Weigh-In Update + Vlog #42: Weight Gain and the Importance of Water!

So, I’m 39 years old now. Happy birthday to me! It feels a bit like I should feel embarrassed about saying my age, but I’m totally not. I’m actually pretty proud, and I feel like a “young” 39. Maybe it’s all the videogames and lack of general responsibility. That plays some part, but this newer healthier lifestyle certainly has a part to play!

To celebrate my birthday, my boyfriend and I ventured up to Victoria British Columbia for a 4-day tourist trip, and we had SO MUCH FUN. We walked, and walked, and walked some more. One day I even hit the 25,000-step mark on my Fitbit! My relatively fit boyfriend was the one having to sit down and rest, while I was the one with the better stamina this time around. Pretty dramatic difference from our old normal, I tell ya!

I had decided in advance that I wasn’t going to track my food on the trip, and that I was going to allow myself to eat whatever looked good to me. Sure, I would try to maintain some balance, and make sure I never got to the point where I was feeling ravenous – and I brought some turkey jerky snacks and whatnot – but still, I kinda ate whatever I wanted without much regard to what it was going to do to my waistline.

The morning we embarked on our trip, I weighed in to get a baseline measurement for the “damage”, at 191.0 lbs. Of course I was hopeful that with all the walking I could come out even, but I knew it was likely for me to put on a little weight. The morning after we got back home, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I stepped back on the scale. It read “196.4 lbs”.

Lolololololol!

Watch the video below for a recap!

I was surprised to see I had gained 5.4 lbs, but not aghast or anything like that. And I wasn’t terribly bothered. I just knew I would eventually work it back off. Little did I realize how easy it would be.

The plan for when I returned was to just start eating the way I had before the trip. That meant bulk cooking chicken and ensuring I had food on hand to make good decisions. The other thing I decided to do was to inundate my system with water. See, while in Victoria I didn’t drink enough water. I felt super bloated and dehydrated, so water was my #1 priority.

And when I weighed in the next day at 192.2 lbs, I knew my water prioritization was the right thing. Heck, by the following day I was down into the 189’s! So yeah, water weight is a real thing. And walked up to 10 miles a day in Victoria didn’t hurt!

I’m happy to report that this past Tuesday, my official weigh-in was at 188.4 lbs. So it wasn’t a fluke! I’m definitely out of the 190’s now and ready to take on the 170’s. Onward!

What I Ate: Sunday, June 22, 2014

I hypothesized that the glut of eggs I’ve been eating for breakfast lately was somehow behind my recent intermittent stomach issues, and this morning’s breakfast only served to strengthen that unscientific hunch. No problems at all with the fruit/yogurt/toast medley!

I talked the boyfriend into accompanying me to the dreaded mall by promising a lunch out, and he chose Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue, WA. All told, this meal was no worse than a burrito bowl from Chipotle would be, so I gobbled up the amazing grilled chicken sandwich with a clear conscience. The lunch was made much more fun by the fact that we happened to arrive just as the USA vs. Portugal World Cup match was beginning. We watched the first half along with a very dynamic crowd, and I was up to my usual antics by offering completely uneducated advice aloud to the distant USA-team coaching staff.

By the time we arrived home the match had ended (ugh, that last-seconds Portugal goal was a punch in the gut!), it was more or less dinner time, so I reheated up my ubiquitous chicken & beans and finished out the day.

What I Ate: Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Breakfast:
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt
Bananas & organic strawberries
Clover honey
Sara Lee Multigrain 45-Calorie Bread
Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery:
Baja Chicken Sandwich
-removed the crispy fried onions
Side of Grilled Broccoli

Dinner:
Baked chicken breast with Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Wholly Guacamole Classic

Calories: 1322 kcal
Protein: 127g (39%)
Carbs: 130g (40%)
Fat: 31g (21%)
Dietary Fiber: 20g
Sugar: 49g
Sodium: 12573mg
Cholesterol: 234mg
Saturated Fat: 9g

What I Ate: Summer Solstice 2014

What I Ate: Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Today was kinda blah. I couldn’t finish my eggs at breakfast and found them a little nauseating. Thinking I’ve maybe had too many eggs? I got out to hike after breakfast but had to cut it short due to similar stomach issues to what I was having on Thursday, so I came home in a pissy mood. Pulled a grab-bag of snacks together for lunch once I got home, but finished out the day strong.

Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs (3/4 egg, 6.5 T egg whites) with black pepper & ketchup
Organic strawberries
Sara Lee Multigrain 45-Calorie Bread
Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
Welch’s Natural Grape Jelly
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Post-Hike Snacky Lunch:
Trader Joe’s Natural Turkey Jerky
Yasso Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt Bar
Emerald Cinnamon Roast Almonds

Evening Snack:
Organic strawberries
Banana
Organic blueberries (frozen)
Organic green seedless grapes (frozen)

Dinner:
Baked chicken breast with Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Wholly Guacamole Classic

Calories: 1097 kcal
Protein: 93g (34%)
Carbs: 114g (41%)
Fat: 30g (25%)
Dietary Fiber: 22g
Sugar: 55g
Sodium: 1768mg
Cholesterol: 254mg
Saturated Fat: 7g

A Bona Fide Rant Video and “What I Ate” Catch-Up

Oh boy, yesterday I was feeling a little more uppity than usual, and uploaded a nearly half-hour rant to YouTube. What could stir such vehemence in me? Well, it may have been related to the fact that I was a little sick to my stomach, and when I get sick my fuse gets a lot shorter. But while I was browsing my Twitter feeds yesterday morning, one of the Twitterers that I follow posted something that just chapped my hide.

For the last week or so this person has cluttered my Twitter feed with constant retweets of entries into her weight loss blog’s current contest. Something on the order of 40 per day or so. I was REALLY tired of seeing “I’ve entered to win a week’s worth of workout attire! Visit X site to enter!” But then yesterday morning she started posting sponsored ads for what I would refer to as diet pills. Ummmmm…

At this point I’m going to take the lazy way out and direct you to my rant video itself, embedded below. I was feeling far more loquacious about it when I recorded it.

So, what are your thoughts? What are your feelings about seeing other bloggers promoting products, and have you ever had an experience where you feel someone stepped over the line and put their integrity at risk? And if you are a blogger who deals with brands or advertising, what is your approach? What types of opportunities do you reject on principle?

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I alluded to this above, but I fell ill for the majority of the day yesterday. Familiar abdominal pains plagued me throughout the afternoon and I was miserable. I felt a little feverish, with chills and a spot of nausea. Surprisingly, eating eased the pain temporarily, so I made sure to keep myself fed, but my activity levels were super low. I spent most of the day on the couch covered in a blanket willing myself to feel better. I’m happy to report that it completely passed by the evening.

I dredge this illness up to excuse my lack of “What I Ate” posts for the last two days. Intentions were to catch-up yesterday and then, well, that didn’t work out so now I’m going to catch up and post the photos and menus from Wednesday, Thursday, and today.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18TH, 2014

What I Ate: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Breakfast:
Fried egg with black pepper
Sara Lee Multigrain 45-Calorie Bread
Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese Wedge
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt (I sweetened with Stevia, yuck)
Organic blueberries & strawberries

Lunch:
Baked chicken breast with Frank’s Hot Sauce
Wholly Guacamole Classic
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Snack:
Activia Strawberry Patch Greek Yogurt
Dry-Roasted Unsalted Peanuts
Frozen Green Grapes
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Dinner:
Burrito! made w/baked chicken breast with Fiesta Lime Mrs Dash
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Tillamook Fat-Free Sour Cream
Wholly Guacamole Classic
Pace Restaurant-Style Salsa
Guerrero Large Flour Tortilla
Leafy Green Romaine Salad Mix

Calories: 1479 kcal
Protein: 128g (35%)
Carbs: 138g (38%)
Fat: 44g (27%)
Dietary Fiber: 25g
Sugar: 48g
Sodium: 2134mg
Cholesterol: 335mg
Saturated Fat: 14g

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THURSDAY, JUNE 19TH, 2014

What I Ate: Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs (1 egg, 8 T egg whites) with black pepper & ketchup
Organic strawberries
Sara Lee Multigrain 45-Calorie Bread
Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
Welch’s Natural Grape Jelly
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Lunch:
Baked chicken breast with Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime seasonings
Litehouse Lite Salsa Ranch Dressing
Sugar Snap Peas
Leafy Green Romaine Salad Mix

Sickie Snack:
Banana
Emerald Cinnamon Roast Almonds
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Dinner:
Baked chicken breast with Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime seasonings
Rosarita Fat-Free Refried Beans
Tillamook Fat-Free Sour Cream
Pace Restaurant-Style Salsa
Leafy Green Romaine Salad Mix

Calories: 1078 kcal
Protein: 93g (35%)
Carbs: 106g (40%)
Fat: 29g (25%)
Dietary Fiber: 21g
Sugar: 38g
Sodium: 2109mg
Cholesterol: 309mg
Saturated Fat: 9g
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FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH, 2014

What I Ate: Friday, June 20, 2014

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Breakfast:
Smoothie made with:
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt
Baby Spinach
Organic Blueberries
Banana
Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
ClearFiber supplement
Organic Greens & Reds supplement
Chia seeds

Lunch:
20/20 Lifestyles Chicken Vegetable Pizza (Pro Sports Club bistro)

Snack:
Deli-sliced Roasted Turkey Breast
Cracker Barrel Cheddar Stick made from 2% milk
Kosher Dill Pickle pieces
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Dinner:
Grilled chicken breast seasoned with lime juice & Fiesta Lime Mrs Dash
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
Pace Restaurant-Style Salsa
Wholly Guacamole Classic
Tillamook Fat-Free Sour Cream

Calories: 1235 kcal
Protein: 102g (33%)
Carbs: 134g (44%)
Fat: 31g (23%)
Dietary Fiber: 28g
Sugar: 20g (+ lunch unknown)
Sodium: 2032mg
Cholesterol: 152mg
Saturated Fat: 8g

What I Ate: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

What I Ate: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Breakfast:
Fried egg with black pepper
Sara Lee Multigrain 45-Calorie Bread
Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese Wedge
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt
Organic blueberries
Clover Honey
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Lunch:
Ground 99% lean turkey breast with salt-free seasonings
Red, Green & Yellow bell peppers
Tumaro’s Low-Carb Multigrain tortilla wrap
Laughing Cow Queso Fresco and Chipotle Cheese Wedge
Tillamook Fat Free Sour Cream
Pace Restaurant-Style Salsa
Organic strawberries

Snack:
Trader Joe’s Original Low Sodium Turkey Jerky
Emerald Cinnamon Roast Almonds

Dinner:
Baked chicken breast with Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Wholly Guacamole Classic

Calories: 1145 kcal
Protein: 123g (42%)
Carbs: 94g (32%)
Fat: 33g (25%)
Dietary Fiber: 26g
Sugar: 40g
Sodium: 1940mg
Cholesterol: 318mg
Saturated Fat: 7g

9 Months In… I’ve Given Birth to a Healthy New Me!

Welcome friends! How’s your week going? Mine’s going SO SWELL! Check the video below for my weekly weigh-in/check-in!

Can’t watch right now? I’ve got you covered!

Last week’s weigh-in: 194.0 lbs
This week’s weigh-in: 191.6 lbs
Weight loss this week: 2.4 lbs!
Weight loss total: 80.4 lbs

I’ve officially hit 80 lbs down since August. A mere 20 lbs ’til I’ve lost 100 lbs, WHICH IS CRAY CRAY, YO! As of today, I’ve been on the 20/20 Lifestyles program for nine months, so in the video I joke that it’s like I’ve given birth to a baby – a newborn healthy new me! Bad clichés aside, I’m completely stoked about my success so far and at the moment it’s still full steam ahead.

I have only three trainer appointments left on the program (MEGA SADFACE!), and next week I have all my end-of-program assessments. It’ll all be buttoned up before I leave for vacation to Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia for my birthday the last weekend of June. Hoping to also hear back from a potential employer within the next few days. If I snag this job I interviewed for yesterday I’ll be in super-high spirits for this next phase of my journey.

Hope you get a chance to watch the above video soon!

Also, I was too tired to post my “What I Ate” last night, so here it is!

What I Ate: Monday, June 16, 2014

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Breakfast:
Scrambled eggs (1 egg, 8 T egg whites) with black pepper & ketchup
Organic green grapes & blueberries
Sara Lee Multigrain 45-Calorie Bread
Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
Welch’s Natural Grape Jelly
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Lunch:
Baked chicken breast with Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime seasonings
Tillamook Fat Free Sour Cream
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Pace Restaurant-Style Salsa

Snack:
Activia Strawberry Patch Greek Yogurt

Dinner:
Baked chicken breast with Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime seasonings
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Litehouse Lite Salsa Ranch Dressing

Evening Snack:
Organic green grapes & blueberries
Dry-Roasted Unsalted Peanuts

Calories: 1196 kcal
Protein: 114g (37%)
Carbs: 115g (38%)
Fat: 33g (25%)
Dietary Fiber: 19g
Sugar: 49g
Sodium: 1673mg
Cholesterol: 331mg
Saturated Fat: 11g

What I Ate: Sunday, June 15th, 2014

What I Ate: Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Breakfast:
Blueberry Banana Smoothie including:
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt
Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Baby Spinach
Organic Blueberries
Banana
20/20 Lifestyles Clear Fiber Supplement
20/20 Lifestyles Organic Greens & Reds Supplement
Chia Seeds

Lunch:
20/20 Lifestyles Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Snack:
Trader Joe’s Teriyaki Turkey Jerky
Organic strawberries & blueberries
TruWhip Light Whipped Topping
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Dinner:
Baked chicken breast with Frank’s Hot Sauce & Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime
Wholly Guacamole
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Leafy Green & Romaine Lettuce
Litehouse Light Salsa Ranch Dressing

Calories: 1264 kcal
Protein: 123g (39%)
Carbs: 131g (41%)
Fat: 28g (20%)
Dietary Fiber: 32g
Sugar: 42g (+lunch unknown)
Sodium: 2259mg
Cholesterol: 108mg
Saturated Fat: 10g