Sunday

Charting The Weight Loss/Weight Gain Parameters

This is a screen shot of a summary that I did of my weight changes vs calories and exercises over the last 14 weeks. (Excuse the poor quality!)

My findings? (1) To maintain weight, stick to around 1750 calories per day average; (2) Do at least 10 miles per week with Walk Fit DVD; continue using weights one day on, one day off; (3) Don't stop keeping track of everything!

My goal weight is actually 145 lbs., but I would like to lower that to 140 (to better fit into my size 8 clothes), and to maintain between 137 and 140. How will I lose those two pounds? By adding some exercise, 50 minutes of Pilates twice a week, maybe.

As of this week, I will be wearing my pedometer and recording steps instead of/as well as miles walked -- but not trying to keep track of other types of exercise like walking outside, yard work, etc. which are too difficult to record accurately.

Saturday

FOR SALE: 50 ARTICLES OF CLOTHING, SIZES 12 TO 18

The time has come to say Goodbye to all the clothes that are too big for me.

Many were worn just once.

WOMEN'S PANTS
No.
Item
Colour
Size
1
Ultrasuede stretch pans
Black
XL

2
Corduroy jeans
Khaki green
14
3
Denim Jeans
Charcoal
16
4
Corduroy jeans
Black
14
5
Twill khakis
Beige
14
6
Corduroy jeans
Black
12
7
Lee jeans
Grey
14
8
Exercise pants
Black
16
9
Capris
Wine red
16
10
Dress pants
Black
10
11
Dress pants
Beige
14
12
Dress pants
Black with stripe
15
13
Dress pants
Navy
14
14
Dress pants
Charcoal stripe
14
15
Dress pants
Black
12
16
Dress pants
Black
14
17
Casual pants
Flocked pattern
12

WOMEN'S JACKETS AND COATS

No.
Item
Colour
Size
18
Safari type jacket
Black
L
19
Long suit type jacket
Grey metallic
16
20
Blazer
Black
14
21
Blazer
Black
13
22
Windbreaker
Black
Men's Medium
23
Light 3/4 coat
Emerald green
XXL
24
Long winter coat (wool)
Black
18





TOPS


25
Long linen shirt
Black
XL
26
Corduroy shirt
Beige
XL
27
Linen blouse
Black
L
28
Long shawl collar  top
Black
XL
29
Handwoven shirt
Charcoal
Men's M
30
Long knit top
Wine red
XL
31
Embroidered blouse
White
L
32
Summer knit blouse
Fuschia
XL
33
Sleeveless top
Khaki
L
34
2-piece top
Blue print
SL




SWEATERS
35
Hoodie
Black
XL
36
Hoodie
Fuschia
L
37
Cotton knit cardigan
Black
XL




SKIRTS
38
Long A-line skirt
Charcoal
16
39
Short cotton skirt
Black
18
40
Corduroy skirt
Charcoal print
16
41
Pleated cotton skirt
Turquoise
14
42
Long ultrasuede skirt
Black
16




DRESSES
43
Corduryoy buttoned dress
Beige
15-16
44
Long linen dress with jacket
Beige
14




MISCELLANEOUS
45
Half slip
Black
L
46
Wide stretch belt
Black
S
47
Women's winter boots
Black
9
48
Sandals
White
9
49
Flat shoes
Black
9
50
Wide-brimmed hat
Green
M

Sunday

5 Pounds Under My Goal


This was supposed to be a photo of my new car to email to a few faraway friends, but I thought I might as well include myself, now that I weigh 140 lbs, which is 5 lbs under my goal weight.

The shirt is too big and I thought it made me look fat but from everyone's comments it seems I was wrong.

From TOPS to KOPS

Last week when I weighed in at the TOPS meeting ("Take Off Pounds Sensibly"), I had officially reached my goal weight, and so I graduated to a KOPS ("Keep Off Pounds Sensibly").

Being a KOPS means I can gain up to 2 lbs or lose up to 7 lbs and still be considered to be maintaining my weight.

Life is good.






Monday

So Where Are The Balloons and Confetti?

Sunday morning, I got on the scales and I saw the number 145. I wasn't fully awake and I kept looking at it. It looked odd. Is this a good number? I said to myself. And then it hit me! The reason it wasn't familiar is I hadn't seen it in 10 years!

It was my current goal weight.

I had made it, at last.

Lost 45 lbs.

Next challenge: to stay there.

Sunday

Only 1.6 lbs From Goal

146.6 lbs this morning. That's nearly 40 lbs lost in a little over a year.

I'm sure that joining TOPS is what has kept me in line for the last few months. It's the accountability, you see. Knowing that on Tuesday, I will have to tell the group whether I've gained or lost, and how much, keeps me in check.

I would die of embarrassment if I regained those 40 lbs. Or I'd have to move far, far away!

Neither is an option at this time.


Losing Without Sacrifice

When they see this slimmer me, I'm sure many think I'm "on a diet", that is, that I'm depriving myself. Nothing could be further from the truth. And I can prove it! Here is a whole week's menus, taken directly from the little notebook in which I enter everything I eat, BEFORE eating it.

To show that I'm also not killing myself with exercise, I have included details about that as well.



WEEK OF JANUARY 6 TO 13

Starting weight: 152.6 lbs
Ending weight: 150.2 lbs

Sunday, January 6 - Daily Total 1,650 calories
Exercise:  Walkaway 3 miles*

Breakfast
Bread, 1 slice, .9 oz
Egg salad with red onion and light mayo***
Apple, 1/2
Coffee****

Morning Snack
Multigrain soda crackers, 4
Cheddar cheese, .9 oz
Coffee

Lunch
Pork sandwich made with 2 slices bread (2 oz.), 2.3 oz roast pork
Grated carrot
Coffee

Afternoon Snack
Toast with butter and homemade raspberry jam
Cheddar cheese, .8 oz
Celery sticks

Dinner
Shrimp Thai soup, homemade
Arugula salad with lemon juice and olive oil dressing
Bread, 1.1 oz
Sardines, whole can
Coffee


Monday, January 7 - Daily total 1,655 calories
Exercise: Walkaway, 2 miles

Breakfast
Bread, 1 slice 1.1 oz
Egg, coddled with butter and herbs, 1
Apple, 1/2
Coffee

Lunch
Roast pork, 3.7 oz
Sweet pickles
Bread, 1.6 oz
Cheddar cheese, .8 oz
Multigrain cracker,: 4
Coffee

Afternoon snack
Apple

Dinner
Home-cooked ham, 8 oz
Cole slaw (cabbage, carrot, red onion; dressing of cider vinegar, canola oil, brown sugar)
Coffee


Tuesday, January 8 - Calorie total unknown
Went on a day trip with a group of children, ate pizza and sandwiches
Exercise: Walkaway, 2 miles



Wednesday, January 9 - Daily total 1,285 calories
Exercise: None (went to the city for some shopping)

Breakfast
Egg, 1
Bread, 1.2 oz
Coffee

Morning snack
Double coffee

Lunch
Chicken Thai soup at mall food court

Afternoon snack
Sesame crackers (sweet)

Dinner
Cheddar cheese, 1.1 oz
Apple, large
Coffee


Thursday, January 10 - Daily total 1,590 calories
Exercise: Walkaway 3 miles

Breakfast
Ham sandwich made with 2 oz home cooked ham
Coffee

Lunch
Chef salad made with 3 oz ham, .6 oz cheddar cheese, lettuce and light mayo
Coffee

Afternoon snack
Multigrain soda crackers, 5
Camembert cheese, 2.3 oz
Coffee

Dinner
Home-cooked ham, 2.3 oz
Cole slaw
Hard-boiled egg, 1
Apple, large


Friday, January 11 - daily total 1,575 calories
Exercise: None

Breakfast
Coddled egg with butter and chervil
Bread, 1 slice, 1.1 oz
Carrot sticks
Coffee

Lunch
Homemade split pea soup made with ham, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, summer savoury, butter and oil
Multigrain crackers, 6
Coffee

Dinner
3 tacos made with home made corn tortillas, homemade pork shoulder roast, green sauce and cilantro
Multigrain soda cracker,: 4
Camembert cheese, 1.7 oz
Coffee


Saturday, January 12, daily total 1,640 calories
Exercise: Walkaway 3 miles

Breakfast
Bread, 1 slice, 1.1 oz
Egg salad made with red onion and light mayo
Grated carrot
Coffee

Lunch
Cold ham plate
Cole slaw
Puréed home cooked pinto beans
Corn tortilla (home made) , 1
Coffee

Dinner
3 tacos made with home cooked pork shoulder, green sauce, cilantro, on home made corn tortillas
Cherry tomatoes and goat cheese with olive oil
Camembert cheese, 1.5 oz
Multigrain soda crackers, 4
Appl,: 1/2
Coffee


NOTE: This is an unusual week in that I had pork at practically every meal. Normally, I have more of a variety of meats (such as chicken, turkey, lamb), and I seldom have meat at both main meals of the day, but that week it seems that I did. I also didn't have as many fruits and vegetables as usual.
* Leslie Sansone Walk At Home DVD
** "Bread" is always my own home made multigrain bread; I always butter my bread, but very lightly
*** Condiments such as mayonnaise are practically the only things I don't make myself. And mayonnaise is the only food that I eat in its "light"version. No "lite" cheese or other such adulterated junk for this baby! I just watch the portion size.
**** I have my coffee with 1 TB of evaporated milk, which contains 30 calories, that's why I list every cup. It may seem like I drink an awful lot of coffee, but my coffee maker is set for a 6-ounce cup.