Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fatty Wants Meat!

Last night I decided to do something drastic. I decided to weigh myself in the evening. I always way a few pounds more in the evening than I do in the morning. For one, I've been eating all day and the food adds weight. I'm sure there are many other reasons. Anyway, I weighed myself at 174.6. Honestly it's not that bad. But it is a gain. And at this point in my pregnancy (especially with morning sickness not being bad at all) I have no reason to gain weight. The fetus in my body does not weigh 3 pounds. Nope. Not even close.

I've been craving red meat like crazy all week. I think it has finally worn off however because the thought of red meat makes me feel a bit ill at the moment. The problem isn't that I've been craving it or that I shouldn't have it. Honestly, I need the iron! The problem is that I've been using it as an excuse to eat whatever I want. The other night I had a Baja Fresh Burrito Ultimo. It probably has something like 800 calories. I'm not even going to look for shame. I don't feel as though I've really gained that much weight, but that's how unhealthy weight gain starts. Pregnancy already is hard enough on your body without extra body weight.

Starting tomorrow, I'm back on the wagon. I'm won't count calories, but I will make sure that I'm eating more healthily. Better choices. Salad instead of burgers. Veggies instead of carbs and cheese! Cravings be damned!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Say What?!

Like so many mornings, I woke up, went into my bathroom and stepped on my scale. 170.6. My weight is down a little more. This is about another pound down. If I were to lose 2-3 more pounds I would be just under the obese weight level for my height. One more pound and I'll be down 25.

On one hand I'm excited to be down a little bit more. This means that I am eating better in spite of myself (probably the lack of fake sugars, trans fats, and alcohol would be my guess), but it also means that I am losing weight while pregnant. The mayo clinic book I have says it's okay to lose a couple pounds in the first tri-mester so I won't panic yet, but I am a bit on alert. I want any weight gain to be because my baby's growing or because of baby related adjustments - not because I've given in to cravings and am eating like a vacuum cleaner! Loss is not my goal right now. Health is.

Yesterday I walked the Run Like Hell 5k. I'm pretty proud of this. I've never done a 5k before. I didn't run at all which I think was a good call because my hip and my ankle are really hurting today - I have an appointment with the chiropractor today. I think I'm going to make it my goal to walk 30 minutes 4 times a week. I met a girl Friday at my bowling league who's 8 months pregnant and looked great. She said she forced herself to walk and it was the best decision she's made through her pregnancy.

I've also noticed my eating patterns have changes slightly. I've been eating more red meat. My book says that my blood will increase in quantity in the first trimester by quite a lot and I have a feeling this is causing me to crave iron. I usually don't eat much red meat otherwise but I've been craving it so I've been eating it. I've also been drinking some pretty creative alternatives to alcoholic beverages. Last night I had butter beer which was A&W cream soda with butter rum torani syrup in it rather than butter shots schnapps which tasted lovely (but super sugary!), and last week I had lemonade with rose flavor added to it - if you like flowers, this is so yummy. I would feel bad about all the sugar I've been having, but I think that it's probably comparable to the calories I would have been getting from alcohol anyway.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Weight Loss & Babies

Well, if you haven't heard via facebook yet, I am pregnant! And both my husband and I are super thrilled about it. What does this say about my weight loss program? Well, it's on a temporary stall I suppose. But my healthy program doesn't have to be. And that is why I will continue to blog.

I did some research about what I should be doing to stay healthy and what the normal weight gain will be. I'm in the first trimester (about 5 weeks) and my resources tell me that I should only gain 1-2 pounds between now and December. This is a bit of a relief. They also said that with morning sickness (which I don't really have) it's possible to even lose weight! But I'm not holding out for that eventuality.

I got this book to sort of help me out. It's called "The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy."  It has a list of things for each trimester that you should work into your diet and it explains how each food works and benefits you and your baby. It also says near the beginning that I only need to add 300 calories a day to my diet while I'm pregnant. So I'm going from 1200-1500 to 1500-1800 calories a day. Not difficult considering I probably do that already when I'm not tracking haha. It has a breakdown of where all the weight you gain goes (baby, breasts, placenta, blood, etc..), it explains how your body changes specifically in each trimester, which nutrients are better to get from supplements or food, and food alternatives for cravings.

Honestly, I checked it out from the library a couple months ago and found that it was really helpful just in trying to balance a healthy diet. It gives you food ideas that you may have never even heard of before like hemp seeds for protein, bitter melon for fiber while you're trying to conceive. It has a list in the back of foods that tend to be more contaminated that you should buy organic versus foods that tend to be less so you can buy normal.

I'm making a list of the foods I should be eating to post on my refrigerator so I remember to get them when I go shopping. I should probably track my foods now more than ever since it's not just me that's affected by my choices now!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mushroom Ragu For the Win!

Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Ragu

That's the link for the recipe. It's vegetarian, and the calories can be a bit high with the mascarpone, but it is so delicious! I used Trader Joes Gnocchi to save time and scrapped the fancy tomatoes for diced store brand.

Here's the nutrition breakdown:

Ragu (with Mascarpone):
Calories: 299
Fat: 22
Carbs: 15
Fiber: 4
Protein: 4

With a cup of gnocchi it's about 540 calories, which seems a bit high, but seriously, it's all vegetables. I don't mind eating that many calories of all vegetables. And besides, the taste is worth it!

On another note, I half expected a weight gain after a weekend of eating what was available, not moving around much, and been pretty stressed out. I spent the weekend at Camp Magruder with my parents and my sister helping out with the Clackamas High School A Choir Retreat. I ran sectionals mostly and my family made all the meals. I ended up eating more than I probably should have in terms of chocolate and carbs. When I got back I felt pretty gross and was certain that I'd put on at least a pound or two. Much to my surprise I weighed in this morning at 171.4. Which puts me just slightly down in general. Now I'm trying to make sure I continue to earn my losses by eating more veggies. I'd forgotten the easiness of adding a small salad to my meals. I've been drinking tons of tea too since my cold seems to have worked its way back into my system. Perhaps I'm just hydrated and that is why I had a loss? I'll take it either way!

Monday, October 11, 2010

See, That Wasn't So Bad!

I just put in my calories for the day using the Diet Controller program. I am so happy with myself. I even made what I thought was a fatty recipe (chicken and dumplings Tyler Florence style) and found that it wasn't really as bad as I expected.
I can't get over how easy it is to calculate the nutrition for recipes in this program! I tend to avoid tracking because it is so tedious! You have to look up all the nutrition information, write it down, and add it all up. For a recipe with a lot of ingredients, this could take as much as an hour! I realize now that part of the reason dieting has been so hard for me is that I not only have to deny myself things that are fatty and delicious, but I was avoiding foods that I knew would take a bunch of time to find information for. I did my whole days worth of food in less than 10 minutes with this program!

I stayed within my calorie range for today. So that is going well. Now I just have to get the exercise in check. This week is going to super busy. I have voice students, subbing, choir rehearsal, parents-in-laws coming into town, a dragon making party, a friend's birthday party, a choir retreat, a choir concert and a family get-together between now and Sunday. I've really been keeping the momentum going with keeping my house clean and cooking one meal every day. I hope I can maintain it now and figure out how to get some walking done!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Good Morning Diet Controller!

Okay, so I was going to wait a little bit to report on how the diet controller program is working but I want to talk about it already. I spent probably a good hour or two yesterday entering nutrition information data into the program on the foods I eat regularly. I put in the whole menu for chipotle, a few items from taco bell (yay fresco!), and some odds and ends around my kitchen.

This morning I decided I wanted to have pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast - one of my favorite fall recipes ever! So I opened up my computer and started putting nutrition information for my specific ingredients. It has a database of basic stuff, but I like having specific brand information in there. For instance, my Bob's Red Mill thick cut organic oats will probably have more vitamins, fiber and protein than generic oatmeal would. So I added in the ingredients to the database. Then I added the recipe. It's so cool, you can go in to make a food item, click on an ingredients tab, and then add the ingredients measurements. It calculates the calories for the whole recipe. Then when you add it to your tracker you just say how many servings you had and it figures out the nutrition for that much.

Yesterday I can't remember what I was doing but I had this thought. I've managed to buckle down and lose nearly 25 pounds now. That's as much as I've ever lost. Over the last 3 or 4 weeks I've managed to maintain that loss, but I haven't added to it. If all I need to do is lose 15 more pounds, that's maybe 6 more weeks of my time. That's it. I just have to keep track of my eating for 6 weeks. In the grand scheme of things, that's not very long, and not very hard considering how much of the work I've already done and how not difficult it was when I just did it. So I can and will do this!

I want to give a shout out to all the people that have been inspiring me and who have said that I've inspired them too! I am so fortunate to have so many people who are making the same difference in themselves.
Thank you Mom, Wench, Aunt Colleen, Jami, Shellice, Courtney, Camilla, Christy & Jenny. You guys rock! Thanks for all the words of encouragement, the stories and feedback, the celebrations and the occasional kick in the ass when I most definitely need it :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Giving it some gas

Well, I know I said what I was going to do in my last post, it's just been a bit slow in happening. I've decided to try something new. I downloaded this calorie tracker  program awhile ago as a free trial and I liked it, but I decided I could do just as well with my excel spreadsheet. Well, obviously my spreadsheet isn't keeping me on task anymore. So I'm going to try this out. It keeps track of your nutritional balance, it keeps charts and graphs for you, and the best part is that it stores your entries so you can pull them back up easier (something that was annoying with excel). You can also add exercise, measurements, and weigh-ins. I'm looking forward to using it and reporting further on its effectiveness.

I've got bowling tonight, but I think I'm going to talk Paul into walking with me to New Season for dinner. We should take advantage of the lack of rain while it lasts!

On another note, I've been on a nesting kick this week. For some reason I've been feeling really motivated to cook and clean. My bathroom is sparkly! I've also managed to cook every day this week so far. I've made chicken noodle soup, a horseradish pot roast with veggies that was to die for,  and spaghetti (I made it both with whole grain noodles and spaghetti squash), and I did my grocery list. I also had the brilliant idea to put sticky notes on my weekly menu with a mini-shopping list of the perishable ingredients I should pick up that day for each recipe. This way I won't have a bunch of food go bad before I make it.

I'm looking forward to eating at home more and saving money in the process. I feel like home is more like home when I spend time in my kitchen. I've noticed when I let kitchen go neglected for awhile I avoid going home to unwind. It feels good to have my house in order. Perhaps it will help me feel less stressed about getting more exercise again.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Remix

Today I went in to the doctor to get a pre-pregnancy physical. Well, sort of. Really what I wanted was a definite diagnosis for pcos (polycycstic ovarian syndrome) which I've been learning lots about and had suspicion about having. Why does this matter to a weight-loss blog you might ask? Because pcos throws off your insulin levels and makes it very difficult to lose weight. It also puts you at high risk for type 2 diabetes. I may or may not have announced that Paul and I are not trying to not get pregnant...as in, we're not avoiding babies. As I've been reading about what I should do in case I do get pregnant (like taking prenatals, getting more exercise etc..) I ran across a bunch of information about pcos and had great concerns about it. I learned two things from my appointment today. First is that I don't have pcos. Yay! Second is that my doctor told me not to run anymore, but walking is a great idea. I wanted to ignore her advice and keep running anyway (instant Bethany mental rebellion attack!), but I started thinking about this - you're going to hate me Christy. I've never been good at running. It's not something that I've every really wanted to do because I liked it. It's something I've felt like I should do because it's the hardest exercise and I wanted to be hard core!

So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to do my c25k plan when I feel up to it. But instead of avoiding it like I've been doing, I'm going to get my butt outside and go walking. My doctor said that I should do as much of my exercising outside as I can to avoid seasonal affective disorder. I think this will be a good trade off and will keep me from completely crashing in my exercise routine. I'm also going to make my workouts distance oriented instead of time oriented. In other words, I'll at least walk the 3 miles rather than walking 30 minutes.

The other small shot in the arm I got was the advice to lose 15-20 more pounds. Obviously I know I need to do this anyway, but having a doctor tell you to helps I think. I am going to start tracking my calories again, just for a few days to keep myself in check.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Road Block

I've been feeling rather apathetic lately about being on the weight loss wagon. I had such a milestone with losing a pant size and I thought that perhaps it would push me to keep going. But I feel myself becoming more and more complacent.

Got my hair cut today. Notice that it hides the second chin?
I haven't tracked my calories in weeks. I should probably do this soonish. I also haven't really been keeping up on my running (sorry Christy) I just don't want to do it at all. I dread it actually.

To top it off I added 10 seconds to my time trial for dragon boating yesterday. My time in May was about 1:51. My time yesterday was 2:01, making me the third slowest female paddler on my team. I really wanted to prove that I could keep up with the rest of the girls. I don't want to give up on it, but my zeal for proving myself is a bit dampened given my inability to perform.

The only thing that's got me a bit interested in my health at the moment is all the food for fall. I love fall food. Apples, squash, pumpkins, spices, warm crock pot creations. I'm totally ready to start cooking, and I'm even more ready to make it all super healthy. I feel like fall is when I trade in the ease of fruits and salads for summer meals for the warm hearty vegetables and rich flavors of fall. Actually, I spent today cleaning my house and making chicken stock out of leftover bones from a roasted chicken Paul bought for dinner last night. I can't remember ever having made home-made chicken stock!

As far as the lack of interest in exercise or progress I'm debating about whether to just push myself through it and run the risk of hating everything I do to take care of myself, or to continue my break and just hope that my zeal returns and I hit the ground running. Literally.