March Madness

My kids’ hockey seasons are wrapping up in the next couple of weeks, I’m happy to report, and my son’s soccer winds up this weekend. Looking forward to less driving and more time at home. If I’m totally honest, though, my husband has been shouldering the bulk of the running around for the kids’ activities, so I’m sure he’s going to be ecstatic come March 24th.

Workouts have not been happening for a couple of weeks. I have been totally exhausted (work has been really busy) and have tended to choose more sleep over workouts. On the other hand, my eating has been pretty good, and last week I started using the Lose It app ( and totally love it. I had previously resisted my dietitian’s attempts to get me to food track electronically because I’ve always found anything online to be a pain in the ass (PITA), but this app allows you to scan food labels into your phone and then tracks the nutritional data, to enter your own recipes easily, and is, according to my dietitian, fairly accurate in calorie counts vs. other apps out there. I was already food journaling, but using this tool helped me I was eating plain ol’ too much, even though the food I was eating was generally good for me.

Still making my way through The Book of New Family Traditions (Revised and Updated): How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day and have started Sundae Mondays for the kids. Basically, I’m putting together breakfast sundaes for them every Monday morning so that they have something to look forward to that day. Mondays suck for pretty much everyone, and I’ve definitely noticed that it boosts their moods at the beginning of the week to start out with something fun.

Off to do some yoga before bed. Today was a long, tough day at work and my back needs to decompress.

What are your favourite apps?



My Summer Job and Some Soccer Pics

  • I started my summer job yesterday.  So far, go good, but I miss my kids.  I moved 2 1/2 hours away from home for my job.  The kids will be joining me in a couple weeks though, once they’re done school for the year.
  • Got a 13k run in on the weekend.  My hip and IT band are still iffy.  Definitely have to book in for some physio later this week, once I settle in.
  • Watched 7 soccer games this weekend.  My son had 3; my daughter had 4.

My daughter’s the one in red.

Father and son, getting some snacks.
  • Met with my nutritionist Friday.  It was a productive meeting.  As usual, I took away some tips and got help putting together an action plan to get back to losing, rather than maintaining, weight.  I have to say that it’s a lot easier to stay away from the snacks when I have the structure of a work day.  It’s also a whole lot easier to stay properly hydrated when you can take breaks in drink water.  At school, we typically spend 2-3 hours with one patient, so we don’t really have the chance to take water breaks.
That’s all I’ve got for tonight.  Hope you’re having a good week so far. 🙂

Halloween Indulgences: Mini Chocolate Bars and Zombies


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I have a thing for zombie movies.  Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later (not to be confused with the Sandra Bullock movie 28 Days), Zombieland, Resident Evil – love ’em all.  As I type this, I am watching a new series on AMC called The Walking Dead.  Apropos for Halloween, don’t you think?

So, yes, today is/was Halloween, and I think I must now officially cut myself off from sugar for awhile!  Not sure if it’s the deceptively small size of the mini chocolate bars that makes me thing that it’s not as bad as the full-sized version, or just the fact that I usually don’t have chocolate kicking around my house, but I definitely over-indulged today.  And if I’m being perfectly honest, I’ve been snacking and treating myself a little too frequently lately – not just today.

Near the beginning of October, I met with my nutritionist and talked to her about my lack of  motivation and my inability to focus on weight loss.  With school and family and trying to fit in fitness, I just was lacking the mental energy to focus on weight loss.  So, we decided that I should just focus on maintaining my weight for now.  I still wanted to stick with a healthful diet, but was having a few issues with evening snacking and extra treats, so I set a goal to limit treats to one or two on the weekend and to eat a fruit or vegetable along before an evening snack.

Up until this week, I managed to maintain my weight, but over the past week, my weight has started to creep up, and as of this morning, I was up 1.5 lbs.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my weight loss journey this past year and a half, it’s that if I want to lose weight, I have to be mentally committed to it.  Otherwise, I find myself fitting in those extra snacks and treats and there’s no weight loss.

In the past, I’ve hit a couple of motivation blocks, and I’ve been spurred back into action by weight gain.  This time, though, I’m afraid that I still don’t have the extra motivation I need to get back on track.  I would love to write that, yes, I will resume my usual healthy diet and get in at least 3 workouts per week, but at this moment, I think it would be a hollow promise.

However, being that school is not quite as hectic as it was a couple of weeks ago, I think it’s reasonable for me to commit to the following goals for the week:

1) I will record what I eat at least 4 days this week

2) I will fit in at least 3 workouts this week (Monday – 30 min stationary bike and core, Wednesday – 25 min run and total body workout, Friday – 25 min run)

3) I will limit treats to 2, and only on the weekend (Gotta say, given my recent history, that this one will be tough!  But only for a few days.  Once I get into a groove, it’ll be fine.)

As added motivation, if I meet all of my goals as of the end of next Sunday, I will book myself in for a pedicure ASAP.

Now, I’m gonna get back to the zombies chasing a hot sheriff’s deputy in Atlanta.  Indulging in cheesy zombie films involves fewer calories than mini Kit Kat bars. 🙂

Happy Halloween!

My Weight Story

Me in between having kids, in 2005. Probably around 180 lbs - yikes!

I realized today that I weigh less right now than I did when I got married, which is kind of cool, since I celebrated my 12th anniversary this year.  Is it weird that I remember how much I weighed when I got married?  I also remember how much I weighed at other points in my life, and thought it would be interesting to write them down and see how my weight has changed over the years.

125 lbs September 1993 – high school graduation (for some reason our school used to have the ceremony in September)

118 lbs May 1994 – I met my husband

135 lbs February 1997 – on vacation in Barbados

152 lbs May 1998 – I got married

171 lbs January 2001 – walked the Disney Marathon with Joints in Motion

188 lbs November 2002 – my heaviest ever (not counting pregnancy weight)

163 lbs February 2003 – on vacation in South Africa

164 lbs July 2003 – pre-pregnancy weight

215 lbs April 2004 – my most pregnant

159 lbs May 2008 – before vacation in Italy

163 lbs September 2008 – at the start of my first year of Dentistry

180 lbs May 2009 – after gaining weight my first year of dental school

170 lbs September 2009 – at the start of my second year of Dentistry, when I first started working out with my trainer

168 lbs December 2009 – just before Christmas, when I started working with my nutritionist

At my first triathlon. I was pretty proud of myself - still am!

148 1/2 lbs August 11, 2010 – Sorry, I don’t have a picture from today, but to the left is one from a couple of months ago.  I’ve lost another 5 lbs or so since then.

My target is 130 lbs, which is sort of arbitrary, but puts me into a so-called healthy weight range for my height (5’3″).  I’m thinking it will take me another 18 weeks (1 lb per week) at least to get to this number, and I’m good with that.  At least now I feel like I have the habits to get me there: healthy eating and working out regularly.

Do you remember your weight at any particular point in time?  Do you remember your highest/lowest?  Or do you avoid the scale and go by how you feel and how your clothes fit?

22k tomorrow afternoon.  Wow, have I ever come a long way from running 2 minutes at a time!

P.S. I can’t believe I’m putting my weight out there on the internet.  Feeling bold – haha!

Why I Love My Dietitian

A very pretty kitchen, but not mine. I really like the cookbook holder!

As I said in my post yesterday, I started working with a nutritionist/dietitian back in December 2009.  Since then, I’ve lost almost twenty pounds and have totally overhauled my diet.  Keep in mind that I was also exercising regularly, with coaching from my trainer who helped keep my workouts fresh.  Eating was a big part of my weight loss, but I can’t discount the value of working out.

Of course I am totally happy about the weight loss, because I look better, it’s easier to find clothes, and running is sure a lot easier.  But I’m also really happy knowing that my diet is SO much better now than before, I’m WAY healthier, and I’m passing healthy habits onto my whole family.

What’s Changed?

  • I eat LOTS of veggies now.  It’s a rare day that I don’t have at least four servings.
  • Most of the time we eat lean cuts of meat like chicken, pork tenderloin, and beef tenderloin, meaning less saturated fat and cholesterol making their way through our arteries.
  • There’s a lot more fish in our diet, meaning more omega-3’s.  We average seafood probably once a week, which is much more than the once every two months we used to have it.
  • We eat out far less frequently, and make better choices about where and what we eat.  Yes, I’ve turned into that girl who orders salad 🙂
  • I know what a healthy diet should look like, thanks to my nutritionist.  So, when unexpected circumstances arise, I can adapt my plan to whatever food is available (unless it’s all pizza, wings, and beer – that’s a tricky minefield to negotiate).
  • Healthy starches have found their way into my kitchen.  It’s not just bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice.  We’re talking barley, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and corn.
  • When I’m stressed out with school, I don’t turn to food for comfort anymore.  Well, sometimes I find myself scrounging through the pantry, but not nearly as often as before.  And studying with peanut butter M&Ms is a thing of the past.

So often people have said to me that they would like to lose weight, know what to do to get there, but just don’t do it.  I thought I knew what healthy eating was before, but I think I was wrong.  Sure, I had a very good sense of which foods were healthy and which weren’t, but I didn’t know how to fit healthy eating into my life and what each meal should look like.  Now, I’m very aware of what should be on my plate every time I sit down to eat.  I’m not going to say that I eat perfectly every day, because I still struggle with emotional eating and sometimes chocolate calls, but for the most part, I follow a really healthful diet.

I still meet with my dietitian on a regular basis (we met today, prompting this post).  She answers specific questions I have about food and the emotional side of eating, makes suggestions on how I can improve my diet further, and helps keep me accountable for my food choices.  Sometimes I won’t eat that piece of chocolate because I know I’ll be putting it in my food journal and she’ll read about it – haha!

In short, she’s been an invaluable source of support.  Yes, I’ve had to pay for her services, but I’m sure the time has paid for itself just from eating out less.  And really, I think I’m worth it.