Sunday, February 27, 2011

Carbs Suck...

I'm not gonna lie, I am disappointed to say the least. It's not that I cheated, I'm still following my 1200 calorie/day plan, and I'm working out with Jillian every other day, but I have only lost 0.8lbs this week. I know, I know...that's still a loss and not a gain, but I REALLY wanted to lose at least 2lbs a week.
Now I noticed my carbs this week were a little more than my previous ones due to the AMAZING soup I ate for lunch all week....http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/chicken-shiitake-and-wild-rice-soup.html
Do you think that's maybe why? My husband seems to think so, he said even though I am staying within my calories having all those carbs slows down my weight loss. I think from now on though anything that  is higher in carbs I'm going to try to consume them at lunch time or earlier in the day, so they aren't sitting in my tummy at night.

I guess losing weight is also trial and error for anyone. All our bodies are different and they react in different ways, I'm just going to have to find the best solution for me.

I did realize something.....TURKEY MEATBALLS ARE OUT!!!.....I cannot stand them, they aren't normal....lol.....a meatball should be made with ground beef period. So I went searching and I did find a low cal meatball recipe and I will be making them this week, so I will let you know how that turns out.....http://www.drgourmet.com/recipes/maincourse/beef/meatballs.shtml

This may be off topic, but I am a shoe fanatic, and there are a pair of Nike runners that I want realllllly bad, so I figure that I will get them for myself as a treat once I reach my goal of 250lbs. I was shooting for April 1st, but that doesn't look reachable as I would have to lose 25 in a months time. So I'm readjusting that to May 1st. By then though there will probably be a different pair out that I want OR I could just get both....lol...ya right Dan would kill me.

Today I had a GLORIOUS lunch. It was fast food (but not really)
I had my husband pick me up a baked potato (nothing on it....nope, no butter, and noooo cheese) and a small chili from Wendy's. I poured the chili all over the baked potato and BAM an amazing, tasty, low cal, low fat, high fiber lunch.....490 calories,7 grams of fat, and 13 grams of fiber.....I am definitely going to keep this in the back of my mind if I need something fast, and I'm out and about. Kinda high in the carb department because of the tater, but that's why I ate it for lunch and not dinner, and boy did it keep me full for a long time.


Now for my measurements:

Current Weight: 274.2 lbs

Chest: 47"
Waist: 42 1/2"
Hips: 55"
Left Arm: 17"
Right Arm: 17"
Left Thigh: 34"
Right Thigh: 34"


That makes my total inches lost this week: 1"
Grand Total: 7 1/2"

1 inch is better than no inches I guess....I am not going to let this discourage me, so don't worry.....until next time xoxoxo









Sunday, February 20, 2011

Not Toooooo Shabby!

So I'm back with some great news. I have been working really hard this week at work, and at my lifestyle change, and my life has had quite a few positives in this past week. My husband got a new job, and has lost 10 lbs himself so far. I received a promotion at work, and also lost another 2 lbs. Hopefully we can keep this up, as it puts a really good vibe in our house which I love.

This coming Tuesday, February 22nd is also my 33rd Birthday, so I have been planing to have a cheat meal sometime this week to celebrate. I think I will save it for Saturday as I have really wanted to try out this restaurant called Motor Burger. I think I am going to order the classic motor burger with sweet potato fries. I'm not sure of the nutritional stats, but I'm thinking I probably don't want to know. Maybe I will take off the bun, and order a salad instead. It's my birthday though so I think I'm gonna go allllll in, maybe even a beer (OMG)!!!!!!!

This week I think I'm going to switch up my meals a little bit, as I'm getting a little bored of the sandwich and salad at lunch. I found a great blog called Gina's Skinny recipes http://www.skinnytaste.com/ and she has a plethora (love this word) of amazing recipes. I'm actually going to make the chicken, shitake, and wild rice soup today, and use that for my lunches this week. I don't want to get bored with my meals as I'm thinking that is what makes people start to cheat in the first place. I also bought some fresh turkey meatballs that are pre-made at my local grocer, and I want to incorporate that with some whole wheat pasta and sauce.....sounds yummy to me, I will let you know!


Drumrolllllllllllll please.........Ok so this week I lost 2 more pounds and 2 more inches off of my body, bringing my grand total to 6lbs and 6 1/2" lost since February 6th. This may not sound like a lot, but I'm not looking for fast weight loss, I'm looking for PERMANENT...... 2lbs a week is healthy.....
I will start posting pics of my body at increments of 10 lbs lost. I think that would probably show the best results. I'm posting pics of my scale because I want to be accountable for any weight gain, and to show that I'm not hiding a thing!!!


Now for my measurements:

Current Weight: 275.0 lbs

Chest: 47"
Waist: 43 1/2"
Hips: 55"
Left Arm: 17"
Right Arm: 17"
Left Thigh: 34"
Right Thigh: 34"


That makes my total inches lost this week: 2"
Grand Total: 6 1/2"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

1st Official Weight-In

Well here it is, my first weight-in, exactly 1 week after my last one. I must say I am pretty proud of myself.
I have been following my diet to a tee, and doing my workouts. I even woke up this morning at 8, yes 8 o'clock on a Sunday morning to workout.

I really am feeling great, and I have noticed more energy which is something that I have been lacking for a long time.
Well I won't keep you in suspense any longer......


I have lost a total of 5.6 lbs in 7 days......not tooooooo shabby I must say so myself....lol....now some of you are gonna be haters and say it's water weight, but I have been drinking 3-4 liters of water a day, so that's not the reason.

Now for my measurements:

Current Weight: 277.4lbs

Chest: 47 1/2"
Waist: 44 1/2"
Hips: 55"
Left Arm: 17 1/2"
Right Arm: 17"
Left Thigh: 34"
Right Thigh: 34"


That makes my total inches lost in a week: 4 1/2"

I think I'm going to tweek my workouts this week though. I really am enjoying the YOU: On a Diet workout by Dr. Oz, but I am feeling like it's not pushing me enough. It's more yoga/stretching like, and I'm looking for more cardio. 

Introducing Jillian Michaels to my daily adventure. I came across a 30 day workout that incorporates 3 of her workout DVD's...


This is what the schedule looks like if anyone is interested:

Day 1 - 30 Day Shred: Level 1
Day 2 - 30 Day Shred: Level 1
Day 3 - No More Trouble Zones
Day 4 - 30 Day Shred: Level 1
Day 5 - Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
Day 6 - Quick Trouble Zones
Day 7 - OFF!!!!!
Day 8 - 30 Day Shred: Level 1
Day 9 - 30 Day Shred: Level 2
Day 10 - Quick Trouble Zones

Day 11 - 30 Day Shred: Level 2
Day 12 - Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
Day 13 - No More Trouble Zones
Day 14 - OFF!!!!!
Day 15 - 30 Day Shred: Level 1 & Quick Trouble Zones
Day 16 - 30 Day Shred: Level 2
Day 17 -  No More Trouble Zones
Day 18 - 30 Day Shred: Level 1&2
Day 19 - No More Trouble Zones
Day 20 - Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism

Day 21 - OFF!!!!!
Day 22 - 30 Day Shred: Level 2&1
Day 23 - Quick Trouble Zones
Day 24 - Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
Day 25 - Quick Trouble Zones & 30 Day Shred: Level 2
Day 26 - OFF!!!!!
Day 27 - No More Trouble Zones & 30 Day Shred: Level 1
Day 28 - Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism & Quick Trouble Zones
Day 29 - 30 Day Shred: Level 2&1
Day 30 - No More Trouble Zones

This looks tough, but I think I'm ready. I really am looking for something to push me, as I need a really good kick in the ass after letting myself get to this point in my life.

Hopefully this helps take me to my next goal which is 250lbs. I am shooting for April 1st.
I really think that's doable!!!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dr. Gourmet

Sooooooo......I'm officially on day 4 of my lifestyle change, and I have to say I feel great. I have been taking all of my vitamin/supplements (we will get to that later) and I have been doing the YOU: On a Diet workout 3 days a week to get started.

Introducing www.drgourmet.com....I came across this website while searching for healthy meal ideas to start planning for the week. I must say I didn't have trouble at all finding something I liked, and I'm a SUPER PICKY eater. It even has a planner that you can put all your info in and it will tell you how many calories you should be eating, and customize a plan for you. I tried this and it told me I should only be eating 1200 calories/day, so that's what I'm shooting for, between 1200-1300.

I'm eating the same thing for breakfast, and lunch....I find that consistancy is wayyyyy easier then trying to figure out what I'm gonna eat everyday. Dr. Gourmet suggests cereal, and a piece of fruit for breakfast, or a homemade smoothie, and for lunch a sandwich and a salad. I have been continuing this trend and I find it easy, and filling. Technically they say you should eat something every 3 hours to keep your metabolism up, so between breakie and lunch I have 1/2 cup cottage cheese 1% and I put pepper on it.....LOVE THIS.....

Dinner is another story.....There are a TON of recipes on this site that you can choose from and most are 2 servings, so you only have to cook every second night which I love.
I wanted to share with you my favourite meal so far.....It's the Chicken & Leek Risotto....AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
Here is the link for the recipe if your interested:
http://www.drgourmet.com/recipes/maincourse/chicken/chickenleekrisotto.shtml

I left out the tarragon/saffron (I added Thyme instead) because....

  • I HATE tarragon, I think it tastes & smells like black licorice, YUK!
  • Saffron is wayyyyyy too expensive

Now on to the vitamins.....I have this thing about swallowing too much at once (get your head out of the gutter) Taking multiple vitamins at once is hard but like this is rediculous....but according to Dr. OZ it's a must so I figured if I'm gonna do this right I'm going all in...
Here is the schedule according to Dr. OZ.....

Everyday:
Probiotic
DHA 600mg (I'm taking Omega 3 with DHA in it)

Twice a Day:
1/2 Multi-vitamin
Calcium 600mg
Vitamin D 600iu
Magnesium 200mg
Vitamin B5 300mg (also known as Pantothenic acid)

I am also taking Biotin & Biosil for my hair and nails....I have been using this stuff for about 3 months now and let me tell you it works wonders......

So that's it for now I guess, I just wanted to put an update in here for anyone who is interested, and to let you know I'm hanging in there, haven't cheated yet, and keeping my positive outlook.....

Looking forward to Sunday's weigh-in!!!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Beginning

When I think of the word "Journey" all I can think about is "Steve Perry" and his voice...."When the lights, go down, in the city"......Sorry got carried away for a second...
I'm going to call this my "Adventure", as I'm sure it will be adventurous with all the ups, and downs that I will go through.

My adventure began 10 years ago when I lost 80lbs in 4 months. I was ecstatic but also very tired and hungry. Obviously that didn't last long. Since then I have put that 80 back on, and about 60 more on top of it. 10 years of marriage, and a 5yr old son later, and I now weight in at 281lbs. I am officially morbidly obese. I always say I may be fat, but I'm f**king cute as hell. The truth is though I'm unhappy, unhealthy, and in need of a lifestyle change.

My biggest problem is willpower, I have none. Well I can't honestly say none, I did quit smoking the day I found out I was pregnant, and 6 years later, here I am smoke free. So why is losing weight so damn hard??? If only I knew....

I've tried all the fad diets, you know the ones, Atkins, Slimfast, Herbal Magic, but none seem to work for me. I have even considered bariatric surgery, but decided against it due to all the risks, and complications. I think the best route for me is the simplest one. That is to eat healthy, and exercise one day at a time. It took me 10 years to put this on so I can take a few to get it off.

I'm going to start with 1500 calories a day, and working out 3 days a week, and see where that takes me. I have started planning my meals for the week, and keeping the meals consistent. I read the Dr. Oz book "You: On a Diet" and he says that there is a bigger success rate in weight loss when you eat the same meals everyday.


This blog is also part of my "bigger picture". I'm hoping that blogging about my progress will not only help me, but encourage me to stick with my goals. That being said, every week I will be posting my current weight, measurements, and hopefully a corresponding picture. I am shooting for 10lbs a month, with my first goal weight of 250lbs.

Don't be surprised if I randomly blog in between, cause I have a big mouth and I'm sure I will have lots to say!!!!

Welcome to "Bonnie's Big Skinny Adventure"

Age: 32
Current Weight: 283lbs
Height: 5'6"

Measurements

Chest: 49"
Waist: 45"
Hips: 56 1/2"
Left Arm: 17 1/2"
Right Arm: 17"
Left Thigh: 34 1/2" 
Right Thigh: 34 1/2"

% of body fat: 49.4% (disgusting.....half of me is ACTUAL fat)

Here is a pic of me in all of my glory....lol....it was hard for me to post this, and if you don't like it, TOO BAD, don't look.....










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