Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Weekly Weigh In: See Jane Move to Fatland


If there were such places as Fat Land, Discouraged Land, or I Feel Like Throwing a Friggin’ Tantrum Land, I would live there today. I am sitting here typing this while my legs are aching from the 5 miles I walked on Saturday and the workout I did last night. Despite that, my weight is up another pound this week. I am quickly undoing all of the progress I’ve made while training for this weekend’s 5K. The worst part? I don’t understand why. I will admit that I haven’t worked out like I should have over the past couple of weeks but I’ve been tracking my food and keeping within my allotted calorie/fat/fiber range. I thought that would at least help me maintain the weight loss I’d achieved over the past couple of months. My body disagrees. Apparently, I have to go hard or go home to Fat Land.  

Photo created by me with background from Imagenes y graficos and pizza from Fotolia.
Things were going along swimmingly until my volunteer activities picked back up. After a long day of work followed by a 2 hour meeting, it’s hard to muster the energy to go to the gym. As it is, I’m eating dinner at 9:00 p.m. Ash suggested getting up to work out in the morning. Good idea but impractical given that I usually go to sleep around 2:00 a.m.  It makes for tough mornings. 

I guess what I am saying is I have a crapload of excuses, which while legitimate, are giving me NO RESULTS. So, I suppose I need to reorganize my life in some major way. Sleep by 11:00 p.m. Dinner on the go for nights when I have a meeting. Gym in the morning….and maybe, just maybe, I need to do another juice cleanse. Something’s got to give. Clearly, throwing a tantrum isn't going to work (though it may burn a few calories). 

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This week’s recipe is Carrot Soup with Lemon, Tahini and Crisped Chickpeas (from Smitten Kitchen). I’ve been on a soup kick lately (that always happens to me when the weather cools down) and anything carrot based usually works for me. I usually go for carrot, ginger and cashew soup but this soup offers a nice change with some flavors (cumin, tahini (sesame seeds), and garlic) I can’t resist. Enjoy. 


So I have a feeling that this is not the week to be posting here, but here goes it….I exercised ONCE this week.  I came down with a cold that kept me in bed all weekend.  Now, I am just trying to rest to get over this before my big trip.  That said, I was down 1.4 this week – but remember, I was up 1.8 last week.  All in, I am only down 3.4 pounds. Truly  unsuccessful overall if you ask me. I was really trying to lose 10 pounds before my trip.  Now, the trip is only a week and a half away so I will not meet my goal.  Aside from that, I got a terrible haircut this weekend.  Maybe my hairdresser realized how disappointed I was with my weight loss and decided to cut off all of my hair in the hopes my haircut would equal a 9 pound loss….As if….Instead, I weigh the same and have a terrible haircut but I digress.

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It seems Nicole and I have walked – or run – into a major stumbling block.  How do you deal with this? Is whining the way to go?  Or should I just enjoy an actual sandwich (rather than boring salad or soup) for lunch?  How does one stay focused when so much hard work does not seem to pay off??  And let’s not even discuss Halloween…..HELP! As an aside, how does one style hair they HATE when you are expected to be in vacation photos?  LOL.

Today’s recipe is one I have enjoyed during the so-called weight loss/exercise journey.  It is taken from my favorite website for recipes these days – Gina's Skinny Recipes.  Enjoy!

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