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Weight Loss Update

I’ve been terrible at posting lately. I’ve just been so busy with other things. Volunteering with an election campaign here, working, crafting for Christmas, doing my pre-Christmas housecleaning (which equates to spring cleaning levels),  etc.

My weight loss has been slow recently, as I’ve not been exercising (well, not of the specific kind, though I think hardcore cleaning counts), and haven’t been eating as well, but am getting back into the swing of things this week.

Regardless, I’ve managed to lose… 31 POUNDS! In less than 3 months. November 17th will be the three month mark. I’ve been hovering around this current weight for about 2 WEEKS NOW. This is of course, based on my morning weight. I’ve gone as low as 214, but didn’t stay there.

So, my very first before and after pictures will be posted today (this one is for you Nanny – I saw your comment wondering where my updates had gone! :)).

On the left, is a photo taken by my four year old yesterday. On the right is a photo taken by a family member in early August, before I began my weight loss journey. As you can see… 30 pounds has already mad a tonne of difference.

It makes me cry to see this… to actually, really, finally…. see a difference. It makes it all worthwhile, and has be very motivated to get back on the exercise wagon!

Please ignore the mess in the background of the photo at left… I have a four year old boy who loves to play with boxes and make messes! 🙂 In the photo at right, that’s my husband in the background making some weird face, and my son hiding in my arms. He’s getting way too tall for that! 🙂

Anyway folks, I’ll try to get back on track here soon, and start posting food photos and exercise updates again to help keep myself accountable. I’v also gotten into sewing and crafts recently, and hope to open an Etsyh shop soon. I’ll shar the link with everyone when I’ve got it up and running.

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Updates, Birthday Fun, and Recent Eats (Pictures!)

Updates:

All right, so I think I am back on track. My weight at home is showing 224 morning weight up to 226-227 evening weight now. I also went shopping in my closet and found my old(er) jeans fit, and a pair of capris I haven’t been able to wear in a long time (unfortunately it’s now fall and darn cold, so those aren’t much good to me).

My Birthday!

Yesterday was my 25th birthday, and while I had some emotional moments, it was wonderful. My husband had little pity for my moping over my 25th milestone, as he is 30+. However, my most awesome husband got the wife of a friend of his to make me a homemade chocolate cake with … A PENGUIN ON IT! I’ve collected penguins for years, and yet in all of our 7+ years together, he never thought to get a penguin cake. LOL

For dinner he asked if we could have, ‘fat food’ (a joke, of course) so I had nachos with cheese, green pepper, and green onion and salsa, and he had loaded nachos with pepperoni, etc. Of course, making them yourself at home and controlling the cheese and number of chips REALLY helps keep calories in check at the very least. I managed to keep a nice big plate of nachos surprisingly close to my 500 calorie mark for dinner. I DID however, forget to take a picture. Rest assured, they looked delicious, though had way less cheese than I would have put on 2 months ago. Even still, I never was one for too much cheese on nachos because it makes them too greasy and soggy. My husband, however, ahs a different theory on nachos. *laughs*

My beautiful birthday cake.... oh so sinfully delicious. Worth every calorie, I swear!

My beautiful birthday cake.... oh so sinfully delicious. Worth every calorie, I swear!

AND here is me with my cake... another year older, and 22 pounds lighter so far!

AND here is me with my cake... another year older, and 22 pounds lighter so far!

And now for some of my recent eats, to catch up:

Stuffed zuchinni boats (zuchini, Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb, Light Feta, mushroom, chive, green pepper, spinach), sweet potato baked withy olive oil and chili powder, and chicken breast baked with olive oil/rosemary.

Stuffed zuchinni boats (zuchini, Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb, Light Feta, mushroom, chive, green pepper, spinach), sweet potato baked withy olive oil and chili powder, and chicken breast baked with olive oil/rosemary.

Light Caesar Salad, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. With a bit of care, this was a surprisingly low calorie dinner. Well under the 500 mark.

Light Caesar Salad, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. With a bit of care, this was a surprisingly low calorie dinner. Well under the 500 mark.

Not my lowest calorie meal, but I was lazy. A spring roll, and pita pizza. Portion controlled though.

Not my lowest calorie meal, but I was lazy. A spring roll, and pita pizza. Portion controlled though.

Broccoli tossed in light Parmesan, President's Choice corn, and chicken breast with Classico Ren Wine & Herb.

Broccoli tossed in light Parmesan, President's Choice corn, and chicken breast with Classico Ren Wine & Herb.

Salad and low calorie tuna melts.

Salad and low calorie tuna melts.

Strawberry & Maple Oatmeal with a side of low calorie, low sodium toast with local honey. I was a hugnry woman that morning.

Strawberry & Maple Oatmeal with a side of low calorie, low sodium toast with local honey. I was a hugnry woman that morning.

Well, that’s everything I took pictures of! Enjoy! 🙂

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Weigh In Week 4 & Good Eats – A Quick Post!

Office Biggest Loser – Week 4 Weigh In:

Week 4 Weigh-In of the office challenge (which started a bit after I started my weight loss journey mid-August) was today. I was very worried I’d not lost much and that my own scale at home was deceiving me (which, along with my chiropractor’s scale, typically shows me 2-3 pounds lighter than the office scale). Last Monday my weight on the office scale was 232.5…

TODAY my weight was… *drumroll please* … 229lbs! This means a 3.5lb weight loss AND I’ve oficially cracked the 220’s on both my home and office weigh-ins! In fact, my morning weight at home, which I believe is more accurate since it matches my chiropractor’s scale, was 225.5lbs!!! This places my total weight loss since mid-August at 20.5 lbs!!!

Now, I am exhausted and just finished an intense, but brief (25 minutes… but something is better than nothing!) workout on my elliptical with a 5 lb weight in each hand! Yikes! INTENSE! I’ll give a quick rundown of recent eats, then it’s off to sleepyland for Dee!

Good Eats:

Sunday Night Dinner:

  • Chicken breast baked with Salba Hot Salsa and topped with a pre-sliced slice of Monterey Jack
  • President’s Choice Peaches & Cream frozen corn from Atlantic Superstore (sooo good), with a bit of ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light’ … interesting stuff.
  • Carrots, mushrooms, cucumber, cheddar and green pepper chopped and tossed with just a light coating of Renee’s Wellness Yogurt Dressing – Peppercorn Ranch
  • I COULD NOT eat all of this. Yikes I was full and there was still a tonne on the plate. I tried to make my husband eat it but he only wanted the chicken, and ignored the veggies. *sad* Too much cheese too, so I ended up picking out the cheese in the veggies and setting aside. Bad Dee. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, thank goodness.
Dinner....

Dinner....

Monday Morning Snack:

  • 100 Calorie No Sugar Added Jello Chocolate Pudding, topped with a crumbled piece of Nature’s Valley cocoa nib granola, and 2 sliced strawberries. This was SUCH a treat!
Chocolate, Strawberries and Granola

Chocolate, Strawberries and Granola

Monday Dinner:

  • I decided to whip together fajitas with whatever we had in the fridge
  • We ended up with: zucchini, onion, green pepper, mushroom, corn, seasoned with some leftover taco seasoning in a packet, and some medium salsa
  • Served on the small size whole wheat tortillas (90 calories each), with some grated cheddar, diced tomatoes, lettuce, and salsa – depending on what each of us wanted. I ate TWO of these. Gosh they were good!
The innards of our fajitas.

The innards of our fajitas.

Time to chow down!

Time to chow down!

And a close-up of the tastiness for good measure!

And a close-up of the tastiness for good measure!

GOOD NIGHT ALL!

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19 Pounds Down, and Today’s Eats!

Weight Update:

So, this morning I weighed myself, and my morning weight was… *drumroll please* … 227 pounds!! This is 19 pounds down from my past morning weight!HURRAY!

This evening, after eating all day, I weighed myself again, out of curiosity, and my evening weight was 228.5 pounds! This is down from my previous average evening weight of 26-249 pounds! HURRAY SOME MORE!

I was having trouble believing the weight loss had made any difference, despite my husband’s protests, until I put together my ‘before’ pictures and my ‘weight loss to date (as of today)’ pictures. I can REALLY see a difference. Unfortunately, I’m not quite comfortable sharing these photos with the world yet, but I will hang on to them and continue adding new photos along the way, and when I am where I am comfortable, I will show you all the progress! 🙂

My stomach has flattened, and my massage therapist friend noted in the pictures that she can see my abdominal muscles coming forward… from the front view, I’ve lost the round pregnant firm belly look, and while it is looking less firm, it is also decidedly narrower at the waste, and showing some shape. VERY COOL for me to see! Totally makes this worth while!

Today’s Eats – Breakfast:

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Yogurt:

I cooked some rolled oats, and added pureed pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar toward the end. In the bowl I added a drizzle of maple syrup and some vanilla yogurt. SO tasty!

Just in time for Fall - Pumpkin Oats!

Just in time for Fall - Pumpkin Oats!

Today’s Eats – Snacks & Lunch:

  • A Deep Chocolate VitaMuffin for my morning snack
  • A Dempster’s BodyWise Whole Wheat sandwich with cheese, spinach and turkey (tomato basil deli) and ham (rosemary deli)
  • Some goldfish crackers – I know, bad, but in the scheme of crackers, they’re not all that bad
  • A bite of a Chocolate Almond Fudge Clif Bar, to see if I liked it – I LOVED it – but gave the rest to my munchkin, who thoroughly believed it was a cookie
  • A bite of the Pecan Pie Larabar, just to taste. I was very unimpressed – I’ll be honest. Even the munchkin wouldn’t eat it. That’s a bad sign. He eats anything perceived as a ‘treat.’ I bought a couple of others to try though, and am hoping for more luck. We don’t have any of the chocolate flavored ones here for some reason (Jocolat).
Clif Bar - Chocolate Almond Fudge

Clif Bar - Chocolate Almond Fudge

LaraBar - Pecan Pie

LaraBar - Pecan Pie

Todays Eats – Dinner:

  • One proper portion (possibly less) of steak, sliced and cooked in a frying pan (no oil or grease) with Worcestershire sauce
  • Raw carrot, green pepper and mushroom dipped in Renee’s Wellness Yogurt Peppercorn Dressing (SO DELICIOUS!) – I couldn’t finish all of the veggies, and my munchkin was more than happy to finish them off for me!
  • One bottle of POMx Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea. This tasted absolutely fabulous, but after realizing pomegranates are apparently a growing allergen, and knowing my own issues with mango and kiwi, I panicked and put it away in the fridge after drinking a bit. Gosh it was SOOOOO good though.
Suppertime - YUM YUM!

Suppertime - YUM YUM!

Well, that’s it for now! Hope everyone else is doing well!

I’m off to bed for a good night’s rest now!

Tomorrow I’m planning to try a nice whole wheat pizza dough recipe I found – I didn’t tackle it tonight because it takes and hour or two to make/let rise. Can’t wait to share with you all how THAT goes – I’m not known for my pizza doough-making skills….

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Dee’s Skinny Tunes: Songs to Motivate

So, in my quest to become healthier and reach my goal weight, I was presented initially with a key problem – how to motivate myself to work out actively and regularly?

I had recently purchased a Sansa Clip MP3 player, as my first foray into this type of technology. I have to share also, that I flipping LOVE this thing – it is durable, easy to use, drop and drag music from your desktop AND the sound is incredible – I’ve had many folks with other players try mine and tell me how impressed they were with the sound. Now, while drowning out the outside world while working out is important to me – this rocks!

Sansa Clip - The Ultimate MP3 Player

Sansa Clip - The Ultimate MP3 Player

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