Wednesday, April 02, 2014
We had our monthly celebration night at TOPS where the Queen of the month is crowned. We sing a couple of songs from the TOPS song book while the person who is doing the crowning walks around the room with the crown. At the end of the song the Queen is crowned. When the crown was put on my head I said; "Ok, April Fools, now who's really the Queen?" The joke was on me. Turns out I am really the Queen. That was a nice surprise. I didn't think it was possible since I had two gains this month totaling 1-3/4lbs. I didn't realize I had lost 6-1/2lbs. in spite of that. I am happy with my progress. I'm getting off to a good start. Now I just have to keep myself inspired to keep the momentum going. It's good to be Queen.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
I've been a fan of HG for awhile now. I get the daily newsletter, and I have a few recipe books. A lot of the recipes look good and easy enough to make. I've tried some things, and I especially like the egg mug recipes.
I pre ordered the HG Diet Book and got it on Friday. I spent the weekend looking trough the book, and planning meals for this week. The first week looks pretty easy. There aren't very many meals to choose from so I picked two recipes from each meal category that sound good. That way I can just alternate days so that all of the veggies and meat will be used.
I tried using the iPhone companion app for the book to create a grocery list, but I didn't like some things about how it works. It just listed a certain amount of high fiber veggies, and a certain amount of high volume veggies instead of listing specific veggies that are used in the recipes. So, after all that I ended up making my own list anyway. Once I get started and I have a few weeks of tracking meals I can choose a week that I want and create a grocery list right here on SP. That will be easier.
I'm excited about getting started. Maybe this will amp up my motivation level. I like the general idea of this eating plan with 3 meals from 300-350 calories each and 3 snacks from 100-150 calories each. I shouldn't be hungry at all because I will be eating something about every 3 hours, and if I'm eating lean protein and lots of veggies I should feel very satisfied.
There are hundreds of HG recipes for meals, snacks, ad desserts. I should be able to find a variety of things that I like to make this plan interesting so I won't feel like I'm eating the same things all of the time and get bored with it.
I can make this work for me, so Ready, set, go HG Diet!
Friday, July 12, 2013
Everyone loves a hot dog once in a while. It's a favorite pic nic cook out food in the summer. Hot dogs are as american as baseball, apple pie, and chevrolet. My favorite hot dog is Hebrew National. The regular hot dog has 150 calories, and the big dinner size hot dog has a whopping 270 calories. Hot dogs are kind of like Lays chips, no one can eat just one. I usually have 2 hot dogs. If I have just one I feel deprived and I'm still hungry. If I include the buns, and some slaw, I'm easily looking at half a days worth of calories. UGH! I can't justify that.
I found a hot dog that I really like. It tastes great and I don't have to stop and think about whether It's really worth spending my calories for. I saw a commercial recently about some kind of new Hebrew National Hot Dog, but I've never looked for it before. While browsing nutrition labels at the grocery store I discovered that they do indeed have a new hot dog. It is 97% fat free with only 45 calories per dog, and it's not a pitiful scrawny little thing, it's a nice bun length dog. I also discovered that Sara Lee has wheat buns that only have 80 calories per bun. So, when I do the math, I can have 2 hot dogs and buns with 4 tsp. dijon mustard, and 1.5 cups of broccoli slaw with 2 Tbs. of Newmans Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing for a grand total of 378 calories. The best thing is that it's very satisfying, I don't feel deprived, and I'm not blowing half a days worth of calories for one meal. That's one of the keys to success.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I lost 6 pounds this weigh in. If I subtract that from my starting weight of 298.5, with 12 weeks of the challenge, that brings my weekly average I need to lose down to 2.9 pounds to reach my 10% goal. That looks a little better. Hu-la-la! The Hula Girl Challenge has gotten off to a great start. I've noticed from my past efforts to lose weight that the week after a good loss can be a danger zone for me. I tend to let my guard down and cut myself a little slack because I lost a lot. Then I stay the same, or even gain a little at the next weigh in. I have to change my way of thinking. I'm not giving myself permission to slack a little this time. I'm going to be consistent, keep up the pace, and just keep doing what Iím doing. If I do that next week will be great too.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
We have a TOPS challenge going on now with our chapter. It consists of a list of things to do such as trying a new exercise, new vegetable, or a new fruit, and other things. You get points for each item on the list that you complete. This week I tried a new fruit. It's amazing. There are other types of melons besides water melon, honey dew, and cantaloupe. I tried a casaba melon. It's about the same size as a cantaloupe. It's yellow and has a thicker rind than a cantaloupe. It has a smooth wrinkly skin with creases that run from top to bottom. You eat it the same way you would eat a cantaloupe. You whack it in half, scrape out the seeds, cut it into wedges, and peel it. Or, you can just eat it out of the rind like I did. It is a very pale green inside. It's sweet and has a mild cucumber taste. It doesn't have a lot of calories either. 1 wedge, (1/12 of a melon) only has 40 calories. I ate half the melon so that is only 240 calories. I actually liked it. I would eat it again. It's kinda fun to branch out and try new things and breaks up the monotony of eating the same things all of the time.
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