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November 14, 2010 / gracelesswonder

New Scale

When I went to Walmart to get a scale, my criteria were pretty basic.

  1. A digital screen
  2. go above 350 lbs
  3. work

Apparently there’s not much in middle of the road kind of scales. There’s the one w/ the dial on it, that bounces back and forth if you breathe, and there’s the high-tech fancy stuff.

So in order to meet my criteria, I ended up w/ a scale that shows not only my weight – but the date and time, can be programmed for 4 users, track your weight loss and calculate how much you have till you reach your goal, track your BMI, your bone density, your hydration level, and I think  it balances the checkbook.

I tried to program all that crap in but when I step on the scale, I can barely remember what all the numbers mean – much less what the number should be. There’s like 3 different screens it goes through!

I’m mainly interested in the weight (duh), the BMI, and I guess the hydration level. I think it said like 22 something. Not sure if that’s good or bad. Sounds like a job for Google.

I’d like to put some sort of graph on here to chart my weightloss. Dorky, I know. I also know that given my technical abilities, it’s probably not going to happen regardless.

Anyway, back to the scale. According to “The Scale” my starting weight is 293.2. (yowza!) Friday’s are going to be my’ official’ weigh in days (to hopefully allow me recovery time from the multitude of sins on the weekend),  although I’m sure I’ll have a couple progress checks throughout the week. Going to try and limit those – stepping on the scale every day is the road to madness!

Plans for today? Um, try not to eat every cheese covered thing in sight. Starting off w/ some coffee (see! no cheese!) I guess we’ll see from there!

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November 14, 2010 / gracelesswonder

Meal Tracker 11/13/2010

Yikes. Not much in the way of good choices here!

Breakfast

  • coffee

Lunch

  • Firehouse Subs steak and cheese w/ mushrooms, peppers, onions, and mayo
  • baked lays (ok, a small postitive choice)

Dinner (here’s where we go from bad to worse)

  • Pollo Con Chorizo (aka Death by Cheese and Sausage Smothered Chicken)
  • beans and rice
  • tortilla chips
  • white salsa (I”m sure it’s mayo based)
  • 1/2 pitcher margaritas

Snacks

  • very small piece of some choc cherry cake in the breakroom. Maybe 1/2 inch by 2 inch?
  • a few pieces of Halloween candy (like 4, maybe?)

Thoughts on the Day

  • should’ve gone for some sort of lean meat/no cheese sandwich at Firehouse. I was hungry, and my brain just left the vicinity.
  • Mexican is a major weakness. Got to be a once in a while type of deal. Once in a loooong while.
November 14, 2010 / gracelesswonder

Meal Tracker 11/12/10

Breakfast

  • light eng muffin w/ light laughing cow cheese
  • 2 pkg instant grits
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Lunch

  • Potluck
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Dinner

  • 3 mini turkey sandwiches w/ light mayo
  • lays potato chips
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Snacks

  • large four tortilla w/ 2 slices cheese and sour cream
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Thoughts on the day

  • Splurged a little on the potluck, but feel ok about it. Didn’t go overboard on the dessert.
  • Need to drink more water!
  • The cheese quesadilla was a pretty bad idea – would’ve been better if I had LF cheese and LF sour cream. Didn’t eat that much for dinner.
November 12, 2010 / gracelesswonder

Potluck

As is usually the case when I start a diet, some sort of feast usually follows within the week. 

This week didn’t disappoint. Today we had our Thanksgiving Potluck at work. Of course, there was a TON of food – all of it cheesy and creamy and deliciously bad for you.

So this was my plan. I ate a filling breakfast – instant grits and an english muffin w/ laughing cow cheese. surprisingly, instant grits are pretty good and have pretty good stats. Each pkg has 100 cal and 1.5 grams of fat. 

I also wore really tight jeans, so I wouldn’t have room to eat too much.

Whatever works, right?

I didn’t go nuts on stuff – I ate a little bit of the things I wanted. I didn’t go back for seconds. For dessert I had a piece of the peanut butter pie I made (because it’s freakin good!) and small (1″ square) piece of a mint choc brownie and oreo brownie. I don’t feel like I went overboard. I’m taking home some turkey breast for sandwiches later. Maybe that will be dinner.

I know this weekend will be a challenge, but I’m up for it. 🙂

November 12, 2010 / gracelesswonder

What I ate today 11/11/2010

Breakfast

  • 2 pkgs instant grits
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Lunch

  • sandwich (deli flat, thin sliced deli chicken, laughing cow cheese)
  • lentil soup
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Snacks

  • nutri grain bar
  • yogurt

Dinner

  • chicken quesadilla w/ sour cream
  • a few bites of spaghetti
  • 

thoughts on the day

  • everything was going well until I got home. Found out the hubby wouldn’t get off work till late, and I was already hungry. Ended up eating leftover quesadilla w/ sour cream.
  • on the upside, I wasn’t really hungry by the time hubby got home, so I only ate a bite or two of spaghetti.

Need to work on healthy snacking!

November 11, 2010 / gracelesswonder

little accomplishments

Feeling pretty accomplished so far… yesterday I went to the groc store and got some healthy grub. Light english muffins, laughing cow cheese, soups, etc. While the quesadilla’s weren’t so healthy, I did drink water w/ my meal and I didn’t clean my plate. Do need to work on the portion sizes, though. 😦

The big accomplishment? I premade the spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight. So when I get home I can just plop in back in the crock pot and warm it up…. and I used ground turkey and turkey sausage. I’ve got some whole wheat pasta to go w/ it, and salad w/ light balsamic vinaigrette.

I’ve also got to work my part time jig tonight, so I won’t have time to munch when I get home.

During the week isn’t so bad… if it’s just me and I have limited time, I can usually make decent choices. The weekend’s, however….. now that’s a sad, sad story.

It’s all my husband’s fault! 😀

It’s not…. but it is. Not his directly, but it’s a comfort thing. We’re happy, we’re comfortable…. and eating makes us happy and comfortable. So we eat – and generally the wrong thing. I’ll make a big breakfast, we’ll laze around….. and that’s about it. Then we’ll go out to dinner and make less than healthy choices while we’re out.

I’m not going to get bent out of shape over that right now. Back on WW, I would obsess over where we’re going, and how many points it was, and if I ate this then I couldn’t eat that. It was so exhausting… and that’s why I think I failed at it.

So nope, I’m going to try to make smart choices through the rest of the week. I’m going to try to make smarter choices this weekend. I’m going to deal w/ each meal as it comes, and each day as it comes.

Today’s going well so far. I avoided coffee cake at a breakfast meeting, and I’m eating a healthy and filling lunch. Dinner is made, and I’m buying a scale today.

<insert Jaws music>

Yes, the scale. Satan’s favorite tool. He keeps it next to the pitchfork. Our old one died, and I think I was a little relieved to not be able to weigh in. Which inevitably turned into permission to eat whatever I wanted.

So I’m getting the scale today during my lunch hour. I need to be accountable, and I need to track my progress.

There will be progress? Right?

November 11, 2010 / gracelesswonder

What I Ate 11/10/10

Day one… off to a good start!

Breakfast

  • English muffin w/ Promise light butter
  • Light n’ Fit Yogurt

Lunch

  • deli chicken breast on deli-flats bread w/ light laughing cow cheese
  • sunchips

Snacks

  • Kind Cranberry-Almond bar
  • 1/2 slice of Choc Ice Cream cake (yay me for getting 1/2 slice!)
  • large apple
  • nutri-grain bar

Dinner

  • Chicken Quesidilla w/ low fat mexican cheese and salsa
  • yellow rice

Thoughts on the day:

  • Proud I only ate 1/2 slice of the choc ice cream cake.
  • Proud I didn’t snack when I got home
  • Overserved myself on the rice and quesidilla’s.
  • Proud I didn’t clean my plate!