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Weight Loss Update

Well, things in the weight loss department have been pretty slow going for the past couple weeks. I’m down to 137.4. I started to take weekly body measurements to get a different sense of achievement and note progress in another way than just looking at the scale.

My exercise has been consistent:

Monday: 15 minutes cardio warm-up, 1 hour weight lifting
Tuesday: 90 minutes bikram yoga
Wednesday: 45 minutes cardio (morning), 90 minutes bikram yoga (night)
Thursday: 1 hour weight lifting or 1 hour cardio
Friday: 30 minutes cardio (lunchtime)
Saturday: 60 minutes cardio or 60 minutes weight lifting
Sunday: 90 minutes bikram yoga

I think the trick now is to switch up my workout routine, particularly going harder during cardio and weightlifting sessions, and dial down on my eating, particularly starchy carbs later in the day. Stay tuned.

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Desserts on a Diet

I’ve never really had a sweet tooth (I’m more of a fried food fiend, a firm believer that french fries should be included on a dessert menu). That said, sometimes the female urge hits to ingest some CHOCOLATE. During my diet of the last few months, these have been my defaults:

Healthy Choice Fudge Bars (80 calories, 2g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugar, 3g protein)

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds (pretty dense so I limit myself to 3-4)

So Delicious Mini Neopolitan Soy Ice Cream Sandwiches (80 calories, 2g fat, 18g carbs, 2g fiber, 8g sugar, 2g protein)

kitty-loves-chocolate

My Health Progress

Calorie Counter

I’ve been very good with working out. Here is my schedule:

  • Monday – 1 hr lifting class
  • Tuesday – 45min morning cardio (bike/elliptical)
  • Wednesday – 30min morning cardio and 30min evening cardio
  • Thursday – 1 hr lifting class
  • Friday – 30min mid-day cardio and 15min lifting
  • Saturday – 1 hr cardio/lifting class
  • Sunday – rest day

Also, I have cut out almost all alcohol (my biggest downfall) and almost all carbs. I’ve also cut down on calories significantly.

My New Obsession – myfitnesspal.com!

Sorry mimosa brunch at Circa; you've been vetoed.

Sorry mimosa brunch at Circa; you've been vetoed.

Since last weekend’s french toast/shabu shabu/pizza/beer chugging bingefest, I have begun a strict low calorie intake and high exercise regimen. No, this is not a week-long endeavor to recoup from a hangover. My goal is to loose 15lbs and it will take as long as it needs to take.

I’ve never tried to loose weight before.

To track my calories and exercise, I’ve signed up for the free resource myfitnesspal.com. After 3 days, I can report it’s pretty awesome. My Fitness Pal lets me catalogue each food I eat, save common meals I find myself eating often, save my favorite exercise activities, and counts down the suggested calories to help me meet my goals. It even reminds me to drink water. Thanks buddy!

What I’ve found most impressive about MFP v. Other “Diet” Websites is that EVERY food, EVERY brand, EVERY combination is somehow already in their database. They have like 25 brands of store-bought rotisserie chicken. 8 kinds of frozen sugar snap peas. On Tuesday, I had a 6″ turkey sub on wheat with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles from Subway. (note: I do not eat Subway. This was my 4th visit to Subway in my life. Sorry Jared.) Came back to my comp to plug in my calories and found the EXACT sandwich combination that I’d consumed was already listed when I search for it.

280 calories, 5g fat – if you were wondering.