Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hot wrap sandwich

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I created a new and super yummy lunch today.  The best thing is that it is totally versatile: you can really change up the ingredients as much as you want.  I used what we had on hand, but feel free to modify it to your little heart’s content.  This is really more of a framework than an actually recipe.

Hot Wrap Sandwich
(net carbs: varies)

  • 1 Mission Carb Balance medium flour tortilla (7 g of carb)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • cream cheese or other spreadable cheese (Alouette would be delicious)
  • meat (deli meat or leftover steak, chicken, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350.  Spread tortilla with cheese to taste and top with shredded cheese.  Bake for 4 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat meat in the microwave.  (If you put it in the oven on top of the tortilla, the liquid that oozes out during heating will make the tortilla soggy.)   Remove tortilla from oven, lay meat in, wrap up and eat!

We used roast beef and chive and onion cream cheese today, and it was absolutely delicious.  We agree that some horseradish and/or spicy brown mustard would also be very good.  I think it would be awesome to add some sun dried tomatoes for sweetness, too.

Evidence of how badly I suck at math, #379 (or is that #380?)

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I track my weight loss on a spreadsheet.  It’s set up to automatically calculate how much weight I’ve lost since the beginning next to each weight I input.  But I realized today, when I was trying to see how long it had been since I lost this much weight, that I didn’t have any weekly subtotals, so I had to calculate each one manually.  This was kind of a pain, b/c the spreadsheet is littered with notes and empty days where I didn’t weigh and is just visually a bit cluttered looking, so it took a bit of time to figure it all out.

Spreadsheet queen that I am, this simply couldn’t stand.  So I started a clean new sheet to record weekly losses.  And when I was done, I thought to myself, “Self, you should make sure your numbers in your blog weigh ins were right.  I mean, it shouldn’t have been hard to calculate one week at a time, but this is you – erm, me – we’re talking about.”  And I’m so glad I did.

*facepalm*

It turns out that nearly half of my numbers were wrong!  Even some of the grand totals.  WTF?  The grand total was already being calculated and was right next to the current day’s weight!  How did I mess that up?  In at least one case, I am a little grateful for my crappy math skills: if you recall the week I was so distraught and finally decided to see my doctor, it was because I thought I had only lost 0.2 lbs.  It turns out that I’d actually gained 0.4 lbs!  Imagine the paroxysms of despair that extra 0.6 lbs might’ve caused.

Yes, folks, this is why I studied history.  A mathematician I am not.

Weekly weigh in, Mar. 28

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A week of being able to stay totally on plan really paid off.  (Although there were many weeks early on where I was staying totally on plan and not losing this well, so who knows what the actual difference was.)  This is my best week of weight loss since Week 1!  I’m feeling very positive and upbeat this morning.

  • Weight Lost, Current Week: 5.4 lbs
  • Weight Lost, Total: 27.2 lbs
  • Weeks on Diet: 9

The plan works: a small victory

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We decided to splurge and go out to eat tonight for the first time in about 2 months.  By splurge, though, I just mean financially – Nate and I both stayed on track nutritionally.  We went to Chili’s, and we both had fajitas without the tortillas.  I thought about having just one tortilla, but I decided against it.  I knew I didn’t really need it, and I knew that all the onions probably had me up against my daily carb limit, so I chose to skip it, even if it would’ve been a pretty small splurge.

But the REAL victory came when I saw the dessert menu.  I’ve always loved their molten chocolate cake as it is, and I began drooling almost instantly tonight when I saw that they’ve introduced a version with a peanut butter filling.  If you know me, you know that peanut butter and chocolate is crack to me; I absolutely adore it.  So if you take one of my favorite chocolate-y desserts and add PB to it, I’m pretty much in heaven.

Except, of course, that I couldn’t have one, which made it more like hell…

I sat at the table absolutely lusting after it.  I hadn’t intended to splurge tonight, and even if I had, I’ve made a rule for myself that I will have NO sugar this year.  I know how addicted I am to sugar, and I think it’s one of those things where I can’t even open the door a crack or I’m going to fall completely off the wagon.  But this dessert – it was beckoning to me.  I actually covered the picture up when I was looking at that page of the menu to try to resist its siren call.  But I kept trying to come up with ways to rationalize it.

When I was just about to my breaking my point, I suddenly said to myself, “It’s just one year.”  And with that one sentence, I was totally fine.  Which is awesome, because that’s exactly why I chose to do it this way.  So that when temptation got too strong, I could remind myself that it’s just one year.  Not that I expect to go back to my old eating patterns again next year, but I hope by then I’ll be in a much better place and can allow myself the occasional splurge.  So I know that, in a year, if I’m still really dying for this, I can give it a try.

It’s not forever – it’s just one year.  And I can totally do that.

A milestone of sorts

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I stepped on the scale this morning, and I’ve lost another .8 lbs since yesterday.  This, in and of itself, made me pretty happy.  It’s nice to finally be on a consistently downward trend, and that’s even after dinner out with a friend last night that included two (low carb!) beers.  But I also realized that it was a bit of a milestone.

For those of you who have also struggled with your weight, you know how there are a few numbers in your head that you remember as your “highest weight ever,” that spurred you to go on a diet and lose some weight?  But of course, that diet didn’t last, and eventually you ended up even heavier until you hit a new “highest weight ever” that got you going again.  And so on.

Well, I’ve got 5 of those numbers in my head.  One of them was the one that got me going this time, so of course that one was “beaten” almost immediately.  The next one was only 10 lbs. under that, so it also got beaten awhile ago.

But I’m now about 2 lbs under my 3rd number, and I’m pretty proud of that that!  That was a number I hit almost exactly 6 years ago.  And although that number got me back on the diet wagon and I quickly dropped about 20 lbs, I also had some stresses going on in my life that knocked me off the wagon after less than 2 months.  I didn’t immediately put the weight back on, but I’d say that I’ve been above that number for at least half of the last 6 years.

So it feels good to be at this weight only 2 months in, especially because I’m still feeling very motivated.  The longest I’ve EVER consistently worked on my weight in the past is 4 months, but usually I drop out around the 2 month mark.  The fact that I’m still feeling good about how I’m eating and not tempted to quit (most of the time) at this point is a really good thing.

In fact, I have set the fourth “highest weight ever” number in my head as my goal for June 1.  It’s only 15.8 lbs from where I am right now, and I know I can do it.  After that, it’s a short 20 lbs to the last number I have in my head, and then I will be the lightest I’ve been since 2003!  Another 20 lbs from there will get me to my lowest weight since 1999!  Broken up into small chunks like that, I really feel confident that I can do this!

And I’m going to end this with a few more exclamation points because they’re fun and I’m in a good mood like that!!!!!

As I predicted…

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I said that I knew yesterday’s weight was off because of the off-plan eating I had to do a couple of times last week, and I was right.  In fact, as of this morning, I have lost weight already from being back on plan since Friday!

I’ve noticed a pattern when I go off plan for a day.  The next day, my weight is OK, then the next day I see a fairly big bump (2-ish lbs) that slowly comes off over a day or two, and finally, I have a big drop.  (In fact, that’s why last week was so rough – my two bad days were Sun and Thurs, so I’d just gotten back to normal on Thurs when I had to screw it all up again.)

So I was delighted but not entirely surprised when I stepped on the scale this morning and was down 2.4 lbs from yesterday!  That also puts me a full pound below my lowest weight last week.  I am back on track, and ready to give this week everything I’ve got!

Weekly weigh in, Mar 21

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Well, I don’t have very good news to report today, but I’m not too upset about it.  Last week was a crazy week that required me breaking my diet twice.  Both times, I did a good job of not overeating or indulging in things that I knew would be bad for me (mainly sugar, and I actually turned it down several times), so I consider that a victory in and of itself.  Unfortunately, the scale was not so kind:

  • Weight Lost, Current Week: 1.4 lbs gained
  • Weight Lost, Total: 21.8 lbs
  • Weeks on Diet: 8

The good news, though, is that I see nothing on the horizon this week that should require me to eat anything less than perfectly, so I’m hopeful that next week, I’ll get back to losing!