She believed she could, so she did

Good morning! So this week starts my trial of no 500 calorie days. My goal is to see if the weird fluctuations are related to “starving mode” and my current stagnant exercise routines. So this week’s plan is as follows:

1400 calorie daily limit (until the app takes more calories with weight loss)

Couch to 10K program- 3 days

Pilates- 3 days

Plus some combination of the following: Squats, arm weights and pushups

I also have several food goals for this week. Rather than filling all the leftover calories with something salty and crunchy (CARBS!) at night, I plan on increasing my fruits and veggies throughout the day. I also want to drink a LOT more water which is always a hard one for me. I’m pretty sure I am dehydrated most of the time but until I really feel thirsty I don’t think about drinking anything and it is not unusual that I go half a day without having anything to drink and then don’t drink again until dinner time.

I feel good about this and even if there is no dramatic change in weight loss, I am still eating healthy and getting some great workouts. I will post my meal plan tomorrow once I make it and get the recipes together.

It’s a great day to have a great day! Happy Monday everyone.


Que Rachel Black song..

Last night’s “girls night in” with Abby was lots of fun. Thursday nights are always a good time to just relax. Our activities included Christmas movies, nail painting, some yummy food and a glass of bordeaux. A quiet night in doesn’t get much better than that.

But now, it’s Friday and we have another fun weekend planned–Friend dinner tonight, (visiting from out of town) family lunch tomorrow, hubby date night, and Christmas party on Sunday! I am looking forward to all of it :).

So, I weigh a lb heavier than yesterday but I bought a new scale so it may just be a difference in calibration. I decided that even if it is correct, it was time to get rid of my scale. It was 10 years old and it was one of those digital deals that also could calculate bone density and lots of other fancy things (that I never used). But when we moved something got reset and the units changed to kg instead of lbs so weighing myself required more thinking than really necessary.

Lots of yummy meals yesterday, here is what I ate:

Breakfast- 210 calories

Jimmy Dean Breakfast sandwich

Lunch-412 calories “Northender” sandwich (YUM!!)


Dinner- 540 calories


  • 3oz fusilli
  • 4oz butternut squash
  • 1oz pancetta
  • .5 oz parmesan reggano
  • garlic to taste
  • parsley for garnish
  • .5 tsp olive oil

My uncle lived in Italy several months out of the year for many years when he was teaching and always shares delicious, authentic recipes with us. As usual, it did not disappoint.

Put butternut squash pieces in a food processor and pulse until very small. Cook on medium heat with the olive oil, pancetta and garlic until tender. While that is cooking, cook and drain the pasta. Grate parmesan into the pasta while still hot and toss everything together.

Total calories- 1395

Total lbs lost: 12

Total calories burned 501


I am posting early because tomorrow I won’t have access to the computer. So after today’s frustration I have decided to try something different. I am going to change my workouts but I am also going to eliminate my “fast day” next week and just have 1400 calories every day for the whole week.


I read several articles this afternoon that were explaining possible reasons for not losing weight despite doing everything right. Several articles said that too little calories can make your body hold onto fat. Many of them also agreed that doing only cardio is not good for fat burning. They said that you also need to add weight lifting because long cardio workouts “make your muscles endurance-focused, storing energy as fat to ensure it has plenty of reserve fuel to keep you going for all those miles.” So I will finish out my week doing what I have been (Pilates and treadmill) but next week I will see if it helps to do a weight lifting/different pilates workout and treadmill maybe only twice. If I see no change, then no harm done because I’m not making any progress currently. And if I do see a difference then I know I did the right thing.

I had some really delicious meals today.

Breakfast-210 calories

Jimmy Dean Breakfast flatbread

Lunch- 35 calories

miso soup

Afternoon snack- 60 calories

I was especially hungry today after only eating 1 packet of miso with no protein in it so I had a snack.


  • laughing cow wedge
  • 3 mini peppers halved

Dinner- 198 calories IMG_3396.JPG

  • 1/2 cup cooked instant polenta
  • 1/2 cup shaved brussel sprouts
  • 1/2 cup mixed mushrooms
  • 1 wedge light swiss laughing cow cheese
  • sage, garlic
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

I have attached the recipe but made some alterations. As you can see, I only put a tiny amount of olive oil to toss the veggies. I also used laughing cow instead of parmesan. This was FABULOUS. I have never had instant polenta and I loved it! I will never eat that hard stuff in a tube again.

Total calories- 502

Total lbs lost-12


Feeling Frustrated

I apologize in advance for the negativity of this post but part of the reason I started this blog was for accountability and transparency. I anticipated that the plateau would come around this time but I am still just as frustrated to be experiencing it. One of my [dieting] weaknesses is impatience. I would eat dirt if it showed me results consistently but as soon as all the sacrifice and hard work stops paying off, that’s about the time I get frustrated and quit. I AM NOT QUITTING, but I am very disappointed.

Yesterday for instance, my app is recording that I burned 1,107 calories for the day (1 hour treadmill workout, Williamsburg outlet walking and standing/walking around at an event for 4hrs). My net calorie count for the day was actually 127 and somehow, I GAINED A lb!!!!!!!! I did NOT overeat yesterday, everything I ate was healthy and portioned correctly. If anything, I might have under ate. I just don’t get it. There is empirical evidence that proves that the combination of diet and exercise are the best way to lose weight so why am I just gaining and losing the same pound over and over again? I am maintaining a weight that should be 15lbs lower, eating healthy food and exercising 6 days/week.  Meanwhile my husband, who is not dieting, eats all the Christmas goodies that exist and still LOSES weight. -_-

Alright enough complaining. If anyone has any wisdom to share, I am all ears!

Breakfast-150 calories

This is my new favorite thing! Bagel thins and lox


  • 1 oz smoked salmon
  • “everything” bagel thin
  • 1 wedge light swiss Laughing Cow cheese
  • Dill weed to taste

Lunch- (estimated) 800 calories


  • Cheese Shoppe Turkey sandwich with sprouts

The only calories I could find online were for their house dressing which was 200 for 2TBSPs so I guessed (high) based on Taste sandwiches what the rest of the ingredients would be.

Dinner- 260 calories

I did not take a picture because we ate dinner at 8:30 last night and I was in a hurry. I helped a friend with an event in Norfolk and got home too late to make the fish I had planned. I just threw all of this together and it was finished in 20mins and it was actually pretty good.

  • 3oz pork tenderloin
  • ginger, garlic, soy sauce, cinnamon, mirin
  • 1 cup instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli

Total calories: 1273

Total calories burned 1,107

Total lbs lost: 12

I am not a pluviophile

Cold and rainy days are definitely not good for my motivation. Of course, having only 3hrs of sleep doesn’t help either. I ran errands in the morning and then the rest of the day I just stayed inside and did house stuff. The good news is that 2lb of my weird mystery weight is gone. I did suspect some water retention because my fingers were swollen when I woke up but its weird that it was 2lbs worth. I can deal with the others because I was over my limit.

In the midst of my sleepy fog I did get a surge of creative energy this morning and made a killer meal plan for the week. And all today’s recipes were super filling and yummy. Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast- 119 calories


  • 1/2 cup egg beaters
  • 1 oz ham

Lunch- 121 calories


  • 60 grams of chopped sweet potato (sorry for the weird measurement but the app listed the servings in grams)
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1.5 oz  carrots (the purple and white things are some funky carrots I had from Thanksgiving)
  • 1.5 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1/3 trimmed leek
  • thyme, onion powder, salt, pepper and tarragon to taste
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil

I boiled the sweet potato first to cut down on cooking time but everything else was just thrown in a pot and cooked for about 20mins.

Dinner-247 calories


  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 6oz butternut squash
  • 1/2 chicken apple sausage
  • 2/3 cup rice
  • garam masala, curry sea salt, cumin powder
  • cooking spray

After you toss the butternut squash in spices and cooking spray throw it all on a cookie sheet with foil and bake for 25mins on 425.

Total calories: 488

Total lbs lost: 13

Calories burned: 145

The sting of regret…

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. –Jim Rohn

Man, I did so good at the Christmas party. I actually didn’t eat anything most of the day to save calories for the Christmas party food and then some really hungry boys showed up so I wanted to make sure people had plenty…that’s when the downward spiral started. By the time my guests left I was ready to eat half a cow because it was almost midnight with less than 100 calories consumed for the day and Wendy’s was the only thing open. Thats when the bad choices started. Sunday I calculated calories but was 150 over and figured that I gained lbs back. I will spare you the delicious details but I overindulged this weekend and am ready to get back on track.

The pain of regret most assuredly comes as a morning, unhappy scale discovery. The scale this morning says I gained 4lbs!!! However, I don’t know that I believe I have actually all this was gained weight in fat pounds. According to Mayo clinic:

Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound. So, in general, if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’d lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories).Apr 11, 2015


Although I ate bad meals, my calories were only 100 or 200 over my usual limit combined for both days which means I am well under if we go by this formula. I think the most frustrating thing of this process is having to weigh every day because things completely out of my control like water weight and muscle gain totally wreck my psyche. I was expecting a lb or 2 but definitely not 4. We will see tomorrow if this was a freak reading or if I did indeed gain this insane amount. But regardless, I am ready to have a great fast day and keep it moving because there is no reason to dwell on the past. The important thing is always to look forward and make healthy decisions today.

We had a fabulous Christmas party and then a sleepover with some of our friends because we were close to their early morning destination on Sunday so we ended up staying up until 2am–This is 5hrs past my usual bed time! And then Sunday night, for whatever reason I couldn’t sleep and was up between 2:30-5am until I finally dozed off. So for obvious reasons, I am struggling today. Due to my lack of sleep, my meal planning/grocery list did not get done on my usual Sunday afternoon schedule so I only have half the week planned. Hopefully, things will get back on track and I will finish strong through this weekend because there are more friends meals on Friday and family visitors this Saturday. Holidays are wonderful times of the year but a nightmare for dieting.

Total lbs lost: 13-4


It’s Friday!!! And we have a fabulous weekend of fun planned with some great people.   I am especially excited for first Christmas party of the season, fireworks and friends visiting. This will be a short post because my to-do list is a mile long.

Great news is, I lost all of that random mystery weight plus an extra pound. Despite my thorough enjoyment of greasy, unhealthy lunch yesterday, I managed to lose anyway which is a reminder that eating a “cheat meal” as long as you stay within the calorie goal for the day isn’t actually cheating at all.

What-a-burger, for anyone who doesn’t know, is the best burger you will ever eat. This is not to be confused with the chain on the West Coast. There is nothing West Coast about this place.  It is a one room, standing only, hole in the wall in a sketchier part of Newport News. And most of the ladies that cook the burgers have been working there as long as my dad has been taking me on dates there (which is 20+ years). Yum!

Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast: Jimmy  Dean breakfast sandwich (I know it’s boring but it’s the easiest and most filling thing I can eat in the mornings)

Lunch: (Estimated)700 calories

Im drooling….

Dinner- 530 calories

I didn’t take a picture but I had spaghetti with deer sausage meat sauce that my dad made. Also delicious!

Total calories 1428

Total lbs lost: 13

Total calories burned: 339