Monday, January 31, 2011

Weigh in Day

OK so my goal of losing 12.5 lbs this week did not happen..
but I am happy to report that the nasty, slimy, ikky 2 lbs I gained last week have left the premises.

So I guess I can feel pretty good about the original 6 being a solid, real loss now, not just water loss.

I have to say I can-not believe I am still doing this and going strong.  Granted the weight is not "melting" off me like I would like, but I am getting to the goal regardless.   

I have way more energy than ever and I feel stronger and happier than I have in years.  So I'm keep on keepin on.. And the Gym was fantastic today,  I have added weights and the circut to my work out and it makes me feel so good!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

To much celebrating does not do the body good

So with all the excitement that yesterday brought, mixed with hanging out with my girlfriends celebrating the lovely Angela's birthday.. I may have had 3 to 26  glasses too many of red wine. 

This was my first official "Off-day/night" since starting... Not intentional either I might add.. I was only planning on having a couple of glasses..not bottles..
Anywho, I had been going strong for 20 days.. and with the lurking 21 day habit breaker just hours away it was bound to happen.  I mean if I made it to 21 days I may have just changed for good.. lol.. wait a second.... DAMN IT.  OK.. starting fresh...  Tomorrow is a new day...

The worst part about drinking too much for me is the following day.  All I wanted was potato for breakfast and Coke Zero.  I think I drank well over a liter of the stuff today..
The only water I got down was the gulp I took with Tylenol this morning.. Mamma Mia I am not smart sometimes!  Dinner was the first meal I was able to put down with out the spins.. 

Oh Aly why oh why do you do this to yourself.. So fun at the time.. so not fun after.

The moral to today's story is... I am SO not looking forward to getting on the scale tomorrow morning..

BTW loved all the ideas about how to lose 50 in 30.. I will be reviewing all submissions and suggestions over the next couple of days.. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011


TOTALLY Freaking out.. Looks like my business may be taking me to the Oscars.... I have been invited to be part of the Baby Tent for celebrity Moms before the Academy Awards.. I would need to be at this event.
This body - MY BODY would need to be at this event.. photographed with celebrities..STICK THIN celebrities who just gave birth days ago..

OMG OMG OMG I have to lose 50 lbs by Feb 26.. HELP.. Please, if you have any "get it off" quick tips now is the time to share.. Seriously besides vomiting I am pretty open to suggestions.. anyone have some "magic" pills hanging around?? 

I am officially off anything that resembles, smells, looks like a carb, fat or, shit has a calorie in it.. Look out celery sticks and lemon water here I come.. I should be able to sustain myself on that for a month.. right?  What about Subway, how long did it take Jarod to lose his flab eating subway?...

Idea of the day: I need to join a 24 hr gym and start spending 8 hrs a night there..

Let the comments fly.. .please remember anything that resembles "a lose it slow and steady" comment will be deleted..

Friday, January 28, 2011

18 days and still going

Today is day 18,  I think I heard somewhere once upon a time, that it takes 21 days to form new habits. I would believe that, today feels easier, like eating healthy and exercising are just part of who I am and what I do.  The obsessions have stopped, the cravings have curbed and I find I now crave things like hummus and carrots, snap peas, oranges, raspberries.. The things my body wants.. my brain now wants to.
Which I have to say is kind of cool.

Is it possible I am being re-programmed to love the food my body wants and needs? 

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Favourite lunch

Today I am having my favourite lunch with a twist. 
I take 2 hard boiled eggs, one with yolk one with out,  celery, green onion, 1 tbsp of half fat mayo, salt and pepper mashed together and accompanied on Suzie's whole grain flat bread crackers.  I do it up in a bowl and then top the crackers with it.  I LOVE IT.  It's like having an egg salad sandwich without the bread and more satisfying because of the crunch.

Last night after posting my blog, I went to make my chicken strips and my luck continued... wouldn't you know my oven door wouldn't open, that's right..stuck shut couldn't pry it open if my life depended on it...AWESOME... I now have raw chicken dipped in egg and covered in bread crumbs ready to go and no oven...

After having a little out loud scream of frustration (which scared my kids upstairs) I composed myself and called my kind neighbour/friend and went and baked my chicken in their oven.
When I returned home I dug through my freezer looking for anything that resembled french fries that I could make in a frying pan.. (The making from scratch thing went out the door along with the oven door) I came across some breakfast potato patties,  great.. heat up a little olive oil in a non stick pan....

Well after receiving an email that said my account was back up running I went to the computer and forgot about the oil in the pan until the house was covered in smoke.. EXCELLENT.   I proceeded to burn the patties to a crisp and almost forgot about the chicken strips at the neighbours.. 

"Dinner is served" The kids were SO Impressed by the smoke filled house and lack of potato on their plates..  note the sarcasm

The chicken strips turned out excellent (yahh!!) and even though they were accompanied by carrots and snap peas the kids seemed pretty happy with dinner.  That and I promised to make up for the french fries disappointment by making homemade frozen yogurt.  (I make with low fat yogurt and frozen berries nothing else and it is delicious).  It was a huge hit and I even think the kids forgave my scream.  

When my husband walked in the door my face was covered in streaming tears, not because of the day (which is shocking) but instead because I was watching American Idol and one of the stories brought me to sob like a teenager with a heart break.  Geesh.. what is wrong with me!  He then put me and the kids to bed and the day was over. Thank God.

So today I am having my favourite lunch, and damn does it taste good and the best part, it's on my diet.  Things are looking up.   My site is still having issues but it is running and I have access to my email.. Thanks for all the support!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Short and Sweet

Today is a day like no other.. today I have not had a chance to even worry about eating too much let alone enough, and don't even ask me about drinking my water. 

To give you a quick run down as to why today is so stressful....I run my own business and someone has hacked it and is playing with my mind... I am so frustrated I could scream.. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.. They sent so much spam from my account it overloaded one of the biggest servers in Canada.. AWESOME.  My name is now associated with spam. Great.  And now I can't get my account back.. What's even better is I just did a coupon promo.. Fanfreakintastic..

So here I am tired, frustrated and hungry.. Look out kids Mommy is about to cry or scream into a pillow (so the neighbours don't think I am yelling at the kids....again)

The kids asked for chicken and french fries.. so I am going to make homemade chicken strips with egg & bread crumbs baked and homemade baked french fries and side salad.   Just need motivation to get away from this computer to get started...

Oh and last night I finally dusted off the ol'wii and did a work out.. the kids thought it was hilarious and I have to say.. it kinda kicked my butt ... in the can't sit down to pee without feeling it kind of way.

Until tomorrow my friends.. have a good night!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Inch by Inch...

Well I have to say that I am happy again.. despite the ridiculous 2 lb gain..

I had decided at the beginning of this journey that I would only do measurements every other week.. Almost as though I knew that the weight loss would be up and down weekly..
Remember I have had an extensive background with this particular body and what it does when dieting..

I have done weight watchers a number of times and I do recall the weeks I tried the hardest often didn't show on the scale until the following week.
I also had a good friend remind me that week 2 on the biggest loser TV show is always the hardest for the competitors.  So I am expecting phenomenal results next Monday ...
Oh Aly how you set yourself up....

Anyway... I measured myself last night and although I wasn't super thrilled when I started the measuring.. I mean an inch here, half an inch there.. but when I added it all up, in total over the past 2 weeks I have lost 12.1 inches off my body.  My chest, arms and thighs saw the biggest change. Although shockingly my neck lost an inch..
For those interested,  I measure my neck, chest, waist, butt, thigh, calf, upper arm and forearm.

Things that are 12 inches that I may have lost in the past 14 days:
12" Frying pan

12" KW Doll

12" Notebook

12" knife inside Elsie the Golden Retriever

I know that my weight gain could be contributed to salt, building muscle, even from drinking too much water before getting on the scale.  Regardless I am happy with the 12 inches that have left the premises.. and at the end of the day I have more energy, I am happier and I am committed to doing this, and if at the end of the 10 weeks there are no other changes, at least I am 4 lbs lighter and 12 inches smaller and for that I am thankful.  I mean lets be honest had I not done this I would have gained or maintained so at least I am still better off for trying.

Monday, January 24, 2011


I have had a thousand and one ideas as to how it happened but for the first time ever I can say it wasn't for lack of trying.

If you have been reading my posts you probably already know that my body is changing, clothes are fitting better, and I had a monumental weigh in last week.  I'll be honest, I was expecting the same thing this week, in fact I worked out way more this week than the week before, which is one of my theories as to why the below happened...but no excuses.. just facts... 

What actually happened today, somewhat broke my spirit... momentarily.  Madam Bitch (the scale) slapped  me up across the face and then proceeded to kicked me in the gut. I GAINED 2 LBS this week..WTF is that all about!  I almost walked out of the gym, convinced that it doesn't matter what I do I am destined to be this weight for the rest of my life.
But then I thought about how I committed to myself to give this a proper go for 10 weeks and according to my fingermatics I still have 8 weeks to go (minimum).   So what I did instead is put on my runners and did 20 minutes on the elliptical, and 60 minutes on the treadmill.  According to the machines I burned 643 calories.. I am more determined than ever to burn this ass off me.  I did not do weights today in fear of gaining more weight...I know I will get flack for thinking about the number not the inches etc.. but I really want to lose 20-30 lbs before I stop caring about the number so much.  I was SOAKING with sweat by the end of the work out with bright red cheeks to pick the kids up with...

that's not rain wet hair.. it's sweat.. and nope.. I'm not wearing blush..

After picking the kids up I went to Costco and bought our groceries for the coming weeks and although there was temptation we ended up with a whole lot of fruits, veggies, lean protein and whole wheat items.   I can do this and I have to allow my body to adjust to this..but fuck I wish the scale wasn't so bitchy this morning and had instead told me I lost 5 lbs.. Oh well...

Today I am doing measurements and will post those either later today or tomorrow.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What was old is new again

I almost cried last night. 

There I was standing in my closet facing my old favourite pair of jeans.  I think most women have "that" pair.. the pair you paid too much money for and somewhere between maternity jeans and giving in to buying a bigger size they made it to the back of the closet, somehow always eluding the donation bin with each purge in hopes they would once again fit.

Mine are a pair of Seven jeans that I bought after my daughter was born but before I found out I was pregnant with my son.  They were my favourite, going out, make my butt look great jeans. 

I have often over the past 4 years tried them on and then when not being able to get them up over my thighs immediately removed them in disgust and slumped into a deep depression proceeded by chocolate covered anythings...

Back to last night.. standing in my closet eyeing up my Seven jeans and having the thought of... if they don't fit I will be crushed.. but if they do.. My Ass will look fantastic tonight..

I eased them up closing my eyes in case the sausage casing effect reflected poorly in the mirror... there was no stopping at the lower thigh, not at the mid thigh and they didn't even stop at my booty.  They just went up. No laying down required to zip them up either. MY FAVOURITE JEANS FIT!!!

Now I am not saying that I didn't get a muffin top, and that they were super comfortable after cheese, wine and a liter of water at the end of the evening.. but I wore them with pride and I felt fanfreakintastic.

As for my romantic night out with my hubby we had a great time, we went to Raw Canvas in Yaletown.  Super cool place, for dinner we had tasting platters that consist of 3 cheeses and/or meats and 3 sides, onions, almonds, spreads, etc.. accompanied with baguette.   I chose 3 AWESOME cheeses, almonds, cranberry sage spread and these delicious onions... and had 2 excellent glasses of wine.    After we ate we went to the Painting Pit.  You purchase a canvas from them and they supply all the paints, and set you up to make art.  It was SO FUN!!!  We got to hang out, be goofy, creative and not make food our focus.  We had an excellent time at Raw Canvas and are really happy we went there.  If your looking for something different and fun, I highly recommend it.

Today was back to the gym and hitting the water. 

Here is my meal planner for this week:  Things do change day by day, but this is the plan:
Weekly Meal Planner
Jan 24 - 28 2011
BreakfastSnack 1LunchSnack 2DinnerSnack 3
MondayLow Fat YogurtOrange, carrot sticks with hummous2 hard boiled eggs, one with yolk one with out, 1 tbs half fat mayo, celery stalk, green onion, tomato, 6 whole wheat crackers, turkey pepperoni & low fat cheese100 cal Thinsation package of something, apple & lite peanut butter Chicken breast (bl sl), New potatoes, broccoli steamed, side salad100 cal microwave popcorn, orange  Aprox daily calorie total: 1230
Tuesday2 slices Turkey Bacon, 2 eggs, sliced tomatocelery & carrot sticks with hummousChicken Ceasar salad (Low fat dressing), OrangeApple with Light Peanut ButterSalmon, Asparagus, Rice, green beans, red pepperOrange,  Thinsations 100 cal bag of something - Aprox daily calorie total: 1245
WednesdayOld fashioned plain Oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries, low fat yogurtOrange2 Turkey pepperoni sticks, 1 hard boiled egg, celery sticks, carrot sticks, tomato, cucumber, 6 whole wheat crackers, apple100 cal Thinsation package of something, homemade baked chicken strips, home made yam & potato french fries (baked)low fat yogurt with frozen berries, Aprox daily calories: 1150
ThursdayLow Fat Yogurt with 1/2 cup granolacelery, carrots, cucumber, tomato slices with hummousSoup, grilled cheese sandwhichOrangeWhole wheat burrito's with lean ground turkey, lettuce, tomato, salsa, fat free sour cream, low fat cheese (1 wrap & second as a salad only)100 cal microwave popcorn, orange Aprox Daily calorie intake: 1250
FridayLow Fat Yogurt with   granolaOrange, carrot sticks with hummous2 hard boiled eggs, one with yolk one with out, 1 tbs half fat mayo, celery stalk, green onion, tomato, on a whole wheat tortilla wrapApple with Light Peanut ButterChicken & rice with mushroom soup casserole, side saladOrange,  Thinsations 100 cal bag of something Aprox daily calorie intake: 1340