Bust My Size

Join me on my journey to lose over 170 lbs. and become a healthier person.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Weekly Weigh-in

Current Weight - 267.8
This week's loss - 1.8 lbs.
Total loss - 49.8 lbs.
Average calories per day - 1854
Treadmill - 5.84 miles in 2 hrs. over 4 days
Total calories burned this week according to Calories Per Hour - 795.

So close! I can't believe I missed 50 lbs. by only 0.2 lbs. I even hopped on and off the scales a few times trying to make that magic number appear but it never did. :-( Next week I will see 50 lbs. gone for sure!

Friday, July 21, 2006

My little secret :-)

I have a little secret I'd like to share with you all. I'm a total grocery coupon fanatic. Several readers are from other countries, so I'm not sure if they have grocery coupons there. Basically coupons come from advertisements, typically in the Sunday newspaper, which can be redeemed at the grocery store for money off of the advertised product. Most of the coupons in the paper are pretty crappy, but a few special ones can make for FREE items when used on an item already on sale.

Sometimes grocery store chains offer their own coupons you can print and use exclusively in their store. Last week a local grocery store had a $2.00 off Oreos coupon and the small bag was only $1.99 so they would be FREE with the coupon. The same store also had Doritos on sale for $2.50 a bag and a coupon for $2.00 off so they'd be only $0.50. Now this week there are some Hot Pockets on closeout for $1.11 and there's a $1.50 coupon so they'd not only be FREE, but I'd MAKE money from the overage.

Herein lies my dilemma. I want to eat healthier, but everytime I turn around there's another free or cheap item they are dangling in front of me. As an avid couponer, I should never pass up a freebie. As a health conscious person, I shouldn't eat the junk food. I also feel guilty giving my kids something I wouldn't eat myself.

I know I shouldn't buy the stuff, and I won't, but I wish grocery stores would stop pushing all of the junkfood. This is why so many Americans are fat. We have all of this advertising pushing highly processed foods. They are easily attained, fast to prepare, and super cheap. They are also killing us one saturated fat gram at a time.

I've been "couponing" for years, but I've pretty much given up in the past few months because of this reason. After stopping I still have a big stockpile of free and cheap stuff which will take a while to finish. Wanna see a pic?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Weekly Weigh-in

Current Weight - 269.6
This week's loss - 3.4 lbs.
Total loss - 48.0 lbs.
Average calories per day - 1829
Treadmill - 5.77 miles in 2 hrs. over 3 days
Total calories burned this week according to Calories Per Hour - 800.

If only every week could be this good! After such a big loss this week I don't know if I can pull off another 2 lbs. next week, but I hope to reach 50 by my August 2nd weigh-in.

My caloric intake was excellent for most of the week. However, I didn't do so well on Thursday (1980) and Saturday (2170) so that brought up my daily average.

I've cut back on the treadmill some as I'm finding it more and more difficult to work in an hour a day with both kids home. Now I'm striving for 30 minutes a day, at least until school starts in 48 days!

Tonight I tried a new recipe. It was for something called Easy Mexican Chicken and Beans and it was really delicious. I used a larger can of corn than the recipe called for (15 oz.), and it was the plain kind without the peppers. I put 1/4 of the mixture on a whole wheat tortilla and topped it with 28 g of cheddar cheese for a total of 555 calories. Talk about filling! Holy cow! Might have something to do with the 9 g of fiber and 37 g of protein per serving. That recipe is definitely a keeper.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Week 20 Weigh-in

Current Weight - 273.0
This week's loss - 0.8 lbs.
Total loss - 44.6 lbs.
Average calories per day - 1991
Treadmill - 12.72 miles in 4 1/2 hrs. over 5 days
Total calories burned this week according to Calories Per Hour - 1,786.

This has really been a roller coaster week with my eating. As I wrote before, I totally killed my diet Friday. In an effort to salvage my diet, I was really good Sat. - Tues., so my caloric average wasn't too bad.

The "no sweets" thing isn't so bad so I might just try to stick to it a while longer. It's almost as if I can feel the difference in my blood sugar. Weird, huh? It's like I feel calmer and don't have as many highs and lows.

I tried the whole wheat pizza crust recipe in my previous post and it was pretty good! I did increase the oil from 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon and added 1 tablespoon of honey. Since it was 100% whole wheat, I thought a bit of honey might help it rise better. I was able to get two 14" crusts out of one batch. I'll definitely be making that again! I'm also interested in trying the new Boboli 100% Whole Wheat crust, but at $3.99 suggested retail for just 1 crust, I'll probably make my home one (around $0.50 for 2) more often.

55 days til school starts!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Hanging on by a thread

Friday I seriously binged and ended up having 3,000 calories that day. Half of that was ice cream and junk food. This is why I think the Atkins diet would be good for me. I never overeat on the good stuff, only the bad stuff, but I just can't give up all carbs.

As a "re-affirmation" to myself and my diet, I have cut out everything sweet for the past two days and I have forced myself to stay around 1700 calories/day to help make up for my bad day. The sweetest things I've been eating are the clementine oranges that were on sale. :-) I'm not going to have any more sweets until weigh-in time. Tonight was so difficult watching my husband eat a big bowl of ice cream. I had to leave the room. :-(

I stumbled across this recipe for whole wheat pizza crust which I'll try making later this week after I finish my whole wheat pasta salad. I'm in the mood for pizza and with that crust and some 2% mozzarella cheese, I might be able to make a reasonably healthy one!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Weekly Weigh-in

Current Weight - 273.8
This week's loss - 2.0 lbs.
Total loss - 43.8 lbs.
Average calories per day - 2036
Treadmill - 8.64 miles in 3 hrs. over 3 days
Total calories burned this week according to Calories Per Hour - 1,211.

Only 62 days until school starts. I keep repeating that to myself in my head. I've been having such a hard time of it lately with the kids constantly around and having no normal routine. I find myself wanting to eat from the stress and when they finally go to bed, I want to "reward" myself with a nice food treat. The past 3 days have been extremely difficult.

What I really need to do is to sit down and write out a meal plan for the kids (including snacks) for the next few weeks. If I could manage to find the time to do this, I think it would help me out tremendously. Then I wouldn't be stuck looking through all the goodies in the pantry trying to find something for them to eat while drooling all over the food. :-D This would probably help improve their diet as well. They're your typical American kids...eating waaaaaay too much sugar and not enough whole foods.

I recently took my measurements and so far I've lost:

0.5" Forearm
2.25" Upper Arm
0.25" Neck
4.5" Bust
3.5" Waist
3.75" Hips
2.25" Thigh
1.25" Calf