Lessons In Moderation

June 8, 2011, 7:32 pm
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It’s so weird that I like blogging so much but when things get busy I never carve out enough time to do it. 

You know what else is weird? The fact that I have lost 7 pounds and maintained it for a little over a month and I didn’t jump right on here and shout it from the proverbial roof tops.  Did I mention that I maintained it even though the month of May was one giant business trip (1 month, 3 destinations, 6 airports).  I would like to say that I have been exercising like a maniac, but it’s been more portion control and healthy choices than excercise that has been my saving grace this time.

Goal for the 4th of July is to try to drop 5 more pounds and get some muscle back.  I just bought new running sneaks so I’m going to start amping up the cardio and eventually incorporate some weight training again.  The puppy has also done her part in helping me lose weight.  I walk her at least a mile or two every day (longer on the weekends) so although we aren’t pounding the pavement, I still walk at a good pace.

I know I’ve talked about walking vs running before but I have to ask again.  What are your thoughts on walking versus running?  Do you think one is better than the other?


Let’s end the cycle now
April 13, 2011, 9:17 pm
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I randomly read through some of my past blog posts and I’m really sick of myself! 🙂 I have been talking about my struggle to lose weight for almost two years now and I haven’t significantly moved the needle on the scale yet!  It’s crazy.   Luckily, by chronicling some of this through the blog I am able to identify a bit of a pattern.  I get really motivated, go balls to the wall for a bit, drop a few, get over-confident and then blow it….and the cycle continues.

But now that I have identified it, I have the power to break it.  I REALLY want to fit back into this one pair of jeans I have so instead of saying I want to lose 10 pounds blah blah blah, I will do what some of the experts say and go by the clothes.  My goal is to fit comfortably into those jeans (FYI I fit very UNCOMFORTABLY into them now) by May 31.  That’s about a month and a half away.  Let’s keep each other motivated.  Have any of you ever noticed behavior patterns that you continued to repeat even though it wasn’t good for you?

p.s.  I’m still on the hunt for better workout pants (full length) so if you have good suggestions let me know.


Pigging Out on Salad
April 7, 2011, 5:40 pm
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I swung by Whole Foods for lunch today because I love the salad bar.  I love loading up on things I probably wouldn’t buy and prepare at home like wheatberries, tofu, tempeh (is that how you spell it?)…you get the point.  I think by now we all know salad bars are a tricky business there is usually enough bad stuff readily available to counteract the good stuff so you really do need to practice moderation when you choose the salad bar option (is it more clear why there is a picture of a salad bar on the banner of this blog now?).

I feel at Whole Foods  I do a good job at this because there are so many healthy options available that I don’t get at my normal salad bar that bacon crumbles or a creamy ranch dressing doesn’t really appeal to me.  Today was the same, I feel like I loaded up on good stuff like lentils, wheatberries, spinach, chickpeas, beets and a little bit of orzo salad which included feta, spinach and an olive oil based dressing on it.  To me that’s a pretty decent salad but I’m sitting here now feeling so stuffed and not in a good way.  So I guess the lesson here is, even if your salad is 90% awesome and 10% junky, you can still eat too much and feel like going into a food coma after. Let’s face it… no one wants to feel fat after eating a SALAD!

Has this ever happened to you?  Do you ever over do it on good stuff and feel blah?

Here we go again…..
March 31, 2011, 2:22 pm
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After getting a stern talking to from Nicole from http://www.cookingwithcoley.com, she encouraged me to stop being lazy and stop blogging again.  Thanks to all of you who have continued to check in on a regular basis during my hiatus. You guys are awesome!

Here is a brief update on the last few months.  I am still struggling with the same 10-15 pounds but I will get to my goal weight by the end of the year if it kills me.  I have to nip this in the bud before I turn 30 (not until Oct 2012 so I have time).    My husband surprised me with the cutest puppy ever on Christmas Eve so now that warmer weather is heading my way, I’m really looking forward to taking her for long walks/runs.  I’m trying to train her to run right next to me so I can just attach the leash to my waist and hit the road.

So, I’m sure all of you are completely bored with my weight loss struggle (I know I am) but I really need to turn this into a success story this year so I welcome any tips, insight or stories you want to share with me.  My other goal is to get back into running this year, nothing crazy, just try to get 2-3 miles a day in most days a week and I desperately need new sneakers.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I don’t want to spend a ton of money.  I’m thinking $80 – $100 max.

So thanks again to all the regulars….and look forward to more frequent posts.  I tried a few great restaurants lately so I’ll share some reviews soon.

What’s been up with you guys over the past few months?

P90X…..Will it Work?
August 26, 2010, 1:12 pm
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I am happy (?) to announce that I started doing P90X about 3 weeks ago.  A group of people at my work get together and do it at the on-site gym.  We aren’t following the formal program yet, we are just alternating videos so we get a good mix.  I have been doing this for 4 days a week for two solid weeks and my first week I eased in with two days.


I think I like it.  I definitely get that “good sore” feeling in my muscles after the work out and I really really love the 15 minute Ab Ripper X.

I have gained 1.6 pounds in the past 3 weeks.  Keep in mind that I am still counting Weight Watcher points even though I’m not going to the meeting and I thought I have been doing pretty good on the healthy eating front.  Some splurges here and there but I would say I’m following an 80% healthy 20% treat plan. 

So the bottom line is that I’m going to keep doing the P90X and counting points because I have a vacation coming up in November and I WILL be 10 pounds lighter by then.  10 pounds in two months is doable right (even though it’s been over a year and I still haven’t been able to lose 10 pounds.)?

Have any of you tried P90X and had good results?

How Much is too Much? Fruit that is.
August 9, 2010, 9:22 pm
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I have freaky fruit allergies, but lately I’m addicted to peaches and plums, which haven’t caused any allergic reaction to date.  I eat one with almost every meal and when I have a snack it’s the first thing I go for.

So the question is, how much of a good thing is too much?  I know fruits are high in sugars but they also have a lot of great benefits too.  Right now I’m nursing a 6 peach/plum a day habit (3 each!).  Veggies are more of a meal thing to eat versus a snack thing to eat because I don’t like most of the portable veggies like carrots or celery. 

What do you think?  How many servings of fruit do you usually eat in a day? Am I on fruit overload?

I lost 5%!
August 6, 2010, 4:09 pm
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First of all thanks for all of you loyal readers who keep visiting my blog despite my erratic posting schedule.  I promise I will get better.

Second, my Weight Watchers session is coming to an end and I lost 5% of my body weight in 13 weeks.  I didn’t hit my goal but I learned a lot.  Here are somethings that I figured out that may help you.

1.  All calories are not created equal – This seems obvious but I noticed on weeks when I stayed within my points but ate a lot of processed stuff I either stayed the same or gained a bit of weight.  I also noticed that my clothes felt a little snug (must be all the sodium).  On weeks where I ate the same amount of points and even exceed my alloted points with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein etc… I noticed a big difference either on the scale in my clothes or both.   I know you may be thinking…”Thank you Captain Obvious” but this was a big discovery for me.  Cleary I knew I was getting way more nutritional value from the good stuff, but for weight loss I didn’t think it mattered as long as I was taking in the correct amount of calories.

2.  Don’t beat yourself  up – Sometimes I  would feel a little bad about myself because I don’t consider myself a healthy eater or a runner/athlete by nature.  I will be honest and say if I could eat what I want without gaining weight it would be mac n cheese and nachos as far as the eye could see. 🙂 Sometimes when I read other health bloggers it seems like they make these choices effortlessly or their background is that they have always enjoyed healthy eating blah blah blah.   That’s great for them but what about the junk food junkies?  I say…embrace it.  Don’t always indulge it but embrace it.  Live is for living and nachos are for eating so when you do indulge yourself, savor every bite and pity those grilled chicken and veggie eaters.  How is that for a lesson in moderation?

3.  Don’t be afraid to take the easy way out – I love Real Simple magazine but sometimes I find the recipes to be a little challenging or time-consuming (side note: I usually have this problem with all recipes so it’s nothing against Real Simple).   So to get over my intimidation and general dislike of cooking I just fake it. Sure they want you to use fresh veggies, I use frozen…big whoop.  So what if they want this stupid spice or veggie that you can’t find in the store…just use what you have and figure it out.  If it’s a new recipe you don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like and all recipes can be saved with a little hot sauce.

4.  Frank’s Red Hot – I really do put that shit on everything.  It can make the good stuff taste even better and it can make a recipe gone wrong edible.

So, if you are struggling maybe these tips will help?  Like I said, I’m done with Weight Watchers for now.  It’s always good for a reality check and I’m still going to keep counting points while I get the rest of my weight off but I’m ditching the meetings because I don’t feel like paying for another session because it’s that time of year for me to buy back to school clothes!!!

p.s.  I’m not going back to school, but I just love this time of the year in the stores where all the fall stuff is out. It always reminds me of back to school shopping when I was younger.