Friday, July 30, 2010


I'm posting this picture, because I post one every 20 pounds lost. However, at 233, this is 12 pounds heavier than I am now :)

Oh..... and who had to take a big link out of that belt??  Yep....... ME!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fit-to-be-tied Friday

Food for Friday

Breakfast 8:00am
1 Gibbs Oat Bran Muffin
2 large cups coffee (Starbucks, French Roast) with splenda and FF Milk

191 Calories

Skipped lunch....... because hubby and I had a  LONG OVERDUE date night! My parents had given us a $75 gift card to our favorite restaurant, Louis' Chophouse! It's fairly pricey, so we don't get to go often (and those 3 kids of ours.... they tend to hinder our date nights too!)

Exercise is next:

20 minutes elliptical
20 minutes Bollywood Workout
10 minutes Yoga
10 Minutes Abs

(extra workouts for calorie burn before dinner!)


1/2 slice bread, with garlic infused olive oil (chewed VERY carefully...... whew.... no PB/slime!)
small garden salad with balsamic vinegarette dressing (ditched the tomatoes)
3 glasses unsweetened iced tea, with a lemon wedge, and small stick packet of splenda
Calamari - lightly breaded and fried, appetizer, split with hubby, wasn't able to finish it
Chicken Picata (no capers, no artichoke hearts) fairly generous portion
Dessert: Mozart Mousse torte (chocolate and vanilla cake, alternating with chocolate and vanilla mousse) with whipped cream frosting. Not able to eat all of it.... had about 1/2

With approximate values, I came in at about 2000 calories for that mea, 2191 for the day, minus about 600 for the exercise, so I clocked 1600 calories for the day.

BTW..... I weighed yesterday.... 233.6!! Broke the stall? We'll see. I usually weigh in on Sundays.... should I weigh in tomorrow?? I'm afraid!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bugging me.......

As I go through my blog... and my journal on (which has been in existence since February 2002) I have realized a few things:

• I'm the smallest I've been since 1989. I definitely remember weighing in at around 245 somewhere between 1987-1989
• I'm closing in on a weight I haven't seen since 1986: 216, I remember weighing this when a friend and I joined Living Well Lady.

At Christmas, I was down about 95 pounds. I am currently down nearly 140 pounds. WOW.

I am excited to hit the 150 down mark (225.5 pounds will do it) and I'm exceptionally excited to see 199, something I haven't seen in well over 20 years.


I'm currently at a weird place. I'm having a hell of a time finding a bra that fits. I seem to be in a size 36G-H. Wish those were a perky G-H.... but it's more like a deflated balloon G-H. Whenever it's time to get some reconstruction, my boobs will be high on the list. I've always had big boobs..... 36DDD in high school. No girl should have to go through that! I'm hopeful that if I continue to complain about all my back issues, that perhaps that would be a covered expense to get those puppies to a more proportional place. A nice 36C-D would do me just fine.

Clothing.... just about out of Lane Bryant/Avenue..... not quite into "regular" stores. I'm sitting in the void. I knew it was there, but I just haven't been here in a while. I stopped at Avenue yesterday looking for a bra (sigh) and saw a cute jean jacket. The 18/20 was loose. They didn't have a 14/16. (sigh again)

I'm starting to look silly in many of my clothes. A shirt that's been a staple for my wardrobe is now SILLY big on me.... and the shorts I was wearing yesterday were hanging on by a thread. One wrong move, and they would have fallen off. I suppose I have my "apron" to thank for it not to fall off.

Another item high on the reconstruction..... to rid myself of this panniculus, or whatever you call it. Having a triplet pregnancy certainly sent my stomach through the wringer. I would think I'd be wearing much smaller pants right now if I didn't have this hanging flap of gut to maneuver. If I'm not exceptionally careful, I get rashes, itchies, and smellies in there! I'm sure I did some weird damage to the muscles through there as well, having that c-section, and consequent revision of said c-section. Wonder if insurance would pay for that?? It's a pretty definite space, I could put the cut lines on for the doctor myself. Sad point: I'll lose my first tattoo I ever got to the blade when I get my tummy fixed. Though... I'll probably want a new one.... something pretty :)

Alright.... enough melancholia about saggy skin, saggy clothes, and my sagging disposition.


Thirsty Thursday

Food Today:

8:30am Breakfast

1 Oat Bran Muffin
2 large cups coffee

174 calories

3:00pm lunch

Arnold's Sandwich Thin, whole wheat
yellow mustard, 2 teaspoons
4 slices Hillshire Farms low sodium Turkey Breast
5 Romaine leaf tops

237 calories

6:30pm Dinner
Black Bean Chili

156 Calories (still needed to cook for hours.... beans were hard :(

9:30pm Snack
Blackberry CarbMaster Yogurt

80 Calories


20 minutes elliptical
10 minutes Abs

Daily total:

Fat: 16.3
Sodum: 1238
Carbs: 69.8
Fiber 18.5
Protein 44.9

Food calories: 646, exercise -433, Net calories: 214

Shnit....... I certainly don't think I'm getting enough calories. However, where does the calorie burn play into this? I'm going to have to investigate.

I'll also try to figure out a more pleasing layout for these values... I'm a graphic designer fer chrissakes..... it should be pretty, and easy to read.... not listed out so.. UGLY!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Winner of a Wednesday?

Today's food:

Coffee with Splenda and FF Milk

174 calories

Arnold's Sandwich Thin Bread, Whole Wheat
4 Slices Hillshire Farms Low-Sodium Honey Ham
1 teaspoon yellow Mustard
4 leaves of Romaine Lettuce
Coffee with Splenda and FF Milk
1 Bottled Water

182 calories

4 Cups Lettuce
2 hard boiled eggs/sliced
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced red onions (YUM!!!!!)
1/4 cup green bell peppers
1/4 cup croutons (I know they're naughty.... but so delish!)
2 T Creamy Parmesan dressing

487 calories


20 minutes elliptical
10 minutes standing abs
20 minutes Bollywood Workout

583 calories burned

Day's nutrients:

Fat 39.9
Sodium 323
Carbs 84.9
Fiber 20
Protein 57

Budget: 1200 calories

Consumed 843 calories, exercise 583 calories, Net Calories: 259

How I wish I had Jillian/Bob to analyze these numbers, and tell me if I'm not eating enough?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stalled in Stallsville...... population ME

So..... sitting here quietly at 236 (well.... actually bouncing between 236-237) for THREE weeks now.

Exercising everyday.... 30 minutes for 5 of the days, 20 minutes for 2 of them, all of it on my elliptical machine. (can't get out of the house to go to the gym...... kids/work/summer factor)


Since I know that some people still come in here and help me dust every so often, starting TODAY I am posting what I'm eating and when, and what type of exercise I'm doing. If I have to, I'll put my BodyMedia thingy back on, and start reporting, until I can figure out why this is happening. I will mention that I spent at least 4-5 weeks floating around 367...... and it was frustrating as hell, but it did finally move.

I weigh only on Sunday's, otherwise I obsess. So, here's my Sunday weight: 237

Should I be posting my measurements too? Hmmmmmm.........

I will preface this note saying that I normally eat breakfast everyday. I had an emergency design that had to be to the client in the morning today, and because she's in Cally, I was able to buy myself 3 hours of work time. So, without realizing it until it was too late, I worked through breakfast :(

Tuesday, July 20

7:50am Coffee with splenda and fat free milk
9:30am same

Karen's Power Smoothie
1 Cup frozen blueberries
1 Cup Diet V8 Splash
2 Tablespooons Flaxmeal
1 Tablespoon Walnut Oil
1 Scoop RAW Vegetable Protein Powder

345 Calories, 20 Fat, 27.9 Carb, 20.6 protein (Fiber is pretty high as well... at least 6-8)

1 container CarbMaster Cherry Yogurt
1 T homemade granola

80 Calories, 1.5 fat, 4 carbs, 12 Protein (not sure on the granola.... that's just the yogurt)

Salsa Chicken
1 chicken breast
dash homemade taco powder
4 T salsa
1 t sour cream
3/4 cup brown rice
1/2 sliced cucumber, drizzled with Italian dressing

307 calories (so says BodyFit Media)

1 Celery Rib, cut into 2
3/4 Tablespoon natural peanut butter

110 Calories: 8 fat, 6 carbs, 4 protein, 2 fiber

20 Minutes on Elliptical. Did a fat burn program, at a 20° incline
10 Minutes Standing Ab Crunch program
10 Minutes Pilates

I use iFit for my iPhone, and came up with these daily values:

Fat 38.5 g
Sodium 800mg
Carbs 90.7
Fiber 22
Protein 64

Calories in: 922
Calories out: 470 (exercise)
Net Calories: 452

Hmmmmmm...... I'm thinking my net calories should be closer to 1000?