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Wednesday weigh-in:week 4

Posted April 6, 2011

It's the end of week four of the 25 lb weight loss challenge and it's time to share your results. How did you do?

I hit my goal this week of 3 pounds lost! Whoo Hooo! This marks two milestones reached. First, I've lost 10 pounds since the challenge began 4 weeks ago. Second, I went down a pant size and the cute pants I wanted to wear during the Southern Women's Show now fit, which is really motivating.

I stepped up the exercise just a bit in the last week. I made it to the gym twice and took a few other walks. I tried to get in exercise whenever I could. For instance, we arrived at the soccer games for both girls about 30 minutes early on Saturday so the girls could warm up with their teams. While they were warming up, I walked laps around the (very windy) soccer fields until the games started.

As far as food goes, I am being very diligent about what I eat. I'm drinking plenty of water and eating 3 small meals and 2 snacks a day. I am not on any diet that limits entire groups of food, as you can see from the meal plan. I'm eating sensibly with a good combination of lean protein, lots of veggies and some fruits and high fiber carbs. I usually don't eat after dinner. I am not tracking all my calories on paper as I though I would, but I am keeping a running mental tally throughout the day. I do not let myself get so hungry I am starving. If I get hungry, I eat something healthy like an apple or banana.

Here are some of the foods I am eating for breakfast and lunch during the week:

Morningstar veggie sausage with a little applesauce and a DanActive yogurt drink

Egg Beaters with sauteed mushrooms and spinach

Special K multi-grain and honey with blueberries and skim milk

Egg white salad on 1 piece of whole wheat bread with tomatoes and fresh spinach with a side of carrots

Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with light mayo, tomato, onion and spinach or lettuce and a side of carrots

Veggie soup with croutons

Veggie burger or veggie chicken patty on 1 piece whole wheat bread

Cottage cheese

Tofu with veggies


High fiber granola bar

Raw veggies (carrots, cucumber, celery) dipped in hummus

Banana with 1/2 tsp peanut butter

DanActive yogurt drink (these were free during super doubles)

Whole wheat pretzels dipped in hummus

Cottage cheese

Cereal with skim milk

Please share any other healthy breakfast,  lunch or snack ideas you are enjoying. I am looking for new foods to ad to my menu and I am sure others would like some new ideas.

If you are new to the challenge, click on the link in the box above for the original post.

Well, how did you do???? What worked, what didn't?


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 7, 2011

    Wow - great job, kab and wralfan! We should tally up the total amount lost for the group in another month or so - so impressive!

    Brassy - a size 1 - amazing! I think I was born a size 1 and haven't been there since. LOL

  • kab Apr 7, 2011

    Great job Faye! I am on week 6 of my weight loss (I started a few weeks before you). So far I have lost 18 pounds! I'm so excited. Much more to go....

  • brassy Apr 7, 2011

    j434 - Don't worry too much about the scale. Before the baby, I lost 30lbs over 2 years. I went from a size 12 jeans to a 1, but day to day it seemed like nothing was happening. I kept a line graph so I could see he overall progress amid all the scale fluctuations. You can do it - just stay at it!

  • wralfan1 Apr 7, 2011

    10 pounds is awesome, you are inspriing people who wants to give up!!!
    I am down 1.5pounds this week. So total of approx. 5 pounds

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 6, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your experiences this week everyone! Great job to everybody!

    I also appreciate the suggestions for recipe websites. We eat a lot of meat free meals, so I look forward to checking out, NCgirl.

    Wow - you are losing over 4 lbs a week, kcastleberry! Awesome!

    Pss - looks like we are right there with each other on this journey at 10 lbs lost each - except that you only have 10.5 lbs to go and I have , well....more than that! LOL :-)

    Way to get over the hump, brassy - not don't get carries away at Moe's with you FREE dinner from winning the Friday Freebies giveaway! LOL

    Jane - you hang in there! Sounds like you are moving and getting motivated - keep it up!

  • NCgirllovescats Apr 6, 2011

    We love veggie chili, sweet potato and black bean enchiladas and quinoa pilaf. I get a lot of recipes from Way to go!

  • ecupurplhze Apr 6, 2011

    Try The Biggest Loser Cookbooks or Now Eat This by Rocco Dispirito. We've really enjoyed using these cookbooks and all the food has turned out wonderful. You can find both of them for cheap on

  • kcastleberry Apr 6, 2011

    Great job Faye!
    Well, I've been watching what I eat a little over 3 weeks now and so far I've lost 12.6 lbs. (Notice how I included the .6 there? Hey, every little bit helps! LOL)
    Still staying away from the white carbs and eating healthy. I need to increase my water intake and I still haven't started walking. Pollen has made me put a hold on that for now, but I'm pretty satisfied even so. I would love to run by Dominoes and get two of the medium one topping pizzas and eat them all by myself though! Why, oh why does pizza have to even exist??? It's my cryptonite! LOL

  • j3434 Apr 6, 2011

    thanks, brassy & pss3! and great job you two! i am doing my level best not to put too much emphasis on small scale swings. as women, especially, there are times (you know what i mean!) where we are just not going to get an accurate picture of our overall success by doing that. well, then there's my scale. i've had the same one for maybe 15 years, and i know it was a cheapie when i bought it but i'm too cheap now to buy a new one!! when i do bother to weigh, i step on it at least 5 times before i decide on the weight i want to believe!!! the true test will be in clothing sizes, like when i get to wear a smaller size like faye...although i have several pair of super comfy khakis and cargo pants that are drawstring/elastic waist, so not so sure how i'm gonna know! (somehow i think i will!)

  • brassy Apr 6, 2011

    Faye, great job! j434, love your attitude! It does take time. Last Wednesday, I thought I hadn't lost anything, but the next day on the scale I was 1.5lbs down. That put me 10.5lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I've been killing myself all week trying to lose that next half a pound and ended up losing 1.5lbs. So now I'm 9lbs away!