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Cruise Day Countdown – T Minus one day…

05 Apr

Yup, you saw that right.  We leave for our cruise tomorrow, I can hardly believe it’s finally time!  Believe it or not, I haven’t even started packing yet.  I’ve been setting the odd thing aside, but the actual suitcase is still downstairs, guess I should get to that.

It’s also been about a month since we started our exercise program, and it feels like a milestone.  I wish I would have weighed myself at the very beginning, but I didn’t have a scale. So the weight that you see is a little over two weeks old.  I made an exception and weighed myself yesterday so I would know how I do while I’m away.

Weight (two weeks ago) 178lbs – Weight yesterday 170lbs.  That’s 8 pounds in a little over two weeks!

Waist measurement (4 weeks ago) 41” – Today 37”!  That’s 4 inches off my waist alone!

Chest 38″ – 36″

Hips 43″ – 41 1/2″

Butt 44″ – 42″

Thighs 26″ – 25″

Biceps 12 1/2″ – 12″

That’s a total of 11 inches off my body in four weeks…

I’ve got to say that it really hasn’t been easy, but the results are so worth it!  I figure in total I’ve lost in the area of 10-15lbs all together and gained however much muscle.  I’m wearing clothes I haven’t even looked at in years, and now that I’m on a roll I have no intentions of slacking off.  I honestly don’t feel much need to.  I will admit getting into class this week has been tough, but I think that has more to do with where my head is, rather than lack of motivation.  I managed 5 work outs last week, and in 4 days this week I went in twice.  It would have been more but with hair and doctor’s appointments I just didn’t have the time.  Although the real test will be seeing how I do with all that amazing food around me while we’re on the boat.  Our trainer has passed along an ‘at home’ workout that we can do while we’re away but I’m also told there will be classes on the ship.  I will be happy with myself if I can maintain where I am, as there’s really no excuse for us to loose ground.

Multi Testing Mommy asked if I could post a sample menu of what I eat day to day.  This has developed over the last few weeks and seems to be working for me.

Breakfast

– Apple
-2-3 Eggs scrambled with green onion, onion powder, garlic powder, and a touch of salt.  Lately I’ve been adding a tiny sprinkle of light cheese for taste.

Snack

-Real turkey breast from Sunterra on the way to work
-Every morning I take about 15 minutes and cut up a ton of fruit & veg that I snack on throughout the day (strawberries, cantaloupe, whole red pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, carrots)

Lunch (After work, about 3 o’clock)

This one is hard because I’m not at home so I usually go up to the food court (yikes) and grab something that is 100% protein.  Bourbon chicken, or souvlaki, something like that, I realize there are hidden carbs in most of this stuff and I should try and bring something from home, but it’s a time issue.  I will work on this when I get home.

Dinner

-Chicken breast/steak/tornado’s etc with sauted broccoli and carrots, or a stir fry of mainly veg and chicken.  I do cook up some carbs (rice, pasta etc) for the rest of the family, and if I do decide to have some I have very little.

For other low carb dinners, check out Cook’n, a recipe program that gives you nutritional values for all of the pre-loaded, as well as recipes you add yourself.  You get a free cookbook with purchase, and I chose their low carb option that has over 1,500 low carb recipes!  If you’d like a copy, enter our Cook’n giveaway!

I did this absolute zero carb thing for about a week, but at the end of it I started getting really tired, really early and wondered if the complete lack of carbs was the culprit.  Sure enough, I made myself some spaghetti with whole wheat noodles that night and the next day I was fine.  So, I’ve started incorporating a very small amount of carbs in my last meal of the day and it seems to have worked itself out.  The cravings are still minimal, and I have tons of energy now.

A couple of years back I lost a bunch of weight on one of those ‘programs.’  It didn’t last, but one thing I learned back then was that to loose weight you need to eat almost constantly.  Sounds kind of like an oxy moron, doesn’t it?  But it’s true.  Small, frequent, and healthy meals are key to ramping up your metabolism.  Another thing I learned is that your weight loss journey begins, and just about ends at the grocery store.  Eat before you go, make a list of healthy foods for the week, and stick with it.  When you’re at home and hungry, those sugary, crappy foods won’t be available to you.

My head is well and truly spinning with the amount of stuff I still have to do.  I have one more work shift to force myself through before I can truly put my mind to nothing but our vacation, but my head is a little ahead of the game.  Yesterdays shift was tough, today is going to be near impossible.  Thankfully we don’t leave until late afternoon tomorrow, so I will have time to get stuff done.

With a typical Calgary spring flourish, it went from spring to winter overnight, and while I am thankful we didn’t get the 25cm of snow that was forecast it still did snow and it looks like it wants to stick around for a while.  It’s cold and very ugly, and I’m glad I won’t be here for it!  Hopefully by the time we get back this last hiccup of winter will be long gone.  Although I have to remember this is Calgary and that is highly unlikely.  Either way though, 2 days from now we’ll be in the sun and loving it!

I have no idea what our internet connection will be like out there, so you might not hear from me for a little while.  I’ll make it up to everyone with lots of pictures though!!!

If you’d like to check in with a couple other bloggers working to get fit, you can visit their weekly posts here:

Lets Get Healthy Together – Multi Testing Mommy
Fit n Firm Friday, week 11 – Pampered Patty

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10 responses to “Cruise Day Countdown – T Minus one day…

  1. multitestingmommy

    April 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Great post hon! You have done so amazing, you are truly an inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing your meal plan.

    I’ve been doing some reading that combining small amounts of carbs are a good think with your protein – it does *something* to your metabolism. But I do think high protein is key!

    Have an amazing time and do I hope you continue on your amazing healthy journey.

     
    • Adventures in Miscellany

      April 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

      That and making sure your belly is always full with good stuff so when the bad stuff presents itself you won’t be tempted 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words, I’m hoping I can stick with it!

       
  2. Patricia Oliver (@pamperedpatty)

    April 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Wow so awesome that your going on a cruise! I think your doing great and your right, we do need carbs but it’s everything in moderation. Eating consistently is also true to keep our metabolism going, we need to keep feeding it, like logs to the fire. I try and have protein with every meal, when I have carbs it’s no longer all carbs, it’s a small portion.

    So excited for you to go on your trip, have a great time, enjoy yourself!

     
  3. Judy Ham

    April 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Congrats on your accomplishments! Way to go! If you’re doing really well w/ some carbs, I don’t think you need to consider “no carbs”. The faint/foggy head you were getting is a side effect of your body switching into “fat first” burning mode rather than “glucose first” burning mode called the Keto fog or Keto flu. I don’t recommend the no carb if you have any health issues or have a very busy schedule that can be impeded by your brain’s inability to function properly. I did the keto diet for 4 months with super great results but the first 2 weeks were tough. I remember one time going to the store and picking up an item, looking at it, and forgetting in the next instant why I was holding it. It’s like mommy brain times a thousand!
    As long as your body continues to burn fat and you’re losing fat, not muscle weight, you are doing good. I’m going to go check out the recipes from that link! Thanks for the info and have a great trip!

     
  4. Judy Ham

    April 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Here’s some more information about the keto flu, and what is happening inside your body.

    “Typically a low-carb diet is begun at a level of 20 to 30 grams of carbohydrate a day. Suddenly the carbohydrate conversion enzymes no longer have a substrate. They initiate Plan B, which is to utilize the glycogen stored in the liver and muscle tissue. Glycogen is converted to glucose, which is converted to energy. After about a day, glycogen is depleted, and the body moves to Plan C. It notices that fat is available in abundance, and it upregulates the machinery to transcribe the necessary codes from the DNA into RNA, and then to translate that into the enzymes that are required to metabolize the fat into energy. Unfortunately this takes a day or two, and in the meantime the new low-carb dieter starts to experience Induction flu.”

    Don’t overdo on protein either. People tend to think they need more protein and they take in more than the body needs so what ends up happening is their body converts the extra protein into glucose and then later stores it as fat if the energy isn’t used. This is why so many people stop seeing results as they diet and exercise. As your body shrinks, so does your body’s requirement for energy. Extra protein equals extra calories.

     
  5. Little Miss Kate

    April 7, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Have a great time on your cruise, can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back!!! Way to go with losing 11 inches.
    I also agree with the PP, no carb diets are not a healthy way to lose weight. Eating the RIGHT carbs (whole wheat, non processed) and limiting how much you eat (if you are like me I could eat the whole bread basket at a restaurant) are a much better way to go.

     
  6. Little Miss Kate

    April 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

     
  7. Stefanie Michelle Nicholas

    April 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Wow, firstly congrats on your cruise! I’ve been dreaming of a cruise for so long and I hope I can go in the next few years. I expect photos 😉 Secondly, on your weight loss, just WOW. How incredible!! I’m so happy to see people getting healthy and happy with themselves. Amazing.

    Stefanie from http://www.contestingforcommoners.com and SASS

     
  8. Jayme

    April 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I just wanted to say hi! I am new to your blog. 🙂

     
  9. Jayda

    April 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats on the inches lost this past 4 weeks! I have to say thanks so much for sharing the meal plan. I havent thought about adding green onions or the spices. I will definitely try this next time I make ours!

    -SASS

     

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