Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holy Moly!

Weigh day... New number is 139.5!!! I have not been in the 130s in four years... Feels good to be there again. Looking at my body, it seems like a lost most of these pounds in my legs and butt.... The place I need to lose the least...hoping the next nine pounds will be in my hips! Met the march goal... I need to be 138 by the end of April to stay on pace ... Down 16.5 pounds since excited!!

115 more days ...
Love you.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Foods I "didn't" Eat

Foods I didn't eat since Sunday night but was very tempted to do so...

potatoe chips
cole slaw
pasta salad
chocoalate cake
butter cream egg
hot dog
gold fish crackers
sour cream and onion pretzel ritz crackers

I am getting nervous for easter sunday... i have a gut feeling that i will be losing control that day... any ideas to make me not eat everything in sight??

Hope everything went well with the colonoscopy. i was thinking about you...

love you.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Love it

Love the idea about writing down the foods that you *didn't* eat...what a great idea! Sounds like you're doing excellently in spite of the deluge of Easter goodies...especailly the jelly beans.

I'm hovering at the 10 lb mark but it's OK. Tmr I'm off all food except liquids in preparation for a colonoscopy - YUK! Can't wait til that's over. But one thing about being forced to eat nothing is that one realizes that eating only certain foods (like on a diet) is a piece of cake after that. I'll take this as an opportunity to detoxify. NO doubt will be losing a few lbs after that.

Nonni got me a Mediterranean Vegan cookbook - perfect! All kinds of wonderful meatless and dairy-less recipes to try.

Tonight we went to this Italian restaurant across the road - can't remember the name. I had pasta with marinara sauce and a salad and a roll. It's pretty impossible to stick to this meatless diet in a restaurant. Fortunately, it was the worst plate of pasta I've ever had. The sauce was terrible, the pasta overcooked so they did me a huge favor really - I mostly ate the bread. And we had cheese pizza at Paul's this afternoon which was far superior to this dinner tonight.

Anyway, keep up the good work. Love you.


Educating Myself.

This weekend flew by... ugh... but only a four day week.. i think i can handle that!:)

I continue to research this weight loss stuff daily and found out some new information. I have calculated exactly how many grams of fat, carbs and protein i should consume in a day with my caloric intake.

42 grams of fat---383 calories
71 grams of protein---284 calories
216 grams of carbs---886 calories

I am figuring out how to read labels on food and how to apply it to my life and what i put in my mouth. pretty amazing. it is all math. i also learned what kind of carbs i should be eating...complex carbs(fruit, veggies, wheat). they take longer to burn... hence staying full longer... all those simple carbs (junk food, sugars, white bread, pasta) makes you feel hungry because you burn them off so fast!

Starting this week i am going to add one day of exercise. lately i have been getting the itch to go and run in this beautiful weather. no more then a half an hour and i want to do it because I "want to" and "love to" run not because i "have" to run to lose weight.

one last great idea--- Keep a food log of foods i didn't eat!! LOVE THIS! so for all those times I turned away food i love, I write it in a log... how motivating... it will show me how strong my will power... maybe i will just post it on this blog. today i turned town sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, and jelly beans! On Friday, i turned down french fries and yesterday i turned down french fries too!

on to the week.

Hope all is well. love you.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Weight Update

Happy Friday! Weighed in yesterday at 142.5... lost 0 but gained 0. i guess i will take... hoping to be 141 by the end of march... still aiming...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

You look mahvelous, Dahling!

That dress is a stunner and you look so good in it. You're an inspiration to me. Can't wait to see you in the wedding dress! I love you.

Last weekend, I watched 2 DVD's - both about the food industry and how horribly we're treating food animals - I was sobbing at the images and haven't eaten meat, chicken or fish since. ALso, they talked about the evils of eating these mass produced meats because of the inherent disease caused by the conditions in which the animals (and fish)are kept, etc. Anyway, it made a believer out of me and I'm on a veggie diet now. My girlfriend, Debra, has been eating this way her whole life and she has lots of tips for me.

I'm easing into it by still using organic cheese & free range organic eggs. I just found out that one can use plant based cheese & egg substitutes. In fact, I tried a cream cheese (Tofutti) that is simply delicious (tastes better then real cream cheese...really!). I don't think I'll have too much trouble with this new way of eating. I LOVE veggies and I've been discovering that meat has not been tasting that good to me lately, certainly not the way it tasted years ago.

Per the DVD "Eating", a vegetarian diet is a really good way to lose weight - no measuring, no weighing, you just have to somewhat limit the fat which is not a problem. I've noticed that I'm not nearly as hungry on this diet as I thought I would be. And I can still have a sweet once in a while - sugar comes from a PLANT! So does coffee. So does wine. So does whiskey. So does...but I digress.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, I hear. I think we're having dinner at your Mom & Dad's house.

Four months to go, right?

Love you. AT

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Short Term Goal

Well i made it through jackie's wedding and now it is my turn...
However i still need a short term goal because my wedding still seems so far away. I am thinking Easter Sunday... I will be seeing family that i haven't seen since january and maybe they will notice that i lost weight... easter it is... 13 days... good goal... hoping to be 141 at that point.

eating is going good. definitely have a routine and it has been helping. i gave up dunkin doughnuts for lent and i feel like that has helped with losing weight too... not picking up a doughnut to split with timothee or getting my lattes and coffees with cream.

still not exercising yet. hopefully i keep dropping weight every week without running.

hope all is well. love you.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Jackie and Todd's Wedding

I felt amazing in this dress... so thin. i can't wait to lose 12 more.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Woot! Woot!!

Down a pound... new number is... 142.5!! 12.5 pounds to go until my goal weight! i love this new way of eating healthy... it is so easy. and so less stressful... i used to get so upset if i didn't work out and sometimes it would cause me to eat... i used to think "oh well, i didn't exercise, i might as well eat these french fries." Now I am thinking that i need to stick to my calories because i am not exercising.

i do plan on eating my dinner at the wedding on saturday night... but hoping to stay away from the appetizers and desserts. maybe having a few drinks that are low calorie.

probably won't get around to blogging again until monday... busy with the wedding this weekend. hope all is well with you!

Love you.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March Madness

welcome back AT! i am sorry for falling off the planet during the month of february...i just couldn't get myself motivated during that cold, snowy, bitter month...

march has been going good... still focused on my friend's wedding this weekend... then i think i will need another short term goal... it just seems that my wedding is so far away and it is hard to stay focused on the date...

haven't done any exercising this month of march... feels strange but I have been working really hard on what i have been eating...

hope all is well with you...

130 days...

Love you.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm impressed!

You're doing so well! Abd I'm really sorry I haven't been logging into the blog.

I was feeling really bad last week (stomach hurt)and lost some weight taking me down to 199.0 - 10.5 lbs from start.

I haven't been workng out but I am walking the dogs everyday -something they haven't had for the whole month of little dtee-dtees.

One thing I've noticed is that it IS easier to lose weight(ie, pounds) without working out BECAUSE one is losing muscle which weighs more than fat - square inch per square inch. That's probably one of the reasons I'm down the last few weeks...sorry to burst your bubble.

Anyway, don't go totally couch potato and I won't either.

More tomorrow!

Love you. AT

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another saturday

Can't believe we are already on our second weekend in week is the wedding! Can't believe it! Feeling good. I had a great Friday night. I can eat pretty much anything I want, just need to stay under 1587 calories. The other night I ate a cheeseburger, half of a small fries, and an ice cream for dinner... All for under 600 calories... Not every night is fast food but I do get to enjoy foods I love... That's what I need to succeed on any lifestyle change. Looking forward to the wedding next week and looking and feeling good in my dress..

Love you.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Weigh day today... New number.... 143.5!! Holy Moly! this counting calories thing is working... hope it continues to do so until july! to meet my goal weight i need to be 141 pounds by the end of the month of march... i can't wait to see the 130s... that will be a real exciting day!

hope all is well.
love you.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sneak Peek

Decided to weigh myself on my home scale today... wanted to make sure i was losing weight with this 1500 calorie diet and no exercise... and...i am 146.5. down a half pound since last thursday. so hopefully it continues to work.

here is to walking hallways and standing in my classroom all day...

11 more days until Jackie's wedding and hoping to look and feel good on March 20th!

love you.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Every weekend, aunt ger and uncle bob come over and all we do is EAT. chips, dips, crackers, cheese, peanuts, cashews, pistachios... and so much more... usually i go to town with all this food... but yesterday, i grabbed a diet coke and ate 7 shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce... i didn't touch anything else on the snack counter. i didn't drink anything either.

my first saturday since january that i really felt successful. and i was so proud of myself. it felt so good.

hopefully i have more and more of these great saturdays... and they become easier.

hope all is well!
love you.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Weigh Day

Weighed in today at 147... down a pound from last week... i will take it. :)

Since i have noticed the weight drop from my friend, I have been doing a lot of research on exercising and the effect on weight loss... she hasn't exercised AT ALL!

i love running, and working out... but ONLY during the summer. everytime september hits, my plans for running the 18 miler at Long Beach Island in October and the Philadelphia marathon in November goes RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW. I am physically exhausted from being on my feet, walking halls, and teaching 27 children all day.

i found this article from TIME and it made me see running and gyms in a new light. i lost a pound this week with no exercise. just doing my usual work day and eating 1500 calories. thinking that i am not going to start up my running again until school is says that people who go to a gym or do a hard work out eat more because 1. they are hungry from burning all those calories 2. they think they can eat more because they exercised... hence eating more and not losing weight... possibly even gaining weight!,8599,1914857-1,00.html

happy thursday!

love you.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Think Thin...

a friend of mine is getting married in a short 19 days... she has lost fifteen pounds EASILY in the past five weeks. i saw her on saturday and i couldn't believe the change in her body... i asked "how did you do it?!" basically just eating less... she didn't even EXERCISE... just eating healthy and less.

since february 5th... i have had little to no motivation to work out. i am going to try her technique. i want to see how i do just eating healthy... keeping my calories at 1500 calories a day. ( i have a calorie counter application on my iphone) teaching is exhausting... i am on my feet all day... walking up and down hallways...i am going to count that as my exercise until the weather gets better and warmer...

my friend has also been a motivation to me... she is doing an amazing job with her weight loss and i hope i can do the same by the time my big day comes...

looking forward to spring...

Monday, March 1, 2010

Good Bye Fat February... Helloooo Mini March

Yes... i am back. it has been a rough february... i would say that i was doing a good job until the first big snow storm hit...

after that it was all down hill... drinking hot chocolates, eating junk food, eating out, weekends were rough... i had parties every weekend in february... thanks to a wedding coming in march... i am bachelorette partied, super bowl partied, and bridal showered out... food, drinks, everywhere!

Back on track... short term goal is to just get back to eating healthy again. back on my points... i weighed myself on friday afternoon and i was 148...damage wasn't horrible but enough to make me get focused again for the wedding.

figured i would weigh in again on thursday and keep those weigh-ins updated.

i have a wedding on march 20th...hoping to feel confident in the way i look in my dress that night. another short term goal. 20 days. sounds so much better then 145 days.:)

i love food. love it... wishing i could eat anything i want and not gain a pound... but that just isn't the case...

5 months...

love you.
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