My Personal Weight Loss Journal: January 25th- 31st, 2009

If you’ve just started reading my blog, you should know that I’ve made a healthy lifestyle change. I’m posting about my experience, but you’ll see recipes as usual after this post. Two weeks into it and I’m still happy to forge ahead. I’ve lost a total of 4.25 pounds thus far, but I can tell by the way my clothes fit that the exercise has helped lose inches too. It’s not always easy, and I sometimes find myself falling into old habits like walking into the pantry to look for something to eat… when I’m truly not hungry. I start each morning with a large double cup of tea with splenda and nonfat milk. I usually get up at the ungodly hour of 5am. I make my tea immediately and have something to sip until the rest of the house gets up at 6:30. Soups or salads have been a filling choice for lunch. If I’m feeling like I have the munchies in the afternoon, I grab an apple and another cuppa tea. I try to make a nice, healthy dinner for the family and make good choices on portion size too. To satisfy my sweet craving for dessert at night, I enjoy a no-sugar-added tapioca pudding. The chewy nature of the pudding is a bit more satisfying than the smooth sort.

Most days exercise has been met with enthusiasm. I find that the more regular I am with working out, the easier it is to go. Most of the time I look forward to it, and the feeling after an intense workout is just wonderful. It helps to meet up with friends at the gym and chat while we’re exercising… makes the time fly by.

I look forward to working just as hard this 3rd week of my journey.

Day 14:

Food/Exercise for Sunday, Jan. 25th, 2009
breakfast: Kashi Puff’s cereal with skim milk
snack: nonfat yogurt with Kashi crunch cereal
lunch: 3 turkey meatballs with 1/2 cup whole wheat spaghetti
snack: apple
1 slice veggie pizza w/ whole wheat crust, small side salad
no-sugar-added tapioca
no exercise today!

Today’s Notes:
Food today was pretty easy. I went shopping yesterday to make sure I started the week with what I needed. If I wake up without good foods available, I’m more likely to blow it.

I chose to take a day off from exercising today. I rarely take a day off, and I just felt like I needed one today!

You can read more about my weight loss journey HERE.
Week 1 details are HERE.
Week 2 details are HERE.

Day 15

Food/Exercise for Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
Kashi puff cereal with skim milk
elliptical machine (45 minutes), weights/abs (15 minutes), ran home from gym (20 minutes)
nonfat yogurt with 1/2 cup kashi crunch cereal
lunch: big salad
dinner: fried egg sandwich (2 slices whole grain bread, egg fried in cooking spray, 1/2 avocado, tomato)

Day 16

Food/Exercise for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009
Kashi puff cereal with skim milk
elliptical machine (45 minutes), weights (15 min.), elliptical (20 min.)
nonfat yogurt with 1/2 cup kashi crunch cereal
lunch: big salad
snack: celery with natural pb
dinner: frozen Kashi dinner
dessert: no-sugar-added tapioca pudding

I had forgotten to record day 15, so I combined the two for my notes. I was very busy both days so food didn’t consume me. Since I work out in the morning, I kind of feel like having a 2nd breakfast when I’m showered and ready to start the day. The yogurt with a little cereal in it is perfect. That big salad for lunch is really satisfying too. I just do lettuce, tomato, lowfat swiss, prosciutto and a couple of marinated asparagus. I dig the dressing I’ve been using lately: Galeos Low Fat Miso Caesar. It’s only 14 calories per Tablespoon w/ 1 gr. of fat and .5 carbs. That works for me. It’s creamy and very flavorful. Dinners haven’t been exciting so far this week, though I love my fried egg sandwich! My husband has been out and about at dinner time lately which leaves me with little desire to cook, but I’ll be trying out a couple of recipes later this week.

Exercise for Monday was fabulous. I didn’t get to attend my usual class, but I worked out on the elliptical and then did weights and abs. My husband had dropped me at the gym that day, so I ran home… first time running the entire way home without stopping. I really enjoy the run home. It’s mostly downhill and a few inclines. I always feel like I’m going to poop out on the inclines but I push myself to keep going. Sometimes I just say to myself, ‘I’ll just run for one more song on my I-Pod’… (and then I end up saying)… ‘ok, I can do one more’… and before you know it- I’m home! I had to do a quickie workout on Tuesday since I had quite a busy day. I was motivated to do a little more exercise, however, by my friend Patsy (while chatting on Twitter), when she mentioned that she hopped on the treadmill for a short second workout before dinner. I ended up doing an additional 20 minutes on my at-home elliptical tonight while watching The Biggest Loser on TV.

Two things have happened recently that were really motivating. My trainer singled me out in an exercise class (twice) and told me how thin I was looking. And I wore a pair of pants yesterday that I haven’t been able to wear in quite a while (and they weren’t tight either!) It’s funny to think that just 4.25 pounds (and only two weeks) can do that, but really it’s the exercise talking. I’m melting off inches and building muscle. The pounds will come off more slowly, and I’m ok with that.

The rah rah comments below really keep me going too. I’m amazed that people are interested in what I’m doing, and it makes me feel good that you care enough to comment and cheer me on! Thank you :)

Day 17:

Food/Exercise for Wednesday, Jan. 28th, 2009
breakfast: Kashi puff cereal with skim milk
elliptical machine (50 min.), weights (15 min.), running (20 min.), abs (10 min.)
nonfat yogurt with Kashi crunch cereal
lunch: open-faced egg sandwich (1 slice toasted bread, 1/2 avocado, egg fried in veg. spray)
1 slice of Chocolate- Banana Bread
dinner: big salad with a ‘side’ of the pasta dish that I made for the family
no-sugar-added tapioca pudding

Today’s Notes:
An email arrived this morning from Women’s Health with this link: The 20 Worst Supermarket Foods in America. The worst cereal (Quaker 100% Natural Granola) is sitting in my pantry. In fact, I got the super-sized package at Costco. When I informed my husband of this not-so-fun fact, he noted that even though he’s been eating it for breakfast daily, he actually feels slimmer lately. That comment was met with a skeptical giggle from me. I told him that I actually bought the granola to use as a ‘sprinkle’ for yogurt but have since found the more healthy alternative- Kashi Crunch. Maybe he’ll think twice about having a big bowl of it for breakfast, and I certainly won’t be buying it again!

I was so busy with to-do’s today that I forgot about eating a lot. I didn’t eat lunch until 3:00. The banana bread was something I baked up for the family, so of course I had to test it out. It was amazing- I adapted it from here. No added sugar and zero added fat. Pureed prunes and bananas were the key to making it moist. Don’t let the prunes scare you -you couldn’t taste the prunes at all and it was very chocolatey. The family loved it. I’ll blog about it sometime next week. I made a pasta for dinner… whole wheat penne with ham, shallots, garlic, zucchini, mushrooms… with a 1/2 cup sauce made from marinara, 1 tsp. dijon, 2 T. heavy cream and pepper. It was awesome. I decided to have a small portion as a ‘side’ to my salad instead of the usual side salad.

Exercise today was slow-going. I didn’t feel much like working out in the morning. I have so much going on with my new website launching soon, preparing taxes, pta, and general craziness around the house that I want to find excuses to stay home and catch up instead of working out. So far I haven’t let the busy-ness get to me. I’m still getting in my workouts. Yesterday, Patsy on Twitter commented on her workout (which got me thinking I should go to the gym), and then I got an email from VeggieGirl cheering me on for how well I’m doing… so with that inspiration, I got on my workout clothes and headed to the gym for a great workout. Two nice things then happened that boosted my day further… my husband told me that my butt was looking good on my way out the door, and my trainer at the gym complimented me on how much my body was changing and told me that other people had noted the change in me as well. It’s the little things that give you a boost, isn’t it?

DAY 18:

Food/Exercise for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
breakfast: Kashi Puff cereal with skim milk
walk to gym (20 min.), elliptical machine (50 min.), run home (20 min.)
nonfat yogurt with kashi crunch cereal
lunch: veggie/chicken stir fry
snack: piece of cake
dinner: Lime- Marinated Flank Steak, asparagus

DAY 19:

Food/Exercise for Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
Kashi Puff cereal with skim milk
walk to gym (20 min.), elliptical machine (10 min.), cardio/strength class (75 min.), run home (30 min.)
nonfat yogurt with Kashi Crunch cereal
lunch: veggie/chicken stir fry
dinner: big salad with added shrimp
dessert: no-sugar-added pudding

Today’s Notes (on the past two days):
We had a family member over for dinner on Thursday night, and I felt the need to make a homemade dessert. I ended up making a pound cake from my Cooking Light cookbook with modifications to make it even lighter. I broke my own rules a bit regarding making sweets… I baked when I was hungry and didn’t chew gum. Therefore, I found myself falling into old habits of sampling the batter. When the cake was done, I sliced a piece for photographing and then ended up eating it (my usual 7 year old taste-tester wasn’t around!) And if that wasn’t enough, I decided to add chocolate ganache to the top of the cake and indulged in a couple of spoonfuls of that too. Needless to say, I was feeling rather bad about this whole thing. These are old habits that I’m hoping to change. It all worked out okay though. I ate a lighter dinner and stayed away from the rest of the cake. I actually feel pretty good that I was able to taste it and I didn’t gain all of my weight back in one sitting.

I made sure to get a really great, loooooong workout on Friday. Does it look ridiculous to you? I have to say that it felt GOOD!!! My weigh-ins are on Saturday mornings, so I try to eat really well and get some nice exercise on Fridays. I’m really lucky that I can find the time to do this as I realize most people can’t squeeze in the time. It’s a commitment I’ve made to my life, and my family is very supportive of the time I’m investing in my health. Suzanne Somers was on Oprah the other day talking about her new plan for healthy living and she mentioned that at age 62 she feels the best she’s felt in her whole life. I pretty much feel like that now. I find that weird since I’m only into this 19 days so far, but I really do feel great. I can’t imagine how much better I’ll feel in another 30 days. It’s amazing what exercise can do to boost your energy, your mood and your body. And my husband says I’m more fun to be around these days :)

Wish me luck on my weigh in!!


Food/Exercise for Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009
Kashi puff cereal with skim milk
Boot Camp style exercise class (60 minutes), run home (25 minutes)
nonfat yogurt with Kashi crunch cereal
big salad with added ham & cheese
dinner: Went to Gourmet Club’s dinner party… had Coq au Vin, soup, mashed potato, a few appetizers and a couple of bites of dessert. And lots of wine!

Again, I had to make a chocolate cake today (for our Gourmet Club dinner). No big deal… I got through it without eating any batter!! I ate light all day so I wouldn’t have to worry too much about the great dinner that was ahead of me. It wasn’t the lightest dinner, but I definitely didn’t deprive myself of tasting. There was deep-fried shrimp (I ate one) and a bruschetta w/ goat cheese (had a bite of my husbands) but other than that I ate blanched asparagus & a few almonds. I probably shouldn’t have eaten the mashed potatoes as I’m trying to avoid white starches and white flour, but the chicken was served on top of the potatoes (and they were too good to resist!) Dessert was easy… just a couple of bites and I was happy.

Boot Camp workout day is the one exercise day that I truly look forward to. It’s an intense, outdoor workout, and I always feel exhausted but wonderful upon finishing. Today was our third Weigh In Day! I knew it would be good news as I obsessively monitor my weight on the scale at home. Today I recorded a 3.75 lb. weight loss for the week- bringing my total weight loss so far to 8 pounds. Yay! Needless to say, I’m thrilled with the progress. I got a little prize at the gym for being The Biggest Loser of the week. Two more weeks remain in the contest. I’m trying my hardest to win, so we’ll see what happens! On to week four!

Leave a Comment

21 Responses to “My Personal Weight Loss Journal: January 25th- 31st, 2009”

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    Susan — January 26, 2009 @ 1:05 PM

    You are doing great- I must get motivated!

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    Patsyk — January 26, 2009 @ 1:21 PM

    Way to go! As you already know… just reading about your experience is inspiring me to stick to my workout plan and creating changes to my diet as well.

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    Parker — January 26, 2009 @ 1:48 PM

    Congrats! Keep up the good work. Enjoying exercise or an activity is a great way to make it a lifestyle rather than a chore.

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    Nina Timm — January 26, 2009 @ 2:27 PM

    Well done…you are an inspiration to us all!!!!

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    bigsis — January 26, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

    Way to go! You’re off to a great start. I find it’s usually wise to take a day off from exercise once a week, to let your muscles heal and just to rest. No rest at all can lead to burn-out or injury, and you definitely don’t want that. Keep up the great work!


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    Peter M — January 26, 2009 @ 3:43 PM

    Bravo Lori and not to mention all this while cooking up delicious food…a tall task.

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — January 26, 2009 @ 4:08 PM

    Way to go – You should be so proud of yourself – that rocks!! Keep up the good work – 1lb at a time…

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    Ingrid — January 26, 2009 @ 5:41 PM

    Yay, for you and your loss of weight AND inches.

    I really need to be more motivated and organized with things in general that have to do with myself.

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    Reeni? — January 26, 2009 @ 6:13 PM

    Your doing amazing!! And your an inspiration. Great job!

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    newlyweds — January 26, 2009 @ 6:25 PM

    Great job! I have recently begun a weightloss adventure of my own. I will be keeping up with yours.

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    Sharon — January 27, 2009 @ 1:24 AM

    Congrats! I have fallen off the bandwagon of keeping track of my food & exercise. You're an inspiration…I gotta get movin!

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    Stacey Snacks — January 27, 2009 @ 1:45 AM

    good girl! 4 plus pounds lost! That is awesome.
    I did not shop for my weekly GOOD food, so I wound up having no veggies to start my week, (but did have a grapefruit for breakfast!).
    Keep up the good work!

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    Shanbanan — January 27, 2009 @ 8:47 PM

    To respond to Sharon’s comment that she fell off the bandwagon (and for everyone else who will have a bad day once in a while)…when you fall off, get right back on. Every day is a new day and one bad day doesn’t end the journey.

    I’m in the midst of training for my first marathon, and I want to say that I’m not enjoying this at all. I did 16 loooooonnnnggg miles Saturday, 8 yesterday, and 9 today. I’m planning 9 on Thursday and 17 this coming Saturday. Mostly I’m pretty good with eating, but I was starving today at lunch and splurged on 3 pieces of Papa Johns (2 pepperoni, 1 original). Then I had 2 smallish cookies when I came back from that lunch meeting with all the bad pizza. I feel really bad that I ate all that, but it’s a done deal at this point. I can’t undo it.

    But it won’t stop my training and it won’t derail my normally good diet. I’m not having a snack this afternoon, and I’ll eat better tonight at dinner.

    Schedule your workouts way in advance. Know what you’re gonna do and when. That way, there’s no question about going. You don’t wake up and decide to blow off work or meetings or whatever is on the schedule. And you don’t do that with your workout schedule either.

    Stay with it. You all can do it.

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    Leslie — January 27, 2009 @ 9:38 PM

    I am sooo behind on reading blogs right now. I just wanted to stop by and say I applaud you for putting your weight loss and healthy change on your blog! What a great motivation tool!
    Keep up the good work! YOU GO GIRL!!!

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    Megan Smith — January 27, 2009 @ 10:23 PM

    I’m not even sure how I came across your blog, but I love it! I am a personal trainer by trade, so I LOVE to hear about people’s journey’s to get healthy. Keep up the good work!! You’re doing fantastic :)

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    Cakebrain — January 28, 2009 @ 5:06 AM

    Good going! I keep falling off the exercise wagon myself. It’s hard with 2 little kids; especially when they get sick! (that’s like at least once a month for them!) I’m inspired by your posts and I’ll ensure that I keep on track with the healthy eating at least. It’s hard maintaining a food blog focussed on desserts when you’re trying to cut back on the sweet stuff!
    I’ll be reading your progress to make sure I stick to mine too!

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    My Sweet & Saucy — January 28, 2009 @ 7:05 AM

    Wow, your exercise and healthy eating plan is quite inspiring! I love the Biggest Loser show too! Good luck with everything!

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    Carolyn Jung — January 29, 2009 @ 1:55 AM

    You deserve a pat on the back for your efforts so far. You are doing great. As a regular exerciser for years, I can say that establishing a routine does wonders to make things easier. I think the hardest part of exercising is just getting started. But when you make it a part of your everyday schedule, you look forward to it, and have no excuses. Even mornings I don’t feel like working out, I’m always glad that I did afterwards. You get such a burst of energy that really gets you motivated to tackle the rest of the day. Good luck to you!

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    Dawn — January 29, 2009 @ 10:31 PM

    You are really doing a wonderful job. I love how you ran home from the gym; what motivation!
    And for you to put yourself, your story out here in bloggerland is not only a motivation for you, but for us as well. I’ve stepped up my exercise game too.
    The fact that you are so far into this and STILL going means you will stay with it. I think you rock! Keep up the fantastic job…I know at times it’s hard, but look how far you’ve already come.

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    melissa — January 29, 2009 @ 11:40 PM

    Hooray for all the recognition you’re getting. Congratulations! You are definitely an inspiration.

    Oh and that thing about “just one more song on my iPod” I understand – you tell yourself that and then again and again until you’ve gone and done more than you thought you ever felt like doing.

    And the big salad with a side of the pasta is a great idea. You still get to taste the wonderful dish but do it right. Awesome.

    Keep going! :D

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    Nicole — January 30, 2009 @ 1:09 AM

    Good for you! I am not very motivated yet myself. I just can’t fit in the exercise. Unless I do so between midnight and 5am. But my goodness what time do you go to bed waking up at 5! That IS and ungodly hour!