Greetings once again my dear friends. Nice to have you back as I go along this journey.
Some news. Are you ready? Sitting down? Well, this morning I weighed myself and I was down TWO more pounds! What? I know. Crazy. That puts me within three pounds of the goal! Huzzah! The scale this morning read 171lbs. I was hoping for a pound but two?! I ate M&M’s yesterday, remember? Wow. Awesome.
It’ll be really interesting to see what happens tomorrow. I may go back up a little. Here’s why…I didn’t get to run today. I didn’t get a chance to get my 30 minutes in. I was helping a friend record a video for an audition and the day just slipped away into early evening and I had a rehearsal for a show I’m running sound for tonight. No chance for a run. Very frustrating.
The other factor that might tilt it back up a notch is that I ate later than I normally do. Also, the dinner I had was the amazing steak salad from Portos. A little heavier than I’d been eating during the past week. So if I get on the scale tomorrow and it’s up a pound or two, I won’t be too surprised. I’d LOVE it if I’d maintained 171. That’d rock.
I was thinking about how well this past week has gone and it’s really amazing. There is no special trick to it. No secret. I’m not fudging on what I eat or what I weigh to you fine folks. I’m simply watching everything I eat. It’s easy to lose the weight when you are focused on doing so. I will say it’s been hard. There have been moments recently where I’ve wanted to go pig our on barbecue or a burrito or something, but I’ve been keeping my goal squarely in my focus. One thing that certainly helps is all the fine feedback from you folks. You guys rock so much!
Okay, on to today’s meals (Spoiler Alert), you’ve seen them all before…
Subway Turkey Breast, Baked Lays BBQ Chips & Bottle of Water – 10 WW Points
Yep, same old thing. Different chips. Today the ‘sandwich artist’ really packed on the vegetables which is fine, but the sandwich was falling apart all over the place. What do you want for $5 I reckon.
Banana – 0 WW Points
Nice afternoon snack. A banana. Nothing special to see here, move along.
Portos Southwest Chicken Salad, no cheese, tortilla strips or dressing & Water – 12 WW Points
This salad. Amazing. Just a great meal. As I said above, a little too filling for an evening meal which, I think, should be lighter. Unless it’s Thanksgiving Dinner at my mom’s house. If it is, eat your fill and then some. But still it was good to get meat and vegetables and no heavy carbs or anything like that.
Tomorrow I’m going to be getting my run in for sure. No question. May even run a little bit longer. And I’m going to eat a lighter meal in the evening. I want to get these last three pounds off so I can start looking at my next goal. I believe it’ll be another 10, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!
Until tomorrow my pals!
It’s Day 8, but technically a week since I started this 10 in 20 thing and the first week results are…I’m down 5 pounds. Currently at 173lbs. Great work for a week, I’d say. But there’s no time to rest on any laurels because I’m only halfway there to my goal. And really, the larger goal will be to lose 10 more after that, so it’s not time to slack off! Although, as you’ll see, I did have a TINY treat today.
Losing so much my new WW Daily Goal is 36 points. I didn’t use ANY Flex Points last week. Going to try and do the same this week. Keep things on the right path.
Little blue today as I woke up to rain in Los Angeles. Blue because it puts a ‘damper’ on my afternoon runs. See, though I do have access to a gym, I really can’t get into running on treadmills. I just don’t like the feeling that I’m exerting all this energy and I’m going nowhere. So the rain mean no running. I mean, you COULD run in the rain, but why would you? Luckily, the rain burned off by the afternoon and I was able to get my run in! Hurray!
Okay, let’s get to the eats!
Portos Pan Con Bistec (Steak Sandwich), Plantains & Bottle of water – 15 WW Points*
This is an estimate as this exact item is not in the WW tracker. The individual items are though and I was able to piece it together. Also I over estimate the number of plantain chips just to be sure. Besides the salad I had last week, this is my other ‘go to’ at Portos. I love this sandwich. I will say the me that isn’t trying to lose pound would also add a potato ball (or two) to this as well. Potato Balls are Porto’s specialty. Fried balls of mashed potatoes with beef in the middle. They are amazing. I did work out the WW points once and it was something like 23 points per ball or something crazy like that. Makes you think twice.
Pretzel M&M – 4 WW Points
Here’s the treat! Pretzel M&Ms. Lowest points of the M&Ms products that I’ve tried (haven’t tried coconut, so I can’t say). Just a little ‘keep it up’ treat as I’ve felt I’ve been doing really good. I love, love, love peanut M&Ms. Really, very much but those are WAY too many points, especially when I’m trying to lose weight, so I went for the pretzels. Did a little audio editing. Chomped on some pretzel M&Ms. Good afternoon.
Banana – 0 WW Points
After those M&Ms it’s back to good healthy stuff so that’s back to bananas!
Activity – 30 Minutes Running
Now, the treats are over until next week. It’s time to focus more on making that final five. I’m not going to push myself to lose it all again in another 7 days, but I want to get close to make those last few days before the 20th a piece of cake. Mmmmmm cake.
Thanks again for all your support! I really do appreciate it.
My friend and comedian, Ed Crasnick, has a saying, “It works if you work it.” He uses it at the end of his show the Self-Help Comedy Hour. It’s a podcast I’ve been on a few times that deals with mental health. His guests are all comedians and, trust me, we need a lot of help with our mental health. Anyway, Ed signs off that way each show meaning, this Self-Help stuff actually does work if you actually do the work. Today, I’m borrowing it and applying it to me meeting my goals.
This morning I got on the scale and it read 173.0 LBS. That’s down 2.5 lbs from the last time I lost some pounds. It also brings the total up to 5 LBS lost! That’s halfway to the goal in less than a week. I was super stoked.
My brain, however, instantly, said, “Make a bigger goal! 20 in 20!” and I really had to reign myself in. I believe it’s fine to dream big dreams, but keep the goals small. My goal is still 10 by October 21st. If, at some point before that, I loose the 10 I think of a stretch goal. Kind of like Kickstarter, though I guess in this situation it’d be a Stretch Mark Goal? Maybe not.
The numbers on the scale though amped me up. In days past, it would have made me feel like I could go out and splurge on some food today because I’ve been doing so well. Today though, it refocused me. Got me set to work even harder at dropping those pounds.
I will say that if I do drop 10 before I leave for Toronto, I may treat myself to a BBQ dinner on Oct. 20, the night before I leave. I MIGHT. Haven’t decided yet. My reasoning is that I will have been doing good with my weight and I’ll be in Canada for several weeks and will miss my favorite barbecue place. Though they probably have barbecue in Toronto. Is Canada known for their barbecue? Anyway, let’s get to the food!
Subway 6″ Turkey Breast on wheat, Baked Lays Sour Cream & Onion Chips and water – 11 WW Points
I did splurge a little and get Chips during this meal instead of apple slices. They are only 4 points though so they don’t add that much.
2 Bananas – 0 WW Points
Banana as a midday snack while I was at the office editing. Around 430PM or so I was starting to get a little hungry and I had another banana. Was about to eat it but figured I could wait. Dinner will be at 530PM, so I figured I could hold off until then. But then I started thinking, “If you do that, you’ll be HUNGRIER at dinner and may be tempted to eat more.” So I had the banana/ The other banana looked just like that one. Not going to bore you with TWO pictures of bananas.
Boneless skinless chicken breast, 1/2 cup white rice and PLANTAINS – 21 WW points*
The food at Henson tonight was, as expected from a place called Bassa Nova. The point total there is my best guess. I may be a little off because WW Online makes you record the plantains in cups or oz. I did my best figuring and came up with 21 total for the meal. The food was good. I could have eaten MUCH more. To try and prevent myself, I cut my food into REALLY small bites. Yeah, I looked like a doofus, but it worked. I tricked myself into eating less. Though I did have ONE more plantain than you see on my plate there. But I could have eaten 20 more. They are just SO good. So tomorrow I may bounce back up a bit on the scale, but I know it won’t be that much and I know I can get it right back down.
ACTIVITY – Running 30 minutes.
I like where this is headed and I seemed to have shaken those intense food cravings I’ve been having for the past few
weeks months years. Really happy.
Welcome to yet another day of this journey.
I did really good food wise today and didn’t feel too hungry or anything after only eating light last night. This morning the scale still read the same 175.5 lbs, but I’m not worried at all. Just remaining focused. Not frustrated at all. These things take time.
I did get really hungry this afternoon. Glad I had the bananas and the apples around in my office. Seeing a tweet from Smoke City Market advertising their prime rib Sundays didn’t help either. But, again, I remained focused on the goal. 10 pounds in 20 days. Or close to it.
Happy I can finally announce the reason I’m doing this. I’m headed off to Toronto, Canada on October 21 to perform in The Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up! Uncensored. We perform for 2 weeks and I couldn’t be more excited. This is exactly what I need right now in this moment in time and I want to make sure I’m eating right and on the path toward my overall weight goal BEFORE I head off to Canada. Don’t worry, I will have poutine while I’m there. I just won’t have it every day. 🙂 While in Canada I will continue to focus on eating right and will run or use the hotel gym to keep active.
I had known I was going for awhile now but there was the issue of an expired passport and would I get the passport in time in order to go because of the U.S. Government Shutdown. Luckily, the passport offices aren’t closed and I got my passport yesterday, so adventure, ho! Very excited about this trip because I’ll be performing a few different roles than I have before, including a few tricky parts. Amped to be able to work on upping my puppetry game.
Okay, excitement aside, let’s get to today’s food…
Subway 6″ Turkey Breast on wheat, apple slices & water – 8 WW Points.
Getting sick of this one yet? Not me. Good sandwich, fills me up and, yes, when I go into Subway they know exactly what I’m going to order. I like Subway because it’s what worked before and the points are so easy to figure out.
2 Bananas – 0 WW Points
I ate two but it was only after eating the second I realized that I didn’t take a picture of them. So, two. And that’s a banana peel.
Apple slices – 1 WW Point
A little more fruit a little later in the afternoon.
Sharkys 1/2 Steak Power Plate with broccoli & Yams – 11 WW Points
The steak cousin to the chicken power plate I had a few days ago.
Activity – 30 Minute Run
Perfect night for a run. Warm out, clear skies, sliver of a moon. Perfect.
Okay gang, tomorrow’s another day. It’ll be interesting too because I won’t be able to plan one of my meals. Dinner tomorrow night over at The Jim Henson Company when we’re there for rehearsal. Hoping it’s something that’ll be easy to manage. If it includes the plantains that are normally served on rehearsal dinners, I may be in trouble. I will report back tomorrow and let you know!