Thursday, May 4, 2017

Now What?

It has been exactly 5 weeks since I wrote a blog post.

Unfortunately my experience with South Beach Diet didn't last much longer after that post.

I hate "dieting". I'm not good at it (obviously). I hate feeling like I'm depriving myself. But at the same time I truly want to lose weight. There HAS to be something that is going to work for me.

After South Beach I went back to counting calories on MyFitness Pal. Then I went back to counting Points Plus on the Ultimate Food Value Diary app. 



Then I did nothing for awhile. And today... 7 weeks until I leave for vacation... I am back on MyFitness Pal counting calories. Weight loss is basically calories in vs calories out right? So I just need to be more diligent about tracking consistently and eating less calories and burning more.

In other happenings...

It is still soccer season.



I ran a 10K (after this text exchange with my dad): 






And then right after the race I went to my friend's bridal shower


Hubby is doing some Spring landscaping - he built that rock wall!



My baby boy started his first job


Frozen yogurt season has started in my household


I got hubby out for a run with me!



We've had some pretty nice weather!


Life has been busy - both at work and at home. I can't tell you much I am looking forward to my 9 day vacation in June!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Another South Beach Weekend off plan (Days 26 and 27)

Saturday, March 25

Saturday was definitely an off-South Beach day.

The only thing I had in the morning with my coffee was a sandwich thin with natural peanut butter.

In the afternoon hubby and I went to the casino where I had quite a few Michelob Ultras. Then in the evening my best friend came over to hangout and I had a couple of vodkas with diet cranberry before hubby ordered us pizza. 

Sunday, March 26

Fortunately I didn't wake up with a hangover! I downed a cup of coffee and another sandwich thin with natural peanut butter before my best friend and I headed out to The African American History Museum in DC for the day.




We toured the museum for a couple of hours before we finally took a lunch break at the cafe. I was famished and everything looked so good. I totally indulged - heck - it's not like I'll have another opportunity to go back to the museum for at least 4 months (timed entry tickets are available again in April for July admissions).

I had the fried chicken with 2 sides (macaroni & cheese and potato salad) and I added corn bread and pecan pie for dessert.



After we ate lunch we continued to tour the museum for a couple more hours (I'll post about that in a separate post).

When we finally got back home I had to run out and pick up my kids from their dad. Hubby had flown out in the morning for work but he had cooked spaghetti sauce on Saturday afternoon for me and the teens to eat because he knew I would be rushing around on Sunday evening and he was right.

Believe it or not - after all the food I ate earlier at lunchtime I was hungry again for dinner. I cooked whole grain spaghetti noodles (for my teens) and spaghetti squash noodles (for me). I ended up mixing them together.



Monday I will get back on track with South Beach because I thoroughly fell off the South Beach wagon over the weekend.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

South Beach Day 25

Friday, March 24 

I woke up to a LOSS on the scale - Down .4 lbs. I'll take it!

Breakfast was a sandwich thin - NO EGG - Canadian bacon, and cheese with tomatoes.


Lunch was leftover steak and asparagus


Plain non-fat Greek yogurt and blueberries for an afternoon snack


After work hubby and I met up for a quick drink and an appetizer before my son's play. I had a glass of red wine and we split an order of mozzarella sticks. 









My son loves performing but my body really does not like those metal card table chairs they had us sitting in for almost 3 hours. My back was killing me afterwards.

I had volunteered to drive my son back to his dad's house after the play was over since they didn't come to that performance. There was some drama afterwards between my son and his dad on the phone. My son was so upset and it broke my heart. He will always be my baby boy and I will always be protective over him.

Friday, March 24, 2017

South Beach Days 23 and 24

Wednesday, March 22 (Day 24)


Breakfast on repeat from yesterday



Snack



For lunch I made a spinach salad with leftover hot wings/chicken from the previous couple of days and used a 100 calorie container of guacamole as my dressing.


When I got home from work I got in an interval treadmill run


Afterwards I was craving carbs so I popped one of those Steamfresh frozen veggies with potatoes and carrots and sauce in the microwave and ate 1/2 the bag alongside some grilled chicken.


Thursday, March 23 (Day 25)


Breakfast on repeat - sliced boiled egg - just one this time (I couldn't stomach two) with cheese on sandwich thin and tomatoes.


Snack



Last night's leftovers for lunch


Snack



Hubby grilled steaks for dinner and I had a sweet potato with smart balance light and some light sour cream and asparagus. 


Later while we were catching up on "The Voice" I had a sugar free fudgsicle.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

South Beach Days 22 and 23

 Monday, March 20 (Day 22)

The day started off with an early morning 30 minute treadmill walk.

Breakfast was homemade egg salad on a sandwich thin and some tomatoes.


Leftovers for lunch

Farro and brussel sprouts

Snack


Dinner - I did have one of hubby's Red Lobster biscuits that he had made


Tuesday, March 21 (Day 23)

Instead of egg salad for lunch I melted 2 slices of ultra thin cheddar cheese on a Sandwich thin and sliced one egg and one egg white. Tomatoes again accompanying it because on South Beach fruit should not be consumed at breakfast.


Snack time



Leftovers for lunch



Afternoon snack


For dinner I made a tuna cake, green beans and a sweet potato with smart balance light and light sour cream.


Nothing exciting but at least I'm still plugging along as best as I can.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Another Weekend on (or...off) South Beach (Days 19, 20, 21)

Friday, March 17 (Day 19)

I just wasn't in the mood to pack my food for the day so breakfast was from The Protein Bar. I got the

Mexicali

Scrambled whole eggs, black beans, cheddar cheese, salsa roja, kale and chipotle Greek yogurt topped with avocado
Bowl: 290 cals, 21g protein, 13g carbs. Wrap: 460 cals, 36g protein, 42g carbs.


I subbed out egg whites for the whole egg 

For lunch I got a salad from Potbelly

 

Powerhouse

All-natural grilled chicken breast, fresh avocado, zippy hummus, hard-boiled egg, crisp cucumber and grape tomatoes on a bed of fresh spinach
560 CAL

I ordered it with no dressing and used my own

Unfortunately - for dinner I also ate out. The teens and I went to Ruby Tuesday while hubby worked. I could have ordered something healthy but I just didn't feel like it. So I got the

California Primavera Pasta

Fresh, grilled vegetables tossed with cavatappi pasta in a light lemon basil sauce finished with a sprinkle of grated cheeses. 


Overall it wasn't a terrible day, AND I didn't snack.

Saturday, March 18 (Day 20)

The scale gets on my nerves. I was up (quite a bit) for Friday morning's weigh-in. Saturday morning I was down from that - but still up .8 over last week.

I feel better and my clothes are feeling better around the waist. I need to focus on eating healthy most of the time and not falling back into my old bad sweet-tooth habits. I also need to not focus on the scale as much. The main thing for me is to lose this belly fat so I'm going to continue to semi-follow South Beach because it does have some very healthy habits - but I am also going to allow myself to enjoy "cheat" meals here and there.

Saturday morning I had early errands to run so I only had time to grab a toasted sandwich thin with natural peanut butter before I headed out the door. 


I had to drop my son at rehearsal and then I went to Aldi and Mom's Organic Market to pick up some groceries and then I went to the dry cleaner. I was starving when I got home so I had some leftover farro and made myself a quick salad.



Afternoon snack with my new sparkling water

Then I squeezed in a low impact workout (because I tweaked my back a little while I was sleeping) and walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes. 



Post workout snack

Tossed these in the crockpot for dinner later in the week

For dinner the whole family went to our favorite little neighborhood Italian restaurant. 

I had a glass of red wine



Calamari


Bruschetta

Ziti AND bread

Yes I had some calamari and a bruschetta and I ate that whole darn plate of ziti AND the bread accompanying it. PLUS I ordered a tiramisu to go and ate that later in the evening. 

Sunday, March 19 (Day 21)

Pre-run snack of sandwich thin and natural peanut butter 

Forgot to snap a picture before I ate the other half



After my run I scrambled an egg and 2 egg whites with mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach and sprinkled with 2%cheeese

Another forgotten picture

After my shower I was famished and ate some of the boneless wings I had heated up for the teens


We headed out to my daughter's 7pm soccer game. It was soooooo cold. Where the heck is Spring? 


All bundled up

After the game hubby and I were on our own because it was the teen's week with their dad. Hubby suggested we stop for dinner to warm up so we went to Applebees. I did have a Michelob Ultra and I also had more pasta. 

NEW Spinach + Artichoke Chicken Cavatappi

Fried spinach leaves, artichoke, cavatappi pasta, grilled chicken breast, Parmesan, and grape tomatoes

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Cavatappi
Source

It was delicious and I devoured the whole thing!

No dessert, no appetizer this time.

Now to get back on track for the week.