My Weight Loss Tool Box

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Soapy suds gushed from the under the door of my dishwasher, pouring across the kitchen floor. I shut it off immediately and tried to stem the flow with hastily grabbed towels. I almost cried. I love my dishwasher. My dishwasher is my friend. It was late. I went to bed. I’ll deal with it in the morning.

This morning I pulled the dishes out and washed them by hand. My husband is on day two of a nasty cold so I don’t want to bother him about fixing it until he feels better. My hands deep in a sink full of dishes and sudsy water, I thought about how important the dishwasher is as a tool in my weight loss journey.

When you’re eating healthy, you use a lot of dishes. Measuring spoons and cups. The tray on the food scale. Pots and pans. Blender. Plastic containers for weekday lunches. A dishwasher is a huge time-saving device with all this critical clutter.

When you’re eating unhealthy—fast food out of paper bags—there are no dishes. Just a lot of trash. Or when you’re eating out a lot, someone else is doing the dishes.

Losing weight is hard work.  And weight loss work requires certain tools, starting with…

A method. A plan.
My method is Lindora. There are lots of great programs out there: Weight Watchers. Slimgenics. Paleo. Body for Life from EAS. Websites like Spark People. Do some research. Find a plan that works for you. Don’t have surgery. You can do it the right way if you really, really want to. You got yourself into this mess. You can get yourself out. But you need a plan.

A way to measure your food so you won’t lie to yourself.
A lot of those dirty dishes I mentioned have to do with measurement gadgets. A huge key to weight loss success is heightened awareness of what you’re doing. If you guesstimate how much a cup of skim milk is without measuring it, you’ll always err on the side of too much. If you think one ounce of almonds is a handful, you’ll wind up eating two. Measure everything, stay within the boundaries of your program, and you will lose weight.

Food diary.
Another critical weight loss tool is a food diary. Write down everything you eat. Nothing formal. Scraps of paper. A small notebook in your pocket or hand bag. It’s like accountability to yourself. An honest food diary keeps you centered squarely in the world of what is real. I like this little notebook I got at WalMart for 50 cents. I especially like that it doesn’t have spiral binding.

Treats… I mean, protein supplements.
ZonePerfect Cashew Pretzel protein barMy favorites include ZonePerfect nutrition bars (Cashew Pretzel and Chocolate Mint) and Lindora’s protein drinks (Wildberry Passion) and nutrition bars (Peppermint Cocoa Crunch, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Chocolate). These keep me satisfied and happy on this long, long journey.

Treats… I mean, vitamins.
Vitafusion MultiVites – Gummy multi-vitamins for adults. I hate, hate, hate swallowing vitamins. For years, I refused to take them. My husband found this brand at Costco for me a few years ago. They’re like candy.

B-12 Sublingual – Just bought a bottle at my doctor’s office. Stuck a pill under my tongue this morning. Mm! Grape! I miss the B-12 shots I received while on the Lindora. B-12 helps increase your mood, metabolism and energy.

Sugar-free Metamucil Fiber Supplement. 1 teaspoon per day with 4 oz. of liquid. To help it go down better, I mix it with any flavor of Crystal Light. It’s like fake juice in the morning. Not bad.

Good tennies.
I love my Skechers Shape-Ups. I can just feel the rhythm and flow while I’m on the treadmill. I am in the zone.

Gym membership.
For years we had a room in the house set up with weight lifting and cardio equipment. We never used it. At home there are far too many distractions and reasons not to work out. Going to the gym is both a physical and mental separation. You can focus there. And the energy of people working out around you is contagious. In August we purchased a three-year LA Fitness membership – buy two, get the third year free. It’s called commitment.

Pedometer.
Lindora recommends moderate exercise; at least 10,000 steps per day. This handy dandy Lindora Lean for Life pedometer (from 2002; no longer available through Lindora) helps me gauge how much I’m moving every day. It’s another way to be stay grounded in reality and to document my efforts.

A good laundry detergent.
Huh? What’s detergent got to do with losing weight? Recently we discovered that our usual laundry detergent was not removing the nasty, stinky sweat from our gym clothes. I thought I’d forgotten to add the detergent and re-washed our clothes with so-so results. A week later I was certain I added soap, but still pulled stinky clothes out of the dryer. Our sister-in-law told us she ran into the same issue with her two sons. She discovered Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport. Perfect. I am happy to report we can now tolerate our own stink. : )

What are your must-have weight loss tools?

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How ***Not*** to Have a Weekly “Free” Meal(s)

Now that I’m on my own and not “officially” on Lindora (e.g. no more clinic visits), I can already sense the freedom. That isn’t necessarily a good thing.

I went into the Labor Day weekend fully intending to stay on track. Friday was a protein day. I had lunch with a friend, and instead of eating out, I suggested we meet in a park. We chatted while I ate my ZonePerfect protein bar. She ate a sandwich. We saved money and calories. I talked and talked about the Lindora program, all excited about it. For dinner, I ate a salad and pico di gallo at El Pollo Loco instead of just eating the chicken breast (no skin). Because of that, it wasn’t a perfect protein day.

Saturday was going great until a stressful incident threw me off kilter… a tiff resulting in anger and frustration. After that, I had a great workout at the gym. There’s nothing like being pissed off to make you want to kick some butt on the treadmill, the crossramp, and the weights. In the car, I downed my Lindora protein drink. When I got home, I remembered that I hadn’t had my “free” meal for over a week. So I decided to end my extremely great workout session with a big bowl of popcorn with butter and parmesan. Odd choice. (Not so odd. It was emotional eating. Plain and simple. See how I tried to justify it?)

Chili Cheese Fries at The Hat

Chili Cheese Fries at The Hat

Sunday afternoon, my husband asked me if I was ready for my weekly free meal. I said, it depends on where. I didn’t tell him I’d already had popcorn the night before. (Interesting, missy.) He parked at The Hat. I ate a small hamburger with mayo, mustard and ketchup. And a bunch of chili cheese fries. They were good, but I didn’t stop when I was feeling full. We didn’t finish all of them. (See how I try to make it okay? Small burger? We didn’t finish all the fries?) I was uncomfortably stuffed afterwards.

And by the way… there were a lot of fat people at The Hat. Maybe I’m just noticing my people more. Seeing what I don’t want to be anymore.

We spent the next few hours at the movies. (We saw The Debt. Quite good. I liked it.)

Cheesecake Factory Lemoncello Cream Torte

Lemoncello Cream Torte™ Layers of Vanilla Cake and Lemon Mascarpone Cream Topped with Streusel and Served with Strawberries and Whipped Cream.

After the movie, where did we go? Cheesecake Factory. For appetizers, dessert and coffee. I had the Lemoncello Cream Torte. I didn’t finish all of it. (There I go again, trying to make it sound better.) But I was so full it hurt.

This morning I woke up feeling like I had a hangover. I had to take an antacid. My stomach roiled.

Thinking it through… Physically, my body now knows it’s not starving, so knows it can let go of the fat. Mentally this is a reminder of how it feels to eat crap. Eating crap makes you feel like crap. Emotionally, I know that trying to be perfect will only set me up for failure. I need a relief valve; I just need to shut it off sooner. Moderation isn’t just about having a “free” meal—it’s how much you eat during your “free” meal. And let’s not forget it means having only one “free” meal, not three!!!

So I’m going to stop “crying,” pick myself up, shake it off, and go back and play.

Today I had a perfect protein day and another kick-butt workout at the gym. And I will continue to stay on track every day. Until my birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. Then I will, once again, get back on track the very next day.

I do want to continue with the “free” meals—but only once a week, not three times in a row. And that meal shouldn’t be gluttonous. This was not a good example of how to use the weekly “free” meal.  Live and learn.

MorningStar Farms Grillers OriginalHere’s my menu for the past few days. It includes a new-to-me discovery: MorningStar Farms Grillers Original veggie burgers. Incredibly good, especially with a little mustard on top. From now on, these will always be in my freezer. They are Lindora authorized because they are under 5 carbs per serving (3 useable carbs) and include 15 grams of protein.

Saturday, September 3, 2011 – “Free Meal(s)” Part I
Pedometer: 12,871
Exercise: 30 min treadmill, 10 min crossramp, 45 min upper body strength training, abs
Time Serving Size Food Carbs
8am 1 c Skim milk 12
3/4 c Cheerios 12
1 mug Coffee 0
2 Tbsp Sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer 2
1 tsp Sugar free Metamucil 0
2 Adult chewable vitamins 3
11am 1 ZonePerfect bar 13
12:45pm 0.5 oz String cheese 0.5
1.25 oz Deli turkey breast 0.5
3pm 1 Lindora chocolate protein shake 1
5pm 1 Lindora orange protein drink 3
7pm Approx 10 cups Air popped popcorn 48
4 Tbsp Butter (44 grams of fat, 400 calories) 0
Approx 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (3 grams of fat) 0
Total Carbs (Approx) 95
Note: Pretty amazing that my carb count was reasonable after that popcorn!
Now if I could just eat it without the butter and parmesan. : )
Sunday, September 4, 2011 – “Free Meal(s)” Part II
Pedometer: Didn’t wear today.
Exercise: None. Day off today.
Time Serving Size Food Carbs
9am 1 slice Whole wheat bread – toast 11
1 Egg 1
6 squirts I can’t believe it’s not butter spray 0
1 mug Coffee 0
2 Tbsp Sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer 2
1 tsp Sugar free Metamucil 0
2 Adult chewable vitamins 3
11:30am 0.5 oz String cheese 0.5
1.25 oz Deli turkey breast 0.5
1pm 1 Morningstar Veggie Burger 3
1 tsp Mustard 0
2 c Romaine lettuce 3
1 c Cucumber 3
Half Small Grapefruit 10
1 slice Lemon 1.5
1 tsp Olive oil 0
12 oz Diet Squirt 0
5:15pm 1 ZonePerfect bar 13
6:30pm 1 The Hat hamburger with bun, ketchup, mustard, mayo ?
Lots The Hat chili cheese fries ?
Lots Water 0
10:30pm ? The Cheesecake Factory appetizers: shrimp, fried cheese ?
? The Cheesecake Factory Lemoncello Torte Cake ?
Total Carbs Unknown
Monday, September 5, 2011
Pedometer: 13,905
Exercise: 30 min treadmill, 15 min crossramp, 15 min rowing machine,
1 hr upper body strength training
Time Serving Size Food Carbs
9am 1 c Skim milk 12
1 mug Coffee 0
2 Tbsp Sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer 2
1 tsp Sugar free Metamucil 0
2 Adult chewable vitamins 3
11am 1 ZonePerfect bar – Trail Mix 13
1pm 0.5 oz String cheese 0.5
1.25 oz Deli turkey breast 0.5
2:30pm 1 Lindora Mocha protein shake 1
6:30pm 1 Lindora Wildberry Punch protein drink 3
8:30pm 1 ZonePerfect bar – Chocolate Caramel Cluster 13
Total Carbs 48

16 pounds down. 84 to go. My menu this past week.

Lindora Skinny Mirror

Lindora Skinny Mirror

At each Lindora clinic, there is a skinny mirror to help you visualize yourself smaller and leaner. Pretty cool. : ) I worry that it allows some people to be in denial, but it’s a good exercise in visualization.

For accountability purposes, here is my weight-loss menu for this past week. 🙂  It’s been a good week. I’m feeling groovy and really enjoying working out.

Sunday, August 21, 2011
Pedometer steps: Not recorded. Not many! Very low-key day.
Exercise: None. Today is our day off from the gym.
Oddly not hungry today. Not supposed to skip meals, but missed dinner and evening snack.

  • 10:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber supplement
  • 1pm 1 oz string cheese (1)
  • 4pm 1 c strawberries (11), 1 oz beef jerky (7)
  • 6pm ZonePerfect Trail Mix bar (13), 12 oz Diet Squirt (0)
  • Total carbs: 61

Monday, August 22, 2011
Pedometer steps: 11,666
Exercise: 30 min treadmill, 30 minutes lower body strength training. GREAT workout. Felt GOOD.

  • 6:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber supplement
  • 11am 1 oz string cheese (1)
  • 1:15pm Strawberry Freeze: 1/2 c cottage cheese (4), 1 c strawberries (11), 1/2 c sugar-free raspberry jello (0), 1 tsp vanilla extract (0); 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1 Tbsp fat-free Italian dressing (2), 1/4 c carrots (4), 1/4 c celery (1.5), 12 oz Diet Squirt (0)
  • 4pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 7pm 2.5 oz imitation crab (1), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/2 c cucumber (1.5), 1 tsp rice vinegar (1), drop of sesame oil, 1 c strawberries (11), 12 oz Diet Squirt (0)
  • 10:30pm (post-workout) Lindora Strawberry Kiwi protein drink (1)
  • Total carbs: 86

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Pedometer steps: 16,872 (an all time high!!!)
Exercise: 45 min treadmill, 30 situps

  • 8am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber supplement
  • 10:30am 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5) wrapped in 1.25 oz deli turkey (0.5)
  • 12:45pm 1/2 c Dannon Lite & Fit yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1 Tbsp fat-free Italian dressing (2), 1/4 c carrots (4), 1/4 c celery (1.5), 12 oz Diet Squirt (0)
  • 3pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 7pm 2.5 oz top sirloin steak (0), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/2 c cucumbers (1.5), 1 tsp olive oil (0), 1 t vinegar (0), 1 c strawberries (11), 12 oz Diet Pepsi
  • 10:30pm (post-workout) Lindora Strawberry Kiwi protein drink (1)
  • Total carbs: 91

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Pedometer steps: 10,905
Exercise: 30 minutes treadmill, 30 minutes upper body strength training

  • 7am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber supplement
  • 10:30am 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5) wrapped in 1.25 oz deli turkey (0.5)
  • 1/2 c Dannon Lite & Fit yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1 Tbsp fat-free Italian dressing (2), 1/2 c cucumber (1.5), 12 oz Diet Squirt (0)
  • 4pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 7pm Salad with 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5), 1.25 oz deli turkey (0.5), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/2 c cucumber (1.5), 1/4 c carrots (4), 1 t olive oil, 1 t balsamic vinegar (1), 1 c strawberries (11)
  • 11pm (post-workout) Lindora Strawberry Kiwi protein drink (1)
  • Total carbs: 93

Thursday, August 25, 2011
Pedometer steps: 7,527
Exercise: none. Totally, completely exhausted today.

  • 7:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber supplement
  • 10:30am 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5) wrapped in 1.25 oz deli turkey (0.5)
  • 1:30pm 1/2 c Dannon Lite & Fit yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1/2 c cucumber (1.5), 1/4 c carrots (4), 12 oz Diet Squirt (0)
  • 6pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 8pm OFF PROGRAM — Costco Pizza (65) (My next post will be about why I intentionally went off program)
  • Total carbs: 136.5

Friday, August 26, 2011 – Protein Day
Pedometer steps: 13,199
Exercise: 30 min treadmill, 30 min lower body strength training, 20 min in the pool

  • 8am 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber supplement
  • 11:30am 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5) wrapped in 1.25 oz deli turkey (0.5)
  • 1pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 3:30pm 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5) wrapped in 1.25 oz deli turkey (0.5)
  • 6pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 10pm (post-workout) Lindora Strawberry Kiwi protein drink (1)
  • Total carbs: 45

From Accidental to Intentional

What I see very clearly is that most people have no clue what they’re doing to themselves with the food they normally eat. Nor are most people aware of how much better they could look and feel if they stopped feeding themselves accidentally and started re-creating themselves intentionally.
—Bill Phillips,
Body for Life

I love this quote from Bill Phillips. I have definitely been guilty of feeding myself accidentally.

Spoiled Girl (Me), Eating Out

The Accidental Then
For the past fourteen years, I have been spoiled rotten when it comes to food. I have a husband who loves me unconditionally—even though I’ve packed on 65 pounds since we met. Neither of us likes to cook. He knows I work hard (at my desk job), so almost every evening when I got home, we would leave again to go eat out. Where we would be served. Where someone else would do the cooking and cleaning up. When we got married, I jokingly told him, “I promise to make you dinner—but only when I feel like it.” It’s nice to be spoiled.

Eating out is expensive. We became masters of the coupon. We’d go through the circulars that came in the mail and tape them to the back of our den door. We’d go to Restaurant.com looking for good deals. We’d go to Costco for a hot dog or a slice of pizza. We became regulars at restaurants that had weekly specials, such as $1 tacos on Taco Tuesdays.  We ate very, very well.  And it showed.

Just the thought of cooking stressed me out—except for weekends, when I had lots of time. I had all kinds of excuses.

“I’ve worked hard all day. I’m too tired to make dinner. I can’t deal with the mess afterwards.”
“It’ll take too much time. I’m hungry right now.”
“I deserve to relax.”
“I don’t know what to make.”

The Intentional Now
I work a little harder for my food now. I plan ahead. I think things through. Preparing my food makes it easier to get 10,000 steps recorded on my pedometer each day.

I have to go to the grocery story and pick out Lindora-approved items. I have to haul the bags into the house and put the groceries away. I have to pull stuff out and prepare meals. I have to clean up afterwards. (By the way, I adore my dishwasher.) I can hear my pedometer clicking away as I move around the kitchen, and I’m enjoying the movement after sitting at a desk all day. One evening on the way home from work, I went to Costco just to pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner. There were quite a few steps required to go from the car to the back of the warehouse and back to the car again. Click. Click. Click.

I realize how spoiled I’ve been, and I wonder to myself, “Who do I think I am that I don’t have to prepare my own meals?” I think of all those women out there who get home from their day jobs and cook for their families or just their husbands. Just because I don’t have kids doesn’t give me the excuse to be a lazy slob.

And why haven’t I cared about healthy foods for my husband and me? We aren’t getting any younger. We can abuse our bodies only so much.

I am committed to working for my food.

Here’s my menu from yesterday.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Pedometer: 11,120
Exercise: 20 minutes on treadmill, 6 minutes on elliptical, upper body strength training (finished Friday night’s workout), 30 minutes low-intensity swimming in the pool with my husband.
Party Success Strategy: I went to a party this evening. I ate my mid-day meal before we left the house so I wouldn’t have the urge to graze. For dinner at the party, I ate a double dose of protein as there were no fruits or veggies. There was no diet soda so I drank 3 bottles of water (next time I’ll bring my own diet drink). A couple of hours later I had a ZonePerfect Bar. I said no to wine, tortilla chips and salsa, carrot cake, and a pasta salad. Even though it was late, I ate another ZonePerfect bar after we left because I was tired and getting a bit dizzy.

  • 9:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3)
  • 1pm  1 oz string cheese (1)
  • 3pm Veggie Omelet: 1 egg (1), ¼ c onions (3), ½ Roma tomato (2.5), 1 tsp olive oil, clove of garlic; 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), 1 c strawberries (11)
  • 6pm ZonePerfect Cashew Pretzel bar (13)
  • 8pm Approx 3 oz. grilled chicken (excellent!) (0) and 3 oz. salmon (0), a couple of slices of cucumber
  • 11pm ZonePerfect Chocolate Mint bar (13)
  • Total carbs:  76.5

Lindora works! It really, really works!

An extremely encouraging visit to the Lindora clinic today.

Starting weight: 224.7
Today’s weight: 211.0    -13.7 lbs!

Lost a bunch of inches, too!
– 5.5” waist
– 1.5” bust
– 1” hips
– 2” thighs

Blood pressure: 110/78

I love this program! Such progress in only 3 weeks!!!

I am encouraged by my coworkers who are telling me that I’m having a really good attitude and I’m not being a big whiney-butt about the diet – like when I don’t get to eat celebratory cake. I’m happy that they’re noticing my mood. Cheating is simply not an option. I’m on the wagon. Why fret about it.  I’m amazed at the overall lack of cravings I’m feeling. I credit it to the ZonePerfect bars – one per day, in the afternoon.

Here’s my menu for the past week… (still eating Dannon Light & Fit yogurt; didn’t want to throw it away; need to go find the Ralph’s Carb Master and Fage Greek Yogurt) : )

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Exercise: Nothing formal; walked around the mall before going to a movie

  • 9:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3) (According to Lindora, I don’t need to count the carbs in my daily Metamucil sugar free fiber)
  • 12pm Chocolate Mint Julip: Lindora Chocolate Pudding (7), Diet Squirt (0), 2 drops of peppermint extract (Source: Lindora Lean for Life Recipe Collection. Nasty, ick, yuck, puke. Tasted like toothpaste. Grossed me out for hours. Weird how much a bad tasting snack bummed me out and made me mad.)
  • 2:30pm El Pollo Loco chicken breast (0), Salad (3), ½ c pico di gallo (5), Diet Pepsi (0)
  • 8:30pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • Total carbs: 59

Monday, August 15, 2011
Pedometer steps: 10,983
Exercise: 30 minutes treadmill, 30 minutes upper body strength training

  • 7:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber
  • 10:30am  0.5 oz string cheese (0.5), 1.25 oz turkey (0.5)
  • 1pm  ½ c cottage cheese (4), ½ c pineapple (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), ½ c cucumber (1.5), ¼ c celery (1.5), Diet Squirt (0) (Notes: Too much cottage cheese! It needs to be disguised more. I can’t believe I’m eating cottage cheese.)
  • 3pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 7:30pm  2.5 oz shrimp (1), 1 t olive oil, lemon wedge (1.5), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), ½ c cucumber (1.5), Orange (14)
  • 10:30pm  2.5 oz turkey (1)
  • Total carbs: 86

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Weighed in at Lindora:  Lost 1.5 lbs since Friday
Exercise: None
First bad day on this journey. Felt extremely crummy today—burning eyes, aching body. Thought I was getting super sick; went home early at 1pm. No gym. For some reason I was disappointed that I’d only lost 1.5 lbs since Friday, which is kinda crazy. Felt a little crazy today. Negative thoughts like “what’s the point?” Pushed through it.

  • 7:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber
  • 10am  1oz string cheese (1)
  • 2pm ½ c Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), ½ c cucumber (1.5), Diet Squirt (0)
  • 4:30pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 7pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • Total carbs: 81.5

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Exercise: 20 minutes treadmill, 30 minutes lower body strength training

  • 7:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber
  • 10:15am  1oz string cheese (1)
  • 1pm ½ c Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), ½ c carrots (8), Diet Pepsi (0)
  • 4pm Coffee with 1 creamer (3), ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 7pm Veggie Omelet: 1 egg (1), ¼ c onions (3), ½ Roma tomato (2.5), 1 tsp olive oil, clove of garlic; 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), no fruit
  • 10:30pm Lindora Strawberry & Kiwi protein drink (1)
  • Total carbs: 88.5

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Exercise: none. Did a bunch of necessary errands instead.

  • 7:30am 3/4 c Cheerios (12), 1 c skim milk (12), Coffee (0) with 2 Tbsp sugar free Coffee-mate vanilla creamer (2), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber
  • 10:30am  0.5 oz string cheese (0.5), 1.25 oz turkey (0.5)
  • 1:30pm ½ c Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (10), 1 c strawberries (11), 2 c Romaine lettuce (3), ½ c cucumber (1.5), Diet Squirt (0)
  • 4:30pm ZonePerfect bar (13)
  • 8pm El Pollo Loco chicken breast (0), Salad with ½ c salsa (5), Diet Coke. The salad had their cilantro creamy dressing on it, even though I asked for no dressing. I opted to go ahead and eat it. It was so good!

Friday, August 19, 2011 – Weekly Protein Day
Weighed in at Lindora:  Lost 3 lbs since Tuesday!!!!!! Wahoo!!!
Exercise: 30 minutes treadmill, 30 minutes upper body strength training

  • 8am 1 c skim milk (12), 2 chewable adult vitamins (3), Metamucil sugar free fiber
  • 10:15am Lindora Oatmeal Raisin protein bar (13), coffee with 1 Tbsp creamer (3)
  • 1:30pm Lindora BBQ Soy Puffs (8), 12 oz Diet Squirt (0)
  • 3:15pm 0.5 oz string cheese (0.5), 1.25 oz turkey (0.5)
  • 5pm ½ c Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt (10)
  • 7pm ZonePerfect Cashew Pretzel protein bar (13)
  • 10:30pm Lindora Strawberry & Kiwi protein drink (1)
  • Total carbs: 64