Friday, December 31, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 blueberry pancake w/ syrup
                 1 slice livermush
                 8 oz skim milk

Lunch- 3 baked chicken wings
            1 small piece broiled fish
            1 small slice salisbury steak
            1/2 cup pinto beans
            1/2 cup crab salad
            1 slice cake w/ ice cream and caramel
            water (20 oz)

Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt
            1 small piece pumpkin pie
             water (16.9 oz)

Not a very good eating day but starting tomorrow its going to be better.

I did walk 2.8 miles in 40 minutes around my neighborhood.  I also did 200 crunches and 25 push ups.

Goals, Challenges and Weigh In Updates

I decided to keep all my challenges and goals together in one post to make it easier to track everything. I know it seems like I have taken on alot but its keeps me motivated and keeps me busy so I don't think about food so much. Updates are in red.


Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
December 28, 2010- 205 lbs (I weigh 211.8 lbs so I maintained this week)
January 25, 2011- 197 lbs
February 22, 2011- 189 lbs (under 200 for valentines how sweet that would be)
March 22, 2011- 181 lbs
April 19, 2011- 173 lbs
May 17, 2011- 165 lbs
June 14, 2011- 157 lbs
July 12, 2011- 149 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)
August 9, 2011- 141 lbs (this would be the smallest I have ever been)

Recommended Daily Allowances:
(not really a challenge but something I need to keep an eye on)
Calories: 1760 to lose 2 lbs a week
Fat: 64 grams
Fiber: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 300 grams
Sugar: 40 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium: 2400 milligrams



Exercise:
I have challenged myself to walk a 160 miles by New Years. I am using the ticker on the right side of my blog to keep track of how far I have walked.
(I have walked 157.2 miles so far in this challenge, only 2.8 miles to go)





Hot 100 Challenge:
Steve from http://logmyloss.com/ is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge. The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010. Here are my goals:

#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.
(I have walked 157.2 miles so far, only 2.8 miles to go)
#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years. Beginning weight 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 23.6 lbs so far, I hit my goal)
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.
(I made it through Christmas without overeating so I'm doing pretty good so far.)

Monthly Goals (12/1/10-12/31/10):
(my own personal goals)
1. Water- My goal has been to drink 128 oz of water a day but I still have not managed to accomplish this so that is my first goal I'm going to work on this month. (I have still yet to hit this goal)
2. Sugar- I have greatly reduced my sugar intake already but its still something I need to continue to work on. (The last week I ate way to much sugar, definitely got to work on this goal)
3. Fruits- I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal this month is to continue to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day. (I've been doing ok on this goal)
4. Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead. I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up. So I plan on continuing to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in. (Lately I haven't been eating as many veggies so I need to work on this)
5. Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So I plan on continuing to really watch my intake of carbs. (This last week I ate way to many carbs, time to get back on track)
6. Exercise- I have been doing really good at exercise but I am adding that as one of my goals so that I make sure I continue to get all of my exercise in. I am challenging myself to walk/jog 5-6 days a week and at least 15 miles a week. (This last week I only got in 11.5 miles)
7. Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to completely give up sodas this month. (I drank a couple diet sodas this last week)
8. Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy. I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up. So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food this next month. (I had alittle fast food this last week)


I Refuse to Blow it Over the Holidays Challenge:
This challenge is being hosted by Erika at http://wwwfatlikeme.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html . Its just a personal challenge not to overeat during the holidays. You just keep track of how much weight you have lost from the first day of fall until after New Years. My beginning weight was 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 23.6 lbs so far in this challenge)




Sarah at http://lowstressweightloss.com/blog/ is hosting No Gain Holidays challenge and I have decided to take part. The challenge runs from November 22 until January 3 and you can join anytime. My beginning weight was 218.2 lbs.
(I maintained this week)



I know this seems like alot of goals and challenges but they all kind of fit together I just want to be able to update all of them on the same day to make it easier for me to remember.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Today I fasted so I had nothing to eat.  I did drink a cappuchino, water and alittle soda.  I know not a traditional fast but I was just trying to stay away from solid food.

For exercise I walked 3.3 miles in 47 minutes around my neighborhood.  Tomorrow is my last day to hit my 160 miles walked by New Years and I only need 2.8 miles to hit it.  Yay for me.

2011 Goals

Its going to be a New Year soon so I thought I would start working on my goals for this upcoming year.  Here is what I've come up with so far:

1.  Walking Goal- I figure there 52 weeks in a year and if I walk 2 miles a day 5 times a week then thats 520 miles a year but just to add in alittle challenge I'm going to say 600 miles.  So my new goal for this upcoming year is to walk 600 miles in 2011.

2.  Biking Goal- I haven't really been riding my bike that much but it is something that I want to start doing.  I'm not going to set this goal very high since its something new to me and I can always add to it later.  I figure 52 weeks in a year and if I ride my bike 3 times a week for at least 2 miles then thats 312 miles but I'm just going to round it off to 300 miles.  So my new goal for this upcoming year is to ride my bike 300 miles in 2011.

3.  YMCA Goal- I plan on hitting the gym at least 3 times a week to do strength training.

4.  Swimming Goal- I know the Y has a pool and I would love to add this to my workout.  I'm thinking I will try to swim at least 2 times a week.

5.  Crunches Goal- My stomach is a real problem area for me so I'm planning on doing crunches every other day.  Right now I'm at a 100 crunches but as I get stronger I will increase that.

I know this seems like alot of working out but this is what I need to do to get my body in shape.  We all know that when you lose alot of weight things don't spring back like they should and I can always alter these goals later if they don't seem to be working for me.

6.  Weight Loss Goal:  I'm still aiming for 2 lbs a week so here are my goals:

January 1, 2011- 211 lbs
January 25, 2011- 203 lbs
February 22, 2011- 195 lbs (under 200 for valentines how sweet that would be)
March 22, 2011- 187 lbs
April 19, 2011- 179 lbs
May 17, 2011- 171 lbs
June 14, 2011- 163 lbs
July 12, 2011- 155 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)
August 9, 2011- 147 lbs
September 6, 2011- 140 lbs ( this would be the smallest I've ever been)

At the rate of 2 lbs a week I should be at my goal weight in 9 months.  That may seem like a long time to some but as you get older time flies and 9 months is nothing. 

7.  Water Goal-  I had a goal in 2010 of drinking at least 128 oz of water a day but of course I never hit that goal so for 2011 I'm just going to work on drinking as much water as possible without setting a goal. 

8.  Eating Goals-  The following are my goals for my food intake daily:

Sugar- I have greatly reduced my sugar intake already but its still something I need to continue to work on.

Fruits- I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal is to continue to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day.

Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead. I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up. So I plan on continuing to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in.

Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So I plan on continuing to really watch my intake of carbs.

Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to completely give up sodas again.

Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy. I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up. So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food.

Recommended Daily Allowances:
(not really a challenge but something I need to keep an eye on)
Calories: 1760 to lose 2 lbs a week
Fat: 64 grams
Fiber: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 300 grams
Sugar: 40 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium: 2400 milligrams

I know it seems like alot but it all goes hand in hand with each other and I can always change up my goals later, I love a good challenge though.

Fasting Again

My weight is up this week mainly because its my time of the month, but because I don't want a gain tomorrow, which is my weigh in day I'm fasting today.  Last weeks fast went so well that I decided to repeat it again this week.  I will be posting throughout the day and letting you know how its going but so far I'm not even hungry.  I also plan on doing another 3 mile walk later today so that should help to get some of this weight off to.  I'm hoping to at least maintain this week and not have another gain.  Next week I start back to school and the kids go back to school so I can get back to normal with my exercise.  I also plan on hitting the YMCA at least 3 times a week after I start back to school.  My weight this morning was 214 lbs which is 2.2 lbs more than I weighed last Friday so I'm just crossing my fingers that I can drop that much by in the morning.

6:50PM- I've been so busy today I forgot all about updating my blog to let you know how the fast was going.  I haven't eaten anything all day long and I'm not even hungry.  Whats so weird is that I find it easier not to eat at all then to eat healthy.  I haven't even wanted to eat today.  I've dropped about 2 lbs since this morning so I'm hoping to at least maintain this week.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 2 pancakes w/ syrup
                 1 slice livermush
                 8 oz skim milk

Lunch- 1 slice ham
            16 oz diet coke

Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt

Dinner- 2 breadsticks
             2 slices pepperoni pizza
             water (16.9 oz)

Eating wasn't to bad today and for exercise I walked 3.7 miles in 48 minutes around my neighborhood.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 cup raisin bran
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/2 cup trail mix
            1 cup lowfat yogurt

Lunch- sweet potato w/ brown sugar & cinnamon
            1 cup steamed broccoli
            1/2 cup mac n cheese
            16 oz diet coke

Dinner- 1 1/2 cup raisin bran
             1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1 banana
            1 cereal bar
            8 oz hot chocolate

I'm not sure I'm going to eat dinner but I may have a snack afterwhile.

I just got done doing my exercise and I'm proud to announce that I walked/jogged 3.5 miles in 46 minutes around my neighborhood and I feel so great right now.  Once you make yourself get out there and do it you wonder why you ever stopped.  If I could just keep this feeling I have right now nothing could ever stop me from exercising.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 cup raisin bran
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix
           
Lunch- 2 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese and honey
            mustard on 2 slices double fiber whole wheat
            bread
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- ham
            1/2 cup sweet potatoes
            1/2 cup mac and cheese
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 2 pieces fudge

Eating wasn't exactly what I planned today but  not to bad either.  Another failed day of no exercise but its so hard with snow on the ground and when its so cold.  I'm going to do 100 crunches right now just so I feel like I've done something.

What's Wrong With Me?

I'm so disappointed in myself right now because when I stepped on the scale this morning it read 217.6 lbs which is 6.8 lbs more than I was weighing a week and a half ago.  I know that part of this is probably because its my time of the month but not all of it.  I have to find a way to get back in control of my eating because it takes forever to get the weight off but it sure doesn't take long to put it on.  I'm trying to get in a more positive frame of mind because thinking like this can lead to a major backslide, I definitely don't want that.  My weigh in day isn't until Friday so I do have alittle time to do some damage control, I just want to get back on track.  I was doing so good, I was positive and in control.  I was eating right and exercising and it wasn't even that hard and then I seperated from my husband and winter came and everything just seems to be falling apart.  What's wrong with me that I can't get back in control?  I know what I need to do and I know what works because thats how I lost the last 36 lbs, I just have to do it.  I hate winter, I'm snowed in right now so no going to the YMCA and its so cold outside so its hard to exercise outside, which I do plan on doing later on today.  The kids are out of school so thats no help where my exercise is concerned.  I just hate when my normal routine is messed up, its just hard for me to readjust.  I guess thats something I'm going to have to work on.  Once the kids are back in school and I start school back I won't have as much time to eat and I'm planning on hitting the gym after class and walking while my kids are at school so things will be better then but thats still 10 days off.  I can't wait until then to get back on track.  I guess I'm just frustrated right now and hoping that typing this post will inspire me someway.  I do have my eating already planned out for today and this is what I'm going to have.

Breakfast- 1 cup raisin bran
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 1 slice turkey, 1 slice cheese and honey mustard
            on 2 slices double fiber whole wheat bread
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix
             water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 sweet potato w/ brown sugar and cinnamon
             1 cup roasted broccoli
             1 cup green beans
             1/2 cup corn
             water (16.9 oz)

I think thats a pretty balanced diet plus I'll get in lots of water.  Then I'm thinking of fasting tomorrow because of how easy it was last time I did it.  I just can't have another gain this Friday.  I'm so close to weighing what I weighed a year ago I can't screw up now.  Plus I need to finish this year out with a loss not a gain.  Well I guess thats enough whining. 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

I'm not even going to try to record my food for today because it was pretty much snacking all day.  We had our Christmas Dinner at my moms so I'm sure I ate alittle to much but I don't think I did to bad.  I weighed after along day of eating and I'm up 7 lbs but I'm sure thats only because Aunt Flo is visiting and I ate so much so I've already planned out my eating for tomorrow.  I think that will help me eat a more balanced diet and I'm also going to drink as much water as possible.  I'm thinking of doing another fast Tuesday just because my last fast went so well. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Food + Bloating = FAT

This last week I have felt so bloated no matter what I eat.  This feeling equals one thing to me, "I'm FAT".  I'm not sure if this feeling is coming from Aunt Flo visiting or if its the food I"m eating but I hate it.  I've also noticed that after I eat ice cream or drink milk my stomachs starts hurting, can you become dairy intolerant even if you have never been before?  This last week has just really sucked because I've felt extremely FAT no matter what I've eaten.  I'm also taking a stool softener which my doctor recommended me doing because of how much fiber I was eating and I've started taking gas pills just to relief some of the bloating.  It seems like the more I do to try to fix the problem the worse it gets.  Even when I fasted a couple days ago I still felt bloated.  Should I just start drinking as much water as possible, will that help flush whatever the problem is out?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I'm not giving up!

I'm going to finish this year out strong.  Today is Christmas Day and my eating wasn't the greatest but tomorrow is a new day.  The next week is going to be challenging but hey I don't mind a good challenge.

1.  My family is actually having their Christmas celebration tomorrow but I'm going to win this challenge. 

2.  We only have 6 days left in this year and I still have to finish out my walking challenge by walking 14 more miles to reach my 160 miles walked goal.  I'm not sure how I'm going to meet this goal considering we have like 3 or 4 inches of snow on the ground but I'm hoping the rest of the week the weather will be better. 

3.  I did have a gain this week of 1 lb so my next goal is to get that one pound off by the end of the year. 

4.  I would love to hit 40 lbs lost by January 1, 2011 but I don't think thats going to happen because I would need to lose 4.8 lbs at my next weigh in, but you never know if I watched what I ate really close for the next 6 days I just might make it.

5.  I wanted to hit the weight I was alittle over a year ago which was 205 lbs but I would need to lose 6.8 lbs by New Years but hey miracles can happen. 

6.  I've also set goals for my first day back to college which is January 6, 2011 which is 12 days from now.  That gives me 2 weeks which I would love to be at my 205 lb goal weight.  Guess I'll just have to do my best and see what happens. 

7.  Having the kids at home from school over Christmas vacation has really put a damper on my exercise because I use to walk while they were at school.  As soon as they are back in school I'm going to be full force with my walking and I'm going to start hitting the YMCA as many days a week as I can.  I would love to add swimming to my exercise routine and weight training. 

I have a new inspiration in my life for getting in shape, I've started dating again and met a very special man who accepts me just the way I am but that only makes me want to be my very best for him even more.  I know I've been slipping alot and it seems like excuse after excuse for why I'm not eating right or exercising like I should but I'm not giving up on my weight loss.  I can beat this demon inside me that keeps telling me to just eat and not worry about my weight.  I've come to far to give up now and I refuse to gain the weight back I've lost.  I may not be where I need to be mentally right now but I know what I have to do to succeed.  I'm just going to go back to taking my weight loss one day at a time and stop thinking about the long term.  Hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas.

Food and Exercise Journal

12/24/10

Breakfast- 1 pancake w/ banana & nuts w/ syrup
                  1 slice sausage
                  8 oz skim milk

Dinner- 6 oz baked chicken breast
             1 cup green  beans
             1 cup corn
             water (16.9 oz)
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 16 oz cappuchino

Eating was ok but no exercise.

12/25/10

My eating was really weird today, just snacking all day long so I'm not even going to try to list what I had.  Let's just say it wasn't a good eating day.  No exercise again today but I have a good excuse, I'm snowed in.  I may still do some crunches in alittle while.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Goals, Challenges and Weigh In Updates

I decided to keep all my challenges and goals together in one post to make it easier to track everything. I know it seems like I have taken on alot but its keeps me motivated and keeps me busy so I don't think about food so much. Updates are in red.


Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
December 28, 2010- 205 lbs (I weigh 211.8 lbs so I gained 1 lb this week)
January 25, 2011- 197 lbs
February 22, 2011- 189 lbs (under 200 for valentines how sweet that would be)
March 22, 2011- 181 lbs
April 19, 2011- 173 lbs
May 17, 2011- 165 lbs
June 14, 2011- 157 lbs
July 12, 2011- 149 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)
August 9, 2011- 141 lbs (this would be the smallest I have ever been)

Recommended Daily Allowances:
(not really a challenge but something I need to keep an eye on)
Calories: 1760 to lose 2 lbs a week
Fat: 64 grams
Fiber: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 300 grams
Sugar: 40 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium: 2400 milligrams


Exercise:
I have challenged myself to walk a 160 miles by New Years. I am using the ticker on the right side of my blog to keep track of how far I have walked.
(I have walked 146 miles so far in this challenge, only 14 miles to go)





Hot 100 Challenge:
Steve from http://logmyloss.com/ is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge. The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010. Here are my goals:

#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.
(I have walked 146 miles so far, only 14 miles to go)
#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years. Beginning weight 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 23.6 lbs so far, I hit my goal)
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.
(I made it through my sons birthday party without overeating so I'm doing pretty good so far.)

Monthly Goals (12/1/10-12/31/10):
(my own personal goals)
1. Water- My goal has been to drink 128 oz of water a day but I still have not managed to accomplish this so that is my first goal I'm going to work on this month. (I have still yet to hit this goal)
2. Sugar- I have greatly reduced my sugar intake already but its still something I need to continue to work on. (The last week I ate way to much sugar, definitely got to work on this goal)
3. Fruits- I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal this month is to continue to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day. (I haven't been doing to good on this goal)
4. Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead. I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up. So I plan on continuing to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in. (Lately I haven't been eating as many veggies so I need to work on this)
5. Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So I plan on continuing to really watch my intake of carbs. (This last week I ate way to many carbs, time to get back on track)
6. Exercise- I have been doing really good at exercise but I am adding that as one of my goals so that I make sure I continue to get all of my exercise in. I am challenging myself to walk/jog 5-6 days a week and at least 15 miles a week. (This last week I only got in 4 miles)
7. Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to completely give up sodas this month. (I drank a couple diet sodas this last week)
8. Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy. I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up. So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food this next month. (I have eaten to much fast food this last week)


I Refuse to Blow it Over the Holidays Challenge:
This challenge is being hosted by Erika at http://wwwfatlikeme.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html . Its just a personal challenge not to overeat during the holidays. You just keep track of how much weight you have lost from the first day of fall until after New Years. My beginning weight was 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 23.6 lbs so far in this challenge)





Sarah at http://lowstressweightloss.com/blog/ is hosting No Gain Holidays challenge and I have decided to take part. The challenge runs from November 22 until January 3 and you can join anytime. My beginning weight was 218.2 lbs.
(I gained 1 lb this week, only 1 week to go)

I know this seems like alot of goals and challenges but they all kind of fit together I just want to be able to update all of them on the same day to make it easier for me to remember.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fasting

I decided to fast today because for some reason my weight just shot up over the last few days.  When I weighed in last night I was up 6 lbs, thats insane.  I haven't been eating that much but it could be that my time of the month is almost here.  Whatever reason there is for this gain I'm going to do everything I can to try to see even a small loss on the scale tomorrow.  I thought I would use this post to post throughout the day on how my fast is going.  So far this morning all I have had is a glass of orange juice which I drank because I'm kind of sick right now and I was hoping the Vitamin C might help alittle.  I plan on drinking as much water as humanly possible today in the hopes of flushing my system out.  I did weigh in this morning when I got up and I was already down 3 lbs from my 6 lb gain last night so I'm halfway to being back at my weigh in weight last Friday.  I also plan on doing a good walk today, I would love to walk at least 5 miles but I will have to see how that goes, its hard finding free time without my kids to get in a walk like that.  I know that fasting isn't a healthy thing to do all the time but I don't believe its going to kill me to go 24 hours without eating every once in awhile and by posting about it on here I have a sense of accountability to do it.

12:00PM-  so far I'm doing really good, only thing I've had is 8 oz Orange Juice, 8 oz chocolate milk and 16.9 oz water, only 19 hours and I can eat again....lol

4:45PM- still haven't eatin anything yet and I'm feeling fine....been asleep for the last 4 hours but at least that kept me from eating, only 12 hours until I can eat again

So far this fast has been really easy, I'm not even hungry and I had to cook breakfast for my kids which consisted of livermush, eggs and biscuits and lunch which was chili with sour cream and cheese and garlic cheddar biscuits, so if that didn't tempt me to eat nothing will.  I did miss walking though, I took a nap and ended up sleeping through my walking time so I guess the fast will have to do.  Even if I have still gained in the morning it won't be as bad as it could be and this will be a great way to start off a new week and show myself that I'm not going to die without food.

8:00 PM- I still haven't eaten anything yet and I'm really starting to get hungry but its not long until bedtime so I will just sleep through the hunger.  I weighed just alittle while ago and I'm only up 1.6 lbs.  I don't know how much of that will come off before morning but if I can just maintain my weigh in weight from last week I will be happy.

7:00AM- I made it through my fast without eating but I weighed this morning and I'm still up 1 lb but at least I have an excuse, I woke up to Aunt Flo visiting this morning so I'm blaming it on her.  I hate that I gained weight this week but I guess it was only a matter of time until it was going to happen.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 cup bran cereal
                 1/4 cup trail mix
                 1 cup skim milk
                 1 slice bacon
                 8 oz orange juice

Snack- 1 slice pumpkin bread
             8 oz chocolate milk

Dinner- 1 small bowl of chili w/ sour cream & cheese
             1 garlic cheddar biscuit
             water (16.9 oz)
             diet pepsi (20 oz)

Eating wasn't to bad today but I did end up not exercising.  I'm hoping to fast tomorrow but we will see how that goes.

Weight Gain

I just weighed and I'm up almost 4 lbs.  This is really disappointing but I'm trying not to let it depress me.  Depression leads to more eating so I'm just making some changes over the next couple days before I have to weigh in.  Today I'm going to try to eat as little as possible and tomorrow I'm thinking about fasting.  I'm not to worried about this gain though because I have a feeling my time of the month is just around the corner and that maybe why I'm up alittle.  I also plan on walking as much as I can over the next couple of days and I'm going to really work on drinking as much water as possible to flush my system out.  The last thing I want right now is a weigh in gain right here before New Years.  I decided to make this post because if I tell all of you'll that I'm going to do this then it will help me to carry through with it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup trail  mix
                 1 cup skim milk
                 2 cups orange juice
                 1 slice sausage

Snack- 1 cup sugar free chocolate pudding
            1 banana
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- small salad w/ ranch dressing
            1 roasted chicken wing
            1 slice coconut cake w/ vanilla ice cream
            & caramel sauce
            1 chocolate chip cookie
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt
            water (16.9 oz)

Eating was pretty good today considering I ate out for lunch and an all you can eat buffet.

I walked 1 mile in 15 minutes around my neighborhood.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup trail mix
                 1 cup skim milk
                
Snack- 1 cup lowfat yogurt
            1 cup lowfat ice cream
            1 banana
            water (16.9 oz)

Lunch- 2 slices turkey, 1 slice cheese & honey mustard
             on 2 slices double fiber whole wheat bread
             1 cup roasted squash
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 lowfat mozzarella stick

Dinner- 1 small slice lasagna
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/4 cup trail mix

Finally a really good eating day.

I walked 1.5 miles in 19 minutes around my neighborhood plus I did 100 crunches.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cups nuts
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1 cereal bar
            1 cup lowfat ice cream
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 lowfat  mozzarella cheese
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 cup roasted broccoli
             1/2 cup roasted squash
             1 roasted sweet potato w/ brown sugar
             & cinnamon

Snack- 2 cups orange juice

Eating was really good today.

I walked 1.5 miles in 19 minutes around my neighborhood.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cup bran cereal
                 1/2 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 1 small pancake w/ syrup
                 1 slice livermush

Snack- 1 cereal bar
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- spaghetti w/ meatsauce
             1 slice garlic bread
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- chips and dip
            1 slice birthday cake

Eating wasn't to good today but I did have my sons birthday party and I didn't overeat at the party so I'm happy.

No exercise today.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 blueberry pancake w/ butter and syrup
                 8 oz skim milk

Lunch- salad w/ ranch dressing
            water (16 oz)

Dinner- 1 grilled chicken thigh
             1 piece baked fish
             1 piece salisbury steak
              1/2 cup crab salad
              1/2 pinto beans
              1 piece of bread pudding w/ vanilla ice cream
              water (16 oz)

Snack- 1 peppermint patty

Ok eating day but no exercise.

Short Term Goals

Today was my weigh in day and I was shocked to see I had lost 2.4 lbs this week.  I haven't been eating to well and my exercise was almost nonexistant this week.  Maybe eating alittle different then I was is shocking my body I don't know but I'm glad I'm still losing.  I was hoping to be 205 lbs by Christmas but I doubt I will lose 5.8 lbs by next week, I'm going to try my best though.  I posted earlier this week about wanting to lose as much weight as possible by the time I go back to school on January 6, 2011.  I would love to be under 200 lbs but I only have 20 days until I go back.  I can't believe I'm so close to being under 200 lbs though, only 10.8 lbs.  It still amazes me that I've come this far and I'm still doing it.  Here are my goals for the next 3 weeks which is when I go back to school.

1.  I have to walk 18 miles more by New Years to hit my 160 miles walked goal.  Not a problem I will probably do way more than 18 miles.
2.  Hit 205 lbs by Christmas.  I seriously doubt this is going to happen but it doesn't hurt to try.
3.  Hit 40 lbs lost total by New Years.  I should have no problem hitting this.
4.  Make it through my sons birthday party tomorrow and Christmas next weekend without overeating.  I don't see any problem with them, I'm not really worried about overeating.
5.  Drink at least 68 oz of water a day.  Still working on this, some days are better than others.
6.  Avoid fast food for the next 3 weeks.  I've really been doing bad at this goal and its deifinitely something that would help me lose more weight.
7.  Limit sugar, carbs and soda and eat more veggies, fruit and protein.
8.  Take advantage of my YMCA membership to start doing strength training again.  I really need to start working on toning up because we all know what happens when you lose alot of weight.
9.  Get back to reading my fellow bloggers blogs to get motivation and inspiration.

I can't believe we are this close to the end of the year, only 14 days.  I want to make this the best 2 weeks so far.  Thanks again for all of your support and I hope the rest of this year is wonderful to you.

Goals, Challenges and Weigh In Updates

I decided to keep all my challenges and goals together in one post to make it easier to track everything. I know it seems like I have taken on alot but its keeps me motivated and keeps me busy so I don't think about food so much. Updates are in red.


Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
December 28, 2010- 205 lbs (I weigh 210.8 lbs so I lost 2.4 lbs this week)
January 25, 2011- 197 lbs
February 22, 2011- 189 lbs (under 200 for valentines how sweet that would be)
March 22, 2011- 181 lbs
April 19, 2011- 173 lbs
May 17, 2011- 165 lbs
June 14, 2011- 157 lbs
July 12, 2011- 149 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)
August 9, 2011- 141 lbs (this would be the smallest I have ever been)

Recommended Daily Allowances:
(not really a challenge but something I need to keep an eye on)
Calories: 1760 to lose 2 lbs a week
Fat: 64 grams
Fiber: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 300 grams
Sugar: 40 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium: 2400 milligrams



Exercise:
I have challenged myself to walk a 160 miles by New Years. I am using the ticker on the right side of my blog to keep track of how far I have walked.
(I have walked 142 miles so far in this challenge, only 18 miles to go)






Hot 100 Challenge:
Steve from http://logmyloss.com/ is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge. The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010. Here are my goals:

#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.
(I have walked 142 miles so far, only 18 miles to go)
#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years. Beginning weight 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 24.6 lbs so far, I hit my goal)
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.
(I made it through a Thanksgiving without overeating so I'm doing pretty good so far.)

Monthly Goals (11/1/10-11/31/10):
(my own personal goals)
1. Water- My goal has been to drink 128 oz of water a day but I still have not managed to accomplish this so that is my first goal I'm going to work on this month. (I have still yet to hit this goal)
2. Sugar- I have greatly reduced my sugar intake already but its still something I need to continue to work on. (The last week I ate way to much sugar, definitely got to work on this goal)
3. Fruits- I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal this month is to continue to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day. (I haven't been doing to good on this goal)
4. Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead. I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up. So I plan on continuing to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in. (Lately I haven't been eating as many veggies so I need to work on this)
5. Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So I plan on continuing to really watch my intake of carbs. (This last week I ate way to many carbs, time to get back on track)
6. Exercise- I have been doing really good at exercise but I am adding that as one of my goals so that I make sure I continue to get all of my exercise in. I am challenging myself to walk/jog 5-6 days a week and at least 15 miles a week. (This last week I only got in 6 miles)
7. Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to completely give up sodas this month. (I drank a couple diet sodas this last week)
8. Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy. I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up. So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food this next month. (I have eaten to much fast food this last week)


I Refuse to Blow it Over the Holidays Challenge:
This challenge is being hosted by Erika at http://wwwfatlikeme.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html . Its just a personal challenge not to overeat during the holidays. You just keep track of how much weight you have lost from the first day of fall until after New Years. My beginning weight was 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 24.6 lbs so far in this challenge)





Sarah at http://lowstressweightloss.com/blog/ is hosting No Gain Holidays challenge and I have decided to take part. The challenge runs from November 22 until January 3 and you can join anytime. My beginning weight was 218.2 lbs.
(So far I've had no gains, only 2 weeks to go)

I know this seems like alot of goals and challenges but they all kind of fit together I just want to be able to update all of them on the same day to make it easier for me to remember.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 cup skim milk
                 1 slice sausage
                 a couple bites of pancakes

Snack- 1 peanut butter bar
            12 oz fat free chocolate milkshake
            13 doritos
             water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 bowl lasagna hamburger helper
             water (16.9 oz)

Not the best eating day but still under my calories I think and the scale is still moving downward.  Weigh in tomorrow so I guess we will see.

No exercise today, bad weather here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 cup oatmeal w/ brown sugar and butter
                 12 oz cappuchino

Lunch- salad w/ ranch dressing
            water (16 oz)

Dinner- 1 roasted chicken breast
             1/2 slice meatloaf
             1/2 cup green beans
             1/2 cup macaroni salad
             1 slice chocolate cake w/ vanilla ice cream,
              chocolate syrup and nuts
              water (16.9 oz)

Eating was ok today I stayed under my calorie count.  I did eat out for dinner at a all you can eat buffet but I think I done pretty good.

For exercise I walked 4 miles in 56 minutes around my neighborhood.  I also called about my YMCA membership and I can use the Y anytime I want because its linked into my student ID so thats nice to know I have that option.

Time to get serious

Over the last month I've really lost sight of what I'm trying to accomplish by losing weight and exercising.  I just haven't been very focused on anything lately and that definitely needs to change.  I'm still losing weight but I'm not doing it in a healthy way and eventually its going to catch up with me.  I'm so proud of myself for what I've accomplished so far and I don't want to start going backwards.  Its time for me to get serious about my weight loss again. 
This past Monday was my last day of school for the semester and I don't go back until January 6, 2011.  When I return to school I really want people to notice a difference in me.  That might sound selfish but its nice to have your hardwork be recognized.  That means I have 22 days to work as hard as I can before I have to return to school.  I think it helps me to break my goals down into smaller challenges like this.  It gives me something to work towards.
I'm still working on my New Years goals right now.  I have 22 miles to walk before January 1, 2011 to hit my 160 miles walked goal.  I'm also working on weighing what I did a year ago by hitting 205 lbs, right now I have about 7 lbs to go to hit that goal.  I would love to hit 40 lbs lost by New Years so thats what I'm aiming for.  One of my Hot 100 challenge goals is to make it through the holidays without overeating and I'm not really concerned about that.  I have my sons birthday party this weekend and then Christmas but I think I will be fine at both of these events.  I'm still working on drinking all my water which is something I really need to focus on, also I need to get away from the fast food which I've been eating alot of lately.  I also need to lay off the sugar and carbs and get back to more fruits and veggies.  So I know what I need to do to succeed I just need to put my mind to it.  I know I can do this, I have no doubts in myself its just a matter of doing it. 
I am going to the YMCA today and getting my free membership because I'm tired of using the cold weather as an excuse for not exercising.  I was working to hard and seeing my work pay off to stop exercising now.  We only have 16 days left in this year and when January 1, 2011 gets here I want to know that I did everything possible to be at the lowest weight I could be by that date.  I want to start this New Years off right.  I've set alot of goals for myself I know but I know I can do it.  Goals are what keep me on track and give me something to strive for. 
I hope all of you are going to make these last 16 days in this year the best so far.  Your support has kept me going and I will always appreciate that.  I have gotten off track with my blogging and weight loss but I think I'm back in the right frame of mind to do what I need to do now.  I'm going to spend today visiting blogs and getting motivation from each and everyone of you.  Thanks for all your comments and support.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 cup oatmeal w/ brown sugar & butter
                
Lunch- turkey wrap (Jason's Deli)
           fruit w/ dip (Jason's Deli)
           water (12 oz)

Snack- Peppermint patty

Dinner- 1 bowl chicken noodle soup
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 granola bar

Eating wasn't the greatest today but not to bad.
Ended up not exercising once again because I had to take my son to an appointment.  I have to find my motivation to exercise again.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 fiber one bar
                 20 oz cappuchino

Dinner- 3 breadsticks (Little Caesars)
            2 slices pepperoni pizza (Little Caesars)
            water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 2 cookies
            12 oz cappuchino

Another crappy eating day and no exercise again.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 cajun filet biscuit (Bojangles)
                 1 order seasoned fries (Bojangles)
                 diet coke (8 oz)

Lunch- 1 small bowl veggie fried rice
            water (16.9 oz)

I'm not sure if I'm eating dinner yet because I'm not really hungry.

It has been raining all day but the sun is out alittle now so I may go get my walk in.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup mixed nuts
                 1 cup skim milk

Lunch- vegetable fried rice
            diet coke (20 oz)

Dinner- vegetable fried rice
            diet coke (20 oz)

Not a very good eating day but oh well at least I didn't overeat.

I didn't exercise, I guess I was just lazy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 20 oz cappuchino

Snack- 1/4 mixed nuts

Lunch- 1 piece baked chicken
            1/2 cup glazed carrots
            1 yeast roll w/ butter
            1 slice chocolate cake w/ vanilla ice cream,
            chocolate syrup and nuts
            water (16.9 oz)

diet sundrop w/ vodka (couple drinks)

I didn't eat that much today, just wasn't hungry.

I did walk/jog 1.5 miles in 17 minutes around my neighborhood.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Goals, Challenges and Weigh In Updates

I decided to keep all my challenges and goals together in one post to make it easier to track everything. I know it seems like I have taken on alot but its keeps me motivated and keeps me busy so I don't think about food so much. Updates are in red.


Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
December 28, 2010- 205 lbs (I weigh 213.2 lbs so I lost 2.4 lbs this week)
January 25, 2011- 197 lbs
February 22, 2011- 189 lbs (under 200 for valentines how sweet that would be)
March 22, 2011- 181 lbs
April 19, 2011- 173 lbs
May 17, 2011- 165 lbs
June 14, 2011- 157 lbs
July 12, 2011- 149 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)
August 9, 2011- 141 lbs (this would be the smallest I have ever been)

Recommended Daily Allowances:
(not really a challenge but something I need to keep an eye on)
Calories: 1760 to lose 2 lbs a week
Fat: 64 grams
Fiber: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 300 grams
Sugar: 40 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium: 2400 milligrams


Exercise:
I have challenged myself to walk a 160 miles by New Years. I am using the ticker on the right side of my blog to keep track of how far I have walked.
(I have walked 136 miles so far in this challenge.)




Hot 100 Challenge:
Steve from http://logmyloss.com/ is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge. The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010. Here are my goals:
#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.
(I have walked 136 miles so far.)#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years. Beginning weight 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 22.2 lbs so far, I hit my goal)
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.
(I made it through a Thanksgiving without overeating so I'm doing pretty good so far.)

Monthly Goals (11/1/10-11/31/10):
(my own personal goals)
1. Water- My goal has been to drink 128 oz of water a day but I still have not managed to accomplish this so that is my first goal I'm going to work on this month. (I have still yet to hit this goal)
2. Sugar- I have greatly reduced my sugar intake already but its still something I need to continue to work on. (The last week I ate way to much sugar, definitely got to work on this goal)
3. Fruits- I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal this month is to continue to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day. (I haven't been doing to good on this goal)
4. Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead. I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up. So I plan on continuing to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in. (Lately I haven't been eating as many veggies so I need to work on this)
5. Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So I plan on continuing to really watch my intake of carbs. (This last week I ate way to many carbs, time to get back on track)
6. Exercise- I have been doing really good at exercise but I am adding that as one of my goals so that I make sure I continue to get all of my exercise in. I am challenging myself to walk/jog 5-6 days a week and at least 15 miles a week. (This last week I only got in 8.4 miles)
7. Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to completely give up sodas this month. (I drank a couple diet sodas this last week)
8. Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy. I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up. So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food this next month. (I have eaten to much fast food this last week)


I Refuse to Blow it Over the Holidays Challenge:
This challenge is being hosted by Erika at http://wwwfatlikeme.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html . Its just a personal challenge not to overeat during the holidays. You just keep track of how much weight you have lost from the first day of fall until after New Years. My beginning weight was 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 22.2 lbs so far in this challenge)




Sarah at http://lowstressweightloss.com/blog/  is hosting No Gain Holidays challenge and I have decided to take part. The challenge runs from November 22 until January 3 and you can join anytime. My beginning weight was 218.2 lbs.
(So far I've had no gains, only 3 weeks to go)

I know this seems like alot of goals and challenges but they all kind of fit together I just want to be able to update all of them on the same day to make it easier for me to remember.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup chopped mixed nuts
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 1 peppermint patty
            1 fiber one bar
             water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
             1 banana
             1 cup skim milk
             water (16.9 oz)

Didn't eat that much today because I have to weigh in tomorrow.

Didn't exercise because I ran out of time and by the time I was ready it was way to cold outside.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I'm sorry

This last month has been really tough on me and truth be told I'm not completely 100% yet but I'm getting there.  So many of you have been so supportive and sent me words of encouragement and motivation and that is what has kept me going.  I need to say I'm sorry for slacking off on my support back to all of you.  Honestly about all I've done on this blog in the last month is post my food and exercise and maybe ever once in awhile read a blog that might catch my eye but I've lacked the inspiration to do anymore than that.  I do plan on getting back into the swing of things and doing some catching up on your blogs.  Sorry I haven't been around much but I'm working on it.  I hope that I can give back to all of you who have been here for me.  Thank you so much for everything.

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup chopped mixed nuts
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 20 oz diet dr pepper
            1 peppermint patty
            1 banana

Dinner- 1 small frozen pizza
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/2 cup chocolate ice cream

I haven't eaten dinner yet but thats what I will be eating.  Eatings not back on track yet but at least I'm still staying under my calorie count for the day.  I went to the doctor earlier and she hadn't seen me in about 3 months and she was so proud of how good I'm doing.  She asked how I was losing the weight and I said eating healthy and exercising, who knew thats all you had to do....lol.  I got on the scale before I left for the doctor and the scale read 213.2 lbs which is the least I have weighed so far so I'm really trying to watch what I eat so I have a good loss this week.  I'm feeling alot better and more confident that I can do this so thats helping. 

I had planned on walking today but I had to do it between school and my doctor visit and I only had about 30 minutes to work with so I chose to run.  I ended up jogging 2.1 miles in 23 minutes around my neighborhood which is my fastest time so far.  I'm so proud of myself because I can tell I'm getting stronger and stronger.  Makes me even more determined to lose the weight.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1/4 cup chopped nuts
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk

Snack- 16 oz cup hot chocolate

Dinner- 1 bowl chicken pot pie
             water (16.9 oz)

It sure doesn't look like I ate that much today.  Don't feel like I'm hungry though and I may have a snack afterwhile.

No exercise again today at least outside I may do some inside exercises here in alittle while.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 banana

Snack- 4 christmas cookies
             (1/4 cup mixed nuts)

Dinner- 1 bowl chicken pot pie
             diet root beer (20 oz)

Snack- 4 squares hershey bar
             water (16.9 oz)
             1 fiber one bar
As you can see it was a weird eating day.  It has been really busy today and we had a christmas party at school so thats where the cookies came from.

I didn't exercise today because I let the time get away from me and by the time I was ready to exercise it was way to windy and cold outside.  I'm so sick of winter already.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                  water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 banana
            6 lowfat devils food cookies
             8 oz diet coke

Dinner- 1 footlong veggie sub (Subway)
             water (16.9 oz)

Eating was ok today and I weighed this morning and the scale said 214 lbs which is the least I have weighed so far so I just have to keep the momentum going.

I walked 2.1 miles in 28 minutes around my neighborhood.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1/2 biscuit
            8 oz chocolate milk

Lunch- 1 bowl taco chili
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 bowl cheeseburger hamburger helper
             w/ cheese and lite sour cream
             8 oz diet 7 up

Snack- 1/4 cup M&Ms

I keep wanting to say how crappy my eating was today and no it wasn't filled with veggies and fruit but I don't think I went over my calorie count.  I have to stop looking for negative things to say about my eating and let go and move forward.  I feel like I'm stuck in a rut and until I forgive myself and move on I'm going to continue with this pattern.

I didn't exercise today because it was just so cold and wet and we even had snow flurries today.  Time to get my membership started at the YMCA so I don't have excuses not to exercise.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
                 water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 granola bar
            4 snackwell cookies

Dinner- 1 bowl taco chili w/ cheese and lite
             sour cream
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 chocolate chip cookie
           
My eating was alittle better today but I could have stayed away from the snacks.

I walked 4.2 miles 58 minutes around the neighborhood.

Goals, Challenges and Weigh In Updates

I decided to keep all my challenges and goals together in one post to make it easier to track everything. I know it seems like I have taken on alot but its keeps me motivated and keeps me busy so I don't think about food so much. Updates are in red.


Weight loss goals (2 lbs a week):
December 28, 2010- 205 lbs (I 215.6 weigh lbs)
January 25, 2011- 197 lbs
February 22, 2011- 189 lbs (under 200 for valentines how sweet that would be)
March 22, 2011- 181 lbs
April 19, 2011- 173 lbs
May 17, 2011- 165 lbs (it would be nice to celebrate our 5 year anniversary with me at this weight)
June 14, 2011- 157 lbs
July 12, 2011- 149 lbs ( 2 days before my birthday what a wonderful birthday present to myself)
August 9, 2011- 141 lbs (this would be the smallest I have ever been)

Recommended Daily Allowances:
(not really a challenge but something I need to keep an eye on)
Calories: 1760 to lose 2 lbs a week
Fat: 64 grams
Fiber: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 300 grams
Sugar: 40 grams
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium: 2400 milligrams


Exercise:
I have challenged myself to walk a 160 miles by New Years. I am using the ticker on the right side of my blog to keep track of how far I have walked.
(I have walked 128 miles so far in this challenge.)


Hot 100 Challenge:
Steve from http://logmyloss.com/ is hosting the Hot 100 Challenge. The Hot 100 is a challenge focused on the last 100 days of 2010 beginning September 23, 2010. Here are my goals:
#1....This was my own personal challenge anyway so I'm adding it as my first goal here.....walk 160 miles by New Years.
(I have walked 128 miles so far.)
#2....Continue to eat healthy and exercise so I can lose 20 lbs by New Years. Beginning weight 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 19.8 lbs so far, I only need .2 lbs to hit my goal)
#3....Make it through the holiday season without falling back into old eating patterns.
(I made it through a Thanksgiving without overeating so I'm doing pretty good so far.)

Monthly Goals (11/1/10-11/31/10):
(my own personal goals)
1. Water- My goal has been to drink 128 oz of water a day but I still have not managed to accomplish this so that is my first goal I'm going to work on this month. (I have still yet to hit this goal)
2. Sugar- I have greatly reduced my sugar intake already but its still something I need to continue to work on. (The last week I ate way to much sugar, definitely got to work on this goal)
3. Fruits- I love fruits especially sweet fruits like bananas, apples and grapes but I have learned that fruits have alot of natural sugar in them so you do need to watch how much you eat so my goal this month is to continue to keep my fruit intake to a maximum of 1-2 servings per day. (I haven't been doing to good on this goal)
4. Vegetables- I have always been a vegetable eater but I have had to learn to replace some of my carbs like macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes with vegetables instead. I am learning to try new vegetables that I've never had before to add some variety into my eating and vegetables really are good for you and help to fill you up. So I plan on continuing to try at least one new vegetable and make sure I get my daily servings of veggies in. (Lately I haven't been eating as many veggies so I need to work on this)
5. Carbohydrates- This is probably one of my favorite types of foods, I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese and pasta dishes and breads but if you aren't careful these types of food can put alot of weight on you. So I plan on continuing to really watch my intake of carbs. (This last week I ate way to many carbs, time to get back on track)
6. Exercise- I have been doing really good at exercise but I am adding that as one of my goals so that I make sure I continue to get all of my exercise in. I am challenging myself to walk/jog 5-6 days a week and at least 15 miles a week. (This last week I only got in 9 miles)
7. Soda- I have mainly been drinking water but I have been sneaking in a couple diet sodas a week and I want to completely give up sodas this month. (I drank a couple diet sodas this last week)
8. Fast Food- I try to pick the healthiest thing when I get fast food but like a friend pointed out to me no fast food is healthy. I'm only picking out the least unhealthy thing on the menu so this is definitely something I need to give up. So my last goal is to completely avoid fast food this next month. (I have eaten to much fast food this last week)


I Refuse to Blow it Over the Holidays Challenge:
This challenge is being hosted by Erika at http://wwwfatlikeme.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html . Its just a personal challenge not to overeat during the holidays. You just keep track of how much weight you have lost from the first day of fall until after New Years. My beginning weight was 235.4 lbs.
(I have lost 19.8 lbs so far in this challenge.)

Sarah at http://lowstressweightloss.com/blog/ is hosting No Gain Holidays challenge and I have decided to take part.  The challenge runs from November 22 until January 3 and you can join anytime.  My beginning weight was 218.2 lbs.
(So far I've had no gains only a month to go)


I know this seems like alot of goals and challenges but they all kind of fit together I just want to be able to update all of them on the same day to make it easier for me to remember.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Food and Exercise Journal

Breakfast- 1 1/2 cups bran cereal
                 1 banana
                 1 cup skim milk
      
Lunch- 1 grilled chicken wrap (Wendy's)
            water (16.9 oz)

Dinner- 1 slice pepperoni pizza (Dominoes)
             water (16.9 oz)

Snack- 1 peppermint patty

Not a good eating day at all.

No exercise today either and tomorrow is weigh in day and its not looking good right now.