Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 171: This was a Good Week

Indeed it was. I was down 2.2lbs today at weight in with a new weight of 156.1lbs and a total loss of 95.5lbs. It feels good to be back in control. I will say that I have been doing pretty well so far with the night time eating. I haven’t had a complete out of control eating in a long time. I’ve been eating properly at night and it feels good. Yay!

Also – the giving up Splenda is going fantastically well! I haven’t caved and added it to my coffee or anything. And I’m doing well with getting used to the taste of one teaspoon sugar. Second Yay!

Thirdly – don’t forget to check out my GIVEAWAY! To celebrate my 3 year blogiversary I’m giving away a copy of the book Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss. Enter by leaving me a comment on the Giveaway post.

Fourthly – check out what my local grocery store has started doing. It’s a program called Guiding Stars.  The quick introduction to this program as on their website says:

“Guiding Stars is a food rating system that rates food based on nutrient density using a scientific algorithm to assign a 0, 1, 2 or 3 star rating. The program rates foods based on vitamins, minerals, fibre, whole grains, Omega-3s, saturated fat, trans fat, added sodium and added sugar. “

I was happy to see how they rated plain oatmeal vs flavoured oatmeal! Check it out:

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Plain Oatmeal: 3 Stars!

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Plain Instant Oatmeal: 3 Stars!

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Flavoured Oatmeal: 1 Star!

I’m thrilled to see an accurate rating. Sometimes oatmeal has a halo around it, but when you add all that sugar, fake flavours, and dried fruit to it, it’s no better than any other sweetened cereal. Plain oatmeal is the way to go – add your own fruit, nuts, or sugar and make it even better than the store-bought flavours. 🙂

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Exercise · Food · Weight Loss

Sanity Restored! Weigh-in Week 27

I’m back from the road trip to Washington DC! What an amazing weekend. It was my first rally and completely worth the 24 hours of driving over the weekend. Here’s a pic of the crowd – over 250,000 people!

And happy day, I weighed-in today and was down 2.0lbs! That puts me at a total loss of 31.8lbs.  Not only did I pass the 30lb loss mark, but I’ve also broken out of the 220s and offically in the teens! I am thrilled with my results this week.  That’s 3 bags of potatoes worth! I can’t even imagine now walking around carting that extra weight.

During my weekend away I’m happy to report that I made smart food choices. Usually a long drive would mean chips, pop, and other unhealthy snacks. Instead I brought along grapes, strawberries, water, and some dark chocolate to share with everyone.  Even while in DC I chose healthy options at the restaurants  – such as salmon and rice instead of a burger and fries, or a bowl of cereal with skim milk for breakfast instead of a muffin. I even left half the rice on my plate – I forgot how big restaurant portions are in the States!  I am very happy I was able to make healthier choices and still enjoy myself and not feel deprived.

I’ve also started a new challenge for the month of November on the WW forums. This one’s called Nifty in November and my goals are to lose 8lbs and do 1200 minutes of activity.  You can follow my progress on the page marked Challenges in upper right-hand corner.

My final stats for Outstanding in October were -4.6/8 lbs and 1185/1000 minutes. I had a slow month for weight loss, but I’m hoping I can reach my goal of 8lbs this month since I have 5 weigh-ins (hehe!), however I’m thrilled I surpassed my activity goal and hope to get even more in this time.

Food

Sunday Morning Breakfast

So whenever I have a day off I like to take some time making a somewhat decadent breakfast. Now my usual on the run breakfast is a bagel with some sort of spread – sometimes a cinammon bagel with just butter, or jam, or peanut butter or the absolutely delicious nutella (my personal weakness – I have now learned not to buy it because I will eat it all in a very short period of time). 

This morning I had some time and I thought it would be nice to make some eggs. However, I’ve been having a tough time this week staying within my daily points so I didn’t want to go and blow all my points on breakfast. I bought some egg whites last week for some baking and decided that today was the perfect opportunity to make an egg-white omelette.

And I have to say…it was good! I think next time I will whip them up a bit more and maybe add a touch of milk to fluff them more. Today’s breakfast was an egg white omelette for only 30 calories! plus a poppy seed bagel and some beans in tomato sauce. Yum!

It breaksdown to: bagel 4pts, butter 1pt, omelette 1pt, and beans 2pts. 

Filling and decadent breakfast for only 8pts! 

My usual egg breakfast would be a bagel and 2 eggs over easy and beans for a total of 11pts. That’s a saving of 3 points. Small changes are what it’s all about!