Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 11-14: I must confess

I know it has been awhile since I lasted posted but things are getting so crazy with the wedding getting so close. So, I am going to have to keep it short and sweet.

First, I must confess....I've been snacking.

I mean it's not like I'm completely blowing it, but I haven't been quite as good as was week one. A bite of chocolate here, an extra piece of chicken, an extra scoop of greek yogurt, almond slivers, oranges...

And now it is showing up on the scale, er, I mean not showing up. I only lost 2.5 pounds this week. I know that isnt bad, it is very good actually. But I wonder if I followed the plan like I did the first week if I would have had a little better results.

Must commit. Must stop snacking. Must exercise more. Must follow rules. Must blog daily.

It is the last week. Seven days to go.

thank goodness.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Day 10: "A diet is when you watch what you eat and wish you could eat (or drink) what you watch." - Hermione Gingold

Down .2 this morning! Not mad, considering I was expecting a gain after yesterdays loss.

First things first, I need to celebrate the fact that tonight I went out for my friend's bday- AND DID NOT DRINK. This is a miracle. Especially since we were at a club and everyone was getting trashed next to me. I managed to keep it together by chewing on ice and fresh squeezed lime juice. IT WAS HARD. We even had a table— with bottle service. At one point, I fantasized about grabbing a bottle of vodka out of my friends hand and chugging - all Hangover style- it was like in the movies where someone pictures something happening and then they snap back to reality. It was extremely difficult for me, since I hate turning down a good birthday celebration, but it was proof that I could have (some) fun without drinking :)

The diet is still rough, I am trying to find ways to work it a little bit— by trying to eat my breakfast a little later so I am not STARVING at lunch... and eating lunch an hour later, so I'm not starving by 4:00. This helps a bit. Plus the recipes are getting better. Tonight I had green cauliflower soup. It was soooo good. I added a little garlic, basil, and onion to the recipe which I think, made it better. Perhaps when this diet is over I will make this a regular staple.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Day 8: Holy Sh*t- you're lyin!


 I actually had to get off the scale and get back on to make sure I read it correctly. I thought my eyes might be playing tricks on me- NO! I lost 2 pounds! For a grand total of 5.4 pounds for the whole week! I haven't lost that much weight in one week since the first week I did weight watchers-  back when I was ... ahem A LOT heavier and A LOT younger. :)

Even better, do you see this picture? This is me in my new jeans... excuse me, my new old jeans... I havent been able to fit into these for two years. They are still a bit tight. Helloooo camel-toe. But in no time I am sure they will fit just right!

I am also happy to report todays breakfast recipe called for pasta! :) And trust me, I savored every morsel. I am a bit surprised Bob lets us eat something so starchy, especially since he seems so dead set against complex carbs.- I guess as long as its not after breakfast (rule 3).

It sort of makes me worried - a big loss followed by pasta? The overly cautious side of me smells a gain for tomorrow. Sigh, if that happens I guess I will just have to power through...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Day 7: For the love of god, no more chicken, PLEASE!

Let me just say, if there wasn't something pressing— something very, very special coming up I would not be able to stick to this diet.

It is really hard.

And I am already SICK of eating chicken and greens. Bleeeech. 

I am also frustrated. Today I was the exact same weight as yesterday. Ugh! It has been three days of near perfect diet behavior and I am pretty much stuck in the same place on the scale. This makes it hard to keep going.

I know it takes time. It is just that I want results now. Especially when I am working so hard.

Tomorrow morning will mark one week.

In addition to all my hard work, this diet takes TIME —AND LOTS OF PREP WORK. I feel like Im either prepping food or exercising.

On an up note, there is a silver lining about Week 2 on this plan. New recipes! Looks like pasta for breakfast, shrimp, tropical fruit....even steak for dinner next week!

Thank goodness because I am starting to hate chicken.

Total weight loss so far: 3.2

Monday, May 6, 2013

Day 6: “Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.” ~Unknown

Shut your face. 

I can hear you calling me through the G-D cabinets!

No matter how hard I try it constantly nags me. Taunts me. Tempts me.

It's sugar.

And its up to its old tricks again.

I mean just one little - bitty bite ... how much could it hurt?

I continue to remind myself that I gained .2 today. That little bite could make a difference, I keep telling myself, like a mantra, just keep repeating it. I AM STRONGER THAN SUGAR.

Like a drug addict. I am feanding. Sugar makes me crazy, I mean, I wanted to stab a coworker with a butter knife the other day, come on!

Luckily the recipes have been pretty good today. And that make a huge difference on this diet. I even got to have almond butter and blueberry oatmeal this morning and a mock spaghetti bolognese (using spagetti squash).

 I think the added carbs helped with the required early morning workout- Rule 6 (Jillian Micheals 30 day shred). And I generally felt less tired today .In fact I even managed to limp a long through a Zumba class... even if I was the girl in the back swaying back in forth like a windsocks in a used car lot.... I am sure I burned enough calories to negate that damn poptart bite. :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day 5: “Proper preparation prevents poor performance.” ~Charlie Batch

Surprisingly, even after my cupcake slip up yesterday I am down .6 for a total of 3.4, not too bad for 5 days in!

With that being said, I am nervous about tomorrow. I tried to stick with the recipes as much as possible and follow the rules carefully. But life happens and this diet is hard. With a very strict 800 calorie budget- Rule 2, I am exhausted. I have been so tired and just feeling too run-down to work out in my normal fashion. If I don't keep up with the caffeine I just want to crawl in bed and nap all day. It also leaves me prone to snacking... cue almond slices and a potato chips. In fact, I really should be doing my workout video right now, but I can barely keep my eyes open to finish this post.

One rule I have been ignoring a bit, Rule 10. Fall back on Veggies. I can eat as much leafy greens as I want, in addition to 800 cals. But I never do. So I decided to cut up & bag a bunch of veggies so its really convenient- no excuses to be hungry anymore!

Let's hope the extra veggies will give me more energy and I'll feel like myself again.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Day 4: Three mini cupcakes and I am a new person.

Today I may have bent Bob's rules a bit.

My lunch was 3 mini cupcakes.

There. I said it, and I'm not ashamed. I swear, they were really small and I am much happier now that I've had my sugar!

Part of the reason I caved is, I left the house hungry. I didn't have breakfast until 11 and then skipped the required lunch. By 4pm I was starving and by defenses were down. Probably not the best time to walk into a cupcake shop. Doh!

On the plus side, I am learning some new healthy recipes! Todays breakfast was the best so far: 5 egg whites with chopped asparagus, Ezekial bread with avocado shmear and a cup of strawberries.

No loss today. But no gain either.

Total loss so far-  2.8 pounds.

Day 3: I want to stab you with a butter knife

Its only three days in and I am already having delusional thoughts. I think I am so hungry that my body is starting to eat my brain. Hm, maybe that is why we have to take THREE fish oil pills a day (rule 9)... to offset the brain deterioration.

Normally, I'm a very nice girl (most would say) but today I am crabby, irritable and generally unpleasant to be around.

I may be losing my sanity.

This morning I walked into the employee Dining Room and saw a man buttering a delicious piece of toast with a very satisfied look on his face. Immediately, my first thought was, "I want to stab you. With a butter knife. With the one you are using. Right. Now." He was so smug.... not really.... He's in IT. He's a very nice guy. But at that moment I wanted to go all exorcist on his ass.

Today I told my coworker that if she brought in cupcakes I would smash them in her face. I really like her but I think I might do it, I'm feeling very unstable.

The cravings are insane. Today its cake. I am seeing it everywhere. Yesterday it was bagels. The day before, gummy worms. I swear if I don't get some sugar my neck is going to crane sideways and my head is going to start spinning in circles.

THANK GOD I lost another pound. Its the only thing thats keeping me going.

Total loss= 2.8

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Day 2: A Good Start

Well, I woke up with a 1.8 pound loss this morning. I don't want to get too excited or give the plan too much credit yet since I've been retaining water the last couple days. None the less, an almost 2 pound weight loss is a pretty good way to start your day.

I've also been buzzing around the office like a crack head. I think it was the three cups of black coffee. Rule 13. But as long as my co-workers don't mind my nonsensical gabbing I am going to continue to "caffinate-up" as often as possible because THAT rule seems to be especially fun. Especially since I am unable to partake in any other buzz inducing beverages for the next three weeks— Rule 12.

This morning's Breakfast recipe was weird. Quinoa mixed with warm almond milk. I was suppose to add flax seeds but couldn't find them at ol' Albie's last night. Instead I tried a teaspoon of the roomie's Chi seeds. It basically turned the whole meal into a gelatinous bowl of goop. Which wasn't really half bad once I added the fruit- which I ended up subbing in strawberries and blackberries. Mostly, because I didn't want to spend any more money at the market. Speaking of money, this diet is expensive. I've already spent close to 40 bucks on just the staples!

Lunch was surprisingly delicious, celery chicken salad. I typically hate celery. But I've found that when it's cut down into small shreds and mixed with chicken/olive oil/lemon/parm cheese its pretty damn good.

Well, that's it for today... Still hungry.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 1: Quinoa & Chard- not too bad

My first day on Jump Start to Skinny is almost complete! I am trying to follow the recipes Bob provides as close as possible.

The day started with a 5 egg white & spinach omelet with quinoa - the first time I've had the stuff. Actually not too bad. A little bland, the roomie suggested cooking with garlic or something to flavor it. Next time I will try that. But otherwise the meal was pretty good- especially with a 1/4 of avocado and a little bit of chili paste.

The evening recipe called for Chard, fish and broccoli. I've never tried chard either, it was good, a little bland, the meal would have been better with salt. Unfortunately, adding salt is a NO-NO. Rule 8.

I am pretty hungry today. Feeling tired too....

Thats all for today, I have to drag my ass off to do the 15-20 minutes of cardio. Rule 7.

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