My Personal Weight Loss Journal: January 18th- 24th, 2009

This is the second week of my personal weight loss journal. If you’ve been following my weight loss journey, you’ll know that I’m participating in a Biggest Loser competition at my gym. (If you’re not interested in these posts, just skip them… normal recipe posting resume as usual tomorrow.) Exercise has been a huge priority for me thus far, and I’ve taken advantage of some longer-than-normal workouts. My rule of thumb regarding exercise has been to to work beyond the point of wanting to stop. I’m getting great workouts and my body truly feels like it’s being worked! It’s not easy… my muscles get sore and I sometimes don’t want to exercise, but this is a commitment I’ve made and I won’t give up.

The eating part has been fairly easy. I’m preparing great meals, and I’ve even continued baking. Consumption has been in moderation, of course. Planning ahead gives me things to look forward to. If I’m hungry I eat, but I make better choices. Limiting wine has been tough as I usually have wine with dinner most nights, but I’m trying to save wine for a treat on Saturday evenings only.

It’s not all about weight loss for me. I want to feel good and look good. Whatever weight does that for me will be the desired weight for me. I lost three pounds according to my first week’s weigh-in. Since I do quite a bit of strength training, I’m pretty happy with the loss. I know I’m building muscle (weighs more) so any loss at all is terrific. I’ve said this before, but support is key. My competitors, my trainers, my readers and my husband are great sources of inspiration to keep on truckin’. And to be able to share my experience with the world on my blog is good since there is a way for me to be accountable for my choices.

Each week I intend to give myself a little reward for my hard work. This week I bought two new workout outfits (gotta look cute at the gym, right?) and these goodies from Amazon.

I look forward to cooking with my new cookbooks, and I’ll try Jillian Michael’s DVD workout on a day when I don’t feel like heading to the gym.

Just as I did last week, I will post my daily food and exercise choices, as well as daily thoughts on this post only. Bookmark and check back if you’re interested in my progress. My first week’s notes are here.

Day 7:

Food/Exercise for Sunday, Jan. 18th, 2009
breakfast: egg sandwich- whole grain English muffin (100 calories) w/ tomato, 1/2 avocado, and egg fried in cooking spray
walk to gym (30 minutes uphill), treadmill (3 songs run, 3 songs walk- 20 minutes), strength & ab work (30 minutes), run/walk home (30 minutes)
snack: nonfat yoplait yogurt with 3 T. granola

lunch: big salad w/ light dressing
snack: 1 slice healthy banana bread
dinner: Tarragon chicken, roasted cauliflower, wild rice
dessert: sugar free pudding

Day 8

Food/Exercise for Monday, Jan. 19th, 2009
Kashi cereal w/ milk, small slice healthy banana bread
treadmill (30 min.- 1/2 walk & 1/2 running), strength class (60 min.), walk/run home (30 min.)
apple with 1 T. PB
big salad
nonfat yogurt w/ 3 T. granola
dinner: salmon burger (frozen salmon pattie from Costco, 1/2 avocado, light mayo, 1 slice bread)
sugar free pudding

Today’s Notes:
Today is the first day that I felt like I wasn’t sure I could keep this healthy lifestyle going. I had a really tough time with the exercise today. I felt good on the treadmill, but the strength class I took pretty much kicked my butt. I’m haunted by a (past) broken elbow, bad knees and a non-flexible body. I tried hard to keep up and did as much as I could but it was tough. Running (which is not my favorite by any means) actually felt good after the class, and it made for a nice ending to the workout. I can get away with running on bad knees if I stick to dirt paths and the treadmill, but the minute my feet hit cement I have to resort to walking.

For some reason eating was challenging too today. I think it’s because I didn’t really have great meals planned out for the day. I made good choices, but I felt hungrier than usual. Tomorrow I’m headed to the grocery store to get ingredients for a couple of good lunches and dinners. Soup is always nice and filling so I’ll probably make up a big batch of a low calorie soup.

I got a ‘pick me up’ late in the day in the form of an inspirational email from our Biggest Loser head trainer. It gave me a little push in the positive direction just when I needed it. She also announced to the group that I was the Biggest Loser (woman) of the week with a loss of 3.25 lbs. Now that was good news!

Day 9

Food/Exercise for Tuesday, Jan. 20th, 2009
nonfat yoplait yogurt with 2 Tbsp. granola
snack: Lemonzest Luna Bar
lunch: Big Salad
snack: Low Fat Iced Orange Cookie (made w/ whole wheat flour)
sauteed veggies over brown rice w/ shaved Parmesan, 1/2 pb cookie
elliptical machine at home (40 min.) weights and strength exercises (20 min.)

Today’s Notes:
The kids were off from school today so I wasn’t able to get to the gym. Instead I worked out at home, and I chose to work out in the evening instead of my usual mornings. I know that some people have a tough time exercising at night but I don’t really mind it much. It’s rather nice to take a hot shower right before bed and let muscles relax overnight. The Biggest Loser was on TV tonight, so I hopped on the elliptical machine while watching. What a motivating show… especially while exercising!

I didn’t feel quite as defeated today as I did yesterday. Still didn’t have time to get some good meals together but I grocery shopped and am well stocked for creating tomorrow’s healthy meals. My scale isn’ t showing much change since my last weigh-in. I guess I have to remember that all weeks will be different and that the dreaded 2nd week can be especially lagging in a noticeable weight loss. I got through two fits of baking today without too much trouble. I baked brownies and cookies for my son’s teachers. I chose to sample 1/2 of a peanut butter cookie. I’m quite sure it was loaded with calories as I used full-fat everything in the recipe. Those were a great couple of bites but I had to stop myself from eating any more! I also survived going to the movies and letting my son eat popcorn but not eating any myself. It felt good to have made some good choices.

Day 10

Food/Exercise for Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 2009
breakfast: kashi cereal with skim milk
power walk uphill to gym (15 min.), treadmill (10 min. run/ 10 min. walk), elliptical machine (30 minutes), weights/abs (15 minutes), run back to car (15 min.)
lunch: nonfat yogurt with Kashi Go Lean Crunch
snack: celery with 1 Tbsp. pb
dinner: Tuscan Vegetable Soup, slice of whole grain bread w/ 1 tsp. Smart Balance spread
dessert: tapioca no-sugar-added pudding

Today’s Notes:
Today was a fantastic day! I woke up full of energy and ready to start the day with a good, long workout. I got just that and felt great the rest of the day. I think the running really adds a lot to my feeling good as I feel invigorated after a run. Wish I could run a little more than about 15 minutes at a time but I suppose I’ll work up to running for longer periods without feeling like I need to stop.

I didn’t feel terribly hungry today. I know I ate well, probably should have eaten a little bit more. The soup I made was wonderful. I’ll be having that for lunch tomorrow and making something with a little more protein for dinner. Someone had asked about a recipe for the Healthy Banana Bread mentioned in the menus above… I’ve now added a link and the recipe can be found HERE.

On The Biggest Loser last night they had a doctor talk to each of the participants about the medications that they were taking when they started the show. In just three weeks, most of the people had improved their health enough to significantly decrease (or eliminate) their medications. It’s so amazing how quickly you can transform your body into feeling (and working) better. In just 10 days of eating healthier and exercising intensely, I’m feeling really, really good. My body is responding and my clothes are already much looser. I was especially excited this morning when I slipped on a pair of jeans that I bought in Italy a couple of years ago and they almost fit again. Check back with me in 10 days and those jeans will fit me comfortably again. I can do this!

Day 11:

Food/Exercise for Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 2009
breakfast: Kashi puff cereal with skim milk
walk to gym (30 min.), treadmill (30 min. walking/ 10 min. running), weights/abs (20 min.), run/walk home (15 min. run, 10 min. walk)
nonfat yogurt w/ 3/4 cup Kashi Go Lean cereal
lunch: bowl of Tuscan Vegetable Soup w/ 2 Tbsp. feta
dinner: Whole Wheat Spaghetti w/ Turkey Meatballs
dessert: sugar free pudding

Today’s Notes:
Exercise today felt awesome! I was excited to have a long workout- and I did. I might have done a little more variety at the gym but got to talking to friends and walked longer than anticipated on the treadmill. I’m getting great encouragement from others. One of my girlfriends asked if I had made a New Year’s Resolution, and my response was, “No, I’ve made a healthy lifestyle change.” My run home is always a nice way to end my workout. It’s mostly downhill but a few ups and flat areas. For some reason I always have a good deal of energy for the run home and I look forward to it.

I found myself quite busy today and didn’t think of food as much. That vegetable soup I made yesterday was a terrific lunch and completely low fat. Soup is a good, filling option for lunch. Dinner was excellent- another Ellie Krieger creation. I’ll post about the Spaghetti sometime next week. It’s so nice to be able to eat pasta and not be freaking out about the carbs (as I usually do).

The husband wanted us to go out to dinner on Friday night w/ friends… but I pushed it to Sat. since I’ve got that weigh-in on Saturday AM. I’m looking forward to seeing how I did this week. Of course I monitor my weight at home (obsessively daily) and it’s looking pretty good, but I’ll be happy to record any loss at all. I’m well aware that I can’t record a big loss each week and that I may maintain or even gain some weeks during this journey.

Day 12

Food /Exercise for Friday, Jan. 23rd, 2009
Kashi cereal with skim milk
elliptical (10 min.), 75 min. class (45 cardio-step, 30 strength/abs- weights/ball), treadmill (10 min. run, 10 min. walk)
nonfat yogurt with Kashi crunch cereal
lunch: big salad
snack: lemonzest Luna Bar
Tuscan Vegetable Soup topped with shaved Parmesan, 2 turkey meatballs

Notes… Exercise was great today. I pushed myself to do a lengthy workout- knowing I would have a challenging weekend ahead with food. The class was tough, but as soon as I was finished I knew I’d feel great doing a run on the treadmill. Glad I did. I felt fantastic the rest of the day.

Since Sat. AM is my weigh-in day, I ate as light as I could. I was satisfied with my choices and felt full most of the day. I look forward to tomorrow’s weigh in!

Day 13

Food/Exercise for Saturday, Jan. 24th, 2009
breakfast: nonfat yogurt with crunchy Kashi cereal
1 hour workout (running, kickboxing, walking, strength/abs)
out- big salad, couple of bites of birthday cake & champagne
snack: piece of low fat swiss cheese
dinner: out- split dinner salad, grilled swordfish, veggies & wine

I was so excited for my workout today- a Boot Camp style workout that our gym has on Saturdays. Unfortunately, it was cancelled and they did a kickboxing class instead. I did a bit of the kickboxing but I skipped out a couple of times to go run outside and then ended up on the treadmill and doing weights. It was disappointing as I really love the tough workout I usually get on Saturday mornings.

This was a challenging food day for me… had a birthday luncheon to get through as well as dinner out with friends. I think I made pretty good choices. I didn’t feel like I pigged out. There were things that I wanted to eat but didn’t. I just kept thinking about my goals and decided that a decadent choice would just make me feel bad in the long run.

Today was WEIGH IN DAY for my Biggest Loser contest. I lost 1 pound this week! Doesn’t seem like much, but I know that in the dreaded 2nd week a lot of people don’t lose at all so I was quite happy with my 1 pound loss. Maybe next week will be more!

On to week three!

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23 Responses to “My Personal Weight Loss Journal: January 18th- 24th, 2009”

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    The Blonde Duck — January 19, 2009 @ 11:42 AM

    Stopped in from Abby Sweets to say hi! Good luck on your weight loss!

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    Jai Johnson — January 19, 2009 @ 1:20 PM

    Sounds like you’re doing fabulous! Kudos to sticking with the workouts even when they hurt…I’m trying to do the same. Thanks for being an inspiration for me and others!

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    sarah — January 19, 2009 @ 1:25 PM

    I ordered that Jillian Michaels DVD as well and am hoping it comes in this week so I can give it a try. Keep it up! :)

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    HoneyB — January 19, 2009 @ 1:37 PM

    Congrats!! Your giving me encouragement just reading your posts! Thanks!!

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    Yaelian — January 19, 2009 @ 2:03 PM

    Good luck with your weight loss goals!YOu seem to do a pretty good amount of daily exercise, that is what I should be doing as well….

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    We Are Not Martha — January 19, 2009 @ 2:30 PM

    Very impressive!! And I bet you’re motivating lots of people…looking forward to many more healthy and delicious recipes from you :)


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    Creative One — January 19, 2009 @ 3:22 PM

    I joined the Biggest Loser competition at work. I found your post to be inspiring. Keep up the good work!

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    CookiePie — January 19, 2009 @ 4:51 PM

    Good for you – congrats on the weight loss! I bet you are looking fabulous!

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    Reeni? — January 19, 2009 @ 5:17 PM

    Your doing awesome!! Your making it look so easy. Congrats on your weight loss!

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    Sylvie — January 19, 2009 @ 5:29 PM

    Way to go!

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    Happy cook — January 19, 2009 @ 7:07 PM

    I totally agree, for me it is not aobut loosing weight, it is aobut my confidence and looking and feeling great.
    I am also trying, i did looks 800gm in the week, but gained everything after the weekened.
    Weekends are really toough for me as then one is relaxed and i make special food and enjoy a red too.
    Good luck, looks like you are doing great.

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    Lisa — January 19, 2009 @ 7:24 PM

    Good for you sticking to all those goals.

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — January 19, 2009 @ 9:50 PM

    Way to go – that is great 3lbs a week is wonderful!! If you have the WII fit, Jillian has a game for it and OMG it will kick your backside!!

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    The Short (dis)Order Cook — January 19, 2009 @ 10:09 PM

    Good for you! I”m trying to lose weight too and I’m not having much luck. I’ve always been a gym rat, so I really have to radically change my eating habits – and I love to eat!

    I’m working on a cognitive behavior therapy program trying to get myself into a habit of diverting my mind away from food. It works about half the time. The other half I say, “Screw it. I want to eat that.” :-D

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    melissa — January 19, 2009 @ 10:14 PM

    The food is always the easier part for me, so I can see that. And about the exercise, going beyond the point of wanting to stop – I know that feeling and it really works to push past it because once you do, you hit this other mental stride… it feels good in the end.

    Good job!!

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    Melissa — January 20, 2009 @ 3:45 AM

    Since I love your blog… I’ve left this award for you. Pick it up here…

    … and thanks.

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    VeggieGirl — January 20, 2009 @ 12:48 PM

    FABULOUS progress, Lori!!

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    Shanbanan — January 20, 2009 @ 4:09 PM

    Don’t get discouraged. You’re gonna have bad days both in the eating and workout departments. Give yourself a break now and then at the gym. You can’t keep up a sustained tough schedule there without giving your body a little time to recover.

    My own marathon training is about to kill me, but I’m taking it one day at a time and one workout at a time. I planned 15 miles Saturday, but considered giving up for loss after 12. I took about 10 minutes rest and decided I could finish 13 and complete a half marathon. Then my stubborness kicked in and I was able to finish all 15. But I had to take that break in the middle.

    And eating will always be a daily struggle for me. I literally make daily resolutions to stay on track. Sometimes it works–sometimes it doesn’t. But I will not give up and just make another resolution the next day to do better.

    Keep up the good work. You’re doing great. Remember it won’t always be a 3lb weight loss week. That isn’t good for you. You’re body will adjust to this new metabolism and plateaus will happen. But being healthy will never plateau.


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    Katrina — January 20, 2009 @ 6:51 PM

    I have the 30 day Shred DVD–hope you like jumping jacks! A bit too many for me.Great job!

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    LegallyBoston — January 20, 2009 @ 9:48 PM

    Congrats on the progress!!

    If you’re interested in Pilates, my instructor recommended the DVDs by Jennifer Cries [she has long dark hair in case I spelled her last name wrong]. Pilates has done wonders for me and it hardly feels like a workout either!

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    Spun Sugar — January 20, 2009 @ 11:36 PM

    Congrats! Keep up the good work. It’s definitely hard and a struggle that I usually lose. How are the recipes in those books?

    I’m really interested in that healthy banana bread? Is that a recipe you can share or share the source of?

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    Patsyk — January 21, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

    I can appreciate the hitting a wall – so to speak – the 2nd week. I am always gung-ho the first week, but week 2 is tough for me. It’s nice to see you were able to pull through it, gives me hope that I can, too!

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