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10 lbs. down - week one

Posted May 27, 2009

It’s Wednesday. Weigh in day. Week one has elapsed in our 10 week campaign to shed 10 pounds. We gave our weight loss challenge a snappy title: 10 Pounds Down.

So, how did you do the first week?

I think I worried off a couple of pounds. I was so afraid of not meeting my goal that I actually lost two pounds. So I’ve dropped from 184 to 182 lbs. I was worried about the holiday weekend and my tendency to eat more when I go to the mountains. I did a lot of exercising and I tried to eat better.

Okay. A little transparency here. Governor Bev Perdue would be proud. Here is my diet and exercise log for the last week. Tomorrow, Dietitian Avril Young of Life Time Fitness will give me her assessment.

How did you do over the last week? Problems. Pitfalls. Progress. Let’s discuss all of it. I still have a tough time resisting the urge to gorge on food after my work-out at the gym. Plus, I probably eat dinner too late for someone who needs to get in bed by 7:30PM.

Wednesday, May 20
300AM – Special K cinnamon pecan cereal with low fat 1% milk, no fat & light yogurt, glass of V-8 juice with high fiber
400AM – diet soda
930AM – cup of coffee black – spinach tortilla with scrambled eggs, slice of ham and cheese
135PM – gym: 1 hour and 10 minutes chest, triceps, shoulders, legs - two different exercises for each body region - three reps for each exercise. Treadmill 4.25 miles
330PM – whey protein smoothie with strawberry and banana
350PM – Quaker chew granola bar - 90 calories
545PM – spaghetti casserole with tossed salad and ranch dressing
600PM – one mile walk
745PM – bedtime

Thursday, May 21
300AM – Special K cinnamon pecan cereal with low fat 1% milk, no fat & light yogurt, glass of V-8 juice with high fiber –gala apple
400AM – diet soda
1010AM – breakfast burrito and diet soda – Chick-Fil-A
AFTERNOON GYM WORKOUT: one hour – core exercises, biceps and back – two different exercises for each group and three reps of @exercise
330PM – whey protein smoothie with strawberry and banana
350PM – Quaker chew granola bar - 90 calories – handful of almonds
400PM – two slices of whole wheat bread with layer of shredded sharp cheddar
600PM – grilled salmon, roasted vegetables, Caesar salad with dressing – Carrabbas, Cary – glass of cabernet

Friday, May 22
300AM – Special K cinnamon pecan cereal with low fat 1% milk, no fat & light yogurt
400AM – diet soda
930AM – green eggs and ham on spinach tortilla and cup of coffee with cream and Equal
1115AM – apple and banana
530PM – rib eye steak at Outback – grilled vegetables and mixed green salad – ultra light beer (1)

Saturday, May 23
745AM – Cheerios – no sugar – coffee with cream and Equal
1130AM – crab cakes (2) salad at Chateau Morrisette with one glass of cabernet sauvignon
300PM – 90 minute strenuous hike
615PM – Lexington barbecue, cole slaw, broccoli & cheese and two hushpuppies

Sunday, May 24
745AM – Cheerios – no sugar – coffee and cream
1200PM – Cajun Filet sandwich at Bojangles and a few French fries
630PM – large salad from Harris-Teeter with ranch dressing – glass of red wine

Monday, May 25

310AM – Uncle Sam’s flaxseed cereal – no sugar – no fat, light yogurt, glass of V-8 with high fiber
825AM – one banana
-930AM – cup of coffee black – spinach tortilla with scrambled eggs, slice of ham and cheese
1100AM – Gala apple (1)
130PM – 80 minute work out at gym –i.e. chest, triceps, legs, shoulders and four mile run.
330PM – ten sugar free wafer cookies, granola bar, and large slice of cheddar cheese
540PM – grilled salmon with pesto, small dish of strawberries and cole slaw – glass of red wine
600PM – 2.25 mile walk

Tuesday, May 26
310AM – Uncle Sam’s flaxseed cereal – no sugar – no fat, light yogurt, glass of V-8 with high fiber
725AM – one banana
930AM – cup of coffee black – spinach tortilla with scrambled eggs, slice of ham and cheese
140PM – 60 minute workout i.e. core, back, biceps, abs and 30 minute on bike and treadmill
300PM – protein smoothie with strawberry, banana and energizer
600PM – beef stroganoff (large) with brown rice and lima beans
630PM – one mile walk

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 28, 2009

    Nice job, Mr. Leslie. Thanks for sharing your experience! :-)

    If I may comment... it's not really how much we eat, but WHAT we eat. Dr. Dean Ornish has a great bunch of books, with this one starting this revolution "Eat More, Weigh Less". Low-fat, low calorie foods are better for us and automatically keep our weight in check.

    ( http://www.amazon.com/Eat-More-Weigh-Less-Abundantly/dp/0060959576/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243525640&sr=8-1 )

    Take care!

  • mommymatters May 28, 2009

    Lost one pound this week. I achieved Lifetime at Weight Watchers last fall however it only took a little surgery and a few weeks of people bringing me food for the pounds to creep on. Promised myself I wouldn't let it happen but I did. Your challenge came at just the right time. Big challenge today is taking the huge cake with buttercream frosting to the middle school track meet party. I know it is so unhealthy but I love it and it is so hard to resist. I might just have salad for lunch knowing I am going to have a small piece. Way to go Bill on all your exercise and loss. One question though, how does your wife cope with your crazy hours!

  • blueangelchild2001 May 28, 2009

    I used to be a big ranch/thousand island dressing user. I have found that not all places or brands are good for ranch. My favorite dressing now is Italian or Balsamic Vin. Love it!

  • dougdeep May 28, 2009

    Just stay away from Ranch dressing. Well, any creamy dressing. They're one of the worst things for you, regardless of what they're on.

  • dbcrocker May 28, 2009

    Today was weigh in day. I didn't lose any. I stayed the same as last week. That is okay taking into account what I ate over the holiday.
    Bill, I know you are an early eater, but do you have any suggestions on what to eat when you eat late. I am the ballfield 2-3 nights a week so it is after 8 when we get supper on game nights. We can't eat before the games. Basket full of nerves and full stomach doesn't go together.

  • bleslie May 27, 2009

    Thanks, Hokie! I appreciate the encouragement. Let us know how your workouts are going.

    dws - I'm with you on the economy. You've got the right idea with a consistent walk.
    Yomama - what a wonderful way to start your day! Keep it up!

    dbcrocker: you are the 8th floor wonder! You are turning those darn stairs into your friend. i'm proud of you!

  • VT1994Hokie May 27, 2009

    Bill. Good for you. Man, you are putting in some great milage on the treadmill and at home. You have inspired me to step it up at the gym.

  • dws May 27, 2009

    Did not know this was going on. I went to Doctor yesterday and weighed 223. I want to lose and even though I am a week behind, I will start today. I need to get my diabetes(borderline) under control and this is the only way(weigh). In this economy I cannot afford a gym, but will walk an hour everyday.
    Shirley

  • dbcrocker May 27, 2009

    Good Luck Everyone
    I am on my 2nd 8 week weight loss at work. There are 6 of us doing it. We weigh in each Thursday. Two people have loss 10 lbs. I am 1 of the 2. We encourage one another by sharing low calorie snack ideas, saying "NO, you don't want to eat that", etc... We work on the 8th floor and try to walk to steps at least once a day. I try to push everyone to 2x a day, but they give me a bunch of grief.

  • YOMAMA May 27, 2009

    Down 1.5 lbs.this morning. I was a little frustrated with myself, but I went to Emerald Isle this weekend and I did cheat.But I walked about 5 miles Sat. and 2 Sun.;just eat some sausage (from Nahunta)and eggs,biscuit with tomatoe,and Bojangles chicken supremes. Back on track now and continuing to walk 2 miles each morning after dropping my daughter off at school.Thanks Bill for some good ideas to eat from your journal!!!

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