Monday, December 31, 2007

VH1's Worst Week Ever

Finally, back in Seattle, and back on the bandwagon!

My trip started off successful. I was amazed to find that I had lost 0.6 lbs at my weigh-in Thursday morning. Especially after the week I had. The problem with eating healthy around the holidays is not JUST Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. It's all the meals that surround the holidays. We had our company holiday luncheon where I managed to eat 2 days worth of points.

I think I'm feeling better about my food choices, because even though it felt like I was off the bandwagon, I was still making much better choices and managed to lose weight anyway!

I had done so well until my weigh-in in california. After that it was a free-for-all! I had full cheeseburgers, mexican food with fresh hand-made tortillas and butter... my 0.6 gain was worth every bite.

Considering the typical american gains 7 pounds over the holidays, I faired pretty well, but I feel like next year I'll be prepared!

Monday, December 10, 2007

VH!'s Best Week, Ever...

the Shiny Hair edition!

So I feel like I rarely get the opportunity to say this, but last week was my week! Here's the recap:

- Gave my notice at my current job, because I start an awesome job on January 2.
- I ran 2.8 miles all by myself in 40 degree weather, without stopping.
- This week marked not only losing 10% of my body weight, but also 30 pounds.
- Yesterday I ran my first 5K, it was 30 something degrees and it snowed, and there were hills, but I still didn't walk.

I think it's crazy how what you might think are small choices can severely impact your life. I think it was about 6 months ago that I had a small break down. I was so depressed about everything; my job, my weight, my laziness, etc... And in jut a couple of months I've managed to turn it all around.

A year ago if you had told me I would be running a 5K on a Sunday morning in the snow, I would have told you to shut up, and then we would have laughed at how ridiculous that would be.

Let's hope this week can live up to its predecessor!

Here's the 11,000 people waiting to begin this race:

Friday, December 7, 2007

Restaurant Report Card

I know it's been a while, there was so much going on with work, side projects, a birthday, thanksgiving, black friday... so many excuses.

BUT, I found this interesting link for Restaurant Report Cards.

There are plenty of restaurants that have shockingly high amounts of fat, carbs and calories per dish (hello, outback steakhouse... Over 2,000 calories for one of the appetizers!), and it's not only irresponsible, but to top it off they hide access to that kind of information (believe me, you have to work for it!).

We know Americans are eating more calories than ever. So is it really that reasonable to assume the restaurant is doing the hard part for us?

Why do so few American's know anything about nutrition? Why is it so easy to believe that whatever trend is out there is what we should try. Apparently, our low-carb fascination has now led to a huge increase in our carb intake. More than we were consuming before the craze.

We need to support the restaurants that will disclose their nutrition information and let the other companies know we don't want to be in the dark anymore. We need to know how many calories we're consuming if we ever want our country not to be the fat girl in the corner. I know I'm tired of being that fat girl hiding in the corner.