I saw the Evil Trainer twice, I was REALLY good on my eating, I actually managed to stop eating when I full, and NOT eat when I wasn’t hungry, my knee felt good pretty much all week, AND I lost 2.6 pounds!

And I managed to do all this while dealing with parental-induced stress (which I didn’t eat to deal with).

WOO-HOO!

Here’s hoping I can keep the momentum going.  :)

No Pilates for me tomorrow – got some car stuff to take car of.  So I’m planning on trying to get in a walk – providing we aren’t getting dumped on with the snowstorm.  Also have MORE stuff to take to Goodwill – it never seems to end!

Sunday I have to actually go IN to the office to work – blech.  Unfortunately for me it’s work I can’t really do remotely.  But hopefully it will go smooth and I’ll be done in 3-4 hours.  Then once I’m done and home, I’ll be doing the blizzard dance (no, one isn’t forecast, but Denver weather forecasters can’t predict dark at night).

Well had my “First Friday” weigh & measure today.  Good news and bad news…

The bad news – I missed my goal of 350 – I weighed in at 354.6….  :(  Not surprising since I did spend about 2 weeks off the wagon in a candy & junk food haze.

The good news?  I lost 7 3/4″ inches in October!!!  The Evil Trainer is VERY pleased – and frankly so am I!  It’s a nice reminder that the scale isn’t the only measurement of success… 

I’ve been feeling much better too.  The insomnia problem seems to have resolved itself.  I really think it was all the candy that was messing me up.  So the trainer was able to really work me hard today – and tomorrow morning I get to be tortured in Pilates by his fiancee.  I’m wondering if adding the Pilates in weekly isn’t helping give me that big boost in inches lost – didn’t want to say that to the Evil Trainer because I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.  :)  I think the combo of his workouts with the Pilates could be just what the doctor ordered.

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Okay – I put on my big girl pants and approved those comments I was bitching about a few days back.  Having them in my queue to moderate meant I was reminded of them every time I did anything on my blog – and that was more annoying that just approving them and letting them go.  If you are curious, you can find them here and here.

As for me – I have put them in a bubble and let them go.

Had a good day today – definitely on plan for eating, only the lightest of dips into Halloween candy – and thankfully that candy is now completely gone!  I’m on track (yeah after TWO WHOLE DAYS) for my goal of average daily calories.  I see the Evil Trainer tomorrow – and I’ll do my cardio before I see him.  My knee is feeling pretty good, so I’ll give the elliptical another shot and see if the knee can take that.

I didn’t weigh myself this morning – not because I was late, but because I made a decision to wait until Friday.  And really who needs to start a MONDAY on a scale??  Not this terminal-case-of-the-mondays girl!  ;)

I’m also wondering if the insomnia I’ve been fighting for the past week and a half or so won’t clear up once the consumption of candy stops.  Thinking about it, I believe it did coincide with the start of my fall off the wagon….  Fingers are crossed – because I’m really feeling crappy from lack of sleep.

Okay – I believe I’m finally back on the wagon!  Although I did have some candy today, I kept the amount low, and overall my calories are good for the day (even had some veggies!  ;)

Now that halloween and the party is over, and all the “bad” food is gone (perhaps not disposed of in the best manner), it’s time to renew my commitment to myself and to losing weight!

I actually forgot to weigh myself Friday – got up late, and had to get the dog fed and get dressed before the electricians showed up… So I was going to weigh myself Saturday – again, got up late and had to get my butt to Pilates.  So TODAY I was going to weigh – AGAIN, up late and get to get online and work (had some big production changes to get in place).  Of course part of the issue is that I put the scale away for the party, and haven’t gotten it back out…  I *may* weigh myself tomorrow morning – but I may wait until Friday for my monthly weigh/measure – I guess it depends on whether or not I oversleep ;)

Here are my goals for the month of November:

  1. 10 pound weight loss (that’s right, going for double digits!)
  2. Exercise 900 minutes – that’s an average of 30 min each day
  3. Average 2000/cal daily
  4. Cardio 3x/week – 20 min each
  5. Paint the main floor ceiling & hallway
  6. Unpack the 2 big boxes in the laundry room
  7. Swim 2x – at least 30 min each time

On the plus side of the past few days, I did get a couple items checked off my 101 in 1001….  :D

The party was FAB-U-LOUS, but I am SOOOOO glad to be done with the cooking and getting ready for it…  And all the effort was well worth it!

I don’t think I over did it – I only had two drinks – mainly because I kept wandering away from my glass.  And although I can’t say my eating has been good these past days, I don’t think I went way overboard – although my digestive system would disagree at the moment.  But I’m trying to be back on course.  Tried to make sure the majority of the leftovers went home with guests.  There are some cookies left, but I’ll bring those into work tomorrow.

There are also some of the bacon cupcakes left.  Although they were good, they weren’t what I was trying to have them be.  The cupcakes themselves weren’t maple-y enough, and I used a new ganache recipe which as it turns out was not as good as my usual one.  I also put too much ganache on them so that overpowered any other taste.  The bacon was fabulous.  :)

I also tried a new recipe for bacon & bleu cheese stuffed mushrooms – and they were a HUGE HIT!  And dead easy too.  And although I HATE mushrooms and the smell of them baking made me slightly naseaus, the peeps loved them so much that they will probably be added to the regular list of things to make.

My pumpkin bread wound up not being pumpkin bread at all.  I HATE store bought canned pumpkin, and it turns out I was completely out of my homemade canned pumpkin.  I did however have homemade mincemeat, so I altered the recipe to use it instead – and DAMN IT WAS GOOD!  Spicy & moist, and even the people who said they didn’t like mincemeat liked the bread.

But now I have to get my focus back to the weight loss.  Hunting season is over, so I should be seeing the Evil Trainer twice a week from now on.

So, slighly late, here are my goals for between now and Friday (my next weigh-in):

  1. Pilates 1x
  2. Evil Trainer 1x
  3. Swim 1x
  4. Cardio 3x – 20 min
  5. No Fast Food/Pizza
  6. Weigh 250 (not sure what I weigh today)

Up .6 pounds last week, and this week????  DOWN 5 pounds!!!  WOO-HOO!  I’m 2.6 pounds away from my October goal of 350!!!

Evil trainer was most pleased with the loss, but of course he wasn’t happy about the cardio situation… or rather, the lack of cardio situation.  Just can’t make the bastard happy.  ;)  He’s also said he wants to see me BELOW 350 for the end of the month…  I suggested he step away from the crack pipe.  :D

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Slept through the alarm, Angus also overslept and didn’t wake me up until 8:15 so I missed Pilates – but I’m rescheduled for Wednesday evening.  Apparently the cold, snowy day won.  :)

Well I did it – cardio last night that is…. And let’s just say that I SERIOUSLY overestimated my knee’s ability to do the Elliptical.  Even if the Evil Trainer hadn’t squashed my plan, my knee would have done it first time on the Elliptical.  I made it for all of 10 minutes – .6 miles – before I had to get off.  So I did another 10 minutes on the treadmill and then my knee was done!  So I’m going to have to start slowly and not charge in like I haven’t spent the last 2 years on the couch.  :)

With that in mind, I’m slightly revising my Biggest Loser Challenge Goals for this week:

  1. Pilates 1x
  2. Swim 2x – 30 min
  3. Cardio 3x – 20min
  4. No Fast Food/Pizza
  5. 3 pound weight loss
  6. Take stuff to Goodwill
  7. Clean Kitchen