Sunday, May 31, 2009

Protein Power!

I kept a food diary this week on the request of my personal trainer.. I am down on my protein intake every day. Way way down. Even when I have a protein shake in the morning, I'm still missing out on around 25-50% of the protein amount I should be having with the types of exercises I am doing. So this week it's going to be more of a focus around protein. So, I've made a list of the types of proteins that I'm going to try and consume this week:

1. Eggs - My PT has told me to have 2 eggs every day, but just the whites, not the yolks ...
2. Cottage Cheese - This one is hit and miss with me. I'll buy a small one and see how it goes but I really have to be in the mood for it
3. Protein Powder - just bought myself a big tub of the Protein Whey Isolate that I can mix with different things or just have as a protein shake on it's own. 30g of the powder is 25g pure protein and 100 cals. I added it to Porridge this morning and it's been 2 hours and I'm still really full.
4. 50g portions of chicken and ham. You can get these at the supermarket already prepackaged so all you have to do is snap one apart and you're good to go!
5. Fish - I'm loving Atlantic Salmon at the moment, so I'm going to have this baby at least once this week... a little pricey so I'll see how I go.. maybe twice.
6. Lentils - a good source of secondary proteins if I don't feel like any animal protein. I added lentils to my vege soup last night and it really bulked it up - and hubby didn't have a clue I put any in there !! hehe

My PT has said that because I'm doing 3 resistance training sessions and 3 tough cardio sessions a week I should be consuming way more protein that I am... So that's the aim for this week.

This week was a great exercise week:

Monday Pump 60 mins (450 cals)
Tuesday Spin 45 mins (550 cals)
Wednesday Boxing 60 mins (600 cals)
Thursday Pump 60 mins (400 cals)
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday Spin 45 mins (550 cals)
Sunday PT session 60 mins (620 cals)
Total time: 5 hours 30 mins
Total cals: 3170 cals

Next week I'm planning on the following exercise sessions:

Monday Pump 6am
Tuesday Spin 6:15am
Wednesday Boxing 6am and MAYBE 6:30pm pilates
Thursday Pump 6am
Friday Rest
Saturday Spin 8:30am
Sunday PT sessions 9am

OK, that's all from me this weekend. I'm off to read some blogs, then it's off to Bunnings!

LBG xx

Friday, May 29, 2009

No Chocolate - Week 1 !

I have not had chocolate in 1 week and 1 day... and it's been super easy.


LBG xx

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cracked the 80's!

All my hard work is paying off... 89.9kg flickered on the scales this morning! Very happy as my hard work is paying off!!

Today we're having a biggest morning tea at work... I've got 50g of ham and a tub of frut I'm going to have instead of what's on offer. I'm not going to let the 80's slip back through my fingers again!! It's been too long since I've seen that number!!!

Have a great day!

LBG xx

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Conferences and the Band don't mix

I hate going to conferences... the food they have there is plentiful and amazing. Yesterday I was at a one day conference. I did a spin class in the morning, drank a protein shake on the train at around 7:30am... Conference started at 9am and morning tea wasn't until 11:15am. By that time I was hungry. There were mini quiches on offer, so I had one... but because I was hungry, my bite was too big, I didn't take the time to chew and it ended up in the toilet bowl. This PB made me a little sore and so I knew I had to be careful with my food intake. Lunch was an amazing buffet... but since I knew I'd have troubles with my band I stuck to rice and butter chicken sauce.. slippery and wet. No good... that ended up in the toilet also. I gave up on Lunch and had a cup of tea. Mid afternoon was just another cup of tea as muffins were the only thing on offer... I even had to skip out on our conference dinner and fake a headache because I couldn't be bothered trying to explain to people that I wasn't hungry and them asking me question after question. Even at lunch today I had one person comment that I was a "sparce eater". Drives me nuts! Why don't people comment on those people who eat TOO MUCH food. Like is it that weird that my portions resemble that of a 2 year old child? Maybe to the average person it does, but to me it's totally normal now.. very very frustrating!!!
So instead of dinner I made myself a strawberry milkshake with ice cream and had that instead.

I got a comment from KLM today saying that I looked like i'd lost more weight. Thanks buddy! However, I have not... I'm doing a crap load of exercise, started back on the weights.. but my weight is at 90.1kg.. I'm starting to think that maybe it's something else that is holding back my weight loss... so I'm having some blood tests done and will discuss these with my doctor in July. My mother had an inactive thyroid, and that's genetic.. so I'm starting to think that maybe it could be something like that where my Thyroid has packed it in and that's why my metabolism isn't as fired up as it should be. I mean, you should see me at the gym - I'm not one of these people who walk on the treadmill for half an hour reading a magazine... I go there and I sweat for 45-60mins and burn 500-700cals per session. I just think I should be seeing more results than what is happening to me now...

So I'm going to give it a good go with my exercise until my next appointment, keep tracking my food intake and go to the doctor with this information and see what else can be done..

Have a great hump day!

LBG xx

Saturday, May 23, 2009

More about me..

A survey I borrowed from Melanie..

1. First thing you wash in the shower? My Hair
2. What color is your favorite hoodie?Brown
3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Yes.
4. Do you plan outfits? Sometimes, but it always changes after I put it on..
5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? A little fatigued
6. Whats the closest thing to you that's red? my jumper I'm wearing
7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? I didn't dream last night
8. Did you meet anybody new today? No
9. What are you craving right now? Sleep/Rest
10. Do you floss? No... but I know I should
11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? the mouthfeel of it... bleh
12. Are you emotional? I keep things quiet and it slowly bubbles until I either forget about it or I explode..
13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? No
14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? I eat it every way I possibly can..
15. Do you like your hair? I wish it was longer and thicker
16. Do you like yourself? Sometimes
17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Hell no, I wouldn't be able to get back those 2 hours of my life!
18. What are you listening to right now? Foxtel Radio
19. Are your parents strict? No, I have to admit they are pretty cool peeps!
20. Would you go sky diving? I would love to have the guts to go.. but I don't. I hear the experience is like nothing else..
21. Do you like cottage cheese? I have moments when I crave it and eat it out of the tub, and other times when a tub will sit in the fridge for weeks
22. Have you ever met a celebrity? Not really..
23. Do you rent movies often? No. Foxtel
24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in? Just my wedding / engagement rings :)
25. How many countries have you visited? Loads.. but so many places I haven't been!
26. Have you made a prank phone call? No
27. Ever been on a train? Yes..
28. Brown or white eggs? bit of a, bit of b.. as long as they're not rotten!
29.Do you have a cell phone? Yes but in Australia we call is a "mobile"
30. Do you use chapstick? When I remember to... I admire people who seem to subconsciously put it on!
31. Do you own a gun? does a glue gun count?
33. Who are you going to be with tonight? My hubby!
34. Are you too forgiving? No, probably not forgiving enough!!
5. Ever been in love? Absolutely!
37. Ever have cream puffs? Yes, in japan.. they were freaking awesome! I can't eat them now.. thank god.. otherwise I would be a cream puff!!
38. Last time you cried? February 5th
39. What was the last question you asked? Can I get you anything?
40. Favorite time of the year? Winter
41. Do you have any tattoos? Yes... 3
42. Are you sarcastic? at times..
43. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect? Yes... it's a good movie too!
44. Have you ever walked into a wall? Perhaps when drunk I might have done something similar..
45. Favorite color? Turquoise
46. Have you ever slapped someone? Yep
47. Is your hair curly? No
48. What was the last CD you bought? Wayne Brady CD.. can't remember the name
49. Do looks matter? I hate to say it, but yes..
50. Could you ever forgive a cheater? Depends.. I think I could forgive, but never forget, which would probably be the undoing of us in the end..
51. Is your phone bill sky high? Nope
52. Do you like your life right now? Yes.. I'm in a good place right now..
53. Do you sleep with the TV on? Nope
54. Can you handle the truth? Most of the time..
56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people? I'd have to say yes..
57. How often do you talk on the phone? Not too often
58. The last person you held hands with? Hubby
59. What are you wearing? PJ pants, grey top and red warm jacket.. so stylish!!!
60. What are your favorite top 3 animals? Rainbow Lorakeet, Beagle, Polar Bear
61. Where was your default picture taken? Home
62. Can you hula hoop? I can Wii Fit hula hoop! So much fun!!
63. Do you have a job? Yes - thank goodness!
64. What was the most recent thing you bought? Groceries
65. Have you ever crawled through a window? I can't say I have..

Have a fabulous weekend peoples!

LBG xx

Thursday, May 21, 2009

No more chocolate!!!

I've really got to get my chocolate addiction under control. I once went for 6 months without so much as a sprinkle of chocolate powder on my cuppacino and now I'm eating it every day... I think that in my head I'm thinking that it's OK to have chocolate every day because I'm not eating nearly as many calories as I was before and so I shouldn't be doing any damage to my weight loss... WRONG... WRONG... WRONG!!!

Every afternoon at around 3pm (after having lunch at 12noon) I start to get a little hungry - I'm starting to recognise it more as "head - i need something sweet - hunger" and every afternoon I've gone down to the canteen and picked myself up a 300 cal chocolate bar and eaten it with a cup of tea. Goes down a dream... it really does... and I'm not hungry then until just before dinner time at around 6pm. And then after dinner (if it's in the house) I tend to sit on the couch, watch TV and absent-mindedly eat chocolate.

I've got to stop this habit... so starting from today I'm going to cut chocolate completely out of my diet... down to the chocolate powder on my cuppacino! This is how I'm going to do it:

1. Don't take coins to work - empty out my change every evening into our money tin
2. Get rid of all chocolate in the house - hubby won't like this one, but I've just got to do it!
3. Tell hubby not to bring chocolate into the house - if he wants it he can have it, but just not around me

Any other suggestions for keeping the chocolate monster out of my life would be greatly appreciated!!!

In other news, I had a bad PB yesterday evening when I had baked chicken and vege for dinner. The chicken was really dry and I ate a couple of really big bites without really thinking... violently heaved in the toilet and was sore afterwards...

Exercise has been fab this week:

Monday - Pump 60 mins - 450 cals burnt
Tuesday - Cardio 60 mins - 700 cals burnt
Wednesday - Boxing 55 mins and cardio 40 mins - 1000 cals burnt
Thursday - Cardio after work 60 mins - gym stuff is in the car - aim is to get 700 cals burnt
Friday - Rest day
Saturday - spin class 45 mins
Sunday - PT session 60 mins

I'm feeling really great about my exercise sessions at the moment. My body fat percentage is now at 37% down from over 50%. I'm going to get my bloods tested again to see what my cholesterol is doing. If it's still high I might request to go on meds as I have a family history of high cholesterol levels.

Ok, that's all from me today. Have a good one!

LBG xx

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lovely weekend!

I had a really nice weekend this one just passed. Saturday was a lovely sleep in, breakfast with hubby (1 boiled egg and 1 slice of toast). Then we went off for a 2 hour bike ride and got home at around 2:30pm.. Lunch was a toasted tuna, onion, tomato, mayo and cheese sandwich - I just ate the insides of them and left the crusts. And then a lovely evening at home, snuggling on the couch with Hubby. Dinner was a mini quiche and a tablespoon of veges.

Sunday was Mother's Day. KLM, myself and her mate RR went on the 8km mother's day classic fun walk. I must admit, I was busting to get a jog in, but ended up walking to whole way because KLM had a stitch! *lol* I think next year I might just do it by myself, get my Ipod and try and jog as much as possible of it. There was one larger lady that was jogging/walking with her 2 sons (I think they were her sons), you could hear her breathing really hard as she overtook us, but then we soon caught up to her as she had to slow down for a walk... she worked so freaking hard, and I was truely impressed!

Dinner was at Mum and Dad's. Bangers and Mash with Yorkshire pudding. Actually, my sister commented to me that for the longest time she thought I had a lapband... I nearly choked on my food. I quickly rebutted that I had a wedding to lose weight for and that I needed to do something drastic like cut my portions down and now I'm used to eating like this... crisis averted!!! However, after having a big bowl of chicken and vege soup for lunch and it going down like a dream, I was exceptionally tight for dinner and even though I chewed and chewed and chewed, and just ate the mash potato and some soft carrot with gravy, I was in the bathroom soon afterwards...

Weigh-in this weekend saw me at 90.2kg. A drop of 200g from last week. Not bad, but not good either... but it's still a loss!! :) Hopefully I'll be back in the 80's for next weigh-in.

Off to Brisbane tomorrow for work, back on Thursday evening. Visiting a bandit friend while I'm up there... am planning to take a protein shake tetra pack for breakky and a few snacks for during the day...

Right now I'm tight as a cats bum! I'm trying to drink some coffee and it's not doing much other than gurgling in my chest... yet yesterday for lunch I had the most scrumptious of salads with tomato, cucumber, fetta, baby spinach, mixed lettuce, ham, olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice... how crazy is that... one day I'm doing well with foods, the next I can barely get liquids down?!?!

And finally exercise has been great! This week my plans are:

Monday: Pump 6am - Done!
Tuesday: Spin 6:15am - Done!
Wednesday: Boxing 6am
Thursday: Rest (Brisbane)
Friday: Pump 5:30pm
Saturday: Spin 8:30am
Sunday: Cardio Session pm or a rest day as I'll be heading back from Canberra that day..

Have a great week!

LBG xx

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's way to early for this!

It should be illegal to catch a flight before 9am. Seriously.. I was up at 4:30am this morning... I was in bed by 9:30pm so I did get a good 7 hours shut eye, but nobody should have to get up at that time... nobody!

Down in Adelaide today. Only a quick day trip... I have to really prepare when I travel. I've got some yoghurt, pureed fruit, le snack and up and go in my bag so that at least I have something that I can eat during the day. I never know where my meals are going to come from, or what they're going to have in them... so I'd prefer to eat what I know is safe, rather than having to worry about where the nearest loo is or being stuck in a window seat and having to climb over 2 other people also eating breakfast to get to the loo in time. I've got travelling domestic down to a fine art when it comes to food... people think I'm weird that I eat my own food when I travel.. ah well.

Thanks for my birthday wishes! I had a lovely day yesterday.

LBG xx

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Birthday to me!

29 today! So old. Last year of my 20's... so depressing..

Band is tight this morning. I'm looking mornfully at my protein drink wishing I could drink it, but I'm up to pussy's bow at the moment... might finish the rest of it for morning tea.

It should be a rule that you can't be tight on your birthday! I want to eat cake!!

LBG xx

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Weigh in - Sunday 3rd May

Hi to all of you out there in Bandit Land..

1 day late on my weigh in, but happy to report I'm now at 90.4kg, so lost 500g this week. Although, Wii Fit scales told me I was at 89.3kg...

An excellent week for fitness this week:

Monday: Rest - was feeling very very weak and dehydrated from my over fill so no exercise for me!
Tuesday: Spin Class 45 mins (550 cals)
Wednesday: Boxing Class 50 mins (600 cals)
Thursday: Cardio Session PM 40 mins (500 cals)
Friday: Cardio and weights 60 mins (500 cals)
Saturday: Spin Class 45 mins (550 cals)
Sunday: Walk 60 mins (500 cals)

Feeling like I've got a tonne of energy these days. I love that feeling.

Hope you all have an excellent weekend!

LBG xx