Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Still going

Current Weight: 198.0
Lost so far: 12.0
Pounds to go: 38.0

We went to Vegas this weekend. I've never been there, despite living in Nevada, so we made a 4 day trip of it with some people from work. So much fun! I was pretty good diet wise and maintained through the weekend, despite many delicious temptations. Though to be honest I didn't avoid them all, just had smaller amounts, because who wants to go to Vegas and skip the fun? I also got a few purple extensions in my hair. I didn't want to color my hair and this is a good temporary way to play (love it!). So I'm only down a tiny bit from last week, about half a pound, but that is still progress and I'll take it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Food Choices: Healthy Chicken Nuggets

Current Weight: 198.4
Lost so far: 11.6
Pounds to go: 38.4

Progress for the weekend was a little slow as one of the kiddos had a birthday party and the cake was too yummy to pass up but I did stick to just a little piece. Mostly it was a weight maintaining weekend but at least I didn't gain. We tried these Healthy Chicken Nuggets on Friday night and they are really good. The kids all wolfed them down (in part because we let them eat with toothpicks and dip) so we will be making these again many times.

I found this one on pinterest, the original idea and the recipe are here.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Food Choices: Banana Milk Smoothie

Current Weight: 199.4
Lost so far: 10.6
Pounds to go: 39.4

When I'm really hungry and need something small but filling I put half of a banana and a cup of milk in the blender. The smoothy is naturally sweet from the banana and incredibly filling. Usually this will be a breakfast choice but it's also good for a snack sometimes depending on how the day is going.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Broke 200

Current Weight: 199.8
Lost so far: 10.2
Pounds to go: 39.2

Well, I've hit the first of 5 Ten Pound Marks! As of this morning I my weight starts with a 1 and not a 2 so yahoo!

To recap, here is where I started at 210:

And here is where I am at 199.8. About 40 pounds still to go but I am 20% through my goal.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Scale

Current Weight: 200.8 (old scale 201.6)
Lost so far: 9.2
Pounds to go: 40.8

Yesterday I bought a new scale (which is why today's weight has two numbers). I had this one which costs about $10 and it has become very inconsistent. Weighing yourself two times in a row is probably going to give you different numbers, as much as 2 pounds apart. What I have been doing, therefore, is weighing myself 2 or 3 times and averaging the number, which is pretty frustrating.

So now I've bought this one. It's still not a terribly expensive one ($27) but has some pretty good reviews on it's consistency so I decided to give it a try. So far, and mind you I've only had it one day, it does seem to be much more consistent. I'll let you know how it does down the line.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Food Choices: Apples

Current Weight: 203.2
Lost so far: 6.8
Pounds to go: 43.2

To replace desserts I've been using apples to fill my sweet cravings. I haven't tried this first idea yet but it looks delicious!

Found on Pinterest, idea originally from here.

This next idea I've tried and it was so yummy. Now that I've started my diet I decided to try just frying the apples on my griddle with cinnamon without the pancake batter and it's still really good.

Found on Pinterest, idea originally from here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Food Choices: Red Pepper and Egg

Current Weight: 203.4
Lost so far: 6.6
Pounds to go: 43.4

Idea found on Pinterest, original source here.

One medium red pepper
One egg

I used one round to cook the egg in like their picture shows. I chopped up the rest of the pepper and lightly cooked it, too and used that to soak up the yolk instead of bread since bread and diets (for me anyway) don't mix. It's filling and it was less that 150 calories (about 100 for the egg, less than 50 for the pepper, both cooked on a griddle with NO butter or oil). If you have large eggs make sure you cut the pepper a little thicker so it can contain it all.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Starting the Record

I stepped onto the scale and read 210. At 5'10" and with a BMI of 30.1 I was officially obese. I shuddered at the word.

That was a few weeks ago. We bought an elliptical (my treadmill finally died) and started a diet. This morning I weighed in at 203.5.

I did not make a New Year's resolution to lose weight because I don't make New Year's resolutions. They fail to often and I never make them for anything. We've been talking about making this change for a few months and that number was my motivator to finally do it. 210.

I did make a decision that even though my clothes were getting tight I will NOT buy new ones. I have a full wardrobe of smaller clothes and I have decided to wear those instead, though it will take a few extra months to get there. I'm aiming for 160 lbs, which for me will be a size 10. As a bonus, I already have the clothes so it will be like going shopping without having to spend all of the money!

I know that my health is important, but I need to make sure my willpower can stay strong. So, as an extra incentive to myself (and since I won't have to spend any money for my regular clothes) I am allowing an extravagent purchase when I reach my goal. I want to have a beautiful dress for a gala that happens in November but the dress that I am in love with is so expensive I would otherwise never buy it ($500!!). I am not allowed to order it until my scale says 160, no cheating.

Opposite the usual advice, I live by my scale. If the number goes down, I feel relief at seeing it fall, even in the smallest amounts. If it doesn't, I use that as a motivator to work harder today than I did yesterday so that tomorrow the number will move. So I will post my weight every day to help keep me in check. I will also post any good food ideas that work for me as I find them in case someone else is interested.

Wish me luck!