Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weigh-In 10/24/12

Well not super exciting this passed week on weight loss but I did loose 1 pound and that's better than nothing, and the important thing is I didn't gain anything.  In fact the only reason for the 1 pound loss is due to the Chinese restaurant I ate at 2 weeks ago catching up to me.  Bummer, but still lost a pound.

This week wasn't too good either, tried to be really good but went out to dinner with friends and we went to sushi.  I tried to order something I could have, did pretty good until the Sashimi eel came out drenched in Terriyaki sauce, why must you add sauce to everything!!!  It didn't say it came with sauce so when it showed up I was super disappointed.  But I did eat the Riceless Maki - Salmon, Fish Roe wrapped in a Daikon Radish, mmmm so good.
Later that night we went to a Karaoke Bar, and to work up the nerve to go up I had to have a drink, so there it was I drank the Vodka and Seltzer and finally went up to sing, had a blast!  I did not order another drink though.  This was not a planned cheat but I know I'll be paying for this next week - errgh!  I figured after eating the Terriyaki sauced eel a Vodka wouldn't do too much damage since once you eat one thing that's not on the plan and eat another it just sets you back the same amount of time, so the sauce set me back 3 days, so the vodka would also set me back the same amount of time, it was 3 days no matter what I did.  Now if I had cheated all weekend (which I did not), then we are talking more than 3 days to get back on track and more like 1 week.

So we shall see what happens this week.

As promised a recipe to share: Cinnamon Salted Pork Chops, yummm!

Put broiler on Low or High, or turn on the Grill to medium heat, put the pork chops on foil, sprinkle Real Salt on them and then sprinkle as much or as little cinnamon on them, put in oven for 7 to 10 minutes each side or until cooked through, and you are done.

Compliment with some Cinnamon Asparagus, prepared in pan or in oven at 350 degrees, or low broiler.  A truly guilt free savory sweet meal for anyone who loves cinnamony goodness.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Weigh-ins 10/10 and 10/17/12

Sorry for the delay, life has been getting in the way of posting weekly.  I'll go over my last 2 weigh-ins on this post. 

For 10/10/12 weigh-in: I remained the same weight at 170 because my cheat weekends finally caught up to me, I was super good that week too, and it was such a bummer to step on the scale only to have it read you didn't move.  But I have to remember that any time I don't gain weight, that is a Win situation, even though the numbers didn't go down.

For 10/17/12 weigh in, this week I got way better news, I lost a whopping 5.5 pounds this week!!!!   And 1" off my hips. I also can fit into my Paige jeans, which I have never been able to wear! Paige jeans if you are a fashion person are really popular skinny jeans, they look pretty bulky on me in the legs but the jeans fit around my waist, which is crazy!! I never thought I would fit in these, but I do and now I'm going to bypass them and go into a size 8.  The Paige jeans are a size 10, I can't believe I'm a size 10.  I really don't remember the last time I was 164 pounds, I think maybe my early twenties....

This passed weekend I ended up eating something I know was not on the diet plan, we went out for my father-in-law's birthday to Dim Sum and it is usually good when you aren't on a diet.  I ended up picking at most things, eating the things I could and leaving the scraps behind that I couldn't.  I was able to eat mushrooms though.  I also tried to be good and got scallops and chines broccoli and what happened...they poured sauce all over it even though the description didn't say there was a sauce.  The sauce was good but not on the plan.  I'm pretty sure I will be paying for this next week.  It really is so hard to eat out with a big group, your hungry, you don't want to be rude, so you try to pick a healthy dish and then you can't eat it, you weigh your options, should I? maybe not? And if you follow the plan the rest of the time you should be ok.

In the next upcoming posts I will be posting some ideas on how to spruce up the flavor in your foods.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hallelujah for $6.99 jeans!!

When you are transitioning from size to size, nothing can be more frustrating than finding a new pair of jeans or pants to wear every 2 to 3 weeks, right?  Not to mention all the other clothes that don't fit.  But you don't want to spend $30 or more on good looking pair of jeans that will only last a few weeks, so here are a few of my favorite shops to shop for under $20 jeans:

C.T. Outfitters in Scituate, MA
365 Gannett Rd
They have a wide selection of American Eagle, Gap and Eddie Bauer jeans for under $18, if you go on sale days they drop as much as $10 per pair of jeans.
They also have a lot of sweaters, tops, dresses, shorts and other pants there for Under $20, I've gotten $5 to $10 tops there, the last time I was there I got a dress for $1!!!  There was a $1 bin with a lot of other items in it too.
All your favorite brands - Urban Outfitters, Gap, American Eagle, Old Navy, and many others for less than the stores charge you.

Quarterdeck in Scituate, MA
206 Front Street

They have a lot of different things in here, and a little bit of clothes.  The clothes they do have are reasonably priced under $20, they have dresses, some pants, skirts, tops and sweatshirts.  Every item is different and they get new stuff in every week, so if you don't find something that week try again in 2 weeks or so.

I myself have placed a review on the link above but there are other reviews you can find if you simply put in: Quarterdeck Scituate, MA via a search engine.

Charlotte Russe
Pretty much in any mall

You might have to wait till you are down in a size 16, but when you are there and are still transitioning from one size to the next go to Charlotte Russe for great sales.  They have tops for $5, $10, and $15, underwear for .99 cents to $3.99, bras for $10 to $15 (great for transitioning, don't have to spend a lot on a bra that will only be worn for 2 weeks or so).  Jeans for $20, other pants for $10 to $15, good stuff.
I went in there 2 weekends ago for a $6.99 sale, couldn't believe it, found some good stuff.

Last but certainly not least - Thrift Store - Salvation Army in Hanover, MA
936 Washington Street

I go passed this store all the time and decided to check it out last night on the way home from Boston, I was pleasantly surprised at the selection of clothes, quite a lot there.  I found pants and tops for under $8, then I found the jeans, I got 2 pairs 1 for $5.99 and 1 for $6.99, what a deal!  This is the go to place for transition clothes when your wallet is tight.  Those jeans should last me a month before I need to switch to another size at which point I will be stopping back in.
If you happen to read this before Columbus Day, October 8th - stop in, they are having a 50% off everything in the store sale, you'll want to attend!

Some other stores to consider -
Old Navy, Target, K-Mart, Kohl's (only sale days), and of course yard sales!!

Hope you found this to be informative, and if you have a favorite place be sure to share it.  I would love to hear about it.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Information Seminar on Ideal Protein available

Anyone who is interested in getting more information on the Devi Center and the diet program: Ideal Protein - there is a 6:30pm complimentary seminar on Wednesday nights at the Devi Center in Weymouth, Ma for people who are interested in learning more. No commitment is needed to attend, just simply if you have questions then you can come to the seminar to see if this program would work well for you. 

If your interested in going here is the link for the address:
The $100 off your consultation deal is still going on, maybe today will be the day you decide to change your life for a new healthier you, and maybe it won't be but I have given you all the information you need to see if it might be for you, so it is completely up to you what you choose to do. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Birthday Weekend/Weigh-In

Birthday Weekend

So this weekend I went a bit nuts on the cheating, but its my birthday and I have been so good.  The last weekend at my friend's wedding was the first time I had cheated in 2 months, that is a long time to wait to cheat on your diet.  But I don't cheat often because I like to plan it in advance and leave it for special occasions. 

This weekend we went to Plymouth to the Wine Cellar, really good place by the way I recommend them when you are planning a cheat or when you are off the diet, because there is nothing there you can eat when you are on the diet except for their salads with no dressing.  the Wine Cellar below 42 degrees North
They are great spot to go to for some fun or a romantic date, and you get to listen to live music, it is not overpowering music, just a couple of guitarists and some singing.  Great place to relax!  So it being a wine, tapas, and dessert restaurant you can imagine what I consumed when I was there.

Saturday we went to Newport, RI and did the Servant Life Tour at the Elms, a really cool tour by the way, got to see the basement of the mansion, got to see how many stairs the servants climbed up and down to distribute items to guests etc, got to see their quarters, and the roof (which is not the roof you see below by the way, the servant's quarters are hidden well).  That evening we went to Thai food, love Thai but hardly anything I can eat there so I tried to be good even though I ate 2 items not my diet.

Sunday I was good for most of the day, but then ended my actual birthday day with 2 slices of cheese pizza and a red velvet cupcake, yumm.  Normally I would get a cake but since I'm on a diet I didn't want to get carried away so I just wanted a cupcake to satisfy me, however we could only get 6 cupcakes rather than just one at the grocery store, so we took them home.
We went to the mall Sunday to spend birthday money on clothes, I was only going through the mall for 2 stores but I walked passed Charlotte Russe a store I had had my eyes on for years but could never fit into their clothes.  I spent at least 45 minutes in there, I found a lot of stuff I liked and went home with 2 camis, a lace shirt, and some new underwear which I desperately needed because I am too small for anything in my closet and drawers.

I was supposed to get back on track on Monday but there the cupcakes were in the fridge staring me in the face, the only thing I really hate about cheating is the cravings afterwards, when you are trying to be good!  So what did I do, I put my son down for his nap and ate a cupcake, and then hated myself afterwards.


So today (Wednesday), I walked into my weigh-in dreading it, knowing I probably gained or stayed the same, but most likely gained.  But to my surprise I lost 2 pounds and an inch in my hips, which my Dr told me that it was because I was following the plan for some parts of the weekend but then would substitute my ideal protein meals for regular food some other times of the day. 
So I am now at 170, and 1 pound away from losing a total of 60 pounds on this diet!  I'm also 1 pound away from being in the 160's which I really can't remember the last time I was that weight.


Don't make it a regular thing to cheat, just follow the diet.  Doing the diet half way and then cheating is not the way to do it on a regular basis.  It is important to plan your cheat if you are going to, we're human and we are going to cheat on our diets but not as often because we want the change in our lives.
I will tell you once you cheat it is so hard to get rid of those cravings for sugar, so if you are going to plan a cheat just remember you can get right back on that train of losing once again, you don't have to say "it's over, what's the point", because on this diet, you can redeem yourself in 3 days and your right back on track, you just have to fight off those cravings to get back on board.

Until next week...

Weigh-In 9/27/12

Weigh-in this week 2.8 pounds lost and no change in measurements. 

But not bad for the slight cheating I did over the weekend at my friend's wedding.  Open bar was there, how could I resist, so I ordered a vodka with seltzer water (not tonic, too many calories), had 2 bites of cake, and unfortunately had to eat the Chicken Marsala, because I was starving and despite what might be in the sauce I ate it anyways, but I was good the rest of the weekend so that's probably why I lost 2.8 pounds.  Those cheats cost me .2 pounds, but that's okay, I just got back on the wagon this week and I'm feeling good.

This weekend however could be a loss or I could stay the same, its my birthday and I do plan on cheating, but I also plan on following the diet as best I can as well.

As promised here are the pictures of me in the dress I wore to my friend's wedding:

See how happy I am!  Excuse my dirty house by the way.  I tell you searching for dresses was a blast last week, Marshall's is the go to place for good deals on dresses.