Been a Week or So…

Hi there!

I know it has been awhile since I last wrote. I have been keeping up with the healthy eating for the most part, which is great! But, I am finding it tedious to sit down and have to write every single night..so since this is a work in progress, I’m going to do the following…

1. I’m going to write a few times a week..sometimes maybe more, sometimes less. But at the end of the day, I will update my end of month weight and progress photos. That is a guarantee!

2. I am going back to calorie counting. This macronutrient stuff is not giving me the results that I want so far. So, I will allow myself 1,200 calories per day + whatever I burn working out. 🙂

I’m still keeping my food journal. It’s easier to write everything down in there and be mindful of it. Since I’m not posting daily, I will just kind of run a tally of the days I do post or weekly totals, etc.

That’s all for now! Hopefully this switch-a-roo will keep me motivated!

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Day 10, 11, and 12 – Been a Few Days!

Hi there! Been a few days since I wrote so I’ll give you a quick update on everything!

Day 10 – Saturday, January 11, 2014
The day started off on track! I woke up and had a protein shake and english muffin before hitting the gym. I ran to the gym, did 15 minutes of cardio, back/biceps and then ran back home.

Afterwards, Cellie and I went to brunch and did a little shopping. It was nice to get out of the house and enjoy the “warmer” weather. We decided that we would go out that evening and went to Old Crow Smokehouse. Let’s just say my night ended at 5:00 a.m. I definitely indulged and probably ruined all my progress for the week, but it happens. We had a blast so it was worth it in my book!

Day 11 – Sunday, January 12, 2014
Because of Saturday night’s indulgences, I was pretty much a waste on Sunday. I slept most of the day and didn’t eat as healthy as I should have, but I did manage to make it out for a 45 minute run. I hit and surpassed my exercise targets for the week so I was a happy camper! Back to the grind Monday!

Day 12 – Monday, January 13, 2014
Though tired this morning, I stayed in check most of the day. A coworker just came back from Switzerland though and tempted me with some Swiss chocolates. I caved and gave in, but how could I not? I must say – best tasting chocolate EVER. I will be planning my trip to Switzerland soon!

On a side note, we started our weight loss competition at work. We’re divided up into teams so now my team will be holding me accountable and I can’t let them down. I’m pumped for this! I’m also going to be participating in a Body Transformation Challenge. The winner gets $50,000. How cool would that be??!!??

Day 9 – Time for the Weekend!

So happy the weekend is here! With this weather, this may have been the slowest week…ever! It started raining today and boy oh boy did it rain! It’s good because it’s melting the snow, but it made for a sucky commute home. I stopped by the gym in the suburbs to bust out a workout. I wasn’t feeling it. I have a slight cold (sinus pressure, runny nose, cough) so I’ve been feeling extremely tired these past few days. But, I still managed to do some cardio and chest/tricep workouts. I also bought a new protein powder today – GNC Whey – Strawberry flavored. Umm AMAZING! It’s actually made by Optimum Nutrition and they just ship it to NC, slap a GNC label on it and there you have it. So so so good. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new protein powder. The vanilla one is really yummy too! Anyways, I need some rest to kick this cold. Short and sweet tonight.

Calories – 1567.5, Goal – 1600 (under)
Fat – 55.4, Goal – 60.8 (under)
Carbs – 145.3, Goal – 111.2 (over)
Net Carbs – 100.5, Goal – 111.2 (under)
Fiber – 33.8, Goal – 30-38 (on target)
Protein – 134.3, Goal – 152 (under)

Day 8 – Week 2 Begins!

Week one has come to an end and today  marks the start of week two. How do I feel? I actually feel great! Stepped on the scale this morning and I was 148.6. That’s 3.2 pounds lighter than what I was a week ago! Part of that was bloating from my monthly visitor ;)…but overall, I think it’s just my body getting back into routine!!! The first few pounds will come off easily as long as I’m consistent and stay away from sweets, alcohol, etc. My goal is to be 146-147 next Thursday! Holla!

We had a work team lunch at Wildfire today. Mmmm so good. I did indulge a bit and had their fresh, homemade cornbread (to die for) and a piece of their pumpernickel bread. Between 10 of us, we split a large salad so it basically came out to a tiny plate, and then I had salmon and roasted veggies for my entree. Afterwards they gave us a chocolate chip cookie and I did indulge there as well. But, it was my first time in a week, and I’m still down so I’m not worried! It put me over my counts for the day, but not by much…I was quite surprised. I ended up working late and went to the gym after. Wasn’t feeling motivation but I had to get it in. More tomorrow!

Calories – 1974, Goal – 1600 (over)
Fat – 84.5, Goal – 60.8 (over)
Carbs – 173.9, Goal – 111.2  (over)
Net Carbs – 138.1, Goal – 111.2 (over)
Fiber – 26.8, Goal – 30-38 (under)
Protein – 142.9, Goal – 152 (under)

Day 7 – The End of Week One

BOOM! Week one is donezo to the unzo! It actually went by pretty fast, all things considered. I know I said that I would wait until Friday morning to weigh-in, but I’m actually going to weigh-in tomorrow. It will help me keep everything straight in my mind and on here. 🙂

Today was my first day back at the office, and I walked out to my car looking like this:

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Uhhh jeeze, thanks Chicago! Needless to say, it took me quite some time to clear that puppy, and I didn’t get into work until 9:30 a.m. I didn’t end up leaving the office until 7:30 p.m. so I skipped the gym and called it a night. I have a little cold anyhow (sore throat turning scratchy, tired, runny nose) so it’s probably better I get sleep and rest so I can bust out 4 hardcore workouts for the rest of this week. 🙂 One thing I want to mention before I tally out here and hit the sac…

A guy I work with is extremely into body building/weight lifting/etc. Today we were talking, and I was expressing my frustration of my carb counts that I get for the day. He said that it’s typically 1 carb for every pound you weigh. That is you daily allowance and if you want to lose, cut back a little (and vice versa to gain). So I said that I get 111 a day, but I get flustered because take a cup of broccoli. It has 4 carbs in it. If I eat 2 cups for dinner, that’s only 50 cals but 8 carbs, which is almost 10% of my daily allowance. When I eat a brown rice or whole grain bread, it takes up a good chunk of my daily allowance. He explained that I should be looking at my net carbs, NOT the total carbs. Net carbs is the carb count minus fiber and any sugar alcohols that might be in the food (i.e. a protein bar may have 17 carbs, but have 6 grams of fiber and 9 sugar alcohols, bringing the “true” carb (net carb) to 2 grams). Does anyone agree/disagree with this and if so, why? I get it, I’m just not sure how I should be calculating these puppys. It makes sense though because if there are carbs in veggies, but veggies are loaded with fiber, it reduces the total carb count….which is why veggies are allowed on the Atkins diet, etc. Just curious to know what others thoughts are, but I’m going to start looking at that so I don’t deprive myself of vegetables just so I don’t go over my carb count for the day. Sheesh!

Anyways, with that said my friends, I am off to bed!

Calories – 1406.5, Goal – 1600 (under)
Fat – 43, Goal – 60.8 (under)
Total Carbs – 128.7, Goal – 111.2 (over)
Net Carbs – 88.9, Goal – 111.2 (under)
Fiber – 31, Goal – 30-38 (on target)
Protein – 145.6, Goal – 152 (under)

Day 6 – Going Stir Crazy

Ok ok ok. I don’t know how people do it. I am going absolutely nutty sitting in my apartment for almost 72 hours straight. Mind you I live in a 556 sq. ft. studio in downtown Chicago, but JIMMINY CRICKETS! This is madness! The ice on the inside of my unit’s windows is finally starting to melt. This is what it looked like yesterday at -15:

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I mean, where are we? The North Pole!? Sheesh! Anyways, Day 2 (or 3 if you count Sunday) of being cooped up inside, and I have slightly curbed my appetite. I’m finding it very hard to stay within the “meal recommendations” because I don’t see how it’s possible to eat with the numbers I’ve been given (as in, 12.2 g of fat per meal, 30.4 g of protein, etc.). So what I decided to do today was have balanced meals – i.e. a carb, protein, etc. at each one, but then take it off the daily allotment. That way, I’m still hitting my daily targets but not obsessing about having an extra grape tomato in my salad because that’s going to knock my carb count from 22 to 23.

I did get out and make it to the gym this evening which felt great. But let me tell ya’…alllllll the resolutioners were there. Bahhh. Which hey, great for them…if they stick to it after the first few weeks….but I’m hoping it levels off here in the next month or two. I think I’m going to try a.m. workouts instead so I’m not fighting for a treadmill. Anyhoot, this girl is off to bed. Until tomorrow!

Calories – 1657.4, Goal – 1600 (over)
Fat – 54.4, Goal – 60.8 (under)
Carbs – 179.3, Goal – 111.2 (over)
Fiber – 44, Goal – 30-38 (over)
Protein – 128.2, Goal – 152 (under)

Day 5 – Snowed In!

Today – Monday, January 6, 2014 – was by far THE coldest day that I have EVER experienced in my life. “Polar Vortex” as they call it hit the US by storm and the high here in the Windy City was -15 degrees fahrenheit with -51 degree wind chills. Let’s just say that I don’t know how people up in Canada do it. It’s just insanity!

With that said, I have been cooped up in the house since yesterday afternoon and am going a little stir crazy. It’s not good for my diet since all I want to do is binge and watch TV shows. I didn’t go to the gym today – not only because of the cold, but I needed a rest day as well – and I far surpassed all of my daily allowances. But, it was all with healthy food and not junk food so I don’t feel as bad. I just need to make sure to keep my booty in check!

Now time to go back to watching Kyle XY before bed. Working from home again tomorrow so we’ll see how that goes!

Calories – 1992.6, Goal – 1600 (WAY over)
Fat – 66.6, Goal – 60.8 (over)
Carbs – 204.7, Goal – 111.2 (over)
Fiber – 42.5, Goal – 30-38 (over)
Protein – 147.6, Goal – 152 (under)