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Weight Loss Ramblings « Page 20

Weight Loss Ramblings


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Lost my Motivation to Lose Weight


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My father’s in the hospital recovering from surgery that removed his cancer-ridden bladder and recreated a new bladder from his intestine. He has a bad heart, but his cardiologist gave him the ok for this procedure. The surgery was over 9 hours long. It did bring a good bit of the family together again. But, due to the craziness of running back and forth to the hospital; making alternative arrangements for the children; and seeing to my mother – making good food choices has not been achieved.

One part of me says that this event has provided an excuse to eat whatever I want. While another part says that I’m being too hard on myself and let’s just make it through the drama as best as I can. I’m not sure that any of this matters, but what it boils down to is that I’ve lost my motivation to lose weight. I’m really not sure how much motivation I started with.

I’m not sure how to get motivated again. Intellectually, I know it’s best for my health to lose a few pounds; I know I feel better about myself when I’m down 10-20 pounds; I know that this is what I’ve set out to do – so I should just do it.

Not sure how to get motivated again.

Any thoughts?

Getting Thiner Everyday… I wish


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It’s now 35 days to go until the wedding. I was almost successful the entire day – yesterday with my food, until Emperor Anton wanted to go out for dinner. It was an absolutely crazy day. I have to get 100 invitations out in the mail by tomorrow and I decided to make the invitations myself. Well, nothing I do tends to be simple or easy – and the wedding invitations are no different. Because it’s the second marriage for both of us – I don’t want it to be a traditional, formal wedding – I want it to be fun and festive. So, I’m making the invitations. I managed to use the entire day designing these things; got no work done and had to do several errands for my kids; and my daughter had a softball game. When dinner time came around – I was starving, out of time, needed to get to the ball game; address the invitations and when the suggestion of going out to eat was mentioned – I jumped at the chance.

The Emperor got two slices of pizza (pepperoni & sausage) from the local pizza shop, while I ran into the drugstore – Bause’s – and bought three calligraphy pens to address the invitation envelopes. That was my Jenny Craig deviation for that day. I looked up online to try and find the calories for one slice of pizza and I think I’m going to go with 350. The number in the search was 250 – but, I think it HAD to be more than that – after all – it was REALLY GOOD!

My food for the day:

Breakfast – Blueberry Muffin – cal= 220
Lunch – Turkey burger w/cheese – cal= 330
Dinner – Excellent Pizza – cal=350
Rita’s Italian Ice – cal=165

Total cal= 1065

Hmmmm – less than a regular JC day??? That can’t be good. I know I didn’t eat my JC snack because of the deviation and I forgot to eat the vitamin bar because of the invitations.


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36 Days to Lose Weight


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Today I struggled. I hit the pretzel jug several times – but it could have been worse. I think the stress of making the wedding happen in a very short time frame is making me run to the food. It’s also getting me farther behind in my work – this will intensify the stress in my life.

Breakfast – Triple Grain Crisps – cal= 190
Cookie Dough Vitamin Bar – cal= 110
Meatball Pocket Sandwich – cal= 260
Dinner – Meatloaf, veggies & Potatoes – cal= 300
Snack – Brownie – cal= 160
Pretzels – cal= 270

Total = 1290

Not as bad as I thought.

Losing Weight for the Wedding


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NOW it’s time to get serious! We applied for the marriage license; we’ve set a tentative wedding date – which is a little more than a month away; and I’ve been completely floundering on my weight loss efforts since January. I don’t know why I can seem to get after it this year. I really thought Jenny Craig would be the answer to the problem. Jenny has all that structure to the diet plan – just what I thought I needed. But – I’m still struggling more than ever.

Here’s how I analyze my weight loss failures:

1. Going away too many weekends – in many cases it’s unavoidable. We just have to go away to attend a conference or business meeting – or desperately running away from teenagers.

2. Taking weekends off from dieting. This was only supposed to happen on the weekends away – but, I guess I found it so enjoyable that I continued on the weekends we were home.

3. Going out to eat. I’ve really stopped buying food or cooking food – for the house that is. And when the Emperor is home for dinner – we’ve always enjoyed going out, and since there’s no food in the house – we still do. Having been raised by a 1950′s environment where the woman takes care of the house, meals, etc. It’s my nature to feel as if I should feed all the people in my house. So, I don’t feel as if I can fix my Jenny Cuisine and not prepare something for my man as well. Old habits die hard – and I’m pretty old and don’t foresee making this change.

4. I’ve stopped exercising. For no other reason than I don’t want to. I don’t like going to the Boyertown YMCA – but, I’m sure that I come up with a reason as to why I haven’t liked any of the previous gyms. I just don’t like to exercise. I like the idea of riding my bike now that the weather is warmer – but, I’m actually scarred of riding on the streets and there isn’t any other options. I know that I need to exercise and I know that I feel much better about myself when I do exercise. But, to do it in the morning sucks – cause I really hate getting up early; doing it in the middle of the day sucks – cause when I’m “in the zone” I don’t want to stop; and doing it at the end of the day sucks – cause after all I am a morning person. Do you know what the difference is with people who exercise and people who don’t exercise – they do it. They aren’t “programmed” differently; they don’t necessarily like it – they just do it.

From a broad view – they are the reasons I’m giving my weight loss failures today. It doesn’t really matter why I’ve failed – I just need to stop whining and get back on track and get motivated to lose weight!

My weight loss goal -

  • lose 10 pounds by June 16th. That’s a little more than 5 weeks and a healthy rate of weight loss is 2lbs a week – so, I should be right on track.
  • Write on this blog every day to report my progress
  • Do SOME form of exercise EVERYDAY!

37 Days until I get married!

Food Day 1

Breakfast – JC French Toast, 1TBS syrup – cal=250
Vitamin Bar – Chocolate Peanut Bar – cal=110
Lunch – Southwest Chicken Burrito – cal=260
Snack – 1oz Cheddar Cheese – cal=110
Dinner – Lentils w/beef – cal=240
Dessert – Triple Chocolate Cheesecake – cal=150
Extra – kids size Rita’s Italian Ice – cal=165

Total calories=1285 – not too shabby and even better if I could exercise.

Stem Cell Research


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Stem cell therapy has been controversial for some time – I haven’t ever given the stem cell much thought. In fact, I have no idea why it’s controversial in the first place. Now, seems like a good time to do my research on the stem cell. The function of a stem cell is to repair lost or damaged cells and there are three types of stem cells – totipotent, multipotent, and pluripotent.

The stem cells develop into different types of cells, which makes them a renewable source of replacement cells to treat all kinds of diseases and conditions. A fertilized egg is a totipotent stem cell – this means that it has full potential to become any type of cell in the body. A mulitpotent stem cell can become a smaller number of different types of cells. Pluripotent stem cell can become any type of cell in the body except those needed to develop into a fetus.

Stem cell research has been embraced by scientists and many in the medical community due to the possibilities that can benefit from stem cells. This research can lead to a better understanding of how cells develop. Many cancers or birth defects come from abnormal cell development and stem cell research may help lead to potential cures.

Stem cell treatment is possible by using stem cells to create tissue for medical therapies. Blood forming stem cells in bone marrow are commonly used to treat human diseases. Clinical studies have been used to study the treatment of other human diseases including diabetes and advanced kidney cancer. But, what is stem cell transplant? Stem cell transplant refers to therapy which replaces damaged stem cells with healthy stem cells.

The controversy of stem cell research is the use of stem cell from human embryos or human fetal tissue. On August 9, 2001, President Bush approved federal funding for continued stem cell research. Research continues for both adult and embryonic stem cells. Scientists seem to think that the embryonic stem cell has more potential as these cells can develop into virtually any type of cell in the body.

Engaged to Lose Weight


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We’re finally engaged. Now I must get serious about losing this weight. We don’t want a big wedding or even much of a ceremony at all. After all, this is a second marriage for both of us – but, I DO want a honeymoon. And this is an excellent reason to go to Hawaii – a place neither of us have been – but both of us have really wanted to go to. I’m also helping out Hawaiian Airlines with some online marketing work – and what better reason to help them out. Get a few links, see how the airplanes work!

Anyway, I now have a goal to lose the remaining 20 lbs by the end of August. Sounds reasonable. Here we go. The next four week shipment of Jenny arrives today. I have a call with my new Jenny counselor tomorrow at 11am. My head is killing me and I must go.


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Back to gaining weight


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We’re back from yet another fabulous weekend away. Again, I knew that it wasn’t going to be convenient to do Jenny while away attending a conference – so I didn’t. The weekend before when we went to Atlanta I gained 6lbs. I lost 4 of those lbs in the 4 days that we were home and before we had to go away again. Now, I just got weighed this morning and I’ve put back on those 4lbs – meaning that I didn’t gain any more weight that I gained last weekend, but I didn’t retain any of the weight loss either.

Once again, it’s Monday – I’m back to losing weight successfully – I hope. At least I’m doing what I know works to enable me to lose weight. And, as far as I know we don’t have any more trips planned until the summer. I’m going out with some old friends in a few weeks – but that’s only one night.

This weekend break was just wonderful; from the two incredible hotels we stayed at; to the food and excellent restaurants; to the amazing weather. At 6:30 Friday evening we checked in to The Club Quarters in Philadelphia. This hotel was actually different than any other hotel I’ve stayed at. The room had 16′ high ceilings (and that may be a conservative estimate); a huge window that had the look of a window from a ballroom in the 1800′s – it was just wonderful. I didn’t think the Saturday night hotel would even have a chance at being as great as the Club Quarters – but, it was. The Sofitel in Philadelphia was probably the most luxurious hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Before this Lowes – Philadelphia had been my favorite – but, I think this was even nicer. We only had a standard room, but the bed was like sleeping on a cloud. The bathroom was huge, remarkably clean – just wonderful.

Friday night we ate at Suzanna Foo’s – a Chinese Fusion menu. It was great. The appetizers were definitely the best part of the meal – but, the main course was great as well.

Both days we had breakfast at the Marathon Grill. Saturday I really only had a bagel, but Sunday we split an Egg Quesadea – it was great.

Saturday lunch was at The Continental – voted by me as the best burger of 2006. It may win for 2007 too!

Saturday dinner was the only meal that wasn’t the best. It was ok, but that’s it. I was in the mood for brick oven pizza. At the recommendation from the concierge from Sofitel – we went to Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizza. I guess there’s a big difference between brick and coal.

Still, it was all good and the company was excellent from start to finish.