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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Week 43

This I didn't feel myself last week. Every day I woke up feeling like I had something missing inside. Total emo mood in affect. I know exactly why I feel this way. Over the last 11 months (wow 11 months!)on this weight loss journey I have realize something. I realize that I am happy with myself. I am happy and at peace with all the decisions that I have made in my life. I feel that I have officially became a well round adult. At the end of my busy day I want to be able to share my knowledge and experience with my husband.....I am going to leave it at that. I don't want to put my dirty laundry out into the blogosphere. Most of the happiness part of this of my journey is dealt with and talked about offline for damage control. Sucks huh?
"When it's good then it's good, it's so good till it goes bad
Till you're trying to find the you that you once had
I have heard myself, "Never again"
Broken in agony, just tryin' find a friend." -P!nk
I am very happy about my weigh loss and healthy living progress. I am happy that I started this blog to share this battle with the fat and mental blocks. I am happy that I have become an inspiration to many people. So much so that a hand full of people I know have joined Weight Watchers. AWESOME! I have been asked tons of times that I should led a Weight Watcher meeting at work. I don't know if I am ready for that responsibility just yet. I am still working on my success story. Watch out Weight Watcher I am going to be a success story in one or many of your publications. Lofty goal huh? I believe in myself.
Last week in Starch Solution land was ok. I still found myself craving coffee. I have yet to break on that one. The smell of meat has yet to make me feel sick. The smell of eggs makes me sick to my stomach. I am still holding strong. The common phrase of the week was, "I can't believe you are still doing that." This is my logic, I am 32 years old six weeks of a diet change is nothing. Plus I am already half way done and I have already lost 8.1 lbs. So it is working! 
There is only one week left until the Five Boro Bike tour and I am so pumped to get on my bike and take on this challenge. I brought Lenny over to my local bike shop to be fitted for new rear brakes and a front brake adjustment. The chain is cleaned and lubed and ready to go. My outfit for the tour is picked out and awesome! This week I am going to be work out so much as possible without over doing it. I will be taking Saturday off to rest. I am going to make sure I go to sleep on time. I am going to try not to do late night blogging. No promises. Here is the tour map.
Today I finally turned on my Wii Fit. I wanted to see how far I had come since the last time I stepped on that thing. It turned out I haven't been on it for 105 days. I lost 9 lbs since then and my Wii Fit Age is....
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 237.9 lbs BMI 36.2 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -0.7 lbs
Change from start: -30.6 lbs 11.40% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -1.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 35 in last week: -1.0in from start: -9.0in
Thigh: 23 in last week: -3.0in from start: -6.5in

Week 43

This I didn't feel myself last week. Every day I woke up feeling like I had something missing inside. Total emo mood in affect. I know exactly why I feel this way. Over the last 11 months (wow 11 months!)on this weight loss journey I have realize something. I realize that I am happy with myself. I am happy and at peace with all the decisions that I have made in my life. I feel that I have officially became a well round adult. At the end of my busy day I want to be able to share my knowledge and experience with my husband.....I am going to leave it at that. I don't want to put my dirty laundry out into the blogosphere. Most of the happiness part of this of my journey is dealt with and talked about offline for damage control. Sucks huh?
"When it's good then it's good, it's so good till it goes bad
Till you're trying to find the you that you once had
I have heard myself, "Never again"
Broken in agony, just tryin' find a friend." -P!nk
I am very happy about my weigh loss and healthy living progress. I am happy that I started this blog to share this battle with the fat and mental blocks. I am happy that I have become an inspiration to many people. So much so that a hand full of people I know have joined Weight Watchers. AWESOME! I have been asked tons of times that I should led a Weight Watcher meeting at work. I don't know if I am ready for that responsibility just yet. I am still working on my success story. Watch out Weight Watcher I am going to be a success story in one or many of your publications. Lofty goal huh? I believe in myself.
Last week in Starch Solution land was ok. I still found myself craving coffee. I have yet to break on that one. The smell of meat has yet to make me feel sick. The smell of eggs makes me sick to my stomach. I am still holding strong. The common phrase of the week was, "I can't believe you are still doing that." This is my logic, I am 32 years old six weeks of a diet change is nothing. Plus I am already half way done and I have already lost 8.1 lbs. So it is working! 
There is only one week left until the Five Boro Bike tour and I am so pumped to get on my bike and take on this challenge. I brought Lenny over to my local bike shop to be fitted for new rear brakes and a front brake adjustment. The chain is cleaned and lubed and ready to go. My outfit for the tour is picked out and awesome! This week I am going to be work out so much as possible without over doing it. I will be taking Saturday off to rest. I am going to make sure I go to sleep on time. I am going to try not to do late night blogging. No promises. Here is the tour map.
Today I finally turned on my Wii Fit. I wanted to see how far I had come since the last time I stepped on that thing. It turned out I haven't been on it for 105 days. I lost 9 lbs since then and my Wii Fit Age is....
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 237.9 lbs BMI 36.2 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -0.7 lbs
Change from start: -30.6 lbs 11.40% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.0 in last week: -0.5in from start: -2.0 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -1.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 35 in last week: -1.0in from start: -9.0in
Thigh: 23 in last week: -3.0in from start: -6.5in

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Coffee Addication

I have had a very long relationship with coffee. I can, in all honesty, drink coffee all day long. It's my vice. It's my addiction. I can remember as a child sitting in my grand mother's yellow kitchen taking sips from a small coffee mug of my grand mother's Cafe Bustelo and milk with crackers on the side. I was very young when I started drinking coffee. I can't remember when I started drinking with my grandmother. My mother would like let me drink coffee at home. I would have to wait until we travelled from the Bronx to Williamsburg, Brooklyn each Sunday to get the chance to drink some of "Mama's Coffee." She wouldn't give to me at every visit but hope that she would.

In high school, I started to really understand the awesomeness that is coffee. Back then I would spoil the coffee with tons of sugar and too much milk. It was like drinking coffee colored milk. Now that I look back...what was I thinking. In the first round of college, coffee was my drink. I travelled to different coffee shops to taste different types of coffees. I love them all. I added less and less milk and sugar to my coffee to really appreciate the taste.

While I was pregnant with all three of my kids I drink coffee. Now as much as in college but enough to calm my addiction. Many times when I walked into a coffee shop the person taking my order would ask me, "Are you should you want a large iced coffee? Don't you want de-caf?" I would give them a stupid look and tell them not to mess with my coffee.

Coffee as been ingrained into my morning routine for what feels like forever. Coffee helps me start my day.

.....

I have been coffee free for three weeks.

I crave coffee even more now. That is all I think about. I feel like a crackhead.

I guess that I fix on coffee because I don't have any animal foods in my diet....I want the one thing that is so totally awesome. I can deal without having my bacon, egg and cheese.

LR-L. told me that after the six weeks I am not going to like coffee anymore. I told her she is wrong.

PJB told me to stop whining about it....so I created a blog post to whine even more about it!

Waaaa!!! I want coffee.

.....

Ok.....I am done. I feel better now. I'm going to stop talking about it.

My Coffee Addication

I have had a very long relationship with coffee. I can, in all honesty, drink coffee all day long. It's my vice. It's my addiction. I can remember as a child sitting in my grand mother's yellow kitchen taking sips from a small coffee mug of my grand mother's Cafe Bustelo and milk with crackers on the side. I was very young when I started drinking coffee. I can't remember when I started drinking with my grandmother. My mother would like let me drink coffee at home. I would have to wait until we travelled from the Bronx to Williamsburg, Brooklyn each Sunday to get the chance to drink some of "Mama's Coffee." She wouldn't give to me at every visit but hope that she would.

In high school, I started to really understand the awesomeness that is coffee. Back then I would spoil the coffee with tons of sugar and too much milk. It was like drinking coffee colored milk. Now that I look back...what was I thinking. In the first round of college, coffee was my drink. I travelled to different coffee shops to taste different types of coffees. I love them all. I added less and less milk and sugar to my coffee to really appreciate the taste.

While I was pregnant with all three of my kids I drink coffee. Now as much as in college but enough to calm my addiction. Many times when I walked into a coffee shop the person taking my order would ask me, "Are you should you want a large iced coffee? Don't you want de-caf?" I would give them a stupid look and tell them not to mess with my coffee.

Coffee as been ingrained into my morning routine for what feels like forever. Coffee helps me start my day.

.....

I have been coffee free for three weeks.

I crave coffee even more now. That is all I think about. I feel like a crackhead.

I guess that I fix on coffee because I don't have any animal foods in my diet....I want the one thing that is so totally awesome. I can deal without having my bacon, egg and cheese.

LR-L. told me that after the six weeks I am not going to like coffee anymore. I told her she is wrong.

PJB told me to stop whining about it....so I created a blog post to whine even more about it!

Waaaa!!! I want coffee.

.....

Ok.....I am done. I feel better now. I'm going to stop talking about it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Finding Motivation Everyday

We all know that dieting works. No matter what type of diet you pick as long as you follow it you will lose weight. The tough part of losing weight is being motivated to do so. It is so easy to do nothing. It is so easy to sit on the sofa and watch TV in the evening then to put in that work out DVD and break a sweat.

Being motivated did not happen for me over night. I struggle with it everyday. It is very easy for me to sit with them laptop or my iPad and decide that I am not going to workout. Blogging is easier then working out. The kids are all asleep and the hubby....he is sleeping like a bear. I can type my thoughts about on blogger and forget that I have another 79 pounds to lose.

What motivates me?

1-Getting closer to my goal. My goal isn't just a number. It's a way of life. I didn't like the way I felt when I was almost 300lbs. I felt depressed that it was hard to find nice clothes to wear. I cried when I went dress shopping for my first USMC ball because I didn't like any of the dresses in my size. I am only 3 dress sizes smaller now and a world of options has opened up for me and I like it. I want to feel comfortable in my skin again.

2-Giving myself propose. This is something that is worth the trouble. It's worth giving myself a propose to do something for myself and no one else.

3-Being accountable to my blog and readers.  My blog makes me accountable for my actions. I don't like posting things about my progress that is not true. If I gained weight I have to break it to my readers. Look I am human just like you are and my success stories is a roller coaster ride. My readers give me encouragement when I am down and are my cheerleaders when I am at my best. I don't want to let them or me down.

4- Signing up for events.  When I signed up for the Tour de Bronx I was motivated to keep moving. I was training for the event. I have signed up for the Five Boro Bike Tour, NYC Century Tour and the Mud Run so for this year. This will keep me on my feet because I don't want to die at any of this events. I want to have fun!

5- Becky, Big and Little Al. They always keep me going. They enjoy watching me workout. They like jumping around with me. They are my biggest cheerleaders!

6- Looking at pictures of heavier me.


January 2008 @ 290lbs

I don't know what motivates you but I suggest you sit back and think about it. It will make your weight loss journey a lot easier.

Finding Motivation Everyday

We all know that dieting works. No matter what type of diet you pick as long as you follow it you will lose weight. The tough part of losing weight is being motivated to do so. It is so easy to do nothing. It is so easy to sit on the sofa and watch TV in the evening then to put in that work out DVD and break a sweat.

Being motivated did not happen for me over night. I struggle with it everyday. It is very easy for me to sit with them laptop or my iPad and decide that I am not going to workout. Blogging is easier then working out. The kids are all asleep and the hubby....he is sleeping like a bear. I can type my thoughts about on blogger and forget that I have another 79 pounds to lose.

What motivates me?

1-Getting closer to my goal. My goal isn't just a number. It's a way of life. I didn't like the way I felt when I was almost 300lbs. I felt depressed that it was hard to find nice clothes to wear. I cried when I went dress shopping for my first USMC ball because I didn't like any of the dresses in my size. I am only 3 dress sizes smaller now and a world of options has opened up for me and I like it. I want to feel comfortable in my skin again.

2-Giving myself propose. This is something that is worth the trouble. It's worth giving myself a propose to do something for myself and no one else.

3-Being accountable to my blog and readers.  My blog makes me accountable for my actions. I don't like posting things about my progress that is not true. If I gained weight I have to break it to my readers. Look I am human just like you are and my success stories is a roller coaster ride. My readers give me encouragement when I am down and are my cheerleaders when I am at my best. I don't want to let them or me down.

4- Signing up for events.  When I signed up for the Tour de Bronx I was motivated to keep moving. I was training for the event. I have signed up for the Five Boro Bike Tour, NYC Century Tour and the Mud Run so for this year. This will keep me on my feet because I don't want to die at any of this events. I want to have fun!

5- Becky, Big and Little Al. They always keep me going. They enjoy watching me workout. They like jumping around with me. They are my biggest cheerleaders!

6- Looking at pictures of heavier me.


January 2008 @ 290lbs

I don't know what motivates you but I suggest you sit back and think about it. It will make your weight loss journey a lot easier.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Week One's Menu of The Starch Solution

I photographed most of week one's menu. I tried to the best of my ability to closly follow The Starch Solution with WW tracking. This was the menu I came up with. This is for my reader, Sharon.
 My first vegan meal. Whole grain rolled oats with soy milk & cinnamon and ginger tea

 Morningstar garden burger with baby spinach, Arnold's Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread, ketchup and grapes and water

 Last meal of my first vegan day. Things went better then I thought they would

 Day 2: Breakfast Farina with Silk soy milk and green tea sweeter used blue agave and a banana.

 Day 2 Lunch. Morningstar Garden Burger on a vegan cinnamon raisin bagel with baby spinach and Green Goodness to drink

 Ready for day 2 dinner? 16 bean soup with rice and baby romaine with lemon juice and water course

 Day 3 Dinner: Remixed 16 bean soup and Rice with Kale garlic and red pepper. Green tea on the side. I had Farina for Breakfast (same as yesterday) and PB&J and grapes for lunch

 Day 4 vegan dinner: Remixed 16 bean soup with tomato and tomato sauce added over garden pasta ...so yummy!

 Day 5: Remixed 16 beans soup in rice and tons of veggies.


Day 6 dinner: Oh so yummy bean papusas topped with cabbage.
Breakfast: Farina of course. Lunch: Morningstar Asia Burger on an everything bagel with Spinach. Snack: Mango and some mixed nuts.


Day 7: I forgot to take a picture of my vegan dinner before I started eating. I had white rice and red beans in sauce with a mountain of veggies.
Breakfast: Rolled Whole Wheat Oats with Silk Soy Milk. Lunch: Morningstar Asia burger with Pico de gallo on wheat bread. Snack: Strawberries and grapes.

Week One's Menu of The Starch Solution

I photographed most of week one's menu. I tried to the best of my ability to closly follow The Starch Solution with WW tracking. This was the menu I came up with. This is for my reader, Sharon.
 My first vegan meal. Whole grain rolled oats with soy milk & cinnamon and ginger tea

 Morningstar garden burger with baby spinach, Arnold's Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread, ketchup and grapes and water

 Last meal of my first vegan day. Things went better then I thought they would

 Day 2: Breakfast Farina with Silk soy milk and green tea sweeter used blue agave and a banana.

 Day 2 Lunch. Morningstar Garden Burger on a vegan cinnamon raisin bagel with baby spinach and Green Goodness to drink

 Ready for day 2 dinner? 16 bean soup with rice and baby romaine with lemon juice and water course

 Day 3 Dinner: Remixed 16 bean soup and Rice with Kale garlic and red pepper. Green tea on the side. I had Farina for Breakfast (same as yesterday) and PB&J and grapes for lunch

 Day 4 vegan dinner: Remixed 16 bean soup with tomato and tomato sauce added over garden pasta ...so yummy!

 Day 5: Remixed 16 beans soup in rice and tons of veggies.


Day 6 dinner: Oh so yummy bean papusas topped with cabbage.
Breakfast: Farina of course. Lunch: Morningstar Asia Burger on an everything bagel with Spinach. Snack: Mango and some mixed nuts.


Day 7: I forgot to take a picture of my vegan dinner before I started eating. I had white rice and red beans in sauce with a mountain of veggies.
Breakfast: Rolled Whole Wheat Oats with Silk Soy Milk. Lunch: Morningstar Asia burger with Pico de gallo on wheat bread. Snack: Strawberries and grapes.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Food Shopping as a Vegan in The Bronx

To start off my week two of "The Starch Solution" aka a vegan diet I went to my local grocery store, C-Town, to buy a week's worth of food. Usually the entire family packs up and goes to our local Western Beef. Western Beef is a larger supermarket comnpared to C-town. They have an AMAZING meat selection. You can pick up a variety of meats at a lower cost. Every time we go there is always a sale or deal on a different type of meat. It's a meat-lovers heaven.

Since it was a very raining day I opted to go food shopping solo. Going solo makes life easier. I don't have to worry about the little ones or what hubby is putting in the cart now. My goal for this trip was to read every food label of the products that I picked up. I restricted what entered my cart but not completely. The family is not on this diet with me so I did place animals foods in the cart.

First things first...produce. Here I picked up the following:
Dole Salad Packs (The ones not recalled)
Spinach
Tomatoes
Baby Carrots
Apples
Snap Peas
Grapes
Strawberries
Green Peppers
Firm Tofu

As a moved passed the produce area picking out things became very difficult. I pick up and read every label. I went passed the dressings and sauces area. I had a hell of a time trying to pick out a salad dressing that did not have egg, milk or honey in it. I picked up Ken's Fat Free Dressing Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. This was the only dressing kind of suitable for the diet. However, it does have high fructose corn syrup. I have to stick the serving size when pouring this dressing out.

When I got to the breads area I know that I could only pick up two things, Arnold's Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread and Thomas New York Style Everything Bagel. The most restricted version of The Starch Solution does say to stay away from breads and bagels. Since I am giving up my coffee I could not give up my bagels....sorry.

I went into the meat section and picked up pork chops, ground beef and pork chops from the meat eaters and I kept it moving. I didn't want to even look at any more meat because then I would want to cook up some bacon for myself. Hmmmm.....bacon! (Drooling)

I walked down the cereal aisle and only picked up rolled oats. Since we were fully stocked up on dry cereals for the kids that was no need for me to stop and look at the other cereals. So I headed directly to the pasta, soups & rice aisle. This was where I needed to slow down. I picked up pasta and read the labels to make sure that it wasn't made with milk or eggs. I picked up Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta. It is not made with milk or eggs but there is an allergy warning. The warning states that the factory that the pasta was made makes with egg products. So there is a small chance that this product came in contact with egg products. I am going to take my chances.

Now the search was on for vegetable stock. There was chicken stock, beef stock, lite chicken with veggies, beef with veggies and chicken with beef. No vegetable! I found vegetable bouillon. I turned it to read the label. It had milk in it! OH COME ON! So I grabbed a bag of dry black beans and I left the aisle disappointed.

Now....why does the peanut butter and jelly have to be located right next to the chocolate chip cookies that were on sale. I took a deep breathe and picked up my PB & J and made a b-line to the dairy section. This section is just cruel. Cheeses as far as the eye can see! I put my blinders on, turned around and putted out frozen veggies from the freeze. In the diary section I picked up:
Silk Soy Milk
Regular Milk for the family
Dole Pina Colada Juice
Orange Juice
Gogurt for the kids.

This trip was a little stressful because of all the no's that are involved in this diet but I felt successful. I saved closed to $70 on my bill by just reading labels. Sweet!

Food Shopping as a Vegan in The Bronx

To start off my week two of "The Starch Solution" aka a vegan diet I went to my local grocery store, C-Town, to buy a week's worth of food. Usually the entire family packs up and goes to our local Western Beef. Western Beef is a larger supermarket comnpared to C-town. They have an AMAZING meat selection. You can pick up a variety of meats at a lower cost. Every time we go there is always a sale or deal on a different type of meat. It's a meat-lovers heaven.

Since it was a very raining day I opted to go food shopping solo. Going solo makes life easier. I don't have to worry about the little ones or what hubby is putting in the cart now. My goal for this trip was to read every food label of the products that I picked up. I restricted what entered my cart but not completely. The family is not on this diet with me so I did place animals foods in the cart.

First things first...produce. Here I picked up the following:
Dole Salad Packs (The ones not recalled)
Spinach
Tomatoes
Baby Carrots
Apples
Snap Peas
Grapes
Strawberries
Green Peppers
Firm Tofu

As a moved passed the produce area picking out things became very difficult. I pick up and read every label. I went passed the dressings and sauces area. I had a hell of a time trying to pick out a salad dressing that did not have egg, milk or honey in it. I picked up Ken's Fat Free Dressing Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. This was the only dressing kind of suitable for the diet. However, it does have high fructose corn syrup. I have to stick the serving size when pouring this dressing out.

When I got to the breads area I know that I could only pick up two things, Arnold's Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread and Thomas New York Style Everything Bagel. The most restricted version of The Starch Solution does say to stay away from breads and bagels. Since I am giving up my coffee I could not give up my bagels....sorry.

I went into the meat section and picked up pork chops, ground beef and pork chops from the meat eaters and I kept it moving. I didn't want to even look at any more meat because then I would want to cook up some bacon for myself. Hmmmm.....bacon! (Drooling)

I walked down the cereal aisle and only picked up rolled oats. Since we were fully stocked up on dry cereals for the kids that was no need for me to stop and look at the other cereals. So I headed directly to the pasta, soups & rice aisle. This was where I needed to slow down. I picked up pasta and read the labels to make sure that it wasn't made with milk or eggs. I picked up Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta. It is not made with milk or eggs but there is an allergy warning. The warning states that the factory that the pasta was made makes with egg products. So there is a small chance that this product came in contact with egg products. I am going to take my chances.

Now the search was on for vegetable stock. There was chicken stock, beef stock, lite chicken with veggies, beef with veggies and chicken with beef. No vegetable! I found vegetable bouillon. I turned it to read the label. It had milk in it! OH COME ON! So I grabbed a bag of dry black beans and I left the aisle disappointed.

Now....why does the peanut butter and jelly have to be located right next to the chocolate chip cookies that were on sale. I took a deep breathe and picked up my PB & J and made a b-line to the dairy section. This section is just cruel. Cheeses as far as the eye can see! I put my blinders on, turned around and putted out frozen veggies from the freeze. In the diary section I picked up:
Silk Soy Milk
Regular Milk for the family
Dole Pina Colada Juice
Orange Juice
Gogurt for the kids.

This trip was a little stressful because of all the no's that are involved in this diet but I felt successful. I saved closed to $70 on my bill by just reading labels. Sweet!

Big & Little Al and their Grandpa

After spending some time with my dad on City Island, I realized some things about my dad's relationship with his grandchildren, all six of them. My dad is always their for all events. He has attended each and every graduation since Dominick's (the oldest grandchild) first "graduation" back in 2003. Every birth, birthday, party and/or show he is there. If anyone says that he never attends anything they are just big fat liars.

Grandpa and Big & Little Al
I also to realize that my dad is Big & Little Al's only grandparent that they know. Big Bea is very lucky that her father's grandparents are very involved in the upbringing of her. They share all of their family traditions with her. She has even travel with them and her Titi Martiza.

Big & Little Al only have their grandpa. It's a great relationship they have. My dad and Big Al both speak mumble. So are able to understand each to the best of their abilities. Little Al loves to just hang off of him like the little monkey that she is.

The other grandparents have made their decisions not to be as involved in Big & Little Al's world. It does piss me off to no end especially since two of three other live in NYC!

Well....I guess that means that Grandpa is going to have more time with Big & Little Al.

Week 42


My favorite coffee stained mug with
Black Cherry Berry tea in it.
Hello week two of The Starch Solution diet aka a strict vegan diet. I didn't lose as much as I did the first week. I did lose 1.6 pounds. I stuck to the diet the entire week. The common question for the week was "Have you cheated?" I can proudly say that no I have not cheated! I did eat out to City Island on Saturday but stuck to the diet. I did want to rip cups of coffee out of the hands of my co-workers and drink the coffee goodness. I didn't. I was very close to getting some D&D after work on Tuesday because I was really jonesing for some Iced Coffee because the weather was so awesome. Again...I didn't. I could give in and buy a coffee alternative called Teeccino. It's an herbal De-caf coffee. It's suppose to help with weaning off of coffee and caffeine withdrawals. If it's not real coffee I don't want it in my body period! I guess shutting myself off to it was be bad. If any of my readers have tasted this coffee let me know how it is.
On Friday I was at my local Rite Aid searching in the tea selection for something that was good enough to help me get over withdrawal because my green tea was not cutting it. I found a box of Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler. When I brought it I was really hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed. I post the picture onto Facebook and a few friends said that it was an awesome sampler. I brewed a cup of the Black Cherry Berry tea.... I was blown away! The taste made my taste buds uber happy. The smell of the tea woke me up. This tea is also great chilled. Celestial for the win!

As the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is getting closer I have been being getting more and more excited and nervous. Very close to the nervousness I had the night before the Tour de Bronx. This week it sunk in that I this tour is right around the corner. I was working out prior to week 41 but with no motivation. Last week I pushed myself very hard. I was a sweaty monkey after each workout. I earned 27 WW activity points of intentional exercise for week 41.

Friday night date with my Boot Camp DVD
I wish that it wasn't raining today. Sundays are normally my long distance ride days. I am able to take out few hours of my busy mommy schedule and set it aside for riding Lenny. I hope that next Sunday is a good weather day so that I can push towards a 40 mile ride before the big day.

I am going to make this week AWESOME!
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 238.6 lbs BMI 36.3 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -1.6 lbs
Change from start: -29.9 lbs 11.14% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: 0.0in from start: -1.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -1.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 36 in last week: -1.0in from start: -8.0in <~~~~SAY WHAT!?!
Thigh: 26 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in

This week's goals:
1- Earn 38 WW acivity points
2- Ride at least 60 miles this week on my bike and/or stationary bike
3- NO COFFEE! Not even thoughts of it! Enjoy lots of unsweeted teas.

Week 42


My favorite coffee stained mug with
Black Cherry Berry tea in it.
Hello week two of The Starch Solution diet aka a strict vegan diet. I didn't lose as much as I did the first week. I did lose 1.6 pounds. I stuck to the diet the entire week. The common question for the week was "Have you cheated?" I can proudly say that no I have not cheated! I did eat out to City Island on Saturday but stuck to the diet. I did want to rip cups of coffee out of the hands of my co-workers and drink the coffee goodness. I didn't. I was very close to getting some D&D after work on Tuesday because I was really jonesing for some Iced Coffee because the weather was so awesome. Again...I didn't. I could give in and buy a coffee alternative called Teeccino. It's an herbal De-caf coffee. It's suppose to help with weaning off of coffee and caffeine withdrawals. If it's not real coffee I don't want it in my body period! I guess shutting myself off to it was be bad. If any of my readers have tasted this coffee let me know how it is.
On Friday I was at my local Rite Aid searching in the tea selection for something that was good enough to help me get over withdrawal because my green tea was not cutting it. I found a box of Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler. When I brought it I was really hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed. I post the picture onto Facebook and a few friends said that it was an awesome sampler. I brewed a cup of the Black Cherry Berry tea.... I was blown away! The taste made my taste buds uber happy. The smell of the tea woke me up. This tea is also great chilled. Celestial for the win!

As the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is getting closer I have been being getting more and more excited and nervous. Very close to the nervousness I had the night before the Tour de Bronx. This week it sunk in that I this tour is right around the corner. I was working out prior to week 41 but with no motivation. Last week I pushed myself very hard. I was a sweaty monkey after each workout. I earned 27 WW activity points of intentional exercise for week 41.

Friday night date with my Boot Camp DVD
I wish that it wasn't raining today. Sundays are normally my long distance ride days. I am able to take out few hours of my busy mommy schedule and set it aside for riding Lenny. I hope that next Sunday is a good weather day so that I can push towards a 40 mile ride before the big day.

I am going to make this week AWESOME!
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 238.6 lbs BMI 36.3 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -1.6 lbs
Change from start: -29.9 lbs 11.14% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: 0.0in from start: -1.5 in
Hips: 45 in last week: -1.0in from start: -4.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 36 in last week: -1.0in from start: -8.0in <~~~~SAY WHAT!?!
Thigh: 26 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in

This week's goals:
1- Earn 38 WW acivity points
2- Ride at least 60 miles this week on my bike and/or stationary bike
3- NO COFFEE! Not even thoughts of it! Enjoy lots of unsweeted teas.

Eating Vegan On City Island

Yes...I tried to eat vegan on City Island. I was "successful" but I don't feel successful. So how did I end up in a restaurant on City Island during the time I am suppose to be on a very strict diet? My dad wanted to take me out to eat as a belated birthday gift. Normally, I say no to him because I am very busy. Some thing that he doesn't understand sometimes. I finally said yes to him. I thought it would be nice to go out with him and the kids to someplace he rarely goes. It was also a challenge because of my vegan diet. My parents raised my sister and I with the notion that special occasions are celebrated with food, and lots of it. I pretty much lived most of my adult life with the same way of thinking. That's part of the reason why I packed on 100 pounds of excess weight. The place we went out to eat were not the healthiest. Almost everyone was deep fried. If it wasn't deep fried it was enough food on my plate to feed the whole family.

Granpa and Big & Little Al enjoying the view of the birds.
I tried explaining to my dad what kind of diet I am on and why....he looked me and said, "No fish either....no you can have fish." He said I didn't have to do that diet. He suggested some pills that takes out the excess water from the body. No thanks.

When travelled to City Island. When we arrived to the restaurant I could smell the oil from the fryers. I started to feel sick from the smell. I have made all my meals for the passed two weeks in my own kitchen. NO take out or restaurants. I felt this wasn't going to be good. I had to stick to my guns. I ordered my dads, hubby and kids foods. It took me five minutes to find something edible on the menu. I looked and looked. Everything was either fried or an animal. I found a meal with seafood over pasta. The seafood did touch the pasta but I wasn't eating it. Big Al, my son, ate all the shrimps. I bagged the lobster and crab legs quickly. As I was eating the pasta I noticed that there was added oil in the garlic sauce. I did the best I could to get pool of oil away from my pasta but I think oil was added to the water the pasta was boiled in. It wasn't made with seafood thank God!

The garlic sauce created excess gas and an unpleasant time in the bathroom. My digestion track was used to the foods that I have been creating in my kitchen. This was a valuable lesson learned. No one can cook for me during this diet trail in order for my digestive track to be happy. The only another option I have is to visit a vegan restaurant and there are none in my neighborhood. I will have to be one with my kitchen for the next four weeks.

My gut and wallet will thank me.

Eating Vegan On City Island

Yes...I tried to eat vegan on City Island. I was "successful" but I don't feel successful. So how did I end up in a restaurant on City Island during the time I am suppose to be on a very strict diet? My dad wanted to take me out to eat as a belated birthday gift. Normally, I say no to him because I am very busy. Some thing that he doesn't understand sometimes. I finally said yes to him. I thought it would be nice to go out with him and the kids to someplace he rarely goes. It was also a challenge because of my vegan diet. My parents raised my sister and I with the notion that special occasions are celebrated with food, and lots of it. I pretty much lived most of my adult life with the same way of thinking. That's part of the reason why I packed on 100 pounds of excess weight. The place we went out to eat were not the healthiest. Almost everyone was deep fried. If it wasn't deep fried it was enough food on my plate to feed the whole family.

Granpa and Big & Little Al enjoying the view of the birds.
I tried explaining to my dad what kind of diet I am on and why....he looked me and said, "No fish either....no you can have fish." He said I didn't have to do that diet. He suggested some pills that takes out the excess water from the body. No thanks.

When travelled to City Island. When we arrived to the restaurant I could smell the oil from the fryers. I started to feel sick from the smell. I have made all my meals for the passed two weeks in my own kitchen. NO take out or restaurants. I felt this wasn't going to be good. I had to stick to my guns. I ordered my dads, hubby and kids foods. It took me five minutes to find something edible on the menu. I looked and looked. Everything was either fried or an animal. I found a meal with seafood over pasta. The seafood did touch the pasta but I wasn't eating it. Big Al, my son, ate all the shrimps. I bagged the lobster and crab legs quickly. As I was eating the pasta I noticed that there was added oil in the garlic sauce. I did the best I could to get pool of oil away from my pasta but I think oil was added to the water the pasta was boiled in. It wasn't made with seafood thank God!

The garlic sauce created excess gas and an unpleasant time in the bathroom. My digestion track was used to the foods that I have been creating in my kitchen. This was a valuable lesson learned. No one can cook for me during this diet trail in order for my digestive track to be happy. The only another option I have is to visit a vegan restaurant and there are none in my neighborhood. I will have to be one with my kitchen for the next four weeks.

My gut and wallet will thank me.

Monday, April 16, 2012

TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2012 Part 2: 19 Days To Go

19 days until I ride the Five Boro Bike Tour. I am nervous as HECK! This will be the longest distance I have ever rode on Lenny. I do plan on riding 40 miles straight prior to the tour. I only have two weekends before the tour so that ride will be very soon. I have been riding my bike as much as I can with my schedule mommy life. I workout on my stationary bike once that kids are asleep. I am working on my speed.

What worries me the most about the tour are my knees. Since high school I have had major issues with my right knee. I had a catcher fell on to my knee when sliding into home and she was not light. That experience plus the extra 80 pounds I am carrying around my knee isn't the nicest body part. I don't want to push myself too hard and hurt my knee. I have been working on leg strength so that I can to avoid injury.

I know I am going to be successful. I have to stop listening to that little voice in the back of my head that is a Debby Downer. BRING ON THE TOUR!!

PS: My husband will be enjoying me on this tour.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour 2012 Part 2: 19 Days To Go

19 days until I ride the Five Boro Bike Tour. I am nervous as HECK! This will be the longest distance I have ever rode on Lenny. I do plan on riding 40 miles straight prior to the tour. I only have two weekends before the tour so that ride will be very soon. I have been riding my bike as much as I can with my schedule mommy life. I workout on my stationary bike once that kids are asleep. I am working on my speed.

What worries me the most about the tour are my knees. Since high school I have had major issues with my right knee. I had a catcher fell on to my knee when sliding into home and she was not light. That experience plus the extra 80 pounds I am carrying around my knee isn't the nicest body part. I don't want to push myself too hard and hurt my knee. I have been working on leg strength so that I can to avoid injury.

I know I am going to be successful. I have to stop listening to that little voice in the back of my head that is a Debby Downer. BRING ON THE TOUR!!

PS: My husband will be enjoying me on this tour.

Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run 2012 Part 1: The Sign Up.

I did it! I signed up for the Merell Down & Dirty National Mad and Obstacle Series. The series makes it way to the Bronx every fall. I had seen something about on the Travel Channel some time ago. I really don't remember how long ago. I rediscovered the series when I discovered Sheryl Yvette's blog. When I discovered it, it was formerly known as Bitch Cakes. I read the her post when she participated in the series in 2010. I wanted to badly to sign up last year but many things held me back from it. When Sheryl posted the awesome time she had during the 2011 series I was hooked. I knew I need to sign up for 2012. I kept checking the site and second guessing myself. Last Friday.....I stopped second guessing myself. I signed up! I signed up for the 5k. I can't not wait until September is here. I hope to sign up a bunch of friends to join me, if not I'll be doing this adventure lone. WOOT WOOT!

PS: This will be my first 5k run!

Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run 2012 Part 1: The Sign Up.

I did it! I signed up for the Merell Down & Dirty National Mad and Obstacle Series. The series makes it way to the Bronx every fall. I had seen something about on the Travel Channel some time ago. I really don't remember how long ago. I rediscovered the series when I discovered Sheryl Yvette's blog. When I discovered it, it was formerly known as Bitch Cakes. I read the her post when she participated in the series in 2010. I wanted to badly to sign up last year but many things held me back from it. When Sheryl posted the awesome time she had during the 2011 series I was hooked. I knew I need to sign up for 2012. I kept checking the site and second guessing myself. Last Friday.....I stopped second guessing myself. I signed up! I signed up for the 5k. I can't not wait until September is here. I hope to sign up a bunch of friends to join me, if not I'll be doing this adventure lone. WOOT WOOT!

PS: This will be my first 5k run!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 41

Hello week 41! This week is going to be very difficult. As you know, I have started a no animals foods diet. This is my 8th day being on the diet and it's been generally ok. The only problem that I am running into is the lack of coffee in my life. My coffee demons are surfacing and it's not pretty. No amount of non-black teas in the world can replace my love with coffee. Once the remaining five weeks of this program is over I am going to have a coffee party.
Week 40 was pretty easy because I was on Spring Recess from work. I was able to think about the selections I have to make. When it comes to cooking I have been pretty much been on auto pilot for some time now. I select a meat and create a meal around it. I have all my family recipes in my head and I create. With The Starch Solution I have to stop and think is this product that I have been using forever a no-no. Many people find this very difficult. I like the change. It makes my meals more exciting...at least I'd like to think so. 
However, shopping for different foods is very difficult. The selections for non animal foods and low processed foods is very small in my neighborhood. I live in Little Italy of The Bronx. This is cheese, pasta and pantry heaven! I live around the corner of Artuso Pastry Shop. So yummy and the diet killer. I could spend all day in that shop trying out a new treat. Another temptations that kept resurfacing is my love for Dunkin Donuts. I love the high calorie iced drinks. The weather is perfect for it. I have stayed clear of all D&D. It's terrible that there is one located across the street of the gym. I also live between two of them! I have to go back to the summer plan and stay away from D&D. The drinks are liquid gold and go straight to the gut.
In week 40 was able to successfully not eat any meals created outside of my own kitchen. That's right one week with NO take out! This is a big change for me because I order take out at least once a week. The diet change also helped me lost 5.8 pounds this week. Weight Watchers was mad at me when I logged in my weight today. It's too much weight loss in one week. I think it is pretty awesome.
Going back to work this week is going to be the real test of my will power. It's so easy to eat the wrong things at work. My plan for snacking on the wrong things is to bring the right snacks with me. Fresh fruit and Larabars is going to be the snacks for the week. Another plus for this week is I no longer work after school. That frees up my mid-week evenings and makes it less likely for me to order take out. I have yet to find a take out place that meets the requirements of this diet. The diet does state no take out. To achieve maximum weigh loss on the McDougall diet you must this more restricted version of the Starch Solution:
"-Increase the amount of non starchy green, yellow, and orange vegetable you eat to one-third to one-half of the food on your plate.
-Fill the remainder of your plate with starch.
-Avoid all simple sugars, including dried fruits and juices.
-Keep fresh fruits to one or two a day.
-Avoid flours and flours products, including breads, bagels and pastas.
-Steer clear of all high-fat plant foods, such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and soy-based foods.
-Eat many small meals a day rather then one or two large ones.
-Eat a simple meal plan, like sweet potatoes and broccoli or beans and rice with a nonstrarchy vegetable. Greater variety results in more food consumed.
-Don't eat out at restaurants.
-Exercise more frequently to burn more calories and to tame an overactive appetite." (McDougall, J. The Starch Solution. 2012, p216.)
When just reading this part you would think this diet is CRAZY! Remember this is the MOST restricted version of the diet. I am going to try to follow the most restricted plan but I am sure that I am going to at the no bagels part for sure.
Let's see what week 41 has to offer.
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 240.2 lbs BMI 36.5 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -5.8 lbs
Change from start: -28.3 lbs 10.54% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: 0.0in from start: -1.5 in
Hips: 46 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 37 in last week: -5.0in from start: -7.0in <~~~~SAY WHAT!?!
Thigh: 26 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in

Week 41

Hello week 41! This week is going to be very difficult. As you know, I have started a no animals foods diet. This is my 8th day being on the diet and it's been generally ok. The only problem that I am running into is the lack of coffee in my life. My coffee demons are surfacing and it's not pretty. No amount of non-black teas in the world can replace my love with coffee. Once the remaining five weeks of this program is over I am going to have a coffee party.
 
Week 40 was pretty easy because I was on Spring Recess from work. I was able to think about the selections I have to make. When it comes to cooking I have been pretty much been on auto pilot for some time now. I select a meat and create a meal around it. I have all my family recipes in my head and I create. With The Starch Solution I have to stop and think is this product that I have been using forever a no-no. Many people find this very difficult. I like the change. It makes my meals more exciting...at least I'd like to think so. 
 
However, shopping for different foods is very difficult. The selections for non animal foods and low processed foods is very small in my neighborhood. I live in Little Italy of The Bronx. This is cheese, pasta and pantry heaven! I live around the corner of Artuso Pastry Shop. So yummy and the diet killer. I could spend all day in that shop trying out a new treat. Another temptations that kept resurfacing is my love for Dunkin Donuts. I love the high calorie iced drinks. The weather is perfect for it. I have stayed clear of all D&D. It's terrible that there is one located across the street of the gym. I also live between two of them! I have to go back to the summer plan and stay away from D&D. The drinks are liquid gold and go straight to the gut.
 
In week 40 was able to successfully not eat any meals created outside of my own kitchen. That's right one week with NO take out! This is a big change for me because I order take out at least once a week. The diet change also helped me lost 5.8 pounds this week. Weight Watchers was mad at me when I logged in my weight today. It's too much weight loss in one week. I think it is pretty awesome.
 
Going back to work this week is going to be the real test of my will power. It's so easy to eat the wrong things at work. My plan for snacking on the wrong things is to bring the right snacks with me. Fresh fruit and Larabars is going to be the snacks for the week. Another plus for this week is I no longer work after school. That frees up my mid-week evenings and makes it less likely for me to order take out. I have yet to find a take out place that meets the requirements of this diet. The diet does state no take out. To achieve maximum weigh loss on the McDougall diet you must this more restricted version of the Starch Solution:
 
"-Increase the amount of non starchy green, yellow, and orange vegetable you eat to one-third to one-half of the food on your plate.
 
-Fill the remainder of your plate with starch.
 
-Avoid all simple sugars, including dried fruits and juices.
 
-Keep fresh fruits to one or two a day.
 
-Avoid flours and flours products, including breads, bagels and pastas.
 
-Steer clear of all high-fat plant foods, such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and soy-based foods.
 
-Eat many small meals a day rather then one or two large ones.
 
-Eat a simple meal plan, like sweet potatoes and broccoli or beans and rice with a nonstrarchy vegetable. Greater variety results in more food consumed.
 
-Don't eat out at restaurants.
 
-Exercise more frequently to burn more calories and to tame an overactive appetite." (McDougall, J. The Starch Solution. 2012, p216.)
 
When just reading this part you would think this diet is CRAZY! Remember this is the MOST restricted version of the diet. I am going to try to follow the most restricted plan but I am sure that I am going to at the no bagels part for sure.
 
Let's see what week 41 has to offer.
 
Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2
This week's weight is: 240.2 lbs BMI 36.5 kg/m^2
Change since last week:  -5.8 lbs
Change from start: -28.3 lbs 10.54% lost

Measurements:
Arms: 14.5 in last week: 0.0in from start: -1.5 in
Hips: 46 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5 in
Bust: 46in last week: 0.0in from start: -2.0 in
Waist: 37 in last week: -5.0in from start: -7.0in <~~~~SAY WHAT!?!
Thigh: 26 in last week: 0.0in from start: -3.5in