Disappointing day

by Christine on December 12th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today was my big weigh-in, and the title of this blog post may have tipped you off: I didn’t make my goal weight. My goal is 125, but this morning I weighed in at 126.4. I was very close, but didn’t make it. I am very disappointed because I really hoped that today would be the day, but it wasn’t meant to be. I will continue to work towards my goal, though, eating well and exercising, trying to make healthy choices for myself. Eventually I’ll get there…right?

This weekend we went down south of Albany, to New Paltz, New York. New Paltz is a quaint, small town that has fun boutique stores, several bars, and a decent college population to give the town a little atmosphere. On Friday night we found our way to a little restaurant where we had dinner (fish) and a bottle of beer.

Holy crow’s feet, batman! When did I start looking so old?

The next day we woke up and decided to hit a few wineries. We saw a link to the Shawangunk Wine Trail and noticed that there were a few wineries on the list that I had never been to before. Well, before we knew it, we were doing the entire wine trail! We didn’t even intend to. Plus, apparently there was “An Event” going  on along the wine trail…people pay one flat fee for tastings, then get food, wreathes, ornaments, and goodies at the wineries. We didn’t sign up for “The Event” (and they wouldn’t sell us the tickets the day of) but we did the wine trail with a group of total strangers.  The vineyards we ended up at included:

  • Robiero Family Vineyards (A beautiful venue & overlook, but very “young” wines.)
  • Adair Vineyard (their peach wine was yummy if not sugary)
  • Applewood Vineyard (this vineyard was my favorite of all of them. They had a delicious selection of wines, some great reds, some not-too-sweet desert wines. My favorite was the International Red.)
  • Baldwin Vineyard (The merlot was fantastic)
  • Benmarl Winery (I want to say the Traminette was my favorite here.)
  • Brimstone Hill Vineyard (The Cabernet Franc was the best.)
  • Brotherhood Winery (America’s oldest winery! It’s a fantastic venue to visit, well worth the trip. Their mulled wine blew me away!)
  • Glorie Farm Winery (Funny names of their wines. The Leon Millet was my favorite here.)
  • Palaia Vineyard (This place was in a fun location, on the top floor of an old barn. They have live music here often, worth checking out!)
  • Stoutridge Winery (Great new building. The elderly gentleman that gave us a tour of the cask room had me laughing so hard I almost peed myself. He was freaking adorable.)
  • Warwick Valley Winery (The guy at the front desk was kind of a jerk, but the girl pouring the wine was nice. The wines were only so-so. I’m sad that we didn’t have time to sample the beer.)
  • Whitecliff Winery (Another great merlot!)

That’s 12 wineries in one day! That’s quite a feat. I don’t recommend doing a big, grand tour like that if you’ve never gone wine tasting before. At each place you get to sample five or more wines. By the end of the day…that’s a lot.

At the end of the day, we were joking around with that group of strangers that we kept following all day long. We decided we would all grab dinner together, which was fantastic!  We ended up at the Crystal Inn in Warwick, NY. I had some baked fish dish that was yummy, but I tasted someone’s crab cakes and they were really delicious.  I would definitely go back there again if I end up in the area. The unexpected company was a bright spot in the day, and I’m very grateful for the fun new friends we made that day!

Today we raced home so I could do my weigh-in, which was disappointing. I’m sure the vast sums of alcohol yesterday did not help my weigh-in at all.  Then two girlfriends came over and we scrapbooked for a few hours. Now, I feel so tired, drained, bug-eyed, and exhausted that I can barely keep my eyes open. I can’t believe it’s only 5:30 pm!!!

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A little confession + Half marathon training day

by Christine on November 30th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition, Exercise

Okay I have a tiny little confession to make.

This morning I found the scale (that hubby hid on me) and weighed myself. I was at 127.2, which was disappointing because I thought perhaps I was at my goal weight already (125). DANG!

But this is not the end of the world. I have two pounds to lose in two weeks. I KNOW I can do this.

So what has prevented me from being at my goal weight already? I think it can all be boiled down to one major thing: Sugar.  I’ve been on a chocolate kick lately, and I have been eating a little chocolate every night before going to bed. Don’t get  me wrong, I only eat a TINY little bit, so I’m not doing any major damage to my lifestyle. That being said, I think the extra calories aren’t doing me any favors. Plus, there is no reason why I have a “treat” every day. Every 2-3 days would be perfectly sufficient.

December 12th is my OFFICIAL weigh-in, when I am hoping to be at my final goal weight. That gives me about two weeks to really buckle down and pay attention. My plan is this:

(1) Count calories every day. I do this already–I’ve been doing it for so long I’m not sure that I could actually stop doing it at this point. But I know that I haven’t been entirely honest with my calorie-counting either, such as the little chocolate nibbles at night (approx. 50 calories worth) and a little sugar in my coffee (30 calories or thereabouts). Those little cheats throughout the day really add up. So for the next two weeks I’m going to count it all and be very strict with myself.

(2) Stop all the excess sugar already. No more chocolate at night. No more sugar in my coffee. No more nibbles here-and-there. I’m stopping it all for the next two weeks. Oh, I’m going to go through some major sugar withdrawl. Hell, I know I’m a sugar junkie; I’m not going to lie to you or to myself. But I’m going to do my best to stop it.  Instead, if I get a chocolate or sugar craving, I’m going to eat some protein: almonds and tuna fish, primarily.  I will also feel free to consume fatty foods (cheese, cream, butter, etc) but in moderation of course; I have a calorie limit to maintain, after all, and high-fat foods will make me reach my maximum calorie limit early. No, I mean to limit those high-fat foods, but I’m still going to eat them. They are, after all, very good for you in limited quantities.

That’s it. Two steps. I know that if I can stop with the sugar, then I will be able to meet my goal weight easily. Today I have already begun, and it’s been a good day!

This morning I went to the gym for my Last Chance Workout before THIS SUNDAY’S HALF MARATHON DAY!  I am very excited about this! I already have a list put together of items I don’t want to forget to bring with me (extra water bottle, extra pair of socks, pen and pencil, etc.).  Today’s gym day was heavy on weights, and I really wrecked myself on a few machines! It felt great, and I expect that I will be very sore tomorrow. I finished up with 2 miles on the treadmill, a very light cardio day considering I’m going to be going 13.1 miles on Sunday!  I am going to be supported by:

Thank you, all four, who are helping to motivate, inspire, and encourage me! I am going to tape a notecard with your names on my treadmill so when my brain wants to quit on me on Sunday, I will look at that card and remember you four who are going to be working out the same day as me! WE CAN DO THIS! If anyone else is interested in participating by jogging a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon, let me know!!  The goal is to push yourself to the next level, so do whatever works best for you.

I have two people who are going to be at the gym with me to help support me in-person, too: my hubby and my friend Peter. They have offered to come by for an hour or so and jog along with me, so I won’t be alone for the duration of my half-marathon. That’s so nice of them!! I need all the support I can get.

Allan, from Almost Gastric Bypass, is also helping me out. I’ve been searching everywhere for the gatorade gel stuff that helps fuel you during your workout. I’m concerned that I might get dizzy during the half-marathon (because I eat so little), so I’ve been trying to find those gels to keep my body fueled up. I can’t find them anywhere, but Allan is a sweetheart and agreed to send me a few. THANK YOU!!!

I also hope that getting this half-marathon behind me will help push my body over the edge so that I am at my goal weight on the 12th! Now, remember that exercise will not magically burn those “bad calories” you are munching on, but every little bit of exercise helps you be fit and healthy!

Okay I’m going to wrap up this up with a few pictures our Christmas Tree Decorating this past weekend!

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98 pounds lost! And interview day!

by Christine on November 5th, 2010

filed under General Information

Wow, I didn’t update my blog yesterday! I’m afraid I was completely in avoidance mode. I was avoiding thinking about this interview, jobstuff in general, money, friends, everything. I had originally planned to go for a hike and do a little soul-searching along the way. However, it ended up raining all day, and I turned inwards and hibernated.  In the evening hubby and I went to play pub trivia. It was lovely to see friends there. We didn’t win at the end, but we were in first place at halftime so we won prizes again. Hooray! Go team!

Today is my job interview. It was originally scheduled for Monday, but then the HR lady called to reschedule to Wednesday. She called and said that one of the interviewers was sick, and could we reschedule for today? So…three schedulings later, today is the big day. My portfolio is packed and ready to go. I’m showered and clean. All I have left to do is de-cat-fur my suit and drive down there.

If my weigh-in today is any indication, then it will be a good day! I hope this is the case! The scale told me I was 127.8, which means that I’ve lost 98 pounds and am only a mere TWO POUNDS from my goal weight! How fantastic!!

Here are some fun before and after pictures! The “before” pictures are from 2000 and 2001…

And these days:

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128.8 pounds (96.2 pounds lost)

by Christine on October 22nd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

128.8

Check it out, everyone! This morning I weighed in at 128.8!! I can’t believe it! I’m so excited and so happy! I’ve never ever been in the 120’s before. It’s a brand new number, a brand new milestone!

I am only a little over three pounds from my final goal weight. I had originally thought I would make the 100-pounds lost mark around February (the 2-year anniversary of my band), but now I think I may reach my final weight before Christmas! Unbelieveable!  Of course, my reward for making my final weight was a trip to Las Vegas, and now that I’m out of work, it doesn’t appear that I’ll be able to take that trip.  I’ll have to think of something else cheaper and closer to home to do for a reward, because I WILL MAKE MY GOAL!!

You know, for the longest time I wasn’t sure if I’d make my final goal weight at all. I had never been lower than 150 pounds in my adult life, and I honestly didn’t know what my body was even capable of achieving. I hoped that I could make 125 pounds, but I wasn’t sure if it was possible or a realistic goal. Now I realize that it is possible, and I’m so close to my goal I can practically smell it!

Yesterday my hubby was supposed to take a half a day off from work so we could go to a museum & lecture together. It turns out that hubby’s tummy wasn’t well, so he stayed home all day. We didn’t go to the museum at all. Instead, I went to the gym and did four miles on the treadmill. Then in the evening we went to the pub near the house and DESTROYED EVERYONE in pub trivia! We were the first place team at halftime (we won a prize) and also won at the end of the night (we won another prize). We gave our halftime prizes away to the 2nd place team….gotta be good sports, you know?  One of hubby’s friends, Thomas, met us at the bar again. Thomas is a super smart, super sweet guy that for some bizarre reason doesn’t do too well with the ladies. I think he’s too insecure and shy to put himself out there very often. When we arrived, Thomas was chatting up a girl at the bar! OMG!  So when we sat down I chatted up the girl to find out more about her. Turns out she works with Thomas but they didn’t come to the bar together; they just accidentally ran into each other!  She’s brand new to the area (moved here 2 months ago) and has zero friends here yet, and was *SO HAPPY* to have run into Thomas! I ended up inviting her to my house for girls night on Saturday so she can meet a few new people. She’s super sweet, seems really fun…I hope Thomas asked for her phonenumber after we left them chatting at the bar!

I got a few questions yesterday, people wondering how my writing has been going. This week I honestly haven’t done very much writing on my book at all; instead, I compiled a lot of my data into a few Wikipedia articles. I hope to sit down and get some writing done today and next week. I’m afraid that my mojo has dwindled a little bit; I sent a draft of what I have done to a few people, and nobody had anything particularly encouraging to say; the only real comments I got back were nit-picky editorial comments which I really don’t need at this stage.

We’re refinancing our mortgage to lock in a lower interest rate, and the house inspector should be here in 20 minutes so I better change out of my PJs! Have a great day everyone!

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Tuna Recipe & 95 pounds lost

by Christine on October 13th, 2010

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

Howdy Revolutionists!

The other day I made a really yummy Ahi Tuna recipe, and it turned out fantastically. I thought I would share it with you guys in case you had any interest in giving it a try.

Seared Ahi Tuna with Ginger Soy Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 (6-8 ounce) ahi tuna steaks (3/4 of an inch thick)
  • 2 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or 2 teaspoons of wheat-free tamari for gluten-free option)
  • 1 Tbsp of grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion (scallion) thinly sliced (a few slices reserved for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Method

1 Mix the marinade ingredients together and coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

2 Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high to high heat. When the pan is hot, remove the tuna steaks from the marinade and sear them for a minute to a minute and a half on each side ( even a little longer if you want the tuna less rare than pictured.)

3 Remove from pan and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle with a few green onion slices.

Can serve plain, with white rice, or over lettuce or thinly sliced cabbage or fennel. I served this with a few slices of avocado, and it was delicious. I also added just a smidgen of wasabi in the ginger soy mixture; I recommend doing that, but only use a pinky-nail of wasabi unless you know you like a lot of heat.

In other news

Alan gave me an award, thank you Alan!

Today, weight was 130.2. So close to the 120’s…I’m almost on the final leg of this journey! I’m at 95 pounds lost total now; only 5 pounds to go.  Yesterday I was hungry all day, and I ate and ate. Too much coffee (with cream and sugar).  Leftover ahi tuna (about 1 oz), a few bites leftover grilled chicken (about 1 oz), a few spoonfuls of leftover rice. I don’t really eat at all anymore; I graze. Nibble. I never DINE, I never sit down for a real meal.  My advice to you, dear dieters: Only eat until you’re not hungry. Don’t eat until you’re FULL.  Put the fork down the minute you’re not hungry anymore. You’ll probably need to pick your fork back up in an hour, and that’s fine. Don’t stuff yourself. Keep your hunger levels firmly in check.

My closet is waning. I now have four pair of pants that sorta-kinda fit me (2 jeans, 2 work slacks), only one pair of sweat pants for lounging around the house.  Very few t-shirts that fit, no long-sleeve tshirts that really fit (they are all XL or larger), only one sweatshirt that fits. I might make a run to Walmart for some cheapie long-sleeve tshirts. I’ve been freezing my ass off for the last few days.

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