My Personal Weight Loss Journal: Feb. 7th- 14th, 2009

Four weeks into this newfound healthy lifestyle change and I’ve lost a total of 9 pounds (so far).  There’s one more week left in my gym’s Biggest Loser contest.  I’m not sure I have a chance as some of the others have lost big poundage here and there.  We’ll see.  The winner is determined by a combination of % of weight lost as well as inches lost too.  We’ll get measured and weighed next Sat. for the final day.  Exercise is truly the highlight of my day.  I feel so cruddy when I don’t get in a good dose of it, and as much as I can think of a million other things I could be doing… it remains a priority.  It’s like a natural energy boost that no drug or food could ever give me.

Exciting body changes this week… I can easily fit into those French jeans that I mentioned wanting to wear back on Day 10.  I can fit into many things that haven’t seen light of day for ages.  My jackets even fit more comfortably.  I’m terribly excited that my stomach can almost be called ‘flat.’  I’ve been told that my face has thinned out.

This final week of the ‘contest,’ I plan to kick up the exercise even more than I’ve been doing.  I might try to squeeze in an extra workout or two- just because… you know… I intend to try and win this thing!  I went to RoadRunner Sports today and got ‘fitted’ for new running shoes.  It’s cool what they do… have you run on a treadmill and videotape how your feet move when you run, etc.  And they have a 60- day return policy on shoes that you’ve worn.  Can’t really beat that, can you?

As usual, I’ll be updating this post only during the week with my personal weight loss notes.  You can read more about my original plan for my healthy eating venture HERE.

Day 27

Food/Exercise for Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009
  Kashi Puff cereal w/ skim milk
snack:  string cheese
lunch:  fried egg sandwich (2 slices whole grain bread, egg fried in cooking spray, 1/2 avocado, tomato)
  nonfat yogurt w/ 1/2 cup Kashi crunch cereal
elliptical machine (30 minutes), treadmill (10 minutes walking, 10 minutes running), weights/abs (10 minutes)
  Orange Roughy cooked in cooking spray and topped w/ dab of butter, lemon, dill, capers + salad
dessert:  no-sugar-added tapioca pudding

Another busy day…  I was really hungry by lunchtime so I had the sandwich + the yogurt.  That did the trick.  I also sipped on a few cups of tea today.  Dinner was great- to me there’s nothing better than a really nice piece of fresh fish, simply prepared, and salad is a must!

I tried out my new running shoes with an afternoon workout.  Sunday is supposed to be a day-off from exercise, but I had the time and couldn’t resist.  I just did a short run, and the shoes felt great.
Day 28:

Food/Exercise for Monday, Feb. 9th, 2009
breakfast:  Kashi Puff cereal with skim milk
snack:  nonfat yogurt with Kashi crunch cereal
elliptical machine (50 min.), treadmill (35 min. running & 10 min. walking), weights/abs/stretching (15 min.)
lunch:  ham sandwich (2 slices whole grain bread, slice of ham, slice of low fat swiss, dijon, mayo, tomato)
  Lemonzest Luna Bar
dinner:  Big salad with turkey & cheese
dessert:  no-sugar-added tapioca pudding

Day 29:  Kashi Puff cereal with skim milk & 1/2 banana
snack:  1/2 banana
lunch:  nonfat yogurt w/ Kashi crunch cereal
  Luna Bar
treadmill (35 min. running, 10 min. walking), strength/abs/stretching (25 min.)
  dill pickle
dinner:  low fat bean & cheese burrito and an apple
  no-sugar-added tapioca pudding

Food/Exercise for Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

Food hasn’t been much of an issue the last couple of days.  I’m a little more hungry for carbs w/ all of the running I’ve been doing, and I feel like I need to focus on incorporating more veggies and fruits into my day.  I made a huge batch of brownies today and didn’t consume even a sliver to taste.  I’ve made the same brownies many times before and just didn’t feel the need to consume them.  Pretty good willpower, eh?

I mentioned above that I had planned to kick-up the exercise this week since it’s the final few days before the final weigh-in.  The running has been great.  I can’t believe I can run three miles without stopping for a rest.  I’m not really running… more like jogging (at 5.2 mph on the treadmill).  But even still… I feel really great about it.  I actually feel like I could run longer, but I don’t want to push myself too much and get injured or something.  Once the contest is over, I’ll transition to alternating days doing cardio and strength exercises.
Day 30:

Food/Exercise for Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
  Kashi cereal with skim milk
stationary bicycle (20 minutes), strength/abs (20 minutes)
snack:  nonfat yogurt w/ Kashi crunch cereal
  turkey sandwich (2 slice whole grain bread, turkey, low fat swiss, dijon, tomato)
  Lara Bar
  big salad with chicken
  no-sugar-added tapioca

Day 31:

Food/Exercise Thursday, February 12th, 2009
  Kashi puff cereal w/ skim milk
stationary bicycle (30 minutes), strength/abs (15 minutes)
snack:  nonfat yogurt with Kashi crunch cereal
  turkey sandwich
snack:  apple
  steamed veggies with a handful of whole wheat tortellini & shaved Parmesan
dessert:  no-sugar-added tapioca pudding

Day 32:

Food/Exercise for Friday, February 13th, 2009
  Kashi puff cereal w/ skim milk
elliptical machine (50 minutes), strength/abs (20 minutes)
  nonfat yogurt w/ Kashi crunch cereal
lunch:  turkey, low fat swiss, tomato, lettuce & dijon in a pumpernickel tortilla wrap
dinner:  roasted chicken & sauteed cabbage
dessert:  no-sugar-added tapioca pudding

I’m still sticking w/ my same morning foods.  They’re filling, and I enjoy them… so why change it up?  The Tortilla Factory wraps are awesome.  I found them w/ the regular tortillas in my regular grocery store (only 90 calories and lots of fiber).  I survived pure torture this week with the preparation of numerous Valentine goodies… didn’t eat a single bite and I don’t feel deprived. 

My exercise routine has been a bit hampered by an ankle injury.  It’s rather sore in the back of my ankle when I take a step and extend onto my toes, which makes running impossible until it feels better.  I’ve been ok with doing non-impact exercise like the stationary bike and the elliptical machine (thank goodness!)  I miss running though… it’s amazing how addicting it becomes.  I just hope I haven’t injured the ankle too much so that running won’t be possible.  That would bum me out.

Saturday AM is the big finale of my Biggest Loser contest!  We’ll see how it goes.  The scale has been rather stagnant this week so I’m not quite sure how much of a loss (if any) I’ll have this week.  Will be back on Sat. with the big news!

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19 Responses to “My Personal Weight Loss Journal: Feb. 7th- 14th, 2009”

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    Sylvie — February 9, 2009 @ 2:09 AM

    You’re doing so well. I’ve been pretty bad ever since Christmas and really need to get back into my running, drinking loads of water and not eating so much junk routine.

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    VeggieGirl — February 9, 2009 @ 4:50 AM


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    heather — February 9, 2009 @ 8:21 AM

    wow, 9 lbs that’s awesome!

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    Jenna @ Newlyweds — February 9, 2009 @ 8:56 AM

    Way to go, reading this is very motivational for me, I am hoping to get there. I have been doing my own little weight loss tricks and so far I have lost 2-3 pounds. Thanks for the motivation to keep going.

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    Joie de vivre — February 9, 2009 @ 9:37 AM

    Hooray for you Recipe Girl! I’ll be following your progress! Thanks for visiting!

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    aleta — February 9, 2009 @ 10:40 AM

    Nice work! It’s refreshing to see somebody doing diet AND exercise to get in shape, while monitoring and making sure she’s eating enough to make it all work. Personally, I’m guilty of a calorie deficit with very little exercise contributing (I mean, I do, but not nearly as much as you’ve got going on!)

    And you deserve bonus points for maintaining a food blog in the meantime. So in my book, you win. =)

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    Aggie — February 9, 2009 @ 11:25 AM

    Oh I’m so happy for you!! I know you are working hard and am thrilled for your results!! Keep up the good work Recipe Girl! ;)

    LOVE the new look and site!! WOW!!

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    Maria — February 9, 2009 @ 12:01 PM

    You are awesome! Keep up the great work!!

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    Jennifer — February 9, 2009 @ 12:06 PM

    Great work! 9 lbs is a lot!

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    Leslie Green — February 9, 2009 @ 12:07 PM

    9 pounds? Thats awesome! you go girl!

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    nina — February 9, 2009 @ 12:44 PM

    In my book you are already a winner, but i wish you well in the contest too!!!

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    Reeni — February 9, 2009 @ 5:15 PM

    Great going on fitting into those jeans!!! Your doing awesome!!!!

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    Aimee — February 10, 2009 @ 3:28 AM

    Love the new site, Lori! I know the work that goes into it… we just remodeled over at UtHC.

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    Mark Boxshus — February 10, 2009 @ 8:02 AM


    Keep up the great work. Even though I don’t normally (ever!) talk about a woman’s diet or exercise regime, I’m making an exception here. Way to go!


    P.S. Having recently just seen you for the first time via Facebook, I though you were perfect to begin with.

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    Jude — February 10, 2009 @ 8:44 AM

    Exercising definitely becomes an addiction once you really get into it. Congratulations and best of luck with the contest!

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    Manggy — February 10, 2009 @ 1:48 PM

    Wow, you’re doing so well– keep it up! Unfortunately I think I’m well on my way to *gaining* ten pounds since the new year, argh!

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    Shanna — February 11, 2009 @ 8:14 AM

    You’re doing great! I’m very happy for you that you’re not only doing well on the scales and in the kitchen, but that you also feel really good and are staying committed.

    On the running, I read a great book called BEGINNING RUNNING by Jeff Galloway. He’s great. He points out that the foot/ankle/leg is built for long distance walking/running and if you just listen to your body, you should not have injuries. It’s been like 20 years or something since he’s had a running related injury. I’ve taken his advice to heart on my stride and stretching, and I gotta say, I’m doing just fine in that department. I highly recommend the book.

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    Melissa — February 11, 2009 @ 2:26 PM

    Hooray! You’re doin’ it Lori! Keep up the great work. And enjoy the jeans. :D

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    Kirby! — February 11, 2009 @ 9:42 PM

    Hey, I have a tip because I noticed you ate Luna Bars and are looking to eat more fruit… Lara Bars are also really delicious, and they are actually a lot more nutritious than Luna Bars. Lara Bars don’t have any wacky chemicals or preservatives in them, and a lot of them are packed with fruit. They have a little higher fat content, but it’s all Omega-3s, like from nuts and stuff. Just a suggestion!