Becoming a Better Me

My journey to lose 100 pounds

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  • Name: Gwynn
  • City: Cheraw
  • Region: South Carolina
  • Country: United States

My Weight Loss

Height: 172.7cm
Start weight: 250.00lb
Current weight: 215.60lb
Goal weight: 180.00lb
Lost to date: 34.40lb
Remaining: 35.60lb

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Before After

Snow Day Minus the Snow

School was canceled late last night due to the snow that was in the forecast. We were due 3-6 inches but we got none. Talk about a big fail with the weather people! The plus side is that we got another day off from school. Hooray!!

The scales were down to 185.something this morning. Another hooray!!

The omelet bake is super easy. One carton of All Whites, your favorite omelet fillings (bacon, ham, onions, peppers, etc), and 2/3 cup low fat cheese. Just spray an 8x8 pan, pour in the ingredients, put in a oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees, and cook for 30 minutes. I ate some for breakfast this morning and it was really yummy!!

9:00 - Breakfast - Strawberries and Cream oatmeal, omelet - 220 calories

12:30 - Lunch - DD had McDonald's so BIG score for me not grabbing something for myself!! 2 slices whole wheat bread, light mayo, sliced turkey, orange - 270 calories

3:00 - Special K Crackers (yes they are GOOD!!!), 1 string cheese - 150 calories

5:30 - Arnold's Sandwich Thins, hamburger, light mayo, baked potato, salad with 1/4 cup reduced fat bleu cheese, and diluted Thousand Island dressing - 550 calories

I'm up to 1,190 calories and I have no idea what else I am going to eat tonight. I'm not hungry (Hooray #3!!) but I know I need to eat the calories. Maybe I'll just grab a banana and a yogurt.

Hooray for March!!

Oh goodness I can't believe it is March already. This year is really flying by!!

The scales were up a tad today. I am going to contribute that to the salty ham and turkey on the salad yesterday evening. I was guzzling water all night long because I was so thirsty. That is the only thing I could think of. Oh well!!

Not really sure how to even count my calories today. On Sunday's I eat at my grandparent's house and while I do try to control my portions I can't even begin to figure up calories because I wasn't there when she was cooking. The good news is that I said no to the apple pie and ice cream that was for dessert. Score!!

10:00 - Breakfast - maple and brown sugar oatmeal, 1 small box of raisins - 165 calories

12:30 - Lunch - 1/2 cup fresh butter beans, 1 spoonful potato salad, 1 small cube steak, 1/2 cup rice, 2 spoonfuls of gravy - ?? calories

5:30 - Dinner - Subway Melt on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, and light mayo (that I put on at home because I don't trust them!!), and 1 serving Light Lay's - 455 calories

7:00 - Mini Snack - blueberry white tea

8:30 (or so) - Snack - celery, carrots, roasted red pepper hummus - 100 calories

Total calories for today ??

I made the omelet bake Stardust told me about. I used an entire container of All Whites, 2/3 cup of WW shredded cheese, 8 slices precooked turkey. 540 calories for the entire dish, I divided the omelet into 6 pieces, so each piece has 90 calories. I have to tell you it smelted delicious when it was cooking. Right after taking it out of the oven Dd wanted to dig in!! Mmmm!! I can't wait to taste it in the morning. :)

Yesterday

Yesterday was a stellar day for me!! My reward? A 1.4 lb drop on the scale this morning. Hooray!! I'm pleased of course but I am not used to waking up and going to bed with my stomach growling. I guess it is going to take time for my body to adjust to having 200-300 fewer calories a day.

I'm heading out in a few to go to the mall. My mission is to buy an iPod touch. I always by myself a little something with my tax return and the iPod is this year's purchase!!

Here's my food so far today:

10:00 - Breakfast - Thomas's Light Multigrain English Muffin, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 Jimmy Dean precooked turkey sausage patty - 190 calories

1:00 - Lunch at the mall - Chick-fil-a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich with 1/2 packet light mayo, medium fruit cup - 340 calories

3:30 - Snack - TJ's Roasted Gorgonzola crackers - 140 calories

6:00 - Dinner - Substation II Chef Salad - not really sure on calories - lettuce, onion, green pepper, about 1 boiled egg, ham, turkey, 1/2 of the container of Ranch dressing, 4 crackers - 500 calories

Night snack - chicken salad with light mayo and celery - 170 calories

Total for the day 1340 calories

The 200 Calorie Breakfast/Snack List

Here is an updated list!! Thanks to Stardust for the awesome additions!! The Arnold's Sandwich Thins with LC cheese sound really good right about now :)

200 calorie breakfasts or snacks

  • Thomas' Light Multigrain english muffin with 1 serving All Whites and 1 Jimmy Dean precooked turkey sausage patty (190 calories)
  • Cereal with 1 serving skim milk (200 calories)
  • Low sugar oatmeal (my favorite is apples and cinnamon) with 1 small box raisins (175 calories)
  • Thomas' Light Multigrain english muffin with 1 tbsp peanut butter (190 calories)
  • All white omelette (3 servings), 1 slice whole wheat toast (40 calories), 1 Jimmy Dean precooked turkey sausage patty (190 calories)
  • Dannon light and fit yogurt with All Bran bran buds and half a fruit (200 calories)
  • 1 serving raw almonds and half a fruit (210 calories)
  • 1 serving raw nuts (almonds or cashews) and K2O Protein Water (190 calories)
  • Veggies (celery, baby carrots, cucumbers) with roasted red pepper hummus (100 calories)
  • 1 apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter (190 calories)
  • Light yogurt with 1 TBS raw slivered almonds, 1 tsp ground flaxseed and 1/4 cup of a high fiber cereal. (199 calories)
  • Balance Gold bars. Most of them are 190-210 calories
  • Cliff Mojo bars (180 calories)
  • A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I use 2 slices of light wheat bread, 1 TBS peanut butter and 1 TBS of TJ's reduced sugar strawberry jam. (200 calories)
  • Tuna & celery sticks: 1/2 can of tuna, 1 TBS reduced fat mayo, a touch of chopped pickle. Use it as a dip for celery sticks.
  • Omelet bakes: it is so easy to toss together some egg whites (or Egg Beaters), chopped veggies, maybe a little bit of protein (lean ham, turkey bacon) and sprinkle the top with light shredded cheese. Bake it in a 9x9" pan at 350 degrees until set (30 min maybe?) and let it cool. Cut it into squares and package it up. Each morning, you can grab one, warm it up and either eat it with a couple slices of light toast or stick it in one of the Arnold's sandwich thins for your own Egg McMuffin.
  • Low fat cheese stick with whole grain crackers
  • Arnold's sandwich thin with 1-2 wedges of light Laughing Cow cheese

TGIF!!

Happy Friday Friends!!

Yesterday afternoon Dd and I made a quick trip to the grocery store for some yummy fresh fruits, vegetables, cereal, yogurt, and milk. I also bought a new digital food scale. My old one (not digital) has had all it can take. Only in the dieting world are we happy about such purchases!!

This is how today's food looks so far (I will be editing this post to add this evening's food and exercise)

8:00 - Breakfast - Low Sugar Apples and Cinnamon oatmeal with 1 small pack of raisins - 155 calories

10:30 - Lunch - 2 slices whole wheat bread, light mayo, sliced turkey, 1 orange, 1 sugar free Jello pudding - 330 calories

2:00 - Snack (haven't eaten it yet, but it's waiting for me) - Dannon Light Strawberry yogurt, 1 serving All Bran Bran Buds, 1 small banana - 270 calories

5:30 - Dinner - Grilled shrimp, zucchini, onion, broccoli with low sodium soy sauce, and 1 serving brown rice - 390 calories

8:00 - Snack - Arnold's Sandwich Thins, 1 wedge Laughing Cow French Onion cheese, 1/4 cup raw almonds - 295 calories

Total calories for the day - 1440

I bought some onion, zucchini, broccoli, and low sodium soy sauce in the hopes that I will be able to recreate my favorite Japanese vegetables with some grilled chicken for dinner one night this weekend. I had to do some searching for the low sodium soy sauce, but after reading the label on the regular soy sauce and seeing exactly how much sodium was in it I was not about to buy the regular stuff!!

Pray the rain holds off this afternoon. I am planning to go to the park for a run. It's so pretty hear today!!

Let's make a list

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”


In order to release these last few pounds change is going to have to take place. The first change I need to make is to lower my calories. Right now I am consuming between 1600 and 1700 calories a day. I'm going to reduce that to 1400 calories and see if this will help. The breakdown of these calories will look something like this:
  • 8:00 AM breakfast - 200 calories
  • 10:30 AM lunch (yes I know it's early but this is a school schedule not mine) - 350 calories
  • 2:00 PM snack - 200 calories
  • 5:00 PM dinner - 450 calories
  • 8:00 PM snack - 200 calories
I've started making a list of all the possible choices I can have within the 200 calorie range for breakfast and snacks. Please feel free to comment and add your favorite breakfast/snack. I'm sure we can get a good list going that would be helpful to us all.

200 calorie breakfasts or snacks
  • Thomas' Light Multigrain english muffin with 1 serving All Whites and 1 Jimmy Dean precooked turkey sausage patty (190 calories)
  • Cereal with 1 serving skim milk (200 calories)
  • Low sugar oatmeal (my favorite is apples and cinnamon) with 1 small box raisins (175 calories)
  • Thomas' Light Multigrain english muffin with 1 tbsp peanut butter (190 calories)
  • All white omelette (3 servings), 1 slice whole wheat toast (40 calories), 1 Jimmy Dean precooked turkey sausage patty (190 calories)
  • Dannon light and fit yogurt with All Bran bran buds and half a fruit (200 calories)
  • 1 serving raw almonds and half a fruit (210 calories)
  • 1 serving raw nuts (almonds or cashews) and K2O Protein Water (190 calories)
  • Veggies (celery, baby carrots, cucumbers) with roasted red pepper hummus (100 calories)
  • 1 apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter (190 calories)
350 calorie lunches
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (80 calories), deli chicken or turkey (50 calories, light mayo (40 calories), sugar free jello pudding (60 calories), 1 fruit
  • Campbell's Select Harvest Light Chicken with Egg Noodles (120 calories for whole can), 6 whole wheat saltines (120 calories), 1 fruit
450 calorie dinners
  • Italian Vegetable Soup (will post the recipie if you want), 2 slices whole wheat bread, 2% cheese
  • 1 serving Ronzoni elbow noodles, 1 serving grilled chicken, TONS of broccoli, 1 serving roasted red pepper alfredo (diluted with a little water)
  • My favorite salad - romaine lettuce, 1 serving grilled chicken, 1/2 serving chick peas (garbonzo beans), 1 serving reduced fat bleu cheese, tomato, cucumber, 1 serving diluted 1,000 island dressing
  • 1 serving grilled chicken, 1 serving brown rice, steamed veggies (most likely broccoli in zip and steam bag)
I'd like to thank everyone (especially you Stardust) for your sweet comments to my previous blog. You girls are always there for me when I need to be picked up and dusted off. It brings tears to my eyes (yes I really am a sap!!). Without you guys I never would have made it this far and without you I won't make it to goal! You all rock and I am thankful for you every day!!

Starting tomorrow I will be posting my food log. It's all about accountability for me right now. I thought about taking the pictures like Stardust is doing (because it is such a SUPER idea) but for now just words will have to do. I will include my exercise in my log as well because lately that is where I have been failing (well that and the Skor bars!!). I'm giving myself one "free" meal a week. This will be my Mexican night on Tuesday.

Send me those meal and snack ideas and let's get a LONG list together!!

Last night I called Jenny

So I'm sitting there on the couch and I see a Jenny Craig commercial. I'm sitting there thinking, "Well maybe this is just what I need!!" I don't hesitate, I pick up my phone and call the number. A consultant is supposed to call me today. After a little research though I am learning that it will cost me between $80 and $100 a week for the food. Ummm I need motivation but I don't know that I need it that badly. I spend $40 a week on groceries and that is for me and Dd!!! I'm not sure what I'm going to say when I get called back today but the fact is I simply can not afford to spend that much money a week for food. I am going to have to do something else to get these remaining pounds off. I will eat great for a couple of days and then totally fall off the wagon. Last night I ate a Skor bar for goodness sakes. Eat good all day and then end your day with a candy bar? I don't think that is going to help take off the weight. The plus side is that I did exercise yesterday. It wasn't the planned exercise but I got on the bike for 20 minutes and then did the eliptical for 10 minutes.
 
In looking back I can see that this time last year I weighed 198.5. It has taken me a year to lose 10 lbs. That is pitiful!! Now I know it's better than gaining 10 lbs and I know that I've come a long way and I know there are many of you who are reading this who would like to weigh what I weigh now but I want the 150's. Shoot at this point I would settle for the 160's.
 
I'm off to find my mojo!! While I'm looking for it I will chant. "One meal at a time!!"

Like totally stressed!

Yearbook deadline is next week. I'm now working on it at school and at home. It has become all consuming. When I'm not working on it I'm thinking about it. When I'm not thinking about it I'm dreaming about it. I made a list of everything that needs to be done on each page. I love crossing things off. So far I have 14 pages out of the 40 that are missing pictures. This is me

No exercise yesterday. I worked on the yearbook until we went to dinner. When we came home from my parent's house I worked on the yearbook until I put Dd to bed and then I worked on it some more.

I am going to exercise today. I HAVE to!! It's 30 minutes!! I can leave the computer for 30 minutes! It might actually make me feel better too!

Official WI 2/24/09

Today's WI - 187.4
Last week's WI - 186.6

Grand total - + 0.8 lbs

I guess it's time for me to confess that I didn't exercise one day last week. I did nothing active. I sat at the computer most nights slaving over the stinking yearbook trying to get everything to look just right. I should have done better. This week will be better!

Up until yesterday I was looking at a maintain for this week but yesterday for lunch I ended up eating some Trader Joe's garlic noodle soup and then some chicken teriyaki for dinner last night so I'm guessing the sodium got the best of me.

After school I will get on the stationary bike before meeting my friend at Mexican. We will visit with my parents and then I will come home and do a little Wii Fit along with the 2 person run with Dd. Here is my exercise plan for the rest of the week:

  • Wednesday - Interval train on the treadmill for 30 minutes
  • Thursday - 20 minutes on the stationary bike and by 30 minutes Wii Fit
  • Friday - Interval train on the treadmill or run at the park (depends on the weather)
  • Saturday - 20 minutes on the stationary bike mop, sweep, vaccum, laundry
  • Sunday - 30 minutes on Wii Fit
  • Monday - rest day
There it is all laid out. Now that it's in writing I'm committed to it!!

Make Them Green With Envy Challenge Week 4 Results

Congratulations to simone777!!

  • simone777 has lost 10 lbs or 4.9% of her starting weight
  • almita has lost 10 lbs or 4.19% of her starting weight
  • girl next door has lost 8 lbs or 4.07% of her starting weight
  • becb has lost 11.6 lbs or 3.61% of her starting weight
  • goal65kgs has lost 7 lbs or 2.76% of her starting weight
  • tarajoy has lost 5.6 lbs or 2.62% of her starting weight
  • smbuum has lost 7.5 lbs or 2.38% of her starting weight
  • anna down under has lost 5.3 lbs or 2.22% of her starting weight
  • moonmayden85 has lost 5 lbs or 1.98% of her starting weight
  • looking for me has lost 4.4 lbs or 1.69% of her starting weight
  • 911shelia has lost 4 lbs of 1.47% of her starting weight
  • novablue has lost 3 lbs or 1.44% of her starting weight
  • svanita has lost 2.8 lbs or 1.31% of her starting weight
  • gwynn has lost 2.4 lbs or 1.27% of her starting weight
  • coloradogal has lost 2.8 lbs or 1.21% of her starting weight
  • deltadiva has lost 3.8 lbs or 1.14% of her starting weight
  • vmigirl has lost 2.2 lbs or 1.14% of her starting weight
  • shrrlygrrl has lost 2.4 lbs or 1.06% of her starting weight
  • seriousloser has lost 1.5 lbs or 0.68% of her starting weight
  • gcqmom has lost 1.4 lbs or 0.55% of her starting weight
  • stardust has lost 1.2 lbs or 0.50% of her starting weight
  • tracyintx has lost 1 lb or 0.41% of her starting weight
  • tracysaurus has lost 1 lb or 0.41% of her starting weight
  • wtg2lose has lost 1 lb or 0.37% of her starting weight
  • juli66021 has lost 0.6 lbs or 0.25% of her starting weight
  • tatumsmom has lost 0.2 lbs or 0.10% of her starting weight
  • As a group we have lost 125.2 lbs in 4 weeks!!

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