Friday, December 30, 2011

How. HOW?!

Someone please tell me how last week, when I worked out twice and ate well, I gained 2lbs, while this week, when I didn't work out at all and basically  INHALED chocolate, candy, and fatty Christmas leftovers not stop all week, I only gained .6lbs??? I have a feeling I'll be seeing more of this weight at next week's weigh in too...

Current weight: 206.2lbs

So, I'm obviously not at 200lbs, which is where I hoped to be by 2012, but I'm close. I'll just have to work that much harder next year!

Happy 2012 all!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lost cause

Ugh. Christmas was a lost cause. I thought for sure Thanksgiving would be my downfall, but Christmas was so much worse! But I will not stress. 2012 is only two days away, and it will be a new start for me. I'm going to gather up all the candy, cookies and junk, send it off to work with my mom, and get back on the wagon, for good this time.

Wishing you all the best in 2012! See you then :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A little closer

I can't believe I forgot to update last week! Surprising, since I did really well!

Previous weight: 206.8 lbs
Current weight: 203.6 lbs
Total loss: -3.2 lbs for a total of -22.8 lbs

And guess what! This weeks loss marked my meeting my first big Weight Weighers-set goal: losing 10% of my body weight!

I was so happy to see that my hard work last week paid off. I worked out twice and tracked very, very carefully and it definitely showed.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day, so we'll see how I did this week. My tracking wasn't quite as meticulous, though I've still been pretty good, and I only got in one work out so far, though I've got my gym clothes all ready for another one tonight. If you weigh in on Fridays like I do, good luck!

Monday, December 12, 2011


So last week did not go as well as I hoped. I was disappointed but not really surprised to see I gained 1.6 lbs this week. It also sucks that I'm now back to less than 20lbs lost.

last week's weight: 205.2lbs
this week's weight: 206.8lbs
total loss: -19.6lbs

My goal was to hit 200lbs (-26.4lbs) by the end of the year. I've got 3 more weeks and 6.8lbs to go, and I am determined to get as close as I possibly can to that goal! I'll need to lose a little less than 2.5lbs at each of my next three weigh-ins to get there. I'm going to the gym at least three times this week, and my food is going to be even lighter than usual - I am making vegetables my bitch!! Also, I'm going to be chugging water for the next three weeks, so the bathroom is going to see a lot of me :)

Have you reached your end of the year goal yet? If not, what are you doing to try to get there?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Trader Joe's snacks

I'm a muncher. Always have been, always will be. I'll be the first to admit, it's a big part boredom eating. Yes, it's a bad habit, but I've learned that sitting in the office all day long, I need to have some healthy snacks to munch on or else I'll be hitting up the vending machine or the deli downstairs.

Enter Trader Joe's - the place I can always count on to find new delicious, low calorie snacks (and the prices ain't bad either!). Two of my favorites at the moment are Wasabi Seaweed and Lite Kettle Corn.

Calories, 30, Total Fat: 2g, Total Carbs:1g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g = 1 Point Plus. Serving size is half the container, but according to the Points Plus calculator, the whole container is still just 1 Point Plus! If you like sushi, you'll love these snacks. They're salty with a tiny hint of sweetness and a great kick of wasabi!

Calories 110, Total Fat: 4g, Total Carbs: 19g, Fiber: 3g, Protein 2g = 3 Points Plus Serving size is one snack bag. I haven't seen a full sized back of the lite kettle corn, nor have I seen snack size versions of the full fat kettle corn, but that could just be my TJ's, it's a relatively small one. This is the perfect snack if you're craving chips or other junk food. The serving is generous as well!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sunshiney day

Hi friends!

I am in an unusually good mood today. I believe is a combinations of reasons:

1. It's absolutely gorgeous outside. Sunny, blue skies, crisp and chilly!
2. I'm wearing my new Ray-Ban geek-chic glasses I got yesterday at LensCrafters (only took an hour!?!) and I absolutely LOVE them.
3. Also wearing my new City Chic skinny jeans that I picked up for a DOLLAR, and they make my ass look fantastic!
4. My boyfriend is coming over tonight for a romantic homecooked meal and a movie - we both crush on Leo DiCaprio so we're going to see J. Edgar!
5. I lost this week, so after a little Thanksgiving gain I'm only 1 pound away from where I was.  Also, only 1.4lbs away from reaching my first big goal - 10% body weight lost!

Last week's weight: 206.6
This week's weight: 205.2
-1.4lbs for 21.2 total

I made some really tasty recipes this week, supplemented with some good frozen stuff from Trader Joe's those days I didn't have a premade lunch.

First up: this is a tweaked version of Skinnytaste's Cilantro Chicken Salad. First of all, I had an entire rotisserie chicken sitting in the fridge so I used that instead of cooking fresh breasts. I'm not a huge fan of cilantro so I subbed in dill, and I also didn't have light mayo so I used less regular and left out the chicken broth. I like my deli salads on the drier side so it worked out perfectly for me. I LOVE this chicken salad, and I'm usually very picky with mine! To take it up even a notch further, I'm planning to add some celery next time to give it some fantastic crunch! My tweaked recipe is below - click here for the original.

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14oz rotisserie chicken, shredded/chopped
3 Tbsp mayo
3 scallions, chopped
Juice of half a lemon
4 Tbsp chopped dill, more or less to taste
salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and chile powder to taste
Makes 4 servings, 6 Points Plus each.

Next is another spin on a Skinnytaste recipe. Her beet salad also called for cilantro, and more mayo than I'd like. I halved the mayo, replaced the cilantro with dill again, and added a sprinkle of sugar to sweeten the beets and vinegar for some tanginess.

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2 cans of sliced beets
1 Tbsp mayo
1 Tbsp fat free sour cream
3 Tbsp dill
1/2 small onion, sliced thin
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
3 servings, 1 Point Plus each

Both recipes can be lightened further - just use low fat or fat free mayo, and poach chicken breasts instead of using rotisserie chicken for the chicken salad :)

One lunch I had two servings (so 4 pieces) of Spicy Shrimp Bao from Trader Joes, they're only 3 points for 2 and quite delicious!

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Another night's dinner was Trader Joe's Pork Gyoza Pot Stickers - 1 Point each, with a crap load of steamed broccoli with a little soy and ponzu sauces :)

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