Losing It the Wrong Way

2008/06/08 at 8:14 am | Posted in Health, Life, lifestyle change, weight loss, weight watchers | 2 Comments
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Since last Tuesday evening, I’ve been battling what I believe to be a case of gastroenteritis. The last time I had something like this was shortly after I attended our company’s Christmas party in 2006, where my doctor believed I contracted a virus from the food we had that night.

As a result, and not to get into details, I pretty much can’t keep food in me and constantly need to be hydrated. I have also not exercised since I contracted this and won’t until I feel better. But it’s not like I feel entirely bad; I just don’t want to eat anything and have ill side-effects soon afterwards.

Even though weight has been coming off, it hasn’t been a lot of fun losing it this way.

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Change is Good

2008/06/07 at 7:50 am | Posted in Discipline, Health, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, SimulPost, weight loss, weight watchers | Comments Off on Change is Good
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I came to the conclusion yesterday that, despite being comfortable, it was time to replace a few pairs of pants I’d been wearing.

I got them all as gifts for Christmas last year, and as a matter of fact, many of them didn’t fit when I tried them on. Ann’s mom assured me she kept the receipt in case I wanted to return them.

I told her there was no need for it; I would fit in them soon.

So here it is nearly six months later and those same pants that I could not button are now falling under the category of Fat Guy Pants, or sizes I used to wear. They simply don’t stay up and with a belt; there’s too much excess.

One trip to Old Navy solved that problem, where I purchased at least three new work outfits (XL shirts and size 40 pants). While size 40 may not sound exactly small, chew on this: I was wearing size 48 and I am almost 40. But the two together and it begins to make a little sense.

I have to admit, however, that I was a little disappointed to find that despite dropping 71 lbs. so far, size 38 is still a bit too snug. If I ever When I can fit into a 38, it will be the first time since high school, and that will be ultra-cool.

Gotta run. Have a good weekend, all 🙂

This entry is a SimulPost and can also be read at HolographicMeatloaf

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Hillshire Farm’s Deli Wraps

2008/06/05 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Commentary, Food, Food Review, Health, lifestyle change, weight loss, weight watchers | Comments Off on Hillshire Farm’s Deli Wraps
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Hi again. Here’s the extra post I promised.

When it comes to lunch, I’m pretty fond of the choices that Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones offer. In fact those are about the only two things I eat on a regular basis for lunch, save for the occasional salad or leftovers. If I had to choose, I’d lean towards Smart Ones since they boldly place the Weight Watchers Points Value on the front of the box.

But Ann went to the store yesterday and thought I needed a change, so she bought me a few Hillshire Farm’s Deli Wraps:

Looks tasty, no? Well let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. While I was indeed intrigued by the plastic-box packaging and the attractive picture, I wanted to see what I was getting myself into. So I flipped the thing over for the nutritional information and here’s what I saw:

The nutritional information gives you, the consumer, a virtual cornucopia of dining options. Most notably, you can see a column “with dressing” and “without dressing.” Since the thing is a Southwestern Chicken wrap, it would seem downright silly to eat the thing without dressing so the second column seems pretty useless.

So I figured okay, fine. 260 calories, 14g of fat and 2g of fiber. That’s a nice 6 Point lunch for me. Cool.

But wait! Did you see that those numbers are per serving? Egads. And that there are two of them in there? So then that’s 520 calories, 28g of fat and 4g of fiber for a total of 12 Points.

For comparison purposes, chew on this:

  • McDonald’s hamburger: 250 calories, 9g fat, 2g fiber* = 5 Points
  • McDonald’s small fries: 230 calories, 11g fat, 3g fiber* = 5 Points
  • Total: 480 calories, 20g fat, 5g fiber = 10 Points

You could pretty much order a Happy Meal and save yourself a few Points for the weekend. And when you consider the sodium content (1740mg for the wraps vs. 680mg for the burger and fries), in this case you would actually be better off dining underneath the romantic glow of the Golden Arches!

But the real question is, how did they taste? They were acceptable but not exactly the best thing I’ve ever tried. As the sodium content might indicate, the wraps were extremely salty and the chicken didn’t really look like the real thing. In fact, it seemed too “fleshy” to be chicken. (Sorry, but that was about the only thing I could used to describe it.)

All things considered, I’d rather walk down to the local McDonald’s for lunch and burn off some calories in the process than eat another one of these things. And if you think this is bad, wait until you see the nutritional information on the Turkey and Bacon Club variety. It’s even worse!

What’s my point in all of this? Just because the thing contains chicken and not red meat doesn’t automatically mean it’s better for you. If you’re serious about losing the weight and aren’t already a long-distance runner, you should always read the back of the packaging before buying.

Would I recommend: Yes, but only if you have absolutely no choice. You could just order a hamburger Happy Meal and save yourself 2 Points for the weekend.

*Nutritional information courtesy McDonald’s Web site, June 5, 2008

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Don’t Eat Those Muffins!

2008/05/14 at 10:57 pm | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Food, Health, Life, lifestyle change, Milestone, Uncategorized, Victory, weight loss, weight watchers | 4 Comments
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If you’re watching your weight then for God’s sake, don’t eat those Costco muffins!

Today was Bagel and Muffin Day at work as is every second Wednesday of the month. While the temptation to eat a muffin was indeed great, I opted for the Asiago Cheese bagel and Weight Watchers cream cheese–9 Points total–and a glass of Rice Dream.

The bagels are bought from Noah’s and if you haven’t had them, they are tasty. The muffins, on the other hand, are purchased in bulk from Costco and while they do look mighty tempting, you just gotta say “no” to them.

After returning to my desk I decided to look up the nutritional value of those Kirkland Signature muffins. Here’s what I found out, and I’m glad I passed on them (Weight Watchers Points are in bold):

  • Almond Poppy Muffin (670 cal, 38 g fat, 2g fiber) 16.5
  • Blueberry Muffin (610 cal, 32 g fat, 2 g fiber) 14.5
  • Chocolate Muffin (690 cal, 38 g fat, 3 g fiber) 16.5
  • Orange Cranberry Muffin (690 cal, 38 g fat, 3 g fiber) 16.5
Info courtesy Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone

Wow. Just wow. That’s an average of 665 calories and 36.5g of fat per muffin. At this rate, the fiber content doesn’t even matter. So if you ever come across one of those things, don’t walk away from it–RUN!

And after literally at least a year of sitting in our shed, I dragged the Ab-Lounge out of retirement. You see, we cleaned out our garage last weekend and how have room to park the car in there. I still don’t believe it, either. I think we’re the only ones on the block that can do that.

Anyway, I now have room to use the Ab-Lounge once again and when done, hang it from a hook on the wall. And let me say this: after not using it for a while, it hurts.

Finally, I’m not really sure how to categorize these (as Victories or Milestones). But here’s a few things I’ve noticed lately:

  • My new belt, which I started on the fourth notch, is now up to the sixth notch!
  • My size 42 pants are slowly getting baggy!

That’s about all I got for now. Once again, thanks to all of you who have been reading this and are finding inspiration in my trials and tribulations. Keep on coming back; there’s always something new 🙂

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