Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 111: The Dance Continues

I’m late on this post! My apologies. I did weigh-in on Tuesday, but since then have been on the go, go, go. I was up 1.2lbs for a new weight of 161.4 and a total loss of 90.2lbs. Back to where I was 2 weeks ago.

I’m out of town until next week for work and this week is proving harder than I thought. Doughnuts and cookies all around me in our makeshift office. I’m working from morning til night and eating properly is very difficult. No time to even sit and eat at a restaurant. Sigh. Also no time for exercise. Double sigh.

I probably won’t be able to post again until this job is done next weekend, but I’ll try. In the meantime enjoy this photo of the delicious coconut doughnut that was my downfall on Wednesday night from Jelly Modern Doughnuts in Calgary!

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Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 68: Enough with the no weigh-ins already!

Pfft. I really, really want to weigh in. Yes, that’s right I said it! I’m out of town doing a physical theatre workshop and can’t weigh in since I’m in the States once again. This week is much more manageable so my eating has been a LOT better. I made a huge pot of whole wheat pasta on Sunday for lunches this week, purchased fruit and yoghurt for snacks. I also bought a package of Snackwells Devil’s Food cake cookies and I’m proud to say I’ve been eating 2 each day with lunch, and not gorging on them at night ūüôā

I’ve also been getting in a lot of new activity/exercise. We’re we working with a guru learning Classical Thai Dance (wow, hello knees and thighs), learning Kalaripayattu ( a early form of martial arts) and all sorts of other physical work. I thought I’d get a couple runs in this week since we are only working until 6pm, but I’m exhausted each night and I need to be kind to my knees or they will revolt so no running for the week. But I think this change in pace and how I’m using my body to move is very useful.

Also – consider this: there is not a chance in hell I would have/could have done this intensive workshop last year at the same time. My weight would have not only held me back, but quite honestly the company would have been right not to take me because of how physically demanding the work is. The company I am working with is amazing and I’m so happy to have the opportunity. ¬†This definitely re-invigorates my desire to get to goal as this was one of my reasons for losing the weight. Side note about my life/career: I truly believe that actors should be like athletes – able to push their bodies beyond their comfort levels and make what is difficult appear easy. I would also never ask of my actors something that I would not be willing to do myself and so here I find myself¬† – finally being able to try and do that which¬†I ask of my actors.

Update on the running. This is big. So, as you know I’ve started my training for the 10K well something BIZARRE happened over the last 2 weeks – I got A LOT better at running suddenly. Like as in really sudddenly where, seemingly over night, I was able to run longer and pace myself better and not feel exhausted after a run. What the?!?

I’ll be honest – I thought it was a fluke at first. One day I was able to run 30mins non-stop outside (i.e. without slowing to walking-in place at streetlights) well it happened again and again and AGAIN! I’m happy to report that on Saturday, before I left for my work trip I ran outside for 45 minutes – continuously. I’m stoked to get back to training when I get back and work my way up to 10K

I’d also really like to be in the 160s by the week of Labour Day. Why you might ask? Does it have something to do with with the approaching end of summer, or the general “back to school” feeling that seems to sweep over us this time of year? NOPE – it’s because that’s my BIRTHDAY WEEK!! I officially move into the *gulp* mid-30s to the tender age of 34 and I’d like to see the 160s by then. That gives me 2 weeks to lose 2.3lbs (or 3 if I’m being really generous with myself). I should be able to do this. There is no reason why I shouldn’t. Here’s me looking forward to next Tuesday…

Do you have any goals in mind for the rest of the summer? (Do you also feel like Labour Day tends to mark the end of summer since it’s the last long weekend??)

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

Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving long weekend here and tonight I had a great dinner with a dear friend. No turkey, but rather Cornish hens – lots of veggies and of course, pumpkin pie!

My friend made all the food and I contributed the pumpkin pie. I found the recipe on the Joy of Baking website and decided this was a great occasion to not only make my first every pastry РPate Brisee Рbut to also make fresh pumpkin puree. Here are pics of the yummy dinner and my adventures in making my first ever pumpkin pie:

The ingredients

 

Making the Pate Brisee

 

The dough! Chilled and ready to roll out.

 

Roasted pumpking out of the oven.
Peeled pumpkin.
Pumpkin puree. It took a Magic Bullet and a hand blender to get it this smooth.
Filling ingredients. I added some nutmeg to the recipe.
Filling ready to be poured in.
Pie ready for the oven
SUCCESS! My first ever pumpkin pie - entirely from scratch.

 

The rest of the dinner consisted of: Purple Cauliflower

 

Sweet Potatoes and Yellow Peppers with a roasted pecan & mustard seed dressing, sprinkled with green onions.

 

and BBQ'd Cornish Hens!

 

Yummy! The end of a great night.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Weight Loss

Vacation

So I started this blog and what do I do? Go away for a week!

I didn’t go far, just the next province over to visit some friends. Now, usually when I go away I find it difficult to manage my weight loss and/or food intake. I find that almost all the events I manage to plan with friends revolves around food – perhaps a lunch or dinner or bbq in the summer or drinks. Inevitably I stop keeping track of what I’m eating or how many drinks I’ve had.

I feel like this week has been a turning point for me. I was able to go away and still keep my dedication to weight loss in the forefront. Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t mean that all I can think about day in day out is weight loss and what I’m eating, but rather that I think I am starting to make better choices when it comes to the foods I choose to eat.

It’s the little changes – like not getting that side, or not eating everything that’s on my plate. I think I’m becoming more conscious about not only what I want to eat, but also what I need to eat.¬† I’m slowly getting better at stopping eating once I’m full. This has been a real challenge for me over the years, and perhaps gets even more of a challenge during vacations.

This time around I found it easier to stop when I was full. I’m not sure why, but I think it may have to do with my new found resolve lose weight.¬† I have realized that I am committed to it – I’ve been¬†chosing to walk instead of taking the bus, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or not eating the rice that comes with my meal because it wasn’t very good and I didn’t want it. These little changes that I realized I never really made before. When I lost all the weight 4 years ago (52lbs!) I never did make these adjustments and I gained it all back (plus!).¬† But this time, the changes are easier. And I think it’s these changes that helped me stay on track during my vacation. And you know what? It made my vacation even better because I wasn’t feeling weighed down by my latest meal where I’d overindulged.

I walked everywhere and I stopped eating when I was full. The little things that were so hard before are slowly getting easier.