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10/13/2010

Technical Difficulties

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Stupid Government computer just crashed on me while I was adding my pictures to my blog.  Of course nothing saved, and I have to run to a 1pm appointment now.  Promise I will be back up in a few hours.

09/29/2010

Unexpected Workout...

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I've been preparing for two separate birthday parties for my daughters this Saturday coming up.  We have family coming by from Philly and New Orleans.  It's a Candy Land Theme for my youngest and Japanese Theme for my oldest.  Most definitely seemed easy enough until I started the planning for it.  My ex-husband is also flying in from Texas, today with his two year old so they all can spend some time together since he wasn't able to get this summer because of work.  

 So I've been doing a lot of preparations around the house.  It won't be this many people here since I had family over last Thanksgiving.  For some unknown reason I also decided to pick this past weekend to paint my foyer and steam clean the carpets.  I've never painted before and really didn't know what to expect.  I picked this beautiful yellow color, Sunflower by Behr.  I used the Ultra Premium with the Primer added to the paint.  

I started off with one Gallon.  One Gallon of paint was not near enough, lol.  So I had to go back and get another Gallon the next day.  The ceilings in the foyer are 9-10ft high so I did at least have sense enough to get an extender from the beginning.  The paint pretty much goes from the foyer to down the left side of the basement steps, and up the living room steps.  

Between cleaning the carpets and painting.  I got a very good arm workout.  Even with the extender, reaching the high parts kicked my butt.  Most definitely was not my intentions, but painting is most definitely not for the weak.  I'm going to get to work my arms some more after I steam clean the wood and tile floors,  and even vacuum the carpet.

Even though some of these are everyday activities, it really did not dawn on me how much of a workout you actually put your body through.  Just the running up and down the steps alone on a daily basis is enough to get my heart rate up fast.  Even when I can't always hit the gym or go walking, especially since its been raining here, it's good to know that the daily chores I do around the house count towards my weight loss goals also.        

What everyday activities do you do that count towards your weight loss goals that you may no have realized before?

 --Nicole

 

09/22/2010

Road Trip and Stomach Pains...

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Flew out to Atlanta on Saturday to go get my car and bring it back to Virginia.  I forgot to pack my lunch to take with me so I ate a ma hi ma hi wrap at the airport.  It was loaded with veggies so I felt it was a safe bet. One of my friends picked me up from the airport and her and her husband BBQ later that day. 

 Everyone knows that I'm on this diet or change of lifestyle as I like to call it.  I just had one boneless pork chop.  I don't know if it was the pork chop or the ma hi ma hi wrap from earlier, but about an hour later it felt like someone was stabbing me in the gut.  I haven't felt like that since I've been on this.  I had to make about three trips to the bathroom.  I was even to the point where I wanted to throw up.  

I was better after about the third bathroom trip, but my stomach was still a little unsettled.  Another girlfriend of mine picked me up to bring me to Albany, where the car was actually at. This was about a 5 1/2 trip altogether, and I was terrified to eat anything while on the road.  We didn't get back until about 2:30 in the morning and I spent the night by her house, and went back to my girlfriend who picked me up from the airport the next morning.  

I only really felt safe eating some green beans she had in the fridge.  I left back out at 6:00pm to go back to Virginia.  Made it in at 2:30am Monday morning.  Surprisingly I only had to stop for gas and to go to the bathroom.  I didn't have any hunger pains along the way.  I haven't figured out what caused me so much pain, but in the future I will pay more attention what I'm eating when out or at other people's houses.

Have you had any problems with eating something and it not agreeing with you later on?

--Nicole

09/17/2010

I cheated!!!

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Hello everyone!  I've finally broke down and cheated.  My coworker came in late this past Tuesday and bought  in a dozen donuts.  Being that I hadn't eaten breakfast on lunch yet, I broke down and had one or two.  I felt so bad about, and voiced my discontent in between bites of my sugary poison.

So far I've lost 14lbs and plenty and plenty of inches.  My backfat is pretty much 95% gone.  Next week I plan to add jogging to my workout plan so I can start seeing more results.  I'm comfortbale with eating out (or not) when i go out now. 

Have you had any hiccups in your weightloss goals?

--Nicole

09/10/2010

Just Going With The Flow

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My girls started their first week of school on Tuesday.  I've just been keeping busy with work and making sure they had everything they needed for school.  I hate to say that their really isn't antying interesting going on in my life right now.  I'm still on track with the diet, and been pretty much keeping on track.  Hopefully life gets a little more excited next week.

How is everyone else doing with their weightloss goals?

--Nicole

09/03/2010

Tools of the Trade for Smooth Sailing

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So I'm down to 182 from starting at 193!  I wish I was struggling more with it, but it really hasn't been that bad.  I've had a few days where I felt hungrier then usual, but for the most part its smooth sailing.  I actually get excited about when it's time for me to weigh myself to see how much I've lost from the previous weigh in.  I love the fact that I have a regular scale instead of digital; it makes my next weight goal seem that much closer when I look down at it.

I have a few tools that I've been using to help me stay focus and keep on track.  There's an app for the I phone called Lose It that I use.  I can record my meals and exercise that I do a day.  If they don't have a food listed, I can add the information myself.  It lets me record my weight and even tells me how many calories I need to eat a day to make it to my goal.  I was actually scared to announce the goal I'm going for, but haven't being on this diet I feel confident enough to put it down.  My goal is to be 140lbs!  According to the app, if I lose 2lbs a month I'll reach my goal in February!    IPhoneImage

I've never felt this confident about losing weight before.  I hate to even call this a diet, because it doesn't feel that way.  I don't feel like I'm necessarily refraining from anything.  I'm just making better decisions about what I'm eating and being mindful of portion control.  I don't feel confident enough to eat whatever I want outside of the program, but I feel that at the end of the Steps I will be able to!

What tools have you implemented to help get you closer to your weight loss goal?

--Nicole

09/01/2010

All You Can Eat Buffet...

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Had to find rooms for about 20 Soldiers coming back from deployment last week, so I've been busy.  Stayed in a timeshare in Williamsburg this past weekend with the girls, and my cousin and her fiance came down.  I made sure to plan ahead and bought my skinny soup with me, so that I wouldn't have to worry about missing out on all those veggies while away from the house.  I really haven't been that hungry lately.  Once I make it to dinnertime, I kind of feel like I'm force feeding myself. 
 
I received a $25 gift certificate from Golden Corral from the timeshare.  I was a little hesitant at first, but I took the girls there to eat.  I had my first diet soda since I've been on the diet.  Even though refills were free of course, after I finished I asked for water.  I was able to walk past all of the food including the dessert counter and I didn't feel anything.  I even had to to take my little one to the cake area two times because she didn't like her first selection, and I didn't get any pangs in my stomach. 
 
The most amazing thing of all; I only used one plate while there!  Maybe its the diminished appetite or just better eating habits that I'm picking up.  I only had green beans, steamed carrots, and cabbage.  Hot rolls were placed right in front of me and I didn't even flinch.  I'm sure my girls don't understand, but they were spared the embarrassment of their mother foaming at the mouth at the buffet.
 
Would you be able to sustain yourself at an all you can eat area?

--Nicole

08/25/2010

Dieting in the Real World...

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I went to Philly this past weekend to visit family and friends.  There was also a party in NYC I that I went to.  I left really late Friday night, so I was able to have dinner at home.  I did my skinny soup and teriyaki chicken before I left out.  I didn't want any excuses for cheating on the way up there.

Thankfully, my cousin, who I stayed with, had plenty of veggies in her fridge.  She also had frozen turkey burgers.  For breakfast I had the skinny pita pocket.  I loaded it with onions and bell peppers.  She had potato bread, so I used a slice of that instead of pita.

For lunch I had a turkey burger while at her house.  I went to my Sister's house later that day and got some cabbage from a Jamaican restaurant.  I finished off eating for the night with a piece of grilled steak.

I did good at the party I went to.  We were there until five in the morning.  After the party we walked around Times Square and the rest of the city.  We went to a little bistro that had about every sweet imaginable!  They had a portobello and pepper wrap (in wheat bread), that seemed like a safe enough choice to eat.

We didn't make it back to Philly until eight in the morning.  I crashed, and woke up around lunchtime.  My cousin made some cabbage with carrots, tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers.  I pretty much ate that the rest of the day, and just added a grilled chicken breast to the mix for dinnertime.

As far as Step 2 is concerned, I haven't made too many changes from Step 1.  I finished off the turkey burger and skinny soup I made last week on Monday.  I made a fresh batch of skinny soup last night.  I haven't tried any of the new recipes yet, but am very much looking forward to it.  

I have taken advantage of being able to have sugar substitute twice a day.  I prefer to put splenda in my oatmeal and have a crystal light every once in a while.  I also have a nice bit of food left over from my nutrisystem days.  I decided on days when I'm away from the house or just don't feel or have time to cook just for me; I'll start using up my leftover nutrisystem meals in lieu of frozen dinners.  I have the nutrisystem snack bars that should make nice healthy extras.

Overall, I'm still sticking in there.  I'm enjoying the extra energy that I've been having lately.  I started doing ttapp at the beginning of Step 1, and I've been making myself stick with it.  I'm up at four in the morning everyday so I can knock out the Basic Workout Plus before I get ready for work in the morning.  I'm even able to pass in front of the snack machine now, without worrying about the sugar shakes coming on.  It's all worth it to see the brand new me on the other side!   

What have you implemented for when you're away from the safety of dieting at home?

--Nicole

08/20/2010

Motivation!!!

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<p>Life is starting to turn back to normal also.  Still contemplating where I want to be for three years after I finish with school for retraining.  Right now, I'm deciding between Korea and Belgium.  I'm going to talk to the girls about it to see if they prefer one more than the other.</p> 


<p>Leaving is actually my motivation right now.  It's a fresh start that I so badly need.  Once I drop these excess pounds, I don't want any excuses to slowly put them back on.  School is four months away, and it'll be here before I know it.  Not to sound overtly full of myself; I want to look good in front of the camera!</p> 


<p>I want to take portraits with my girls, and not cringe about getting photographed from the "wrong" angle.  I want to be able to put on whatever's in my closet in one try because it's too tight, or ill fitting.  I'll take ill fitting if that means it's falling off my body!</p>   


<p>I actually made it to day 5.  I finally made the Super Skinny Soup on day 3, and it is awesome.  Even my girls loved it.  I also did the teriyaki chicken.  Since my children have to eat too, I quadrupled the recipe for the chicken.  They preferred to eat the the soup though.</p>


<p>Something that I never thought I would be able to like, is plain oatmeal.  It took me until my oldest was three years old to actually like flavored oatmeal.  I bought a big container of rolled oats, and I've been using that for the last few days.  I have a enormous bag of Dole frozen strawberries that I've been putting on it, as well as my plain yogurt.</p>IMG_0604  


<p>It's getting easier to pass by the snack and soda machine as the days pass.  I still look up at it whenever I get stressed a little bit at work, or while waiting for lunch to come.  I also never had this much support before.  So my last motivation is that I don't want to let myself or all of you who are rooting for me down!</p>


<p>What's your motivation to stay on track???</p>


<p>--Nicole Watkins</p>

08/18/2010

Preparation is key!

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On Monday, for day 1, I got up at 4:00am. I made myself an egg white omelet with tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, and one for lunch with broccoli. I even made the girls some scrambled eggs and bacon, for them to eat when they woke up. This wouldn't had been so much of a big deal if I didn't have to chopped all of my veggies beforehand because I didn't do it the night before.   IMG_0596                                             

I didn't start drinking water until I got to work around 6:00 because I drove my bike. I didn't eat my omelet until around 8:00. I was good up until around 11:00 and that's when I ate my lunch. I kept drinking water from the time I got in, but the hunger pains started around 2:00pm. Of course my butt didn't pack anything else, but carrot sticks which I had been snacking on all morning. So I ran over to the hospital and got myself a small salad and ate that for a late snack.

I didn't get home until after 5:00pm, but to be honest, I wasn't hungry at all. I was going to make some fish, but I didn't feel like it. I knew that I needed to eat something though. So after resting for an hour, I went to the kitchen and made the Super Skinny Salad with two TB of raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  Only a 1/2 gram of fat and 40 cal.  I put some chicken breast chunks on top of it so I could get my protein.  IMG_0598

 

Needless to say, I didn't finish all of it. I packed the leftovers up to choose for my veggies to snack on for day 2. I had already split the salad into two parts while I was making it and had put another up with out the mushrooms and some other stuff to use for salad for day's to lunch with the leftover chicken breast.

I would have to say that my day 2, has gone a lot smoother because of trial and error from day 1. I got up at the same time on Tuesday, except I did my workout for the morning. I made myself another egg white omelet with the leftover veggies from Monday's breakfast. I packed yogurt and frozen strawberries this time too.

What I bought to work on Tuesday is a far lot more then what I had on Day 1.  I've been using left over Chinese containers; they've come in real handy.   IMG_0597  I may not eat all over everything because it really is a lot of food. Being that I'm about 20 feet from two soda machines and a snack machines, I would much rather have leftovers then risk grabbing an off limit food because I got some hunger pains. Looking at the longterm picture....it's just not worth it!

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What kind of preparations do you make so that you don't fall off track?

--Nicole Watkins

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