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Winter Wonderland Weigh-In: Week 9

Posted Feb 24 2013 12:00am


It’s Winter! Which means that the weather turns chilly and a new year is just beginning. This year the period from January through March is going to be a Winter Wonderland for me – a time to focus on my weight loss and to finally, once-and-for-all achieve my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. This is the time of year resolutions are made and then quickly forgotten, but not with me. I’m going to use this season to refresh my outlook, because I’m embarking on more than just a diet plan, I’m going to establish a lifestyle. My Sunday progress updates will be called Winter Wonderland Weigh-Ins.

Week 9 brought a change in eating plan, lots of fun with friends, lighter workouts, and a positive outlook.

Sounds good. So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 291.4, which is down 1.6 pounds from last week. Which means I have 5 pounds to go before I can call in to Kaiser and meet the next big weight loss requirement! This loss is especially significant in a week when I changed the way I’ve been eating, battled PMS, and went lighter on my workouts than I’d planned.

Still, the workouts I did get in were really fun. I did a couple of my usual elliptical/recumbent bike workouts, but then I also went biking in Half Moon Bay , which was amazing. And then yesterday I discovered that Just Dance 4 has this whole selection that offers longer dance workouts: 80s, Latin, and a few others. Fun!

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: Just Dance 4 + long walk with Sofi
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Wednesday: TBD
Thursday: elliptical + recumbent bike + walk with Sofi
Friday: TBD
Saturday: Zumba

I absolutely loved the food I’ve been eating all week.

  • Breakfasts: protein shake
  • Lunches: Flat Out wraps spread with Laughing Cow, clover sprouts, and 4 oz of low sodium deli meat (ham and turkey) + popcorn or ChipIns.
  • Snacks: bell pepper with Babybel light cheese
  • Dinners: this is where I’ve gotten creative – cauliflower crust pizza , grilled tofu sriracha , and lowfat curry chicken with roasted cauliflower.

The thing is, I’m eating real, whole food, staying low carb, and I’m keeping my calories under 1200. The irony isn’t lost on me that this is basically the plan that Kaiser Bariatric laid out for me from the beginning. I realize, too, that in the 2 1/2 years since I’ve been on this WLS quest, I’ve tried LOTS of food plans: Kaiser, Medifast, Bariatric Choice, Kaiser, Jenny Craig, super low calorie pre-op, and back to Kaiser (I’m sure I missed a few in between there somewhere). But I’m fine with all of the changing – I always did what felt right at the time, gave it my all, and was open to making changes when it seemed right. Plus, I think going through all of the different plans helped to teach me so much about my eating habits, patterns, and problems. I’m finally mentally ready for this healthy Kaiser plan, and so it’s full steam ahead towards those next 5 lbs, and beyond.


Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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