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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A technical error in my favour - when scales break down

One of the only good things to come out of my 2+ year relationship with my ex is a recipe for leftovers that he called 'Breakfast Hash'
The ingredients were simple - eggs, cheese, leftover steak & vegetables from the overpriced dinner we had the night before. I happily (read: bitterly) share the detailed recipe with you all below...

Recipe: Leftover Scramble (formerly titled - 'One of the few things he could get right')

Step 1: Chop everything up and add it to the fry pan. In my dish: onions, turnips, beets, garlic, shitake mushrooms (all that I could find in the fridge), and asparagus














Step 2: add your steak right before the eggs and grated cheese. In this case I had half a prime rid steak from a family dinner the night before.














Step 3: And finally add the egg, grate some cheese on top and scramble to taste.


Sometimes it doesn't look too pretty (It was a 2pm breakfast and I was too hungry to garnish it up) but man is it delicious. As for healthy- that really depends on your mood and how much cheese you need to use in order to get over last night's hangover. ;)

 Also, I'm in a great mood cuz I just weighed myself on my little bro's VERY inaccurate scale and it said I weighed only 172! woo! 10lbs less than when I first flew out to Toronto 5 days ago. I know it's wrong but magically my pants and clothes are looser thanks to this magical (and VERY inaccurate) scale. But I don't care - skinny me, woo!
I plan to pack it and take it home with me. I will let my friends pay me if they want to step on it themselves.

Instant mood booster for only $5 a pop. I will also happily ship this magical scale across continents if its services are needed elsewhere. Wanna lose 10lbs in 10 days?? Fiddle with your scale! After all, weight loss is mostly mental anyway, right?? I believe I've lost 10bs therefore I AM 10lbs lighter. ;)

EXERCISE: 1.5 hours at the local gym
45 minutes - cardio (sprints on treadmill, stepper)
45 minutes - weight training (triceps, biceps, back, chest and shoulders)

Drinks

WATER: 10 glasses
ALCOHOL: 2 glasses: 1 pina colada and 1 seagrams sea breeze cooler

Happy eating!

Monday, December 28, 2009

How do you go up a pants size in only 4 days!

The holiday season, that's how. 
Usually they advertise how to LOSE a dress size in that tme frame, not GAIN one. argh!
I'm still a size 10 for now, but its a tight fit.
Thank goodness my sexy New Year's dress is actually a size too big because now I will easily fit into it.
Tomorrow I go back to the gym and I will also make sure that its the first day that my water comsumption exceeds my alcohol consumption....hopefully. Drinks are flowing here in Toronto and I don't know how to say no. Nor do I want to. heh heh heh
Tomorrow is also my last day in Toronto & I fly back to Vancouver on the 30th to get prepared for the huge party on the 31st . Also, it's my last day to hang with that cool new guy I met the other night. He's so gorgeous and fit....and lives in Toronto.
Hmmmm. I never really did figure out how all that;s gonna work but carpe deim -seize the day! I can't spend my time thinking about the "How's that gonna work" for everything! It just will. You'll see. :)


ROLL CALL
Breakfast (2pm)

- Fresh baked whole wheat bread (thanks momma!)
- 2 oz soft andre cheese (like full fat cream cheese)
- 3/4 cup soy milk
- 1 cup honey roasted shreddies

Lunch (8pm)
Sirloin beef burger (took off half the bun)
1/2 fries, 1/2 salad














Dinner (1:30am)
2 mini veggie samosas
1 large slice of carrot cake (mmmmmm) with cream cheese frosting

DRINKS
Yes please! Gin & Tonic -More than 3 for sure....
Water: Not enough. Maybe 2 glasses - wow, that's pretty low. I'll chug a couple more now and double it to 4

EXERCISE:
Rest day. I wish I could have done some hot yoga but the class times just didn't work for my schedule. Boo!


Happy Eating!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Candy/Treat Holiday Bonanza!

Thank goodness the weigh-in was December 13th! Ever since I have been bombarded with chocolates, candies, tarts, various sweets,cookies, etc. Oh man!! I was up 8lbs last week (I assume it was water retention, hormones and the scale exacting its revenge on me) and I'm back to normal now after 5 days of trying to avoid the truckload of sweets and goodies that have been thrown my way at the day job since then.

Forget the food. It was full of veggies and fruits and protein bars.  honestly, it would be easier to keep track of the sweets and treats.
And more fun!

Holiday ROLL CALL:

Thursday, December 17th:
- Organic dark chocolate bars  - a thank you from a coworker
- A bag of truffle chocolates (mmmmm)
- a box of Pot of Gold chocolates as another thank you



Friday December 18th:
- a box of chocolate covered cherries (ewwwww! who eats those things?
- Purdy's Chocolates. The big box as thanks. yah, thanks for the calories!

Monday December 21st:

- 3 boxes of various chocolates from Charlie's Chocolate Factory
- Homemade shortbread cookies (a treat and thank you gift from the caterers)
- various homemade cookies (coworker was making em and decided to share) which consisted of:

*Nanaimo bars
*Chocolate chip Smarties cookies
*Dark chocolate brownies
*Chocolate Macaroons

Tuesday, December 22nd
- A big box of various Lindor chocolates (wowza!)










Wednesday, December 23rd

- A non food gift - yay! Little bottles of scented sanitizer.
- And the best gift ever - LIQUOR! a mickey of my fave booze - GIN! MWAH! I love you too kind stranger. :)


Happy Eating!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shopping Bonanza!

No time to blog. Too busy shopping!

I deposited all the $$$ I won from the 6 month weight loss challenge and I just couldn't wait to start spending it! So for the past several days, I've been living in the mall trying on numerous tops and bottoms and seeking out amazing finds at rock bottom prices. I always said that when I got to my ideal weight, I would spend the money and buy the expensive stuff. I still believe that to be true and since I'm not there yet (happiness is a, ahem, seize 6 after all), I can continue to shop at cheap boutiques and discount retailers - woo. More bang for my buck is the way to go. 

Shopping ROLL CALL

1 black deep vneck button up sweater (pictured middle below, left)
1 purple lace cami (pictured left)
1 white long sleeved v-neck shirt
1 casual off white t-shirt (pictured right)

1 pair of dark wash skinny jeans - size 10

1 pair of faux suede knee high boots
1 striped blue and green sweater (below, right)


1 brown, short sleeved knit shirt
1 grey, long sleeved thin knit sweater
1 blue fitted blouse (below, left)
1 blue and green necklace





 











    Total time spent at mall: 8 hours

    Total spend: $223 - not bad if I do say so myself.
    Dang I'm good!
    If only they gave out awards for shopping!

    Still needed:
    Blackleather platform knee high boots (for wider calves)
    White fitted blouse
    Silver drop earings
    Boot cut, mid rise,dark wash jeans


    Okay, so now that the personal stuff is out of the way, it's time to start the Christmas Shopping , woo!
    7 gifts in total will have to be purchased for my mom, dad, 2 brothers, my sister/cousin, my brother's fiancee and my young cousin who will be going to post secondary school here in Canada come January

    The malls were crazy though so the thought of going back out there into that big mess is not appealing to me at all.
    Hmmm.... maybe I can just write 'em all a cheque as a gift or is that too tacky?
    and more importantly, do I care??

    Happy Holidays!

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    Winning again!

    Yay! My first award, woo!
    First the weight loss award and now this. Thank goodness I bought a lotto ticket yesterday. My luck needs to keep going till at least midway through the new year.  In that time I need to improve my blog (there's so much I still wanna do!), move cities (Montreal's been catching my eye lately), increase readership on my OTHER blog (nelleytimes.wordpress.com), become a published writer (I'm looking at articles first), become a highly qualified social media marketer and of course, find my true love. Easy peasy.

    I have searched the local Vancouver bars high and low for this elusive individual and have yet to make contact with him.  I even secured what I like to call a 'security bf' while I continued the hunt.  However, being with someone you're not in love with becomes tiring and boring after awhile so that little fling of convenience had to end....2 years later, lol!

    But enough about my failed work-in-progress love life. Let's get to the good stuff: things that honour me! As this category is brand new, it's a very special moment for me.
    Miss Nobody (who is anything but!) over @ Miss Nobody's Scribble is honouring me?? (Really? Me? Aw shucks!) I love awards! Even when they aren't of the cash variety. Check it out and take a read of her always intriguing blog. A definite must read on my bloggers list. :)



    ROLL CALL
    CENSURED

    I organized a catered brunch today at work and the food was plentiful and delicious.  Everyone ate, we sang Christmas carols and then we ate some more.
    It was a catered brunch and the menu was:
    Scrambled eggs
    Bacon/Ham
    Vegetarian quiches
    Cheese and veggie turnovers
    Hash browns
    Bagels/croissants/toast/muffins
    Fresh fruit
    A selection of juices

    Then in the afternoon we had what I called Afternoon Delight (snicker, snicker) which consisted of:
    Cinnamon buns
    Brownies
    A cheese plate
    A selection of crackers
    Sliced asian pears
    Seedless grapes
    Seedless mandarin oranges
    Dessert tarts
    Mini cupcakes
    Egg nog!


    ooooo that reminds me. I think there's egg nog left in the fridge at work.  I am sooooo going back to get me some of that. Well tomorrow morning at work of course.  i hope there's some left... mmmmmm I love egg nog and it only comes round once per year so you gotta get it while the getting is good!

    So needless to say I ate all of the above and then some sashimi and a negitoro roll for dinner (sushi).

    DRINKS: I need to drink more water but once I do that I'll be at 10 glasses today, woo!

    EXERCISE: 15 minute walk, 60 minute crossfit class where we did more sprints (400m) and then we learned the power snatch which is a super fun weightlifting move.

    So I guess that's all - burp- for now. hee hee

    Happy Eating!

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    And the winner is…

    1000’s of workout hours, 100’s of healthy meals carefully planned out, dozens of supportive friends and family members, 9 health-minded gals, 6 month timeline, goal setting of 1-2lbs per week, 1 cash prize, 0 excuses.

    The Final STATS (June 13th, 2009 to Dec 13th, 2009)
    Height: 5’7” (no change, heh heh)
    % weight loss: 17.8%
    In lbs: 39lbs

    Inches lost
    Bust: 3.5″
    Waist/abdomen: 5″
    Hips: 4″ (still got that booty, woo!)

    So the final weigh in was this past Sunday and yay, I WON!!

    $900 was the pot and less the $100 I spent on drinks and appies that evening, that leaves me with $800 to buy some new, much needed, duds.

    My shopping list:
    New runners, workout tops, jogging pants, jeans that fit, work pants that fit (yee gads this is 9-1-1!),  a winter jacket, a workout hoodie (preferably an Olympic one), a leather weekend bag, a few winter sweaters from Old Navy, winter boots, rain boots,  a new belt, a blazer from Banana Republic (on sale of course), a couple new shirts, a few blouses and anything else I held off buying for the last 6 months. To put it in perspective, for the past 3 weeks I’ve been using safety pins, a $9 belt on its tightest rung, a dash of hope and a heap-load of prayers to keep my work pants up.

    I think it’s finally time to go shopping.

    So I weighed myself this morning and I'm already up 4lbs, lol! Tomorrow we have a catered brunch @ work followed by a potluck on the Thursday, Chinese food dinner Thursday night, Christmas party the Friday night, a bday party the Saturday night and then a farewell dinner at East Side Mario's on the Sunday.

    Eating black holes. Thank goodness I won already. :)

    ROLL CALL

    Breakfast (8:45am):
    The old breakfast smoothie

    1/2 a tea biscuit (scone)

    Lunch (1:30pm): 
     
    Smoked salmon salad with green tea salad dressing 
    1/2 cup chopped red and yellow peppers







     








    Afternoon snack (3:30pm)
    1/2 protein bar - elev8 me

    1/2 tea biscuit

    Dinner (8:30pm):
    6in ham and cheese sub on whole wheat from subway

    with tons of veggie and a splash of marinara sauce

    Dessert (yay! Its been so long -9pm):
    1 slice of apple pie - i had this slice of heaven in the freezer since thanksgiving (Canadian thanksgiving was oct 9th this year) with plans to inhale it once I won. Totally worth it and it tasted soooo dang good!
    1/2 cup of Nestle vanilla ice cream  with white chocolate pieces


    DRINKS: 10 glasses of water


    EXERCISE: 20 minute jog, 20 minute walk

    Now I'm baking cupcakes for the potluck on Thursday and will have to frost and decorate them tomorrow night. I just have to hold off on the taste testing till then. 

    I have a crazy week followed by a temptation filled weekend ahead of me.
    Yee gads people. Wish me luck. I know I'm gonna need it.....


    Happy Eating!

    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    Girls weekend in Whistler!

    Weigh in this sunday morning and I'm not doing as well as I should be. I haven't been to the gym since a week ago Tuesday but still losing weight, woo! Of course that's mainly cuz I've been carefully watching  what I eat so that helps. :)
    80% eating, 20% exercise is what they say and unfortunately they're damn right. Humph. But I love exercise! I miss going to the gym this week and my bootcamp classes and my spin classes and my hot yoga but this week I just didn't have the time. Working 12 hour days will do that to you. But OT around this time of year @ time and a half kicks ass!

    And I end of this week in beautiful Whistler, BC! Home of the 2010 winter Olympics. My bff got free room and board here so we decided to jet up here (via car) and spend the weekend in the lap of luxury. Whistler is an expensive town to be in so if you can get a deal - take the deal and run! Plus this is going to be the craziest place to be come 2010 so we wanted to see it one last time before the world comes to visit. They have an indoor theater here and provide food and snacks for the movie or you can rent free movies if you'd rather chillax in your room.  We just left the outdoor hot tub and pool (it was snowing outside as we steamed away in hot, bubbly water) and even now I'm writing in the room via the free wireless internet.

    Sigh. Why can't all weekends be like this??

    On the agenda for tomorrow - well after 8 full hours of sleep tonight, I'm going to hit the gym in the morning for a couple hours (my own LAST CHANCE WORKOUT), followed by fresh fruit and a protein bar for breakfast. Then maybe the pool and the hot tub once more and a walk around whistler village. The plan -NO PLANS! Woo!
    After Vegas last weekend and a few parties coming up this weekend, this R&R is much needed. ooooo! I wonder how much to get a massage here. hmmmmm.


    ROLL CALL

    Breakfast (9am):
    Shrimp and goat cheese frittata
    One bite of boston cream donut
    2 homemade chocolate chip cookies

    Lunch (2pm):
    Pho -Rare Beef noodle  soup with broccoli and carrots


    Dinner (7:30pm)
    Taco Bell! (my fave cheat. Never any regrets when I'm @ the 'Bell!)
    1 soft taco supreme
    1 hard taco supreme
    1 black taco (black bag, black taco. Black box, black taco, lol!)
    Fries supreme

    16 oz Mocha cafe
    1 chocolate cookie

    Late night snack (11:30pm)
    1 packet of  pizza flavoured combos
    1/2 bottle of tropicana orange juice

    DRINKS: 8 glasses of water

    EXERCISE: none. eeep.

    I know, I know. If I lose the weigh in on Sunday, it's totally my fault. But my bff told me she saw my competition and at 17% weight loss so far, I'm ahead of the game... But in any case, tomorrow's the last day to do it all so it will be clean eating, I promise
    It would suck to lose by a percentage point of something but it was taco bell for goodness's sake. You don't say no to THAT!

    oh man, 1 day to go till the showdown/weigh-in, yikes.....

    Happy eating for the rest of you!

    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    So when does the hunger go away??

    Sooooo hungry....

    Although, now that I'm looking at what I ate, it was a lot of food. Still, with only a few days to go till the weigh-in, food is unfortunately weighing heavily on my mind. So much cooking too cuz its always easier and safer to eat at home and make the stuff yourself. I have to be more careful of everything I put into my mouth and it's getting to be a pain in the arse! However, if I win enough money for the shopping spree I so desperately need then woo! It'll all be worth it. Weigh-in's on sunday morning - 4.5 days to go. I can do this, I CAN do this!

    ROLL CALL
    Breakfast (8:30am)
    1/2 cup full fat yogurt
    3/4 cup Sliced strawberries
    1/3 cup low fat granola 
    1 large free range hard boiled egg


    Lunch (1:15pm): 

    Baked chicken stuffed with orzo pasta, mozzarella and tomato sauce
    1 cup oven roasted yams
    1 cup steamed broccoli with 1 tsp ghee butter

    Afternoon Snack:
    1/2 sliced large red delicious apple
    1 babybel cheese
    1 package of saltine crackers

    Dinner:
    Veggie heavy Stir fry
    3 cups mixed veggies (broccoli, mushroom, onion, zucchini, carrots and red peppers)
    1/3 cup medium tofu
    ginger, garlic, honey and soy sauce

    "Stir fry in the making!" I love fresh veggies just hitting the fry pan. So gorgeous.

    DRINKS
    6 glasses of water
    8 cups of tea (2 tea bags, mug refilled several times)

    EXERCISE
    15 minute jog
    20 minute walk


    Happy Eating!

    Monday, December 7, 2009

    The Vegas game of eating roulette

    Back from Vegas at last!


    Flew out last thursday and arrived back home yesterday evening. There are no pictures of course (or evidence as I like to call it).  Only memories. Very blurry, foggy, hazy and out of focus memories that I will treasure forever.


    My friend and I joked that we'd only eat the garnish off the many drinks we planned to have but we ended up eating more food than last time!


    Weekend Roll Call: Burgers, fries, pizza, garden salads, turkey clubs, more salad, more burgers, more fries and then subway subs on the last day.


    Luckily, no damage done. Weighed myself this morning and the scale is still the same-yay! Very happy to know that I can control myself and make healthier choices, even on vacation. No buffets or all-you-can-eats for us. Too expensive anyway and I can't eat enough food to make it worth the $25 US they were charging anyway.


    That's all for now. This week marks the last week in the weigh-in contest so I need to be accountable and keep active. So I will definitely update this entry again at the end of the day - keeps me on my toes! 


    Yay Vegas!


    ROLL CALL
    Breakfast (9:30am):
    The ol' breakfast smoothie is BACK baby!
    1 cup  - sliced strawberries & bananas
    1/3 cup full fat yogurt
    1/2 scoop of that crappy protein I need to replace
    1 large hard boiled free range egg


    Lunch(12:45pm):
    1 cup cheese filled ravioli
    3 cups garden salad


    Dinner (8:30pm):
    Craving that shrimp salad again...so I made it, woo!



    3 oz shrimp meat
    1 tbsp chopped garlic
    1/4 cup sliced avocado
    1/4 cup chopped red pepper
    1 stalk of Chopped celery (for the yummy crunch)
    3 cups+ Romaine lettuce
    Kinda homemade dressing:
    1 tbsp lite Caesar dressing
    1/2 tbsp Italian dressing
    1/2 lemon
    Dash each of worchestire, hot sauce, sea salt, pepper and garlic seasonings 

    Evening Snacks (from 630pm to 945pm):
    - Handful baked chips with 1 tbs full fat chipotle/spinach dip
    - 2 chocolate malt balls
    - 1/2 cup of beef chili (my roomie was cooking it up in a big pot and it smelled soooo good. mmmm)
    - 1/4 cup strawberries (sweet and delish!)

    DRINKS: 
    8 glasses of water
    4 cups of green tea (2 tea bags)

    EXERCISE:
    30 minute brisk walk home

    Happy Eating!

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009

    I got what I wanted.....so why does it hurt so bad??


    Ow.
    My stomach hurts.  Its gurgling and twisting and making sounds that I'm not used to hearing.
    Owwwwww.
    Had my whiskey burger from Red Robin! So delicious and instead of the bottomless fries they come with I opted for the garden salad with balsamic dressing. I was so excited to see the burger in fact that I scarfed it down before taking its picture (see borrowed one below). whoops! Oh well. When I go back there in 6 months or so, I'll remember to take a picture of it then. tee hee. My date got a pasta dish and ate it so quickly that I didn't even have a chance to steal some off his plate. And you know how I love that!


    Saw the movie Couple's Retreat tonight and it reminded me that I should really think about finding my soul mate one of these days. I assume, nay, I KNOW he's out there, I just have to go out there and track him down wherever he may be (I'm hoping he's in France, le sigh). While the movie had some lame parts (don't they all?), overall it was a fun movie, I had a lot of laughs and since my date paid for it all, it was well worth the money. hee hee hee. 
    Early night tonight (that means in bed before midnight) and off to the gym @ 7AM tomorrow. Its crossfit time people and this bootcamp type workout is going to kick my ass for the whiskey burger....and the popcorn with butter at the movies.
    Totally worth it!

    ROLL CALL

    Breakfast (9:30am) 
    Breakfast shake (yes, it's back!) 
    1/2 cup full fat yogurt
    1 cup frozen strawberries, blueberries, bananas and peaches
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 scoop of protein
    1 squirt of nestle chocolate syrup (in a rush & couldn't locate honey or stevia!)

    Lunch (1:30pm)

    Baked chicken stuffed with cheese and broccoli (4 g fat, 160 cals)
    1/2 cup brown rice
    2 cups steamed broccoli and carrots with 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter) 

    Afternoon snack (4pm) 
    1/2 red delicious apple, sliced and with sea salt (try it, sooo good!)

    Dinner (6:30pm)

    Red river burger (Ijust looked this up! It  has 1129 calories and 69g of fat, lol! Dang!)

    Small garden salad
    Balsamic vinaigrette




    Evening snack (7:30pm)
    1 small bag of movie popcorn 
    Layered butter (hells yeah!)


    One stomach ache - 9:45pm
    Owwwww. Ok I get it! Clean eating from here on out!

    DRINKS
    2 cups of coffee
    2 mugs of green tea
    11 glasses of water


    EXERCISE (7to8am):
    25 mins - elliptical
    20 mins - jogging on treadmill
    10 mins - abs and stretching


    Happy Eating!

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Getting back in control...again


    Control over your eating is great! What a feeling to see food and not feel the need to have to have some of it. And then to have to try ALL of it. My monthly visitor safely behind me, all those weird, uncontrollable cravings go with it. yay!


    However, the countdowns continue:
    #1. Countdown to Vegas baby, woo! I leave this Thursday and plan to never come back .....at least until Sunday when I return.
    #2. Weigh-in for the $900 prize. Momma needs a new set of everything and my clothing are only getting looser by the day.  Still on that plateau and staying around the 183/184 range and I need to get down to 179 by Dec 13th (almost 2 weeks). The heat is on and I have to get thru Vegas to get to the other side - yikes!

    Mostly clean eating for the next few weeks. Mostly. Tomorrow I'm going to a burger joint for dinner with a friend and plan to have the burger with the deep fried onions inside plus bottomless fries on the side. mmmmm I'll probably only be able to eat half of it but it will definitely be the DELICIOUS half. 
    So of course breakfast and lunch will be VERY clean to compensate for the very messy, heavy and calorie laden dinner that I plan to consume. mmmmmm. stay tuned.

    ROLL CALL:
    Breakfast (930am)

    1/2 cup of oatmeal
    1 tbsp raisins
    1 tbsp sunflower seeds
    1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
    sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of vanilla
    1 tsp of stevia natural sweetener

    1 large boiled egg
    Lunch (130pm)

    Wanted something hot and delicious so I went with rare beef pho noodle soup and added tons of broccoli and chopped bok choy
     
    Dinner (745pm) 
    Craving a shrimp Caesar salad so I made one.
    3 oz shrimp meat 
    1 tbsp chopped garlic

    1/4 cup sliced avocado
    Chopped celery for the crunch
    3 cups+ Romaine and mixed green lettuce

    Kinda homemade dressing:
    1 tbsp lite Caesar dressing
    1/2 tbsp Italian dressing
    1/2 lemon 
    Dash of Worcestershire sauce, wasabi paste, and anchovy paste
     












    TV Snack (8pm):
    Handful of baked kettle chips
    1 tbsp spinach chipotle dip

    EXERCISE:
    None today but I'm going to work out hard in the morning-630am I hear you calling me. Today is my rest day and although I hate rest days, tomorrow at the gym I'll be able to work out for longer and with more weights and go farther so I KNOW that resting is good for you even though it's sooo difficult sometimes to sit on your ass when you could be out at the gym!
    DRINKS: 
    7 glasses of water (yikes! I need to almost double this amount tomorrow)
    2 cups of green tea (1 tea bag)


    Happy Eating!









    Sunday, November 29, 2009

    Oh I get it - I'm on a plateau!


    I would actually prefer a pedestal but...

    So the day after I scarf down bagels for lunch, cupcakes later on and other delicious foodstuffs, I actually dropped 1/2 a pound from the day before.
    Go figure!

    So now I'm back down to 183. yay. Only 25lbs to go. Double yay.
    I'm gonna kick the pants off those last 25.
    But I've been @ 183 for a few weeks now and there are only 2 weeks left until the December 13th weigh-in for the $900 prize. I'm currently leading but the person in second is now on one of those Dr. Bernstein type diets and is closing in fast.  I'll need to step up my game to maintain my lead. Another 5lbs or so in the next 2 weeks should do it. I'll start with a 90 minute boxing class in the morning followed by a protein shake and go from there. 
    I'll keep you posted on that.


    Vegas is coming up this weekend too. So excited! As I will be drinking all my calories in hard booze with diet sodas (who has time to eat in Vegas??) I'm not too worried about vacation eating. There will be no buffets or all-you-can-eats for me. Plus with all the dancing and walking my girlfriends and I will be doing, I know I'll be able to get my exercise in that way.

    Also, whoever said you can't lose weight if you drink booze obviously didn't realize that you simply have to cut out the FOOD part if you're gonna be drinking. Meals this weekend will consist of limes, lemons, celery sticks, maraschino cherries and whatever else they garnish the drinks with there. 
    Last time in Vegas (just a few months ago) I lost 5lbs over a 4 day period. 
    Here's hoping my luck hasn't run out.
    Yay! I think a triple yay is in order here too. yay yay yay!


    ROLL CALL:


    Breakfast (2:45pm - had a house party last night & started day REAL late)
    Shrimp omellet
    3 oz Shrimp meat
    1 egg plus 4 egg whites
    1/4 cup Mushrooms, Onions & Green onions
    1 oz goat cheese, crumbled
    =I've been craving this for awhile and it was delicious.
      
    Afternoon snack (5:30pm)
    1 baby bel cheese
    8 red grapes

    Lunch (7pm)
    Chicken stir fry
    1/4 cup jasmine rice
    3 oz chicken
    2 cups broccoli, red/green/orange peppers and muchrooms
    Garlic
    Teriyaki sauce
    soy sauce

    Dinner (10:30pm)
    Hot dog with ketchup, mustard and relish


    DRINKS
    9 glasses of water
    1 americano
    1 hot chocolate

    EXERCISE
    15 minutes on stairmaster (level 13)
    25 minutes on treadmill (11 minutes of sprints, walking rest of time)
    10 minutes weighted sqauts and lunges
    10 minutes ab work and stretching


    Happy Eating!

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Elusive happiness... when will size-6 bliss come?

    More compliments this week. Coworkers and people I haven't seen in a few months are bestowing me with multiple compliments and congratulations on my slimmer figure. I should feel amazing but I don't.
    5'7 and in still in the 180s. Argh. Where are those magic pills when you need em!
    This lead me to wonder " When does the 'happy' kick in?"
    175 lbs is the short term goal and it is still several pounds away.
    I know about inches and body shape and I know I should be happy that everything is moving (albeit VERY slowly) in the right direction but sheesh! C'mon already.


    ROLL CALL


    Breakfast
    1/2 cup full fat plain yogurt
    1/4 cup granola
    3/4 cup sliced strawberries




    Lunch

    1/2 whole wheat pita
    2 oz black forest ham
    1 oz cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup sliced Cucumber
    1/2 cup sliced green pepper
    Sliced tomatoes
    1 cup potato and leek soup

    Testing out the new camera on my brand new RIM Blackberry Bold 9700! If you don't know how cool this device is, then you aren't as into mobile phones as you should be. I think I like it. Look how crisp and green everything looks. Great colour! I'm sold. (Luckily I won it cuz the retail price is $699.95)





    Dinner
    5 pieces tuna sashimi
    6 pieces salmon & avocado roll
    1 White dinner roll
    2 tbsp of peanut butter





    EXERCISE

    Whoops. None today. Worked OT at the first job today and had plans later so unfortunately the gym was the first to go. Luckily, I get to go tomorrow morning @ 7AM instead. I love early morning gym sessions!




    DRINKS
    8 glasses of water
    3 cups of green tea (1 tea bag, mug refilled 3 times)
    1/2 bottle of vitamin water (tangerine flavour)


    Happy Eating!









    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Sunday Planning

    First thing - Time to follow up on yesterday's goals:
    1. Increase dietary fiber (ensure I'm eating 25g/day) Check!
    2. Get 7.5+ hours of sleep per night (I know this works!) Check!
    3. Take a multivitamin each day (Still need to purchase)
    4. Drink 9+ glasses of water per day Check!
    5. Reduce sodium (minimal sea salt additions) - Errr...need to purchase a sea salt alternative
    6. Exercise for 60minutes min, 5+ days a week with lots of cardio, crossfit/boxing classes and hot yoga (REST DAY)
    7. Increase protein intake (aim for150g/day) (Area to work on)
    8. Plan, plan, plan and then plan some more. Then, of course, revisit these goals on a daily basis and modify, increase as needed. Check! I planned meals for the week and have planned out exercise and meals
    5/8  or 62%. A passing grade, yay! Go me. But I'm sure I can do better. I'll get on it!
     
    ROLL CALL

    Breakfast:
    1 cup All Bran cereal
    1/2 cup slim milk
    1 boiled egg

    Lunch:
    1 slice whole grain bread
    1 tbs peanut butter 
    1 Curve brand fiber bar

    Dinner:
    1 whole wheat pita
    2 balls bocconcini cheese
    1 oz pepperoni 
    1 tsp parmesean cheese
    1/2 cup mushrooms, onions, garlic, green & red peppers

    Dessert:
    1/2 cup turtles ice cream. mmmmmm


    DRINKS:
    8 glasses of water
    1 tall long americano with a shot of caramel syrup
     
    EXERCISE: Rest day


    Happy Eating!
     



    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    I said NO to brunch today


    I have 2 countdowns taking place right now:
    1. Countdown to girlie weekend in Vegas (Dec 3rd to 6th) 
    2. Countdown to Group Weigh-In (Dec 13th) 

    Time's run out. No room for excuses. The scale doesn't lie and my clothes need to get looser and fast! 
    There is no place for major errors and all my slimming down efforts need to be increased and maintained for the next 3 weeks. Treats will be to a minimum and fruits and veggies will be at an all time max.
    The prize for the biggest loser (% weight lost) - $900 to go towards my new slimmer me wardrobe which I desperately need! I'm wearing baggy size 12 & 14 clothes when I'm actually a size 10/11, ack!

    Goals to achieve/maintain for the next 3 weeks:
    1. Increase dietary fiber (ensure I'm eating 25g/day)
    2. Get 7.5+ hours of sleep per night (I know this works!)
    3. Take a multivitamin each day
    4. Drink 9+ glasses of water per day
    5. Reduce sodium (minimal sea salt additions)
    6. Exercise for 60minutes min, 5+ days a week with lots of cardio, crossfit/boxing classes and hot yoga
    7. Increase protein intake (aim for150g/day)
    8. Plan, plan, plan and then plan some more. Then, of course, revisit these goals on a daily basis and modify, increase as needed. 

    My friend invited me to brunch this morning. I LOVE brunch. I was made for brunching. If I could brunch everyday I totally would. Alas the place they were brunching at was a great Mexican restaurant that I have been to in the past and there are no healthy options there. Everything is fried, greasy, high calorie, high in fat and highly delicious. 

    So I said no. December 14th is going to be a smorgasbord of eating. I know rewarding yourself with food is bad, a serious no-no and is heavily frowned upon but the hope is that I can increase my salad intake and decrease the 'other' food intake knowing that I can have one big treat day in the near future.

    Oh gawd, wish me luck.


    ROLL CALL:
    Breakfast
    Protein shake:
    3/4 cup 1% milk
    1 scoop of protein powder (25g of protein)
    1/4 cup bananas
    1 tbsp peanut butter
    1 tbsp Nestle chocolate sauce
    Dash of stevia (all natural sweetener)

    Snack:   Elevate Me protein bar-Banana Nut bread flavour  (16g protein/9g fiber)

    Lunch
    1 small turkey breast and brie cheese (1oz) whole wheat panini
    1 cup chick pea and red bean salad
    1 cup fresh fruit (cantaloupe, red grapes, honeydew melon, watermelon)
    Dinner
    Garden salad
    Rotisserie  chicken
    EXERCISE:
    15 minutes StairMaster (level 13)
    25 minutes treadmill sprints
    5 minutes ab work
    10 minutes stretching
    DRINKS:
    8 glasses of water
    1 cup Cafe Mocha with 2% milk
    1/2 bottle Vitamin water - xxx


    Happy Eating!