Fat to Fit @ 57 – Day 45

Wow, has it really been 45 days since I began this series? Where has the time gone? Unfortunately, I have not come close to the goals I set for myself for this time-frame. I honestly thought that I would have been riding my bike almost daily to work, would have been eating really well with very little cheating, and would have lost 10 or 15 pounds by now. Almost non-stop rain thwarted my bike riding plans initially. When the rain finally stopped, my knee was hurting so bad that I could barely walk, let alone pedal my bike. Two weeks of perfect cycling weather have passed, and I have been unable to ride even a half a block. I hope to remedy that this Friday when I visit the orthopedic surgeon to find out what the heck is the source of my pain.

As for the eating, I have been mostly “good”, eating primarily lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, but I have had bread on too many occasions, and indulged in the snack-sized versions of Cadbury chocolate-coated ice cream bars after dinner more often than not. The pounds have refused to budge. I blame that on the lack of exercise more than my dietary indiscretions, though. Well, now that I think about it, I’m sure diet is equally to blame. Had I been more careful with my food choices, I am sure I would have lost several pounds by now, even without the cycling.

So where does that leave me as of today, 45 days into this journey? I am down 8 pounds. That’s better than nothing. As of today, my knee is feeling better, leaving me hopeful that I will be able to ride my bike to work again next week. Oh, wait, I’m on vacation next week. Well, I won’t be riding to work, but I do hope we get a few bike rides in while we’re off. The Spouse and I keep vowing to get up at 5:00 AM to hit the gym. We have had a success rate of about 20%. We really need to work on that. This past week has been tough for me because my knee pain has kept me awake a lot, making a 5:00 AM rising time very difficult to handle. I really hope to get back in the groove soon. I do want to get back into the shape I was in just a few years ago. There really is no excuse. I can be fit and lean and healthy again. I simply have to buckle down and get to work.

My goal for the rest of this week is to eat better, to log my food in MyFitnessPal, and to try to get some walking in at lunch now that my knee is feeling better. I would love to log at least two or three pounds of weight loss by the weekend.

Fat to Fit @ 57 – Day 27

I have been on vacation since last Friday. As a result, sticking to my diet has been almost impossible. How do you eat salad and chicken breasts when you’re cooking for someone who is eating everything under the sun? Throw in the family barbecue, assorted day trips involving eating in restaurants, a crazy, uncertain schedule, and for me it has been a recipe for diet disaster. I did say at the outset my plan was to be honest about my successes and failures. Well, today’s post is about my failures.

Every morning I wake up and resolve to stick to my eating program. Before you even get halfway through the day, I have fallen off the wagon. When I decide I’m going to have a nice grilled chicken salad for lunch, The Spouse wants pizza. When I decide I am going to eat sensibly, we go to my favorite restaurant for happy hour, which has nothing healthy as part of their happy hour specials. It has been one thing after another. I am convinced I have gained weight as opposed to losing weight. I have gotten a time of exercise, so maybe that has balanced out the horrendous eating. I can only hope that is the case. It looks like I’m going to have to wait until I’m back at work to get back on the diet plan. It is so much easier to stick to a sensible eating program when you’re at work. Of course, I should be eating properly no matter what. Isn’t that really the goal here? I didn’t think this was going to be such a struggle this week. I think a big factor has been that I’ve been working so hard outside that I have needed to give up controlling my food intake as a reward. Dumb!

So, the plan for today is to at least do better than I have been all week. I say that as I sit here waiting to go into the grocery store to buy donuts and bagels and various other breakfast foods to feed the workers are putting new flooring in my house. I will make sure to buy things I don’t like. Let’s hope today is a better day.

Fat to Fit @ 57 – Day 15

The last couple of days have been a real struggle. My subconscious has been doing a lot of talking. Actually, more like nagging. ACTUALLY, more like peptalking. I have been faced with a lot of temptations, and it is taking a lot of cheerleading by my subconscious to keep me on the straight and narrow. Her typical encouragement goes something like this: “Come on, Gina! You can do this. You do not need to eat that. Come on! Just do it.” it seems to be helping.

This morning, we stopped at Starbucks. Laid out before me was an array of muffins, scones (my favorite), and very delicious looking pastries. It was all I could do to pick up a fruit cup instead. And for my drink I had a dry cappuccino. Round one – me!

We went down to watch the Coeur d’Alene Ironman this morning. We got there at 4 AM. The race didn’t start until 6:15 AM. So we walked around a lot checking things out. That’s when we went into the Starbucks. After we got our drinks from Starbucks, we went back to where we planned to sit to watch the swim. We sat and visited with the other people that had begun to gather there to watch the swim as well. It was fun. But it got really cold. We watched all of the pros finish, and a good portion of the age group competitors. Then we headed off to warm up and find some breakfast.

We ended up at Shari’s. I knew this was going to be a tough one. My favorite meal to eat out is breakfast. I love bacon and eggs and hashed browns and toast. Clearly, I was going to need a lot of cheerleading in order to avoid temptation. I scanned the menu, and saw that I could get fruit instead of hashed browns and toast with anything I wanted. The “low cal” omelette did not sound very tempting at all. So I went with a spinach, ham, and mushroom omelette with fruit. I have to say, I felt a little gypped when they brought in my plate and I saw that I had traded in hashed brown potatoes and toast for maybe half a cup of honeydew melon. I think if I’m going to give up
hashed browns AND toast I should get a double portion of fruit. Oh well.

So, while The Spouse and Oldest Son had chicken fried steak, pancakes, eggs, and hashed browns, I had my veggie omelette and fruit. It was pretty good. And I sure felt better about myself when I finished. I will confess to having a couple of bites of hashed browns, but I don’t think those will derail my diet.

We only got three hours of sleep last night. So when we got home from watching the race, I headed in for little nap. Unfortunately, the dogs had other ideas. I finally got up after tossing and turning for half an hour, and I was starving. Not physically starving, mentally starving. I drank some water, and had a few bites of a grilled chicken breast that I had cooked yesterday. Proteins always seems to do the trick. Also, thankfully, there are no snacks in the house. I don’t know if I could’ve resisted a handful of nuts if we had had any in the house.

Dinner will be a big salad and some chicken breast or tri-tip, lots of water, and a glass of wine. I just want to make it through today without cheating. Tomorrow should show some pretty good results on the scale.

Fat to Fit @ 57 – Day 11

My, how time flies! The weekend was hectic, resulting in an obvious lack of blogging activity. Saturday was filled with yard work, in a desperate attempt to tame the wild jungle our yard had become, thanks to yet more rain, making mowing impossible. The upside to a day full of yard work is that I a) walk an awful lot and b) don’t have many opportunities for mindless eating. My subconscious, generally preferring to sit curled up with a good book on a dreary weekend, was actually cheering at the forced exercise and caloric restrictions imposed upon me. By day’s end, I had to agree that it had been a good thing, as I had logged over 15,000 steps.

Sunday was Father’s Day. It began by having breakfast with The Daughter, her husband, and the awesome Granddaughter 2 and Grandson. We went to a local waterfront restaurant. Unbeknownst to us, they were having a Father’s Day brunch buffet. We had expected their daily menu, so it was a pleasant surprise. Since I’m doing HCG, and I was in the loading phase, I could eat anything I wanted. They had peel-and-eat shrimp, lox and bagels, made-to-order omelets, potatoes, bacon, sausages, and lots of fruits and veggies. I started off with lox and bagels, shrimp, some fresh fruit, bacon (of course!!), and some potatoes. I wasn’t really that hungry. I went back up for an omelet, and while I was standing there, they brought back an “everything” omelet they had made by mistake. I told them I’d take it, got a couple more pieces of bacon, and a huckleberry bar (like a lemon bar, but made with huckleberries). The omelet was delicious! It had feta (my favorite!), spinach, tons of other veggies, and sausage in it. The huckleberry bar was disappointing. Though there were other sweets there, none of them appealed to me. After breakfast, The Spouse and I walked along the bike path/sidewalk that circles the beach, then headed south to meet up with YS and his girlfriend.

We had some stops to make in our attempt to find a replacement flap for the doggie door. It’s hanging on by a thread. YS and his girlfriend met us at the hardware store we were headed to. No flaps. We decided to go to lunch at Chili’s to celebrate Father’s Day again. They have a salad I love – the Quesadilla Explosion Salad. That’s what I had. Remember, loading day… 🙂 I was STUFFED afterwards. A quick trip to Costco to get some necessary items, then the hour drive home. We had done a lot of walking, including a stop at Home Depot in search of the flap. By the time we got home, I had clocked almost 12,000 steps!

Monday was another rainy day, and the first day of Phase 2 of the HCG diet. There is an 800 calorie protocol, which is what I’m doing. It is easier to stick to, and you lose just as much. The astonishing thing was, when I weighed in on Monday, after loading all weekend, I had LOST 2 pounds! My subconscious was jumping for joy!  I hate rainy days, because it means no walk at lunch. My step count was pretty dismal. I did okay with eating, although I did find myself picking at some nuts that are verboten. It takes me a couple of days to get in the groove when I start this program.

Tuesday we made it to the gym! I did 15 minutes on this new elliptical trainer we got at the gym. It’s quite different than the one I usually use. You feel as though you are climbing constantly. I managed only a little over a mile in that 15 minutes, as opposed to almost double that on the other one. Then I did a leg workout, which was great. My knees are feeling better, little by little. I didn’t get to walk at lunch due to a conference call that was scheduled when I usually walk. Bummer. I still managed 7500 steps, though.

Today I got to ride my bike to work!! Yay! It is always the highlight of my day! That is in addition to doing a chest and back workout at the gym this morning. I am such a weakling, but I’m getting stronger daily. I was down a pound today, too. That’s 3 pounds since Friday. I had planned on walking at lunch, but had a mini emergency, which required me to leave work early and ride back home to get my car. I thought I was going to be driving south to get YS’s car towed to the mechanic because it wouldn’t start and he was stuck working. Fortunately, on his lunch break, he got his car started, and decided to take his chances that it would start when he got off (it did). So, I drove back to work, missed my lunch walk AGAIN, but at least I got to ride. I’ll take the Fluffs for a walk when I get home tonight to make up, at least partially, for my missed walk. So far, I’ve logged 6700 steps. I really want to get to 10,000 today in addition to my rides. Can’t wait to see the scale tomorrow! My subconscious hasn’t yelled at me for a couple of days. Yay!

Oh, and I know wine isn’t on the diet, but I had some last night, and lost a pound today, so I’m adding a glass to my nightly regimen. What can it hurt, right?