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Weigh-In!

So… good news for me! According to my home scale, I weigh 136 lbs. It’s still a good 15-20 lbs above where I’d like to be, ideally, but it’s also 10 lbs less than what the doctor weighed me in at.

Possible reason: Before I went to the doctor, I was drinking lots of non diet soda… probably 2-3 per day. After I went to the doctor, I tried to drink more water and switch as much as possible to diet sodas. It’s been a few months since then. Could a switch that minor have had that big an effect? I have no idea. It’s also possible that the scales are calibrated differently, but a friend of mine who I see rarely told me that she thought I’d lost some weight since then.

Food for thought! Well, not literally. 🙂

Ok, time for a bit of exercise. What to do?

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Categories: General Musings, Weigh In

5/7/2010

Breakfast: 1/2 Donut (120 cal). Not my proudest moment, but the donut was free and normally I skip breakfast entirely, which also isn’t good.

Lunch: My coworker and I were going to go to Red Robin (which we do from time to time) but at the last minute changed our minds and went somewhere else. Still, I looked up some of my typical meals there and discovered that  the Bruchetta Chicken Burger  is 832 cal and the fries are 434 cal! Geez. (Still better than the garlic Parmesan fries that come with it, which are more like 600 cal alone!) If I get a fruit or veggie side, or get a side salad, it helps a lot. (Side salad with balsamic vinagarette dressing: 177 cal). The turkey burger is a bit better too, more like 600 cal, so next time I go I may get that instead.

But what I actually ate for Lunch: a turkey reuben with a pickle, baked lays, and a diet coke. Whole thing was about 850 cal in all.

Dessert: 3 pieces of mini candy which likely add up to about 120 cal in all. Frankly, this is much more satisfying for me than half a donut. I don’t really even like donuts, except classic chocolate (which the one this morning wasn’t, it was an apple spice). Still questioning why I ate it.

Dinner: SUSHI! NOMMMM. I had a roll with crab, avacado, and probably a little mayo, and a roll with avacado, crab, and shrimp tempura. Looking at calorie counter sites, I’m estimating that the whole thing was probably about 900 cal. Eek. And here I thought sushi was good for you! It’s mostly the mayo and the tempura that’s doing me in here, because an avocado roll alone is only 140 cal.

Exercise: Mild

Total cal intake: 1990 cal. Amazing how it all adds up. :-/

Overall thoughts.  My guess is that the weight gain came generally from 1) non-diet sodas which I consumed pretty regularly until about a month ago, and 2) my newfound love of fries, which we can see from the Red Robin analysis are pretty awful for you. From now on, fries are a treat, not a default. Also, I need to start eating out less.

Tomorrow I’m going to weigh myself. Who knows, perhaps I lost a little weight since my doctor weighed me over a month or two ago. That would be nice…

5/6/2010 and Introduction

Lunch: Grilled Turkey Sandwich w/ cheddar cheese, honey mustard & tomato (350 cal), chips (250 cal), pickle, half a large slice of cake (250 cal), diet soda

Dinner: Panera French Onion Soup (200 cal), few bites of Turkey Artichoke Panini (normally 570 cal but since I only ate a few bites let’s say 150 cal), diet soda, 1 cup vanilla soft serve ice cream (280 cal) w/ chocolate chips (200 cal)

Exercise: none

My estimated caloric intake today is approx 1680 cal… not over 2000, but I’m a small gal and there’s still almost nothing nutritionally beneficial in my diet. Not the best. I’m sad to say that this day is pretty typical for me when it comes to both exercise and eating habits. That’s why I’m starting this blog… to help hold myself accountable and start eating right and exercising.

A little about me: I’m a woman in my mid to late 20’s, who loves media of pretty much all kinds and dislikes almost every kind of exercise. I love what I do for a job but have been going through a significant amount of stress lately. As a result of some of that stress and some poor habits, I’ve put on about 25-30 lbs in a short amount of time (making me officially overweight for the first time in my life).

I’m determined to take control of my life… not only to lose the weight that I’ve gained, but to reduce stress and start living a healthier lifestyle with healthier habits. This blog is the start of that.

Some days I may just post the day’s food/exercise summary, others I may write a bit more. Only time will tell what this blog turns in to, but hopefully it will be a useful tool in my journey to become healthy.