Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Geek out with Thanksgiving data

As I'm sitting here waiting for the extremely long work day and subsequently work week to end, I read this on Yahoo! Interesting geek tidbits from the article:
3. We Consume an Average of 3,000 Calories at Thanksgiving
From the butter volcano in the mashed potatoes to the mishmash of sweet potato casserole and cornbread stuffing slathered in gravy, each American is estimated to consume anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 calories at the average Thanksgiving meal.

But the biggest calorie bomb on your Thanksgiving table? [Drum roll, please.] Pecan pie! It packs a whopping 503 calories a slice (compared to 316 calories for pumpkin pie and 411 calories for apple pie). Where does this seemingly innocent pie get all of its calories? Sugar, mostly, and copious amounts of pecans, which harbor lots of fat. But on the bright side, much of that is "good fat" (including omega-3s) and pecans contain more antioxidants--compounds that sweep up tissue-damaging free radicals--than any other tree nut, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Pecans also provide notable amounts of zinc, a mineral that may help combat colds. In second place for calorie-packed dishes, we have sweet potato casserole at 460 calories a serving, and in third, don't forget that wine adds up fast: 382 calories for three average-size glasses.

5. You'd Have to Run a Marathon (Plus!) to Burn Off Your Thanksgiving Calories
If you want to exercise to "erase" the calories from turkey, gravy and everything else you ate at Thanksgiving dinner, I hope you have a comfortable pair of running shoes. A 150-pound person would have to run an average of 29 miles to burn off 2,800 calories. If you weigh more, congratulations! You get to run less. But whatever you weigh, clear your calendar and get out your reflective running gear because you are going to be busy (and winded).
lol - way to justify that piece of pecan pie, Yahoo! contributor, by throwing in that it's "FULL OF OMEGA-3'S!" *sigh*


You'll feel a lot better at the end of the day if you keep a good head on your shoulders and eat reasonably, stay away from anything with "CASSEROLE" included, and have ONE piece of pie. (Not pecan, obviously.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weigh-In 11/19/2012

Previous:    173.4
Today:        172.6
Loss:           -   0.8

At least I'm on a downward trend again!

It's a short week, and I am excited.

I visited my dermatologist this morning who consulted with me about skin removal (and removed some rogue moles). He supports my decision to start surgery proceedings at the end of next year, and he made sure to note my skin irritation. I love him. :)

I've decided to focus on 150, and if I get feeling too skinny by then I'll stop.

My relatives have just switched from "you need to lose weight" to "you've lost enough, you need to stop." Ahh - the joys of the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving loves!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Revelation that most of you knew.

Yeah, I'm slow sometimes.

It seems that a week of overeating not only lead to a weight gain, but it also lead to something more heinous: hunger.

I'm flat hungry this week. And that's so very bad  because since I've been eating 1200 calories every single day for at least 14 weeks, I managed to acclimate myself. I wasn't getting hungry, or hunger pains, or thinking about binging.

Now, I'm back to square one again and hungry.

No wonder diets fail.

I've been good, no straying from the 1200 per day, but it's once again rough.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Post-Vacation Weigh-In 11/12/2012

Previous:    168.0
Today:        173.4
Gain!:           +5.4

Yuck, lol. I expected it, but it still sucks. I am not sure how much is water / flight gain and how much is actual weight gain, I'm hoping this week will show how much weight I actually gained. Either way, I know I deserved a gain - as you will see from the following pictures. I walked a shit ton compared to the last visit - because I finally could. It was nice to walk 8+ miles a day (I loved taking the pedometer) and still having energy.

I had a great time, I have nothing to complain about because I was on a vacation while so many others are having it rough right now - I shall sucketh it up and throw on the liquid diet for a few weeks and get back on track.

She was amazing.

Because let's face it, when you get right down to it I'm childish.

My  flight seat belt not only fit, but had lots of leftover!

It's entirely made of... chocolate.

The beautiful Venetian canals.

Yep, that's right, fountain-o-chocolate.

Frequenting a dark little Irish Pub.
I start a volleyball league tonight. Slightly nervous, slightly happy that I get a chance to work off this weight this week coupled with my liquid breakfast and lunch.

Missed you all, I will work diligently on reading back and commenting!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Weigh-In 11/02/2012

Previous:    169.2
Today:        168.0
Loss:             -1.2

Weigh-in is, obviously, early. I will not be taking a scale on my trip, and I can't be certain I'll even post. So, this morning was the last chance I had to weigh-in until Monday, November 12th. It was nice to see 168, I won't lie.

I fully expect to see a weight gain next time. It's not because I am actively planning to eat badly, but flights always seem to mess with my water retention or something. And I'm sure I'll eat poorly at some point, too. And consume too much sodium.

Seriously my lunch is amazing, just thought I'd share.

I love you guys, talk to you when I get back. Don't be offended if I don't make comments on your writings until next Monday. :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

60 Days.

There’s 60 days left for 2012. (Give or take a few hours, of course.) I have 60 days to finish up whatever I want to accomplish for the year, and I have 60 days to decide what my 2013 goals will be.
In short, here is what I hope to see on January 01, 2013.
·         160 on the scales (loss of 8 pounds in 60 days – will be a total of 80 pounds for the year).
My mother told me the other day that if I get any skinnier than 160, I’ll just look gaunt and sickly. I have news for all my family who think you are helping out by giving your opinion – you’re not. I did this by myself. I think I should get to decide when I’ve lost enough weight. Next year I’ll be incorporating 6 days of exercise with the maintenance plan, so it’s going to take some getting used to. I don’t even know what weight I should be, but I think I should be given some freedom to experiment with that on my own. And let’s face it – I can think of worse fates than having to add a protein shake or two a day to gain weight. I don’t think I’ve ever had that problem, haha.
·         Some good freaking starting progress pictures and measurements.
One of the biggest regrets I have on this JOURNEY J has been the fact I didn’t start out with good measurements or pictures. Looking back, I realize how easy it would have been on the 1st of the month to just take five minutes to measure and picture myself. But I didn’t do it. Now that I am moving into the maintenance and toning phase, I really want to be able to see the muscles grow, and I think it will help motivate my lazy ass to exercise.
·         Have read Refuse to Regain (by Barbara Berkeley, MD) – thanks Karen. One of my biggest fears is regaining this weight, or returning to my old ways. This really seems like a book that will be very beneficial to me.
That’s it – that’s my list for the last 60 days. I am still formulating my New Year’s Resolutions. A lot of people think setting those goals are hokey – but it was a New Year’s goal that set me on the path I’m on now, so I think I’ll stick to it.