Day 58 – The End of Month Two!

Today was the end of month two. I can’t believe it. Given that it was a shorter month, I’m going to weigh-in/measure/take pictures on Saturday for you all.

Ula and I went to a fashion show tonight which was awesome and so much fun. It really gave me this new inspiration to be more fashionable – to learn how to accessorize and incorporate different materials, textures and colors into my wardrobe. So as I slowly start to revamp my clothing (since everything is becoming too big), I will make a goal to buy more quality, versatile pieces. It may mean spending more money on them, but in the long run, I will be more confident in myself and happy with my purchases.

After the show, we went for a quick bite at a Greek restaurant. I had some calamari, Greek lemon/chicken soup and a cabbage salad. I don’t know what the calorie count was, but I’m pretty sure I went over my limit today. I did work out on lunch, burning 427 calories, so I was happy to at least get that in to get the extra consumption calories.

On another note, I have found myself really slipping up a lot lately…eating out, not cooking at home, eating sweets, drinking wine, etc. I know that it’s not healthy to stop my life and stop the social piece of going out with friends, but at the same time, I recognize that this is how it always happens. I start off really good…then, I start slipping up more and more…then go back to being good for a few days….then I’m bad again…and eventually, I lose all motivation and will power. I find my mind thinking, “well you’ve done great losing the weight so here, cheat 10 times this week instead of once”. I think the fact that I recognize it will help me not go off the deep end this time around, but friends – I’m really needing some new found motivation to stop from doing this! I haven’t gained, which at the end of the day is ultimately what I care about, but I don’t to derail either. So if you have any tips, advice, etc. to help me not do this, I would appreciate it! Thank you 🙂

Food for the day:

240 calories – thinkThink crunchy peanut butter protein bar
30 calories – Dunkin Donuts Coffee with Skim Milk
150 calories – 2 Samoas Girl Scout Cookies
125 calories – 1 cup of Trader Joes O’s w/ 1/2 cup almond milk
25 calories – 3 oz arugula, 3 oz spinach
194 calories – 1 small avocado
45 calories – 1 small tangelo
100 calories – 1 TBSP peanut butter
53 calories – 1 small fuji apple
25 calories – 3 oz steamed broccoli
120 calories – 4 oz. mahi mahi w/ 1/4 tsp olive oil
100 calories – 1/2 cup brown rice
? – Greek food at restaurant

1,207 calories consumed before Greek food (1,627 allowed)
I probably slightly went over this…

121 days to reach my goal…

Burned 427 calories


Day 57 – Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Worked from home today because of the weather. Nothing exciting to report except that I had a fantastic night out. I didn’t have dinner – just some wine, cheeses and fruits, so I’m sure I met my calorie needs for the day, even though it seems like I didn’t eat that much. I didn’t work out because I don’t have the FOB to get into my gym area still…so just gonna log the food. 🙂

68 calories – 4 egg whites
120 calories – 1 mini whole wheat bagel w/ slither of butter
30 calories – 1/4 cup milk in coffee
244 calories – 4 mini quinoa muffins
53 calories – 1 small fuji apple
170 calories – 1 cup butternut squash soup w/ 1/2 cup white beans

685 calories consumed pre wine and cheese (1200 allowed for the day)

122 days to reach my goal….

Day 56 – Snow Day Tuesday!

Woke up this morning anticipating the big snow would come. I didn’t get up early enough to go to the gym so I figured I’d go on lunch or after work. Well, that didn’t happen because the blizzard started around 11:30 a.m. I left work early, came home, finished the day working here..and before I knew it, it was after 5. I cooked dinner, cleaned up, and now here I am. I could go downstairs and workout, but I don’t want to get all wound up before bed. Also, someone took my coat at the bar Saturday with my keys in it. 😦 So, I currently do not have my FOB to get in/out of the entrances in my building and I have to ask the front door staff to do it for me. I’m hoping someone will return them to the bar, but if not, that’s $510 in keys that need to be replaced. *sigh*

I did go over a little on my calorie count (as you’ll see below), but more so because I ate things with higher calorie counts. Grrrr…hate when I do that! Ah well – overall, still not too bad. My goal is to be 145 lbs by Thursday. When I stepped on the scale a few days ago, I was 145 but I’m scared I’m up a pound or two from Sunday’s indulgences. We shall see! I’m actually excited to take the new set of pictures and see how I compare to last month’s. Eeek! Food count was:

240 calories – thinkThink crunchy peanut butter protein bar
90 calories – 1 small banana
55 calories – 1/2 cup 1% milk
170 calories – butternut squash soup w/ 1/2 cup white beans
53 calories – 1 small fuji apple
100 calories – 1 TBSP peanut butter
100 calories – 100 calorie bag of popcorn
70 calories – dark chocolate chips
160 calories – 4 thin mint cookies (the devil has arrived LOL)
290 calories – 4 quinoa pizza bites w/ 1/4 cup marinara sauce

Total caloric intake = 1,328 calories (1,200 allowed) no workout

123 days to reach my goal….

Day 55 – Motivated Monday!

Woke up feeling really good this morning! I went grocery shopping this weekend and had my lunch packed so I hit the road and was at work early! On my way in, I was listening to the radio, only to hear that I was a finalist for the competition with a celebrity in your swimsuit! Yes – can you believe it?! I can’t! 🙂 Who was the celebrity you ask? Well, this was my submission to the radio station (with picture):


My name is Amanda, and I would like to submit a photo of me with a celebrity in my bathing suit. Please find my photo attached to this e-mail.
The celebrity you ask? Roberta “Poochie” Jackson from Chicago’s infamous late night hot dog stand, THE WIENERS CIRCLE! (Yes, I went into the establishment and stripped down into my bikini for this picture!!!)
For those listeners who are not familiar with The Wieners Circle, it is an establishment that “is often extolled as a source for authentic Chicago-style hot dogs and its uniquely abrasive customer relations”. While ordering your food, be prepared to experience the “late-night abuse culture of the restaurant. The atmosphere can range from playful to hostile.” (Quoted from: The Wieners Circle also has its own reality TV show on truTV (, where you can see “Poochie” in all her glory.
Now eat your *$%^&#$! hot dog and vote for me! 🙂 Thank you!
So if I win the contest, I win a trip to Mexico! I have been blowing up facebook, asking people to vote for me so for those readers who are not facebook friends with me, PLEASE click on the following link and vote right away! It ends tomorrow morning! 🙂
I went to the gym on lunch and burned 432 calories doing cardio. Ohhh yeah! That gave me 1,632 for the day and I ate pretty darn good. My 4 boxes of girl scout cookies even came in – and I managed to only eat 2 Thin Mints. 🙂 Looking forward to hearing if I win tomorrow so this tushy needs to get some rest! Write tomorrow! Night!
240 calories – thinkThin crunch peanut butter protein bar
90 calories – 1 small banana
192 calories – 1 small avocado
25 calories – arugula/spinach salad
64 calories – 1 small grapefruit
100 calories – 100 calorie bag of popcorn
53 calories – 1 small fuji apple
70 calories – 1 oz brie cheese
80 calories – 2 thin mints girl scout cookies
165 calories – 5 oz. mahi mahi w/ 1 tsp olive oil
25 calories – 3 oz steamed broccoli
100 calories – 1/2 cup brown rice
140 calories – dark chocolate1,344 calories (1,632 allowed)

124 days to reach my goal…

Day 53 and Day 54 – Saturday, February 23/Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ok so I was bad this weekend. End of story. I have found myself slipping up more and more. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m losing the weight so my mindset reverts back to old ways or what, but I don’t like it! I did good most of the day Saturday – until dinner and wine with Ula. 😉 Then Sunday, I did not do a thing and ate like CRAP! Seriously – pizza, cookies, Subway Meatball sub – you name it! Probably the worst day so far.

It was a rough weekend for me emotionally too so I think that partially had to do with it. But, it will get better and I will find myself getting back into the swing of things. Looking forward to a new week!

Gonna leave it at that – I screwed up and will restart Monday! 

Day 52 – Friday, February 22, 2013

Just logging the food for the day! Swimming was great and I signed up for 8 more weeks of lessons! Woo hoo!

68 calories – 4 egg whites
120 calories – mini whole wheat bagel with a slither of real butter on bagel
422 calories – Potbelly Skinny Mushroom/Cheese sandwich
185 calories – Skinny pair side of spicy black bean veggie soup w/oyster crackers
170 calories – Reeses Cup Heart
150 calories – subway salad w/ croutons and 1/2 ranch packet
240 calories – 2 glasses of red wine
100 calories – 100 cal bag of popcorn

Total caloric intake = 1,455 calories (1,734 allowed)

127 days to reach my goal…

Day 51 – Thursday, February 21, 2013

So I woke up this morning and weighed myself, just to see where I am. Guess where?

146.8! Down another pound! OH YEAH! Guess you still can lose weight even on bad days (or weeks in my instance)? That means I have one week exactly to lose another pound. I am 110% confident that I can do this. Even if I am at 145.8, I will still be ecstatic, although I would love to see 145.0 🙂

I did really good throughout the day. I went to the gym and did the stairmaster and treadmill and burned 400 calories. After work, I went to dinner at MK and let me just say – AMAZING! We did the tasting menu with wine pairings and wow – delicious! Here is a picture of the menu showing everything.


The food was served in small portions and the wine pairings weren’t full glasses, so while I’m sure I went over my remaining 899 calories for the day, it probably wasn’t by much.  Other food consumed was:

115 calories – 1 cup of cheerios w/ 1/2 cup almond milk
100 calories – 1 red bartlett pear
32 calories – 1/4 cup 2% milk in coffee
100 calories – small strawberry protein shake post workout
44 calories – 2 whole wheat sesame crackers
70 calories – 1 oz goat cheese
140 calories – 2 TBSP dark chocolate chips
100 calories – 100 calorie bag of popcorn

701 consumed prior to dinner.

128 days to reach my goal…