Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 16

"Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-a-alcohol..."

Yesterday was...interesting to say the least. It happened, but it's in the past and I just need to not do it again. First off, eating healthy at a diner is INCREDIBLY difficult. While I did substitute egg-whites for eggs in the omelette, I likely should have passed on the fried potatoes. I can tell you I did feel sick after eating though, which I hope means my body is more adjusted to healthier foods, and that it doesn't care for unhealthy foods.

Which brings me to alcohol. I definitely drank entirely too much last night, contributing to a lot of my calories yesterday. I'm not prone to over-doing it like I did last night. However, I will say I resisted the traditional party fare and when I did snack, it was on bell peppers (I even passed on eating a slice of cake-I opted for having a bite of someone else's slice).

I'm finding it a lot easier to stick with eating healthy when I'm alone rather than out with friends. Being in a party or restaurant setting makes it a lot more difficult. On the flip-side though, several of the people at the party last night are followers of this blog, and helped keep me on track in opting for the veggies to snack on.

Hopefully days like yesterday don't become a regular thing.

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Chicken Margherita (300 calories)

Dinner
2 servings Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts (578 calories) (recipe)

Evening Snack
1 c. Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/4 granola (116 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,104

Exercise: Roller Derby Workout 30 minutes (Abs and Cardio)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Day 15

Weigh-in: 239.7 lbs (-1.8 pounds)
BMI: 36.35

Smaller amount lost this week, but a loss none-the-less. I'm pretty sure this is right about the pace I need to be losing weight anyway, so this is a good thing.

Didn't do Wii Fit last night, but I did do the Roller Derby Workout and HOLY CRAP does that workout kick your ass! I was sweating it up, feeling the burn in my muscles, and the endorphin high afterwards was AMAZING. If you're looking for a good workout, definitely check it out (no derby skate required). I'm planning on getting some ankle weights at some point to do with the exercises, but it's tough even without. As a note, when I first got the DVD last fall, I tried doing the workout, got about 15 minutes into it and quit because it was "too hard." Last night, even though some of the exercises really pushed me, I MADE IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH! I felt really accomplished and REALLY proud of myself for pushing through. I think I might also need a yoga mat though, because doing the floor exercises on hardwood just KILLED my knees.

Still not much difference in the photos, but this is going to take time.




Breakfast
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (58 calories)

Lunch
Egg white, spinach, onion, Feta omelette (500 calories)
1 c. fried potatoes (320 calories)
1 English muffin (120 calories)
1 Tbs. butter (100 calories)

Dinner
1 6" Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (380 calories)

Drinks
5 Michelob Ultra Lime (475 calories)
2 Vodka/Diet Cokes (112 calories)
1 shot tequila (80 calories)

Total calories for the day: 2,255

Exercise: 
20 minutes Roller-Derby Workout (Abs and Cardio)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 14

It has occurred to me (thanks to livestrong.com) that though I've been eating less calories, I'm still eating a LOT of protein. This makes sense considering my previous dieting experience has traditionally been with high-protein, low-carb diets (AKA Atkins). I also haven't worked out in the past 2 days, but am hitting Wii Fit tonight, and maybe throwing some yoga in there too. Weigh-in and pictures tomorrow.

-Katelyn

Breakfast
1 c. Light & Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (58 calories)

Lunch
Saladworks Cobb Salad (269 calories)
Wheat roll (190 calories)

Dinner
1 1/2 c. gnocchi (340 calories)
1/4 c. marinara sauce (35 calories)
3/4 c. mixed vegetables (35 calories)

Day 10

(Note: these totals are for Monday, I just forgot to post them)

Breakfast
1 c. Vanilla Light & Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/4 c. granola (116 calories)

Lunch
1 Lean Cuisine Chicken Magherita (300 calories)
1 Light & Fit Yogurt (60 calories)
Chips Ahoy 100 Calorie Pack (100 calories)

Afternoon Snack
Chips Ahoy 100 Calorie Pack (100 calories)

Post-workout Snack
Pure Protein Shake (100 calories)

Dinner
Subway 6" Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (380 calories)
Mixed vegetables (70 calories)

Evening snack
1 slice quiche (152 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,488

Exercise
20 minutes Stationary Bike (-100 calories)

Day 13

Breakfast
1 slice quiche (152 calories)

Morning snack
1 Protein Shake (100 calories)

Lunch
Chipotle Chicken Bowl w/o Rice (530 calories)

Dinner
Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto (710 calories)

Evening Snack
1 sugar-free ice cream bar (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,652

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 12

Breakfast
1 c. skim milk (90 calories)
1 slice quiche (152 calories)

Lunch
2 Tbsp. White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)
2 slices Healthnut Bread (240 calories)
1.5 c. tossed salad (15 calories)
2 Tbsp. Raspberry Merlot Vinaigrette (30 calories)

Dinner
1 cup clam chowder (260 calories)
8 oz. grilled salmon (466 calories)
1/2 medium baked potato (110 calories)

Drinks
1 vodka/diet (60 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1428

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 11

Breakfast
1 slice quiche (152 calories)

Lunch
Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (560 calories)
Light & Fit Yogurt (60 calories)
3 Thin Mints (120 calories)


Pre-Workout Snack
Protein Shake (100 calories)

Dinner
Trader Joe's Seafood Blend (240 calories)
1/2 c. Instant Brown Rice (150 calories)
1 c. onions (64 calories)
1/4 c. green bell peppers (9 calories)
1 1/2 Tbs. Stir-Fry Sauce (37.5 calories)
1 c. Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (57.5)

Evening Snack
1 c. Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (57.5 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,649

Exercise
30 minutes stationary bike (-142 calories)
Hip adductions-5 reps of 10 with 50 lbs
Leg extensions-5 reps of 10 with 20 lbs

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 9

Breakfast
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. Granola (57.5 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Shanghai Style Shrimp (250 calories)
2 slices Orowheat Healthnut Bread (240 calories)
2 Tbs. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)

Dinner
Chipotle Grilles Chicken Burrito Bowl w/o Rice (530 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,248

Exercise
20 minute bike ride (-386 calories)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 8

Weigh-in: 241. 5 pounds (-7.5 pounds)
BMI: 36.7

It's been a week and that means weigh-in time! And...WOW! Down 7.5 pounds. While it's good, I'm also worried about losing weight too quickly. I mean, I'm not starving myself or anything close to it, and I'm eating until I'm satisfied, but my big concern is that if I lose the weight too quickly, I'll rebound and gain the weight back quickly. However, it could just be that my body's reacting to a healthier lifestyle quickly at first and the weight loss will even out. Either way, I'm going to monitor it and see how it's going.

No real change in the photos, at least not that I can tell, but I have a feel that's going to take a lot more time to see a change.

I also had my first experience really going out and drinking with friends since I started. I racked up quite a few calories with drinks last night, but I think it will be ok as long as it's not an everyday habit. Plans are to go out in DC tonight with some friends.

Breakfast:
1/2 c. Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (55 calories)
1/4 c. granola (115 calories)

Lunch:
1 Morningstar Griller Vegan Burger (100 calories)
1 slice swiss cheese (110 calories)
Lean Cuisine Asiago Cheese Tortellini (270 calories)
1 Tbs. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus (30 calories)

Afternoon snack:
1 c. Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/4 c. granola (115 calories)

Dinner:
1/2 c. brown rice (150 calories)
1 c. Trader Joe's Seafood Blend (120 calories)
1 Tbs. Stir-Fry sauce (25 calories)

Snack:
1/2 Caesar Salad (130 calories)
1/2 vodka/Diet Coke (30 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,360

Exercise:
Wii Fit-20 minutes (-105 calories)

Photos:


Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 7

Breakfast:
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (57.5 calories)


Snack:
100 Calorie Pack Chips Ahoy (100 calories)

Lunch: (Red Lobster leftovers)
Broccoli (22.5 calories)
Cheddar Bay Biscuit (150 calories)
Rice Pilaf (70 calories)
Peach Bourbon BBQ Shrimp and Scallops *w/o bacon and onion rings* (200 calories)



Snack:
5 Ritz crackers (80 calories)
8 red grapes (26 calories)
1 stalk celery (6 calories)
1 carrot (25 calories)
1 cheese stick (110 calories)


Dinner:
1/2 Caesar Salad (130 calories)


Drinks:
2.5 vodka diets (150 calories)
4 Bud Lights (440 calories)


Evening snack:
1 slice whole grain bread (120 calories)
2 Tbs. White Bean and Basil Humus (60 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1,857


Exercise:
10 minutes brisk walking (-108 calories)
30 minutes stationary bike (-158 calories)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 6

Well, we're almost up to a week now. Yesterday was a bit rough. Though I stayed within my daily limit for calories, some of the things I ate (fish tacos, half a burger) were just unhealthy. So why did I eat them? For one, they're something that's familiar. I've gotten used to going out for karaoke every Wednesday night and when I get there ordering a beer and a half price Blue Cheese Burger with fries and ranch. Last night I still went to karaoke, ordered a vodka and Diet Coke, a plain burger (which I cut in half and from which I removed the bun), and opted for a salad instead of fries. However, I still ended up using ranch for the salad, and after eating the burger, felt slightly sick to my stomach, at which point I opted to drink water for the rest of the night. The other reason I ate these "comfort foods" is because yesterday is what would have been the 1 year anniversary of me and my ex. I realized I was "emotional eating." This has always been something I've done and always been a hang-up I've had when trying to eat healthy. As much of a cliche as it may be, it's easier to drown my emotions in a tub of ice cream or a bottle of beer than to talk about things. I'm getting better about it, but I recognize it's one of the hurdles I'm going to come up against during this journey. However, I think it's going to be a good experience for me to find healthier outlets for negative emotions, rather than food.

Other than that, things seem to be on track. The weather in Maryland is gorgeous today (it's supposed to get up to around 66) so my boyfriend and I are going hiking this afternoon-a nice change from our usual ritual of sitting on the couch watching movies. Weigh-in and pictures on Saturday. Wish me luck!

-Katelyn

Breakfast:
1 c. Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (57.5 calories)

Lunch:
6 in. Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (380 calories)
1 Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (60 calories)

Snack:
100 Calorie Pack Chips Ahoy (100 calories)

Dinner: Red Lobster
Broccoli (22.5 calories)
Cheddar Bay Biscuit (150 calories)
Rice Pilaf (70 calories)
Peach Bourbon BBQ Shrimp and Scallops *w/o bacon and onion rings* (200 calories)
Garden Salad (90 calories)
Vinaigrette-2 Tbs (50 calories)

Snack:
Sugar Free Ice Cream Bar (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,450

Exercise:
Biking 15 minutes (-296 calories)
Walking 20 minutes (-74 calories)
Hiking 10 minutes (-113 calories)
Wii Fit 24 minutes (-146 calories)

Day 5

Breakfast:
1 piece Crustless Quiche (152 calories)


Snack:
1 Light and Fit Strawberry Banana Yogurt (60 calories)



Lunch:
1 c. green leaf lettuce (5.4 calories)
1/4 c. chicken (45 calories)
1/4 c. mushrooms (3 calories)

1 slice Swiss cheese (113 calories)
1 Tbs. pine nuts (58 calories)
2 Tbs. raspberry vinaigrette (30 calories)

1 Light and Fit Blueberry Yogurt (60 calories)
1 package Chips Ahoy 100 Calories Pack (100 calories) 

Snack:
1 package Oreo 100 Calories Pack (100 calories)


Dinner:
2 fish tacos (500 calories)
1/2 burger w/ no bun (180 calories)
1 c. green leaf lettuce (5.4 calories)
Cucumber slices (2 calories)
2 Tbs. ranch dressing (140 calories)
2 vodka/Diet Cokes (120 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1673.8

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 4

Had my first encounter with dining out last night and it was definitely an eye-opening experience reading the calorie content of things on a menu and using that as a means of deciding. I also made sure when I received my meal to set half aside, and it made a tremendous difference! I wasn't too full, AND I had lunch for today.

Probably won't get a chance to exercise today (I have classes until late tonight and then homework) but I think taking a break for one day will be alright, as long as I make sure to get at it again tomorrow. Didn't think I would make it to the gym, but I got off work early, so I was able to go to the campus rec center at Shady Grove before class. I really like it there-it's small, so there's not a lot of people and it's quiet. Did weights for the first time in a LONG time and MAN can I tell it's been a while, but I'm glad I'm doing both strength training and cardio (now if I could only motivate myself to do sit-ups/crunches). I'm thinking of throwing some yoga into the mix (I have a couple of DVDs) until I build up my abs enough to do sit-ups.

Skipping fast food is harder on days I have class. I caved and had Chipotle tonight. I got a burrito bowl without rice or cheese, but I still feel *blah*. I'm thinking I'm going to have to pack an extra snack with my lunch on Tuesdays to eat before class to tide me over until I can get home to cook.

That's all for now. Thanks for sticking with me on my rants about food and exercise! Having a public outlet and people cheering for me is REALLY awesome and I appreciate it more than you all know! Weigh-in on Saturday!

Breakfast:
1 piece Crustless Quiche (152 calories)

Lunch: (Leftovers from TGI Friday's)
Jack Daniel's Chicken (250 calories)
Mashed potatoes (110 calories)
Vegetable medley (80 calories)


Dinner: 
Chipotle Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowl w/o Rice (530 calories)
1 can tuna (100 calories)
1 Tbs. light mayo (50 calories)
1 stalk celery (10 calories)
1 slice onion (15 calories)


Snack
1 Thin Mints (160 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1,457


Exercise:
Stationary bike-30 minutes (-140 calories)
Arm curls: 5 reps of 10 with 30 lbs.
Tricep extensions: 2 reps of 15 with 20 lbs.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 3

Still holding strong. It's been a lot easier thinking of this as a lifestyle change, rather than a diet. I'm not breaking a sweat doing Wii Fit, and I'm thinking I need to actually hit the gym. The plan is to go when I'm already on campus (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and possibly the weekends, but this leaves out Monday and Tuesday. I have a couple workout DVDs I own that I could use too.


The problem I have, and have always had, with going to the gym is that I'm paranoid everyone there is secretly judging me. It's a silly thought I know, but I HATE people looking at me when I'm working out. Especially when I'm on the treadmill, sweating like a pig, barely at a jog, when the petite girl or the buff guy next to me is running full speed at a major incline and barely breaking a sweat. Does anyone else get self conscious at the gym, or is it just me?


That's it for now. I'm looking forward to the weigh-in next week because I just feel *healthier*.


-Katelyn


Breakfast:
1 piece Crustless Quiche (152 calories)


Lunch:
1 c. green leaf lettuce (5.4 calories)
1/4 c. chicken (45 calories)
1/4 c. mushrooms (3 calories)
1/4 c. red bell pepper (10 calories)
1/4 c. green bell pepper (7.5 calories)
2 Tbs. raspberry vinaigrette (30 calories)

1 Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (60 calories)


Afternoon Snack:
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (57.5 calories)


Dinner (TGI Fridays-calorie values are for the half of the meal that I ate)
Skinny Blackberry Margarita (130 calories)
Side salad with italian (240 calories)
Flatbread (190 calories)
Jack Daniel's Chicken (250 calories)
Mashed potatoes (110 calories)
Vegetable medley (80 calories)


Snack: 
2 Thin Mint Cookies (80 calories)


Total calories: 1560.4


Exercise
20 minutes Wii Fit (-138 calories)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 2

Day 1 went well. Made a crustless quiche which turned out GREAT. It was featured in Cooking Light Magazine and the link can be found here. Hopefully having something I can just heat up in the mornings for breakfast this week will cut back on the desire to eat bagels or donuts on my way into work.


Dinner consisted of grilled chicken with roasted tomatoes (recipe), broccoli, and brown rice. It was good, (though next time I'll likely add some basil in with the roasted tomatoes), filling, and only 374 calories!


I'm really enjoying thinking about what I'm putting into my body and being conscious of my health. I know it's not always going to be easy to stay on track, but I'm hoping as I start seeing results, that it will motivate me to continue on this path.


Also, I'm only going to be posting weigh-ins and photos weekly, rather than daily.


I also just put Jillian Michaels-30 Day Shred at the top of my Netflix queue. From what I've heard, it's really intense, but effective.


-Katelyn


Breakfast
1 slice Crustless Quiche (152 calories)
1 c. 1% milk (100 calories)

Lunch:
1 c. Light & Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (57.5 calories)

Afternoon Snack:
Steamed edamame: (275 calories)
Sugar-free ice cream bar (160 calories)

Dinner:
Egg white omelette (260 calories)
1 slice toast with 2 Tbs. peanut butter, 1 Tb. apple jelly (350 calories)

Drinks:
2 vodka/Diet cokes (120 calories total)

Total calories for the day: 1584.5

Exercise:
Wii Fit-20 min. (-132 calories)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 1

I've always been overweight. I've tried diets, exercise, etc. but I always find a way to "cheat." I'm starting this blog as a way to hold myself responsible for what I eat, how much I exercise, and to chart my progress and any set backs.

Weigh-in: 249 pounds
BMI: 37.9

Breakfast
1 c. Special K with Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 skim milk (40 calories)

Lunch
1 c. green leaf lettuce (5.4 calories)
1/4 c. chicken (45 calories)
1/4 c. mushrooms (3 calories)
1/4 c. red bell pepper (10 calories)
1/4 c. green bell pepper (7.5 calories)
2 Tbs. raspberry vinaigrette (30 calories)
1 c. Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (57.5 calories)


Afternoon snack:
1 slice Crustless Quiche (152 calories)

Dinner:
1 Chicken breast with roasted tomatoes (194 calories)
1 c. brown rice (150 calories)
1 c. broccoli (30 calories)
1 shot vodka/Fresca (60 calories)

Drinks:
1 shot vodka/Diet Coke (60 calories)

Total calories: 1154.4

Exercise: Wii Fit for 30 minutes, 165 calories burned

Photos: