2010-07-26 08:46 am
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Return from Peru!

I am BACK from beautiful and amazing Peru and I am only a few pounds heavier, which isn't a big deal considering that I have been back since Wednesday night and have been eating tons of carbohydrates, candy bars, ice cream, everything in excess. I just hit the store and bought romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, tofu and white cheese so that I can get back on the salad bandwagon. I also can't think of anything I particularly care to eat at this point (other than salad) but I had better figure it out before I get hungry and then eat whatever is convenient and bad for me.

Here are my stats as of today, July 26:

height: 5'9.5"
weight: 173.5
bmi: 25.3
immediate goal: 160 / bmi 23.3
ultimate goal: 144 / bmi 21.0
2010-07-01 02:16 pm
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After a weekend in Las Vegas, I was sure I would kill my diet. I managed to eat on-program for two of three days, stopping only on my final day to eat deep fried macaroni and cheese balls, a reuben sandwich, and a Philly cheese steak sandwich. Additionally, I drank all three days, so I'm not surprised about my weight gain, but it could have been so much worse.

height: 5'9.5"
weight: 168.8
bmi: 24.6
gain: 2.2

I would like to be around 164-165 by the time I leave for Peru next Tuesday. As for the month, I'm down 7.2 pounds since I started, which isn't bad at all. If I can lose 7 pounds a month, I'll be at my goal by the end of the year with plenty of time to practice maintenance. Hopefully I won't be too challenged during my Peruvian adventure (two weeks!) but I'm planning to buy and bring some Atkins snack/meal-replacement bars in case I run out of options, but I figure if I constantly eat my favorite food ever (salad, nom nom) and stay away from rice and other grains, I'll be good. I'm going to try not to drink very often, although I may partake in some delicious wine while I'm in Lima. I'm going with a group of drinkin' gals, so I'm sure my motivation to stay off liquor while I'm in Lima will be zilch - it will be much easier to remain on-track while I'm staying with my host family in Cuzco.

I can't wait! I'm still partially packed from my trip to Las Vegas so I don't have much to worry about. By the way, my photos from Vegas are horrible. I look chunkers in basically all of them. Gah.
2010-06-25 06:44 am

t-minus three hours until las vegas...

I'm updating with a weigh-in before I head to the airport, since I won't be able to weigh-in or update on Sunday. This way, we won't have to wait two weeks for a results post.

First of all, let me admit that in my desire to eat on-the-go, I've started eating Atkins Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, which are allegedly okay during induction. However, I like to eat as much unprocessed food as possible, and while these only have 2g net carbohydrates per bar, I'm really going to have to find a cheaper and less-processed option for on-the-go eating.

I'm taking about 5 of these bars with me to Las Vegas, since they are a cheaper option to eating out three times a day. Also, good for snacks. Unfortunately, I have noticed that I've stalled since eating the A-bars, so I'll be off them after this weekend.

Height: 5'9.5"
Weight: 166.5
BMI: 24.2

I'll update when my weekend in Las Vegas is over!
2010-06-21 01:56 pm
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I had such a bad, emotional weekend that I decided to pamper myself and let myself eat chocolate. Not chocolate chocolate, but 2g-carbohydrate Atkins Advantage candy bars. It's a good thing I allowed myself to splurge a little, because I feel better today, got my sweets fix, AND I'm not horribly bloated today.

I also put on fake fingernails - two of which have already come off because they were crooked and poorly glued on. I'll get them back on tonight, but I'll actually put them on straight, how about that.

I had a half chicken Caesar salad for brunch from Harmon's. I love Harmon's because their deli has a ton of food that is healthy and pretty reasonably priced considering it's like buying healthy fast food. From the deli I got a grilled chicken breast and a quarter pound of asparagus for an early dinner, and the whole thing cost $3 compared to the $10 I'd pay for a similar meal at a restaurant. It'd still be cheaper to cook it myself, but cooking for one is SUCH a bummer. I'll probably cook more if I ever move in with P.

Vegas in FOUR DAYS!
2010-06-20 09:05 am
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weigh-in and other business

First order of business today is posting the results of my weigh-in and measurement-taking:

height: 5'9.5"
weight: 167.4
bmi: 24.4
loss: 3.8 lbs

bust: 42" (-1.5")
waist: 34" (-1")
hips: 40" (-0")

Some other things, before I leave the house...

(1) My big cranky dog bit my boyfriend's mom's little barely-six-pound dog yesterday and we spent a great part of the evening at the vet. She seems to be doing okay but I am totally crushed about it and need to send P's mom a card to apologize even more than I already have. I'm also going to find a way to reimburse P for the $507.00 vet bill. I don't want to think about the poor little dog right now but I'm sending all of my get-well-soon vibes to her.

(2) The washing machine in my pantry is broken, so I'll be spending some time at the laundromat today. Fine with me - I've been reading a series of books that a friend got me hooked to, and I have a difficult time putting them down. They're definitely guilty pleasure reads (P teases me all the time about it), but I recommend them to anyone that loves a good mystery novel: the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. I think she just published book 9, and 10 is on the way...? Anyway. I'm on book four. I have time.

(3) I really need to clean/organize my bedroom today before it starts to overwhelm me.

(4) I have to check if the various libraries I use are open today. I have at least ten books on hold for me!

(5) Finally, I have some homework to do (for my LSAT class as well as for my cultural autobiography). I had better get on it!
2010-06-19 03:14 pm
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trudge trudge trudge

I'm definitely getting bored with my induction options, but I've been planning from the get-go to be on extended induction. I'll be breaking that for awhile when I'm in Las Vegas next weekend, but I'll still stick to carb-free alcohol and low-carb meals in general.

Doing well so far. Tomorrow's weigh in should be fine, and I'll throw in some measurements too! It's so weird how carbohydrates react to my body - yesterday I wasn't really hungry so all I ate was a chicken Caesar salad (sans croutons) for lunch and for dinner at work I had some vegetable beef soup. The only carby stuff in the soup were peas and corn, and not even a whole lot of it, but it definitely affected my unofficial weigh-in this morning. That, and I'm sure the salt did, too.

Today I had a practice LSAT at 8am so I got up at 7:15, showered, and grabbed a small chunk of cheese from the 7-11 store down the street. For lunch I stopped at Subway for a spinach and iceberg salad with green peppers, olives, and highly processed chicken (not a big fan of chicken unless it's highly processed, which is an indicator of how much I generally dislike chicken, I guess). Still kind of working on it, even though I picked it up at 12:30 and it's 3:15 now. I should probably finish it before the mayo/mustard dressing on it starts to go south, but eh. Not really hungry today, either.

** While I'm talking about my practice LSAT: it was my first one, and it royally SUCKED. I'm already contemplating back-up options to law school if I can't get into the University here. My first ever test score: 150. Not bad, according to the instructor, who says that most people score in the low 140s on their first try, but he said the average improvement rate of his students is about 14 points - if I can do that, I'll get around a 164-165 which I feel is good enough for me to be accepted with my current undergraduate GPA. Here's hoping. Anyway, if the law school thing doesn't pan out, I'm definitely looking toward a Master's degree in Public Policy. Paired with my English undergraduate degree, I think that will work out well, and it would put me in a niche that I'm comfortable working in, although is not my lifetime ideal.

Alright, so look for an update tomorrow. :) Official weigh-in number TWO, with MEASUREMENTS to boot. :)
2010-06-14 07:03 pm
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over the counter is just what i ordered

Yesterday was my last day with the boyfriend, P, for another week. Sadface. He lives three hours away for work and only visits a couple times a month on the weekends (I work weekends, though). We were going to pick my parents up from the airport yesterday and then go out to breakfast as a family with my brother and his girlfriend, but my bro picked them up instead and P and I slept through numerous phone calls and text messages alerting us to where they were eating. So we missed family breakfast, but got a ton of much-needed sleep.

Instead, the two of us went to a cute little restaurant up the street called the Over the Counter Cafe. Prices are SO reasonable, and you get more than enough food. I ordered the breakfast sirloin (cooked medium) with two eggs (poached), which comes with toast and hash browns for $8.49. P ordered the French toast which also comes with two eggs (scrambled) for $6.49; he also ate my hash browns and toast. I love OTC because on each table they provide real, heavy cream for your coffee. It's delicious, and it saves me the trouble of having to find out whether or not they carry heavy cream and if I'm going to have to settle for that half-n-half business.

That lasted me all the way until 8pm when I had salad greens with dill-ranch dressing and a cup of tuna with mayonnaise.

Today my weight has dropped to where it was before the disastrous Friday buffet experience, so I'm glad for that.

Today I slept in super late and had to rush to shower and get to work, so I settled for a cup of tuna fish with mayonnaise for breakfast. I went to the grocery store after work in order to do some shopping for travel supplies and purchased one half pound of Jennie-0 turkey pastrami. I love this stuff! Subsequently, I ate the entire package in the store, but it only cost $1.98, and now I just need to worry about getting my salad greens in tonight (Caesar salad, yum).

Until tomorrow!
2010-06-13 10:40 am
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woo hoo!

Even after my disappointing food day on Friday, I had a decent weigh-in today. Not as wonderful as it WOULD have been, but I've got no complaints since I'm still down from last week.

Weight: 171.2 lbs
BMI: 24.9

I had a great food day yesterday. Paul and I went to Red Lobster for dinner where I ate a medium-cooked sirloin steak with a few pieces of jumbo shrimp in garlic-butter sauce, a portion of broccoli, and a little Caesar salad as a starter.

We went shopping all afternoon, skipped a concert we were thinking about going to, and while we watched Bill Maher's "Religulous" at home, I ate some salad that was leftover from dinner on Friday. I also had a little desserty treat in the way of thick cream and a little cream cheese, one packet of Splenda, and yum!
2010-06-12 04:09 pm
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I had really great results (I don't even want to admit it ... I was down to 168.6) until I weighed myself today. Ick. We went to Golden Corral yesterday for lunch and I wound up eating stuff that I *THOUGHT* was low-carb that actually ISN'T. Major fail. So now I know better for next time. I also cheated a little and had two sugar-free Red Bull mixed drinks (one with gin, one with vodka). They were yummy, but definitely not worth the weight gain I saw today. I'm hoping they didn't impact my weight as much as the buffet faux-pas did, because I'm going to Vegas in two weeks and I definitely plan on having a few glasses of wine here and there!

Anyway, I'm definitely bummed. No change in inches yet. My weight won't be spectacular tomorrow but it will be less than 176 for sure, so that's at least the GOOD NEWS.

More later!
2010-06-07 10:15 pm

delicious and full

Another fantastic day. It's not an official weigh-in or anything, but before my shower this morning I hopped on the scale, butt naked, and weighed in at 171.5. TEE HEE.

Here's what I ate today...

Breakfast! I made a 3-egg omelet with two slices of pre-cooked Oscar Mayer bacon (love this stuff) and 2 ounces of shredded cheddar.

Lunch was a cup of baby salad greens, small can of tuna, and mayonnaise.

Dinner was a chunk of Pollock and a giant portion (okay, not GIANT - about two cups) of green and yellow beans with a half cup of mushrooms, a slice of bacon chopped up for that delicious salty flavor, and some onion flakes.

This is too good to be true. I'm eating well-rounded meals, low carbohydrates, and I'm actually cooking for myself for once instead of grabbing something quick and on-the-go.

I had my first LSAT class tonight after work. It's going to kick my ass, I'm pretty sure of it. Off to watch the final episodes of Biggest Loser season 9 on Hulu!!
2010-06-06 07:40 pm
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shopping spree

Oh my, someone spent $54 at Smith's/Kroger today, and that someone was me. I forgot that buying the staples for any diet plan is always super expensive in the beginning. Some of the stuff is useful for the remainder of the month, some things I will need to replenish for next week. So here's what I bought:

- one pound of sliced turkey breast
- whipped Philly cream cheese (love this stuff, it's so spreadable!)
- 8 oz of shredded cheese
- 2 bags of baby greens mix
- container of heavy cream
- butter
- 2 bags of sliced mushrooms
- 2 bags of green and yellow beans
- powdered iced tea mix
- mayonnaise
- mustard
- 8 cans of tuna
- chewing gum (I don't often chew but it's helpful in case of breathy emergencies)
- fabric softener (yup)

So that's that. I went out to eat lunch at IHOP with my brother and his girlfriend and had the most amazing omelet in the world. The Colorado omelet! Try one! According to the internet, the omelet has 5 carbs for the whole thing, but I asked that they not include any pancake batter with the eggs, as they usually do. I'm still counting it as 5 carbohydrates, however. Just in case. I also had three very delicious and refreshing unsweetened iced teas. This weather is HOT!

After grocery shopping, I had a serving of green and yellow beans as well as three mini-rollups made of turkey and a little bit of Philadelphia cream cheese. Yum. I'm drinking iced tea from powder right now and it is hitting the spot. Right now I'm watching an independent film called "Tart" on Netflix on-demand. Probably something I would have liked as a teenager, not something that's totally awesome, but I want to stay in my dark little room with the blinds shut and the oscillating fan on high, so that's that.
2010-06-06 10:35 am
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first weigh-in!

Here we go, y'all: First weigh-in, on AD for 4 days.

172.8 lbs
25.1 BMI
Loss: 3.2 lbs


I made a shopping list last night for the next week or so. During days that I have both work and school, I'll probably have an omelet for breakfast, a spinach and iceberg salad for lunch with tuna, and some sauteed veggies with tuna/mayo for lunch. I am probably going to get so tired of tuna, but it's the only thing I can think of that travels well. I also have some snack ideas (canned pumpkin with Splenda and a little cream cheese, or turkey and cream cheese roll ups, that sort of thing).

2010-06-05 10:20 pm

a very fine day

The weather was warmmm today; extremely warm, considering we had snow as recently as two weeks ago. It's June now, so hopefully the snow has gone for good! Or at least for another six months. We can hope.

Today, foodwise, was wonderful. I skipped breakfast, having slept late, but for lunch before work I grabbed a spinach-and-iceberg salad from Subway with green peppers, olives, chicken breast chunks, and mayo and mustard as dressing. Delicious, and probably my favorite type of salad, ever. Probably because I don't have to make it myself.

I had plans after work to see a movie with my good friend, recently back from a year and a half spent in Italy, so beforehand we met at Red Lobster for a quick dinner. I ordered the flounder with broccoli because it comes with a little Caesar salad beforehand. The flounder is AMAZING, and the plate was completely full of delicious fish. I paired it with three unsweetened iced teas. Scrumptious.

I've been super naughty lately, as far as eating out goes. I can't really justify constantly eating at restaurants, but dammit, I can't be bothered to cook for myself lately. I just don't feel like it. Fortunately (and unfortunately) my LSAT prep course begins next Monday, so I'll be away from home and reliable transportation for nine hours a day. This means that I need to hit the grocery store tomorrow and pick up some items that aren't too perishable that I can bring with me. I'm brown baggin' it this summer, I guess. It's definitely cheaper though, so no complaints here.

Off to Google-search on-the-go low carbohydrate snacks and meal ideas. Post links if you have any good ones! Tomorrow morning is my first post-preliminary weigh-in. I don't expect fantastic results but I've already seen results, so I'm not too worried. I'm probably going to measure inches every two weeks, since a week is not enough time to really determine inch-loss, in my book. Until next time!
2010-06-05 01:39 am
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naughty little girl!

Someone was a bad girl today. Someone started off well-meaning and determined and kind of messed up a little towards the end.

Breakfast and lunch went well. Had a two-egg scramble with onion flakes for breakfast. Lunch was a chicken fajita omelet at IHOP (without the added pancake batter).

Dinner was, I guess, not TOO bad. For an early snack I had about 6 ounces of clam chowder, which I'm sure included flour as a thickening base as well as a couple of potato chunks. Still not horrible, but definitely not induction-friendly.

I wasn't interested in anything at work so I stopped at Beto's Mexican Restaurant's drive-thru and bought a delicious carnitas burrito (shredded pork, guacamole, cheese and cilantro) for dinner. The worst part is that these delicious ingredients are encased in the world's best tortillas. Needless to say, while I ate the innards with a fork, I snacked a little bit on the tortilla.

I guess, all in all, it wasn't a horrible eating day, although there was a cheat during dinner, but I definitely feel a little bloated from carbohydrates. I'd still say my total carbohydrate intake for the day was under 50, but considering that 50 is probably my ideal ACE, I'm not betting on a fantastic weigh-in this Sunday. We'll see - I still have another day to eat induction-friendly foods, but this Sunday will definitely not be an accurate reflection of a 100% committed induction period. Learn from my mistakes, friends. If you want good numbers, don't waver in the face of clam chowder and amazing tortillas!

Tomorrow it should be relatively easy to stay on-track. I work from 1-5pm so I'll grab a bite to eat beforehand, and afterward I have a movie date with a friend. There will be no problems avoiding buttery popcorn (because I'm skilled like that), but figuring out what to eat between 5:30 and 6:30 pm while fitting in a trip to the grocery store will be a little bit of a hassle. I'll figure something else out, now that I've realized that my willpower in the face of a burrito shell is nonexistent.

I am now going to fall asleep next to my furry pup and dream about what to eat tomorrow. I always do.
2010-06-03 07:29 pm

cooking fish

For those of you who are fresh out of college like me and have never really had to cook your own meals because Ramen noodles and spoons with peanut butter on them were far simpler with a chaotic work load, let me tell you this: cooking your own filet of fish in butter is a beastly chore. My poor old chunk of Pollock (which was delicious, by the way) looked like scrambled eggs by the time I finished cooking it. I guess I'll gradually get skilled at this business. Also, I don't know if it's years of food-pyramid conditioning or what, but I'm having a hard time believing that someone can lose weight by eating a chunk of fish that was pan-fried in butter. It's like a guilty pleasure, yet healthy and low-carb at the same time. I guess I can't believe I'm in the induction phase of an eating plan and actually ENJOYING what I'm putting into my mouth.

That said, in addition to my scrambled fish, I finished off the remnants of last night's crouton-free Caesar salad and the leftover steamed broccoli and cauliflower with an ounce of cheese melted on top. Yum.
2010-06-03 12:45 pm
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beginning statistics

I measured myself this morning in order to get accurate "before" measurements. I should probably take some photos later - ones that won't be revealed until I have a decent progress photo to accompany them. I'm excited to start Atkins! Actually, I started yesterday - got all my induction veggies in (Caesar salad, steamed broccoli, steamed cauliflower) as well as a couple of protein servings (halibut and half of a steak). I also had some mushrooms cooked in butter, which is probably my favorite thing to eat in the entire world.

For breakfast today I had 2 scrambled eggs with onion flakes and an ounce of shredded cheese, as well as a single serving of smoked salmon. I'm beginning to realize that eating fish for breakfast is not a good idea because, though I've brushed my teeth, I still have fishy burps. Too much information, probably, but maybe next time I'll stick to breakfasty meat instead of fish.

I purchased a bag of frozen Pollock steaks (since fresh fish is so expensive!) for a reasonable price last night, so I'm looking forward to a chunk of Pollock with steamed or sauteed veggies for dinner tonight after work.

Anyway, here are the dreaded measurements:

height: 5'9.5"
weight: 176
bmi: 25.6

bust: 43.5"
waist: 35"
hips: 40"

I'm planning to post my updated weight and measurements every Sunday, so expect some progress information on Sunday. I'm going to do my best to update this every day with my food/carbohydrate intake, as well as any exercise I do or life updates that occur. If you like what you see here and want to add me as a friend or follow my journal, add me as a friend! Also, I'd love to follow some other weight loss/fitness journals so if you're currently a fitness/health blogger, send me a link!
2010-06-03 12:18 pm

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