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The last two days I have worked out for realz. Half hour on our new elliptical, plus yesterday I did 20 push-ups to see how I am doing on the 100 Push-up Program. I'm doing okay and can advance to week 3, but I'm not doing awesome.

Anyway, working out on that elliptical pwns me. I'm not even going that hard - I stop for breaks like every 5 minutes and have to give myself a pep-talk each time to start up again. But man, it's definitely working me. I burned 423 calories yesterday and today I burned 427. Going to try and keep that number going up.

One problem that I faced yesterday was calories. For lunch I had an apple and half a cup of cottage cheese for about 180 calories. Then dinner was around 500 calories and I was full. I think I ended up eating 898 calories yesterday at meals total, and not being hungry. But if I eat less than 1200, my body will go into starvation mode. So I had to find things to eat, which was a new and exciting experience (I'm not used to HAVING to eat for weight loss). I ended up snacking on 1/2 cup of cashews oh and the most delicious thing ever.

Asparagus. You guys, why have I never heard of asparagus? I've eaten it maybe twice in my entire life and the last time I am sure it was soaked in butter because it was at a restaurant. But yesterday at the store some caught my eye and I bought a bunch. Last night I took 12 spears and laid them on a cookie sheet, poured about 1.5 tsp olive oil over them, and then lots of pepper and a little salt. Roasted at 400 for 15 minutes and OH MY GOSH.

They tasted like french fries. I am not even kidding you. They were so stinkin' good.

Nate doesn't even like asparagus and he said that they were the best he had ever eaten.

It was about 90 calories for 12 roasted spears - and 60 of those cals were from the olive oil, so if I cut down on that EVEN BETTER.


Nate and I are working on setting goals for the new year. I think this will be a good year for us. My main goal is to weigh less than 200 lbs by the end of 2009. I have lots of little goals too.

I did all right over the holidays. I went into Christmas weighing 267 lbs and came out weighing 272, so not awesome, but not horrible. I've lost 2 lbs now so I'm at 270 and by God, I swear this is the last time I will see a 2 in front of the 70. Grawr.

I think I'm going to go cook some more asparagus.

Food Log Day 3ish

After a break I'm doing this again. Hey, no one else evar posts :P

Breakfast: 1 medium banana
Snack: 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Lunch: 1 medium sweet potato, baked, no salt/sugar/butter/oil added

I am doing the One Hundred Push-ups program. I'm on day 2. It kills. I just quit being sore after dying all weekend. I only managed to do like, 11 push-ups today, and they are the girly kind, but I can already feel it defining my arms and working my abs and chest.

I'm getting a LOT better at measuring what I eat. Before I would just take a handful of sunflower seeds and eat it, often that would be up to 600 calories! Now I am pouring them into a cup measurer and eating them slowly and enjoying them, so only 190 calories - and it helps keep me full because I'm "snacking," and it's protein. For the first time in my life I am measuring out salad dressing and enjoying big salads! I love Briana's Poppyseed Vinaigrette dressing.

We got our first snow here this weekend and now I'm not sure how I will be working out every day, but I'll think of something.

I'm down to 268, a 10 lb loss already from the beginning of the month.

Has anyone ever heard of taking fish oil to help lose weight? I heard a teensy bit about it so I'm trying it for 2 weeks starting um right now. But dang those pills are huge.

Workout music

I need some good, upbeat, intense (but CLEAN) workout music. The only song I have is Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. What do you listen to when you work out? What inspires you to give it all you've got? What songs kick your trash?

Food Log: Day 2


Big bowl of vegetable and beef stew with shredded cheese to add a kick
1 piece of wheat toast with butter

Chicken fingers and french fries and barbecue sauce from TGI Fridays (we had a buy one entree get one free coupon and I'm sick and didn't feel like cooking)

At least I am still Diet Coke free. Tomorrow will be better. I just wish I didn't feel so icky... if I felt better, dinner would have been makeable. Sigh.

Food Log: Day 1

It's been quiet here... TOO quiet. It's my fault, because I didn't know how to post in here after I changed my LJ name. But never fear, friends, I am back. Let's do this thing.

Today I am going to be updating this post every time I eat something. I'm thinking about trying it for a week, just to give myself a better idea of how I am doing and where my calories are going. But we'll see. My goal? I don't really have one. What I am trying to do is eat fruit for breakfast, only snacking on fruit until around 12:30 or so. No carbs, no protein, just fruit. I have some pretty crazy allergies so it'll be a challenge, but here is how it has gone so far today:

8oz Simply Orange Juice
1 banana (minus one bite to Toby)
5 pineapple chunks

2 Morningstar "sausage" patties and a big hunk of French sesame bread
32 oz water

*shame* Order of lo mein and 2 orders of orange chicken from Panda Express
Also, a California roll

I still have half a container of fresh pineapple but I was feeling not necessarily full, just satisfied, so I put the pineapple away and if I want something else later I can have it. I feel more energized and confident already :) Maybe it's the placebo effect but I really do feel awesome.

My ultimate goal remains the same: Get my weight down to around 130/140/where I feel comfortable and am healthy. My Big Reward - what I am aiming for, I think, is a yoga backpacking trip. I've always wanted to go backpacking in the wilderness and stiffie and this book I just read have seriously turned me onto yoga. So there.

I did pretty good today except for dinner.


Ladies, I am sure you are all kicking severe amounts of trash.

I am... ok.

I lost 5 lbs this week, but not because I'm not eating - it's because I had a serious case of um the runs and so I lost half my body mass. Yeah. I'm not exercising either. Basically I'm a dieting FAILURE. Looks like I need to contract the flu so I can lose more weight.

I don't know that I'm going to be running the 5K in November, seeing as how I haven't trained at all. Then again, since when has that stopped me before? We'll see how it goes.

In any case, I have a great recipe for cookies for you guys. There is very little fat in them. And they taste DELICIOUS.

½ cup cooked white beans
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs (1/4 C. Egg Powder + 1/2 C. Water)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ¼ cups wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup pecans (or walnuts) chopped

Beat beans and sugar together. Add eggs, vanilla. In separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add flour moisture to bean/sugar mixture. Stir until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, and nuts. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°F. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes depending on size of cookies. Makes 4 dozen. Ish.

I didn't add nuts to mine and I used mini chocolate chips. They were too chocolatey for me, so next time I'm going to cut down to a cup of chips. I know you're thinking - "what the HECK?" Beans in COOKIES? No seriously, these are amazing. I didn't tell my husband anything and he thought they were the best cookies ever. So there you go. Because there is no butter or oil, these cookies have little fat. WHEE!!!!


You know you're fat when...

I posted this in my LJ too, but hey... perhaps it will motivate you guys to not have your co-workers call you fat!

"So this is kind of funny, and I joked about it with my coworkers all day... but really? It kind of broke my heart. I know I'm a big girl, and I need to loose weight! (I've been doing really well, until today... and today wasn't awful, but not good. But I can have one day of crap, especially after having the day I did.)

ANYHOW. No excuses.

One of our production workers ( I think her name is Beatrice? We will just call her Beatrice), anyways, mexican lady, speaks broken but decent english. Comes up to me today when I'm looking for a file out back, and tells me how pretty I am. I'm thinking to myself, wow, this is making my day what a nice lady. Then she tells me "But fat, like my daughter, you need to loose weight. Too fat." I'm like uh... ok. I go back to my office. I have to go in the back to get something or do somethign I don't know, and she find sme, and tells me her daugther is having weight loss surgery and it's only $4,000 at this downtown office, she will get me number. Uhm. I Just smile and walk away. I go back again to write a # on our board, she seriously finds me again when she's no where near me, and says "I'm 56 and look better than you. You just so fat".

This continued all day. OH MY GOD. A.)I mean I have no tact, so perhaps this is payback for my tactless-ness B.) I got the hint that you think I'm a fat ass the first 3 times, please stop telling me this.... C.)AHHHHHHHHHHHH WHAT A BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My coworker kept telling me this lady was an evil bitch, but I was like no no no she's sweet, but after today. wtf? Perhaps it's a mexican cultur ething to just be blunt and honest, but dayyyyum lady you aint looking too good yourself to be calling me out."

Strike 2

We, by which I mean I, have missed 2 days of exercising in a ROW. This makes me sad. I also weep for my legs tomorrow as I know I'll be in pain.

My excuse? I don't really have one. Toby and I have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off - yesterday we had a friend over, then were out at a cooking class all evening. On the upside, I know now how to make a ridiculously healthy and delicious vegan meal. Which probably has like, -40 calories. Today I had to clean like a madwoman because my mother-in-law came over this evening. So exercising has fallen by the wayside.

I am ridiculously excited to say that I have stayed strong - I haven't tasted Diet Coke since Sunday night. Yes, I am craving one especially NOW, but apart from last evening at the grocery store and right now, I haven't really wanted one. It makes me happy and excited.

I also learned that Organic Australian style yogurt in Vanilla Bean flavor is DELICIOUS. I plan on stocking up - it'll make a great snack. Tomorrow I am making cookies using white beans in place of oil/butter. Supposedly they are amazing.

I also possibly got a dog to help motivate me to go walking every single day. Possibly. Maybe. Maybe not though.

Oct. 2nd, 2008

So, I haven't been uber strict with low-carb. In fact, not too much at all. I've been too tired lately to deprive my body of that fuel, so I'm hoping that this weekend I can slowly ease into it from what I'm already doing and then by the start of the week I can be more intense with it.

I am down more weight though, so I'm pretty happy about that. And........I am now able to see my collarbones a bit when I bend again! I haven't been able to see them for nearly a year. Sure, it's only when I bend my shoulders forward, but I haven't seen them even in that position for quite some time. I can also feel the bones in my upper chest, which makes me able to see that I'm losing bits of weight as it always leaves the upper body first on me.

I'm hoping to start working out harder these coming weeks!

Sep. 28th, 2008

So tomorrow starts low-carb-ish-ness! I've debated on how strict with this I want to be. Generally, I don't eat much grain or whatnot anyway, but I've actually got menus planned out so hopefully this will help tremendously. I think I'm going to cut out milk for a few weeks because the other day I had a lactose-intolerant kind of episode which was no fun at all! Keep a little cheese or cottage cheese, but that's it.

Basically, it's just veggies, proteins (a lot of chicken, tofu, and tempeh...so some carbs will be from soy), and limited fruits. After a couple weeks I may add in more fruits, and after 5-6 weeks I'll add in grains. Maybe 4 weeks. :) Depends on how my body responds. I'm just training myself to listen to it, not deprive it of nutriends and necessities just to lose 20 pounds in three weeks. I'd rather feel healthy and alive.

This weekend I did some walking around downtown and a bit around my neighborhood and ward, and some belly dancing practice for an hour or two. Nothing too hardcore, but relaxing and invigorating! Too stuffy to go the gym...it was beautiful outside when the sun wasn't beating down!

Hope everyone is doing well!