Monday, March 18, 2013

Weigh-in March 18: On the way down

I ended up with a creative solution to deal with my DietBet weigh-in outfit. I always weigh in without clothes, so I weighed in first as usual, and then did a weight-only (no body fat percentage) weigh-in holding the pile of clothes.  Sorry in advance if that paints a disturbing picture.  I got back in my pajamas afterward -- I just didn't see the point of putting on a whole additional outfit and taking it off again. I left the clothes near the scale so I can do this when I check in.

This time the difference was only one pound -- odd.  I was 182 without clothes, and 183 with. Must be a rounding issue, since my scale weighs to the nearest 0.2 pounds. I was glad to see my weight back where I expected it to be, even after another junky, salty family party.  There wasn't much safe to eat -- not even a veggie tray.  I think I could lose a lot more weight permanently if I moved far enough away that it was impractical to visit every week, but I would miss them.  Even better would be to get to a point that I wasn't overeating whenever I was around them. Something to work on.

I'm at 24% of my weight goal for the DietBet, but this first 1.8 was the easy stuff, and now I'm going to have to work for the 5.6 pounds I have left to lose in the next 27 days. I think I'm finally really getting better from this horrible cold/sinusitis thing, so I will be able to exercise more.  I have a bunch of classes to use up from a package I purchased this winter, so I scheduled them all to mix things up a bit.  We have good meals planned for the week.  My husband is as excited as I am to go to NYC to meet Hannah and Olivia, so he will definitely do what he can to help me.

It's amazing to look at the graphs from Fat Watch that show that I am making real, consistent progress toward my goals. I haven't made any drastic changes, just consistent tweaks.  According to Fat Watch, in the past month I have been losing 0.23 pounds a week, but 0.39 pounds of fat.  Not bad for what really feels like minor changes.

Daily checklist for yesterday:

  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: 40 minute walk. Was thinking about trying to swim, but I still didn't feel up to it. 
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was over budget by 396.  
  • Take my supplements: Yes.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Some soggy salad at the party, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach later.  Fresh pineapple and berries for fruit.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: About 25.


  1. It did not paint a disturbing picture, it made me laugh.

    Can you take your own food, or food to share, to family gatherings and then only eat what you bring? Because that really does seem to be what you need to do, if you see them regularly.

    1. Glad it made you laugh -- that was the intention.

      My family and food is a topic that probably deserves its own post -- I do have to figure something out. Eating is such a part of what we do together. My sisters go crazy about the junk my parents give their kids, and I always have regrets about how much I eat there. It's a real problem. But everyone is also very sensitive to any feeling of being criticized. It's not a situation that is easily solvable, and it's made worse by my own complicated feelings.

  2. So, you have major allies in this process, it is not just you. Can you all collectively bring the food, I think you can. You do not have to change what your parents do. I can absolutely see your sisters saying to their kids that they are only allowed to eat what mommy or aunts bring. Kids are in situations all the time where they have to make choices, good lesson. And then you and sisters and their husbands need to only eat the same things. Again, not trying to change parents.

  3. It is super important that kids do not get family/holidays/love associated with poor choice food, super important.

  4. Seared Scottish Salmon
    cauliflower cous cous, almonds, caponata, smoked tomato emulsion

    I had the above while in charleston at High Cotton.

    Cauliflower is on my can eat list. So are almonds.

    I do not think there was any grain cous cous in it.

    I think the tomato was on the plate, not mixed and tomato is on my no list.

    Looking for a recipe that I can adapt for this type of taste. Ideas?

  5. The caponata might have been on top the salmon and I don't really even know that word.

  6. Didn't quite catch what Jillian said about the little romance at the ________, in the beginning of finale, watching in real time.

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  8. Whoops, just realized you might not be watching in real time


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07