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The Skinny Apple

I lost 4.4 lbs since I started! It felt good to get on the Wii board and discover that this morning!  Yesterday I ran again for about 10 minutes. I can’t seem to go over though LOL, not yet! I’m giving myself a week to push to 15 minutes. I did walk and run intermittently for over an hour though, so 4 miles.

I had a pork chop last night, with pan seared brussel sprouts and crema mexicana pasta. I did pay attention to the portion, and that’s what matters. I’m against anything that says “diet” or “light”. I like my ingredients whole. I’m a foodie and used to be a line cook at several fine dining restaurants down here in New Orleans. The quality of what I ingest is sacrosaint!

I even got Limburger cheese lol. My husband says it stinks. I say it stinks SO GOOD!

So, so far this is what’s helping me lose weight:

Morning:

  • 1 glass freshly juiced apple + 2 carrots (and sometimes whatever else added like grapes, peaches, etc…)
  • 1 egg cooked the way I want, 2 buttered pieces of whole grain toast, cucumber slices sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.
  • I brew 2 quarts of green tea for the day. I leave the pot on the stove and pour myself a 16 oz glass whenever I’m thirsty.

I drink on average five 6 oz glasses of tea or water a day. I used to have to remind myself but it seems my body is starting to love the constant hydration.

Lunch:

  • A whole grain bread sandwish. Something easy. We had sardines in jalapeno mustard, a slice of pepper jack and cucumber slices in it yesterday.

No snack and that’s not even because we’re hungry! Around 5:30 pm we go to the park and walk/run for 2 lapses so that’s 4 miles. this takes us about an hour. The park is awesome too! There’s a lake in the middle with ducks, herons, squarrels and…otters!

When we come back we ARE starving, so I start cooking.

Dinner:

  • The biggest meal of the day I usually serve around 8 or 8:30pm. Ok, so for this one I will serve anything yummy as long as: we have veggies, the food is NOT processed and I cook everything from scratch.

Most days I try to keep it vegetarian. I made some awesome butternut squash potato soup the other day, enough to fill us up and freeze an additional 2 quarts!

As far as my quit goes, we’ve been tobacco free for 2 weeks and 5 days!  So yes, it IS possible to lose weight after  quitting smoking!

I also want to add that I’ve drastically cut my drinking down to almost zero. For the last 3 weeks I’ve had one beer and one night when I had one too many rums and that was more than 2 weeks ago. I don’t even want to drink alcohol at all. Now is a crucial time. Later I think I will drink some but not nearly as much as before.

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I was able to run for 10 minutes today! On my first lap I was hurting like hell in my knees and ankles as soon as I would try running, but come the second lap (2 miles later) I started running and pushed myself to about 10 minutes. I’m sure I could have gone longer but hubby had already gone backward to meet me so I walked for a bit and started running again. All in all I walked/ran for 1 hour.

I also weighted myself with Wii Fit. I’m a little over 157 lbs! So that is an additional 0.9 lb of weight loss. So the total so far is 2.9 lbs! 😀

For dinner I cooked catfish with veggies (broccoli, tomatoes, onions, garlic) and brown rice with (dried) cranberries.

Nothing ruffles my feathers more than to hear slogans for various weight loss products advertising just how *EASY* weight loss is. It isn’t! It sure is NOT easy! I need to freakin’ move mountains to see even a slight change in how I feel.   Sure I’d love to plop down on the couch with ice cream and cookies! Sure I’d love to eat chips all the time!  All these foods engineered to please without regard to consequences! Not that I’ve crossed them all off, but I can’t see myself eating without THINKING anymore. It got me to where I am now. Out of shape and hating what I see in the mirror. Alcohol had a BIG influence in how I got so heavy too. This woman could drink, but not anymore, I cannot. I don’t even enjoy it anymore. I will NOT let alcohol, or food, or a sedentary lifestyle rob me of who I am.

I can’t become a hermit because I think I’m disgusting. And I can’t give up the fight because I think it’s too hard. It’s NOT easy but it’s NOT impossible either. I’ve decided to make a change and this change is radical. No more cigarettes, very little alcohol on weekends, MAYBE, and a better diet followed by regular exercises.

Today I didn’t go to walk/run. I don’t know what got into me. I guess I wanted to exercise at home instead so…I ended up doing 4 sets of 20 wall push-ups, 4 sets of ab crunches with 2 lb ankle weights, 4 sets of biceps and shoulder exercises. I also played with the Wii Fit for about 15 minutes. Does it make up for the walk I missed? Maybe not but I’m still learning about cardio and weight training, and how I need to do both at once.

I do not own workout DVDs or even weights other than my ankle/wrist 3 lbs ones.. I can’t even do push ups the regular way! I have to do WALL push-ups I’m so weak! Laughable but a start nonetheless! When I can do push ups on the ground I’ll think of getting weights!

Also, I know it’s popular to post before and after pics of one’s weight loss success, so I took pictures of my body from the front and side. The thing is, I can’t even look at them so I’ll keep them private until I see a change. I can’t bear to stare at them right now. :/

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I committed myself to eating as little meat as possible. I am aiming at having chicken about twice a week, fish about twice as well, and red meat once or rarely. We have pork chops in the freezer, so instead of cooking them whole, serving one for me and one for him, I freeze them each separately and use HALF of a pork chop as a single serving.  I cut the whole chop into pieces and add it to pasta or other dishes, usually making the veggies not the side, but the major part of the dish. My husband is thus satisfied by having meat, and I am too for having him eat more veggies than he normally would!

For the last two nights I’ve gone vegetarian. I’m learning to appreciate it too. Tonight I made a simple, yet tasty, dish out of broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes. Everything tastes wonderful with garlic and onions with a little cheese sprinkled on top!

Also, I forgot that I own Wii Fit (duh!). So instead of using my crappy scale I stepped on the Wii board and actually got to find out where I stand: 158 lbs! My heart raced in my chest. Did I really lose about 2 lbs or was I not 160 lbs to begin with? I guess I’ll never find out for sure because the scale wasn’t precise to begin with. I sure want to believe I lost 2 lbs though, with all the walking, running and change of diet!

I made a concerted effort to drink a lot of water too today. I tend to skip on that. I’ve never been a drinker of water in large quantities so this is something I’m working on. “If you piss anything but clear you need to drink, drink drink!” said my husband to me. They’re serious about hydration in the army, and I can understand that!

Pss…and by the way: they say you gain weight when you quit smoking. I must prove them wrong!

I am 1 week, 5 days, 18 hours FREE OF CIGARETTES

I skipped smoking 267 cigarettes.

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I don’t like blog post titles. I can never think of one. With that said, I went to the park for the first time on my own yesterday. Hubby left for the weekend, his work requires it so I had to get off my butt and go by myself. I did enjoy walking briskly with my iPhone blaring music into my ears. One hour everyday can’t be bad for you, right?

I have a cheap scale at home, the kind you have to manually set by turning the knob? What a useless piece of #%%$!! I can’t tell if I’ve lost a pound or not, the scale is just too unreliable. Anyone knows of a somewhat cheap electronic scale worth having?

Anyway, while I was researching online to find different exercises and weight loss tips. I stumbled upon the following intriguing  site. It helps you visualise what you would look like if you lost (or gained!) weight. That’s right, all you have to do is upload a frontal picture of you,  move your cursor down the slider and voila! You’re 40 lbs lighter!

The Weight Mirror.

So, yes, I keep on reminding myself that weight loss is a long journey and that it’s all about making lifetime changes, the permanent kind.  Combine that with quitting smoking (one week and 5 days already), dramatically slowing down my drinking (only had a couple of beer last week) and if I keep at it I should be seeing results, for Batman’s sake!

Of course it’s going to take a while. It didn’t take me a week to get to the state I am but years of abuse. A too sedentary lifestyle coupled with lots of alcohol will add pounds to ya. I don’t even think I ate so much but since I’m a petite, maybe I did. Anyway, do you want to know something frightening?

A pound of fat is roughly 3,500 calories, and since I want to lose 40 lbs:

40 x 3,500 = 140,000 calories

That’s 140,000 calories to lose! However…if I walk briskly for an hour I’ll burn roughly about 350 calories, so!

140,000 / 350 = 400  days.

…So I have about a year or more to reach my goal if I have a calorie deficit of 350 a day.

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But I’m still on track. I’ve gone 4 miles power walking today. Yesterday I got some wrist weights to help me burn more calories. I am not seeing any change in weight yet but I am starting to feel a whole lot better.

By switching habits one by one I’m setting myself up for success, even if this means it’s going to take a while before I start seeing physical changes in me. Maybe it is because I quit smoking 1 week ago that my body is refusing to shed even one pound!  Or maybe I’m already building muscles? One way or the other,  the journey is what matters, and I am enjoying it too!

So for a list of little things I’m doing these days:

1) When I wake up, I  juice 2 apples + 2 carrots first thing in the morning.  The juice is so tasty and filling!

2) I just switched from regular rice to brown rice, as I hear it’s a lot more nutritious.

3) I still like to snack late at night, because I tend to go to bed very late! But this time I’ll get a couple of celery sticks and add a teaspoon of peanut butter in the groove.

And yes, I got a pack of chocolate cookies the last time I did the groceries, but I’m only eating a couple of pieces a day. I deserve it!

I walked briskly for 4 miles today!  Yesterday’s walk/run was half of that.

I can’t believe I was too shy to walk and run in public before. In retrospect, I don’t know what kept me from doing it. Maybe I thought I was too unfit to display myself walking or running, but when I think about it why should I feel ashamed? At least I’m doing something about it and not being a couch potato whining about my weight and not doing anything about it! So let’s put these running shoes on and burn some fat because God forbid I will be this fat ever again!

I also decided to weight myself not every day but every week instead. So next Thursday will be my first weight-in.