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.

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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.