Friday, July 12, 2013

I Made It to the Top!

I just got back from my hike, and I was able to make it to the top with Eleanor strapped to me. I took a different route this time that was not as steep, but was significantly longer. I also paced myself much better. :-) I just wanted to share!

Reboot Day 5 (Final Attack Day)

Just a quick check-in before I start my day... My weight stayed the same as yesterday when I weighed myself this morning. I had expected this to happen, because I barely drank any water and I forgot to eat my oat bran yesterday. Oh well, I'm still pleased to be down five pounds. I've decided that today is my last Attack day, because I am going to my friend's 35th birthday BBQ tomorrow; there will be a plethora of fresh and grilled veggies there for me to eat! I am going to attempt to hike up Badger Mountain with Eleanor again this morning, so wish me luck since last time I didn't do so well. Today's plan is to pace myself better so that I don't exhaust myself so quickly. Today's temperature is quite a bit cooler as well, so I hope that will also help. When I did this hike on Tuesday I only walked 0.6 miles and gained 403 feet in elevation from the parking lot to the point where I turned around. Hopefully I will do better today!

Day 5 Reboot Stats:

date: Friday, July 12, 2013
true (goal weight): 128 lbs.
current weight: 148.8 lbs.
weight lost since yesterday: 0.0 lbs.
total weight lost: 5.4 lbs.
amount of weight to be lost to meet my true weight: 21 lbs.
dress size: 8

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Still Going Strong (And A Simple Recipe Too!)- Attack Day 4

Wow! The pounds continue to melt away! I know at this point it is still just water weight that I am dropping, but it feels good to see the number on the scale plummet downward, as well as to be comfortable in my formerly-snug clothing! I didn't do any formal exercise yesterday, although I did take Eleanor swimming in my parents' pool, although I use the verb swimming in the loosest sense. It was much more like standing in chest-high water while Eleanor splashed and giggled. After she got out of the pool I took a few minutes to swim a few laps, as well as tread water in the deep end. That counts as exercising, right? ;-)

Today's exercise was much more rigorous; I jogged/walked 3.63 miles with Eleanor this morning. I enjoyed it, but I'm thinking that Eleanor was much less enthusiastic, as illustrated by the picture I took of her at the end.

Day 4 Reboot Stats:

date: Thursday, July 11, 2013
true (goal weight): 128 lbs.
current weight: 148.8 lbs.
weight lost since yesterday: 2.2 lbs.
total weight lost: 5.4 lbs.
amount of weight to be lost to meet my true weight: 21 lbs.
dress size: 8

In yesterday's post I complained that I was getting sick of eggs, but then I had the brilliant idea to prepare them a different way. Why hadn't I thought of this earlier??? I'm a Dukan genius! (Please note my sarcasm...) What I ended up doing was making a Dukan-friendly version of deviled eggs, which is one of my all-time favorite picnic foods. It's actually a very simple recipe that I made up on the fly, so I'm sure there is room for a lot of tweaking. For example, once I am off of pure protein might mix in small bits of diced red bell pepper and the like. I feel silly actually writing this out because it is so easy and unoriginal, but here it goes!

Hard boil desired number of eggs, and split in half. Set aside the whites on a plate or egg tray. Put half of the cooked yolks in a bowl, and toss the remaining half. In the bowl with the remaining egg yolks, mix in spicy brown mustard, fat-free sour cream, onion powder, and fresh-cracked black pepper (all four to taste). Using a spoon, put the egg yolk mixture back into the halved egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Eat and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Attack Day 3

I stepped on the scale this morning after two days of the Attack Phase, and the results of Dukan are already apparent. I am down to 151, and my clothing is already starting to fit better. Those wretched (yet yummy) carbs really do make me puffy. I need to remember this, because temptations abound. For example, right now Eleanor is munching on some Goldfish crackers. Those things are my all-time favorite cracker, and I usually snag a handful when I give some to her. I've got to focus on the fact that although delicious, they will set me back. It's a funny thing... As I'm trying to loose weight, we are trying to encourage Eleanor to gain weight because she is of average height for her age, but is significantly underweight. She doesn't have a single roll of baby fat, and she has a mini six-pack on her abs. Her doctor is keeping an eye on her weight, but he isn't super-concerned. He thinks that she will most likely always be very thin. Plus, another reason why he isn't too worried about her is because she is well ahead of other children her age in terms of both her cognitive and physical development milestones. But I digress...

It is morning currently, and my day has barely begun. I plan on going for a walk later today, even though it will be hot out. I am also thinking of retrying to hike up Badger Mountain today after yesterday's spectacular fail, although I do plan on doing it sans toddler. I am so sore today, especially my calf muscles, which is why I'm still considering just a regular walk on a flat surface instead of that ridiculously steep hill. Food wise, I have yet to eat anything solid, just liquids so far. I find that I'm not hungry until I start eating for the day, so delaying breakfast should help me avoid temptation. Last time I did Dukan I broke from almost 20 years of being a vegetarian by consuming chicken, turkey, and salmon, which helped the diet to be less repetitive. This time around I've only eaten egg whites and tofu (and galettes, of course), and I'm already a bit bored. I think a trip to the store today is in order so that I can pick up some fat-free string cheese so that I can have an omelet. Hopefully this small change will help with the monotony. I am SO looking forward to my first PV day, especially since it is grilling season, and there is nothing better than vegetables that have been cooked in a barbecue! I'm salivating just thinking about veggies!

Day 3 Reboot Stats:

date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
true (goal weight): 128 lbs.
current weight: 151.0 lbs.
weight lost since yesterday: 2.4 lbs.
total weight lost: 3.2 lbs.
amount of weight to be lost to meet my true weight: 23 lbs.
dress size: 8

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Why hello there, Stranger! (Attack Phase - Day 2)

It's been over a year since my last post! It is hard to believe that much time has passed; I swear Eleanor was born just a few days ago! In my last post I wrote about how eager I was to get back on Dukan to drop the pregnancy weight, but I had to wait until I was done nursing. Well, that day has finally come! Eleanor is not 100% weened (more like 98%), but it is time to get back to it. I ended up losing all but 5 pounds of my pregnancy weight without dieting, and was able to do so in only  few months. I'm pretty sure the bulk of my bulk (70 pounds!) was water weight from the severe edema I developed due to my PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension), so getting that resolved helped me to drop the weight. In addition, I nursed Eleanor which torches fat and calories. Now that I have cut back to one nursing session a day I've noticed that my weight is creeping back up, and my clothing that used to fit is getting really sung. To me this is unacceptable, so it is time to get back to Dukan because it worked so well for me last time.

Yesterday (7/8) I started up again with the Attack Phase, which was less difficult than I expected. I am on day 2 and am quickly back into the swing of things. I also started rereading Dr. Dukan's book, as I know that I have forgotten the finer points of the diet, such as how much oat bran I should be eating. Kyle has been really supportive of me losing weight; he keeps asking me if he can do anything to help keep me on track. I'm so lucky to have such a supportive spouse! I'm not 100% sure how long I am going to do the Attack Phase this time, although I am leaning toward five days. I'm trying to keep things totally vegetarian this time around, which will be a huge challenge. I've also been trying to get back into working out, which is easier said than done! Yesterday I went for a jog that quickly turned into a walk because I got so winded so quickly. This morning I went for a hike up a large hill on the edge of town; I was not able to make it to the top before succumbing to exhaustion. I do place partial blame on the fact that walking up a steep trail with a squirmy 18-pound toddler strapped to your chest is easier said than done. I want to try again tomorrow morning before it gets too hot out (the high is supposed to be 98, yuck).

Day 2 Reboot Stats:

date: Tuesday, July 8, 2013
true (goal weight): 128 lbs.
current weight: 153.4 lbs.
weight lost since yesterday: 0.8 lbs.
total weight lost: 0.8 lbs.
amount of weight to be lost to meet my true weight: 25 lbs.
dress size: 8

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Eleanor Margaret is Here!!!

I know that it has been a long time since I last posted, but I hope to be back with a vengeance! Here's an update on me and my new addition!

I'm pleased to announce that Eleanor (Ellie) Margaret was born at 10:09pm on Thursday, June 14th. Kyle and I are absolutely smitten with her!

Although Ellie had to be induced for medical reasons, her birth went incredibly smooth. She tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Everyone is now at home, and enjoying life as a family. She's only been here for nine days, but it feels like she has always been here. She is an incredibly easy-going baby, who wakes up only twice each night (at 2am and 5am, you can practically set your watch to her, she is so predictable).

As far as Dukan, I plan to get back on the wagon ASAP, because I gained far too much weight during my pregnancy (I tipped the scales at 211 on Monday, June 11th). I began my pregnancy at 141 pounds (ten pounds above my goal weight), which means that I gained 70 pounds- yikes!!!! I tried really hard to eat healthy, but no matter what I did or did not eat, I gained weight (although I will be the first to admit that portion control was really hard for me, especially during my third trimester, as I was perpetually ravenously hungry). Nine days postpartum, I am down to 187, for a loss of 24 pounds. I plan to start Dukan tomorrow (abet a modified version since I am breastfeeding), since today is my 5th wedding anniversary, and Kyle and I plan to go out to dinner tonight to celebrate.

Here's one more picture of Ellie, since I think she is the cutest baby in the world!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

We're Having A...

We had our anatomy scan last week and we couldn't help but take a peek at "the goods". The official verdict- it's a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are over-the-moon with excitement!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I know that it has been a very long while since I last updated this thing. I just wanted to let everyone that baby and I have been doing well. I'm just starting my second trimester, which is exciting! I'm due June 18th, which is perfect, because the last day of school for the kids is June 14th, and the 15th is set aside for checking out of our classrooms for the summer. My goal is to not have to take any maternity leave, although I am sure that I am going to require assistance to tear my room apart.

My first trimester was pretty uneventful- I just slept A LOT. I had very little nausea which I am grateful for. I have experienced more weight gain than I would like (approximately 12 pounds), which has been the most difficult thing for me. I really can't wait to get back onto Dukan once the baby is born. I've been really surprised to discover that I actually miss Dukan! In terms of my eating, I really haven't had any cravings (other than the two week period when all I wanted was Satsuma oranges). I've gone back to eating 100% vegetarian (which I was before Dukan) because the thought of any type of meat grosses me out. I've also seem to have developed an aversion to mushrooms (normally one of my favorite foods). I am ashamed to admit that I haven't exercised at all, other than my prenatal yoga dvd that Kyle bought for me- the weather where I live has been cold and gross so I have zero motivation to go for a walk. I can't wait until spring when I can resume my daily walk.

Since I have redeveloped my sense of motivation to blog, I will periodically continue to update this blog to let you know how baby and I are doing. I am also in the process of creating a second blog called Team Craigen that I am going to update frequently for family and friends about the happenings in Kyle, baby and my life (as well as running commentary on being a first-time parent). You are more than welcome to stop on by and see how things are going. Once I begin Dukan again I will start updating this page on an almost daily basis.

I don't have any pictures for how I look right now (chunky), but I do have pictures of our baby. No we don't know gender yet (way too early), but I will let everyone know as soon as I find out.

8 weeks 3 days (looking like a space alien)
12 weeks 3 days (notice the hand waving hi)

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's a Bad News/Good News Sort of Situation

Okay, so I know that I've been terrible with updating this thing, but I've had what I think is a pretty good reason for not updating, so please hear me out...

Okay, so here is the bad news first... Ready? Are you sure? Brace yourself... I have stopped losing weight, and I have to stop Dukan. I hope you aren't feeling let down by me, because I don't want you to feel disappointed or upset, because I do have a pretty good reason for quitting, and I think you will agree that it's pretty awesome!

Are you still with me? Good... Now that I've gotten the unpleasantness out of the way, I can share the good news- I'm not quitting Dukan for forever, just until June 18th(ish), and after that, I'm positive that I will REALLY need to lose some weight. Have you been able to figure out why I have to temporary quit yet? My family was able to figure it out right away (well, except for my step-dad; he thought that I wanted to reserve June 18th to climb either Mt. Adams or Mt. Rainier, so I had to spell it out for him...) Okay, here it is, my reason for (temporarily) suspending Dukan- I'm six-weeks pregnant! See, I told you it was a good reason!

My last post was October 9th, and I found out that we are expecting on the evening of October 10th. I didn't want to post and pretend that I was 100% on Dukan when in reality I wasn't. I'm not the type of girl who goes around lying to others, even if it is a lie of omission, so I decided that I wouldn't post until I told my family (my dad reads this blog, and I don't think that he would appreciate finding out I'm expecting my first child via the internet). The morning of the 10th I was down to 141 pounds, and I've done a pretty good job maintaining that weight so far (I've been fluctuating between 142-144 since then). I've been using the basics of Dukan so far, but I've integrated whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, etc. I'm feeling pretty good, although I'm really tired all of the time, and occasionally I have an upset stomach. I've also discovered that suddenly I HATE mushrooms (they stink of dirt), when in the past I've always loved them. I still plan on continuing to blog, although it won't be focused so much on my Dukan journey- instead I will share my parent's success (my dad has lost 15 pounds so far, and my step-mom has lost slightly less; I'm very proud of them and I hope they keep it up). I also will keep you informed of the updates to my pregnancy, although I think that I will set up a separate blog for that; you can choose to visit it if you so wish, but I won't cram it down your throat. I'll let you know as soon as I have it up and running. I have my first ultrasound on November 10th- I'm super excited to see my little Jellybean's heartbeat for the first time! If you ask nice, I might even share the picture with you. :-)

One last note (because I'm sure you're wondering even if you don't have the guts to ask it), yes, Jellybean was planned. Kyle even had a bet going with me that I wouldn't get to my goal weight before I got pregnant, and like usual, he was right!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 76 - 20 Pounds Lost!

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm in a great mood today (although the random teenager that I chastised this afternoon might disagree). I am happy to announce that I began Dukan 76 days ago (including the time I took off while on vacation). I also am at the 20 pounds lost milepost (or if you prefer the Imperial measure, 1 stone 6 pounds), which only leaves me 15 pounds until my goal/true weight of 128. I had to go buy new jeans (size 6, woo hoo!) today because my old size 10s are huge- as seen below in this dreadful self-portrait that I just took a few minutes ago.

I'm also happy because this is the least I've weighed in about two years. Once I pass the 141 mark, it will be the least I've weighed since I was in my early 20s. Other news that makes me a happy camper is that my parents are starting Dukan tomorrow! I loaned my book to them about a month ago, and I wasn't sure that they were all that interested in it. Well, my dad just finished reading the book this morning, and now they just left to the store to buy oat bran and fat-free Greek yogurt. They will start tomorrow, and I hope they love Dukan just as much as I do! My dad also asked if it was okay to loan my book out to his friends Lynn and Dave (who happen to be the parents of my good friend Lindi), I of course am more than happy to have them borrow the book as well! I think that Lynn and Dave became interested because I saw them last weekend and between my short hair and my weight-loss they hardly recognized me!

So, without further ado, here are my must current stats:

Days on Dukan: 76
Starting Weight: 163
Today's Weight: 142.9
Total Weight Lost: 20.1 lbs.
% of Body Weight Lost: 12.3%
Starting Dress Size (US): 10
Current Dress Size (US): 6
Amount Needed to Be Lost to Meet Goal Weight: 14.9 lbs.

My mini-goal for the week is to be under 140 by next Sunday; I'm positive I can do it!