Saturday, October 11, 2008

Day Eleven, the Flat Belly Diet

P says this is the Flat Belly Diet, not the Lose Weight Diet.

That could explain why I was UP .7 pounds on the Wii this a.m. Though I'm kind of off track because the last two mornings I was so frustrated that I turned the Wii off before it recorded my weight--so although I was up those two mornings, I'm actually exactly where I was last Tuesday!

Today wasn't too hard.

Breakfast: Kashi, 1/2 cup skim, 2 tbls cranberries, 2 tbls macadamia nuts

Lunch: Chicken Sammie from Quiznos, 200 cals chocolate (yes, a horrifying lunch, I know)

Snack: strawberry, peach & yogurt smoothie; 100 cals cashews

Dinner: Amazing Herb and Mesclun Salad w/ Shrimp recipe from FBD Book, including pita w/ homemade hummus

Ate a pear and a square of chocolate for dessert to pick up calories from afternoon snack and because I wanted to.

Total cals: 1500

45 min treadmill/abs

Lunch out after church will be tough tomorrow....

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day Ten, the Flat Belly Diet

*sigh* Yes, the Wii told me in no uncertain terms that I was up another 1.1 pounds, just like yesterday. It's getting a little tough to take--and I'm not really holding onto that whole muscle weighs more than fat thing.

I will say that my pants are fitting better, and P says I look more slender, but I'm quite attached to the scale and would like to see some movement there. Body fat % was up .3 today, but body fat % is so changeable. You're supposed to check it 3 times a day and take an average. Mine is usually highest in the afternoon, lowest at night. But I'm just going by the morning measurement as a baseline.

Also, I am changing the way I eat. I'm almost never, ever hungry. I ate lunch around 1:30 and wasn't hungry at 3:30 or 4:30. And haven't had any headaches. That could be lack of decaf (had a cup today) or hormones or whatever....Good news, though. I watched Tim Gunn's style show while I had lunch. Very motivating. I wish, wish, wish Tim would make me over! (But I wouldn't want him to see my unfashionable, rather untidy house.)

Breakfast: Cliff Barn (yuck), Walnuts, 20 cal skim in coffee.

Lunch: Avocado, roasted chicken, homemade pico de gallo, 1 corn tortilla, 110 cals Lindt (2 MUFAs--probably too high % of fat, but whatever.)

Snack: 2 tbls Macadamia nuts

Dinner: Out on a sushi date! Lo-sodium soy sauce (couldn't resist). Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail sashimi; 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/2 spicy tuna roll, 1/4 cup steamed rice--about 1/3 cup edamame after shelling.

Movie treat: Chocolate serving: 200 cals. Best I can figure, dinner was about 675 calories--but I had saved some from snack and breakfast. Maybe a no-no, but I still stayed at 1567 calories! (No popcorn at the movie--that was tough!)

Gym--40 min elliptical trainer/upper body

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Day Nine, the Flat Belly Diet

Started off the worst yet this morning with the Wii Fit--1.1 pounds up! The good news is that my Body Fat percentage has been going slowly, steadily down. If it weren't I'd be even more discouraged than I am right now. All this measuring and figuring and making my family eat nuts instead of pretzels is driving me a little batty.

My energy at the gym is better, I confess. Though I don't think I could handle the Body Combat class. (WTF? I wish it were actually people slamming into one another, but mostly it's just 35 yr-old Donna Karan mommies sweating a lot.) After kicking my own butt with 45 minutes on the elliptical trainer and heavy upper body yesterday, I stuck to 55 min on the treadmill today with some abs. I've been cursing the gain all day. I know that building muscle can actually add weight and that it's better in the long run--but I'm skeptical. I'm thinking that 1600 calories a day is going to take the weight off very slowly--even though I've had several days where I stayed well under.

Breakfast: Peanut butter on whole wheat. 1 cup grapes.

Lunch: Plain yogurt with raspberries. Banana. (No MUFA--first time)

Snack: 1/2 pita w/ 2.5 oz turkey and Smiling Cow wedge, Grape tomatoes and lindt chocolate (3 squares--almost a whole MUFA)

mini-snack: banana

Dinner: 4 oz broiled salmon, 1/4 cup brown rice, 1 cup blanched green beans, Macadamia nuts. Dove square for dessert because I'm stupidly tired and will-powerless. Put me 12 cals over for the day!

Total calories: 1612

I really, really want sushi tomorrow. Can I bear sashimi w/out soy sauce?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Day Eight, The Flat Belly Diet

Weigh-in: Down (for once) .7 pounds

Breakfast: Cream of Wheat/Raisins, 2 tbls sunflower seeds after the gym.

Lunch: Turkey w/ 1/2 whole wheat pita w/ wedge of Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese, 2 squares Lindt dark. Later 1 pear.

Snack: 220 calorie smoothie, 2 tlbs cashews

Dinner: Birthday 2.0! Everyone else had actual meatball subs (bengal's choice). I got to have 1/2 pita w/ veggie meatballs and marinara, 1/2 cup carrots and--wait for it--a decorated chocolate cupcake. Still stayed around 1500 cals.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Day Seven, the Flat Belly Diet

Remembered today that I'm supposed to take a five minute walk after each meal. Ah, one more thing to do...Tomorrow is Bengal's actual birthday, so I saved 240 calories today so I could have one of his cupcakes for birthday dessert. Less appetizing are the veggie meatballs I'll be eating on my whole wheat pita sub while I watch the family enjoy the real thing! Diets are dumb. Are you as bored with this as I am?

Weigh in--oh, yeah! UP .4 pounds!

Breakfast: Kashi 7 puff--one cup w/ 3/4 cup skim and 100 cals of dried cranberries. Had 100 calories of cashews (the MUFA) about an hour and a half later. Total: 330

Lunch: The lunch recipes are, for the most part, involved--or they have olives. Yuck. I adjust by keeping the fat content reasonably low. The MUFAs (oils, nuts, seeds, avocado, dark chocolate) add lots of calories.

Slice of whole wheat bread, one ounce of goat cheese (chevre), 1.5 oz smoked salmon, 82 cals of walnuts, 3 dried plums. Total calories: 378

** Won't eat all 400 calories together again this early in the day. Felt overfull and a little sick.

Snack: Couldn't face a smoothie or a Luna bar. Had a banana (90) and 3/4 MUFA dark chocolate serving (165) Total: 255

Dinner: Made the Lime chicken and salsa w/out the lime marinade. Had 2 corn taco shells, avocado and 1/4 cup fat free pintos instead. Total: 405

Day total: 1368

Wish me luck with the TVP meatballs!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Day Six, the Flat Belly Diet

I'm overwhelmed! I spent much of today looking through all the recipes in the book, trying to figure out what to fix for lunch and for dinner. Best as I can figure, the book comes down to this: eat small amounts of organic, fresh foods. Cook some of those foods in heart-healthy oils, or sprinkle avocado or nuts on them. The recipes are all quite simple--several marinades, lots of grilling and raw options. I'm a little hamstrung because 1) I have to eat every two hours, 2) I truly dislike olives, red and green peppers, and sweet potatoes, 3) I want to do a realistic review of this book--but I'm discovering it's not an easy program, 4) all the super-fresh, organic, fabulous food is, well, pretty expensive. I spent a small fortune at Wal-Mart getting some of the staples, more at the produce store (Wal-Mart's produce is icky), and much more at the natural foods co-op. And I could only figure out four dinners to make!

Weigh-in: No change since Saturday.
Workout: 45 min on the elliptical trainer, upper body and some abs

Breakfast: Whole wheat bread and peanut butter. Panera fresh fruit cup after the gym.

Lunch: Slice whole wheat bread w/ envelope of tuna fish and a slice of provolone. 2 tbls walnuts.

Picked up some Lindt 70% chocolate at Wal-mart, ate 2 squares.

Snack: carton fat free yogurt and 1/2 cup raspberries. 110 cals macadamia nuts.

Dinner: Shrimp sauteed in olive oil, cooked with tomatoes and feta. Salad with greens, mushrooms and cucumber. 2 Tbls Annie's Goddess dressing--1 sq chocolate for dessert.

Went 47 calories over--Ack! Probably no loss tomorrow. Again.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Day Five

I'm exhausted, so this may be brief (or not).

Now I know why the four day intro to this diet was so painful and dull--It was to make the next four weeks seem absolutely thrilling!

This morning I got to have 2 tbls of peanut butter on bread for breakfast, and yogurt and actual raspberries for my morning snack/breakfast! Yay! I'm on the road, so it's been a challenge, but today was actually kind of fun.

All four meals have to total a max of 1600 calories: 400 per meal. Woke up at my sister's house in the Suburb of Giant Hills and Houses with Three-Car Garages. Took a power walk, starting on a giant hill that may have opened up new highways in my lungs. I probably should've eaten something first. I felt a little loopy by the time I got back and had my peanut butter.

Lunch (after Chuck E. Cheese at 10 a.m.) at Quiznos. Had a 200 cal Sammie with balsamic chicken. Later a cheese stick.

Snack--After a trip through the mega-mall and the Apple Store. 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and a Luna Nuts for Chocolate bar, which tasted just like a Quaker Chocolate Chip Granola bar with a charcoal and sand finish.

Dinner--Was going to make a yummy salmon recipe from the book. P had salmon for lunch, so I subbed Mahi Mahi. Served over steamed snow peas, drizzled w/ soy/ginger dressing, topped with avocados and 1/2 cup tomatoes on the side. 2 Tbls semi-sweet chips for dessert.

Total day 1300 calories, but never got too hungry for most of the day.

No weigh-in since I was out of town. Life is good.