August 30, 2003
Check-in and calories

Wednesday calories = 1205
Thursday calories = 1087

Weekly weigh-in was 2 lbs down, for a total of 38 lbs. The only loss on inches was 0.5 from my thigh.

They say it takes 12 weeks to make a habit. Today marked my 12 week anniversary of this way of eating. I know I wouldn't dream of eating anything without entering it into my handy dandy Calorie King program on my Palm.

Posted by addlepated at 01:22 AM
August 28, 2003

Wednesday calories = 1205

You know, I forgot just how much food you can actually eat if you cook it yourself. Last night I had a beer butt chicken breast, a big mound of zucchini with feta, and a bunch of butternut squash, and the meal calorie count was 400. Compare that with a bunch of the skimpy frozen meals I eat which are usually around 350 calories. Not bad.

Here's a good hummus recipe that I came up with myself -
1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon olive oil
juice from half a lemon (or to taste)
salt to taste

Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Put garlic, tahini, and oil in a food processor and run. Add the chickpeas and lemon juice and process until smooth. Add reserved liquid until you like the consistency. Add salt to taste. If you like you can flavor it with anything from roasted red peppers to curry powder or whatever else might tickle your fancy. Traditionally served with pita bread, but baby carrots do really well. Can also be used in lieu of mayonnaise on sandwiches. Try a hummus, home-grown tomato, onion, and lettuce sandwich. Yum.

And the best part - 20 calories per ounce. That means around half a cup is 80 calories. Add in 7 ounces of baby carrots and you have a really filling 150 calorie snack that's got tons of fiber, low fat, and good protein.

Oh, also I've been digging on Hebrew National low fat hot dogs at 50 calories per. Hub found some hot dog buns that are 90 calories per, and pickles, onions, mustard, and sauerkraut are all really low.

Thankfully the scale didn't go up too much this morning after my 2 pound overnight loss - just 0.5 lbs... which I can live with! I did promise the doctor that I start going to the gym before my next appointment next month, so I need to find the motivation to do it. Someone motivate me.

Posted by addlepated at 03:48 PM
August 27, 2003
Progress Prompts

Yeah yeah, this is late too... Progress Prompts:

How often do you weigh? Does the number on the scale matter? Why or why not? Do you have any other methods of measuring your weight loss?

I weigh at least twice daily - first thing in the morning after I pee and brush my teeth, and last thing at night before I climb into bed. I track the morning weights on three different sources, which is a bit obsessive, I'll admit - the Calorie King application on my Palm, my Palm EatWatch application (which makes nice smoothed charts, plus shows me if I'm on track to make my 2003 goal), and on my spreadsheet on my laptop. The night-time weight is to give me a sorta glimpse as to whether I'll be up or down in the morning. Usually I'm about 2 pounds down in the morning from my night weight. Fridays are my official check-in day where I record my weekly weight loss and measurements for chest, waist, hips, and thigh. Those get posted here. I've also got a body-fat measurer thing which I occasionally use, but honestly it fluctuates so much that I don't trust it.

I pretend that the numbers on the scale don't matter when they're up, and I rejoice when they're down. The past ten days I've been within .5 pounds of the same weight, and I was getting really frustrated. It went down this morning and I felt oodles better. Hopefully it won't rocket back up again tomorrow. We shall see.

Posted by addlepated at 08:03 PM
Calorie update

Whoops! I've fallen really far behind. I've been kinda bummed lately since I have been on a plateau for the past 10 days or so. Luckily the scale moved down this morning, before I gave up all hope.

Friday calories = 1165
Saturday calories = 1042
Sunday calories = 1061
Monday calories = 1101
Tuesday calories = 1110

I kept meaning to take progress pictures but completely forgot to. My plan was to take them every 10 pounds and turn the sequence into a movie. Whoopsie.

Posted by addlepated at 07:53 PM
August 23, 2003
Check-in time, again?

How time flies.

This week I lost a pound, for a total of 36 lost. As far as measurements, all that was lost was 0.5 inches from my hips. A drop in the bucket!

Posted by addlepated at 01:36 AM

Tuesday calories = 1214
Wednesday calories = 1216
Thursday calories = 1134

Posted by addlepated at 01:31 AM
August 19, 2003

Friday calories = 1029
Saturday calories = 1077
Sunday calories = 1043
Monday calories = 1067

I almost didn't make it on Sunday, but the thought of facing JenBen with only 850 calories made me choke down a protein bar even though my tummy was really, really upset.

Posted by addlepated at 02:36 AM
August 16, 2003

Good week! Everything went down.

Weight: -2 lbs, -35 lbs total

Chest: -0.5 (-6 total)
Waist: -0.5 (-7 total)
Hips: -0.5 (-6.5 total)
Thigh: -0.5 (-3.5 total [per thigh])

Posted by addlepated at 12:31 AM

Thursday calories = 1110

Posted by addlepated at 12:08 AM
August 14, 2003
Progress Prompts

Progress Prompts time. Day late and a dollar short, but there it is.

Do you eat breakfast? What do you usually have for breakfast? People are always saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is it vital to your weight loss program? Why or why not?

No, I don't eat breakfast per se. I generally sleep late because I end up either going to bed late or dealing with an awake kid all night. I've never been a big breakfast eater anyway. It takes me an hour or two to get hungry after I wake up. I'll have a big glass of water first thing, but can't deal with food.

My first meal of the day usually comes around 1 or 2 and isn't usually breakfast-like. I try to make it around 350 calories, and generally 40 of those is reserved for my half and half which I put in my mongo vat of hot tea. I'll have a frozen meal, or a ham sandwich and some carrots, or some sauteed zucchini, and so on. I do love traditional breakfast food, but don't reserve it just for the morning. Often I'll have eggs and toast and cereal for dinner.

All this is not to say that I don't eat three meals a day. I do. I'll have around 350 calories for lunch, then 500 for dinner, then a late night snack between 250-450 calories. The snack will be a protein bar, or some popcorn, or some fruit, or an ice cream sandwich, or some tuna, etc.

No, breakfast isn't an important part of my weight loss program. You could technically call my lunch "breakfast", since it's the first meal out of three for the day. I think that the "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" saying comes from companies who make cereal and oatmeal.

Posted by addlepated at 03:08 PM

Monday calories = 1031
Tuesday calories = 1217
Wednesday calories = 1158

I just measured my upper arm on a lark. I hadn't been keeping tabs on those measurements. Lost 2 inches!

Posted by addlepated at 02:49 PM
August 11, 2003

Friday calories = 998
Saturday calories = 1218
Sunday calories = 1201

Posted by addlepated at 03:32 AM
August 08, 2003

Weight lost this week: 2.5 lbs (-33 total)
Inches lost - just 0.5 from my waist

total inches lost:
Chest: -5.5
Waist: -6.5
Hips: -6
Thigh: -3

Posted by addlepated at 06:03 PM

Wednesday calories = 1018
Thursday calories = 1208

Posted by addlepated at 05:56 PM
August 06, 2003

Monday calories = 876 (I know, I know)
Tuesday calories = 1249 (trying to make up)

I don't have my numbers in front of me for last Friday's checkin, but pounds lost was 3.5, and the only inches lost was off my hips, one inch. I'll update the sidebar. Not sure why I'm getting so far behind!

Posted by addlepated at 02:06 PM
August 05, 2003
Calories! Calories!

I'm really behind here!

Thursday calories = 1147
Friday calories = 1095
Saturday calories = 1025
Sunday calories = 1066

...I'll get to the checkin later!

Posted by addlepated at 02:57 AM