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post #81 of 135
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Day 3 of headache city. When you wake with a headache I'm pretty sure it's allergies and not the diet but who knows. Took ibuprophen and drank 2 glasses of water. About to have my 2 eggs and grapes. Slid a bit yesterday. Had one cookie and about 6 chips. But back on track today!! I am surprised at how hard this is. But I'm committed to doing it and getting the weight off!!!


Sorry about the headaches!  Ugh, hope your day went better. hug2.gif

 

post #82 of 135
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Ok- today is the first day of the "Achieve" cycle. The basic premises of this stage are:


to build a life long healthy eating approach to food

There are very few forbidden foods in this stage

continue to focus on lean proteins, green leafy veggies.

watch portion sizes of the proteins

continue to eat 2 serving of fruits (now virtually all fruits, not just low sugar varieties)

continue to eat 2 servings of complex carbs- now from a much wider variety including whole grains, breads, pasta, legumes, starchy veggies, nuts, etc

eat at least 1 probiotics serving each day

alcohol is OK in limited amounts

add 2 100 calorie snack per day

increase exercise to a MIN of 150 minutes a week (five 30 minute sessions) but ideally aim for 300 minutes a week (five 60 minute sessions) or more




Word of caution: weight loss will slow in this stage. The author strongly suggests that if you want to maintain more steady weight loss you should:


goal to exercise more each day

watch portion sizes

eat carbs/fruit before 2:00 pm

don't take advantage of the alcohol provision




This stage lasts the same as the others-17 days. If at the end of this cycle you still have more weight to lose he recommends starting at the beginning and going thru the first 3 cycles again. Since I have a LOT of weight to lose I envision doing all of them at least 3 times.



Wish me luck!!



5/18 Day one of "Achieve":



Hot water with lemon

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 egg over easy

2 mugs green tea



6 oz greek yogurt

1 cup strawberries

green tea



mug of ginger carrot soup

cottage cheese

green tea



mug of ginger carrot soup

grilled turkey breast topped with mushrooms and onions

roasted brussel sprouts



exercise: 60 minutes total-30 minutes on a tread climber, 30 minutes of the elliptical.



Had a bad eating day today considering I could have eaten so many other things! I was so busy, another day a way from home base for much of it. Plus I am in desperate need to go grocery shopping! My husband does not reach this stage until Sunday so I don't think will rub in the wine quite yet, LOL
post #83 of 135
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5/19 Day two of Achieve:

 

hot water with lemon

2 eggs scrambled with feta

green tea

 

1 cup oat meal w/ 1/2 cup blueberries

coffee!! w/ some half/half

 

mixed green salad

4 oz chicken

steamed asparagus

green tea

 

oven roasted cod topped with sliced almonds

roasted asparagus

vinegar beets

green tea

 

exercise: 45 minuted on the arch machine, 390 calories burned

 

RECAP:

 

It was really nice to be able eat a wider variety of foods today.  I think I may have over did it, portion wise, since I had a business meeting over breakfast. The meeting was later in the AM so I still ate my eggs first thing.  If I don't eat right away I can feel it! I was "good" at the meeting ordering steel cut oats with fresh fruit. HUGE serving, I didn't finish it but still at least a full cup.  Oh and the coffee.... my first coffee in well over a month.  I went dark, not to much dairy and it tasted so so good! 

 

I came home after and did my household stuff and then hit the gym.  By the end of my workout I felt shaky.  I think the caffeine or the acid in the coffee was too much for my system. I might have been dehydrated too since by that time of day I usually would have at least 32 oz or more of water. I still needed to grocery shop and then pick up my son and two of his friends.

 

I threw caution (and my budget) to the wind and went to whole foods were I got some gorgeous local fish and prepared beets for dinner as well as the rest of the stuff on my list.  Then I made myself a salad with veggies and chicken and *bought* a bottle of water (which I never do!) and ate it there. It was heaven.  Don't ask me what it cost! bag.gif

 

One thing I foresee as an issue for me during this stage (and the rest of my life) is my old nemesis-portion control. I ate a HUGE portion of fish tonight, as well as large serving of the beets and probably 15 asparagus spears. I ate too fast too so I ended up really full, stuffed. I need to SLOOOOOW down and eat only until just full.  That has got to be new mantra!

 

post #84 of 135
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Friday is weigh in day and I DID IT!!!  I hit my first goal!!!  I can not believe that I have lost 20lbs!! partytime.gif I think the step up in exercise is is what has done the trick since my eating habits really didn't changed until yesterday. So I am 1/3 of the way there. 40 more pounds to go!!

 

 

Recap to date:

Friday April 8: weigh in to get starting point

Weds April 13: start diet 

Friday April 15: down 6 pounds

Friday April 23: down 4 pounds

Friday April 29: down 2 pounds

Friday May 6: down 2 pounds

Friday May 13: down 2 pounds 

Friday May 20: down 4 pounds
post #85 of 135
For me on portion control - I have to use food scale. Then I am less likely to cheat about portion sizes!
post #86 of 135

YAY!!!!!!  You did it HollyBearsMom.  I am in awe & very jealous! ;)  But you do continue to inspire me to keep with it.  I say start the new thread.  I will join you. 

 

Been following at about 75% but have had some bad moments here & there. A few beers here, a couple glasses of wine there, bread or crackers here & there...yuck.  I am also having a major issue with exercise & I don't know when that happened in my life.  I was a Division I Field Hockey & Softball player in College.  WTF????  Why can't I get myself moving?  Is very sad & pathetic.  I have no one to work out with here (praying to sell our house so we can finally more to where my family & high school friends are & will have tons of partners) & I just have no discipline on my own. 

 

I haven't checked the scale in quite a few days.  I don't feel great.  I feel bloated, exhausted & a little dehydrated.  DD2 ended up with the rotavirus after we all had colds so it's just been a really icky time in our house.  lol 

 

2 things I wanted to make a note of while I had a moment...

 

Matcha Green Tea-I am drinking 20-40 oz/day of Republic of Tea Double Matcha Green Tea.  It is a little pricey but DH found 2 tins half price on ebay for me.  Let me tell ya-it is amazing.  I make it in my ice tea brewer & add some fresh lemon & pour it over ice.  The energy I feel from it is extraordinary.  And it makes me feel good mentally too.  Now I need to harness that energy...

 

Also, I browned up a huge batch of ground turkey this week & it really came in handy.  Made a mexican salad one night, added some cheese another night & did "cheeseburger lettuce wraps".  Tonight am going to use bagged cole slaw veggies & some light soy sauce to make asian style lettuce wraps.  Having it already cooked really helped me stay on track at mealtime. 

post #87 of 135

I'm on day 12 today and after a rough first 2 days have really been finding this diet easy.  I started 16 lbs over my goal weight, and in the first 12 days lost 6!  One thing I find hard is working full time and mommying-- trying to combine getting everything ready to go the night before with all the other dinner prep and everything is a lot of work.  I'm trying to stock my fridge at work.  I'm also finding that I'm spending a lot more money at the grocery store, even without getting anything convenience or processed.  Just organic fruits, veggies (TONS), free range/wild chicken/turkey/fish, and some dairy... plus everything for my toddler and his dad to eat is a lot of money.

 

My typical day looks like:

B- low fat greek yogurt with fresh or frozen berries

-or-

egg white omlette with veggies and goat cheese (expensive, b/c I have to pick it up on the way to work at the bagel store, no time to make it myself)

coffee with a drop of sugar and half and half

 

snack- yogurt if not already, or citrus fruit and some leftover kale chips.  in the beginning i'd need just a bite of chicken breast here too (whole foods rotisserie)

 

lunch-- salad with 2 hardboiled eggs and maybe avacado or a little goat/feta cheese  with a tiny bit of miso dressing

coffee with a drop of sugar and half and half

 

snack-- fruit before 2 if I only had 1, or cottage cheese, or veggie slices

 

dinner-- turkey taco salad (turkey made with seasoning packet, lots of lettuce, homemade guac, cilantro, fresh homemade salsa, no cheese or sour cream)

-or-

salmon and roasted asparagus

-or-

chicken/spinach/ricotta bake I made up

 

 

My one cheat-- about half of the nights I have had one small frozen choc chip cookie before bed. 

 

The first few days I was SO HUNGRY AND CRANKY but that went away after 2-3 days.  Now it's so much easier to eat small portions I'm not craving big meals. 

 

 

 

 

 

post #88 of 135

i want your chicken/spinach/ricotta bake recipe!

 

today for me is day one.

 

late breakfast: non fat plain yogurt w/ strawberries

 

lunch: turkey breast w/ mustard and sauerkraut

 

snack: carrots

 

dinner: not sure yet, probably just chicken breast and steamed veggies.

 

trying to keep it simple, this is tough for me to think about what i'm eating instead of just stuffing things in. hide.gif

 

i need to pick up a bunch of stuff still, i don't have any green tea. i don't feel hungry just snacky iykwim?

 

post #89 of 135
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5/20 Day three Achieve:

 

Hot water with lemon

2 scrambled eggs

green tea

 

6 oz greek yogurt

1 cup strawberries

 

cottage cheese

carrot ginger soup

 

mustard/herb marinated lamb chops

sauteed spinach with garlic and onion

sliced fresh tomatoes, sprinkled with s/p, topped with basil and drizzled with olive oil

3 glassed red wine

 

exercise: 45 mines on the arc machine

 

 

 


Edited by HollyBearsMom - 5/21/11 at 6:32am
post #90 of 135
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5/21 day four of Achieve:

 

hot water with lemon

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 egg over easy

2 mugs green tea

 

6 oz greek yogurt

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

 

plain grilled chicken

celery sticks

cottage cheese

 

mug of carrot ginger soup

6 grilled shrimp

 

(party food)

shrimp cocktail-i think i ate 12 shrimp in all buy they were small

assorted crudite w/o dip

sliver of veggie lasagna

caeser salad

few bites curry chicken

4 gin and seltzers (easy on the gin)

 

 

exercise: 45 minuted on the arc machine. higher intensity then usual, man did I sweat!

 

 

RECAP:

I have been paying a small fortune for WF carrot ginger soup.  Filling, healthy and a good way to get extra veggies in my diet. I knew it would be easy to make but I just never got my act together, So today I dragged out my crock pot and decided to make a big batch myself. All it is is carrots, onions, ginger, stock, a little oil to saute the onions and S/P. My house smells SO good right now.

 

Going to a b-day party tonight. If its a good one then I won't be finishing this update until tomorrow! winky.gif


Edited by HollyBearsMom - 5/22/11 at 6:37am
post #91 of 135
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Steph- you are doing great!  It is all about the small changes so consider yourself a success.  Be kind to yourself-you have so much going on right now. hug2.gifAlso making note on the matcha green tea! thanks!

 

Altair- have you thought about feeding your family the same way you are eating to save money or they not interested? My family eats what I eat but my son gets a side of rice, potatoes, pasta, etc on the side.  All stuff I have in my pantry and cheap too. My groceries bills have gone up but we don't eat out at all so in the end I I spending less money.

 

Looka- the snack thing was the hardest for me too. Carrots, celery, peppers just don't do it for me.  My husband drank a lot of miso "soup" (a dollop of miso in broth) and I like a mug of carrot/ginger soup.  Fills you up and is comforting. 

post #92 of 135
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5/22 day five of achieve:

 

hot water with lemon

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 egg over easy

coffee with 4 TBS MimicCreme unsweetened coffee creamer (just ok)

 

6 oz greek yogurt

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

green tea

 

grilled chicken breast

carrot ginger soup

green tea

 

oven roasted turkey cutlets

sauteed spinach/onions/mushrooms

sliced tomato salad topped with basil and olive oil

 

exercise: 60 minutes on the running machine

 

RECAP:

 

OK it is crunch time! Big family wedding coming up in a few weeks and I want drop a few more pounds before then.  I did finally try on the 2 dresses I ordered and they both fit! orngbiggrin.gif One is a navy wrap dress with ruffle trim and the other is traditional LBD fit and flare. Now to find shoes....

 

This diet is getting easier and easier and has become second nature. I am still following the diet very closely and am keeping the carbs and fruit earlier in the day. I have been using my kitchen scale for the proteins but after years of dieting I *know* what a protein size is, I just rarely paid attention. While he warns weight loss slows in the cycle I am hoping to keep some momentum by being a stickler and maxing my exercise.

 

Oh and for those you interested non dairy creamers who haven't tried them MimicCreme is an ok product: http://www.mimiccreme.com/creamers.html. This stuff is 10 calories a TBS so pretty reasonable. Being a true cream lover and being very partial to real half/half OK is really high praise for me. Then again it could be desperation talking. I MISS my coffee. 

 


Edited by HollyBearsMom - 5/22/11 at 5:27pm
post #93 of 135
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5/23: day six of achieve

 

hot water with lemon

2 eggs w/ scrambled mushrooms, onions and spinach

2 mugs green tea

 

cottage cheese

fresh pineapple

green tea

 

kimchi salmon

mixed green salad w/ lemon vinagrette

 

1/2 a fresh roll

1 chicken sate

1 large scoop of chicken gra pow w/ half of the egg

1 glass white wine

 

exercise: 50 minutes on the arc machine 

 

Disclaimer: I planned to make thai chicken lettuce wraps tonight.  I took the chicken out of the freezer this am but when I got home tonight it was still partially frozen. I hate defrosting in the micro so in a moment of weakness I agreed to go for dinner at our favorite thai place. It was SO SO good. But so much for being on the straight and narrow! At least I did extra exercise today and I kept my portions in control too. Back on the wagon tomorrow!


Edited by HollyBearsMom - 5/23/11 at 4:39pm
post #94 of 135

Had a hard weekend-- well, a very enjoyable weekend, but hard in terms of dieting.  I cheated, and I gained back 2-3 lbs!  Ugh.  Depressed me and made me cheat again today.  Trying to get back on the wagon, but I really hate this hungry all night feeling. 

 

Hollybearsmom-- I do make the same dinners for all of us, it's more the other things he needs (whole fat yogurt, breakfasts b/c he doesn't like eggs, grassfed full fat dairy for him, etc.)

post #95 of 135
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Had a hard weekend-- well, a very enjoyable weekend, but hard in terms of dieting.  I cheated, and I gained back 2-3 lbs!  Ugh.  Depressed me and made me cheat again today.  Trying to get back on the wagon, but I really hate this hungry all night feeling. 

 


Yup-same here.  Dh was down for the count all weekend with the rotavirusy type thing that the kids had.  So far, I have been spared.  I wasn't prepared with groceries though & that's never a good thing.  Went to Whole Foods tonight & got our normal stuff from there-eggs, egg whites, berries, vegs, & the lunch stuff for the kids.  Tomorrow I need to run to Shoprite for some more chicken. 

 

Challenges I am having...salads are getting boring.  Might have to do more steamed veggies & spices instead.  And I have my Book Club this week (Thurs) which is really just a monthly dinner/wine night.  We DO read the book, but also do full dinner at a different house each month (so no control over the menu), desserts & lots of wine.  I can't count the # of times I went planning on only a glass with dinner & skipping the crazy desserts all the skinny gals bring & opting for the fresh fruit I always bring.  Any unique tips to prevent it for being a major set back!!!????!!!!! 

 

Also-

Talk to me about bone stocks?  Always just used broth so don't know the difference. 

 

HollyBearsMom-What kind of stock did you use in your Carrot Ginger Soup?

 

Altair-Can we get that Spinach/Ricotta/Chicken bake recipe???? 

 

Is there anyone reading this in the Montclair, NJ area who would be my walking buddy???? 

post #96 of 135
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Steph- I made my soup with stock I had made from leftover roast chickens. I simmered the bones with onions, carrots, a whole head of garlic, a lemon, fresh thyme, tarragon, parsley and bay leaves. It was actually a little strong for this soup but I liked it.  I think WF used a veggie broth so theirs is much more carrot-ie.

 

There seems to be a lot of conflicting info on the difference between stock and broth.  My personal understanding from a long ago cooking class series is the following but I tend to use the terms interchangeably much to the chagrin of my culinary friends!

 

  • Broth is made meat and bones so chicken broth would be a whole raw chicken or two, water, herbs and veggies. The end result is strained, meat and bone discarded, It is light in color and the flavor is clean and light.

 

  • Stock (sometimes called bone broth) is made with lots of bones so chicken stock would be leftover bones, water, herbs and veggies. Often the bones and/or veggies are roasted first. The end result after straining  is a dark colored liquid that has a rich and meaty flavor. Often the bones will release lot of gelatin and the stock will congeal as it cools

 

 

I hear you on book club- mine is the exact same. I say go, enjoy yourself and try to keep things in moderation. If you can fit in some xtra exercise that day too!

 

 

post #97 of 135
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5/24 day seven of Achieve:

 

hot water with lemon

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 egg over easy

green tea

 

banana

 

6 oz greek yogurt

1/2 cup strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

 

grilled chicken

mixed green salad

green tea

 

mug of carrot ginger soup

 

(out to dinner for a GNO)

3 glasses of wine

5 shrimp w/ cocktail sauce

grilled asparagus salad- dressing on the side

 

2 vodka cocktail ( my husband was making cocktails when I got home!) drink.gif

 

exercise: 50 minutes on the arc machine

 

RECAP:

It was nice to have a banana today.  Perfect before the gym but I was starving about 15 minutes after I finished it. I barely made it home for lunch I was that hungry. I don't eat fast food but the drive in was looking awfully tempting

 

Oh and I found shoes for both the dress rehearsal and the wedding!  What do you think of them?

 

These I got in kind of a burnished silver to wear with a navy dress: http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi26622&rootCategory=cat70016&catId=cat1040069&sortKey=Default&section=Regular&conceptIdUnderSale=cat70016

these I bought in back to wear with my LBD: http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi26263&rootCategory=cat70016&catId=cat1040069&sortKey=Default&section=Regular&conceptIdUnderSale=cat70016


Edited by HollyBearsMom - 5/25/11 at 8:04am
post #98 of 135
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5/25 day eight of Achieve:

 

hot water w/ lemon

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 egg over easy

green tea

 

6 oz greek yogurt

1 cup strawberries

 

grilled turkey burger

romaine salad with lemon vinaigrette

green tea

 

Brad's raw leafy kale "naked"

 

another grilled turkey burger

garlicky spinach and onions

 

exercise: 60 minutes on the running machine

 

RECAP:

I had a mad craving for a salty/crunchy snack this afternoon as I was carpooling back and forth to school, tutoring, etc.  I stopped in at the new HFS that opened a few months ago and found these: http://www.bradsrawchips.com/collections/all/products/naked-1 Pretty high calories/carbs considering it's kale but there is lots of other stuff on them too. It was just the thing to satisfy me!

 

Between the wine, the thai food and the cocktails this week I am not feeling very confident with my results.  I feel bloated and sluggish.  Gotta get refreshed tomorrow and back on the straight and narrow!


Edited by HollyBearsMom - 5/25/11 at 4:53pm
post #99 of 135
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2 vodka cocktail ( my husband was making cocktails when I got home!) drink.gif

 

exercise: 50 minutes on the arc machine

 

RECAP:

It was nice to have a banana today.  Perfect before the gym but I was starving about 15 minutes after I finished it. I barely made it home for lunch I was that hungry. I don't eat fast food but the drive in was looking awfully tempting

 

Oh and I found shoes for both the dress rehearsal and the wedding!  What do you think of them?

 

These I got in kind of a burnished silver to wear with a navy dress: http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi26622&rootCategory=cat70016&catId=cat1040069&sortKey=Default&section=Regular&conceptIdUnderSale=cat70016

these I bought in back to wear with my LBD: http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi26263&rootCategory=cat70016&catId=cat1040069&sortKey=Default&section=Regular&conceptIdUnderSale=cat70016


lol-last night DH (after a super stressful day for both of us) asked me to make "my diet" margaritas so I did & we each had one.  (I do 1.5 parts simply limeade, 1 part tequila and 1.5 parts seltzer with a tiny splash of Grand Marnier)

 

LOVE both shoes but the burnished silver are AWESOME.  I really dig those.  I think the navy dress was a wrap dress right?  Where did you get it from? 

 

post #100 of 135

I really want to try & keep up with accounting for my daily food.  It's so hard for me to get to it each day...a

 

Day 2 Activate (take 2)

 

2 eggs w/ egg whites added in

broccoli

1/4 cup low fat jack cheese  (i am trying to slowly phase out cheese in my eggs-lifelong habit)

40 oz iced double matcha green tea w/lemon

2 PGX fiber capsules

 

1/2 grapefruit

handful fresh raspberries

 

Lara bar  (big no no but no time for real lunch today)

 

Chicken/Shrimp fajitas-i gave in & had 2 tiny tortillas.  I should have planned better a couple hours ago because I was starving by dinner. 

 

I will have my treat of a sugar free/fat free pudding cup once we get the kids in bed...

 

I didn't get my walk in but tomorrow morning we are walking to DD1s school to help the teachers walk the kids for a library trip & I'll be pushing the double stroller up a huge hill. 

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