Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Right on Track, Jack. Oh, and NEWS!

Today, I weighed in at a beautiful 165 pounds. 

That's a 3.2 pound loss for the week, AND means:

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I'm so excited. Now I'm 10 pounds from my mini-goal weight, and 20 pounds from my ultimate goal weight.

I'm going to do a post later about the pants, I promise. I've been so busy with my new studio painting floors and all that, it's really hard to get in and do a quality blog post. :/ On that note, I'll have studio pics soon! Our favorite Ms. Jewlia Goulia is hanging out with me on Thursday and helping me decorate!

So. Here are the official numbers for weigh-in today:

Jenn       6/16/10      6/23/10       6/30/10
Weight   170.8         168.2          165

Arm       12.5           12               12
Bust       40              39               39
Waist     31.5           31               30
Butt       42              42               41
Hips      41              40               39.5
Thigh     25              25               24.5

- 3 inches
- 3.2 pounds!

No exercise here other than mopping and painting.  Hard core sticking to the diet.  That's it! :)

Oh!  I also had a non-scale victory (which actually is related to being a scale victory because without the scale moving I wouldn't have had said victory...) -- Anyway.  I have these pairs of cargo pants and they're just too big for me to wear now (NSV1) - and so I borrowed my boyfriend's belt (NSV2...) which never would have fit around my waist before.  It held up those too-big pants like a dream. :)  

So anyone else have a NSV this week?  OR a SV???


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday: Weight and Measurements PLUS my Diet Plan!


I've joined the forces of all the lovely folks who have chosen Wednesday as their weigh in days (Like this sexy mama, and this sexy mama too.)  It's a brilliant thought, and I'm game.  I'm so obsessed with losing fifteen pounds by August 15th, I'm doing weekly accountability until then.  A friend of mine is trying to lose about 10 pounds, and we're doing it together. :)

Here goes:

Date 6/16/10   6/23/10
Weight 170.8 168.2
Arm 12.5 12
Bust 40 39
Under Bust 34.5 34
Waist 31.5 31
Butt 42 42
Hips 41 40
Thigh 25 25

2.6 lb weight loss for the week!  Also I've lost 3.5 inches overall.

So.  You can see I'm keeping track of my measurements as well, just so I don't get TOO bogged down with that pesky weight number thing.  (Who am I kidding?  I'm obsessed with that number, dammit.)   At this point, things are looking pretty decent.  I've FINALLY broken through that damned 170 barrier, and I'm very happy about that.

Food has been a solid low carb eating plan, but I'm STILL eating too much cheese.  Here's an idea of my typical day:

Coffee or diet soda
1 or 2 hardboiled eggs OR
2-3 scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach and swiss cheese

Lunch and Dinner meal options:
1.  Lean turkey lunch meat (or) grilled chicken breast wrapped in lettuce leaves with a bit of mayo and a slice of cheee
2.  Can of tuna with mayo and a load of chopped veggies (red bell pepper, cucumber, celery), 1/2 avocado
3.  Huge salad with baby greens (or) baby spinach with tons of chopped veggies, 1/2 avocado, and chopped grilled chicken (or) lean turkey lunch meat, tossed in ranch (or) light vinaigrette dressing.
4.  One or two grilled bratwurst (no bun) with mustard.

Other Dinner meal options:
1.  Grilled kebabs with lean steak or chicken and veggies (mushrooms, bell pepper, onion)
2.  Spaghetti squash with butter and parmesan cheese or low sodium crushed tomatoes
3.  One or two grilled hamburger patties (no bun) with cheddar cheese, smeared with avocado and a bit of mustard and mayo, on top of lettuce leaves.

Crucial keys:
1.  NO SUGAR!  This includes all desserts, sweets, candy, non-diet soda, juices and fruit.
2.  NO BREAD!  This includes anything in the bread-like category, such as chips, crackers, tortillas, buns, rolls, bread sticks, croutons, etc.
3.  NO STARCHES!  This includes anything like pasta, dumplings, rice or potatoes, and also includes cereal, oatmeal, beans, quinoa, etc.
4.  Other notes:  I currently don't eat any nuts or seeds.  Later in the low-carb plan, that would be okay (as would certain fruits) but I am keeping my carb count below 20 grams per day.)  Also, NO dairy other than 0 carb cheeses, heavy cream or a little bit of sour cream.  That means no milk, no cottage cheese, no yogurt.  In addition, I don't eat tomatoes or carrots because of their high sugar content.  And remember, NO fruit or fruit juice!

Not-so-guilty Pleasures:
1.  Diet soda - I drink it in excess, but it keeps me happy.  No carbs, no sugar, good to go.
2.  Starbucks coffee - Iced or hot with splenda and half-and-half.  Delicious, and a natural appetite suppressant.  Plus it gets "things" moving in the "tummy" poo-area.
3.  Sugar Free Jello - Great sweet, 15 calories per serving, no carbs!  Just awesome.

Hopefully that gives you all a good idea of what my plan looks like!  It sounds pretty solid, but sometimes I'll skip breakfast or lunch and end up eating four or five slices of (0 carb) cheese.  The trouble is, I KNOW that one (1) tiny little slice might have "0" carbs, but if I'm eating a few slices, the carb count IS there.  Not to mention the sodium.  One other thing is I'm always trying to eat 1/2 an avocado a day.  I swear it's a miracle food, and it's not only delicious but it's SO good for you!  Also, my new favorite "snack" food is raw mushrooms.  I heard that Katy Perry does this, and I thought "Hey!  I like mushrooms!"  They sort of snap in your mouth, they're chewy and dense, and they fill you up.  If you like mushrooms, give it a shot.  I've gone through two packs of mushrooms in three days. :)

Also, don't forget that there is a new giveaway on the Bloggerhood of the Pants for not one, but TWO pairs of size 24 pants.  Go check it out and enter!

Coming very soon... another giveaway from (yours truly) -- I found a pair of size 18 and 16 jeans in my closet, so I'm going to be doing photos and auctioning those off as well in a few days.  Everyone's gettin' some new pants!

ALSO... Dan and I are going to be attacking the paint epoxy of my studio floors, which I've been putting off FOREVER, and I should be able to get things into some semblance of order in my studio starting next week.  Official opening day:  August 1st!  :)


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Slow Race

Indeed, that's what the weight loss feels like right now.  I'm pretty much sitting right at 172.  I've realized that my caloric intake is a bit too high, and I've decided to go back to low carb eating.  I've been doing more big salads with chicken, lots of veggies (red bell pepper, cucumber, mushrooms, asparagus,) and for snacks I'm eating grilled turkey or chicken.

Another thing... I am going back to my old habits of looking at pictures of myself and cutting down every little thing.  When I was heavier (around 200-225,) I used to look at these images and think, "How hot I was!" or "Man, I was cute and tiny!"  ... but somehow with getting smaller, your perspective can change and you start to think you're not good enough even after weight comes off.  Why is that!??!

Anyhow.  I know I've been sucking at updating.  Things have been insane busy, but I wanted to stop in and say hi to everyone.  I always swear I'll be doing updates more often, but I end up slacking.

I swear I'm going to try to stop in and write more!

~Jenn <3