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Weigh-in Week 188: Feeling Confident

Ooph! I’m late on this post. But not because I didn’t want to or because I gained, but rather because the days just got away from me and I didn’t have time to sit down for a proper post! This week I was down 1.2lbs for a new weight of 162.0lbs and a total loss of 89.6lbs.

Last week went pretty well for the most part. Well I mean it did in terms of weight loss, but to be honest I wasn’t really expecting it. I was doing well until Saturday and ate a bit more then my daily points (but not over my weekly points) and I felt bloated Sunday, Monday, and even Tuesday morning. I find that now, at my current weight I REALLY feel even the slightest changes in my body – like bloating. When I was at my biggest, or heck, even over 200lbs I could easily gain and/or lose 10lbs and not notice. I’m serious. If you’ve ever been over 200lbs you know exactly what I’m talking about.

This week is going ok, but with the bloating sometimes I don’t have a very accurate sense of how my weigh-in will be. This week remains to be seen, but overall I am feeling better about my eating. I think I’m making better choices portion-wise and I’m definitely feeling more in control – which is always a nice feeling especially in December! The holiday parties have started already and there’s always a lot of temptations about. My first party of the season was last Friday and at the end of the night there was tons of food left over – my friend was offering leftover food  – loaves of bread, cheesecakes etc. What did I end up taking?? A large bowl of salad (spring mix and veggies without dressing)! Yahoo for good choices!


Do you have any tips for getting through the holiday season without going overboard?? Please do share!

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Weigh-In Week 175: A New Beginning?

Ok, so things are not going well. I was up 3.5lbs yesterday at weigh-in for a new weight of 162.8 and a total loss of 88.8lbs.

I guess that’s what comes from taking the long weekend off tracking. Eesh. The damage is worse then expected. Yes I had some ice cream, yes, I had some pie, but you know at the end of the day I didn’t think my choices were that terrible – especially not 3.5lbs terrible.

But I’m feeling better about the upcoming week and month.  In fact even the last couple days things have been going better. I am making good choices and before eating I am even giving thought that I should double-check if I have enough points. I’ve eaten well and I’ve eaten within my points budget. I also went out for a run last night – I’m keeping on track with my 10K training.

Now, something I know to be true is that true change (weight loss, regular exercise, quitting smoking etc.) can only happen from within. There is nothing someone else can say that will make one act or to get their butt in gear. It’s all internal. It’s all about that voice in your head. Well I can say that things are feeling like they might be moving back in sync. I’m not happy where my pace is at for running these days – the extra weight doesn’t help and it’s the last thing I want before a race. And I am able to be more in control this coming month with my food – I’ve started making my lunch again so I’m hoping this will all lead to more positive thinking on my part and some real results.

My old leader and the receptionist have both recommended I try to get back to meetings. I’d love to, but only problem is that there isn’t really one available at a time I’m free. All the weekend ones are early Saturday’s and I can’t risk that given that I work Saturdays sometimes. I wish there were some available in the afternoons on the weekends. There is one at 7:45am on Wednesdays. It just seems a bit too early, but I’m wondering if it’s worth it to switch my weigh-ins to Wednesdays and try these meetings.

Well, here’s to getting back on track…


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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:


Plain Oatmeal: 3 Stars!


Plain Instant Oatmeal: 3 Stars!


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. 🙂


Sunday Video Sharing – Normalizing the Abnormal

I watched this video this weekend from one of my favourite blogs – Weighty Matters by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. This is a speech he presented on normalizing the abnormal i.e. processed food and junk food. It’s a great little video about how ubiquitous fast food and convenience food has become. Check it out (about 17 mins long):

It goes hand in hand with my current reading – Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss. I’ll post a full review of it when I’m done, but in the meanwhile check out some articles about it I found useful from Maclean’s, The Toronto Star, and the New York Times.

Salt Sugar fat

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Weigh-In Week 168: Really?

Well, here I find myself again. Up 0.3lbs this week to 157.3lbs and a total loss of 94.3lbs. I was actually not expecting this one. This is was one of my best weeks in a long time. I ate pretty well all week, and only ate about a quarter of my weekly points. I’m pretty sure I tracked everything accurately.  I also really try to eat well and eating proper dinners at home. In fact here’s a couple of my recent lunches:



Not only have I been eating well I’ve also been exercising regularly. I got three runs in this week, played in 4 softball games on Sunday (a tournament! We made it all the way to the semi-finals!!) and got in two weight training sessions! It all felt great! And the most activity/exercie I’ve had in a long time.

So, yeah, I certainly wasn’t expecting a gain this week. When I weighed-in the receptionist suggested perhaps it was due to the humidity – we have been having a bit of a heatwave with extreme heat warning. So perhaps. Perhaps not. She also said it might show this coming week instead. Maybe. But needless to say, it didn’t feel great. I’m trying not to let it dictate this week – so far I’ve been doing well still. We’ll see next Tuesday!

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Weigh-In Week 167: Blargh.

Well I’m up this week at weigh-in. Up 0.4lbs for a new weight of 157lbs and a total loss of 94.6lbs. This one made me sad because I really wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t think I’d have a big loss, but I also didn’t think I’d have a gain. Clearly I’m not tracking carefully enough. I will try harder this week.

So far this week is off to a good start though. I tracked everything I ate yesterday, Tuesday, and went over my only one point. I also got in a 25 minute run after work. Today I was very hungry all day at work, but snacked on fruit and also had a granola bar at work and tracked all the points for it. I got to the gym for a weight-training session after work and made dinner after that. All food and exercise has been tracked and I’m feeling good about it. I know I need to get my head back in the game, I just don’t know how to do it right now so I’m just chugging along and trying to make the best choices I can. I’m also practicing talking to myself when I’m confronted with choices on what to eat. I think about how will that food make me feel – will it fill me up, is it worth the points, do I actually want something else?

My hope it make it through the week without a binge/out of control eating session.  This is my goal. I think I need to get back to control one step at a time. So far 2 days down 5 to go…

The plan is to NOT emulate this chipmunk… 🙂

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Weigh-in Week 166 : Well that’s encouraging

Eek! Such a late post. Not because I didn’t want to write it, but because work became insane this week. I worked a 14hr day followed by a 17 hr day (yes that’s right…6am-11pm people!) and then another two full 12hr days so finishing this post just wasn’t going to happen. The weekend was full of errands and meet ups with friends that I couldn’t get in during the week. I was speaking with a friend of mine this week who works for a large international touring company, and as some of you who have been reading for a while know I work in theatre and tv/film. He had a good point which is that most people enjoy the idea of working in our industries, but not the reality. Ain’t that the truth. We’re not known for our healthy habits or healthy work-personal life ratios. Trying to find strategies with this unconventional workplace/hours is a challenge, but I’m not giving up.  So here’s the post I started to write on Tuesday:

Well, well well. It would seem that not eating whatever you want at night and actually writing down what you eat helps! 😉  I was down 1.8lbs at weigh-in yesterday for a new weight of 156.6lbs and a total loss of 95lbs. It’s amazing how much better I feel after being down only 1.8lbs. I feel lighter and my pants feel better. I need to remember this feeling to keep me going. I love not waking up full from the night before, I love how good I feel when I don’t overeat. After all these years (seriously, I’m up to week 166!) why do I still not learn? Why is it so easy to forget? Why is it sometimes the most difficult thing in the world?

I’ve noticed that if I eat something more point (calorie) heavy during the day I am less inclined to eat at night mindlessly. I also noticed that if in the late afternoon/early evening if I have something substantial I am also less inclined to eat a lot at night. It doesn’t have to be a full dinner, but something hearty and I’m all good. This makes things a bit easier. I think I could easily make myself a sandwich without  too much hassle. One day at work we ordered pizza – I had one slice of vegetarian. Just the one. Tracked it and moved on. It was really nice to feel in control again.

Here’s an update on the splenda vs. sugar switch. It’s actually going really well!! I don’t now why I was so worried/afraid. I’ve noticed that I’m not longer craving the sweetness of splenda. I’m satisfied with my one teaspoon of sugar in my coffee. I’m hoping that eventually I’ll be able to ween myself off the sugar in the coffee entirely.

Here are a few of my lunches this past week. I try to always opt for the protein – either chicken breast or fish  – and always have a green salad with spinach and then some cooked vegetables.