Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 404

I worked all day clearing & organizing for my huge garage sale this Saturday. I am so proud that I have so much stuff to sell. All the de-cluttering and de-junking I have done for the last few weeks has really paid off. Absolutely everything will go, whatever I don't sell will be donated or trashed.

Tonight Hubby & I met friends at a nearby restaurant, they are always fun to spend time with. I ordered my fav, blackened redfish, it was perfect, I ate about 3oz. of fish, then got the rest to go. My food choices, fitness & water were all excellent today.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day 402-403

Nothing much to post about yesterday, I spent the day preparing for the garage sale. I do have to mention The Biggest Loser episode yesterday, my gosh! I was amazed at those guys losing 30-40 lbs in one week! I wish we can have more info on their diets.

Today Hubby & I met with our Financial Planner. I like the guy, but I gotta admit he comes across as a used car salesman sometimes. We have really been around the block interviewing Planners before we settled on this guy. It's all just so scary when you are trusting someone with your lifesavings, no matter who you choose.

Afterwards we had lunch with our son at our favorite Italian restaurant. I ordered the veal Parmesan, ate 1/2 piece of veal & requested the remainder to go. My healthy eating has been good today. I am having difficult getting the recommended amount of potassium. It's way too much food, I would not be able to get enough protein if I ate all that fruit. I guess I will have to rely on a combination of diet & supplements ::sigh

On another non diet related subject, we booked a 21 day European cruise for Fall 2011. It is going to be so awesome!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 401

Today, like every Monday morning, I volunteered @ our Elementary School library. I really enjoy helping the children experience the world of books. Restocking the shelves has an extra benefit, I always come home with a sore booty from all the bending & stretching to reach shelves. Afterwards, I had just enough time to eat lunch before running to a dentist appointment.

By the time I returned home, it was homework then supper. Afterwards, Hubby and I went for a 2 mile walk enjoying the cooler temps.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day 400 - Who Dat !

Today bad spent watching the Saints-Atlanta football game. Next it was time to buy weekly groceries. We planned ahead for some healthy additions to our Saints game foods. Besides BBQ steak, there was broccoli & salad.

Breakfast~ 2 scoops muscle milk lite blended with one small banana, Lunch~ 3oz BBQ steak, 1 small baked potato top with brocolli & lite cheese sauce. Supper~none, Snacks~ cashews

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 399

I attended a retirement party for a friend & former colleague today. I was sitting down when my Supervisor & his wife sat down next to me. I was somewhat confused when his wife was very distant towards me. Finally I realized she has not seen me in over a year. I finally told her who I am and the surprise and shock on her face was priceless, she said WoW, you lost a lot of weight! A great NSV

Friday, September 24, 2010

Day 398

Fitness~ none
Healthy Eating~horrible
Water~ fair

Nuff Said bout today :(

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 397- 100 Day Countdown

As of today, there is exactly 100 days left to the end of 2010 as well as the beginning of Autumn. Time for setting a couple of Hot 100 day goals. It is difficult to know what goals to attempt since I am not sure what physical shape I will be in after my surgery. I know that I will be in physical therapy for a whole month afterwards, which means it won't be completed until Turkey day.

Also, my pre-op blood work for my knee operation shows that I am very low in Vitamin K/potassium, my doctor has ordered Potassium supplements which are horse pills. yuck!  I am including some goals to help increase my vitamin K naturally through my diet.

My HOT 100 day Goals:
  • lose the last 8 lbs to my goal weight
  • drink 1 cup of prune juice per day
  • 1 potassium rich fruit per day
  • 2 cups of cooked beans per week
Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-1/4 c.oatmeal, alpine punch protein drink, 4 pcs turkey bacon, 1/2 veggie omelet, Lunch-none, Supper-3oz stuffed flounder, 1 pc catfish, 1/2 c green beans, 3 bites chicken salad, 1 Tbsp wild rice, Snacks -2 bites of bread pudding, 1 bite of peach cobbler, 1 bite of key lime pie
Water ~ Fair

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day 396

Today I had to have another Mammogram performed. Seems there some some discrepency in the first one. It turned out fine, I think my new deflated boobs are more difficult to see due to extra skin. Later today I did some more organizing for my upcoming garage sale. My band is still tight today. Leaving me with very little room for food.

Healthy Eating~ Breakfast 1/2 veggie omelet with 1 egg, Lunch -protein drink, Supper 1/2 cup pasta salad w/veggies, Snack - med. DQ Moolatte

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Day 395

Feeling better today. I spent the day organizing for our upcoming garage sale. On the band front, I was considering scheduling a fill appointment this week, until today I was hungry with no restriction, but today I am tight as a drum & nothing is getting through. Weird!

Healthy Eating~none, pb'd everything

Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 394 - Inspiration

Some much needed Monday Inspiration!

No sleep last night, I have been out of it all day. Missed my school volunteering, slept the entire day, I hope I'm not coming down with a bug. Tonight is a Monday Night Football with my Saints ~ Who Dat!

fitness~ none
Breakfast - pb'd it all, Lunch ~ none, supper -a small salad
water~ poor

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Day 393

On this day last year, I was so excited because I had lost 10lbs since being banded and had just entered Onederland. As I reviewed that post this morning, I could feel the excitement. I was so motivated, reading over my posts from the beginning of my journey helps me taste a little of that & focus on the last 8 lbs to goal.

This morning was a pleasant Sunday morning with my girls. Aftr breakfast & completion of a school project, we took another trip to our local Arts & Crafts show. We walked around for about an hour visiting all the booths. The girls picked out a few really cute hair bows & we shared a snow cone.

Fitness ~ none
Health Eating ~ Breakfast-2eggs, 1 pk grits, 1 tsp smart balance spread, Lunch- none , Supper-turkey fettuccine Alfredo, snack-pinwheel, popcorn

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Day 392

Whew what a busy HOT Saturday! My day started with a couple hours @ a local arts & craft show. There was so much great stuff...I plan another trip tomorrow. After the craft show, I spent 2 hours watching my oldest cheerlead @ a football game. It was so hot @ both places.

Healthy Eating~breakfast 2 eggs, pk. grits,1 tsp smart balance spread,sprinkle of lowfat cheese, 1 sl whole wheat toast, Lunch- none, snack tortillas
water~ fair

Friday, September 17, 2010

Day 391-TGIF

Today is my friday cleanup-before-the-weekend day.  I give my house one final cleanup before the kids will be let loose over the weekend.  Tonight we are bringing the girl's to a charity bingo at a nearby Elks lodge.   I don't have much to blog about today, but I am making a special effort to blog something every day, even if it is just to log my diet & fitness info.

Fitness ~ none
Heralthy Eating ~ Breakfast-2 eggs, grits, 1 tsp smart balance spread, Lunch- 1c spaghetti, 2 alpine punch protein drinks, Supper 4 fish sticks w honey mustard sauce-  , Snacks - handful tostitos, bread pudding, nachos
Water ~ good

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day 390

Today has been a nonevent day.  Today I spent some time dejunking/decluttering my linen closet in preparation for my upcoming fall garage sale. Otherwise , it was an awful day in all areas of my healthy lifestyle.

Fitness ~ none
Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-2eggs, 1 pkt grits, 1 tsp smart choice spread, Lunch chips & Salsa, Greek Yogurt with special K granola, Supper- spaghetti w meat sauce, 2pcs garlic bread Snack-4 donut holes, Isopure Alpine Punch protein drink, candy corn
Water ~ poor

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 380 - Bandiversary

Today is a very emotional day for me.  On this day, exactly one year ago, I took the extremely scary leap to have lap band surgery.  I remember the range of emotions I went through as I was driving to the hospital.  Among them, Am I being vain?  Should I have given traditional dieting yet another try? Is this just the most stupid thing I have ever done?  What if something horrible happens and I die over this?  What if the band doesn't work for me?  Today, I know that it was the most awesome thing I could have ever done.  Here I sit a beautiful healthy person, I mean geez, yesterday I chastised myself endlessly for eating ice cream, where was that person before I was banded?

Before ~.  Before I began this healthy journey, exercise was something other people did, not me.
Today ~  I feel guilt and remorse when I don't exercise. 

Before ~  I ate like junk almost every day.  Unless I was on one of my endless diets, I ate without considering the consequences.  I was in total denial about how many calories I ate in a day.
Today ~ Although I don't log it all the time, I work really hard to keep my calorie count below 1200.  Most days I fall well below that. 

Before ~ The closest thing to a vegetable I ate was the lettuce & tomato on my BK whopper
Today ~ I am eating veggies and enjoying them.  I consider healthy choices whenever I eat in a restaurant now,  as well as what sacrifices I will need to make if I make unwise choices.

Before ~ All my clothes were too tight and finding anything fashionable was all but impossible.  I remember shopping the women's section for hours trying to find something that didn't make me look 100 yrs old.
Today ~ I can walk into the trendy shops and buy beautiful clothing.

Where do I go from here?  I have more small changes I wish to make, most are easier.  Swapping white processed foods for whole wheat.  Eat more fruit, when I had tight restrictrion it was difficult.  Swap protein shakes for soy smoothies for a more natural protein.  I am fortunate to live near the water and  I want to minimize red meat in my diet, once a week or every other week, replacing it with seafood choices.

I don't wish to eliminate all processed food, I know that is just not practical for me.  I just want to eat less of them.

Fitness ~ 30 mins step aerobics, 100 sit ups,  75 leg lifts, 30 mins swimming
Healthy eating ~ Breakfast-2 eggs, 1 pkt grits, 1 sl whole wheat toast, 1 tsp smart balance spread, alpine punch isopure protein , Lunch 1/4 c potato salad, 2 oz pork chops,  Supper-ceasar salad, Snacks, 2 oreo cookes, 4 donut holes, 1/2 apple

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day 379

I started today with a pleasant walk, the humidity has dropped and it was actually cool instead of  our usual stiffeling heat.   We don't really get seasons here, our winter lasts maybe 2 wks, if we are fortunate.  Hot & Humid is pretty much our whole year.   So when we get our brief taste of fall, I have to eat it up fast, because it is gone in a blink.  It is so nice to be talking with the kids about Halloween costumes, even if it is still in the 90's, it gets me into the fall mood.

Fall weather also makes me want to get outside and walk, run , play.  It energizes me for some unknown reason. It makes fitness much more appealing.  I was in the grocery today and there on the shelves are all the packages of yummy Halloween Candy.  I have been working on a strategy for handling all that candy that will be around until Pumpkin day.  I hope to wait until the last possible day to buy the candy and pick out candy that I don't like.  How do you plan to handle the Halloween parties and treats?  I must plan ahead for these things.  Of course, on days like today, I wonder if all the planning in the world will help me with my food addiction.

I went to physical therapy today in preparation for my upcoming knee surgery.  Today he spent a few minutes showing me how to use crutches and how to navigate around objects and up and down steps.  I am getting very nervous now as we started talking about my rehab work.  After the surgery, I will lose the strenght in one of my quad muscles above my knee.  It is going to take alot of work to get that muscle back.  It will be painful and very unpleasant.  If I don't do it, I will not regain full use of my leg/knee.  I wonder how it will effect my weightloss?  I think my portion control will be even more important since I won't be able to do much physical training for a few months. 

It is only Noon and I have blown my healthy eating today.  Why do I still buy crap thinking I have willpower and self control?  I don't have willpower, that's why I had this dayum surgery.  Here is how it went;  I was in the grocery store and purposely sought out the ice cream section. I took out the pint of ice cream, even went so far as to read how many calories, (880 for the whole container) , I put it back and walked to the no sugar added selections.  Decided they did not look good to me, walked back to the pint and put it in my basket.  WTF??? What kind of self destruct behavior is that?  I KNEW I would eat the whole thing, I KNEW exactly how many calories/damage I was doing, I KNEW I had other ice cream alternatives that would be better and still I bought it.  Then to make matters worse, I ate it in my NO EATING ZONE,  (my desk).  How am I ever going to conquer my food addiction if I continue to buy foods knowing full well that they are going to blow my whole diet to hell?  What good does it do to identify bad habits, it I am going to break my own rules?  I am so mad at myself right now, I am banging the keyboard as I blog this.  I had breakfast, I wasn't hungry.  This was clearly a head issue, no fill can fix this type of problem.

Fitness ~ walked 3 miles in the a.m, walked 3.1 in the evening
Healthy eating ~ Breakfast- inst grits, 1tsp smart balance spread, 1 egg, 1 egg white. Lunch - potato salad and one entire pint of bananas foster ice cream, Supper - 3 oz roast beef, 2 tsp corn, 2 Tbs rice...
Water ~ Good

Update:  Since I cannot change the fact that I did not follow my healthy eating plan today like I should have, I decided the best thing to do would be a TWO-FER, I went on a 2nd walk this evening with my Hubby, walked for an hour.  Blogging my poor choices definitely has helped me to become more alert & also take action to minimize its effects.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 378

Monday's I volunteer at my granddaughter's school restocking library books. What a workout bending up & down to reach shelves whew! My booty hurts now :). Afterwards I had an appt with my PCP. He is waiting for test results before clearing me for knee surgery

After the Doctor I swung by the casino to play some credits they sent me. I received a great NSV when I cashed out a comp at the casino. The cashier actually asked for my drivers license twice to verify it was me, I do not look anything like my license picture any longer. She raised her eye brows then congratulated me on my weightloss. I won a little money then headed home.

I didn't sleep well last night, it's only 3:30 pm & I'm already yawning.

Fitness~ none
Health Eating ~ breakfast- inst grits, 1tsp smart balance spread, 1 egg, 1 eggwhite. Lunch - a couple spoons potato salad, 1/2 pork chop, 1/4 roasted potato, snack-2 Oreos , Supper- cooked Lima beans

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Day 377

No kids this morning because they slept at my daughter's house.  I took advantage of the morning to scrub all the floors, scrubbed the bathrooms and did the laundry.  For our family Sunday lunch, I prepared baked pork chops with roasted potatoes and salad.  I also made Mac - n - cheese for the kids.

Fitness ~ Housework
Healthy Eating - Breakfast - Alpine Punch Protein Drink, Lunch- 4 oz pork chop, salad with 1/2 c. roasted potatoes, Dinner - none -    Snack - 4 Oreo cookies

Day 376- 9/11

Like most American citizens, I can remember exactly where I was and who I was with on this sad day in our Country's history.  I was on vacation with husband & two of our grandchildren.  Enjoying the pool, soaking up the sun and truly enjoying life.  When the news of what had happened was relayed to me by another Mother, our moods changed from one of disbelief to sadness.  My eyes searched out my family, watching our grandchildren splash around without a care in the world and my mood changed again, I just wanted to hug them and hold them as tightly as possible. God Bless America.

Today I brought our two granddaughters to see Curious George.  Afterwards we had a family dinner at Copeland's Cheesecake Factory to celebrate our Son's 31st birthday.  It was very nice.  I ordered crawfish ravioli topped with crab meat.  I had two ravioli and a couple bites of crawfish and one glass of wine.  The rest was brought home for later.  After dinner, we visited with our youngest daughter and granddaughter.  It was a perfect family day.

Fitness ~ None
Healthy Eating ~ breakfast - one doughnut hole, veggie omelet.  Lunch - see above, Supper - NONE

Friday, September 10, 2010

Day 375 TGIF

The inventor of the Mammography machines had to be a man, while I appreciate the importance of my annual Mammogram, OMG it hurts. I have bruises for 2 days afterwards, there is no way a woman would conceive the thought of torturing another woman breasts in such a contraption. I can now check off this important and painful preventive medical test until next year.

After my mammography I joined my Hubby for breakfast. It was a nice outing for a Friday.

Fitness ~ none
Healthy eating ~ Breakfast 1 egg, 1/2 svg corn beef hash,1 sausage patty, coffee, Lunch 5 tortilla chips w/guacamole, dinner 4 pcs. fried catfish nuggets, dessert - 60 cal choc pudding

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Day 374

This morning was spent at the Doctor's office and then my monthly grocery shopping.  I do one huge trip and then I do small trips for produce, milk & bread.  Today is a very exciting game day in the Who Dat Nation.  Our beloved Saints want to show everyone that they are still the Champs.  At the same time, we are also Brett Farve fans, if he weren't playing against our Saints home team, we would be cheering for him :)  Jackson Square is full of Who Dat fans and every household in Louisiana and Mississippi will be glued to the tube tonight :)

I didn't get any fitness in today, that makes tomorrow a TWO-FER!

Fitness ~ none
Healthy eating ~Breakfast - 2 eggs, 3pcs turkey bacon, lunch - 2 snack bags of cashews,   dinner - one small bbq burger w/cheese, 1/2 bun.   snack-bowl cocoa puffs

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Day 373

Today was spent on the phone with my insurance company & Doctor's offices in preparation for my knee surgery. It was exhausting! I think I have now jump all their required hoops. I will be required to attend physical therapy 3X a week for a month.

Fitness~Swimming 40 mins
Healthy Eating~ Breakfast 2eggs, 3 pcs turkey bacon, lunch none, Supper 1/2 c kidney beans, dessert rum cake

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Day 372

This morning the "old fat Dee" inside me tried many excuses not to exercise. In the end, the "new thin Dee" won and I went for a long, very hot walk. As usual, once I did it, I felt so much better the rest of the day.

Next, I completed de-junking and de-cluttering my closet. Now I have so much space! Tomorrow I plan to tackle our linen closet, I expect that closet to take much more time to complete.

We have tentatively scheduled our annual fall garage sale in 2 weeks. I would like to complete de-junking and de-cluttering all areas of our home by then so I can sell unwanted items.

Fitness~ walking 4.25 miles
Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-grits,Greek yogurt w/granola, Lunch-Salad, Supper-Spaghetti

Monday, September 6, 2010

Day 371 - Labor Day

Today marks the end of my kid-less weekend::sigh Three glorious stress free days, now that is my idea of a wonderful holiday. Hubby and I have begun de-junking our home. We lost absolutely everything 5 years ago in Hurricane Katrina. Everything I owned fit into an overnight bag. Here we are getting rid of junk, how does it accumulate so quickly? Grrrr We have devided the house in sections. Yesterday we started with the closets in the master bath. I must admit most of that junk was mine. Half filled jars of lotions & cosmetics or unused beauty products. Today I am tackling my closet.....

Healthy Eating ~ Breakfast-veggie omelete w/chopped shrimp added, isopure protein, Lunch & dinner were salads, snack today was a couple pieces of chocolate.
Fitness ~ 30 mins step aerobics, 100 situps, 10 mins general stretching

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day 370

My hubby and I decided to move our morning walks around our neighborhood to walk a 10k @ the beach.  I must say today is beautiful here on the Gulf Coast.  Although the temps were in the 80's, there was just the right amount of breeze off the water to keep the sweat away as we walked. One of the perks of living near the beach.   I feel badly about complaining about him invading my space yesterday.  My hubby normally walks a 17-18 min mile, while I struggle to stay 19-20 mins.  He definitely challenged me today to pick up my speed, at the same time, I am sure I was slowing his pace.  But he never complained.

I skipped breakfast today, drinking my isopure alpine punch instead.  For lunch my wonderful husband is grilling T-bones (of which I only eat a bite or two) and the last of our summer corn.  We also boiled some shrimp to go in our salad.  Sounds good huh?

I finished the day with another wonderful green salad for dinner with a few boiled shrimp.  My husband can boil the most delicious seafood.  The shrimp was perfectly seasoned.  His best is crawfish, but it is hardly dietary with the amount I eat so I am very glad our peak crawfish season only lasts a few months a year.

Had to take a pain pill for my knee, it really hurts.  I expected it after such a tough workout this morning.  Tomorrow will be the end of my peaceful weekend without the kids.  I am thinking about swimming laps tomorrow instead of walking, my knee will need the change.

Fitness - walking 6.2 miles
Healthy eating - breakfast was a protein drink, lunch was 2 oz of tbone steak, beautiful green salad with shrimp, supper was another salad w/shrimp, my snack today was a small bowl of cheerios putting me well below 1200 today.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Day 369

Another stress free day without kids.  I walked 4 miles this morning with my Hubby.  It was so nice to walk with him, talking things out.  It's good marriage time.  I must admit that retirement life has it's own way of straining a marriage.  When I was working, my time at work was "me" time but it also served as "apart" time.  By the time I came home from work and we ate supper, did homework & baths with the kids, we would end up with maybe an hour together time alone.  Since I retired a month ago, for whatever the reason, he feels he needs to stay around the house with me, NOT!  I need him to resume his normal daytime activities and leave me alone at home - housework and all.  I would think he would be glad to run away from housework, but he loves me and wants to spend time with his wife even if its doing housework.  I get that, I really do.  But I can't help feeling  like he is invading my space.  It doesn't matter if I am spending my alone time doing housework, I am alone with my own thoughts.  Hopefully this a temporary bonding thing and he will grow bored with it before I have to give the "Let's talk" speech.

So far today, I have cleaned the kitchen, repaired our yard swing and started a load of laundry.  Next is the floors.  It is such a beautiful day here today, I am considering sitting outside on my newly repaired yard swing with a book.

Later tonight we are having dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.  I have checked out their online menu to plan some choices.  I am thinking of a seafood dish instead of steak, 2nd  is one of their salads with an appetizer.  Their steaks are wonderful,, but with the very small portions I eat, it seems a waste.  They don't quite taste the same reheated the next day :)

Update:  At Ruth's Chris I choose the crab cakes, not much bread in them as I expected, just plenty of delish lump crabmeat. They served me 3 cakes, I shared one with my hubby.  I tasted two bites of his filet which was very tender as well.  My cakes came with a huge mound of garlic mashed potato of which I had two small bites.  I also had corn & crab soup, I ate half and two small pieces of hot buttered bread.  I still think I could have made it even less calories by choosing a salad but their salad were enormous and we only go to this restaurant once in 10 years so I am happy with my choices.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 368

This morning I declined my Hubby's invitation to go for a walk, deciding on Step Aerobics on my Wii instead. I remember getting the Wii Fit last Christmas and thinking how hard it was. Now I place the balance board on an old step aerobic bench to make it as challenging as possible, I guess this counts as an NSV of sorts.

I was scheduled for my annual doc appt this morning, but he cancelled.  Instead, I joined my husband and a couple of his retiree buddies for breakfast. He has asked me to join them on their weekly get together several times but I prefer not to go for two reasons. First, breakfast is my weakness, I love those carbs and greasy bacon/sausage...I know it will test my I rarely eat breakfast out. Secondly, this is his time with the guys, and I hate intruding on that. After all, he lives with 4 females!  My choices were not the best, one egg, 1/2 serving of corn beef hash and a sausage patty. Still it was a far cry from my breakfasts a year ago.

Lunch was the mother of all screw-ups for me. I was working at my desk and grabbed a can of cashews. First off, I have two foods that spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for me..One is pizza, I can eat pizza until I am miserable. The other is nuts, I love them, and I have been known to eat entire cans in one sitting. I avoid both of those foods as much as possible. When I do eat it, I try to keep it very controlled. I buy nuts in small snack sized bags and pizza is only eaten AT THE TABLE, and only when there are OTHERS I MUST SHARE with. I broke two major rules involving the nuts. I bought the can to begin with and secondly, I ate it at the desk which is a big NO-NO. I ended up eating the equivalent of 5 servings according to the label.

While I cannot change what happened, I need to set myself some steadfast rules to prevent it from happening again.


I already have the no eating on sofa rule, so now my desk is also a NO EATING ZONE.

Supper was very light because I was still full from the huge amount of nuts I ate for lunch. I had a palm sized piece of baked catfish, two bites of broccoli and a cup of salad.

Now I am prepared for a very relaxed, stress-free long holiday weekend with NO KIDS :)

Fitness~ Wii Fit Step Aerobics - 30 mins, 60 crunches, 3 sets of leg kicks
Healthy eatings ~ See the above rant LOL


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 367

So many of my fellow blogger have post each and every day since they began their weight loss journey.  My goal is make more of an effort to do the same, even if it is to just type hello :)

Today was good.  Hubby and I went for a long walk this morning.  The temps have felt really nice in the early mornings lately, during the hottest months the days started out already in the 80's before 7am.  My husband is so much more consistent with his fitness.  He retired 2 years ago and he walks 7 days a week and does the gym 4 days.  He keeps behind me when I begin to waver in my own fitness. 

After our walk, I went to the hospital to have my pre-op testing completed  They took blood and did a EKG.  I guess I will get the results from my surgeons office before the actual surgery.  After the hospital I did a little shopping.  I caught a great deal on some new cushions for my outdoors swing.  I love to sit on the swing and watch the world roll by in the fall. 

After the mall, I met my husband for lunch at a local casino.  My hubby is a poker man.  He has a few buddies that he meets at the casino and plays Texas Hold em for a couple hours each day.  One thing I have to mention regarding having my lapband.  It takes away much of the fear of overeating at the buffets.  Today, I ate two shrimp, about 3 oz flounder and was nicely full.  The Dee from a year ago would have eaten that much before I took a breath.  I do not fool myself when it comes to buffets, they are my enemy.  I can count on one hand the times I have gone to them, they have lost their appeal to me now.

After lunch we stopped @ Michael's (craft store).  I had a 55% off coupon for framing and brought a beautiful painting I purchased from a street painter in Samana to be framed.  I really wish I knew how to frame on my own, I was absent when the crafty gene was given out in my family.

Food & Beverages~ Breakfast , grits with a scrambled egg. Lunch, see above.  Dinner, one soft taco with low fat cheese & some salsa. Snack, 3 small pieces of rum cake.3 cups coffee, 48 oz water.  Not the best eating day for me. Tomorrow my goal is to increase my water by at least 8 oz.

Fitness~ walked 4.68 miles

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hump Day

September 1st a year ago was the beginning of this journey, my first day on the pre-op diet.  I was filled with determination and hope for a new life.  Today, one year later, I am still on this wonderful journey.  This is by far the longest I have ever managed to stay the course.  Whenever my commitment is lacking, my blogging helps keep me focus and puts me back on the right path.  Yesterday was not a good fitness or clean eating day.  It was my own fault for not having healthy choices readily available to me.  Things are looking much better today.

My other secret weapon for staying focused in my new healthy life style is MyWonderful Husband.  He keeps gently guiding me on the right path as well.  He tries to wake me up each morning before his gym workout.  I am not a morning person and more often than not, I decline for a later workout.  He keeps trying each morning and I miss it when we don't do our walking together, it's so much more fun to have company.  
Foods & Beverages ~ Breakfast was cornflakes w/soy milk, lunch was some pulled chicken in bbq sauce to keep it from gettin stuck, snack was a fatfree choc pudding and I had 2 Isopures, dinner will be salad.

Fitness~ walked 2 miles and 15 mins swimming laps.