Status quo

by Christine on January 5th, 2011

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Sorry, it’s a very boring post today. Work was good…a little overwhelming perhaps with all the things I need to learn to do and all the hopes, dreams, and expectations that everyone has for me. I don’t know if I can live up to all this hype. But at least everyone was extremely kind and outgoing and nice to me.  I believe I can be happy there long-term so long as everyone holds their expectations of me in reasonable check for a while, until I get up to speed.

Tummy troubles today, maybe from stress and anxiety? I don’t know.  The scale is back to normal, so it’s status quo as usual.

I did  not have a mid-morning or afternoon snack again! bad me! I went out to lunch (alone, again) and had a small side salad and a few bites of french onion soup, maybe 150 calories for the whole thing.  I’m  not sure what I will do for dinner…I’m not sure what my tummy can hold. Perhaps leftover egg drop soup.

Before I forget….hello to Sal, Sal’s wife, Bruce, and Martha!

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First day at a new job!

by Christine on January 4th, 2011

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Today was my first day at a new job! I’m a new Director of Marketing for a small engineering firm. Today was easy-peasy: just meeting my co-workers, reading some old proposals, talking to senior staff people to find out their priorities for my marketing department. I’m formulating some ideas and plans and to-do items, but I have plenty of time to work all the details out and finalize my game plan for the coming months. Overall, I’m THRILLED with the new job! They are so flexible and down-to-earth. I think I am going to be really happy there.  The pay is good, the benefits are good, there is a lot of trust and respect and enthusiasm for me and the marketing department.  I have a large, windowless office that I can play music in and work to my heart’s content. I had plenty of visitors in my office, so I won’t be lonely like I was in my last job. I still need to sit down with the President and Vice-President to ensure that they have reasonable expectations of me (I know my direct boss does, but I want to make sure the senior staff people know that I can’t start bringing $12 million worth of work in the first year) but that will come in due time.  I’m very happy!

I still have to figure out what my game plan is going to be regarding food and eating at my new job. Today I was so busy I did not get a time for a mid-morning  OR afternoon snack, which is very bad.  They are flexible about my hours, so I’m free to take a longer lunch if I want to, which is nice. Today I went to a local diner for lunch and had part of a bowl of chili, maybe 150-200 calories worth. (I thought it was a little strange that nobody offered to go to lunch with me today, but maybe *I* just have strange expectations? What do you think?)  There is a large kitchen with a big microwave so I can certainly bring in some food to heat up and eat at my desk. There is also a vending machine with a bunch of junk in it, and I’m trying very hard not to even NOTICE that monstrosity taking up room in the kitchen.

In the summertime, I’ll be able to walk at lunchtime, which is nice. There’s a cute pond outside the building (great for picnics!) and a sidewalk for safe pedestrian walking. The sidewalk ends at a Wendy’s, so perhaps I’ll try to find a few healthy menu options there and walk to get my lunch. There’s a recreational path along the Mohawk River that is located within just a few blocks of my work, so I can rollerblade or ride my bike after work, too.  Since I have flexible hours, when the weather gets nice I can come into work early/leave early and get a few miles in on my bicycle while soaking in the view of the river. I’m really excited about it!

My job is going to involve, to some extent, schmoozing clients. The types of clients we serve (government agencies, highway superintendents, university planners, private businesses, contractors, builders, miners, and construction crew) are a brawny, rowdy bunch that enjoy good food and lots of drink. That type of job will be dangerous to someone looking to lose or maintain their weight, so I will need to come up with a plan for handling these events when they begin to arise.

Today was a good day. I hope today is a good day as well.

Happy Tuesday, Revolutionists!

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Everything you need to know to lose weight!

by Christine on January 3rd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition, General Information

I’ve been browsing the blogging world, reading some of your blogs. I see that a lot of you are re-dedicating yourself to your mission to lose weight. You’re starting new resolutions, giving yourself a new start.  I also see a lot of new bloggers jumping into the world, wanting to see if blogging can really help you on your weight-loss journey. (It can, and welcome!)

Well, it might be time to sit down with a few pointers/reminders to let you know how this whole weight loss craziness really works. These are not hard tips or difficult rules to follow. It might be a little hard to let go of your food crutches, but embracing losing weight really isn’t hard at all once you figure out how it’s done. There’s a little magic, a little voodoo involved (and, according to some people, some plain old mathematics at time).

It’s a new year. A new start! You have a chance to be a whole new you–a whole  BETTER you!! So don’t delay…get started today!!! This is totally do-able, so don’t let anything stand in your way!

Exercise doesn’t make you thin. Let me repeat that. Exercise doesn’t make you thin. It makes your heart healthy and your body happy, but it doesn’t help with the scale. If you want to lose weight you need to do it the old fashioned way–by changing your diet. (Read more on this topic here.)

Stop eating “empty carbs.” If you’re going to eat some starches or carbs, only eat the ones that are plants and used to be alive at some point, such as a baked potato or beans. Bread is  NOT a plant. (Read more about the 12 healthy foods that will make you fat here.) (Read more about the evils of bread here.)

Limit your sugars. That includes sugar in your coffee.

Don’t be afraid to eat healthy fats, such as nuts, avocados, and fish. However, if you are going to eat these (and you should!) just be aware of your portion sizes. Healthy fats are also high in calories, so just keep your portions small. (See some sample menu plans here.)

Protein is your friend, and you should eat high protein foods often!! Fish, chicken, beef, tuna fish, beans, nuts are all high-protein foods. Why not try some tuna fish with brown mustard on some celery? Or some peanut butter on a carrot? Have a half-a protein shake if you need a snack on the go. (Read more about protein shakes here.)

Don’t starve. Eat often, every 2 hours or so. If you’re hungry, eat! If you’re not hungry, then don’t eat. Your portion sizes should be really, really small (serve your food on small dishes) so you should naturally feel hungry frequently throughout the day.

There’s no such thing as “free foods.” Weight watchers people, I’m specifically talking to you, and I’m especially eyeballing those “free fruits.” Those free fruits are loaded with sugar (and calories) so don’t just assume you can eat as much as you want. The same thing goes for any Atkins addicts who think that, since bacon is high in protein, that they are free to eat as much of it as they want.  Watch your calories, please. There’s no such thing as a free food, no matter what plan you’re following.

For those of you who have been dieting and following your plans, consider lowing your calorie consumption by 10%. That means if you are eating 1200 calories a day, just cut 120 out. I bet you notice a big difference on the scale. To lose weight, I ate 800 calories a day, and no, I promise you I didn’t starve. Don’t assume that you need to eat a bajillion calories a day just because some USFDA food pyramid thinks you should. Every body is different, and yours might take a little more–or less–food than others. Tweak your calories until you find what works for you.  (Read more about the CRON movement here.)

Journal everything you eat, absolutely everything that touches your lips! Keeping a blog with a list of your foods eaten is a great way to keep track of what you’re doing, while at the same time getting some constructive feedback and encouragement from perfect strangers!

And last but not least…

Measure everything!!! Every single thing you eat should be carefully counted, measured and weighed. You cannot possibly estimate how much food you are consuming if you don’t measure it all out. You will be shocked at how much you will under-estimate the size of your food. I measure food all the time! For instance, I have a terrible time estimating the amount of cereal I should eat, and I always bust out the measuring cups to make sure I get exactly 100 calories of the breakfast of my choice. Do not underestimate the power of measuring your food!! (Read more on this topic here.) (Read more about portion control here!)

If you haven’t already read my post “How I lost 99 pounds” you should! Read it here!

I hope that this post helps you on your way to being a major weight-loss success story! Using the above strategies I went from  this:

To this!

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New Years Pictures

by Christine on January 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I finally retrieved my camera! Here are some cute pictures of the night.

I ate very very little that night. But I drank a lot, a lot, a lot!!! Today the scale was up three pounds, but I can work that off easily…it’s mostly just salt-bloat.

GO STEELERS TODAY!!!

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New Years Party

by Christine on January 1st, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Well, I’m struggling to sober up after the New Years Party.  We had a great turnout–perhaps 30 of our good friends showed up–and, oh! there was a lot of drinking going on. I’m pretty sure I embarrassed myself by going to everyone at the party and telling them all how much I love them and are glad that they are in my life.  Hubby did his annual underwear run at midnight, and I was pleased that so many women stripped down to their skivvies and partook in the annual event! Hubby and his friends have been running in their underwear at midnight for something like 25 years in a row now. It’s a cute tradition, especially since New Years Eve is hubby’s birthday!

I did not run though, even though I was thinking that maybe I would this year. I never ran in the past because I was mortified and horrified about my body. Now that I’m substantially less horrified with myself, I thought this would be the perfect chance to start participating in the annual tradition! However, there are a few female friends that were there that I think resent me for having lost weight and are jealous of me. I know, those people aren’t real friends if they can’t be excited for me changing my life in a such a positive way! However, I also didn’t want to rock any boats and piss anyone off on a night where everyone is just supposed to have fun.

Hmmm. Maybe I need to give up the attempts to be a crowd-pleaser for the new year.

I apparently left my camera at the party, so I will post pictures later when I get the camera back!

Are you guys doing any New Years Resolutions this year? I’ve always had a resolution to lose weight and to stop biting my fingernails. Now, I don’t have to worry about the weight part, and I’m pretty sure the nail biting is unstoppable after 32 years.  Hmm.

A before/after picture set:

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