Archive for November 2012

Post Thanksgiving Check-in

Miraculously, I gained just 1 lb between my weigh-in on 11/21/12 and this morning, 11/24/12. What’s more amazing is I didn’t exercise once and I must have eaten a total of eight pieces of pie on Thanksgiving and the next day. I think what made a big difference is I baked salmon rather than a turkey and I made vegan mushroom gravy and vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes. No stuffing. This means, apart from  the pies, there were no super fatty foods. The salmon was so delicious that nobody missed having a turkey. I was very concerned about how the vegan mushroom gravy and the vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes would taste. I gotta tell ya…that was one of the best, if not the best, mashed potatoes and gravy I’ve ever tasted. I HIGHLY recommend that you make both the salmon and the mashed potatoes sometime soon. All three are very simple to make.  Here are the recipes:

Baked Salmon

Vegan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Vegan Mushroom Gravy

There were several other healthy creations made by our guests as well as the dishes that I made. It was really nice to have a big meal that was both very delicious and very healthy. I’m looking forward to doing it again for Christmas.

Change is good.

Sweet! I’ve lost 1.4 lbs since my last post a week ago. Last week I had a minor setback so I was very happy to see that not only am I back on track but I am lighter now than I’ve been in probably a year. There have been some changes that have helped in this latest progress. Over the last week I probably didn’t exercise as much as I wanted to and looking back I see some changes in what I’m eating. I didn’t eat any sweets at all and I’ve avoided the soy chai lattes that I like so much.  Instead of the soy chai lattes I’ve been drinking green teas and black teas. Another change is the shake that I’ve been making for breakfast was 540 calories and 46 grams of protein, which is just way too much. The new version of the shake is 280 calories and 17 grams of protein. I don’t feel like I’m eating as much as I was before either which is easy to say the day before the holiday season starts.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and this can present some challenges for a guy trying to shed a few pounds. Fortunately, the guests that we’ve invited to our pot-luck Thanksgiving are health-conscious eaters and I don’t expect to see any fatty foods here. I plan an going for a walk and lifting weights in the morning to offset the noshing that will go on for the remainder of the day.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Focus and Determination

I weighed-in at 233.o today. The good news is I only gained about half of a pound since my last weigh-in on 11/6/13. There really isn’t any bad news and it seems that I’ve reached a plateau in my progress. I didn’t follow my plan as well as I could have since my last weigh-in so I’m not ready to change the plan yet. I need to recommit myself to the plan and then look at the results in two weeks.

I may not have lost more weight but I feel great. My clothes fit better and my shirts no longer cling to lumpy areas. I am also much stronger. When I am exercising I feel much more powerful and I am also more agile.

I believe this will be a good test of my focus and determination. I can, I will, I must.

Stress, lack of sleep, and weight gain.

It is amazing what stress and lack of sleep can do to your health. I’ve been very stressed about meeting a few deadlines over the last two days and I managed about 4 hours of sleep each night. Despite exercising and eating healthy food both days I gained 2.5 pounds.

Lesson learned: over-committing is bad for your health.

Anyone else experience this?

The Results Are In

Lots of good news to report. I’ve lost another 1.6 lbs. I feel much more fit so I was expecting to have lost more weight. This is OK with me because it is movement in the right direction. Here’s the real good news, my blood pressure is down to 159/108 from 182/118. I’ve also begun using a new hole on my belt, which feels great. Overall, I feel healthier, I have more energy, I’m sleeping better, and all my clothes fit more loosely.

I expect that the weigh-in next Tuesday will show a greater weight loss. In the last four days I’ve really stepped up the exercising and I’ve been eating much healthier food than in the previous two weeks. This trend will continue.

Thanks to everyone who has given me support over the last few weeks. Your support keeps me focused.

Weigh-ins are tomorrow!

So I made it through the weekend unscathed. I avoided greasy pizza, pastries, fatty foods, and fried food with ease. I also got some exercise. I went on two 30-minute power walks and lifted weights at home twice. Today I’ve eaten a nutritional shake for breakfast, more about the shake later this week, and I’m looking forward to gluten-free rice pasta for lunch. I will have the pasta with a tomato sauce that I made with onions, mushrooms, green peppers, garlic, and meatless meatballs (Gimme Lean).

I’m about to go on a quick 30-minute walk and I’ll be practicing hot power yoga at Blackbird Studio at 5:45. Come join me for yoga!

Weigh-ins are tomorrow and results will be posted at 10 am. I feel great so I’m excited to see the results. Stay tuned.