Posts Tagged ‘holiday eating’

It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.

This week was strange. I had a great week, but with my birthday on Monday and then the 4th of July on Wednesday, things were a bit off for me.  My food was ok, but I did have more calories than normal on Wednesday at the BBQ.  All good food, but just maybe too much of it.  The other days I ate fine, but I didn’t have the same “pep in my step,” especially in terms of workouts.  Last weekend I didn’t workout at all really, other than taking Sofi for a walk.  I just wasn’t very motivated for some reason.  Monday started off well with 90 minutes of bikram on my birthday, but then I just fell flat Tuesday-Thursday.  I had every intention of going to Zumba or getting in some other workout, but each day something happened that through a kink in my plans and then through me off schedule.  Like I said, it was a weird week.

{Okay, Bella, that’s all good and well, but what we really want to know is how you did on the scale}. Right?!

Today I weighed in at 304.4, which means I gained 2 pounds this week, so I have 23.4 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. I’m not going to freak out about this.  Mother Nature gave me a bday gift on Monday with TOM, I ate a big meal on Wednesday, and really only exerted myself on Monday.  No big surprises.  Even my water intake was “just okay” this week.  It was just an off week, and while I’m not excusing myself, or giving up on my goals, I’m not going to get crazy or discouraged.  What good would that do?

And by walking, I mean, “walking the talk.”

Which is exactly what I did this morning.  Right after I got off the scale, I quickly whipped up a berry green smoothie, grabbed a cup of coffee, picked up my gear, and headed to a 9am Bikram yoga class.  Today’s class was phenomenal.  A different teacher than Monday, and I’m not sure if it was her, or the fact that this was my second day this week of practicing, or a combo of both, but I could already see a marked improvement in my ability with the poses.

I still have to make some major modifications because of my weight, for example, with #6 you’re supposed to kick your foot into your hand and hold your ankle, but I can’t do that at all, so I just lift my leg and hold my arm as if the ankle was in my  hand.  Not perfect, but still attempting the posture.  The same thing for #19.  I really can’t do #20 or #21 at all, and for today, I just laid in Savasana (corpse pose).  I’m going to ask about a modification for those poses, because I don’t want to sit poses out just because my body can’t get into the perfect form.  They say #23, the Rabbit pose is one of the toughest, and I can’t do it at all…yet. As class ended, I felt good about what I did because my body got into the poses more quickly and with more fluidity than just 4 days ago.  Progress!  (I also ran into my mom’s cousin, MM, whom I have always looked up to.  She’s 10 years older than me, and when I was younger I thought she was the coolest.  Seeing her at yoga  today and getting to practice next to her was a fun experience).

Directly after yoga I headed to the pool to cool down.  I have been leaving the class a sweaty mess.  I’ve always been somewhat sweaty after a bikram class but this week I was literally dripping with sweat and my clothes were soaked through, top and bottoms.  I wonder if the vitamins I’ve been taking are helping my body sweat better?  Anyway, I was gross, hot, and just wanted to cool off, so I was so glad I took the time to pack my swimsuit, etc. with me so that I could quickly change, jump in the pool, and do a few laps.  About 20 minutes worth, which was nice.

All told, I burned 1769 calories today – halfway to 1 pound!  I’m not just saying that I’m going to do better this week, I’m actually taking the actions that will insure it.  Since I spent quite a bit on the 1-month yoga pass, I want to plenty of those classes, but knowing that I would get burnt out on all yoga all the time, I also want to keep swimming, doing Zumba, and fitting in some bike rides.  So, here’s my workout plan for July:

Sunday: Yin Yoga, walk Sofi
Monday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Tuesday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Wednesday: Zumba, walk Sofi
Thursday: off/ bike ride, walk Sofi
Friday: Bikram, swimming, walk Sofi
Saturday: Zumba, gentle yoga, walk Sofi (bike ride in the late afternoon)

It seems like a lot, but I think it’s doable.  It’s the sort of intensity I’ve been craving, and it’s high time I bring it!  I think it’s a nice balance of yoga and other workouts that I love to do.  And I think it will help me achieve my goals – on and off the scale.

Until next week, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful weekend!


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WineWow,  a weekend!

It just so happened that this weekend I had two dinners to attend.  I usually try to make sure that big dinners like this are more spread out, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.  Good for the foodie in me; bad for the weight loss planner in me.

Saturday night we had our annual progressive dinner.  My cousin, parents, and I have been doing this for the last 7 years or so.  We begin at one house for appetizers, move to another house for the dinner, and then finish at the last house for the dessert.  Because I’m the youngest and the least experienced cook, they always let me do the appetizers, and then my mom and my cousin trade off between the dinner and the dessert.  Both my cousin and my mom are incredible cooks, and they take great pride in composing amazing meals.  It’s almost like they try to out do the other, and my dad and I get to reap the benefits. It’s nice that we all live within 5-10 minutes of each other.

This year I didn’t host the apps at my house because of the neighbors (not quite fit for a fancy party), so my cousin agreed to let me bring the appetizers to his house, and since he and I live literally 3 minutes (by car) apart, it worked out perfectly.  The meal was really phenomenal, and I just have to share it with you:

Appetizers (me): WW mini cheese balls. Even though these are a WW magazine recipe, they taste really decadent.  They’re a real crowd pleaser, and I’d recommend them for any upcoming holiday parties you may have.  My mom asked me to make them again for Christmas Eve, and I think next time I’m going to use the same recipe but make one cheese log, and use a combo of nuts and parsley on the outside.

Dinner (cousin): my cousin is a true gourmet cook.  He came up with this meal after having one similar to it on a recent cruise that he went on.  He has hopes of retiring from his corporate job as a finance guy and opening his own catering business.  I think he’d make a fortune!

1st course: soup – a chicken-based broth with ginger, garlic, bamboo shoots, chantarelle mushrooms, and savoy cabbage – amazing
2nd course: salad with mixed greens, shaved fennel, oranges, and hazelnuts with a light vinaigrette
main course: grouper (first time I’d ever had this) with a salsa of mangoes and pineapple, saffron-infused jasmine rice, and swiss chard

Dessert (Mom): Paula Deen’s pumpkin gingerbread trifle – decadent, delicious, and very fattening.

The dinner “cost” me 28.5 points, and it was one to remember.  I was so full afterward that I really didn’t feel good, but it was a delightful evening.

Sunday brought another dinner – this one to celebrate my niece T’s birthday.  My mom asked T what she wanted for dinner and T immediately replied, “ravioli!!!” Even though this was “just a family dinner,” my mom went all out (as she always does) with setting the table.  I really wish I would’ve taken a photo of the table, because it was absolutely gorgeous!  We started with ham and cheese pinwheels that my sister made and for dinner we had ravioli, bread, Italian sausage, and salad with fennel and blue cheese.  I was so stuffed and uncomfortable after this 23-point dinner than I ended up leaving before we had dessert.

The main thing I realized this weekend was that I can’t eat like I used to.  It was unpleasant to be as full as I felt at both dinners, especially the one on Sunday night.  And I didn’t even eat the same portions as I usually would have!  I think it’s just a matter of my stomach being much smaller than it used to be.  Plus the fact that I try to eat lighter at dinner and have more of my points throughout the day.

It’s weird that I felt so full both nights.  I’ve had many special meals in the last year, yet I really cannot remember feeling so full.  Not sure exactly what it means, but I know I don’t want to feel that way again. I guess I can look at it as an NSV of sorts; I really can’t eat like I used to, and that’s a good thing!

These two dinners were a good prelude to the holiday season that is quickly approaching!  I did a good job of saving my points on both days, and while I did use many of my WPAs, I didn’t go over my weekly allotment of 35.  My main goal for the holiday meals is to stop eating before I get to the point of feeling so overstuffed that I feel sick.

This Wednesday’s weigh in should be interesting.  I’ve all of my points, sent Scale Warfare my food journal each evening, “closed the kitchen” and avoided nighttime noshing — all good things.  What I wasn’t able to do because of my cold is workout.  I did do the Wii Fit Plus on Sunday for 1 hour (the longest I’ve ever “played” it – I earned 4 Activity Points!) and 30 minutes again on Monday night.  I’m planning on doing it again for at least 30 minutes on Tuesday, as well.  I don’t feel up to doing more than a low-intensity workout, and I’m just hoping it’s enough to keep the scale from shocking me again this week.  Wish me luck!

What are your biggest challenges when you have special/holiday dinners?

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