Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A New Scale

Happy hump-day! Did you watch The Biggest Loser last night? Let me just say that I cry whenever I see O'Neal and Sunshine interact. I have no idea what they are like in real life but the way he always thinks of his daughter first really gets to me every episode. If you've been following my journey for any length of time you know why. Last night was a real killer when he won the car for her. It was a three Kleenex moment for me. Moving on before I well up again.

Lisa and I had a great workout this morning, without the distraction of the mutant B.O., thank goodness. The B workouts since Stage 2 have included 15 minutes of high intensity interval training at the end. Today we blew the roof off the gym and did running sprints instead of the usual elliptical. Not that the elliptical isn't tough when you're going balls out but cranking that treadmill up to 6.0 (that's a record high for me) and running as fast as my little legs would take me for a full minute was something else entirely. Very pleased to say the least.

In other news, I hopped on the scale. I managed to avoid it for two whole weeks, the longest stretch since I first posted my weight on this blog 100 pounds ago. I'm not surprised that I haven't lost anything nor am I surprised that I'm up a pound. I've become so in touch with my body that I know exactly when I'm losing/gaining/maintaining. This is a good thing, something I've been striving for during this journey but I feel like I'm spinning my wheels at the moment. Weight loss has not been my main focus rather it's been a lovely side effect of all the small changes I've made toward healthy living. But now that I know what to do and am doing it 90-95% of the time (odd snacking and occasional weekend wine drinking not withstanding) and my workouts are going well, I admit that I'm getting impatient with myself concerning weight loss.

So I bought a food scale. I've been counting calories on Spark pretty regularly since the beginning of the year but measuring cups and eyeballing isn't an exact science so I thought perhaps weighing my food will be give me a more accurate calorie count. I don't want to obsess about everything that passes my lips, but by the same token I really want to get this last 20/30 pounds off. I'm going to make sure I carefully weigh anything that's easy for me to go overboard on like my snacks, nuts/nut butters, cheese, meat portions and things that are carby like oatmeal, bananas and cereal. But I'm not too worried about fruits and veggies other than making sure I get all my servings. What will come of it? Who knows but it's worth a try. I really would like to see 175 by May 1st and then 3-5 pounds a month there after until I reach my goal.

Rob has gone on a work trip to Louisiana so I'm on my own for the next 48 or so hours. I've got my Broadway Musical channel on Pandora blasting out of the speakers and I'm about to set off to clean the house. I have a couple of great recipes to share, so I'll be back with those soon and I'm going on a very exciting field trip on Friday so watch this space for news and photos about that.


  1. i like that you see the weight loss as a "lovely side effect".

  2. I love to weigh my food. I know it sounds dorky, but it's good to weigh as you know what a real portion is. If I stop weighing things, my eyeball portions start to creep up, and before you know it - I have eaten an extra couple hundred calories that I did *not* realize I had. Do that every day and you don't lose weight. Story of my life LOL!

    Keeping tabs won't likely make you obsess, but just give you an extra awareness.

  3. This is a little off your topic but so exciting to me I wanted to share: I have been drinking a packet of Go Greens everyday in my water and it has really helped my cravings at my desk job. It has lots of antioxidants and is lightly sweetened with Stevia. If you are looking for another healthy alternative to drink and get a veggie supplement, try this.
    Good job with the workouts!

  4. I juice my veggies every day but the Go Greens sounds like a convenient way to get a little bit of extra antioxidants when you're on the go. If it works on your cravings GOOD FOR YOU! Thanks for sharing, Julie. Yay for Stevia being used more widely these days.

  5. i've never really watched BL until this season - it always depressed more than encouraged me. but i'm LOVING it this time around. now that all the people who made me INSANE are gone, i'm really cheering for everyone. And I just cried and cried when O'Neal won that car and his FIRST words were 'it's for you, baby'. oh man.