Weekend Weigh-in

{01/17/2010}   Weekend Weigh-in #1

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173.6 pounds
78.8 kilograms
12.4 stone
BMI: 28.9

172.2 pounds
78.1 kilograms
12.3 stone
BMI: 28.7

Don’t have a taste for “rabbit food” but want to add the nutrition of fruits and veggies to your diet? Try sneaking them into the dishes you already love for unique texture and flavor!

Svelte Bunny

Imagine chicken salad. Now imagine it’s Waldorf chicken salad. Go, imagination train! You just threw grapes in!

I love doctoring chicken salad (tuna salad, too!). I cut back on gluten by putting the salad over lettuce rather than on bread. Romaine or raw spinach leaves add lots of nutrients, but iceberg will work in a pinch. Be creative in your toppings — I’ve found that grapes, blueberries and sliced apples all work well. Sometimes I’ll even throw a few cashews on top (use sparingly).

Another easy way to add nutrition is to pick a staple. Choose something versatile that you can throw into a variety of different meals: I chose tomato. For example, I like to make instant rice dishes (ones that say that a serving or two of vegetables is included in the bag), and while the rice microwaves (I’m a master chef), I slice two tomatoes into bite-size chunks. Once the rice has finished cooking, I throw these tomato bits on top. The cool temperature as well as the flavor and texture set the tomato apart from the steamy rice, which makes for a tasty combination in each bite.

Mmm, pasta. Chef Curtis Stone made a great suggestion on this episode of The Biggest Loser: Replace half of your pasta with sliced vegetables like cooked zucchini. In his words, “Much less calorie, you still get all the benefits from the pasta, and of course, all the goodness from the vegetables.” This tasty replacement cuts 248 calories from a single serving of pasta!

I’ve been overweight for most of my life. I have had cycles where I’ve eaten way too much and cycles where I’ve eaten way too little. It’s time for me to find a balance.

Still, I’d like to look over the past year. 2009 was a rough year for me, weight-wise, and it took me a looong time to figure out why. I think I have finally figured out the reason: I started taking hormonal (progesterone only) birth control. In January, I weighed 163 pounds. By the summer, that had risen to 190, and I had gone from being overweight to being obese.

At first, I didn’t pay much attention. When I started to gain, I attributed it to eating at restaurants more than usual because I had a new boyfriend. But 27 pounds in six months…

190 was the most I’d ever weighed (by 3.5 pounds), and I was depressed. I felt like I had lost control over my weight and my body. I had been working out some — not as much as I should have been, but not little enough to average a pound gain steadily every week for six months.

I began watching my diet more strictly. This, combined with working out and my temporary pizza delivery job (I was on my feet constantly, and I rarely ate the food) helped me stabilize. However, I was not just avoiding pizza; I was using my job to avoid eating. When I had a few days off, felt poorly, or overate because of other reasons, I seemed to gain multiple pounds in mere days. I had never felt so powerless over my weight.

Finally, I wondered about the hormones. This seems to have been the problem. I’m still taking them (although I have switched from the mini-pill to the shot, I use the same type of hormone), but this fall I seemed to finally have leveled off. I think that my weight has stabilized after my body adjusted to being on these hormones. Now I begin the long journey of losing my weight from last year and going even further to get healthy.

It bothers me that I’m starting off over 10 pounds heavier than last year. Still, I’m glad that I finally feel like I have control over whether I lose, gain or maintain my weight. That makes the difference. I know that I can keep pushing myself now because I know my efforts will continue in whichever direction I push them toward.

As much as I love school — and I do! I am working toward my Master’s degree — I feel ready for a break. Not a vacation, but ready to get a job in the “real world.” I may someday go after those lovely three letters, but for now, when I graduate, I’ll be looking for a job.

And that’s cool. School is supposed to prepare you for a career, right? I just feel like I need a break after so many years of higher education. I have felt overwhelmed for several days now, and I don’t have my first class until Thursday.

I don’t know why I’m so stressed out. I’m taking as many hours as I did last semester, and I did fine then. Still, I stress. I stress and eat. Even my tongue feels irritated because I have been overeating so much (maybe it is scratched up from too many rice cakes?)!

{01/10/2010}   F5 [starting BMI: 28.9]

It’s a new year, and it’s time to hit that F5 button: Refresh.

A little about me…
I’m working on my master’s degree (history, woo!), and this past fall I got engaged to the man of my dreams! School can be overwhelming at times, but I feel like things are finally working out.

A little about my weight loss goals…
This weekend, I weigh in at 173.6 pounds. My BMI is 28.9, or in the overweight range, which begins at 150 pounds for me. My goal is to weigh 149 by the end of 2010. I would like to go further into my healthy range, but this is my short-term goal.

A little about my motivation…
I want to be healthy before I get married. Yes, it will probably be the most photographed day of my life, and sure, confidence plays a role. I want to feel good in my gown and not worry about how I’ll look in candids. But the wedding is just one day. I want to start my marriage healthy so I can enjoy every moment to the fullest!

A little about my blog…
I plan to update frequently; my weigh ins for the blog will be on Sundays. I will weigh in on other health and weight loss topics as I see fit!

I hope you enjoy Weekend Weigh-in. Please leave comments, questions or suggested topics for exploration. Thanks for reading!

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