Saturday, March 26, 2011

Back on Track

Ok so the meltdown of the month is finally over, and I'm back on track. I'm still doing my 3km every other night as well, but I must say with all these spring showers it's hard sticking to my schedule. If I know it's going rain in the evening (on the day's Adam is at school, and I work afternoons) I can walk in the morning, but there is something that is so peaceful about walking at night.

Speaking of walks, when I was on my evening stroll this past Wednesday night, I came across the most unusual/scary/wtf??? I was rounding one of the street corners this plus sized woman came out of nowhere running down the street in a bra, a ripped shirt, jogging pants, and bare feet. I immediately pulled my earphones out and yelled at her asking if she was ok....she just looked at me, like I was the crazy one....then she ran up to a house (a K-9 unit police officer lives there) Obviously I slowed down my walk (even walked backwards down the street) to see the drama, but other than that there wasn't anything else....I mean what the hell was she running from????....I looked at all the houses when I passed them on the street, but there was no sign of anything. The only thing I can think of was that maybe it was a domestic, and knowing that a police officer lives on the block she automatically went there....It was still weird though just sayin'

In one of my earlier posts I had mentioned that I was using the Nike + program on my walks. Well I have a friend named Mike that also uses this program. He decided to create a challenge between us to push us a little farther (I "motivation does wonders" he said. So the challenge is whoever can reach 50km by April 20th. It also has a "trash talking" application attach to it so we can get each other going. So far he is beating me but hopefully not for long.....hahahaha

On the food front, I still seem to be ok and staying within my 1200 calorie goal. I changed up my breakfast a little bit as I was getting bored of cereal. I started making myself a breakfast sandwich which I personally think is glorious......

Bonnie's GLORIOUS Breakfast Sandwich

1 Toasted Whole Wheat English Muffin (President's Choice)
1 Light Laughing Cow wedge
1 Slice Tomato
4 Thin slices of cucumber
2 slices of Honey Maple Turkey Breast (President's Choice)

Only 201 calories, 3 grams of fat & a whopping 18 grams of protein to keep me full till my snack of cottage cheese in 3-4's soooo tasty, there is no need for butter/margarine on the english muffin because the cheese is so creamy & spreadable it's amazing....I recommend this to EVERYONE!!!

Lunches are still a salad, and something to go with it, either soup, Lean Cuisine, WW SmartOnes, or leftovers. I find this to be a convenient, low caloric, portioned way for me to eat my lunch, and stay on track.

Dinner is still some kind of protein & veggies....NO CARBS

Now that the weather is starting to incorporate nicer days into the schedule, I'm hoping to make my walks a little longer, I have even considered jogging a little. Sometimes I'm walking so fast that my body automatically want's me to start jogging but I never give in cause:

  • I feel stupid
  • I'm scared I'm going to look stupid
  • My boobs are wayyyy to big to jog, and it's going to be painful
  • I don't want to throw up (that's how I feel when I over exert myself)
Now I know that these are all excuses that I need to work on. Maybe after I lose some more weight from walking it will encourage me to start jogging. I think the biggest reason is that I'm just not that comfortable yet with the idea. Only time will tell....

This June 12th I am also doing a walk with work to raise money for JDRF Canada: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, but lasts a lifetime. JDRF sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder of, and advocate for, diabetes science worldwide.
If you are interested in sponsoring me I would greatly appreciated it, even if it's only $1....Please click in the below link to donate on my page.

This weeks total weight loss is 3.6lbs....2 from last weeks gain & another 1.6 
Not too bad considering I gained weight last week, so I lost that and then some....

Now for my measurements:

Current Weight: 264.4 lbs  (16.6 lbs)

Chest: 45"  (4")
Waist: 41 1/2"  (3.5")
Hips: 55"  (1.5")
Left Arm: 17"  (0.5")
Right Arm: 17"  (0")
Left Thigh: 32 1/2"  (2")
Right Thigh: 32 1/2"  (2")

That makes my total inches lost this week: 0 (weird since I lost almost 4 lbs???)
Grand Total: 13 1/2"
* grand total for each area in parenthesis* 

Until next week, here's to eating healthy, raising money for JDRF, and kicking Mike's ass in the Nike+ competition!!!
"Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them."  Lee Haney

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thanks Eve.....

Why did Eve have to eat that damn apple???.....This is the first time I have had to deal with my monthly "present" since starting my lifestyle change, and let me tell you it sucks ass....who's idea was it anyways to call it a present?....pfffft

Not only have I not lost any weight this week, but most of the week the scale was telling me I had GAINED 3 pounds. Talk about a depressing Bonnie roaming the house for days on end.
I had a chocolate meltdown on Wednesday night that I couldn't control, and a salt craving on Thursday, that almost brought me to tears.....What the hell is happening to me?

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!!!

I mean I'm ok now that I have got it out of my system, but I hope it's not like this every month. I'm back on track now, and I guess I will just mark this down as a failed week, pick myself up and move on.
The rest of the week I stayed true to the diet, and I know women retain quite a bit of water, so hopefully by next Saturday everything will be the norm again.

On a positive note, I have dropped almost 2 pants sizes since I started which feels great. I started in a tight 24, but now I'm into a loose 22. I am hoping to be into a 20 within the next 2 weeks. My t-shirt went from a XXL to a XL as well. Obviously I'm trying to find a positive to my negative week, and this helps some.

I did pick myself up a t-shirt that is a L at Old Navy. It's a little snug in the arms, but I will get into it in no time. I really wanted the shirt, and they didn't have any bigger sizes, so I figured I might as well buy it, as it will give me an incentive to lose more weight. I mean come on it is MÖTLEY CRÜE.....I couldn't

Now for my measurements:

Current Weight: 268 lbs  (13 lbs)

Chest: 45"  (4")
Waist: 41 1/2"  (3.5")
Hips: 55"  (1.5")
Left Arm: 17"  (0.5")
Right Arm: 17"  (0")
Left Thigh: 32 1/2"  (2")
Right Thigh: 32 1/2"  (2")

That makes my total inches lost this week: lost 1" (chest), gained 1" (hips)
Grand Total: 13 1/2"
* grand total for each area in parenthesis* 

I didn't even want to get on the scale to look, let alone take a pic, but I said I was going to be honest with myself, and with my followers, so here it is in all it's glory......gained 1.6 lbs this week :(

So until next week, here's to getting back on track, getting rid of the excess water, and living life to the fullest!!!

"If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end."
Julius Erving 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Super Saturday's

Saturday's are starting to become my fav day of the week, even though I work every second one (booo)....this day has become something to look forward to, it's my weigh in day, and also the day I incorporate my one treat meal (notice I said treat and not cheat) for the week. Now some people (like my hubby) has a cheat "day", but I learned that all I really need is one meal to satisfy my cravings. I usually have chinese, sushi, or Swiss Chalet, then some kind of dessert, and I'm all set for the week. For dessert it's a toss up between ice cream or chips....usually it's the latter because I am a salt fanatic.....well not anymore, but I husband used to joke and say he was going to buy me a salt lick for christmas & my birthday, cause that's all I would need to keep me happy.

This week has really been uneventful (for me) actually, it has rained a lot, well up until yesterday when my town was dumped upon by mother nature again. I really thought we were done with all the snow, but it's only March so you never know. It really makes it hard to go for my walks at night when everything is slushy, and wet, but I really like being outside rather than being in the gym on some boring treadmill. I guess I will just have to suck it up for now though until the weather starts to get nicer. On a side note speaking of mother nature Japan got hit with an earthquake & tsunami yesterday and it took a lot of peoples lives, homes, and just about anything else in it's destructive path. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this. 

Sometime in the very near future (spring/summer) we are going to be updating our kitchen with granite countertops, a backsplash, and having an island built as well. Not that there is anything wrong with what we have, but this will be sooooo much better. We built our house almost 10 years ago, so we are in need of a change. I am extremely excited about this, but not seeing my kitchen torn apart. Maybe a new kitchen will inspire me more to cook & invent some amazing low fat/calorie meals....this is the before pic
Not to bad, but there is always room for improvement!!!

Anyways back to the carb eating at lunch and not dinner rule seems to be working nicely for me. I had a decrease in weight again this week, so that makes me happy. 
  • Breakfast - I'm either eating cereal & milk, or egg whites with a sliced tomato, and a piece of whole wheat bread with one light laughing cow triangle spread on it (if you haven't tried these, they are AMAZING...low in fat too!) it really depends how much time I have in the morning.
  • Lunch - I usually make/eat something with carbs so I don't miss them. Lately I either eat some kind of pasta, or a low sodium chicken noodle soup. President's Choice Blue Menu label just released a 100 calorie portion sized chicken noodle soup. I Love It!!!   I also have been eating a Chicken Marinara with Mozzarella Cheese Grilled Flatbread from Weight Watchers Smart Ones with a salad. This is GLORIOUS.....I pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and VOILA, a crispy, tasty meal. I know your thinking "gross" but it actually is really good. I usually have this twice a week. I also have the Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla every now and then but it's not as good as the other.
  • Dinner - This is the easiest meal. I just incorporate some protein (4-6oz) of the usual chicken, steak or pork. Then veggies...that's it, no carbs. 
  • Snacks - I either have 12 almonds, 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, a yogurt, jello, apple, cucumber spears with a laughing cow cheese wedge, or edamame.
  • TONS & TONS OF WATER (2-4 liters a day)
This is the's sooo good!!.....I usually leave it like a pizza instead of folding it in half

So this is basically what I have been eating all week, and it seems to be working, so if it ain't broke don't try to fix it!!! I'm also still going for my evening strolls, so for now I'm not gonna push it. My weight loss seems to be pretty steady and right on track. My weight loss this week has been 3 lbs. I'm pretty happy, not gonna

Now for my measurements:

Current Weight: 266.4 lbs  (14.6 lbs)

Chest: 46"  (3")
Waist: 41 1/2"  (3.5")
Hips: 54"  (2.5")
Left Arm: 17"  (0.5")
Right Arm: 17"  (0")
Left Thigh: 32 1/2"  (2")
Right Thigh: 32 1/2"  (2")

That makes my total inches lost this week: 2 1/2"
Grand Total: 13 1/2"
* grand total for each area in parenthesis* 

So until next week, here's to staying positive, eating great food, and losing a shit load of

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hellooooo 260's!!!!!

Yes you heard right!!!.....I am welcoming myself to the 260 club. It's been quite sometime since I've been here. Now I may have only just squeezed my way in by 0.6lbs, but I don't give a'm allowed to celebrate!!!!
That is a total of a 4.8 lbs lost this week, which personally I think is f***ing amazing on my part!!!....the best part about it is that I'm not even starving myself. I'm eating healthy. I'm counting calories, and watching my carbs and fat intake, that's it!....Who whoulda thunk it could be this easy. I should have done this years ago. It's taken some will power to change my eating habits, and cut out the chips (God I miss them) but I have been doing this for a month now, and it's actually becoming easier to put together meals without even thinking about it.

I have been using this program on my iPhone & also my Macbook called My Fitness Pal. Basically what  it does is track your calories, nutrients, and water intake for the day. After every meal, I input the info and it calculates everything for me. This program is amazing and I think I can honestly contribute a big part of my success to it. It has the biggest network of food I have ever seen. It also has a facebook like community, so on your updates friends can cheer you on, and be supportive toward your weight loss, or for being within your calorie goals for the day.

Another thing that I am pretty sure that has contributed to my weight loss is my evening strolls around my neighbourhood at know it sounds a little like a cat burglar, but it's quiet, and peaceful at nighttime, and it gives me 30 minutes of peace from all the drama during the day. Basically I throw on my music and go. I believe music is a powerful motivator especially if you have on the right kind of music. The better the beat I find makes me actually walk faster, and put more into it.

I started using a program that comes already installed in my iPhone called Nike + iPod. I did have to go buy the sensor that makes this program work but it was only $20 so that wasn't too bad. You also need a pair of Nike+ compatible runners (remember Shoe Queen here....I actually had 2 pairs) Basically the sensor goes under the padding in your shoe and tracks your progress sending the info to the iPhone. It also plays music that has been loaded into your iPod, and a voice comes on in intervals of minutes, or km's walked to tell you your progress. At the end of your workout, it tells you all the info in the pic above. I have been using this for all my evening walks, and I must say it's AWESOME!!!....

A lot of people have been asking me what I am eating, if I'm eating enough, and if I'm hungry. I believe that everyone is different, and only your body knows the above answers. I have been feeling great, have lots of energy, and haven't had any real hunger pains, so I'm gonna say that I'm doing fine.
Here's some pics of random meals that I have been eating, if your

Basically the only thing I have changed from last week is that I'm eating my carbs earlier in the day, preferably at lunch time. For dinner I'm having some sort of protein and veggies, no carbs. I think that's what has helped put me back on track since last weeks low loss of poundage....

Tonight I'm going out to dinner with my hubby (and the in-laws) for his 38th birthday. Then they are taking our son for the night (YES) so Dan & I can get into some trouble. Actually we are going to our BFF's Jay & Dave's for a get together with friends. I'm going to allow myself a glass of white wine. I haven't had a drop of alcohol since I have started this adventure, so it will probably mess me

Now for my measurements:

Current Weight: 269.4 lbs  (11.6 lbs)

Chest: 46"  (3")
Waist: 42"  (3")
Hips: 55"  (1.5")
Left Arm: 17"  (0.5")
Right Arm: 17"  (0")
Left Thigh: 33"  (1.5")
Right Thigh: 33"  (1.5")

That makes my total inches lost this week: 3 1/2"
Grand Total: 11"
* grand total for each area in parenthesis* 

It looks at though I am losing most of my weight in my waist & legs, which is what I figured would happen. I am heaviest in the lower half of my body so naturally that would come off first. Don't matter to me though, as long as it all comes off eventually!!!!!

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