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My Weight Loss Journey

Red is the New Orange July 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 12:01 PM

If you’re like me, as soon as you get the sniffles you reach for a great big glass of orange juice. And if you’re like me, you’ve been sick enough time that you’re tired of orange juice.

Did you know that most orange juice you buy at the store has TONS of added sugar? Sugar promotes congestion and can supress your immune system, making you feel even worse, longer. Ick!

So you’re sick of orange juice that you know is bad for you anyway, so what do you do? You need that vitamin C!

Eat some strawberries!

 

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Pictured: medicine. Tasty, tasty medicine.

Strawberries are high in vitamin C. One serving (about a cup) of strawberries has as much vitamin C as an orange, and boy does it taste good!

So next time you start feeling your throat itch and your nose get stuffy, reach for the strawberries. Or get colorful with your juicer and make some fresh, delicious strawberry-orange juice!

 

Wednesday Weigh-In (on Thursday)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 11:47 AM

It’s been almost two months since my last weigh in. I’m sorry guys!

 

I wish I could say it’s been a productive month but it hasn’t. I guess I could be happy I didn’t gain more weight but I’m not happy that I’m where I’m at.

Starting weight: 316

Last weigh-in: 306

Today’s weight: 311.

 

I’m smack dab in the middle of my best and my worst.

 

On the plus side, my habits have definitely changed a lot, for the better. I am much less hungry than I was when I started this whole journey. I make better choices for myself overall and even though my weight may not be as low as I want it to be yet I feel healthier overall.

 

Sharing July 22, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 5:14 AM

Okay, okay. I haven’t been posting enough. I guess when I fail I don’t want to publicize it, but the whole point of this blog is to make everything public, my accomplishments AND failures.

 

I’ve put on a few pounds again and I’m not proud of it. My diet went out the window completely for a short while. Every morning I’d say “today is the day!” and by every evening I was saying “Tomorrow’s the day!” I’d share all my excuses but you know them all, not by hearing them from me but by hearing them from yourselves, so I’ll spare you.

 

Today was the first day in a long time I did 100% well. I had cottage cheese and strawberries for breakfast, a protein shake for lunch, and now, just because I’m craving it, I’m having cottage cheese and strawberries again for dinner. I do loves me some cottage cheese.

 

My total calorie intake was 963, which I know isn’t technically bad but my goal is 800 a day, so I’m going to spend some time on my treadmill tonight to burn the excess off.

 

My old policy was, “Well, since I already ate a cookie my whole diet’s been shot for the day so I might as well splurge.” What a terrible policy.

 

My new policy is, “Well, I ate a cookie which might put me over my calorie limits but I’ll stick with my diet plan as normal and work off any extra calories before the end of the day.”

 

I’m debating counting calories by the week instead of by the day, if that makes sense. Some days I’m not doing anything all day and therefore not very hungry. Other days I’m running around expelling lots of energy and I’m starving with my calorie limit. I think it might be helpful to “borrow” calories from one day and put them into another. Then it would be easier to work off excess calories. For example, if someone brings pizza and cookies into work, and I eat some, I won’t have the energy to work out by the end of the day but I might have the energy to work out on my days off.

 

So basically, instead of allotting myself 800 calories a day, I’d be allotting myself 5,600 calories a week, rationed properly of course.

 

Any thoughts on this, whether it would be a good idea or bad idea, pros, cons, etc?

 

In the meantime, Wednesday Weigh-Ins WILL be back this week because no matter what happens, I’m sharing everything.

 

Vanilla Blueberry Compote July 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 11:32 PM

By now you all know how much I love berries. They’re wonderful. They go so well in everything: Protein shakes, smoothies, add them to pancakes or crepes for breakfast, throw them in some cottage cheese for lunch, blend frozen berries for a delicious sorbet for dessert, or eat them by themselves, fresh or frozen. They are the perfect variety of food. Definitely nature’s candy.

This is why I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my diet. I actually came across this idea while working on perfecting a 100-calorie no-bake cheesecake (recipe tomorrow, once tested).

This compote is amazing. Put this on your ice cream, mix it into your yogurt, spread it on your toast, pour it on top of cheesecake, or heck, you could probably make a huge batch and pour it into a pie crust and I doubt anyone would complain.

This can be done with any berries. Use the same measurements, just swap out blueberries for your favorite berry or even try mixed berries!

This is a very easy recipe, and all you need is a few ingredients!

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– 1 cup blueberries

– 2 tbsp Splenda or your favorite Sweetener

– 4 tbsp water

– 2 tsp vanilla

– Squeeze of lemon

In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of blueberries and remaining ingredients to a boil over medium heat.

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Boil for ten minutes. This will create a very thick, lumpy sauce.

Add remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries, boil another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

I’ll be honest. I skipped the last step and put it right on my ice cream, which promptly melted. That’s okay, I stirred it into a delicious blueberry concoction.

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It tasted like candy. Definitely one of the best things I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to try this on cheesecake!

 

93 calories, 0.5g fat, 14g sugar

 

An Ice-Cold Smoothie Without All That Pesky Ice July 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 10:00 PM

I finally did it!

I finally created the perfect berry smoothie!

I’m so happy I could cry.

I love my smoothies freezer cold, not just fridge cold, but that always means adding ice, and I hate watering down my smoothies. It doesn’t just affect the texture, but the flavor too. Ick.

Additionally, my favorite protein shakes are the fruit ones. The problem is I hate. hate. HATE seeds.

So I spent last week juicing pounds and pounds of raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. It took forever because my crappy juicer doesn’t work super effectively, and it left a LOT of pulp in the first few times around, but after every juicing, I just strained out the liquid and re-juiced the pulp until I had as much as I was going to get from my juicer.

I like mixed berry juice so I just mixed all the juice together and put it in a tupperware container and put it in the freezer.

I also have frozen blueberries. They don’t need to be juiced because they’re perfect as they are.

So today I made my first delicious smoothie with this.

– 2 scoops Visalus powder

– 1 cup fat free milk

– 1/3 cup frozen blueberries

– 2/3 cup frozen berry juice

Blend together until delicious.

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Look, you can even see the condensation. That baby is COLD. And no seeds! None! (The spots you see are blueberry).

This meal shake contains 300 calories, 1g fat, 11g sugar, 21g protein.

 

A tip: I found that the juice, once frozen, was VERY difficult to scoop out, I had to microwave it for two whole minutes just to be able to dig a spoon in there. I don’t know what would be a better way to freeze this juice. Maybe ice cube trays? But I’d need a LOT of trays to freeze all this juice. Of course, you could always juice a tray or two full of berries, then freeze the rest of the berries and juice them later, but I really wanted to get all the juicing out of the way at once. Do what works for you.

 

Caramel Cheesecake Frappuccino July 9, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 7:02 PM

Yum!

– 2 scoops sweet cream flavored Visalus powder

– 1 packet Starbucks VIA Caramel Flavored Iced Coffee

– 1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese

– 1 1/2 cup fat free milk

– optional 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

– optional ice cubes

Blend together. This has a wonderfully rich and creamy flavor mixed together with yummy coffee to become a perfect breakfast protein shake.

Calories: 360

Sugar: 15

Fat: 2

Protein: 

Xanthan gum is a thickening agent. I bought some recently on eBay really cheap, and it’s great for making shakes thick and creamy. Don’t use too much though, it’s easy to make it uncomfortably thick (that’s what she said).

I discovered after making it that one packet of VIA coffee is TWO servings. I hate when companies are sneaky like that. Since this is a meal shake it’s not bad nutritionally, but if you want to cut back the calories you could use only half the packet, or use half the packet and then add some plain instant coffee, or to really cut back the calories use plain instant coffee plus sugar free caramel syrup. Of course, if you don’t like caramel, you could use plain instant coffee and enjoy as is, which would also be delicious and refreshing.

The surprisingly good combination of cottage cheese and coffee makes me wonder if I might be able to come up with some sort of tiramisu protein shake.

Stay tuned….

 

My New Treadmill and Body By Vi shakes July 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 12:13 AM

Somehow my room has always collected insane amounts of heat. It might be comfortably warm outside but it’s sweltering in my room. I think this is because for a good chunk of the day the sun is beating in through the biggest window in my room, which is also the only window that allows any kind of ventilation.

 

However, keeping my door and windows open and having a fan on full blast helps a little, which is what I need to do to use my new treadmill I got yesterday. I’m so excited, I’ve been wanting one for a while but I kept putting it off, thinking it wasn’t worth the money since I could just go for walks outside, right? But after finding myself unmotivated to do that because of various reasons (too much to do at home; sad, depressing scenery; worried about people looking at me in my grungy work-out clothes while I sweat bullets; pure boredom during walks) I decided that I’d find a cheap used one on Craigslist. That’s exactly what I did. My boyfriend helped me pick it up yesterday and somehow we managed to get it upstairs into my room.

 

Today I used it, and although I was sweating bullets I didn’t mind so much since no one could see me. I set my laptop in front of me and watched TV while I did it and 40 minutes went by like nothing. Once I get used to the treadmill’s pacing I can start crocheting WHILE I walk, which will be killing two birds with one stone, since I need to spend a LOT of time crocheting for my home business (I dedicate at least 40 hours a week to it, just like any other job).

 

On another note, I’ve been doing the Body by Vi shakes, and I gotta say, I don’t like them. There just isn’t enough protein, and they’re way too expensive. There’s no reason to use them. A normal protein shake and a multivitamin is just find and a heck of a lot cheaper. They’re also not as filling. One of my regular protein shakes has almost exactly the same amount of calories, sugar, and fat (100, 2, 2) as the Vi shake, but at least 10g more protein which makes it much more filling. I can drink my normal protein powder mixed with a cup of milk and be full, whereas with Vi, I can drink the powder mixed with a cup of milk AND a cup of fruit and still not be full.

 

Verdict is in. It’s not worth the money. I’m going to use up the powder I already have but there’s no way I’m going to purchase this product.

 

Oh! And I realized I forgot to do the Wednesday Weigh-In again. I’m so bad at remembering that. If anyone is around next Wednesday, remind me to weigh in!