Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day 78-Saturday

Weigh-in: 220.9 lbs.
BMI: 33.6
Weight loss this week: 2.9 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 28.1 lbs.
Weight loss since my highest point: 39.1 lbs.

I'm really surprised about the loss this week because I haven't had much time to work out given that the semester is coming to an end, and I've just been completely swamped. But I have made sure to watch my calorie intake, so that's probably why I still ended up with a loss.

I've been thinking about it, and I've decided that I'm only going to blog on weigh-in days, and days when I just have thoughts about this journey. Though I originally started the blog to keep track of calories to hold myself accountable, I'm still counting them even if I'm not blogging for the day (thank you Livestrong app!). I think now that I'm holding myself accountable rather than relying on others to hold me accountable, I'll be ok.

I'll post pics a little later, but I'm off to go volunteer for Maryland Day.

As Michael Scott would say, see you on the flippity flip.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 70-Friday

Weigh-in: 223.8
BMI: 34.0
Weight loss this week: 2.2 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 25.2 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 36.2 lbs.

Woo! (more later)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 69-Thursday

OH THE DREADED CAKE!!!!! This is one of the reason I don't like having roommates. Two of my roommates are getting married, and the girl's bridal shower was this weekend, and, of course, the leftover cake is sitting on our counter. Anyone who reads this blog KNOWS my relationship with cake. Of course, tonight I gave in and had a small slice, and OF COURSE, got sick to my stomach from eating it. I can't wait to have my own place.

This is in addition to a rather tough workout this afternoon. I just wasn't into the groove of things, and I'm not sure why. I think part of it is that I'm dealing with a lot of emotional issues right now. Because I'm an open book, I'll just come out and say it-I'm really lonely. I currently live with two couples, and when I was dating someone, it wasn't so bad, but just kind of sucks. I spend a majority of my time alone in my room because I just don't have anything else to do. I mean, I still hang out with friends, but now that it's THAT time of year (the one when it seems everyone starts pairing off), it's hard to find people to hang out with. So that's one reason I think I'm down. I'm working on trying to meet new people but it seems that it's so hard to make friends once you get past undergrad and get to grad school.

On a brighter note, I'm getting a lot of support from my BL11 twitter buddies, and it's been really helpful! I know we're all just watching a TV show together, but knowing people are rooting for me on my weight loss journey is so heartening-even if we don't know each other in the "real world."

I also won a $15 Amazon gift card from Nexercise. I know I sound like a broken record, but it really is an awesome app. Check it out.

Also, weigh-in will be posted TOMORROW as I'm going out of town this weekend!

Calorie counts (including the dreaded cake)

1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. Skim Milk (40 calories)

Morning Snack
Berries GoMega Bar (220 calories)

Lean Cuisine Cheese Ravioli (220 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

Afternoon Snack
1 slice Healthnut bread (120 calories)
1 Tbsp. Trader Joe's White Bean and Basil Hummus (30 calories)

1 1/3 c. Trader Joe's Seafood Blend (160 calories)
1 c. Veggie Stir Fry Mix (30 calories)
1 c. orange bell pepper (25 calories)
1/4 c. red onion (15 calories)
12 oz. Miller Light (96 calories)
1 slice chocolate cake (250 calories)
1 c. skim milk (80 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,488

Exercise: 25 minute circuits

Day 68-Wednesday

Two days after my boxing class and I am STILL sore. It's funny after the workout on Monday night, I swore up and down boxing wasn't for me...and right now it's all I can think about. I still don't have the means to join the boxing gym, but I've been incorporating shadow boxing into my circuits and am thinking about possibly working out with the boxing club on campus.

Still working my way through the new Jillian Michaels book. It's weird because it's a self-help book rather than a fitness book. There are definitely things in there I can apply to my life, because, let's face it, we all have our issues, but I can't help but think this book was targeted to where I was back in October after Pez and I...well, exploded, for lack of a better term...and I self medicated with food and alcohol. I look back now and realize how much I've grown in such a short amount of time, and I'm really proud of myself. I'm definitely going to finish reading the book, and I'll be passing it along to someone I think can really use it.

More circuits today at home! I need to run, but with finals coming up, my workout time has been severely limited. Hoping I can keep it up with everything.

Also, I'm sure you all know by now, I've been working out with the Nexercise app on my iPhone and earning free stuff. It's a GREAT app and I really suggest you download it if you have an iPhone. I actually won another free smoothie with my workout today!

And speaking of winning things, I ended up winning free salsa and a free box of Multigrain Cheerios during the Biggest Loser Twitter Party last night! SCORE! It's great having those little extra incentives to stay healthy!

On to calorie counts:

1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. Nature's Promise Skim Milk (40 calories)

Morning Snack
Pria Mint Chocolate Cookie Bar (110 calories)

Lean Cuisine Thai-Style Noodles with Chicken (310 calories)
Light and Fit Yogurt (80 calories)

2 tortillas (180 calories)
1/2 c. fat free shredded cheddar (90 calories)
Wholly Guacamole (100 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,020

Exercise: 30 minutes circuits

Day 67-Tuesday

The boxing class...OH MY GODS! IT WAS SO HARD!!!! I serious thought I was going to die by the end of the class. But I pushed through, really giving it my all, and forcing myself NOT to give up. I felt like leaving several times, but I kept telling myself I'm turning my "can'ts" into "cans," and guess what? I made it through the class! Sweat soaked, exhausted and hurting, but I DID IT! They tried to talk me into a membership there (only the first class is free), but 1) it's not something I can see myself doing on a regular basis and 2) I'm a poor grad student and can't afford an $80/month gym membership, especially when I have a free gym on campus. But I'm really proud of myself for pushing through it.

I worked out at home tonight while watching Biggest Loser. Did curls, deadlifts, air boxing, running, kettle bell, and squats. I'm hooked on circuits right now (thanks Jillian Michaels). I also picked up Jillian Michaels' new book and am working my way through.

That's all for now!

1 1/2 c. Multigrain Cheerios (165 calories)
1/2 c. Nature's Promise Organic Skim Milk (40 calories)

Lean Cuisine Chicken Parmesan (300 calories)
Light N Fit Yogurt (80 calories)
Venti Iced Unsweetened Green Tea (0 calories)

Afternoon Snack
Pria Mint Chocolate Cookie Bar (110 calories)
1.5 oz. Nature's Promise Veggie Chips (195 calories)
Wholly Guacamole (100 calories)

3.5 oz. Smart Taste Rotini (315 calories)
1/2 c. ToBe Healthy Garden Vegetable Sauce (30 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,335

45 minutes circuits (curls, deadlifts, air boxing, running, kettle bell, and squats)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day 66: The Jillian Michaels Facebook Challenge

Most people know I'm a fan of Jillian Michaels by now, and I follow her on Facebook. This week she offered the following challenge, and I've decided to accept it!

I'm start out with the fitness challenge TODAY by taking my first ever boxing class! The boxing gym near my work offers the first class for free, so I'm going to check it out tonight. I made my appointment during lunch today, and I'm really excited!

As far as eating out, this was actually my plan for the week anyway, but this gives me even more motivation to do it!

And finally motivation. This is actually going to be the hardest for me, since my mind hasn't exactly been in the best place the past few days. But I'm really going to work on not being self deprecating, and just giving it my all this week!

1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

Lean Cuisine Thai-Style Noodles (310 calories)

Day 65

1 c. Multigrain Cheerios (110 calories)
1/2 c. skim milk (40 calories)

2 slices Healthnut bread (240 calories)
2 Tbsp. White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)
2 slices ham (23 calories)
1/4 c. fat free cheddar cheese (45 calories)

Afternoon snack
1 c. Berry Blossoms cereal (133 calories)
1 1/2 c. skim milk (120 calories)
Grande Mocha Light Frappucino (140 calories)

3 oz. Ronzoni Rotini (270 calories)
1/2 ToBe Healthy Garden Vegetable sauce (60 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,241

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 64

Weigh-in: 226.0
BMI: 34.4
Weight-loss this week: 2.9 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 23.0 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 34.0 lbs.

And we're back! I ran a lot this week which I think really helped. As you all know, I haven't been keeping up with posting my calories, which is, after all, why I started this blog. I've been keeping track, but since I haven't posted in almost 2 weeks, I'm just going to start again keeping track on here again as well as through my livestrong app.

I've also signed up to RUN in my first 5K on June 4th. I'm running in the Washington, DC Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This cause is very dear to me as my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, and I can't think of a better cause to run for. I'm running with a team of other future librarians and archivists, so it should be good. If you would like, I do have a fundraising page you can check out, and donate if you can. You can go to and look up "Katelyn Attanasio" and you'll be taken to my donation page. My goal is to raise $125 by race day. The last time I participated in Race for the Cure was in 2004, and was the last time I was anywhere close to my goal weight, and even then, I walked the 5K, and was far from in shape. I found a picture of it recently, and thought I'd share it here.

I've also been working out with this iPhone app called Nexercise. Basically you just have your phone on you while exercising, and you earn points for working out, which translates into healthy rewards such as coupons at healthy restaurants, coupons for exercise equipment, etc. While rewards are currently only for University of Maryland students, anyone can download the app and is entered into drawings for iTunes and Amazon gift cards, as well as a grand prize of an iPad 2! I actually met up with the CEO and one of the creators of the app, as they wanted to interview me for the local news as I'm their current best user! Let me tell you, it's more than a little intimidating to find out when I show up for the interview that I'm going to be interviewed WHILE working out, for all of the Washington, DC metro area to see-and then to find out the segment will air doing sweeps week. It was a lot of fun though, and I'm posting a pic of us before the interview below.

That's me on the elliptical (wearing jeans because they didn't tell me I was going to be working out), CEO Ben Young, and the girl from the news station (whose name is escaping me at the moment). When the segment airs, I'll be sure to post it here.

And now onto pics from this week:

TLC Fruit and Nut Bar: 120 calories
Pria Mint Chocolate Cookie Bar: 110 calories

Morning Snack:
Veggie chips: 260 calories

Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde: 327 calories
1/2 c. refried beans: 140 calories

Afternoon Snack:
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal: 110 calories
1/2 c. skim milk: 40 calories

Chicken fajita salad: 285 calories

Total calories for the day: 1,392

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 60-Who are you fighting?

I promise I'm going to post calorie counts soon-I've been keeping up with them, and will type them up soon. But I wanted to take a moment to write about something that I've been thinking about this week. Obviously I didn't do too well last week, and decided to evaluate why I'm doing this, why I want to lose weight, in order to motivate myself to keep at it.

Most of you should know by now that I'm addicted to watching The Biggest Loser. Though the show isn't realistic (hell, what reality TV show IS realistic?) but it brings up some good points. The two new trainers this season focus a lot on boxing, and in one episode, they ask the contestant Deni who she is fighting, to which she replies, "Dummy Deni," a cruel nickname she had growing up. This really resonated with me this week, especially when running. Now, anyone who knows me can tell you for the longest time, I hated running, and frankly, I don't look like a runner. In the decision to take control of my weight, I decided I wanted to run a 5K, and started the C25K training program. There are days when I'm on the treadmill and I want to stop running. Then I remember Deni, fighting "Dummy Deni" and I remember who I'm fighting. I'm fighting "Katelyn Fat-tanasio" from kindergarten; I'm fighting the girl who got chased around the playground in 5th grade by a group of boys who had decided I was fat because I was full of air and they needed to "pop" me; I'm fighting the girl who was told "Go home, Hefer!" when out with my friends in Colorado; I'm fighting the girl who was called a whale when walking down the street in Albuquerque; I'm fighting "Fat Kat," a lovely (and let me tell you, SO CREATIVE) nickname given to me by my ex's girlfriend several months back. I'm fighting FOR me. I'm fighting against everyone who put me down, who told me I couldn't do it-INCLUDING myself. So I pop my headphones in, crank up the metal music, and imagine them-and the more I do, the harder I run. Thinking about these things this week has really helped me get past the funk, and make me want to work harder, and continue to fight for who I am and who I want to be, because I have the ability to do it.

That's my thoughts for now. Maybe I'll post some days calorie counts during class today.

Oh, and as a note for those of you in the DC area, I'm going to be interviewed by Fox 5 tomorrow for being one of the more active users of Nexercise. I'll post more details on Facebook or Twitter so you can check me out!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 57

Weigh-in: 228.9
BMI: 34.8
Weight loss this week: -0.9 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 20.1 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 31.1 lbs.

It's been a tough week, and I can't say I'm surprised to see I gained weight this week. The unhealthy eating habits from last weekend's wedding carried through the week, plus I didn't get to work out nearly as much as I should have. I made a lot of excuses this week, and I'm just feeling "off." The best I can do is work to get myself back on track, and to remind myself why I'm doing this. Today I'm going to sit down and write out the reasons why I want to do this, and I'm hoping it will motivate me to get back on the wagon.


(P.S. I'll post calorie counts for the week a little later)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Day 53

Weigh-in: 228.0
BMI: 34.7
Weight loss this week: 2.3 lbs.
Weight loss since starting this blog: 21.0 lbs.
Total weight loss since my highest point: 32.0 lbs.

WOW! Even after a not-so-good weekend, I'm really happy to see I lost weight this week! I think by upping the amount of cardio I've been doing, coupled with giving up soda has really helped me.

Getting below 230 is a big deal for me. The last time I was below 230 was my freshman year of college. When I began college, I weighed 180, and by the end of my first year, I was 230. There were a lot of reasons for this gain, but the primary ones were that I started drinking alcohol, I was eating at the school cafeteria, I was eating out a lot, and I wasn't exercising. All this coupled with the fact that I was dealing with the loss of my father is what really put on the weight. I subsequently gained another 30 lbs. over the course of the next 3 years of bad relationships, lack of physical activity, and other not so fantastic times.

I know I keep saying this over and over, but it's a theme that keeps arising in blogs I'm reading, podcasts I've listened to, and just in general. You have to find the motivation to do this within. If *YOU* are not ready to take control of the situation and lose weight, you won't-or you will, and you won't keep it off. People keep asking me what my secret is, and there really isn't one. Everyone knows they need to count calories and exercise-EVERYONE. But you have to be willing to do it. There is no overnight cure, no magic pill, no one person who can make you do the things you have to do. The motivation has to come from within. Yes, you can have people inspire you-I know I look to a lot of people for inspiration on this journey: my cousin Krista, my friend Rachel, watching The Biggest Loser, reading blogs of people on similar journeys, talking with people on Twitter about our journeys, just to name a few; and I know several people have told me I'm inspiring them as well: Lindsey, Sarah, JP, and Liz have all started blogging about their fitness journeys since I've started mine, my mom has started counting her calories and exercising. Inspiration is great-it's that extra push you have when things get hard. But by the same token, no one can motivate you to DO anything. YOU have to be willing to do it. You will have support along the way, but inevitably it comes down to you. This is something I've figured out this time around. Rather than some fad diet to lose a bunch of weight to get a guy, get attention, etc. this is something I'm doing because *I* want to do it for ME. I want to be healthy, and I want to live the best life I can. And while I do look for inspiration, I am ultimately the only one who can motivate myself to keep this up.

Anyway, that's my two cents. Pics from this week.

Day 52

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

Lean Cuisine Chicken Parmesan (310 calories)
Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)

Pasta with Prosciutto and Spinach (438 calories)
1 c. Organic Skim Milk (90 calories)

Evening Snack
3 oz. baby carrots (35 calories)
2 Tbsp. White Bean and Basil Hummus (60 calories)

Midnight Snack
1 c. Be Well Berry Cereal (110 calories)
1/2 c. Organic Skim Milk (45 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,314

50 minutes walking, 4.0 MPH (-435 calories)
10 minutes running, 5.0 MPH (-184 calories)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 51

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese (373 calories)
Red potatoes (100 calories)

Northstar Sweet Potato and Turkey Hash with 2 Eggs (568 calories)

Afternoon Snack
Jeni's Ice Cream-2 half scoops (300 calories)

Chili's Chicken Fajitas (330 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,671

Walking, 2.5 MPH, 2 Hours, 5 miles (-627 calories)

Day 50

Alright everyone, I'm writing this several days after the fact, but I'm letting you know I did NOT count calories for this day, and frankly lost track of what I ate. This was the day of my friend's wedding and I decided to take a day off for calories. I did complete Week 2 Day 3 of C25K, and I burned 207 calories in the morning, but did not keep track of calories consumed. I did however keep track of calories the rest of the weekend.

Day 49

Gala Apple (75 calories)

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl (530 calories)

Afternoon Snack
Nam Bit's Chocolate Chip Cookies (260 calories)

Chicken Breast Sandwich (230 calories)
French fries (200 calories)

4 Budweiser Select (396 calories)
2 Bud Lights (220 calories)

Total calories for the day: 1,911

C25K Week 2 Day 2 (-189 calories)

Day 48

Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla Yogurt (80 calories)
6" Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki (380 calories)

Morning Snack
Nature Valley Oats and Honey Granola Bar (190 calories)

Northstar Buddha Bowl (654 calories)

Hummus on Pita (350 calories)
Shrimp and Scallops with Mediterranean Vegetables (552 calories)
2 glasses Cabernet (180 calories)

Total calories for the day: 2,386

Exercise: C25K Week 2 Day 1 (-304 calories)