Thursday, March 31, 2011

Adding Gym Visits Back Into my Life!

Yes, I am...going back to the gym tonight after work. Cardio on deck for me today. 17DD - Cycle 1, Day 4 today. Feeling really, really good! Work is crazy, so going back to it now...will post again in a day or two!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday, Monday.....

....well, you're all likely very sick and tired of reading about me starting over, yet again. I started and restarted my clean eating journey on Monday, Feb 28th.....and today, when I jumped on the scale, I managed to lose a whole, whopping 3.3 lbs in 4 weeks and make it stick. Yes, the scale has been going up and going down......but all in all 3.3 lbs in 4 weeks - not great...not bad. It's a sustainable, slow-pace weight loss. The healthy way. I can say that I feel more energetic. I can say that I let life derail me (I'm working on that one). Sad thing....I had to put one of our kitties to sleep on Friday evening....and that kind of sent me off the rails for the weekend. Short-term pitty party and now I've rebooted and am clean eating once again. Still following the 17DD - today is cycle 1, day 1 - for the third time! I'll get there eventually! I'm NOT giving up. If I fall, I'll jump right back on the wagon. So, 174.8 this morning - down from 178.1 one month ago.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Day 2 of clean eating (17DD with one complex carb)...almost back down to my Monday morning weight. Feeling great!

Life is just so busy right now......

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Updates, updates, and updates

Best laid plans....well, yes, I've learned something in the past few weeks.

It took five weeks to go from a functioning kitchen through to a quasi-functioning kitchen to an-almost-completed kitchen.

I now have running water (dishwasher still to be reinstalled), my new stove was installed last evening, the flooring and counters are installed.....and there's some trim work and electrical and a bit of lighting to be finished..........BUT I COOKED DINNER IN THE KITCHEN LAST NIGHT!

Ahhhhhhh, felt good to get that out there!

I'm back.

I'm back on the 17DD...restarting today in fact.

I will get back on the scale tomorrow morning.

I can't wait to start feeling great again.....stay tuned....nobody said life's journeys were easy ones!

Friday, March 18, 2011


Progress on the kitchen renovation front, that's some photos from most recent to where we started from.......flooring going in today, so cabinets and plumbing can be finished this afternoon!

Me cooking our first meal back in the kitchen on Monday, March 7th (no counters!)
Doesn't he look proud of himself?

The boys - that's Mr. Sunshine and his brother!

One of the before shots

Oh boy, what a mess!

The last meal - brunch on February 13th!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 9 - and on track and in control!

......TODAY, that is.

Yesterday, well, suffice it to say that a work meeting went through lunch (with food brought in). I did not excuse myself and go to my office to get my own lunch, no, I did not. I ate what came in........lovely sandwiches (I'm not eating carbs, right) made in croissants, dripping in mayo....well, you get the picture, right? and a cookie...a very, very BIG cookie...and some fruit juice....and NO water......and when I got home, it lead to more derailment.

Observation: the common sense side of me says: "ahem, you did that why?" The digestive tract-side of me said: "Ahem, now I'm all stuffed and bloated and feeling yucky. You did that why?"

Today, I'm listening to what the digestive side of me said. I'm back on the wagon. I'm flushing the cr@p I ate yesterday out, and I'm moving along.

I'd LOVE to see the 160s next week..........

Monday, March 14, 2011

17 Day Diet - First Week and.....

-4.8 and smiling!

I have added one complex carb per day in and have had the occasional treat.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 6 - and going strong

Lots of activity around the house the weekend as we try and put some stuff back into the new kitchen cabinets. It's not finished enough yet......but I can start unpacking some stuff so life will be easier on the cooking front.....hoping that this week will bring us much closer to the end. Still waiting for the flooring, which is on back order and due in on the 17th, then final cabinetry and trim.....and of course the countertops and sink! Really missing my sink more than anything.....I'm dreaming about washing dishes and not having to cart them into the laundryroom to do them!

Anyway, my stepson's birthday was last night, but as he's feeling under the weather, we had pizza (yes again). I had an otherwise stellar day and managed to pull off another .5lb loss! WOW! Clean eating is amazing.

Tonight is the family birthday celebration with cousins and grandma.......but I'm cooking so I can control what's going to go into the menu!

Going to stay strong and keep at this!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 4 & 5

-4 at sneak peek this morning.

Feeling strong

Feeling in control

More on the weekend!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 3 - a slight bump on zee road!?

Okay, so yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake, I ate pancakes.

Totally NOT on my food list....I'm not eating any carbs, right? I'm certainly not eating bacon either, am I?

Well, I had only TWO slices of bacon, and SIX, yes SIX pancakes. I did switch up my recipe and made them with 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 regular flour and they were so good that the kids didn't even complain about them. I did NOT have syrup - instead I made blueberry sauce from 2 c of blueberries, 1/4c orange juice and 2T white sugar - and it was great!

So, I decided to get on the scale this morning anyway and face the music......

-.2! How cool is that?

It means I'm 100% back on program again today......and loving it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 2 - AWESOME so far!

That's all I can say. Yesterday was stellar. Ate exactly what I should, drank my water, had my vitamins and supplements, worked on the kitchen renovation and had an incredible day.

Was rewarded by -1.1 on the scale this morning!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Oh yeah, and we're off!!!!!! Day 1 of 17 DD Straight Up!

So, got the food I didn't have into the house yesterday evening...well, by the time we got home anyway!

So today is officially Day 1 of the 17 Day Diet. No à la Sunshine, just straight up this time. Weekend pizza also lead to several alcoholic drinks. Well within WW points, mind you, but not allowed if you're a 17 Day Dieter - not in the first phase anyway.

Hopped on the scale this morning and low and behold - -2.2 lbs for my first week of cleaner eating!

I feel strong
I feel encouraged
I feel invigorated

Today is Day 1 - by the book! Stay to fill up my water jug!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 5 and 6 (Fri and Sat)

Hi friends! Well, when I got home on Friday, ended up having pizza....NOT on the plan, but life-without-kitchen continues so you do what you have to do.

Yesterday wasn't stellar either (good for WW, not good for 17-Day-Dieting).

Whatever....I'm so fine with that. Today is grocery day (this afternoon), so will focus on getting what I need to continue......

Stay tuned to tomorrow to see what I managed to lose this week...

Yes, me.....I've lost weight! Honestly!

Have an awesome rest-of-the-weekend!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 5 - and still focused!

Day 5 and still focused.

I am still doing "my" version of this diet - very few carbs (ie one carb per day except for Mon & Tues this week). I have a lot on the go at work right now and no kitchen (renovations are coming along - week 3), so it's a bit of a challenge. I also decided to start the 17 Day Diet on the weekend, after I'd already bought groceries, and without the book.

It's finally Friday, so I'll purchase what I need to do the plan hard-core starting on Monday (or sooner) and keep eating the way I have been since Monday in the interim.

Today's sneak peek brought me -.2 yesterday. Still a minus!

I feel like a million bucks!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 4 of Clean Eating

4 days.......can you believe it? and still feeling strong and IN CONTROL!

Wii Fit said another -.7 this morning at my sneak peek.

That's -2.5 since Saturday.....seriously? I just love this!

Not much time to post to much more than to say my 17-Day Diet book arrived yesterday, but I didn't have two seconds to look at it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 3 of Clean Eating - Happy Hump Day!

I did it - 2 full days of clean eating.

DSO and I are on a health kick together....I jumped off....and as of Saturday, recommitted 100%. So to track our progress together, we use the Wii Fit. Saturday I finally jumped on and I'm not sure what he thought (I gained since late January, which I knew). Anyhoo, whatever, just the starting number.

Jumped on again this morning and I've lost 1.8 lbs since Saturday - pretty cool, eh?

So, don't have oodles of time, but I need to remember a few things:

1. Bring IPod to work so I can have company on my lunchtime walks at work - it's ice-free on the sidewalks now, though there's still loads of snow and it's still cold, but no excuse not to just go.
2. Keep this going! I'm feeling in control - AND I LIKE IT!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tuesday - Day 2 of Clean Eating

Hi! Well, I did it, I survived Day 1 of my clean eating plan. As I likely mentioned, I'm going to be starting the 17 Day Diet once the book arrives, so for now, I'm just going on what I've figured out by "talking" to my friend who has shared some of the highlights of the plan with me.

Yesterday, I ate well. Tracked on WW and SparkPeople and was within my points and calorie range. I even walked on campus for 30 minutes after the rain stopped.

When I got home last night, I was still feeling super in control, so I got out my new electric skillet....I had bought it a few months ago to use when we had no kitchen and hadn't pulled it out yet. Carefully measured my EVOO and made up a lovely scallop/veggie stir fry. Enough for my supper, lunch today and lunch again tomorrow.

This morning, I did up two eggs in it before I went to work as well.

Today, I will be eating:

2 eggs
1c: strawberries, kiwi, pineapple
Astro Zero Yogurt (2 servings as they are only 35 calories each)
Scallop/veggie stir fry
Container of chopped bell peppers and broccoli with 1/2c hummus
Chicken breast/veggie stir fry for supper
Glass of 1% milk
Water - I've brought a 6 cup flask to work so I can keep more than one glass at my desk!

Again, will track on WW and SP and add in more foods if I'm under my target calorie range.

I'm also focusing once again on taking my multi vitamin and other supplements (Vit D & Calcium as well as Glucosamine).

Walk at lunch planned again for today and tomorrow as the weather looks like it will cooperate.

Back to the gym, FINALLY, on Thursday!

My WW meeting is today at lunchtime, so stay tuned to see what my WI will be....I'm not expecting anything too exciting today, but next week - watch out! I lost .6 this week.

In closing - I cannot tell you how good being in control feels....and I plan on that feeling growing as the week(s) progress!