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septbride2002
11-04-2003, 11:01 PM
I will officially start this tomorrow. Here was today's menu:

B: 2 Eggs, Sausage and Cheese muffins
L: Taco Salad - no shell and no dressing. Diet Coke
S: Cheese Cubes
S: 2 Cream Savers - 9 carbs
D: 8 Chicken Wings with Medium Hot Sauce ( 2 to 3 carbs)
Diet Coke
3 Potatoe things - not sure on carbs

No exercise today - maybe tomorrow.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-05-2003, 05:28 PM
Feeling pretty good today. Had eggs and sausage for breakfast, a big leafy salad with chicken from Chevys, I did eat one little chip, and sucked on a Jolly Rancher but otherwise I was very low on carbs. Tonight for dinner I am thinking a big bowl of veggie soup and one piece of toast with ham and cheese on it. For a snack I'll eat cheese cubes tonight.

To much diet soda during the day so I need to drink lots of water this evening. And I need to take my vitamin still.

Feeling great - feeling like I have lost some water weight which is always good.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-06-2003, 05:38 PM
Not sure what to do today. I am way over on carbs. Was stressed out over a problem with SIL last night and barely got any sleep. Woke up this morning with a start of a migraine headache. Took some asprin and went back to bed for 2 hours. Woke up feeling good enough to go into work until the end of the day.

B: 1 piece of toast, coffee with flavored cream - 20 grams (not a good start to the day:guilty:

L: Tuna Salad - 1 carb for mayo

S: Grapes :worried: , and one Nestle Treasure :faint:

D: was suppose to be nacho chicken casserole because for some reason I was thinking that cream of chicken soup wouldn't have any carbs in it. Guess what! WRONG! 10 grams per serving. Not I don't know what to do. And I don't have any sour cream here to help make a mixture and I don't really want to run back out to the store.:blush:

Down 4 lbs at the moment and could gain it all back because of today.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-07-2003, 11:15 PM
For the most part I did well today.
B: Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese
S: Diet Coke
L: Big Salad with Salami, cheese, and dressing.
S: Nibble on a Chocolate Cookie
D: Chicken Breast and a big salad with artichoke hearts, cheese and dressing.

And then the ice cream craving kicked in. And I gave in to it. Eating half a blizzard from Dairy Queen. I'm sure my body is just singing from the carbs.

Plan for tomorrow:
Take back the cable box
Work out to burn some calories from the Ice Cream

B: Ham and Cheese open face sandwich
L: Veggie Soup
D: Pork Tenderloin, Salad, and Greenbeans

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-11-2003, 07:13 PM
I did pretty good today. So good that I think I might make it through tomorrow without cheating. In which case I'll give myself a clippie. :)

B: Was just some cubes of cheese. I'm out of eggs so it is just cheese in the morning at the moment
S: 2 diet sodas
L: Was a big salad with ranch dressing, green peppers, eggs, cheese, and lettuice.
D: This was really really good. We are getting tired of grilled chicken breast so I cut up 4 breast into strips and put them in a pan with oil until they were done. Then I poured a can of Mushroom Soup over the chicken, 4 tbsp of Terraki sauce, and 1 tsp. of Garlic Powerder then I added half a bag of frozen broccoli. It was so unbelievably good! I had 2 bowls and so did Brian. I served his portion over rice.

I am craving something sweet at the moment and I am going to try and fight it by drinking some water. I might help myself to string cheese later tonight though.

~Amanda

Auntmeme
11-12-2003, 05:09 PM
Your title is interesting, what does it mean? is it a take on 4 weddings and a funeral???

Welcome to the WISH club:wave2:

Are you trying Atkins or just low carb? looks like you are giving it some good effort. I'm curious if the mushroom soup had carbs? after a while we really need to be creative with chicken. I do Atkins and tend to eat alot of chicken, cheese, eggs, sourcream. These are items that are always in the house. I always have low carb shakes too, the EAS brand is good, make sure its the low carb ones. The vanilla is soooo good, it really hits the craving for sweets. You can add ice and blend too. I now buy the atkins bread so I can have toast, its not too good as bread. I did eat the low carb bars but found that they stall my weight loss but always helpful to have onhand to stop one from eating on the run. I just bought the atkins icecream but haven't tried it yet. For dessert I usually eat sugar free jello with whipped cream. What I have found helpful is when I do my grocery shopping I only do the perimeter of the store no aisles unless I have specifics to get. Otherwise it is too tempting and once it is in the house I'll eat it.

I wish you much luck with your new healthy lifestyle. Keep motivated and you will soon see a real difference. When you need support remember we are all here for you.

septbride2002
11-17-2003, 07:27 PM
Hi Meme,
My title is sort of a take on 4 weddings and a funeral. I am in 3 of my friends weddings in 2004 and don't want to be the Fat Bridesmaid. :) So it is sort of my motiviation.

Yes the mushroom soup did have carbs in it. I think about 9 carbs per serving. But you use one can (which has I think 2 servings in it) and the dish is 4 servings so 18/4 is makes it 4.5 carbs per serving. Not to bad.

I am trying to find a shake mix that won't break my wallet. I couldn't believe the Atkins shake mix was $18 at my local grocery store. My husband would have a fit! So for the moment no shakes here but I am interested since those are nice and easy in the morning - plus might help me not miss my flavored coffee to much:crazy2: I am not doing Atkins anymore - I tried and I failed it is just to restrictive to me. See my journal entry below for more info.

I hope you get to see this. I haven't had a chance to journal sinc eyou posted.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-17-2003, 07:29 PM
Hi Everyone! Well I took a hard look at myself and realized that if I don't take this New Way of Life seriously - then I'm not going to lose any weight. See that college education didn't go to waste!

I got out my Protein Power book and I have decided that this plan works better for me then for Atkins. You don't lose weight as quickly on it as on Atkins but that is okay. It didn't all go on in one day - I don't expect it to all come off in one day. On Protein Power I am allowed up to 30 carbs a day for the first 4 to 6 weeks. I can choose carbs from anywhere I want as long as I do exceed the amount. Here was my menu for today:

B: Eggs, Bacon, and Cheese muffin
L: 4 slices of salami, spread cream cheese on them and then took 1/2 slice of American Cheese and rolled them up. 1 cup of broccoli and cheese, and a diet soda.
S: Sugar Free Jello
D: Polish Sausage, 1 cup brocooli and Cheese, and a Salad with real ranch dressing.

28 carbs have been eaten. I think I'll have some more Sugar Free Jello as a snack tonight. Or maybe some cream cheese and celery - yummy.

Menu for tomorrow:
B: Muffin again
L: tuna salad on 5 saltine crackers
D: Chicken Breast, Salad, and Greenbeans

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-19-2003, 06:22 PM
I'm trying to figure out my carb intake today. My menu has been

B: Eggs (1), cheese, and bacon muffin
L: Tuna Salad (4)on Celery(3.6) and Sugar Free Jello
D: 3 eggs(3) , ham, green peppers, and cheese(1) omlet. And Peanuts (6g of carbs)

Hm...only 18 grams! I can't believe it. I've also had 2 diet sodas. I'm going to make some more Sugar Free Jello because it is so yummy! :bounce:

I am very proud of me and I am down 1 pound :)

~Amanda

Auntmeme
11-20-2003, 11:46 AM
Good for you, you needed to change the plan and you did! Wow 3 weddings, i don't envy that. I'm sure you'll look great, remember 1 lb at a time. You are on a roll now keep it going:wave2:

septbride2002
11-20-2003, 08:14 PM
Today could have been a disaster. I had a really stressful day at work with files blowing up and 2 of my friends went and got Ice Mocha Coffees - I checked online and there was 41 carbs in one of them. Yikes! I successfully avoided having one and I am very proud of me because I give into cravings way to easily.

B: Egg Muffin (1)
L: Salad with Fruit, walnuts, and sweet dressing - 16 carbs (I got this not thinking of the fruit being full of carbs. Thankfully damage wasn't to bad.)
D: Pieces of sausage and cheese - 5 ritz crackers -10 carbs
S: 1/2 bowl of strawberries and 2 tbsp of whip cream (8 carbs) total of 35 carbs.

I'm over by 5 which is not good but in all honesty I needed that snack tonight. I had such a sweet tooth. And I really don't think 35 is all that bad considering what I use to eat. Although tomorrow I will have to try harder to stay on target. But I had 2 good days in a row and I am proud of that.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-20-2003, 08:15 PM
** Correction** there are only 5 carbs in the 1/2 cup strawberries I had so that is only 4 carbs over my total.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-21-2003, 05:47 PM
Not doing bad today - not doing bad at all. I had a great day at work and I really wanted to call up my DH and say - meet me at this great Mexican resturant but I always order Chimichangas, or Nachos, or quesdillas and they are filled with carbs. So I resisted temptation and just came home.

B: Eggs, bacon, and cheese ( 2)
L: Salad with chese and Ranch dressing (3)
D: Baked Chicken Paremesean the chicken is not breaded. - (7) I'm debating on what to have with my chicken. I was thinking baked potatoe but I have decided against that . (Half of one is 15 grams of carbs).....I guess I'll just have the usual green beans and make dh some noodles to make spaghetti with.
S: 1/2 cup strawberries - 2 TBSP Whip Cream (6)
Celery with Veggie Dip during our rented movie.

I really can't believe how good I am doing. My cravings are not unbareable and I really am making good choices. Not if I could just get my butt to exercise.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-23-2003, 09:28 AM
Yesterday was a bit of challenge but actually I did pretty good. I didn't eat any breakfast because we got kind of a late start. Went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the MSU vs. OSU game (So disappointed that OSU lost!) where I ate 11 chicken wings in Medium sauce. I only snagged two of my husbands french fries and I drank diet soda the whole day. That evening I went to a friends house and she brought me a regular coke (augh!) I sipped at it but didn't drink the whole thing which was probably 2 cokes. Over the 5 hours I was there I only drank about half of it. I knew that coke was loaded with carbs so when I got home about 9p.m. and still hadn't eaten dinner yet (Yes those 11 chicken wings kept me full the whole day) we went to Hardees where I got a 2/3 lb double cheeseburger - I removed the bun and ate my burger with a fork and knife - I couldn't even afford the carbs of one of the buns. Just so you know I usually only order a 1/3 lb cheeseburger but I keep half my bun - since I couldn't afford the carbs I had to order the biggest burger they had because by then I was getting pretty hungry.

Plan for today - Breakfast is going to be eggs, ham, and cheese. Lunch will be either a salad or left over Chicken Paremesean (7carbs) Dinner is at my Dad's and I have no idea what he is serving. Worse is he always keeps a bowl of M&M's on the table (my favorite) hopefully I will be able to resist.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-23-2003, 11:41 AM
I just noticed that I haven't put any information about me in these boards. Well my name is Amanda and I am married to my best friend in the world Brian. We have 3 cats together, Pepper, Gabby, and our baby Ginny (she is only 6mos old). I work for a bank in their lending department, I do sales over the phone, take applications, and process the loans - which means I sit all day long. I have always been a little heavy never obese but I always seem to have more weight on my frame then I should. Of course I would love to look like Brittany Spears or some other super skinny size 2 girl but I have been faced with reality. I have hips and broad shoulders. Get over it. Now my aim is more like Catherine Zita Jones. :) I was a size 10/12 for about 5 years but in the last year or so I have crept up to a size 14 and I thought - ya know if you keep this up you will turn out exactly like your mother. So I decided it was time to change some things.

DH is super skinny. He is 6 feet tall and only weighs 140 lbs (I know don't you hate him) and his whole family is skinny so I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb with them. Plus they have a tendency to say things that really shoot down my self esteem. For instance the other day my DH made a comment about weighing 140lbs and his mother said, "Well as a man you should worry that you don't weigh enough. But I as a woman would be hitting a diet quick if I weighed that much." Thanks Mom! I weigh 165 lbs over here. Love ya, Mean it!

I've tried WW and it just doesn't work for me and I am constantly craving food. My Mom is following Atkins and has lost about 25 lbs and I am very proud of her. If she would exercise she would probably lose another 10 lbs easily but you work with what you have. I tried Atkins for about 2 weeks and gave up. Induction left me feeling like I was run over by a truck and again I wasn't constantly hungry. I pulled out my trusty Protein Power book. I did this program my senior year of high school and was very successful with it (I wanted to be skinny for prom). I kept the weight maintained until DH and I were forced to move out together (long story) and we began living off Mac and Cheese and Hamburger Helper. With Protein Power I am able to have 30 grams of carbs from whatever source I want. Of course some are better then others. I have to stay in this range for 4 to 6 weeks and then I can up it to 55 carbs a day until I reach my desired weight after that you go into maintanence. It isn't much different from Atkins accept you lose the weight a little slower and that is okay by me. I've been doing Protein Power for a week and even though one night I did indulge (Stupid Italian Resturant) I have managed to lose 5 lbs (check out the new clippie!)

I've made a deal with myself that if I am ultra good I will be allowed to eat Thanksgiving guilt free - after that we are right back on program.

So that is me!

~Amanda

DoeWDW
11-24-2003, 07:37 AM
Amanda, you're doing GREAT!! I've just read through your whole journal and you seem like you're on the right track.

You and I have some interesting similarities. I also have a DH who is 6' and weighs 140-145. He's still wearing size 30 pants! My goal has always been to weigh less than him. I started on WISH at 142 - fortunately he was at 148 then....LOL!! He watches what he eats and basically low-carbs, but he obviously doesn't need to be as strict as I do.

I've studied all the low-carb plans. I do basic low-carb and find that I can slowly lose weight as long as I eat 60 carbs or less per day. My weak point is veggies - just don't like very many, :p but I'm going to try to incorporate more into my diet. I figure I'll like them eventually, right?? :confused:

Hang in there! We'll both get where we're going if we just take it day by day. :sunny:

septbride2002
11-24-2003, 05:40 PM
Thanks Doreen! I love getting feedback from people!

Today has been another good day - I've been drinking my water, taking my vitamin, and sticking to plan.

B: Fried egg, cheese, on 1 slice of low carb bread - 7 pts
L: Tuna Salad on Celery sticks and Sugar Free Jello - 2 pts
D: Pork Chop with broccoli and cheese 7pts and Corn (8)
S: Apple Cider (4pts) and possibly some peanut butter and celery

I love this plan! Mostly because I don't feel like I am ever starving myself.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-25-2003, 07:40 PM
I messed up today. Augh. I had caved into a craving (of course Aunt Flo is also on her way which might explain things) and had a Mocha Frappacino. At least 61 carbs. Augh. Then at dinner tonight I snacked on potato wedges and mini corn dogs. I am so disappointed in myself. Oh, did I add the Barcardi O3 I also drank. So today was a total failure - I am losing my clippie. :(

To redeem myself I came home and did one of my Walk Away the Pounds tapes. I wanted to burn some calories and carbs before they could be stored. I walked for one mile, I was planning on doing the whole two miles but my body started to feel shaky and I thought I might need to sit down so I stopped. I am drinking a lot of water now and wondering if I might be a little dehydrated. I didn't drink that much water today.

My plan tomorrow is to workout again after work, at least another mile. I should get Aunt Flo tomorrow or Thursday. I also need to clean so I will be burning some energy tomorrow. I wonder why my body was so shakey tonight - hopefully I won't have the same reaction tomorrow.

~Amanda

septbride2002
11-26-2003, 02:14 PM
I won a contest at work so I got to leave early today :) Yeah! So I am at home in my pajama bottoms getting ready to clean the house and enjoy some alone time. Gosh I love alone time. Aunt Flo did come today so that really does explain the cravings that I had yesterday. Today I've been good so far. I had eggs and bacon for breakfast and for lunch I've had 4 pieces of salami and some cream cheese (5 carbs). I think I might have some strawberries and whip cream a little bit later.

Dinner is kinda up in the air. We might order pizza or we might make soup. It is sort of anyone's guess at this point. Maybe I'll just make the soup that way I can be sure to be within my carb range. Pizza is to tempting.

Well I better get moving before I get to comfortable doing nothing.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-02-2003, 08:09 PM
It is so hard to get back on track and very frustrating. I started off good with eggs and bacon (2 carbs) and then for lunch I came home and grilled up a cheeseburger for 1 carb. And then midway through the day I felt like I was hit by an 18 wheeler and had to get some sugar so I had am mini butter finger (15 carbs). We had to take Brian to the emergency room for an ear problem - long story. And now it is late and I am not in the mood to cook so we ordered pizza. I'm going to try to stick to the toppings but I know that I probalby won't do that. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. I am maintaining my weight of 160 for the moment.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-06-2003, 12:29 AM
I haven't posted in about a week. One because I can't seem to post from work some clitch and two because I've been avoiding it. I have been so bad it isn't even funny. Turkey day has sent me reeling and I can't seem to get two solid feet on the ground. I have not had one good day since last Thursday and I don't know what to do about it. Tomorrow I am tossing out the pies and all the other junky foods left over from the holidays and I hope that will give me the strength that I need to at least get through tomorrow. I think I've gain back 2 or 3 lbs that I lost which is very frustrating. I haven't started exercising yet which is a real downfall for me. There always seems to be something holding me back and in the end it all comes down to me.

Right now I keep making the excuse "It is the holidays!" but I can't let this stop me. I know that in Feb I am going to Disney and it will be really hard to stay on task then but I guess we will have to see.

I am going to write down my menu for tomorrow in hopes that it helps me stick to my diet.

B: Eggs and Cheese
L: Cheeseburger - no bun, salad
D: Pork Chops, Greenbeans, and some other veggie.
Water, Diet Soda, some sugar free jello pudding.

~Amanda

lulu201
12-06-2003, 06:44 AM
Good morning! I just popped in to take a peek at your journal, Amanda, and I saw that we've both had some rough days lately
(yesterday was a disaster for me!). Anyway, I wanted to invite you to join me in making today a cheat free day. You wanna try?
Let's see if we both can stay on our plans and get our clippies!
My personal goal is to start again today (I was on Day #4 when I blew it yesterday) and stay "Cheat Free 'Til the End of 2003! I'm going to need a lot of :wizard: if I'm going to make it!::yes:: Won't you join me for today?:p

Good luck,
Erin

septbride2002
12-06-2003, 12:47 PM
Erin,
Thank you for the wonderful post! Yes I will join you in trying to make today a cheat free day. And actually although it is only 12:45p.m. here I am doing much better today then I have been for the rest of this week.

I slept in this morning so I did not eat breakfast. I did have a diet coke this morning since I had a bit of a caffine headache about an hour ago. For lunch I had two pieces of fish on the George Forman Grill with Cajun seasonings - it was delicious! My side item was 1 cup of greenbeans. Right now I am sipping a Hot Apple Cider Drink with only 4 carbs in it. I can't believe the weekend is actually helping me get back on track.

Dinner tonight is either going to be fish again or I might make some pork chops. Veggies will be either greenbeans and salad or grilled zuccini if I have one.

Thanks for the encouragement, it really does help!

~Amanda

lulu201
12-07-2003, 05:40 AM
So, Amanda, how did things end up yesterday? Did you go cheat free for the whole day? If so, here's a :Pinkbounc for you. If not, no worries, 'cause today's a brand new day!:sunny:

Are you up for a cheat free day today?:hyper:

It may not be easy--I've got an afternoon trip to the mall for Christmas shopping planned, and I love those goodies at the food court:p --but I know I've GOT to go for it.

Have a great day!
Erin

septbride2002
12-07-2003, 08:02 AM
Well I blew it yesterday. I was good during the day and in the evening snacked on some Gouda Cheese (yummy!) and some beef jerky. But then as we were watching "White Christmas" my DH brought in a huge plate of Pizza Rolls. BRING EM' HERE! And I ate a lot. Like 15 or 20. I'm off to the corner hoping today will be a better day.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-11-2003, 09:52 PM
I'm sick with the flu. I've had it since Sunday. I could tell on Saturday that I wasn't starting to feel well and by Sunday I knew what it was. I hate having the flu. I haven't been able to eat much of anything on it, some oatmeal, crackers, soup, and I've nibbled on a slice of pizza and that has been it over the last 5 days. I think I am finally on the mend. Obviously I haven't been following my diet because the idea of cheese or meat made my stomach do flip flops. I plan on starting again if I feel better on Sunday. I am still very weak and I'm not able to eat much anyway. Plus my Dr. says I need to drink lots of juice which is just loaded with carbs anyway but the Vitamins C is worht it. Hopefully my weight loss has maintained or even gone down since I haven't been eating all that much anyway.

Have I mentioned that I hate being sick :(

~Amanda

lulu201
12-12-2003, 05:32 AM
Aww, Amanda, you poor thing.:( Being sick is the pits! Here's some :sunny: and :wizard: to help you get better soon. Don't worry about anything--that includes trying to watch your diet--until you're well and strong again.

Take care,
Erin

septbride2002
12-14-2003, 10:22 PM
I'm still sick and I hate it! Even when I eat small meals I end up getting sick. Sucks. I'm stuck on soup and oatmeal still. At this rate it will be the holidays before I am able to get back on track. Very frustrating. And I am very bloated for some reason and I'm pretty sure even though I'm not eating much that I have gained my weight back since all I can ingest is carbs at the moment. Crackers, juice, chicken soup with noodles. Augh.

~Amanda

lulu201
12-15-2003, 07:02 AM
:hug: to you, Amanda. You're having a hard time fighting all this, and I'm sure it's particularly hard around the holidays. That bloated feeling you have is probably water retention from the added sodium in soups and crackers. Don't fear. . .you'll be back on track soon. Just the fact that you're dropping in to post is a good sign.:D

Take care now,
Erin

septbride2002
12-17-2003, 12:05 PM
I'm back! Actually I was back yesterday but I didn't do all that great. At first I debated on whether or not to even start up again right now after all it is the holidays but then I remembered that we are going to take lots of pictures on our vacation and I don't want to look like a huge blimp in all the pictures. And I actually want to enjoy having my picture taken. :) So it is back to the beginning. I am back up to 165 lbs (augh!) but hopefully alot of that is water because I have been on some salty foods due to being sick and I am about a week from my time of the month and I always seem to retain a little before hand.

Here is my post from Fitday.com

Well I definately didn't do very well yesterday. I put forth a good effort in the morning and afternoon. But after that I ate everything in sight. I had a flavored coffee, half a container of Ben and Jerry's Ice cream, and then chicken wings and potatoe wedges for dinner. Not good at all.

Good things that I did do:
1) Breakfast - hard boiled egg and cheese
2) Lunch - Cajun seasoned Fish, Brocolli and Cheese
3) Chicken wings with medium sauce
4) Lots of water
5) Daily Vitamin.

Today I am so far so good.

B: Hard Boiled Egg and cheese cubes - 2
L: Lemon Pepper Fish, Brocoli - 2 with Ranch dressing (yum)-1
W: 2 glasses down so far
D: Grilled Chicken Breast, Green Beans-2, 1/2 cup Alfredo Noodles and Sauce-17
S: Sugar Free White Chocolate Pudding-6

Puts me at exactly 30 grams of carbs. :) I earned my cheat free tag today! :)

Plan for tomorrow:
B: Fried Egg and Cheese
L: Grilled Chicken Breast, ???
D: Dinner will be fast because we are going to the movies. I think I'll probably have a cheeseburger with no bun or grill up some fish. Thank goodness I don't like popcorn a whole lot.
S: Peanuts - :)

lulu201
12-18-2003, 05:18 AM
:Pinkbounc Yay, Amanda! You're on your way! :Pinkbounc
Cheat-free in the middle of the holidays?! You're amazing!
Revel in the joy of your success!:Pinkbounc

Erin:D

septbride2002
12-19-2003, 10:04 AM
I had a great day yesterday. Lots of NSV and a huge scale victory. :)

Here is my menu from yesterday:

B: fried egg and cheese
L: Cheeseburger (no bun) with some dipping sauce and then celery and cream cheese to make up for not having any crunch fries.
S: A piece of chocolate:o
D: 2 pieces of frozen pizza - I avoided the crust. There were 45 carbs between the two pieces so I did go over my carb limit but I still did pretty good for the whole day.
S: Cup of Apple Cider - 4 carbs

We also went to the movie that evening and all I had was about 10 pieces of popcorn and drank diet soda.

Today I am doing good so far although my body is punishing me for something I ate yesterday. I've already had 2 full glasses of water and 1 diet soda for some caffine. Breakfast was an omelet with bacon, ham, greenpeppers, and 2 slices of American Cheese. YUMMY! Lunch will probably be a salad since breakfas was so big and heavy.

The scale this morning told me I was down 4.5 pounds in just 3 days. :) I know a lot of this is water weight lost since I was retaining water from having all that salty soups but I still feel great. We are taking a family picture on Wednesday and I am hoping maybe to lose another 5 lbs if I am really really good until then. It might even motivate me to exercise a little.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-19-2003, 10:12 AM
I had a great day yesterday. Lots of NSV and a huge scale victory. :)

Here is my menu from yesterday:

B: fried egg and cheese
L: Cheeseburger (no bun) with some dipping sauce and then celery and cream cheese to make up for not having any crunch fries.
S: A piece of chocolate:o
D: 2 pieces of frozen pizza - I avoided the crust. There were 45 carbs between the two pieces so I did go over my carb limit but I still did pretty good for the whole day.
S: Cup of Apple Cider - 4 carbs

We also went to the movie that evening and all I had was about 10 pieces of popcorn and drank diet soda.

Today I am doing good so far although my body is punishing me for something I ate yesterday. I've already had 2 full glasses of water and 1 diet soda for some caffine. Breakfast was an omelet with bacon, ham, greenpeppers, and 2 slices of American Cheese. YUMMY! Lunch will probably be a salad since breakfas was so big and heavy.

The scale this morning told me I was down 4.5 pounds in just 3 days. :) I know a lot of this is water weight lost since I was retaining water from having all that salty soups but I still feel great. We are taking a family picture on Wednesday and I am hoping maybe to lose another 5 lbs if I am really really good until then. It might even motivate me to exercise a little.

~Amanda

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So much for being good. I didn't end up eating lunch until 3pm and to be honest nothing looked good so I had some low carb ice cream and a diet rootbeer float - 8 carbs total. Then we went to my SILs to do some Christmas shopping for dinner she searved this rasperry french toast casserole. I'm sure it was loaded with carbs although there was lots of cream cheese in the casserole and that would be legal. Hashbrowns and bacon. Bacon good and hashbrowns bad. It was okay dinner but really sweet and when we left the craving of White Castles hit me. I had 4 cheeseburgers. Before everyone panics White Castle serves very small burgers - 4 is probably equal to about 1 Mc Donald's Cheeseburger - but I ate the buns. So I'm positive I'm way over in carbs. Plus I feel bloated from the burgers which were a little salty.

Plan tomorrow:

Get up and do 30 minutes of exercise
B: Eggs and Cheese
L: Fish

Wrap Christmas presents and finish up buying gifts.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-20-2003, 09:25 PM
ended up not working out today - was just to tired for some reason. I think going back on the Protein Power diet has caused the "being hit by a truck" effect to start in. I just have no energy. I slept until 10:30 this morning and I never ever do that anymore - felt like I was back in high school. I have been doing pretty good today although I did have one mishap - flavored coffee. I wasn't thinking and ordered a white chocolate mocha this morning which was loaded with carbs. But after that I have been very good.

B: 2 eggs and cheese - 3 carbs
S: White Chocolate Mocha - A ton I'm sure
L: Didn't real need lunch since breakfast was so late.
D: 4 pieces of bacon - 4 carbs and some Artichoke and Spinach Dip - 5 carbs.
S: Pudding - 6 and Ice Cream - 8

I had a real sweet tooth tonight - but TOM should arrive early next week so that explains that. Right now I am craving Chicken Nachos but I am trying to avoid thinking about it.

I've only had 2 glasses of water today so I will need to concentrate on that tomorrow and exercise if I can enough energy to do it.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-21-2003, 08:21 AM
Plan for today:
B: eggs and cheese or maybe a fruit smoothie
E: Taking a walk once it warms up a bit
L: ??? Possibly some Artichoke and Spinach dip with celery sticks - yummy!
D: BBQ Pork Chops and Greenbeans.

Other things on my to do list:
Pick up living room
Get a haircut
take pictures of this one display home
DH needs to finish up Christmas shopping

~Amanda

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Well this morning after posting I thought to myself "I am so sick and tired of eggs." So I ran to the grocery store to make a fruit smoothie recipie that is in my Protein Power book. It is 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup Plain Yogurt, 1/2 cup fruit and seasoned with crystal light to taste. It is so yummy! And with strawberries it is only 9 carbs. Lunch I had my Artichoke and Spinach dip 2.5 carbs and 2 pieces of lunch meat turkey meat. I got done all the things on my to do list but I have to say I still feel like I have been hit by a truck - my vitamins are at work and that might have something to do with it but I took a 2 hour nap today. Crazy and still feel like I have no energy. I've drank some water and also one Pepsi One soda. I made the mistake of buying some Christmas Bark Candy the other day and I have to admitt in having several pieces :o

Dinner tonight is proscuitto stuffed Chicken Breast with mossarella and I will probably make greenbeans or broccoli as a side dish.

~Amanda

lulu201
12-21-2003, 12:41 PM
Well, Amanda, it sounds like you've got a plan for the day! Here's some :wizard: to help you be strong! Never, ever give up!

Keep taking things one day at a time.

Erin

septbride2002
12-22-2003, 08:56 AM
I was a little to snackish yesterday and I'm sure I went over in carbs. This morning I woke up very very late so I didn't have time to make me a breakfast smoothie - which is ashame because they are so yummy. I managed to grab some Pepperjack cheese cubes though so I have something if I start to get hungry here. Lunch is going to be leftovers from last night the stuffed chicken breast and greenbeans. Dinner tonight will probably be cheeseburgers or something simple. I really want to stay on program today because tomorrow is our family picture and I want to look thin for a change. I am feeling extra thin today. I'm wearing a sweatshirt that a few weeks ago was a little to tight to wear. Today it is back to being nice and comfy.

Cakes, Cookies, and Muffings - oh my!
Everyone at work today has brought in junkfood - hopefully I will be able to avoid the temptation.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-22-2003, 08:56 AM
I was a little to snackish yesterday and I'm sure I went over in carbs. This morning I woke up very very late so I didn't have time to make me a breakfast smoothie - which is ashame because they are so yummy. I managed to grab some Pepperjack cheese cubes though so I have something if I start to get hungry here. Lunch is going to be leftovers from last night the stuffed chicken breast and greenbeans. Dinner tonight will probably be cheeseburgers or something simple. I really want to stay on program today because tomorrow is our family picture and I want to look thin for a change. I am feeling extra thin today. I'm wearing a sweatshirt that a few weeks ago was a little to tight to wear. Today it is back to being nice and comfy.

Cakes, Cookies, and Muffings - oh my!
Everyone at work today has brought in junkfood - hopefully I will be able to avoid the temptation.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-22-2003, 08:56 AM
I was a little to snackish yesterday and I'm sure I went over in carbs. This morning I woke up very very late so I didn't have time to make me a breakfast smoothie - which is ashame because they are so yummy. I managed to grab some Pepperjack cheese cubes though so I have something if I start to get hungry here. Lunch is going to be leftovers from last night the stuffed chicken breast and greenbeans. Dinner tonight will probably be cheeseburgers or something simple. I really want to stay on program today because tomorrow is our family picture and I want to look thin for a change. I am feeling extra thin today. I'm wearing a sweatshirt that a few weeks ago was a little to tight to wear. Today it is back to being nice and comfy.

Cakes, Cookies, and Muffings - oh my!
Everyone at work today has brought in junkfood - hopefully I will be able to avoid the temptation.

~Amanda

lulu201
12-24-2003, 03:01 PM
Happy holidays, Amanda! Keep trying to walk to the healthy walk!

Erin

septbride2002
12-27-2003, 08:28 PM
I will get back on this diet after tomorrow....I will get back on this diet after tomorrow....I will get back on this diet after tomorrow..... right now I don't even want to talk about what I have eaten. The words Goey Butter Cookies are three very dangerous words!

~Amanda

littleducksmom
12-27-2003, 08:58 PM
amanda.........what are you waiting for? why are you not getting on track tomorrow?..........only you can honor your self promises.......do not keep lying to yourself........you can be that person that you wanna be........come on......you CAN do this......do not keep making excuses!!!!!! are you sure low carb is right for you?.......i just keep seeing you post about having snacky carbs things lately and tiredness, as i have read back thru your journal........

DoeWDW
12-28-2003, 06:09 AM
Amanda, I can relate! My eating choices the past couple days have been anything BUT low-carb. Once we stray, it can be so hard to kick those sugar cravings again, but WE CAN DO IT!

Come on, Amanda! Today will be a healthier eating day for me! Wanna join me?? I'd LOVE to have some company on the low-carb bandwagon! Today will be tough even if we eat low-carb. That nasty carby junk will call to us. We have to resist!! In a day or two, we'll both feel SOOOO much better and we can LAUGH at all that carby junk food!!!

Are you with me, Amanda???? :sunny:

septbride2002
12-28-2003, 08:37 PM
amanda.........what are you waiting for? why are you not getting on track tomorrow?..........only you can honor your self promises.......do not keep lying to yourself........you can be that person that you wanna be........come on......you CAN do this......do not keep making excuses!!!!!! are you sure low carb is right for you?.......i just keep seeing you post about having snacky carbs things lately and tiredness, as i have read back thru your journal........

Hi Deb and thanks for the post. The reason why I am waiting until tomorrow to really get back on track was because we had a holiday party tonight and we served Lasagna and salad. I had to make something that would feed a whole lot of people and Lasagna is sort of a tradition. I am getting back on track completely tomorrow.

Low Carb is certainly working better for me then WW ever did - because I actually lose weight. Also I plan on starting to work out again because I want to boost my energy for our trip in February. And that is perfect motivation to help me get up in the morning and work out. I have been tired on the Low Carb diet but I think that is because I also haven't been taking my daily vitamin - well that stops now!

Thanks for the post!

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-28-2003, 08:40 PM
Doe I'm with ya starting tomorrow! I had to entertain this evening and the menu was filled with carbs. But I stocked up in my fridge with different veggies and meats so that I can be on track this week.

Goals for 12/29 to 1/3

Workout at least 4 days this week for 30 minutes
Stay on track only taking in 30 carbs a day
Drink Water
Take Vitamins
Start packing list for WDW

~Amanda

littleducksmom
12-29-2003, 03:19 PM
amanda....i was worried you would be mad at me for what i wrote...........wooooo.....you werent........thanks!

ok......now i understand why you were waiting til monday.....sounds like you have a great plan for the week......let's go girl!!!!!!!.........you only have a few weeks til akl.

i just realized that we live pretty close to each other........kewl!

septbride2002
12-30-2003, 02:37 PM
Littleduck - it takes a whole lot more to make me angry! And hey look! A fellow Missourian! :)

Didn't do bad yesterday - not great - but better then I would usually do. My menu for yesterday was:

B: nothing - I need to get some egg muffins made.
L: George Forman some Fish with Cajun Seasonings. Cooked Cauliflower to real tender and tried to "mash" them with butter and cheddar cheese.
D: Chicken Nachos. Lots of cheese and chicken but bad about the chips.

Stuck with diet soda all day and drank about 4 glasses of water.

Today I am doing better:

B: Nothin - really need to get those muffins made
L: Cheeseburger on the George Froma (no bun) and celery sticks with cream cheese.
D: Plan is to go to Buffalo Wild Wings I will order 10 chicken wings with medium sauce and will avoid the onion rings and potatoe chips. Diet Soda will be my beverage.
S: Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream
E: I plan on doing some form of exercise tonight I just don't know what.

I've drank 4 glasses of water and only 1 diet soda so far today.

~Amanda
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So far so good. I had an extra soda at work so I drank dinner with my chicken wings tonight and didn't mind it one bit. I've stuck to my plan for today except for the exercise. I am debating on what form I want to do. I think I might just do a simple routine tonight and then enjoy my ice cream. There is so much that needs to be done around my house that is just staring me in the face at the moment. Augh.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
12-30-2003, 03:00 PM
Amanda, I'm glad to see you're back on track! I am too - was cheat-free yesterday and working on another cheat-free day today! We can do this!

Enjoy your night out tonight, but make sure you pick healthy food to eat, OK?? ::yes:: :D

septbride2002
12-31-2003, 11:05 AM
A bit depressed today because my company is trying to screw me at the moment. Augh. I'm not going to get a commission check for this month which means that techinically we have no money to go to WDW. Thankfully our Credit Cards are down to zero balances so we can use those for disney and pay them when we get back - but I am just so aggravated right now.

Yesterday was good - I followed everything I said except for working out I just had to much house work to do.

Todays plan

B: Protein Smoothie - 9 carbs - very yummy and easy to make.
L: Heading to Subway to try one of these new low carb wraps. I can't wait! :)
D: We are going out to eat with my SIL to a Mexican resturant I think. I am going to order fajitas and eat it without the tortilla.

It is 11a.m. here and no soda yet and I have drank about 1 glass of water. I need to work on drinking more water today.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-31-2003, 11:05 AM
A bit depressed today because my company is trying to screw me at the moment. Augh. I'm not going to get a commission check for this month which means that techinically we have no money to go to WDW. Thankfully our Credit Cards are down to zero balances so we can use those for disney and pay them when we get back - but I am just so aggravated right now.

Yesterday was good - I followed everything I said except for working out I just had to much house work to do.

Todays plan

B: Protein Smoothie - 9 carbs - very yummy and easy to make.
L: Heading to Subway to try one of these new low carb wraps. I can't wait! :)
D: We are going out to eat with my SIL to a Mexican resturant I think. I am going to order fajitas and eat it without the tortilla.

It is 11a.m. here and no soda yet and I have drank about 1 glass of water. I need to work on drinking more water today.

~Amanda

septbride2002
12-31-2003, 11:05 AM
A bit depressed today because my company is trying to screw me at the moment. Augh. I'm not going to get a commission check for this month which means that techinically we have no money to go to WDW. Thankfully our Credit Cards are down to zero balances so we can use those for disney and pay them when we get back - but I am just so aggravated right now.

Yesterday was good - I followed everything I said except for working out I just had to much house work to do.

Todays plan

B: Protein Smoothie - 9 carbs - very yummy and easy to make.
L: Heading to Subway to try one of these new low carb wraps. I can't wait! :)
D: We are going out to eat with my SIL to a Mexican resturant I think. I am going to order fajitas and eat it without the tortilla.

It is 11a.m. here and no soda yet and I have drank about 1 glass of water. I need to work on drinking more water today.

~Amanda
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:hyper: I am PROUD of me!:hyper:
I got off work early today (Happy New Year) and when I got home I went for a walk! I walked for 30 minutes and even jogged a portion of the way. I feel fabulous!

We are no longer doing Mexican for dinner tonight (no more tempting carbs) and are going to Texas Roadhouse where I can finds lots of low carb stuff.

I am having a fabulous day!

~Amanda

lulu201
01-01-2004, 08:24 AM
:Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc Happy New Year!:Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

Good morning, Amanda, and welcome to the first day of the January Cheat Free Challenge! You're going to do this with the help of your WISH friends Doreen, Deb, Lisa Zeraspride, and me!

Take it one day at a time and you can do anything!

Good luck on this journey,
Erin

septbride2002
01-01-2004, 09:28 AM
Plan for today:

B: Egg, Sausage, and Cheese muffins (Yum) and 2 carbs. Coffee with flavored cream (5carbs)

L: Grilled fish w/cajun seasonings (0 carbs), Cauliflower with Cheese (1 carb).

D: I'm thinking we might do cheese nd sausage. Or I have some polish sausage I can cook up and eat that with veggies.

E: Going for a walk - my thighs are really really sore from yesterday!

Other things to do:
Go to Target and buy storage containers
Take Christmas decorations down and fill with above mentioned Storage Containers
Laundry

Yesterday I didn't do as well as I would have liked. I had a perfect strawberry margarita at Applebees which I'm sure was pretty loaded with carbs. Dinner was a Bourbon Street Steak which was AWESOME! I had them remove the potatoe fries and give me grilled veggies instead. I did have 2 mozzarella sticks but drank water after I was done with my drink. At my SIL house I had 2 small vanilla cookies (ya know the kind ya give kids they are so good!) So it wasn't a complete disaster because my big meal was all within limits. I ate every ounce of that steak to and it was cooked perfect!

~Amanda

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So far so good today! :) I even stuck with my lunch plan. Got the storage containers all packed and DH is taking down the final decoration which is the tree. I swept and mopped the kitchen and bathrooms today. I think I might skip exercising tonight because of all the housework I have been doing. If I do get in the exercise I think I will concentrate on arms and abs since my legs are still killing me.

~Amanda
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Here is my menu from today:
B: Egg Muffin - 1; flavored coffee - 5 carbs
L: Grilled Fish - 0; Cauliflower with Cheese - 2 carbs
S: 5 small pretzel sticks and 2 crackers - 5carbs
D: Polish Sausage and Greenbeans - 6 carbs/2carbs
S: About a cup and a half of low car ice cream - 10 carbs

Which means I consumed 31 carbs today - 1 carb over my goal - however since I did so much housework today and drank all of my water I am hoping this will still count as a cheat free day. I checked my protein power bood and it doesn't say anything about increasing carbs for days when you exercise.

~Amanda

littleducksmom
01-01-2004, 09:40 PM
amanda...you are definitely cheat free today!!!!!!!!.........at least i am gonna say so.........put that clippie up!

kewl that you ran a bit..........i hope you are able to do cardio tomorrow......that soreness is a good thing...are you gonna do the half marathon too?

come on let's do this......cheat free tomorrow too!!!!!

lulu201
01-02-2004, 05:36 AM
:sunny: Good morning, Amanda! Here's a few rays to shine down on you as you motor on toward another cheat free day! :sunny:

Here's how I look at things: you know in your heart if your day was cheat free or not. To me, one carb is not a big deal. The big deal is if you were true to yourself and tried your best to live a healthy life. If you had that one carb and were feeling sneaky and guilty about it, then that would be a cheat, but if you said,
"hey, I've earned it through extra physical activity plus I've had all my water," then it's OK. You're your own conscience in this healthy living game, and ultimately YOU'RE the only one you answer to!

So, celebrate your cheat free day and continue to move onward and downward!
:Pinkbounc

We can do this, Amanda!
Erin

DoeWDW
01-02-2004, 06:45 AM
Amanda, Happy 2004!!

I think Erin is right. Let your conscience be your guide. I don't think 1 extra carb on a day that was full of physical activity is going to matter! If it were me, I'd call it cheat free! Now where's your cute little cheat free bear clippie?? If you need help getting it in your signature, PM me. :D

Do I have to wait until the half-marathon to meet you, Amanda? It looks like we'll be at WDW during the same time in Feb. and I'll need to keep up my training - let me know if you want to meet for a training run or maybe we can meet for a meal with our DHs! :p Le Cellier has great steaks! DH and I will arrive on Thurs. 2/5 and fly out on Mon. 2/9.

Sorry to hear things at work are a hassle. DH and I have learned not to rely on his bonus money, because so often he doesn't get any! His bonus check is tied to the division's profits (usually great) minus any expenses (usually tons!). It's all outside his control, of course. :rolleyes:

Have a great healthy living, cheat-free day, Amanda!! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-02-2004, 08:37 AM
Thanks everyone for the answers I am going to consider yesterday cheat free because in all honesty I didn't feel like a cheated. :) I am off work today and watching my 2 year old nephew for about 3 or 4 hours this afternoon. Here is the plan:

B: egg muffin - 1 carb
L: Left over Pork Sausage and Greenbeans 3/2
D:???


A soon as I am done posting I am going to go for my walk/run :) Tonight we are going to friends to watch the Ohio State Football game. We usually do burgers on days like this. I think I will bring some Sausage and Cheese as something to snack on during the game and I may offer to bring a big salad to eat with dinner. I want to stay low on the carbs today and drink lots and lots of water. Soda will be Pepsi One for me - no alcohol.

I haven't put my bear clippie in yet because it always makes me feel pressured. If I can go 7 days cheat free then I'll put him up!

~Amanda

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Okay so for lunch I stuck to the plan although I did add a piece of American cheese because I was extra hungry this afternoon. I guess from walking/running this morning. Man that 20 minutes is tough but I did it. Not sure if I will do it again tomorrow or on Sunday - will depend on our schedule a bit. My nephew is here for another 45 minutes and then I'm taking a nap! :)

~Amanda
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For dinner DH and I headed to subway. I was going to make Taco Salad then realized I didn't have 2 or 3 ingredients that I would need and I was starting to crave a wrap very badly. So off we went. I had the Chicken Bacon wrap again for 8 carbs. Wonderfully delicious! Carb intake for today:

B: 1, L: 6, D: 8 Misc. - 3

I am no allowing myself anymore for the day I am taking Beef Sausage and cheese to the football game party tonight so that I will have non carb things to snack on. I am also taking a 2 liter of diet soda and will drink some more water. I had 8 glasses of water today so I am very pleased with that. I was going to not run tomorrow but DH says that it is going to get very cold on Sunday so I am going to run tomorrow that way I'll get in my 3 times of working out for this week.

~Amanda


Had 2 buckeyes tonight at party. Buckeyes are mostly peanut butter coated with semi sweet chocolate coating. Had 12 carbs left from today, plus running - don't feel completely guilty about carbs but not feeling good about myself either. Avoided crackers, regular soda, beer, and chips. Not worth beating myself up over it though.

Plan for tomorrow:

Running 20 to 30 minutes
not going anywhere so should be able to stay on target.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-03-2004, 08:47 AM
It is raining here this morning. I'm going to wait about an hour to see if it clears up so that I can go running. Stupid rain. If not I think I might do a pilates tape to stretch myself out and work the ab muscles. I am really sore today in my upper back and biceps. Probably has more to do with picking up my almost 3 nephew several times yesterday veersus the running or it might be a combination of both.

I weighed myself this morning here are my current stats 165/162/140

B: Egg Muffin - 1 carb and a cup of coffee - 5 carbs = 6carbs
L: Grilled Fish, Cauliflower w/cheese - 2carbs = 2carbs
D: More then likely Taco Salad without the shell (Yummy) - I haven't figured the carbs yet.
S: Making some Sugar Free Jello this morning since I think that is why I keep slipping just a little - no guilt free snacks.

I may have to go to the store today to stock up on cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, and eggs.

~Amanda

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3:38p.m.

Total change of plans today. Augh. Breakfast ended up being a protein shake and 2 slices of bacon - 11 carbs. We went to a coffee house with some friends and I did have a few sips of DH's Hot Chocolate but otherwise avoided the flavored coffee situation. One of the ladies got a double chocolate muffin - warmed up - and offered us a bite I refused although I have to admit it was hard. When we left DH asked me why I seemed so depressed and I started to explain how frustrating it is to not eat sweet foods right now. When we got home I was going to make me a cup of my hot apple cider but then realized I didn't purchase the sugar free kind with only 4 carbs. One cup of this stuff is loaded with 20 carbs. Double Augh! So I did make myself a coffee at home for 5 carbs. DH and I took a very long nap this afternoon and slept right through lunch when we woke up we were starving and I made tacos. I had one in a shell because it was 6.5 carbs (pretty low I thought) and then made a small taco salad. Total for today 22.5 carbs so I have about 7.5 carbs for this evening should I choose to use them.

Never did get to run because it is still gross here today. Which is probably a good thing since my muscles are not happy with me right now. I have to steam clean the carpet in my walk in closet because of a cat accident - that will be my activity for tonight.

~Amanda

littleducksmom
01-03-2004, 05:11 PM
amanda......great job over the past 2 days, considering all those social outings.....i have some sugar free jello waiting for me tonite too.........have you tried, if you can have cottage cheese, this recipe for something sweet? it is soooooooo good!

1/2 c cottage cheese
2 T skim milk
2 T sf choc pudding mix

put in the blender.........just like choc mousse.......i also like sf pistachio and butterscotch.

just another idea for ya........

septbride2002
01-03-2004, 08:47 PM
I had to give in and eat something sweet. I had a leftover piece of cheesecake that my mother left here. I cut off all the graham cracker and then ate just the cheesecake part of it. I figure it had to be lower in carbs without the crust on it. And after words my mind finally stopped with the constant obsessing of food. It was either the cheesecake or chocolate - I figured there was less carbs in the cheese cake. I had 7.5 carbs left over for today so I am hoping that I am still okay as far as going over the 30 carbs.

~Amanda

lulu201
01-04-2004, 05:44 AM
:hug: for you, Amanda. It sounds like you're had quite a struggle with the Munchie Monster (as Doreen and I call him) the last couple of days, but I think you're coming out ahead! There were TONS of temptations that you've resisted at home and at all these social functions that you've been to (let's think of that chocolate muffin, shall we?) and you deserve to pat yourself on the back.

I hope the :sunny: comes out today (that ole Munchie Monster hates light, you know) so you can get out and get some fresh air AND celebrate all of the GOOD choices you've been able to make.
Remember that all your WISH friends are struggling, too; we understand. ::yes::

Take care,
Erin

PS Amanda, it REALLY is time for you to reward yourself with that clippie bear! :Pinkbounc

septbride2002
01-04-2004, 11:21 AM
I don't know - the clippie bear doesn't feel to self confident yet to come out of hiding ;) Maybe in a day or so.

I will admit the Munchie Monster was on my back yesterday but I did resist a lot of other things that would have been really really bad. Things like popcorn that DH popped about 9pm, Chocolate, regular soda, and a frozen pizza that he also made. I wish I had his metabolism.

The :sunny: is not out today :( and it is very cold here in St. Louis. I think I will do my pilates tapes today to stretch myself out. Hopefully it will warm up a little bit during the week so I can get back to walking and running outside. I don't own a treadmill.

Breakfast: 2 fried eggs with Cheese - 4 carbs and Bacon
(making dh an egg, biscuit, and bacon as well) Only making one biscuit so that there won't be any for me to have.

Lunch: Big Question mark here. I might make a cheeseburger with some celery sticks to munch on.

Dinner: Pork Chops, mashed Cauliflowerk with cheese and some bacon crumbles.

I need to work on my water today I didn't have hardly any yesterday and stuck more to Crystal Light and diet soda.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-04-2004, 01:38 PM
Amanda, you have made it through some TOUGH TIMES!! Here's an extra :hug: - this will get easier, I promise!! I know the 2 weeks before TOM my cravings drive me nuts - could that be part of your problem? Just knowing those cravings will go away soon helps me get through. :D Erin & I call that time our D-Zone (D for Danger!). I think you're doing very well considering all you've had to endure! Pat yourself on the back, and where's that bear?? I bet he'll be standing proudly in your signature within a few days!! ::yes::

I'm sore in my upper arms and shoulders today - it must have been from my power walking yesterday. Glad to know I'm not the only one experiencing this - I figured my legs would be hurting but they feel pretty good. :confused:

Your menus are looking good but are seeming a bit repetitive. Maybe it's time to try some new recipes?? I know when my low-carb food gets boring, then the carby junk seems much more interesting. If I'm treating myself to low-carb food that tastes great, then I really don't crave the other stuff.

Hang in there, Amanda! :sunny: :sunny: :sunny:

septbride2002
01-04-2004, 02:06 PM
You are right Doe my menus are a bit repetitive which is one problem I do find with a low carb diet. I can't go grocery shopping until Friday though when DH gets paid. One thing I know for sure I am going to make is some chicken lasagna using zucchini as noodles.

I think I might make some Tuna Salad today and I haven't had that in awhile. I am craving soup at the moment but don't have the ingredients here to make any. So I am going to pick up stuff to make vegetable beef soup when I go to the grocery store as well.

Did 30 minutes of Pilates this morning and yikes my ab muscles are out of shape. I did 15 minutes of ab concentration and 15 minutes of arm concentration. I did arm moves without weights today because they are still a little sore.

~Amanda
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I can't believe how little carbs I've had today. Especially coming off of yesterday where I was craving carbs.

I had 4 carbs and breakfast and 2 carbs at lunch and that was it! Tonight for dinner I am making delicious pork chops with a BBQ rub involving spices and lemon juice so <1 carb for that. I am making mashed cauliflower and green bean casserole. A little high in carbs but I've been so good! I am also going to award myself with a small chocolate peanut butter treat this evening for being so good today. I've had 4 glasses of water and only one diet soda. I'm going to have another soda with dinner and then drink water for the rest of the evening.

Tomorrow I am back to work. B: Protein Shake - 9 carbs, L: Left overs from tonight, D: I think hotdogs and sausages.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-05-2004, 08:28 AM
Good Morning! Well....at least morning. I had the hardest time falling asleep last night. I was wide awake at 1a.m. this morning - not good when you have to get up at 7a.m. for work. But I drug my sorry butt out of bed and am at work now:( Tonight when I get home we will be watching my 2 year old nephew again for at least 4 hours - so no exercising tonight.

Since I woke up kinda late this morning I didn't have time to blend my protein shake so I grabbed my egg muffins - 2

septbride2002
01-05-2004, 08:28 AM
Good Morning! Well....at least morning. I had the hardest time falling asleep last night. I was wide awake at 1a.m. this morning - not good when you have to get up at 7a.m. for work. But I drug my sorry butt out of bed and am at work now:( Tonight when I get home we will be watching my 2 year old nephew again for at least 4 hours - so no exercising tonight.

Since I woke up kinda late this morning I didn't have time to blend my protein shake so I grabbed my egg muffins - 2 carbs and I've got my watter bottle here filled and ready to drink. After breakfast I will take my vitamin. After I finish my first 2 glasses of water I am getting a soda so that the caffine will help wake me up. Diet soda of course!

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-05-2004, 09:27 AM
Amanda, it can be HARD to get back into the old routine. In a few days, you'll be used to waking up early again and you will have time to get your breakfast shake ready! What do you put in your shake?

I ran out of Designer Whey protein a while ago. Finally bought more yesterday, so sometime this week I'll mix a scoop of protein powder, water, strawberries and ice for my breakfast shake. Occasionally I throw in half a banana.

Glad to hear things are going better as far as carbs! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-05-2004, 06:34 PM
Ever have one of those days when nothing sounds good? Well that was me today. Nothing sounded good for lunch so I made a mock cheese and broccoli soup. Basically used Cream of Chicken soup, broccoli and cheddar cheese and mixed it all together. It really wasn't that bad. I am estimating 12 carbs for lunch today and 2 for breakfast only brings me up to 14 carbs for the day. DH told me he wanted pizza for dinner tonight - Pizza is a huge weakness for me so I got a protein bar at work and ate that about 4pm so that I wouldn't be starving at 6pm tonight (4 carbs for the bar) and I ordered a large peporoni (not my favorite) for DH and a chef's salad with cheese, salami, ham, and turkey. My plan is to eat the salad first and then perhaps have two slices of thin crust pizza (4inch square). I think I will be okay since I only have 18 carbs for the day so I still have 12 to spare. Water I am doing okay on today but will probably drink more with dinner.

And guess what - I stuck to my plan! My salad was so good I could have finished it but stopped myself because I want it for tomorrow for lunch. I drank another 2 glasses of water and feel great! I could just picture everyone behind me encouraging me to stick to my plan. This is the first time ever that I have not given up and eat 5 or 6 slices of pizza. I am very proud of me.

~Amanda

PS...My Bear Clippie felt brave enough to come out after tonight.

septbride2002
01-06-2004, 08:22 AM
I don't know how you Mom's do it with having kids. 4 hours with a 2 year old is plenty for me. I am so tired today I can't even see straight.

B: 2 egg muffins - 3 carbs (they were on the big side), diet coke (I need the caffine and I can't get a flavored coffee) and my vitamins (please bring me energy).

L: What is leftover from my salad last night (YUMMY)

D: ??? I think I might make cheeseburgers or hotdogs tonight. I want something simple since I have a feeling I am going to crash when I get home.

If somehow I muddle out of this funk I will workout tonight doing a Walk Away the Pounds tape - 2 miles. It is freezing here in St. Louis - only 20 degrees - way to cold for walking or running outside. I wish I owned a treadmill.

~Amanda
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Dinner plans have changed because this morning I got a call that my friend is pregnant after months of trying so we are all going out to our favorite sports bar Buffalo Wild Wings. I usually just order wings here but I am getting a little tired of them so I think I am going to order a Blackened Chicken Salad with dinner. Tonight the scrapbooking bug has really bit me so I think I am going to do that so that my mind can rest instead of exercising. It is just to darn cold! Hopefully it will be warmer tomorrow. I did finally wake up this morning thanks to two diet sodas and my vitamins. Lunch was very delicious but I am HUNGRY at the moment. And I didn't think to bring anything to work to munch on, so I am trying to drinks lots of water to combat the hungries. I am betting I've consumed only 5 carbs today so far so I am very much under my 30. My salad tonight will be little to no carbs as well. I'm not going to indulge in anything tonight like an extra chocolate because I think that is causing me to stall a little. I've had little to know weight loss despite being cheat free for going on 6 days.

This looks to be another great day! And I really have Erin and Doe to thank for helping me to be cheat free. I've never gone more then a day or two of being cheat free (hence why the bear stayed away for so long).

~Amanda

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Ate a protein bar before dinner so I wouldn't be starving once I got there and then bing. (4 carbs)

Drank water with dinner and ordered the blacken chicken caeser salad and removed all the crutons. Did have 2 french fries with cheese on them and one mini corn dog. I have plenty of carbs left for the day so I'm sure I am fine.

The rest of the evening will be water and sugar free jello so I am going to roll over my clippie.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-07-2004, 08:32 AM
Good Morning! Another Day - Another Dollar!

B: Protein Smoothie - I guess I didn't put enough stuff in it this morning because it was kinda small so I grabbed a protein bar just in case. Smoothie - 9 carbs

S: Protein Bar - 4 carbs

L: Subway - I'm going to try the Turkey Bacon Wrap this afternoon - 11 carbs

D: Double Cheeseburger in a lettuice cup. Yum. - 2 carbs

S: Sugar Free Jello

Exercise: Planning on doing the 2 mile walk tape this evening when I get home before even having dinner - that way it is done and out of the way and I can relax the rest of the evening. I think that is my issue with working out - I get home and all relaxed and then it is hard to get motivated to get in the evening.

~Amanda

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Whoops! HUGE miscalculation today. A girl at work received these very fancy whopper chocolate candy type thing and was letting everyone try them. I checked the box and they were 6 carbs a piece and I thought, "Oh I have plenty of carbs left if I eat this I'll have 4 left for dinner tonight and since I'm only going to use 2 carbs with dinner I'll be fine." About an hour after I ate my candy I remembered - I ate the Protein bar this morning along with my smoothie which left me with no carbs left for tonight. Oh no! So I rechecked my numbers and I will use 1 carb at dinner tonight which makes my carb intake 31 for today. I will not be having any extras like celery and creamcheese with my burger and that is okay. I'll be having sugar free jello tonight with my meal which will make my plate look full. I am not counting this as a cheat but a simple mis caluclation. If I had remembered about the protein bar then I would have refused the candy because I really didn't want it that badly but since I had the carbs free (or at least thought I did) I figured - why not? That will teach me.

24 oz of water taken in today and I'm about to drink 16 more oz. now.

Exercise is done for the day! My plan of doing it first thing when I got home worked out perfect.

~Amanda

lulu201
01-08-2004, 07:08 AM
:sunny: :sunny: Good morning, Amanda!:sunny: :sunny:
You are looking quite radiant, Dahling, in your Cheat Free Clippie!
Hooray for you! I'm so glad that you decided to post it--it's a tribute to the hard work that you've put in to your program. The exercise, the healthy choices, the saying "no" that we have to do sometimes--your victories are represented in that little bear for all to see.

As far as miscalculations go, we all make 'em. The important thing is that you caught it and modified the rest of the day the best you could. No cheating there, that's for sure.

Have a great day, Amanda, and applaud yourself for all the positive changes you're making in your life!

Erin

septbride2002
01-08-2004, 08:29 AM
Thanks for posting Erin! I was starting to feel a little lonely in my journal :)

Woke up this morning feeling like I've been hit by a truck. I had a very restless night with strange dreams. I realized I forgot to take my vitamin yesterday so that is a priority for me today.

B: Egg Muffing - 2
L: ???Not real sure but I am thinking Tuna Salad with Celery Sticks.
D: ?? Again not sure - I'm sort of working without a plan here which I know isn't good. Nothing really sounds good to me today. I can't wait to go grocery shopping so that I can get some different things to eat because I'm a little burnt out on my menus for the moment. I'm going to check out Atkins sight so I can get some new recipe ideas.

Exercise: Same plan as yesterday - gonna go home and do the 2 mile walk tape. It takes about 27 minutes to do the 2 miles at 4.0 mph pace. I know that I will need to increase it - but for now this little tape helps me stay in shape so that when I start walking/running outside again I don't have to start from the beginning. This weekend it is going to get up into the 40's - still cold but I might go for a power walk anyway.

I'm off to another cheat free day!

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-08-2004, 06:52 PM
Man I hit a brick wall today. About 3pm I started getting that dizzy feeling like your blood sugar is to low. Plus everyone at work was eating these very good looking browines and cookies a guy brought in from Mrs. Fields. I had a mini twix bar - 9 carbs. Along with my whopping 2 carbs from breakfast and lunch I have had 11 carbs for the day. I got off work late so I didn't workout and DH made dinner. Pork Chop (over cooked) greenbean casserole (okay 10 carbs per serving) and Fettuicini Alfredo (thanks babe but can't have) I had a couple bites. So my dinner was less then satisfying I was really wanting Cheddar Brocooli soup from Panera Bread and was about to suggest it when I realized he was cooking dinner. He was trying so hard I hated to tell him no. I'm gonna go make a hotdog with cheese (no bun) and then lay on the couch. Hopefully I'll have more energy later. Vitamin was taken today.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-08-2004, 07:43 PM
Amanda I hope you get your energy and appetite back soon! Here's some extra pixie dust :wizard: to help you feel better fast!

I've been neglecting journals lately but I've caught up on yours! Your bear is looking so proud, just as he should be!! You've been doing an amazing job, Amanda! You were so sweet to eat what DH cooked for you - he really was trying to do a nice thing. ::yes:: My DH will offer to go out and pick up dinner but he doesn't cook :D .

Keep it up, Amanda, step by step! :sunny: Count each day as a victory!! ::yes::

septbride2002
01-09-2004, 08:29 AM
Good Morning. Last night was tough since DH gave me a lot of low carb but also low protein food for dinner last night (greenbeans and 1 small hotdog) I was starving by 9p.m. I ate a protein bar so that I could sleep without my tummy keeping me up. So I had 35 carbs yesterday.

Today's plan - THANK GOODNESS IT IS FRIDAY! DH got paid so I am off to the grocery store after work today and I've got lots and lots of new recipes to try.

B: Protein Bar: Protein - 22 grams, Carbs - 4
Water - 16oz.
L: Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli soup from Panera Bread - 12 grams of Carbs,
Water - 16 oz.
D: Not sure yet - whatever looks good from what I buy at the grocery store. I might go ahead and make the vegetable beef soup tonight so that I is what I'll be having for dinner then.

~Amanda
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Oh my God! That Soup tasted like heaven at lunch today. Yummy! I haven't really drank a lot of water today so I am going to have to make up for it tonight. Went grocery shopping and got lots of stuff to make lots of easy meals. Tonight we are having Vegetable Beef Soup. Took Beef, Zuchini, greenbeans, Cauliflower, and 1/2 bag of assorted Veggies and mixed it all together. I'm estimating about 6 carbs per bag although I think that might be high since the assorted veggies aren't that much in there.

Also picked up heavy whipping cream to make some legal desserts.

I own this long sleeved white shirt that is kinda tight, when I bought it I thought I would only wear it under things. Today I wore it under a Rams Jersey well after 2 hours of everyone calling me Issac Bruce I took the Jersey off and felt so uncomfortable wearing just the white shirt. One of the guys I work with (who is really really cute) was talking to me and I mentioned I was uncomfortable today. He was like, "Why?" So I just said well this shirt is kinda tight and it makes me feel self-conscious. Again, "Why?" And I didn't want to say - Because I'm fat, so I just said - well because it does. And he says, "Well don't worry because you have nothing to worry about." Made me feel like a million bucks. DH commented that I looked cute when I came home to.

~Amanda

littleducksmom
01-09-2004, 12:11 PM
hi amanda........sorry i just havent had the time to get to everyone's journals for a few days........including my own......remember even if dont write i am still thinking bout my mo buddy........anyways looks like you have had a few good cheat free days.....hooray!!!!!!.........tell ya what if you do your power walk outside tomorrow, i'll do my run outside......as long as this little bit of snow disappears.........i dont like slick spots when i run..........let me know what you plan to do.

septbride2002
01-09-2004, 06:53 PM
Littleduck- I'll be running outside tomorrow morning before the Rams Game!

So nice I'm posting it twice:

I own this long sleeved white shirt that is kinda tight, when I bought it I thought I would only wear it under things. Today I wore it under a Rams Jersey well after 2 hours of everyone calling me Issac Bruce I took the Jersey off and felt so uncomfortable wearing just the white shirt. One of the guys I work with (who is really really cute) was talking to me and I mentioned I was uncomfortable today. He was like, "Why?" So I just said well this shirt is kinda tight and it makes me feel self-conscious. Again, "Why?" And I didn't want to say - Because I'm fat, so I just said - well because it does. And he says, "Well don't worry because you have nothing to worry about." Made me feel like a million bucks. DH commented that I looked cute when I came home to.

lulu201
01-10-2004, 05:31 AM
:Pinkbounc Hey, Amanda! You're looking good and feeling fine! :Pinkbounc DH better watch out--you're going to be turning lots of heads now!

Congratulations on your cheat free successes. It's a new day filled with lots of challenges, but you can conquer them--I have no doubt. Go, Amanda!:hyper:

Have a great weekend,
Erin

septbride2002
01-10-2004, 07:50 AM
Thanks Erin! I will say I feel great and yesterday I felt like I had so much self confidence.

Today is going to be a very DANGEROUS Day! There is a Rams Playoff Football party at my house and that means - lots and lots of snacky foods. I'm making a pot of Chili (which I don't like so no worries there) and will have hot dogs and cheese for everyone (so that's okay). But then there will be chex mix out, and other snacky foods that people are bringing. I'll have my diet soda and water so that is okay. I think I'll eat a very big lunch before everyone gets here at 3pm so I won't be so easily tempted. I've decided to allow myself 55 carbs today which is legal on Protein Power - technically it is in phase II but I figure it is a special day. I'm allowing myself one coffee this morning - 5 carbs, breakfast will be Eggs and Cheese (2 carbs) and like I said a BIG Lunch of Chicken Breast, Salad, and Grilled Zuchhini. I'm also going to go walking this afternoon and exercising always helps me to stay focused on my goal.

~Amanda

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Breakfast - 2 eggs and cheese - 3carbs; Coffee - 5 carbs = 8 carbs

Exercise: Walked half and ran half - not sure on distance but it took me about 25 minutes. I'll have to check distance. But I did it outside - How ya doing Littleduck?

Lunch: Planning on grilling a chicken breast with some seasonings and making some veggies to go along with it. Plan on eating about 2 or 2:30 since guest are coming over at 3:00 p.m. and then the snack foods will be out.

septbride2002
01-10-2004, 07:52 PM
I didn't do as well as I wanted to. I had one hot dog with a bun and had some little smokies wrapped in croissants plus snacked on some chex mix. I'm sure I am over the 55 grams of carbs I set for myself today. Although I was low in carbs before the game - only 9 used. But the bun alone had 24 carbs in it.

Good points today:

Stuck to Diet Soda and Water
Avoided the Brownies
Avoided the chips and dip
Stopped eating at 8pm
Did my walk/run


Not sure if I am going to count today as cheat free or not. I'm sure I'm over the 55 carbs, but I don't think I'm way over them. Not sure how many carbs were in those croissants. I'm going to sit on it tonight and see how I feel about it. Also anyone want to chime in on what they think please do so. And be honest - don't try to spare my feelings. Even if this day counts as a cheat it really is only a minor setback and it is back to program tomorrow.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-10-2004, 08:10 PM
Amanda, what a difficult decision! Cheat free or not cheat free? It's a tough call. You did so well in avoiding so many temptations and you exercised (extra points for exercising in such COLD weather outside!!). On the other hand, a hot dog bun AND multiple little croissants AND chex mix???? Not the best choices....but I'd also be wondering how many total carbs you had today. How close were you to 55 carbs?

I'm afraid you'll have to make this decision, because it's too close for me to call! I can see both sides of this one - yeah, you didn't make great choices, but on the other hand you didn't really go off the deep end either. I'm leaning toward keeping the cheat free clippie unless you feel like you were binge-eating all those carbs.

You probably ate healthier than you would have at the same party last year, right? If you were not mindlessly chowing down on everything in sight, then I think you should keep your bear!

Make sure you drink lots of water and get right back to plan tomorrow, OK? You did good today!

septbride2002
01-11-2004, 08:17 AM
Well after sleeping on it and journaling a lot I've decided to not count yesterday as cheat free. I had the hotdog on the bun because I thought I could avoid the chex mix and I knew deep down inside I shouldn't have had that AND the croissants so the day was definately not cheat free.

I have decided to keep my little bear in my signature because I did go 9 days cheat free until yesterday and that is a big accomplishment to me. Plus in reality yesterday could have been a lot worse and the old me would have eaten brownies, drank alcohol, and had 2 or 3 hotdogs. Plus 9 days ago I would have said well what does it matter that I binge on Sunday to, I'll just start again on Monday. Well not this time! I'm starting back up today. 30 carbs or less, walk/run outside, and lots of water to flush out everything from yesterday. I will continue to add days to my bear, I just won't count yesterday....if that is okay with everyone else. Otherwise I'll start a new bear all together. :)

Plan today:
B: water, eggs, and cheese - 2 carbs
L: Vegetable Beef Soup - 6 carbs
S: Chocolate Mouse - 4.5 carbs
D: Not sure yet. DH might do his chili so I might be on my own. Or I may make a new recipe I have for chicken stuffed with broccoli.

Doe thanks for answering me back last night and for being honest. I appreciate it and took what you said into consideration while making my decision.

~Amanda
YES!!! Well my scale has been going nuts and I haven't really seen a change in my weight so today I took a 5lb weight and placed in on the scale and then adjusted the scale so that it was accurate for the weight. I then stepped on it and gues what it said 156lbs! That is almost a 10 lb loss in the last 9 days! I'm thrilled (as you can imagine) I'm gonna go grab a 5lb clippie!

~Amanda

Followed everything today except for the Mouse - haven't really had any yet. Dinner was a frozen breaded chicken breast - 12 carbs and a salad - 3 carbs. If I'm hungry I'll have some of my mousse during "Alias" this evening.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-11-2004, 09:32 PM
Well I am signed up for the half marathon at Disney for 2005 and guess what...my hubby signed up as well. After talking to the neighbor about it he decided that he wanted to join me. I am so excited because this gets him more involved in my weightloss which means be may become more supportive. We are planning on going down for just the weekend of the race. Can't do another big long trip to soon.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-12-2004, 04:26 AM
Amanda, you are just full of good news!!

:jumping3: 5 POUND CLIPPIE!! :jumping3:

Look at that beautiful new clippie you're wearing, girlfriend!! Congratulations! It sounds like that 10 pound clippie won't be far behind!

:cool1: :cool1: You AND DH doing the half!! :cool1: :cool1:

It's great to have a partner to train with! It will also be great to have DH sharing this goal with you and being supportive!

I bet you'll be walking on air today, Amanda! Make it a great one!

lulu201
01-12-2004, 05:36 AM
Hi, Amanda! Wow! So much has been happening to you! Congratulations on signing up for the half marathon and for putting a new clippie into your wardrobe! You're really leading the healthy life!

Make today a great one!
Erin

septbride2002
01-12-2004, 08:29 AM
Thanks Erin and Doreen I am feeling better today regarding everything! I am back to being cheat free as of today (there was a minor slip up yesterday)

B: 2 egg muffins - 3 carbs
L: Vegetable Beef Soup - 6 carbs
D: ??? I'll decide when I go home for lunch today what I feel like cooking.
Exercise: I think I'll do 15 minutes pilates on the tummy area.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-12-2004, 08:29 AM
Thanks Erin and Doreen I am feeling better today regarding everything! I am back to being cheat free as of today (there was a minor slip up yesterday)

B: 2 egg muffins - 3 carbs
L: Vegetable Beef Soup - 6 carbs
D: ??? I'll decide when I go home for lunch today what I feel like cooking.
Exercise: I think I'll do 15 minutes pilates on the tummy area.

~Amanda
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It has been a great day! Stuck to my plan although I added 3 slices of Salami and 1 slice of cheese to my lunch for an extra 2 carbs.

Dinner was a low carb wrap from Subway - just can't get enough of those. 9 carbs (extra carb for green peppers and DH forgot to put cheese on it :rolleyes: )

I had 6 Skittles today and a small sip of regular soda (To sweet!) so I will not be consuming any more food tonight unless it is a zero carb food like celery.

DH and I went for our first walk together training for the marathon. We did 30 minutes of walking. We are going to try to do this every other day if the weather holds up.::yes::

Realy was a great day and I am glad to be back to the same old grind. It helps me stay on track more. Tomorrow night we are going to a friend's house to watch "24" in High Def :D we are dorks. He is going to order Pizza - I'm gonna ask if we can get a salad too so that I won't chow down on pizza. :) I'll also eat low on the carb end and eat a protein bar before we go over there.

:)

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-13-2004, 08:14 AM
Good Morning!:Pinkbounc

I'm feeling great today although my muscles are telling me that we need to take a break from walking tonight. I have been sleeping really really well the last two nights. I don't know if it is all the exercise or if it is the fact that my home is a little cooler at night now.

Plan for today.
b: Egg Muffin - (2 carbs)
L: Cajun Grilled Fish and Cauliflower with cheese (4 carbs)
D: We are going to a friends house and ordering pizza. I asked him last night if we culd also order a salad so that is my plan. Lots of salad and 1 or 2 small slices of pizza. Drinking water during the evening.

I am keeping the carbs low during the day today because of the situation tonight. I do have a protein bar at my desk should I end up being hungry during the day.

No exercise tongiht - I'm giving myself the night off. Tomorrow they are saying we should reach the 50's so DH and I will be doing another 30 minute walk.

~Amanda

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Wow I'm really hungry today. Had a sugar free Hot chocolate after breakfast - 8 carbs so I only ate half the amount of greenbeans - 2 carbs, and then needed the protein bar about 4pm for 4 carbs. I'm at 16 carbs at the moment. Still plenty of room for salad and a little bit of pizza. :D

Thank goodness I am not working out tonight because I really do think my body needs a break. Yesterday made 3 days in a row walking/running. :hyper:

septbride2002
01-13-2004, 10:46 PM
Well I made it through tonight. Stuck to diet soda or water, ate a salad and stuck to two slices of pizza. Our friend ordered thick crust pizza, and the place we ordered it from only carried garden salad so there was no meat on my salad at all. So after eating it all I was still starving since it really had very little protein, so I decided to eat two of the smaller slices of pizza and to avoid eating the outside crust. I did pretty good! I may have gone over slightly in carbs but since I stuck to my plan I am giving myself a cheat free day.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-14-2004, 08:13 AM
Good Morning everyone. Oh how I wish the :sunny: would come up and brighten my world today. It was another hard day of getting up and getting motivated. Plan is the same as usual today:

B: Egg Muffin - 2 carbs
L: Vegetable Beef Soup - 6 carbs
D: Grilled Chicken Breast, with Grilled Veggies, or may cut up the chicken and make a salad. I haven't really decided yet.

We have a lot of things to do tonight and both DH and I are working late. here is our to do:

Walk 30 minutes
Make Dinner
Make up breakfast items for the rest of the week
Make Sugar Free Jello
Finish Laundry

Doesn't look like much but with both of us not getting home until 6 or 6:30 it is going to be a full evening.

Anyone got any breakfast ideas - I'm getting kinda tired of egg muffins. I think I might just make some meat roll ups or something like that.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-14-2004, 08:33 AM
Amanda, I've been known to eat tuna salad for breakfast - YUM! Breakfast is definitely my toughest meal of the day, since I am not a big fan of eggs. :rolleyes: I rely on protein bars way too much so I should be looking for other breakfast ideas myself!

You've been doing well. However, I'd double-check the carbs on that thick crust pizza. We always order thin crust - it makes a big difference. On Fitday, the same slice of pizza (1/8 of a 12 inch cheese pizza) is 19 carbs for thin crust and 28 carbs for thick crust. I don't know how much to subtract if you don't eat the end. :confused: I'm impressed with how you knew it would be a difficult eating situation, you made your plan and you stuck to it! You may want to take some legal snacks with you next time, like nuts or sunflower seeds, that you can share and that will give you the extra protein and fat to help you feel full.

You're doing great with your walking too, and I'm glad that you took a rest day. Your body NEEDS them, so don't be afraid to schedule them.

Onward and downward, Amanda! Have a fantastic day! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-14-2004, 09:54 AM
Hiya Doe! Yes I realize I went over the 30 carb limit yesterday because of those 2 slices of pizza - however I am still giving myself the cheat free day because I stuck to my plan. The only difference is that usually the salad I order has lots of meat and cheese in it and if I had that pizza I would have been fine with skipping the thick crust pizza. But since it was only greens I knew if that was all I ate that I would be hungry again in an hour and by the time I got home I would be eating everything in site. In the past I would have eaten 3 large slices of pizza, regular coke, and not have thought twice about it. So I've come a long way :D

I am actually thinking of making egg salad for breakfast for the rest of the week. Sounds good and will be full of protein and low in carbs.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-14-2004, 10:15 AM
I'm sorry Amanda! I didn't mean to say that you didn't deserve to count yesterday as cheat-free! You did great in making a plan, hanging in there and doing the best you could, given a tough situation! I know you had no control over what your friend ordered and you did great! I'd call that cheat-free, for sure!!

I just wanted you to realize how many carbs are in that thick crust pizza. I was really surprised to find out how many extra carbs are in the thick crust, as opposed to the thin crust - so I thought you might be surprised too. It amazes me that a little extra crust can add so many carbs. Now DH and I only order thin crust - even our kids like it better!

Didn't mean to seem critical - I'm so sorry if it came out that way. Sometimes it's tough to convey an idea and the feelings behind it.

:hug:

littleducksmom
01-14-2004, 02:11 PM
hi amanda.........i thought i saw that you were doing the marathon too?.........sorry if i got this wrong as i dont see a clippie on your profile.........when i get back from florida, let's challenge each other again..........sometimes being accountable to someone keeps the motivation going.........keep up the good work even thru tough situations........proud of you!

septbride2002
01-14-2004, 09:17 PM
Hey Deb! Yes I'm going to be down for the marathon in 2005 I haven't put the clip art in yet because when I have to many it takes forever for my pages to download...and I'm not a patient person.

I didn't do to bad today:
B: Eggs - 2 carbs
S: Sugar Free Hot Chocolate - 8 carbs
L: Veggie and Beef Soup - 6 carbs
S: 1 Hersheys Kiss - 3 carbs
D: Chicken Breast with Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cheese - 4 carbs
S: Cinnamon and Splenda roasted Almonds - 8 carbs 1/2 cup low carb icecream - 4

35 carbs for the day. The Chocolate and sweet cravings are really hitting me today. Probably because of the extra carbs from yesterday. I'm not going to count the day as cheat free because of this. Although I really did make healthy choices - so I am not beating myself up over it. I'm just not giving myself the cheat free day because I didn't stick to my plan.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-15-2004, 08:30 AM
Good Morning Everyone! I am feeling FANTASTIC today! I weighed myself again this morning and I am holding stead at 156 lbs - from prior dieting experiences I know that I typically hit a plateau at 155lbs so I am going to be really watching my carbs over the next week and doing my walking/running and will hopefully bust right through that plateau.

I am wearing one of the smallest outfits I own. I thought to myself this morning if you keep wearing your baggy clothes you are going to lose focus. So I went into the back of my closet and got out a pair of pants that 2 months ago I couldn't sit down in and keep the button closed. Today no problem. They are still a little tight but not so uncomfortable that I can't wear them. And I have on a semi-tight red sweater that I love that was also in the back of my closet. I feel like a million bucks today. My goal is to get these pants baggy on my as well.

Plan for today:
I need to avoid the Hot Chocolate it is eating up 8 carbs whick is almost 1/3 or my daily intake. No more Hershey's Kisses.

B: Egg Salad - 4 carbs (and really yummy)
L: Leftovers from last night. Chicken Breast and Cauliflower/broccoli with cheese - 4 carbs
D: Debating on either Broccoli stuffed Chicken, or a mushroom and chicken dish I have the recipe for as well. Or we might make it simple and do burgers.
Exercise: It is really cold here again so I am going to go home and do my Walk Away the Pounds tape before DH gets home. That at least is walking 2 miles in place :D

*****BIG NEWS! ****
Last night I was going to have a half a cup on Low Carb ice cream cause DH was going to pick some up for me at the store. I even journaled it here. Well he couldn't find any - he bought regular ice cream. I thought to myself well I had already decided to not count today as cheat free so what does it matter if it is full carb... but then I resisted. So I can count yesterday as cheat free now! :D

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-15-2004, 08:30 AM
Good Morning Everyone! I am feeling FANTASTIC today! I weighed myself again this morning and I am holding stead at 156 lbs - from prior dieting experiences I know that I typically hit a plateau at 155lbs so I am going to be really watching my carbs over the next week and doing my walking/running and will hopefully bust right through that plateau.

I am wearing one of the smallest outfits I own. I thought to myself this morning if you keep wearing your baggy clothes you are going to lose focus. So I went into the back of my closet and got out a pair of pants that 2 months ago I couldn't sit down in and keep the button closed. Today no problem. They are still a little tight but not so uncomfortable that I can't wear them. And I have on a semi-tight red sweater that I love that was also in the back of my closet. I feel like a million bucks today. My goal is to get these pants baggy on my as well.

Plan for today:
I need to avoid the Hot Chocolate it is eating up 8 carbs whick is almost 1/3 or my daily intake. No more Hershey's Kisses.

B: Egg Salad - 4 carbs (and really yummy)
L: Leftovers from last night. Chicken Breast and Cauliflower/broccoli with cheese - 4 carbs
D: Debating on either Broccoli stuffed Chicken, or a mushroom and chicken dish I have the recipe for as well. Or we might make it simple and do burgers.
Exercise: It is really cold here again so I am going to go home and do my Walk Away the Pounds tape before DH gets home. That at least is walking 2 miles in place :D

*****BIG NEWS! ****
Last night I was going to have a half a cup on Low Carb ice cream cause DH was going to pick some up for me at the store. I even journaled it here. Well he couldn't find any - he bought regular ice cream. I thought to myself well I had already decided to not count today as cheat free so what does it matter if it is full carb... but then I resisted. So I can count yesterday as cheat free now! :D

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-15-2004, 09:21 AM
:jumping3: CHEAT FREE DAY!! :jumping3:

Good for you, Amanda!! You should be very proud of you for resisting that evil carby ice cream!

:Pinkbounc SMALLER CLOTHES :Pinkbounc

Doesn't it feel great?? I bet you are glowing today, walking on air, in that beautiful outfit! ENJOY!! ::yes::

Keep it up, Amanda! Your healthy habits will get you through! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-15-2004, 09:08 PM
Well I can't count today as cheat free and the reason is stupid stupid stupid.:rolleyes:

Stuck to my plan but this afternoon decided I wanted to get some coffee because it was really cool in our building. I checked online and saw that an Espresso was on 1 carb - I figured I could actd one or two splenda packets for 3 carbs. Got to the counter and ordered a Latte - why because for some reason that is what I thought I was suppose to order. Added only one splenda packet and it was really good. Went back online to check something out and do you know what I see. One Latte, non-fat milk - 18 carbs. :mad: #%&$! :mad: Dinner was a Double Thick burger at Hardees - net 3 carbs. So today I had. 42 carbs today because I also snacked on some honey roasted peanuts at lunch ( 6 carbs). Augh. I'm not mad about "cheating" I'm mad that I was so forgetful. So anyway - I'm not going to beat myself up over this it was a mistake and I now know better in the future.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-16-2004, 07:17 AM
Good morning, Amanda! :sunny:

The great part about today is.....it's a new day! A new beginning, a new chance to eat healthy! Our cute little bears both say 12 at this point. Mine is gonna get changed to 13 later this evening - wanna join me?? :happy1: We can do it! ::yes::

septbride2002
01-16-2004, 08:08 AM
Good Morning. I had a restless night last night so I am extra tired this morning. Bring on the Diet Pepsi for some Caffine! I forgot to mention yesterday that I did do my exercise tape last night so that part I did stay focused. DH and I need to walk on both Saturday and Sunday morning this weekend.

B: Egg Salad
L: Not sure - I guess whatever looks good when I get home. Might grill some fish, might just make a salad, or eat some lunch meat and cheese.
D: Chicken breast and veggies.

Doing a scrapbooking thing tonight with my SIL and I hope there are no snacks. I've got a very busy weekend a head of me which is a bit of a bummer because I would really like to relax at home this weekend. One of the things I am doing is bridesmaid dress shopping but being 10 lbs lighter will hopefully make that more enjoyable. I weighed myself this morning (I couldn't help it) and it sadi 155lbs which would be 10 lbs - but I am going to see if I can maintain that over the weekend before I put on my new clippie.

~Amanda

lulu201
01-16-2004, 08:19 AM
:sunny: :sunny: Hi, Amanda! :sunny: :sunny: I had such fun reading your journal this morning! You've got so much to celebrate--wearing your "skinny" clothes, a new clippie on the way, making better choices for yourself! :Pinkbounc I'm happy for you!

I didn't advance my little bear yesterday, so I'm going to join you and Doe in the challenge to make today cheat free, OK? The more the merrier, I always say.:cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

Have fun bridesmaid dress shopping; I think that you're going to really feel pride in yourself when you go to try on some new things. I hope that you realize all the positive changes you're making in your life--modifying how you eat at parties, when you go out for dinner, planning for exercise--these are truly lifestyle changes that are becoming a part of who you are. There's no going back, Amanda. You're becoming a stunning new you!princess:

Enjoy your weekend, but carve out some of that time you need just for yourself.

:hug: ,
Erin

septbride2002
01-17-2004, 02:43 PM
Wow what a day so far! I woke up very very late this morning so I had to run in the shower get ready and make a breakfast in about 30 minutes of my friend arriving. I had an egg with cheese. I needed a soda/caffine and drank half a mountain dew - not the best choice - I know. So I'm off to a bad foot and I know I won't be able to count this day as cheat free already. GO bridesmaid shopping. It is so nice to go shopping and actually be able to wear some of the dresses. I love being 10 pounds lighter and my friend even commented on my weightloss. We found our dress which is just awesome. Lunch was at bread company which was a bowl of broccoli cheese soup - 12 carbs, water, and a little bit of the roll. Dinner tonight is at a steak house. I'll be sticking to meat and veggies during the meal and drinking lots of water. Even though I can't count today as cheat free I know that I am doing the best that I can and still making better decisions then I would have in the past.

I was however cheat free for yesterday so I will be rolling my bear over since I haven't done that yet! Everyone have a good day and I will see ya tomorrow.

~Amanda

A1A1
01-17-2004, 09:49 PM
I am just finishing page 1 of your journal. Just wanted to post a "hello" before I finish reading. Will check-in and read more tomorrow.......

Have a good day!

septbride2002
01-18-2004, 08:03 AM
Let me start this by saying "I'm not a wine drinker." Last night at the steak house my friend talked me into splitting a bottle of red wine. It was really good red wine. My meal was a 8 oz Filet Mignon, 7 grilled shrimp, grilled veggies, and dinner salad. The meal was to die for. So were the 3 glasses of wine that I drank. And here is what is funny about wine...it doesn't hit ya until you stand up. So after we are done with our meal I proceed to stand up and it hits me. "I'm drunk." :upsidedow: Know what happens when I get drunk? I stop thinking about carbs. I know I had 2 drinks of something else with Captain Morgan Silver in it. It was good but I don't remember what it was. And I know I snacked on chips well because I was drunk. We got home about 12:30a.m. last night and when I woke up at 7:30a.m. this morning my head feels like it is going to explode. :headache: Now I remember why I am not a wine drinker. ::yes:: So my plan for today - lots of water to combat the hangover and dehydration from alcohol. Lots of light non threatening foods and just trying to take it easy today.:blush:

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-18-2004, 08:26 AM
Poor Amanda.....here's a very quiet and gentle :hug: for you.

I very rarely drink, for exactly the reasons you detailed, but I remember that feeling of standing up and thinking "what have I done? :crazy: ". Alcohol creates carb cravings, so no surprise that you went a bit overboard. :p Oh well, try to take it easy today and chalk it all up to a lesson learned. I know it took me several tries to learn that lesson. :teeth: :eek:

You'll be feeling better soon, sweetie. Til then, just try to do the best you can. :D

septbride2002
01-18-2004, 08:36 AM
Hiya Doe. I haven't drank hardly anything since starting the Protein Power plan back in late November. Even over the holidays I avoided drinking. But ya know - my book says red wine is okay - I'm sure it didn't mean three glasses though. Yikes. My head is already feeling much better thanks to Advil and water. Not sure if I am ready to try food yet today and am really not hungry. Wouldn't be surprised if I was still full from all the protein last night. That meal was incredible! Of course DH and my bill was also $67 - YIKES! But it was worth every penny.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-19-2004, 08:11 AM
Good Morning. Well I don't get to roll over my bear clippie.

Today is a brand new day and I am planning on rolling him over at the end of the day.

B: Omelet with ham, green peppers, and mushrooms (5)

L: Half of a leftover Chef's Salad (3)

D: Creamy Italian Chicken in a crockpot.

S: Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.

Lots of water today, exercise will be 30 minutes of walking even though it is freezing outside.

DoeWDW
01-19-2004, 08:39 AM
Amanda, I didn't get to roll over my bear either. :rolleyes: Today will be our day, though, to see that number go up!

Hang in there! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-19-2004, 02:20 PM
Well so far so good today. No cravings - I've had 6 glasses of water already which is quite a lot for me. I'm looking forward to my cheesy italian chicken but I need to figure out the carbs for it. I'm going to make some Sugar Free Jello to get through the rest of the week. My plan this week - keep it simple. I think I was getting a little to adventurous with myself and therefore extra carbs were creeping in on me. If I keep it simple then it is harder to mess up.

I checked my chicken at lunch and it looks great. This is such a great recipe and one that I can throw in the pot and it takes care of itself. Take a cup of Italian Dressing (oil based) and put a little at the bottom of crockpot. Put frozen chicken breast on top of sauce and then cover with rest of sauce. Cook on low for 8 hours, when ready to serve add sour cream to sauce until it becomes cheesy spoon over chicken and veggies. I'm going to chop up cauliflower and add the sacue. DH is going to have rice.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-19-2004, 02:20 PM
Well so far so good today. No cravings - I've had 6 glasses of water already which is quite a lot for me. I'm looking forward to my cheesy italian chicken but I need to figure out the carbs for it. I'm going to make some Sugar Free Jello to get through the rest of the week. My plan this week - keep it simple. I think I was getting a little to adventurous with myself and therefore extra carbs were creeping in on me. If I keep it simple then it is harder to mess up.

I checked my chicken at lunch and it looks great. This is such a great recipe and one that I can throw in the pot and it takes care of itself. Take a cup of Italian Dressing (oil based) and put a little at the bottom of crockpot. Put frozen chicken breast on top of sauce and then cover with rest of sauce. Cook on low for 8 hours, when ready to serve add sour cream to sauce until it becomes cheesy spoon over chicken and veggies. I'm going to chop up cauliflower and add the sacue. DH is going to have rice.

~Amanda

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8:15p.m. I'm heading to bed. Stayed at 26 carbs for the day. I'm rolling over my clippie!

~Amanda

marsh0013
01-20-2004, 08:04 AM
mmm, sounds like a yummy dinner! it's great when you can find such delicious meals to eat and stay on plan! good luck with the rest of you day. hope the cravings stay far far away :crazy:

(oh geez, i didn't realize that was yesterday and then last night and the day was over! oh well, hope you have a wonderful cheat free day TODAY! hehe :p )

septbride2002
01-20-2004, 08:16 AM
Good Morning! Man it is cold out here today! Someone send me some :sunny: .

Yesterday was a successful day - got to change my clippie and felt great! The Bloat Fairy is here today so I will be drinking lots of water again today. Weighed myself this morning and we are holding steady at 156 and 157 - this is where I tend to plateau so we may have to bump something up a notch to get over this hump.

Walking outside right now is a joke so I will be doing my walk away the pounds tape for 2 miles this evening when I get home. I brought my lunch to work today because it is even to cold to venture back home this afternoon.

B: 3 pieces of salami and 2 cheese - 3 carbs
L: Leftover Cheesy Italian Chicken with Broccoli and Cauliflower - 10 carbs
D: Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken and Zucchini
S: Either Low Carb Ice Cream or Sugar free jello

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-20-2004, 09:28 AM
:jumping3: YAY for the Bear's New Number!! :jumping3:

Congrats on a cheat free day Amanda!! Your crockpot chicken recipe sounds yummy! I may have to try that one! I haven't used my crockpot for a couple weeks - I think it's time!

Have a Terrific Tuesday, Amanda! Only a few more weeks until we're in the warm & sunny weather! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-20-2004, 06:53 PM
Thanks for stopping by everybody! :grouphug: I really appreciate all the support. I forgot to bring change to work with me today so I had no money for my afternoon diet soda and about 4:30 I could feel what that lack of caffine was doing to me. :faint: But when I got home I had my soda and am feeling much better now. Dinner was fabulous! I'm telling you those recipes on www.lowcarbfriends.com are great and very simple to make.

So here is the run down of carbs today:
B: Salami (ended up not eating the cheese ) 1.5 carbs
L: Left over cheesy italian chicken with cauliflower and broccoli - 10 carbs
S: 12 M&M's - 7 carbs
D: broccoli and cheese stuffed Chicken (4 carbs) and zucchini and mushrooms (5 carbs)

27.5 carbs for the evening.

If I make sugar free jello I may enjoy some later otherwise if I need a snack this evening it is going to have to be something low carb.

Dh has requested no chicken tomorrow night. I guess he is getting a bit tired of it. I think we will do hamburgers.

I need to get some exercise in - I meant to do it right after work and ended up cuddling with my baby kitty.

~Amanda

9:10p.m. - I didn't want to do it but I did my 2 mile walk away the pounds tape. I thought of every excuse to not do it but I ended up doing it anyway. I cleaned our bedroom. Man it was messy but now it is back to being clean and organized. I rememberd what Doe said about Dr. Phil (who I don't like but every now and then makes good points ) you don't have to want to do it - you just have to do it. And that was me tonight. I'm not hungry for a snack so no worries there. Sticking at 27.5 carbs for the day. In the next few weeks I need to decide when I'm going to bump it up to 55 carbs a day. I can't wait since I'll be adding in some more fruit to my diet.

~Amanda

lulu201
01-21-2004, 07:56 AM
:sunny: :sunny: Hi, Amanda! I'm sending you the :sunny: , but sorry, there's no warm air up here outside of Philadelphia. It was 13 degrees when I drove DD to school this a.m.

Congratulations on the cheat free bear!:Pinkbounc He's looking quite cute with that #15. Are you going to change his outfit tonight? I'll stick by my plan if you stick by yours!::yes::

Good work doing that WATP tape. Doreen's Dr. Phil quote stays with me, too, and has sounded in my head more than once! I'm glad we all share words of wisdom--they sure do come in handy!

Enjoy your day, Amanda!
Erin

septbride2002
01-21-2004, 12:51 PM
Good Afternoon! Man am I tired. I've been training someone at work all day and being on the internet is not possible. I'm on lunch for the next 10 minutes so I wanted to post.

Thanks Erin for stopping by! My bear went up to 15 last night - but tonight he is going up to 16! ;)

Breakfast this morning was a protein shake - 9 carbs
Lunch was a chicken ranch wrap at subway - 9 carbs
Diet soda
vitamins are taken ( just now)
Dinner tonight will be light. I'm going to do one of my exercise tapes- I think maybe an ab one. Then I'll make DH a hamburger and fries and I am going to pan fry some fish with mushrooms. One thing I figured out was that I was not giving myself enough vegetables at dinner. I would always make a small serving - no wonder I was still hungry later. I've started making bigger helpings of veggies and now it is easier to not snack in the evening. Dinner tonight will be about 5 carbs or less. Which leaves me with 7 carbs for the evening. I may enjoy a bowl of low carb ice cream or peanuts.

Tonight is my favorite TV night - Smallville, Angel, and The OC - I'll have to exercise as soon as I get home.

I haven't been visiting journals lately and I'm sorry! I'm thinking about al of you!

~Amanda

Not sure what my deal is today but nothing is keeping me very full. Had my subway wrap at lunch which really fills me up and ended up having to get some peanuts out of the vending machine at work. 5 carbs. Dinner tonight was only 2 carbs. Fish and Mushrooms - yummy. I have 5 carbs left for the evening and if I get hungry I have more peanuts to snack on. I did 20 minutes of exercise 10 ab strengthening and 10 back.

septbride2002
01-21-2004, 09:49 PM
Well I'm rolling over my bear and heading to bed. As with the trend today dinner didn't exactly keep me full so I munched on some peanuts. I'm at an even 30 carbs today.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-22-2004, 10:03 AM
Good Morning. It is such freedom to know that I can have 55 grams of carbs today. I've decided to kinda vary my carb count day to day so that my body doesn't adjust to the same amount every day. With an extra 25 carbs I saw potential for disaster so this morning I had a glass of milk with my eggs and cheese - 14 carbs total.

Lunch will be leftovers from the other night - 5 carbs for chicken, and I'll make some zucchini for another 2 carbs.

Dinner tonight is kinda up in the air. I've got nothing planned which isn't always a good thing. Maybe DH and I will go out to eat somewhere. I'm kinda craving chicken wings and mexican food. :) I have 32 carbs that I can have for dinner so I think a little splurging is in order - seems like I'm cheating but I'm really not. Doe - thanks for responding to my other thread - I will not be picking up my extra carbs with candy.

Exercise today will be either a walk tape or more abs. TOM is here so I may avoid the abs today. My back is sore today from the strength training exercises.

I'm off for a very full day!

~Amanda

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12:23P.M.

I hate training! Mostly because I don't get to post as often as I like or come and read anyone's journals for encourgagement.
Had a coffee today - light brew with a shot of Vanilla Syrup, half and half, and 2 sweet in low packets (no splenda available) I'm counting it at 6 carbs, half bag of peanuts for a snack 2.5 carbs lunch is 7 carbs. 15.5 carbs used plus my 14 is 19.5 carbs gone, I still have 35.5 carbs left for today. How exciting! I think we are definately going to go out for dinner tonight I just don't know where. Anyone know a good website to check the carb count at resturants?

DoeWDW
01-22-2004, 08:14 PM
I hope you found a great place for dinner, Amanda!! ::yes::

I'll be done with the Whoosh Fairy in the next day or two, and I promise I'll send him/her on to you! :wave: I hear ya on the "beached whale" feeling!! :hyper: I'm in my smaller size 10 pants and I STILL feel fat today! :rolleyes:

We'll both be feeling like skinny Minnies ::MinnieMo in 2 weeks!! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-22-2004, 10:02 PM
Went to a Mexican place for dinner and I had Chicken Nachos. I am estimating 20 carbs for the meal since about 24 chips of Tostitos have 17 carbs in them and the chips are similar, plus the cheese and chicken. Dessert was a cup of Low carb ice cream - 8 carbs. I finished my bag of peanuts this afternoon at 2.5 carbs and had one hershey's kiss - 3 carbs. Leaves me with 52.5 carbs for the day. I am cheat free!

I have to admitt eating the extra carbs felt so weird because suddenly I had more choices in food. Hopefully going back to 30 carbs tomorrow won't be to hard.

Tomorrow I am going to one of those cooking parties. Ya know where they sell spices and recipes. They always have food to try. I plan on eating an extra large dinner here so that it will be easier to resist the cookies and brownies. I don't know why I am going since I really don't want to buy anything - but I want to see my cousins.

I gave myself the night off from exercise since my back is sore from the strength training last night. Hopefully tomorrow I won't be training anyone and I can post more.

Rolling my bear and hitting my bed.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-23-2004, 10:05 AM
Good Morning - I'm still training someone. Augh.

Breakfast was a protein bar - 4 carbs - drinking water since I was really bad about drinking it yesterday. Vitamin is taken.

Lunch will be subway - 8 carbs

Dinner will be chicken breast I think or something simple since I am going to the food party tonight and I want to be full before I get there.

No exercise - tomorrow morning we will be exercising. We have a lot to do this weekend so off I go for another busy day.

~Amanda

lulu201
01-23-2004, 10:46 AM
Hi, Amanda! Look at you: 17 Days Cheat Free!:Pinkbounc I hope you're feeling proud of yourself!:bounce:

It sounds like you have a workable strategy for tonight's party. I'm feeling unsettled about going out to dinner with DH tonight, but knowing that you're going out to face challenge with a plan inspires me to do the same. Now if I just weren't so darn hungry today!:rolleyes:

Let me know how everything turns out,
Erin

septbride2002
01-24-2004, 08:57 AM
Good Morning! Well Erin I wish I could say that my strategy worked but it didn't. Augh. We ended up going out for happy hour and since I had a lot of carbs left over I had some Chicken Tenders but then I also nibbled on some Potatoe wedges and some fried mushrooms, and had 2 Bacardi O3's so I know I went way over my limit with the drinks. At the party I only snacked on the cheesecake ball though - so that was good.

The drinking thing is going to be tough because my DH and I do tend to do happy hours and go out with friends. I'm going to have to find a new drink. So I am not rolling over my bear today.

Technically today is a 55 carb day but since I went overboard yesterday I am going to keep myself at the 30 carbs today. If it warms up a bit DH and I are going to walk outside - otherwise I'll do one of my Walk Away the Pounds tape for exercise. Drinking lots and lots of water.

Tonight we are going to the Hard Rock Cafe and the Hockey Game for dinner with Brian's Work (isn't that nice of them) the entire evening is on the company including appetizers and drinks at Hard Rock. Fortunantly the only free drink is beer so I won't be tempted to drink a lot since I don't like beer. I might get a vodka tonic or something. I'm going to hope they have menus on a website where I can find something to eat. Otherwise it will be a very low carb day today before we get there. I will not be tempted by hotdogs and nachos at the game since the company will not be buying us food there (i'm cheap!)

This is getting long so I might want to wrap up.

Breakfast: Omelet with eggs, cheese, and bacon (4 carbs) Water.
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast with salza, green peppers, and cheese. Plus Zucchini or Green Beans. Yummy! Water.
Dinner: Hard Rock Cafe.

~Amanda

3:21p.m. well our ride will be here to pick us up any moment. I've done very well today. Changed lunch to a hamburger wrapped in lettuice though - but still low in carbs. I figure I've only eaten maybe 8 carbs today so I should have plenty for this evening! A whole 22 carbs! I checked the hardrock website and not to many appetizers are carb friendly so I'm glad I reserved a lot for use today.

~Amanda

marsh0013
01-24-2004, 04:50 PM
hey amanda, good job with the planning. it seems to help me to have a plan, so i hope it worked out well for you! hope you had a wonderful time at the hard rock and at the game! :D

DoeWDW
01-24-2004, 09:49 PM
Boy, Amanda, you are one partyin' gal!! More than one drink and I'm asleep in a corner! :teeth:

Hope you had a great time at the Hard Rock Cafe and the hockey game!

I tried on my bathing suit today in preparation for our upcoming Disney trip. It fits better than it did last June! ::yes:: Hope you're having the same kind of experience packing for your trip!

lulu201
01-25-2004, 06:12 AM
Amanda, you make my life look so boring. You know what I did last night? Had pizza with my family, went to buy yarn and then to Barnes and Noble so DD could pick out a book for English class, and then came home and crashed. I was asleep by 10!! Geesh, I'm getting old!:p I hope you and DH had a great time. I don't know how you manage around both alcohol and munchies. One drink and I'm scrounging around for any goodie in the place. I hope things went well for you. If they didn't, no worries. Today's another day to try again.

:sunny: May sun shine on your path of healthy living, Amanda. You're doing a good thing for yourself! :sunny:

Erin

septbride2002
01-25-2004, 09:56 AM
I have a confession to make - I have no will power when it comes to hanging out with friends and alcohol. At the hard rock they changed their minds and made all drinks (except shots) free for us. So I had 5 Bacardi O3's in the course of an hour and a half. Needless to say my sane and controlled head was no longer with me. Every time you got halfway through a drink someone was setting a drink in front of you. I was halfway between passing out and getting sick for the first hour of the hockey game. After I got a pretzel in me the world righted itself and I was able to function again and was cold sober by the time I got home. What an evening. I did well food wise (except for the pretzel) at the hardrock. Although I have to admit not much was offered that was carb friendly. I had lots of strawberries, couple chicken tenders for protein and 2 slices of a cheese quesdilla. I avoided the tacquitos which were all bread and beans. I'm not counting the evening as cheat free due to the drinks and the pretzel. I'm sorry but all I could think of was I needed something to absorb the alcohol in my stomach and that pretzel was a God send at the moment.

I swear I don't normally drink like this.

Erin usually my life isn't all that exciting. 2 times a year DH's company takes us out for a night on the town and I will admitt those nights are very very fun. Usually a night out consist of dinner somewhere and a movie. Or me scrapbooking and DH watching a rented movie.

Now on to today! It is freaking cold here! Missouri got a nice northern blast of ice. Right now I am looking at my window which has a nice layer of ice over it. The streets are bad - even churches are closing for mass today. Looks like we are going to be staying home. We are suppose to go to a friend's for dinner tonight but we will have to see how the roads look at 4pm. Fortunantly they don't live far.

Due to the cold I indulged today with a large cup of coffee and my flavord cream - 10 carbs. Breakfast has been munching on some leftover bacon from yesterday. Lunch will be something fast here like fish fillets or chicken. Dinner if we go to our friends they are making spaghetti. I know a low carbers dream. Augh. I am bringing salad so I will load up on the salad and only have a little bit of spaghetti. There will be no drinks that I know of so I will be sticking to water.

No Doe, I haven't tried on my swimsuit yet - And after last night I may wait a few more days. But Yeah! :bounce: for you on it looking better and feeling great!

Well if you guys read all this you were really dedicated to this journal entry. I'm off to have a cheat free day today - I can't stand to miss out on rolling the bear 3 nights in a row.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-25-2004, 11:44 AM
Amanda, it sounds like you've had quite the bumpy ride on the healthy living road lately! Here's a :hug: for you, girlfriend. Some of these lessons are tough ones to learn. I think the pretzel was the BEST move you made under the circumstances! It was what your body needed most at the time to help it recover - you made the right choice on that one!

Here's to a new day! :sunny: Do what you can to help your body get healthy today and recover from last night.

Onward and downward, sweetie! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-25-2004, 09:19 PM
I'm embarrased. I did not do well at all tonight. I did fine really with the meal - had one extra slice of bread but thought it was a special occasion. But then my friend made a cake. And it wasn't just a box mix cake it was a made from scratch, including the icing, cake and she really wanted everyone's opinion on it. I felt pressured and gave in. No cheat free day for me and I am so disappointed in myself. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Weather is still awful here.

~Amanda

marsh0013
01-25-2004, 09:22 PM
hey amanda, i hear ya on the drinks...if i have to pay for them, i'm fine with saying no. i can't really afford drinks when i go out. but if someone else is buying...well, i'll throw caution to the wind and get a get a real good buzz going. then of course it's much easier to make bad food choices. but ya know what? it was only one night. i figure, as long as you enjoyed yourself, that's what matters. and like doe said, your "bad" food choice was the best for your body at the time. hope you feel better :)

septbride2002
01-26-2004, 08:20 AM
Well I'm at work and so far no trainee is at my desk which is hopefully a good sign because I am in no mood to train people today.

Our fridge is bare due to the storm that has kept me from getting to the grocery store. And I forgot to do one very important thing this weekend - Go to the DMV and get my new driver's license. My current one is in my maiden name and my airline tickets are in my married name so I need to do that this weekend. I need to start making a list of things to do and put it on my fridge so that I remember to get them done.

Due to the fridge being bare I will be doing both breakfast and lunch at work. Thank goodness they have a full service cafeteria. Breakfast will probably be an omelet and lunch will probably be a salad. The whoosh has not come for me but that is not all surprising considering the alcohol I have had lately so I will be trying to drink lots and lots of water.

Exercise will be a 2 mile walk away the pounds tape and possibly 10 minutes of abs.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-26-2004, 09:27 AM
Amanda, we're all in the same boat today - you, Erin, me - we're all going to get back to the business of our healthy living routines and hopefully turn over those bear numbers this evening.

We can do it together, OK? :grouphug: and extra :wizard: pixie dust are gonna get us through the day!

I'll be back later to check on you, OK? :sunny:

Oh, and by the way, that silly Whoosh Fairy hasn't even made it to MY house yet! :rolleyes: As soon as she does, I promise I'll send her your way. ::yes::

septbride2002
01-26-2004, 12:28 PM
Doe you are right the three of us are in the same boat lets just hope we can keep paddeling away. :)

So far so good today. Breakfast was 2 slices of bacon and a sausage patty. I tried to eat some eggs but YUCK they were disgusting. Lunch was half of a rotisseri chicken (yummy) and some greenbeans. I also ate half a roll. Carb count today should be either 10 to 12 not real sure. I've got 16 oz of water down and I am working currently on the next 16 oz. I'll have to go to the bathroom real soon :P

Vitamin is taken and I am starting to feel more awake.

~Amanda

lulu201
01-26-2004, 03:54 PM
Hey, Amanda. Just stopping by to give you a :hug: , kiddo. We're going to make this a cheat free day, no matter what! We're going to all be back on track and moving the number on our bear before we go to bed. You got it? Good!

Talk to you later,
Erin

DoeWDW
01-26-2004, 05:50 PM
Amanda, are ya gonna make it?? I just know you are!!! I'm sending extra good thoughts your way so you can get through the rest of the evening cheat free and change that bear's number!! ::yes:: :sunny: :sunny:

septbride2002
01-26-2004, 08:10 PM
Yes Doe I made it. The bear will be switching tonight. I don't know if I am under 30 carbs but I did the best I could. The only reason I don't know the exact carb count is because I ate foods in our cafeteria and they don't have the nutritional info. If I'm over the 30 then I am not over by much.

Came home and made dinner and proceeded to crash for awhile. I think I may be getting sick - either that or the weekend just caught up with me. Either way no exercise but that is okay since I think it was better that my body rested.

I drank so much water today and I think the Whoosh fairy has made it to my house because I have been going to the bathroom big time. :) Never thought I would be happy to say that.

~Amanda

lulu201
01-26-2004, 08:19 PM
:Pinkbounc Yay! You made it, Amanda!:bounce: Now go to bed and get some rest.

:wave: Erin

septbride2002
01-27-2004, 08:13 AM
"I'll Survive! I will Survive! Oh as long as I know how to love I know I'll be alive! I have all my life to give, all my love to give. I will Survive! Hey Hey!

:tongue: I survived yesterday and now I am about to start out and survive today. Holy snow batman! We got about 3 inches last night but thankfully the roads are not that bad.

B: Small Omelet with ham and cheese
L: ?? Salad if nothing else looks good.
D: ?? I'f I'm able to hit the grocery store on the way home then we have no problem. If I'm not able to go on the way home then we will probably be ordering pizza and salad!
S: Depending on the carb count at dinner either sugar free jello or low carb ice cream.

Exercise: 2 mile walk away the pounds tape. I am going to do it today. Either that or shoveling the snow - either way I figure it will be exercise.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-27-2004, 08:26 AM
Amanda, I can hear you singing!! :sunny: What a great WISH anthem!! I'll keep that in mind next time I'm feeling weak!

So glad you made it through yesterday cheat free! It was a tough one for me but knowing that you and Erin were trying your best helped me a lot!

I hope you can get to the store - be careful with that pizza if you have it! Count those points!! ::yes::

I stayed home today, since we got more ice than snow - we'll be getting another few inches of snow this afternoon and evening. :rolleyes: Is it time for our trip south yet?? :hyper:

I am so excited about meeting you and your DH in person! It will be wonderful to give you a real hug instead of a :hug: icon! You've been a big inspiration to me, Amanda - I'm glad we're on this journey together.

Go forth into the new day, confident that you'll be changing the number on your bear this evening! :sunny:

lulu201
01-27-2004, 09:05 AM
Hey, I want to sing, too! How about this: "We are family. I got all my sisters with me." Uh, when I learn some more words I'll be back to sing again. . .but in the meantime, that's how I feel with all of my WISH buddies! We're in this together! So, Amanda, as you go into this day, know that Doreen and I are watching your back and won't let any evil Munchie Monster get you when you're not paying attention! We'll help you to be strong so that you can turn the number on that Clippie Bear at the end of the day. Go girl--onward and downward into Tuesday!! :Pinkbounc

Erin

marsh0013
01-27-2004, 10:59 AM
hey amanda, great job yesterday, and i know today will be another cheat free day for you! and you'll definitely get in some exercise if you have to shovel. i'm not looking forward to all the snow that is coming new jersey's way very soon, but like you said, it's definitely good for some exercise! :)

septbride2002
01-27-2004, 10:19 PM
Well it wasn't a perfect day but it wasn't a total wash either.

Breakfast was the small omelet with 1 slice of cheese and ham. (estimating 3 carbs)

Lunch was a Reuben Sandwich with the top of the bun taken off, green peppers on the side. Estimating 15 carbs It was a white bread roll but with half missing I am guessing it was the size of maybe two slices of white bread (and I think that might be over doing it) which would be 14 carbs.

So that is 18 carbs for the day and I had already decided to make this a higher carb day. Dinner was 1/4 of a salad and 4 slices of thin crust pizza 4" squares which equal about 2.5 slices of a triangle I think. Sort of hard to estimate since triangle slices have the extra crust on the end and my square slices don't have extra crust - heck you can hardly call it crust it is thin like a cracker. Either way I am letting that eat up the other 37 carbs I had left over. No snacking for me tonight (I couldn't I was too full).

Water was only 5 glasses tonight which isn't all that great so I will need to work on that tomorrow.

Exercise was 30 minutes of shoveling. Blah.

Goals for tomorrow:
Lots of non diet goals, Go to the Grocery Store, Go to Disney Store and get Disney Dollars, Clean guest bathroom, organize tax stuff, sort bills, empty dishwasher and reload.

Drink water, do ab work at least, stay within 30 carbs, try to have a more positive attitude.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-27-2004, 10:38 PM
Well I was going to count the day as cheat free - but then I read Doe and Erin's journals and saw how great they were doing and ya know what - I realized I was making excuses for myself to be cheat free. Truth is I should of ate more salad and only had 2 slices of pizza. I splurged - I knew it when I did it.

Zera's post today talked about fear. And I think she has a good point. I'm afraid. I'm back to where I was 2 years ago when I started struggeling with my weight and I never loss (doing the low fat thing). I'm afraid of never eating the things that I enjoy, I'm afraid if I start to lose more people will start asking what I am doing and will criticize me, I'm afraid I'll gain in back and lose face.

I'm also afraid that if I don't do good the rest of the month that I am going to lose my Wish Friends because I didn't stick to it. That is why I was making excuses to be cheat free. I even thought to myself I don't have to tell them I ate 4 slices of pizza - I'll just put down that I ate 2. In my heart of hearts I know that we will always be friends and that our friendship is not measured by my weight - but there is the perfectionist, always wanting to please person that hates to admitt she couldn't do it.

Why am I afraid of these things I don't know. A bit of it is the mind set to that I am going on vacation soon and shouldn't be stressing about this stuff. Part of the blame is on the weather. No really it is! I have no carb free foods here at the moment, I can't get to a grocery store. When things cause my schedule to change that is when I start to slip.

I will not roll over my clippie and I'm sorry to disappoint people and myself.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. "(Mary Anne Radmacher)

"Face the thing you fear, and you do away with that fear. "

septbride2002
01-28-2004, 08:36 AM
Not feeling all that much better today. Ever notice how feelings are like :yo-yo: all the time. I woke up not hungry this morning so haven't had anything to eat yet. I might just sip some water and if I get hungry later have some peanuts. The thought of eggs makes my stomach hurt at the moment and my cafeteria is a little limited on their offerings for breakfast.

Lunch- I'm going home for lunch. I'm thinking of having a cheeseburger with celery sticks and cream cheese for lunch. I am also going to throw towels in the laundry and organize the bills a little so that tonight when I get home I can just start writing them.

After work I am going to the grocery store.

Dinner will probably be Chicken Enchilada Soup. I got this mix to make it but it requires 1 cup of milk...think I could subsitute cream? I wonder how much cream?

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-28-2004, 09:05 AM
Amanda, I'm sending a couple extra :hug: :hug: :hug: for you today. :( Your last post last night is making me tear up. I can tell you that I will still be here, no matter what. You're right, our friendship is not based on a scale number or cheat free days. Our friendship is based on the fact that we want to be healthier but it's damn hard to do what needs to be done sometimes and we all need help, others to lean on, to cheer us on, to celebrate our successes with, others who understand what we're going through mentally and emotionally and physically.

You are part of our WISH family now. Nothing can change that. If you stray off the path, even if you leave altogether, you have touched our lives and our hearts. We've walked side by side on this journey for a time and I, for one, will never forget you and the many ways you've helped me and supported me.

I firmly believe that weight loss and healthy living are often more of a mental and emotional journey than a physical one. We all allowed the extra weight to creep on for our own reasons and facing those reasons can be so hard. I'm still working on this in my own life. Some days I feel strong in this area and other days....well, I'm a work in progress.

Amanda, follow your heart when it comes to your cheat free bear. Some days the answer will be very obvious and other days it will be tougher to decide whether to claim it as cheat free. We trust you. Either way, the bear clippie is just a tool, a way to celebrate our successful days. We modified the rules knowing that we are not perfect and all our days will not be perfect either.

Hang in there, girlfriend. I'm right beside you :happy1: and we're doing the best we can. Here's another :hug: and some pixie dust filled with understanding :wizard: to help you get through today.

I'll be back later to check on you. :sunny:

P.S. I think this quote:
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. "(Mary Anne Radmacher)
is quite profound and VERY true! I'll be saving it - I know I'll need to read it again in the future.

lulu201
01-28-2004, 10:09 AM
Hi, Amanda. I can't add anything to what Doreen said, so I'll just say "ditto for me.":p (Yeah, kind of lame, I know) The fact is, Amanda, we're all struggling, too. You are never alone. We're like a little sisterhood! You're my WISH friend and always will be, that's the bottom line. This is your journey, and I feel honored that you take the time to share with me. I learn from you every day.

I do have to mention the "pre-vacation" syndrome that I think you might be experiencing (commonly known as PVS:p ). When I went to WDW and on a cruise in October, my mind and body kind of left the program before I actually arrived in Orlando. I found it almost impossible to stay on track the week before we left! MelanieC, a frequent poster and WWer, said she gained a few pounds BEFORE the trip and only a fraction of a pound while she was actually away. See, it's a phenomenon!! What's up with this????

My point is, don't sweat it, honey. These healthy living changes are for the long haul. There will be easy times and there will be hard times. The only thing that matters is that you keep on trying and taking care of YOURSELF. It's all for YOU.

You, Amanda.

Yep, just you.

OK, now let me hear you sing.

C'mon, now, how about a chorus of RESPECT?

I hope you're smiling, girlfriend.:p

:hug:,
Erin

marsh0013
01-28-2004, 11:02 AM
hey amanda, just stopping by to give you a :hug: . i know you're feeling down, but i hope that today ends up being a better day than you expect :)

septbride2002
01-28-2004, 02:45 PM
Hi Everyone! Thank you so much Doe, Erin, and Marsh for stopping by. It has been a bad day and it got worse when I got to work. It has been great to read from my Wish Friends and get some support today. Some how makes the Mountain of things that need to be done look a lot smaller. Erin I am smiling! Thanks for making me chuckle.


I really haven't eaten much today. Either I'm really full or my job has me so jumpy that I can't eat. Either way. I went home at lunch and threw towels from the washer to the dryer so all I have to do when I get home is fold them and put them away. I sorted through the stacks of mail and organized into 4 piles - bills, Tax Information, Misc, and Trash. So tonight when I get home I'll be able to breeze right through all of that. I still plan on grocery shopping after work. So tonight it is fold towels, bills, and clean guest bathroom. Hopefully we will also get to the Disney Store so that we will have the last of the Disney Dollars bought.

I never did eat breakfast, lunch was about 1/2 a salad with ranch dressing and a handful of peanuts. I grabbed some change at home so I am having a diet coke right now and I brought some extra in case I need to get some peanuts out of the vending machine before I head home. Dinner is still going to be soup.

"Ah Ah Ah Ah Stayin Alive, Stayin Alive. Ah Ah Ah Ah Staying AAAAAAaallllllliiiiiiiiiiivvvvvveeeeeee!

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-28-2004, 07:10 PM
Hello fellow wishers. I'm feeling much better now. Grocery shopping is done, bills are about to be done. Kitchen needs to be cleaned but I'll do that after bills. Probably won't get to the mall or bathroom tonight but in all honesty we have no plans this weekend except to watch the superbowl on Sunday. So I can do a lot of the cleaning and running around on Friday and Saturday and during the day on Sunday. I was just over-reacting of having so much to do.

Ate a little to much soup probably 2 cups maybe a little more so I am just going to say that all 30 of my carbs are gone. I'll have some sugar free jello later if I am so inclined.

Picked up some higher carb items at the grocery store for my 55 carb days. Got some Blue Bunny yogurt, some granny smith apples (the lowest carb count for apples) and some low sugar Peanut butter. Of course I also got the usual eggs, bacon, cheese. And I picked up a Pork Tenderloin which I think we will make for dinner tomorrow and a pot roast which I might make next Monday.

~Amanda

marsh0013
01-29-2004, 08:23 AM
amanda, i'm so glad you're feeling better :sunny: . sometimes things just pile up and it can seem like we'll never get through it. but you did a great job of separating things out, and going one step at a time. hope you have a great day :)

DoeWDW
01-29-2004, 08:57 AM
Amanda, I'm glad you're feeling better! I know well that feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to be done!

It's Thursday - almost the weekend. We can make it! :sunny: Hope you're having a great day!!::yes::

septbride2002
01-29-2004, 11:23 AM
Good Morning - it is going to be a crazy day at work. I hate these kind of days. I've been in training for 2 hours now I am rushing to get my normal 8 hour day done in 2.5 hours. Since I have meetings and testing all afternoon. I may have to work late tonight. And I just realized I didn't set anything out for dinner. oh well - Fish sounds good and DH will just have to deal ;)

Breakfast was 3 pieces of Salami and a piece of Hot Pepper Cheese - 2 carbs

Lunch - Tuna Salad with Celery - 2 carbs.
Snack - Peanuts if necessary
Dinner - Cajun Fish (yummy), Broccoli with cheese. (5 to 6 carbs)
Snack - 1/2 Apple w/ Peanut butter (will have to check carb amounts.)

~Amanda
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9p.m. - well I was certainly a lazy bum when I got home tonight. I did nothing. I had to take a friend home after work because he drives a Mustang and it started to snow. Evidently his car doesn't do well in the car so my question to him is..."And why do we own a car you can't drive from January to March?" but I let it go. One of my managers stepped in today and got me out of some testing I have to do. I still have to do it but at least it wasn't today. So my day ended up still being crazy but not as crazy as it could have been.

Food wise I did great today I had Peanuts as a snack (5 carbs) dinner was the Fish with grilled mushrooms (2 carbs), a snack of two crackers and some Peanut Butter - 6 carbs so that was 17 carbs total for today - I had a bowl of low carb ice cream - 10 carbs to make it 27 for the day. Not bad, not bad at all.

Tomorrow breakfast is a half apple with Peanutbutter (it is a high carb day tomorrow). Lunch is up in the air - not sure what I'm in the mood for really. Probably just some lunch meats and cheese. OH! Or maybe some leftover Chicken Enchilada Soup for 14 carbs. And dinner is going to be Kiebasa with broccoli and cheese. DH is going to have scalloped potatoes - I might have to sneak one or two if I am good all day.

Exercise is no existent this week. I gave into the Pre-Vacation Mind Set and let it go. I may not break this plateau before I go and that is okay becuase when I get back I am going to start concentrating on it.

~Amanda

septbride2002
01-30-2004, 08:32 AM
Good Morning! Oh I love having different options for breakfast. Eggs and bacon are wonderful but some days ya just need something different. This morning I had half of a GrannySmith Apple (9 carbs) and 2 TBsp of Low sugar Peanut Butter (4 carbs). And really it was wonderful. I'm drinking my water and trying to have a positive attitude.

Lunch will probably be some lunch meats and cheese. Or I may run to subway and get a wrap. I haven't really decided yet.

Dinner is Kiebasa, Broccoli and cheese, (DH will have scalloped potatoes)

I am able to have 55 carbs today so I am looking forward to having the other half of my apple later. I have been missing fruits and really didn't notice.

~Amanda

marsh0013
01-30-2004, 10:00 AM
hey amanda, enjoy your high carb day today! that apple with pb sounds absolutely yummy! have a great day :sunny:

septbride2002
01-30-2004, 07:04 PM
So far so good today. Had 13 carbs at breakfast. Lunch was an 11 carb wrap from subway. Dinner was Kiebasa (10 carbs) Broccoli and Cheese (6 carbs) so 39 carbs for today so I have just about 16 carbs left over. I'm not hungry for a snack yet but if it comes to that I'll eat my other half of an apple (9 carbs) and some peanut butter.

We are going over to DH's sister's house tonight to see all the decorating they've been doing.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-30-2004, 07:32 PM
Amanda, you're doing great! It is so nice to liven up your food with some new choices! Your apple w/ PB sounds delish - I may have to try that!

Have fun at your SIL's house!! :sunny:

septbride2002
01-30-2004, 11:31 PM
I really am glad that the month of January is almost over. Not only was it a real challenge for me diet wise it was also a big challenge for me at work.

Tonight I gave into temptation with a Steak n Shake Milk Shake - they were calling my name. I checked online there were 73 carbs in that shake. Since I only had 19 carbs left - you can see I was way over. But ya know what - I thought of Doe and the birthday cake the other day. This was sort of a treat. I had a great finish for the month at work, I had been good all day, and lets face it in real life you are going to have "treat" days. Can I say I was perfect - nope. But I can at least not beat myself up over it. So I'm not. My Bear is happy at 20 days. If I make it through tomorrow cheat free (which is the plan) then I'll have been cheat free for 67.7% of the month. This is only my first month of keeping track. Next month I'll aim my goal a little higher. Maybe 70% of the month. Baby steps after all.

Well I'm off to do some surfing. Tomorrow is a busy day lots of errands to run and cleaning to do before we leave for Orlando.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
01-31-2004, 06:10 AM
Amanda, you are right - no beating yourself up over one indulgence! I'm sure it was yummy!

My bear will probably say 21 or 22 days for the month of January - right around the same number as yours. I'm pretty proud of that! I think I'll start over for the month of February, just to see how many days I end up with, but I'm not going to set a specific goal, and I'm not even going to TRY to make my Disney trip cheat free. We'll only be there 5 days and I'm prepared to see a gain and then undo the damage when I get home. I will try to get my veggies in and eat sensible meals and limit the junky carbs but I'm not going to try to count my carbs while there.

Enjoy your weekend! I'll be doing the same things as you - getting things ready to go! :wave2:

Try not to stress - it will all get done, or you'll survive without it. :teeth:

:hug:

septbride2002
01-31-2004, 09:44 PM
I'm off today and I don't know why. I haven't made bad choices in food but I am already up to 25 carbs for today and I still have to eat dinner (today is 30 carb day). My lunch was high in carbs at 14 carbs for a bowl of soup. As long as I continue to make good choices today I am going to count the day cheat free even though I know I am going to go over carbs.

Breakfast: Skipped it - slept till 9 a.m. and woke up with a vengence to clean.

Lunch: Bowl of Chicken Enchilada Soup (14 carbs)
Snack: 2 pieces of Turkey, 1 cup of low sugar hot apple cider (it is cold today)

Dinner: Pork Tenderloin in a Honey Mustard Marinade (4 carbs per 4 oz) - I need to get a kitchn scale by the way. And my side dish will probably be "mashed Cauliflower" with butter and a little sour cream. Dh is going to have a rice melody.

Dh and I rented "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" to watch tonight. I have peanuts should the munchie monster visit. I can't wait to spend the evening with my two favorite men, DH and Johnny Depp. Yum.::yes::

I am craving comfort foods and I bought a new recipe book "500 Low carb recipes" by Dana Carpenter and they have some variations on comfort foods that I am going to have to give a try.

Well I am off to cook dinner and read some journals.

~Amanda
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Movie was
BAD

What a boring evening we are having here at my place. Well I'm off to bed.

~Amanda

septbride2002
02-01-2004, 08:57 AM
IT IS FINALLY FEBRUARY Only a handful of days until I am in sunny Orlando. My goal this month is to try to be cheat free everyday that I am not in Florida. That would be 21 days out of the month. The great thing about going to Disney is that I am going to be in my D-zone during that time. So yeah! Today is the Super Bowl and we are going to my cousins house for a party. My cousin is a WW person so I know there will be salad, and veggies to eat and Diet Soda to drink. I am bringing along Italian Meatballs so that I can have something else on the menu that I enjoy.

Looking back over January I did pretty good. Not as good as I wanted but still pretty good. I am going to go back and read my journal for th ewhole month to help me learn what my pitfalls are for next month. I was 67.7% sucessful for the month and I really think that is a high number for me. I want to thank my Wish Friends Doe, Erin, Deb, Marsh, and Zera's Pride for giving me lots and lots of support over the last month. That is what made all the difference.

The rest of my plan for today this is a 55 carb day:
B: half apple with Peanut butter (13 carbs)
L: leftover sausage (8 carbs) and sauteed mushrooms (1)
D: Super bolw party.

~Amanda
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Went back and read through my journal marking on a calender when I was cheat free and when I wasn't. An noticed a patern I was 100% cheat Free every Monday and Wednesday. 75% cheat free on Tuesdays (one day w/o a plan) and 80% chat free on Thursdays (had a slip up of miscalculation) so during those 4 days I am really 85% on target it really takes a miscalculation or a minor slip up to get me off program those days. On Fridays I was 60% cheat free the only two fridays I got off target were Fridays when I had plans outside the house. And Saturday and Sundays - i was only cheat free 2 saturdays and 1 sunday out of the month. So I can't really blame my non-cheat free days on D-zone but on not sticking to plans over the weekends. My goal for Febraury is to up my percentages on the weekends.

~Amanda

sharoncity
02-01-2004, 01:39 PM
Amanda - Yeah for you! 67.7% no cheating days for the month??!! That is wonderful! I think when we look toward our futures (after making goal) we have to still be able to be cheat free a certain number of days, or the weight will all be back. By having some days where you stray from the plan a little is not so bad. It helps keep cravings at bay and prepares you for the "real world"! So, my hat is off to you. Great job to recognize your patterns too!

CourtasanSatine
02-01-2004, 01:44 PM
Good job Amanda:) I'm making the journal rounds and it's good that you are spotting patterns like that

have a great day:)

DoeWDW
02-01-2004, 02:13 PM
Amanda, I also am impressed with you charting your patterns and percentages! First of all you did very well in January! I'll have to take a page from your journal and analyze my January also! I think it's a great way to learn where the trouble spots are!

Enjoy your party tonight! :sunny:

marsh0013
02-02-2004, 08:23 AM
i agree with doe, that's a great idea to look back and spot patterns! definitely a good way to figure out when the trouble times are, and to be ready to stop them! you really did well in january, and i know that you will continue on that way in february :)

have a great day today :sunny:

lulu201
02-02-2004, 08:24 AM
Hi, Amanda. Just wanted to stop in and thank you for posting my cheat free %. That was so helpful! Now if I can just improve in February! You should be proud of all you accomplished in January, Amanda. It's all a journey and you've taken some significant steps in the right direction!:Pinkbounc

I can't believe that you'll be in sunny WDW in less than a WEEK!!!
And that you'll be down there munching a bit with Doreen!:happy1: You're going to have such a great time. Please make sure Doreen takes a picture of you together and sends it to us WISHers so we can live vicariously through you both!

Hmmm, if you're trying to be cheat free unless you're in WDW, then you better walk the straight and narrow today, girlfriend. We'll walk the road together, OK?:D

Take care,
Erin

septbride2002
02-02-2004, 08:50 AM
I'm in my skinny pants today and feeling great. I love being able to wear these again. They are even a little bit big at the moment. The super bowl party was a partial success a lemon bar was to good to pass up although I did pass on Cheesecake, chocolate brownies, jambalya, Fruit dip made with marshmellows. I stuck to Strawberries, had 3 meatballs, and 1 chicken wing. So all and all not to bad. I have been debating on whether to count the day cheat free or not and I still haven't made up my mind yet. I'm going to sit on it a little bit longer.

Todays menu:
b: blue bunny yogurt - 14 carbs and 2 slices of bacon - 1 carb
L: ??? If I go hom then it will be Sausage-10 carbs and cauliflower or celery.
D: Again up in the air. Might just be an everyone fends for themselves night.

I got in trouble at work today for an inappropriate email I guess I sent out. I am waiting for HR to come down and "talk" to me.

~Amanda

sharoncity
02-02-2004, 10:04 AM
Skinny pants! Gotta love those skinny pants!:cool1:

Sounds like you did GREAT at the Superbowl party. I say count it as cheat free because you resisted SO many temptations!::yes::

Less than a week to beautiful, sunny, warm WDW! I am sooooo jealous of you and Doe! Yes, please post a picture for us all when you get back. You are gonna be lookin so fine in that sunshine!

Hope you have a great day and don't get too much of a "talking to" by HR!:scared:

TTFN-
Sharon

DoeWDW
02-02-2004, 11:49 AM
Amanda, good luck with the HR people - hope they don't come down on you too hard. :rolleyes: On the other hand, I'd like to get fired from my job so we have an excuse to move to sunny warm Florida, so if the email is REAL inappropriate, you can send it to me to forward around at MY workplace! :p Sorry, Amanda, I don't mean to make light of your workplace troubles - just looking for a way to leave my workplace behind. ;)

Hope you find yummy, on plan food to eat. Those unplanned days are tough for me!!

septbride2002
02-02-2004, 12:05 PM
Thanks for stopping by Doe and Sharron - I still haven't talked to HR yet but my manager did give me more info. Basically I received an inappropriate email - I did not forward it to anyone so really I am getting a slap on the wrist because I didn't report it to management. I Guess my defense is going to be well I wasn't offended by it therefore didn't report it. Either way I'm not worried. Doe don't stress your post made me laugh!

Still debating my cheat free status. Here is my menu from yesterday:
B: Bacon (2 carbs) Eggs and Mushrooms (3 carbs)
S: Chips (17 carbs) Salsa (1 carb)
L: Breaded chicken Breast (12 carbs) with a cheesy sauce
S: Meatballs (1 carb) Chicken Wing (literally one wing 0 carbs) Strawberries (6 carbs) and Lemon Bar (???)

Really it is only the Lemon Bar that threw me off. I really didn't do to bad the whole day since I was trying to take in 55 carbs and not counting the Lemon Bar I was at 42 carbs.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-02-2004, 01:07 PM
Sounds cheat free to me, Amanda!! ::yes::

septbride2002
02-02-2004, 06:15 PM
I am going to count yesterday as cheat free! :) Thanks for helping me out there Doe.

So far so good today. Breakfast was 15 carbs lunch was 16 carbs, and Dinner was 7 carbs.

Dinner was a stroganoff recipe I got out of my new recipe book. I need to tweek it a little because it did come out a little blan to me. It need 2 TBSP of Worchester sauce and I only had 1 so that might have had something to do with it. Otherwise it was really really simple to make and has the possibility of becoming what I call a "staple meal". 38 carbs gone for today so I might have some low carb ice cream tonight for a snack. Oh! Just remembered had a coffee with Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup that will be 5 carbs to add to the 38 for 43 carbs. Still plenty of room for ice cream should I decide to have some. Although I am craving green peppers and ranch dressing so I might have that instead.

I'm rambling and I know it.

~Amanda

lulu201
02-02-2004, 09:16 PM
Wow, Amanda! :Pinkbounc You're doing great! Thanks for stopping over at my journal. I always enjoy hearing from you.
You've inspired me to go for the gusto in February and to make it even better than January. It's going to be hard, though, knowing you're in Disney World next week--I WANT TO GO TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, sorry, moment of inappropriate but sincere jealousy. I'll try to contain my emotions.:rolleyes:

Have a good Tuesday tomorrow. I look forward to hearing how your day goes.

Erin

CourtasanSatine
02-02-2004, 09:51 PM
you did great today Amanda :) Especially with all those treats at the party last night

septbride2002
02-02-2004, 10:22 PM
Snack tonight of some Peppers and Ranch Dressing - 3 carbs and a Hersheys Kiss (3 carbs) and a Creamsaver (4) for a total of 53 carbs for the day. So I am under my 55 carbs - another cheat free day for me! Whoo hooo!

It snowed here tonight so I will more then likely have to pack a lunch for tomorrow and I have no idea what to take. Might have to be tuna salad again. Breakfast will be half an apple and some Peanut butter (yum).

~Amanda

marsh0013
02-03-2004, 08:41 AM
hey amanda, sorry i haven't been by in a couple days, i don't know how i skipped over your journal! so let me catch up: great job at the superbowl. it's so hard to resist when everyone else is enjoying all those foods that we shouldn't have! but you did a great job, and i'm glad you counted it as cheat free, because you really made excellent choices.

that is so silly about the email issue. i originally thought (like everyone else i guess) that you had sent the email, but you received it? oh come on, i'd like to know how that's your fault. amazing how crazy management can be. hope the "talking to" went well :p .

sounds like you did very well yesterday with food. keep it up! hope today is another great day for you :sunny:

septbride2002
02-03-2004, 08:43 AM
I hate snow. I hate snow with a passion!

Last night I forgot to defrost the Roast I was going to make today in the crockpot so I have no idea what we are going to do for dinner. I might suggest Subway or something.

B: Oatmeal (it is freezing outside and there are mornings when ya need your Quaker Oats) 15 carbs - 1 splenda packet for some sweetness (1) = 16 carbs

L: Leftover Pork Tenderloin (?), Green Peppers and Ranch Dressing (?) - I need to check on the amounts.

D: ???

Weighed myself this morning and the scale said 154 lbs - that would be a 2 lb loss from last week. I am going to see if it last until tomorrow morning and then I will change my signature. That would be a total of 10lbs gone. I think my body likes being at 55 carbs a whole lot better then just 30 carbs. I am also wearing size 12 jeans today. I have this old pair of Calvin Kleins and I decided to test them out today. They are a little tight but I think it is mostly because I am use to Stretch jeans and these were made long before the Stretch concept was popular. I seemed to be whooshing the last couple of days because I was having to use the restroom a whole lot. Hopefully it means this 154 is a legit number. How exciting!

sharoncity
02-03-2004, 11:02 AM
Size 12 jeans!!!! You go girl!! woohoo!!!!:bounce: :Pinkbounc

Hang in there with this snow! You'll be in WDW in no time and forget all about this evil white stuff!:tongue: Can I tell you how much I LOVE AKL??!! It's gonna be wonderful!

I've got my fingers crossed that your 154 is legit. Here's some pixie dust to go with it too!:wizard:

TTFN-
Sharon

septbride2002
02-03-2004, 12:29 PM
Thanks Sharon I am hoping my 154 is legit as well because I will have broken through my plateau weight of 156 then. It only took 2 weeks to break through it so I guess I shouldn't complain to much.

Lunch was really yummy! I am going to have to slice up Peppers more often as snack. Plus they are filled with great vitamins and minerals that your body can always use!

Jeans are still feeling a bit tight but I have't had to undo the button yet so again - I'm not complaining. I am in total vacation mode at work - hard to concentrate and get things done today.

Dinner is still completely up in the air. My Mom was't good at offering any suggestions and then you have my husband with the "Pizza" standby. Augh! I CAN'T EAT PIZZA YOU DOPE!

~Amanda

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So guess what we ended up having? If you said Pizza your a winner! We also ordered Salad. I estimate that I had eaten about 22 carbs today so I had 33 carbs to spare. I ate a big salad which was just lettuice and cheese and had 4 small pieces of pizza and then just the toppings off two other pices. The slices were really tiny (3 inch squares thin crust) so I didn't feel to bad about eating 2 more slices then I usually do plus I was extra hungry tonight. Now I'm full and have no cravings at all. We actually had to finish the pizza because my Mom and I both kept going back to it (hence the toppings no crust slices) Once it was gone we coudl relax. I was going to have ice cream tonight but I've decided against that. I really want my scale to read 154 lbs tomorrow. I've drank lots of water and I am off to have some more.

~Amanda

marsh0013
02-04-2004, 08:16 AM
hey amanda, good luck with that scale! i really hope that it stays at 154 for you! breaking through plateaus can be so frustrating, so it is so wonderful for you that you've done it :)

septbride2002
02-04-2004, 08:16 AM
Check out my brand new clippie! 10.5 lbs are gone from this body and I am going to take this moment to make a little speech,

"First I would like to thank Erin who started the goal to be cheat free in January - if it had not been for her motivation and challenge I never would have done as well in January as I did.

Second to Doreen - again a constant supporter, motivator, and friend. Thank you.

To all my other wish buddies, Deb, Lisa, Marcia, A1A1, and Zera's pride and anyone else that came by my journal - I thank you as well.

I thought for sure I would fail and I didn't. I struggled doing WW off and on for probably a year and never saw this amount of success. The protein power plan fell in my lap and not only do I feel better about myself I also feel healthier and happier."

Okay enough with the speeches lets party! Only low carb snack foods please! The scale read 154.5 lbs today so I am sticking on my new clippie and changing my numbers. I am off to have another fabulous day!

B: 1/2 apple (9) and 2 Tbsp of Peanut butter (4)
L: Tuna Salad
D: Cheeseburgers

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-04-2004, 08:37 AM
:jumping1: WOO-HOO CLIPPIE PARTY!! :jumping1:

Amanda, you ROCK!! 10 pounds gone :wave2: and never coming back!! Congratulations, girlfriend and may I say you look perfectly lovely in that new clippie you're wearing, not to mention those size 12 jeans!!!

So, Amanda, do you think our DHs would disown us if we wore princess: hats while at the MK on Saturday night? :teeth: :crazy: I will if you will!! We can make the guys save our parade spots while we sneak off to buy them!! :hyper:
I figure I'm turning 40 - I can get away with all kinds of crazy things this weekend and blame them all on my birthday attitude.
:laughing:

See ya Saturday night, girlfriend!! :happy1:

septbride2002
02-04-2004, 08:54 AM
My Dh would think that was an absolute riot! Lets do it! :) I'm back in my size 14 jeans today only because I missed the stretch part. Those size 12's were OLD and they didn't give at all so by mid day all I wanted to do was get out of them. But the button stayed closed the whole day.

~Amanda

septbride2002
02-04-2004, 06:34 PM
What a Sh*tty day. Boy am I glad to be home. I passed some testing I had to do at work so that is good news and I won't have to bother with it for 2 years now. I'll be happy to be at the company tht long. Augh. I gave myself a snack size twix bar for 15 carbs this afternoon. Total carbs eaten today: 45 carbs so far. I may treat myself to some low carb ice cream this evening if I need too.

Only 2 more days of work...only 2 more days of work...

~Amanda

CourtasanSatine
02-04-2004, 06:45 PM
you did great today Amanda considering the teasting :sunny:

DoeWDW
02-04-2004, 09:15 PM
Hang in there, Amanda! You'll make it!

Casey's, 5:30 PM, yummy hot dogs, hat shopping....close your eyes and you can almost dream yourself there!!

septbride2002
02-05-2004, 08:04 AM
If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times - I hate snow. Breakfast and lunch are both going to be a work today. Blessing number one - full service cafeteria at work! :) Hopefully the freezing rain and ice they are calling for this afternoon won't happen (fingers crossed) because I really need to get to the grocery store to pick up some things before our big trip. I am going to make a beanless chili tonight. Thought it would be yummy on such a cold evening plus my Mom can eat the leftovers while we are gone in WDW. This Dana Carpender recipe book is turning out to be a lifesaver!

B: 3 egg omelet with ham, green peppers, and hot pepper cheese.

L: ??? Some sort of meat dish or possibly salad and I brought a yogurt as well

D: Hopefully Beanless Chili, if not then we will be winging it. :)

Off to another day and another dollar!

~Amanda

marsh0013
02-05-2004, 09:13 AM
hey amanda, sorry i haven't made it to your journal in the past few days...i don't know how i managed to miss it :scratchin (and i just looked at my last reply and i did the same thing! must be that someone else is going through journals at the same time as me and somehow it gets lost in teh shuffle :confused:. i will not let that happen again!)

sounds like you and doe are going to have an all out party, what with the hot dogs and the princess hats! enjoy it!

and i hate snow too. please make sure to blow it in a different direction when it leaves you, we don't want it here on the east coast :p . but you'll be done with it soon! relaxing in that nice florida sun! you're almost there, you're almost there!!! :bounce:

have a great day today, here's some :sunny: to get you through the nasty weather by you!

CourtasanSatine
02-05-2004, 09:17 AM
Hi Amanda,just don't send the snow south ;) have a great day and think,in 2 more days you're be at WDW :sunny:

septbride2002
02-05-2004, 12:47 PM
Evidently I am not very hungry today. Went to lunch and got a big beautiful salad. It really was pretty looking and I took maybe 10 bites out of it and then couldn't eat anymore. I've had a little to much soda today and not enough water so I am going to try to drink more water the rest of the day. I have yogurt in the fridge should the munchies hit me this afternoon. Hopefully they won't.

Things are going much better for me at work today. I have done some numbers and graphs (something I am really good at) to figure out where my problems are, where we are succeeding and where we are failing. Hopefully this will save my butt should the upper management eye fall onto me.

I can't wait to go home tonight and start doing all the final stuff for our trip. Things on the agenda:

Pick up diet soda for Mom while staying at the house
Pick up ingredients to make beanless chili
Call Happy Limo make sure reservations are still in and confirm pick up time.
Send out contact information and flight information to family.
Try packing things I won't need for Friday.

~Amanda

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Beanless chili was fantastic! Very yummy and filling. I'm glad I was able to pick up the ingredients to make it. Nice to have some comfort food that can eat. Carbs were really really low today. B - 5 carbs, L - 2 to 3 carbs, Dinner - 2 carbs, ice cream - 10 carbs, mini twix bar 15 carbs for a total of 35 carbs today. Not to shabby I say.

Plan for tomorrow - get through the day. I have some bad news to deliver to some people tomorrow (I'm in lending) and I am not looking forward to the day :(

~Amanda

lulu201
02-06-2004, 07:18 AM
:sunny: :sunny: Good morning, Amanda-honey!:sunny: :sunny:
TOMORROW YOU'RE GOING TO BE IN DISNEY WORLD!!!!!:Pinkbounc

::MickeyMo Mickey will be there.

::MinnieMo Minnie will be there.

princess: Amanda and princess: Doe-Doe will be there!

It's going to be great! Uhhh, :scratchin what song shall we sing? Oh, I know, how about "Whistle While You Work?" 'Cause today you're going to do your work stuff and then you'll be free!!:Pinkbounc "Just whistle, while you work, just whistle while you work. . .put on that grin and start right in to dee-duh, dee-doo, hummm. Just sing a happy song, humm, dee-doo-dee-doo-day. . .Oh heck, YOU know the words, don't you?? Anyway, be happy, girlfriend.

Have yourself a terrific time; give Doreen a hug from me. . .she has one to give you from me! See, I'm kinda there, right? :( Right??

Today I'm sitting in that nasty ice storm--I can't believe they're going to send our kids to school (two hours late, but still!). But, you, dear Amanda, are on your way to fun and sun!:sunny: Enjoy every minute! Check in when you get home.

:wave2: Travel safely,
Erin

septbride2002
02-06-2004, 08:21 AM
Hey there princess: Lulu! I'll be sure to give a Doe a hug for your. I am in the best mood today since I know it is only hours till I have some FREEDOM! I don't know the words to Whistle while you work. :eek: I'll have to look it up. I have the George Michael song "Freedom" in my head at the moment. hehehehe.

Okay - so guess what I couldn't resist the scale this morning because when I was getting in the shower I thought - man I look skinny. So I hopped on the scale and it was at 153 lbs. 1.5 lbs less then a couple of days ago. I'm so happy! And even with this news of great success I have made a decision today to go off program. Only because we have a lot to do in a short period of time and no protein friendly foods in the house (I've eaten in all!) Now I am not going to town on carbs - just not counting and worrying about it today. B: Yogurt (14 carbs) and a White Mocha (?) L: Subway Turkey Wrap (11 carbs) D: Something on the run.

Hopefully I'll be able to maintain or only gain a little on my vacation. I really do think my body operates better on 55 carbs a day rather then the 30 so when I get back I think I will only do a day or so of the 30 carbs and then go ack to 55.

Things to do tonight:
Finish Laundry and pack socks and unmentionables ;)
Find and pack swimsuit
Double check that we have all flight information.
Verify with ride to the airport what time he is picking us up.

I'll check in one more time before I leave!

~Amanda

Samandmom
02-06-2004, 11:03 AM
Wohoo Amanda look at the counter ticking!! :Pinkbounc It only makes it closer for us. :teeth: I have been reading your journal for a while now. Sorry I have not commented. I am usually reading it while Sam is in my lap and makes it hard to type. You have been doing great. I am afraid of gaining also during vacation. I am considering joing the fitness center at AKL while we are there. Now the question is when do I find the time? ;) Have a great time! Be sure to tell Mickey we are on our way. :teeth:

honeymo78
02-06-2004, 11:11 AM
Have a great trip and say hi to Doreen for me :)

sharoncity
02-06-2004, 11:24 AM
Amanda - Have a wonderful trip!:sunny:

Don't worry too much about carbs and food while there. We work so hard all year to get to vacations, we need to just relax and enjoy when we get them!::yes:: So you have my "blessing" to go off plan and have no guilt!:crazy:

153! WOOHOO! Sounds great! You are gonna be lookin so fine in those shorts! Good for you!:teeth:

Bring back the warm weather and sunshine! Spring just can't come soon enough for me!

TTFN-
Sharon:wave2:

CourtasanSatine
02-06-2004, 12:33 PM
have a great trip Amanda :)

marsh0013
02-06-2004, 02:34 PM
amanda dear, i hope you have a wonderful trip! :bounce:

we'll be waiting for you when you get back to hear all about it! so you better have a wonderful trip report for us :teeth:

hope the mouse treats you well ::MickeyMo

septbride2002
02-06-2004, 08:57 PM
" So Long! Farewell! I hate to go and leave this pretty sight!" Um, not really!

I'm outta here (as long at the weather cooperates!) My flight leaves at 7a.m. tomorrow and right now it is snowing. I hope I hope I hope it stops soon! PLEASE!

I'm off to see Doe! I'll think of ya'll

~Amanda

septbride2002
02-14-2004, 08:31 PM
I'm Back! I'm Exhuasted! I'll start the trip report tomorrow! :)

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-15-2004, 07:10 AM
Amanda, I'm happy to see you back! Well, I'm sad that we're both no longer in WDW but it's nice to see you in your journal again! :D :wave:

DH and I had such a wonderful time with you and Brian last Saturday night! You are an adorable couple and both so nice! I still haven't posted the pics. I uploaded them but we all have those evil-looking red eyes and I wanted to get rid of them before they freaked out everyone else on the WISH board! :teeth:

I'm still struggling to get back on track - in fact I'm in the heart of the d-zone and decided to take the next week off! It's an experiment of sorts. By this time next week I expect to be back on plan, though. I hope your transition back to normal eating goes easier! ::yes::

:hug:, princess: Amanda!
princess: Doe-Doe

lulu201
02-15-2004, 07:37 AM
Welcome home, princess: Amanda! I hope you had a wonderful trip and can ease back into real life. Will you be able to get yourself grounded today and tomorrow, or will you be back at work on Monday morning? Whatever the case, be good to yourself as you deal with re-entry!

:hug: ,
Erin (oops, I mean princess: LuLu)

marsh0013
02-15-2004, 02:47 PM
hi amanda!! welcome back to the real world, hope re-entry wasn't too tough for you. can't wait to read trip reports!! :bounce:

septbride2002
02-15-2004, 09:23 PM
Oh today was tough. Alot tougher then I thought it would be. I was certainly not cheat free. Going grocery shopping tomorrow. Hoping it will be a better day.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-16-2004, 06:05 AM
:hug: for you, dear Amanda! Re-entry can be so tough. Try to cut yourself a little slack, OK? You'll be back on plan in no time but there's so much to do when we get back from vacation that food sometimes is not the top priority. Get settled back into your routine and the food will return to normal after a few days. You have to kick all those nasty carb cravings, after all.

Hang in there! :sunny:

septbride2002
02-16-2004, 08:47 AM
Thanks Doe! Your post made me feel a lot better this morning.

Last night I talked to my friend Tiffany for an hour and a half (we had a lot of catching up to do) on the phone. She lives in CA and is doing the carbohydrate addict diet. So we spent a good portion of the night discussing menus, recipies, and how to stay on course. It wwas great to have her remind me of all the foods I love and the simple ways to get back on track. While we were on the phone we were both thumbing through our low carb recipe books and I made my grocery list. I can't wait to go shopping since I am making some fabulous chicken tenders tonight that should satisfy me. I've got several recipies lined up for the week including some with Spaghetti Squash. If they turn up good I will post them. I need to find a recipe for cheesecake muffins or something. I like to have some legal sweet treats in the house.

I posted this is Doe's journal but thought it was pretty profound of me so I am going to post it here as well:

my SIL and I were having a talk last night about diets. She is of course like Brian - skinny. She is probably 5'8" or 5'9" and weighs 128 pounds usually (don't ya just hate her). She can pretty much eat whatever she wants and does. When I was explaining low carb to her (which she didn't know I was doing before) she made the comment but, "If you go off of it the weight all comes back on." And I told her something that has taken me awhile to figure out is that I'm never going to be able to eat everything I want when I want. That with my body type and metabolism I am always going to have to watch what I eat in order to maintain. Eating what I want is what put the weight on in the first place. At least with low carb I don't feel deprived. And yes I'll still have mashed potatoes and pizza (once I hit goal) but not on a regular basis. And I think during maintanence you are doing what we are suppose to do - find our balance, or a magic number if you were going to still count carbs everyday.

Menu for today:

B: Omelet with Cheese and Bacon (hopefully I can find some)
Task: Grocery shopping/finish laundry
L: Tuna Salad with Celery Sticks.
S: 1/2 apple with Peanut Butter
D: Heroin Wings - out of my recipie book my friend Tiffany says that they are amazing.

~Amanda

sharoncity
02-16-2004, 10:40 AM
Excellent observation Amanda! Good for you! Sounds like re-entry is coming around for you. I'm sure that talk with Tiffany helped a lot too!:sunny: Thank God we have such dear friends when we need them most!
Sounds like you've got a great plan. Stick to it and you'll see that scale moving down again in no time!!:tongue:
TTFN-
Sharon

septbride2002
02-16-2004, 03:26 PM
I hate re-entry. Augh. So far so good today although I feel like I've been hit by a truck. Might have a diet soda after I post this to pep me up a bit. Finished laundry and the grocery shopping. We needed so much stuff that I spent $150 on groceries! I know that doesn't sound like much to some but DH and I usually only spend about $200 a month on groceries. Yikes.

Got lots of veggies, mushrooms, peppers, and spaghetti squash. I picked up some Atkins bake stuff that I am going to try to find desert recipies I can make with it. For lunch I used it to make a Tuna Casserole that I found in my recipe book. It was net 2 carbs per serving and Oh My Goodness it was delicious. Yummy! I had 2 servings. :crazy: I took a nice long nap this afternoon and I am going to draw a hot bath in a minute. DH is bored and driving me crazy - I wish I had the motivation to scrapbook but I just haven't found it yet. Plus I need some supplies.........:hyper:

~Amanda

marsh0013
02-16-2004, 03:27 PM
hey amanda, i'm glad you're getting back into the normal swing of things. sounds like the chat with your friend was definitely what the doctor ordered. sometimes, it takes the help of others to help us get back on track. hope things keep going in the right direction for you :)

septbride2002
02-16-2004, 09:45 PM
Ah a successful day! I cannot say what a huge help this cookbook that I have has been. I made 2 recipes out of it today and both were outstanding! Loved them! I can mark today as cheat free and I am so excited about it. Not sure on the carb mark today I am hovering in the 30 range though which is good enough for me. I had 2 sodas today and lots and lots of crystal light - just couldn't do plain water today - will try harder tomorrow.

Got my plan all set for tomorrow when I go back to work. Lord give me the strength that I am going to need to get through the day.

I've posted the 2nd part of my trip report - if you want to hear about my meeting with Doe please go read.

Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=511009)

I'm off to bed!

~Amanda

famfab5
02-16-2004, 10:10 PM
Amanda,

Thank you for stopping by my journal! I laughed so hard at the "Holy Will Power Batman" and I thought of that all day today when I went by the freezer knowing there are treats in there I can't have YET! I've made a deal with myself. I have only 12 more weeks before vacation. I am going to let myself eat what I want when I'm there. Is that what you did for the most part?

Your cookbook sounds awesome, what's the name of it? I am going to try and make it to the library tomorrow to look for some low carb cookbooks. Already needing some variety here!

I was really impressed with your conversation with your SIL. You explained it so very well. I have no doubt you will have the strength to get through Tuesday with flying colors!

Warmly,

E.:sunny:

DoeWDW
02-17-2004, 05:27 AM
Thanks for the heads-up in my journal about your trip report. I went on over there and had a look. I can't WAIT for the next installments! Forget work - stay home and WRITE!!

I've never been a special guest in a trip report! Thanks for all the kind words!

Now, go out there and have yourself a fabulous Tuesday! :sunny: :hyper:

marsh0013
02-17-2004, 08:31 AM
i'm loving the trip reports amanda! you really are an excellent story teller :)

and that is wonderful that you have found a cookbook to try out all sorts of new and delicious foods! amazing what a little variety will do for your outlook on food ::yes::

good luck on your first day back to work. i know it will be tough, now that you're full throttle back into the real world. but you can do it. hope it goes well today, have a great one :sunny:

septbride2002
02-17-2004, 09:03 AM
I've got the funeral march in my head today as I sit at my desk at work. Not a good sign. After sorting through the 275 emails I had waiting for me I am finally coming up for a bit of air. Truth is my assistant handle everything fabulously for me - I'm glad I brought her back a box of Ghiradelli's chocolates for all her hard work.

Plan for today:
B: 1/2 apple with peanut butter - 14 carbs.
L: I think I'll make Chicken Waldorf salad
D:???? It might be everyone fends for themselves night at our house, or it might be Kiebasa with cauliflower rice. Not sure what I'm in the modd for yet.

Trying to stay under 55 carbs today.

Doe and Marcia thanks for stopping by and commenting on the trip reports - I've got Day 2 all written just haven't uploaded it yet. Tonight when I get home I'll do that and start working on day 3.

~Amanda
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1:58p.m.
I have been so busy at work today - but not with good stuff....oh well. I've stuck to plan. My chicken salad at lunch was 6 carbs or so so I have used 20 carbs so far today. DH and I have agreeded to do an everyone cooks for themselves night. I don't really know what I am in the mood for. Nothing really sounds all that good. Maybe I'll just do something easy like chicken breast and cauliflower rice. Not real sure yet.

~Amanda
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6:30p.m.
Went to Dinner at Subway and had an 11 carb wrap and nibbled on 4 pizza rolls of DH's. Don't know officially what my carb count it but it should be under 55. Craving sweet things really really badly now! And had to turn down Ghiradelli's chocolate today and flavored coffee. Augh. I hate sugar withdrawal.

Posted more of my trip report Day 2, part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=511619)

septbride2002
02-17-2004, 09:04 PM
Well I ended on 53.5 carbs for today. I made some white chocolate mousse that helped my sweet craving.

I'm off to bed!

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-18-2004, 06:57 AM
Amanda, I'm happy that you made it through yesterday! It sounds like your white chocolate mousse was just the ticket!

Today's a new day. We'll both get through it and be feeling better by the weekend! Sail :boat: through your day - I'll be doing the same! :happy1:

septbride2002
02-18-2004, 08:28 AM
A new day - and a new attitude. I am hoping that last night is the end of my sugar withdrawal, because it hasn't been fun. Almost makes ya never want another Dole Whip again......I said almost!

I have a much better plan today for myself and am looking forward to all my meals.

B: Blue Bunny Yogurt - 13 carbs
L: Grilled Chicken Breast with mushrooms, possibly some roasted peppers to go with it. Yummy! (5 carbs)
D: Kiebasa with either Cauliflower rice or Broccoli and cheese.
S: White chocolate Mousse

Tonight is a big TV night, lots of stuff on to watch so it is usually my night to veg.

I've decided to purchase The Firm tapes. I need something else in conjuction with the running to help tone and "firm" my legs and arms.

~Amanda

marsh0013
02-18-2004, 10:17 AM
amanda, that white chocolate mousse sounds divine! and that it fits into your daily plan is wonderful :). i hope your sugar cravings are calming down, but don't joke about dole whips:eek: . haha, i've never even had one (the horror! i know!), but i've heard wonderful things about them. can't wait to try one whenever i make it to the world again (hoping it's before next january for the half marathon!).

looks like you've got a great plan set out for yourself, and i'm glad that you're looking forward to it! much easier to make it through the day when you know you're going to enjoy your food ::yes::

i've heard lots of good things about the firm tapes, hopefully they will be good for you as well :)

septbride2002
02-18-2004, 01:19 PM
Minor breakdown at lunch today, I sort of lost my temper with myself, and proceeded to kick and scream at my stove. Not a real good thing to do but it made me feel better. Not sure why I really lost my temper, problems with DH's family that frustrate me.

I stuck to my plan at lunch, had an extra 5 carbs for a snack. Note to self - yogurt on it's own is not a filling breakfast. I was hungry by 10 a.m. - thankfully my vending machine has peanuts in them so I am okay. I'm working on another 16 oz of water right. 16 is already down the hatch. Trying to focus on being positive here at work and finding good things in every hour.

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-18-2004, 01:25 PM
:hug: for you, dear Amanda, but I gotta ask.....

did the stove kick or scream back???? :eek: :duck:

I do hope things are looking brighter and you're doing great sticking to plan! You are right about the yogurt though - NOT filling on its own!

We're almost through the workday - we can make it!!
:sunny:

septbride2002
02-18-2004, 04:43 PM
No Doe - the stove did not kick or scream back at me. Hehehe.

Well I purchased the Firm2 tapes and bar. No fanny lifter - although I can send away for it if I was to for $30. I'll have to talk to DH about it since I already spent $54 for the tapes and bar. I did VHS considering I'll be working out in the bedroom. Of course the $54 included $20 for shipping and handling. Yikes! But the box weighs almost 12 pounds according to the sales person. On The firm website the listing price is $55 w/o the S/H so I am hoping I saved myself some money by going through Ebay.

~Amanda

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B: 14 carbs
S: Peantus - 5 carbs
L: 3 carbs
S: Coffee - 3 carbs
D: Polish Sausage w/ BBQ Sauce, and Cauliflower with Cheese - the sausage is 3 carbs per 2 oz.....I'm thinking I probably had 6 oz. so 18 carbs, 3 carbs for side dish, - I am at 46 carbs for the day so I have 9 carbs left over for tonight should I get hungry. It which case I'll munch on some Peanut butter and celery sticks.

~Amanda

Forgot to mention that I actually grilled the sausage tonight on the BBQ Grill. It tasted so wonderful! It was about 45 degrees when I got home and light enough to let me do it. I miss grilling! My DH even said it was delicious.

septbride2002
02-19-2004, 08:14 AM
Good Morning! Last night the Evil Munchie Monster got a hold of me at about 10:30 at night. I went slighty over in carb count but I am still counting it as a cheat free day since I didn't feel like I binged. I feel a big whoosh coming on (Aunt Flo should be arriving today) and I always seem to be hungrier right before the whoosh.

Plan for today, stay below 30 carbs today. I want to shake my body up a bit and try to help it get to the whoosh!
B: Celery sticks and Peanut Butter - 4 carbs
L: I am thinking either grilled fish with veggies or Tuna Salad.
D: Crossover - Eggs, Sausage, and Cheddar cheese all mixed together. Atkins Pancakes - no syrup. Not sure on the carb count as of yet. I need to take a look at the box.
S: Peanuts/White Chocolate Mousse/cheese

I am babysitting my 3 year old nephew tonight so that should be enough exercise for all of us!

~Amanda

marsh0013
02-19-2004, 11:06 AM
your plan for today sounds good. i love the breakfast for dinner thing you've got going on :p . i myself like to do oatmeal for dinner every now and again :)

hope that whoosh is on its way! and that going a little lower on the carbs will help it along. sometimes that whoosh fairy needs a little nudge :tongue:

have a great day, and especially enjoy your time with you nephew this evening. sounds like great fun to me :bounce:

septbride2002
02-19-2004, 02:06 PM
Can someone take this bloat fairy and make her get out of my house!!! AUGH!! I'm sitting here in size 14 pants that fit fine before I lost 8 lbs and today they are feeling snug and pinching me. Checked the scale - hm..... still at an 8lb lost must be water retention. MAKE HER GO AWAY!!!:crazy2: It is way to :crowded: in here for the both of us.

Okay - I am feeling better now. Marcia thanks for stopping by!

I stuck to plan for both breakfast and lunch and I am looking forward to dinner. Although I may have to not make the pancakes - we'll see how I fee later. So far I've had 8 grams of carbs today. So I have plenty leftover for dinner tonight.

~Amanda

septbride2002
02-19-2004, 08:32 PM
Well my bear won't be adding a number to it tonight. I gave into a chocolate shake from steak n shake. And I think Erin's cold has made it's way to St. Louis because I am starting to feel pretty bad. Our nephew is over tonight and although I love him - he is really straining my patience this evening. I am rewarding myself with a long hot bath when his parents pick him up. Which will hopefully be soon.

Night,
Amanda

lulu201
02-20-2004, 06:25 AM
A :hug: and some tissues for you, sweetie. I guess I passed you some nasty cyber germs. . .sorry, about that.:( I hope that you've got some tea nearby, but maybe you're feeling better after a good night's sleep? I hope so.

Here's some :sunny: for your new day, Amanda. Did you get to soak in that long, hot bath last night after DN left? His parents are so lucky to have you to help out like you did; I'm sure they appreciate Aunt Amanda!

So, if things get really bad today and you feel really yukky, put on your princess: hat and be a DIVA!:p Demand the best bottled water and the finest low carb goodies and live like the princess you are. You'll be feeling better in no time. Right? Right???
Oh, by the way, could you pass the tissues a minute?

What we need right now is a song, Amanda. :scratchin I'll have to think about that. Oh, here's one. How about "A Spoon Full of Sugar" from Mary Poppins? It is your favorite movie, after all. You should know the words. Wait a minute, though. A spoon full of sugar? Sugar??? How many carbs is that? Can you even have sugar???? Oh, forget it. Divas can have all the sugar they want!princess:

Smiles to you, Amanda--
Erin

DoeWDW
02-20-2004, 07:23 AM
"Just a spoon full of Splenda helps the...."

Oh, never mind! It just doesn't have the same ring to it! :rolleyes:

I think Erin's right - go the princess: diva route!! ::yes::

I'm sending a gentle :hug: and super duper cold-fighting :wizard: your way, along with lots of :sunny: fortified with extra vitamin C! If we were all rich, I'd prescribe a princess: trip to WDW until everyone feels fully recovered but it'll have to wait until I hit the lottery. :rolleyes: Guess I'd better start buying a ticket now and then - ya gotta play to win, right? :teeth:

Take it easy today, princess: diva Amanda! As my tag says, take good care of you - you're worth it! ::yes::

septbride2002
02-20-2004, 09:08 AM
Thank you Doe and Erin your post really made me smile this morning which is really what I needed. No I didn't take a bath last night as I planned and here is why. My darling nephew is working on being potty trained. He goes #1 real well by himself - but is very hesistant about going #2 because he claims it hurts. Now before my SIL dropped him off he decided to go #2 in his underwear. He got yelled at and cleaned up and then brought to my house. I figure - hey I'm in the clear because he has gotten it out of his system.

As I mentioned in my post from last night my DN was being a handful last night. Wouldn't listen to anything I said, kept doing things he know he isn't suppose to do. Uncle Brian had to put him in timeout because he kept kicking my car. :mad: Just a really trying night. After about 2 hours of this I was ready to rip my hair out. (my patience was a little thin due to my cold). All of a sudded I hear, "Amanda - get in here NOW!" From my husband. There is my nephew in my bathroom with #2 running down his leg. Not only had he gone in his underwear but he soiled them. I quickly underess the child and set him in my bath tub. My SIL only sent 5 wet wipes and they didn't go to far. I had to resort to wet paper towels to get him cleaned up. I'm throwing the dirty towels into the toilet which clogs it. So now the toilet is over flowing - my nephew is half naked in the bath tub still dirty, DH is trying to unclog the toilet and I am starting to throw-up because of the smell and the fact that I am coming down with something. I finally get my nephew cleaned up and into a pull up - I told him that since he was bad that he wasn't going to get to wear underwear tonight.

My SIL walked in the door as I was trying to clean up the underwear my nephew soiled. I could tell my SIL felt really really bad about the incident and I keep explaining that I know accidents happen, meanwhile thinking that my biological clock has gotten smashed against a wall and we will be unable to repair it. I was so happy when they finally left I popped 3 Advil and went straight to bed.

What an evening.:crazy:

I am going to make healthy choices today but not count carbs because I need to drink juice today. I am out of my daily vitamins and won't be able to get more until Saturday so I am allowing myself Orange Juice.

B: 2 eggs with ham and cheese. - 4 carbs
L: Chicken Wrap from Subway - 8 carbs
D: Spicy Peanut Chicken from my recipe book - and I'll make Cauliflower rice as a side dish.

Theme song for the day........ "Faith" by George Michael

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-20-2004, 09:27 AM
Oh my dear Amanda! Will you please believe that I'm laughing WITH you and not AT you??? :p That was quite a dose of parenting-reality you and Brian got last night, sweetie, but please believe me that it IS different (and much less traumatic!) when it's your own kid! ::yes::

Drink your juice, girlfriend, and do the best you can today. I hope you have a restful and relaxing weekend planned.

"cause ya gotta have faith, faith, faith!" :sunny:

:hug:

lulu201
02-20-2004, 09:33 AM
Oh, man, Amanda. What a night! Seriously, whoa.

It's true, though, it's different when it's your own child. I think God must give "it" to us to for our child's sake--to keep us from running out the door, down the street and into another life when things like that happen. From now on you should be called Saint-Aunt Amanda.

Drink that juice, honey.

Erin

marsh0013
02-20-2004, 09:56 AM
oh my goodness amanda, what a night you had! i can see how that would make you bonkers! :tongue:

i hope that all that oj helps to make you feel better. good for you for realizing that your body needs the oj more than it needs to count carbs today. gotta listen to that body! hope your day goes well :sunny:

septbride2002
02-20-2004, 01:05 PM
Well I'm glad you guys got a good laugh out of my sad sob story. :) I will admitt the afterthought is pretty funny but at the time I was being a bit of a B*tchy Diva princess: . Imagine!

I am feeling much better this afternoon then I did this morning. Those 2 glasses of OJ really helped rev up my system. I stuck to my plan at breakfast and lunch and am having a diet soda this afternoon.

I can't wait to get home and try this Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe - I just hope I like it. The plan tonight is to get pictures posted on webshots.com and to work on my trip reports a little. Then DH and I are going to lay on the couches and watch the 3rd Season on Angel DVD's that we bought.

Work has been crazy today and in a good way. Which is a nice change of pace. It is making the day fly right on by.

~Amanda

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My feelings are very very hurt. I posted the story about my nephew on another message board "community" and a moderated deleted it because "Though not technically a violation of the TOS, we really don't want discussion of "poopie diaper, #2 everywhere, toilet overflowing" stuff on the boards. It just goes down a road of discussion that we at _____would prefer not to go down."

I have responded to this moderator and here is what I said:

"I am trying to not take my post being deleted personal. But, I do not feel in anyway that my post should have been deleted, especially since it was not a violation of the TOS and since there were no inappropriate words used in my post.

I posted my story in good fun thinking that Moms' and such would get a kick out of a newbie trying to help potty train her nephew. Also because lately on the Trip Report board I have been noting in my reports that my biological clock had started ticking. I posted this story in the Water Cooler board where it was most appropriate since it had nothing to do with Disney.

I find it somewhat unfair that my post should be deleted because of talking about basic parenting issues (which potty training is an issue that every parent goes though and I'm sure everyone has some war stories) when post about relationships, pregenancy, and other real life issues have been discussed at great length. Again I would like to point out that my post did not contain any words, phrases, or sentences that violated the T.O.S.

I am all for keeping the boards clean and family friendly however I find the censorship to be going a little far when post are being deleted because a person may not like the subject matter. I saw at least 2 responses to my post who thought the post was funny and enjoyed reading it.

I feel a bit hurt regarding my post being deleted and will need to determine if this is still the right place for me. If I cannot share a funny story showing embarssment at my expense then I really don't see how this can be considered a community.

Thank you,"

I really don't know if I will be going back to that community although I have some great friends there that I will miss talking with.

~Amanda

sharoncity
02-20-2004, 01:49 PM
Hey Amanda! What a story! OMG! It reminds me, when my 2 were younger, none of our friends had kids yet. We used to say that our family was a poster child for NOT having children! I can't tell you how many times they embarrassed me with their misbehavior and such......:rolleyes: Oh well, I wouldn't trade them for the world! And you definitely have MUCH more patience when they are your own, if that helps!;)
I hope you are feeling better soon! Maybe its Florida withdrawals?:teeth:
Here's some :sunny: to get you through your day!
:hug: for you Amanda. We'll be here to listen to your funny posts any time!:chat:
TTFN-
Sharon

septbride2002
02-20-2004, 11:54 PM
I'm tempted to count today as cheat free because I really didn't do that badly. But I am going to resist temptation and take the day for what it was.

I'm off to bed - lots of home improvement stuff going on tomorrow as well as having my Dad over for a Pot roast dinner.

~Amanda

septbride2002
02-21-2004, 08:07 AM
Good Morning! I am feeling much better today then I did yesterday! So Yeah! I don't have much of a plan today - we are going to be doing a lot of running around today as there are some home stuff we've been putting off until after vacation. I guess that excuse is gone now.

B: Sausage, Egg, and Chese mixture - 3 carbs
L: Probably some turkey and cheese, or perhaps some grilled fish. It will depend on my mood.
D: Pot Roast with Greenbeans. DH will be having potatoes - I'll be skipping them.

My dinner last night was okay, I don't think I'll be making that recipe again. Oh well sometimes things just don't work out like you thought they would. My house is a mess so I'll be doing some clean up around here today, organizing pictures for scrapbooking, and going to the library to get a library card and pick up some books. I've decided to start reading motivational and self-help books again as that I've seem to have started concentrating on work rather then on life.

~Amanda

sharoncity
02-21-2004, 08:22 AM
Sounds like you have a full day planned for today Amanda! I do too. Lets just hope I carry through with my plans today!:rolleyes:

I am glad you are feeling better today! That is always a plus!:teeth: Here's some :wizard: and :sunny: for a wonderful Sat! Enjoy!:teeth:
TTFN-
Sharon

lulu201
02-21-2004, 09:26 AM
I like your plan for today, Amanda, especially the book idea at the library. I like to read books that speak to "me" sometimes; it helps me to find my center again. Sometimes I get a little :tilt: from being overly involved in work, too.

I don't want to pressure you about the trip reports, but I HAVE to know about the Mary Poppins painting! Could you just pm me with the details if you're going to be awhile in the trip report????
:p

Glad you're feeling better. Here's a little extra :sunny: for your day.

Erin

septbride2002
02-21-2004, 09:27 AM
Well I've got the biggest section of the house cleaned, family room and kitchen. I am slowly but surely working on my bedroom (comforter is in the was right now) and the next step is dusting - I hate dusting. And the master bathroom has been wiped down and sanatized. After that it will be the guest bathroom that still smells a little bit like #2 from my nephew the other night. Yuck!

Haven't eaten anything yet. I should probably stop myself and do that but I know me and as soon as I slow down I find it hard to get the motivation to get anything else done.

I'm listening to an Eagles CD - Hell Freezes over. "Welcome to the Hotel California!"

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-21-2004, 03:37 PM
Glad you're feeling better today, Amanda! I'm also glad I could help out yesterday. You are such a sweetie and your heart was in the right place. You're going to make a great Mommy someday!

Gotta run - be back later!! :sunny:

marsh0013
02-21-2004, 05:17 PM
ooh, i love the eagles! hope they helped to get you through the rest of your cleaning. yick, no fun, i don't like cleaning either. but at least the tunes should help.

hope the rest of your day went well :sunny:

septbride2002
02-21-2004, 08:10 PM
Got most of the cleaning done today and my house smells so much better! Went to the libary and got 3 books and was put on the waiting list for the Da Vinci Code. Took a short nap before my Dad came over and hung out with him the rest of the afternoon. For lunch I had spaghetti squash with an alfredo mixture - it was okay, probably not something I'll make again although the alfredo mixture was good and I will probably do that again and make chicken in it. I've decided that Fettunci Alfredo will just have to be a treat thing for me once I hit goal.

B: Yogurt - 14 carbs.
L: Spaghetti Sauce in Alfredo - 4 carbs
D: Pot Roast, Green beans - 5 carbs. 4 slices of potatoes ?? 1 glass of milk - 11 carbs

I did have to drink a little Mountain Dew today. We had no Diet Coke in the house and about 4pm I got a caffinie headache. Otherwise it was Water or Crystal Light all day. I'm probably a tiny bit over the 55 carbs but I am still counting today as cheat free since the Mountain Dew was done in desperation.

Ya know what I noticed yesterday and today - even though I was actively counting carbs I still was making low carb choices and it isn't because I don't have bad food in the cupboard because I do. It just seemed easier to do the right things.

Tomorrow we have a party to go to in the evening. It is going to be tough since my friend makes the best guacamole ever and I won't be able to eat much of it since the chips are going to kill me. Here is my plan for tomorrow:

B: Eggs and Sausage (3 carbs)
L: Left over Roast from tonight and Veggie (5 carbs)
D: Spicy Chicken Wings - I am craving them for some reason. (6 carbs - 1 carb per wing)

That is only 14 carbs for the day so I might be able to get away with chips and guacamole at the party. I am avoiding drinks!

~Amanda

lulu201
02-21-2004, 09:08 PM
"It just seemed easier to do the right things."

Those words of yours, Amanda, cut right to the very heart of my healthy living philosophy. One of the things that I've learned during the last few months is that while this narrow road of taking care of myself can be tough at times, it's often just easier to do it than to worry about the consequences: weight gain and that whole roller coaster, health problems, low self-esteem, etc.
Living within the boundaries just is simpler and less stressful most of the time!

Hey, Amanda, you had a great day. Don't forget to turn over your clippie bear!

Hugs,
Erin

DoeWDW
02-22-2004, 07:18 AM
Amanda, you had a great day! Glad to hear you got the cleaning finished and are appreciating how nice the house smells. Cleaning is on my agenda today and your post reminded me of how good I feel when the house looks AND smells clean. It was just the motivation I needed - now I'm actually looking forward to tackling the housework - THANKS!

Best of luck at your party tonight. I don't eat guacamole - never tried it - but isn't there something else you can use for dipping? Would celery sticks work or some other veggie?? Take your own and enjoy - I think guacamole itself is pretty low-carb, right? I'm sure you'll have fun no matter what!

Have a :sunny: day!

septbride2002
02-22-2004, 09:33 AM
HI Erin and Doe! Yes guacamole is actually very very low carb and really good for you since is high in potassium. I might take some celery sticks to the party but don't want to come across as rude either..... They usually serve it with Tostitos and I know I can have 20 tostitos for 17 carbs.

Readying Erin's journal has made me realize I need to make a recommitment to myself starting today. I need to update my signature I'm at 157 pounds this morning and I usually plateau around 156/155 and I want to jump over that plateau and get back to losing. Last night DH and I went out to the store and got me some snacks that I can have. I picked up Pork Rinds (I've never tried them and praying I like them) and some nacho cheese sauce. Some low carb ice cream, and diet soda. AND we found low carb tortillas for $2.99 - I can make my own sandwichs now instead of going to subway twice a week. I'm so excited about this! My grocery store has a whole Atkins Aisle now so it is great! So I am prepared for this week.

I am going back to alternanting my carb intake this week since that seemed to help last time I was at my plateau level.
Sun - 55 carbs and exercise
Mon - 30 carbs
Tues -45 carbs and exercise
Wed - 30 carbs
Thur - 55 carbs and exercise
Fri - 55 carbs
Sat - 45 carbs and exercise

I also need to get back to exercising I've slipped since coming back and my Firm tapes won't be here for another couple weeks. So I am going to be doing my Walk Away the Pounds tapes. I have two one without weights and one with weights. I'll be alternanting them until the Firm gets here.

I am Reading Atkins for life right now. Great way to motivate myself and remind myself to how easy it is to live this way.

Plan today:
B: Eggs and Sausage - 3 carbs
L: Leftover Roast Beef rolled up in my low carb tortilla and a veggie. - 5 carbs and veggie - 2 carbs
D: 6 hot wings - 6 carbs
That is 16 carbs which means I have 39 carbs left over for the party tonight. I'll enjoy my guacamole and they always have sausage and cheese or veggie platters so I'll stick to that after words.

I'm off to have a great day! "I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it!"

~Amanda

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Breakfast - done
Exercise - done
16oz of water - done
Vitamin - done
lunch - done - switched the lunch and dinner menu items carb count stays the same.
My plan is to get in anotehr 16 oz of water before the party tonight if not more.

I'm off to read a book and get laundry started.

~Amanda

lulu201
02-22-2004, 08:14 PM
It sounds like you had a great day, Amanda. I loved your pictures, btw. You were such beautiful bride! Did you have fun at the party? Your plan for the week sounds wonderful. Enjoy living the good life!

Erin

PS I tried to do the IM thing (DD helped me). Did you get it?

septbride2002
02-22-2004, 10:37 PM
I've said it once and I'll say it again - I am no good at parties. Plus my friend threw me for a loop and had different food. Evidently he got the new "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" recipe book and wanted to try different things. There was a proscuitto, cheese and olive oil on rye bread slices, rolls up wiht proscuitto, cream cheese, and sliced olives - all good except for the flour tortilla they were rolled in. Flat bread pizzas with garlic, tomato, mossarella cheese, onion, and ham. The only carb free item was fresh shrimp (no sauce) and sauteed shirmp wrapped in proscuitto. Evidently there was a sale on proscuitto. Deserts were lemon tarts and red velvet cake. I drank 2 glasses of water probably 32 ounces total (big glass) and had one of the rye bread slices, a couple of the roll ups, and several of the sauteed shirmp. Not bad right. Well then I caved wiht the red velvet cake. It is my favorite. So no cheat free day for me. Honestly it could have been worse but I am really disappointed about the guacamole since I love it and saved up carbs all day, and then lost my cheat free day due to cake. I really need to reapply myself.

Finished a book today "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham - it was an easy read and rather cute.

~Amanda

sharoncity
02-23-2004, 07:48 AM
Aaaahhh, Amanda, the best laid plans....... That is too bad the menu got switched up on you. I think you handled it very well though (we just won't mention the cake :rolleyes: ) Seriously, if it weren't for the cake, you did very well, even with the change of menu. That is an accomplishment and you need to give yourself credit for it.
I really like your plan for the week, with the carbs going high and low. That way you are not totally deprived all week, but you still should be able to shake up any plateau you hit. And way to jump start your exercise too.
Overall, I think you are doing great. You are living healthier with diet and exercise, but still enjoying friends companionship and rolling with the punches. Keep up the good work!:smooth:
TTFN-
Sharon

septbride2002
02-23-2004, 08:18 AM
thanks Sharon! I don't think I will ever be one of those women that always avoids certain types of food. I enjoy food to much to do that. I just wish I could avoid them until I hit my goal weight. *sigh*

Okay! Plan for today! Today is a low carb day - only 30 carbs allowed.

B: Eggs, Sausage, and Cheese - 3 carbs
L: Grilled Fish (0) and Broccoli with cheese (4 carbs)
S: Celery Sticks and Peanut Butter (4 carbs)
D: Roast Beef (1), Green Beans (4 carbs)
S: Cinnamon Almonds - have to check carb count but I believe it is 8 carbs.

Goal for water today is 64 oz - I need to drink till I float. I've already got a start on the first 16 oz. No exercise tonight.

Tonight there is nothing on TV that I watch so I am going to be in the kitchen preparing some meals ahead of time. Or at least some side dishes. I bought a fresh head of cauliflower last week and I want to use it before it goes bad. My recipe book had a Cauliflower casserole side dish I could make and then refriderate and have that as my side item every week.

I'm telling you these low carb tortillas are fantastic! I had a thought last night that I could sprinkle a little salt on them and then bake them the oven till crunchy and then break them up - check it out! CHIPS! :)

~Amanda

DoeWDW
02-23-2004, 08:50 AM
Amanda, you sound sunny! :sunny:

I think you did just fine at the party. The food sounded yummy. Besides, you cannot put life on hold until you hit goal. You'd miss so much! I bet you enjoyed that one piece of cake. At least you didn't binge and eat 4 slices! :teeth: We're supposed to be enjoying the healthy living journey, not just suffering through until we hit goal, girlfriend! :happy1: If that means an occasional piece of cake, so be it and no feeling guilty over it, OK?

Hope your Monday stays sunny! :sunny:

lulu201
02-23-2004, 11:54 AM
Life is short, Amanda--Eat Cake! Particulary Red Velvet Cake, though Chocolate Coffee Cake will do, or an occassional slice of Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing or . . .:p Seriously, now, you did a great job of rolling with the situation you were handed--applaud yourself for that!

Your chip idea, by the way, is making me hungry. I think I'd better go find some lunch.

Have a good one, princess: Amanda.

Erin

ZerasPride
02-23-2004, 12:00 PM
Hi Amanda!

I hope you don't mind a new "face" visiting your journal. I always appreciate the encouragement you give me when you visit so I wanted to see how you are doing. It sounds like you are doing well! I know what you mean about attending a party or even a business meeting expecting one type of food and then finding they are serving something totally different. You did well though.

I can't wait to find out what you think of the FIRM videos. Please keep up the great work!

I'll check back on you later in the week.