, vegetable and protein with every meal. At dinner, a salad with vegetables, fruit and protein will do my body good. I need to keep away from foods that contain high amounts of sodium such as olives and hard cheese.

I must remember to eat during the day! And prepare all my meals and snacks ahead of time and most especially on the weekends. She is happy I am on WW PP since it is very flexible and can be tweaked at any time.

My workout plan: 5 days a week with one day of a fun activity. One day completely off. (20 minutes of cardio.) - 3 days a week of strength training.

Mondays: Chest/Back
Tuesdays: Cardio and Abs Only
Wednesdays: Shoulders/Arms
Thursday: Cardio and Abs Only
Friday: Fun activity
Saturdays: Legs
Sunday: Rest

This starts next Monday. We'll see what happens. I'm finishing out my week with doing what I do at the gym right now and staying within my dpt with WW.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Today's Musings and Menus - April 26, 2011

Breakfast: Low-carb pita, LC Lite Creamy Swiss Wedge, teaspoon each of garlic hummus and fat free refried beans, 1-1/2 egg whites

Snack: 1/2 green apple, cheese stick

Lunch: Grilled Vegetable Boca Burger, Low-carb pita, LC Lite Creamy Swiss Wedge, teaspoon of garlic hummus, a few grapes, 1/2 green apple (if hungry)

Snack: Almonds, banana, a few grapes

Dinner: Garlic butter white fish on a low-carb pita with hummus and romaine lettuce.

My weekend was a bust except the workout and successful weigh in but back in the saddle this week. Adding more vegetables, egg whites and fish is what I need to stay on top and have more energy for my workouts. I can feel myself getting stronger and it is beginning to slow in my shoulders and arms. (Definitely a lot more stretch marks.) I need to find my Palmer's Cocoa butter lotion stat!

I see a difference in my rubber tire belly. Seems to finally be going down and there are more stretch marks visible. My belly has always been my biggest issue even during the time when I first lost weight.

That's all I have for now. Ciao!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Special Day! :D

I'm doing pretty well today. We went to the buffet last night and I hardly ate. I splurged a bit with a few chips, beans and cheese with sour cream. I mostly ate like a bird!

Strange appetite I have. I decided this weekend to do more of a lower carb style of eating. We'll see how that works out.

Today is also a special day! 8 month wedding anniversary! YAY! I am such a newlywed! LOL!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Today's Musings - April 19, 2011

I managed to lose the binge weight of the weekend and still truckin' along. I was hungry last night after my meal of egg white, 2 ham slices, 1/2 whole wheat lavash bread with laughing cow creamy Swiss wedge and a teaspoon of garlic hummus. A half cup of non-fat cottage cheese did the trick. Filled me up just enough.

Reminding myself to buy some yogurt to mix in with the cottage cheese, too.

A little sore from last night's workout and also tired in general. I have a lot of trouble sleeping at night. And TOM has not shown up in months. It's either my diet or symptoms of perimenopause. I know I mentioned this is a previous post but I would not mind one bit if early menopause happened!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Today's Musings & Menu - April 15, 2011

I managed to make it to the gym yesterday even with me being tired. The old me would have gone home and gone out to dinner at the buffet. I've come to far to back down now. I still have trouble sleeping at night and I really don't know why. I keep thinking it might be the beginning of perimenopause. (Which would be fine by me.) But I just want to sleep through the night. I was thinking of taking a Unisom this evening.

I have to stop posting my dinners. In most cases I wind up eating something else entirely. After the gym, I had romaine lettuce, a few ham and chicken cubes, a few bites of cheese and a couple ounces of tuna and mayo. Total weight was 8.2 ounces. I do feel less hunger these days and I can go further with eating less. It almost feels like I'm doing C.R.O.N. (Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition).

My menu today (excluding dinner - I think I may have a salad with romaine lettuce and some feta with a bit of tuna/mayo, chicken and ham. Not sure.)

Breakfast: Ezekiel 4:9 tortilla, LC Creamy Swiss Wedge, a bit of hummus, 4 small cooked ham slices, green tea

Snack: 1/2 green apple, WW cheese stick (they seem more palatable when really cold)

Lunch: Same as lunch except with chicken strips instead. 1/2 green apple, some berries and grapes, green tea

Snack: Cold banana, rest of the berries and grapes, 3 almonds

Dinner: See note above.

Tonight's workout: 20 minutes of HIIT elliptical, abs

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today's Musings - April 14, 2011

All I can say is.....I am EXHAUSTED!

Tough workout last evening. 20 minutes of HIIT cardio on the elliptical, abs, shoulders and back.

My MIL took us out to dinner and I had a steak fajita wrap without tomatoes. (I also find cutting out the Nightshade vegetables is helping my joints.) I'm guesstimating the wrap was about 13 to 14 points. With my high activity points plus my remaining dinner points, I believe I am fine. All I know is, I do not like going out to eat when I have no idea what the points are. We could have gone to Applebee's but there is so much sodium in their food and that includes the WW entrees.

Tonight at the gym, I want to work on legs. I have no coordination when it comes to lunges and those need work.

My Menu:

B - Ezekiel 4:9 tortilla, 1 Laughing Cow Creamy Light Swiss Wedge, a bit of hummus, 4 thin slices of cooked ham, green tea

Snack: 1 WW cheese stick, 1/2 green apple

L - WW Mac and Cheese, 1/2 green apple, a few berries and grapes, green tea

Snack: Banana, a few berries and grapes, 3 almonds

Dinner: 1/2 Whole Wheat Lavash bread with 1 LC Wedge, a teaspoon each of hummus and beans, egg white, a few chicken strips, green tea

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today's Musings - April 13, 2011

I posted this on another WW thread but I want to re-post it here.

I was reading an article in the current WW magazine about how eating fruit can take over someones day. She wondered why she lacked energy. It made me think about my tracking and even with all that I eat (excluding the fruit) I don't eat much at all. I barely make it over 23 points on some days. I don't use my activity points either when I have more than earned them.

And I'm still refusing to NOT drink alcohol of any kind. Seems like friends are centering their activities around bars and drinking. I don't mind socializing but I'm turning down invites left and right when it comes to being in a barroom.


This morning, I tried something new for my breakfast. Instead of my usual whole wheat wrap, I ate Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain tortillas. A couple of extra points but it was worth it! :D

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Today's Menu April 12, 2011

Breakfast: 1/2 Artisan Whole Wheat Lavash Bread (Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Cheese Wedge, 1/2T of hummus, 1/2T of fat free refried beans, 1 egg white, 4 small slices of cooked ham)

Snack: 1/2 green apple, cheese stick

Lunch: Same as lunch (Minus egg white)

Snack: Banana and some almonds

Dinner: Ezekiel 4:9 tortilla with Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Cheese Wedge, 1/2T of hummus, 1/2T of fat free refried beans, and chicken strips

My appetite is funny during the week. It has it's ups and downs. I am trying to make an effort to not go out to eat Monday through Friday. I have an idea how many points are in my meals but the amount of sodium and sugar isn't worth it to me. Especially when it comes to the scale on Saturdays. I did allow myself an entire treat day on Sunday but I jumped back onto the wagon on Monday.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Healthy food and exercise for April 5, 2011

Eating lots of veggies and fruit today. My body needs it!

Today at the gym:

20 minutes of cardio followed by abs, triceps, shoulders and some legs.

I've noticed the more strength training I do the hungrier I feel. I have something quick and easy in mind to make for dinner when I get home. I'll update later when I know for sure.

Today's Menu:

Breakfast: 2 slices of low-calorie whole wheat bread, chicken breast, low-fat mayo, mustard

Snack one and 2: green apple, cheese stick

Lunch: 2 slices of low-calorie whole wheat bread, chicken breast, low-fat mayo. Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Wedge, carrot sticks, half a grapefruit

Dinner: Will know later. :D

Monday, April 4, 2011

Weekends and the Gym.

I am very happy I was able to go to the gym 6 days this week! Tonight, I plan on doing a split workout. Chest, triceps and legs.

I know I have a lot to learn about eating on the weekends.

Next weekend's goals are:

1) Eat before I go out even if there is food offered.
2) Bring snacks and water with me in my purse over the course of the day.

Happy to report, 18lbs. lost so far. I have a long journey ahead. Press forward!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Back with a Vengence - WW Way

Weight Watcher's Point Plus. My new way of eating has catapulted me into losing 7.6lbs. in 2 weeks according the weekly weigh-in at the meetings. The scale at home has me a few pounds lower. But really it isn't about numbers on a scale, it's how I feel! Wonderful! Energy to go to the gym. A better night sleep. No feelings of panic because I want to enjoy a light beer and some wings on Saturday evenings. The best part is how I'm retraining my brain to eat better and finding new and nourishing foods that will keep me within my daily points total and satisfy me throughout the day is really fun!

It's easier than I ever thought possible! I can have my bread, fruit and veggies. And I'm not knocking low-carb induction but ketosis pp and stinky breath isn't my idea of living. I tried. It was not for me.

Could I do low-carb with the points that I have?
Could I do South Beach? Protein Plus? Sure. Yet, for me, eating clean seems to make me feel more euphoric.