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Getting Rid of Pounds. Week Seven.

4 Jun

Yes. I skipped week six.  

And sort of week seven, because this is really week 7.5.

I don’t know why I stopped blogging exactly, except that I was on my THIRD round of antibiotics for a double ear and sinus infection and didn’t feel like doing much of anything.

Also, I stopped because my scale ate my batteries.

That’s right. My scale ate my batteries. For real!

My scale takes those thin, circle batteries and whenever I put one in, it seems to lodge out of place and then go into the abyss that is the middle of the scale.  I can shake the scale and hear my batteries, but I cannot get to them.  After I purchased several batteries, I finally thought about how ridiculous it was and decided to get a new scale, I just haven’t yet.

Any recommendations?

I do estimate based on my last doctor’s visit and how things are fitting me that I am likely at between 12 and 15 pounds total loss, but I will have to wait for my new scale to verify things.  Either way, I am looking and feeling better!

In the meantime, I found a yummy new snack that is available at a local bakery that carries a lot of gluten free products.  They had a few flavours available, including cappuccino, but I love apple, so that’s what I bought.  From the package, the company is called Paleo People and this snack is really tasty (I linked to the Canadian site, but if you click on .com, you will get the American site).  The woman at the bakery told me that she eats hers as a cereal with soy milk, but I prefer mine as a snack.  It is wheat and gluten free and it’s organic.  There doesn’t appear to be any added sugar based on the ingredients.  I gather that this product, based on the name (duh), is a part of the Paleo/Primal diet but it is perfect for gluten free eating.  

If you eat nut free, this is not the product for you.

The only downside? It was pretty expensive.  I might try to make my own, but it was really chewy so I’m not sure how it got that effect or if I could do it by myself.  You can order online, but the online price was the same as what the bakery was selling it for.

Either way, it was really good and I will likely buy it again.

And I also plan to return with my regularly scheduled Thursday post (ideally with a new scale), this coming Thursday!

*I have no connection to Paleo People, except that I randomly found their product, bought it, ate it and liked it.*

Getting Rid of Pounds. Week five.

17 May

I lost TWO POUNDS this week!

That puts me at 9 pounds lost in total, with 31 still to go.  I am almost done with the green pompoms and will be moving on to another colour!

With respect to my arrangement from last week, I need to lose three more pounds and I am off to get a pedicure.

This week I can say that both my eating and exercise were pretty good.  After the news from last week regarding my cholesterol, I was prepared to start starving myself.  Realistically, I knew that wouldn’t help me, so I went back to what works.

In the morning I have a shakeology with 1/2 a banana and a teaspoon of all natural peanut butter.  I snack on almonds and/or apple.  For lunch, I usually bring leftovers from the night before or some variation on a salad with protein. I also really like GF oatmeal with a teaspoon of natural peanut butter and natural strawberry jam. Tastes good!  My dinners have been grilled chicken with salad usually, but I have gone for Thai food and sushi.  I also went out and bought myself one of those Lindt 85% dark chocolate bars.  I hid it.  Every evening, I have one square.

As far as exercise, I am walking, walking, walking, and loving it! I love to walk. I’m one of those people out there “race” walking and it feels good.  I have my daughter’s iPod touch or my phone, put on my headphones and bop to the music as I walk around my neighbourhood for 30 to 40 minutes a day.  In fact, I haven’t even taken a day off!

The key, I think, is to be realistic. If you hate chicken and salad, then don’t eat chicken and salad. If you hate to walk, don’t walk. Find something that works for you and makes you happy!

I am glad that this all happened before going into the Victoria Day long weekend. Historically, this weekend is about opening the cottage and eating as much food as humanly possible, all day long, for several days straight.

To combat that, I am only going to the cottage from Friday to Sunday. While I do have things to do Sunday evening and Monday, it is also a good excuse to get back to normal sooner rather than later.  I am not going to beat myself up, but I am also going to stop and think before acting like an insane glutton.

As of now, that sums up where I am at.

How are you all doing?

Read all of my posts in my ongoing series about health and weight loss.

Getting rid of pounds. Week four. Cholesterol.

10 May

This week brings a double dose of the bad.

To start off small, I gained a pound. A pound. It doesn’t seem like a lot over the course of a journey, but it was enough to knock the wind of my proverbial sales.

On a “good” note, my period starts soon, so I can attribute the weight gain to that because, historically, I do retain water.

Now for the really bad stuff. I got my blood test results back from my physical and the news is somewhat grim. My cholesterol needs to be better.  I have had my cholesterol checked regularly during physicals and this is the first time something has come up. Talk about depressing.

From the Mayo Clinic, your cholesterol levels should be:

Total cholesterol
U.S. and some other countries Canada and most of Europe
Below 200 mg/dL Below 5.2 mmol/L Desirable
200-239 mg/dL 5.2-6.2 mmol/L Borderline high
240 mg/dL and above Above 6.2 mmol/L High
LDL cholesterol
U.S. and some other countries Canada and most of Europe
Below 70 mg/dL Below 1.8 mmol/L Ideal for people at very high risk of heart disease
Below 100 mg/dL Below 2.6 mmol/L Ideal for people at risk of heart disease
100-129 mg/dL 2.6-3.3 mmol/L Near ideal
130-159 mg/dL 3.4-4.1 mmol/L Borderline high
160-189 mg/dL 4.1-4.9 mmol/L High
190 mg/dL and above Above 4.9 mmol/L Very high
HDL cholesterol
U.S. and some other countries Canada and most of Europe
Below 40 mg/dL (men)
Below 50 mg/dL (women)
Below 1 mmol/L (men)
Below 1.3 mmol/L (women)
Poor
50-59 mg/dL 1.3-1.5 mmol/L Better
60 mg/dL and above Above 1.5 mmol/L Best
Triglycerides
U.S. and some other countries Canada and most of Europe
Below 150 mg/dL Below 1.7 mmol/L Desirable
150-199 mg/dL 1.7-2.2 mmol/L Borderline high
200-499 mg/dL 2.3-5.6 mmol/L High
500 mg/dL and above Above 5.6 mmol/L Very high

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My LDL (bad cholesterol) is 3.37 and it is considered “borderline high”.  I need to get it below 2, which can happen when I raise my HDL.  This can all be done via cardio exercise, proper diet, and weight loss.

My HDL (good cholesterol) is 1.17 which is considered “poor”.  
Fortunately, my triglycerides and total cholesterol are good.

Also fortunately, my blood pressure was 120/60.  I can take the small celebrations, right?

My doctor suggested a pound loss of 15.  She said that this would likely have the impact that I am looking for health wise.

Obviously, I want to lose more than 15 and will lose more, but for these 15 pounds, I am going to institute a reward system of sorts.

After I lose 5 pounds, I am getting a pedicure.  Now, I need a pedicure now and was considering getting one on the weekend.  That is off.

After I lose the next 5 pounds, I will get another pedicure. Because it will be time.

After I lose 15 total pounds, I will get a manicure/pedicure/facial.
Talk about a wake up. Again.  It is so insane to think how diet and exercise (or lack thereof) really start to affect a person as we get older.

Another area that I struggle with is exercise. I get really gung ho for a few weeks and then I fade.  I get bored, or busy, or both.  The funny thing is – I LIKE to exercise.  I genuinely enjoy how I feel and what I do when I am exercising.  I need to turn it into much more of a habit than it has been, to be honest.

I would write more, but to be honest, I just feel deflated all around.

Getting rid of pounds. Third Week.

3 May

My apologies.

I used the same photo from last week, due to being sick for the past several days.

I could not bring myself to muster the energy to take a new photo to reflect my ONE POUND weight loss!

Yes, I am down another pound this week, for a total of 8 pounds overall.  I admit that initially I was disappointed.

One pound is not a lot.

Looking at the bigger picture though, 8 pounds in three weeks is pretty darn awesome!

Food and workout wise, this was not a good week for me. I had a lot of not so good foods like ice cream far too often for it to be a “treat”.  It is hard to appreciate the food when I eat it too often.

Being sick has caused me to not exercise at all and to rely on comfort foods (ie ice cream) so I do have an “excuse” and a bit more inspiration to do better next week!

On that note, I joined a Monthly Challenge put on by my Beachbody coach.  My coach, Kim, runs a facebook accountability group where people who she coaches can talk about fitness and health and nutrition, etc, with a supportive group of people. She also runs monthly challenges for smaller groups (this group has 8 in total).   We substitute one meal a day with Shakeology and exercise and eat clean!  We all support and help each other reach our personal goals and the person with the highest percentage of weight loss wins.

I like to think that we all win just for taking part! ;)

On that note, this post is lame, I know, but I am sick and need more sleep.

Posts on my weight loss journey.

Getting rid of pounds. First week.

19 Apr

I ended up seeing my doctor today and my blood pressure and weight were checked.   I am excited to share that my bp is now well under 140/90.  While I still need it to lower more, for the time being both myself and my doctor are taking it, particularly since I have lost weight and it’s dropped.

That’s right. I lost weight!

FIVE POUNDS!

My doctor was happy for me on both counts and really supportive.

What did I do?

Meal planning. I mentioned in my last post that I am a fan of meal planning.       Essentially I plan out six meals for during the week.

This week looked like:

Peppers stuffed with lean ground chicken, tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

Ratatouille with eggplant, zuchinni, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, garlic and cheese on top.

Roasted chicken with asparagas and eggplant on the side and a dip made from pumpkin seeds, dijon mustard, olive oil, pepper and garlic.

Chicken salad.

Chilli with lean ground chicken, red kidney beans and tomatoes, and cheese and sour cream on the side.

Chick peas with a tomato sauce and spices, side of salad and raw veggies and dip.

I went out for dinner twice for my daughter’s birthday.  One day we went to Lone Star for Tex Mex and I had tortilla chips and salsa and chicken.  The next night we had sushi and went for frozen yogurt after.

I continue to have a shake for breakfast and lots of raw veggies with hummus or other dips, almonds, cheese, eggs.

My exercise has been decent but not fabulous.  I need to work on toning up.

Wheat Belly is awesome and I am enjoying the lack of gluten and other things.  I legitimately feel satisfied and enjoy what I am eating.  In making most of my food from scratch, I am experiencing entire flavours and really loving it.

Tonight, my daughter had dance so my son and I hit up the mall. We wandered around together, he ate frozen yogurt, got “oh my gosh he is so cute” by the salesgirls at Aritzia, Bath and Body Works and Starbucks, and I tried on clothes. I felt kind of “meh” about what I tried on, mainly because I am between sizes right now. Five pounds isn’t really the time to get new clothes.  I will save that for 20 or 25.

In the meantime, I have a pair of jeans in my closet that I am using for inspiration!

How was your week?

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