Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 47

Hey everyone-
Just as a note, since I'll be out of town this weekend, my weigh-in won't be posted until Monday. Hope I can stick to my calories while on vacation!!!

-K

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Morning Snack
M&M Cookie (107 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Chicken in Peanut Sauce (280 calories)
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Afternoon snack
Baby carrots (70 calories)

Dinner
5 oz. grilled chicken breast (150 calories)
1/4 c. non-fat cheddar cheese (45 calories)
2 Tbsp. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)
2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)
1 oz. Trader Joe's Veggie Chips (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,272

Day 46

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Gnocchi with Asparagus, Shrimp and Pesto (355 calories)

Afternoon snack
Fresh fruit cup (109.5 calories)

Dinner
4 oz. grilled skinless chicken breast (120 calories)
1/3 c. whole wheat penne (100 calories)
2/3 c. green beans (30 calories)
Pesto sauce (30 calories)

Evening Snack
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/4 c. Trader Joe's Low Fat Granola (70 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,004

Day 45

So, another cake mysteriously appeared in our house on day 44. I, again, had a small slice after trying to resist. A lot of times it's really difficult living with other people when I'm trying to eat healthy. They're all supportive of what I'm doing, but it's always hard when the temptations are there. This is one of the many reasons I'm looking forward to living on my own. If those temptations are less readily available, I'll be less inclined to give in.

On another note, I've been conscious about getting my water intake up. I've stopped drinking soda completely, as it's just unnecessary sodium, and replaced all my beverages with water. I've also decided I want to try giving up alcohol soon (unnecessary calories), and processed foods due to the excess amounts of sodium, preservatives and other unhealthy things. Luckily I avoid a lot of unhealthy foods due to my MSG allergy, but there's still other things I can be doing. However, these are things I'm going to implement a little further down the road. I'm trying not to do all things at once so that I can ease into them. I've also been thinking a lot about going completely organic, especially when it comes to eating meat. Back in high school, I was a vegetarian for about a year, but found it hard to maintain a healthy diet while being a vegetarian. However, I've always had a problem with the treatment of animals who are mass produced in order to be consumed, not to mention the hormones being injected to the meats we're consuming. Though free range chicken and beef are more expensive, because I'm eating so much less, I'm really considering going that direction. In her podcast, Jillian Michaels suggests checking out http://www.eatwild.com/  to find farms near you that support grass fed meat and dairy. This is really a win-win because you're eating healthier, and you're supporting local farmers. Check it out.

Breakfast
Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Ginger Garlic Stir Fry with Chicken (280 calories)

Dinner
Chicken parmesan (700 calories)

Evening snack
1 c. Be Well Berry cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Midnight snack
2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)
2 Tbsp. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus

Total calories for the day: 1,510

Day 44

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

Lunch
Chicken parmesan (700 calories)

Afternoon snack
1/2 slice vanilla cake (215.5 calories)

Dinner
Whole wheat penne with broccoli, chicken, and pesto (371.5 calories)

Evening snack
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (35 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,583

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 43

Weigh-in: 230.3 (-1.5 lbs)
BMI: 35.0





Down another 1.5 lbs. Didn't quite make it to my goal of being under 230 this week, but I'm really close, so I'll just get there next week! I'm actually surprised I lost as much as I did. My mom has been in town the past week, so it's been harder getting exercise, plus we've been dining out almost every day. I've been keeping track of my calories, but I know I've have a LOT of sodium. However, we did walk 5 miles around DC yesterday viewing cherry blossoms which was a fun way to get exercise for the day. Next week is going to be a little difficult as well since I will be on vacation in Ohio, but luckily the hotel I'm staying at has a 24 hour gym. I've also gone down one bra size, and I'm down to a size 16. I'm getting there slowly, but it's going along.

Something else I've been thinking about recently is inspiration. I'm still ruminating on this topic, but I'll be writing on it soon.

Have a good weekend!
-Katelyn

Breakfast
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat Granola (35 calories)

Lunch
Lean Cuisine Sesame Stir Fry with Chicken (290 calories)
3 Vanilla Cream cookies (150 calories)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 42

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

Lunch-Chipotle
Chicken burrito bowl-no rice (530 calories)

Afternoon snack
4 barbeque wings (250 calories)
1 Vanilla Bean Cupcake (157 calories)
1 Guinness (125 calories)

Dinner
Lean Cuisine Three Cheese Stuffed Rotini (230 calories)
Vodka/Diet Coke (56 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,498

Exercise
5 miles walking (-631 calories)
20 bicep curls
20 tricep extensions
20 behind-the-head weight lifts
20 kettle bell swings

Day 41

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

Lunch-Chili's
Chicken Fajitas (330 calories)
1/2 basket Chips and Salsa (100 calories)
Black Beans (100 calories)

Dinner
TGI Friday's Chicken Piccata Pasta (245 calories)
Chicken breast stuffed with feta, spinach and pine nuts (290 calories)
Salad (10 calories)
2 Tbsp. Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan dressing (40 calories)
Watch'n Carbs! Ic Cream Bar (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,425 calories

Exercise
20 bicycle crunches
40 bicep curls
40 tricep extensions
40 behind-the-head weight lifts
50 forward arm circles
50 backward arm circles
60 second arm hold
30 second plank
20 knee-to-elbow twists
20 diamond leg-lifts
20 regular leg lifts

Day 40

Lunch
6" Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (380 calories)

Dinner-TGI Friday's
Spinach flatbread (190 calories)
Chicken Piccatta Pasta (490 calories)

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

Total calories for the day: 1,210

Day 39

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)
3/8 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat granola (52 calories)
2 slices Swiss cheese (220 calories)
4 oz. turkey breast (90 calories)
4 Tbsp. Giant salsa (8 calories)
2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)

Dinner
3/4 Austin Grill Grilled Vegetable Burrito (685 calories)
13 tortilla chips (140 calories)

Drinks
1 12oz. Guinness (155 calories)
1 12oz. Sam Adams (160 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,910

Exercise
Roller Derby Workout-Warmup, Abs, and Cardio

Day 38

Breakfast
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Chicken Stuffed with Feta, Spinach and Pine Nuts (297 calories)
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)
Odwalla Berries Gomega Bar (210 calories)

Afternoon Snack
4 chocolate chip cookies (260 calories)
10 Carr's Table Water Crackers (120 calories)
4 Tbsp. Rondele Spreadable Cheese (140 calories)

Dinner
1 c. Whole Wheat Penne (300 calories)
1/3 c. Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce (46 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,533

Day 37

Yesterday, my roommate brought home my BIGGEST temptation food-cake. I LOVE cake, especially with vanilla frosting. I tried resisting for a couple hours, but every time I walked into the kitchen, I swear I could SMELL the cake. I ended up cutting myself a very small slice and eating it, and realized the small slice was plenty. I think this was especially good preparation as I'm going to a wedding at the end of this month, and there will surely be cake. As long as it's not an everyday thing, and I'm not overindulging when I do have it, I think I'll be fine.

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

Lunch
1.5 c. Whole Wheat Rotini (360 calories)
1 Tbsp. light mayo (50 calories)
1 can tuna (100 calories)
1 c. onions (16 calories)
1 Tbsp. dill seed (5 calories)

Dinner
Chicken stuffed with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts (297 calories)
Salad (10 calories)
Carb Smart Ice Cream Bar (160 calories)

Evening Snack
1 slice Healthnut bread (120 calories)
2 oz. turkey breast (45 calories)
1 slice swiss cheese (110 calories)
1 c. Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
3/8 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat Granola (52 calories)

Exercise
Walking-20 minutes (-204 calories)
Running-10 minutes (-371 calories)

Day 35

Breakfast
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Smart Ones Teriyaki Chicken (230 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)
Baby Carrots (35 calories)

Dinner
Quiznos Honey Bourbon Chicken (530 calories)

Drinks
7 Budweiser Select (385 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,340

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 36

I'll post calorie counts for Friday soon, but wanted to get this up before I head out for the night.

Weigh-in: 231.8 (-2.6 pounds)
BMI: 35.15

Pics



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

Lunch
1.5 c. whole wheat rotini (360 calories)
1/2 c. Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce (70 calories)
1 Tbsp. shreeed parmesan cheese (21 calories)
1/2 slice marble cake (135 calories)

Afternoon Snack
1 c. Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/4 c. Trader Joe's Lowfat Granola (63 calories)

Dinner
Veggie Sub (375 calories)
French fries (136 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,402

Exercise 
Wii Fit-20 minutes (-133 calories)
Walking the dog-15 minutes (-114 calories)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 34

Sorry I've been behind on posting so far. There's been a lot going on with school and such, but I've still been able to find time to exercise and make sure I track everything I'm eating.

I've been really stepping it up on exercise, increasing all my exercises from 20 to 50 repetitions. I'm hoping to add my ankle weights in soon as well.

Today was also the first time I got out and ran...for 2 miles! I'm trying to work my way up to doing the 5K Race for the Cure in Washington, DC on June 4th. It's going to be hard, but I'm going to keep at it. I'm trying to follow the Couch-to-5K Running Plan. It's designed for people who haven't been very active in the past to work their way up to running a 5K in 2 months. I'm really excited about it.

I've also been watching The Biggest Loser while working out. It's really motivating me to keep pushing harder and to stick with this, because I really believe I can do it if I just stick with it.

On another note, I can now see my toes when I look down, and my clothes are getting baggy!

I went through a bit of a funk last week, and was really tempted to revert back to old habits-drinking, eating crappy foods. Instead, I went and played laser tag for 45 minutes, and it was the best idea ever! I had a LOT of fun, was sweating like crazy because I was MOVING, and ended up on a great endorphin high. This was a really great breakthrough for me because I took negative energy and refocused it, and I felt GREAT.

I'm excited for the weigh-in this week, and have decided to be happy with whatever I lose, because I know this is something I'm in for the long-term, and I'm committed to continue working to meet my goals.

-Katelyn

Breakfast:
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Morning Snack:
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch:
1.5 c. Organic Whole Wheat Pasta (360 calories)
Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan sauce (70 calories)
1 Tbsp. shredded parmesan cheese (21 calories)

Exercise:
Running, 2 miles (20 minutes)
Walking, 1 mile (20 minutes)

Day 33

Breakfast:
1 c. Special K with Red Berries (110 calories)
1/2 c. Skim Milk (40 calories)

Lunch:
Weight Watchers Orange Sesame Chicken (320 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

Dinner:
1.5 c. Organic Whole Wheat Rotini (360 calories)
1/2 c. Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sauce (70 calories)
1 Tbsp. shredded parmesan (21 calories)

Evening snack:
Grilled chicken caesar salad (280 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,281 calories

Exercise:

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

30 second plank
40 bicycle crunches
50 knee-to-elbow twists
40 leg lifts
60 second squat
100 hits shadow boxing

5 reps holding ab exercises

Day 32

A rant reproduced from a Facebook note I wrote:



As many know, a little over a month ago, I decided to make some big changes in my life by changing the way I eat and exercise. While the goal initially may have been to lose weight and be healthier, I'm realizing now that it's about something much bigger.

Anyone who knows me well knows I've been through a lot, and I often use the things I've been through as an excuse for various things: for being bitchy, for being unhealthy, for having low self esteem. And though these things may have been initial causes, I'm the one who's chosen to continue feeling victimized by them.

And I'm done. 

This is MY life. No one else's, and NO ONE controls how I live it except for me. This journey I began to get healthy is more about taking control of my life, to stop making excuses for myself and take responsibility for MY life.

I have wasted so much time and energy bitching about things in my life that I can't change, and ignoring the things I can. But taking control of my life this past month and a half by eating healthier and exercising? I feel more empowered than I ever have in my entire life, and I just want to keep going.

Which brings me to why I'm writing this.

It's SO EASY to get sucked into constantly playing the victim. Especially if you've had a lot of misfortune in your life. But ultimately YOU are the one who chooses your next move. If you're sick of being overweight-DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Don't keep eating terrible foods, refusing to exercise, and making no real changes. I have used every excuse in the book to not lose weight-no time, no money, too busy, I'm just "born this way." And it's bullshit. I got this way because I chose to by not being active, and not making it a priority. I'm not saying it's easy to change-in fact, far from it. IT'S HARD but it's possible as long as you're committed to making a real difference in your life and WORK at it. I'm not just talking about weight loss either. I sincerely believe in the strength of the human spirit, and that anyone can accomplish anything. And those days when it's hard? There are still people to support you. But I can tell you, people are much more apt to cheering you on and helping you through the tough days when you're being proactive and taking real steps to change.

So stop bitching. Take responsibility. Do something.



Breakfast:
1 c. Be Well Berry (110 calories)
1/2 c. 2% milk (65 calories)


Lunch:
Grilled Salmon Filet (367 calories)
Brown rice (75 calories)
Broccoli (31 calories)



Snack: 
Smoothie King Mangofest Smoothie (285 calories)


Dinner:
Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto (355 calories)


Evening snack:
1 c. Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. Trader Joe's lowfat granola (37.5 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1,444 


Exercise: 

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises

Day 31

Breakfast:
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)


Lunch:
Qdoba Naked Chicken Burrito (485 calories)


Dinner:
Grilled Salmon Filet (367 calories)
Brown rice (75 calories)
Broccoli (31 calories)


Evening snack:
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. 2% milk (65 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1,213


Exercise:

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises 

Day 30

Lunch:
Veggie sub (430 calories)

Snack:
Panda Express Mushroom Chicken (180 calories)
1 chocolate chip cookie (140 calories)
Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto (177.5 calories)

Dinner:
Chili's Margarita Grilled Chicken (600 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,528

Exercise:

50 bicep curls

50 tricep extensions

50 behind-the-head weight lifts

50 forward arm circles

50 backward arm circles

60 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 29

Weigh-in: 234.4 (-4.2 pounds)
BMI: 35.55


WOW! Down 4.2 pounds! This is really exciting for a couple reasons. 1) BECAUSE I LOST ANOTHER 4.2 POUNDS! 2) Because I felt I really pushed myself this week with exercise, and 3) Because I'm really feeling better about myself and what I'm doing.


While I did end up drinking last night (and eating some not-so-healthy foods), I still managed to stay under my daily calorie goal, and made sure to NOT overdo it on alcohol.


Another exciting thing came about this week in that I LOST ONE JEAN SIZE! I'm now officially down from a size 20 (which, let's be honest, those size 20 jeans were tight) to a size 18! I still have a long way to go, but seeing progress helps.


Speaking of seeing progress, I feel like I'm actually seeing a difference in this week's pictures (posted below).


One of the big things that has been helping this week was bringing back some of my old marching band exercises. Arm circles, ab lifts, and marking time to my old shows while holding weights comparable to when I played baritone has been a fun, nostalgic way for me to burn some calories.


I think that's all for now. Hopefully going to play laser tag with some friends today!


-Katelyn


Breakfast: 
Half slider's bun with 1 Tbsp. peanut butter (145 calories)

Lunch:
Smart Ones Thai Style Chick and Rice Noodles (260 calories)
Gnocchi with Asparagus, Shrimp and Pesto (266.25 calories)

Snacks:
2 Girl Scout Thin Mints (80 calories)
1 c. Be Well Berry cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. 2% milk (65 calories)

Dinner:
Veggie sub (430 calories)
1/2 order fries (118 calories)

Drinks: 
2 Vodka/Fresca (112 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,582

Exercise:
Laser tag (45 minutes)

20 bicep curls

20 tricep extensions

20 behind-the-head weight lifts

20 forward arm circles

20 backward arm circles

30 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises 

Day 28

Yesterday, I had fast food for one of the first times since starting this program, and ended up being SOOOO sick to my stomach. I hadn't planned on eating fast food, but was in Baltimore for a concert, hadn't eaten since noon, and was starting to get shakey. I decided to order the more "healthy" things on the menu (a veggie burger and small fry) but I still got sick. This is a good/bad thing. Good because my body is adjusted to eating healthy. Bad because when I'm in a pinch, it makes things harder. It's just going to require better planning on my part.

Breakfast
Light 'n Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Custom Saladworks Salad (296 calories)

Dinner
Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto (266.3 calories)
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (58 calories)

Evening Snacks
3 coconut shrimp (233.3 calories)
Chocolate chip cookie (140 calories)
Totinos Scoops (140 calories)
Salsa (41 calories)

Midnight snack
Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe (140 calories)

Drinks
5 vodka/Fresca (280 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,785

Day 27

Breakfast
Light 'n Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Lunch
Sushi (390 calories)

Dinner
Burger King BK Veggie Burger (340 calories)
Small Burger King Fry (230 calories)

Drinks
1 vodka/Diet Coke (56 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,096

Exercise

20 bicep curls

20 tricep extensions

20 behind-the-head weight lifts

20 forward arm circles

20 backward arm circles

30 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises 

Day 26

Breakfast

Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)


Lunch

Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Puree (232 calories)


Snack

Potbelly TKY (289 calories)


Dinner

Stuffed Chicken (297 calories)

Salad (95 calories)


Total calories for the day: 994


Exercise: 

20 bicep curls

20 tricep extensions

20 behind-the-head weight lifts

20 forward arm circles

20 backward arm circles

20 diamond leg-lifts

20 bicycle crunches

30 second arm hold

5 reps holding ab exercises 

Marking time/air banding an entire marching show while holding weights (8:37)


Day 25

Lunch
Stuffed chicken (297 calories)
1/2 c. Potato Buds (80 calories)
1 c. Broccoli (31 calories)


Snack
Dunkin' Donuts Vanilla Frosted Doughnut (230 calories)
1 c. Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (58 calories)


Dinner
Salad (230 calories)


Evening snack
2 slices Healthnut Bread (240 calories)
2 Tbs. hummus (60 calories)


Drink
1 vodka/Diet coke (56 calories)


Total calories for the day: 1,392


Exercise:
20 bicycle crunches
20 diamond leg lifts
20 knee-to-elbow twists
30 second plank
30 second side-plank

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 24

Not really any extra thoughts for today except you should DEFINITELY try the "Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts" recipe (link next to the calorie count for dinner). It is the most DELICIOUS thing I have made so far during this whole program.

Breakfast
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (45 calories)

Lunch
Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Puree (232 calories)

Dinner
Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts (recipe) (297 calories)
1 c. broccoli (30 calories)
2/3 c. Potato Buds (80 calories)

Evening Snack
1 c. Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (58 calories)

Total calories for the day: 962

Exercise:
20 bicycle crunches
20 diamond leg lifts
20 knee-to-elbow twists
30 second plank
30 second side-plank

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 23

Weigh-in: 238.6 lbs (-1.1 pounds)
BMI: 36.3




Lunch:
Quizno's Small Honey Bourbon Chicken Sandwish (320 calories)
1 c. broccoli cheese soup (160 calories)

Dinner
Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Puree (232 calories) (recipe)

Evening Snack
1 c. Light and Fit Yogurt (110 calories)
1/8 c. granola (58 calories)

Midnight Snack
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (45 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,035

Exercise:
Wii Fit-10 minutes (-90 calories)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 22

First I want to say I'm pushing the weigh-in and pictures to tomorrow instead of today. Last night I overdid it on alcohol...REALLY overdid it. Over half of my calories for the day yesterday were solely from alcohol. This simply can not happen any more. Period. If I'm serious about getting healthy, I can't destroy myself with this much alcohol...especially in one evening. Granted, I had a fun night and it was nice to get my mind off things for a while, but at the same time, not so much fun today. That being said, pics and weigh-in are being push to tomorrow as I have serious alcohol bloating today.

Second, exercise. I haven't worked out since last Sunday. It's been a busy week, but I just don't like the fact I haven't done anything this week. Like the drinking, this is something that I need to stick with if I want to really make changes. Planning on a 3 mile bike ride here in a little bit.

That's it for now. I'm off to go attempt to sweat off this hangover.